Donald Trump was interviewed on Fox News Sunday over the weekend. A portion of that interview is included within the video above - and two variations of a crucial nonverbal expression are discussed below.
Mr. Trump has come under sharp criticism for his diminished frequency of his daily intelligence briefings. Understandably, such important, frequent and detailed information has always been regarded with very high priority by all past presidents and presidents-elect.
Beginning at 5:28, Chris Wallace says: I just want to ask you about your skepticism about the intelligence community. You are getting the Presidential Daily Brief -
Wallace: - only once a week
Trump: Well, I, I, get it when I need it
Wallace: But is it, if there's skepticism ...
Trump: [over-talking] Well, I get it when I need it [decrescendoing volume]. First of all - these are very good people - that are giving me the briefings - and I say, 'If something should change from this point - immediately call me". I'm available on one minute's notice. I don't have to be told - you know, I'm like a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing - the same words every single day - for the next EIGHT years.
During 5:48, as President-Elect Trump says, "... immediately ...", he displays a classic microexpression of contempt (mixed with a secondary component of disgust).
Mr. Trump's eyelid closure, although not a required component for either contempt or disgust, amplifies both of these emotions.
A few seconds later during 5:56, as Mr. Trump says, "... I don't have to be told the same thing ...", he displays another example of a primary contempt-secondary disgust microexpression.
Summary: It's not here fully discernible for whom the President Elect feels contempt and disgust (e.g., possibly Chris Wallace, possibly some members of the US intelligence community, members of congress, etc.,) - however during this segment wherein the subject of his skipping daily intelligence briefings is discussed, Donald Trump displays significant levels of both these emotions - and he directs them at (some of) his critics.
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