Trump on ‘Fire and Fury’: “The libel laws are very weak in this country. If they were strong, it would be very helpful. You wouldn’t have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head.” (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/4feL4cFesU
As he, the White House, and Republican party have done for the past few days, Trump sought to discredit Wolff, championing “fake news media” criticism of the author and remarking that it was “a disgrace” that Wolff could write and say the things he did — something Trump blamed on America’s “weak” libel laws:
Below are the most consequential remarks Trump made during the Q&A with reporters:
This Year’s Midterm Elections
When asked, president Trump said that he would not challenge GOP incumbents up for reelection this year before obviously looking in the direction of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Trump said he was excited for the campaigning to start, vowed to be “very involved,” and lamented the party’s recent loss in Alabama — blaming it on Steve Bannon, even though Trump ultimately endorsed and effectively campaigned for loser and alleged sexual predator Roy Moore.
DACA, the Border Wall, and Immigration
President Trump once again linked his support for protecting immigrants in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to whether or not a legislative fix for the program includes funding for his wall on the southern border with Mexico as well as new restrictions on the country’s immigration system. The Trump administration asked Congress for $18 billion to both install and bolster sections of wall along the border on Friday, and on Saturday, Trump reiterated his campaign promise that Mexico will ultimately pay for the wall, despite the fact that Mexico has repeatedly said it will not.
When you’ve done nothing wrong, let’s be open and get it over with, because honestly, it’s very, very bad for our country and it’s making us look foolish. This is a country that I don’t want looking foolish, and it’s not going to look foolish as long as I’m here. So we’ve been very open and we just want to get that over with.