Trump gives surprise interview to Hannity, touting GDP

Trump gives surprise interview to Hannity, touting GDP
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE on Friday made a surprise call-in to Sean Hannity's syndicated national radio show to tout the strong GDP numbers released earlier in the day.

Hannity, a staunch supporter of the president who has hosted him several times on his primetime Fox News program, spoke to the president by phone for 10 minutes in an interview only announced 30 minutes earlier.

"Mr. President, congratulations," Hannity said to start the interview regarding the GDP report released Friday morning, which showed the U.S. economy growing at 4.1 percent, its fastest rate since 2014.


Trump, mirroring his remarks at the White House South Lawn Friday morning, said the economy will only get stronger.

“It’s going to get better, it’s totally sustainable, I look forward to next quarter," Trump said by phone. 

The president also took a shot at New York Times Nobel-winning columnist Paul Krugman for predicting a "global recession" the day after Trump won the 2016 election in an upset over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Clinton on Sanders comments: 'I wasn't thinking about the election' MORE.

"You look at a guy like Krugman, he doesn't know a thing," Trump said.

The president also told Hannity the summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un was "a really, really great meeting,” citing North Korea's release of American prisoners and the halting of its nuclear and missile tests. 

Hannity last interviewed Trump in June following his summit in Singapore with Kim. 

The host also broached the midterm elections in November, which polls show could result in Democrats taking back the House. 

"In midterm election historically, the party in power in the White House loses seats. What do you say to people in the audience who don't like their [Republican in name only] congressman?" Hannity asked. 

"My endorsements seem to have a lot of weight," Trump said, citing his most recent endorsement of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in Tuesday’s runoff for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, which Kemp ended up winning in a landslide. 

"I said to [chief of staff] General John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, we have to get a group together, give me a list of the top 25 congresspeople where the race can go either way. I want to go campaign for these people," Trump added. 

"I think we're going to be surprising a lot of people," Trump also said regarding GOP chances. 

Trump spoke with Hannity while on Air Force One, according to a pool report.