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  President Trump Reacts to Mueller Testimony  CSPAN  July 25, 2019 4:34am-4:55am EDT

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>> this hearing is adjourned. >> president trump offered his
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first reaction to robert muller's testimony before congress while departing for a fundraiser in west virginia. his remarks are about 20 minutes. >> mr. president, what's your reaction to the testimony? >> mr. president, robert mueller -- >> a very good day today, the republican party. our country. there was no defense of what robert mueller was trying to
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defend. in all fairness to robert mueller, whether his performance was bad one or good one, i think everybody understands that. i think everybody understands what was going on. there was no defense to this ridiculous hoax, in witch hunt that's been going on for a long time. pretty much from the time i came down on the escalator with our first lady. and it's a disgrace what happened. but i think today proved a lot to everybody, in fact some of my biggest opponents wrote things today that i wouldn't have believed they would have written and i appreciate that they did that. this has been a ver bad thing for our country. and despite everything we have been through it's been an incredible two and a half years for our country. the administration, our president, me, we've done a great job. we've got the strongest stock market, the best unemployment numbers, the most number of people ever working in the history of our country right now, almost 160 million. our military has been rebuilt and getting even stronger.
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we've done a great job. and we have done it under this terrible, phoney cloud, a phoney cloud. that's all it was. and they should be ashamed of themselves, absolutely ashamed. and you know who knew it was a phoney cloud more than anyone else is schiff and nadler and schumer and pelosi. every one of them they all knew it was phoney stuff. and you look at the polls. the polls are showing it maybe more than anybody else or anything else. and i've had my best polls. and i don't say why. but people see what's gone on in our country with this whole thing. i've been going through it for three years, for three years, all nonsense. so this was a very big day for our country. this was a very big day for the republican party. and you could say it was a great
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day for me. but i don't even like to say that it's great. i'll tell you what. i very much appreciate knows incredible warriors that you watched today on television, republicans, that defended something and defended something very powerful, very important, because they were really defending our country more than anything else. they were defending our country. but they were warriors. and they've been warriors for a long time. and everybody knew it was a hoax, especially the democrats. i wish we could be a fly on the wall in those rooms where the democrats would go and talk before and after meetings. and they'd be laughing and smiling and say can you believe we are getting away with this but in the end they didn't get away with it. yeah. so, there is no such thing. he didn't have the right to exonerate. and you know it's very interesting.
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people mentioned exoneration that was something he totally folded but are becausee never had the right to exonerate. and it was covered well by congressman turner and put to a conclusion. we were, if you take a look at not only the report, beyond the report, take a look at not what he said but what he was forced to say. and even your networks and your network and your network, every one of the networks they put up their hands. we had a couple of cases with, actually about six cases where they asked our people, our representatives television networks, please don't come in tonight we're not doing much on it. and the reason they're not, because it's over. go ahead. [indiscernible] two questions
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for you are you concerned you'll be indicted -- >> so wikileaks is a hoax just like everything else. and all of the problems having to do with crime were the biggest hoax of all. a witch hunt. a total witch hunt. when you saw robert mueller's statement, the earlier statement and then he did a recap, he did a correction later on in the afternoon. and you you know what that correction was. and you still asked the question. you know why, because you're fake news. and you're one of the most. let me just tell you the fact that you asked that question you're fake news. because you know what, he totally corrected himself in the afternoon. and you know that just as well as anybody. kaitlyn, kaitlyn. hall]derson --[indiscernible] >> i don't know whose answers weren't. i guess his answers weren't.
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because if you look the whole report, you take a look at what they did, some of the things that he didn't even know about, some of the things he didn't even know what was going on. but, you know in the end what he did, he actually probably came through for himself. the performance was obviously not very good. he had a lot of problems. but what he showed more than anything else is that this whole thing has been three years of embarrassment on waste of time for our country. and you know what, at the democrats thought they could win an election like this. i think they hurt themselves very badly for 2020. >> did your son donald trump junior speak with robert mueller? >> i never, i don't know. frankly whether or not he did, it wouldn't matter to me. because he did nothing wrong. he did nothing wrong. it was always a very unimportant meeting. it was only important to the fake news. go ahead.
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[indiscernible] >> no, he didn't say that. again, your fake news and you're right at the top of the list also. let me just tell you go back to, it's not what he said. read his correction. read his correction. if you read his correction you'll find out. that's why people don't deal with you, because you're not an honest reporter. >> john. -- r. president [indiscernible] >> john, they are devastated. the democrats lost so big today . their party is in shamables right now. they've got the squad leading their party. they are a mess. where even you take a look at scribe and so many of the people that were the most outspoken and they say this was a devastating
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day for the democrats, and you know it, john. and everybody else knows it. this was a devastating day for the democrats. >> mr. president president after , you leave office you could be indicted. >> no, no, a very dumb and unfair question because if you look at his correction, he took that totally out of play. he made his decision based on the facts not based on some , rule. you shouldn't even ask that question because you know it's a phoney. go ahead. [indiscernible] >> the democrats had nothing. and now they have less than nothing. and i think they're going to lose the 2020 election very big, including congressional seats because of the path that they chose. now, who knows where it goes. from what i hear they are giving up.
