President Trump Superbowl Sunday Interview With CBS Margaret Brennan….

It has become somewhat of a tradition for the President to sit down for a wide-ranging interview with a member of the U.S. media on Superbowl Sunday.

This year President Trump sits down with Margaret Brennan of CBS’s “Face the Nation” for a wide-ranging interview where he point-by-point deconstructs the left-wing talking points. Topics include foreign policy, cabinet changes, the economy, the Mueller investigation, the 2020 Democrat candidates and football.  [Transcript included]

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MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you shut down the government again?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, we’re going to have to see what happens on February 15th and I- I think–

MARGARET BRENNAN: You’re not taking it off the table?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I don’t- I don’t take anything off the table. I don’t like to take things off the table. It’s that alternative. It’s national emergency, it’s other things and you know there have been plenty national emergencies called. And this really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers. These are people that are horrible people bringing in women mostly, but bringing in women and children into our country. Human trafficking. And we’re going to have a strong border. And the only way you have a strong border is you need a physical barrier. You need a wall. And anybody that says you don’t, they’re just playing games.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You had quite the showdown with Speaker Pelosi. What did you learn about negotiating with her?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think that she was very rigid – which I would expect – but I think she is very bad for our country. She knows that you need a barrier. She knows that we need border security. She wanted to win a political point. I happen to think it’s very bad politics because basically she wants open borders. She doesn’t mind human trafficking or she wouldn’t do this because you know–

MARGARET BRENNAN: She offered you over a billion dollars for border security.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me?

MARGARET BRENNAN: She offered over a billion dollars for border security. She doesn’t want the wall.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: She’s- she’s costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars because what’s happening is when you have a porous border, and when you have drugs pouring in, and when you have people dying all over the country because of people like Nancy Pelosi who don’t want to give proper border security for political reasons, she’s doing a terrible disservice to our country. And on the 15th we have now set the table beautifully because everybody knows what’s going on because of the shutdown. People that didn’t have any idea- they didn’t have a clue as to what was happening, they now know exactly what’s happening. They see human trafficking. They see drugs and gangs and criminals pouring in. Now, we catch them because we’re doing a great job. But if we had proper border security we wouldn’t have to work so hard and we could do an even better job, and I think Nancy Pelosi is doing a terrible disservice to the people of our country. But she can–

MARGARET BRENNAN: You’re still going to have to deal with her now.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No, she can keep playing her games, but we will win. Because we have a much better issue. On a political basis, what she’s doing is- I actually think it’s bad politics, but much more importantly it’s very bad for our country.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to ask you about your intelligence leaders who were testifying on Capitol Hill this week. Did you read the report that they presented?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I did.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And did you – there was some conversation you had because you went on Twitter and you called them naive and told them to go back to school.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think–

MARGARET BRENNAN: What specifically was wrong about what they said?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I think- let me just say it wasn’t so much a report. It was the questions and answers as the report was submitted and they were asked questions and answers. We’ve done an incredible job with Syria. When I took over Syria it was infested with ISIS. It was all over the place. And now you have very little ISIS and you have the caliphate almost knocked out. We will be announcing in the not too distant future 100 percent of the caliphate which is the area- the land- the area- 100. We’re at 99 percent right now, we’ll be at 100. When I took it over it was a disaster. I think we’ve done a great job with that. At the same time, at a certain point, we want to bring our people back home. If you look at Afghanistan we’re going in very soon we’ll be going into our 19th year spending 50 billion dollars a year. Now if you go back and look at any of my campaign speeches or rallies, I talked about it all the time.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You did. You’ve been talking about- and that–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –I want to bring people home.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But that’s one of the questions here. Is because you have these strongly held convictions and people ask, “Well, why don’t the facts influence those opinions, if those facts change?” And- and your director of national intelligence said ISIS still has strongholds in Iraq and Syria–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: By the way–

MARGARET BRENNAN: –and will launch attacks from there.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You’re going to always have pockets of something. What– you’re going to have people, like the one armed man who blew up a restaurant. You’re going to have pockets. But you’re not going to keep armies there because you have a few people. Or you even have fairly reasonable numbers of people. We’ve been there for many, many years. We were supposed to be in Syria for four months. We’ve been there for years. We have been in Afghanistan for 19 years. And by the way, I’ve been hitting very hard in Afghanistan and now we’re negotiating with the Taliban. We’ll see what happens, who knows–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Can you trust the Taliban? Can you actually broker a deal?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Look, whether we should have been there in the first place, that’s first question. Second question–

MARGARET BRENNAN: That’s where 9/11 was launched from.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –we’ve been there for 19 years, almost, we are fighting very well. We’re fighting harder than ever before. And I think that they will- I think they’re tired and, I think everybody’s tired. We got to get out of these endless wars and bring our folks back home. Now, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to be watching with intelligence. We’re going to be watching, and watching closely. North Korea–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Isn’t that harder when you don’t have troops on the ground?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, everything’s harder. But, you know you pay a big price for troops on the ground. We’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars on military. We’re the policemen of the world and we don’t–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Because the concern in here by your intelligence chiefs, though, is that you could in that vacuum see a resurgence of ISIS.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Sure.

MARGARET BRENNAN: See a resurgence of terror groups like Al-Qaeda–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And you know what we’ll do? We’ll come back if we have to. We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes. We can come back very quickly, and I’m not leaving. We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice. I mean I was there recently, and I couldn’t believe the money that was spent on these massive runways. And these- I’ve rarely seen anything like it. And it’s there. And we’ll be there. And frankly, we’re hitting the caliphate from Iraq and as we slowly withdraw from Syria. Now the other thing–

MARGARET BRENNAN: How many troops are still in Syria? When are they coming home?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: 2,000 troops.

MARGARET BRENNAN: When are they coming home?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: They’re starting to, as we gain the remainder, the final remainder of the caliphate of the area, they’ll be going to our base in Iraq, and ultimately some will be coming home. But we’re going to be there and we’re going to be staying–

MARGARET BRENNAN: So that’s a matter of months?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have to protect Israel. We have to protect other things that we have. But we’re- yeah, they’ll be coming back in a matter of time. Look, we’re protecting the world. We’re spending more money than anybody’s ever spent in history, by a lot. We spent, over the last five years, close to 50 billion dollars a year in Afghanistan. That’s more than most countries spend for everything including education, medical, and everything else, other than a few countries.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Is there a scenario where you would keep troops in Afghanistan? A smaller number?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Yes. And I’ll leave intelligence there. Real intelligence, by the way. I’ll leave intelligence there and if I see nests forming, I’ll do something about it. But for us to be spending 51 billion dollars, like last year, or if you average the cost it’s- I mean you’re talking about numbers that nobody’s ever heard of before.

