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  President Trumps Remarks on Border Security  CSPAN  February 15, 2019 10:39am-11:50am EST

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>> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. [applause] president trump: thank you very much, everybody. before we begin, i'd like to just say, we have a large team of very talented people.
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in china we had a negotiation going on for about two days. it's going extremely well. who knows what that means because it only matters if we get it done but we're very much working very closely with china and president xi, who i respect a lot. very good relationship that we have. and we're a lot closer than we ever were in this country with having a real trade deal. we're covering everything. all of the points people have been talking about for years that said it couldn't be done whether it was theft or anything. anything. the unfairness. we've been losing on average $375 billion a year with china. a lot of people think it's $506 billion. some people think it's much more than that. we're going to be leveling the playing field.
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the tariffs are hurting china. they don't want them. it would be my honor to remove them but otherwise we're having many billions of dollars pouring into our treasury. we never had that before with china. it's been very much a one-way street. so that's happening. and the relationship with china is very good. but i think they finally respect our country. they haven't respected us for a long time. not for a long time. the u.k. and the u.s., as you probably have been seeing and hearing, we're agreeing to go forward and preserve our trade agreement. you know all of the situation with respect to brexit and the complexity and the problems, but we have a very good trading relationship with u.k. and that's just been strengthened further. so with the u.k. we're continuing our trade and we are going to actually be increasing it very substantially. as time goes by, we expect that
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the u.k. will be very, very substantially increased as it relates to trade with the united states. the relationship there also is very good. we have a lot of great announcements having to do with syria and our success with the eradication of the caliphate and that will be announced over the next 24 hours. and many other things. a lot of positive things are going on. we're working on a summit. you know all about the summit. it will be in vietnam, hanoi, and we will meeting in hanoi. i think a lot of you will be going, i suspect, and i hope we have the same good luck as we had in the first summit. a lot was done in the first summit. no more rockets going up. no more missiles going up. no more testing of nuclear. get back our remains, the remains of our great heroes
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from the korean war. we got back our hostages. but we hope we're going to be very much equally as successful. i'm in no rush for speed. we just don't want testing. the sanctions, as you know, remain. everything is remaining. china has been helping us. and russia has been helping us. and south korea, i think you can say has been -- we have been working very closely with south korea, with japan. but china, russia on the border have really been, at least partially living up to what they're supposed to be doing and that's ok, as per the united nations. so we will have a meeting on the 27th and 28th of february, and i think that will be a very successful -- and i look forward to seeing chairman kim. we have also established a very good relationship, which has never happened between him or his family and the united
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states. they have really taken advantage of the united states, billions of dollars has been paid to them, and we won't let that happen but we think that north korea and chairman kim have a tremendous potential as an economic force, economic power. their location between south korea and then russia and china, right smack in the middle, is phenomenal. we think they have a great chance for tremendous economic prosperity in the future. so i look forward to seeing chairman kim in vietnam. today, i'm announcing several critical actions that my administration has taken to confront a problem that we have right here at home. we fight wars that are 6,000 miles away, wars that we never should have been in many cases, but we don't control our own
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border. so we're going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we're going to do it one way or the other, we have to do it. not because it was a campaign promise, which it is. it was one of many. not my only one. we're rebuilding the military. our economy is thriving like never before. you look at other economies, they're doing terribly, and we're doing if he fom national -- phenomenally today. they'll go back in and say, oh, the market just went down. but the market is getting close to the new highs that we created. we have all the records. we have every record. but we're getting close to that point, again, where we'll create new records. so our country is doing very well economically. and we've done a lot. but one of the things i said i have to do and i want to do is border security because we have tremendous amounts of drugs flowing into our country. much of it coming from the
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southern border. when you look and when you listen to politicians and particular certain democrats they say it all comes through the port of entry. it's wrong. it's wrong. it's just a lie. it's all a lie. they say walls don't work. walls work 100%. whether it's el paso -- i really was smiling because the other night i was in el paso. we had a tremendous crowd. and tremendous crowd. and i asked the people, many of whom were from el paso but they came from all over texas and i asked them, let me ask you as a crowd, when the wall went up, was it better? you were there, some of you. it was not only better, it was like 100% better. you know what they did. but that's only one example. there are so many examples. in el paso, they have close to 2,000 murders right on the other side of the wall.
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and they had 23 murders. that's a lot of murders. but it's not close to 2,000 murders. right on the other side of the wall in mexico. so everyone knows that walls work. and there are better examples than el paso, frankly. you take a look almost everywhere. take a look at israel. they're building another wall. 99.9% effective. the only weakness is they go to a wall and then they go around the wall. they go around the wall and in. ok. that's what it is. very simple. and a big majority of the big drugs, the big drug lords don't go through ports of entry, they can't go through ports of entry. you can't take big loads because you have very capable people. the border patrol, law enforcement looking. you can't take human traffic, women and girls. you can't take them through ports of entry.
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you can't have them tied up in the backseat of a car or a truck or a van. they open the door. they look. they can't see three women with tape on their mouth or three women whose hands are tied. they go through areas where you have no wall. everybody knows that. nancy knows it. chuck knows it. they all know it. it's all a big lie. it's a big con game. you don't have to be very smart to know, you put up a barrier, the people come in, and that's it. they can't do anything unless they walk left or right and they find an area where there's no barrier and they come into the united states. welcomed. we've detained more people, our border agents are doing such incredible work. our military has been incredible. we put up barbed wire on top of certain old walls that were there. we fixed the wall.
