President Trumps U.N. News Conference CSPAN September 26, 2018 4:57pm-6:22pm EDT
sharply in the wrong direction including number of kids using e cigarettes for duration of time, 20 days or more. that constitutes regular use under the survey. so one of the things we're looking at specifically is whether or not we should change our regulations to address how these products are being sold, particularly being sold online. we have two problems. one is their appeal, they're too appealing to kids and one is access. they're too assessable to kids. under 9064, which is the regulation that governs this, we can promulgate regulations to affect how these are marketed including online sales and potentially close them down. >> and what are some of the options you're looking at to restrict online sales? >> well, we could probably -- we would have to go through rule making but we could promulgate
regulations to address these issues. remember traditional tobacco products can't be sold online. >> we're going to break away from this program and take you live to new york for the president at his news conference. >> we've had a great three days at the united nations in new york, and this is quite a gathering. wow, it's a lot of people. a lot of media. we've covered a great deal of territory, just left as you know prime minister abe of japan. we're starting trade talks with japan. they were not willing for years to talk trade and now they're willing to talk trade. and i'm sure we'll make a very good deal. just concluded, as you know, two days ago signed a deal with south korea, a trade deal, a tremendous deal with south korea. means a lot of business for our farmers. we're opening up for farmers.
we're opening up for a lot of different groups. we're going to be able to sell much more than double the number of automobiles that we were allowed under a deal that was totally defective that was there before. and so we're very happy with that. that deal has actually concluded. we're very well along the way with mexico. the relationship is very good, and with canada we'll see what happens. they're charging us 300% tariffs on dairy products. we can't have that. we can't have that. with china, as you know, we put out an announcement today. they'd like to see me lose an election because they've never been challenged like this. but i want to open up china to our farmers and our industrialists and companies. we're open to them. we charge them nothing in terms of coming into the country. cars, they're 25% and we're at
2% and 2.5% and don't even collect it, but we collect it now. so we're doing very well in our situation with china on trade. i have a great relationship with the president of china, president xi. but it's got to be a two-way street. it for 25 years or longer was not. and trillions and trillions of dollars was taken out of the united states for the benefit of china. we just can't have that. we have to make it fair. so we're at $250 billion with 25% interest, and a lot of money is coming into our coffers and it's had no impact -- absolutely no impact, by the way, on our economy. which i said it wouldn't. in fact steel is the hottest industry there is. if you look at what happened with steel we're charging 25% tariff for the dumpers. they want to put the steel
companies out of business, and after they're out of business they'll come in and charge five times more than you ever thought possible. and we need steel and we need aluminum and those industries are doing well, but steel is incredible. u.s. steel is opening up a minimum of eight plants. new corp is opening up a new plant, and these are big plants. 7 750 million on one plant in some cases. so what's happening in the steel industry is exciting to me. it's being rebuilt overnight. if you look at the minors in coal, energy, lng, japan just gave us some numbers which are incredible. they're doubling the amount they're going to be buying for japan. they're taking the lng and they're doubling it up. i said you have to do me a favor, we don't want these big deficits, they're buying more. they're buying massive amounts
of equipment and military equipment and other countries are doing the same thing because we have trade imbalances with almost everybody. it's a rare exception that we don't. so we are doing great as a country. unfortunately, they just raised interest rates a little bit. because we are doing so well. i'm not happy about that. i know it's going to be a question. i am not happy about that. i'd rather pay down debt or do other things. create more jobs. so worried about the fact that they seem to like raising interest rates. we can do other things with the money. but they raised them, and they're raising them because we're doing so well. you know, we're doing much better than i had projected in terms of when i was campaigning i said we were going to do this, and we're doing much better than anybody ever thought possible. and i will say if others got in, it would have been just the opposite because they were going
to put restrictions on, put regulations on. they were going to choke the economy as it was already choking but it would have been worse. and they wanted to raise your taxes, which they would have done now if they ever got control, which i don't think they'll have control for a very long time. so with that being said we'll take some questions -- yes, please, john, go ahead. we have plenty of time. >> mr. president, thank you very much. of course, what you're looking forward to tomorrow are the hearings for judge cav that you. in 1991 when joe biden passed a law into the bush 41 white house, the allegations that anita hill had raised against clarence thomas, the bush white house asked the fbi to look into it as part of judge thomas' background investigation, not a criminal investigation but a background investigation. >> right. >> when these allegations were raised, why didn't this white house do the same thing? and with all of the allegations coming out now about judge kavanaugh was there an opportunity missed here to
investigators look into this and get some sort of clarity one way or the other? >> well, the fbi told us they've investigated judge kavanaugh six times, five times, many times over the years. they know him very well. but here there was nothing to investigate from at least one standpoint. they didn't know the location, they didn't know the time, they didn't know the year. they didn't know anything. and it's like where do
you go. also, it's not for the fbi. if you look at what joe biden said. he said they don't do this, and he said it very clearly. so i think when you really look at it all it's not going to change any of the democrats' minds. they're obstructionists and actually con artists. because they've destroyed a man's reputation and they want today destroy it even more. and i think people are going to see it in the mid-terms. what they've done to this
family, to his children, these beautiful children of his and what they've done to his wife. and they know it's a big fat con job. and they go into a room and i guarantee you they laugh like hell at what they pulled off on you and on the public. they laugh like hell. so it wouldn't have mattered if the fbi came back with the cleanest score, and you understand that very well, john. if they would have come back with the most perfect, we found everything and he's perfectly innocent of everything, it wouldn't have made a difference. you wouldn't have gotten one vote. now, we will get votes from the democrats if we win. you'll have three, four, or five democrats give us -- but other than that you probably won't get any john. yes, go ahead, please. >> mr. president, there are now
three women accusing judge kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. are you saying all three of those women are liars? is there anything that could said at this point tomorrow that could cause you to withdraw the nomination? >> i won't get into the that game. i will tell you this. this is one of the highest quality people that i've ever met, and everybody that knows him says the same thing. and these are all false to me. these are false accusations in certain cases, and in certain cases even the media agrees with that. i can only say that what they've done to this man is incredible. you know, it's very interesting. i pick a lot of judges. i have 145 judges i will be picking by the end of a fairly short period of time because president obama wasn't big on picking judges. when i got there i said how is this possible?
