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Trump: Is Anybody Dumb Enough To Think I’d Get Caught Acting Inappropriately With Foreign Leader


Trump: Is Anybody Dumb Enough To Think I’d Get Caught Acting Inappropriately With Foreign Leader

Reacting to an explosive report late Wednesday in the Washington Post detailing a whistleblower’s claim that the president made a troubling “promise” to a yet-unknown foreign leader, President Trump defended his conduct by blasting “anybody dumb enough to believe” he’d make such disturbing commitments to a foreign leader when he knows “that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies.”

Trump dismissed the report as “another Fake News story” in a series of tweets and called the ensuing outrage over his reported action “presidential harassment.”

“Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!” Trump tweeted.

“Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call,” he continued. “I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!”

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu fired back at Trump, tweeting: “Hey @realDonaldTrump, if you are telling the truth (which is statistically a low probability), you should have no fear of the whistleblower complaint being forwarded to Congress as required by law. Instead, you are covering up this information. Why?”

The Post on Wednesday reported that the whistleblower filed a complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community after Trump made the alarming “promise” to a foreign leader during one interaction.

The Hill notes:

The complaint is at the center of a standoff between the House Intelligence Committee and the intelligence community, as acting director of national intelligence Joseph McGuire has withheld details about the incident involving Trump, The Post reported.

Meanwhile, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community, is set to meet with lawmakers on the committee on Thursday in a closed session. But Atkinson reportedly declined to share the contents of the complaint with lawmakers, further escalating tensions with Capitol Hill.

Trump last month tweeted out what appeared to be a sensitive photo detailing the site of a failed satellite launch in Iran, which experts suggested contained sensitive information.

The president also faced criticism in 2017 for disclosing classified intelligence with the Russian ambassador during an Oval Office meeting.

Trump on Wednesday received a gentle reprimand from Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, acting head of the Army Corps, after he revealed technology being used in newly constructed sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.


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