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i think i did our country a great favor when i fired him. we'll see what happens. we'll see what the report says. but i guess it just got announced, it's coming out on june 14. so that will be maybe a nice birthday present. who knows. reporter: are you glad they caught a leaker? president trump: we will deal with the unfair trade practices. if you look at what canada and mexico, the european union, all of them have been doing to us for many, many decades, we have to change it and they understand what's going to happen. reporter: what are you going to do if they form one with or without you? president trump: we are going to do very well. now, if we're unable to make a deal, we'll terminate nafta. we'll have a better deal. if we're unable to make a deal, we will be better off. right now we are not going to live with the deals the way they are. european union treats us very unfairly. canada very unfairly.
mexico very unfairly. with that being said, i think we'll probably very easily make a deal. go ahead. reporter: were you serious about not meeting to prepare for the kim summit? president trump: i didn't say that. i said i have been preparing all my life. i believe in preparation but i have been preparing all my life. you know, these one-week preparations, they don't work. just ask hillary what happened to her in the debate. so i have been preparing for this all my life. and frankly, it's really just the fake news because if you run, peter, just a little bit longer the clip, you would see i have been preparing all my life. i said that. but, of course, the news doesn't pick that up because it's fake news. reporter: are you glad they caught a leaker? president trump: it's very interesting they caught a leaker and it's a very important leaker. so it's very interesting. i'm getting information on it now. happened last night.
it could be a terrific thing. i know i believe strongly in freedom of the press. i'm a big, big believer in freedom of the press. but i'm also a believer in classified information. has to remain classified. and that includes comey and his band of thieves who leaked classified information all over the place. so i'm a very big believer in freedom of the press, but i'm also a believer that you cannot leak classified information. reporter: do you have a reaction to anthony bourdain's death? president trump: i think it's very sad. i want to extend to his family my heart-felt condolences. that was very shocking when i woke up this morning, anthony bourdain is dead, and i enjoyed his show. he was quite a character, i will say. so i just want to extend my condolences and also to the family of kate spade.
reporter: -- the g7 plus one? president trump: maybe. you can call it anything you want it. it doesn't matter what you call it. it used to be the g-8 because russia was in it. and now russia is not in it. now, i love our country. i have been russia's worst nightmare. i think if hillary got in putin would say, man, i wish hillary would have won. because you see what i do. but, with that being said, russia should be in this meeting. why are we having a meeting without russia being in the meeting? and i would recommend and it's up to them, but russia should be in the meeting. should be part of it. you know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run. and in the g-7, which used to be the g-8, they threw russia out. they should let russia come back in. because we should have russia at
the negotiating table. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: i may leave a little bit earlier. depends on the timing. i may leave a little bit early. it depends what happens here. look, all of these countries have been taking advantage of the united states on trade. you saw what canada charges our dairy farmers, 270% tariff. we don't charge them, or if we do, it's like a tiny percentage. so we have to -- we have to straighten it out. we have massive trade deficits with almost every country. we will straighten that out. and i'll tell you what, it's what i do. it won't even be hard. and in the end, we'll all get along. but they understand. and you know, they're trying to act like, well, we fought with you in the wars. they don't mention the fact that
they have trade barriers against our farmers. they don't mention the fact that they're charging almost 300% tariffs. when it all straightens out, we will all be in love again. reporter: will there be more pardons? president trump: there will be more pardons. i thought alice yesterday was beautiful. i thought jack johnson, which was recommended by sylvester stallone and some great boxers, i thought jack johnson was a great one. i'm thinking about somebody that you all know very well and he went through a lot and he wasn't very popular then and he wasn't very popular -- no, i am not thinking about o.j. but he's not -- only you could say o.j., but he was -- look, he was not very popular then. he certainly -- his memory is very popular now. i'm thinking about muhammad ali.
i am thinking about that very seriously. and some others. and some folks that have sentences that aren't fair but i am thinking about muhammad ali. in fact, what we're doing right now recommendations on - frankly, we're doing recommendations on muhammad ali. say it, peter. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: no. no, i am not above the law. i don't want anybody to be above the law, but the pardons are an very positive thing for the president. you see the way i am using them. yes, i do have an absolute right to pardon myself but i will not have to do it because i have not done anything wrong and everybody knows it. there has been no collusion, no obstruction. it's all a made-up fantasy, it's a witch-hunt. no collusion, no obstruction, no nothing. now, the democrats have had massive collusion, massive obstruction, and they should be investigated. we'll see what's happening. yeah.
reporter: [inaudible] president trump: i haven't even thought about it. i haven't even thought -- i haven't thought about any of it. it certainly is far too early to be thinking about that. they haven't been convicted of anything. there's nothing to pardon. it's far too early to be thinking about it. reporter: what will it take to get tired of scott pruitt and say enough? president trump: well, scott pruitt is doing a great job within the walls of the e.p.a. i mean, we're setting records. outside he's been attacked very viciously by the press and i'm not saying that he's blameless but we'll see what happens. reporter: but he's an embarrassment. are you not tired of it? president trump: that's what i want to do. we have 3,000 names. we're looking at them. of the 3,000 names, many of those names really have been treated unfairly. you know, this is a group of 3,000 that we've assembled.
