He called her use of personal email - which appears to have violated federal records laws - "very innocent" and dismissed the comparison to Clinton, saying his daughter's private emails contained no classified information and were never deleted.
The call was a uniquely Trump blend of boasting, peppered questions and off-the-cuff observations as his comments veered from venting about slights to praising troops - "You really are our heroes", he said - as club waiters worked to set Thanksgiving dinner tables on the outdoor terrace behind him.
After the call wrapped, Trump continued to focus on the 9th Circuit and his administration's efforts to prevent the group of migrants - many of whom are seeking asylum - from crossing into the United States illegally.
"When I see foreign leaders, they say, 'We cannot believe the difference in strength between the United States now and the United States two years ago", he said, adding that the USA has grown "so much stronger that people can't even believe it". "Everybody knows it's totally out of control". But on Thursday, as he has previously, Trump defended Riyadh and cast doubt on the USA intelligence community's findings. "I've given the OK", Trump said.
"It's an atrocity. It's a bad thing". Please study the numbers, they are shocking.
The president would not discount the possibility of a partial government shutdown early in December over lawmakers' refusal to allocate the billions of dollars he is demanding for a border wall, the central promise of his 2016 campaign.
As the president wished members of the five military branches a happy holiday, he also complained about the court system, trade issues and migrants heading to the southern border of the U.S. "And I'll tell you what, it's not going to happen like this anymore".
Lethal force can be used at Mexico border, Trump says
'If they have to, they have to use lethal force. "If they have to". I hope they don't have to, but you're dealing with a minimum of 500 serious criminals.
"I'm troubled by it", former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who served in George W. Bush's administration, told NPR's Morning Edition.
The president replied with his customary Twitter storm, with only three exclamation points but with the kind of reasoned national-security points that always carry weight coming from a president.
But, Trump said, "whether he did or whether he didn't, he denies it vehemently".
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the 5,800 active-duty service members deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border to prevent a group of almost 3,000 Central American asylum-seekers from crossing into the United States were "proud" and "tough people" who don't need to be sent home to spend Thanksgiving with their families.
In the past week, city officials have arrested three dozen caravan members for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and said they would be deported to their home countries.
New Zealanders praise Schmidt for outsmarting All Blacks
Six Nations champions, and now having secured their first home victory over the All Blacks in history, to go alongside their maiden win two years ago, they are deserving of that mantle'.