“As you may know by now, when you attack him he will punch back 10 times harder. No matter who you are, a man or a woman, he treats everyone equal,” she said.
He has feuded with a wide variety of players on his way to the White House, with many of them earning nicknames from him — Lyin’ Ted Cruz, Little Marco Rubio, Crooked Hillary Clinton.
But perhaps we should have heeded Mrs Trump’s words, because the US president didn’t leave his combative spirit on the campaign trail. Far from it. Since entering the Oval Office 12 months ago, he’s gone from one highly public stoush to another and shows no sign of toning things down.
Here we look back on some of his more famous fights during a tumultuous first year in office.
Only a week after his inauguration in January last year, Mr Trump had one of his first stoushes — with none other than Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The two leaders sparred in a heated phone call over a refugee deal signed under the Obama Administration.
Donald Trump during his now-infamous phone call with Malcolm TurnbullSource:Supplied
According to the official transcript Mr Trump told Mr Turnbull “you’re worse than I am” in regards to Australia’s hard line stance on refugees.
When Mr Turnbull insisted that the deal be honoured, Mr Trump lost his cool.
“As far as I am concerned that is enough Malcolm. I have had it. I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous,” Mr Trump said before hanging up.
Image grab of PM Malcolm Turnbull mocking US President Donald Trump. Picture: Nine NewsSource:Supplied
The call between Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull was also spoofed on Saturday Night Live.
In June, audio leaked out of Mr Turnbull mocking Mr Trump in a speech at Parliament House’s Mid Winter Ball.
The US is still yet to appoint an official ambassador to Australia, suggesting the relationship is still a little frosty.
Remember when Bill and Hillary attended Donald and Melania’s wedding? We’re pretty sure all of them would prefer to forget that little piece of awkward matrimonial history.
Indeed, “Crooked” Hillary Clinton has been on the receiving end of more repeated Trump jibes than Rosie O’Donnell.
Despite the fact that Mr Trump beat Mrs Clinton in the 2016 US election he still can’t resist having a crack at her on a regular — almost daily — basis.
WOW, @foxandfrlends “Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.” And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2017
Over the past 12 months he’s attacked her over the ongoing Russian investigation into possible election tampering (“Clinton campaign & DNC paid for research that led to the anti-Trump Fake News Dossier. The victim here is the President”); blamed her for North Korea’s nuclear program (“After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticises”); telling fibs to the FBI (“Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI, nothing happened to her”); and continuing to speak out since her defeat, calling her “the worst and (biggest) loser of all time”.
He may have beaten Hillary Clinton in the election, but Donald Trump still acts like the two are on the campaign trail. Picture: AFP/Paul J. RichardsSource:AFP
“She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican party” Mr Trump tweeted. “Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years.”
But perhaps Mr Trump’s most distasteful moment came when he retweeted doctored footage that showed him hitting Mrs Clinton with a golf ball.
For her part, Mrs Clinton said, the US president is “obsessed with me”.
It’s fair to say Mr Trump is not Hollywood’s favourite person. In fact, he might be Tinsel Town’s least favourite president ever. (Richard Nixon probably didn’t fare so well, either.)
But one actor who’s copped the president’s ire more than many over his first year in office is the Queen of Hollywood herself, Meryl Streep.
It all started when Streep called out Mr Trump at the 2016 Golden Globes for mocking a disabled reporter, saying the then president-elect’s performance had “stunned” her.
“Not because it was good,” Streep said, while accepting the Cecil B De Mille Lifetime Achievement Award. “There was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.”
Not surprisingly, Mr Trump responded soon after in an interview with The New York Times, calling Streep “a Hillary lover” and that he was not surprised to be attacked by “liberal movie people”.
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
"groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
He must have stewed a bit further in those liberal Hollywood juices because he again turned to his favourite method of communication, Twitter, accusing the Oscar-winner of “attacking” him.
“Meryl Streep, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked [me] last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunkey who lost big.”
The “overrated” Streep, with her three Oscars and 20 nominations, didn’t deign to respond.
