Chris Wallace challenges Dem on not holding official impeachment vote


>>Chris: KEVIN CORKE REPORTING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. KEVIN, THANK YOU. JOINING US NOW FROM FLORIDA, CONGRESSWOMAN VAL DEMINGS, A DEMOCRAT ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, AND THE FORMER ORLANDO POLICE CHIEF, CONGRESSWOMAN, WELCOME TO “FOX NEWS SUNDAY.”>>Representative Demings: GOOD MORNING, CHRIS, IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE.>>Chris: BASED ON THE WITNESS IS THAT THE COMMITTEE HEARD FROM THIS WEEK, BASED ON THE DOCUMENTS THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED, DO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS NO HARD EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMITTED HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, AND DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE HOUSE WILL NOW VOTE TO IMPEACH HIM?>>Representative Demings: WELCOME CHRIS, LET ME BEGIN HERE, AS YOU’VE ALREADY INDICATED, I SERVED A LOT OF YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. I HAD THE HONOR OF SERVING IN EVERY RANK AT MY DEPARTMENT. I EVEN WAS APPOINTED TO CHIEF OF POLICE. I TOOK THAT JOB VERY SERIOUSLY AS I TAKE THIS JOB. WHEN I MADE THE DECISION TO RUN FOR CONGRESS, I SAID THAT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, AS IT SHOULD BE, BECAUSE THAT IS THE FOUNDATION I BELIEVE THAT WE BUILD THE AMERICAN DREAM UPON. I BELIEVE, IF YOU LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE OVER THE PAST ABOUT TEN DAYS OR SO RIGHT NOW, I THINK IT’S PRETTY CLEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT TRIED TO COERCE A FOREIGN COUNTRY INTO INVESTIGATING A POLITICAL RIVAL AND USE MUCH-NEEDED MILITARY AID AS A CONDITION OF THE DEAL. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RATE OUT THE ADMINISTRATION, FROM THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF, IT CORROBORATES EVERYTHING, ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT IS IN THE WHISTLE-BLOWER’S REPORT, AND SO WE CANNOT IGNORE WHAT IS PAINFULLY — OR OBVIOUSLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF US AND YES I DO BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT DANGEROUSLY ABUSED HIS OATH OF OFFICE AND HIS ADMINISTRATIVE POWERS, WHICH RISKS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.>>Chris: SO TO AGAIN ASK YOU A QUESTION DIRECTLY, DO YOU BELIEVE HE IS GUILTY OF HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS AND THAT THE HOUSE WILL IMPEACH HIM?>>Representative Demings: I BELIEVE THAT AN ABUSE OF POWER AS WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST TEN DAYS THAT HAVE BEEN SO DETAILED AND APPROPRIATELY LAID OUT BY THE WHISTLE-BLOWER, I THINK THE ELEMENTS ARE THERE. I THINK THAT THE EVIDENCE WE NEED ARE THERE AND I DO BELIEVE, BASED ON THAT, THAT WE WILL HAVE TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT.>>Chris: WHAT’S YOUR REACTION TO THE REPORT THIS MORNING THAT THERE IS NOW A SECOND WHISTLE-BLOWER, A SECOND INTELLIGENCE AGENT. APPARENTLY HE HAS NOT FILED A COMPLAINT YET WITH YOUR COMMITTEE BUT HE — OR SHE, I SHOULD SAY — HAS SPOKEN TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY’S INSPECTOR GENERAL?>>Representative Demings: LET ME JUST SAY THIS, CHRIS, LET’S DEAL WITH THE FIRST WHISTLE-BLOWER. I BELIEVE THIS IS A CAREER SERVICE EMPLOYEE, A PUBLIC SERVANT. I CONSIDER HIM OR HER A PATRIOT, SOMEONE WHO IS AWARE OF WRONGDOING AND HAS STEPPED FORWARD AT RISK, I BELIEVE, TO THEMSELVES. OF COURSE I SUPPORT WHAT SENATOR GRASSLEY SAID NEXT DOOR MICHAEL LAST WEEK, THAT WE NEED TO PROTECT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER. I’M CONCERNED ABOUT STATEMENTS THAT WERE MADE FROM THE PRESIDENT ABOUT MAYBE WE SHOULD HANDLE THIS PERSON LIKE WE USED TO IN THE OLD DAYS, AND THE REPORTING THAT A SECOND WHISTLE-BLOWER HAS COME FORWARD OR IS ABOUT TO COME FORWARD, I BELIEVE AGAIN WOULD BE SOMEONE WHO SEES WRONGDOING, HERE IS WRONGDOING, AND WANTS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.>>Chris: IT NOW THE WHITE HOUSE, AS I POINTED AT THE BEGINNING, THAT YOUR COMMITTEE, THE HOUSE, HAS VOTED TO SUBPOENA DOCUMENTS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT WILL NOT RELEASE THOSE DOCUMENTS, WILL NOT TURN THEM OVER, UNLESS THE FULL HOUSE VOTES TO AUTHORIZE AND IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, AS WAS DONE IN THE CASES OF BILL CLINTON AND RICHARD NIXON. WHY IS HOW SPEAKER PELOSI REFUSING TO HOLD A FORMAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY ABOUT?