Roger Stone says Trump dismissed him when first encouraging presidential run: 'You're out of your mind'

결석, who served as an informal adviser to Trump’s 2016 운동, recollected on an early conversation he had with Trump where he encouraged the then-real estate mogul to throw his hat in the ring for president long before the 2016 선거.

It was during the first Reagan campaign that I met Donald Trump,” Stone told Tucker Carlson in the newly released episode on Fox Nation.

Stone at the time had been in contact with Fred Trump, the late father of the former president, 그는 말했다. Locally, the senior Trump was an active Democratic donor. But nationally, “he was a conservative,” Stone recalled, “and he really liked Reagan. He urged me to meet his son.

Stone said he had immediately taken a liking towards the younger Trump who possessed acertain command presence.

He was very friendly. I was extraordinarily impressed with him,” 그는 말했다. ” He has charisma.

It wasn’t until 1988 하나, that Stone began to consider Donald Trump a potential U.S. presidential candidate.

I wasn’t pleased by the prospective candidacy of George HW Bush. It was then that I first suggested to Donald Trump that he should think about running for president,” 스톤이 말했다. But Trump wasn’t immediately keen on the idea.

You must be out of your mind,” he told Stone.

“그 시점에서, he had other real estate mountains to climb. But he had very strong opinions about trade, about NATO,” Stone explained. “Even then kind of his core signature issues were also well in place.

Stone stayed in contact with Trump, and eventually became an integral part of his 2016 운동. Stone said he encouraged the president to use Twitter to his advantage and communicate with votersfor free.

“트위터, social media at that point was the Wild West. There’s no censorship. There’s no control like you have today. It was the perfect medium for Donald Trump, particularly since he liked to say short, pungent, and provocative things,” 그는 말했다.

Stone was later sentenced to 40 months in prison in 2019 after being convicted on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He was pardoned by 지우다 at the end of his time in office.

To hear Stone’s full account and for more details on his life since the 2016 선거, visit Fox Nation and watch the newest episode of “투커 칼슨 투데이” available now.

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