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 allows for a single market for goods, capital and services, according to The Telegraph.
3. Trump floated plans for a “see-through” border wall
Trump expressed the need for a “see-through” border wall. The president noted that drug smugglers use catapults to hurl drugs across the border and claimed, without proof, that a 100-pound package of drugs struck a Border Patrol agent after being thrown over.
“They actually said, that these drug dealers, it’s so dangerous now with a solid wall, because they take the drugs, it weighs 100 pounds approximately,” Trump said. “A bag, a satchel, they call it a satchel, they throw it out over the wall and it goes over the wall and it will land on a guy’s head and he kills him.”
The other guests laugh as Trump continues.
“Yeah no, our border guys will be walking and they throw it,” he added. “So if you can’t see through the wall, they throw the drugs, they have a catapult, they throw it over the wall and it lands on the other side of the wall and it can hit people.”
While it’s true catapults have been used to get drugs across the border, there’s no evidence that people have been hit by it, according to fact-checking site PolitiFact.
4. Trump bragged about insulting Rep. Maxine Waters’ IQ
He suggested that he was able to keep Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) quiet after he called her a “very low IQ individual” during a rally in March 2018.
“You have this one woman, Maxine Waters, I say she’s a very low IQ person,” he said. “You don’t hear from her anymore. It’s the craziest thing ― since I’ve said that, I don’t hear from her anymore.”
5. Trump asked how long Ukraine would survive in a war against Russia; he withheld funds from them a year later
Trump appeared surprised when someone suggested that Ukraine produces oil, then asked how long Ukraine could last in a war with Russia.
“Ukraine has oil,” he said. “Ukraine? How come ― they don’t have any money? Why aren’t companies going in, too risky?”
Then he complained about other European countries’ lack of aid before asking how long Ukraine would “last in a fight with Russia.”
A voice replied, “Without us, not very long.”
Then someone said, “30 seconds.”
A year later, in the summer of 2019, the Trump administration withheld funds from Ukraine while Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate his opponent ― an issue that is now at the center of his ongoing impeachment trial.
6. A numerology calculation of Donald Trump’s name adds up to the same number for the Messiah, according to Lev Parnas
Parnas and his indicted business colleague Igor Fruman told the president about a Jewish numerology calculation a rabbi in Ukraine conducted for Donald Trump’s name. They informed Trump that the numbers that correspond to the letters in his name add up to 424, which they informed the president has the same values as the words “Messiah, Son of David.”
“It’s like a miracle,” said Fruman. “It’s exactly the number.” Parnas noted: “Messiah is the person that comes to save the whole world. It’s like you’re the savior.” He added: “Talk to Jared; he’ll explain.”
Trump seemed confused. “What is that?” he asked. “What other numbers you got?”
Sebastian Murdock and Mary Papenfuss contributed to this report.