Tuesday, former President Trump sat down for an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, in which he claimed the officers processing him before his arraignment cried and apologized for having to book him.
Trump described the Manhattan courthouse as “a prison in a sense.” He said when he arrived and was signed in, “people were crying.” He said that the officers, who “professionally work there” and have “no problems” processing murderers, were “actually crying” and apologizing to him. He said they told him, “2024” with tears “pouring down their eyes.”
Calling the police officers at the courthouse “unbelievable people,” Trump said they told him they couldn’t believe they had to ask him things. He told Tucker that “in many ways,” it was “beautiful” because the officers “understand.”
During the interview, the former president also heaped praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and refused to criticize California’s radical left Governor Gavin Newsom.
Trump told Tucker that President Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if he was still president, explaining that he could see that Putin “loved” Ukraine which he considers part of Russia. But Trump said he told Putin that something “really nasty” would happen if Russia invaded Ukraine when he was president.
Trump also claimed that he gave a similar threat to President Xi about China invading Taiwan, saying he promised Xi there would be a “very tough” response from the US.
Trump described President Xi as “a brilliant man” and said he had a “great relationship” with the Chinese leader. He told Tucker that if Hollywood wanted to cast someone as President Xi, it could look everywhere and never someone as perfect, “the look, the brain, the whole thing.”
Trump also told Tucker that he used to “get along great” with California Governor Gavin Newsom when he was president. He said Newsom was “always nice to me” and “said the greatest things.” Trump added that the reason he never criticized Newsom is “because he was so nice to me.”