tv President Trump Holds Cabinet Meeting CSPAN November 1, 2017 9:16pm-9:35pm EDT
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>> president trump held a cabinet meeting and talked about the terror attack in new york. republican tax legislation, and his upcoming trip to asia. president trump: thank you very much. today we mourn the horrifying terrorist attack in new york city blocks away from the site of the world trade center. a man drove a truck into a pedestrian bike path and murdered eight people and at least 11ously more. all of america is praying and grieving for the families who lost their precious loved ones in this horrible act. our hearts break for them and we pledge to renew our resolve in their memory. my administration is
coordinating closely between federal and local officials to investigate the attack. thiso further investigate animal who did the attack. provided aswill be available. i am today starting the process diversenating the lottery program. i am going to ask congress to immediately initiate work to get -- of this program, diverse the diversity lottery. diversity lottery. sounds nice, it is not nice, not good. it has not been good. we have been against it. so we want to immediately work with congressdiversity lottery. sounds nice, it is not nice, not good. on the diversity
lottery program on terminating it, getting rid of it, we want a merit-based program where people come in based on merit. of chainto get rid migration. in oran that came whatever you want to call him, brought in with him other people. and he was the point of contact, the primary point of contact for, and this on the diversity lottery program on terminating it, getting rid of is the limit nearly, 23 people that came in or potentially came in with him. that is not acceptable. we want to get rid of chain migration and we have wanted to do that for a long time. have been asking congress to start working on it immediately. there are bills on ending chain migration and we have a lot of good bills in there, we are being stopped by democrats because they are obstructionist
and they do not want to do what is right for our country. we need strength. we need resolve. we have to stop it so we are going to get rid of this lottery program as soon as possible. he came in through the diversity program as you know. going to stop that. we are going to as quickly as chainle get rid of migration and go to a merit-based system. are seeking to strike our nation and it will require the unflinching devotion to our law enforcement, lawn -- and professionals to keep america safe. we will take all necessary steps to protect our people and our communities. and to protect our nation as a whole. we have to get much tougher, we have to get much smarter and we have to get much less politically correct.
we are so politically correct we are afraid to do anything and that is not only our country, that is other countries that are having similar problems. we have to get tough, we have to get smart, we have to do what is right to protect our citizens. we will never waver in the defense of our beloved country, ever. theill never ever, forget info lives that have been taken from us. that was a horrible event and we have to stop it and we have to stop it all. we have to come up with punishment that is far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now. they will go through court for years. at the end they will be -- who knows what happens? we need quick justice and we need strong justice. much quicker and much stronger.
-- much stronger than we have right now. what we have right now is a joke , it is a laughingstock. and no wonder so much of this stuff takes place. i think i can speak for plenty of other countries that are in the same situation. said, weth that being will be starting our cabinet meeting today. it will be a discussion that will focus on vital issues of .ax cuts and tax reform it will be the largest tax cuts in the history of our country by far area of house is doing very well. they have taken a next a few hours which will go into tomorrow, go into tomorrow and they will be announcing and i will be standing with them, we leave as you know for asia, we are leaving on friday morning, so i will be standing with them sometime tomorrow, we will be announcing massive tax cuts and
reform. taxjust tax cuts, it is cuts which is to me the most important. it will be tax cuts and reform. we have two straight quarters of 3% or more economic growth, gdp. our economy and our country cannot take off the way it really,hould, so it is really competitive with the rest of the world unless we get the kind of tax cuts for our companies and our middle-class, our workers, unless we get the jobs we need. we cannot really take off until reformthe tax cuts and passed. this week, the house ways and means committee will unveil a historic tax plan that will create new jobs, higher wages, which has not happened in many years and now it is starting to happen, i am happy to tell you. many, many years. people making less money today than they made 20 years ago.
