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>>Announcer: THIS IS AN ABC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. NOW REPORTING, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS.>>>GOOD MORNING, WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR RIGHT NOW BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ABOUT TO APPEAR IN THE EAST ROOM OF THE WHITE HOUSE THE DAY AFTER THOSE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS WHICH WAS A SPLIT DECISION FOR CONGRESS. DEMOCRATS GAINING CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, GAINING 28 SEATS RIGHT THERE, STILL 11 SEATS OUTSTANDING, LIKELY TO BE IN THE 30s BEFORE IT’S ALL OVER. REPUBLICANS PICKING UP TWO SEATS IN THE SENATE. THERE ARE STILL THREE SENATE SEATS OUTSTANDING. THEIR MAJORITY COULD GROW BY A COUPLE MORE AS WELL. IN THE GOVERNORS’ RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY LAST NIGHT, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PICKED UP SEVEN STATE HOUSES AND FROM THE GOP GEORGIA IS STILL OUTSTANDING. THEY’RE STILL COUNTING THE VOTES IN GEORGIA. A POSSIBILITY THERE COULD BE A RUNOFF IN THAT STATE, THOUGH WE DON’T HAVE THAT YET. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN UP AND TWEETING ALREADY THIS MORNING, CALLING HIS VICTORIES LAST NIGHT, ESPECIALLY IN THE SENATE RACES, A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS, BUT ALSO TAKING ON HIS CRITICS IN THE MEDIA WHO HAVE NOT GIVEN HIM ENOUGH CREDIT AND THOSE IN CONGRESS WHO MIGHT WANT TO INVESTIGATE. >>NO SURPRISE, GEORGE. WE KNEW THAT HE WASN’T GOING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. IN FACT, HE SAID IT HIMSELF COMING INTO THE MIDTERMS THAT WHATEVER THE OUTCOMES WERE, HE WAS NOT TO BLAME DESPITE HAVING VERY MUCH CAMPAIGNED ON HIS OWN NAME BEING ON THESE BALLOTS. HE TOLD VOTERS THEY SHOULD VOTE AS IF HIS NAME WAS ON THE BALLOT. WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT NOW FROM THE PRESIDENT, DOES HE ADDRESS WHAT WE SAW IN THESE RETURNS LAST NIGHT, THAT THIS IS A DIVIDED AMERICA. AND THEY VOTED IN THIS ELECTION BASED ON HIM AND THEIR OPINIONS OF HIM. AND WILL HE TONE IT DOWN, AS HE SAID, LEADING INTO THIS ELECTION, AND AS WE HEARD SOME OF HIS OWN REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY THAT HE SHOULD AND THEY SHOULD TONE IT DOWN. WE’LL BE WATCHING FOR ALL THOSE THINGS. WE KNOW HE’S FEELING VICTORIOUS THIS MORNING. >>NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. THE PRESIDENT HAS ALSO TALKED TO THE NEW DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF THE HOUSE, EXPECTED TO BE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, CALLED HER LAST NIGHT, PUT OUT A TWEET ON THAT THIS MORNING AS WELL. >>HE SAID IN ALL FAIRNESS — THIS IS A SHOCKER — NANCY PELOSI DESERVES TO BE CHOSEN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. FOR A LONG TIME THERE WAS NO LOVE LOST THERE AND WE KNOW THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOW BRACING FOR THE INVESTIGATIONS TO COME THAT WILL COME OUT OF THE DEMOCRATIC-CONTROLLED CONGRESS. THEY HAVE SAID — NANCY PELOSI SAID COMING INTO THESE IMMEDIATE TERMS THAT THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS WILL BE TO GO AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS. OTHER DEMOCRATS HAVE SAID THAT THEY WANT TO OPEN INVESTIGATIONS AGAIN, THAT THEY WANT TO SUBPOENA PEOPLE LIKE DON JR. AND STEVE BANNON AND EVEN JARED KUSHNER. WE KNOW THAT JOHN KELLY HAS HELD MEETINGS, GETTING STAFFERS TOGETHER TO GET READY, BRACE THEMSELVES FOR ALL THE ONSLAUGHT OF INVESTIGATIONS TO COME. >>WE SAW A TWEET FROM THE PRESIDENT THAT HE WOULD USE HIS SENATE MAJORITY TO INVESTIGATE LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND POSSIBLE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY FROM THE DEMOCRATS. >>I GUESS WHAT WE’LL BE LOOKING FOR GOING FORWARD IS WHETHER THEY CAN ACTUALLY WORK TOGETHER ON ANYTHING. THEY’VE GOT INFRASTRUCTURE, THAT’S A POSSIBILITY. THEY’VE GOT TO DEAL WITH A SPENDING BILL. THIS GOVERNMENT IS ON THE VERGE OF ANOTHER SHUTDOWN AND IT’S POTENTIALLY WEEKS AWAY. I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE SEE A GESTURE, AN OLIVE BRANCH, PERHAPS A NANCY PELOSI VISIT BACK IN THE OVAL OFFICE. WE WILL FIND OUT. >>THE PRESIDENT HAS PROMISED MANY TIMES THAT HE WOULD NOT SIGN THAT BILL UNLESS IT INCLUDED FUNDING FOR THE BORDER WALL. THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT EVEN THE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER, MITCH McCONNELL THIS MORNING, WAS NONCOMMITTAL ON. >>AND GOING BACK TO THIS ISSUE OF THE BORDER, THIS IS SOMETHING PRESIDENT TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON DAY IN AND DAY OUT LEADING UP TO THIS ELECTION. AND REMEMBER WE COVERED THIS SO MANY TIMES, THESE TROOPS, AS MANY AS 15,000 THAT HE SAID HE WANTED TO SEND DOWN TO THE BORDER, AND HIS CRITICS SAID THAT THIS WAS ALL BEING POLITICIZED IN ORDER TO DRUM UP HIS BASE AHEAD OF THIS ELECTION, AND NOW WE’RE JUST HEARING FROM THE PENTAGON TODAY, GEORGE, THAT THEY’RE NO LONGER CALLING THIS A MILITARY OPERATION, THEY’RE CALLING THIS A SUPPORT MISSION. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE QUESTIONING WHAT THE MOTIVES WERE BEHIND THIS. >>JON KARL IN THE EAST ROOM WITH THE WHITE HOUSE. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THE PRESIDENT DOES KEEP UP THAT RHETORIC THAT WE SAW IN THE CLOSING DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN. >>Reporter: HE CLOSED OUT THE CAMPAIGN WITH RHETORIC AS HARSH AS WE’VE EVER HEARD FROM HIM BUT HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT IF HE HAD ONE THING THAT HE WOULD CHANGE OVER HIS FIRST TWO YEARS IN OFFICE IT WOULD BE, PERHAPS, HIS S TONE, A SOFTER TONE. GEORGE, I EXPECT THAT YOU WILL SEE A PRESIDENT LOOKING LIKE HE HAD A BIG VICTORY LAST NIGHT. NOW OBVIOUSLY THE REPUBLICANS LOST THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THAT’S A BIG BLOW TO THIS WHITE HOUSE, A BIG BLOW TO REPUBLICANS, BUT THIS WHITE HOUSE, THIS PRESIDENT, WAS PREPARING FOR A NIGHT LAST NIGHT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE, AND THEY’RE ALSO BUOYED BY SIGNIFICANT VICTORIES IN THE SENATE, INCLUDING RACE AFTER RACE WHERE THE PRESIDENT CAMPAIGNED AND CAMPAIGNED HARD. YOU WILL SEE A PRESIDENT COMING OUT HERE TALKING ABOUT A GREAT NIGHT AS FAR AS HE IS CONCERNED, A GREAT NIGHT WHERE HIS PARTY ALSO LOST THE HOUSE. >>BUT THE PRESIDENT’S SUCCESS IN THE SENATE LAST NIGHT WON’T NECESSARILY FORECLOSE CHANGES IN THE WHITE HOUSE OR THE ADMINISTRATION.>>IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY, NOT AT ALL. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I EXPECT WE WILL SEE CHANGES. THE BIG QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER OR NOT THERE WILL BE CHANGES BUT WHEN. I THINK YOU’LL SEE CHANGES IN THE WEST WING. YOU’LL ALSO SEE CHANGES IN HIS CABINET. THE PRESIDENT’S MADE NO SECRET OF THE FACT THAT HE IS NOT HAPPY WITH HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL. I THINK THAT ONE OF THE BIG GUESSING GAMES NOW IS WHEN DOES JEFF SESSIONS LEAVE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.>>CHIEF JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PIERRE THOMAS, WHEN DOES JEFF SESSIONS LEAVE, WHO DOES THE PRESIDENT TRY TO REPLACE HIM WITH, WITH THAT REPLACEMENT TRY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION?>>THE EXPECTATION IS SESSIONS WILL BE FIRED OR RESIGN SOON. AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT MAY ASSESS THESE RETURNS LAST NIGHT AND MAKE A FINAL DECISION ON THAT. BUT YOU’RE RIGHT, A LOT IS PENDING. THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING. WE EXPECT THAT WE COULD SEE MORE INDICTMENTS IN THE COMING WEEKS AND THAT FINAL REPORT BY THE END OF THE YEAR PERHAPS. >>MUELLER WAS QUIET DURING THAT 60-DAY PERIOD BEFORE THE ELECTION, IN FACT, HE’S BEEN LEAK-PROOF FOR THE LAST — EVER SINCE HE TOOK OVER THAT JOB. PRETTY IMPERVIOUS, PIERRE THOMAS, TO PRESSURE COMING FROM EITHER THE PRESS OR THE CONGRESS OR THE PRESIDENT.>>GEORGE, HE JUST DOESN’T CARE. AGAIN, HE’S THE ONLY FIGURE I CAN THINK OF IN MY TIME IN WASHINGTON WHO HAS HAD A JOB FOR MORE THAN A YEAR AND NOT SPOKEN A SINGLE WORD PUBLICLY. >>AND WE REALLY DON’T HAVE ANY REAL IDEA THOUGH ON WHEN HE MIGHT ACT ON EITHER MORE INDICTMENTS OR ISSUING THIS REPORT ON THE PRESIDENT’S ACTIONS. >>I THINK THAT WE JUST, BASED ON OUR SOURCING AND REPORTING, EXPECT THAT MORE INDICTMENTS WILL BE COMING. HE HAS HAD A STEADY STREAM OF THEM IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS, PARTICULARLY SINCE AUGUST, AND WE EXPECT THAT HE IS WORKING TOWARD ENDING THIS INVESTIGATION.>>PERHAPS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. THE PRESIDENT NOW ENTERING THE EAST ROOM ALONG WITH HIS VICE PRESIDENT, MIKE PENCE.>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. PLEASE, THANK YOU. IT WAS A BIG DAY YESTERDAY, AN INCREDIBLE DAY. AND LAST NIGHT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DEFIED HISTORY TO EXPAND OUR SENATE MAJORITY WHILE SIGNIFICANTLY BEATING EXPECTATIONS IN THE HOUSE FOR THE MIDTERM YEAR. WE DID THIS IN SPITE OF A VERY DRAMATIC FUNDRAISING DISADVANTAGE DRIVEN BY DEMOCRATS, WEALTHY DONORS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS AND VERY HOSTILE MEDIA COVERAGE TO PUT IT MILDLY. THE MEDIA COVERAGE SET A NEW RECORD AND A NEW STANDARD. WE ALSO HAD A STAGGERING NUMBER OF HOUSE RETIREMENTS, SO IT’S A LITTLE TOUGH. THESE ARE SEATS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN HELD PRETTY EASILY AND WE HAD NEWCOMERS GOING IN AND A LOT OF THEM WORKED VERY HARD BUT IT’S VERY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MANY RETIREMENTS. WE HELD A LARGE NUMBER OF CAMPAIGN RALLIES WITH LARGE, LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE GOING TO EVERY ONE. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE WE DIDN’T HAVE A VACANT OR AN EMPTY SEAT. I’M SURE YOU WOULD HAVE REPORTED IT IF YOU SPOTTED ONE, INCLUDING 30 RALLIES IN THE LAST 60 DAYS, AND WE SAW THE CANDIDATES THAT I SUPPORTED ACHIEVE TREMENDOUS SUCCESS LAST NIGHT. AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE 11 CANDIDATES WE CAMPAIGNED WITH DURING THE LAST WEEK, 9 WON LAST NIGHT. THIS VIGOROUS CAMPAIGNING STOPPED THE BLUE WAVE THAT THEY TALKED ABOUT. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE EVER WAS SUCH A THING BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN IF WE DIDN’T DO THE CAMPAIGNING. PROBABLY THERE COULD HAVE BEEN. HISTORY REALLY WILL SEE WHAT A GOOD JOB WE DID IN THE FINAL COUPLE OF WEEKS IN TERMS OF GETTING SOME TREMENDOUS PEOPLE OVER THE FINISH LINE. THEY REALLY ARE TREMENDOUS PEOPLE, BUT MANY OF THEM WERE NOT KNOWN, BUT THEY WILL GAINS FOR A PRESIDENT’S PARTY IN A FIRST MIDTERM ELECTION SINCE PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S IN 1962. THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY FOUR MIDTERM ELECTIONS SINCE 1934 IN WHICH A PRESIDENT’S PARTY HAS GAINED EVEN A SINGLE SENATE SEAT. AS OF NOW, WE PICKED UP IT LOOKS LIKE THREE. COULD BE FOUR. PERHAPS IT COULD BE TWO. WE PICKED UP A LOT. MOST LIKELY THE NUMBER WILL BE THREE. YOU PEOPLE PROBABLY KNOW THAT BETTER THAN I DO AT THIS POINT BECAUSE YOU’VE LOOKED AT THE MORE RECENT NUMBERS. 55 IS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS IN THE LAST 100 YEARS. IN THE LAST 80 YEARS A SITTING PRESIDENT’S PARTY HAS ONLY GAINED A TOTAL OF EIGHT SENATE SEATS, AVERAGING ONE PER DECADE. IF WE PICKED UP TWO, THREE OR FOUR, THAT’S A BIG PERCENTAGE. IN THE LAST 80 YEARS THINK OF THAT, ONLY EIGHT SEATS. IN PRESIDENT OBAMA’S MIDTERM ELECTION HE LOST SIX SENATE SEATS INCLUDING IN THE DEEP BLUE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS. REPUBLICANS CAPTURED AT LEAST FOUR SENATE SEATS HELD BY DEMOCRAT INCUMBENTS AND THESE ARE TREMENDOUSLY TALENTED, HARD WORKED PEOPLE THAT DID THIS. INDIANA, NORTH DAKOTA, FLORIDA, MISSOURI. WE ALSO WON TWO OPEN SENATE SEATS IN TENNESSEE. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE OUR GREAT CHAMPION WHO DID SUCH A GREAT JOB IN TENNESSEE, MARCIA. AND IN UTAH. ARIZONA IS LOOKING VERY GOOD, REALLY VERY GOOD. SHE’S DONE A TERRIFIC JOB. THAT WAS A TOUGH RACE. SHE’S DONE A FANTASTIC JOB. IN EACH OF THESE OPEN SEATS DEMOCRATS RECRUITED VERY STRONG CANDIDATES WITH SUBSTANTIAL FUND-RAISING AND MEDIA SUPPORT. WE WERE GETTING BOMBARDED WITH MONEY ON THE OTHER SIDE. IN THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS DRAMATICALLY OUT PERFORMED HISTORICAL PRECEDENTS. THE MOST HOUSE REPUBLICAN RETIREMENTS IN 88 YEARS. 43 HOUSE REPUBLICANS RETIRED. IN MANY CASES THEY WERE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES AND THEY LEFT BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T CHAIRMAN. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A ROLE FOR SIX YEARS. WHAT THAT DOES IS WONDERFUL IN ONE WAY. IT LETS PEOPLE COME THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND BECOME CHAIRMAN. IN ANOTHER WAY IT DRIVES PEOPLE OUT. YOU’RE A CHAIRMAN OF A COMMITTEE AND YOU’RE A BIG DEAL AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU CAN’T DO THAT ANYMORE SO THEY LEAVE. YOU CAN FLIP A COIN AND SEE WHICH IS BETTER. IN 2010 PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FIRST MIDTERM, HE LOST 63 SEATS. BY CONTRAST, AS OF THE MOST CURRENT COUNT, LOOKS LIKE AROUND 27 HOUSE SEATS OR SOMETHING. WE’LL FIGURE THAT OUT PRETTY SOON. WE ALSO HAD A SLEW OF HISTORIC WINS IN THE GOVERNOR RACES. THE GOVERNOR RACES WERE FANTASTIC. AGAIN, WELL FUNDED, SKILLED DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES AND PEOPLE THAT WORKED VERY HARD RESPECTFULLY FOR THOSE CANDIDATES, LIKE OPRAH WINFREY WHO I LIKE. I DON’T KNOW IF SHE LIKES ME ANYMORE. THAT’S OKAY. SHE USED TO. SHE WORKED VERY HARD IN GEORGIA, VERY, VERY HARD. FOUR GOVERNOR RACES WERE CRUCIAL TO 2020 AND THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. FLORIDA, IOWA, OHIO AND GEORGIA. THE BIG ONES. FLORIDA, IOWA, OHIO AND GEORGIA. CAN’T GET MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT. THEY WERE INCREDIBLE. THEY WERE ACTUALLY INCREDIBLE CAMPAIGNS TOO, INCREDIBLE. AS OF RIGHT NOW REPUBLICANS WILL CONTROL THE MAJORITY OF GOVERNORSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING THREE GREAT WOMEN WHO WORKED VERY HARD. GOVERNORS OF ALABAMA, SOUTH DAKOTA AND IOWA. THEY WORKED VERY HARD, VERY TALENTED. BY EXPANDING OUR SENATE MAJORITY, THE VOTERS HAVE ALSO CLEARLY REBUKED THE SENATE DEMOCRATS FOR THEIR HANDLING OF THE KAVANAUGH HEARINGS. THAT WAS A FACTOR, I THINK A VERY BIG FACTOR, THE WAY IT WAS HANDLED. TREMENDOUS ENERGY WAS GIVEN TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BY THE WAY THEY TREATED THEN JUDGE KAVANAUGH, NOW JUSTICE KAVANAUGH AND EXPRESSIED THEIR SUPPORT FO MORE PRO CONSTITUTION JUDGES. CANDIDATES EMBRACED OUR MESSAGE OF LOW TAXES, LOW REGULATIONS, LOW CRIME AND GREAT JUDGES EXCELLED LAST NIGHT. THEY EXCELLED. WE HAVE A LIST OF PEOPLE THAT WERE FANTASTIC. I’M JUST GOING TO POINT THEM OUT. MIKE BOSS, RODNEY DAVIS, ANDY BARR WAS FANTASTIC. I WENT TO KENTUCKY. FOR THE MOST PART I DIDN’T CAMPAIGN TO THE HOUSE. I DID MAKE A SPECIAL TRIP FOR ANDY BARR. HE WAS IN A TOUGH RACE IN KENTUCKY AND HE WON. THE POLLS WERE ALL SHOWING HE WAS DOWN AND HE WON. THAT ONE I DID DO. PETE S TTAUBER OF MINNESOTA. YOU HAVE SOME THAT DECIDED LET’S STAY AWAY. THEY DID VERY POORLY. I’M NOT SURE WHETHER I SHOULD BE HAPPY OR SAD. I FEEL JUST FINE ABOUT IT. CARL CARLOS CUBELLA. MIKE KAUFFMAN, TOO BAD, MIKE. MIA LOVE, SHE CALLED ME ALL THE TIME TO HELP HER WITH A HOSTAGE SITUATION, BEING HELD SITUATION IN VENEZUELA BUT MIA LOVE GAVE ME NO LOVE AND SHE LOST. TOO BAD. SORRY ABOUT THAT, MIA. BARBARA COMSTOCK WAS ANOTHER ONE. SHE COULD HAVE WON THAT RACE. SHE DIDN’T WANT ANY EMBRACE. FOR THAT I DON’T BLAME HER, BUT SHE LOST SUBSTANTIALLY LOST. PETER ROSKOM DIDN’T WANT THE EMBRACE. ERIC PAULSON DIDN’T WANT THE EMBRACE. IN NEW JERSEY HE COULD HAVE DONE WELL. DIDN’T WORK OUT. BOB YUGAN, I FEEL BADLY. THAT’S A RACE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN WON. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT DECIDED FOR THEIR OWN REASONS NOT TO EMBRACE WHETHER IT’S ME OR WHAT WE STAND FOR. WHAT WE STAND FOR MEANT A LOT TO MOST PEOPLE. WE’VE HAD TREMENDOUS SUPPORT AND TREMENDOUS SUPPORT IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. AMONG THE BIGGEST SUPPORT IN THE HISTORY OF THE PARTY. I’VE HEARD AT 93% IT’S A RECORD. I WON’T SAY THAT BECAUSE WHO KNOWS? WE’VE HAD TREMENDOUS SUPPORT. AMERICA IS BOOMING LIKE NEVER BEFORE, DOING FANTASTIC. WE HAVE LARRY KUDLOW HERE. HE SAID THE NUMBERS ARE AS GOOD AS HE’S EVER SEEN NUMBERS AT ANY TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY. HE’S A YOUNG MAN. HE HASN’T SEEN THAT MANY NUMBERS. WHERE’S LARRY? YOU’RE A YOUNG MAN, RIGHT, LARRY? THEY’RE AS GOOD AS YOU’VE EVER SEEN. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR LARRY, WE’LL DO THAT. I WANT TO SEND MY WARMEST AND APPRECIATION TO MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL. WE REALLY WORKED VERY WELL TOGETHER. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY WELL TOGETHER. WE HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP. PEOPLE JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT, WHICH IS FINE. ALSO TO PERHAPS — LOOKS LIKE I WOULD THINK — SPEAKER NANCY PE PELOSI. I GIVE HER CREDIT. SHE WORKS VERY HARD. I GIVE HER A GREAT DEAL OF CREDIT FOR WHAT SHE’S DONE AND WHAT SHE’S ACCOMPLISHED. HOPEFULLY WE ALL WORK TOGETHER NEXT YEAR TO CONTINUE DELIVERING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON ECONOMIC GROWTH, TRADE, LOWERING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THESE ARE THINGS THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO WORK ON. I THINK WE’LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT. WE HAVE A LOT OF REASON TO DO IT. JUST AS A MATTER OF BUSINESS I WAS WITH SOME VERY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE LAST NIGHT. WE WERE WATCHING THE RETURNS. IF THE REPUBLICANS WON — LET’S SAY WE HELD ON BY TWO OR ONE OR THREE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY HARD OUT OF THAT MANY REPUBLICANS TO EVER EVEN GET SUPPORT AMONG REPUBLICANS BECAUSE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OR TWO OR THREE PEOPLE THAT WILL FOR GOOD REASON, BAD REASON OR GRAND STANDING — WE HAVE THAT TOO. YOU’VE SEEN THAT. PLENTY OF GRAND STANDING. YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE A COUPLE THAT WON’T DO IT. THAT PUTS US IN A BAD POSITION. IN OTHER WORDS, HAD WE KEPT — THIS IS NO — I’M SAYING THIS FOR A BASIC REASON. IT’S COMMON SENSE. IT PUTS US IN A VERY TOUGH POSITION. WE WIN BY ONE OR TWO OR THREE AND YOU’LL HAVE ONE OR TWO OR THREE OR FOUR OR FIVE COME OVER AND SAY WE’RE NOT GOING TO GO ALONG WITH THIS. WE WANT THIS, THIS, THIS AND WE WOU WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET IT OUT OF THE REPUBLICANS’ HANDS BEFORE WE SEND IT TO THE SENATE. NOW, WE HAVE A MUCH EASIER PATH. THE DEMOCRATS WILL COME TO US WITH A PLAN FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, A PLAN FOR HEALTH CARE, A PLAN FOR WHATEVER THEY ARE LOOKING AT. WE’LL NEGOTIATE. YOU KNOW IT’S BEEN HARD IN THE SENATE BECAUSE WE NEED ESSENTIALLY TEN VOTES FROM DEMOCRATS AND WE DON’T GET THOSE VOTES. THE DEMOCRATS REALLY STICK TOGETHER WELL. I DON’T AGREE WITH THEM ON A LOT OF POLICY, BUT I AGREE WITH THEM ON STICKING TOGETHER. WE GO INTO THE SENATE. DON’T HAVE THE TEN VOTES. WHAT HAPPENS? IT DOESN’T GET PASSED. EVEN IF IT GETS OUT OF THE HOUSE, IT DOESN’T GET PASSED. UNDER THE NEW CONCEPT OF WHAT WE’RE DOING I SAY LET ME SEE WHAT YOU HAVE. THEY WANT TO DO THINGS. I KEEP HEARING ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS, FATIGUE, LIKE FROM THE TIME I ALMOST ANNOUNCED I WAS GOING TO RUN. THEY’VE BEEN GIVING US THIS INVESTIGATION FATIGUE. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME. THEY GOT NOTHING. ZERO. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING. THEY CAN PLAY THAT GAME. WE CAN PLAY IT BETTER. WE HAVE A THING CALLED THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND A LOT OF VERY QUESTIONABLE THINGS WERE DONE BETWEEN LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND MANY OTHER ELEMENTS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE. ALL YOU’RE GOING TO DO IS END UP IN BACK AND FORTH AND BACK AND FORTH AND TWO YEARS IS GOING TO GO UP AND WE WON’T HAVE DONE A THING. I REALLY THINK AND I REALLY RESPECTED WHAT NANCY SAID LAST NIGHT ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP AND GETTING TOGETHER AND UNITING. SHE USED THE WORD UNITING AND BIPARTISANSHIP. IT’S SO IMPORTANT. THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. THEY CAN LOOK AT US. WE CAN LOOK AT THEM AND IT WILL GO BACK AND FORTH. IT WILL PROBABLY BE VERY GOOD FOR ME POLITICALLY. I CAN SEE IT BEING VERY GOOD FOR ME BECAUSE I THINK I’M BETTER AT THAT GAME THAN THEY ARE. WE CAN FIND OUT. OR WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. YOU CAN’T DO THEM SIMULTANEOUSLY. IF THEY’RE DOING THAT, WE WON’T BE DOING THE OTHER. NOW WHAT HAPPENS IS WE SEND IT TO THE SENATE. WE’LL GET 100% DEMOCRAT SUPPORT AND WE’LL GET SOME REPUBLICAN SUPPORT. IF IT’S GOOD, I REALLY BELIEVE WE HAVE REPUBLICANS THAT WILL HELP WITH THE APPROVAL PROCESS AND THEY’LL REALLY HELP WITH THE APPROVAL PROCESS. IT REALLY COULD BE A BEAUTIFUL BIPARTISAN TYPE OF SITUATION. IF WE WON BY ONE OR TWO OR THREE OR FOUR OR FIVE, THAT WOULDN’T HAPPEN. THE CLOSER IT IS, THE WORSE IT IS. THIS WAY THEY’LL COME TO ME. WE’LL NEGOTIATE. MAYBE WE’LL MAKE A DEAL. MAYBE WE WON’T. IT’S POSSIBLE. WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS IN COMMON ON INFRASTRUCTURE. WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING ON HEALTH CARE. THEY WANT TO DO SOMETHING ON HEALTH CARE. THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT THINGS WE CAN DO TOGETHER. WE’LL SEND IT UP. WE’LL GET THE DEMOCRATS AND THE REPUBLICANS OR SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS AND I’LL MAKE SURE WE SEND SOMETHING UP THE REPUBLICANS CAN SUPPORT AND THEY’RE GOING TO WANT TO SEND SOMETHING UP THAT THE DEMOCRATS CAN SUPPORT. OUR GREAT COUNTRY IS BOOMING LIKE NEVER BEFORE. WE’RE THRIVING ON EVERY SINGLE LEVEL BOTH IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC AND MILITARY STRENGTH, IN TERMS OF DEVELOPMENT, IN TERMS OF GDP. WE’RE DOING UNBELIEVABLY. OUR TRADE DEALS ARE COMING ALONG FANTASTICALLY. THE USMCA AND SOUTH KOREA IS FINISHED. USMCA HAS GOT RAVE REVIEWS. WE WON’T LOSE COMPANIES TO OTHER COUNTRIES. THEY HAVE A TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC INCENTIVE, MEANING IT’S PROHIBITIVE. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE LIKE NAFTA WHICH IS ONE OF THE WORST DEALS. NOW IS THE TIME FOR MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES TO JOIN TOGETHER, PUT PARTISANSHIP ASIDE AND KEEP THE AMERICAN ECONOMIC MIRACLE GOING STRONG. IT IS A MIRACLE. WE’RE DOING SO WELL. I’VE SAID IT AT A LOT OF RALLIES. WHEN PEOPLE COME TO MY OFFICE, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, THEY ALL CONGRATULATE ME ALMOST THE FIRST THING IN WHAT WE’VE DONE ECONOMICALLY. IT IS AMAZING. OUR STEEL INDUSTRY IS BACK. OUR ALUMINUM INDUSTRY IS STARTING TO DO REALLY WELL. THESE ARE INDUSTRIES THAT WERE DEAD. OUR MINERS ARE WORKING AGAIN. WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR MILITARY. HAVE TO DO THAT. TO SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT, SECURE OUR BORDERS AND ADVANCE REALLY GREAT POLICY INCLUDING ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY. WE WANT CRYSTAL, CLEAN WATER. WE WANT BEAUTIFUL PERFECT AIR. AIR AND WATER HAS TO BE PERFECT. AT THE SAME TIME WE DON’T WANT TO PUT OURSELVES AT A DISADVANTAGE TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHO ARE VERY COMPETITIVE WITH US AND WHO DON’T ABIDE BY THE RULES AT ALL. DON’T WANT TO HURT OUR JOBS OR FACTORIES. WE DON’T WANT COMPANIES LEAVING. WE WANT TO BEC COMPETITIVE. WE WANT THE CLEANEST WATER AND AIR. WE HAVE INSIST ON IT. WITH THAT I’LL TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS IF YOU LIKE. WHOA! I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. THAT WAS A LOT OF HANDS SHOOTING UP SO QUICKLY. A LOT TO TALK ABOUT.>>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, YOU TALKED ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP, THE PRESUMED SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI TALKED ABOUT IT LAST NIGHT. I’M SURE THAT’S ENCOURAGING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE GIVEN WHAT THE RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN LIKE BETWEEN THIS WHITE HOUSE AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT THAT WILL HAPPEN?>>I THINK TRE’S A GOOD CHANCE. I THINK THERE’S A VERY GOOD CHANCE. >>Reporter: WILL YOU HAVE TO COMPROMISE ON CERTAIN ISSUES TO THE POINT IT COULD HURT YOU IN 2020? DO YOU EXPECT WHEN THE DEMOCRATS TAKE OVER THE CHAIRMANSHIP — >>EVERYTHING IS GOING TO COME. >>Reporter: TO THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION, YOUR TAX RETURNS.>>WE’LL DO THE SAME THING AND GOVERNMENT COMES TO A HALT. I’LL BLAME THEM. THEY’LL BE COMING UP WITH POLICY. THEY’RE THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. I EXPECT THEY’LL COME UP WITH FANTASTIC IDEAS I CAN SUPPORT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, ON SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS, INCLUDING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES WHICH WE’VE MADE A BIG DENT IN ALREADY INCLUDING SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE’RE WORKING ON FOR THE VETS. WE’VE GOTTEN CHOICE APPROVED. THEY HAVE SOME OTHER ELEMENTS WE WANT. THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE CAN GET ALONG ON WITHOUT A LOT OF TROUBLE. WE AGREE WITH THEM AND THEY AGREE WITH US. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE BIPARTISANSHIP. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE UNITY. MAYBE NOT ON EVERYTHING. I THINK WE HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF SEEING THAT. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: ONE QUESTION ON THE LAME DUCK, SIR, ONE ON YOUR CABINET. YOU’VE TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF A SHUT DOWN BEFORE THE MIDTERMS IN ORDER TO SECURE BORDER WALL FUNDING. ARE YOU PREPARED TO GO ON A SHUT DOWN STRATEGY DURING THE LAME DUCK SINCE THIS MIGHT BE YOUR LAST BEST CHANCE?>>NOT NECESSARILY. I SPEAK TO DEMOCRATS ALL THE TIME. THEY AGREE A WALL IS NECESSARY. AS YOU KNOW WE’RE BUILDING THE WALL. WE STARTED. WE SHOULD BUILD IT AT ONE TIME. >>Reporter: YOU WANT MUCH MORE MONEY. >>WE NEED THE MONEY FOR THE WALL, THE WHOLE WALL, NOT PIECES. NOW WE HAVE THE MILITARY AND OTHER ELEMENTS OF A WALL THAT ARE PRETTY NASTY TO BE HONEST. NEVERTHELESS IT’S HARD TO GET THROUGH IT. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE WALL. MANY OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE’LL BE DEALING WITH IN 2006 THEY APPROVED THE WAY. IT WAS A STRONG BORDER FENCE, BUT IT WAS THE SAME THING. THEY ALL APPROVED IT. I HAVE STATEMENTS FROM EVERYONE. THEY SAID WE NEED THE WALL. THEY SOUNDED LIKE ME. WE DO NEED IT. WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING THROUGH OUR BORDER THAT YOU PHYSICALLY CAN’T PUT THAT MANY PEOPLE. IT’S A 2,000-MILE STRETCH. YOU CAN’T PUT THAT MANY PEOPLE ALONG THAT STRETCH TO GUARD IT. IF YOU DID, TREMENDOUS FIGHTING WOULD ENSUE. WE NEED THE WALL. MANY DEMOCRATS KNOW WE NEED THE WALL. WE HAVE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I’LL BE FIGHTING FOR IT. THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO MAKE SURE — I GOT THE MILITARY $700 BILLION. THE WALL IS A TINY FRACTION OF THE COST OF THAT. THEIR WHOLE AGENDA HAS BEEN TO TRY NOT GIVING ME ANYTHING FOR THE WALL. I THINK POLITICALLY THEY’RE HURTING THEMSELVES. IT’S A GOOD THING FOR ME.>>Reporter: NO SHUT DOWN SCENARIO?>>I CAN’T COMMIT TO THAT. IT’S POSSIBLE. >>Reporter: CAN YOU GIVE US CLARITY ON YOUR THINKING ABOUT YOUR ATTORNEY GENERAL AND YOUR DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL?>>I WOULD RATHER ANSWER THAT AT A LITTLE DIFFERENT TIME. WE’RE LOOKING AT A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS INCLUDING CABINET. I’M HAPPY WITH MOST OF MY CABINET. WE’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT PEOPLE FOR DIFFERENT POSITIONS. YOU KNOW, IT’S COMMON AFTER THE MIDTERMS. I DIDN’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING BEFORE THE MIDTERMS. I WILL TELL YOU FOR THE MOST PART I’M EXTREMELY PAPER WITH MY CABINET. MIKE POMPEO HAS FIT IN BEAUTIFULLY. >>Reporter: HOW ABOUT YOUR INTERIOR SECRETARY?>>WE’RE LOOKING AT THAT. I I WANT TO STUDY WHATEVER HAS BEEN SAID. >>Reporter: IS HE IN JEOPARDY?>>I THINK HE’S DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB. WE’LL HAVE AN IDEA ABOUT THAT IN A WEEK. THANK YOU. GO AHEAD. HE GAVE ME A FAIR INTERVIEW THE OTHER DAY. >>Reporter: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU’VE TOLD ME YOU ARE AN OPEN BOOK. >>I THINK I AM AN OPEN BOOK. >>Reporter: POINT BLANK DEMOCRATS GO AFTER YOUR TAX RETURNS, WILL YOU TRY TO BLOCK THAT OR WILL YOU ALLOW THEM TO HAVE THEM?>>LOOK, AS I’VE TOLD YOU, THEY’RE UNDER AUDIT. THEY HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME. THEY’RE EXTREMELY COMPLEX. PEOPLE WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND THEM. THEY’RE DONE BY THE BIGGEST AND BEST LAW FIRMS IN THE COUNTRY. SAME THING WITH THE ACCOUNTING FIRMS. THE ACCOUNTANTS ARE A VERY LARGE HIGHLY RESPECTED FIRM. A GREAT LAW FIRM, YOU KNOW IT VERY WELL. THEY DO THESE THINGS. THEY PUT THEM IN. PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND TAX RETURNS. NOW I DID DO A FILING OF OVER 100 PAGES I BELIEVE WHICH IS IN THE OFFICES AND WHEN PEOPLE WENT AND SAW THAT FILING AND SAW THE MAGNITUDE OF IT, THEY WERE DISAPPOINTED. THEY SAW THE DETAIL. YOU GET FAR MORE FROM THAT. I GUESS WE FILED THAT NOW THREE TIMES. YOU GET MORE FROM THAT THAN YOU EVER COULD FROM A TAX RETURN. WHEN YOU’RE UNDER AUDIT — I’M UNDER CONTINUOUS AWE AUDIT BECA IT’S A VERY BIG COMPANY. IT’S A VERY BIG COMPANY AND IT’S COMPLEX. IT’S PROBABLY FEET HIGH. IT’S A COMPLEX INSTRUMENT. I THINK PEOPLE WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND IT. IF I WERE FINISHED WITH THE AUDIT, I WOULD HAVE AN OPEN MIND TO IT. I DON’T WANT TO DO IT DURING THE AUDIT. NO LAWYER FROM THE OTHER SIDE THEY SAY — NOT ALWAYS — WHEN YOU’RE UNDER AUDIT YOU DON’T SUBJECT TO THAT. YOU GET IT DONE AND RELEASE IT.>>Reporter: SO IF THE AUDIT IS STILL ON YOU WON’T TURNOVER THE TAX RETURNS?>>NOBODY WOULD. NOBODY TURNS UNOVER A RETURN UNR AUDIT. >>Reporter: I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU WHY DO YOU LIKE OPRAH SO MUCH?>>WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THAT? HE’S A COMEDIAN. I DO LIKE OPRAH. SHE WAS A PERSON I KNEW WELL. CAME TO MY PLACE IN PALM BEACH OFTEN. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR HER. UNFORTUNATELY SHE DIDN’T DO THE TRICK. >>Reporter: YOU SAID FROM THIS PODIUM THAT — ARE YOU OFFERING A MY WAY OR HIGHWAY SCENARIO TO THE DEMOCRATS?>>NO. NEGOTIATION. >>Reporter: IF THEY START INVESTIGATING YOU, YOU CAN PLAY THAT CAME. >>BETTER THAN THEM. I THINK I KNOW MORE THAN THEY KNOW. >>Reporter: CAN YOU COMPARTMENT LOOIZ THAT AND WORK WITH THEM? ARE ALL BETS OFF?>>IF THEY DO THAT, IT’S JUST A WAR LIKE POSTURE. >>Reporter: THE FOLLOW UP — >>YOU HEARD MY ANSWER. >>Reporter: SINCE IT’S JIM I’LL LET IT GO. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, I WANTED TO CHALLENGE YOU ON ONE OF THE STATEMENTS YOU MADE AT THE TAIL END OF THE CAMPAIGN. >>HERE WE GO. LET’S GO. >>Reporter: IF YOU DON’T MIND, MR. PRESIDENT. THIS CARAVAN WAS AN INVASION — >>I CONSIDER IT AN INVASION. >>Reporter: IT’S A GROUP OF MIGRANTS MOVING FROM CENTRAL AMERICA TOWARDS THE BORDER. >>THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME THAT. >>Reporter: WHY DID YOU CON CONTRACT RISE IT AS SUCH?>>I DO. >>Reporter: DID YOU DEMONIZE –>>IT’S A PROCESS. THEY HAVE TO COME IN LEGALLY. WE HAVE A PROCESS. WE NEED THE PEOPLE. WE NEED THE PEOPLE BECAUSE WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES MOVING IN. >>Reporter: YOUR CAMPAIGN HAD AN AD SHOWING MIGRANTS POURING OVER WALLS. >>THAT’S TRUE. THEY WEREN’T ACTORS. IT’S TRUE. DO YOU THINK THEY WERE ACTORS? THEY DIDN’T COME FROM HOLLYWOOD. THESE WERE PEOPLE — THIS WAS AN ACTUAL — IT HAPPENED A FEW DAYS AGO.