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but i just say i know them too well. they will never give up. day will go back and try and figure something out. been,hole thing has honestly it's been collusion, , collusion with the media. it's been collusion with other countries. this has been a disaster for the democrats. and i think we're going to win bigger than ever. now, i'm going to west virginia, one of the great states, a state that's doing, if you look at percentage up, i think it's number one or two in the country. and nobody would have believed that. west virginia is doing great. i'm going to west virginia. we did have a big case today. you know we won the asylum case in washington which frankly you should be asking about that because that's the real deal. i can't believe how nice you are today. go ahead give me a question. [indiscernible]
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>> no, because we did nothing wrong. the answer is very simple. nothing was done wrong. this was all a big hoax. if you look at it today nothing was done wrong. now, i believe what you are going to find you are going to , find a lot of things that were done very wrong, but that's going on now. that's something you haven't been writing about. and that has to do with the other side. that has to do with the thing called investigate the investigators. let's see what happens. that's going to be very interesting. >> do you think robert mueller [indiscernible] >> look, i think robert mueller did a horrible job, both today and with respect to the investigation. but in all fairness to robert mueller, he had nothing to work with.
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you know, you can be a builder but if they don't give you the right materials you're not going to build a very good building. rort mueller had no material, nothing to work with. obviously he did very poorly today. i don't think there is anybody even among the fakers. i don't think anybody that would say he did well. i looked at your people. they're saying it was devastating for the democrats. and even i will tell you, the two most nauseating networks whose ratings have gone down , even they said this was a really bad day for the democrats. so robert mueller did a poor job. but in all fairness to him he had nothing to work with. david. >> do you regret not talking to mueller [indiscernible] >> look, i saw what he did to people, how he ruined people's lives because they didn't remember a date or something very minor. he ruined people's lives. the democrats took people and destroyed their lives.
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they went bankrupt because they couldn't afford the legal fees and they were good people, many people. when you ask me that question, all they have to do is see how nice the weather is if i made a mistake and said i was talking to the media and said it was a rainy and overcast they would say he lied. let me tell you i've seen what , they have they've done to people, destroyed people like general flynn and so many others, what they have done to people, no, i did the right thing. >> you said mueller did a horrible job. why is that? >> well, mueller had no material. mueller had no material to work with. and he did a horrible job. obviously his presentation was way off. but that's ok. it didn't matter. he had no material. there was nothing done wrong. in fact, things were done right.
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there was nothing done wrong. and certainly, i mean, look, i read the papers and i read the press and the internet. and if you see what's going on the internet, if you listen to the internet, this was one of the worst performances in the history of our country. so you know that. you know that very well. but i don't think anybody could have done a good performance. he had no material. it was a fake set of facts that the democrats used to, and others, to try and do really an illegal overthrow but we're going to find out about it. [indiscernible] big --, the silent is a ruling.m is a big that was a tremendous ruling today. we appreciate it. we respect the courts very much.
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that helps us very much at the border. the numbers are way down at the border, which is a good thing. apprehensions are way down because mexico now has 22,000 soldiers. and they are, they mean business because they know what happened. the alternative is not good for them. it's also good for mexico what they are doing because the cartels have been running all of the border for years and years. and mexico is saying and the president is saying, we got to clean it up. so they've got 21,000 soldiers. they'll probably put up more. but this ruling today on asylum is a tremendous ruling. >> what about guatemala? >> so guatemala gave us their word. we were going to sign a safe third agreement. and then all of a sudden they backed up. they said it was their supreme court. i don't believe that. but they use their supreme court as the reason they didn't want to do it. so we'll either do tariffs or we'll do something. we're looking at something severe with respect to guatemala. i've already cut off payments. i did that a year ago.
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i cut off payments going to honduras, el salvador and guatemala. we used to send them $500 million for nothing, for nothing they didn't do anything except , send up caravans. guatemala, we will take care of and it won't be even be tough. we're looking at a couple of different things. one of the things very heavy as you know mexico put 6,000 people on that border. >> what do you say when robert uhler says -- robert mueller indiscernible] >> you always have a question. you mean my white house aides lied? what about his aides. what about mueller's aides. >> what do you say to that. >> he didn't say that at all. you are untruthful when you asked that question. when you asked that question you're untruthful.
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and you know who else is untruthful, you know who else is untruthful, his aides. and wiseman was untruthful. wiseman got caught just like with arthur anderson where he lost to the supreme court 9-0 . his aides were untruthful and mueller they put , mueller in a very bad position. his aides put him in a very bad position. if you were ever truthful you'd be able to write the truth. >> [indiscernible] >> no but i'm very happy. , i haven't called boris but i'm very happy that he won. >> [indiscernible] >> you know what happened with strzok and paige, meaning the two lovers is a disgrace. because they had a lot of text messages, and mueller illegally deleted the text messages.
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and they didn't get too much into that because he forgot. he didn't really know. he didn't know too much, didn't know anything. but strzok and paige were texting. don't forget they were the ones with just in case we lose we have an insurance policy. this is the same strzok and paige. that was a very, very bad situation. what they did and mueller did he deleted their text messages back and forth, probably thousands of them. that's a serious problem. >> [indiscernible] >> i think it's going to help us because everyone sees now that this has been going on for so long. in all fairness to mueller this has gone on long before mueller. this has gone on from sometime we came down the escalator. and i got great poll numbers.
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from the beginning i was leading. and this really took place sometime right after we came down the escalator, the first lady and myself. and i will tell you something. i think it's going to have a huge negative impact on 2020 for the democrats. [indiscernible] >> you made a political case instead, put it in a political sack, lit it on fire, rang the doorbell, and ran. >> i don't think you revealed a report as fair and consistent as the report in front of us. >> robert mueller's testimony now on c-span and c-span2, those
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consecutive. use to watch the hearings on demand. the video is searchable with speaker -- by speaker with key points highlighted. >> former special counsel robert mueller testified on capitol hill about the russian investigation and report released by his office. this was the second of two hearings and focused on findings related to russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.