MARGARET BRENNAN: The Senate Republicans voted, the vast majority of them said that they don’t support what you’re doing. That what you’re doing risks national intelligence by a precipitous withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan. Doesn’t that concern you?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I ran against 17 Republicans. This was a big part of what I was saying, and I won very easily. I think the people out in the world- I think people in our country agree. We’ve been fighting for 19 years. Somebody said you were precipitously bringing to- precipitously? We’ve been there for 19 years. I want to fight. I want to win, and we want to bring our great troops back home. I’ve seen the people. I go to Walter Reed Hospital. I see what happens to people. I see with no legs and no arm- arms. And I’ve seen also what happens to them up here because they’re in this situation, and they come back and they are totally different people– where the wives and the fathers and the mothers say, “What has happened to my son? What has happened in some cases to my daughter?” It’s a terrible thing. We’ve been there close to 19 years. And it’s time. And we’ll see what happens with the Taliban. They want peace. They’re tired. Everybody’s tired. We’d like to have- I don’t like endless wars. This war. What we’re doing is got to stop at some point.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But you- but you also campaigned saying that, you know, President Obama made a big mistake by telegraphing his military moves. You’re telegraphing your retreat.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I’m not telegraphing anything. No, no, no. There’s a difference. When President Obama pulled out of Iraq in theory we had Iraq. In other words, we had Iraq. We never had Syria because President Obama never wanted to violate the red line in the sand. So we never had Syria. I was the one that actually violated the red line when I hit Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles, if you remember. But President Obama chose not to do that. When he chose not to do that, he showed tremendous weakness. But we didn’t have Syria whereas we had Iraq. So when he did what he did in Iraq, which was a mistake. Being in Iraq was a mistake. Okay. Being in Iraq- it was a big mistake to go- one of the greatest mistakes going into the Middle East that our country has ever made. One of the greatest mistakes that we’ve ever made–

MARGARET BRENNAN: But you want to keep troops there now?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –but when it was chosen– well, we spent a fortune on building this incredible base. We might as well keep it. And one of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Whoa, that’s news. You’re keeping troops in Iraq because you want to be able to strike in Iran?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No, because I want to be able to watch Iran. All I want to do is be able to watch. We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq. It’s perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East rather than pulling up. And this is what a lot of people don’t understand. We’re going to keep watching and we’re going to keep seeing and if there’s trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we’re going to know it before they do.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So you’re going to trust the intelligence that you receive?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I am going to trust the intelligence that I’m putting there, but I will say this: my intelligence people, if they said in fact that Iran is a wonderful kindergarten, I disagree with them 100 percent. It is a vicious country that kills many people. When you talk about torture and so many other things. And- maybe they’ll come back. The country is getting absolutely- when I ended the horrible Iran nuclear deal- it was a horrible deal done by President Obama and John Kerry that didn’t know what the hell he was doing. When I ended that deal, Margaret, all of a sudden Iran became a different country. They became- very rapidly- right now they’re a country that’s in big financial trouble. Let’s see what happens.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to move on here but I should say your intel chiefs do say Iran’s abiding by that nuclear deal. I know you think it’s a bad deal, but–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I disagree with them. I’m- I’m- by the way–

MARGARET BRENNAN: You disagree with that assessment?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –I have intel people, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree. President Bush had intel people that said Saddam Hussein–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Sure.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –in Iraq had nuclear weapons- had all sorts of weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? Those intel people didn’t know what the hell they were doing, and they got us tied up in a war that we should have never been in. And we’ve spent seven trillion dollars in the Middle East and we have lost lives–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you trust your national security adviser John Bolton because he worked in the Bush administration?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I do, and I respect John and John is not one of the people that happened to be testifying or on.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Got it.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And you know what I tell people- you can testify any way you want. I’m not going to stop them from testifying. They said they were mischaracterized– maybe they were maybe they weren’t, I don’t really know– but I can tell you this, I want them to have their own opinion and I want them to give me their opinion. But, when I look at Iran, I look at Iran as a nation that has caused tremendous problems.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Yeah.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: When I came in as president of the United States, my first year, I went to the Pentagon two weeks after I came in, a short time after, and I was given a- because I wanted to know what’s going on with Iran.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We were in many many locations in the Middle East in huge difficulty. Every single one of them was caused by the number one terrorist nation in the world which is Iran. So when my intelligence people tell me how wonderful Iran is- if you don’t mind, I’m going to just go by my own counsel.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You’ve had a lot of change up in you administration recently too. Are you satisfied with the cabinet and the staff you have now?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So we have a great cabinet. I have great people. I think now we have a really great cabinet. I think Bill Barr will be a fantastic attorney general, and I think that we have- Mike Pompeo’s been doing a fantastic job. We have–

MARGARET BRENNAN: He’s not leaving?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No, I don’t- I mean he tells me he wouldn’t want to leave. I think that was–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Because McConnell was talking to him–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: That was fake news.

MARGARET BRENNAN: –about running for the Senate. He said McConnell had spoken to him about running for the Senate.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, he may have spoken to him, but I think he loves being secretary of state. He’s doing a fantastic job. And I asked him the question the other day, he says he’s absolutely not leaving. I don’t think he’d do that. And he doesn’t want to be lame duck. And he’s doing a fantastic job as our secretary of state. Great energy and great- a great, smart gentleman.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Cause you have an acting AG until you get Barr confirmed–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Yes.

MARGARET BRENNAN: An acting defense secretary. An acting chief of staff. An acting interior secretary.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. It’s OK. It’s easier to make moves when they’re acting.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So you are going to shake up–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Some, and some not.

MARGARET BRENNAN: –positions.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Some are doing a fantastic job. Really- I like acting because I can move so quickly. It gives me more flexibility. But- but actually, some of the names you mentioned, they’re doing a fantastic job.

MARGARET BRENNAN: How do you know when to fire someone?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: When it’s not happening. When–

MARGARET BRENNAN: What do you mean?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: When it doesn’t get done. Like with General Mattis, I wasn’t happy with his service. I told him give me a letter.

MARGARET BRENNAN: He resigned.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: He resigned because I asked him to resign. He resigned because I was very nice to him. But I gave him big budgets and he didn’t do well in Afghanistan. I was not happy with the job he was doing in Afghanistan. And if you look at Syria what’s happened, I went to Iraq recently, if you look at Syria, what’s happened in Syria in the last few weeks, you would see that things are going down that were not going down. That things are happening that are very good. So I was not happy with him, but I wish him well.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to ask you about your relationship with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Have- have you put your differences aside?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I think so. I mean I- I was just one that felt very important, you can’t be kneeling for the national anthem. You have to respect our flag and our country. I want that as president and I’d want that as a citizen. And I have a very good relationship. I did them a big favor in negotiating the USMCA, which is basically the replacement to NAFTA, which is one of the worst trade deals ever made. And I said to Canada, look we have a great American company known as the NFL, and they were being hurt and treated unfairly, the NFL, by Canada for a long time. And I said to Prime Minister Trudeau, who was very nice about it and really understood it, I hope you can settle the difference immediately and fast. And they did. So I did the NFL a big favor, as a great American company and they appreciated it. And Roger Goodell, this is a dispute that has gone on for years. Roger Goodell called me and he thanked me. And I appreciated that. But they haven’t been kneeling and they have been respecting the flag and their ratings have been terrific ever since. And a lot of good things happened.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Talking about the- the kneeling position you’ve taken and the controversy around it. Do you think that the players who did kneel had a point? I mean did you- are you sensitive at all to players like Colin Kaepernick, who- who point out that the majority of victims of police violence are black?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, you know, I’m the one that had passed judicial reform. And if you look at what I did, criminal judicial reform, and what I’ve done- President Obama tried. They all tried. Everybody wanted to do it. And I got it done and I’ve been, you know, really- a lot of people in the NFL have been calling and thanking me for it.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Really?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: They have been calling and thanking, you know, that people have been trying to get that taken care of and it’s now signed into law and affects tremendous numbers of people, and very good people. I think that when you want to protest I think that’s great. But I don’t think you do it at the sake of our flag, at the sake of our national anthem. Absolutely.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But you are- do I understand you saying there though, that you still are sensitive though? I mean you- you understand the motivation for the protest–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well I do–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Though you don’t like the form of it.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: A lot of it is having to do with reform from what I understand. Whether it’s criminal justice or whatever it may be and they have different versions and everybody seemed to have a different version of it. But a lot of it had to do with that, and I took care of that. I think that people have to, at all times, respect our flag and at all times respect our net- our- our national anthem and our country. And I think there are plenty of places and times you can protest and you can do a lot. But you can’t do that. That’s my opinion.

