Trump Holds Press Conference On Eve Of Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford Hearing | NBC News

Trump Holds Press Conference On Eve Of Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford Hearing | NBC News


PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEWS CONFERENCE. THE PRESIDENT IN NEW YORK FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY. ASKING ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE SUPREME COURT NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH GOING TO TESTIFY TOMORROW AS IS CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD. SINCE FORD MADE THOSE ALLEGATIONS, TWO MORE WOMEN HAVE COME FORWARD, MAKING SIMILAR ACCUSATIONS, INCLUDING ONE AT A SWORN STATEMENT JUST TODAY. KAVANAUGH CONTINUES TO DENY ALL THE ALLEGATIONS. PRESIDENT HAS STAUNCHLY DEFENDED HIM AND BEEN ATTACKING HIS ACCUSERS AS THE SENATE STILL SEEMS TO BE SPLIT ALONG PARTY LINES. PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT TO FACE REPORTERS MOMENTARILY. THIS IS HIS FOURTH SOLO NEWS CONFERENCE SINCE TAKING OFFICE. LET’S GO TO THE PALACE HOTEL IN NEW YORK CITY AS THE PRESIDENT APPROACHES THE PODIUM. >>THANK YOU, VERY MUCH EVERYBODY. WE’VE HAD A GREAT THREE DAYS AT THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK. AND THIS IS QUITE A GATHERING. WOW. IT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE. A LOT OF MEDIA. WE’VE COVERED A GREAT DEAL OF TERRITORY. I JUST LEFT, AS YOU KNOW, PRIME MINISTER OF ABE OF JAPAN, WE ARE STARTING TRADE TALKS. THEY WERE NOT WILLING TO TALK TRADE. NOW THEY ARE WILLING TO TALK TRADE. AND I’M SURE WE’LL MAKE A VERY GOOD DEAL. JUST CONCLUDED, AS YOU KNOW, TWO DAYS AGO SIGNED A DEAL WITH SOUTH KOREA TRADE, A TREMENDOUS DEAL WITH SOUTH KOREA, MEANS A LOT OF BUSINESS FOR OUR FARMERS. WE ARE OPENING UP FOR FARMERS. WE ARE OPENING UP FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT GROUPS. WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SELL MUCH MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF AUTOMOBILES THAT WE WERE ALLOWED UNDER THE DEAL THAT WAS TOTALLY DEFECTIVE THAT WAS THERE BEFORE. AND SO WE ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THAT. THAT DEAL IS ACTUALLY CONCLUDED. WE ARE VERY WELL ALONG THE WAY WITH MEXICO. THE RELATIONSHIP IS VERY GOOD. AND WITH CANADA WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS THEY ARE CHARGING US 300% ON DAIRY PRODUCTS. WE CAN’T HAVE THAT. WE CAN’T HAVE THAT. WITH CHINA, AS YOU KNOW, WE PUT OUT AN ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY, THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE ME LOSE AN ELECTION BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN CHALLENGED LIKE THIS. BUT I WANT TO OPEN UP CHINA TO OUR FARMERS AND OUR INDUSTRIALISTS AND OUR COMPANIES. AND CHINA IS NOT OPEN, BUT WE ARE OPEN TO THEM. THEY CHARGE US 25, 35, 55% FOR THINGS. AND WE CHARGE THEM NOTHING IN TERMS OF COMING INTO THE COUNTRY. CARS THAT ARE 25% AND WE ARE AT 2% AND 2.5% AND DON’T EVEN COLLECT IT BUT WE COLLECT IT NOW. SO WE ARE DOING VERY WELL IN OUR SITUATION WITH CHINA ON TRADE. I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA, PRESIDENT XI. BUT IT’S GOING TO BE A TWO-WAY STREET. FOR 25 YEARS AND LONG ARE IT WAS NOT. AND TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS WAS TAKEN OUT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE BENEFIT OF CHINA. WE JUST CAN’T HAVE THAT. WE HAVE TO MAKE IT FAIR. SO WE ARE AT $250 BILLION NOW AT 25% INTEREST. AND A LOT OF MONEY IS COMING INTO OUR COFFERS. AND IT’S HAD NO IMPACT ON OUR ABSOLUTELY, BY THE WAY, NO IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY, WHICH I SAID IT WOULDN’T. IN FACT, STEEL IS LIKE THE HOTTEST INDUSTRY THERE IS. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED WITH STEEL, WE ARE CHARGING 25% CHARGERS FOR DUMPERS, THEY DUMP MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF STEEL. THEY WANT TO PUT THE STEAM STEEL BUSINESSES OUT OF BUSINESS. WE NEED STEEL AND ALUMINUM AND THOSE INDUSTRIES ARE DOING WELL. BUT STEEL IS INCREDIBLE. U.S. STEEL IS OPENING A MINIMUM OF EIGHT PLANTS. NEW CORE IS OPENING UP PLANTS, AND THESE ARE BIG PLANTS, $$750,000,000,000,000,000 PLANTS IN SOME CASES. SO WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE STEEL INDUSTRY IS VERY EXCITING TO ME. IT’S BEING REBUILT OVERNIGHT. IF YOU LOOK AT THE MINERS AND COAL AND ENERGY, LNG, JAPAN JUST GAVE US SOME NUMBERS THAT ARE INCREDIBLE. THEY ARE BUYING THE AMOUNT THEY ARE BUYING FROM JAPAN. THEY ARE TAKING THE LNG AND DOUBLING IT UP. I SAID YOU HAVE TO DO ME A FAVOR, WE DON’T WANT THESE BIG DEFICITS. YOU’LL HAVE TO BUY MORE. THEY ARE BUYING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF EQUIPMENT AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT. AND OTHER COUNTRIES ARE DOING THE SAME THING. BECAUSE WE HAVE TRADE IMBALANCES WITH ALMOST EVERYBODY. IT’S A RARE EXCEPTION THAT WE DON’T. SO WE ARE DOING GREAT AS A COUNTRY. UNFORTUNATE THEY JUST RAISED INTEREST RATES A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE WE ARE DOING SO WELL. I’M NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT THAT’S GOING TO BE A QUESTION. I’M NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT. I’D RATHER PAY DOWN DEBT OR DO OTHER THINGS. CREATE MORE JOBS. SO WORRIED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY SEEM TO LIKE RAISING INTEREST RATES. WE CAN DO OTHER THINGS WITH THE MONEY. BUT THEY RAISED THEM. AND THEY ARE RAISING THEM BECAUSE WE ARE DOING SO WELL. WE ARE DOING MUCH BETTER THAN I HAD PROJECTED IN TERMS OF WHEN I WAS CAMPAIGNING I SAID WE WERE GOING TO DO THIS, AND WE ARE DOING MUCH BETTER THAN ANYBODY EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE. AND I’LL SAY IF OTHERS GOT IN, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST THE OPPOSITE. BECAUSE THEY WERE GOING TO PUT RESTRICTIONS ON. THEY WERE GOING TO PUT REGULATIONS ON. THEY WERE GOING TO CHOKE THE ECONOMY AS IT WAS ALREADY CHOKING BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. BUT THEY WANT TO RAISE YOUR TAXES IF YOU EVER GET CONTROL, BUT I DON’T THINK THEY’LL GET CONTROL FOR A LONG TIME. SO WITH THAT, WE’LL TAKE SOME QUESTIONS. JOHN, GO AHEAD. WE HAVE PLENTY OF TIME. >>MR. PRESIDENT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OF COURSE, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW IS THE HEARINGS WITH JUDGE KAVANAUGH BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. >>YES. >>IN 1991, WHEN JOE BIDEN PASSED ALONG TO THE WHITE HOUSE THE ALLEGATIONS THAT ANITA HILL HAD RAISED AGAINST CLARENCE THOMAS, THE BUSH WHITE HOUSE ASKED THE FBI TO LOOK INTO IT AS PART OF JUDGE THOMAS BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, NOT A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BUT A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION. >>RIGHT. >>WHEN THESE ALLEGATIONS WERE RAISED WHY DIDN’T THIS WHITE HOUSE DO THE SAME THING. AND WITH ALL OF THE ALLEGATIONS THAT ARE COMING OUT NOW ABOUT JUDGE KAVANAUGH, WAS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY MISSED HERE TO HAVE INVESTIGATORS LOOK INTO THIS AND GET SOME SORT OF CLARITY ONE WAY ARE 0 THE OTHER?>>WELL, THE FBI TOLD US THEY INVESTIGATED JUDGE KAVANAUGH SIX TIMES, FIVE TIMES, MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS. THEY KNOW HIM VERY WELL. BUT HERE THERE WAS NOTHING TO INVESTIGATE FROM AT LEAST ONE STANDPOINT. THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE LOCATION. THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE TIME. THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE YEAR. THEY DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING. AND IT’S LIKE WHERE DO YOU GO? ALSO, IT’S NOT FOR THE FBI. IF YOU LOOK WHAT THE JOE BIDEN SAID, THEY SAID THEY DON’T DO THIS. AND HE SAID IT VERY CLEARLY. SO I THINK WHEN YOU REALLY LOOK AT IT ALL, IT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE ANY OF THE DEMOCRATS MINDS, THEY ARE OBSTRUCTIONIST. THEY ARE ACTUALLY CON ARTIST BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW QUALITY THIS MAN IS AND THEY’VE DESTROYED A MAN’S REPUTATION AND THEY WANT TO DESTROY IT EVEN MORE. AND I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE THIS IN THE MIDTERMS. WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO THIS FAMILY AND THE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN OF HIS AND WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO HIS WIFE. AND THEY KNOW IT’S A BIG FAT CON JOB. AND THEY GO INTO A ROOM, AND I GUARANTEE YOU THEY LAUGH LIKE HELL WHAT THE THEY PULLED OFF ON YOU AND ON THE PUBLIC. THEY LAUGH LIKE HELL. SO IT WOULDN’T HAVE MATTERED IF THE FBI CAME BACK WITH THE CLEANEST SCORE, AND YOU UNDERSTAND THAT VERY WELL, JOHN, IF THEY WOULD HAVE COME BACK WITH THE MOST PERFECT, WE FOUND EVERYTHING AND HE’S PERFECTLY INNOCENT OF EVERYTHING, IT WOULDN’T HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE. YOU WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN ONE VOTE. NOW, WE WILL GET VOTES FROM THE DEMOCRATS IF WE WIN. YOU’LL HAVE THREE, FOUR, OR FIVE DEMOCRATS GIVING US VOTES BECAUSE THEY ARE IN STATES I WON BY 30 AND 40 POINTS AND THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE US VOTES. BUT OTHER THAN THAT, YOU PROBABLY WON’T GET ANY. JOHN, YES, GO AHEAD, PLEASE. >>MR. PRESIDENT, THERE ARE NOW THREE WOMEN ACCUSING JUDGE KAVANAUGH OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. ARE YOU SAYING THAT ALL THREE OF THOSE WOMEN ARE LIARS? IS THERE ANYTHING THAT COULD BE SAID TOMORROW?>>YEAH. >>THAT COULD CAUSE YOU TO WITHDRAW THE NOMINATION? ANYTHING AT ALL?