tv President Trump at Conservative Political Action Conference CSPAN March 3, 2019 4:52am-7:00am EST
ac, i actually started quite a ande ago, i came here probably made my first real political speech. i enjoyed it so much that i came back for a second one. then a third, then i said, what the hell, let's run for president, right? [cheers and applause] president trump: it is wonderful to be back with so many great nutrients, old friends, and brave young conservatives. water feature you have. -- what a future you have. in movement and our future our country is unlimited. what we have done together has ,ever been done in the history may be of beyond our country, maybe in the history of the world. --y came for the mountains from the mountains and the
cities, they came from all over. what we did in 2016, the hastion, with a capital e never been done before, and i think we will do it again in 2020 and the numbers will be even bigger. [cheers and applause] [chanting u.s.a.] president trump: we all had to end your as i was running, he had 17 republicans lost me. and i was probably more of a conservative than a republican. you put just did not quite understand that. i think now with what we have done with the judiciary and so many other things, i think they get it very well and it is driving the other side crazy.
all had to endure, remember? how many times did you have, for months and months, there is no way to 270. you know what that means, right? " here is no way to 270/ you might as well have just given up, though there was no way to 270. but actually went up to maine to , and we won are half of maine. so we got the one, but we didn't need the one, because we didn't regard 306 to 223. [applause] a state called wisconsin, a state called michigan, where by
where fiat-chrysler just announced a $4.5 billion and newle expansion plants, doubling their workforce . many car companies have moved back to michigan and are continuing to do so. big numbers, nobody ever thought it would see that happen. so i think we are going to do even better in 2020. i think we will do numbers people have not seen for a long time. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: the men and women here today are on the front lines of protecting america's interests, defending america's values, and reclaiming our nation's priceless heritage. it is true. [applause] pres. trump: with your help, we are reversing decades of blunders and betrayals.
these are serious, serious betrayals to our nation and to do everything we stand for. it has been done by the failed ruling class that enriched foreign countries at our expense. it was not america first, in many cases it was america last. those days are over, long over. [cheers] [applause] >> trump, trump, trump. pres. trump: america is winning again. america is respected again. and the world knows it. when i meet with prime minister's, with presidents, and
i get along with them, because they know that was his taken place over many years, long before the obama administration, they cannot believe themselves that they got away with it. they cannot believe it. an impossible thing. and they like me. and the reason they like me -- [applause] pres. trump: they tell me. they say, mr. president -- president xi of china, we have a great relationship, i say, "how is it possible that you got away with this for so long?" and he said, "because nobody ever asked us to change." it is true. when they charge 40% tariffs on our cars going into china, and we charge them nothing coming into our country.
when they raise their tariff from 10% to 25%, then to 40%. and they said to me, we expected that somebody would call and say, you cannot do that. nobody called, so we left it. and i do not blame them. we should have been doing the same thing to them. but we didn't. [applause] pres. trump: what? hard to believe. it's hard to believe. but now things are different. now we are negotiating with china. they wouldn't negotiate with previous administrations. but i found some very old laws from when our country was rich, really rich. the old tariff laws. we had to dust them off. you could hardly see them, it was so dusty. but they were not terminated.
we started getting politically correct, even back then. i said, when we were doing the great things, what happened to those laws? and i checked. and i found 301, 382, i found one from 1938, where we could do what we have to do. but you know, they had a debate and it was really a rough time in our country. because we had so much money we didn't know what the hell to do with it. it was called the great tariff debate. mark will look this up. the problem is, if i make a little mistake, he will let us know on sunday night. i have to be very careful when i talk about this. [laughter]
[applause] pres. trump: but it was the great tariff debate of 1888. and the debate was, we didn't know what to do with all the money we were making. we were so rich. and mckinley, prior to being president, he was very strong on protecting our assets, protecting our country. and he made statements that others cannot come into our country and steal our wealth and steal our jobs and build their country and not defend our country, we cannot do that, we can't ever allow that to happen. [loud cheers] [chanting]
[indiscernible] pres. trump: you know, i don't know, maybe you know. i'm totally off script. thank you, darling. [laughter] [applause] pres. trump: you know, i am totally off script right now. and this is how i got elected, by being off script. [loud cheers] [chanting] pres. trump: if we do not go off script, our country is in big
trouble, folks. we have to get it back. when i look at what is happening on the other side, i encourage it. i say, no, no, i think the new green deal, or whatever the hell they call it. the green new deal, i encourage it. i think it is really something that they should promote. [laughter] pres. trump: they should work hard on. it is something our country needs. desperately, they have to go out and get it, but i will take the other side of that argument, only because i am mandated to. but they should stay with that argument and never change. [laughter] [applause] pres. trump: no planes. no energy. when the wind stops blowing,
that is the end of your electric. let's hurry up. darling, is the wind blowing today? i would like to watch television, darling. [laughter] [applause] pres. trump: it is true. the great tariff debate of 1888. and then we had so much money, we could do whatever we wanted. we build forces that were incredible. and then they ended tariffs. they ended tariffs. somebody got stupid and they ended tariffs. they said it is ok for other nations to come in. i when i use a certain word, but everybody knows the word i want to use. should i use it? i won't do it.
our great first lady always says, do not use certain words please. i said, but audience wanted me to do it. she said, don't to do it. the problem is if i do do that, they were not put the little preamble that i went through and they would just use the word you to say, isn't that terrible? i have learned, because with the fake news -- [boos] pres. trump: if you tell a joke, if you are sarcastic, if you are having fun with the audience, if you on live television with millions of people and 25,000 people in an arena and if you say something like, russia, please, if you can get the us, hillary clinton, emails, please, russia, please.
they are talking about one of the points. he asked russia for the emails. these people are sick. i am telling you, they know the game. they know the game. they play it dirty, dirtier than it has ever been played. the thing we have done is very special because of tariffs. i know there are people in the republican party and even conservatives, good conservatives don't like tariffs. i'm not liking or not liking. the greatest negotiating tool in the history of our country. do you think china would be sending their top representatives over? right now, china is paying 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of technology goods. i was then going to charge them 25% on $200 billion. not $200 million. that is a lot. this is 200 billion with a b. i was nice because we are having a very strong negotiation.
which, if it were not for tariffs, i tell president xi, this is nothing to hide. i would never be talking like this because in theory it could hurt your negotiating position. i can because it is true. i left it at 10% on $200 billion. we lost so much money with china, $500 billion a year, and trade is so much a disaster, .t is $507 billion a year we are losing to everybody almost. china is one country. $507 billion for many years. the beauty is this. i have $250 billion more to put tariffs on. the numbers are staggering. billions of dollars are pouring into our treasury for those of you that have not done the research, if you look at the
25%, our country as it turned out, and i am in no rush because i am fine with this. i am fine with it. of the 25 points, we have paid for four points. china has paid for 21 points. that's what the numbers are. it's very simple. it is a tax on our -- not really. what china will do sometimes is they will subsidize it. the tax really is incredible. i can negotiate. then you have senators and if you congressman, but not mark meadows. where is the great mark meadows? man. [cheers]
pres. trump: mark and jim jordan. [cheers] pres. trump: i want to name every one of those couple of hundred of people. we have a lot. i want to name every dam one of them -- damn one of them. they have been fighting. i see mark in the audience, deb. his wife is incredible. he would be nowhere without her. they fight so hard on this witchhunt, this phony deal they put together, this funny thing that looks like it is dying, so they don't have anything with russia. there is no collusion. they go and morph into let's inspect every deal he has ever done. we are going to go into his finances. we are going to check his deals. these people are sick. [laughter] pres. trump: i saw a little shifty schiff yesterday. he went into a meeting. he said, we are going to look into his finance.
