“You don’t need to have a reason to be angry,” the president said of the backlash.
“You just have to be able to look at it and say, ‘There is no reason to care.'”
“This is a president that is not afraid to say what’s on his mind and how he feels about the country,” said John Wagner, a Democratic strategist who is helping the campaign.
“He is willing to take a shot at the president.”
Trump said the president was “a real leader” in the White House and “a very successful person.”
“He doesn’t take a stand on everything,” Trump said.
“If you can’t handle the truth, you can do a little bit of damage.”
But the president has been under fire for a long time, and his tweets have been often interpreted as a veiled threat to impeach or fire the president, as his predecessor did in 1807.
The president has said repeatedly that he’s not worried about being impeached.
“You know, the media and the president have made it very clear, and I mean it,” Trump added.
“This is not a personal thing, this is a national thing.
I think he’s very confident about what he’s going to do.”
Trump’s latest remarks came on the same day that a New York Times reporter wrote an article about Trump’s treatment of a federal judge.
The judge in question was presiding over a lawsuit brought by Trump and his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort against former campaign chair Corey Lewandowski and another Trump campaign employee, Michael Caputo.
Trump’s tweet came just hours after his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, told ABC News that Trump’s tweets about the judge’s conduct were “unprecedented” and “unacceptable.”
“This was a very troubling thing to see, but it’s just part of the job of the president,” Flynn said.