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we loaded up with barbed wire. it's very schedule. our military has been fantastic fantastic. s been our military has been fantastic. the caravan, they are in the process of breaking up. we have another one we haven't been able to break up yet. we've actually been working with mexico. much better than ever before. i want to thank the president. i want to thank mexico. they have their own problems. they have the largest number of murders that they've ever had in their history. almost 40,000 murders. 40,000. they got to straighten that out and i think they will. but i just want to thank the president because he's been helping us with these monstrous caravans that have been coming up. we had one that was up to over 15,000 people. it's largely broken up. others have gotten through. and in tijuana, you have a lot of people staying there. if we didn't have the wall up and we didn't have the wall secured and strengthened, they
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would have walked right through. they would have been welcomed to the united states. one of the things we've saved just a tremendous amount on would be sending the military. if we have a wall we wouldn't need the military because we'd have a wall. so i'm going to be signing a national emergency. it's been signed many times before. it's been signed by other presidents from 1977 or so it gave the presidents the power. there's rarely been a problem. they sign it. nobody cares. i guess they weren't very exciting. but nobody cares. they sign it. for far less important things, in some cases, in many cases. whichary talking about an in-- we're talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs. we have some of the greatest
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people. i know. they have been from the beginning of my campaign. almost from the same week. angel moms. unfortunately we have new angel moms. one incredible woman just showed me her daughter who we're talking about killed in the year of 18. i said i haven't seen you before. she said, no, i'm new. i said, it's too bad. it's too bad. it's so sad. stand up just for a second. show how beautiful your girl was. thank you. i have such respect for these people. angel moms angel dads, angel families. i have great respect for these people. these are great people. these are great people. they're fighting foyer their children that have been killed by people that were illegally in this country. and the press doesn't cover them. they don't want to, incredibly. and they're not treated the way they should be. they're fighting for other
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people because they don't want what happened to their children or husband or anybody. we have one young lady whose husband -- please, stand up. your husband was just killed in maryland. incredible man. just killed. beautiful children. won't be seeing their father again. these are brave people. they don't have to be here. they don't have to be doing this. they're doing it for other people. so i just want to thank all of you for being here. ok. i really do. i want to thank you. i credible people. ast year, 70,000 americans were killed, at least -- i think the number is ridiculously low -- by drugs, including meth and heroin and cocaine, fentanyl. one of the things i did with
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president xi in china when i met him in around tina at a summit -- in argentina at a summit, before i even started talking about a trade -- it was a trade meeting. went very well. before i talked about trade, i talked about something more important. i said, listen, we have tremendous amounts of fentanyl coming into our country. kills tens of thousands of people. i think far more than anybody registers. and i'd love you to declare it a lethal drug and put it on your criminal list. and their criminal list is much tougher than our criminal list. their criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called the death penalty. our criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called, how about a fine, and when i asked president xi -- i said, you have a drug problem? no, no, no. i said, you have 1.4 billion
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people. what do you mean you have no drug problem? no, we don't have a drug problem. i said, why? death penalty. we give death penalty to people that sell drugs. end of problem. what do we do? we set up a blue ribbon committee. lovely men and women. they sit around the table. they have lunch. they eat. they dine. and they waste a lot of time. if we want to get smart, we can get smart. you can end a drug problem. can end it a lot faster than you think. but president xi has agreed to put fentanyl on his list of deadly, deadly drugs. and it's a criminal penalty. and the penalty is death. so that's frankly one of the things i'm most excited about in our trade deal. want to know the truth. i think there's no more important point. we are going to make billions of dollars with this trade
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deal. it's going to be great for our country and great for china, i hope. their markets are down close to 40%. our markets are way up. since my election, we picked up trillions of dollars of worth. trillions. many trillions. and china has lost trillions of dollars. but i want it to be good for china and i want it to be good for the united states so we'll see what happens. china is coming here next week, by the way. they're coming home, the traders. and china is coming here next week. and then i will be meeting with president xi at some point after that to maybe force some remaining deals. we'll make them directly one-on-one ourselves. we're going to be signing national egistering emergency, and it's a great thing to do because we have an
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invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people and it's unacceptable. and by signing the national emergency, something signed many times by other presidents. many, many times. president obama. in fact, we may be using one of the national emergencies that he signed having to do with cartels, criminal cartels. it's a very good emergency he signed and we are going to use parts of it in our dealings on cartels so that would be a second national emergency. but in that case it's already in place. what we really want to do is simple. it's not like it's complicated. it's very simple. we want to stop drugs from coming into our country. we want to stop criminals and gangs from coming into our country. nobody's done the job that we've ever done. i mean, nobody's done the job we've done on the border. and in a way what i did by
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creating such a great economy -- and if the opposing party got in this the -- oh, the previous administration, let me tell you, the previous administration, it was heading south and it was going fast. we would have been down the tubes. the regulations were strangling our country. unnecessary regulations. by creating such a strong economy -- you just look at your televisions, see what's going on today, it's through the roof. what happens is more people want to come. so we have far more people trying to get into our country today than probably we've ever had before. and we've done an incredible job in stopping them. but it's a massive number of people. if we had the wall it would be very easy. we would make up for the cost of the wall just to the cost of the fact i would be able to have fewer people. we wouldn't need all of this
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incredible talent, some of whom are sitting in the first row, you wouldn't need all of this incredible talent. we would get -- we would get thousands of law enforcement people, including border patrol. you pet them in different areas, -- you put them in different areas, you have them doing different things, law enforcement, border patrol -- and i want to thank law enforcement. i want to thank border patrol. i want to thank i.c.e. i.c.e. is abused by the press and by the democrats. by the way, we are going to be taking care of i.c.e. we talk about the new bill. we're going to be taking care of i.c.e. they wanted to get rid of i.c.e. and the bill is just the opposite of that. a lot of good things happen. so that's the story. we want to have a safe country. i ran on a very simple slogan. make america great again.
