tv Pres. Trump Addressing Troops via Teleconference CSPAN November 22, 2018 7:06pm-8:01pm EST
thank you all very much. warriors,ur great hello and happy 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 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 to your heart are all doing well. the nation is doing well economically, better than anywhere in the world. we are the hot nation of the world. nice to know you are fighting for something that is doing
well, and that is our country. i want to begin by welcoming colonel stephanie barton. these are real warriors. you have the resolute support sustainment brigade, and they are joining us from afghanistan. our soldiers are providing valuable aid in joint area operations throughout afghanistan. you are doing an incredible job. a lot of progress has been made. 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 howie, you are great marines. you are the embodiment of honor and courage. it is incredible the job you are doing. i want to congratulate you on the work you are doing to crush isis. it is -- big, big progress has been made. they are close to being gone, 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. that's what the motto is. we have that motto 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 455th air expeditionary wing. we have resolute support. brigadier general david lyons, thank you very much. i want to congratulate you on every minute of the 455th for your outstanding work. but only have you destroyed far 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 phone because your reputation is an incredible one. representing the u.s. coast guard are crew members from six 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. i am going 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 and 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. david: our 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 ? you have been there a while and you know what is happening. how do you find things going? david: both the taliban and the isis are resilient adversaries, but we are doing well. our objective is to fight the away game. what i mean by that is we never 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 incredible one. 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
commanding officer cutter and it would be lieutenant 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 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 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. that is changing fast and where 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 they have never seen before. the bravery of people going out for record-setting. the one hurricane and texas 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 101st 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. it comes through us to them. 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? stephanie: it is good. we are making the vision
happened when it comes to sustainment. we are responsible for tactical logistics. we get it into the fighters hands we have a phenomenal team, 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: colonel, how many people are you commanding? stephanie: -- pres. trump: thank you very much. 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 have marines from jordan to afghanistan. they are ensuring that the young men and woman and what they do at the smile on their face every day. we hate that we are not with our family and friends, we are a close family here, and i am -- you would be very proud. pres. trump: we are proud of you. please say hello to everybody. have an an incredible thanksgiving. $716 billion, we are getting rid 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. >> go army. press that i appreciate that. we will see you also don't. pres. trump: i appreciate that. we will see you soon. next up is george. are you on? sam: the colonel is doing circulation right now. this is sam. i am with marines. how is it going over there? sam: it is going great. we are based in kuwait. every day those marines are
amazinging that -- it's to watch. pres. trump: how is the progress coming? >> it's excellent. we have moved throughout those areas. the mass -- fresh majority of pres.-we're in 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. our partners 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? sam: right now it is 800 and the evening. pres. trump: 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. a lot of 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. unlike a lot of 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 hannafin. are you on the phone? pat: yes, sir. i'm with you. from the over 4800 sailors and airmen aboard uss ronald reagan. the nation's only deployed aircraft carrier. 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 reagan, serving for america in
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 their to the -- there to the radars and even the catapults and gears are slightly different as well. pres. trump: 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. i was just curious, the steam 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? pat: 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? pat: yes, sir. you have to be albert einstein to run the nuclear power plants we have here. but we are doing that very well. i would go, 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?
pat: 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 japanese 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? pat: 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. it switches out to different 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. there have been a couple of 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. i tell you what, our country has 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. i don't know if we have ever had 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. i have a lot of respect for him, i like him and respect him. but i think we have to use some common sense. everybody knows it is out of control. and what they 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. the mayor of tijuana and so many 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. we have fencing 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. they want open borders and people can just flow in. you have tremendously dangerous people in those caravans. and we do not want them coming 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. that got in here over the years. 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. i have not seen anybody file 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 filing consistently, and always, 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. it is just a shame. 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? do other people giving these decisions that are going to make it unsafe for us, meaning law enforcement and military, and making it unsafe for the united states? so, despite that, we have a very powerful border. and a lot of good things are happening. >> [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. gasoline is now 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. i will always -- let's have some traffic jams and want low oil prices. saudi arabia has done a good job in that respect. they pumped out more oil. 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] pres. trump: they did not 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. they do point out certain things 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. take a look at syria where millions of people have been slaughtered horribly. horribly. you take a look at what is going on in iran. and the 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. the fact is that saudi arabia is 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 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. they create a tremendous number 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. and as i 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. you look at what is happening 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. my 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. -- over a period of time. we are always looking to do 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, 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 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] pres. trump: nobody has done more for the military then i have, 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. i have also done more for the 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. amounts of time that are unthinkable to anybody. including yourselves. i think i have done more than anyone else. certainly in many, many years. and probably in many decades.
