Trump gives news conference in New York City

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President Donald Trump has been unwavering in his support for his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, even as numerous uncorroborated, refuted, and dubious sexual misconduct allegations have been made against the judge. Trump said of the decision by Blasey Ford and her parents not to press charges against Kavanaugh more than three decades ago.

Judge Kavanaugh and another accuser from his high school years this week testify before a US Senate panel.

Trump said he'd "certainly prefer not" to fire his Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation.

The President said he stood by Kavanaugh, but he also left open the possibility of withdrawing his nomination if he is convinced of the judge's guilt through watching Thursday's testimony from him and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. In the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that repelled many Republicans when it became public during the 2016 election, Trump can be heard boasting of grabbing women by their genitals and kissing them without permission. He also took aim at Senate Democrats, calling the entire ordeal "a big, fat con job".

On the eve of a potentially make or break moment for his Supreme Court nominee, President Donald Trump held a press conference to talk about his favorite subject: Himself.

The president initially set his meeting with Rosenstein for Thursday, the same day that the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing on the allegations against Kavanaugh.

That answer - comparing his own accusers to those of Kavanaugh - surely made Senate Republicans who are desperately trying to confirm the judge groan.

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CNN's Jim Acosta - no stranger to seeking the spotlight himself in his self-appointed role as Trump antagonist asked him if, after he was done, whether the president might call on a female reporter. Kavanaugh has also denied all the allegations against him.

In a Fox News interview on Monday night, Kavanaugh vigorously denied Ramirez's and Ford's allegations and said he would not "let false accusations drive us out of this process".

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, among those pressing for a quick vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, on Monday referred to Ramirez's allegation as "phony".

That was the line of argument the president took in his nominee's defense at a Wednesday evening press conference at the United Nations in NY. "Just so you understand".

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK", he said at the time, pressing ahead undaunted. He defended his decision to meet again with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, while at the same time launching a new attack on Canada, a longtime U.S. ally. Speaking at the United Nations earlier, Trump said a time and location for the talks would be announced in the near future, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to travel to Pyongyang in October to discuss the matter further. It's fine, he has argued time and time again, because this or that world leader loves him and he loves the people of their country. "I know friends that have had false charges". People want fame, they want money, they want whatever.

While taking questions, a deadpan Trump called on Kurdistan TV reporter Rahim Rashidi, saying: "Yes, please".