Pres. Trump Addressing Troops via Teleconference CSPAN November 22, 2018 11:12am-12:06pm EST
jamestown, in 1619. friday at 6:30 p.m. on the presidency, reflections on former first lady barbara bush. saturday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on lectures in history, how the pilgrims became part of america's founding story. sunday at 9:00 a.m., scholarsional talk about how the u.s. constitution defines impeachable offenses for the president. thanks giving weekend on the c-span network. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> president trump talk to memos of u.s. military across the call thisonference thanksgiving morning. it also responded to reporters' questions after the calls about issues he is facing. this is nearly 50 minutes. pres. trump: thank you all very much. i say to our great, great warriors hello and happy thanksgiving.
we are celebrating thanksgiving over in the united states as you know, and you are celebrating it where you are throughout the world and we will talk to you individually. we are honored to be joined by great patriots. you are great patriots representing each grants of the -- a branch of the armed services. melania and i want to express our gratitude for the sacrifices you make to defend our nation. while you're away from your loved ones, i hope you will take solace in knowing all of the american families you also close wellur heart are all doing . the nation is doing well economically, better than anywhere in the world. nice to know you are fighting for something that is doing well , and that is our country. by the startcome by welcoming colonel stephanie barton. these are real warriors.
support the resolute sustainment brigade, and they are joining us from afghanistan. our soldiers are providing valuable aid in joint area operations throughout afghanistan. you are doing and incredible job -- an incredible job. your courage it truly inspires us. we know what you are doing and we watch it. often we will watch it every night during the news. we know it is it dangerous and we know you have had an unbelievable impact. joining us from kuwait is central command and crisis response special purpose air ground task force. lieutenant colonel sam holly, -- ie, you are incredible.
it is incredible the job you are doing. i want to congratulate you on the work you are doing to crush isis. is -- big, big progress has been made. they are close to being on, and we like it that way. you have shown incredible courage and you have shown great, great leadership. thank you very much. lieutenant, thank you very much and we will talk to you in a while. happy thanksgiving to captain pat and all of the sailors aboard the uss ronald reagan -- great ship. your model is one we embrace every day, peace through strength. we have that model at home. everywhere the seventh fleet sales, u.s. ronald reagan is an enduring symbol of american strength and power and american goodness in so many ways.
from the united states air force, we are joined by the four 55th air expeditionary wing -- .55th air expeditionary wing we have resolute support. brigadier commander david lyons, thank you very much. i want to thank you on every th for yourhe 455 outstanding work. faronly have you destroyed more than hundreds of isis and taliban targets, you protect coalition ground forces throughout the region, and you protect them like nobody else. it is incredible the job you do. i want to thank you all for being on, and i have to say, general, it is great to speak to you by teleconference and by isne because your reputation an incredible one. representing the u.s. coast
guard are crew members from coast guard cutters from the shore support teams that are part of patrol forces, southwest asia, the largest coast guard unit outside of the united states. to your local coast guard station in palm beach and we will spend some time with the great men and women of the coast guard. they have a lot of branding and the job they have done on hurricanes in this country -- they saved of thousands and thousands of people. in texas, they saved over 12,000 people. think of what that means, over 12,000 people. they went into areas that no one else would go into, and it was incredible. what they did in texas, florida, puerto rico, the coast guard has become a symbol of strength and
perseverance and toughness and genius, actually -- it is purely genius. hello to the tennis nicholas hartman who is the commander of the cutter and i also want to congratulate seeman christopher wilson as being selected for a school, that is the best. you truly make us proud. congratulations. going to that school is like going to the wharton school of finance if you do what you do. everyone in today's videoconference, i want to thank you all for serving. today we think for the blessing of having you people be our heroes -- and you truly are our heroes. your families are back here and they love you and respect you .nd look forward to seeing you you keep america safe and strong and free. you do a job like nobody else, and it is great respect we have.
