President Trump Meets With Colombian President CSPAN February 14, 2019 4:50am-5:05am EST
a confirmation vote for the attorney general nominee, william barr. c-span3, a senate armed services committee hearing on the special operations in cyber commands. earlier, president trump met with the president of columbia at the white house. they discussed u.s.-colombian relations and the influx of refugees from venezuela. this is 10 minutes. >> thank you very much.
you are both going to have lunch after and you will get to know each other. >> and we will enjoy it. >> i know you will. thank you so much. we are working on many things together. eradication of drugs in colombia and outside and obviously venezuela, the military, so many different elements, including i think today a lot of it will be devoted to discussing venezuela and what is happening in venezuela. a very close picture. it is in turmoil right now. people are being treated very badly. and it is a very said thing to witness, especially since we are so close. we fight all over the world and then you look at what happens right at our front door. so i don't like seeing it, i'm not happy about it. let's see how it all and set. the president has been very helpful. a lot of people from venezuela have gone to colombia. they are treating them well. we are sending a lot of supplies because in many cases these
people are starving or close to starving. the people within venezuela themselves are in many cases -- they are in bad shape, they are very hungry. i have seen what is going on and they are very hungry. i just want to thank the president for working with us and we are working together. our militarys are very focused and working together. let's see how it all turns out. we will make things turn out well. that is what we do. we make things work. >> thank you so much, mr. president. i would also like to first express our gratitude for being here. the u.s. and colombia have been longtime friends and we have received a lot of support from your administration. terrorism, to, promote economic growth, and obviously trade. it is something very important to highlight today and it is that we share values on democracy and we want to work
together to put an end to the brutal dictatorship that has been affecting the venezuelan people. i'm very happy that the diplomatic blockade is working like no time before. i think the days for this dictatorship are about to end and we are working in those lines. thank you for hosting us, thank you madame first lady for inviting us to your house, and i'm very pleased that we will continue strengthening the relationship between colombia and the u.s. >> thank you very much, mr. president. one thing i might add, we have tremendous support. colombia. we have tremendous support all over south america, all over the world really. we have a tremendous number of countries not only that have joined, but want to do whatever they can do to help with the situation in venezuela. so, we will be seeing a lot of the next few weeks. let's see what happens. ok. thank you. >> [indiscernible]
-- will be able to tolerate the presence of nicolas maduro? [indiscernible] president trump: great respect people,man that most many people think is the real president of venezuela. he is very brave. it is a very brave situation what he is doing, as you know. i've seen what's happened in the streets and that scene what has happened with executions. i really give him a lot of credit and i think it is going to work out very well. >> [indiscernible] president trump: i think there are a number of different options and we look at all options. >> are you thinking of sending troops to colombia? president trump: i never talk about that. >> [indiscernible] >> let me add something on the first question that was raised. , who is theiado
person about to lead the oursition in venezuela, has strong support and we need to give him stronger support. i think what happened with the eu has been very important. we will host the lima group in bogotá next week. and we will, all the countries in the hemisphere, give him the strong support he needs to lead the transition and venezuela. >> [indiscernible] do you have a plan b? president trump: i always have plan b and c and d and e and f. i have great flexibility. i've probably have more flexibility than any man who has ever been in this office. i saw the tremendous numbers of people yesterday, you are talking about during the week, numbers that you rarely see. we will see what happens. a a lot of things are happening
in venezuela that people don't know about. support forot of what we are doing and for the people we are talking to. >> [indiscernible] >> they have to be able to let the food in. they have not been able to. i think he is making a terrible mistake by not allowing that to happen. we are trying to get food to people that are starving. they are starving in venezuela. it shows what can happen with the wrong government. ,ou have the wrong government bad things never happen. you have many people that are in real trouble, just hunger. we are delivering and sending tremendous amounts of food and other things, supplies. >> [indiscernible] , i thinkay add to that we have to give a very strong
message to the dictatorship. obstructing humanitarian aid is a crime against humanity. we have to make sure it gets to the venezuelan people and colombia is highly committed to aide to help the venezuelan people. >> [indiscernible] trump: well, we have not gotten it yet. we will be looking for landmines. you could have that. it has been known to happen before to people. we will take a very serious look at it. we have a lot of things happening right now. we building a lot of wall with money we have right now. when people see what we are doing, we will be -- they will be very surprised. we have planned to do a lot of work, but i have not seen it yet.
i pursued all the work the republicans have done because they are really going against a radical left. it is a radical left. they are going against it very hard and they are fighting, but we are in very good shape, and we're going to take a look at it when it comes. i don't want to see a shutdown. a shutdown would be a terrible thing. i think a point was made with the last shutdown. people realized how bad the border is, how unsafe the border is. i think a lot of good points were made, but i don't want to see another one. there is no reason for it. we will look at the legislation when it comes and i will make a determination than. >> [indiscernible] actually, it will be regardless of what i do, we already have a lot of money where we are building existing wall with existing funds, but i have a lot of options. just like we do with venezuela, we have on the border. we have a lot of options and a lot of things are happening,
very positive things. you know, the numbers are almost $23 billion, would you don't report to often. it is about an 8% increase over last year. if you look at the total funding, it is almost up to $23 billion. it is about 8% higher. the border area is happening, it is going to happen at a really rapid pace. we giving out contracts right now. we're going to have a great wall. it is going to be a great, powerful wall. people will not be able to get through that wall very easily. i think you see that. i think you see it happening. it is very important. it will also have technology, it will have drones, it will have everything else we have. if you look at ice funding, that will be completed. we have other things happening which people aren't talking about. we have a lot of funding for other things. with the wall, they want to be stingy. but we have options that most people don't really understand. >> [indiscernible]
president trump: you will see. >> [indiscernible] president trump: any other questions? >> [indiscernible] i want to visit colombia. look forward to visiting. something we haven't thought of. it is always interesting. anything ted does is interesting. certainly interesting. we are working together so that colombia eradicates something they are growing in colombia. i would not say at this moment you're ahead of schedule.
>> in the first four months of our administration we have radicated 16,000 -- where than was eradicated in the previous eight months. we have a goal because it is our moral duty to have colombia free f crops and traffic. president trump: i want to say before your leave, the economy is doing incredibly well. ? s are really high. really good. we have a big team of people really talented in china negotiating the china deal. it is going along really well. they are showing us tremendous respect and something which a lot of countries didn't use to show the united states. they are showing us respect now. a big difference from the old days, i will tell you that. so the deal with china is going very well.
the economy is doing fantastically. you saw the gallup pole that came out saying they were going to be in better shape this year this year than last year. that is the best numbers we have had in 16, 17 years. economy is s -- strong. we have a lot of companies wanting to come to the united states. the wall is being built. thank you very much. >> our live coverage of the funeral for michigan congressman ohn dingell continues today at
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