Very Extensive Discussion – An Hour With President Trump Aboard Air-Force-One…

On the flight to Paris President Donald Trump went back to the pool of traveling reporters and spoke with them for over an hour about current issues and events, answering a host of questions.  Initially the conversation was thought to be ‘off-the-record’, however the White House released a transcript of the press interview.

Here’s the transcript as reported by Bloomberg News: “TRUMP SPEAKS TO REPORTERS ON STEEL, BORDER WALL, PUTIN”.  For those following along with the ‘unwritten stories by media’ you will find great interest in the discussion segment about North Korea and China – Specifically, as we have continued to emphasize, the intended Trump direction to confront the DPRK through China Trade Policy.

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary – Internal Transcript, July 12, 2017, REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN AN OFF-THE-RECORD CONVERSATION WITH PRESS, Aboard Air Force One, En Route Paris, France – 9:15 P.M. EDT

On the visit to France:

♦ Q When were you last in Paris?  When were you last in France?

THE PRESIDENT:  So I was asked to go by the President, who I get along with very well, despite a lot of fake news.  You know, I actually have a very good relationship with all of the people at the G20.  And he called me, he said, would you come, it’s Bastille Day — 100 years since World War I. And I said, that’s big deal, 100 years since World War I. SO we’re going to go, I think we’re going to have a great time, and we’re going to do something good. And he’s doing a good job. He’s doing a good job as President.

On North Korea, China, and trade:

THE PRESIDENT: A big thing we have with China was, if they could help us with North Korea, that would be great. They have pressures that are tough pressures, and I understand. And you know, don’t forget, China, over the many years, has been at war with Korea — you know, wars with Korea. It’s not like, oh, gee, you just do whatever we say. They’ve had numerous wars with Korea.

They have an 8,000 year culture. So when they see 1776 — to them, that’s like a modern building. The White House was started — was essentially built in 1799. To us, that’s really old. To them, that’s like a super modern building, right? So, you know, they’ve had tremendous conflict over many, many centuries with Korea. So it’s not just like, you do this. But we’re going to find out what happens.

Very important to me with China, we have to fix the trade. We have to fix the trade. And I’ve been going a little bit easier because I’d like to have their help. It’s hard to go ***. But we have to fix the trade with China because it’s very, very none-reciprocal.

♦ Q Is that your bargaining chip with them to get on board with North Korea? Is, like, you want to —

THE PRESIDENT: Nobody has ever said it before. I say it all the time. Somebody said, what cards do you have? I said, very simple — trade. We are being absolutely devastated by bad trade deals. We have the worst of all trade deals is with China.

We have a bad deal with South Korea. We’re just starting negotiations with South Korea. South Korea, we protect, but we’re losing $40 billion a year with South Korea on trade. We have a trade deficit of $40 billion. The deal just came up.

That was another Hillary Clinton beauty. Remember she said it was five-year deal, and now it’s an extension period. She said this will put jobs in our country. She said we’ll make money with it. Great. We’re losing $40 billion a year. It’s a horrible deal. So we’re starting — we started, as of yesterday, renegotiating the deal with South Korea. We have to.

But the biggest strength we have are these horrendous trade deals, like with China. That’s our strength. But we’re going to fix them. But in terms of North Korea, our strength is trade.

♦ Q And do you think that’s going to bring them around?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, yeah, when I say reciprocal — you make reciprocal deals, you’re talking about hundreds of billions of dollars. But before I did that, I wanted to give it a good shot. Let’s see. And they helped us. I have a very good relationship with him. I think he’s a tremendous guy. But don’t forget. He’s for China. I’m for the U.S. So that’s always going to be.

So he could be a tremendous guy, but he’s going to do what’s good for China. And he doesn’t want 50 million people pouring across his border. You know, there are a lot of things. I understand the other side. You always have to understand the other side.

♦  Q What about steel?

THE PRESIDENT: Steel is a big problem. Steel is — I mean, they’re dumping steel. Not only China, but others. We’re like a dumping ground, okay? They’re dumping steel and destroying our steel industry, they’ve been doing it for decades, and I’m stopping it. It’ll stop.

♦ Q On tariffs?

THE PRESIDENT: There are two ways — quotas and tariffs. Maybe I’ll do both.

On healthcare:

THE PRESIDENT: No, I think, first, I want to do — well, we have a few things. We have a thing called healthcare. I’m sure you haven’t been reading about it too much. It is one of the — I’d say the only thing more difficult than peace between Israel and the Palestinians is healthcare. It’s like this narrow road that about a quarter of an inch wide. You get a couple here and you say, great, and then you find out you just lost four over here. Healthcare is tough.

But I think we’re going to have something that’s really good and that people are going to like. We’re going to find out over the next — you know, we just extended for two weeks. Which, that’s a big —

On the border wall:

♦ Q You were joking about solar, right?

THE PRESIDENT: No, not joking, no. There is a chance that we can do a solar wall. We have major companies looking at that. Look, there’s no better place for solar than the Mexico border — the southern border. And there is a very good chance we can do a solar wall, which would actually look good. But there is a very good chance we could do a solar wall.

One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it. In other words, if you can’t see through that wall — so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall.

And I’ll give you an example. As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall. But we have some incredible designs.

But we are seriously looking at a solar wall. And remember this, it’s a 2,000 mile border, but you don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers. You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious. You have some areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing. So you don’t need that. But you’ll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles.

Plus we have some wall that’s already up that we’re already fixing. You know, we’ve already started the wall because we’re fixing large portions of wall right now. We’re taking wall that was good but it’s in very bad shape, and we’re making it new. We’re fixing it. It’s already started. So we’ve actually, in the true sense — you know, there’s no reason to take it down or ***.  So in a true sense, we’ve already started the wall.

On Donald Trump, Jr.:

THE PRESIDENT: Don is — as many of you know Don — he’s a good boy. He’s a good kid. And he had a meeting, nothing happened with the meeting. It was a short meeting as he told me — because I only heard about it two or three days ago.

