President Trump was on fire on Friday during a short press conference on the White House lawn.
He mocked multiple fake news reporters, laughed at the fake news story the media ran with that Paul Joseph Watson's short clip of Jim Acosta was "doctored," talked about the corruption of Broward County officials and more!
It's almost hard to believe someone so based is our president!
FULL TRANSCRIPT via WH.GOV:
THE PRESIDENT: So weíre heading off to Europe. It should be a very beautiful period of time ó the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. We have many countries; the leadership of many countries will be there, especially since they heard the United States will be there. And we look forward to that. Itíll be a great, really, commemorative service. I think itís going to be something very special. Iíve seen what they have planned, and I think itís going to be something very, very special.
I just signed the proclamation on asylum. Very important. People can come in, but they have to come in through the ports of entry. And that, to me, is a very important thing. Again, I reiterate we needs Democratsí votes. They have to pass new immigration laws, because theyíre flooding our country. Weíre not letting them in, but theyíre trying to flood our country. We need the wall; weíre building the wall. But we need it all built at one time, and quickly. Itís very important.
We need Democrat support on new immigration laws to bring us up to date. The laws are obsolete and theyíre incompetent. They are the worst laws any country has anywhere in the world. And itís only because we donít have the Democratsí votes. So we need Democrat vote so we can change immigration, and weíll have no trouble whatsoever at the border. We want people to come into our country, but they have to come into our country legally. They have to come into our country legally.
We want people to come in through the merit system so that they can work for all of these great companies that I have coming into our country. We have many car companies coming in. We have many tech companies coming in. We have literally hundreds of companies moving back into the United States. We need people. We need to have ó you see the unemployment numbers are at record lows. We need people in our country, but they have to come in legally, and they have to have merit. They have to come in through a system of merit. We have everything worked out. We need some votes from the Democrats, or we need support from the Democrats, and hopefully they see whatís going on.
And the reason this is happening is weíve created such a successful country, economically, that everybody is flooding into our country, or they want to. But weíre stopping them at the border. And thatís why we have our great military there.
Q Mr. President, what do you say to all the criticism of Matt Whitaker and the calls for him to recuse himself, given what he said about the Russian (inaudible)?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Matt Whitaker ó I donít know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions, and he was always extremely highly thought of, and he still is. But I didnít know Matt Whitaker. He worked for Attorney General Sessions. He was very, very highly thought of, and still is highly thought of. But this only comes up because anybody that works for me, they do a number on them.
But Matt Whitaker is a very smart man. He is a very respected man in the law enforcement community. Very respected; at the top of the line. And actually, the choice was greeted with raves, initially, and it still is in some circles. You know, itís a shame that no matter who I put in, they go after them. Itís very sad, I have to say. But heís Acting. I think heíll do a very good job. And weíll see what happens.
But I will say this: Matt Whitaker is a very highly respected man, and you didnít have any problems with Matt Whitaker when he worked for Jeff Sessions. Heís respected by law enforcement. Heís a very strong law enforcement personality and person.
Q Mr. President, did you talk with Matt Whitaker at all about the Mueller probe before you appointed him?
THE PRESIDENT: I didnít speak to Matt Whitaker about it. I donít know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker has a great reputation, and thatís what I wanted. I also wanted to do something which, frankly, I could have brought somebody very easily from the outside. I didnít want to do that. When Sessions left, what I did, very simply, is take a man who worked for Sessions. Again, he worked for Jeff Sessions. Heís a highly respected man, especially by law enforcement. And I think heís going to do a great job. Heís there in an acting position. Heís a ó probably, from what I hear ó a very strong person, a very strong personality. And I think thatís what they need.
Q Is Kellyanneís husbandís wrong?
THE PRESIDENT: Who?
Q Kellyanneís husband wrote that the appointment was unconstitutional.
THE PRESIDENT: You mean Mr. Kellyanne Conway?
Q He wrote that youíre unconstitutionally appointing him. He is wrong?
THE PRESIDENT: Heís just trying to get publicity for himself. Why donít you do this: Why donít you ask Kellyanne that question, all right? She might know him better than me. I really donít know the guy.
Q Given Matt Whitakerís public comments, (inaudible) ó
THE PRESIDENT: Well, when you make a comment ó
THE PRESIDENT: First of all ó let me speak, please. First of all, when you make comments, I see everybody on television ó all these lawyers, all these law enforcement people making comment after comment. They never ask to get recused. They make comment. The fact that you go on Fox or CNN or MSNBC or anybody, and you make a comment, youíd have nobody left to choose. You would have absolutely nobody left.
