December 4, 2019 / 4:03 PM / 12 days ago

Trump says impeachment report is 'a joke'

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel at the sidelines of the NATO summit in Watford, Britain, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the Democrats’ impeachment report was a joke with no merit and complained that a hearing had been scheduled while he was out of the country.

Trump solicited foreign interference to boost his re-election chances, undermined national security and ordered an “unprecedented” campaign to obstruct Congress, Democrats said on Tuesday in a report that lawmakers will use as the basis of any formal impeachment charges.

“It’s of no merit,” Trump said at a NATO summit in Watford, England. He added that the move had united Republicans behind him.

“Do they in fact love our country?” Trump asked.

Reporting by Steve Holland; writing by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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