May 31, 2018
Questions asked in the air between Houston and Dallas:
- What was the President’s reaction to the Russians visiting North Korea?
- Who exactly is coming tomorrow? Is it just the same people that met with Secretary Pompeo?
- Will the President be meeting with these officials, or is it a lower-level meeting?
- And still no idea of what the content of the letter might be?
- Would the President make the content of the letter public no matter what it says?
- Do you expect the President to meet with him in the Oval Office for extended talks, or is just a handover of the letter?
- Can you tell us who the President met with in Houston at the meeting, at the airport hangar, and how it went and how he received them?
- Can you just give us a sense as to, were these the families of people who were killed, were they first responders? Do you have kind of — even just — even not names, but can you categorize the kind of people he met with?
- Two of the people the President mentioned for pardons — he’s considering Blagojevich and Martha Stewart — they both have connections to “Celebrity Apprentice.” Is there a reason he’s thinking about them and not some of the other 3,000 people on the list?
- The people you mentioned, though, were all celebrities. Is that a fair way — in their own right and in different ways. Is that a fair way to view the commonalities?
- (Inaudible) Ted Cruz was one of the people who did make the President more aware of the D’Souza case. I think there’s been some reports about that, and I think we saw Cruz tweeting about it. I know the President didn’t comment on that. But can you talk any more about —
- Can you speak to who else may have impacted his thinking on it?
- How did he see the case? It hasn’t been in the news recently, I don’t believe.
- You said he saw the case. But like how did get on his radar? It hasn’t been a particularly buzzy issue recently, unless I missed it.
- What about the case that Kim Kardashian raised yesterday? How serious is he looking at that one?
- Last week, there were two different meetings for lawmakers to get briefed on materials by that informant who was connected to the Trump campaign. Has the President himself asked for a readout or some sort of briefing of those meetings and what was discussed?
- Does he agree with Trey Gowdy that basically the FBI did what was right? Or does he have reason to believe that Trey Gowdy is not telling the truth there?
- One more about Kim Yong Chol. He’s under sanctions in the U.S. He’s been accused of causing the deaths of thousands of South Korean troops, of various other human rights atrocities. Does the President have any misgivings with sitting down with him in the Oval Office? Does that lend him a certain amount of credibility?
MR. GIDLEY: Again, no one is saying they’re sitting down in the Oval Office yet. The details are still being worked out. That’s something that I have to defer you to State on.
The next day:
To be fair, we don’t know whether they actually sat down in chairs.