President Donald Trump railed against House Democratic leadership and the media on Wednesday, Nov. 20, during fiery remarks in response to the latest developments in the impeachment inquiry hearings on Capitol Hill.
“Nancy Pelosi has done a terrible job as Speaker [of the House]. There’s never been a speaker that’s done so little, and she’s totally incompetent,” President Trump told reporters while visiting the Apple plant in Austin, Texas, Fox News reported. “And shifty Schiff, he stands up and he tells lies all day long. … We have no due process.”
President Trump reminded reporters that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) fabricated the conversation between him and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in front of Congress in September and continued to lie during public impeachment hearings.
The president said Schiff’s accounts conflicted reports of his discussion with Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland during Wednesday hearing by quoting Sondland’s testimony.
“He [Sondland] asked me what should he do — I said ‘I want nothing’ — and then I repeated — ‘I want nothing. I want no quid-pro-quo. Tell the president [of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy] to do the right thing,’ and then he finished off, he said, ‘this is the final word from the president of the United States.'”
Schiff, who leads the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump, made another fake quote from the president’s transcript during the hearing of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Vice President Pence aide Jennifer Williams on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
“What did the president say: I want you to investigate the Bidens and this debunked conspiracy theory pushed by Vladimir Putin that also helps me and my re-election,” Schiff said.
Shifty Schiff is inventing fake quotes from the President again. 🤦 pic.twitter.com/KMjmTnFkDn
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 19, 2019
Schiff has drawn harsh criticism from Republican lawmakers over his relationship with the anonymous whistleblower to whom President Trump described as “political operative” and a “fake” whistleblower.
Schiff Shifts: “Reserving Judgment” Edition! pic.twitter.com/apsD0LcdR1
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 20, 2019
President Trump also took a shot at news media, calling them “phony press.”
“Some of the fair press, of which there isn’t too much, said ‘this thing is over.’ We have a phony press—they’re dishonest. Most of them—we have some fine people, fine journalists and reporters,” he said before calling several outlets, including ABC News, CNN and the Washington Post “fake papers [and] fake press” that “hurt our country.”
Among first media outlets reporting on Sondland’s testimony Wednesday was The Associated Press, which issued a now-deleted tweet claiming that President Trump was “contradicting his own ambassador” when he said he “wanted ‘nothing’ from Ukraine.”
This tweet from @AP is egregiously wrong. In fact it’s about the opposite of true.
Sondland testified that POTUS told him: “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.”
That’s … that’s not what AP’s tweet says. pic.twitter.com/TTzP7WAz6w
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) November 20, 2019