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charge? mr. priebus: 100%. there was never any doubt. susan: -- mr. allen: the night of the indiana do you agree this is donald trump's party? >> no, it is the party's party. he will remain the republican party of the open door freedom, opportunity, a quality. our platform remains -- i believe our platform will remain the same as it is right now. we will remain continuously. i don't buy into that. here is the chief strategist of the rnc tweeting that this was 100% not true. a company story in the new york says says sticks said -- six members were told they should leave by the end of the week.
ps for a correction. what have you told your staff? >> nothing. i have been gone but i talked to katie, our chief of staff. this is what i know. what sean says every other year to the staff in the columns department is we are entering the general election face. weekends are workdays. if you have any family vacations, if you have something coming up you need to tell us about and now is the time to do it. ast is 100% false as far telling people to leave they're not 100% on board. the test is are you doing a good job and are you greater what you are doing. if you are great at what you are doing, there is no problem. >> is there anyone that has left? >> not that i know of. >> you expect anyone to?
>> i don't think so. it is than 48 hours. >> donald trump repeatedly said that the gop nominating process is rigged. i guess it worked out for him. >> i don't know if he thinks that anymore. maybe he does. can you needle him up a little bit about that? >> do there need to be changes to the gop nominating process? >> i think it are some things that can be looked at but it's not that easy. we tend to respect states and their rights to conduct a distribution and delicate process as they wish. i have my preferences but it really does not matter. what matter is the states
themselves adopt their own delegate rules. the rules committee at the convention full of it all of this and make recommendations as to how to be better. you always want to be better. and the changes we made to the rules over the two-year period at the rnc, they were historic changes. the idea of making states that have caucuses or beauty contests tie their allocation to those contests is a big change. amesdates were going to and getting nothing out of it but they had to go. theaid if he have to do things, you better tight delegates to it in the debate process. there are things we need to do to improve the debate process. but people also thought we were in st. louis said we're not going to have 23 debates. we had 12 candidates.
we are not going to have a calendar that no one can count on. when we goes by and we have an abc debate and the removal that myrtle beach and knowing is was going on. and we will have some say on who the moderators are. we will not have chris matthews conducting the republican party debate. all you guys are never going to get this done and he is get at andjob but this was a folly it was a big joke and it turned out that all the sudden we became in charge of the process. aw it's going to happen is years another party will have even more control. i would like to see one day if it's possible with fec problems for the party to actually own the rights of the nomination process. one day that's going to happen.
both parties are going to own the rights and they will have media outlets just like the nfl does. >> you will have exclusive -- >> i don't know. what i think we did was historic and i think you will get to a point where we are going to move even into appointment moved -- more control over the process. >> you will charge for access to ?he nominating process >> the point is should media outlets be making tens of millions of dollars on a product that the party should own. that is the question. i think both parties should get together and figure out what the answer to that question is. >> to charge for debates? >> you are saying that.
we are the beginning of a long process that having the party should explore and i use the nfl as an example because the nomination process i think she go to the benefit of both parties, not the benefit of the media. >> what about charging for rights to the convention? >> we kind of do that now. when media outlets have to build out a box obviously there is a fee that has to be paid. we can't bear the cost of the actual structures. i think there are certain things obviously that might be hands-off. all i am saying is i believe that this is the beginning of a process of exploration that both parties should do. >> my colleague e-mails me. only registered republicans can vote. would you encourage convention delegates to have a rule change requiring closed primaries in 2020?
>> i believe -- let the delegates to with a want to do. i believe that only republicans should vote and republican primaries and contests. >> you would -- >> i believe in closed primaries and contests is the answer. i favor whatever needs to be done to make better reality. >> in december 2012 decommissioned the growth and opportunity project, which is been called an honest review of the 2012 election cycle. what is the biggest -- >> i call to the growth and opportunity report. [laughter] >> i might slip up once in a while. >> what is the biggest recommendation of that report? >> i think the data peace and the targeting piece. because it isee in the weeds, but getting data,
buying consumer data, consensus it in an then putting application that easy for a field staff to use, central location has been the biggest change at the rnc. when you put almost $100 million without the white house, net cash, over four years into the system, it's a really hard thing to do. we have been doing it. we have been out raising the dnc and outworking the dnc for four years straight. it's undeniable. i don't think anyone write stories that thinks the dnc is doing better. that has been the biggest -- the other big change is and it sounds very basic but it is actually important is that we are the year-round party now. we used to be a party that would accumulate cash in a bucket. you would have $50 million cash on hand and in the nominee would
walk in in may or june say let's go spend it all. articlespeople write -- one of your guys did that the other day. the problem is instead of having one full-time employee in ohio now, we have 29 or active 48. we are trying to get up to a hundred. we have the republican leadership initiative with thousands of people involved. engagement and black and hispanic communities. we are spending a ton of money too. deciding we are not going to be a party that shows up three months before november. it's a tough business model because you are going to keep raising revenues in the keep going up and up and it does not matter if the environment around you gets people concerned. you have to keep doing it. >> the republican leaders of all
sorts getting credit for bringing the party back with your relentless fundraising. but still it would be nowhere near a match for the infrastructure of the clintons and the obamas. >> so far that is not been the case. we about raised the democrats every year for the last four years. i think even the last six years. we are ahead right now. the rnc, we build our infrastructure around the rnc. senate, congressional candidates tap into that operation. what the democrats do is they build around the nominee, the candidate. it was barack obama the building $100 million data system in chicago.
what hillary clinton has now done is something you never expected. she did not want to spend billions of dollars in new york or indiana and now millions of dollars in california. florida, they are worrying about how are they did with this thing away. >> thank you c-span for carrying us live. the growth and opportunity project. many minorities wrongly think the republicans do not like them or want them in the country. what now? being ins a part of the community. i think people can write all the books in the world they want about how the -- how to communicate, but if you're not in the community -- >> patties with the perception with what donald trump is been
saying? >> there are two parts of this. there is the mechanics. if you not mechanically in the community with people trying to talk about our party and school choice and sba loans for business owners, is somewhat is not there, nothing is going to change. tonelso need to have the at the top be the tone of people believe -- obviously you like them. if you don't like them, they're not going to vote for you. i think there is work to do. i think there was work on tone to. -- to do. this is not like breaking news. i said this recently. i have. and he understands it. that is what i'm saying. is not like him telling you one thing. and could this be possible it's very possible because i think he gets it. i think you will see it and you will see the change in town.
