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  Presidents White House Departure Remarks  CSPAN  April 26, 2019 12:44pm-12:58pm EDT

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york federal prosecutor preet bharara gives an inside look at how the judicial process works drawing from personal experiences and case histories in his new book "doing justice". >> when you go to the basic issue of how to resolve a dispute or how to persuade someone to your point of view, what you have i think too much in society is you say you have two problems. one is that when people do engage they yell invective and they say, you know, you're ugly or you're fat or there's what aboutism and there's all sorts of non-logical argument that goes on, and it's very mean spirited and terrible and it affects people's opinions of the whole process. as bad as that is what's even worse in some ways is the other problem. and the other problem is people don't engage with the other side at all. watch this weekend on book tv on c-span2. president trump is in indianapolis today to speak to the nra. as he left the white house this
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morning, he talked to reporters about a wide range of topics including the mueller report findings, 2020 presidential election, and the most recent economic numbers. this is just under ten minutes. . >> so i'm not allowed to comment on the new gdp numbers until about 10 or 15 minutes from now, so i will not comment on them. the country, though, doing very well in every respect. i mean, we're just doing well. we're knocking it out of the park as they say, and we're very happy about that. we did not pay money for our great otto. there was no money paid. there was a fake news report
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that money was paid. i haven't paid money for any hostage and ooii've gotten approximately 20 or 21 out. we don't pay money for hostages. the otto case was a very unusual case, but i just want to let you know no money was paid for otto. [ inaudible question ] >> i never told don mcgahn to fire mueller. if i wanted to fire mueller, i would have done it myself. it's very simple. i had the right to, and frankly, whether i did or he did, we had the absolute right to fire mueller. in the meantime, i didn't do it. i'm a student of history. i see what you get when you fire people, and it's not good. but there would have been nothing wrong with firing him. legally i had absolute right to fire him, but i never told don mcgahn to fire mueller.
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and by the way, and mueller finished out his report, no collusion, and no obstruction. >> mr. president, how do you beat joe biden? >> i think we beat him easily. >> wait, stop, stop. >> what do you tell parents about getting their kids vaccinated? >> measles. >> they have to get the shot. the vaccinations. it's so important. this is really going around now. they have to get their shots. >> mr. president how old is too old to be president? >> well, i think that -- i just feel like a young man. i'm so young. i can't believe it. i'm the youngest person -- i am a young, vibrant man. i look at joe, i don't know about him. i don't know. i would never say anyone's too old. i know they're all making me look very young, both in terms of age and i think in terms of energy. i think you people know that
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better than anybody. ye yeah. >> i've answered that question. if you look at what i said, you will see that that question was answered perfectly, and i was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to robert efrmt le. lee. a great general, whether you like it or not, he was a great general. i've spoken to many of the generals here right at the white house, and many people thought of the generals they think he was maybe their favorite general. people were there protesting the taking down of the monument of robert e. lee. everybody knows that. >> kim jong-un has said this he wants pompeo to not be part of negotiations and what do you think about that? >> i think we're doing very well with north korea, a lot of
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progress is being made. i appreciated president putin's statement yesterday. he wants to see it done also. i think there's a lot of excitement toward getting a deal done with north korea. in the meantime, when i came here there were nuclear tests, missile tests, rocket tests. we got our hostages back. we got remains back and continue to come back from the war, our great heroes, their remains. there's been no test. there's been no nothing. so at some point you're going to report the facts. i have a great relationship with kim jong-un. i appreciate that russia and china is helping us, and china's helping us because i think they want to. they don't need nuclear weapons right next to their country. but i also think they're helping us because of the fact that we're in a trade deal, which by the way is going very well. >> will you let don mcgahn testify -- >> what we're doing is
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executive -- so what we're doing in the history of our country, there has never been a president that's been more transparent than me or the trump trump administration. white house counsel mcgahn testify. i let everybody testify. i think mcgahn was in there for 30 hours. whoever heard of such a thing. but i want everybody to testify. obviously, mcgahn thought he testified fine because he was with the administration far long time after that. and i think he said he was just joining us with respect to the appointment of judges but i let everybody testify. there's never been transparency like this. so just so you understand. we got a great ruling. which i knew we were going to get because i have nothing to do with russia and the campaign.
