Trump Doubles Down On His Defense Of Saudi Arabia Before leaving for Thanksgiving, President Trump took questions from reporters on Saudi Arabia, Ivanka Trump's emails and a court decision on his administration's new asylum restrictions.
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Trump Doubles Down On His Defense Of Saudi Arabia

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Trump Doubles Down On His Defense Of Saudi Arabia

Trump Doubles Down On His Defense Of Saudi Arabia

Trump Doubles Down On His Defense Of Saudi Arabia

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Before leaving for Thanksgiving, President Trump took questions from reporters on Saudi Arabia, Ivanka Trump's emails and a court decision on his administration's new asylum restrictions.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Before heading to his Mar-a-Lago resort for thanksgiving today, President Trump took questions from reporters on the lawn of the White House as his helicopter waited. The topics included his statement on Saudi Arabia, a legal setback on his new asylum restrictions and his daughter Ivanka's use of a personal email address.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

He spoke out against the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appeals court for the Western U.S. That's where a judge yesterday temporarily halted the administration's new restrictions on asylum-seekers. Trump suggested the court was biased.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No matter what you do, no matter how good your case is - and the 9th Circuit is really something we have to take a look at 'cause it's - because it's not fair.

SHAPIRO: In response to news stories about his daughter Ivanka Trump's use of a personal email server for some government business, the president said there could be no comparison to his criticism of Hillary Clinton.

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TRUMP: So what Ivanka did - it's all in the presidential records. Everything is there. There was no deletion. There was no nothing. What it is is a false story. Hillary Clinton deleted 33,000 emails. She had a server in the basement. That's the real story.

SHAPIRO: As a reminder, the FBI decided against prosecuting Hillary Clinton over her handling of those emails.

CORNISH: President Trump also defended his unusual statement today about Saudi Arabia and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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TRUMP: If we abandon Saudi Arabia, it would be a terrible mistake.

CORNISH: Despite a CIA assessment that Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, personally approved the killing, the president in his statement today wrote, quote, "the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia." He doubled down on that.

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TRUMP: I'm not going to destroy the world economy, and I'm not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia, so...

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