i have 145 including court of appeals judges. and they just didn't do it it. y you know why? they got tired, they got complacent. not just supreme court judge. i'm talking federal court, district court. we'll have people calling people that do this, and people are going to be scared because we could say it about you. 35 years ago you -- and you might not know what's going on. what is going on? why did they wait so long? why did senator feinstein wait until the hearings were over and make this case? why didn't she bring it right at the beginning where you ask about, for example, the fbi, why didn't they ask about this at the beginning of the hearing.
as kbryou know the fbi did investigate this time and they did a very thorough investigation. but this is big con job. and i'd love to be in the room with the democrats, close the door, you guys are all outside waiting and schumer and his buddies are in there laughing. how they fooled you all. let's just stop him. a big fat con. >> mr. president, if i could follow up, you have daughters. could you understand why a victim of sexual assault would not report it at the time? don't you understand -- >> by the way, i only say this. 36 years, no charge, no nothing. everybody -- >> but that happens often. >> people are going to have to make a decision. 36 years there's no charge. all of a sudden the hearings are over and the rumors start coming out. and then you have this other con artist, avenatti come out with
another beauty today. i only say that you have to look at the facts. the senators are very capable people, they're very good people. i know many of them. they're friends of mine. these are very talented, very good people and they're going to vote. they're going to have to believe what they have to believe. when i look at what's happen today the reputation of a great gentleman, a great intellect, a brilliant man, someone who has a chance to be one of our great supreme court justice in history intellectually, i think it's a shale. yes, please. >> mr. president, yesterday at the speech, at the u.n. you spoke about how venezuela's problem was because of cuba and the castrose, how they went in there and brought socialism to venezuela as well. mr. president, are you going to
be more proactive now against cuba as well? >> i've been very proactive against cuba. i don't like what's happening in cuba. as you know he gave them a pass and i didn't like it. neither did cuban people based in miami and our country that suffered in cube mauch i dona. i don't like what he did. i certainly don't like what's happening in cuba and venezuela. >> mr. president, just to finish really fast. you said also that you had a call to action to ask the leaders around the world to also end socialism. would you like to be recognized -- >> well, i wouldn't say socialism is working really well around the world. you can take a look at venezuela as your number one, i guess the one that's most obvious. but you take a look around the world and socialism isn't exactly riding high.
please. go ahead. >> thank you very much. if you don't mind after i'm finished if vivian or one of our female colleagues could go after me, that would be great. mr. president, just to follow up by these allegations -- >> what does he mean by that? explain. what does that mean? >> it would be great if a female reporter could ask you about this issue. >> i wouldn't mind at all. wouldn't make any difference to me. >> if i could follow up on john's question. why is it, mr. president, you always seem to side with the accused and not the accuser. you have three women here who are all making allegations, we're all asking that their stories be heard. if you look at the case of roy moore and one your staffers, you seem to time and again side with the accused and not the accuser. is that because of the many
allegations that you've had made against you over the years? >> first of all, i wasn't happy with roy moore, let's get that straight. but roy moore was a republican candidate, and i would have rather had a republican candidate win. i was very happy with luther strange. he was a terrific man from alabama. but luther strange had a lot of things going against him. as far as women, whether it's a man or a woman, it can happen the other way. allegations can go other way also. you understand that. and whether it was a man or a woman 30 years ago, 36 years ago -- in fact, they don't even know how many years ago because no one knows what the time is. that's a long time. and i could pick as an example, hopefully i won't have to do it as replacement because this is going to go very well on thursday, saturday or sunday, whenever they vote.
but i could pick a woman and she could have charges made from many years ago also -- what i have to do -- >> you've raised doubts about the accusers. >> i don't think people are reluctant to come forward. they're going to have a chance to speak -- excuse me, excuse me. they have a major chance to speak, and it will be tomorrow i assume. we've delayed this, meaning the republican senators, not me -- the republican senators have delayed this for weeks now. they're giving the women a major chance to speak. now, it's possible i'll hear that and i'll say, hey, i'm changing my mind. that is possible. we want to give them a chance to speak. >> do you think all three should have a chance to speak? >> well, whoever is given a chance. we've delayed it a long time. but they're going to have a big shot at speaking and making their case.
and you know what, i could be persuaded also. okay? yes, please. go ahead. go ahead. >> i'd like to go. >> yes, go ahead, please. >> thank you, mr. president. a couple of questions to follow up on your answers. first of all, do you think these women, all three of them are liars, yes or no? >> have they been what? >> are they liars? >> i can't tell you. i'd have to watch. i just heard about one a little while ago. i can tell you her lawyer is a lowlife. but i can't tell you whether they're liars until i hear them. i can't tell you today because i've been busy with japan, with china and about seven other countries as you know. and i chaired the security council. so i don't know about today's person who came forward. i do know about the lawyer, and you don't get much worse bad reputation to take a look at his past. so as far as the other women are
concerned, i'm going to see what happens tomorrow. i'm going to be watching, you know, believe it or not. i'm going to see what's said. so it's possible that they will be convincing. now, with all of that being said, judge brett kavanaugh has been for many years one of the most respected people in wash. he's been on, i guess you'd doll it, the second highest court. and every single person knows him -- a lot of people know him well. and those people don't believe what's going on. i can always be convinced. i'd have to hear it. >> it sounds like what you're saying there is a situation, there is a scenario under which you would withdraw brett kavanaugh's nomination, is that correct? >> if i thought he was guilty of something like this, yeah sure. >> and you will wait until tomorrow to make up -- >> i'm meeting with a lot of countries tomorrow but i in some form will be able to watch. and i'll also rely on some very
fair and talented republican senators who -- look, if we brought george washington here and we said george washington, the democrats would vote against him just so you'd understand. and he may have had a bad past, who knows. he may have had some i think accusations made -- didn't he have a couple of things in his past? george washington would be voted against 100% by schumer and the con artists. 100%. so it doesn't really matter from their standpoint. that's why when john asked about the fbi, if the fbi did a thorough investigation under the history of the fbi and found him to be 100% perfect he would lose every single vote. now, if republicans win tomorrow, i think you would get some votes. it's called politics. one more question. i'd like to ask about three questions, it's not really fair to everybody else.
