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After Mueller Report, Trump Lies About Budget Cuts: A Closer Look

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  • -After Special Counsel Robert Mueller
  • delivered his report, President Trump decided
  • to pick fights over healthcare and the Special Olympics.
  • For more on this, it's time for "A Closer Look."
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • It's been a little over a week since Trump's Attorney General
  • William Barr released his letter on Mueller's report,
  • stating that the investigation did not establish that members
  • of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated
  • with the Russian government
  • in its election-interference activities.
  • And, obviously, that was good news for Trump.
  • I'd say he's had a pep in his step ever since,
  • but he doesn't really take steps.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • If he had a Fitbit, the only thing his Fitbit
  • would ever display is, "You up?"
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Now, when Barr released this memo, everyone just assumed
  • it was a summary of Mueller's full report,
  • a word Trump's aides and the media
  • have used over and over again.
  • -The Attorney General's summary of the Mueller report is out.
  • -We received a 4-page summary of the Mueller report.
  • -This was a summary of the Robert Mueller report.
  • -Preview.
  • -You have the Barr summary.
  • -The 4-page summary by Attorney General Barr.
  • -There you go -- this was a summary of Mueller's report.
  • Barr told us everything we need to know,
  • and we can all move on. Got it.
  • -The Attorney General tonight sent this letter
  • announcing that everybody misinterpreted
  • what he said last weekend in that letter.
  • What he did last week is being talked about
  • in a way that he didn't expect.
  • That's not at all what he meant, and we should all know better.
  • "I am aware of some media reports
  • and other public statements mischaracterizing
  • my March 24th supplemental notification
  • as a summary of the special counsel's
  • investigation and report.
  • My March 24th letter was not and did not purport to be
  • an exhaustive recounting
  • of the special counsel's investigation or report.
  • -Wait. So it wasn't supposed to be a summary?
  • That's kind of an important detail to leave out.
  • That's like reading the line, "The Prince and Princess
  • lived happily ever after," in a fairy tale,
  • and then you turn the page and there's a note saying,
  • "That was not and should not
  • be mischaracterized as the ending.
  • They got divorced the next day."
  • Now, there is no -- [ Laughter, cheers, applause ]
  • To be clear, there's no reason to expect that Barr's memo
  • is distorting Mueller's report.
  • But even if his initial memo was accurate
  • and made in good faith, it's still difficult for anyone
  • to summarize something as long as Mueller's report.
  • For one thing, the report is apparently
  • more than 300 pages long, went well beyond the kind of
  • bare-bones summary required by the Justice Department,
  • and detailed his conclusions at length.
  • And you can't boil a 300-page document down to 4 pages.
  • It's like when you try to cram for a test
  • by reading the Cliff Notes for "The Great Gatsby"
  • and you end up writing, "Wealthy man enjoys
  • consequence-free summer in the Hamptons."
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • So, we have no idea -- no idea -- what's in the report.
  • Barr says it'll be released sometime this month,
  • and yet some Republicans are already threatening to block
  • the release of a report they say exonerates the President.
  • Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected
  • to a resolution calling for the report to be made public,
  • and Senator Rand Paul said he would oppose
  • releasing the report until there's an investigation
  • of the Obama administration.
  • -We need to have information on Obama White House officials,
  • Comey, Brennan, Clapper. That should be part of it.
  • So, Democrats want the complete Mueller report.
  • I'm going to object until we get a complete report
  • of all the Obama-era officials that got this thing started.
  • -You want an investigation of the Obama administration?
  • You investigated him for eight years and came up with nothing.
  • The worst scandal you dug up
  • was the fact that he wore a tan suit once.
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • "Where did he get the suit?
  • How much did he pay for the suit?"
  • So, Mueller's report did not establish
  • that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia.
  • But still, even if you put aside
  • the question of Russian collusion,
  • Mueller's investigation has still exposed a whole world
  • of normalized corruption by some of the wealthiest
  • and most powerful people in the country
  • that was just accepted in Washington until now.