>>Reporter: THEY’RE HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY. THEY’RE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY. >>LET ME RUN THE COUNTRY. YOU RUN CNN. IF YOU DID IT WELL, YOUR RATINGS WOULD BE BETTER. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT — >>THAT’S ENOUGH. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT — >>THAT’S ENOUGH. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT ON THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION — >>I’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. THAT’S ENOUGH. PUT DOWN THE MIKE.>>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT — I’LL — >>CNN SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR HAVING YOU WORK FOR THEM. YOU’RE A VERY RUDE PERSON. THE WAY YOU TREAT SARAH HUCKABEE IS HORRIBLE. YOU SHOULDN’T TREAT PEOPLE THAT WAY. PETER. >>Reporter: IN JIM’S DEFENSE HE’S A DILIGENT REPORTER WHO BUSTS HIS BUTT. >>I’M NOT A FAN OF YOURS EITHER. >>Reporter: CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION — >>JUST SIT DOWN PLEASE. WHEN YOU REPORT FAKE NEWS — NO. WHEN YOU REPORT FAKE NEWS WHICH CNN DOES A LOT, YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN, SIR, AT THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN YOU SAID AMERICANS NEED TO FEAR DEMOCRATS. YOU’VE SAID DEMOCRATS WOULD UNLEASH A WAVE OF VIOLENT CRIME THAT ENDANGERS FAMILIES EVERYWHERE. >>THEY’RE WEAK ON CRIME. PETER, ARE YOU TRYING TO BE HIM?>>Reporter: NO. >>THEY’RE VERY WEAK ON CRIME. THEY OFTEN SUGGESTED MEMBERS AND PEOPLE WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT A HIGH LEVEL HAVE SUGGESTED GETTING RID OF I.C.E. THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WE WANT TO BE STRONG ON THE BORDERS AND STRONG ON LAW ENFORCEMENT. I WANT TO CHERISH I.C.E. THEY DO A FANTASTIC JOB. WHAT THEY DO FOR US IS SO — REALLY IT’S SO UNRECOGNIZED HOW GOOD A JOB THEY DO. WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THEM AND HOLD THEM VERY CLOSE BECAUSE THEY DO A GOOD JOB. >>Reporter: TO BE CLEAR THE QUESTION — >>SIT DOWN, PETER. >>Reporter: THE QUESTION IS WHY ARE YOU PITTING AMERICANS GE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER?>>I’M NOT. WE WON A LOT OF ELECTIONS LAST NIGHT. WE DID VERY WELL — >>Reporter: IN MANY WAYS YOU’RE DIVIDING THE IMPACT. >>I WATCHED NBC. THEY DIDN’T REPORT IT CORRECTLY. THAT’S THE FACT WITH NBC. NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT THAT. I WANT THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE PROTECTION. WE WANT SECURITY IN OUR COUNTRY. I WANT SECURITY, PETER. YOU MAYBE DON’T THINK IT’S SO IMPORTANT. WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE IT, YOU ARE UNLEASHING CRIME. >>Reporter: YOU SAID YOU WOULD SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON BIRTH RIGHT CITIZENSHIP. >>ASK ME THAT LATER. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: THE INVESTIGATION BY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE LAST SPRING. >>IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME. >>Reporter: IT’S BEEN OVER YOUR HEAD. IS THIS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO END THAT INVESTIGATION? WOULD YOU CONSIDER REMOVING MR. MUELLER FROM HIS POSITION?>>I COULD HAVE ENDED IT ANY TIME I WANTED. I DIDN’T. THERE WAS NO COLLUSION. THERE WAS NO ANYTHING. I DIDN’T. THEY WENT AFTER HACKERS. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT. THEY WANT AFTER PEOPLE WITH TAX PROBLEMS FROM YEARS AGO. THEY WENT AFTER PEOPLE WITH LOANS AND OTHER THINGS, NOTHING TO DO WITH MY CAMPAIGN. THIS IS AN INVESTIGATION WHERE MANY, MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAS BEEN SPENT. THERE’S NO COLLUSION. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ON COLLUSION. THERE’S NO COLLUSION. I THINK IT’S VERY BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. I WILL TELL YOU I THINK IT’S A SHAME. A POLL CAME OUT TODAY — BY THE WAY FROM NBC, OR AT LEAST I SAW IT ON NBC, WHERE A MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE DO NOT AGREE WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION OR IT WASN’T APPROVED. THEY HAVE APPROVAL AND DISAP DISAPPROVAL. IT HAD A MUCH HIGHER DISAPPROVAL. IT SHOULD END. IT’S VERY BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. I’M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS EXPENSE. THE OTHER THING IS THEY SHOULD LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE ALSO. THEY’RE NOT LOOKING AT ALL THE THINGS THAT CAME UP DURING THIS INVESTIGATION. THEY DON’T DO THAT. THEY SHOULD ALSO GET PEOPLE THAT CAN BE FAIR, NOT 13 OR 14 OR 17 — I CALL THEM THE ANGRY DEMOCRATS. THEY’RE ANGRY PEOPLE. IT’S A VERY UNFAIR THING FOR THIS COUNTRY. IT’S A VERY, VERY — FORGET ABOUT UNFAIR TO ME. IT’S BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. GO AHEAD. NO. PLEASE.>>Reporter: IF IT’S UNFAIR TO THE COUNTRY AND COSTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS — >>GIVE HIM THE MIKE. I ANSWERED THE QUESTION. I’LL GIVE YOU VOTER SUPPRESSION. YOU HAVE TO — SIT DOWN PLEASE. SIT DOWN. I DIDN’T CALL YOU. I DIDN’T CALL YOU. I’LL GIVE YOU VOTER SUPPRESSION. TAKE A LOOK AT THE CNN POLLS HOW INACCURATE THEY ARE. THAT’S VOTER SUPPRESSION. >>Reporter: IN GEORGIA — >>I’M NOT RESPONDING. EXCUSE ME. I’M NOT RESPONDING TO YOU. I’M TALKING TO THIS GENTLEMAN. WOULD YOU PLEASE SIT DOWN. EXCUSE ME. PLEASE SIT DOWN. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.>>IT’S SUCH A HOSTILE MEDIA. IT’S SO SAD. YOU ASK ME ABOUT — YOU RUDELY INTERRUPTED HIM. YOU’VE RUDELY INTERRUPTED HIM. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. DO YOUR DEMANDS REMAIN THE SAME TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS ON IMMIGRATION IN EXCHANGE FOR A DACA FIX? ARE YOU WILLING TO CHANGE ANY OF THOSE DEMANDS?>>I THINK WE COULD DO SOMETHING HAVING TO DO WITH DACA. WHAT HAPPENED WITH DACA WE COULD HAVE DONE GOOD WORK ON DACA. A JUDGE RULED THAT DACA WAS OKAY. HAD THE JUDGE NOT RULED THAT WAY, WE COULD HAVE MADE A DEAL. ONCE THE JUDGE RULED THAT WAY, THE DEMOCRATS DIDN’T WANT TO TALK. WE’LL SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT AT THE SUPREME COURT. GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD. WHICH GROUP? MA’AM, GO AHEAD. EITHER ONE OR BOTH. ARE YOU TOGETHER?>>Reporter: WE’RE NOT TOGETHER. MR. PRESIDENT, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO CRITICS WHO SAY YOUR MESSAGE ON THE CAMPAIGN TOWARDS MINORITIES HAVE BEEN POLARIZED?>>I DON’T THINK IT HAS BEEN. >>Reporter: THE ELECTION OF TWO MUSLIM WOMEN, ONE IS TO THE HOUSE, IS THIS A REBUKE OF THIS MESSAGE?>>I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. >>Reporter: IS IT A REBUKE? DO YOU THINK IT’S REFLECTIVE OF MULTI-CULTURAL AMERICA?>>LOOK AT THE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS, FOR ASIAN AMERICANS, FOR HISPANIC HERNAMERICANS THEY AT AN HISTORIC HIGH. THEY’RE THE BEST THEY’VE EVER BEEN. I HAVE THE BEST NUMBERS WITH AFRICAN AMERICANS AND HISPANIC AMERICAN THAT I’VE EVER HAD BEFORE. YOU SAW THE SAME POLL. I CAN’T SAY THAT. I CAN SAY THIS. LOOK AT MEDIAN INCOME. LOOK AT THE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS, THEY’RE DOING THE BEST THEY’VE EVER DONE. IT REALLY IS VERY REFLECTIVE IN THE POLLS. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, I’M FROM BROOKLYN SO YOU’LL UNDERSTAND ME. >>I UNDERSTAND YOU. >>Reporter: ON HEALTH CARE HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP PREMIUMS DOWN AND COVER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WITHOUT THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO FUND IT?>>FIRST OF ALL, WHAT WE’RE DOING — IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WHAT THEY’VE DONE, THEY CAME UP WITH INCREDIBLE HEALTH CARE PLANS WHICH IS CAUSING GREAT COMPETITION AND DRIVING PRICES DOWN. WE’RE GETTING RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE BECAUSE IT WAS UNFAIR. AT THE SAME TIME WE’RE COVERING PEOPLE THAT NEED IT. THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE WAS A DISASTER. PEOPLE THAT COULDN’T NECESSARILY AFFORD IT WERE HAVING TO PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF NOT HAVING TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE AND IT WAS BAD HEALTH CARE AT THAT. WE ARE WORKING MANY PLANS FOR HEALTH CARE. WE’RE CREATING TREMENDOUS COMPETITION. WE HAD OBAMACARE REPEALED AND REPLACED. UNFORTUNATELY ONE PERSON CHANGED HIS MIND AT THE LAST MOMENT. WE HAD NO DEMOCRAT SUPPORT. WE COULD HAVE REPEALED IT AND REPLACED IT. NOW WE’RE DOING IT A DIFFERENT WAY. GETTING RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IS A VERY, VERY POPULAR THING AND VERY IMPORTANT AND PEOPLE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT. GO AHEAD. NO. THAT’S ENOUGH.>>Reporter: I KNOW YOU WENT THROUGH THE RESULTS AND YOU STUDIED THEM LATE LAST NIGHT. WHAT LESSON DID YOU LEARN FROM LOOKING AT THOSE RESULTS? WAS THERE ONE THING THAT YOU’LL CHANGE YOUR STRATEGY NOT JUST FOR CONGRESS?>>I THINK THE RESULTS I LEARNED IS THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME. PEOPLE LIKE THE JOB I’M DOING FRANKLY. IF YOU LOOK AT EVERY PLACE I WENT TO DO A RALLY — I COULDN’T DO IT WITH EVERYBODY. IT WAS VERY HARD TO DO IT WITH PEOPLE IN CONGRESS BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. IT WOULD BE TOO MANY STOPS. I DID IT WITH THE SENATE. I DID IT WITH ANDY BARR AS YOU KNOW AND HE WON. HE WON A VERY TOUGH RACE AGAINST McGRATH. THAT WAS A VERY TOUGH RACE IN KENTUCKY. HE WAS DOWN QUITE A BIT. I WENT THERE. WE HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL — SOME OF YOU WERE AT THAT RALLY. HE WON. I COULD ONLY DO THAT SO MUCH. THERE WERE SO MANY PLAYERS INVOLVED. I FOCUSED ON THE SENATE. WE HAD TREMENDOUS SUCCESS WITH THE SENATE. >>Reporter: ONE MORE QUESTION, SIR. MR. PRESIDENT, IF YOU DON’T MIND, IT’S A RARE OPPORTUNITY. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE RUSHING TO IOWA AND RUSHING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE. THE DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020. WILL THE VICE PRESIDENT BE YOUR RUNNING MATE IN 2020?>>I HAVEN’T ASKED HIM, BUT I HOPE HE WILL. WHERE IS HE? MIKE, WILL YOU BE MY RUNNING MATE? THAT’S A YES. THAT WAS UNEXPECTED. PLEASE. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT GOING BACK TO THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN CONGRESS. SOME SAY YOU COULD STOP ALL THIS.>>I COULD. I COULD FIRE EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW. POLITICALLY I DON’T WANT TO STOP IT. IT’S A DISGRACE. IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN STARTED. THERE WAS NO CRIME. EVERYBODY HAS CONFLICTS. THEY ALL HAVE CONFLICTS OVER THERE THAT ARE BEYOND ANYTHING THAT ANYBODY’S EVER SEEN IN TERMS OF CONFLICTS FROM THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ASK FOR JOBS FROM THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE GOOD FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE LIKE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS LIKE COMEY WHO BY THE WAY LIED AND LEAKED AND ALSO LEAKED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. NOTHING HAPPENED THERE. IT MIGHT PERHAPS. MAYBE SOMETHING IS HAPPENING THAT I DON’T KNOW ABOUT. I STAY AWAY FROM IT. YOU KNOW WHAT I DO? I LET IT GO ON. THEY’RE WASTING A LOT OF MONEY. I LET IT GO ON BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. YOU’RE RIGHT, I COULD END IT RIGHT NOW. I COULD SAY THAT INVESTIGATION IS OVER. IT’S REALLY — IT’S A DISGRACE FRANKLY. IT’S AN EMBARRASSMENT TO OUR COUNTRY. IT’S AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: WHAT ABOUT THE DID HE CLASSIFICATION OF THE DOCUMENTS?>>WE’RE LOOKING AT THAT VERY SERIOUSLY.>>Reporter: ONE MORE QUESTION — >>IT’S AMAZING HOW PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE DON’T WANT THOSE DOCUMENTS DECLASSIFIED. WE’RE LOOKING AT THAT. I I WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE MIDTERMS. >>Reporter: CAN I ASK YOU ONE MORE QUESTION? OKAY. >>Reporter: YOU HAVE CAMPAIGNED AS A PRO-LIFE PRESIDENT AND YOU HAVE DID HE HAVE FENDED THE RIGHTS OF UNBORN CHILDREN. YOU HAVE A — >>TOUGH ISSUE. >>Reporter: HOW WILL YOU PUSH FORWARD YOUR PRO-LIFE AGENDA?>>GOING TO PUSH. I WILL CONTINUE PUSHING. IT’S A TOUGH ISSUE FOR BOTH SIDES. >>Reporter: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?>>I WON’T BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN THAT TO YOU. IT’S AN ISSUE THAT IS A VERY DIVISIVE POLARIZING ISSUE. THERE IS A SOLUTION. I THINK I HAVE THAT SOLUTION. NOBODY ELSE DOES. WE’RE GOING TO BE WORKING ON THAT. GO AHEAD, PLEASE. SHE TOOK YOUR PLACE. THAT’S OKAY.>>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT JUST A QUICK QUESTION ON RURAL AMERICA. FOLKS TURNED OUT FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR AGENDA AND IN TERMS OF THE FARM BILL?>>FARM BILL IS WORKING REALLY WELL. WE’RE LOOKING TO GET WORK ORDERS APPROVED. THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT GIVING US THE TEN VOTES WE NEED. EVERYBODY WANTS IT. THE FARMERS WANT IT. THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT APPROVING THE FARM BILL WITH WORK RULES. WE COULD HAVE IT FAST WITHOUT THE WORK RULES. WE WANT THE WORK RULES IN. THE DEMOCRATS DON’T WANT TO VOTE FOR THAT. AT SOME POINT THEY’LL HAVE TO PAY MAYBE A PRICE.>>Reporter: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. PRESIDENT. HAVE YOU SEEN ANY EVIDENCE THAT RUSSIA OR CHINA INTERVENED IN YESTERDAY’S ELECTIONS?>>WE’RE GOING TO MAKE A FULL REPORT. UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WE’VE DONE A LOT OF WORK ON THAT ISSUE. IF YOU SPEAK WITH THE FBI, SPEAK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, SPEAK TO HOMELAND SECURITY, WE’VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME. IT GETS VERY LITTLE TIME IN THE PAPERS. YOU COVER THE NONSENSE PART, BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT. WE’VE BEEN WORKING HARD ON CHINA AND RUSSIA AND EVERYBODY ELSE MEDDLING WITH OUR ELECTIONS. PEOPLE TEND NOT TO WRITE ABOUT IT. WE WORKED VERY HARD. >>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO SAY TO PRESIDENT XI AND PRESIDENT PUTIN?>>I HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH BOTH. I KNOW PRESIDENT XI BETTER. I THINK I HAVE A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH BOTH. I HAD A VERY GOOD MEETING IN RUSSIA WHICH YOU PEOPLE DIDN’T AGREE WITH. THAT’S OKAY. >>Reporter: YOU MEAN HELSINKI?>>I HAD A VERY GOOD MEETING WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN AND A LOT WAS DISCUSSED ABOUT SYRIA, UKRAINE, ABOUT THE FACT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA ALLOWED A LARGE PART OF UKRAINE TO BE TAKEN AND YOU HAVE SUBMARINES OFF THAT PARCEL. >>Reporter: THAT WAS PRESIDENT PUTIN WHO ANNEXED CRIMEA. >>THAT WAS DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S REGIME. THAT WASN’T DURING ME. >>Reporter: THAT WAS PRESIDENT PUTIN WHO DID THAT. >>IT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN. NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU’RE A MAN WHO LIKES TO WIN. LAST NIGHT WAS NOT AN ABSOLUTE VICTORY FOR YOU. >>I’LL BE HONEST. I THOUGHT IT WAS A VERY CLOSE TO COMPLETE VICTORY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF NEGOTIATION, WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF DEAL MAKING BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT DEAL MAKING, AGAIN, IF WE HAD THE MAJORITY AND ONE OR TWO OR THREE VOTES TO PLAY WITH WE WOULD HAVE BEEN AT A STAND STILL. WE HAVE A CHANCE TO GET ALONG VERY WELL WITH THE DEMOCRATS. IF THAT’S THE CASE, WE CAN DO A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LEGISLATION AND GET IT APPROVED BY BOTH PARTIES. I CONSIDER IT TO BE — LOOK, I WON GEORGIA. PRESIDENT OBAMA CAMPAIGNED VERY HARD IN GEORGIA. OPRAH WINFREY CAMPAIGNED VERY, VERY HARD ALL OVER THE TELEVISION. I SAID THIS IS GOING TO BE TOUGH. I HAVE ONLY HAD ME. I DIDN’T HAVE ANYBODY ELSE. I HAV I WENT TO GEORGIA. WE HAD ONE OF THE LARGEST CROWDS THAN ANYBODY HAS SEEN IN A POLITICAL RALLY. HE WON AND HE WON BY A PRETTY GOOD MARGIN. WE WENT TO FLORIDA. THEY HAD CELEBRITIES ALL OVER THE PLACE. A MAN WHO IS A VERY SMART PERSON WAS RUNNING, RON DeSANTIS. I WENT AND WE DID SOME GREAT WORK. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT GOVERNOR IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE SENATE AND A LOT OF MONEY WAS POURING IN FOR THE DEMOCRAT. THIS IS A MAN WHO HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR 44 YEARS. THIS IS A MAN WHO IS A PROFESSIONAL AT GETTING ELECTED. BILL NELSON NOT EASY TO BEAT. THEY HAD A LOT OF CELEBRITIES COMING OUT FOR NELSON. THEY HAD EVERYBODY COMING OUT FOR NELSON. RICK SCOTT WON. I HELPED HIM. I THINK WE’VE DONE AN AMAZING JOB. YOU COULD LOOK AT MANY OTHER PLACES. LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER PLACES. WE JUST GOT THE WORD THAT IN IOWA YOU HAVE A GOVERNOR WHO JUST GOT EXTENDED WHO IS — KIM JUST GOT EXTENDED AND NUMEROUS OTHER PLACES. IT WAS A GREAT VICTORY. I’LL BE HONEST. IT WAS A GREAT VICTORY. SOME OF THE NEWS THIS MORNING WAS THAT IT WAS, IN FACT, A GREAT VICTORY. IF YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF GRID LOCK, I BELIEVE THERE’S GOING TO BE MUCH LESS GRID LOCK BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT’S GOING. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT QUICK FOLLOW UP — >>SIT DOWN PLEASE. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: LET ME MAKE YOU ABOUT A CAMPAIGN PROMISE WHICH WAS THE 10% CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. IF IT MEANS A TAX CUT OF SOME KIND FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS BUT THAT MEANS RAISING RATES ELSEWHERE, CORPORATIONS, THE WEALTHIEST, IS THAT A TRADE OFF YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO MAKE?>>IT COULD BE. IF WE DID IT NOW, WE DON’T HAVE THE VOTES IN THE SENATE. WE WOULD NEED TEN DEMOCRAT VOTES. WE PROBABLY COULDN’T GET THEM. THERE’S NO REASON TO WASTE TIME BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE THE VOTES IN THE SENATE. AS AN EXAMPLE, IF THE DEMOCRATS COME UP WITH AN IDEA FOR TAX CUTS, I WOULD ABSOLUTELY PURSUE SOMETHING EVEN IF IT MEANS SOME ADJUSTMENT. >>Reporter: ON WHICH SIDE, THE CORPORATE, THE INDIVIDUAL?>>YES. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THAT’S GOING TO BE THEIR DECISION. IF WE BRING IT UP TO THE SENATE, WE WOULD NEED DEMOCRAT VOTIEVOT THE TEN. >>Reporter: WOULD THAT BE 1%, 2%, 3% — >>I’M NOT TELLING YOU THAT. I WOULD BE WILLING TO DO AN ADJUSTMENT. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: TWO QUESTIONS. ONE IS YOU TALKED ABOUT LEADERS WHO CALLED TO CONGRATULATE YOU. DID PRESIDENT PUTIN CALL TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND WILL YOU MEET WITH HIM FOR LUNCH?>>AS I UNDERSTAND WE’RE HAVING A LUNCH FOR NUMEROUS COUNTRIES. I’LL BE THERE. I BELIEVE PRESIDENT PUTIN IS GOING TO BE THERE. WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING SCHEDULE. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE ANYTHING SCHEDULED IN PARIS. I’M COMING BACK VERY QUICKLY. THERE’S A GREAT EVENT — THIS IS AN IMPORTANT — THIS IS GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT AND A BEAUTIFUL CEREMONY. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING. WE’RE REPRESENTING THE INCREDIBLE HEROS OF THE WORLD, BUT THE HEROS OF OUR COUNTRY FROM WORLD WAR I. I’LL BE GOING THERE. I AM VERY PROUD TO GO THERE. >>Reporter: DID HE CALL YOU?>>WE’RE SHORTLY MEETING AGAIN AT THE G-20 AND THAT’S WHERE WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING. WE WILL BE HAVING A LUNCH, BUT I THINK THERE WILL BE MANY PEOPLE THERE. >>Reporter: DID HE CALL YOU TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND IF I COULD INVITE YOU TO TALK ABOUT THE STAFF CHANGES THAT YOU EXPECT IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHILE WE’RE HERE? WE’RE EAGER TO HEAR ABOUT THEM. >>AS WE MAKE CHANGES, WE’LL TALK TO YOU ABOUT IT. IT’S NO GREAT SECRET. A LOT OF ADMINISTRATIONS MAKE CHANGES AFTER MIDTERMS. FOR THE MOST PART I’M VERY HAPPY WITH THE CABINET. >>Reporter: WHAT ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF? GENERAL KELLY IS RUMORED TO BE LEAVING. >>PEOPLE LEAVE.>>Reporter: IS THAT GOING TO HAPPEN?>>I HAVEN’T HEARD ABOUT JOHN KELLY. PEOPLE LEAVE. THEY COME IN. IT’S AN EXHAUSTING JOB. I LOVE DOING IT. IT’S EXHAUSTING FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. I’M SURPRISED THAT — THEY START OFF AND THEY’RE YOUNG PEOPLE. THEY STAY FOR TWO YEARS. THEY’RE OLD BY THE TIME THEY LEAVE. IT’S EXHAUSTING. I LOVE DOING IT. THERE WILL BE CHANGES. NOTHING MONUMENTAL. NOTHING VERY MUCH DIFFERENT THAN MOST ADMINISTRATIONS. WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE LINED UP FOR EVERY SINGLE POSITION, ANY POSITION. EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY. WE’RE A HOT COUNTRY. THIS IS A HOT WHITE HOUSE. WE ARE A WHITE HOUSE PEOPLE WANT TO WORK WITH. OKAY. NO. PLEASE. BEHIND YOU.>>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, THIS HAS BEEN A VERY CHALLENGING CAMPAIGN. THIS HAS BEEN — >>IT’S BEEN VERY CHALLENGING. >>Reporter: IT INVOLVED QUITE A LOT OF ABUSE AND A LOT OF VIOLENCE. PEOPLE HAVE DIED DURING THE COURSE OF THIS CAMPAIGN. IS THERE ANYWAY YOU THINK THE TEMPERATURE COULD BE LOWERED AND PEACE COULD BREAK OUT WITH THE MEDIA? PERHAPS YOUR BIPARTISAN RELATIONSHIPS MAY PRODUCE SOME CHANGE OR WILL WE HAVE MORE OF THE SAME?>>IT’S A FAIR QUESTION. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE UNITY AND PEACE AND LOVE AND ANY OTHER WORD YOU WANT TO USE. OBVIOUSLY WE HAD TO — ESPECIALLY AT THIS JUNCTURE WE HAD TO WAIT UNTIL THE MID TERMS ARE OVER. IF THEY WOULD COVER ME FAIRLY, WHICH THEY DON’T, I’M NOT SAYING THAT IN A HOSTILE WAY. I GET EXTREMELY INACCURATE COVERAGE. I CAN DO SOMETHING FANTASTIC AND THEY’LL MAKE IT LOOK NOT GOOD. I DON’T MIND HAVING BAD — IF I MAKE A MISTAKE, COVER IT. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO COVER IT FAIRLY. COVER IT. WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING TERRIFIC — LOOK HOW LITTLE THE ECONOMY IS TALKED ABOUT. A POLL CAME OUT THIS MORNING TALKING ABOUT HOW LITTLE THE THREE NETWORKS — I DON’T THINK THEY INCLUDED CNN — HOW LITTLE THE THREE NETWORKS TALK ABOUT HOW GOOD THE ECONOMY IS, HOW LITTLE. ALMOST NOT AT ALL. IF PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD THIS ECONOMY — BY THE WAY, IF THAT ADMINISTRATION THROUGH SOMEBODY ELSE KEPT GOING, YOU WOULD HAVE HAD NEGATIVE 4.2 INSTEAD OF POSITIVE 4.2% GROWTH. IT WAS HEADING DOWN. THE POINT IS THIS — EXCUSE ME. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE UNITY, INCLUDING WITH THE MEDIA. I THINK THE MEDIA — I’LL BE HONEST. IT’S A VERY DIVISIVE THING FOR OUR COUNTRY. YOU WOULD BE AMAZED HOW SMART PEOPLE ARE WHO ARE READING YOUR STORIES AND WATCHING, YOU WOULD BE AMAZED HOW PERCEPTIVE AND SMART THEY ARE. IT BRINGS UNITY. EXCUSE ME. YOU WERE NOT CALLED. GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD. PLEASE.>>Reporter: THANK YOU, PRESIDENT TRUMP. SHORTLY AFTER YOUR VICTORY SPEECH ON THE HISTORIC NIGHT IN NOVEMBER OF 2016 I ASKED YOU TO WHAT SINGLE FACTOR YOU ATTRIBUTED THIS VICTORY TO. >>YOU HAVE TO SPEAK UP. >>Reporter: ON THE NIGHT OF YOUR VICTORY I ASKED YOU TO WHAT YOU WOULD ATTRIBUTE YOUR VICTORY. YOU’VE POINTED TO THE CEILING AND SAID GOD. BASED OFF THAT, HOW WOULD YOU SAY THE LAST TWO YEARS GOD PLAYS WHAT KIND OF FACTOR IN THE DAY TO DAY EXECUTION IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT?>>GOD PLAYS A BIG FACTOR IN MY LIFE. HE PLAYS A FACTOR IN THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM, INCLUDING YOUR VICE PRESIDENT.>>Reporter: QUICK FOLLOW UP. WHICH LOSS LAST NIGHT SURPRISED YOU THE MOST AND WHICH OF THESE UNSUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES ARE YOU — >>NOTHING SURPRISES ME IN POLITICS. THERE WERE SOME LOSSES LAST NIGHT. THERE WERE SOME VICTORIES LAST NIGHT THAT WERE INCREDIBLE. THERE WERE VICTORIES LAST NIGHT THAT NOBODY WOULD HAVE BELIEVED ESPECIALLY BASED ON SUPPRESSION POLLS. THERE WERE SOME VICTORIES THAT WERE SURPRISING. I’M NOT GOING TO PICK OUT — IT’S TOUGH ENOUGH FOR THOSE PEOPLE TO HAVE A LOSS. >>Reporter: WOULD YOU’ CONSIDE ANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST LAST NIGHT FOR A POST IN THE ADMINISTRATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE?>>I KNOW A COUPLE GOOD ONES. YEAH, I WOULD. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, I ASKED YOU ON MONDAY IF THERE WAS ANYTHING YOU REGRET IN YOUR FIRST TWO YEARS. YOU SAID AT TIMES YOU COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE USED A QUOTE SOFTER TONE. YOUR CRITICS AS YOU CAN IMAGINE SAY THEY’RE NOT HOLDING THEIR BREATH ON THAT HAPPENING. WILL YOU HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR TONE IF YOU’RE TO GET THINGS PASSED THROUGH CONGRESS. YOU’VE ALSO SAID YOU MIGHT EXTEND AN OLIVE BRANCH. >>I WOULD BE VERY GOOD AT A LOW TONE. WHEN THIS ARE DONE NOT CORRECTLY ABOUT YOU, WRITTEN ABOUT YOU, SAID ABOUT YOU, ON TELEVISION, WHEREVER IT IS. YOU HAVE TO DEFEND YOURSELF. I WOULD LOVE TO DO AN EVEN TONE. IT’S MUCH EASIER THAN WHAT I HAVE TO DO. I HAVE TO GO AROUND. WHEN YOU’RE NOT TREATED FAIRLY, YOU HAVE NO CHOICE. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A VERY EVEN, MODEST, BORING TONE. I WOULD BE VERY HONORED BY THAT. YOU KNOW WHAT, WHEN YOU HAVE TO FIGHT ALL THE TIME FIGHT BECAUSE YOU’RE BEING MISREPRESENTED BY THE MEDIA, YOU CAN’T DO THAT. >>Reporter: NOT ABOUT THE MEDIA, WHAT ABOUT WITH CONGRESS?>>PLEASE GO AHEAD.>>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, HOW DO YOU FOCUS — >>WHERE ARE YOU FROM?>>Reporter: JAPAN. SAY HELLO TO SHINZO. I’M SURE HE’S HAPPY ABOUT T– >>Reporter: [ INAUDIBLE ]>>I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU. TRADE WITH JAPAN?>>Reporter: YES. >>JAPAN IS A GREAT COUNTRY. YOU HAD A GREAT PRIME MINISTER. HE’S A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE. HE IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE I’M CLOSEST WITH. I TELL HIM ALL THE TIME JAPAN DOES NOT TREAT THE UNITED STATES FAIRLY ON TRADE. THEY SEND IN MILLIONS OF CARS AT A VERY LOW TAX. THEY DON’T TAKE OUR CARS. IF THEY DO, IT’S WITH A VERY HIGH TAX. I’M NOT BLAMING JAPAN. I’M BLAMING THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT LET THAT HAPPEN. JAPAN HAS TREATED US VERY UNFAIRLY. DON’T FEEL LONELY. YOU WEREN’T THE ONLY ONE. >>Reporter: HOW ABOUT NORTH KOREA?>>Reporter: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. SECRETARY POMPEO TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA HAVE BEEN POSTPONED. WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE?>>NOTHING. >>Reporter: WILL YOUR MEETINGS — >>WE’LL CHANGE IT BECAUSE OF TRIPS BEING MADE. WE’LL MAKE IT ANOTHER DAY. WE’RE VERY HAPPY HOW IT’S GOING WITH NORTH KOREA. WE’RE IN NO RUSH. THE SANCTIONS ARE ON. THE MISSILES HAVE STOPPED. THE ROCKETS HAVE STOPPED. THE HOSTAGES ARE HOME. THE GREAT HEROS HAVE BEEN COMING HOME. MIKE PENCE WAS IN HAWAII WHERE THE — ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CEREMONIES THAT ANYONE HAS EVER SEEN FOR THE FALLEN. THESE ARE GREAT HEROS. WHEN I WAS RUNNING — AS MANY YEARS AGO AS IT WAS, IN MANY GRANDCHILDREN, THEY WERE ASKING ABOUT THEM COMING HOME. THEY’RE BEING PROVIDED TO US AS WE SPEAK. I’M IN NO RUSH. THE SANCTIONS ARE ON. I READ A COUPLE TIMES AND I’VE SEEN A FEW TIMES WHERE THEY SAID HE’S DONE SO MUCH. WHAT HAVE I DONE? I MET. NOW I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE THE SANCTIONS OFF. THEY HAVE TO BE RESPONSIVE TOO. IT’S A TWO-WAY STREET. WE’RE NOT IN ANY RUSH AT ALL. NO RUSH WHATSOEVER. BEFORE I GOT HERE, THEY WERE DEALING WITH THIS FOR OVER 70 YEARS. I GUESS ON A NUCLEAR FRONT FOR 25 YEARS. THAT’S A LONG TIME. I’VE BEEN THERE — I LEFT SINGAPORE FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS AGO. WE MADE MORE PROGRESS IN THAT FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS THAN THEY MADE IN 70 YEARS. NOBODY ELSE COULD HAVE DONE WHAT I’VE DONE. I’LL SAY THIS — I’LL SAY THIS VERY SIMPLY, WE’RE IN NO RUSH. THE SANCTIONS ARE ON. WHENEVER IT IS — THAT MEETING WILL BE RESCHEDULED. >>Reporter: THAT MEETING — YOUR MEETING WITH KIM JONG-UN, SIR, WILL IT HAPPEN IN THE NEXT MONTHS?>>SOMETIME NEXT YEAR. >>Reporter: A QUICK QUESTION UNDER USMCA, HAVE YOU REPAIRED YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU?>>YEAH. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT DIVISION. SOME STATISTICS ARE DISTURBING TO EVERYONE. HATE CRIMES ARE ON THE RISE. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT IT?>>IT’S SAD TO SEE IT. I HATE TO SEE IT. I’VE DONE MORE — IN FACT IF YOU WERE WITH US THE LAST TIME WE MET PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU SAID THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE MORE FOR ISRAEL THAN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT. THOSE EXACT WORDS. SO MANY THINGS. MANY, MANY PRESIDENTS HAVE SAID THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD THE EMBASSY IN JE– WE BUILT IT. WE HAVE DID IT FOR A TINY AMOUNT OF MONEY. NOBODY HAS DONE MORE FOR ISRAEL THAN DONALD TRUMP. THE NICE THING IS THAT’S NOT ME SAYING THAT. IT’S PRESIDENT NETANYAHU. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT ABOUT HEALING THE DIVIDES IN THIS COUNTRY?>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAN HELP HEAL IS THE SUCCESS OF OUR COUNTRY. WE’VE GONE UP $11.7 TRILLION IN WORTH. YOU KNOW CHINA HAS COME DOWN TREMENDOUSLY, TREMENDOUSLY. CHINA WOULD HAVE SUPERCEDED US IN TWO YEARS AS AN ECONOMIC POWER. NOW THEY’RE NOT EVEN CLOSE. CHINA GOT RID OF THEIR CHINA 25 BECAUSE IT WAS INSULTING. I SAID IT TO THEM. CHINA 25 MEANS IN 2025 THEY’LL TAKE OVER ECONOMICALLY THE WORLD. I SAID THAT’S NOT HAPPENING. WE’VE GOT IT WAY UP. THEY’VE GONE DOWN. I DON’T WANT THEM TO GO DOWN. WE’LL HAVE A GOOD MEETING AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO. I HAVE TO SAY THIS, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WILL BE POURING INTO OUR TREASURY FROM TAXES THAT CHINA IS PAYING TO US. IF YOU SPEAK TO MR. PILLSBURY WHO PROBABLY IS THE LEADING AUTHORITY ON CHINA, HE WAS ON THE OTHER DAY SAYING HE HAS NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. YOU KNOW WHO ELSE HASN’T? CHINA. WE’LL TRY TO MAKE A DEAL WITH CHINA. I WANT GREAT RELATIONSHIPS WITH PRESIDENT XI, AS I DO. >>Reporter: YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE ECONOMIC — HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR ROLE AS A MORAL LEADER?>>PLEASE. GO AHEAD. THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE. I’M SORRY. >>Reporter: AS A MORAL LEADER?>>I THINK I’M A GREAT MORAL LEADER. I LOVE OUR COUNTRY. >>Reporter: THANK YOU, SIR. YOU SAID DEMOCRATS HAVE A CHOICE THAT YOU WILL NOT WORK WITH THEM ON LEGISLATION IF THEY’RE INVESTIGATING YOU. DO YOU NOT HAVE A CHOICE IN THE MATTER?>>IT’S VERY INAPPROPRIATE. WE SHOULD GET ALONG AND GET DEALS DONE. WE CAN INVESTIGATE. THEY LOOK AT US. WE LOOK AT THEM. IT GOES ON FOR TWO YEARS. AT THE END OF TWO YEARS NOTHING IS DONE. WHAT’S BAD FOR THEM, BEING IN THE MAJORITY I’M GOING TO BLAME THEM. THEY’RE THE MAJORITY. THEY WILL BE BLAMED. I THINK NANCY PELOSI — I PUT THAT STATEMENT OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY ABOUT NANCY PELOSI THAT IF SHE’S SHORT OF VOTES — FRANKLY I THINK SHE DESERVES IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT I WAS BEING SARCASTIC. I WASN’T. I REALLY MEAN IT. THERE WAS NOTHING SARCASTIC ABOUT IT. IT WAS MEANT WITH VERY GOOD INTENTIONS. I THINK SHE DESERVES IT. SHE’S FOUGHT LONG AND HARD. SHE’S A CAPABLE PERSON. YOU HAVE OTHER PEOPLE SHOOTING AT HER TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE SPEAKERSHIP. I SAID, IF WE CAN AND IF WE WILL, IF SHE HAS A PROBLEM, I WOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPLY HER THE NECESSARY VOTES. THAT’S NOT SAID IN ANY WAY OTHER THAN I BELIEVE SHE DESERVES THAT POSITION. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT NANCY PELOSI AND I CAN WORK TOGETHER AND GET A LOT OF THINGS DONE ALONG WITH MITCH AND EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WE HAVE TO WORK WITH. I THINK WE’LL GET A LOT DONE. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, WHY CAN’T YOU DO THAT WHILE THERE ARE SUBPOENAS COMING THROUGH?