Trump on Kavanaugh Claims: "These Are All False to Me"

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Trump said he plans to watch Thursday's hearing, which could convince him otherwise.

President Donald Trump will be among the millions of Americans tuned into Thursday's hearing in the Senate, where Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford will make their case.

"I'm going to see what happens tomorrow. I'm going to be watching. I'm going to see what's said," Trump said Wednesday evening during a rare press conference at the U.N.

The president was asked whether he could be convinced to drop Kavanaugh's nomination after Kavanaugh and Ford's testimony. "It's possible it will be convincing," he said.

Trump said he will have to make time to watch while also participating in the U.N. General Assembly. "I want to watch. I want to see," he said. "I hope I can watch. I'm meeting with a lot of countries tomorrow, but I will certainly in some form be able to watch."

During the press conference, the president was asked repeatedly if he believes the allegations of sexual misconduct made against Kavanaugh by Ford, Julie Swetnick and Deborah Ramirez. "I won't get into that game," he said.

But, Trump said of the accusations, "[t]hese are all false to me. These are all false accusations in certain cases, and in certain cases even the media agrees with that."

He continued his assault on Senate Democrats, calling them "obstructionists" and "con artists."

"They've destroyed a man's reputation, and they're going to destroy it more," the president said. "What they've done to this man is incredible. This is a big con job. A  big fat con."

Trump was asked if he can understand why a sexual assault victim would wait decades to report a claim. "People are going to have to make a decision," he said. "Thirty-six years, there's no charge. All the sudden, the hearings are over and the rumors."

The president also took the opportunity of a full house of press to criticize the media. "People know that a lot of the news is fake, and a lot of the people sitting here are fake," he said. "But 20 percent of them are wonderful."