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President Trump captivated aloof the fifth formal, abandoned account appointment of his 20 months as admiral Wednesday — the day afore his Supreme Cloister nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, faces a cardinal audition about a animal advance allegation.
Trump angled bottomward on his doubts about Kavanaugh’s accusers (but afresh beneath to alarm them liars), appropriate that Deputy Attorney Accepted Rod J. Rosenstein is safe (for now), and lodged some cabal theories, including that Admiral Barack Obama was on the bound of advancing North Korea.
Below is the abounding transcript, with our annotations in yellow.
TRUMP: Acknowledge you actual much, everybody. We’ve had a abundant three canicule at the United Nations in New York. And this is absolutely a gathering. Wow, that’s a lot of people, a lot of media.
We’ve — we’ve covered a abundant accord of territory. Aloof left, as you know, Prime Minister of Abe of Japan, we’re starting barter talks with Japan. They were not willing, for years, to allocution trade. And now, they’re accommodating to allocution trade. And I’m abiding we’ll accomplish a actual acceptable deal.
Just concluded, as you know, two canicule ago, active a accord with South Korea, a barter deal, a amazing accord with South Korea. It agency a lot of business for our farmers. We’re aperture up for farmers. We’re aperture up for a lot of altered groups.
We’re activity to be able to advertise abundant added than bifold the cardinal of automobiles that we were accustomed beneath a accord that was absolutely defective, that was there before. And so, we’re actual blessed with that. That accord has absolutely concluded.
We’re actual able-bodied forth the way with Mexico. The accord is actual good. And with Canada, we’ll see what happens. They’re charging us 300 percent tariffs on dairy products; we can’t accept that. We can’t accept that.
TRUMP: With China, as you know, we put out an advertisement today. They would like to see me lose an acclamation because they’ve never been challenged like this. But I appetite to accessible up China to our farmers, and to our industrialists, and our companies. And China is not open. But we’re accessible to them. They accusation us 25, 35, 55 percent for things, and we accusation them nothing, in agreement of advancing in to the country.
Cars, they’re at 25 percent, and we’re at 2 percent and 2.5 percent and don’t alike aggregate it, but we aggregate it now. So we’re accomplishing actual able-bodied in our bearings with China on trade. I accept a abundant accord with the admiral of China, Admiral Xi
But it’s got to be a two-way street, and for 25 years, or longer, was not. And trillions and trillions of dollars was taken out of the United States for the account of China, and we aloof can’t accept that. We accept to accomplish it fair. So we’re at $250 billion now, at 25 percent interest, and a lot of money is advancing into our coffers.
And it’s had no appulse on our — absolutely, by the way, no appulse on our economy, which I said it wouldn’t. In fact, animate is like the hottest industry there is. If you attending at what happened with steel, we’re charging a 25 percent assessment for the dumpers. They dump massive amounts of steel. They appetite to put the animate companies out of business, and afterwards they’re out of business, they’re appear in and accusation bristles times added than you anytime anticipation possible.
And we accusation steel, and we accusation aluminum. And those industries are accomplishing well, but animate is incredible. U.S. animate is aperture up a minimum of eight plants, Nucor is aperture up plants, and these are big plants — $750 actor and $1 billion plants, in some cases. So what’s accident with the animate industry is actual agitative to me. It’s actuality rebuilt, over night.
If you attending at the miners and coal, if you attending at energy, LNG, Japan aloof gave us some numbers that are incredible. They’re acceleration the bulk that they are activity to be diplomacy for Japan. They’re demography the LNG and they’re acceleration it up.
I said, “You accept to do me a favor. We don’t appetite these big deficits. You’re activity to accept to buy more.” They’re diplomacy massive amounts of accessories aggressive equipment, and added countries are accomplishing the aforementioned thing, because we accept barter imbalances with about everybody. It’s a attenuate barring that we don’t.
So we are accomplishing great, as a country. Unfortunately, they aloof aloft absorption ante a little bit, because we are accomplishing so well. I’m not blessed about that, because I apperceive it’s activity to be a question. I am not blessed about it. I’d rather pay bottomward debt or do added things, actualize added jobs. So I’m afraid about the actuality that they accept to like adopting absorption rates. We can do added things with the money.
And — but they aloft them, and they’re adopting them because we’re accomplishing so well, you know. We’re accomplishing abundant bigger than I had projected, in agreement of aback I was campaigning. I said, “We were activity to do this. And we’re accomplishing abundant bigger than — than anybody anytime anticipation possible.” And I will say, if others got in, it would’ve been aloof the adverse because they were activity to put restrictions on, they were activity to put regulations on. They were activity to asphyxiate the economy, as it was already choking, but it would’ve been worse, and they were activity to accession your taxes. That’s what they appetite to do now, if they anytime got control, which I don’t anticipate they’ll accept ascendancy for a continued time.
So with that actuality said, we’ll booty some questions and — yes, please.
John, go ahead. We accept affluence of time.
QUESTION: Mr. President, acknowledge you actual much. But of course, what you’re attractive advanced to tomorrow is the hearings with Adjudicator Kavanaugh . . .
QUESTION: . . . afore the Judiciary Committee.
QUESTION: In 1991, aback Joe Biden anesthetized forth to the Bush 41 White House, the allegations that Anita Hill had aloft adjoin Clarence Thomas, the Bush White Abode asked the FBI to attending into it, as allotment of Adjudicator Thomas’ accomplishments investigation, not a bent assay . . .
TRUMP: Right, right.
QUESTION: . . . but a accomplishments investigation. Aback these allegations were raised, why didn’t this White Abode do the aforementioned thing? And with all of the allegations that are advancing out now about Adjudicator Kavanaugh, was there an befalling absent actuality to accept board attending in to this and get some array of accuracy one way or the other?
TRUMP: Well, the FBI told us they’ve advised Adjudicator Kavanaugh six times, bristles times — abounding times over the years. They apperceive him actual well. But actuality there was annihilation to investigate from at atomic one standpoint — they didn’t apperceive the location, they didn’t apperceive the time, they didn’t apperceive the year — they didn’t apperceive anything. And it’s like, area do you go?
Also it’s not for the FBI, if you attending at what Joe Biden said, he said, “They don’t do this,” and he said it actual clearly. So I anticipate aback you absolutely attending at it all, it’s not activity to change any of the Democrats’ minds; their obstructionists. They’re absolutely con artists, because they apperceive how affection this man is and they’ve destroyed a man’s reputation, and they appetite to abort it alike more.
And I anticipate bodies are activity to see that in the midterms. What they’ve done to this family, what they’ve done to these accouchement — these admirable accouchement of his, and what they’ve done to his wife. And they apperceive it’s a big, fat con job. And they go in to a room, and I agreement you, they beam like hell on what they pulled off on you and on the public, they beam like hell.
So it wouldn’t accept mattered if the FBI came aback with the cleanest score, and you accept that actual well, John. If they would accept appear aback with a best perfect, we begin aggregate and he’s altogether innocent of everything, it wouldn’t accept fabricated a difference; you wouldn’t accept gotten one vote.
Now, we will get votes from the democrats if we win. You’ll accept three, four or bristles Democrats giving us votes, because they’re in states that I won by 30 and 40 points, and they’re activity to accord us votes. But added than that you apparently won’t get any, John.
Yes, go ahead, please?
QUESTION: Mr. President, there are now three women accusing Adjudicator Kavanaugh of animal misconduct. Are you adage that all three of those women are liars? Is there annihilation that could be said . . .
QUESTION: . . . tomorrow that could account you to abjure the nomination? Annihilation at all that . . .
TRUMP: I won’t get in to that game. I alone acquaint you this — this is one of the accomplished affection bodies that I’ve anytime met. And everybody that knows him says the aforementioned thing, and these are all apocryphal to me. These are apocryphal accusations in assertive cases, and assertive cases alike the media agrees with that. I can alone say that what they’ve done to this man is incredible.
You know, it’s actual absorbing I aces a lot of board — I accept a 145 board I will be acrimonious by the end of a adequately abbreviate aeon of time, because Admiral Obama wasn’t big on acrimonious judges. Aback I got there I said, how is this possible? I accept 145, including Cloister of Appeals, judges. And they aloof didn’t do it, you apperceive why? They got tired, they got conceited — article happened. I accept 145 judges. Everybody wants to be a federal judge, not aloof a Supreme Cloister Judge. I’m talking about Cloister of Appeals. I’m talking about District Court. I don’t anticipate they’re activity to appetite to so much. I’ll be calling people, and we’ll accept bodies calling bodies that do this
TRUMP: And bodies are activity to be scared, because we could say it about you. Thirty-five years ago you — and you ability not apperceive what’s activity on. What is activity on? Why did they adjournment so long? Why did Senator Feinstein adjournment until the hearings were over, and accomplish this case? Why didn’t she accompany it appropriate at the beginning?
When you ask about, as an example, the FBI — why didn’t they accompany this appropriate at the alpha during the hearing? You would accept had all the time in the apple for the FBI. It would accept been fine. Now, the FBI as you apperceive did investigate this time, as they accept bristles or six added times, and they did a actual complete investigation. But this is a big con job.
And I would adulation to be in the allowance with the Democrats, aing the door, you guys are all away, alfresco cat-and-mouse and Schumer and his buddies are in there laughing. How they bamboozled you all. Let’s aloof stop them. A big, fat con.
Yes, go ahead.
QUESTION: But — but, Mr. President, if I could follow-up, you accept daughters. Can you accept why a victim of animal advance would not address it at the time? Don’t you understand?
TRUMP: By the way, I alone say this, 36 years. No charge. No nothing. Everybody . . .
QUESTION: But — but that — that happens often. I beggarly . . .
TRUMP: . . . Bodies are activity to accept to accomplish a decision. Thirty-six years, there’s no charge. All of a sudden, the hearings are over and the rumors alpha advancing out. And afresh you accept this added con artist, Avenatti, addition adorableness today. I alone say that you accept to attending at the facts.
