President Trump's press conference

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(12:55:49) I just wanted to begin by mentioning that the nominee for secretary of the Department of Labor will be Mr. Alex Acosta. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School, was a great student; former clerk for Justice Samuel Alito. And he has had a tremendous career. He's a member and has been a member of the National Labor Relations Board, and has been through Senate confirmation three times, confirmed; did very, very well

(12:56:27) And so Alex, I've wished him the best. We just spoke. And he's going to be -- I think he'll be a tremendous secretary of labor

(12:56:38) And also as you probably heard just a little while ago, Mick Mulvaney, former congressman, has just been approved weeks late, I have to say that, weeks, weeks late, Office of Management and Budget. And he will be I think a fantastic addition

(12:56:59) Paul Singer just left. As you know, Paul was very much involved with the anti-Trump or as they say, ``never Trump.'' And Paul just left and he's given us his total support. And it's all about unification. We're unifying the party and hopefully we're going to be able to unify the country. It's very important to me. I've been talking about that for a long time. It's very, very important to me


(12:57:26) So I want to thank Paul Singer for being here and for coming up to the office

(12:57:29) He was a very strong opponent, and now he's a very strong ally and I appreciate that

(12:57:36) I think I'll say a few words, and then we'll take some questions. And I had this time. We've been negotiating a lot of different transactions to save money on contracts that were terrible, including airplane contracts that were out of control and late and terrible; just absolutely catastrophic in terms of what was happening. And we've done some really good work. We're very proud of that

(12:58:04) And then right after that, you prepare yourselves, we'll do some questions, unless you have enough questions. That's always a possibility

(12:58:10) I'm here today to update the American people on the incredible progress that has been made in the last four weeks since my inauguration. We have made incredible progress. I don't think there's ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we've done

(12:58:28) A new Rasmussen poll, in fact -- because the people get it -- much of the media doesn't get it. They actually get it, but they don't write it. Let's put it that way. But a new Rasmussen poll just came out just a very short while ago, and it has our approval rating at 55 percent and going up

(12:58:46) The stock market has hit record numbers, as you know. And there has been a tremendous surge of optimism in the business world, which is -- to me means something much different than it used to. It used to mean, ``Oh, that's good.'' Now it means, ``That's good for jobs.'' Very different

(12:59:05) Plants and factories are already starting to move back into the United States, and big league -- Ford, General Motors, so many of them. I'm making this presentation directly to the American people, with the media present, which is an honor to have you

(12:59:20) This morning, because many of our nation's reporters and folks will not tell you the truth, and will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect that they deserve. And I hope going forward we can be a little bit -- a little bit different, and maybe get along a little bit better, if that's possible. Maybe it's not, and that's OK, too

(12:59:42) TRUMP: Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, D.C., along with New York, Los Angeles in particular, speaks not for the people, but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system. The press has become so dishonest that if we don't talk about, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice

(13:00:11) We have to talk to find out what's going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control

(13:00:17) I ran for president to present the citizens of our country. I am here to change the broken system so it serves their families and their communities well. I am talking -- and really talking on this very entrenched power structure, and what we're doing is we're talking about the power structure; we're talking about its entrenchment. As a result, the media is going through what they have to go through too often times distort - not all the time - and some of the media is fantastic, I have to say - they're honest and fantastic

(13:00:55) But much of it is not a - the distortion -- and we'll talk about it, you'll be able to ask me questions about it. But we're not going to let it happen, because I'm here again, to take my message straight to the people. As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess. It's a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country; you see what's going on with all of the companies leaving our country, going to Mexico and other places, low pay, low wages, mass instability overseas, no matter where you look. The middle east is a disaster. North Korea - we'll take care of it folks; we're going to take care of it all. I just want to let you know, I inherited a mess

(13:01:54) Beginning on day one, our administration went to work to tackle these challenges. On foreign affairs, we've already begun enormously productive talks with many foreign leaders, much of it you've covered, to move forward towards stability, security and peace in the most troubled regions of the world, which there are many. We have had great conversations with the United Kingdom, and meetings. Israel, Mexico, Japan, China and Canada, really, really productive conversations. I would say far more productive than you would understand

(13:02:33) We've even developed a new council with Canada to promote women's business leaders and entrepreneurs. It's very important to me, very important to my daughter Ivanka. I have directed our defense community headed by our great general, now Secretary Mattis. He's over there now working very hard to submit a plan for the defeat of ISIS, a group that celebrates the murder and torture of innocent people in large sections of the world. It used to be a small group, now it's in large sections of the world

(13:03:12) They've spread like cancer. ISIS has spread like cancer - another mess I inherited. And we have imposed new sanctions on the nation of Iran, whose totally taken advantage of our previous administration, and they're the world's top sponsor of terrorism, and we're not going to stop until that problem is properly solved. And it's not properly solved now, it's one of the worst agreements I've ever seen drawn by anybody. I've ordered plan to begin building for the massive rebuilding of the United States military. Had great support from the Senate, I've had great from Congress, generally

(13:03:57) We've pursued this rebuilding in the hopes that we will never have to use this military, and I will tell you that is my - I would be so happy if we never had to use it. But our country will never have had a military like the military we're about to build and rebuild. We have the greatest people on earth in our military, but they don't have the right equipment and their equipment is old

(13:04:31) I used it; I talked about it at every stop. Depleted, it's depleted - it won't be depleted for long. And I think one of the reason I'm standing here instead of other people is that frankly, I talked about we have to have a strong military

