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shuddered their doors simply because of a minimum wage increase. it's not just my words, listen to this. from alan b krueger, the former chairman of president obama's council on economic advisory, the winds of a 15 hour dollar an hour minimum wage would put us in uncharted waters and risk unintended consequences. in a time where we have so many other challenges, a time where we want to raise individuals to continue the growth of what we're having, the democrats continue to play their political stunts. we've got a concern when we got to have a budget agreement, i think we've made progress even in the last couple of days. we had a debt ceiling that could hit before we are back in september. we've got to make sure we get that done. those are the things we should be focused on. we have a challenge and crisis at the border, we know that can only be solved if congress acted. we have a speaker that requested from the president to postpone any type of movement from individuals who
had a court order to leave our country were going to leave these remarks from republican leaders on their legislative agenda to return to comments frompresident trump following his cabinet meeting . >> we have the best overall unemployment, the best in 51 years and very soon will be historic. we keep going to where were going and it should be fairly soon, so things are happening that we wouldn't have believed happen or could happen. the border, where workingvery hard. it's everybody, the attorney general . we are doing everything we can do without getting congress to act because the democrats refuse to act. they refuse to do what they have to do and what they should do and that's loopholes, they have loopholes that are so bad you
could drive a truck through them. they could be solved in 15 minutes , we have those loopholes taken care of, everyone knows what they are. you know what they are, you know better than the people in congress. democrats, we need to vote. it's not that we need them, we need their votes because we have a small margin of votes, it's 53 to 47. the house is very tights, a very tight house too, very small number. we need democrat votes to get up to what we need. that's why we didn't do it last time. first two years, because we need nine to 10 democrat votes and we were ever able to get them for certain things but wherever we could use the majority, we ended up doing a fantastic job including two supreme court judges. we got 2 supreme court justices put on and many other things but we need democrat votes to get the
border, police fully taken care of. mexico hasbeen fantastic. we had a meeting with mexico, for 45 years people have trying to get mexico to do what they're doing now and they weren't able to get it . and we got it in one day, everything. mexico now has approximately 21,000 soldiers on their land . they're very powerful immigration laws. they can do what they have to do. we have the worst laws in the entire world, there's no light law like this. we catch them and we release them, we say come back to court in five years, nobody comes back, two percent, i want to be accurate because i don't want the press to say i was inaccurate. most people wonder why they're coming back. so we can straighten that out. we are getting rid of thousands of people who are criminals, we're taking them out of the country. ms 13 by the thousands and they're going out quickly. we do it very professionally, we have papers on everybody we take out, very documented, they got come in illegally and they go out legally.
on sunday there was a lot of activity but you didn't even see it because it went very smoothly. the ice folks and the people from border patrol, the job they do is, their heroes in somany ways. we have border patrol though being nurses and doctors and janitors . i very much want to thank vice president pence for telling a delegation of people down to see the things that one of our very radical left democrats called concentration camps. they're not concentration camps. they are willing well-run, their fabulous places. in the case of the children, people came back and even some of the news which is shocking frankly said they were very well-run, very clean, very nice to the children . we had an adult center of males, many of these people
were criminals, where not letting them out, we can't let them out and it was crowded, very crowded and the best way they can solve that is you don't come up, you're not going to be crowded. we want to take people in illegally and we want to examine through merit. we want our competition to be helped, all these countries pouring in because we are the hottest country in the world right now, every time i meet aleader, a president, prime minister, king, a queen, they all say thank you and it's nice to meet you, by the way, congratulations on your economy, what you've done is incredible . you read where china is down pretty substantially. they're having the worst year they've had in 27 years. i don't want them to have bad years but they broke the deal. the deal was done, it was practically done. it was just a very short period of time we would have had it finished and they broke the deal, they decided they wanted to not do the things they agree to and they said that's all right, we will put tariffs on, it's
obviously having a negative effect. i don't want it to have a negative impact. not having any impact on us other than positive because china devalues their currency and their pumping money into their system while people are paying for that. there's been no inflation. there's been no nothing. frankly if we ever got interest rates down where they should be and if they were raised so fast, you would see another probably 10,000 points on the dow. setting records, i don't want to act like so many gets a 99 on their test and their complaining, i don't like that but i'm going to complain because frankly we would have done even better had we had a federal reserve that didn't raise interest rates so quickly and had we had a federal reserve and there are many people on the federal reserve. but if we had a federal reserve that didn't do quantitative tightening, they do quantitative tightening,
$50 billion a month, that's a lot of money. now they're doing $25 billion a month. in europe there pumping money into their system and their lowering rates. in china there pumping money into their system and their lowering rates vary substantially and in europe there rates are almost 0 and in china rates are whatever president xi once, he's the federal reserve, is the president, iseverything else but unfortunately what they did was not appropriate . they are supposed to be buying farm products, let's see whether or not they do. our great farmers, but out of the carriage i took $16 billion to make up for the shortfall.i went to secretary sonny perdue. fantastic gentleman by the way, is he here? what happened, he's working on doing the farmers, there's a big meeting in california.
