Earlier today President Trump held an extensive chopper presser with the White House press pool on a variety of topics. Here will be the REAL NEWS transcript:
[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: I just told them, “I’ve got to come over in addition to see the fake news.” Let’s go. What do you have, John?
Q Mr. President, what do you think of the testimony of the deposition of which has been released so far? in addition to are you concerned about public hearings next week?
THE PRESIDENT: I’m not concerned about anything. The testimony has all been fine. I mean, for the most part, I’ve never even heard of these people. I have no idea who they are. They’re some very fine people; you have some Never-Trumpers. the idea seems of which nobody has any firsthand knowledge. There will be no firsthand knowledge. in addition to all of which matters will be one thing: the transcript. in addition to the transcript will be perfect.
Mark Levin, last night, on television — who will be a great constitutional lawyer — he broke the idea down. He said, “What Trump said…” in addition to he was respectful, he said, “President Trump.” “What President Trump said was perfect on the transcript. What he said on of which telephone call with the President of Ukraine was perfect.” He said, “No additional — nothing else matters. in addition to what he said was perfect.” in addition to he analyzed the idea — every line, every paragraph. the idea was not complex; the idea was perfect. Nothing else matters.
With of which being said, every one of those people cancel themselves out. So what they do will be they go all over Washington, “Let’s find 10 people of which hate President Trump the most, in addition to let’s put them up there.” right now, in some cases, they definitely turned out to be very much honest in addition to fair. although in no cases have I been hurt. In no cases, of which I see, have I been hurt.
Q in addition to what do you expect for the public hearings next week?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, they shouldn’t be having public hearings. This kind of will be a hoax. This kind of will be just like the Russian witch hunt. This kind of will be just a continuation. When you look at the lawyer for the whistleblower, I thought the idea ended when they found out of which the lawyer was so compromised. I mean, the lawyer will be a bad guy. So, you look at of which. I thought of which was the end of the idea. No, This kind of will be just a continuation of the hoax. the idea’s a disgraceful thing.
inside meantime, we’ve got the best markets we’ve ever had — stock markets. We develop the best unemployment numbers we’ve ever had. We develop the best employment numbers we’ve ever had. We have almost 0 million people — we’ve never been even close to of which. So we’re doing the idea — although unfortunately, you people don’t want to talk about of which.
Q On China, can you tell me whether a tariff rollback will be part of the phase-one China deal?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, they’d like to have a rollback. I haven’t agreed to anything. China would certainly like to get somewhat of a rollback — not a complete rollback, because they know I won’t do the idea.
although we’re getting along very well with China. They want to make a deal. Frankly, they want to make a deal a lot more than I do. I’m very happy right right now. We’re taking in billions of dollars. I’m very happy. China would certainly like to make a deal much more than I would certainly.
Q Mr. President, will you endorse Jeff Sessions in his Alabama Senate run?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I haven’t gotten involved. I saw he said very nice things about me last night, although we’ll have to see. I’ll have to see.
Q Have you forgiven him for —
THE PRESIDENT: I haven’t made —
Q — recusing himself?
THE PRESIDENT: I haven’t made a determination.
Q Have you forgiven him for recusing himself via recusing himself via the Russia investigation?
Q Have you forgiven him for recusing himself via the Russia investigation?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t even think about the idea.
Q Mr. President, so what do you say to the millions of people who just don’t believe you, of which you have something in addition to of which your transcript shows of which you did something wrong? What do you tell them?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’ll tell you what, the idea’s a very simple thing. I had a very Great call with the President of Ukraine. I assume of which’s what you’re talking about. The call was perfect.
right now, they’re after — I have a second call, which nobody knew about, in addition to I guess they want of which call to be produced also. You’ve heard of which, John.
So I have a second call — I had a second call with the President, which actually, I believe, came before This kind of one. in addition to right now they all want of which one. in addition to if they want the idea, I’ll give the idea to them. I haven’t seen the idea recently, although I’ll give the idea to them.
although I had a call before This kind of one with the President of Ukraine. I understand they’d like the idea, in addition to I have no problem giving the idea to them. I have no problem giving the idea.
