President Donald Trump rejected an adjutant for coughing and insisted that he be treated worse than the murdered US Civil War leader Abraham Lincoln. Whether there are UFOs, he dropped some noteworthy lines in a television interview.
President Moderated ABC News in the White House sheds light on his reflections as he prepares to launch his 2020 re-election campaign in Florida on Tuesday.
Anthony Zurcher, correspondent for BBC Washington, reads between the lines.
Scooping Assassin Thrown Out
When Mick Mulvaney, acting chief of staff of the White House, coughed in the background of the Oval Office interview, Mr. Trump visibly became angry and asked his supreme assistant to leave the room.
Let's do that again, he coughs in the middle of my answer, "Mr. Trump said." I do not like that, you know. I do not like that. "
" If you want to cough, please leave the room "The president added, pointing and shaking his head disapprovingly," You just can not, you just can not cough. "
The exchange took place when Mr. Trump defended his decision not to pass his" fantastic financial report "to the
War Mr. Mulvaney signals the President to be cautious when talking about Or perhaps he choked on the President's response.
Whatever the reason, it's hard to imagine that the former Chief of Staff, the former Marine General John Kelly, such a short ent The Trump campaign has dismissed several of its hired pollsters after leaks, according to the US media, showed that Mr. Trump lost to Democrats in several key battlefield countries next year.
But in the interview, Mr. Trump denied that there were any unflattering popularity ratings. He claimed that his team's internal surveys "show that I win everywhere".
He rejected leaked opinion polls in which Joe Biden appeared as a harbinger in swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin. Mr. Trump explained that "these polls do not exist".
On Monday, he returned to the topic on Twitter and said, "Only fake polls show us behind the Motley Crew" ̵
Anthony's Shot: Do not kill the bearer of bad news, as the old counsel reads. The president's "private" polls are roughly in line with recent public polls showing that Mr. Trump is having a tough battle for reelection despite a booming economy.
With votes in more than 16 months, however, the numbers are relatively unimportant. However, if the president reacts to adversity this is a bad sign of the stability of his election campaign.
Trump and Lincoln
Mr. Trump Argued This No President has ever been so abused as himself, including Abe Lincoln, who was shot.
"If you can believe it, Abraham Lincoln was reportedly treated very badly," he said. "But nobody was treated as badly as me."
Mr. Trump, who calls himself a student of history, has previously made comparisons with the 16th President. At a rally in Montana last September, Trump said Lincoln's legendary Gettysburg address was "overshadowed by false news."
And during his first election campaign, Trump claimed, "With the exception of the late great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more president than any president who has ever held this office."
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Anthony's setting: Donald Trump is reportedly planning to hold a July 4 address in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Perhaps sometime during his speech, he may turn to the statue of Abe and compare the notes of the President.
Trump about UFOs
Mr. Trump smiled and shrugged when ABC asked for reports from naval pilots who saw unknown flying objects.
"They say, I mean, I saw and read and heard, and I had a very brief discussion about it," said the President. "But people say they see UFOs."
"Do I believe that? Not particularly.
When ABC asked him if the US President was alerted to extraterrestrial evidence, Mr. Trump did not answer the question directly.
He said, "Well, I think, my great pilots, our big pilots would know it. And some of them really see something different than in the past, so we'll see it, but we'll see.
Anthony's Shot: Donald Trump may have pushed for more information about Kennedy's assassination, but theorists of extraterrestrial conspiracies will surely be disappointed with his UFO response.
If the truth is out there, they must find out without the help of the president.
Shortly before the election, the Republican president announced he would be a new one Plan to revise the country's health care system
"Obamacare was a disaster." Mr. Trump told ABC when he was driven in the presidential limousine called The Beast.
He promised that the plan for "phenomenal Health care "" in about two months, maybe in less. "
Mr. Trump teased details of an independent event last week White House: "Nobody knows what it is. It will be a big surprise, but it will be a very pleasant one.
Anthony's Shot: The hyperventilation of Republican members of Congress is being revisited, with conservative politicians paying a high price at the 2018 midterm elections for their attempts to lift Obamacare at the start of the Trump presidency.
The last thing they want is that their 2020 election hopes are tied to a health plan that is sure to be stigmatized by their opponents as soon as it is revealed.
Defense of Debt
Mr. Trump, who once promised to completely eradicate government debt over two terms of office, defended his further rise under his own observation.
"You have doubled your debt due to nonsense," he said of the Obama administration
However, when the interviewer stated that the debts did not cease during the presidency He added: "Sure. But I have to rebuild the military. "
He added," We have beautiful new F-35 and F-18 and new rifles, new uniforms.
Since Trump took office, the US has added over $ 2 tn (£ 1.6tn) to federal debt, and it now stands at more than $ 22tn.
Anthony's setting : When the Bush administration pushed for sweeping tax cuts in 2002, Republican Vice President Dick Cheney once said budget deficits "do not matter." However, a few years later, during the Obama presidency, Republicans were again household hawks. Both sides hate it when public debt or tax cuts push up government debt if the other side is responsible for it, and in this respect Mr. Trump is a very conventional politician.