-- tone. you added to that the fact that we are in the hispanic and black communities everyday. he saw the numbers in 2014. that is a midterm by cory gardner got 46% of the hispanic vote in colorado. we spent $7 million or $8 million in colorado. romney would of just gotten 10% he would have won ohio. we are talking about long-term commitment to hispanic, black communities, asian communities, every community in between. the full-time year-round party that understands that it's important for us to do that work. >> he saw yesterday the donald trump tweeted a picture of himself eating from a tortilla bowl with a big dollop of sour cream and it. >> i heard about it. you can imagine i had other things to deal with yesterday afternoon. >> between says "happy #
cincodemayo. i love hispanics." >> he is trying. [laughter] trying. and i will tell you what. i honestly think he understands that the building and unifying and growing the party is the only way we're going to win. i think he gets that. >> would you think when they told you about -- >> honestly i had other pressing matters that i was dealing with that were far more important than that tweak. et. >> what are your plans for the convention? >> we don't have to worry about three separate headquarters, hotels, programming is something we are working through.
a lot of things are already done. the stage is done. there are things that just have to happen. we moved it up seven weeks of july. while we were talking about an open convention it seemed like i was a genius for doing that. cruisingst have to get and get going. >> do you feel like a genius? >> no. [laughter] no, i don't. i think we have done a great job at the rnc. when it comes to a confident national party i don't think anyone in this room can say this national committee is not the best mechanically rounded confident committee we never had. >> what you like about cleveland the city? >> from wisconsin. the lock it is like the big metropolis. -- milwaukee is like the big metropolis. i like the lake. i think having our convention in
cleveland will pay out big dividends for winning ohio. i think people, even if they are independent and democrats, i think the understandable we have done for the city of cleveland by going to cleveland and putting them in the spotlight. i think it will pay off than we are excited about it. >> who controls the program lineup in cleveland, you were donald trump? >> a little of both. is the republican national convention. the republican party -- it's the republican party's convention. you work together in order to put a program together that we think is going to be effective. >> you interviewed last month and said donald trump it's important to put some sure things into the convention or people are going to fall asleep. to you agree it should have more of a showbiz feel? >> i like the idea of having more of a fine --fun convention. pivots showbiz, entertainment, whatever the case may be.
with every suggestion comes millions of dollars in money. suggestions are great but there has to be a pretty big influx of cash to do something like that. >> donald trump said the same interview that they miami convention was the most boring convention you never been to. [laughter] >> i don't agree with that. maybe he can put up the money to achieve that. we will have to talk about that issue yet. >> he says we don't of the people who nobody but showbiz into the convention. what sort of people you reaching out to to program the convention? >> i have not really gone there yet. it's only been a few days. i had dinner with our ceo of the convention last night. they are doing a great job. they've got good people in charge. >> how worried are you about money for the convention.
we are good on the money. is the dnc that has problems. there is a portion of the funding that the rnc kicks in $14 million to $17 million and i think we are about 80% raised. the dnc is maybe 10% raised. mr. allen: went to the people have in common? they all say they are not coming to the convention. there is a tough race in new hampshire and. do you worry about 70 key leaders sitting it out? -- so many key leaders sitting out? cycleebus: if they are in , most of the time you're not coming to the convention. think claire mccaskill
went four years ago. i think it happens. people make choices. some officials in the highest rung of republican leadership are advising the rank-and-file members to stay away from cleveland. a gop leader took cnn privately he advises collects old camping rallies and town halls during the time of the july convention. gopnner -- a senior senate leader echoed that sentiment. are you worried there is a fear among your leaders that cleveland is going to be perhaps toxic. mr priebus: not really. kind of the are all are clamoring for hotels and suites. i know what they are asking for. anotherf we only had 1000 rooms for a lot of the different groups that are
representing elected officials, we would be in good shape. mr. allen: cnn reports bob dole is coming. mr priebus: great. [laughter] mr. allen: democrats are licking their chops about the possibility of the blowout. will either win 48 states or lose 44 states. do you sometimes feel that way? mr priebus: i don't. i think this will be a close election. i think people are divided. we have seen the last couple of elections that of the electoral college looks different. i think it will be tight. we will do a weekend and ensure we win. mr. allen: what is the percentage chance that donald trump will be hillary clinton. mr priebus: i don't know. win and you have got to look at hillary clinton. she has got a letter to answer for -- a lot to answer for.
if there is one person in a set of bring all of that out in a way that people can understand it, it's donald trump. too.going to do it is going to bring it all out. unfortunately for hillary clinton, is not going to be very comfortable. she has a lot to answer for. mr. allen: if current polling holds -- the new york times upshot -- mr priebus: sometimes in the party begin criticized. we don't hit hard enough. some ofot talk about the things that have happened in barack obama's life during 2008. i don't think donald trump will have a hard time bringing out some of the things that are going to be not good for hillary clinton. mr. allen: what is your specific scenario where donald trump winter home state of wisconsin? a priebus: wisconsin can be
populist place. duffy's up in sean district of north and maybe in sixthxthth along the -- along the river i think donald trump does pretty well. i think hillary clinton is someone that people in wisconsin just don't buy. bill clinton was different. he has got a little bit more of the -- i would like to have a beer this guy kind of feel. that is not hillary clinton. that's a scenario that i think people are not giving enough credit to. mr priebus: mr. allen: an donald trump does not drink. do you predict donald trump will win this constant -- wisconsin? mr priebus: i think he will but you have to look at a garlic ron johnson. i think he's in very fortunate to draw.
