Fans and critics can agree on one thing about Donald Trump — you never know what he’ll say next.
But the latest surprise from the Republican presidential nominee is one that neither supporters or detractors might know how to react to.
In an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that spanned an array topics, Trump caused many eyebrows to arch when he said of President Obama, “In many ways, I like Obama.”
minute. The man who is never afraid to lob criticism at the president — a few weeks ago he said Obama “doesn’t have a clue” — now says he admires the current commander-in-chief?
There’s something about him I do like,” Trump said, which almost certainly left Dowd waiting for a punchline.
Instead, Trump continued with his complimentary tone.
I’m embarrassed to admit it. I give him a lot of credit,” Trump said. “It’s very unique and very hard to do and I give him tremendous credit. He became a two-term president of the United States. He’s got some quality going.”
Trump didn’t completely let the president off the hook, saying the Obama’s speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention was “a good speech but not nearly as good as the press would have you believe. Whether it’s good or bad, the press will say it’s fantastic.”
Trump also spread the good cheer to another member of the Obama family, saying first lady Michelle Obama “gave a very good speech” at the convention.
When it came to Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, however, Trump returned to form. “I don’t think she has what it takes,” Trump said of Clinton as a candidate. “I watched her (speech Thursday) night. It was hard to watch. I was falling asleep. It beats Sominex every time.”
And what does Trump think of Clinton’s former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders? “He could have left one of the great legacies, but he made a deal and now he has buyer’s remorse,” Trump said.