tv President Trump Meets with Manufacturers CSPAN February 1, 2019 12:33am-1:17am EST
-- some of it is about levees. thank you all very much. >> while meeting with u.s. manufacturers at the white house, president trump repeated his position on border security negotiations, saying any agreement between lawmakers needed to include money for a wall. the president was also asked about his views on the intel community's assessment on iran and north korea. next week's state of the union address.
president trump: thank you very much. i'm honored to be here with many great american workers, as we take historic action to accelerate the incredible revival of american manufacturing. it truly is a revival, nobody thought it was possible actually and not only is it possible, but we're thriving. we're grateful to be joined by secretary acosta, administrator mcmahon and representative robert aderholt, mario diaz, and we are working on a lot of interesting projects in your neck of the woods. how is that going? venezuela? >> mr. president, you are the champion of freedom. president trump: wow, i didn't expect that. i never told him to say that. [laughter] pres. trump: great move. >> and youtube. too.u
pres. trump: thank you, i appreciate it. robert aderholt, thank you very much. david joyce, anthony gonzalez, i appreciate your support. thank you all for being here. in the eight years before i took office, we lost nearly 200,000 manufacturing jobs. they were leaving. people were talking about the fact that you need a magic wand, you will never bring them back. you remember the previous administration, they said -- he said -- they all said, you needed a magic wand, manufacturing jobs were over. i guess you people heard that, too. it was a little bit discouraging. since the election, we've gained more than 500,000 jobs and that number is going to be very soon, 700,000 jobs, all in the manufacturing world. which is a beautiful world. a high-paying world. and very important for our country. last year we saw biggest increase in manufacturing employment in more than twenty years. early in my presidency, i issued an executive order directing the federal government to live by two very crucial rules, buy
american, and hire american. i think that sounds appropriate. remember the old days? it was almost the opposite. thanks to my executive order and a really great group of people, we have increased reliance on american-made goods vary substantially. federal agencies are now spending an additional $24 billion on american-made products instead of going to other countries or foreign made products. federal spending on foreign goods is the lowest it has been in more than 10 years and it is going down substantially. by the way, we don't get treated great by many countries in terms of our trade deals, and that is changing rapidly. but we are now looking out for ourselves, and it is about time. today, i am taking action to build on this success by
strengthening the buy american principle for federal infrastructure and federal spending. we want american roads, bridges , and railways and everything else to be built with american iron, american steel, american concrete, and american hands and if you look at what has happened with the steel industry, it is actually amazing. the steel industry is thriving now and it was dead when i came to office. it was dead. it was a dead industry. they were dumping steel all over the place. jobs were going and if any of you are in the steel industry, i think you can probably tell and you know, and aluminum too. when you look at what happened to the steel industry, incredible. one of the great successes. now prices are starting to come down because they are competing with each other. nucor, and u.s. steel and many companies are building plants all over the united states and as the plants open, they are finally competing with themselves. we literally were not going to have steel companies, weren't going to make steel in the country, and that in itself is a very important thing. we have to have steel.
