Trump Endorses Prolonging Senate Trial: ‘I Would Interview Bolton, I Would Rather Interview a Lot of People’
TRUMP: "You’re asking a lot of questions. First of all, gerald nadler, I’ve known him a long time. He’s a sleaze bag. Everybody knows that. Pat Cipollone is a high-quality human being. I was very impressed with him. He had great emotion yesterday. He’s a brilliant guy but I’ve never seen that emotion. That’s real emotion because he knows this is a hoax. I was very proud of the job he did. I’ve known jerry nadler for a long time. He opposed many might have Jobs, I got them all successfully built in New York. We have yet another fight. Isn’t it amazing, isn’t it surprising, isn’t it amazing. But if you look at other aspects or other parts of your question, I think that — I would rather go the long way. I would rather interview Bolton. I would rather interview a lot of people. The problem with john is that it’s a national security problem. You can’t have somebody at national security, if you think about it, he knows some of my thoughts, he knows what I think about leaders. What happens if he reveals what I think about a certain leader and it’s not very positive and that I have to deal on behalf of the country, it’s going to be very hard. It’s going to make the job very hard. He knows other things. I don’t know if we left on the best of terms. I would say probably not. You don’t like people testifying when they didn’t leave on good terms. That was due to me, not due to him. So we’ll see what happens. But when you have a national security, you could call it, presidential prerogative, you could just call it the way I look at it, I call national security, for national security reasons, executive privilege they say. So that — john would certainly fit into that. When you’re a national security advisor like this gentleman’s doing a fantastic job, robert — I just think it’s very hard. I’ve always gotten along, I’ve actually gotten along with John Bolton. He didn’t get along with a lot of other people. But when he knows my thoughts on certain people and other governments and we’re talking about massive trade deals and war and peace and all these different things that we talk about, that’s really a very important national security problem, I think, having somebody, other people, Mick Mulvaney’s probably around here someplace. I’d love to have mick go. But I think that he’s really expressed himself very well when did he a Chris Wallace interview. That was a very powerful interview. That was a long, tough — chris is a tough interview, a very talented guy. There’s not much he can add. He’s been great. I would like to have — I’ll tell you what I don’t like. I’d like to have Mike Pompeo testify. But that’s a national security problem. But I’d love to have Mike Pompeo but it’s a national security problem. Rick Perry has asked me, please let me testify, because he knows this is all a hoax. He understands it better than most. And Rick Perry would love to testify. But we’re dealing with national security. We’re dealing with one other thing. Our country’s been tied up with this hoax from the day I came down the escalator. We’ve been fighting it, I’ve been fighting it, from the day I’ve been elected. I would say probably long before. Could be long before I came down the escalator, some people have said that, which is hard to believe. Wait. It’s hard to believe. We’ve been fighting this. I would rather have, personally I’d rather go the long route. It’s horrible for our country. Our country has to get back to business. We have people that are corrupt, like Adam Schiff, who misquotes
— I don’t mean misquotes, makes up a statement. He had no idea I was going to release the transcript. He never thought I’d do that. For that I thank the president of Ukraine. Because we got their approval. He had no idea I was going to do that. But these are corrupt people. Some of them. And some of them are just playing the political game. But if you look at the poll numbers, my poll numbers are the highest they’ve ever been. If you look at the funding numbers, if you look at what — the money raised by the Republican Party just set a record. Nobody’s ever done this before. It’s because of the impeachment hoax."