- Jonathan Swan
- Nov 6
The unfiltered version of Trump's meeting with Native American leaders
Photo: Evan Vucci / AP
The tribal leaders planned to give the president a visual presentation to illuminate the regulatory barriers to their energy exploration. They had a slide deck ready to go, showing a map of Indian land, and it was teed up to play on the TV inside a cabinet in the Roosevelt Room.
"But now it's me. The government's different now. Obama's gone; and we're doing things differently here... So what I'm saying is, just do it."
"Chief, chief," Trump continued, addressing one of the tribal leaders, "what are they going to do? Once you get it out of the ground are they going to make you put it back in there? I mean, once it's out of the ground it can't go back in there. You've just got to do it. I'm telling you, chief, you've just got to do it."
Trump interjected again: "Guys, I feel like you're not hearing me right now. We've just got to do it. I feel like we've got no choice; other countries are just doing it. China is not asking questions about all of this stuff. They're just doing it. And guys, we've just got to do it."
"I'm not asking for anything," he said, "but all I'm saying is it'd be great if the tribal people across this country knew that I did this for you guys. Just make sure that everyone knows that I did it."
Editor's Note: This is the unfiltered version of a post from yesterday, "Trump's Government of One".