Donald Trump has included himself among the great US presidents, giving himself an ‘A-plus’ for his first two years running the country.
“I think I am doing a great job. We have the best economy we have ever had,” Mr Trump told Fox News in an interview that aired Monday morning (Australian time).
Mr Trump was asked to: “rank yourself in the pantheon of great presidents? There’s Lincoln and Washington, there’s FDR and Reagan, do you make the top 10?”
Mr Trump was unequivocal in his assessment of his own performance.
“I would give myself, I would – look, I hate to do it, but I will do it, I would give myself an A-plus,” he said.
“Is that enough? Can I go higher than that?”
President Trump rates his job performance compared to past presidents. He tells Chris, "I would give myself an A+." Watch the full interview on Fox News Channel at 2P/7P.
Posted by Fox News Sunday on Sunday, November 18, 2018
Responding to a question in a wide-ranging interview the US President said: “We are doing really well. We would have been at war with North Korea if, let’s say, that administration continued forward”.
Mr Trump was also questioned on why he failed to follow a presidential tradition and the visit Arlington War Cemetery on his return from the Armistice Day commemorations in Paris.
The President said he was “extremely busy” and thought the fact that he’d been at an American cemetery in France the day before would have been good enough.
“And I probably … in retrospect, I should have [gone],” Mr Trump said.
“And I did last year, and I will virtually every year. But we had come in very late at night and I had just left, literally, the American Cemetery in Paris,” he said.
“And I really probably assumed that was fine and I was extremely busy because of affairs of state – doing other things.”
Mr. Trump faced criticism while in France for not visiting a US cemetery due to bad weather. He eventually visited another US cemetery in Paris the following day.
Arlington National Cemetery dates to the Civil War and contains some 400,000 graves holding the remains of American war dead from every conflict since.