Trump Calls House Dems’ Impeachment Efforts ‘Very Unpatriotic’ Ahead of Hearings

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While attending the NATO summit in London, President Donald Trump took aim at House Democrats for holding impeachment hearings while he is meeting with foreign leaders overseas.

During a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday, Trump called the impeachment hearings “very unpatriotic” and a “performance.”

“I think it’s very unpatriotic of the Democrats to put on a performance. I think it’s a bad thing for our country.”

As he left the White House on Monday for the NATO summit, Trump lashed out at Democrats for scheduling a new round of impeachment hearings while he was out of the country as IJR has previously reported.

Trump has previously blamed unflattering congressional hearings for negotiations falling apart. In March, Trump said that the testimony of his former lawyer Michael Cohen was responsible for the break down in the negotiations between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar [and] fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the ‘walk.’ Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!”

However, Trump said that the impeachment hearings are not hindering his negotiations with leaders at the NATO summit because “I get along with them.”

“I know most of the leaders. I get along with them. It’s a hoax. The impeachment is a hoax. It’s turned out to be a hoax. It’s done for purely political gain. They’re going to see whether or not they can do something in 2020 because otherwise, they’re going to lose.”

He also insisted that impeachment was not on his mind: “I’m not even thinking about it.”

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