like hillary clinton, they are in the same mold. , people that are always coming around and bringing the same message. people rejected russ feingold. i think ron johnson is a part of this that people are not talking about either. mr. allen: a question than a quick rapid round. what other states decide wisconsin do you predict that donald trump may win or could win that romney did not? mr priebus: i think he could win ohio, florida, pennsylvania, iowa. i think he could put michigan and minnesota in play. that isa is a state hard to predict sometimes. i know obviously they went for walter mondale, in 1984 he is from there, jesse ventura.
every once in a while minnesota flips. i think donald trump could play in states like that. mr. allen: you are elected chair in 2011. you are reelected in 2015. are you going for a four-peat. mr priebus: i will figure that out after november. i will figure it out after november. mr. allen: kyl says are you absolutely certain you will seek another term as chairman? i have not heard them roulette a fourth term. out a fourth term. probably not but i have not decided. mr. allen: speaker right has talked about this. with a feature of your physical office. mr priebus: my aquarium. i have a 29 gallon aquarium. nemo in like little
there. it's a peaceful view during the day. mr. allen: why is that there? mr priebus: listen, i love saltwater tanks and the challenge of them. if anyone out there is a saltwater tank person, you know it is to be an addictive habit. is an expensive hobby but i really enjoy it. mr. allen: that's a surprising hobby? mr priebus: i don't know if it's surprising that the tank stuff is a hobby. hobby that is good for relaxing. i've been getting better because of an practicing a lot more lately. mr. allen: what do you enjoy playing? mr priebus: i like giving around. i like playing anything. classical, jazz, blues, anything. to let the sheet music. mr. allen: will we see you playing in cleveland? mr priebus: doubtful of possible. mr. allen: what job if you have
if you were not rnc chairman? mr priebus: i was a lawyer for 14 years in milwaukee. -- is wanted to be a pilot always wanted to be a pilot. mr. allen: what? [laughter] mr priebus: my debt is a pilot and he built an airplane in the garage. it lives or have the year in texas with a have a hangar in a grass runway with other folks that do the same thing on the lake. there was a little bit of a latent passion for being a pilot. if all else fails, i would like to be a catcher in the milwaukee brewers bullpen. not a real catcher, just catching bowls in the bullpen. that would be a great job. just sitting there catching bowls. -- balls. mr. allen: they are 11-17 to they could use you. the president said that gop chairman is here, glad to see you feel you earned a night off. congratulations.
[laughter] mr priebus: i would've never thought being from kenosha, wisconsin that when it president would actually not just say my name but know how to pronounce it. i got off easy. i was thinking ok, here we go. this is going to get bad. but it didn't. became a pretty good. mr. allen: what is your favorite restaurant and d.c.? mr priebus: i love going to cobbs on 8th street with sally and the kids. i love the greek food. in kenosha, wisconsin it is villa de carlo, best pizza in america. i can help the go there every time i'm home. mr. allen: when you are done with his job, do you stay or go home? mr priebus: my ideal scenario would be to go home and make sure the kids have a normal life.
mr. allen: what is your favorite vacation destination? you cannot say cleveland. [laughter] say there is would a resort in jamaica that i liked called goldeneye. it's cool. mr. allen: with your prediction for the world champion green bay packers? mr priebus: i predict this is their year. i like their draft. obviously there is no one better than aaron rodgers. if we can just get the defense straight. they did pretty well in the last couple of games. i'm feeling good. for us, it's not good enough to be good. you have to win the super bowl. mr. allen: thank all of you out in life street -- livestream lan d. face of bank of america for making these conversations possible. we appreciate our longtime
partnership with you. i thought the chairman's staff who made this appearance possible. i think all my hard-working colleagues who bounced back after last weekend's as big as possible. thank you for coming out on a early morning. enjoy the bailey's. mr priebus: thank you everybody. [applause] >>'s republican national committee chair interview with political will rear tonight at 8:00 eastern. also got a tweet from house
bigger paul ryan who said that he has invited donald trump for a meeting with republican leaders next week. here is more on donald trump and republican leaders with zeke miller of time magazine as mr. previous talks about party unity. first of all, what did you sense priebus, how is he dealing with the inevitable trunk nomination? >> he has adopted a zen like attitude in the past couple of months. he made peace with the attitude, and his mind, talking to a close to him, he has the feeling that there is little that he can or cannot do. he will be blamed for girls of the outcome, credit, blame, but
probably not a lot of the former. he has made peace with whatever happens. >> there has been a lot of monday morning quarterbacking. should the republican party have done something sooner to bring down donald trump, and if that is the case, what would that have been as the role of the party chair? >> that is something that you hear a lot about from the rnc, republican pundits. the answer from the rnc is they are supposedly neutral in the process and native it up to the voters to decide. what chairman priebus told is that he puts the stupid opinions in the stupid bucket. i think that indicates how he views it. they are not open to a lot of second-guessing on that front. >> we now know herbert marker bush and george w. bush will not be in attendance. mitt romney will not attend the convention in cleveland. after the 2012 loss coming to
republican party doing some soul-searching. donald trump seems to be the polar opposite of what the party was recommending just a few short years ago. we all called that report the autopsy, something that they bristled about, but it was really how they lost, what they needed to do to fix it. a stark and frank diagnosis on where the party needs to go. reaching out to latinos, african-american voters, younger voters, reaching out to women. then a slew of technical changes to the party. those technical changes, turning the party into a year-round party, cycle party, they have done a good job of that currency. good work on the digital innovation front, but they struggle with these policy prescriptions. they identified early on and that meant embracing copperheads and immigration reform. the republican party did not get