you have heard it many times before, but it will lead to tremendous prosperity for american families, communities, and also for our job producing businesses. at the center of our plan are tax cuts for the working americans. they will reduce tax rates, increase the amount of income that is taxed at zero, and increase the child tax credit, which is very important to families. we will make the tax code simple so that the vast majority of americans can file their taxes on a single sheet of paper. simplifying, it will --called solicitation simplification of our tax code. we will lower taxes on america's businesses for the first time in more than 30 years and it will be a historic cut. right now, other countries are so far the lois and then you
wonder -- below us, you see companies leaving one after another. that will not be happening and i have stopped it even before this, but we are going to stopping it in full, people are coming back. we will be announcing very shortly possibly after i get back a major company that is moving back into the united states. it will be a major name. people will be very surprised, especially the country from which they are leaving will be surprised. under our plan, we will go from being one of the highest taxed nations in the world to one of the lowest, meaning more jobs, more factories, more plants, more opportunities right here in america where we want them. reduce taxes for businesses of all sizes. i must say that we are negotiating right now and have my full team here, tremendously trade deals, our trade
deals are horrible. they were made by people that, honestly, it is sad, it is very said for our country. every trade deal we have is disastrous. we are negotiating our trade deals and if we have support from congress, we will make trade deals that are horror shows into good and respectable trade deals and trade deals that andgood for both countries in fact, many countries. more important is we renegotiate , astrade deals with mexico example, we have a trade give -- deficit of $71 billion, that is nafta. we have trade deficits with china that are through the roof, they are so big and so bad that it is embarrassing saying what the number is but you know what the number is. i do not want to embarrass days before i land in china. but it is horrible. and you look all over the world,
no matter where we do trade, we have bad trade deals, we are rignet -- renegotiating those deals as i said during the campaign and that is a big factor in our growth. finally in our plan, we will bring back trillions of dollars from offshore, trillions create $4have in my estimation trillion that will come pouring back into our country, that will be spent work and will by our companies that could never get the money back for many years. it is something that republicans and democrats have agreed on for years, bring the money back. what is not to agree? bring the money back in the could not get it done because there was a lack of leadership, they could not get it done. they all agreed it should be done. they could not get it done. we will be bringing that money back for rebuilding america. i will be announcing tomorrow the new head of the federal reserve, that will take place
sometime tomorrow afternoon. you will be notified as to the time. you will be extremely impressed by this person. as far devour push to renew our prosperity, i will also a making a very historic trip on friday, as i said, our visit will take us to japan, south korea, china, vietnam, the philippines. you remember the philippines, the last trip made by the president that turned out to be not so good, never got quite to land. we will host meetings with world inter-pacific the region. i look forward to it. we will meet a lot of presidents and leaders of countries that have been friends and have become very good friends of mine. we have great trade relationships other than the we are right now being taken advantage of, but i think they will start changing them pretty quickly.
he administration officials including secretary mnuchin and gary cohen would be -- will be staying back from the trip to asia to remain vigilant and making sure the tax cuts passed, so if i have any problems, i will be blaming management and cohn.uchin and the houses have been working hard. and coming up with the great plan. and the senate is coming up with a great plan. they will be put together an something is going to come out really that will be something very special. again, we are doing senate, we are doing the house, put together, and then we have our cuts and new tax reform, and i think it will be very special. i am also counting on our great vice president, mike pence, and the rest of my cabinet to continue to push for tax cuts
and the reform while i am away. all overgoing to be the country. they will be all of the country working on it. but specifically, they will be working on the members of the house, members of the senate. we think we will get some democrats to join us in the senate, because, frankly, i think they will lose their elections in those communities -- need tax cuts. again, we are the highest taxed nation just about in the world. that,d tax cuts, so with we will start our cabinet meeting. we have a wonderful group of people. an incredible job. again, they have not been given the credit they deserve. we will let you know when it is time to tell you about it, but at the border, we have done a
fantastic job. we have done great with the military. isis is being decimated. they are being decimated. otheruickly moved to places in the world, like africa and others, and we are there to meet that. this has never happened. annihilatee more to isis than eight years of the previous administration, so we are doing a real job. we are actually making tremendous strides in afghanistan also, and you see what is happening. you see what is happening. we have done a largely -- really a job that has been very, very well respected by many. one of the things that has happened that nobody is paying attention to, but you will see it this week, the justices, not only justice or shirts -- the
justice who is doing a good job, but we have many judges that are being approved at the district andl and court of appeals, it will be up to fairly soon the approval of 145 federal judges, district, and court of appeals, moment, so weis will have a big percentage of will be changed by this administration over a very short period of time. i do not believe other than, perhaps, when they started the whole process, i do not believe anybody has come close, so we will have 145, and that number will be increasing over time, 145 judges, and we will have 17 iurt of appeals judges, and have to say, "the wall street journal" gave us great reviews on that. i think it is a very important
element, because a lot of people do not know, so, again, tomorrow is a big announcement, and we will have another announcement having to deal with tax cuts. that will be out tomorrow early, and i appreciate that, and many of you, on the trip to asia. thank you. reporter: mr. president -- president trump: i would certainly consider that, yes. i would certainly consider that. send them to get no. -- gitmo. i would certainly consider that. in through that program. he came in. i do not want -- look, it is very simple. what we are demanding is merit-based immigration. we want people that are going to help our country. we want people who are going to keep our country safe. , whereot want lotteries
the wrong people when the lotteries, and guess what? who are the suckers to get those people? and we want a merit-based system, and we do not want chain , like the person able to bring in many, many members of his family. and we do not want that. thank you very much. they could, they could. they certainly could. he did. he did. they certainly could represent -- thank you, thank you very much, everybody. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] : following the new york city attack, the president was critical of chuck schumer, saying -- senator schumer was one of the sponsors of the bipartisan law signed by president george h w bush in 1990.