Subject: In town pool 1: departure / quotes from POTUS

From: Cameron Joseph
Date: January 6, 2019 at 9:34:18 AM EST
Subject: In town pool 1: departure / quotes from POTUS


President Trump exited the White House at 9:24am and made a brief statement before taking some questions.

"The jobs numbers were beyond anyone's expectations."
He says he was going to camp David to discuss China trade deal

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"We have to build the wall or we have to build a barrier."
Said steel instead of concrete is fine.
"It's a very important battle to win" on the shutdown.
"This wall will pay for itself many times over the course of this year... Most importantly it's about safety."
"You think I like doing this? I don't like doing this."

Said many of the government workers not getting paychecks "agree 100 percent with what I'm doing"
"I may decide a national emergency depending on what happens over the next few days."
"I have tremendous support within the Republican Party."
"Human trafficking is a big deal."
"Everybody's playing games but I'll tell you this, I think the Democrats want to make a deal."
"This shutdown could end tomorrow or it also could go on for a long time."

Check against transcript, he was hard to hear over Marine One. More coming asap. He's still talking.


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