MOBILE, AL - DECEMBER 17: President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on December 17, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Donald Trump defends Michelle Obama after comments on American hopelessness

Last week, a clip from an Oprah Winfrey interview with first lady Michelle Obama was released in which the first lady spoke about her time in the White House and what lies ahead.

During the interview, Michelle Obama suggested a negative expectation for the Donald Trump presidency in comparison to her husband President Barack Obama's time as president.

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In response to a question in which Winfrey asked the first lady if she felt her husband's presidency has brought the hope that it promised to the American people, Michelle Obama said she believes it has and that post Election Day, she's seen a change in American sentiments. 

"We feel the difference now," she told Winfrey. "See, now we're feeling what not having hope feels like."

She never mentioned President-elect Trump by name.

Saturday, during Trump's final rally of 2016, he addressed Michelle Obama's comment.

"Michelle Obama said yesterday that there's no hope," Trump told his supporters. "But I assume she was talking about the past, not the future, (because) I'm telling you, we have tremendous hope and tremendous promise."

He went on to compliment the first lady and said that he believes her comments may have taken out of context.

"I actually think she made that statement not meaning it the way it came out, I really do," he said. "Because I met with President Obama and Michelle Obama in the White House ... She could not have been nicer. I honestly believe she meant that statement in a different way than it came out.”

Michelle Obama's full interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air Monday on CBS at  8/7c.

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