President Donald Trump blasted the critics of his recent “chosen one” comment, proclaiming that the reporters assembled “knew” that he was joking when he said it.
In a pair of tweets published Saturday morning, Trump went after the reporters at his recent press conference, claiming that they “knew” he was “kidding” and “being sarcastic” when he declared himself “the chosen one” to tackle rebalancing trade with China during a press conference on Wednesday.
“When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said ‘I am the chosen one,’ at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realize that the media would claim that I had a ‘Messiah complex.’ They knew I was kidding, being sarcastic, and just having fun.”
The president went on to claim that “many” of the reporters were “smiling” with him as he cracked the joke and slammed the major media outlets who “covered it as serious news.”
“I was smiling as I looked up and around. The MANY reporters with me were smiling also. They knew the TRUTH…” wrote Trump. “And yet when I saw the reporting, CNN, MSNBC and other Fake News outlets covered it as serious news [and] me thinking of myself as the Messiah.”
“No more trust!” the president added.
….having fun. I was smiling as I looked up and around. The MANY reporters with me were smiling also. They knew the TRUTH…And yet when I saw the reporting, CNN, MSNBC and other Fake News outlets covered it as serious news & me thinking of myself as the Messiah. No more trust!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2019
Trump also defended his comments on Saturday to reporters as he was departing for the G7 summit, reiterating that the remark was “sarcasm.”
— The Hill (@thehill) August 24, 2019
“You know exactly what I meant,” said Trump. “It was sarcasm, it was joking, we were all smiling — and a question like that is just fake news. You’re just a faker.”