It was always going to be a little bit awkward when Donald Trump finally came face-to-face with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During his presidential campaign Mr Trump had repeatedly slammed Mrs Merkel, saying her refugee policies were “ruining Germany”.
When Mrs Merkel visited the White House last March it got weird real quick when a tense Mr Trump appeared to not want to shake Mrs Merkel’s hand and kept avoiding eye contact with her like a chastised schoolboy.
Mrs Merkel, who had a good relationship with former President Barack Obama, looked supremely unimpressed when she asked if Mr Trump wanted to shake hands and he looked away.
Mr Trump later said the non-handshake was a “misunderstanding”.
He said: “I had been standing with her for quite a while and then someone started shouting: ‘shake her hand, shake her hand’ but I did not hear that.
“It was then made into a big deal.”
Things got awkward real quick between Angela Merkel and Donald Trump. Picture: AFP/Saul LoebSource:AFP
“I’m getting along really well with Angela.”
Mr Trump had no such problem shaking the hand of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House last February. They shook hands for a full 19 seconds.
He also shook hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau without incident.
In 2007, Mr Trump called the former Republican governor of California a “great friend” when he did a guest appearance on the Celebrity Apprentice. He even tipped in $US10,000 to Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign.
In September 2015, Schwarzenegger was announced as Mr Trump’s replacement on Celebrity Apprentice and the pair were seen sharing a hug that month at the Republican Presidential Debate.
Former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and US President Donald Trump. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
The gloves came off though when the Terminator star said a month before the 2016 presidential election that he would not vote for Mr Trump and encouraged his fellow Republicans to “choose your country over your party.”
The New Celebrity Apprentice premiered in January last year right before Mr Trump’s inauguration and the president-elect tweeted that the show was “destroyed” in the ratings.
Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got "swamped" (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Mr Trump, now US president, had another jab at Schwarzenegger a month later at the National Prayer Breakfast.
“I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings, okay?”
In March, Schwarzenegger says he is leaving the show and fired back at Mr Trump in a video, mocking the president’s 37 per cent approval rating.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
SNL copped flak when it booked Mr Trump as its host in November 2015.
However, since Alec Baldwin started playing the president in October 2016, Mr Trump has had no nice words to say about the sketch show.
“Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks,” he tweeted that month.
“Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad,” he wrote two months later.
Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL. Picture: NBCSource:Supplied
Melissa McCarthy hiding in the bushes as White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Picture: NBCSource:YouTube
Melissa McCarthy’s turn as White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of Attorney-General Jeff Sessions have both reportedly angered Mr Trump, who has labelled the show “terrible” and “unwatchable”.
SNL has enjoyed its highest ratings ever though based largely on McCarthy, McKinnon and Baldwin’s appearances — for which they all won Emmy Awards.
.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
THE ‘FAKE NEWS’ MEDIA
THE ‘FAKE NEWS’ MEDIA
CNN, NBC, ESPN, The New York Times and the Washington Post are the outlets Mr Trump’s is usually referring to when he uses the term “fake news”.
He does however have a soft spot for the Fox News program Fox and Friends, which he often references in his early morning tweets.
The feud started well before he was elected but coverage of his inauguration day indicated that he wasn’t going to suddenly play nice.
Mr Trump sent then White House press secretary Sean Spicer out to claim his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever, however photos showed that wasn’t the case.
His chief spinner Kellyanne Conway later said Spicer was just using “alternative facts”
The historic National Mall during Mr Trump's inauguration. Picture: SuppliedSource:Daily Mail
The historic National Mall during Mr Obama’s inauguration. Picture: SuppliedSource:Daily Mail
Mr Trump even came up with the “Fake News Awards” or the “Fakeys”, listing 11 stories that he deemed worthy of a gong.
The top “prize” went to The New York Times after a columnist claimed the US stock market would “never” recover if he became president.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average continues to hit record after record based largely on Mr Trump’s tax reform.
JOE SCARBOROUGH and MIKA BRZEZINSKI
JOE SCARBOROUGH and MIKA BRZEZINSKI
US President Donald Trump has attacked Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski constantly. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
There was a time when Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of the Morning Joe show, were criticised for being too chummy with Mr Trump.
