Sep 27, 2020

Donald Trump White House Press Conference Transcript September 27: Calls NY Times Tax Returns Report “Fake News”

Donald Trump Press Conference Tax September 27
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Donald Trump held a Sunday, September 27 news conference at the White House. He addressed a recent report by the New York Times that he paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016 & 2017, calling it “fake news.” Read the full news conference transcript here.

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Donald Trump: (00:04)
Does anybody know these two gentlemen in the room? If you don’t, let us know. You shouldn’t be here if you don’t. It’s great to have you guys. Yesterday, I was very proud to nominate judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. She’s one of our nation’s most brilliant legal minds and I think she’ll do very well. We’re moving along very quickly. Tremendous unity in the Republican party. It’s the consequence of winning elections, which we did very substantially, both in the Senate and obviously in the White House. And I think we’re going to take back the House. I believe that very strongly. Kevin is doing a fantastic job and I really believe we’re going to take back the House.

Donald Trump: (00:47)
And we’re all working very hard on that. We have noticed some comments made in the media about my incredibly qualified nominee, Amy. The New York Times said her religion is not consistent with American values. She’s Catholic. That covers a lot of people. That’s a very disgraceful thing to say. Some of the comedians, I don’t think they’re comedians because comedians are supposed to be funny. They’re not funny, like at all. They’re nasty, they’re mean. And they think they’re funny. And someday, hopefully it’s in five years, but someday when I’m not here, they’re going to be off television because their ratings, which aren’t very good anyway, but their ratings are going to go down like you’ve never seen before. That includes a lot of others also. In fact, I’m sort of waiting for the New York Times and the Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSDNC, I’m waiting for them to endorse me. Because if they don’t, they’re going to drop with a thud like, it was supposed to have happened long ago.

Donald Trump: (01:59)
And then we won the race and it was a great victory. I think we’ve never had a more energized base. I don’t think so. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it. The rallies that we’re having are incredible. We call them protests. They’re friendly protests. We don’t want to call them rallies, but the friendly protest rallies have been incredible. People, I don’t think anybody has ever seen anything like it. And this is still long before an election. This isn’t like the evening before. These are long before an election. The incredible crowd we had in Pennsylvania and Virginia, in every state, no matter where. In North Carolina, Florida, no matter where we go, we’re having crowds like nobody, I don’t think anybody’s ever gotten before, ever, not even close. There’s a level of enthusiasm in Iowa today with the tractors, thousands of tractors and different states, the boats, thousands and thousands of boats, boaters for Trump, tractors for Trump, farmers for Trump.

Donald Trump: (03:02)
It’s really been very nice to see the level of enthusiasm. I thought though on the religious situation with Amy, I thought we settled this 60 years ago with the election of John F. Kennedy. But seriously, they’re going after her Catholicism. I will stand with her, fight with her and we will make sure that these attacks stop because they’re really, it’s unprecedented. They’re basically fighting a major religion in our country. This is incredible. Fighting any religion, fighting Catholicism is just incredible that they can be doing it. Are you Catholic? 29 Supreme Court vacancies have occurred during an election year or before an inauguration. In every single instance going back to George Washington, the president has performed his constitutional duty and nominated a justice. And in almost every one of these cases over the past 230 years where the president and the Senate were the same party, the justice, as you know, that justice was confirmed.

Donald Trump: (04:13)
This is about two centuries, more than two centuries of precedent. And I think it will continue. I think we’re going to have, I think it’s going to go quickly actually. And I think, and again, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the Republican party more unified. I think it was probably even more unified with the impeachment hoax actually. When they did the impeachment hoax, I think that was, which really turned out to be a hoax. Because now you look at what’s happening with the FBI and Justice Department. If you look at all of those text messages, emails that were sent, we have been totally proven right. They spied on our campaign and everybody knew it. Biden knew it. Obama knew it. Everybody knew it. And the lame stream media just doesn’t want to pick it up. Although some have, I will say, Catherine Herridge at CBS has done a fantastic job on it.

