Trump Told Voters ‘I’m On The Ticket.’ But After GOP Losses? ‘I Wasn’t On The Ballot.’

After repeatedly telling his supporters to vote for Republican congressional, gubernatorial and other candidates as if he himself were on the ballot, President Donald Trump took the opposite view in an interview taped Friday when confronted with the scope of GOP losses in the midterm elections.

“I wasn’t on the ballot,” Trump told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, adding later: “I didn’t run. I wasn’t running. My name wasn’t on the ballot.”

“There are many people that think I don’t like Congress that like me a lot,” Trump said. “I get it all the time: ‘Sir, we’ll never vote unless you’re on the ballot.'”

Trump frequently said on the campaign trail that “a vote for” — any given Republican candidate — “is a vote for me.”

Watch below, or see the full exchange here at 11:23.

Trump not on ballot

President Trump responds to Republican losses in the midterms: "My name wasn't on the ballot." Watch the full interview on Fox News Channel at 2P/7P.

Posted by Fox News Sunday on Sunday, November 18, 2018

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