Kellyanne Conway touts Trump admin after Bolton’s departure


>>Bill: KEVIN CORKE REPORTING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. JOINING US NOW, COUNSEL TO THE PRESIDENT, KELLYANNE CONWAY. WELCOME BACK TO “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” SUNDAY.”>>GOOD MORNING BILL TO YOU AND YOUR VIEWERS. IT’S BEEN ONE BELIEVES THAT IRAN IS RESPONSIBLE IN WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO WITH IT?>>THEY’VE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO STAND FOR THAT. IN FACT, OUR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY STANDS READY TO TAP INTO THE STRATEGIC RESERVE, PETROLEUM RESERVE, IF WE MUST, TO STABILIZE THE GLOBAL ENERGY SUPPLY. MORE IMPORTANTLY, SECRETARY POMPEO AND SECRETARY MNUCHIN JUST LAST WEEK STOOD IN THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM AND ANNOUNCED ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS AND THAT IS BECAUSE WE LOOK CONTINUE TO CALL OUT MALIGNED BEHAVIOR, AND THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO WITHDREW US FROM A VERY BAD NUCLEAR DEAL WITH A NE’ER-DO-WELL REGIME. THIS PRESIDENT ALSO THROUGH HIS POLICY BILL HAS MADE US LESS DEPENDENT ON THE FOREIGN DICTATORS AND BAD REGIMES FOR ENERGY SUPPLY. WE NOW IN THE U.S. ARE NET EXPORTERS OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN AND THAT WILL CONTINUE. PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN — AND NOTHING IS MADE IN THE U.S. AND OF COURSE THAT’S CHANGING UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP. BUT WE HAVE ENERGY UNDER OUR FEET AND OFF OF OUR SHORES. SO WHEN IRAN ATTACKED SAUDI ARABIA THAT HAS OVER 100 TIMES, WE ARE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION.>>Bill: I HAVE A FEW SPECIFIC QUESTIONS. SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM SAYS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ATTACKING IRAN’S OIL FIELDS. IS THAT A CONSIDERATION?>>Counselor Conway: YOU KNOW THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM AND SECRETARY POMPEO, OUR NATION’S CHIEF DIPLOMAT KEEP MANY OPTIONS ON THE TABLE, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO MEN RETALIATING AGAINST MALIGNED BEHAVIOR AND PROTECTING AMERICAN INTERESTS AND AMERICANS. AND OUR AMERICAN ECONOMY. SO I WON’T GET AHEAD OF SECRETARY POMPEO AND THE PRESIDENT AND SAYING THAT. BUT THIS IS WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT IS NOT A TYPICAL POLITICIAN. HE AND HIS TEAM DON’T SIT AROUND AND SAY, LET’S STUDY IT, LET’S HAVE A COMPETITION ABOUT IT. THEY POINTED THE FINGER AT THE IRANIAN REGIME. I THINK HAVING REPORTS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE IS IMPORTANT, WHEN HE SAYS IT’S PROBABLY THE MOST AGGRESSIVE ACTION IN THE LAST 40 YEARS BETWEEN IRAN AND THE U.S., BUT THAT STARTED BECAUSE THIS PRESIDENT INHERITED A BAD NUCLEAR DEAL WHERE WE SHOVELED OVER CASH AND I THINK THAT SHOCKED MANY PEOPLE WHO FIGURE WHATEVER THE PRESIDENT IS JUST GOES ON LONG TO GET ALONG AND DOESN’T KEEP THOSE CAMPAIGN PROMISES.>>Bill: I UNDERSTAND THAT. HE ALSO SAID –>>Counselor Conway: TALK TO IRAN AS THE NEXT QUESTION ON THAT BECAUSE THIS PAST WEEK HE HAD SUGGESTED TWICE THAT HE IS WILLING TO MEET WITH THE IRANIAN LEADERS TWO WEEKS FROM NOW. DOES HE STILL WANT THAT MEETING?>>Counselor Conway: HE SAID HE WILL CONSIDER IT AND THE CONDITIONS ALSO CONDITIONS ALWO CONDITIONS ALWAYS MUST BE RIGHT. HE WOULD HAVE HAD A SO-SO DEAL WITH CHINA AND TO GET HIM THROUGH THE NEXT ELECTION, THAT’S A BENEFIT OF HAVING A BUSINESSMAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE. HE ALSO KNOWS THAT YOU DON’T SIT DOWN AND MEET WITH PEOPLE UNLESS YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE OTHER ACCOUTREMENTS AROUND THE NEW RELATIONSHIPS LIKE THE MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN. LIKE THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY AND SECRETARY OF STATE JUST DAYS OF THE AGO FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCING NEW SANCTIONS. SO ALL OF THAT IS STILL IN PLAY WHETHER OR NOT THE PRESIDENT INCLUDES IRAN IN ONE OF HIS MEETINGS. HE’S VERY BUSY, DOING A LOT OF BILATERAL MEETINGS. SO WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>Bill: IT SO A MEETING IS STILL ON THE TABLE, CORRECT?