Trump Holds News Conference After Release Of Notes On Ukraine Call | NBC News

>>> THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT HERE'S LESTER HOLT

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, WE'RE COMING ON THE AIR TO BRING YOU LIVE COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NEWS CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK HE'S STEPPED UP TO THE PODIUM >> WE'VE HAD A TREMENDOUS THREE DAYS IN NEW YORK AT THE UNITED NATIONS I WANT TO THANK THE SECRETARY-GENERAL IT'S BEEN REALLY INCREDIBLE WHAT'S BEEN TAKING PLACE

AND HE'S BEEN A FANTASTIC HOST TO A LOT OF COUNTRIES THE MEETINGS I HAD ON A BILATERAL — OR CLOSE WERE STAGGERING I THINK WE SET A NEW RECORD, BUT YOU'LL HAVE TO CHECK THAT OUT WE MET VERY, VERY — FOR PRETTY EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME EITHER TWO ON TWO, ONE ON ONE OR JUST ABOUT AT THAT LEVEL, WITH PAKISTAN, POLAND, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, EGYPT, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM, INDIA, IRAQ, ARGENTINA, GERMANY, BRAZIL, FRANCE, JAPAN, UKRAINE, HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR, SAUDI ARABIA, JORDAN BAHRAIN, KUWAIT QATAR, OHMAN, UAE, CHILE, ECUADOR AND PERU

OTHER THAN THAT, WE WEREN'T VERY BUSY UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESS DOESN'T COVER IT WE HAVE MADE SUCCESS WITH JAPAN, WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS TRADE DEAL WITH JAPAN FOR FARMERS THAT DOESN'T GET COVERED BECAUSE YOU WASTE YOUR TIME ON FAN SENSE THE PMI MANUFACTURERS INDEX HAS GONE SUBSTANTIALLY UP, WHICH WAS AN INCREDIBLE — LARRY KUDLOW, WHEREVER YOU MAY BE, PLEASE STAND UP

HE JUST GAVE ME THESE NUMBERS AND EXISTING NEW HOME SALES ARE THROUGH THE ROOF JUST CAME OUT OIL PRICES HAVE GONE DOWN EVER SINCE THE SAUDI ARABIA INCIDENT WE HAVE PLENTY OF OIL

THOSE NUMBERS WERE SURPRISING TO YOU, AND THE INCREASE, IS THAT A CORRECT STATEMENT? SO THANK YOU, LARRY KUDLOW WE THINK WE'LL MAKE THIS LITTLE ANNOUNCEMENT TO YOU, BECAUSE IMPORTANT — YOU KNOW, THE SO-CALLED WHISTLE BLOWER, THE ONE THAT DIDN'T HAVE ANY FIRST CLASS OR FIRST RATE OR SECOND TIER INFORMATION FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, YOU'LL HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT FOR YOURSELF BUT I'VE SPOKEN WITH LEADER KEVIN McCARTHY AND THE REPUBLICANS, MANY OF THEM, AND WE WERE GOING TO DO THIS ANYWAY, BUT I'VE INFORMED THEM ALL OF THE HOUSE MEMBERS THAT I FULLY SUPPORT TRANSPARENCY ON THE SO-CALLED WHISTLE BLOWER INFORMATION, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS SUPPOSEDLY SECONDHAND INFORMATION WHICH IS SORT OF INTERESTING AND OTHER THINGS HAVE COME OUT ABOUT THE WHISTLE BLOWER THAT ARE ALSO MAYBE EVEN MORE INTERESTING

ALSO INSIST ON TRANSPARENCY FROM JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON HUNTER ON THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT HAVE BEEN QUICKLY AND EASILY TAKEN OUT OF UKRAINE AND CHINA MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TAKEN OUT VERY RAPIDLY, WHILE HE WAS VICE PRESIDENT AND I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE TRANSPARENCY FOR THAT I'VE INFORMED THE LEADER ABOUT THAT, AND ADDITIONALLY I DEMAND TRANSPARENCY FROM DEMOCRATS WHO WENT TO UKRAINE AND ATTEMPTED TO FORCE THE NEW PRESIDENT, WHO I MET AND IS AN OUTSTANDING PERSON — I JUST MET A LITTLE WHILE AGO

SOME OF YOU WERE THERE I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE OUTSTANDING HE GOT ELECTED ON THE BASIS OF CORRUPTION HE WANTS TO END CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE, AND I THINK THAT'S GREAT BUT THEY WENT THERE AND THEY WANTED TO FORCE THE NEW PRESIDENT TO DO THINGS THAT THEY WANTED UNDER THE FORM OF POLITICAL THREAT

THEY THREATENED HIM, IF HE DIDN'T DO THINGS NOW, THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE ACCUSING ME OF, BUT I DIDN'T DO IT I DIDN'T THREATEN ANYBODY IN FACT, THE PRESS WAS ASKING QUESTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UKRAINE, AND HE SAID NO PRESSURE I USE THE WORD PRESSURE

HE USED THE WORD PUSH, BUT I USE THE WORD PRESSURE, IT'S THE SAME THING NO PUSH, NO PRESSURE, NO NOTHING IT'S A HOAX IT'S ALL A BIG HOAX THE SAD THING ABOUT THIS HOAX, WE WORK SO HARD WITH ALL OF THESE COUNTRIES, AND I MEAN, REALLY HARD — THIS HAS BEEN — I'VE BEEN UP FROM EARLY IN THE MORNING UNTIL LATE IN THE EVENING MEETING WITH DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, ALL FOR THE GOOD OF OUR COUNTRY

AND THE PRESS DOESN'T EVEN COVER ALL OF THIS AND IT'S DISAPPOINTING ALSO TO THOSE COUNTRIES THAT ARE WITH US AND SPEND SO MUCH TIME WITH US SO WE WANT TRANSPARENCY, WE'VE INFORMED KEVIN McCARTHY ABOUT TRANSPARENCY, WE SAID VOTE FOR IT, I THINK YOU HAVE CLOSE TO 100% OF THE REPUBLICAN VOTES, I HOPE AND THEY GOT ALMOST NO ATTENTION BUT IN MAY, CNN REPORTED THAT SENATORS ROBERT MENENDEZ, RICHARD DURBIN AND PATRICK LEAHY WROTE A LETTER TO UKRAINE'S PROSECUTOR GENERAL EXPRESSING CONCERN AT THE CLOSING OF FOUR INVESTIGATIONS THEY SAID WERE CRITICAL

IN THE LETTER THEY IMPLIED THEIR SUPPORT FOR US ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE WAS AT STAKE AND IF THEY DIDN'T DO THE RIGHT THING, THEY WOULDN'T GET ANY ASSISTANCE GEE, DOESN'T THAT SOUND FAMILIAR? DOESN'T THAT SOUND FAMILIAR? AND CHRIS MURPHY WHO I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH ON GUNS

YOU KNOW, SO NICE, ALWAYS SO — WE WANT TO WORK IT OUT WE WANT TO WORK IT OUT THEY'RE TOO BUSY WASTING THEIR TIME ON THE WITCH HUNT SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY LITERALLY THREATENED THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE THAT IF HE DOESN'T DO THINGS RIGHT, THEY WON'T HAVE DEMOCRAT SUPPORT IN CONGRESS YOU CAN LOOK ALL OF THIS UP

