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Trump ranks himself just behind Abraham Lincoln

In a campaign rally, he made the claim amid a week of highly questionable presidenting.
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In a rally for supporters in Youngstown, Ohio, yesterday, President Trump said he was more presidential than any president since Abraham Lincoln.

“Sometimes, they say, ‘He doesn’t act presidential,’” Trump said of his critics. “And I say, ’Hey look ― great schools, smart guy ― it’s so easy to act presidential. But that’s not going to get it done. ... With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office. That I can tell you. It’s real easy.”

Trump's remarks came the day after he spoke at the National Boy Scout Jamboree, where he swore, encouraged the audience of 40,000 boys to boo President Obama, and goaded them to chant "USA" after he stumped for a repeal of Obamacare. Scout leaders and former Scouts condemned the speech, calling it "breathtakingly inappropriate" and "nauseating." Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called it "disgusting."

It also follows a week in which Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter, in what even White House officials are acknowledging is a campaign to force him to resign so special counsel Robert Mueller can be fired, ending his investigation into collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Also on Twitter this week, Trump said "ObamaCare is torturing the American people," and that he waited "pen in hand" to sign the Republican bill to repeal and replace the health-care law, which the Congressional Budget Office has estimated will cause anywhere from 15 to 32 million people to lose their health insurance.

Back in March, Trump graded his presidency a "'C or a C+' on messaging, an A for achievement and an A+ for effort."

On the campaign trail, Trump said his favorite president was Andrew Jackson. Jackson's presidency became mired in controversy about the legitimacy of his marriage and his frequent tendency to become involved in duels.