‘This Week’ Transcript 1-7-18: Nikki Haley, Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. Bernie Sanders

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ANNOUNCER: This Week with George Stephanopoulos starts right now.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: Fire and fury.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I never interviewed with him
in the White House at all. He was never in the Oval Office.

STEPHANOPOULOS: President Trump and his team fire back at that explosive new book.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: It’s complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip.

STEPHANOPOULOS: It’s a damning portrait of a White House in chaos with Trump’s inner circle questioning his capacity to serve.

But author Michael Wolff is also facing questions. All the fallout this morning.

And…

TRUMP: Everything that I have done is 100 percent proper. That’s what I do is I do things proper.

STEPHANOPOULOS: New report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller focus now on obstruction of justice.

How strong is the case? Did the president defend himself under oath? And how will the GOP counterattack on the investigation color the case? Those questions ahead for the former federal prosecutor fired by Trump Preet Bharara.

Plus, after taunting Kim Jong-un about the size of his nuclear button.

TRUMP: Without my rhetoric and without my tough stance, they wouldn’t be talking right now.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The president opens the door to talks with North Korea. The latest from UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Martha Raddatz reporting from South Korea. We’ll break down the politics, smoke out the spin. The facts that matter this week.

ANNOUNCER: From ABC News, it’s This Week. Here now, chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning. To anyone who thought President Trump’s second year might be a bit more relaxed than the first, two words: Fire and Fury. That title of the blistering new best seller about the Trump White House also describes President Trump’s response to the book, which has intensified an extraordinary debate captured this morning in headlines across the…

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