President Trump canceled a press conference Wednesday, but still slammed the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings before leaving the NATO meeting in the UK.
“I saw it and it’s a joke. Everybody is saying it,” the president told reporters after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
“It is a uniform statement pretty much right down the road that what they’re doing is a very bad thing for our country. The word impeachment is a dirty word that should only be used in special occasions,” he said.
He contended that he had gone “way up in the polls” in swing states and called Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, a “stone cold loser.”
He then questioned Democrats’ patriotism.
“You almost question whether or not they love our country and that’s a very serious thing: Do they love our country?” the commander-in-chief said.
“This should never happen to a president again what’s happened here. It’s an absolute disgrace to our country.”
He said he had “two perfect calls” with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and that his Ukrainian counterpart “said no ‘pressure, no nothing.’“
He also referred to House Speaker “Nervous Nancy” Pelosi and predicted that Democrats would pay at the polls in 2020 for launching impeachment proceedings.
And he defended his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, after the House case for impeachment cited a flurry of calls the former New York City mayor made to the White House, allegedly regarding Ukraine.
“Somebody said he made a phone call into the White House. What difference does that make? They’re only after him because he’s done such a good job,” he said, calling Giuliani “a great crime fighter.”
Giuliani himself dismissed the revelations Wednesday morning as no big deal.
“The mere fact I had numerous calls with the White House does not establish any specific topic. Remember, I’m the President’s attorney,” he tweeted.
The president had earlier canceled a planned press briefing.
“There’s no reason to have press conferences because you had about eight of them,” he said after his sit-down with the Italian PM.