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Trump Says He's Open To Changing Mind On Kavanaugh

September 26, 2018 - 6:55 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Following an eventful day at the United Nations, President Donald Trump held a news conference in New York before departing back to Washington D.C.

Trump's Open To Changing Mind On Kavanaugh

Trump says he's open to changing his mind on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh -- if the evidence at Thursday's Senate committee hearing is compelling. He said he'll watch the testimony from Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who's accusing the judge of sexual misconduct. 
The president was asked about whether he might be persuaded to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination. Trump said: "If I thought he was guilty of something like this --- yeah, sure.'' 
Trump is calling Kavanaugh "one of the highest quality people'' he's ever met. The president insists the accusations are false and he's accusing Democrats of playing politics. 

Trump Says He May Delay Meeting With Rosenstein

The president says he would "certainly prefer not'' to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and says he may delay a highly anticipated meeting with him. At the press conference, Trump said that Rosenstein denied making remarks attributed to him in a New York Times report, including that Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump last year.
Trump and Rosenstein had been scheduled to meet Thursday. 
Trump says he may postpone that meeting because he is focused on Thursday's extraordinary Senate committee hearing.

Trump Explains His View Of 'False' Allegations

Trump says the numerous accusations of sexual assault that have been made against him over the years affect the way he views allegations against other men, including his Supreme Court pick. Trump says he views such accusations "differently'' because he's "had a lot of false charges made against me.'' 
Here are his own words: "It's happened to me many times.'' 
Trump says he'd been accused -- falsely -- by "four or five women'' who "got paid a lot of money'' to made those charges.
More than a dozen women came forward during the 2016 presidential campaign, claiming they were assaulted, groped or kissed without consent by Trump. There's no evidence most were paid. Also during the campaign, a videotape from 2005 was released on which Trump was heard boasting of grabbing women by their genitals and kissing them without permission.

Trump On UN Speech: 'They Were Laughing With Me'

Trump is dismissing as "fake news'' reports that he was laughed at during the opening moments of his speech before the U.N. General Assembly. The president says the heads of states and delegates in the audience "weren't laughing at me. They were laughing with me.'' 
Trump opened Tuesday's speech by boasting about an American economy that he says is "booming like never before.'' He also claimed his administration had accomplished more in the less than two years he's held office than any other administration at the same point. 
His boast elicited laughter from the audience. 
Trump insisted at the news conference on Wednesday that "they did not laugh at me. People had a good time with me.''