Apparently, Team Trump didn’t realize the president was sitting down with the New York Times for such an in-depth interview.
Trump did not consult before the interview with his lawyers, who weren’t aware that he was going to be talking about the investigation extensively, according to a person close to the legal team. He didn’t prepare answers with top aides, some of whom were unaware he had been in such a lengthy interview with The New York Times.
While the chat was scheduled, it went longer than they expected and was far more wide-ranging, one official said. “It was Trump saying what he thought,” this person said. “It’s what he does every day on Twitter.”
Afterward, some in his circle didn’t learn about the full extent of his comments until they were posted online, an adviser said.