On Tuesday, President Donald Trump visited a natural gas plant in Pennsylvania. After disembarking from a helicopter, the president spoke with reporters, spewing out at least four utterly bizarre statements in just ten minutes.
1. Epstein conspiracy tweet
First, the president doubled down on his retweet of a conspiracy theory that the Clintons killed Jeffrey Epstein.
“Yeah, he’s a highly respected conservative pundit. He’s a big Trump fan,” the president said. “He’s a man who has half a million followers and he’s respected,” the president said.
Although the Bureau of Prisons is conducting an investigation into Epstein’s death in the Manhattan Correctional Center, there’s no evidence the Clintons had him killed. Trump was roundly criticized for promoting a conspiracy theory.
2. Defends Ken Cuccinelli for re-writing The New Colossus poem.
In an interview published Tuesday, US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli revised the iconic poem adorning the State of Liberty. The poem, written by Emma Lazarus, welcomes the world’s “tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Cuccinelli added a caveat.
“Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,'” he told Morning Edition. “That plaque was put on the Statue of Liberty at almost the same time as the first public charge was passed — very interesting timing.”
Asked about Cuccinelli’s revision to the poem, the president railed against non-wealthy immigrants.
“I don’t think it’s fair to have the American tax payer … you know, it’s about America first,” the president said. “I don’t think it’s fair to have the American taxpayer pay for people to come into the United States,” he added. “I am tired of seeing our taxpayer pay for people to come into the country that immediately go onto welfare and various other things.”
3. Calls Chris Cuomo an animal.
He then turned to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. In an incident filmed in a bar, Cuomo goes off on a man who called him ‘Fredo.’ “Punk-ass bitches from the right call me Fredo,” Cuomo told the man. “My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from The Godfather.”
Trump criticized the CNN anchor.
“I think that what Chris Cuomo did was horrible. His language was horrible. He looked like a total, out-of-control animal.”
“And frankly, nobody should defend him, because he spews lies every night.”
“Anyone that’s seen Chris Cuomo would say that was a disgrace. You’d never see me do that,” he said.
4. Wants to know if Bill Clinton went to Jeffrey Epstein’s island
Asked by reporters if he thought the Clintons were responsible for Epstein’s death, Trump declined to refute the conspiracy theory. “I have no idea,” he replied. “I know he was on his plane 27 times — he said he was on the plane four times,” Trump said. “And then the question you have to ask is, did Bill Clinton go to the Island? Because Epstein had an Island and it was not a good place as I understand. And I was never there. So you have to ask. Did Bill Clinton go to the Island? That’s the question. If you find that out, you’re going to know a lot.”
WATCH: Trump supporter gets tied up in knots defending president’s $750 income tax payments
A support of President Donald Trump this week struggled to defend the president paying just $750 per year in federal income tax.
During an interview with CNN correspondent Elle Reeve, a half-masked Trump supporter said that he wasn't bothered by the president's low tax bill because he figured all rich people pay so little in taxes.
"I would love to be able to comment on that," he replied. "I don't know. And it's one of those situations where you and I can both sit here and say if we made that kind of money, you know, you're going to play the tax game. It's set for millionaires to play the game."
‘Serial dishonesty’: CNN fact checker says Trump spewed falsehoods from ‘his very first sentence’ at debate
CNN fact checker Daniel Dale on Friday said he was nearly overwhelmed by President Donald Trump's dishonest debate performance on Thursday, which he said contained even more falsehoods than his widely panned first debate performance.
While appearing on CNN's "New Day," Dale broke down how Trump wasted no time spouting falsehoods during the debate.
"His very first sentence at this last debate was incorrect!" he said. "He was wrong in describing a pandemic-related statistic, and he went on from there to, again, falsely asserting that the pandemic is rounding some sort of corner, it's going away. In fact, the situation is getting worse in terms of cases, deaths, hospitalizations."
Trump tried to give Joe Biden the Hillary Clinton treatment — and it fell totally flat: NYT’s Haberman
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Friday said that President Donald Trump at Thursday night's debate tried to attack Democratic rival Joe Biden the same way he successfully attacked former rival Hillary Clinton four years ago.
However, Haberman said that Trump's attacks on his opponent this year haven't been as focused or as consistent as they were on Clinton, which she said has given Biden an edge heading into the final 11 days of the campaign.