>>I WON’T GET INTO THIS GAME. I’LL TELL YOU THIS, THIS IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY PEOPLE THAT I’VE EVER MET. AND EVERYBODY THAT KNOWS HIM SAYS THE SAME THING. AND THESE ARE ALL FALSE, TO ME, THESE ARE FALSE ACCUSATIONS IN CERTAIN CASES, AND IN CERTAIN CASES EVEN THE MEDIA AGREES WITH THAT. I CAN ONLY SAY THAT WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO THIS MAN IS INCREDIBLE. YOU KNOW, IT’S VERY INTERESTING, I PICK A LOT OF JUDGES. I HAVE 145 JUDGES I’LL BE PICKING BY THE END OF A FAIRLY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME BECAUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA WASN’T BIG ON PICKING JUDGES. WHEN I GOT THERE, I SAID HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? I HAVE 145 INCLUDING COURT OF APPEALS JUDGES. AND THEY JUST DIDN’T DO IT. YOU KNOW WHY? THEY GOT TIRED. THEY GOT COMPLACENT. SOMETHING HAPPENED. I HAVE 145 JUDGES. EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A FEDERAL JUDGE, NOT JUST A SUPREME COURT JUDGE, I’M TALKING ABOUT COURT OF APPEALS, I’M TALKING ABOUT DISTRICT COURT. I DON’T THINK THEY ARE GOING TO WANT TO SO MUCH. WE’LL BE CALLING PEOPLE AND WE’LL BE CALLING PEOPLE THAT DO THIS. AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SCARED. BECAUSE WE COULD SAY IT ABOUT YOU, 35 YEARS AGO YOU MET — AND YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON. WHAT IS GOING ON? WHY DID THEY WAIT SO LONG? WHY DID SENATOR FEINSTEIN WAIT UNTIL THE HEARINGS WERE OVER AND MAKE THIS CASE? WHY DIDN’T SHE BRING IT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING WHEN YOU ASK ABOUT, AS AN EXAMPLE, THE FBI, WHY DIDN’T THEY BRING THIS RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING DURING THE HEARING? YOU WOULD HAVE HAD ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD FOR THE FBI. IT WOULD BEEN FINE. NOW AS YOU KNOW FBI DID INVESTIGATE THIS TIME, AS THEY DID FIVE OR SIX OTHER TIMES, AND THEY DID A VERY THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. BUT THIS IS A BIG CON JOB. AND I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN THE ROOM WITH THE DEMOCRATS, CLOSE THE DOOR, YOU GUYS ARE ALL AWAY OUTSIDE WAITING, AND SCHUMER AND HIS BUDDIES ARE IN THERE LAUGHING HOW THEY FOOLED YOU ALL. A BIG FAT CON. GO AHEAD. >>LET ME FOLLOW UP. YOU HAVE DAUGHTERS. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND WHY A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT WOULD NOT REPORT IT AT THE TIME? DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?>>BY THE WAY, I ONLY SAY THIS, 36 YEARS, NO CHARGE, NO NOTHING.>>BUT THAT HAPPENS OFTEN. >>PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION. 36 YEARS NO CHARGE. ALL OF A YOU HAD IS ENTHE HEARINGS ARE OVER AND THE RUMORS START COMING OUT. AND THEN YOU HAVE THIS OTHER CON ARTIST, AVENATTI COME OUT WITH ANOTHER BEAUTY TODAY. I ONLY SAY THAT YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE FACTS. THE SENATORS ARE VERY CAPABLE PEOPLE. THEY ARE VERY GOOD PEOPLE. I KNOW MANY OF THEM. THEY ARE FRIENDS OF MINE. THESE ARE VERY TALENTED, VERY GOOD PEOPLE. AND THEY ARE GOING TO VOTE. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BELIEVE WHAT THEY BELIEVE. WHEN I LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENED TO THE REPUTATION OF A GREAT GENTLEMAN, A GREAT INTELLECT, A BRILLIANT MAN, SOMEBODY THAT HAS A CHANCE TO BE ONE OF OUR GREAT SUPREME COURT JUSTICES IN HISTORY, INTELLECTUALLY, I THINK IT’S A SHAME. YES, PLEASE. >>MR. PRESIDENT, MY NAME IS THOMAS FROM RADIO AND TV. MR. PRESIDENT, YESTERDAY AT THE SPEECH AT THE U.N. YOU SPOKE ABOUT HOW VENEZUELA PROBLEM WAS BECAUSE OF CUBA AND THE CASTRO HOW THEY WENT IN THERE AND BROUGHT SOCIALISM AND COMMUNISM TO VENEZUELA AND NOW TO NICARAGUA AS WELL. MR. PRESIDENT, ARE YOU GOING TO BE MORE PRO-ACTIVE NOW AGAINST CUBA AS WELL?>>I’M BEING VERY PRO-ACTIVE AGAINST CUBA. I DON’T LIKE WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CUBA. AS YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT OBAMA GAVE THEM A PASS AND I DIDN’T LIKE IT. NEITHER DO CUBAN PEOPLE, BASED IN MIAMI AND BASED IN OUR COUNTRY THAT CAME FROM CUBA AND SUFFERED IN CUBA. I DON’T LIKE WHAT HE DID. I’VE ENDED MUCH OF IT, MOST OF IT. I DON’T LIKE WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CUBA. AND I CERTAINLY DON’T LIKE WHAT’S HAPPENING IN VENEZUELA. YES?>>MR. PRESIDENT, JUST TO FINISH REALLY FAST, YOU SAID YOU HAD A CALL TO ACTION TO ASK THE LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD TO END SOCIALISM. >>I WOULDN’T SAY SOCIALISM HAS BEEN WORKING REALLY WELL AROUND THE WORLD. YOU CAN TAKE A LOOK AT VENEZUELA AS NUMBER ONE, I GUESS, THE ONE THAT’S MOST OBVIOUS. BUT TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE WORLD SOCIALISM IS NOT EXACTLY RIDING HIGH. PLEASE. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. >>GO AHEAD. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IF YOU DON’T MIND, AFTER I’M FINISHED IF ONE OF OUR FEMALE COLLEAGUES COULD HAVE GO AFTER ME, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. MR. PRESIDENT JUST TO FOLLOW UP ON THESE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST. >>WHAT DOES HE MEAN BY THAT? EXPLAIN. >>IT WOULD BE GREAT IF TA FEMALE. >>WHAT DOES IT MEAN?>>IT WOULD BE GREAT IF A FEMALE REPORTER WOULD ASK YOU A QUESTION ABOUT THIS ISSUE. SO IF YOU DON’T MIND. >>I WOULDN’T MIND THAT AT ALL, NO. >>LET ME. >>WOULDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO ME. GO AHEAD. >>IF I COULD FOLLOW UP ON JOHN AND JOHN’S QUESTION. WHY IS IT, MR. PRESIDENT, THAT YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO SIDE WITH THE ACCUSED AND NOT THE ACCUSER? YOU HAVE THREE WOMEN HERE WHO ARE ALL MAKING ALLEGATIONS WHO ARE ALL ASKING THAT THEIR STORIES BE HEARD. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE CASE OF ROY MOORE, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CASE OF ONE OF YOUR STAFFERS, YOU SEEM TO TIME AND AGAIN SIDE WITH THE ACCUSED AND NOT THE ACCUSER. IS THAT BECAUSE OF THE MANY ALLEGATIONS THAT YOU’VE HAD MADE AGAINST YOU OVER THE YEARS?>>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I WAS IN TAP EE WITH RAY MOORE, BUT WASTE A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, AND I WOULD HAVE RATHER HAD A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE WHEN I WAS VERY HAPPY WITH LUTHER STRANGE, HE WAS A TERRIFIC MAN FROM ALABAMA, BUT LUTHER STRANGE HAD A LOT OF THINGS GOING AGAINST HIM. AS FAR AS WOMEN, WHETHER IT’S A MAN OR A WOMEN, THESE ARE, YOU KNOW, IT CAN HAPPEN THE OTHER WAY, ALLEGATIONS CAN GO THE OTHER WAY, ALSO, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT. AND WHETHER IT WAS A MAN OR A WOMAN, 30 YEARS AGO, 36 YEARS AGO, IN FACT, THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW MANY YEARS AGO, BECAUSE NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE TIME IS, THAT’S A LONG TIME. AND I COULD PICK, AS AN EXAMPLE, HOPEFULLY I WON’T HAVE TO DO IT AS A REPLACEMENT, BECAUSE HOPEFULLY THIS IS GOING TO GO VERY WELL ON THURSDAY. IT’S GOING TO GO VERY WELL ON MONDAY OR SUNDAY OR WHENEVER THEY VOTE, BUT I COULD PICK A WOMAN AND SHE COULD HAVE CHARGES MADE FROM MANY YEARS AGO, ALSO. >>BUT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND — >>BUT I WOULD HAVE TO LOOK AT THE CHARACTER. >>THEY ARE RELUCTANT TO COME FORWARD. YOU HAVE RAISED DOUBTS. >>I DON’T THINK PEOPLE ARE RELUCTANT TO COME FORWARD. THEY’LL HAVE A CHANCE TO SPEAK AT A — THEY HAVE A MAJOR CHANCE TO SPEAK. EXCUSE ME. EXCUSE ME. THEY HAVE A MAJOR CHANCE TO SPEAK. AND IT WILL BE TOMORROW, I ASSUME. WE’VE DELAYED THIS, MEANING THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS, NOT ME, THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS HAVE DELAYED THIS FOR WEEKS NOW. THEY ARE GIVING THE WOMEN A MAJOR CHANCE TO SPEAK. NOW, IT’S POSSIBLE I’LL HEAR THAT, AND I’LL SAY, HEY, I’M CHANGING MY MIND. THAT IS POSSIBLE. WE WANT TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO SPEAK. >>GIVE ALL THREE THE CHANCE TO SPEAK. >>WELL, WHOEVER IS GIVEN A CHANCE. WE’VE DELAYED IT A LONG TIME. BUT THEY’LL HAVE A BIG SHOT AT SPEAKING AND MAKING THEIR CASE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, I COULD BE PERSUADED ALSO, OKAY. YES, PLEASE. GO AHEAD. I WOULD LIKE TO GO, YES, GO AHEAD, PLEASE. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO FOLLOW UP ON SOME ANSWERS THAT I DIDN’T QUITE HEAR FROM YOU, IF YOU WOULD ALOE ME A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. FIRST OF ALL, DO YOU THINK THESE WOMEN, ALL THREE OF THEM ARE LAKERS, YES OR NO?>>HAVE THEY BEEN WHAT?>>ARE THEY LIARS?>>I CAN’T TELL YOU. I HAVE TO WATCH TOMORROW. I JUST HEARD ABOUT ONE A LITTLE WHILE AGO. I CAN TELL YOU HER LAWYER IS A LOW LIFE, OKAY. SO I CAN’T TELL YOU WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE LIARS UNTIL I HEAR THM. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TODAY BECAUSE I’VE BEEN VERY BUSY WITH JAPAN, WITH SOUTH KOREA, WITH CHINA AND ABOUT SEVEN OTHER COUNTRY AS YOU KNOW AND I CHAIRED THE SECURITY COUNCIL, SO I DON’T KNOW ABOUT TODAY’S PERSON THAT CAME FORWARD. I DO KNOW ABOUT THE LAWYER. AND YOU DON’T GET MUCH WORSE, BAD REPUTATION TO TAKE A LOOK AT HIS PAST. SO AS FAR AS THE OTHER WOMEN ARE CONCERNED, I’M GOING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW. I’M GOING TO BE WATCHING. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I’M GOING TO SEE WHAT’S SAID. SO IT’S POSSIBLE THAT THEY WILL BE CONVINCING. NOW WITH ALL OF THAT BEING SAID, JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH HAS BEEN FOR MANY YEARS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON. HE’S BEEN ON, I GUESS YOU WOULD CALL IT THE SECOND HIGHEST COURT. AND EVERY SINGLE PERSON KNOWS HIM, A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW HIM WELL, AND THOSE PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE WHAT’S GOING ON. I CAN ALWAYS BE CONVINCED. I HAVE TO HEAR IT. >>IT SOUNDS LIKE WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS THERE IS A SITUATION, THERE IS A SCENARIO UNDER WHICH YOU WOULD WITHDRAW BRETT KAVANAUGH’S NOMINATION? IS THAT CORRECT? HAVE YOU TALKED ABOUT THAT. >>IF I THOUGHT HE WAS GIT I HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT, SURE. >>AND YOU’LL WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW?>>I WANT TO WATCH AND SEE. I HOPE I CAN WATCH. I’M MEETING WITH A THE LOVE COUNTRIES TOMORROW BUT I CERTAINLY IN SOME FORM BE ABLE TO WATCH. AND I’LL ALSO RELY ON VERY FAIR REPUBLICAN SENATORS, WHO, LOOK, IF WE BROUGHT GEORGE WASHINGTON HERE, AND WE SAID WE HAVE GEORGE WASHINGTON, THE DEMOCRATS WOULD VOTE AGAINST HIM, JUST SO YOU UNDERSTAND. AND HE MAY HAVE HAD A BAD PAST, WHO KNOWS, HE MAY HAVE HAD SOME, I THINK, ACCUSATIONS MADE. DIDN’T HE HAVE A COUPLE THINGS IN HIS PAST? GEORGE WASHINGTON WOULD BE VOTED AGAINST 100% BY SCHUMER AND THE CON ARTISTS, 100%. SO IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER FROM THEIR STANDPOINT. THAT’S WHY WHEN JOHN ASKED ABOUT THE FBI, IF THE FBI DID THE MOST THOROUGH INVESTIGATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE FBI AND THEY FOUND HIM TO IT BE 100% PERFECT, AT THE WOULD LOSE EVERY SINGLE VOTE. NOW IF THE REPUBLICANS WIN TOMORROW, I THINK YOU’LL GET SOME VOTES FROM THE DEMOCRATS. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW WHY, BECAUSE IT’S CALLED POLITICS, THEN YOU’LL PROBABLY GET SOME VOTES. ONE MORE QUESTION. >>ASKED A FOLLOW-UP. >>SHE SAID I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THREE QUESTIONS. YOU IT’S NOT FAIR BUT SHOULD I LET HER GO AHEAD. >>TO FOLLOW UP ON THE COLLEAGUE ASKED ABOUT THE DIVORCE OF THE DOUBT THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO PEOPLE LIKE ROY MOORE, ROGER AILES, BRETT KAVANAUGH. THEY ARE ALL MEN? WHY IS THAT?>>IT’S NOT A BENEFIT. >>IS THERE EVER AN INSTANCE WHERE YOU GAVE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT TO A WOMEN. >>I’VE KNOWN THEM A LONG TIME. A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE. A LOT OF PEOPLE. AND SOME I’VE BEEN DISAPPOINTED WITH. I HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTED WITH SOME OTHERS LIKE, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE CHARGES THAT ARE PRETTY WEAK, BUT I’VE KNOWN PEOPLE FROR A LONG TIME I NEVER SAW THEM DO ANYTHING WRONG. THAN ARE SOME THAT I PROBABLY AGREE. I CAN TELL YOU THERE ARE SOME THAT I’VE BEEN WATCHING FOR A LONG TIME. AND IN A COUPLE OF CASES THEY WEREN’T REPUBLICANS. AND IN A LOT OF CASES THEY WERE NOT. THEY WERE EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. BUT I’VE BEEN WATCHING THEM FOR A LONG TIME. AND I KNEW FOR A LONG TIME THESE WERE NOT GOOD PEOPLE AND THEY WERE NEVER BROUGHT UP. OKAY. YES, MA’AM, GO AHEAD. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BY THE WAY, THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. PRESIDENT. >>THANK YOU. >>WHEN THE ALLEGATIONS FIRST SURFACED YOU INITIALLY SAID HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS FOR DR. FORD TO TESTIFY. AND THAT YOU WANTED TO HEAR FROM HER. >>I DO. >>I WISH IT COULD HAVE GONE QUICKER. >>BUT YOU ALSO SAID IF WHAT SHE SAID IS AS BAD AS SHE CLAIMS, SURELY HER OR HER PARENTS WOULD HAVE REPORTED IT. AND JUST TODAY YOU SAID — >>WELL, THAT’S TRUE, THEY COULD HAVE REPORTED IT. THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO REPORT IT. IN SOME CASES THEY KEEP IT SECRET. VERY TOUGH FOR A WOMAN. IN SOME PLACES THEY DO REPORT IT. FRANKLY, IF THEY WOULD HAVE REPORTED IT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AMAZING. BUT I GUESS THEY DIDN’T. THAT’S OKAY. I’M NOT SAYING THEY HAD TO REPORT IT. IT’S A PERSONAL THING. VERY BIG PROBLEM. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. >>DO YOU WANT TO HEAR HER STORY?>>I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR HER STORY, YEAH. WE ARE GIVING HER TIME. >>MAKE UP HER MIND?>>THEY WOULD HAVE GIVEN HER TIME LAST WEEK. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT POSITION THAT A PRESIDENT CAN GIVE OUT I THINK WE CAN SAY BY FAR. I THINK I’VE HEARD IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION A PRESIDENT CAN MAKE. I ALWAYS SAY WAR AND PEACE, AND AFTER THAT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, RIGHT. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HER. WE COULD HAVE HEARD FROM HER LAST WEEK. WE COULD HAVE HEARD FROM HER FOR A LONG TIME. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO HEAR WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY. >>LET ME FOLLOW UP ON JIM’S QUESTION. MR. PRESIDENT, LET ME FOLLOW UP ON JIM’S QUESTION THAT I DON’T THINK WE GOT AN ANSWER TO. >>WHICH QUESTION?>>HOW YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE BEING ACCUSED BY MORE THAN — >>I’VE BEEN ACCUSED FOR ALL ACCUSATIONS. EXCUSE ME, I’VE BEEN ACCUSED. AND I WAS ACCUSED BY, I BELIEVE IT WAS FOUR WOMEN, YOU CAN CHECK WITH SEAN HANNITY, YOU CAN CHECK WITH FOX, BECAUSE THEY COVERED IT VERY STRONGLY, WHO GOT PAID? EXCUSE ME. EXCUSE ME. I WAS ACCUSED BY FWOUR OR FIVE WOMEN WHO GOT PAID A LOT OF MONEY TO MAKE UP STORIES ABOUT ME. AND WE CAUGHT THEM IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA. REFUSED TO PUT IT ON TELEVISION. THEY REFUSED TO EVEN WRITE ABOUT IT. THERE WERE FOUR WOMEN AND MAYBE MORE. I THINK THE NUMBER IS FOUR OR FIVE. BUT ONE HAD A MORTGAGE PAID OFF HER HOUSE, $52,000. >>ANOTHER ONE HAD OTHER THINGS HAPPEN. AND THE ONE THAT REPORTED IT I BELIEVE WAS OFFERED $750,000 TO SAY BAD THINGS ABOUT ME. AND SHE’S THE ONE WHO REPORTED IT. THIS WOMAN IS INCREDIBLE. SHE REPORTED IT. INSTEAD OF TAKING THE MONEY. SO I’VE HAD NUMEROUS ACCUSATIONS ABOUT ME. >>RIGHT. >>I MEAN, THEY MADE FALSE STATEMENTS ABOUT ME KNOWING THEY WERE FALSE. I NEVER MET THEM. I NEVER MET THESE PEOPLE. AND WHAT DID THEY DO? WHAT DID THEY DO? THEY TOOK MONEY IN ORDER TO SAY BAD THINGS. I’VE HAD STORIES WRITTEN IN “THE NEW YORK TIMES” FRONT PAGE ABOUT FOUR WOMEN, THE WHOLE TOP CENTER FRONT PAGE OF THE “NEW YORK TIMES,” I THINK IT WAS FOUR BIG PICTURES. I SAID, WOW, THAT’S A BIG THING. WHAT’S THAT? THESE WERE WOMEN THAT WERE QUOTED SAYING BAD THINGS ABOUT ME. NOT THE WORST THINGS ABOUT ME, BUT BAD THINGS. AND I SAID, GEE, THAT’S TOO BAD. I KNEW THEM A LONG TIME AGO, 15 YEARS AGO, 20 YEARS AGO, I SAID THAT’S TOO BAD I’M SURPRISED AT THEM. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I SEE THEM ON TELEVISION, NOTHING TO DO WITH ME, NEXT DAY OR DAY LATER THEY WERE INCENSED THEY SAID DONALD TRUMP IS A NICE GUY. WE NEVER SAID THIS. “THE NEW YORK TIMES” DID FALSE REPORTING. THEIR FAKE NEWS. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, “THE NEW YORK TIMES” WOULD NOT REPORT THAT THEIR STORY WAS FAKE. THESE WOMEN SAID GREAT THINGS, NOT ONLY DID THEY NOT SAY THE BAD STUFF, THEY SAID GREAT THINGS ABOUT ME, FRONT PAGE, AND THOSE WOMEN ARE INCREDIBLE WOMEN, THEY WENT ON TELEVISION, THEY DIDN’T WANT O AND I DIDN’T ASK THEM, AND THEY SAID “THE NEW YORK TIMES” MADE IT UP. THEY GAVE FALSE QUOTES. AND THEY WENT ON A LOT OF SHOWS. THEY WERE REALLY INCENSED AND COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. THAT’S WHY PEOPLE KNOW THAT A LOT OF THE NEWS IS FAKE AND A LOT OF THE PEOPLE SITTING HERE ARE FAKE. BUT 20% OF THEM ARE WONDERFUL. OKAY. >>IF I COULD ACTUALLY ASK THE QUESTION, MR. TRUMP, YOU DIDN’T LET ME ASK YOUR QUESTION. >>YOU’VE BEEN ASKING A QUESTION FOR TEN MINUTES. PLEASE SIT DOWN. PLEASE. GO AHEAD. >>I’M ASKING YOU HOW DID THOSE IMPACT YOUR OPINIONS ON THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THEM?>>WELL, IT DOES IMPACT MY OPINION. YOU KNOW WHY? HIVE HAD A LOT OF FALSE CHARGES MADE AGAINST ME. I’M A VERY FAMOUS PERSON, UNFORTUNATELY. I’VE BEEN A FAMOUS PERSON FOR A LONG TIME. BUT I’VE HAD A LOT OF FALSE CHARGES MADE AGAINST ME, REALLY FALSE CHARGES. I’VE KNOW FRIENDS THAT HAVE HAD FALSE CHARGES. PEOPLE WANT FAME. THEY WANT MONEY. THEY WANT WHATEVER. SO WHEN I SEE IT, I VIEW IT DIFFERENTLY THAN SOMEBODY SITTING HOME WATCHING TELEVISION WHERE THEY SAY, OH, JUDGE KAVANAUGH THIS OR THAT. IT’S HAPPENED TO ME MANY TIMES. I’VE HAD MANY FALSE CHARGES. I HAD A WOMAN SITTING IN AN AIRPLANE AND I ATTACKED HER WHILE PEOPLE WERE COMING ON TO THE PLANE AND I HAVE A NUMBER ONE BEST SELLER OUT. IT WAS A TOTALLY PHONY STORY. THERE ARE MANY OF THEM. SO WHEN YOU SEE DOES IT AFFECT ME IN TERMS OF MY THINKING? WITH RESPECT TO JUDGE KAVANAUGH, ABSOLUTELY, BECAUSE I’VE HAD IT MANY TIMES. AND IF THE NEWS WOULD HAVE REPORTED THESE FOUR PEOPLE, I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT, WHEN I HEARD THEY CAUGHT THESE FOUR PEOPLE, I SAID, WOW, THAT’S A BIG STORY. AND IT WAS FOR FOX. OKAY. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. EARLIER TODAY, AND JUST NOW, YOU MADE A SIGNIFICANT ALLEGATION AGAINST THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. YOU SUGGESTED THAT THE CHINESE. >>I DID. >>HAD MEDDLED IN. >>THAT’S WHAT I HEAR. >>WHAT EVIDENCE?>>WE HAVE EVIDENCE. IT WILL COME OUT. I CAN’T TELL YOU NOW, BUT IT DIDN’T COME OUT OF NO WHERE, THAT I CAN TELL YOU. NOW, THEY’VE ACTUALLY ADMITTED THEY ARE GOING AFTER FARMERS. I MEAN, MOST OF YOU CAN COVER THAT. I LIKE THAT ARE YOU SHAKING YOUR HEAD YES. I’M GOING TO ASK YOU THE NEXT QUESTION BECAUSE OF THAT. PROBABLY GOING TO BE THE KILLER OF ALL QUESTIONS. BUT LET ME JUST EXPLAIN. >>COME FORWARD WITH THE EVIDENCE, SIR?>>CHINA PUT ON $250 BILLION, AND THEY ARE PAYING 25% ON THAT. THEY ARE PAYING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO CHINA. AND I LIKE CHINA. AND I LIKE PRESIDENT XI A LOT. I THINK HE’S A FRIEND OF MINE, HE MAY NOT BE A FRIEND ANYMORE, BUT I THINK HE RESPECTS, WHAT I HEAR, IF YOU LOOK AT MR. PILLSBURY THE LEADING AUTHORITY ON CHINA, HE WAS ON A GOOD SHOW, I WON’T MENTION THE NAME OF THE SHOW, AND HE WAS SAYING CHINA HAS TOTAL RESPECT FOR DONALD TRUMP AND FOR DONALD TRUMP’S VERY, VERY LARGE BRAIN. HE SAID, DONALD TRUMP, THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO, NEVER HAPPEN. WELL, ONE THING THEY ARE TRYING TO DO IS CONVINCE PEOPLE TO GO AGAINST DONALD TRUMP. A NORMAL REGULAR POLITICAL PERSON THAT HAS NO CONCEPT OF WHAT THE HELL HE’S DOING WOULD LET CHINA CONTINUE TO TAKE $500 BILLION A YEAR OUT OF OUR COUNTRY AND REBUILD THEIR COUNTRY OF THE THEY WERE BUILDING 25 MASSIVE BRIDGES LIKE THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BUILD. THEY ARE BUILDING THINGS THAT WE DON’T BUILD ANYMORE. BUT WE ARE STARTING TO BUILD THEM AGAIN. AND OUR ECONOMY NOW IS IT HOTTER THAN IT’S EVER BEEN. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU SAW THE CONFIDENCE LEVELS THIS MORNING THAT JUST CAME OUT. FANTASTIC. AND IN ALL FAIRNESS TO THE FED RAISING RATES, THEY ARE RAISING RATES BECAUSE WE HAVE NEVER DONE LIKE WE ARE DOING NOW. AND ONE OF THE THING THAT’S NICE ABOUT THE RATES, THE PEOPLE HURT THE WORST BY THE ZERO INTEREST RATES, WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD AN ECONOMY THAT WAS THE WORST COMEBACK SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, YOU’VE ALL HEARD THAT, BUT REMEMBER HE WAS PLAYING WITH ZERO INTEREST MONEY. HE WAS PLAYING WITH FUNNY MONEY. THAT’S EASY. I’M PLAYING WITH FAIRLY EXPENSIVE MONEY. SO WHEN HE DOES THAT, THE PEOPLE THAT BENEFIT ARE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY IN THEIR WHOLE LIFE THEY WOULD SAVE 10, 15, 20% OF THEIR SALARY AND PUT IN THE BANK, AND THEY GOT KILLED BECAUSE THEY PUT IT IN THE BANK AND LIVE OFF THE INTEREST AND THERE WAS NO INTEREST. NOW THOSE PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO GET INTEREST. AND THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE, FRANKLY, THAT DESERVE. THEY DID A GREAT JOB. THE PEOPLE THAT DID IT RIGHT, THE PEOPLE THAT DID THE BEST JOB GOT HURT THE MOST. SO BASICALLY I HATE IT BUT BASICALLY I’M A LOW INTEREST PERSON, I HATE TO TELL YOU. YES, MA’AM. >>MR. PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE ANOTHER MEETING TOMORROW WITH ROD ROSENSTEIN. >>YES. >>ARE YOU PLANNING TO FIRE ROD ROSENSTEIN?