“Wow! You’re welcome, America,” he joked. “I think he just liked being on TV. I had no sense that he was the soulless bastard that he’s turned into.
“Everybody says, ‘Oh, wouldn’t you like to talk to Donald Trump [today]?’ And I would. I would just like to say, ‘Don, it’s Dave. Remember me? I want to talk to the real Donald Trump,’” Mr. Letterman said. “Because I now don’t know which is the real Donald Trump, and if the Donald Trump I was talking to [back then] was the real Donald Trump, how do you get to be the guy he is now?
“Because the other thing is, politics notwithstanding, let’s just say everything is great and he’s done a great job, but he still behaves the way he behaves — who behaves like that?,” he added. “I don’t get it.”
Mr. Letterman said the president was never really taken seriously in New York but that something must have changed to make him the way he is today.
“He used to be kind of like the boob of New York that pretended to be wealthy, or we thought was wealthy, and now he’s just a psychotic. Is that putting too fine a point on it?” he said.
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