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so we get a ruling. no collusion. we essentially get a ruling no obstruction. based on the facts our great attorney general made an immediate decision there was no obstruction. so we have no collusion, no obstruction. we had total transparency. we gave $1.4 million documents, if you can believe such a ridiculous thing, 500 people testified. we had 18 people that were trump haters. that includes mr. mueller. he was a trump hater. wait a minute, wait. with all of this, with all of this transparency, we finish no collusion, no obstruction. then i get out the first day they are saying let's do it again. i said that's enough. we have to run a country. we have a very great country to run. and frankly when i go through it
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with the house and the senate and we have no collusion, no collusion, no obstruction, no obstruction, then we have again we have to go through it. this is a political witch hunt. we did nothing wrong and the only thing i did is make our country stronger, give it the numbers like people haven't seen before. what we're doing in this country financially with the military, with our veterans, you look at veterans, we now have veterans choice. nobody has ever done what i have done in the first two years. so if i'm guilty of anything, it's that i have been a great president and the democrats don't like it. which is a shame. i'm going to indianapolis. we're going to the nra. and we look forward to it. i would say easily.
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tonight american history tv is is in prime time. they talk about the battle of gettysburg and the consequences describing how people in the surrounding areas experienced the battle and the logistics of the confederate withdrawal back to virginia. the talk kicks off a night of programs on the civil war recorded at the lincoln forum symposium. watch that tonight beginning at
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8:00 eastern here on c-span 3. and book tv will be in prime time tonight with discussions on artificial intelligence and robotics. we'll begin with john brock man. then amy web on the big nine. clive thompson on "coders." that starts tonight b at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span 2. attorney general william barr heads to capitol hill twice next week to testify on the mueller report. his first is wednesday before the senate judiciary committee at 10:00 a.m. eastern. then on thursday he'll speak to the house judiciary committee at 9:00. we'll have live coverage on c-span 3 and also be able to watch online at or listen live on the free c-span radio app. taking a look at congress, representatives and senators are
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at home meeting with constituents while congress is is is out of session for two weeks. some will be traveling on fact finding trips in the u.s. or abroad. they return to capitol hill monday, april 29th. the house plans to work on climate change legislation, which is a democratic priority. the senate will take up the president's veto of a war power resolution to end military involvement in nyemen. watch the house live on c-span and the senate live on c-span 2. saturday night president trump is holding a campaign rally in green bay, wisconsin. skippi inping annual white hous correspondents dinner. earlier this week he instructed his administration to boycott the kin dunner. watch live coverage of the rally saturday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. and following the rally, watch live coverage at 9:30 p.m. eastern of the white house correspondents dinner with featured speaker ron churnow.
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saturday book tv has live coverage from the historians talking about the new book the presidents. noted historians rank america's best and worst chief executives. saturday at 2:30 p.m. eastern on c-span 2 from the new seem. here are some of our feature programs this weekend on book tv. saturday night at 8:25 eastern, robert talks about his late latest book with comedian conan o'brien. >> just remember one thing. turn every page. never assume anything. turn every page. and i can't tell you how many times in my life that stuck with
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me. >> and sunday night at 9:00 eastern on b afterwards, former southern district of new york restaurant gives an inside look at how the judicial process works drawing from personal experiences and case histories. he n his new book doing justice, he's interviewed by senator richard blumenthal of connecticut. what you have too much in society is two problems. when people do engage, they say you're ugly or fat. or there's also awl sorts of nonlogical argument that goes on. it's very mean spirited and terrible. as bad as that is, what's even worse the other problem is people don't enb gauge with the other side at all. watch on c-span 2. next the house financial