That closeness started to unravel though in May 2016 when Mr Trump said Scarborough was misrepresenting his views.
Since becoming president, he has been calling the real life couple “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and “Psycho Joe.”
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
He drew widespread criticism, including from those within his own party, when he claimed Brzezinski once showed up to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida “bleeding badly from a facelift.”
In November, he even implied in a tweet that Scarborough, a lifelong Republican, should be investigated for an “unsolved mystery” in Florida years ago.
So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
He was referring to the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old Scarborough aide from when he was a member of Congress.
However, her death isn’t a “unsolved mystery”.
Authorities determined she lost consciousness from an abnormal heart rhythm and collapsed, striking her head in Scarborough’s office, where she was found dead.
Us President Donald Trump, left, and former FBI Director James Comey. Picture: APSource:AP
Mr Trump met then FBI director James Comey for the first time on January 6 last year when Mr Comey visited Trump Tower to brief the president-elect on a report about Russia’s role in the 2016 election.
Two days after Mr Trump’s inauguration, Mr Comey was awkwardly spotted trying to hide among the curtains at a White House event, he says, because he wanted to try and keep Mr Trump at arm’s length. Mr Trump however went in for a hug.
According to Mr Comey, five days later he was invited to a dinner at the White House. He was surprised to find he was the only guest and says Mr Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty.
Then after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned on February 13 for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his meetings with Russian officials, Mr Comey says Mr Trump told him in a White House meeting to “see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
After Mr Comey testified that US intelligence indicated that Russia did in fact meddle in the election, Mr Trump fired him on May 9.
Mr Comey found out he was sacked via a TV news report as he was about to give a speech in California.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
The next day Mr Trump called Mr Comey a “nutjob” in a meeting with Russian officials.
He then tweeted a veiled threat that Mr Comey better hope there aren’t any “tapes” of their White House meeting. Spoiler alert — there were no tapes.
Former Senator Jeff Sessions was one of the first Republicans to board the Trump Train when the billionaire announced he would run for president.
When Mr Trump won the election, Mr Sessions was rewarded for his loyalty by being made Attorney-General.
Donald Trump watches as Jeff Sessions alongside his wife Mary, is sworn in as Attorney-General by Mike Pence in the Oval Office. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
However, when he recused himself from any investigations related to the presidential campaign, including the Russia probe, Mr Trump felt betrayed.
“If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president’,” Mr Trump told The New York Times.
He then started undermining Mr Sessions on Twitter, calling him “beleaguered” and “VERY weak” with regards to his handling of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Mr Trump told the Times in December that he wanted an Attorney-General who supported him the way Eric Holder supported Barack Obama.
“I don’t want to get into loyalty, but I will tell you that, I will say this: Holder protected President Obama. Totally protected him,” Mr Trump said. “When you look at the things that they did, and Holder protected the president. And I have great respect for that, I’ll be honest.”
Mr Sessions has described the president’s attacks against him as “kind of hurtful”.
US President Donald Trump has called Attorney-General Jeff Sessions’ “loyalty” into question. Picture: APSource:AP
Way back in 2015, when he kicked off his political run, many media pundits thought it was all over for Donald Trump after he described Republican senator John McCain — who survived five years as a Vietnam prisoner of war — as “not a war hero”.
“He was a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.”
History shows, the comment barely made a dent in the consequences of Mr Trump’s never-ending supply of insults.
In 2017, as he fought a brain tumour, Mr McCain was a vocal critic of many of Mr Trump’s positions, including casting a decisive vote to keep former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act in place.
There’s no love lost between John McCain and Donald Trump. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Mr Trump did not always appreciate the discourse.
After Sen. McCain questioned the “half-baked spurious nationalism” in America’s foreign policy, Mr Trump shot back a thinly veiled attack at the senator, saying, “People have to be careful because at some point I fight back”.
Sen. McCain, who survived capture and is currently battling brain cancer, responded in kind.
“I have faced tougher adversaries,” he said.