where did that come from? he always talked about russia. the collusion delusion. now we're waiting for a report, and we will find out who we are dealing with. we are waiting for a report by people who were not elected. we have the greatest election, in all fairness, i used to hear andrew jackson. this was now greater than the election of andrew jackson. people say that. i am not saying it. this was the equivalent or greater. they used to go to ronald reagan. when i started, this is ronald reagan. then we started doing really well. they were coming from everywhere. those red hats, and white ones. the key is not the color. the key is what it says, make america great again. right? [cheers] pres. trump: we had the greatest of all time.
now we had people that lost, and unfortunately you put the wrong people in a couple of positions, and they leave people for a long time that should not be there. all of a sudden, they are trying to take you out with bullshit. [cheers] pres. trump: now, robert mueller never received a vote, and neither did the person that appointed him. as you know, the attorney general says i am going to recuse myself. i said, why the hell did he not tell me that before i put him in? how do you accuse yourself?
the person who appointed robert mueller never received a vote. robert mueller put 13 of the angriest democrats in the history of our country on the commission. how do you do that? these are angry, angry people. take a look at them. one of them was involved with the hillary clinton foundation, running it. another one has perhaps the worst reputation of any human being i have ever seen. all killers. it would have been actually better for them if they put half and half, and mueller can do whatever he wants anyway. we had conflicts. i had a nasty business transaction with robert mueller a number of years ago. i said, why wasn't that mentioned? he wanted the job as fbi director. i did not give it to him. why isn't that mentioned?
jim comey, lying james comey, is his best friend. james comey is his best friend. [boos] pres. trump: those are a few of the conflicts. other than that, it is wonderful. [laughter] pres. trump: everybody is waiting. i thought of it this morning, mark, and i heard you made an incredible speech this morning, mark levine. i heard it was incredible. [applause] i will see it later. i guarantee, i will be watching it later. i have one of the great inventions in history. it is called tivo. [laughter] i think it is actually better than television because television is practically useless without tivo. i will be watching it later, mark. people that got no votes. i heard this morning, president trump is waiting for the mueller report. wait a minute. let me get this straight.
so the attorney general recuses himself, and i don't fire him. no obstruction. that's the other thing. if you use your rights, if you use your power, if you use article two, it is called obstruction. only for trump, nobody else. the attorney general is weak and ineffective, and he doesn't do what he should have done. somebody that never got a vote writes a powerful letter, horrible about comey. every single democrat said comey should be fired or worse if possible. every republican, everybody, in fact when i fired comey, i said, you know, melania, i am doing
something today because it really has to be done. he's bad. he's a bad, bad guy. that's been proven now with all of the emails. and the texts. i am doing something has to be done. the good news, it is going to be bipartisan. it is going to be so popular. every democrat hates him. every republican hates him. he did a horrible job at the fbi. speak to the real agents. speak to the real people. the people at the fbi are incredible people. not the sleaze on top. [applause] pres. trump: i said to the first lady, you know the good news, the good news is this is going to be so bipartisan. everybody is going to love it. we fired comey. schumer, who called for his
resignation many times, podesta, i believe that day, because he still has not gotten over getting has ass kicked, i believe that they call for his resignation. the great genius of campaigns. he called for the comey resignation. i would say, mark, would you say virtually every democrat? i can't think of anybody who said he is doing a good job. i said to melania, the good news this will be a popular thing. i fire a bad cop. i fire a dirty cop, and all of a sudden the democrats say, how dare he fire him. how dare he do this?
that's where we are. we are in the swamp of washington, d.c. but you know what? we are winning, and they are not. we are winning, and they are not. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: just to finish, i will tell you, matt is loving this. he is saying, this is a lot more than we paid for. normally you read a few pages, and you say bye folks. i am in love. you are in love. we are in love together. we have done something nobody has ever done. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: it's easy.
you know, great friend of mine from new york, he is a stone cold killer. he is a brutal man. he is not even a good friend of mine because he would turn on me in two seconds, but he is a very rich guy. he said, what are you going to speak about today? i said, i don't know. he said, i just heard that you have the biggest crowd in the history of cpac. not only in this giant room, they are in many hotel rooms all over the place. you are just better at real estate than they are. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: but this guy, you all know his name, very rich guy.
he has a problem with the thing called public speaking. if he has to speak to more than five people, he chokes. [laughter] pres. trump: cannot breathe. he kills people for a living, meaning mentally and financially. if there is an audience of nine, it is like. he said to me, how the hell do you do that? i said it is easy. the reason it is easy, there is so much love in this room. it is easy to talk. you can talk your heart out. there is love in this room. it is easy. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: it is easy. it is easy. we have had that from the day i came down with your first lady on the escalator in trump tower. it has been easy. you know what, we never had an mdc. we went out and helped ted cruz.
we helped so many people. i will tell you what, we did not do those 32 rallies. it was not easy. when you are doing rallies with 25,000, 30,000 people. in texas, we had 109,000 people sign up. we used the houston rockets arena. it holds 22,000. tens of thousands were outside. we were sending notices, please don't come. that's a little different. usually people are begging, can somebody come? we never had an empty seat. of course, the washington post wrote an article. [boos] pres. trump: listen to this. he wrote an article, got there four hours early, took a picture of an empty arena. he said not very good crowd size. i never thought because i don't follow the guy, but the thousands of the people in that arena that was packed with 25,000 people that could not get
in, he got in four hours early because he doesn't fly private. [laughter] pres. trump: maybe it is because of the carbon footprint. he just doesn't want private. he got there hours early. the playset that started taking people. there was virtually nobody. whatever it was, 18,000, when you have nobody it is a little scary looking. you took pictures. you know who got even? our people. they were incensed. we had people sitting on the stairwells. i don't think we had an empty seat since we announced, and from the day we came down the escalator, i don't think we have had an empty seat at any arena, any stadium. it has been an incredible thing.
this is never, ever happened before. now we have to verify it in 2020 with an even bigger victory. [cheers and applause] [chanting "four more years"] pres. trump: by the way, just to finish that story. the great sarah huckabee and mercedes, who is incredible. mercedes, thank you. they always say -- they are good people. they say, don't bring it up. don't fight. they don't understand, if i don't explain it, how are they going to understand? remember the empty arena?
the washington post in this particular writer, i thought he was going to get fired. if that was a conservative, he would have been fired on the spot. he would have been humiliated for what he did. it was fake news. nobody was in the arena. there were thousands outside. they had not opened the gates yet. they did the same thing at our big inauguration speech. you take a look at those crowds. i watched one of the evening shows that are ridiculous how horrible they are, how mean, how horrible. i watched it by mistake. [laughter] pres. trump: they showed from the white house all the way down, they showed there were people -- nobody has ever seen it. the capital down to the
washington monument, people. i saw pictures that there were no people. those pictures were taken hours before. they always mention crowd sizes. he talks about crowd sizes. i am constantly bugging mercedes whenever we had a slow moment. show them the pictures. show them and compare them with what they put on television. those pictures were taken hours before. remember this also, not that obama would do this, but we had fencing all the way down to the washington monument. it was raining. it was wet. women and men, and i consider them totally people. -- equal. for the men i know, it is probably easier for the women to make the walk. they had to walk all the way down. they had to walk in high heels in many cases. they had to walk down to the washington monument and back.
