tv Pres. Trump Honors Pittsburgh Penguins in East Room CSPAN October 10, 2017 6:16pm-6:31pm EDT
holiday and it already passed over in asia. they're going to do another icbm test. the foreign minister said they considering nuclear air burst in the air, h-bomb in the acific, that would be provocative, but even icbm test u.n. and ack to increase pressure on north and look figure signals from [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. 2017] president trump: by the way, everybody wanted to be here today. [laughter]
and i know why. well, thank you all very much for being here and before we get started i want to say a few words to the people of california. great state. especially with those in napa. napa has been hit so hard and sonoma. as they deal with the tragic loss of life and property, two devastating wildfires. i spoke with governor brown last night to let him know that the federal government will stand with the people of california and we will be there for you in this time of terrible tragedy and need. and i just want to pay my warmest respects. they're going through a lot. we also continue to pray for those grieving and wounded after the mass shooting attack in las vegas. and we stand in solidarity with those suffering in the aftermath of hurricanes harvey, irma and -- maria.
and thank you very much. to the many members of congress who join us here today, we have many, many, many fans out here. you know that, right? [applause] a lot of fans. not all from pennsylvania too. if you can believe it. a lot of fans. [applause] members of my administration and distinguished guest, please join me in welcoming to the white house the two-time defending stanley cup champions, the pittsburgh penguins. [cheers and applause] president trump: not only are the penguins the first team in the national hockey league,
literally, in nearly 20 years to be repeat champions, you also captured the cup in three out of the last nine seasons. that's pretty amazing. because i know the competition. [cheers and applause] the competition is tough. is it tough? pretty tough, right? not for you guys, it's not so tough. [laughter] over the last couple of months the new england patriots, the chicago cubs, and the naacp champion clemson tigers, football, have all visited the white house to celebrate their great victories. it's been an honor to have them all here. now i want to proudly welcome the pittsburgh penguins' owner. first of all, he's been a friend of mine for a long time. he's a great, great negotiator. [laughter] ron, how about negotiating some of our horrible trade deals that they've made over the years? here's what i want. i want to get him -- oh, i would love to have ron buerkle. the great to have you.
but i really mean that. if you want to get involved in negotiating nafta, i like it. [laughter] because we're renegotiating nafta, ron. of course he may not like that. because maybe he's on the other side. that's what's happening. that's why it's so hard to redo these trade deals. you're not on the other side of nafta, ron, are you? >> i am not. [laughter] [applause] president trump: and one of the all-time greats, and by the way, a really great golfer too, mario lemieux. super mario. cheers and applause] he hits that ball a long way. the general manager, jim rutherford. and coach mike sullivan. i know you have a really big early season matchup tomorrow night against the rival washington capitals. are they tough? washington capitals? what do you think?
are they tough? [audience booing] so i want to thank you for coming today. but for us, this is really a truly great group of world champions. that's what they are. they're world champions. we have to start with somebody that i've been watching for a long time. because i saw him when he was just about as young as you can get, going into the nlrb. sidney crosby -- nhl. sidney crosby. where's sydney? -- sidney? cheers and applause] this guy, man, can you play. do you know how to win or what? look at him. he's shy. you know how to win or what. great. great job. what a job you've done. 44 goals last season. 89 points in all. and once again, the recipient of he conn smythe trophy.
