Subject: Out-Of-Town pool report #4 (JBA arrival, more POTUS comments)

From: "Leary, Alex"
Date: July 7, 2019 at 5:46:03 PM EDT
Subject: Out-Of-Town pool report #4 (JBA arrival, more POTUS comments)

AF! was wheels up in New Jersey at 4:57 p.m. and touched down at JBA at 5:28 p.m. POTUS and FLOTUS deplaned at 5:39 p.m., and M1 lifted off at 5:45 p.m., bound for the White House.

More from POTUS remarks to reporters in New Jersey, which began unprompted.

*Please check with official transcript as it was hard to hear over aircraft noise and on AF1. These are partial quotes*

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"We're doing better than any nation on the planet," POTUS said of the economy.

He called the World Cup victory an "incredible achievement. It was a very exciting game." He called the U.S. women "great players." Invite the team to the WH? "We haven't really thought about it. We will look at that, certainly."

Questioned about Iran uranium enrichment news, he said: "Iran better be careful" and that enrichment happens for "one reason."

On the British ambassador, POTUS said he is not a fan. "The ambassador has not served the U.K. well." Later, he said, "we're not big fans of that man."

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On the census, POTUS repeated his stance on the citizenship question and how much the census costs to conduct. "We are moving forward. We have a couple of avenues." He also said Attorney General Barr is exploring several options. "We can do a memorandum. We can do an executive order. ..."

He called the NYT story on border conditions a "hoax."... "I went to my people and they said 'Sir, it's not true.' " Appearing to speak more broadly of critics, he said: "We told them about a crisis. They said it was manufactured."

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POTUS said migrants came from "unbelievable poverty" and are now "very happy" with what's going "because relatively speaking, they are in much better shape right now." He called for changes to immigration law and praised Mexico for helping with the situation. "The numbers are going down because Mexico is doing a lot." Later, he said he wanted the press to tour facilities.

On pay parity for soccer players, he said, "I would like to see that" but added, "you also have to look at numbers" and compare World Cup and professional soccer and "who is taking in what. So I don't know what those numbers are."

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Asked for any comment on Jeffrey Epstein being charged, POTUS said, "No, I don't know anything about it."

Talked turned back to Iran and POTUS blasted the deal the Obama administration signed onto. He vowed, "Iran will never have a nuclear weapon" but did not elaborate on a U.S. response to the news.

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On China, POTUS said negotiations will continue. More important, he said, "we're doing very well with the tariffs."

POTUS repeated his stance on the FED. "If Fed knew what it was doing, they would lower rates and they would stop quantitative tightening." He asserted the DOW would be 5,000 to 10,000 points higher if the FED did not do what it has.

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Major thanks to Tolu Olorunnipa of the Washington Post for an assist with quotes.

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Alex Leary
The Wall Street Journal
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