ONE OTHER THING, I'M JUST GOING OFF CERTAIN NOTES AND ELEMENTS OF WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING OVER THE LAST THREE DAYS THIS JUST CAME UP A FEW MINUTES AGO THE AMAZON WASHINGTON POST JUST PUT OUT A FAKE ARTICLE THAT ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE JOSEPH MAGUIRE WHO I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW, AND HE'S A TOUGH COOKIE I WAS SURPRISED, I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR THIS, WAS GOING TO QUIT, BLAMING THE WHITE HOUSE FOR SOMETHING THEY WOULDN'T LET HIM TALK OPENLY, FREELY AND I WAS SHOCKED, BECAUSE I KNOW JOE, AND HE'S TOUGH

A TOUGH GUY I WAS REALLY SURPRISED HE WAS GOING TO QUIT, BEFORE I COULD EVEN — EITHER TALK TO HIM OR TALK TO ANYONE ELSE, HE PUT OUT A STATEMENT, I DIDN'T SPEAK TO JOE YET HE SAID AT NO TIME HAVE I CONSIDERED RESIGNING MY POSITION, IN OTHER WORDSES THE STORY IN THE WASHINGTON POST WAS A FAKE AT NO TIME HAVE I CONSIDERED RESIGNING MY POSITION SINCE ASSUMING THIS ROLE ON AUGUST 16th, 2019 I HAVE NEVER QUIT ANYTHING IN MY LIFE, AND I AM NOT GOING TO START NOW

I AM COMMITTED TO LEADING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND ADDRESSING THE DIVERSE THREATS FACING OUR NATION THAT'S FROM THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, A VERY GOOD MAN, JOSEPH MAGUIRE WE'RE HAVING A GREAT PERIOD OF TIME, OUR COUNTRY IS THE STRONGEST IT'S EVER BEEN ECONOMICALLY, OUR NUMBERS ARE PHENOMENAL WILBUR, THANK YOU, AND LARRY, EVERYBODY THE NUMBERS ARE PHENOMENAL

OUR ECONOMY IS THE STRONGEST IN THE WORLD THE LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD HAD MY OPPONENT WON WE WOULD BE SECOND RIGHT NOW CHINA WAS CATCHING US SO RAPIDLY WE WOULD BE SECOND AT THIS TIME UNLESS SOMEONE DOES A POOR JOB AS PRESIDENT, WE'RE GOING TO BE FIRST FOR A LONG WAY

WE'VE PICKED UP TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS OF VALUE, WORTH OF OUR COUNTRY AND CHINA HAS LOST TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS IN VALUE AND MILLIONS OF JOBS AND THEIR SUPPLY CHAIN AND THEY WANT TO MAKE A DEAL THIS YEAR AMERICA CAME TO THE UNITED NATIONS STRONGER THAN WE HAVE EVER BEEN BEFORE

SINCE MY ELECTION THE UNITED STATES HAS NOT ONLY BROUGHT OUR ECONOMY TO A LEVEL THAT WE'VE NEVER SEEN, THE MOST JOBS WE'VE EVER HAD YOU KNOW YOU HEARD ME SAY IT MANY TIMES, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, ASIAN-AMERICAN, HISPANIC AMERICAN, THE BEST UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS WE'VE EVER HAD AND THE MOST AND BEST EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS 160 MILLION, VERY CLOSE TO THAT NUMBER, IN JOBS WE'VE NEVER BEEN ANYWHERE CLOSE

WAGES ARE UP AND INEQUALITY IS DOWN SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WRITING ABOUT, BUT WAGES ARE UP — I USED TO SPEAK DURING THE CAMPAIGN AND TALK ABOUT WAGES WHERE PEOPLE WERE MAKING LESS MONEY THREE YEARS AGO THAN THEY WERE MAKING 21 YEARS AGO, 22 YEARS AGO THEY'D HAVE TWO JOBS AND THREE JOBS WHEN I SAY THREE YEARS AGO, I'M TALKING INTO THE AREA OF SOMETIME PRIOR TO THE ELECTION

AND THEY WERE DOING VERY BADLY AND NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS THE WAGES ARE UP, AND EMPLOYMENT IS UP AND UNEMPLOYMENT IS DOWN AND IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING TO WATCH IN A WEEK OF ACTIVE AND AMBITIOUS DIPLOMACY HERE AT THE UNITED NATIONS, AMERICA RENEWED OUR FRIENDSHIPS

WE ADVANCED OUR VALUES GREATLY, AND MADE CLEAR TO EVERYONE THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL ALWAYS DEFEND OUR CITIZENS TO PROMOTE PROSPERITY I MET WITH BORIS JOHNSON AT LENGTH, THE UNITED KINGDOM CONTINUING OUR DISCUSSIONS ON A MAGNIFICENT NEW BILATERAL TRADE DEAL SO WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH RESPECT TO BREXIT BUT I SUSPECT WE'LL HAVE A FANTASTIC DEAL WITH THE U

K IT SHOULD BE MUCH BIGGER THAN IT HAS BEEN OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, FRANKLY IT SHOULD BE A MUCH BIGGER DEAL THAT'S TRUE WITH MANY COUNTRIES, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MUCH BIGGER TRADE DEALS WITH A LOT OF COUNTRIES THAT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME

AND THEY ALL WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES, ESPECIALLY NOW EARLIER TODAY, I STOOD ALONGSIDE PRIME ABE OF JAPAN, A FRIEND OF MINE, A GREAT GENTLEMAN HAD A GREAT RE-ELECTION AND WE SIGNED A TERRIFIC NEW TRADE DEAL WHICH TREMENDOUSLY HELPS OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS, AND TECHNOLOGY, THE TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ARE REALLY BIG BENEFICIARIES WE ALSO HELD VERY PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS OF PAKISTAN, INDIA, AND MANY OTHER NATIONS ACHIEVING STRONGER TIES OF FAIR AND RESIPROCAL TRADE

I OFFERED MEDIATION OR ARBITRATION, WHATEVER IT HAS TO BE, THEY'RE AT VERY SERIOUS ODDS RIGHT NOW, HOPEFULLY THAT WILL GET BETTER YOU LOOK AT THE TWO GENTLEMEN HEADING THOSE TWO COUNTRIES TWO GOOD FRIENDS OF MINE I SAID, FELLAS WORK IT OUT JUST WORK IT OUT

THOSE ARE TWO NUCLEAR COUNTRIES, THEY HAVE TO WORK IT OUT THIS WEEK WE ALSO MADE INCREDIBLE STRIDES ON NATIONAL SECURITY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF POLAND, WE SIGNED A DECLARATION ADVANCING DEFENSE COOPERATION POLAND HAS AGREED TO PUT UP 100% OF THE MONEY — SOMETHING I DON'T THINK YOU'VE EVER HEARD SAID BEFORE THEY'RE GOING TO PUT UP 100% OF THE MONEY OF HOSTING ADDITIONAL US

MILITARY PERSONNEL THAT WILL BE TAKEN FROM VARIOUS OTHER COUNTRIES WE WON'T HAVE MORE OVER, WE'LL BE MOVING THEM AROUND POLAND IS BUILDING US PHENOMENAL NEW FACILITIES, THEY'RE SPENDING EVERYTHING, AND THEY'RE REALLY GOING TO DO A JOB BUT WE'LL BE MOVING A FEW THOUSAND SOLDIERS AND POLAND WILL BE PAYING FOR IT, TOGETHER WITH PRIME MINISTER LEE OF SINGAPORE, I SIGNED AN IMPORTANT AGREEMENT EXTENDING OUR DEFENSE COOPERATION THIS HASN'T BEEN CHANGED IN MANY YEARS

