President Trump held a media availability Friday on the White House lawn prior to departing on Marine One:
REPORTER: Your top diplomat in Ukraine said that you held up military funds because you wanted Ukraine to investigate the 2016 election and Burisma, the company on which Hunter Biden sat. Are you saying that he’s making that up?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, the problem is — here’s the problem —
REPORTER: Do you think — are you calling him a liar?
THE PRESIDENT: Here’s the problem: He’s a Never Trumper, and his lawyer is a Never Trumper. And the other problem is you —
REPORTER: Mike Pompeo hired him.
REPORTER: Why did Mike Pompeo hire him?
THE PRESIDENT: Hey, everybody makes mistakes. I — Mike Pompeo, everybody makes mistakes.
REPORTER: Do you want him out now as the top diplomat?
THE PRESIDENT: He’s a Never Trumper. His lawyer is the head of the Never Trumpers. They’re a dying breed, but they’re still there.
REPORTER: Based on what?
THE PRESIDENT: And here’s the other problem —
REPORTER: Based on what, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT: — you’re with CNN and you’re fake news.