President Trump speaks at NRA convention
Rudy Giuliani gave a series of interviews this week that took many staffers in the White House aback. Today, Trump said he would "get his facts straight."
As President Trump prepares to speak to the NRA in Dallas, Giuliani just now put out a statement of his own, saying he wants to "clarify the views I expressed over the past few days."
Here's his statement:
These are my views:First:There is no campaign violation. The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the President’s family. It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not.Second:My references to timing were not describing my understanding of the President’s knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters.Third:It is undisputed that the President’s dismissal of former Director Comey – an inferior executive officer – was clearly within his Article II power. Recent revelations about former Director Comey further confirm the wisdom of the President’s decision, which was plainly in the best interests of our nation.
Air Force One just touched down in rainy Dallas, Texas, where Trump will address the National Rifle Association conference at 2 p.m. ET.
President Trump spoke at the National Riffle Association's 2017 annual convention, too.
Here are a few things he said in his speech last year:
- "You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you."
- "You have a true friend and champion in the White House."
- "As your President, I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bare arms. Never, ever."
President Trump is traveling to Dallas to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual convention.
This is the organization's first annual meeting since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Trump has given mixed statements about gun control since the shooting.
He challenged Republican lawmakers on the issue of raising the age to buy certain firearms, saying the were "afraid of the NRA." After that, he had a closed-door meeting with NRA leaders and Trump's eventual formal proposals largely met the approval of the NRA.
President Trump told reporters on board Air Force One en route to Dallas that the National Rifle Association "loves this country."
Here's what he said, according to a White House readout:
"This is a great organization that loves this country. The NRA is a truly great organization that loves this country. And we have a record crowd. You probably heard, the people are lined for a long distance. But we'll see you over there."
Trump's comments were in response to a reporter's asking what message the President wanted to send today.
He is speaking at the NRA convention at 2 p.m. ET.
CNN's Dana Bash spoke yesterday briefly with Rudy Giuliani, a new addition to Trump's legal team. The former New York City mayor said he spoke with the President both before and after his Hannity appearance — in which he said Trump reimbursed his lawyer for payments to Stormy Daniels — and said it was coordinated carefully with the President.
“You won’t see daylight between me and the President,” Giuliani said, pointing to the President’s tweets in support of what Rudy said and did.
Giuliani's interview on Fox News directly contradicted Trump's previous comments. In April, the President said he was not aware of any payment.
Twice today, President Trump praised Giuliani — and then added that he's still new in his job:
- While leaving the White House: "Rudy is a great guy, but he just started a day ago ... He really has his heart into it."
- At Joint Base Andrews: "And Rudy, we love Rudy, a special guy, he really understands that this is a witch hunt. He understands that probably better than anybody ... But when he made certain statements, he just started yesterday. So that's it."
President Trump said Friday that the US remains in "constant contact with North Korea" ahead of a planned summit with Kim Jong Un.
He said a time and place for the summit would be announced soon. And he denied that US troops stationed on the Korean Peninsula would be a bargaining chip in his talks with Kim.
"At some point into the future, I would like to save the money," he told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before heading to the NRA meeting in Dallas.
"We have 32,000 troops there. But I think a lot of great things will happen. But troops are not on the table. Absolutely."
When a reporter asked President Trump about payments made to Stormy Daniels — and contradictory reports about what Trump knew about them — Trump deflected and called it a witch hunt.
Here's the full exchange:
Trump: "We're not changing any stories. All I’m telling you that this country is right now running so smooth and to be bringing up that kind of crap and bringing up witch hunts all the time. That’s all you want to talk about."
Reporter: "You said on Air Force One that you did not know anything about the payments?"
Trump: "Excuse me, excuse me. You take a look at what I said. You go back and take a look. You’ll see what I said."
Reporter: "You said no when I asked you about the payment."
Trump: "Excuse me, you go take a look at what we said."
Watch the full exchange below. Then watch what Trump said about Stormy Daniels on Air Force One in April. (When asked if he knew about the payments, Trump simply responded, "No.")
President Trump said he loves Rudy Giuliani, and he just started and will eventually get his facts straight.
"And Rudy, we love Rudy, a special guy, he really understands that this is a witch hunt. He understands that probably better than anybody ... But when he made certain statements, he just started yesterday. So that's it."
Giuliani gave a series of interviews this week that took many staffers in the White House aback. He directly contradicted the President at least once, saying Trump reimbursed his lawyer Michael Cohen for payments made to Stormy Daniels (Trump previously denied he knew about the payments).