Donald Trump: (05:08)
We appreciate that. But this is a major scandal. This is a scandal the likes of which nobody’s ever seen. This is actually the biggest political scandal in the history of our country. And with the exception of a few, I mean, they just don’t want to write about it. You should write about that Kelly, you should write about it. You should write about it. You should do something on CNN about it. Because it’s the biggest single scandal of our time. Certainly the biggest political scandal perhaps in history. They spied on our campaign and then they tried for a coup. That didn’t work out too well. And it turned out that if you read the texts that came out over the last three days, it turned out that they were really, it was reversed.

Donald Trump: (05:51)
It was the DNC and the Democrats that were using Russia and related or unrelated, Hunter Biden got three and a half million dollars from the wife of the mayor of Moscow. Why did he get three and a half million dollars? And then he got millions more than we thought from Ukraine. And he got millions more than we heard about from China. Hunter Biden. Where’s Hunter? So these are all questions that are very, very big on the internet. The biggest thing going on the internet is exactly this. And we’re going to have to see how that all turns out, but it turned out that we were right.

Donald Trump: (06:31)
So we went through two and a half years of ruining people’s lives like General Flynn and many others. Ruining their lives. And it turned out to be just the opposite. It was the Democrats that were dealing with Russia and other things. So hopefully our attorney general and others working on this very, very hard, very diligently, it’ll lead to something that will be very important for our nation. I think it’s very important for our nation. It’s one of the most important things.

Donald Trump: (07:03)
A central issue of the 2018 midterm elections was the Kavanaugh confirmation. And American voters punished the Democrats in the Senate. You saw what happened. We picked up two seats. Again, something that hasn’t been reported on very much. But we picked up two seats for their treatment of Justice Kavanaugh and expanded our Senate majority to confirm Supreme Court justices, which was great. And now Democrats are really brazenly attacking Judge Barrett for again, her faith mostly is what I’m hearing, for her Catholic faith. And whether it’s Dianne Feinstein or anybody else, I think they ought to treat religion with much more respect. I think it’s a disgrace that they can do it. Biden and the Democrats are desperate to distract from the real issues, which is that their party has been taken over by socialists, extremists and probably communists. I think it’s beyond socialism. I think it’s a step beyond, and it could be many steps beyond if you take a look.

Donald Trump: (08:11)
And if they win, they will nominate justices who will destroy the American way of life, the American dream. They will destroy the American dream. They’ll destroy America. They’ll destroy the United States of America. Your private right to own a firearm will be totally eliminated. Your guns will be confiscated. Your ability to live by your religious faith will be devastated. They’ll abolish America’s borders and give government healthcare to illegal aliens, which will destroy our healthcare system because so many people will pour into our country. That’s a tremendous incentive. On voter fraud, as you know, hopefully there won’t be a very big movement because hopefully we’re going to be able to win. I think we have the massive moment. I think we’re going to have a tremendous victory. There won’t be a transition because I can’t imagine we call a transition if we win. They talk about, will there be a friendly transition?

Donald Trump: (09:15)
Of course they will, but we have a big problem and you see it every day. You see it happening every day with ballots. We are gravely concerned about the Democrat assault on election integrity. In Brooklyn, 25% of mail-in ballots were ruled invalid in June’s Democrat primary. You saw that. And a special election in New Jersey, 20% of the ballots were thrown out and four people are now being prosecuted for fraud. It’s all in the mail-in ballots. 35,000 mail-in ballots were rejected in Florida’s primary and 100,000 were rejected in California. And that’s just the beginning. A week after Pennsylvania’s primary, half of the counties were still counting ballots and you’ll be counting them here because this is a much bigger version of all of that. Just last week, a number-

Donald Trump: (10:03)
… because this is a much bigger version of all of that. Just last week a number of discarded military ballots were discovered in Pennsylvania. All of the recovered ballots, these were ballots that were thrown out, had been cast for a person named Donald J. Trump. In Wisconsin, three trays of mail containing absentee ballots were found in a ditch. They were thrown into a ditch, three trays. It’s a lot. In North Carolina voters are reporting receiving two ballots in the mail. Many, many voters. I hear it’s thousands, but they’re getting two ballots. I wonder if those are Democrat areas, because the word is they are. In Iowa caucuses last winter, you know what happened there. You all reported on it I think very well. Right? You remember that. It was not good. Right? But in Iowa, they still don’t really know who the winner was. I think they called somebody eventually, but it was many, many weeks later. But they really have no idea, it’s being, continues to be. And that’s little, that’s just a small, that continues to be litigated in Iowa.