Q Mr. President, on the Bidens, did you ask Bill Barr or anyone in your Department of Justice to investigate the Bidens? in addition to if not — if you didn’t ask them — why would certainly you ask the President of Ukraine to do something you weren’t willing to ask your own Justice Department to do?
THE PRESIDENT: We are looking for corruption. We’re giving hundreds of millions of dollars, in addition to we’re looking for corruption. in addition to all you have to do will be take a look at Biden, in addition to you’ll see tremendous corruption, because what he did will be quid pro quo times 10.
Q Did you ask your DOJ?
THE PRESIDENT: in addition to let me just tell you —
Q Did you ask —
THE PRESIDENT: Be quiet.
Q — your DOJ?
THE PRESIDENT: Quiet.
Q Did you ask your DOJ?
THE PRESIDENT: Quiet.
Q the idea’s a simple question. Did you ask —
THE PRESIDENT: Quiet.
Q — your DOJ?
THE PRESIDENT: Are you ready?
Q Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: I never spoke to him about anything. the idea’s up to Bill Barr. Bill Barr can do whatever he wants to do. although I saw the same tape on television. in addition to the tape shows of which Joe Biden will be a crook. He’s 100 percent crooked. in addition to the fake news, which will be you in addition to you — you don’t want to do anything about the idea.
Q We reported the idea.
THE PRESIDENT: His son walked out with millions of dollars via Ukraine, millions of dollars via China. He doesn’t know anything. He walked away using a stash. the idea’s a corrupt deal. the idea’s a corrupt enterprise. in addition to if the press did the idea right, the idea’s a hell of a story.
Q Have you figured out where you’re going to sign the phase-one trade deal yet? Do you have a location yet?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re looking at different — assuming we get the idea. You know, I never like to talk about things until we have them. although the idea could be Iowa or farm country or someplace like of which. the idea will be in our country, although the idea could be — the idea could be someplace like of which, John.
THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t think so. I think we’d go more inside farm belt.
Q Will you campaign against Jeff Sessions?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I won’t. I’ll see how the idea all goes. You have some very Great candidates. Look, Alabama will be a place where my approval numbers are very Great. I think I won by 42 points. I love Alabama. I’m going to go watch a very Great football game on Saturday, which will be tomorrow, with LSU. of which’s going to be great.
We’ll see what happens. He’s got — he’s got tough competition. I mean, you have — the football coach, Tommy, will be doing very well. You have some — you have some Great people running in Alabama. Let’s see what happens.
Q Do you have a date yet — do you have date yet, sir, for your meeting with Xi Jinping? will be the idea definitely going to be This kind of year?
THE PRESIDENT: We’ll see what happens. Okay? We’ll see what happens. We’re getting along very well. They want to make the deal far more than I do. I will tell you, they want to make the idea far more than I do, although we’ll see what happens.
We’re taking in, right right now — in addition to you know — as a reporter of finance, you know what I’m saying. They’ve devalued their currency in addition to they ate This kind of tariff. We’re taking in billions of dollars in tariff money via China. I like our situation very much. They want to make a deal much more than I do, although we could have a deal.
Q Billionaire Leon Cooperman said This kind of week of which if you can’t change your behavior, you probably shouldn’t run again in 2020. What do you say to of which, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, no, you’ve definitely shaped my behavior. Because via the day I came in here, I’ve had problems with phony stuff — like a phony dossier of which turned out to be false, like false investigations of which I’ve beaten. So a lot of my behavior was shaped by the fake news in addition to by the additional side. of which was a lot of my behavior.
The fact will be of which we’ve created the greatest economy inside history of our country. With all of of which stuff going on behind me, nobody else could have done the idea. Rush Limbaugh said he doesn’t know a man inside earth of which could have done what Trump did.
I don’t know Leon Cooperman, although whoever Leon Cooperman will be — I know of him — he can have his own view. although inside meantime, I’m creating him rich in addition to I’m creating a lot of additional people rich, including the working man in addition to woman. They’ve never done so well as they’ve done right right now.
