Trump Implies Whistleblower Is Traitor, Makes Threatening Statement Against Them
Speaking at a private event on Thursday, President Donald Trump suggested the intelligence official who filed a whistleblower complaint and any White House aides who might have offered them assistance are “almost a spy” and suggested it amounts to treason.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Trump also characterized reporters as “scum” during the event in New York and blasted the impeachment inquiry underway by House Democrats.
“Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she, or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy,” Trump said.
The president then went on to make a threatening statement against those who offered information against him.
“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” he said. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
Trump also referenced his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday, when both leaders dismissed allegations that Trump had pressured Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden.
“They said, ‘Was he pressuring you?’” Trump said, describing press questions to Zelensky, who said he had felt no “push” from the president but also did not wish to be involved in U.S. politics.
Trump then called the press “animals,” saying they are “some of the worst human beings you’ll ever meet.”
“They’re scum,” Trump continued. “Many of them are scum, and then you have some good reporters, but not many of them, I’ll be honest with you.”