there are some products you have to have. by the way, steel is one of them. you talk about defense. how do you do it without steel and aluminum and the kind of things we are relief heavily focused on? -- are really heavily focused on? by signing this order today we renew commitment to essential truth. it matters where something is made and it matters very greatly. when i came to office and i witnessed for many years, for decades, frankly, they didn't care where it was made. i care where it is made. it should be made here in the usa, and we have taken a strong stand. i want to introduce peter navarro and kevin hass are, two great economic people. they will give a talk what has happened and how good we are doing. peter, do you want to start? >> thank you, mr. president. president could not restore -- i remember back in the
campaign, the naysayers said this president could not restore manufacturing to the country. i will show you a couple pictures here. we have a chart that shows the loss of 192,000 jobs during the eight years of the obama administration. it did tick up a little bit during obama's last two years, 73,000, but it is absolutely up, tesh absolutely to work -- it is absolutely dwarfed by the policy of this president, 473,000 since inauguration day and over 500,000 since the election. and then you can see how the emphasis is on this administration in putting men and women to work with their hands. you can see the jobs created in the obama administration -- 1% of the total job gains were manufacturing, compared to 10%. the folks here that you see on the president's right come from across this great country and a -- and they build essentially the mother's milk of americana
-- it is lampposts, water mains, fire hydrants, and we salute these workers today, to the white house. kevin will show you one other chart that shows how the distribution and manufacturing gains are across this country and then we will take it back to the president. >> again, the economics literature, mr. president when you're running for office, said manufacturing was going the way of agriculture in the previous administration, inevitable decline as percentage of gdp. also focused on this idea there was a rust belt in america, a place where there used to be manufacturing where there was disproportionate harm to workers. the thing that is interesting about manufacturing jobs created by our policies, your policies, are that they are scattered throughout america. the dark red chart is place where manufacturing jobs are up by 20% or more since you took office and the lighter red are 10% or more. and the lightest red is 5% or more. but if you look at the pockets all across the country, including in places people used to call the rust belt, where manufacturing employment is
booming, what it means is basically there is a boom belt from coast to coast has been created by your policies. president trump: well, you know, kevin, when i took over, the rust belt was really in trouble. many people were saying it is dying, it is dead, people were leaving. i love the rust belt and the rust belt is no longer the rust belt, as far as i am concerned. it is vibrant. it is doing well. you look at all those red marks, those red marks are where it is flourishing. tremendous numbers. we're very proud. i wish frankly the media would report how well we're doing in manufacturing, how well we're doing with the economy, they don't seem to report how well we're doing. i think if you had another president, it would be the biggest story. it really is the biggest story, or one of the biggest stories. you see the market how it is, it hit 25,000 yesterday. we are doing great, we are doing great as a country. we have a lot of bite-back because other countries are not doing well. china is having a very hard time.
they are here now, we'll see them a little bit later. we're trying to work out a new trade deal with china. i think it will happen. something will happen. but it's a very big deal. it will be, if it does happen, it'll be by far the largest trade deal ever made, and we essentially did not have a trade deal with china. we lost $500 billion with china, for many years. in a year, anywhere from $300 billion to $500 billion, five -- $505 billion a year was lost in dealing with china. i have a good relationship with president xi jinping. and i think we'll sit down at the end of the negotiation by our representatives and do something with respect to making a deal with china. i think it has a good chance of happening. but china is having a hard time with their economy and the european union is having a hard time, a lot of things going on. and we are hitting tremendous numbers, tremendous unemployment numbers.
among the best we have ever had in the history of our country. individual groups the best. african-americans, hispanics, women, numbers we haven't seen before. the overall is best numbers, best employment numbers in 51 years. so we are doing really well. i wish the press would report it. i am going to sign this. before i do, i want to ask a few of you folks, would you like to say something? >> i would like to thank you for the tax cut. it has been a rocket fuel for our business for manufacturing. president trump: thank you very much. charlie? >> mr. president, thank you for this "buy american" push that you've got. with federal funding for the infrastructure that is buy american, it is jobs for us, and it puts us in a position where we can compete. otherwise we tend to walk away from jobs, where foreign competition is going to take our business.
