During a press conference Wednesday at the conclusion of the 2020 Davos Global Economic summit, President Trump commented on the Senate impeachment trial, saying: "I would love to go. Wouldn’t that be great? I'd sit right in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces."
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Our country has to get back to business. We have people that are corrupt, like Adam Schiff, who misquotes -- I don't mean misquotes, makes up a statement. He had no idea I was going to release the transcript. He never thought I'd do that. For that, I thank the president of Ukraine. Because we got their approval. He had no idea I was going to do that. But these are corrupt people. Some of them. And some of them are just playing the political game. But if you look at the poll numbers, my poll numbers are the highest they've ever been. If you look at the funding numbers, if you look at what -- the money raised by the republican party just set a record. Nobody's ever done this before. It's because of the impeachment hoax.
REPORTER: I've got three quick questions too, Mr. President, if you don't mind. My husband had three. I have three... Do you plan to show up in any way, shape or form at your trial? Number two, you called Kenneth Starr a "disaster" in the past. Do you still feel that way about him now? And three, Lev Parnas as come forward and said you knew everything he was doing in Ukraine.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: He's a con man.
REPORTER: That's not true?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don't know him other than he's like a groupie, he shows up at fundraisers. I don't know anything about him. I watched Rudy. Rudy's a terrific person. Great crime fighter. Best mayor in the history of New York City, by far. Solved the crime problem in New York. And I think it's very unfair the way the media has treated Rudy Giuliani. I will say this. Parnas, I don't know, other than he contributed to the campaign, along with tens of thousands of other people.
This weekend I was taking pictures with hundreds of people. They contribute to the Republican party and stand there and I take pictures and every once in a while I look at somebody and say, gee, I wonder when that picture is going to be in "The New York Times" or "The Washington Post" or on FOX. It's one of those things. I think Rudy is a high-quality person.
REPORTER: So why is he not on your legal team?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don't want there to be a conflict -- I'd love to have Rudy on my team. But he could be a witness at some point if this whole sham continues. I would love to have Rudy on the team. Rudy is on my team -- Rudy is on my team. But I'd love to have him up there. But it could be that he'd have a conflict. It could be. But Rudy Giuliani is somebody that I think the press has been very unfair to. Greatest mayor in the history of New York City and one of the greatest crime fighters of the last 100 years. And he hates to see what's happening because he knows corruption really better than anybody. Go ahead.
REPORTER: And Kenneth Starr, how do you feel about him?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Kenneth Starr is a terrific man. I did make that statement because I didn't think that Bill Clinton should have been impeached. I thought it was terrible. I didn't know Ken Starr but I didn't think that Bill Clinton should have been impeached. I was pretty vocal about that.
I didn't know Ken, but what did I know is he was very smart and tough and talented. But in a certain way, I was sticking up for Clinton, for Bill Clinton. I still feel that way. What he did was nothing good. There was a lot of lying going on. There were a lot of things, a lot of bad things. With me there's no lying, there's no nothing. They have nothing. They don't even have a crime. They say this is the only one who has ever been impeached and I didn't commit a crime. Then you get into high crimes and misdemeanors. But I didn't commit a crime. So, no, I have great respect for Ken but I didn't think, frankly, that Bill Clinton should have been impeached.
REPORTER: Would ou wat to show up at your trial any day?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I would love to go. Wouldn't that be great? I'd sit right in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces. I'd love to do it.
REPORTER: So why not?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Don't keep talking because you may convince me to do it. You may convince me to do it.
REPORTER: Do you think your team wants you there?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think they might have a problem. By the way, I think they've done a really good job and I think the other side has so lied -- I watched the lies from Adam Schiff, he'll stand and look at a microphone and talk like he's so aggrieved. These two guys, these are major sleazebags. They're very dishonest people. Very dishonest people.
When somebody will make up a statement that I made, you remember the statement, eight times, quid pro quo. Eight times. Think of it. How can you say eight times? That would mean I was asking somebody eight different times for the same thing. What kind of a conversation would that be? If you asked once, that would be fine. If you asked twice. How can you ask eight times? He'd be a Loony Tune. Right? Then he said, "Don't call me, I'll call you." He made that statement. "Don't call me, I'll call you." He didn't say he made it up. Now, ultimately he had to in a sense apologize. He can hardly apologize. But he had to apologize because fortunately, we had a tape. We had the transcripts. I am so happy that I had the transcripts. Because it showed he's a liar and he's a fraud.