I see different people, at different times, going on shows. Am I supposed to say, ďOh, now heís never qualified to serve in government?Ē So, all the time Iím watching many different people go on many different shows, saying many different things. That doesnít mean theyíre unqualified.
Now, in all fairness to Matt Whitaker, who, again, I didnít know ó okay? ó other than through reputation. His reputation is excellent. But in all fairness to him, he did some shows; so did many of the people that youíre talking about. So did everybody that ó youíre talking about a permanent position. I think everybody looking at a permanent position, in any department, has done many shows. Does that mean we canít hire anybody? We have to hire somebody thatís in a shell? I donít think so.
Q Do you foresee a federal role in the Florida recount?
THE PRESIDENT: Say it again. You have to speak up.
Q Iím trying to. Do you foresee a federal role in the Florida recount, which you tweeted about last night?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, it could be. Because if you look at Broward ó and Palm Beach, to a lesser extent ó if you look at Broward County, they have had a horrible history. And if you look at the person ó in this case, a woman ó involved, she has had a horrible history. And all of a sudden, theyíre finding votes out of nowhere.
And Rick Scott, who won by ó you know, it was close, but he won by a comfortable margin ó every couple of hours it goes down a little bit. And then you see the people, and they were involved with that fraud of the fake dossier, the phony dossier. And I guess I hear they were somehow involved or worked with the GPS Fusion people, who have committed ó I mean, if you look at what theyíve done, you look at the dishonesty ó
Look, look, thereís ó bad things have gone on in Broward County. Really bad things. Sheís been to court. Sheís had a lot of problems. Sheís lost. I say this: He easily won, but every hour it seems to be going down. I think that people have to look at it very, very cautiously.
Q Youíre finishing up the written answers ó
THE PRESIDENT: What?
Q Youíre doing the written questions to Robert Mueller. Have you ruled out a sit-down, an in-person sit-down with Robert Mueller?
THE PRESIDENT: I havenít ruled out anything. I havenít even thought about it. Iím thinking about the world. Right now, Iím thinking about the world. Iím not thinking about sit-downs or not sit-downs. There was no collusion. Itís a whole hoax. This was a thing set up by the Democrats, just like they set up other things ó when you look at whatís going on Florida; when you look at whatís going on in lots of different locations.
The Russian investigation is a hoax. Itís a phony hoax. I didnít speak to Russians. The fact is, I was a much better candidate than Hillary Clinton. I worked much harder. I went to the right places. She went to the wrong places, because she didnít know what the hell she was doing. I did a great job; I was a great candidate. She was a bad candidate.
I went to Wisconsin. I went more to Michigan. I went to Pennsylvania. She didnít do a good job. This has nothing to do with Russians; itís a Russian hoax.
Q What do you say to Michelle Obama who says she will never forgive you for your birther comments in the past?
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, Michelle Obama said that? I havenít seen it. I guess she wrote a book. She got paid a lot of money to write a book. And they always insist that you come up with controversial.
Well, Iíll give you a little controversy back: Iíll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly. It was depleted. Everything was old and tired. And I came in, and I had to fix it. And Iím in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money. So Iíll never forgive him for what he did to our military. Iíll never forgive him for what he did in many other ways, which Iíll talk to you about in the future.
But what he did ó because she talked about safety ó what he did to our military made this country very unsafe for you and you and you.
Q (Inaudible) and did you meet Chris Christie here, yesterday?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, weíre looking at other people. I did not see Chris Christie yesterday. I heard he was in the White House. Heís a friend of mine. Heís a good man. When he got out of the presidential race, as you know, the next day he supported me. He has good taste. So he proved one thing: He has good taste. But when he got out, he immediately supported me. I like Chris Christie, but I have not talked to him about it. He was in the White House yesterday, but I did not see him.
Q Mr. President, how long are you going to leave Jim Acosta in the penalty box?
THE PRESIDENT: I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man. He does this with everybody. He gets paid to do that. You know, he gets paid to burst in. Heís a very unprofessional guy. Whether it was me or Ronald Reagan or anybody else, he would have done the same thing.
Look, I donít think heís a smart person, but heís got a loud voice. And ó
Q Is it permanent?
THE PRESIDENT: Wait, wait. David, do you mind if I answer the question?
Q Sure. Of course.
THE PRESIDENT: And as far as Iím concerned, I havenít made that decision. But it could be others also. When youíre in the White House ó this is a very sacred place to me. This is a very special place. You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the presidency with respect. If youíve ever seen him dealing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, itís a disgrace. And he does it for, you know, the reason.
The same thing with April Ryan. I watched her get up. I mean, you talk about somebody thatís a loser. She doesnít know what the hell sheís doing. She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise or she gets a contract with, I think, CNN. But sheís very nasty, and she shouldnít be. She shouldnít be.