>>Representative Demings: CHRIS, LET ME SAY THIS, I WOULD HOPE — THIS IS BEEN A PAINFUL TIME, THIS PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS NOW. I WOULD HOPE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WOULD COOPERATE WITH CONGRESS AND ACTUALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE OVERSIGHT THAT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO. HOWEVER, THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT UNDER THE CONSTITUTION THAT WE HAVE A FULL HOUSE BOAT. THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT UNDER HOUSE RULES THAT WE HAVE A FULL HOUSE BOAT AND THERE IS NO PRECEDENT THAT WE HAVE A FULL HOUSE VOTE THAT REALLY DRIVES WHAT WE DO. SPOON WHITE, CONGRESSWOMAN, YOU SAY THERE’S NO PRECEDENT. THERE’VE ONLY BEEN TWO TIMES IN THE HISTORY UNDER THE RULES THAT WE NOW HAVE, ANDREW JOHNSON BACK IN THE 1860s WAS DIFFERENT. IN BOTH THE BILL CLINTON CASE AND THE RICHARD NIXON CASE THERE WAS A CLEAR PRECEDENT, THE FULL HOUSE VOTED AND AUTHORIZED A FULL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, SO THERE IS A PRECEDENT.>>Representative Demings: THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT, AGAIN, UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, AND NO REQUIREMENT UNDER HOUSE RULES THAT THAT IS THE PROCEDURE THAT WE FOLLOW. CHRIS, LET ME JUST SAY THIS. THIS PAST TEN DAYS HAS BEEN PAINFUL FOR MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE COMMITTEE. OBVIOUSLY IT’S BEEN QUITE PAINFUL FOR THE SENATE EVEN THOUGH TOO MANY SENATORS ARE QUIET ON THIS ISSUE, AND SO WE NEED TO CONDUCT A VERY METHODICAL, VERY THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. WE NEED TO TALK TO ALL FACT WITNESSES, WE NEED TO IDENTIFY OR REVIEW ALL DOCUMENTS AS WE BEGIN THE PROCESS OF MAKING A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT HISTORICAL DECISION. AND SO BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE, I BELIEVE THAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE PAINFULLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE WITNESSED OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.>>Chris: WE ALSO LEARNED THIS WEEK THAT THE ORIGINAL, THE FIRST WHISTLE-BLOWER, ORIGINALLY REACHED OUT TO THE DEMOCRATIC STAFF OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE ALL THE WAY BACK IN AUGUST AND YET ON SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 17TH, YOUR CHAIRMAN, ADAM SCHIFF, WAS ASKED ABOUT ANY CONTACT WITH THE WHISTLE-BLOWER, HERE’S WHAT HE SAID.>>WE HAVE NOT SPOKEN DIRECTLY WITH THE WHISTLE-BLOWER. WE WOULD LIKE TO.>>Chris: “THE WASHINGTON POST” GAVE CHAIRMAN SCHIFF FOUR PINOCCHIOS THERE, HIGHEST LEVEL OF FALSEHOOD FOR THAT COMMENT AND HERE’S HOW PRESIDENT TRUMP REACTED.>>I THINK IT’S A SCANDAL THAT HE KNEW BEFORE. I WOULD GO A STEP FURTHER, I THINK HE PROBABLY HELPED WRITE IT.>>Chris: FIRST OF ALL, IS THERE ANY EXCUSE FOR THE CHAIRMAN NOT BEING UP FRONT AND SAYING THERE WAS CONTACT, AND SECONDLY, DIDN’T CHAIRMAN SCHIFF IN EFFECT GET ADVANCE WORD — MAYBE IT WASN’T DETAILED, BUT SOME ADVANCE WORD ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE COMPLAINT, WHICH LED HIM TO PUSH THE STORY EVEN BEFORE ALL OF YOU GOT THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESIDENT’S PHONE CALL?>>Representative Demings: CHRIS, LET ME JUST SAY THIS. WITH THE PRESIDENT BEING ACCUSED OF USING HIS POWER AND ABUSING HIS OFFICE TO COERCE A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO ASSIST IN AN ELECTION, IT’S KIND OF AMAZING THAT WE WOULD TRY TO MAKE THE NEWS OF THE DAY CENTERED AROUND CHAIRMAN SCHIFF’S WORDS AS IT PERTAINS TO CONTACT WITH WHISTLE-BLOWER. CHAIRMAN SCHIFF AS, AS YOU KNOW, HAS SERVED SEVERAL TERMS IN CONGRESS. HE HAS BEEN A PERSON WHO HAS PROVIDED EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND CHAIRMAN SCHIFF SAID HE COULD HAVE STATED — RESPONDED TO THAT QUESTION IN A MORE CLEAR WAY. WHEN HE WAS ASKED THE QUESTION, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT HE WAS THINKING OF HAS THE WHISTLE-BLOWER COME BEFORE THE COMMITTEE. IS THE COMMITTEE AWARE OF THE NATURE OF THE COMPLAINT? NO. AT THE WHISTLE-BLOWER HAD NOT COME BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, NOR WAS THE COMMITTEE OR EVEN STAFF AWARE, NECESSARILY THE NATURE OF THE COMPLAINT. IT WAS A QUESTION ABOUT PROCEDURE AND PROCESS.>>Chris: I’M RUNNING OUT OF TIME, SO LET ME ASK YOU MY FINAL QUESTION. THERE IS ALSO CRITICISM OF CHAIRMAN SCHIFF FOR THE WAY HE LAID OUT, THE WAY HE BASICALLY SEEMED TO STATE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PHONE CALL WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT IN THAT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING WITH THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. HERE IS CHAIRMAN SCHIFF.>>I HAVE A FAVOR I WANT FROM YOU THOUGH, AND I’M GOING TO SAY THIS ONLY SEVEN TIMES, SO YOU BETTER LISTEN GOOD. I WANT YOU TO MAKE UP DIRT ON MY POLITICAL OPPONENT, UNDERSTAND? LOTS OF IT.>>Chris: AS PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS, IT’S JUST NOT TRUE. IT IS NOT WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS. YOU KNOW, IT’S ONE THING — BECAUSE THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHAIRMAN SCHIFF, HE AT ONE TIME TALKED ABOUT HAVING EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION IN THE RUSSIA CASE, THE SPECIAL COUNSEL FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION. IT’S ONE THING TO TALK LIKE THAT EVEN IN A PRESS CONFERENCE. IT’S ANOTHER THING TO MAKE STUFF UP IN A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON THE POSSIBLE IMPEACHMENT OF A PRESIDENT.