(13:04:48) We have to have a strong law enforcement also. So we do not go abroad in the search of war, we really are searching for peace, but its peace through strength. At home, we have begun the monumental task of returning the government back to the people on a scale not seen in many, many years. In each of these actions, I'm keeping my promises to the American people. These are campaign promises. Some people are so surprised that we're having strong borders

(13:05:18) Well, that's what I've been talking about for a year and a half, strong borders. They're so surprised, oh, he having strong borders, well that's what I've been talking about to the press and to everybody else. One promise after another after years of politicians lying to you to get elected

(13:05:37) They lied to the American people in order to get elected. Some of the things I'm doing probably aren't popular but they're necessary for security and for other reasons

(13:05:45) And then coming to Washington and pursuing their own interests which is more important to many politicians. I'm here following through on what I pledged to do. That's all I'm doing. I put it out before the American people, got 306 electoral college votes. I wasn't supposed to get 222. They said there's no way to get 222, 230's impossible

(13:06:13) 270 which you need, that was laughable. We got 306 because people came out and voted like they've never seen before so that's the way it goes

(13:06:24) I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan. In other words, the media's trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made and they're not happy about it for whatever reason

(13:06:45) And - but a lot of people are happy about it. In fact, I'll be in Melbourne, Florida five o'clock on Saturday and I heard - just heard that the crowds are massive that want to be there. I turn on the T.V., open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos. Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine- tuned machine, despite the fact that I can't get my cabinet approved

(13:07:19) And they're outstanding people like Senator Dan Coats who's there, one of the most respected men of the Senate. He can't get approved. How do you not approve him? He's been a colleague - highly respected. Brilliant guy, great guy, everybody knows it. We're waiting for approval. So we have a wonderful group of people that's working very hard, that's being very much misrepresented about and we can't let that happen

(13:07:49) So, if the Democrats who have - all you have to do is look at where they are right now. The only thing they can do is delay because they screwed things up royally, believe me. Let me list to you some of the things that we've done in just a short period of time. I just got here. And I got here with no cabinet

(13:08:12) Again, each of these actions is a promise I made to the American people

(13:08:17) I'll go over just some of them and we have a lot happening next week and in the weeks - in the weeks coming. We've withdrawn from the job-killing disaster known as Trans Pacific Partnership. We're going to make trade deals but we're going to have one on one deals, bilateral. We're going to have one on one deals

(13:08:36) We've directed the elimination of regulations that undermine manufacturing and call for expedited approval of the permits needed for America and American infrastructure and that means plant, equipment, roads, bridges, factories

(13:08:57) People take 10, 15, 20 years to get disapproved for a factory

(13:09:01) They go in for a permit, it's many, many years. And then at the end of the process -- they spend 10s of millions of dollars on nonsense and at the end of the process, they get rejected

(13:09:11) Now, they may be rejected with me but it's going to be a quick rejection. Not going to take years. But mostly it's going to be an acceptance

(13:09:19) We want plants built and we want factories built and we want the jobs. We don't want the jobs going to other countries. We've imposed a hiring freeze on non-essential federal workers. We've imposed a temporary moratorium on new federal regulations

(13:09:37) We've issued a game-changing new rule that says for each one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. Makes sense. Nobody's ever seen regulations like we have. You go to other countries and you look at indexes (ph) they have and you say ``let me see your regulations'' and they're fraction, just a tiny fraction of what we have. And I want regulations because I want safety, I want environmental - all environmental situations to be taken properly care of. It's very important to me. But you don't need four or five or six regulations to take care of the same thing

(13:10:17) We've stood up for the men and women of law enforcement, directing federal agencies to ensure they are protected from crimes of violence

(13:10:28) We've directed the creation of a task force for reducing violent crime in America, including the horrendous situation -- take a look at Chicago and others, taking place right now in our inner cities. Horrible

(13:10:46) We've ordered the Department of Homeland Security and Justice to coordinate on a plan to destroy criminal cartels coming into the United States with drugs

(13:10:56) We're becoming a drug infested nation. Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars. We are not going to let it happen any longer

(13:11:08) We've undertaken the most substantial border security measures in a generation to keep our nation and our tax dollars safe. And are now in the process of beginning to build a promised wall on the southern border, met with general -- now Secretary Kelly yesterday and we're starting that process

(13:11:28) And the wall is going to be a great wall and it's going to be a wall negotiated by me. The price is going to come down just like it has on everything else I've negotiated for the government. And we are going to have a wall that works, not gonna have a wall like they have now which is either non-existent or a joke

(13:11:48) We've ordered a crackdown on sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal law and that harbor criminal aliens, and we have ordered an end to the policy of catch and release on the border. No more release. No matter who you are, release. We have begun a nationwide effort to remove criminal aliens, gang members, drug dealers and others who pose a threat to public safety. We are saving American lives every single day

(13:12:18) The court system has not made it easy for us. And are even creating a new office in Homeland Security dedicated to the forgotten American victims of illegal immigrant violence, which there are many. We have taken decisive action to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of our country. No parts are necessary and constitutional actions were blocked by judges, in my opinion, incorrect, and unsafe ruling. Our administration is working night and day to keep you safe, including reporters safe. And is vigorously defending this lawful order

