tv President Trump Holds Meeting on Human Trafficking CSPAN February 1, 2019 11:20pm-12:19am EST
bail coalition. in our spotlight on magazines segment, a lobbying reporter talks about the national rifle association and its influence in washington. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal live at 7:00 eastern saturday morning. join the discussion. >> president trump held a meeting at the white house to discuss human trafficking and border security. he also answered questions about the border wall and whether he would declare a national emergency during his upcoming state of the union speech. pres. trump: thank you very much, everybody. the jobs numbers came up and we added 304,000 jobs, which was a
shocker to a lot of people. it was not a shocker to me. we have the strongest economy in the world, by far. we are the strongest nation in the world. so that was really good, impressive. labor force participation rose 63.2, is a great number. hourly earnings rose. earnings rose. those are numbers you did not used to hear very much. very importantly, we added 304,000 jobs. estimates were 150,000 to 170,000, but we added 304,000, so that's a really good number. we did extremely well. numbers on earnings have been great. i think we are headed in a really powerful way. other countries are not doing as well.
in many ways that is one of the [no audio] in other areas are not doing well and we are doing fantastically well. we will take that every single time, but would like to see others do better. china is having a tough time, as you know. europe, the e.u., is having a tough time. i guess it makes our numbers look even more important, it makes them look even better. we are here to talk about human trafficking on the southern border. this is a group of incredible people we have been working with at different levels and different forums. they will be speaking, most of them, and telling you some stories of how we need border security. if we don't have it, the democrats, frankly, will be doing this country a tremendous disservice. nancy pelosi is doing a very, very great disservice to our country.
i think she has to get on the ball. we will have a wall built anyway , but you do not have it. human trafficking as an example where you see today what is going on, people not willing to do what they have to do. they know what they have to do. they are doing the country a tremendous disservice. we are here to hear directly from members of law enforcement, hear what they have to say. battling the scourge of human trafficking on our southern border and all across our nation. much of it comes, in fact most of it comes, some would say almost all of it from the southern border, which we can stop very easily. this is not something you can go through points of entry. you can't just say you have three people in a car, bound up with all sorts of problems, and you can't just go through a port of entry, obviously. they go through areas where we don't have a wall.
i want to thank secretary ,ielsen, associate chief carl acting i.c.e. director ron patella for joining us at this important event really important , event. human trafficking is worse now than it has ever been in the history of our world. it is a world problem. it is a u.s. problem, but it is a world problem, caused to a certain extent by the internet. one of the reasons we have it so bad is the internet. that is why it has picked up tremendously over the past five years, because of the internet. my administration has made the fight against human trafficking one of our highest priorities. in the last several weeks, i four robust pieces of human trafficking legislation. , weirector of intelligence have a group of people who are incredible.
they have elevated human trafficking problem to the highest levels. we are watching closer than ever before. we are studying people that are doing it. we are following them, we are capturing them. but our job would be made a lot easier if we had support for what the incredible law enforcement folks do at the southern border. progress will be limited if we do not secure our porous border and put an end to human trafficking and the humanitarian crisis taking place at the southern border. it is indeed a crisis, and you know, we have right now an invasion. if you look at what going on with the caravans, it is an invasion. there are three caravans heading our way. if we had a wall, it wouldn't even be a problem. militaryve sent 2500
down to help border patrol and law enforcement, and i have to say, the military has done an incredible job, including helping us with some walls and some fences. which were very necessary. unsecured borders give human traffickers free passage to transport their victims into the united states. it is a tremendously big moneymaker for some very bad people. madescal year 2018, i.c.e. more than 1500 human trafficking that forwith 97% of sex trafficking. it's a big movement now because of the super bowl, if you can believe this. bringing in a lot of women through the southern border because of the super bowl. and then people like nancy pelosi and the democrats say we don't need a wall.