pres. trump: we are changing that fast. >> thank you. pres. trump: big difference. big difference. >> in birmingham, based out of birmingham, alabama, we have seen a tremendous uptick. we are representing several divisions of mclane here, thank you for everything you have done. pres. trump: great. thank you, great group. you want to say anything, anybody else? anybody want to -- >> an opportunity to hire obviously the more opportunities we have to fill positions as jobs increase. >> brenda martinez with u.s. founder, she is our hr. she hires people, and we give them work. pres. trump: big difference, right? >> yes. pres. trump: thank you very much. thank you. how about our politicians? now they want to say it, that i know. these people are not shy about it. >> let me say, first of all, that this is a very common sense bipartisan piece of executive order that the president, we have worked on legislation in the past that worked on appropriations side, from
year-to-year. but this executive order goes beyond that and tries to make sure that american hands are doing the job. home, we want to see our manufacturers do well, we want to see them grow. we went to see our workers have better jobs, and thanks, mr. president, for doing it. thank you. >> this gentleman here has been a long-time leader on the hill, sharing the buy american banner and his leadership is very much appreciated. pres. trump: that is why he wins by so much. that is why he does not worry too much about races. >> he wins by 80%. pres. trump: he did very well. [laughter] >> best of 435 districts. pres. trump: very nice. thank you. say hello. >> thank you. i hear from small businesses all over the country. they are very happy to be buying american and hiring american and the job growth, just speaks for
itself. our businesses are growing and starting and expanding. pres. trump: great job you are doing, linda. she runs the small business and big business when you add it up, she has done a fantastic job. linda mcmann. >> mr. secretary. >> mr. president, in the past we encouraged individuals to buy american, but what you are doing it is so important because you are leading by example. you are saying the federal government will buy american. we have seen the impact last year with a ten-year record low in foreign purchases and this will take it to the next step. it will translate into more jobs for individuals just like those here today. ans. trump: it is having incredible effect. people don't realize it yet, but they are seeing it more and more. we are mandating, even pipelines and things that were made elsewhere, they are starting to be made here because we have a steel industry again, but but it is having a tremendous impact.
i cosponsorednt, a bill for years with penske, and couldn't get it to go anywhere. i'm honored you are forcing it into action. because, as she said, these are american jobs, american concrete, american steel, and american asphalt. thank you for doing so. pres. trump: i appreciate it. >> mr. president, you can't believe how much my folks back home in eastern north carolina appreciate your commitment to the american worker and particularly, the american farmer. i personally really appreciate you taking it to china, they had eaten our lunch for a long, long time, and i appreciate you standing up and fighting hard for our american workers. and the job creation that will result from that. keep plugging for american farmers. pres. trump: so china, as you know, has opened up because of us, to the financial services industry, which is a big thing. nobody thought that was possible. they've opened up to financial services and things of the like, but i just want to let everyone know we won't have a deal if we
don't open it up to the farmers and we won't have a deal if they don't open up to manufacturers and just all of it. i think china is prone to do this. so we are going to have a talk. but we have already got financial services, a big impact, tremendous amounts of money. it is a whole different market, and a massive market. i guess you could certainly say the biggest or one of the biggest markets in the world, maybe the biggest market in a certain way, in the world. but we are the number one country in the world economically. i don't want people to forget that. we are number one. we were heading south fast. we were going down. and we turned it around. and it started with the regulations that we can't. -- that we cut. we cut more regulations than any administration in the history of our country in two years. and actually, less than two years. it also was helped by the tax cuts. put a lot of people to work and really gave companies something
where they are now coming back into our country, they are investing in our country, and expanding in our country. so a lot of things are happening. >> again, it is amazing what leadership does. the economy is booming. you are rebuilding our military, you are leading around the world, enough said. pres. trump: thank you. i'm liking this guy more. [laughter] >> let me add one more thing that i have, this makes my 22nd year of serving in the house of representatives. this president has stood up more for manufacturing jobs in alabama and across the country, not just alabama, than any other president. so i think you for standing up. -- thank you for standing up. >> and robert and mario have been leaders on reciprocal trade. pres. trump: reciprocal trade will be very important. we will be putting out a bill very soon that when a country charges us tariffs that are massive, and we charge them nothing for the same exact product, we are just say that has to be equal. you charge us, we charge you,
you can call it reciprocal tax but some people call it a mirror tax. if europe as an example, the eu charges us 72% tariffs on corn, and they don't even want it, and we charge them nothing, it doesn't work that way anymore. so i've gone to many people that aren't familiar with it, including politicians you will be dealing with, and i went to a couple that are always tough. i said, what do you think of that? they charge us, we charge them. they looked at me and they said, sounds fair to me. and actually you probably get rid of tariffs because rather than charging 75% to nothing, if you are both at 75, you say let's call it quits, we'll go to nothing. so it really has that impact, too, as you know. >> thank you mr. president, so as you know, northeast ohio is all about jobs and the economy. dave and i are from the same neck of the woods. to see the cranes, buildings going up, steel jobs coming back, to your point, they said
it couldn't be done and wages are going up. when was the last time real wages went up iesco it has been a while. keep doing what you are doing we support you in northeast ohio on everything with the economy. so thank you. pres. trump: and again, it is a beautiful thing. because i opened up -- as you know, they say the best iron ore virtually in the world, is in minnesota, big mines that were closed. president obama had decided to close them. i opened them and we're not bringing it in, taking it from our own home and we're having it made in ohio and we have good -- we have good ore in ohio, too. we are having it made in ohio, pennsylvania, north carolina, and different places, it's been really incredible to see what is happening. we don't need anything from outside of our own boundaries, so that has been really great. ok, let us go. does anybody want to spend? sayoes anybody want to anything iesco -- anything iesco
-- say anything? thank you, very much. thank you everybody for being here, i appreciate it. ok. here you go. [laughter] [applause] >> do you have confidence in the security council and dan coats with what they said? pres. trump: i think iran is a threat. i think it is a very big threat and i think i did a great thing when i terminated that ridiculous iran nuclear deal, it was a horrible, one-sided deal.
