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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.


Will send fuller quotes shortly.

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.”


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


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


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.”


“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.

Paul Cobler

Politics Reporter

The Dallas Morning News

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