they come through areas where you do not have any walls or barrier protection. in a moment, we will hear from several individuals who work tirelessly every single day to fight the trafficking, rescue victims and support survivors. survivors need tremendous support. what they go through is unimaginable. andrmer special agent advocate timothy will detail one case where a 13-year-old girl from central america was kidnapped, trafficked across a section of our border without a wall and then horribly abused in captivity, while in new york city taken right through a , certain section where there is no wall. you cannot see anything for miles and miles. they could've come through anywhere they want. even one woman or one child trafficked is too many, but there are thousands and
thousands, and it's billions of dollars of money flowing into the pockets of some very bad criminals. there are potential victims including young children that we can still protect if we act now to secure our border and build the wall. the case for building the wall is everything. it is everything. human trafficking by airplane is almost impossible. human trafficking by van and truck, in the backseat of a car, going through a border where there is nobody for miles and ites and no wall to protect, is very easy. they make a right and then a left and they come into our country and they sell people. and we cannot let it go on. the democrats can play their game, but if you watch them in interviews, they want to get off that subject so fast, because there is no way they can justify
the fact that a wall works. it works so well. i watched them the other day. i watched a couple of high ranking democrats trying to explain that walls are not necessary. they are immoral. what is immoral is when people come into our country and kill innocent victims. if you look at the san diego area. if you look at many areas where you have the wall. look at tijuana. if we did not have the wall, we would have people coming in by the tens of thousands. but we have the wall. it's an old wall. it's not a good wall, and it still works, but we are building. it's incredible. we are building a lot of wall right now. we are renovating walls and building walls, and we are going to continue. regardless of what happens with this committee, which i say is a waste of time. any recommendation that comes back to me, and i am a very
modern guy, they like to they like to say walls are medeival. they work 100%. what doesn't work is technology if you don't have the wall. the technology is called the bells and whistles, and we have the top law enforcement people in the country, really in the world, will tell you that without a wall, it doesn't work. just take a look at tijuana. imagine us taking that wall and moving it to texas. they would like to have it. let's pick it up and move it over to arizona or new mexico. they would love to have it. youd thousands of people, there would be nothing you could do to stop the people from pouring across. and you would have thousands and thousands of people -- there would be nothing you could do to stop the people from pouring across. but we are here to talk about human trafficking. this is something where people have no idea how bad it has become. worse than ever at any time in
the history of our world because of the internet. so i am going to ask secretary nielsen to speak, and then we are going to show you some videos and other things. be anybody up there, including from the media, that disagrees with me. that waynot write it but there will be nobody that disagrees with me. secretary? secretary nielsen: i want to tha nk everyone for being here. mr. president, thank you always for your leadership. this is been an extraordinarily important topic and as you said many, many times, it is a horrific and horrible -- due to our vulnerabilities on the southern border. this is an in situ as part of modern day slavery. this is not a problem that is experienced in other places in the world. it's here today in the united states of america. it is something this administration is committed to combating. a taste coronation between state
and local governments but also with our international partners to take down the transnational criminal organizations that are at the heart of this crime. and, before we turn to other people, i just want to talk a little bit about the fact that this is directly related to our own security at the border. national criminal organizations of take advantage of our unsecured border. we continually see young girls used as pawns to line the pockets not only of illegal aliens but also the cartels who violate our nation's border and our laws and use that money to fund criminal enterprises. the president mentioned the super bowl. in addition i would like to thank the over 600 personnel who are on the ground in elected to the state hold a secure super bowl. we also continue to do our other missions which include combating human trafficking. we have made over 40 arrests. and some of the victims we have saved include on her aged children that have been brought in for the purposes of being
sold and abused a part of super bowl activities. their to thank -- for great work and be prepared for the super bowl. before return to our law enforcement folks, what we would like to do is turn to tim bowers, the ceo of operation underground, and also to alex becker, the founder and president of the international network of -- be talking about their spirit assisting victims -- their experience assisting victims. >> i spent 12 years as a special agent, an undercover operator working on the southern border, working sex trafficking cases. i can tell you, you are exactly right. one little girl i can tell you about. during a private briefing. this little girl was kidnapped in central america, 11 years old. groomed for two years with the
