Exclusive interview: Trump sits down with Harris Faulkner

Exclusive interview: Trump sits down with Harris Faulkner


PERSONAL ATTORNEY, AND SO MUCH MORE.>>OF “THE NEW YORK TIMES” A SINK OF A TABLOID PUBLISHERS’ DEAL TO HUSH MONEY IS NOT ENDANGERING TRUMP EVEN MORE. I’M PARAPHRASING A LITTLE BIT. AS YOU LOOK AT THIS, WHAT YOU WANT THE NATION TO KNOW ABOUT –>>President Trump: LET ME JUST SAY, I DON’T THINK — I HAVE TO GO CHECK — I DON’T THINK THAT EVEN PAID ANY MONEY TO THAT TABLOID. OKAY? I DON’T THINK WE MADE A PAYMENT TO THAT TABLET. I WAS ASKING THE QUESTION — I DON’T THINK WE MADE A PAYMENT. THEN YOU HAVE THE OTHER SITUATION, AND EVERY LAWYER — LOOK, “TRUMP DIDN’T VIOLATE CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS, AND NEITHER DID THE PRESIDENT.”>>Harris: I INTERVIEWED HIM ON MY PROGRAM THE OTHER DAY. YES. HE SAID THAT.>>President Trump: MICHAEL COHEN PLED GUILTY TO SOMETHING THAT’S NOT EVEN A CRIME. WAIT A MINUTE. NOBODY EXCEPT FOR ME WOULD BE LOOKED AT LIKE THIS. NOBODY. WHAT ABOUT CONGRESS? THE SLUSH FUND. MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PAID OUT EACH YEAR. THEY HAVE A SLUSH FUND. MILLIONS. THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT CAMPAIGN FINANCE ANYTHING. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ABOUT CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS? HAVE THEY LISTED THAT ON THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE SHEETS? NO.>>Harris: I’M WAITING FOR THEM TO DIG IN.>>President Trump: NUMBER ONE, THEY SAY IT’S NOT A CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATION. IT’S NOT EVEN UNDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE. NUMBER TWO, IF IT WAS, IT’S NOT EVEN A VIOLATION. NUMBER THREE, IT’S A CIVIL MATTER. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD A REALLY BIG ONE, TEN TIMES MORE MONEY. MUCH MORE MONEY, AND YOU KNOW WHAT? HE PAID A FINE. I’M THE ONLY ONE THAT THIS HAPPENS TWO.>>Harris: ROBERT RAY, FORMER SPECIAL COUNSEL FOR WHITEWATER, WAS TELLING YOU ON THE PROGRAM YESTERDAY WHAT YOU ARE SAYING — THAT IF THIS HAPPENED, HE SAID “HE COULDN’T SEE GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT OVER THAT. HE COULDN’T SEE GROUNDS FOR INDICTMENT OVER THAT.” THAT’S HIS OPINION, BUT IT’S A FULLY HAVE INFORMED OPINION. THAT THERE IS NOT FEDERAL LAW ON THAT.>>President Trump: THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT RAN THE FEC. THE FEDERAL ELECTIONS COMMISSIO COMMISSION. THESE PEOPLE, WRITING STORIES THAT “TRUMP DID NOTHING WRONG.” I DID NOTHING WRONG.>>Harris: MR. PRESIDENT, LET’S GET INTO — IF WE CAN — MICHAEL COHEN. HE WAS HER ATTORNEY. THREE YEARS, HE WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY. IT MAY SEEM LIKE HE GOT A BREAK BECAUSE IT COULD HAVE BEEN TWICE AS MUCH BUT IT’S STILL THREE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON. $500,000 IN RESTITUTION. THIS IS SOMEONE WHO SURREPTITIOUSLY RECORDED YOU –>>President Trump: TERRIBLE.>>Harris: HE IS NOW KNOWN AS A CRIMINAL LIAR. YET THIS IS SOMEBODY WHO WAS IN YOUR INNER CIRCLE. IT’S>>President Trump: IT HAPPENS. I HIRE USUALLY GOOD PEOPLE. BUT IT JUST HAPPENS.>>Harris: WHY DID YOU HIRE MICHAEL COHEN? THAT WAS HIS TITLE. A FIXER.>>President Trump: HE WAS MORE PUBLIC RELATIONS THAN HE DID LAW, BUT — YOU SEE THEM ON TELEVISION, HE WAS OKAY ON TELEVISION. YEARS AGO, MANY YEARS — LIKE 12 OR 13 YEARS AGO — HE DID ME A FAVOR. HE WAS ON A COMMITTEE AND HE WAS SO RESPONSIVE AND SO GOOD, AND I SAID “HE’S A NICE GUY.”