should i let her ask another question? go ahead. >> to follow up on a question colleagues asked about as well, to give your support to roger ales, to bill o'reilly, to brett kavanaugh. >> i've known them for a long time, a lot of these people. some i've been disappointed with. others, there are charges that are pretty weak. but i've known people for a long time. i never saw them do anything wrong, i never saw them anything wrong. and there are some i probably agree. there are some i've been watching for long time and in a couple of cases they weren't republicans. and in a lot of cases they were not. they were exactly the opposite. but i've been watching them for a long time, and i knew for a long time these were not good people, and they were not brought up. okay, yes, ma'am. go ahead.
thank you very much, by the way. thank you. >> thank you very much, mr. president. when the allegations first surfaced you initially said how important it was for dr. ford to testify and that you wanted to hear from her. >> i do. i wish it could have gone quicker. >> but you also said if she said was as bad as she claims surely her parents would have reported. >> i mean, there was a chance that her parents could have reported it 36 years ago. >> so my question is -- >> it doesn't mean they had to report it because in some instances people keep it quiet. it's a very tough situation for a woman. there's no question about it. and in some cases they do report it. frankly, had they reported it, it would have been pretty amazing, wouldn't it? but i guess they didn't, and that's okay. i'm not saying they had to report it because issue a very personal thing. it's a very big problem, there's no question about it.
>> do you want to hear her story -- >> well, we're giving her time. >> -- you already made up your mind. >> this is the united states senate. this is the most important position that a president can give out, i think we can say by far. i've actually heard it's the most important decision a president can make. i disagree with that. war and peace. i always say war and peace, and after that supreme court justice, right? i look forward to hearing from her. we could have heard from her last week. we could have heard from her for a long time. it'll be interesting to hear what she has to say. okay? >> let me follow up on jim's question. mr. president, let me follow up on jim's question that i don't think we got an answer to. >> which question? >> how have your personal experiences being
accused by more than a dozen women -- >> i've been accused. false accusations. >> right. >> excuse me. i've been accused. and i was accused by i believe
it was four women. you can check with shawn hannity, you can check with fox because they covered it very strongly. who got paid -- excuse me, excuse me. i was accused by four or five women who got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me. we caught them and the mainstream media refused to put it on television. they refused to even write about it. there were four women or maybe four. i think the numbers four or five. but one had a mortgage paid off her house, $52,000. another one had other things happen. and the one that reported it i believe was offered
$750,000 to say bad things about me, and she is the one that reported it. this woman is incredible. she reported it instead of taking the money. so i've had numerous accusations about me. >> right. >> i mean, they made false statements about me knowing they were false. i never met them.
i never met these people. and what did they do? what did they do? they took money in order to say bad things. i've had stories written in "the new york times," front page, about four women, the whole top center front page of "the new york times," i think it was four big pictures. i said, wow, that's a big thing. what's that? these were women that were quoted saying bad things about me. not the worst things about me, but bad things. and i said, gee, that's too bad. i knew them a long time ago, 15 years ago, 20 years ago. and i said that's too bad, i'm
surprised at them. and all of a sudden i see them on television. the next day, a day letter they were incensed. donald trump is a nice guy, we never said anything about this, "the new york times" did false reporting. they're fake thuz. and you know what, "the new york times" would not report that
their story was fake. these women said great things. not only did they say bad things, but they said great things about me on stage. and i didn't ask them, and they said "the new york times" made it up. they gave false quotes.
and they went on a lot of shows. they were really incensed and they couldn't believe it. that's why people know that a lot of the news is fake, and a lot of the people sitting here are fake. but 20% of them are wonderful, okay? >> if i could just actually ask my question, mr. trump. you didn't let me ask my question. >> you've been asking a question for ten minutes. please sit down. please go ahead. >> how did those impact your opinions on the allegations against -- >> well, it does impact my opinion. you know why? because i've had a lot of false charges made against me. i'm a very famous, unfortunately. i've been a famous person for a long time. but i've had a lot of false
charges made against me, really false charges. i know friends who have made false charges. people want fame, they want money, whatever. so when i
see it i view it differently than someone sitting home watching television where they say, oh, judge kavanaugh this or that. it's happened to me many times. i've had many false charges. i've had a woman sitting in an airplane and i attacked her while people were coming onto the plane, and i have a number one best-seller out. i mean, it was a total phony story. there are many of them. so when you say does it affect me in terms of my thinking with respect to judge kavanaugh, absolutely because i've had many times. and if the news would have reported these four people, i couldn't believe it. when i heard that they caught these four people, i said, wow, that's a big story. and it was for fox. okay. >> thank you, mr. president. earlier today and just now you made a significant allegation against the chinese government.
