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c-span2, the senate continues its consideration of judge that caps on -- brett kavanaugh's nomination. on c-span3, the senate finance committee holds a confirmation hearing for andrew sought to be the next social security commissioner. the national press club hears from the national director. c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service i america is cable-television company. today we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court and public policy events in washington dc and around the country. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider. president trump announced a
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new trade deal between the u.s., mexico and canada that would replace the nafta agreement. conference,g up the to theversation switched ongoing fbi investigation into brett kavanaugh. this runs one hour 15 minutes. trump: thank you very much. please sit-down. it is really great to see everybody on this beautiful day in washington d.c. some people say the swamp, but i will not say that. this is the most important trade deal we have made so far. i want to thank senator joni ernst. thank you very much. [applause] we will be doing something very important in iowa. i want to thank you for being
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here. congressman holding, congressman row, congressman newhouse, thank you all for being here. you have been very instrumental. thank you. [applause] pres. trump: i am thrilled to speak to the american people to share truly historic news for our nation. and indeed, for the world. i want to thank vice president pence for joining us this morning. it is my great honor to announce that we have successfully completed negotiations on a brand-new deal to terminate and replace nafta and the nafta trade agreement with an incredibly new u.s., mexico, canada agreement called mca. -- u.s. mca. [applause]
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pres. trump: that will be the name that 99% of the time we will be hearing. it has a great ring to it. i have long contended that nafta was the worst trade agreement ever made. since nafta's adoption, the u.s.'s racked up trade deficits at $2 trillion and it is higher than that. with canada and mexico losing vast amounts of money, and lost 1.4 million manufacturing jobs and 25% of our auto jobs. throughout the campaign, i promise to renegotiate nafta, and today, we have kept that promise. but for 25 years as a civilian, as a businessman, how could anybody have side a deal like nafta? and i watched new england and so many other places where i was, the factories and jobs were
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leaving. people were being fired. and we cannot have that. so we have negotiated this new agreement based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity. to me it is the most important word in trade because we had been treated so unfairly by so many nations. but we are changing that. we just signed a much better deal with south korea. we had a horrible, horrible deal and we just signed that at the united nations and they are happy. we are happy. it is good for jobs and good for a lot of things. 250,000 jobs will be given by signing this transaction. and they were right. i have said it before. 250,000 jobs to south korea, not to the u.s., so that is changed and very much for the better in this one is a brand-new deal. the agreement will govern nearly
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$1.2 trillion in trade, which makes it the biggest trade deal in united states history. i want to congratulate u.s. representative bob lighthauser. how hard he has worked. -- nobody understands how hard he has worked. [applause] pres. trump: no matter when you called him, he was in the office or somebody else's office. he is great. i have heard it for years, if i ever do this, i want to get him to represent us because he felt the way i did. and the entire team behind me and some of the audience, i want to thank you. peter navarro, everybody. thank you all. [applause] pres. trump: thank you. fantastic group of people who
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love our country. i also want to thank secretary mnuchin, secretary ross, secretary nielsen, secretary perdue, jared kushner, peter navarro, and the united states ambassador to canada, kelly kraft. thank you. i also want to thank president pena nieto of mexico. we had a few disagreements, but i really like him a lot. i think he may like me, i am not i think he is a terrific person and he will be leaving soon, but he has done a good job. wonderful, wonderful person. the mexican president-elect, who has given support to this agreement, and we are developing a good relationship, which i think it is important for our country frankly, and for mexico, so they worked together on this and this was done by both. i said look, i don't want to
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sign an agreement and the new president comes in and does not like it and there is difficulty. they worked very much together on it, and i appreciate it from both. i have to certainly give the highest regards to prime minister of canada, justin trudeau. a lot of stories came out about justin and i having difficulty together, as we did over the trade deal, but i will tell you it has turned out to be a very, very good deal for both and a very, very good deal for all three, putting us in a position we have never been in before. it is very good when you look at the world and what the world is doing and when you look at the unfair trade practices that countries are using against the united states, this is a terrific deal for all of us. once approved by congress, this new deal will be the most modern, up-to-date, and balanced trade agreement in the history of our country with the most advanced protections for workers
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ever developed. if you look at the reviews, people who would normally not, under any circumstances, say good things because automatically, they have to say bad. even some democrats say that is amazing. they have not been given the soundbites yet, but you had some democrats say, this is really amazing if he really got all of that. but by tomorrow, i would suspect they will change their tune, but that is ok because people know how good it is. it is an amazing deal for a lot of people. likewise, it will be the most advanced trade deal in the world with ambitions provisions on the digital economy, patents, very important, financial services, and other areas where the united states has a strong, competitive advantage. mexico and canada have agreed to strong, new labor protections, environmental protections, and new protections for intellectual property.
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so important. this new deal is an especially great victory for our farmers. our farmers have gone through a lot over the years. they have been taken advantage of by everybody. prices have gone way down. we are working on some other deals that will make them happy, also, but this is a very big deal for our farmers. mexico and canada will be opened ,p a lot more than they are now and i think there will be a better spirit between the three countries, which is important for our farmers. the agreement will give our farmers and ranchers far greater access to sell america-grown produce in mexico and in canada. the deal includes a substantial increase in our farmers' opportunities to support american wheat, poultry, dairy, and including milk, butter, cheese, and ice cream, to name a few. i want to be very specific. [applause]
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pres. trump: i want to be very specific, all right. right? [applause] pres. trump: and many other products, but those products were not being treated fairly as far as those that worked so hard to produce them. and now they are going to be treated fairly. these measures will support many hundreds of thousands of american jobs. this is also a historic win for american manufacturers and american auto workers, who have been treated so badly. we have lost so many jobs under the years under nafta. under the current, new deal, and if you look at the current nafta deal, the new deal is taking care of all of these problems because nafta, foreign companies, have been allowed to manufacture many of their parts overseas, ship them to mexico and canada for assembly, and send their foreign cars in the u.s. with no tax, so we let all
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of our people go, we fired everybody, they make cars, they make progress, they make everything in another country. they send them into the u.s., no tax. and the cost is very little difference, and sometimes it is more for those who like to talk about cost. with this agreement, we are closing all of these terrible loopholes. they are closed, they are gone, and they were a disaster. we are requiring a large portion of every car to be made by high wage workers, which will reduce foreign outsourcing, which was a tremendous problem. that means more auto-parts and automobiles will be much -- manufactured inside the u.s. we will be manufacturing many more cars. and our companies will not be leaving the united states, firing their workers, and building their cars elsewhere. there is no longer that incentive. before under the nafta deal, they had that incentive.
