President Donald Trump continued criticism of Never Trumpers in Washington, DC, on Friday, even asking reporters for a list of the ones working in his administration.
The president spoke with reporters as he left for South Carolina to speak at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum at Benedict College.
“Who are they? Tell me. Tell me who the Never Trumpers are because I’m not a fan of the Never Trumpers,” Trump said.
Trump acknowledged, however, that some of the Never Trumpers serving in his administration had since “recovered” after he won the election.
“We do have Never Trumpers. I’m not a fan. I think they are bad people. Some have recovered, okay?” he said. “They went through, I guess, a recovery program, it’s called. They learned how to win through me, but others haven’t.
He added, “I’m not a fan of Never Trumpers, and I never will be, but a Never Trumper sometimes is worse, is more vicious, than a failed Obama candidate or a failed Clinton candidate, who I beat both in the same election.”
He dismissed Acting Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s congressional testimony, calling him a “Never Trumper.”
“He’s a Never Trumper, and his lawyer is a Never Trumper,” Trump replied to reporters asking about the testimony.
When a CNN reporter informed him that his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was once opposed to his campaign for president, he replied, “Hey, everyone makes mistakes.”
“You’re CNN, and you’re fake news,” he responded before moving down the line.