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  President Says He Will Negotiate with Democrats on Health Care  CSPAN  September 27, 2017 8:35pm-8:48pm EDT

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♪ announcer 1: c-span's washington day withlive every news and policy issues that impact you. thursday morning, the 50 capitals tour continues enrichment, virginia. the former governor will be our guest to talk about race relations and the debate over removing confederate statues and symbols. and the discussion on the republican tax plan with the president of americans for tax reform. be sure to watch "washington journal, live every morning. join the discussion. president trump traveled to indianapolis to speak about the republican plan to overhaul the federal tax code. before leaving for the event, the president made comments to reporters on several issues including about the alabama u.s.
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senate primary runoff, health care, the nfl, and the situation in puerto rico. there is a look. look. is a >> [indiscernible] >> [indiscernible] >> [indiscernible] donald trump: we have a man who is going to be a great senator, and i'm very happy with that. i spoke to him last night. i never met him i never spoke to , him.
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i'm very happy with him, and i have to say luther came a long way from the time i endorsed him , and he ran a good race, but roy ran a really great race, and i know what they did with mitch . and they used him very much in the campaign, but he works hard and i'm sure things will work out. i just wanted to say, though, on health care, we have the votes for health care. we have one senator that's in the hospital. he can't vote because he's in the hospital. he can't vote because he's in the hospital. we have two other votes that are coming, and we will have them, but the problem is we can't have them by friday because of reconciliation ends on friday, so we'll have to do it in january or february. but i feel we have the votes. i'm almost certain we have the votes, but with one man in the hospital, we cannot display that we have them. plus people want to go through a process just to make themselves feel better, that's okay. >> what do you mean by that?
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is mitch mcconnell in trouble? [inaudible] donald trump: we're talking about health care. we're talking about health care. >> spent a lot of money on that charter plane, is that cool? donald trump: i was looking in to it and i will look into if. -- it. i'm not happy about it. i am not happy about it. >> are you going to fire him? donald trump: i am not happy about it and i let him know it. >> what about mitch mcconnell? is he in trouble? donald trump: you'll have to ask the senators about that. you are going to half to ask the senators about that. here's what i'm saying. we're going right now to indiana. we're going to introduce a tax plan that's the largest tax cut essentially in the history of our country. it's going to be something special. you already know some of the numbers. we're going to give you some of the additional numbers. but on health care, we have the votes. we can't do it now because we have somebody in a hospital, and we have great respect for that gentleman, by the way. he's been -- he's a fantastic man.
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we are going -- he was a yes. that is right. >> what does it matter? donald trump: because he can't come here and vote. because he can't come here and vote. in other words, he can't come here and vote because he's in the hospital. so here's the story. wait, wait. he's in the hospital. so we're going to do it in january or february because as you know, we have the votes, but we can't go longer than friday. what we're going to do is we will do the block grants, we will do the health care, we will get a longer process going for the couple of people that did want to see more process, even though they're a yes vote. but very importantly, i am also during this period of a couple of months, i'm also going to meet with democrats, and i will see if i can get a health care plan that's even better. so i will negotiate with democrats, but from the republicans' standpoint, we have the votes. we'll vote in january, february or march. >> executive order?
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donald trump: i am considering an execute order under association, and that will take care of a tremendous number of people with regard to health care. and i'll probably be signing a very major execute order where people can go out across state lines, do lots of things, and buy their own health care, and that will be probably signed next week. it's being finished now. it's going to cover a lot of territory and a lot of people, millions of people. [indiscernible] >> rand paul or susan collins? donald trump: john, go ahead. >> [indiscernible] donald trump: i think we're there now, john. i'll be honest. you look at the statement put out by alaska, by -- right, you saw that? by lisa, you look at the other couple of statements. we're only -- we're only one off, maybe two. but we can't vote now, john, you probably didn't hear me because as you know one of our yes votes is in the hospital. i can't make -- i can't wait. i can't take him out of the hospital.
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>> do you have confidence in senator mcconnell? donald trump: i do have confidence. yes. i do have confidence. >> even though he -- donald trump: it's not up to me, it's up to the senate. but i do have confidence, and i will say they used him in the race. and i was very honored by the way i was treated in the race, but they used him in the race. john they used him in the race. , and, you know. >> does your plan help the wealthy too much? my plan is for the working people, and my plan is for jobs. >> you wouldn't benefit under your tax plan? i don't benefit. i don't benefit. donald trump: -- i don't benefit. i don't benefit. in fact, very strongly as you see, there's no -- i think there's very little benefit for people of wealth. estate taxes is one of things. if you look at it for farmers and people with small business. >> what do you say to the things that more and more you said in the past -- [indiscernible] there's a muslim member of
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congress who doesn't deserve to have that seat. you talked about red and yellow to talk about -- donald trump: i don't say it but , we'll talk about that at a different time. here's the point. [speaking simultaneously] donald trump: the point is this. health care, we have it, we have the votes because of reconciliation. we have to wait till january, february or march which we'll do but in the meantime i will , negotiate with democrats to see if we can make a bipartisan bill. yes, john. >> 20% corporate rate a red line for you? donald trump: very much a red line. >> you said 50% -- donald trump: i wanted to start at 15% so that we got 20%. lownumbers for 15% were so we didn't take in the revenue, but i wanted 15 so we got 20. 20's my number. so i'm not negotiating that number. i really -- i am not going to negotiate. that's the number i wanted to get to.
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i wanted to start at 15% to get there. we really had to start there because of the complexity of the numbers, but 20% is a perfect number. >> on puerto rico, mr. president, why not lift the jones act like you did for texas? donald trump: we're thinking about that but we have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don't want the jones act lifted right now. and we have a lot of ships out there right now, and i will tell you, the governor was very generous yesterday with his statement and so was the mayor of san juan, very generous with their statement. we have a lot of people and i'm going there on tuesday as you probably have heard. and puerto rico's a very difficult situation. i mean that place was just destroyed. that's not a question of, gee, let's dry up the water, or let's do this or that. that place was flattened. that is a really tough situation. i feel so badly for the people. >> [indiscernible] >> first of all, how does the travel ban work in north korea
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that doesn't allow their people -- donald trump: well the people , allow certain countries, but we can add countries very easily , and we can take countries away. and as far as the travel ban is concerned, whatever it is i want the toughest travel ban you can have. so i will see you in indiana. i'm going to go over some more points that have not been talked about. are you all going? is everyone going? >> if you invite us. is there room? >> know this is something you have been talking about a lot. you said in charlottesville those folks had the right to protest. why doesn't colin kaepernick have his first amendment rights? donald trump: i think the nfl is in a box. i think they're in a really bad box. you look at what's happening with their ratings, frankly the only thing that's doing well in the nfl is the pregame because everybody wants to see what's going on. the nfl is in a very bad box. you cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country, and that's what they're doing
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. and in my opinion, the nfl has to change, or you know what's going to happen? their business is going to go to hell. >> the first amendment -- do you oppose the first amendment? what's your -- [inaudible] [inaudible] donald trump: you have to respect our country and they're , not respecting our country, and most importantly the fans agree with me. i mean largely, the fans agree. but we have to show total respect forour national anthem, for our flag, for our country. we have to do it and you can -- there are plenty of places and there are -- personally, when they're protesting during a football game i think they can , find better places, but they cannot do it during the national anthem. >> have you lost confidence in secretary price? donald trump: i am going to see -- i'm looking at that very closely. i am not happy with it. i will tell you i am not happy with it. >> are you going to fire him?
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>> would you fire him? >> thank you, mr. president.
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