Speaking from the Oval Office on Christmas morning, President Donald Trump maintained that Democratic oversight of his work would amount to “presidential harassment.”
Asked about the investigative powers Democrats will have from January, he said, “It’s probably presidential harassment and we know how to handle that. I know how to handle that better than anybody. There’s been no collusion, after two years.”
This is not the first time that President Trump has used this term, most notably when referring to the special counsel’s Russia investigation into possible collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. He has also claimed Democratic criticism of his administration was “presidential harassment.”
“You’re talking about millions and millions and millions of dollars of wasted money. There’s been absolutely no collusion. But there has been a lot of collusion by the Democrats, with Russia and a lot of other people that maybe they shouldn’t have been dealing with, including very dishonest people,” Trump said.
He then went on to say that despite praising him greatly, Democrats wanted former FBI Director James Comey to be fired and couldn’t understand why they would criticize him for dismissing Comey.
“Everybody hated Comey, they thought he did a horrible job. The Democrats hated him. They were calling for his resignation. They were calling for his firing,” President Trump said.
“Once I fired him, everybody said, ‘Oh, why did you fire him, why did you fire him?’” Trump said, comparing the situation to Democrats’ lack of support for his border wall. “It’s a disgrace, what’s happening in our country. But other than that, I wish everybody a very merry Christmas,” he concluded.