HIGHLIGHTS | President Trump Speaks to Reporters on the White House South Lawn
Before boarding Marine One, President Trump addressed reporters’ questions regarding Mueller’s statement, immigration, and international issues.
ON MUELLER’S STATEMENT
Mueller’s statement confirms that he found no collusion and that the Department of Justice found no obstruction.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “There wasn’t much change. It was, to me, the same as the report. And there’s no obstruction – you see what we’re saying – there’s no obstruction, there’s no collusion, there’s no nothing. It’s nothing but a witch-hunt.”
Robert Mueller had a conflict of interest and never should have been chosen to lead the Special Counsel.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I think he’s totally conflicted because, as you know, he wanted to be the FBI director and I said no. As you know, I had a business dispute with him after he left the FBI. We had a business dispute. Not a nice one.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Look, Robert Mueller should have never been chosen, because he wanted the FBI job and he didn’t get it. And the next day he was picked as special counsel.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I think he is a total conflicted person. I think Mueller is a true ‘Never Trumper.’ He’s somebody that dislikes Donald Trump. He’s somebody that didn’t get a job that he requested that he wanted very badly and then he was appointed.”
Mueller should have investigated Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, James Comey, John Brennan, and James Clapper.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “One other thing I’ll say: why didn’t he investigate Strzok and Page and McCabe and Comey and all the lies, and Brennan and the lies, and Clapper and the lies to Congress, and all of the things that happened to start this investigation? Why didn’t Comey come clean? Why didn’t Comey come clean and say the things that he knows are fact? Why didn’t Mueller investigate Comey, his best friend or his very good friend? And there’s so many other things.”
Despite the exhaustive investigation, the Special Counsel did not charge President Trump with any crime.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “And despite that and despite $40 million, 18 Trump haters – including people that worked for Hillary Clinton and some of the worst human beings on Earth – they got nothing. It’s pretty amazing.”
Russia had no part in helping President Trump get elected in 2016.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “No, Russia did not help me get elected. Do you know who got me elected? You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “But you take a look at collusion between Hillary Clinton and the media. You take a look at collusion between Hillary Clinton and Russia. She had more to do in the campaign with Russia than I did. I had nothing to do.”
Allegations of Russia collusion disappeared after Mueller’s report conclusively showed no such coordination occurred.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “That’s one other thing. If you look, this was all about Russia, Russia, Russia. They don’t talk about Russia anymore because it turned out to be a hoax. It was all a hoax.”
The Russia collusion hoax has been a disgrace and sad period for our country. Exposing the corruption that led to the hoax will go down as one of President Trump’s greatest achievements.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Of course I fight back, because it was a false accusation, a totally false accusation. And it’s a disgrace and… it’s a very sad period for this country. And I think in the end, I will consider what’s happening now to be one of my greatest achievements, exposing this corruption.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The whole thing is a scam. It’s a giant presidential harassment. And honestly I hope it goes down as one of my greatest achievements, because I’ve exposed corruption. I’ve exposed corruption like nobody knew existed.”
There was no crime and calls for impeachment have nothing to do with President Trump.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “To me it’s a dirty word, the word ‘impeach.’ It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word and it had nothing to do with me. So I don’t think so, because there was no crime.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “If look at Bill Clinton, that very nice gentleman who’s been so much on my side, as you know, his special prosecutor it was guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty. So many guilty. With me, there was no guilty. Number one, there was no crime. And number two, I fought back.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “There was no crime, there was no obstruction, there was no collusion, there was no nothing. And this is from a group of people that hate me. If they only found anything, they would have had it, and he knows that better than anybody.”
ON ELECTION SECURITY
President Obama knew about the attempted Russian interference in our election and failed to do anything to stop it.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Well, I think I’ve been much tougher on elections than President Obama. President Obama was told in 2016 just before the election in September that Russia may try to interfere with the election. He did nothing. And the reason he did nothing is he thought Hilary was going to win.”
The Trump Administration is working to ensure our elections are secure, including using paper ballots as a back-up.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We are doing a lot. And we’re trying to do paper ballots as a back-up system as much as possible. Because going to good old fashion paper in this modern age is the best way to do it.”
China wants to make a trade deal and will most likely regret breaking the commitments that were previously made.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “China would love to make a deal with us. We had a deal and they broke the deal. I think if they had it to do again they wouldn’t have done what they did.”
Tariffs imposed on China are allowing the United States to take in billions of dollars while having a devastating effect on their economy.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’re taking in billions of dollars in tariffs. China is subsidizing products so the United States taxpayers are paying for very little of it. And if you look at inflation and if you look at pricing, it’s gone up very little.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The tariffs are having a devastating effect on China. People are fleeing the country with their companies. These companies are leaving for Vietnam, other parts of Asia, and they’re even coming to the United States because then there’s no tariff.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I think we’re doing very well with China. We’ll see what happens.”
President Trump plans on making a major statement regarding the border in the near future.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I’m also going to have, probably today, a major statement on the border. This is a big league statement, but we are going to do something very dramatic on the border. Because people are coming into our country.”
Democrats continue to be the party of open borders, crime, and human trafficking.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The Democrats will not give us laws, they will not change laws, they will not meet, they will not do anything. They want to have open borders, they want to have crime, they want to have drugs pouring into our country, they want to have human trafficking.”
President Trump is behind the people of Venezuela and is closely watching all developments.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Well, Venezuela we’re just on watch, we’ll see what happens. I’d love to see them work out their problems. I understand there are a lot of talks going on, but I’m all for the people of Venezuela, you know that probably better than anyone.”
It is a shame that a coalition in Israel could not be formed and that they will need to hold a new election.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “It’s too bad what happened in Israel. It looked like a total win for Netanyahu, he’s a great guy, he’s a great guy, and now they’re back in the debate stage and they’re back in the election stage. That is too bad, because they don’t need this.”
ON THE USS JOHN MCCAIN
President Trump had no knowledge of any order to hide the USS John McCain during his event.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We had a tremendous group of sailors from various ships. It was a beautiful day, but the McCain thing I knew nothing about.”
President Trump would have never have instructed the USS McCain to be hidden.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I don’t know what happened. I wasn’t involved. I would not have done that. I was very angry with John McCain because he killed healthcare. I was not a big fan of John McCain in any way, shape or form. I think John McCain had a lot to getting President Bush, a lot to do with it – to go into the Middle East which was a catastrophe. To me, John McCain, I wasn’t a fan, but I would never do a thing like that. Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him. Okay? And they were well-meaning, I will say. I didn’t know anything about it. I would never have done that.”