Trump makes puzzling claim about Andrew Jackson, Civil War

"The Civil War, as [secretary of state during the Civil War] William Seward said, was an irrepressible conflict", Meacham said Monday night in another MSNBC interview.

And then there's the final parting question in the clip, where President Trump declares: "People don't ask that question, why was there a Civil War?".

President Trump doesn't understand why there was a Civil War. "Why could that one not have been worked out?"

The Post's tally came just before the Washington Examiner published an excerpt of an upcoming interview between Trump and Examiner journalist Salena Zito for Sirius XM's "POTUS" station in which the president called seventh U.S. President Andrew Jackson a "swashbuckler" and asked why there was a Civil War.

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

"Really intense. I get up to bed late and I get up early", Trump said. So say he had been alive, I'm pretty sure that guy's feelings on the Civil War would have been, "Yes, let's do this. That's a long time ago". "And unfortunately, it continues", the president said.

TRUMP: His wife died.

ZITO: Oh, that's right, you were in Tennessee.

TRUMP: And it was awesome. The people of Tennessee are unbelievable people. "From that day on, Andrew Jackson rejected authority that looked down on the common people".

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Presidential historian Jon Meacham said Tuesday that President Donald Trump told him past year that he could have negotiated a deal to avert the Civil War. He said, "there's no reason for this.'" However, Trump's tweet retroactively confirms that he meant to say that he believed Jackson "saw [the war] coming" and that he might've prevented it.

David Blight, a Yale history professor and author of one of the preeminent Civil War books, said the conflict became more or less inevitable after the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court decision. The miseducation of Donald Trump may be, not a joke for Civil War buffs, but a reminder to Americans that history bears watching the first time around.

Jackson can be credited, in other words, with averting civil war (if only temporarily) in 1832.

Trump ruminated after lauding Jackson, the populist president whom he and his staff have cited as a role model.

AP talked to some of the most distinguished experts on what was really behind the war that tore the nation asunder.

Hear Trump's interview with Zito in the audio below.

Second, he probably wouldn't have been too angry about the cause of the Civil War unless Trump meant that Jackson would have been angry about the Northern point of view.

Jackson did own approximately 150 slaves, according to the website for The Hermitage, his former plantation and occasional home in Tennessee.

  • Sidney Guerrero