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they have the opposite now. we won't be losing our companies. that was to me the most important thing. i don't want to see our companies leave and fire our workers and our workers never get jobs to replace those jobs. those days are over. impose newill standards requiring at least 75% of every automobile to be made in north america in order to qualify for the privilege of free access to our markets, and that is what it is. it is a privilege. we don't take it as a privilege. it's a privilege for them to do business with us. i'm not talking about mexico, i'm talking about everybody. everybody. it is a privilege for china to do business with us. it's a privilege for the treated union, who has us very badly, but that is coming along, to do business with us. japan, every country, it's a privilege for them to come in
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the piggy bank. we will have a result of much more happening right here in the united states. it means, more than anything else, far more american jobs, and these are high-quality jobs. are also strong provisions to enforce what is called the rules of origin requirements. this will incentivize billions of dollars in new purchases of u.s.-made automobiles. once approved, this will be a new dawn for the american auto worker. they will see. they understand. they voted for us in large numbers, even though their leadership always goes democrat. a couple of them said i don't know how i can do it again. many of them, the leaders would back democrats and would tell me , you are going to get most of the votes from union workers. we got most of the votes from
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workers. the american auto worker was very much behind what we were doing. it will transform north america back into a manufacturing powerhouse. if you remember, the previous administration said we are not going to have manufacturing jobs anymore. we won't make things any more? no, just the opposite. it will be a manufacturing powerhouse that will allow us to reclaim a supply chain that has been offshore to the world because of unfair trade issues. we also provide brand-new intellectual property protections for biologic drugs. it will make north america haven for medical innovation and development. we want our drugs to be made here. them fromike getting foreign countries. we don't know what is happening
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with those drugs, how they are being made. too important. this agreement will send cash and jobs into the united states and into north america. it's good for canada and mexico. instead of jobs leaving for overseas, they will return back home. we have already had it. we have many car companies, we abe of japanster said we have sent many car companies of the united's -- to the united states over the has few years. it is true. we have big expansions. he said many more are coming. they have an incentive now to be here. people want to be back in the united states again. the united states is respected again. but it is also respected as to trade and industry. this is a truly extraordinary agreement for the united states, canada, and mexico. it is so pena,
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important, the president and i have developed this sort of a bond, a bond on trade. to has done a very good job for mexico in terms of trade, and prime minister trudeau, who i spoke to, i spoke to both of them a little while ago, they love their countries and want to do right for their countries. that is what they have done. if you look at this agreement, we have really formed a great partnership with mexico and canada. i plan to sign the agreement by the end of november. then, i will submitted for approval to congress, where in very, there should be no trouble. but anything you send to congress is trouble, no matter what. the single greatest agreement ever signed, they will say trump likes it so we won't approve it. that would be good for the republicans, so we can't approve it. but it will be sent to congress pursuant to the trade promotion.
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-- the trade promotion authority act. this agreement follows on the the newul completion of and balanced trade deal with south korea, a tremendous difference from what it was. it was a disaster. to improve the old deal, it killed so many jobs. it follows our announcement of a new trade negotiation with japan. japan would never negotiate. they said we are not know -- not going to negotiate. they told the previous administration, we are not going to negotiate. i told them, you don't have to negotiate but we are going to put a substantial tax on your cars if you don't. without tariffs, we would be -- we would not be talking about the deal. just for those babies who talk about terrorists. that includes congress. don't talk about tariffs. without tariffs, you wouldn't be here.
