While President Donald Trump spoke at the annual GOP congressional retreat in West Virginia, he claimed Senator Orrin Hatch once said he is “the greatest president in the history of our country.”
The comments, which came as Republican lawmakers assembled for a retreat to discuss legislative solutions on immigration and infrastructure, were received with laughs from the crowd as Trump said the following:
“Orrin — I love listening to him speak. He said once that I am the single greatest president in his lifetime — now he’s a young man, so it’s not that much. And he actually once said I’m the greatest president in the history of our country, and I said, ‘Does that include Lincoln and Washington?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘I love this guy.’ I love him. He’s a special guy.”
However, the praise Trump attributed to the 83-year-old senior senator may not be totally accurate, as Hatch’s comms team told The Guardian‘s Ben Jacobs that he actually said the president “can be” the greatest, but is not currently.
Per Hatch spox, he has said that Trump “can be” the greatest president ever but has never said “is”
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 1, 2018
Hatch, who is the longest-serving GOP senator in the party’s history, plans on retiring after this year, which many in politics and media see as a door opening for Mitt Romney to run for the office.
Watch above, via Fox News.
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