President Trump speaks on Tariffs, Pardons and Russia ahead of G7 Summit
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 8, 2018 Updated: 1:19 PM PT
President Trump gave an impromptu informal press conference, on the White House lawn this morning. While Marine One waited for the president to board and be taken to Joint Base Andrews for the G7 summit in Canada, the president took questions and rattled of a list of things that were on his mind.
He was asked if he was prepared for the North Korea summit. He responded with, “I have been preparing all my life.” The president said, "attitude" is more important than preparationHe was asked if he was believed he was above the law, he said no, but, Pardons are a positive thing for a president and “I have the absolute right to pardon myself but I won’t have to because, I did not do anything wrong.” He also threw out the name of Muhammad Ali as a person he is considering for a pardon. People were taken aback wondering out loud, “What kind of pardon?” Muhammad Ali had nothing to be pardoned for.
Continuing with talk of pardons, he seemed to try and reach out to the NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. He said, “If any of the players protesting unfair treatment want to recommend someone who was treated unfairly, I will take a look at it and maybe pardon or cut their sentence.”
Past interviews and comments from some of the athletes on why they kneel, has nothing to do with anyone in prison or committing a crime. The athletes are concerned about the brutal treatment and killing of, unarmed African-Americans at the hands of the United States law enforcement community.
Reluctantly heading to the G7, President Trump was asked how long he would stay. He instead, asked the question “Why are we having this meeting without Russia?” He spoke of the fact that Russia was kicked out when it was the G8, and said, “They should be let back in.” Trump went on to say, “All of the European Union countries have been unfair in trade with the United States and it will end.”
President Trump is very unpopular in countries that have been long time allies of the U.S. and placing tariffs on them, made things worse. He does not intend to stay at G7 for meetings on the environment or climate change, and he plans to avoid certain European allies such as, French President Macron, German Chancellor Merkel, and UK Prime Minister May.
Speaking for more than twenty minutes, president Trump was asked if he thought Rudy Giuliani was out of line with comments about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Stormy Daniels, and his wife Melania. The President responded by saying, “Rudy is Rudy, Rudy’s great,” and in response to Giuliani’s negative comments about Stormy Daniels, he said, “I don’t disagree with him.”
When asked if the first lady will accompany him to the G7, he told the press that, “Melania is at the White House and cannot travel because she went through a four-hour surgery and cannot fly for a month.” This revelation was baffling to many, because a month ago when Melania had the procedure, everyone was told, “It was a benign kidney ailment and the procedure had been planned long before that date.”
While members of his press shop looked on, including Huckabee-Sanders, the president, offered his condolences to the families of, CNN’s chef and traveling food host Anthony Bourdain who committed suicide, and handbag designer Kate Spade, who did the same thing.