Donald Trump: (11:06)
They can’t run a simple caucus, yet now they’re trying to radically right election laws nationwide, just weeks before the Presidential election. I heard in New York today that Governor Cuomo wants to try and simplify the ballots, because he thinks they’re too complicated. And all of that, I agree with him. I think that’s good, but you don’t do that now. The ballots are starting to come in and you can’t do it now. It’s too late.

Donald Trump: (11:33)
Joe Biden and the Democrat extreme, I suppose all of these efforts to ensure election integrity, to oppose voter ID. Think of it. Voter ID, they want a picture. You have a picture for almost everything nowadays, but they don’t want a picture. You had a picture to get into the Democrat National Convention. You had a card with your picture on it. Did you know that, fellows?To get into the Democratic National Convention, you have a card and your pictures on it, but they don’t want it for voting, which is a very sacred right.

Donald Trump: (12:09)
We want proof of citizenship, a Social Security number requirement. They don’t want any of this to happen. And they want no signature verification. They don’t want to have a verified signature. So they want none of the safety valves that you would have. Think of it, they oppose voter ID. They oppose proof of citizenship. They oppose a Social Security number and requirements for Social Security numbers as a safety valve. And they oppose even simple signature verifications. They don’t want to have signature verification. They want to require all states to do mail-in balloting, right? I call it unsolicited. Some people call it universal. I think universal doesn’t make sense because nobody understands why universal. So it’s unsolicited. They want unsolicited mail-in ballots. Just send these ballots to whoever you can think of.

Donald Trump: (13:09)
We had a case, I guess in New Jersey, you were reading to me where somebody was sent two ballots and they had slightly, one had a hyphen in it, the name and the other one had a K. And they got two names on this. I wonder if that person was a Democrat, probably was. And mailing a millions of ballots to people who never asked for them. So millions of people are going to be getting ballots who never asked for the ballots. They don’t want the ballots, or maybe they want them. Maybe they don’t. Nobody knows really. This is really a recipe for chaos. So when you look at what happened in Iowa, and again, that was run by very smart people. It was a very limited election. It was very small numbers we’re talking about. Talking about doing that for the entire nation. And you could forget about November 3rd, because you’re going to be counting these things forever. And it’s very dangerous for our country.

Donald Trump: (14:01)
So certainly transition. We all believe in transition. We believe not only in transition, but a very friendly, but when the ballots and when the system is rigged, which it is, obviously it is, and the only one that knows that better than me are the Democrats. And they go into closed rooms and they must laugh like hell at what’s going on, because these ballots are being found. And this is the beginning. I talk about it now at the rallies. All those people are watching. Eyes and ears, thousands and thousands, tens of thousands, but there’s no justification for these extreme changes to the election law. And if you can go to the grocery store, you can have an ID with your picture on it, to vote is so important. I mean, it’s just so important. So a lot of things are going on.

Donald Trump: (14:49)
Very importantly though, I think very, very, very importantly is when you do your reporting, I think you had a report on the FBI scandal because it’s one of the great scandals in the history of our country. And I think people want to hear about it. If you look at the internet, you’ll see how people want to hear about it and they all know about it. And it just makes the media look so bad. And there’s so much reporting. I could go into it right now, but I’m not going to do that. But it would be a tremendous thing for the mainstream media to really start reporting. I think your ratings would go through the roof, I really do because people really are tired of this fake stuff where you don’t even talk about it. And the biggest scandal, certainly the biggest political scandal in the history of our country by far, bigger than Watergate, much bigger than Watergate, and they try and avoid it as much as possible.

