President Donald Trump sits down with Tucker Carlson in Detroit for an interview Fox News Channel. After meeting with auto execs and workers, Trump will discuss with Carlson his ObamaCare repeal and replace strategy, draining the D.C. swamp, his agenda moving forward and much more. Trump said the the leak to MSNBC of two pages from his 2005 tax return was illegal and a “disgrace.”
“I have no idea where they got it, but it’s illegal and they’re not supposed to have it, and it’s not supposed to be leaked. And it’s certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all, but it’s an illegal thing,” he said.
President Trump defended his recent claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.
During the course of the interview, which will air this evening on Fox News, Trump doubled down on his unsubstantiated allegation and suggested that there will be information coming out in the near future that proves him to be correct.
“But wiretap covers a lot of different things,” Trump said in the interview, according to The New York Times reporter Michael M. Grynbaum. “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”
Donald Trump said in a tweet on March 4th that he “just found out” that President Obama tapped his phones during the election season, adding that Obama is a “bad (or sick) guy.” He did not offer any further specifics.
Carlson wanted to know what provoked Trump to take to Twitter to publicly make those allegations against former President Barack Obama.
“I had been reading about things,” Trump stated. “I read, I think it was January 20th in a New York Times article about wiretapping. There was an article, I think they used that exact term. I read other things.” He also brought up the reporting of Fox News’ Bret Baier.
After saying he’d heard a lot of things about wiretapping and that it’s a “potentially a very serious issue,” Trump was asked why he didn’t immediately go to the intelligence community.
“I don’t want to do anything to violate any strength of an agency,” the president answered. “And by the way, I just want people to know the CIA was hacked and a lot of things were taken. That was during the Obama years, that was not us, that was during the Obama situation.”
Finally, Carlson wanted to know why he didn’t just wait to tweet about the wiretapping until he could prove it, Trump once again brought up the NYT.
“Because the New York Times wrote about it,” POTUS answered. “Not that I respect the New York Times — I call it the failing New York Times.”
Trump would go on to talk about how wiretapping can mean a lot more than just wiretapping, because he put those words in quotes in his tweets.