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wouldn'tll these folks be standing here. we are prepared to do that if they don't negotiate. ,apan called three weeks ago and he is a terrific man, had a tremendous victory, and they said we would like to start negotiations immediately. ,ndia, which is the tariff king they called us and said, we want to start negotiations immediately. when bob lighthizer said, what happened? he would never do this. they said, we want to keep your president happy. isn't that nice? true. they have to cuba's happy because they understand we are wise to what has been happening. of 100%.rges tariffs if we want to put the tariff of 25 percent, that is not free trade. people say where did they come from? because of the power of tariffs and the power we have with tariffs, we won't even have to
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use them. that's how powerful they are and how good they are. in many cases, countries that are charging massive tariffs are eliminating those tariffs. as you know, we have $250 billion at 25% interest with china right now. we could go $267 billion more. and china wants to talk. i said it's too early to talk. now. talk because they are not ready. they have been ripping us for so many years. it doesn't happen that quickly. if politically, people force it quickly, you won't make the right deal for our workers and our country. china wants to talk. we want to talk to them. we want them to help us with north korea. we want them to continue to help us with north korea. that's very important. the european union has been very
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tough on the united states. last year, and for many years, they have lost in the vicinity of $150 billion per year. they have massive trade barriers. they didn't want to come. they didn't want to talk. jean-claude, head of the european union, my friend, i said, we want to make a deal. he goes, we are very happy. i go, you may be happy but i am not happy because we have one of the worst deals of any group, one of the worst deals with the european union. they didn't want to come because they were happy with the deal. i said we are not happy with the deal. finally, after going through a whole process, i said we are going to put a tax of 20% on all the millions of mercedes and bmws. andthe cars, millions millions of cars that they won't take over there. farm products that they won't
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take over there. you can't sell, you're not allowed. our farmers are not allowed to sell over there. i announced we're going to put a 20%, 25% tariff on their cars coming in. they called and said we'd like to start negotiations. we are having a successful negotiation. we will see what happens. who knows? i always say, who knows? we will see. a pillar of national security is economic security and trade. national security is not losing hundreds of billions of dollars a year. over the last five years, we've averaged $800 billion a year loss on trade. how dumb is that? $800 billion. this group doesn't know about those numbers. i don't even want them to hear those numbers, but the united states in its trade deals has lost on average almost $800
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billion per year. that is dealing with china, dealing with the european union, everybody. japan. mexico, canada, everybody. we are not going to allow that to happen. we have to have a strong manufacturing base and .anufacturing sector we need a thriving economy. those are essential ingredients to national security. we can't allow what has been happening over the last 25 years to happen. building our military like never before. it will be the strongest it ever was. and rockets jets and missiles and ships are being made in the united states, jobs. our economy is booming like never before. jobless claims are at a 50 year low. the stock market is at an
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all-time high. think of that. over 50% since my election. 50%. the 401(k)s, they were dying with them for years. now they are so happy. i was telling the story i often tell of a policeman and -- in new york who came up and his wife was always upset with him as an investor because he wasn't doing well with the 401(k). now, she thinks he is a genius has the numbers are crazy. we are over 50% since the election. you heard me say this many times. african american unemployment is at record lows. hispanic unemployment, asian unemployment is at record lows in history. not for the last two years, the history of our country, african-american, hispanic, asian, young people without high historicplomas, all at
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, that is an important sector. all at historic lows. history, it is something that is great. this is helping so much with people to get out of prison. we have a tremendous problem. people come out of prison and can't get a job. employers don't what to hire them. the economy is so good, they are hiring them and they are turning out to be incredible workers. they are given a chance, a second or third chance in some cases. i've had numerous employers say i have taken people that were in prison and we've hired them. he wouldn't have done this in a normal economy. only in this kind of an economy. now he's the biggest fan. one man in particular, he has said most of them have been unbelievable. you could ask, but most of them have been unbelievable. that's a great thing.
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it is a really great thing. it gives them a chance. before we take questions, i want to extend our warmest condolences to the country of indonesia. friend of mine, we will be calling up the leader, a great leader indeed. they got hit by a giant tsunami. like, people have not seen in this part of the world. the worst of all. you look at the tornadoes and hurricanes and all of the different natural disasters. a friend of mine studies natural disasters. i don't know why he does that, but he does. he says the suit not me is the isst of all -- the tsunami the worst of all. probably thousands of people killed. we have already sent a lot of first responders and military and others to help, but it is a really bad, bad situation.
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finally, before closing, i want to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the las vegas shooting. that was a horrible time. it took place one year ago today. all of america is grieving for the lives lost and for the families they left behind. to all of those families and to the people of las vegas, we are with you. we are working with you very hard. it was a terrible, terrible event. thank you very much for that. i want to ask bob lighthizer, i who is just a terrific individual as well as a man that knows a lot about this subject, to come up and say a word about , the new agreement, and if you have any questions, we will take some questions
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after that. bob? [applause] mr. lighthizer: thank you, mr. president. before i start, i would like to give a vignette. august 16 of last year, we started this process. i am am at a hotel in washington and there is, like, hundreds and hundreds of people waiting to have the introduction of myself and my counterparts, one from canada and one from the united states. says theall it president wants to talk to you, so i go in the little anteroom and get on the phone and the president starts talking. he is going through what he wants to get done in nafta and his problems with it. he finally said two things i thought were telling. one, he said bob, i will back has beenke no other backed up in history.
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he did that, by the way. the second thing he said was, he said, go out there and have fun. i thought, it is probably not going to be as much fun from my side as it will be from your side, but i am proud to be on your team. i am proud to follow you through this and the other trade changes. as you have said, mr. president, this agreement is a story. 1.2u.s. mca will cover trillion dollars, making it the biggest agreement in history. we have done this in 14 months. negotiatingin trade terms, that is warp speed. when we began these negotiations, the president 's instructions were, protect american workers, fight for preservend ranchers, america's competitive innovation edge, secure greater access for our businesses, and above all, bring back jobs to america.
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i think we have succeeded with this agreement. accelerate thell manufacturing renaissance our country has enjoyed under president trump. it will bring our trading relationship with mexico and canada into the 21st century, and will protect america's -- competitive edge in innovation across the economy. the agreement will serve as a template for our trade agreements under the trump administration in the future. this paradigm shifting model rests on three pillars. the first pillar is fairness. we have negotiated stronger rules of origin for automobiles, which will bring billions of dollars of manufacturing back to america. we have secured greater market access for farmers and ranchers.
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agreed to unprecedented labor standards that will help level the playing field for our workers. we have also agreed to a review provision which will ensure that the u.s. mca, unlike nafta, will not become unbalanced and out of date. the pillar will be a host of second ambitious provisions on , intellectual property, services including financial services designed to protect our competitive edge. the third pillar consists of new provisions to eliminate unfair trade practices, including new on statesciplines owned enterprises and currency manipulation, relations with nonmarket economies, and more. we wouldn't be here today if it weren't for several people who contributed so much to this endeavor. the president's key advisor and my good friend jared kushner was
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my partner in leading the u.s. negotiating team. i have said before and i will say again, this agreement would not have happened if it wasn't for jared. thank you very much. [applause] i would like to thank my counterparts, as well as other mexican and canadian government officials, including the secretary, the ambassador, and others. i would also like to thank the wonderful staff at ustr, many of whom are here. i would like to think of us like we were the marine corps, so i like the name of this agreement. ustr is about 250 people and they are devoted and exceptional and they work around the clock. they spent more than one night in the office over the course of the last you weeks.