>>Harris: WAIT A MINUTE, THAT WAS THE FAVOR CUSTOMER PEOPLE WERE ASKING BUT THE FIGURE WAS. HE WAS ON A COMMITTEE WITH YOU?>>President Trump: IT WAS A CONDOMINIUM COMMITTEE MANY YEARS AGO. HE WAS A VERY BIG SUPPORTER OF MINE ON THAT COMMITTEE. I DID A GREAT JOB. THE TRUMP WORLD TOWER, IT’S A VERY TALL BUILDING RIGHT OPPOSITE THE UNITED NATIONS. WHEN YOU BUILD A BUILDING, PEOPLE ALWAYS GET TOGETHER AT THE END AND THEY MAKE A SETTLEMENT WITH THE OWNER. THEY SAY THAT THE CEILING PAINTED WASN’T THE RIGHT COLOR OR SOMETHING. SOMETIMES SERIOUS STUFF, BUT IN MY CASE, IT WAS A GREAT BUILDING. HE WAS ON THE COMMITTEE AND I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT GUY. A NICE GUY, REALLY SUPPORTIVE. I LIKED HIM. HE WAS A LAWYER. BECAUSE OF THAT, I DID IT. YOU KNOW WHAT? IN RETROSPECT, I MADE A MISTAKE. BECAUSE WHAT HE DID WAS ALL UNRELATED TO ME, EXCEPT FOR THE TWO CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHARGES THAT ARE NOT CRIMINAL AND SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ON THERE. THEY PUT THAT ON TO EMBARRASS ME. THEY PUT THOSE TWO CHARGES ON TO EMBARRASS ME. THEY AREN’T CRIMINAL CHARGES, NUMBER ONE FOR IT HARRIS, THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE –>>Harris: I’VE INTERVIEWED PEOPLE WHO HAVE TOLD ME THIS.>>President Trump: WHAT HAPPENED IS EITHER COHEN OR THE PROSECUTORS, IN ORDER TO EMBARRASS ME, SAID “LISTEN — I’M MAKING THIS DEAL FOR REDUCED THE TIME AND EVERY THING ELSE. DO ME A FAVOR, PUT THESE TWO CHARGES ON.”>>Harris: I WANT TO MOVE M>>Harris: I WANT TO MOVE V>>Harris: I WANT TO MOVE E>>Harris: I WANT TO MOVE O>>Harris: I WANT TO MOVE .>>President Trump: THEY WEREN’T FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, EITHER.>>Harris: I HAVE ONE LAST QUESTION. MICHAEL COHEN SAID HE LIED IN ORDER TO PROTECT YOU. WHAT IS A RESPONSE TO THAT?>>President Trump: LET ME TELL YOU — I NEVER ATTRACTED HIM TO DO ANYTHING WRONG. WHATEVER HE DID COME HE DID ON HIS OWN PREHE’S A LAWYER. A LAWYER WHO REPRESENTED A CLIENT THAT IS SUPPOSED TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THAT’S WHAT YOU PAY THEM A LOT OF MONEY, ET CETERA, ET CETERA. HE IS A LAWYER. HE REPRESENTS A CLIENT. I NEVER DIRECTED HIM TO DO ANYTHING INCORRECT OR WRONG. AND HE UNDERSTANDS THAT. LOOK AT — DID SOME BAD THINGS UNRELATED TO ME. I WASN’T HIS ONLY CLIENT, HE HAD OTHER CLIENTS. HE DID SOME BAD THINGS. INCOME TAX EVASION, I HEARD ABOUT TAXI CAB — I HEARD ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS. I’M NOT READING ABOUT ANY OF THAT STUFF BECAUSE WHAT HE DID HIS HE MADE A DEAL TO EMBARRASS ME. IN ORDER TO EMBARRASS ME, THEY CUT HIS TERM DOWN. PRETTY TERRIBLE STUFF. LET ME TELL YOU THE OTHER THING — HIS FATHER-IN-LAW IS A VERY RICH GUY. I HEAR. HIS FATHER-IN-LAW, I THOUGHT IS THE GUY THAT WAS THE PRIMARY FOCUS. WELL, WHAT DID HE DO? DID HE MAKE A DEAL TO KEEP HIS FATHER-IN-LAW OUT? DID HE MAKE A DEAL TO KEEP HIS WIFE — MAYBE I’M WRONG, BUT SUPPOSEDLY — YOU CAN CHECK IT — DID HE MAKE A DEAL TO KEEP HIS WIFE OUT OF TROUBLE? HOW MANY PEOPLE WHEN THEY SAY “LISTEN, IF YOU EMBARRASS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WE WILL GIVE YOU A DEAL. YOUR FATHER-IN-LAW, YOUR WIFE, WILL CUT YOUR JAIL.” THAT’S WHAT IT IS. IT’S TERRIBLE SYSTEM. IT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW WITH GENERAL FLYNN. THE FBI SAYS HE DIDN’T LIE.>>Harris: I SAW YOUR TWEET ON THAT.