President Trump Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – Video and Transcript…

Chopper pressers are the best pressers.  Departing the White House for the Orlando kick-off rally, President Trump stops by the press pool to answer questions. [Video and Transcript Below]


[Transcript] – 4:01 P.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Mark Esper, who is a highly respected gentleman with a great career — West Point, Harvard, a tremendous talent — was just named Acting Secretary of Defense. I think he’ll do very well. He was Secretary of the Army. I got to know him very well and he’s an outstanding guy.

Pat Shanahan, who is a wonderful person, is, as you know, going to take some time off for family matters. And I want to thank him for his service. He’s a terrific person. And it’s a difficult time for Pat, but he’s going to take a little time off for family service and for working things out. And I think you know about it. You know very well about it.

But Mark Esper is going to be outstanding, and we look forward to working with him for a long period of time to come.

Q Did you ask Shanahan to withdraw, Mr. President?


Q Did you ask Shanahan to withdraw?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I didn’t. I didn’t ask him to withdraw, but he walked in this morning and he said it’s going to be a rough time for him because of, obviously, what happened. But I did not ask him to withdraw. He presented me with a letter this morning. That was his — that was his decision.

Q Did you know about these allegations before you said you wanted him to be the Defense Secretary?

THE PRESIDENT: I had heard about it yesterday for the first time. I didn’t know about it. I had heard about yesterday. And it’s very unfortunate. Very unfortunate.

Q Does that make you concerned then about the White House vetting process if you had just heard about it yesterday?

THE PRESIDENT: No, we have a very good vetting process. And you take a look at our Cabinet and our Secretaries — it’s very good. But we have a great vetting process. But this is something that came up a little bit over the last short period of time.

And, as you know, Pat was Acting. And so, Acting gives you much greater flexibility. A lot easier to do things. So that’s the way it is. Too bad.


Q Mr. President, will you apologize to the Central Park 5? They’ve been exonerated. There have been videos and movies shown about the case, and you came out with a full-page ad saying that they should die, that they should have the death penalty. Do you apologize?

THE PRESIDENT: Why would you bring that question up now? It’s an interesting time to bring it up.

Q There’s movies and everything about them.

THE PRESIDENT: You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein, and if you look at some of prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case. So we’ll leave it at that.

Q Does not having a permanent Defense Secretary complicate your policy —

THE PRESIDENT: No, not at all.

Q — let’s say, with Iran?

THE PRESIDENT: I think, frankly, this could happen very quickly for Mark Esper. He’s very experienced. He’s the —

Q But it’s already been six months.

THE PRESIDENT: — he’s been around all of the things that we’re talking about for a very long period of time.

Q Why should Americans trust your administration to tell the truth about what’s going on with Iran? If we go to war, why should we believe you if you say why?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we have Iran. We’ve been talking to various people on lots of different sides. And we’ll see what happens with Iran. We’re very well set. We’re very well configured. We have a lot of things going on with Iran.

I spoke with President Xi, this morning, of China. We’ll be meeting at the G20. And I think that is working out pretty much as I anticipated it would. China very much wants to discuss the future, and so do we.

So the relationship with President Xi is a very good one. We had a long talk this morning.

Q Immigration officials we’ve been speaking with say they don’t know anything —


Q Immigration officials say they don’t know anything about a planned roundup of millions of people in the next few weeks.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, they know. They know. And they’re going to start next week. And when people come into our country and they come in illegally, they have to go out. And everybody is seeing that.

And as you know, Mexico has been doing a very good job the last four days. They haven’t done that in 25 years. They’re doing a very good job. I appreciate the job they’re doing. Guatemala, likewise, is much different than it was under past administrations. So we’ll see how that works out.

With all of that being said, the Democrats should get together and solve the asylum problem, which is very easy to solve. And they should solve the loophole problem, also very easy to solve.

Q Mr. President, you have an Acting Defense Secretary; you’ve had one for months. Why is it taking you so long to nominate someone permanently when you have so many hotspots in the world?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, this came up — this just came up. And I did the nomination —

Q The White House has known about it for a while.

THE PRESIDENT: This just came up, and I think we did it very quickly.

Pat Shanahan was Acting, and we put Mark Esper in. Mark is highly experienced. I think he’s going to fit in very easily.

Q Do you still want to demote Jay Powell? Is that something you’re still interested in?


Q Do you want to demote Jay Powell? Are you interested in that? At the Fed? At the Federal Reserve?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, let’s see what he does. I can tell you that Draghi and the EU, if you look at what’s going on with the euro, they have a much different stance than our folks do.