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they have enormous's ability, and this president has unleashed them. finally, i would like to thank president trump. your leadership, vision, and grit made this agreement possible. no other person could have done it. millions of americans will benefit for years to come ,ecause of this vision and this probably more important, this grit. thank you. [applause] trump: thank you very much, bob. some questions? yes, steve. question? >> you've had tensions with prime minister trudeau. how did that affect the deal? president trump: i don't think it did. we had very strong tensions. it was unfair, whether it was
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mexico or canada, and now it is a fair deal for everybody. it is a brand-new deal, it is not nafta read on. i spoke with him. we have a great relationship but we will work as a partner. don't forget, the rest of the world is looking to take advantage of us. as a region, you might say. we will work closely with canada and mexico because we will be able to compete with anybody. we have things that nobody else has. we have energy that nobody else has. we have timber that nobody else has. we have things no other part of the world has. we will do very well together. i think we have, there was a lot of tension, i will say, between he and i more specifically. it's all worked out. it ended about 12:00 last night. he's a good man. he has done a good job and he loves the people of canada. possibly moreed
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tariffs on china. what does china need to do to avoid that? lostdent trump: we have 375 billion dollars in trade deficits. they have a surplus of 375 billion dollars, with a b, with the united states. it has been that way for years and years. i like to say we rebuilt china. they took that money and they built fighter jets and bridges and more bridges than we have built in the last 100 years probably, like the george washington bridge, big bridges. i am not going to take, you know, look. i don't blame china. i blame our leadership. they should never have let that happen. i told that to president xi. i said, i was making a speech in china and i was hitting china hard. i don't know if that is a good thing to do, but i said, i don't really blame you.
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i blame our leadership for allowing this to happen. he knew what i meant. we had no deal with china. i talked to one of the top people in china, a representative at the highest level who came to the oval office. i said, let me ask them how did this happen? he is a pro. he said, nobody ever did anything from the united states. tariff ont on a 25% every car that comes from the united states into china, we thought we would be rebuked. we thought it would be terrible. nobody ever called. nobody did anything. that was years ago. we charged them nothing. 2.5, but we don't collect it. we do now, by the way. 25%, we charge essentially nothing. i said, how did that happen? he said nobody ever called. we don't have a deal with china. there is no deal. they do whatever they want.
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we have a tremendous problem theft of intellectual property with china. we have a lot of other problems of china, primarily trade problems. having aow, they are more difficult time now. i don't want them to have a difficult time, and we are doing better than we have ever done. everybody talked about the tariffs. the tariffs, the tariffs. tariffs ended in 1913, and then in 1928, you had the depression. for a lot of different reasons. and then, in the 1930's, they said we should start charging tariffs. we need money in our country again. so i am not advocating them.
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i will tell you, our steel industry will be stronger than it's been in 25 years. i charge for the dumpers. they were dumping aluminum into our country. i charged 25%. that's a lot. if you look at u.s. steel, they just announced a billion-dollar plant. u.s. steel is building eight or nine plants. i don't think there's any industry like what happened to steel in the last nine months. it's been pretty amazing. we need steel for defense. are we going to get our steel from another country? we can't do that. we need steel and we need it for defense. i'm very proud of what happened to the steel industry.
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go ahead. she is shocked i picked her. it's ok, i know you are not thinking. you never do. >> excuse me? president trump: never mind, go ahead. >> you said it's incorrect to say you are limiting the scope of the fbi investigation. it has to do with the other headline in the news. do you think the trade deal will pass through congress? donald trump: i think if they are fair, industry loves it. if it's fair, it will pass. it is a great deal. nafta passed and it is one of the worst deals i have ever seen. any other questions? >> i would like to go forward
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with my kavanaugh question. president trump: let's do that later. >> you have described india as the tariff king. donald trump: when we send harley-davidson motorcycles to india, they charge high tariffs. i've spoken to the prime minister and he will reduce them. nobody ever spoke to these people. we've had leaders, i'm not trying to be overly dramatic. we have had presidents of the united states that never spoke to india or brazil. brazil is another one. if you ask companies, they say brazil is among the toughest in the world. we don't call them and say you are treating our companies unfairly.
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india is a very -- they charge very high tariffs. you send a motorcycle into india, there is a 100% tariff. it's like a barrier. who is going to buy it? they have already reduced that. my relationship with india is great. they have called us to make a deal. we didn't even call them. that is shocking to people. >> i do have a second question on the brett kavanaugh thing. on trade, does this mean the end of tariffs?
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donald trump: the steel is staying where it is. we won't have to use tariffs unless we are unable to make a deal with them. if we can't make a deal with the european union, we will put tariffs on cars. the united states will taken billions of dollars. it will take in billions and billions of dollars. what is going to happen is they will make the cars in the united states. that way they don't have to pay the tax. there will be cases where you have countries that are absolutely not willing to do what is fair. the united states will be doing very well. >> to you think it will pass in canada and mexico? donald trump: they are satisfied with the deal.