MARGARET BRENNAN: In a CBS poll we just took, 63 percent of Americans say they disapprove about how you’re handling issues of race in the US.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well–

MARGARET BRENNAN: What do you think of that?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: What has happened is very interesting. The economy is so good right now. You saw the jobs report just came out. Three hundred and four thousand added jobs, which is a shocker, for the month. A shocker to a lot of people. They thought it was going to be half that number. The African-Americans have the best employment numbers in the history of our country. Hispanic Americans have the best employment numbers in the history of our country. Asian-Americans the best in the history of our country. You look at women, the best in 61 years. And our employment numbers are phenomenal, the best in over 50 years. So I think I’ve been given a lot of credit for that. And in terms of race, a lot of people are saying well this is something very special what’s happening.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So- because when colleagues of yours, even like Republican Senator Tim Scott. He said Donald Trump is not racist. But he said you’re racially insensitive.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I have a great relationship with Tim and certainly with his state, South Carolina, and- where we do very well. And I think if you look at the numbers for African-American unemployment, best numbers they’ve had- literally the best numbers they’ve had in history. And I think they like me a lot and I like them a lot.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you let your son Barron play football?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It’s very, it’s very tough question. It’s a very good question. If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn’t.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Why?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I wouldn’t. And he actually plays a lot of soccer. He’s liking soccer. And a lot of people, including me, thought soccer would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly. I- I just don’t like the reports that I see coming out having to do with football—I mean, it’s a dangerous sport and I think it’s- I- it’s- really tough, I thought the equipment would get better, and it has. The helmets have gotten far better but it hasn’t solved the problem. So, you know I- I hate to say it because I love to watch football. I think the NFL is a great product, but I really think that as far as my son- well I’ve heard NFL players saying they wouldn’t let their sons play football. So. It’s not totally unique, but I- I would have a hard time with it.

MARGARET BRENNAN: What surprised you about some of the questions that Robert Mueller asked you?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, look the Russia thing is a hoax. I have been tougher on Russia than any president, maybe ever. But than any president.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But when it comes to the investigation that the special counsel’s conducting- I mean 34 people have been charged here. Seven guilty pleas —

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me. Ok, you ready? Ok, you ready? Of the 34 people, many of them were bloggers from Moscow or they were people that had nothing to do with me, had nothing to do with what they’re talking about or there were people that got caught telling a fib or telling a lie. I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to this country because this investigation is a witch hunt. It’s a terrible witch hunt and it’s a disgrace–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you think it should be made public?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –when you look at General Flynn where the FBI said he wasn’t lying, but Robert Mueller said he was, and they took a man and destroyed his life. When you look at so many of the things that have happened- why didn’t they go after Hillary Clinton for her emails? She had thirty three thousand emails that were deleted after receiving a subpoena from Congress–

MARGARET BRENNAN: And according to the special counsel–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me, but Margaret, why–

MARGARET BRENNAN: –they were posted on WikiLeaks and your friend Roger Stone was just indicted for his involvement there and for lying.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: First of all, Roger Stone didn’t work on the campaign, except way way at the beginning long before we’re talking about. Roger is somebody that I’ve always liked, but a lot of people like Roger some people probably don’t like Roger, but Roger Stone’s somebody I’ve always liked. I mean Roger’s a character but Roger was not- I don’t know if you know this or not- Roger wasn’t on my campaign except way at the beginning–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So, it’s all- and- and yet you will ask me a question like that, wasn’t involved in my campaign.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you pardon him?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I have not thought about it. It looks like he’s defending himself very well. But you have to get rid of the Russia witch hunt because it is indeed. And remember–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Because you think–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Remember this. Remember this. There’s been no president that has been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you make the Mueller report public because you say there’s nothing in there? Congress can subpoena it anyway, though.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Totally up to to the Attorney General.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But what do you want them to do?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Even the Mueller report said it had nothing to do with the campaign. When you look at some of the people and the events it had nothing to do–

MARGARET BRENNAN: You wouldn’t have a problem–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me.

MARGARET BRENNAN: –if it became public?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me. That’s up to the attorney general. I don’t know. It depends. I have no idea what it’s going to say.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Okay.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So far this thing’s been a total witch hunt. And it doesn’t implicate me in any way. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no nothing. Doesn’t implicate me in any way but I think it’s a disgrace.

MARGARET BRENNAN: What would make you use the U.S. military in Venezuela? What’s the national security interest?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well I don’t want to say that. But certainly it’s something that’s on the- it’s an option.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you personally negotiate with Nicolás Maduro to convince him to exit?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well he is requested a meeting and I’ve turned it down because we’re very far along in the process. You have a young and energetic gentleman but you have other people within that same group that have been very very – if you talk about democracy – it’s really democracy in action.

MARGARET BRENNAN: When did he request a meeting?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We’re going to see what happened. A number of months ago he wanted to meet.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But now because you’re at that crisis point–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well now we’d have to see.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you negotiate that?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I would say this. I decided at the time, “no” because so many really horrible things have been happening in Venezuela when you look at that country. That was the wealthiest country of all in that part of the world which is a very important part of the world. And now you look at the poverty and you look at the anguish and you look at the crime and you look at all of the things happening. So, I think the process is playing out – very very big tremendous protests.

