Donald Trump on Former Trump Officials

Donald Trump on Former Trump Officials and Associates


2013 - 2018
2017 - 2020

Donald Trump on Former Trump Officials Then
Donald Trump on Former Trump Officials Now

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Donald Trump on Former Trump Officials and Associates


2013 - 2018

Donald Trump on Former Trump Officials Then
“I am very proud of my friend Omarosa.”
“I like [John] Bolton. I think he’s, you know, a tough cookie, knows what he’s talking about… I think he’s terrific.”
- Aug 16, 2015

NBC News, Aug 16, 2015
Meet the Press Transcript - August 16, 2015

(retrieved 9/15/19)
“Some of [my foreign policy team]… George Papadopoulos, he’s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy.”
- March 21, 2016

Interview with Washington Post editorial board

Washington Post, March 21, 2016
A Transcript of Donald Trump's meeting with the Washington Post editorial board

(retrieved 8/2/18)
“We’re really now in the final stretch… And Paul Manafort has done an amazing job… And all of Paul’s people Paul brought on the staff.”
- July 22, 2016

Republican Party nomination acceptance speech

CNN, July 22, 2016
1st Donald Trump Speech after Winning GOP Nomination

(retrieved 6/15/18)
starts at beginning

“I have known Steve [Bannon]…for many years… Extremely capable, highly qualified… I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics.”
- Aug 17, 2016
“I respect [James Comey] a lot. I respect the FBI a lot.”
- Nov 11, 2016

CBS News, Nov 13, 2016
President-elect Trump speaks to a divided country

(retrieved 2/1/19)
Jeff [Sessions] has been a highly respected member of the U.S. Senate for 20 years. He is a world class legal mind… Jeff is greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows him.”
- Nov 18, 2016

CNN, Nov 18, 2016
Trump picks Sessions for attorney general

(retrieved 12/5/19)
“General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis… was very impressive yesterday. A true General’s General!”
Rex Tillerson, the Chairman & CEO of ExxonMobil, is a world class player and dealmaker.”
Michael [Cohen] is a great lawyer… Michael is a really good lawyer, loyal, wonderful person, talented.”
- June 29, 2017

Audio recording is here (starts at 6:36): Donald Trump fundraiser June 29, 2017

The Intercept (via Daily Beast), Feb 25, 2018
Trump’s Longtime Lawyer, Michael Cohen, Knows Way Too Much. So Why is He Still in Exile?

(retrieved 1/25/19)
Anthony [Scaramucci] is a person I have great respect for, and he will be an important addition to this Administration.”
- July 21, 2017
John Kelly is one of the best people I’ve ever worked with. He’s doing an incredible job.… He’s doing a great job. He will be here — in my opinion — for the entire seven remaining years.”
- Oct 7, 2017

The Hill, Oct 7, 2017
Trump says Kelly will be in WH next seven years

(retrieved 6/6/20)
quote starts at beginning
Gary Cohnhe’s been terrific. He may be globalist, but I still like him… In his own way, he’s a nationalist, because he loves our country.”
- March 8, 2018

Real Clear Politics, March 8, 2018
Trump Thanks 'Globalist Gary' Cohn For White House Service

(retrieved 2/1/19)
quote starts at beginning

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2017 - 2020

Donald Trump on Former Trump Officials Now
“Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George [Papadopoulos], who has already proven to be a liar.”

“Sloppy Steve Bannon…cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”
[Paul] Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign… He worked for me for…a very short period of time.”
June 15, 2018 -

Washington Post, June 15, 2018
‘Very unfair!’: Trump complains about Manafort’s jailing on witness tampering allegations

(retrieved 6/15/18)
starts at 0:19

“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife [Omarosa Newman] a break, and give a her job at the White House… that dog!”
Gary Cohn, I could tell stories about him like you wouldn’t believe.”
Oct 11, 2018 -

Fox News (via Factbase), Oct 11, 2018
Interview: Donald Trump Calls In to Fox and Friends for An Interview - October 11, 2018

(retrieved 2/1/19)
quote starts at 1:00
Rex Tillerson didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell.”
“I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!”
“As far as [Michael] Cohen is concerned, he’s convicted, he’s a liar, he’s defrauded at a high level. He’s got a lot of problems… He lied so much.”
Feb 28, 2019 -
“With Jeff Sessions, it was a disaster. Just a total disaster. He was an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama.”
Oct 10, 2019 -

Daily Caller, Oct 10, 2019
GORKA: My Exclusive Interview With President Donald Trump

(retrieved 10/13/19)
Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable ‘nut job’…I barely knew him until his 11 days of gross incompetence-made a fool of himself, bad on TV. Abused staff, got fired.…He was a mental wreck.”
“When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn’t do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head. Being Chief of Staff just wasn’t for him.”
[James] Mattis was our Country’s most overrated General. He talked a lot, but never ‘brought home the bacon.’ He was terrible!”
John Bolton, one of the dumbest people I’ve met in government and sadly, I’ve met plenty, states often that I respected, and even trusted, Vladimir Putin of Russia more than those in our Intelligence Agencies.”

“I only hire the best people.”

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