involved in that. she could argue that ted cruz would've been a stronger rejection of this report, but certainly donald trump is not taken that report to hurt either. >> in 2008 you had the merger of the 2008 mccain apparatus with the romney campaign and the rnc. what can we expect from the trump organization and this republican party chair and his rnc staff? the first thing they are working on it immediately is getting a joint un-agreement negotiated out between the cam pain and the rnc. that will allow them to start raising coordinated fund. that is something the rnc was nervous about because they need to fund this massive ground -- built they have get
up. that is one thing the party will work on. as well as convention funding. those aren't too big priorities in the next few days. for the truck campaign, they will be trying to exert their influence over what the convention looks like. this will not just be the republican party convention, the donald trump coronation. they have been clear they want more showbiz at that in cleveland. they want to make it a little more fun than entertaining and to try to make it reflect their candidate donald trump. a lot of republican party or any party convention has not look like in a long time. there is a lot of business going on. they want to make it a little more fun. host: just a week ago, we were talking about possibility of a contested open convention that is now out the door. >> certainly, but that won't mean there aren't some serious fights. there are a lot of delegates at the convention who were not
donald trump supporters and some are even outright of that never trump camp and pledging to fight on on things like the platform. donald trump is sort of out of sync with the existing republican party platform. it will be interesting to see if you will try to change that. ted cruz's race successful in getting some of his diehard supporters onto the floor, even as donald trump delegates as well as onto the key convention committee rules, platform credentials, that they can still put up a fight particularly trying to force donald trump to stay to the conservative side of the party. if they want to, they can cause some troubles for him. it won't be that real contested bitter fight, but it won't necessarily be smooth sailing, either. >> speaking of senator ted cruz, based on his harsh words tuesday before dropping out of the race, does he support donald trump? does he come out and endorse him? >> talking to people close to him over the last a were to, they have been very clear.
he is not anywhere close to being able to make that determination. certainly more of a possibility before the attacks on mrs. cruz, senator cruz's father and the closing days of the campaign. it will be a long ways before ted cruz is in that position of being able to endorse donald trump, if that ever comes about. he is looking at his own political future, even his withdrawal speech, he seemed to indicate the fight won't die, comparing himself to ronald reagan in 1976. ronald reagan came back four years later as the republican nominee. if he has his eye on that, not endorsing donald trump maybe the more beneficial political play. >> does the party come together or does it remain splintered? >> some of the voters in the party will come together. but the question will be, will it be enough? donald trump told me yesterday when i spoke to him on the phone, he was saying 99% of the party will get behind him.
it will not be that high. is 90% enough? is 85% enough? that will be the test of the "republican establishment." voters out in the rest of the country, a lot of them will fall in line certainly because of the hillary clinton, the boogie man affect that is very real within the republican party base. he is going to loose some voters and have to find a way to make up for that among independents. >> reince priebus, zeke miller of time magazine, his piece available beginning today on newsstands. thank you for being with us. >> thanks for having me. earlier today, georgia senator lindsey graham released a statement regarding donald trump saying he will not support him for president, saying -- actually, south carolina senator lindsey graham. saying, i do not believe he is
irresponsible republican server to nor has he displayed a judgment and temperament to serve as commander-in-chief. paul ryan confirms that he will sit down with donald trump next thursday morning. his office announcing that he will meet with him and republican chair reince priebus. the presumptive nominee will also meet with house public and leaders. the interview of reince priebus is tonight at 8:00 eastern and leads our program tonight. also, book tv on c-span2 featuring book festivals from san antonio, los angeles, and virginia. on american history tv on c-span3, wrote to the white house, rewind. archival coverage of presidential races between ross perot, jerry hart, and mike wallace. president obama let up today's white house briefing with
comments about the latest unemployment numbers with the labor department reporting this morning that the u.s. added 160,000 jobs in april. government data shows this morning the weakest pace of hiring in seven months. the unemployment rate did hold at 5%. here is a look at the president's comments from this afternoon. >> good afternoon. in april, our economy lost nearly 700,000 jobs.
seven years later, in april 2016, our economy added 160,000 new jobs. that makes april the 74th consecutive month of private-sector job growth in america. over that record streak of job growth, our businesses have created 14.6 million new jobs in all. wages have been rising at an annual rate of more than 3% this year, so the unemployment rate is growing, unemployment has been falling, and wages have been rising. economy, as many people are aware, is not growing as fast as it should be. sing lacking growth in europe, japan, and now china. here in the u.s., there are folks out there that are still hurting. we have to do everything we can to strengthen the good trends and to guard against some dangerous trends in the global
economy. if the republican congress joined us to take some steps that are pretty common sense, then we could put some additional wind at the backs of working americans. to create new jobs, they should invest in our infrastructure, our roads, bridges. schools. our water mains. some of you joined me when i went to flip this week, a great example of the kind of work that is out there to be done. we could be putting people all across this country back to work with huge multiplier effects across the economy if we started investing in the infrastructure that will make us more productive. to reward some of the hardest working people in america, congress should raise the minimum wage. this is something that would not only help those individuals who are getting a bigger paycheck, but also means they are spending more, and that would be a boost to business.