you are very much appreciated like you wouldn't believe by the american public and by the citizens of our country. i want to start with the air force. i know that brigadier general david lyons is on the phone. tell me a little about what you are doing. mission is to defend the busiest airfield in afghanistan. we support our teammates and our mission and we deliver airpower across the entire country of afghanistan. mr. president, i know you can't see us, do have 150 airmen in the room that would love to say happy thanksgiving to you. what do you say to the president? >> happy thanksgiving. pres. trump: how are things going over there? how is it looking to you
question mark you have been there a while and you know what is happening. how do you find things going? taliban and the isis are resilient adversaries, but we are doing well. our objective is to fight the away game. we neveran by that is want this adversary to reach our shores again. every airmen is dedicated to keeping this fight away from our shores. a stable afghanistan is good but we do what we do for america. pres. trump: you said it better than anyone -- keep them away from our borders. you probably see what is happening at our southern border and southern border territories. large numbers of people and in many cases we have no idea who they are and in many cases are not good people. but large numbers of people forming at the border, and i don't have to even ask you -- i
know what you want to do. you want to know who we are letting in the we are not letting anyone in because we want to be very careful. you are right and you are doing it there and we are doing it here. we have military at the border for the first time. i don't know if it is ever or certainly never a presence like this, that we have a very powerful border. we have fencing and things people don't believe. we took old, broken wall and we wrapped it with barbed wire plus. this is the ultimate. nobody is getting through these walls. we will make sure they are the right people because that is what you and your family want and all of your families want. that is why we are all fighting. we are fighting for borders, for our country. if we don't have borders, we don't have a country.
we are doing well on the southern borders and we get a lot of bad decisions from the ninth circuit which has become a thorn in our side. you always lose and then lose again and again and win at the supreme court, which we have done. it is a terrible thing when judges take over protective services when they tell you how to protect your border. it is a disgrace. we are winning and you are winning, and i appreciate it very much. general, your reputation is an met incredible one. thankful -- thank you for doing your job and i will see you back when you are in the u.s. or maybe i will see you over there. david: thank you, mr. president, we appreciate it. pres. trump: thank you very much . and thank you for the men and women with you. spectacular people. next, the u.s. coast guard itmanding officer cutter and would be lieutenant the carbon
-- nick hartman. tell us what you do and where you are and how is it going? nick: mr. president, this is nicholas hartman. here in the room we have 14 members from patrol forces southwest asia. we are located in the kingdom of bahrain. our mission is to patrol the arabian gulf straits and conduct our u.s. central command and objectives here in the golf. a lot -- gulf. a lot of our work is building relationship with the gulf coast countries. we have a good standing here in the arabian gulf and central command able are. -- command aor. things are going well. pres. trump: what is going on in the region?
how are they feeling and how are they feeling about trade, which as you know is a big subject for me because we have been taken advantage of by bad trade deals? how do findings in the region? nick: from our perspective on the water, we are seeing an abundance of trade happening in the region. there are vessels moving through the straits and across the arabian gulf on a daily basis, carrying cargo to and from. we do not see issues in terms of trade right now, sir. pres. trump: you will keep it that way. we want to have good fair trade and fair deals where we can do well, not just everyone else. and whereanging fast you are is a big factor in that issue. you have been told and briefed. thank you very much, nick, and great job. as i said, there is no brand
that has gone up like the coast guard because of what you have done with the hurricanes in this country. people saw things that have never done -- seen before. the bravery of people going out for record-setting. texase hurricane and dump more water in this more violent in terms of water then anything we've had in the country. you went out and did it like a day in the office. i appreciate it, and we all appreciate it, nick. thank you very much. nick: thank you, mr. president. happy thanksgiving. pres. trump: thank you and you take good care of yourself. let's go to the army and we love the army. we have colonel stephanie barton of the u.s. army. tell us about yourself and where you are and what you are focused on and what you are doing.
