President Donald Trump says he’ll have the “most open and truthful government” and “the most open minds” if he wins the 2020 election.
He made the comments at the start of a press conference Monday afternoon at the White House where he told reporters he would make decisions based on his “heart” and that “my heart tells me that” he will seek reelection.
“I’m going to have the greatest government, the most honest government, and the most transparent government I can possibly have.
I will have that,” Trump said, adding that the country needs a president who is “strong and smart” and not “too smart.””
You’re going to see some of the best people and leaders in the world that I have ever seen in the last 40 years,” Trump continued.
“They’re going do something great.”
Trump also told reporters the U.S. is “a great nation” and the country is “getting better and better.”
“We’re getting better and worse and we’re going up, up, and up,” Trump declared.
“But we’re getting the best.
We’re getting great people in this country.
We don’t have to be in this situation anymore.”
Trump, whose first major political defeat in office was as a candidate in the 2016 general election, is in the midst of a turbulent tenure.
His administration is plagued by multiple ethics scandals and has faced criticism for its handling of classified information, a move Trump has denied.
Trump also took time to address a recent poll that found his approval rating at an all-time low.
The new president, who has been in office less than three months, said the poll was a “disgrace” and added he believes his popularity is a result of the “positive energy” he has generated across the country.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about what I’m doing.
And when I think about it, I don, I really do, I’m very grateful for the positive energy that I’ve got, the positive attention that I’m getting,” Trump told reporters.
Trump, who is in his final year as president, is seeking a second term.
He faces reelection challenges in New Jersey and Florida in 2018.