that was $150 billion, plus $1.8 billion in cash, lots of other bad things. if you remember, they took our 10 sailors out of waters people are disputing and made us look very bad. but of course, the payment was due the following day, so they eventually let them go, which they had to. i disagree very much on that, and i also think, and you will be seeing something next week, because if you look at what is happening in syria with respect to isis and the caliphate, we took over a large area in a last two weeks. we have done tremendous the last couple of weeks. at the same time, we are consolidating a tremendous amount of good things are happening. if you look at what is going on -- and i cannot tell you this is a guarantee because we are going into close to 19 years of being in afghanistan. and for the first time, they are talking about settling. they are talking about making an agreement, and we bring our people back home if that happens. we will see what happens. but there are in serious negotiations for the first time.
there is a reason for that. i think we are doing well on a foreign policy basis. if you look at north korea, many of you will be traveling with us to north korea, and -- for the meetings with north korea. we are going to a certain location, i think most of you know where the location is, we will be announcing the location and the exact day it will be at the end of february. we have made tremendous progress with north korea. when i came in, at the end of the last administration, frankly, it looks like we were going to war with north korea. now there is no missile testing, there is no rocket testing and there is no nuclear testing. we got back our prisoners, or our hostages, and we are getting back our remains. they are coming in. and we've had some beautiful ceremonies in hawaii and other places. so i just tell you that we are doing really well, our military
is being rebuilt, it is very close to being rebuilt. we have to have tremendous amounts of new aircraft, new ships, new weapons of all kinds, which we need, because hopefully the stronger we get, the less you have to use it. i guess you know that from growing up in school. the stronger we are, the less we are going to have to use it. we are going to have the strongest military by far that we've ever had, so i didn't see the report from the intelligence. when you read it, it is a lot different than what was covered in the news. but i think that iran is a nation that we have to watch very closely. they sent out a rocket the other but it was failed, sent up. they can say they are sending it up for civilian purposes, but i don't think not too many people believe that. they are doing tests and we don't want to be in a position
where we are leading from behind. that's the story. i have great respect for a lot of people, but i don't always agree with everybody. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: it is great. we are going to going to everything. you probably saw this morning that i put out a statement. this is going to be a small deal -- is not going to be a small deal. this will either be a very big deal, or a deal that will be postponed for a little while. but we have been dealing with china, we have a great relationship. i have a great relationship with president xi. the relationship of my people to the chinese representatives has been very good. they will be coming here at about 4:00. we will be talking to one of the top leaders in china, as you know. i think that probably the final deal will be made, and if it is made, it will be made between myself and president xi. but we are certainly talking about theft, every aspect of trade, and we are talking about
fentanyl, too. as you know, most of the fentanyl, which is killing 80,000 americans a year, comes through china. in china it was not criminalized. they have agreed to criminalize fentanyl and give it the maximum penalty. the maximum penalty in china if you are selling drugs is death. they have agreed to do the death penalty for selling fentanyl. if it is ships to the united states, that would be a very severe penalty. i think that's going to have a tremendous impact. we put that one item into the trade deal, the fentanyl come my is antanyl, i think it important item to put in. readily, agreed very and we appreciated, they have agreed to criminalize the sale of fentanyl. >> the march 1 deadline? pres. trump: i don't know. i can tell you a lot of people are working. what happens, we are charging
large tariffs to chinese products that are coming in, which hurts china. as you know, you saw the reports. out of the 25 points, we are paying for four, they are paying for 21. that is a big difference. we are taking in billions of dollars, and frankly, we are creating a lot of industry. but the rate goes from 10% to 25% on march 1, so they would like to do it, and i would like to accommodate them if we can. i would like to accommodate china if we can get the deal done. this is a very comprehensive deal. this is not what we are talking about -- they are going to buy some corn and that's going to be it. no, they are going to buy lots of corn, lots of wheat, lots of everything we have, but we are also talking heavy technology, heavy manufacturing, financial services, and everything else. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: i think we can do it by march 1. can you get it down on paper by march 1?
