President Trump Holds a Press Conference – 5:00pm ET Livestream

President Trump has modified his Sunday schedule and announced a 5:00pm press conference today.  [Livestream Links Below]

UPDATE: Video and Transcript Added

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Does anybody know these two gentlemen in the room? If you don’t, let us know. You shouldn’t be here if you don’t. It’s great to have you guys.

Yesterday, I was very proud to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. She is one of our nation’s most brilliant legal minds, and I think she’ll do very well. We’re moving along very quickly. Tremendous unity in the Republican Party. It’s the consequence of winning elections, which we did very substantially, both in the Senate and obviously in the White House. And I think we’re going to take back the House; I believe that very strongly. Kevin is doing a fantastic job. And I really believe we’re going to take back the House, and we’re all working very hard on that.

We have noticed some comments made in the media about my incredibly qualified nominee, Amy. The New York Times said her religion is not consistent with American values. She’s Catholic. That covers a lot of people. That’s a very disgraceful thing to say.

Some of the comedians — I don’t think they’re comedians because comedians are supposed to be funny; they’re not funny, like, at all. They’re nasty. They’re mean. And they think they’re funny. And someday — hopefully, it’s in five years — but someday, when I’m not here, they’re going to be off television because their ratings, which aren’t very good anyway, but their ratings are going to go down like you’ve never seen before. That includes a lot of others also.

In fact, I’m sort of waiting for the New York Times and the Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSDNC — I’m waiting for them to endorse me, because if they don’t, they’re going to drop with a thud like — you know, it was supposed to have happened long ago, and then we won a race, and it was a great — it was a great victory.

And our — I think we’ve never had a more energized base. I don’t think so. Nobody has ever seen anything like it. The rallies that we’re having are incredible; we call them “protests.” They’re friendly protests. We don’t want to call them “rallies,” but the friendly protest rallies are — have been incredible. People — I don’t think anybody has ever seen anything like it. And this is still long before an election. This isn’t like the evening before. These are long before an election.

The — the incredible crowd we had in Pennsylvania and Virginia — in every state, no matter where — in North Carolina, Florida — no matter where we go, we’re having crowds like nobody — I don’t think anybody has ever gotten before ever. Not even close.

There’s a level of enthusiasm — in Iowa today, with the tractors — thousands of tractors. In different states, the boats. You know, thousands and thousands of boats. Boaters for Trump, Tractors for Trump, Farmers for Trump — it’s really been very nice to see the level of enthusiasm.

I thought, though — on the religious situation with Amy, I thought we settled this 60 years ago with the election of John F. Kennedy. But seriously, they’re going after her Catholicism. I will stand with her, fight with her, and we will make sure that these attacks stop because they really — it’s unprecedented. They’re basically fighting a major religion in our country. This is incredible. Fighting any religion and fighting Catholicism is just incredible that they can be doing it. Are you Catholic, Rudy?

Twenty-nine Supreme Court vacancies have occurred during an election year or before an inauguration. In every single instance, going back to George Washington, the President has performed his constitutional duty and nominated a justice. And in almost every one of these cases over the past 230 years where the President and the Senate were the same party, the justice — as you know, that justice was confirmed.

This is about two centuries — more than two centuries of precedent. And I think it’ll continue. I think we’re going to have — I think it’s going to go quickly, actually. And I think —

And again, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the Republican Party more unified. I think it was probably even more unified with the impeachment hoax, actually. When they did the impeachment hoax, I think that was — which really turned out to be a hoax, because now you look at what’s happening with the FBI and Justice Department; if you look at all of those text messages, emails that were sent, it — we have been totally proven right. They spied on our campaign, and everybody knew it. Biden knew it; Obama knew it. Everybody knew it. And the lamestream media just, you know, doesn’t want to pick it up, although some have. I will say, Catherine Herridge at CBS has done a fantastic job on it. We appreciate that.

But this is a major scandal. This is a scandal, the likes of which nobody has ever seen. This is actually the biggest political scandal in the history of our country. And with the exception of a few, I mean, they just don’t want to write about it. You should read about that, Kelly, you know. You should write about it. You should write about it. You should do something on CNN about it, because it’s the biggest single scandal of our time; certainly the biggest political scandal, perhaps, in history.

They — they spied on our campaign, and then they tried for a coup. That didn’t work out too well. And it turned out that, if you read the — you read the texts that came out over the last three days, it turned out that they were really — it was reversed; it was the DNC and the Democrats that were using Russia. And related or unrelated, Hunter Biden got three and a half million dollars from the wife of the mayor of Moscow. Why did he get three and a half million dollars? And then he got millions more than we thought from Ukraine, and he got millions more than we heard about from China. Hunter Biden — “Where’s Hunter?”

So these are all questions that are very, very big on the Internet. The biggest thing going on the Internet is exactly this. And we’re going to have to see how that all turns out, but it turned out that we were right. So we went through two and a half years of ruining people’s lives, like General Flynn and many others — ruining their lives. And it turned out to be just the opposite. It was the Democrats that were dealing with Russia and other things.

So hopefully, our Attorney General and others working on this very, very hard, very diligently, will — it’ll lead to something that will be very important for our nation. I think it’s very important for our nation. It’s one of the most important things.

A central issue of the 2018 midterm elections was the Kavanaugh confirmation. And American voters punished the Democrats in the Senate. You so what happened; we picked up two seats. Again, something that hasn’t been reported on very much. But we picked up two seats for their treatment of Justice Kavanaugh and expanded our Senate majority to confirm Supreme Court justices, which was great.