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if you're going to have drugs pouring across the border, if you're going to have human traffickers pouring across the border in areas where we have no protection, in areas where e don't have a barrier, then very hard to make america great again. but we've done a fantastic job but we haven't been given the equipment. e haven't been given the walls. and in the bill, by the way, they didn't fight us on most of the stuff. ports of entry. we have so much money we don't know what to do with it. i don't know what to do with all the money they're giving us. it's crazy. the only place they don't want to give as much money, there doesn't billion, it sound like a lot. we are putting it to much better use than it used to be. a lot of the past administrations, it was easy to
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get. they didn't build or did what they could have done. it would have been great. would have been great to do it earlier. i was a little new to the job, little new to the profession and we had a little disappointment for the first year and a half. people that should have stepped up didn't step up. they didn't step up and they should have. would have been easy. . it with have been a lot easier. but some people didn't step up. we're stepping up now. we have a chance of getting close to $8 billion, whether it's $8 billion or $2 billion, or $1.5 billion it's going to build a lot of walls. we're getting it done. we're right now in construction with wall in some of the most important areas. and we have renovated a tremendous amount of wall. making it just as good as new. that's where a lot of the money is spent on renovation. we were restricted to renovating, which is ok. we're going to run out of areas we can can renovate pretty soon.
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we need new wall. i want to thank everybody for being here. i want to thank in particular the agele moms and dads for being -- angel moms and dads for being here. thank you very much. we have great respect for you. the real country, a real country, the people that really love our country, they love you. i just want you to know that. i know how hard you fight. and i know how hard a fight you are having. i also want to thank all of the law enforcement for the job you do. believe me, our conhetry loves you and they respect you greatly. and we're -- country loves you and they respect you greatly. we're giving you surplus military equipment which a lot of people didn't like giving previous to this administration. but hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus equipment. as we get it, as you know, we send it down. you have much better protection. but i really appreciate you being here. so the order is signed.
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and i'll sign the final papers as soon as i get into the oval office. and we will have a national emergency and we will then be you sued and they will sue us in the ninth circuit, even though it shouldn't be there. and we will possibly get a bad ruling. and then we'll get another bad ruling. and then we'll end up in the supreme court. and hopefully we'll get a fair shake. and we'll win in the supreme court. just like the ban. they sued us in the ninth circuit and we lost and then we lost in the appellate division and then we went to the supreme court and we won. and it was very interesting because yesterday they were talking about the ban. we have a ban. it's very helpful. madam secretary, is that right? without the ban, we'd have a bigger problem. we have a ban on certain areas, certain countries depending on what's going on in the world. and we -- somebody said,
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president trump lost on the ban. well, he was right. i lost at the lower court. he didn't say that we ultimately won at the united states supreme court. they didn't want to say that. they didn't want to go that far. they were saying how i lost. the person sitting right up here. donald trump lost on the ban. yeah, i did. then i lost the second time. you should have said that, too. then it went to the supreme court and i won. didn't want to take it that far. we won on the ban and other things, too. probably easiest one to win is on declaring a national emergency because we're declaring it for virtual invasion purposes, drugs, traffickers and gangs. one of the things just to finish. we have -- we have removed thousands of ms-13 gang monsters. thousands. they are out of this country. we take them out by the thousands.
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and they are monsters. ok. do you have any questions? yeah. john. mr.r. president, how can -- president, a lot of the money -- president trump: i i was prepared? >> with the microphone. you were prepared for questions. president trump: i am prepared. always prepared. reporter: a lot of the money that goes to count toward your $8 billion is money being reprogrammed in the d.o.d. budget. how can you guarantee to military families and to our men and women of the military none of the money that would be reprogrammed from the wall would take away from other technology, other renovations, construction that is desperately needed in our military? president trump: we had certain funds that are being used at the discretion of generals, at the discretion of the military. some of them haven't been allocated yet. and some of the generals think
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that this is more important. i was speaking to a couple of them. they think this is far more important than what they were going to use it for. they said what were you going to use it for? i won't go into details but didn't sound important to me. plus, if you think i have gotten $700 billion for the military in year one. and then last year $716 billion. and we're rebuilding our military. but we have a lot. and under the previous administration our military was depleted, badly depleted. and they weren't spending -- they had a much smaller amount of money. when i got $700 billion and then $716 billion and then year it's going to be pretty big, too, because few things more important than our military, and i'm a big deficit believer and all that, but before we really start focusing on certain things, we have to build up our military. it was very badly depleted.
