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  President Trump Meets with Manufacturers  CSPAN  February 1, 2019 6:19am-6:59am EST

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announcer: while meeting with u.s. manufacturers at the white house, president trump repeated his position on border security negotiations, saying any agreement between lawmakers community's assessment on iran and north korea. president trump: thank you very much.
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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 working on 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. great move. [laughter] president trump: and you, too, that i can tell you. 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. we really worked hard on this. 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 needed a magic wand, you would never bring them back. remember the previous administration, they said -- he
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said -- they all said, you needed a magic wand, manufacturing jobs were over. i guess you people heard that, too. i 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. thanks to my executive order and a really great group of people, we have increased reliance on american-made goods vary substantially.
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federal agencies are now spending an additional $24 billion on american-made products is that of going to other countries or foreign made products. federal spending on foreign goods is the lowest it has been in one in 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. we are looking out for ourselves, and it is about time. today, i am building on it that success but strengthening the 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.
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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, they are building many, many plants all over the united states and as the plants open, they are competing with themselves. we literally were not going to have steel companies, weren't going to make steel in the country. that in itself is a very important thing. we have to have steel. there are some products you have to have, and 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're heavily focused on. by signing this order today we bring you our commitment to an essential truth. it matters where something is made and it matters very greatly.
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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 hastert, two of my great economic people. of whatl give a talk happened, and how good we are doing. peter, do you want to start? peter: thank you, mr. president. 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, by the policy of this president, 473,000 since inauguration day and over 500,000 since the
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election. and then you can see how the emphasis is on this administration in putting men and women to work with their hands to work. 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 -- they build, as initially, the mother's milk of americana -- water mains, fire hydrants, and we salute these workers today, to the white house. kevin is going to show you one other chart that shows the distribution of manufacturing gains across this country. kevin: again, the economics literature, mr. president when you were running for office, said manufacturing was going the way of agriculture in the previous administration,
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inevitable decline as percentage of gdp. but also, focused on the idea that there was a rust belt in america, a place where there used to be manufacturing 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 the place where manufacturing jobs are of 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 all the pockets, all across the country, including places that people used to call the rust belt, where manufacturing employment is booming, it means that basically a boom belt from coast to coast that has been created by our policies area at 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.
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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. look at the red marks, the red marks i wear is flourishing. tremendous numbers, fantastic, 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. 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,
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for many years. in a year, anywhere from $300 billion to $500 billion, five -- $505billion a year billion a year was lost in a dealing with china. i have a good relationship with president president xi jinping. and i think we'll sit down at the end of the negotiation by our representatives and do something with making a deal with china. i think it has a good chance of happening. china is having a hard time with their economy and the european union is having a hard time, a lot of things going on. we're hitting tremendous numbers, tremendous unemployment numbers. individual groups the best. african americans hispanics, asian, women, numbers we haven't
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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, would anybody like to say something? , i would likent to thank you for the tax cut. it has been a rocket fuel for our business for manufacturing. thank you. president trump: thank you very much. charlie? >> yes, sir. mr. president, thank you for this "buy american" push that you've got. with federal funding for the infrastructure that is "buy , it is jobs for us, and it puts us in a position where we can compete area otherwise we tend to walk away from jobs, where foreign competition is going to take our business. president trump: we're changing that past. >> thank you. president trump: big difference. big difference. >> in birmingham, based out of birmingham, alabama, we have seen a tremendous uptick.
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we are representing several divisions of mclane here, thank you for everything you have done. president 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. president trump: big difference, right? >> yes. president trump: thank you very much. thank you. how about our politicians? now they want to say it, that i know. [laughter] 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 what this executive order does, it goes beyond that and tries to make sure that american hands are doing the job. we went 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.
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>> this gentleman here has been a long-time leader on the hill, sharing the buy american banner and his leadership is very much appreciated. >> that is why he wins by so much. let's why he doesn't worry too -- that is why he doesn't worry too much about the races. >> he got district he wins by 80%. president trump: he did very [laughter] come to think of it. >> best of 435 districts. sell. president trump: very nice. thank you very much. say hello. linda. >> 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. are growingnesses and starting, and expanding. president trump: great job you are doing, linda. she runs the small business and big business when you add it up, fantastic job. linda mcmann. >> mr. secretary. >> mr. president, in the past we encouraged individuals to buy american, what you are doing it is so important because you are leading by example.
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the are saying to the federal government, buy american. we have seen in the past year, a ten-year record low in foreign purchases and this will take it to the next step. this will translate into more jobs for individuals just like those here today. president trump: it is having an incredible aside. people don't realize it yet, but they are seeing it more and more. we are mandating, even pipelines and things made elsewhere, they are starting to be made here. because we have a steel industry again, but it is having a tremendous impact. president, i have been cosponsoring 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 you said, these are american jobs, american concrete, american steel, and american asphalt. thank you very much for doing so. president trump: i appreciate it. >> mr. president, you can't believe how much my folks back home in eastern north carolina
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appreciate your commitment to the american worker and particularly, the american farmer. i personally really appreciate you taking it to china, they had been eating 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. president 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 wew, we won't have a deal if don't open it up to the farmers, and they won't have a deal if they don't open up to our manufacturers, and just all of it. i think china is prone to do this. so we are going to have a talk. but we are to have financial services, a big impact, tremendous amounts of money.
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tremendous amounts of people. 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, or 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 cut. we cut more regulations than any administration in the history of our country in two years. 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 coming backare now into our country, they are investing in our country, and they are expanding in our country. so a lot of things are happening. >> mr. president, it is amazing what leadership does. the economy is booming. you are rebuilding our military, you are leading around the world, enough said. president trump: thank you. i'm liking this guy more.
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[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. i thank you for standing up. president trump: thank you. >> and robert and mario have been leaders on reciprocal trade act that you are sponsoring. president trump: reciprocal trade will be very important. we will be putting in a bill if ay soon where country charges us tariffs that are massive, and we charge them nothing for the same exact product, we are just say that it has to be equal. you charge us, we charge you, you can call it reciprocal tax , some people call it a mirror tax. in europe for example, the e.u. charges us 72% tariffs on corn, and they don't even want it, and we charge them nothing, doesn't work that way anymore. so i've gone to many people that
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with her,t familiar including politicians, who you will be dealing with. i would to a couple who are always tough. think, theyd you charge us, we charge them. they looked at me and they said, sounds fine to me. and actually you probably get rid of tariffs because rather than charging 75% to nothing, you both at 75, you say call it quits, we'll go to nothing. so it really has that impact, too, as you know. please. >> thank you mr. president, so as you know, northeast ohio is all about jobs in 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? it is been a while. so keep doing what you are doing. we support you in northeast ohio on everything with the economy. so thank you. president trump: and again, it is a beautiful thing. as you know, they say the best iron ore virtually in the world,
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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, we're taking it right from our own home, we are having it made in ohio. having it made in ohio, pennsylvania, north carolina, and all the different places. it has been really incredible to see what is happening. we don't need anything from outside of our own boundaries, that has been really great. ok, let us go. en? anybody want this p [laughter] thank you, very much. thank you everybody for being here, i appreciate it. [cameras shuttering] president trump: ok. here you go. [laughter] [applause]
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president trump: thank you, everybody, very much. i appreciate it. reporter: do you still have confidence in the security council and dan coats? president trump: i disagree with everything that they said. i think i am right. time will prove that. i think iran is a threat. 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.
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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 lot of area in the last two weeks. we have done tremendous in the last couple of weeks. at the same time, we are consolidating. a tremendous amount of things are happening. i cannot tell you this is a guarantee, but we are about close to 19 years of being in afghanistan, and for the first time, they are talking about settling. talking about making an agreement, and we bring our people back home if that happens. we will see what happens. but they are in very 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 the meetingsa for 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
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exact days, 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.
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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 day, it failed, but it was sent up. now, they can say that 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. we don't want to be leading from behind anymore. so that is a story. i have great respect for a lot of people, but i do not always agree with everybody, ok. [laughter] >> [indiscernible] president trump: it is great. we are going to go into everything. you probably saw this morning that i put out a statement.
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this is not going to be a small deal with china, this'll either be a very big deal, our it is going to be a deal that is 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 jinping. that 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 jinping. 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.
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it is the death penalty. so they have agreed to do the death penalty for selling fentanyl. if it is ships to the united states, that will be a very severe penalty. i think is going to have a tremendous impact. we put that one item into the trade deal, the fentanyl come my fentanyl, i think it is an important item to put in. but they have agreed readily, and we really appreciated, to criminalize the sale of fentanyl. >> the march 1 deadline? president 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 coming in, which hurts china. as you know, you saw the reports. out of the 25 points -- it is a big difference. we are taking in billions of dollars, and frankly, we are creating a lot of industry.
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the rate goes from 10%-20 5% on 25%he rate goes from 10% to on march 1. accommodate to china if we can get the deal done. it is a lot of work, because of this is a comprehensive deal. this is what we are talking about. they will 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. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: i think we can do it by march 1. can you get it down on paper by march 1? i don't know. i can say that on march 1, the tariffs on china go to 25%. that is a big tariff. reporter: i am curious, what is the tone looking like for the state of the union, sir? democrats have tapped the
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democratic candidate stacey abrams for the rebuttal speech. any thoughts on who they picked to do the rebuttal speech? pres. trump: 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] the tone of your speech, sir? president trump: i think it is about unification, it is about industry, it is about the people you see here. it is also working with these people, because it may have been incredible. we have had some incredible reports. we have had incredible republican support. the problem is the democrats. when they say, as an example, we don't want to build a wall because it doesn't work, or because it is immoral, well, it , theso immoral
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people who come into our country and kill people. that is also immoral. but i think the speech will cover a lot of territory, but part of it is going to be unity. the house speaker said this morning that there would be no funding for a wall, but she said she would be open to other types of order security. would you be open to 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 3, 4 weeks, good contracts. we are finishing up design on certain areas, the most important areas, the rio grande and others. we are building a lot of wall. i am not waiting for this committee. and i have 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,
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it doesn't work. without the wall, it doesn't work. we have caravans right now coming up from honduras, who we give a lot of money to, which is stopping, by the way. we pay hundreds of millions of dollars to guatemala, honduras and el 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. 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.