AND YESTERDAY I MET WITH PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS OF THE MIDDLE EAST STRATEGIC ALLIANCE, WHICH IS A GROUP I KNOW VERY WELL I KNOW ALL OF THEM, AND THROUGH THIS EFFORT THE NATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST ARE TAKING MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SECURING THEIR OWN FUTURE AND THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD AND THEY'RE ALSO REIMBURSING US AND PAYING US FOR A LOT OF THE MILITARY WORK THAT WE INCREDIBLY DO BUT BECAUSE WE'RE NOW INDEPENDENT ENERGIWISE, WE'RE ENERGY INDEPENDENT WE HAVE VERY FEW BOATS GOING OVER TO THE MIDDLE EAST WE USED TO HAVE THEM GOING THROUGH THE STRAIGHTS ALL THE TIME, AND YOU PROBABLY NOTICED THAT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE THEY GO AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S, THEY HAVEN'T GONE AFTER OURS YET, IF THEY DO, THEY'LL HAVE BIG PROBLEMS

WE HAVE VERY FEW BOATS GOING OVER THERE WE SAID THE OTHER DAY, THEY'VE NEVER ATTACKED AN AMERICAN BOAT I'M NOT ASKING FOR TROUBLE, IF THEY DO, THEY'LL HAVE FAR BIGGER TROUBLE WE DON'T SEE VERY MANY AMERICAN BOATS OVER HERE ANY MORE THIS WEEK BROUGHT EXTRAORDINARY PROGRESS TO NATIONS OF OUR OWN HEMISPHERE, IN RECENT DAYS, WE HAVE ACHIEVED HISTORIC ASYLUM COOPERATION AGREEMENTS WITH EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS

WE WERE WITH EL SALVADOR TODAY, A GREAT YOUNG GENTLEMAN BECAME THE PRESIDENT, HE'S STRONG AND TOUGH AND TAKING CARE OF CRIME HE WAS REALLY SOMETHING TODAY, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH HIM AND LIKEWISE WITH HONDURAS, WHO WE MET, WE SIGNED A COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH BOTH AND ALSO WITH GUATEMALA, WE'RE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS IN CENTRAL AMERICA TO ENSURE THAT ASYLUM SEEKERS CAN PURSUE RELIEF AS CLOSE TO THEIR HOME COUNTRIES AS POSSIBLE

THAT WILL MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER AND MEXICO, I HAVE TO SAY, PRESIDENT LOPEZ OBRADORE HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING PARTNER, HE'S DOING A GREAT JOB IN MEXICO, THE CARTELS ARE WAY DOWN AND THE NUMBERS — OUR SECRETARIES ARE HERE NOW THE NUMBERS ARE WAY DOWN, WAY WAY DOWN AND WE'RE DOING THAT WITHOUT THE HELP OF CONGRESS, MEANING THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS, WHO WON'T GIVE US A SINGLE VOTE TO TAKE CARE OF LOOPHOLES WE HAVE LOOPHOLES THAT ARE SO HORRIBLE, AND IT WOULD BE SO EASY TO FIX, AND THEY KNOW THEY SHOULD BE FIXED, THEY DON'T WANT TO DO IT, BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO GIVE TRUMP ANY CREDIT

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ELECTION, THAT'S ALL THEY CARE ABOUT THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY, THEY CARE ABOUT THE ELECTION THE SAD PART IS, WITH ALL THE TREMENDOUS WORK WE'VE DONE THIS WEEKEND, WHETHER IT'S SECRETARY MNUCHIN OR SECRETARY POMPEO WHO HAD SOME OUTSTANDING MEETINGS, WITH ALL OF THIS TREMENDOUS WORK WE'VE DONE, THE PRESS DOESN'T EVEN COVER IT AND THE DEMOCRATS DID THIS HOAX DURING THE UNITED NATIONS WEEK, IT WAS PERFECT, BECAUSE THIS WAY IT TAKES AWAY FROM THIS TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENTS THAT WE'RE TAKING CARE OF DOING, THAT WE'RE INVOLVED IN IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE UNITED NATIONS SO THAT WAS ALL PLANNED, LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE, IT WAS ALL PLANNED

AND THE WITCH HUNT CONTINUES, BUT THEY'RE GETTING HIT HARD ON THIS WITCH HUNT, BECAUSE WHEN THEY LOOK AT THE INFORMATION, IT'S A JOKE IMPEACHMENT FOR THAT? WHEN YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL MEETING OR YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL PHONE CONVERSATION I THINK YOU SHOULD ASK — ACTUALLY, THAT WAS THE SECOND CONVERSATION, I THINK YOU SHOULD ASK FOR THE FIRST CONVERSATION ALSO I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY HAVEN'T I HEARD THERE'S A RUMOR OUT THERE, THEY WANT THE FIRST CONVERSATION

IT WAS BEAUTIFUL IT WAS JUST A PERFECT CONVERSATION BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD DO THAT I THINK YOU SHOULD DO — AND I THINK YOU SHOULD ASK FOR VP PENCE'S CONVERSATION, HE HAD A COUPLE CONVERSATIONS ALSO I CAN SAVE YOU A LOT OF TIME, THEY WERE ALL PERFECT, NOTHING WAS MENTIONED OF ANY IMPORT, OTHER THAN CORN GRAT U LACES

THE WORD IS THEY'RE GOING TO ASK FOR THE FIRST PHONE CONVERSATION, YOU CAN HAVE IT ANY TIME YOU NEED IT AND ALSO MIKE PENCE'S CONVERSATIONS WHICH I THINK WERE ONE OR TWO OF THEM THEY WERE PERFECT THEY WERE ALL PERFECT IT'S VERY SAD WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE DOING TO THIS COUNTRY, THEY'RE DIVIDING, THEY'RE BELITTLING, THEY'RE DEMEANING OUR COUNTRY

SO MANY LEADERS CAME UP TO ME TODAY AND SAID, SIR, WHAT YOU GO THROUGH, NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER GONE THROUGH AND IT'S SO BAD FOR YOUR COUNTRY PEOPLE LAUGH AT THE STUPIDITY OF WHAT THEY'VE ASKED FOR HERE WE COULD DO ASYLUM, WE COULD DO ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT THINGS SO EASILY WE COULD DO ASYLUM EASILY, WE COULD DO LOOPHOLES, GET RID OF THEM

INSTEAD WE MAKE DEALS WITH MEXICO, GUATEMALA, EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS WE'RE DOING IT WITH THEM INSTEAD OF WITH OUR CONGRESS BUT WE'RE DOING IT, WE GET IT DONE THE WALL IS BEING BUILT, BY THE WAY IT GOT LITTLE COVERAGE

I WENT TO THE BORDER, IT'S GOING UP IN NEW MEXICO, IT'S GOING UP IN ARIZONA, IT'S GOING UP IN CALIFORNIA, BELIEVE IT OR NOT THEY REALLY WANTED THAT WALL IN CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO AS SOON AS IT WAS COMPLETED THEY SAID, WE DON'T WANT A WALL THEY WERE BEGGING ME FOR A WALL I SHOULD TAKE IT OUT AND MOVE IT TO ANOTHER LOCATION

WE WERE WITH THE GOVERNOR, SPOKE TO HIM A LOT, THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, THE SENATORS OF TEXAS, TED CRUZ, AND WE'RE BUILDING AN INCREDIBLE WALL THAT'S GOING TO — NUMBER ONE, IT'S GOING TO LOOK GREAT, IT'S GOING TO BE VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CROSS, UNLESS YOU'RE ONE HELL OF A MOUNTAIN CLIMBER IT'S VERY TOUGH, IT'S GOING TO BE VERY TOUGH TO GET PEOPLE AND DRUGS OVER THOSE WALLS BECAUSE THEY'RE THE REAL DEAL I WENT TO THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND HE GOT ALL THOSE PEOPLE TOGETHER I SAID, GIVE ME FOUR WALLS, YOUR OPTIMUM, EVERY SINGLE THING INCLUDED