Donald Trump: (15:45)
It’s getting very hard to avoid. So we’ll take a couple of questions and you may have a question for these two very wonderful people, brilliant people from the standpoint of politics, I would say, and law. And if you have anything for Kaylee, we’d love to do that. Go ahead please.

Speaker 1: (16:04)
Thank you, sir. Last Wednesday, when you were speaking to the Attorney General, you said that you hoped federal judges were watching what was going on with mail-in ballots. Do you hope that Amy Coney Barrett is watching as well?

Donald Trump: (16:20)
I do. I’m sure she is. I think everybody is. I think everyone in the country, I think we’ve made it a very big issue and it’s an issue that the Democrats tried to get away with. I don’t think they’re getting… So many reports now are phony ballots. I don’t know if it would have been reported before, but all of these rallies with thousands of people last night, as you know. And we were in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The night before we were in Virginia. I mean, those crowds are, whether it was 35,000 or 30,000, those crowds are massive. And that’s on very short notice. All of those people are watching. We have eyes and ears now that we wouldn’t have had if we didn’t bring it up. So no, I’m sure she’s watching. And I’m sure that everybody’s looking at it. I think it’s just common sense. Go ahead, [inaudible 00:17:04].

Speaker 1: (17:04)
A quick follow up, did you discuss the election with her?

Donald Trump: (17:08)
No, I didn’t. I didn’t.

Speaker 1: (17:12)
And then just one-

Donald Trump: (17:12)
I just didn’t think it would be appropriate. And I’ve watched over the years as Presidents would interview and talk and make a decision on a Supreme Court Justice. And I was actually surprised they wouldn’t talk about various things like Roe. They wouldn’t talk about that are very important. They think it’s inappropriate to talk about them. I don’t know that it’s inappropriate, but I’ve gone by that custom. Go ahead, [inaudible 00:17:34].

Speaker 2: (17:34)
Thank you sir. Democrats are arguing that ACB puts in danger not only Roe v. Wade, but a number of other decisions. Do you think that they are correct?

Donald Trump: (17:49)
No, I don’t know. I don’t think she’s going to ruin the law. I think she’s going to be a great Justice for many years to come, but I can say they also bring up healthcare. I mean, Obamacare is terrible. It doesn’t work. We’ve made the best of it. We got rid of the individual mandate, which is great. We are going to protect people with pre-existing conditions 100%, but if we can end Obamacare and come up with a much better health care system that’s much cheaper, much cheaper and much better, which is what we’ll do. On the other hand, if the court rules against we will manage the system better, but don’t forget, we’ve already essentially gotten rid of Obamacare because we got rid of the individual mandate and it was all based on that.

Donald Trump: (18:36)
So we’ve done a tremendous amount, because the individual mandate was the most unpopular aspect of Obamacare. You had to pay a lot of money for the privilege of not paying for bad health care. So that was a terrible thing for people. And what we will do is if we are fortunate enough to get rid of the little remaining in Obamacare, and again, individual mandate, the way I view it, that’s no older Obamacare, because that was the central point. And we won that. We’ve already one that as you know, but by getting rid of that, it’s different. It’s a much different thing.

Donald Trump: (19:13)
The other thing we’ve done is managed. Here’s the story. It’s no good. It’s too expensive. It’s bad coverage. You don’t get your doctor. You don’t get your plan. All the things that President Obama said, you don’t get and Biden, too, by the way, if Biden even, I don’t think he has any understanding of it. But you don’t get your doctor. You don’t get your plan. 28 times president Obama said, “You get your doctor, you get your plan.” It turned out to be a lie. So here’s what we’re doing. If we can terminate, we are going to have a much better plan and you will have your doctor. You will have your plan. You will have a lot of things that you don’t get with Obamacare.

Speaker 3: (19:50)
You said this numerous times, but do you really believe that Joe Biden will be on any type of performance enhancing drug ahead of the debates? Or are you just joking?

