- No stranger to tension with the media, President Trump took a defiant tone in a contentious back-and-forth with reporters at the White House for about 30 minutes where he discussed Greenland, gun control, how migrants are treated at the southern border and his feud with Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
- When talking about the ongoing trade war with China, Trump said that it wasn’t his trade war and other presidents should’ve done something in the past, but said, “I am the chosen one. Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China.”
- Trump also stood by his recent comments “that Jewish-Americans who vote for Democrats show great disloyalty because of the party’s embrace of Tlaib and Omar,” and sought to minimize Democrats’ outcry over his remarks.
- Trump said: “In my opinion, if you vote for a Democrat you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and you’re being very disloyal to Israel and only weak people would say anything other than that.”
- Democrats called out Trump for using the word “disloyalty, with some likening it to anti-Semitic language that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than America.”
- The president also discussed gun control and although he seemed to backtrack on his support for strong background checks on Tuesday, he insisted that he’s still considering them.
- Trump also denied that he told Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, that he taken the background check issue off the table and said, “I didn’t say anything about that.”
- Trump also insisted that the U.S. “currently has strong background checks on the books but he still wants to close loopholes.”
- Reporters questioned Trump over “his administration announcing Wednesday it would move to scrap a major court agreement known as the Flores agreement in order to allow for migrant families to be detained longer as their cases are being considered, instead of having to release them after 20 days.”
- Trump replied: “This new rule will do even more to bring them together.”
- Defending his administration’s treatment of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump said: “President Obama had separation, President Obama built the cells, the cages that you people talk about and attribute them to me.”
- He also hinted at the possibility of his administration revoking “birthright citizenship, which allows anyone born in the U.S. to automatically become an American citizen.”
- Trump said: “We’re looking at birthright citizenship very seriously. It’s frankly very ridiculous.”
- Trump also said that his idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland is a “very good idea.”
- Fox: Defiant Trump digs in amid battles on trade, guns, Israel: ‘I am the chosen one’ READ
- CNBC: ‘I am the Chosen One,’ Trump proclaims as he defends trade war with China READ
- The Guardian: ‘I am the Chosen One’: with boasts and insults, Trump sets new benchmark for incoherence READ
AP: President Trump offers himself as ‘the chosen one’