AND THEY GIVE ME 20% LESS, 20% LESS AND 20% LESS, MEANING LESS COST THEY CAME BACK, THEY SAID, THIS IS THE WALL, SIR THIS WOULD BE THE BEST WE HAVE THE PANELS ON TOP WHICH ARE ANTI-CLIMB PANELS WE HAVE A DIFFERENT DESIGN FOR A DIFFERENT AREA, BUT ANTI-CLIMB IS VERY TOUGH

WE HAD PEOPLE GOING OUT AND — REAL CLIMBERS TELLING US WHICH IS THE TOUGHEST TO CLIMB, THESE ARE ANTI-CLIMB PANELS, VERY TOUGH TO GET ACROSS AND THE WALL IS GOING UP, MANY MILES A WEEK AND WE HOPE TO HAVE OVER 400, BUT MAYBE AS MUCH AS 500 MILES, WHICH WILL PRETTY MUCH DO IT, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LOT OF NATURAL BARRIERS, YOU HAVE MOUNTAINS, REALLY ROUGH RIVERS, YOU HAVE SOME REALLY ROUGH LAND YOU CAN'T CROSS EASILY THEY SERVE AS THEIR NATURAL WALLS BUT WE'LL HAVE — WE THINK OVER 400, BUT WE COULD EVEN HAVE 500 MILES TO COMBAT THE MALICE, CORRUPTION OF BOTH THE VENEZUELAN AND IRANIAN DICTATORSHIPS

TODAY I ISSUED PROCLAMATIONS STOPPING THE ENTRY INTO THE US OF THE REGIME ON MONDAY I WAS BROAD TO BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY TO HOST A MEETING AT THE UNITED NATIONS — I'M SO SURPRISED, FIRST PRESIDENT FOR THIS, I SPOKE TO FRANKLIN GRAHAM ABOUT THAT, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT AT THE UNITED NATIONS ON PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND LIBERTY FOR PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD

WHILE SOME PARTISANS AND ELECTED BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON MAY CHOOSE TO FIGHT EVERY DAY AGAINST THE INTERESTS AND BELIEFS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MY ADMINISTRATION IS STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LIKE NO ADMINISTRATION HAS IN MANY, MANY YEARS YOU FORGOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YOU TOTALLY FORGOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS WEEK, EVERY WEEK I REALLY CAN SAY OF MY PRESIDENCY, WE'RE STANDING UP FOR AMERICAN PROS PAIR ITPY AMERICAN SECURITY AND THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE

AND TOGETHER WITH OUR FRIENDS AND PARTNERS, WE'RE BUILDING A MORE PEACEFUL PROSPEROUS AND PROMISING FUTURE WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS RELATIONSHIP NOW WITH A LOT OF NATIONS THAT ARE VERY HAPPY WITH WHAT'S GOING ON AND THAT INCLUDES IN SOUTH AMERICA WHERE THEY'VE BEEN SO HELPFUL, WHERE NO ONE THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE, THE RELATIONSHIP WITH MEXICO AS AN EXAMPLE OR EL SALVADOR OR HONDURAS OR GUATEMALA NOBODY EVEN KNEW ABOUT, YET WE SENT THEM HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND ALL WE GOT BACK WAS CARAVANS OF PEOPLE POURING IN

WE HAD TREMENDOUS — WE HAD TREMENDOUS — IT WAS TERRIBLE AND WE'VE GOT THAT STOPPED, AND THE COUNTRIES ARE NOW HELPING US AND WE STOPPED THOSE PAYMENTS, BY THE WAY, WE DON'T PAY THOSE COUNTRIES THAT MANY ANY MORE BUT I WILL TELL YOU, IF THEY'RE AS GOOD AS THEY SEEM TO BE, THEY'RE REALLY DOING A JOB ON CRIME AND STOPPING THE WRONG PEOPLE FROM LEAVING AND COMING TO THE UNITED STATES WE'LL BE HELPING THEM A LOT WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND OTHER THINGS

SO WITH THAT, WE HAD A TREMENDOUS THREE DAYS IT WAS BEAUTIFUL TO SEE MADE A LOT OF NEW FRIENDS I READ YOU A LIST OF ALL THE COUNTRIES I SAW, PRETTY MUCH ONE ON ONE AND IT'S BEEN VERY BUSY, BUT IT'S BEEN VERY, VERY FRUITFUL

WE COULD TAKE A COUPLE QUESTIONS I'D LOVE SOME QUESTIONS ON SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE ACCOMPLISHED AT ANGA INSTEAD OF THE PHONY WITCH HUNT QUESTIONS, WHICH I KNOW THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT TO ASK, BECAUSE IT'S PROBABLY BETTER FOR YOU BUT IT'S NOT BETTER FOR THE COUNTRY MAYBE WE'LL TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS, PLEASE >> THANK YOU, MR

PRESIDENT YOU SUGGESTED THAT YOU DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG IN THE COURSE OF YOUR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT BUT CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHY IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT TO ASK A FOREIGN LEADER FOR INFORMATION ABOUT A POLITICAL RIVAL AND WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE SAID IF BARACK OBAMA HAD ASKED A FOREIGN LEADER FOR INFORMATION ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU CAMPAIGNED FOR THE PRESIDENCY >> WELL, THAT'S WHAT HE DID, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT THAT WHOLE WITCH HUNT WAS STARTED AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL ALL COME OUT

THERE HAVE BEEN SOME FANTASTIC BOOKS WRITTEN THAT JUST CAME OUT WHETHER YOU LOOK AT GREG JARRETT OR McCARTHY'S BOOK THAT JUST CAME OUT RECENTLY A LOT OF OTHER BOOKS ARE COMING OUT WHEN YOU READ THOSE BOOKS, YOU SEE WHAT THEY DID TO US WHAT THEY DID TO THIS COUNTRY IS A DISGRACE

NO OTHER PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'VE GONE THROUGH THE PRESIDENT — THE NEW PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE IS LOOKING TO STOP CORRUPTION THERE'S A LOT OF CORRUPTION GOING ON AND THERE WAS CORRUPTION — I JUST TOLD YOU ABOUT SENATORS THAT THREATENED HIM WITH VOTES AND NO MONEY COMING INTO UKRAINE, IF THEY DO THINGS THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SAY THAT I DID, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS, I DIDN'T DO IT YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THAT CALL, IT WAS PERFECT, I DIDN'T DO IT

THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO, BUT THERE WAS WITH BIDEN AND THERE WAS WITH THESE SENATORS AND THEY THREATENED, THEY SAID, YOU DO THIS, YOU DO THAT, WE'RE NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU VOTES THAT'S THE REAL DEAL WE HAVE AN HONEST GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN MALIGNED — AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S — A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY, I'LL DO EVEN BETTER I'M VERY HAPPY — YESTERDAY I GUESS WE HAD A 53 POLL, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY ADD 10 POINTS TO ANYTHING — ANY TIME YOU GET A POLL YOU CAN ADD 10 POINTS, 7 POINTS OR 6 POINTS

I DON'T KNOW IF I CONSIDER THAT TO BE A COMPLIMENT I GUESS IT IS A COMPLIMENT FAR MORE PEOPLE CAME TO VOTE THE LAST TIME — >> SO WHY SHOULD AMERICAN PEOPLE BE COMFORTABLE WITH AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT ASKING INFORMATION FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT? >> I GUESS YOU CAN LOOK AT ALL THESE PEOPLE AN INVESTIGATION STARTED CALLED THE RUSSIAN WITCH HUNT IT WAS A SCAM, IT WAS SET UP WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT TO TRY TO STOP SOMEBODY FROM GETTING ELECTED AFTER THAT PERSON, NAMELY ME, WON AND CONVINCINGLY WON AT 306 TO 223 IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

