President Donald Trump on Monday flirted with the idea of trying his hand at professional race car driving.
During an event honoring 2017 NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr., the president joked that he wouldn’t mind taking a ride in the driver’s nearby stock car.
“I have to say your car looks truly amazing,” Trump said as he gestured towards Truex Jr.’s car parked on the White House’s south lawn. “In fact, I want to get in that thing and just drive it right away. Do you mind? But it is – it’s beautiful. It’s incredible.”
Trump has often relished some of the perks of the White House, giving the cameras a thumbs up from behind the wheel of a fire truck and donning a cowboy hat at a "Made in America" event.
Trump spent a large chunk of his Monday afternoon remarks calling out lawmakers in the audience as well as members of Truex Jr.’s team and NASCAR executives. The president thanked NASCAR CEO Brian France, who endorsed Trump during the 2016 Republican primary at a rally in Georgia.
The president also made a point of noting that NASCAR, whose fan base tends to lean conservative, has not had the types of protests during the national anthem that other leagues, in particular the NFL, have faced. Multiple team owners in NASCAR have said they require drivers and team members to stand for the anthem.
“And I will tell you one thing I know about NASCAR, they do indeed, Brian, stand for the playing of the national anthem. Right? They do indeed,” Trump said. “Somebody said maybe you shouldn’t say that. That’ll be controversial. I said that’s OK. NASCAR’s not going to mind it at all, right fellas? They don’t mind it at all.”
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