intent of getting her ready to come to america. why? because we are the highest consuming nation of child pornography. we are the clientele that is the big money. they brought this little girl through a part of the southern border were there was no wall. goddard in york city and this is hard to hear, but everyone needs to hear this. -- got her to new york city. raped for money every day 30 to 40 times a day. not emergency, i do not know what is. had there been a barrier, this little girl likely would have been saved, because the traffickers would enforce to through the port of entry where we have amazing law enforcement. i've worked with these people. the açai the best people on the plan. these are the best people on the planet. they have trained agents. a mexican boy that
was kidnapped by an american trafficker by a child pornographer. he kidnapped mexican children and brought them to san bernardino county where he had a makeshift studio, made child po rn with these little children. five years old. this little boy was inept in mexico where there was a very. h-0- was a barrier. he was forced to take it to the port of entry and guess what? it worked. we captured him. we rescued the little boy and subsequently rescued 12 other little children and san bernardino, california. two plus two equals four. the wall rescued this little boy and the lack of the wall caused this little girl to go through a hell that is indescribable that is not manufactured. it is a real crisis, a real emergency. president trump: you have many thousands of people like this. >> thousands. this is happening all the time. we work in mexico. i have just met with the secretary of state, their equivalent this last month.
we are having to do operations in a mexico, working with law enforcement to, essentially become the wall because there is no wall. it is like trying to catch flies with -- it works. we can make it work. if we had a big flyswatter which is a wall, it stops it. president trump: great. thank you very much. i appreciate it. >> thank you for the opportunity to put a face to this horrible epidemic. called human trafficking. international and represent 50 organizations -- fighting together against human trafficking. and we realize not only the kids need to be rescued, also provide services. one for boys and one for girls. they say -- from 12 to 24 years.
[inaudible] we were shocked to receive kids four or five years old. when they are rescued, they come with a lot of problems. they need a lot of services. i startedtell you how working human trafficking. that was 20 years ago when i worked in the mexican consulate. some kids that were rescued. one particular case impacted my life. she was only 14 years old. bring her to this country. mother told her she did not pay the full amount for a transportation for she had to pay with her own body and have sex with all the people on the group. they had sex 20, 30 times. so, border control rescued her. they transported her -- to a
hospital. i was there. i worked in the conflict. old to hear a 14 year crying for her mother, crying for someone to help her out. i was able to be there, holding her hand through this horrible moment. i promise to stay with her cold hurt -- holding her hand until i was able to find your parents. she has to go -- i told myself i had to do
something. they're cases like this i see one after another. another girl, nine years old, was brought to this country by a man, and he had another four girls in the car. once he got caught at the border , he left her. the next day, the mother called. they found the little girl unconscious. she was transferred to the hospital. but these people, they don't care about the life of a little girl. they really don't care. other cases i have been working, i remember a lady, a 21-year-old. her husband was familiar with what was going on for generations in mexico. he promised her a better life. once she was in this country, he forced her to have sex day after
day, 40 or 50 times a day. when she denied to do it, he told her, she left her daughter behind in mexico, and he told her you will never see your daughter again. they brought her to this country. they provided services and they were reunited. it is necessary to increase the collaboration from both countries. we need to do something to stop it. we work directly at the victim. we see how much pain, generation after generation, it causes when someone is a victim of human trafficking. >> i would like to thank a ivanka trump for being an amazing advocate and supporter
of our victims. thank you. now we are going to talk about an illegal sex trafficking ring investigation in new york. >> unfortunately, we do a lot of work in sex trafficking, especially in queens, new york. one investigation we did involved young females being brought up from mexico to queens. the abuse begins in mexico. these traffickers approached these young, vulnerable women to either convince them to come to america for a better life, even sometime said they would be their boyfriends or even marry them. the women talked about when they talk about how they crossed the border, one described being pulled across on a raft by a row. one described being in the back of a truck.
