US President Donald Trump has launched a furious attack on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and on his critics at a conservative summit.
longest speech of his presidency, Mr Trump railed against the inquiry into
alleged collusion between his campaign and Russia.
waiting for a report by people who weren’t elected,” he told a crowd of
Mr Mueller is
expected to hand in his report to the attorney general shortly.
you put the wrong people in a couple of positions and they leave people for a
long time that shouldn’t be there and all of a sudden they are trying to take
you out with bullshit, okay?” the president said.
Mr Trump has
frequently called the special counsel’s investigation a “witch hunt”.
The speech –
clocking in at more than two hours – also included sharp attacks on former
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former FBI head James Comey, the Democratic
Party and those critical of his approach to North Korea.
the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, Mr Trump lashed out
at his detractors in a wide-ranging speech.
how I got elected, by being off script . . . and if we don’t go off script, our
country is in big trouble, folks,” he began.
repeatedly said that Mr Mueller had “never received a vote”, nor had
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mr Mueller to his
Mr Rosenstein plans to step down by March after frequent presidential attacks.
The president alleged Mr Mueller was “best friends” with former FBI head James Comey, and mocked the accent of former attorney general Mr Sessions, whom he fired in November.
He said Mr
Sessions was “weak and ineffective and he doesn’t do what he should have
president’s attacks ranged widely.
He called the
Green New Deal proposal – pitched by some Democrats as a radical bid to combat
climate change – “the craziest plan”, saying “when the wind
stops blowing, that’s the end of your electric”.
After a series of remarks on immigrants who, he said, must “love our country”, Mr Trump said, “We have people in Congress that hate our country.” –BBC