As he told me, the meeting went — and it was attended by a couple of other people who — one of them left after a few minutes — which is Jared. The other one was playing with his iPhone. Don listened, out of politeness, and realized it wasn’t . . . .

Honestly, in a world of politics, most people are going to take that meeting. If somebody called and said, hey — and you’re a Democrat — and by the way, they have taken them — hey, I have really some information on Donald Trump. You’re running against Donald Trump. Can I see you? I mean, how many people are not going to take the meeting?

On President Putin and Russia:

♦ Q Are you mad that Putin lied about the meeting that you had with him, especially about —

THE PRESIDENT: What meeting?

♦ Q At the G20, when he said that you didn’t — you know, you accepted that the hacking wasn’t real.

THE PRESIDENT: He didn’t say that. No. He said, I think he accepted it, but you’d have to ask him. That’s a big difference. So I said, very simply — and the first 45 minutes, don’t forget, most of the papers said I’d never bring it up. Had to be the first 20 to 25 minutes.

And I said to him, were you involved with the meddling in the election? He said, absolutely not. I was not involved. He was very strong on it. I then said to him again, in a totally different way, were you involved with the meddling. He said, I was not — absolutely not.

♦ Q Do you remember what the different way was that you asked —

THE PRESIDENT: Somebody said later to me, which was interesting. Said, let me tell you, if they were involved, you wouldn’t have found out about it. Okay, which is a very interesting point.

♦ Q But did you say, okay, I believe you, let’s move on?

THE PRESIDENT: What I said, I asked him, were you involved? He said, very strongly — said to him a second time — totally different — were you involved? Because we can’t let that happen. And I mean whether it’s Russia or anybody else, we can’t let there be even a scintilla of doubt when it comes to an election. I mean, I’m very strong on that.

And I’m not saying it wasn’t Russia. What I’m saying is that we have to protect ourselves no matter who it is. You know, China is very good at this. I hate to say it, North Korea is very good at this. Look what they did to Sony Studios. They were the ones that did the whole deal to Sony. You know, we’re dealing with highly sophisticate people.

So, China is very good. You have many countries. And you have many individuals that are very good at this. But we can’t have — and I did say, we can’t have a scintilla of doubt as our elections and going forward.

♦ Q Have you told him that?

THE PRESIDENT: I told him. I said, look, we can’t — we can’t have — now, he said absolutely not twice. What do you do? End up in a fistfight with somebody, okay? Because then I brought up Syria, and I said —

♦ Q Afterwards?

THE PRESIDENT: Very shortly there afterward. And I said, there’s so much killing in Syria. We got to solve Syria. We’ve got to solve Ukraine. And you know, I’ve always said — and I’m not just talking about Russia — we’re a lot better off — like it’s a good thing that I have a good relationship with President Xi. It’s a good thing I have a good relationship with every one of them — Modi — you saw that. Every single one of them of all 19 — there’s 20 with us. All 19, I have a great relationship with.

More on the Visit to France and Trade:

So we’re doing well. I mean, we’re doing well and we’re having a good time. Now what we’ll do is we’ll go celebrate with the President of France — we have a good relationship — open up a little trade with them. But it’s got to be fair trade. I mean, every deal we have is bad. It’s got to be fair trade.

I mean, the European Union, as an example — I’m all for the European Union, but we have things that we can barely sell into the European Union. They’re very protectionist. And we’re not. And you have to be reciprocal.

To me, the word reciprocal is a beautiful word. Because people can say, we don’t like a border tax or we don’t like this or we don’t like that. But what they can’t say is that, if you’re selling a motorcycle and they’re coming into your country and not paying tax, and they’re going into another country and paying 100 percent tax, people understand that’s not fair. So we say we make it reciprocal.

More on President Putin and Russia, and on energy:

♦ Q Do you think you’ll invite Putin to the White House?

THE PRESIDENT: I would say yes, yeah. At the right time. I don’t think this is the right time, but the answer is yes I would.

Look, it’s very easy for me to say absolutely, I won’t. That’s the easy thing for me to do, but that’s the stupid thing to do. Let’s be the smart people not the stupid people.

The easiest thing for me to tell you is that I would never invite him. We will never ever talk to Russia. That all of my friends in Congress will say, oh he’s so wonderful, he’s so wonderful.

Folks, we have perhaps the second most powerful nuclear country in the world. If you don’t have dialogue, you have to be fools. Fools. It would be the easiest thing for me to say to Maggie and all of you, I will never speak to him, and everybody would love me. But I have to do what’s right.

And, by the way, I only want to make great deals with Russia. Remember this, I have built up — we’re getting $57 billion more for the military. Hillary was going to cut the military. I’m a tremendous fracker, coal, natural gas, alternate energy, wind – everything, right? But I’m going to produce much much more energy than anyone else who was ever running for office. Ever. We’re going to have clean coal, and Hillary wasn’t. Hillary was going to stop fracking. She was going to stop coal totally. Hey, in West Virginia I beat her by 42 points. Remember, she went and sat with the miners and they said get the hell out of here. So, I was going to — if Hillary got in, your energy prices right now would be double. You’d be doing no fracking. You’d be doing practically no fossil fuels.

So Putin, everything I do is the exact opposite. I don’t believe — in fact, the one question that I didn’t ask him that I wish I did — but we had so many other things going, and really the ceasefire was a very complicated talk, it was a very important talk to me because I wanted to see if we could start a ceasefire.


Now, why does that affect Russia? Because Russia makes its money through selling of oil, and we’ve got underneath us more oil than anybody, and nobody knew it until five years ago. And I want to use it. And I don’t want that taken away by the Paris Accord. I don’t want them to say all of that wealth that the United States has under its feet, but that China doesn’t have and that other countries don’t have, we can’t use.

So now we no longer have the advantage. We have a tremendous advantage. We have more natural resources under our feet than any other country. That’s a pretty big statement. Ten years ago, five years ago even, you couldn’t make that statement. We’re blessed. I don’t want to give it up. I don’t want to say oh, okay, we won’t use it. But think of it. So, if Hillary is there, you’re going to have a far less amount of fuel. Therefore, energy prices will be much, much higher. That’s great for Russia.

So, the next time I’m with Putin, I’m going to ask him: who were you really for? Because I can’t believe that he would have been for me. Me. Strong military, strong borders — but he cares less about the borders — but strong military, tremendous. We’re going to be an exporter of fuel this year. We’re going to be exporting. What was the first thing I signed when I got in? The Keystone Pipeline, and the Keystone Pipeline goes from Canada all the way through our country right into the Gulf, and the ships are there to take it all over and compete with Russia.

More on Energy:

The first thing I signed, the first day, was the Keystone Pipeline. That first * was the Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipeline — also Dakota Access. Now, what does that mean? Dakota Access takes it to the Pacific. Who do they compete with? Russia. Hillary would have never signed — that was with the reservation — she would have never signed it. I was given great credit for that one. That was a tough one. First day. It’s also 48,000 jobs between both of them. The other one I signed, that was the Keystone. That was dead. That was dead for two years. It was never going to happen. I revived it on day one. You know, you’ll check, please check it. I have to be exactly accurate. They’ll say, oh I wasn’t totally accurate. But that goes to the Gulf, right? Competes with Russia.

More on Energy and Russia:

THE PRESIDENT: So now oil is getting to be record low — and gas — because we’re producing so much. That means Russia — and you know Russia *** is having a little hard time because it has come down so much.

On Russia sanctions:

♦ Q But you wouldn’t sign a new sanctions bill if it passes the House?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m not talking about new, I’m talking about the old sanctions. Wait, we got to get this right. Ready? I think I said it right but just in case. We have very heavy sanctions on Russia right now. I would not and have never even thought about taking them off. Somebody said, Donald Trump wants to — I don’t want to take them off.

♦ Q Putin didn’t raise that with you?

THE PRESIDENT: He never raised it. We did, I think, talk about the sanctions that Congress wants to pass, but it was very brief. Much of it was talked about Ukraine. Look, we talked about the elections. We talked about Ukraine and Syria. Not in that order. We talked about Syria and Ukraine. But I will just tell you, I didn’t say this to him. We didn’t talk about this aspect of it. I would never take the sanctions off until something is worked out to our satisfaction and everybody’s satisfaction in Syria and in Ukraine.

I saw a report and I read a report that Trump wants to take off the sanctions. I’ve made a lot of money. I’ve made great deals. That’s what I do. Why would I take sanctions off without getting anything?

On allegations of collusion with Russia:

THE PRESIDENT: What pressure? I didn’t — I did nothing. Hey, now it’s shown there’s no collusion, there’s no obstruction, there’s no nothing. Honestly, the whole thing, it is really a media witch hunt. It’s been a media witch hunt. And it’s bad for the country. You know, when you talk about Russia, if Russia actually did whatever they want to do, they got to be laughing, because look at what happens — how much time. . . .

They feel it’s a witch hunt, the people. There are a lot of people. And those people vote. They don’t stay home because it’s drizzling. We proved that. But every single party chairman said that my base is substantially stronger than it was in November. That’s a big compliment. That’s a big compliment. And I feel it.

And I think what’s happening is, as usual, the Democrats have played their card too hard on the Russia thing, because people aren’t believing it. It’s a witch hunt and they understand that. When they say “treason” — you know what treason is? That’s Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for giving the atomic bomb, okay? But what about all the congressmen, where I see the woman sitting there surrounded by — in Congress.

So I think it’s a good thing. When Hillary Clinton spent her ads — you know, she spent almost 100 percent of her ads on anti-Donald Trump ads. You know that. Every ad was an anti ad. When the election came, nobody knew what she stood for.

I heard tonight, and I saw tonight, and I read tonight that they’re making a big mistake. And I a lot of the Democrats feel — they say, we’re putting all our money into this Russia stuff and it’s making Trump stronger. Because my people and the people that support me, who are incredible people, those people are angry because they feel it’s being unfair and a witch hunt.

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131 Responses to Very Extensive Discussion – An Hour With President Trump Aboard Air-Force-One…

  1. MfM says:

    Way to steal the thunder of the press!

    Liked by 31 people

  2. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Brilliant stuff from Trump, especially towards the end.

    And there is no doubt in my mind that he did this to pre-empt the Macron press conference questions regarding Don Jr.

    As I said in another comment, the Trump Communication Team has dramatically improved. Trump himself was always a master of media strategy, but now his entire team is getting the job done.

    I think they did make a mistake in not making the remarks public last night, but they corrected it today.

    Just the other day, Johnny Karl of ABC (I think it was him) was whining about no Trump pubic appearances or presser.

    Here you are, Jonny! And just in time to give the press more targets to have to aim for when they want to focus on Don Jr.

    Great stuff.

    Liked by 24 people

    • MakeAmericaGreat says:

      One other thing on the “flood the zone” strategy by Trump — tonight is the Pat Robertson interview. Thus, the media has to deal with:

      – Trump 1 hour press remarks from yesterday
      – Trump/Macron presser today
      – Trump/Robertson interview

      Trump went from like three days in seclusion to information overload for the press. Perfect stuff, and done (I’m sure) to keep Don Jr under the radar.

      Man, he’s good.

      Liked by 25 people

    • starshollow88 says:

      Press will never be happy though. They always find something, their complaints are not valid because they just will always spin negative and complain regardless.

      -why no presser?
      -why no *public* presser?
      -why no *public* presser on live tv?
      -why no *public* presser on live tv every day?
      -why is it Sara and not Spicer?
      -why didn’t I get three questions?
      -why did he call on that (non DNC activist) journo?
      -why did he call on a non-American journo, it’s unprecedented!! (today’s complaint)
      -why did the journo not ask him the question I wanted asked (aka Russia related)?! that guy/gal is not a real journo! let’s all bully him
      -why was the presser so short?
      -regardless they make fun of his answers, critique anything and everything you can for days (like with the Putin mtg)
      -make fun of his facial movements, his hands, his hair, his handshake
      -get on twitter and report that Trump complimented Macron’s wife and lose your mind with faux outrage (today)

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  3. Lunatic Fringe, Phd. [undocumented] says:

    Sundance and company thank you for posting these transcripts. That was a lot to read but getting the “roars” straight from he lions’ mouth is so much better than seeing it on twitter or snap.

    Liked by 36 people

    • MaineCoon says:

      I prefer to read long transcripts than hear MSMers squaking dumb, harassing questions and then printing lies and presenting lies to the public verbally (although I don’t watch them). They can also edit the transcripts.

      Liked by 22 people

    • Sr.PegCJ says:

      Yes, thank you so very much!

      Liked by 2 people

      • jmclever says:

        I get so fed up with the snark, condescension, and smirks that I often miss out on what the answers are. Transcripts are better for me as well LOL

        Liked by 2 people

        • Kent says:

          Reading is definitely preferable for me on very nearly everything….I haven’t watched television for over 20 years….can’t stand that admn thing….


    • mztore says:

      Sundance an commenters…Thanks for all you do. I’m not super intelligent, and have not watched the media news for several years. If it was not for all of you, I’d know nothing. Right or wrong, all the comments I read are very much appreciated (except for the arguments) Usually read them all on a daily basis….It is breakfast for me…
      Thanks ALL.

      Liked by 8 people

  4. bverwey says:

    He should have sealed the door between his side and their side and had the back emergency door slightly open. Why is he even talking the press along? Let their Fake News corps pay for their own freight not the taxpayer …. more bodies on board more fuel.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. reenahovermale says:

    I admire him so much. He makes it a point to get along with everyone and yet hold firm to his values.

    Liked by 33 people

  6. fedback says:

    ‘You were joking about solar, right’ ?

    Media is so non creative.
    Except when creating Fake News, they are very creative when it comes to Fake News

    Liked by 18 people

  7. DEGinTN says:

    Yessir, that’s my President !

    Liked by 17 people

  8. MOA says:

    “So when they see 1776 — to them, that’s like a modern building.”

    Hmmm…not a good analogy. American civilisation isn’t 250 years old, despite Chinese hubris.
    Its roots go back to Greco Roman philosophy, Judeo Christian ethics, the Anglo Saxon/European technical and legal revolution. The Enlightenment, the Renaissance.
    The very definition of Western civilisation. Whose values, incidentally, the Chinese are attempting to imitate, because Western Civilisational values are the values of success.
    The question that must haunt the Chinese is how was so little progress made in 8000 years until very very recently.

    Liked by 7 people

    • RZ says:

      So funny !!

      President Trump is learning the political landscape, and thriving.
      The first question and answer are very telling.

      In Washington, the question is never important, just answer by mentioning something positive about yourself. He does this so well, the press actually accepts his answer.

      I don’t believe the MSM and politicians have met their match. They have met a president far surpassing their abilities.

      Liked by 5 people

      • MOA says:

        Sure. But it pays not to be misinformed about the facts of your own culture.


        • WSB says:

          PDJT was describing the impression of USA infrastructure from the Chinese perspective.

          “They have an 8,000 year culture. So when they see 1776 — to them, that’s like a modern building. The White House was started — was essentially built in 1799. To us, that’s really old.”


          • MOA says:

            “was describing the impression of USA infrastructure.”

            Nonsense. The Pres was talking culture, as in “They have an 8,000 year culture.”
            The WH building construction is a metaphor you goose.


            • WSB says:

              Both are accurate…whether it is an “American” culture or “American” symbols or “American” infrastructure, PDJT was not referring to HIS inderstanding but the Chinese impression of us. I have worked there…I know their sentiment. The Chinese believe that they are the lasting people. Heck, they think the same about Europe.

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              • MOA says:

                The Pres was clearly referring to or accepting the US as a 250 year old culture.


                • WSB says:

                  No, it is. The US adopted much from ancient law and culture, but none of it is older than the Chinese culture.

                  Our own Founders melded in the House of Representatives because the Roman and Greek Senates failed by not having a third leg of the stool for checks and balances.

                  Out of all of that, they actually created a contemporary form of government and similarly a culture formed by morphing others.

                  Same as pointillism or Impressionism. Each artistic style borrows much from classicla paintings; however, they are completely new and unique.

                  You simply cannot compare either to classical painting other than evolution there of as a new type. Thus their unique names.

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                • MOA says:

                  ‘none of it is older than the Chinese culture.’

                  A strawman argument . No-one said it was.
                  Sorry the rest of your comment isn’t coherent.


                • WSB says:

                  Simple minds may not be able to inderstand simple points.

                  You must be too young to understand the phrases, “American Exceptionalism” and “The United States is the youngest country with the oldest Constitutional Republic.” Nighty night.


                • MOA says:

                  The USA carries the accumulation of Western culture on its shoulders and at the core of all it does. 250 years is utter BS.
                  Simple really.


                • WSB says:

                  Nope. Not pure to any one p. Name it. Lights out.


                • MOA says:

                  Even less coherent.
                  Perhaps someone with English as a first language could rewrite it for you?


            • andrewalinxs says:

              The point on reference is Valid the Chine’s government sees itself an extension of the previous Chines empires as being the inheritor of a Untied China culture.

              America is a young nation with Roman/Ancient Greek roots but itself being only over around 2.5 centuries old in comparison. China as a culture and identity dates back to the Qin dynasty in 221 BC an idea over 2 millennia old.

              The Idea of an American Nation that would be the Untied States of America in comparison dates back to the 1770’s or maybe the 1760’s. We are talking an almost 2,000 year difference in culture that would form. America is not Roman or British or any of the nations that came before it. It takes a bit of them and makes its own culture nation identity.


            • Paul says:

              It was just a figure of speech. Its southern style. And trump is a newyorker , and some newyorkers have that style. Trump is old school . Paraphrasing.


          • Ogre says:

            Even if you want to factor in the Greco-Roman and European contributions to the development of these United States, one is still looking at only a 3000 year history, at most. The Chinese was putting on the finishing touches to its cultural and civilizational identities 2000 years ago.

            It is like saying Western culture and civilization was still in preschool, while the Chinese were graduating college, by comparison.

            I think the Chinese do think of the West as a *much* younger civilization. As a nation, Trump is right – the Chinese look at us more like the new upstart on the block.

            Liked by 1 person

            • WSB says:

              TU, Ogre. You obviously have a mature insight into history.

              Try telling that to MOA, who is becoming increasingly nasty tonight.

              I have been a regular on CTH for almost 3 years and got scolded for even suggesting the possibility of the T word a week ago, so I won’t.

              However, I am also not going to tolerate the insults from MOA much longer.


    • highdezertgator says:

      Hmmm… maybe some of our Western civilization was influenced by the Chinese more than we have been taught… or believe.
      Excerpt “Accustomed as we are to ascribe our cultural heritage to Egypt, Greece, Rome, and northern Europe, we tend to dismiss Asia as a distant continent of alien cultures possessing no possible common denominator with our own. It is not generally realized that prior to the sixteenth century, the West received more from Asia, including distant China, than it gave in return.”
      Excerpt “Although not a Christian nation, it had nevertheless developed in Confucianism a high system of morals of its own. And, unlike Europe, it had done so without permitting a priesthood to become so powerful as to challenge the state’s authority. The emperor of China, furthermore, though seemingly an absolute ruler, was in actual fact limited by the teachings of Confucianism, which declared that “the people are the most important element in the state; the sovereign is the least.” CHINESE IDEAS IN THE WEST


      • MOA says:

        That’s why China trod water for 8000 years and Western culture dominates the world, I guess.
        A bit of Confucianism here and there? 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • highdezertgator says:

          Didn’t need to “trod water”… trade routes dating back to 1st century BC
          “As long as hundreds of years ago, materials and inventions and ideas traveled between China and the civilizations of India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Throughout the Middle Ages contact between China and the countries of Europe continued. In modern times the contact has increased. China has never been as isolated as we have often assumed.”

          “The earliest of the trade routes between China and the outside world was a route for caravans. It led overland from Northwest China across the deserts of Central Asia (Turkestan), through Persia, and on to the shores of the eastern Mediterranean. From Central Asia, a branch which passed southward through Afghanistan, linked China with India. It is the route westward to the Mediterranean, however, with which we are here concerned. The Chinese conquest of Turkestan in the first century B.C. made it possible for caravans to carry goods over this road between China and the Mediterranean. Until 500 years ago it was the most important line of contact between China and the rest of the world. Over it passed many travelers, among them Marco Polo when he journeyed from Europe to reach China in the year 1275.”

          Liked by 1 person

      • YvonneMarie says:

        Read G K Chesterton.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Deb says:

        Pasta, fireworks, and paper all came from the East. Part of the brilliance of the Phoenecians, who were the forerunners to the Greeks, was to take all the best ideas and innovations that came
        through their ports and marketplaces and adapt it to their own culture, all without losing their own cultural identity. America does this as well. So Western Civiliation has 3,000 years of cultural diffusion leading up to the United States, which then made its own mark.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Hiker Mike says:

      I don’t think President Trump was comparing ‘civilizations’.

      I believe the President was putting in context that the Chinese have been around for 8000 years or so and ‘issues’ with (North) Korea have been ongoing for many centuries and with this age old dynamic things can’t change over night.

      Liked by 8 people

      • MOA says:

        Just a verbal slip up, no biggy. A lesson I’m sure the President understands: don’t kowtow to Chinese cultural arrogance or you’ll get more of it.

        Liked by 1 person

    • If we could graft Russell Kirk’s engrams onto Trump it would be a beautiful thing.


    • WSB says:

      Only by stealing.


    • the current chinese (han) aren’t the descendants of the ancient civilization anyway. They are the teeming barbarians who ruined the ancient culture of the china region which was established by red haired giants from europe and sumerians from the middle east – as even a cursory study of ancient “chinese” script for example demonstates.

      History as currently taught by the media is a kaleidoscope of lies.


    • yucki says:

      Nice Panda, stroke your rich and lovely fur just the way you like it.
      – -Doesn’t cost a thing and the Panda sighs with pleasure.
      Little grand-daughter sings a song to the Panda in Chinese. Sooo nice…

      I love it! Our President was born for this job!


    • MOA says:

      I think PTrump or his associates read the Treehouse and he will now understand he made a mistake in not reeducating Chinese he encounters in conversation that the US is not a 250 year old “culture”.
      I trust he won’t make that mistake again.


    • carrierh says:

      MOA, historically true but many of the older countries have been around and even many gone for millennia but America today is something very different in the West because it is a unique Republic and not a monarchy or dictatorship which most all older countries have experienced, and thank God and our Founding Fathers, who had to be inspired by God, to give us America. China was a country of 13 provinces and in 220 BC Emperor Qin was mean enough and murderer enough to take over the warlords and their provinces and control them as one country using his name China. Then the wall was built to keep enemies out, and today they only allow muslims to live in Kashgar and if they start getting repped up to do damage, they are quickly and quietly taken down. The China gave us many things we consider modern today as very inventive. We have visited several times, I studied there, and while working on my Master’s in Oriental Medicine had a great Chinese teacher for the history. Today you see people actually enjoying more freedom, a huge entrepreneurial country, education starts at 3 yrs. of age and that is math, reading and learning the calligraphy, and they discipline their children! Food is great and not weird as in Vietnam, people in general are now dressing in more modern clothing vs. our first visit and seeing lots of the Mao costume, love find items, work hard and most bicycles are gone because they love cars just we do. Actually, we took a taxi last time and it was a female taxi driver and she had a TV in the back for passengers – not here that I know of. Beautiful ancient sites and buildings, and so much more. In other words a beautiful country just as is America a beautiful country, and now, once again, they are calling America the “strong country” thanks to Trump. As to Nubia, Greece, Jews, Egypt have all shared many things over the millennia as well. History was one of my minors in my first university, so I love seeing and visiting sites. However, Petra, thanks to ISIS is no longer and that has always been on my bucket list, so may they rot in hell for that so many idols they demolished.


  9. TONYA PARNELL says:

    we need to make sure no dem o rat is voted for office ever again

    Liked by 3 people

  10. kiskiminetas says:

    That is my President!!!

    Liked by 3 people

    • seabrznsun says:

      Mine too!!!
      Despite the fact some people don’t like him and deny he is their President, Donald Trump is the President and, as he says, he the President for all the people of America. And, we have an absolutely incredible First Lady Of The United States of America.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. starfcker says:

    Let us know when they land safe back home.

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Raven says:

      Right? I don’t like him traveling, just now…

      He has too many enemies, with too much money. He needs to kick the world’s shins from here, until we can take down some of the bad guys.


  12. Phil aka Felipe says:

    “And I a lot of the Democrats feel — they say, we’re putting all our money into this Russia stuff and it’s making Trump stronger. Because my people and the people that support me, who are incredible people, those people are angry because they feel it’s being unfair and a witch hunt.”

    Dang right, President Trump!! (President Trump — has a nice ring to it, don’t you agree?)

    Liked by 7 people

    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      I’m more relieved he is President, instead of Hitlery.
      I still shake my head thru-out the day, every day since election night, thinking,that was way to close to losing our country to Evil. Thank you, President Trump, for doing this. We love You too much, like we love winning too much! MAGA
      and MCGA (Make Covfefe Great Again)

      Liked by 5 people

      • Tegan says:

        I very much like how he brings Hilliary’s “history” into the conversation and what it would be like if she were in the Oval Office. Re-enforcing the “bullet dodged” conversation.
        I shudder to even think how Tim Kaine would be as VP…he has gone off the deep, deep end. Treason, indeed!

        Liked by 1 person

    • carrierh says:

      Phil, simply put Trump trumps!


  13. alligatriot says:

    If he would do this on television about every six weeks, America would really begin the healing process. No nuance, no bull, no fake anything.. Just sitting and chatting with the press and America.
    Great stuff.

    Liked by 5 people

    • snaggletooths says:

      He does it every day on twitter his administration most of them post on twitter everyday telling the public what they are doing who they are meeting, what is being accomplished.

      Liked by 1 person

      • alligatriot says:

        This is true! However, and I know this is hard to believe, but there is (still!) a huge portion of the population which does not access Twitter (I are one of ’em). I just feel that the President’s natural “presence” would go a long way toward providing a sense of ease the country needs at this particular time. Same sort of thing FDR’s fireside chats accomplished.

        Liked by 1 person

        • snaggletooths says:

          He has had a few rallies which his supporters really like but then you have the left crying he is campaigning, he is very busy never seen a President as busy as him I am happy with the few rallies he was able to have.

          Liked by 1 person

        • MTeresa says:

          I understand what you’re saying, and I would love that also. But trust me……..the MSM will Never. Ever. Cast this president in any light whatsoever that appears positive.

          I’m with a lot of other posters here at the CTH. No need to watch the spin on Tee Vee. I’ll read the transcripts – thank you very much.


  14. wheatietoo says:

    Pres Trump:
    “When they say “treason” — you know what treason is? That’s Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for giving the atomic bomb, okay? But what about all the congressmen, where I see the woman sitting there surrounded by — in Congress.”

    A shot across the bow…to people like McCain?

    I think our President knows a lot about what the weasels have been up to.
    But I think he has to wait until he gets his DOJ cleaned up and gets some more judges in place, before he can proceed with prosecutions.

    You can have the best prosecution case in the world…but if you’ve got a crooked liberal judge hearing the case, you can lose.

    Liked by 20 people

    • Trialbytruth says:

      Nice I was not following this I w as thinking Hillary. I believe your right it was Natasha sitting at the hearing

      Liked by 1 person

    • and at some point someone needs to gently shake sessions awake and remind him of his duties. even as against his many friends in the swamp.


    • kiskiminetas says:

      Oh he knows a lot more than the other side thinks and many of them know it. Henceforth the continuous beat of the drums from those whom oppose Trump so vehemently. Our President has dared to expose and entrap the swamp creatures and them and their lackeys in the MSM are in panic mode because of it. Meanwhile “Our Man Trump” is as cool as cucumber, wily as a fox and taking care of America’s business. MAGA!!!

      Liked by 1 person

    • G. Combs says:

      First they can refuse to hear the case.
      Second, as a friend found out, they can refuse to allow you to present your best evidence to the jury.

      This is why the case must be air tight with no wiggle room.
      The tide of public opinion must be turned AGAINST the MSM
      And finally honest judges and prosecutors installed.

      The left would LOVE Ag Sessions to rush into this and make a mistake because then they could never be tried on the same charges again. Also the MSM would have a hay day.

      So lets not rush this folks. It could easily take two or three years and I am fine with that.

      Liked by 1 person

      • H.R. says:

        ^^^^The reason For patience in a nutshell^^^^

        Gail: “Second, as a friend found out, they can refuse to allow you to present your best evidence to the jury.”

        Yes! Rules of Evidence. If the evidence isn’t gathered and presented according to law, a judge could throw out important evidence and the prosecution is left with… nuttin’!

        Judge: “You have emails as evidence? How were they obtained? What is the chain of custody that assures they have not been altered? What?!? These emails just landed in your lap?” Etc.

        Also, AG Sessions doesn’t have a stable of attorneys yet that he could fully trust to prosecute a ham sandwich, let alone the Swamp Creatures. The holdover attorneys could ‘accidentally’ make one tiny technical mistake and get the whole case thrown out.


  15. Hiker Mike says:

    I don’t think President Trump was comparing ‘civilizations’.

    I believe the President was putting in context that the Chinese have been around for 8000 years or so and ‘issues’ with (North) Korea have been ongoing for many centuries and with this age old dynamic things can’t change over night.

    Liked by 6 people

  16. mcclainra says:

    Unless I missed it, I would love to see a list of pressers, and their companies, traveling with them on AF1.