i looked and made a speech, and i said before i got on to the people sitting next to me, i have never seen anything like this. look at that crowd. it was wide. we had a crowd -- i have never seen a thing like it. i have to live -- i have to live with crowd size. it is all a phony deal. i saw pictures just the other night of practically no people. it was taken hours before our great day. that was a great day for us. that was a great, great day. people came from all over. people came from all over. sarah said, mercedes said, sir, it doesn't matter. nobody cares. i said, but i care. [laughter] pres. trump: and people care. people care.
i will give it to the great one, mark levine. i will give him the picture. i will show you where they showed an empty field. you will see the sun. it is very dark because the sun is starting to rise. you can have some fun. you will get big ratings on your show. sunday night, everybody. sunday night. 10:00. sunday night at 10:00. thank you. i knew that, actually. thank you. let's get back into what i am here for. don't fall asleep. don't fall asleep, right? don't fall asleep. somebody said, the speech he made, sir, the state of the union speech was incredible. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: they said that was so great.
and i said, i said, i did, i got great reviews, even from some of the really bad ones out there. by the following morning, they had to change. they had people call. -- the head people called. what are you doing? a lot of it is not the people on television. it is their bosses. sunday we are going to have to figure out why, meadows, why that is. if you are building a great country. you have the best employment numbers. more people are working today in the u.s. than ever before in the history of our country. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: you say, why are they upset by that? why? why are they upset by that? we slashed 30,000 pages of job killing regulations from the federal register. that is an all time record.
even by presidents that are there for eight years and in one case more. we passed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in american history. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: we got rid of the individual mandate, which was a big deal. which should lead to the ending of the disaster known as obamacare. it should. [applause] pres. trump: the great state of texas has a case, and it was literally based on the individual mandate. now that it is gone, i don't know how they rule against it. we will have to find out. the battle will soon be up in the supreme court of the united states. we will see what happens. then we are going to get together with the democrats and come up with really great health care, ok? really great health care.
[applause] pres. trump: one of the other things we did in our tax package was anwar, perhaps the largest field of oil and gas in the world. i got it approved. i did don't want to get it approved for a certain reason. somebody treated me very badly. i don't get that vote very often. then i get a call from a friend of mine. he is in the oil business. he is a knowledgeable guy comes -- when it comes to oil and gas. he said to me, hey, and they all call me mr. president. i have friends for 35 years, donny, don, now they call me, mr. president, sir. [laughter] pres. trump: how are you? i have a friend in new york. richard. he calls me. i have known this guy so long, from kindergarten.
it's true. hi, don, how you doing? i get a call the other day, mr. president, how are you sir? i said, richard, lighten up. call me donald. richard, call me donald. you have known me, i don't want to say. i don't want my wife to hear the number. [laughter] pres. trump: actually that's true. that's actually true. richard came up, and he said i've known your husband for 65 years. i said, don't say that. say 25, 30. don't say 65 years. i said, richard, richard, call me donald like you always do. call me don. ok, don. he gets his breath. two minutes later, mr. president. [laughter]
pres. trump: maybe that's a good thing. that is called respect for the office. many, many of my friends. [applause] pres. trump: that was not in the script either, mark. we are renegotiating, right now, horrible trade deal that we are cracking down, and we are really doing a number, cracking down on countries that cheat and standing up for the american worker for the first time in many decades. [applause] pres. trump: many decades. our workers have been treated horribly. a country announces they are closing their plant in michigan, or pennsylvania, or ohio. they are closing.
they are going to move to mexico. they are going to move to china. they are going to move somewhere else. they fire all their workers and then they sell their cars, no tax. make them in mexico, sell them here. no tax, no nothing. those days are all gone, folks. they are all gone. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: in the new deal with mexico and canada, the usmca, it is very hard, prohibitively hard for a company to fire its 4000 workers and moved to mexico or some other location. they can do it, i guess, if they want, but it is costly. it is painful. it used to be -- i have been talking about this for a long time. i used to say it is a most like we are giving them an incentive to leave our country. i am for america first. that was not for america first. [applause]
pres. trump: we have great companies that are now moving back to our country. they are coming back in. they're coming back in. by the way, you know i am building the wall. we are finishing the wall. we got a lot of money. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: it's in the thing. [ chanting "build the wall"] pres. trump: some people in the room don't like this. we are down to 3.7% unemployment. the lowest number in a long time. think of this, i get all of these companies moving in. they need workers. we have to bring people into this country.
this is not necessarily what i was saying during the campaign because i never knew we would be as successful as we have been. companies are roaring back into our country. now we need people to come in. we need workers to come in. they need to come in legally. they have got to come in through merit, merit, merit. [applause] [chanting "usa"] [chanting usa] pres. trump: they have to come in through merit. they have to be people who can help us and love our country, not hate our country. we have people in congress right now, we have people in congress
that hate our country. [applause] pres. trump: you know that, we can name everyone of them. they hate our country. [yelling] pres. trump: sad. very sad. when i see some of the things being made, the statements being made, it's very sad. how did they do -- give me a country, ask, how did they do? were they succeeding? ask that question. someone would say that's terrible, but i don't mind, i will bring it up. how did they do in their country? not so good. not so good. but we, we need workers, we have to bring in workers. one other thing, because we have a lot of people who are important people in terms of votes. senators.
we have some congressman. en. when a senator tells us that he is a free trader, so i mine. i am a fair trader. i am a free trader. but when a senator said we cannot do tariffs, or at a minimum, we are able to use this tremendous power that i have. nobody knew it existed. i'm able to use it at a minimum to negotiate fair trade. they would not even be talking to us, because it is so one-sided. last year we lost 800. almost 800 million dollars on trade. it's not sustainable. you can't do that. now we are making great trade deals. but when some of the senators, good people. i think they are good people, i just don't understand their thinking. so i say, india is a high tariff nation. they charge us a lot. when we send a motorcycle to
india they charge 100%. when india sends a motorcycle to us, we charge them nothing. i want to reciprocal tax. or at least i want to charge a tax. it is a reciprocal tax. [applause] here's what i don't understand. i have had a lot of people, lindsey graham, i said, it's not his thing necessarily. it's not the thing he is most adept at it, he is smart. i said, lindsay, if they charge us 100, we charge them. it makes sense to me. and he gets onto judiciary, things he likes interesting -- he is a smart guy. he said, i will never forget, it took me a minute, which is a long time. they charge 100, we charge nothing. now we have reciprocal. but what happens now, for those
that really think about tariffs and do not like them for whatever reason. that's ok. what's going to happen is in many cases, instead of 100 100, you will have 0-0, that's going to happen. that is going to happen. but you have to start working with the senators that say they cannot approve this deal. i want to charge india, i'm using it as an example but it's a high tariff nation. nobody knows it because nobody knows what they are doing. india is a high tariff. they charge a tremendous amount. they charge 100, so i say i will not charge 100 but i will charge 25%. and i hear this turmoil in the senate. because we are charging. i call a couple guys up and i say listen, they are charging us 100, for the exact same product, i want to charge them 25. and i feel foolish charging 25.
