SO, HE HAD AN AGENDA AND EVEN BEFORE HE WAS SWORN IN, HE SET UP HIS DEFENSE CLAIMING NO CO-ORDINATION WITH THE RUSSIANS AND, AFTER HE IS SWORN IN, HE WILL DO DEALS.
The Dude seems to be under the impression that, if he announces ahead of time what he is going to do and nobody stops him, then it is not a crime.
Over the weekend, I was offered $2 billion to do a deal in DubaI with a very, very, very amazing man, a great, great developer from the Middle East, Hussein Dumak (Hussain DAMAC) a friend of mine, great guy, and was offered $2 billion to do a deal in Dubai, a number of deals. And I turned it down. I didn’t have to turn it down, because as you know, I have a no-conflict situation because I’m president, which is — I didn’t know about that until about three months ago, but it’s a nice thing to have, but I don’t want to take advantage of something. I have something that others don’t have. Vice President Pence also has it. I don’t think he’ll need it. I have a feeling he’s not going to need it. But I have a no conflict of interest provision as president. It was many, many years old. This is for presidents because they don’t want presidents getting — I understand, they don’t want presidents getting tangled in minutiae. They want a president to run the country. So I could actually run my business. I could actually run my business and run government at the same time. I don’t like the way that looks, but I would be able to do that, if I wanted to. I would be the only one that would be able to do that. You can’t do that in any other capacity, but as a president, I could run the Trump Organization — great, great company — and I could run the country. I’d do a very good job. But I don’t want to do that. Now, all of these papers that you see here —
And what I’m going to be doing is my two sons, who are right here, Don and Eric, are going to be running the company. They are going to be running it in a very professional manner. They’re not going to discuss it with me. Again, I don’t have to do this. They’re not going to discuss it with me. And with that, I’m going to bring up Sheri Dillon, and she’s going to go — these papers are just some of the many documents I’ve signed turning over complete and total control to my son.
He brings his passport to my office. I say, wait a minute, he didn’t leave the country. He wasn’t out of the country. They had Michael Cohn of the Trump organization was in Prague. It turned out to be a different Michael Cohn. It’s a disgrace what took place. It’s a disgrace and I think they ought to apologize to start with, Michael Cohn.
REPORTER: Thank you, Mr.President-elect. Can you stand here today once and for all and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during the presidential campaign and, if you indeed do believe that Russia was behind the hacking, what is your message to Vladimir Putin right now?
TRUMP: He shouldn’t be doing it. He won’t be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I’m leading it than when other people have led it. You will see that. Russia will respect our country more. He shouldn’t have done it. I don’t believe he will be doing it more now. We have to work something out. But it’s not just Russia.
Take look at what’s happened. You don’t report it the same way. Twenty-two million accounts were hacked in this country by China. And that’s because we have no defense. That’s because we’re run by people that don’t know what they’re doing. Russia will have far greater respect for our country when I’m leading it. And I believe — and I hope, maybe it won’t happen, it’s possible, but I won’t be given a little reset button like Hillary.
Press this piece of plastic. The guy looked at her like, what is she doing? There’s no reset button. We’re either going to get along or we’re not. I hope we get along. But if not, that’s possible, too. But Russia and other countries and other countries including China, which has taken total advantage of us economically, totally advantage of us in the South China Sea by building their massive fortress, total. Russia, China, Japan, Mexico, all countries will respect us far more, far more than they do under past administrations.
I want to thank everybody. So this is all — just so you understand, these papers, because I’m not sure that was explained properly. These papers are all just a piece of the many, many companies that are being put into trust to be run by my two sons and I hope at the end of eight years I’ll come back and I’ll say, “Oh, you did a good job.” Otherwise, if they do a bad job, I’ll say, you’re fired. Goodbye, everybody. Goodbye.