President Trump suggested to a reporter from Time magazine that he could ‘go to prison’ when a photographer snapped a photo of a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president was being interviewed for a Time cover story when the letter was photographed mid-interview. Trump was being questioned about the recent investigation into possible collusion and obstruction, specifically regarding former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony.
As the photo was being taken, the reporter, in the midst of a contentious conversation about Robert Mueller’s investigation, said to Trump, “He [Sessions] testified under oath … under threat of prison time, that was the case, Mr. President.”
Trump, noticing the photograph responded, “Well, you can go to prison instead, because, if you use, if you use the photograph you took of the letter that I gave you … confidentially, I didn’t give it to you to take photographs of it — so don’t play that game with me.” The president had asked to go off the record when he shared the letter from Kim Jong Un.
The reporter replied, “I’m sorry, Mr. President. Were you threatening me with prison time?”
Trump explained, “Well, I told you the following. I told you you can look at this off-the-record. That doesn’t mean you take out your camera and start taking pictures of it. O.K.? So I hope you don’t have a picture of it. I know you were very quick to pull it out — even you were surprised to see that. You can’t do that stuff. So go have fun with your story.” The president then asked for a moment, before chiding Time for their coverage of his time in office, which he felt was not representative of his accomplishments.