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it's good for all three of us. this is good for all three. this is good for all three. this is a much different deal. this is a much different deal than nafta, and a much better deal. >> [indiscernible] president trump: we will do the kavanaugh questions. you talk about being treated harshly. let's finish up trade because you have a lot of people want to run over to "the wall street journal" and start writing. >> [indiscernible] president trump: i cannot hear you. >> question from a mexican journalists. president trump: sure. >> so you will keep the tariffs on mexico and canada --
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president trump: until such time when we can do something different like quotas so our industry is protected. we are not going to allow hours -- we're not going to allow our steel industry to disappear. it was almost done. if our country kept going the way it was going, within two years you would not have had a steel industry. we have to have a steel industry. we have to have aluminum. we are working on that now that was not part of this, but we will do something. bob, you may want to talk about something like that. mr. lighthizer: two separate things. we know they are of great interest to both countries. we are engaged in talks to preserve the effectiveness of our program and take care of our needs. we will hopefully be able to work that out. president trump: and really take care of the needs of our steel companies.
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they are hiring thousands of workers all over the country. i am not giving that up. >> but the president-elect will keep his word -- president trump: we have a good understanding. really good. >> just hoping you can reiterate on the tariffs. what would it take for canada and mexico to be exempt, and did you consider dairy the dealbreaker? president trump: yes, and for farmers it has substantially opened up much more. they cannot open it completely. they have farmers, also. they cannot be overrun. and i tell them that. i understand you have limits, they could do much better. we have opened it up to our farmers. so the folks up in wisconsin -- i went to wisconsin, iowa. joni knows better than anyone,
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and scott walker, who i think is a fantastic governor, talks about it all the time that our farmers were not treated properly by canada. now they are going to be treated with respect. they are going to be treated fairly. or, as i said, in that reciprocal way. yes, sir, go ahead. >> thanks. there was give and take on both sides for this deal. what would be your biggest concession to canada and why you decided to make the concession? and if you could dive in more to your thoughts on justin trudeau. you talked about tensions. throughout this process, i wonder what you have learned about him and what the state of the relationship is with him today and going forward. president trump: i think my biggest concession would be making the deal, because we are the one that people come and want to take from. i am talking about every country.
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and that gives us a tremendous advantage in negotiating that we never used before with past administrations. we never used it. every deal we had was a loser. you can look at almost every country in the world, almost every country, we have trade deficits. we lose with everybody. so i think my biggest concession was making the deal because we could have done it a different way, but it would have been nasty and i would not have been nice. we have a great relationship with canada. now i think it will be better than ever. the only problem with justin is he loves his people and he is fighting hard with his people. -- fighting hard for his people. we have always had actually good relationships. it got a little bit testy in the last couple of months. but that was over this agreement, and i understand that. but i think justin is a good person who is doing a good job. he felt very committed to his
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people, and that is what he did. and again, this is good for everybody. this is good for canada. it is good for mexico, also. go ahead. >> thank you. you will be signing this agreement and your counterpart will be signing this agreement in the next 60 days. then it is up to congress. you are confident. president trump: not at all confident. i am not. >> why do you think -- president trump: i think -- >> congresses controlled by democrats -- president trump: it could happen. they might be willing to throw the great deal for the people and the workers, they may be willing to do that for political -- you know, political purposes, because frankly, they will have 2020 in mind. so far i dream about 2020 when i look at what is going. they have 2020 in mind. they want to do as well as they
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can, and trying to reject great deals -- like this is a great deal could for our country, great deal for other countries, but it is a great over our country and great deal for it -- great deal for our workers. i cannot tell you whether they will obstruct or resist. their whole campaign is resistant. i see their signs say resist. what are they resisting? they cannot think about it. they had something on this weekend, what are you resisting? and they were unable to answer the question. so i cannot tell you about delay, obstruct, resist, because right after this election -- and i think they are going to do well, although history is not on our side. i guess history generally, whoever has the white house does well in the midterms, but we are the greatest economy in the history of our country. i think that is a big difference, and another was one of our problems, because people went out and voted for me, and they would be voting for me if i was on the ticket, but i am not on the ticket, but congresses on the ticket, and i tell people that is the same thing as me
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, in a sense. think of it as the same thing as me. i think we will do well. we have senate races that were not even in play six months ago. when i started looking at it closely, i will not mention names, but there were senators not even in play, and you know the ones i'm talking about. they were not in play. let's not go here, let's not go to this state. now they are even races. in one case, they are up two points. who knows? there are a lot of repression polls or polls that are not very accurate because i see polls that i know are false, having to do with certain of the races. but we had areas and congressional seats where i know it is going to be a positive outcome, but you look at what is going on and it does not seem to be broadcast that way. what i certainly had that with my election.
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they were telling me i was in trouble in certain states and i end up winning in a landslide, and i knew i was going to win them in a landslide, but they would not reported that way. and you know why -- fake news. >> the trade agreement will be a big issue in the midterm elections? president trump: they have no idea about business. just extend nafta -- that would have been a disaster. we are losing $100 billion a year in deficits, at least, at least, to mexico under nafta, but just look at the result, at a substantial amount to canada, although people say it is pretty much even. it is not even. we lose a substantial amount. it is a hard thing to defend. i understand the world of politics as well as anybody. i have not been doing it that long, but i actually have been because i have been doing it on the other side, and i do understand.
