Trump on his 'chosen one' remark: 'It was sarcasm'

Trump on his 'chosen one' remark: 'It was sarcasm'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE late Friday said that he was speaking sarcastically this week when he declared himself "the chosen one" amid his widening trade war with China.

"You know exactly what I meant. It was sarcasm. It was joking, we were all smiling. And a question like that is just fake news," Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for his trip to France for the Group of Seven (G-7) summit.

Trump garnered attention on Wednesday when he rejected concerns about his long running trade war with China while looking upward and saying he believes he is "the chosen one" to fight decades of trade cheating by Beijing.

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“Somebody said this is Trump’s trade war. It’s not my trade war. This is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago by a lot of other presidents,” Trump said, criticizing former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Harris lead Trump in Georgia: Poll Keep your eye on essential facts in the unfolding impeachment circus MORE, George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary George Conway: 'If Barack Obama had done this' Republicans would be 'out for blood' George Conway to take part in MSNBC impeachment hearing coverage MORE.

“Somebody had to do it. I am the chosen one,” Trump continued, glancing over his shoulder and toward the sky. “Somebody had to do it, so I took on China. I took on China on trade, and you know what? We’re winning.”

Trump remarks came the same day that he defended his comments about Jewish loyalty that sparked backlash on the left, with Trump sharing a quote from a right-wing radio host likening him to "the King of Israel" and the "second coming of God."

" 'President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world...and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel," Trump tweeted, quoting Wayne Allyn Root.

"They love him like he is the second coming of God...But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense!" Trump added, still quoting Root.

Trump weighed in Friday following the latest escalation of his trade battle with China, announcing tariffs on hundreds of billions of Chinese goods in a sweeping response to duties announced by Beijing earlier in the day.