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Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure

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White House South Lawn  •  Washington D.C.  •  September 12  •  5:47 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you everybody. So, the stock market is up again, and we're very close to a new high. It would be over 100 times, I believe. You'll check it. But many, many times, we set the record. So we're very honored by that. We're having a tremendous couple of weeks. A lot of good things are happening.

    I got a call from heads of China. The call was directed to my people, actually. And they asked whether or not it would be possible to delay the hit on the tariffs up to 30 percent from 25 percent - would it be possible to take it off of the October 1st date. We gave them a two-week - in honor of President Xi, we gave them a two-week reprieve. And so, we'll be doing the tariffs on October 15th, instead of October 5th or 1st.

    They were going to be set on October 1st; we're moving it to October 15th because they're having their 70th anniversary. And I will do that, again, in honor of President Xi.

    And that's it. Any questions.

    Q   Mr. President, are you considering Secretary Pompeo to also be the National Security Advisor?

    THE PRESIDENT: No, I wouldn't. I think he's fantastic, but I actually spoke to Mike Pompeo about that, and he decided - and he and I - I get along with him so well. We have a lot of the same views, and a couple of a little different views. But he likes the idea of having somebody in there with him, and I do too.

    I think that we'll have an answer for you - we have - we have 15 candidates. Everybody wants it badly, as you can imagine. And we'll probably next week sometime make that decision. And we look forward to that.

    Q   (Inaudible) 15 candidates. Yesterday, you said you had five candidates.

    THE PRESIDENT: We had. We have at least 10 more. A lot of people want the job. And we - it's a great job. It's great because it's a lot of fun to work with Donald Trump. And it's very easy, actually, to work with me. You know why it's easy? Because I make all the decisions. They don't have to work.

    Q   Mr. President, you called Baltimore, at one point, "rodent-infested." What's your message to the people of Baltimore now, as you head to Baltimore?


    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I look forward - we're going to Baltimore right now. I look forward to it. We're going to be with the Republican congressmen, and I think it's going to be a very successful evening.

    We're - we had a tremendous election on Tuesday, and you saw the results on Tuesday night. One gentleman was Dan Bishop. He was not doing so well three or four weeks ago. We got the message out and he won the election. He was losing substantially and he ended up winning fairly easily. That's Dan Bishop. And Greg Murphy won by a lot more than it was expected. He won by many points. And a lot of people thought that was going to be a close race.

    So we won two seats in Congress on Thursday, and I guess the press didn't talk about it too much. They would have if they lost, but they won. The Republicans had a great night on Tuesday.

    Q   Are you considering any kind of interim deal with the Chinese, where they make a commitment on intellectual property and agriculture?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, it's something that people talk about. I'd rather get the whole deal done. We've taken in many, many billions of dollars of tariffs. I'd rather get the entire Chinese done - look, if we're going to do the deal, let's get it done.

    A lot of people are talking about it, and I see a lot of analysts are saying an interim deal, meaning we'll do pieces of it - the easy ones first. But there's no easy or hard. There's a deal or there's not a deal. But it's something we would consider, I guess.

    But we're very - we're doing very well. We're doing very well. I did the little bit of a delay in honor of President Xi because it's their 70th anniversary in China.

    Q   Mr. President, what do you expect out of the debate tonight?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, it's too bad I'm going to miss it. I'm going to have to have it somehow taped. I didn't even tell them about that, so maybe it's not that important. But it is important.

    Look, it's going to be very interesting. I look forward to going home. I'm going to have to watch it as a rerun because many of you are coming to Baltimore with me.

    I don't expect too much difference. I mean, you have three people that are leading. I sort of think that those three people are going to take it to the end. It's going to be one of those three, I think. But you never know in politics, do we? You know better than I. You never know in politics.


    Q   Out of those three, who do you think your strongest opponent is?

    THE PRESIDENT: I think - you know, look, they all have their weaknesses and their strengths. I think that they're very different. You certainly have a lot of different voices up there. But it would look to me like it would be Elizabeth Warren. And it looks like Joe, maybe, will be able to get there. Maybe not. I don't know. And certainly Bernie is there. He's number three.

    But I think that - because they're so far in the lead - the three of them. And if you remember, I'm sure you forget my Republican primaries, but I went to the lead at the very beginning and stayed there. It's - you know, if you don't make a really major mistake, he should be able to make it. I would imagine Biden would be able to make it if he doesn't make any major mistakes. We'll see what happens.

    Q   The man that you called "my African American" at your rally in 2016, he says he's leaving the Republican Party because you're pursuing a pro-White agenda. What's your reaction to that?

    THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, go ahead. Go ahead. What?

    Q   What do you - what do you say to him? What do you say to - he used to be a supporter of yours?

    THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead.

    Q   He's - it's a supporter of yours.

    Q   Do you have any answer for -

    Q   He's a supporter of yours that used to be a supporter, and then he's not anymore.

    THE PRESIDENT: I don't know who you're talking about.

    Q   He's the man that you pointed out at the rally and called "my African American." He used to support you.

    THE PRESIDENT: I don't know. We have tremendous African American support. I would say I'm at my all-time high.

    Q   (Inaudible.)

    THE PRESIDENT: I don't think I've ever had the support that I have now. And I think I'm going to do very well with African American.

    Q   But do you think he's wrong?

    THE PRESIDENT: African American support is been the best we've had, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that, from an employment and unemployment - both - employment and unemployment -

    Q   But do you think he's wrong? Do you think he's wrong that you're pursuing a pro-white agenda?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think this. I think this. It's very simple: We have the best numbers we've ever had for African Americans, in terms of employment and unemployment. So I think we're going to do very well.


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