Trump: 'I'm President and You're Not'
He says there's no credibility issue because he keeps being proved right
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2017 7:14 AM CDT
President Trump gestures as he walks down the stairs of Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida.   (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

(Newser) – President Trump may be taking a lot of criticism for tweeting and uttering things that others find hard to believe, but in an interview with Time, he stands by his controversial statements and dismisses concerns about credibility. "Hey look ... I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not," he tells Michael Scherer. On his wiretapping claims in particular, Trump emphasizes that he used the term in quotes in his tweet. "What I'm talking about is surveillance," he says. As validation, he pointed to the news conference held by House intel panel chair Devin Nunes on Tuesday in which Nunes claimed that communications of members of the Trump campaign may have been "incidentally collected." When Scherer says that's not the same as then-President Obama wiretapping Trump, the president says, "Who know(s) what it is?"

Other tidbits:

  • Claims in general: "I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right."
  • Voter fraud: On claims of 3 million undocumented immigrants voting illegally, he says, "Well I think I will be proved right about that, too."
  • His sourcing: "I’m quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks."
  • Defiant: When Scherer asks if he's worried about his credibility when things he says are proved wrong, the president shoots back, "Name what’s wrong! I mean, honestly."
  • On Sweden: "I was right about that."
Click to read the full interview.

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