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and we're buying all new jet fighters, all new missiles, all new defensive equipment. we have -- we'll soon have a military like we never had before. when you think about the kind of numbers you are talking about, billion, $716 billion. what i need $ billion, $3 billion out of that -- $2 billion, $3 billion out of that for a wall, which is a billion, important instrument, very important for the military because of the drugs that pour in. as you know, we have specific rules and regulations where they have drugs and what you can can do in order to stop drugs. that's part of it, too. we're taking a lot of money from that realm also. when you have that kind of money i going into the military, this is a very, very small amount that we're asking for. reporter: mr. president, abc. petroleum:p come on, abc.
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not -- president trump: come on, abc. reporter: what due say to your republican allies you are violating the constitution with this move and setting a bad precedent that will be aused by possibly democratic presidents in the future? marco rubio? president trump: not too many people have said that. but the courts will determine that. look, i expect to be sued. i shouldn't be sued. very rarely do you get sued when you do national emergency. other people say, if you use it for this, what are we using it for? we have to get rid of drugs and cangs and people. it's an invasion. we have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country that we stop, but it's very hard to stop. with a wall that would be very easy. i think that we will be very successful in court. i think it's clear. and the people that say we create precedent, well, what do you have? a lot of times -- that's creating precedent. a many of those are far less
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important than having a border. you don't have a border, you don't have a conhetry. we fight -- before i got here, we fight all over the world to create borders for countries. but we don't create a border for our own country. so i think what will happen is sadly we'll be sued and sadly it will go through a process and happily we'll win. i think. reporter: i want to say in the past when president obama tried to use executive action as it related to immigration you said the whole concept of executive order, it's not the way the country's supposed to be run. you said you are supposed to go through congress and make a deal. will you concede you were unable to make the deal you you had promised in the past and you the deal you were winding up -- ending up now. president trump: i went through
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congress. i made a deal, i got almost $1.4 billion when i wasn't supposed to get $1. he's not going to get $1. i got $1.4 billion but i'm not happy with t i also got billions and billions of dollars for other things. port of entries, lots of different things. purchase of drug equipment. more than we were even requesting. the primary fight was on the wall. everything else we have so much -- i don't know what to do with it. we have so much money. but on the wall they skimped. so i did -- i was successful in that sense, but i wanted to do it faster. i could do the wall over a longer period of time. i didn't need to do this. but i i would rather do it much faster. and i don't have to do it for the election. i have already done a lot of wall for the election. 2020. and the only reason we're up here talking about this is because of the election. because they want to try to win an election which it looks like
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they are not going to be able to do. and this is one of the ways they think they can can possibly win is by on strucks and a lot of other nonsense. and -- is by obstruction and a lot of other nonsense. i want to get it done faster, that's all. yes, ma'am. reporter: thank you, mr. president. reuters. i wanted to ask about china. do you feel that enough progress has been made in the talks to head off the increase in tariffs scheduled for march 1? president trump: you are talking to the wrong person because i happen to like tariffs. we're taking in billions and billions of dollars in tariffs from china. and our steel industry is an example. we tax -- dumped steel, much of it comes from china, at 25%. or steel industry is so vibrant now again. they are building plants all over the united states. it's a beautiful thing. from a defensive standpoint and from any standpoint you need steel. you can can do without certain
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industries. our country can cannot do without steel. -- our country cannot do without steel. i love tariffs but i like them to negotiate. china is paying us billions of dollars a year in tariffs. i haven't seen started. here's the thing. if we make a deal, they won't have to pay. it will be a whole different story. they won't be paying that but we'll have a fair deal. there won't be intellectual property theft. there won't be so many other things that have gone on. no other president has done this. we didn't have a deal with china. yet the w.t.o., one of the worst trade deals ever made, probably even worse than nafta if that's believable, which i is hard to believe. i think nafta was just a disaster. it was a total disaster for our country. and now we made the usmca which will be a great deal. the way, the usmca from mexico that's united states, mexico, canada, that's where the
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money's coming from not directly but indirectly for the wall. and nobody wants to talk about that. because we're saving billions and billions of dollars a year, if congress approves that deal. now they might not want to approve a deal just because they'll say, one of the things i'm thinking of doing, this has never been done before, no matter how good a deal i make with china, if they sell me beijing for $1, if they give me 50% of their land and every ship that they built over the last two years, which is a lot, and they give them to me free, the democrats will say, what a lousy deal. that's a terrible deal. like z.t.e., i got $1 billion -- more than $1 billion penalty in a short period of time and the democrats said, oh, should have gotten more. when i made i that deal i said this is incredible. i got over $1 billion penalty
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plus change a burden of directors, their top management. they had to pay over $1 billion. i said what a deal. took like a week. and the democrats didn't even know there was a problem with z.t.e. i'm the one that fined them. i'm the one that settled it. over $1 billion. and president called me, he said it would be important to him if they could get a deal. in a short period of time, the democrats went out and said, oh. they should have done better. so what i'm thinking of doing is getting chuck schumer, getting nancy pelosi, having them bring two or three of their brilliant representatives and we'll all go down together and what we'll do is we'll negotiate, put them in the room, and let them speak up. because any deal i make with china, if it's -- it's going to be better than any deal than
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anybody ever dreamt possible. i'm not going to have a deal, very simple. but any deal i make with china, schumer's going to stand up and say, oh, should have been better. it should have been better. and you know what? that's not acceptable. i'm thinking about doing something very different. i don't think it's ever -- i i just don't want to be second-guessed. that's called politics. sadly i probably do the same thing to them. ok. any deal make toward the end, i'll bring schumer and pelosi. i'm going to say please join me on the deal. by the way, i i just see a new attorney general sitting in the front row, please stand up. [applause] president trump: such an easy job he's got. got the easiest job in government. thank you. congratulations. a great vote yesterday. thank you very much. reporter: in your remarks you said that you were too new to politics earlier in your
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administration when you would have preferred that this be done. is that an admission of how you might be changing on the job? and -- president trump: i'm learning. don't forget it's not like i have done this for -- a senator came into my office said i have been running for office, for 30 years, i have won seven out of seven. i did lose a couple when i was younger. i said i have won one out of one but i never did politics before. now i do politics. i will tell you i'm very disappointed at certain people, particular one, for not having pushed this faster. reporter: speaker ryan? president trump: let's not talk about it. what difference does it make? they should have pushed it faster. they should have pushed it harder. and they didn't. they didn't. if they would have, it would have been a little bit better. in the meantime, i built a lot of wall. i have a lot of money. i built a lot of wall. but it would have been nice to have gotten done.
