Cohen: Trump is serious when he mentions staying for more than two terms
President Trump’s former longtime personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, said late Wednesday that he does not believe Trump has any intention to leave the White House if elected to a second term.
In an interview with CNN, Cohen claimed that Trump would seek a constitutional change nullifying the 22nd Amendment, which stipulates that a president may serve a maximum of two terms or 10 years of total service, whichever comes first.
“Donald Trump believes that he should be the ruler — the dictator of the United States of America. He actually is looking to change the Constitution. When Donald Trump jokes about 12 more years … he is not joking. Donald Trump does not have a sense of humor,” Cohen said on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.”
“So I want you to understand that when he says 12 more years, if he wins he is going to automatically day number one start thinking how he can change the Constitution for a third term, and then a fourth term, like what he said to President Xi [Jinping] and like what he said to so many other people. It’s why he admires the Kim Jong Uns of the world,” the former Trump ally continued, referring to the Chinese president and North Korean leader, respectively.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. Trump has repeatedly joked about the possibility of serving past a second term in office, but there’s no evidence yet to suggest that he or his allies have pursued an actual effort to change the Constitution.
“Now we’re going to have a second time,” Trump said at a campaign rally in May. “And then we’ll drive them crazy. Ready? And maybe if we really like it a lot and if things keep going like they’re going, we’ll go and we’ll do what we have to do. We’ll do a three and a four and a five.”
He has also retweeted a post from former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. in the last year claiming that the investigation into his 2016 campaign, which dominated headlines for much of his first term, should qualify him to serve two years payback for “time stolen by this corrupt failed coup.”
Trump fired his former longtime ally in 2018 as Cohen fell under criminal investigation for campaign finance violations and has since dismissed claims made by his former attorney as those of a disgruntled ex-employee looking to clear his own name.
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