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  President Trump Meets With GOP Lawmakers  CSPAN  July 17, 2018 4:25pm-4:44pm EDT

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our air and water and much more will be at risk. >> frankly, i can not think of anybody who's more qualified to serve as the next associate justice of the supreme court. >> follow the confirmation process on c-span, through congress as judge kavanaugh meets with key senators. the senate confirmation hearings and the vote. watch live on c-span. watch any time on, or listen with the free c-span radio app. >> a short time ago, president trump gathered with house republicans to talk about making tax cuts permanent. before that, the president talked about his meeting yesterday with russian president putin. >> thank you, everybody. yesterday i returned from a trip from europe where i met with leaders from across the region to seek a more peaceful future for the united states.
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we're working hard with our allies. we're going to have peace. that's what what we want and that's what we're going to v i say peace through strength. >> the secretary was fantastic as you know, he reported that they never had an increase like this in their history and nato was actually going down as opposed to going up. and i increased it by my meeting last year $44 billion and this year we'll be over -- it will be hundreds of billions of dollars over the coming years. there's grate spira great spirit have before and they were not paying bills on time and now they're doing that.
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and i want to just say thank you very much to secretary sultenburg. he really has been terrific. we had a tremendous success. i also had meetings with prime minister may on the range of issues concerning our special relationship. we met the queen who is absolutely at absolutely a terrific person. we walked in front of the honor guard and that was very inspiring to see and be with her and i think the relationship, i can truly say is a good one. but she was very, very inspiring, indeed. moi most recently, i returned from helsinki, finland. i was going to give a report
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about how successful nato was. this is most successful visit. and that had to do, as you know, with russia. i met with russian president putin in an attempt to tackle the most pressing issues facing humanity. we have never been in a worse relationship with russia than we were as of a few days ago. i think that's gotten substantially better. and i think it has the possibility of getting much better. i used to talk about this during the campaign. get ago long with russia would be a great thing. get ago long with russia would be a good thing. it's a very good thing. we're nuclear powers. great nuclear powers. russia and us have 90% of the nuclear weapons. i entered the meeting with the firm conviction that diplomacy and engagement is better than hostility and conflict. and i feel that with everybody. we have 29 members in nato as an
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example and i have great relationships with at least very good relationships with everybody. the press covered it quite inaccurately. they said i insulted people. well, if asking for people to pay up money that they're supposed to pay is insulting, then i think i did. everybody is thrilled and that's the way this was. my meeting with president putin was real i didn't remember interesting. we haven't had relationships with russia for a long time. and we start. let me begin by saying that once again full faith and support for america's intelligence agencies, i have a full faith in our intelligence agencies. they just turned off the lights. i must be the intelligence agent.
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there it goes. okay. are you guys okay? that's strange. but that's okay. so i'll begin by stating that i have full faith and support for america's great intelligence agencies. always have. and i have felt very strongly that while russia's actions have no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying that -- and i've said this many times, i accept our intelligence community's conclusion that russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. a lot of people out there. there is no collusion. and people have seen that and they've seen that strongly. the house has already come out very strongly on that. a lot of people have come out strongly on that. i thought that i made i had self very clear by having just
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reviewed the transcript. i have to say, i came back and i said what is going on? what is the big deal? so i got a transcript i reviewed. i actually went out and reviewed a clip, an answer i gave. and i realize that there is need for some clarification. it should have been obvious. i would like to clarify in case it wasn't. in a key sentence in my remarks, i said the word would instead of wouldn't. the sentence should have been, i don't see any reason why i wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be russia. so just to repeat it, i said the word would instead of wouldn't. and the sentence should have been and i thought it would be a little bit unclear on the transcript or unclear on the actual video. the sentence should have been, i don't see any reason why it wouldn't be russia.
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sort of a double negative. so you can put that in. i think i probably clarified it pretty good-bye itself. i have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that russians attempted to interfere in our elections. unlike previous administrations, my administration will continue to move aggressively to repeal any efforts and we'll stop it. we'll repel it and any efforts to interfere in our elections. we're doing everything in our power to prevent russian interference and 2018. we have a lot of power. as you know, president obama was given information just prior to the election last election, 2016, and they decided not to do anything about it. the reason they decided that was pretty obvious to all. they thought hillary clinton was
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going to win the election. they didn't think it was a big deal. when i won the election, they thought it was a very big deal. and they went into action. it was a little bit late. he was given that in sharp contrast to the way it should be. and president obama along with brennan and clapper and the whole group that you see on television now probably getting paid a lot of money by the networks. they totally buried. they buried it because they thought hillary clin was going to win. turned out didn't happen that way. by contrast, my administration has taken a very firm stance, it's a very firm stance on a strong action. we're going to take strong action to secure our election systems and the process.
