From: Kate Nocera
Date: September 22, 2019 at 9:52:48 AM EDT
Subject: In town pool report #6: Fuller quotes from South lawn
Sorry for the delay - here's fuller quotes on Iran, Ukraine, Joe Biden, gun control, Democrats in Congress, and Jay Powell. That's all from me, have a great Sunday!
On Iran: "Nothing is ever off the table, completely, but I have no intention of meeting with Iran and that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I'm a very flexible person, but we have no intention. It's not set up. We're meeting with a lot of leaders we have about 15 meetings set up, but Iran is not one of them."
On the phone call with the Ukrainian president: "The conversation i had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don't want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine and Ukraine has got a lot of problems. The new president is saying that he's going to be able to rid the country of corruption, and I said that would be a great thing, we had a great conversation. We had a conversation on many things, in fact, i believe Ikraine put out a statement yesterday saying that we covered many different topics and it was a warm and friendly conversation I backed Ukraine from the beginning, but I'm very upset that other countries aren't doing the same. Germany should be spending much more, France, all of the European Union should be spending money. Why are we spending money and they're not? Or at least they're spending very little by comparison, so I'm not happy about
Will you let Rudy Giuliani testify to Congress? "I would have no problem — Rudy is a very straight shooter and Rudy wants to see the same thing as a lot of other people with respect to Ukraine."
Does he think someone was spying on the call? "Well this whistleblower, or whoever it was because it sounds like it's not a whistleblower, you can't have that happen to a President of the United States. The conversation, by the way, was absolutely perfect. It was a beautiful, warm, nice conversation. It was put out last night also by Ukraine, but you can't have people doing this. You can't have people doing false alarms like this, and you know when the president speaks to the head of another country, he has to be able to speak to those people, and those people don't want to know that they're being recorded or that you have a stenographer working, you don't want to have to hear that. You can't do that to a president and you can't do that to other countries, But with all of that being said we had a very great conversation, very straight, very honest conversation. I hope they can put it out."
"I don't say anything but whenever I speak to a foreign leader, I assume there are many people in the line."
Biden con't: "It was a perfect call, but what wasn't perfect is the horrible thing that Joe Biden said, and now he made a lie when said he never spoke to his son. I mean, give me a break. He's already said he spoke to his son and now he said yesterday very firmly he didn't speak to his son; of course you spoke to your son, so he made the mistake of saying he never spoke to his son. He spoke to his son. But more importantly, what he said about the billions of dollars that he wouldn't give them unless they fired the prosecutor and then he bragged about how they fired the prosecutor and they got the money."
"Well not only Ukraine, take a look at China. They took a tremendous amount of money out of China. Now, if they ever took over china negotiations, he would sell us out. Look at all of the money he made in China. The son, he knew nothing, the son is a stiff, he knew nothing. And he's making hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars, and he did the same thing in Ukraine, he knows nothing. This is a very dishonest thing that Joe Biden did, and then he said he never spoke to his son. Does anybody believe that one?"
On guns/background checks/Democrats: "We're looking at it right now, we're studying it very hard and it's an issue that frankly Congress is wasting all their time on nonsense and we're studying it very hard. If Congress would get back to work, we could work something but Congress is doing all of this nonsense, this garbage they're doing and I'll tell you what, they don't have any time. The Democrats in Congress are doing nothing. I'll tell you what, they're going to lose the election. Do you know why? Because they're not doing anything."
"We're working very hard with some Democrats. The problem I have is that Jerry Nadler and all of these people, they keep wasting time in Congress over nothing. They are studying nothing. The Mueller report was perfect. Corey Lewandowski was magnificent. Everybody is perfect. They're wasting time. They couldn't accept the Mueller report. They couldn't accept that defeat, they can't now accept the fact that we have the best economy we've ever had and we may be hitting another all time high."
On Jay Powell: "Well he's got a job and I could do things if I wanted but I don't want to do that. We're so strong despite Jay Powell but Jay Powell is not helping us. Other countries have lower interest rates, we're the primest of them all. Look, it's very simple: He lifted the rates far too quickly, and he lowered them far too slowly and it's a shame, it's a shame."
Is the White House preventing the DNI IG from testifying to Congress? "No, he is a great gentleman, Joe [ Acting DNI Maguire]. He's doing a fantastic job and I know one thing, he's only going to do what's right, but he's doing a fantastic job. But just so you understand, the conversation I had with the president of Ukraine was absolutely perfect. People better find out who these people are that are trying to subvert our country because here we go again. These are bad people."
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