With news coming yesterday that special council Robert Mueller will be testifying before Congress next month, Trump took his televised interview as a chance to make unfounded broadsides at him – accusing him of illegally disposing of evidence during the investigation.
Trump rules out replacing Vice President Mike Pence with former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as a Wall Street Journal op-ed suggested Trump ought to do earlier this week.
I love Nikki, she’s endorsed me, she’s my friend, but Mike has been a great Vice President…I love Nikki…but you can’t break up a team like us, we get along together.”
-Donald Trump on running mate questions.
On the escalating tensions between the US and Iran after a US drone was shot down last week Trump says he “hopes” the two countries don’t go to war, but “we are in a very strong position… it would not last long… I’m not talking boots on the ground… just saying if something happened it wouldn’t last long.”
Good morning and welcome to the politics live blog for Wednesday the 26th of June. We kick off this morning with Fox Business channel, where Donald Trump started off the morning by attacking his Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, on national television.
Trump’s remarks came in the midst of a wide-ranging interview with host Maria Bartiromo. he president
Trump and Powell have been at loggerheads over the chairman’s raising of interest rates while Powell has made a public display of touting the bank’s independence from the president’s wishes.
Other recipients of Trump attacks this morning include Twitter, Trump’s preferred means of public communication, who he says is “biased” against him, Google, who Trump says is “trying to rig the election” and German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who, without mentioning her by name, Trump claims “hates the United States perhaps worse than any person I’ve ever met.”