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furthermore, as has been stated and we have stated it previously and on many occasions, no collusion. yesterday we made significant progress toward addressing some of the worst conflicts on us. so when i met with president putin for about 2 1/2 hours, we talked about numerous things. and among those things are the problems that you see in the middle east where they're very much involved. we're very much involved. i entered the negotiations with president putin. our economy is booming. and our military is being funded $700 billion this year. $716 billion next year. it will be more powerful as a military than we've ever had before. the need for humanitarian aid
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and help for people in syria. we also spoke of iran and the need to halt a nuclear ambitions and the destabilizing activities taking place in iran. as most of you know, we ended the iran deal which is one of the worst deals anyone could imagine. and that's had a major impact on iran. and it substantially weekened iran. we hope that at some point iran will call us and make a new deal or maybe we won't. iran is not the same country that was five months ago. that i can tell you. they're no longer looking to the mediterranean and the entire middle east. they have some big problems that they can solve probably much easier if they deal with us. so we'll see what happens. we did discuss iran. we discusseded israel and the security of israel. president putin is very much
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involved now with us in a discussion and netanyahu on working something out with surrounding syria. and specifically with regards to the security and long term security of israel. majon topic of discussion was north korea and the need for it to remove its nuclear weapons. russia has assured us of its support. president putin said he agrees with me 100% and they'll do whatever they have to do to try and make it happen. discussions are going very, very well. we have no rush for speed. sanctions are remaining. the hostages are back. there have been no tests. there have been no rockets going up for a period of nine months. and i think the relationships are very good. so we'll see how that goes. we have no time limit. we have no speed limit. we are just going through the
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process. but the relationships are very good. president putin is involved in the sense that he is with us. he would like to see that happen. perhaps the most important issue we discussed at our meeting prior to the press conference was the reduction of nuclear weapons throughout the world. the united states and russia 90% as i said and we can have a big impact. but nuclear weapons is, i think, the greatest threat of our world today. we're a great nuclear power. we have to do something about nuclear. and so that was a matter that we discussed actually in great detail and president putin agrees with me. the matters we discusseded are profound in the importance and have the potential to save millions of lives. i understand that many disagreements between our countries. but i also understand that the dialogue in the -- when you think about dialogue with russia
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or dialogue with other countries, but dialogue with russia in this case where we had such poor relationships for so many years, dialogue is a very important thing and good thing. if we get along with them, great. if we don't get along with them, then we don't get along with them. i think we have a good chance of having very positive things. meeting i had with president putin was really strong. i think that they were willing to do things that frankly i wasn't sure whether they wobbling to do. we'll have future meetings and see whether or not that comes to fruition. we had a very, very good meeting. i just want to clear up. i have the strongest respect for our intelligence agencies headed by my people. we have great people. whether it's gina or dan coats or any of them. we have tremendous people.
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we are tremendous talent within the agencies. i think they're being guided properly. and we all want the same thing. we're going to start a meeting on tax reductions. we're going to be pulting in a bill. kevin brady is with us. i might ask kevin to say a couple words about that and then we'll get back on to a private meeting. you could give a brief discussion about what we'll be talking about? >> yes, sir, mr. president. thank you for having me and members of the ways and means committee here today. you know, peace through strength is foreign policy that works. and works best when america has a strong economy. and under your leadership, house and senate republicans are delivering on both. today is about how we can strengthen america's economy even more and we think the best place to start is with america's middle class families and our small businesses. so we're here to talk to you
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about making permanent this tax relief. one, he can continue to grow. two, so we can add a million and a half new jobs and, three, we can protect them against a future washington trying to steal back those hard earned dollars that you and republican congress has given them. thank you very much for having us. >> the time of submittal is what? >> so we anticipate the house voting on this in september and the senate setting a timetable as well. >> thank you very much,
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everybody. >> federal reserve chair jerome powell will be on capitol hill tomorrow testifying before the house financial services committee regarding monetary policy and the economy. live coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span3. also online at and you can listen with the free c-span radio app. this coming thursday, they'll have a meeting with the cfpb and export-import bank. live coverage is at c-span3 and hearing also available online at and listen with the free c-span radio app. >> tonight it is my honor and privilege to announce that i will nominate judge brett kavanaugh to the united states
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supreme court. >> mr. president, i'm grateful to you and humbled by your confidence in me. >> thank you. >> brett kavanaugh of the united states court of appeals for the district of colombia circuit is president trump's nominee for the supreme court. >> and i'm pleased with the nominee that president has chosen and after talking to him yesterday morning i look forward to supporting his nomination doing whatever i can to ensure his bipartisan confirmation. winl's freedom to make decisions about their bodies, reforms to our health care system, the quality of our air and water, and much more will be at risk. >> frankly. i cannot think of anybody who is more qualified to serve as the next associate justice of the supreme court. >> follow the confirmation process on c-span, through congress as judge kavanaugh meets with key senators. the senate confirmation hearings and the vote. watch live on c-span.
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