Trump: I ‘Fell Asleep’ Watching Obama’s Speech

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump struck back hours after former President Barack Obama spoke out against his administration, in the opening remarks of his Friday speech in North Dakota.

Trump remarked that when he was asked about Obama’s speech during an interview, he replied, “I’m sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep. I found he’s very good. Very good for sleeping.”

The president took particular issue with Obama’s attempt to claim credit for the ongoing robust economy, saying, “We were heading south, bad numbers there in the last couple of years, it was this way and going in the wrong direction. It was the weakest recovery in the history of our country.”

Obama also questioned Trump’s commitment to Republican orthodoxy, saying, “I don’t mean to pretend I’m channeling Abraham Lincoln now, but that’s not what he had in mind, I think, when he helped form the Republican Party. It’s not conservative. It sure isn’t normal. It’s radical. It’s a vision that says the protection of our power and those who back us is all that matters even when it hurts the country.”