you suggested that the chinese had meddled in and are meddling in -- >> that's right. that's what i hear. >> -- in the mid-term election. what evidence do you have of that? >> they've actually admitted that they're going after farmers. i mean, i think most of you can cover that. i like you're shaking your head yes. i'm going to ask you the next question because of that, okay? it's probably going to be the killer of all questions. but let me just explain -- china now we put on $250 billion, and they're paying 25% on that. this has never happened to china. and i like china, and i like president xi a lot. i think he's a friend of mine. he may not be a friend of mine anymore, but i think he probably respects -- from what i hear if you look at mr. pillsbury, the
leading authority on china, he was on a show -- i won't mention the show -- recently and he was saying he has total respect for donald trump's and donald trump's very large brain. he said donald trump, they don't know what to do, never happened. one thing they're trying to do is convince people to go against donald trump. because a regular, normal political person that has no concept of what he's doing would let china continue to take billions of dollars a year out of cur
tron mech they'ountry. our economy now is hotter than its ever been. i don't know if you saw the confidence levels this morning that just came out. fantastic. and in all fairness to the fed raising rates, they're raising rates because we've never done like we're doing now. and one of the things that is
nice about the rates, the people that were hurt the worse by these zero interest rates and, you know, when president obama had an economy that was -- it was the worst comeback since the great depression, and you've all heard that. but remember he was playing with zero interest money. he was playing with funny money. that's easy. i'm playing with fairly expensive money. so when he does that, the people that benefit, the people that actually in their whole life would save 10%, 15%, 20% of their salary put it in the bank, those people got killed. because they'd put it in the bank and live off the interest, and now there's no interest. now those people are starting to get interest. and those people frankly deserve -- the people that did it right, the people that did the best job got hurt the worst. i'm a low interest rate person,
i have to tell you. >> mr. president, you have another meeting tomorrow with rod rosenstein. do you plan to fire rod rosenstein? >> i'm talking to him. he had a good talk. he says he never said it, he doesn't believe it, he gets a lot of respect from me. he's very nice, and we'll see. and he's a member of the trump administration, in that sense it's the just department. i would certainly prefer not doing that. there was no collusion, no obstruction. unless you call obstruction the fact i fight back. i do fight back. i really fight back. i mean, if you call that obstruction, that's fine. but there's no obstruction, there's no collusion. i'm going to meet with him tomorrow. i may call rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of a delay to the meeting because i don't want to do anything that gets in the way of this very important supreme court pick. so i don't want it competing and
hurting the decision. one way or the other, the decision. again, i want to hear what she has to say. so i may delay that. i'm going to see. i don't want to do anything that's going to conflict with that. but my preference would be to keep him and to let him finish up. you know i called it a witch hunt, and it is a witch hunt. if you look at the fbi statements with struck and his lov li lover lisa page, if you look at all the things that have gone in the fbi. if you look at mccabe taking $170,000 from a hillary clinton pack and he gives them hundreds of thousands of dollars, and he's in charge of her campaign and his wife is getting all of this money to run -- she lost -- to run, i mean what's going on? if you look at the horrible statements like, way to go,
page, great story you put into a newspaper. essentially, now we'll go and investigate that group. it's terrible. we've caught people doing things that are terrible. i would much prefer keeping rod rosenstein, much prefer -- many people say i have the right to absolutely affirm. he says he does not say it, he says that he doesn't believe that, and nobody in this room believes it. by the way, i deal with the people in this room. i was with mike pompeo before. we were dealing at a very high level with japan. and i was saying things that nobody in the room even understood, and i said them a long time ago and i was right. he said that's not the 25th amendment i'm looking at. i think i can say that from mike. >> so you don't think anyone in your administration has discussed using the 25th amendment against you. >> i don't think so -- enemies.
hey, you use anything they can. they're not going to beat me in the election. they know that. the people i'm looking at are total lightweights. i dream of running against those people. maybe they'll come up with somebody that's not -- they're not
going to beat me. i'm in favor of law enforcement. i'm in favor of safety and security and low taxes. i want low taxes. i want borders. we're getting another $1.6 million in borders. we spent 3.2, and we're spending another 1.6 and eventually we're getting the whole thing and we'll complete the wall. they don't want that. i must say, many of the democrats, they'll say things and then wink at me. and again it's the same old story. they'll say things, they don't mean it, it's politics. the reason they don't want me and because they want to run the show. they want it. it's power, it's whatever you
want to call it. but what they've done here is disgrace. a total disgrace. and what they do -- i know it's sort of interesting. in one case they say he's a fascist, he's taking over the government, he's the most powerful president ever, he's a horrible houman being, he wants to take over the entire government and we're going to stop him. the next week they say he's incompetent. i said wait a minute, in one case i'm taking over the world and in the other case he's incompetent. they tried that for a week, that didn't work. look, these are very dishonest people. these are con-artists, and the press knows it but the press doesn't write it. wow, that's a lot of hands. steve, go ahead. he's a very high quality person this man, but he'll probably hit me with a bad one. go ahead, give it to me. reuters. >> you're getting letters from
chairman kim. why do you need a second summit with the north korean leader so soon? >> they're letters that are magnificent in the sense of his feeling for wanting to get this done. i really believe he wants to get it done. i may be wrong. i heard somebody on a certain network last night, i won't mention which one say why hasn't president trump given so much to north korea. i said wait a minute, i asked sarah huckabee please call this person. i gave them nothing. i didn't give them what obama did, give them $1.8 billion in cash to get back four hostages. i never paid them 10 cents. but he wants to make a deal, and i want to make a deal. we actually have a very good
relationship together. more than the last time we were at the united nations. don't forget that time they said, oh, trump is saying these horrible things, he's going to get us into the a war. you're going to have a war -- if i wasn't elected you'd be in a war and president obama essentially said the same thing. he was ready to go to war. you would have had a war and yold hayou would have lost millions, not thousands. seoul has 30 million people from this border. if i wasn't elected you would have had a war. you know how close he was to pressing the trigger for war? millions of people. with me, nobody's talking about that. nobody's talking about that. we have a very good relationship. he likes me, i like him, we get along. he wrote me two of the most beautiful letters. when i showed one of the letters -- just one -- to prime
minister abe, he says this is actually a groundbreaking letter. this is an incredible -- this is a historic letter. and it is a historic letter. it's a beautiful -- it's a beautiful piece of art. and i think we're going to make a deal. will we make a deal, steve, i don't really know. and in the meantime and i've said it, i don't want to bore you -- no rockets, no missile, no nuclear tests. for over a year you haven't seen. before i got here everybody in this room thought you were going to war, and then what happened it was funny, they said he was terrible, he was so rough with chairman kim, kim jong-un. he was so rough, it's terrible, he's going to cause -- well, i had a great meeting with president putin. and on that when they said he was too soft with president putin, i had a great meeting with president -- it lasted for two hours. we discussed everything,
ukraine, syria and syria's protection. we had a great meeting. if i was tough with president putin they would have said he was too tough. you can't win with these people. >> how long do you think it should take north korea to denuclearize -- >> steve, i don't want to get into the time game. you know why? i said, mike, don't get into the time game. we stopped them, they're taking down plants, they're taking down a lot of different testing areas. they're going to take down some more. you'll be hearing about that very soon. i don't want to get ahead of myself, but you'll be hearing about it soon. they have no interest right now in testing nuclear -- we had a case before i was coming into office, where there was a massive -- they thought it was an earthquake. a mountain moved over an inch and a half.