>>THE ELECTION IS OVER. THE ELECTION IS OVER. NOW EVERYBODY IS IN LOVE. THEN I SEE THE HOSTILITY OF QUESTIONS IN THE ROOM. I COME IN HERE AS A NICE PERSON WANTING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. I HAVE PEOPLE JUMPING OUT OF THEIR SEATS SCREAMING QUESTIONS AT ME. THE ELECTION IS OVER. I’M VERY — I AM EXTRAORDINARILY HAPPY. I REALLY AM. BY THE WAY, I WOULD TELL YOU IF I WASN’T. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN FLORIDA. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN GEORGIA. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN SO MANY LOCATIONS WITH GOVERNORSHIPS. NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THAT. LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT WAS GIVEN TO THESE OTHER CANDIDATES AGAINST MY CANDIDATE. I MEAN, I’M EXTRAORDINARILY HAPPY. IF I WASN’T I WOULD LET YOU KNOW. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG. LOOK AT MIDTERMS AND LOOK AT ELECTIONS GENERALLY, IT’S VERY RARE THAT A PARTY WHO HAS THE PRESIDENCY DOES WELL. WE DID UNBELIEVABLY WELL. TO WIN FLORIDA, BOTH THE SFAT A — SENATE AND THE GOVERNORSHIP, WE DID INCREDIBLE. TO WIN GEORGIA WHEN YOU HAD SOME OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN THE WORLD CAMPAIGNING ENDLESSLY, INCLUDING PRESIDENT OBAMA. YOU KNOW, I TELL YOU WHAT, THIS WAS A GREAT VICTORY FOR US. AGAIN, FROM A DEAL MAKING STANDPOINT WE ARE ALL MUCH BETTER OFF THE WAY IT TURNED OUT. I BELIEVE IF THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO, WE CAN DO A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF GREAT LEGISLATION. PLEASE GO AHEAD. SHOULD WE KEEP THIS GOING FOR A LITTLE WHILE?>>Reporter: YES, I THINK.>>WHEN YOU GET BORED WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME.>>WE’RE NEVER BORED.>>I DON’T WANT TO OVERSTAY. >>Reporter: HI, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU CALLED YOURSELF A NATIONALIST. THERE ARE SOME — >>THAT’S SUCH A RACIST THING TO SAY. >>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT?>>WHY DO I HAVE MY HIGHEST POLL NUMBERS WITH AFRICAN AMERICANS? I MEAN, WHY DO I HAVE MY HIGHEST POLL NUMBERS. THAT’S SUCH A RACIST QUESTION. HONESTLY. I KNOW YOU HAVE IT WRITTEN DOWN. IT’S A RACIST QUESTION. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT — >>YOU KNOW WHAT THE WORD IS. I LOVE OUR COUNTRY. I DO. YOU HAVE NATIONALISTS. YOU HAVE GLOBALISTS. I LOVE THE WORLD. I DON’T MIND HELPING THE WORLD. WE HAVE TO STRAIGHTEN OUT OUR COUNTRY FIRST. THAT IS SO INSULTING TO ME.>>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, YOU TALKED ABOUT MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS. HOW WILL YOU GET DEMOCRATS TO SUPPORT THAT?>>YOU HAVE TO ASK THEM. >>Reporter: WHAT’S YOUR PLAN –>>I’LL ASK THEM. IF THEY SAY YES, I’M ALL FOR IT. IF THEY SAY NO, THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO. GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU SAID MANY TIMES ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL THAT YOU DIDN’T WANT NANCY PELOSI TO BE SPEAKER. YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME — >>IT’S NOT A QUESTION OF WANT. LET ME ANSWER — WOULD I HAVE PREFERRED WINNING BY TWO OR THREE OR FOUR, I WOULD HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THAT. CERTAINLY I LIKE TO WIN. IF I WIN SHE’S NOT GOING TO BE SPEAKER. >>Reporter: WHAT DID SHE SAY TO YOU YESTERDAY THAT MADE YOU GIVE HER YOUR SUPPORT?>>WE HAD A WARM CONVERSATION. SHE LOVES THIS COUNTRY. SHE’S A VERY SMART WOMAN. SHE’S DONE A VERY GOOD JOB. SHE WAS REALLY — I MEAN, SHE HAD — >>Reporter: DID SHE PROMISE THEY WOULDN’T SEEK TO IMPEACH YOU?>>WE DIDN’T TALKING ABOUT IMPE IMPEACHING. DO YOU IMPEACH SOMEBODY BECAUSE HE CREATED THE GREATEST ECONOMIC SUCCESS IN THE HISTORY? LET’S IMPEACH HIM BECAUSE THE COUNTRY IS SO SUCCESSFUL. HAS HE DONE ANYTHING? NO, BUT LET’S IMPEACH HIM ANYWAY. THEY SAID LET’S IMPEACH JUSTICE KAVANAUGH. LET’S IMPEACH HIM. NOW THEY HAVE THE SECOND WOMAN COMING OUT. I HATE TO SAY THIS, IT WAS PUBLIC. AFTER HIM WE’LL IMPEACH THE VICE PRESIDENT. WE’LL IMPEACH MIKE PENCE. MIKE PENCE DOESN’T GET IMPEACHED FOR ANYTHING. LET’S IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT. THEN WE’LL IMPEACH THE VICE PRESIDENT. THESE PEOPLE ARE SICK. YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY HAVE TO GET THEIR BAREARINGS. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT DIVISION, THEY — >>Reporter: REGARDING ALL THE RETIREMENTS IN THE HOUSE, MR. PRESIDENT, YOU SUGGESTED — >>WHO IS RETIRING?>>Reporter: YOU SAID MANY OF THE RETIREMENTS HAPPENING MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR YOU IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE AND IT WAS BECAUSE THEY WERE CHAIRMAN. JEFF FLAME WASN’T A CHAIRMAN. PAUL RYAN ALSO RETIRED. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? WHOSE FAULT IS — >>IN JEFF FLAKE’S CASE IT’S ME PURE AND SIMPLE. I RETIRED HIM. I’M PROUD OF IT. DID THE COUNTRY A GREAT SERVICE. HE WAS RETIRED. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL IT ANOTHER WORD. JEFF FLAKE, THAT’S ANOTHER BEAUTY. >>Reporter: TWO QUESTIONS PLEASE. >>ONE. TOO MANY PEOPLE.>>Reporter: ALL RIGHT. YOU’VE SEEMED TO ENJOY THIS VENUE VERY MUCH. ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE THE STANDARD PRESS CONFERENCE A STAPLE OF THE REMAINING TWO YEARS OR WILL YOU HAVE BRIEFINGS WITH SARAH SANDERS?>>I THINK SARAH IS FANTASTIC. WHERE IS SARAH? YOU’VE BEEN SO GREAT. SHE’S BEEN ABUSED AND HORRIBLY TREATED. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS THE OTHER DAY. I HAD A PERIOD WHERE I HAVE FIGURED I WON’T DO ANY REAL INTERVIEWS. THEN THEY SAY WHY ISN’T HE DOING IT? THEN OVER THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS I DECIDED I’LL DO A LOT. WE’LL STOP AT THE HELICOPTER. THEN THEY SAY WHY IS HE DOING SO MANY? WHEN I DON’T DO THEM YOU SAY WHAT’S WRONG? WHEN I DO THEM YOU SAY WHAT’S WRONG? YOU KNOW YOU DID. YOU COMPLAINED ABOUT ACCESS WHEN I PURPOSELY STAYED AWAY FROM THE PR PRESS FOR A WHILE. CAN I BE HONEST WITH YOU? IT DIDN’T WORK WELL. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, I DIDN’T FINISH THE QUESTION. SARAH WILL STAY ON AS PRESS SECRETARY. >>GO AHEAD. >>Reporter: FIRST OFF, EVER PERSONALLY THINK IT’S GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE. A FREE PRESS AND THIS TYPE OF ENGAGEMENT — >>I DO TOO. IT’S CALLED EARNED MEDIA. IT’S WORTH BILLIONS. >>Reporter: I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU. FIRST A POINT OF CLARIFICATION ON THE TAX RETURN ISSUES. YOU’VE BROUGHT UP THE AUDIT. THAT DIDN’T PREVENT YOU FROM RELEASING IT. >>IT DOESN’T PREVENT ME. LAWYERS WILL TELL ME NOT TO DO IT. MORE EXCITE DG QUESTION THAN THAT. >>Reporter: MICHAEL COHEN SAID YOU CALLED BLACK VOTERS STUPID. THE RAPPER LITTLE JOHN SAID YOU CALLED — >>I DON’T KNOW WHO HE IS. >>Reporter: HE WAS ON “THE APPRENTICE.”>>I DON’T USE RACIST REMARKS. IF I DID, YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT IT. I’VE BEEN HEARING THERE WERE TAPES. NUMBER ONE, I DIDN’T WORRY ABOUT IT. I NEVER USED RACIST REMARKS. >>Reporter: ONE POINT OF FACT YOU TOLD HER YOU HAVE THE HIGHEST APPROVAL OF AFRICAN AMERICANS, IT’S 8%. >>WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT DIVISION, IT’S PEOPLE LIKE THIS THAT CAUSE DIVISION, GREAT DIVISION. POINT OF FACT IS I NEVER USED A RACIST REMARK. THAT’S THE POINT OF FACT. WHO ARE YOU FROM?>>Reporter: YAHOO NEWS. >>I HOPE THEY’RE DOING WELL. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?>>Reporter: LEBANON. THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE’S NOT GOING TO FOLLOW YOUR SANCTIONS AND HE’S GOING TO KEEP BUYING UR OIL — >>WHO SAID THAT?>>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT OF TURKEY. YOU’RE GOING TO MEET HIM SOON AND SOME COUNTRIES ARE GOING TO TAKE THE SAME STEPS.>>LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE OIL. WE IMPOSED JUST RECENTLY THE STRONGEST SANCTIONS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST ABOUT. NORTH KOREA IS THERE TOO. I GAVE SOME COUNTRIES A BREAK ON THE OIL. I DID IT A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THEY REALLY ASKED FOR SOME HELP. I REALLY DID IT BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE OIL PRICES UP TO $100 A BARREL OR $150 A BARREL. I’M DRIVING THEM DOWN. OIL PRICES HAVE COME DOWN SUBSTANTIALLY. THAT’S BECAUSE OF ME. YOU HAVE A MONOPOLY CALLED OPEC. I DON’T LIKE THAT MONOPOLY. WAIT. OIL PRICES ARE COMING DOWN. RATHER THAN DECIDING TO BE AS TOUGH AS I AM ON MOST OF THE SANCTIONS, WHAT I’VE DONE IS SAY WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT THAT WAY. WE’LL LET SOME OF THE OIL GO OUT TO THE COUNTRIES THAT NEED IT. I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE THE OIL PRICES UP TO $150. IT COULD HAPPEN VERY EASILY. IT’S A FRAGILE MARKET. I KNOW IT VERY WELL. IT’S THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT DECISION. THEY’LL GET TOUGHER AS TIME GOES BY. I DON’T WANT TO HAVE ANY EFFECT ON THE OIL PRICES WORLDWIDE. I HAVE CONSIDER THAT TO BE A TAX. >>Reporter: DO YOU HAVE A PEACE PROCESS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE — >>Reporter: DID YOU SEE JOHN TESTER — >>CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN TESTER. I’M SURE YOU’RE UNHAPPY ABOUT THAT. WE’LL TAKE A COUPLE MORE AND THEN WE’LL GO. >>Reporter: CAN YOU ADDRESS CONCERNS WHERE IN PLACES LIKE GEORGIA WHERE PEOPLE WAITED FOR HOURS AND VOTING MACHINES WON’T WORKING — >>DO YOU THINK THAT’S WHY THE CANDIDATE LOST?>>Reporter: THERE HAVE BEEN — >>I WASN’T IN GEORGIA. >>Reporter: AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE ACCESS PEOPLE ARE HAVING TO VOTE?>>I HEARD IT WAS VERY EFFICIENT. YOU HAVE TO ASK THE STATE GOVERNMENTS. GO AHEAD, PLEASE. >>Reporter: THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU EXPRESSED SOME CONCERNS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES UNFAIRLY CENSORING CONSERVATIVES.>>IT’S VERY DANGEROUS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT I LIKE FREE SPEECH. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT. WHEN YOU START REGULATING, A LOT OF BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN, BUT I WOULD CERTAINLY TALK TO THE DEMOCRATS IF THEY WANT TO DO THAT. I THINK THEY WANT TO DO THAT. >>Reporter: FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID HE HAD A PEN AND A PHONE TO USE EXECUTIVE POWER ON ISSUES LIKE IMMIGRATION. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF USING EXECUTIVE POWER TO GET YOUR AGENDA DONE?>>I DO. I THINK SOME OF IT I CAN USE EXECUTIVE POWER ON SOME, NOT ALL. I MEAN HE CERTAINLY USED IT. HE USED IT ON DACA. WHEN HE DID IT, HE SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT THAT I’M NOT ALLOWED TO DO THIS. IT WILL NEVER HOLD UP, BUT I’M DOING IT ANYWAY. HE DID IT AND THEY FOUND JUDGES THAT APPROVED. WE HAVE ALSO FOUND JUDGES THAT DIDN’T APPROVE IT. IT WILL BE DETERMINED IN THE SUPREME COURT. IF THE COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA THINKS THEY SHOULD RULE, WHICH IS WHAT HE SAID, THEN I WILL PROBABLY HAVE A DEAL WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WE WERE VERY CLOSE TO HAVING A DEAL UNTIL WE GOT THAT VERY STRANGE RULING. >>Reporter: SIR, YOU ALSO MADE SOME PROMISES ABOUT IMMIGRATION DURING THE CAMPAIGN.>>WHICH ONE?>>BIRTH RIGHT CITIZENSHIP, ARE YOU GOING TO SIGN — >>WE’RE LOOKING INTO IT. I BELIEVE WE HAVE THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT. THAT WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE SUPREME COURT. >>Reporter: ARE YOU GOING TO SEND 15,000 TROOPS TO THE BORDER?>>YOU’VE BEEN READING THE SAME DOCUMENTS AS ME. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M DOING.>>Reporter: WE’VE BEEN A MONTH OUT OF THE MURDER OF KHASHOGGI.>>IT’S A HORRIBLE THING. WE’RE WORKING WITH CONGRESS, SOME HAVE TALENTED PEOPLE. I’M WORKING WITH TURKEY AND SAUDI ARABIA AND I’M FORMING AN OPINION. GO AHEAD, JON. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, YOU’VE SAID SOMETHING ABOUT NANCY PELOSI. YOU’VE SAID SHE LOVES OUR COUNTRY. DO YOU REGRET SOME OF THE THINGS YOU SAID DURING THE CAMPAIGN?>>NO. >>Reporter: YOU SAID DEMOCRATS WANT TO PUT A WRECKING BALL TO OUR FUTURE. >>I BELIEVE THAT. WITH THEIR CURRENT POLICY I BELIEVE THAT 100%. THIS WOULD BE A WRECKING BALL. THERE’S A COMPROMISE SOMEWHERE. THAT COULD BE GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY. ONE MORE. >>Reporter: DO YOU REGRET THE AD YOU DID THAT WAS BRANDED AS A RACIST AD AND FOX NEWS EVEN WOULDN’T AIR IT?>>I’M SURPRISED YOU ASK ME THAT QUESTION. I DO NOT.>>Reporter: THANK YOU, SIR. WE WOULD ALL LOVE TO HAVE MORE OF THESE IF YOU’RE WILLING. IN 2017 SHORTLY AFTER YOU TOOK OFFICE YOUR HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT SHUTTERED A PROGRAM TO COUNTER HOME GROWN WHITE SUPREMACISTS AND REDIRECTED THAT TO FIGHTING ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. DO YOU BELIEVE RIGHT WING TERRORISTS, THE HOME GROWN TERRORISTS ARE A PROBLEM?>>I DO BELIEVE THAT’S A PROBLEM. I BELIEVE ALL HATE IS A PROBLEM. I DO BELIEVE IT’S A PROBLEM. >>Reporter: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?>>IT’S A PROBLEM WE WANT TO SOLVE. >>Reporter: SIR, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? YOU CUT OFF THE FUNDING. >>WE HAVE GIVEN FUNDING FOR THAT. I DO BELIEVE IT’S A PROBLEM. CAN I TELL YOU WHAT, IT’S A PROBLEM I DON’T LIKEN A LITTLE BIT. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, YOU SAID PRETEND I’M ON THE BALLOT YESTERDAY. MANY LOCAL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY REJECTED YOUR MIDTERM MESSAGE, ESPECIALLY SUBURBAN WOMEN. HOW DO YOU BRIDGE THAT?>>MY MESSAGE WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED. LOOK AT THE RESULTS. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL — LOOK, YOU CAN WRITE IT ANYWAY YOU WANT. IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME — THIS HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL. HOW ABOUT OHIO? I MENTIONED FLORIDA. I MENTIONED GEORGIA. HOW ABOUT THE GOVERNOR OF OHIO?>>Reporter: WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO SUBURBAN WOMEN VOTERS?>>A FANTASTIC MAN WHO WAS DOWN IN THE POLLS. EVERYBODY WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS PERSON WHO WAS SO GREAT. I WENT UP THERE AND DID A RALLY. THEY HAVE NOW A GREAT GOVERNOR. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT GOVERNOR IN OHIO FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, BUT FOR AT LEAST FOUR YEARS. MIKE DEWINE IS A FANTASTIC PERSON. I FELT HIS OPPOSITION WAS NOT A GOOD PERSON. WE KNOW A LOT ABOUT HIM. I FELT THAT MIKE WAS A FANTASTIC PERSON. HE WON. NOT ONLY DID HE WIN, HE WON EASILY. ADD THAT TO FLORIDA AND ADD THAT TO GEORGIA AND ADD THAT TO ALL OF THE OTHER RACES THAT WE WON OUTSIDE EVEN OF THE SENATE RACES WHICH WERE THE BIGGEST OF ALL. THESE WERE RACES THAT — MIKE PENCE CAN TELL YOU AND SOME OF THE FOLKS OVER HERE CAN TELL YOU, THESE WERE RACES THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE UNOPPOSED. WE WERE NOT GOING TO OPPOSE CERTAIN OF THE PEOPLE RUNNING. THEY SAID THEY COULDN’T BE BEATEN. THEY SAID HEIDI CANNOT BE BEATEN. >>Reporter: EXCUSE ME. WHAT ABOUT — >>YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT POPULARITY. MANY OF THESE RACES, THEY WEREN’T EASY RACES. THEY WERE TOUGH RACES. THE FIRST QUESTION WAS WHAT ABOUT YOUR OWN POPULARITY? I THINK I WAS VERY WELL-RECEIVED BY THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND I’M VERY PROUD OF THAT. I LOVE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE THE GREATEST PEOPLE. I LOVE THE PEOPLE. >>Reporter: WHAT DO YOU SAY TO WOMEN MR. PRESIDENT?