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President Trump insisted Friday that he would "love" to sit down with Robert Mueller and answer his questions in relation to his investigation into possible collusion or obstruction of justice.

Why it matters: Trump's lawyers have been pushing, hard, against an interview between the president and Mueller. However, Trump told reporters Friday that he "would love to speak because we’ve done nothing wrong," and said he'd be willing to override his lawyers on that.

More from Trump's remarks to reporters before leaving for Dallas:

  • Trump said Rudy Giuliani is "a great guy," but that he's still “learning the subject matter” and getting his “facts straight” regarding the comments he made on Fox News about Trump's knowledge of the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels (which Trump has previously and publicly denied.) "He just started yesterday."
  • "We're not changing any stories" regarding Stormy Daniels, Trump insisted, despite Giuliani admitting that Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for the payment.
  • “I thought the jobs report was very good ... the big thing for me was cracking four [percent unemployment]."
  • The White House has picked a date and location for planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump said, adding that a statement will be released shortly. He added that "a lot of things have already happened with regard to the hostages. I think you’re going to be seeing very good things.”

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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.