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and they can't take the greatest -- they can take the greatest thing ever done and make it sound false. people are coming out for this one and saying that is incredible what we have been able to do. yes, behind you, please. >> thank you. now that you have answered questions on trade, i would like to turn to judge kavanaugh -- president trump: excuse me, do you have a question on trade? >> you have answered several questions on it -- president trump: that is not nice. somebody is before you -- excuse me, do not do that it do you have a question on trade? to releasepromise the full findings after the f ei releases the report? -- fbi releases the report? president trump: give me your
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question, please. >> [indiscernible] president trump: give her the microphone, please. with border security, funding for the wall, and who will pay for the wall? president trump: we are getting $1.6 billion for the wall, we have $3.2 billion for the wall. i can go to quickly -- but over the last year and half with $3.2 billion, that we now have another 1.6, and i have to make a big decision after the election whether we go forward. because you know what? border security for the people for our country, very important. the wall is a big factor for border security. i believe the people in our country -- they want the wall and border security. they do not want open borders like democrats want to have. i do not want crime pouring into our country. they do not want ms 13 pouring into our country. i have a big decision to make some time right after the election, very quickly, the cause you know what comes new
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due after the election. do i want to do it before the election? personally, but i do not because i had five people running in close races and it may affect them. i have anything it will be good for them. border security for our country , our people one security. -- want security. the women of our country, they want security. they do not want to have thousands of people pouring across the border. and i will tell you what, they want ice because ice walks into ms 13 and these gangs and they treat them like it is another day in the office. they are rough and they are tough and they love our country, and i and treating ice good and i am treating law-enforcement good, and the democrats do not want to take whatever law-enforcement and our military. we will have a decision to make sometime close to after the election is over, and that will be on border security and the wall, but border security. the wall is a big factor. ok, -- theut was that part of
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conversation and the negotiation -- president trump: yes, we talked about it. with mexico, we talked about it, and certain things, certain understandings. at the same time, we do not want to mix it up too much. this is a good deal and a good deal for everybody, but border security and security generally is a very big factor. we also have drugs, sometimes that some people would say it is a similar thing, but we talked about drugs with mexico. that is a very, very big factor, very, very big. we have a lot of good understandings, and we will be discussing that with him. >> thank you. president trump: but it was a factor in the deal. ok, let's go. let's get off trade. people are falling asleep. to me it is the most exciting thing you can talk about, right, joni? [applause] president trump: right. >> a few things that are incorrect, to say you are limiting the scope of the fbi investigation to judge kavanaugh, but your own statement on friday made it clear.
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you said this investigation must be limited in scope. so which is it? president trump: i didn't say that. what i said was let the senate decide, whatever they want to do is ok with me. the fbi should do what they need to do to get to the answer. at the same time, just so we all understand, this is our seventh investigation of a man who has really -- look at his life, until this happened, what a change he has gone through. what his family has gone through. the trauma for a man that has , he hasd any accusation never had a bad statement about him. i think he was number one in his class at yale. he was never one at law school in yale. what he has gone through in the last three weeks is incredible. fbi, this is now their seventh investigation. it is not like they just
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started. i want them to do a very comprehensive investigation. whatever that means according to the senators and the republicans and the republican majority, i want them to do that area i wanted to be comprehensive. i think it is a good thing for judge kavanaugh, not a bad thing. with that being said, i would like it to go quickly. because it is unfair to him at this point -- what his wife is going through, what his beautiful children are going through is not describable. it is not describable. it is not fair. i think it is fair to do it to me because from day one, long before i got to office, you have been doing it. for me, it is a part of my job description to handle this crap.
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but as far as -- this is a man -- this is not from his world. and you know what -- if they are not going to want him, and i think that would be a shame -- i am with him all the way -- i mean, a charge made or said to have occurred 36 years ago and nothing happened since then, and, look, i feel badly for all parties. i feel badly for everybody. i feel badly for our country. this is so bad for a country, but i will tell you, i watched those senators on the democrat'' side, and i thought it was a disgrace, and partially because i know them. i know them too well, and you know what -- they are not angels -- >> are you saying the white house has put no limitations on -- president trump: no, no, you cannot understand what i'm saying. you do understand, you just do not want to a report it that way. my white house will do whatever the senators want.
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i'm open to whatever they want. one thing i want is speed. now, it started i believe on friday. it could have been earlier than that, but they started -- they have worked round-the-clock on saturday, sunday, they are working right now. they are covering a lot of territory. this is the seventh investigation of judge kavanaugh. number seven. this is not number one. they started on friday. they worked all weekend. they have gone late into the evenings. the fbi is really working hard, and they are putting in a lot of hours. so hopefully they can come up with what everybody is looking for, but, no, i am guided by the senate. i want to make the senate have -- i want to make the senate because ultimately they are making the judgment. i am not making that judgment. i have already made by judgment. the scent is making a judgment on judge kavanaugh. that is a very important thing to do.
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>> [indiscernible] president trump: it is up to me. but i am instructing them as for what i feel the senate wants. the senate is making this decision. >> my question -- will you instruct the white house counsel, don mcgann, to give the fbi free reign to interview anyone they feel is necessary? president trump: i have so instructed him, and i did over the weekend, because i see the press -- i do not want to say the word misleading -- it is a much more complex subject that anybody would understand, and most people understand. but essentially, i have done that, but i did also say within the bounds of what the senate wants. we do not want to go on a -- to use an expression, often used by me, we do not want to go on a witchhunt, do we? >> just to be clear, should the fbi interview all three of brett kavanaugh's accusers?
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president trump: it were not bother me at all. it depends -- i do not know all three of them. certainly i imagine they will interview two. the third one, i do not know much about. it would not bother me at all. i mean, i have heard that the third one has -- i have no idea if this is true -- has very little credibility. if there is any credibility, interview the third one. but i want it to be done quickly, because it is unfair to the family and to the judge -- it is so unfair to his kids -- his wife -- >> how about for the accusers? has the process been fair to them? president trump: certainly, we gave the doctor a tremendous time, which is great. she spoke well. but there is some questions that have not been answered, like what year was it, what day was it, where was it, do you know the location, you know the house?