i do not know. i can say that on march 1, the tariffs on china go to 25%. that is a big tariff. >> what is the tone looking like for the state of the union, sir? tapped staceyhave abrams. >> i campaigned against stacey abrams. i know that president obama campaigned for her, michelle obama campaigned for, and oprah campaigned for her. and all brian had was me, and he won fairly easily. you know? fairly easily. so i hope that she does a good job. i respect her. i don't know her. i haven't met her, but i hope she does a good job. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: i think it is about unification, it is about industry, it is about the people you see right here. it is also working with these
people because they have been incredible. we have had some incredible reports. and we have had incredible republican support. the problem is the democrats. when they say, we don't want to build -- as an example, we don't want to build a wall because it doesn't work, or because it is immoral, well, it is also a -- immoral the people that come to this country and kill people. that is a lot more immoral. i think the speech will cover a lot of territory, but part of it is going to be unity. >> said this morning there is not going to be wall, but she did say she would be open to other areas. would you accept that? pres. trump: no, if there is no wall, it does not work. she is just playing games. if there is no wall, it does not work. and we are building the wall right now. a lot of people don't know that, but we have a lot of wall under construction. we have given out a lot of contracts over the last three or four weeks. good contracts. we will be -- we are finishing
up design on certain areas, the most important areas, the rio grande and others. we are building a lot of wall. you know -- i'm not waiting for this committee. and i told a lot of people, i don't expect much coming out of the committee, because i keep hearing the words -- we will give you what you want but will not give you wall. if they don't give us the wall, it doesn't work. without the wall, it doesn't work. we have caravans coming from honduras right now, who we give a lot of money to, which is stopping, by the way. but we pay hundreds of millions of to guatemala, honduras and el dollars salvador. and then they have caravans leaving their country coming up here. and by the way, if you go to tijuana and you take down that wall, you will have so many people coming into our country that nancy pelosi will be begging for a wall. she will be begging for a wall. she will say, mr. president, please, please give us a wall. it would be very interesting. some people have suggested, let
me take the wall along california, let's move it to arizona, let's move it to texas. you know, it would be a very interesting statement. about nancy -- in california, they wanted the wall built in san diego so badly, and we built it. and probably i should've waited, because as soon as it was finished, they started screaming -- we don't want a wall, we don't want a wall. but they wanted the balls -- they wanted the wall so badly. and by the way, it works. nobody is getting through. but the minute it was built, they said, we don't want a wall. without a wall, it does not work. it is very simple. i'm not saying this as a republican. i'm not saying this as anything other than a fact stater. without a wall it does not work.
