tv President Holds Cabinet Meeting CSPAN June 24, 2018 10:40am-11:15am EDT
proper immigration. we have to have strong borders. ultimately, we want to see it done right. it will be done right. what we have done today is we are keeping families together. the borders are just as tough, just as strong. they can come into ports of entry if they want. that is a whole different story. the process is what we want. i want to thank you all very much. i think this is something that -- >> thank you very much, everybody. we will get the wall done. ivanka feels very strongly. my wife feels very strongly about it. i feel very strongly about it. i think anybody with a heart will feel very strongly about it. we don't like to see families separated. don't want time, we
people coming into our country illegally. this takes care of the problem. thank you. thank you, caitlin. you're doing a great job. thank you. thank you very much. that meeting with his cabinet on thursday, president trump once again called on congress to address border security and immigration. and blames mexico for doing nothing to stop the flow of migrant families. other topics include north korea and a new proposal from white house budget director to restructure the federal government. hello, everybody. thank you very much for being here. of things toy discuss. plenty of success. we have had a tremendous amount of success. are working on immigration,
which has been going on for many years. we have come up with a lot of solutions. we have democrats they don't want to approve anything because that is bad for the election that is coming up. unfortunately, there are a lot of people suffering. that is unfortunate. unrelated, before we get into that, the new employment claims recently -- just yesterday show that we have the lowest level of -- in nearly half a century at something that is an incredible statistic. half a century. a long time. the economy is booming. it is doing really well. we are negotiating trade deals. we are doing very well on those trade deals. time. a little we have put tariffs on. certain countries, certain industries. where it has been unfair to the united states. the treasury is taking in billions of dollars.
these other countries are coming along that have not treated us well. they are negotiating very vigorously. things ared happening. this should have been taking care of a long time before my administration came into being. for some reason, for 25, 30 years, nobody ever looked at trade deals. they are out of control, how bad they are. we will make them very good. we will make them fair for both countries. for our country and whichever country we are dealing with. there are plenty of them. my administration is also acting swiftly to address the illegal immigration crisis on the southern border. loopholes in our immigration laws all supported by extremist open order democrats. they are extremist open border democrats. if you look at nancy pelosi, chuck schumer, you will see gates where they wanted to have
borders. they needed border security just a short while ago. a number of years ago. i see chuck schumer, we must have borders. hillary clinton, we must have borders. penetrate our borders we must get them out of our country. now, all of a sudden, they are open border people. in the meantime, people are suffering because of the democrats. and they haved created and let it happen, a massive child smuggling injured -- industry. that is what it has become. traffickers, think about this, human traffickers are making a fortune. it is a disgrace. these loopholes force the release of families and miners into the country. when they illegally cross the border. 2014, nearly 200,000 unaccompanied alien minors have been released into the united states as a result of democrat loopholes.
including catch and release. which is one of the worst. you catch them and then you release them. save your time, don't ponder -- other etching them. we are stuck with the worst immigration laws in the history of the world. the whole world is laughing at the united states. they have been for years. these alien minors were separated and sent all the way appear alone. but, they really came up with coyotes. you know what a coyote is. not good. it is good people. they were set up here with human traffickers. because the democrats supported policies that allow this to happen. democrats also refuse to fund the personnel, the bed space, the resources we need to house these minors. they want us to take care of the minors. that is fine. but, they don't want to give us the money to take care of them. the worst -- the worse everything looks they think the
better they will do. with respect to the blue wave. i think we will have a red wave, not a blue wave. they want us to take care of bed space and resources and personnel. run the most luxurious hotel in the world for everybody. they don't want to give us the money. you could ask them about that. we have to house these minors and we have to house them safely and we have to house them and we should be taking good care of them. we should return them back home. that is what we have to do. every time we ask her resources, the democrats say no. they say no to everything. they are obstructionist. they think that is good politically. i think it is bad politically. loopholes prevent family detention and lead to family separation, no matter how you
cut it. i signed a good executive order yesterday. that is limited. no matter how you cut it. it leads to separation. i'm directing doj to work together to keep illegal immigrant families together during the immigration process and to reunite these previously separated groups. is fory real solution congress to close the catch and release loopholes. the democrats are causing tremendous damage and destruction of lives by not doing something about this. they know that. they know that better than anybody up there with a pen. we don't -- if we don't close these loopholes there is no amount of money to address the crisis. a very serious crisis. been going on so long. this is not trump administration.
