Here, exctracted from Paulina Dedaj’s article at foxnews.com, is a series of quotes from President Trump, which he made during his telephone interview with Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro last night…..in rust, with my comments in blue:
-“I have the absolute right to call a national emergency. I’d rather see the Democrats come back from their vacation and act..I’ve been here virtually every night.” President Trump’s right to call a national emergency is disputed. If he does so, it will almost certainly be challenged in court. The vacation reference, as noted in the article, relates to the fact that about 30 Democrats traveled to Puerto Rico this weekend “meeting with lobbyists and attending a special performance of the Broadway play ‘Hamilton’.”
-“They think its politics, I think its bad politics. This country wants to have protection at the border.” There is little doubt the country wants protection, but polls show that reactions to a wall are mixed. Most people want a compromise of some sort.
-“I want to give them the chance to see if they can act responsibly. … It’s a humanitarian crisis and its national security.” Media have played a lot of games with these points. They couldn’t stop using the word “crisis” when it was obsessively reporting on a caravan with a few thousand people heading to Mexico. But when talking about the millions of illegals, unvetted or barely vetted, entering the country – which redounds to Trump’s side of the issue – they are sneering at use of the word. Unvetted or barely vetted illegals crossing the border is inherently a national security issue.
-(Responding to a New York Times article indicating the FBI investigated whether Trump was acting on behalf of Russia rather than the United States) “I think it’s the most insulting thing I have ever been asked,” Trump said. “I think it’s the most insulting article I’ve ever had written and if you read the article you see that they found absolutely nothing.” The most insulting thing Donald Trump has been asked? Not even close. This is typical Trump hyperbole – and the reason that, for years, I called him “the world’s richest barroom loudmouth”, and now “the world’s most powerful barroom loudmouth”. That said, he is right about the article finding nothing; it was a measure of how much the Times hates Trump that this non-story ever made it into the paper, let alone on its first page.
-“Here’s the bottom line. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no anything. … It’s a witch hunt.” Trump has said this right from the beginning. And, to this moment, no evidence has surfaced to show either collusion or obstruction – not even after almost two years of the mueller “investigation”, which has no problem leaking information when its all-Democrat staff thinks it will embarrass and/or damage Trump. It is hard not to conclude that, since nothing has come out after all this time, they don’t have the goods.
There they are. Make of them what you will.