Transcript: April 13, 2023


Former President Donald Trump just gave his first interview since becoming the first U.S. president ever charged with a crime. 

Plus, how part of the world went from riddled with terrorism and fighting to twenty-five years of peace. Those stories today on Notice News Daily.

Trump Gives Interview To Tucker Carlson

Hey guys and happy Thursday, I’m Jonathan here at Notice H-Q in Brooklyn. Our top story today:

On Tuesday night, former President Donald Trump gave his first interview since becoming the first president in American history to be charged with a crime.

Trump: “It was a horrible thing because I did nothing wrong. Absolutely nothing wrong. You look at even the pundits and the legal analysis Greg Jarret, all of these really talented people, and they’re saying he didn’t do anything wrong.”

He gave the interview to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Carlson, who’s criticized as a far-right extremist, gave the former president an easy interview, rarely pushing back on the president’s claims.

Talking about the 2021 pullout from Afghanistan, Trump said this:

Trump: “They left everything, they left in the dark of night, they left the lights on, they left the dogs, by the way – they left the dogs? They left the dogs, you know everyone, they left a lot of them, I love dogs, you love dogs, people said, one of the first questions I got, what did they do with the dogs? Mostly German Shepherds, they left them.”

Only – that’s not true.

The Pentagon said at the time – when this rumor surfaced on Twitter and Facebook – that all military dogs were evacuated – a fact confirmed by a nonprofit that supports military dogs and their handlers.

But that claim got no skepticism from Carlson, the traditional role of a journalist. Introducing clips from the interview, Carlson said this:

Carlson: “For the past 7 years, the neocon media establishment has been telling you that Donald Trump is a dangerous lunatic. In two years in office, Joe Biden has brought the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust.”

And this…

Carlson: “We spent more than an hour with Donald Trump today and we were struck throughout the course of the conversation how his grasp of foreign policy, this man who is supposedly stupid, his understanding of world affairs is so much more nuanced and sophisticated and pro-American than the moronic neo-cons currently in charge.”

But – as critics were quick to point out – that’s not how Tucker Carlson has always viewed the former president.

In private text messages revealed as part of a lawsuit against Fox News, Carlson said in the days after the 2020 election, quote, “We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait…” and “I hate him passionately. I can’t handle much more of this.”

Carlson has never acknowledged or addressed these texts on his show, which has a nightly average audience of 3.5 million people.

Peace in Northern Ireland

Did you know that Ireland and Northern Ireland are two separate countries? 

Ireland is its own, sovereign nation, while Northern Ireland is one of four countries that make up the United Kingdom.

For 30 years, Northern Ireland was engulfed in violence, with Catholics and Protestants fighting for control of the region. The conflict resulted in over 3,500 deaths and countless injuries.

The reason for the fighting goes back hundreds of years, but in recent times, it was mostly about whether Northern Ireland should be part of Ireland or part of the United Kingdom.

Catholics, who were the minority in Northern Ireland, mostly wanted to be part of Ireland, while Protestants wanted to stay part of the UK.

But in 1998, a peace agreement pushed by then-President Bill Clinton was signed, which helped to end the violence and bring peace to the region.

The agreement was called the “Good Friday Agreement,” named after the day it was signed, an important Christian holiday.

That agreement said Northern Ireland would stay part of the UK, but it also said the region’s government would include both Catholics and Protestants.

This compromise meant both sides would have a say in how the region was governed, and both groups would be treated fairly.

Yesterday, President Biden traveled to Northern Ireland to commemorate the Good Friday Agreement.

Since then, Northern Ireland has mostly been more peaceful, safer, and happier than it used to be, thanks to the Good Friday Agreement.


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