i'm glad he's there. he can do more help there. i said what was the amount at its highest in china? come into the farmers, or purchased $16 billion. i said that's all right, we're taking in many times that in tariffs. we're going to help the farmers out and i did that with $16 billion, same thing as if they bought.and yet the farmers don't even want that. they just want to make a product and sell it. but it was just a small percentage of the tariffs that we're taking in and we have a long way to go as far as tariffs. we had another $325 billion that we can put a tariffs on if we want. so we're talking to china about a deal. but i wish it didn't break the deal that we had. we hada deal where china opened up . we had a deal where their intellectual property theft would be taken care of because it's estimated that
they steal $300 billion worth of intellectual property year. who knows. that's what they tell me, 300 billion. that's a big number. outing number, except it, their experts, that's what they do but that's a big number. you that to the fact that during the obama administration, $500 billion a year was being lost to china. 500 billion. they did nothing and in all fairness, whether you go back to bush, you go back to clinton, you can go back a long way, the wto. once the wto was formed china began became like a rocketship but we're doing something about it. and we're doing a lot about it. we close to $20 trillion in wealth. during my administration from elections and i have to say from elections because when i gotelected, the stock market, the day after the stock market went wild . if i would not have gotten elected, we would have had a crash so i give president
obama credit for the tremendous gain from the day i won till january 21st, when i took office. because that was all traded to the enthusiasm that we caused riyadh and that we've had as a country. from the election till now, it's extraordinary, with $20 trillion, china's loss $20 trillion. if my opponent had one, china would write down the number one in the world. right now we are number one in the world and we're going to keep it that way. and if you have smart people sitting in this chair, you're not going to lose. so we've got an extraordinary country. doing numbers that have never been done before. i think a number that makes me the happiest is that a proportionately the biggest gain in this entire stock market when you hear about how much has gone up, blue-collar workers, the biggest proportion gainer.
they had a tremendous gain. the workers have had a tremendous gain. people without a diploma, high school diploma have had a tremendous gain. our countries doing really, really well. just to finish, 401(k)s. people in 401(k)s, many of you have 401(k)s. they are up 50percent, 60 percent . some are only 70 percent. people who were losing money all their lives are now doubling their income, doubling the money that they had in the bank, it's being doubled up. there 401(k)s are going through the roof. and they're getting a lot of credit from their wives or husbands, whichever one but the one that's doing it is saying you're a financial genius. darling i love you very much, first time in your life i think you're afinancial genius and it would have been
just the opposite .this country was set for a big fall had we not come in and cut regulations immediately and let our country breathe. whether it's the pipelines that we approved on almost day one or lng plants, i just left louisiana, cut a ribbon for a$10 billion lng plant . that's so incredible. people wouldn't believe it. it was many years trying to get permits, they couldn't get the permits but we got the permits and we got them very rapidly. and that was a great thing, great thing. you know the plants i'm talking about and we've done six of them now under consideration area that we hadn't built one in 40 years, we didn't build plants like this. so our country is doing things that nobody thought would even be possible. we're doing incredibly well. i'd like to start off and if you'd like to stay for this you can, ben carson is going
to say a few words and then i think jared is going to talk about immigration at some of our plans for immigration and then we're going to go around the table and if the press wants to stay, you can, if you'd like to leave, it's like i said the other day, i don't mind. you wantto leave, it's your option. you can leave anytime you want to. please, ben . >> thank you mister president and us before i talked a little bit about the red cross, i want to thank you for your incredible courage, and your resilience in the face of unwavering criticism, unfair criticismall the time . i would just sort of sum it up by saying would you rather have a non-politician whose get a lot of stuff done or somebody who is still a talker and get nothing done. but i agree with you. >> as i told you before i think god is using you.
