The President of the United States held a press conference today. Perhaps you have heard about. It was certainly quite a show. Ostensibly, it was held to introduce his new pick for labor secretary, Alex Acosta, since his first pick didn’t pan out so well. And sure enough, President Trump spent exactly 100 words on the subject to open things up. Then he spent an hour-and-a-half rambling about how his mess of an administration is a “fine-tuned machine,” whining about how mean people are to him and dismissing the growing reports of contacts between his campaign and Russia as “fake news.” In between, however, he took a moment to talk about Paul Singer, who had just paid him a courtesy call. The same Paul Singer who called a Trump presidency “close to a guarantee of a global depression” before gingerly getting on board the Trump train after the election.
Now, that’s not the kind of thing that Donald Trump forgets. But he can forgive. At least, he can if you’ll first permit him—as when he is asked about rising global antisemitism—to remind us of his glorious victory in an election he lost by 3 million votes.
Paul Singer just left. As you know, Paul was very much involved with the anti-Trump or as they say, "never Trump." And Paul just left and he's given us his total support. And it's all about unification. We're unifying the party and hopefully we're going to be able to unify the country. It's very important to me. I've been talking about that for a long time. It's very, very important to me.
So I want to thank Paul Singer for being here and for coming up to the office. He was a very strong opponent, and now he's a very strong ally. And I appreciate that.
Fake news, indeed. Paul Singer is a strong ally to no one, save Paul Singer.
Trump says billionaire, former critic Paul Singer visited White House [CNBC]
Donald Trump’s combative, grievance-filled press conference, annotated [WaPo]
Trump, in Rambling Defense, Calls Administration a ‘Fine-Tuned Machine’ [NYT]