Trump slams Tester again in speech; “I know things” about him

Posted at 1:04 PM, Apr 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-29 15:04:29-04

    President Donald Trump, in a characteristically free-wheeling speech Saturday night, tossed out an unspecified allegation about Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, whom Trump blamed for the recent sinking of his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    "I know things about Tester that I could say, too," Trump said. "And if I said them, he’d never be elected again."

    Trump called for Tester to resign earlier Saturday after the Montana Democrat came forward with a slew of allegations and concerns about Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who withdrew from consideration for the top VA post on Thursday. 

    Tester rejected the call to resign Saturday morning. In a statement sent to MTN, Tester said, “It’s my duty to make sure Montana veterans get what they need and have earned, and I’ll never stop fighting for them as their Senator.

    Trump also called out several Democrats by name as well as former FBI Director James Comey.

    "They’ve got to be voted out of office," Trump said of Democrats as he blamed the party for a range of issues.

    Trump leveled his anger at Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi of California, and Chuck Schumer of New York as well as Michigan voters for sending Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow to Washington

    "You people just keep putting her back again, and again, and again," Trump said. "It’s your fault."

    Trump also turned to Comey, the man he fired as FBI director last year who has since written a book and launched into public criticism of Trump’s leadership and morals, as well as the investigation into potential coordination between his associates and Russia.

    "Watch the way he lies," Trump said, adding shortly after, "I did you a great favor when I fired this guy."

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