Trump gives surprise interview to Hannity, touting GDP

Trump gives surprise interview to Hannity, touting GDP
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally 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 ClintonTrump jokingly blames 'Crooked Hillary' after his rally mic stops working The Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr 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.