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Politics'It was sarcasm': President Donald Trump changes course on 'chosen one' remark

19:55  24 august  2019
19:55  24 august  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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' It was sarcasm ': President Donald Trump changes course on ' chosen one ' remark . President Donald Trump said he was being sarcastic when he raised eyebrows earlier this week by referring to himself as "the chosen one " amid his ongoing trade war with China.

President Trump Donald John Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump MORE late Friday said that he was speaking sarcastically this week when he declared himself "the chosen one " amid his widening trade war with

President Donald Trump said he was being sarcastic when he raised eyebrows earlier this week by referring to himself as "the chosen one" amid his ongoing trade war with China.

"You know exactly what I meant," Trump told reporters at the White House late Friday before departing to the G-7 summit in France. "It was sarcasm. It was joking. We were all smiling. And a question like that is just fake news."

Trump addressed the statement again on Saturday, sending a tweet from France.

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President Trump Donald John Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump MORE late Friday said that he was speaking sarcastically this week when he declared himself "the chosen one " amid his widening trade war with

"When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said 'I am the chosen one,' at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realize that the media would claim that I had a 'Messiah complex.' They knew I was kidding, being sarcastic, and just ... having fun," he said.

Trump's trade war with China has caused jitters in the stock market amid fears of a recession, though Trump has previously said trade wars are "easy to win."

Earlier Friday, Trump escalated the rhetoric by saying he will raise tariffs on $550 billion in Chinese goods in response to barriers imposed by Beijing.

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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One before heading to the G7 Summit in France. | "Let me tell you, you know exactly what I meant," Trump said. " It was sarcasm .

. . President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One before heading to the G7 Summit in France. | “Somebody said it is Trump ’s trade war. This isn’t my trade war,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “This is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago by a lot of

Trump said he would raise from 25% to 30% U.S. tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products and would increase from 10% to 15% new tariffs on a remaining $300 billion in goods — some of which are set to take effect next month. The announcement came shortly after China said it would levy its own tariffs on U.S. imports, prompting a market sell-off.

"Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of Fair and Balanced Trade that it has become a great burden to the American Taxpayer," Trump posted on Twitter later Friday. "As President, I can no longer allow this to happen!"

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Contributing: John Fritze

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'It was sarcasm': President Donald Trump changes course on 'chosen one' remark

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