  • Just look at Paul Manafort. The guy spent years
  • as an unregistered foreign agent,
  • lobbying for some of the worst people in the world.
  • And in the process, he stole tens of millions of dollars
  • from the American people, money he used to buy everything
  • from antique rugs to expensive cars to --
  • and this is real -- a $15,000 jacket made from an ostrich,
  • which is why Manafort's heart dropped
  • when he walked into the courtroom and saw the judge.
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • It shouldn't...
  • It shouldn't take a special counsel
  • for us to find out that some of the most powerful people
  • in the country are hoarding their wealth
  • by committing serial fraud
  • and illegally stashing their money in offshore tax havens.
  • Even if nothing else came out of the Russia investigation,
  • people are learning how wealth and power operate in America.
  • I mean, this guy right here
  • was the President's campaign chairman.
  • The only way it could be worse
  • is if Trump made Lori Loughlin his Secretary of Education.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • And I, of course -- I, of course am just kidding.
  • Betsy DeVos is still worse.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • I mean, at least... [ Cheers and applause ]
  • At least Lori Loughlin's trying to make it easier
  • for people to get into college.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • In fact, even as Trump and his inner circle
  • has spent their time in power enriching themselves,
  • they've also been trying to take healthcare away
  • from millions of people.
  • Last week, the Trump administration
  • said the entire Affordable Care Act
  • should be repealed, and yet, as if that wasn't enough,
  • the Trump administration also decided
  • to pick a totally unnecessary fight
  • with basically everybody
  • by proposing to cut funding for the Special Olympics.
  • -Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came under fire
  • on Capitol Hill Tuesday while defending
  • proposed funding cuts for the Special Olympic.
  • The Trump administration wants to cut all $18 million
  • in federal money for the program.
  • -How awful do you have to be
  • to try to cut funding for the Special Olympics?
  • You might as well use the money you saved
  • to bulldoze an orphanage.
  • "We all know those orphanages are eyesores.
  • We're knocking down them."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • And the administration's response to the news
  • was also proof that the President has no idea
  • what his own government is doing.
  • First, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
  • said it wasn't her idea to make the cut
  • and blasted Democrats for making a political issue
  • out of it during a budget hearing.
  • -As I said then and I'll say again,
  • this week, had to make tough choices
  • and decisions around the budget priorities.
  • I love Special Olympics myself.
  • I have given a portion of my salary to Special Olympics.
  • I hope all of this debate encourages lots of
  • private contributions to Special Olympics.
  • So let's not use disabled children
  • in a twisted way for your political narrative.
  • That is just disgusting, and it's shameful.
  • -You guys are the ones who proposed the cut!
  • [ Laughter, cheers, applause ]
  • If you set --
  • If you set your neighbor's house on fire,
  • and they call 911, you can't turn around and say,
  • "Aren't you the town gossip!"
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Also, can we go back to this?
  • -I have given a portion of my salary to Special Olympics.
  • -You're a billionaire.
  • The Special Olympics cut was $18 million.
  • Betsy DeVos has, according to "Newsweek,"
  • 10 boats, 2 helicopters, and a yacht scheduler.
  • She has so many yachts, she has a yacht scheduler.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • What's a yacht scheduler?!
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • Is it someone who --
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • Is a yacht scheduler someone who, when you say,
  • "Bring the yacht around," says, "I wouldn't do that.
  • It might crash into the other yacht"?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Then, after the hearing, reporters tried to get answers
  • from DeVos as she waited for an elevator,
  • and she responded by pretending not to hear them.
  • -Madam Secretary, do you any response
  • to the Democrats' criticism of your budget proposal?
  • Madam Secretary, you said today that you were not the person
  • that proposed this funding change.
  • Can you explain who in your administration did?
  • Madam Secretary, have you spoken to the President
  • about this at all?
  • If there's some misunderstanding,
  • Madam Secretary, this is your opportunity to explain it to us.
  • -I mean, look at her. That's the face
  • of someone thinking to herself, "Where's my elevator scheduler?"
  • [ Laughter, cheers, applause ]
  • -Also, I love how the camera zooms in on her face.