you look back at 2014 during the obama administration, they have pictures that were so bad, they had a judge that said it was inhumane the way they were treating children. take a look at some of the court rulings against the obama administration. they talked about a humane treatment -- inhumane treatment. i read them. they were treating them terribly. have a situation where some of these places, they are really running them well and i give a secretarydit to nielsen at all of the people who have worked it. the nicest people have seen. it is still something that should not be taking place. our first lady is down now at the border. because it really bothered her to be looking at this and seeing it as a bothered me. as it bothered everybody at this table. we are all bothered by it. tango -- weto to
need two to tango. we need 60 votes. we have the ridiculous filibuster rule. we need 60. i think i will get four or five or six from senators running in states who i won by 20, 30, 40 points. get six senators, maybe seven. that still does not get us to 60. there is nothing you can do to get there. people don't understand that. we have a majority in the senate, we need 10 votes. 10 democrats. we are not going to get them. they are told don't do it. because we want to see if we can pick up speech. they don't care about the children. the injury. they don't care about the problems. they don't care about anything. all they do is obstruct. they let's see how we do. they have no policies that are any good.
they've got nothing going to it all they are good at is obstructing. and they generally stick together. i respect them for that. that's about it. their policies stink. they have no ideas. they have no nothing. obstruct anddo is stay together and vote against and make it impossible to take care of children and families and to take care of immigration. we should be able to make an immigration bill that can really solve the problem. this is one aspect of it. this is a very important but small aspect of it. we should be able to do a bill. i should invite them to come to the white house anytime. i will let you do the inviting. let the press do the inviting. but, we have to do something about immigration in this country. for 50 years, it was a disaster. over the last 20, 25 years it has gotten worse.
every time they write a rule or regulation it makes it worse not better. we consult this problem. we have to hire thousands of judges. no country in the world is hiring judges like that. they hire border people. mexico is doing nothing for us. they have the strongest immigration laws. they can keep people out of mexico. they walk through mexico like it is walking through central park. it is ridiculous. mexico does nothing for us. when people say why are you being so tough, and i am being tough because it is a terrible deal for the united states. mexico is making $100 billion and the horrible nafta deal. and i am being tough. one of the reasons is they do nothing for us at the border. they encourage people to walk through mexico and go into the united states. they are drug traffickers. human traffickers.
they are coyotes. we are getting some real beauties. mexico is doing nothing for us except taking our money and sending us drugs. are doing nothing. they can solve this problem in two minutes. you wouldn't even have to do anything. they don't do it. they talk a good game but they don't do it. we will see how that all comes down. it will be interesting to see. with that, i will end by saying we had a tremendous success with north korea. we continue to work on that. mike pompeo has been fantastic. john bolton, working together with mike has been fantastic. i don't even know where -- there he is. he spent so much time in north korea. surprised to see you here. i think i can speak for both of us it has been an incredible experience. the relationship is very good. they have stopped the sending of
missiles, including ballistic missiles. they are destroying their engine sites. they are blowing it up. they have already blown up one of their big test sites. actually four of their big test sites. it will be a total denuclearization, which is already starting to take place. i understand that they have already set back on the process of sending back the remains of our great heroes who died in north korea during the war. that is already in the process of coming back. as you all know, we got back our hostages. living very happily with their families. and we are happy about that. we have made tremendous progress with respect to north korea. even since i last spoke to you. what we agreed to do is have a meeting. some of the media says they agreed to meet. anybody would have agreed to
meet. it would not have been possible for past administrations to have met in the way that we have met. this was an incredible, important meeting. all over asia, they are in love with the united states because what we have done. to, the prime minister, he is so thrilled he does not have rockets going over japan. that makes him very happy. he is very thrilled not to see rockets going over japan. he said i want to thank you because what you have done is incredible. there are no more rockets going. things can change. i said it last night. things can change. personalities can change. maybe you end up with conflict, maybe you don't. the relationship that mike and i have with chairman kim and his group is a very good one, very strong one. i think it will lead to tremendous x -- success. thedocument we signed,
number one statement, we will immediately begin total denuclearization of north korea. nobody thought that would be possible. 1.5 years ago, when mike and i came into office, and when this group came into office, everybody was talking about there's going to be a war. a war with north korea. during the obama years that's all i heard about. 30 mileslion people away from the border, where they have thousands of massive cannons. bigger than howitzers. they are all aimed at soul -- at seuoul. -- not abe a cannot catastrophe of 100,000 people, or 200,000. this could have been a catastrophe of 30, 40, 50 million people. i think we are very close to having the situation solved.
