South Lawn

5:38 P.M. EST

Q   Mr. President, have you spoken to Leader McConnell?

THE PRESIDENT:  I’ve spoken to the family.  I think he’s going to be all right, he’ll be good.

Q    What did you say to the family?

Q    Mr. President, on Chairman Xi’s remarks and the foreign minister’s remarks this week, they were rather sharp and definitive going after the United States.  What’s your read on what that means?


Q    Republicans say your budget is dead on arrival.  “Why introduce it?”  What do you say to them?


Q    What areas do you think you can find compromises with — with the Republicans?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’ll see what their budget is.  I’m ready to meet with him tomorrow if he shows me his budget.

5:39 P.M. EST

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