stephanie: first and foremost, good morning and happy thanksgiving on behalf of the brigade could we are in -- brigade. we are and afghanistan. in order to fight and win the nation's worst, it is sustainment and logistics. we have highly motivated professionals in this room at they are truly making it happen. us to them.ough we support everything from coalition to join forces from border to border here in the country, sir. pres. trump: how do you find things in afghanistan right now? good.nie: it is we are making the vision happened when it comes to sustainment. are responsible for tactical logistics.
we get it into the fighters team,we have a phenomenal and i cannot speak enough about that. we're most of the time behind the scenes, and that is fine. it is a good team effort. pres. trump: kernel, how many people are you commanding -- cor kernel stephanie, how many people are you commanding? stephanie: -- pres. trump: thank you very you are enjoying it, aren't you? stephanie: yes sir. we have active duty, national guard, army civilians and civilian contractors that we've literally all come together and make this mission happen. we hate that we are not with our family and friends, we are a
--se family here, and i am you would be very proud. pres. trump: we are proud of you. please say hello to everybody. have an met incredible thanksgiving. incredible thanksgiving. getting rid, we are of old equipment and you see what is coming in, the best in the world. you see a big difference and hopefully a big difference from before. it is only getting better and we will be stronger than ever and with people like you, we feel very confident. thank you very much. happy thanksgiving to all. i will see you when you are back. stephanie: it sounds great. we have one last message. goal army. pres. trump: -- go army.
press that i appreciate that. we will see you also don't. iank you -- pres. trump: appreciate that. we will see you soon. next up is george. are you on? doing: the kernel is circulation right now -- cornel is doing a circulation right now. i am with marines. how is it going over there? sam: it is going great. we are based in kuwait. we have marines from jordan to afghanistan. ensuring that the young men and woman and what theywithy day. pres. trump: how is the progress
coming, would you say? sam: the progress is excellent, sir. we have moved those areas and clear to the vast majority of those forces. we are goingthink to continue that for the rest of the year or the foreseeable future. pres. trump: that's great. i'm hearing very good things. they treat you very good over there, i imagine? do they treat you good? sam: outstanding. here with the air force, they treat us like gold. we want for nothing. today we had a fantastic thanksgiving dinner. pres. trump: that's great. they should. we are good friends. they have been a good ally. we treat them well. they treat as well. a lot of good things are happening. people are surprised to see how fast things are turning around. you have one of the great bases are you have something that is incredible and special. we will get to see you, very soon.
i will say -- say hello to everyone else. but i will say, i wanted to have a great thanksgiving. what is the time difference? what is your time lag over there? how many hours between let's say, east coast? 800 and theow it is evening. that is a pretty big time difference, right? that is a big-time difference. you have celebrated. you just take care of yourself. say hello to the current -- of the kernel and everybody. you are special people. very special people. we are very proud of you. give my regards to kuwait and everybody. progress being made. your country is doing well. really doing well pad like it has not done before. that is good. always good to be fighting for something that is working. countries, this
one works well and it is working better than ever. we will see you when you are back or maybe we will see you some other place, ok? sam: [indiscernible] pres. trump: thank you very much. thank you. take care of yourself. from the u.s. navy, we have the commanding officer captain pat had affirmed. are you on the phone? yes, sir. i'm with you. from the over 48 hundred sailors and airmen aboard uss ronald reagan. the nation's only deployed aircraft carrier. we are on -- we are currently in the victoria's harbor, hong kong. 13 hours ahead of you. still thanksgiving here. from all of the sailors on board ingan, serving for america the end of pacific, we wish you a happy thanksgiving. pres. trump: that is great. i appreciated. say hello to everyone. happy thanksgiving to you.