  17. Neural says:

    I understand the need for some sort of actual transparency on any section of wall that we build, but I disagree with the solar ideas. It would be great for powering stuff related to the wall, I understand, but the panels will have to be facing south, and the Mexicans will simply use water balloon slingshots to sling balloons filled with paint on to the panels, rendering them useless, and costing the US more money to maintain.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Or throw rocks to crack the solar panels was hubbie’s thinking. Along the Canadian border solar panels would work.

      Funny we all talked about different creative way the south of the border people would do to damage the solar panels/wall, which give us all the more reasons to have a wall as a protective from those that are h-ll bend to harm us in evil ways. Bridges don’t work-it invites multiculturism. Walls makes better neighbors.


      • jmclever says:

        You could just run solar along the top. Just enough to power the WiFi cameras linked directly to 4chan

        Liked by 4 people

      • Bugsdaddy says:

        Or think like the President and give the electricity generated by the solar panels to the local Mexican communities for free. Think about it, then they would police it themselves and take action against any thugs that would interfere with their “free” electricity.


  18. daizeez says:

    My favorite part……..”They feel it’s a witch hunt, the people. There are a lot of people. And those people vote. They don’t stay home because it’s drizzling. We proved that. But every single party chairman said that my base is substantially stronger than it was in November. That’s a big compliment. That’s a big compliment. And I feel it.”

    Liked by 14 people

  19. fedback says:

    President Trump schedule for Friday, 7/14/17

    All Times Local// EDT

    10:00 AM // 4:00 AM The President and First Lady depart their overnight accommodations en route to Place de la Concorde
    10:05 AM // 4:05 AM The President and First Lady arrive at Place de la Concorde
    10:10 AM // 4:10 AM The President and First Lady participate in the French National Day Parade with President and Mrs. Macron – Place de la Concorde
    12:10 PM // 6:10 AM The President and First Lady depart Place de la Concorde en route to Paris Orly Airport – Place de la Concorde
    12:35 PM // 6:35 AM The President and First Lady arrive Paris Orly Airport
    12:45 PM // 6:45 AM The President and First Lady depart Paris, France en route to Newark, New Jersey

    Liked by 3 people

    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Thank YOU!!!!!!! Now I’ll know when to have our two scoops of Trump’s Covfefe ice cream!
      I love you, fedback!–Mwah!

      Looks like they’ll be home around 7-9 ish PM tomorrow night–can hardly wait. I’m looking forward to my decent sleep that I haven’t had since they flew to Poland. Remember, it was at G-20 that President Trump said Macron invited him to France and I nearly fainted again. No more treading into enemy ground for a while, OK, President Trump?

      Liked by 3 people

    • Somebody says:

      Newark, NJ? Are they spending the weekend in NYC or at his golf club in NJ?


    • buckweaver27 says:

      Thank you for posting this. I really want to watch the military parade, and have searched Google trying to get the time. Looks like it starts at about 1:10 am here on the west coast. I’ll be up. Hope CSpan or someone carries it live.


      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        And I plan to be up, too. I may need toothpicks to keep my eyes open, tho. It’s been a long month. I hope we will be able to watch it.


  20. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Good for him for getting this out there before the media omitted certain things that he said so they could create more “Fake News.”

    Liked by 2 people

  21. jmclever says:

    By saying it was off the record and then releasing it later, it prevented a lot of grandstanding and made it a real presser instead of a pack of hyenas harassing an injured animal (their perception, definitely not reality)

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Grandma Covfefe says:

    I like this way of receiving presidential presser. Why not have all presidential pressers once a month in an old airplane at a unused airfield nearby. Make the media go thru the strict airport scanners and careful pat-downs. No cameras allowed. Make them buckle their seat belts in their cramped seats and ask away. President Trump can tell the reporters if they misbehave, he’ll just get off the plane and let Howdy Doody give the media a free plane ride for an hour.
    —End of my wishful thing—sigh!

    Liked by 4 people

  23. frank field says:

    Our Trump card handled that informal press conference with winsome, fact based force.

    Massive thanks to our President and our Sundance.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. ledygrey says:

    I found this interesting:

    From Bloomberg news –
    ‘… In an unusual episode, the White House on Thursday released its transcript of some of his comments, after Trump asked a reporter in Paris why she hadn’t reported on what he’d said the night before…”

    Liked by 5 people

  25. sturmudgeon says:

    Yes, Sundance! Thanks so much for your hard work, and the ‘right’ stuff.

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Dani TX says:

    When do they leave and come home?


  27. Tonawanda says:

    Wonderful transcript!

    Big and small, Trump “takes the lumps out.”

    Trump seems to regard hostility, fighting, rancor, retribution, as a waste of time for everyone involved. But he does not back down if you refuse the olive branch, or show yourself to be a jerk.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. I’m not a deep thinker but while I was reading this, I thought it refreshing to see the questions, not as gotcha questions but questions he got to answer and give his view. Maybe the questions had the snarkiness edited out but whatever, great transcript, thanks for posting Sundance. Time to pull the DONATE lever again.

    Liked by 2 people

    • snaggletooths says:

      It was told initially this was a off the record talk in my opinion that is why the media asked legit questions instead of what they usually pull it was refreshing your right, to see something better.

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Sylvia Avery says:

    What a great presser, and a great strategy! I LOVE THIS PRESIDENT! I was a young adult when we elected President Reagan, and I learned to love him. And I mourned our loss of him. And I waited, and I hoped we’d get another.

    I had no idea how rare it is to get a “great one.” Time has passed, and now I fully appreciate how rare it is, and how blessed I am to have seen two in my lifetime.

    But I almost missed the train because while I was wishing and hoping for another Reagan, I didn’t really see Trump. Until one day I was watching a rally and heard his theme song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and it was like someone hit me over the head.

    Maybe sometimes you get what you need. Thank you, God, for giving up President Trump.

    Liked by 6 people

  30. visage13 says:

    I thought it was kind of sad when he mentioned a couple times he might be wrong about the facts (certain dates) and for them to double check them because how he is pounced on for every wrong thing he says. It must take a toll on him. And the way everyone is going after his family, I hope it ends soon.


