President Trump sat down for a candid interview with Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy to discuss sports, Twitter and the coronavirus outbreak.
Portnoy began the interview by praising Trump for being the only one to “sniff out” the prank during his appearance on Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Ali G Show.”
“You’re right, I was the only one — I said ‘this guy’s a total fraud’ and I left… You’re the only that has given me credit for that!” Trump told Portnoy.
Portnoy pivoted to the president’s past disapproval of kneeling protests during the national anthem as well as the recent protests that have taken place in cities across the country, asking him “what would you do” to show displeasure with the country.
“Well, I mean you can always say you can run for office, right? You become successful, you can run for a lower office, you can do things,” Trump responded. “But there are ways, you can get groups together and there can be friendly ways of doing it, very successful. You’re gonna have rebounds, negative rebounds if it keeps up the way it is.”
Trump defending sending “tough people” to Portland, which has been widely criticized.
The Barstool Sports founder then asked how he could “close the divide” in the country. The president claimed “it was happening” before the coronavirus outbreak, touting the strong economic numbers and economic recovery.
“China sent us this horrible, bad present, a real bad present,” Trump said. They could have stop it, they should have stopped it.”
The two then discussed Trump’s Twitter activity.
“Do you love doing Twitter?” Portnoy asked.
“There are times when I love it, too much sometimes,” Trump grinned before touting the “voice” he has in order to bypass what he calls “fake news.”
Portnoy then pressed the president on the tweets he receives backlash for.
“Do you sometimes — because I follow you on Twitter and I know I do this… do you ever tweet out and be like — you wake up and, ‘Aw man, I wish I didn’t send that one out’?” Portnoy asked.
“Often, too often,” Trump responded. “It used to be in the old days before this, you’d write a letter and you’d say this letter is very big. You put it on your desk and then you go back tomorrow and you say, ‘Oh, I’m glad I didn’t send it,’ right? But we don’t do that with Twitter, right? We put it out instantaneously, we feel great, and then you start getting phone calls — ‘Did you really say this?’ I say, ‘What’s wrong with that?’ and you find out a lot of things.”
Trump then acknowledged that “it’s the retweets” that get him “into trouble” versus the tweets he writes himself.
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