United States President Donald Trump gave a spirited press conference on the south lawn of the White House with reporters on Wednesday, detailing his trade policy with China, his positions on gun control, his alleged Greenland real estate ambitions, as well as the constant debate about his proposed border wall and the detention of migrants. He also discussed the growing controversy surrounding Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar in relation to their comments on Israel.
Before heading into a tirade about the economic imperative of his trade policy with China, Trump addressed many of the reporters who joined him as "members of the fake news."
When speaking on the trade war with China, Trump insisted that it was a measure that was necessary to ensure the economic prosperity of the United States. Trump said that China has been taking advantage of the United States economically for a very long time, and has earned at least $500 billion at the expense of the American people.
He suggested that a trade war with China is something that should have happened a long time ago, but no one was willing to do it. Trump called to the previous administrations of Obama, Bush, and Clinton, saying that the former presidents did not have the courage to take the necessary steps to bring China to the negotiating table.
The Chosen One
At one point in the discussion, Trump looked up to the sky with his eyes open and said: “I am the chosen one.”
“Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China,” he said.
He then explained that he was chosen by the people of the country to do a good job, and he believes that the trade war with China is an essential part of helping the economy and being a good president.
Trump then insisted that his trade policy with China has actually been a success. The president pointed to the many jobs that have been lost in China as a result of the trade war, and said that China will be ready to come to the negotiating table any day now as a result of the pressure.
Shortly after the president made his comments during a live interview, the web was buzzing with news of Trump's performative antics. Comparisons were instantly made to Jesus or "the son of god."
King of Israel
On the same day, Trump tweeted words of support from a follower that seemed to suggest that Trump was chosen by God to protect the Jewish people of Israel. The post even went so far as to say that people in Israel love Trump like he is "the second coming of God." The post also described the current president as "the king of Israel."
The Tweet came before Trump's speech, so it is highly possible that he was channeling this "king of Israel" persona when he later stepped out on the white house lawn to speak with reporters. However, it is always possible that he was just trolling the reporters and looking to catch headlines as he often does.