From: Jordan Fabian
Date: August 15, 2017 at 4:15:42 PM EDT
Subject: Travel print pool report #4 - Trump q&ya on Charlottesville, CEOs, Bannon etc.
The president is taking questions following his infrastructure announcement at Trump Tower. Staff had told us he would not do so.
Here are some snippets. Check quotes against transcript.
Q: Why are CEOs are leaving the WH advisory council?
"Because they're not taking their jobs seriously as it pertains to this country."
"They're leaving out of embarrassment because they're making their products outside."
Explaining why he waited to call out white nationalists by name, POTUS said, "Before I make a statement, I need the facts"
"Making the statement when I made the statement, it was excellent."
Q: Why do Nazis support you?
On David Duke presence in Charlottesville, Trump said he didn't know he was there.
Q: Is it terrorism?
"The driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, this family, and this country
"You can call this terrorism..."
"The driver of the car is a murderer."
Q: Do you have confidence in Steve Bannon?
"I like Mr Bannon, he's a friend of mine. But he came on very late."
"He is not a racist, I can tell you that."
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