Donald Trump: 'Why was there the Civil War?'

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington

Donald Trump: 'Why was there the Civil War?'

Mr Trump was ridiculed for suggesting the country's 7th President, Andrew Jackson, could have stopped the civil war, despite the fact he died 16 years before the conflict began.

It must have been this unquenchable thirst for knowledge that propelled the president to raise some important USA history questions during an interview with Washington Examiner reporter Salena Zito that was broadcast on Sirius XM.

On Monday, Trump mused that Andrew Jackson might have prevented the Civil War, a suggestion that can generously be called freaky.

An AC360 panel on CNN tonight got very heated after President Trump doubled down on his comments about the Civil War and Andrew Jackson.

Later on, the USA president tried clarifying his remarks by tweeting that Jackson had actually "seen the war coming and was really angry about it".

Donald Trump thinks President Andrew Jackson could have prevented the Civil War.

Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, called Trump's comments on Jackson and the Civil War the "height of inaccurate historical revisionism". Why could that one not have been worked out?' .

Trump has expressed an affinity for the seventh USA president, to whom he referred during his visit to Tennessee as the "people's president" (a designation he also applies to himself). At one point, he owned at least 150 slaves and probably owned 300 or so over the course of his lifetime.

In an interview Monday with CBS News in the Oval Office of the White House, Trump was asked whether he still stood by the wiretapping claim, which USA national security officials and congressional investigators have said did not occur.

Still, the president keeps on trucking, setting a great example for students everywhere: There is no such thing as a stupid question, and there is never shame in asking what you don't know.

The crisis, which began in 1832, was a conflict between the federal government and SC, a Southern state that would later be instrumental in the movement for secession. Jackson was from Tennessee, which fought for the Confederacy. Jackson had been dead for 16 years when the war began in 1861.

Lincoln "was willing to let slavery stand in the states where it existed", Meacham said.

"Exactly, Andrew Jackson said, 'There's no reason for this, '" he deadpanned.

He, Frederick Douglass, & Pavarotti are having a super-best friend's club beer summit at the White House today.

Critics, including Chelsea Clinton, quickly responded to Trump's Civil War claims. Trump has always been an admirer of Jackson, praising his populism and visiting his tomb in March, The New York Times reported. "And unfortunately, it continues", the president said.

Following the release of the audio, the internet has all pretty much agreed that there's one correct answer to Trump's query about why there was a Civil War: slavery. He was a slaveowner but was a fierce proponent of keeping the union together, once threatening SC with an invasion by federal troops if it did not enforce national laws. "He drew the line in letting it expand westward. It was 1828. That's a long time ago", Trump said.

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