>>Counselor Conway: THE PRESIDENT WILL AT LEAST CONSIDER HIS OPTIONS. WE’VE NEVER COMMITTED TO THAT MEETING AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE IS LOOKING AT IT. SO I WILL ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO ANNOUNCE A MEETING OR A NONMEETING BUT WHEN YOU ATTACK SAUDI ARABIA, ATTACK CIVILIAN AREAS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, THE GLOBAL ENERGY STABILITY, YOU ARE HELP IN YOUR CASE MUCH.>>Bill: IT ONE MORE ON THIS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THAT MEETING IF IT WERE TO HAPPEN?>>I DON’T ENGAGE IN HYPOTHETICALS. HE BELIEVES AS HE HAS SAID MANY TIMES IF WE CAN BRING PEACE AND PROSPERITY, PROTECTIVE PEACE AND PROSPERITY OF OUR NATION BUT BRING IT TO OTHER HOT SPOTS AROUND THE WORLD, AND HE’S GOING TO DO THAT. WHY BIG BROTHER BEING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF YOU ARE DONALD TRUMP, WHY BOTHER GIVING UP THE SUCCESSFUL LIFE HE HAD OUTSIDE OF GOVERNMENT FOR 70 YEARS. AND IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO ENGAGE, IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY, IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TRY TO DENUCLEARIZE THE KOREAN PENINSULA, IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TRY TO MEET WITH OTHER FOLKS TO GET BETTER DEALS, HE’S RENEGOTIATING THESE BAD TRADE DEALS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD FOR SIMILAR REASONS. HE THINKS AMERICANS AND AMERICAN INTERESTS AND AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE BEEN SCREWED FOR FAR TOO LONG BY PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BY A TYPICAL POLITICIAN’S WORRIED ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION AND NOT THE NEXT PAYCHECK.>>Bill: OKAY, JOHN BOLTON THIS WEEK IS GONE AND THERE’S A JOB OPENING IN THE WEST WING. HERE’S HOW THE PRESIDENT DESCRIBED HIS MANAGEMENT.>>President Trump: A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT THE JOB. AND IT’S A GREAT JOB. IT’S GREAT BECAUSE IT’S VERY EASY TO WORK WITH DONALD TRUMP. YOU KNOW WHY IT’S EASY? BECAUSE I MAKE ALL THE DECISION DECISIONS.>>Bill: WE KNOW HE’S CONFIDENT BUT WITH THE LEVEL OF TURNOVER DOES HE HAVE ENOUGH OF THE AROUND HIM?>>Counselor Conway: HE DOES, AND I’VE HEARD THESE STORIES AGAIN AND AGAIN. THE FACT IS WITH THE PRESIDENT JUST DESCRIBED IS PART OF THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAT HE ALLOWS HIMSELF AS PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE’VE NEVER HAD A PRESIDENT SO ENGAGED. HE — WHAT HE SAID THERE IS EXACTLY RIGHT. BEFORE THE PRESIDENT MAKES A DECISION I CAN TELL YOU AS SOMEONE WHO IS IN HERE DAILY IN FRONT OF HIM, HE INVITES DISSENTING OPINION. HE ENJOYS — NOT JUST ACCEPTS BUT EXPECTS DISAGREEMENT AND DIVERSITY OF VIEWPOINT. I SEE ANY NUMBER OF ISSUES INCLUDING NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY AND THEN HE WEIGHS CONSEQUENCES, HERE’S EVERYBODY OUT, READS THE BRIEFING PAPERS, AND THEN HE MAKES THE DECISION. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE IN THE ENTIRE WEST WING, ONLY TWO PEOPLE WERE ELECTED TO ANYTHING AND THEIR NAMES ARE DONALD J. TRUMP AND MICHAEL ARE PANTS. SO WE ARE THERE TO PUT OUT ALL THE CONSEQUENCES AND I THINK — THEY ARE NOT THINKING OF — THAT’S NOT A COMMENT ABOUT HIM.