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people are saying what is going on? with all of that we have done anything but be respectful. and i do, and i respect her position very much. i respect her position very much. i believe that -- again, this is republican senators and this is the senate -- i believe they have been very respectful to the doctor, dr. ford. >> isn't that why the fbi should interview all of them to exonerate judge kavanaugh? president trump: i think the fbi should interview anybody they want within reason, but you have to say within reason. but they should also be guided -- and i am being guided -- by what the senators are looking for, because they have to make the choice. go ahead. now you can go. >> should brett kavanaugh be interviewed by the fbi? president trump: i think so. that is up to them. i think that he spoke very conclusively and very well.
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i think it has been a very rough period of time. people thought 10 years ago that brett kavanaugh was going to be a supreme court justice, because of his intellect, because of his career, because of the fact there are no games. now they talk about alcohol, all of the things that you hear, and frankly, you take a look. they are bringing up -- we would not know about this over the last 20 years, 30 years of his career. what happened? they are going back to high school and they are saying he drank a lot one evening in high school? i happen to know some united state senators, one who is on the other side, who is pretty aggressive. i have seen that person in very bad situations, ok? i have seen that person in very, very bad situations, somewhat
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compromising, and you know, i think it is very unfair to bring up things like this. however, whatever the senators want is ok with me. they are going to be making a decision. whatever they want is ok with me. go ahead. that is enough, peter, go, please. "i have been dealing with this crap for years --" president trump: the press has been dealing with me very unfairly. the good thing is now the press finally gets it. they will treat me fairly. it got worse. they are worse now than ever. they are loco, but that is ok, i will put up with it. go ahead. i used that word because of the fact we made a deal with mexico -- no, no, please sit down. >> i thought you were talking -- >> there are no concerns that
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judge kavanaugh may have lied or mischaracterized his drinking while testifying. if they find he did, will that affect his nomination? president trump: i was surprised about how vocal he was about how he liked beer, and he had a little bit of difficulty. i mean, he talked about things that happened when he drank. this is not a man that said alcohol was -- that he was perfect with respect to act all. -- respect to alcohol. no, i thought he was actually going back so many years, i thought he was excellent. the interesting thing is nobody asked him about what happened in the last 25, 30 years from it during his professional career, because there were no bad reports. i mean, there were armed bad reports on everybody in here. most of the people sitting are bad except for mike pence, by the way. [laughter] president trump: if they find one on him, then that is going to be. that will be the greatest shock all.
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no, there are bad reports on everybody. i am looking at people. i'm sort of -- look at some of these people asking the questions, ok? look at blumenthal. he lied about vietnam. for 15 years and he said he was a war hero. we call him da nang richard. that is his nickname. he never went to vietnam. and he says we need honesty and we need integrity. this guy lied. when he was the attorney general of connecticut, he lied. i do not mean a little bit. he dropped out of the race and one anyway, because democrats -- always win in connecticut. he won very close, the closest ever, but here is a guy that lives and now he is up there talking that he is holier than now. look at his record. and when he got out and his
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apology -- he was crying, the tears were all over the place, and only asked why, how dare you. take a look at the judge who has led an exemplary life. i mean, you go back to high school, because he had beer? i think the judge has been pretty amazing about describing his situation with alcohol and with beer. take a look at -- cory ooker. he ran newark, new jersey, into the ground, he was a horrible mayor. and in high school he was in statements, and now he is talking about judge kavanaugh, and i can go through a whole list of stuff for him. look at dianne feinstein. dianne feinstein knew about this wo months earlier. if she wanted a really thorough investigation, we had all the time in the world. she did not have to wait until after the hearing was closed, essentially. she says that, listen, i have a
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problem. i have this report. i would like the fbi to look at it while we are doing the earings. we had two months. no, she did not do that. she waited until we were closed, and then she probably leaked it, but, you know, you might to say? but you probably leaked it tasted a bad body language the other day. more importantly, in a sense, for her to have waited -- and now for you democrats -- and i guess i am including you, too, the media. i consider you a part of the democrat party. for the democrats to be talking about we want more time to the fbi -- if you wanted more time for the fbi, why didn't dianne feinstein bring this up? you know she should this other democrats read she is not the only one. she showed this other democrats. there were more than just her new about this big confidential thing. it was confidential until the
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hearing was over. after the hearing was over, they went public. why did not they deal with this in the hearing? you know why, because they are ishonest people. yes, please. >> you did not answer my question. so if he did lie about history, does that mean you will pull his -- president trump: i do not think he did. look, i am not a drinker. i can honestly say i have never had a beer in my life. one of my good traits, i do not drink. [laughter] president trump: i have never had alcohol. for whatever reason. can you imagine if i had what a mess i would be? what i be the world's worst? i never drank. and i watch that hearing. i watched a man saying he had difficulty as a young man with drink. the one question i do not ask is, how about the last 20 years? have you had difficulty in the last 20 years, because nobody said meeting bad about him in many years.
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they go back to high school. i graduated from high school, and while i did not drink, i saw a lot of people drinking. they would drink beer and go crazy, and they were in high school. they were 16, 17 years old, and i saw a lot of that. does that mean they cannot do something they want to do with their lives? it is a very tough thing. i really believe that he was very strong on the fact that he drank a lot, so i do not know whether there would be a big discrepancy -- >> to wrap up -- president trump: you know what? you have really had enough. go ahead please. >> thanks, mr. president. kavanaugh said he was targeted by democrats, has he made the process overly political, and how are you sure that he can be sure to make impartial decisions? president trump: he has been treated horribly. i think he has been treated ardly.