>>I’M TALKING TO HIM. WE’VE HAD A GOOD TALK. HE SAID HE NEVER SAID IT. HE SAID HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IT. HE SAYS HE HAS A LOT OF RESPECT FOR ME. AND HE WAS VERY NICE. AND WE’LL SEE. AND HE’S A MEMBER OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. AND IN THAT SENSE, IT’S THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. I WOULD CERTAINLY REFER NOT DOING THAT. THERE WAS NO COLLUSION OR OBSTRUCTION UNLESS YOU CALL OBSTRUCTION THE FACT THAT I FIGHT BACK. I DO FIGHT BACK. I REALLY FIGHT BACK. I MEAN, IF YOU CALL THAT OBSTRUCTION, THAT’S FINE. BUT THERE IS NO OBSTRUCTION. THERE IS NO COLLUSION. I’M GOING TO MEET WITH HIM TOMORROW. I MAY CALL ROD TONIGHT OR TOMORROW AND ASK FOR A LITTLE BIT OF DELAY TO THE MEETING. BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING THAT GETS IN THE WAY OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT SUPREME COURT PICK. SO I DON’T WANT IT COMPETING AND HURTING THE DECISION ONE WAY OR THE OTHER DECISION. AGAIN, I WANT TO HEAR WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY. BUT I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. BUT I MAY DELAY THAT. I’M GOING TO SEE. I DON’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING THAT WILL CONFLICT WITH THAT. BUT MY PREFERENCE WOULD BE TO KEEP HIM. AND TO LET HIM FINISH UP. YOU KNOW, I CALL IT A WITCH HUNT, AND IT IS A WITCH HUNT. IF YOU LOOK AT THE FBI STATEMENTS WITH STRZOK AND HIS LOVER LISA PAGE, IF YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE GONE ON IN THE FBI. IF YOU LOOK AT McCABE TAKING $700,000 FROM A HILLARY CLINTON PAC, ESSENTIALLY RUN BY TERRY McAULIFFE, BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD, AND GIVES THEM HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, AND HE’S IN CHARGE OF HER CAMPAIGN, AND HIS WIFE IS GETTING ALL OF THIS MONEY TO RUN, SHE LOST, TO RUN. I MEAN, WHAT’S GOING ON? IF YOU LOOK AT THE HORRIBLE STATEMENTS LIKE WAY TO GO PAGE, GREAT STORY YOU PUT INTO A NEWSPAPER, ESSENTIALLY NOW WE’LL GO AND INVESTIGATE THAT GROUP. IT’S TERRIBLE. WE HAVE CAUGHT PEOPLE DOING THINGS THAT ARE TERRIBLE. I WOULD MUCH PREFER KEEPING ROD ROSENSTEIN, MUCH PREFER. MANY PEOPLE SAY I HAVE THE RIGHT. HE SAYS HE DID NOT SAY IT. HE SAYS HE DOES NOT BELIEVE IT. AND NOBODY IN THIS ROOM BELIEVES T I DUE EL WITH THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM. I WAS WITH MIKE POMPEO BEFORE. WE WERE DEALING WITH A VERY HIGH LEVEL WITH JAPAN. AND I WAS SAYING THINGS THAT NOBODY IN THE ROOM EVEN UNDERSTOOD. AND I SAID THEM A LONG TIME AGO AND I WAS RIGHT. HE SAID THAT’S NOT THE 25th AMENDMENT THAT I’M LOOKING AT. I THINK I CAN SAY THAT FROM MIKE. >>SO YOU DON’T THINK ANYONE IN YOUR ADMINISTRATION HAS EVER DISCUSSED USING THE 25th AMENDMENT AGAINST YOU?>>I DON’T THINK SO. WELL, YEAH, ENEMIES, SURE. >>IN YOUR ADMINISTRATION OR YOUR CABINET?>>USE ANYTHING THEY CAN. THEY ARE NOT IN LOVE WITH ME. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BEAT ME IN THE ELECTION. THEY KNOW THAT. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BEAT ME. THE PEOPLE THAT I’M LOOKING AT ARE TOTAL LIGHT WEIGHTS. I DREAM OF RUNNING AGAINST THOSE PEOPLE. MAYBE THEY’LL COME UP WITH SOMEBODY — THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BEAT ME. THEY ARE AGAINST WHAT I WANT TO DO. I’M IN FAVOR OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. I’M IN FAVOR OF SAFETY AND SECURITY AND LOW TAXES. I WANT LOW TAXES. I WANT BORDERS. WE ARE GETTING ANOTHER $1.6 BILLION IN BORDERS. I WANT BORDERS. WE’VE SPENT 3.2 AND GETTING ANOTHER 1.6. THEN EVENTUALLY WE’LL GET THE WHOLE THING AND COMPLETE THE WALL. THEY DON’T WANT THAT. THEY DON’T WANT THAT. THEY DON’T WANT THE THINGS THAT I HAVE. NOW, I MUST SAY I KNOW MANY OF THE DEMOCRATS. THEY’LL SAY THINGS AND THEN WINK AT ME. AND, AGAIN, IT’S THE SAME OLD STORY. THEY’LL SAY THINGS, THEY DON’T MEAN IT, IT’S POLITICS. THE REASON THEY DON’T WANT ME IS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO RUN THE SHOW. THEY WANT IT. IT’S POWER. IT’S WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT. BUT WHAT THEY’VE DONE HERE IS A DISGRACE, A TOTAL DISGRACE. AND WHAT THEY DO, I KNOW, IT’S INTERESTING, IN ONE CASE THEY SAY, HE’S A FASCIST, HE’S TAKING OVER THE GOVERNMENT, HE’S THE MOST POWERFUL PRESIDENT EVER, HE’S A HORRIBLE HUMAN BEINGS. HE WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT AND HE’S GOING TO DO IT. WE CAN’T STOP HIM. THAT DIDN’T WORK. THE NEXT WEEK HE SAID, HE’S INCOMPETENT. I SAID WAIT A MINUTE IN ONE CASE I’M TAKING OVER THE WORLD. AND IN THE OTHER CASE HE’S INCOMPETENT. THEY TRIED THAT FOR A WEEK. THAT DIDN’T WORK. LOOK, THESE ARE VERY DISHONEST PEOPLE. THESE ARE CON ARTISTS. AND THE PRESS KNOWS IT BUT THE PRESS DOESN’T WRITE IT. WOW, THAT’S A LOT OF HANDS. THAT’S A LOT. STEVE, GO AHEAD. HERE’S A VERY HIGH QUALITY MAN, THIS MAN BUT HE’LL PROBABLY HIT ME WITH A BAD ONE. GO AHEAD, GIVE IT TO ME REUTERS.>>YOU ARE GETTING LETTERS FROM CHAIRMAN KIM, WHY DO YOU NEED A SECRETARY SUMMIT WITH THE NORTH KOREAN LEADER SO SOON AND WHAT WOULD IT BE FOR?>>SO I’VE RECEIVED TWO LETTERS FROM CHAIRMAN KIM, AT SOME POINT I’LL GIVE THESE LETTERS. THEY ARE INCREDIBLE LETTERS. THEY ARE LETTERS THAT MAGNIFICENT IN THE FEELING THAT HIS FEELING WANTING TO GET THIS DONE. I REALLY FEEL HE WANTS TO GET THIS DONE. I HEARD SOMEONE SAY WHY HAS PRESIDENT TRUMP GIVEN SO MUCH TO NORTH KOREA? I SAID, WAIT A MINUTE, I ASKED SARA HUCKABEE, PLEASE CALL THIS PERSON, I DIDN’T GIVE THEM WHAT OBAMA SAID $1.8 BILLION IN CASH TO GIVE BACK HOSTAGES. I NEVER PAID THEM ANYTHING. I HAVEN’T PAID HIM TEN CENTS. BUT HE WANTS TO MAKE A DEAL. I WANT TO MAKE A DEAL. WE HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP TOGETHER. A LOT DIFFERENT THAN THE LAST TIME AT THE UNITED NATIONS. IT WAS A LITTLE ROUGH. DON’T FORGET, THAT TIME, THEY SAID, OH, TRUMP IS SAYING THESE HORRIBLE THINGS. HE’S GOING TO GET US INTO A WAR. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A WAR IF I WASN’T ELECTED YOU WOULD BE IN A WAR. AND PRESIDENT OBAMA ESSENTIALLY SAID THE SAME THING. HE WAS READY TO GO TO WAR. YOU WOULD HAVE HAD A WAR AND YOU WOULD HAVE LOST MILLIONS, NOT THOUSANDS, YOU WOULD HAVE LOST MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. SEOUL HAS 30 MILLION PEOPLE 40 MILES AND 30 MILES FROM THIS VERY DANGEROUS BORDER. IF I WASN’T ELECTED, YOU WOULD HAVE HAD A WAR. PRESIDENT OBAMA THOUGHT YOU HAD TO GO TO WAR. >>YOU KNOW HOW CLOSE HE WAS TO PRESSING THE TRIGGER FOR WAR? MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. WITH ME, NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THAT. NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP. HE LIKES ME. I LIKE HIM. WE GET ALONG. HE WROTE ME TWO OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LETTERS. WHEN I SHOWED ONE OF THE LETTERS, JUST ONE, TO PRIME MINISTER ABE, HE SAID THIS IS ACTUALLY A GROUND BREAKING LETTER. THIS IS A HISTORIC LETTER. AND IT IS A HISTORIC LETTER. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART. AND I THINK WE’LL MAKE HA DEAL. WILL WE MAKE A DEAL, STEVE? I DON’T REALLY KNOW. BUT I THINK WE ARE GOING TO — IN THE MEANTIME, I DON’T WANT TO BORE YOU, NO ROCKETS, NO MISSILES, NO NUCLEAR TESTS. YOU KNOW, FOR OVER A YEAR, YOU HAVEN’T SEEN. BEFORE I GOT HERE, EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO WAR. AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED, IT WAS FUNNY, THEY SAID HE WAS TERRIBLE. HE WAS SO ROUGH WITH CHAIRMAN KIM, KIM JONG-UN, HE WAS SO ROUGH, IT’S TERRIBLE. WELL, I HAD A GREAT MEETING WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN, AND ON THAT ONE HE SAID HE WAS TOO SOFT WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN. I HAD A GREAT MEETING THAT LASTED FOR TWO HOURS. WE DISCUSSED EVERYTHING, UKRAINE, SYRIA, ISRAEL AND ISRAEL’S PROTECTION. WE HAD A GREAT MEETING. THEY WANTED ME TO END UP IN A BOXING MATCH. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, IF I WAS KILLER TOUGH WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN THEY WOULD HAVE SAID HE WAS TOO TOUGH. YOU CAN’T WIN WITH THESE PEOPLE. BUT YOU KEEP GOING. IN THE MEANTIME WE ARE DOING WELL. GO AHEAD. >>HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT SHOULD TAKE NORTH KOREA TO DENUCLEARIZE?>>STEVE, I DON’T WANT TO GET INTO THE TIME GAME. YOU KNOW WHY, I TOLD MIKE POMPEO DON’T GET INTO THE TIME GAME. WE STOPPED THEM. THEY ARE TAKING DOWN PLANTS. THEY ARE TAKING DOWN A LOT OF DIFFERENT TESTING AREAS. THEY’LL TAKE DOWN SOME MORE. YOU’LL BE HEARING ABOUT IT SOON. I DON’T WANT TO GO AHEAD OF MYSELF. THEY ARE TAKING IT DOWN SOON. THEY HAVE NO INTEREST IN TESTING NUCLEAR. WE HAD A CASE THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A MASSIVE, THEY THOUGHT IT WAS AN EARTHQUAKE, A MOUNTAIN MOVED OVER AN INCH AND A HALF, TALKING ABOUT MOUNTAINS. NORTH KOREA IS VERY MOUNTAINOUS, BEAUTIFUL LAND, BEAUTIFUL. THIS MAN TOWN ACTUALLY SHIFTED. IT SHIFTED. AND SOMEBODY THOUGHT IT WAS AN EARTHQUAKE. THEN THEY FOUND OUT, NO, THIS WAS NUCLEAR TESTING. SHIFTED MOUNTAIN. I’M TALKING ABOUT SERIOUS STUFF. SERIOUS SIZE. WHEN I CAME IN, AND CERTAINLY BEFORE I CAME IN, AND AT THE BEGINNING, BECAUSE I WAS HAVING RHETORICAL CONTESTS EARLY, I GUESS YOU COULD CALL IT, WITH CHAIRMAN KIM, WHICH WE BOTH SMILE AT NOW, AND WE LAUGH AT, BUT EVERYBODY THOUGHT THAT WAS A HORRIBLE THING. WE’VE HAD MANY PRESIDENTS WERE UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING WITH NORTH KOREA. WE NOW HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, ALL OF THE THINGS THAT YOU’VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT, THE HORROR STORIES, IN MY OPINION THEY ARE GONE. NOW, COULD THEY START UP AGAIN? YES. I’M A DEAL GUY. COULD THEY START? YEAH. IT COULD BE THAT WE WORK IT OUT. I THINK I HAVE IT RIGHT HERE. I THINK THAT WHAT WE’VE DONE BEHIND THE SCENES, WHICH NOBODY REALLY KNOWS ABOUT, AND I DON’T BLAME YOU FOR NOT KNOWING ABOUT, PERSONAL LETTERS, PRIVATE LETTERS, BUT SAYING THEY WANT TO GET IT DONE. WE KNOW MUCH MORE THAN THE MEDIA FOR A CHANGE, MUCH MORE, BUT IF YOU SAW WHAT’S GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES, I THINK YOU WOULD BE VERY IMPRESSED. WE WERE A COUNTRY GOING TO WAR. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD ADMIT THAT HE SAID ITS BY FAR HIS BIGGEST PROBLEM. WHEN I SAT WITH HIM PRIOR TO GOING INTO OFFICE, HE SAID TO ME THAT’S BY FAR THE BIGGEST PROBLEM. AND HE SAID TO ME THAT HE WAS VERY CLOSE TO GOING INTO WAR. AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, NOT — YOU KNOW, THEY SAID THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. NO, NOT THOUSANDS. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED. AND THAT COULD HAVE LEFT, YOU ARE RIGHT NEXT TO CHINA, THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A WORLD WAR VERY EASILY. RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN A GREAT POSITION. I DON’T WANT TO PLAY THE TIME GAME. I TOLD MIKE POMPEO DON’T LET THEM DO THAT TO YOU. I HAVEN’T GIVEN ANYTHING. AND ALL OF A YOU HAD IS ENWE GOT BACK, IT WAS A FEW WEEKS AGO, I THINK WE WERE BACK LIKE TWO AND A HALF MONTHS FROM THE SUMMIT, WHICH WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, AND PEOPLE ARE SCREAMING WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG? I SAID OH I GET IT, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IT, I’VE BEEN DEALING WITH THE MOO HE HAD YEAH TOO MUCH, THEY WERE SCREAMING, AND OUR GUYS, NOT MIKE, BUT OUR GUYS WERE OH WELL WE ARE WORKING FAST. I SAID I GOT ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD. I DON’T HAVE TO RUSH IT. THERE IS NO, YOU KNOW, CESSATION OF SANCTIONS. WE HAVE THE SANCTIONS OFF. I DIDN’T TAKE ANY SANCTIONS OFF. I DID SEE THE REPORTER LAST NIGHT, A GUY I LIKED PERSONALLY A LOT, AND HE ASKED A QUESTION TO PRESIDENT MOON OF SOUTH KOREA, HE SAID WHY DID THE PRESIDENT GIVE SO MUCH? I DIDN’T GIVE ANYTHING CHBLT I DIDN’T GIVE NOTHING. WHAT HAVE I GIVEN? OTHER THAN SOME SOMETIME. YES, I FLEW TO SINGAPORE. WE HAD A MEETING. NOW GIVING WOULD BE IF I TOOK THE SANCTIONS OFF. I DIDN’T WANT TO DO — IF YOU ASK GENERAL MATTIS, I ASKED FOR A YEAR AND A HALF WHY DON’T WE STOP THESE RIDICULOUS, IN MY OPINION, I CALL THEM THE MILITARY GAMES. IF I TOLD YOU HOW MUCH THOSE GAMES COST, AND FRANKLY I TOLD SOUTH KOREA, YOU SHOULD BE PAYING FOR THESE GAMES. WE PAY FOR THEM. THEY SAID WELL WE FLY THE PLANES IN FROM A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY. I SAID WHERE IS THAT? GUAM. HOW LONG A TRIP IS THAT? SEVEN HOURS. I WANTED TO STOP THAT FOR A LONG TIME. WE ARE SAVING FOR THE TAXPAYERS, WE ARE SAVING A FORTUNE. IF WE NEED THEM WE CAN START THEM IMMEDIATELY. IF I THINK WE NEED THEM I’LL START THEM BEFORE THE GENERALS START THEM. THE REPORTER SAID WHAT HAVE WE DONE, I HAVEN’T GIVEN ANYTHING. AND WE ARE REALLY ON TO THE CUSP CHLT I THINK WE ARE GOING TO DO STG THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT. BUT WE ARE NOT PLAYING THE TIME YEAR. IF IT TAKES TWO YEARS, THREE YEARS, OR FIVE MONTHS, DOESN’T MATTER. NO NUCLEAR TESTING AND NO TESTING OF ROCKETS. YES, MA’AM, GO AHEAD, PLEASE. THIS IS THE ONE THAT WAS NODDING WITH EVERY NICE THING I SAID. SO WHAT’S THIS QUESTION?>>IT’S A HABIT OF MINE. >>YOU ARE WITH WHO?>>FROM SKY NEWS. >>SKY NEWS. GOOD. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE PURCHASE.>>NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. >>I HOPE YOU BENEFITED. GO AHEAD. >>ARE YOU AT ALL CONCERNED AT THE MESSAGE THAT IS BEING SENT TO THE WOMEN WHO ARE WATCHING THIS WHEN YOU USE LANGUAGE LIKE CON JOB AND ALLEGATIONS?>>I’VE USED WORSE LANGUAGE THAN CON JOB. IT’S A CON JOB. IT’S A CON JOB BY THE DEMOCRATS. THEY KNOW IT. >>WHAT ABOUT THE MESSAGE THAT’S BEING SENT?>>THEY DID THE SAME THING WITH THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION. THEY TRIED TO CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT I HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA. THERE WAS NO COLLUSION. THINK OF IT, I’M IN WISCONSIN, I’M IN MICHIGAN, I SAY GEE WE ARE NOT DOING WELL, I WON BOTH THOSE STATES, WE ARE NOT DOING WELL, LET ME CALL THE RUSSIANS TO HELP. DOES ANYBODY REALLY BELIEVE THAT? IT’S A CON JOB. AND I WATCHED THESE GUYS,HE TURNED OUT A CALL FROM THE RUSSIANS, A FAKER, WHY IS HE TAKE A CALL FROM A RUSSIAN? SENATOR WARREN TOOK A CALL FROM A RUSSIAN. HE WAS A COMEDIAN OR SOMETHING BUT HE SAID WE HAVE PICTURES OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. OH, WHERE CAN WE GET THEM? IF WE DID THAT THAT WOULD BE A BIG DEAL. YEAH, IT’S A CON JOB. AND IT’S NOT A BAD TERM AT ALL. I’LL TELL YOU ONE THING I CAN SAY, I’VE HAD A THE LO OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS WITH ME WITH RESPECT TO WHAT’S HAPPENING BECAUSE IT’S A HORRIBLE PRECEDENT. I’M GOING TO HAVE TO GET OTHER JUDGES AND OTHER SUPREME COURT JUDGES POSSIBLY, COULD I HAVE A LOT OF SUPREME COURT JUDGES, MORE THAN TWO. AND WHEN I CALLED UP BRETT KAVANAUGH, SPOKE TO HIM AND HIS FAMILY, AND TOLD THEM THAT I CHOSE THEM, THEY WERE SO HAPPY AND HONORED AS THOUGH IT WAS THE BIGGEST THING THAT HAPPENED. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. U.S. SUPREME COURT. I DON’T WANT TO BE IN A POSITION WHERE PEOPLE SAY, NO THANKS, NO THANKS, I DON’T WANT IT. I SPOKE TO SOMEBODY 38 YEARS AGO AND IT MAY NOT BE GOOD. WE HAVE A COUNTRY TO RUN. WE WANT THE BEST TALENT IN THE WORLD. BUT I’LL TELL YOU THIS, THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE COMPLAINED TO ME ABOUT IT THE MOST ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING ARE WOMEN. WOMEN ARE VERY ANGRY. YOU KNOW, I GOT 52% WITH WOMEN. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID THIS COULDN’T HAPPEN. 52%. WOMEN ARE SO ANGRY. AND I FRANKLY THINK THAT — I THINK THEY LIKE WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING, BUT I THINK THEY WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN IT GO PA LOT FASTER. BUT GIVE THEM THEIR DAY IN COURT. LET HER HAVE HER DAY IN COURT. LET SOMEBODY ELSE HAVE A DAY IN COURT. BUT THE ONES THAT I FIND — I MEAN, I HAVE MEN THAT DON’T LIKE IT. BUT I HAVE WOMEN THAT ARE INCENSED AT WHAT’S GOING ON. I’VE ALWAYS SAID WOMEN ARE SMARTER THAN MEN. I’VE SAID THAT A LOT. AND I MEAN IT. BUT WOMEN ARE INCENSED AT WHAT’S GOING ON. YES, GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD, IN THE BACK. WHO ARE YOU OR WHERE ARE YOU FROM?>>ME?>>YEAH, YOU. >>GUY LOOKS LIKE HE’S SHOCKED. THIS IS GOING TO BE NOT GOOD. >>IT’S GOING TO BE GOOD. >>BECAUSE LOOKS TOTALLY STUNNED. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN PICKED BEFORE BY A QUESTION. >>YES, SIR, BUT NOT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU. I WANT TO ASK YOU, SIR, YOU ALWAYS. >>EXCUSE ME YOU SAID FROM WHERE?>>REGION NORTH OF IRAQ, I’M A KURD. >>GREAT PEOPLE. ARE YOU A KURD?>>MR. PRESIDENT. >>THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE. THEY ARE GREAT FIGHTERS. I LIKE THEM A LOT. GO AHEAD. >>YOU SUPPORT YOUR ALLIES. KURDS AFTER THE DEFEAT OF ISIS ARE UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE IN SYRIA AND IRAQ BY MANY. >>THAT’S TRUE. >>WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO SUPPORT THEIR POSITION AFTER THEY HELP THE UNITED STATES TO DEFEAT ISIS?>>WELL, WE ARE HELPING THEM A LOT. AND WE’VE BEEN VERY FRIENDLY WITH THEM. AS YOU KNOW, WE FOUGHT SIDE BY SIDE. AND WE HAVE DEFEATED ISIS, ESSENTIALLY, VERY SHORT WHILE AGO IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WE DID IT WITH A LOT OF HELP FROM THE KURDS. AND THEY ARE, THEY ARE GREAT FIGHTERS. SOME PEOPLE ARE GREAT FIGHTERS. THE KURDS ARE GREAT FIGHTERS AND GREAT, GREAT PEOPLE. WE ARE DISCUSSING THAT SITUATION RIGHT NOW. >>WHAT WILL YOU DO TO SUPPORT THEM, SIR?>>I JUST TOLD YOU WE’LL BE DISCUSSING THAT SITUATION. WE ALREADY STARTED DISCUSSING THAT SITUATION. BUT WE’VE HAD TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FROM THE KURDS IN DEFEATING ISIS. >>ABOUT SYRIA, SIR, IN YOUR SPEECH YOU DID NOT MENTION — >>YES, GO. >>MR. PRESIDENT, SUSAN LEE FROM FOX BUSINESS. DID YOU REJECT A ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH THE CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUST CONTINUE TRUDEAU?>>I DID. >>WHY? BECAUSE HIS TARIFFS ARE TIE HIGH AND WE ARE THINKING ABOUT TAXING CARS COMING IN FROM CANADA, THAT’S THE MOTHER LOAD, THE BILLING ONE. WE ARE VERY UNHAPPY WITH THE NEGOTIATIONS AND NEGOTIATING STYLE OF CANADA. WE DON’T LIKE THEIR REPRESENTATIVE VERY MUCH. THEY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE. I LOVE CANADA BY THE WAY. I HAVE SO MANY FRIENDS. EVERYBODY. SO MANY FRIENDS. BUT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. I’M REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES. MEXICO WAS TOTALLY, I MEAN THEY WERE GREAT, BY THE WAY, THE NEW PRESIDENT HAS BEEN GREAT. THE DEAL IS DONE. NOW IT HAS TO GO THROUGH CONGRESS AND A LOT OF THINGS HAVE TO HAPPEN. BUT WE’VE DONE, BOB LIGHTHOUSER WHO IS HERE SOMEPLACE, BOB, BOB LIGHTHOUSER HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF NEGOTIATING, AS THEY V BUT THE DEAL IS DONE. BUT CANADA HAS TREATED US VERY BADLY. THEY HAVE TREATED OUR FARMERS IN WISCONSIN AND NEW YORK STATE THAT A LOT OF OTHER STATES VERY BADLY. DAIRY PRODUCTS, 300%. 300%. HOW DO YOU SELL A DAIRY PRODUCT AT 300%? THE ANSWER IS YOU DON’T. WHAT IT IS IS A BARRIER. IT’S BASICALLY THEY ARE SAYING WE DON’T HAVE ANY BARRIERS. BY THE WAY, IT’S 300% SO YOU DON’T SEND IT IN BECAUSE YOU CAN’T COMPETE. SO CANADA HAS A LONG WAY TO GO. I HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH YOU WE ARE NOT GETTING ALONG WELL WITH THEIR NEGOTIATORS. WE THINK THEY WERE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF OUR COUNTRY FOR A LONG TIME. WE HAD PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. THAT’S WHY WE HAD OVER LAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS, IF YOU AVERAGE IT OUT, WE HAD TRADE LOSSES, IT’S RIDICULOUS, IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. >>WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR NAFTA? ARE YOU GOING TO BE PULLING OUT OF NAFTA?>>I DON’T LIKE NAFTA. I’VE NEVER LIKED T IT’S BEEN BAD FOR THE UNITED STATES. I ABOUT BEEN GREAT FOR CANADA AND MEXICO. >>WILL YOU PULL OUT?>>I WON’T USE THE NAME NAFTA. I REFUSE TO USE IT. I’VE SEEN THOUSANDS PLANTS AND FACTORIES CLOSE. I’VE SEEN MILLIONS LOST FROM JOBS. MEXICO IS 20% OF OUR AUTO BUSINESS BECAUSE OF NAV TACHLT UNDER OUR DEAL IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ANYMORE. WE ARE GOING TO KEEP COMPANIES. I TOLD THE MEXICO WE NEED TO KEEP COMPANIES. BUT THEY ARE GETTING A LOT OF GOOD THINGS. MEXICO MADE A VERY GOOD DEAL. BUT WITH CANADA IT’S VERY TOUGH. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS IF WE MADE A DEAL WITH CANADA, WHICH IS A GOOD CHANCE STILL, BUT I’M NOT MAKING ANYTHING NEAR WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. >>PULLING OUT OF NAFTA?