we have had some good news even over the last couple of days. they want to get it done, we want to get it done. north korea has been an incredible experience for me. we will help them also get back on track. we think that it has tremendous potential. chairman kim thinks it has tremendous potential. thent to also thank japanese prime minister. and president moon. he has been terrific. a long and moving at pushing as hard as they can. without the united states it had no chance whatsoever. i also want to thank the chinese president. the border was very strong during a very critical time. unfortunately, the border is getting weaker now. but that's ok. kim -- him to keep it tough. of that, we are having tremendous numbers.
tremendous economic success. the most successful time economically in our country's history. great.bers have been the ones coming out, i'm really looking forward to seeing them. numbers,ou will see you see the activity, the business yesterday. and last evening was really -- that was an incredible evening. that we spent. to me, just an incredible evening. a lot of you were there. i see a lot of the faces. a lot of you were there. at least 15,000 people could not get into the arena. sadly, 15,000 could not get there. it was a very special evening. a good time. they also had a lot. i want to thank everybody very much. mick is going to be giving a little report. with the media like to hear his report?
or would you find it boring and not fit for camera? don't we do this, we will say grace afterward and we will do mick and say grace. go ahead. >> i will try really hard to make this not boring. a lot of folks have worked a you -- to gethow you where you are today. swamp cabinet meeting. we talked about that during the campaign. today, we are introducing the actual action that is follow-up on those words. the show people what we meant when we said during the swap. after the press leaves you will hear from andrew, mr. mcmahon and the target on the executive order dealing with civil service reform. i want to talk about the government reorganization very
briefly. when we got into this, one of the things we learned was it has been almost 100 years since anybody really reorganized the government. at this type of scale. it has been since fdr and his new deal. muche have not changed it since then. which means we are almost 20% and to the 21st century but we are still dealing with a government that is from the early 20th century. this leads to some bizarre results. now, because of the byzantine nature of the way that we regulate in this country, if you have a cheese pizza, you make a cheese pizza, that is governed by the department of agriculture. the other way around. i get these backwards. if you make a cheese pizza it is governed by the food and drug administration. if you put a pepperoni on it is governed by the u.s. ea. if you have a chicken it is governed by the u.s. da.
if you break the egg, it is .overed by the u.s. da an open faced roast beef sandwich you put it in bread, it's governed by another. my favorite, if you have a saltwater fish, salmon, it's governed by the department of commerce. once it swims up river, it's governed by the u.s. army corps of engineers. this is stupid. this makes no sense. president trump: that was incredible. [laughter] i think you should put that on television. mr. mulvaney: and linda's job, dealing with small businesses. long time ago i worked in a freezer for a guy that made frozen pizzas. put yourself and that guys business. one day he's making cheese pizzas and the afternoon he will make pepperoni. he has an entirely different federal agency agency to deal
-- federal agency to deal with. it simply doesn't make sense. we will try to fix it. i want to go through a couple of examples today. step aside to go over just one or two -- a couple of them made the press. we talked about this later about the department of education and the department of labor being merged. we think that makes tremendous sense. what are they both doing? they're doing the same thing, get people ready for the work force. sometimes it's education, vocational training. we're doing the same thing. why not put them in the same place? this goes back to the work i think ivanka i think did very early on job training when we learned we had -- in fact, we don't even know how many job training programs we have. some people think it's 40. some people think it's 46, 47. we get it down to 16 and put it all in one place so that if you're not happy or the next president is not happy the way it's going -- right now it's 16 different people around this table have work force training programs in their agency. if something is going wrong, you're going to come to me and say, mick, why aren't you doing
