Watch Now: President Donald Trump’s full press conference after Midterm Elections results

Watch Now: President Donald Trump’s full press conference after Midterm Elections results


HUEY-BURNS. EVERYBODY IS STANDING. HANG ON. IT LOOKS LIKE THE PRESIDENT MAY BE MAKING — THERE HE COMES — LET’S LISTEN INTO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. >>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT WAS A BIG DAY YESTERDAY, INCREDIBLE DAY. LAST NIGHT, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DEFIED HISTORY TO EXPAND OUR SENATE MAJORITY WHILE SIGNIFICANTLY BEATING EXPECTATIONS IN THE HOUSE. WE DID THIS IN SPITE OF A VERY DRAMATIC FUNDRAISING DISADVANTAGE, DRIVEN BY DEMOCRATS, WEALTHY DONORS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS AND VERY HOSTILE MEDIA COVERAGE, TO PUT IT MILDLY. THE MEDIA COVERAGE SENT A NEW STANDARD. WE ALSO HAD A STAGGERING NUMBER OF HOST RETIREMENTS. IT IS A LITTLE TOUGH. THESE ARE SEATS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN HELD PRETTY EASILY AND WE HAD NEWCOMERS GOING IN AND A LOT OF THEM WORKED VERY HARD. IT’S VERY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MANY RETIREMENTS. WE HELD A LARGE NUMBER OF CAMPAIGN RALLIES WITH LARGE, LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE GOING TO EVERY ONE. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, WE DIDN’T HAVE A VACANT OR EMPTY SEAT. I’M SURE YOU WOULD HAVE REPORTED IT IF YOU SPOTTED ONE, INCLUDING 30 RALLIES IN THE LAST 60 DAYS. WE SERVED CANDIDATES THAT I SUPPORTED AND THEY ACHIEVED TREMENDOUS SUCCESS LAST NIGHT. AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE 11 CANDIDATES WE CAMPAIGNE WITH DURING THE LAST WEEK, NINE WON LAST NIGHT. THIS VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN STOPPED THE BLEW A THEY TALKED ABOUT, AND I DON’T KNOW IF THERE EVER WAS SUCH A THING BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN IF WE HADN’T ON THE CAMPAIGNING. THERE PROBABLY COULD HAVE BEEN. HISTORY WILL SEE WHAT A GOOD JOB WE DID IN THE FINAL COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND TERMS OF GETTING SOME TREMENDOUS PEOPLE OVER THE FINISH LINE. THEY REALLY ARE TREMENDOUS PEOPLE BUT MANY OF THEM WERE NOT KNOWN, BUT THEY WILL BE KNOWN. THIS ELECTION MARKS THE LARGEST SENATE GAINS FOR A PRESIDENT’S PARTY IN A FIRST MIDTERM ELECTIONS SINCE AT LEAST PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S IN 1962. THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY FOUR MIDTERM ELECTIONS SINCE 1934 IN WHICH A PRESIDENT’S PARTY HAS GAINED EVEN A SINGLE SENATE SEAT . AS OF NOW, WE PICKED UP, IT LOOKS LIKE, THREE. COULD BE FOUR. PERHAPS IT COULD BE TWO. WE PICKED UP A LOT. MOST LIKELY, THE NUMBER WILL BE THREE. YOU PEOPLE PROBABLY KNOW THAT BETTER THAN I DO, AT THIS POINT, BECAUSE YOU’VE LOOKED AT THE MORE RECENT NUMBERS. 55 IS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS IN THE LAST 100 YEARS. IN THE LAST 80 YEARS, A SITTING PRESIDENT’S PARTY HAS ONLY GAINED A CUMULATIVE TOTAL OF EIGHT SENATE SEATS. IT AVERAGED ONE PER DECADE. IF WE PICKED UP TWO, THREE OR FOUR, THAT IS A BIG PERCENTAGE OF THAT NUMBER. IN THE LAST 80 YEARS, IF YOU THINK OF THAT, ONLY 80 SEATS. IN PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FIRST MIDTERM ELECTION, HE LOST SIX SENATE SEATS, INCLUDING THE DEEP BLUE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS. REPUBLICANS CAPTURED AT LEAST FOUR SENATE SEATS HELD BY DEMOCRAT INCUMBENTS AND THESE ARE TREMENDOUSLY TALENTED, HARD- WORKING PEOPLE THAT DID THIS. INDIANA, NORTH DAKOTA, FLORIDA, MISSOURI AND WE ALSO WON TWO OPEN SENATE SEATS IN TENNESSEE. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE OUR GREAT CHAMPION WHO DID SUCH A GREAT JOB IN TENNESSEE, MARCIA. IN UTAH, AND ARIZONA, LOOKING VERY GOOD. REALLY VERY GOOD. SHE’S DONE A TRODE AFFECT — SHE’S DONE A TERRIFIC JOB. IN EACH OF THESE OPEN SEATS, DEMOCRATS RECRUITED VERY STRONG CANDIDATES WITH SUBSTANTIAL FUNDRAISING AND MEDIA SUPPORT. WE WERE GETTING BOMBARDED WITH MONEY ON THE OTHER SIDE AND IN THE HALLS, REPUBLICANS DRAMATICALLY OUTPERFORMED HISTORICAL PRECEDENTS AND OVERCAME A HISTORIC NUMBER OF RETIREMENTS. THE MOST HOST REPUBLICAN RETIREMENTS IN 88 YEARS. 43 HOUSE REPUBLICANS RETIRED. NOW, I WILL SAY THAT IN MANY CASES, THEY WERE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES AND THEY LEFT BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T CHAIRMAN, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A ROLE FOR SIX YEARS. WHAT THAT DOES IS WONDERFUL IN ONE WAY. IT ELECTS PEOPLE COMING THROUGH THE SYSTEM TO BECOME CHAIRMAN AND IN ANOTHER WAY, IT DRIVES PEOPLE OUT. WHEN THEY ARE CHAIRMAN, THEY DON’T WANT TO NOT BE A CHAIRMAN. YOU ARE A BIG DEAL AND ALL OF A SUDDEN NOT DOING THAT ANYMORE, SO THEY LEAVE. WE HAD A LOT OF THEM LEAVE. I GUESS YOU CAN FLIP A COIN AS TO WHICH SYSTEM IS BETTER. THE DEMOCRATS DO THE OTHER. SOME OF THOSE FOLKS HAVE BEEN ON COMMITTEES FOR A LONG TIME AS CHAIRMAN. IN 2010, PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FIRST MAJOR, HE LOST 63 SEATS. BY CONTRAST, AS OF THE MOST CURRENT COUNT, LOOKS LIKE AROUND 27 HOLE SEATS, OR SOMETHING. WE WILL FIGURE THAT OUT PRETTY SOON. WE ALSO HAD A SLEW OF HISTORIC WINDS AND THE GOVERNOR RACES. THE GOVERNOR’S RACES WERE INCREDIBLE. VERY WELL-FUNDED, TALENTED AND SKILLED DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES AND PEOPLE THAT WORKED VERY, VERY HARD, RESPECTFULLY, FOR THOSE CANDIDATES. LIKE OPRAH WINFREY, WHO I LIKE. I DON’T KNOW IF SHE LIKES ME ANYMORE, BUT THAT’S OKAY. SHE USED TOO. SHE WORKED VERY HARD IN GEORGIA, VERY, VERY HARD. IF YOU LOOK AT THEM, FOUR GOVERNOR’S RACES WERE CRUCIAL TO 2020 AND THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. FLORIDA, IOWA, OHIO AND GEORGIA, THE BIG ONES. FLORIDA, IOWA, OHIO AND GEORGIA — CAN’T GET MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT. THEY WERE INCREDIBLE AND ACTUALLY INCREDIBLE CAMPAIGNS, TOO. INCREDIBLE. AS OF RIGHT NOW, REPUBLICANS WILL CONTROL THE MAJORITY OF GOVERNORSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY , INCLUDING THREE GREAT WOMEN WHO WORKED VERY HARD. THE GOVERNORS OF ALABAMA, SOUTH DAKOTA AND IOWA WORKED VERY, VERY HARD, VERY TALENTED. BY EXPANDING OUR SENATE MAJORITY, THE VOTERS HAVE ALSO CLEARLY REBUKED THE SENATE DEMOCRATS FOR THEIR HANDLING OF THE KAVANAUGH HEARINGS. THAT WAS A FACTOR, A VERY BIG FACTOR THE WAY THAT WAS HANDLED. I THINK IT WAS TREMENDOUS WITH THE ENERGY GIVEN TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. BY THE WAY, THEY TREATED THEN JUDGE KAVANAUGH, NOW JUSTICE KAVANAUGH BY EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR CONFIRMING MORE GREAT PRO- CONSTITUTION JUDGES. CANDIDATES WHO EMBRACED OUR MESSAGE OF LOW TAXES, LOW REGULATIONS, LOW CRIME, STRONG BORDERS AND GREAT JUDGES EXCELLED LAST NIGHT. THEY EXCELLED. I MEAN, WE HAVE A LIST OF PEOPLE THAT WERE FANTASTIC AND I’M GOING TO POINT THEM OUT. MIKE BOST, RODNEY DAVIS, AND DEBAR WIDTHS, FANTASTIC. FOR THE MOST PART, I DIDN’T CAMPAIGN FOR THE HOUSE BUT I DID ACTUALLY MAKE A SPECIAL TRIP BECAUSE HE WAS IN A VERY TOUGH RACE IN KENTUCKY AND HE WON. A VERY TOUGH RACE. THEY SHOWED HE WAS DOWN SUBSTANTIALLY AND HE WON AND PETE STAUBER OF MINNESOTA, A GREAT GUY, HE IS NEW AND AND A FANTASTIC RACE AND OTHERS DECIDED TO STAY AWAY. THEY DID VERY POORLY AND I’M NOT SURE I SHOULD BE HAPPY OR SAD, BUT I FEEL JUST FINE ABOUT IT. MIKE COFFMAN, CARLOS CURBELO, TOO BAD, MIKE. MIA LOVE CALLED ME TO HELP WITH A HOSTAGE SITUATION BEING HELD HOSTAGE IN VENEZUEL. BUT, MIA LOVE GAVE ME KNOW LOVE AND SHE LOST. TOO BAD, SORRY ABOUT THAT, AND BARBARA COMSTOCK WAS ANOTHER ONE. I THINK SHE COULD HAVE WON THAT RACE BUT SHE DIDN’T WANT TO HAVE ANY EMBRACE. FOR THAT, I DON’T BLAME HER. BUT, SHE LOST, SUBSTANTIALLY LOST. PETER ROSKAM DIDN’T WANT THE EMBRACE, ERIC PAULSEN DIDN’T WANT THE EMBRACE. IN NEW JERSEY, I THINK HE COULD HAVE DONE WELL, BUT IT DIDN’T WORK OUT TOO GOOD. BOB HUGO AND, THAT IS A RACE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ONE. THEY DECIDED FOR THEIR OWN REASON NOT TO EMBRACE ME, OR WHAT WE STAND FOR IT MEANT A LOT TO MOST PEOPLE. AND WE’VE HAD TREMENDOUS SUPPORT AND WE’VE ACTUALLY HEARD 93%, A RECORD, BUT I WON’T SAY THAT BECAUSE, WHO KNOWS? WE’VE HAD TREMENDOUS SUPPORT. AMERICA IS BOOMING LIKE NEVER BEFORE. DOING FANTASTIC AND WE HAVE LARRY KUDLOW HERE AND HE SAID THE NUMBERS ARE AS GOOD AS HE’S EVER SEEN NUMBERS AT ANY TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY. BUT, HE IS A YOUNG MAN AND HASN’T SEEN THAT MANY NUMBERS. WHERE IS LARRY? YOU ARE A YOUNG MAN, RIGHT, LARRY AND YOU HAVEN’T BEEN DOING THIS TO US LONG BUT THEY ARE AS GOOD AS YOU’VE EVER SEEN? IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR LARRY, WE WILL DO THAT. I WANT TO SEND MY WARMEST REGARDS TO SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL AND WE WORK VERY WELL TOGETHER ND WE HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP AND PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT, WHICH IS FINE. IT LOOKS LIKE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, AND I GAVE HER A LOT OF CREDIT. SHE WORKS VERY HARD AND HAS WORKED LONG AND HARD AND I GIVE HER A GREAT DEAL OF CREDIT FOR WHAT SHE’S DONE AND ACCOMPLISHED. HOPEFULLY WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER NEXT YEAR TO CONTINUE DELIVERING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INCLUDING ON AND ECONOMIC GROWTH, INFRASTRUCTURE , TRADE, LOWERING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS I WAS WITH SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE WATCHING THE RETURNS LAST NIGHT AND IF THE REPUBLICANS WON AND WE HELD ON BY TWO, ONE OR THREE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY HARD TO HAVE THAT MANY REPUBLICANS TO EVER EVEN GET SUPPORT AMONG REPUBLICANS BECAUSE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OR TWO OR THREE PEOPLE THAT FOR GOOD REASON OR BAD REASON OR FOR GRANDSTANDING, WE’VE SEEN THAT. PLENTY OF GRANDSTANDING AND FOR CERTAIN REASONS, THAT MANY PEOPLE, YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A COUPLE THAT WON’T DO IT. IT PUTS US IN A VERY BAD POSITION. IN OTHER WORDS, I’M SAYING THIS FOR A VERY BASIC REASON, COMMON SENSE — IT PUTS US IN A VERY TOUGH POSITION. WE WIN BY ONE, TWO OR THREE AND YOU HAVE ONE, TWO, THREE OR FOUR OR FIVE AND SAY LOOK, WE WON’T GO ALONG WITH THIS. WE WANT THIS, THIS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET IT, IN MANY CASES, OUT OF THE REPUBLICAN’S HANDS BEFORE WE SENT IT ON TO THE SENATE. NOW, WE HAVE A MUCH EASIER PATH BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS WILL COME TO US WITH A PLAN FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND A PLAN FOR HEALTHCARE AND A PLAN FOR WHATEVER THEY ARE LOOKING AT AND WE WILL NEGOTIATE AND IT’S BEEN HARD IN THE SENATE BECAUSE WE NEED, ESSENTIALLY, 10 VOTES FROM DEMOCRATS. WE STICK TOGETHER GREAT. WE GO TO THE SENATE AND WE DON’T HAVE THE 10 VOTES AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS? IT DOESN’T GET PAST, EVEN IF IT GETS OUT OF THE HOUSE, IT DOESN’T GET PAST AND UNDER THE NEW CONCEPT OF WHAT WE ARE DOING, I WOULD SAY, LET ME SEE WHAT YOU HAVE? THEY WANT TO DO THINGS. I KEEP HEARING ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS INVESTIGATIONS, FATIGUE. ALMOST FROM THE TIME I ANNOUNCED I WAS GOING TO RUN, THEY’VE BEEN GIVING US THIS INVESTIGATION FATIGUE. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME. THEY’VE GOT NOTHING, ZERO. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING AND THEY CAN PLAY THAT GAME BUT WE CAN PLAY IT BETTER. WE HAVE A THING CALLED THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND A LOT OF VERY QUESTIONABLE THINGS WERE DONE BETWEEN LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND MANY OTHER ELEMENTS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE. ALL YOU DO IS END UP BACK AND FORTH, BACK AND FORTH AND TWO YEARS WILL GO BY AND WE WON’T HAVE DONE NOTHING. I REALLY THINK OR RESPECT WHAT NANCY SAID LAST NIGHT ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP AND GETTING TOGETHER AND UNITING. SHE USED THE WORD UNITING AND SHE USED THE BIPARTISANSHIP STATEMENT, WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. SO, THEY CAN LOOK AT US AND WE CAN LOOK AT THEM. IT WILL GO BACK AND FORTH AND PROBABLY BE VERY GOOD FOR ME, POLITICALLY. I COULD SEE IT BEING EXTREMELY GOOD POLITICALLY BECAUSE I THINK I’M BETTER AT THAT GAME THAN THEY ARE, NATURALLY, BUT WE WILL FIND OUT. IF THEY ARE DOING THAT, JUST SO YOU UNDERSTAND, WE WON’T BE DOING THAT. WE SEND IT TO THE SENATE AND WE GET 100% DEMOCRAT SUPPORT AND WE GET SOME REPUBLICAN SUPPORT AND IT WILL HELP WITH THE APPROVAL PROCESS AND IT REALLY COULD BE A BEAUTIFUL BIPARTISAN SITUATION. IF WE WIN BY ONE JOCK — BY ONE, TWO, THREE OR FOUR OR FIVE, IT COULD HAPPEN. WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS IN COMMON ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING ON HEALTHCARE AND THEY WANT TO DO SOMETHING ON HEALTHCARE, THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT THINGS WE CAN TO DO — WE CAN DO TOGETHER AND WE WILL GET THE DEMOCRATS, THE REPUBLICANS, OR SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS. I WILL MAKE SURE THAT WE SEND SOMETHING UP THAT THE REPUBLICANS CAN SUPPORT AND THEY WILL WANT TO SEND SOMETHING UP THAT THE DEMOCRATS CAN SUPPORT. OUR GREAT COUNTRY IS BOOMING LIKE NEVER BEFORE AND WE ARE THRIVING ON EVERY SINGLE LEVEL, BOTH IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC AND MILITARY STRENGTH, AND TERMS OF DEVELOPMENT, AND TERMS OF GDP. WE ARE DOING UNBELIEVABLY AND I WILL TELL YOU OUR TRADE DEALS ARE COMING ALONG FANTASTICALLY. THE U.S. MCA HAS GOTTEN GREAT REVIEWS. WE WON’T LOSE TO OTHER COUNTRIES. THEY WOULD DO THAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE A TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC INCENTIVE. IT’S PROHIBITIVE FOR THEM TO DO THAT. IT WON’T BE LIKE NAFTA, ONE OF THE WORST DEALS I’VE EVER SEEN, ALTHOUGH WE’VE MADE SOME OTHER PRETTY BAD ONES, TOO. NOW IS THE TIME FOR MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES TO JOIN TOGETHER AND PUT PARTISANSHIP ASIDE AND KEEP THE AMERICAN ECONOMIC MIRACLE GOING STRONG. IT IS A MIRACLE. WE ARE DOING SO WELL AND I’VE SAID IT AT A LOT OF RALLIES AND SOME IF YOU HAVE HEARD IT SO MUCH YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT AGAIN BUT WHEN PEOPLE COME TO MY OFFICE, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS — THEY ALL CONGRATULATE ME AND ALMOST THE FIRST THING ON WHAT WE’VE DONE ECONOMICALLY BECAUSE IT IS REALLY AMAZING AND OUR STEEL INDUSTRY IS BACK, OUR ALUMINUM INDUSTRY IS DOING REALLY WELL AND THESE ARE INDUSTRIES THAT WERE DEAD. OUR MINORS ARE WORKING AGAIN. WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR MILITARY. WE HAVE TO DO THAT. WE SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT, SECURE BORDERS AND ADVANCE REALLY GREAT POLICY, INCLUDING ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY. WE WANT CRYSTAL CLEAN WATER AND WE WANT BEAUTIFUL, PERFECT AIR. AIR AND WATER, HAS TO BE PERFECT AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE DON’T WANT TO PUT OURSELVES AT A DISADVANTAGE TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHO ARE VERY COMPETITIVE WITH US AND WHO DON’T ABIDE BY THE RULES, AT ALL. WE DON’T WANT TO HURT OUR JOBS, OR FACTORIES. WE DON’T WANT COMPANIES LEAVING. WE WANT TO BE TOTALLY COMPETITIVE, AND WE ARE. THE CLEANEST AIR, THE CLEANEST WATER AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE THAT WAY. ENVIRONMENTAL IS IMPORTANT AND WITH THAT, I WILL TAKE IF YOU QUESTIONS, IF YOU’D LIKE. THAT WAS A LOT OF HANDS SHOOTING UP SO QUICKLY. A LOT TO TALK ABOUT. >>MR. PRESIDENT, YOU TALKED AT LENGTH ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP AND THE PRESUMED SPEAKER OF THE HOST TALKED ABOUT IT LAST NIGHT AND THAT’S ENCOURAGING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE, GIVEN THE RELATIONSHIP AND WHAT IT’S BEEN LIKE BETWEEN THIS WHITE HOUSE AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THAT THAT WILL HAPPEN? >>THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE, I THINK THERE IS A VERY GOOD CHANCE. >>IF I COULD JUST FINISH. WILL YOU HAVE TO COMPROMISE ON CERTAIN ISSUES TO THE POINT WHERE IT COULD HURT YOU IN 2020 AND DO YOU EXPECT THAT WHEN THE DEMOCRATS TAKE OVER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THESE IMPORTANT COMMITTEES YOU WILL GET HIT WITH A BLIZZARD OF SUBPOENAS FROM THE INVESTED NEGATION TO YOUR TAX RETURNS? >>IF THAT HAPPENS, THEN WE WILL DO THE SAME THING AND THE GOVERNMENT COMES TO A HALT AND I WOULD BLAME THEM BECAUSE THEY WILL NOW BE COMING UP WITH POLICY AND THEY ARE THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND I EXPECT THAT THEY WILL COME UP WITH SOME FANTASTIC IDEAS THAT I CAN SUPPORT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, ON SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS, INCLUDING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES, WHICH WE’VE MADE A BIG DENT IN ALREADY. IT INCLUDES SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE WORKING ON FOR THE VETS. WE’VE GOTTEN THINGS APPROVED BUT THEY HAVE OTHER ELEMENTS THAT WE WANT AND THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT WE CAN GET OUT OF TROUBLE WITH ON THAT WE AGREE WITH. WE HAVE A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF SEEING THAT. >>ONE QUESTION ON THE LAME DUCK, SIR AND ONE ON YOUR CABINET. YOU TOYED WITH THE IDEA DURING THE CAMPAIGN OF A SHUTDOWN BEFORE THE MIDTERMS IN ORDER TO SECURE BORDER WALL FUNDING. ARE YOU PREPARED TO GO ON A SHUTDOWN STRATEGY DURING THE LAME-DUCK, SINCE THIS MIGHT BE YOUR LAST BEST CHANCE? >>NOT NECESSARILY. LOOK, I SPEAK TO DEMOCRATS ALL THE TIME. THEY AGREE THAT A WALL AS NECESSARY. AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE BUILDING THE WALL. WE’VE STARTED AND WE SHOULD BUILD IT AT ONE TIME, NOT IN CHUNKS. >>YOU WANT MUCH MORE MONEY? >>WE WANT THE MONEY TO BUILD THE WALL, THE WHOLE WALL, NOT PIECES OF IT. NOW, WE HAVE THE MILITARY AND OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE WALL THAT ARE PRETTY NASTY, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. NEVERTHELESS, IT’S PRETTY HARD TO GET THROUGH IT. I’D LIKE TO SEE THE WALL. MANY OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE WILL BE DEALING WITH IN 2006, YOU KNOW, THEY APPROVED THE WALL, ESSENTIALLY. IT WAS A VERY STRONG BORDER FENCE AT THE SAME THING. I HAVE STATEMENTS AND WE DO NEED THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE POPLE COMING IN AND WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING THROUGH THE BRDER AND YOU PHYSICALLY CAN’T PUT THAT MANY PEOPLE, IT’S A 2000-MILE STRETCH AND YOU CAN PUT THAT MANY PEOPLE ALONG THAT STRETCH TO GUARD IT. EVEN IF YOU DID, TREMENDOUS FIGHTING WOULD ENSUE. WE NEED THE WALL. MANY DEMOCRATS KNOW THAT WE NEED THE WALL AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO MAKE SURE — I’VE GOTTEN THE MILITARY $700 MILLION, AND $716 MILLION ON THE WALL IS A TINY FRACTION OF THAT BUT THE WHOLE AGENDA HAS BEEN TO TRY NOT GIVING ME ANYTHING FOR THE WALL. I REALLY BELIEVE, POLITICALLY, THEY ARE HURTING THEMSELVES. I THINK, POLITICALLY, IT IS A GOOD THING FOR ME BUT I WANT TO GET THE WALLET. >>NO SHUT DOWN SCENARIO? >>I CAN’T COMMIT TO THAT BUT IT’S POSIBLE. >>CAN YOU GIVE US CLARITY, SIR, ON YOUR CURRENT THINKING, AFTER THE MIDTERMS, ABOUT YOUR ATTORNEY GENERAL AND YOUR DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL? DO THEY HAVE LONG-TERM SECURITY? >>I’D RATHER ANSWER THAT AT A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT TIME. WE ARE LOOKING AT A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS INCLUDING CABINET. AND VERY HAPPY WITH MOST OF MY CABINET. WE ARE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT PEOPLE FOR DIFFERENT POSITIONS. YOU KNOW, IT’S VERY COMMON AFTER THE MIDTERMS. I DIDN’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING BEFORE THE MIDTERMS BUT I’M EXTREMELY HAPPY FOR THE MOST PART WITH MY CABINET. MIKE POMPEO HAS FIT IN SO BEAUTIFULLY AND HAS DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB. >>THE INTERIOR SECRETARY? >>>WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT AND I WANT TO STUDY WHATEVER IS BEING SAID. >>IS HE IN JEOPARDY? >>I THINK IS DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB BUT WE WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND PROBABLY HAVE AN IDEA AND ABOUT A WEEK. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT. >>GO AHEAD, JIM. HE GAVE ME A FAIR INTERVIEW THE OTHER DAY SO I MIGHT AS WELL ASK HIM A QUESTION. >>YOU TOLD ME THE OTHER DAY YOU ARE AN OPEN BOOK. >>I THINK I AM AN OPEN BOOK. >>POINT BLANK, DEMOCRATS GO AFTER YOUR TAX RETURNS. WILL YOU TRY TO BLOCK THAT OR WILL YOU ALLOW THEM THAT? >>LOOK, AS I’VE TOLD YOU, THEY ARE UNDER AUDIT AND HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME. THEY ARE EXTREMELY COMPLEX AND PEOPLE WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND THEM. THEY ARE DONE BY AMONG THE BIGGEST AND BEST LAW FIRMS IN THE COUNTRY, SAME THING WITH ACCOUNTING FIRMS. ACCOUNTANTS, LARGE AND POWERFUL FIRM FROM THE STANDPOINT OF RESPECT. HIGHLY RESPECTED, BIG FIRM. A GREAT LAW FIRM, YOU KNOW IT VERY WELL. THEY DO THESE THINGS, THEY PUT THEM IN. BUT, PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND TAX RETURNS. I DID A FILING OF OVER 100 PAGES, I BELIEVE, WHICH IS IN THE OFFICES AND WHEN PEOPLE SAW THAT FILING IN THE MAGNITUDE OF IT, THEY WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED. THEY SAW THE DETAIL. YOU WOULD GET FAR MORE FROM THAT AND I GUESS WE’VE FILED THAT, NOW, THREE TIMES. YOU WOULD GET FAR MORE FROM THAT THAN A TAX RETURN BUT WHEN YOU ARE UNDER AUDIT — AND I’M UNDER CONTINUOUS AUDIT BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY COMPANIES AND IT IS A VERY BIG COMPANY, FAR BIGGER THAN YOU WOULD EVEN UNDERSTAND. BUT, IT’S A GREAT COMPANY, BUT IT’S BIG. IT’S COMPLEX. IT’S PROBABLY FEET HIGH, IT’S A VERY COMPLEX INSTRUMENT AND I THINK THAT PEOPLE WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND IT. IF I WERE FINISHED WITH THE AUDIT, I WOULD HAVE AN OPEN MIND TO IT. I WOULD SAY THAT. I DON’T WANT TO DO IT DURING THE AUDIT. REALLY, NO LAWYER FROM THE OTHER SIDE, THEY SAY OFTEN — NOT ALWAYS — BUT WHEN YOU ARE UNDER AUDIT, YOU DON’T SUBJECT IT TO THAT. YOU GET IT DONE AND THEN YOU RELEASE IT. WHEN THAT HAPPENS AND IF THAT HAPPENS, I WOULD HAVE AN OPEN MIND TO IT. >>HE WOULD NOT TURN OVER THE TAX RETURNS? >>NOBODY WOULD. NOBODY RETURNS AN AUDIT LIKE THAT. >>I WAS TEMPTED TO ASK WHY YOU LIKED OPERA SO MUCH BUT I THINK I WILL GO ON TO THE QUESTION — >>WHY DO I LIKE OPRAH? WHY IS THAT A QUESTION? >>JUST ASKING. >>I DO LIKE OPRAH, BY THE WAY. SHE WAS A PERSON I KNEW WELL. SHE CAME TO MY PLACE IN PALM BEACH OFTEN AND I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR HER. UNFORTUNATELY, SHE DIDN’T DO THE TRICK. >>THE REAL QUESTION, YOU SAID FROM THE PODIUM THAT — ARE YOU OFFERING A MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY SCENARIO TO THE DEMOCRATS? >>NEGOTIATION, NOT AT ALL. >>IF THEY START INVESTIGATING YOU, THAT YOU CAN PLAY THAT GAME AND INVESTIGATE THEM? >>I NO MERE THAN THEY KNOW. >>CAN YOU COMPARTMENTALIZE THAT AND WORK WITH THEM FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY OR ARE ALL BETS OFF? >>OF THEY DO THAT, ALL IT IS IS A WARLIKE POSTURE. >>YOU HEARD MY ANSWER. >>MR. PRESIDENT, I WANTED TO CHALLENGE YOU ON ONE OF THE STATEMENTS YOU MADE ON THE TAIL OF THE CAMPAIGN. >>HERE WE GO. >>THE CARAVAN WAS AN INVASION — >>MR. PRESIDENT, THE CARAVAN WAS NOT AN INVASION, IT’S A GROUP OF MIGRANTS MOVING UP FROM CENTRAL AMERICA TOWARD THE BORDER WITH THE U.S. >>THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME. >>WHY DID YOU CHARACTERIZE IT AS SUCH? >>BECAUSE I CONSIDER IT AN INVASION. UMD I HAVE A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION. >>DO YOU DEMONIZE IMMIGRANTS? >>I WANT THEM TO COME INTO THE COUNTRY BUT THEY HAVE TO COME IN LEGALLY. THEY HAVE TO COME IN THROUGH A PROCESS AND I WANT IT TO BE A PROCESS AND I WANT PEOPLE TO COME IN. WE NEED THE PEOPLE. YOU KNOW WHY WE NEED THE PEOPLE, DON’T YOU? WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES MOVING IN AND WE NEED THE PEOPLE. >>YOUR CAMPAIGN HAD AN AD SHOWING MIGRANTS CLIMBING OVER WALLS. >>THAT’S TRUE. THEY WEREN’T ACTORS. IT’S TRUE. DO YOU THINK THEY WERE ACTORS? THEY WEREN’T ACTORS. THEY DIDN’T COME FROM HOLLYWOOD. THESE WERE PEOPLE — THIS WAS AN ACTUAL — YOU KNOW — IT HAPPENED FEW DAYS AGO. >>THEY WERE HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY. IT’S NOT AN INVASION. >>HONESTLY, I THINK YOU SHOULD LET ME RUN THE COUNTRY AND YOU RUN CNN AND IF YOU DID IT WELL — YOUR RATINGS — >>IF I MAY ASK ANOTHER QUESTION — >>THAT’S ENOUGH, THAT’S ENOUGH. THAT IS ENOUGH. THAT IS ENOUGH. >>ONE OTHER QUESTION IF I MAY ASK ON THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION. ARE YOU CONCERNED –>>I’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT ANYTHING. IT’S A HOAX. THAT’S ENOUGH. PUT DOWN THE MICROPHONE. >>ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT INDICTMENTS COMING DOWN IN THIS INVESTIGATION? MR. PRESIDENT? >>I TELL YOU WHAT, CNN SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF ITSELF HAVING YOU WORKING FOR THEM. YOU ARE A RUDE TERRIBLE PERSON. YOU SHOULDN’T BE WORKING