When Michael Gove interviewed Trump for The Times a few weeks ago, he didn’t reveal that Rupert Murdoch was also sitting in the room.
That revelation only came out a week ago thanks to the FT, long after the interview had been published.
Yesterday Christian Today published an interview with Gove, the first since his failed bid for leadership.
So the interviewer asked him why he didn’t reveal that Murdoch was also in the room with him.
And this is how he responded:
I haven’t said anything about who was and wasn’t in – um,’ – he trails off. ‘The best thing to say I think, in fairness is, um [long pause] in securing the interview, I think the fact that it was the Times newspaper and the fact that we had the – what’s the word…
I think [pause] it’s probably better for me not to go into how the interview arose or how it came about but I think it’s entirely fair for people to make a set of conclusions or assumptions about that. I won’t comment on them if you don’t mind…I haven’t said anything about it at this stage.
In other words, he tried hard not to deny or confirm Murdoch’s presence.
But it comes across as weasely. Why not admit what everyone knows?
Gove also revealed his old friend Cameron hasn’t spoken to him since the Brexit campaign.
Not much of a surprise