President Donald Trump says his son Donald Trump Jr. and senior adviser Jared Kushner have been “very loyal” to him and his administration, and say they would not have allowed Hillary Clinton to be elected president.
In an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, Trump said he was “very happy” to hear about his son’s decision to come forward, and said that he was very grateful for the support he has received from his family.
“I think they’re very loyal to me, but I’m very happy for them,” Trump said.
“And they are very loyal.
They’re very honest, and I think they are the best people.
They are very, very loyal, and they are doing what I say, which is great.””
I’m very proud of them,” he added.
“I mean, I think, obviously, they’re loyal to the President.
I think I have the highest regard for them.
I would not let them get to the point where they were able to do that.”
Asked whether he and his son had discussed the possibility of the president firing Mueller, Trump responded: “No.
No, we would not do that.
That would be a disaster for our country.”
Asked if he had any regrets about his decision to fire Mueller, he replied: “I would say it’s a mistake.”
“It’s very difficult,” Trump continued.
“It’s a very hard decision.
I don’t want to have to make a decision that I regret.
But you know, there’s nothing I could say that would change it.”
Trump also told Holt he believes Mueller should have been fired before he took office, but said he had not spoken to the special counsel yet.
“He should be fired before I get into office.
I believe he should have gone before,” Trump told Holt.
Trump also said he has no regrets about the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and that it was “totally politicized.”
“If you look at what’s happening in the country, it’s absolutely politicized.
And, you know what?
It’s a political thing.
And you look what’s going on with the Senate, and all of that,” Trump explained.
“So, I don, you have to look at it.”
“What you do have to do is look at the way it was done,” Trump added.
He said the investigation “was totally politicized,” and that “you don’t have to say anything.”
“You have to go and look at, you look into the things, you see things that you don’t like,” Trump stressed.
“You look at them and you don.
You see things.
And then, you take a stand,” he said.”
And, you just say, ‘Oh, my God.
I have to get out of this.’
You don’t need to do anything.
I’m not doing anything.
And that’s all you have,” Trump concluded.