WASHINGTON – Bracing for a big political week, President Donald Trump said this weekend that voters will look to his record rather than impeachment in deciding to re-elect him in November.
“There’s a revolution going on in this country, I mean a positive revolution,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in a pre-game interview broadcast on Super Bowl Sunday. (Trump campaign paid some $10 million for a pair of Super Bowl ads.)
The interview, taped Saturday, came less than a week before Trump’s annual State of the Union address, the expected end of the Senate impeachment trial, and the Democratic caucuses Monday in Iowa.
While Trump said tax cuts and military spending increases will be major arguments in his re-election campaign, he said he doubted he could work on any new legislation with Congress this year. He cited frayed relations with Democratic congressional leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
“I’d like to, but it’s pretty hard when you think about it,” Trump said, criticizing Democratic-backed investigations ranging from the probes into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election to the impeachment inquiry of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
“It’s been very unfair,” he said.
Under questions from Hannity, a Fox News host who has spoken at Trump political rallies in past years, Trump also seized the chance to attack Democratic rivals with familiar barbs.
Trump described Joe Biden as “sleepy,” and called Bernie Sanders “a communist.” He again mocked Michael Bloomberg for his height and claimed without evidence that he “wants a box” to stand on during future Democratic debates.
“Why should he be entitled to that?” Trump said. “Really. Does that mean everyone else gets a box?”
Denying the needs any kind of box, Bloomberg said Trump “lies about everything,” and is obviously scared of him in a general election.
While campaigning in California, Trump said “I will stand on my accomplishments,” and added that “I stand twice as tall as he does on the stage, the stage that matters.”
Bloomberg campaign spokesperson Julie Wood went farther, saying a statement that Trump is “a pathological liar who lies about everything: His fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan.”
Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., and planned to return to Washington, D.C., on Sunday night.
While the impeachment trial is ongoing, Trump said he still plans to deliver his State of the Union speech Tuesday night as scheduled.
The Republican-run Senate, which is expected to acquit Trump, has a vote on the verdict set for Wednesday afternoon.
House Democratic impeachment prosecutors accused Trump to urging Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who had business interests in the city. They also said he withheld aid from Ukraine in order to get them to comply with request and thereby thrust themselves into the midst of the U.S. presidential election.
Most Senate Republicans said the House Democrats failed to make their case, and voted against requests to call witnesses.
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