>>Bill: WHEN WILL WE GET AN ANSWER –>>Counselor Conway: THEY WERE ALIGNED ON MANY DIFFERENT ISSUE ISSUES. MAYBE THIS WEEK OR NEXT WEEK, THE PRESIDENT IS ENGAGED WITH IDENTIFYING A COUPLE OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND THAT WILL GO FORWARD. I WOULD POINT YOU TO THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH ABOUT AFGHANISTAN IN AUGUST OF 2017, EIGHT MONTHS INTO HIS PRESIDENCY OR SO WHERE HE SAID, THIS WILL NOT BE THE POLICIES OF THE LAST COUPLE PRESIDENTS. WE WILL LOOK AT CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND AND NOT HAVE SOME FALSE TIMETABLE THAT WE PUBLISH FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. SO THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN OUT THERE. HE INTRODUCED HIS INTERNATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY A WHILE AGO AND HE THANKED AMBASSADOR BOLTON FOR HIS SERVICE AS I DO. PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SERVE AT THE LEVELS — AND IT TAKE AN OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE APPLAUDED.>>Bill: ON GUN CONTROL NOW, THE PRESIDENT WROTE THIS BACK IN AUGUST. HE SAID SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS ARE TAKING PLACE ON MEANINGFUL BACKGROUND CHECKS. I’M THE BIGGEST SECOND AMENDMENT PERSON THERE IS. COMMON SENSE THINGS CAN BE DONE THAT ARE GOOD FOR EVERYONE. THEN THREE DAYS AGO HE WAS ASKED WHETHER OR NOT HE WOULD SUPPORT EXPANDED COMMERCIAL BACKGROUND CHECKS.>>President Trump: THIS IS A MOVEMENT BY THE DEMOCRATS TO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY, THEN IT’S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE WE ARE NEVER GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN. WE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR OUR SECOND AMENDMENT.>>Bill: SO MITCH McCONNELL SAYS HE WANTS TO KNOW THE PRESIDENT WILL SUPPORT. HAS HE MADE A DECISION ON THAT?>>Counselor Conway: THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT ISSUE WITH THE ENTIRE TIME, PARTICULARLY AFTER THE MASS SHOOTINGS IN EL PASO AND DAYTON. HE HAS TALKED — JUST THIS WEEK, I WAS THERE. HE TALKED TO REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC UNITED STATES SENATORS WHO WERE ACTIVELY ENGAGED. THEY WANT US TO BE BIPARTISAN BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW BAD ACTORS WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE FIREARMS IN THE FIRST PLACE THEN A MURDER INNOCENT AMERICANS TO BE THE EXCUSE THAT A BUNCH OF LIBERALS AND SOCIALISTS HAVE TO CONFISCATE FIREARMS FROM LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS WHO HAVE LEGALLY PROCURED THEM. AND I’M NOT GOING TO ALLOW PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSTANTLY MALIGNING AND THE WRITING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE IN CHARGE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC POLICY. AND SO WHEN LEADER McCONNELL SAYS HE WANTS TO PUT ON THE SENATE FLOOR SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT WILL SUPPORT, THAT — SO WHY ARE THE DEMOCRATS TALKING ABOUT THINGS?>>I DON’T HEAR SUPPORT FOR A SPECIFIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION. DOES THAT MEAN THE DECISION HAS NOT YET BEEN MADE?>>Counselor Conway: THERE ARE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ALREADY EXISTS THAT WE HAVE LOOKED AT. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THE WEST WING MISSED THEIR SUMMER VACATION AND HAVE WORKED ON THIS EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE MET WITH PRESIDENT SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST WEEK. IS TALKING TO MEMBERS WHO WILL VOTE ON THIS AND WANTS TO DO SOMETHING ALL AT ONCE. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN LISTENING TO THE BEST PRACTICES IN THE STATES THAT HAVE RISK PROTECTION ORDERS. HE’S BEEN LISTENING TO STRENGTHENING MENTAL HEALTH. HE’S DONE MORE ON BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ANY PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED INTO LAW WHICH WOULD HAVE PREVENTED A NUMBER OF THESE MURDERERS FROM HAVING A FIREARMS IN THE FIRST PLACE. SENATOR PAT TOOMEY, THEY’VE GOT SIX MIX PLUS, WE CALL IT LIE AND A TRY. IF YOU EVEN TRY TO GET A FIREARM AND YOU SHOULDN’T BE, YOU ARE ALREADY ON A LIST, — I WANT TO LOOK AMERICA’S OTHER MOTHERS IN THE FACE AND TELL THEM THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE FACT PATTERNS THAT HAPPENED IN PLACES LIKE PARKLAND, FLORIDA AND DAYTON, OHIO, AND WE ARE ALL SCRATCHING OUR HEAD AND SAYING, HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? NOT JUST PASS BILLS WILLY-NILLY, BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS LIKE BETO O’ROURKE ADMITTED IT THE OTHER NIGHT, IT’S MORE COMMON FOR YOUR GUNS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT THE PRESIDENT IS CONSIDERING.>>Bill: LET’S DO A QUICK LIGHTNING ROUND AND THERE IS A LITTLE DELAY AND A SATELLITE, I APOLOGIZE. ARE WE FIGHTING TO A STALEMATE ON THIS ISSUE? YES OR NO?>>Counselor Conway: NO. WE ARE GETTING TO A GREAT TRADE AGREEMENT THAT STOP SCREWING THE AMERICAN WORKER AND AMERICAN ECONOMY. WHY DO WE HAVE A $500 BILLION TRADE DEFICIT WITH CHINA? THE WORLD’S SECOND-LARGEST ECONOMY. WHY HAVE WE AS AMERICA SAT IDLY BY AND LOOK TO THE WAY, WE’VE BEEN FORCING TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS AND STEALING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. THIS PRESIDENT DOESN’T MAKE A QUICK HALF-BAKED DEAL WHEN HE CAN GET A BETTER DEAL LONGER TERM. I SAID THE CHINESE ARE COMING TO AN AMERICA.>>Bill: IT TWO MORE THINGS. WHAT DOES HE THINK ABOUT THOSE IN THE HOUSE PURSUING IMPEACHMENT?>>Counselor Conway: COMPLETE NONSENSE. EVEN JERRY NADLER SAID, IMPEACHMENT IS JUST A TERM. THEY NEED TO READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY. CONGRESS WORKS FOR YOU AMERICA AND THEY ARE WASTING YOUR MONEY AND THEY ARE TIME. THEY THOUGHT THE MUELLER REPORT WOULD BE THE END-ALL AND THEY EVEN HAD BOB MUELLER COME AND TALK ABOUT THE MUELLER REPORT AND IT WAS A DISASTER. THEY WORK FOR YOU. TELL THEM TO GET THAT TRADE DEAL DONE AND TELL THEM DRUG PRICING END OF THE STRUCTURE, KEEP THIS GREAT ECONOMY HUMMING ALONG AND STOP THE NONSENSE OF HARASSING AND EMBARRASSING THIS PRESIDENT AND THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM WHEN YOU’VE HAD NO CONSTITUTION OR A LEGAL BASIS TO DO SO.>>Bill: AT WEST POINT. HE SAID IT’S BIDEN, WARREN OR SANDERS. DOES HE STILL THINK THAT?>>Counselor Conway: ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, WE SAW THAT IN 2016. ALTHOUGH AT THIS POINT HE WAS THE FRONT RUNNER. BUT I THINK THE IRONY SHOULD BE LOST ON NO ONE THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BILL THAT HAS SAID, WE NEED A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERSHIP, THEY HAVE CANDIDATES OF COLOR. THEY HAVE FEMALE CANDIDATES OF COLOR. THEY HAVE YOUNG CANDIDATES, A YOUNG UP AND COMING CANDIDATES. BUT IS IT LOST ON ANYONE THAT THE THREE FRONT RUNNERS ARE SORT OF OLDER WHITE CANDIDATES? I THINK THAT’S PRETTY IRONIC BECAUSE THAT’S THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTORATE WHO IS REJECTING THESE LONGER REJECTING THESE YONGER REJECTING THESE YOUGER REJECTING THESE YOUNGR REJECTING THESE YOUNGER CANDIDATES. DONALD TRUMP CAN BE ANY OF THEM. YOU HEAR DEBATE AFTER DEBATE, PEOPLE CREEPING TOWARD SOCIALISM. WAKE UP ALREADY. PEOPLE ARE FREEING SOCIALIST COUNTRIES TO COME TO OUR DEMOCRACY’S OF CAPITALISTS AND FREEDOM. OUR GIRLS AND WOMEN HAVE RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY. SOCIALISTS HAVE BEEN TAKING EVEN WORSE FROM THEM. I THINK THE PRESIDENT IS WATCHING WITH MORE AMUSEMENT AND

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