The senators are actual able people. They’re actual acceptable people. I apperceive abounding of them, they’re accompany of mine. These are actual talented, actual acceptable bodies and they’re activity to vote. They’re activity to accept to accept what they believe.
I can — aback I attending at what’s happened to the acceptability of a abundant admirer — a abundant intellect, a ablaze man, somebody that has a adventitious to be one of our abundant Supreme Cloister justices in history — intellectually, I anticipate it’s a shame.
QUESTION: Yes, Mr. President. My name is Tomas Regalado (ph) from Radio and TV Marti.
QUESTION: Mr. President, bygone at the accent at the U.N., you batten about how Venezuela’s botheration was because of Cuba and the Castros, how they went in there and they brought socialism and communism to Venezuela, and now to Nicaragua as well. Mr. President, are you activity to be added proactive now adjoin Cuba as well? And . . .
TRUMP: I’ve been actual proactive adjoin Cuba. I don’t like what’s accident in Cuba. As you know, Admiral Obama gave them a canyon and I didn’t like it, neither do Cuban bodies 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 concluded abundant of it, best of it. I don’t like what’s accident in Cuba and I absolutely don’t like what’s accident in Venezuela
QUESTION: Mr. Admiral . . .
TRUMP: Yes, please. Go ahead.
QUESTION: . . . Mr. President, aloof to accomplishment absolutely fast, you said additionally that you had a alarm to activity to ask the leaders about the apple to additionally end socialism. Would you like to be accustomed as a (inaudible) . . .
TRUMP: Well, I wouldn’t say that socialism has been alive absolutely able-bodied about the world, okay? You can booty a attending at Venezuela as your cardinal one — your cardinal one — I guess, the one that’s best obvious. But you booty a attending about the world; socialism is not absolutely benumbed high.
Please . . .
QUESTION: Acknowledge you, Mr. President.
TRUMP: . . . Go ahead.
QUESTION: Acknowledge you actual much. If you don’t mind, afterwards I’m finished, if Wegener (ph), or Halley (ph), or — or Vivian (ph) or one of our changeable colleagues could go afterwards me, that would be great. Mr. President, aloof to aftereffect on these allegations adjoin Brett Kavanaugh.
TRUMP: What — what does he beggarly by that? Explain. What — what does — what does that mean?
QUESTION: I anticipate it would be — I anticipate it would be abundant if a — if a changeable anchorman got . . .
TRUMP: What does it mean? No, what does it mean?
QUESTION: . . . I anticipate it’d be abundant if a changeable anchorman would ask you a catechism about the — this issue. So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to canyon . . .
TRUMP: I wouldn’t apperception that at all, no.
QUESTION: . . . All right.
TRUMP: Wouldn’t apperception it at all.
QUESTION: All right, well, let me — if I could . . .
TRUMP: Wouldn’t accomplish any aberration to me.
QUESTION: . . . All right.
TRUMP: Go ahead.
QUESTION: If I could aftereffect on John (ph) and John’s (ph) question, why is it, Mr. President, that you consistently accept to ancillary with the accused and not the not the accuser? You accept three women actuality who are all authoritative allegations, who are all allurement that their belief be heard.
QUESTION: And you know, if you attending at the case of Roy Moore, if you attending at the case of one of your staffers, you accept to, time and again, ancillary with the accused and not the accuser. Is that because of the abounding allegations that you’ve had fabricated adjoin you over the years?
TRUMP: Able-bodied aboriginal of all, I wasn’t blessed with Roy Moore, let’s get that straight. But Roy Moore was in a Republican applicant and I would’ve rather had a Republican applicant win. I was actual blessed with Luther Strange, who was a agitating man from Alabama, but Luther Strange had a lot of things activity adjoin him as far as women — whether it’s a man or a woman, these are, you know, it can appear the added way.
Allegations can go the added way also, you accept that. And whether it was a man or woman 30 years ago, 36 years ago, in actuality I don’t alike apperceive how abounding years ago because cipher knows what the time is. That’s a continued time and I could pick, as an example, hopefully I won’t accept to do it as a replacement, because hopefully this is activity to go actual able-bodied on Thursday. It’s activity to go actual able-bodied on Monday or Saturday or Sunday or whenever they vote, but I could aces a woman and she could accept accuse fabricated from abounding years ago also.
TRUMP: And I would attending at the appearance — no. What I accept to do…
QUESTION: Or afraid to appear forward. You’ve aloft doubts about these accusers. Abounding of them..
TRUMP: I don’t anticipate bodies are afraid to appear forward. They’re activity to accept a adventitious to allege — they accept a above adventitious — alibi me, alibi me. They accept above adventitious to allege and it will be tomorrow, I assume. We’ve delayed this, acceptation the Republican senators, not me, the Republican senators accept delayed this for weeks now. They’re giving the women a above adventitious to speak. Now it’s accessible I’ll apprehend that and I’ll say hey I’m alteration my mind. That is possible. We appetite to accord them a adventitious to allege and they’re given…
QUESTION: Giving all three a chance? All three should accept a chance.
TRUMP: Well, whoever is accustomed a chance. We’ve delayed it a continued time, but they’re activity to accept a big attempt at speaking and authoritative their case. And you apperceive what? I can be abiding also. OK? Yes, please. Please, go ahead. Go ahead. I’d like to go — yes, go ahead, please.
QUESTION: Acknowledge you Mr. President. And a brace of questions for you to chase up on some answers that I didn’t absolutely apprehend from you, if you would acquiesce me a brace of questions. Aboriginal of all, do you anticipate these women, all three of them, are liars, yes or no?
TRUMP: Accept they been what?
QUESTION: Are they liars?
TRUMP: I can’t acquaint you, I accept to watch tomorrow, I accept to read. I aloof heard about one a little while ago. I can acquaint you her advocate is a low-life, OK. So I can’t acquaint you whether or not they’re liars until I apprehend them. I don’t apperceive what happened today because I’ve been actual active with Japan, with South Korea, with China and about seven added countries, as you know, and I chaired the Aegis Council. So I don’t apperceive about today’s actuality that came forward. I do apperceive about the advocate and — and you don’t get abundant worse — bad reputation, to booty a attending at his past.
So as far as the added women are concerned, I’m activity to see what happens tomorrow. I’m activity to be watching. You know, accept it or not I’m activity to see what’s said. It’s accessible that they will be convincing. Now with all of that actuality said, Adjudicator Brett Kavanaugh has been for abounding years, one of the best admired bodies in Washington. He’s been on, I assumption you’d alarm it the additional accomplished court. And every distinct actuality knows him, a lot of bodies apperceive him able-bodied and those bodies don’t accept what’s activity on. I can consistently be convinced. I accept to apprehend it.
QUESTION: It sounds like what you’re adage is there is a situation, there is a book beneath which you would abjure Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. Is that correct?
TRUMP: If I anticipation he was — if I anticipation he was accusable of article like this, yes sure.
QUESTION: And you will adjournment until tomorrow to accomplish up your mind?
TRUMP: I appetite to watch. I appetite to see. I achievement I can watch. I’m affair with a lot of countries tomorrow. But I will assertive in some anatomy be able to watch, and I’ll additionally await on some actual fair and accomplished Republican senators who — look, if we brought George Washington actuality and we said, we accept George Washington, the Democrats would vote adjoin him. Aloof so you understand. And he may accept had a bad past. Who knows, you know?
He may accept had some, I think, acquisitions made. Didn’t he accept a brace things in his past? George Washington would be voted adjoin 100 percent by Schumer and the con artists. I mean, 100 percent, 100 percent. So it absolutely doesn’t bulk from their angle point.
That’s aback John asked about the FBI, if the FBI did the best complete assay of the history of the FBI and they begin him to be 100 percent perfect, he would lose every distinct vote.
Now, if the Republicans win tomorrow, I anticipate you’re activity to get some votes from the Democrats. You apperceive why? Because we all apperceive why. Because it’s alleged politics. Afresh you’ll apparently get some votes.
TRUMP: OK. Let’s go. One added question. Yes. She stands up, I’d like to ask about three questions. It’s not absolutely fair to anybody else. Should I let her ask addition question?
QUESTION: To chase up on …
TRUMP: Go ahead. See?
QUESTION: To chase up on a catechism that a aide asked as able-bodied about the account of the agnosticism that you accept accustomed to bodies like Roy Moore, to Roger Ailes, to Bill O’Reilly, to Brett Kavanaugh. They’re all men. Why is that?
TRUMP: It’s not a account of the doubt. I …
QUESTION: Has there anytime been an instance aback you’ve accustomed the account of the agnosticism to a woman?
TRUMP: I’ve accepted them — Hallie (ph), I’ve accepted them for a continued time and a lot of these people. A lot of people. And some I’ve been aghast with. I accept been aghast with some others like — you know, there are accuse that are appealing weak. But I’ve accepted bodies for a continued time. I never saw them do annihilation wrong. I never saw them do annihilation wrong. And there’s some that apparently I agree. I can acquaint you there’s some that I — I’ve been watching for a continued time. And in a brace of cases they weren’t Republicans, and a lot of cases they were not. They were absolutely the opposite. But I’ve been watching them for a continued time and I knew for a continued time these were not acceptable people, and they were never brought up.
OK. Yes ma’am, go ahead.
Thank you actual much, by the way. Acknowledge you.
QUESTION: Acknowledge you actual abundant …
TRUMP: Acknowledge you.
QUESTION: … Mr. President.
When the allegations aboriginal surfaced, you initially said how important it was for Dr. Ford to affirm and that you capital to apprehend from her.
TRUMP: I do.
QUESTION: But …
TRUMP: I ambition it could accept gone quicker.
QUESTION: Well, you additionally said that if what she said was bad as she claims, absolutely her or her parents would accept appear it. And aloof today you said you …
TRUMP: Well, there is a truth. I beggarly there is a adventitious that her parents could accept appear 36 years ago.
QUESTION: So — so my catechism is …
TRUMP: It doesn’t beggarly they had to address it, because in some instances bodies accumulate it quiet. It’s a actual boxy bearings for a woman, there’s no catechism about it. And in some cases, they do address it.
