The president of the United States said that he wanted to get athletes lifting weights because he felt they could get their muscles to grow faster.
“The reason I love weightlifting is because it’s a lot of fun, I mean, it’s one of those things that you can do without having to do any drugs,” Trump said in an interview with CBS News.
“I want to get them strong and I want them to get stronger.
I want to make sure that they can get stronger, and I don’t want them doing drugs.”
Trump said that there are many reasons athletes need to lift, from increasing strength to increasing stamina to increasing athletic performance.
Trump, however, said that weightlifting could also have an effect on other areas of health, like the development of muscles in the lower back and neck.
“The body is made up of the most amazing cells in the world, and it’s the heart, the lungs, the muscles that make up the spine and all the bones,” Trump told CBS News, adding that he believes athletes are the ones who should be focusing on increasing strength in the body.
The president’s comments come as the country prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Athletes will be competing in what will be the biggest international competition in history, and the president is clearly hoping that the athletes will be as strong as the athletes in the games.
Trump told the network that he had to push the idea of weightlifting because he was trying to boost the number of athletes competing at the Olympics, “and it was just going to take me way, way too long.”