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Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure

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White House South Lawn  •  Washington D.C.  •  February 23  •  9:03 A.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody.

    Q:  What's your message to the people of India today?

    Q:  (Inaudible) win for Bernie Sanders?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think it was a great win for Bernie Sanders. We'll see how it all turns out. They've got a lot of winning to do. I hope they treat him fairly. Frankly, I don't care who I run against. I just hope they treat him fairly. I hope it's not going to be a rigged deal because there's a lot of bad things going on. And I hope it's not going to be one of those. So we'll see what happens.

    But I congratulate Bernie Sanders. And if it's going to be him, he certainly has a substantial lead. We'll see what happens.

    Q:  Have you been briefed that Russia is trying to help Bernie Sanders? And if so, what's your message to Putin? Are you comfortable with him intervening?

    THE PRESIDENT: Nobody said it. I read where Russia is helping Bernie Sanders. Nobody said it to me at all. Nobody briefed me about that at all. What they try and do is - certain people like certain people to have information. No different than it's been.

    But I have not been briefed on that at all. Nobody told me about it. They leaked it. Adam Schiff and his group - they leaked it to the papers and - as usual. They ought to investigate Adam Schiff for leaking that information. He should not be leaking information out of intelligence. They ought to investigate Adam Schiff.

    Q:  Are you trying to block the publication of Bolton's book?

    THE PRESIDENT: You'll have to ask the Attorney General. I don't know where it stands. But you'll have to ask the Attorney General.

    Q:  Did you call him a traitor? Mr. President, did you call him a traitor?

    Q:  (Inaudible.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Say it?

    Q:  Do you believe that Russia is trying to interfere to help Bernie Sanders?

    THE PRESIDENT: You'll have to ask Bernie Sanders that. I mean, he'd know better than me. I have not been briefed to that effect. But you'll have to ask Bernie Sanders.

    Q:  Are you concerned about Russian interference?

    THE PRESIDENT: I think what it could be is, you know, the Democrats are treating Bernie Sanders very unfairly. And it sounds to me like a leak - a leak from Adam Schiff, because they don't want Bernie Sanders to represent them. It sounds like it's '16 all over again for Bernie Sanders.

    And he won. He had a great victory yesterday. But you know what's happening. You can see the handwriting on the wall. And I watched last time, with respect to him. And they might've tried to do it with me, but I was able to catch it. That would be a terrible thing if that were the case.

    Q:  Vladimir Putin said the other day that other countries are trying to split Russia and Ukraine apart, and if they came together, they would absolutely be a world superpower - Ukraine and Russia. What do you make of President Putin's comments?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I'd like to see them come together. I think if they came together in the sense that they got along with each other, that would be a great thing. It would be a great thing for the world. If Ukraine and Russia could work out some agreement where they get along, to me that would be very good.

    Q:  (Inaudible) Mick Mulvaney as the Chief of Staff?

    THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Sure. He's here now. Sure. No problem.

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    Q:  Mr. President, what's your updated thinking about a pardon for Roger Stone?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I've seen a very sad thing going on with respect to Roger Stone. You have a juror that's obviously tainted. She was an activist against Trump. Said bad things about Trump and said bad things about Stone.

    And she somehow wheedled her way onto the jury. And if that's not a tainted jury, then there is no such thing as a tainted jury. I think it's a disgrace. And I could say plenty more about that whole situation, but I'll hold it.

    I don't know why they gave a judgment - why the judge ruled prior to ruling on that. Because, in theory, you should rule on that and then you see what happens. But the judge gave a sentence without discussing that, and I guess she's going to bring that up at a later date.

    But I do think this: That juror is so biased and so tainted that that shouldn't happen in our criminal justice system. That's for sure.

    Q:  What if he doesn't get a new trial? What if she says no new trial? What are you going to do?

    THE PRESIDENT: We'll see what happens.

    Q:  Who will you nominate for Director of National Intelligence?

    THE PRESIDENT: We have four or five people that are great, very respected. In the meantime, we have our Ambassador to Germany who is a very smart person. And he's doing a great job.

    Q:  Who's on the list?

    THE PRESIDENT: I can't tell you yet, but I'll be announcing it very -

    Q:  Why did you dismiss Maguire? Why did you dismiss him? Were you unhappy with him?

    THE PRESIDENT: His time came up. You know, I think it was - March 11th, his time comes up. He ran out of time. Because on March - I think it was a date of March 11th. He's a very nice man. His time came up, so he had to leave on March 11.

    Q:  What is your message to the people of India? You are traveling to India today. What is your message to the people of India?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I look forward to being with the people of India. We're going to have many millions and millions of people. It's a long trip.

    But I get along very well with the Prime Minister, Prime Minister Modi. He's a friend of mine. I committed to this trip a long time ago, and I look forward to go - going.

    We're taking - as you know, the First Lady is coming. Some of you are coming. I hear it's going to be a big event. Some people say the biggest event they've ever had in India. That's what the Prime Minister told me. This will be the biggest event they've ever had. So it's going to be very exciting. I'm going to be there one night. That's not too much.

    And then I'm stopping in South Carolina. We're doing a big rally. And then I'll be doing CPAC on Saturday. So there's not a lot of time for rest, I will say that.

    Q:  Will Bernie be the nominee?

    THE PRESIDENT: I think so, unless they cheat him out of it. I think so. I think Bernie is looking more and more like he'll be the nominee unless they cheat him out of it. A lot of people thought he was going to be the nominee last time, and that didn't work out. I think they're watching it very closely. I would imagine so.

    ...

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