in the middle of the night, crossing the border and being taken to a safe house. they think the rough part of the journey is over, but little do they know that once they reach queens, new york, that is where the true horror begins. they are abused, beaten, maybe not fed. the traffickers take over their lives. thank god for the great work of the border patrol. from a little bit of information, we were able to uncover 12 victims in new york, two of which were minors when they came across the border by this trafficking organization. these poor women were asked to service 15 to 40 men a day for as little as $40. the organization was making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. doing this type of work is the
most rewarding work you could ever do. it's more than saving a life. it's saving a victim. we did a bilateral take down where we arrested five individuals in mexico and three in new york. they were recently sentenced in january of this year. 25 years for the trafficking of these 12 victims. >> and those are coming through the border. >> yes. >> we would like to turn it over to jewel will talk about a ring operating out of georgia. [indiscernible]
they allow us to make a difference in people's lives. one of these cases was operation safe haven. we uncovered a sex trafficking circuit in georgia and nine other states. including north carolina and texas. they had recruiters, similar to what we heard today already, operating in foreign countries, luring girls, mainly uneducated and from poor backgrounds. they lure them to the united states with the american dream that people have. when they get here, it is really a nightmare. the victims we interviewed told andhat they were taken being put on the circuit we were
able to take down in the end. they described how they would work for one week and at the end of the week they were transferred to the next place. it was an endless circuit that they stayed on. we had wiretap affidavits where we intercepted communications on cell phones. that in turn led us to a federal indictment. that led us to the customers to the transporters to the traffickers. we were able to arrest 36 folks while getting 15 of the victims
out of the brothels. there were a variety of service coordinators in the area including shelter and the like. we considered it pretty successful. president trump: great job. you do a fantastic job. thank you very much. appreciate it. >> we would like to turn to carl. it is particularly horrific what carl will describe. he will keep it at the appropriate level, but what he will describe is a child recycling ring that we have previously talked about. this is where smugglers take children and bring them again and again across the border to cross other criminals to the border through loopholes in our law. 2008 of october was the first time we had more family units than single adults apprehended.
in yuma, arizona, we were catching groups of guatemalans turning themselves into border patrol. we started looking into it, and found that some of the sponsors, after they were released, were the same person, same address, same phone number. they reached out to the people where they were going. why don't you come out? they went out to charleston. the group was released, picked up by the sponsor, immediately put in a bag of trash in a dumpster. inside was the ankle bracelets, legal documents, are a discarded by these sponsors. they investigated this case. it went back to a larger group
smuggling four mullins south carolina and other places. they were able to get eight indictments and warrants served, resulted in 24 illegal aliens apprehended. one of the indictments was a woman being paid $1500 a child to take the children back to guatemala who were not part of a family unit. she claims it was 13 times. we find out they were recycling the children. obviously exploitation of these children. president trump: thank you very much. appreciate it. thank you very much. >> now we want to turn to an ace ice victim advocate. we heard from her a couple weeks ago. she's a powerful part of what we do to help victims of survivors. she will give you a little bit about what she does.
>> as working with hsi division for, there's a component called the victim assistance program. i'm a part of that, along with 26 other advocates that sit in our offices. my job is to investigate victims of human trafficking and child exportation. i've done 6000 interviews. when we sit here and talk about the rescue of victims, our minds turned to how this actually happens. with our investigative efforts, a lot of our leads come from financial institutions, the committee, schools, and our local law enforcement partners. these women don't necessarily have access to 911. these women don't always identify as a victim based on coercion and manipulation being done by traffickers. if we had access, or they had access to 911, we would serve them quicker.
