- On Thursday evening, the Fox News commentator Neil Cavuto criticised President Donald Trump’s recent remarks on impeachment and the economy.
- In a Fox News interview broadcast earlier Thursday, Trump suggested that America’s economy would take a catastrophic hit if he were to be impeached.
- Cavuto rebuked Trump for tying the fate of the country’s financial well-being to the growing uncertainty surrounding his presidency.
- “I know you’ll call this fake, but the implications of what you’re doing, Mr. President, are very real,” Cavuto said.
The Fox News commentator Neil Cavuto on Thursday evening criticised President Donald Trump’s recent remarks on impeachment and the economy and chastised him over his rhetoric of late.
During an interview with the “Fox and Friends” cohost Ainsley Earhardt that aired Thursday, Trump suggested that America’s economy would take a catastrophic hit if he were to be impeached.
“If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash,” Trump said. “I think everybody would be very poor. Because without this thinking you would see – you would see numbers that you wouldn’t believe in reverse.”
“I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who’s done a great job,” Trump said.
Cavuto challenged Trump’s assertions.
“That is quite a threat, and it might even happen,” Cavuto said.
“All I’m saying is you don’t prevent a constitutional crisis by threatening a financial one,” Cavuto added. “But Mr. President, you guarantee both when your very actions and words create that crisis, or make people think that you’re hiding one.”
Cavuto listed several White House scandals, several of which came to a head this week. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former longtime personal attorney, pleaded guilty to felony campaign finance violations he said he carried out at Trump’s direction. And Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on multiple counts of tax and bank fraud.
Cavuto hammered Trump on his and his administration’s past claims about payments made to silence women who said they had affairs with Trump.
“Like when you say that you knew nothing about payments to a stripper and a former Playboy model until you did,” Cavuto said, “then explained your former lawyer Michael Cohen made those decisions until we heard on tape that you did.”
“But you see, that is the problem here,” Cavuto said. “We can’t move on. Lots of stuff like that just keeps popping up here. Getting added here, getting re-explained here.”
Cavuto suggested that scandals surrounding Trump’s presidency were overshadowing any glimmer of good news. On Tuesday, for example, the S&P 500 hit record highs for the first time since January, despite higher interest rates as well as ongoing trade disputes between the US and other countries.
“None of these make the market any less impressive,” Cavuto said, referring to Trump’s statements. “Maybe just the guy overseeing it all. Mr. President, you’re that guy.”
“You’re right to be frustrated, but you are part of what’s frustrating,” Cavuto added. “It’s not about stepping on your message – it’s about constantly changing it.”
“I know you’ll call this fake, but the implications of what you’re doing, Mr. President, are very real,” Cavuto said. “You are so darned focused on promoting a financial boom, that you’ve failed to see that you are the one creating this moral bust. And we could all be the poorer for it.”
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