to level the playing field for american workers and crackdown on unfair foreign competition, they should pass smart, new trade agreements. and congress should reform our tax code to promote growth and job creation which includes closing wasteful loopholes and simple climate tax code for everybody. i have been talking about this for a while. only congress can fully close the loophole that wealthy individuals and how corporations all too often take advantage of often at the expense of middle-class families. if they are getting out of paying their fair share of taxes , that means the rest of us have to shoulder the burden. i have put forward plans repeatedly to do exactly that. close loopholes, make sure everybody is paying their fair share, which would not only give people greater confidence in the system but would be good for our economy. it would make sure that families and small businesses who don't have fancy lawyers and accountants are being treated the same as big corporations who
do. i think it's fair to say congress will not act on a big tax reform plan before the election. that would shut down some of these loopholes. what my administration has been doing is to look for steps that we can take on our own to make the tax system care. in recent months, we have seen just how big a problem corruption and tax evasion can .ecome around the globe we saw what happened with the release of the panama papers, legalgree to which both practices of tax avoidance that are still unfair and bad for the economy, as well as the legal practices-- illegal that in some cases involve nefarious activities, continue to exist and spread. combating this kind of tax
evasion and strengthening the global financial system has been priorities of mine since i took office and are part of our broader ongoing effort to make sure the rules are not rigged and the economy works for everybody. let me give you an example. here at home, we have asked the wealthiest americans to start paying their fair share. last month, the treasury department took action to prevent more corporations from taking advantage of a tax loophole that let them shift their address abroad just to avoid paying taxes in america. taxes that they rightfully owe. we have taken several steps to make sure our tax laws are enforced, including leading effort to crack down on offshore evasion. as a result, thousands of individuals have come forward to disclose offshore accounts and pay the taxes they owe along with interest and penalties. today, we are building on those efforts. i believe you have heard from treasury but i wanted to amplify what they told you in detail.
number one, we are requiring banks and other financial institutions to know, verify, and report who the real people are behind shell corporations that set up accounts at those institutions. one of the main ways that companies avoid taxes, wealthy individuals avoid taxes, is by setting up a bunch of shell corporations and making it harder to trace where money is flowing and what taxes are owed. those financial institutions have to step up and get the money. we are plugging a gap in our tax rules that foreigners can exploit to hide their assets to evade taxes. the treasury department and irs are issuing a proposed rule to make sure foreigners cannot hide behind and on michelle companies formed inside the u.s. these actions are going to make a difference. they will allow us to continue to do a better job of tracking financial flows and making sure that people are paying the taxes that they owe, rather than using
shell corporations and offshore accounts to avoid doing the things that ordinary americans, hard-working americans are doing every day, and that is making sure they pay their fair share. having said that, we are not going to be able to complete this job unless congress acts as well. i'm calling on congress to pass new legislation that requires all companies formed inside the u.s. to report information about their real owners to the treasury department's financial crimes enforcement network. that will help law enforcement better investigate and prevent enterprise. i'm calling on congress to provide the justice department with additional tools to investigate corruption and money launderers. i'm calling on the senate in ,articular, senator rand paul who has been quirky on this issue, to stop blocking the implementation of tax treaties that have been tending or years.
these treaties actually improve law enforcement's ability to investigate and crackdown on offshore tax evasion. i'm assuming that is not something he's in favor of. so we will need to cooperate internationally because tax evasion, tax avoidance, money laundering, these things are all taking place in a global, financial system. if we cannot cooperate with other countries, it makes it harder for us to crackdown. actionsn combine the that we are taking administratively with the new tools i'm asking congress to provide to the justice , theseent and treasury actions will prevent tax evasion, prevent money laundering, prevent terrorist financing, and they will, most importantly, of all the fundamental principle of our economy. in america, no matter how
wealthy or powerful, you should play by the same rules as anyone else. i will take a couple of questions. since you are now the incoming white house president correspondent. >> what is your reaction to donald trump becoming the presumptive nominee of the republican party? youn the delegate math, do think it is time for bernie sanders to step aside on the democratic side? president obama: with respect to the republican process, mr. trump, there will be plenty of time to talk about his positions on various issues. he has a long record that needs , and i think it's important for us to take seriously the statements he has .ade in the past but most importantly, and i
speak to you all of you in this room as reporters, as well as the american public, i just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times and this is a really serious job. this is not entertainment. this is not a reality show. this is a contest for the presidency of the united states. what that means is that every candidate, every nominee needs to be subject to exacting standards and genuine scrutiny. it means that you have to make up -- addudgets at up. if they say they have an answer to a problem, that it is actually plausible, and that they have details for how it would work.
and if it is completely implausible and would not work, that needs to be reported on. the american people need to know that. if they take a position on international issues that could threaten war, or has the offending our critical relationships with other countries, or would potentially break the financial system, that needs to be reported on. thing that i will really be looking for over the next six months is that the american people are effectively informed about where candidates stand on the issues, what they believe, making sure that their numbers add up, making sure their , andies have been vetted that candidates are held to what
they have said in the past. if that happens, i'm confident .ur democracy will work that is true whether we are talking about mr. trump or ms. clinton, bernie sanders, or anybody else. but what i'm concerned about is the degree to which reporting and information starts emphasizing the spectacle and the circus. because that is not something we can afford. the american people, they have good judgment, good instincts, as long as they get good information. >> [inaudible] president obama: on the democratic side, let's let the process play itself out. you mentioned the delegate math. i think everyone knows what that is.
has done andrs extorted very job raising a whole range of issues that are important to democratic voters as well as the american people generally. i know that, at some point, there is going to be a conversation between secretary clinton and bernie sanders about how we move toward the convention. the good news is, despite the fact that they are in the course of primaries, everyone getting chippy -- i have been through this, it's natural. sometimes even more with the stats and supporters and candidates themselves. the good news is, there is a in thestrong consensus democratic party on a vast majority of issues. some disagreements about tactics, political strategy, or policy nuance, but both
secretary clinton and bernie sanders believes every american should have health care. so to why. -- so do i. both candidates believe that we should be raising the minimum wage. both candidates believe we should invest in our infrastructure and put more people back to work. both candidates believe we should pass a comprehensive immigration reform policy that makes sure we are in forcing laws and improving our legal immigration system and make sure our borders are secure, but also that we continue to enjoy the incredible boost that you get from attracting talent from all over the world. both candidates agree we should be prudent in terms of how we use our military and we should care for our veterans when they come home. so, if you look at 95% of the issues, there is strong agreement there.