it should be 100. and i'm doing 25 because of you. i want to get your support. sir, that's not free-trade. where did these people come from? where did they come from? where? where did they come from? i need your help. i need your help. where did they come from? it can only be 1, 2, three things. i know their first one, -- i even like some of them. but they are smart. we take that out of the equation. [laughter] and i know they do not have evil intentions. and it could be, i guess, may, these companies are all owned by people. and these people are generous. campaign contributions are generous. could that be possible?
i don't think so. i hope not. we are talking about our country. we cannot allow a country to charges 100%, and we get nothing -- charge us 100% and we get nothing for the same exact product. for one thing, they don't respect us. they think we are stupido. they don't respect us. but let me tell you something. the world respects our country. they respect us. [applause] pres. trump: and america is now booming. like never before. other countries are doing poorly. other countries are doing very poorly. that makes it even harder for us to be successful. and we have a gentleman that likes raising interest rates in the fed. we have a gentleman that loves
quantitative tightening in the fed. we have a gentleman that likes a strong dollar in the fed. with all of those things, let's be reasonable, you understand. with all of that. we are doing great. can you imagine if we left interest rates where they were, there is no inflation, essentially. can you imagine if we left interest rates where they were. if we didn't do taunted -- quantitative tightening. taking money out of the market. if we didn't do quantitative tightening, this could lead to a lower dollar. a little bit. i want a dollar that will be great for our country, not a dollar that is so strong that it's prohibitive for us to be dealing with other nations and taking their business. [applause]
since the election we have created a number that i would have said during the campaign, the news would have said this is crazy. 5.3 million new jobs, including over 600,000 beautiful, brand-new, manufacturing jobs that were never going to come back to our country. [applause] pres. trump: these are jobs that were never coming back. remember, not to talk badly about the other administration. but if that theory when forward -- went forward with crooked hillary winning the election, instead of being up almost 50% with the stock market you would have been down 50%. it was heading down. it was going to be a disaster.
we have nearly 5 million americans that have been lifted off of food stamps. nobody thought that was possible. [applause] pres. trump: the unemployment rate has reached the lowest in over 51 years, and african-americans, and you've heard me say this many times, hispanic americans, asian american unemployment rates are at their hall time historic -- their all time historic lows. [applause] african-american income has reached an all-time high. when i'm on the debate stage
with one of these maniacs. i mean. trains to hawaii. how do you get to europe? we have not figured that one out yet, we don't use airplanes. you see what i'm doing in california, the fast train? it goes from san francisco to los angeles. it is over budget by hundreds of millions of dollars. but i have a great idea for the new governor, he's a nice guy. when he speaks about me he's not so nice, but face-to-face he loves me. he said you're a great president and you are doing a great job. he will probably deny it, but check the phone records at the white house. everyone else does. check them. check them. [yelling] [cheering]
pres. trump: honestly, the management of the forest is very bad, that's one of the problems they have. you have to get those for us, we we cannot keep sending billions of dollars and losing the -- and losing hundreds of lives. you have to clean it up. it's called management. when a tree falls, you cannot let the environmentalists say you cannot take that tree out. it becomes a matchstick. it hits a flame, it goes up, the leaves, every once in a while, you have to remove the leaves. i guy smoking a cigarette, he throws it away, he doesn't mean it, if it catches on fire we lose acres and people are killed. you have to have management. but he called me up the other day, recently, let's say four weeks ago, and said i just want to tell you you are a great president and you are one of the smartest people i've ever met. that's what he said. will he admit it?
no, i doubt it. but that's what he said. and you are doing a great job, and he started talking about additional money for the fire. which is ok. we have great talks. i like him. gavin newsom, i like him. nice guy. politicians, they say things to your face, and on a news conference you are like where did that guy come from? where did that guy come from? but everyone in this country, right now, because of our new economy is doing well, except for the never trumpers. but they are on mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. [applause] mouth-to-mouth. [applause] mouth-to-mouth. they are hanging in, a couple of
them. these guys have got me -- not -- got me wrong, not only never trumpers, basically dishonest people. let's face it, whether you like me or not, if my name was smith instead of trump, and if you told them i put in over 100 federal judges, it will soon be 145 federal judges and two supreme court nominees, and 17 appellate division judges, that we have the best economy, the best employment numbers, and unemployment numbers, more regulations cut in two years than any president that has ever done. we've taken care of our military with $1.7 billion. [applause] think of what we did.
think of what did with our military. we have numbers nobody has ever heard of. part of the problem, because i'm a cost cutter, you are all cost cutters. but we have to take care of our military. we have to. $700 billion we spend, that was the first year. the second year $760 billion. i have no choice. i would like to spend less, obama was spending much less, but the military was being depleted. he was fighting in endless wars. they never end. and as of probably today or tomorrow we will actually have 100% of the caliphate in syria. [applause] 100% [applause]
and we will leave a small group of guys and gals, but we want to bring our people back home. it's time. we will be in syria for four months, -- we wanted to be in syria for four months, and it's been five years. we want to fix our country, our bridges, or highways, all roads, our schools, our country. it's time. but i was told by a general who i had to fire, i said general how long before we get 100% of the caliphate? he said sir, two years. i said i cannot take two years. and i flew to iraq, the first time i left the white house. because i stayed at the white house for months because i wanted the democrats to get back from their vacations from hawaii.
i figured it would look good if i stayed in the white house so you people vote for me. i figured it would look good. so i stayed in the white house. and i'll tell you what. i told my wife go to florida, i enjoy your christmas. go to florida, enjoy your christmas. i stayed for thanksgiving. i was in the white house for a long time, months, months. i had cabin fever in the white house. if you have to have cabin fever, that's the place to do it. [applause] i was there for a number of months, through christmas, i spent my new year's all by myself. don't cry. it was me and about 500 men and women outside with machine guns. i never saw so many beautiful looking machine guns. i looked at that equipment and i
said man, they sit in the trees, on the lawn, i told people i am in this mess, people don't know how big the white house -- it's one of the most beautiful laces in the world. i made a lot of money with luxury. this building is in 1799, this is when the president comes. -- when president xi comes, 1799 is like a brand-new house. in china they go back a thousand years. that is like a new residence. but i sat at the white house for months, except except i took a day off. i flew to a lovely place called iraq, at night, and i got there at night. and i said to myself this is interesting because they say sir, all of the lights in the
plane are going off. i said why? because were getting ready to land, we are an hour out . but what about the shades? we turn the lights on, we put the shades down. we are landing and i go up and i look, i like to sit with pilots. i respect people who know what they are doing. and these are the best in the world. [applause] and the pilot says sir, we are landing in approximately 1.5 minutes. and i say but there is no runway. no sir, the runway is right up there. i don't see it, i have good vision. at least for my age. for my age i have great vision. but i don't have vision like a
35-year-old captain. he said it's right up there. i said sorry captain, should we lift off and try to get -- captain there is no runway. he says it's right up there. we land. there's is practically no lights. these are pin spots. we spent $7 trillion in the middle east and we can land the land the plane with the lights on 20 years later. how bad is it? how bad is it? how bad is it? $7 trillion and we have to fly in with no lights. but i met some incredible people. i met some incredible people. generals. one of them came from syria, the operation in syria and i was upset with my generals because they were not getting it finished. i want the job done and i want to bring people back home. [applause]
not fair. this is why i flew. so i met generals i didn't know. general one, general two, general three, these generals, there's no person in hollywood that could play the role. these guys are perfect people. i said what is your name? sir, my name is raisin. what the hell kind of a name, like the fruit? yes sir, raisin. what is your last name? kane. raisin cane. you have to be kidding. i just made him a big star. just like i did with matus when i said -- mattis, when i gave him a new nickname. we changed his name, called him mad dog. it wasn't working too well. so what happened was i flew to iraq, i wanted to meet people on site because i learned more from soldiers from generals.
