Former President Bill Clinton gave President Donald Trump some informal advice on Thursday during an interview on CNN: Don’t worry about the House impeachment inquiry and instead focus on the job of being the nation’s chief executive.
Clinton, saying, “every day is an opportunity to make something good happen,” told CNN during an interview on the shooting at a California school on Thursday said if he was asked to give Trump any advice it would be, “you got hired to do a job.”
“And I would say, ‘I’ve got lawyers and staff people handling this impeachment inquiry and they should just have at it, meanwhile, I’m going to work for the American people.’ That’s what I would do,” said Clinton, who himself was impeached in 1998 on charges of lying to Congress and obstructing justice.
Clinton, a Democrat, said even during the lead-up to the impeachment, he worked with a Republican Congress to get things done, saying that 1997 and 1998 especially were productive.
As for the California shooting and likely congressional consideration of new gun control legislation, Clinton said that Trump “did indicate a couple times he might go along with this, and then obviously the gun lobby got ahold of him and pulled him back, but at some point denial is no longer an option, and Congress is basically in denial of the consequences of doing nothing, or at least the people who were opposed to it.”