north korea is very mountainous, beautiful lands. it shifted. and everybody thought it was an earthquake, and they found out, no, this was nuclear testing. and i'm talking serious stuff, serious size. when i came in and certainly before i came in and even at the beginning of mine because when i was having rhetorical contests earlier, i guess you could call it, with chairman kim, which we both smile at now and we laugh at, but everybody thought that was a horrible thing. we had many presidents were unable to do anything, anything at all with north korea. we now have a good relationship. we now have a good relationship. and most importantly all of things you've been hearing about, the horror stories, in my opinion they're not. could they start-up again, yes. i think -- i have it right here.
i think that what we've done behind the scenes, which nobody really knows about and i don't blame you for not knowing about, personal letters, private letters but saying they want to get it done -- we know much more than the media for a change, much more. but if you saw what's going on behind the scenes, you'd be impressed. i really think president obama would admit, he said it by far its his biggest problem. when i sat with him prior going into office, he said to me that's by far the biggest problem. and he said to me that he was very close to going into war. and millions of people -- not -- they say thousands of people. not thousands. millions of people would have been kill. and that could have left -- you're right next to china. that could have been a world war
very easily. right now we're in a good position. i don't want to play the time game. i told mike pompeo don't let them do that to you. i think we were two and a half months from the summit, which was a great success and people were screaming so long. and i said i get it, you've got to understand the media. i've been dealing with the media too much. and our guys were being oh, well, we're working this fast. i said i got all the time in the world. i don't have to rush it. there's no, you know, cessation of sanctions. i didn't take any sanctions off. i did see a reporter last night, a guy i like personally a lot and he asked a question to president moon of south korea. he said why did the president give so much? i didn't give anything. i gave nothing. what have i given?
other than some time. yes, i flew to singapore, we had a meeting. now, giving would be if i took the sanctions off. i didn't want to do -- if you asked general mattis for a year and a half, i said what if we stop these ridiculous, in my opinion, the military games. i call them the military games. if told you how much those games cost -- and frankly i told south korea you should be paying for those games. we pay for them. they said we fly the planes in from a short distance away. i said where is that? guam. oh, how long a trip is that? seven hours. i wanted to stop this for a long time. i consider that an asset. by the way, we're saving a fortune. and if we need them, we can start them up immediately. if i think we need them, i'll start them before the generals will start them. the fact is this reporter said
that, and i haven't given anything. and we're really onto the cusp. i think we're going to be doing something very important, but we're not playing the time game. if it takes two years, three years or five months, it doesn't matter. there's no nuclear testing and there's no testing of rockets. yes, ma'am, go ahead. go ahead, please. this is the one that was nodding with every nice thing i said so watch this question. >> with sky news. >> okay, sky news. congratulations on the purchase. >> nothing to do with me. >> i hope you benefitted. go ahead. >> are you at all concerned at the message that is being sent to the women who are watching this, when you use language like con job in relation to allegations of sexual -- >> that's probably the nicest phrase i've ever used. it is, it's a con job.
you know, confidence, it's a confidence job -- but it's a con job by the democrats. they know it. >> what about the message that -- >> they did the same thing with the russia investigation. they tried to convince people that i had something to do with russia. there was no collusion. think of it. i'm in wisconsin, i'm in michigan, i said, gee, we're not doing well. i won both those states. we're not doing well. oh, let me call the russians to help. does anybody really believe that? it's a con job. and i watched these guys adam schiff and all of the guys, he takes a call from a russian who turned out to be a faker. crown he was a comedian or something. this was so-and-so calling, he took the call. why was he taking a call from a russian? senator warner took a call from a russian. he was a comedian or something but he said we have pictures of president trump -- whoa, whoa,
where can i get them? if we ever did that it would be a big deal. i'll tell you one thing i can say, i've had a lot of people talking ability this to me with respect of what's happening. this is horrible precedent. i'm going to have to get other judges and other supreme court judges possibly. i could have a lot of supreme court judges, more than two. and when i called up brett kavanaugh, spoke to him and his family and told them that i chose them, they were so happy and so honored. it was as though i mean the biggest thing that's ever happened. and i understand that. u.s. supreme court. i don't want to be in a position where people say no thanks, no thanks i don't want to -- you know, i spoke to somebody 38 years ago and it may not be good. we have a country to run. we want the best talent in the
world. but i'll tell you this. the people that have complained to me about it the most, about what's happening are women. women are very angry. you know, i got 52% with women. everybody said this couldn't happen. 52%. women are so angry, and i frankly think that -- i think they like what the republicans are doing, but i think they would have liked to have seen it depot a lot faster. but give them her day in court. let somebody else have their day in court. but the ones that i find -- i mean i have men that don't like it. but i have women that are incensed at what's going on. i've always said women are smarter than men. i've said that a lot, and i mean it. but women are incensed at what's going on. yes, go ahead. go ahead. go ahead in the back.
who are you or where are you from? >> me? >> yeah, you. guys looks like he's shocked. this is going to be not good. have you ever been picked before for a question? >> yes, sir, but not from the president of the united states. thank you very much. i want to, sir, ask you do you always talk about -- >> excuse me. you said from where? >> from iraq. i'm a kurd. >> great people. >> thank you. >> are you a kurd? they're great people, they're great fighters. i like them a lot. >> mr. president, you always say you support your allies. kurds right now after the defeat of isis are under a lot of pressure in syria and in iraq by many adversaries. >> it's true. >> what will you do to elevate their position to support them
after they helped the united states to defeat isis? >> well, we are helping them a lot, and we've been friendly with them. as you know we fought side can by side. and we have essentially defeated isis in the middle east, and we did it with a lot of help from the kurds. some people are great fighters and some people aren't. the kurds are great fighters. they're great people. we're discussing that situation exactly right now. >> what will you do to support -- >> well, i'm telling you now we're discussing that situation. we've had tremendous support from the kurds in defeating isis. >> and about syria, sir, in your speech you didn't mention -- >> yes, go -- uh-oh, you don't need it. >> mr. president, susan lee from fox business. did you reject a one-on-one meeting with the canadian prime minister justin trudeau? >> yeah, i did. >> why? >> because his tariffs are too high and frankly we're thinking
about just taxing cars coming in from canada. that's the mother lode. that's
the big one. we're very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of canada. we don't like their representative very much. i love canada, by the way. i have so many friends. i have everybody -- so many friends. but that has nothing to do with this. i'm representing the united states. mexico was totally -- they were great. by the way, the new president has been great. the deal is done. now it has to go through congress and a lot of things have to happen. but we've done -- bob lighthizer has done a great deal of negotiating, and the deal has done. >> but mr. president -- >> but canada has treated us very badly. they've treated our farmers in wisconsin and a lot of other states very badly. dairy products 300%. 300%. how do you sell a dairy product
at 300%? the answer is you don't. what it is a barrier. basically saying we don't have any barriers. by the way it's 300% so you don't send it in so you don't compete. we think they're negotiatears have taken advantage of our country for a long time. we had people who didn't know what they were doing. and that's why we've had over the last five or six years, if you average it out, we had $800 billion a year in trade losses. it's ridiculous. it's not going to happen. >> mr. president, what about nafta? what does that mean for nafta? will you be pulling out of nafta? >> i don't like nafta. i've never liked it. it's been very bad for the united states. it's been great for canada, great for mexico. i'm not going to use the name nafta. i refuse to use it. i've seen thousands of plans ts and factories close.
