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‘We’ve Been Conditioned to Discount the President’s Words Already’: Chuck Todd on Trusting Trump

A day after President Donald Trump warned of a possible “major, major conflict” with the North Korean regime and just before news hit of North Korea testing a ballistic missile, MSNBC host Chuck Todd commented about the lack of power behind the president’s words.

Todd said that normally the nation would be on edge if any other president than this current one would have mentioned the possibility of going to war with a nuclear power.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he explained. “The conflict with North Korea is, as Joe Biden might say, a big deal. But let’s face it, we’ve been conditioned to discount the president’s words already. And that’s a big deal too.”

Stating that this “might be the biggest story” of the president’s first 100 days, Todd went on to tie it to Trump’s admission that he misses his old life and he thought the job of president would be easier. In Todd’s opinion, this may explain why we’ve seen Trump make “radical and sometimes instantaneous reversals” on policy positions. He pointed to Trump’s change of heart on things like NATO, Chinese currency manipulation, NAFTA and intervention in Syria, among others.

After noting that the president recently told the Wall Street Journal that he’s a “nationalist and a globalist,” Todd remarked that comments like these don’t bode well for members of Congress looking to negotiate with the president on certain policies.

“It would seem a risky proposition to take him at his word,” he stated. “But then again, it would seem just as risky not to.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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