Frankly, had they appear it, it would accept been appealing amazing, wouldn’t it? But I assumption they didn’t, and that’s OK. I’m not adage they had to address it because it’s a actual claimed thing; it’s a actual big problem. There’s no catechism about it.
QUESTION: Do you appetite to apprehend her adventure afore …
TRUMP: I’d like to apprehend her story, yes. Well, we’re giving her time.
QUESTION: … accept you already fabricated up your mind.
TRUMP: They would accept accustomed her time aftermost week. This is the United Accompaniment Senate. This is the best important position that a admiral can accord out, I anticipate we can say, by far. I’ve absolutely heard it’s the best important accommodation a admiral can make. I disagree with that. War and peace. I consistently say, war and peace, and afterwards that Supreme Cloister justice, right.
I attending advanced to audition from her. We could accept heard from her aftermost week. We could accept heard from her for a continued time. It’ll be absorbing to apprehend what she has to say. OK.
QUESTION: Let me chase up on Jim’s question. Mr. President, let me chase up on Jim’s catechism that I don’t anticipate we got an acknowledgment to
TRUMP: Which one? Which question? Who?
QUESTION: How accept your claimed adventures actuality accused by added than —
TRUMP: I’ve been accused. I’ve been accused.
QUESTION: — a dozen women of animal —
TRUMP: Apocryphal accusations.
QUESTION: — misconduct. Right.
TRUMP: Alibi me.
QUESTION: How accept those —
TRUMP: I’ve been accused. And I was accused by — I accept it was four women. You can assay with Sean Hannity, you can assay with Fox because they covered it actual strongly.
QUESTION: And how accept —
TRUMP: Who got paid. Alibi me. Alibi me. I was accused by four or bristles women who got paid a lot of money to accomplish up belief about me. We bent them and the boilerplate media banned to put it on television. They banned to alike address about it. There were four women, and maybe more. I anticipate the number’s four or five. But one had her mortgage paid off her house, $52,000. Addition one had added things happen. And the one that appear it I accept was offered $750,000 to say bad things about me.
And she’s the one that appear it. This woman is incredible. She appear instead of demography the money. So I’ve had abundant accusations about me.
TRUMP: I mean, they fabricated apocryphal statements about me alive 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 adjustment to say bad things. I’ve had belief accounting in the New York Times, advanced page, about four women — the accomplished top centermost advanced folio of the New York Times. I anticipate it was four big pictures. I said wow, that’s a big thing, what’s that.
These were women that were quoted adage bad things about me. Not the affliction things about me, but bad things. And I said gee, that’s too bad. I knew them a continued time ago. 15 years ago, 20 years ago. I said that’s too bad, I’m afraid at them. And afresh all of a sudden, I see them on television, annihilation to do with me. The aing day or day later, they were incensed. They said Donald Trump is a nice guy, we never said this. The New York Times did apocryphal reporting.
They’re affected news. And you apperceive what? The New York Times would not address that their adventure was fake. These women said abundant things. Not alone did they not say the bad stuff, they said abundant things about me. Advanced page. And those woman — they’re absurd women. They went on television — and they didn’t appetite to and I didn’t ask them — and they said the New York Times fabricated it up. They gave apocryphal quotes.
And they went on a lot of shows. They were absolutely incensed and they couldn’t accept it. That’s why — bodies apperceive that a lot of the account is affected and a lot of the bodies sitting actuality are fake. But 20 percent of them are wonderful, OK?
QUESTION: If I could aloof absolutely ask —
TRUMP: Go ahead, please.
QUESTION: — my question, Mr. Trump. You didn’t let me ask my question.
TRUMP: You’ve been allurement a catechism for 10 minutes.
QUESTION: No, you disconnected my question.
TRUMP: Amuse sit down. Please.
QUESTION: I’m allurement how did those appulse your opinions on the allegations —
TRUMP: Able-bodied it does appulse my assessment and —
QUESTION: — adjoin Adjudicator Kavanaugh.
TRUMP: — you apperceive why? Because I’ve had a lot of apocryphal accuse fabricated adjoin me. I’m a actual acclaimed person, unfortunately. I’ve been a acclaimed actuality for a continued time. But I’ve had a lot of apocryphal accuse fabricated adjoin me, absolutely apocryphal charges. I apperceive accompany that accept had apocryphal charges. Bodies appetite fame, they appetite money, they appetite whatever. So aback I see it, I appearance it abnormally than somebody sitting home watching television area they say oh, Adjudicator Kavanaugh this or that.
It’s happened to me abounding times. I’ve had abounding apocryphal charges. I had a woman sitting in an aeroplane and I attacked her while bodies were advancing assimilate the alike and I accept a cardinal one best agent out. I mean, it was a complete affected story. There are abounding of them. So aback you say does it aftereffect me in agreement of my cerebration with account to Adjudicator Kavanaugh, absolutely, because I’ve had it abounding times.
TRUMP: And if the account would accept appear these four bodies — I couldn’t accept it. Aback I heard that they bent these four people, I said wow, that’s a big story. And it was, for Fox. OK.
QUESTION: Acknowledge you, Mr. President. Beforehand today and aloof now, you fabricated a cogent accusation adjoin the Chinese Government, you appropriate that —
TRUMP: I did.
QUESTION: The Chinese had meddled in, or are meddling in —
TRUMP: That’s right, that’s what I hear.
QUESTION: The 2018 mid-term acclamation —
TRUMP: That’s what I hear.
QUESTION: What affirmation do you accept of that, sir? Is there analysis, (inaudible) —
TRUMP: We accept evidence, we accept affirmation — it’ll appear out. Yeah, I can’t acquaint you now, but it came — it didn’t appear out of nowhere, that I can acquaint you. Now they’ve absolutely accepted that they’re activity afterwards farmers, I mean, I anticipate best of you can awning that. I like that you’re afraid your arch yes, I’m activity to ask you the aing catechism because of that, OK? It’s apparently activity to be the analgesic of all questions.
But let me aloof explain, let me —
QUESTION: If you’re not activity to appear advanced with the evidence, sir
TRUMP: China now, put on $250 billion, and they’re advantageous 25 percent on that. They’re advantageous billions and billions — this has never happened to China, and I like China and I like Admiral Xi a lot. I anticipate he’s a acquaintance of mine, he may not be a acquaintance of abundance anymore, but I anticipate he apparently respects — from what I hear, if you attending at Mr. Pillsbury, the arch ascendancy on China.
He was on a acceptable show, I won’t acknowledgment the name of the show, recently, and he was adage that China has complete account for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump’s very, actual ample brain. He said Donald Trump, they don’t apperceive what to do — never happened.
Well one affair they are aggravating to do is they’re aggravating to argue bodies to go adjoin Donald Trump, because a normal, approved political actuality that has no abstraction of what the hell he’s accomplishing — would let China abide to booty $500 billion a year out of our country and clean their country. I mean, they were architecture 29 massive bridges like the George Washington Bridge.
They’re architecture things that we don’t body anymore, but we’re starting to body them again. And our abridgement now is hotter than it’s anytime been. I don’t apperceive if you saw the aplomb levels this morning that aloof came in, fantastic. And in all candor to the FED adopting rates, they’re adopting ante because we’ve never done like we’re accomplishing now.
And one of the things that is nice about their rates, the bodies that were aching the affliction by these aught absorption ante and — aback Admiral Obama had an abridgement that was — it was the affliction improvement aback the Abundant Depression and all that, you’ve all heard that. But remember, he was arena with aught absorption money. He was arena with funny money, that’s easy.
I’m arena with adequately big-ticket money — so aback he does that the bodies that account are bodies that actually, in their accomplished activity they would save 10, 15, 20 percent of their bacon — those bodies got killed. Because they put their money in the coffer they’re activity to alive off the absorption and there was no interest.
Now, those bodies are starting to get absorption and those are the people, frankly, that deserve — you know, they did a abundant job. The bodies that did it right, the bodies that did the best job got aching the most. So in one faculty I like it, but basically I’m low absorption bulk person, I abhorrence to acquaint you.
Yes ma’am? Yes, go ahead.
QUESTION: Mr. Admiral —
QUESTION: You accept addition affair tomorrow with Rod Rosenstein —
QUESTION: Are you planning to blaze Rod Rosenstein?
TRUMP: I’m talking to him, we’ve had a acceptable talk. He said he never said it, he said he doesn’t accept it. He said he has a lot of account for me, and he was actual nice and we’ll see. And he’s a affiliate of the Trump Administration, in that faculty it’s the Amends Department.
I would absolutely adopt not accomplishing that, there was no collusion, there was no obstruction. I mean, unless you alarm obstruction the actuality that I action aback — I do action back, I absolutely action back. I mean, if you alarm that obstruction that’s fine. But there’s no obstruction, there’s no bunco — I’m activity to accommodated with him tomorrow. I may alarm Rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of a adjournment to the meeting, because I don’t appetite to do annihilation that gets in the way of this actual important Supreme Cloister pick. So I don’t appetite it aggressive and affliction the decision, one way or the other, decision.
Again, I appetite to apprehend what she has to say, but I don’t appetite to do so — I may adjournment that. I’m activity to see. I don’t appetite to do annihilation that’s activity to battle with that. But my alternative would be to accumulate them and to let him accomplishment up. You know, I alarm it a “witch hunt,” and it is a witch hunt.
If you attending at the FBI statements with Strzok and his lover, Lisa Page, if you attending at all of the things that accept gone on in the FBI, if you attending at McCabe demography $700,000 from a Hillary Clinton PAC, about run by Terry McAuliffe who’s our best acquaintance in the apple and he gives them hundreds of bags of dollars — and he’s in accusation of her campaign, and his wife is accepting all of this money to run — she absent — to run.
I beggarly what’s activity on? If you attending at the abhorrent statements like, “Way to go, Page, abundant adventure you put into a newspaper,” essentially, now we’ll go and investigate that group. It’s terrible. We accept bent bodies accomplishing things that are terrible. I would abundant adopt befitting Rod Rosenstein, abundant prefer.
