On Monday, President Donald Trump was in Ohio to tout the Republican tax reform. During his remarks, Trump said that Democrats who attended the State of the Union address last Tuesday but refraining from applause were "un-American" and "treasonous." This came while he recalled the silence with which congressional Democrats greeted the low unemployment figures for black Americans and Hispanics he cited in the State of the Union. 

"They would rather see Trump do badly, OK, than our country do well. That's what it means, it's very selfish," the president said. "It got to a point where I really didn't even want to look too much during the speech over to that side, because honestly it was bad energy. No, it was bad energy.

"You're up there and you have half the room going totally crazy wild. They loved everything, they want to do something great for our country," he continued. "And you have the other side, even on positive news, really positive news like that, they were like death. And un-American, un-American."

Trump added: "Somebody said treasonous. I mean, yeah, I guess why not. Can we call that treason? Why not. They certainly didn't seem to love our country very much."

Regarding the economy, Trump said, "We got to do well in ‘18, and I know we’re going to do great in ‘20.” Trump said in the speech at Sheffer Corp. in Blue Ash, a Cincinnat suburb, “But I think we’re going to do well in ‘18. I think we’re going to do very well. They have gone left. They want to raise your taxes.” Trump also took Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to task for his vote against the tax bill, while he also criticized House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Trump said, “Nancy Pelosi, what she’s doing to this country, and she’s gone so far left and [Sen. Chuck] Schumer has gone so far left,” the president said. “Oh, I look forward to running against them.”

“She’s our secret weapon, I just hope they don’t change her.” he said of Pelosi. “I’m supposed to make a deal with her?”

Also during his speech, Trump spoke to the issue of the Republican memo he declassified last week that claims political bias in the FBI after the bureau obtained and renewed FISA surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The memo claims that requests for the warrants relied on an uncorroborated dossier compiled by a former British spy with help from the Fusion GPS opposition research firm and funding from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

“Oh, but did we catch them in the act or what? You know what I’m — oh did we catch them in the act,” Trump said, not elaborating on who was caught. “They are very embarrassed. They never thought they were going to get caught. We caught ‘em! We caught ‘em. It’s so much fun. We’re like the great sleuth.”

The memo was written House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and others. Trump tweeted on the weekend that he feels “vindicated” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Gowdy, among other Republicans, said that special counsel Mueller should continue with investigating and that the memo was not intended to discredit his probe.

Also on Monday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said that the Trump administration is not opposed to naming a special counsel to investigate the actions of the FBI and the Department of Justice during the 2016 campaign.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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