tv President Attends Meeting on Economically Distressed Communities CSPAN April 4, 2019 7:30pm-8:02pm EDT
where live in indianapolis, maryland for the annapolis books vessel. on sunday and noon eastern in depth the financial author and journalist joins us for a live conversation about her books and career. and then at 9:00 p.m. eastern on "after words" investigative reporter vicki ward examines the careers of jared kushner in a bunker trump in her book, kushner inc., greed ambition and corruption. watch for tv this weekend on c-span2. >> at the white house president trump attended his first meeting with opportunity and revitalization counsel. it was created to focus on disadvantaged communities. >> thank you very much i am thrilled to welcome everyone to the very first meeting of the white house opportunity and revitalization counsel. opportunity and revitalization counsel is a very important
event in the white house. we have been working long and hard on getting this up and running and is something we are very proud of. the new council will coordinate efforts across the federal government to deliver jobs invested in growth to the undeserved and they are underserved communities. in all of the country we have areas that i guess you could say are not treated properly and they are indeed underserved. we are pleased to be joined by many members of my cabinet ben carson who leases very important initiative. thank you very much ben i appreciate it. it is not been easy to do. also joining us as a counsel's new executive director scott, he is a foreigner mfl player and a state legislator and a businessman and a leader in his church in his community, scott i want to thank you for doing such a good job in any year-to-year
results will hopefully be very well -- that's what i'm really going to thank you. thank you scott the council will focus its efforts on economically distressed communities across the country including opportunity zones which are as you know up and running and are doing incredibly well beyond expectation. which we are designated by our nation's governors under a crucial provision of her new tax cuts. that was part of what we got approved with the tax cut. i don't know that people talk about it but it was very important. we are providing massive taxes for private investment in these areas to create jobs and opportunities where are needed the most. this counsel will further leverage federal resources and authorities to support these communities we will work to streamline regulations to improve education and promote for affordable housing, reduce
crime and expand jobs in skill training for americans all throughout our country. our actions will directly improve the lives of countless low income americans. it is pretty much aimed at that. together we can lift up every forgotten community and we talk about the forgotten men and women and a lot of people were forgotten in this country. and unleashed the boundless potential of our people and i look forward to hearing about all the incredible progress being made and i would like to start perhaps with ben carson who is doing a terrific job in ben we appreciate it. the whole country appreciates it. please say a few words. >> mr. president, first of all thank you. this whole thing came out at the 2017 tax cut job bill. they provide for people to take
unrealized capital gain and invest into the neglected communities of our country. and some people have criticized and said is just a mechanism for rich people to get richer. the fact of the matter is rich people are going to take their money and invest it into something anyway. >> and they will become richer. >> and that is the key. having them invest in areas that have been neglected. this is what is going to make the big difference. because we have this conflict here, 13 different agencies in a bunch of different federal entities involved and use all of their influence amalgamating that. we have synergy and we can really focus and target and coordinate in such a way that the federal programs will have the maximum impact. so the proof in the pudding will be see these areas revive an
advert he visited a number of them and we haven't even come out with all the rules and regulations yet. where money has been invested in st. louis, it is acting as the night is for the development in mississippi there is a sawmill that was abandoned because of the opportunity. not only have they revitalize that but they are hiring a lot of people now in building industry is coming in to build houses for those people. these are the kinds of things that make a difference. it is not talking about at some political factions over the years and how much you need us, were not talking about that. we are going to show people what can happen when we direct the federal resources at taking care of their problems and everybody on the council, all the agencies are strongly dedicated to making sure that the forgotten men and
women of the country will no longer be forgotten. >> scott would like to say a few words christmas. >> esther. thank you, mr. president we appreciate your leadership in creating the white house counsel. i am very humbled and as i was sharing with the council before to be here with several members of my family through the years coming out of opportunity zone and distressed communities. this is very close to my heart. the chain that we have assembled here and it's been assistance. i voice out on the council before this and this is been the greatest team that i've been involved in. we have an opportunity to make the generational impact and for that i'm grateful. thank you. >> thank you very much guys. we have tremendous faith in you and your leadership and we chose you for a very good reason. you are not standing young men,
your cell young man i'm a little older than you. [laughter] but we have tremendous confidence in you scott. would you like to say a few words? >> thank you, mr. president for hosting this today. we look forward to this economic extreme to this counsel. we've taken steps of commerce to encourage private investment in the zone. our economic development administration and minority crews the development agency of working to direct where they're supposed to go. specifically eda has issued a notice of funding opportunity for public works and economic adjustment assisted programs. to make all entities within the qualified opportunity zone generally available for eda. those will supplement the
funding and opportunity zone program itself. as we look to the future we anticipate the state and local communities will take advantage of this opportunity. part of the process will include funding new and innovative ways to communicate for opportunity zone programs to state and local leaders and to potential investors. since fiscal year 18 eda is already invested in 16 small opportunity zone projects. these will help make the zones more attractive to investors in the programs. i look forward to discussing a leverage and private investment of future meetings. the minority group in development agency is planning opportunity zone, and a number of cities throughout the country to reach the community. the first one was held last
month and philadelphia and had a hundred and 89 attendees. this tremendous interest and enthusiasm include storm ravaged areas such as north florida, florida has 427 opportunity zones in the state economic development has agreed to plan the rollout of the opportunity zone as a master tool to encourage investment in those communities. mississippi and other states are doing very similar. it has a lot of momentum. >> thank you that is great. appreciate it. the great larry kudlow. [inaudible] >> i just briefly summarize what we are doing.
this will help to d regulation and we use private investment capital to help spread the prosperity where it joins every nook and cranny of the economy. every single area of the economy. as you rebuild the overall economy. it's a terrific thing and we have a promoted and do whatever secretary carson says in my honor to be part of the group. scott your terrific, a great american. did you play for the new york giants? >> denver broncos and the chargers. >> ththank you sir. >> the representatives of china are here right now. they will be buying a lot of product from us.
you know that. more than anybody would believe. do you have anything to say sir? 40% of the economic zones are in rural areas. the usda has a prime objective in helping to raise them as well. i would submit to you that this may be the provision of your tax cuts. we were reducing the growth of gdp and jobs in employment and economic prosperity but this may be a scot as scott said what may people ignore. and i look forward to working with this group to make sure that happens. not just for today in your administration but for in the future raising the communities. >> thank you. >> mr. president, and the energy sector, -- i get a little cross purpose going on. earlier in the week you had a great event here in the white house on first step in the concept that you push the
congress to decided of law. in these prison reform reentry programs that will be able to bring people that you champion in the past on first step to give these people coming out of prison the opportunity to go into an opportunity zone. francis the department of energy is the cause of what we are seeing in the growth in the energindustry and a truck drivee need a great deal of truck drivers in louisiana, or in the permian basin, those truck drivers will shift over from a year ago being in prison through one of these richer programs into an opportunity zone. a truck driver making hundred thousand dollars a year. you talk about a transformational for a family. that is what we are looking at here. you cannot had better. scott turner is a stud.
[laughter] >> i wish we had more media coverage on the whole thing that we are doing with criminal justice reform but will forever reason the media chose not to cover them very strongly. the image was helping people out of prison they don't like the image of trump so they wanted to keep that nice and low-key. they did not cover very much which is unfair because they cover other things. look at all of them. but that when they chose not to cover too much but i feel very happy about criminal justice reform and because of the great economy people getting out of prison are really in the first time in the history of our country they are getting jobs and doing a fantastic job. for the most part. some problems, your problems with everybody. they are doing a phenomenal job and employees are really happy. perhaps you people -- i think is a very important subject. the porton thing is that they are so happy with what is taking
place and it's an incredible thing that is happening. >> the department of transportation we have ten grants, total of $2.3 billion and we are incorporating the opportunity zone into these grants. the recipients must think more about these grants then how to incorporate the opportunity zone into what they're doing. >> i am proud of you you're doing a great job. >> mr. president, there are 35 million americans living in these opportunity zones. the employment rate is on average about one and a half times the national. this is an opportunity for all of them to find jobs but it's also an opportunity to grow our economy. because we have 1 million more open jobs right now then individuals looking for jobs. as with other agencies, the department of labor, we are
adding preference points to all of our grants who are legally able to do so. to focus those for development opportunities on opportunity zones. i want to highlight two examples. you mentioned criminal justice reform. one example our efforts on the reentry, providing workforce development dollars to individuals of reentry. we haven't added preference points on this. this is a wonderful opportunity for individuals that are leaving prison to learn skills, hold a job and those investors that are going to look to these opportunity zones are going to want to know that those individuals that have the skills to actually work at these factories that will be built. so across the board, we're doing it for reentry programs, homeless veterans, we have veterans that are homeless. for whatever reason whether it's addiction issues, not having the right skill, we have programs
for them. we are adding preference points to our programs and we are focusing the money on them. >> when you think of the founding of our country till a year ago, people getting out of prison could not get jobs. the stigma, problems, whatever. and now, they are being sought and having a choice. the choice for events, a different kind of choice, and they have choice in terms of jobs. it's never happened in our country's history. and again, the employer's feedback has been extraordinary. i have spoken to a couple that said why didn't i do this years ago. but they cannot get jobs so they end up back in prison and they were forced to do other things that were not so good in some cases and end up back in prison. this is the first time that this
is happened since the founding of our country. a lot of it has to do the great economy, and a lot has to do with the mindset that we are helping to create. you are doing a fantastic job. all of you. such an important thing. >> thank you, mr. president for your leadership on the opportunity. this summer epa will announce more than $50 million in grants to revitalize strong struggling communities and we included the opportunity zone of the nation tie-breaking criteria process. this means we will take advantage of the many structure grant programs. after we distributed more than $2 billion in loans to six cities with opportunity zones. last week we announced the availability of $6 billion in water infrastructure loans. last month we gave to the city of baltimore and tomorrow i'll be in miami to announce and help them with the water
infrastructure. and were also hoping stronger areas of the country to meet their nonattainment air qualities. when they're not attainable to the air-quality added tracks to the amount of businesses that they can detract to the city. this week we are announcing the cleveland is meeting their not standards for the particular manner which should allow cleveland to attract business and expand existing businesses there. >> i love cleveland, you know why? i do very good day in cleveland. [laughter] a couple of days. david? >> mr. president, with the leadership of this group we have worked very hard to focus on some of our native american communities and there is lots of opportunity to attract investment there with the supporting effort. also small rural communities that are surrounded by federal land this could be attractive for critical mineral development and we have grant programs designed to do that. >> doing great. thank you.
>> thank you, mr. president, enter. opportunity zones hold for workforce development. an opportunity zones one fifth of the residence do not have careers. into specific areas that we can be most helpful in is the development of charter schools currently 70% of the opportunity zones do not have a charter school and we can help private investors help with the facilities and we will incentivize grant competitions to help encourage that and also career technical education development for facilities, equipment, technology and this partners very well with their education freedom initiative to provide families more options and opportunities right in the backyard. i am very thank full for this opportunity to work on this and
for your leadership on the. >> thank you very much betsy i appreciate it. so this is a very important day and i wish everybody good luck in particular scott, i have no doubt you'll do a fantastic job. >> thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you very much. [applause] [inaudible conversations] >> were having a big meeting this afternoon and i think you folks will be added for little while. the vice premier is here and a lot of people from china that want to make a deal. we will see what happens. maybe a good deal. it's gotta be a great deal. we have been losing over many
years four, five, $600 billion a year and we are losing a few years ago 200 routinely to china, we can't do that. if is not a great deal we are not doing it. it is going very well and top officials are here and were very well along on the deal. it's very complex still in one of the biggest deals ever made. it will be a great deal for farmers, technology, intellectual property theft, there is not a thing. our economy is way up, china is not way up and and we need to make a very good deal. it looks like the deal is moving along very nicely. so i think you'll meet me, will say hello to the media sometime after 2:00 o'clock. thank you everybody.
[inaudible conversations] >> mexico understands that we are going to close the border or way to tariff the cars, will probably start up with the tariffs and that'll be a powerful, effective gaskets mexico has the strongest immigration laws anywhere in the world and they don't have court like we do, we have a stupid system of courts, the greatest thing in the world. we could be the only country that has it. he put the flip on the property, he put a foot into the united states and congratulations, you end up with a case. and then they release you and you come back for five years later but nobody comes back. 2%. they're not so smart come back. the most ridiculous system anyone is seen and we have catch and release and chain migration or somebody comes in and brings
her whole family, grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins and the craziest thing i've ever seen. put in by democrats. the democrats are going to straighten it out. if they don't straighten out, i predicted this. i hate to see it but at least i can say i was right and i told everybody. you have a national emergency at our border. nobody even talks about drugs. the drugs that are flowing in. so for the last four days and this is a minor extent, mexico has capturing people and bringing them back to the countries. at their southern border. they have been taking people under the very powerful laws, they have the right to do it and bringing them back to where they came from. that is about three days now. but before i close the border mexico -- we love mexico and we
love the country of mexico, we have two problems, the fact that they allow people to foreign to our country and we have to stop the border patrols and the incredible law enforcement, and the other problem is drugs. massive and most of the drugs coming into our country come to the southern border. and much of it is under construction. large sections are going to be meeting on friday and the piece of the wall that we've completed. a big piece. a lot of it is being built right now. a lot of it is being signed up by different contractors. it is moving along very nicely. but we need the wall and we need lots of other things. if mexico does not give the help that is okay we will tariff their cars coming into the united states. the other thing because mexico is such a big source of drugs,
unfortunately, now we have china sending fentanyl to mexico so we can deliver in the united states. it's unacceptable. to the set an the second aspecto gets off them if they want, we will tariff their cars, that is very big and if it doesn't work we will close the border. i think that will work. that is massive numbers of dollars. if we do not see people apprehended and brought back to their countries and we see massive caravans coming up to our country right there mexico and coming right there mexico. buses are even given to them. the last two days it has all happened since they said we are closing the border. the only thing frankly better but less drastic than closing the border is to tariff the cars coming in. and i will do it.
you know i will do it. i don't play games. i will do it. we are doing it to stop people, we will give them a one-year warning and if the drugs do not stop or largely stop we will put tariffs on mexico and products in particular cars, it's the big ballgame. and if that does not stop the drugs, we close the border. because, mexico last year, over many years, just like china except china numbers are bigger. and i don't blame china and i don't blame mexico, i blame the people that used to sit in the seat. they should have done something about it. i'm not just talking about president obama, i'm talking about many presidents. they should've done something about. so if mexico doesn't do what they could do, apprehend the people coming in, and they could
do it in a much more humane fashion, why should they walk 2000 miles and then be brought back. they can stop them right at their southern border. right when they come into mexico. and they have unbelievable immigration laws in the right to do. the most powerful in the world. and they are going to do it and if they don't we will tax the cars and offenses at work were in close words. we also wil are dealing with the drugs. not only hundred thousands of lives are being ruined in our country the people are dying that you wouldn't believe. one military personnel in its front-page story, and yet we have 100,000 people, people don't even know the number. they say 77000, 702000, any number they give you could guarantee to raise it. and if the drugs do not stop we will put tariffs on them. it also cost our country at
least $500 billion to our southern border. $500 million. so we will put tariffs if they do not apprehend and ultimately will give a period of time but if any year from now, drugs continue to pour in we will put tariffs on. we have a deal. they will have to live with it. i am not trained to be unfair, they will have to live with it. the u.s. and ca is a great deal for everybody. but this is more important to me than the u.s. and ca. they will have to live with it. thank you very much. [inaudible conversations]
>> i'll tell you one thing. it's a great deal. if they don't pass it that everybody wants us to pass. but we will see whatever they want to do. [inaudible conversations] [no audio] >> once tv was three giant networks on a government supported service called pbs. in 1979 a small network with an unusual name rolled out a big idea. let viewers decide on their own what was important to them. cspan opened the doors to washington policy for everyone to see. bringing you unfiltered content from congress and beyond. in the age of power to the people this was true people power. in the forty-year sense the landscape has clearly changed. no model listed media,
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