Trump talks China and ISIS, ‘Mr. Kellyanne’ and the Mueller report: White House transcript

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The White House has released a transcript of President Trump’s interaction on Wednesday with reporters on the South Lawn, before he boarded Marine One and headed for an event at a tank factory in Ohio.

Trump spoke at some length about the forthcoming Mueller report on Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, reiterating his “no collusion” prebuttal while also saying he had “never figured out” why an appointed, and thus unelected, special counsel would author such a report and returned as well to his talking points that Robert Mueller is himself conflicted. He also showed off a map purporting to demonstrate the near-total decimation of the Islamic State’s physical caliphate since the date of his election, in November 2016; trade talks with China; Trump’s public excoriation by well-known Republican lawyer George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; and alleged social-media bias.

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