Trump defends Kavanaugh nomination, may delay Rosenstein meeting


Washington is due for an explosive Thursday as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are set to testify on Capitol Hill and as President Donald Trump considers the fate of the person overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

"People are going to be scared", he said".

Trump is set to meet personally with Rosenstein at the White House Thursday, the same day Kavanaugh and one of his accusers are both set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I will watch. I hope I can see". Trump said of the decision by Blasey Ford and her parents not to press charges against Kavanaugh more than three decades ago.

"It's possible I'll hear that and say, 'hey, I'm changing my mind, ' " Trump said of the anticipated testimony.

"I'm with Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said Monday in a statement that could practically be the slogan of a #MeToo counter-movement T-shirt. "He's a tremendous man".

In a sometimes rollicking exchange with reporters on questions about Rosenstein and Kavanaugh, Trump again denied any involvement in Russian efforts to influence the 2016 elections and disputed claims by numerous women that he has committed sexual assault.

Trump also announced he is leaning toward keeping Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, a decision that would avoid a major crisis at the Justice Department related to the Russian Federation investigation at the same time the massive controversy swirls around his Supreme Court nominee.

"You wouldn't have gotten one vote" from Democrats, Trump said at a news conference in NY where he has been attending a United Nations conference.

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Arizona's Jeff Flake, to name one, rebuked Trump for casting doubt on Kavanaugh's accusers and may no longer be in the nominee's corner.

However, the president appeared to leave himself some room to maneuver later in the press conference, saying he was open to "changing my mind" if the evidence against Kavanaugh was sufficiently compelling. I didn't do what Obama did... give him $1.8bn (£1.37bn) in cash to get back for hostages.

Mr Trump said China did not like him because he was the first president ever to challenge China on trade.

President Donald Trump expressed outrage on Wednesday over the mounting number of sexual assault allegations that have been laid against his Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, calling the accusations "ridiculous". Trump spoke to advisers inside and outside the White House on Sunday about the report and it did not shake his support for Kavanaugh, said a person with knowledge of the conversations who was not authorized to speak publicly.

If I wasn't elected, you would have had a war.

Trump said he rejected a one-on-one meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the United Nations because he's annoyed by the country's trade negotiations.

"They laugh like hell at what they've pulled off on you and on the public", he said. "When you are guilty until proven innocent, it's just not supposed to be that way".

"This is America we're talking about".

Trump insisted that the allegations made against him during the 2016 presidential campaign were false, and that only Fox News and Sean Hannity covered that aspect of the story.