tv White House Cabinet Meeting CSPAN October 17, 2017 4:21am-4:42am EDT
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looking at welfare reform because of people taking advantage of the system. he also addressed health care, immigration, the iran nuclear agreement and the federal response to wildfires in california. this is just over 15 minutes. pres. trump: thank you very much. today we are here to discuss at the cabinet meeting critical domestic issues. i would like to provide you with an update as to how we are doing for the american people. we are doing a lot of great things. the unemployment rate is at an almost 17-year low.
record levels. we just did another new high on friday and i think we had another new high today because there is tremendous optimism in our country. phenomenal. i think we will do very well. something will have to be taken up because of the tremendous problems of the massive hurricanes that we had to endure and now i guess you can probably at the wildfires in california. but the economy cannot take off like it really has the intention to do a must we reduce the tax burden on the families, businesses, and workers of our country and we will be able to do that. i think we're getting tremendous receptivity from the people and i hope we get the same tremendous receptivity from congress. but we're getting tremendous accolades for what we're doing
having to do with reform. the largest tax cuts in the history of our country. we are one of the highest-taxed nations in the world right now, right now costing us trillions and trillions of dollars. it cuts our competitive edge. at one point in gdp, we will be $2.5 trillion. think of that. revenues. one point we go up from three to four. now the last quarter, 3.2 percent. we're going up higher. we're talking about trillions of -- 2.5 trillion dollars and were also talking about millions of jobs. we want to reduce excessive government spending. that is what we are working on it need cabinet meeting today. i have asked director mulvaney to come up and find various savings it in all of the departments. i need my cabinet to work with director mulvey need to fight
these spending cuts. fight for them. make sure they happen. we want to make the department as lean and efficient as possible. at the same time, there will be departments with lots of heart. lots of heart. one thing we are going to be looking at very strongly as welfare reform. that is becoming a very, very big subject. people are taking advantage of the system and other people are not receiving what they really need to live. some people are really taking advantage of our system from we will beoint and looking very, very strongly at it therefore. welfare reform. it will be a big topic under this administration. started already. we have a lot of recommendations we're going to be making and you will hear about them very shortly. the other thing we're doing that relates to people's lives is the prescription drug prices are out of control.
the prices have gone through the roof. if you look at the same company, made in the same box, sold someplace else, sometimes it is a fraction of what we pay in this country. meaning, as usual, the world is taking advantage of the united states. setting prices another countries. and, we are not. the drug companies are getting away with murder. we want to bring our prices down to what other countries are paying or at least a close and let the other countries pay more. they are setting such low prices that we are actually subsidizing other countries. that is not going to happen anymore. that has been going on for years. our people are paying so much more for it. i do not mean they are paying to present more. we're paying double, triple, quadruple. it is very unfair to the united states, as usual. we sent a letter to congress outlining my administration stop
-- administration's top priority for immigration reform. this was a bottom-up effort driven by law enforcement officials and they took a chance to protect our nation. the justice department is doing a fantastic job at the border with regards to immigration. more than anyone has ever seen before from make justice -- from a justice department. thank you very much. had an impact.as young, a very positive impact. now we will take it five steps further. our proposal closes dangerous loopholes. illegal immigration, silent fraud, visa overstays. you talk about numbers, nobody knows what they are they are so out of control. we're going to take care of that. when you look at what is going on in mexico, mexico is -- right now. having a 10 time in terms of
crime. more than ever we need a wall. the drugs are literally pouring through. a are going to have to have wall. we have to have a wall. if you look at what is going on over the other side of the border there is tremendous crime. we have a very good relationship with mexico. there have been a lot of problems. we do not want the drugs and the crime but we need the wall. actually, we have asked congress than any proposed immigration reform ends the change of migration. one person comes in then brings everybody and his family in with him, or her. chain -- we have to put an end to chain migration. we need a nation that is the american worker and taxpayer first. proudly nominated
thurston nielsen to serve as secretary of homeland security. i urge the senate to quickly confirm this really tremendously qualified nominee. i also asked for my other nominees. we have approximately half of the nominees confirmed by the senate is frankly, the democrats have terrible policy. terrible. they are very good at really, obstruction. it is what they do well. there are pros is no good and i am not even sure they are good at it, but they are good at obstruction. that could be because of their bad policy. they are great at obstruction. we have happy nominees president obama had at this time. it is very unfair! in many cases confirming with tremendous majorities but they are bringing them out purposefully. with people totally qualified. they are going to pass but they are going to have to wait a long time because this is total obstruction. i can say the same thing with
judicial nominees, our judges. we have some of the most qualified people. the wall street journal wrote about it the other day, these are some of the most qualified people ever and they are waiting forever in line. it should not happen that way. it is not right. it is not fair. i want to thank the acting secretary for her leadership responding to the catastrophic storms that are struck our nation and our territories. we've also issued a disaster declaration in california. in response to the devastating wildfires like we have never seen. we mourn the terrible loss of life. we have fema and first responders there. we have our military helping. it is very said to watch how rapidly they move and how people are caught in their houses. it is an incredible thing. caught in their houses. so we have a lot of people in california, lovely government. we've made a a lot of progress in the last couple days but we are really subject to the wind
and what happens in nature but it has been a very sad thing to watch. we also continue to pray for the victims of the mass shooting in las vegas. we cannot erase the pain of those who lost their loved ones but we pledge to never leave their side. we are working with them. very much so with the fbi and the law enforcement. the department of justice. and i guess a lot of people think they understand what happened. but he is a demented, sick individual. the wires were crossed pretty badly in his brain. extremely badly in his brain. and it is very sad. and in the image of these tragedies witnessed the tremendous strength and heroism of our people. each tragedy, we have witnessed such strength and heroism. when americans are unified, no destructive force on earth can even come close to breaking us
apart. a lot of work to do on behalf of our magnificent country and our extraordinary citizens. a great trust that has been placed on each member of our cabinet. there are those saying it is one of the finest people assembled ever as a cabinet and i happen to agree with that. of course, i should agree with that but i think we have an extraordinary group of people around this table. this is a tremendous amount of talent. i would not sale was necessarily looking to be politically correct although i ended up being clinically correct because that was the right thing to do in every sense of the word. however, we have just gotten really, really great people. i am very proud of that. so we're going to work on all the things i just talked about and many more.