millions of jobs move. under our deal, not going to happen anymore. i hate to tell you it's not. we're going to keep companies. and i told the mexicans, i said we're going to have to keep companies. but they're getting other things, a lot of good things. mexico made a very good deal. but with canada it's very tough. what we're doing is if we made
a deal with canada, but i'm not making anything near what they want to do -- >> but are you going to notify -- >> what we're probably going to do is call it the usmc, like the united states marine corp, which i love. general kelly likes it even more. where's general kelly? usmc, which would be u.s.-mexico canada. but it'll probably be usm, united states, mexico. now, if canada doesn't make a deal with us, we're going to make a much better deal.
we're going to tax the cars that come in. we're going to put billions and billions of dollars into our treasury, and frankly we're going to be more happy. good job, too. you do a very good job, really. yes, please, mr. kurd. go ahead. >> thank you very much for your time, mr. president. two quickly questions. what will be the usa relations with the kurds, post-isis? >> okay, we're trying to get along very well. we do get along great with the kurds. we're trying to help them a lot. don't forget, that's their territory. they fought with us. they died with us. they died. we lost tens of thousands of kurds died fighting isis. they died for us and with us and for themselves. they died for themselves, but
they're great people, and we have not forget -- we don't forget, i won't forget what happens someday letter i can't tell you, but i won't forget these are i will get back to once again. i think there's been no greater change other than maybe china because china -- unfortunately markets have dropped 30% in the last four months -- i think it was to recently when you said that. i think exactly 32 percent, but that's okay. even that because china is a very special place. and around is a very special place. i think there is been no country that is changed so much
as around. in the last six months, since they took off the horrible, horrible i ran nuclear deal as they called it -- i ran -- iran. it was two located. we are
giving $150 billion, we pay them cash in the summer would be filled up in a little's. we give 1.8 billion in cash, why did we not take care of yemen? why did we take care of syria -- and he said it was two located. you gave all of your cards. you give $150 billion and now yemen is a mess, but it is getting better. and sierra -- syria is a mess. i was responsible and hope it
stays that way, when you put on social media a few weeks ago about -- i said don't do it. it happened where i was at a meeting with a lot of supporters and woman sit up and she said that there is a province in syria with 3 million people. right now the iranians, the russians, and the syrians are surrounding their problems. they are going to kill my sister and they're going to kill millions of people in order to get rid of 25,000 or 35,000 terrorist or enemies of theirs. i think we can call them terrorists. i said, that is not going to happen. i did not hear of that province. i came back to new york and they picked up the failing new york times -- i hate to admit was the failing new york times -- i opened it up not to the front page, but there was a very big story. that's the same story that the
woman told me that i found hard to believe because how would anyone do that with 3 million people? it said that they were being surrounded and they were going in and starting literally the next day that they're going to drop bombs all over the place and perhaps kill millions of people. in order to get 35,000 terrorist. i put on social media and elsewhere -- i gave pompeo and bolton these orders -- don't let it happen. i said, don't let it happen. that doesn't mean they can't be selective, they can't -- the can't go in -- get the terrace, but don't kill millions of people. it stopped. no one will give me credit, but that is okay. because the people now. i have had more syrians that we for that. this was about 12 weeks ago that up with that. i said they are surrounding the
city of 3 million people, they are going to start bombing the city, don't let it happen. and i meant it. millions of people have been saved. i gave today great credit to iran -- and will be her that. i get great credit to russia and to syria for not doing it. now i hope it will be surgical, meaning go in and do -- it is lengthy and everything else -- and they possibly have to do it, but i think millions of people would have been killed and that would have been ashamed. and i have to tell you that turkey has been a big help. turkey has been great. they have helped us much with that whole situation. >> thank you. looking back on iran, you put out a call to action this week
to other countries to rally with america and put pressure on iran. hassan rouhani is still calling for the united states to go back to the old deal. after meeting with world leaders this week, did you make any progress 20 new deal? >> it doesn't matter what world leaders they got a run. -- iran is going to come back to me and will make a good deal. you never know. they are suffering greatly. they are having riots in every city. far greater than they were during the green period with president obama. for greater. when president obama stuck up for government, not the people, he probably would had a much different iran if he done it. i am sticking up for the people. i am with the people of iran. here's the thing. they have rampant inflation. their money is worthless. everything is going wrong. they have riots in the street, you can't buy bread. you can't do anything. it is a disaster. at some point, i think they will want to come back and they
will ask if they can do something. i just don't want them to have nuclear weapons, that is all. is that too much to ask? i don't want them to have nuclear weapons. i want to have a great economy. i want them to sell so much oil -- i'm not happy with opec. we take care of all of these people, we defend them. they would be there for two weeks if it wasn't for me and united states and much stronger armed forces than it was because our armed forces was depleted. now we have 700 billion and 716 billion -- we have the most incredible new jet and every thing. we need it. not that i want to send -- spend it all the latest jobs. iran has to come back and they have to talk. i am not doing this from strength or weakness. i'm just saying that at some point they have to come back. if you look at what is going on, companies are leaving left and right.
mercedes-benz just left. they are all leaving. they don't want to be in iran. because they have a choice. do they want to be with iran or do they want to be with us? we picked up $10 trillion since my election. we were being caught by china, now it is going the other way. people can't believe
it. people never seen the situation with china. everything is always been for 20 years -- china is so great, china is so great. you don't hear that so much anymore. i love china. i think they are great. but you don't hear that so much anymore. unit was great now? we are great now. how about just a couple more. i can be doing this all day long. should be continued for a little while? it doesn't matter to me. a couple more. i don't care. new york times, come on. the failing new york times, stand up. come on. i'm talking about the times is
feeling. you are far from failing. >> you are pointing to me so met me. >> the times is very interesting. i think they're going to endorse me. i think that abc -- will fox, i like fox. i think they're all going to endorse me because if they don't, they will go out of business. can you imagine if you don't -- didn't have? >> i know you're funny to me but i work for a different company. i want ask you -- yesterday we talking about your administration's options. a lot of leader/. what you think they left? >> that was fake news. it was covered that way. so i said that since my election our economy has become the hottest in the world, tax reductions, regulations, companies levels are the highest in 18 years, really seemed to be in -- to be historic.
black unemployment, asian unemployment, you look at women 65 years -- the and employment numbers are among the best we've had ever. the numbers of new companies pouring into our country which nobody thought was possible, and i said this, and i was in front of a large group of highly professional people, most of whom are from other countries or united nations. people that aren't bigender clapping, plodding, smiling. and i heard a little russell. as i said that our country is now stronger than ever. and it is true. i heard smiles. i said i didn't know there would be that reaction. they weren't laughing at me. they were laughing with me. we had fun. that was not laughing at me. the fake news said that people left. they didn't laugh at me. people had a good time with me. we were doing it together.
we had a good time. the respect what i have done. the united states is respected again. the united states was not respected. everybody was taking advantage of us. from jobs and taking our companies and not paying the price to so many other things -- even military protection. i told a number of countries over the last few days -- i said, listen, you are a very rich country. we protect you. without our protection, you would have real problems. i said you should reimburse us for this protection. why are we protecting you? do you want and what they said? after about two minutes of talking, they agreed with me. you can ask this group of very talented people. they agreed with me. but they said -- one of them said, but mr. president, nobody ever asked us for that. no one is ever said that we should pay. these are really wealthy
countries. i will be honest. i just ask japan. we are defending you. we were a very wealthy country. you are sending us millions of cars and making a fortune. we have a tremendous trade deficit with you. we are defending you and we are subsidizing your military with a massive amount of money. i set it to south korea. we have 32,000 soldiers in south korea. they are a very wealthy -- these are great countries. these are very wealthy countries. i said why aren't you reimbursing us for our costs picks they look at me and they can't even answer me. there is no answer. if they are a poor country and they need protection and people were going to die, i am all for protecting them. i don't want their money. but when wealthy countries that have massive trade surpluses with us -- massive. and then on top of that we are paying for their military or we are paying for their a lot of your military -- that doesn't work. about two more. >> mr. president you said you
feel a kinship with brett cavanaugh. you said that you -- that your false allegations were made against you make you feel like you don't want to believe these women. -- why you -- >> that i said? by the way think you do it a very good job. i didn't say that. i do watch you anything to do a very good job. i didn't say that. i look forward to watching her. i do want to hear what she has to say. maybe if she will say something , but in the meantime, i have to tell you that he is one of the highest quality human beings. he is a tremendous fan. he is a tremendous genius. he has a great intellect. i believe he was number one at yale -- is that a correct statement? number one in his class at yale, he was a great student in law. i have heard his name -- i did not know him.
i didn't know him until this whole thing. i heard his name for 10 years. you know how i i heard his name? anybody was saying that he should be on the supreme court. i said who is he? he should be. you -- he is the most brilliant person. the most brilliant lawyer. they were talking about him on the supreme court 10 years ago. with all of that, i want to hear what she has to say. >> you so that you feel like there have been numerous false allegations against you -- >> i haven't had many false statements against me and the press would've reported, i would've been very happy. i think john roberts would tell you -- you covered the story where the women were paid to say bad things about me. sean hannity covered. i will tell you when i saw that on sean hannity, i actually called him. leave it or not, i don't speak to him very much. i respect him. i called him. i said this is the biggest story.
this is a big, big story. he agreed with me. the next time i picked up the paper, there was not one word about it. the next day i watch abc news, i watched nbc, i watched cbs. i did not watch cnn, but next time -- i watch everything. there was not one story other than fox. it is a big story. it is a shame. enough. thank you. >> it okay if i give it to the new york times? >> that is enough. good job. >> mr. president could i ask you question since i in the new york times? i'm actually from the new york times. i was hoping -- >> i will let you do it after he does. is that okay? in honor of a paper i once loved. thank you. >> mr. president i am with news. today you met with non-yahoo from israel.
you brought up that you support a two state solution for the palestinian crisis there. can you give us any more preview of what this great deal will be? >> i would love to be able to make a deal with the israelis and palestinians. i think healthcare is tougher if you want to know the truth. it is tough. we are going to take care that as well. it will get taken care of. we've already taken care of a lot of. all of my life i always heard that the deal between israel and the palestinians -- that is like the toughest deal. every possible deal is tough about that. i think we are going to make a deal. i think we are going to make a deal. at one of our many meetings today, i was with netanyahu, a man i respect. i did the whole thing with jerusalem and the embassy. by the way we're going to open in four months for less than $500,000 and the budget was
over $1 billion. so we saved let's see billion dollars. it is open. it is beautiful. made of jerusalem stone. one of my favorites. i will tell you the question is somewhat saturday. this is the first news conference in a long time. i said what you mean? i did like five today. every time i said, i take a lot of questions from people are screaming like maniacs in the back of the room. meaning reporters. one of the reporters, i wanted it was john roberts, but one of them -- don't feel guilty john. one of the reporters that was screaming asked about the one state-two state. i said i think that two state will happen. i think it is in one way more difficult because it is a real estate deal. you need leaps and bounds and carveouts and lots of everything. in another way it works better because you people governing themselves.
