Remarkably, President Donald Trump managed to make it through an entire day of testimony from his former attorney, Michael Cohen, without a single tweet. But after his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ended prematurely, the president did comment on Cohen’s appearance before the House Oversight Committee.
During a press conference after the North Korea summit wrapped up early, Trump tried to blame Congressional Democrats for the damaging testimony from Cohen:
“I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing. They could’ve made it two days later or next week. But having it during this very important summit is sort of incredible.”
Interestingly, the complaint about the time of the Cohen hearing was the very same talking point used on Fox News Wednesday, with Sean Hannity commenting:
“On the very day President Trump holds this historic, high-stakes summit — the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, no more rockets being fired all over that part of the world, no more threats to America, to Guam — House Democrats had a more important agenda. They wanted to embarrass the president while he was in negotiations and put on a circus, a spectacle in Washington, D.C.”
The president also accused Cohen of lying, saying he “lied a lot” before adding:
“But it was very interesting because he didn’t lie about one thing. He said ‘no collusion with the Russian hoax.’ And I said ‘I wonder why he didn’t just lie about that too like he did with everything else.’
“I was actually impressed. He could have gone all out.”
So Cohen lied, but he managed to tell the truth when he said he didn’t have proof Trump colluded with Russia? How convenient. And how ironic that Trump would accuse someone of lying when he’s already told nearly 9,000 lies since he took office in January of 2017.
The summit with Kim was a disaster for the White House, which had been desperate for a big win to help divert attention from Cohen’s testimony. Instead, Trump comes home empty-handed and with new legal and political problems thanks to what Cohen revealed Wednesday.
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