Donald Trump: (19:58)
No, I’m not joking. I mean, I’m willing to take a drug test. I think he should too because he’s had a-

Donald Trump: (20:03)
I mean I’m willing to take a drug test. I think he should too because he’s had a very uneven … I watched him with some of the, you know, when he was debating Pocahontas and Harris who treated him so badly, but I watched him and he was out of it and then I watched him against Bernie Sanders and he was okay. I mean he wasn’t great but he wasn’t terrible. He was okay. A far cry from the way he … You know what I’m saying. If you look at some of those debates I said there’s no way he could continue. He can’t continue. Then all of the sudden he debated crazy Bernie Sanders and, you know what, the truth is he was okay. I said how did he go from there, with those horrible performances, to where he was okay? And I always joke, but it’s true, he was no Winston Churchill in debating but he was fine. And people say he was on performance enhancing drugs. A lot of people have said that. A lot of people have written that.

Donald Trump: (21:05)
Take a look. Why don’t you just check out the internet? You will see. Plenty of people say it and whether it is or not doesn’t matter but I would love to take a test and he can take a test too.

Speaker 5: (21:19)
So we’ll start with the debate. Obviously it is coming up. How are you preparing? Is somebody playing Joe Biden in the debate with you? Are you doing debate prep at all?

Donald Trump: (21:28)
I’m doing it and these two gentleman have been helping. Kayleigh’s there and we have-

Speaker 5: (21:34)
Who plays Biden for you? I mean who-

Donald Trump: (21:35)
I would say maybe a combination of these two and either one of them is about five times smarter than sleepy Joe but we had a little debate prep before we came here. I think this whole thing though is debate prep. You know, what I do is debate prep everyday. I’m taking questions from you people all the time. I mean I’ve taken a lot of questions from you over the last number of years and he doesn’t.

Donald Trump: (21:59)
I watched the way he was treated on MSDNC I guess on Friday he did it live and it was disgraceful. I know her and she’s a pretty tough reporter. The way she was helping him along with those it was so obvious what was going on. She was helping him. She was giving him a question and then helping him to answer the question. I know her very well. She doesn’t do that. It was embarrassing and people don’t talk about it. I mean play some of those. Play some of those answers, the answers where he wasn’t able to give an answer and she’s pushing him. She’s pushing him. They never do that with me, I can tell you, but I don’t have the kind of problems he has.

Speaker 5: (22:40)
How many hours would you say you’ve spent on [crosstalk 00:22:43]?

Donald Trump: (22:42)
A little time. I mean not a lot.

Speaker 5: (22:44)
More or less than 16?

Donald Trump: (22:45)
I’m running a country. I don’t, you know, I don’t have the luxury. I’ve watched other people over the years. I watched one, sort of fairly recently not too long ago, go into a cabin, lock himself into a cabin and he came out and he wasn’t very effective. You know, he had so many things going on. Sometimes you can go too much in that stuff. Sometimes you can go too much. I mean, look, I’ve had … I’ve never debated before but then I debated a lot four years ago and if you look at the polls, those polls that have come out, hundreds of thousands of people in Time Magazine and all of the different polls, I think there was about seven or eight of them, according to those polls I won every debate. Every single debate in the primaries and then when I debated crooked Hillary I won every debate.

Donald Trump: (23:32)
I mean this isn’t me saying, I felt I did, but this isn’t me saying … This is the polls. You had Time Magazine poll, you had this, that and I guess they take them off the internet or they get phone calls or something. But according to that I won every debate and I felt I did. But I understand the subject now. Chris is tough. I hope that Chris is going to be equally tough on Joe Biden. But I watched the young lady who I won’t say her name but it was embarrassing the way she was getting him along. So I just asked the question about drugs. I think it’s something that would be appropriate because you can’t have a president that needs that kind of help.

Donald Trump: (24:12)
If you do have a president that needs that kind of help then you’ve got to deal with Putin and you’ve got to deal with President Xi of China and you have to deal with Kim Jong Un and, by the way, did you notice there’s no war going on with North Korea which everyone thought would be ending within one week after I came to be president? They thought it was going to happen immediately. No war. And that’s saving, perhaps, millions of lives. Not just, you know, they were saying 50,000 people. No, millions and millions of people could’ve died.