>>WHAT WE’LL PROBABLY CALL IT USMC, LIKE THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORE WHICH I LOVE. GENERAL KELLY LIKES IT EVEN MORE T WHERE IS GENERAL KELLY? HE LIKES THAT. USMC WHICH WOULD BE U.S. MEXICO CANADA. BUT POSSIBLY BE JUST USM. IT WILL BE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO. >>YES OR NO?>>CANADA WILL COME ALONG. NOW IF CANADA DOESN’T MAKE A DEAL WITH US WE’LL MAKE A MUCH BETTER DEAL. WE’LL TAX THE CARS THAT COME IN. WE’LL PUT BILLIONS AND DOLLARS INTO OUR TREASURY AND FRANKLY WE’LL BE VERY HAPPY. BECAUSE ACTUALLY MORE MONEY THAT YOU CAN MAKE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE WITH MAKING A DEAL. GOOD JOB, TOO. YOU DO A VERY GOOD JOB, REALLY. YES? MR. KURD? GO AHEAD. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME, MR. PRESIDENT. TWO QUICK QUESTIONS. THE WHAT WILL BE THE U.S. RELATIONS WITH THE KURDS?>>I THOUGHT I JUST ANSWERED THAT. >>POST ISIS?>>OKAY. WE ARE TRYING TO GET ALONG VERY WELL. WE DO GET ALONG GREAT WITH THE KURDS. WE ARE TRYING TO HELP THEM A LOT. DON’T FORGET THAT’S THEIR TERRITORY. WE HAVE TO HELP THEM. THEY FOUGHT WITH US. THEY DIED. WE LOST TENS OF THOUSANDS OF KURDS DIED FIGHTING ISIS. THEY DIED FOR US AND WITH US AND FOR THEMSELVES. THEY DIED FOR THEMSELVES. BUT THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE. AND WE DON’T FORGET. I DON’T FORGET. THESE ARE GREAT PEOPLE. OKAY. YES, MA’AM, PLEASE. >>ABOUT IRAN, MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO STOP THEM IN SYRIA, AND IRAQ?>>I MUST TELL, I DON’T MIND YOUR QUESTION. I’LL GET WITH YOU IN ONE SECOND. I DON’T THINK THERE HAS BEEN ANY GREATER CHANGE, THEN UNFORTUNATE CHINA, BECAUSE THEIR MARKETS HAVE DROPPED 30% IN THE LAST FOUR MONTHS. I THINK I WATCHED YOU WHEN YOU SAID THAT, I THINK IT’S ACTUALLY 32, BUT THAT’S OKAY, A LOT. BUT EVEN THAT, BECAUSE CHINA IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE. AND IRAN IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE. BUT I THINK THERE’S BEEN NO COUNTRY THAT’S CHANGED SO MUCH AS IRAN. IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS SINCE THEY TOOK OFF THE HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, AS THEY CALLED IT, ONE OF THE DUMBEST DEALS EVER MADE, AS AN EXAMPLE OF THAT, WE ARE GIVING $150 BILLION. WE PAID $1.8 BILLION IN CASH. THIS CASH. THIS WHOLE ROOM WOULD BE FILLED UP WITH $100 BILLS. AND YOU WOULD PROBABLY NEED FIVE ROOMS LIKE THIS. WE GAVE $1.8 BILLION IN CASH. WHY DIDN’T WE TAKE CARE OF YEMEN? WHY DIDN’T WE TAKE CARE OF SYRIA AND OTHERS? AND HE SAID BECAUSE IT WAS TOO COMPLICATED. YOU JUST GAVE ALL CURRENCY. $150 BILLION. NOW YEMEN IS IT A MESS, BUT IT’S GETTING BETTER. AND SYRIA IS A MESS. AND I WAS RESPONSIBLE, AND I HOPE IT STAYS THAT WAY, WHEN I PUT OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA A FEW WEEKS AGO, ABOUT THE PROVINCE, I SAID DON’T DO T I’LL TELL YOU IT HAPPENED WHEN I WAS AT A MEETING WITH A LOT OF SUPPORTERS, AND A WOMAN STOOD UP AND SHE SAID, THERE IS A PROVENCE IN SYRIA WITH THREE MILLION PEOPLE, RIGHT NOW THE IRANIANS, RUSSIIANS ARE SURROUNDING THE PROVINCE AND THEY ARE GOING TO KILL MY SISTER AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN ORDER TO GET RID OF TERRORISTS OR ENEMIES OF THEIRS, BUT I THINK WE CAN CALL THEM TERRORISTS. AND I SAID THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I DIDN’T HEAR OF AD-LIB PROVINCE. AND I CAME BACK TO NEW YORK, AND I PICKED UP THE FAILING “NEW YORK TIMES,” I HATE TO ADMIT IT, BUT IT WAS THE FAILING “NEW YORK TIMES,” BUT I OPENED IT UP, THAT’S A BIG STORY, THAT’S THE SAME STORY THAT THE WOMAN TOLD ME THAT I FOUND HARD TO BELIEVE, BECAUSE WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THAT WITH THREE MILLION PEOPLE. AND IT SAID THEY WERE BEING SURROUNDED AND THEY WERE GOING IN AND STARTING LITERALLY THE NEXT DAY THEY WERE GOING TO DROP BOMBS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND PERHAPS KILL MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN ORDER TO GET 35,000 TERRORISTS. AND I PUT OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND ELSEWHERE, I GAVE MIKE POMPEO, JOHN BOLTON, EVERYBODY THESE ORDERS, DON’T LET IT HAPPEN. I SAID DON’T LET IT HAPPEN. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY CAN’T BE SELECTIVE. THEY CAN’T BE, YOU KNOW, GO IN, THEY HAVE TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO WITH TERRORISTS, ASSUME THEY ARE TERRORISTS, BUT DON’T KILL MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. AND IT STOPPED. YOU SAW THAT. NOBODY IS GOING TO GIVE ME CREDIT, BUT THAT’S OKAY. THAT’S OKAY. BECAUSE THE PEOPLE KNOW. I HAVE HAD MORE SYRIANS THANK ME FOR THAT. THIS WAS ABOUT FOUR WEEKS AGO I PUT THAT OUT. I SAID THEY ARE SURROUNDING A CITY OF THREE MILLION PEOPLE. THEY ARE GOING TO START BOMBING THE CITY. DON’T LET IT HAPPEN. AND I MEANT IT, TOO, I MEANT IT. AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAVED. AND I GAVE TODAY GREAT CREDIT TO IRAN, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HEARD THAT, I GAVE GREAT CREDIT TO IRAN, RUSSIA, AND TO SYRIA FOR NOT DOING IT. NOW I HOPE IT’S GOING TO BE SURGICAL, MEANING GO IN AND DO IT, IT’S LENGTHY, AND EVERYTHING ELSE, AND THEY POSSIBLY HAVE TO DO IT. BUT I THINK MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED. AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A SHAME. AND HOPEFULLY — AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU TURKEY HAS BEEN A GREAT LEP. TURKEY HELPED US WITH THAT WHOLE SITUATION. >>MR. PRESIDENT. >>YES. >>TOUCHING BACK ON IRAN, YOU PUT OUT A CALL OF ACTION FOR OTHER COUNTRY TOSS PUT PRESSURE ON IRAN. ROUHANI IS STILL CALLING FOR U.S. TO COME TO THE OLD DEAL. BUT AFTER MEETING WITH LEADERS THIS WEEK, DID YOU MAKE A POTENTIAL TO ANOTHER DEAL?>>IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THEY THINK, I THINK IRAN IS GOING TO COME BACK TO ME AND MAKE A DEAL. DEALS, YOU NEVER KNOW. BUT THEY ARE SUFFERING GREATLY. THEY ARE HAVING RIOTS IN EVERY CITY. FAR GREATER THAN THEY WERE DURING THE GREEN PERIOD WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA. FAR GREATER. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA STUCK UP FOR GOVERNMENT, NOT THE PEOPLE, HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE HAD A MUCH BETTER IRAN HAD HE NOT DONE THAT. BUT I’M STICKING UP FOR THE PEOPLE. I’M WITH THE PEOPLE OF IRAN. BUT HERE’S THE THING, THEY HAVE RAMPANT INFLATION. THEIR MONEY IS WORTHLESS. EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG. THEY HAVE RIOTS IN THE STREET. YOU CAN’T BUY BREAD. YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING. IT’S A DISASTER. AT SOME POINT I HOPE THEY CAN COME BACK AND SAY WE HOPE WE CAN DO SOMETHING. I DON’T WANT THEM TO HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. I WANT THEM TO SELL SO MUCH OIL. I TOLD THEM I’M NOT HAPPY WITH OPEC. WE TAKE CARE OF ALL THESE PEOPLE, WE DEFEND THEM, THEY WOULDN’T BE THERE FOR TWO WEEKS IF IT WASN’T FOR ME AND THE URNS AND A MUCH STRONGER ARMED FORCES THAN THERE WAS, BECAUSE OUR ARMED FORCES WERE DELETED. NOW WE HAVE, YOU KNOW BETTER MORE THAN ANYBODY, $700 BILLION AND $716 BILLION WE HAVE THE MOST INCREDIBLE NEW JETS AND EVERYTHING. WE NEED IT. NOT THAT WE WANT TO SPEND IT. ALTHOUGH IT IS JOBS. IT’S ALL MADE IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT IRAN HAS TO COME BACK AND THEY HAVE TO TALK. AND I’M NOT DOING THIS FROM STRENGTH OR WEAKNESS. I’M JUST SAYING AT SOME POINT I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO COME BACK. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT’S GOING ON, COMPANIES ARE LEAVING LEFT AND RIGHT. MERCEDES BENZ JUST LEFT. THEY DON’T WANT TO BE IN IRAN. BECAUSE THEY HAVE A CHOICE DO THEY WANT TO BE WITH IRAN OR US. AND WE PICKED UP $10 TRILLION SINCE THE ELECTION. WE WERE CAUGHT BY CHINA. PEOPLE CAN’T BELIEVE IT. PEOPLE HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS SITUATION WITH CHINA. FOR 20 YEARS CHINA IS SO GREAT. YOU DON’T HEAR THAT SO MUCH ANYMORE. I LOVE CHINA. I THINK THEY ARE GREAT. BUT YOU DON’T HEAR THAT SO MUCH ANYMORE. YOU KNOW WHOSE GREAT NOW? WE ARE GREAT NOW. HOW ABOUT JUST A COUPLE MORE. I COULD BE DOING THIS ALL DAY LONG. SHOULD WE CONTINUE FOR A LITTLE WHILE? IT DOESN’T MATTER TO ME. A COUPLE MORE. I DON’T CARE. “NEW YORK TIMES,” COME ON, “NEW YORK TIMES,” THE FAILING “NEW YORK TIMES”, STAND UP. I’M TALKING THE TIMES IS FAILING. >>YOU WERE POINTING TO ME SO YOU MEANT ME. >>THE TIMES ARE VERY INTERESTING THOUGH. THE TIMES I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO ENDORSE ME. I THINK THAT ABC, WELL, FOX, I LIKE FOX, REALLY DO. BUT I THINK A BECOMES C, CBS, TIMES, THEY ARE ALL GOING TO ENDORSE ME. BECAUSE IF THEY DON’T THEY ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE ME? GO AHEAD WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY. >>I KNOW YOU WERE POINTING AT ME BUT I WORK AT PBS. >>I KNOW THAT. >>I WANTED TO ASK YESTERDAY YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ADMINISTRATION ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT THE UNITED NATIONS AND A LOT OF THEEADERS LAUGHED. >>THAT WAS FAKE NEWS HAND IT WAS COVERED THAT WAY. SO I SAID THAT SINCE MY ELECTION, OUR ECONOMY HAS BECOME THE HOTTEST IN THE WORLD. TAX REDUCTIONS. REGULATIONS. CONFIDENCE LEVELS ARE THE HIGHEST IN 18 YEARS. REALLY SOON TO BE HISTORIC. UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE LOWEST IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. LOOK AT BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT. YOU LOOK AT ASIAN. WOMEN 65 YEARS. UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE THE BEST WE’VE HAD EVER. THE NUMBERS OF NEW COMPANIES POURING INTO OUR COUNTRY, WHICH NOBODY THOUGHT WAS POSSIBLE, AND I SAID THIS, AND I WAS IN FRONT OF A LARGE GROUP OF HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE, MOST OF WHOM ARE FROM EITHER OTHER COUNTRIES OR THE UNITED STATES — UNITED NATIONS, AND PEOPLE AREN’T INTO CLAPPING, AND I HEARD A LITTLE RUSSELL, ECONOMY IS STRONGER THAN BEFORE. AND I HEARD A LITTLE RUSSELL AND IT’S TRUE. THEY WEREN’T LAUGHING AT ME. THEY WERE LAUGHING WITH ME. WE HAD FUN. THAT WAS NOT LAUGHING AT ME. SO THE FAKE NEWS SAID PEOPLE LAUGHED AT PRESIDENT TRUMP. THEY DIDN’T LAUGH AT ME. PEOPLE HAD HAD A GOOD TIME WITH ME. WE WERE DOING IT TOGETHER. WE HAD A GOOD TIME. THEY RESPECT WHAT I’VE DONE. THE UNITED STATES IS RESPECTED AGAIN. UNITED STATES WAS NOT RESPECTED. EVERYBODY WAS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF US, FROM JOBS AND TAKING OUR COMPANIES, AND NOT PAYING THE PRICE, TO SO MANY OTHER THINGS, EVEN MILITARY PROTECTION. I TOLD A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, I