the condition of the ship is a one? pat: absolutely. pres. trump: very important to you know we have another big one. the gerald ford will be joining you pretty soon. how does this compare in size and scope with the gerald ford? you know all about that. that is the new one, right? pat: yes, sir. size and scope, a good friend of my left command of that. the size and scope, about the same. certainly some improvements of to theo the -- there radars and even the catapults and gears are slightly different as well. tell me about the catapult system. on the gerald ford, they don't use steam which is the first i've ever heard of that does not use steam. i know they have some difficulties which i'm not happy about. and they spent a lot of money. the steam curious,
system is tried and true for many years, as long as we have had aircraft carriers. how do you find esteem versus what they are doing on gerald ford which is digital, if you can believe it? yes, sir. all of our super carriers have been using steam for decades. we find it pretty reliable. however, the electromagnetic catapults they are running their offers great benefits. to obviously any new piece, you have to work through the bugs. but they offer some benefits, not only to stress and strain on the aircraft to extended service life and other pieces, i have no doubt we will work through that just as we worked through all of our other advancements and continue to bring it to the enemy when called to do so. pres. trump: when you do the new carriers as we do and as we are thinking about doing, will you go with steam or with
electromagnetic, because steam is very reliable. and the electromagnetic, i mean, unfortunately, you have to be albert einstein to work it properly. what would you do? yes, sir. you have to be albert einstein to run the nuclear power plants we have here. but we are doing that very well. mr. president, electromagnetic cast. we do pay a heavy cost for transiting the steamer on the ship. pres. trump: ok. i like to hear that. i am actually happy about that answer. at least they are doing what they are doing to that is a very good answer. pat, how are you seeing things over there? what is going on? yes, sir. we have been flying, sailing, and operating everywhere international. just as we have for decades at here in full support of our
free and open and the pacific push in company with our .apanese and other allies we worked with the japanese here and the end -- the us trillions and canadians. a lot of allies out here. we are certainly their best friend on our adversaries. that is exactly what we want to do, bring peace through strength to this region. pres. trump: right. you have a six-month deployment, approximately? we are a little shorter than that. reagan, as your only permanently forward deployed carrier spends about half of the time each year out and about half back in getting maintenance worked on it. each of the sailors and airmen aboard spend 3-5 years of here with us at a time. before going back to a stateside assignment. we are all honored to be serving the nation. pres. trump: why is it the reagan is the only one that is
permanently deployed, of all of the aircraft carriers? was it set up for that or it just happens to be? pat: yes, sir. we have worked a single aircraft carrier out in japan for decades now. reagan took that role back in about 2013. i'm side, that's not quite right. about 2016. differents out to carriers out here for different periods of time. it was george washington before us. then a few of the conventional carriers going way back to midway. we have been writing that for a while. it is an infrastructure piece that takes a bit of infrastructure to make that work. we get a lot of presence out of it for the region. pres. trump: do you feel safe in the region? do you see any hostility? do you see any aggression? you are hearing a little bit about aggression from a couple of the players. what are you feeling? pat: yes, sir.
we have save an independent operations at here throughout the theater. we do feel safe. couple of been a close calls, but in most cases, the vast majority are professional navies, and we have no doubt that we can bring that -- we bring the u.s. interest to the theater and expect that to continue into the future. pres. trump: that is great. i want to wish you a happy thanksgiving and to say hello to everyone in the navy and just in closing, i want to wish everybody a really, really happy thanksgiving. we will see you when you are back and maybe i will see you over there. but it is a great honor to talk to you. i know everything about what everyone is doing. you are doing an incredible job. your keeping us safe. and we all miss you back here. but we will be seeing you soon and on behalf of the whole country, i want to thank you for
what you are doing. there are committed special people. men and women that are incredible people. you are highly respected. country hashat, our such respect, i don't think you hear it enough, our country has such respect for you in the job you do. happy thanksgiving. we will see you soon. pat: happy thanksgiving, mr. president. pres. trump: thank you. thank you all. goodbye. great people. they are great people. we are going to do some interesting things. at the appropriate time to we will be doing some very interesting things. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: i do. but i cannot tell you. you are the last people i can tell. how is everything in florida doing? ok? weather is good. right?
