tv White House Briefing CSPAN March 23, 2018 1:25pm-1:49pm EDT
us perhaps that your priority is the commonwealth, or china, or the eu27 or latin america? mr. johnson: if you look to what we said in the global britain document, you will find enough to give you - -- mr. tugendhat: you reiterated the policy of the foreign office for the last 60 years in the global britain report. mr. johnson: we think that there are three key areas. that does not necessarily mean that we will not be opening posts in other areas, but we think that there are three key areas where the u.k. needs to be particularly active. you very trump: thank much everybody. we have some good news to report. tremendous trade deals are being made with other countries. we are negotiating very long and hard, but very quickly.
is, deal with south korea according to secretary ross, is very close to being finished, and we are going to have a wonderful deal with a wonderful ally. we are getting very close to it. it was a deal causing a lot of problems for our country in terms of employment and lots of other things. i might ask secretary ross to say a few words about that, and then we are going to get onto this ridiculous situation that took place over the last week, so secretary ross? secretary ross: thank you, mr. president. we believe we are relatively close to a pretty comprehensive resolution with the south korean government. it will encompass, if it goes through, both the 232's and broader trade issues, and we
hope by sometime next week to be able to have a real announcement. trump: thank you. i appreciate it. time we negotiated something like this, and as you know, it has always in a problem for our country. they get together and they create a series of documents that no one has been able to read because it was just a done. you tell me who can read that quickly. it takes a long time to read it. for the last eight years, deep defense cuts have undermined our national security. if you look at what is taken out, they have hollowed our readiness as a military unit and put america at really grave risk . my highest duty is to keep america safe, nothing more
important. the omnibus bill reverses this dangerous defense, as crazy at s it has been, as difficult as it has been, as much opposition to the military as we have had from the democrats -- and it has been tremendous. i tried to explain to them, the military is for republicans, democrats, and everybody else. it is for everybody, but we have tremendous opposition to creating really what will be by far the strongest military that we have ever had. we have had that from the democrats, so if we take military, theye want something in many cases oft are but wasted some money. it is very bad for our country. we're looking to do funding for our final fight in certain areas. as you know, we have got just about 100% of our land back from
isis. we have troop increases necessary to accomplish what we have to do, and we have a pay increase for our troops. this will be the largest pay increase for our incredible people the number of decade, and increases total defense spending by more than $60 billion from last year and funds the addition of tanks, planes, and submarines. we have submarines being built, the likes of which there is in the world. our military equipment is the best in the world, and one thing you saw two days ago in saudi arabia, and other countries, saudi arabia is an example of buying hundreds of williams of dollars worth of our quitman. -- hundreds of as a matter of national security i have signed this omnibus budget bill.
there are a lot of things i am unhappy about in this bill, a lot of things that we should not have had in this, but we were in a sense were forced to have. there are some things we should have in the bill but i say to congress i will never sign another bill like this again. i'm not going to do it again. old. only hours some don't even know what is in it. .1.3 trillion president obama signed one that was larger, which i'm sure he was not too happy with either. it became so big because we need to take care of our military and the democrats who don't believe in that, added things they wanted to get their votes. we have to get rid of the filibuster rule.
we have to get rid of the filibuster rule and go to 51 votes in the senate. if we are going to have sustained continued success. daca recipients have been treated extremely badly by the democrats. we wanted to include daca and have them in this bill. .00,000 people it could be more. we wanted to include daca in this bill. the democrats would not do it. to prevent the omnibus situation from ever happening again i'm calling on congress to give me a line item veto for all government spending bills, and the senate must end the filibuster rule. we have to get great legislation
approved and without the filibuster rule it will happen like magic. situationaddress the on border security, which i call national defense, i call it itpping drugs, and i call illegal immigration. it is all of those things. importantefense is because having a strong border areem including a wall, we in a position militarily that is advantageous. before i get off of that subject i would like to ask secretary mattis to talk about what we have accomplished in terms of the military. there has never been anything like we have been able to do.
and a short time it will be stronger than it has ever been. say a plea -- say a few words, please. 1790, george washington stated to be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. today we received the largest military budget in history. we have first seen many years of .eclining funding together we are going to make our military stronger than ever. we are humbled and grateful to the american people for sacrifices on behalf of this funding. it is our responsibility to spend every dollar wisely to keep the trust and the confidence of the american
people and the congress. thank you. you. president trump: thank you. the border, we worked very hard on. of by any standard a lot, but we are going to make it go a long way. a lot of money will be coming through the border. .e funded the down payment we're going to be starting work monday on not only some new wall , not in no, but we are working on that quickly, and fixing existing walls and existing acceptable fences. there are some areas you have to be able to see through to see what is coming. in many cases it is not a pretty picture when you look.