>>Representative Demings: CHRIS, I BELIEVE WHAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S REPORT SAID WAS THAT THE ELEMENTS OF CONSPIRACY, THAT THE INFORMATION THEY WERE ABLE TO OBTAIN THROUGH ALL OF THE OBSTRUCTIVE EFFORTS TO PREVENT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL FROM GETTING ALL THE INFORMATIO INFORMATION, THAT THE ELEMENTS DID NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF CHARGE AND CONSPIRACY. WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID WAS, AFTER PRESIDENT ZELENSKY INDICATED THAT HE WAS READY TO PURCHASE MORE MILITARY WEAPONRY, THE PRESIDENT SAID “BUT I NEEDED TO DO ME A FAVOR THOUGH.” THAT’S NOT DISPUTED IN ANY WAY AND WE KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT MADE REFERENCE, ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS, — AS A FORMER POLICE DETECTIVE, CHRIS, I’VE SEEN WHEN EVIDENCE WAS SO PAINFULLY OBVIOUS — I’VE SEEN THE SUBJECT OF AN INVESTIGATION TURN AND ATTACK THE INVESTIGATORS. WE NOT ONLY SEE THAT FROM THIS PRESIDENT IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE CERTAINLY SEEN BEFORE FROM HIM. WE NEED TO KEEP OUR EYE ON THE

Kellyanne Conway touts Trump admin after Bolton’s departure


>>Bill: KEVIN CORKE REPORTING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. JOINING US NOW, COUNSEL TO THE PRESIDENT, KELLYANNE CONWAY. WELCOME BACK TO “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” SUNDAY.”>>GOOD MORNING BILL TO YOU AND YOUR VIEWERS. IT’S BEEN ONE BELIEVES THAT IRAN IS RESPONSIBLE IN WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO WITH IT?>>THEY’VE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO STAND FOR THAT. IN FACT, OUR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY STANDS READY TO TAP INTO THE STRATEGIC RESERVE, PETROLEUM RESERVE, IF WE MUST, TO STABILIZE THE GLOBAL ENERGY SUPPLY. MORE IMPORTANTLY, SECRETARY POMPEO AND SECRETARY MNUCHIN JUST LAST WEEK STOOD IN THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM AND ANNOUNCED ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS AND THAT IS BECAUSE WE LOOK CONTINUE TO CALL OUT MALIGNED BEHAVIOR, AND THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO WITHDREW US FROM A VERY BAD NUCLEAR DEAL WITH A NE’ER-DO-WELL REGIME. THIS PRESIDENT ALSO THROUGH HIS POLICY BILL HAS MADE US LESS DEPENDENT ON THE FOREIGN DICTATORS AND BAD REGIMES FOR ENERGY SUPPLY. WE NOW IN THE U.S. ARE NET EXPORTERS OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN AND THAT WILL CONTINUE. PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN — AND NOTHING IS MADE IN THE U.S. AND OF COURSE THAT’S CHANGING UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP. BUT WE HAVE ENERGY UNDER OUR FEET AND OFF OF OUR SHORES. SO WHEN IRAN ATTACKED SAUDI ARABIA THAT HAS OVER 100 TIMES, WE ARE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION.>>Bill: I HAVE A FEW SPECIFIC QUESTIONS. SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM SAYS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ATTACKING IRAN’S OIL FIELDS. IS THAT A CONSIDERATION?>>Counselor Conway: YOU KNOW THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM AND SECRETARY POMPEO, OUR NATION’S CHIEF DIPLOMAT KEEP MANY OPTIONS ON THE TABLE, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO MEN RETALIATING AGAINST MALIGNED BEHAVIOR AND PROTECTING AMERICAN INTERESTS AND AMERICANS. AND OUR AMERICAN ECONOMY. SO I WON’T GET AHEAD OF SECRETARY POMPEO AND THE PRESIDENT AND SAYING THAT. BUT THIS IS WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT IS NOT A TYPICAL POLITICIAN. HE AND HIS TEAM DON’T SIT AROUND AND SAY, LET’S STUDY IT, LET’S HAVE A COMPETITION ABOUT IT. THEY POINTED THE FINGER AT THE IRANIAN REGIME. I THINK HAVING REPORTS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE IS IMPORTANT, WHEN HE SAYS IT’S PROBABLY THE MOST AGGRESSIVE ACTION IN THE LAST 40 YEARS BETWEEN IRAN AND THE U.S., BUT THAT STARTED BECAUSE THIS PRESIDENT INHERITED A BAD NUCLEAR DEAL WHERE WE SHOVELED OVER CASH AND I THINK THAT SHOCKED MANY PEOPLE WHO FIGURE WHATEVER THE PRESIDENT IS JUST GOES ON LONG TO GET ALONG AND DOESN’T KEEP THOSE CAMPAIGN PROMISES.>>Bill: I UNDERSTAND THAT. HE ALSO SAID –>>Counselor Conway: TALK TO IRAN AS THE NEXT QUESTION ON THAT BECAUSE THIS PAST WEEK HE HAD SUGGESTED TWICE THAT HE IS WILLING TO MEET WITH THE IRANIAN LEADERS TWO WEEKS FROM NOW. DOES HE STILL WANT THAT MEETING?>>Counselor Conway: HE SAID HE WILL CONSIDER IT AND THE CONDITIONS ALSO CONDITIONS ALWO CONDITIONS ALWAYS MUST BE RIGHT. HE WOULD HAVE HAD A SO-SO DEAL WITH CHINA AND TO GET HIM THROUGH THE NEXT ELECTION, THAT’S A BENEFIT OF HAVING A BUSINESSMAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE. HE ALSO KNOWS THAT YOU DON’T SIT DOWN AND MEET WITH PEOPLE UNLESS YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE OTHER ACCOUTREMENTS AROUND THE NEW RELATIONSHIPS LIKE THE MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN. LIKE THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY AND SECRETARY OF STATE JUST DAYS OF THE AGO FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCING NEW SANCTIONS. SO ALL OF THAT IS STILL IN PLAY WHETHER OR NOT THE PRESIDENT INCLUDES IRAN IN ONE OF HIS MEETINGS. HE’S VERY BUSY, DOING A LOT OF BILATERAL MEETINGS. SO WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>Bill: IT SO A MEETING IS STILL ON THE TABLE, CORRECT?