it's florida. welcome to the southern white house. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: i don't want to talk about it. you have to ask them. >> the border -- pres. trump: the border is coming along very well. we are getting terrible decisions from the ninth circuit, as usual. ever hadnow if we have a victory in the ninth circuit we have to it, a peel it. there is a vast number of their decisions like an overturned. it is a shame. a shame. a disgrace, frankly. essentially, they are legislating. they are saying what to do. some judge sitting in low -- and some location very far away as telling our incredible military and law enforcement what to do. and it is not right. and it has been going on like that for a long time. we are doing really well. considering the laws are a disaster. if we had to write laws, he would be less expensive.
it would be easier. but we do not have the right laws. we have people interpreting the laws and they always give us a baguette -- a bad interpretation. hopefully we have shown light on the ninth circuit. i know that chief justice roberts has been speaking a little bit about it. him,e a lot of respect for i like him and respect him. but i think we have to use some common sense. everybody knows it is out of control. are doing, what they are saying, the opinions are very unfair to law enforcement. they are very unfair to our military. and they are very unfair to the people of our country. i'm keeping them safe. and you see how we fortified things. and all of that, all of that vast amount of fighting that you see going on at the border is taking place in mexico. mexico cannot believe how tough these people are. manyayor of tijuana and so
others have said, boy, these are tough people. they start fighting right away. they are tough people. many criminals and that caravan. the big caravan has not arrived yet. we are very well fortified. walls --ensing and ncing and walls. wire, kos and teaming wire, and so many other things are there now that they did not have before. they are not coming through. we are not letting criminals into our country. have to come and legally. you have to come in through a process care we want people to come in because i have many companies moving back into the united states. they are opening up car plants, factories, all over the country. the united states is booming and we have the lowest unemployment. essentially ever had. we have a lot of good things happening. we need workers. but they have to come and legally we want them to come in.
people who want to do a great job for our country. they come in through a merit system. and want open borders people can just flow in. you have tremendously dangerous people in those caravans. them comingt want into the united states will not let them to we are throwing out ms 13 and so many others. we are throwing them out of our country by the thousands. the years. here over we are trying them out by the thousands and we are bringing back downstairs. we're making town safe. we are doing a job. but we are getting hurt by the ninth circuit very badly. anybody fileen anyplace else. they automatically go to the ninth circuit. they could go any place in the country. i think we will have to stop that somehow. the judges are going to have to get together or congress will have to get together and stop it because they are taking advantage of our country by
always,onsistently, and just about, that i see, in the ninth circuit. even our legislation that we did have passed, it failed in the ninth circuit. it failed in the ninth circuit appeal. it then won in the supreme court. shame.ust a because it is really hurting people. it is hurting our law enforcement tremendous. now that the military is on the border, it is hurting our military. frankly, when they hear these decisions, these are professionals. the military, law enforcement, first responders, they can't believe the decisions made by these judges. this is what they do. they do law enforcement. law and order. and they get these decisions down and says, who makes these decisions? they are not into the lawyer things. they say, who makes these decisions? giving thesele decisions that are going to make it unsafe for us, meaning law enforcement and military, and
making it unsafe for the united states? that, we have a very powerful border. and a lot of good things are happening. >> they can do what they please [indiscernible] pres. trump: not at all. saudi arabia has been a longtime strategic partner. they are investing hundreds of billions of dollars in our country. i mean, hundreds of billions. they keep the oil prices low. i saw yesterday one of the papers that was blamed for closing traffic jams because the oil prices are low. nobody ever did that. no president ever did that. at a low number. but i actually got beat up for that where they said, the president has the gasoline so low he is causing traffic jams. can you believe this one?