i tell that to the generals all the time. but i didn't have to go. i didn't have to go. i landed at this airport, the most incredible thing. we must have spent $3 billion building it. it's one of the reasons i don't want to leave iraq. how do we leave this? so i have raisin cane, three other generals, kernels, colonels. why is it going to take two years to knock off 4%, which is what we had left. it won't sir. why won't it? it won't sir. we attacked them in a different manner. we can do it faster. ok general raisin cane, how fast -- sir, we can have it totally
finished in one week. one week. i was told two years. one week. that's right sir. we are only hitting them from a temporary base in syria. but if you gave us permission we could hit them from the back, the side, allover, from the base you're on now. they won't know what hit them. [applause] they won't know what the hell hit them. why didn't my other generals tell me that? why didn't they tell me that? i said did you tell them that. not our place to say it sir. they come in from washington, we have to take orders. you are the first to ask us our opinion. [applause] true. true. true. true. so i went back and i said i'm going to get back to you soon raisin, i think you are great.
i like you raisin cane. but i did say, we are in iraq. isn't what you learn from being on the site. i've my father was a builder. he always used to say no one ever got rich by sitting behind a desk. it is true. it is true. he would say, you have to be on-site, you have to be with the contractors. you have to collect every nail that is dropped. every piece of wood. you have to see while they are building.
we have some great private coverage. we have initiated some incredible plans, like the new cooperative plan. where you get better insurance that obamacare for a fraction of the cost. perhaps nothing is more extreme than the democrats plan to completely take over american energy. and completely destroy america's economy through their new $100 trillion green new deal. [booing] pres. trump: under the green new deal, which somebody described as a high school term paper written by a poor student. [laughter] pres. trump: who would believe it? it is so bad. i will be honest with you. it is saturday morning, i said, should we do a little more spin time? is everybody ok? i have not seen anybody.
i know one thing, if mark gets up and leave, i will finish quickly because then i will know. i have not seen anyone leaving. i watched those doors. a lot of times -- one time the press said, people left. they went to the bathroom and then they came back. two people. they showed two empty seats and a stadium of 19,000. they came back. they went to the bathroom. a certain fake news deal showed a picture on the front deal -- front page of these two empty seats. we never have empty seats. the green new deal would completely abolish the american oil natural gas and nuclear power industry's, of which we are now the leader in the world. we are the biggest in the world
because of moves i have made. it happened over the last two years. we are trying to speed up pipelines in texas. we think we are close to getting them approved. probably another 30% to 40%. we need pipeline approval. we will have it quickly. it was going to be a or teen-15 your process. we will pick up 30% to 40%. their plan would remove every gas powered car from american roads. that is not so bad. they want you to have one car instead of two. and it should be electric.
ok. help people, no more cars. i think the auto industry will not do too well. with the auto industry be good? i don't think so. it is not looking good. maybe you will see some bad stock prices if that passes. it would end air travel. you will get on a train, don't worry about it. it would force the destruction, or renovation of virtually every existing structure in the united states. new york city would have to rip down buildings and rebuild them again. i don't think so. this is the craziest plan. i see senators that are there for 20 years. white hair. i don't have white hair. [laughter] [applause]
pres. trump: i don't have white hair. i see these white hairs, longtime senators standing behind this young woman and she is ranting and raving like a lunatic. these senators, yes, i agree with this. yes, i agree. the crazy female senator from the state of ohio. the state of hawaii, right? she is like, she is like a crazy person. what she said about men is so bad. what she said about men is so bad. she is standing in the hallway, and she did not note too much about the plan because she cannot understand that plan. which probably makes are smart, actually. this is the senator from hawaii. they are saying to her, what do you think? well, i don't know how people are going to get to hawaii, but i am in favor of the plan. i don't care. i don't get it! she is in favor of the plan. we can take boats. this is the new democrat platform. i do not want to talk them out
of it. i don't. i don't. i swear i don't. this is a killer. i have to get off this subject. i want them to embrace this plan. i want them to sell the plan. i just want to be the republican who runs against them for that. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: i am going to regret this. this speech should have been delivered one near just one year from now, not now dammit. they will say, this guy is really playing for us. i should have saved the pocahontas thing for another year.
because i have destroyed her political career and now i won't get a chance to run against her and i would have loved that. i don't want to knock out all of the good stuff and end up with somebody that actually has talent. that wouldn't be fair. so i do like the green new deal. i respect it greatly. [laughter] it should be part of the dialogue of the next election. [applause] and i think it has tremendous promise and tremendous potential for the future of our country. socialism is not about the environment, it is not about justice, it is not about virtue.
socialism is about only one thing. it is called power for the ruling class, that is what it is. look at what is happening in venezuela and so many other places. all of us are here today because we know that the future does not belong to those who believe in socialism. [applause] and i heard yesterday a great speech from our vice president, mike pence, talking about this very subject and talking about it beautifully. [applause] the future belongs to those who believe in -- i have said it before and i will say it again -- america will never be a socialist country. [applause]
[crowd chanting "usa"] young americans, i love young americans. speaking of young americans, candace is getting married. [applause] you have been incredible. thank you. your whole group has been great. you are getting married seems like a nice guy to me. [laughter] congratulations. you have been so great. thank you very much, candace. and charlie, what a job you are doing. where's charlie? where's charlie? where is charlie kirk? because he has done an incredible job.
thank you very much, charlie. [applause] but young americans like you are leading the revival of american liberty, sovereignty and self-determination in the face of left-wing intolerance. the anger, the unbelievable anger, i see it every day. fortunately for you, it is mostly pointed at me. [laughter] you have the courage to speak the truth, to do what is right, and to fight for what you believe, and keep doing it. [applause] we reject oppressive speech, censorship, political correctness, and every other attempt by the hard left to stop people from challenging ridiculous and dangerous ideas. these ideas are dangerous. [applause]
instead, we believe in free speech, including online and including on-campus, and by the way, there is a young gentleman with us today [applause] there is a young gentleman. i turned on my television the other day and i saw somebody that was violently punched in the face, violently punched, and i said, that is disgusting, i would like to do a lot of things, but of course we would never do that. because if i ever had said violence, they would say, donald trump attacked. i'm sure he's a lovely young man, he just had a temper
tantrum. i have been there before with those people. i don't want to do it again. so the man's name is hayden williams. [applause] where is hayden? where is he? where is he? hayden, come up here please. [applause] >> thank you. so at the leadership institute we are committed to making campuses great again. i thank you for letting me speak. it's great i'm being recognized. there are so may conservative students across the country who are facing discrimination,
harassment and worse if they dare to speak up on campus. so i'm glad we could bring this to the forefront. and i would just like to say if these socialist-progressives had their way that would put our constitution through the paper shredder in a heartbeat. it is more important than ever to work at the leadership institute for campus reform to expose these abuses to the public. [applause] and these students do it because they have a love of freedom, and a love for you, mr. president. so if you keep defending us, we will keep defending you. thank you. [applause] president trump: so here is the one thing. i was going to call him, but i don't have to now.
i have seen him. but here is the one thing. i learned a number of things. first of all, he can take a punch. muhammad ali can take a punch, he can take one, because you are not going to down, no matter how, that was a hell of a punch, he was a strong guy, but do you know what? you have got yourself a great lawyer. i know your lawyer. she is a great lawyer. tell her to do me a favor, sue him, he probably has nothing, but sue him forever. but sue the college, the university, [applause] ladies and gentlemen, he took a hard punch in the face for all of us.
remember that. he took a punch for all of us. [applause] and we can never allow that to happen. and in closing with hayden, here is the good news. he is going to be a very wealthy young man. [applause] go get them, hayden. [applause] today i am proud to announce that i will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal resources. [applause] [crowd chanting "usa"] president trump: if they want our dollars, and we give it to
them by the billions, they have got to allow people like hayden and many other great young people and old people to speak, free speech. [applause] and if they don't, it will be very costly. that will be signed very soon. every day we are restoring common sense and the timeless values that unite us all. we believe in the constitution and the rule of law. we believe in the first amendment right. and we believe in religious liberty. [applause] and we believe strongly in the second amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. [applause]
which is under siege, folks. they have a lot of plans. it is under siege. be careful. but i protect you. i promise you that. i will protect you. because it all has to come through my office. and we hopefully are going to be here for six more years, so you are in good shape. [applause] we believe in the american dream, not in the socialist nightmare. and we believe in the words of our national motto, in god we trust. [applause]
every day my presidency will defend american families. we will defend america's workers, our great, great, cherished workers. and now we are taking care of, they are not losing their jobs, we are creating those jobs. we are not letting those companies destroy their lives anymore. we will defend to the american way of life and we will always defend america's borders, because without borders, as i have said many times before, we don't have a country. [applause] the lawless chaos on our southern border provides a lucrative cash flow to some of the most dangerous criminal organizations on the planet,
deadly cartels constantly, daily, hourly violate our borders and flood our cities with drugs that kill thousands and thousands of our citizens violently. what are these people talking about when they talk about the border, keep it open? keep what open? have you been there, have you seen? i just got back. i have been there many times. i have seen what is happening. i don't like it, but i have to tell you, the border patrol, our law enforcement, the job they do, and they don't have the backup of a wall in many cases. the job they do is incredible. [applause]
these ruthless cartels terrorize innocent communities on both sides of the border and spread instability throughout our hemisphere. when i was there two weeks ago, 26 people were killed very close to where i was, on the rio grande. it sounds nice, right? the rio grande? rough. rough stuff. 26 people were killed and they were buried right near where i was standing. and the paper doesn't write about it, the news doesn't write about it. in the last two years alone, ice officers made 266,000 arrests. i'm not talking about people coming in. they went out and arrested 266,000 people who have criminal records, and in some cases for murder. who the hell wants to do that? thank god they are doing it because i don't want to do it. it is dangerous. it is hard. but they love our country and they are tough people, but they love our country, including those charged or convicted of approximately 100,000 assaults,
30,000 sex crimes, 25,000 burglaries, 4000 kidnappings and 4000 violent murders. these are people that ice is going in and getting and either putting a jail or ideally, bringing them back to other countries and letting them put them in jail because we don't want them, we don't want to have to pay for them for another 50 years. we want them to pay a price, but we don't want to pay for them for 50 years. and all the nonsense that you hear about, the people coming in illegally are far better than the people that we have, it is not true, folks, it's false, it's false propaganda. [applause] one recent study from fair, f-a-i-r, found that illegal aliens are incarcerated at three times the rate of legal residents. those are the numbers. and if you look at the prison population in federal prisons,
these federal prisons are, the numbers are staggering, the numbers of illegals, far, far, far greater than any proportion of our population. but you don't hear that. you hear like, these are the greatest people in the world, just ask the angel moms how good are they, those great angel moms who are treated so badly, so badly. [applause] incredible people. but the simple reality is that every crime committed by an illegal immigrant is a crime that should never have happened in the first place. [applause] the border crisis is also a heartbreaking humanitarian tragedy. vicious coyotes, smugglers and human traffickers prey upon innocent women and children. one in three women is sexually assaulted on the dangerous
journey north. when i ran for president, my first speech i mentioned the word rape. the press went after me. i couldn't believe it. i said, will it be like this always? the answer was, yes. it even got worse. from day one i mentioned word rape. if you look at that speech, that was so innocent compared to what is really happening. that was a very innocent speech compared to the real facts. illegal immigration is not compassionate, it is inhumane, unjust and cruel. [applause]
the media fights me on this, but i say it. mothers who love their daughters, when the daughters are getting ready to make that 2000 mile trek through mexico, and frankly i wish mexico would stop them at their northern border, i wish mexico would stop them, because you know, they have a border, they call it their southern border, it is 2000 miles down from our southern border. i wish mexico would stop them. but they have their own difficulties, frankly. i understand that. we are working along well with them and they are doing a lot of things to help us with asylum and other elements of what we are doing. but mothers who love their daughters give them massive amounts of birth control pills, because they know their daughters are going to be raped on the way up to our southern border. think of that.
true story. told to me by the border patrol. so true, and so sad. think of how people that is. think of how bad that is. those caravans, you look at those caravans and some are phenomenal people, but in those caravans you have stone-cold killers. you have the interview done by some innocent person who i think is back there, and what is it you want to silent for, why are you coming to america? murder. she goes, what? murder. i mean, what is going on is incredible and when those caravans are formed, do you think those countries that we used to give a lot of money to, i have cut it way back, way back, [applause] guatemala, honduras, el salvador, do you think they are giving us their best and finest?
oh, let's send our best people up to america, let's have our best people in the caravan so we can give america our greatest people. no, no, no. they give us some very bad people, people with big come along crime records, people with tremendous violence in their past. murderers, killers, drug dealers, human traffickers. they want to keep their good people because they are smart. it is so sad to see how stupid we have been. border patrol recently reported apprehending 7000 unlawful migrants in a single week on just one part of the texas border, a couple of weeks ago. our immigration system is stretched far beyond the breaking point. to confront this national security crisis, last month i declared a national emergency. a national emergency.
[applause] meant when i see these people, and they are good people, some senators, i will tell you, the house has been fantastic, the backing we have had from the house has really been, i'm talking about in the last short amount of time, there is a lot of spirit in the house and i think in the senate, too, but we will have to see because we have a vote coming up and a lot of people are talking about precedent, precedent, that if we do this the democrats we use national emergency powers for something we don't want. they are going to do that anyway, folks. the best way to stop that is to make sure i win the election. that's the best way. [applause] they will do it anyway. they will do it anyway.
i watch them. good people. they are friends of mine. we are very concerned with setting precedent. that is precedent, not president. precedent. we are very concerned about setting precedent. i'm very concerned with having murderers and drug traffickers and drugs and drug cartels pouring into our country. that is what i am concerned about. and the democrats, they are going to do whatever they do if they get into power and won't have a damn thing to do with whether or not we approve our national emergency. because let me tell you, they don't like it when i say it, but we are being invaded. we are being invaded by drugs, by people, by criminals, and we have to stop it. and we want people to come in, as i said before, but they have to come in legally and with
merit. [applause] previous presidents have used the national-emergency power to promote democratic elections in belarus, to ensure political stability, and to defend the sovereignty of lebanon. and do you know what? that's ok. lebanon is good. use it. but we needed right here in our country. we have to use it for our country. many emergency declarations have been used to protect people in faraway nations and distant lands. now we are protecting, finally, our people, you, our people. [applause] and we are proudly standing with the heroes of ice and border patrol and law enforcement. [applause]
illegal immigration is also deeply unfair to american workers and taxpayers, including millions and millions of hard-working legal immigrants. if you care about helping immigrants and care about their success, if you care about reducing poverty and raising living standards, then you must support a safe, strong, and very, very secure border. we need an immigration policy that helps all americans thrive, flourish, prosper. we need an immigration policy that is going to be great for our corporations and our great companies. we need an immigration policy where people coming into our
country can love our country and love our fellow citizens. [applause] and this includes shutting down sanctuary cities. [applause] and we want to end catch and release. we catch them, we realize they are a criminal, and we have to release them. think of this. they come onto our land, they put one foot on our land, we now have to take them through a massive court trial. who does this? other countries say, get the hell out of here. we have to take them to court. we talk to them. if they are criminals or if they
are not, we release them, we say, come back for a hearing in front of a judge. you know how many judges you need to do this? we have 900,000 people backlog. that is the good news. the bad news? nobody shows up. 3% of the people come back for a trial. it is insane. not my fault. i inherited this mess, but we are fixing it. we have to end chain migration and we have to cancel the visa lottery. every american no matter where they are born will benefit from the creation of a lawful immigration system. it is such, you talk about an emergency, our immigration system it is so broken, folks, it is so broken. it is so sad to see. it is incompetent. it is laughed at all over the world. we have people pouring in not
just on the southern border from mexico, from china. they have a baby on our land. the baby becomes a citizen. welcome to the united states for hopefully 90 years. ok? and then the parents come in with the baby. this is crazy. they used to call it anchor babies but they don't use that term anymore because it doesn't sound nice. our laws are so crazy. one by one we are finding ways. you know, they call them loopholes, a lot of our laws loopholes, well i am finding loopholes to get around the loopholes, ok? because our congress can't act. they can't act. they just can't act. the democrats in congress don't want to touch any of it. visa lottery, that is where they put in the names, they put it in a lottery, and you pick, here is a wonderful person, wonderful. he killed four people. wonderful. and then they get in and we say,
that person just came into our country come he just robbed a store and killed somebody. how is that possible? because they send us the people they don't want. [applause] biggest form of subsidy we give to other nations. immigration systems that prioritize the admission of those who can support themselves financially and contribute, we want people that can help themselves, that can support themselves. we have people coming in, we support them from the day they come in until the day they die. we can't do that as a country. we can't afford to do that as a country. [applause] sadly, on immigration and so many other issues, democrat lawmakers have totally abandoned the american mainstream, but that is going to be good for us
in 2020. they are embracing open borders, socialism, and extreme, late-term abortion. [crowd booing] weeks ago lawmakers in new york cheered as they passed legislation allowing babies to be ripped from the wombs of their mothers right up until the very moment of death. then, in an act and a statement the likes of which i don't think i have ever heard, in virginia the governor, a democrat, stated that he would allow babies to be born, to be born outside, he would wrap them, he would take care of them, and then he will talk to the mother and the father as to what to be done, and if they didn't want the child, who is now outside of the womb, long outside of the womb, they will execute the baby after birth. [crowd booing]
they will execute the baby after birth, and that is one many people have never even heard of or thought about. this is a radical agenda by the democrats. and when you put something up as was just put up before the senate, everybody on the democrat side votes for it. by the way, i have to say one thing. they are lousy politicians and they have lousy policy. they have policy i could never sell if i wanted to, but, but, big but, they always stick together and the republicans don't. remember that. remember that. they always stick together, they voting block spirit we had a tremendous victory. we were given no credit. i can't go and campaign for all of the people in the house. it is too many.
a guy like meadows wings by so many points he doesn't need any help. he doesn't need it. i said look, do you need any help, and he said no, i'm ok. he won by 30, 30 five. they are ok, these guys. you know the funny thing? the ones that love trump, the ones that are really the trumpeters, like meadows, jordan, gaetz, so many of them, i can just name so many, they are the ones that win with a, it is like they don't even have an election, it is the ones that are sort of shy about a what we are low about, they get clobbered, they get clobbered. take a look. those of the ones that get clobbered. but the good news is that they are all starting to find that out. just this week senate democrats opposed legislation to prevent the killings of newborn infant children who survive abortions. virtually every democrat voted against protecting these precious babies, every one.
they vote in groups. and we did have that great victory. we went for 51 and two that we didn't like got out. they said they were retiring. they didn't retire. they were retired. [applause] they said, these two senators have decided to retire. no, no, no. they're retired because they had like, very little support. like how about 5% and 8%? no, we did great. we had 53. we picked up in the senate. they were going to win the senate, remember? and i will tell you folks be i
worked hard. i did. 32 big, fat rallies. and those rallies brought us to a tremendous senate victory so that we can continue onward with our judges and our approval. [applause] and the fake news back there, they love to say, donald trump suffered a big defeat. first of all, we won the senate, which frankly, hate to say it, with all due respect, the senate for us, far more important. i really worked hard. but think of it. we won the senate and we had this like tremendous victory. we get no credit at all. wait until you see what happens. they say, donald trump suffered a humiliating defeat. i said, i wasn't running. the commentators, one of them, and i appreciate it, on one of the shows this commentator said, excuse me, he didn't run. not all our candidates were exactly great, let's face it. you know, you can only do so much. but wait until you see what is
happening when i do run. and what they don't say is, governor of ohio, great guy, mike. mike was down six and one by seven in one day. he was down by six one day into the election, i went out, i campaigned, worked hard, made a speech, jim jordan was there, everybody was there, it was a fantastic crowd like this, like this, and all the people in the other ballrooms that are waiting for it, and he ended up winning. he was down by six. he won by seven. one day. then we had georgia, the governor of georgia, great guy, where is georgia? great guy. he was losing in the primary by 10. i got a call from david perdue and sonny perdue, two great guys, i said, let me check. i checked him. he was a trumper before trump
was a trumper, and i said, i love this guy. he is down by 10, he won by 40. can you believe that? i endorsed him. he won by 40. and he had a tough race against the new star of the democrat party, not democratic, it is democrat. we have to do that. you know it sounds prettier when we use democratic, i even like, i hate to say this in the speech, the democrat party, because it doesn't sound good, but that is all the more reason i use it. they should change it because it sounds much better, rhetorically is much better, much better. but then he had an election against their star, who followed me after the state of the union address. i didn't think she was great. [laughter] but she is their star. and who showed up? oprah winfrey, michelle obama and president obama. and they campaigned for her and they work so hard, and all our man had was trump.
and we kicked their ass. [applause] true. [applause] we had a rally at the airport where 55,000 people showed up to the airport. it was one hangar, they had three other hangars that were full, the problem was the press, they gave the press too good a location. but we had 50,000 people show up. and i said you are going to win the election he wanted very easily against their star. and then david perdue is going to win easily in 2020. then we had florida.
and many others. and we have a candidate, ron desantis, a friend, a friend of many of us in this room, but nobody knew he was running. he was running in the primary against somebody that was easily going to win. he was scheduled to be the next governor of florida. but ron has been with me on this witchhunt, defending me against these phony charges about russia, russia, russia, russia. my wife says, you never spoke to anybody from russia, don? and i say, that's right. but ron defended me. when people defend me i defend them. so i came. that's why i like mark. that is why i like mark levin. i'm not sure that many people
love him, he is tough as hell. but i like mark. so ron desantis calls up and says sir, can i have your endorsement. i said ron, you are at three, your opponent, the commissioner, he has $22 million in the bank, his phone number is a very good, he is up in the 20's or 30's, and i said ron, don't make me do this, ron. sir, i can win. all right, ron, here we go. because i know if he loses, which almost never happens when i door somebody, almost never, only one time and that was because it in the middle of the day of the election, nobody knew i did it come i got home and said, nobody knew trump endorsed him, but we rarely rarely lose, and i said all right i will do it. he went from three to 60, to 60.
