US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Winfield House, London on December 3, 2019.
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President Donald Trump angrily hit out at Democrats on Tuesday, harshly criticizing the ongoing impeachment question and calls for U.S. lawmakers to consider a vote to censure him.
Working alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in London on Tuesday afternoon, Trump explained the now infamous call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as “flawless” and claimed he’d completed “nothing wrong.”
Trump has joined other world leaders in the U.K.’s capital city to indicate the 70th anniversary of NATO.
Taking questions soon after a bilateral meeting with Stoltenberg, 1 reporter asked whether he’d heard about speculation indicating U.S. lawmakers could consider pursuing censure over impeachment, Trump responded: “Unacceptable.”
“I wouldn’t be happy with that at all, no. To me, it is unacceptable. I did nothing wrong. You don’t censure somebody when they did nothing wrong. They are in search of a crime,” Trump said, seeming to refer to House Democrats.
Less severe than expulsion, the U.S. Senate describes censure as “a formal statement of disapproval.”
Many op-eds in recent weeks have called on U.S. lawmakers to think about pursuing censure over impeachment, with many arguing that a bipartisan rebuke of the U.S. president are a better alternative .
Censure isn’t now being pursued by U.S. lawmakers.
Rather, a Democratic-led question is attempting to ascertain if Trump improperly put pressure on Ukraine to force the nation to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. The alleged pressure effort came while Trump was withholding congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine.
“Not only wasn’t there a crime, it is not even a word that should be used,” Trump continued.
“I had a very, very good conversation with the head of Ukraine. And, by the way, yesterdayhe came out again and reaffirmed again we had a very, very respectful, fantastic conversation that President Trump did nothing wrong.”
“He doesn’t even really understand what’s going on over here. They look at us like: ‘Is this country crazy?'”
“The Democrats have gone nuts, they’re crazy. And it is very bad for our country,” Trump said.
Should Congress vote to censure Trump, it would make him only the second president in history to be reprimanded. In 1834, President Andrew Jackson was censured from the Senate in a struggle over the survival of the Bank of the USA.