President Trump and Brett Kavanaugh spoke during a swearing-in ceremony in the East Room of the White House on October 8, 2018. Former Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath of office to Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh had taken the official oath of office on October 6, immediately following his confirmation 50-48 by the Senate.

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President Trump welcomed Josh Holt back to freedom and the United States in the Oval Office of the White House, joined by Holt’s parents and senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Representative Mia Love, all of Holt’s home state of Utah. Also in the Oval Office was Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), who traveled to Venezuela to bring Holt home. Holt had been incarcerated Venezuela for two years on trumped up weapons charges. Fox News reported that a senior Trump administration official confirmed “nothing” was given to Venezuela in exchange for Holt’s release.

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During a cabinet meeting, President Trump condemned the recent “barbaric” chemical weapons attack in Syria, and promised a response within the next day or two, “whether it’s Russia or it’s Syria” that is responsible. Trump also address trade relations with China and other “bad deals” with other countries.

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