you don't see the same kinds of divisions between the two democratic candidate to remain that you have been seeing in some of the republican debates. yeah? >> mr. president, what the speaker ryan's comments say about the state of the republican party? how would you advise o your fellow democrats, as to how they can win in november? president obama: well, i think you have to ask speaker ryan what the implications of his comments are. there is no doubt that there is a debate taking place inside the republican party about who they are and what they represent. their standardbearer at the moment is donald trump. and i think -- not just republican officials, but more importantly republican voters
are going to have to make a decision whether this is the guy who speaks for them and represents their values. republican women voters are going to have to decide, is that the guy i feel comfortable with representing me and what i care about? i think folks who historically have been concerned about making sure that budgets add up and that we are responsible stewards of government finance have to ask, does mr. trump's budgets work? those will be questions republican voters, more than republican officials, have to answer. as part of the democrats, i
think we have run on what we are for, not just on what we are against. for the last seven and a half years, we have been pretty clear about what we believe will help working families who are struggling out there. and although it has been difficult to get through republican congresses to get those things done, the truth is that they continue to be prescriptions that would really help people. you know? making sure that families get paid sick leave and family leave and early childhood education. that would help families. raising the minimum wage would help a lot of people. rebuilding infrastructure would put back work a whole bunch of
guys and gals in hard hats that need to work. those are good jobs that cannot be exported. now is the time to do it. so, i want democrats to feel confident about the policy prescriptions we are putting forward and the contrast, i think, will be pretty clear. i will leave it up to the republicans to figure out how they square their circle. all right, i'm going to take two more questions. >> mr. president, what is your message to democratic voters who may be hesitant to vote for the democratic front runner because of the ongoing e-mail scandal, and did you see on the trump's taco bowl tweet and what is your thought? president obama: i have no thoughts on mr. trump's tweets. as a general rule, i have no thoughts about mr. trump's tweets.
i think that will be true for the next six months. you can just file that one. [laughter] in terms of the democratic votes coming up, i'm going to let the voters cast their ballots and not try to meddle in the few primaries that remain. let the process play itself out. we will know soon enough. it will not be too much longer. >> not long before your nuclear world summit when you had world leaders here, [indiscernible] you may note that you would be more of an ordinary district. i'm wondering what that says about the nation's capitol, having the transit system closed for 24 hours and having a number of safety related problems.
and what can your administration do if republicans are standing bill, what can your administration do if republicans are standing in the way of a bill? president obama: this is a somewhat self-interested question, i assume, because a bunch of folks here take the metro. but it's just one more example of the underinvestments that have been made. look, the d.c. metro historically has been a great strength of this region. but over time, we under invested in maintenance and repair, and the steps to being taken now -- i will refer to the department of transportation, but i can say obviously safety comes first, and we want to make sure safety concerns are addressed. the broader issue is we have bridges. we have roads. we have ports.
we have water mains and pipes, as we saw in flint, that suffer from neglect. and in many parts of the country, we still rely on systems that were built 30, 50, in some cases 100 years ago. and the reason we have been neglecting them is not we do not know how to fix them. it is not because people have not been aware of the need. we have known for years now that we are a trillion or $2 trillion short in necessary infrastructure repair. i talked about this when i came into office. we still have to do more in terms of investing in our nation's infrastructure. the problem we have is the republican congress has been
resistant to really taking on this problem in a serious way, and the reason is because of an ideology that says government spending is necessarily bad. and i addressed this when i was in flint. that mindset, that ideology, has led to us not investing in those things we have to do together. you know? as you point out, this metropolitan area in the nation's capitol is actually doing really well. it does not matter how big your paycheck is. you have been taking the metro and it is suddenly shut down for a month, and now you are stuck in traffic, trying to drive to work instead. you can't build your own metro system. you can't build your own highway. you can't build your own airport.
and so we have a specific problem with under investing in infrastructure. now is the time, by the way for us to do so. interest rates are so low and there are so many construction workers and contractors underemployed at the moment that you can get jobs done on time, on schedule. it would give a boost into our overall economy because we know when we spend the dollar on infrastructure, we actually get a bigger bang for the buck. surrounding businesses, suppliers, food trucks, everybody is doing better. it gives a huge boost to the economy. it lasts for a long time. think about investments we made in things like the hoover dam
and golden gate bridge or metro. it is a good thing to do and historically, it was not and should not be partisan. but if we have a mindset that says whatever government is doing must be bad, then these are going to be the results and is going to continue to get worse. it is already tough in poorer communities like flint. but, you know, we are seeing these kinds of infrastructure problems spring up in communities all across the country, and it does not distinguish by race or by region. everybody needs roads. everybody needs airports. hopefully, this will prompt a conversation. the last thing i am going to say about this.
this is a good example of making sure the candidates are speaking to this issue. as you go into the presidential election. i put forward specific proposals for how i would pay for additional infrastructure investment. the numbers add up. and so, the question is -- how do the remaining candidates for the presidency intend to tackle this? how do members of congress intend to tackle this? what is the republican agenda for infrastructure? do they have one? how do they pay for it? do they pay for it by cutting medicare or medicaid? if they do, that needs to be fleshed out and the consequences for working families needs to be explained. all right? thank you, everybody. >> [indiscernible] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> tonight at 8:00, reince
priebus talks about the republican agenda and donald trump. house speaker paul ryan has confirmed that he will be meeting with donald trump next thursday morning. gathering with republican leaders and rnc chair reince on thursday. during the interview, he commented on paul ryan and mr. trump working with each other. i think paul is just being honest with how he feels. i think he will get there, by the way, he wants to get there. he just want some time to work through it. is reporting that that meeting is expected to go ahead. do you expect speaker right to yes, i talked to him multiple times yesterday. he wanted to go forward. i am being honest. he says he is not there yet but wants to get there. so yes, he will meet. >> after speaker rhyme made his,
that he was not ready to jack tapper around the lead, how quickly did donald trump call you? >> i had talked to him already once that day. i spoke to donald trump and paul ryan multiple times yesterday afternoon. >> donald trump called you within minutes. >> uhh. you are pretty good. [laughter] i cannot lie, i was not anyway. it was not furious. do?as, what do i need to is, justisten, my view relax and be gracious and i will talk to paul and we will try to work on this. 's rnc chair reince priebus
interview with politico will lead optimize primetime programming. features:00, but tv book festivals from san antonio, los angeles, and virginia. it also includes the 400th anniversary of william shakespeare's death. tv,-span3, american history go to the white house rewind. ross perot, gary hart, and george wallace the focus along with some 1968 presidential campaign ads. syrian refugees now living in the u.s. talk about their experiences in syria and the transition to living in the u.s. . the state department representative for refugees and the director of international refugees is among the speakers. georgetown university hosted yesterday's event.
