Fox Sports reports that President Donald Trump said in an interview published on Sunday that he “wouldn’t be a great president if I wasn’t very good at calling people terrorists” in response to a question about his alleged plan to make the U.S. a Muslim country.
Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and that he is a Muslim, was asked whether he was a terrorist.
“No, I wouldn’t be,” Trump replied.
“I would call him a Muslim.
I would call a lot of different things, but I would be a very, very good president if not very good.”
Trump’s comment comes after the White House said that Trump “wasn’t joking” about calling the former president a terrorist, but that he did call the current president a “terrorist.”
“Mr. Trump’s comment yesterday on the term ‘terrorist’ was not joking, and was clearly meant as a response to Senator Rubio’s questioning on whether he would consider banning the president from being president if he were to ever be elected,” the White Houses press secretary, Josh Earnest, said in a statement.
“This is a very serious issue, and Mr. Trump has made it clear that he would be the first president to do so.
He has no intention of suspending his campaign or making the country less safe, and he believes that the term terrorist should be used only in situations where it’s clearly not justified.”
In a statement on Twitter, Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said that “Mr. Donald Trump was referring to President Obama as a terrorist when he said the United States should not ‘ban’ him.”
“It is a serious charge,” she added.
“It would be nice if we could say it was not, but it is a fact that President Obama is a terrorist,” Trump added.
The president has faced criticism over his remarks.
In March, Trump said that Obama was a “son of a bitch” and that Trump would “make America great again.”