Subject: In-town pool report #7 (transcript part II)

David Martosko
Sent: Monday, December 2, 2019 10:49 AM
Subject: In-town pool report #7 (transcript part II)

Check against the official transcript as always. Here’s the rest of your pooler’s departure transcript, minus one spot where I couldn’t make out the words.


[Inaudible question about Afghanistan trip]

I loved going to Afghanistan. It was great meeting with -- as you know, we had some good meetings with a lot of people including Ghani, you know that, right? And he was terrific. It was great meeting with him. But my trip to Afghanistan was very successful. Now we're going to London and it will be NATO, and we're meeting with a lot of countries, and they're going to have to do a little more burden-sharing.


QUESTION: Is a China trade deal still possible this year?

The Chinese are always negotiating ... [unclear words] ... we are, and frankly I could be other places that I could do all by myself and be even happier, and you understand what that means. But the Chinese want to make a deal. We'll see what happens.

[Inaudible question about his Brazil tariff tweet]

Well, Brazil has really discounted -- if you take a look at what's happened with their currency, they've devalued their currency very substantially by 10 percent. Argentina also. And I gave them a big break on tariffs but now I'm taking that break off because it's very unfair to our manufacturers and very unfair to our farmers. Our steel companies will be very happy, and our farmers will be very happy.


QUESTION: Why don't you send one of your lawyers to represent your point of view before the House impeachment inquiry?

Because the whole thing is a hoax. Everybody knows it. All you have to do is look at the words of the Ukrainian president that he just issued, and you know it's a hoax. It's an absolute disgrace what they're doing to our country. Thank you. Thank you very much.




David Martosko
U.S. Political Editor
Washington, DC

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