As you know, he did something today that was very dramatic. And, frankly, it helped that part of the world. So we’ll see what happens. They’re going to be making an announcement pretty soon, so we’ll see what happens.

But I want to be given a level playing field. And, so far, I haven’t been.

Q (Inaudible) to demote him, do you think?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I would be allowed to speak to him very easily. I speak to him anyway.

Q Mr. President, are you going to nominate Mark Esper for the permanent position, not just Acting?


Q Are you going to nominate Esper for the permanent position?

THE PRESIDENT: Most likely. That’s what I’m thinking about doing.

Q When are you going to decide?

THE PRESIDENT: Most likely. Pretty soon.

Q And what’s the next step for Iran, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT: We’re looking at Iran. We have a lot of things going with Iran. We have — we’re very prepared for Iran. We’ll see what happens. Let me just say this: We are very prepared. Regardless of what goes, we are very, very prepared.

If you look at what’s taken place, if you look at what they’ve done, if you look at — and I’m not just talking about over the last week, I’m talking about over a long period of years. They’ve been a nation of terror. Now, we’ll see what happens. We’ll see what happens. They are a much different country today than they were two and a half years ago when I came into office.

When President Obama signed that horrible deal, they were screaming “Death to America.” I haven’t been hearing that lately.

Q Mr. President, on the 9/11 Compensation Fund, do you want to see it approved so that this never has to be revisited again — through 2090?

THE PRESIDENT: I have a meeting on that, actually, this afternoon, before my speech. I’m going down, as you know — it’s a very big crowd down in Florida — Orlando. And before that, I’m having a meeting. So we’ll — we’ll be letting you know.

Q Do you think you can reach a deal with President Xi at the G20? Or are you basically starting over?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I have a very good relationship with President Xi, and we’ll see what happens. I think we have a chance. I know that China wants to make a deal. They don’t like the tariffs. A lot of companies are leaving China in order to avoid the tariffs. I have a very good relationship with President Xi. We’ll see what happens.

Q If that meeting goes well, are you willing to hold off on the next round of tariffs?


Q If that meeting goes well, are you willing to delay that next round of tariffs?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’ll see what happens. I think the meeting might very well go well. And, frankly, our people are starting the deal as of tomorrow. The teams, they’re starting to deal. So, we’ll see.

China would like to make the deal, we’d like to make the deal, but it has to be a good deal for everybody.

Q Have they given you an indication that they’ve changed their position on some of the sticking points that scuttled the last deal?

THE PRESIDENT: They did. They changed their position. So I said, “We’re not going to do that.”

Q (Inaudible) immigrants do you want to see deported? Are you talking about families, children? What’s the population of people you’re going to (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT: You’re going to find out. You’re going to find out.

Thank you very much.

END 4:09 P.M. EDT

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79 Responses to President Trump Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – Video and Transcript…

  1. Sentient says:

    Did anyone ask him about the story that the US is planning a bombing in Iran that will be “massive”?


    • DJT2020 says:

      The transcript is provided above for you to see for yourself.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Git-R-Done says:

      NO MORE MIDDLE EAST WARS Mr. President. You are being advised by stupid warmongering idiots in the mold of McCain. Let Israel take care of Iran. What the h**ll are we doing over there anyway? We don’t need their oil anymore. A Norwegian and Japanese tanker were attacked, let them do the bombing. Bring all our troops home like you promised.

      Liked by 4 people

      • SwampRatTerrier says:


        Liked by 3 people

      • ristvan says:

        A respectful suggestion. You see everything in black/white, when even the most primitive ‘B/W’ TV was 10 bit greyscale. Learn to shade your comments in greyscale.

        To give a helpful specific here. PDJT said he would NEVER allow Iran nucs. Now if they were in final assembly post testing (easiest is our first Hiroshima ‘gun barrel pit fired to core) design, then he has not ruled out military action.

        BUT Iran is far from the simplest capability. For rasons you should grok before venting.
        1. That simple design is FAR too big and heavy to be missile mounted. It was a single bomb delivered from B-29 Enola Gay.
        2. Iran has not developed the simultaneous implosion technology for the miniturizable Fat Boy design using a single integral core pit.
        3. Iran does not yet have enough enriched uranium for either.

        So there are lots of greyscale options still available to PDJT. That also stop Iran from blowing up other nations ships.

        Liked by 22 people

      • bertdilbert says:

        We have all those missiles and bombs with “best if used by” dates on them. We can’t just throw those things in the local city dump! We have to rotate our stockpiles, in with the new, out with the bad.

        Otherwise we are just throwing away taxpayer dollars.


      • Bigly says:

        Incompletely disagree. The quicker we blow Iran to hell the quicker the world lives in temporary peace. It’s been 50 years of terror. They only understand the strong horse. It would also scare the be-Jesus out of the sharia lovers here in America.

