Donald Trump breaks silence amid jury deliberation

Donald Trump speaks to the media after the jury began deliberating. — AFP

Former US President Donald Trump criticized prosecutors in the hush money trial as a 12-member jury in New York City began deliberating on Wednesday.

The deliberations came a day after Trump's side presented its closing remarks in which the Republican team argued that Michael Cohen's testimony was a lie and that the former president was innocent.

Speaking to the media, Donald Trump said on Wednesday: “Mother Teresa couldn't defeat these charges. These charges are rigged. The whole country is a mess between borders and fake elections and there is a trial like this where the judge is so conflicted I can't breathe.”

The 77-year-old said: “It's a shame. And I mean it. Mother Teresa couldn't get over those accusations. But we'll see. We'll see how we do.”

According to strategists, cited by The hillHe said: “It is beneficial for Trump to create a narrative that the case is against him, lowering the bar in case he is found guilty or allowing him to declare victory against a rigged system in case he is found not guilty.”

“So I'm going to stay here. It's five weeks and five weeks where I've basically not campaigned, although in the last few weeks I got a big lead in the polls,” he said.

“Something is happening. Because I think the people of this country see that this is a rigged deal.”

The business mogul faces 34 criminal charges in the hush money case that alleged Trump paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels in 2016.

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