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i would like to see major immigration reform and maybe that's something we can all work on. where we all get together and do major immigration reform. not just for a wall, for a barrier, for a port of entry, for other things. we have a real problem. we have catch and release. you catch a criminal and you have to release them. we have so many other things. you have chain migration. a bad person comes in, brings 22 or 23 or 35 of his family members because he has his mother, his grandmother, his sister, cousin, his uncle they are all in. you know what happened on the west side highway. that young wise guy drove over and killed eight people and horribly injured, nobody talks about that, horribly like loss of legs and arms, going 60 miles per hour he made a right urnedr turn into a park. on the west -- right turn into a
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park on west side highway in new york. he had many people brought in because he was in the united states. called chain migration. then you have the lottery. it's a horror show. because when countries put people into the lottery, they are not putting you in. they are putting some very bad people in the lottery. it's common sense. if i i ran a country and if i have a lottery system of people going to the united states, i'm not going to put in my stars. i'm going to put in people i don't want. the lottery system's a disaster. i'm stuck with it. reporter: mr. president -- president trump: it should never have happened. reporter: could you tell us to what degree some of the outside conservative voices helped to shape your views on this national emergency? president trump: look, sean hannity has been a terrific, terrific supporter of what i do. not of me. if i change my views, he wouldn't be with me. rush limbaugh, i think he's a great guy.
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i could speak for three hours without a phone call, try doing that. for three hours he speaks. he's got one of the biggest audiences in the history of the wormed. this guy is unbelievable. try speaking for three hours without taking calls. taking calls is easy. i'll answer this one, that one. he goes for three hours and he's got an audience that's fantastic. though don't decide policy. if i went pop sit -- ann coulter, don't know her. i hardly know her. i haven't spoken to her in way over a year. but the press loves saying ann coulter. ifdy speak to her she would be very nice. i don't have the time. i would speak to her, i have nothing against her. i liked her for one reason. when they asked her like right at the beginning who is going to win the election, she said donald trump. and the two people that asked her that question smiled. they said you're kidding, aren't you? nope. donald trump.
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so i liked her. but she's off the res. vation. but anybody that knows her understands that. i haven't spoken to her. don't followed her. don't talk to her. but the press loves to bring up ann coulter. i think she's fine. i just don't speak to her. laura's been great. laura ingram. tucker karlsson. i actually have a couple people on cnn that have been very good. msnbc the other day did a great report on me. where the hell did that come from? i think it was the only one in over a year. so the crazy thing is i just had, as you know, rasputin, 52% in the polls. number. t poll and people get what we're doing. they get it. they really get it. and i'm honored by it. jim acosta. reporter: thank you, mr. president. i number. and wonder if you could commentn this disconnect that we seem to have in this country where you
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are presenting information about what's happening at the border, calling an invasion, talking about women with duct tape over their mouths and so on, yet there is a lot of reporting out there, a lot of crime data out there, there is a lot of department of homeland security data out there that shows border crossings at a near record low. undocumented immigrants -- shows undocumented criminals -- undocumented imgrants committing crime at lower levels than native born americans. president trump: you don't believe that. do you really believe that? look at our federal prisons. reporter: i believe in facts and statistics. president trump: quick. reporter: what do you say to your critics who say that you are creating a national emergency? that you are concocting a national emergency here to get your wall? president trump: what do you think? do you think i am creating something? ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons.
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because your question is a very political question. because you have an agenda. you are cnn, fake news. you have an agenda. the numbers that you gave are wrong. take a look at our federal prison population. see how many of them percentage wise are illegal aliens. just see. go ahead and see. it's a fake question. yes, go ahead. reporter: thank you, mr. president. to follow-up on that. unifying crime reporting statistics, numbers from your own border patrol, your government, show that the amount of illegal immigrants are down. there is not violence on the border. and that is -- president trump: not violence? violence.not as much let me finish the question, please. president trump: two weeks ago, 26 people were killed. reporter: i understand what you're saying. i was there. i understand. violence. let me finish the that's not the question.