>> you have said that and i appreciated, thank you once again, promises made our promises kept. you said in the inaugural address. we've not forgotten them under this country. and last december you put this strawberry act and establishing a white house opportunity and revitalization counsel. and i'm privileged to chair that. we have with us doctor who is serving as our executive director. thank you to the worker, the revitalization combo, opportunities delivering an incredible burst of energy and optimism and investments into some of our nation's most technology distressed neighborhoods. and we're proud to report a great success. his counsel description for prosperity, i have to go in on a medical thing there. the opportunity zones are home to approximately 35 million people. 10 percent of the population.
one in three of them live in poverty. and this prescription indeed requires a coordinated effort of all of the councilmembers, all the agencies and i want to back all my fellow agency heads for the tremendous health that they provide in getting this done. with unemployment, opportunities are twice the nationalaverage . forgot and families are just the people that you've been targeting. and over the past year property fell crosses an opportunity zones have increased by 20 percent. which is about double the appreciation rate for eligible nonelected today. what does that mean? that means that those people who live there and who own the property are benefiting significantly even though a lot of people say you're not getting the benefits, they are getting the benefits . and a massive pool of capital
is preparing to revitalize these areas. less than two years ago, secretary mnuchin predicted these zones would drop hundred 15 billion dollars and a lot of people said that was way too optimistic but today like many other milestones, this administration has surpassed, we're already approaching these extraordinary figures. last month the national council state housing agency announced that it opportunity zones have expanded to nearly $29 billion in investment and i might add that opportunities for the media, it's one of the hottest things anyone's ever done with respect to inner cities and with respect to minorities. it is working out far beyond anybody'sexpectations . i don't think it's been written about very much but i'm not that surprised. but the opportunity zones are an incredible thing.
if you want to do something, you should write about them because what happened, the employment investment, people are investing that have never invested in these locations and their investing a lot of money. it has absolutely been, you can talk about the number of sites, the number of cities. what happened with opportunity zones issomething of a miracle. nobody in their wildest imagination thought this would happen . >> you can add to that we got a lot of positive support from government officials across the country about the investors an opportunity zones and how their stoking unprecedented interest . in fact, we're in salt lake city and the multi family dwelling is going up, there's a concentration of people with autism and a center for helping autistic people get back into the workforce. they were able to do that because of the completion of the gap funding to fund on time. and public officials from
both sides of the political aisleare united . and trying to maximize the impact of the program. thegovernor of maryland , is spending $56.6 million for training programs to supercharge the office. mississippi, governor phil bryant has approved a special opportunity zone cycle and is part of a low income housing tax credit program offered through the mississippi on corporationand in michigan, the governor , aggression winter has issued an executive directive that focuses state procurement practices on businesses located within opportunity zones. and the list goes on and on. the revitalization console has played a key role in convening community stakeholders as well as championing the support of public officials and communicating a green light for businesses and investors.