Speaker 5: (24:48)
[crosstalk 00:24:48] and one of the ones that’s going to likely, everybody is going to be talking about, is there a New York Times story that came out about an hour ago that says that when you came into The White House you were paying about $750 per year in federal income tax. They are not releasing, they’re not publishing the tax terms. They’re not showing that out there. They’re saying, to protect their sources, in your tax returns sir does that sound right that you were paying a couple hundred dollars a year in income taxes?

Donald Trump: (25:13)
That’s fake news. That’s totally fake news. Made up, fake. We went through the same story. You could’ve asked me the same questions four years ago. I had to litigate this and talk about it. Totally fake news. No. Now actually I paid tax, and you’ll see that, as soon as my tax returns … It’s under audit. They’ve been under audit for a long time. The IRS does not treat me well. They treat me like the tea party, like they treated the tea party. They don’t treat me well. They treat me very badly. You have people in the IRS that they treat me very, very badly but they’re under audit and when they’re not I’d be proud to show it. But that’s just fake news. The New York Times tried it. Same thing. They want to create a little bit of story. They’re doing anything they can. Not only that. That’s the least of it. I mean the stories that I read are so fake, they’re so phony.

Speaker 5: (26:05)
Did they tell you this was going to come out today?

Donald Trump: (26:07)
No I didn’t know anything about it.

Speaker 6: (26:08)
Mr. President-

Donald Trump: (26:09)
I think somebody said they were going to do a negative story. They always do negative stories. I don’t think in the last … I used to get good stories in The New York Times when I ran for office and I happened to be conservative, republican. I don’t think we’ve had a good story. They’ve predicted my loss four years ago. They then apologized for their bad reporting. Then they predicted the FBI and all of these things. That’s now proven to be a hoax, a complete hoax. They got Pulitzer Prizes along with The Washington Post. They should give all those Pulitzer Prizes back because everything was wrong. I mean it was so bad. Their reporting was so bad. They were wrong. It was exactly the opposite. Now there are people who should get Pulitzer Prizes. Solomon, Codder. I mean they’re not in the business of Pulitzer Prizes but Sean Hannity got it right, Lou Dobbs got it right, Laura got it right. Many people … Tucker got it right.

Donald Trump: (27:01)
There are many people that got it right. I don’t know what they get other than a great salary and great ratings. I mean I don’t know what they get.

Speaker 6: (27:08)
[crosstalk 00:27:08] from 2016?

Donald Trump: (27:08)
Jordan, go ahead.

Jordan: (27:08)
Yes, thank you. On The New York Times story though, you have to understand that Americans read that you may have paid only a few hundred dollars in federal income tax per year that seems very low for someone who is a billionaire. [crosstalk 00:27:26]

Donald Trump: (27:26)
[crosstalk 00:27:26] people here saying I paid nothing.

Jordan: (27:28)
Can you give people an idea of how much you actually are paying?

Donald Trump: (27:30)
Yeah basically. Well, first of all, I’ve paid a lot and I pay a lot of state income taxes too. The New York state charges a lot and I’ve paid a lot of money in state. It will all be revealed. It’s going to come out.

Jordan: (27:41)

Donald Trump: (27:42)
But after the auditors. I’m being … They’re doing their assessment, we’ve been negotiating for a long time, things get settled like in the IRS, but right now when you’re under audit you don’t do it. You don’t do that. So you’re under audit but the story is a total fake and all of this. You know we had the same exact questions, usually asked by the same people, and that took place four years ago. You remember, this was so well litigated. It’s incredible. If you look at the filings I have, I think I have 108 pages of filings for all of these different companies and do very well, obviously, because the filings and nobody talks about that. You’ll learn much more if you’ll look at those filings and we have to file every single year. But you’ll learn much more if you look at those filings. Those filings are very complete. They’re very big, they’re very powerful, they’re very accurate and those are the filings that you’ll learn much more and when it’s done … But when you’re under audit you just don’t release them and, again, they treat me-

Donald Trump: (28:50)
They treat me-

Speaker 6: (28:51)
Mr. President, tell us what you paid in federal taxes.