>> mr. president, after listening to the hardship from many federal government workers as well as those contractors who rely on the federal government, employee finances to fund their businesses, are you willing to jeopardize the economy again and also your presidency, with people who are fearful of another government shutdown over the wall? i just want to ask you about that story, the chicago situation, the actor from the cash from empire who was attacked. pres. trump: that, i can tell you, it is horrible. i saw it last night. it is horrible. it does not get worse, as far as i am concerned. as far as the people are concerned, many of those people wanted me to stay out, but i didn't want to do it because people were getting hurt. what i think is the worst sin of all is the fact that we are allowing people to come into this country and sell drugs and human traffic, and do all of these horrible things, and if we had the simplicity of a
well-constructed beautiful barrier or wall, they would not be able to come into our country. that, to me, is the great sin . and everybody knows it works. i watched early in the morning somebody trying to justify walls are immoral. if walls are immoral, maybe we should take down all the walls right now. you will see a mess like you have never seen before. so i only say this. i was elected partially on this issue, not as much as people say, but partially on this issue. it is a very important issue. nothing to do with elections or votes, only to do with common sense and only to do with security. if we don't put up a barrier or a wall, a strong one, and one that looks good, -- in the old days, they used to look terrible. now we build them and they look good. if we don't put up a physical barrier, you can forget it. our country will be an unsafe
place. people are coming in, the drugs are coming in, human trafficking is coming in, which is horrible. things are happening which will not happen after the wall is constructed. so we are building a lot of walls, we are building new sections. starting in two weeks we are building new sections, large sections. and the wall is getting built. i would like to build it even faster, but it is getting built and it is getting built very substantially, as some of you see because you have been there. yes, please. >> i wanted to clarify what you said about north korea. do you have an agreement on the time and place of the next summit? pres. trump: yes, i do. we are going to announce it soon. early next week. >> you also said -- pres. trump: they very much want the meeting. i think they really want to do something. we will see. but again, remember, north korea was a whole different story. when i came to office, many
people thought we were going to war with north korea. i would sit and listen and read people saying, go to war with north korea. well, you lose -- you would lose potentially hundreds of millions of lives. seoul has 30 some odd million of people and is literally right there. there wall works, i can tell you. reporter: [indiscernible] now it's the wall because i have accomplished practically everything else. i mean, look, i accomplished the military. i accomplished the tax cuts. i accomplished the regulation cuts. i accomplished so much. the economy is the number one in the world. the number one economy in the whole world. not even close. companies are pouring into our country. i have accomplished so much. now they say he does not get the wall, they make that the only issue. but it is not going to work
because i am building the wall. the wall is happening right now. ok? reporter: are you closer or farther apart on the immigration deal? pres. trump: with respect to the committee? i would say we are the same. because i am hearing that they don't want to do a wall, for political reasons. i actually think it is bad politics. frankly, i think them fighting us on what everyone knows what has to be done for proper security -- you can have the other things, but they only work if you have a physical barrier. without the physical barrier, what are you going to do, have drones flying over it thousands of people? you're going to have drones doing circles around 12,000 people walking in from honduras and guatemala and el salvador? no, you do not want that. so i want to do real things, like the deal with china. i wanted to be a real deal. we have to open up china. we are open to them, they have
to be open to us. it would be so easy to make a deal with china, but it would not be a real deal. i could get them to buy more corn than they have ever bought and more soybeans than they have ever bought, and they would be so happy i did that. they are going to do that, but even higher numbers, but we will do a lot of other things. just remember, we are taking in billions and billions of dollars from china. we never took in $.10 from china. china is being charged tremendous amounts of money for the privilege of coming in and doing what they do to our country. they are being charged a tremendous amount of money. and we are going to make a deal. i think we're going to make a deal with china, but it will be a comprehensive deal. we are going to cover everything, ok? reporter: why, then, is the u.s. deficit and national debt increasing at a time when -- pres. trump: well, the trade
deals will not kick in for a while. number one, the usmca hasn't kicked in yet. nafta was one of the worst deals ever made. during the campaign, said we will either terminate nafta or negotiate a new deal. and we negotiated a good deal. now, if you went back to pre-nafta that would be ok with me. pre-nafta or the new deal, but i will not allow nafta. nafta was a horrible deal for this country. you look at the scars all over our country where if you go to new england, ohio, pennsylvania, you see what happened in north carolina, you have factories that are still empty from what happened with nafta. nafta was a horrible deal. the usmca was a good deal. pre-nafta we had huge surpluses with mexico. with nafta we have huge deficits. we lose $100 billion a year on trade with mexico. does that sound good? this has been going on for many years, so i stopped it. i stopped it. reporter: you said the wall was
being held hostage by democrats. is there anything you would have done differently? pres. trump: no. there is nothing, look, could i have done it differently? no, not really. i think by having the shutdown, we have set the table for where we are now. if i didn't do the shutdown, people wouldn't know, they wouldn't understand the subject. now they understand the subject. they understand the humanitarian crisis that it is. it is called in dealmaking setting the table or setting the stage. we set the stage for what is going to happen on the 15th of february. i do not think they are going to make a deal. they are all saying, let's do this, but we are not giving one dime for the wall. that's ok, but if they are not going to give money for the wall, it's not going to work and the politicians are wasting time. i would do that. i would do that. we have money, just so you understand.
