Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump holds news conference amid new sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh

Trump holds news conference amid new sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh

"When you are guilty until proven innocent, it's just not supposed to be that way".

US President Donald Trump: "It does impact my opinion and you know why?"

He responded by lashing out at one of the women who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when both were in college.

Wading into the #MeToo moment, Mr Trump said he views such accusations "differently" because he has "had a lot of false charges made against me".

At a news conference in NY a day before Kavanaugh was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump pledged to listen to the testimony of Kavanaugh's accuser and even said he was open to changing his mind about his nominee.

"If I thought he was guilty of something like this, yes, sure", Trump said at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY.

He lamented that the last-minute onslaught of accusations from the radical left would discourage great people from accepting a nomination to the Supreme Court.

"I could conceivably be turned down by someone that desperately wanted this job two months ago", he said. He said "con artist" Democrats "have destroyed a man's reputation", and noted that he can sympathize: "People want fame".

Trump batted away a question about why he allegedly always stands with men who have been accused of sexual misconduct rather than the women who have accused them. It's happened to me many times.

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"It's possible I'll hear that and say, 'hey, I'm changing my mind, '" Trump said of the anticipated testimony.

Pompeo also said a second summit meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would also likely occur "after October".

"I'm going to see what happens tomorrow". You know how close he was to pressing the trigger", Trump said at a solo press conference here on Wednesday, adding that "not thousands.

He made the comments at a news conference in NY a day before Judge Brett Kavanaugh was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

Trump, however, did not spare Democrats - or lawyer Michael Avenatti, for that matter. But Trump was careful not to attack the women directly. "It's a very tough situation for a woman; there's no question about it", he said.

"I don't want to be in a position where people say, 'No, thanks".

Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a high school party.

"I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their "turn" with a girl inside the room", she said. "I'm going to be watching, believe it or not", Trump said.

"Further increase of sanctions goes beyond cutting off financing of banned missile and nuclear programs, and is in fact a threat to North Korean citizens and would bring extreme socio-economic and humanitarian suffering", Lavrov said. "I could pick a woman and she could have charges made from many years ago", he added.

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