Youíve got to treat the White House and the Office of the Presidency with respect.
I see her nodding very positively, so Iíll ask her ó you know.
THE PRESIDENT: You have to speak up, though. You have a helicopter raging back ó
For all the people that donít know why, my hearing is great, but you have a helicopter thatís raging back there.
Q Iíll help her out.
THE PRESIDENT: In fact, do you remember Ronald Reagan? Heíd always, ďWhat? What? I canít hear you.Ē I never ó I always thought he was hard of hearing; he wasnít. Thatís the problem.
Q She wants to know whatís going to happen when you meet with Putin.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Iíll meet with Putin at the G20. I donít know that weíre seeing each other in Paris, but there may be a lunch for the leaders. I donít know. So I would say, nothing. We have a good relationship. Having a good relationship with Russia and China, and every other country, is a good thing, not a bad thing.
But we have a good ó we have a very good relationship.
Q Are you going to fire Ryan Zinke?
THE PRESIDENT: No. Iím going to look into any complaints. David, if there are any complaints, Iíll look into it.
Q Your thoughts about the judgeís decision to delay the XL Pipeline?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, it was a political decision made by a judge. I think itís a disgrace. Itís 48,000 jobs. I approved it; itís ready to start. And they went ó and I guess theyíll end up going to the Ninth Circuit, as usual. Weíre slowly putting new judges in the Ninth Circuit. Everything goes to the Ninth Circuit. Everything.
Now, DACA, that was actually good news yesterday, because you never win in the Ninth Circuit if youíre on this half of the equation. When I say ďhalf,Ē it could be half or more. But you never win; you rarely win in the Ninth Circuit. The good news is, by rejecting DACA in the Ninth Circuit yesterday, finally weíve been waiting for that. We get to the Supreme Court, and we want to be in the Supreme Court on DACA.
President Obama said he had no right to sign it. He had no right, but it was upheld in the Ninth Circuit, as usual. If you take President Obamaís statement, he knew that he couldnít sign it. So this whole thing, itís a terrible thing whatís happening with the courts. The DACA will now hopefully go to the Supreme Court, where weíll be given a fair decision.
Q U.N. Ambassador. Have you made a decision?
THE PRESIDENT: Weíll be making a decision. I have so many people who want it. We are looking at Heather. Weíre looking at numerous people. We have plenty of time. Nikki is staying until the end of the year. Weíre working with Nikki, also. We have some very good people that want that job.
Iíll make the decision over the next few weeks, but by the end of the year.
Q On the Attorney General, whatís your timeline to make a decision? And who are the frontrunners?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I have some very, very good people. But, I mean, thereís no rush. You know, it has to go through a Senate process, which takes a long time. But weíll pick somebody thatís great. Weíre going to pick somebody thatís very good. And again, I think itís very ó Matt Whitaker is a highly respected man, but I didnít know Matt Whitaker. But heís a highly respected man.
Q Mr. President, you said the Senate process. Matt Whitaker has not gone through a Senate process.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, but neither has Mueller.
THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me. You talk about the Senate process. Mueller is doing a report. He hasnít gone through the Senate process. Youíre saying Whitaker hasnít, but Whitaker has. Wait a minute. Because he was a really distinguished U.S. attorney in Iowa, and he was approved by everybody. Because to be U.S. attorney, thatís top of the line. He was a highly respected.
In fact, Iíll tell you, the Ambassador to China, as you know, Terry Branstad ó who used to the be the governor of Iowa ó he told me that what a great choice that is; that he is one of the most respected people in all of Iowa. And that was coming from Terry Branstad, who was the governor.
Look, Mueller ó a big complaint people have ó Mueller was not Senate confirmed. So heís doing a report. He wasnít Senate confirmed. Whitaker was Senate confirmed. Now, he doesnít need this, but he was Senate confirmed at the highest level, when he was the U.S. attorney from Iowa. But Mueller was not Senate confirmed. Why didnít they get him Senate confirmed? He should have been Senate confirmed. No ó but because of all the conflicts, they didnít want to bring him before the Senate because heís very conflicted. So because of those conflicts, they didnít want to bring him before the Senate.
But donít tell me about Whitaker. Donít tell me about Whitaker, because Mueller was not Senate confirmed, and Whitaker was, actually.
Q Mr. President, the Democrats keep picking up more seats in the House, now more than 31 seats. Can you still describe (inaudible)?
THE PRESIDENT: It doesnít ó whether they get a couple of more House seats, it doesnít matter. It doesnít matter. But you notice the votes never go the other way? They hire lawyers, and the votes donít ever seem to go the Republican way ó although I hear ó
Q Do you have evidence of fraud?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I donít know, you tell me. Itís always the Democrats. Itís always GPS Fusion. Itís always crooked stuff.