  • CNN apparently got the same director who did "The Office."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -Then after his Education Secretary
  • went to Capitol Hill to defend a budget cut
  • that basically everyone hated, Trump just waltzed up
  • to reporters on the White House lawn
  • and told them, "Never mind.
  • We're funding the Special Olympics after all."
  • -Why cut money to the Special Olympics?
  • Why would you cut funding for that?
  • -The Special Olympics will be funded.
  • I just told my people I want to fund the Special Olympics.
  • And I just authorized a funding of the Special Olympics.
  • I've been to the Special Olympics.
  • I think it's incredible.
  • And I just authorized a funding.
  • I heard about it this morning.
  • -What do you mean you heard about it this morning?
  • You're the president. It's your budget.
  • Who's running this place?
  • I don't want to be this guy, but can you go get your manager?
  • [ Laughter, cheers, applause ]
  • And then, on Friday, Trump just kept lying
  • about the Special Olympics fiasco.
  • During a Q&A with reporters at his resort in Palm Beach,
  • Trump was asked about his decision
  • to overrule sanctions on North Korea
  • that his own administration wanted to implement,
  • and he compared the situation to the Special Olympics
  • by once again lying about it.
  • -I just decided that I would not let it happen.
  • In a certain way, it's like the Special Olympics.
  • For many years, it hasn't been approved,
  • and then, at some point, it gets negotiated out in Congress.
  • Well, I went out, and I said, "We're gonna have funding
  • for the Special Olympics.
  • -You didn't save it!
  • You're the one who proposed the cut!
  • Where is your manager?!
  • [ Laughter, cheers, applause ]
  • Trump lies like this...
  • [ Cheers and applause continues ]
  • He lies like this about everything.
  • In fact, this isn't even the only budget item
  • Trump has lied about this week.
  • Just take something as innocuous
  • as The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,
  • which was first implemented by Obama in 2010.
  • Trump requested no funding at all for this initiative
  • in his 2018 budget request,
  • effectively eliminating the program.
  • His latest budget proposes a 90% cut to the program.
  • And yet at a rally in Michigan last week,
  • Trump told his supporters he was totally committed
  • to funding the program while also making clear
  • he knows absolutely nothing about the Great Lakes.
  • -I support the Great Lakes.
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • Always have.
  • They're beautiful. They're big, very deep.
  • Record deepness, right?
  • -I am -- I'm sorry, but I have a hard time believing
  • you have always supported the Great Lakes.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • You grew up in Queens and worked in Manhattan real estate.
  • "As a little boy, I loved two things --
  • giant gold buildings and the lakes in the Midwest."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • "I know them all -- Huron, Michelen, Eric,
  • Titicaca, and Inferior."
  • [ Laughter and applause ]
  • You...
  • [ Cheers and applause continues ]
  • When it comes to lakes, you're out of your depth,
  • or should I say, you're out of your...
  • -Deepness.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -Trump did the same thing
  • while rambling about wind energy at the same rally.
  • He bragged about energy production
  • under his administration, and for some reason,
  • he decided to go on an extended rant
  • about how much he knows about wind.
  • -If Hillary got in, you wouldn't have that stat,
  • I can tell you right now.
  • You'd be doing wind, windmills. Weeend!
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -If there's one thing we've learned
  • about Trump's presidency so far,
  • it's that he loves doing random sound effects.
  • -Weeend! Shoom!
  • Whuh-huh-huh. Bink.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -That's the whole presidency right there.
  • He lies about funding for the Special Olympics
  • and tries to take away his voters' healthcare,
  • but they love his sound effects.
  • We're living through the "Police Academy" presidency.
  • [ Warbling, imitated gunfire, trilling ]
  • Mueller's report may not have established Russian collusion,
  • but it exposed a whole world of corruption
  • most people didn't know about.
  • Donald Trump isn't working for another country.
  • He's working for himself.
  • He's enriching himself while trying
  • to take healthcare away from millions.
  • In other words, we're in deep.
  • -Record deepness.
  • -This has been "A Closer Look."
  • [ Cheers and applause ]

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