(13:13:03) I will not back down from defending our country. I got elected on defense of our country. I keep my campaign promises, and our citizens will be very happy when they see the result. They already are, I can tell you that

(13:13:19) Extreme vetting will be put in place and it already is in place in many places

In fact, we had to go quicker than we thought because of the bad decision we received from a circuit that has been overturned at a record number. I have heard 80 percent, I find that hard to believe, that is just a number I heard, that they are overturned 80 percent of the time. I think that circuit is -- that circuit is in chaos and that circuit is frankly in turmoil

(13:13:48) But we are appealing that, and we are going further

(13:13:53) We're issuing a new executive action next week that will comprehensively protect our country. So we'll be going along the one path and hopefully winning that, at the same time we will be issuing a new and very comprehensive order to protect our people. That will be done sometime next week, toward the beginning or middle at the latest part

(13:14:18) We have also taken steps to begin construction of the Keystone Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipelines. Thousands and thousands of jobs, and put new buy American measures in place to require American steel for American pipelines

(13:14:34) In other words, they build a pipeline in this country, and we use the powers of government to make that pipeline happen, we want them to use American steel. And they are willing to do that, but nobody ever asked before I came along. Even this order was drawn and they didn't say that

(13:14:54) TRUMP: And I'm reading the order, I'm saying, why aren't we using American steel? And they said, that's a good idea, we put it in. To drain the swamp of corruption in Washington, D.C., I've started by imposing a five-year lobbying ban on White House officials and a lifetime ban on lobbying for a foreign government

(13:15:15) We've begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare. Obamacare is a disaster, folks. It is's disaster. I know you can say, oh, Obamacare. I mean, they fill up our alleys with people that you wonder how they get there, but they are not the Republican people our that representatives are representing

(13:15:39) So we've begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare, and are deep in the midst of negotiations on a very historic tax reform to bring our jobs back, to bring our jobs back to this country. Big league. It's already happening. But big league

(13:15:57) I've also worked to install a cabinet over the delays and obstruction of Senate Democrats. You've seen what they've done over the last long number of years. That will be one of the great cabinets ever assembled in American history

(13:16:13) You look at Rex Tillerson. He's out there negotiating right now

(13:16:19) General Mattis I mentioned before, General Kelly. We have great, great people. Mick is with us now. We have great people

(13:16:27) Among their responsibilities will be ending the bleeding of jobs from our country and negotiating fair trade deals for our citizens

(13:16:39) Now look, fair trade. Not free, fair. If a country is taking advantage of us, not going to let that happen anymore. Every country takes advantage of us almost. I may be able to find a couple that don't. But for the most part, that would be a very tough job for me to do

(13:17:01) Jobs have already started to surge. Since my election, Ford announced it will abandon its plans to build a new factory in Mexico, and will instead invest $700 million in Michigan, creating many, many jobs

(13:17:14) Fiat Chrysler announced it will invest $1 billion in Ohio and Michigan, creating 2,000 new American jobs. They were with me a week ago

(13:17:23) You know you were here

(13:17:24) General Motors likewise committed to invest billions of dollars in its American manufacturing operation, keeping many jobs here that were going to leave. And if I didn't get elected, believe me, they would have left. And these jobs and these things that I'm announcing would never have come here

(13:17:43) Intel just announced that it will move ahead with a new plant in Arizona that probably was never going to move ahead with. And that will result in at least 10,000 American jobs

(13:17:55) Walmart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives. There will be many, many more, many more, these are a few that we're naming

(13:18:09) Other countries have been taking advantage of us for decades -- decades, and decades, and decades, folks. And we're not going to let that happen anymore

(13:18:19) Not going to let it happen

(13:18:21) And one more thing, I have kept my promise to the American people by nominating a justice of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who is from my list of 20, and who will be a true defender of our laws and our Constitution, highly respected, should get the votes from the Democrats. You may not see that. But he'll get there one way or the other. But he should get there the old-fashioned way, and he should get those votes

(13:18:54) This last month has represented an unprecedented degree of action on behalf of the great citizens of our country. Again, I say it. There has never been a presidency that's done so much in such a short period of time

(13:19:10) And we have not even started the big work yet. That starts early next week

(13:19:16) Some very big things are going to be announced next week. So we are just getting started. We will be giving a speech, as I said, in Melbourne, Florida, at 5:00 p.m. I hope to see you there

(13:19:27) And with that, I just say, God bless America, and let's take some questions

(13:19:34) Mara (ph), Mara (ph), go ahead. You were cut off pretty violently at our last news conference

(13:19:41) QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

(13:19:43) TRUMP: Mike Flynn is a fine person, and I asked for his resignation. He respectfully gave it. He is a man who there was a certain amount of information given to Vice President Pence, who is with us today

(13:19:59) And I was not happy with the way that information was given

(13:20:04) He didn't have to do that, because what he did wasn't wrong -- what he did in terms of the information he saw. What was wrong was the way that other people, including yourselves in this room, were given that information, because that was classified information that was given illegally. That's the real problem

(13:20:25) And, you know, you can talk all you want about Russia, which was all a, you know, fake news, fabricated deal, to try and make up for the loss of the Democrats and the press plays right into it. In fact, I saw a couple of the people that were supposedly involved with all of this -- that they know nothing about it; they weren't in Russia; they never made a phone call to Russia; they never received a phone call

