Trump: I Learned a Key Lesson From Nixon

'Don't fire people'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2020 10:38 AM CDT
Trump: I Learned a Key Lesson From Nixon
President Trump speaks during a meeting about the coronavirus response with Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, in the Oval Office Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump called into Fox & Friends Friday morning and weighed in on several subjects, including a predecessor in the White House. "I learned a lot from Richard Nixon," he said, per the Hill. Nixon may have had his famous Saturday Night Massacre of firings, but Trump says he's happy he didn't follow that model amid the Russia investigation. "I study history," he said. "And the firing of everybody—I should’ve in one way, but I’m glad I didn’t, because look at the way it turned out. They’re all a bunch of crooks and they got caught."

  • Elaborating: "Of course there was one difference," Trump said. "Number one, he may have been guilty. And number two, he had tapes all over the place. I wasn’t guilty. I did nothing wrong, and there are no tapes. But I wish there were tapes in my case." Trump has fired people, notably FBI director James Comey, though he said that was a "very good thing."

  • Joe Biden: Asked about the Tara Reade allegations, Trump said, "I don't know if it's false or not," per Politico. "I mean, Joe is going to have to be able to prove whatever he has to prove, or she has to prove it, but that’s a battle he has to fight,” said Trump. "I’ve had many false accusations made, I can tell you that. Many. And maybe it is a false accusation. Frankly, I hope it is for his sake."
  • Virus test: Trump has not yet been tested for coronavirus antibodies, though he said he would be. "I will do that," said the president, per NBC News. "Who knows, some people had it and they didn't even know they had it." On Thursday, reports emerged that one of the president's personal valets had tested positive for COVID-19. Trump is regularly tested to see whether he currently has the virus; the antibodies test would determine whether he already had it.
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