>>Counselor Conway: THE PRESIDENT WILL AT LEAST CONSIDER HIS OPTIONS. WE’VE NEVER COMMITTED TO THAT MEETING AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE IS LOOKING AT IT. SO I WILL ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO ANNOUNCE A MEETING OR A NONMEETING BUT WHEN YOU ATTACK SAUDI ARABIA, ATTACK CIVILIAN AREAS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, THE GLOBAL ENERGY STABILITY, YOU ARE HELP IN YOUR CASE MUCH.>>Bill: IT ONE MORE ON THIS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THAT MEETING IF IT WERE TO HAPPEN?>>I DON’T ENGAGE IN HYPOTHETICALS. HE BELIEVES AS HE HAS SAID MANY TIMES IF WE CAN BRING PEACE AND PROSPERITY, PROTECTIVE PEACE AND PROSPERITY OF OUR NATION BUT BRING IT TO OTHER HOT SPOTS AROUND THE WORLD, AND HE’S GOING TO DO THAT. WHY BIG BROTHER BEING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF YOU ARE DONALD TRUMP, WHY BOTHER GIVING UP THE SUCCESSFUL LIFE HE HAD OUTSIDE OF GOVERNMENT FOR 70 YEARS. AND IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO ENGAGE, IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY, IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TRY TO DENUCLEARIZE THE KOREAN PENINSULA, IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TRY TO MEET WITH OTHER FOLKS TO GET BETTER DEALS, HE’S RENEGOTIATING THESE BAD TRADE DEALS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD FOR SIMILAR REASONS. HE THINKS AMERICANS AND AMERICAN INTERESTS AND AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE BEEN SCREWED FOR FAR TOO LONG BY PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BY A TYPICAL POLITICIAN’S WORRIED ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION AND NOT THE NEXT PAYCHECK.>>Bill: OKAY, JOHN BOLTON THIS WEEK IS GONE AND THERE’S A JOB OPENING IN THE WEST WING. HERE’S HOW THE PRESIDENT DESCRIBED HIS MANAGEMENT.>>President Trump: A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT THE JOB. AND IT’S A GREAT JOB. IT’S GREAT BECAUSE IT’S VERY EASY TO WORK WITH DONALD TRUMP. YOU KNOW WHY IT’S EASY? BECAUSE I MAKE ALL THE DECISION DECISIONS.>>Bill: WE KNOW HE’S CONFIDENT BUT WITH THE LEVEL OF TURNOVER DOES HE HAVE ENOUGH OF THE AROUND HIM?>>Counselor Conway: HE DOES, AND I’VE HEARD THESE STORIES AGAIN AND AGAIN. THE FACT IS WITH THE PRESIDENT JUST DESCRIBED IS PART OF THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAT HE ALLOWS HIMSELF AS PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE’VE NEVER HAD A PRESIDENT SO ENGAGED. HE — WHAT HE SAID THERE IS EXACTLY RIGHT. BEFORE THE PRESIDENT MAKES A DECISION I CAN TELL YOU AS SOMEONE WHO IS IN HERE DAILY IN FRONT OF HIM, HE INVITES DISSENTING OPINION. HE ENJOYS — NOT JUST ACCEPTS BUT EXPECTS DISAGREEMENT AND DIVERSITY OF VIEWPOINT. I SEE ANY NUMBER OF ISSUES INCLUDING NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY AND THEN HE WEIGHS CONSEQUENCES, HERE’S EVERYBODY OUT, READS THE BRIEFING PAPERS, AND THEN HE MAKES THE DECISION. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE IN THE ENTIRE WEST WING, ONLY TWO PEOPLE WERE ELECTED TO ANYTHING AND THEIR NAMES ARE DONALD J. TRUMP AND MICHAEL ARE PANTS. SO WE ARE THERE TO PUT OUT ALL THE CONSEQUENCES AND I THINK — THEY ARE NOT THINKING OF — THAT’S NOT A COMMENT ABOUT HIM.>>Bill: WHEN WILL WE GET AN ANSWER –>>Counselor Conway: THEY WERE ALIGNED ON MANY DIFFERENT ISSUE ISSUES. MAYBE THIS WEEK OR NEXT WEEK, THE PRESIDENT IS ENGAGED WITH IDENTIFYING A COUPLE OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND THAT WILL GO FORWARD. I WOULD POINT YOU TO THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH ABOUT AFGHANISTAN IN AUGUST OF 2017, EIGHT MONTHS INTO HIS PRESIDENCY OR SO WHERE HE SAID, THIS WILL NOT BE THE POLICIES OF THE LAST COUPLE PRESIDENTS. WE WILL LOOK AT CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND AND NOT HAVE SOME FALSE TIMETABLE THAT WE PUBLISH FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. SO THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN OUT THERE. HE INTRODUCED HIS INTERNATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY A WHILE AGO AND HE THANKED AMBASSADOR BOLTON FOR HIS SERVICE AS I DO. PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SERVE AT THE LEVELS — AND IT TAKE AN OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE APPLAUDED.>>Bill: ON GUN CONTROL NOW, THE PRESIDENT WROTE THIS BACK IN AUGUST. HE SAID SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS ARE TAKING PLACE ON MEANINGFUL BACKGROUND CHECKS. I’M THE BIGGEST SECOND AMENDMENT PERSON THERE IS. COMMON SENSE THINGS CAN BE DONE THAT ARE GOOD FOR EVERYONE. THEN THREE DAYS AGO HE WAS ASKED WHETHER OR NOT HE WOULD SUPPORT EXPANDED COMMERCIAL BACKGROUND CHECKS.