WHICH BY THE WAY, WHEN YOU RUN A RACE, IF YOU'RE RUNNING — IF YOU GO BY THE COLLEGE, THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, THAT'S A MUCH DIFFERENT RACE THAN RUNNING THE POPULAR VOTE IT'S LIKE THE HUNDRED YARD DASH OR THE MILE, YOU TRAIN DIFFERENTLY AND I CAN'T HELP IT THAT MY OPPONENT DIDN'T GO TO WISCONSIN AND SHOULD HAVE GONE TO MICHIGAN AND PENNSYLVANIA AND OTHER PLACES THAT'S HOW IT IS WE WON AN ELECTION CONVINCINGLY, CONVINCINGLY

THEN YOU HAD THE TEXT MESSAGE ON, WELL, IF SHE DOESN'T WIN, WE'VE GOT AN INSURANCE POLICY HOW BAD WAS THAT? YOU KNOW WHAT THE INSURANCE POLICY, THAT'S SORT OF WHAT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS, THE INSURANCE POLICY THERE ARE A LOT OF VERY DISHONEST PEOPLE, WE'RE THE ONES THAT PLAYED IT STRAIGHT THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE LOOKING AT WHAT'S GOING ON, THOSE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IT THEY SEE IT, AND THEY THINK IT'S DISGUSTING

AND OUR PEOPLE ARE BEING HURT AND OUR COUNTRY IS BEING HURT WHEN A NANCY PELOSI ALLOWS HER POSITION TO BE TAKEN OVER BY RADICAL FAR LEFT SOCIALISTS OR WORSE THAT'S PRETTY BAD THAT'S PRETTY BAD ESPECIALLY WHEN THE SENATORS AND ALL OF THESE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE ACTUALLY DONE WHAT THEY'RE ACCUSING ME OF DOING, WHICH I DIDN'T DO I'M GOING TO HAVE MIKE POMPEO SAY A COUPLE WORDS, I'M GOING TO HAVE STEVE MNUCHIN SAY A COUPLE WORDS AND THEN WE'LL DO A COUPLE MORE QUESTIONS

>> MR PRESIDENT, I THOUGHT I'D START BY TALKING ABOUT IRAN WE HAD A PRODUCTIVE WEEK WE SAW THE EUROPEANS TAKE A POSITION WITH RESPECT TO THE ATTACKS THAT TOOK PLACE IN SAUDI ARABIA, MAKING CLEAR THIS WAS IRAN, JUST AS PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I HAD BEEN SAYING AND HAVE NOW JOINED US IN SAYING THE EXISTING JCP FRAMEWORK IS NOT GOING TO WORK, IT'S NOT GOING TO CREATE MIDDLE EAST STABILITY AND WE HAD A GOOD SET OF MEETINGS WITH OUR ALLIES AS WELL

THE PRESIDENT JOINED FOR A MEETING OF THE GCC WHERE WE TALKED ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP DETER, WE WANT PEACE, WE WANT A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION WITH THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN, WE'RE HOPING WE CAN GET THAT WAY IN THE END IT WILL BE UP TO THE IRANIANS CHOOSE VIOLENCE AND HATE IF THEIR BLOOD THIRST WILL CONTINUE WE HOPE WE CAN GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO NEGOTIATE WITH THEM, GET AN OUTCOME THAT'S GOOD FOR THEM, THE UNITED STATES, TO MAKE SURE THEY NEVER HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON I THINK WE MADE REAL PROGRESS UNITING THE WORLD ON THAT HERE OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS

>> WE'RE ABOUT 30 MINUTES INTO A NEWS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, WRAPPING UP HIS ADDRESS TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY HERE TAKING ONLY ONE QUESTION, MOSTLY DOMINATED BY A 23 MINUTE LONG MONOLOGUE IN WHICH HE PACKED A LOT IN THERE, SOME ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JOSEPH BIDEN AS HE WAS DEFENDING HIMSELF FROM THAT MEETING WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT THAT HAS LED TO THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY WHAT WERE THE HEADLINES OF THE MONOLOGUE >> HE SEEMS SO ANGRY THAT NANCY PELOSI HAS OPENED THE INVESTIGATION, HE'S NOT FOCUSING ON THE AGREEMENTS IN FRONT OF HIM >> HE'S TAKING A SECOND QUESTION NOW

>> I WANT TO FOCUS ON MARKETS, MARKETS REACTED POSITIVELY, AFTER YOU SPOKE ABOUT CHINA, AND THAT IT WOULD HAPPEN SOONER RATHER THAN UNEXPECTEDLY YET YOU HAVE THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF CHINA SAYING THEY HAVE NO INTENTION OF UNSEATING THE UNITED STATES AND YET THEY'RE INVESTING HEAVILY IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND MILITARY — >> MAYBE NOT ANY MORE, MAYBE AND MAYBE THEY JUST SAY THAT >> WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME, THE FACT THAT YOU SAY IT'S PROGRESS SOMETHING

>> I THINK THEY WANT TO MAKE A DEAL >> DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING SPECIFIC? >> WELL, I DON'T WANT TO SAY THAT BUT I CAN TELL YOU THESE TWO MEN, AND IN THIS CASE, MORE SPECIFICALLY STEVE WERE HAVING SOME VERY GOOD CONVERSATIONS, AND I GUESS IT'S NEXT WEEK THAT A GROUP IS COMING IN, AND THE WEEK AFTER SO WE HAVE A LOT OF TALKS GOING ON AND ALSO BY TELEPHONE

THEY WANT TO MAKE A DEAL, AND YOU KNOW WHY THEY WANT TO MAKE A DEAL? BECAUSE THEY'RE LOSING THEIR JOBS AND THEIR SUPPLY CHAIN IS GOING TO HELL, AND COMPANIES ARE MOVING OUT OF CHINA, AND THEY'RE MOVING TO LOTS OF OTHER PLACES, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES AND THAT'S NOT GOOD THAT'S FAR WORSE THAN THEY THOUGHT IN THE MEANTIME, WE'RE TAKING IN BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TARIFFS, WE'RE TAKING IN TREMENDOUS NUMBERS IN TARIFFS, AND WE'RE HELPING OUR FARMERS, WHO GOT TARGETED NOW BY THE WAY, CHINA IS STARTING TO BUY OUR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT AGAIN THEY'RE STARTING TO GO WITH THE BEEF AND ALL OF THE DIFFERENT THINGS, PORK, VERY BIG ON PORK

BUT IF YOU LOOK AND YOU SEE, THEY ACTUALLY PUT OUT, I THINK A STATEMENT, THEY'RE STARTING VERY HEAVY TO BUY OUR AG AGAIN NO, THEY WANT TO MAKE A DEAL, AND THEY SHOULD WANT TO MAKE A DEAL THE QUESTION IS, DO WE WANT TO MAKE A DEAL? >> IF US MC DOES NOT PASS THROUGH CONGRESS, IS THAT IT FOR NAFTA? >> WELL, I THINK THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION WAS NOT ONE OF THE GREATS, THAT WAS THE CREATION OF CHINA THAT WENT LIKE A ROCKET SHIP FROM THE DAY THEY SIGNED

