CNN got themselves an exclusive story from a closed-door lunch in front of Republican Donors in Florida.
President Donald Trump bemoaned a decision not to investigate Hillary Clinton after the 2016 presidential election, decrying a “rigged system” that still doesn’t have the “right people” in place to fix it, during a freewheeling speech to Republican donors in Florida on Saturday.
In the closed-door remarks, a recording of which was obtained by CNN, Trump also praised China’s President Xi Jinping for recently consolidating power and extending his potential tenure, musing he wouldn’t mind making such a maneuver himself.
“He’s now president for life. President for life. And he’s great,” Trump said. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day.”
This is as big of a nothing burger as it gets. CNN admits that there was a lot of joking going on at this conference.
The remarks, delivered inside the ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago estate during a lunch and fundraiser, were upbeat, lengthy, and peppered with jokes and laughter. But Trump’s words reflected his deeply felt resentment that his actions during the 2016 campaign remain under scrutiny while those of his former rival, Hillary Clinton, do not.
The real story here is the fact that a Republican donor leaked a recording of this to CNN. Considering this was a closed-door meeting and no reporters were allowed in it seems to be that a Republican Donor not only recorded the speech but leaked it to hurt Donald Trump.
Claim: Republican donor leaks Trump Xi Jinping comment to CNN https://t.co/R0zPdMueZi
— Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) March 4, 2018