And now Democrats are really brazenly attacking Judge Barrett for, again, her faith, mostly, is what I’m hearing — for her Catholic faith. And whether it’s C or anybody else, I think they ought to treat religion with much more respect. I think it’s a disgrace that they can do it.

Biden and the Democrats are desperate to distract from the real issues, which is that their party has been taken over by socialists, extremists, and probably communists. I think it’s beyond socialism; I think it’s a step beyond, and could be many steps beyond, if you take a look.

And if they win, they will nominate justices who will destroy the American way of life, the American Dream. They will destroy the American Dream. They’ll destroy America. They’ll destroy the United States of America. Your private right to own a firearm will be totally eliminated, your guns will be confiscated, your ability to live by your religious faith will be devastated. They’ll abolish America’s borders and give government healthcare to illegal aliens, which will destroy our healthcare system because so many people will pour into our country. That’s a tremendous incentive.

On voter fraud, as you know, hopefully there won’t be a very big movement because hopefully we’re going to be able to win. I think we have the massive movement. I think we’re going to have a tremendous, tremendous victory. There won’t be a transition because I can’t imagine we call a transition if we win. You know, they talk about, “Will there be a friendly transition?” Of course, there will, but we have a big problem, and you see it every day; you see it happening every day with ballots.

We are gravely concerned about the Democrat assault on election integrity. In Brooklyn, 25 percent of mail-in ballots were ruled invalid in June’s Democrat primary. You saw that. In a special election in New Jersey, 20 percent of the ballots were thrown out, and four people are now being prosecuted for fraud. This is all in the mail-ballots.

Thirty-five thousand mail-in ballots were rejected in Florida’s primary, and one hundred thousand were rejected in California, and that’s just the beginning.

A week after Pennsylvania’s primary, half of the counties were still counting ballots, and you’ll be counting them here because this is a much bigger version of all of that. Just last week, a number of discarded military ballots were discovered in Pennsylvania. All of the recovered ballots — these were ballots that were thrown out — had been cast for a person named Donald J. Trump.

In Wisconsin, three trays of mail containing absentee ballots were found in a ditch; they were thrown in a ditch. Three trays. That’s a lot.

In North Carolina, voters are reporting receiving two ballots in the mail. Many — many voters. I hear it’s thousands, but they’re getting two ballots. I wonder if those are Democrat areas, because the word is they are.

In Iowa caucus’s last winter, you know what happened there. You all reported on it, I think, very well. Right? Do you remember that one? It was not good, right? But in Iowa, they still don’t really know who the winner was. I think they called somebody eventually, but it was many, many weeks later. But they really have no idea, and that’s being — continues to be — and that’s little; that’s just a small — it continues to be litigated in Iowa. They can’t run a simple caucus, yet now they’re trying to radically write election laws nationwide, just weeks before the presidential election.

I heard in New York today that Governor Cuomo wants to try and simplify the ballots because he thinks they’re too complicated. And all of that, I agree with him. I think that’s good. But you don’t do that now. The ballots are starting to come in. And, you know, you can’t do it now. It’s too late.

Joe Biden and the Democrat extremists oppose all of these efforts to ensure election integrity. They oppose voter ID. Think of it: Voter ID. They want a picture. They have a picture for almost everything nowadays, but they don’t want a picture. You had a picture to get into the Democrat National Convention. You had a card with your picture on it. Did you know that, fellas? You have a — to get into the Democratic National Convention, you have a card and your picture is on it, but they don’t want it for voting, which is our very sacred right.

They want — we want proof of citizenship, a Social Security number requirement. They don’t want any of this to happen. And they want no signature verification. They don’t want to have a verified signature.

So they want none of the safety valves that you would have. Think of it: They opposed voter ID. They approve proof of — they oppose proof of citizenship. They oppose a Social Security number and requirements for Social Security numbers as a safety valve. And they oppose even simple signature verifications. They don’t want to have signature verification.

They want to require all states to do mail-in balloting, right? I call it “unsolicited.” Some people call it “universal.” I think “universal” doesn’t make sense because nobody understands why universal. So it’s “unsolicited.” They want unsolicited mail-in ballots. In other words, you send these ballots to whoever you can think of.

We had a case, I guess in New Jersey, you were reading to me, where somebody was sent two ballots, and they had slightly — one was — had a hyphen in it, the name, and the other one had a “K.” And they got two names. So I wonder if that person was a Democrat. Probably was.

And mailing of millions of ballots to people who never asked for them. So millions of people are going to be getting ballots who never asked for the ballots. They don’t want the ballots, or maybe they want them; maybe they don’t. Nobody knows, really. This is really a recipe for chaos. And when you look at what happened in Iowa — and again, that was run by very smart people. It was a very limited election. It was very small numbers we’re talking about. We’re talking about doing that for the entire nation.

And you can forget about November 3rd, because you’re going to be counting these things forever. And it’s very dangerous for our country.

So, certainly, a transition — we all believe in transition. We believe not only in transition, but a very friendly. But when the ballots and when the system is rigged, which it is; obviously it is. And the only one that knows that better than me are the Democrats. And they go into closed rooms and they must laugh like hell at what’s going on, because these ballots are being found. And this is the beginning. I talk about it now at the rallies. All these people are watching. Eyes and ears. Thousands and thousands. Tens of thousands.

But there’s no justification for these extreme changes to the election law. And if you can go to the grocery store, you can have an ID with your picture on it to vote. It’s so important. I mean, it’s just so important.