IT WAS TERRIBLE BUT WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT THAT'S GOING TO BE A VERY INTERESTING QUESTION WITH NANCY AND CHUCK AND ALL OF THESE PEOPLE FOCUSING ON THE WITCH HUNT, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T BEAT US AT THE BALLOT, AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO WIN THE PRESIDENTIAL, WE'RE HAVING GREAT POLLS, WE HAVE INTERNAL POLLS THAT ARE — OHIO, IOWA, PENNSYLVANIA'S LOOKING GOOD, NORTH CAROLINA, WE JUST WON TWO RACES THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT WERE GOING TO LOSE BOTH THOSE RACES, ONE WAS DOWN 17 POINTS THREE WEEKS BEFORE THE RACE, AND HE ENDED UP WINNING BY A SUBSTANTIAL MARGIN, A SUBSTANTIAL MARGIN AND DAN BISHOP AND THEN WE HAD A SECOND RACE AS YOU KNOW, AND HE WAS UP ONE OR TWO POINTS AND ENDED UP WINNING BY 25 POINTS OR SOME INCREDIBLE — I'LL ASK YOU FOLKS, I DON'T WANT TO BE INACCURATE OTHERWISE WE'LL HAVE BREAKING NEWS

FRONT PAGE STORY, TRUMP EXAGGERATED HE WAS LEADING BY MAYBE 2, MAYBE 3, BUT HE WON BY THE 20s IT'S LOOKING GREAT IN NORTH CAROLINA, LOOKING GOOD IN FLORIDA YOU'VE HAD ONE OR TWO CONGRESSMEN SAYING, WE CAN'T BEAT HIM AT THE ELECTION, SO LET'S IMPEACH HIM DIDN'T YOU HEAR AL GREEN, HE'S A BEAUTY

HE'S A REAL BEAUTY, THAT GUY HE SAID VERY DISTINCTIVELY, IT WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE, THEY'RE TRYING TO LOSE THAT TAPE, I GUESS, BUT HE SAID WE CAN'T — IT SOUNDS SILLY, WE CAN'T BEAT HIM, LET'S IMPEACH HIM THAT'S PRETTY DANGEROUS STUFF STEVE, GO AHEAD >> THANK YOU, SIR

YOU HAD EXPRESSED SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE PRECEDENT OF RELEASING THE TRANSCRIPT >> YEAH — >> WHY DID YOU GO AHEAD AND DO IT? >> I WAS GETTING SUCH FAKE NEWS AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BETTER NOW THEY'RE ASKING FOR THE FIRST PHONE CONVERSATION, AND I'LL RELEASE THAT TOO IF IT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU THAT — >> I SPOKE TO HIM PREVIOUS TO THE CALL THAT WE RELEASED, WHICH WAS A VERY INNOCENT CALL, VERY, VERY INNOCENT, VERY NICE CALL AS HE SAID I WASN'T PUSHED, I WASN'T PUSHED, MEANING PRESSURED

HE WASN'T PRESSURED AT ALL BUT I DON'T LIKE THE CONCEPT OF RELEASING CALLS BECAUSE WHEN A PRESIDENT OR A PRIME MINISTER OR A KING OR A QUEEN CALLS THE UNITED STATES YOU DON'T LIKE TO SAY, GEE, WE'RE GOING TO RELEASE YOUR CALL TO THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA AND MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL WHAT HAPPENS IS, IT'S HARD TO DO BUSINESS THAT WAY YOU WANT TO HAVE PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE I HATED IT, BUT YOU FOLKS WERE SAYING SUCH LIES, SUCH HORRIBLE THINGS ABOUT A CALL THAT WAS SO INNOCENT AND SO NICE

IN FACT, LINDSEY GRAHAM SAID TO ME WHEN HE READ IT, VERY INTERESTING, HE'S A GOOD MAN A SMART MAN, HE SAID I CAN'T BELIEVE IT I NEVER KNEW YOU COULD BE THIS NICE TO A PERSON HE SAID, I CANNOT BELIEVE IT YOU WERE SO NICE I DIDN'T THINK YOU HAD THAT IN YOU TO BE SO NICE

I WAS NICE I'M NICE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT BUT I WAS BUT HE WAS SHOCKED THAT IT WAS SUCH A NICE CALL

HE SAID, THERE IS NOTHING HERE AND ALL FAIR PEOPLE SAY THE SAME THING BUT I DON'T LIKE THE PRECEDENT, STEVE, I DON'T LIKE IT WHERE YOU'RE DEALING WITH HEADS OF STATE AND TO THINK THAT THEIR CALL IS GOING TO BE RELEASED, BUT I FELT THAT — AND YOU KNOW WE'VE SPOKE TO UKRAINE ABOUT IT MIKE ACTUALLY CALLED UP HIS COUNTERPART AND WE SPOKE TO UKRAINE ABOUT IT BECAUSE WE WANTED — IT COULD HAVE BEEN — IF THEY DIDN'T WANT US TO DO IT WE WOULD NOT HAVE DONE IT HE SAID THAT WAS A VERY INNOCENT CALL

YOU CAN RELEASE IT ALL YOU WANT >> ARE YOU NOW BRACED FOR A LONG IMPEACHMENT SAGA? >> I THOUGHT WE WON I THOUGHT IT WAS DEAD THE MUELLER REPORT, NO OBSTRUCTION, NO COLLUSION LOOK AT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED

COREY LEWANDOWSKI WAS FANTASTIC THE OTHER DAY, AS A PERSON THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TORMENTING YOU LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE THEY'VE TORMENTED, THE LEGAL FEES PEOPLE CAME HERE WITH BRIGHT EYES AND WANTED TO MAKE LIFE SO GREAT FOR OTHER PEOPLE, AND THEY LEFT WHERE THEY SPENT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN LEGAL FEES THAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE IT'S A SAD THING WHAT THESE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE TO RUIN LIVES IS SO SAD

I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE WITH ONLY GOOD INTENTION THEY CAME TO WASHINGTON BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO MAKE THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND THEY WENT HOME AND THEY WERE DARK THEY GOT HIT BY MUELLER SUBPOENAS I THINK THERE WERE 2,500 SUBPOENAS OR SOMETHING RIDICULOUS NUMBER, 500 PEOPLE WERE INTERVIEWED AND YET THEY DON'T INTERVIEW JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON? IF YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT YOU HAVE AUTOMATIC PROTECTION THAT'S YEARS AND YEARS OF PEOPLE PUTTING IN CERTAIN PEOPLE INTO POSITIONS BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE — ALL OF THE TRAUMA THAT THESE FAKE NEWS HAVE CAUSED AND THE PRESS, LOOK, THE PRESS IS — MUCH OF THE PRESS IS NOT ONLY FAKE IT'S CORRUPT

THESE STORIES THEY WRITE ARE CORRUPT THEY'RE SO WRONG THEY KNOW THAT IT USED TO BE — I USED TO GET GREAT PRESS UNTIL I RAN FOR POLITICS I USED TO BE THE KING OF GETTING GOOD PRESS, I WAS VERY GOOD AT IT

THEY COVERED ME WELL FOR WHAT OTHERWISE I PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE HERE ONCE I RAN I SAID BOY THIS IS INCREDIBLE BUT IF YOU SEE THE WAY THEY TREAT MY FAMILY, USED TO BE TREATED GREAT, MY FAMILY WORKS SO HARD, THE PEOPLE THAT WORK WITH ME, THESE PEOPLE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE THEY WORK SO HARD, THEY'VE DONE SUCH A GOOD — WE HAVE THE GREATEST ECONOMY WE'VE EVER HAD A MILITARY, $25 TRILLION, WE'VE REBUILT OUR MILITARY

