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Review: President Trump – The Piers Morgan Interview
TV Critic Morgana Chess gives her opinion on Piers Morgan's interview with President Trump, as the controversial host met the controversial politician for a discussion that attracted 3 million viewers
Ego met with ego on Sunday night as Piers Morgan managed to secure an interview with the most talked about man in the world, President Donald J. Trump. ‘I’ve missed you,’ Trump says to his pal Morgan, as he enters the room and double-checks how the lighting in the camera reflects off his ridiculous hair. Piers responds with similar affection and describes the ‘special relationship’ that the two narcissists share, having met ten years ago when Piers won Trump’s show Celebrity Apprentice and remained good friends ever since. The pair chuckle and bond over being singularly unpopular and distasteful figures, until Piers gets the ball rolling to make the most of his limited 28 minutes with the notorious POTUS.
“We learn that he tweets from his bed, he predicted Brexit, and, shockingly, he would not describe himself as a feminist
Undeniably, Morgan proves himself a slick interviewer and he covers all the topics that we want to hear about: the tweets, relations with Britain, women, climate change, gun laws, and the President’s fondness for junk food. We learn that he tweets from his bed, he predicted Brexit, and, shockingly, he would not describe himself as a feminist. Amusingly, when asked about public opinion of him in the UK, Trump says ‘I think I’m very popular in your country’, to which Morgan interjects ‘Let’s not be too hasty, Mr President’. But Trump’s ego is not to be deflated, he describes the excessive ‘fan-mail’ that he receives from Britain and how he loves the nation because his mother was Scottish. In response to Morgan describing the UK’s protest of him, spearheaded by the likes of Sadiq Khan and Jeremy Corbyn, Trump says he doesn’t know any of these people and he simply doesn’t care; ‘I could very nicely stay home’.
“We are shown a different side to Trump, one that is arguably at odds with the impulsive madman presented in Michael Wolff’s recent bestseller Fire and Fury
Throughout the interview, Trump instinctively deflects any criticism and likes to return to his favourite topics of the booming American stock market and fake news. Overall, we do not learn anything new or uncover any juicy exclusives, but that is not to say that the interview is not illuminating. We are shown a different side to Trump, one that is arguably at odds with the impulsive madman presented in Michael Wolff’s recent bestseller Fire and Fury. The President comes across as stable and consistent in his views and policies, be they severely problematic, and this can be almost entirely put down to the friendship, which manifests itself as flattery, that he has with Piers Morgan. ‘I like your tweets!’ says Morgan enthusiastically as he sucks up to his tangerine buddy, knowing that this will elicit a more satisfying conversation.
It is clear that Trump does not respond well to being constantly jibed and attacked (we need look no further than his Twitter exchange with Kim Jong-un) but so long as he is listened to and his ego is preened he is shown to be almost... reasonable? That’s probably a stretch too far, as he still holds his contentedly delusional views- ‘I am the least racist person that anybody’s going to meet’- but for some viewers the interview may offer another picture of the current US President. While the exchange will most likely only confirm people in their hatred for Trump, and his interviewer, it is still worth a watch for a whistle-stop exploration into the first twelve months of one of the most divisive presidencies in history.