Trump Is No Longer Listening To His Imaginary Friend ‘Jim’. Did They Have A Fallout?
In more than one occasion, while addressing conservative audiences, Donald Trump has put significant stock in his friend “Jim’s” opinion of Paris. But on Thursday, while in the City of Light, Trump signaled he was no longer listening to his mysterious friend and people are asking: Was Jim wrong?
The story of Jim has become one of the more singular staples of Trump’s political career, a story he used to knock more liberal French policies on immigration and terrorism, while building up his own plan of stemming the number of refugees entering the US and implementing a travel ban against people from six-Muslim majority countries.
Just before bringing up his friend Jim to make a point about immigration, Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference in February that “national security begins with border security.”
“Take a look at what’s happened in France. Take a look at Nice and Paris,” he said. Then he introduced his famously ‘unknown’ friend Jim.
Trump went on to describe Jim as a Francophile who had soured on Paris after years of visiting every summer with his family.
“I have a friend, he’s a very, very substantial guy. He loves the City of Lights. He loves Paris. For years, every year, during the summer, he would go to Paris, it was automatic, with his wife and his family,” Trump said.
Recalling a conversation he had with Jim years ago, Trump added, “I hadn’t seen him in a while. And I said, ‘Jim, let me ask you a question: How’s Paris doing,” Trump recalled. “Paris? I don’t go there anymore. Paris is no longer Paris.”
But that was then.
On Thursday, Trump largely disavowed the advice of his friend after a reporter asked him directly about Jim.
“(Paris is) going to be just fine because you have a great president. You have somebody that’s going to run this country right,” Trump said, standing next to French President Emmanuel Macron. “I think this is one of the great cities, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.”
Trump took it one step further, too, promising to come back to visit Macron and, ostensibly, Jim.
“I really have a feeling that you’re going to have a very, very peaceful and beautiful Paris,” Trump said. “And I’m coming back.”
Watch Morning Joe’s take on ‘Jim’in the video below: