Politico got their hands on an interview that the Wall Street Journal decided not to publish – and decided to publish it themselves.

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Here are some interesting tidbits from the interview transcript.


MR. BAKER: Are you recommending to the people that you talk to a particular – do you want – are you saying do this and then go for repeal, or are you going –

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I’d rather see repeal and replace because I – I can do either way. If you remember, it was – you know, it was an idea that I had very early on, repeal. Trouble with repeal is you’ll have millions of people out there that – well, it’s like we just got the highest confidence in many years; you know, people out there that will say, well, you know, how do we know we’re going to have health care? And I hate to do that to people.


MR. BAKER: What are you most proud of in the first six months?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: A lot of things. I think I’m proud of the Supreme Court choice. And that’s not just a nomination, that’s getting him through. I’m very proud of opening up regulations. One of the reasons you see optimism is because people can actually use their land. They can farm their land. I’ve had tremendous and tremendous – look, I had 45,000 people there yesterday. It’s the biggest crowd they’ve ever had, and they were – they were going wild yesterday in West Virginia. But people can actually use their land and they can build.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: The truth is the people I care most about are the middle-income people in this country who have gotten screwed. And this upward revision, it’s going to be on high-income people.

You know, I was with Bob Kraft the other night. He came to have dinner with me. He’s a friend of mine. And as he left, he said, Donald, don’t worry about the rich people. Tax the rich people. You got to take care of the people in the country. It was a very interesting statement. I feel the same way.