President Trump sat down with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham last night for his 20th interview with Fox News or Fox Business since becoming president of the United States.
Ingraham asked the president, who has not appeared on a major network that wasn’t Fox since May, about the scores of top State Department positions left unfilled by his administration.
“Let me tell you, the one that matters is me, I’m the only one that matters because when it comes to it that’s what the policy is going to be,” Trump told Ingraham.
Here’s the full transcript:
Ingraham: Are you worried that the State Department doesn’t have enough Donald Trump nominees in there to push your vision through?
Trump: So, we don’t need all the people that they want. You know, don’t forget, I’m a businessperson. I tell my people, ‘Where you don’t need to fill slots, don’t fill them.’ But we have some people that I’m not happy with their thinking process.”
Ingraham: But assistant secretary of state, you’re not getting rid of that position.
Trump: Let me tell you, the one that matters is me. I’m the only one that matters, because when it comes to it, that’s what the policy is going to be. You’ve seen that, you’ve seen it strongly.
Trump says he’s not worried about unfilled State Department roles b/c “the one that matters is me. I am the only one that matters.” pic.twitter.com/JxcWiy7ozY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 3, 2017