There is no place, no event, no speech, no audience that Trump doesn’t see as a good opportunity to whine about how unfairly he’s been treated as president. No matter where he is, he might mention his wealth, his success in the White House, and his “landslide” victory in the 2016 election, but it is guaranteed that he will rail against “fake news.” Such was the case on Friday morning in Davos, Switzerland.
While on an overseas trip at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, a bombshell revelation in the obstruction of justice claims against Trump hit The New York Times. Within a month after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the alleged collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Trump demanded that he be fired. Fearing another Saturday Night Massacre that spelled the beginning of the end for disgraced President Richard Nixon, Trump’s lawyer refused to order the firing and threatened to quit.
Trump railed against Mueller’s conflicts of interest that should have kept him from heading the investigation.
‘First, he claimed that a dispute years ago over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., had prompted Mr. Mueller, the F.B.I. director at the time, to resign his membership. The president also said Mr. Mueller could not be impartial because he had most recently worked for the law firm that previously represented the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Finally, the president said, Mr. Mueller had been interviewed to return as the F.B.I. director the day before he was appointed special counsel in May.’
What else could a president who believes Mueller laid in wait for years to get his revenge over golf club fees do but spend his time embarrassing the United States by denying the reports to Swiss media?
Trump’s supporters spent Thursday evening railing on social media about the liberals leaking information from inside the White House and laughing over the fact that the publication focused on an older story in which Trump did not actually fire Mueller.
Sean Hannity tried his best to agree with Trump and his rabid fan base in one of the most hilarious turnarounds and deflections in television “news” that has to be seen to truly be appreciated.
Sean Hannity: The New York Times is trying to distract you. They say Trump tried to fire Mueller, but our sources aren’t confirming that!
Sean Hannity, minutes later: Alright, yeah, maybe our sources confirm Trump wanted to fire Mueller. But so what? That’s his right. Anywho… pic.twitter.com/yUIt7Un56d
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 26, 2018
However, more sane Americans were truly shocked that Trump, after only a month in office, attempted to obstruct justice by trying to fire Mueller. As obstruction is a crime of intent, the intention alone to obstruct justice by having his staff and Congressmen seek reasons to fire Mueller and then ordering it done is another huge and damaging piece of information against the president.
Trump, of course, could not resist bringing up the story during an interview in Switzerland. Just moments after giving a speech to the World Economic Forum, Trump sat for an interview with reporters who intended to ask Trump questions about his speech and other relevant topics related to his presence at the forum. Instead, Trump spent his time railing about “fake” news.
Trump lashes out at journalists at Davos: "It wasn't until I became a politician that I realized how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be." pic.twitter.com/XT94Ksghtx
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) January 26, 2018
The crowd in Switzerland, seemingly more intelligent than the Trump supporters here in the U.S., broke into boos over the president’s constant attempts to suppress the media in the same fashion that he has tried to suppress, or obstruct, the investigation against him.
Meanwhile, everyone with any knowledge of how a president is actually supposed to act was mortified.
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