and as you know, a council consists of members across team federal agencies and federal state ships with a core mission to prioritize opportunity zones including the regulation, grant funding , infrastructure spending and importantly crime prevention. to date the council incentivize more than 150 federal programs to increase targeting opportunity zones to grant preference funds, loan qualifications, reduce and alterations in eligibility criteria. and we've already implemented more than 120 of these actions across the agency. revitalization has also been conducting a nationwide listening to her that for opportunity zones to incorporate the interest from community leaders, entrepreneurs and investors. and to ensure local leaders are doing all they can to help their constituents in these communities, i personally in the last couple
of weeks have visited a lot of communities like miami, chicago, st. louis, salt lake city, birmingham, las vegas and more next week. speaking and traveling, speaking of traveling we are blessed to have with us doctor who is the executive director of the council and he has been all over the place. every place i go a say scott was here. and he's just telling us all thisstuff . it's great. and through the work of the revitalization conference where not only integrating americans forgotten, we are helping to elevate them back into a path of pride and self-sufficiency. and what really is opportunity? opportunity has no color. but it colors everything. opportunity has no greed but it gives people experience to believe. opportunity has no religion, it gives us the faith. and i want to thank you for the things that you felt when
the revitalization counsel as we have championed this incredible initiative across the country, a game changer, it's making a game changer in this country. we look forward to building on this exciting momentum. i'm very excited, i may not look excited, this is as excited as i ever look but i am very excited about being able to participate in something that's going to have such a positive effect on so many people in our country and i want to thank you for both pushing this. and i'd like to hear just a bit from councilman director scott. >> good morning or good afternoon. if you doctor costa and thank you mister president. or allowing me to serve interest role and cabinet members, it's good to see you all again. ilooked up to revitalize . to revitalize means to imbue with new life . it means to reinvigorate and
to re-energize. that is what we seen over the last 12weeks but we were here 12 weeks ago . and when without the president appointed me to be the shepherd of this council. and in the last 12 weeks has been 20 1p and we have just for your visualization. these are the committee that we sent to and these are the cities that we will go to and you can look at it after a while. but i say that because we talk about the country spreading a message of revitalization and true transformation we conducted over 65 roundtables and we convened eight leaders, educational leaders, business leaders and investors and most importantly community people, the people that sit in the neighborhood on the front porch that seemed the neighborhood, they know the
pain and know the potential of these countries, historically these changes have happened we convened these roundtables as the heart of public safety to ask the hard questions, to create a sense of unity and understanding. if you have investors sitting across from the community, if you have business owners across from huntsman and senators and elected officials to talk about this community and has not seen, what needs to see. and that's how i'm going to transform. we talk about the account, we talk about the spirit of legislation. economic development but it's also community development, social impact so the people inside the community can remain and benefit from the revitalization going on in the community. we've seen tremendous results already because of opportunities. the president said this is unprecedented. we have not seen this empowerment before an investment standpoint, from
an incentive standpoint but also from a unity standpoint, or people who don't talk, don't work together, don't convened together come together for the first time, america and that's what we're seeing and i'm so blessed and humble. we only have six opportunity zones but they have one of the best that i've seen, there are two hotels going up in downtown outside opportunity zones on the marriott and i think it's the springhill suites, that's not only going to spread development for supporting all the individuals, these jobs are being created. on the west side of atlanta, as one of the roughest parts, we were taking a tour. the police don't even go to the west side of atlanta most times. investment has not been on this account for many years deals, prostitution on the corner across the street, new houses, affordable houses . a private school operating under the church as being rehab across the street . a city of cubicles moving to the west side of because of
all of the opportunity zones and new life is being reinvigorated in this . i've seen it in cleveland ohio. new entrepreneurs, workforce training. workforce housing.right across the street from each other because of the opportunity zones bringing new life and it's reenergizing the area and we seen it with our own eyes and in mesa arizona and phoenix arizona, it's a great taste of this practice. arizona state university was the labor research institution and your institution and city officials and a local developer took to develop alternative zones decided downtown corridor. activator businesses, operating businesses, multifamily housing, mixed-use zoning. has a lot of jobs being created . hope being restored. a couple weeks ago we were sitting across the table and liberty square. and two young men looked at us and said we didn't think this would ever happen.
where we live, this is liberty square. it's a tough part of town. one of these young men worked on the company that built the doors and the windows. and he said sat around and said boys are not asking when is this going to be done? it's bringing new life and as we sat here that first meeting, there was dignity and hope restored. having a generational impact, that's the goal, that's the spirit and i say thank you for your work, many of your agencies are doing tremendous job onthis council . it's a great humbling experience for me to be the shepherd of this council and history challenges this story, what did we do with opportunity, with an opportunity zones, we are blessed to come out and you guys will be restored with history do so thank you mister president.