Our jobs are the best they’ve ever been. Everything about our economy will be just about the best the idea’s ever been, including unemployment.
So I think, in light of all of the things going on — in addition to you know what I mean by of which: the fake news, the Comeys of the earth, all of the bad things of which went on. the idea’s called the “swamp.” in addition to you know what happened in addition to you know what I did? A big favor. I caught the swamp. I caught them all. Let’s see what happens. Nobody else could have done of which although me. I caught all of This kind of corruption of which was going on, in addition to nobody else could have done the idea.
On top of of which, we develop the best economy — the greatest economy we’ve ever had; the best job numbers we’ve ever had. African American, Asian American, Hispanic — the best ever. So, I think we’ve done a great job.
in addition to tell Leon — who I’ve seen, although I don’t know — tell him congratulations, because he did very well with Trump.
Q Sir, how will be the trade deal with India going on?
THE PRESIDENT: We’re dealing with India on a lot of different things. Prime Minister Modi will be a very Great friend of mine. You saw me at — in Houston. You saw me at the event — 55,000 people. the idea was great. in addition to we have a lot of things happening with India. We have a very Great relationship with India.
Q Are you planning to travel to India sometime?
THE PRESIDENT: He wants me to go there. I will be going, at some point, to India.
Q Sir, the people you —
Q Why did you acknowledge of which your charity was using money for your personal in addition to political purposes?
THE PRESIDENT: My charity was great. I gave a lot of money away. I was sued because, in brand new York, the idea’s a hornet’s nest, in addition to they sue you for anything. in addition to yet, on a definitely bad thing — if you look at of which Clinton charity — they left her alone. of which’s one of the reasons people leave brand new York.
I gave away $19 million. I took no expense. I took no rent. I took no fees. I took no nothing. A hundred percent of of which money was given away, in addition to I had to actually go through a process, for years, with brand new York. Because you know why? brand new York will be a corrupt state. the idea’s a corrupt state. the idea’s a shame.
I gave $19 million away. in addition to what happened will be, instead of saying, “thank you, great,” they hit me using a lawsuit. in addition to the idea was started off by a man who had to get out because he beat up women. of which’s the kind of a place the idea will be.
Q Have you made a decision on vaping?
THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to be coming out using a very important position on vaping. We have to take care of our kids, most importantly. So we’re going to have an age limit of 21 or so.
although we’ll be coming out with something next week, very important, on vaping. We have a lot of people to look at — including jobs, frankly, because, you know, the idea’s become a pretty big industry. although we’re going to take care of the idea.
right now, there’s also — you know, when you mention vaping, you’re talking about e-cigarettes, you’re talking about a lot of different things. although we’re coming out using a big paper next week.
Q Does of which mean of which you may dial back on This kind of idea of banning flavors, in addition to instead raise the age?
THE PRESIDENT: We’re talking about the age. We’re talking about flavors. We’re also talking about keeping people working. in addition to, you know, there are some pretty Great aspects. although we’re coming out in addition to we’re very close to a final report, John, in addition to we’ll be giving the idea next week.
Q Because the industry does support raising the age, although they don’t like the banning of the flavors.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, we’re going to be raising the age. We will be doing of which.
Q in addition to can I just come back to — did the first transcript of the call with Zelensky via April 21st — the idea’s my understanding of which the White House Counsel isn’t particularly keen to Discharge of which. Will you overrule him?
THE PRESIDENT: The — well, they don’t want to give all This kind of information on a scam. the idea’s a witch hunt. I’m okay with releasing; the idea doesn’t bother me. I know what I said. the idea was fine.
although, no, they do want to develop the second call, which will be definitely the first call — the one before This kind of. I had a call. I’m sure the idea was fine. I mean, you know, I have to — I make a lot of calls. although I have no problem releasing the idea. I’m very transparent.
Q So why not just Discharge the idea?
