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tv   President Trump Condemns Violence in Charlottesville VA  CSPAN  August 12, 2017 8:09pm-8:28pm EDT

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should be treated with respect. i don't think the president said anything other than that. if he intimated that maybe you don't put your hand on the head of a murderer as you put in the back of the car -- i know what protocol is and i understand what the police department is going to continue to do regardless of what the president says you could or could not do. [applause] announcer: next, president trump comments on violence during protests in charlottesville virginia and signs ava health care extension bill into law. then from day three of the net roots nation conference in atlanta, remarks by massachusetts senator elizabeth warren and former vice president al gore. president trump has signed into law an extension of a program that allows veterans to receive private health care outside of the a facilities. he also commented on violence that occurred at white nationalist protests in charlottesville, virginia. the president was joined at his
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golf club in bedminster, new jersey by veterans affairs secretary dr. david shall can. this is 15 minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. i know it is a busy day but we appreciate having the opportunity to recognize yet another tangible improvement that we are making for our countries veterans. today in just a few minutes, the president is going to be signing the v8 choice and quality employment act. this is a really important piece of legislation, and i do want to recognize that this was passed with bipartisan support in both the house and senate. i also want to thank our veterans service organizations, who are there helping us get this important piece of legislation passed for veterans. many of them are here today.
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others are not able to join us today. the0 choice and quality employment act has three important components. the first is that this helps us expand our ability to higher medical center directors and other senior executives to serve in the v.a. it is about leadership and it is important get the right leaders helping us to do the job for veterans. the second is that this bill authorizes 28 new facilities leases that will be in different parts of the country, that provide our veterans with updated facilities, something again we are committed to providing for our veterans with world-class care. third and most important, this bill allows us to continue to be able to provide care in the community for our veterans to make sure that they are getting high-quality care and not waiting for care. already this year in the first six months of this year, we have authorized over 15 million appointments for veterans in the community.
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that is 4 million appointments more than what was experienced at this time last year. so we are making a lot of progress and expanding choice. this is really a temporary fix. we still have more work to do with congress and the president. we have to collapse eight different ways of paying for community care into a single program and to simplify it, to make it easier for veterans to use and to work better for veterans. i know with this president's commitment to our country's veterans and his commitment, we are going to get that done. this is important to him and it is important to me and important to our veterans. so it gives me great pleasure today to be able to introduce the 45th president of the united states, donald trump. mr. president?
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pres. trump: thank you very much. as you know, this was a small press conference, but a very important one. it was scheduled to talk about the great things we are doing with the secretary on the veterans administration. and we will talk about that, very much so, in a little while. but i thought it should put out a comment as to what is going on in charlottesville. again, i want to thank everybody for being here. in particular, i want to thank our incredible veterans. thank you. let me shake your hand. >> thank you very much, sir. >> thank you very much, sir. >> thank you, mr. president. pres. trump: great people. they are great people. but we are closely following the
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terrible events unfolding in charlottesville, virginia. we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides. on many sides. it has been going on for a long time in our country. not donald trump, not barack obama -- it has been going on for a long, long time. it is no place in america. what is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. no citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society, and no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents. and have a good time. i just got off the phone with the governor of virginia, terry
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mcauliffe, and we agreed the hate and division must stop. and must stop right now. we have to come together as americans with love for our -- really, i say this so strongly -- true affection for each other. our country is doing very well in so many ways. we have record, just absolute record employment. we have unemployment the lowest it has been in almost 17 years. we have companies pouring into our country, foxconn and car companies and so many others, they are coming back to our country. we are renegotiating trade deals to make them great for our country and great for the american worker. we have so many incredible things happening in our country,
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so when i watch charlottesville, to me it is very sad. i want to salute the great work of the state and local police in virginia, incredible people. law-enforcement, incredible people. and also, the national guard. they have really been working smart and working hard. they have been doing a terrific job. federal authorities are also providing tremendous support to the governor, he thanked me for that, and we are here to provide whatever other assistance is needed. we are ready, willing, and able. above all else, we must remember this truth. no matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all americans first. we love our country. we love our god. we love our flag. we are proud of our country.