FOR CNN. GO AHEAD. VERY RUDE PERSON, THE RATE YOU TREAT SAAH HUCKABEE IS HORRIBLE AND THE WAY YOU TREAT OTHER PEOPLE, IT’S HORRIBLE. YOU SHOULDN’T TREAT PEOPLE THAT WAY. PETER, GO AHEAD. >>AND JIM’S DEFENSE, I’VE TRAVELED WITH HIM IN WASHINGTON. >>I’M NOT A BIG FAN OF YOURS, EITHER, TO BE HONEST. >>LET ME ASK A QUESTION. >>YOU AREN’T THE BEST. >>MR. PRESIDENT –>>JUST SIT DOWN, PLEASE. WHEN YOU REPORT FAKE NEWS — WHEN YOU REPORT FAKE NEWS, WHICH CNN DOES A LOT, YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. GO AHEAD. >>MR. PRESIDENT, OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS IN THE CAMPAIGN, SIR, YOU REPEATEDLY SAID THAT AMERICANS NEED TO FEAR DEMOCRATS. YOU SAID DEMOCRATS WOULD UNLEASH A WAVE OF VIOLENT CRIME THAT ENDANGERS FAMILIES EVERYWHERE. WHY ARE YOU PITTING AMERICANS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER? >>ARE YOU TRYING TO BE HIM? LET ME JUST TELL YOU. VERY SIMPLE. BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY WEEK ON CRIME. THEY HAVE OFTEN SUGGESTED MEMBERS AND PEOPLE WITHIN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AT A HIGH LEVEL HAVE SUGGESTED GETTING RID OF ICE, GETTING RID OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, OKAY? WE WANT TO BE STRONG ON THE BORDERS AND WE WANT TO BE STRONG ON LAW ENFORCEMENT AND I WANT TO CHERISH ICE BECAUSE ICE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB. WHAT THEY DO FOR US, IT’S UNRECOGNIZED HOW GOOD A JOB THEY DO AND WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THEM AND WE WANT TO HOLD THEM VERY CLOSE BECAUSE THEY DO A GOOD JOB. >>TO BE CLEAR — >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SIT DOWN. >>YOU DIDN’T ANSWER MY QUESTION. VERY SIMPLY, WHY ARE YOU PITTING AMERICANS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER, SIR? IS THAT HOW YOU VIEW CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY? >>WE WON A LOT OF ELECTIONS LAST NIGHT AND DID VERY WELL LAST NIGHT. I THINK IT’S GOING TO HAVE A VERY POSITIVE IMPACT. I WATCHED NBC THIS MORNING AND THEY DIDN’T REPORT IT EXACTLY CORRECTLY BUT THAT IS A FACT WITHIN NBC AND NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT THAT BUT I WANT THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE PROTECTION. WE WANT SECURITY IN OUR COUNTRY. I WANT SECURITY, PETER. YOU MAY NOT THINK IT’S SO IMPORTANT AND I THINK WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE IT, YOU ARE, INDEED, UNLEASHING CRIME. I FEEL THAT. >>YOU SAID YOU WOULD SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP? >>ASKED ME THAT QUESTION A LITTLE BIT LATER. GO AHEAD. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. THE INVESTIGATION BY SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE LAST SPRING, IT’S BEEN OVER ONE YEAR. >>A LONG TIME. >>IT’S BEEN OVER YOUR HEAD AND THE REPUBLICANS HEADS, IS THIS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, TO STOP THAT INVESTIGATION? >>I COULD HAVE ENDED IT ANYTIME I WANTED, BUT I DID AND THERE WAS NO COLLUSION, NO ANYTHING. I DIDN’T. THEY WENT AFTER HACKERS IN MOSCOW AND I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THAT. THEY WENT AFTER PEOPLE WITH TAX PROBLEMS FROM YEARS AGO AND THEY WENT AFTER PEOPLE WITH LOANS AND OTHER THINGS. NOTHING TO DO WITH MY CAMPAIGN. THIS IS AN INVESTIGATION WHERE MANY, MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAS BEEN SPENT AND THERE IS NO COLLUSION. THERE IS NO COLLUSION. I THINK IT’S VERY BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY, I WILL TELL YOU, I THINK IT’S A SHAME. A POLL CAME OUT FROM NBC, OR AT LEAST I SAW IT ON NBC WHERE A MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE DID NOT AGREE WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION, OR IT WASN’T APPROVED. THEY HAVE APPROVAL AND DISAPPROVAL AND IT HAD A MUCH HIGHER DISAPPROVAL. IT SHOULD END BECAUSE IT’S VERY BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. THE TREMENDOUS EXPENSE ON THE OTHER THING, THEY SHOULD LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE, ALSO. THEY ONLY LOOK AT ONE SIDE, NOT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT CAME UP DURING THIS INVESTIGATION. THEY DON’T DO THAT. THEY SHOULD ALSO GET PEOPLE, NOT 13, 14 — 17 — I CALL THEM THE ANGRY DEMOCRATS. THEY ARE ANGRY PEOPLE AND IT’S A VERY UNFAIR THING FOR THIS COUNTRY. FORGET ABOUT UNFAIR TO ME, IT’S VERY BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. >>MR. PRESIDENT, IF IT’S UNFAIR TO THE COUNTRY AND COSTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, WHY DON’T YOU JUST — >>I’VE ANSWERED THE QUESTION. >>I WILL GIVE YOU VOTER SUPPRESSION. YOU JUST HAVE TO — SIT DOWN, PLEASE. SIT DOWN, I DIDN’T CALL YOU. I DIDN’T CALL YOU. I WILL GIVE YOU VOTER SUPPRESSION. TAKE A LOOK AT THE CNN POLLS, HOW INACCURATE THEY WERE. THAT’S CALLED VOTER SUPPRESSION. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT >>I’M NOT RESPONDING. EXCUSE ME, I’M NOT RESPONDING TO YOU. I’M TALKING TO THIS GENTLEMAN. WILL YOU PLEASE SIT DOWN? EXCUSE ME, PLEASE SIT DOWN. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. >>VERY HOSTILE, SUCH A HOSTILE MEDIA. SO SAD. YOU ASK ME, YOU RUDELY INTERRUPTED HIM — YOU RUDELY INTERRUPTED HIM. GO AHEAD. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. DO YOU HAVE IMMIGRATION AND EXCHANGE FOR THE DACA FIX, ARE YOU WILLING TO CHANGE ANY OF THOSE DEMANDS THAT YOU GAVE TO CONGRESS EARLIER? >>I THINK WE COULD REALLY DO SOMETHING HAVING TO DO WITH DACA. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WITH DACA, WE COULD HAVE DONE SOME PRETTY GOOD WORK ON DACA BUT A JUDGE RULED THAT DACA WAS OKAY. HAD THE JUDGE NOT RULED THAT WAY, I THINK WE WOULD HAVE MADE A DEAL. THEN, THE DEMOCRATS DIDN’T WANT TO TALK ANYMORE. WE WILL SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT AT THE SUPREME COURT. >>[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]>>FROM WHERE? GO AHEAD. >>WHERE DO YOU WANT ME TO TAKE THE QUESTION? GO AHEAD. ARE YOU TOGETHER? GO AHEAD. >>MR. PRESIDENT, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO CRITICS WHO SAID THAT YOUR MESSAGE ON THE CAMPAIGN TOWARD MINORITIES HAS BEEN POLARIZING? >>I DON’T THINK IT HAS BEEN, AT ALL. >>THE ELECTION OF TWO MUSLIM WOMEN, IT IS MAKING HISTORY. >>WHAT ARE YOU SAYING? >>IS IT A REBUKE OF THIS MESSAGE AND MORE EFFECTIVE OF MULTIETHNIC AND MULTICULTURAL AMERICA? >>I CAN ONLY SAY THIS, IF YOU LOOK AT THE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND ASIAN AMERICANS, FOR HISPANIC AMERICANS, THEY ARE AT A HISTORIC HIGH. A POLL CAME OUT RECENTLY WHERE MY NUMBERS WITH HISPANICS AND WITH AFRICAN-AMERIANS ARE THE HIGHEST AND BEST THEY’VE EVER BEEN. THAT TOOK PLACE TWO OR THREE DAYS AGO. I HAVE THE BEST NUMBERS WITH AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC AMERICAN THAT I’VE EVER HAD BEFORE. YOU SAW THE SAME POLL. I CAN SAY THIS, YOU LOOK AT MEDIAN INCOME, YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS AND THEY ARE DOING THE BEST THEY’VE EVER DONE. IT REFLECTS, IT’S VERY REFLECTIVE IN THE POLLS. >>MR. PRESIDENT, I’M FROM BROOKLYN AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND ME. MY QUESTION IS ON HEALTHCARE. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP PREMIUMS DOWN AND COVER PRE- EXISTING CONDITIONS WITHOUT THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO FUND IT? >>FIRST OF ALL, WHAT WE ARE DOING — AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ALSO, SECRETARY A’S ARE, WHAT THEY’VE DONE, THEY’VE COME UP WITH INCREDIBLE HEALTHCARE PLANS CAUSING GREAT COMPETITION AND DRIVING THE PRICES DOWN BUT WE ARE GETTING RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE BECAUSE IT WAS UNFAIR TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. WE ARE COVERING THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT BUT THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE WAS A DISASTER BECAUSE PEOPLE THAT COULDN’T NECESSARILY AFFORD IT HAD TO PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF NOT HAVING TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE AND IT WAS BAD HEALTHCARE AT THAT. WE ARE WORKING MANY PLANS FOR HEALTHCARE AND CREATING TREMENDOUS COMPETITION. WE HAD OBAMACARE REPEALED AND REPLACE AND UNFORTUNATELY, ONE PERSON CHANGED HIS MIND AT THE LAST MOMENT AND WE HAD NO GOVERNMENT — WE HAD NO DEMOCRAT SUPPORT, NOT ONE VOTE. WE WOULD HAVE REPEALED IT AND REPLACED IT AND WE WOULD HAVE HAD A LARGE SCALE, VERY GOOD HEALTH CARE PLAN AND NOW, WE ARE DOING IT A DIFFERENT WAY. GETTING RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IS A VERY, VERY POPULAR THING AND A VERY IMPORTANT THING AND PEOPLE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT. >>TWO QUESTIONS. YOU WENT THROUGH THE RESULTS AND YOU OBVIOUSLY STUDIED THEM LATE LAST NIGHT. WHAT LESSON DID YOU LEARN MOST FROM LOOKING AT THE RESULTS? WAS THERE ONE THING AS YOU REVIEW THAT YOU WOULD CHANGE YOUR STRATEGY, NOT JUST FOR CONGRESS, BUT A FOLLOW-UP? >>PEOPLE LIKE ME AND LIKE THE JOB I’M DOING? IF YOU LOOK AT EVERY PLACE I WENT TO DO A RALLY, I COULDN’T DO IT WITH EVERYBODY AND IT WAS VERY HARD TO DO IT WITH PEOPLE IN CONGRESS BECAUSE THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY STOPS. BUT, I DID IT WITH THE SENATE AND ENDED WITH ANDY BARR, AS YOU KNOW. AND HE WON, A VERY TOUGH RACE AGAINST MCGRATH. A VERY TOUGH RACE IN KENTUCKY AND HE WAS DOWN QUITE A BIT AND I WENT THERE AND HAD WE HAD A TREMENDOUS RALLY. SOME OF YOU WERE AT THAT RALLY AND HE WON THAT RACE BUT I COULD ONLY DO THAT SO MUCH BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY PLAYERS INVOLVED. I DID FOCUS ON THE SENATE AND WE HAD TREMENDOUS SUCCESS WITH THE SENATE. >>ONE MORE QUESTION, MR. PRESIDENT. A RARE OPPORTUNITY. A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE RUSHING TO IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE AND YOU KNOW THE DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020. DO YOU WANT TO LOCK DOWN YOUR TICKET RIGHT NOW? WILL THE VICE PRESIDENT BE YOUR RUNNING MATE IN 2020? >>WELL, I HAVEN’T ASKED HIM, BUT STAND UP, RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND — I’M ONLY KIDDING. WILL YOU BE MY RUNNING MATE? THE ANSWER IS YES. THAT WAS UNEXPECTED, BUT I FEEL VERY FINE. >>MR. PRESIDENT, GOING BACK TO THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND THE POTENTIAL INVESTIGATIONS FROM THE NOW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN CONGRESS, SOME SAY THAT YOU COULD STOP ALL THIS BY DECLASSIFIED –>>I COULD FIRE EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW BUT I DON’T WANT TO STOP IT. POLITICALLY, I DON’T LIKE STOPPING IT. IT’S A DISGRACE AND SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN STARTED BECAUSE THERE WAS NO CRIME. EVERYBODY HAS CONFLICTS, THEY ALL HAVE CONFLICTS OVER THEY ARE BEYOND ANYTHING THAT ANYBODY HAS EVER SEEN IN TERMS OF CONFLICTS. IT’S FROM THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ASKED FOR JOBS, THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE VERY GOOD FRIENDS ON THE SIDE, REALLY GOOD FRIENDS LIKE JAMES COMEY. BY THE WAY, HE LIED AND LEAKED AND ALSO LEAKED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND NOTHING HAPPENED THERE. IT MIGHT, PERHAPS. MAYBE SOMETHING IS HAPPENING I DON’T KNOW ABOUT. I STAY AWAY FROM IT. DO YOU KNOW WHAT I DO? I LET IT GO ON. THEY ARE WASTING A LOT OF MONEY BUT I LET IT GO ON BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. YOU ARE RIGHT. I COULD STOP IT RIGHT NOW AND SAY THAT INVESTIGATION IS OVER. BUT, IT’S REALLY A DISGRACE, FRANKLY. IT’S AN EMBARRASSMENT TO OUR COUNTRY, AND IT’S AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY AND IT’S TOO BAD. >>WHAT ABOUT THE DECLASSIFICATION OF THE DOCUMENTS? >>WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT VERY SERIOUSLY. >>CAN I ASK ONE MORE QUESTION? >>IT’S AMAZING HOW PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE DON’T WANT THOSE DOCUMENTS DECLASSIFIED BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT VERY CAREFULLY. I WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE MIDTERMS. >>CAN I ASK YOU ONE MORE QUESTION, MR. PRESIDENT? >>MR. PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE CAMPAIGNED AS A PRO-LIFE PRESIDENT AND HAVE DEFENDED THE RIGHTS OF UNBORN CHILDREN AND YOU NOW HAVE A DIVIDE IN CONGRESS. >>A VERY TOUGH ISSUE. >>HOW WILL YOU PUSH FORWARD YOUR PRO-LIFE AGENDA? >>I WILL PUSH. I’VE BEEN PUSHING. IT’S A TOUGH ISSUE FOR THE TWO SIDES, NO QUESTION. I WON’T BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN WHAT I WILL DO BECAUSE IT’S AN ISSUE THAT IS A VERY DIVISIVE AND POOR LYSING ISSUE. — POOR LYSING — POLARIZING ISSUE. WE WILL BE WORKING ON THAT. >>SHE TOOK YOUR PLACE, BUT THAT’S OKAY. >>MR. PRESIDENT, A QUICK QUESTION