Trump would ‘love’ to face anyone from pack of Democratic candidates
President Trump said in a new interview that it doesn’t matter who the Democrats pick as his challenger in 2020 — former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders or former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke — he’d “love” to face any one of them.
The president told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo in the interview that aired Friday that it appeared like the media has already “chosen” 46-year-old O’Rourke , who told Vanity Fair in its April issue that he was “just born to be in it.”
“My attitude is, I wouldn’t mind,” Trump said when asked whether he wanted to run against O’Rourke, who put a scare into incumbent GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in the November elections because jumping into the national fray.
“I mean, I’d love to have Biden. I’d love to have Bernie, I’d love to have Beto. I mean, Beto seems to be the one the press has chosen. The press seems to have chosen Beto,” he said.
“When I watch Beto, I say we could dream about that,” Trump added. “But whatever it is — no, I think it’s competence. I think it’s somebody — look. When I first ran, I was never a politician — I ran, I ran on a certain platform. I’ve done far more than I said I was going to do.”
The president also blasted O’Rourke for saying that he would tear down an existing border barrier in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, if given the chance.
“You have Beto, so you have Beto. And Beto comes out and he says, ‘Let’s take down the wall.’ If you ever took down the wall, this country would be overrun,” Trump said.
In the wide-ranging interview, the president also lambasted the so-called Green New Deal advanced by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling it “the most preposterous thing.”
And he mocked the growing list of Democratic contenders for “saying a lot of weird things” and claimed that “Democrats are becoming a far left party, I mean, they’re 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 voting age. Where did that come all of the sudden? The voting age at 16 — they’re becoming radical. They are radicalized,” he said.
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York told Politico that they would consider increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court if elected president.
Trump also continued his controversial criticisms of the late Sen. John McCain, whom he ripped during a speech at an Army tank plant in Ohio, where he said, he approved his full dress funeral in August at the Washington National Cathedral but didn’t get a thank you.
“I never liked him much. I really probably never will,” he told the assembled workers.
Trump assailed McCain again in the interview for voting against repealing ObamaCare, for purportedly leaking the Steele Dossier about Russia’s alleged ties to his campaign to the media, and for supporting military intervention in Iraq.
“[W]hat he did to the Republican Party and to the nation and to sick people that could have had great health care, it’s not good. So I’m not a fan of John McCain, and that’s fine,” Trump said.
He also dismissed the notion that the long-awaited Mueller report about Russian election meddling and possible collusion in the 2016 presidential election would reveal anything of substance.
“If you look over the past two years, how many breaking news stories was there about me that turned out to be nonexistent? So many of them,” he said.
Trump then turned to his signature issue of immigration, which he described as a “total disaster in this country.”
“We have laws that are so bad, people pouring in,” Trump said.
“We’re building the wall and it’s going up fast, big, strong, looks good, not the horrible thing that they were building before I got here,” he said. We’re building the wall now. We’re going to have a lot of wall built pretty soon. But if you don’t have that, you can’t have border security.”
PolitiFact has rated Trump’s statements about the wall being under construction to be “Mostly False,” because projects included replacement fencing and others planned before he even ran for office.
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