SAID, LISTEN, YOU ARE A VERY RICH COUNTRY. WE PROTECT YOU. WITHOUT OUR PROTECTION, YOU WOULD HAVE REAL PROBLEMS. YOU WOULD HAVE REAL PROBLEMS. I SAID YOU SHOULD REINBURST US FOR THIS PROTECTION. WHY ARE WE PROTECTING YOU? YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY SAID AFTER TWO MINUTES OF TALKING, THEY AGREED WITH ME. AND YOU CAN ASK THIS GROUP OF VERY TALENTED PEOPLE, THEY AGREED WITH ME. BUT THEY SAID, ONE OF THEM SAID, BUT MR. PRESIDENT NOBODY EVER ASKED US FOR THAT. THEY NEVER ASKED US FOR THAT. NOBODY HAS EVER SAID YOU SHOULD PAY. THESE ARE REALLY WEALTHY COUNTRIES. I’LL BE HONEST, I JUST ASKED JAPAN. I SAID WE ARE DEFENDING YOU. YOU ARE A VERY WEALTHY COUNTRY. SENDING US LOTS OF CARS. YOU ARE MAKING A FORTUNE. WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS TRADE DEFICIT FOR YOU AND WE ARE DEFENDING AND SUBSIDIZING YOUR MILITARY WITH MASSIVE AMOUNT OF MONEY. I SAID IT TO SOUTH KOREA. WE HAVE 32,000 SOLDIERS IN SOUTH KOREA. THEY ARE VERY WEALTHY. THESE ARE VERY WEALTHY COUNTRIES. I SAID WHY AREN’T YOU REIMBURSING US FOR OUR COSTS? AND THEY LOOK AT ME AND K57B9 ANSWER BECAUSE THERE IS NO ENS A. IF THEY ARE A POOR COUNTRY AND NEEDED OUR PROTECTION AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE, I’LL ALL FOR PROTECTING THEM I DON’T WANT TEN CENTS. BUT WEALTHY COUNTRY THAT HAVE MASTIFF TRADE SURPLUSES WITH US, AND TOP OF THAT WE ARE PAYING FOR THEIR MILITARY OR A THE LO OF MILITARY. HOW ABOUT TWO MORE. >>MR. PRESIDENT, REALLY QUICKLY, YOU SAID YOU FEEL AKINSHIP WITH BRETT KAVANAUGH. YOU SAID THAT YOU ALSO, YOUR FALSE ALLEGATIONS THAT YOU FEEL LIKE WERE MADE AGAINST YOU MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU DON’T WANT TO BELIEVE THESE WOMEN. >>I DIDN’T SAY THAT. WHY DO YOU SAY THAT? FAKE NEWS. DID I STAY THAT?>>CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT?>>I DIDN’T SAY THAT. I DO WATCH YOU. I THINK YOU DO A GOOD JOB BUT I DIDN’T SAY THAT. I. >>CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN. >>I SAID I LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING HER. I DO WANT TO HEAR WHAT SHE SAYS. AND MAYBE SHE WILL SAY, I COULD BE CONVINCED OF ANYTHING, MAYBE SHE WILL SAY SOMETHING. BUT IN THE MEANTIME I HAVE TO TELL YOU, HE’S ONE OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY HUMAN BEINGS. HE’S A TREMENDOUS MAN. HE’S A TREMENDOUS GENUS. HE’S A GREAT INTELLECT. HE WAS I BELIEVE NUMBER ONE AT YALE. IS THAT A CORRECT STATEMENT? NUMBER ONE AT HIS CLASS AT YALE. GREAT STUDENT IN LAW. HE WAS — YOU NO HE, I’VE HEARD HIS NAME, I DIDN’T KNOW HIM, DIDN’T KNOW HIM UNTIL THIS WHOLE THING, I DIDN’T KNOW HIM. BUT I HEARD HIS NAME FOR TEN YEARS. YOU KNOW HOW I HEARD HIS NAME? EVERYBODY WAS SAYING HE SHOULD BE ON THE SUPREME COURT. I SAID WHO IS HE? HIS NAME IS BRETT KAVANAUGH. AND HE SHOULD BE. HE’S THE MOST BRILLIANT PERSON. HEELS THE MOST BRILLIANT LAWYER. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT HIM ON THE SUPREME COURT TEN YEARS AGO. WITH ALL OF THAT, I WANT TO HEAR WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY. >>YOU SAID THAT YOU FEEL LIKE THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS FALSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST YOU. >>I’VE HAD MANY FALSE STATEMENTS AGAINST ME. AND IF THE PRESS WOULD HAVE REPORTED IT, I WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY HAPPY. I THINK JOHN ROBERTS WOULD TELL YOU THAT YOU COVERED THE STORY WHERE THE WOMEN WERE PAID TO SAY BAD THINGS ABOUT ME. SEAN HANNITY COVERED IT. I’LL TELL YOU WHETHER I SAW THAT ON SEAN HANNITY, I ACTUALLY CALLED HIM, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I DON’T SPEAK TO HIM VERY MUCH, BUT I RESPECT HIM. I CALLED HIM. I SAID THIS IS THE BIGGEST STORY. HE AGREED WITH HE MOO. THE NEXT DAY I PICKED UP THE PAPERS, NOT ONE WORD ABOUT IT. THE NEXT DAY I WATCHED ABC NEWS, JOHN, I WATCHED NBC, I WATCHED CBS, I DIDN’T WATCH CNN, BUT NEXT TIME. I WATCHED EVERYTHING. THERE WASN’T ONE STORY OTHER THAN FOX. AND IT’S A BIG STORY. MENT IT’S A SHAME T OKAY. ENOUGH. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. >>IS IT OKAY IF I GIVE IT TO THE “NEW YORK TIMES,” MR. PRESIDENT. >>THAT’S ENOUGH. PLEASE. GOOD JOB. >>MR. PRESIDENT, COULD I ASK A QUESTION, SINCE I AM FROM “THE NEW YORK TIMES” BEFORE THIS GENTLEMAN?>>WHERE?>>I’M ACTUALLY FROM THE “NEW YORK TIMES.” HE’S MY FORMER COLLEAGUE AND WE MISS HER. >>I DON’T BLAME YOU. BUT I’LL LET YOU DO IT AFTER HE DOES. IS THAT OKAY?>>THAT’S PERFECTLY OKAY. >>IN HONOR OF A PAPER I ONCE LOVED. THANK YOU. >>GO AHEAD. >>I’M WITH TRUE NEWS. YOU MET WITH THE PRESIDENT. AND CAN YOU GIVE US ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE PEACE DEAL?>>I LOVE TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE IRANIANS AND PALESTINES. AND I’VE BEEN TOLD THAT IS A TOUGH DEAL. I THINK HEALTH CARE IS TOUGHER. IT IS TOUGH. BUT WE’LL TAKE CARE OF THAT TOO. THAT’S GOING TO BE TAKEN CARE OF. WE’VE ALREADY TAKEN CARE AFTER LOT OF IT. BUT MY WHOLE LIFE I’VE TOLD THE DEAL BETWEEN THE ISRAEL AND PALESTINIANS THAT’S LIKE THE TOUGH DEAL. EVERYTHING POSSIBLE THING IS TOUGH ABOUT THAT. I THINK WE ARE GOING TO MAKE A DEAL. I THINK WE ARE GOING TO MAKE A DEAL. SO AT ONE OF OUR MANY MEETINGS TODAY I WAS WITH NETANYAHU, A GUY THAT I’M HAPPY WITH, AND THE DEAL WITH THE EMBASSY, THAT WE OPENED IN LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS WITH LESS THAN $500,000 AND THE BUDGET WAS OVER A BILLION SO WE SAVED A BILLION DOLLARS AND IT’S OPEN AND BEAUTIFUL JERUSALEM STONE, ONE OF MY FAVORITE STONES. I’LL TELL YOU THE QUESTION RKSZ SOMEBODY SAID TODAY, THIS IS THE FIRST NEWS CONFERENCE FROM A LONG TIME. I SAID WHAT DO YOU MEAN I DID LIKE FIVE TODAY. EVERY TIME I SIT I TAKE QUESTIONS FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE SCREAMING LIKE MANIACS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM. BUT ONE OF THE REPORTERS ASKED ABOUT THE ONE STATE, TWO STATE. AND I SAID I THINK THE TWO STATE WILL HAPPEN. I THINK IT’S IN ONE WAY MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT’S A REAL ESTATE DEAL, BECAUSE YOU NEED LOTS OF CARVE OUTS, IT’S ACTUALLY A TOUGHER DEAL, BUT IN ANOTHER WAY IT WORKS BETTER BECAUSE YOU HAVE PEOPLE GOVERNING THEMSELVES. SO THEY ASKED ME ABOUT THAT. I SAID, WELL, I THINK THE TWO STATE WILL HAPPEN. I THINK WE ARE GOING TO GO DOWN THE TWO STATE ROAD. AND I’M GLAD I GOT IT TOUT. AND JARED WHO IS SO INVOLVED, HE LOVES ISRAEL, HE LOVES ISRAEL, BUT HE’S ALSO GO BE FAIR WITH THE PALESTINE YAN’S, HE UNDERSTANDS IT TAKES TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE TO BE HAPPY. EVERYBODY HAS TO BE SO LAP I. AND THAT’S WHY IT’S SO TOUGH. BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH HATRED AND ANGER FOR SO MANY YEARS, THAT’S PROBABLY THE NUMBER ONE INGREDIENT. BUT THEY ASKED ME AND I THIS I IT’S GOING TO BE A TWO STATE. YOU NO HE WHAT I DID TODAY? BY SAYING THAT I PUT IT OUT THERE. AND IF YOU ASK MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN ISRAEL, THEY AGREE WITH THAT. BUT NOBODY WANTED TO SAY IT. IT’S A BIG THING TO PUT OUT. IT’S A VERY BIG THING TO PUT OUT. NOW THE BOTTOM LINE, IF THE ISRAELS AND THE PALESTINIANS WANT ONE STATE, THAT’S OKAY WITH ME. IF THEY WANT TWO STATES, THAT’S OKAY WITH ME. I’M HAPPY IF THEY ARE HAPPY. I’M A FACILITATOR. I WANT TO MAKE SURE I CAN GET A DEAL DONE SO PEOPLE DON’T GIT KILLED ANYMORE. WHEN WE WERE IN SAU SAUDI ARABI HAD GREAT CONFERENCES, TWO OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE EVENTS, THAT AND CHINA, I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. AND WE HAD I BELIEVE 58 MUSLIM COUNTRIES, THE LEADERS, THE KINGS, THE ABSOLUTE LEADERS FROM EVERY WHERE, THERE WAS NOBODY IN SECOND PLACE, THEY WERE THE LEADERS OF THE WHOLE THING. AND UNBEKNOWNST TO ANYBODY ELSE, PEOPLE COULD COME UP TO ME INDIVIDUALLY, IT WASN’T A SET UP, THEY WOULD COME UP TO ME AND SAY, SIR, YOU CAN’T HAVE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITHOUT PEACE BETWEEN THE ISRAELS AND THE PALESTINIANS. I SAID WHY DOES THAT MATTER SO MUCH? THEY SAID IT’S JUST IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST UNLESS YOU HAVE IT BEFORE THE ISRAELS. SO I HEARD THAT FROM ONE THE KING OF SAUDI ARABIA, WHO IS A GREAT GUY, KING SOLOMON. THEN SOMEBODY ELSE CAME OUT AND HE WASN’T TOLD GO UP AND SAY IT. I KNOW WHERE THEY ARE COMING FROM. AND I MUST HAVE HAD 12 LEADERS SAY IT AND THEY JUST SAID T AND I STARTED TO REALIZE PEACE BETWEEN THE PALESTINIANS AND ISRAEL IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS A VERY IMPORTANT THING AND WE ARE TRYING HArd TO GET IT. I THINK PROBABLY TWO STATE IS MORE LIKELY. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, IF THEY DO A SINGLE OR DOUBLE, I’M OKAY WITH IT IF THEY ARE BOTH HAPPY. IF THEY ARE BOTH HAPPY, I’M OKAY WITH EITHER. I THINK THE TWO STATE IS MORE LIKELY. OKAY. HOW ABOUT ONE MORE. >>”NEW YORK TIMES.” >>WELL, OKAY. >>THANK YOU, SIR. >>I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN A BAD STORY “NEW YORK TIMES” IN THE, BUT I’LL ANYWAYS, SO I GUESS IT DOESN’T MATTER. >>OKAY. WE’LL DO YOU THEN CALL IT QUITS.>>WE ARE KIND OF THRIVING NOT FAILING NOWADAYS. >>YOU ARE DOING VERY WELL. SAY THANK YOU, MR. TRUMP. >>I THINK I’LL STOP SHORT OF THAT. >>MY WHOLE LIFE I’VE HAD STORIES, NOW I AVERAGE ABOUT THREE OR FOUR A DAY STORIES “NEW YORK TIMES” HAND THREE OR FOUR THEY ARE NEGATIVE. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I STILL LOVE THE PAPER. GO AHEAD. >>I WANTED TO COME BACK TO CHINA BECAUSE WHAT YOU A UNITED STATES NOED TODAY WAS REALLY IMPORTANT. >>I AGREE. >>YOU TALK ABOUT THIS FRIENDSHIP YOU HAVE WITH XI. JETTY ESSENTIALLY WHAT YOU’VE ACCUSED HIS GOVERNMENT IS IPT FEARING WITH OUR AFFAIRS, AND DOING IT TO HURT YOU, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. >>DOING IT TO HELP THEM. >>AND HACKERS. >>DOING IT TO HELP THEM. >>HOW CAN A GUY WHO DOES THAT BE YOUR FRIEND IS THIS. >>I THINK THAT WE ARE ABLE TO — AND MAYBE HE’S NOT ANYMORE. I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU. I THINK WE HAD A GOOD FRIENDSHIP. I THINK WE HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. THEY ARE DOING STUDIES ON DONALD TRUMP. THEY ARE TRYING TO FIGURE IT ALL OUT. BECAUSE THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO THEM BEFORE. IT’S NEVER HAPPENED. THINK OF IT, YOU’VE COVERED VERY WELL, YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THIS P HA. THEY ARE HAVING BIG PROBLEMS. I DON’T WANT THEM TO HAVE PROBLEMS. BUT THEY HAVE TO MAKE A FAIR DEAL JUST LIKE CANADA HAS TO MAKE A FAIR DEAL. I BELIEVE THAT HE AND I HAVE A VERY GOOD CHEMISTRY TOGETHER. AND I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT THAT MANY. I CAN ALSO TELL YOU I DON’T WANT TO HAVE A CHEMISTRY WITH THEM. AND FOR THOSE PEOPLE I’LL HAVE POMPEO, NIKKI HALEY, BOLTON, IF THEY CAN’T DO IT I’LL HAVE SARA HUCKABEE DO IT. BUT FOR THE MOST PART I HAVE VERY GOOD WITH MIME MINISTER WITH ABE AND PRESIDENT MOON. BY THE WAY WHAT PRESIDENT MOON SAID LAST NIGHT, I KNOW YOU WON’T REPORT IT, BUT HE ASKED HIM ABOUT ME. I WON’T SAY BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WOULD SAY I’M TOO BRAGGADOCIOUS. BUT WHAT HE SAID ABOUT ME LAST NIGHT WAS UNBELIEVABLE THING. WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND IT NEVER WOULD HAPPEN WITHOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND NOBODY ELSE COULD DO IT. YOU TAKE A LOOK. BUT I’LL TELL YOU CHINA IS VERY SPECIAL. THEY VERBAL. — THEY ARE VERY SPECIAL. THEY ARE INCREDIBLE. WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IS UNBELIEVABLE. AND ALL STARTED WITH WTO. IT WAS A DEFECTIVE BILL. AND ALL STARTED WITH THE WTO. CHINA IS NOT CHINA AS WE KNOW IT TODAY. THEN IT STARTED ALSO BY OUR PEOPLE THAT ARE STANDING RIGHT IN THIS POSITION THAT ARE IN THE OVAL OFFICE, ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING IT, ALLOWED THEM TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. ALLOWED A LOT OF COUNTRIES TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. I THINK WE STILL PROBABLY HAVE A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, IN HONOR OF YOU, I WILL TOMORROW MAKE A CALL TO HIM, SAY, HEY, HOW ARE YOU DOING, YOU DON’T MIND PAYING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TARIFFS?>>I HAVE TWO FOLLOW UPS. HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THE LEVEL OF INTERFERENCE WITH CHINA EASE TO WHAT RUSSIA DID IN 2016?>>I THINK IT’S DIFFERENT. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DES MOINES REGISTER THEY HAVE ADS THAT ARE MADE TO LOOK LIKE EDITORIALS SAYING OH YOU HAVE TO STOP TRUMP. YOU HAVE TO STOP HIM. YOU HAVE TO VOTE AGAINST HIM. MY FARMERS ARE SO INCREDIBLE. THESE ARE PATRIOTS. YOU KNOW ON A NETWORK THAT DOESN’T LIKE ME VERY MUCH, WHICH IS MOST OF THEM, BUT A NETWORK THAT DOESN’T REALLY TREAT ME VERY GOOD, THEY INTERVIEWED FARMERS. AND THEY GOT HURT BECAUSE, NO, ALL OF A YOU HAD IS ENCHINA STOPS BUYING. BY THE WAY THEY STARTED BUYING AGAIN. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED SOYBEANS ARE GOING UP AND THINGS ARE GOING UP. WE’VE HAD VERY LITTLE HURT FROM WHAT I’VE DONE MANY. AND THE MARKETS ARE GOING UP AND THE FARMERS WILL DO GREAT. BUT ULTIMATELY THEY HAD FARMERS. AND THESE GUYS ARE AMAZING AND THEY VOTED FOR ME AND LOVE ME. AND THEY SAID WE DON’T CARE IF WE GET HURT. HE’S DOING THE RIGHT THING. AND YOU KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE, IT’S A COMPLEX GAME, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO DEFINE TARIFF. THEY KNOW IT’S DIFFERENT THAN A TAX, ALTHOUGH IT’S GETTING CLOSE. BUT THEY KNOW THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY, MANY YEARS, THEY HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT’S FIGHTING FOR THEM. THAT’S NOT LETTING THEIR JOBS BE TAKEN TO OTHER COUNTRIES. THAT’S NOT ALLOWING THE KIND OF ABUSE THAT WE HAVE. I MEAN, WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED AS AN EXAMPLE WITH NAFTA, AND FOR YEARS, BECAUSE IT WAS NEVER CHANGED, NAFTA WAS A DEFECTIVE DEAL THE DAY IT WAS SIGNED. YOU KNOW WHAT? BECAUSE THEY HAD A VET TAX OF 17% AND NOBODY FROM THIS COUNTRY KNEW THAT. AND BY THE TIME THEY KNEW THAT WHICH WAS A WEEK LATER NOBODY CHANGED IT. SO THEY WENT MANY YEARS AND NOBODY CHANGED IT. THERE WAS A VAT TAX THAT MEXICO GOT. SO WE WERE 17 OR 16 FOINTS BEHIND BEFORE WE EVEN STARTED. NAFTA WAS A HORRIBLE THING. SO THE FARMERS, AND BY THE WAY THE STEEL WORKERS, I STOPPED THE DUMPING, THE DUMPING WAS HORRIBLE. AND NOW IF THEY WANT TO DUMP, THAT’S OKAY, BUT THEY HAVE TO PAY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 25% ON EVERYTHING THEY DUMP. THAT’S OKAY. BUT AS I TOLD YOU BEFORE, STEEL IS DOING PHENOMENALLY WELL. BUT THE FARMERS SAY THIS MAN IS FIGHTING FOR US. NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER FOUGHT FOR US BEFORE. AND YOU REALLY HAVE TO STUDY WHAT’S HAPPENED OVER THE 15 YEARS WITH FARMERS. FARMERS HAVE BEEN DECIMATED OVER 15-YEAR PERIOD. THE FARMERS WILL COME OUT GREAT. THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE AND GREAT PATRIOTS. I THINK WE SHOULD FINISH WITH THAT ONE. IS THAT OKAY? GO AHEAD, LET’S GO. FAST. >>SURE. >>I ALWAYS LIKE TO FINISH WITH A GOOD ONE. ELTON JOHN SAID, WHEN YOU HIT THAT LAST TUNE, AND IT’S GOOD, DON’T GO BACK. >>LET ME ASK YOU. >>HAVE YOU EVER SEEN, THEY DO GREAT, THEY DID GREAT, THEN THEY GO BACK FOR AN ENCORE, RIGHT, AND THEY DON’T HIT IT, AND THEY LEAVE, EVERYONE LEAVES, THAT WASN’T A VERY GOOD CONCERT, WAS IT. LET’S GO. >>I’LL ASK YOU ONE FINAL QUESTION. >>DON’T MAKE ME WRONG. GO AHEAD. >>AHEAD OF TOMORROW’S HEARING BECAUSE YOU WERE ASKED EARLIER IN. >>SAY IT AGAIN. >>ABOUT THE HEARING TOMORROW. WHAT ABOUT THE MESSAGE THAT YOU MAY BE SEND TO GO YOUNG MAN? YOU ARE A FATHER. WHAT DOES THIS MOMENT THAT WE ARE IN, CULTURAL MOMENT? — >>IT’S A VERY BIG CULTURAL MOMENT. >>YOU’RE RIGHT. I THINK IT’S A GREAT QUESTION. IT’S A GREAT MOMENT FOR OUR COUNTRY. BECAUSE YOU HAVE A MAN WHO IS VERY OUTSTANDING, BUT HE’S GOT VERY STRONG CHARGES AGAINST HIM. PROBABLY CHARGES THAT NOBODY IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO PROVE. SO I COULD HAVE YOU CHOSEN FOR A POSITION, I COULD HAVE YOU OR YOU OR YOU, ANYBODY, AND SOMEBODY COULD SAY THINGS. AND IT’S HAPPENED TO ME MANY TIMES WHERE FALSE STATEMENTS ARE MADE. AND, HONESTLY, NOBODY KNOWS WHO TO BELIEVE. I COULD PICK ANOTHER SUPREME COURT JUDGE, JUSTICE, I COULD PICK ANOTHER ONE, ANOTHER ONE, ANOTHER ONE, THIS COULD GO ON FOREVER. SOMEBODY COULD COME AND SAY 30 YEARS AGO, 25 YEARS AGO, 10 YEARS AGO, FIVE YEARS AGO, HE DID A HORRIBLE THING TO ME. HE DID THIS. HE DID THAT. HE DID THAT. AND, HONESTLY, IT’S A VERY DANGEROUS PERIOD IN OUR COUNTRY. AND IT’S BEING PERPETRATED BY SOME VERY EVIL PEOPLE. SOME OF THEM ARE DEMOCRATS, I MUST SAY. BECAUSE SOME OF THEM KNOW THAT THIS IS JUST A GAME THAT THEY ARE PLAYING. IT’S A CON GAME. IT’S AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. THIS CAN GO ON FOREVER. I CAN PICK FIVE OTHER PEOPLE. AT A CERTAIN POINT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY NO THANK YOU. THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST COVETED JOB IN THE WORLD. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, I WOULD HONESTLY SAY, BECAUSE I INTERVIEWED GREAT PEOPLE FOR THIS JOB, HE’S GREAT, BUT I INTERVIEWED OTHER GREAT PEOPLE FOR THIS JOB, I COULD CONCEIVABLY IMAGINE GOING TO ONE OF THEM AND SAYING, IT’S TOO BAD WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS WONDERFUL MAN, BUT I’M GOING TO CHOOSE YOU NUMBER TWO. AND I COULD CONCEIVABLY BE TURNED DOWN BY SOMEBODY THAT DESPERATELY WANTED THIS JOB TWO MONTHS AGO. SO THIS IS BEYOND SUPREME COURT. THERE IS NOTHING BEYOND SUPREME COURT. THIS IS BEYOND SUPREME COURT. THIS IS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH OUR COUNTRY. WHEN YOU ARE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT, IT’S JUST NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THAT WAY. ALWAYS I HEARD YOU’RE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. I’VE HEARD THIS FOR SO LONG AND IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PHRASE. IN THIS CASE YOU ARE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT. I THINK THAT IS A VERY, VERY DANGEROUS STANDARD FOR OUR COUNTRY. WITH THAT BEING SAID, I LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY. I ALSO LOOK VERY FORWARD TO WHAT BRETT KAVANAUGH HAS TO SAY. I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT DAY IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL. WE’LL DO IT AGAIN. THANK YOU. >>SIR, MESSAGE TO YOUNG MEN, NOTHING TO SAY. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, REMAIN SEATED. >>PRESIDENT TRUMP HOLDING COURT WITH THE PRESS FOR ABOUT AN HOUR HAND 20 MINUTES. CONTINUING LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MEDIA. A LOT OF QUESTIONS. BUT MOST OF THEM COMING BACK TO A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH. TOMORROW THE FIRST ACCUSER WILL PRESENT HER TESTIMONY, SWORN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. OUR HALLIE JACKSON IS IN THE ROOM IN NEW YORK WHERE THE NEWS CONFERENCE TOOK PLACE. HALLIE, THE PRESIDENT SEEMED TO LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN TO PERHAPS WITH DRAWING THIS NOMINATION UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES. >>Reporter: YEAH, HE SURE DID LESTER, AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS WE HEARD OVER WHAT WE HEARD OVER THE LAST SOLO PRESS CONFERENCES, THE ONLY THREE, EXTRAORDINARILY FROM THIS PRESIDENT. AND LET’S START THERE WITH BRETT KAVANAUGH HIM SAYING THAT HE MAY WITHDRAW DEPENDING ON WHAT HE SAYS. THE PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGING HE IS GOING TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHAT KAVANAUGH WILL SAY. AND LET’S JUST BE CLEAR HERE, LESTER, THE PRESIDENT HAS CLEARED HIS SCHEDULE TO BE ABLE TO WATCH THIS HOURS LONG HEARING EXPECTED TOMORROW ON CAPITOL HILL SAYING HE IS NOT GOING TO MEET WITH HIS EMBATTLED DEPUTY ATTORNEY ROD ROSENSTEIN AS HAD PREVIOUSLY PLANNED SUGGESTING HE MAY DELAY THAT SO HE CAN GIVE FULL ATTENTION TO THIS HEARING. BUT BROADLY, LESTER REMARKABLE MOMENTS FROM THIS PRESIDENT IN DISCUSSING. AND IN THIS LAST ANSWER, THIS ME TOO MOMENT CULTURAL MOMENT WE HAVE BEEN IN THE LAST YEAR, THE PRESIDENT DESCRIBING IT AS A DANGEROUS PERIOD AS HE SEES IT. IT’S ILLUMINATING, LESTER. >>AND AS WE HAVE BEEN REPORTING THERE IS A THIRD ACCUSER IN ALL THIS. THE PRESIDENT SEEMED TO WALK VERY CAREFULLY ALL THE STORIES. HE WAS ASKED ABOUT WHETHER THEY WERE LIARS IN THIS CASE AND WOULDN’T GO THAT FAR.>>Reporter: RIGHT. AND HE WOULD NOT ACTUALLY DRAW THE LINE AND CALL THESE WOMEN LIARS JUST SAYING THAT HE WANTS TO SEE WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY, LESTER. >>ALL RIGHT. HALLIE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE’LL HAVE FULL COVERAGE JUST AHEAD ON NBC NIGHTLY NEWS. AND JOIN US TOMORROW MORNING FOR COVERAGE OF THE COMMITTEE HEARING. I’M LESS TORE HOLT IN

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