ON RURAL AMERICA. IN INDIANA AND NORTH DAKOTA, FOLKS TURNED OUT FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR TRADE AND THE FARM BILL? >>THE FARM BILL IS WORKING REALLY WELL. WE COULD HAVE HAD IT APPROVED ANY TIME BUT WE ARE GETTING WORK RULES APPROVED. THE FARMWORKERS WANTED AND I’D LIKE IT BUT THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT GIVING US THE BOATS WE NEED. EVERYBODY WANTS IT. THE FARMERS WANT IT, BUT THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT APPROVING THE FARM BILL WITH WORK RULES. WE COULD HAVE IT VERY FAST WITHOUT THE WORK RULES BUT WE WANT THE WORK RULES IN AND THE DEMOCRATS JUST DON’T WANT TO VOTE FOR THAT. AT SOME POINT, THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY A PRICE. JEFF? >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. PRESIDENT. HAVE YOU SEEN EVIDENCE THAT RUSSIA OR CHINA INTERVENED IN YESTERDAY’S ELECTION? >>WHERE GOING TO MAKE A FULL REPORT AND UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, WE’VE DONE A LOT OF WORK ON THAT ISSUE. IF YOU SPEAK WITH THE FBI AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND SPEAK TO HOMELAND SECURITY, WE’VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME. IT GETS A LITTLE COVERAGE IN THE PAPERS. YOU COVER THE NONSENSE PART, BUT YOU DON’T COVER THE IMPORTANT PART AND THIS IS IMPORTANT. WE’VE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD ON CHINA AND RUSSIA AND EVERYBODY ELSE LOOKING INTO OUR ELECTIONS OR MEDDLING WITH OUR ELECTIONS. >>WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO SAY TO PRESIDENT Xi AND PRESIDENT PUTIN WHEN YOU MEET WITH HIM LATER THIS MONTH? >>I HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH BOTH. I KNOW PRESIDENT Xi BETTER BUT I THINK I HAVE A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH BOTH. I ACTUALLY HAD A VERY GOOD MEETING IN RUSSIA THAT YOU PEOPLE DIDN’T AGREE WITH. THAT’S OKAY. IT DOESN’T MUCH MATTER, OBVIOUSLY. THE FACT IS THAT I HAD A VERY, VERY GOOD MEETING, A VERY GOOD MEETING WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN AND A LOT WAS DISCUSSED ABOUT SECURITY, ABOUT SYRIA AND UKRAINE AND ABOUT THE FACT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA ALLOWED A VERY LARGE PART OF UKRAINE TO BE TAKEN IN RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE SUBMARINES OFF THAT PARTICULAR PARCEL THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. >>THAT WAS PRESIDENT PUTIN WHO AN EX-CRIMEA. >>IT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S REGIME, DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA, RIGHT? >>IT WAS PRESIDENT PUTIN THAT DID THE ANNEXATION. >>IT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. >>MR. PRESIDENT, YOU ARE A MAN WHO LIKES TO WIN BUT LAST NIGHT WAS NOT AN ABSOLUTE VICTORY FOR YOU. >>I WILL BE HONEST, I THOUGHT IT WAS A VERY CLOSE TO COMPLETE VICTORY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF NEGOTIATION AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF DEALMAKING — IT’S ALL ABOUT DEALMAKING — AGAIN, IF WE HAD THE MAJORITY AND WE HAD ONE, TWO OR THREE VOTES TO PLAY WITH, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN AT A STANDSTILL AND I REALLY BELIEVE WE HAVE A CHANCE TO GET ALONG VERY WELL WITH THE DEMOCRATS AND IF THAT’S THE CASE WE CAN DO A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LEGISLATION AND GET IT APPROVED BY BOTH PARTIES. I CONSIDER IT TO BE — LOOK — PRESIDENT OBAMA CAMPAIGN VERY HARD IN GEORGIA. OPRAH WINFREY CAMPAIGN VERY, VERY HARD ALL OVER THE TELEVISION. I SAID THIS IS GOING TO BE TOUGH. I ONLY HAD ME, I DIDN’T HAVE ANYBODY ELSE AND I WENT TO GEORGIA AND WE HAD ONE OF THE LARGEST CROWDS ANYBODY HERE HAS SEEN AT A POLITICAL RALLY, EVER. YOU KNOW WHAT? HE WON. HE WON BY A PRETTY GOOD MARGIN. HE WON. THEN, WE WENT TO FLORIDA AND THEY HAD CELEBRITIES ALL OVER THE PLACE. A MAN WHO HAPPENS TO BE A VERY SMART PERSON WAS RUNNING, RON DESANTIS AND PEOPLE DIDN’T GIVE HIM A CHANCE. I WENT AND WE DID SOME GREAT WORK AND THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT GOVERNOR FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND THEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE SENATE AND A LOT OF MONEY WAS POURING IN FOR THE DEMOCRATS. THIS IS A MAN WHO HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR 44 YEARS OR SOMETHING, A MAN WHO WAS A PROFESSIONAL AT GETTING ELECTED AND BEING IN OFFICE. BILL NELSON, NOT EASY TO BEAT, OKAY? BUT THEY HAD A LOT OF CELEBRITIES COMING IN FOR NELSON AND EVERYBODY COMING OUT FOR NELSON. RICK SCOTT WON AND I HELPED HIM. I THINK WE’VE DONE AN AMAZING JOB AND YOU COULD LOOK AT MANY OTHER PLACES. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER PLACES. WE JUST GOT THE WORD THAT IN IOWA, YOU HAVE A GOVERNOR WHO JUST GOT EXTENDED. AND, NUMEROUS OTHER PLACES. I THINK IT WAS A GREAT VICTORY AND SOME OF THE NEWS THIS MORNING, IT WAS THAT IT WAS A GREAT VICTORY BUT IF YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF GRIDLOCK, I REALLY BELIEVE THERE’S GOING TO BE MUCH LESS GRIDLOCK BECAUSE OF THE WAY THIS IS GOING. >>SIT DOWN, PLEASE. GO AHEAD. >>MR. PRESIDENT, LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT A CAMPAIGN PROMISE HE MADE DOWN THE STRETCH, A 10% TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. YOU TALKED ABOUT GRIDLOCK AND DEMOCRATS NOW RUN THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. IF IT MEANS A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS BUT MEANS RAISING RATES ELSEWHERE WITH CORPORATIONS OR THE WEALTHIEST, IS THAT A TRADE-OFF YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO MAKE AND ABLE TO ENACT? >>YOU KNOW THIS WILL HAVE TO BE, NOW, PROPOSE. IF WE DID IT NOW, WE DON’T HAVE THE VOTES IN THE SENATE. WE WOULD NEED TO HEAD DEMOCRAT VOTES. IF WE COULD GET THAT, WE WOULD PASS IT VERY EASILY BUT THERE’S NO REASON TO WASTE TIME BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE VOTES IN THE SENATE. AS AN EXAMPLE, IF THE DEMOCRATS COME UP WITH AN IDEA FOR TAX CUTS, AND I’M A BIG BELIEVER IN TAX CUTS, I WOULD ABSOLUTELY PURSUE SOMETHING, EVEN IF IT MEANS SOME ADJUSTMENT. >>ON WHAT SIDE? >>TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. NOW, IT WILL BE THEIR DECISION. THEY HAVE TO MAKE THAT DECISION. IF WE BRING IT UP TO THE SENATE, WE NEED 10 VOTES. >>JUST BECAUSE THE MARKETS WOULD WANT TO KNOW, SOME ADJUSTMENT — WOULD THAT BE 1%, 2% OR 3%? >>I WOULD CERTAINLY BE WILLING TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF ADJUSTMENT. >>MR. PRESIDENT, TWO QUESTIONS. ONE, YOU TALKED ABOUT LEADERS WHO HAD CALLED TO CONGRATULATE YOU. DID PRESIDENT PUTIN CALLED TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND WILL YOU MEET WITH HIM AT LUNCH THIS COMING WEEKEND? >>AS I UNDERSTAND IT, AND A LOT OF YOU ARE GOING OVER IT, WE ARE HAVING A LUNCH FOR NEW VERSUS — FOR NUMEROUS COUNTRIES. I WILL BE THERE AND I BELIEVE PRESIDENT PUTIN WILL BE THERE. WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING SCHEDULED. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE ANYTHING SCHEDULED IN PARIS AND I’M COMING BACK VERY QUICKLY. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT — IT’S GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT AND A BEAUTIFUL CEREMONY AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING. WE ARE REPRESENTING THE INCREDIBLE HEROES OF THE WORLD, THE HEROES OF OUR COUNTRY FROM WORLD WAR I. I WILL BE GOING THERE. VERY PROUD TO GO. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE TIME SET ASIDE FOR THAT MEETING. WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE ARE VERY SHORTLY MEETING AGAIN AT THE G20 WHERE HE WILL BE AND I WILL BE THERE AND THAT IS WHERE WE ACTUALLY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEET. WE WILL BE HAVING A LUNCH, BUT I THINK THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THERE. >>DID HE CALL YOU TO CONGRATULATE YOU? COULD I INVITE YOU, SINCE THIS IS QUITE A GATHERING, TO TALK ABOUT THE STAFF CHANGES THAT YOU EXPECT IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHILE WE ARE HERE, WE ARE EAGER TO HEAR ABOUT THEM? >>AS WE MAKE CHANGES, WE WILL SIT DOWN AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT IT. THERE IS NO GREAT SECRET. A LOT OF ADMINISTRATIONS MAKE CHANGES AFTER MIDTERMS. I WILL SAY THAT FOR THE MOST PART, I’M VERY, VERY HAPPY WITH THIS CABINET. >>WHAT ABOUT IN THE WHITE HOUSE, SIR? YOU HAVE A LOT OF WHITE HOUSE STAFF AND SOME HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT LEAVING. GENERAL KELLY IS RUMORED TO BE LEAVING. >>PEOPLE LEAVE. >>IS THAT GOING TO HAPPEN? >>PEOPLE LEAVE. I HAVEN’T HEARD ABOUT JOHN KELLY. PEOPLE LEAVE. THEY COME IN. THEY ARE HERE. IT’S A VERY EXHAUSTING JOB, ALTHOUGH I LOVE DOING IT, I MUST TELL YOU. IT’S EXHAUSTING FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. THESE PEOPLE START OFF, THEY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE, THEY START OFF AND TWO YEARS, THEY ARE OLD BY THE TIME THEY LEAVE. IT’S QUITE EXHAUSTING. I LOVE DOING IT AND I TELL YOU, THERE WILL BE CHANGES. NOTHING MONUMENTAL AND NOT DIFFERENT THAN MOST ADMINISTRATIONS. WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE LINED UP FOR EVERY SINGLE POSITION AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK IN THIS WHITE HOUSE. WE ARE A HOT COUNTRY. THIS IS A HOT WHITE HOUSE. WE ARE A WHITE HOUSE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO WORK WITH. BEHIND YOU, GO AHEAD. >>THIS IS BEEN A VERY CHALLENGING CAMPAIGN. >>A VERY CHALLENGING CAMPAIGN. >>IT HAD A LOT OF ABUSE AND VIOLENCE AND PEOPLE HAVE DIED DURING THE COURSE OF THIS CAMPAIGN. IS THERE ANY WAY IN WHICH YOU THINK THE TEMPERATURE COULD BE LOWERED AND PEACE COULD BREAK OUT WITH THE MEDIA AND PERHAPS YOUR BIPARTISAN RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS THE HOUSE ON THE SENATE MAY NOW PRODUCE SOME CHANGE? OR WILL WE HAVE MORE OF THE SAME? >>IT’S A FAIR QUESTION. LOOK, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE UNITY AND PEACE AND LOVE AND ANY OTHER WORD YOU WANT TO USE. OBVIOUSLY, I THINK WE HAD TO — ESPECIALLY AT THIS PARTICULAR JUNCTURE — WE HAD TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE MIDTERMS ARE OVER. NOW, THEY ARE OVER. IF THEY WOULD COVER ME FAIRLY, WHICH THEY DON’T — I’M NOT SAYING THAT IN A HOSTILE WAY — I GET EXTREMELY INACCURATE COVERAGE. I COULD DO SOMETHING FANTASTIC AND THEY WILL MAKE IT LOOK NOT GOOD. I DON’T MIND HAVING BAD STORIES. IF I MAKE A MISTAKE, COVER IT. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO COVER IT FAIRLY. BUT WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING TERRIFIC, LOOK HOW LITTLE THE ECONOMY IS TALKED ABOUT. A POLL CAME OUT TALKING ABOUT HOW LITTLE THE THREE NETWORKS — I DON’T THING THEY INCLUDED CNN — HOW LITTLE THE THREE NETWORKS TALK ABOUT HOW GOOD THE ECONOMY IS, HOW LITTLE. ALMOST NOT AT ALL. IF PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD THIS ECONOMY — AND BY THE WAY — IF THAT ADMINISTRATION — THROUGH SOMEBODY ELSE KEPT GOING — YOU WOULD HAVE HAD NEGATIVE 4.2 INSTEAD OF POSITIVE 4.2 GROWTH. THE POINT IS THIS — I WOULD LOVE TO SEE UNITY, INCLUDING WITH THE MEDIA. I’LL BE HONEST, I THINK IT’S A VERY DIVISIVE THING FOR OUR COUNTRY AND YOU WOULD BE AMAZED AND HOST SMART PEOPLE ARE THAT ARE READING YOUR STORIES, YOU’D BE AMAZED HOW PERCEPTIVE AND HOW SMART THEY ARE. THEY GET IT AND IT REALLY DOES BRING DISUNITY. EXCUSE ME. YOU ARE NOT CALLED ON. GO AHEAD. >>THANK YOU, PRESIDENT TRUMP. SHORTLY AFTER YOUR VICTORY SPEECH ON THE HISTORIC NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 2016, I ASKED YOU TO WHAT SINGLE FACTOR YOU MOST ATTRIBUTED THIS VICTORY TOO. >>YOU HAVE TO SPEAK UP. >>ON THE NIGHT OF YOUR VICTORY, I ASKED YOU RIGHT AFTER YOUR SPEECH TO WHAT YOU WOULD ATTRIUTE YOUR VICTORY AND YOU POINTED TO THE CEILING AND SAID IT WAS GOD. BASED OFF OF THAT, HOW WOULD YOU SAY, OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, GOD PLAYS WHAT KIND OF A FACTOR IN THE DAY-TO-DAY EXECUTION OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT? >>GOD PLAYS A BIG FACTOR IN MY LIFE AND GOD PLAYS A BIG FACTOR IN THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE THAT I KNOW VERY WELL IN THIS ROOM LIKE YOUR VICE PRESIDENT. GOD PLAYS A VERY BIG ROLE IN MY LIFE. >>ONE MORE QUICK ONE, A FOLLOW- UP. WHICH LOSS LAST NIGHT SURPRISED YOU THE MOST AND WHICH OF THESE UNSUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO CONSIDER? >>THERE WERE SOME LOSSES LAST NIGHT AND VICTORIES LAST NIGHT THAT HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLE. THERE WERE VICTORIES LAST NIGHT THAT NOBODY WOULD BELIEVE, ESPECIALLY BASED ON THE SUPPRESSION POLLS. THERE WERE SOME VICTORIES LAST NIGHT THAT WERE VERY SURPRISING, BUT I’M NOT