>>President Trump: THIS IS A MOVEMENT BY THE DEMOCRATS TO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY, THEN IT’S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE WE ARE NEVER GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN. WE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR OUR SECOND AMENDMENT.>>Bill: SO MITCH McCONNELL SAYS HE WANTS TO KNOW THE PRESIDENT WILL SUPPORT. HAS HE MADE A DECISION ON THAT?>>Counselor Conway: THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT ISSUE WITH THE ENTIRE TIME, PARTICULARLY AFTER THE MASS SHOOTINGS IN EL PASO AND DAYTON. HE HAS TALKED — JUST THIS WEEK, I WAS THERE. HE TALKED TO REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC UNITED STATES SENATORS WHO WERE ACTIVELY ENGAGED. THEY WANT US TO BE BIPARTISAN BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW BAD ACTORS WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE FIREARMS IN THE FIRST PLACE THEN A MURDER INNOCENT AMERICANS TO BE THE EXCUSE THAT A BUNCH OF LIBERALS AND SOCIALISTS HAVE TO CONFISCATE FIREARMS FROM LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS WHO HAVE LEGALLY PROCURED THEM. AND I’M NOT GOING TO ALLOW PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSTANTLY MALIGNING AND THE WRITING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE IN CHARGE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC POLICY. AND SO WHEN LEADER McCONNELL SAYS HE WANTS TO PUT ON THE SENATE FLOOR SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT WILL SUPPORT, THAT — SO WHY ARE THE DEMOCRATS TALKING ABOUT THINGS?>>I DON’T HEAR SUPPORT FOR A SPECIFIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION. DOES THAT MEAN THE DECISION HAS NOT YET BEEN MADE?>>Counselor Conway: THERE ARE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ALREADY EXISTS THAT WE HAVE LOOKED AT. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THE WEST WING MISSED THEIR SUMMER VACATION AND HAVE WORKED ON THIS EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE MET WITH PRESIDENT SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST WEEK. IS TALKING TO MEMBERS WHO WILL VOTE ON THIS AND WANTS TO DO SOMETHING ALL AT ONCE. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN LISTENING TO THE BEST PRACTICES IN THE STATES THAT HAVE RISK PROTECTION ORDERS. HE’S BEEN LISTENING TO STRENGTHENING MENTAL HEALTH. HE’S DONE MORE ON BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ANY PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED INTO LAW WHICH WOULD HAVE PREVENTED A NUMBER OF THESE MURDERERS FROM HAVING A FIREARMS IN THE FIRST PLACE. SENATOR PAT TOOMEY, THEY’VE GOT SIX MIX PLUS, WE CALL IT LIE AND A TRY. IF YOU EVEN TRY TO GET A FIREARM AND YOU SHOULDN’T BE, YOU ARE ALREADY ON A LIST, — I WANT TO LOOK AMERICA’S OTHER MOTHERS IN THE FACE AND TELL THEM THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE FACT PATTERNS THAT HAPPENED IN PLACES LIKE PARKLAND, FLORIDA AND DAYTON, OHIO, AND WE ARE ALL SCRATCHING OUR HEAD AND SAYING, HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? NOT JUST PASS BILLS WILLY-NILLY, BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS LIKE BETO O’ROURKE ADMITTED IT THE OTHER NIGHT, IT’S MORE COMMON FOR YOUR GUNS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT THE PRESIDENT IS CONSIDERING.>>Bill: LET’S DO A QUICK LIGHTNING ROUND AND THERE IS A LITTLE DELAY AND A SATELLITE, I APOLOGIZE. ARE WE FIGHTING TO A STALEMATE ON THIS ISSUE? YES OR NO?>>Counselor Conway: NO. WE ARE GETTING TO A GREAT TRADE AGREEMENT THAT STOP SCREWING THE AMERICAN WORKER AND AMERICAN ECONOMY. WHY DO WE HAVE A $500 BILLION TRADE DEFICIT WITH CHINA? THE WORLD’S SECOND-LARGEST ECONOMY. WHY HAVE WE AS AMERICA SAT IDLY BY AND LOOK TO THE WAY, WE’VE BEEN FORCING TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS AND STEALING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. THIS PRESIDENT DOESN’T MAKE A QUICK HALF-BAKED DEAL WHEN HE CAN GET A BETTER DEAL LONGER TERM. I SAID THE CHINESE ARE COMING TO AN AMERICA.>>Bill: IT TWO MORE THINGS. WHAT DOES HE THINK ABOUT THOSE IN THE HOUSE PURSUING IMPEACHMENT?>>Counselor Conway: COMPLETE NONSENSE. EVEN JERRY NADLER SAID, IMPEACHMENT IS JUST A TERM. THEY NEED TO READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY. CONGRESS WORKS FOR YOU AMERICA AND THEY ARE WASTING YOUR MONEY AND THEY ARE TIME. THEY THOUGHT THE MUELLER REPORT WOULD BE THE END-ALL AND THEY EVEN HAD BOB MUELLER COME AND TALK ABOUT THE MUELLER REPORT AND IT WAS A DISASTER. THEY WORK FOR YOU. TELL THEM TO GET THAT TRADE DEAL DONE AND TELL THEM DRUG PRICING END OF THE STRUCTURE, KEEP THIS GREAT ECONOMY HUMMING ALONG AND STOP THE NONSENSE OF HARASSING AND EMBARRASSING THIS PRESIDENT AND THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM WHEN YOU’VE HAD NO CONSTITUTION OR A LEGAL BASIS TO DO SO.>>Bill: AT WEST POINT. HE SAID IT’S BIDEN, WARREN OR SANDERS. DOES HE STILL THINK THAT?