President Donald Trump answered "I don't care" when asked by reporters in the Oval Office Wednesday if the CIA whistleblower who revealed details about his July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president should be allowed to remain anonymous for their own protection.
Next, he noted: "I think a whistleblower should be protected if the whistleblower is legitimate."
"But when the whistleblower makes a big report on the conversation I had with the president of the Ukraine... It was a great conversation... It was mostly about congratulations on your win. We talked about corruption, really referring mostly to 2016, because what the Democrats did in 2016 was corrupt," he said. "[The Democrats] are trying to hide what maybe is coming."
Earlier on Wednesday, the president tweeted that the allegations leveled against him about the Ukraine call were "BULLSHIT":
The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019
"I hope that you understand, and I suspect that you do, the seriousness of the president of the United States saying he wants to interview that person," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier on Wednesday. "The president probably doesn’t realize how dangerous his statements are when he says he wants to expose who the whistleblower is and those who may have given the whistleblower that information."
"We'd better get smart, we'd better start focusing on the right things," Trump told reporters as the Finnish president looked on. "Because what they did with this nonsense -- think of it, you have a perfect (I mean, perfect) conversation with the president of another country, Ukraine in this case. And they say, 'Oh let's impeach him.' They've been trying to impeach me from the day I got elected. I've been going through this for years. They've been trying to impeach me from the day I got elected. And you know what? They failed."
"This is the easiest one of all because this one is based on one conversation. What about Obama's conversation?" Trump asked, referring to the classic hot-mic moment where President Obama promised Russian 'president' Dimitri Medvedev "more flexibility" after the 2012 elections and the Russian 'president' replied: "Yes, I will transmit this information to Vladimir."
"What about Obama's conversation where he said, hey Vlad, I'll talk to you when the election's over. Nobody reports that, right? That's stuff you should report. But you people should be ashamed of yourselves," he asked the media.