WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday reacted to a television ad showing California billionaire and Democratic donor Tom Steyer demanding that Congress impeach him by calling Steyer “wacky” and worse, saying he “never wins elections!”
Steyer has said he will spend at least $10 million in advertising to urge Americans to tell Congress to impeach Trump and began airing the ad earlier this week accusing Trump of obstructing justice and violating the Constitution.
“A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less,” Steyer says in the ad. “And today, people in Congress and his own administration know that this president is a clear and present danger who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons.”
Trump apparently saw the ad as he watched “Fox & Friends” on Fox News — he tweeted congratulations for a “really great job and show” — and then he took a shot at Steyer.
“Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!” Trump tweeted.
Trump also sought to discredit three congressional probes and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in last year’s election, insisting if there was collusion with Russia it was by his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
“It is now commonly agreed, after months of COSTLY looking, that there was NO collusion between Russia and Trump. Was collusion with HC!” Trump tweeted.
Trump and his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed to a business deal that resulted in a Russian-controlled business owning 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves that was approved in 2010 by a multi-agency council that included the State Department, which was led by Clinton, at a time when a Canadian businessman donated millions to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation.
Trump urged the Justice Department to lift a gag order on a whistleblower who says he has information on the deal, a step that post-Watergate convention discourages, CNN reported. Huckabee Sanders said Trump has only pushed for “transparency” when dealing with Congress.
The Clintons have denied the allegations of a rigged deal, as have several fact-checkers. And Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Congress and Mueller need to press forward with the investigations.
Huckabee Sanders said the federal government had no involvement in awarding a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico’s power grid to a small firm in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown in Montana.
Trump met privately with Zinke at the White House Friday. Huckabee Sanders said it was about an announcement about national monuments in Utah that will be made in December.
“But he did ask Secretary Zinke just for clarification purposes and he reiterated, once again, that we have no role — the federal government, and specifically he, had no role in that contract,” Huckabee Sanders said.
Trump posted on Twitter throughout the day, hinting he may not be able to release all the JFK assassination documents as he had promised and teasing his choice to head the Fed with the post: “Big announcement next week!”
But he also misfired one tweet — a happy birthday wish to singer Lee Greenwood, known for his song “God Bless the USA,” that included the wrong Twitter handle, one used by a New York lawyer also named Lee Greenwood. Trump later corrected it.
The lawyer told AP, “I get this a fair amount, but certainly not at this level.”