AUG 23, 2018: President Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Thursday that the US economy would collapse if he were impeached.
“I will tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor, because without this thinking, you would see — you would see numbers that you wouldn’t believe in reverse,” Trump told the program Fox and Friends.
Trump was responding to a question on his mounting legal woes after his former attorney Michael Cohen said under oath that Trump instructed him to commit a felony by breaking US campaign finance laws.
The US president then launched into a rambling statement on job creation and other economic progress he said had been made during his presidency and insisted Americans would be much worse off if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election.
“I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job,” Trump said.
According to CNN, Trump’s fortress of loyalty is beginning to crumble.
A traumatic spell in Washington and the courts has seen friends turn against him, a rebuke from a Cabinet ally turned adversary, a reality star he ushered into the big time taunting him with secret tapes and news that his White House counsel had huddled for 30 hours with Robert Mueller’s team.
The most glaring recent defections came in under-oath accusations in a plea hearing by his former lawyer Michael Cohen that Trump had directed him to make hush payments to female accusers in a bid to avoid damage in the 2016 election. There was also a stunning report Thursday that David Pecker, the CEO of the company that publishes the National Enquirer — which was once all but a propaganda organ for Trump — has been granted immunity in the case.
Recent events make clear that some who served Trump no longer fear his contempt, or are putting themselves first when forced to choose between their fidelity to him and their own political and constitutional duties or legal exposure.
That is a worrying proposition for a President who was implicated in a crime this week, who is embroiled in potentially the most serious criminal investigation of a commander in chief in decades and — if a 1 a.m. tweet from the White House on Thursday lambasting the “Witch Hunt” is any guide — is increasingly consumed by his own fate.