President Donald Trump's address Friday in South Carolina may be the best speech he's delivered yet because he stuck to issues Americans care about — jobs and the economy — and avoided squabbling with the media, presidential historian Craig Shirley tells Newsmax TV.
"It was probably the best of his presidency and maybe his best speech of the past six to nine months," Shirley told J.D. Hayworth on "America Talks Live."
The commander in chief made his remarks to workers at a Boeing plant in North Charleston as he stood in front of the company's new 787-10 Dreamliner passenger aircraft.
Shirley said Trump's "brief, upbeat" talk likely sparked his supporters around the country to say, "That's the Donald Trump I voted for. That's the Donald Trump I want to be president of the United States."
"I think the American people like presidents who are poets … He did talk like that," Shirley added.
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It was in stark contrast to Thursday's free-for-all press conference at the White House in which Trump repeatedly lambasted "dishonest" reporters who he accused of delivering "fake news" about his administration.
"It wasn't frankly good for Donald Trump … He needs to forget the national media and not get into rows with them. He has bigger concerns on his mind, he has bigger fights to fight … than fighting with the White House Press corps," Shirley said.
He also agreed with veteran political commentator Michael Reagan who on Thursday told Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg that Trump was a "narcissistic president" who too often patted himself on the back.
"Donald Trump needs to talk less about himself and more about the issues," agreed Shirley, author of "Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980," published by Broadside Books.
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