that? i say, no, that's scott pruitt's fault or betsy devos' fault. when everybody is in charge, nobody is in charge. we are solving that by putting ed and labor together. examples how we think we can improve things. everybody, democrats, republicans, local government, state government, you, me, from the private sector -- i have horror stories about the army corps of engineers. they performed incredible functions. there is no doubt about it. over the course of the last century, their role has continued to creep and creep and creep. we can do better. so the proposal today you'll see makes important change to the corps of engineers. the stuff is really defense and there are still -- army corps does that's defense. they stay there. and they should. the things the army corps doesn't help to defend the nation will stay where they belong which is at the department of defense. environment, what they do deals with the environment, they deal with environmental mitigation,
so forth, that goes over to the department of the interior. y'all are really good at that. similarly, ports, deep water ports, our lock system, that's not -- it used to be a military thing 100 years ago. now it's department of transportation because it's a transportation item. we think it's a much more efficient layout. it ties in what you talked about streamlining our permitting process and goes along with what mr. zinke is doing at the d.o.i. to try to centralize so there's one point of contact. you want a permit, go to one federal agency. this is going to help that. down here, we talked about that one food safety thing. right now it's f.d.a., usda, couple of places. we move all that into the usda. why? because they are really good at it. it's not to say f.d.a. isn't. wouldn't it be nice for one place for people to go to one place to deal with regulatory issues? in all fairness, secretary purdue will tell you, there's
things usda does that others can't do well. housing component, why shouldn't we go to housing and urban development? we propose to move it to h.u.d. four years, they have handled the snap program, that makes absolutely no sense at all. hhs is uniquely set up to handle that. we move that to h.h.s. will have its centralized so we can deal with it. no one has ever tried at this scale, mr. president. president clinton tried it a little bit. a couple other presidents have tried it. no one has done it at this scale. tried it before and most importantly, no one's ever followed through on it. no one's ever given the time commitment these people around the table they have given. no one has -- the stuff president clinton came up are peanuts compared to this. every time someone comes to me and says, this will doesn't have a chance. a couple different things. one of the biggest ideas, department of education and
labor merger actually doesn't get involved in jurisdictional battles on the hill. one committee on the hill handles those things now. congress is ahead of us which is difficult to say. there is a chance we can get that done. even if we don't get it done now, this is the general -- generational kind of stuff that i think you asked us to do when you came to office. when ronald reagan said government wasn't the solution, it was the problem, it took 15 years after that for bill clinton to go on tv and say the age of big government is dead. this is a generational thing. is this going to happen overnight question mark no. some of the stuff we can do by ourselves on a regulatory fashion through the administrative process. other stuff will take longer. this is the stuff that's worth fighting for and won't get done unless somebody takes the first steps which is what we're doing today. thanks for -- thanks not only for giving us time to do this but the encouragement to do this. it helped to go back and say, look, push harder. push harder. this is important to the president. this is what he talked about
when he said draining the swamp and this is what we can show people who voted for you and even people that didn't vote for you that you care about good government and we are going to make things a lot better. that's all i got. president trump: thank you very much. i think really terrific actually. i want to write on that one little anecdote. i think they should give it a big report. i want to ask the secretary of state, who has been incredible, mike pompeo, who will give us an update on north korea. so important. mr. pompeo: since june 12 now, a week and a day, we made significant progress. importantly, not only are allies most directly affected by the japanese, chinese, broader circle. i talked to the brits, australians, talked with other europeans, each of them understands that we have fundamentally set a course that has the opportunity to change humanity. and they are all on board. they are all working, supportive of our theory of continuing the sanctions until we're complete.
and so we have got a unified world to join chairman kim. i was there. i was there when he said it. he made a personal commitment. he has his reputation on the line. same way we do. that says we are going to create a brighter future for north korea and denuclearize just as quickly as we can achieve that. i'm working hard, mr. president. i am sure there will be bumps along the way. i'm confident that we can get the world to unite behind this incredibly important mission. president trump: you did a hell of a job, i tell you. he's been in a lot of -- he's logged a lot of hours in airplanes going over 22, 23-hour flight. he has spent a lot of time. we're very proud of you. thank you very much, mike. thank you all, very much.