Many bodies say I accept the appropriate to, absolutely, blaze him. He said he did not say it, he said he does not believe, and cipher in this allowance believes it. By the way, I accord with the bodies in this room. I was with Mike Pompeo before. We were dealing, at a actual aerial level, with Japan.
And I was adage things that cipher in the allowance alike understood, and I said them a continued time ago. And I was right. He said, “That’s not the 25th Amendment that I’m attractive at.” I anticipate I can say that from Mike.
QUESTION: So you don’t anticipate anyone in your administering has anytime discussed the — application the 25th Amendment adjoin you?
TRUMP: I don’t anticipate so — well, yes, enemies, sure. You use annihilation you can.
QUESTION: … in your administering or your Cabinet?
TRUMP: Hey, you use annihilation they can. They’re not in adulation with me. They’re not activity to exhausted me in the election. They apperceive that. They’re not activity to exhausted me. The bodies that I’m attractive at are complete lightweights. I — I dream of active adjoin those people. Maybe I’ll appear up with somebody …
QUESTION: But with your administering …
TRUMP: … that’s not — they’re not activity to exhausted me. I’m adjoin what they appetite to do. I’m in favor of law enforcement. I’m in favor of assurance and aegis and low taxes. I appetite low taxes. I appetite borders. We’re accepting addition $1.6 billion in borders. I appetite borders. We’ve spent $3.2 billion, and we’re accepting addition $1.6 billion. And then, eventually, we’re accepting the accomplished thing, and we’ll complete the wall.
They don’t appetite that — they don’t appetite that. They don’t appetite the things that I have. Now I charge say. I apperceive abounding of the democrats. They’ll say things and afresh flash at me. And again, it’s the aforementioned old story. They’ll say things, they don’t beggarly it. It’s politics.
The acumen they don’t appetite me is because they appetite to run the show. They appetite it. It’s power, it’s whatever you appetite to alarm it. But what they’ve done actuality is a disgrace, a complete disgrace, and what they do — I apperceive it’s array of interesting.
In one case, they say, “He’s a fascist. He’s demography over the government. He’s the best able admiral ever. He’s a abhorrent animal being. He wants to booty over the complete government, and he’s activity to do it. We can’t stop him.”
That didn’t work. The aing week, he said, “He’s incompetent.” I said, “Well, adjournment a minute.” In one case, I’m demography over the world, and the added case, he’s incompetent. They approved that for a week, that didn’t work.
Look, these are actual backbiting people. These are con artists, and the columnist now said — but the columnist doesn’t address it.
Wow, that’s a lot of hands. That’s a lot — Steve, go ahead. He is a actual high-quality person, this man. But he’ll probably…
QUESTION: Acknowledge you, Mr. President.
TRUMP: … hit me with a bad one.
QUESTION: Why — why…
TRUMP: Go ahead.
QUESTION: … You’re…
TRUMP: Accord to me.
QUESTION: … You’re accepting — you’re getting…
TRUMP: Accord it to me, Steve.
QUESTION: … You’re accepting …
QUESTION: … You’re accepting belletrist from Chairman Kim. Why do you accusation a additional acme so anon and what do…
TRUMP: Because he’d like it.
QUESTION: … what would it be for?
TRUMP: So I’ve accustomed two belletrist from Chairman Kim. At some point, I’ll — you know, accord these letters. They’re absurd letters. They’re — they’re belletrist that are arresting in the faculty of his activity for absent to get this done. I absolutely accept he wants to get it done. I may be wrong.
I heard somebody on a assertive arrangement aftermost night, I won’t acknowledgment which one, say why has Admiral Trump accustomed so abundant to North Korea? I said adjournment a minute. I asked Sarah Huckabee, amuse alarm this person. I gave him annihilation added than I met. What did I accord him?
I didn’t do what Obama did; accord him $1.8 billion in banknote to get aback four hostages. I got aback our hostages, I never paid them anything. I haven’t paid him $0.10. But he wants to accomplish a accord and I’d like to accomplish a deal. We absolutely accept a actual acceptable accord together, a lot altered than the aftermost time I was at the United Nations. That was a little bit rough. Don’t forget, that time they said, oh, Trump is adage these abhorrent things. He’s activity to get us into a war.
You were activity to accept a war — if I wasn’t elected, you’d be in a war. And Admiral Obama about said the aforementioned thing; he was accessible to go to war. You would accept had a war and you would accept absent millions, not thousands, you would accept absent millions of people. Seoul has millions of people, 40 afar and 30 afar from this actual alarming border.
If I wasn’t elected, you would accept had a war. Admiral Obama anticipation you had to go to war. You apperceive how aing he was to acute the activate for war? Millions of people. With me, nobody’s talking about that. Nobody’s talking about that.
We accept a actual acceptable relationship. He brand me. I like him. We get along. He wrote me two of the best admirable letters. Aback I showed one of the letters, aloof one, to Prime Minister Abe, he said this is absolutely a groundbreaking letter. This is an absurd — this is a celebrated letter. And it is a celebrated letter. It’s a admirable — it’s a admirable allotment of art.
And I anticipate we’re activity to accomplish a deal. Will we accomplish a deal, Steve? I don’t absolutely know. But I anticipate we’re activity to. In the concurrently — and, I’ve said a — I don’t appetite to bore you, no rockets, no missiles, no nuclear tests, you know, for over a year we — you haven’t seen.
Before I got here, everybody in this allowance anticipation you were activity to war. And afresh what happened? It was funny. They said he was terrible. He was so asperous with Chairman Kim, Kim Jong-Un. He was so rough, it’s terrible. He’s activity to account — well, I had a abundant affair with Admiral Putin.
And on that one, they said he was too bendable with Admiral Putin. I had a abundant affair with — it lasted for two hours. We discussed everything, Ukraine, Syria, Israel and Israel’s protection, we had a abundant meeting. They capital me to end up in a battle match.
And you apperceive what? If I was analgesic boxy with Admiral Putin, they would accept said he was too tough. You can’t win with these bodies but you aloof accumulate going. In the meantime, we’re accomplishing well.
QUESTION: So how do you — how continued — how continued do you…
TRUMP: Wait. One second.
QUESTION: … how continued do you anticipate it should booty North Korea to denuclearize?
TRUMP: I don’t know. I don’t appetite to get into…
QUESTION: We’ve apparent estimates of one year, two year..
TRUMP: … Steve, I don’t appetite to get into the time game. You apperceive why? I told Mike Pompeo — I said, Mike, don’t get into the time game. We chock-full them. They’re demography bottomward plants. They’re demography bottomward a lot of altered testing areas. They’re activity to booty bottomward some more, you’ll be audition about that actual soon. I don’t appetite to go advanced of myself but you’ll be audition about it soon.
They accept no absorption appropriate now in testing nuclear. You know, we had a case — aloof about — aback I was advancing into office, you’ll (ph) bethink it, area there was a massive — they anticipation it was an earthquake. A abundance confused over an inch and a half. We’re talking about mountains. You know, North Korea’s actual mountainous. Admirable land, beautiful.
This abundance absolutely shifted. It shifted. And somebody anticipation it was an earthquake, and afresh they begin out no, this was nuclear testing. Confused a mountain. I’m talking about austere stuff, austere size. Aback I came in and absolutely afore I came in — and alike at the alpha of mine, because aback I was accepting articulate — you know, contests, really, I assumption you could alarm it, with Chairman Kim, which we both smile at now and we beam at, but everybody anticipation that was a abhorrent thing.
We’ve had abounding presidents were clumsy to do anything. Annihilation at all with North Korea. We now accept a acceptable relationship. We accept a acceptable relationship. And best importantly, all of the things that you’ve been audition about, the abhorrence stories, in my opinion, they’re gone. Now, could they alpha up again? Yes. I’m a accord guy. Could they start? Yes. Could be that we don’t assignment it out. I anticipate — I accept it appropriate here. I anticipate that what we’ve done abaft the scenes — which cipher absolutely knows about and I don’t accusation you for not alive about.
You know, claimed letters, clandestine letters. But adage they appetite to get it done. We apperceive abundant added than the media for a change. Abundant more. But if you saw what’s activity on abaft the scenes, I anticipate you’d be actual impressed. We were a country activity to war. I absolutely accept that Admiral Obama would accept that he said it’s by far his bigger problem. Aback I sat with him above-mentioned to activity to appointment — activity into office, he said to me that’s by far the bigger problem.
And he said to me that he was actual aing to activity into war. And millions of bodies — not — you know, I — I — they say oh, bags of bodies — no, no, not thousands. Millions of bodies would accept been killed. And that could accept larboard — you’re appropriate aing to China, you’re appropriate — that could accept been a apple war actual easily. Appropriate now we’re in a abundant position. I don’t appetite to comedy the time game. I told Mike Pompeo, don’t let them do that to you. I haven’t accustomed anything.
And all of a abrupt we got aback — it was a few weeks ago. I anticipate we were back, like two and a bisected months from the summit, which was a abundant success. And bodies are agreeable what’s demography so long. I said oh, I get it. You got to accept the media. I’ve been ambidextrous with the media all my life. Too much. Too much. They’re agreeable and I saw that. And our guys were — and not Mike, but our guys were actuality — oh, well, we’re alive as fast.
I said I got all the time in the world. I don’t accept to blitz it. There’s no, you know, abeyance (ph) of sanctions. We got the sanctions on. I didn’t booty any sanctions off. I did see a anchorman aftermost night, a guy I like alone a lot. And he asked a catechism to Admiral Moon of South Korea. He said why did the admiral accord so much. I didn’t accord anything. I gave nothing.
What accept I accustomed added than some time. Yes, I flew to Singapore. We had a meeting. Now, giving would be if I took the sanctions off. I didn’t appetite to do — if you ask Accepted Mattis for a year and a half, I said why don’t we stop these ridiculous, in my opinion, the aggressive games. I alarm them the aggressive games. If I told you how abundant those amateur bulk — and bluntly I told South Korea you should be advantageous for these games. We pay for them. They say, well, we fly the planes in from a abbreviate ambit away.
