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Exclusive: Trump touts a strong economy and reacts to arrest of WikiLeaks' Assange

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WASHINGTON (SBG) - "America This Week" host Eric Bolling sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump and discussed his impact on the United States economy as well as the recent arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The full interview will stream across all Sinclair websites at 7 p.m. EST, Wednesday, April 17.

President Trump touted the strong jobs report released last Friday as evidence of his economic policy success but added he is still receiving strong criticism.

"They don't like me; I'm working very hard. I'm doing a good job. We have the best economy we've ever had," said Trump. "We have as you know today some of the best numbers that have ever been given on the economy."

The Labor Department announced last Friday the U.S. economy added 196,000 new jobs in March. The unemployment rate has held at 3.8 percent.

Bolling highlighted that those are the lowest jobless claims in nearly 50 years.

"And with African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, the best women in 65 years, best in 65 years," said the president. "With the others, we have the best numbers in the history of our country."

Changing the topic from the economy to the recent arrest of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Assange was hauled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Thursday shouting as authorities took him into custody.

His political asylum was revoked after "repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols."

President Trump told Bolling he doesn't know very much about Assange.

"Well, know nothing about him. And I don't know what's going to happen I guess the concept is perhaps he is a reporter type and, you know, The New York Times is doing the same thing maybe and The Washington Post maybe the same thing," said Trump. "I just don't know very much about it."

Bolling questioned if Julian Assange and WikiLeaks should be viewed as a news service and if his arrest could be considered stiffing the media.

"Well you know we have a great Attorney General that's handling that," said Trump.

Earlier Thursday, Assange's attorney, Jennifer Robinson, said she plans to fight extradition to the United States.

"This sets a dangerous precedent for all journalists and media organizations in Europe and around the world," she said. "This precedent means that any journalist can be extradited for prosecution in the United States for having published truthful information about the United States."

The Justice Department charged Assange of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to obtain classified government documents. Manning is currently in custody in Virginia for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigation on WikiLeaks.

President Donald Trump was asked about the arrest earlier Thursday at the White House and declared that he knows "nothing about WikiLeaks."

"It's not my thing. I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange. I've been seeing what's happened with Assange and that will be a determination, I would imagine, mostly by the attorney general, who's doing an excellent job, said Trump. "So, he'll be making a determination. I know nothing really about him."

Assange resided in the embassy for seven years.

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