President Trump Meets With Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau CSPAN June 20, 2019 4:46pm-5:02pm EDT
administration. when you take a caricature of somebody in politics, you're changing the dynamics of their features not only to make them into a cartoon but show the dynamics of their personality as well. >> sunday, 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's q&a. congressional leaders were at the white house this afternoon for a closed door briefing on iran following the downing of a u.s. drone by iran's revolutionary guard. president trump spoke briefly about the situation earlier today while meeting with canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, in the oval office. >> well, thank you very much. we had some good news. the market hit an all time high today, the s&p just broke its record, so we're very happy about that. the stock market continues to do well. jobs have been literally through
the roof, and speaking of jobs we have the usmca with canada, with mexico, and we've come a long way. it's a great agreement. as you know, mexico yesterday approved it. >> yep. >> with a very positive vote. you're doing very well, i understand also? >> we are. >> it's an honor to have the prime minister of canada, justin trudeau. he's been a friend of mine. we've worked hard together and work in particular on the usmca. and we hope to have bipartisan report, you're making the rounds of congress later on? >> i'm meeting a few people. >> terrific. we will be talking about that and generally we're talking trade and other things and then going to have lunch and some meetings. it's an interesting day, but it will be like a positive day, i think, like the usual. that's the way we want to have it. we want positive days. only positive days. i want to thank you very much,
justin, for coming to the white house. >> thank you. >> thank you, donald, for this meeting. it's an opportunity for us, as you say, to keep talking about how we worked hard to build a great trade deal that's good for canadian workers, good for american workers and good for mexican workers as well. we're moving forward on the ratification process aligned with you, obviously today as well, on top of the great news and canadian and american economies, we're continuing to work on a broad range of global issues, obviously this news today we will be talking about this as well. this is a really great opportunity for us to continue and work and develop and build on the closest alliance in the world, between canada and the united states. >> this will be the largest trade deal ever made and it won't even be close if you look at the numbers, second is so far away you don't even call it second. very exciting. very exciting for mexico and
exciting for canada. i have to also thank the president of mexico, because he's really been doing a job on the border and a job in mexico. a lot of very positive things heavy happened and the flow has substantially slowed down. they have 6,000 mexican troops on their southern border. it's really been a tremendous difference. i want to thank mexico and the people of mexico, this has only been for a short period of time, our country has been asking for this for 45 years approximately. they're doing it now and we very much appreciate mexico is doing that. it's already had a big impact. with that, i thank you very much and we will get on with our discussions. thank you. this is the new -- >> asking questions. >> i was going to say, this is the new air force one, which we ordered, they've been trying to order for a lot of years. we were able to shave $1.5 billion off the price.
when i got here they were going to spend a lot more money than we spent. i would say the plane basically is an upgrade over that model. we are getting things they didn't get and saving about $1.5 billion. about $1.5 billion. it's terrific. it's under construction right now by bogey. go ahead, question. >> iran made a big mistake. this drone was in international waters clearly we have it all documented. it's documented scientifically not just words and they made a a bad mistake. >> how will you respond. >> you'll find out. you'll find out. you'll find out. obviously -- obviously, you know, we're not going to be talking too much about it. you're going to find out. they made a very big mistake. >> no concerns. we'll be discussing that. it will be one of the issues i think we'll be discussing right
now with justin. >> say again. >> there has been no change to the interest rate. >> they're indicating it will be lower. he should have done it sooner. can't win it all. he should have done it sooner. and eventually he will do what's right perhaps. let's see what he does. [ inaudible question ] >> obviously we are very concerned about the escalation by iran recently. we have significant presence in the area including leading on the nato mission in baghdad and iraq. we look forward to discussing with a closest ally their perspective and how we can move forward as an international community. [ inaudible question ] >> are you trying to get a meeting? >> we've got a lot of things to discuss. >> otherwise i'll represent him well.
we have a meeting set up with president xi. and it's obviously on the big transaction that we're talking about and negotiating. our people are speaking now. we'll see what happens with that. anything i can do to help canada i will be doing. >> excuse me. >> are you going to bring it up with president xi when you meet with him. >> i will bring that up at justin's request. >> when it is ratified. >> i have to get the democrats to approve it. so i like your positive thinking. but if and the if is really subject to the democrats. let's see what happens. but i really believe that nancy pelosi pan the house will approve it. i think the senate will approve it rapidly. it's going to be very bipartisan. it's great for farmers, manufacturers, great for everybody. and unions. it's great for unions. we have tremendous union support too. it's a tremendous -- it really is, shows a partnership between three countries.
and it's sort of three countries in a trade sense, competing with the european union, competing with china. it gives us a bigger dialogue. a bigger platform. it's really good for all three. it's something that's very popular. i hope politically this they can do what they have to do. a day after election it would win with tremendous support but we have an election coming up. but i think nancy pelosi will be the right thing. >> will that be the end of tariffs on canada and mexico. >> they have to do what they have to do. we understand that. we can't have big tremendous shipments of certain products. we understand that very well. >> we were pleased with the lifting of the tariffs on steel and aluminum. >> they've been lifted as you know and there wasn't o won't be transshipping. if there is transshipping i'll call justin and i'm sure he'll take care of it. probably call him a second time if he doesn't then we'll have to talk, right. >> that will be fine. >> i think that that situation is very well taken care of.
very important for both countries and for all threes, the farmers, very, very important. more so in that case from us and canada. but the farmers are really happy with it. the manufacturers of very happy. mexico is thrilled. you saw the vote. it was a very lop sided in a post-way vote. a great vote. and imprisoning it's going to be something special. it's the largest trade deal by far ever entered into and we're close to having it finalized. it means a lot of jobs for our country. a lot of wealth for all kbres appear and we're competing against the world. we're not competing with each others so much. this brings us into a position where we're not competing with each other but against the world. and that's what we are doing we are competing big sections of the world, including asia and including other areas. i think it's going to be very special. i think it's going to be a very important deal. but the biggest ever made. >> is iran.
