President Donald Trump just claimed that Senator Orrin Hatch once told him he’s a better president than George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This claim has been refuted immediately by Hatch’s office.
Trump claimed that he “loved” Sen. Hatch because he told him, “I am the single greatest president in his lifetime.”
“And he actually once claimed that I’m the greatest president in the history of our country. And I said, ‘Does that include Lincoln and Washington?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’”
“I said I love this guy.”
Per Hatch spox, he has said that Trump “can be” the greatest president ever but has never said "is"
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 1, 2018
However, the praise Trump attributed to the 83-year-old senior senator may not be totally accurate, as Hatch’s spokesperson told The Guardian‘s Ben Jacobs that he actually said the Trump “can be” the greatest, but is not currently.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 1, 2018