you know we have the iran deal right now that is being studied and i think a lot of people are in agreement with what i did. i feel strongly about what i did. i am tired of being taken advantage of as a nation. has been taken advantage of for many, many years. for many decades, frankly. i'm tired of it. something we with had to do. it might be positive. it might be negative. it might be a total termination. that is a greater possibility some say. but it could also turn out to be very positive. we will see what happens. i think the tone of the iranian leaders was very modified and i was happy to see that but i don't know if they were great negotiated negotiating a good deal for themselves but a bubble -- horrible deal for the united states and we are going to see what happens. health care, as you know, is moving along.
we knocked out the subsidy to the insurance companies. a gift that was frankly, with what they gave the insurance companies, take a look at this. their stocks. take a look at where their stocks were when obamacare was originally approved. you will see numbers that if you invested in those stocks you would be extremely happy and they have given them a total gift. they have given them, you can almost call it a payoff. if, it is a disgrace and that money goes to the insurance companies. we want to take care of her people. we want to take care of people who need help and health care. that is what i'm here to do. i am never going to get campaign contributions, guarantee you that, from health companies. but take a look at all of the money that has been spent by the immigrants and the health companies. politicians generally. and take a look at the coffers
democrats. so the csr tax actually brought republicans and democrats together because we got calls, emergency calls, from the democrats and i think probably the republicans also calling them saying, let's come up with at least a short-term fix of health care in this country. ended theravy train day i knocked out the insurance company money, which was last week. hundreds of millions of dollars a month handed to the insurance companies for very little reason. leaping. i want that money to go to the people. i want the money to go to the port people that need it. i want the money to go to the people that need proper health care, not to insurance companies which is where it is going. as of last week, i ended that. do. i am meeting with mitch mcconnell in a little while for
lunch. i think we will say a few words on the steps after that. pretty much, and enjoy yourselves, folks. we'll be out there with mitch mcconnell. thank you very much. >> [indiscernible] bannon is a steve friend of mine very committed to getting things done. mitch mcconnell is a friend of mine. look, i have great relationships with actually many secretaries but in particular with most republican senators. i am not going to blame myself, i will be honest. we have had health care approved. and then you had a surprise vote by john mccain. we have had other things happening and they are not getting the job done. and i can understand where that is coming from and i can understand, to be honest with you, john, i can understand where a lot of people are coming from because i'm not happy about it. a lot of people are not happy
about it. we need tax cuts. we need health care. now, we're going to get health care done. in my opinion, republicans are meeting with democrats because of what i did. i cut up the gravy train. if i did not cut the csr, they would not be meeting. they would be having lunch and enjoying themselves, all right? there are now having emergency meetings to get a short-term fix of health care. it will not dublin trouble every year. obamacare is finished. dead. gone. there is no such thing as obamacare anymore. it is, i said this years ago, it is a concept that could not of been worse. we're working on some kind of a short-term fix paler to the republicans making with
democrats a fix for health care permanently. so i think will have a short-term fix with republicans and democrats getting together and after that we're going to have a successful vote, because as you know we were one-vote short and i think we have the votes right now. whether it is through walk -- block grants or something else, block granting the money back to the states, which seems to make sense, let states wanted because it is a smaller form of government, they can be individually sensitive. that will happen fairly shortly is and is the next reconciliation i think will get the vote for health care. i am confident of that. i think we already have the vote for health care. i do believe will have a short-term fix because i think the democrats will be blamed. this is an obamacare mess. when the premiums go up that has nothing to do with anything other than the fact we had four -- poor health care, delivered poorly, written
poorly, approved by the democrats. obamacare.called but i think will have a short-term fix then we will have a long-term fix and it will take place in march or april. it will be probably 100% republican. no democrats. but most people know that will be a very good form of health insurance. but most people know that will be it. ok? any other questions? >> thank you john. >> thank you john. pres. trump: i know how he feels. there are some republicans frankly that should appreciate it. most of them, i tell you what. i know the republicans. most of them are really, really great people who want to work hard and do a great thing for the american people but you had a few people that really disappointed us. they really, really disappointed us. so i can understand. i understand fully how steve
pleaded no contest to residential burglary charges. in 2010, homeland security began removal proceedings against him for violent crimes. the question is whether a violent crime is unconstitutionally vague. this is one hour. >> we will hear your argument next in case 15-1498, sessions versus dimaya. mr. kneedler. mr. kneedler: mr. chief justice, and may it please the court: the ninth circuit erred in holding that this court's decision in johnson compelled the conclusion that the definition of crime of violence in the ina's broader definition of aggravated felony is unconstitutionally vague. that is so for two reasons. first, the standard for assessing vagueness in the immigration context is not the one tha'