and its mission to bring attention and action to refugees and displaced people worldwide. heor to his role with ri, served as the united nations high commission on refugees, regional representative for the united states in the caribbean. his career with unhcr has spanned more than 25 years, including international service and -- in africa, asia, latin america and the pacific. he is trained as a medical doctor in addition to holding a masters degree in tropical public health. working spent a decade in guyana, zambia, brazil,
london, yemen, before joining unhcr as a field officer in thailand in 1978. his career took him to field operations in cameroon, pakistan , as well as several of the years that the agencies headquartered in geneva, where he served as the first public health advisor to the organization. due to the time constraints, i will not go through all the other wonderful things that he has done and the awards he has received, but suffice it to say he is a very outstanding individual. michelle. you, ambassador, good, and congratulations to the organizers. the turnout is quite impressive, so very nice work. the fact that we have syrians on the panel certainly explains some of that success. today, 60 million people displaced by conflict,
persecution, war in the world. 20% are syrian. ont to put the syrian crisis the size that it has, and it has confronted the international community with tremendous challenges. the violence in was her read this, but until 2013, there was hope among syrians there would be a political resolution in libya as had happened in with the international community visited indy i lebanon, turkey, iraq, egypt, was saying, we are just waiting to go back as soon as we can. wereeighboring countries extremely welcoming, something that we have not emphasized enough. they admitted large numbers of refugees with welcoming arms. by the end of 2013, that started to change. we saw disenchantment over the nonsolution in syria and of the
aggravation of the conflict, the number of fatalities to date over 450,000. let alone a number of people maimed and wounded in that conflict. also we started seeing that the warm welcome of neighboring countries was starting to cool down. that has continued to evolve to increasing tension between host communities and refugees. the international community has tried to respond. the aid was not matching the increasing need. we were certainly not able, despite lots of attempts, to negotiate better access to the syrians who have not left the country. they are not able to be successful in providing assistance inside syria. to a large extent, we, the havenational community, failed the syrians to a very
large extent. the terrible images we saw last ofr happening in europe sort pointed out the fact that there is a syrian crisis. that was the tip of the iceberg that had been brewing for a long time. basically, donors are not always responding as they should have to the cause of the united nations to increase the assistance. before [nowas well audio] who took tremendous risk and the courage to get into these leaking boats, to find a better future. these are those who could afford to pay the smugglers. what about those that are left behind and cannot even take the courage for this trip or imagine a different life? this is what we want to discuss tonight.
i really feel, for one, we have a panel that has policy and operational people. to the needsespond of the syrians. we have a very representative group of syrians to tell us how they see the crisis. in the policy world, we tend to think we know what they need. the accountability of the people we care for should be development. they should have a pet chance in a public forum to know how we see things any effort made match with the expectations of the syrians. thank you for this organization. maria, i don't think you need an introduction. you were introduced by the ambassador very well. talent in music, i
can only predict your career. that is well known. george in the middle is a young professional. yous a syrian activist that does move to the u.s. in 2013. that is when everything started going really down the drain. he lives and works in chicago. he has carried out the successful petition to increase the number of syrians settled to the u.s.. given the mood this year in the u.s., i think that is very well done. you must have had to push the rock up a steep hill. congratulations. we still think the numbers are not enough, we hear about that, but well done. you are invited to the white house a couple of times and your work has been featured on cnn, the huffington, and other places. you are the cofounder of the syrian youth and empowerment initiative to empower high school students in syria and
neighboring countries. a nice initiative to keep going on in those populations. congratulations. beetar is an entrepreneur, journalist, translator. he has been working for the ngo sector in syria and he established the first online get their own to people in syria to understand what they could do. they created an initiative called the eye on aleppo. 20,000 followers, so a fairly quick achievement. for that, you were a various awards, including best global initiative in 2011. given -- when the civil war started, you came to the u.s. i also came in 2013.
>> the famous year that we will discuss more in the evening. shelley is our presented it for the u.s. and caribbean. he has a very long career. has extensive postings in africa, burundi, kenya, sudan. i don't want to miss any. ginny. inhas held key positions unhcr headquarters. he was the head of the resettlement of this, so he understands how resettlement works, in particular with , largen to the u.s. resettlement country. before coming to washington, was the head of the human resource division in unhcr, a job that very few want to take. simonnly but not least,
this is the bureau that really oversees all the refugee programs. the u.s. is the largest funder and has been so for the past 30 years of refugee programs. it is the department that is extremely mobile, extremely active. the had representatives in the field corporate well with ngos and with the u.n.. when i was in the u.n., they were close partners. simon has a masters of science in national security affairs. he has a very long career in the state department. he was the director of ngo affairs. before that, deputy chief of admissions at the u.s. embassy in honduras. he has held various positions in brasilia. a large diplomatic experience. i am thrilled --
>> [inaudible] hererilled to have you all on the stage tonight. to make sure that everybody respects the time, so everybody has a fair share of the evening. , we will start with you. >> did give a great pleasure to be here with you today. thank you to georgetown for inviting me. it is truly an honor to be here with you share my story. 2-3 years ago, i was studying in syria. i was struggling badly to flee the country to find any way to leave. i was one of the young people in syria from their dreams were demolished in the war. the principal concerns transformed into a question of whether or not we would be able to see the morning the next day.