that is one nobody ever thought of. anyway. somel always -- let's have traffic jams and want low oil prices. saudi arabia has done a good job in that respect. oil.pumped out more when i called them about four weeks ago, if you looked at oil for weeks ago, it was at 82, 83, going up to 100 a barrel. that would have doubled your prices than tripled your prices at the car for gasoline. instead, you have low gas prices. that is because of what i did. in saudi arabia helped us. very importantly, they are investing billions of dollars, buying their weapons from a spirit remember this, they do not have to buy it from a spare they can buy it from russia and china. they make very good equipment. they do not make as good equipment as we do. but they make good equipment. they can spend that money in russia, china, other places. that is not acceptable. >> [indiscernible] not. trump: they did
conclude. no. they did not conclude. i'm sorry. no, they did not conclude. they did not come to a conclusion. they have feelings for certain ways. but they did not have the report. you can ask -- they have not concluded her nobody has concluded. i don't know if anyone will be able to conclude that the crown prince did it. but i will say this. i don't know. i don't know. whether he did or whether he did not, he denies it vehemently. his father denies it, the king, vehemently. the cia does not say they did it. things point out certain and in pointing out those things coming you can conclude that maybe you did or maybe he didn't. no, that was another part of the false reporting. because a lot of you said yesterday that he said he did it. they did not say that. they said he might have done it. that is a big difference. they are vehemently denying it.
we have hundreds of thousands of -- do people really want me to give up hundreds of thousands of jobs? if we went by that standard, we would not be able to have anybody as an ally because look at what happens all over the world. then you can take a look at iran. where look at syria millions of people have been slaughtered horribly. horribly. you take a look at what is going on in iran. vicious situation that is taking place there and the number of people being killed in slaughtered to you take a look all over the world. we will not be able to -- let's not deal with anybody. is fact is that saudi arabia tremendously helpful in the middle east. if we did not have saudi arabia, we would not have a big base, we would not have any reason, probably, if you look at israel, israel would be in big trouble without saudi arabia. what does that mean? israel is going to leave? you want israel to leave?
we have a very strong ally and saudi arabia. we have an ally that said they did. commit at -- that said they did not commit at the top level, the crown prince, the king, they did not commit this
atrocity. and it is an atrocity. it is a terrible thing. i dislike it more than you do. the fact is, they have been a strong ally. they create tremendous wealth. numbereate a tremendous of jobs and their purchases. and very importantly, they keep the oil price down. if you want to see a global depression, all you have to do is lift the oil price $50 a barrel it could have quickly. once we lose that relationship. i hate the crime, i hate what is done, i hate the cover-up, and i will tell you this, the crown prince hates it more than i do. and they have vehemently denied it. the cia points it both ways. said, maybe he did, maybe he didn't. i will say strongly, that it is
a very important ally. and if we go buy a certain standard, we will not be able to have allies with almost any country. ok? >> who should be held accountable? pres. trump: maybe the world should be held accountable. because the world is a vicious place. the world is a very, very vicious place. you look at what is happening in china, you look at what is happening in so many different countries, i could name many countries. is happeninghat with terrorism all over the world. that is the other thing with saudi arabia. they are putting up tremendous amounts of money to actually fight terrorism. they were a part of terrorism. nobody is going to try and justify that. they were a big heart of it. but they are spending a lot of money and they are opening up and doing a lot of things that are very good. they are opening up their country for a lot of good. until this happened, there were a lot of people saying a lot of good things about the crown prince. he strongly denies it. he vehemently denies it.
policy is very simply. america first. keep america great again. that is when i am doing. we are doing better than anybody thought even possible. >> have been talking to the troops. i am wondering if you can tell us at one point do you want to withdraw troops from afghanistan? pres. trump: we are always looking to do the right thing and we will be seeing over a. a period of time. doare always looking to whatever is right. we are in strong negotiations with afghanistan at which people do not know about. this may be the first. but we are very -- but we have very strong negotiations. if something happens, that would be a great thing. i would be happy. i think the people of afghanistan also come and they are good fighters, and they fought for a long time, they fought for a lot longer than we thought. they have been fighting for many, many decades.