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president trump: did we fort got about that? reporter: no. aim asking you to clarify where you get your numbers. because most of the d.e.a. crime reporting statistics that we see show that drugs are coming across at the ports of entry that illegal immigration is down and violence is down. what do you base your facts on? president trump: let's go. reporter: secondly -- president trump: you get one. sit down. sit down. sit down. you get one question. i get my numbers from a lot of sources. like homeland security, primarily. and the numbers that i have from homeland security are a disaster. you know what else is a disaster? the numbers that come out of homeland security, keersten, for the cost that we spend and the money that we lose because of illegal immigration. billions and billions of dollars a month. billions and billions of dollars and it's unnecessary. reporter: urine own government stats are wrong? president trump: i use many stats. reporter: could you stair those
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stats with us? president trump: you have stats far worse than the one i i use. i use many stats. but i also use homeland security. reporter: just a quick follow-up -- president trump: go, please. reporter: thank you, mr. president. i want to bring you back to china for a second. the white house put out a statement today talking about the march 1 deadline. the other day you gave the possibility that maybe this could slide. are you eyeing a possible extension 30 days, maybe 60 days? president trump: it's a very big deal. i guess you could say it's like -- must be the biggest deal ever made if you think. trade with china. how big does that get? although if you look the usmca is right up there. it's very complicated. there are many, many points that we're bringing up that nobody ever brought up or thought to bring up. because very important we were on the wrong side of every one of them. there is a possibility that i will extend the date. if i do that, if i see that we're close to a deal or the
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deal is going because we were on the in the right direction, i would do that at the same tariffs we're charging now. reporter: let me ask you about the debt because it's gone a shade under $20 trillion. now it's a shade over $2 trillion and heading in the wrong direction. what are your plans to reverse t? president trump: you have to remember president obama put on more debt in this country thanner president in the history of our country -- than every president in the history of our country. when i took over we had one man that put on more debt than everybody president combined. combined them all. you can't be talking about that. i talk about it because i consider it very important. but first i have to straight general out the military. the military was demreeted. if we don't have a strong military, hopefully we won't have to use because it's strong. if we don't have a strong military, you don't have to worry about debt. you have bigger problems. i have to straighten out the military.
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that's why i did $700 billion and $716 billion. growth will straighten it out. you saw last months the trade deficit went way down. everybody said what happened? what's happening is growth. but before i can focus too much on that, a very big expense is military. and we have no choice but to straighten that out. reporter: thank you, mr. president. on north korea back on the last summit you guys came out with a pretty general agreement. i was wondering what you thought has been accomplished since the last summit, and then are we going to be seeing any concrete on denuclearization? president trump: a lot's been accomplished. we're dealing with them. talking to them. when i came into office i met right there in the oval office with president obama. i sat in those beautiful chairs and we talked, it was supposed
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to be 15 minutes. as you know it ended up being many times longer than that. i said what's the biggest problem? he said, by far, north korea. and i don't want to speak for him. but i believe he would have gone to war with north korea. i think he was ready to go to war. he told me he was so close to starting a big war with north korea. where are we now? no missiles. no rockets. no nuclear testing. we have learned a lot. but much more importantly than all of it, much more important, much, much more important than that, is we have a great relationship. i have a very good relationship with kim jong il. and i have done a job. think i can say this. prime minister abe of japan gave me the most beautiful jobby of a letter that -- copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the
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nobel prize. he said i have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of the japan. i am asking them to give you the nobel peace prize. i said thank you. many other people feel that way, too. i'm probably never get it. they gave it to obama, he didn't know what he got it for. he was there for about 15 seconds and got the nobel prize. what did i get it for? with me i probably will never get it. but if you look at syria, i stopped the slaughter of perhaps three million people. nobody talks about this. they don't talk about that. russia, iran, and syria were going to go in and perhaps destroy three million people in order to get 45,000 tariffs. i heard about it from a woman who had her parents and brothers living there and she said please, please. i thought -- i said, no. can't happen. what are you talking about?
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no -- i come home and i read certain paper where the story was there that they were actually forming to go into really do big destruction. i put out a statement that you better not do it. and in all fairness to russia and iran and syria, they didn't attack or they are doing it surgely -- surge canically, at least. we do a lot of good work. this administration does a tremendous job. and we don't get credit for it. i think the people understand what we do. prime minister abe gave he me -- it's the most beautiful five-page letter. nobel prize. he sent it to them. you know why? because he had rocketships and he had missiles flying over japan. and they had alarms going off, you know that. now all of a sudden they feel good. they feel safe. i did that.
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it was a very tough dialogue at the beginning. fire and fury. total annihilation. my button is bigger than yours and my button works. you remember that? you don't remember that. people said trump is crazy. and you know what it ended up being? a very good relationship. i like him a lot and he likes me a lot. nobody else would have done that. the obama administration couldn't have done it. number one, they probably wouldn't have done it. number two they didn't have the capability. i just want to thank everybody. i want to wish our new attorney general great luck and speed and enjoy your life. bill, good luck. tremendous reputation. i know you'll do a great job. thank you very much. and thank you, everybody. thank you very much. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit]
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>> president trump wrapping up his comments onboarder security, on trade with china, new york, and other issues. and signing just a short while ago the funding bill to fund the federal government through the remainder of the year and declaring a national emergency on our southern border. president trump back into the oval office. a picture there of the president signing that national emergency declaration. here on c-span and c-span radio we'd like to get your thoughts and reaction to what you heard from president trump on his declaration of the national emergency to join the onversation the numbers are 20 -748-8921. democrats. 20 -748-8922 for all others. we also have a line for border
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state residents. that line is 202-p 48-8923. we will get to your phone calls momentarily. get right to them. we did want to expound a bit on what the president talked about the $8 billion that he sees that he'll be able to use onboarder security. additional fencing and walls. this is a breakdown several news organizations reporting this on where that money is come interesting. the president planning to use $3.6 billion from military construction funds. 2.5 billion from department of defense counter drug activity, the $1.4 billion, the measure that passed congress yesterday, approved by congress. and an additional $600 million from treasury forfeitures. a total of a little over $8 billion the president now is targeting on using on expanding the border wall presence, certainly along the texas-mexico border. your calls and comments.
