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Trump press conference: Brett Kavanaugh, Rod Rosenstein highlights

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Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept.
26, 2018, in New York.

AP Photo/Mary
Altaffer


President Donald Trump gave a rare solo press conference on
Wednesday to address the swirl of news rocking his administration
this week.

Many of the reporters’ questions focused on developments from his
appearance at the United Nations General Assembly and on Supreme
Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing multiple accusations
of sexual misconduct.

Here are six takeaways from Wednesday’s press conference: 

  • When asked to comment on the growing sexual assault
    allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump indicated he still
    supports Kavanaugh, but suggested he could change his mind if he
    believes any of the accusations against his nominee are true.

    Written testimony from Christine Blasey Ford
    , the first
    woman to go public with her accusations against Kavanaugh was
    made public Wednesday afternoon.
  • On whether he plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod
    Rosenstein amid reports that Rosenstein was willing to
    secretly tape Trump in the White House,
    Trump said he would “certainly prefer not” to fire
    Rosenstein
    , who is overseeing special counsel Robert
    Mueller’s investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 US
    election.
  • On the
    ongoing trade war with China
    : Trump claimed, inaccurately,
    that the dispute — which hit another crescendo this week with
    the addition of $200 billion in tariffs on consumer goods — has
    had “absolutely no impact on the economy.” Numerous US
    businesses have contradicted Trump’s claim. Those businesses
    are complaining of increased costs they’ve incurred as a result
    of the tariffs.
  • On US-Canada relations and the current state of his
    diplomatic relationship with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin
    Trudeau:
    Trump claimed he rejected a request to meet
    Trudeau
     because of what Trump said was the prime
    minister’s unwillingness to budge in negotiations over
    revisions to the North American
    Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA
    .
  • The US president
    referred to a Kurdish journalist as “Mr. Kurd.”
  • And
    took another jab at Democrats
    who he believes are bent on
    trying to railroad his agenda.
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