[applause] and you've built an incredible legacy in pittsburgh. congratulations. keep it going. fantastic. before it's all said and done, you might, frankly, you know, they're telling me this, has he outdone you yet, mario? i don't know. he's getting close, isn't he? [laughter] you might even outdo him. he's got to be awfully close, right? well, mario is mario. and sidney, congratulations. sidney's not the only star that shined for the pens last year. evgeni malkin. where is he? [cheers and applause] looks like he's a basketball player. big guy. strong, tough. served as the other half of the two-headed monster. they call it the two-headed
monster. that scored a combined total of 77 goals. way to go, fellas. great. [applause] that's fantastic. phil kessel. where's phil? [cheers and applause] come on, phil. come on. come on. get over here, phil. [laughter] these guys don't want to be politicians. they shouldn't be. don't be a politician. [laughter] [applause] phil led the team in asitchts, although i hear his sister may be the best hockey player of the family. is that possible? [laughter] you know what, i doubt it, ok. but i hear she's really good. matt murray, 32 wins as goaltender and is the first goalie in league history to win the stanley cup championship game in each of his first two years. where's matt? cheers and applause]
i assume you have very good reflex, right? you have had good reflexes from day one? >> i'd like to think so, yeah. [laughter] president trump: you better have, right? way to go, matt. we expect big things again this year out of matt, as he will be taking on an even greater role this season between the pipes. conor sheary. jake guentzel, where's jake and conor? way to go, fellas. what a group. and justin, justin schultz. also had really big years as some of the young upcoming stars of this team. got a team, tremendous future. that's what i'm hearing. despite being sidelined to injure, -- injury, kris letang
used his experience to help younger players -- [cheers and applause] here's kris? you look pretty young -- what do you mean younger players? do they get younger than you? [laughter] very hand some group of people. in fact, i don't like actually -- i don't like standing in front of them. [laughter] first thing you know. we always like unattractive teams, right? and device strategies that spurred the pens onto a really incredible victory. i'm pleased to report that the tanger, right? tanger! is healthy and back on the ice this season where he belongs. going to be a great season for you. [cheers and applause] yet many of the players really might agree that the biggest m.v.p.'s was your incredible
loyal fans. [cheers and applause] the pens' faithful packed the arenas for every single game, cheering pittsburgh's boys of winter all the way. great. great fans. great state. great place. in fact, every one of the penguins' home games for the past 10 straight years has been very much to ron buerkle's happiness sold out. right, ron? [laughter] sold out. so while you're dominant on the ice, the heart of the organization and its commitment to pittsburgh shines just as brightly off the ice. the pittsburgh penguins foundation supports a number of great causes, serving young people. over $1 million in grants were awarded to local charities last season. the annual food drive distributes thousands and thousands of pounds of food and
tens of thousands of dollars to local community food banks. since 2010 the pittsburgh penguins foundation has also worked with the university of pittsburgh medical center's sports medicine to combat concussions in young athletes. just last week the pens pledged two donations of $25,000 each toward relief efforts in puerto rico. in support of the victims and the first responders of the terrible attack in las vegas. they have worked so hard, the police, the first responders for everything. whether it was in texas or in florida or louisiana or puerto rico or the u.s. virgin islands. or that horrible, horrible situation caused by a very demented, sick person in las vegas. the police, every one of them,
first responders, they've been incredible. they've been absolutely incredible. so we should give them a hand. ok? cheers and applause] just as much as your five stanley cup wins, your generosity has shown the true character of this incredible organization. you are true, true champions and incredible patriots. now with hockey season again under way, i know you're ready to make yet another run at the cup. the nhl has not seen a three-peat in a generation. but i know you are ready for the challenge. i'm going to be watching so closely. you think you're going to be back here next year? i think so, right? [cheers and applause] i have a feeling. i've been watching them. i go to those ranger games. you do a lot of bad damage to
our ranger team. [laughter] boy, oh, boy. you do damage. but that's the way you want to do it. it's called winning, right? called winning. i know the capitals will be looking for payback tomorrow night. so, we will let you get back to practice. i just again want to congratulate this incredible franchise on its so many victories. you embody the vat -- values of dedication, discipline and hard work. to every young american watching today, we encourage you to always strive to be your best, to do your best, and to give your all. we wish all the best of luck this season. you're going to have a great season. coach is telling me your team is going to be better than ever. so let's go, pens. thank you all. god bless you and god bless the united states of america.
[cheers and applause] fantastic. thank you very much. congratulations. [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. 2017] the speaker pro tempore: for what >> and the house back for a couple of votes. desk a privileged report from the committee of rules for filing under the rule. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution, resolution providing for consideration of the bill senate 585 to provide debater whistleblower protections, increase awareness of whistle plore protections and increase accountability and require discipline for and providing for proceedings during the period from october