Former US President Donald Trump said court officials were “in tears” after being indicted last week on commercial fraud charges, in his first interview since the landmark trial.
Speaking to Fox News, Trump said several Manhattan courthouse employees “almost broke into tears.”
The 2024 White House nominee vowed that even if convicted, “I will never give up, it’s nothing.”
Last week, he pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records.
In the interview that aired Tuesday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Trump described how officials, including the police, were treated in the criminal court. He said, “They had tears in their eyes.”
“They were amazing,” he said of the staff. “When I went to the court, which is also a prison in a sense, they tied me up and I will tell you that people are crying.
“The people who work there. They work there professionally and have no problem putting up killers and seeing everyone.
“It’s a hard, hard place and they were crying. They were really crying. They said, ‘I’m sorry.’”
In the interview, Mr Trump claimed he was innocent and maintained there was no case against him.
He applauded the assessment of one of his critics, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who told CNN last week that the first indictment against a former US president had “dropped like plunder.”
But there was no sign of bad faith between the two during the exclusive session at Mr. Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago. Much of the interview focused on foreign policy.
Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “very smart”, called the Saudi leaders “great people” and praised Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “brilliant man”.
The former president also said that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “get along wonderfully to this day”.