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Trump begins Q-and-A w/reporters by referring to Mar-a-Lago as "southern White House," quickly pivots to defending standing w/Saudi Arabia after they murdered US resident.

"For me, very simple, America first. Saudi, if we broke w/them, your oil prices would go through the roof"
REPORTER: "Are you basically telling us that human rights are too expensive?"

TRUMP: "I'm not saying that at all. If you look at Iran, look at Iran, what they are doing. They are a terrorist nation right now... if we abandon Saudi Arabia it would be a big mistake."
TRUMP: "So you understand, I don't make deals w/Saudi Arabia, I don't have money from Saudi Arabia. I have nothing to do w/Saudi. I couldn't care less. And as most of you know, being president has cost me a fortune."

(Saudi has lined Trump's pockets through real estate & hotels)
Asked about Ivanka using private email for government, Trump immediately pivots to bashing Hillary Clinton.

"There was no server in the basement, like Hillary Clinton had.. There was no deletion, no nothing. What it is, is a false story. Hillary Clinton deleted 33,000 e-mails."
Trump responds to Q about 9th circuit ruling putting his asylum policy on hold by suggesting he wants to abolish the 9th circuit.

"You go to 9th circuit, it is a disgrace & I will put in a major complaint...we have to look at that....We will win that case in the supreme court"
WOW -- Trump pretends to not hear a question about when he will visit troops deployed in war zones
Trump claims to have finished his written responses to Mueller's questions: "They have been finished, finished them yesterday. The lawyers have them. I assume they will turn them in today, or, soon."
Asked to talk about sanctions he placed on Iran, Trump offers a word salad: "The sanctions are very strong, very powerful...More sanctions are going on. We have a lot of tremendous support & Iran is not the same country it was when I became president, it's much different."
REPORTER: "Should Julian Assange be able to go free?

TRUMP: "Well, Schumer's daughter works for Facebook, I just found out today. If you look at what Facebook has been doing, they have explaining to do.. .I hear Schumer's daughter works for Facebook, nobody knew that until now."
Trump, whose closing campaign message in 2016 was all about WikiLeaks, now says of Julian Assange, "I don't know much about him, I really don't."
Trump dismisses Q about if he feels bad that troops he deployed at southern border for no reason can't be home w/families for Thanksgiving: "Don't worry about it, these are tough people, they know what they are doing...if you looks at walls they're building, they've done great."
LOL -- Trump somehow responds to question about if he's worried about economy dipping into recession with a rant that ends with him talking about how Mexico can be more helpful at the southern border.
Trump dismisses report that CIA concluded Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi killing: "Maybe he did, maybe he didn't...Look at Syria w/Assad, hundreds of thousands killed. We are w/Saudi Arabia. By the way, I have no business whatsoever with Saudi Arabia, couldn't care less"
TRUMP closes by saying this about Time Person of the Year: "I can't imagine anybody else other than Trump. Can you imagine anybody else other than Trump? Have a good time, everybody. Thank you."
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