[applause] >> as most of the people in the room that no staff was a great player, well known for being a greatplayer . you may be better at this. i don't know, thank you. it's really a great job. thank you very much. i'm going to ask then, would you like to finish up? >> i want to reemphasize how important it is that everybody continues to make sure that the sub secretaries work with us, getting an incredible amount done and one of the things that encourages me about this is i go places and the governor as a republican, as a democrat,
and they're all working together. we can tap down all the patriotism in our country because our country is extraordinarily strong. nobody can tear us down from the outside, we can only do it from the inside and the house divided against itself cannot stand. these are the kind of efforts that i hope will be able to bring us together so thank you. >> beautiful words, we appreciate it. thank you. i'd like to invite jared kushner to talk about the immigration policy plans . >> like you mister president. this, you were talking about all the great trade deals, all the jobs coming to america and doctor carson and director turner was even talking about the opportunity zone revitalization counsel, raising wages and letting people up. now it's time to figure out how to modernize our immigration system area when
the president asked me to get involved last year he asked me to work with him to take the ideas that he had for a modern immigration system and figure out how to turn that into a detailed proposal. we presented the principles and got a warm reception on the principles and now we are finishing the new legislation of 620 pages, the group has been working hard again, the president's direction in washington and a lot of people are quick to say what they're againstbut it's important for us to articulate in this administration what we're four but to do it in detail and were not afraid to put out details because we think this proposal is a good proposal . the trump administration, despite what some people say believes in legal immigration and is against illegal and random migration.south america is by far the greatest country in the world and the greatest honor somebody can have is to become an american citizen. it's something everyone in the countryshould value.
america deserves to have the best immigration system in the world . we discovered a lot of the other countries, what they have with the economy, we think we can have an immigration system that is the envy of the world and also a border security system that keeps all our citizens safe. this bill will create a modern merit-based immigration system that allows the best and the brightest throughout the world to compete based on objective criteria to become american citizens. this bill also creates the gold standard for border security. it was not designed by the politicians, we had a lot of input from politicians but we went south of the border security professionals and they told us what they need to secure the border of the border is not just about illegal immigration, it's about keeping drugs out of the country, making sure we are scanning all the different packages that come into the country and expediting thecommerce. as our economy needs to grow
we have more packages exported and imported to our borders, our infrastructure is out of date and we want to make sure we are able to facilitate this trade in a very secure but expedited fashion . >> i spoke to you last time about the objectives the president has for an immigration plan. we want to make sure we fully secure our borders, protect american wages for the first time in20 years . because of the president's policies, american wages are rising and their rising the fastest for the people the most vulnerable in the lower wage categories. we have for the first time more jobs available and people searching for jobs, bringing more people who aren't in the workforce into the workforcewe want an immigration system , the kind that imports a lot of low-wage later, we want to make sure we're bringing in people who will grow gdp and create jobs in a way that were putting downward pressure on wages atthe lower levels . we want to attract the best and brightest, prioritized unification of the media families from the immigration point of view. we want to make sure we have later in critical industry, we have so much growth in so many areas where we need. we have a lot of labor
shortages and want to make sure we are bringing people in filling those gaps and we also have to make sure we preserve our humanitarian values. a lot of people take advantage of the largess of america. where the number one contributor to resettling refugees. we take in a tremendous amount of refugees but we have a lot of people abusing the system and using it as a way to cut the lineand go in front of a system that's designed to favor legal immigration . the two pillars of what we've put together and is a very scaled proposal is to be a merit-based custom which i'll go into more later and then border security and these are both systems that we can all be very proud of. the infrastructure at the border is very important. what this does is it fully secures our border, right now we have to -- >> going to leave the president briefing here, you can see it on the website
c-span.org. the senate is about to return for more legislative work. lawmakers have judicial nominations along with the consideration of a number of tax treaties. later today they will vote on peter firth to be a circuit court and vote on a tax treaty with spain. live coverage of the u.s. senate is here on cspan2. >>