Trump says he’s ‘not too prepared to lose’ and that there were votes cast in 2016 that ‘I don’t believe’ – as he says would rather run against ‘Sleepy’ Joe Biden than ‘very smart’ Hillary Clinton
- President Trump spoke about Iran, politics, and his migration policy on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’
- He again mocked former VP Joe Biden as ‘sleepy’
- He praised Hillary Clinton as a candidate, though in the past he has ridiculed and said she should be locked up
- ‘I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life’
- Trump also said he would meet with Vladimir Putin if Chuck Todd wanted him to
President Donald Trump offered some raise praise for rival Hillary Clinton – saying she was a ‘great candidate’ even as he once again mocked former Vice President Joe Biden.
The president told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ tha the isn’t prepared to lose the election.
‘Probably not. Probably not,’ he said when host Chuck Todd asked if he was.
‘It would be much better, it would be much better if I said, “Yeah.” It would be much easier for me to say, “Oh yes.” No I’m probably not too prepared to lose. I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life,’ Trump said.
Asked if he was bothered by not winning the popular vote in 2016, Trump said: ‘There were a lot of votes cast that I don’t believe.’
President Trump spoke on a variety of topics on NBC’s Meet the Press
Trump praised Hillary Clinton as a candidate, in an interviewed that aired on a weekend when Biden and other Democratic presidential contenders gathered in Columbia, South Carolina.
‘I actually think that Hillary Clinton was a great candidate. She was very smart. She was very tough. She was ruthless and vicious,’ Trump said.
‘You’d rather run against her again, wouldn’t you?’ Todd asked.
‘No,’ Turmp said. ‘No. I would actually rather run against Biden.’
‘Sleepy Joe. He’s sleepy. She was not sleepy. Let me just tell you something, the Electoral College is tougher for a Republican to win than the popular vote. At least me. I feel that I go to three places. I went to 19 or 21 states. I went to Maine four times because I wanted to get one. And I did get it. And that’s the beauty of the electoral college,’ Trump said.
Donald Trump interview on Meet The Press with Chuck Todd
Amid reports of young children still be separate from their families on the border and charges they are facing neglect, Trump insisted his administration is doing a ‘fantastic’ job.
Trump said he agreed the conditions were terrible but blamed former President Barack Obama for the separations and said Democrats refused to give money for humanitarian aid.
‘President Obama built the cages. Remember when they said that I built them?,’ he said.
‘ But let’s not punish the kids more,’ NBC’s Chuck Todd said to him.
‘You’re right,’ Trump responded. ‘And this has been happening long before I got there. What we’ve done is we’ve created, we’ve, we’ve ended separation. You know, under President Obama you had separation. I was the one that ended it.’
He went on to keep blaming Obama: ‘I inherited separation from President Obama. President Obama built, they call them jail cells.’
Then he praised the work of his administration and blamed Democrats for holding up aid.
‘We’re doing a fantastic job under the circumstances. The Democrats aren’t even approving giving us money. Where is the money? You know what? The Democrats are holding up the humanitarian aid,’ he said.
‘If the Democrats would change the asylum laws and the loopholes, which they refuse to do because they think it’s good politics, everything would be solved immediately,’ he added.
‘But they refuse to do it. They refuse to do it. You know what? If they change those, I say, I used to say 45 minutes. It’s 15 minutes. If they changed asylum and if they changed loopholes everything on the border would be perfect.’