On Friday, Donald Trump did a phone interview with “Fox & Friends.” During the interview he stated that he had “learned a lot from Richard Nixon – don’t fire people.”
However, Trump didn’t learn that lesson well because he has fired more than his share of people. Firing his National Security advisor James Comey was one of the biggest moves Trump has made.
Trump has repeatedly denied accusations that he fired Comey in an attempt to coverup cooperation between his campaign and Russia.
Trump would go on to state that Nixon made a mistake in firing a number of aides who wound up providing evidence against him later on.
Trump has fired people who were under investigation over the possibility that they had ties to Russia including national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI. On Thursday, Flynn’s case was dropped by the Justice Department. who pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI; that case was dropped by Trump’s Justice Department on Thursday.
In his Fox interview, Trump wound up stressing his differences with Nixon.
“Number one, he may have been guilty,” Trump said of Nixon. “And number two, he had tapes all over the place. I wasn’t guilty. I did nothing wrong, and there are no tapes. But I wish there were tapes in my case.”
Historian Julian Zelizer says Trump is way off base and should be looking to emulate more successful presidents such as Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“So, he basically studied Richard Nixon so that he could learn how to get away with things,” Zelizer. “Wish he had focused more on FDR to understand how to fix things.”
Aaron David Miller, a political analyst said Trump should read up on other predecessors, such as Harry Truman.
“That Trump is invoking Richard Nixon – a president who undermined the very constitutional system he was sworn to protect – to explain away his own efforts to subvert rule of law is really quite stunning,” Miller said. “As Truman said about Nixon – he may have read the Constitution, but he didn’t understand it. The same might be said of Trump.”
You can view the interview below.