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and probably i should've waited, because i soon as it was finished, they started screaming -- we don't want a wall, we don't want a wall. and by the way, it works. nobody is getting through. but the minute it was built, they started saying, 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. reporter: mr. president, i have -- after listening to the hardship from many federal government workers, as well as fore who contractors and who rely on the federal government 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? and i also wanted to ask you
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about jesse smollett, don't know if you heard about that story, , the actor situation from empire who was allegedly attacked by homophobic -- president trump: that, i can tell you, it is horrible. night.seen it last i think it is horrible. it doesn't 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. people -- 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 at the wall, they would not be able to come into our country.
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that, to me, is the great sin everyone knows it works. i watched early in the morning someone trying to justify walls are immoral. if walls are immoral, maybe we should take down all the walls right now. you would 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 build them, they looked 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. we are building a lot of walls, we are building new sections. starting in two weeks we are
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building some brand-new sections, large sections. 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. reporter: just to verify what you said about north korea, do you have an agreement on the time and place of the next summit? president trump: yes. i do. reporter: would you share that with us? reporter: we will be announcing it very soon. they very much want the meeting. i think they really want to do something. 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 lesson, and i would read people saying, war with north korea. well, you would use potentially hundreds of millions of lives.
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seoul has thirty-some odd millions of people and is literally right there. that won't work, i can tell you. reporter: [indiscernible] president trump: now as i said, 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. we are the number one economy in the whole world. we are number one, not even close. countries are pouring into our country. i have accomplished so much. so now they say, oh, he doesn't 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
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us on what everyone knows what has to be done to have proper security -- and you can add the other things, but the other things only work if you have a physical barrier. , whatt a physical barrier are you going to have drones flying over 12,000 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 they do in china. i want to do a real deal. i have to do a real deal. we have to open to china. -- we have to open up china. they have to open up to us. it would be so easy for me 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 it 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
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billions and billions of dollars from china. we never took in $.10 from china. china is being charged forendous amounts of money 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 increasing at a time when -- president trump: well, the trade deals won't kick in for a while. number one, the u.s.m.c.a. hasn't been approved yet, it has to go before congress and get approved. n.a.f.t.a. was one of the worst deals ever made. during the campaign, i said we would either terminate n.a.f.t.a. or negotiate a new deal. and we negotiated a new deal. if you went back to pre-n.a.f.t.a. that would be ok with me. pre-n.a.f.t.a. or the new deal, but i won't allow n.a.f.t.a.
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n.a.f.t.a. was a horrible deal for this country. you look at the scars all over our country. you go to new england, you go to ohio, pennsylvania, you see what happened north carolina, you , have factories that are still empty from what happened with n.a.f.t.a. n.a.f.t.a. was a horrible deal. the u.s.m.c.a. was a good deal. pre-n.a.f.t.a. we had huge surpluses with mexico. with n.a.f.t.a. 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 a lot. 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.
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now they understand the subject. they understand the humanitarian crisis that it is. it is called in a dealmaking, setting the table. setting the stage. we set the stage for what is going to happen on february 15. at a they will make a deal. . i see what is happening. that is ok. but if they're not going to give money for the wall, it is not going to work and if it is not going to work, then the politicians are wasting a lot of time. ok. i would do that deal. we have money, just so you understand. we are building the wall right now, a lot of it. people don't know that, and nobody reports it, but that is ok. but let me just tell you, we are building the wall right now. it is going up fairly rapidly. we are renovating tremendous amounts of all, which is good stuff, it was in very bad shape with massive holes on it. it is being beautifully
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renovated. in some cases, we have to replace it. we renovate some, we replace some.we build of the wall is going up now. thank you very much, everybody. we will see what happens on february 15. [reporters asking questions] president trump: no, i am not going to sign. reporter: do you think about -- president trump: i am waiting, excuse me. i said i am waiting until february 15. the committee will come back and if they don't have a wall, i don't even want to waste my time reading with the have. because it is a waste of time. because the only thing that works for security and safety in our country is the wall. when you cover the wall with sensors and drones and all these other things, that works, as the combination. if you don't have a wall, they are just wasting their time, it
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is politics. thank you very much, everybody. 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 claimed it. if there is a front year, we cross it. if there is a challenge, we tame it. if there is an opportunity, we seize it. so let's begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our union is strong, because our people are strong. [cheers and applause] announcer: the state of the union, first postponed because of the government shutdown, will take place tuesday