but i think they are tired of fighting. we will see what happens. but we are talking about peace. we will see if that happens. >> negotiations with -- pres. trump: we have negotiations going on. i don't know if they will be successful or probably they are not. who knows? you know my attitude on all of that. whether it is north korea or may be -- or anyone else spear maybe they will be successful, maybe they want. we have negotiations going on now in afghanistan. reporter: what is your response to people who say [indiscernible] done trump: nobody has more for the military then i have cap i took the budget from very little to $700 billion and $716 billion. i am now going over to the coast guard where i did last year and i will probably -- a lot but we are going to the coast guard and i really believe -- a number of generals were on television over
the weekend, and they mentioned the fact that nobody has done as a president for the military a long time what i have done. i've taken spending you have not depleted military and it was not being fixed and it was a mess. and frankly, it put us in danger. i was able to get congress to give us heaven hundred billion dollars and now $716 billion for our military. for thelso done more vets than anyone has ever done. i got joyce improvement. -- choice of improvement. they could not get it. where a vet can go to a doctor now. instead of waiting in a line for two months, two weeks, three weeks. that aref time unthinkable to anybody. including yourselves. i think i have done more than anyone else. certainly in many, many years. and probably in many decades. there any updates on the troops that are being sent to the border in regards to the caravan? pres. trump: no troops to we will have a strong border.
our southern border will be very strong. you heard me speaking to some of the folks now in different parts of the world and they are proud of the job they are doing. and they have orders. if you don't have borders, you don't have a country. democrats want open borders and they want people coming in. many of those people are criminals. ok? and have been so. we know who they are. they have records. they have some very substantial from a records. some very bad criminal records. they are in the caravan. you saw what happened in tijuana where a number of the people said, these are tough people, they start fighting. they have fist fights all over the streets. they are starting fistfights. they said committees are not normal, innocent people. these are people who you talk to them and they started fistfight and i don't want that in this country. >> what about the idea that the military uses lethal force against these? pres. trump: if they have to,
they will use lethal force. i have given the ok. you are dealing with a minimum of 500 series criminals. i am not going to let the military be taken advantage of it i have no choice. do i want that to happen? absolutely not. but you are dealing with rough people are you ask the people in tijuana, mexico, they opened up comewhite oh -- wide arms, in, let me help you, let us take care of you, and within two days, now they are going crazy to get them out. they want them out. happening,ngs are bad things are happening in tijuana. it is not in this country because we closed it up. two days ago, we closed the border. we closed it. nobody is coming in. because it was out of control. you take a look at tijuana, mexico and you see what is happening there, it is really a bad situation. >> what do you mean when you close the border? pres. trump: if we find it is
uncontrollable, if we find it gets to a level where we are going to lose control, where people will start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time. the whole border. i mean the whole border. mexico will not be able to sell their cars into the united states where they make so many cars. and great benefit to them. not a great benefit to us, by the way. but at least now we have a good new trade deal with mexico and canada. but we will close the border. that means mexico will not be able to sell their cars into the united states until it is open. but we will need to have a border. when they lose control of the border on the mexican side, we close the border. and we have a very powerful border. we built a strong border in a short period of time. the military has been fantastic. by the way, border patrol and eyes, all of the law enforcement we have involved, and local law
enforcement too, they have done an incredible job. they have wanted this for years. i'm the first president that has done it to this extent. they have wanted this for years. some of the presidents, i guess they did not care or wanted open borders. i don't think they wanted. most of them come if you go back to 2006, they all approved a wall. a very powerful things. which is pretty much the same thing. 2006, if you look, it obama, you like it hillary clinton, you look at schumer, all of the people standing up and protesting, they think it is good for them politically. i think it is very bad for them politically. the fact that they are weak on the border is bad for them politically. i have only been a politician for three years. maybe they know better than me. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: could happen. over border security. of borders a part security. a very important part care
probably the most important part. could there be a shutdown? there could. it will be about border security. >> do you think secretary nielsen is doing a good enough job? pres. trump: she is in there trying. it is a tough job. she gets a ruling that the things we were doing, a judge that knows nothing about it, decided to take law enforcement into his own hands. and he gives a ridiculous ruling. so we will appeal it. but it makes the job harder. we are still doing the job perfectly. but it makes the job harder and it makes the job more dangerous. because a judge made a ruling that was shocking. ok? >> what would it take for you to reach [indiscernible] pres. trump: i have already shut it down. for a short period. yeah. i have already shut down parts of the border because it was out of control. within the writing on the other side. in mexico. i said, shut it down. >> what does that look like in
practice to shut down the border? pres. trump: you see it. it took place two days ago. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: mr. rosen: -- pres. trump: yeah, i signed it off. it is not that big of a deal. but maybe to some people it is. we want to have a strong border. we want to have people come into our country. i want to have a lot of people come in. they have to come in through merit and come in legally. they have to come in legally. we have millions of people that have been waiting in line for years to become citizens of our country. great people. they went through a whole process. and these people come in and they think they are going to walk in. it is very unfair to all of the people that have been waiting. in some cases, for many years. they have done it right. but they don't think they have done it right because they say, how can we do it right and go through this complicated them a legal process and they have lawyers and everything else and then you have people rushing through the border and they are supposed to stay? it is not happening with me.
