NYT Reporter Maggie Haberman Claims President Trump’s Mood Turned After Manafort Verdict
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman claimed President Donald Trump’s mood plummeted after he learned of Michael Cohen’s plea deal.
“His mood was great in the morning according to people who spoke with him and were around at the White House,” Haberman said on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday. (RELATED: NYT’s Maggie Haberman Hammers Trump For Extending Invite To Putin)
“And then by the afternoon, he had turned quite snappish when it was clear where things were headed with Michael Cohen.”
Haberman said the situation is like an over-the-top fiction novel and has shaken the president’s confidence.
“Remember, you know, this all broke simultaneously,” she continued. “If you were writing a novel, an editor would tell you this was too over-the-top as a chapter. That you would have the Paul Manafort verdict come in, literally the moment that Michael Cohen was pleading guilty in the southern district of New York in federal court — and then a few minutes after that, the president walked out of the West Wing.”
Haberman claimed the verdict, along with Cohen’s plea deal, knocked the wind out of Trump and dampened his spirits.
“He knows what this means. He is not happy about it. He was noticeably subdued at his rally last night. We have rarely seen him look like he’s had the wind knocked out of him. He did yesterday,” she concluded.
“Michael Cohen has always been one of the few people who could do what he did, which is say things that he knows, who could implicate the president — where it’s going to be very hard for the president to spin him off as ‘I barely knew him, he worked for me for a brief period.’ It had to have been enormously hard to stand in court and say what he said yesterday, knowing how aggressive the president can be and people that come at him and yet here we are.”
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