Trump blames Russia investigation and his impeachment for not being able to replenish medical supplies during his 3 years as president
President Donald Trump, in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, said he had "a lot of things going on" that prevented his administration from restocking the national stockpile of medical and safety equipment during his three years in the White House. Trump was asked about his previous comments about "empty cupboards" for medical equipment he allegedly inherited from his predecessor and what he did to rectify that deficiency during his three years as president. "Well, I'll be honest. I have [sic] a lot of things going on," Trump said. "We have a lot of people that refused to allow the country to be successful." "Then they did Ukraine, Ukraine; and that was a total hoax," Trump added, referring to a whistleblower complaint that snowballed into his impeachment. "Then they impeached the president of the United States for absolutely no reason." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
President Donald Trump, in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, said he had "a lot of things going on" that prevented his administration from restocking the national stockpile of medical equipment safety supplies during his three years in the White House. In the interview, ABC News anchor David Muir referred back to Trump's comments in April, in which the president blamed President Barack Obama and his administration for giving "us empty cupboards" saying it prevented him from effectively combatting the coronavirus in the US. "We started off with a broken system," Trump previously alleged. "We inherited a broken, terrible system. And I always say it, our cupboards were bare. We had very little in our stockpile." The Strategic National Stockpile, which manages the US' medical equipment in the event of a crisis, does not publicly disclose its exact inventory. However, both former Obama officials and Trump officials claimed they warned the current administration about the looming crisis in the event of a pandemic, according to CNN. Trump's trade adviser, Peter Navarro, warned US officials in a memo in late January that the looming health crisis could pose an economic emergency, according to The New York Times. He also called for increased funding for personal protective equipment for health care workers. Speaking to the president after his tour of a mask-making plant in Arizona on Tuesday afternoon, Muir referred to his re-election credentials and asked Trump what he did to address the alleged shortage. "Well, I'll be honest. I have [sic] a lot of things going on," Trump said. "We have a lot of people that refused to allow the country to be successful." "They wasted a lot of time on Russia, Russia, Russia; that turned out to be a total hoax," Trump added, referring to his characterization of the results of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. The special counsel's office said in its findings that it did not find evidence members of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign "conspired or coordinated with the Russian government."
It did, however, find that Russia embarked on a campaign to interfere in the election. Special counsel Robert Mueller said in the report that the SCO was "unable" to charge Trump with a crime because of current federal regulations, but added it did not mean the president was exonerated. "Then they did Ukraine, Ukraine; and that was a total hoax," Trump added, referring to a whistleblower complaint that snowballed into his impeachment. "Then they impeached the president of the United States for absolutely no reason." Trump was impeached on two counts in the House of Representatives, related to a whistleblower complaint that alleged abuse of power in relation to asking a foreign power for investigations into a political rival. He was acquitted of an obstruction-of-Congress charge and abuse of power charge during his February trial that resulted in a party-line vote. Only one Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, voted to convict Trump on the obstruction of Congress charge. As of Tuesday, there were over 1,180,200 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nearly 70,000 related deaths in the US. Democratic Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey, a member of a recent bipartisan congressional committee overseeing the nation's coronavirus efforts, told Insider that Trump "has a chance to get this right, right now." "That means massively scaling our testing capabilities, ensuring those who need PPE have access to it and supporting our state and local governments," Kim said. "America needs a federal government dedicated to learning from the past, addressing the present, and preparing for the future."Join the conversation about this story »
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'I think Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle': John Bolton unloads about Trump's relationship with Putin
Former National Security Advisor, John Bolton said Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn't take Trump seriously, according...Former National Security Advisor, John Bolton said Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn't take Trump seriously, according to a clip of an interview with ABC News' Martha Raddatz. "I think Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle," Bolton said. Bolton also said that Trump was uninterested in learning and reading about foreign affairs. The interview is meant to promote Bolton's new tell-all book "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir." The book is set to be released on June 23, but the Trump administration has sued Bolton claiming it has classified information. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories Former national security advisor John Bolton said Russian President Vladimir Putin does not consider US President Donald Trump as a "serious adversary." "I think Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle," Bolton told ABC News' Martha Raddatz. "I think Putin is smart, tough. I think he sees that he's not faced with a serious adversary here. I don't think he's worried about Donald Trump." .@MarthaRaddatz: “How would you describe Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin?”John Bolton: “I think Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle.”Watch more from the exclusive interview this Sunday at 9|8c on ABC. pic.twitter.com/VALmx3Z0f0 — ABC News (@ABC) June 17, 2020 Trump's relationship with Russia and Putin has been scrutinized since the 2016 presidential campaign. Former special counsel Robert Mueller found that Russia worked to get Trump elected, though his investigation did not find enough evidence to suggest that Russia coordinated with the Trump campaign. Trump has repeatedly praised Putin and Russia and spoken in favor of Russia, saying he trusted Putin's word over US intelligence agencies over Russian meddling in the election. Trump has also supported Putin being allowed to rejoin the G7 among other overtures of support for Putin. Earlier on Wednesday, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal published excerpts from Bolton's tell-all book "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir." Bolton made a number of shocking claims about Trump in his book, including alleging that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him with the 2020 election and that he called all journalists "scumbags" that should be executed. The former national security advisor, who refused to testify in the House of Representatives' impeachment hearings also accused the House of committing "impeachment malpractice." He alleged that Trump had engaged in significantly more impeachable conduct than just what he was ultimately impeached over. In his interview with Raddatz, Bolton was also critical of Trump's handling and knowledge of foreign affairs and the way he deals with other leaders. He added that while Putin has spent his life understanding Russia's political standing in the world, Trump is uninterested in reading or learning about global issues and that puts America in a "very difficult" position. "Well, the president may well be a superb dealmaker when it comes to Manhattan real estate," Bolton said. "Dealing with arms limitation treaties on strategic weapons, dealing in many, many international other security issues are things far removed from his life experience." The ABC News interview is meant to promote his book which is expected to be released on June 23. On Tuesday, the Trump administration sued Bolton alleging he broke his contract by backing out of the National Security Council's ongoing vetting process to determine whether his book contains classified information that needs to be redacted or edited. The NSC "quickly identified significant quantities of classified information that it asked Defendant to remove," the complaint said. "An iterative process between NSC Staff and Defendant then began, as required by the binding agreements he signed, with changes to the book and other information being securely passed between Defendant and NSC staff. Soon, though, Defendant apparently became dissatisfied at the pace of NSC's review." The suit alleges Bolton "decided to take matters into his own hands," instead of waiting for the process to conclude. However, legal experts have said that administration efforts to prevent him from releasing the book would likely be unsuccessful. "This attempt by the Trump administration to block the publication of John Bolton's memoir is doomed to fail," the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement after the lawsuit was filed. The White House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
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