[applause] and then he ran against a guy who had unbelievable support. he had every celebrity going to florida. he had money all over the place, and ron was in their pitching and i was in there pitching with him, and we now have a great governor in the state of florida. [applause] and i could mention many others, other governors, many other states, but i am not going to bore you with it. and i think, i really think that it is incredible what we did in the midterms. i think it's incredible. governor of florida. governor of ohio. remember, you can't win unless you win the state of ohio. got the governor of ohio. and he's great. as we defend american values at home we are also defending american security abroad. we have secured all sorts of funding, all sorts of record everything, and we will never forget our military. we will never forget our veterans.
we are taking care of our veterans like they have never been taken care of before. we just got them choice so now they can go see a doctor. [applause] now they can go and see a doctor instead of waiting online for weeks and weeks and weeks. and we got them accountability. you couldn't fire anybody in the v.a. you had sadists. you had people that took advantage of our veterans. there were sadists. they were sick people. you couldn't fire them. you had thieves that were stealing, openly stealing. you couldn't fire them. i got a bill passed, the v.a. accountability. now you look at the guy and say, get the hell out of here, you are fired, get out. nobody had it for 40 years, they
tried to get it. for 40 years they tried to get it. nva choice, they thought, for many, many decades they were trying to get v.a. choice. they couldn't get it. now instead of waiting online for two days, nine days, three weeks, people were dying, people that weren't very sick would be dead by the time they saw a doctor six weeks later. now these veterans, if there is a big weight, they go outside, they go to a local doctor, we pay the bills, they get better, everybody is happy and we actually save a lot of money, if you can believe it. and i got that approved after 44 years of being unable to get it approved for our veterans.
we love our veterans. [applause] and just and finishing up, as you know i just returned from vietnam, where i had very reductive meetings with chairman kim jong-un. very productive. we get along. we have developed a good relationship, very good, and made great, historic progress. i get a kick out of all these people in previous administrations, donald trump should not under any circumstances be doing this or that. telling me how to negotiate. these guys died. one administration gave billions of dollars to him and we got nothing. and we haven't given them anything yet. i look forward to may doing something at some point, but i know one thing. i'm going to get other countries to give, maybe not us, but i'm
going to get other countries to give. and if it all works out fine, if at all works out, fine. but i had to walk, because every once in a while you have to walk, because the deal wasn't a deal that was acceptable to me. i don't like these deals that politicians make. they make a deal just for the sake of doing it. i don't want to do this. i want to deal that other works are let's not make it. but the one thing we have done is we have no testing, no missiles going up, no rockets going up, no nuclear testing. we got our great people back. we got our great, great people, and that includes our beautiful, beautiful otto. otto warmbier, whose parents i have gotten to know, and are incredible. and i'm in such a horrible position because in one way i have to negotiate. and the other way, i love mr. and missus warmbier, and i love otto, and it is a very, very delicate balance. he was a special young man and to see what happened, so bad, it was so bad. and a lot of what i do with respect to north korea, and any
success that we hopefully have, and we have had a lot, given no credit, they don't remember that in the last days of the obama administration rockets were flying all over the place, nuclear testing was going on, mountains were being, these were big mountains, they were being shoved over three or four inches, people thought it was massive earthquakes and then they found out, no, that was nuclear weapons, nuclear testing. so much, we got the remains back of a lot of our soldiers from many, many years ago. [applause] mike pence was in hawaii, it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies. we have made a lot of progress and we will continue to make progress. and i really think what we are doing there is very important. we actually had a walk and i think we had a very good meeting. in fact, when i came home they put out a statement that actually they were willing to do much less on the sanction front.
but you see, that is not what happened there. so already i think we are negotiating. and i will tell you this, north korea has an incredible, brilliant economic future if they make a deal, they don't have any economic future if they have nuclear weapons. it is really a bad thing for them. so we will see how it all goes, but i think it is going well. i think we learned a lot over the last couple of days, and again, the relationship seems to be very, very strong, and that is an important thing, especially when we are dealing with this kind of situation. [applause] for years you watched as your leaders apologized for america. you saw that, we loved to apologize. no.
i'm not apologizing. now you have a president who is standing up for america after decades of building up foreign nations. we are finally building up our nation and we are doing it with american hands, american grit, and with beautiful, beautiful american steel. [applause] we are fighting to ensure that every young american inherits the same blessings and the same boundless opportunity that our ancestors fought to secure with all of their heart, might and soul. now, more than ever, we need the proud men and women of cpac, and i want to thank everybody here because it is incredible, your organization is incredible, matt, mercedes, incredible. we need your enthusiasm. we need your commitment. we need your incredible spirit. on the fourth of july we are
having an washington, d.c., a great tribute to america. i hope you can all calm. fourth of july. keep it open. we want to bring millions of people into the city and we want people to come who love our country. those are the people we want. the fourth of july. [applause] a salute to america. now is the time to embrace the promise of our history. now is the time to defend our american legacy. and now is the time to seize our glorious destiny. and by the way, i'm watching those doors. not one person has left and i have been up your long time. i said matt, is that ok? he said, i love it. don't leave. not one person. if you here tomorrow, people left.
nobody left early. there hasn't been one person but when you read it, you just say, fake news. this magnificent nation will always be the home of those who cherish life, love liberty and defend the sacred rights given to us by almighty god. together we are one people, one family and one nation forever united behind one great american flag. [applause] thank you to everybody in this room and to all of the other rooms, and all over the country. we are hooked in all over the country. thank you very much. i want to thank cpac. what a job they have done. what a job matt schlapp and his family have done in bringing this to a level as never seen before.
>> next, live, your calls and comments on "washington journal ." then we are live as presidential candidate and new jersey senator cory booker speaks at a civil rights commemoration in selma, alabama. after that, newsmakers with pete ricketts. >> tonight, on c-span's q&a coming u.s. army veteran eileen rivers on her book "beyond the call." it is about three women that went beyond their duties to help
women in afghanistan and further the mission. >> sheena adams shared an incident with me where she said she felt the men were trying to break her to see if women could hack it. he had really heavy gear and weapons. on a roadrrying it march. she pulled her women aside and said no matter what happens, keep up because i have a feeling they're going to try to test us. that is exactly what happened. >> eileen rivers, tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. morning, national journal hotline reporter hanna trudo talks about the 2020 democratic presidential race and the direction of the democratic party. then, cbs news political analyst david brody discusses the religious conservatives views about