Trump Claims Not to Know Latest Former Aide to Call Him a Dangerous Maniac - 2020-08-17

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F248.png Trump Claims Not to Know Latest Former Aide to Call Him a Dangerous Maniac August 17, 2020, Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

And if it were actually true that Trump had no idea who one of his top officials was, it might not reflect terribly well on Trump.

Trump has repeatedly claimed in public to have unlimited powers. "I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president," he said last year. "When somebody's the president of the United States, the authority is total," he asserted this year.

Taylor reveals that Trump not only cited these unlimited ("magical") powers, but used them as a kind of shorthand to cut off any advice that one of his proposals was illegal. "A lot of times the things he wanted to do not only were impossible but in many cases illegal. He didn't want us to tell him it was illegal anymore because he knew, and these were his words, he knew that he had 'magical authorities,'" he recounts.

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{{cite news | first = Jonathan | last = Chait | title = Trump Claims Not to Know Latest Former Aide to Call Him a Dangerous Maniac | url = https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/08/trump-magical-authorities-miles-taylor-homeland-security.html | work = New York Magazine | date = August 17, 2020 | accessdate = August 27, 2020 }}