While speaking at a “Thank You” rally Saturday in Mobile, Alabama, President-elect Donald Trump responded to first lady Michelle Obama’s “no hope” assessment of his presidency.
In an interview set to air on Monday, the first lady effectively told Oprah Winfrey that Americans are hopeless and hapless now that Trump has been elected president.
“Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like, you know?” Obama said.
Trump assumed the role of interpreter at the rally, explaining the remark to the crowd.
“Michelle Obama said yesterday that there’s no hope,” he said. “But I assume she was talking about the past, not the future, ’cause I’m telling you, we have tremendous hope. And tremendous promise.”
Trump went on to show that despite what his many critics say, he can pivot to a more presidential posture when he spoke in defense of Obama’s remark, saying he believes her words came out differently than she intended.
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“I actually think she made that statement not meaning it the way it came out. I really do,” he explained. “Because I met with President Obama and Michelle Obama in the White House, my wife was there — she could not have been nicer. I honestly believe she meant that statement in a different way than it came out.”
#Trump: “Michelle Obama said that there’s no hope, but I assume she was talking about the past, not the future”
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