Former President Donald Trump was busy pushing out statements Thursday morning, including one urging President Joe Biden to fire his Joint Chiefs over comments he said they made about the dangers of climate change and another celebrating Trump’s continued ‘exonerations’ from ‘fake’ investigations.
‘Biden just said that he was told by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Climate Change is our greatest threat,’ Trump wrote. ‘If that is the case, and they actually said this, he ought to immediately fire the Joint Chiefs of Staff for being incompetent!’
On Wednesday, as Biden arrived in Mildenhall, England for his first trip abroad as president, he told American forces stationed there that he was told in 2009 that climate change, according to the Joint Chiefs, was the country’s ‘greatest threat.’
Former President Donald Trump (right), photographed with Rep. Elise Stefanik (left), was busy pushing out statements Thursday morning – about President Joe Biden, the Mueller probe, a new IG report and former White House Counsel Don McGahn’s testimony
‘INCOMPETENT’: Former President Donald Trump called the Joint Chiefs of Staff (pictured) ‘incompetent’ if they actually told President Joe Biden that ‘climate change is our greatest threat’
‘EXONERATED’: Former President Donald Trump said he was exonerated for the June 1, 2020 Bible photo-op incident because a new Interior Department IG report said protesters were cleared directly beforehand so the U.S. Park Police could erect better fencing
‘Because there’ll be significant population movements, fights over land, millions of people leaving places because they’re literally sinking below the sea in Indonesia, because of the fights over what is arable land anymore,’ Biden explained.
Trump, a climate change denier, pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, something Biden reversed on his inauguration day.
The former president also sent out a long-winded statement on all of his ‘exonerations.’
He started with the Russia probe, an investigation that pre-dated even his January 2017 swearing-in, and then brought up former White House Counsel Don McGahn’s recent Congressional testimony and a new Department of the Interior inspector general’s report.
‘This week I have been totally exonerated by the Inspector General in the clearing of Lafayette Park, despite earlier reports that it was done for political purposes,’ Trump wrote.
The new IG report found that protesters in front of Lafayette Square on June 1 2020 were removed by U.S. Park Police and other law enforcement because the USPP was erecting a larger fence outside the White House complex – not because of Trump’s walk across Lafayette Park to hold up a Bible in front of St. John’s church.
Media reports at the time connected the two incidents, which created a splitscreen moment – Trump, in the White House Rose Garden, speaking about ‘law and order’ as racial justice protesters were cleared by police using pepper balls, flash bangs and CS gas – one of the products commonly referred to as ‘tear gas.’
Trump, flanked by White House aides and some military officials, then made his way across the park to hold up the Bible – what the White House hoped would be a show of strength after George Floyd demonstrations got out of control and part of St. John’s basement was set on fire.
Instead, Trump was criticized for gassing people in order to have a photo-op.
The report also revealed that it was D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department that used the CS gas on protesters.
In the immediate aftermath of the June 1 incident, both the U.S. Park Police and the White House denied law enforcement used ‘tear gas,’ which is particularly problematic during a pandemic, medical experts warned.
In his Thursday statement, Trump went on to discuss McGahn’s fresh testimony.
‘And I have been totally exonerated in Congress by the testimony of former White House lawyer Don McGahn,’ Trump wrote. ‘It came, it went, and it was a big “nothingburger,”‘ he said.
‘NOTHINGBURGER’: Former White House counsel Don McGahn testified before the House Judiciary Committee Friday in closed door session and backed up parts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report but was careful to not say Trump obstructed justice
McGahn’s testimony, which he gave Friday in a closed-door session to the House Judiciary Committee, didn’t contain any new revelations, but backed up parts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
McGahn contradicted Trump and said he was pressured by the then-president to try and get Mueller removed over conflict-of-interest claims.
McGahn told lawmakers he was deeply concerned after receiving a call from Trump on a Saturday in 2017 with the president asking him to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to ask that Mueller be axed.
‘After I got off the phone with the president, how did I feel?’ McGahn said. ‘Oof. Frustrated, perturbed, trapped. Many emotions.’
McGahn said he feared if Trump removed Mueller or interfered in the investigation he would be accused of obstruction of justice.
McGahn, however, wouldn’t acknowledge that line had been crossed.
Mueller’s report laid out a way that Trump could have been charged with obstruction of justice, but didn’t go that far – allowing Trump to claim he’d been ‘totally exonerated on the Mueller Witch Hunt.’
At the end of his Thursday statement, Trump claimed he continued to be persecuted.
The Prosecutor in the Manhattan-based Trump criminal probe has assembled a grand jury to weigh potential charges against the ex-president over his business dealings.
‘But fear not, the Radical Left, country destroying, illegal Witch Hunts continue, and I will win those too!’ Trump said.