President Trump: That’s a Stupid Question

Donald Trump at Aston, PA. Photo by Michael Vadon.

On Friday President Trump spoke to reporters before making his way to France where he may or may not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During his Q&A with reporters he told them, he didn’t know Matt Whitaker, his new acting Attorney General that replaced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned on Wednesday. He said without evidence that somehow GPS Fusion is involved with Florida counting their election ballots. He called April Ryan a “loser,” said Jim Acosta wasn’t a “smart person,” and told a reporter the question they asked was “a stupid question.”

President Trump opened his Q&A announcing he’d just signed a proclamation on asylum. More to follow on that later, as it stands now as the News Blender reported on Thursday, it appears the President has declared those illegally entering the country at the Southern Border, are not eligible for filing asylum claims.

President Trump is then asked about his new acting Attorney General, Matt Whitaker, who as the News Blender reported here and here, has come under scrutiny since his appointment was announced on Wednesday via Twitter, over his comments about the Russian Probe, and ties to a company that was found guilty of scamming it’s customers.

President Trump tells reporters “I don’t know Matt Whitaker,” but “he is highly respected.”

Clip one some of President Trump quotes:

Trump: Well Matt Whitaker I don’t know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions.

Trump: He was very highly thought of and still is highly thought of, but this only comes up because anybody that works for me they do a number on them.

Trump: Matt Whitaker is a very smart man. He is a very respected man in the law enforcement community. Very respected at the top of the line.

He then goes on to say the choice was greeted with raves initially and says it still is in some circles. He then tells reporters, “it’s a shame that no matter who I put in they go after them. It’s very sad, I have to say.” He then tells reporters, “you didn’t have any problems with Matt Whitaker when he worked for Jeff Sessions.”

For what it’s worth prior to Wednesday Matt Whitaker was AG Sessions chief of staff.

In the second clip President Trump tells reporters he did not discuss the Russian Probe headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, before he appointed Whitaker as acting Attorney General.

On October 11th, 2018 President Trump called in to Fox & Friends and told them he knew Matt Whitaker.

At the 34:49 citing a Washington Post article Fox and Friend host Steve Doocy asks if the article was true, did President Trump speak with Matt Whitaker about replacing his boss Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump: Well I never talk about that, but I can tell you Matt Whitaker is a great guy. I mean I know Matt Whitaker, but I never talk about conversations that I had, but you know the Washington Post gets it wrong a lot.

On the election counts happening in Florida President Trump without evidence tells reporters that people involved with Fusion GPS are somehow involved with the election results still pending from Broward County and Palm Beach. According to NPR it appears as votes are still being counted that the race between outgoing Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) and Incumbent Senator Bill Nelson (D) could head for a recount, “Florida law says any race within a 0.5 percent margin must go to a recount, and as of 9 a.m. Friday, Nelson trailed Scott by 0.18 percent.”

In this next clip President Trump tell reporters, CNN’s Jim Acosta who was suspended Wednesday as the News Blender reported after questioning President Trump on his campaign stance that the legal caravan was illegal and an “invasion,” isn’t a “smart person.” In the same clip he calls reporter April Ryan calling her a “loser.”

Trump: I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man. He does this with everybody he gets paid to do that. He gets paid to burst in. He’s a very unprofessional guy. Whether it was me or Ronald Reagan or anybody else, he would have done the same thing.

He is asked if other reporters might be suspended from the White House events, he says he hasn’t made that decision.

Trump: It could be others also. When you are in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me. This is a very special place. You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the Presidency with respect. If you’ve ever seen him dealing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders it’s a disgrace. And he does it for the reason–the same thing with April Ryan. I watch her get up, I mean you talk about somebody that’s a loser, she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise or she gets a contract with I think CNN, but she’s very nasty. And she shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the Presidency with respect.

Continuing on with reporters, later President Trump is asked about the video that Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used to support the White House’s decision to remove Acosta, after it was alleged he mistreated physically a White House intern, and the reports that the video has been doctored.

He tells reporters that, “nobody manipulated it give me a break. See that’s just dishonest reporting.”

Trump: All that is is a close-up. See that is just–just dishonest reporting. I watched that, I heard that last night. They made it close up, they showed it up close. And he was not nice to that young woman. I don’t hold him to that, because it wasn’t overly horrible, but when you say doctored, you are a dishonest guy. Because it wasn’t doctored. They gave a close-up view that’s not doctoring.

As a bonus video President Trump in this clip when asked if he wants the acting Attorney General Whitaker to rein in Robert Mueller tells the reporter “What a stupid question that is.”

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