(13:20:47) It's all fake news. It's all fake news. The nice thing is, I see it starting to turn, where people are now looking at the illegal -- I think it's very important -- the illegal, giving out classified information. It was -- and let me just tell you, it was given out like so much

(13:21:11) I'll give you an example. I called, as you know, Mexico. It was a very, very confidential, classified call. But I called Mexico. And in calling Mexico, I figured, oh, well that's -- I spoke to the president of Mexico; I had a good call. All of a sudden, it's out there for the world to see. It's supposed to be secret. It's supposed to be either confidential or classified, in that case

(13:21:37) Same thing with Australia. All of a sudden, people are finding out exactly what took place. The same thing happened with respect to General Flynn

(13:21:50) Everybody saw this. And I'm saying -- the first thing I thought of when I heard about it is: How does the press get this information that's classified? How do they do it? You know why? Because it's an illegal process and the press should be ashamed of themselves. But more importantly, the people that gave out the information to the press should be ashamed of themselves, really ashamed

(13:22:09) Yes, go ahead

(13:22:10) QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

(13:22:14) TRUMP: Because when I looked at the information, I said, ``I don't think he did anything wrong; if anything, he did something right.'' He was coming into office. He looked at the information. He said, ``Huh, that's fine.'' That's what they're supposed to do. They're supposed to -- he didn't just call Russia. He called and spoke to both ways, I think there were 30-some-odd countries. He's doing the job

(13:22:36) You know, he was doing his job. The thing is, he didn't tell our vice president properly, and then he said he didn't remember. So either way, it wasn't very satisfactory to me. And I have somebody that I think will be outstanding for the position. And that also helps, I think, in the making of my decision

(13:22:59) But he didn't tell the vice president of the United States the facts. And then he didn't remember. And that just wasn't acceptable to me

(13:23:11) Yes?

(13:23:12) QUESTION: (inaudible) clarification here. During your campaign, did anyone from your team (inaudible) Russian government or Russian intelligence? And if so, what was the nature of those conversations (inaudible)?

(13:23:25) TRUMP: The failing New York Times wrote a big, long front-page story yesterday. And it was very much discredited, as you know. It was -- it's a joke. And the people mentioned in the story, I notice they were on television today saying they never even spoke to Russia. They weren't even a part, really -- I mean, they were such a minor part. They -- I hadn't spoken to them

(13:23:47) I think the one person -- I don't think I've ever spoken to him

(13:23:49) I don't think I've ever met him. And he actually said he was a very low-level member of I think a committee for a short period of time. I don't think I ever met him

(13:23:59) Now, it's possible that I walked into a room and he was sitting there, but I don't think I ever met him. I didn't talk to him ever. And he thought it was a joke

(13:24:08) The other person said he never spoke to Russia; never received a call. Look at his phone records, et cetera, et cetera. And the other person, people knew that he represented various countries, but I don't think he represented Russia, but knew that he represented various countries. That's what he does. I mean, people know that

(13:24:24) That's Mr. Manafort, who's -- by the way, who's by the way a respected man

(13:24:27) He's a respected man. But I think he represented the Ukraine or Ukraine government or somebody, but everybody -- people knew that

(13:24:35) Everybody knew that

(13:24:36) So, these people -- and he said that he has absolutely nothing to do and never has with Russia. And he said that very forcefully. I saw his statement. He said it very forcefully. Most of the papers don't print it because that's not good for their stories

(3:24:50) TRUMP: So the three people that they talked about all totally deny it. And I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don't have any deals in Russia. President Putin called me up very nicely to congratulate me on the win of the election

(13:25:11) He then, called me up extremely nicely to congratulate me on the inauguration, which was terrific. But so did many other leaders, almost all other leaders from almost all of the country. So that's the extent

(13:25:24) Russia is fake news. Russia -- this is fake news put out by the media. The real news is the fact that people, probably from the Obama administration because they're there, because we have our new people going in place, right now

(13:25:37) As you know, Mike Pompeo has -- has now taken control of the CIA, James Comey at FBI, Dan Coats is waiting to be approved, I mean he is a senator and a highly respected one and he's still waiting to be approved. But our new people are going in

(13:25:58) And just while you're at it, because you mentioned this, Wall Street Journal did a story today that was almost as disgraceful as the failing New York Time's story, yesterday. And it talked about -- these are (ph) front page

(13:26:13) So director of national intelligence just put out, acting a statement, any suggestion that the United States intelligence community, this was just given to us, is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true

(13:26:36) So they took this front page story out of The Wall Street Journal top and they just wrote the story that its not true. And I'll tell you something, I'll be honest, because I sort of enjoy this back and forth that I guess I have all my life but I've never seen more dishonest media than frankly, the political media. I thought the financial media was much better, much more honest

(13:26:58) But I will say that, I never get phone calls from the media. How did they write a story like that in The Wall Street Journal without asking me or how did they write a story in The New York Times, put it on front page? That was like the story they wrote about the women and me, front page, big massive story. And it was nasty and then they called, they said we never said that, we like Mr. Trump. They called up my office, we like Mr

(13:27:25) Trump, we never said that

(13:27:28) And it was totally -- they totally misrepresented those very wonderful women, I have to tell you, totally misrepresented. I said give us the retraction

(13:27:39) They never gave us a retraction and frankly, I then went on to other things

(13:27:43) OK, go ahead

(13:27:47) QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) said today that you have big intellectual margins (inaudible) 300 or more (ph), or 350 (ph) electoral (ph) votes

President Obama about 365 (OFF-MIKE)

(CROSSTALK) TRUMP: Yeah

(13:28:09) QUESTION: Obama (OFF-MIKE) 426 on (OFF-MIKE). So why should Americans..