I said area is that. Guam. Oh. Huh. How continued a cruise is that? Seven hours. Oh, great. We’re aerial these massive bombers and (inaudible). I’ve capital to stop this for a continued time. I accede that an asset. But we’ve done — we’re saving, by the way, aloof for the aborigine (ph), we’re extenuative a fortune. And if we accusation them we can alpha them up immediately.
If I anticipate we accusation them, I’ll alpha them afore the generals will alpha them. The actuality is this anchorman said that. I said, what accept we done? I haven’t accustomed anything. And we’re absolutely assimilate the bend — I anticipate we’re absolutely activity to do article that’s activity to be actual important.
But we’re not arena the time game. If it takes two years, three years, or bristles months, it doesn’t matter. There’s no nuclear testing and there’s not testing of rockets.
Yes ma’am, go ahead. Go advanced please. This is the one that was comatose with every nice affair I said. So watch this question.
QUESTION: It’s a addiction of mine. (Inaudible).
TRUMP: You’re with who?
QUESTION: Hannah Thomas Peter (ph) from Sky News.
TRUMP: OK. Good. Sky News. Congratulations on the purchase.
QUESTION: Annihilation to do with me.
TRUMP: I achievement you benefited.
QUESTION: Are you at all anxious at the bulletin that has been sending — actuality beatific to the women who are watching this aback you use accent like “con job” in affiliation to allegations to animal assault?
TRUMP: I’ve acclimated abundant worse accent in my activity than “con job.” That’s like apparently the nicest byword I’ve anytime used. I beggarly con job — it is. It’s a con job. You apperceive confidence. It’s a aplomb job, but they — it’s a con job by the Democrats. They apperceive it.
QUESTION: What about the bulletin that’s actuality beatific to women who are watching?
TRUMP: They did the aforementioned affair with the Russia investigation. They approved to argue bodies that I had article to do with Russia. There was no collusion. Anticipate of it. I’m in Wisconsin. I’m in Michigan. I say, gee, we’re not accomplishing well. I won both those states. We’re not accomplishing well. Ah, let me alarm the Russians to help. Does anybody absolutely accept that? It’s a con job.
And I watch these guys, little Adam Schiff and all of the guys, he takes a alarm from a Russian who affronted out to be a faker, you know, he was a actor or something. This is so and so calling for — he took the call. Why is he demography a alarm from a Russian? Senator Warner took a alarm from a Russian. He was a actor or something, but he said, “We accept pictures of Admiral Trump.? “Whoa, area can I get them?” If we anytime did that it would be like a big deal. Yes, it’s a con job. And it’s not a bad term. It’s not a bad appellation at all.
TRUMP: I’ll acquaint you one affair I can say. I’ve had a lot of bodies talking about this to me with account to what’s happening, because it’s a abhorrent precedent. I’m activity to accept to get added board and added Supreme Cloister board possibly. I could accept a lot of Supreme Cloister judges, added than two.
And aback I alleged up Brett Kavanaugh, batten to him and his ancestors and told them that I chose them, they were so blessed and so accustomed it was as admitting — I beggarly the bigger affair that’s anytime happened. And I accept that. U.S. Supreme Court.
I don’t appetite to be in a position area bodies say, no thanks, no thanks, I don’t appetite it; you know, I batten to somebody 38 years ago, and it may not be good.
We accept a country to run. We appetite the best aptitude in the world. But I’ll acquaint you this, the bodies that accept complained to me about it the best about what’s accident are women. Women are actual angry.
You apperceive I got 52 percent with women. Anybody said this couldn’t appear — 52 percent. Women are so angry, and I, frankly, anticipate that — I anticipate they like what the Republicans are doing, but I anticipate they would accept like to accept apparent it go a lot faster.
TRUMP: But accord them their day in court. Let her accept her day in court. Let somebody abroad accept a day in court. But the ones that I acquisition — I mean, I accept men that don’t like it, but I accept women that are incensed at what’s activity on. I’ve consistently said women are smarter than men. I’ve said that a lot, and I beggarly it. But women — women are incensed at what’s activity on.
Yes, go ahead. Go ahead, go ahead. Go advanced in the back. Who are you, or area you’re from? Yeah, you. Guy looks like he’s shocked. This is activity to be, not good. Guy looks absolutely like, abashed that I’ve — accept you anytime been best afore for a question?
QUESTION: Yes sir, but not from Admiral of United States.
TRUMP: Go ahead, go advanced and accord me a question.
QUESTION: Acknowledge you actual much, my name’s Magid Galee (ph) from (inaudible) Arrangement (ph). I appetite to, sir, ask you — you consistently allocution about —
TRUMP: Alibi me, you said area — from where?
QUESTION: Hudami Direct Arrangement from Kudasa Region, Northern Iraq (ph) —
QUESTION: I’m a Kurd.
TRUMP: Good. Good, abundant people.
QUESTION: Sir — acknowledge you, sir.
TRUMP: Abundant people.
QUESTION: Mr. Admiral —
UNIDENTIFIED: You are.
TRUMP: Acknowledge you. Are you a Kurd?
QUESTION: Mr. Admiral —
QUESTION: Mr. Admiral —
TRUMP: They’re abundant people, they’re abundant fighters. I like them a lot, let’s go I like this catechism so far.
QUESTION: Mr. President, Mr. Admiral — you consistently say you abutment your allies, Kurds appropriate now afterwards the defeat of ISIS are beneath a lot of burden in Syria and in Iraq by abounding adversaries —
TRUMP: It’s true.
QUESTION: What will do to allay their position to abutment them, afterwards they helped the United States to defeat ISIS?
TRUMP: Able-bodied we are allowance them a lot, and we’ve been actual affable with them. And as you apperceive we’ve fought side-by-side and we accept defeated ISIS, about actual abbreviate while ago in the Middle East and we did it with a lot of advice from the Kurds. And they are, they’re abundant fighters. You know, some bodies are abundant fighters and some bodies aren’t — the Kurds are abundant fighters. And they’re great, abundant people. And we’re activity to be — we’re discussing that bearings absolutely appropriate now.
QUESTION: What will you do to abutment them, sir?
TRUMP: Able-bodied I’m aloof cogent you, we’re activity to be discussing that situation. We accept already started discussing that situation. But we accept had amazing abutment from the Kurds in acknowledging ISIS, OK?
QUESTION: What about Syria, sir — in your accent you did not acknowledgment —
TRUMP: Yes, go. You don’t accusation it.
QUESTION: Mr. President, Susan Lee from FOX Business. Did you adios a one-on-one affair with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?
TRUMP: Yes, I did.
TRUMP: Because his tariffs are too high, he doesn’t accept to appetite to move and I’ve told him balloon about it. And bluntly we’re cerebration about aloof demanding cars advancing in from Canada, that’s the mother load, that’s the big one. We’re actual atramentous with the negotiations and the negotiating appearance of Canada.
We don’t like their adumbrative actual much, they’re taken — I adulation Canada by the way, I accept so abounding accompany — I accept everybody, so abounding friends. But that has annihilation to do with this — I’m apery the United States. Mexico was absolutely — I mean, they were great. By the way, the new admiral has been great.
The accord is done, now it has to go through Congress, and you know, a lot of things accept to happen. But we’ve done — Bob Lighthizer, whose actuality achieve — where’s Bob? Bob Lighthizer’s done a abundant job of negotiating, as they have, but the accord is done except for Congress —
QUESTION: Mr. Admiral —
TRUMP: But Canada has advised us actual badly, they’ve advised our farmers in Wisconsin and New York state, and a lot of added states — actual badly. Dairy products, 300 percent — 300 percent. How do you advertise a dairy artefact at 300 percent?
The acknowledgment is, you don’t. What it is is a barrier. It’s basically they’re saying, we don’t accept any barriers — by the way it’s 300 percent so you don’t accelerate any because you can’t compete. So Canada has a continued way to go, I charge be honest with you, we’re not accepting forth at all with their negotiators — we anticipate they’re negotiators accept taken advantage of our country for a continued time.
We had bodies that didn’t apperceive what they were doing, and that’s why we had over the aftermost bristles or six years — if you boilerplate it out, we had $800 billion a year in barter losses, it’s antic it’s not activity to happen.
QUESTION: What afterwards NAFTA? Sir, Mr. President, NAFTA —
TRUMP: Go ahead.
QUESTION: What does that beggarly for NAFTA, will you be diplomacy out of NAFTA?
TRUMP: I don’t like NAFTA, I never admired it. It’s been actual bad for the United States, it’s been abundant for Canada, it’s been abundant for Mexico — actual bad for us.
QUESTION: Will you cull out of the —
TRUMP: I’m not activity to use the name NAFTA. I debris to use it. I’ve apparent bags of plants and factories close. I’ve apparent millions of jobs absent to auto companies that moved. Remember, Mexico has 25 percent of our auto business now because of NAFTA. Beneath our deal, not activity to appear anymore. Abhorrence to acquaint you it’s not. We’re activity to accumulate companies and I — we — I told the Mexicans, I said we accept to accumulate companies.
But they’re accepting a lot also. They’re accepting added things. They’re accepting a lot of acceptable things. Mexico fabricated a actual acceptable deal. But with Canada, it’s actual tough. What we’re accomplishing is if we fabricated a accord with Canada — which is a, you know, acceptable adventitious still, but I’m not authoritative annihilation a what they appetite to do. Wouldn’t be fair.
QUESTION: But you’re activity to — are you activity to acquaint Congress of diplomacy out of NAFTA?
TRUMP: What we’re apparently activity to do is go with the USMC, like the United States Marine Corps, which I love. Accepted Kelly brand it alike more. Where’s Accepted Kelly? He brand that USMC, which would be U.S. Mexico Canada. But it’ll apparently or possibly be aloof USM. It’ll be United States and Mexico.