MARGARET BRENNAN: North Korea. When and where are you going to meet Kim Jong Un?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I won’t tell you yet, but you’ll be finding out probably State of the Union or shortly before. But the meeting is set. He’s looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve made tremendous progress. If you remember, before I became president, it looked like we were going to war with North Korea. Now we have a very good relationship. The hostages are back. Okay, the remains are starting to come back. The remains of our Korean War veterans–

MARGARET BRENNAN: But your intelligence chief testified this week that Kim Jong Un is still very unlikely to give up his nuclear–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well that’s what–

MARGARET BRENNAN: –weapons program.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: That’s what the intelligence chief thinks, and I think–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Why is he wrong?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –there’s a good possibility of that too. But there’s also a very good chance that we will make a deal. I think he’s also tired of going through what he’s going through. He has a chance to have North Korea be a tremendous economic behemoth. It has a chance to be one of the great economic countries in the world. He can’t do that with nuclear weapons and he can’t do that on the path they’re on now. I like him. I get along with him great. We have a fantastic chemistry. We have had tremendous correspondence that some people have seen and can’t even believe it. They think it’s historic. And we’ll see what happens. Now that doesn’t mean we’re going to make a deal. But certainly I think we have a very good chance of making a deal. And one of the reasons is because North Korea has a chance being located between Russia, China, and South Korea. What a location- I’m in the real estate business- what a location. They have a chance to be an economic powerhouse.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You’re going to keep U.S. troops there, in South Korea?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, I mean we haven’t talked about anything else. Maybe someday. I mean who knows. But you know it’s very expensive to keep troops there. You do know that. We have 40,000 troops in South Korea, it’s very expensive. But I have no plans, I’ve never even discussed removing them.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to quickly get to China. The last time you spoke with FACE THE NATION you were one hundred days into office and you said you would accept a less than perfect trade deal with China, if it meant they’d be helpful with North Korea. Do you stand by that?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, yes but I think we’re in a different position now.

MARGARET BRENNAN: What do you mean?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We’ve put very massive tariffs on China. China is paying a big price and it’s hurt China’s economy very badly. I want them to make a fair deal.They have been very helpful, especially at the beginning when I first came in with North Korea. They have stopped goods from going in. They have stopped a lot of things from going in through the border. Because as you know they have a border just like we have a border with Mexico, where crime is way up by the way, way up, and you have to remember that. But we have a border with- they have a border with North Korea.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: They have been very vigilant. Are they the same now? Probably a little bit less so. But North Korea is absolutely talking. And I think North Korea wants to make a deal. We are making a deal. It looks like we’re doing very well with making a deal with China. I can tell you this, no two leaders of this country and China have ever been closer than I am with President Xi. We have a good chance to make a deal. I don’t know that we’re going to make one, but we have a good chance. And if it is a deal it’s going to be a real deal. It’s not going to be a stopgap.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Sir, I hear your helicopters. I’m being told to wrap. I appreciate you being generous with your time.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much, Margaret.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Thank you.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you.

[Transcript Link]

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161 Responses to President Trump Superbowl Sunday Interview With CBS Margaret Brennan….

  1. James F says:

    She interrupted his very first sentence and doesn’t stop interrupting for the remainder of the interview, Typical fake news interviewer.

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  2. sundance says:

    Keep in mind that CBS is notorious for editing their interviews to portray their political opposition in the worst possible light. This is a historic fact.

    https://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=29873

    https://hotair.com/archives/2016/09/13/cbs-news-edits-bill-clintons-frequently-remark-hillary-fainting/

    So when TODAY’S INTERVIEW with Margaret Brennan is the worst version of what CBS could edit from within the interview, you know the full and honest interview was most excellent.

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    • MakeAmericaGreat says:

      GREAT point, Sundance.

      I thought POTUS was exceptional. This is “Trump 2.0” now, or what I would call “Kinder, Gentler” Trump. This should help him with women and the cowardly Yuppy GOP types.

      Slowly but surely, POTUS is putting the media in the box he wants them to be in, rather than vice versa. And he is SO adaptable. He doesn’t get enough credit for how smart and strategic he is.

      He knew that MAGA Nation wanted and needed “Destroy it all” Trump when he came into office. No prisoners, no PC, no nothing. Wrecking ball.

      Now, he can start to moderate the tone and go to the middle for 2020. Just as the Dems go hard, hard left. It’s perfect.

      Things looking brighter by the day, in my opinion. Notice Mueller was way, way down the list of her questions? They know, the media knows. Unless Manafort starts lying, things are looking about done for the witch hunt, I think.

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      • MakeAmericaGreat says:

        Quick follow up — about a week ago, I was feeling fairly glum regarding Mueller. I feel a lot different now. The Dem failure on the Trump Jr phone call hunt (who did Jr call around the time of the Trump Tower meeting) is huge. I’ve felt for a long time that much of what Mueller and the Dems wanted to do was to try to get Jr and use that to get Trump. And they came up empty, so far, on Jr. That fact, which came out last week, is enormous, IMO.

        So that leaves Manafort as regards to “getting” Jr. Unless Manafort starts to lie (“flips”), I think there is no case against Jr and there is no case against POTUS. And if there is no collusion — and there isn’t — then there would be no reason for the “perpetrator” to obstruct and investigation. It makes no sense. People who are innocent don’t obstruct investigations that will prove their innocence.

        Also, the Northam matter is helping POTUS immensely. Now POTUS gets to take the high ground on race issues, and the Dems look like fools.

        Been a great week. Looking for even better this upcoming week. There will be more attempts by Mueller, for sure, but I think the heart of the ‘investigation’ is nearing the end. Just hope Manafort stays the course and doesn’t go rogue like Cohen did, and start lying.

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        • swampratterrier says:

          Guess that was taped before this Presidential Tweet.

          Trump Wonders Why Gillespie Oppo Research Failed To Find Northam Photo
          Fuzzy Slippers | 2/3/2019 – 12:00pm
          Trump: “Ed Gillespie . . . must now be thinking Malpractice and Dereliction of Duty with regard to his Opposition Research Staff. If they find that terrible picture before the election, he wins by 20 points!”

          From legal insurrection

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        • Yy4u says:

          On the other hand, the Dems and Mueller succeeded in preventing POTUS from achieving a reset with Russia with this collusion bs. The reset Hillary and BO tried and failed would have had POTUS achieved it have drivven a stake into the Obama legacys heart. Further a real detente between Russia and US might have resulted jn Putins turning over some info anout the Uranium One deal to his new BFF and the crooks couldn’t have that. More to this than just trying to destroy DJT. They are trying to save their own sorry selves. Mueller will go away whem he has saved the guilty whether or not he destroys the innocent. A Reapproachment w Russia was not something the Deep State Cerebus was going to let happen. He and the media have been willing to destroy America to protect the swamp because that is their home.

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      • sundance says:

        Keep in mind the CBS stealth edit narrative, to position POTUS in the worst possible light, will be in the segment that airs during the superbowl. [maximum audience]

        The narrative engineers will work diligently on THAT SEGMENT for maximum political benefit. This early morning broadcast was the precursor…. I withhold optimism until I see how the CBS usurpers frame the halftime interview segment.

        My prediction is they will try to make controversial news with that part.

        It’s how they roll.

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        • MakeAmericaGreat says:

          Very good point. Yeah, maybe more on the anthem stuff and the kneeling, and so forth. Whatever they think will hurt him most.

          So yeah, optimism may be best withheld until we see that segment.

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        • trishinsouthernillinois says:

          Halftime? I thought president TRUMP tweeted yesterday that it would be at 3:30p.

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        • whoseyore says:

          I pray that it falls FLAT! I know that it will with us Deplorables.