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want to remind you we're going to reair all of the president's 45-minute comments and questions from reporters tonight at 8:00 eastern here on c-span. we'll also reair it momentarily here in the next 15 minutes or so right here on c-span. let's go to ron in -- ron, are you there, in pennsylvania? don't have ron in pennsylvania. just some reaction to the president's comments. obviously this will -- has generated a lot of reaction in congress from border state senator, tom udall, of new mexico tweething this a short while ago. i'm leading legislation with his fellow senator to block the president from using an emergency declaration to raid billions in critical taxpayer funds for his wasteful border wall. congress must assert its role as a co-equal branch of government and pass this legislation. just a quick note on that, it was in 2005 that then new mexico
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governor bill richardson declared a state of emergency in the state of new mexico and provided some additional $750,000 in state emergency funds due to what they saw as an emergency on the border in new mexico in 2005. get to calls and go to florence, mississippi first. on our republican line. good morning to rita. caller: yes. hi. my opinion is that president trump is finally doing the right thing. we need this wall. we need the security. he tried to work with the democrats, but they did not, you know, help. so i am just glad that -- to see that this national emergency has been declared. and i hope that it gets through the supreme court quick and we can get that wall built. thank you. host: president trump speculated on that, on what the court
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proceedings could be like for his proposed national emergency. the encounters, the judicial encounters it may face in the coming weeks or months. on that note back at work at the supreme court today is justice ruth bader ginsberg. our independent line onboarder state line, okeechobee, florida, dave, good morning. caller: hi. i was a lifelong resident of arizona. i'm just out here in florida for the winter. in arizona i saw so much traffic through the desert, just tragedy of people trying to make it into this country. that's part of the issue. but when the press says the statistics are that american-born individuals have a higher chance of committing crime than illegal aliens. that can very well be true, but if we can reduce the total amount of crime by stopping illegal aliens who commit it,
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why shouldn't we? host: from your experience in arizona, do you see it in the last year, last couple years as worse than before? it's been highlighted because of sheriff joe making such a big political issue out of it. i would say it's been fairly consistent that it's been crime necessarily just be violent crime, but driving without insurance. things that hurt society in general. that's also something that needs to be reduced and would be reduced by effective border security. host: next to shirley on our democrats line in beverley hills, florida. go ahead. caller: hi. i'm shirley from beverley hills. i called on the republican line i thought. i was a democrat and i switched over because when i looked at it
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where the democrats are in power, their cities and towns have gone downhill. i'm from chicago, south side of chicago. and i switched about 20 years ago, maybe. but i voted democrat for over 30 years. and i don't see how they cannot want security at the border. i'm for immigrants but legally. the way other people have come here like my ancestors. i think it's terrible that they don't want to stop sex trafficking, the little children. it makes my heart cry. things like that. and the gangs an the drugs. lake the other man said, they drive without license. they cause accidents. and it's just terrible. i can't see why the democrats don't think of the people instead of their political gains. host: glenn, next up, indpntr
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line. freeland -- independent line. freeland, michigan. caller: thank you very much for taking these calls and everything. i just want to say i agree very much with what the president did. i think it's long past time we got control of our borders. as he said we spent literally trillions trying to control other people's borders. this whole thing is surreal. the idea that they shut down the government over $5.3 billion. that's chicken feed compared to the yearly budget. the government pays much more than that on so many other foolish things every year. for the people who say -- he said mexico will pay for it and all that. exico will pay for it.
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we'll save billions and billions once we get the border under control. and mexico is a very wealthy nation really. they can afford it. and as for all this central american nations, it would force them -- if we stopped taking in all these people, it would force the governments down there to do their job and take care of their own people. the governments in central america and these other nations would take care of their own people, which they are capable of, and the people there would reform the place down there. and get rid of the corruption and stuff like that. host: appreciate your call. we're taking your calls and comments. president trump signing the legislation approved by congress last night providing $1.4 billion for border security, additional barrier fencing along the u.s.-mexico board enand also funds the government through the remainder of this fiscal year, but on top of that the president
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talking about the additional total of about $8 billion. where that money comes from. some $3.6 billion reportedly from military construction. $2.5 billion from d.o.d., department of defense counter drug activities. that $1.4 billion that congress approved. and $600 million additional funds from treasury. a little over $8 billion. 20 -748-8921 for those of you calling on the republican line. 202-748-8920 for democrats. 20 -748-8923 all others. and border line, 202-748-8923. miami. good morning. caller: thank you so much for having an open dialogue on this. i'm in shock. i'm really in shock this president refuses to see statistics. he refuses to see the real numbers of where the point of entries of illegal immigrants are coming in and where the
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drugs are coming in. he focuses on the very narrow area of crime. doesn't even look at the domestic issues that we're having with the gun violence, but we're talking about people, you you know, with illegal licenses. i'm just in shock. he must think the whole world is on kool-aid. i never in my whole entire life thought we would have a president with such narrow mentality. he doesn't listen to the facts. and the facts is the money should be spent on the points of entries and the overstayed visas. which what is he so difficult to understand? it's been proven. why is he not talking about this. why is he only concentrating on this wall? how much money is involved in this wall for political and personal gain? i don't get it. i don't get why he just won't address the real facts of where
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these problems are happening. host: go to your r our border -- our border phone line, andrew is in san diego, california. caller: thank you for having me today. i like to comment on the increase of population just i noticed in san diego itself. the wall itself doesn't decrease that. i like to mention what other callers said from mentioned in arizona, with that increased population you have to think about all that people on the roads without the insurance. right? as well as all that income that's being missed by the i.r.s. all those taxes being lost. all those implicit taxes that these people are essentially burdenonning our country with. a wall is a simple solution. it dates back all wait back to china. he great wall of china, right?