GOING TO PICK OUT –>>WOULD YOU CONSIDER –>>IT’S TOUGH ENOUGH FOR THOSE PEOPLE. >>AS ONE OF THE VERY FEW OF THE 3.7% UNEMPLOYED, WOULD YOU CONSIDER ANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST LAST NIGHT FOR A POST IN THE ADMINISTRATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE? >>I KNOW A COUPLE OF GOOD ONES. YES I WOULD. >>MR. PRESIDENT, I ASKED YOU ON MONDAY IF THERE WAS ANYTHING THAT YOU REGRET IN YOUR FIRST TWO YEARS AND YOU SAID THAT AT TIMES YOU COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE USED A, QUOTE, SOFTER TONE. YOUR CRITICS, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, YOUR SKEPTICS, SAY THEY ARE NOT HOLDING THEIR BREATH ON THAT HAPPENING. WILL YOU, INDEED, HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR TONE TO GET THINGS PASSED IN CONGRESS AFTER LOSING THE HOUSE? YOU SAID YOU MIGHT EXTEND AN OLIVE BRANCH? >>I WOULD BE VERY GOOD AT A LOW TONE. WHEN THINGS ARE DONE NOT CORRECTLY ABOUT YOU, WRITTEN ABOUT YOU, SAID ABOUT YOU ON TELEVISION, WHEREVER IT IS — YOU HAVE TO DEFEND YOURSELF. I WOULD LOVE TO DO VERY EVEN TONE. IT’S MUCH EASIER THAN WHAT I HAVE TO DO. I HAVE TO GO AROUND. GOING AROUND IS MUCH EASIER THAN FACING SOMEBODY AND BEING TREATED FAIRLY. WHEN YOU ARE NOT TREATED FAIRLY, YOU REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A VERY EVEN, MODEST, BORING TONE. I WOULD BE VERY HONORED BY THAT BUT WHEN YOU HAVE TO FIGHT, ALL THE TIME FIGHT BECAUSE YOU ARE MISREPRESENTED BY THE MEDIA, YOU REALLY CAN’T DO THAT. >>REAL QUICKLY, NOT ABOUT THE MEDIA, BUT WHAT ABOUT CONGRESS? >>GO AHEAD. >>MR. PRESIDENT,? >>WHERE ARE YOU FROM? >>JAPAN. >>SAY HELLO TO SHINZO ABE. I’M SURE HE’S HAPPY ABOUT THE TARIFFS ON HIS CARS. >>WHEN YOU FOCUS ON ISSUES WITH JAPAN, WOULD YOU ASK JAPAN TO DO MORE? >>I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU. >>HOW WOULD YOU FOCUS ON TRADE? >>TRADE WITH JAPAN? WE ARE DEALING WITH JAPAN RIGHT NOW ON TRADE. JAPAN IS A GREAT COUNTRY, YOU HAVE A GREAT PRIME MINISTER, YOU HAD A SUCCESSFUL ELECTION. HE’S A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, ONE OF THE PEOPLE I’M CLOSEST WITH. I TELL HIM ALL THE TIME THAT JAPAN DOES NOT TREAT THE UNITED STATES FAIRLY ON TRADE. THEY SEND IN MILLIONS OF CARS AT A VERY LOW TAX AND THEY DON’T TAKE OUR CARS AND IF THEY DO, THEY HAVE A MASSIVE TAX ON THE CARS. I’M NOT BLAMING JAPAN, I’M BLAMING THE PEOPLE THAT WERE IN CHARGE OF THE UNITED STATES FOR ALLOWING THAT TO HAPPEN. AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE CLOSE TO $100 BILLION TRADE DEFICIT WITH JAPAN AND JAPAN HAS TREATED US VERY UNFAIRLY. >>HOW ABOUT NORTH KOREA? >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. SECRETARY POMPEO’S TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA HAVE BEEN POSTPONED. WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE? >>WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE IT BECAUSE OF TRIPS BEING MADE. WE WILL MAKE IT ANOTHER DAY. WE ARE VERY HAPPY HOW IT’S GOING WITH NORTH KOREA. WE ARE IN NO RUSH. >>DO EXPECT TO MEET KIM JONG- UN? >>EXCUSE ME. THE SANCTIONS ARE ON. THE MISSILES HAVE STOPPED. THE ROCKETS HAVE STOPPED. THE HOSTAGES ARE HOME. THE GREAT HEROES HAVE BEEN COMING HOME. MIKE PENCE WAS IN HAWAII WHERE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CEREMONIES THAT ANYONE HAS EVER SEEN FOR THE FALLEN — THESE ARE GREAT HEROES, VERY IMPORTANT. AS MANY YEARS AGO AS IT WAS, IN MANY CASES, GRANDCHILDREN WERE ASKING ABOUT THAT. THEY ARE COMING HOME AND THEY ARE BEING PROVIDED AS WE SPEAK. I READ A COUPLE OF TIMES AND I’VE SEEN A FEW TIMES WHERE HE’S DONE SO MUCH. WHAT HAVE I DONE? I MET. I LOVED TO TAKE THE SANCTIONS OFF BUT THEY HAVE TO BE RESPONSIVE, IT’S A 2-WAY STREET. WE ARE NOT IN ANY RUSH, AT ALL. THERE IS NO RUSH, WHATSOEVER. BEFORE I GOT HERE, THEY WERE DEALING WITH THIS FOR OVER 70 YEARS AND THE NUCLEAR FRONT, 25 YEARS. THAT IS A LONG TIME. I PROBABLY LEFT SINGAPORE FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS AGO AND WE’VE MADE MORE PROGRESS IN THAT FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS THAN THEY’VE MADE IN 70 YEARS AND NOBODY ELSE COULD HAVE DONE WHAT I’VE DONE. I WILL SAY THIS, VERY SIMPLY — WE ARE IN NO RUSH. THE SANCTIONS ARE ON AND WHATEVER IT IS. THAT MEETING WILL BE RESCHEDULED. EXPECT YOUR MEETING WITH KIM JONG-UN, SIR, WILL IT HAPPEN IN THE NEXT MONTHS? >>SOMETIME NEXT YEAR, I WOULD SAY. SOMETIME EARLY NEXT YEAR. >>A QUICK QUESTION ON THE MCA. HAVE YOU REPAIRED YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU? >>YES, I HAVE. WE HAVE A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. PRESIDENT. WE’VE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT DIVISION AND THE DIVISION THAT EXISTS IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW. SOME OF THE STATISTICS ARE DISTURBING TO EVERYONE, ANTI- SEMITIC INCIDENTS HAVE INCREASED 57% SINCE 2016 AND HATE CRIMES ARE ON THE RISE. WHY IS THAT AND WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT HER? >>IT’S VERY SAD AND I HATE TO SEE IT. AS YOU KNOW, I’VE DONE MORE — IF YOU WERE WITH US THE LAST TIME WE MET — BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAID THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE MORE FOR ISRAEL THAN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT, THOSE EXACT WORDS. JERUSALEM, PROTECTION, WORKING TOGETHER, SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS. THE BIG THING IS JERUSALEM. MANY, MANY PRESIDENTS HAVE SAID THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD THE EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM. NEVER HAPPEN. MAKING AT THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL, NEVER HAPPENED, NEVER HAPPEN. IT HAPPENED WITH ME, AND QUICKLY. NOT ONLY DID IT HAPPEN, WE BUILT THE EMBASSY AND THAT WOULD HAVE TAKEN ANOTHER 15 OR 20 YEARS AND COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND WE DID IT FOR A TINY AMOUNT OF MONEY. IT’S ALREADY DONE AND IT’S OPENED. NOBODY HAS DONE MORE FOR ISRAEL THAN DONALD TRUMP. THE NICE PART IS, THAT’S NOT ME SAYING IT, THAT IS PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU. >>WHAT ABOUT THE DIVIDES IN THIS COUNTRY? WHAT ABOUT HEALING THE DIVIDES IN THIS COUNTRY? >>WE WANT TO SEE IT HEALED IN ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK CAN HELP IS THE SUCCESS OF OUR COUNTRY. WE ARE REALLY SUCCESSFUL NOW. WE’VE GONE UP $11.7 TRILLION IN WORTH. CHINA HAS COME DOWN TREMENDOUSLY, TREMENDOUSLY. CHINA WOULD HAVE SUPERSEDED US IN TWO YEARS AS AN ECONOMIC POWER AND NOW THEY ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE. CHINA GOT RID OF THEIR CHINA 25 BECAUSE I FOUND IT VERY INSULTING. I SAID IT TO THEM. I SAID CHINA 25 IS VERY INSULTING. GOOD MEETING AND WE’LL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO. BUT I HAVE TO SAY THIS, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WILL SOON BE POURING INTO OUR TREASURY FROM TAXES THAT CHINA IS PAYING FOR US. AND IF YOU SPEAK TO MR. PILLSBURY WHO PROBABLY IS. HE SAYS THERE ISN’T ANYTHING LIKE IT, YOU KNOW WHO ELSE HASN’T? CHINA HASN’T. WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO MAKE A DEAL WITH CHINA BECAUSE I WANT TO HAVE GREAT RELATIONSHIPS WITH PRESIDENT XI AS I DO AND ALSO WITH CHINA. >>YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE ECONOMIC — HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR ROLE AS A MORAL LEADER. MR. PRESIDENT, JUST HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR ROLE AS A MORAL LEADER? >>THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE. >>AS A MORAL LEADER, THOUGH. >>I THINK I’M A GREAT MORAL LEADER AND I LOVE OUR COUNTRY. GO AHEAD, PLEASE. >>THANK YOU. YOU SAID EARLIER IN THIS PRESS CONFERENCE THAT DEMOCRATS HAD A CHOICE THAT YOU WOULD NOT WORK ON THEM WITH LEGISLATION IF THEY WERE INVESTIGATING YOU. DO YOU NOT HAVE A CHOICE IN THE MATTER AS WELL? DON’T YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY? >>NO, NO. I THINK IT’S VERY INAPPROPRIATE. WE SHOULD GET ALONG AND GET DEALS DONE. NOW, WE CAN INVESTIGATE. THEY LOOK AT US, WE LOOK AT THEM, IT GOES ON FOR TWO YEARS. THEN AT THE END OF TWO YEARS NOTHING IS DONE. NOW, WHAT’S BAD FOR THEM IS BEING IN THE MAJORITY I’M JUST GOING TO BLAME THEM. YOU UNDERSTAND. I’M GOING TO BLAME THEM, THEY’RE THE MAJORITY. HONESTLY, IT MAKES IT MUCH SIMPLER FOR ME. THEY WILL BE BLAMED. BUT I THINK NANCY PELOSI AND, YOU KNOW, HE PUT THAT STATEMENT OUT ABOUT BLOWS TODAY IF SHE’S SHORT OF VOTES BECAUSE, FRANKLY, I THINK SHE DESERVES AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT I WAS SARCASTIC OR WAS KIDDING BUT I WASN’T. SHE’S BEEN FIGHTING LONG FOR IT. I REALLY MEAN THIS. THIS WAS NOTHING SARCASTIC ABOUT IT OR — IT WAS REALLY MEANT WITH VERY GOOD INTENTIONS. I THINK SHE DESERVES IT. SHE’S FOUGHT LONG AND HARD. SHE’S A VERY CAPABLE PERSON, AND, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE OTHER PEOPLE SHOOTING AT HER TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE SPEAKERSHIP. AND I SAID I THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE IF WE CAN AND IF WE WILL IF SHE HAS A PROBLEM, I THINK I WOULD BE ABLE TO VERY EASILY SUPPLY HER THE NECESSARY THAT’S NOT SAID IN ANY WAY OTHER THAN I REALLY BELIEVE SHE DESERVES THAT POSITION. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT NANCY PELOSI AND I CAN WORK TOGETHER AND GET A LOT OF THINGS DONE, AONG WITH MITCH AND EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WE HAVE TO WORK WITH. I THINK WE’LL GET A LOT DONE. >>REPORTER: MR. PRESIDENT, WHY CAN’T YOU DO THAT WHILE SUBPOENAS COMING THROUGH? >>EXCUSE ME. >>REPORTER: WHY CAN’T YOU WORK TOGETHER WHILE THERE ARE INVESTIGATIONS OR SUBPOENAS IN PROCESS? >>I THINK WE WILL. LOOK, NOW THAT THE ELECTION IS OVER, NOW THE ELECTION IS OVER. NOW EVERYBODY IS IN LOVE. BUT THEN I SEE THE HOSTILITY OF QUESTIONS IN THE ROOM. I COME IN HERE AS A NICE PERSON WANTING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND I HAVE PEOPLE JUMPING OUT OF THEIR SEATS SCREAMING QUESTIONS AT ME. NO. THE ELECTION IS OVER, AND I’M, YOU KNOW, VERY — I AM EXTRAORDINARILY HAPPY. I REALLY AM. AND, BY THE WAY, I’D TELL YOU IF I WASN’T. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN FLORIDA. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN GEORGIA. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN SO MANY LOCATIONS WITH GOVERNORSHIPS. NOBODY TALKS ABOUT THE GOVERNORSHIPS. LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT WAS GIVEN TO THESE OTHER CANDIDATES AGAINST MY CANDIDATE. AND, I MEAN, I’M EXTRAORDINARILY HAPPY. AND IF I WASN’T, I’D LET YOU KNOW. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG. I MEAN, LOOK, YOU LOOK AT MIDTERMS AND YOU LOOK AT ELECTIONS GENERALLY, YOU SEE IT’S VERY RARE THAT A PARTY WHO HAS THE PRESIDENCY DOES WELL. WE DID UNBELIEVABLY WELL. TO WIN FLORIDA, BOTH THE SENATE AND THE GOVERNORSHIP AGAINST TWO VERY TALENTED PEOPLE? I’LL TELL YOU WHAT. WE DID INCREDIBLE. TO WIN GEORGIA WHEN YOU HAD SOME OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN THE WORLD CAMPAIGNING ENDLESSLY, INCLUDING PRESIDENT OBAMA, YOU KNOW, I TELL YOU WHAT, THIS WAS A GREAT VICTORY FOR US. AND, AGAIN, FROM A DEAL MAKING STANDPOINT, WE ARE ALL MUCH BETTER OFF THE WAY IT TURNED OUT BECAUSE I REALLY BELIEVE IF THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO, WE CAN DO A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF GREAT LEGISLATION. YES, PLEASE, GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: >>SHOULD WE KEEP THIS GOING FOR A LITTLE WHILE? >>REPORTER: YES, I THINK WE SHOULD KEEP THIS GOING. >>WHEN YOU GET BORED, TELL ME. HOPEFULLY NOT. I DON’T WANT TO OVERSTAY, BUT, PLEASE, GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: HI, MR. PRESIDENT. PBS NEWS HOUR. ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL YOU CALLED YOURSELF A NATIONALIST. SOME PEOPLE SAW THAT AS EMBOLDENING WHITE NATIONALISTS. NOW PEOPLE ARE — >>I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU SAY THAT. THAT’S SUCH A RACIST QUESTION. >>REPORTER: THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT SAY THAT NOW THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS SEEN AS SUPPORTING WHITE NATIONALISTS BECAUSE OF YOUR RHETORIC. >>I DON’T BELIEVE THAT. >>REPORTER: WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT? >>I DON’T KNOW. WHY DO I HAVE MY HIGHEST POLL NUMBERS EVER WITH AFRICAN- AMERICANS? WHY DO I HAVE AMONG THE HIGHEST POLL NUMBERS WITH AFRICAN- AMERICANS. I MEAN, WHY DO I HAVE MY HIGHEST POLL NUMBERS? THAT’S SUCH A RACIST QUESTION. HONESTLY, I MEAN, I KNOW YOU HAVE HAD WRITTEN DOWN OR YOU’RE GOING TO TELL ME. LET ME TELL YOU, THAT’S A RACIST QUESTION. >>REPORTER: AND, MR. PRESIDENT — >>YOU KNOW WHAT THE WORD IS? I LOVE OUR COUNTRY. I DO. YOU HAVE NATIONALISTS, YOU HAVE GLOBALISTS. I ALSO LOVE THE WORLD, AND I DON’T MIND HELPING THE WORLD, BUT WE HAVE TO STRAIGHTEN OUT OUR COUNTRY FIRST. WE HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS. EXCUSE ME. BUT TO SAY THAT WHAT YOU SAID IS SO INSULTING TO ME. IT’S A VERY TERRIBLE THING THAT YOU SAID. >>REPORTER: AND MR. PRESIDENT — >>GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: YOU TALKED ABOUT — >>EXCUSE ME. >>REPORTER: YOU TALKED ABOUT MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. HOW WILL YOU GET DEMOCRATS TO SUPPORT THAT POLICY? >>YOU HAVE TO ASK THEM. >>REPORTER: WHAT’S YOUR PLAN WITH DEMOCRATS ON THE TAX CUT PLAN? >>YOU KNOW WHAT MY PLAN IS? I’LL ASK THEM. IF THEY SAY YES I’M ALL FOR IT, AND IF THEY SAY NO, THEY NEED THEIR VOTES. GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: FRANCES KA CHAMBERS DAILYMAIL.COM. YOU SAID MANY TIMES ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL THAT YOU DIDN’T WANT NANCY PELOSI TO BE SPEAKER OR AT LEAST YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT HER AND CHUCK SCHUMER. >>IT’S NOT A QUESTION OF WANT. SO LET ME ANSWER. WOULD I HAVE PREFERRED WINNING BY TWO OR THREE OR FOUR? I WOULD ALMOST HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THAT. BUT CERTAINLY I LIKE TO WIN, AND IF I WIN SHE’S NOT GOING TO BE SPEAKER. >>REPORTER: WHAT DID SHE SAY TO YOU, THOUGH, YESTERDAY THAT MADE — >>WE HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION. HONESTLY, WE HAD A VERY WARM CONVERSATION. YOU KNOW, SHE LOVES THIS COUNTRY AND SHE’S A VERY SMART WOMAN. SHE’S DONE A VERY GOOD JOB. SHE WAS REALLY — I MEAN, SHE’S HAD A VERY — >>REPORTER: DID SHE PROMISE THAT THEY WOULDN’T SEEK TO IMPEACH YOU? >>WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT IMPEACHING. WE DIDN’T TALK — WHAT DO YOU DO? DO YOU IMPEACH SOMEBODY BECAUSE THEY CREATED THE GREATEST ECONOMIC SUCCESS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY? LET’S IMPEACH HIM BECAUSE THE COUNTRY IS SO SUCCESSFUL. LET’S IMPEACH HIM. HAS HE DONE ANYTHING WRONG THEY ASKED SOMEBODY, HAS HE DONE ANYTHING WRONG? NO, BUT LET’S IMPEACH HIM ANYWAY. AND THEY ALSO SAID LET’S IMPEACH JUSTICE KAVANAUGH. LET’S IMPEACH HIM. AND NOW THEY HAVE THE SECOND WOMAN COMING IN, THE FIRST OR SECOND. AND I HATE TO SAY THIS, BUT IT WAS PUBLIC. AND AFTER HIM WE’RE GOING TO IMPEACH THE VICE PRESIDENT, WE’RE GOING TO IMPEACH MIKE PENCE. MIKE PENCE DOESN’T GET IMPEACHED FOR ANYTHING. SO LET’S IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, AND THEN WE’LL IMPEACH THE VICE PRESIDENT. THESE PEOPLE ARE SICK. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY HAVE TO GET THEIR BEARING. REALLY, THEY HAVE TO GET THEIR BEARING. AND WHEN YOU ASK ABOUT DIVISION, THEY’RE THE ONES THAT CAUSE THE DIVISION. THEY CAUSE TREMENDOUS DIVISION. >>REPORTER: OKAY. REGARDING ALL OF THE RETIERPTS IN THE HOUSE, MR. PRESIDENT — RETIREMENTS IN THE HOUSE, MR. PRESIDENT, REALLY QUICKLY, YOU SUGGESTED — >>WHO IS RETIRING? >>REPORTER: YOU SAID THAT MANY OF RETIRMENTS THAT HAPPENED IN THE HOUSE MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR YOU IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE AND THAT IT WAS BECAUSE THEY WERE CHAIRMENSHIPS THAT WERE VACANTED. BUT JEFF FLAKE WASN’T A CHAIRMAN OF A COMMITTEE AND PAUL RYAN ALSO RETIRED THIS CYCLE, SO WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? WHY DO YOU THINK WHOSE FAULT IT IS BECAUSE OF THE RETIREMENT? >>I DID THE COUNTRY A GREAT SERVICE. GIVE HIM THAT. HE IS RETIRED. I’D LIKE TO CALL IT ANOTHER WORD, BUT WE’RE GOING TO TREAT HIM WITH GREAT RESPECT. GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. >>JEFF FLAKE, THAT’S ANOTHER BEAUTY. GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: TWO QUESTIONS, PLEASE. >>ONE. ONE. TOO MANY PEOPLE. >>REPORTER: ALL RIGHT. YOU SEEMED TO ENJOY THIS VENUE VERY MUCH. ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE THE STANDARD PRESS CONFERENCE A STAPLE OF THE REMAINING TWO YEARS — >>NO. >>REPORTER: OR WILL YOU HAVE MORE BRIEFINGS WITH SARAH SANDERS? >>YOU KNOW WHAT I DON’T DO — I THINK SARAH IS FANTASTIC. WHERE IS SARAH. SARAH IS SO GREAT. I THINK, SARAH, YOU’VE REPRESENTED ME SO WELL AND BEEN ABUSED. SHE’S BEEN HORRIBLY TREATED BY A LOT OF YOU. >>REPORTER: SO SHE’S GOING TO STAY ON AS PRESS SECRETARY. >>NO, NO. IT’S VERY INTERESTING. SARAH WAS TALKING ABOUT IT THE OTHER DAY. SO I HAD A PERIOD I FIGURED, YOU KNOW WHAT I’LL DO? I WON’T DO ANY REAL INTERVIEWS. THEY WERE ALL COMING UP. AND THEN OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS I DECIDED I’LL DO A LOT, I’LL STOP AT THE HELICOPTER, WE’LL DO A LOT. AND THEN THEY SAY WHY IS HE DOING SO MANY PRESS CONFERENCES, WHAT’S WRONG? SO WHEN I DON’T DO THEM, YOU SAY WHAT’S WRONG. WHEN I DO DO THEM YOU SAY WHAT’S WRONG. AND WHEN I GO IN THE MIDDLE YOU SAY WHAT’S WRONG. BUT YOU KNOW THAT, JOE, RIGHT? OKAY, GOOD. EXCUSE ME. YOU COMPLAINED ABOUT ACCESS WHEN I PURPOSELY JUST STAYED AWAY FROM THE PRESS FOR A WHILE BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE HOW IT WORKED. AND CAN I BE HONEST WITH YOU? IT DIDN’T WORK WELL. >>REPORTER: MR. PRESIDENT, CAN I FINISH THE QUESTION? SO SARAH WILL STAY ON AS PRESS SECRETARY? >>OKAY, PLEASE, GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: MR. PRESIDENT — LET ME GET THE MICROPHONE. FIRST OFF, I PERSONALLY THINK IT’S VERY GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE BECAUSE A FREE PRESS — >>I DO TOO. ACTUALLY, I DO TOO. >>REPORTER: IT’S VITAL — >>EARNED MEDIA, IT’S WORTH BILLIONS. GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: SO I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU IF THAT’S ALL RIGHT, IT’S A RARE OPPORTUNITY. FIRST JUST A POINT OF CLARIFICATION ON THE TAX RETURNS ISSUE. YOU BROUGHT UP THE AUDIT. THAT DOESN’T PREVENTYOU FROM RELEASING THEM. >>I KNOW IT. OH, SURE. I DIDN’T SAY IT PREVENTED ME. I SAID LAWYERS WILL TELL YOU NOT TO DO IT. WHAT’S YOUR NEXT QUESTION? COME ON, LET’S GO. MORE EXCITING QUESTION THAN THAT, PLEASE. >>REPORTER: SECOND ONE, MICHAEL COHEN RECENTLY SAID YOU CALLED BLACK VOTERS STUPID. >>THAT’S FALSE. >>REPORTER: OMAROSA HAS ACCUSED YOU OF USING THE “N” WORD AND THE RAPPER LIL JOHN SAID YOU CALLED HIM UNCLE TOM. WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE — >>I DON’T KNOW WHO LIL JOHN IS. >>REPORTER: HE WAS ON “THE APPRENTICE.” >>OH, I SEE. >>REPORTER: HAVE YOU EVER MADE RACIST REMARK? >>I WOULD NEVER DO THAT AND I DON’T MAKE RACIST REMARKS. AND IF I DID, YOU PEOPLE WOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT IT. I’VE BEEN HEARING THERE ARE TAPES FOR YEARS AND YEARS. NUMBER ONE, I NEVER WORRIED ABOUT IT BECAUSE I NEVER USED RACIST REMARKS, I HAVE NEVER USED RACIST REMARKS. OKAY. >>REPORTER: WELL, ONE POINT — NO, NO. ONE POINT OF FACT BECAUSE YOU TOLD HER — >>QUIET, QUIET. >>REPORTER: IT’S JUST 8%, SIR, SINGLE DIGITS. >>SEE? úWHEN YOU TALK ABOUT DI IT’S PEOPLE LIKE THIS THAT CAUSE DIVISION, GREAT DIVISION, GREAT — NO, NO. POINT OF FACT IS I’VE NEVER USED A RACIST REMARK. THAT’S THE POINT OF FACT. WHO ARE YOU FROM? >>REPORTER: [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION BRTS. >>YAHOO! NEWS, I HOPE THEY’RE DOING WELL. >>WHERE ARE YOU FROM? >>LEBANON. >>OH, LEBANON. >>REPORTER: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. WE ARE SO THANKFUL AS WELL TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY. PRESIDENT ERDOGAN SAID HE’S NOT GOING TO FOLLOW YOUR SANCTIONS, HE’S GOING TO KEEP BUYING OIL FROM — >>WHO SAID THAT? >>REPORTER: PRESIDENT ERDOGAN, TURKEY. >>I KNOW, I KNOW. >>REPORTER: AND YOU’RE GOING TO MEET HIM SOON. >>I JUST CAN’T UNDERSTAND HIM. >>REPORTER: YOU’RE GOING TO MEET HIM SOON, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE THIS TALK AND SOME COUNTRIES ARE GOING TO TAKE THE SAME STEPS THAT PRESIDENT ERDOGAN IS DOING. >>LET ME JUST TELL YOU ABOUT THAT. WE IMPOSED JUST RECENTLY THESE STRONGEST SANCTIONS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST ABOUT. I GUESS NORTH KOREA IS THERE TOO, BUT I GAVE SOME COUNTRIES A BREAK ON THE OIL. I DID IT A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THEY REALLY ASKED FOR SOME HELP. BUT I REALLY DID IT BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE OIL PRICES UP TO $100 A BARREL OR $150 A BARREL BECAUSE I’M DRIVING THEM DOWN. IF YOU LOOK AT OIL PRICES, THEY’VE COME DOWN VERY SUBSTANTIALLY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. THAT’S BECAUSE OF ME BECAUSE YOU HAVE A MONOPOLY CALLED OPEC, AND I DON’T LIKE — WAIT. AND I DON’T LIKE THAT MONOPOLY. I DON’T LIKE IT. AND OIL PRICES ARE COMING DOWN. SO RATHER THAN DECIDING TO BE AS TOUGH AS I AM ON MOST OF THE SANCTIONS, WHAT I’VE DONE IS I SAID WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT THAT WAY, WE’RE GOING TO LET SOME OF THE OIL GO OUT TO THESE COUNTRIES THAT REALLY DO NEED IT BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE THE OIL PRICES UP TO $100 OR $150 A BARREL WHICH COULD HAPPEN VERY EASILY. IT’S A VERY FRAGILE MARKET. VERY, VERY FRAGILE. I KNOW IT VERY WELL AND IT’S THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT DECISION. AND THEY’LL GET TOUGHER AS TIME GOES BY, MAYBE, BUT I DON’T WANT TO HAVE ANY AFFECT ON THE OIL PRICES WORLDWIDE WHERE I DRIVE THEM UP BECAUSE I CONSIDER THAT TO BE A TAX, AND I DON’T LIKE TAXES. >>REPORTER: THE PEACE PROCESS IN PALESTINE, THE PEACE PROCESS IS OVER. >>WHO? >>WHO? OH, CONGRATULATIONS TO JON TESTER. I’M SURE YOU’RE VERY UNHAPPY ABOUT THAT. GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: MR. PRESIDENT, CAN YOU ADDRESS — >>WE’LL TAKE A COUPLE OF MORE AND THEN WE’LL GO. >>REPORTER: CAN YOU ADDRESS CONCERNS IN PLACES LIKE GEORGIA WHERE PEOPLE WAITED IN LINE TO VOTE FOR HOURS WHERE VOTING MACHINES WEREN’T WORKING IN CERTAIN DISTRICTS. >>YOU THINK THAT’S THE REASON THAT THE CANDIDATE LOST? >>REPORTER: WELL, THERE ARE CONCERNS BEING RAISED THAT THAT WAS — >>I WASN’T IN GEORGIA. >>REPORTER: I KNOW. >>I LOVE THE STATE, I DO LOVE THE STATE. >>REPORTER: AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE ACCESS THAT PEOPLE WERE HAVING TO VOTING? >>I HEAR IT WAS VERY EFFICIENT IN GEORGIA. I HEARD IT WAS VERY EFFICIENT. AGAIN, YOU’D HAVE TO ASK THE STATE GOVERNMENTS BECAUSE JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO ASK THEM. >>REPORTER: YEAH, GO AHEAD, PLEASE. PLEASE, GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU EXPRESSED SOME CONCERNS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES UNFAIRLY CENSORING CONSERVATIVES DURING THE ELECTION. DO YOU ANTICIPATE WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO REGULATE THESE COMPANIES OR ARE YOU SATISFIED — >>I WOULD LOOK AT THAT VERY SERIOUSLY. I THINK IT’S A SERIOUS PROBLEM, AT THE SAME TIME YOU START GETTING INTO SPEECH, IT’S A VERY DANGEROUS PROBLEM. THAT COULD BE THE BEGINNING. SO IT’S VERY DANGEROUS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT I’M ONE THAT REALLY LIKES FREE SPEECH. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT I AM A BIG BELIEVER. AND WHEN YOU START REGULATING A LOT OF BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN. BUT I WOULD CERTAINLY TALK TO THE DEMOCRATS IF THEY WANT TO DO THAT, AND I THINK THEY DO WANT TO DO THAT. YES, SIR, GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA FAMOUSLY SAID THAT HE HAD A PEN AND A PHONE TO USE EXECUTIVE POWER ON ISSUES LIKE IMMIGRATION. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF USING EXECUTIVE POWER TO GET SOME OF YOUR IMMIGRATION AGENDA DONE? >>I DO. I DO. I THINK THAT SOME OF IT I CAN USE EXECUTIVE POWER ON SOME, NOT ALL. BUT, I MEAN, HE CERTAINLY USED IT. HE USED IT ON D.A.C.A., AND WHEN HE DID IT HE SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT THAT I’M NOT ALLOWED TO DO THIS, IT’LL NEVER HOLD UP, BUT I’M DOING IT ANYWAY, AND HE DID IT, AND THEY FOUND JUDGES THAT APPROVED IT. WE ALSO FOUND JUDGES THAT DIDN’T APPROVE IT, SO IT’S OBVIOUSLY GOING TO BE DETERMINED IN THE SUPREME COURT. AND IF THE COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA THINKS THEY SHOULD RULE WHICH IS WHAT HE SAID, THEN I WILL PROBABLY HAVE A DEAL WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WE WERE VERY CLOSE TO HAVING A DEAL UNTIL WE GOT THAT VERY STRANGE RULING. >>REPORTER: YOU ALSO MADE SOME PROMISES ABOUT IMMIGRATION DURING THE CAMPAIGN. I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU’RE GOING TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEM. >>WHICH ONE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? >>REPORTER: BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP, ARE YOU GOING TO SIGN AN ORDER TO BAIL? >>I’M LOOKING AT IT VERY SERIOUSLY. >>REPORTER: YES OR NO? >>THAT’S ANOTHER CASE THAT WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. >>REPORTER: ARE YOU GOING TO SEND 15,000 TROOPS TO THE BORDER? >>YOU’VE BEEN READING THE SAME DOCUMENTS A I HAVE. YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I’M DOING. WHAT’S YOUR NEXT QUESTION? >>REPORTER: ALSO ON THE KHASHOGGI MATTER, IT’S BEEN A MONTH SINCE THE DEATH OF MR. KHASHOGGI, THE JOURNALIST. >>VERY SAD THING, VERY TERRIBLE THING. >>REPORTER: DO YOU THINK SAUDI ARABIA IS GUILTY OF HAVING HIM MURDERED, AND IF SO — >>I WILL ISSUE AN OPINION ON THAT SUBJECT OVER THE NEXT WEEK. I AM WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH CONGRESS, WE’RE WORKING TOGETHER, SOME VERY TALENTED PEOPLE, AND WE ARE WORKING WITH CONGRESS, WE’RE WORKING WITH TURKEY, AND WE’RE WORKING WITH SAUDI ARABIA, AND I’M FORMING A VERY STRONG OPINION. GO AHEAD, JOHN. GO AHEAD, JOHN. >>REPORTER: MR. PRESIDENT, JUST A QUICK FOLLOWUP. YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT NANCY PELOSI, YOU SAID THAT NANCY PELOSI, SHE LOVES OUR COUNTRY. DO YOU REGRET SOME OF THE THINGS YOU SAID DURING THE CAMPAIGN? >>NO. >>REPORTER: THERE IS TIMES YOU SAID DEMOCRATS WANT TO PUT A WRECKING BALL TO OUR FUTURE. >>WELL, I BELIEVE THAT, WITH THEIR CURRENT POLICY THEY’RE USING A WRECKING BALL ON OUR COUNTRY, I BELIEVE THAT 100%. THIS WOULD BE A WRECKING BALL. BUT I THINK THERE’S A COMPROMISE SOMEWHERE AND I THINK THAT COULD BE REALLY GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY. HOW ABOUT ONE MORE? >>REPORTER: DO YOU REGRET THE AD THAT YOU DID THAT WAS BRANDED AS A RACIST AD AND EVEN FOX NEWS WOULDN’T AIR IT, NBC WOULDN’T AIR IT? >>NO. I’M SURPRISED YOU ASKED ME THAT QUESTION. I DO NOT. GO AHEAD, PLEASE. >>REPORTER: THANK YOU, SIR. AND I THINK WE’D ALL LOVE TO HAVE MORE OF THESE IF YOU’RE WILLING. IN 2017 SHORTLY AFTER YOU TOOK OFFICE YOUR HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT SHUTTERED A PROGRAM TO COUNTER HOME-GROWN RIGHT- WING EXTREMISM, WHITE SPREMCISM AND RELATED TERRORIST GROUPS, DOMESTIC TERRORIST GROUPS AND REDIRECTED THAT FUNDING TOWARDS FIGHTING ISLAMIC TERRORISM. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT WHITE SUPREMACIST TERRORISTS, RIGHT- WING TERRORISTS, THESE HOME- SIR? >>YEAH. >>REPORTER: AND WHAT IS YOUR ADMINISTRATION — PROBLEM. ELIEVE THAT’S A I BELIEVE ALL HATE IS A PROBLEM. I DO BELIEVE THAT IS A PROBLEM AND IT’S A PROBLEM THAT WE WANT TO SOLVE. >>REPORTER: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? SIR, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? YOU CUT OFF THE FUNDING. >>REPORTER: MR. PRESIDENT YOU’VE SAID — >>WE’VE GIVEN A LOT OF FUNDING FOR THAT. I DO BELIEVE IT’S A PROBLEM. AND CAN I TELL YOU WHAT? IT’S A PROBLEM THAT I DON’T LIKE EVEN A LITTLE BIT. GO AHEAD. >>REPORTER: WITH HERST TELEVISION. YOU’VE SAID PRETEND I’M ON THE BALLOT YESTERDAY, YOU CALLED IT A REFERENDUM ON YOUR PRESIDENCY. MANY LOCAL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY REJECTED YOUR MIDTERM MESSAGE, PARTICULARLY SUBURBAN WOMEN. HOW DO YOU BRIDGE THAT DIVIDE NOW? ALSO WITH THE INFLUX OF WOMEN COMING INTO CONGRESS? >>I THINK IT WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED. JUST LOOK AT THE RESULTS. MIDTERM ELECTIONS ARE DISASTERS FOR SITTING PRESIDENTS IN ADMINISTRATIONS. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL — AND, LOOK, YOU CAN WRITE IT ANY WAY YOU WANT, AND IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME — THIS HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RACES. HOW ABOUT OHIO? I DIDN’T EVEN MENTION — I MENTIONED FLORIDA, I MENTIONED GEORGIA. HOW ABOUT THE GOVERNOR OF OHIO? EXCUSE ME. EXCUSE ME. FANTASTIC MAN WHO WAS DOWN IN THE POLLS AND EVERYBODY WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS PERSON THAT WAS SO GREAT, AND I WENT UP THERE, AND I DID A RALLY. AND THEY HAVE NOW A GREAT GOVERNOR — THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT GOVERNOR OF OHIO FOR HOPEFULLY A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. BUT FOR FOUR YEARS. AND MIKE DEWINE IS A FANTASTIC PERSON. AND I WENT UP THERE FOR TWO REASONS BECAUSE I FELT THAT HIS OPPOSITION WAS NOT A GOOD PERSON AND WE KNOW A LOT ABOUT HIM, AND I FELT THAT MIKE WAS A FANTASTIC PERSON. AND HE WON, AND NOT ONLY DID HE WIN, HE WON EASILY. SO ADD THAT TO FLORIDA AND ADD THAT TO GEORGIA AND ADD THAT TO ALL THE OTHER RACES THAT WE WON OUTSIDE EVEN OF THE SENATE RACES WHICH WERE THE BIGGEST OF ALL BECAUSE THESE WERE RACES THAT, MIKE PENCE CAN TELL YOU AND SOME OF THE FOLKS OVER HERE CAN TELL YOU, THESE WERE RACES THAT WERE GOING TO BE UNOPPOSED. WE WERE NOT GOING TO OPPOSE CERTAIN OF THE PEOPLE RUNNING, CERTAIN SENATORS. THEY SAID THEY COULDN’T BE BEATEN. THEY SAID, HEIDI, COULD NOT BE BEATEN. PLEASE DON’T DO IT. THIS WAS A YEAR OUT. >>REPORTER: WHAT ABOUT IN THE SUBURBAN DISTRICTS? >>YOU’RE TELLING ME ABOUT POPULARITY. THEY SAID MANY OF THESE PEOPLE, WHEN I SAID NINE OUT OF 11, BUT I SAID MANY OF THEE THESE PEOPLE, THESE WEREN’T EASY RACES, THESE WERE TOUGH RACES, AND SO I THINK THE LEVEL OF POPULARITY — THE FIRST QUESTION I WAS ASKED WAS, WELL, WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED, WHAT ABOUT YOUR OWN POPULARITY. I THINK THAT’S WHAT I LEARNED IS I WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED BY THIS GREAT COUNTRY, BY THE PEOPLE OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY. AND I’M VERY PROUD OF THAT BECAUSE I LOVE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. THESE PEOPLE, WE ARE THE GREATEST PEOPLE, I LOVE THE PEOPLE — >>REPORTER: SO WHAT DO YOU SAY TO WOMEN, MR. PRESIDENT? >>AND I’M I’LL TELL YOU SOMETHING, WHEN — AND I’LL TELL YOU SOMETHING, WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE RACES IN FLORIDA WHICH WE WEREN’T EXPECTED TO WIN AND GEORGIA WHICH WE WEREN’T EXPECTED TO WIN, AND OHIO WHICH WE WEREN’T EXPECTED TO WIN, AND ONE — I MEAN, YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THEM, THE NUMBER OF VOTES THAT WE GOT IS INCREDIBLE. SO I’M REALLY HAPPY WITH NOT ONLY THE WAY IT CAME OUT, BUT THE RESPONSE TO ME AS YOUR PRESIDENT. AND AS YOUR PRESIDENT, I’VE MADE OUR COUNTRY SAFE, I’VE REBUILT AND AM IN THE PROCESS OF REBUILDING OUR MILITARY AND THE JOBS ARE HERE, EVERY ONE OF THEM, BUILT HERE, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE — VERY SHORTLY WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THE STRONGEST MILITARY OUR COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD, I’VE DONE MORE FOR THE VETS THAN ANY PRESIDENT HAS DONE, CERTAINLY IN MANY, MANY DECADES WITH CHOICE AND WITH OTHER THINGS, AS YOU KNOW, WITH OTHER THINGS. BUT OUR VETS ARE DOING BETTER THAN THEY’VE EVER DONE. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT CHOICE, CHOICE ALONE, I MEAN, JUST TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH CHOICE. BUT THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THE JOB THAT I’M DOING. >>REPORTER: LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020 — >>AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY WANT SO MUCH IS SECURITY. THEY WANT SECURITY, BOTH AT THE BORDER, THEY WANT IT WITH OUR MILITARY, THEY WANT IT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY WANT IT WITH I.C.E. YOU KNOW, WE’VE TAKEN OUT THOUSANDS OF M S-13 GANG MEMBERS, THOUSANDS — HARD TO BELIEVE, THOUSANDS OUT OF OUR COUNTRY. WOMEN OF OUR COUNTRY WHO ARE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE, THEY WANT SECURITY, THEY WANT SAFETY. THEY WANT FINANCIAL SECURITY ALSO. WE’VE DONE THAT. BUT THEY WANT PHYSICAL SECURITY, AND WE’VE TAKEN OUT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT SHOULDN’T BE IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT WE HAVE TO GET STRONG IMMIGRATION LAWS SO THEY DON’T COME IN. WE WANT LAWS WHERE THEY DON’T COME IN, WHERE WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE THEM OUT PER SE, AND, AGAIN, I’M VERY HONORED TO BE WITH ALL OF YOU. IT WAS A GREAT DAY YESTERDAY. IT WAS A GREAT EVENING. I THINK WE HAD A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS AND HOPEFULLY THE TONE CAN GET BETTER. HOPEFULLY THE TONE CAN GET A LOT BETTER. AND I REALLY BELIEVE IT BEGINS WITH THE MEDIA. WE USED TO CALL IT THE PRESS. >>REPORTER: DOES IT BEGIN WITH YOU, MR. PRESIDENT? >>I REALLY BELIEVE IT BEGINS WITH THE MEDIA. IF YOU WOULD COVER — AND IT WAS A VERY — THERE WAS A VERY INTERESTING STORY WRITTEN IN A VERY GOOD PAPER RECENTLY THAT TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT ISN’T GOOD WHAT THE MEDIA IS DOING AND THAT I DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIGHT BACK BECAUSE I’M TREATED VERY UNFAIRLY. SO I DO FIGHT BACK. AND I’M FIGHTING BACK NOT FOR ME, I’M FIGHTING BACK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. >>HI, EVERYONE, I’M REENA NINAN. YOU’VE BEEN LISTENING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP WEIGH IN FOR THE FIRST TIME ABOUT LAST NIGHT’S MIDTERM ELECTIONS. THE GOP LOST THE HOUSE BUT DID MAKE GAINS IN THE SENATE. WE WILL BE REAIRING THIS EXTRAORDINARY NEWS CONFERENCE LATER TODAY IN ITS ENTIRETY. >>> BUT, FIRST, I WANT TO GET TO OUR PANEL. JOINING ME NOW CBSN POLITICAL REPORTER CAITLINHUEY BURNS, CBS NEWS CONTRIBUTOR AND REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST LESLIE SANCHEZ AND OF COURSE CBS NEWS POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST JOEL PAYNE. ACTUALLY, YOU’RE JUST A DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST. I DON’T MEAN TO SAY JUST. YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO US. BUT I DON’T WANT TO GIVE YOU A NEW TITLE THAT YOU HAVEN’T EARNED QUITE YET, MY FRIEND. >>ABSOLUTELY. AGREED. >>CAITLIN, I WANT TO START WITH YOU. WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT SORT OF TALKING ABOUT THE SUCCESSES AND THE CANDIDATES THAT ALIGNED THEMSELVES WITH THEM AND THAT THEY HAD BIG BLOWOUTS. WAS THAT THE TAKEAWAY FOR REPUBLICANS YESTERDAY? >>IT WAS SO INTERESTING TO SEE EARLIER IN THIS PRESS CONFERENCE, THE PRESIDENT WAS PUBLICLY SHAMING REPUBLICANS WHO LOST LAST NIGHT, NAMING THEM BY NAME, MIA LOVE IN UTAH WHERE THAT SEAT IS STILL A TOSSUP, REPUBLICANS IN COLORADO, BASICALLY BLAMING THOSE REPUBLICANS WHO LOST IN THESE SUBURBAN DISTRICTS IN PART BECAUSE OF THE REACTION TO OVER THE COURSE OF HIS PRESIDENCY, BASICALLY BLAMING THEM FOR THE LOSS AND SAYING THAT THEY DID NOT DO WELL BECAUSE THEY DID NOT EMBRACE TRUMP. EARLIER THIS MORNING HE WAS PROJECTING A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN THE RESULTS, POINTING TO REPUBLICANS EXPANDING THEIR MAJORITY IN THE SENATE WHICH IS A VERY BIG DEAL, ESPECIALLY SINCE IT CAN BE THE BLOCKER FOR THE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE, BUT THIS PRESS CONFERENCE, THE WAY THAT HE WENT ON FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF I BELIEVE KIND OF SUGGESTS OTHERWISE, SUGGESTS — >>YOU FORGOT TO MENTION CHRIS KOBACH. HE FORGOT TO MENTION HIM IN THE LIST OF PEOPLE. >>THERE’S KOBACH, THERE’S ROSENDALE, THERE’S HELLER WHO BACKED HIM IN SUCH A MAJOR WAY. WHAT’S YOUR TAKEAWAY, LESLIE? I’M CURIOUS. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT. THERE’S SO MUCH TO TAKE AWAY FROM THAT PRESS CONFERENCE. YOU KNOW, THAT’S — AGAIN, WHAT’S FASCINATING — THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY I TAKE RIGHT HERE IS THE PRESIDENT SHAMED THEM. AS YOU REMEMBER, THERE WAS A REPUBLICAN CALL AND HE WAS PUTTING OUT THE MESSAGE THAT ANY CANDIDATE THAT WAS WITH HIM, THAT WENT AND RODE THE TRUMP AGENDA AND SUPPORTED THE PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO WIN AND ANYBODY ELSE WAS GOING TO BE LEFT ON THE WAYSIDE. HE SAID IT IN THE PRIERPS, HE FOLLOWED UP IN THE GENERAL, AND NOW HE’S BASICALLY SHAMING, TO BUILD ON THAT POINT, THESE CANDIDATES AND TO TEACH A LESSON TO THE ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS AND THE PARTY, PEOPLE THAT TRIED TO BE MORE NUANCED THAT IT DOESN’T BEHOOVE YOU TO DO THAT. >>I APOLOGIZE TO INTERRUPT YOU. I WANT TO TAKE YOU TO SOME WHO THINK MIGHT BE THE NEXT HOUSE SPEAKER. WE DON’T HAVE THAT YET. BUT BLOWS FLOWS, LET’S LISTEN IN — BUT NANCY PELOSI, LET’S LISTEN IN. >>FOR OUR SENIORS AND WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES, HEALTHCARE WAS ON THE BALLOT AND HEALTHCARE WON. YESTERDAY AMERICANS ELECTED AN EXTRAORDINARY CLASS OF DYNAMIC AND DIVERSE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES, MEMBERS ELECTED WHO REFLECT THEIR DISTRICTS AND EMBODY THE BOUNTIFUL DIVERSITY OF OUR NATION. WOMEN LED THE WAY TO VICTORY WITH AT LEAST 30 NEW WOMEN COMING TO THE CONGRESS. IS THAT NOT EXCITING? AND THERE’S STILL SOME RACES THAT ARE NOT FINALIZED YET. SO THERE COULD BE MORE. DEMOCRATS ALSO SECURED BIG WINS IN THE GOVERNORSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND E