i would get more thrill out of pardoning people that nobody knows. like alice, yesterday. i thought kim kardashian was great because she brought alice to my attention. alice was so great. and the way she left that jail and the tears and the love that she has with her family, i mean, to me that was better than any celebrity that i can pardon. so we're looking at it but we are looking at literally thousands of names of people that have come to our attention that have been treated unfairly or where their sentences too long. reporter: both lebron james and steph curry said if they win they are not coming to the white house. president trump: i didn't invite them. i didn't invite lebron james, and i didn't invite steph curry. we aren't going to invite either team, but we have other teams that are coming. you know, if you look, we had alabama, national champion, we had clemson, national champion. we had the new england patriots. we have the pittsburgh penguins
last year. i think we'll have the caps. i mean, we'll see. you know my attitude, if they want to be here, it's the greatest place on earth. i'm here. if they don't want to be here, i don't want them. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: i think if you look at what paul ryan's saying, it didn't come out that way. the fact is, they had people in our campaign, they had people doing things that have never been done in the history of this country, and it really is a disgrace. and frankly, that stuff is just starting to come out. reporter: mitt romney -- president trump: fire who? reporter: [inaudible] president trump: we'll see what happens. we'll see what happens. reporter: what about mitt romney saying it's easy to win again? president trump: mitt romney said what? reporter: said you'll find it easy to win again. president trump: well, we're doing well. mitt is a straight shooter. whether people love him or don't love him. reporter: you called him a con
man last time. president trump: mitt romney is a straight shooters. yeah. he's had very nice things to say. i appreciate that. that's good. reporter: what about canada? president trump: i love canada but they treat us very unfairly on trade. very, very unfairly. you have seen the numbers. almost 300% on dairy. so they treat us very unfairly. are you guys all going? you better get going, peter. we'll leave without you. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: i would only do a deal if i get it through congress. i wouldn't do like obama did and fortunately he wasn't able to get it through. you know, he tried to get it through, the iran deal. he tried to get it through congress, failed, so he just did it without, which is why i was able to break it up so easy. and iran is now a different country. they're not looking to the mediterranean anymore. iran is now a much different
country since i did -- since i signed that out, iran is a much different country. reporter: do you support sender gardener -- senator gardner? in the marijuana bill. president trump: i really do. i support senator gardner. i know exactly what he's doing. we're looking at it. but i probably will end up supporting that. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: first lady is great. right there. she has to. she wanted to go. can't fly for one month. reporter: why not? president trump: the doctors say. she had a big operation. that was a close to a four-hour operation. and she's doing great. right there. and you know what, she is a great first lady. reporter: [inaudible] pres. trump: terrible. we'll be talking to them but that's terrible. ok. any other questions? reporter: [inaudible] president trump: was one of my lawyers -- incredible you can
break into a lawyer's office. that's one thing i can say. and i think that was unfortunate that they broke into a lawyer's office. not a good practice. reporter: samantha bee says -- president trump: well, this is a democrat bill. they can end it quickly. all they can do is sit down and negotiate with us and do a bill that allows illegal criminals out of this country. it's very easy. schumer is a guy that complains but never does anything. schumer is a guy that's an obstructor. he can't do anything. all they have to do is call us and we'll draw a bill that gives us great border safety and security and it's fair because i don't like these children being separated from the parents. i don't like it. i hate it. but that's a democrat bill that we're enforcing. we can change it in one day. all they have to do is come and see us. reporter: [inaudible]
president trump: i can't hear your question. too much competition. go ahead. you are not prepared. i can't believe she's not prepared. see. they're shocked, right? president trump: we'll bring it up. yeah, we'll bring it up. reporter: what will you do on the plane? president trump: i have work. i have about 15 boxes of work. i will be able to work without being bothered by phone calls where you people are writing fake stories about me and we have to respond. now, seriously, i have a lot of work that's on the plane. reporter: are you worried about the things rudy is saying in israel? does it give you any headache? president trump: look, rudy is great. rudy is rudy. but rudy is doing a very good job actually. doing a good job. reporter: he said being a porn star is not respectable work. president trump: i won't disagree with him on that. reporter: [inaudible]
president trump: i can't hear a word he said. reporter: was dennis rodman invited to north korea? president trump: no, he wasn't. i like dennis. dennis was a great rebounder and he wasn't relatively speaking that -- so that tells you. there is a rebounding, there is a genius for that. dennis rodman was a great rebounder. one thing we are speaking about -- thinking about, speaking about sports stars. the power to pardon is a beautiful thing. you have to get it right. you have to get the right people. i am looking at muhammad ali. but those are the famous people. one way it's easier and people find it fascinating. but i want to do people that are unfairly treated like an alice where she comes out and there's something beautiful. what i am seeking to do, we have a lot of people in the nfl, in
particular, but in sports leagues they're not proud enough to stand for our national anthem. i don't like that. what i'm going to do is i'm going to say to them, instead of talk -- it's all talk, talk, talk. we have a great country. you should stand for our national anthem. you shouldn't go in a locker room when our national anthem is played. i am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me, because that's what they're protesting. people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system. and i understand that. and i'm going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated. friends of theirs or people that they know about, and i'm going to take a look at those applications and if i find and my committee finds they are unfairly treated, they we will pardon them or at least let them out. reporter: will you invite them to the white house? president trump: you know, i don't have to do that. not looking to grandstand.
we have enough grandstanders in this town. i am just saying for the leagues, if they have people -- if the players, if the athletes have friends of theirs or people that they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know. reporter: is there a celebrity advocate you want to pardon? president trump: that becomes celebrity advocate but they know a lot of things we are not going to know. they have seen a lot of abuse and they have seen a lot of unfairness. if they have, how do you like that idea, david? reporter: [inaudible] president trump: no, i have the absolute right. i don't have to do it. never did anything wrong. and you know that better than anybody. reporter: are you concerned about the [inaudible] president trump: i think you have a double edge. reporters can't leak. you cannot leak classified information. at the same time we need freedom of the press, but you cannot
leak -- like hillary clinton did, like comey did, you cannot leak classified information. if you look at the young guy, he went to jail, over not classified, a much lower level. pres. trump: and it's very unfair he goes to jail and that comey's allowed to do it all over. very unfair. thank you much. i'll see you in canada. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: the 2018 g7 summit is