So a lot of things are going on. Very importantly, though — I think very, very importantly is when you — when you do your reporting, I think you ought to report on the FBI scandal because it’s one of the great scandals in the history of our country. And I think people want to hear about it. If you look at the Internet, you’ll see how people want to hear about it. And they will know about it, and it just makes the media look so bad. And there’s so much reporting — I could go into it right now, but I’m not going to do that.

But it would be a tremendous thing for the mainstream medium — media to really start reporting. I think your ratings we go through the roof; I really do — because people really are tired of this fake stuff where you don’t even talk about it. And the biggest scandal — certainly the biggest political scandal in the history of our country, by far; bigger than Watergate. Much bigger than Watergate. And they try and avoid it as much as possible. It’s getting very hard to avoid.

So we’ll take a couple of questions, and you may have a question for these two very wonderful people, brilliant people, from the standpoint of politics, I would say, and law. And if you have anything for Kayleigh, we’d love to do that.

Go ahead, please. Phil?

Q Thank you, sir. Last Wednesday, when you were speaking to the attorney generals, you said that you hoped federal judges were watching what was going on with mail-in ballots.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q Do you hope that Amy Coney Barrett is watching as well?

THE PRESIDENT: I do. I’m sure she is. I think everybody is. I think everyone in the country. I think we’ve made it a very big issue, and it’s an issue that the Democrats are trying to get away with. I don’t think they’re getting away. I mean, so many reports now of phony ballots — you know, that I don’t know if it would have been reported before.

But all of these rallies — you know, we had thousands of people last night, as you know. And we were in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The night before, we were in Virginia. I mean, those crowds are — whether it was 35,000 or 30,000, those crowds are massive. And that’s on very short notice. All of those people are watching. You know, we have eyes and ears now that we wouldn’t have had if we didn’t bring it up.

So, no, I’m sure she’s watching, and I’m sure that everybody is looking at it. I think — I think it’s just common sense.

Go ahead.

Q A quick follow-up. Did you discuss the election with her?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I didn’t. I didn’t.

Q And then just one —

THE PRESIDENT: I just didn’t think it would be appropriate. And I’ve watched over the years as Presidents would interview and talk and make a decision on a Supreme Court justice, and I was actually surprised they wouldn’t talk about various things, like Roe; they wouldn’t talk about, you know, things that are very important. They think it’s inappropriate to talk about them. I don’t know that it’s inappropriate, but I’ve gone by that custom.

Go ahead, Phil.

Q Thank you, sir. Democrats are arguing that ACB puts in danger not only Roe v. Wade but a number of other decisions. Do you think that they are correct?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t know. I mean, you know, we (inaudible). I think she’s going to rule on the law. I think she’s going to — I think she’s going to be a great justice for many years to come.

But I can say they also bring up healthcare. I mean, Obamacare is terrible. It doesn’t work. We’ve made the best of it. We got rid of the individual mandate, which is great. We protect people with — we are going to protect people with preexisting conditions, 100 percent. But if we can end Obamacare and come up with a much better healthcare system that’s much cheaper — much cheaper and much better, which is what we’ll do. On the other hand, if the Court rules against, we will manage the system better.

But don’t forget, we’ve already essentially gotten rid of Obamacare because we got rid of the individual mandate, and it was all based on that. So we’ve done a tremendous amount because the individual mandate was the most unpopular aspect of Obamacare. You had to pay a lot of money for the privilege of — for the privilege of not paying for bad healthcare. So that was a terrible thing for people.

And what we will do is, if we are fortunate enough to get rid of the little remaining in Obamacare — and again, individual mandate, the way I view it, that’s no longer Obamacare, because that was the central point, and we won that; we’ve already won that, as you know. But by getting rid of that, it’s different. It’s a much different thing.

The other thing we’ve done is managed — here’s the story: It’s no good. It’s too expensive. It’s bad coverage. You don’t get your doctor. You don’t get your plan. All the things that President Obama said, you don’t get. And Biden, too, by the way, if Biden even — I don’t think he has any understanding of it.

But you don’t get your doctor. You don’t get your plan. Twenty-eight times, President Obama said, “You get your doctor. You get your plan.” It turned out to be a lie.

So here’s what we’re doing: If we can terminate, we are going to have a much better plan, and you will have your doctor, you will have your plan. You’ll have a lot of things that you don’t get with Obamacare.

Q And then, really quickly, sir: Do you — you’ve said this numerous times, but do you really believe that Joe Biden will be on any type of performance-enhancing drug ahead of the debates? Or are you just joking?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I’m not joking. I mean, I’m willing to take a drug test. I think he should too, because he’s had a very uneven — I watched him with some of the — when he was with — you know, debating Pocahontas and Harris, who treated him so badly. But I watched him, and he was out of it. Right?

And then, I watched him against Bernie Sanders, and he was okay. I mean, he wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible. He was okay. A far cry from the way he — you know what I’m saying. I mean, if you look at some of those debates, I said, “There’s no way he can continue. He can’t continue.”

Then, all of the sudden, he debated Crazy Bernie Sanders. And you know what? The truth is he was — he was okay. And I said, “How did he go from there, with those horrible performances, to where he was okay?” And I always joke, but, you know, it is true: He was no Winston Churchill in debating, but he was fine.

And people say he was on performance-enhancing drugs. A lot of people have said that. A lot of people have written that.

Q Who has said that aside from you, sir?