        You want our kids living under sharia? I don’t.


        • Dutchman says:

          WHAT part of “Economic security is National security” DON’T you understand?
          What part of ” we want to have the,STRONGEST, SMARTEST BEST EQUIPPED military in the world!

          don’t you understand?

          Iran is irrelevant, and as ristvan explains the technicalities, they are no where near PDJT’s red line.

          IF they were to get too far out of line, SA and Isreal can dessimate them, and Iran knows it.

          Iran is like your opponents chess piece that you don’t ‘take’, you just hem them in with your pieces, so they are ‘out of play’.

          SEE the whole board! Make Iran out of play, with SA/Israel check.
          Take norks out of play, by negotiation.
          Then squeeze Chinas nuts till they implode.
          “I LOVE when a plan comes together!” indeed.
          PDJT will NOT be drawn into a quagmire in ME, cause the “S” in VSG ain’t for STUPID!

          Liked by 13 people

        • Stickboy says:

          “Incompletely disagree. The quicker we blow Iran to hell the quicker the world lives in temporary peace. It’s been 50 years of terror. They only understand the strong horse. It would also scare the be-Jesus out of the sharia lovers here in America.”

          You think that blowing Iran to hell would result in even temporary world peace?

          Not a chance that it would make any difference, the globalists would just find another enemy. Iran is not the enemy, the warmongers are the enemy…….people need to stop believing everything the media spouts….there are always agendas in play.

          The only route to world peace is to rid the world of all globalists , socialists, liberals, and warmongers……and even then, there’s no guarantees…….after all, we are human and humans do like to kill each other.

          It’s just what we do.

          Oh, and if people don’t want their kids living under Sharia law, I would strongly suggest not electing Muslims to Congress and the Senate, or any office……and probably should get rid of the ones there now.

          Liked by 4 people

        • Esther says:

          “The quicker we blow Iran to hell the quicker …..”. might be good to back off listening to Bolton a little. Are you lobbying for the military industrial complex and its bankers who fund wars? They are no quick blowing up muslim country and relaxing. We’ve got more than enough terror on Christians. We’ve got more than enough terror secreted within our country like a Trojan horse(es). Those refugees that have been planted throughout Europe and the USA would bring that war right on American soil, all orchestrated and led by some of “our own” like Obummer and ValelryJarret. Thank God that Trump is smarter than to let John Kerry and the war-hawks create an expensive diversion from the scrutiny they seek to escape at home, due to their treason and sedition.

          We just discovered over $1.5 Billion in cocaine entering one of our ports in the North East, do you think for a minute cocaine is the only poison pill being illegally smuggled into this country. A lot of weapons and trained soldiers disguised as refugees have been strategically embedded all over this country. Why do you think the Dems want to keep the border open. There are numerous detrimental reasons, but consider they are moving arms, weapons, poisonous drugs and trained buffed young men. We’d be foolish to think the crisis at the border the Dems are fueling is simply about illegal immigrants seeking a better life, or even human and drug trafficking. Just this week it hit the news that 62 criminals brought into this country ostensibly to be witnesses for the prosecution were allowed to DISAPPEAR into the interior without a trace. MS-13, the most satanic and vicious killers are in this country in droves. The porous borders let them right back in after they are deported. They are far more muslims both legally and illegally in this country then most people can imagine. People assume it is south Americans coming from South America that these are Hispanics. Many slip in. Who are those people? First research how long muslims have been training in south America and who has been training them.

          Check how many of our ports are operated by Americans? If you found out it is less than 15% would you be shocked? Obummer and the Dems permitted China to operate a port unsupervised in LB California, the Paki’s were handed one in Florida, and that’s just two. Go check for yourself, start with PROJECT PELICAN.

          We’re already waging several wars, only this time its being fought very differently, and the biggest enemies fighting against us are Americans, ( except for the Kenyan), because they are totally against America and all it stands for. In short try not to be naive.BTW sharia is already here. DiBlasio has even created a Sharia police unit in Brooklyn and outer boroughs of NYC. They drive tax payer funded vehicles easily identifiable with words indicating they are Sharia police. They are paid by the city. This is happening in many cities and towns run by Dems. Just look at our congress, its there too. How quickly can all these embedded persons respond right here on American soil. We need that wall.

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      • Sharon says:

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        • Peoria Jones says:

          “A concern troll is a false flag pseudonym created by a user whose actual point of view is opposed to the one that the troll claims to hold. The concern troll posts in web forums devoted to its declared point of view and attempts to sway the group’s actions or opinions while claiming to share their goals, but with professed “concerns”. The goal is to sow fear, uncertainty, and doubt within the group often by appealing to outrage culture.[52] This is a particular case of sockpuppeting and safe-baiting.”