we are identifying them and wrapping services around them to bring them to team america. we want these victims to be stabilized. we want them to be healthy enough to allow us access to investigative information they can provide, that we can prosecute the offenders and controllers and traffickers keeping these women working and lying down 20-40 times a day. my job is working alongside the agent when we identify the victim and make sure the victim is interviewed in a way not blaming. we don't want to ask victims of human trafficking, how many men did you have sex with each day? we want them to be met with non-blaming language, such as how many men have slept with you? this is not their fault. no matter what they look like or how they are dressed. whatever the community thinks of them when they are being controlled and coworkers, it is our job to identify that and
rescue them. we look for additional support all the time in our program because the outreach we do to the community and to the people that have their eyes and ears there to identify them is important to us. our campaign is run by ice. the slogan is "hidden in plain sight." that's an important slogan to have because these women are among us. obviously when you talk about the super bowl, we talk about women who are there. there are other people who need eyes and ears to identify that, but they are hidden in plain sight. the efforts we take every day to help identify them and support them will bring to pass additional prosecutions and support for them. thank you. president trump: thank you very much. >> [inaudible]
going to talk a little bit how technology plays an important role here. >> mr. president, thank you for having me. i want to talk about hsi's roles and technologies to fight these crimes. we are definitely a world leader in applying technology and doing victim centric investigations. i counted our child victim identification laboratory in 2012. i dedicated my career in rescuing victims of these crimes. in doing so, we applied seven ral different pieces of expect -- of technology. one thing we do, using the victim, we removed from this image. in that image, we are able to pull the fingerprints of the subject from that image and identify the subject through the fingerprints.
we routinely do this now. >> if i can interrupt, the fingers are not facing the picture. >> correct. >> technology enables us to pull the print from the photograph. >> another thing we do often is comparisons. after we rescue the victim and we have imagery, we have a lot of hands in our imagery. this is a case of having individual's hands in the imagery, and then having exemplar images from a photo and using markings from that person to draw the difference if it is the same person. we do a lot of comparisons, anything that can be photographed or depicted in images or video, we can do a comparison of. in this case here, this is use of some creative technology, but also extra external expertise. here we have a child depicted in an outside environment.
that child is horrifically abused. what we do is sanitize her away from the image. we remove her using different imaging tools. and what we did here, we noticed there's plant life, foreign fauna. in the bottom right in the red circle is what is called a dwarf hole. we submitted this image to the smithsonian institute. an expert in the plant told us this will only be in areas of green on the map. primarily southwest united states and florida. using other imagery, there's a playground. we work with playground manufacturers and we are able to identify that specific playground was just outside of houston, texas. that will focus on a specific
neighborhood in houston, texas, and within hours we identify the child and apprehend the offender and rescue the child from horrific and ongoing abuse. the rest of my briefing is law enforcement sensitive. president trump: that's fine. thank you very much. you do a great job. you have anything to say? >> thank you very much, secretary nielsen and ivanka trump for allowing the press to come in. somebody times they think americans are not hearing the basic facts and not appreciating the tragedy that so many of these young victims go through day in and day out. work and allrtant that they represent. coming on the heels of the largest seizure of fentanyl in our nations history. that is what we know about. it is all the things that we do not know about. the powerless journey people are
taking for our forced into. this is exactly why you're physicalor a barrier in a larger reform package, something people cannot drive through, walkaround, crawl under, or climb over. something that keeps the length that we've heard today out, keep them on that side of the border or let them come legally. keep the drugs and human trafficking out. we want these young girls and boys to have a better life. and it's not going to happen if people feel like they can just drive them over the border and into queens, new york, as you heard today. thank you for your leadership. i hope the democrats see this as a nonpartisan issue. president trump: that would be nice. ivanka? >> i think we heard incredibly powerful stories. i do think for so many people, this is viewed as an international issue. to hear the stories around this table and realize this is happening in this country every
day, whether atlanta, around a major sporting event like the super bowl, this is very much an american issue, as well as international issue. as we were on the hill, championing for antitrafficking legislation, i met with the young girl you mentioned. and nobody can meet with a survivor and not be deeply moved and feel deeply passionate about the issue of human trafficking. i'm so grateful of the work of the ngo's and law enforcement community. thank you secretary nielsen for all you are doing. and thank you mr. president for highlighting this issue because it is the gravest of human rights violation. president trump: thank you very much. it is an important issue. we will strengthen up our southern border. it should have been done 40
years ago, five years ago. it's a disgrace. it's a disgrace. and now you have problems, even with i understand, yesterday, people from venezuela wants to come through. part of it is the success of our country. we're going to keep our country successful. we want people to come in. we need people. we have companies moving in, a lot of companies moving back into the united states. we need people. you see that with of the jobs numbers. but it has to be through a legal process and a merit. we do want people coming into our country. they have to come in legally. i want to thank everybody for coming here. what you do is incredible. the job is incredible. few people can do what you do. we want to try to make it easier for you, or for you to handle more of the incredible work. no matter what we do, it's not going to stop, but we can reduce it incredibly by tremendous numbers.
