Read the full ABC News transcript here. Highlights below:

  1. Torture: "As far as I'm concerned, we have to fight fire with fire ... With that being said, I'm going with General Mattis. I'm going with my secretary because I think Pompeo's gonna be phenomenal. I'm gonna go with what they say."
  2. "He's groveling again": Trump's response to being told that the author of a Pew Report he cited on voter fraud said there's no evidence for his claims.
  3. On why he keeps making unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, even though he won: "No, no. We're looking at it for the next time. No, no, you have to understand, I had a tremendous victory, one of the great victories ever. In terms of counties I think the most ever or just about the most ever. When you look at a map it's all red. Red meaning us, Republicans. One of the greatest victories ever."
  4. And claimed zero illegal voters cast ballots his way: "We're gonna launch an investigation to find out, and then the next time — and I will say this: Of those votes cast, none of them come to me. None of them come to me. They would all be for the other side. None of them come to me."
  5. "Turn on Fox": POTUS said that only Fox had the right response to his speech before the CIA. It looks like he's a fan again.
  6. "No, it's not the Muslim ban": Trump's response to David Muir when pressed on the plan to ban refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations, including Iraq and Syria.

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