US President Donald Trump reflected on his time in office during a speech at CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, where he said that some of his own political hires have tried to take him out of office with “bullshit.”
Trump on Asking Russia to Get Clinton’s Emails: I Was Having Fun With The Audience
Donald Trump harkened back to the campaign trail when he begged Russia to find the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Please get us the emails, please,” he said Saturday, at which point the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) then started to erupt into a chant: “Lock her up!”
QUITE A RIFF HERE: Trump at @cpac revisits his 2016 call for Russia to hack @HillaryClinton’s emails, accusing @cnn & other media of fake umbrage & intentionally taking him out of context, when he says he was just being “sarcastic” & having fun with the audience.” pic.twitter.com/0yCYO7rEMA
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) March 2, 2019
Critics at CNN and in the Democratic Party saw Trump’s characteristically outlandish remark about recruiting Russia’s help as virtually equivalent to committing treason. “These people are sick. I’m telling you. They know the game,” he said while motioning to where reporters sit.
Trump’s remarks were delivered in National Harbor, Maryland – a short ride outside Washington known for the MGM National Harbor casino resort that was recently built there.
Trump Vents About Mueller’s Sprawling Investigation
The president acknowledged some of the mistakes he’s made as president. Specifically, his biggest error was selecting former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for the attorney general. Sessions brought with him Rod Rosenstein – who eventually wrote the order creating Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” investigation into collusion between Trump and Russia. Rosenstein is actually still employed as Deputy Attorney General at the Justice Department, but he is no longer Mueller’s “boss” now that William Barr has been confirmed by the Senate as Session’s successor at the Justice Department.
“Actually, you put a couple of people in the wrong positions, and they leave people – for a long time – that shouldn’t be there. All of the sudden, they’re trying to take you out with bullsh*t, OK? With bullsh*t.”
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) March 2, 2019
Rosenstein has reportedly tried to invoke the 25th Amendment to kick Trump out of office – which would effectively be a nullification of the votes Americans cast in the 2016 presidential election. And he still works at DOJ.
“I saw Little Shifty Schiff yesterday,” Trump said in a reference to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California). “It’s the first time. He went into a meeting and said, ‘We’re going to look into his finances.’ I said, where did that come from? He always talked about Russia – collusion with Russia: the collusion delusion.”
Trump, at @CPAC says “collusion delusion” is taking over America.
“And the next thing you know, they’re trying to take you out with bullshit.” pic.twitter.com/6g0qGDTXNs
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 2, 2019
Donald Trump‘s use of expletives is unlikely to gain him praise as a polished politician. But still, even after being president for two years, he still has not buckled to the pressures in Washington to only use politically correct language.