Donald Trump to TIME: ‘I Can’t Be Doing so Badly, Because I’m President, and You’re Not’

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The announcement comes a day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.
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President Donald Trump has defended multiple assertions posed by the media, including his claims on Sweden, Anthony Weiner, Brexit, wiretapping, Brussels, and millions undocumented people voting.

In an interview published in TIME magazine on Thursday, Trump was combative with TIME’s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer, citing multiple news sources and even describing some of his statements as a product of his instinct.

“I’m a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right,” he said, citing a press conference from House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes, backing up some of his claims regarding surveillance of his transition team.

In other cases, Trump defended his statements as merely quoting from news sources to back his claims, citing headlines in the New York Times, Judge Andrew Napolitano and Fox News anchor Bret Baier.

“Why do you say that I have to apologize? I’m just quoting the newspaper … I’m quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks,” he said.

Finally, Trump reminded Scherer that he won the election, despite the media disputing some of his statements.

“I mean we have many, you can go up and down the ladder. But that’s the story,” he said. “Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know. Say hello to everybody OK?”


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