by Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:03 PM
Subject: WH Pool Report 11: Trump remarks
[Whitehouse Press Pool] was escorted into Roosevelt room at around 3:40. President Trump was seated at a table that included House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Mick Mulvaney and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller.
There were two empty placards on both sides of President Trump for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Trump spoke about the missile launch from North Korea. He said, “I will only tell you that we will take care of it.”
He said that he just had a “long discussion” about it and it is a “situation we will handle.”
Trump went on to say that he is “not that surprised” that Pelosi and Schumer did not show up to White House discussions. He said they were “weak” on crime and illegal immigration, and added that Democrats used to be “all talk, no action” and that now “not even talk.”
However, he said, “in light of the missile launch they will be here fairly quickly.”
Trump went on to say that he thinks the Senate GOP tax plan will pass and be very popular.
He estimated that over $4 trillion of offshore money will be brought back.
Trump added that his meeting with Senate Republicans was a “love fest.”
Paul Ryan then spoke and said he regrets that his Democratic colleagues couldn’t join the meeting. It was then McConnell’s turn who said that he “can’t recall ever turning down” such a meeting at the White House.
Trump then asked Mattis to make some comments about the NK missile launch.
The Defense Secretary said that the ICBM was shot “higher frankly than any previous shots” NK has taken.
He said that NK’s continued effort to develop weapons “endangers world peace, regional peace and certainly the United States.”
Trump was then asked two questions.
Whether missile launch changed his approach to North Korea.
He said his approach to North Korea hasn’t changed.
Whether Democrats would be to blame for a government shutdown.
“Would absolutely blame Democrats if that happens.”
He said that would cause “illegals pouring in,” “crime pouring in.”
Like earlier, he noted that since the missile launch occurred “things have change” that “will have a huge effect.”
“They should be calling immediately and saying we want to see you.”