[talking at the same time] reporter: [inaudible] president trump: the got to get together. -- they have to get together. what is my message to lawmakers have to due with immigration? they have got to do something. this has been going on for decades. they have to sit down. i'll be certainly -- i'm willing to do it. i just told you i'll invite senator schumer and nancy pelosi. they can come over. they can bring whoever they want. but the lawmakers have to sit down and they have to do something because our country cannot continue to run like this. we can't have open borders. you have to have borders. you don't have a country without borders. they have to be enforced. it has to be a strict enforcement. at the same time we want people , to come into our country. we need them. we have many companies right now moving back into the united states. they need workers. we have 3.8% unemployment. they need workers. we have to have them come in. i'm saying, i want people to come in. they have to come in through a
merit system, but we can have a lot of people come into our country through the merit system so they can help these companies that are looking so hard for people to make the company work. but the -- in a very, very simple way congress has to get together, get their act together, democrats and republicans, they have to come up with a solution. i have ideas. they have ideas. we can put them together very easily. there's so much hatred. there's so much -- i mean, honestly -- there's a lot of false reporting. a lot of misreporting. there's also a lot of great reporting. but congress has to come together and this is the best time to do it. right now i think is the best time i've seen for people that really are well-meaning. unfortunately, we have an election coming up in a few months. i guess they're looking at it and we're looking at it and maybe we have to just sort of put on the blinders when it comes to doing that. but congress has to get together
and we have to do something on immigration. it's very important. we have to change almost everything that's been done in the past. it's ridiculous. we are being laughed at as a country because of our bad immigration policies. you know, we're a young administration. this has been going on for 50 years, 60 years, 70 years, but it's gotten worse over the last 20 because laws have been so complex and so ridiculous. we really don't have a law. we have laws that don't allow you to do what you're supposed to be doing. we also want to keep it in a very humane way. we want to take care of people. if we don't take them in we have to help. we also need help from mexico. mexico has not help us and we -- helped us and we need help from mexico. so it's a long answer. but i also appreciate the great job you've done. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: i can't hear you.
we want to put them together. we don't want to have people, we don't want to have children separated from their parents. you have to understand, you gave an example yesterday of 12,000 children. of the 12,000, 10,000 came up either alone. they weren't necessarily young children. either alone or came up with traffickers and coyotes. and these coyotes are bad dudes, but they came up with other people, brought them up, and they are using these children. that's 10,000 out of the 12,000. of the 2,000, a lot of the people when they came with their children, this is their third, fourth, fifth time trying to come into our country. so this is not a perfect situation. this is very bad. now, port of entry, if you go to a port of entry, it works out very nicely. they have been doing a good job. they don't want to go through the port of entry. that is called doing it the legal way. many of the people in the 2000
category, 2,000 children they have tried to come into our country many times the same way and don't want to go through our port of entry and usually that is a bad reason. why don't they want to go in legally? so you have a situation that is ripe for congress to get together and come up with a solution. and i am ready, willing and able to help and ready, willing and able to take this pen right here and sign very quickly. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: if we took zero tolerance away, you would be overrun. you would have millions of people coming through our border. if you took zero tolerance away, everybody would come right now and getting their little belongings unfortunately and would be heading up. you would have a run in this
country the likes of nobody has ever seen. so we have to have strong borders. frankly, the wall in terms of drugs, in terms of keeping certain people out that we don't want in this country, the wall is imperative. we have to have the wall. we started the wall, $1.6 billion and fixing tremendous amounts of wall that has been overrun. but we have to come with a solution. i would consider it whether it's north korea or so many other things. look, i have been given a very tough hand because i came up here, we had an economy that was going down, we had an iran problem, a middle east problem. take a look at what was going on in the middle east. a lot smoother right now than anything you have heard over the last eight years. we were given a lot of bad cards. one of the bad cards we were given this immigration mess and
made worse by all of the different contradicted laws that have been passed. so we are going to work very hard with mike pence and everybody else in this room to see if we can solve the immigration problem. but we need democrats. if they are going to obstruct, it can't be done because the republicans don't have the votes. i think we will win additional senate seats. that will help us a lot. unless we keep the house more or less like it is right now -- you are not going to be able unless the democrats are serious , and want to come along and get immigration work done. we can do something that's going to be historic. we can do something that can be historic and we can get it done. i'm ready and i'm here. these are very talented people. we are all here. we need votes from the democrats