Trump says he’s ‘not prepared to lose’ the 2020 election and repeats claims there was voter fraud in 2016 – and adds he would rather run against ‘Sleepy’ Joe Biden than ‘vicious and ruthless’ Hillary Clinton
- President Trump gave rare praise to his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, saying she was a ‘smart,’ ‘tough’ candidate
- The president said he would rather face ‘sleepy’ former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020 than take on Clinton again
- He often ridiculed Clinton during the 2016 elections, and the years following, calling for her to be locked up
- Trump covered a wide range of issues, including Iran, politics and his migration policy on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday morning
- He said he’s not prepared to lose in 2020 because he does not ‘like losing’
- ‘I don’t like losing,’ he said. ‘I haven’t lost very much in my life’
- Trump also said he would tell Russian President Vladimir Putin not to interfere in the 2020 elections if interviewer Chuck Todd wanted him to
Donald Trump offered some rare praise for rival Hillary Clinton – saying she was a ‘great candidate,’ and admitting he would rather go up against former Vice President Joe Biden than once again face Clinton.
The president told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that he isn’t prepared to lose the election.
‘Probably not. Probably not,’ he said when host Chuck Todd asked if he was.
‘It would be much better, it would be much better if I said, ‘Yeah.’ It would be much easier for me to say, ‘Oh yes.’ No I’m probably not too prepared to lose. I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life,’ Trump said.
The president also said he didn’t fully trust the results of the popular vote in the 2016 elections, suggesting not all the votes were valid.
‘There were a lot of votes cast that I don’t believe,’ he said.
President Trump spoke on a variety of topics on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning
He told host Chuck Todd (right) that he is ‘not prepared to lose’ in 2020. On Tuesday, Trump launched his reelection campaign at a rally in Orlando, Florida
Trump praised Hillary Clinton as a candidate, in an interviewed that aired on a weekend when Biden and other Democratic presidential contenders gathered in Columbia, South Carolina.
‘I actually think that Hillary Clinton was a great candidate. She was very smart. She was very tough. She was ruthless and vicious,’ Trump said.
‘You’d rather run against her again, wouldn’t you?’ Todd asked.
‘No,’ Trump said. ‘No. I would actually rather run against Biden. I think that would be my preference.’
‘Sleepy Joe. He’s sleepy. She was not sleepy,’ Trump continued. ‘Let me just tell you something, the Electoral College is tougher for a Republican to win than the popular vote. At least me. I feel that I go to three places. I went to 19 or 21 states. I went to Maine four times because I wanted to get one. And I did get it. And that’s the beauty of the electoral college.’
Amid reports of young children still be separate from their families on the border and charges they are facing neglect, Trump insisted his administration is doing a ‘fantastic’ job.
Trump said he agreed the conditions were terrible but blamed former President Barack Obama for the separations and said Democrats refused to give money for humanitarian aid.
The president also offered praise for his former Democratic contender, saying Hillary Clinton was a ‘great,’ ‘smart,’ ‘tough’ and ‘ruthless’ candidate. He added that he would rather run against ‘sleepy’ former Vice President Joe Biden than take on Clinton again
Biden has led in the polls since launching his campaign a few months ago, but has recently lost his lead as some of the other 24 Democratic primary candidates begin to close the gap
‘President Obama built the cages. Remember when they said that I built them?’ he said.
‘But let’s not punish the kids more,’ NBC’s Chuck Todd said to him.
‘You’re right,’ Trump responded. ‘And this has been happening long before I got there. What we’ve done is we’ve created, we’ve, we’ve ended separation. You know, under President Obama you had separation. I was the one that ended it.’
He went on to keep blaming Obama: ‘I inherited separation from President Obama. President Obama built, they call them, jail cells.’
Then he praised the work of his administration and blamed Democrats for holding up aid for the crisis at the southern border.
‘We’re doing a fantastic job under the circumstances. The Democrats aren’t even approving giving us money. Where is the money? You know what? The Democrats are holding up the humanitarian aid,’ he said.
‘If the Democrats would change the asylum laws and the loopholes, which they refuse to do because they think it’s good politics, everything would be solved immediately,’ he added.
‘But they refuse to do it. They refuse to do it. You know what? If they change those, I say, I used to say 45 minutes. It’s 15 minutes. If they changed asylum and if they changed loopholes everything on the border would be perfect.’
In January, Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border, citing a humanitarian crisis with influxes in illegal immigration, crime, human trafficking and drug smuggling.
Trump also addressed his upcoming meeting in Osaka, Japan with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which will take place on the sidelines on the G20 Summit later this month.
Asked if he would address Putin directly regarding Russian election interference, Trump said: ‘I may.’
‘I may if you’d like me to do it, I’ll do that,’ he said seemingly sarcastically when asked if he would tell Putin not to engage in the U.S. elections in 2020.
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