President Trump sat down with Fox News‘s Maria Bartiromo for a wide-ranging interview on Sunday, covering everything from his Supreme Court pick, to trade with China, to Democrats who “want to get rid of ICE” amid several confrontations with members of his administration.

Trump says he expects his next Supreme Court pick “to go very quickly,” and probably won’t ask their opinion on the landmark Roe vs. Wade abortion rights case. 

Trump said abortion rights “could very well end up” being determined on a state-by-state basis after a new Supreme Court justice is seated, but the president said he “probably” would not ask his pick to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy how they would vote on Roe v. Wade.

“But I’m putting conservative people on,” Trump said. –Fox News

He then took Democrats to task for demanding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be dismantled – saying that their rhetoric would backfire come midterms. 

“Well I hope they keep thinking about it,” Trump said. “Because they’re going to get beaten so badly. You know ICE, these are the guys that go in and take MS-13, and they take them out. Because they’re much tougher than MS-13, like by a factor of 10. And these are the ones – you get rid of ICE, you’re going to have a country that you’re going to be afraid to walk out of your house,” Trump added. 

We have to have strong border protection. We have to have strong borders. We don’t want crime. The Democrats want no borders. They want to get rid of ICE. 

Between Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, and getting rid of ICE and having open borders, and the biggest thing you have open borders. All it’s going to do is lead to massive, massive crime. That’s going to be their platform, open borders which equals crime.  I think they’ll never win another election.  So I’m actually quite happy about it.

When Bartiromo brought up the open hostility directed at members of the Trump administration – noting incidents involving Sarah Sanders, Peter Fonda, Robert De Niro – Trump warned the left to “just take it easy.” 

Trump: Some of them do it for publicity. Now the Hen restaurant was I thought was terrible. I think some of the things that are said are terrible.

There’s probably never been a base in the history of politics in this country like my base. I hope the other side realizes they better just take it easy. They better just take it easy. Because some of the language used – even some of the radical ideas are bad for the country. I think they’re even dangerous for the country. 

On Taxes, Trump said that his administration would be doing “phase two” beginning in October which would primarily benefit the middle class, along with a reduction to the corporate tax rate. 

On Trade, Trump says that he has to “straighten out trade deals,” and that we “don’t even have a trade deal with China.” 

The big thing that I’m focused on now is trade, I have to straighten out trade deals. We don’t even have a trade deal with China, nobody bothered to make a deal. And they’ll charge 25% for a car and we charge 2.5%. But we have the worst trade deals in the world – we lose money with everybody. 

We’re gonna make it reciprocal, we’re gonna make it fair. 

And while Trump says he doesn’t want to target China specifically (despite specifically targeting them throughout his campaign), he may consider tariffs on more imports if they don’t agree to a deal.

Trump also says that Harley Davidson should be making motorcycles in the US – claiming that the bike manufacturer’s recently announced decision to move some of their operations outside the US is ill advised.

“They made this deal at the beginning of the year, long before they ever heard of the word tariff,” Trump charged. “And I don’t think they should do it.  I think that Harley is an American bike.  It’s an American motorcycle and they should build them in this country.  They shouldn’t play cute.”

I guarantee you everybody that ever bought a Harley Davidson voted for Trump,” the president said. “I don’t know if you know that. I would have to – they call them bikers for Trump. There’s hundreds. And they’re very unhappy about it.”

On the economy, the President touted record low unemployment among blacks, hispanics and women. 

Black unemployment – best in history. Hispanic unemployment – the best in history. Lowest in the history of our country. Women, 64-65 years, the best in 65 years – within two weeks it should be the best in history. Our unemployment picture overall is almost the best in history.

Our overall generally is almost the best in history. 

No comment on his recent prank call… 





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