i just want to thank everybody for being here. we're very proud of you, very proud of the job you do. thank you very much. madam secretary, thank you very much. really great. >> mr. president? president trump: yes? >> [inaudible] president trump: we're building the wall now. we're building the wall. we're spending the money we have on hand. we have money on hand and we are building i would say we will miles of wall, maybe a little more than that very shortly. it's being built. some of it is already being completed. in san diego, it's completed. very beautiful, brand-new. we have other wall under construction. we're building the wall. it's being built one way or another. we are doing things right now. we're building it with funds that are on hand.
we're negotiating very tough prices. we've designed a much better looking wall that's also a better wall, which is interesting. it is more beautiful and better, much more protective. it looks better. used to build were not very attractive. i think that is part of the problem. the real problem, we need something. we are building a law of wall as we speak. we are renovating a lot of wall. we are getting ready to give out contracts with money we have on hand. we will be looking at a national emergency because i don't anything's going to happen. i think the democrats don't want border security. when i hear them talk about walls are immoral, walls don't work. they know they work. i watched somebody being interviewed by a very good anchor. and the anchor was getting angrier and angrier as they tried to explain how a wall doesn't have that much of an
impact, and yet thousands of people are on one side of the wall and nobody is on the other side of the wall. it was actually laughable and really horrible in the same breath. so that's the way it is. if you look at el paso, if you look at certain places, but el paso was one of the most dangerous cities in the whole country. once the wall was completed, it became one of the safest immediately. it wasn't like it took five years. immediately, it became one of the safest cities in the whole country. we're building the wall. the chant should be "finish the wall" as opposed to "build the wall" because we're building this. six months ago we really started to go. i can see we're getting nowhere with the democrats. it's going to be a part of their campaign but i don't think it's good, politically. i think nancy pelosi should be ashamed of herself.
i think the democrats should be ashamed. in all fairness to the democrats, many of them want the wall. and i see it. they're just dying to say what they want to say, but they can't say it as well as they would be able to if they were allowed to do it. yes? >> mr. president, are you saying now you believe february 15, the only option you have left is to close the government because you don't think the independent committee will come up with an answer? are you concerned you will be immediately adjoined in some court? president trump: we have very, very strong legal standing. it would be very hard to do that. they tend to go to the ninth circuit. when they go to the ninth circuit, things happen. it missed and it missed and then it was approved in the united states supreme court, where we have a good record. they go to the ninth circuit, in
many cases, and most cases, has nothing to do with the ninth circuit. it's a shame what they do. let's see what happens. we have strong legal standing. we are doing it regardless. we haven't declared the national emergency yet, yet we're building a lot of wall. we're continuing to build a lot of wall with business cash on hand. we're negotiating tough prices. we have a great system, great wall system. they used to have all these different systems, nobody knew what was going on. we have a solid system that looks good. >> are you saying now you expect to declare a national emergency? president trump: i don't want to say. but you'll hear the state of the union and you'll see what happens. >> are you aware february 15 -- president trump: yeah, we're building now. one thing i want to stress to the people, when i see the
tremendous obstruction by democrats knowing that the only saving of our southern borders -- you look at these towns. before the wall, they were crime-ridden. and now the wall gets built, we put up a wall in a certain area, it went from being a horrible hellhole into something that's really safe. they can't believe it. the mayors can't believe it. for instance, one story in san diego, they were begging us to build the wall. they were putting pressure on us in an area of san diego were people were rampant going through. you have a lot of security, but the security can only do so much. when you have these caravans, we've done a great job with the caravans, an incredible job. most of them have gone back or are staying on the other side of the wall. they haven't been coming in. we've done a great job. it's been really amazing to see
