tv President Trump Maybe Warning to North Korea Not Tough Enough CSPAN August 10, 2017 10:33pm-10:42pm EDT
about -- talking to reporters about north korea, the opioid epidemic and his agenda. they came before a national security briefing in new jersey. pres. trump: hello everybody. i'm having meetings and i know you're going to be watching a couple of them. we have a lot of people here today and a loft subjects under discussion including venezuela and north korea and other things. i think we're making tremendous head way. i will be spending quite a bit of time here. during the weekend, we will be going to manhattan, where i have a lot of meetings scheduled. any questions? reporter: mr. president, north
korea said your statement on tuesday was nonsense. do you have any responsible? -- response to that? pres. trump: i don't think they mean that and i think first time they heard it like they heard it and frankly, the people that were questioning that statement were the, maybe it wasn't tough enough. they've been doing this to our country for a long time, many years. it's about time somebody stuck from the people of this country and other countries. if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough and we're backed by 100% by our military and everybody and backed by many leaders and i notice that many senators and others today came out very much in favor of what i said. if anything, that statement may not be tough enough. well, you'll see. you'll see. reporter: mr. president, would you consider a pre-emptive strike? pres. trump: we don't talk about that. i never do. i'm not like the other administration that would say we're going into mosul in four months. we'll see what happens.
i can tell you what they've been doing and getting away with is a tragedy and it can't be allowed. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: sure. we will always consider negotiations. but they've been negotiating for 25 years. clinton folded on the negotiations and was weak and ineffective and look what happened with bush and obama. obama didn't even want to talk about it. but i talk. it's about time. somebody has to do it. somebody has to. reporter: can you talk about your relationship with senator mcconnell? pres. trump: i just want him to get repeal and replace done. i've been hearing for it seven years but i've only been doing this for two years and really this for only six months. but it's almost two years and all i hear is repeal and replace and then i get there and i said, where's the bill? i want to sign it. first day.
they don't have it. they pass repeal and replace but never had a president or frankly a senate that was going to do it , but they never had a president , so it did not matter. so i say simply, where is repeal and replace? now i want tax reform and tax cuts. we're going to reduce taxes for the people. we pay more tax than anybody in the world and we're going to reduce taxes. so i say tax cuts and tax reform and i want a very big infrastructure bell, we're working on that heart already. we may even get bipartisan on infrastructure, but we want to have it. but i said, mitch, get to work and let's get it done. they should have had this last one done. they lost by one vote for a thing like that to happen is a disgrace and frankly it shouldn't have happened. that i can tell you. reporter: would senator mcconnell consider stepping down? [indiscernible] well, i tell you
what, if he doesn't get repeal and replace done and if he doesn't get taxes done meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn't get an easy one to get done, infrastructure, then you can ask me that question. you can ask me the question. ask me that question. let's hope he gets it. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: the opioid crisis is an emergency and i'm saying officially right now it is an emergency, a national emergency. we're going to spend a lot of time and effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. we're going to draw it up and make it a national emergency and it is a serious problem the likes of which we've never had. when i was growing up, they that lsd and certain generations of drugs. there's never been anything like what's happened to this country over in the last four or five years, and in all fairness, this
is a worldwide problem, not just in the united states. but this is a national emergency and we are drawing documents now to slow it down. reporter: mr. president, is there mixed messages coming from your administration on north korea? senator telik -- secretary tillerson seem to advocate diplomacy. [indiscernible] pres. trump: there's no mixed messages. there are no mixed messages. i mean to be honest, general mattis may have taken it a step beyond what i said. and rex was just stating, here's the view. i said it yesterday i don't have to say it again. i will tell you this. it may be tougher than i said it , not less. it may very well be tougher than i said it. how about one more? reporter: can you offer any assurance to the american people that are anxious about north korea? [indiscernible] should they be comfortable?
pres. trump: the people of this country should be very comfortable and i will tell you this. if north korea does anything in terms of thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or are allies or us, they can be very, very, nervous. i'll tell you what. and they should be very nervous. things will happen to them like they never thought possible, ok? he's been pushing the world around for a long time and i have great respect for what china and russia did and those, we have a 15-0 vote and i have great respect for china and russia, what they did on sanctions. i believe that will have an effect. i don't think it will have the kind of effect, even though we were the ones that got it, and nicki haley did a great job. we all did a great job. but i have great respect for what they did and the 15-0 but
probably it will not be as effective as a lot of people think it can be unfortunately. i think johnny can do a lot more , and china will do a lot more. look, we have trade with china. we lose hundreds of billions dollars a year on trade with china. they know how i feel. it's not going to continue like that. but if china helps us, i feel a lot differently toward trade. a lot differently toward trade, so we will do, i think the people of our country are saying, our allies are saying, and i will to you this. north korea better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble in this world. ok? thank you very much. we're going down to the other side and we will take a few more questions, ok? thank you. >> following his national
security meeting, president trump took questions from reporters on a range of topics including the transgender military band, north korea and the rush investigation. his remarks are about 20 minutes. pres. trump: thank you very much, we appreciate it. we are having a meeting today. discussed many things. one of them obviously was north korea. we discussed venezuela. we discussed afghanistan and the middle east generally. we had some very good meetin