Trump teases release of JFK files: ‘So interesting!’
President Trump teased the release of thousands of government documents related to the assassination of former President Kennedy on Wednesday, minutes before landing in Dallas, the city where the former president was shot and killed.
“The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!” Trump tweeted.
The president headed to Dallas to attend GOP fundraisers and receive an update on the recovery from Hurricane Harvey.
Trump has said he doesn’t plan to block the release of files related to Kennedy’s killing ahead of the National Archives’s Thursday deadline to make them public.
Congress passed a law in 1992 mandating the release of the files within 25 years, but the president has the power to stop it in the interest of national security.
Trump’s advisers have reportedly urged him to block at least some of the files. The White House has not said whether the president will do so.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted over the weekend.
Scholars and experts have downplayed the possibility the documents contain information that would add to conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s assassination.
Trump himself has fueled those theories by suggesting, without evidence, in 2016 that then-campaign rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) father has ties to Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.