>>Counselor Conway: ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, WE SAW THAT IN 2016. ALTHOUGH AT THIS POINT HE WAS THE FRONT RUNNER. BUT I THINK THE IRONY SHOULD BE LOST ON NO ONE THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BILL THAT HAS SAID, WE NEED A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERSHIP, THEY HAVE CANDIDATES OF COLOR. THEY HAVE FEMALE CANDIDATES OF COLOR. THEY HAVE YOUNG CANDIDATES, A YOUNG UP AND COMING CANDIDATES. BUT IS IT LOST ON ANYONE THAT THE THREE FRONT RUNNERS ARE SORT OF OLDER WHITE CANDIDATES? I THINK THAT’S PRETTY IRONIC BECAUSE THAT’S THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTORATE WHO IS REJECTING THESE LONGER REJECTING THESE YONGER REJECTING THESE YOUGER REJECTING THESE YOUNGR REJECTING THESE YOUNGER CANDIDATES. DONALD TRUMP CAN BE ANY OF THEM. YOU HEAR DEBATE AFTER DEBATE, PEOPLE CREEPING TOWARD SOCIALISM. WAKE UP ALREADY. PEOPLE ARE FREEING SOCIALIST COUNTRIES TO COME TO OUR DEMOCRACY’S OF CAPITALISTS AND FREEDOM. OUR GIRLS AND WOMEN HAVE RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY. SOCIALISTS HAVE BEEN TAKING EVEN WORSE FROM THEM. I THINK THE PRESIDENT IS WATCHING WITH MORE AMUSEMENT AND

Trump on fake news, freedom of the press


♪ ♪>>Chris: WE ARE BACK NOW WITH MORE FROM OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE WE SAT DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENT THERE WAS BREAKING NEWS, A RULING ON THE CNN LAWSUIT AGAINST THE WHITE HOUSE FOR PULLING A REPORTER’S PRESS PASS. CNN ARGUED THAT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION VIOLATED ITS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. ADMINISTRATION LAWYERS SAID MR. TRUMP CAN EXCLUDE ANY REPORTER HE WANTS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS. AND THAT’S WHERE WE STARTED IN THE SECOND PART OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE PRESIDENT.>>Chris: A FEDERAL JUDGE WHO YOU APPOINTED HAS JUST ROLLED THAT YOU MUST GIVE CNN REPORTER JIM ACOSTA’S PRESS PASS BACK. YOUR REACTION?>>President Trump: IT’S MINE. IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL. WHAT THEY SAID WAS WE HAVE TO CREATE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR CONDUCT. WERE DOING THAT, WERE WRITING THEM UP RIGHT NOW AND MISS BEHAVIOR, WE WILL THROW THEM OUT OR WE WILL STOP THE NEWS CONFERENCE.>>Chris: WHAT ARE YOUR RULES GOING TO BE? THIS IS OVER THE LINE –>>President Trump: WE ARE DOING THEM NOW. YOU CAN’T KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS. WE HAD A LOT OF REPORTERS IN THAT ROOM. MANY, MANY REPORTERS IN THAT ROOM AND THEY WERE UNABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS BECAUSE THIS GUY GETS UP AND STARTS DOING WHAT HE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING FOR HIM AND FOR CNN AND JUST SHOUTING OUT QUESTIONS BUT I WILL SAY THIS, LOOK. NOBODY BELIEVES IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT MORE THAN I DO AND IF I THINK NOBODY IS ACTING OUT OF SORTS I WILL LEAVE, I WILL SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH EVERYBODY, I APPRECIATE YOU COMING AND I WILL LEAVE. AND THOSE REPORTERS WILL NOT BE TOO FRIENDLY TO WHOEVER IT IS THAT IS ACTING OUT.>>Chris: WHY DIDN’T YOU CALL ON HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE? IT SEEMS TO BE A SIMPLE SOLUTION, JUST DON’T CALL ON HI HIM.>>President Trump: I LIKE TO DO IT BUT IN MANY CASES I DON’T. HE’S UNBELIEVABLY RUDE TO SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, A WONDERFUL WOMAN. UNBELIEVABLY RUDE AND I SEE THAT AND I ACTUALLY ASK HER THE SAME, WHY DO COLONIES PEOPLE THAT ARE SO NASTY AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE WILL DO IS WE WILL TURN THE CAMERA OFF THAT FACES THEM BECAUSE THEY MAY DON’T HAVE ANY TIME. I WILL MAYBE BE SUED FOR THAT. YOU NEVER KNOW IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.>>Chris: LET’S GET TO THE BIGGER ISSUE. IN 2017, LAST YEAR YOU TWEETED THIS AND I WANT TO QUOTE IT ACCURATELY. “THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS NOT MY ENEMY, IT IS THE ENEMY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.>>President Trump: IT’S TRUE, 100%. AT THE MEDIA. I’M GLAD YOU’RE FINALLY QUOTING IT CORRECTLY BECAUSE THEY LIKE TO LEAVE THE FAKE NEWS OUT.>>Chris: BUT THAT’S WHAT YOU SAID.>>President Trump: THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPORTING ME IN PARTICULAR, THEY ARE VERY SMART PEOPLE. THEY ARE HARDWORKING, GREAT PEOPLE. THEY KNOW WHEN THE NEWS IS FAKE AND THEY GET ANGRY WHEN THEY SEE ALL OF THE FAKENESS.>>Chris: PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF OTHER PRESIDENTS, NO PRESIDENT HAD LIKED HIS PRESS COVERAGE. JOHN KENNEDY AND YOUR OVAL OFFICE CANCELED THE SUBSCRIPTION TO THE NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE. NOBODY CALLED IT THE ENEMY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.