Donald Trump says he would ‘love’ to show up at his own impeachment trial as he slams Democratic impeachment manager Jerry Nadler as a ‘sleazebag’ and calls Rudy Giuliani’s indicted sidekick Lev Parnas ‘a groupie’
- President Trump held a surprise press conference at the end of his trip to the World Economic Forum Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland
- Trump fielded several questions about impeachment – and flirted with the idea of showing up to the Senate trial in person
- He also lashed out at House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, calling the fellow New Yorker a ‘sleazebag’
- Trump also further explained his relationship with Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associate Lev Parnas, saying that Parnas was like ‘a groupie’
President Trump said Wednesday that he’d ‘love’ to show up to his Senate impeachment trial, though his team of lawyers might be mad if he pulled such a stunt.
‘I’d love to go, wouldn’t that be great?’ Trump remarked at an impromptu press conference he held just before leaving the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ‘I don’t know, I’d sort of love to sit in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces, I’d love to do it.’
After giving a measured mainstage address Tuesday about the state of the American economy, Trump was back to his name-calling ways Wednesday during the whirlwind presser, where he answered a number of questions about impeachment.
Trump took aim at both House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler – one of Democrats’ seven impeachment managers – and Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who’s said in interviews he was tapped to do the president’s dirty work.
‘First of all, Jerrold Nadler, I’ve known him a long time, he’s a sleazebag. Everybody knows that,’ he told the crowd of reporters packed in the room of his fellow New Yorker.
At the mention of Parnas, Trump called him a ‘conman.’
‘I don’t know him other then he’s sort of like a groupie, he shows up at fundraisers,’ the president said.
President Trump threatened to show up to his impeachment trial during a whirlwind press conference held at the end of his trip to Davos, Switzerland
President Trump decided to throw an improptu press conference as his time at Davos concluded. He was in a fighting mood – mocking Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, calling Parnas a ‘groupie’
President Trump had only words of praise for the team representing him at the Senate impeachment trial, which was still going on when the sun was rising Wednesday morning over Davos, Switzerland, where Trump is attending the World Economic Forum
While flirting with showing up to his impeachment trial – which could heighten the drama to a ‘House of Cards’ level – Trump wouldn’t commit to it.
‘Don’t keep talking because I may, you may convince me to do it,’ he joked to Kyra Phillips of ABC News, who had posed the question.
He added that he thought his lawyesrs would not be pleased.
I think they might have a problem. I think they might,’ Trump said. ‘I think they’ve done a really good job.’
All morning at Davos, Trump was singing his legal team praises as day No. 1 of the Senate trial had stretched overnight.
First thing in the morning, Trump touted that he had made ‘great progress’ at the conference – though his Twitterfeed was mostly filled with retweets of his Senate allies.
‘Making great progress in @Davos,’ he wrote. ‘Tremendous numbers of companies will be coming, or returning, to the USA. Hottest Economy! JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!’
The sun was rising over the Swiss mountain town as the Senate was taking its final impeachment vote – whether to approve Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s resolution that lays out the rules of the trial.
President Trump turned his attention back to the World Economic Forum, where he’ll hold several meetings Wednesday morning, after retweeting his Senate allies during the first day of his impeachment trial overnight
President Trump (left) smiles as FIFA President Gianni Infantino (right) brings him a soccer ball at a Davos dinner Tuesday night. Trump is spending half a day Wednesday back at the conference in meetings
It passed along part lines – 53 to 47 – and the Senate gaveled out for the night at 1:50 a.m. EST. They’ll be back in the chamber in less than 12 hours.
The president had spent the night retweeting some of his Republican Senate allies.
‘There will be a time and place to vote on whether to allow witnesses. Right now it’s clear that @RepAdamSchiff & his gang are too scared to start their oral arguments,’ said Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, commenting on the series of amendments the Democrats proposed that kept the Senate in session into the early morning hours.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, led the effort for the Democrats.