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        • GB Bari says:

          My only wish for these Deep State eneMedia interviews is if the White House would only consent to such interviews contingent on the White House being able to post the entire unedited video on the White House official website 24 to 48 hours after the originating network’s broadcast of that interview (unedited but excluding commercial breaks and only show re-takes of any segment if some error occurred during the original taping).

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          • clairebee says:

            I think the interview went very well. POTUS confirms by his lanf=guage and body mechanics that he is at all time in charge! He had to speak over her a few times as she continually interrupted him, but his message was confident and clear. Best interview ever!

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      • Attorney at Law says:

        Excellent summary.

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      • zozz1 says:

        My takeaway was his focus on painting a very ugly picture of Pelosi. I can only guess that he is setting her up for a very awkward scene as she struggles to try to figure out what sort of face to wear as she sits behind him during the SOTU. I suspect the cameras will spend quite a bit of time on her. I’m wonderIng what sorts of slings and arrows he will send her way as part of his talk…or whether he will give her no mention at all. I imagine he has planned it out, whatever it is. Should be fun to watch.

        Brennan didn’t seem to ask anything about China….guess it isn’t important.

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      • Sunshine says:

        Like, I agree.

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    • sherrihuntley0870 says:

      Just want to thank you Sundance for putting this speech on line as I didn’t watch the super bowl.

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  3. Why does the President continue to give interviews to swampers? Good lord.

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    • conservalicious says:

      Because he is trying to get his message out to the people who are not his base, the people who usually only get the liberal side of an issue. He is fearless and unafraid to express his opinion.

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      • purpleibby says:

        Well said conservalicious!

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      • It’s 5 o’clock somewhere says:

        I love your moniker👍

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      • GB Bari says:

        Does anyone think that the President’s intended message is significantly diluted by the hosts’ falsely premised questions and the deliberate interruptions that cut short his answers, along with post-interview editing (as described by Sundance) that may omit the strongest replies and thus further weaken the appearance of the president?

        I will not watch any product aired by CBS or any of the alphabet networks precisely because of the spin, the false premises, the doctoring / editing of the interviews as Sundance has described, and for every other reason that many of us refuse to patronize those full-blown Leftist/Globalist propaganda outlets.

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    • paulraven1 says:

      Why do we consent to edited interviews? Should be live only. Or we take our own videographer and dual tape it. We keep pretending we’re not in a war.

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    • To conservalicious point, from the transcript I thought PDJT did get his message out and very well. Maggie’s follow ups were weak and to SD’s point if this was the best CBS had then the interview went well…for PDJT.

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    • As stated at the beginning, it is a tradition for the network carrying the Super Bowl to interview the President. I think it is great as it is a opportunity for him to reach a broader audience than his tweets.

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  4. iconoclast says:

    Compare this or any other interview with PDJT with those of his predecessor. Obama enjoyed softball questions and fawning. He was given all the time he wanted to wax eloquent on his pet issues. He was not challenged.

    Much of the media is indeed the “enemy of the people.”

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    • iconoclast says:

      Here’s an account of an Obama presser in 2016, as reported by NewsBusters, including one Margaret Brennan asking a softball question of Obama:

      Margaret Brennan of CBS News was next: “Mr. President, what did Speaker Ryan’s comments tell you of the state of the Republican Party and how you advise your fellow Democrats, who appear to have to now run against Donald Trump, as to how they can win in November?”

      Obama sneered: “There is no doubt that there is a debate that’s taking place inside the Republican Party about who they are and what they represent. Their standard bearer at the moment is Donald Trump. And I think not just Republican officials, but more importantly, Republican voters are going to have to make a decision as to whether this is the guy who speaks for them and represents their values.”

      Surprisingly, an unidentified reporter actually asked about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal: “Mr. President, what’s your message to Democratic voters who have yet to cast their vote, who maybe hesitant to vote for the Democratic frontrunner because of the ongoing e-mail scandal and investigation?”

      However, the seriousness of that question was immediately ruined by this one: “And also, did you see Donald Trump’s taco bowl tweet? And your thoughts on it?”

      Obama was able to use the Trump tweet question to completely dodge being pressed on Clinton’s e-mails:

      I have no thoughts on Mr. Trump’s tweets. As a general rule, I don’t pay attention to Mr. Trump’s tweets. And I think that will be true, I think, for the next six months. So you can just file that one.

      [LAUGHTER]

      In terms of Democratic vote coming up, I’m going to let the voters cast their ballots and not, you know, try to meddle in the few primaries that are remaining. Let the process play itself out. We’ll know soon enough, it’s not going to be that much longer.

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    • Dances with Wolverines says:

      The media is my enemy, every hour of every day. If they came on the air with a emergency broadcast, I would not trust what they were saying.

      Liked by 5 people

  5. Molly says:

    The press long ago stopped asking Trump and his associates what they think. Now the press tells the President what THEY think.

    Liked by 22 people

  6. BebeTarget says:

    She did interrupt frequently, but overall, IMO she did a fairly decent job interviewing POTUS. She didn’t attack him or make statements pushing her own agenda that were not questions. If you watch POTUS’ body language, he didn’t look upset or angry. I think he looked pleased with the interview because he was able to get his message out with a minimum of pushback.

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  7. Kevin Robinson says:

    these interviewers are so combative and disrespectful

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  8. Zaza says:

    “I actually think it’s bad politics, but much more importantly it’s very bad for our country.”

    Pet peeve, but I wish he would just come out and say it… “it’s bad politics BECAUSE it’s bad for our country”. It’s like he doesn’t want to disrespect politics or politicians, which for me, is just completely meaningless symbolism.

    James F I agree, she is a horrid interviewer,, an msm hack named “Brennan” well what do you expect.

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      Do you think you could put a little more negative spin on it?

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      • Zaza says:

        You mean like pretending that politicians are royalty and political offices are somehow thrones of exaltation? The very reason many of us voted for Trump is because of our low regard for politicians in general, you might not like that fact, but it is true.

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        • purpleibby says:

          I think you’re being a little too nitpicky here.

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        • Mark McQueen says:

          No. I mean you picking nits over a word that doesn’t change the meaning of what was said. It’s bad politics. It’s very bad for the country. “IT” is the same subject.

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          • Mark McQueen says:

            ….picking nits and attempting to show it in a bad light…

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          • Zaza says:

            That’s a subjective interpretation on your part, “It” may be the same thing depending on how he meant “it”. That’s my point, just say it’s bad politics BECAUSE it’s bad for the country and not try and allow for some subjective difference in politics. It’s like Donald hears Fox news tell him there are two sides to every issue and he wholeheartedly believes it and he want’s to be “good at politics”.

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            • Mark McQueen says:

              Now you’re just being obtuse.

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            • Payday says:

              Actually, I agree with Zara. Be explicit, therefor removing any room for doubt. Picking nits seems to more define those taking issue with it.

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              • Zaza says:

                Right, I dislike equivocating because it is exactly what politicians do to be obtuse. I didn’t vote for Trump because I want him to be “like politicians”, which he seems to view more as a “game to be won” just to prove he can.

