US President Donald Trump warned Thursday the US economy would collapse if he were impeached as experts say his administration enters its last days following back-to-back legal setbacks.
Days after Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen told a federal judge he made illegal campaign contributions at the president’s request — to silence women alleging affairs with Trump — the Republican leader told Fox News that an impeachment would only cause more turmoil.
“I will tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor,” Trump said on “Fox and Friends.”
“You would see – you would see numbers that you wouldn’t believe in reverse.”
The rambunctious US president then launched into a rambling statement on job creation and other economic progress he said had been made during his presidency.
“I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job,” Trump said.
Trump was dealt severe back-to-back blows on Tuesday when Cohen pled guilty to illegal campaign finance violations and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of tax and bank fraud within minutes of each other.
The Manafort conviction was the first case sent to trial by the special prosecutor probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump was evasive when asked in the Fox News interview if he had instructed Cohen to make the payments, saying that his former lawyer “made the deals,” and insisted that Cohen’s actions were “not a crime.”
In the sit-down with Fox, Trump slammed his once close associate for “flipping,” saying it “almost ought to be outlawed.”
Trump conversely praised Manafort for going to trial — where the president’s former campaign chief was found guilty of eight counts of financial fraud.