President Trump holds a rally in Montana
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President Trump tonight warned if he was impeached, the country “is going to turn into a third world country, because if the opposite party becomes president, before it even starts, before you’ve even found out whether or not he or she is going to do a great job.”
It came during his rally tonight in Billings, Montana. In a section of his remarks focused on impeachment, he said, “It’s a hell of a place in Washington. You know I was thinking if that happened every time a Republican or a Democrat, opposite got elected President, so let’s say a Democrat gets elected someday, hopefully it’s a long time. But let’s say a Democrat gets elected, and let’s say we have a Republican House – we will impeach that Democrat. Right? And then a Republican.”
The President said:
“You’re voting for which party controls Congress very important thing, very important thing,. I don’t even bring it up because I view it as you know they like to use the “impeach” word, “impeach Trump,” Maxine Waters—“we will impeach him.” But he didn’t do anything wrong. “It doesn’t matter, impeach him.” But I say, how do you impeach someone that’s doing a great job? That hasn’t done anything wrong? Our economy is good. How do you do it? How do you do it? How do you do it? “We will impeach him!” But he’s doing a great job. “It doesn’t matter,” remember that line. “
President Trump questioned why the press in 1863 initially criticized President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address only to praise it years later, and wondered if that would happen with him, too.
"You know when Abraham Lincoln made that Gettysburg Address speech, the great speech, you know he was ridiculed?" Trump asked. "And he was excoriated by the fake news. They had fake news then. They said it was a terrible, terrible speech."
Then Lincoln died, Trump explained, and "50 years after his death they said it may have been the greatest speech ever made in America. Pretty good."
He admitted, "I have a feeling that's going to happen with us. In different ways, that's going to happen with us."
President Trump expressed his frustrations over an anonymous New York Times op-ed from a senior administration official, describing it as "a horrible thing," calling on the Times to out the author and admitting he had no idea who wrote it.
"You just look. He was- nobody knows who the hell he is... or she. Although, they put he -- but probably that's a little disguise. That means it's she. But for the sake of our national security, the New York Times should publish his name at once. I think their reporters should go and investigate who it is. That would actually be a good scoop."
Trump then went into a rant on "deep state actors" calling them a threat to democracy.
"I mean you look at the Washington Post or the New York Times, I can never get a good story. I mean you look at this horrible thing that took place today, it's really, is it subversion? It is treason? It's a horrible thing. You know the good thing about that? Even liberals that hate me say, 'that's terrible what they did.' And it is, really terrible."
Trump also complained about the news coverage about him and his administration.
"I can never get a good story. I mean, you look at this horrible thing that took place today. Is it subversion? Is it treason? It is a horrible thing. You know the good thing about that, even liberals that hate me say that is terrible what they did. And it is really terrible."
President Trump told Montana supporters it was imperative they get out and vote for Republicans in the fall election, and would be their fault if he got impeached.
"You are not just voting for a candidate, you are voting for which party controls Congress," Trump said. "Very important thing. Very important thing."
"I don't even bring it up because I view it as something, you know, they like to use the impeach word. Maxine waters, 'We will impeach him.' But he didn't do anything wrong. It doesn't matter, we will impeach him. We will impeach -- but i say how do you impeach somebody that's doing a great job? That hasn't done anything wrong?"
He added, "It is so ridiculous. But we will worry about that, it ever happens, but if it does happen it is your fault because you did not go out and vote. You did not go out to vote, that is the only way it can happen. I will be the only president in history that will say what a job he has done, by the way, we are impeaching him."
President Trump believes his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was "one of my best meetings ever."
"They wanted me to have a boxing match on this stage. We had a great meeting. We talked about Ukraine, we talked about Syria. We talked about the protection of Israel. We talked about so many great things," Trump explained. "But they came back and they said it was terrible. I said what was terrible, we had a great meeting."
The meeting between Trump and Putin was private, one-on-one with one translator per leader, and we still don't know what specifically was discussed.
President Trump, pleased with the positive rhetoric coming out of North Korea, told Kim Jong Un to "take your time" tonight at a rally in Montana.
Trump was talking about Kim's purported statement that he hopes to denuclearize North Korea sometime during Trump's presidency. "That is the nicest," Trump said.
"We have a good feeling. He likes me, I like him, who knows what is going to happen."