President Trump on Sunday boasted about having “a lot of rich friends” before complaining that it “cost me billions of dollars to be president” during a White House Coronavirus press briefing.
“The fact that I ran – I knew as soon as they announced – when I ran, I said, ‘It’s going to cost me a fortune – Not only in terms of actual costs,’ ” Trump complained to reporters.
“Look at my legal costs,” he continued. “You people, everybody is suing me. I’m being sued by people that I never even heard of. I’m being sued all over the place. I’m doing very well, but it’s unfair.”
After boasting that he has “a lot of rich friends,” Trump claimed to have lost billions of dollars since he has been president, a claim that has been repeatedly debunked.
“But I will say that it cost me billions of dollars to be president and especially with all the money I could have made for the last three or four years and I didn’t because I was being president,” Trump claimed. “I have no interest in it.”
“I’m allowed to. You know, I don’t know if you know, George Washington they say, he was a rich man supposedly – relatively rich. And he ran the presidency and he also ran his business. They say he had two desks. Nobody complained until I came along,” he continued. “I got elected as a rich person, but nobody complained until I came along. So it cost me billions of dollars to be president. And I am so happy I did it. Because who cares, who cares.”
“At press conference that’s supposed to be about the Coronavirus pandemic, Trump laments how much money he’s lost as president: “I think it’s very hard for rich people to run for office,” CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted after the press briefing.
At press conference that’s supposed to be about the Coronavirus pandemic, Trump laments how much money he’s lost as president: “I think it’s very hard for rich people to run for office.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 22, 2020