A video that directly contradicts President Donald Trump’s claim that he’s never spoken to indicted associates of his personal attorney surfaced on Saturday and with it came a whole barrage of wild statements.
The video, secretly filmed for 80 minutes in April 2018, shows a rare glimpse into a private conversation between Trump and a group of people over dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., The Associated Press reported.
PBS NewsHour was the first to release the full-length footage.
Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. can be seen clearly in the video. Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, was also there, according to Parnas’ attorney.
While the most notable moments in the recording show Trump appearing to speak directly to Parnas and his urging to “get rid” of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Trump also managed to cover other strange topics.
Here are six of the wildest things that happened in the recording of Trump’s private dinner.
1. Trump said he could have beaten former President Barack Obama in 2012
As he’s known to do, Trump boasted about beating Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election but he added that he could have beaten former President Barack Obama in the 2012 race, too.
“Obama would have been easier, second term,” Trump said of Obama’s reelection campaign. “Romney should have never lost,” he added. “Obama would have been much easier.”
2. Trump claimed the European Union formed to “screw” the U.S.
“The European Union is a group of countries that got together to screw the United States,” Trump told the table. “It’s as simple as that.”
The European Union, which includes 28 countries, was officially formed in 1993, though it stems from an effort to bring Germany and France closer after World War II four decades earlier.
The union allows citizens of the countries to move freely between the countries, and...