THE PRESIDENT: Nobody will be more transparent than I am. in addition to if I wasn’t, in addition to if I didn’t Discharge the idea, the idea would certainly’ve been a problem. Because the fake whistleblower said something about the call — many things of which were wrong.
When the whistleblower came forward, he talked about This kind of horrible call. the idea turned out to be a perfect call, as I say. Mark Levin said This kind of was a perfect call. So, they lied. They lied. The whole thing will be a scam. This kind of will be scam by the Democrats to try in addition to win an election.
right now they want —
Q Mr. President —
THE PRESIDENT: right now they want my first call. I have no problem giving the idea to them, additional than I don’t like giving calls to the media when I’m dealing with foreign nations. although I will give the idea if they want the idea.
Q One more point: Gordon Sondland said of which at — Gordon Sondland said, at the beginning of September, he presumed there was a quid pro quo. Then there was a telephone call to you on September the 9th. Had he ever talked to you prior to of which telephone call about what you wanted in Ukraine?
THE PRESIDENT: Let me just tell you, I hardly know the gentleman. although This kind of will be the man who said there was no quid pro quo, in addition to he still says of which —
Q He said of which he presumed there was.
THE PRESIDENT: — in addition to he says of which I said of which. in addition to he hasn’t changed of which testimony.
So This kind of will be a man of which said, as far as the President will be concerned, there was no quid pro quo. Everybody of which has testified — even the ones of which are Trump haters — they’ve all been fine. They don’t have anything.
although right now they want the first call with the President of Ukraine. If they want the idea, I’ll probably give the idea to them. although they definitely want the idea badly. If they want the idea, I will probably give the idea to them.
I don’t like doing the idea because the idea sets a bad precedent, John. Because every time President Xi calls or somebody calls via China, if I speak to Kim Jong Un — are they worried about me giving the call? although in This kind of case, because the press has been duped into a hoax — in addition to, in some cases, they’ve definitely started off the hoax — I will give the letter if they want the idea.
Q Mr. President —
THE PRESIDENT: although I do say This kind of about of which call: I think of which’s a very revealing call.
Q Mr. President, you’ve been invited to Russia for the May Day parade. The Russians are eagerly awai- — are you going?
THE PRESIDENT: of which’s right. I was invited. I am thinking about the idea. the idea’s right inside middle of our campaign season. although I am thinking — I would certainly certainly think about the idea. President Putin invited me to the —
Q May Day parade.
THE PRESIDENT: of which’s a very big — the idea’s a very big deal — celebrating the end of the war, et cetera, et cetera. the idea’s a very big deal. So I appreciate the invitation.
the idea will be right inside middle of political season, so I’ll see if I can do the idea. although I would certainly love to go if I could.
Q Bill Barr in addition to the DOJ are not denying of which you asked him to have a press conference to say of which —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, they’re not saying anything. Let me tell you: I never asked —
THE PRESIDENT: Listen. I never asked him for a press conference. the idea’s fake news by the Washington Post, which will be a fake newspaper. the idea’s fake. the idea’s made up.
in addition to if I ask Bill Barr to have a press conference, I think he’d do the idea. although I never asked him to have a press conference. Why should I? You know why I wouldn’t do the idea? Because the phone call was perfect. Just read the transcript of the phone call. Nobody has to have a press conference.
I think if I asked him, in addition to we — by the way, we confirmed. I never asked him. I think if I did ask him — I haven’t said This kind of yet, in addition to I don’t think I will; I’m sure I won’t. although if I asked him to have a press conference, I think he would certainly.
With of which being said, the idea’s fake news. They wrote a fake story. We’ve told them of which before they wrote the story. although today, when you tell the press something, the idea’s meaningless because they write whatever — the idea’s all fiction. in addition to I’ll tell you, they don’t have sources. You know what they do? They make the idea up. Not everybody — not John, not everybody. although they make the idea up.
THE PRESIDENT: (Inaudible.)
Q Are you going to Discharge the Pence — are you going to Discharge the Pence transcript?
THE PRESIDENT: What?