Donald Trump unleashed his typical Twitter fury at largely African-American football players who took a knee to protest racism and injustice in the US during the NFL season, calling their position “disrespectful” and “ungrateful” and accusing them of “ruining the game”.
Mr Trump added that team owners should “fire” players who took part in the peaceful protests that gained traction across all sporting codes — at all levels — in the US.
Mr Trump directed more vitriol at former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who led the kneeling charge, apparently referring him to as a “son of a b***h”.
Colin Kaepernick (right) and Eric reid take a knee before a San Francisco 49ers game. Picture: AP/Marcio Jose SanchezSource:AP
Mr Trump’s VP Mike Pence fuelled the flames even further by attending a match to support his team the Indianapolis Colts but up and left before the game even started, so offended was he by this silent protest.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
The feud also crossed over into the NBA after Golden State Warriors and its star player Steph Curry weighed up the pros and cons of an invitation to the White House.
Before they’d even made their decision about going, Mr Trump rescinded the invitation (again via Twitter), saying: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
One of basketball’s all-time greats LeBron James weighed in, tweeting, “U bum. @stephencurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honour until you showed up!”
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
Kathy Griffin has apologised for posting a photo of President Trump's severed head. Picture: Tyler ShieldsSource:Supplied
Mr Trump’s response to Kathy Griffin appearing in a video with what looked like his severed and bloodied head was probably quite measured by his standards.
In a tweet, he called her “sick”, saying she “should be ashamed of herself” because his son, Barron, was having a hard time after seeing the image.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Melania Trump said “you have to wonder about the mental health of the person who did this”.
Griffin was dumped from CNN’s New Year’s Eve show, fell out with her former co-host and friend Anderson Cooper, had her comedy tour cancelled due to death threats and had the Secret Service open an investigation on her.
She gave a tearful apology, which she has since retracted, saying “I’m no longer sorry”.
A man watches a television screen showing US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a news program in Seoul. Picture: APSource:AP
Mr Trump has been criticised for conducting diplomacy with North Korea via Twitter. The US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been trading insults publicly.
Mr Trump has been referring to Kim as “little rocket man” for awhile now but that is probably one of his kinder references.
“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat’”, Mr Trump taunted in a November tweet.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
They have also been comparing the size and proximity of their “nuclear buttons”.
Mr Trump insisted his was “bigger and more powerful” and actually works. He claimed this despite the fact there is not actually a literal button to press.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
Kim reportedly responded by calling Mr Trump’s tweet “just a spasm of a lunatic”, labelling him a “rabid dog”.
South Korea has however praised Mr Trump’s tough talk, saying the Koreas did agree to sit down and talk about co-operation regarding the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, in part because of Mr Trump.
THE MAYOR OF SAN JUAN
THE MAYOR OF SAN JUAN
Poor old Carmen Yulin Cruz. Here she was, the Mayor of San Juan, dealing with the shocking aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated her people and country of Puerto Rico in September, when she found herself in the crosshairs of Donald Trump after she criticised the US government’s relief efforts.
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
Mr Trump responded from the comfort of his New Jersey golf course, accusing her of “poor leadership” and suggesting that the island’s residents are not doing enough to help themselves.
“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” the President tweeted.
“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
In response, Ms Cruz called Mr Trump “disrespectful”.
@POTUS It is not that you do not get it; you are incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you.!— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 12, 2017
“Where he needed to be a commander-in-chief, he was a disaster-in-chief. President Trump does not embody the values of the good-hearted American people that have make sure that we are not forgotten.”
She also called out his “big mouth” and described him as “hater-in-chief”.
Their stoush is ongoing.
Word is that Donald Trump’s blood boils over the fact that the doyenne of world fashion Anna Wintour refuses to invite him to New York’s glamorous annual Met Ball. And, yes, she did use every opportunity during the 2016 presidential campaign to don a Marc Jacobs-designed Hillary Clinton T-shirt, so there’s clearly no love lost.
Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit they took at Crooked H. Anna Wintour, who was all set to be Amb to Court of St James’s & a big fundraiser for CH, is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
So it’s not surprising that Mr Trump took the slightest opening to have a crack at the famously icy Winter after Vanity Fair — of which she’s the editorial director — made a Hillary Clinton-sized faux pas.
