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*From:* David Smith [mailto:xxx@theguardian.com]
*Sent:* Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:34 PM
*To:* LeHardy, Annie H. EOP/WHO <xxx@who.eop.gov>
*Subject:* [EXTERNAL] WH in-town pool report 3

Second half of transcript from POTUS's Q&A with reporters at the White House:

ON TAX REFORM

"My plan is for the working people and my plan is for jobs. No, I don't benefit, I don't benefit. In fact, very, very strongly, as you see, I think there's very little benefit for people of wealth. The state tax is one of the things and, if you look at it, for farmers and people with small businesses."

ON ROY MOORE'S PAST INCENDIARY STATEMENTS

"I don't see it but we'll talk to you about that at a different time. So here's the point. The point is, the point is this. Healthcare, we have the votes, because of reconciliation we have to wait till January, February or March which we'll do, but in the meantime I will negotiate with Democrats to see if we can make a bipartisan bill."

IS THE 20% CORPORATE TAX RATE A RED LINE FOR YOU?

"Very much a red line. In fact, I wanted to start at 15 so that we got 20. 15 was so low we didn't take in the revenue. But I wanted 15 so we got 20: 20's my number, so I'm not negotiating that number. I am not going to negotiate. That's the number I wanted to get to. I wanted to start at 15 to get there. We really had to start there because of the complexity of the numbers, but 20 is a perfect number."

WHY NOT LIFT THE JONES ACT ON PUERTO RICO?

"Well, we're thinking about that but we have a lot of shippers and a lot of people and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don't want the Jones Act lifted, and we have a lot of ships out there right now, and I will tell you the governor was very generous yesterday with some statements and so was the mayor of San Juan; very, very generous with their statements.

"We have a lot of people and I'm going there on Tuesday, as you probably have heard, and Puerto Rico's a very difficult situation. I mean, that place was just destroyed. That's not a question of 'Gee, let's dry up the water, let's do this or that'; that place was flattened. That is a really tough situation. I feel so badly for the people."

ON TRAVEL BAN

"The people allowed certain countries but we can add countries very easily and we can take countries away. As far as the travel ban is concerned, whatever it is, I want the toughest travel ban you can have. So, I'll see you in Indiana. We're going to go over some more points that have not been talked about. Are you all going? Is everyone going?"

ON NFL CONTROVERSY

"I think the NFL is in a box. I think they're in a really bad box. You look at what's happening with their ratings, you look at what's going I mean, frankly, the only thing that's doing well in the NFL is the pre-game because everybody wants to see what's going on. The NFL is in a very bad box. You cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country, and that's what they're doing. And in my opinion the NFL has to change or you know what's gonna happen? Their business is going to go to hell.

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"We have to respect our country and they're not respecting our country and, most importantly, the fans agree with me. I mean, largely the fans agree. But we have to show total respect for our national anthem, for our flag, for our country we have to do it. There are plenty of places. Personally, when they're protesting during a football game, I think they can find better places but they cannot do it during the national anthem.

DO YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN SECRETARY PRICE?

"Urrrr, I am going to see. I'm looking at that very closely. I am not happy with it. I will tell you, I am not happy with it."

WOULD YOU FIRE HIM?

[walking away, turning back:] "We'll see."

ENDS

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*David Smith*

Washington bureau chief

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