President Trump defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a news conference Wednesday, saying that Democrats had "destroyed a man's reputation" with sexual misconduct allegations. He has also rejected the account of California college professor Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh held her down and tried to take her clothes off at a house party when they were in high school, as well as a third woman, Deborah Ramirez, who claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party when they were both freshmen at Yale University.
"I never sexual assaulted anyone", he said. "So, when I see it, I view it very differently than somebody sitting home watching television". He said there have been "a lot of false charges" against him. "Now, it's possible I'll hear that and say, "Hey, I'm changing my mind", Trump said.
Trump said at a news conference in NY that he'll watch the testimony from Kavanaugh and a woman who's accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. "He's a tremendous man. Elton John said, "When you hit that last tune and it's good, don't go back".
The U.S. president spoke at length about the ongoing controversy surrounding his pick to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Somebody could come and say, 30 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago he did a disgusting thing to me - he did this, he did that, he did that - and honestly, it's a very risky period in our country", Trump said, seeming to imply that those accused of sexual assault, not their accusers, are the ones at risk in contemporary America.
Finishing the rant off in style, Trump claimed he had declined to meet Canada PM Justin Trudeau at the UN.
"They could have pushed it through two weeks ago and we wouldn't be talking about this right now, which is what I would have preferred", Trump said, describing Kavanaugh as a "gem" who had been unfairly maligned.
At first, during the freewheeling questioning from reporters at the 2018 U.N. General Assembly, Trump painted the accusations against Kavanaugh as purely partisan and faulted Democrats that the allegations had come to the surface in the first place. It was far from the only time that Trump turned a question (OK, any question) at the press conference into a soliloquy about his greatness.
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I yelled, hoping that someone downstairs might hear me and I tried to get away from him but his weight was heavy", she said. "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought Brett was accidentally going to kill me", her testimony says.
Things then got a bit weirder, as Trump congratulated her for the recent sale of Sky to ComCast, to which Thomas-Peter retorted: "Nothing to do with me".
"I look forward to hearing from her", Trump said.
He stood by his decision not to call on the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh, and repeated his insistence the parade of accusations against Kavanaugh amount to a "big fat con" orchestrated by Democrats.
President Trump holds a news conference on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in NY. He smiled and said, "I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK". We're supposed to uphold innocence.
Trump's son, Donald Jr., also tweeted his review: "I love Kavanaugh's tone". I've been a famous person for a long time ...
But the Republican base will greet Trump's position as a breath of fresh air, Siegfried said.
Trump insisted at the news conference on Wednesday that "they did not laugh at me".