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Trump Fires Back at Ann Coulter Taunts: I Like Her But ‘She’s Off the Reservation’

President Donald Trump has taken heavy criticism from Ann Coulter in recent weeks. On Friday, he responded by saying that he likes her, but considers her to be “off the reservation.”

Responding to a question from NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell about the influence wielded by various conservative media figures, the president invoked Coulter’s name after citing Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

“Ann Coulter, I don’t know her. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year,” Trump said. “But the press loves saying, ‘Ann Coulter.’ Probably if I did speak to her, she’d be very nice. I just don’t have the time to speak to her. I would speak to her. I have nothing against her. In fact, I like her for one reason. When they asked her right at the beginning, ‘Who’s going to win the election?’ She said, ‘Donald Trump.’ And the two people that asked her that question smiled. They said, ‘You’re kidding, aren’t you?’ Nope. Donald Trump. So I like her.

Then came the qualifier.

“But she’s off the reservation,” Trump said. “But anybody that knows her understands that. But I haven’t spoken to her. I don’t follow her. I don’t talk to her.”

Earlier in his remarks, the presided lauded Hannity and Limbaugh, but said they do not control his agenda.

“Sean Hannity has been a terrific, terrific supporter of what I do,” he said. “Not of me. If I changed my views, he wouldn’t be with me. Rush Limbaugh, I think he’s a great guy. He can speak for three hours without a phone call. He’s got one of the biggest audiences in the history of the world. I mean, this guy’s unbelievable…[But] they don’t decide policy.”

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