Trump Responds to Obama's Critical Speech

'I’m sorry I watched it, but I fell asleep'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2018 3:50 PM CDT
President Trump speaks at a fundraiser in Fargo, N.D., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – If Barack Obama was hoping to get a public rise out of President Trump with his critical speech in Illinois, Trump largely passed on his first opportunity. “I’m sorry I watched it, but I fell asleep,” Trump said Friday during a speech of his own in North Dakota, reports Politico. Trump did, however, take issue with Obama's claiming of credit for current rosy economic figures. “I have to say this to President Obama, and it wasn’t him, but it would have been the same thing," said Trump. "If the Democrats got in with their agenda in November of almost two years ago, instead of having 4.2 up, I believe, honestly, you would have 4.2 down,” Trump said, referring to GDP growth in the second quarter.

In his Illinois speech, Obama had tweaked Republicans in addition to Trump. “When you hear about this economic miracle going on ... suddenly Republicans are saying, ‘It's a miracle!’” Obama said. "Let's just remember when this recovery started," he added, per the Hill. "I have to kind of remind them those jobs numbers are kind of the same as they were in 2015 and 2016." Trump wasn't buying it: "I found he's very good," the president said of Obama. "Very good for sleeping." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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