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      • highdezertgator says:

        Grey Scale Test Pattern we used at WTMJ-TV in 1978

        Liked by 5 people

      • JohnCarlson says:

        “We spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. What do we have for it? Nothing.”
        – President Donald J. Trump

        Liked by 6 people

      • JohnCarlson says:

        Those who want Donald Trump defeated in 2020 would like nothing better than for us to get into yet another war. Unless that war was some kind of quick, very low cost in lives and $$$, great big success, they would finally have found a campaign issue to use against him that would resonate with a whole lot of swing voters. And when is the last time we got into a war that was some kind of quick, very low cost in lives and $$ great big success?

        Liked by 3 people

        • swissik says:

          Make war with Iran or for that matter any other country and 13 Trump voters in my family will NOT vote for him in 2020.


          • Because Pocahantas is so much better?
            Why do so many people pound their chests and draw completely illogical lines in the sand? It’s Leftists that sacrifice everything to virtue signal. Conservatives are supposedly pragmatic, move the ball down the court types. Where do we want to go and who is the only man making any headway?

            Where does this idea that POTUS has any interest in making war come from. DJT has demonstrated over and over that he uses economic leverage to effect his objectives, yet still the strawman of making war is constructed for our “edification”.

            Liked by 3 people

        • Joemama says:

          Grenada. 1989?


      • Ray Runge says:

        The most positive comment I can make about your statement is you comment like the fervent sentiments of an auspiscious 10 year old.


  2. Marygrace Powers says:

    POTUS transitions in/out of “situations”
    with remarkable intelligence, ease. Always
    ten moves ahead of the rest and KAG!!!!!

    Liked by 12 people

  3. Nigella says:

    The nasty dems had a hand in Shannhan having to withdraw. Someone “leaked” sealed Divorce papers that looked bad… Despicable.The President handled this well

    Liked by 16 people

  4. DJT2020 says:

    The transcript is very helpful as some of the questions are inaudible. Thank you.

    Liked by 9 people

  5. SpotTheSpook says:

    I’m ready to “find out” a lot of things!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. @ChicagoBri says:

    Which jerk asked this: ‘Q Why should Americans trust your administration to tell the truth about what’s going on with Iran? If we go to war, why should we believe you if you say why?“

    Liked by 3 people

  7. boomerbeth says:

    The show has begun LIVE!

    You can scroll back if you want, also.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. alliwantissometruth says:

    An actual journalist question: Mr. President, it’s been said there’s upwards of forty million illegal aliens in our country. How many do you think you can get deported?

    An enemy of the people, democrat political operative fake journalist question: How many do YOU want to see deported, and are you talking about families and children?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Without attempting to respond to THAT question, I’d like to interject a different perspective that is entirely of my own making: “forty million(!) SLAVES, all in direct defiance of the 13th Amendment.”

      And then … “millions more INDENTURED SERVANTS, indentured by the ‘sponsorship’ requirement of their ‘non-immigrant(!) visas.'” Indentured servants who permanently displaced millions of Americans from high-paying I.T. jobs (among others).

      Sure, we can deport the “outright illegals.” But, one day, we must confront the infernal mechanism that imported =millions= of them here in the first place. Yes, we must.

      “The next Civil Rights Movement.” You heard about it here first.

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  9. I do very-seriously enjoy “watching this guy go” … he knows implicitly what media jabs to accept, and what ones to defer. And, he handles each case with equal grace.

    Liked by 9 people

  10. Robert Smith says:

    Why would the 9/11 compensation fund need to be around until 2090?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sherri Young says:

      That should keep the fund from ever needing to be dragged through congress again. There can be a provision that would terminate the fund earlier at the time of the death of the last qualified recipient. Allowing the fund to run until 2090 should end that particular political show.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. JohnCarlson says:

    ” From 2008 to 2010, Esper served as executive vice president of the Global Intellectual Property Center and vice president for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He was hired as vice president of government relations at defense contractor Raytheon in July 2010. Esper was recognized as a top corporate lobbyist by The Hill in 2015] and 2016.”

    100% establishment.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Binkser1 says:

    I guess that was April Ryan, the racist, who brought up the Central Park 5? Do people like her ever think about anything other than race?

    Liked by 11 people

  13. Publius2016 says:

    Gee, 100,000 plus to see 45 while 4 or 5 see Biden…Not one question? I-4 Corridor overwhelmingly for 45…nothing to see here? years and year on importance of Florida and I-4…2000 Election decided by less than 20,000 votes!

    well, thats why they are the enemy of the people!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Bigly says:

    This is always my favorite part:

    “THE PRESIDENT: Say it?”