the difference when you have it and when you don't. it's incredible to see the difference on the area on the other side of the barrier. you know the old expression, walls work whether you like it or not. in israel they have a wall. it is 99.9% successful. and ours are too. we are going to be started -- we have a few areas we're starting with a catch-up. once you have the holes in the middle, it's sort of like water. they spread. but you have to have it. when you talk about the committee, i can tell you the republicans want a wall, but the democrats are told you can't do that. they're doing a tremendous disservice. the democrats are doing a tremendous disservice to our country. you heard today about human trafficking. human trafficking and go down by a tremendous percentage if we
had a wall at our southern border. tremendous. because it's hard to do it through ports of entry. because you have people standing there looking, what's going on in the backseat? they check these things. they come through areas you don't have the barriers. and we're not going to let that happen. we'll be up to about 115 miles of wall, some renovated, some new, and we're going to make a big step in the next week or so prior to doing anything. but having a national emergency does help the process. what would help a lot would be if the democrats could actually be honest. everyone knows they're not being honest. i'd love to hear what they talk about in the rooms when they go back. a lot of pressure is being put on democrats on their leadership. tremendous pressure is being put
on because they cannot justify not having a barrier between our country and mexico. mexico just came out yesterday, numbers were just released. 38,000 people were murdered in mexico, up an incredible amount, 30% or something from the year before. 38,000 people were murdered in mexico. it's one of the most unfortunately unsafe countries in the world. we need a protective barrier for our country, and that doesn't include honduras, who we are not happy with and we're looking very seriously at taking away all funding. same thing for guatemala, and same thing for el salvador. it's a disgrace what's going on in those countries. for years and years, the united states has paid them hundreds of millions of dollars, and they do nothing for us.
when the caravan starts in the middle of honduras, obviously they're allowing it to start. and they want it to start. because they want to have not certain people in their country. what do they do? they put them in their caravan. we've had tremendous numbers of criminals we caught in the caravans before they get here. so, the committee, i know the republicans want to do something. i'm not saying this because i'm a republican. i'm saying the democrats were instructed, "don't do a wall." you hear about trafficking, drugs, gangs, crime. they're only doing it for one reason. they think it's good politics for 2020. maybe we can be trump because this is a big issue. i've done military, where our military is in great shape now, strong and ready. it was totally depleted when i got here. regulation cuts, tax cuts. we've done more than any other
president has ever done in the first two years of his presidency. but the wall is a big factor and they want to use the wall for politics. it's not going to work. privately decided to declare a national emergency? president trump: privately? i'm certainly thinking about it. i think there is a good chance we'll have to do that. regardless, we're building a wall. i could do it a lot faster the other way. >> are you saying we should be ready for you to announce in the state of the union what you will -- president trump: i'm saying listen closely to the state of the union. i think you'll find it very exciting. >> are you willing to commit u.s. military if necessary? president trump: i don't want to say that. but everything is an option. >> mr. president, are you taking a meeting with president xi
on the back end? president trump: yeah, i'm thinking about it. we had a meeting with the vice premier of china, very respected by the president, president xi. we had an amazing meeting on trade. actually, also on fentanyl. china has agreed to criminalize fentanyl. it's going to have a huge impact on fentanyl coming into the country. there's a huge possibility we will meet somewhere, whether it's there. that will be announced officially probably next week. it could happen. president trump: gee, da nang. who does da nang remind me of? a certain senator that said he
was a war hero, when he wasn't. >> have you found the money? president trump: we have a lot of money. that is why we're building it. we had $1.6 billion approved, now we have another $1.6 billion approved. in theory, we have $1.3 billion approved. we're renovating walls that were dilapidated. it's wall that was in such bad shape we take it down and build new wall in certain important areas. we're doing a combination of renovation and the wall. we are doing a lot of it. >> the unique and appropriation from congress to get the -- president trump: we are already appropriated. it's already been done. certain other things we'll be doing that we have not done yet. one of the things we're considering is a national emergency. it is. it's an invasion of our country.
