Well, because he’s a repuglican & he said it, there are now whole hoards of sTrumpette supporters & other Obama haters, who now believe it like it’s the bible. “Walking it back” is the same as the current regime’s “alt facts”. Is he also like the majority of liars currently running the country? As for him saying this in a “private” repuglican meeting: his is the party of genetic testing by employers, drone cameras in the air 24/7/365, CIA cyberweapons for *our* public, TSA et al, and all sorts of other quaint things going on. Does he *really* think *anything* is “private” now?