Q But thereís no evidence that you have, is there?
THE PRESIDENT: Look ó look at what happened. How many FBI are gone? How many Justice Department people are gone? That I found out ó that I found out. Thereís a lot of bad stuff going on in this country, and weíre finding out, and Iím getting to the bottom of it. And Iíve done a hell of a job. How many people have been fired from the FBI? You got Comey, you got McCabe, you got Strzok, you have Lisa Page, you have Baker. You have a whole list of people. Thereís a lot of crooked stuff going on.
But it is interesting; it always seems to go the way of the Democrats. Now, in Arizona, all of a sudden, out of the wilderness, they find a lot of votes. And sheís ó the other candidate is just winning by a hair. Whatís going on in a Florida is a disgrace. Go down and see what happened over the last period of time ó 10 years. Take a look at Broward. Take a look at the total dishonesty of what happened with respect to Broward County. Broward County ó just (inaudible) ó Broward County/election. Thereís a lot of dishonesty.
Q Why did your Press Secretary share a doctored video of the incident in the East Room? Of the (inaudible).
THE PRESIDENT: The taped video of Acosta?
Q Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: What are you talking about? All that was ó
Q The video is manipulated.
THE PRESIDENT: Nobody manipulated it. Give me a break. See, thatís just dishonest reporting. All that is, is a close-up. See, thatís just ó that is just dishonest reporting. I watched that; I heard that last night. They made it close up. They showed it up close up.
And he was not nice to that young woman. I donít hold him for that because it wasnít overly, you know, horrible. But it was ó but all that was ó when you say ďdoctored,Ē youíre a dishonest guy. Because it wasnít doctored. They gave a close-up view. Thatís not doctoring.
Q Mr. President, are you thinking about more Supreme Court justices since Justice Ginsburg in the hospital?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I wish her well. She said something very inappropriate during the campaign, but she apologized for it. I wouldnít say sheís exactly on my side, but I wish her well. I hope she gets better. And I hope she serves on the Supreme Court for many, many years.
Q (Inaudible) another mass shooting, this time in California.
THE PRESIDENT: Terrible. Terrible.
Q What are we going to do about (inaudible)?
THE PRESIDENT: Heís a very sick ó well, itís a mental health problem. He is a very sick puppy. He was a very, very sick guy. Not too many people knew about it. But now that theyíre looking, theyíre starting to see he had a lot of problems, a lot of trouble. And weíre very much into that. As you know, I funded a lot of money toward mental health for that reason. And weíre continuing to do it, and we continue to look at the laws. We want to make sure ó look, it is a problem. Itís a disastrous problem. It makes you sick to look at it. But he was a very, very mentally ill person.
THE PRESIDENT: Say it?
Q Do firearms play any part of this mental health conversation?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, he was a war veteran. He was a Marine; he was in the war. He served time. He saw some pretty bad things. And a lot of people say he had the PTSD. And thatís a tough deal. Weíre spending ó as you know, Iíve given tremendous funding to the vets for the PTSD and for general health for PTSD. Itís a big problem.
People come back. Thatís why itís a horrible thing. They come back, and theyíre never the same.
Q Are you prepared to fly that flag at half-mast a lot more?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I donít like abusing any privilege, but when I see something that we should do, I always do that. Yeah, I always do that. I believe you should. When somebody ó when itís a worthy situation, I do believe it.
Q Do you expect Matt Whitaker to be involved in the Russia probe? Do you want him to ó
THE PRESIDENT: Itís up to him.
Q Do you want him to rein in Robert Mueller?
THE PRESIDENT: What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions.
Q (Inaudible) sign an executive order on birthright citizenship this week. Why did that not happen?
THE PRESIDENT: Weíre working. Well, because other things have come up, and we will be signing it soon.
Q Was it a political stunt?
THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no. Oh, weíre signing it. Weíre doing it. And itíll probably work its way up to the Supreme Court. Birthright citizenship probably works its way up to the Supreme Court. It will be signed. We wanted a perfect document. And because of the election and all of the delays in the election, and whatever is going on in Broward County ó remember the word, ďBroward County.Ē
Q Is there any evidence of fraud in Broward County?
THE PRESIDENT: Wait. Well, you take a look at the past. Take a look at the past.
Q Right now is there any?
THE PRESIDENT: And all of a sudden, theyíre finding votes? You mean after the election, theyíre finding votes? And then you look at her past, where sheís already been convicted, and now theyíre finding votes. And you have this guy, Elias, who represented Hillary Clinton and a lot of very shady things. I think what you ought to do is get smart.