we are building the wall right now. nobody reports it, but that's ok. it's not very exciting. let me just tell you. we are building the wall right now. it is going up fairly rapidly. we are renovating tremendous amounts of wall, good stuff that is in bad shape massive holes and fencing coming down. it is being beautifully renovated. we renovate, we replace, we build some new. the wall is going up now. thank you very much. thank you. >> thank you. >> you're going to see what happens on february 15. >> are you concerned about -- pres. trump: no, i'm not concerned. >> you are not going to declare it now -- pres. trump: >> i said i am waiting. on february 15, the committee will come back. if they do not have a wall, i do
not want to waste my time reading what they have. the only thing that works for security and safety for our country as a wall. withyou couple the wall sensors and drones and all these other things, that works. if you don't have a wall, they are just wasting their time. thank you all very much. thank you very much, everybody. pres. trump: over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew. that no people on earth are so fearless or daring or determined as americans. if there is a mountain, we climate. if there is a frontier, we cross it. if there is a challenge, we tame it. if there is an opportunity, we sees it -- seize it.
begin by recognizing the state of our union is strong because our people ours strong. of theer: the state union, first postponed because of the government shutdown, will now take place tuesday night. watch as president trump delivers his state of the union address live from the house chambers at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span followed by the democratic response by stacey abrams. the state of the union life tuesday at 9:00 eastern on c-span, c-span.org, or listen with the free c-span radio app. voters in new mexico's first strict elected deb haaland to the house, making her one of the first two native american women to serve in congress. she was previously the chair of the new mexico democratic party.
another representative was an attorney working on water cases before her election to congress. she court that a federal court before that. she worked for another new mexico senator. the congresswoman is not the only member of her family and politics. her mother is a member of new mexico's state house of representatives. arizona also has two new members, both democrats. representative greg stanton served six years as phoenix mayor before taking his seat in congress. he has also been arizona's deputy attorney general and a member of the phoenix city council. congresswoman ann kirkpatrick joined the house of representatives for the third time and her fourth term this year. she lost her first reelection bid in 2010 only to be reelected to the seats in 2012. she again left the house to run against the late john mccain for u.s. senate in 2016. representative kirkpatrick was a
prosecutor and city attorney earlier in her career. congressman steven horsford is another former member who returned to the house this year. he served one term earlier this decade before being defeated in his 2014 reelection bid. before that, he was a nevada state senator serving four years as the majority leader. athas also been an executive a marketing firm and job-training company. district nevada's elected susie lee to the house. the congresswoman ran nonprofit organizations that help this advantaged youth. the afterschool all-stars program ran after school athletic activities and community and schools of nevada helped prevent kids from dropping out of high school. the next face is familiar across the world but new to congress. utah elected mitt romney to the u.s. senate. the 2012 gop presidential nominee served as massachusetts
governor earlier in the 2000's and before that headed up the 2002 salt lake city winter olympics. this was his second run for u.s. senate. his first was against the late massachusetts senator ted kennedy in 1994. utah has another member of the house. democrat ben mcadams now represents the state's fourth district. the former mayor of salt lake county is the only democrat in utah's congressional delegation. new congress, new leaders. watch it all on c-span. >> next, a discussion about ongoing efforts to combat the distribution of counterfeit and illegal drugs. family members of counterfeit drug victims shared their stories. hosted by the partnership for safe medicines, this is one hour and 40 minutes. welcome, everyone. i am,