(13:28:13 ) (CROSSTALK) TRUMP: ...I'm skipping that information, I don't know, I was just given (ph) we had a very, very big margin

(13:28:17) QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) why should Americans trust you (OFF-MIKE) the information (OFF-MIKE)?

(13:28:24) TRUMP: Well, I don't know, I was given that information. I was given -- I actually, I've seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory, do you agree with that? OK thank you, that's..

(13:28:35 ) (CROSSTALK) TRUMP: Go ahead Sir, yes?

(13:28:39) QUESTION: Can you tell us in determining that Lieutenant General Flynn did -- whether there was no wrongdoing in your mind, what evidence was weighed? Did you ask for transcripts of these telephone intercepts with Russian officials, particularly the Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who he was communicating with? What-- what evidence did you weigh to determine that there was no wrongdoing? Further to that, Sir, you said on a couple of locations this morning, you are going to aggressively pursue the source of these leaks

(13:29:06) TRUMP: We are

(13:9:07) QUESTION: Can we ask what you're going to do and also, we've heard about a -- a review of the intelligence community headed up by Steven Feinberg, what can you tell us about that?

(13:29:14) TRUMP: Well, first of all about that, we now have Dan Coats, hopefully soon, Mike Pompeo and James Comey and they're in position so I hope that we'll be able to straighten that out without using anybody else

(13:29:28) The gentleman you mentioned is a very talented man, very successful man and he's offered his services and you know, it's something we may take advantage of. But I don't think we're need that at all because of the fact that you know, I think that we are gonna be able to straighten it out very easily on its own

(13:29:43) As far as the general's concerned, when I first heard about it, I said huh, that doesn't sound wrong. My counsel came, Don McGahn, White House Counsel, and he told me and I asked him, he can speak very well for himself. He said he doesn't think anything is wrong, you know, really didn't think

(13:30:08) It was really, what happened after that but he didn't think anything was done wrong. I didn't either because I waited a period of time and I started to think about it, I said ``well I don't see'' -- to me, he was doing the job

(13:30:17) The information was provided by -- who I don't know, Sally Yates. And I was a little surprised because I said ``doesn't sound like he did anything wrong there.'' But he did something wrong with respect to the vice president and I thought that was not acceptable. As far as -- as far as the actual making the call, fact I've watched various programs and I've read various articles where he was just doing his job

(13:30:48) That was very normal. You know, first everybody got excited because they thought he did something wrong. After they thought about it, it turned out he was just doing his job. So -- and I do. And by the way, with all of that being said, I do think he's a fine man

(13:31:02) QUESTION: Sir, if I could, on the leaks -- on the leaks, sir..

(13:31:05) TRUMP: ...Go ahead. Finish off then I'll get you

(13:31:06) QUESTION: I'm sorry. What will you do on the leaks? You've said twice today..

(13:31:09) TRUMP: ...Yes, we're looking at them very -- very, very serious

(13:31:12;) I've gone to all of the folks in charge of the various agencies and we're -- I've actually called the Justice Department to look into the leaks. Those are criminal leaks. They're put out by people either in agencies -- I think you'll see it stopping because now we have our people in. You know, again, we don't have our people in because we can't get them approved by the Senate

(13:31:34) We just had Jeff Sessions approved. Injustice, as an example (ph). So, we are looking into that very seriously. It's a criminal act. You know what I say, when I -- when I was called out on Mexico, I was shocked because all this equipment, all this incredible phone equipment -- when I was called out on Mexico, I was -- honestly, I was really, really surprised

(13:31:58) But I said ``you know, it doesn't make sense. That won't happen'' but that wasn't that important a call, it was fine, I could show it to the world and he could show it to the world, the president who's a very fine man, by the way

(13:32:08) Same thing with Australia. I said ``that's terrible that it was leaked'' but it wasn't that important. But then I said to myself ``what happens when I'm dealing with the problem of North Korea?'' What happens when I'm dealing with the problems in the Middle East? Are you folks going to be reporting all of that very, very confidential information, very important, very -- you know, I mean at the highest level? Are you going to be reporting about that too? So, I don't want classified information getting out to the public and in a way that was almost a test

(13:32:41) So I'm dealing with Mexico, I'm dealing with Argentina, we were dealing on this case with Mike Flynn. All this information gets put into the ``Washington Post'' and gets put into the ``New York Times'' and I'm saying ``what's going to happen when I'm dealing on the Middle East? What's going to happen when I'm dealing with really, really important subjects like North Korea? We got to stop it. That's why it's a criminal penalty

(13:33:11) QUESTION: I just want to get you to clarify this very important point. Can you say definitively that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the Russians during the campaign? And on the leaks, is it fake news or are these real leaks?

