From: Megerian, Christopher
Sent: Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:09 PM
Subject: Pool report 6: More questions, event over

The event ended at 12:06.

Trump was asked about what he said was a plot by Sulemani to blow up the US embassy in Baghdad.

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“I think it was obvious.” Trump complained about how Benghazi was handled and said Baghdad was “the anti Benghazi.”

The militias could have taken hostages or killed people at the embassy if he didn’t act quickly.

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As far as Sulemani’s plans, “he had more than that particular embassy in mind.”

Trump was asked about potential Bolton testimony

He didn’t say he would block it but expressed concerns.

“We have to protect presidential privilege for me but also for future presidents.”

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What about request for NATO’s help in Middle East?

He said he had a name thought of a name for NATO’s participation because he’s good at naming things.

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“NATOME”

“If you add the two words ‘Middle East’ at the end of it.” Trump said it sounds “beautiful,” and it’s “NATO plus me.”

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Trump was asked whether climate change is a hoax.

“Nothing’s a hoax about that. It’s a very serious subject.” He said he has a book about it that he’s going to read.

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“I’m a big believer in that word, the environment.” But he also wants jobs.

How much of his own money will he spend on reelection?

“I have not thought about it,” he said. Trump said they’re raising more money because of the “impeachment hoax.”

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He said he didn’t get enough credit for using his own money for 2016 campaign or donating his presidential salary.


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