Letterman, who now hosts his Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” sat down with The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast earlier this month to discuss his experience interviewing Trump and whether he thinks the former "Apprentice" host is acting like himself now that he's in the White House.
“More than 30!?" he exclaimed when told how many times he’d interviewed Trump. “Wow! You’re welcome, America.”...
Letterman continued, "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.' Because I now don't know which is the real Donald Trump, and if the Donald Trump that I was talking to [back then] was the real Donald Trump, how do you get to be the guy he is now? 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?!"
The comedian emphasized that he didn’t think Trump would ever be considered more than a person known for his wealth.
Insulting a sitting President and then asking him for an interview probably isn't the best way to get him to agree to one. A fact that seems lost on Letterman.