President Donald Trump wondered aloud in an interview set to air Monday afternoon why there was a Civil War and whether President Andrew Jackson could have averted it if he’d been in the White House.
‘People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?’
Trump told journalist Salena Zito in an interview for Sirius XM that if Jackson, a populist for whom he has expressed admiration, had “been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War.”
"Had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War" @realDonaldTrump told @SalenaZito. Full intv at 2pE, Ch124 pic.twitter.com/d7PuRRm7Md
— SiriusXMPolitics (@SXMPolitics) May 1, 2017
Jackson, a slave owner, was president from 1829 to 1837. He died in 1845. That was 16 years before the beginning of the Civil War. The war broke out over the issue of slavery and led to its abolition.