the problem that we have is i have created and help to create a country that is doing better. a lot of doing better economically, so a lot of people are coming up here. their companies -- countries are not doing well. a couple more. you -- areared for you for this meeting? how confident are you? pres. trump i am very prepared. i know every stat. i know it better than anybody knows it. china very much wants to make a deal. china has been taking advantage of the states for many, many years. $600have taken out over billion a year. doesn't include theft of intellectual property, which has been horrible.
i have prepared for this meeting -- i had a meeting in that corner. we have a great relationship. i think he likes me. he probably likes me less now than before we did what we are doing great. china has lost trillions of dollars in value since i have become president. and we have picked up many trillions of dollars in value. the are a true economic power. far greater than we were before i became president. over, you were teetering. -5% in going down to gdp. we are doing very well. china was to make a deal very badly.
because of the tariffs. $250 billion they will be paying us in january, the 5%. in many cases, they're already paying 25 percent. aey are going to be paying tremendous amount of money, which is great for our country. we are taking in billions of dollars in china. we never took in $.10 from china. they took in everything from us. we never took in anything from them. nowa is paying us right billions of dollars a month. that has never happened before. be paying
usll many, many billions of dollars a month. matt whitaker is a highly respected person.
once i choose somebody, they go through hell. he is a highly respected man. the justice department respects him tremendously. him,ress has been nasty to but i can tell you he is a highly respected, strong person and he
is doing a great job. everybody tells me that. i don't know anything about it. i am not familiar with the whole situation. if somebody made a request, it is something we would consider. i just don't know much about that situation. anything else? peopleyou interviewing this week for new jobs in your organization? happytrump: i am very
with the people who work for us. we have a great cabinet. a few of them can do very well outside. every one is doing well when they leave. who leaves the trump administration has come out really well. she is a fantastic young woman and i am very out of for. look out she is doing. she has become a very important person in the outside world. people work your for a. of time and then go outside and do well. i will probably be changing a few, but very little. overall, we are very happy i am doing interviews this week. people like doing interviews here. i will let you know.
i have, actually. very innocent, short. of time, very early on. there was no deletion of emails like the 33,000 hillary clinton did after she got a subpoena. there was no anything. there were no classified emails. a much different deal. another fake news story. she transitioned out from private to government. i believe all of her records are in the historical society, the historical records. much different than the other situation i have talked about for a long time. everything is an historical record straight i will see you over at the coast guard. i'm going to say hi to the coast
guard. take you all, very much. family anda great having made a tremendous difference in this country. i have made a tremendous difference in the country. this country is so much stronger than when i took over. it, but it is so much stronger -- when i see for leaders, they say i cannot believe the difference in strength of the united states now and united states two years ago. thank you very much. thank you, everybody. >> president trump and first lady melania trump took part in the annual thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony. in the white house rose garden.