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Manafort on Trump

Chris Cillizza is “amazed” that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has admitted that the “whole ‘ban Muslims’ thing was more of a negotiating tactic than an actual policy position from Trump.”

That’s not the only noteworthy Manafort comment in the interview. He suggested that Trump’s running mate would probably be a white man because any other choice “would be viewed as pandering.” And he offered this explanation for why Americans will view Trump as able to “fill the chair” in the Oval Office:

“Does he know enough? Yes, because he knows he has more to learn. And he is constantly doing that.”

Trump doesn’t read briefing papers, but he is a magnet for information, Manafort said. “He reads the newspapers, and he talks on the phone and to office visitors in a never-ending stream. You’re sitting there in his office and you realize that he is constantly picking up stuff as he goes.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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