Trump gives remarks on US-Mexico-Canada deal

2:15 p.m. ET, October 1, 2018

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12:59 p.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Trump: "We are knocking out bump stocks"

President Trump was asked about the progress of regulations to eliminate bump stocks during the Rose Garden press conference, one year after the Las Vegas massacre.

Trump suggested the final regulation would be in place “over the next couple of weeks.”

“In order to eliminate — terminate — bump stocks, we have to go through procedure. We are now at the final stages of that procedure,” he said.

“We are knocking out bump stocks. I have told the NRA — bump stocks are gone. But to do that, you have to go to public hearings, which we have had. You have to go through all sorts of regulatory control systems.”

Trump added that the process should be wrapped up in “two or three weeks.”

Trump also said that his administration is working with Congress “on both sides” on “a lot of different things” regarding gun legislation.

12:54 p.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Trump on Kavanaugh: "He's had a little bit of difficulty. He talked about things that happened when he drank."

President Trump, in a comment that seemed to go further than Brett Kavanaugh’s public comments, said of his nominee: "He's had a little bit of difficulty. He talked about things that happened when he drank."

Asked about concerns that the Supreme Court nominee mischaracterized his drinking, Trump said, “I watched him. I was surprised at how vocal he was about he fact that he likes beer ... This is not a man that said that he was perfect with respect to alcohol.” 

Responding to questions from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Trump suggested “there are bad reports on everybody” present in the Rose Garden, “Expect for Mike Pence by the way,” he joked.  

“I think the Judge has been pretty amazing about describing his situation with alcohol and with beer,” he said, pivoting to criticize Democratic Senators Corey Booker, Dianne Feinstein, and Richard Blumenthal. 

Pressed on whether lying would be disqualifying, Trump said, “I don’t think he did.”  

12:43 p.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Trump: "I don't want to talk about plan B" for Kavanaugh

President Trump, asked about a possible "plan B" if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's conformation falls through, said he doesn't want to talk about that possibility.

"I don't want to talk about plan B," Trump said. "I hope he gets approved."

Trump said he has an "open mind" when it comes to the ongoing FBI investigation.

"Certainly if they find something, I'm going to take that into consideration," Trump said.

Then, trump continued to defend Kavanaugh: "I think he's an outstanding person and has been treated horribly."

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12:24 p.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Trump: Kavanaugh should be interviewed by FBI if senators want

President Trump said Monday his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be interviewed by the FBI if it helps lawmakers make a decision on his nomination.

 "I think so," Trump said when asked if the FBI should question his nominee. "It’s up to them."

 "I think the FBI should interview anybody they want, but within reason," Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden.

"They should interview, but they should be guided by what the senators are looking for," he said.
12:21 p.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Trump says he wants a "comprehensive" investigation on Kavanaugh — but decries "trauma" judge has gone through

President Trump says he wants a "comprehensive" but "quick" FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"I want the FBI — this is now their seventh investigation — I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation," Trump said in the Rose Garden. "Whatever that means according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority, I want them to do that."

But, Trump said "I want it to go quickly" since the lingering accusations are unfair to Kavanaugh. 

"It’s unfair to him at this point," Trump said.

Trump decried the "trauma" Kavanaugh has been subjected to in the confirmation process.

'This is our seventh investigation of a man who has really — you look at his life, until this happened, what a change he’s gone through. The trauma for a man who has never had any accusations, Trump said.

Trump continued: "So I want the FBI, this is now  the 7th investigation. It's not like they are just starting. I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation." 

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12:07 p.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Trump says deal will pass Congress — but "we have lots of other alternatives" if it doesn't

President Trump expressed optimism that the trade deal he struck with Canada and Mexico will be approved by Congress, but he suggested that the administration will have other options if it doesn't. 

"If it doesn't we have lots of other alternatives," the president said without specifying which alternatives he was referring to. "Republicans love it. Industry loves it. If it's fair, it will pass. I think it will pass easily."

Trump said earlier he planned to submit the deal to Congress at the end of November. 

He answered this question on trade after declining to answer a question from the same reporter on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination (He said he'd come back to the Kavanaugh question after he answers more trade-related ones.)

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11:58 a.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Tense Trump-Trudeau relationship didn't impact talks, Trump says

President Trump acknowledged that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have "had very strong tensions" in recent months — but said it did not impact the negotiations between the two countries.

"He's a professional, I’m a professional. We had very strong tensions. It was just an unfair deal whether it was Mexico or Canada," Trump said.

"There was a lot of tension I will say — between he and I, I would say more specifically," Trump said. "You know when it ended, about 12 o'clock last night." late-night deadline.

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11:57 a.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Trump says it's "too early" for trade talks with China

President Trump said Monday it's "too early to talk" with China on a new trade agreement, despite ongoing discussions carried out over the last several months by his Treasury Secretary.

"China wants to talk very badly. And I said, frankly, it's too early to talk," Trump said in the Rose Garden. "Can't talk now because they're not ready. Because they have been ripping us for so many years, it doesn't happen that quickly."

What this is all about: Trump's remarks came after imposition of new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The tariffs stalled ongoing talks led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who had been expected to meet with Chinese negotiators in Washington last month before the meetings were scrapped.

"If politically people force it too quickly, you're not going to make the right deal for our workers and for our country," Trump said. "But China wants to talk. We want to talk to them. We want them to help us with North Korea. We want them to continue to help us with North Korea. That's very important."