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Trump: 'I Am the Chosen One'

The president also lands verbal blows outside the White House
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2019 3:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump got a little temperamental with reporters Wednesday and appeared to compare himself—however casually—with the savior in the Christian tradition, the Hill reports. The exchange outside the White House was fueled by criticism of his thoughts on the economy and gun control, his remarks about Jewish Democrats, and his sudden cancellation of a trip to Denmark after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen dismissed his plan to buy Greenland. "Denmark, I looked forward to going but I thought that the Prime Minister's statement that [the Greenland idea] was 'absurd' ... was nasty," Trump said, per CNN. He added:

  • 'Very not nice': "I thought it was a very not nice way of saying something," he said, per the New York Times. "But all they had to do is say, no, we'd rather not do that or we'd rather not talk about it. She's not talking to me, she's talking to the United States of America. They can't say 'how absurd.'"

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  • 'The chosen one': "Over the last five or six years, China has made $500 billion. $500 billion. Ripped it out of the United States," Trump said, per RealClearPolitics. "...Somebody had to do it, so I'm taking on China. I am the chosen one." Mashable notes that he looked up at the sky while saying "chosen one."
  • 'Very disloyal': "If you want to vote Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel," Trump said, reiterating a position he took the day before, per the Times. The president also tweeted about the issue earlier in the day.
  • Tax cuts: "I'm not looking at a tax cut now," Trump said, apparently changing his position from the day before, per the Wall Street Journal. "We don't need it. We have a strong economy."
  • 'Biased reporter': "This guy is the most biased reporter," Trump said of Peter Alexander after he asked a question involving Joe Biden, per Mediaite. "I made a lot of money for NBC with The Apprentice and I used to like them, but they are the most biased. Peter, you should be able to ask a question, same question, in a better way. You are so obviously biased and that’s why the public has no confidence in the media."
  • NBC vs CNN: "NBC News has less credibility in my opinion with guys like you than CNN," Trump said, then turned his attention to CNN's Kaitlan Collins. "You hear what I said? NBC has less credibility than CNN. That’s not saying much." Trump also attacked the Times and said it will go out of business after his presidency.
(Read more President Trump stories.)

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