From: John Bennett
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2019 2:59 PM
Subject: in-town pool report #7 - more China/Don McGahn/Election dirt
CHINA TRADE & XI MEETING
“We're going to be meeting, as you know, at the G20 in Japan. And that’ll be, I think, probably a very fruitful meeting,” POTUS said of President Xi.
POTUS: “But we're taking it right now hundreds of billions of dollars, we're taking in billions of dollars of tariffs and those tariffs. … We've never taken in 10 cents until I got elected. Now we're taking in billions and billions. ... In addition to that we have another $325 million that we can do, if we decided to do it. So we are taking it in tens of billions of dollars. We've never done that before with with China. We've never done that before with anybody, frankly, because we've been taken advantage of all of our trade deals.”
SHOULD DON MCGAHN BE HELD IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS?
POTUS: “I don't know anything about what's going on. I can tell you that there has never been anybody so transparent as the Trump administration. And it was no collusion, and no obstruction. And we're wasting a lot of time with that stuff. But the Mueller report came out, and it was a very good report for us.”
WILL POTUS PLEDGE TO NOT USE DIRT FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN THE 2020 ELECTION?
POTUS: “Well, I never did use [it]. As you probably know, that's what the Mueller report was all about. They said, ‘No collusion.’”
“And I would certainly agree to that. I don't need it. All I need is the opponents that I'm looking at. I'm liking what I see.”
(Disclaimer: Check all quotes against video or transcript.)
John T. Bennett
Senior White House Correspondent
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