Q Who has said that, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: So — so, take a look at it. Take a look. Why don’t you just check it? You can check out the Internet. You’ll see. Plenty of people say it.

And whether he is or not, it doesn’t matter, but I would love to take a test and he can take a test, too.

Go ahead, please.

Q Yeah, so we’ll start with debate. Obviously, it is coming up. How are you preparing? Is somebody playing Joe Biden in the debate with you? Are you doing debate prep at all?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, we are. We’re doing it. These two gentlemen have been helping. And Kayleigh is there. We have —

Q But who plays Biden? Who plays Biden for you? I mean, who —

THE PRESIDENT: I would say maybe a combination of these two. And either one of them is about five times smarter than Sleepy Joe.

But we had a little debate prep before we came here. I think this whole thing, though, is debate prep. You know, what I do is debate prep every day. I’m taking questions from you people all the time. I mean, I’ve taken a lot of questions from you over the last number of years, and he doesn’t.

I watched the way he was treated on MSDNC — on Friday, I guess, he did it live — and it was disgraceful. It was an embarrassment. I know her, and she’s a pretty tough reporter. The way she was helping him along with those — it was so obvious what was going on. She was helping him. She was giving him a question and then helping him to answer the question.

I know her very well. She doesn’t do that. It was embarrassing, and people don’t talk about it. I mean, play some of those clips. Play some of those answers, those — the answers that — where he wasn’t able to give an answer, and she’s pushing him; she’s pushing him.

They never do that with me, I can tell you. But I don’t have the kind of problems he has. So —

Q How many hours — how many hours would you say you’ve spent on debate prep? I mean, is it —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don’t know. I mean, a little time. I mean, not a lot.

Q Is it more or less than 16 hours?

THE PRESIDENT: I’m — I’m running a country. I’m — I don’t know — you know, I don’t have the luxury. I watched other people over the years. I watched one, sort of, fairly recently — not too long ago — go into a cabin, lock himself into a cabin, and he came out and he wasn’t very effective. You know, he had so much — so many things going on. Sometimes, you can go too much in that stuff, you know. Sometimes you can go too much.

I mean, look, I’ve had — I’d never debated before, but then I debated a lot four years ago. And if you look at the polls — those polls that come out — hundreds of thousands of people in Time Magazine and all of the different polls; I think there’s about seven or eight of them — according to those polls, I won every debate — every single debate, in the primaries and then when I debated Crooked Hillary. I won every debate.

I mean, this isn’t me saying — I felt I did — but this isn’t me saying it; this is the polls. You had a Time Magazine poll. You had this, that. And I guess they take them off the Internet or they get phone calls or something. But according to that, I won every debate, and I felt I did. But I understand the subject.

Now, Chris is tough. I hope that Chris is going to be equally tough on Joe Biden. But I watched the young lady, who I won’t — I won’t say her name, but it was embarrassing the way she was getting him along.

So I just asked the question about drugs. I think it’s something that would be appropriate because you can’t have a President that needs that kind of help.

If you do — if you do have a President that needs that kind of help, when you’ve got to deal with Putin, and you’ve got to deal with President Xi of China, and you have to deal with Kim Jong Un — and, by the way, do you notice there’s no war with North Korea? Which everyone thought we’d be in in about one week after I came to be President. They thought it was going to happen immediately. No war. And that’s saving, perhaps, millions of lives, not just — you know, they were saying, “Oh, 50,000 people.” No, millions and millions of people could have died.

Q Chris will definitely ask tough questions. And one of the ones that’s going to — likely everybody is going to be talking about is there’s a New York Times story that came out about an hour ago that says that, when you came to the White House, you were paying about $750 a year in federal income tax.

They are not releasing what — they’re not publishing the tax returns. They’re not showing that out there. They’re saying — to protect their sources. In your tax returns, sir, does that sound right, that you were paying a couple hundred dollars a year in federal income taxes?

THE PRESIDENT: No. No. It’s fake news. It’s totally fake news. Made up. Fake. We went through the same stories. You could have asked me the same questions four years ago. I had to litigate this and talk about it. Totally fake news. No.

Actually, I paid tax, but — and you’ll see that as soon as my tax returns — it’s under audit. They’ve been under audit for a long time. The IRS does not treat me well. They treat me like the Tea Party — like they treated the Tea Party. And they don’t treat me well. They treat me very badly.

You have people in the IRS — they’re very — they treat me very, very badly. But they’re under audit. And when they’re not, I would be proud to show you. But that’s just fake news. The New York Times tried it — the same thing. They want to create a little bit of a story, a little bit of — they’re doing anything they can.

Not only — that’s the least of it. I mean, the stories that I read are so fake. They’re so phony.

Q Did they tell you this was going to come out today?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I didn’t know anything about it. I don’t know anything about it. I think somebody said they were going to do a negative — they always do — they only do negative stories.

I don’t think, in the last — I used to get good stories in the New York Times. When I ran for office — and I happened to be conservative Republican — I don’t think we’ve had a good story. They predicted my loss four years ago. They then apologized for their bad reporting. Then they predicted the FBI and all of these things. That’s now proven to be a hoax — a complete hoax.

They got Pulitzer Prizes, along with the Washington Post. They should give all those Pulitzer Prizes back because everything was wrong. I mean, it was so bad. Their reporting was so bad. They were wrong. It was exactly the opposite.

