President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed the need for additional help to defend him against House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry stemming from his dealings with Ukraine despite pleas from outside advisers for a more coordinated response coming from the White House.
Trump told reporters gathered on the White House South Lawn that he will be the one leading the fight when it comes to responding to impeachment.
“Here’s the thing. I don’t have teams. Everyone’s talking about teams. I’m the team. I did nothing wrong,” Trump told reporters before leaving for an event in South Carolina.
The comments were reminiscent of his “I alone can fix it” declaration during his Inauguration.
Trump delivered the remarks during a lengthy rant against the impeachment inquiry, which he derided as a “phony deal” focused on a “perfect” call he had with the Ukrainian president.
Trump warned that if anything came of this inquiry, he thinks it could plunge the country into an economic downturn.
“I will say this: If anything ever happened with this phony witch hunt that the Democrats are doing … I really believe you’d have a recession, depression the likes of which this country hasn’t seen,” Trump said, questioning how Democrats could impeach “one of the most successful presidents.”
The White House has repeatedly downplayed the need for a war room to fight impeachment by maintaining that Trump did nothing wrong.
“We’re doing the best we can,” press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Thursday. “Honestly messaging isn’t that hard. There was no quid pro quo, the president did nothing wrong.”
Trump claims there's no rapid response team re: impeachment: "I'm the team, I did nothing wrong." (He did) pic.twitter.com/9pXGo9WpbL
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 25, 2019