President Donald Trump says he’s not as ‘uncivil’ as the media’s making him out to be. It’s the press that’s presenting a distorted image of him that’s different ‘than the real person.’
‘People don’t understand. I went to an Ivy League college, I was a nice student, I did very well. I’m a very intelligent person,’ he said Wednesday over the roar of Marine One. ‘The fact is I think, I really believe, I think the press creates a different image of Donald Trump than the real person.’
The Republican president attend the Wharton School of business at the University of Pennsylvania. He went to Fordham University in New York before that.
He made the claim as he responded to complaints that he’d been too tough on a Gold Star widow, who says he was disrespectful in a condolence call, and too mean to a trio of Republican senators, including one who has cancer.
The president’s never-ending assaults on his adversaries have long been described Trump’s critics as uncouth. Members of his own political party have repeatedly advised him to stop tweeting.
His fight with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of slain soldier Le David Johnson, started a new conversation about whether Trump’s off-the-cuff commentary is too crass.
He has dismissed the pregnant woman’s recollection that his call to her last week was as wholly incorrect.
‘I was extremely nice to her,’ he told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. ‘I was extremely courteous.’
Trump says he did not forget to say her husband’s name, as Johnson has charged.