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lindsey graham was i thought terrific the other day, and he brought up one point that is now being discussed by a lot of people. and that is, who is going to want to run for office, be in office, take it for not just to the supreme court, but many positions. i have right now 360 people that are not -- that are very qualified. nobody says they are not qualified. but senator schumer is not considering them because of resist and obstruct. it doubles the time almost. far more people in the history of our country. most of these people are routine approvals. they give up their jobs, their life to come and serve our country, and schumer and his groove will not approve them. it is slow walking them. they take them out -- the person that is going to be approved, it is going to be a disgrace. so when the judge brings up
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whether it is politics or not, you will have to ask them, but he has been treated really really hardly. >> but are you concerned -- president trump: i am concerned that we have great, great people on u.s. supreme court. and i want have great people. i do not want to have to call people for any court and have been say, sir, it is such a great honor, but no thank you, i cannot do it. i just cannot do it. that would be a sad day for our country, and we are going to come close to that because i know people now that say i don't know how he does it. i don't know why he would have taken it. nobody knew a thing like this could have happened. when justice -- now justice gorsuch got approved, it was rough but nothing like what they're doing to this man and what they're coming up with and in many cases fabricated. many stories were pulled back,
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certain stories were pulled back that were horrible. what they're doing to this man and his family is very, very sad. >> mr. president, you said some senators are not angels and you've seen some in compromising situations, could you tell us who and what situation president trump: , in i think i'll -- -- and what situations? president trump: no, i think i'll save it for a book like everybody else. >> would if the f.b.i. finds people who corroborate the stories of the accusers, would that -- president trump: i'd be hope. he's a fine man. he's a great scholar hsm efocused on being number one at yale. on being number one at high school. at being number one at law he focused. i can so understand that. it was such -- it's -- the way he said that, it made an impact on me. he was so focused on being number one at yale.
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and i believe he was number one at yale but i understood that very well. >> i wanted to ask about something else you brought up today, the las vegas shooting. there's frustration that more hasn't been done in the past year, more hasn't been done about bump stocks. president trump: you're wrong about that. so in order to eliminate, terminate bump stocks, we have to go through a procedure. we are now at the final stages of that procedure. in fact the lawyer were just telling ming over the next couple of weeks i'll be able to write it up. rules and regulations in this country are really tough even for something like that. so we're knocking out bump stocks. i told the n.r.a., bump stocks are gone. but to do it you have to go to public hearings. which we've had. you have to go through all sorts of regulatory control systems. and we are in the final couple of weeks and i'll be -- is our attorney around someplace please? he said we're in the final two
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or three weeks and i'll be able to write out bump stocks. but it's a process that takes -- statutorily it takes about a year to do it properly. >> any other actions you're planning to help prevent? president trump: we're working also with congress on both sides. we are working on a will the of different things. that was a horrible thing. but we're working on both sides of that question. and the bump stock is almost gone. but again, to do it so it's meaningful, the lawyer just said it, we've gone through a whole procedure. if you look, you could call derrick who you know very well and he's gone through the full procedure. we've done it absolute he by the book and in a very short period of time bump stocks will be ruled out. >> thank you. president trump: go ahead, please. please, please, sit down. >> mr. president, a final trade question. since the aluminum tariffs won't
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be coming down from canada and mexico can you talk about if there was talk of ending those retaliatory tariffs -- president trump: they're not retaliatory. they're to keep bad things from happening. they were dumping in our country, china and various others were dumping various amount os dead steel. it's called dead steel. it's imperfect steel. inside that steel was a lot of bad things that make for a weaker steel. so when we're building bridges and you have other quantities of other material in that steel, that's a very bad thing. very unsafe. so it's not just economic. you know, we have -- the miners have been very thankful. you saw that the other night in west virginia. we have metal urgic coal and other materials. we have mines opening up now to get that incredible stuff, this
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is used not for heating and cooling, this is used -- and electric. this is used to make steel. those mines are now opening up. we're making steel. and the price is going to end up being less. we don't have the shipping problems when you ship it from places so far away. you'll see. we'll have hundreds of new plants opened up in our country and they'll be competing against each other and outsiders won't be able to compete. just so you understand what was going to happen, they were going to knock out every steel plant we have then they were going to double and trip they will price and we couldn't have done anything about it. it's a very dangerous thing and we've employed a lot of people and billions of dollars is now flowing into our treasury. ok, yeah, in the back please. >> staying here on trade, the stock market has liked the announcement today, when we walked in here the dow was up 250 points or so. there are some worried that because of the threat of future tariffs it could potentially stifle an economy that is hot a stock market that is hot, but
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yet today you have once again said as it relates to china more tariffs could be coming down the line. are you worried that you are potentially suppressing the economy? president trump: i'm using them to negotiate. hopefully we make a great deal with china, a fair deal. nd a resipry kohl -- a reciprocal deal, a fair deal. we have a lot of catching up to do with china. when they drain us for $500 billion a year, which is probably the real number and that's not including the theft of intellectual property and other things and a lot of people -- it's hard to value but a lot of people say that could be $300 billion a year. you can't let that happen. no. we're using tariffs very successfully to negotiate and if we're unable to make a fair deal then we'll use tariffs. but mexico and if you look at mexico and can ka, they're way beyond that. we have a deal that really works. the nice part about the deal we
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make with them is it's not a specific product, it's a product all across the line. dairy or -- just a lot of -- you see the lists of products. many, many products. and they're all included. so it's across the board. >> mr. president, one more on trade. >> mr. president, if the f.b.i. does find something and brett kavanaugh folds is there a plan b? president trump: i don't want to talk about plan b. i hope he gets approved, i hope the report comes out like i think it should, i think it will, i hope. but i'm waiting just like you. certainly if they find something i'm going to take that into consideration. absolutely. i have a very open mind. the person that takes that position is going to be there for a long time. i have a very open mind. i just think he's an outstanding person. i think he's been treated horribly. even if you are going to bring
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up some of the subjects that were brought up, they didn't have to treat him so viciously and so violently as they've treated him. >> on trade -- president trump: thank you all very much, everybody. [applause] >> [inaudible] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] >> c-span's "washington journal" is live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up tuesday morning, we're
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