Trump’s New Defense: Repeat ‘Corruption’ Over And Over Again

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. President Donald Trump exits a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2019 in New York City. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi anno... NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. President Donald Trump exits a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2019 in New York City. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that the House will launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 4, 2019 12:12 pm
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President Trump has found a new obsession to justify his efforts to pressure a foreign country to probe his political rival: corruption.

“I don’t care about politics, I don’t care about anything! I care about corruption!” he shouted from the White House lawn on Friday morning, repeating the word 30 times throughout the exchange with reporters– just in case it didn’t sink in the first 29.

“Everything to me me is about corruption, we want to find out what happened with 2016, and as you know there’s a lot of work going on with that. I don’t care about Biden’s campaign, but I do care about corruption,” he said. “His campaign, that’s up to him. Politics, that’s up to them. I don’t care about politics. Politics, as I think I made clear, and yesterday somebody asked me a question and I give an answer. But always in the form of corruption. What I want to do — and I think I have an obligation to do it, probably a duty to do it, corruption. We are looking for corruption.”

When Trump was asked whether he had asked any foreign leaders to investigate corruption allegations against someone who was not a political opponent, Trump had a simple answer: “You know, we would have to look.”

Trump already tweeted that same sentiment earlier Friday morning, arguing that it was his duty as president to investigate corruption and said it had “NOTHING” to do with politics or Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign.

Trump has veered to this defense in the past 24-hours, an apparent attempt to justify his blatant calls for at least two foreign governments to investigate one of his top political rivals in 2020.

Meanwhile, Trump still profits from his real estate empire, which his two adult sons are running while he’s in office. Just this week, news broke that a foreign government booked a bloc of hotel rooms at Trump properties that went vacant.

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