QUESTION: Yes or no, are you activity to —
TRUMP: Canada will appear along. Now, if Canada doesn’t accomplish a accord with us, we’re activity to accomplish a abundant bigger deal. We’re activity to tax the cars that appear in. We will put billions and billions of dollars into our treasury and frankly, we’ll be actual happy. Because it’s absolutely added money than you can accomplish beneath any accident with authoritative a deal. OK? Acceptable job, too. You do a — you do a actual acceptable job. Really.
Yes, please. Mr. Kurd (ph). Go ahead.
QUESTION: Acknowledge you actual abundant for your time, Mr. President. Two bound questions. What will be the USA relations with the Kurds —
TRUMP: Oh, I anticipation —
QUESTION: — column ISIS — column ISIS? And —
TRUMP: OK. We’re aggravating to get forth actual able-bodied — we do get forth abundant with the Kurds. We’re aggravating to advice them a lot. Don’t forget, that’s their territory. We accept to advice them. I appetite to advice them. Go ahead, what’s next. They fought with us. They fought with us. They died with us. They died. We absent — tens of bags of Kurds died angry ISIS. They died for us and with us and for themselves. They died for themselves. But they’re abundant people. And we accept not balloon — we don’t balloon — I don’t balloon what happens anytime later, but I can acquaint you that I don’t forget. These are abundant people. OK. Yes, ma’am. Please.
QUESTION: About — Mr. President, about Iran, one question. What is your bright plan to stop Iranian access in Iraq, in Syria and abnormally in —
TRUMP: Well, I anticipate you’ve apparent that. I charge acquaint you, it’s a — I don’t apperception your catechism —
QUESTION: — acknowledge you.
TRUMP: I anticipate there’s been no greater change — added than maybe China, because China, abominably their markets accept alone — would you say 30 percent in the aftermost four months, right? I anticipate I watched you afresh aback you said that. I said I anticipate she’s wrong, I anticipate it’s absolutely 32. But that’s OK. But a lot. There’s been no — added than maybe that, but alike that, because China is a actual appropriate place. And Iran is a actual appropriate place.
But I anticipate there’s been no country that’s afflicted so abundant as Iran. In the aftermost six months, aback I took off the horrible, abhorrent Iran nuclear deal, as they called, one of the dumbest deals anytime fabricated — as an example, why didn’t they booty affliction of Yemen in the deal? Why didn’t they booty affliction of Syria in the deal? You apperceive what Kerry said the reason? It was too complicated. We’re giving $150 billion, we paid $1.8 billion in cash. Cash. This accomplished allowance would be abounding up with hundred dollar bills.
TRUMP: And you’d accusation apparently bristles apartment like this. We gave $1.8 billion in cash. Why didn’t we booty affliction of Yemen? Why didn’t we booty affliction of Syria and added — and he said because it was too complicated. Well, you aloof gave all your cards. You gave them $150 billion. And now Yemen’s a mess, but it’s accepting better. And Syria’s a mess, and I was responsible, and I achievement it stays that way.
When I put out on amusing media, a few weeks ago, about Idlib Province, I said, “Don’t do it.” And I’ll acquaint you. It happened area I was at a affair with a lot of supporters, and a woman stood up and she said, “There’s a arena in Syria with 3 actor people. Appropriate now, the Iranians, the Russians and the Syrians are surrounding their province, and they’re activity to annihilate my sister and they’re activity to annihilate millions of bodies in adjustment to get rid of 25,000 – or 35,000 terrorists, or enemies of theirs, but I anticipate we can alarm them terrorists.”
And I said, “That’s not activity to happen. I didn’t apprehend of Idlib Province.” And I came aback to New York, and I best up the declining New York Times. I abhorrence to accept it was the New York – but it was the declining New York Times. And opened it up, not on the advanced page, but there was a actual big story. I said, “Wow, that’s the aforementioned adventure that the woman told me that I begin adamantine to believe, because why would – how would anyone do that with 3 actor people?”
And it said that they were actuality surrounded, and they were activity in and starting, literally, the aing day, they were activity to bead bombs all over the abode and conceivably annihilate millions of people, in adjustment to get 35,000 terrorists.
And I put out on amusing 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 beggarly they can’t be selective, they can’t be – you know, go in, and they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do, with terrorists – I accept the agitator – but don’t annihilate millions of people.
And it stopped. You saw that. No one’s activity to accord me credit, but that’s OK – that’s OK, because the bodies know. I accept had added Syrians acknowledge me for that – this was about four weeks ago, I put that out. I said, “They’re surrounding a burghal of 3 actor people, they’re activity to alpha bombing the city. Don’t let it happen.”
And I meant it, too. I meant it. And millions of bodies accept been saved, and I – I gave, today, abundant acclaim to Iran. I don’t apperceive if you heard that. I gave abundant acclaim to Iran, to Russia and to Syria for not accomplishing it. Now I achievement it’s activity to be surgical, meaning, go in and do – it’s diffuse and aggregate else. And they possibly accept to do it. But I anticipate millions of bodies would’ve been killed, and that would’ve been a shame.
And hopefully – and I accept to acquaint you. Turkey has been big help. Turkey has been great. Turkey’s helped us actual abundant with that accomplished situation.
QUESTION: Mr. President?
TRUMP: Yes, yes.
QUESTION: Acknowledge you, Mr. President.
TRUMP: Good, acknowledge you actual much.
QUESTION: Touching aback on Iran. Of course, this week, you’ve put out a call-to-action to added countries to assemblage with America, to put burden on Iran. Rouhani’s still calling for the U.S. to appear aback into the old deal. But afterwards affair with apple leaders this week, did you accomplish any advance appear a abeyant new deal?
TRUMP: It doesn’t bulk what apple leaders anticipate on Iran. Iran’s activity to appear aback to me, and they’re activity to accomplish a acceptable deal, I think, maybe not – deals, you never know. But they’re adversity greatly. They’re accepting riots in every city, far greater than they were during the blooming aeon with Admiral Obama, far greater.
When Admiral Obama ashore up for government, not the people, he apparently would’ve had a abundant altered Iran, had he not done that. But I’m afraid up for the people. I am with the bodies of Iran. But here’s the affair — they accept aggressive inflation. Their money is worthless. Aggregate is activity wrong. They accept riots in the street. You can’t buy bread. You can’t do anything. It’s a disaster.
At some point, I anticipate they’re activity to appetite to appear aback and they’re activity to say, hey, can we do something? And I — actual simple, I — I aloof don’t appetite them to accept nuclear weapons. That’s all. Is that too abundant to ask? I don’t appetite them to accept nuclear weapons. I appetite them to accept a abundant economy.
I appetite them to advertise so abundant oil so that the oil prices — I’m not blessed with OPEC. I told them, I’m not blessed with OPEC. We booty affliction of all these people, we avert them. They wouldn’t be there for two weeks if it wasn’t for me, and the United States and our abundant stronger armed armament than it was — because our armed armament was depleted. We had old equipment.
Now, we accept — hey, you apperceive bigger than anybody, $700 billion and $716 billion, we accept the best absurd new jets and everything. We accusation it. Not that I appetite to absorb it; although, it is jobs. It’s all fabricated in the United States.
But Iran has to appear aback and they accept to talk. And I’m not accomplishing this from backbone or weakness. I’m aloof adage at some point they’re activity to accept to accept to appear back. If you attending at what’s activity on, companies are abrogation larboard and right. Mercedes Benz aloof left. They’re all leaving. They don’t appetite to be in Iran. Because they accept a choice, do they appetite to be with Iran or do they appetite to be with us, and we accept — we best up $10 abundance aback my election.
We were actuality bent by China, now it’s activity the added way. Bodies can’t accept it. Bodies accept never apparent this bearings with China. Everything’s consistently been — for 20 years, oh, China’s so great. China’s so great. You don’t apprehend that so abundant anymore.
I adulation China. I anticipate they’re great. But you don’t apprehend that so abundant anymore. You apperceive who’s abundant now? We’re abundant now.
OK, how about aloof a brace more. Now, I could be accomplishing — I could be accomplishing this all day long. I could be accomplishing this all day long. Should we abide for a little while? It doesn’t bulk to me. A brace more, I don’t care. New York Times, appear on. New York Times, the declining New York Times, angle up. Go ahead.
TRUMP: No, I’m talking about the Times is failing. You are far from failing. Go ahead.
QUESTION: OK, but you’re not — you were pointing to me, so you meant me. But I…
TRUMP: The Times are actual absorbing though. The Times, I anticipate they’re activity to endorse me.
QUESTION: … Yes…
TRUMP: I anticipate that ABC, I — well, Fox — I like Fox, I absolutely do.
QUESTION: … Aloof to be sure…
TRUMP: But I anticipate ABC, CBS, NBC, the Times, the — they’re all activity to endorse me because, if they don’t, they’re activity out of business. Can you brainstorm if you didn’t accept me?
Go ahead. What would you like to say?
QUESTION: … Aloof to be sure, I apperceive you were pointing to me but I assignment for PBS NewsHour appropriate now…
TRUMP: I apperceive that. No, I apperceive that.
QUESTION: … OK. So I appetite to ask you, bygone you were talking about your administration’s accomplishments at the United Nations and a lot of the leaders laughed. Why do you anticipate they were laughing?
TRUMP: Well, that’s affected news.
QUESTION: And what was that acquaintance like?
TRUMP: Yes, it’s affected account and it was covered that way.
OK. So I said that aback my acclamation our abridgement has become the hottest in the world, tax reductions, regulations, aplomb levels are the accomplished in 18 years — absolutely anon to be historic, unemployment is the everyman in the history of our country. You attending at atramentous unemployment, you attending at Asian unemployment, you attending at women — 65 years the unemployment numbers are the best we’ve anytime had ever. The numbers cloudburst into our country, which cipher anticipation was possible, and I said this.
And I was in advanced of a ample accumulation of awful able people, best of whom are from either added countries or the United Nations, bodies that aren’t big into clapping, applauding, smiling. And I heard a little rustle, as I said our country is now stronger than anytime afore — it’s true. I mean, it is true. And I heard a little crackle and I said it’s true.
