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The Three Most Trump-ian Quotes in Donald Trump’s Economist Interview

“I get more deductions, they have deductions for birds flying across America, they have deductions for everything.”

Trump in the Oval

President Trump covered trade, health care, tax reform, and more in a lengthy interview with The Economist published on Thursday.

It’s a long interview, so the Need to Know (NTK) Network pulled out the three most Trump-ian quotes in the interview, from “birds” to Pence 2024.

DEDUCTIONS FOR THE BIRDS

Addressing tax reform, Trump suggested there are too many deductions in the U.S. tax code. But he used an interesting analogy to demonstrate that point:

I get more deductions, I mean I can tell you this, I get more deductions, they have deductions for birds flying across America, they have deductions for everything. There are more deductions…now you’re going to get an interest deduction, and a charitable deduction. But we’re not going to have all this nonsense that they have right now that complicates things and makes it… you know when we put out that one page, I said, we should really put out a, you know, a big thing, and then I looked at the one page, honestly it’s pretty well covered. Hard to believe.

NORTH KOREA VS. YOUR KNEE

President Trump noted that one of the goals of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would largely repeal and replace Obamacare, is to get the federal government out of health care decisions.

Why? Trump wants to focus on North Korea:

But ultimately, you know I use the expression, “If you have a bad knee, I would rather have the federal government focus on North Korea than fixing your knee.” The state governments are in much better position to, you know, help people.

PENCE 2024?!

At the end of the interview, Trump appeared to drop an information bomb that has not been confirmed by anyone in the White House: Vice President Mike Pence will run to succeed Trump at the end of (what Trump assumes to be) eight years in office.

We’re doing things that are going to keep people real happy. And then ultimately, when I leave office, on the assumption [Mike Pence] doesn’t follow me, but he will. But when I leave office what happens is slowly they’ll nip away at it, nip away, nip away and then in 40, 50 years somebody else will come along and bring it back.

You can check out the full interview transcript here.