The magazine posted a video on its website where staffers gave “advice” as to how Mrs Clinton should spend 2018. Some of the suggestions included “knitting” and “more walks in the woods”. What could go wrong?
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (L) and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Picture: GettySource:Supplied
After a very public apology where the magazine said they had “missed the mark”, Mr Trump gleefully went straight to social media.
“Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologising for the minor hit they took at Crooked H,” he said. “Anna Wintour, who was all set to be Amb to Court of St James’s & a big fundraiser for CH, is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!”
Wintour merely slid her sunglasses on and said nothing.
US Democratic senator and rising star Kirsten Gillibrand found herself under fire from Mr Trump after she publicly called on him to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations.
Mt Trump took to Twitter, writing that Sen. Gillibrand was a “lightweight” who would “do anything” for campaign contributions. Mr Trump didn’t offer up any further explanation.
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunkey for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!,” Mr Trump tweeted.
Sen. Gillibrand fired back, saying on US TV that Mr Trump’s comments were a “sexist smear”.
“I see it as a sexist smear. I mean that’s what it is,” she said. “It’s part of the President’s efforts of name-calling and it’s not going to silence me, it’s not going to silence me. It’s intended to silence me. It’s not going to silence the women who have stood up against him directly, and it’s not going to silence the millions of women who been speaking out every day since his inauguration about things they disagree with.”
From the moment rising basketball star LiAngelo Ball and two UCLA teammates were caught shoplifting in China, requiring US government intervention to get extricated from the country, there was always going to be some comment from the US President. Indeed, Mr Trump couldn’t wait to tell all and sundry he was the reason the players were released.
Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
“Do you think the three UCLA basketballers will say thank you to President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jai!” Mr Trump tweeted.
Ball’s father LaVar, who’s a polarising figure in the US, and who is already spruiking his three kids around every possible media outlet before they’ve done much on the court, did not take Mr Trump’s hubris kindly.
LiAngelo Ball and UCLA teammates got into hot water in China. Picture: AFP/Getty Images/Josh LefkowitzSource:AFP
LaVar Ball told Donald Trump what he really thought. Picture: AFP/STR/ChinaSource:AFP
Speaking to ESPN, Mr Ball said “Who?” when asked about Mr Trump’s part in the release of his son.
“What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” Mr Ball said.
>The back-and-forth continued, with Mr Trump tweeting that he “should have left them in jail,” referring to the players.
In another interview with CNN, Mr Ball had another swipe at the president.
“If you help, you shouldn’t have to say anything,” he said in the interview. “Let him do his political affairs and let me handle my son, and let’s just stay in our lane.”
In December, Mr Ball continued his attack on Mr Trump tweeting a GIF of him dunking over Mr Trump’s head, accompanied by the hashtags #thetrumpdunk and #stayinyolane.
Mr Trump’s most recent feud is with the former head of alt-right website Breitbart News, who was named “chief executive” of his campaign in August 2016.
After Mr Trump won the election he was named “chief strategist”, despite protests from most Republicans, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.
US President Donald Trump (L) congratulates senior counsellor Steve Bannon after he is sworn in. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
Bannon is believed to have encouraged and certainly supported Mr Trump’s position that “both sides” bear the blame for the violence that broke out in Charlottesville in August (where a white nationalist ran over protesters and killed a young woman) and his failure to call out white supremacists by name, even suggesting that some were “good people”.
Mr Trump decided to fire Bannon later that month but called him a “good man”, “not a racist” and “a friend of mine”.
It wasn’t until excepts from Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, in which Bannon called a meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a group of Russians “treasonous” and suggested the president “100 per cent” met with them as well that Mr Trump decided he had had enough of Bannon.
The book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff has been selling out in all bookshops. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
Mr Trump issued a statement saying that “when he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
While Bannon tried to backtrack on his comments, Mr Trump started labelling him “Sloppy Steve”.
Wealthy Republican family, the Mercers, pulled funding from Bannon’s Breitbart website, which also sacked him.
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