In an explosive Oval Office tirade Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while claiming that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) “couldn’t carry” Pompeo’s jockstrap.
Trump made the remark while meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.
“We don’t call him Shifty Schiff for nothing, he’s a shifty, dishonest guy, who by the way, was critical of one of the great secretaries of states, graduated number one in his class at West Point, graduated one of the top in his class at Harvard Law School — the most honorable person,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.
“You know, there’s an expression, he couldn’t carry his ‘blank’ strap, I won’t say it because they’ll say it was so terrible to say, but that guy couldn’t carry his ‘blank’ strap, do you understand that?” Trump said, meaning jockstrap. The phrase is an expression meaning that one person’s ability to do something isn’t as great as another person’s.
Per White House pooler @toddgillman in the Oval Office just now: "Trump compared Schiff to Pompeo.
"That guy couldn't carry his blank strap" (the phrase he didn't say is likely 'jockstrap')"
— Anne Rumsey Gearan (@agearan) October 2, 2019
Trump called Schiff a “lowlife” who made up information to embarrass the president.
“It should be criminal. It should be treasonous,” he said. “Nancy Pelosi, and Shifty Schiff, they should resign.”
Minutes after tweeting "BULLSHIT," Trump avoids saying the word "jockstrap" because he doesn't want to offend anyone.
He then insisting his call with the Ukrainian president that's at the heart of an abuse of power scandal was "perfect." pic.twitter.com/Kq3Suqzz3F
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 2, 2019
Trump also railed against the press, telling reporters that they should be “ashamed” of their questions, which centered on the Ukraine call, the whistle-blower complaint and House Democrats’ subpoenas.
On POTUS/Oval Office, @kwelkernbc says, "The president said the whistle-blower should be protected if the whistle-blower is legitimate. He's also taking new aim at Adam Schiff, calling him "Shifty Schiff," saying it was a perfect conversation." #AMRstaff
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) October 2, 2019
Shortly before his Oval Office tirade, Trump tweeted: “The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!”
The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019