Trump ‘takes credit’ for ‘very good’ job rating of CNN
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s taken credit for a “very good” rating of his own, while blaming a network that has been critical of his administration.
The president was in New Hampshire when CNN’s “State of the Union” program aired a special about the deadly shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., in which Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was killed.
During the interview, host Candy Crowley asked Trump if he had any regrets about the shooting and whether he’d make changes to the way he was handling it.
Trump said he had to “take credit for the very good ratings” of CNN.
“I think the ratings are very good.
They’re very good for me,” Trump said.
“The ratings are not bad for anybody.
I take credit for them.
I get credit for what I’m doing.
They can take that back if they want.”
He added: “I don’t know.
I’ve got a very good rating.
I was the worst ratings president that’s ever been.”CNN responded to Trump’s claim by saying it had not reviewed the ratings.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Earlier this month, Crowley also asked Trump about his tweets suggesting that the Justice Department was investigating him over allegations of sexual misconduct.
“No, I haven’t,” Trump responded.
“You know, I think you’ve been treated very unfairly by a lot of people.
I think that it’s a great job, I believe that you’re going to have great ratings.
I don’t think you deserve the criticism, but I think the people are going to get it.
I’m very honored.”
He also said he would be looking at pardoning former Rep. Joe Wilson, R, of Georgia, and former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who were both convicted on allegations of sexually assaulting women.
“You know it’s very unfair to me because I am a good person,” Trump added.
“I think they should take a look at it.
And I don.
I won’t be doing it.
That’s why I’m not doing it.”CNN also aired an interview with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over sexual misconduct allegations against Trump.