‘It is amazing to watch Adam Schiff practically shove his co-managers aside to get to the microphone. His plan seems to be to keep delaying the ACTUAL TRIAL just to hear himself talk,’ remarked Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, in another tweet the president shared.
Overnight, President Trump retweeted messages from his allies in the Senate. As the Senate finally gaveled out the sun was rising over Davos, Switzerland, where Trump will spend a half-day in meetings Wednesday
TRUMP’S DAVOS BREAKFAST GUEST LIST
David Abney, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, UPS
Darius Adamczyk, Chief Executive Officer, Honeywell
Ajay Banga, President & Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard
Marc Benioff, Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce
Aneel Bhusri, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Workday Inc.
Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Apple
Michael Corbat, Chief Executive Officer, Citigroup, Citi
Alfred F. Kelly, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, Visa Inc.
James Gorman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Stanley
Vicki Hollub, President & Chief Executive Officer, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Rob Kapito, President & Director, BlackRock Inc.
Ramon Laguarta, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Inc.
Rich Lesser, Global Chief Executive Officer, Boston Consulting Group
Patrice Louvet, Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Lauren Corporation
Robert Manfred, Commissioner, Baseball of Major League Baseball (MLB)
David McCormick, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates LP
Sanjay Mehrotra, President & Chief Executive Officer, Micron
Jennifer Morgan, Co-Chief Executive Officer, SAP
Brian Moynihan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America
Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corp.
Dina Powell McCormick, Partner, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Punit Renjen, Global Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte
Chuck Robbins, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems Inc.
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, IBM Corporation
David Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group
Michael S. Dell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Dell Technologies
Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Blackstone
David Solomon, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Arne Sorenson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International Inc.
Noel White, President & Chief Executive Officer, Tyson Foods Inc.
Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising and Partnerships, NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, called Schiff a ‘proven liar’ in a tweet Trump retweeted.
After the president shared the senators’ tweets, his attention turned back to Davos, as he touted the American economy.
He was due at a breakfast meeting in two hours.
Trump will spend just the morning in Switzerland before taking back off for the states.
He spent breakfast with a number of American CEOS and business leaders including Apple’s Tim Cook, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman, Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred, Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan and more.
The White House provided a list of 31 names overall.
Reporters, who were originally supposed to be allowed in the room, were barred.
Trump would then hold two bilateral meetings.
The first was with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani.
The second is with Iraqi President Barham Salih.
The president ignored a question from DailyMail.com about the meeting with the Iraqi leader.
Trump’s meeting with Salih comes as the U.S.’s relationship with Iraq is on the rocks.
The Iraqis were not pleased – with the parliament voting to oust U.S. troops from the country – that Trump decided to use their country as a staging ground for a drone strike on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
The killing of Soleimani brought the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war.
Trump responded to the Iraqis threat to toss out U.S. troops by saying he would sanction the country, which the U.S. has been engaged with militarily since 2003.
The president will then take Air Force One back across the Atlantic as day No. 2 of the Senate impeachment trial gets underway.
Trump spent his first day at Davos throwing shade at teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg, whose double appearances the same day as the president’s speech were the confernce’s most buzzed about.
During an interview on-site with the Wall Street Journal, Trump first downplayed the activist’s impact.
‘I don’t really know anything about her,’ Trump told the newspaper before adding, ‘she’s very angry.’
Trump dedicated a whole section of his Tuesday address to slapping down climate change warnings.
‘This is not a time for pessimism. This is a time for optimism,’ Trump said.
The president advised that to ’embrace the possibilities of tomorrow we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse.’
‘They are the heirs of yesterday’s fortune tellers,’ Trump stated. ‘They predicted an over-population crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the 70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s.’
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg watches President Trump’s speech from the audience Tuesday morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
‘These alarmists always demand the same thing – absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives,’ Trump said. ‘We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country or eradicate our liberty.’
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