so they asked me about that. i said, well, i think the two state will happen. i think we are going to go down the two state road. i'm glad i got it out. jared was so involved -- he loves israel. but he is also going to be very fair with the palestinians. he understands that it takes two people to be happy. to groups of people to be happy. anybody has to be happy. that is white is so tough because there has been so much hatred and anger -- that is why it is so tough because their friend so much hatred and anger for so many years. i think it is going to be a two state. to know what i did today? by saying that, i put it out there. if you ask most of the people in israel, they agree with that. but no one wants to say it. it is a big thing to put it out. is a very big thing to put it out. bottom line, if the israelis and the palestinians want one state, that is okay with me. if they want to states, that is a -- two states, that is okay
with me. i am happy if they are happy. i am a facilitator. i want to see if i can get a deal done so people don't get killed anymore. we had in saudi arabia -- we had one of the great conferences in history. many of you were there -- probably all of you were there. it was one of the most beautiful today's. that and china. to the most incredible events i have ever seen -- i've never seen anything like it. i believe we had 58 muslim countries -- the leaders, the kings, the absolute leaders. there was nobody in second place. they were the leaders. unbeknownst to anybody else, people would come up to me individually -- it was not a setup. they would come up to me and say that you can have peace in the middle east without peace between the israelis and the palestinians.
i said why? what difference? why does that matter so much? they said that it just isn't possible to make peace in the middle east unless you peace between the israelis. i heard that from the king of saudi arabia. he is a great guy. and then someone else came up and said the same thing. i must've had 12 -- and i started to realize that peace between israel and the palestinians -- would be hard to get --
of dollars a month in tariffs? >> how would you compare the level of interference you see w russia did in 2015? >> i think it is different. if you look at the des moines register, they have ads that are made to look like editorials. they say that you have to stop trump. you have to vote against him. these are patriots. on a network that doesn't like me very much, which is most of them. a network that didn't -- doesn't really treat me very good, the interviewed farmers. they got hurt because all of a sudden china stopped buying. by the way they have started buying again. soybeans are going up. we've had very little heard from what i have done. in fact, the markets have gone up and the farmers are going to
do great. ultimately. they had farmers and these guys
are amazing. i love them. they voted for me and they love me. and they said we don't care if we get hurt, he
is doing the right thing. you know a lot of people -- it is a complex game. a lot of people don't know exactly what it is. they don't have to define tariff . they don't know it is different than a tax although it is getting close. they know that for the first time in many, many years, they have a president that is fighting for them. that is not letting their jobs be taken to other countries. that is not allowing the kind of abuse -- i mean when you look at what happened as an example with nafta and for years because it was never changed. nafta was a defective deal that it was signed. they had a fat tax of 70% and no one from this country do that. by the time they found out, which was about a week later, nobody went and changed it so
you went many years and they never changed. it was a vat tax that mexico got . we were 17 or 16 points behind before we
even started. nafta was a horrible thing. the farmers, and by the way, the steelworkers -- i stopped the dumping. the dumping was horrible. now if they want to dump, that is okay, but they had to pay the nicest america 25% on everything they dumped. as a told you before, steel is doing phenomenally well. the farmers say that this man is fighting for us. no president has ever fought for us before. you really have to study what has happened over the 15 years. the farmers have been decimated over a 15 year period. they have been decimated. the farmers are going to come out great. these are great people. they are great, great patriots. i think we should finish with that one. is that okay? go ahead, let's go. >> i always like to finish with
a good one. elton john said when he had that last june and it is good, don't go back. i've seen -- have you ever seen? they hit the last note and then the that for non-core. and they don't have. they leave everyone and they say it was not a very good concert. >>.many raw ahead of tomorrow's hearing because you -- about the hearing tomorrow. u.s. earlier about the message that you're sending to the women of the country. what about the message that you may be sending two young men? you are a father. what does this moment -- the cultural moment -- >> it is a very big moment. you are right. i think it is a great question. this is a very big moment for our country. you have a man who is very outstanding and he has very strong charges against him. probably charges that nobody is
going to be able to prove. i could have you chosen for a position. i could have you or you or anybody and 70 could say things. it is happened to me many times. false statements are made and honestly, nobody knows who to believe. i could pick another supreme court judge does -- justice and i could pick another one and it could go on forever. someone can say 30 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago -- he did a horrible thing to repeat -- horrible thing to me. honestly is a very dangerous period in our country. it is being perpetrated by some very evil people. some of them are democrats i must say. because some of them now that this is just a game that they
are playing. it is a con game. it is at the highest level. we are talking about the united states supreme court. this can go on forever. i can pick five other people at a certain point the people are going to say no thank you. this is the most coveted job mobley in the world. you know what? i would honestly say -- because i interviewed great people for this. he is great, but i interviewed other great people for this job. i could conceivably imagine going to one of them and saying, too bad what happened to this wonderful man, but i'm going to choose you. i want you to go. i could conceivably be turned down by somebody that desperately wanted this job. this is beyond supreme court. there is nothing beyond certain court. this is beyond supreme court
this is -- this has everything to do with our country. when you're guilty, until proven innocent -- it is just not supposed to be that way. always i heard that you're innocent until proven guilty. i have heard this for so long. it is such a beautiful phrase. in this case, you are guilty until proven innocent. i think that is a very, very dangerous standard for our country. with that being said, i look forward to what she has to say i also look very forward to what judge cavanaugh has to say. i think it is going to be a very, very important day in history and our country. i want to thank you all. we will do it again. thank you very much. >> please remain seated as our
delegation departs. >> professor christine ford has agreed to testify tomorrow before the senate judiciary many about her sexual assault allegation against the supreme court nominee:he will also testify at the hearing. we will have live coverage thursday starting at 10 am eastern here on c-span three. you can also watch online at c- span.org or listen on this c- span radio app. >> as the senate committee reviews and allegations against supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh there and others -- tonight we take a look back at clarence thomas and anita hill testifying before congress in 1991 after the senate judiciary committee reopened confirmation
proceedings as a result of the allegation. you can see portions of that tonight at 10 pm eastern on c- span. >> next middle hill are from heather wilson the 24th -- next we will hear from heather wilson. she talk at the national press club here in washington. good afternoon everyone. welcome to the national press club. it is a place where news happens. i am donna, the 102nd president of the national press club. we are delighted to have you listening or viewing or in the room with us today. we are going to hear from air force secretary heather wilson on the newly proposed space force and the is