Donald Trump: (28:55)
I’m talking to him. You should be more respectful of this gentleman. You’ve very rude to him. But I will tell you that I look forward to releasing that. I look forward to releasing many things. I’m going to release many things and people will be really shocked. But The New York Times has been doing fake story after fake story. I’ve never seen anything like it and people understand it and people … That’s why the media has such a low approval rating because of what they’ve done. It’s really a shame.

Donald Trump: (29:26)
Yeah, you in the back.

Speaker 7: (29:26)
Thank you Mr. President. Two questions.

Donald Trump: (29:26)
And if you have any questions for these two gentlemen-

Speaker 7: (29:31)
That’s what I was going to ask both you and Governor Christie and Mayor Giuliani, your two guests are practicing Catholics, you’ve talked about possible bias against Judge Barrett’s religion. Only two Catholic Bishops have come out to say the same thing you have. Is any effort being made by any of you to say yep, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops-

Donald Trump: (29:54)
I think that-

Speaker 7: (29:57)
Or other leaders within the church?

Donald Trump: (29:59)
We’re in the process of doing that. I think it’s horrible what they’re doing. I mean they’re playing-

Donald Trump: (30:02)
I think it’s horrible what they’re doing. They’re playing the religious card and it’s frankly, you’re talking about Catholics. That’s a very major religion in our country. I don’t know, Chris, do you have anything to say about it?

Chris Christie: (30:15)
It’s obvious what they’re doing. So, she’ll be strong, she’ll be tough and she’ll stand up for what she believes in.

Donald Trump: (30:20)
She went through, just like I did four years ago in terms of litigation of different things, she went through it before and did very well. Rudy, what do you think?

Rudy Giuliani: (30:27)
I think the article in the New York Times today reveals a very strong anti-Catholic bias. It says in the article that Catholicism and the American ethos can’t contradict each other. What is the American ethos? It’s their version of it. That’s a horrible thing to say and then it says that Catholics have difficulty separating public and private morality. I don’t have difficulty separating public and private morality. So what I see is the beginning of a really strong anti-Catholic attack and having lived through the John Kennedy election, that article today reminded me of the things that used to be written before John Kennedy. Could a Catholic be loyal to the United States? Come on.

Speaker 8: (31:19)
Well, having said that-

Rudy Giuliani: (31:20)
That’s exactly what Feinstein raised when she made that awful remark to the judge.

Speaker 8: (31:26)
Well, let me repeat my question again. Why are only two bishops within the church speaking out and will you make an effort to get the US-

Donald Trump: (31:34)
I think they’ll come out very strong. This is day one. We’ve just started this. This is absolutely day one. And they’re going to be coming out very strong. The Catholic Church is very well united on this. They are so thrilled that Amy was chosen. They are so thrilled. Oh, there’ll be… again, it’s been 24 hours. So it’s been a very short period of time, but they’re going to come out very strong. Yeah, please go ahead. [inaudible 00:00:31:58].

Christina Bobb: (31:59)
Christina Bobb from OAN. Thank you for the briefing. You spoke earlier about some of the subjects that Joe Biden has been refusing to answer questions on, specifically Hunter Biden, his involvement with Russia and Ukraine, even China-

Donald Trump: (32:10)

Christina Bobb: (32:10)
And then the Obama-

Donald Trump: (32:12)
And the press doesn’t ask those questions. It’s incredible.

Christina Bobb: (32:15)
I’m wondering the debate is coming up this week. Do you anticipate Joe Biden being held to task and will he be able to answer those questions at the debate?

Donald Trump: (32:21)
I don’t know. We’re going to find out because a lot of things are going to come up in the debate, that may be one. The son didn’t have a job. He had some big difficulties. And then all of a sudden he’s making millions of dollars as soon as his father becomes Vice President. I think that’ll come up. I don’t think Joe can answer it, frankly. I think there’s only one reason he made all that money.

