REPORTER: “That’s North Korea’s term, war games.”
TRUMP: “That’s my term.”
REPORTER: “They use it too.”
TRUMP: “They might use it. We pay for it. We pay millions and millions of dollars for planes and all of this. It’s my term. I said I’d like to halt it because it’s bad to be negotiating and doing it. It costs us a lot of money.”
Fact Check: This requires context. It is unclear how much the joint military exercises with South Korea cost, but Seoul does shoulder some of the financial burden of the presence of American troops.
Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the top American commander in South Korea, told Congress in February that South Korea paid $830 million in support of American troop activities in 2017, and would increase that contribution by 1 percent this year.
The New York Times was also able to find one instance of Mr. Trump using the term “war games” to describe military drills before he met with Mr. Kim on Tuesday. But Mr. Trump has not been consistent in his criticism of the drills. When he visited South Korea in November 2017, he praised naval drills in the Pacific as a showing of “great strength.”
On James Comey, the F.B.I. and the inspector general’s report
‘The I.G. report totally exonerates’
“It is a very unfair situation, but the I.G. report totally exonerates. I mean, if you look at the results, if you look at the head investigator, is saying we have to stop Trump from becoming president. Well, Trump became president.”
Fact Check: False. The internal report released by the Justice Department’s inspector general on Thursday did not “exonerate” Mr. Trump. In fact, the 500-page report did not examine or make conclusions about the special counsel’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Texts released by the inspector general reveal that a top F.B.I. agent overseeing the investigation into the Trump campaign had said “we’ll stop” Mr. Trump from becoming president. But the report concluded that there was no evidence that the political views of the agent factored into the inquiry.
‘What he did was criminal’
REPORTER: “From what you’ve seen so far, should James Comey be locked up?”
TRUMP: “I would never want to get involved in that. Certainly he, they just seemed like criminal acts to me. What he did was criminal. What he did was a terrible thing to the people. What he did was so bad in terms of our Constitution, in terms of the well-being of our country. What he did was horrible. Should he be locked up? Let somebody make a determination.”
‘a den of thieves’
“They all work for Comey. And Comey knew everything that was going on. You think McCabe didn’t tell him everything? McCabe told him everything. McCabe is up for criminal right now. He is now suing; it is a total mess. They’re all going against each other. No, I think Comey was the ringleader of this whole den of thieves, it was a den of thieves.”
On the Russia probe
‘Manafort had nothing to do with our campaign’
“Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign. I feel a little badly about it. They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago. Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. He worked for Ronald Reagan, he worked for Bob Dole, he worked for John McCain or his firm did, he worked for many other Republicans. He worked for me, what, for 49 days or something?”
Fact Check: False. Paul Manafort was very much a part of the Trump campaign. He joined the campaign on March 28, 2016, was promoted to campaign chairman in May 2016 and resigned on August 19, 2016. That’s a total of 144 days, not 49 days.
Also contrary to the president’s claims, the charges brought against Mr. Manafort by the special counsel also span the time he worked for the Trump campaign. The indictment against Mr. Manafort and his protégé, Rick Gates, accuses them of serving as unregistered agents of Ukraine from at least 2006 to 2016 and laundered payments through American and foreign entities “from approximately 2006 through at least 2016.” They also made false and misleading statements to the Justice Department between Nov. 23, 2016, and Feb. 10, 2017.
Mr. Manafort on Friday was sent to jail to await trial after prosecutors accused him of witness tampering.
On families’ being forced apart at the border and supporting — or not — an immigration plan
‘I hate the children being taken away’
REPORTER: “Mr. President, do you agree with children being taken away —”
TRUMP: “No, I hate it. I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law. Quiet, quiet. That’s the Democrats’ law. We can change it tonight. We can change it right now. I will leave here — no, no. You need their votes. You need their votes. The Democrats, all they have to do —”
REPORTER: “You control both chambers of Congress, the Republicans do.”
TRUMP: “Excuse me, by one vote? We don’t need it. You need 60 votes.”