Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo asked the president after his appearance at the March to Life to respond to the House managers’ argument that Trump wasn’t worried about Biden’s “corruption” until he was a leading Democratic candidate.
“Well it looks to me like he might not even make it, and he was one of how many, 25 or 26 people? And it’s so ridiculous to think that,” Trump said, not answering the question, according to excerpts of the interview that will air in full Friday night.
Trump also answered questions about the audio recording obtained by ABC News on Friday in which Trump is allegedly heard at an intimate dinner demanding that then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch be removed after being told by guest Lev Parnas that she was speaking ill of him in Ukraine.
“Were you relying on Lev Parnas to get rid of your ambassador?” Arroyo asked.
“No, but I have a lot of people, and you know, he’s somebody that, I guess, based on pictures that I see, goes to fundraisers,” Trump said of Parnas, whom he has claimed not to know.
Pressed again, Trump stumbled and suggested maybe he was saying it to “Rudy there or somebody.”
“I want to have ambassadors — I have every right, I want ambassadors that are chosen by me. I have a right to hire and fire ambassadors, and that’s a very important thing,” Trump said. “But even if you look at the conversation I had with [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr Zelensky], he didn’t like her — because in there, he didn’t like her. So I don’t know, I didn’t hear this.”
Trump also said he wants his legal defense team, which begins its opening remarks on Saturday, to “just be honest, just tell the truth.”
“They’ve been testifying, the Democrats, they’ve been telling so many lies, so many fabrications, so much exaggeration. And this is not impeachable,” Trump said. “They say, but it doesn’t have to be a crime. Well, maybe it doesn’t have to be a crime, but can you imagine being impeached and you didn’t commit a crime?”