Trump Defends Senators Under Fire for Pre-Corona Stock Dumps: They’re ‘Very Honorable People’
During a Covid-19 press conference on Friday, President Donald Trump defended the Senators who dumped stocks in January, after a briefing on the coronavirus.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asked the president, “are you concerned about members of congress that may have used information they learned on updates to sell stocks and profits of this?”
“I saw some names, I know all of them. I know everyone mentioned Dianne Feinstein, I guess, and a couple of others. I don’t know too much about what it is about, but I find them to all be very honorable people, that’s all I know, and they said they did nothing wrong. I find them, the whole group, very honorable,” Trump responded.
“So, the whole group would include Richard Burr, the head of the Intelligence Committee, and it also would include Senator Kelly Loeffler, so the question is whether or not they should be investigated for that behavior?” Francesca Chambers, White House correspondent for McClatchy then asked the president.
Trump then attempted to place blame on Senator Dianne Feinstein — the lone Democrat of the five senators who dumped stocks.
“Well, it also includes Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, you didn’t mention her name,” Trump remarked during the press conference. “Why didn’t you mention her name? I think she’s a really honorable person, by the way,”
“Any Senator?” Chambers pressed.
“I don’t know, because I would have to look at it. Possibly, but I find them to be honorable people,” Trump answered.
The New York Times has reported that a spokesperson for the senator denied her role in the decision to sell.
“All of Senator Feinstein’s assets are in a blind trust,” a spokesman, Tom Mentzer, said in a statement. “She has no involvement in her husband’s financial decisions.”
The California senator has also taken to Twitter to explain she was not present during the January briefing on Covid-19:
Under Senate rules I report my husband’s financial transactions. I have no input into his decisions. My husband in January and February sold shares of a cancer therapy company. This company is unrelated to any work on the coronavirus and the sale was unrelated to the situation.
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) March 20, 2020
Watch above, via CNN.
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