President Donald Trump has warned that his 2020 Democratic rivals will lead the country “into an economic sinkhole” as he weighed in on the first debate in Detroit.
Mr Trump was uncharacteristically quiet through Tuesday night’s debate but tweeted on Wednesday morning that if he “hadn’t won the 2016 Election” the US “would be in a Great Recession/Depression.”
Mr Trump said the Democratic candidates “will lead us into an economic sinkhole the likes of which we have never seen before”.
He added: “With me, only up!”
If I hadnât won the 2016 Election, we would be in a Great Recession/Depression right now. The people I saw on stage last night, & you can add in Sleepy Joe, Harris, & the rest, will lead us into an economic sinkhole the likes of which we have never seen before. With me, only up!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2019
Ten Democratic candidates appeared on Tuesday, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Ms Warren blamed Mr Trump for racially unequal policies in economics and education.
Mr Sanders said Mr Trump demonises immigrants.
Ten more Democrats including former vice president Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will debate on Wednesday night.