Washington Post

Half of Republicans think Trump 'considers carefully' before commenting on things

"There's no strategy. I have no strategy. There's zero strategy," Trump said. "All it is, is I'm pointing out facts." Foto: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

There is a theory among some supporters of President Donald Trump that the chief executive's public comments and tweets are all part of a grand strategy aimed at tripping up his opponents. When he reaches for his phone to, say, disparage the city of Baltimore because he's mad about how a congressman from Maryland is investigating his daughter, this theory holds that the tweet is simply another gear in Trump's enormous, carefully planned lib-owning machine. It's not just that Trump saw a broadcast on Fox News and reacted. If not three-dimensional chess, it's at least savvy movements of various chess pieces.

Trump himself is not an adherent of this philosophy...

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