In their own words, here are 100 things Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence and Sean Spicer have said in the past 100 days
President Trump marks 100 days in the White House this Saturday and Moneyish read almost everything said or written since Inauguration Day to pull out 100 memorable quotes. Most of them are from the President himself, though staffers like Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway make cameo appearances.
On foreign policy
1. “The President had a very cordial conversation with Prime Minister Trumble,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Trump’s call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Feb 2.
2. “The president … had an incredibly productive set of meetings and discussions with Prime Minster Joe Trudeau of Canada,” Spicer following Trump’s meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Feb 14.
3. “Career bureaucrats have a problem with it? I think they should either get with the program or go,” Spicer on a “dissent memo” by State Department employees protesting a ban on Muslim-majority nations, Jan 30.
4. “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II…You had someone as despicable as Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer on the Assad’s regime use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria. The Nazis killed hundreds of thousands in gas chambers, April 11.
5. “Somehow if the president puts Russian dressing on his salad there’s a connection to Russia,” Spicer on allegations that the Russian government acted in Trump’s favor during the 2016 elections, March 28.
6. “You know when you talk about, when you talk about currency manipulation, when you talk about devaluations, they are world champions,” Trump to Financial Times editors about China’s monetary policy, April 2.
7. “They’re not currency manipulators,” Trump to the Wall Street Journal on China’s monetary policy, April 12.
8. “Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” Trump on negotiating with China on North Korea, April 16.
9. “Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes…..vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” Trump following a meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany doesn’t owe NATO money but has not met its commitment to spend 2% of its GDP on defense, March 18.Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
10. “I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!” Trump tries to make a deal with President Xi Jinping of China over North Korea, April 11.
11. “I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.” Trump encouraging China to get tough on North Korea, April 13.
12. “It was a slow and brutal death for so many…Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,” Trump responding to a Syrian regime chemical weapons attack on civilians, April 6.
13. “I thought it was important that people on the other side of the DMZ see our resolve in my face,” Vice President Mike Pence ventures outdoors during a visit to the border between North and South Korea, April 19.
14. “Things will work out fine between the U.S.A. and Russia. At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!” Trump offering reassurance over Russia after ordering a U.S. airstrike on a Syrian base in which Russians were present, April 13.
15. “The money is pouring in. Very nice,” Trump on convincing America’s military allies to spend more on defense, Feb 28.
16. “I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job. My wife told me I’m supposed to do this,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Feb.
17. “North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment,” Tillerson responding to a North Korea missile launch, April 4.
18. “One of the best chemistries I had was with Merkel…. I guess somebody shouted out, “Shake her hand, shake her hand,” you know. But I never heard it. But I had already shaken her hand four times. You know, because we were together for a long time,” Trump on his relationship with Merkel, April 21.
19. “Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!” Trump defending American farmers in a trade dispute with Canada, April 25.
20. “My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America,” Trump on being leader of the free world, Feb 28.
On chocolate cake
21. “I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We’re now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it,” President Donald Trump to Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, describing how he told Xi Jinping of China about his decision to strike the Syrian regime, April 12.
On the media and TV ratings
22. “Please stop shaking your head,” Spicer to journalist April Ryan, whose body language he wasn’t happy with, March 28.
23. “Alec has gone from funny to mean, and that’s unfortunate. SNL used to be really funny. There’s a streak of meanness now,” Spicer on Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” Feb 6.
24. “If he’s not joking, of course,” the press secretary in response to a query as to if journalists could take Trump at his word, March 13.
25. “Do you want to come on up?” Spicer invites a reporter who interrupted him onto the White House podium, April 25.
26. “There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable, and I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable as well,” Spicer on bad press the administration has received, Jan 21.
27. “It is amazing how rude much of the media is to my very hard working representatives. Be nice, you will do much better!” Trump offering advice to the media, March 13.
28. “When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?” Trump attacking “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd, April 1.
29. “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Trump writes the latest chapter of his relationship with the media, Feb 17.
30. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving — our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that,” Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway on claims Sean Spicer wasn’t telling the truth, Jan 22.
31. “The failing @nytimes has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change libel laws?” Trump further developing his complicated relationship with the New York Times, March 30.
32. “I want to pray for Arnold if we can, just for those ratings. The ratings went right down the tubes…a total disaster!” Trump at the National prayer Breakfast responding to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s poor ratings on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” Feb 1.
33. “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while…The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.” Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, Jan 25.
34. “Just heard Fake News CNN is doing polls again despite the fact that their election polls were a WAY OFF disaster. Much higher ratings at Fox,” Trump responding to low ratings in a CNN poll, March 20.
35. “Somebody with aptitude and conviction should buy the FAKE NEWS and failing @nytimes and either run it correctly or let it fold with dignity!” Trump expounding on his love-hate relationship with his hometown newspaper, Jan 29.