    Liked by 7 people

  15. Luke of the D says:

    Deport every illegal alien – drug smugglers, cartel gang members, farm workers, women and children, families – all of them are CRIMINALS! Deport them all! Our immigration laws are straight forward: If a citizen of a foreign nation wants to come to the USA, they do so legally and follow the laws. Every single illegal alien is a criminal – by law – and should be deported. Deport them all!

    Liked by 5 people

    • Orygun says:

      We are either a nation of laws or a wannabee third world republic. They all must go.

      Liked by 5 people

    • WES says:

      Luke: Yes but first you have to catch them!

      It is like the government trying to tax that $20 dollar bill in your pocket. As sure as hell you are not going to stay still or make it easy for the government to take your $20 bill! You will move!

      My Grandfather taught us at a young age about that! As kids we would try and steal the $20 dollar bill from his fist while he sat in a chair. The only way we could succeeded was if all three of us gang tackled both of his arms at the same time! For a farmer he sure had quick hands! Sure was a fun game to play though!

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    • Rami says:

      Could become a favorite song


  16. 335blues says:

    Fight the communist democrat party as if America depends on it!
    Fight the communist democrat party as if your children’s future depends on it!
    Fight the communist democrat party as if your life depends on it!
    Fight the communist democrat party as if the entire world depends on it!
    Donald Trump has a minority of the congress on his side,
    but he has the majority of American citizens on his side!
    Let’s fight for our future beside Donald Trump, and you can tell your grandchildren
    you were part of the team that saved America!

    Liked by 5 people

  17. Our President Trump is like a ringmaster surrounded by jackals, hyenas and other snarling animals. He doesn’t even need a whip and a chair. He has everything under control.

    Liked by 5 people

  18. You can access OAN here and watch live

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Mncpo(ret) says:

    He is the most transparent President in history. He talks to the media every time he leaves our house.

    Can anyone remember one single time that Obama talked to the press that was not staged, teleprompted, and had his sycophants attending? I can’t.

    Liked by 9 people

  20. visage13 says:

    You can always count on April Ryan to race bait, no different today. She is such a fool.

    Liked by 5 people

  21. MfM says:

    An eight minute press conference and he covered numerous topics and answered 25+ questions. Amazing.

    He doesn’t seem to avoid hard ones like the Center Park 5, and he pulled Linda Fairstein’s name out of his hat to use back at the nasty questioner.

    Trump also pushes what he wants pushed. He knows he would be pushed about Shanahan, so he was prepared.

    Liked by 6 people

    • steph_gray says:

      I had never known the connection between Linda Fairstein the fiction writer (whom I knew because of having several of her very enjoyable novels on my shelf) and the Central Park Jogger case. Wow!

      Just read about it (Brave browser, duck duck go set as search engine, no need to “google” her) and learned that her writing award was snatched back. Fiction is another field that the left has polluted thoroughly.


  22. Kent says:

    ….’Iran’ isn’t the issue…it’s the mullahs and the ayatollah and those who follow them who constitute the issue…which accounts for a lot of people….

    But…Iran has long been ready to be rid of them…and ‘Iran’ far outnumber the mullahs……which accounts for why obammy and crew dropped the Iranian people into the fire while spouting arab spring and installing islamists elsewhere…

    Kill the mullahs and their twelver kindred….destroy the enrichment facilities built by the islamists…save the Iranian people and possibly other areas of the world from nuclear exchange……a simple solution with mind bogglingly complex consequences.


  23. A2 says:

    Mark Esper served as the commissioner on the US China economic and security commission back when the commission was roundly criticised for having serious concerns on China.

    He knows the landscape.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Free Speech says:

    Thought this video was pertinent.

    Liked by 1 person

    • JustScott says:

      15min video. TL;DR=(my interpretation, trying to suppress considerable personal bias)

      Deep state plans (in progress in San Antonio) for wide Ebola attack on US,

      VSG45 will bomb CIA sites in Iran, then let US attacks start by embedded (in CONUS) covert foreign actors, so he can take down the DS.

      Vaccines are terrible, Kennedy fighting NYC law removing religious exemption is good.

      Overall impression: question motives of all three levels of sourcing.


      • Free Speech says:

        For a “TL;DR”, you gave a pretty complete synopsis. The wonderful thing about 1st Amendment rights to free speech is that citizens are trusted to make their own judgement about a source.


  25. Katherine McCoun says:

    April Ryan – that was a pathetic question!

    Liked by 1 person

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