                Pretending a political view must be respected for what it is, is just silly.
                There aren’t always two sides to every issue and some issues have far more than two sides, agreeing to “respect your side” as though it must be valid is playing the msm/swamp/uniparty/deepstate’s game of distraction through division.

                I’m not interested in the PoTUS “beating them at their own game” I’m interested in him kicking the living shit out of them.

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  9. I did not read or listen to the LIAR with our wonderful PDJT but I do wonder if he is still beating his wife…….

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  10. medspec53 says:

    President Trump’s answers are plainly given. I think he knows that honesty IS the best policy, especially when dealing with interviewers intent on scoring “gotcha points.” When given opportunities like this to speak about his policies being implemented that will benefit the American people and are benefiting the American people, the insufferable media are hard pressed to keep the good news hidden and unheard.

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    • Zaza says:

      Truthfully when he says “there was no collusion” there clearly was collusion just not from his team, and I’m not being naive in thinking he would not like to have gotten dirt on Hillary from outside sources. The fact is that does happen all the time in opposition research and calling it collusion doesn’t make it illegal.

      Committing fraud in FISA document filings IS ILLEGAL and that’s what should be investigated. He has the power to enact a special counsel to investigate real illegal activity but he sits on his hands and does nothing while the swamp continues to bubble. The constant pandering for sympathy with the “witch hunt” spiel is wearing very thin with some of his base.

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      • Cache says:

        That won’t change the fact that it IS a witch hunt, a Soft Coup. Without us, they would have already succeeded in getting rid of him. We are the firewall keeping our congressmen and Senators in line. Without us, he wouldn’t have had a chance. Nobody expected Conservative Republicans to fight back.

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        • Zaza says:

          I’m not a “conservative” or a “Republican” but I hear from plenty of so called “real conservatives” who are part of the never Trump anti-MAGA swamp agenda. The same type who go with the “immoral wall” meme and the ludicrous CONGRESS MUST approve arguments all day long.

          Based on the last two years there isn’t much for “Republicans” to hang your hats on, your congress was a miserable failure of near epic proportion. 30 years of your Bush Republicans WAS AS MUCH AS ANYTHING why we non-partisan Americans had to step up and elect a NON-politician as President.

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          • Little Berkeley Conservative says:

            I completely understand GOPe mope! It’s not good for the political process, when they promise one thing to their constituents and vote/act 180 degrees of their promise when elected. It defeats the political system to have a Uniparty. But I don’t understand, if you only support the POTUS, why you be dissin him?

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      • Monticello says:

        Clutch?
        Patience. We had a great show this week and there’s more to come.

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  11. Uncle Max says:

    I’m halfway through this; but pause to comment…. this is a good interview, in that the President hammers the crap out of her and makes his points. He demolishes her strawmen and gotchas. I find it VERY curious that halfway in, they break to get a “counter” from Pelosi… I thought the premise was, this was a annual and regular thing for POTUS to give interview before game. ? Ok, but now, it’s so blatant, that ” we must give opposition a chance to counter ” ??? Only in Democrat-media minds… No way ANY Republican was EVER contacted to refute claims made by Bill Clinton or Obama. Nope nope nope.

    I love the combativeness of the President. He handles her VERY well.

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  12. kinthenorthwest says:

    After what i’ve heard about the half time show I’m still boycotting the Super Bowl. That being said, Trump was awesome considering the circumstances. Thanks Sundance.

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  13. CopperTop says:

    I know he can generalize at times:

    “PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Even the Mueller report said it had nothing to do with the campaign. When you look at some of the people and the events it had nothing to do–”

    what Mueller report?

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  14. AbeLincoln says:

    Uh gee let’s see…she’s on the Council on Foreign Relations and minored in arabic in college. Also won’t list her ethnicity. Hmmmmmmm

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  15. NC Patriot says:

    I thought he showed a WIDE knowledge of all topics. But he talks plainly like he always does, like he could sit in your living room with your friends. That is his appeal—no political evasiveness. Kind, calm and confident !

    so glad he called her on the “34 people have been indicted in the Russian probe”—-yes but most of them were computer entities (he didn’t call them bots).

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  16. TwoLaine says:

    I found this on the acting Interior Secretary. I forgot Zinke left. That’s a bummer. I like his energy.

    “The Department of the Interior manages one-fifth of all the land in the United States, including the wealth of oil, natural gas and coal below the ground. Under the Trump administration, oil and gas leases on public lands managed by the department last year generated $360 million, an almost 90 percent increase from 2016.

    Bernhardt sees himself as a foot soldier for President Trump’s pro-energy development agenda.”

    Read more:
    https://www.npr.org/2019/01/02/677390503/the-new-acting-interior-secretary-is-an-agency-insider-and-ex-oil-lobbyist

    #MAGA

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  17. G3 says:

    She reaches over to grab at President Trump. Then, she’s spins this dangerous crap:
    MARGARET BRENNAN: Whoa, that’s news. You’re keeping troops in Iraq because you want to be able to strike in Iran?

    Not even close to what he said….

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No, because I want to be able to watch Iran. All I want to do is be able to watch. We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq. It’s perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East rather than pulling up. And this is what a lot of people don’t understand. We’re going to keep watching and we’re going to keep seeing and if there’s trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we’re going to know it before they do.

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    • JohninMK says:

      You put your finger on one of a couple of really important points that he made that are not going down well in Baghdad.

      First Trump said “We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice. I mean I was there recently, and I couldn’t believe the money that was spent on these massive runways. And these- I’ve rarely seen anything like it. And it’s there. And we’ll be there.”

      “We have to protect Israel. We have to protect other things that we have.”

      then later the comment that you include “No, because I want to be able to watch Iran…………”

      In the elections in Iraq late last year a more Iranian friendly parliament was elected. For Trump to basically say that the US bases are staying there because they cost a lot, that the US is there to protect Israel and will be spying on Iran, both from Iraq, is to put it mildly not very diplomatic.

      No Arab country can be seen to be overtly protecting Israel. The ISIS threat (the reason for the US to be there) is to all intents and purposes now over yet the US is saying its not leaving. Then saying the US is going to spy on Iraq’s best Shia ally from Iraqi territory. Wow! This is stoking up latent pressure for the US to be kicked out.

      I think I said it in the Venezuela thread but there is a well worn phrase used in many places in the World “Yankee go home”.

      I don’t know how many of you here believe that the US is a benevolent force in the World but much of that World really doesn’t view the US in that light.

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      • Buck says:

        Iraq has wanted us out for years. Once the US builds massive bases it’s hard to dislodge us. Same will happen in Venezuela if the ‘company’ man Guaido fully assumes power.

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      • clairebee says:

        All it takes is an order. There were massive bases and posts in Germany for years. Very few now.

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  18. MaineCoon says:

    I think President Trump MORE than held his own. He’s a quick thinker, rarely let’s a question presented to interrupt and divert him succeed unless he wants to take that path himself; otherwise, he just keeps on talking his original answer until he’s done. I don’t think Ms. Brennan was too bad, because the interruption technique doesn’t work on P45. She was not at ease as she couldn’t succeeded. Now, per Sundance’s upthread post, I’m not holding my breath with high hopes as to what the later interview segment will be like. We’ll see.

