Trump Told Woodward That He Felt No Responsibility To Understand Black Americans

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Bob Woodward described President Trump's tone during the exchange as mocking and incredulous.

President Donald Trump said he feels no responsibility as a white man born into wealth and privilege to understand the “anger and pain” felt by Black Americans, according a new book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward.

NBC News reports that Woodward’s book, “Rage,” is based partly “on 18 on-the-record interviews Woodward conducted with Trump from December to July.”

During a conversation on June 19, Woodward, whose father was a lawyer and judge in Illinois, pointed out that he and Trump were white and privileged, and asked if that affected his thinking.

"Do you have any sense that that privilege has isolated and put you in a cave to a certain extent, as it put me and I think lots of white privileged people in a cave and that we have to work our way out of it to understand the anger and the pain, particularly, Black people feel in this country?" Woodward asked.

"No," Trump responded. "You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? Just listen to you. Wow. No, I don't feel that at all."

The Washington Post, which reported excerpts of the book, said “Woodward described Trump's voice as mocking and incredulous,” NBC News noted.

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