>> will you invite -- >> we thought about that. that's an interesting question. they played phenomenal basketball. i watched a little bit of it. they were really terrific. congratulations, by the way. that was great job by a great team. we'll think about that. if they'd like to do it we'll think about that we have a lot of other folks coming. and the presidential medal i just spoke to him we'll presidential presidential medal of freedom to roger penske. he won at indianapolis. daytona, anybody in the history of racing. i can't imagine anybody being close. but roger penske getting the medal of freedom. that will be announced in a little while but i'm announceding it pretty much now. but they'll be putting something
out. something out in a little while. he is very deserving, a great gentleman. i've known him a long time, a brilliant guy. when you think of all the countries that want to win the indianapolis and daytona, and they fight and spend, even canada spend a lot of money. and you know when a man wins indianapolis when he wins it 18 times and he just won the daytona, and he won many things over the course of years. and he has become a very successful man. we talked about electric cars today. i think nobody knows more about that subject in terms of common sense than roger penske. so roger penske will be getting the presidential medal of freedom. >> you said iran is a different country. do you still hold that opinion. >> absolutely when i came here iran was in 14 to 18 different sites of conflict. they were extremely hostile. they were hostile when they signed the deal, screaming death to america.
i think probably iran made a mistake. i would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down. and fortunately that drone was unarmed. it was not -- there was no man in it. and there was no -- it was just -- it was over international waters. clearly over international waters. but we didn't have a man or woman in the drone nobody in the drone. would have been been a big difference. let me tell you would have made a big difference. i have a feel. may be wrong and i may be right but i'm right a lot. i have a feeling it was mistake made by someone that shouldn't have been doing what they did. i think they made a mistake. i'm just not talking about the country made a mistake. i think somebody under the command of the country made a big mistake. >> you're talking to iran's leadership. >> let's just see what happens. let's just see what happens. it's all going to work out. >> you think it was an not
intentional to strike the drone. >> i find if hard to believe it was intentional if you want to know the truth. i think it was somebody who was loose and stupid that did it. but we'll be able to report back. and you'll understand exactly what happened. but it was a very foolish move. that i can tell you. >> do you feel like there are members of the administration trying to push you into conflict. >> not at all. not at all. in fact in many cases it's the opposite. but i will say, look, i said i want to get out of these endless wars. i campaigned on that. i want to get out. we've been in afghanistan for 19 years as you foe we reduced substantially in afghanistan. we beat the caliphate, took back 100% of the caliphate when it was 99% justin i said we're going to get out and peel back and everybody went crazy because it was 99. i said all right with finish it up. we got 100% and we're pulling that back out of syria. pulling a lot of people back. but this is something -- this is a new wrinkle, a new fly in the ointment what happened shooting down the drone. and this country will not stand
for it. that i can tell you. thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much. there was reaction from capitol hill earlier today regarding tensions with iran following the downing of a u.s. drone by iran's revolutionary guard. senator lindsey graham and house foreign affairs chair elliott engle spoke to reporters and also nancy pelosi talked about the situation at her weekly briefing this morning. >> iran shot down a drone, unarmed, international waters. the president is a says that iran made a big mistake. iran says it's ready for war. whether you call for a second all member briefing, how do you think the administration should respond. >> well first of all we are -- we called the meeting earlier today and thank you for
accommodating that. at 11:00 we will have a briefing pch it's now expanded to a gang of 20. but that includes leadership and senior members. democrats and republicans, house and senate on committees of jurisdiction. and so we'll learn more in that briefing as to what is happening there. i think it's a dangerous situation. high tension wires up in the region. we have to be strong and strategic about how we protect our interests. we also cannot be reckless in what we do. so it will be interesting to see what they have to say, whether the -- i don't think the president wants to go to war. there is no appetite for going to war in our country. and so we want to see what they have to say. and then i have called for a broader breflg with more members. but they're starting with this briefing this morning. so in afternoon from between 4:00 and 5:00 i'll have a
meeting for my members to hear from some experts on the iran project. wendy sherman, ambassador wendy sherman, ambassador william weir, head of iran project. wendy weir a former ambassador who helped negotiate the iran nuclear agreement as well as john brennan. >> so here is the deal. trump is not the problem the isolate la was. the drone was in international waters. we've been flying patterning like this for months. we're trying to collect intelligence to make informed decisions. we had told the iranians before they shot the drone down that if you engage against american personnel or assets you do so at your own peril. the president does not want a war with iran or anybody else. but he is the commander in chief. and so when abe was asked by the