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    • Zaza says:

      “I don’t think Ms. Brennan was too bad, because the interruption technique doesn’t work on P45”

      Because her spin failed doesn’t really excuse her for trying, I know you know that though.
      While I don’t always agree with how he handles it, he definitely IS SMART enough to know she is not out to give a fair interview and is pushing the msm’s globalist agenda.

      For me it’s not different than if say, Hannity interviewed him, serving up nothing but softballs, there is simply nothing useful here.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Agree. No excuse for the terrible interruption technique. I see all of the media interviewers as unprofessional, biases novices, now that I know their drill. P45 knows their drill and is very good at making the most out of things, but they still spew propaganda & blatant lies whenever possible.

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    • madeline says:

      I thought he handled the Nancy Pelosi issue beautifully. There really is no response that could be made to debunk what he said about her and the response from her staff was pathetic.

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  19. Crusain says:

    If she was interviewing BHO and an issue of a Republican Governor Coonman was current, at least half the interview would revolve around that…

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  20. Monticello says:

    Great job!

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  21. theresanne says:

    She stepped on every sentence.

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  22. litenmaus says:

    MARGARET BRENNAN: She (Nancy Pelosi) offered you over a billion dollars for border security.
    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me?

    The Democrats would have been crowing the billion dollar offer all over the airwaves…..who in the low-level negotiations leaked this information? Or has the billion dollar offer been all over the “NEWS” and I just missed all those headlines?

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  23. 335blues says:

    I would not have seen it if it weren’t posted here since I do not own a TV.
    I could have lived without it, but it does reinforce the fact that the “news”
    is part of the marxist democrat party.

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  24. rustybritches says:

    That Billion dollar offer was already agreed upon a few months ago, but he couldn’t use that money for the wall only for the security of the border and that’s why he said no way and shut down the Gov.

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    • Dutchman says:

      So, a billion $ for ‘hi-tech’ methods? Thats a LOT of drones and sensors, to tell border patrol people have crossed, too little too late to do any good,…and a LOT of $, to funnel to the companies supplying the technology, that will then funnel some of that $ back to Pelosi and McConnel, for campaigns.

      So obvious, and once you see it, you CAN’T unsee it!

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      • jebg46 says:

        Keep in mind that Pelosi’s state has high tech companies who pay off politicians and lobbyists to push their products which are obsolete by the time they hit the market so we have to constantly upgrade at very high costs. All very self serving, pay for play, government contracts. Despicable.

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  25. strangebrwer57 says:

    MARGARET BRENNAN: In a CBS poll we just took, 63 percent of Americans say they disapprove about how you’re handling issues of race in the US. -/ so what, take that same poll at a Trump rally because CBS got that poll from idiots that watch CBS

    63% or more Americans disapprove of the way the media Disseminates fake news on race , Trumps actions on black unemployment speaks for itself , the proof is in the pudding,

    MARGARET BRENNAN: (Kaepernick- who points out that the majority of victims of police violence are black? )

    That is stright up propaganda as the left pretends not to know what the word “per capita” means and likes to use “disproportionate”
    ,furthermore it was already proven wrong,” Hands up don’t shoot ” a lie “I can’t breath” another lie ,(I can’t breath because of obesity ) is more like it .

    ExCerpting: with all the terrified passengers crowed in one end of the car, while Spires stabbed and beat Sutherland to death in the other:

    To liberals, the murders of Kevin Sutherland and San Francisco’s Kathryn Steinle are evidence written in blood of the foolishness and callousness of their worldview. For the left, some ghoulish murders like those in Charleston are worth exploiting, while others are best ignored, lest people actually start thinking about the way things really are, instead of the interpretive, narrative world that liberals live in.

    D.C. has some of the tightest gun control in the country, as does neighboring Maryland. Until a recent federal court ruling found it unconstitutional, D.C. banned private ownership of handguns and the right to carry. Since that ruling D.C. police instituted extremely strict guidelines on concealed carry permits, with recent reports indicating that a total of eight have been issued. So the likelihood that Spires would have met an armed victim in either of his attacks was nil. This obvious fact, and the very public nature of Sutherland’s killing, has spawned a lot of second guessing in social media and talk radio, of the “what would you have done” variety, with not a few people pointing out that an armed civilian on the Metro car might have stopped the attack.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/dc_metro_murder_undermines_liberal_talking_points.html

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  26. JoD says:

    FANTASTIC interview!
    There were so many “teachable” moments, even the snippy little obnoxious bitch called him “Sir” at the end of the interview.
    #WINNING!

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  27. LafnH20 says:

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: …

    …She had thirty three thousand emails that were deleted after receiving a subpoena from Congress–

    MARGARET BRENNAN: And according to the special counsel–

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me, but Margaret, why–

    MARGARET BRENNAN: –they were posted on WikiLeaks and your friend Roger Stone was just indicted for his involvement there and for lying.

    Absolute FABRICATION!!!

    They were DESTROYED!!

    Clinton should be..

    indicted for her involvement there and for lying.
    (Just cover for her to run in 2020, split the Electoral Vote, and send it to “Nancy’s House”) imho

    https://www.9news.com/article/news/answering-your-questions-about-bill-to-alter-colorados-electoral-college-votes/73-59227b26-c5d8-4808-a14f-954262fc76c4

    These Usurpers Ignore REALITY in favor of their Ideological Immoralities.

    Thank You, SD, for the transcript.

    I refuse to watch or listen to their Propaganda. (Either in interviews or “Game” commentary) Nor will I, in any way, support their “Product”.

    Enjoy your day!
    It’s the only today…. you’ll get.

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  28. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Sundance, for the transcript – the hearing-impaired are most grateful!

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  29. SmilinJackAbbott says:

    President Trump has a way of distilling long winded arguments into short devastating ones often only a sentence long. Look at this one destroying the indictment flea count liberals always recite:

    ‘Of the 34 people, many of them were bloggers from Moscow or they were people that had nothing to do with me, had nothing to do with what they’re talking about or there were people that got caught telling a fib or telling a lie’

    Off the cuff and destroyed the meme and Mueller’s credibility(his true target) in one hit. Note Brennan started interrupting him when he was unloading on Mueller. He was effectively portraying Mueller as a corrupt dirty cop.

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  30. LafnH20 says:

    In 2000…
    So Gore couldn’t carry his home state of Tennessee!!!

    THAT is WHY he LOST the Presidency.

    If he HAD convinced his OWN CONSTITUENTS to vote FOR him…

    Florida would NOT HAVE MATTERED!!

    https://goo.gl/images/z1TLVq

    Clinton in 2016 had the illegal vote, dead vote, multi-voters, “found ballets” and coin tosses in her favor.
    She still lost!!

    The Founding Fathers included the Electoral College for two reasons…

    COLLEGE
    by Marc Schulman

    The Electoral College was created for two reasons. The first purpose was to create a buffer between population and the selection of a President. The second as part of the structure of the government that gave extra power to the smaller states.

