*From:* Nancy Cook <xxx@politico.com>
*Date:* September 25, 2018 at 12:18:06 PM EDT
*Subject:* *WH print pool report #8 -- quotes on Iran and Kavanaugh from pool spray with Columbian leader*

Rushed transcript so please check against official one when it comes out

Trump on Iran

Asked whether his positive views of prospects for peace with North Korea a year after his harsh criticism at last years UNGA could be a model for a future overture/talks with Iran:


I hopewe have a similar trajectory. I think Iran should be something that happens.


Theyre not doing well so when I became president if you look at the day before or the day after but if you look at that period of time less than two years ago, everybody looked at Iran as if they were going to take over the Middle East, Id speak to General Kelly Is speak everybody else, and everybodywas like, theyre going to take over the Middle East. Theyre going to take over aria, theyre going to take over Yemen, theyre going to take over Iraq. Theyre going to take over everything and thats not happening.

Remember the statement theyre looking for the Mediterranean this very far away. They want to have the Mediterranean s part of their doorstep.Not going to happen.



And Iran is a much different country today than it was a year ago.They have riots in the street they have horrible inflation, the worst in the world. Their currency is a disaster. Everything in Iran is failing right now. They are frankly bringing back their warriors (inaudible -may be Im told)because they have no choice, because their country is rioting in every city. They have other problems. Theyre not looking for the Mediterranean so much anymore.


I think that at some point theyre going to want to negotiate. I have said no so far. It was me that said no, not them. The media covered that incorrectly, but thats relatively a minor mistakeby the media.

It was me that said no, not them.

I think that at some point we will have meaningful discussions and probablydo a deal I dont see how it works for them otherwise.


Because otherwise theyre going to be in the wort Econ trouble of any country .. (drowned out)

Trump on Kavanaugh

I think he is just a wonderful human being. I think it is horrible what the Democrats have done. It is a con game, they are really con artists. They are trying to convince they dont bite, they dont believe it themselves They know he is a high quality person, they dont believe it, it is just resist and obstruct. They are playing a con game, and they are playing it very well, much better than Republicans. They are lousy politicians, they have lousy policy, they dont know what the hell they are doing. They want to get rid of ICE, they want to get rid of law enforcement, they dont want to take care of our military, they want to raise your taxes, but they are good at one thing. That is obstruction and con [Trumps voice starts to sound angry here]. He is one of the highest quality people. He said when he was focused on being No. 1 in his class at Yale, to me, that was so believable. I understand college very well, being number 1 in your class, I understand a lot of things. When he said that, I understood exactly. He was so truthful. But for the Democrats to be trying to make him into somethinglets be nice about it: Something he is not.This isnt his footing, hes never been here before. Hes never had any charges like this, charges come up from 36 years ago that are totally unsubstantiated. I mean, you, as a president of a great country, Columbia, I mean how is this possible 36 years ago?...and now a new charge comes up and she says it may not be him and there are gaps. And she was totally inebriated and all messed up, and she doesnt know. It might have been him, or it might have been him. Gee, lets not make him a Supreme Court judge. This is a con game being played by the Democratsthese are the same lawyers who have been fighting for yearsit is a shame you can do this to a persons life. Ill tell you: Maybe even more importantWho is going to want to go before the system to be a Supreme Court judge or even a politician? I can tell you that false accusations of all type are made against a lot of people. This is a high quality person, and it would be a horrible insult to our country if this doesnt happen. And itll be a horrible, horrible thing for future political people. It cannot be allowed to happen. And the Democrats are playing a con game, C-O-N.


Q: Should the second accuser be allowed to testify?

Trump: The second accuser doesnt even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not. Admits she was drunk. She admits time lapses, this is a person, and this is a series of statements that is going to take one of the most talented intellects from a judicial standpoint in our country keep him off the U.S. Supreme Court? He has the chance to be one of the greatest justices in the United States Supreme Court. What a shame.His wife is devastated, his children are devastated. I dont mean, Oh gee, I am a little unhappy. They are devastated. And it is because of these Democrats.



Nancy Cook

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