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CBS's Brennan asked Trump if he thinks Kaepernick and other players have a point about the police. Trump answered, "Well, you know, I'm the one that had passed judicial reform. And if you look at what I did, criminal judicial reform, and what I've done - President Obama tried."
Trump, who at campaign rallies said the NFL has "become soft" for cracking down on violence to players' heads, told CBS's Brennan that he wouldn't steer his son toward football because it's so "dangerous."
Trump reiterated his desire to withdraw from Afghanistan, saying it's time to end "endless wars." Brennan asked if it's harder for US intelligence without troops on the ground; he said, "We'll come back if we have to. We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes."
Trump said he wants to keep troops in Iraq because "I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem." Brennan asked if he wants to be able to *strike* Iran; he said, "No, because I want to be able to watch Iran. All I want to do is be able to watch."
Brennan mentioned McConnell talking to Pompeo about running for Senate in Kansas. Trump said, "That was fake news." When Brennan said again that it happened, Trump said, "Well, he may have spoken to him, but I think he loves being secretary of state."
How quickly Trump went from "fake news" to OK fine that maybe happened:
Trump reiterated his preference for having "acting" Cabinet officials rather than Senate-confirmed permanent officials, saying, "It's easier to make moves when they're acting." He added, "I like acting because I can move so quickly. It gives me more flexibility."
Trump again tried to rewrite the history of the Mattis resignation, saying, contrary to everything that has been reported, that he actually fired Mattis and just did him the courtesy of letting him send that resignation letter: "He 'resigned' because I was very nice to him."
Trump said he personally resolved by the NFL's ad-related dispute with Canada, saying, "And I said to Prime Minister Trudeau, who was very nice about it..." A Canadian government official tells me they do not recall Trump personally raising this topic with Trudeau.
Trump claimed that "a lot of people in the NFL have been calling and thanking me" for passing the criminal justice reform bill. Brennan: "Really?" Trump: "They have been calling and thanking."
Brennan: CBS poll shows 63% disapprove of how you handle race issues.

Trump: "What has happened is very interesting. The economy is so good right now. You saw the jobs report just came out...the African-Americans have the best employment numbers in the history of our country."
Brennan: GOP Sen. Tim Scott says you're racially insensitive.

Trump: "I have a great relationship with Tim," and "I think if you look at the numbers for African-American unemployment, best numbers they've had - literally the best numbers they've had in history."
Here's the transcript of Trump's economy-focused answers to questions about race:
Reminded more than 30 people have been charged in the Russia probe, Trump responded, "Excuse me. OK, you ready? OK, you ready? Of the 34 people, many of them were bloggers from Moscow or they were people that had nothing to do with me." (There were hackers, not bloggers.)
Trump on Kim Jong Un: "We have a fantastic chemistry. We have had tremendous correspondence that some people have seen and can't even believe it. They think it's historic."
Trump on keeping US troops in South Korea: "Yeah, I mean we haven't talked about anything else. Maybe someday. I mean who knows. But you know it's very expensive to keep troops there. You do know that. We have 40,000 troops in South Korea, it's very expensive." (It's 25,813.)
Eight previous times, Trump inflated the US presence in South Korea from the high 20,000s to "32,000." This was the first time he made it "40,000."
Trump sort of backed off his claim that Coats and Haspel's public testimony was mischaracterized: "They said they were mischaracterized. Maybe they were maybe they weren't, I don't really know."
Trump: "I have intel people, but that doesn't mean I have to agree. President Bush had intel people that said Saddam Hussein...had all sorts of weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? Those intel people didn't know what the hell they were doing."
Trump: "...President Obama never wanted to violate the red line in the sand. I was the one that actually violated the red line when I hit Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles." He doesn't understand what the "red line" was and/or doesn't understand what "violate" means...
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