36. “No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” Trump complaining the media doesn’t give him enough credit for accomplishments like getting Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court, April 21.
37. “’Questioning his integrity’ are you kidding me? The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work,” Bannon defending Sean Spicer, Jan 26.
38. “Set up the meeting. Let’s go, set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the black caucus. I think it’s great. The Congressional Black Caucus.” Trump asks African-American journalist April Ryan to arrange a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus, Feb 16.
39. “I’m not firing Sean Spicer. That guy gets great ratings. Everybody tunes in,” Trump defending his press secretary, March.
40. “I have, seem to get very high ratings. I definitely. You know Chris Wallace had 9.2 million people, it’s the highest in the history of the show. I have all the ratings for all those morning shows. When I go, they go double, triple,” Trump on being popular on television, April 21.
41. “Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!” Trump on a much-anticipated reveal of his 2005 tax returns on the “Rachel Maddow Show,” March 15.
42. “The idea that you’re nitpicking a statement that sought to remember this tragic event that occurred and the people who died in it is just ridiculous,” Spicer on criticism of Trump’s Holocaust remembrance day statement not referencing the slaughter of Jews, Jan 30.
On repealing Obamacare
43. “Sometimes a bad deal is worse than getting a deal,” Spicer on a March bid by congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, March 27.
44. “Check the transcript. Never said this,” Spicer denying that he called the American Healthcare Act a “bad deal,” March 28.
45. “The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!” Trump responding to the House of Representatives’ right-wing Freedom Caucus’ refusal to support the American Health Care Act, March 24.
46. “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” Trump blaming the Freedom Caucus for torpedoing initial efforts to replace Obamacare, March 26.
47. “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” Trump threatening the Freedom Caucus, March 30.
48. “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated,” Trump after original plans to repeal Obamacare fell apart, Feb 27.
49. “Anybody (especially Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!” Trump reviving the possibility of Obamacare repeal, April 2.
50. “They go out there and say, “We love our president.” You know, I mean, they’re all friends of mine,” Trump makes up with the Freedom Caucus, April.
On immigration and homeland security
51. “The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States…Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” a White House statement announcing the firing of Sally Yates after she refused to defend the President’s travel restrictions in court, Jan 31.
52. “If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the “bad” would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad “dudes” out there!” Trump responding to criticism that his travel ban on several Muslim majority countries was badly planned, Jan 30.
53. “Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN. Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!” Trump on the travel restrictions he’d implemented by executive order, which were subsequently suspended by federal courts, Feb 1.
54. “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump on U.S. District Judge James Robart, who issued a temporary injunction against Trump’s travel restrictions, Feb 4.
55. “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” Trump again on Judge Robart, Feb 5.
56. “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions on another temporary injunction against Trump’s travel restrictions, April 18.
57. “Nobody has a sense of humor anymore,” Sessions on the backlash to his comment on Hawaii, April 23.
58. “Fundamentally, you’re still going to have the same basic policy outcome,” White House policy advisor Stephen Miller on why Donald Trump’s updated travel restrictions had the same effect as a previous executive order blocked by the judiciary. The updated restrictions were later also temporarily blocked by a judge who cited Miller, Feb 21.
59. “Iraqis came here to this country were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” Conway cites a non-existent terrorist attack to defend the President’s travel restrictions. Under heavy criticism, she later said she misspoke, Feb 3.
60. “The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned,” Miller arguing that the president’s powers in the national security arena are unlimited, Feb 12.
61. “Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.” Trump reiterating a campaign promise that Mexico would fund the border wall, albeit later, April 23.
62. “The Democrats don’t want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members.” Trump trying to build public support to get congressional funding for a border wall, April 23.
63. “Just because you go into a mosque does not mean you’re safe from the national security practitioners of America,” Trump national security staffer Sebastian Gorka on plans to carry out surveillance on mosques, March.
64. “Those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands,” Spicer in a statement following a preliminary judicial injunction that blocked Trump from withholding funds from so-called “sanctuary cities,” 25 April.
On the 2016 campaign
65. “He has stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign, and he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence that people have presented to him,” Spicer on Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that there was mass voter fraud during the 2016 elections, 24 Jan.
66. “The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally “rigged.” Bernie’s guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!” Trump re-litigates the 2016 campaign in response to Tom Perez being elected chair of the Democratic National Committee, Feb 26.
Bernie Sanders (R), greets DNC Chairman Tom Perez (L), during a Democratic party unity tour. (George Frey/Getty Images)
67. “Did Hillary Clinton ever apologize for receiving the answers to the debate? Just asking!” Trump reliving a campaign debate, April 3.
68. “I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” Trump inaccurately claiming he won a historically large victory in the electoral college, April 16.
