In the White House.
President Donald Trump has taken credit for creating a phrase that, in actuality, dates back two centuries.
In a recent interview with The Economist, Trump used the phrase while discussing his tax plan, asking the reporter, “you understand the expression ‘prime the pump?’ ”
After the journalist confirmed recognition of the saying, Trump continued, “We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world. Have you heard that expression before, for this particular type of an event?”
“Priming the pump?” asked the reporter.
After Trump asked again if the interviewer knew the saying – which the reporter, once again, confirmed – the president said, “Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just … I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do.”