President Trump revealed the best piece of advice he’d give his 25-year-old self when addressing a group of millennials on the White House campus Thursday.
‘Don’t run for president,’ Trump said, receiving laughs.
The reason, the president said, was because of all the bad publicity he’s received since officially entering politics in 2015.
President Trump (left) told Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk (right) and a group of mostly conservative millennials that the advice he would give his 25-year-old self would be ‘don’t run for president’
Addressing a crowd of young people on the White House campus Thursday, President Trump said the reason he’d recommend not running for president is all the bad publicity he’s received since entering politics in 2015
President Trump (left), who participated in the Generation Next summit with Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk (right), suggested he’s more popular among millennials than polling shows
President Trump (left) also couldn’t resist making fun of Hillary Clinton for comments she made about female Trump voters during an appearance in India last week. Moderator Charlie Kirk (right) agreed with Trump, saying Clinton had insulted both men and women
Trump told the crowd he was just talking about this topic with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp, pointing out the Oval Office is just across the street from the theater the event was held in, in the nearby Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
‘And I said, all my life I’ve gotten really – you know, look, we all get once in awhile a knock – but I got the greatest publicity, I was getting the greatest publicity, until I ran for office,’ Trump said.
The young, mostly conservative audience, laughed at that one as well, as Trump then went on one of his trademark diatribes about ‘fake news.’
‘People get it, people really do get it. There is a lot of fake news out there,’ the president said. ‘Nobody had any idea. And, you know, I’m actually proud of the fact that I exposed it to a large extend, because we exposed it.’
‘It’s something – it’s an achievement,’ he boasted.
He’s previously given himself credit for creating the term ‘fake news.’
‘And when I say fake I don’t mean everybody – not every one of those many people back there,’ he said, acknowledging the working journalists in the room. ‘We have shown something that a lot of people didn’t really understand.’
Trump then mocked the media’s low approval ratings, while suggesting his own low approval numbers were incorrect and that he actually had widespread millennial support.
‘You go to the real campuses and you go all over the country, you go out to the middle west, you go out to the coasts, in many cases. We have tremendous support,’ Trump said.
The president was being interviewed for the forum by Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, a conservative organization.
Kirk had asked for Trump’s advice on what young supporters, who Kirk said were being ‘ridiculed and silenced,’ could do about the problem.
The president called it ‘highly overblown,’ because he had ‘majority support.’
Looking toward the 2018 and 2020 elections, Trump talked about the enthusiasm he had seen recently when on the road in Pennsylvania and Florida, two states he won in 2016.
‘The level of love in that room was incredible,’ Trump said of a recent rally in Pittsburgh where he campaign for Republican House candidate Rick Saccone, who the president called Thursday a ‘very nice guy.’
Saccone lost a shock election to Democrat Conor Lamb several days later, finally conceding the race yesterday.
‘The place is just rocking,’ Trump also said, describing a December rally in Pensacola, Florida.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta (left), White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump (center left), Justice Department Public Affairs Director Sarah Flores (center right) and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (right) watch President Trump address a group of millennials on the White House campus on Thursday
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway (right) gives a thumbs up to President Trump as she sits alongside Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (center) and Justice Department Public Affairs Director Sarah Flores (left)
The point the president was making was that he wasn’t sure if the high-energy crowds would equal electoral success, though he told the young people he was confident in his re-election prospects.
‘They’re all saying I’m going to do great in 2020,’ the president said.
One way to help Republicans on the ballot, Trump suggested, was enacting ‘phase two’ of the GOP tax cut.
‘Because it worked so well,’ he said of the first tax package, which was passed by Congress in December. ‘The word crumbs is going to be like the world deplorable for Hillary,’ he added.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – who could become speaker again if Republicans lose the House in November – had called the Republican tax cuts ‘crumbs’ because the bulk of the savings went to corporations.
And for a quick minute, Trump couldn’t resist lashing out at Clinton again.
‘She actually said deplorable and irredeemable,’ Trump said, recalling a comment the Democratic nominee had made about his supporters in 2016. ‘Irredeemable is probably worse,’ he noted.
‘Well, the one she did last week wasn’t too good either,’ Trump said, referencing comments Clinton made on a trip to India.
‘The woman goes and asks the husband, the son and the male boss for approval to vote for Trump,’ Trump said. ‘That was not too good.’
‘She found a way to insult both men and women,’ the millennial conservative activist said.