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  • It's a shame that the democrats in the USA are so pig headed dumb. HELLO retards. TRUMP won and now wins again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there are two sides of the street in USA. Dumb and Stupidity.
    Don't laugh boys. Your heads will be next on the chopping block unless you get the "smarts"

  • Is there any Trumper out there that can explain this?

    President Trump November 9th "I do not know khow Matt Whitaker. President Trump last month "I know Matt Whitaker"

  • Charles Ringling says:

    I started hating obama in 2013 when he gave himself power over food, water and utilities so he could cut off or divert it if needed. Japan did that to starve people to death in WW2. Also his race vs. race, religion vs.. Religion rhetoric and the 2014 child torture by obama… hated bush too but trump is doing great.

  • 45 is so unprofessional a consistent liar at best he even made fun of republicans that lost in the circus party this is a person dont give a dam its all about him its not about AMERICA

  • He's right – CNN should be ashamed of their reporters! April Ryan was a pig thinking she could selfishly interrupt the process of the president calling on reporters. She thought she could yell out her questions out-of-turn. Then, the leftest news pamper her, especially CNN asking 'how could he speak to her like that.' Get a life US news casters – it's not all about you all, it's about America…

  • Ever seen someone who tans on tanning beds and wears the uv goggles?

    Lighter around the eyes, yet burned face.
    Doesn’t ever look good or natural.
    Come out and say it, Trump likes to tan but doesn’t like naturally tan people. 😂

  • Hahahaha! watch how fast beta Jim sits down when the President comes from behind the podium! Beta Jim's a total coward. He does it twice!!! God I love this President.

  • the O'Grady channel says:

    Isn't it a sign when New Yorkers know he is a con-artist and vote against him 9 to 1? Don't you think that is a clue? We know him for decades. He shouldn't manage a Target.

  • Jaworski Middleton says:

    In the study of artistry.:
    I hurd his assumely rasygien, is not them altough he uses his four freedom's his part of was destoryed for defyance to america in Mr. Obomb's term in office.
    Consultation.:(J.M.)

  • The Special Counsel was mandated to investigate Russian interference into the 2016 election which it did uncover. How is that a hoax?

  • It's very easy for Trump to 'act tough' in a situation where power status is disproportionate. He loves to insult female reporters, but put him in a room with Putin. he puts his head down like a submissive dog and sells out the American people. This is not a president…. This is a weak coward

  • I am from the uk and we see speeches and the like here with the likes of bbc and cnn and god trump could not have been any more insulting, disrespectful, arrogant and big headed you need him out of your white house. He should never have come to the uk we don't like him even though he thinks we do.

  • The real tragedy here is that for most Republicans this is who they want to represent them. They think that American has run out of stable individuals with objective thinking and are willing to settle for an obtuse, egregious, self serving, whimpering magistrate to lead their politics and agenda.

  • Trump is so rude. Terrible speaker, terrible manners. Zero professionalism. NOT presidential material. He also talks over people and shouts people down. Treating America like his boardroom. Ageing playboy wanna be politician.

  • Okay i don’t get any of this stuff I’m from Canada did he win the midterm or not I’m feeling kinda stupid for asking this question like real stupid

  • Thumbs down to Desi white man hating feminist and the black man with the suit that has nothing good to say about our great great president of the United States Donald J Trump

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  • Most Republican retirements in many years…are you still not getting it, Spanky? It’s you…they’re leaving because of YOU!

  • Trump certainly does speak nicely of himself, however, I don't blame him, given the awful things the obviously democrats are saying about him. He has every right to stand up for himself. Furthermore, he is correct, the United States of America is THRIVING right now, thanks to our current president.

  • I don't think he answered a single one of the reporters' actual questions. He just waited until they stopped talking (or in many cases, just interrupted them before they could even finish one sentence) and launched into an incoherent rant about how he's the bestest president in the history of the universe and the media is just so mean and unfair to him.

  • I feel bad for trump. He's made a huge difference in a positive way compared to other presidents and no matter what he does he's always under attack.

  • Can’t believe so many who cannot acknowledge all the good our President has done. All you can do is call him names which is incredibly not true and disrespectful. Its truly shameful!

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  • Patrick Leeuwen, van says:

    Clearly he's the product of an under-educated country. And it's happening all over the world. Educate people so they can make well-informed decisions, and the Trumps of this world wouldn't stand a chance.

  • Trump is highly energetic so his age really isn't an issue. He graduated from one of the best or the best business school in the country. Wharton.

  • Captain Cranium The Legendary says:

    Theres private sects watching and torturing Nebraskan cities citizens. Do something. Im sick of being stalked.

  • fishermans1friend says:

    Why did no journalist ask about climate change and the latest IPCC report which states that we need to be CO2 neutral (zero!!! net CO2 emission) by 2050!
    They also state in that report that very drastic changes are needed for economy to reach this. Humanity is capable of those drastic changes (e.g. when countries prepare for a war), so it is just a political question if the world will be able to limit the warming to 2 degree or if they will miss this, maybe even horribly miss it if we go on as we do right now or if we even increase our annual CO2 emissions and fossil energy consumption. Basically we are putting the burden for our too high consume level on future generations, because they have to deal with the environmental impacts which we are generating right now.

    Why can't we as the people vote on the questions which will get asked to the president (or at least on part of them)? #democrotizethemedia

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  • I guess people will think twice before supporting the old adage "Anyone can become President."
    Let's revise it to "Any intelligently educated and TESTED person can become President."

  • TaktSubo Wabi-Sabi says:

    The reincarnation of Adolf Hitler mixed with Jeffrey Dahmer, mixed with Pinocchio, mixed with whatever species that has not one shred of honor, integrity, morals or human decency!

  • Sandra Koekemoer says:

    I am a telepath from SA and I am being held against my will by the SA government I am asking every to pass on my message I want media coverage please forward my message

  • Kim Lawson for 5 says:

    Needs to be sent to a mental institution! "Oh this car is so good that it will last for the next 100 years" The lies are so rediculous. Is th as t what the US is. Rediculous!

  • He is crazy you know, If this was a disaster movie, you know the ones where a lunatic is elected President and blows up the world,? they ALWAYS look and sound like his. As a man I cant help but like him but not as the leader of the free world,

  • Mohd Asraff bin Mohd Abdul rahman says:

    Very Big thank you to Mr President Of United States President trump ,, from Me mohd Asraff A3352740 from Malaysia as The Hamble citizen person only .. that my identity malaysia Number from

  • Yesudeep Mangalapilly says:

    It’s funny how people who claim to be non-racist keep talking about white nationalism and call their president orange man. Shame on you losers.

  • the criminal element can grow faster than unwanted weeds in the neglected garden.

    this garden is well maintained since its birth and warrants the constant attention

    that we as good gardeners share as tilers of the soil.

    "R" (toss the weeds ) "water the grapes" ((fresh soil sprouts green))

  • josoverthehill says:

    You can spin it any way you want to, but the reality – that you CANNOT CHANGE – is, a BLACK MAN not only was president BEFORE you, but was BETTER AT IT. Accept it, DT, and your remaining time will be MUCH easier.

  • I love Trump's press conferences. I don't think he particularly jumps for joy
    In a room full of press people and liberal correspondents. I don't blame the president. But i like his interaction w/ them. I laugh a lot and get a kick out of his press conferences. It's not exactly meant for entertainment. But i find how press conferences entertaining!

  • That lady in the red coat couldn't have asked a more leading question. The fact is under obama was a sharp increase in division, especially racial-wise. He perpetuated the victim stance and perpetuated the fallacy that whites are racists. Which is not true at all for the majority. President Obama's attitude, demeanor, and slight comments emboldened division. Also i must add perpetuating a negative view of our policeman. Which adds fuel and spreads a negative mentality which is terrible. The fact is by and large cops are decent, fair, hardworking, professional persons.

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