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1. Welcome to today's WH Daily #shadowbriefing. It's been nearly six months since the WH has held a briefing and there is no sign that @PressSec has any interest in ever entering the briefing room. Well when one market closes, another opens. So here we are with the only brag
@PressSec 2. (briefing) in town. Hard to imagine there are any questions out there since it's been quiet and @realDonaldTrump keeps winning, but let's open it up to questions. Q. Given this is the week of the 9/11 anniversary, was it a good idea to invite the Taliban to Camp David?
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 3. A. Candidly is was a really bad idea and that's why most of the government was against it. @VP was against it. The Afghan govt was against it. Hard to know where Pompeo was on this because he as a little trouble telling the truth, like his boss. The most telling thing was
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 4. National Security Advisor John Bolton putting out stories last week that he'd been cut out of Afghanistan policy discussions. That's a sure sign he wanted to distance himself from it. But as you know @realDonaldTrump believes in his ample gut and that he alone can solve
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 5. problems. This is a great example of the hostility @potus has for anyone with expertise whether its foreign policy or economic policy. Remember he ran as a disrupter and that's what he does. Of course another way to say that is he screws up everything he touches but that's
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 6. just the opinion of anyone who knows anything. Having said all that, it was pretty cool for him to late on a Saturday cancel a secret meeting that no one knew anything about with a slightly bizarre tweet. He does have a flare for the dramatic and the moronic.
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 7. mission accomplished on this one. Q. But what about the optics on this special week with the Taliban's role in helping Al Qaeda? A. The one thing you can't argue with POTUS about is his skill in optics and branding. He's a businessman who has gone bankrupt 6 times and
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 8. Lost more money than any other businessman over a decade. The man knows optics. Thats why he's trying to put the meeting back together for weds at Ground Zero in NY. Everyone will cover it, every one will be talking about him and that's the most important thing.
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 9. Let's move on. I've already conceded it was a stupid idea so I don't know what else you want from me. Q. CNN is reporting that a top spy in Russia had to be extracted because the Intelligence community felt the POTUS might blow his cover. A. I'm glad you brought that up
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 10. @realDonaldTrump was going to blow this guy's cover because he doesn't think we should be spying on Russia. If we need to know something from Russia, he can just ask his buddy Putin. He trusts Putin, Putin is his partner. They've laundered billions of dollars together and
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 11. Trump knows he was an important asset in his campaign. He's become increasingly frustrated with his advisors and the IC for insisting Russia is a threat and spending resources spying on his friend. He told Putin everything we're doing, that's what friends do, and thus the
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 12. asset had to be removed. @realDonaldTrump doesn't know why this is such a big deal and he's happy to send Sec. Pompeo up to the Hill to testify on this. Q. So he was willing to put an important assets life at risk to do the bidding of Putin. A. Of course he was, that's
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 13. the whole point. Q. Is the President aware that the Air Force has been rerouting flights to Scotland so that Air Men can stay at his failing Scottish golf course. A. I don't believe the President was aware of the actual arrangements but as you know he's been encouraging
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 14. cabinet officials and foreign governments to stay at his properties as a way of currying favor with his White House. For God's sake he's stayed at one of his properties almost as many nights as he's stayed at the White House. And of course you know he plans to hold the
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 15. G-7 meeting next year at another failing golf resort in Florida. The President frankly doesn't enjoy a lot of the work involved in being President. But he stays because he realizes what a great marketing opportunity it is for his properties. Q. But that's illegal. A. Much
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 16. of the President's business is built on illegal activity. So that doesn't really bother him at all. He believes his story is the American story--screw whoever you can and stay one step ahead of the law. He's living that American dream.
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 17. My only regret is he used the phrase that has nothing to do with me. Remember that's a bit of a tell. Stormy Daniels payments--that has nothing to do with me. It's a stone cold confirmation that it has everything to do with him when he uses that phrase. We're working
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 18. on getting that out of his talking points. Q. Does the President believe its proper to tweet cat gif's making fun of CNN on a Saturday night at the White House. A. This is why America hates you media. That was funny. That cat was so funny the way it kept following the
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 19. the laser. It reminded us a lot of Trump himself the first time someone used a laser pointer in a meeting. He kept jumping around trying to catch it, it was really cute. Seriously it also underlined a big win for the President. By signaling that Alabama was in the
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 20 crosshairs of Hurricane Dorian and then making sure they were spared, he scored a big political victory. And then the press played their part by continually covering this big victory. He got a whole week of credit when he should have only gotten a day, two max.
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 21. Q. The WSJ reports that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened to fire senior management at NOAA if they contradicted the President with real accurate information on the Hurricane. Is the President planning to take any action against Ross? A. As I'm sure you can
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 22. understand, the President is very upset with Ross. He believes you don't get a hit TV show by threatening to fire people, you fire them. and running the Government is just like doing a TV show. He wants those folks fired and fired now. There is no place for facts in this
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 23. Administration. Q. The Atlantic is reporting that the President was not angry at his son Don Jr. for arranging the infamous Trump tower meeting with the Russians. In fact he said to aides that Don Jr. is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Is that what the President
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 24. believes? A. The President is aware that Don Jr. is not very smart. In fact, he does not believe any of his children of very smart. It puzzles him a bit since he is a very stable genius. Ultimately he blames their various mothers for polluting the pure Trump gene pool.
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 25. And please don't get him going on Eric. Q. Is the President worried that the House is starting to get serious about impeachment? A. Scared shitless. He knows the only thing standing between him and jail is staying in the White House. He's coopted the Justice Dept and
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump 26 military and intelligence community. But he hasn't figured out a way to get rid of Congress yet. Stand by for more news on that. that's all we got for today, there's plenty more to answer but we want to leave some for tomorrow.
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