>>President Trump: MUELLER SAID HE DID LIE. SO THEY TOOK A MAN WHO IS A GENERAL AND A RESPECTED PERSON, A NICE MAN — AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT HE SAID ABOUT ME, BECAUSE MAYBE THEY SCARED HIM ENOUGH THAT HE WILL MAKE UP A STORY — BUT I HAVE A FEELING THAT MAY BE HE IS A TOUGHER KIND OF GUY THEN COHEN. BUT HE THEY TOOK A GENERAL TA BUT HE THEY TOOK A GENERAL TT THEY SAY DIDN’T LIE, AND THEY CONVINCED THEM THAT HE DID LINE MADE SOME KIND OF A DEAL. NOW THEY ARE RECOMMENDING NO TIME. YOU KNOW WHY? THEM THEY ARE EMBARRASSED THH THEM THEY ARE EMBARRASSED THY GOT CAUGHT.>>Harris: LET’S MOVE ON. YOU MENTIONED OHIO, SO I’M GOING TO BRING UP JOHN KASICH AND ARIZONA SENATOR JEFF FLAKE. THEY SAY THEY MAY RUN AGAINST YOU.>>President Trump: I HOPE SO.>>Harris: LOOK UP A NEW FOX POLLING WHICH HAS YOUR APPROVAL RATING AT 46%, WHICH IS JUST A COUPLE TAKES OFF OF YOUR HIGHEST POINT.>>President Trump: IT’S HIGHER THAN OBAMA.>>Harris: WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TODAY TO GETTING THAT NUMBER? IT’S STILL BELOW 50, BUT 46% APPROVAL.>>President Trump: I THINK IT’S AMAZING SINCE I ONLY GET BAD NEWS, BAD STORIES. YOU LOOK AT THE PAPER, IT’S ALL NONSENSE. IT’S CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS — IF IT WERE EVEN A CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION, IT’S TOTALLY LEGAL. IF YOU LOOK AT STORIES, ONE AFTER ANOTHER, THEY ARE ALL LEGAL. THE GREAT LAWYERS THAT DO THAT STUFF, SAYING THERE’S NOTHING ILLEGAL. WAIT A MINUTE — I GET SUCH BAD NEWS. SO WHEN YOU TELL ME I’M AT 48%, LESS TIME HE SAID IT WAS AT 50%. AT RASMUSSEN. WHEN I AM A 50%, HOW CAN I POSSIBLY BE AT 50% QUEST AND ARC WHEN I OPEN UP CHINA LIKE I’M DOING IT RIGHT NOW, NOBODY REPORTS.>>Harris: BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT.>>President Trump: BUT THAT’S BECAUSE, YOU KNOW — I’M HERE AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT.>>Harris: [LAUGHS]>>President Trump: IT’S ON THE FRONT PAGE OF “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.” NOBODY HAS SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT. IT WON’T BE ON NBC, CBS, CNN WON’T EVEN COVER IT. THAT’S A TOTAL FAKE NEWS.>>Harris: WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THESE MEN WHO THINK THEY HAVE A SHOT IN 2020, AND YOU ARE SITTING AT 46% AND IT REALLY HASN’T MOVED ALL THAT MUCH? LET’S BE HONEST, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE TRAILS ALONG THE WAY. WEATHERING THAT WITH THE TYPE OF APPROVAL RATING. WHAT YOU SAY TO THAT?>>President Trump: I THINK I HAVE THE GREATEST FACE IN HISTORY POLITICS BUT I PEOPLE THAT LOVE ME, FRANKLY. THAT INCLUDES A LOT OF WOMEN. I GOT A TRIM AT HIS PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN LAST TIME. REMEMBER –>>Harris: I INTERVIEWED SOME OF THE WOMEN FOR TERM, YES.>>President Trump: THEY ARE THE GREATEST. I HAVE COMMANDED DUMB ACTOR MADE US WOMEN SUPPORT. I WAS WORRIED IT WOULDN’T GET ONE WOMAN IN THE UNITED STATES TO RUN, AND I GOT TREMENDOUS — I MEAN, HILARY WISHED SHE HAD MY NUMBER NUMBERS. SHE GOT TROUNCED WITH WOMEN. I WILL TELL YOU SOMETHING — THE NEWS AND THE POLLS ARE REALLY FAKE. BUT I HAVE THE GREATEST BASE IN HISTORY, BECAUSE THE 46 AND 48% — THOSE PEOPLE NEVER WAVERED. IN FACT, IT WAS YOUR PULLBACK. FOX NEWS HAS ALWAYS GIVEN ME A BAD POEM THAT, THEY TREAT ME FAIRER THAN MOST. I DON’T KNOW WHY THAT IS. BUT THE POLL HAS ALREADY BEEN LOUSY.>>Harris: BUT THERE IS POSITIVE NEWS IN THAT.>>President Trump: THE

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