In WSJ Interview, Trump Compares West Point’s Ramp To An “Ice Skating Rink”
President Donald Trump compared the ramp he had to descend after his West Point address last week to an “ice skating rink” during an interview with The Wall Street Journal, pushing back at criticism that his struggle was indicative of a health problem.
- Trump mentioned the incident with no prompting from the interviewer, saying: “So I’m going to go real easy. So I did. And then the last 10 feet I ran down. They always stop it just before I ran, they always stop it. So, I spent three hours between speeches and saluting people and they end up, all they talked about is ramp. … If you would have seen this ramp, it was like an ice skating rink.”
- The president set up the comment by suggesting the type of shoe he wears — those with leather soles rather than rubber — played a role in his difficulty walking down the ramp.
- Trump said reporting on the incident was motivated purely by politics, saying: “So I’m the only one that can happen.”
“I mean, here I spent three hours on stage, the sun pouring in and I saluted 1,106 cadets, and that’s not easy. Even the general said, That’s amazing. Other presidents would never have been able to do it. Because usually they do the first 10. They do 10 honor rolls, and then they go home. I stayed there for hours. And what do I do? I get publicity about walking down a ramp. And does he have Parkinson’s? I don’t think so.”