>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RACES WE WON IN FLORIDA, WHICH WE WEREN’T EXPECTED TO WIN, AND GEORGIA, WE WE WEREN’T EXPECTED TO WIN AND OHIO, WHICH WE WEREN’T EXPECTED TO WIN. LOOK AT SOME OF THEM, THE NUMBER OF VOTES WE GOT IS INCREDIBLE. I’M REALLY HAPPY WITH NOT ONLY THE WAY IT CAME OUT BUT THE RESPONSE TO ME AS YOUR PRESIDENT. AS YOUR PRESIDENT, I’VE MADE OUR COUNTRY SAFE. I’VE REBUILT AND AM IN THE PROCESS OF REBUILDING OUR MILITARY. THE JOBS ARE HERE. E EVERYONE OF THEM BUILT HERE. WE’LL HAVE THE STRONGEST MILITARY THE COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD. I’VE DONE MORE FOR THE VETS THAN ANYONE HAS DONE IN MANY DECADES, WITH CHOICE AND OTHER THINGS AS YOU KNOW. OUR VETS ARE DOING BETTER THAN THEY’VE EVER DONE. CHOICE ALONE, TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH CHOICE. THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THE JOB I’M DOING. >>Reporter: LOOKING AHEAD TO TO 2020 — >>ONE OF THE THINGS THEY WANT SO MUCH IS SECURITY. THEY WANT SECURITY AT THE BORDER, WITH OUR MILITARY, WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. THEY H THEY WANT IT WITH I.C.E. WE’VE TAKEN OUT THOUSANDS OF GANGS. WOMEN WANT SAFETY. THEY HAVE WANT SECURITY. THEY WANT FINANCIAL SECURITY. THEY WANT PHYSICAL SECURITY. WE’VE TAKEN OUT. WE WANT LAWS WHERE THEY DON’T COME IN WHERE WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE THEM OUT. I’M HONORED TO BE WITH YOU ALL. IT WAS A GREAT DAY YESTERDAY. IT WAS A GREAT EVENING. HOPEFULLY THE TONE CAN GET BETTER.>>Reporter: HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THAT?>>HOPEFULLY THE TONE CAN GET A LOT BETTER. I REALLY BELIEVE IT BEGINS WITH THE MEDIA. WE WE USED TO CALL IT THE PRESS. >>Reporter: DOES IT BEGIN WITH YOU, MR. PRESIDENT?>>I BELIEVE IT STARTS WITH THE MEDIA. THERE WAS A VERY GOOD STORY WRITTEN IN A VERY GOOD PAPER THAT TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT ISN’T GOOD WHAT THE MEDIA IS DOING AND I DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIGHT BACK. I’M TREATED UNFAIRLY. I DO FIGHT BACK. I’M FIGHTING BACK NOT FOR ME. I’M FIGHTING BACK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.>>LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM PRESIDENT TRUMP ALWAYS DOES THINGS HIS OWN WAY. THE PRESIDENT’S SUPPORTERS WILL FIND MUCH TO PLOVE IN THAT 90-MINUTE PRESS CONFERENCE. THE PRESIDENT SAYING THE PRESS IS THE REASON FOR THE TONE. THE PRESIDENT STARTED TAKING CREDIT FOR THE RACES HE HELPED THE REPUBLICANS WIN. IN FACT HE CALLED ON LOSING HOUSE REPUBLICANS BY NAME. NEVER SAW ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE IN A PRESS CONFERENCE, FOR RUNNING AWAY FROM THE PRESIDENT. ALSO SOMETHING OF AN OLIVE BRANCH FOR NANCY PELOSI SAYING HE HOPES SHE CAN WORK WITH HER. ALSO SAYING ALL BETS ARE OFF. CECILIA VEGA, IF THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT. >>HE’S SETTING HIMSELF UP FOR PLAYING A GAME OF CHICKEN. HE SAID IF IF DEMOCRATS INVESTIGATE HIM, HEM INVESTIGATE THEM RIGHT BACK. THE TAKE AWAY — THERE WERE MANY. THIS IS A MAN WHO DOES NOT LIKE TO LOSE. HE IS TRYING TO SPIN THIS AS A WIN. HE’S CLEARLY VERY ANGRY. WE SAW THAT IN THE EXCHANGES THAT WERE FRANKLY JAW DROPPING WITH A NUMBER OF REPORTERS. WITH CNN. TELLING A JAPANESE REPORTING I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU SAY HELLO TO SHINZO. TELLING AN AFRICAN AMERICAN REPORTER HER QUESTION ABOUT NATIONALISM WAS RACIST. PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE THIS PRESIDENCY THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS. WE’RE NOT SEEING PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO HEAL THE DIVIDES. >>JON KARL, YOU WERE IN THE ROOM. IT SEEMED TENSE. >>IT WAS INCREDIBLY INTENSE. IT WAS UNCOMFORTABLE. THAT’S NOT WHAT YOU WANT SO SEE AS A JOURNALIST. AT ONE POINT WE HAD A WHITE HOUSE STAFFER WRESTLING FOR THE MICROPHONE AS ONE REPORTER TRIED TO ASK A THIRD OR FOURTH QUESTION AND THE PRESIDENT WAS FIRING BACK. A VERY TENSE PRESS CONFERENCE. I THINK THE MESSAGE HE WAS TRYING TO COME OUT HERE WITH WAS THAT HE CAN FIND A WAY TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS AS LONG AS THEY DON’T START INVESTIGATING HIM. >>I HAVE TO INTERRUPT YOU. NANCY PELOSI HAS COME TO THE PODIUM. WE’LL LISTEN IN ON HER PRESS CONFERENCE. >>IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE BIGGEST WINNER YESTERDAY WAS THE HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICAN PEOPLE, FOR OUR SENIORS AND HARD WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES. HEALTH CARE WAS ON THE BALLOT AND HEALTH CARE WON. YESTERDAY AMERICANS ELECTED AN EXTRAORDINARY CLASS OF DYNAMIC AND DIVERSE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES. MEMBERS ELECTED REFLECT THEIR DISTRICTS AND EMBODY THE BOUNTIFUL DIVERSITY OF OUR NATION. WOMEN LED THE WAY TO VICTORY WITH AT LEAST 30 NEW WOMEN COMING TO THE CONGRESS. IS THAT NOT EXCITING? THERE’S STILL SOME RACES NOT FINALIZED. THERE COULD BE MORE. DEMOCRATS ALSO SECURED BIG WINS IN THE GOVERNORSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WHILE IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO WIN THE HOUSE FOR THE DEMOCRATS, WINNING GOVERNORSHIPS IS ESSENTIAL TO GOOD POLICY IN OUR COUNTRY AND OPEN ELECTIONS. VICTORIES IN WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS, KANSAS, MAINE, MICHIGAN, NEW AMERICA AND NEVADA. WE’RE PROUD OF NEW MEXICO OUR COLLEAGUE IS NOW THE GOVERNOR. IN COLORADO JARED POLIS IS THE GOVERNOR EVEN THOUGH THAT’S REPLACING A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR. THAT WASN’T A PICK UP, BUT IT IS A DEMOCRATIC MEMBER THERE. JIM WALLS IN MINNESOTA, OUR COLLEAGUE WINNING IN MINNESOTA. FOR US JUST SEEING THE EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP OF THESE MEMBERS GOING INTO GOVERNOR’S OFFICES AND SEEING THE INCREASED NUMBERS OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORSHIPS IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE WON BECAUSE FROM THE BEGINNING WE FOCUSSED ON THE OTHER HAND HEALT– ON HEALTH CA. TWO YEARS AGO FROM THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION EVERYONE CAME TOGETHER AND SAID WE SEE THE URGENCY. WE WANT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND THAT GAVE US OPPORTUNITY TO PROTECT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT WAS SO ESSENTIAL TO AMERICA’S WORKING FAMILIES. WE KNEW IT WOULD BE A TARGET OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. JUST SO YOU KNOW, BY THAT SUNDAY WE MOBILIZED MANY OF THE GROUPS OUTSIDE. WE ALL CAME TOGETHER DEPENDING ON D– DESPITE WHERE WE MIGHT B ON OTHER ISSUES TO SAY THIS IS OUR FOCUS. WE MADE A PLAN TO LAUNCH OUR CAMPAIGN ON THE WEEKEND OF MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY IN JANUARY AND WE DID AFTER THE PRESIDENT’S INAUGURATION. AS YOU KNOW SOMETHING HISTORIC HAPPENED IN OUR COUNTRY, THE WOMEN’S MARCH. MUCH OF THAT WAS ABOUT HEALTH CARE, WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. THE BEAT GOES ON. OVER THE COURSE OF THAT NEXT YEAR AND A HALF WORKING WITH THE OUTSIDE GROUPS AND THEY DESERVE A GREAT DEAL OF CREDIT AND I’M PROUD OF OUR DEMOCRATIC UNITY IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES AND OUR INSIDE MANEUVERING. THAT UNITY WAS ESSENTIAL TO THE CLARITY OF OUR MESSAGE. WORKING TOGETHER, VOTING TOGETHER WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE OUR CASE. THE OUTSIDE GROUPS — WE PARTICIPATED IN SOME OF THIS. THE OUTSIDE GROUPS HAD 10,000 EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE RISK THAT WAS INVOLVED IN REPUBLICAN POLICY IN TERMS OF HEALTH CARE IN OUR COUNTRY. THEIR ASSAULTS ON MEDICARE, MEDICAID, THEIR ASSAULTS ON THE BENEFIT OF A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION BEING TAKEN AWAY, ALL OF THAT AND SO MUCH MORE. THE ISSUE ABOUT THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, ALL OF THOSE ISSUES BY GROUPS COALITIONS, LOBBYISTS, ADVOCACY GROUPS, LABOR UNIONS, VETERANS, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON OF SO MANY PEOPLE BEING INVOLVED IN THAT. SOME OF YOU HAVE SAID HOW DID THIS EMERGE AS THE ISSUE IN THE CAMPAIGN? MY ANSWER IS WE MADE OUR OWN ENVIRONMENT BECAUSE WE KNEW HOW IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE IS, NOT ONLY TO THE GOOD HEALTH OF FAMILIES, BUT TO THE FINANCIAL WELL-BEING OF THEIR FAMILIES, HEALTH CARE COST BEING SUCH A MAJOR ASSAULT ON THEIR ECONOMIC SECURITY. WHEN WE PUT TOGETHER OUR FOR THE PEOPLE AGENDA, OUR FIRST PRIORITY WAS TO LOWER THE HEALTH CARE COSTS BY LOWERING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. LEADER MITCH McCONNELL WENT FORTH AND ADMITTED THAT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND SOME ASPECTS OF SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS WERE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. THE PRESIDENT PULLED HIS PUNCH WHEN IT CAME TIME TO LOWERING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BY ENABLING THE SECRETARY TO NEGOTIATE FOR THAT. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. THAT WAS OUR FOR THE PEOPLE, LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS, BIGGER PAYCHECKS BY BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF AMERICA, INTEGRITY IN GOVERNMENT BY REDUCING THE ROLE OF DARK MONEY IN THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. THAT WAS OUR AGENDA. HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE IN EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN AMERICA IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE MAN WHOSE OFFICE I HAVE OCCUPY NOW, SPEAKER TIP O’NEIL, SAID ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL. WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTHCARE, ALL POLITICS IS PERSONAL. AGAIN, WHILE THE GOP TRIED TO DISTRACT AND DIVIDE OUR CANDIDATES KEPT THEIR FOCUS ON THAT SUBJECT. WHEN I SAY OUR CANDIDATES, OUR CANDIDATES FOR RE-ELECTION AS WELL. VOTERS DELIVERED A RESOUNDING VERDICT AGAINST CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS’ ATTACKS ON MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN DISTRICTS EVERYWHERE IN AMERICA. THEY WENT IN A NEW DIRECTION, A HOUSE THAT WILL NOW — NOW THEY WANT A NEW DIRECTION AND A HOUSE THAT WILL WORK TO MAKE PROGRESS IN THE LIVES OF AMERICA’S FAMILIES AND SENIORS. DEMOCRATS PLEDGE OUR FOR THE PEOPLE AGENDA. LOWER HEALTH CARE, LOWER PRIP S — PRESCRIPTION COSTS, INFRASTRUCTURE, WORKING TOWARDS THE PEOPLE’S INTERESTS, NOT SPECIAL INTERESTS. YESTERDAY’S ELECTION WAS NOT ONLY A VOTE FOR AMERICA’S HEALTH CARE, IT WAS A VOTE FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR DEMOCRACY. ARTICLE I IS THE FIRST BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. ARTICLE I IS THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. IT’S THERE AS A CO EQUAL BRANCH OF THE OTHER BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT AND A CHECK AND BALANCE OF OTHER BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO PUT AN END TO UNCHECKED GOP CONTROL OF WASHINGTON RESTORING AGAIN THE CHECKS AND BALANCES ENVISIONED BY OUR FOUNDERIS. THAT’S A RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE WHEN WE TAKE THAT OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. WE AS DEMOCRATS ARE HERE TO STRENGTHEN THE INSTITUTION IN WHICH WE SERVE AND NOT TO HAVE IT BE A RUBBER STAMP FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. HOUSE DEMOCRATS WILL HONOR OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CONSTITUTION, AS I SAID, HOW WE WILL OPEN, HOW WE WILL DO THINGS WE’LL OPEN THE CONGRESS WITH A RULE THAT WILL INSIST ON OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN SEE THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC POLICY ON THEIR LIVES PUTTING AN END TO WHAT THE REPUBLICANS DID WITH THEIR TAX PLAN IN THE DARK OF NIGHT AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT, NO HEARINGS, WITH A BILL THAT WILL HAVE AN AFFECT ON OUR ECONOMY. THAT’S OVER. WE WILL STRIVE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS OUR PARTNERS. WE WILL STRIVE FOR BIPA BIPARTBIPA BIPART BIPARTISANSHIP. WE BELIEVE WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SEEK COMMON GROUND WHERE WE CAN. WHERE WE CANNOT, WE MUST STAND OUR GROND. BY OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY, BIPARTISANSHIP, A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF HOW WE’LL GO FORWARD. WE BELIEVE THAT’S A RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE TO HONOR THE VISION OF OUR FOUNDERS. THEY GAVE US IN THEIR DECLARATION THE PURSUIT FOR LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS HAPPINESS. THEY GAVE US GUIDANCE ON HOW TO DO THAT. THEY COULDN’T IMAGINE HOW MANY WE WOULD BECOME OR HOW DIFFERENT WE WOULD BE. THEY KNEW WE WOULD HAVE TO STRESS FOR ONENESS. REALIZING WE HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS ON THE ROLES OF GOVERNMENT AND THAT’S A HEALTHY DEBATE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO WITNESS. WITH DO SO WITH CONFIDENCE IN OUR VALUES, BUT ALSO WITH HUMILITY TO LISTEN AND HEAR WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY. THAT’S THE KIND OF CONGRESS THAT WE HAVE AGAIN. ONE THAT HONORS THOSE GUIDELINES. LAST NIGHT I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT HOW WE COULD WORK TOGETHER. ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT CAME UP WAS PART OF OUR FOR THE PEOPLE AGENDA BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF AMERICA. I HOPE THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE THAT. HE TALKED ABOUT IT DURING HIS CAMPAIGN AND REALLY DIDN’T COME THROUGH WITH IT IN HIS FIRST TWO YEARS IN OFFICE. THAT ISSUE HAS NOT BEEN A PARTISAN ISSUE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. OVER THE YEARS WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER REGIONALLY, ACROSS THE AISLE, AND DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. WE HOPE WE CAN DO THAT. WE WANT TO CREATE JOBS FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA. CREATING GOOD PAYING JOBS, WHETHER IT’S ABOUT SURFACE TRANSPORTATION, WATER SYSTEMS, BROADBAND, HIGH SPEED BROADBAND ACROSS AMERICA. ESPECIALLY INTO RURAL AREAS AND THEN SCHOOLS, HOUSING AND THE REST. THOSE JOBS, THOSE INITIATIVES WILL CREATE GOOD PAYING JOB AND GENERATE OTHER ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THEIR REGIONS. WE HOPE WE CAN WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THE OTHER ISSUE WE CAN HOPEFULLY WORK ON IS LOWERING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THAT IS SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT. WE HAD IT IN A COUPLE YEARS AGO WHEN WE WON THE HOUSE. WE HOPE TO GET THAT DONE NOW. THAT IS A BIG IMPACT ON AMERICA’S FAMILIES. THE THIRD ISSUE FOR US IS INTEGRITY IN GOVERNMENT, TO REDUCE THE ROLE OF DARK SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY. I COMMEND ALL OUR CANDIDATES FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE HEALTH CARE AGENDA AND THE BIGGER PAYCHECK AGENDA AND TO THE GOOD GOVERNMENT AGENDA. THEY HAVE WRITTEN LETTERS SAYING THAT THEY WANT HR1 WHICH IS A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY. I SAY TO THEM, WHEN YOU COME HERE, YOU’LL HAVE AN IMPACT ON WHAT THAT LEGISLATION IS. YOU MAY WANT TO MAKE SOME ADDITIONS OR TWEAKING. NONETHELESS OUR NEW CONGRESS WILL BE PART OF PUTTING TOGETHER HOW THE AGENDA GOES FORWARD. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT IN VIG RATION OF THE CONGRESS. I ALSO SPOKE TO MITCH McCONNELL THIS MORNING, LEADER McCONNELL THIS MORNING ON HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON INFRASTRUCTURE. I RECEIVED A CALL OF CONGRATULATIONS FROM SPEAKER RYAN. I WELCOMED THAT. WE DISCUSSED HOW IT IS TO WIN AND HOW IT IS NOT TO WIN. IN ANY EVENT THE CONCERN THAT HE WAS EXPRESSING WAS ABOUT FOR SOME OF HIS COLLEAGUES WHO WOULD NO LONGER BE SERVING. I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING. IN WINNING THIS ELECTION, NOT ONLY WERE WE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THESE ISSUES, WE WERE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FUTURE. THE CHALLENGES WE FACED, WE HAD TO JUMP OVER JERRY MANDERRED LINES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IT WAS ABOUT THE GRASS ROOTS ORGANIZATION ALL ON THE GROUND. MANY PEOPLE WERE OUT THERE TO ELECT PEOPLE WHO SHARED THEIR VALUES ON HEALTH CARE. WE TALKED ABOUT ANNUAL CAPS ON INSURANCE COVERAGE AND RESTORING THE BENEFIT OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. MOST IMPORTANTLY THOUGH WAS THE QUALITY OF OUR CANDIDATES. THEY WERE SPECTACULAR FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE. SOME OF THEM FROM A COUPLE DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE. WHEN THEY COME HERE THEY’LL BRING THEIR EXPERIENCE AND THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND ESPECIALLY THEIR VALUES TO THE CONGRESS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. THIS IS NO EASY FEAT TO WIN THIS ELECTION. I HEAR THE PRESIDENT ATTRIBUTING IT TO THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT HOW JERRY MANDERRED THE COUNTRY IS AND HOW WE HOPED TO CHANGE THAT, BUT NONETHELESS HOW WE WERE ABLE TO SUCCEED IS A TRIBUTE TO THE QUALITY OF OUR CANDIDATES, THE DETERMINATION OF OUR GRASS ROOTS FOLKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THE VALUE THAT WE SHARE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN TERMS OF WORKING WITH THE PRESIDENT, I WOULD SAY THAT I WORKED VERY PRODUCTIVELY WITH PRESIDENT BUSH WHEN WE HAD THE MA MAJORITY AND HE HAD THE PRESIDENCY. WE PASSED ONE OF THE BIGGEST ENERGY BILLS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. WE PASSED ONE OF THE BIGGEST TAX BILLS IN TERMS OF STIMULUS FOR LOW INCOME PEOPLE AS WELL AS MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE IN HIS PRESIDENCY. THE LIST GOES ON. THERE’S SO MANY ISSUE THAT IS WE WORKED TOGETHER ON. THE POINT IS THAT WE WORKED TOGETHER. THE PRESIDENT SAID I’LL WAIT FOR THEM TO SEND ME SOMETHING. WE HAVE IDEAS AND WE CAN SEND HIM SOMETHING. THE FACT IS WE LIKE TO WORK TOGETHER SO OUR LEGISLATION WILL BE BE BIPARTISAN. WE’RE NOT GOING FOR THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. OUR CONCESSION WILL BE A CONSENSUS WITHIN OUR OWN PARTY WHAT WE CAN SUPPORT AND WELCOMING OTHER IDEAS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO A NEW ERA IN TERMS OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED. THIS PAST TWO YEARS HAS SEEMED LIKE A VERY, VERY LONG TIME IN TERMS OF THE PATH IT HAS TAKEN US DOWN. WHEN I THINK OF OUR FOUNDERS AND THEIR COURAGE AND THEIR VISION, WHAT THEY HAD IN MIND FOR US, TO MANY ONE, I THINK ABOUT HOW DIVERSE WE ARE AND HOW NEWCOMERS TO OUR COUNTRY HAVE REINVIGORATED OUR AMERICA. I THINK OF OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET AND COUNTRY, GOD’S GIFT TO US AND HOW IT HAS BEEN NEGLECTED AND DEGRADED IN THIS PAST COUPLE YEARS, I THINK THAT THERE’S PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO MATCH OUR LEGISLATION WITH THE RHETORIC THAT WE ARE HEARING. IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU TO NOTE THAT THE PRESIDENT I QUOTED THE MOST ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL — WHO WOULD YOU THINK? RONALD REAGAN. I WON’T READ THE WHOLE QUOTE. RONALD REAGAN SAID THIS IS THE LAST SPEECH I’LL MAKE AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH ONE FINAL THOUGHT AND OBSERVATION ABOUT A COUNTRY I LOVE. LAST SPEECH. THAT’S QUITE A HEADLINER. THANKS TO EACH NEW WAVE OF NEW ARRIVALS TO THIS LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. WE’RE A NATION FOREVER YOUNG, FOREVER BURSTING WITH ENERGY AND NEW IDEAS AND ALWAYS ON THE CUTTING EDGE, ALWAYS LEADING THE WORLD TO THE NEXT FRONTIER. THIS IS VITAL TO OUR FUTURE AS A NATION. IT GOES ON TO SAY, IF WE EVER CLOSE THE DOOR TO NEW AMERICANS, OUR LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD WOULD SOON BE LOST. IF WE EVER CLOSE THE DOOR, OUR LEADERSHIP WOULD SOON BE LOST. FOR THE RESPECT OF OUR FOUNDERS, THE BEAUTY OF OUR LAND, THE VALUES IN OUR CONSTITUTION, WE THINK THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK TOGETHER. ONE SIGN OF GOOD FAITH ON THE SIGN OF THE PRESIDENT TO WORK TOGETHER WAS FOR THEM TO WITHDRAW THEIR ASSAULT ON THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS BENEFIT WHICH THE REPUBLICAN ATTORNEYS GENERAL ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE PUT FORTH AND WHICH THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID THEY WON’T DEFY THE LAW OF THE LAND. THEY’RE GOING TO JOIN IN THAT LAWSUIT. THAT’S JUST WRONG. AS A SIGN OF GOOD FAITH AND IN KEEPING WITH WHAT THEY WERE SAYING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, PROVE IT. WITHDRAW THE LAWSUIT. THAT WOULD BE ONE PLACE WE CAN START. NEXT WEEK WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING OUR NEW CLASS OF FRESHMAN. WE’LL CELEBRATE THEIR DIVERSITY AND THEY WILL IMMEDIATELY BE INCORPORATED INTO OUR BUILDING AND HOW WE GO FORWARD IN AN OPEN, TRANSPARENT, BIPARTISAN UNIFYING CONGRESS. ANY QUESTIONS?>>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT — [ INAUDIBLE ] INVESTIGATION INTO THE WHITE HOUSE HE SAID COULD HALT GOVERNMENT. HE SAID THE TAX RETURNS WOULDN’T BE RELEASED NECESSARILY BECAUSE THEY’RE UNDER CONTINUOUS AUDIT. ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC OVERREACH IN YOUR INVESTIGATIONS? HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE THE PUSH TO GET THE PRESIDENT’S TAX RETURNS?>>THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID THIS WAS A GOOD DAY FOR REPUBLICANS. LET’S PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE AS WELL. WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE OVERSIGHT. THAT’S THE BALANCE OF POWER. I’M AN APPROPRIATOR. THAT’S ONE OF THE PLACES I WAS FORGED IN THE CONGRESS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. BOTH PLACES THE HALLMARKS WHEREBY PARTISANSHIP. THAT OF COURSE HAS CHANGED NOW WHEN THE POISONED PILLS RAINED DOWN FROM ON HIGH. APPROPRIATIONS AND ALL OF THE OTHER COMMITTEES WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSIGHT AND HOPEFULLY IN THE COURSE OF ASKING FOR INFORMATION WE CAN JUST MAKE THE REQUEST AND THE INFORMATION WILL COME IN. WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT EPA FOR EXAMPLE TO DEGRADING THE AIR WE BREATHE AND THE WATER WE DRINK, DESPITE WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID TODAY. THAT’S ONLY ONE EXAMPLE. I DON’T THINK WE’LL HAVE ANY SCATTER SHOT FREELANCING IN TERMS OF THIS. WE WE’LL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO HONOR OUR OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES. THAT’S THE PATH WE’RE GOING DOWN TO UNIFY OUR COUNTRY.>>Reporter: [ INAUDIBLE ]>>I’M A BELIEVER IN THE COMMITTEE SYSTEM. OUR COMMITTEES WILL MAKE THAEIR DECISIONS AND MAKE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CAUCUS. WHEN WE GO DOWN THESE PATHS, YOU’LL KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING. >>Reporter: THERE’S NOW A HISTORIC NUMBER OF WOMEN IN CONGRESS. [ INAUDIBLE ]>>THEY HAVE TO DECIDE THEY WANT TO RUN. MANY PEOPLE LIKE MAKING THEIR MARK IN THEIR COMMITTEES. TO THE FIRST PART, SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID TO ME — I HAVE APPRECIATE YOUR QUESTION. SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID NOW THAT WE HAVE MORE WOMEN COMING IN WILL WE HAVE MORE EMPHASIS ON CHILD CARE. WE HAVE A BIG EMPHASIS ON THAT. WE NEED TO MAKE IT STRONGER IN THE MAJORITY. THAT’S ACROSS THE BOARD IN OUR CAUCUS. AS IMPORTANT AS THAT IS AND IT’S VITALLY IMPORTANT TO WOMEN. I WANT WOMEN TO NOT JUST BE TALKING ABOUT THOSE ISSUES. WE VIEW EVERY ISSUE AS A WOMEN’S ISSUE. WE BELIEVE SECURITY IS A WOMEN’S ISSUE, THE ECONOMIC SECURITY, ISSUES THAT RELATE TO ENERGY AND THE REST. THEY’RE WOMEN’S ISSUES. WHAT I HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO WITH EVERYONE HERE IS TO — IF THEY’RE INTERESTED TRY TO INTRODUCE THEM TO BE INTERESTED AND HAVE SECURITY CREDENTIAL. WHETHER IT’S ON ARMED SERVICES, INTELLIGENCE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, VETERANS AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT, FIGHTING TERRORISM. HAVE A SECURITY CREDENTIAL. I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE FACE OF SECURITY IN OUR COUNTRY NOT TO JUST BE THE MEN WHO HAVE BEEN DOING IT ALL ALONG WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THEIR TERRIFIC LEADERSHIP, BUT FOR WOMEN TO TAKE A STAND AND HAVE STANDING ON THOSE ISSUES. MANY NEW MEMBERS COMING IN HAVE STANDING ON THOSE ISSUES ALREADY. IN TERMS OF THE ECONOMY AND OUR COMMITTEES WE HAVE MAXINE WATERS AT FINANCIAL SERVICES. THERE’S A RECORD OF HIGH LEADERSHIP ON ISSUES THAT RELATE TO THE ECONOMIC SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE I THINK FOUR NEW WOMEN MEMBERS ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE JUST THIS PAST YEAR. USUALLY THERE WOULD BE ONE OR MAYBE ONE OR TWO. AN INFUSION OF FOUR NEW MEMBERS. ON ALL THESE ISSUES I WANT WOMEN TO TAKE OWNERSHIP IN WHAT IS NOT AS HIGHLY VISIBLE ROLES FOR THEM. THAT’S ONE OF THE WAYS THEY’LL CHANGE THE CONGRESS SO THAT WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE OR THE ADMINISTRATION, WHATEVER ADMINISTRATION IT IS HAS TO REPORT TO LEADERSHIP IN THE CONGRESS AT ANY LEVEL ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR COUNTRY THEY’LL BE TALKING TO THE FULL DIVERSITY OF OUR COUNTRY. OUR WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR, LGBTQ AND I THINK THAT’S A POSITIVE THING. PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC WILL SEE AND PEOPLE WILL SEE PEOPLE WHO SHARE THEIR CONCERNS WILL BE MAKING DECISIONS. >>Reporter: ARE YOU CONFIDENT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE THE NEXT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE?>>YES, I AM. TO THOSE WOMEN CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ELECTION. WELCOME.>>Reporter: CAN YOU MAKE YOUR CASE WHY YOU SHOULD BE SPEAKER?>>I’VE ANSWERED THAT QUESTION. I HEARD THE PRESIDENT SAY I DESERVE TO BE THE SPEAKER. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY DESERVES ANYTHING. IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. IT’S WHAT YOU CAN DO. WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THE PAST SPEAKS TO YOUR CREDENTIALS. IT’S ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO. I THINK I’M THE BEST PERSON TO GO FORWARD. SO I THINK THAT MY CASE IS ABOUT BEING THE BEST PERSON FOR HOW WE GO FORWARD. I’M NOT GOING TO ANSWER ANYMORE KWI — QUESTIONS ON THAT SUBJECT. WE HAVE SAW SOMETHING THIS MORNING THAT CHALLENGES THE CON SCIENCE OF OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE TO TRY TO BRIDGE THAT GAP TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER. I THINK I CAN DO A GOOD JOB AT THAT. I WOULD RATHER ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT POLICY AND THE REST. THE RECORD WILL SPEAK FOR ITSELF. >>Reporter: TO FOLLOW UP ON WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID HE MADE CLEAR IF THE DEMOCRATS LAUNCH INVESTIGATIONS THAT ANY HOPES OF BIPARTISANSHIP IS OFF. DO YOU HAVE ANY FEARS THIS WILL HURT YOU IN LEGISLATING?>>WE HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OVERSIGHT AND THE REST. THIS DOESN’T MEAN WE GO LOOKING FOR A FIREFIGHT. IT MEANS IF WE SEE THE NEED TO GO FORWARD, WE WILL. THAT’S THE WORK OF OUR COMMITTEES. EVERY COMMITTEE HAS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES. SPECIFICALLY TO SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT THE PRESIDENT MAY HAVE, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE — THERE ARE A NUMBER OF COMMITTEES THAT DEPENDING ON HOW WE GO DOWN THE PATH OF — FINANCIAL SERVICES E COMMITTEE. DID I SEE INTELLIGENCE? HOMELAND SECURITY. OF COURSE WE’RE ASHAMED AS A NATION BY A POLICY THAT TAKES BABIES OUT OF THE ARMS OF THEIR MOTHERS, THAT BUILDS TENTS AND ALL THE REST TO HOUSE PEOPLE IN THEIR SEPARATION OF FAMILIES. WE WANT TO LOOK INTO THAT AND WE HOPE WE CAN DO THAT BY SIMPLY HAVING OVERSIGHT. IF IT REQUIRES A SUBPOENA, I HOPE NOT. >>Reporter: CAN I HAVE A FOLLOW UP? DO YOU THINK IT WAS A MISTAKE FOR DEMOCRAT TOSS STAY SILENT ON THE HEATED RHETORIC FROM THE PRESIDENT AND SOME. SEN SENATORS? THE REPUBLICANS KEPT CONTROL OF THE SENATE AND SOME RAN ON THE ANTI IMMIGRANT RHETORIC. DO YOU THINK THAT WAS A MISTAKE?>>I DO NOT. I URGED OUR COLLEAGUES TO NOT TAKE THE BAIT IN WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS PUTTING OUT THERE. IT’S A DANGEROUS ISSUE BECAUSE OF THE MISREPRESENTATIONS PUT OUT THERE. YOU DON’T WIN A FIGHT BY FIGHTING THAT SAME FIGHT. YOU WIN BY STICKING WITH THE PROGRAM FOR THE PEOPLE, LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS, BIGGER PAYCHECKS, CLEANER GOVERNMENT. THAT PRODUCED A BIG VICTORY FOR US IN SPITE OF THE GERRYMANDERING THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE. >>Reporter: THE BORDER WALL AND BORDER SECURITY, FU FUNDING THA DEMOCRATS PUSHED BACK ON — >>I’M SORRY I DIDN’T WATCH HIS PRESS CONFERENCE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE SAID. ONE OF THE BIGGEST RESOURCES WE HAVE, WHEN I SAY WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND WE AS REPRESENTATIVES, IS PUBLIC S SENTIMENT. YOU’VE HEARD ME SAY ABRAHAM LINCOLN HAS SAID PUBLIC SENTIMENT IS EVERYTHING. WITH IT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ALMOST ANYTHING. WITHOUT IT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH NOTHING. ONE OF THE REASONS WE’LL BE SUCCESSFUL IN OUR NEGOTIATIONS IS BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WILL SEE THE IMPACT ON THEIR LIVES, ON THEIR VALUES, ON THEIR COUNTRY.>>SO WE HAVE A NEW DAY IN WASHINGTON. YOU SEE DEMOCRATIC LEADER NANCY PELOSI HOPING TO BE THE NEXT HOUSE SPEAKER. SHE SAID SHE BELIEVES SHE’S THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB COMING OFF OF VICTORIES LAST NIGHT. SHE TALKED ABOUT HOW SHE WANTED TO UNIFY THE COUNTRY AND HOW LAST NIGHT FOR THE DEMOCRATS WAS A VICTORY FOR HEALTH CARE. SAID SHE WASN’T LOOKING FOR A FIGHT WITH THE PRESIDENT T. DEMOCRATS ARE NOT GOING TO RELINQUISH THEIR ARTICLE I RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. I’M WITH CECILIA VEGA RIGHT NOW. IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT SAYING, IF THE CONGRESS INVESTIGATES, I’M NOT GOING TO WORK WITH THEM. NANCY PELOSI SAYING WE CAN DO BOTH. WE’RE NOT GOING TO WALK AWAY. LITTLE GAME OF CHICKEN. >>IT IS. I GUARANTEE THE PRESIDENT ISN’T GOING TO BACK DOWN. WE ARE WITH A CONGRESS AND A WHITE HOUSE THAT’S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO GET MUCH DONE. >>JON KARL, IS THE WHITE HOUSE READY FOR THE OVERSIGHT THEY’RE GOING TO FACE? THEY’VE HAD REPUBLICANS ON THOSE COMMITTEES. NOW THEY’LL BE FOCUSING ON EVERYONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, SUBPOENAS, DO THEY HAVE THE LAWYERS TO HANDLE THAT?>>GEORGE, THEY HAVE BEEN PREPARED FOR THAT. WE HAVE EMMETT FLOOD ON THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL STAFF WHO WILL BE TAKING THE LEAD. I DON’T THINK THEY’RE FULLY PREPARED FOR THIS. LISTENING TO THE PRESIDENT, I GOT THE SENSE HE HASN’T FULLY PROCESSED WHAT THIS MEANS. WHEN I ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS TAX RETURNS AND HE GAVE A LONG ANSWER — >>JON, CAN I INTERRUPT YOU? IT SEEMED LIKE THE PRESIDENT DIDN’T UNDERSTAND YOUR QUESTION. IF THE WAYS AND COMMITTEE GOES FORWARD, HE DOESN’T HAVE A CHOICE, BUT TO GO TO COURT AND BLOCK THEM. >>>>>HE ADVISEED HIS LAWYERS WOULD TELL HIM THAT THIS WOULD RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS? HE SAID VARIOUS ANSWERS. IT WAS HIS CHOICE. HE WAS A CANDIDATE. THESE WERE REQUESTS. NOW HE WILL FACE COMMITTEE CHAIRS WHO ARE EMPOWERED TO ISSUE SUBPOENAS TO COMPEL HIM TO RELEASE TAX RETURNS. >>WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>THANKS VERY MUCH. WE WILL GO BACK TO REGULAR PROGRAMMING RIGHT NOW. MORE TONIGHT ON “WORLD NEWS TONIGHT” OF THE HAVE A GOOD DAY. TONIGHT” OF THE HAVE A GOOD DAY. Happy birthday, Father. You were taken from us
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Comments
  1. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF "PETTY" GROW UP!!!! NOW EVERYONE ONE JUST WANTS TO IGNORE YOUR SAME OLD RHETORIC, EXCEPT FOR YOUR BAD ENGLISH, GRAMMAR INCOHERENCE, AND SPELLING!!! WE ALWAYS GET A GOOD LAUGH, YOU IMBECILE!!!! HA! HA! HA! IT'S ALL OVER STUPID TRUMPO!!!!! TODAY HE'S ON AMPHETAMINE OR COCAINE THAT'S WHY HE'S HYPER-AGGRESSIVE TODAY!! THIS SPOIL BRAT HAS NOT RESPECT…..THESE REPORTERS ARE NOT CHILDREN AND HE SPEAKS TO THEM LIKE THEY'RE KIDS. IT'S JUST SHAMEFUL HAVING HIM AS OUR LEADER!!!!! HE IS SO ON DRUGS THAT HE IS DEHYDRATED!!! THAT'S WHY HE'S SNIFFING AND BREATHING THROUGH HIS NOSE !!! THIS GUY IS FAKE IN EVERY WAY…ONLY CARES ABOUT HIMSELF AND MONEY "NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE" WAKE UP!!!

