President Donald Trump on Monday insisted that no one in his administration disobeys his orders — despite the fact that multiple aides testified under oath that they routinely disobeyed or ignored his commands.
When asked by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Monday about documented instances in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in which the president’s own officials did not carry out his directives, Trump simply replied, “Nobody disobeys my orders.”
However, former White House counsel Don McGahn told Mueller that he refused to comply with the president’s order to terminate the special counsel — and then refused his order to retract his testimony saying he’d been ordered to fire Mueller.
Additionally, longtime Trump ally Corey Lewandowski admitted that he did not carry out the president’s plan to tell former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, and former FBI Director James Comey told Mueller that he refused the president’s request to end the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Watch the video of Trump below.
Asked by CNN’s @kaitlancollins whether he worries about staff disobeying his orders as depicted in the Mueller report, President Donald Trump says emphatically, “Nobody disobeys my orders.” pic.twitter.com/10IjPkFGIL
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) April 22, 2019
WATCH: Civil rights icon John Lewis drops the hammer on Trump — and has no qualms about calling his remarks racist
On Tuesday, the fallout continued from remarks President Trump made telling four freshman congresswomen -- and women of color -- that they should go back to their own countries.
While some prominent Republicans criticized the president, they stopped short of calling his comments racist.
MSNBC reported Tuesday that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) -- a civil rights icon -- deemed Trump's remarks racist.
"This is not any, any way for the president of the United States of America to be attacking to be saying what he's saying about these young women," Lewis said.
"It's just dead wrong. We must use everything in a nonviolent way to say that it's wrong."
Trump believes white nationalism is a winning strategy — because Fox News tells him so
Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.
Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.
‘White supremacy is a hell of a drug’: columnist explains the GOP’s garbled response to Trump
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed comments he'd made telling four freshman congresswomen -- all American citizens and women of color -- to go back to their countries.
The comments set off a furor that the president was being outwardly racist.
“It's up to them. They can do what they want. They can leave, they can stay, but they should love our country,” the president told reporters Tuesday when he was asked about his remarks.
On CNN Tuesday, New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali explained how Donald Trump's comments -- and his Republican counterparts' refusal to call them racist -- is rooted in a dangerous white supremacy, or terror at the "browning of America."