Now, there are people that should get Pulitzer Prizes: Solomon, Carter. I mean, they’re not in the business of Pulitzer prizes, but Sean Hannity got it right. Lou Dobbs got it right. Laura got it right. Many people got — Tucker got it right. There were many people that got it right. I don’t know what they get, other than a great salary and great ratings. I mean, I don’t know what they get.

Please, go ahead.

Q (Inaudible) tax in 2016 —

Q Thank you, sir. Thank you, sir. On —

THE PRESIDENT: Jordan, go ahead.

Q Yes, thank you. On the New York Times story, though, you have to understand that when Americans read that you may have paid only a few hundred dollars in federal income tax per year, that seems very low for someone who’s a billionaire.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you have to under- —

Q So how much — I mean, can you —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, basically, they’re saying I paid nothing.

Q Right. But can you give people an idea of how much you actually are paying?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, basically — well, first of all, I’ve paid a lot, and I paid a lot of state income taxes, too. The New York State charges a lot, and I paid a lot of money in state.

It’ll all be revealed. It’s going to come out. But —

Q When?

THE PRESIDENT: After the audit is — after the — I’m being — they’re doing their assessment. We’ve been negotiating for a long time. Things get settled, like in the IRS. But right now, when you’re under audit, you don’t do it. You don’t do that.

So we’re under audit. But the story is a total fake. And all of their stories — this one — you know, we had the same exact questions, usually asked by the same people, and that took place four years ago, you remember. This was so well litigated. It’s incredible.

If you look at the filings I have — I think I have 108 pages of filings for all these different companies that do very well, obviously, because the filings — and nobody talks about that. You’ll learn much more if you look at those filings. And we have to file every single year.

But you’ll learn much more if you look at those filings. Those filings are very complete. They’re very big. They’re very powerful. They’re very accurate. And those are the filings that you’ll learn much more and when it’s done.

But when you’re under audit, you just don’t release them. And, again, they treat me —

Q Well, sir, you can tell us what your federal tax was.

THE PRESIDENT: They treat me — they treat me very —

Q Mr. President, you can tell us what you paid in federal taxes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: I didn’t call on you. I’m talking to him. You should be more respectful of this gentleman. You’re very rude to him.

But I will tell you that I look forward to releasing that. I look forward to releasing many things. I’m going to release many things, and people will be really shocked. But the New York Times has been doing — it’s fake story after fake story. I’ve never seen anything like it.

And people understand it, and people — that’s why the — the media has such a low approval rating now because of what they’ve done. It’s really a shame.

Yeah, go in the back.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Two questions. First —

THE PRESIDENT: If you have any questions for these two gentlemen —

Q Well, that’s what I was going to ask.

THE PRESIDENT: Good.

Q Both you and Governor Christie and Mayor Giuliani — your two guests are practicing Catholics. You’ve talked about possible bias against Judge Barrett’s religion. Only two Catholic bishops have come out to say the same thing you have. Is any effort being made by any of you to, say, get the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops —

THE PRESIDENT: I think that —

Q — involved —

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q — or at least other leaders within the Church?

THE PRESIDENT: We’re in the process of doing that. I think it’s horrible what they’re doing. I mean, they’re playing the religious card. And it’s frankly — you’re talking about Catholics. That’s a very major religion in our country.

I don’t know — Chris, do you have anything to say about it?

MR. CHRISTIE: I think it’s obvious what they’re doing. So, you know, she’ll be strong, she’ll be tough, and she’ll stand up for what she believes in.

THE PRESIDENT: And she went through — just like I did, four years ago, in terms of litigation of different things — she went through it before and did very well.

Rudy, what do you think?

MR. GIULIANI: I think the article in the New York Times today reveals a very strong anti-Catholic bias. I mean, it says in the article that Catholicism and the American ethos can’t be — contradict each other.

Q Well, let me ask a follow-up.

MR. GIULIANI: What is — what — I mean, what is the American ethos? It’s their version of it. That’s a horrible thing to say. And then it said that Catholics have difficulty separating public and private morality. I don’t have difficulty separating public and private morality.

So what I see is the beginning of a really strong anti-Catholic attack. And having lived through the John Kennedy election, that article today reminded me of the things that used to be written before John Kennedy. “Could a Catholic be loyal to the United States?” Come on.

Q Well, having said that —

MR. GIULIANI: That’s exactly what Feinstein raised when she made that awful remark to — to the judge.

Q Well, let me repeat my question again. Why are only two bishops within the Church speaking out? And will you make an effort to get the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops —

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, I think they’re going to — they’ll come out very strongly. This is day one. I mean, we’ve just started this. This is absolutely day one. And, you know, I mean, they’re going to be coming out very strong.

The Catholic Church is very well united on this. They are so thrilled that Amy was chosen. They are so thrilled. Oh, they’ll be — you know, again, it’s been 24 hours, okay? So it’s been a very short period of time, but they’re going to come out very strong.

Yeah, please go ahead. OAN.

Q Christina Bobb from OAN. Thank you for the briefing. You spoke earlier about some of the subjects that Joe Biden has been refusing to answer questions on, specifically Hunter Biden and his involvement with Russia, the Ukraine, even China.

THE PRESIDENT: Incredible.

Q And then the Obamagate —

THE PRESIDENT: And the press doesn’t ask those questions. It’s incredible.

Q I’m wondering — the debate is coming up this week. Do you anticipate Joe Biden being held to task? And will he be able to answer those questions at the debate?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know. I mean, we’re going to find out, because a lot things are going to come up in the debate. That may be one. I mean, the son didn’t have a job. He had some big difficulties. And then, all of the sudden, he’s making millions of dollars as soon as his father becomes Vice President.

