Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE is taking credit for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyPence extends olive branch to Cummings after Trump's Baltimore attacks Marijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis McCarthy: Trump traveling to Baltimore shows he cares about the city MORE (R-Calif.) dropping out of the race for Speaker.

“They’re giving me a lot of credit for that, because I said you really need somebody very, very tough and very smart — you know smart goes with tough, not just tough,” the Republican presidential front-runner said at an event in Las Vegas. “I know tough people. They’re not smart, that’s the worst, OK? That’s the worst. You’ve gotta be smart.


“But we need smart, we need tough, we need the whole package — you know, like me,” he added.

McCarthy abruptly dropped out of the race for the Speakership on Thursday, just as he seemed poised be nominated for the post in a closed-door GOP vote. But conservatives had threatened to withhold support for him in a public floor vote, making his path to the needed 218 votes difficult.

Trump said whoever the next Speaker is should drive a hard bargain with the White House in talks to raise the debt ceiling.

“But Kevin is a nice guy, and I just hope now that they find somebody that’s going to be — you know, have those qualities where we can negotiate, where we can use that debt ceiling that’s coming up very rapidly and do something really, really significant,” Trump said. “Because if we don’t, we’re gonna be — really we’re gonna be in very big trouble. We’re going to be in very, very big trouble.”

Trump said Washington is in total disarray and threatens to make America look like “Greece on steroids.”

He also panned the media repeatedly in his remarks.

“The level of honesty in the media — they’re so dishonest,” he said. “You know, I do a crowd, and I’ll like have a crowd like this, and the cameras, they never pan the room. They never ever pan the room. Look, they never pan the room. No, it’s true. They don’t do it. They don’t do it.”

Trump repeatedly implored the camera operators to film the crowd.

“Pan the room. Go ahead, pan it,” Trump said, looking at and gesturing the cameras.