Earlier today in the oval office President Trump was questioned about the intelligence “whistleblower” story. The President warned media they are setting themselves up for another fake news embarrassment:
[Transcript on “Whistleblower”]
Q Mr. President, do you want to address this whistleblower story, sir?
Q Will you be asking — will you be asking —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Wait a moment, please.
Q Do you want to address this whistleblower story?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: What story?
Q The whistleblower, whether it was (inaudible)?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: It’s a ridiculous story. It’s a partisan whistleblower. Shouldn’t even have information. I’ve had conversations with many leaders. They’re always appropriate. I think Scott can tell you that. Always appropriate. At the highest level, always appropriate. And anything I do, I fight for this country. I fight so strongly for this country. It’s just another political hack job.
Q Mr. President, on that point, did you discuss Joe Biden, his son, or his family with the leader of Ukraine?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: It doesn’t matter what I discuss. But I will say this: Somebody ought to look into Joe Biden’s statement, because it was disgraceful, where he talked about billions of dollars that he’s not giving to a certain country unless a certain prosecutor is taken off the case.
So, somebody ought to look into that. And you wouldn’t, because he’s a Democrat. And the Fake News doesn’t look into things like that. It’s a disgrace.
But I had a great conversation with numerous people. I don’t even know exactly who you’re talking about, but I had a great conversation with numerous people — numerous leaders. And I always look for the conversation that’s going to help the United States the most. That’s very important.
Q Mr. President, do you know the identity of the whistleblower? Do you know the identity of the whistleblower?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don’t know the identity of the whistleblower. I just hear it’s a partisan person, meaning it comes out from another party. But I don’t have any idea. But I can say it was a totally appropriate conversation. It was actually a beautiful conversation.
And this is no different than — you know, the press has had a very bad week with Justice Kavanaugh and all of those ridiculous charges and all of the mistakes made at the New York Times and other places. You’ve had a very bad week. And this will be better than all of them. This is another one. So keep — so keep — so keep playing it up, because you’re going to look really bad when it falls. You know, I guess I’m about — I guess I’m about 22 and 0, and I’ll keep it that way.
Q Did you mention Joe Biden during the conversation though, Mr. President?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don’t want to talk about any conversation, other than to say — other than to say: great conversation, totally appropriate conversation, couldn’t have been better. And keep asking questions and build it up as big as possible so you can have a bigger downfall.
[…] Q Mr. President, on the whistleblower, have you read the complaint? Have you read the complaint of the —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, I haven’t. It’s — it’s —
Q Who in your White House has?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I just tell you, it is — everybody has read it and they laugh at it. And it’s another —
Q But you haven’t read it?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: It’s another media disaster. The media has lost so much credibility in this country. Our media has become the laughingstock of the world.
When you look at what they did to Justice Kavanaugh and so many other things last week, I think this is one of the worst weeks in the history of the fake news media. You have been wrong on so many things and this one will be — I wouldn’t say it will top the list, because I think you can’t do worse than some of the stories you missed over the last week or two, but the media of our country is laughed at all over the world now. You’re a joke.
Okay, what else?
Q Mr. President, (inaudible) clarify: When you talk about the conversation that you —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Which conservation?
Q Well, we’re trying to figure out what conversation you’re —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, figure it out. You’re supposed to be the media. Figure it out.
Q July 25th? Was it July 25th?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: It was — which conversation?
Q Was it July 25th, with the President of Ukraine?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I really don’t know. I don’t know.
[…] Q Should Congress see the complaint and the transcript of your call to clear any confusion?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: There is nothing. It’s nothing.
Q Should Congress see it?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: There’s nothing.