ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos got a long sought after interview with President Trump and the two went at each other hard.
George Stephanopoulos, if you remember, worked as for Bill Clinton in the White House spinning the media, and hasn’t stopped spinning since.
Trump can give as good as he gets as you can see in the video below. From The Hill:
President Trump pushed back at ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos during a testy interview, calling him “a little wise guy.”
Stephanopoulos was pressing the president on not answering questions in person from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
“Wait a minute. I did answer questions. I answered them in writing,” Trump said
“Not on obstruction,” Stephanopoulos replied.
“George, you’re being a little wise guy, OK, which is, you know, typical for you,” Trump hit back.
“Just so you understand. Very simple. It’s very simple. There was no crime. There was no collusion. The big thing’s collusion. Now, there’s no collusion. That means … it was a setup, in my opinion, and I think it’s going to come out,” he continued.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, Trump says McGahn “may have been confused” when he told Mueller that Trump instructed him multiple times to have the acting attorney general remove the special counsel because of perceived conflicts of interest.
“The story on that very simply, No. 1, I was never going to fire Mueller. I never suggested firing Mueller,” Trump told Stephanopoulos.
But when Stephanopoulos pushed back and referenced McGahn’s testimony, Trump was defiant.
“I don’t care what [McGahn] says, it doesn’t matter,” Trump said.
“Why would [McGahn] lie under oath?” Stephanopoulos later asked.
“Because he wanted to make himself look like a good lawyer,” Trump said. “Or he believed it because I would constantly tell anybody that would listen — including you, including the media — that Robert Mueller was conflicted. Robert Mueller had a total conflict of interest.”
“And has to go?” Stephanopoulos followed up.
“I didn’t say that,” Trump insisted.
Trump also defended his decision not to sit for an in-person interview with Mueller’s investigators – something he had repeatedly said he would do – by expressing concern investigators were looking to catch him in lies or misstatements. He ultimately submitted written responses to questions from the investigators.
And while Trump ultimately refused to speak to Mueller’s investigators directly about McGahn and other topics, he wasn’t shy about sharing his views with ABC News.
“If you answer these questions to me now,” Stephanopoulos asked, “why not answer them to Robert Mueller under oath?”
“Because they were looking to get us for lies or slight misstatements,” Trump said. “I looked at what happened to people, and it was very unfair. Very, very unfair. Very unfair.”
.@ABC EXCLUSIVE: Pres. Trump tells @GStephanopoulos he never suggested firing special counsel Robert Mueller—and what ex-White House counsel Don McGahn told Mueller “doesn’t matter." https://t.co/KIjk5heNpA pic.twitter.com/cxtDp1wZlo
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