Trump, thinking himself safe before a friendly audience, likened the whistleblower to a spy, and left some thoughts as to how to deal with spies.

The French phrase “L’etat c’est moi” — “I am the nation” is popularly (if erroneously) attributed to Le Roi Louis XIV, and is held to mean that the French king thought his power so absolute that he himself was the nation (“L’etat”).