WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told an audience of conservative activists Saturday that investigators are relying on “bull****” to attack his presidency.
“You put the wrong people in a couple of positions and they leave people for a long time that shouldn’t be there, and all of a sudden, they’re trying to take you out with bull****,” Trump said during an address before CPAC. “With bull****.”
The comment marked one of the president’s more colorful swipes against Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In addition to the special counsel, Trump also blasted former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation, going so far as to imitate his former cabinet member’s southern accent.
Trump included the broadsides at the top of an address that went on for more than two hours, setting the record as the longest speech of his presidency.
Jumping from topic to topic and oftentimes going off on tangents, Trump accused the media of distorting the size of his January 2017 inauguration crowd, promised an executive order to preserve free speech on college campuses and accused some lawmakers of hating the U.S.
Without directly naming her, Trump appeared to single out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Somali immigrant who has repeatedly sparked controversy by criticizing Israel.
“How did they do in their country?” Trump asked, mockingly. “Did they do well? Were they succeeding?”
Trump also revisited his recent comments on Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after he was released from North Korea.
The president told reporters Thursday that he was assured that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un did not know about the student’s conditions in one of his nation’s prisons, an assertion that Warmbier’s parents challenged.
“Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement released Friday.
Trump claimed Saturday that Warmbier’s death has put him in a difficult spot since he still hopes to negotiate North Korea’s nuclear disarmament, despite talks falling apart during this week’s summit in Hanoi.
“I’m in such a horrible position,” Trump said. “It’s a very, very delicate balance.”