In a wide-ranging Friday phone-in interview with his favorite morning show, “Fox & Friends,” President Donald Trump continued his tirades against Democrats and the news media, took credit for preventing Hong Kong from being “obliterated,” and said “the biggest scandal in the history of our country” is imminent.
Trump spent a chunk of the interview continuing his criticism of the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, calling her an “Obama person” and “not an angel.” He berated her several times for not hanging his portrait in the US Embassy in Kiev.
Trump on Yovanovitch: "She wouldn't hang my picture in the embassy. She is in charge of the embassy. She wouldn't hang it. It look a year-and-a-half, two years to get the picture up. She said bad things about me … This was not an angel this woman, okay?" pic.twitter.com/mayhFy8jSG— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 22, 2019
He also described as “fake, disgusting news” reports that he had a health emergency last weekend, and lashed out at both CNN and MSNBC (“I made them so much money on ‘The Apprentice’”) for reporting rumors that he said frightened the First Lady.
Trump called Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is leading the impeachment inquiry, a “sick-puppy. … He makes it all up. He’s sick. There’s something wrong with him.”
On Fox & Friends, Trump denies any quid pro quo with Ukraine, asserting that he's stronger than Obama, Adam Schiff is "sick," and Nancy Pelosi is "crazy" and "paralyzed," being "played like a fiddle" by the AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka. pic.twitter.com/0JyMMoEWp3— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) November 22, 2019
He said a coming report from the Department of Justice surrounding the Russia probe will be “perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country. … It’s historic.”
Trump, to Fox & Friends, on Barr DOJ's probe of Russia investigation: "What you're going to see, I predict, will be perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country…I could get very much involved, but I don't…I don't have any obligation legally to [not get involved]" pic.twitter.com/t8OiTQzEa7— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 22, 2019
Trump said it was only because of his intervention with the Chinese government that Hong Kong hasn’t been “obliterated.”
Trump on Fox & Friends this morning says he is personally responsible for keeping Hong Kong from being “obliterated in 14 minutes” by a million soldiers standing outside of the city pic.twitter.com/DcQG2lRMSX— Austin Ramzy (@austinramzy) November 22, 2019
Oh, and he also said his border wall is now electrified, prompting befuddled looks from the show’s hosts.
Kilmeade seems a little disturbed as Trump rambles into claiming the border wall is electrified (I don't think this is true). pic.twitter.com/I31SvsKL3m— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 22, 2019
You can watch the full, 50-minute interview here:
Trump closed the interview by saying his advisor, Kellyanne Conway, is “married to a whack-job” and promising that Vice President Mike Pence will be his running mate in the 2020 election.