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we are proud of who we are. so we want to get this situation straightened out in charlottesville. and we want to study it. and we want to see what we are doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen. my administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens. but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. we must love each other, respect each other, and cherish our history and our future together. so important. we have to respect each other. ideally, we have to love each other. and now to the veterans administration, or i am so proud of david shulkin and the job you have done. what you have done in such a
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short amount of time, you folks would attest to it. if anybody disagrees, you can leave the room right now. but david really has, he is a star what he has been able to do. david, i would like to thank you very much for your leadership and for the profound improvements to the v.a. services you have made in such a short period of time. today is another milestone in our work to transform the v.a., where we are doing record-setting business, including something called the accountability act. where david and his executives can now hold people accountable for doing a poor job and say, you are fired. you do a poor job for our veterans, you are fired. that has been in the making for 40 years. they were not able to get it approved. one of our legislative successes -- frankly, one of our many legislative successes, we got it approved. i know, david, it is making life a lot better and people are
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working harder because of it. in a few moments, i will sign the v.a. choice and quality employment act of 2017. this bill will ensure veterans continue to have the ability to choice doctor of their -- so important -- and don't have to wait or travel long distances for care. during the campaign, i kept talking about it. people, these great, incredible veterans, our finest, they are waiting in line for seven days, nine days, 14 days, for ailments that can be fixed quickly and they end up dying of things that could have been taken care of very routinely. and i said that is never going to happen when i am president. i said, even at the time, before having tremendous research given to me, and after the research was given, it was back to the same basic common sense, why can't they go out and see a doctor?
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if they have to wait seven days or 14 days online, why can't they see a doctor and we will pay for the cost of the doctor? and that is going to be a lot less expensive, but more importantly, you are going to have immediate medical care for our veterans. that is what we are doing. and they are very thankful. and it started already. quite a little while ago, considering we are very young administration, and i think you see from the veterans they are very proud of it and happy. very importantly, this bill also authorizes new community-based outpatient clinics and improves the v.a.'s ability to hire quality job candidates. we are getting candidates that are of the highest quality into the v.a. system now, so that our veterans have more choices and more access to the absolute best possible care. i want to thank congressman phil --, senator johnny isakson
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two people have been working so hard -- senator dean heller, for their dedicated efforts to get this bill through congress. it was very, very tough. for reasons that i guess i understand, but it was not easy. and i will tell you that phil and johnny and dean worked very, very hard to get it through. by the way, i can also say others, and even some democrats. you want to say their names? go ahead. >> senator koester and representative walls were key in helping us get this done, mr. president. pres. trump: see, i can do it. ,ut people thought -- fought and they really fought as hard, and now the administration is
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fighting for you. we are working night and day to ensure our brave veterans are provided with world-class treatment, which is what they are getting -- world-class treatment. by the way, again, we are here for just a little more than six months. you are seeing it on a daily basis get better and better and better. and you are hearing it from the veterans. but but they are getting this great medical treatment, care, procedures, and we are getting our facilities shaped up and made into world-class facilities at the same time. so our great veterans deserve only the best, and that is exactly what they are getting. i was to thank everybody for being here, especially the wonderful veterans behind me. they have helped us so much, they are spectacular people. again, going back to charlottesville, we have to heal the wounds of our country. these are wounds that have been going on for really a long time. and i thought, and everybody
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thought, and everybody wanted to heal. and it will heal, and we are going to make every effort possible to make sure that that healing procedure goes as quickly as possible. i love the people of our country. i love all of the people of our country. we are going to make america great again, but we are going to make a great for all of the people of the united states of america. thank you very much. thank you. thank you, everybody. >> mr. president, how do you respond to people who say they are participating in the white
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nationalist protest because they support you? pres. trump: they would like me to sign the bill here, so i think we will do that. ok? who is getting the pen? [applause] pres. trump: ladies first, right? >> thank you, sir. thank you, mr. president. pres. trump: thank you very much, everybody. >> mr. president, do you want the support of these white national groups who say that
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they support you? have you denounced them strongly enough? >> a car plowing into a group of people, would you call that terrorism, sir? announcer: c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up sunday morning, an associate professor of chinese studies in seoul, south korea and patrick cronin, senior director of the asia-pacific security program at the center for new american security, discuss how the region is responding to threats from north korea. then family physician and author dr. matthew on on his new book, "distracted," looks at how regulations are impacting the medical profession and health care reform in the u.s. be sure to watch c-span's "washington journal," live at 7:00 eastern sunday morning.
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join the discussion. announcer: sunday night on "q&a" -- >> the social and legal response to the issues that black men have is to lock us up, put us in cops, to treat us as citizens whose rights other people don't respect. we are not full citizens of the united states. announcer: georgetown university law school professor paul butler takes a critical look at the u.s. criminal justice system and its impact on african-american men in its -- in his book "chokehold." >> there has never been a time when community relations has been anywhere near good, so for a long time, if you were a black person and you called the police to report a crime, if you were the victim, the police did not pay that much attention to it. now the sense is that the police
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are overwhelmingly in african-american communities not to protect those communities but rather to lock folks at. announcer: sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's "q&a." announcer: former vice president al gore and massachusetts senator elizabeth warren were among the featured speakers of day three of the netroots national conference in atlanta. we begin with senator warren. [applause] sen. warren: before i begin, i want to say a word about the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, daca. that was just discussed. the fights that we fight for, they matter.


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