YOU DON'T HEAR THE VETS COMPLAINING WE HAVE CHOICE APPROVED IT COULDN'T BE APPROVED WHEN YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE VICIOUSNESS AND WHEN YOU SEE LITTLE ADAM SCHIFF GO OUT AND LIE AND LIE AND STAND AT THE MIC, SMART GUY, BY THE WAY, STAND AT THE MIC AND ACT LIKE HE'S SO SERIOUS AND THEN GOES INTO A ROOM WITH NADLER AND THEY MUST LAUGH THEIR — OFF IT'S SO BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY

PEOPLE HAVE SAID RUSH LIMBAUGH, GREAT MAN, SEAN HANNITY SAID IT, A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID IT, MARK LEVIN, THEY SAID THEY DON'T KNOW OF ONE MAN ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WITH ALL THE MEN THEY KNOW OR WOMEN THAT COULD HANDLE WHAT I'VE HAD TO HANDLE I THINK THAT'S TRUE BUT I HANDLE IT TO ME IT'S LIKE PUTTING ON A SUIT ALL RIGHT

HOW ABOUT ONE MORE QUESTION QUESTION ON THE ECONOMY A ECONOMY ON THE ECONOMY GO AHEAD >> MR

PRESIDENT, FROM VENEZUELA, CARACAS, VENEZUELA >> WOW >> YEAH >> HOW ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE? >> PRETTY BAD >> YEAH

>> OUR SITUATION >> I WOULD SAY PRETTY BAD, YEAH SAD >> WE ARE FIGHTING >> AND IT WAS ONE OF THE GREAT COUNTRIES, ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRIES NOT SO LONG AGO, 15 YEARS AGO

IT'S INCREDIBLE >> WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT >> I AGREE WITH THAT AND WE'RE HELPING YOU >> YES

>> WE'RE HELPING YOU >> YEAH I KNOW AND THANK YOU >> GO AHEAD

>> I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS TO TAKE MADURO TRAVELED TO RUSSIA AND — TO NORTH KOREA, TWO OF THE MOST ANTAGONIST NATIONS IN THE US INTEREST WHAT CAN BE DONE TO CONTAIN THIS? WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR IN THAT COUNTRY? AND BECAUSE THEIR SPECIAL ENVOY SAID THAT THE RUSSIAN ARE WILLING TO NEGOTIATE, THIS IS ONE QUESTION AND THE OTHER, MR

PRESIDENT, YOU SAY THAT THE SOCIALIST IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES, YOU SAY YESTERDAY IN THE UN, BUT THE REGION IS FAR FROM SAFE MADURO IS STILL A DICTATOR IN POWER, THEY ARE UNDER STRESS ABOUT THE SOCIALIST AND POPULIST ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT IT? >> >> I SAY SOCIALISM WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES CAN'T HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES VENEZUELA, UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVE TO USE YOUR COUNTRY AS THE EXAMPLE OF WHAT SOCIALISM CAN DO, HOW IT CAN TEAR THE FABRIC OF A COUNTRY APART

BECAUSE NOW A LOT ABOUT VENEZUELA I'VE HAD MANY, MANY FRIENDS OF MINE COME FROM VENEZUELA THEY LIVE MANY IN MIAMI CERTAIN SECTION OF MIAMI I WON'T MENTION THE NAME BECAUSE THEY'LL SAY I'M THINKING ABOUT MY BUSINESS AND I'M NOT

BUT THEY ARE FANTASTIC PEOPLE AND THEY LIKE YOUR PRESIDENT THEY VOTED OVERWHELMINY FOR ME THEY LIKE WHAT I'M DOING FOR VENEZUELA WE HAVE VENEZUELA VERY MUCH IN OUR HEARTS AND VERY MUCH IN OUR SIGHTS AND WE'RE WATCHING IT VERY CAREFULLY AND YOU KNOW WHAT I WOULD SAY, WE'RE GIVING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AID NOT THAT WE WANT TO FROM THE MADURO STANDPOINT, BUT WE HAVE TO BECAUSE THE HUMANITARIAN PEOPLE — PEOPLE ARE DYING, THEY HAVE NO FOOD, NO WATER, NO NOTHING

NO MEDICINE THE HOSPITALS ARE CLOSED OR DON'T EVEN HAVE ELECTRICITY IT'S SO SAD TO SEE LET ME JUST SAY THAT WE HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL WE'RE WATCHING IT VERY CAREFULLY

AND WE'RE GOING TO BE VERY, VERY — WE'RE WATCHING IT CAREFULLY INCLUDING OTHER COUNTRIES THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE PLAYING GAMES, WE'RE WATCHING IT CLOSELY >> YOU KNOW IF RUSSIA IS TALKING WITH USA OR WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THAT? >> PUT THIS IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND, IT'S ALL GOING TO BE FINE WE KNOW EVERYTHING THAT YOU SAID AND WE'RE VERY MUCH INVOLVED WE KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON AND WE'RE VERY MUCH

OKAY THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH THANK YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> PRESIDENT TRUMP CONCLUDING HIS NEWS CONFERENCE HERE IN NEW YORK TAKING JUST A FEW QUESTIONS, MOSTLY OFFERING A MONOLOGUE AT THE TOP OF THIS GOING THROUGH A NUMBER OF WHAT HE THINKS ARE CONSIDERED SUCCESSES, HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ACHIEVED AS WELL AS SOME OF THE BUSINESS OF THIS WEEK AT THE U

N BUT, OF COURSE, MANY OF THE QUESTIONS A LOT OF THE FOCUS ON THAT IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, THE FORMAL PROCESS NOW UNDER WAY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THE PRESIDENT COUNTER PUNCHING, OFFERING SOME OF HIS OWN ACCUSATIONS I WANT TO BRING IN ANDREA MITCHELL, OUR CHIEF FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT TO GET HER ASSESSMENT OF SOME OF THE THINGS WE HEARD ALWAYS A LOT TO PICK THROUGH HERE

>> FOR ONE THING, HE IS SO ANGRY ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT DERIDING NANCY PELOSI AND CHRIS MURPHY, POINTING OUT THAT CHRIS MURPHY, THE SENATOR FROM CONNECTICUT, WITH AZ KEY NEGOTIATOR ON GUNS BUT HAS, HE SAID, NOW TURNED BECAUSE MURPHY HAS BEEN DEVASTATING IN HIS CRITICISM OF THE TRANSCRIPT OR NOTES RELEASED AND MURPHY MET WITH THE UKRAINIANS AND HE'S ACCUSING MURPHY AND OTHER SENATORS OF HAVING PRESSURED THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO DO AN INVESTIGATION, WHICH IS CONTEMPORARY TROY ANY INFORMATION WE HAVE MURPHY WAS TRAVELING WITH A REPUBLICAN SENATOR, RON JOHNSON, OF WISCONSIN JUST BEFORE THE CONGRESS RETURNED FROM THEIR AUGUST RECESS IT'S JUST VERY STRANGE ACCUSATION, NOT WITH ANY FOUNDATION WE KNOW ABOUT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT SPOKE FOR ABOUT 40 MINUTES, SECRETARY POMPEO SPOKE BRIEFLY ABOUT IRAN AND WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED AND TOOK ONLY THREE QUESTIONS, ONE ON VENEZUELA, ONE ON THE WHOLE QUESTION — WELL ONE ON THE TRADE POLICY, AND, OF COURSE, ONE ON THE INVESTIGATION, MAYBE FOUR QUESTIONS IF YOU CAN COUNT THAT

