In what MSNBC anchor Katy Tur called “the stream of consciousness from man who hasn’t talked to anybody in a few weeks,” Trump brought a meeting with his top cabinet officials on Wednesday to an end with a nearly two-hour-long freestyle press conference in which he claimed that he “could be the most popular person in Europe,” said he’d “make a good general” and bragged that his generals are “better looking than Tom Cruise.”
During the meeting, Trump explained that he had “a meeting at the Pentagon with lots of generals” to discuss issues related to Iran and the Middle East.
“They were like from a movie,” Trump said before bizarrely claiming that they were “better looking than Tom Cruise, and stronger.”
He added: “And I had more generals than I’ve ever seen, and we were at the bottom of this incredible room. I said, ‘this is the greatest room I’ve ever seen.'”
TRUMP: “I had a meeting at the Pentagon with lots of generals. They were like from a movie. Better looking than Tom Cruise, & stronger. And I had more generals than I’ve ever seen, & we were at the bottom of this incredible room. I said, ‘this is greatest room I’ve ever seen.'” pic.twitter.com/fTpgDXVso8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 2, 2019
Trump also told reporters that if not for his trade policies, he “could be the most popular person in Europe. I could run for any office if I wanted to. I don’t want to.”
Trump also addressed relations with North Korea, waving a piece of paper in the air which he said was a letter from North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un.
“I just got a great letter from Kim Jong-un. The few people that I’ve shown this letter to — they’ve never written letters like that. This letter is a great letter,” Trump said, adding that he expected to meet in person with Kim again, following their meeting on June 12 of 2018, and complaining that he receives “no credit” for his “good relationship” with Kim.
“If another administration came in other than this administration,” Trump said, “you’d be at war right now. You’d be having a nice big, fat war in Asia.”