reporter: are there any updates on the troops that are being sent to the border in regards to the caravan? pres. trump: no troops, 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 criminal 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 . i have no choice. do i want that to happen? absolutely not. but you are dealing with rough people. you ask the people in tijuana, mexico, they opened up with wide arms, come 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. because things are happening, 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 ice, 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 fence. which is pretty much the same thing. but in 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. the wall is a part of border 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: 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 people are coming up because their countries are not doing well. and perhaps for a reason. anybody else? >> [inaudible] pres. trump: i've been preparing for it all my life. it's not like og, i'm going to sit down and study. i know every ingredient and stat. my gut has always been right. we are doing very well. china wants to make a deal. china has been taking advantage of the united states for many years. they have taken out $600 billion
a year, that doesn't include the theft of intellectual property which has been horrible. i think i've prepare for this had a meeting in that corner with president she. i like him a lot. i think he likes me. probably likes me less now than he did before we did what we've done. china has lost trillions of dollars of value since i've been president. many trillions. we are a true economic power, far greater than we were before i became resident. we are an economic power that is far greater than we were. when i took over, we were teetering. we were in bad shape. we were going down to -5% in gdp.
last quarter, we hit 4.2%. we are doing very well. china wants to make a deal very badly. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: because of the tariffs. on $250 billion, they will be playing us 25%. in many cases, they are already paying 25%. on january 1.% they are going to be paying a tremendous amount of money. which, frankly, is great for our country. we are taking in billions of dollars from china. we never took in $.10 from china. we never took anything from them. already we are taking in billions. people don't understand this. china is right now paying is, right now billions of dollars. that's never happened before. ben, they are going to
paying us many billions of dollars a month. china wants to make a deal. if we can make a deal, we will. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: matt whitaker is a highly respected person. once i choose somebody, they always go through hell. matt whitaker is a highly respected man. the justice department respects him tremendously. i've spoken to a lot of people. the press has been asking. he is a highly respected, strong person. he's doing a great job. everybody tells me that. these doing a really great job. >> [inaudible] no, i haven't been asked to. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: i don't know anything about it. i'm not very familiar with the whole situation. , if some but he made a request, it's something we consider. i don't over a much about that situation. ok? what else? anything else?
>> [inaudible] pres. trump: yeah. we will have a few. i'm very happy with my cabinet and the people who work for me. and for us, work for the country. we have absolute stars. a few of them doing very well outside. everyone is doing well when they leave. everyone that leaves the trump administration has come out very well. i'm very proud of them. opec's is doing a great job. i'm very proud of her. she's become a very important person in the outside world. we have many such people. where they work here for a year and a half or for a time, and they go outside and do very well. that's what i want to see. there's always a lot of change. i'm only changing a few. very little. overall, we are very happy. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: yeah, i'm doing
interviews this week. people like doing interviews. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: i'll let you know. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: i know. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: i have. there he innocent. -- there he innocent. very innocent. there was no deletion of emails. there was no bleach bit. there is no anything. justin is in emails. there were no classified emails. another fake news story. she did transition out. she was a private person and then she trance -- transition to the government. all of her records are in the historical society. the historical records.
much different than the other situation i've talked about for a long time. she transitioned out. everything is in the historic records. i'm going over to the coast guard right now, which i look forward to. if you are going, i will see you there. thank you very much. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: for having a great family and for having made a tremendous difference in this country. i've made a tremendous difference in the country. this country is so much stronger now than it was when i took office that you wouldn't believe it. you see it. so much stronger that people can't even believe it. when i see foreign leaders they say, we cannot believe the difference in strength between the united states now and the united states two years ago. a lot of progress. thank you very much. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: thank you, everybody. >> in i think giving program this evening, elena kagan talks about pro bono work in the state of the high court.
on theberts follows importance of an independent judiciary. later, nebraska republican senator and his book. >> elena kagan talks about pro service andd public the state of the court. she is interviewed by the american bar association president. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] >> good afternoon. i am the dean at georgetown law.