Trump: Billionaire attacking me didn't have 'guts' to run for president

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE on Thursday lashed out at Tom Steyer over his "Need to Impeach" campaign after the billionaire philanthropist  launched a new ad pushing for the president's removal in the wake of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's investigation.

"Weirdo Tom Steyer, who didn’t have the 'guts' or money to run for President, is still trying to remain relevant by putting himself on ads begging for impeachment," Trump tweeted.
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The president lamented that Steyer "doesn’t mention the fact that mine is perhaps the most successful first 2 year presidency in history & NO C OR O," an apparent abbreviation for "no collusion or obstruction."

Steyer responded roughly an hour later, encouraging Trump to "face your transgressions" for "the sake of the country."
 
"Rage away, but that anger doesn't matter," he tweeted. "The truth and the people will prevail."

 

Steyer launched the Need to Impeach campaign in 2017 and has poured millions of dollars into the effort to remove Trump from office. He announced in January he would not run for president in 2020 and would instead focus on ensuring Trump did not remain president.

The Democratic megadonor released a new ad in the wake of the release of Mueller's report last week. The partly redacted document did not establish the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government, and neither implicated nor exonerated the president on obstruction of justice. The report left open the possibility for Congress to conduct investigations into obstruction.

In the ad, Steyer urged Congress to take up impeachment proceedings based on Mueller's findings.

“We know that Donald Trump obstructed justice and the Mueller Report is a clear roadmap for beginning impeachment proceedings," Steyer said in the ad. "What remains to be seen is whether or not Congress will stand up for the American people and get this show on the road.

The president has repeatedly pushed back against the specter of impeachment in recent days, while maintaining that he is "not even a little bit" concerned about the possibility of removal from office.

Democratic leaders have largely said they don't yet support starting the impeachment process, but indicated the possibility is on the table in the aftermath of Mueller's report.