Donald Trump claims he's being 'persecuted' and says 'corrupt' Democrats and Michael Cohen made him walk out of Kim Jong-un meeting
4th March 2019

The US President’s most recent protestations contradict his initial claim that he left the meeting because of a “bad deal” put forward by the North Korean dictator.

Trump took to Twitter to criticise the Democrats and Thursday's congressional hearing, writing: “For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the 'walk'.

He continued: “Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!”

The tweet came before Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric against the Russia probe, with the Daily Mail reporting that at a Sunday rally Trump claimed he was “an innocent man being persecuted” by “very bad, conflicted and corrupt people”.

In another series of tweets Trump called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe “two years of Presidential Harassment”.

I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing

He wrote: “The only things that have been proven is that Democrats and other broke the law. The hostile Cohen testimony, given by a liar to reduce his prison time, proved no Collusion!“

The testimony of Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was a partisan show, with Democrats grilling him about his former boss while Republicans took every opportunity to cast doubt on the man’s credibility.

Cohen’s description of Trump was damning at the House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee, in which he accused him of being a racist and a conman.

He also claimed Trump ordered him to silence two women threatening to go public with affairs, and pay porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money days before the US voted him president.

Questioned about the various allegations in Hanoi – where Trump had just done a sudden walk out from the summit – he was critical of the hearing being held while he was away.

He said: “I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing.”

Previously Trump said he walked out of the meeting because the North Korean's wanted a lifting of all sanctions in return for continued disarmament and dismantling of nuclear infrastructure.

The Daily Mail reported that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho contradicted Trump, saying the impasse was down to the US wanting North Korea to go further than their previous pledge to abandon Yongbyon, where the country has Plutonium and Uranium facilities.


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