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1. Welcome to the Friday edition of the Daily White House #shadowbriefing If the White House won't brief, we will and we tell the truth as a bonus. Ahead of @WordsMatterPodcast triumphant Nashville debut, let's get right to the pressing questions of the day.
2. Q. The President just said Rudy Giuliani looks for corruption wherever he goes. Is that really the best messaging you guys have? A. We're trying the truth here for a change and @realDonaldTrump is right. He does look for corruption everywhere he goes and he never leaves
@realDonaldTrump 3. anyplace before he cashes in on that corruption. It's not a motto, its a business plan. And that's what the President loves about Rudy. They share the same feelings about corruption--it's one of the best ways to make a boatload of cash quickly. @POTUS admires Rudy's
@realDonaldTrump 4. aggressiveness and stamina. That's why he keeps him around and why he always takes 25%. Q. The President keeps saying the call to Zelensky was perfect. Why does he stick to that? A. Because if the President does something it is by definition the best and perfect. At least
@realDonaldTrump 5. in his own mind. Now the reality is the call was a disaster and may bring the President down. But you try to tell him that. Really, I'll get you a half an hour in the oval and let's see if you can talk to the man child. Q. The President said Amb. Taylor is a never Trumper
@realDonaldTrump 6. and Pompeo made a mistake by appointing him. A. Well first off, if it was a mistake it was @realDonaldTrump As he'll tell you, he makes all the decisions and everyone there is just there to praise him. On the never Trumper charge, he just makes this stuff up. There is no
@realDonaldTrump 7. that indicates Mr. Taylor's political views beyond he is a Republican. And since he's clearly not a respirator as Trump said earlier this week, that by Trump's own definition he's not a never Trumper. Q. Is there a reason the President did not attend Elijiah Cummings
@realDonaldTrump 8. funeral? A. Cummings didn't vote for him so he's not going to his funeral. And that sure is hell is going to show Cummings. @realDonaldTrump always gets the last word. Q. There is a lot of talk about bringing on more help to deal with messaging around impeachment. Any news
@realDonaldTrump 9. on that? A. Even the President understands at this point this is not a PR or messaging problem. Its a grave constitutional situation that concerns extensive and pervasive abuse of power by @realDonaldTrump So yeah, we'll bring on a couple of folks and they'll do a bunch
@realDonaldTrump 10 of conference calls and everything will be alright. Seriously, the problem isn't a lack of messaging, or a war room or bad communications folks. The problem is there is no defense of what the President did and he's just starting to realize that. Holding up critical military
@realDonaldTrump 11. assistance to Ukraine for help on his campaign is serious shit. It's the stuff of impeachments, removal from office or resignations. Honestly, the President is feeling backed into a corner without a lot of help. His allies on the Hill have had it with him. Senators now
@realDonaldTrump 12. realize that Trump needs them to stave off impeachment more than they need him politically. And they are now in a position to make demands. The call for better messaging and a war room is code for get yourself out of this story. Let us defend you. Stop having 70 minute
@realDonaldTrump 13. bizarre cabinet meetings on live TV. Stop the incessant whining on Twitter. Just get on the damn helicopter and stop taking questions. At least to pretend to care about the country as much as you care about yourself. Now will @realDonaldTrump heed any of that advice?
@realDonaldTrump 14. of course not. He's getting good advice to keep a low profile and concentrate on his job and he won't do it. That is a sign of some sickness or compulsion with making everything about himself. There's a word for that. @gtconway3d what was it again? Q. Why won't he
@realDonaldTrump 15. throw out the first pitch at the Nationals game? A. DOJ advised him they did not have the resources to arrest anyone that booed as the President requested. So he'll just hide in a suite and talk about himself for a few hours before going back to the White House to continue
@realDonaldTrump 16. talking about himself. I wish I could remember what George called that. Q. Speaking of the DOJ, any comment on Barr upgrading the review to a criminal probe. A. Yes, that will be our message on Ukraine, that the deep state illegally started the investigation based on
@realDonaldTrump 17. Trump haters and only because of that found out about the Ukraine corruption. Poisoned fruit or some other thing the President learned watching Matlock. h/t @JohnBerman Yeah, no one will take it seriously, but it gives everyone another day to figure something out.
@realDonaldTrump 19. endorse the idea or the Turks ethnically cleansing the Kurds from Northern Syria. A. A lot of people at the White House were hoping no one picked up on that one. Yep, the US government now openly encourages and facilitates ethnic cleansing. It's hard to believe and I'm not
@realDonaldTrump 20. sure why there hasn't been a bigger reaction. Some administrations have not moved fast enough to stop it, but no American Administration has ever been a key player in actually do it. It's stunning and it's so Trump. Q. Marc Short a senior aide to @VP predicting there would
@realDonaldTrump 21. be indictments from the DOJ investigation of the investigators. Isn't that against WH policy to comment on, how does he know, and doesn't it reveal that this is all a game of political retribution and cover your ass? A. That's a rhetorical question right? You know when you
@realDonaldTrump 22. ask a question that you already know the answer to? OK the answer is you're right. In any previous Administration someone saying that would be fired on the spot. But this is the Trump Administration. As far as how he knows, the probably are writing the indictment at the
@realDonaldTrump 23. White House mess on the back of napkins. Hard to believe but true. Q. The President said today he is the team and doesn't need a team to defend him. A. That's true. I've never seen a White House where so many aides have made it clear that everything they did was at the
@realDonaldTrump 24. direction of the President. He's the team, because no one is left behind him. Q. The President said that never Trumpers were human scum and @PressSec defended the use of that language. Comments? A. No one should ever use that kind of language. I've had my disagreements
@realDonaldTrump 25. with @PressSec but I can tell you without hesitation and categorically that I would never call her human. That's it for today, I do two shows tomorrow.
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