  2. The best President of all time.
    History will record what you have achieved in such a short time.
    The future will look back in fondness and bless you for the amount of snowflake lefties you have melted with your brilliance!

  3. Trump saved Obamacare. I've never been able to decide if he did it on purpose or not but I know he did it the moment he nixed "repeal and delay". Today he basically told the Dems he now had the Republican clout to get stuff passed if the Dems could come up with it. Then the press went into attack mode and no one explored what he meant in his first statements about the midterms.

  4. Doing a great job President Trump keep up the great work we are so thankful for a real President who is working for the people. Not a joke of a president like Obama was.

  5. The journalist asked about hate crimes and addressing the divisions in our country; Trump begins to discuss Israel.๐Ÿค”

  6. The reserves and the National Gaurd will be especially grateful to go to bolster security along the border but I fear a mass gathering of people from other countries will gather and the gang element will surface and it will turn into Northern Ireland on the Mexican American borders ..

  7. President Trump can keep a closer eye on the Dems who have now the majority,they'll be in a position of power and will be easier to see their transgressing it will be more in the open,so that Trump can show America how dangerous the Dem's agendas are.

  8. florida is only red because its a retirement state with all the old fucks and there are to many dumb ass red necks here we few blue went out and vote fuck rick scott

  9. OMG! GRRRRRR…just read your damn paper & get lost!! Spare us the delusional, incoherent fables after every sentence. IT IS MADDENING!! Go write a book r something to stroke your ego with all the unnecessary dribble..but we don't wanna hear it at the podium. We see you for your works & your ignorance is showing. ๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿป

  10. What about all of the farmers that are now fucked?!! They are already paying a big price!! Keep blaming the other side while families suffer.

  11. WHOA..TIMETHEFUCKOUT! "Tax problems from years ago"?!!! That's what he had the dumbass nerve to say!!! Meanwhile..he's got a LIFETIME of TAX FRAUD/EVASION he hasn't answered for yet..but he will sooner or later because TAX CRIMES DO NOT GO AWAY…for ANYONE! There's no statute of limitations when you fuck with taxes! They don't quit til they have dropped the BOMB on your LIFE!! Damn I wish someone would throw a shoe!

  12. Let's not bash all Trump supporters. I think we can agree many of them were deceived and hope that they can see that, and also see that there are many other people out there who really do stand for their values and will work for their best interest.

  13. 43:37 that guy is a asshole for saying Trump will understand him making fun of the latina reporter because she has an accent

  14. Trump talks a lot about Democrats wasting money… What about all the trips to Mar-a-Lago (13 times in the first 13 months) which costs about $27 million for the Air Force One flights alone… then $13 million for security there… $103,000 to cover golf carts for the Secret Service… Then there's his NJ golf trips which cost $8.5 million… on and on and on…

  15. Maybe if this guy wasn't such a shit bag media wouldn't be negative. Bush was a fuck up and media wasn't so bad to him. The country is a racist shit hole and media was decent to Obama. Clinton fucked a fat chick in the oval office and the media wasn't horrible to him. The problem isn't the media, its the president.

  16. Just figure at his face. He is out off his fkn mind this mother fucker belongs to the movement with his hands and reactions

  17. Whats the point of questions if he doesnโ€™t like them and doesnโ€™t answer the actual question. And they can never finish their question.

  18. Trump: "He gave me a fair interview yesterday so I might as well ask him a question" The other guy starts asking trump a question
    30:45

  19. The media reporters journalust here are full of nonsense. Childish. Looking in this room it seems like the president is the only one fighting for america and wants the best. Security and everything. He stands his ground. Such a strong and independent president. Someone who cares for the country.

  20. Remember what it says on the Statue of Liberty, "Give your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Lazarus. That says it all. Trump is the antithesis of that.

  21. So far 1 Black Person, I would laugh ๐Ÿคญ my ass off if President Trump came out and said WTF are all these White People doing here, where are the Black people, Damit I refuse this press until thereโ€™s more Black people… LOL ๐Ÿ˜†
    Iโ€™m Black and I love President Trump, because heโ€™s not a Kiss ass to feminists and feminism that hide behind womenโ€™s rights to push their feminists agenda.
    Wow, Nancy Pelosi, Iโ€™d rather give my tax dollars to Tyrone and the Hoochi Mama.

  22. What is WRONG with these so called Christians that supports this man? Trump probably won because so many Pastors who spoke in church services back when Trump was running for president to persuade Christians to vote for Trump. This man is not showing God like character, and hasn't since he became President. What is WRONG with this World.
    EVERYBODY, please watch this video and the video of Trump the next day when he was about to get in his helicopter after taking away Jim Acosta's pass. Please watch them over and over again and tell me who is the bully? I am a child of God, and it saddens me for these so called Christians that support Trump to agree with things such as this. God may have allowed Trump to be placed in office to fulfill HIS promise, but God did not choose Trump to run this country. Wow! Trump said that he would never forgive President Obama. For WHAT??? President Obama has done nothing to this crazy man who sits in office. He called people all kind of names, and that's okay??? WAKE UP YOU SO CALLED CHRISTIANS and read Matthew 6:15 KJV as one of my brother on this comment list has suggested.

  23. What is never mentioned, is that the Senate has quite undemocratic principles. It leads back to roman times in fact. Democrats won the popular vote for senate seats by millions, but since each state, regardless of the size of its population gets only 2 senators, sometimes, it ends up in situations like these, where states such as Wyoming and California get equal senators in the Senate, while the population of Wyoming is 140th the size of california demographically. So Trump can say all he wants. Republicans now have less sitting Govenors, and lost the House of representatives. To be honest, the Senate can stay republican for all I care, as long as they dont have a 23 majority, it doesent matter, because the Senate doesent have much control over domestic politics, unless we're talking about nominations, which is different. The way things are going, Trump is going to lose in 2020. I mean, Florida was so close, they had to recount the votes. The middle west was completely overtaken by the Democrats, and if I have to guess, Florida is going to vote democrat when the time comes. If Florida votes democrat, Trump is going to the chopping block. But in all honest, I highly doubt Trump will make the transition of power easy by any means, in fact, I think he's going to do everything he can to prevent an easy transition. Assuming he loses in 2020 anyways. We'll see, but as I said, the way things are going now, its looking up for the democratic party.

  24. I think perhaps he should get more sleep, he seems a bit frazzled. He will need it – with the House under the Democrats, he's going to have a lot more trouble over the next two years than he did in the last two.

  25. The problem here is that people are asking him real questions about government that he himself has no clue about.

    They need to get up there and roast him instead of asking questions about government. Youโ€™ll get better answers.

  26. people tired of chaotic WH. Some fat man calling people names like his dad obviously called his wives, like his dad called him. Watch angry all the time people. That's what they was raised in, they need approval because they didn't get it from parents. Verbalizes everything with abusive words, thats what he heard as a child.

  27. Trump will be finding out next year just how serious a deal it is for the democrats to control the house. It should be quite entertaining. Real justice for the most corrupt president in American history.

  28. Been waiting for someone to call out the media's lies and bias for years and years. Trump will win again in 2020 because the people of the country are supportive of his agenda even as the media tells them otherwise.

  29. Sign this please, no voter fraud. And remember to confirm in your email. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investigate-voter-fraud-national-level

  30. This is getting out of hand. Whether or not you believe this guy to be genuine, he looks more like an oompa loompa every time I see him.

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  32. The trump is a complete lack of intelligence that draws a wall between the United States and Mexico, which, like animals, shuffles in a particular geography, specifies the realm for itself.
    The fact of the matter is that the whites themselves are aggressive, they take the lands of the Indians,
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  33. 2020 cant come fast enough. Democrats were stil winning days later.after the midterms wasnt a blue wave.it was a ocean wash out.

  34. I loved how Trump faced the mean-spirited press very well, in my opinion, that was a very wonderful speech, as usual of course like all his speeches! But, I absolutely disrespect and hate ABC for choosing to be one a bully with Trump, that was extremely rude of ABC after all that Trump had to put up with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Great speech, and you know, the best part of all was the ending up to an hour and 33 minutes on how Trump stood his ground to the press to make them all stop bullying him, now I don't know why ABC is so interested more in showing Nancy Pelosi speaking for only about 45 minutes or less and talking trash about Trump!!!!!! Very cruel ABC News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Health care health care health care!!!!!!!! Nancy Pelosi, you coward wacko, is that all you're obsessed with?!!!!!!!!!! You know, you really do make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And NO, America will never be socialist or LGBT country like the kind of America you're dreaming all in your head about, sounds more like your kind of country though, your Nancy Pelosi's America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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