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"He's done a fantastic job. He's a friend of everybody in the administration," Trump began their appearance. He said Acosta "did a fantastic job yesterday" in the press conference, which happened two days ago.
Trump on Acosta: "He's a tremendous talent. He's a Hispanic man. He went to Harvard."
Trump said there was "no need" for the resignation, emphasizing that Acosta did a fantastic job yesterday, meaning Wednesday. "I said, you don't have to do this. He doesn't have to do this."
Trump, discussing a possible Acosta distraction to the administration, says, "I'm willing to live through anything...I've lived through things that you wouldn't believe."
Trump bashed Paul Ryan, noting the time Ryan was booed at a Trump rally in Wisconsin and saying Ryan only succeeded when Trump was there. Of Ryan's comments to @TimAlberta, Trump said, "Maybe he gets paid for that, who knows. Maybe he gets paid for that." (He didn't get paid.)
Trump repeats his false claim that "our people are not paying for" his tariffs on China. American importers literally make the tariff payments, and multiple studies have concluded that Americans are bearing the costs.
Trump on Biden: "He's a weak man. He's an ineffective man. President Xi laughs at guys like that."
Trump calls social media companies "100% crooked" and "100% dishonest." As evidence, he says, "I had something happen this morning. I won't tell you about it yet."
Trump says he "wasn't a fan" of Epstein, noting he kicked him out of Mar-a-Lago. He says of this eventual eviction: "It shows you one thing: I have good taste."
Trump in 2002 called Epstein a "terrific guy," telling NYMag, "He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
Trump says getting citizenship information through government data will be "actually more accurate than a Census." Asked if he backed down, he said not only did he not back down, "I backed UP."
After arguing for the necessity of a citizenship question on the Census, and going to the Supreme Court to fight for it, Trump now says "only the fake news" would say getting the info from non-Census data isn't superior.
Trump on Veterans Choice: "I got it. Nobody else could've gotten it." Barack Obama signed the Bernie Sanders-John McCain bipartisan Choice bill into law in 2014.
Trump on Kim Jong Un: "You have a man that was so happy to see me. That's a good thing, not a bad thing." He says Kim doesn't smile a lot, but "when he saw me, he smiled. He was happy."
Trump claims he has been tougher on Russia than "any president in the last 50 years."
Trump on Acosta: "He was a great student at Harvard. He's Hispanic. Which I so admire. Because maybe it was a little tougher for him. And maybe not."
Trump twice refers to Ocasio-Cortez as "Cortez." He calls her "very disrespectful to somebody that's been there a long time" in Pelosi. "I don't think that Nancy can let that go on."
Trump: "I'll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do: she is not a racist. She is not a racist. For them to call her a racist is a disgrace."
Tears Alert: Trump says people at the Border Patrol and ICE called him "almost crying" about the New York Times story on conditions in detention centers, since it was so phony.
Trump has called Ocasio-Cortez "Cortez" three times and "Ocasio" once, never both together.
Trump calls the New York Times the "enemy of the people," again.
Trump says Paul Ryan was a "terrible speaker," explaining: "Frankly, he was a baby."
Trump claims he loses "billions of dollars" because he is president. (There is evidence both that he is profiting from the presidency, as with his DC hotel, and that some of his business has suffered because of his political career.)
Well, that was that. Trump spoke to reporters on the lawn for about half an hour, saying all sorts of things.
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