The president of the United States spoke about the possibility that the Democratic Party will revert the parliamentary majority in the next elections and try to open a process of impeachment. He also played down the work of his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to justice. And he made a note to his government: A+
In one of the most politically and legally agitated weeks of his term, Donald Trump offered an interview to the Fox & Friends program in which he spoke on various topics: from the accusations against his former employees, the police cases that move the country to a possible impeachment process.
“If they dismiss me, the markets would collapse.”
The president was asked about the possibility that the Democratic Party will get the legislative majority in the November elections and try a process to remove him from office. ” I do not know how you can dismiss someone who has done a great job, if they ever deposed me, the markets would collapse, there would be a lot of poor people, there are numbers you would not believe, I released regulations, the tax cut was a tremendous thing. be president, you would have a recession, “he replied.
“Michael Cohen was a lawyer among many, it was not that important”
Trump dismissed the role played by his former lawyer, who this week pleaded guilty to multiple charges and involved his former boss, for whom he worked for a decade. ” He was not a ‘problem fixer’, he made minor agreements, Cohen was in other businesses, he worked for me part time , he had other clients, ” he said.
In addition, he considered that the former defender is using him to get a lower penalty. “If someone cheated a bank and he’s going to spend 10 years in jail, but he can reduce his sentence by saying something bad about Trump, he’s going to do it … If someone invents stories, he’s going to invent lies. I had friends involved, they invent stories and they go from being 10 years old (of condemnation) to being heroes, they build a statue for them, it’s not fair, but it did, and it got a very good deal, “he said.
“(The payments to the models) are not even a violation of the campaign.”
Trump said that the payments made by his former lawyer to his two alleged former lovers to buy their silence during his electoral campaign “do not violate” the electoral laws . ” He (Cohen) made the agreements, those charges are not even crimes,” he argued.
In addition, he indicated that he was aware of the payments, although he added that he found out later. These times are of the utmost importance, since you could have agreed to be aware of them and not have declared them in your financial reports. ” I learned of the crimes later, they were not campaign funds, that’s the important thing, they came from me and I tweeted about it, ” he said.
“I have great respect for what he did (Paul Manafort)”
The Republican returned to show a favorable position towards his former campaign manager, convicted this week for fraud and tax evasion, among other charges. Although Fox News reporters had previously indicated that in the interview he was favorable to grant him a pardon, he did not respond directly on the subject.
“I would say that what he did, what he was accused of, probably all the consultants have done it, look at the crimes of (Hillary) Clinton, and this Department of Justice does not do anything about it,” he said. However, he also marked a certain distance: “I did not know him well, he did not spend a lot of time in the campaign, I was not involved, I was not in charge”.
The evaluation of his government: “I put an A +”
Trump considered that “no president achieved” what he has achieved in a short time . Among his objectives, he said he had signed “the biggest tax cuts in history” and proposed two “wonderful judges of the Supreme Court”, one of which is still awaiting approval. “Honestly, I would give an A +,” he summarized, evaluating himself with the highest grade.
In addition, he again criticized the way in which his government is analyzed by the media. “The only thing is that the press has not treated me fairly, they killed me in the campaign, when I won, I thought they would treat me better, but everything was worse .”
“I appoint an attorney general who never took control of the Department of Justice”
The president reiterated his criticism against Jeff Sessions, mainly for having recused research on Russian interference and the alleged collusion between agents of the Kremlin and the Republican campaign. Although he did not respond directly if he plans to fire him, he implied that it is an option he has in mind.
“I want to stay out, but it is very sad that Sessions recuse himself. He must tell me. Even my enemies say he should let me know he would not take the case. He accepted the job and recused (research). What kind of man is this ?”, lament.
“Mollie Tibbets was killed by a horrible person who entered Mexico illegally”
The president referred to the case that shocked the United States for a month, in an intense search for a young woman who disappeared for a month until her body was found by the authorities . “Mollie was a beautiful girl, I saw her father saying she would come back, it’s hope, something beautiful, but now there’s no hope,” he lamented.
In addition, he stressed that the culprit of the crime was found by ICE (the Immigration agency), and condemned the criticism that the agency has received from “the democrats and the left”. In that sense, he assured the journalist: “Without ICE, you would not be sitting here so comfortably.”
“We want to raise the wall much more quickly”
The wall is being raised, many people do not know, we have spent 3,200 million, we are asking for 5,000 million. We want to raise it faster. The immigration laws are horrible. When we have bad laws, we can not achieve much. We are going to change them, but we need to choose more congressmen
“From the beginning of the campaign they told me about a Nazi who lives in Queens.”
Trump highlighted the expulsion of Jakiv Palij , a former prison guard in a concentration camp in Poland, held this week by US authorities. “I have many Jewish friends who told me about this Nazi living in Queens, which is where I grew up, this man was a guard who supervised the death of many Jews, he lived here for many years, I walked the same streets,” he said.
Palij, 95, entered the country claiming to be a victim of Nazism, until he was expelled at age 95. “The Obama administration was unable to expel him, and frankly, the Bush Administration was also unable to do so,” he said.
“(The journalists of the New York Times ) are crazy, they are like lunatics”
The president denied that he considers the press to be “the enemy of the people”, a phrase that was condemned by editorials of hundreds of media outlets . As he explained, ” the fake news ” are the enemy, and he considered that this sector represents 80% of journalism . “If I do something right, it’s not reported, the New York Times can not write a good story about me, they’re crazy, they’re like lunatics,” he said.
“We have a great relationship with Kim Jong-un, a great chemistry”
The president said that the meeting with the North Korean dictator “was a great success”, noting that since then there were no missile launches or nuclear tests. “I do not know if it’s a good or bad thing, but we have great chemistry,” he added.