No, I think that’ll come up. I don’t think — I don’t think Joe can answer it, frankly. I think there’s only one reason he made all that money.

And then you have to say, “What about Joe’s involvement? And why did Joe not give the billion dollars over to Ukraine, as an example, until such time as they let go of a prosecutor that was investigating the company that his son was involved with?”
I mean, there are some bad questions. I don’t think they have answers. And if we had a media that was fair — even just reasonable — this would be the biggest story for years and years and years. Then you’d really be entitled to real Pulitzer Prizes, not the fake committee that gives you these fake awards.

So, I mean, it’s a really fair question. But it’s hard to believe, when you see the kind of money that he has made from China, from Russia, where the wife of the mayor of Moscow gives him three and half million dollars and nobody even has any question about it.

Why did he get three and half million dollars? I’ll tell you why: Because Joe Biden was in on it. Joe was in on it. There’s no way that he wasn’t. And uses Joe Biden’s plane — Air Force Two. Uses Joe — and they go to China, and then he comes back, and he never mentioned it to his father that he just got a billion and a half dollars?

And now it’s turning out that it’s much more money than that, Rudy. It’s turned out to be much more money from China. They have — a member of the Chinese Communist Party gave him a lot of money. And the press has no interest in these stories. It’s — it’s just — it’s very disheartening for the people of our country.

Please.

Q Mr. President, if he tries to dodge the questions or doesn’t address them head on, are you prepared with the facts and information to answer that for the American people?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I have all the information. It just came out. I mean, I didn’t know about Moscow — three and a half million dollars from the mayor’s wife. I didn’t know about that.

And he’s a very influential, powerful man in Russia, as you know. And it wasn’t me; I didn’t have anything to do with Russia. That came out loud and clear.

What also came out is they should have never gone into this fake Mueller investigation. And it also came out that the 31 phones that were wiped clean shouldn’t have been wiped clean. And that’s a criminal act.

And Bloomberg likewise shouldn’t be paying for prisoners to go — in Florida — go and vote, because he’s basically paying — which is totally illegal — going and paying prisoners. I hope he hasn’t done it yet. But he’s down in writing as doing it. This is what he wants to do so that he can ingratiate himself to the Democrats after they made him look like a total fool in the debate.

I mean, what they did to him is incredible. And that he goes out and spends money, it shows you the problems that he’s got. Mini Mike.

But for him to go out and buy votes, because that’s — I don’t know, you’re very good lawyer. Are you allowed to go tell people that, “Go vote. I’m going to pay off your tab”?

MR. CHRISTIE: You surely can’t buy votes, that’s for sure.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, because that’s what it is. I mean, it’s a very serious — a very serious charge.

Yeah, please go ahead.

Q Mr. President, if he —

THE PRESIDENT: No, I didn’t — I was talking to you. Yeah.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. You know that there —

THE PRESIDENT: I can’t — could you — we have a little hard time —

Q Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you.

Q There has been (inaudible) military action in the Karabakh — Azerbaijan. And —

THE PRESIDENT: In where?

Q The Azerbaijan — the Karabakh. And the civilians are killed. And according to the officials from Azerbaijan, they say the first shoot came from the Armenians. What’s your comment on this?

THE PRESIDENT: So we’re looking at it very strongly. It just happened. And I know about it. I learned about it today and yesterday. And we’re looking at it very strongly. We have a lot of good relationships in that area. We’ll see if we can stop it.

Okay? Thank you very much.

END 6:08 P.M. EDT

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415 Responses to President Trump Holds a Press Conference – 5:00pm ET Livestream

  1. Nigella says:

    Do we know what it is about?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. freepetta says:

    Be watching!! Maybe it’s about the LACK of DURHAM!!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. In the Land of Poz says:

    We have 20 minutes left to fantasize that he will be announcing mass declassification, drumhead treason trials, or that his legal team has discovered a way to fire the entire civil service. But probably something less momentous, or another Mideast normalization. I just hope he’s not jumping on the Armenian-Azeri thing.

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  4. Publius2016 says:

    Wow! 45 added this…hope he mentions HBCU OHiden!

    we have Platinum Plan while OHiden has “U Ain’t Black”

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Mike Van says:

    Hope it’s about declassification’s! After Maria’s slamming the uniparty this morning.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Publius2016 says:

    Time to fire Wray and release “The Krakken Grennell”

    First openly “gay” FBI Director!

    Liked by 15 people

  7. benifranlkin says:

    He is going to demand that Joe Biden be drug tested around the time of the debates starting on Tuesday. But I don’t think many routine drug tests are going to be looking for what Joe is likely taking (like cholinesterase inhibitors – ex. Aricept) but who knows. If any President is on one of those it should be curtains for them.

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    • Wethal says:

      Unless Trump has some kind of proof that Biden is on some kind of dementia drug or uppers, he’d have a hard time getting drug tests.

      As far as Biden’s gaffes go, Jill Biden has declared those off limits. Really. She was on Tapper this morning, and when he asked her about gaffes, she told him not to go there. so he didn’t, being the little MSM lackey that he is.

      So the message has gone out, Biden’s “gaffes,” including his long, incoherent statements are off limits.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Trump doesn’t take orders from Jill Biden. LOL

        Liked by 15 people

        • Wethal says:

          Very true, but I think she’s setting the narrative for the MSM for the debate. No matter how awful Biden is, the MSM is not to talk about his mental faculties. It will be Fox News (if at all), but the MSM will just say, “Joe being Joe” and attack Trump for using the wrong verb tense, or something like that.