not only gangs and criminals and human traffickers, it's an invasion of drugs into our country. it's an invasion like you've never seen before. heroin, 90% of heroine coming into the country comes in through the southern border. we could stop so much of that. i'll tell you this. if we build a proper barrier with all of the technology, which really only works with the barrier, but if we built a proper barrier with great technology, too, we will see crime throughout the united states go down in percentages we've never seen before. it will be an amazing thing. so much of it comes through the southern border. >> mr. president, can you tell us the theme of the state of the union speech? president trump: i think most of the things you would know, economic development, success. no country has had the success we've had the last two years. if the other party got into office, instead of having these
phenomenal 400 thousand jobs added, and we had somebody great months. it has been a little tricky because i'm in the middle of some big trade deals. after you make it, the deals are much better than before. better like nobody has ever seen before. that includes if we make the deal with china, it will be a different world for us. we lost $500 billion a year with china. for many years, $500 billion, not million, billion. we're not going to do that anymore. our relationship with china is extraordinary. my relationship with president xi, i guarantee, is better it than any relationship with any president. it's not even close. they cannot go on this way. if you notice yesterday, i think it's a big story, china has agreed to purchase a tremendous, massive amount of soybeans and
other agricultural products. our farmers this morning are very happy. i spoke to our new secretary of agriculture. he called me this morning. "our farmers are extremely happy." >> you can't build the wall right on the border. it may slow down human trafficking, it may slowdown people who don't want to get caught. for all these tens of thousands of migrants who want to touch foot on u.s. soil and wait for the border patrol to pick them up, how does the wall solve that problem? president trump: we're going to solve the problem but we are also looking at other things because there's a lot of loopholes. you're right, it becomes a catch and release deal. in some graces -- cases they are released into the country. if you look at the visa lottery and all of these other chain migration, we have to fix all of
it. it's very important. the wall is the most important thing by far, but we have to fix the loopholes. you're 100% right. >> what is the endgame with russia? president trump: honestly, i don't think she has a clue. i don't think nancy has a clue. i see that when she says walls are immoral. she doesn't have, she doesn't know. and i wish she did. because she's hurting this country so badly. it's all rhetorical. not delivered well, but it's all rhetorical. she's hurting our country very, very badly, even with statements like that. ok, thank you very much everybody. >> keep moving, let's go. president trump: go ahead. >> pulling out of the imf, is
this as much about china as it is an emerging threat from china? president trump: the reason, you have to add countries. very importantly, one side has not been adhering to it. we have, but one side has not. unless they are going to adhere, we shouldn't be the only one. i hope that we're able to get everyone in a big, beautiful room and do a new treaty that's much better. certainly, i would like to see that. but you have to have everybody adhere to it. and you have a certain side that almost pretends it doesn't exist, pretty much pretends it doesn't exist. unless we're going to have something we agree to, we're going to be put at the disadvantage of going by a treaty, limiting what they do, ok? thank you. thank you very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
the last year, the world has seen what we always knew, that no people on the earth are so fearless or determined as americans. if there is a mountain, we climb it. crossre is a frontier, we it. if there is a challenge, we tame it. if there is an opportunity, we seize it. let's begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our union is strong because our people are strong. [applause] >> the state of the union, first postponed because of the shutdown will now take place on tuesday night. watch as president trump
delivers his state of the union address live from the house chamber beginning at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. followed by the democratic response by former georgia gubernatorial candidate stacey abrams. the state of the union come alive tuesday at 9:00 eastern on c-span, c-span.org or listen with the free c-span radio app. human services secretary alex azar talked about the trump administration's plans to reduce prescription drug prices which he hopes will take effect early next year. the bipartisan policy center hosted the event. on behalf of sm >> good morning, everyone. on behalf of senators tom daschle and bill fritz, who lead the bipartisan policy center's health program, we are happy to