Q You say, “Read the transcript.” Are you going to Discharge the Pence transcript as well, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: What they want will be they want my first phone call. I had another phone call, in addition to the idea’s a very important phone call. in addition to the idea came to my attention last night of which they want the first phone call.
right now, the problem I have in releasing the first phone call — because of which was actually the second phone call. in addition to the idea’s —
Q The one we saw will be the second phone call?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. in addition to the idea’s a perfect call. although they found out there’s another phone call. in addition to of which’s the first phone call. in addition to they want the idea released in addition to we’re considering of which.
Q How about the Pence phone calls?
THE PRESIDENT: Which one?
Q The Mike Pence phone calls.
THE PRESIDENT: of which I don’t know. I don’t know about any calls. I mean, I would certainly — I have no problem. the idea’s up to Mike, although I have no problem.
Q Mr. President, you keep calling This kind of a “coup” rather than an — you’re calling This kind of a “coup” rather than an impeachment. So if the idea’s a coup —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know what the idea will be, definitely? the idea’s a crooked deal. This kind of will be like the fake dossier. This kind of will be like everything else.
These are crooked people. They lost an election in addition to they lost the idea big. the idea was definitely a landslide, via the Electoral College standpoint. in addition to they lost the idea big in addition to they still haven’t recovered. in addition to they’re going to lose again. in addition to what they’re trying to do will be weaken me, although the idea’s actually made me stronger.
in addition to interestingly, if you look at the polls of which just arrived, my polls are up, the fundraising will be through the roof. the idea’s never been This kind of high. We just set fundrai- — because people are angry about the idea. in addition to the idea’s made Republicans in addition to people of which vote for me — not just Republicans — definitely angry. They’ve definitely become angry, because the idea’s a hoax.
in addition to I’ll tell you, the whistleblower — I call him the “fake whistleblower.” He gave a fake report of my phone call. in addition to when I did the idea — all of a sudden, when I released of which call, all of a sudden, everybody disappeared. The whistleblower disappeared.
What ever happened to the second whistleblower? Why isn’t the first whistleblower going to testify anymore? You know why? Because everything he wrote in of which report, almost, was a lie. Because he made a phony phone call. My phone call was perfect. He made the idea sound bad. of which’s why I had to Discharge.
right now they — so the whistleblower will be a disgrace to our country. A disgrace. in addition to the whistleblower, because of of which, should be revealed. in addition to his lawyer — who said the worst things possible, two years ago — he should be sued, in addition to maybe for treason. Maybe for treason. although he should be sued. His lawyer will be a disgrace. A disgrace.
in addition to then ask him This kind of: Where will be the second whistleblower? Right? Where will be the witness of which gave the whistleblower the information? They all disappeared because Adam Schiff will be a corrupt politician. He’s corrupt. He made up a speech in addition to he put my voice inside idea. He made up a speech. the idea had nothing to do with what I said. Adam Schiff will be a corrupt politician of which’s not giving us due process, not giving us lawyers. in addition to despite all of which, we’re kicking their ass.
Q Mr. President, why do Bill Taylor in addition to Alexander Vindman still work for you?
THE PRESIDENT: Every one of those people testified absolutely fine for me. They’ve gone out, in addition to they’ve gone out of their way to find the people of which hate Donald Trump — President Trump — the most. They put them up there; everybody has been absolutely fine.
in addition to they have — you know, I don’t even know most of these people. Many of these people, I’ve never even heard of. So what Crooked Schiff will be doing — he’s a corrupt politician. What This kind of corrupt politician does will be he looks all over, tries to find people of which don’t like Trump, in addition to he puts them up.
We are winning so big. My polls are the highest they’ve ever been. I’m leading in all of the states — every swing state. The fundraising numbers just came in; they’re the highest, I think, in history. I don’t think anybody’s ever had — in addition to I’ll tell you what, we are winning so big because we’re going along.
