1. Wide shot of President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"(Reporter question: Mr. President, as you saw, the Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Don Jr., that's the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee. What do you make of that?)
Well I was very surprised. I saw Richard Burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago, he went outside and somebody asked him. 'No, there was no collusion, we found no collusion.' But I was very surprised to see my son, my son is a very good person, works very hard. The last thing he needs is Washington, DC. He could rather not ever be involved. I remember he said to me a long time ago when I was thinking about running, 'Dad, if I can help, let me know. It's not my expertise, it's not something I really like, but whatever I can do, you're my father, whatever I can do.' He's now testified for 20 hours or something, a massive amount of time. The Mueller report came out, that's the bible, the Mueller report came out and they said he did nothing wrong."
3. Cutaway of press
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"My son is a good person. My son testified for hours and hours. My son was totally exonerated by Mueller, who frankly does not like Donald Trump. Me. This Donald Trump. And frankly for my son, after being exonerated, to now get a subpoena to go again and speak again after close to 20 hours of telling everybody that would listen about a nothing meeting. Yeah I'm pretty surprised.
(Reporter question: Will you fight the subpoena?)
Well we'll see what happens. I'm just very surprised. I really am."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"(Reporter question: Will you allow Robert Mueller to testify to Congress?)
.Well I'm going to leave that up to our very great attorney general and he'll make a decision on that. But I will say this, look the Mueller report came out. It was done at I guess I'm hearing numbers now close to 40 million dollars with 17 or 18 very angry Democrats who hated Donald Trump. And also everything that they could possibly have at their disposal. There was nobody that was in the history of our country more transparent than me. I said give them every document, give them every person, let the White House counsel testify. I think he testified for 30 hours, I guess they must have asked of the same question because there wasn't very much to testify about. But I said let him testify and let him, keep him as long as you want. Actually when I heard 30 hours I said that's a long time. But I let him testify. I didn't have to, I have presidential privilege, I could have stopped everything. I didn't have to give them a document. I gave them one point five million documents. I gave them White House counsel. I gave them other lawyers, anybody you want you can talk to. At the end of the testimony, no collusion and essentially no obstruction. Of course a lot of people say how can you obstruct when there was no crime? When there was no collusion, how can you possibly obstruct? But it's worse than that. It's, not only was there no crime but the crime was committed on the other side. So we're protecting against the crime committed on the other side. So after spending all of that money, all of that time, two years, they come up with a report. And Bob Mueller is no friend of mine. I had conflicts with him. We had a business dispute, we had somebody that is in love with James Comey. We like James Comey, they were very good friends, supposedly best friends, maybe not. But supposedly best friends. You look at the picture file and you see hundreds of pictures of him and Comey. And with all of that and other things, he wanted the FBI job. I don't know if anybody knows that. But as you know he was considered for the FBI job, wanted it, and the day after he didn't get it he became the special counsel, that's a conflict."
President Donald Trump says he's "very surprised" that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed his eldest son.
Trump spoke Thursday after The Associated Press and other news outlets reported the panel is calling on Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about his 2017 testimony to the panel as part of its probe into Russian election interference.
Trump called his son a "very good person," adding that the "last thing he needs is Washington DC." Trump also said he had already testified for a "massive amount of time."
It's the first known subpoena of a member of Trump's immediate family and a new sign that the Senate panel is continuing with its own two-year long investigation, even after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's call from the Senate floor on Tuesday to move on from the probe.
The president also said he would leave the issue of whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify up to Attorney General William Barr.
Trump last week said that it was Barr's call, but later declared on Twitter that Mueller should not testify.