>>President Trump: THE FAKE NEWS IS THE ENEMY — IT’S FAKE, IT’S PHONY. I DON’T MIND GETTING BAD NEWS IF I’M WRONG. IF I DO SOMETHING WRONG, LIKE FOR INSTANCE THE CEMETERY. I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO GO BECAUSE OF THE SECRET SERVICE, BECAUSE THEY EXPECTED TO TAKE A HELICOPTER. THEY HAD ZERO VISIBILITY. THEY SAID WE ARE TOTALLY UNEQUIPPED FOR YOU TO GO. IN ADDITION TO THAT THE CEMETERY WAS FAR TOO FAR AWAY FROM AIR FORCE ONE WHICH IS SORT OF LIKE A CONTROL CENTER THAT YOU HAVE TO BE NEAR. NOT ONE PAPER THAT I SAW WROTE IT THAT WAY. THEY SAID I STAYED OUT OF IT BECAUSE OF THE RAIN. AND YET THE FOLLOWING DAY I MADE A SPEECH AT THE AMERICAN CEMETERY. IT WAS POURING. IT WASN’T EVEN REALLY RAINING BUT THE FOG WAS TREMENDOUS.>>Chris: LEADERS AND IN AUTHORITARIAN COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA, CHINA, VENEZUELA NOW WERE PRESS THE MEDIA USING YOUR WORDS.>>President Trump: I CAN’T TALK FOR OTHER PEOPLE, I CAN ONLY TALK FOR ME. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT YOU. YOU SOMETIMES MAY BE BUT I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT YOU. THE NEWS ABOUT ME IS LARGELY PHONY. IT’S FALSE. EVEN SOMETIMES THEY WILL SAY SOURCES SAY — THERE IS NO SOURCE.>>Chris: I UNDERSTAND YOU DON’T LIKE YOUR COVERAGE.>>President Trump: 94%.>>Chris: CAN I BRING THE BIGGER ISSUE UP? MCRAVEN, RETIRED ADMIRAL, NAVY SEAL 37 YEARS, FORMER –>>President Trump: HILLARY CLINTON FAN. EXCUSE ME, HILLARY CLINTON FAN.>>Chris: LED THE OPERATIONS, COMMANDED THE OPERATIONS THAT TOOK DOWN SADDAM HUSSEIN AND KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN SAID THAT YOUR SENTIMENT IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO, CHRISSY IN HIS LIFETIME>>President Trump: HILLARY CLINTON BACKER AND AN OBAMA BACKER AND FRANKLY –>>Chris: HE IS A NAVY SEAL.>>President Trump: WOULD HAVE GOTTEN OSAMA BIN LADEN A LOT SOONER. IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NICE. LIVING IN PAKISTAN, BEAUTIFULLY IN PAKISTAN AND WHAT I GUESS WAS CONSIDERED A NIGHT MANSION. I’VE SEEN NICER. WE GET PAKISTAN $1.3 BILLION A YEAR WHEN THEY DON’T TELL THEM.>>President Trump: YOU’RE NOT EVEN GOING TO GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR TAKING DOWN BIN LADEN?>>President Trump: LOOK, THERE’S NEWS RIGHT THERE. HE LIVED IN PAKISTAN. WE ARE SUPPORTING PAKISTAN. WE ARE GIVING A $1.3 BILLION A YEAR, WHICH WE DON’T DO ANYMORE, I ENDED IT. I’M TOTALLY IN FAVOR OF THE MEDIA, I’M IN FAVOR OF FREE PRESS. WHEN IT’S FAKE –>>Chris: YOU DON’T GET TO DECIDE WHAT IS FAIR AND WHAT’S NOT.>>President Trump: I CAN TELL YOU WHAT’S FAIR AND WHAT’S NOT. AND SO CAN MY PEOPLE.>>Chris: I UNDERSTAND THAT BUT –>>President Trump: WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING VERY GOOD — AS AN EXAMPLE –>>Chris: BARACK OBAMA WHINED ABOUT FOX NEWS ALL THE TIME BUT HE NEVER SAID WE WERE THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.>>President Trump: HE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT THE NEWS. HE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT ANYTHING. I’M ONLY SAYING IT VERY DIFFERENTLY THAN ANYONE HAS EVER SAID IT BEFORE. I AM SAYING FAKE NEWS, FALSE REPORTING, DISHONEST REPORTING, OF WHICH THERE IS A LOT, AND I KNOW IT. I KNOW IT BECAUSE I’M A SUBJECT OF IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW IT BUT WHEN I EXPLAINED IT TO THEM THEY UNDERSTAND. YOU KNOW THAT BETTER THAN — YOU DON’T HAVE TO SIT HERE AND ACT LIKE A PERFECT LITTLE WONDERFUL INNOCENT ANGEL. I KNOW YOU TOO WELL, I KNOW YOUR FATHER TOO WELL. THAT’S NOT YOUR JANE.>>Chris: I THINK SOME OF THE COVERAGE OF YOU, AND I’VE SET IT ON THE RECORD, IS BIASED, BUT I DON’T THINK –>>President Trump: MOST OF IT IS BIASED.>>Chris: I DON’T KNOW BUT THE IDEA THAT YOU CALL US THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.>>President Trump: I’M NOT CALLING YOU THAT.>>Chris: WE ARE ALTOGETHER.>>President Trump: NO. I’M NOT CALLING YOU –>>President Trump: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHEN YOU CALL ME. WHEN YOU CALL CNN AND “THE NEW YORK TIMES,” WE ARE IN SOLIDARITY, SIR.>>President Trump: FAKENESS, FAKE REPORTING IS WHAT’S TEARING THIS COUNTRY APART BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW, PEOPLE LIKE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AND THEY ARE NOT HEARING ABOUT IT.>>Chris: WHERE DO YOU RANK YOURSELF IN THE PANTHEON OF GREAT PRESIDENTS? THERE IS A LINCOLN AND, THERE’S FDR AND REAGAN. DO YOU MAKE THE TOP TEN?>>President Trump: I THINK I’M DOING A GREAT JOB. WE HAVE THE BEST ECONOMY WE’VE EVER HAD.>>Chris: SO WHERE DO YOU RANK YOURSELF?>>President Trump: WE WOULD BE IN WAR WITH NORTH KOREA IF THAT ADMINISTRATION HAD CONTINUED FORWARD. I HATE TO DO IT BUT I WILL DO IT. I GIVE MYSELF AN A+. IS THAT ENOUGH? CAN I GO HIGHER THAN THAT?>>Chris: CAN YOU ENVISION A SITUATION — YOU TALK ABOUT SIX WIRES, CAN YOU ENVISION A SITUATION WELL INTO YOUR SECOND TERM WHERE YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE SO GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY AND SO ESSENTIAL FOR THE PROGRESS OF THE COUNTRY THAT YOU WOULD TRY TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION SO YOU COULD SERVE A THIRD TERM?>>President Trump: NO.>>Chris: WHY NOT?