On November 14th, Savannah Guthrie spoke to the New York Times about her interview with President Trump. (Photo by Nathan Congleton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Today during a televised town hall with President Trump today, hostess Savannah Guthrie has mixed feelings about her comment on the “crazy uncle” and admits the tense moment was spontaneous.
In an interview with The New York Times on Saturday, Guthrie reflected on the headline moment in Miami, Florida after President Trump pulled out of the second debate with now-elected President Joe Biden due to the virtual format amid the coronavirus pandemic . The candidates gave interviews on October 15 in separate networks. However, NBC criticized him for giving in to the president’s whims, particularly on the same night as Biden’s interview.
In the session, Guthrie took Trump up and asked him about the details of his COVID-19 diagnosis, his inconsistent messages on face masks, and why he retweeted false information from conspiracy theory group QAnon who claimed it was Biden and former President Obama involved in a cover-up over the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden.
“That was a retweet,” Trump told Guthrie. “That was someone’s opinion … I’ll post it there. The people can decide for themselves … “
“You are the President,” Guthrie told Trump. “You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can retweet anything!” The president later called Guthrie “crazy” at a rally.
Guthrie told the New York Times about this charged moment: “I am shocked at myself. I don’t even know if it’s a good thing that I said it. That just came out. “
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The Georgetown Law graduate put a lot of thought into during the interview, including whether or not he had pneumonia in the hospital due to COVID-19 and his views on white supremacy.
“They were actually really easy,” Guthrie told the New York Times of her questions to Trump. “I’m just very grateful and relieved that it was okay because it could have gone the other way so easily.”
Guthrie, who was highly acclaimed for her performance at City Hall, admitted that confrontation made her uncomfortable. “In fact, I’d like to avoid it,” she told the New York Times. “But I don’t like talking about points either. I think the audience expects us to ask the questions. “
Elsewhere in the interview with the New York Times, Guthrie spoke about her upbringing in Arizona, her six-year-old husband Michael Feldman, and their two young children, daughter Vale and son Charles, who the couple are raising Jewish and Christian.
“I am always so fundamentally aware that I am not the center of the universe,” she said of her religion. “A belief really helps you know your place in the world. And I really appreciate that. And I find it infinitely fascinating. Believing in God, loving God, believing in a merciful God spreads absolutely over everything I feel and how I look at the world. “
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