The British Press have pointedly made reference to Mr Trump's quote :
"I think I would have said that the European Union is not cracked up to what it’s supposed to be,"
What would have been expected on this side of the pond is something like
"the EU is not all that it is cracked up to be"
Speaking in extempore it is easy (as I find) to mix one's metaphors or to muddle one's words. Here, Mr Trump (I think) has actually said the opposite of what he wanted to say.
The OED gives the verb form 'crack up' as a complimentary formation. So if the EU is not cracked up to 'what it's supposed to be' that means that it deserves to be cracked up some more. Which is not, I think, what was meant to be said.
- trans. crack up: to praise, eulogize (a person or thing). So to crack into (repute, etc.) Also (in pass.), to be reputed (usually in negative sentences). colloq. 1829 Kentuckian 28 May He is not the thing he is cracked up for. 1835 D. Crockett Life Van Buren 175 Great men..are not the things they are cracked up for. 1836 Knickerbocker 8 51 New-Orleans is not..half so bad a place as it is ‘cracked up to be’. 1844 Dickens Martin Chuzzlewit xxxiii. 392 Our backs is easy ris. We must be cracked-up, or they rises, and we snarls..You'd better crack us up, you had! 1857 T. Hughes Tom Brown's School Days i. vi. 139 Then don't object to my cracking up the old school-house, Rugby. 1884 American 7 334 Mexico..is not what it has been cracked up to be. 1892 Standard 1 Jan. 3/3 Unfortunate individuals who are for a time ‘cracked’ into reputation by ill-advised patrons. 1939 War Illustr. 14 Oct. p. ii/2 An article from a Paris correspondent cracking up the blue-lit nights of Paris. 1951 E. Bagnold Loved & Envied 234 The emotions have been found by then to be not all they are cracked up to be. 1969 ‘A. Gilbert’ Missing from Home vii. 97 It's not always all it's cracked up to be.
The British Press pointed out the discrepancy of wording but did not pick up on the reversal of the phrase. So, I wonder, is there an AmE version of the BrE 'not all it is cracked up to be' that is the opposite ?
And, if so, when did we diverge from one another ?