(13:33:26) TRUMP: Well the leaks are real. You're the one that wrote about them and reported them, I mean the leaks are real. You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake. So one thing that I felt it was very important to do -- and I hope we can correct it. Because there's nobody I have more respect for -- well, maybe a little bit but the reporters, good reporters

(13:33:48) It's very important to me and especially in this position. It's very important. I don't mind bad stories. I can handle a bad story better than anybody as long as it's true and, you know, over a course of time, I'll make mistakes and you'll write badly and I'm OK with that. But I'm not OK when it is fake. I mean, I watch CNN, it's so much anger and hatred and just the hatred

(13:34:15) I don't watch it any more because it's very good -- he's saying no. It's OK, Jim (ph). It's OK, Jim (ph), you'll have your chance. But I watch others too

(13:34:24) You're not the only one so don't feel badly. But I think it should be straight. I think it should be -- I think it would be frankly more interesting. I know how good everybody's ratings are right now but I think that actually -- I think that'd actually be better

(13:34:38) People -- I mean, you have a lower approval rate than Congress

(13:34:41) I think that's right. I don't know, Peter (ph), is that one right? Because you know I think they have lower -- I heard lower than Congress. But honestly, the public would appreciate it, I'd appreciate it -- again, I don't mind bad stories when it's true but we have an administration where the Democrats are making it very difficult http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/16/transcript-president-trumps-press-conference.html
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Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3    8 months ago

He totally dominated and made fools of the mainstream media. 

 
 
jwc2blue
link   jwc2blue  replied to  Singled Out 3   8 months ago

He totally dominated and made fools of the mainstream media. 

The entire planet thinks otherwise.

Drumpf is pissing on you and telling you it's raining.

And you believe it.

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  jwc2blue   8 months ago

Trump is right and you are wrong.  

 
 
jwc2blue
link   jwc2blue  replied to  Singled Out 3   8 months ago

Proof of Drumpf's lies are available just about anywhere.

The fact that you're in denial says a lot about your lack of principles.

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  jwc2blue   8 months ago

The fact that you're in denial says a lot about your lack of principles.

Blue, the hypocrite who intentionally posts lies on this site, dares to lecture others on principles.  What a joke he is. 

 
 
jwc2blue
link   jwc2blue  replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

What's the matter lil Seanie? Tired of getting your ignorant ass spanked all over the site?

You're proving to be just marginally brighter than X4P, and that ain't saying much.

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  jwc2blue   8 months ago

You are an admitted liar who posts fake news . Who cares what you think? 

 
 
jwc2blue
link   jwc2blue  replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

The Dolt of Delvan strikes again!

You support a known pathological liar of a president whose staff calls their lies alternative facts.

You should open the door of you ice fishing hut and let some fresh air in.

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  jwc2blue   8 months ago

Again, you are an admitted liar who intentionally posts fake news for pathetic reasons. Who cares what You think?

 
 
jwc2blue
link   jwc2blue  replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

Ok, shitheel. 

I posted a meme, not "news," about Drumpf in People magazine saying that if he were to run, it would be as  a rethuglican because they are notoriously gullible and would believe every lie he uttered.

The fact is that while the sentiment is demonstrably true, there is no evidence that the Orange Ogre that you adore actually said it.

In my response to you, I stated that for as long as rwnj's such as yourself allowed claims that Web Hubble is Chelsea Clinton's father and that Barack Obama is a Muslim to go unchallenged I would continue to post it.

I also pointed out (correctly) your utter lack of integrity for failing to call out these false memes.

And yet, here you are.

A puling, whiney little piece of smegma.

 You defend the biggest lying sack of shit to ever be called POTUS, as well as your compadres proven lies.

Yet, you attack me for posting something that I am very willing to acknowledge as false.

You have not only shown what an amoral scumbag you are, you continue to impress the world with your remarkable lack of maturity, proven by your inability to admit when you are wrong.

What a lonely, pitiful piece of shit you are.

Something tells me that your chest puffed up with pride when Drumpf mentioned that 400 lb. person on a bed, filling the interwebs with fake news.

Finally!!! The recognition you crave!

So fuck off, asshole. Your opinion of me or anything else for that matter isn't worth a fart in a high wind.

Oh, one more thing.

That meme about him loving the uneducated?

 Not only true, you prove it every time you post.

 
 
Cerenkov
link   Cerenkov  replied to  jwc2blue   8 months ago

You admit you post falsehoods. Understood.

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  jwc2blue   8 months ago

JWC called another member a piece of feces and then to do an unnatural act before calling him a butthole.  Yet he shows no remorse for so openly flouting the coc.  Really sad.  

 
 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell     8 months ago

Trump is a pathological liar. He said that his 306 electoral votes were the most since Reagan. 

These are the years since 1984 (Reagan's last election) in which the winner got more than 306 electoral votes. 

1988, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2012

There have been eight presidential elections since Reagan. Trump's 306 electoral votes is in SIXTH place among those eight.

Trump lied again when he said he had been handed that information. No one in their right mind would give him that to say when it takes two minutes on google to find out the truth. 

We have to ask ourselves a serious question - what is wrong with Donald Trump? 

 

 
 
sixpick
link   sixpick  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

He just does that to drive the Left crazy and it's working, isn't it?

 
 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell   replied to  sixpick   8 months ago

He's been a pathological liar all his life. It doesn't really matter what his "motive" is (he is mentally ill, he doesn't have a motive) , what matters is that his word isn't worth warm piss. 

 
 
No Fear
link   No Fear  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

You say he is a liar but the transcript above contains no lies.  So that makes you a liar.

The reality is you don't give a fuck about lies.  It's what he is actually doing that pisses you off.

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  No Fear   8 months ago

It is amazing isn't it.  I seed a plain transcript of the press conference and the progressive left want to talk about anything else but that.  