    • THE RIDE


    • vicschick says:

      He was raised in a church where Norman Vincent Peale was the pastor. The master of the Power of Positive Thinking movement. It is ingrained in his brain and in his heart. When I was going through a really tough patch in my early 30’s, my father sent me NVP’s book “The Power of Positive Thinking” and it is a life changer. While PDJT’s personality may already lean toward the positive, I don’t think the man has negative thoughts swirling in his head. If he does, I’m sure he snatches them down quite quickly and replaces them with a positive thought. He just doesn’t see obstacles as obstacles. He sees them as opportunities. And that’s why I love him so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  31. MaryLS says:

    Trump clearly is on top of the issues, and he has a straightforward, unpretentious way of expressing himself. Getting the transcript is great.

    Liked by 3 people

    • A2 says:

      I agree MaryLS.

      In two days Sec Tillerson and the Wolverines will have meeting with their Chinese counterparts. I am on tenterhooks waiting to read the results of that meeting.


  32. Lion2017 says:

    I have so much respect for President Trump & his family. They are true patriots!

    Liked by 1 person

  33. Jack Dobson (@JackSpanishliam) says:

    Trump is an absolute genius. All the carping about his communications staff also is ludicrous.


  34. SR says:

    There is change in last few days that PTRUMP is not tweeting about such a big story about DNC, Ukraine, this Russian lawyer, her visa, her lobby efforts, Hillary, Fusion GPS and other latest news. I think his team has full control and plan now for going forward and bringing whole things down.

    Liked by 3 people

  35. gymcy81 says:

    Thanks for posting and apparently the President listened:
    Take a look at the Tues. July 11 posts and Thurs. July 13, as to what the President said.
    See something similar?
    China President XI, with historic China has no hurried need to over react to a President Trump that may be around 4 to 10 yrs. (and given that the U.S. has recently flip flopped on foreign policies etc. in the last 10 years, from China’s perspective, what is the rush? China – and whoever leads China – will likely be China for another 1000 years….)

    Red Dragon Phase – China Begins Omnidirectional Messaging Preparing Economic Trade Crisis…
    Tues. July 11, 2017
    81GymCy posted in response to article:
    1. sundance: “We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.”

    81Gymcy: That may be true, if one is unaware of what one is giving.
    (because sometimes what is given – with untold awareness – is by design…towards a next step)

    2. sundance: “President Trump will not back down from his position; the U.S. holds all of the leverage and the issue must be addressed.”

    81Gymcy: Sorry. That would be (arrogantly or naively?) incorrectly,
    overlooking the long, long China history, huge population, and the economic benefits the U.S. has been gaining for decades with many imported items that are ‘made in China’, and sold in the U.S. (and elsewhere).
    China playing the long game, can out play the current President ( 4 or 8 yrs) unless realizes that there are indeed leverage or boldness limitations (due to being human).
    And yes, I like DT.
    But items 1 and 2 have some untold wooden-nickels built in. imho
    “Prove all things,
    hold fast to that which is good.” Thessalonians 5:21

    2 days later….:
    Very Extensive Discussion – An Hour With President Trump Aboard Air-Force-One…
    Posted on July 13, 2017 by sundance
    Thurs. July 13, 2017
    On North Korea, China, and trade:
    THE PRESIDENT: A big thing we have with China was, if they could help us with North Korea, that would be great. They have pressures that are tough pressures, and I understand. And you know, don’t forget, China, over the many years, has been at war with Korea — you know, wars with Korea. It’s not like, oh, gee, you just do whatever we say. They’ve had numerous wars with Korea.
    They have an 8,000 year culture. So when they see 1776 — to them, that’s like a modern building. The White House was started — was essentially built in 1799. To us, that’s really old. To them, that’s like a super modern building, right? So, you know, they’ve had tremendous conflict over many, many centuries with Korea. So it’s not just like, you do this. But we’re going to find out what happens.


  36. Joe Knuckles says:

    Personally, i think it would have been better if he had just started chucking reporters off the plane one at a time until they admit they are being paid to undermine him and tell him who it is that is paying them.

    P. S. Said reporters could then be put on the “no fly” list.


  37. G. Combs says:

    “….America represents the culmination of Western culture….”

    HOWEVER the USA was truly unique because it got rid of royalty, the aristocracy and the class system seen in so many cultures and countries. The USA with it’s Constitutional Republic was a major step forward. This step forward, with the freeing of the common man from serfdom, gave us the Agricultural Revolution allowing the acceleration of the Industrial Revolution.

    Farmers made up about 90% of labor force  in 1790 but by 1800 that was down to 69% of the labor force. From 1810 to 30 the USA saw the transfer of “manufacturing” from the farm and home to the shop and factory. By the 1840′s USA factory made farm machinery, labor saving devices and chemical fertilizers become common.

    As a friend said, it was James Watt and his practical steam engine that freed the slaves. The Civil War was actually about increasing tariffs. The North, as manufacturers of goods wanted those tariffs to protect their industry from foreign competition and increase opportunities for opening new factories. So despite what is taught now in school the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery, but over the federal government’s determination to increase tariffs. Lincoln ran on the platform of hiking the amount goods that were taxed coming in to the country. This was the The Morrill Tariff of 1861 adopted under a Democrat President, James Buchanan. The southern states paid the majority of these tariffs and were against the Morrill Tarriff. The northern states who were manufacturers of goods were for the tariff. Slavery was tossed into the mix as a tear jerker to get the common people to agree to pay more for foreign goods.

    These tarriffs were the federal government’s main income at the time so guess who won?

    Another lesson of the Civil War is BE SELF-SUFFICIENT!

    The Democrats on the other hand want Interdependence. SEE: Economic Interdependence and War: A theory of Tread Expectations


  38. itsy_bitsy says:

    Trump must release any discussion he has with any media, because he can never depend on them reporting truthfully the content of that discussion. Very wise move on his part!

    Liked by 1 person

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