Trump appears to call for his own impeachment

Jon Sharman

Donald Trump has appeared to call for his own impeachment in a tweet.

While talking up his economic achievements, namely that “MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME IS AT THE HIGHEST POINT EVER, EVER, EVER!” and also that “MORE PEOPLE WORKING TODAY IN THE USA THAN AT ANY TIME IN HISTORY!”, the US president added: “Tough numbers for the Radical Left Democrats to beat! Impeach the Pres.”

While his growth claims were challenged as “misleading” in comments by a former Obama administration official, most people responding to Mr Trump’s tweet pointed out the suggestion that he be impeached.

”Why don’t you save yourself the headache and resign,” quipped one.

Mr Trump was likely making a joke about the congressional impeachment inquiry against him, which he has described as a witch hunt. While hosting the 2019 Stanley Cup ice hockey champions, the St Louis Blues, on Wednesday, the president made a similar remark contrasting what he said was a strong economic performance with the fact his opponents are considering an attempt to oust him.

“By the way, we just hit the greatest economy we’ve ever had,” he said at the White House. “’Let’s impeach the president,’ isn’t that a good idea? I wouldn’t worry about it, fellas. I wouldn’t worry about it. Don’t worry too much.”

The president’s tweet came as Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, said he would not co-operate with the probe into Mr Trump’s alleged attempts to coerce Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden, one of his top political opponents. A subpoena issued by Democrats was “over-broad, unduly burdensome, and seeks documents beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry”, Mr Giuliani told investigators in a letter on Wednesday.

Politicians who attended closed-door interviews have said testimony from State Department officials and those in other foreign policy posts has largely corroborating the account of the government whistleblower whose complaint sparked the probe.

The unnamed whistleblower came forward with details of a 25 July phone conversation the president had with Volodymyr Zelensky, his counterpart in Kiev, in which he appeared to threaten to hold back military aid if Mr Zelensky did not revive an investigation into Mr Biden.