you have to be able to see it. wall.illion for the this is a short-term funding. ask secretaryo nielsen to say a few words about what we have done in terms of homeland security and what the bill does for homeland security. thank you. >> good afternoon. we work closely with the department of defense and support this omnibus. as the president has stated he has delivered for the american people. this is a down payment, a 10% increase for immigration and customs enforcement. it will help us improve aviation security and we look forward to working with congress on additional needs. i will say it is unfortunate congress chose not to listen to
men and women of dhs. they told us how to build the wall and we will continue to work with them to make sure the wall is where and how we need it , and to make sure it serves the american people and the security of this nation. we work with congress to close the dangerous loopholes the president has mentioned and to increase overall security. we thank those in congress who support homeland security. i will make myself available to them. apartment andhe give it tools and resources it needs to execute the mission the american people have asked us to do. trump: thank you. elements in the bill that we did not want. areook at a few of them, we
providing 654.6 billion dollars in total discretionary funding for defense. a record. says will be nobody that our military is going to be depleted like they have been period ofr the long time. .eyond president obama that won't be happening. we're spending a lot of money on systems,- our nuclear to upgrade and in some cases brand-new, whether it is submarines and others. we will have by far the most ,owerful nuclear force on earth and it will be absolutely imperfect shake -- in perfect shape. be to god that we
don't ever need it. this will give a substantial outside to people even of the military, but military related. some of the many things that we are buying in the military, we have 23 and $8 billion. at about the lowest point in terms of ships in over 100 years. we are adding a significant advanced extremely vessels. $10.2 billion. 90 f-35 aircraft. the most sophisticated aircraft in the world. total stealth.
they are hard to find, hard to see, hard to beat. hard to be a plane when you can't see it. 10.2 billion for 90 f-35. for 36 tanker5 kc aircraft. onis very important based everything. it allows our planes to travel anywhere in the world without landing. poseidon's.for the incredible stuff. the most advanced helicopter in the world by far. fighting machine. one one billion for the upgrade
of 85 abrams tanks. the cooperative programs that we are working with israel and others on the areas missile defense systems. we are spending a lot of money on missile defense. we have a lot of offense. we are spending money on missiles -- missile defense. with what we have out there missile defense is important. funding border patrol agents and ice agents. they are working long hours under tremendously dangerous conditions. we are adding large numbers of immigration judges, high-quality judges.
we are adding immigration judges at a high level. thee we are disappointed in 1.3 trillion, because the number is so large, we will start coming down. we had no choice but to fund our military. by far thehave strongest military in the world. this will be by far the strongest military we have ever had. when you look at these pages a lot of that is devoted to the military. i just want to thank members of so hard.for working to also know that there are a lot of strings pulling
everybody in different directions. senators have been steadfast on their fight for the border and steadfast for their fight on the military. billionlso spending $6 on as you know the areas forms of drug control, helping people that are it did did. it is a terrible problem. this will be a record. areasl be suing certain what they have done for the opioids and bring them at a federal level. the level of drugs that are being put out there and the power of this addiction is hard to believe. people come out drug addicts.
there has to be a better way. orders are down in their of opioids to create -- it is a great thing. a are also looking for medicine that can stop the pain without the addiction so people are not going to become addicted to these incredible drugs. that is part of what we are going to have. we are extremely proud of what we have been able to do when it comes to our military. superiorary will be than to any military anywhere in the world. we see what we are dealing with. we are very happy with what has
happened with opioids. we are very happy with what has happened with certain elements of the border. not happy with 1.6 billion dollars. it does start the wall. i say this to daca recipients, the republicans are with you. they want to get your situation taking care of. they fought every single inch of the way. they did not want daca in this bill. docket is tied to the wall through the major funding. and other things. i think that will be coming up soon. want the hispanic community to know and daca recipients to know republicans are much more
on your side than the democrats who are using you for their own purposes. with that being said i want to thank everybody for being here. we are proud of many of the items. we are disappointed in order to fund the military, we had to give up things where we consider , orany cases them to be bad them to be a waste of money. that is the way unfortunately the system works. we have a great country. we are going to have the greatest military we have had and lots of good things are happening. the trade situation we will be talking about next week, we have many trade deals.
many of the countries are now negotiating fair trade deals with those. we will be rolling them out as you see them. is the factseason .e have the tariffs on steel it will be great for our country and also be great for other countries. it will be fair and reciprocal. thank you. i appreciate it. you are going to figure that out. i looked at the veto seriously. i was thinking about doing the the dough. we haveof the gains been able to make for the
military, that overrode our thinking. >> i think the stock market is going to be great. the stock market is way up. it is way up. china is going to end up treating us fairly. we are friendly with china. we have great relationships with china. it is time. a $500 billionst on trade with china. we can't let that happen. >> president trump in the diplomatic reception room at the white house signing the $1.3 trillion spending bill for the remainder fiscal year 2013. this after the house and senate passed the bill.
the associated press saying the senate passed it shortly after a third helped avert shutdown. the president expressed some frustration about the bill and threatened in his final comments to veto the measure through a tweet this morning but said during the event we just saw it is a matter of national security , i have signed this bill. show you more later on. ,here he shortly after midnight $1.3 trillion measure. senator bob corker asked senator mcconnell about the late-night sessions and voting. here is a