In a bid to change what he believes is an unfair perception of him, US President Donald Trump has brought up his education as proof of his intelligence.
“I think the press makes me more uncivil than I am,”Trump told reporters at the White House a, as quoted by New York Post.
“You know people don’t understand, I went to an Ivy League college.”
Trump touted his experience at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania close to 50 years ago to counter the media’s false portrayal of him, according to Politico, though without any elaboration of how a person’s Ivy League pedigree relates to their civility.
“I was a nice student. I did very well. I’m a very intelligent person.”
“You know, the fact is, I think, I really believe, I think the press creates a different image of Donald Trump than the real person,” Trump said, before departing the White House.
This statement is said to be in response to what two senators, Republicans Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, said about him, including accusing him of having “a flagrant disregard for truth and decency”, according to New York Daily News.
Speaking about Flake, Trump said: “Look, his poll numbers are terrible. He’s been terrible for the great people of Arizona, a state that likes Donald Trump very much.”
Trump’s latest praise of his own education also differs greatly from what an ex-professor allegedly felt about Trump’s academic prowess.
After professor William T. Kelley’s death, Frank DiPrima, a close friend of Kelley revealed the professor felt the president was a fool.
“Professor Kelley told me 100 times over three decades that ‘Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had,’” DiPrima wrote for the Daily Kos.