Want to give his name? Well destroy his career, Trump told Sheriff Harold Eavenson of Rockwall County, Texas. Trumps comment was met with laughter and Eavenson declined to give the officials name.
Trump made the remark during a listening session with county sheriffs at the White House. Eavenson is in line to become president of the National Sheriffs Association in June, the Dallas Morning News reported.
A White House spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon that Trump was joking:
Trump typically uses Twitter to go after anyone hes angry at, including officials who disagree with him. In 2015, he attacked journalist Megyn Kelly because he believed she treated him unfairly in a presidential debate.
He also targetedGonzalo Curiel, an Indiana-born federal judge overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University, by saying that Curiel was incapable of doing his job because of his Mexican heritage.
On Saturday, Trump questioned the legitimacyof a federal judge who temporarily halted his executive order banning refugees and individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
This story has been updated to note that a White House spokeswoman said Trump was joking.
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