President Donald Trump ranted about the FBI, but praised President Vladimir Putin of Russia who has weapons pointed at the U.S.
Trump made his comments on the White House lawn in the wake of negative personal text messages by one FBI agent in 2016:
You have a lot of angry people. It’s a very sad thing to watch, I will tell you that. I am going today on behalf of the FBI, their new building, and when everybody, not me, everybody, the level of anger, and what they have been witnessing with respect to the FBI, it’s certainly very sad.
Trump also claimed there was no collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian intelligence officials despite documented meetings between members of his staff, including his son, and the Russians:
There’s been no collusion, that has been proven. The Senate and the House, my worst enemies, they walk out and say, “There is no collusion but we will continue to look.” They are spending millions and millions of dollars and there’s absolutely no collusion.
After lying about the FBI and the investigation, Trump praised Putin:
The call with Vladimir Putin, it was great. He said very nice things about what I have done for the country in terms of the economy, and he said also some negative things in terms elsewhere, but the primary point was to talk about North Korea, because we would love to have his help on North Korea.
Only an hour after trashing the FBI, Trump spoke at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he called for militarizing the police against Americans:
Just as I promised, we are allowing our local police to access surplus military equipment, something the previous administration for some reason refused to do. Explain that one. Explain it to me, please. Never understood that one. Somebody out there can explain it. Anybody want to stand up and explain it.
Trump also called for special executions for “criminals who kill law enforcement officers,” even though the death penalty is banned in 18 states and in Washington D.C.