Day: July 10, 2018

President Trump, with FLOTUS Melania Trump, Deliver a Statement Upon Departure

President Trump speaks to the Media before he departs from the White House for Europe.




South Lawn
7:24 A.M. EDT

Q    (Inaudible) on Brexit?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, it’s going to be an interesting time in the UK, and it’s certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO.  NATO has not treated us fairly, but I think we’ll work something out.  We pay far too much and they pay far too little.  But we will work it out, and all countries will be happy.  With the UK, that’s a situation that’s been going on for a long time.

So I have NATO, I have the UK, which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin.  Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all.  Who would think?  Who would think?  But the UK certainly has a — they have a lot of things going on.

Q    Have you talked with Theresa May since Boris (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT:  I have not.  No, I have not.  But Boris Johnson is a friend of mine.  He’s been very, very nice to me and very supportive.  And maybe we’ll speak to him when I get over there.  I like Boris Johnson.  I’ve always liked him.

Q    But should Theresa May remain in power?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, that’s up to the people.  I get along with her very well.  I have a very good relationship.  That’s certainly up to the people, not up to me.

Q    On NATO, Donald Tusk, about half an hour ago, said that you should appreciate America’s allies because you don’t have very many.  What do you say to —

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we do have a lot of allies, but we cannot be taken advantage of.  We’re being taken advantage of by the European Union.  We lost $151 billion last year on trade.  And on top of that, we spend at least 70 percent for NATO.  And, frankly, it helps them a lot more than it helps us.  So we’ll see what happens.  We have a long, beautiful week.

I will say also, last night was an incredible evening.

Brett Kavanaugh has gotten rave reviews — rave reviews — actually, from both sides.  And I think it’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch over the next month.  But he has gotten rave reviews.

Q    Vladimir Putin (inaudible) friend or foe?

THE PRESIDENT:  I really can’t say right now.  As far as I’m concerned, a competitor.  A competitor.  I think that getting along with Russia, getting along with China, getting along with others is a good thing, not a bad thing.  I’ve said that many times for many years.  So we’ll see.  We’re meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday.  We’ll see how that goes.

Q    (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  They didn’t give it.  I have it for him.  They didn’t give it.  But it will be given at a certain period.  I actually do — I actually do have a little gift for him, but you’ll find out what that gift is when I give it.

Q    (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  No, I haven’t.  I really haven’t.  We haven’t discussed it.

Q    (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I have a solution: Tell people not to come to our country illegally.  That’s the solution.  Don’t come to our country illegally.  Come like other people do; come legally.

Q    (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  I’m saying this, very simply: We have laws.  We have borders.  Don’t come to our country illegally.  It’s not a good thing.  And as far as ICE is concerned, the people that are fighting ICE, it’s a disgrace.  These people go into harm’s way.  There is nobody under greater danger than the people from ICE.  What they do to MS-13 and everything else.

So we ought to support ICE, not do what the Democrats are doing.  Democrats want open borders, and they don’t mind crime.  We want no crime, and we want borders where borders mean something.  And remember this: Without borders, you do not have a country.

Thank you, everybody.

7:28 A.M. EDT


Live Link: President Trump Announces the Nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court – The White House – Right Side Broadcasting – 7/9/2018

Keeping His Promise: President Trump’s Transparent, Consistent, and Principled Process for Choosing a Supreme Court Nominee (The White House)

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TRANSPARENT: President Donald J. Trump promised to be transparent, and to choose justices for the Supreme Court from a list made public for the American people to see and evaluate.

  • As a candidate for President, Donald J. Trump provided to the American people a list of 21 possible nominees to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • In November 2017, after Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court, the President added five additional names, creating a final list of 25 candidates. The list is as follows:

    • Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • Keith Blackwell of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
    • Charles Canady of Florida, Supreme Court of Florida
    • Steven Colloton of Iowa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • Allison Eid of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • Britt Grant of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
    • Raymond Gruender of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • Joan Larsen of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • Mike Lee of Utah, United States Senator
    • Thomas Lee of Utah, Supreme Court of Utah
    • Edward Mansfield of Iowa, Supreme Court of Iowa
    • Federico Moreno of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • Kevin Newsom of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • William Pryor of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • Margaret Ryan of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
    • David Stras of Minnesota, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • Amul Thapar of Kentucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • Timothy Tymkovich of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • Robert Young of Michigan, Supreme Court of Michigan (Ret.)
    • Don Willett of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Patrick Wyrick of Oklahoma, Supreme Court of Oklahoma

CONSISTENT: President Trump has repeated the transparent process he used to select Justice Neil Gorsuch.

  • The President nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch from his original list of judges.

  • President Trump: “I promised that, if elected, I would nominate a Justice who would be faithful and loyal to the Constitution.  I even went one step further and publicly presented a list of 20 judges from which I would make my selection, and that’s exactly what we did.”

PRINCIPLED: President Trump has laid out a principled vision for Supreme Court justices who will faithfully interpret the Constitution as written.

  • President Trump: “In choosing Justice Kennedy’s replacement, my greatest responsibility is to select a Justice who will faithfully interpret the Constitution as written. Judges are not supposed to re-write the law, re-invent the Constitution, or substitute their own opinions for the will of the people expressed through their laws. We reject judicial activism and policy-making from the bench. The faithful application of the Constitution is the bedrock of our freedom, the foundation of our society, and the linchpin of our government. The American System tasks Congress with writing the laws, the executive with enforcing the laws, and the judiciary with issuing neutral judgments based upon those laws and the Constitution we have sworn to protect.”