Former President Donald Trump addressed his recent controversial remarks on “Sunday Morning Futures,” insisting that his declaration about becoming a dictator on day one was simply a lighthearted comment. Speaking with host Maria Bartiromo, Trump clarified that the statement was made in jest, during a conversation with Sean Hannity. When pressed by Bartiromo about the specifics of his comment, Trump explained that it was all about closing the border and ramping up energy production. He emphasized that the reference to being a dictator for a day was not to be taken seriously and was surprised by the questioning from Bartiromo.
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Trump’s explanation was met with criticism from the left, with many accusing him of making light of a serious issue. However, his conservative supporters quickly rallied to his defense, arguing that the former president’s remarks were clearly meant as a joke and should not be interpreted as a genuine intent to wield dictatorial powers. Despite the backlash, Trump remained steadfast in his message, emphasizing the need for border security and energy independence. This latest episode serves as a reminder of the enduring controversy and polarization that continues to surround the former president.