US President Donald Trump has repeated his assertion that he is a stable genius, insists he eats good quality food, and confirms he tweets in bed.
In an wide-ranging interview with journalist Piers Morgan for Britain’s ITV on Sunday, Mr Trump spoke about his health and some perceptions that he was insane and physically unfit.
“I am a stable genius,” Mr Trump said.
“I eat fine food, really from some of the finest chefs in the world, I eat healthy food, I also have some of that food on occasion… I think I eat actually quite well.”
During the interview, Mr Trump said using social media was a way to defend himself in the “fake news” era and that he sometimes tweets from bed.
“Well perhaps sometimes in bed, perhaps sometimes at breakfast or lunch or whatever, but generally speak during the early morning, or the evening… I am very busy during the day,” he said.
Mr Trump also said he’d be open to revisiting his pledge to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, if the deal could be substantially revised.
“If somebody said, go back into the Paris accord, it would have to be a completely different deal because we had a horrible deal,” he said.
“Would I go back in? Yeah, I’d go back in. I like, as you know, I like Emmanuel (Macron). I would love to, but it’s got to be a good deal for the United States.”
Mr Trump said the climate has been cooling as well as warming, asserting the polar ice caps have been been melting.
“The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records,” he said.
Mr Trump said he expects to make two visits to Britain this year, a state visit that will probably involve a meeting with the Queen and a less formal working visit.
But a third appearance, for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle in May, is not in the cards: Trump is yet to receive an invitation from the prince or from Meghan, who has outspokenly criticised Trump as a divisive figure with misogynistic attitudes.
Mr Trump told Morgan that he expected to come to Britain for a full state visit in October, taking up an invitation from Prime Minister Theresa May.
Opposition politicians have lined up to criticise granting such an honour to a leader they consider exclusionary, dishonest, and unworthy, and anti-Trump groups have promised to greet his visit with massive street protests.
Mr Trump insisted that Britain was brimming with love for him, while at the same time saying he doesn’t care what those who don’t like him think.
“I think I’m very popular in your country,” he said. “I believe that, I really do. I get so much fan mail from people in your country.”
The interview comes as Mr Trump urged his followers to inform rapper Jay-Z that “because of my policies”, unemployment among black Americans is at the “lowest rate ever recorded”.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
The president’s tweet on Sunday appeared to be in response to a CNN interview in which the rapper said the president’s vulgar comments about African countries and Haiti were “disappointing” and “hurtful”.
Jay-Z said on the debut episode of The Van Jones Show on Saturday that lower unemployment among blacks doesn’t make up for the president’s attitude.
Jay-Z says, “It’s not about money at the end of the day,” and it “doesn’t equate to happiness”.
The black unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent is the lowest on record and has reached levels not seen since the end of President Bill Clinton’s administration.
– with AAP