Trump Sounds Off: Weinstein Verdict, Sotomayor, and the Russians

In a freewheeling press conference on his final day in India, President Donald Trump took questions from the media and turned his sights on a variety of topics ranging from the Harvey Weinstein verdict to the liberal justices of the Supreme Court to CNN’s fake news coverage. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Trump began by addressing remarks he’d made on Twitter about Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Pulling a headline quote from Fox News on Twitter Monday, Trump wrote: “’Sotomayor accuses GOP appointed Justices of being biased in favor of Trump.’ @IngrahamAngle @FoxNews”

“This is a terrible thing to say,” Trump wrote. “Trying to ‘shame’ some into voting her way? She never criticized Justice Ginsberg when she called me a ‘faker’. Both should recuse themselves on all Trump, or Trump related, matters! While ‘elections have consequences’, I only ask for fairness, especially when it comes to decisions made by the United States Supreme Court!”

Asked about this tweet in India, Trump said, “I just thought it was so inappropriate, such a terrible statement for a Supreme Court justice. She’s trying to shame people with perhaps a different view into voting her way, and that’s so inappropriate. I just don’t know how they can not recuse themselves from anything having to do with Trump or Trump-related. The right thing to do is that.”

Trump was also asked about recent reports that say intelligence officials briefed Bernie Sanders about the fact that the Russians were supporting his campaign for president.

“They went to see Bernie and they told Bernie about something having to do with they want Bernie to win. They did not tell me, intelligence never told me anything about that and it was sort of a strange thing that they went to Bernie,” Trump said.

The president went on to note that claims of 2020 Russian meddling have been “highly exaggerated,” and he blamed House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of leaking false information to the media.

“I want no help from any country, and I haven’t been given help by any country,” he said before turning to a reporter for CNN. “Your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You probably have the worst record in the history of broadcasting.”

The president also addressed the conviction of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who was found guilty Monday of rape in the third degree.

“I will say, the people that liked him were the Democrats,” Trump mused. “Michelle Obama loved him, loved him, Michelle Obama loved him, and he gave tremendous money to the Democrats. And I guess my question is, will the Democrats be asking for that money back?”

Yeah. Right after they admit that all of that Russian collusion nonsense was a complete hoax.

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