>>President Trump: IT JUST WON’T HAPPEN. I THINK THE EIGHT YEAR LIMIT IS A GOOD THING, NOT A BAD THING.>>Chris: WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THE CEMETERY AND THE FACT THEY DIDN’T GO BECAUSE IT WAS A SECURITY CONCERN AND YOU DID GO THE NEXT DAY.>>President Trump: EXCUSE ME, NOT SECURITY CONCERN. THEY WOULDN’T ALLOW ME TO GO. THEY SAID — SECRET SERVICE SAID SIR, YOU CANNOT GO, WE ARE NOT PREPARED. YOU CANNOT GO BECAUSE THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A HELICOPTER BUT THE HELICOPTER COULDN’T FLY. THEY SAID YOU CANNOT GO.>>Chris: HERE’S THE QUESTION, YOU ARE BACK IN WASHINGTON ON MONDAY, VETERANS DAY, WHY DON’T YOU GO ACROSS THE RIVER TO ARLINGTON FOR THAT CEREMONY? BARACK OBAMA WENT EVERY YEAR HE WAS HERE IN D.C.>>President Trump: I SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT. I WAS EXTREMELY BUSY ON THE CALLS FOR THE COUNTRY. WE DID A LOT OF CALLING, AS YOU KNOW.>>Chris: BUT THIS IS VETERANS DAY.>>President Trump: IN RETROSPECT I SHOULD HAVE, AND I DID LAST YEAR AND I WILL VIRTUALLY EVERY YEAR BUT WE HAD COME IN VERY LATE AT NIGHT AND I HAD JUST LEFT LITERALLY THE AMERICAN CEMETERY IN PARIS AND I REALLY PROBABLY ASSUMED THAT WAS FINE AND I WAS EXTREMELY BUSY BECAUSE AFFAIRS OF STATE, DOING OTHER THINGS. BUT I WOULD HAVE DONE IT.>>Chris: WHY HAVEN’T YOU VISITED OUR TROOPS SERVING IN WAR ZONES AND IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND THE TWO YEARS YOU’VE BEEN IN OFFICE AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF?>>President Trump: I THINK YOU WILL SEE THAT HAPPEN. THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE BEING PLANNED. WE KNOW WHAT TO TALK ABOUT IT OBVIOUSLY BECAUSE OF SECURITY REASONS AND EVERYTHING ELSE BUT THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE PLANNED. AS YOU KNOW, I WAS VERY MUCH OPPOSED TO THE WAR IN IRAQ. I THINK IT WAS A TREMENDOUS MISTAKE. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY HAS BEEN — AS A PRESIDENT IN TERMS OF FUNDING, IN TERMS OF ALL OF THE THINGS I’VE BEEN ABLE TO GET THEM INCLUDING THE VETS, I DON’T THINK ANYBODY HAS DONE MORE THAN ME. I’VE HAD AN UNBELIEVABLE BUSY SCHEDULE AND I WILL BE DOING IT, ON TOP OF WHAT YOU HAVE THOSE PHONY WITCH HUNTS. ON TOP OF WHICH — WE’VE JUST BEEN VERY BUSY BUT I WILL BE DOING THAT.>>Chris: JUST BEFORE THE MIDTERMS SAID YOUR BIGGEST REGRET IS THAT PERHAPS YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD A SOFTER TONE IN HER TWO YEARS AS PRESIDENT, BUT SINCE THEN, SOME COULD ARGUE YOU’VE BEEN ON A TEAR. THE PRESS CONFERENCE THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION. YOU MOCKED SOME OF THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN WHO LOST, NOT EMBRACING YOU.>>ME A LOVE GAVE ME NO LOVE AND SHE LOST. TOO BAD, SORRY ABOUT THAT.>>Chris: THAT YOU WENT TWO AFRICAN-AMERICAN REPORTERS AND BASICALLY SAID THAT THERE WERE DOMINANT.>>THE SAME THING WITH APRIL RYAN. I WATCH HER GET UP. YOU TALK ABOUT SOMEBODY THAT’S A LOSER. SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT SHE’S DOING.>>DO YOU WANT THEM TO REIGN IN ROBERT MUELLER?>>President Trump: WHAT A STUPID QUESTION THAT IS. WHAT A STUPID QUESTION BUT I WATCH YOU A LOT. YOU ASK A LOT OF STUPID QUESTIONS.>>Chris: QUESTION, I WAS IN ST. JOE’S MISSOURI THIS LAST WEEKEND, TALKING TO A LOT OF LOYAL REPUBLICANS. THEY LOVE WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO THE ECONOMY. THEY LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE BASICALLY PUT ISIS OUT OF BUSINESS. THE ONE THING THEY SAY IS WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO DIVISIVE? WHY DON’T YOU DO MORE TO BRING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER.>>President Trump: I THINK THAT IF I WAS VERY DIFFERENT I WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN WHAT WE HAD TO GET. THE BIGGEST TAX CUTS IN HISTORY, AND WATER APPROVED. GOT RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, THE MOST UNPOPULAR THING YOU COULD IMAGINE, HEALTH CARE. I GOT RID OF IT, EVERYBODY SAID IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO GET RID OF IT. THE REGULATIONS. I THINK IF I WAS A MORE MODIFIED, MORE MODERATE IN THAT SENSE I DON’T THINK I WOULD HAVE DONE HALF OF THE THINGS THAT I WAS ABLE TO GET COMPLETED. WITH THAT BEING SAID, OTHER THAN YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN ABILITY TO FIGHT BACK, AND AS YOU KNOW PEOPLE — THEY TAKE STRONG STANCE ON ME BOTH WAYS. LOVE AND HATE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT MAYBE A LITTLE BIT MORE RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE BUT SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME BUT A LOT OF TIMES YOU CAN’T PRACTICE TONE BECAUSE YOU HAVE PEOPLE COMING AT YOU SO HARD THAT IF YOU DON’T FIGHT BACK IN A SOMEWHAT VIGOROUS WAY YOU’RE NOT GOING TO WIN AND WE HAVE TO WIN. THIS COUNTRY HAS TO WIN. WE HAVE A LOT OF VICTORIES COMING AND I THINK IF I GO TO LOKI WERE NOT GOING TO HAVE THOSE VICTORIES.>>Chris: MR. PRESIDENT, THANK YOU.>>President Trump: THANK YOU.>>Chris: AT ONE POINT OF CLARIFICATION, ADMIRAL MCRAVEN NEVER ENDORSED A CANDIDATE FOR