Trump: ‘I love’ Orrin Hatch because he said I am a better president than Lincoln and Washington
President Donald Trump campaigns for Roy Moore in Pensacola, FL (Screen capture)

President Donald Trump on Thursday boasted that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called him a better president than George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

During his talk with Republicans at their retreat in West Virginia, Trump told a story about how Hatch had complimented Trump by telling him he was the best president of his lifetime.

Trump then says he asked Hatch if he was a better president than people who were born before Hatch's lifetime, such as Washington and Lincoln.

"He said, 'yes,'" Trump explained. "I said, 'I love this guy.'"

A spokesperson for Hatch clarified the president's remarks to say that the senator only told him that he "could be" the greatest president ever, not that he was.

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