Welcome to 2019, a time where the president actually has to explain to the press when he is making a joke.
Taking questions from reporters late Friday before departing for the G7 in France, President Donald Trump was asked about his recent comment that he is “the chosen one” when it comes to a trade war with China.
Speaking on the South Lawn, Trump was visibly annoyed with being questioned over what he meant when he said he was the “chosen one.”
“Let me tell you — you know exactly what I meant,” he said. “It was sarcasm. It was joking. We were all smiling. And the question like that is just fake news. You’re just a faker.”
Trump’s original comment was made on Wednesday and the left predictably picked it up, took it out of context and ran with it.
“Somebody said it is Trump’s trade war. This isn’t my trade war,” Trump said. “This is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago by a lot of other presidents.”
He later added, “Somebody had to do it.”
The president then looked up at the sky and said, “I am the chosen one.”
While the left took this comment and tried to use it as an example of the president’s supposed incompetence, it’s clearly a joke from a man frustrated with ridiculous questions from a media pretending like he is the first president to express an issue with China.
Check out the full “chosen one” comments below and see yet another example of why the mainstream media is out of control:
Leftists, of course, tried to use the “chosen one” comment as cannon fodder.
.@chriscuomo: Pres. Trump soon leaves for the G7 summit in France and there is nothing this President loves more than high-minded multilateral meetings with other world leaders… Kidding! He hates these things which is weird since it's such a big part of the job. pic.twitter.com/QcAtLjzNjA
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) August 24, 2019
Trump says he’s “The Chosen One.” I agree. He was chosen by Putin.
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) August 22, 2019
I hope you enjoy my latest piece for @thedailybeast, in which I've had enough of pretending Donald Trump isn't completely insane.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 22, 2019
CNN even published a piece entitled, “Yes, Donald Trump really believes he is ‘the chosen one.'”
We live in such absurd times that the president, in the middle of a trade war with China, has to take time out of his day to sit the mainstream media down like children and explain to them how a joke works.
The fact that the media so often misrepresents Trump’s sarcasm and entertainer style is just one example of their deliberate dishonesty. This is a man who showed himself to be a bigger than life personality who often joked at his own and other people’s expense while hosting “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice” for years, but now when he makes a simple joke, the media sounds the alarms and tries to get people into a panic over nothing. They are still trying to paint a picture of the president that very obviously does not exist.
Trump has ramped tensions up with China by increasing tariffs on imported goods and encouraging American businesses to avoid doing business with the country until they begin treating the United States fairly.
Trump gut punches China in tariff war https://t.co/VbvLMUrWqY
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 24, 2019
While some have pointed out that the hardline tactics are negatively affecting the stock market, supporters like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, have pointed out that this is a fight that was inevitable and it’s good that it is happening now instead of years from now.
During his Friday talk with reporters Trump, also went after Federal Reserve chair Jay Powell for not cutting interest rates more drastically. He had already questioned on Twitter whether Powell or Chinese President Xi Jinping is the “bigger enemy” to the United States.
“As usual, the Fed did NOTHING! It is incredible that they can ‘speak’ without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly. We have a very strong dollar and a very weak Fed. I will work ‘brilliantly’ with both, and the U.S. will do great. My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?” Trump tweeted shortly before sending out already viral tweets that heated up the trade war between the United States and China.
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