 
 
jwc2blue
link   jwc2blue  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

 We have to ask ourselves a serious question - what is wrong with Donald Trump? 

 Just as importantly, what is wrong with the people who scream for Hillary to go to jail, but worship a brainless twit that holds emergency meetings with a foreign head of state and allows people to record them handling documents?

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika     8 months ago

His claim about the 9th District Court of Appeals was wrong as well.

2010 to 2015, both the 6th and 11th District Courts were over ruled more than the 9th..

More alt-facts for the fact less.

 
 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell   replied to  Kavika   8 months ago

I have seen a couple fact checking articles on yesterday's press conference. Of course it is a disaster for Trump. He made many provably false statements. I don't think XX is worth the trouble of pasting them here though. 

 
 
sixpick
link   sixpick  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  Kavika   8 months ago

2010 to 2015, both the 6th and 11th District Courts were over ruled more than the 9th

No, they weren't. The 9th is easily the most overruled court of appeal in the country during that time period.  

It's right there on the Scotusblog website.

http://www.scotusblog.com/reference/stat-pack/

e most liberal court of appeals, the most overturned court in the country 

It's another objectively true statement liberal fact checkers don't like so they rate false. they know their readers won't actually check the reported facts themselves, so they get away with it.

It's perfect example of liberal fact checkers lying for partisan purposes. 

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika   replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

Before you accuse anyone of being a liar, Sean...

You should look a little deeper into it.

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2017/feb/10/sean-hannity/no-9th-circuit-isnt-most-overturned-court-country-/

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  Kavika   8 months ago

I did. I actually  look at the original data, not the spin. I posted the link to scotusblog for you.  

Take out your calculator and add up the reversals for the ninth circuit and compare it to the others. Guess what? The ninth is the most reversed and its not close. 

 

 

 
 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell   replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

"The 9th Circuit is by far the largest circuit. In the 12 months leading up to March, 31, 2015, just under 12,000 cases were filed in the 9th Circuit — more than 4,000 more than the next-largest circuit, the 5th Circuit. Despite that gigantic docket, the Supreme Court heard just 11 cases from the 9th Circuit in 2015, reversing eight.

This means the Supreme Court generally reverses far less than 1 percent of all the cases the 9th Circuit (and other circuits) decide.

"Given the small numbers of cases involved, it can be difficult to draw any serious conclusions from such statistics about the quality of the courts involved," Gelbach said. "

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2017/feb/10/sean-hannity/no-9th-circuit-isnt-most-overturned-court-country-/

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

Great non-rebuttal. 

Hannitys statement is, objectively, 100% true. Yet the liberal factchecker rated it false. It's no different than claiming someone who says the 2016 Cubs won 103 games During the regular season is lying and uses the Pythagorean expected wins total of one hundred eight to justify calling it false, without every acknowledging that the Cubs did in reality win one hundred and three games.

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika   replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

You obviously didn't see the source, Sean.

 

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  Kavika   8 months ago

You obviously didn't read the actual source. I read your liberal opinion piece and the actual source it references before I ever posted.. I provided you a link to the actual data. Read the actual data for each circuit for each year. 

Hannitys statamtent is 100% accurate. If it's not, it should be easy to  tell we which circuit has  been reversed more times than the ninth. I'll let you pick the time period. Add  up the reversals and get back to me 

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  Kavika   8 months ago

Kavika,

What NFL team has won the most Super Bowls?

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika   replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

It wasn't the Cheese heads, far to much air between their ears, Sean.

BTW, To evaluate this claim, we turned to SCOTUSBlog’s Supreme Court statistics archive,

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  Kavika   8 months ago

The Steelers have won six Super Bowls, that is the most and easy to verify. 

If Sean Hannity said the Steelers won the most Super Bowls(an  objectively true statement) Pundit Fact would mark it false, because they've only won 75% of the Super Bowls they've been in, while the Raven have won 100%, (they are 2 for 2).  That's the kind of insanity liberal pundits like punditfact engage in to "prove" a statement false.

Did you notice that Punditfact never gives you the  number of reversals when purporting to evaluate which circuit has been reversed the most?  

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika   replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

Sean, what I have noticed is that you really don't want to address the facts..

Other than that, have a great day.

 
 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  Kavika   8 months ago

What a bullshit, pathetic answer. At least admit you are wrong.

Here are the facts about the circuits you falsely claims are reversed more than the  9th, straight from Scoutsblog

Since 2010:

6th Circuit Reversed: 28 times

9th Circuit Reversed: 77 times

11th Circuit Reversed: 21 times

Those are the actual facts. That's right, the 9th has been reversed more than the other two circuits combined. I can't do any more for you if you persist in parroting a liberal opinion column as fact. If you want to look at real facts, straight from the real source. 

http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/SB_scorecard_OT10_final.pdf

http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/SB_scorecard_OT11_final.pdf

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika   replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

I didn't admit anything about being wrong Sean. What a pathetic bullshit response from you.

Percentage vs raw number, figure it out for your self. If you want to have a discussion forget your simple minded right wing bs.

Other than that go take a swim in one of your polluted cheese head rivers.

 

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika   replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

You obviously didn't see/read the source, Sean.

 

 
 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell   replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

So Sean, out of 12,000 cases that came before the 9th circuit that year, eight of them were overturned by the Supreme Court. 

This is a non issue. 

