President Donald Trump claimed to be the victim of a “Never Trump” conspiracy after a career diplomat testified that he ordered aides to withhold military aid to Ukraine as a quid pro quo to pressure the government into investigating Democrats and the Bidens.
“The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Watch out for them, they are human scum!”
Trump angry over Bill Taylor’s testimony:
Trump revealed why he was angry at “Never Trumpers” in a tweet-thread later on Wednesday.
“Never Trumper Republican John Bellinger, represents Never Trumper Diplomat Bill Taylor (who I don’t know), in testimony before Congress!” Trump wrote of his acting ambassador to Ukraine. “Do Nothing Democrats allow Republicans Zero Representation, Zero due process, and Zero Transparency. Does anybody think this is fair? Even though there was no quid pro quo, I’m sure they would like to try. Worse than the Dems!”
“It would be really great if the people within the Trump Administration, all well-meaning and good (I hope!), could stop hiring Never Trumpers, who are worse than the Do Nothing Democrats. Nothing good will ever come from them!” he added.
Trump is angry Bill Taylor gave away the game:
Taylor defied the State Department and testified on Tuesday. Taylor described in “excruciatingly detailed” testimony that Trump ordered aid to Ukraine to be withheld until they announced a probe into the Bidens and the 2016 election.
Taylor said Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, initially told him that the long-sought Oval Office meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was contingent on the announcement but later admitted that “everything was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance.”
“He said that President Trump wanted President Zelensky ‘in a public box’ by making a public statement about ordering such investigations,” Taylor testified.
Democrats said Taylor’s nine-hour testimony was “the most damning” evidence of a quid pro quo they heard yet.
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told NBC News that “I do not know how you would listen to today's testimony by Ambassador Taylor and draw any other conclusion except that the president abused his power.”