President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed conservative commentator Ann Coulter while praising supporters Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, Mediaite reports.
“Sean Hannity has been a terrific, terrific supporter of what I do,” Trump said in response to a question from NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell about how much influence prominent conservatives in the media hold over his decisions.
“Not of me. If I changed my views, he wouldn’t be with me. Rush Limbaugh, I think he’s a great guy. He can speak for three hours without a phone call. He’s got one of the biggest audiences in the history of the world. I mean, this guy’s unbelievable…[But] they don’t decide policy,” Trump said.
He then turned to Coulter, who has criticized Trump in recent weeks for his handling of the recent partial government shutdown and accepting the border security bill that did not provide funding for a wall on the Southwest border.
“Ann Coulter, I don’t know her. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year,” he said. “But the press loves saying, ‘Ann Coulter.’ Probably if I did speak to her, she’d be very nice. I just don’t have the time to speak to her. I would speak to her. I have nothing against her. In fact, I like her for one reason. When they asked her right at the beginning, ‘Who’s going to win the election?’ She said, ‘Donald Trump.’ And the two people that asked her that question smiled. They said, ‘You’re kidding, aren’t you?’ Nope. Donald Trump. So I like her.
“But she’s off the reservation,” Trump said. “But anybody that knows her understands that. But I haven’t spoken to her. I don’t follow her. I don’t talk to her.”
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