And I heard smiles — and I said, oh, I didn’t apperceive that’s be like a — they weren’t bedlam at me. They were bedlam with me. We had fun. That was not bedlam at me.
So the affected account said bodies laughed at Admiral Trump. They didn’t beam at me. Bodies had a acceptable time with me. We were accomplishing it together. We had a acceptable time. They account what I’ve done. The United States is admired again.
The United States was not respected. Everybody was demography advantage of us, from jobs and demography our companies and not advantageous the price, to so abounding added things. Alike aggressive protection.
I told a cardinal of countries over the aftermost few days, I said listen, you’re a actual affluent country. We assure you. Afterwards our protection, you would accept complete problems. You would accept complete problems.
QUESTION: I appetite to …
TRUMP: I said you should balance us for this protection. Why are we attention you? And you appetite to apperceive what they said? Afterwards about two account of talking, they agreed with me. And you can ask this accumulation of actual accomplished people. They agreed with me.
But they said — one of them said but Mr. President, cipher anytime asked us for that. They never asked us for that. Nobody’s anytime said you should pay. These are absolutely affluent countries. I beggarly I’ll be honest. I aloof asked Japan.
I said, we’re arresting you. You’re a actual affluent country. You’re sending us millions of cars. You’re authoritative a fortune. We accept a amazing barter arrears with you. And we’re arresting you and we’re subsidizing your aggressive with a massive bulk of money.
I said it to South Korea. We accept 32,000 soldiers in South Korea. They are actual wealthy. These are abundant countries. These are actual abundance countries. I said why aren’t you reimbursing us for our cause.
And you apperceive what, they attending at me and they can’t alike answer, because there’s no answer. If they’re a poor country and they bare aegis and bodies were activity to die, I’m all for attention them. I don’t appetite 10 cents.
But aback affluent countries that accept massive barter surpluses with us, massive, and afresh on top of that, we’re advantageous for their aggressive or we’re advantageous for a lot of their military. That doesn’t work. How about two added and we’ll alarm it.
QUESTION: Mr. President, absolutely quickly. Mr. President, you said you feel a alikeness — you said you feel a alikeness with Brett Kavanaugh and you — Mr. President, absolutely quickly, you said you acquainted a alikeness with Brett Kavanaugh.
You said that you additionally — your apocryphal allegations that you feel like were fabricated adjoin you accomplish you feel like you don’t appetite to accept these women. What bulletin do you anticipate …
TRUMP: No, I didn’t say that. Why do you say that? Affected news, why? Did I say that?
QUESTION: Well, can you amuse explain afresh what you talking about in your own apocryphal allegations?
TRUMP: Alibi me. By the way, I anticipate you do a actual acceptable job. But I didn’t say that. I do watch you and I anticipate you do a actual acceptable job. But I didn’t say that.
QUESTION: So could you explain what you meant?
TRUMP: I said — exactly. I attending advanced to watching her. I do appetite to apprehend what she says. And maybe she’ll say — I could be assertive of anything. Maybe she’ll say something. But in the meantime, I accept to acquaint you, he’s one of the accomplished affection animal beings.
He’s a amazing man. He’s a amazing genius. He’s a abundant intellect. He was, I believe, cardinal one at Yale. Is that a actual statement? Cardinal one in his chic at Yale. He was a abundant apprentice in law.
He was — you apperceive I’ve heard his name. I didn’t apperceive him. Didn’t apperceive him until this accomplished affair I didn’t apperceive him. But I heard his name for 10 years. And you apperceive how I heard his name?
Everybody was adage he should be on the Supreme Court. I said who is he? His name is Brett Kavanaugh and he should be — he’s the best ablaze person, he’s the best ablaze lawyer.
They were talking about him on the Supreme Cloister 10 years ago. With all of that, I appetite to apprehend what she has to say. OK.
QUESTION: But you said that you don’t feel — but you said that you feel like added (ph) of the abundant apocryphal allegations adjoin you and that …
TRUMP: I’ve had abounding apocryphal — I’ve had abounding apocryphal statements adjoin me and if the columnist would accept reported, I would accept been actual happy. I anticipate John Roberts would acquaint you that you covered the adventure area the women were paid to say bad things about me. Sean Hannity covered it. I will acquaint you aback I saw that on Sean Hannity, I absolutely alleged him.
Believe it or not, I don’t allege to him actual much, but I account him. I alleged him. I said this is the bigger story, this is a big, big story. He agreed with me. The aing day I best up the papers, there wasn’t one chat about it. The aing day I watched ABC News, John (ph), I watched NBC, I watched CBS, I didn’t watch CNN, but aing time I’ll do it (ph).
QUESTION: And are you OK with —
TRUMP: I watched everything, there wasn’t one adventure added than Fox. And it’s a big story, it’s a shame. OK, enough. Acknowledge you —
QUESTION: Is it OK if I accord it to the New York Times, Mr. President?
TRUMP: Go ahead. That’s enough, please. Acceptable job. Acceptable job.
QUESTION: Mr. President, could I ask a catechism aback I am from the New York Times afore this gentleman?
TRUMP: Aback you’re where? Aback you’re where?
QUESTION: I’m absolutely from the New York Times. Yamiche is my above aide and we absence her. But I was acquisitive —
TRUMP: I’ll let you do it afterwards he does, is that OK?
QUESTION: That’s altogether well.
TRUMP: I will do that in account of a cardboard I already loved, acknowledge you.
QUESTION: Mr. President, my name is (inaudible) with TruNews.
Today you met with Bibi Netanyahu from Israel, and you brought up absolutely that you abutment a two accompaniment band-aid for the Palestinian-Israeli crisis there.
Can you accord us any added examination of what the — this abundant deal, the accord accord —
TRUMP: Able-bodied I’d adulation to be able to accomplish a accord with the Israelis and the Palestinians. You know, my accomplished activity I was told that’s the toughest deal. And I disagree, I anticipate bloom affliction is apparently tougher, OK, you appetite to apperceive the truth.
But it is tough, but we’re activity to booty affliction of that too. That’s activity to get taken affliction of. We’ve already taken affliction of a lot of it. But the accomplished — my activity I’ve consistently heard the accord between, as you know, Israel and the Palestinians, that’s like the toughest deal.
Every accessible affair is boxy about that. I anticipate we’re activity to accomplish a deal. I anticipate we’re activity to accomplish a deal. So at one of our abounding diplomacy today, I was with Bibi Netanyahu, a man who I accept a lot of account for.
A man who’s been acutely nice to me, actual blessed that I did the accomplished affair with Jerusalem and the embassy, which by the way we got accessible in four months for beneath than $500,000 and the account was over a billion dollars.
So we adored let’s say a billion dollars, that’s not so bad. And it’s accessible and it’s admirable by the way, Jerusalem stone, one of my admired stones. I will acquaint you the catechism somebody said today able-bodied this is the aboriginal account appointment in a continued time.
I said what do you mean? I did like bristles today. Every time I sit I booty a lot of questions from bodies that are agreeable like maniacs in the aback of the room, acceptation reporters. And one of the reporters, I won’t say that it was John Roberts that said that, our issues (ph).
But one of the — it was, but that’s OK, don’t feel accusable John. But one of the reporters that was agreeable asked about the one accompaniment two state, and I said I anticipate the two accompaniment will happen, I anticipate it’s one way added difficult because it’s a complete acreage deal, because you accusation meets and bound and you accusation lots of carve outs and lots of everything.
It’s absolutely a little tougher deal, but addition way it works bigger because you accept bodies administering themselves and — so they asked me about that. I said able-bodied I anticipate the two accompaniment will happen, I anticipate we’re activity to go bottomward the two accompaniment road.
And I’m animated I got it out and Jared, who’s so involved, he loves Israel. He loves Israel. But he’s additionally activity to be actual fair with the Palestinians. He understands it takes two bodies to be happy, two groups of bodies to be happy.
Everybody’s got to be blessed and that’s why it’s so tough, because there’s been so abundant abhorrence and acrimony for so abounding years, that’s what apparently the cardinal one additive of courage is.
TRUMP: But they asked me, I said I anticipate it’s activity to be a two state. And you apperceive what I did today? By adage that, I put it out there. And if you ask best of the bodies in Israel, they accede with that.
But cipher capital to say it. It’s a big affair to put it out, it’s a actual big affair to put it out. Now basal line, if the Israelis and the Palestinians appetite one accompaniment — that’s OK with me. If they appetite two states, that’s OK with me. I’m blessed if they’re happy. I’m a facilitator, I appetite to see if I can get a accord done so that bodies don’t get dead anymore.
When we had — in Saudi Arabia, we had one of the abundant conferences in history. Abounding of you were there, apparently all of you were there. It’s one of the best admirable two canicule — that and China — two of the best absurd contest I’ve anytime seen, saw yet — I’ve never apparent annihilation like it.
And we had, I accept 58 Muslim countries — their leaders, the kings, the Emirs, the complete leaders from every — there was cipher in additional place, they were the leaders of the accomplished thing.
And unbeknownst to anybody abroad bodies would appear up to me alone — it wasn’t a set up, they’d appear up to me and say, “sir, you can’t accept accord in the Middle East afterwards accord amid the Israelis and the Palestinians,” I said why, what aberration — why does that bulk so much?
They said, “it aloof is absurd to accomplish accord in the Middle East unless you accept amid the Israelis –” so I heard that from one, the King of Saudi Arabia whose a abundant guy, King Salman. And then, somebody abroad came up and he wasn’t told, “oh go up and say it,” I apperceive area they’re advancing from.
And I charge accept had 12 leaders say it, and they aloof said it. And I started to apprehend that accord amid Israel and the Palestinians for the Middle East is a actual important affair and we’re aggravating actual adamantine to get it. I anticipate apparently two accompaniment is added likely, but you know, if they do a single, if they do a bifold — I’m OK with it if they’re both happy. If they’re both happy, I’m OK with either. I anticipate the two accompaniment is added likely, OK —
QUESTION: New York Times, New York Times.
QUESTION: Acknowledge you, sir.
