Trump cites George Washington’s slaveholding past in defense of Brett Kavanaugh

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The Point: The press conference was remarkable.

In his hometown for the annual United Nations General Assembly, Trump has engaged in a week of intensive diplomacy pocked by the persistent political chaos in Washington. "I can't tell you if they're liars until I hear them".

As establishment journalists swiped at Trump again and again for an answer about Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, he turned to the iconic figure of George Washington.

Allies such as Fox News host Sean Hannity have accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of leaking the damaging information on Rosenstein in the hope that Trump would fire him, setting off another firestorm just weeks before elections that will determine political control of Congress.

Twitter liberals were immediately there to confirm it.

When asked what sort of message he was sending by raising questions about Kavanaugh's accusers, Trump noted that he had won 52% of the female vote in 2016. "What does he mean by that?" He said it was possible he could withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination if he believes her.

He said that the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh set a different standard by his enemies because he was nominated to the Supreme Court. No, Trump would not give a timeline for North Korea to denuclearize.

Kavanaugh is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as is Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of a sexual assault during a high school party.

As with any Trump appearance, this one didn't disappoint on the soundbite front.

"No meeting was requested", she said. He didn't say who he believed was throwing cash around to smear him.

"It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk". But an official said a full recording of the hearing will be available for the president when he arrives back at the White House.

If he is confirmed, the president said "we will have a Supreme Court Justice who will go down as one of our greatest ever".

"My preference would be to keep him and to let him finish up".

US Senate holds hearing on Kavanaugh's sexual assault allegations
Attached are the sworn declarations that were submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Dr. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to determine the future of Kavanaugh's nomination.

US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a woman who accuses his Supreme Court nominee of misconduct as she was intoxicated and "messed up". He said there was no rush, since the nuclear testing has stopped.

"This is a con game being played by the Democrats", he said. "If it takes two years, three years or five months, doesn't matter".

She added, "as a former prosecutor, I think you have to at least get the facts down".

"The president has no basis for dismissing the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh because he refuses to have the FBI investigate them".

There was room for the freaky in the global part of the briefing, of course.

Trump also mischaracterized the accusations against him, falsely claiming only four women had made allegations (more than a dozen did) and said they had been paid to do so (there has been no evidence to support that).

Collins said she was "appalled" by Trump's tweet that asked why if Ford's accusations were true she didn't bring them up long ago. "The girls from the schools I went to and I were friends".

He most generously gave credit to Russian Federation and Syria "for not doing it".

This took place, by the way, in a back-and-forth with a reporter who used to work for the New York Times, but now works for PBS News. "But it will probably or possibly be just USM, United States and Mexico".

"I never sexual assaulted anyone", he said. "People want fame, they want money, whatever". "They're actually con artists, because they know how quality this man is and they've destroyed a man's reputation, and they want to destroy it even more", Trump said. Miller's tweet came after Trump's boast that his administration "had accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", a line that drew laughter from the world leaders gathered at the United Nations. "They respect what I've done". "I'm a facilitator. I want to see if I can get a deal done so that people don't get killed anymore". "We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return". We're talking about an allegation of sexual assault.

Though Sanders said the White House is open to testimony from Ramirez, she also stressed Tuesday that the confirmation process needs to come to a close.

"The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship", Trump told the global assembly.

"Well it does impact my opinion, and you know why?"