President Trump, in a long interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network, accused Democrats of adopting ideas such as court stuffing and the Green New Deal to "radicalize" – while expressing his confidence while he was measuring the growing number of potential opponents for 2020.
The president mocked the Democratic candidates for "saying a lot of strange things", calling the Green New Deal "the most absurd thing" and explaining Beto O'Rourke's idea of tearing down the border.
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But he was asked which candidate in the vast battlefield that he would really like to face in 2020, Trump has thrown some names:
"I mean, I'd like to have [Joe] Biden. I would like to have Bernie [Sanders]I would like to have Beto, "he said, adding:" I mean, Beto seems to be the one the press has chosen. The press seems to have chosen Beto. … When I look at Beto, I say we could dream about it. "
The comments announced by the President read early the candidates that he would very much like to take charge during the election campaign. The number of candidates grows weekly and extends more and more left on issues ranging from immigration to taxation.
In the same interview, Trump claimed that "the Democrats are becoming an extreme left party, I mean, they are becoming a radical party." You look at what they want to do with the Supreme Court You look at what they want to do with the age of voting.How did this happen all of a sudden? The age of voting at age 16 – they are becoming radicals, they are radicalized. "
He was referring to calls by Democrats, including the 2020 candidates, to bring more judges to the Supreme Court and lower the voting age to 16.
Trump spoke of burning issues including the economy and its controversial criticism of the late Senator John McCain, which led to criticism from his own party.
Bartiromo began by pointing out that while the US economy was developing under Trump's administration, the rest of the world seems to be slowing down. When asked how he would maintain this momentum, Mr. Trump said the trade agreements reached during his presidency would continue to be implemented and raised high hopes for an impending trade deal with China. He added that tariffs on Chinese imports had already generated billions of dollars in additional revenue.
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"[I]If you look at technology and the first $ 50 billion worth of goods, we want to keep that … because we need it. "
Trump has also touted the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a solution to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – or as he often calls it "the one of the worst chords I've ever seen. " He then criticized the European Union for what he considered a double standard. Countries like Germany, he said, send their cars virtually untaxed, while not accepting cars made in the United States.
It's hard to believe that I won. If you think about it, I had Facebook, Google, Twitter, everyone against me … the media are almost totally against me.
"The numbers are just a little smaller – but you know, we lost over the five, six, seven, $ 150 billion a year with the European Union," Trump said. "They do not take our product. They tax us enormously. They pay us a lot. Almost every country has benefited from the United States and we are adjusting it. "
Trump seemed oblivious to the fact that tariffs on auto imports could disrupt the global economy, insisting that the "ultimate goal" is for companies to "build their factories in the US" without no customs duty.
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The interview focused on the alleged censorship of social media on conservative voices, such as representative Devin Nunes, who this week started a lawsuit against Twitter. Asked about the type of regulation that he would like to see imposed on social media companies, Mr. Trump said he hated "the concept of regulation over the media," while asserting "a collusion between Democrats" .
"It's hard to believe I won," he said. "If you think about it, I had Facebook, Google, Twitter, everyone against me. The media is almost totally against me. And yet I won. 306 to 223; people can not even believe it. I won. Because I can get the message out through my social media, because I have very good social media – but I'll tell you, it's a lot harder than it should be. "
While not having the same urge as Senator Elizabeth Warren to dismantle these tech companies, he criticized them for being tougher with the Conservatives than the Democrats.
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Trump also spoke of the heat he suffered this week for criticizing McCain – who died last August – in a speech to the workers of an army tank factory. in Ohio, stating, "I have never liked it so much. I will probably never do it. "
Trump criticized McCain for voting against an offer to back ObamaCare, participating in the handover of the Steele case to the FBI and backing the military intervention in Iraq.
"[W]That's what he did to the Republican Party, to the nation and to the sick who could have benefited from excellent health care, that's not good. So, I'm not a fan of John McCain, and it's going to be fine, "said Trump.
While the Mueller report, waited for so long that rumors will soon end, Trump rejected the idea that nothing substantial would be revealed regarding the alleged collusion between Russia and the 2016 presidential election.
"If you look over the past two years, how many unpublished stories have been told about me and found none? So many of them, "he said.
Despite his struggles on many fronts, Trump was still optimistic about the possibility of finding common ground with Democrats – who, he suggested, seem more invested in infrastructure than Republicans.
"Frankly, I like to own our own roads, own our bridges. I do not like selling them to other countries, "he said, adding," I think it's very feasible because I think [Democrats] want to do it. I mean, Nancy Pelosi has said very firmly that they want to make infrastructure. "
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He then moved on to immigration, which he called "total disaster in this country".
"We have so bad laws; people are flocking, "said Trump. He commended the immigration officers but said that their working conditions would be remarkably improved through a wall – which he insisted that he was determined to build.
"We build the wall and it goes up fast, big, strong, looks beautiful, not the horrible thing they built before I came here. We are building the wall now. We will soon build a lot of walls. But if you do not have that, you can not have border security, "he said.