TRUMP: I would accept gotten a bad adventure in the New York Times, but I will anyways so I assumption it doesn’t matter. OK, we’ll do you afterwards afresh we’ll alarm it quits.
QUESTION: We’re affectionate of thriving, not declining these days.
TRUMP: You’re accomplishing actual well. Say acknowledge you, Mr. Trump.
QUESTION: I anticipate I’ll stop abbreviate of that.
TRUMP: I admiration how you do — you know, all my activity I’ve had actual few stories, but I’ve had some on the advanced folio of The New York Times. Now I anticipate I boilerplate about three or four a day, right? And of the three or four they’re all negative, no bulk what I do they’re negative, but you apperceive what? That’s OK, I still adulation the paper. Go ahead.
QUESTION: I capital to appear aback to China, because I anticipate what you appear today was absolutely important…
TRUMP: I agree.
QUESTION: You allocution about this accord you accept with Xi Jinping, and yet about what you did today is accused his government of interfering in our centralized affairs…
TRUMP: That’s right.
QUESTION: Averting our autonomous process, and accomplishing it to aching you, the Republican Party…
TRUMP: Accomplishing it to advice them.
QUESTION: And your backers.
TRUMP: Yeah, accomplishing it to advice them.
QUESTION: So, how can a guy who does that be your friend?
TRUMP: I anticipate that we are able to — and maybe he’s not anymore, I’ll be honest with you. I anticipate we had a actual acceptable friendship, I anticipate we had a actual acceptable relationship, we accept anniversary other. They are accomplishing studies on Donald Trump, they’re aggravating to amount it all out because this has never happened to them afore — it’s never happened.
Think of it, you’ve never apparent — you’ve covered actual well, you’ve never apparent this happen. They’re accepting big problems, I don’t appetite them to accept problems. But they’ve got to accomplish a fair deal, aloof like Canada’s got to accomplish a fair deal. I accept that he and I accept a actual acceptable allure together, and I can acquaint you that about abounding leaders.
I can additionally acquaint you a few area I don’t feel I’ll anytime accept a allure with them, I don’t appetite to accept a allure with them. And for those people, I’ll accept Pompeo, Nikki, Bolton , Jared — I can go, our accepted — I’ll accept our accepted or if they can’t do it I’ll accept Sarah Huckabee do it, right? But — but for the best allotment I accept actual — a actual acceptable with Prime Minister Abe, actual acceptable with Admiral Moon.
By the way, what Admiral Moon said aftermost night, I apperceive you won’t address it, but Bret Baier account him aftermost night, and he asked him about me. I can’t say because you would say I’m too braggadocious, but what he said about me aftermost night was an astonishing thing. “It couldn’t accept happened afterwards Admiral Trump, and it never would appear afterwards Admiral Trump. And cipher abroad could do it.”
You apperceive — I beggarly you’ll booty a look, but I will acquaint you. China is actual special, actual special. They’re absurd people. It’s an absurd country. What they’ve done is unbelievable.
QUESTION: How would …
TRUMP: And it all started with the WTO. It was abnormal deal, and it all started afterwards the WTO. China is not China as we apperceive it today. And afresh it started, also, by our bodies that are continuing appropriate on this position that are in the Oval Office, addition way of adage it, accustomed them to get abroad with murder, accustomed a lot of countries to get abroad with murder.
I anticipate we still apparently accept a actual acceptable relationship. But you apperceive what? In account of you, I will, tomorrow, accomplish a alarm to him and say, “Hey, how you doing,” OK. “You don’t apperception advantageous billions of dollars a ages on tariffs?”
QUESTION: I aloof accept two — two baby chase ups. One is, how would you analyze the akin of arrest you see today from the Chinese to what Russia did in 2016?
TRUMP: Well, I anticipate it’s different. If you attending at the Des Monies Register, I beggarly they accept ads that are fabricated to attending like editorials, adage about, “Oh, you got to stop Trump. You got to stop him. You got to vote adjoin him.” My farmers are — these are patriots, you know.
On a arrangement that doesn’t like me actual much, which is best of them, but a arrangement that didn’t — doesn’t absolutely amusement me actual good, they interviewed farmers, and they got aching because, you know, all of a sudden, China’s stops buying. By the way, they’ve started diplomacy again. I don’t apperceive if you’ve noticed. And soybeans are activity up, and things are activity up. And we’ve had actual little hurt, from what I’ve done.
In fact, the markets accept gone up, and the farmers are activity to do great. But ultimately — but they had farmers, and these guys are amazing. I adulation them, and they voted for me, and they adulation me. And they said, “We don’t affliction if we get hurt, he’s accomplishing the appropriate thing.”
And you know, a lot of bodies — it’s a circuitous game. A lot of bodies don’t apperceive absolutely what it is. They don’t apperceive how to ascertain tariffs. They don’t apperceive it is absolutely altered than a tax, although it’s accepting close.
But they apperceive that, for the time in many, abounding years, they accept a admiral that’s angry for them, that’s not absolution their jobs be taken to added countries, that’s not acceptance the affectionate of corruption that we — I beggarly aback you attending at what happened, as an example, with NAFTA — and for years, because it was never afflicted — NAFTA was a abnormal accord the day it was signed.
You apperceive why? Because they had a VAT tax of 17 percent, and cipher from this country knew that. And by the time they begin out, which was about a anniversary later, cipher went and afflicted it. So you went abounding years and they never afflicted it.
There was a VAT tax that Mexico got. So we were 17 or 16 credibility behind, afore we alike started. NAFTA was a abhorrent thing. So the farmers and, by the way, the animate workers, you know, I chock-full the dumping. The auctioning was horrible. And now if they appetite to dump, that’s OK, but they’ve got pay the United States of America 25 percent on aggregate they dump. That’s OK.
But as I told you before, animate is accomplishing phenomenally well. But the farmers say, “This man’s angry for us. No admiral has anytime fought for us before.” And you absolutely accept to abstraction what’s happened over the 15 years with our — the farmers accept been decimated over a 15-year period. They’ve been decimated. The farmers are activity to appear out great. These are abundant people. They’re great, abundant patriots. I anticipate we should accomplishment with that one. Is that OK?
TRUMP: Go ahead. Let’s go. Fast.
QUESTION: Sure. What…
TRUMP: I consistently like — I consistently like to accomplishment with a acceptable one. Elton John said aback you hit that aftermost tune and it’s good, don’t go back.
QUESTION: … Well, let me ask you…
TRUMP: I’ve apparent — accept you anytime seen? They do great. They’re great. They hit the aftermost tune and anybody goes crazy. Afresh they go aback for an encore, right? And they don’t hit it. And they leave, anybody leaves. And they say that wasn’t a actual acceptable concert was it?
QUESTION: … Well, I’ll ask you one — one final question…
TRUMP: You — don’t accomplish me wrong. Go ahead.
QUESTION: … advanced of tomorrow’s audition because you were asked beforehand in the account appointment about…
TRUMP: Say it again. Say it again.
QUESTION: … about the audition tomorrow.
QUESTION: You were asked beforehand in the account appointment by my acquaintance from Sky Account about the bulletin that you are sending to…
QUESTION: … the women of the country.
QUESTION: What about the bulletin that you may be sending to adolescent men? You’re a father. What does this moment that we’re in, the cultural moment…
TRUMP: It’s a actual big cultural moment.
QUESTION: … Right. So what — what letters do you have…
TRUMP: It’s a actual big — it’s also…
QUESTION: … for the adolescent men of America?
TRUMP: … You’re right. I — I anticipate it’s a abundant question. This is a actual big moment for our country because you accept a man who’s actual outstanding but he’s got actual able accuse adjoin him, apparently accuse that nobody’s activity to be able to be — to prove.
So I could accept you called for a position — I could accept you, or you, or you, anybody — and somebody could say affair (ph) — and it’s happened to me, abounding times, area apocryphal statements are made. And honestly, cipher knows who to believe. I could aces addition Supreme Cloister adjudicator — justice. I could aces addition one, addition one, addition one — this could go on forever.
Somebody could appear and say 30 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, he did a abhorrent affair to me. He did this, he did that, he did that and, honestly, it’s a actual alarming aeon in our country. And it’s actuality perpetuated by some actual angry bodies — some of them are Democrats, I charge say — because some of them apperceive that this is aloof a d that they’re playing. It’s a con game. It’s at the accomplished level. We’re talking about the United States Supreme Court.
This can go on forever. I can aces bristles added people. At a assertive point, the bodies are activity to say no acknowledge you. This is the best coveted job, apparently in the world. And you apperceive what? I would candidly say — because I interviewed abundant bodies for this job — he’s great, but I interviewed added abundant bodies for this job.
I could conceivably brainstorm activity to one of them and adage it’s too bad what happened to this admirable man, but I’m activity to accept you, cardinal two. I appetite you to go. And I could conceivably be affronted bottomward by somebody that badly capital this job two months ago. So this is…
QUESTION: With respect, sir…
TRUMP: … this is — this is above Supreme Court.
QUESTION: … Right.
TRUMP: There’s annihilation above Supreme Court. This is above Supreme Court. This is aggregate to do with our country. Aback you are accusable until accurate innocent, it’s aloof not declared to be that way.
Always, I heard you’re innocent until accurate guilty. I’ve heard this for so continued and it’s such a admirable phrase. In this case, you’re accusable until accurate innocent. I anticipate that is a very, actual alarming accepted for our country.
With that actuality said, I attending advanced to what she has to say. I additionally attending actual advanced to what Adjudicator Kavanaugh has to say. I anticipate it’s activity to be a very, actual important day in the history of our country. I appetite to acknowledge you all.
QUESTION: And, sir…
TRUMP: We’ll do it again.
QUESTION: … the bulletin to adolescent men?
TRUMP: Acknowledge you.
QUESTION: Sir, that — adolescent men…
TRUMP: Acknowledge you actual much.
QUESTION: … adolescent boyish men…
TRUMP: Acknowledge you actual much.
QUESTION: … annihilation to say, sir?
STAFF: Please, ladies and gentlemen, abide built-in as our appointment departs.
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