    The first reason that the founders created the Electoral College is hard to understand today. The founding fathers were afraid of direct election to the Presidency. They feared a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power. Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers:….

    https://www.historycentral.com/elections/Electoralcollgewhy.html

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  31. gman says:

    She never called him Mr. President face to face once.

    Liked by 2 people

    • GB Bari says:

      True, not in any of the interview video that we see here.
      Deliberate overt disrespect.
      IMO she and the rest of the media are beneath sewage scum.

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  32. Publius2016 says:

    lets listen to the intelligence community…the same one that covers for obama and crooked…the same one who carries Iranian Chinese and Russian water…the same one investigating Trump Organization and destroying attorney client privilege…911? Saddam??

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  33. Publius2016 says:

    Black History Month??? c b s???

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  34. rondo123456 says:

    Just too obvious.

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  35. Bubby says:

    Praise God for President Trump! I have wondered why previous Presidents didn’t seem to get much done compared to him. Sundance’s explanation of process versus results was an epiphany for me. Previous Presidents were all tied up in the political process dictated by the uniparty but President Trump is tied to the process that produces results period! Which is why he is hated by the DC elites, the political establishment and NeverTrumpers! Praise God and Godspeed President Trump!

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  36. Amy2 says:

    Is it okay to say that I think the president looked great? Love the hair color. He is rocking that Tresemme!!

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  37. Elaine Keller says:

    I think my favorite part came when,after continued insistence that intelligence officers are not on the same page as the president, she asserted that they don’t think Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. VSGPDJT reminded her about the utter failure of the intelligence regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. I stood up and cheered.

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  38. @ChicagoBri says:

    My 2 cents – at the beginning of the interview, Ms. Brennan was quite unprofessional. I have no problems, at all, with tough questions being asked of President Trump, or of any past or future president – but there is a line that she crossed, as she positioned herself as smarter and more knowledgeable than our VSGPDJT. As the interview went on, her attitude seemed to shift.

    Also, I would bet that there has never been an instance from prior interviews. when the political opposition was offered time for a rebuttal.

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  39. TJ says:

    It was good. 🙂
    Many seem frustrated with the interuptions but POTUS Trump has an appealing way of cutting through that and speaking directly to the listener.

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  40. Publius2016 says:

    not 1 question???

    “Francis and el-Tayeb are to address the “Human Fraternity Meeting” Monday that has drawn not only Christian and Muslim representatives but hundreds of Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and other Christian faith leaders. It’s all part of the Emirates’ “Year of Tolerance” and its effort to show its openness to other faiths in a region otherwise known for severe restrictions on religions outside of Islam.

    “It’s something new for the Muslim world, that within the discussion of dialogue, they’re talking about interreligious dialogue across the board,” beyond basic Christian-Muslim relations, said Marco Impagliazzo, president of the Community of Sant’Egidio, a Rome-based Catholic organization active in interfaith relations who will be attending the conference.”

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  41. trishinsouthernillinois says:

    When asked about steering Barron into playing football & president TRUMP said no, my 14 yr old son said, “because there’s too much kneeling going on!”
    LOL

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  42. covfefe999 says:

    I wanted to watch this interview but I had to stop at about 1/3 because I cannot stand listening to this dumb disrespectful b Margaret Brennan. Good God, the only time she’s not interrupting Trump is when she’s reading her next scripted question. And the histrionics are pathetic. Is the transcript any better???

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  43. spoogels says:

    WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: TRUMP RULES! Dems Just Lost 2020 Election

    ” This is all happening while GDP is still flying at 3% entering year three of the Trump presidency. Didn’t Obama and his band of failed economists say this could never happen again? Didn’t they say 1% GDP was the “new normal”?

    It’s “The Trump Economic Miracle”- a phrase I coined 18 months ago in my column. The Trump economy is accelerating. We’re not at the end of a fabulous growth cycle created by Trump’s low taxes and regulation killing spree. We may be only at the beginning of a Reagan-like run.

    But what’s most remarkable is all this economic good news occurred while government was shutdown! Many (like me) are starting to think this didn’t happen despite the government shutdown. It happened because of the government shutdown. Government employees are a drag on the economy. “When government bureaucrats are away, the job creators come out to play.”

    Now we have proof. Lay off a bunch of “non essential” bean counters temporarily and the economy explodes. Can you imagine what would happen if we fired them permanently? “Hip, hip. Hooray, the government is permanently closed. Break out the champagne! It’s time to start a business, risk our money and create jobs!”

    Maybe that’s why they call those government employees “non-essential” in the first place. Here’s a new joke for you. “You know what you call a million government employees temporarily laid off? A good start.”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/02/wayne-allyn-root-trump-rules-dems-just-lost-2020-election/

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  44. spoogels says:

    Mark Penn

    “Hopefully, the Mueller investigation will now wrap up after two full years. Likely its report will be designed to sow doubt rather than create finality, ignoring that this was all instigated by a fake, discredited dossier. If anyone lied to the FBI and caused the resources of the United States to be wasted, it is Christopher Steele — and yet, there is no evidence that any action is being taken to hold him accountable for the biggest hoax in American history. This is akin, in size and scope, to the Dreyfus affair in France. It may even languish for a while as that case did, but I predict there will be justice eventually for those who falsely created this hit to our democracy and foreign policy.”

    https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/428195-muellers-abuses-on-view-for-the-world-to-see

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  45. spoogels says:

    Immigrant rights attorneys and journalists denied entry into Mexico They were going there to help these caravans invade America. Mexico wouldn’t let them in.

    https://www.latimes.com/nation/immigration/la-me-immigration-attorneys-detained-20190202-story.html

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  46. spoogels says:

    “Whether it’s Hamid Karzai or Ashraf Ghani as president in Kabul, nothing seems to change even, though Washington has spent almost a trillion dollars in Afghanistan. The more we spend, the more dire the situation seems to become.”

    LET ME SAY THIS: NOT ONE COUNTRY HAS EVER WON A WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.
    NOT THE BRITISH OR RUSSIA

    https://nypost.com/2019/01/28/its-time-to-end-the-war-that-can-never-be-won-in-afghanistan/

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    • Absolutely true, Spoogels.
      Let the Afghanis negotiate with the Taliban, while we have effective base in Iraq to retard their incursions elsewhere. We confront a multi-prong, non-state foe in Radical Islam. But POTUS has sharply reduced their land power base, and confronted two main engines supporting them–Iran and Pakistan. Plus, by bolstering our support for Israel and encouraging relationships between Israel, Egypt and Jordan there is counterweight for the PLO/Hezbollah.

      Saudis far more complicated as always, but as we are now energy self-sufficient we can dictate terms far better to box them in. President Trump has truly realigned the chessboard internationally; an accomplishment that likely will not be recognized for 20 years. God willing, we’ll have Pompeo to succeed him and maintain the momentum.

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  47. Linus in W.PA. says:

    This hag lady isn’t related to our ‘ole bud, John Brennan, is she???

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  48. Fools Gold says:

    POTUS desconstructed that beatch maggot interviewing him on every question. I hate MSN! Could you imagion either Bush idiot blushing on every every question because of their lies/deception?

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  49. bpphx says:

    40,000 troops in South Korea. Why?

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