>> LET'S RESET WHERE WE ARE A DAY IN WHICH WE RECEIVE AT LEAST NOTES OF THE CONVERSATION WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT WHICH MR TRUMP DOES BRING UP JOE BIDEN AND WISHES FOR AN INVESTIGATION BUT HE OFFERED IT AS AN COUNTERPUNCH HERE, REALLY TRYING TO CHANGE THE NARRATIVE AND PUT THE FOCUS ON JOE BIDEN ANY SUBSTANTIATION TO THE THINGS HE SAID? >> NONE THAT ANY INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR HAS BEEN ABLE TO COUNT

IT IS TRUE THAT HUNTER BIDEN HAD BUSINESS AND WAS DOING BUSINESS IN UKRAINE, BUSINESS ELSEWHERE, BUT PRESIDENTIAL OFFSPRINGS AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL OFFSPRINGS DO BUSINESS AND THE PRESIDENT HAS NEVER QUESTIONED ERIC TRUMP OR DON JUNIOR OR IVANKA TRUMP'S BUSINESS DEALINGS WHICH ARE ONGOING RIGHT NOW AS HE IS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THERE HAS BEEN NO CREDIBLE INVESTIGATION THAT ANYONE HAS YET ACCOUNTED THAT SAYS THAT BIDENS DID ANYTHING WRONG >> I WANT TO GO TO HALLIE JACKSON IN THE ROOM WHERE THE NEWS CONFERENCE CONCLUDED A NUMBER OF THINGS HAPPENING WITH REGARD TO THE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT, THOSE ARE BEING TURNED OVER TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES RIGHT NOW >> RIGHT

>> WE TALKED ABOUT AND SAW THESE NOTES ON THE PRESIDENT'S CONVERSATION WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TELL US WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS AND TAKEAWAYS ARE FROM THE NEWS CONFERENCE? >> SURE SO A COUPLE OF THEM, LESTER LET ME PICK UP ON WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE THE IDEA THAT PRESIDENT IS NOW VOWING TRANSPARENCY FOR A NUMBER OF THESE ISSUES, TALKING ABOUT RELEASING THE NOTES OF THE CALL, NOT JUST FROM JULY 25th, WHICH THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ALREADY DONE, BUT FROM AN EARLIER CALL HE HAD HE SAYS WITH THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT PRESUMABLY SHORTLY AFTER HIS ELECTION THE PRESIDENT SAID HE'LL GET THAT OUT THERE AS WELL BECAUSE HE SAYS HE BELIEVES HE DID NOTHING WRONG AND IT WAS PERFECTLY INNOCENT

HE ALSO ADDRESSED THAT WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT WE UNDERSTAND BASED ON OUR REPORTING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE GETTING A LOOK AT HERE THERE ARE SERIOUS UNANSWERED QUESTIONS HERE LET ME STEP BACK HERE AND TALK ABOUT THIS MOMENT IN THE LAST 24 HOURS THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HAS COME UNDER SERIOUS PRESSURE FROM MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, SPECIFICALLY HOUSE DEMOCRATS, WHO ARE NOW MOVING FORWARD WITH A FORMAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY I HAVE COVERED MANY OF THESE PRESS CONFERENCES WITH YOU RIGHT HERE, LESTER, FROM THE PRESIDENT AND I'M COMFORTABLE SAYING THAT THIS WAS ATYPICAL FROM TRUMP TYPICALLY WHEN HE'S NOT STANDING ALONGSIDE A FOREIGN LEADER HE IS FREE WHEELING, HE ENGAGING, HE TAKES QUESTIONS FROM MULTIPLE MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AND WANTS TO GET HIS SIDE OF THE STORY IF YOU WILL OUT THERE AND HIS PERSPECTIVE OUT

THAT IS NOT WHAT WE SAW TODAY AND THAT IS RATHER SURPRISING GIVING THE EVENTS OF THE LAST 24 HOURS THE PRESIDENT HAD SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS INCLUDING ME IN THE MOMENTS THAT WE SAW HIM WITH OTHER FOREIGN LEADERS WHEN HE WAS HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS INCLUDING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE, PRESIDENT TRUMP BRIEFLY TALKED ABOUT HIS PERSONAL ATTORNEY RUDY GIULIANI MENTIONED IN THE SUMMARY OF THIS CALL IN JULY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE, IT IS A CONCERN FOR DEMOCRATS THAT THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL ATTORNEY, SOMEBODY WHO DOES NOT HAVE A JOB IN THE WHITE HOUSE OR IN THE GOVERNMENT, IS INTERACTING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT INVOLVED IN PUBLIC BUSINESS THAT IS SOMETHING DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING AT CLOSELY THE PRESIDENT REPEATEDLY AGAIN TODAY HERE RAISED THESE UNFOUNDED CLAIMS THAT YOU AND ANDREA MITCHELL WERE TALKING ABOUT, ABOUT HIS POLITICAL RIVALS AND JOE BIDEN INTERESTINGLY THE PRESIDENT WAS VERY BIG ON CALLING FOR TRANSPARENCY

WHEN HE DID TALK ABOUT THESE INVESTIGATIONS HE SAID, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO HAVE TRANSPARENCY AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S THROUGHOUT THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT BEEN TRANSPARENT ABOUT HIS OWN CHILDREN'S DEALINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS AND BUSINESSES OVERSEAS AND THAT IS A QUESTION WE WOULD HAVE ASKED THE PRESIDENT IF WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, LESTER >> HALLIE JACKSON, THANKS VERY MUCH CAPITOL HILL WHERE THEY'RE TAKING ALL OF THIS IN AND WE'RE LOOKING AT THE MOVEMENT AMONG DEMOCRATS TOWARD IMPEACHMENT LET'S GO TO GEOFF BENNETT WHO HAS THE LATEST ON THAT RIGHT NOW

>> 216 HOUSE DEMOCRATS NOW HAVE COME OUT IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHMENT PLUS ONE INDEPENDENT THAT'S CONGRESSMAN JUSTIN AMASH FROM MICHIGAN, USED TO BE A REPUBLICAN, THAT MEANS WE'RE JUST ONE SHY OF THAT MAGIC NUMBER OF 218, THE NUMBER THAT WOULD BE NEEDED TO PUSH THIS IMPEACHMENT QUESTION OVER TO THE SENATE THAT'S IF NANCY PELOSI DECIDES TO RECOMMEND ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TO THE FULL HOUSE NOW AS YOU MENTIONED AS WE'VE BEEN STANDING HERE WATCHING THIS PRESS CONFERENCE HERE BACK IN WASHINGTON, THAT WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT IN QUESTION HAS MADE ITS WAY TO THE SENATE SIDE AND SO YOU HAVE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES HOUSE AND SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES GOING DOWN TO A SECURE AREA TO READ THAT DOCUMENT THAT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE TOMORROW, WE ARE EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN AN OPEN SETTING CONDUCTED BY THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND TODAY THE CHAIRMAN OF THAT COMMITTEE ADAM SCHIFF SAID THAT HE DID NOT BELIEVE THAT JOSEPH MAGUIRE WOULD WANT TO COME FORWARD AND PUBLICLY TESTIFY WITHOUT HAVING MEMBERS OF THAT PANEL HAVING READ THE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT IN ADVANCE SO SCHIFF SAYS THAT THE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT IS THE INSTRUCTIVE DOCUMENT AND THAT IT NEEDS TO BE READ BY ALL OF THE MEMBERS TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED HERE

>> GEOFF BENNETT, THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE FROM CAPITOL HILL FOLKS, THINGS ARE MOVING QUICKLY IN THIS STORY I WILL BE BACK WITH A COMPLETE WRAP-UP ON "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS" AND FOR NOW I AM LESTER HOLT NBC NEWS NEW YORK GOOD DAY

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