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what's the difference here? bring it back to florida, the cuban come in and land on florida ground, they are considered safe. what's stopping them there? host: andrew in california. just to keep in mind, the congress has approved $1.4 billion in additional funding, the president looking for sources, identifying and targeting sources for total of about $8 billion in additional border wall. border barrier funding. reacting to that our own capitol hill producer craig kaplan tweeting a joint statement from the democratic leaders. nancy pelosi the speaker and democratic leader in the senate chuck schumer saying in part, the congress will defend our constitutional authorities in congress in the courts and public. we call upon our republican colleagues to join us to defend the constitution. part of the statement from leaders this morning. the democratic leaders in congress. go to deborah next in
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pennsylvania on our democrat line. caller: good morning. thank you for having me. i would just like to say that this man who calls himself president has lost all sight of reality. the money that he's using to try and build this wall is being taken away from military and our defense expenditures. they need that more. his wall is a big farce. people do not flood across it. it is almost a physical impossibility for that to happen. if people do come, it's through the port of entries. and they are asked to wait. our news is not -- he chooses who he wants to listen to and since when do radio announcers and tv personalities dictate to a president what is going to
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happen? we should be ashamed of this man. he is in it for himself. he's in it because if he does not get re-elected, i hope he doesn't, he can can use this to increase his wealth. this man is the biggest farce out there. he's not for people with everyday lives. he's for his great wealth. host: deborah, appreciate your comments. we go to joe next in norwalk, connecticut, republican line. caller: hi. thanks for taking my you call. i'm calling from the sanctuary state and the census in 1995, i you think it was 2000 census, we had 5% hispanic, i'm married to a puerto rican. like5% black, and now it's our schools, high schools, it's
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like 40%, 50% hispanic. we have been invaded. we're a sanctuary state. it's a cheap labor crowd. the t the beginning of first term our last governor, eight years ago, his d.m.v. commissioner said we have an emergency. we have to issue 50,000 special driver's licenses for illegals driving cars because they don't have lessons. they don't have insurance. 50,000. that was eight years ago. they opened up a place in stanford, connecticut, when he was mayor, you get all the illegals show up down there underneath the high way, 95 in stanford exit 9, they line up and get pulled out. the hassle free labor zone. free labor zone. that's where all these people, they have entered our economy. i go to wal-mart, i'm the only one speaking english. they pay cash. the chamber of commerce droud. it's republicans, too. they want the cheap labor. so it's driving down labor
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costs. so people -- these people work for less. they work for cash. i see them at wal-mart. guy in front of me with two little kids. was looking meek. i know he's illegal. he had two kids in wull mart and paying for his stuff with crisp $100 bills. host: joe in connecticut. one more call here just from perspective on this on this declaring an emergency, the president, president trump you may recall declared a national health emergency because of the opioid crisis in october of 2017. the associated press reporting about with some historical perspective saying that president clinton declared 17 mblingcies during his tenure -- emergencies during his tenure. president bush, 12, president obama, 12. according to the brennan center for justice, they trasked 58 declarations. 31 of the declarations they say still remain in effect. one more call here we'll go to
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gainesville, texas. hear from jimmy on our republican line. caller: hello. hank you for taking my call. president trump -- of course i feel this way. that he is very much right in his decision. unless you do not live in a place like texas, or you do not know anybody that lives on the border of texas, you are not going to understand. know a lot of people, their ranches and communities and they have always had people crossing the border, coming on to their property, and there have been people killed. and it hasn't changed. it's gotten worse. and there is just things that the country must do. and we can rant and rave about
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what donald trump doesn't do, does do. and that he's not fit, but i believe he's better fit than a few that we have had. but that's not my personal opinion. host: give us an idea, you are in gainesville texas, how close are you to the board? caller: aim not that close. les, probably a good 300 mi 400 miles away. up north. but that doesn't stop me from knowing people and having neam down there. -- family down there. host: thanks for your perspective. one more perspective here. bheengsed the statement from the democratic leaders. perhaps indications some of the head winds could face in congress. this sweet tweeth from senator rand paul of kentucky saying, i, too, want stronger border security, including a wall in some areas. how we do things matters. over 1,000 pages, dropped in the middle of the night, and extra constitutional executive actions are wrong. no matter which party does them.
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that's rand paul. the house and senate are in recess for the presidents' day break. we'll hear more about this when they return the week after next. up next here on c-span the president's comments, about 45 minutes from this morning. plumb: thank you very much, everybody. -- president trump: thank you very much, everybody. before we begin i'd like to just say we have a large team of very talented people in china. we have had a negotiation going on for about two days. it's going extremely well. who knows what that means because it only matters if we get it done, but we're very much working very closely with