 
 
Nowhere Man
link   Nowhere Man  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

12,000 cases were filed.

How many did they actually decide? it certainly wasn't 12,000.

Probably be lucky if it reaches 50...

 
 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell   replied to  Sean Treacy   8 months ago

"The 9th Circuit is by far the largest circuit. In the 12 months leading up to March, 31, 2015, just under 12,000 cases were filed in the 9th Circuit — more than 4,000 more than the next-largest circuit, the 5th Circuit. Despite that gigantic docket, the Supreme Court heard just 11 cases from the 9th Circuit in 2015, reversing eight.

This means the Supreme Court generally reverses far less than 1 percent of all the cases the 9th Circuit (and other circuits) decide.

"Given the small numbers of cases involved, it can be difficult to draw any serious conclusions from such statistics about the quality of the courts involved," Gelbach said. "

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2017/feb/10/sean-hannity/no-9th-circuit-isnt-most-overturned-court-country-/

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

What other appeals court had 73% of its cases that were heard by the Supreme Court in 2015 overturned by the Supreme Court?

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika   replied to  Singled Out 3   8 months ago

The 9th Circuit’s reversal rate is higher than average, but it’s not the absolute highest among the circuit courts. That distinction goes to the 6th Circuit, which serves Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, with an 87 percent average between 2010-15.  The 9th Circuit is in third place.

  1. 6th Circuit - 87 percent;

  2. 11th Circuit - 85 percent;

  3. 9th Circuit - 79 percent;

  4. 3rd Circuit - 78 percent;

  5. 2nd Circuit and Federal Circuit - 68 percent;

  6. 8th Circuit - 67 percent;

  7. 5th Circuit - 66 percent;

  8. 7th Circuit - 48 percent;

  9. DC Circuit - 45 percent;

  10. 1st Circuit and 4th Circuit - 43 percent;

  11. 10th Circuit - 42 percent.

We also found that the 9th Circuit never had the highest reversal rate in any individual term between 2004-15. (That’s the farthest back we could go.)

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

What other appeals court had 73% of its cases that were heard by the Supreme Court in 2015 overturned by the Supreme Court?

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3    8 months ago

Feel the hate emanating from the Trump haters.  Latch on to the 306 and don't let go while real Americans focus on real issues facing our country so we can make America great again!

 
 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell   replied to  Singled Out 3   8 months ago

Trump will lie about the big things and he will lie about the little things. He likes to lie a lot. 

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

306 is not a big thing.  That you don't like what he says doesn't make all his words a lie.  Keep up the hate though.  

 
 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell   replied to  Singled Out 3   8 months ago

XX, when Donald Trump says something, do you believe him? If so, do you like being lied to? Are you a masochist? 

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

i didn't vote for Trump.  I voted for a real Republican.  I do prefer him to the other major party nominee available to vote for last year.  

 
 
Randy
link   Randy  replied to  JohnRussell   8 months ago

Trump will lie about the big things and he will lie about the little things.

The real danger about someone who is claiming to be the President of the United States telling many, many, many easily provable lies about small things, such as the size of his Electoral College win being the biggest since Reagan or that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally so he really won the popular vote, destroys their credibility in America and around the world. Americans and or allies and or enemies don't believe anything he says any longer because they know he is a pathological liar. No one takes what he says seriously any longer and it is impossible for him to lead because not just America, but the world. Sooner or later, a real crisis is going to happen (they always do, a Tsunami, a Hurricane, a sudden war, a nuclear explosion somewhere in the world) and the so-called President will have to stand before the world and talk seriously about a very serious, world changing event and no one, absolutely no one, will take anything he says seriously because everything he has said in the past has been nothing but lies. Another nation or combination of nations like Great Britain or Germany will have to take the lead for the free world. He is like the boy who cries wolf. Fewer and fewer people around the world are taking his statements as real any longer. He has become an embarrassment to America in front of the world and worst, has thrown away America's leadership in it like a used tissue.

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  Randy   8 months ago

A combination of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are taking over leadership of the free world.  

 
 
jwc2blue
link   jwc2blue  replied to  Singled Out 3   8 months ago

You forgot Russia.

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  jwc2blue   8 months ago

They will not be a part of the free world anytime soon.  

 
 
jwc2blue
link   jwc2blue  replied to  Singled Out 3   8 months ago

They will not be a part of the free world anytime soon

With the racist bigoted team of Bannon/Drumpf running things, we won't be for long either.

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika   replied to  Singled Out 3   8 months ago

LOL, really XX....If that is true, why have Australia and New Zealand recently signed free trade agreements with China.

There you go with your Christian, Caucasian alliance again.

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  Kavika   8 months ago

They are free nations able to make their own trade deals.  Australia is China's largest foreign supplier of commodities.  There is nothing wrong with trading with China as long as it's trade that is fair to us.  

 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika   replied to  Singled Out 3   8 months ago

''There is nothing wrong with trading with China as long as it's trade that is fair to us.''

You really should think that out XX.   

 
 
jwc2blue
link   jwc2blue  replied to  Kavika   8 months ago

No chance of that.

If Drumpf was smart, he would lie and say that he built the wall last week. His minions would believe him.

 
 
Singled Out 3
link   Singled Out 3  replied to  jwc2blue   8 months ago

I am not the protectionist that Trump is.  I am still a believer in free trade.  The deals though must be fair to American interests as well.   

 
 

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