Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3784: Donald Trump on Daily Intelligence Briefings - "You Know I'm like a Smart Person" - Body Language and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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 -

Trump: Yes

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.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3783: John McCain on CIA's assessment of Russia's Tampering in US Presidential Election 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3781: Emma Stone and a Sign of Sincere Laughter

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3779: Donald Trump Cover Shoot - Time Magazine's Person of the Year 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3749: Election Day - Donald Trump Caught on Camera - Making Sure Melania is Voting For Him 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3608: Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Meeting with Bill Clinton

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3612: Sam Querrey defeats Novak Djokovic at Wimbeldon

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3620: Cristiano Ronaldo's Injury, UEFA Euro 2016 and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3729: The 3rd Presidential Debate - Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton - Part I - Vladimir Putin, Body Language & Emotional Intelligence