Trump: On Thanksgiving I’m Most Thankful For Myself

The Independent reports:

Donald Trump has said he is most thankful for himself, at the end of an extraordinary Thanksgiving Day phone call to US troops in which he railed against judges, immigrants and “bad” trade deals. Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Thursday, the US president told reporters he was most thankful for his “great family” and “for having made a tremendous difference in this country”.

“This country is so much stronger now than when I took office you wouldn’t believe it,” he said. “I mean you see it, but so much stronger that people can’t even believe it. “When I see foreign leaders they say we cannot believe the difference in strength between the United States now, and the United States two years ago. It’s nice to know you’re fighting for something doing well, and that’s our country,” he said.

The Washington Post reports:

Over the span of a few hours, the president would mix the traditional pablum of Thanksgiving tidings with renouncing the findings of his Central Intelligence Agency, threatening Mexico, criticizing court decisions, attacking Hillary Clinton over her emails, misstating facts about the economy, floating a shutdown of the government — and per usual, jousting with the news media.

Asked what he was most thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day — a question that for commanders in chief usually prompts praise of service members in harm’s way — Trump delivered a singularly Trumpian answer. “I made a tremendous difference in our country,” he said, citing himself. Falsely, the president said the gross domestic product percentage was “going down to minus 4, 5, 6 percent” when he took office, describing the country as “teetering” under President Barack Obama. (It was a positive 2.1 percent in the last quarter of 2016.)

He offered, without evidence, that Clinton had “probably” deleted more than 100,000 emails, a continuation of  his long campaign to impugn her for using a private email system. At the same time, he defended Ivanka Trump’s use of a private email account for government business as “very innocent.”