there is nothing worse than experiencing that every minute. my parents are still living there, struggling with no electricity or water. i try to call them every day to make sure that they are still alive. i am speechless about the current situation. last week, hundreds of innocent souls were killed in such a savage civil war. during the time i was still living in syria, i studied business administration and i graduated from the university of aleppo. i was also employed as a violin teacher at the arabic institute of music. music has always been my passion. when i was 20, i auditioned and got admitted to a school for musician scholarship.
sadly, the war in syria prevented me from making my dream a reality. i was the last class and aleppo university, delayed three times but i cannot graduate in time. i was so disappointed but i did not lose my hope and i did not give up. i realized that i need to work so hard to find another opportunity. i kept searching online. i spent months and months searching. i was running between internet cafes under mortars, missiles, rockets, just to send my applications. i applied everywhere. a lot of different programs in a lot of different places. one day i got a magical e-mail that i was accepted to marymount a fullouth college with tuition scholarship. i was amazed.
i was beyond happiness. even with such a huge scholarship, affording room and board, not covered by the institution was a great , challenge. this is because my parents have lost their jobs in the war and they couldn't even support me. i kept searching online and i found out about an organization, supporting syrian refugees and syrian students by giving them scholarships. i reached out to them and through them i was in touch with a very fine man from saudi arabia who was impressed with the papers that i sent and the music videos. he wanted to help me in how that i would one day be able to help my fellow syrian friends. although i feel safe in the united states i am constantly
deeply concerned about my family and friends in syria. we have a great human potential but we are in need of help and support, more than ever before, to build up a good atmosphere to flourish. my best friends -- they are architects, doctors, but their lives are full of mystery and it is threatened daily. one of my friends reached out to me -- her house was bombed. she went to turkey. she could not continue her education she reached out to me to help. i made a proposal to monmouth college and they accepted her with a full scholarship and now she is a sophomore. i am truly grateful that i was able to do something but is it enough? i don't think so.
since i arrived in the united states, i have been working hard to achieve success in the music world. i was granted asylum in the united states and i received my green card last year. it is truly an honor to be in this great country, the country which has given me my future and my life and honestly, i cannot thank the american government enough for making my dream a reality and for saving my life. i performed at the kennedy center as part of unhcr last year. i was honored at the white house in 2015. i also performed last month and i spoke at the united nations in geneva. tomorrow i'm heading to london to perform at cate blanchett's place -- yeah, it is a great opportunity. she is holding a major
fundraising event for unhcr. iie,also now in touch with they are also interested at a fundraising program. this is the least i can do to be able to show my gratefulness to all of the people who have supported me enormously to be here with you today. today, i consider myself not just a legitimate syrian citizen but also a new devoted and young american woman. all of what we dream of is a peaceful life and the hope for a better tomorrow. american culture has impacted me in so many ways. it has made me believe more in humanity. i feel powerless to change the
current tragedy on going in syria but i love would be an ambassador to my country and deliver a beautiful message through every performance i do. i feel that music has the power unit us. i can prove this when i perform jewish music -- and i am christian myself, and i perform for a muslim community. i hope the music can help to heal the pain that our world has felt. i want to make a statement that i am christian myself but the relationship between muslims and christians in syria is a cold we -- old and gold. we form a beautiful harmony and support each other. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you. musician but also quite the speaker.
very touching comments. thank you. george? pushing the united states to settle more refugees. what weapons do you use? george: i will start by telling you how my life was in syria. for many people i meet here, they do not have any perception or any understanding of how life was there. i will tell you little bit about my life and i will tell you about the kind of thoughts i had on daily basis because of what is happening in my home country. i think it is a powerful tool to communicate -- what are we feeling as syrians? what do i feel about my country? what do i feel about the international reaction? i will be sharing this with you. i was born and raised in syria. the one fact that many people do
not expect is that we had a very normal life. we used to go out to restaurants, we used to go to the beach, we used to do everything that you guys to -- do here. we used to go to universities, form friendships, have girlfriends, everything that you can imagine. it is not the country that some people would imagine, the backwards country -- the image that isis tries to reflect. i consider myself as a person who had a wonderful childhood in syria and all of the great memories that i have are of a very beautiful country that i love and i appreciate and enjoy it. however, when things started to happen in 2011, everything changed. this change that we had as
individuals and young people is huge. youth from a safe country where you have everything you wanted -- a lot of shortcomings and concerns -- but you turned into a war, you are now living in a war. on a daily basis, your experiences, the feelings of fear. on a daily basis, i remember waiting to see if someone we know has died. whenever we hear a bombing, we would be like checking on facebook and asking each other like, do we know anybody who happened to be in the location of the bombing? it turned from the very normal life into a very not normal life
where it is dictated by fear, by uncertainty, dictated by also, all the other problems that young people like me would have -- what am i going to do about the future? what am i going to do about it -- if i lose someone i love? what would i do if somebody from my family died? just, those are very real questions that we had to go through. so, i can tell you, i can assure you that there is not one syrian who -- whose life wasn't disrupted. whether from losing somebody you care about, whether from getting your building bombed, whether losing years of your life while you are waiting for the next step that is never there, that
will never come. also, changed us as individuals. so, for me, as a person, i was very, very lucky and i count myself as one of the luckiest because through the same organization that mariela mentioned, i was able to move to the u.s. to transfer to illinois school of technology. i was given a golden chance at rebuilding my life. i was given this opportunity along with 32 other students. here, once we got here, we always have this feeling that we should do something. we feel that no one -- of course, you do -- the governments of the world -- they do care. in london, they pledged $10 billion.