When asked about reaction to the impeachment hearing on Nov.13, President Donald Trump said he spent time on another activity “much more important”: to discuss peace for Middle East with the president fromTurkey.
During a joint press conference with President Erdogan, a question was put forward to President Trump.
“First, I would like to just start out getting your general reaction today to the impeachment hearings on the Hill. Do you feel that Democrats made their case? And how did you feel about the Republican performance?” a reporter asked.
Firstly, the president asserted that he did not watch the hearing, even “for one minute.”
“Are you talking about the witch hunt? Is that what you mean? Is that what you’re talking about? I hear it’s a joke. I haven’t watched. I haven’t watched for one minute because I’ve been with the President, which is much more important, as far as I’m concerned,” Trump said.
“This is a sham and shouldn’t be allowed. It was a situation that was caused by people that shouldn’t have allowed it to happen,” he added.
President Trump then explained why he wants to know identity of the whistleblower.
“I want to find out who is the whistleblower because the whistleblower gave a lot of very incorrect information, including my call with the President of Ukraine, which was a perfect call and highly appropriate. And he wrote something that was much different than the fact. I want to find out why the IG—why would he have presented that, when, in fact, all he had to do was check the call itself and he would have seen it,” he said.
In addition, the president said he is going to release the transcript of another call on Thursday.
“I’m going to be releasing—I think, on Thursday—a second call, which actually was the first of the two. And you’ll make a determination as to what you think there. But I’ve heard—just a report—they said it’s all thirdhand information. Nothing direct at all. It can’t be direct because I never said it,” Trump said.
“And all they have to do is look very, very simply at the transcript. If you read the transcript—this was analyzed by great lawyers. This was analyzed by Gregg Jarrett. It was analyzed by Mark Levin. It was analyzed by everybody. They said this statement that I made—the whole call that I made with the President of Ukraine was a perfect one,” he continued.
In the end, President Trump asserted he prefers to focus on peace in the Middle East than “a hoax.”
“So—that this country gets put through that, that we have to waste this gentleman’s time by even thinking about it, talking about it—I’d much rather focus on peace in the Middle East. And I hear that it’s—I hear that it’s a hoax, and it’s being played as a hoax. That’s what I hear, but you’ll have to tell me,” Trump concluded.
— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) November 13, 2019