Parade of Lies

News  |  Jun 15, 2018

President Trump spoke to reporters Friday morning and spewed an incredible amount of lies. He blatantly lied about the OIG report released Thursday, claiming it totally exonerated him in the Russia investigation even though the report had nothing to do with the Russia investigation. It was a review of the FBI and DOJ's handling of the Clinton email investigation. 

Trump claimed the report showed bias against him, even though the report concluded the investigation showed no political bias.

On the Russia investigation: 

"The problem with the Mueller investigation is everybody has massive conflicts. You have [Andrew] Weissmann who was at Hillary Clinton's funeral, her party that turned into a funeral. They were screaming and crying." 

"I did nothing wrong. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that. And I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited."

Trump claims he always has hated the "war games" with South Korea because they cost too much in spite of evidence Trump got the idea to halt the military exercise from Vladimir Putin in January. 

On Paul Manafort

"Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign. But I feel a little badly about it. They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago. Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time ... He worked for me for what, 49 days or something? A very short period of time. I feel badly for some people because they've gone back 12 years to find things about somebody. And I don't think it's right. I don't think it's right that they burst into a lawyer's office on a weekend and early in the morning. I've never heard of that before." 

"I feel badly for General [Michael] Flynn. He's lost his house. He's lost his life. Some people say he lied. And some people say he didn't lie. I mean, maybe it turned out he didn't lie. But how can you do that? Who's lied more than Comey? Comey lied a tremendous amount."

On whether he is considering pardons for his associates: 

"I do want to see people treated fairly. That's what it's all about."

On Michael Cohen:

"No, he's not my lawyer. Anymore. 

On whether he's concerned Cohen will cooperate: 

"No I'm not worried because I did nothing wrong."

On whether he dictated the statement on Donald Trump Jr.:

"Let's not talk about it. You know what that is? It's irrelevant. It's a statement to The New York Times. The phony, failing New York Times. That's not a statement to a high tribunal of judges. That's a statement to the phony New York Times. Frankly, he shouldn't speak to the New York Times because they only write phony stories anyway although yesterday they wrote a nice story about what a good job I'm doing."

"If you read the IG report, I've been totally exonerated."

Are you going to meet with Putin this summer?

"It's possible we'll meet. This all started because somebody, one of you, asked, 'Should Putin be in the G7?' I said, 'No. He should be in the G8. A few years ago, Putin was in what was called the G8. I think it's better to have Russia in than to have Russia out. Just like North Korea, just like somebody else, it's much better if we get along with them than if we don't. So it's possible. Just so you understand. President Obama lost Crimea. Just so you understand. This was long before I got there. I want to make it do the fake news prints it properly. President Obama lost Crimea. Yeah, yeah, it's his fault. Because Putin didn't respect President Obama. President Obama lost Crimea because President Putin didn't respect President Obama, didn't respect our country, and didn't respect Ukraine."

No one asked President Trump about Russia rejoining the G7. He brought that up unprompted on the White House lawn last Friday. 

Trump then confuses Ukraine with Syria and claims losing Crimea was a result of President Obama, by not "going across the red line in the sand."

"I went across it, with the 59 missile hits. But President Obama, when he didn't go across the red line, what he gave away, nobody even knows."

"One more time. President Obama gave away Crimea. That never should have happened. Goodbye, everybody."