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        • suejeanne1 says:

          and neither do we!

          oh, well, Dr. Jill, I guess you didn’t have to take the Hippocratic Oath when you became a Doctor of Eduction . . . otherwise, one might severely question your being a “doctor” . . .

          then again, a wife – to me – I think – might also be expected to watch for and care for her husband, if she truly loves him – and certainly would not put him through the stress and the strain of a Presidential campaign! She would protect him and shelter him and not subject him to such gross exposure and mortification.

          You are being faithful to the husband you married, you know the younger guy would hate like hell to be seen all – messed – up – faltering, fragile and just terribly fouled up.

          It’s like making sure he eats properly and well, every meal – three meals a day – watching what you prepare for him – making everything healthy.

          You know, like the Hippocratic Oath – a wife should at least “Do no harm” . . .

          then again, maybe Jill has no such thought that she is exposing her husband to danger, really – she just does not care!

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        • ezpz2 says:

          No, but surely, Chrissy Wallace will comply during Tuesday’s so called debate.

          Liked by 1 person

      • sunnyflower5 says:

        Jill Biden is a disgusting spouse.
        There is something very wrong with her……maybe she just hates her husband.

        Liked by 8 people

    • Mike Van says:

      Is there a drug therapy for cranial rectoses?

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Publius2016 says:

    so many Avenues…maybe Saudi Arabia signing on Abraham Accords in time for Yom Kippur,

    right before Gold Star family dinner!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Ninja7 says:

    Should be something GOOD. President Donald J Trump giving a presser on Sunday, is a rare occurrence.
    Popcorn Time. 🤗😁

    Liked by 8 people

  10. Publius2016 says:

    How would MSDNC know this is what OHiden is talkng about? only way she knows is because this whole thing was scripted!

    Liked by 4 people

  11. mandy says:

    Just a guess – the new war between Azerbajan and Armenia?

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  12. PDJT needs to tell Gramercy to confirm Judge Barrett without delay. Turtle too.

    Liked by 3 people

  13. ReglarMerican says:

    Chris Wray resigned out of shame for doing a bad job and will be at presser to apologize to the nation.
    (might as well swing for the fences)

    Liked by 4 people

    • steph_gray says:

      Now that really is a fantasy –

      Not that he has a short time to be FBI director – his days are surely numbered…

      …but the idea that a Deep State Swampster like Wray could ever feel the emotion of shame.

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  14. I Hear You Now says:

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    • WVNed says:

      Collective stupidity of the hive mind.

      Liked by 5 people

    • jahealy says:

      “These circumstances” is a big tell – it appears in all 4 tweets. As an aside, following the law is outside “these circumstances,” according to the left. But we knew that.

      Liked by 2 people

    • suejeanne1 says:

      “under these circumstances” – so many people thinking the same way – now, are they lemmings or maybe “lemming masters” issuing thought commands for their underlings –

      I can see the lemmings in a huddle around their lemming master or lemming captain:

      okay, lems, the phrase for the day is “under these circumstances”

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  15. we do have a war here …who cares about them…VVP will resolve it…..

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  16. Leon Brozyna says:

    It’s Sunday

    It boring

    How about a nice bombshell to freak out the libs?

    Liked by 1 person

  17. I Hear You Now says:

    President Trump tweeted this out about 45 minutes ago —— an 11-second video of Biden and his 180-years-ago claim about himself 😀)

    Liked by 13 people

    • steph_gray says:

      Simply unbelievable!

      Was some wag messing with what they put on his teleprompter or did he just read it wrong? 80 years ago, 18 years ago – neither of them would work either…

      Liked by 1 person

  18. TwoLaine says:

    Chris Christie & Rudy G.

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  19. Cathie says:

    rudy and chris christie just walked in

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  20. jahealy says:

    Rudy in the house!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. I LOVE that the guest stood!

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  22. destashjan says:

    Rudy and Christie?

    Liked by 1 person

  23. jahealy says:

    He’s teasing us with this buildup. Bugger.

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  24. Radiotexas says:

    “Drop like a thud!” Slam, bam, thank you mam!

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  25. jahealy says:

    He’s also got the “journalists” by the shorthairs, just teasing it out. 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  26. cccp3-o says:

    Where’s Hunter??

    Liked by 3 people

  27. Wethal says:

    This may be some kind of a response to Biden’s statement this morning. Getting in the last word (only Fox and C-Span are covering it apparently)?

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Desert Pete says:

    It looks like he is giving a rally speech disguised as a press conference. Heh.

    Liked by 13 people

  29. jahealy says:

    Okay … Rudy, Christie, Bondi … voter fraud. Hmm.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. bcsurvivor2 says:

    POTUS is in a very serious mood. Rudy and Christy? Hope they are speaking. Doesn’t bode well for the dems.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. sunnyflower5 says:

    What a shame—Fix your sound Fox News.

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  32. WhiteBoard says:

    you need a picture ID to get into the DNC convention.

    yet no ID to vote. no signature verification.
    you simply steal a social security number, date of birth – and mass STEAL the Election.

    no way to tell who voted twice – so they will VOTE FOR EVERYONE once – and let them vote too.

    Liked by 2 people

  33. jahealy says:

    OMG, lecturing the fake news like nobody’s business. 😂

    Liked by 10 people

  34. cccp3-o says:

    We All Know!!

