President Trump spilled the beans on his Twitter habits in a wide-ranging interview with British journalist and former Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan that aired Sunday. The president said he needed social media to defend himself from all the news "that is very false or made up" and admitted he sometimes tweets from bed, reports Reuters. He said he tweets "perhaps sometimes in bed, perhaps sometimes at breakfast or lunch or whatever, but generally speaking during the early morning, or the evening. He added: "I am very busy during the day." Other highlights:
- Brexit. Trump told Morgan that if he was in Prime Minister Theresa May's shoes, he would be taking a very different—and much tougher—approach to Brexit negotiations. "I would have said the European Union is not cracked up to what it’s supposed to be," he said. "I would have taken a tougher stand in getting out."
- Climate change. Trump said he would be open to dropping his pledge to exit the 2015 Paris climate accord, though it would have to be a "good deal for the United States" instead of the "horrible" existing deal. Trump claimed the climate has been cooling as well as warming, saying: "The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they're setting records." CBS News notes that scientists say the world is warming, not cooling, apart from day-to-day variations, and the ice caps have set a lot more records for shrinking than growing.
- His diet. Asked about his fondness for burgers and Coca-Cola, Trump said: "I eat fine food, really from some of the finest chefs in the world, I eat healthy food, I also have some of that food on occasion ... I think I eat actually quite well."
- His popularity in Britain. When Trump said he thought he was "very popular" in the UK, Morgan told him: "Let's not be too hasty, Mr. President," the Guardian reports. Trump replied: "I know but I believe that, I really do. I get so much fan mail from people in your country. They love my sense of security, they love what I’m saying about many different things."
- Women. Trump said he had "tremendous respect" for women, and they respected his position on issues like the military because they want to be "safe at home." Asked if he considers himself a feminist: "No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist. I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. I'm for women, I’m for men, I'm for everyone."
- The royal wedding. Trump said he didn't know if he had been invited to the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but he was diplomatic when Morgan asked him about anti-Trump comments Markle has made. "I really want them to be happy," he said. "They look like a lovely couple."
(In a previously aired excerpt, Trump made what Morgan called a "significant climbdown" on his retweets of far-right group Britain First