ABCs chief White House correspondent on his new book Front Row at the Trump Show, fake report, coronavirus and why the Trump presidency is a matter of life and death
At a White House briefing late last month, Jonathan Karl asks what he regarded as the fundamental question that day, about the coronavirus pandemic.” And everybody who needs one will be able to get a ventilator ?”
Donald Trump’s reply was probably the strangest ABC News’ honcho White House correspondent has ever had from a US president.
“Look,” he said.” Don’t be a cutie pie. OK ?”
Trump went on. Karl, he said, was ” a wise guy” too.
What observers may not have known is that the two men become lane back.
They first met in 1994 when Karl was a cub reporter at the New York Postand Trump, a millionaire property developer, devoted him a tour of Trump Tower, where recently married couple Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were staying. The make was a front-page scoop:” Inside Michael’s Honeymoon Hideaway “.
Now president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, Karl recounts the occurrence both at the start of his new book, Front Row at the Trump Show , and in a phone interview with the Guardian.
” The thing that blew me away about that moment, my first real introduction to Donald Trump, was the way he understood exactly what my job was and how to make a compelling story, and the room he controlled so quickly ,” he says.
” It wasn’t going through handlers and PR advisers and spokespeople. It was Donald Trump:’ Come on over, let me show you what I went .’ There was no filter. It was him and he was incredibly, in such a way, alluring and we had a great story and he was willing to break rules to tell it.
” There was intense security all the countries of, keeping the press at bay, and here’s Donald Trump bringing me right up to Michael’s apartment, showing me their secret vehicle to get in and out of the place. He didn’t play it the behavior it’s normally played .”
Karl, 52, lends:” I knew that I could call him from that item on whenever I wanted to and he can be accessed and willing to play along and adoration to be in the mixture. The impression that I would go on to become a White House reporter, president of the White House Correspondents Association, and he would be the president is kind of mind-blowing .”
Trump’s gut impulse for advertising and reptilian genius for realise media condition would be evident in his 2016 election campaign and throughout his presidency. The White House press secretary’s daily briefing was killed off and amended to read as follows” chopper talk”, before Trump boarded Marine One on the South Lawn. He has turned the daily coronavirus modernizes into a new form of safarus rally .