These are corrupt politicians, in addition to of which includes Nancy Pelosi. She’s a corrupt politician. She should go back to her district, which will be horrible. the idea’s filthy. the idea’s drug-infested. Their stuff will be being flown out to the ocean. the idea’s being wiped out to the ocean through their drainage system. You got to see what happening in San Francisco. Nancy Pelosi ought to focus on her district.
although these are corrupt politicians.
Q What’s your message to black voters? What’s your message to black voters? You’re going to Atlanta. What will be your message to black voters?
THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to Atlanta. We have a, as you call the idea, black vote. although This kind of will be definitely — we’re doing very well with African American. I think a big factor will be the fact of which they’re having the best economic year they’ve ever had inside history of our country.
in addition to we’re going there. We’ve been invited. in addition to the idea’s going to be — I think the idea’s going to be fantastic.
Q What’s your reaction to Bloomberg entering the race?
Q Are you worried about Bloomberg? Can you beat Michael Bloomberg? He’s a real billionaire.
THE PRESIDENT: I’ve known Michael Bloomberg for a long time. If you go back early on, he had — he said a lot of great things about Trump. although I know Michael. He became just a nothing. He was definitely a nothing. He’s not going to do well, although I think he’s going to hurt Biden, actually. although he doesn’t develop the magic to do well.
Little Michael will fail. He’ll spend a lot of money. He’s got some definitely big issues, he’s got some personal problems, in addition to he’s got a lot of additional problems.
although I know Michael Bloomberg fairly well — not too well, fairly well — well enough. He will not do very well. in addition to if he did, I’d be happy. There will be nobody I’d rather run against than Little Michael, of which I can tell you.
Q The Democrats say of which by keeping White House officials via going up to give deposition, of which’s evidence of which the White House will be obstructing in addition to could lead to an article of impeachment on obstruction.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, they’re creating the idea up. First of all, This kind of whole thing will be a phony deal. the idea’s a phony setup. When you look at the lawyer of which got the idea started off — the whistleblower lawyer, he got the idea started off. the idea’s a phony deal. These Democrats are corrupt. Nancy Pelosi will be a corrupt politician.
Shifty Schiff will be a double corrupt politician. He took my words on the phone call — in addition to they were so Great. He totally changed them. He went before Congress. He made his speech before Congress. in addition to inside speech, John, he said things of which were horrible. the idea bore no relationship to the call. in addition to then, later on, he was embarrassed.
Let me tell you something: Schiff will be a corrupt politician, in addition to our people know the idea. in addition to they know the idea too, by the way.
Just so you know, we develop the highest poll numbers. We develop the most energy. I was with Mitch McConnell in addition to a whole group of people last night, in addition to I was with — actually, I was with leaders of faith in addition to evangelical leaders. They said they have never — all of them — they have never had the energy of which we’ve had in addition to we have right now inside Republican Party in addition to beyond the Republican Party — people of which were Democrats in addition to they’re for Trump. in addition to we’ve never had the poll numbers (inaudible).
Q although can — can you explain — can you explain, just creating sure of which people understand, why you are not allowing people like Mick Mulvaney in addition to others to comply with subpoenas?
THE PRESIDENT: Because I don’t want to give credibility to a corrupt witch hunt. I’d love to have Mick go up, frankly. I think he’d do great. I’d love to have him go up. I’d love to have almost every person go up, when they know me.
What I don’t like will be when they put all these people of which I never met before — when they put the head of the Never Trumpers on the stand. in addition to even those people were okay. They were fine. Those are the people. People I never even heard of. The people of which I know, I would certainly love to have them go up.
right now, the rest will be up to the lawyers. I have to do what the lawyers say, to a certain extent. Not always, although, you know, to a certain extent.
THE PRESIDENT: Was the idea about privilege?
THE PRESIDENT: although — although I will tell you, I like to develop the people go up. Except one thing: the idea validates a corrupt investigation. Adam Schiff — he’s a corrupt politician. He’s as corrupt as you’ll ever see — when he makes up my words, in addition to reads fake words to Congress, in addition to he acts so innocent. He’s a corrupt politician.
Okay. Thank you.
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