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'Maybe I should have been a doctor': Trump brags about his 'natural ability' for science [View all]

'Maybe I should have been a doctor': Trump brags about his 'natural ability' for science because of his 'super genius uncle' who was an MIT professor and claims CDC officials ask him how he knows so much about the coronavirus


Trump was in Atlanta to visit headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control
President was asked about efforts to curb spread of coronavirus
During rambling comments, Trump mentioned his late uncle, John G. Trump
The president said his uncle was a 'super genius' who taught at MIT
Trump mused about becoming a doctor, saying: 'I like this stuff, I really get it'
On social media, Twitter users mocked 'malignant narcissist' president

President Trump on Friday baffled observers while touring the Centers for Disease Control headquarters in Atlanta, where he bragged that he had a predisposition toward science because of his ‘super genius’ uncle.

‘You know my Uncle was a great — he was at MIT,’ the president said while standing next to health officials who are working to contain the outbreak of coronavirus.

‘He taught at MIT for a record number of years. He was a great super genius, Dr. John Trump.’

John G. Trump was an accomplished electrical engineer who went on to become a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Trump says his 'natural talent' for science is thanks to his late 'super genius' uncle, John G. Trump (seen in the above undated file photo), who was a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

His nephew, the president, spoke of his purported grasp of science on Friday, saying: ‘I like this stuff. I really get it.

‘People are surprised that I understand it.

'Every one of these doctors said: "How do you know so much about this?"

Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.'

On social media, the reaction to Trump’s comments was harsh.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘The guy who looked into the sun during a solar eclipse thinks he could have been a research scientist?’

That was a reference to the president looking up at the total eclipse of the sun - the first time in more than 40 years that Americans could see one - in August 2017.

Another Twitter user posted a meme showing Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, putting his head in his hand.

Another Twitter user commented: ‘Each clip is worse than the previous one. I can’t take it anymore.’

One Twitter user urged the president to follow his passion for science and pursue a new career, writing: ‘It's not too late Donnie. Resign right now and apply to MIT!

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