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Subject: In-town pool report #2 | Departure

From: "Cobler, Paul"
Date: September 19, 2020 at 5:21:53 PM EDT
Subject: In-town pool report #2 | Departure



Marine One touched down at 4:44 p.m., and POTUS emerged from the South Portico at 5:07 p.m. He walked over to the gathered pool and took questions for 12 minutes on TikTok and his plans for filling the now-vacant SCOTUS seat.

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On potential TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart:

“I have given the deal my blessing, if they get it done that’s great, if they don’t that’s fine too.”

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Says it will be located “most likely in Texas.”

On SCOTUS:

“We want to respect the process. I think it’s going to go very quickly, actually.”

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Says he expects nominee to be announced “next week” and it will “most likely” be a woman.


On Sen. Collins statement:

“I totally disagree with her. We won.”


Says he Has a shortlist.

“From a constitutional standpoint, I think it’s the greatest list ever assembled.”

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“I think we’ll have a very popular choice whoever that may be.”


On 2016 blocking of Garland nomination:

“That’s the consequence of losing an election.”


The weather in Washington is a sunny 65 degrees.

Marine One was wheels up for JBA at 5:20 p.m.
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Paul Cobler

Politics Reporter

The Dallas Morning News


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