Donald Trump: (32:45)
And then you have to say, what about Joe’s involvement and why did Joe not give the billion dollars over to Ukraine as an example until such time as they let go of a prosecutor that was investigating the company that his son was involved with. There’s some bad questions. I don’t think they have answers. And if we had a media that was fair, even just reasonable, this would be the biggest story for years and years and years. Then you’d really be entitled to real Pulitzer Prizes, not the fake committee that gives you these fake awards.

Donald Trump: (33:19)
So it’s a really fair question. But it’s hard to believe. When you see the kind of money that he has made from China, from Russia, where the wife of the mayor of Moscow gives him three and a half million dollars and nobody even has any question about it. Why did he get three and a half million dollars? I’ll tell you why? Because Joe Biden was in on it. Joe was in on it. There’s no way that he wasn’t. And uses Joe Biden’s plane, Air Force Two, and they go to China and then he comes back and he never mentioned it to his father, that he just got a billion and a half dollars.

Donald Trump: (33:57)
And now it’s turning out that it’s much more money than that, Rudy. It’s turned out to be much more money from China. They have a member of the Chinese Communist Party gave him a lot of money and the press has no interest in these stories. It’s very disheartening for the people of our country. Please.

Christina Bobb: (34:17)
If he tries to dodge the questions or doesn’t address them head on, are you prepared with the facts and information to answer that-

Donald Trump: (34:25)
I have all the information. It just came out. I didn’t know about Moscow, three and a half million dollars from the mayor’s wife. I didn’t know about that. And he’s a very influential, powerful man in Russia, as you know. And it wasn’t me, I didn’t have anything to do with Russia. That came out loud and clear.

Donald Trump: (34:42)
What also came out is they should have never gone into this fake Mueller investigation. And it also came out that the 31 phones that were wiped clean shouldn’t have been wiped clean, and that’s a criminal act. And Bloomberg, likewise, shouldn’t be paying for prisoners to go in Florida and go and vote because he’s basically paying, which is totally illegal, going and paying prisoners. I hope he hasn’t done it yet, but he’s down in writing is doing it. This is what he wants to do so that he can ingratiate himself to the Democrats after they made him look like a total fool in the debate. What they did to him is incredible and that he goes out and spends money. It shows you the problems that he’s got, Mini Mike. But for him to go out and buy votes because that’s, I don’t know. You’re a very good lawyer.

Rudy Giuliani: (35:26)
Yeah I am.

Donald Trump: (35:27)
Are you allowed to go tell people that go vote, “I’m going to pay you off your debt?”

Rudy Giuliani: (35:30)
You can’t buy votes. That’s for sure.

Donald Trump: (35:32)
Yeah because that’s what it is. It’s a very serious, a very serious charge. Please go ahead.

Speaker 9: (35:38)
Mr. President, if-

Donald Trump: (35:39)
No, I was talking to you.

Speaker 10: (35:40)
Thank you Mr. President. You know that there-

Donald Trump: (35:40)
Can you [inaudible 00:35:46].

Speaker 10: (35:40)

Donald Trump: (35:40)
Good, thank you.

Speaker 10: (35:48)
And there has been going on the military action in Karabakh, Azerbaijan-

Donald Trump: (35:53)
In where?

Speaker 10: (35:55)

Donald Trump: (35:56)

Speaker 10: (35:56)
The Karabakh and the Syrians are killed. And according to the officials from the Azerbaijan, they say the first shoot came from the Armenian. What’s your comment on that?

Donald Trump: (36:06)
So we’re looking at it very strongly, just happened. And I know about it. I learned about it today and yesterday, and we’re looking at it very strongly. We have a lot of good relationships in that area. We’ll see if we can stop it. [crosstalk 00:06:20]. Thank you very much.

Speaker 11: (36:21)
Mr. President, in 10 of the previous 15 years before the 2016 election you payed $0 in income taxes.

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