69. “Having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real. It’s very serious,” Miller doubling down on unsubstantiated claims of mass voter fraud during last year’s presidential elections, Feb 12.
70. “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views,” Trump on the Women’s March, Jan 22.
71. “Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!” Trump on the Democratic congressional opposition, Jan 31.US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (R), Democrat of New York, speaks alongside US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (2nd L), and other members of Congress. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
72. “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” Trump after violent protests at Berkeley in response to a then-canceled speech by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, Feb 2.
73. “I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn’t interested in taking all of his calls. He’s not smart enough to run for president!” Trump on his billionaire friend-turned-critic Mark Cuban, Feb 12.
74. “Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!” Encouraging his former National Security adviser, who resigned for not properly disclosing financial ties to the Russian government, to testify to Congress, March 31.
75. “Who is the state senator? Do you want to give me his name? We’ll destroy his career,” Trump half-jokingly threatening to target a Texas state senator proposing a civil forfeiture reform bill, Feb 7.
76. “The Democrats want to shut government if we don’t bail out Puerto Rico and give billions to their insurance companies for OCare failure. NO!” Trump trying to pressure the Democratic Party into supporting a new continuing resolution to fund the government, April 27.
77. “Make a lot of money right? But don’t run for politics after!” the President offers a child career advice, March 3.
78. “Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government, involves heart, whereas in business, most things don’t involve heart…You have to love people,” Trump on the difference between running a business and running a government, April 21.
79. “‘They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now’,” Spicer quoting Trump who had previously derided Bureau of Labor employment numbers as false, March 10.
On culture wars
80. “I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy,” Trump marking International Women’s Day, March 8.
81. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” Trump seemingly describing 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass as alive at a breakfast to mark the start of Black History Month, Feb 2.
82. “Life is winning again in America…Along with you, we will not grow weary, we will not rest until we restore a culture of life in America for ourselves and our posterity,” Pence to the pro-life March For Life rally, the first time a Vice President has addressed the event, January 27.
83. “He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” Ivanka Trump on her father at a Women’s Panel in Berlin. She was subsequently booed, April 25.
84. “Now, Brooks’ presidency is being treated as a victory for ‘diversity.’ It is difficult to escape the perception that this quest for ‘diversity’ is the real reason the election outcome was overturned,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry weighs in on student elections at Texas A&M, March 22.
On the inauguration
85. “This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing,” Spicer on claims that images of the inauguration crowd size were misleading. Floor coverings were previously used for Barack Obama’s second inauguration, Jan 21.
86. “That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period… Both in person and around the globe!” on the crowd size at Trump’s presidential inauguration, Jan 21.
On domestic crime
87. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump during his inauguration speech, Jan 20.
88. “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on…I will send in the Feds!” on the crime rate in Chicago, Jan 24.
89. “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you! I hate shopping, and I’m going to get some [for] myself today,” Conway recommending the First Daughter’s clothing line on “Fox and Friends.” She was later rebuked for the ethical transgression, February 9.
90. “Mike Flynn is a fine person, and I asked for his resignation….He didn’t have to do that, because what he did wasn’t wrong,” Trump expressing regret that his former National Security Adviser resigned under pressure after failing to disclose ties with the Russian government, February 16.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (L) with then- National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
91. “There’s been discussion of Paul Manafort, who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time,” Spicer on the politico who ran Trump’s presidential campaign for nearly six months and previously worked for Vladimir Putin, March 20.
92. “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” Trump accusing Barack Obama, without providing evidence, of wiretapping Trump Tower, March 4.
93. “The president used the word ‘wiretapped’ in quotes to mean broadly surveillance…he literally had it in quotes,” Spicer on Trump’s unproven allegation that he was targeted for wiretaps by the Obama administration during the election campaign, March 13.
On self evaluation
94. “ A lot of the people have said that, some people said it was the single best speech ever made in that chamber,” Trump on his Feb 28 speech to Congress, April 21.
President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
95. “Jobs are returning, illegal immigration is plummeting, law, order and justice are being restored. We are truly making America great again!” Trump rating the early days of his administration, April 12.
96. “Our military is so proud. They were not proud at all. They had their heads down. Now they have their heads up…We have great people. We have great things in place. We have tremendous borders.” Trump on his proudest achievements from the first hundred days, April 21.
97. “You live by the sword, you die by the sword, to a certain extent. But we create a lot of jobs, 500,000 jobs as of two months ago, and plenty created since,” Trump on his constant references to the rising stock market, April 21.
98. “It is unbelievable what he has been able to do,” Spicer on the Trump administration’s first 100 days, 24 April.
99. “I understand the subway very well. I used to ride between the cars. I used to love to do that. Those were the old days.” Trump on the New York City subway system, April.
100. “Do we have the key?” Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson jokes after he got stuck on an elevator during a visit to a public housing complex in Miami, April 12.
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