    Liked by 2 people

  35. WhiteBoard says:

    He is in front of the media – practically begging them to be fair and report the FBI scandal.
    begging is a poor word! he is simply offering the olive branch – and simply is confused why they will not report it.

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  36. bcsurvivor2 says:

    POTUS is very serious.

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  37. sunnyflower5 says:

    Feel free to question these two with their brilliant legal minds……

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  38. jahealy says:

    Doesn’t mention why Rudy or Christie is there and turns things over for questions. I be lost.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Rupigal says:

    NYT reports they have his tax returns.

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  40. Nigella says:

    Does this have anything to do with what Maria said this morning?

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  41. Wethal says:

    So he is countering the Dem narrative on how Barrett (and Trump 2020) will get rid of Obamacare? Good for him.

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  42. Wethal says:

    Drug test. He went there.

    Liked by 2 people

  43. sunnyflower5 says:

    Joe has a sore on his hand— looks like from a IV.
    Everyone but the lapdog media has observed it.

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  44. herebouts says:

    Reporter are nursemaids to Joe!

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  45. bertdilbert says:

    Either of the guys that play debate prep are 5 times smarter than sleepy Joe!

    Liked by 1 person

  46. “Who plays Biden in your debate prep?”

    “This is debate prep. I’m debating you people every day.”

    Liked by 8 people

  47. bcsurvivor2 says:

    Interesting…POTUS is setting the narrative for the debates. Setting up drug testing for joe. I think POTUS knows Joe is not gonna be there.

    Liked by 3 people

  48. sunnyflower5 says:

    NYT—Fake News— paying $750
    They want to protect their sources 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

    Liked by 1 person

  49. WhiteBoard says:

    PROOOF HE KNOWS – “they treat me like the teaparty”
    Eric Holder – he is coming for you!

    Liked by 9 people

  50. Nigella says:

    So the scoop at the NY slimes is Trump paid very little in taxes.. By the way.. Shouldn’t it be illegal for them to have and release?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Why…yes, I do believe it just might be Nigella! But I’m not an attorney!!! LOL!!!

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    • realeyecandy1 says:

      Would be interested in whether Bill Bagpipe Barr will be going after the NYT for this leak

      I personally Do NOT care about his tax returns .. he ran a HUGE company with complicated dealings

      I don’t care if he did NOT pay a DIME in taxes….I personally hope that ALL of them take EVERY tax advantage they can

      Most Americans WANT the Tax Dept to get the LEAST $$$$ as possible because we know how the GOVT wastes our money

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      • Zorro says:

        If it weren’t for waste and fraud, like Biden bogus foreign aid, we probably could slash taxes by 50%.

        Liked by 4 people

      • NC Patriot says:

        I*n 2016 he ran some 300-400 companies and his tax returns stacked up to 3 reams of paper. His kids run the companies now, not him. For the last 3 years he has taken NO salary, but donated it all back. So what is to question.

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    • Jase says:

      As the late, great Australian businessman Kerry Packer told a Senate inquiry: Yes, I minimum my taxes as much as the law allows. Anyone who doesn’t minimise their taxes needs their head read. I don’t pay one penny more than I have to.

      I bet POTUS paid more intax than Hunter.

      Liked by 4 people

    • I dont know if the press understands that Taxes are not an act of charity , left to the discretion of individuals. Taxes are paid based on a labrynthine code thats longer than the Code of Hammurabi.
      This tax code results in many strange things – like Apple Company paying zero taxes for several years in a row. Its not illegal to pay zero taxes. Its illegal to lie on your tax return.
      Most large businessmen are under continuous audit and disputes with the IRS. Its common. Nothing unusual. Each side has lawyers and they argue about the fine points of Hammurabi’s Code.
      At the end of the day the actual amount of tax paid by an individual is not dependent on that person’s generosity or love for country. Its not discretionary. Its determined by the Tax Code.
      Someone needs to point that out to these jackal “journalists”.

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      • I mean – where does this stop? Apple and many other companies used a structure called the double-dutch-irish-sandwich – which save them millions in taxes. many individuals use a particularly devious plot called the Roth IRA which allows money to compound free of tax . Some rascals take advantage of various exemptions for dependent children or because of being blind. veterans , the greatest abusers , get special treatment as well.
        Oh – and most hedge funds have entities set up in the Cayman Islands – and its not because of the nice beaches.
        The US is the only major country ( I exclude Eritrea ) that taxes its citizens on worldwide income regardless of whether they live in the US or not. A US citizen can move to Thailand , and make money selling elephant feed – he still has to pay US taxes on his Thai income . You can bury yourself in a hole in the Sahara desert and scrape by selling dung beetles to passing bedouin – yup (they like to race them)- you still have to file that 1040 .
        The IRS is the worlds most powerful tax collection agency with tentacles that reach everywhere in the world – and with the power to punish anywhere in the world.
        In short the IRS is all-powerful and its the entity we have set up deal with collecting the taxes, according to a Tax Code. Its not up to individual morality or largesse .
        And if a major businessman is delinquent on taxes you can bet the IRS is all over it.
        Its not the job of the New York Times. Or any of the other thoroughly corrupt, Pravda-esque “news” agencies we have.

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      • dissonant1 says:

        If a public company did not maximize its tax advantages it would have to answer to its shareholders and potentially to legal action. Why then, should a private company (which competes with public companies) be under any disadvantage to a public company when it comes to utilizing tax advantage strategies? If you don’t like it call your congressperson to close the corporate loopholes.

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