President Donald Trump raised his defenses on Thursday, likening those who reported abusers to spies, according to reports, and tweeted that "our country is at stake" on the day the complaint was filed the president has been made public.
"DEMOCRATS USE DESTROY REPUBLIC PARTY AND EVERYTHING TO STAND ON", Trump tweets in all capital letters. "FOLLOW TOGETHER, PLAY YOUR GAME AND FAST THE SOLID REPUBLICATIONS.
Trump, according to multiple media outlets, told a private group at a hotel in a midtown neighborhood Thursday morning that people who gave information to reporters. were "close to spies" and said the US should "treat" them as they did "in the old days" ̵
The New York Times and Los Angeles Times reported on the comments, the Los Angeles Times provided a record of Trump's remarks by a person present for them, while the New York Times quoted a person informed of the comments.
"I want to know who is the person, who is the person who gave the signal. the information? Because it's close to a spy, "Trump told The Los Angeles Times." Do you know what we did in the old days when we were smart? Right? Spies and betrayal, we dealt with it a little differently than we do now. "
An American official familiar with Trump's remarks in
Attending diplomats were confused to hear such explicit political comments and attacks against the perceived
In a complaint, which was announced with minimal revisions Thursday morning, the intruder made it clear that a number of White House and administration officials with They provided him with information, and this is largely based on his allegations, in addition to information from previously published news stories.
From Trump Tower, where he stayed for the United Nations General Assembly, Trump sent three dozen Tweets and retweets in his defense for two hours Thursday morning, continuing a week of stubborn counter-punishment against Democrats when they began formal impeachment proceedings against him.
Later Thursday, Trump again defended his call with the Ukrainian president, calling him "perfect" and accusing Democrats of blocking the domestic policy agenda. it had little chance of getting anywhere, even before the last round of impeachment talks.
"What these boys are doing to this country is a disgrace and should not be tolerated. There has to be a way to stop it, "Trump told reporters on a landing in Washington on his way back from New York.
As the acting director of national intelligence began giving evidence Thursday morning before Congress, Trump left for Manhattan funding. , where he had to be surrounded by celebrities from his previous life as a New York businessman.
Raising money was a shining spot for Trump, adding to the $ 5 million withdrawal of impeachment investigations made on Tuesday nick and Wednesday, the president raises $ 5 million for a fundraising dinner at a private home in Manhattan on Wednesday night, according to a Republican spokesman.
He was expected to make an additional $ 3 million at Thursday morning breakfast for a total of $ 13 million.
With his presidency facing the greatest threat to date, Trump has gone from insult to defense, reviving a strategy he sees as effective in the Russians Robert Mueller investigation. He tried to downplay his plea for the Ukrainian president to help investigate his political rivals, divert attention to the actions of Democrats and presidential contender Joe Biden, and discredit whistleblowers as having partisan motives.
"Nothing has changed with the release of this complaint, which is nothing more than a collection of third-party event narratives and press clippings, all of which do not indicate anything improper," a press secretary said Thursday morning to the White House Stephanie Grisham. She added that "the White House will continue to repel the hysteria and false stories that the Democrats and many of the mass media are spreading by the mass media."
But the White House advisers have privately admitted that they are now in unexplored waters.
Full Coverage: The Trump Impeachment Investigation "uses the power of his office to seek intervention from a foreign country" in the 2020 election. In a call, Trump discussed whether Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky would help investigate the business relations of Biden's family.
"The interference involves, among other things, pressure on a foreign country to investigate one of the president's main domestic competitors," continued the whistle, "The president's personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. that Attorney General Bar is also involved. "
The complaint, which was released in minimal editions, emphasizes that there are witnesses who can back up the account and indicates concern about the processing of the White House record for the conversation.
The signalman says that the recording of the July 25 conversation between Trump and Zelensky was treated in an unusual way, including part of it.
Prior to the release of the offender account, there were already concerns among Trump allies, in particular, related starring Giuliani.
Two Trump allies, one of whom is a former White House senior, described a level of anxiety inside the White House that is far greater than Trump and his supporters have publicly acknowledged. The former official added that Giuliani's role was particularly problematic by law, as he had purely political and personal ties to Trump and had no official role with the US government.
"Both are better than I think many of us thought, given what the speculation was and also worse than many of us thought, given what part of speculation, "the official said. "The way it's worse than people thought has to do with Julian."