President Trump Receives Briefing on Drug Trafficking Along Southern Border CSPAN March 14, 2019 1:10am-1:39am EDT
>> president trump issued an emergency order to ground all boeing 737 max 8 and 9 airplanes until further notice. the u.s. joins several other countries grounding these aircraft after a deadly crash in ethiopia. this came after a briefing with on drug trafficking at the southern border. this is 25 minutes. president trump: thank you very much. i know you have been following the terrible tragedy of the ethiopian airlines crash. tragic. an faa is prepared to make announcement very shortly regarding new information and evidence we have received from the site and from other locations. through a couple of other complaints, we have had a very detailed group of people working
8 and the 7307 9. issuing ang to be to groundrohibition all flights of the 737 max 8 and the 737 max 9, and planes associated with that line. i have spoken to the secretary of transportation and the acting administrator of the faa, and to dennis muilenburg, the ceo of boeing. they will be available shortly after our conference today. they are all in agreement with the action. any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and thereafter be grounded until further notice. planes in the air will be grounded if they are a 737 max, they will be grounded at the destination.
pilots have been notified, airlines have been all notified. airlines are agreeing with this . the safety of the american people and all people is our paramount concern. our hearts go out to all of those who lost loved ones, to their friends, to their families, in both the ethiopian and lion airlines crashes. been involved the 737 max aircraft. it's a terrible, terrible thing. boeing is an incredible company. they are working very, very hard right now. and hopefully, they will very quickly come up with the answer. but until they do, the planes are grounded. you will be hearing from the faa directly in a little while. i would say probably in 45 minutes from now, so you will be prepared to hear the great
detail as to what they found. where we are going and what we are doing. all of those planes are grounded effective immediately. ok? briefing we had planned for quite some time. some incredible people with us. drug trafficking on the southern border. we have a lot of great things happening there. we are building a lot of wall, as you know. a lot more than they understand, but that is ok. they never did. and localned by state againstin the battle cartels infiltrating our southern border. head of drugnk the control policy with us. thank you.
fantastic job you are doing. the acting dea administrator. who i hear incredible things about the job you are doing. thank you. houstonctor of the texas high-intensity trafficking area. thank you. you are going to be saying a few words. the border control chief. ice homeland security assistant director. thank you. debbie assistant secretary of narcotics,ddefense for counter thomas alexander. the alabama attorney general. steve. thank you very much. i appreciate it. you are doing a great job. other law enforcement professionals. these are fantastic people.
they have incredible responsibility. it tens of thousands of innocent americans are killed by the deadly poisons, drug struggled thess -- smuggled across very poorest borders. they are coming in bigger numbers. because the is country is doing so well economically, they are doing -- coming up for that. even the drugs, the money we are spending unfortunately within the country. we -- if we could just tell people not to do that but they are doing that. we have a very strong country economically. extentcome up to a large for that reason. we are having tremendous amounts cocaine, and fentanyl. literally ultra lethal. it is stronger. this comes as a great cost to
our society. $700 billion is spent and we think that is a very small number compared to the actual number. the administration declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. immigration provides a cash flow to put it mildly to some of the most dangerous and organizationsnal on planet earth. we are doing a lot at the border. a lot of equipment has been purchased. all equipment is being purchased as we speak. we have tremendous things going in terms of technology. tremendous amounts of technology going to the ports of entry where the drugs come in. the big loads and certainly the human traffickers go through not through the ports of entry, they go through the open areas that do not have walls. these folks know that better
than anybody. -- theks talks about press talks about ports of entry to read this equipment is incredible, what it does. it is pretty amazing stuff. it is going and literally as we speak. wall up, get the otherwise, it all doesn't work. i have to say it again. i hope you go down there. we are going to have a news buildinge where we are stretches of wall. we are giving out a large section. a lot of wall going up. of illegal immigration threatens the security of all of us. we are doing many things. that is what we are going to be talking about. we have a vote on a national
emergency. we will see whether i have to do the veto. successfulall very regardless of how it all works out. a lot of money is being spent. more money is coming in. people are starting to see it. even certain of the other side are starting to see the importance. i call it a wall. some people are likely to call it a barrier. labsare even calling its but it is a wall and it is a strong wall, it is a powerful wall. a lot of positive things are happening. , theld like mike mcdaniels whole job you are doing is incredible. few wordswill see a to the media, please? here -- to bed
here and reporting on the work being done by law enforcement officers per dissipating in the program. some of our partners are sitting here at the table with us. begin by thanking you for your commitment fighting against drugs and the cartels assaulting our communities. thank you for the support. i mean that from the bottom of my heart. your appointment of jim carroll has been significant for us. we thank you for that. that is also for you signing the reauthorization with the opera i'd -- opioid pact you signed. theyone is familiar with 72,000 who died of drug overdoses. sometimes the general public
doesn't understand the magnitude of what that really percent spirit there was a rodeo we had in houston this weekend. the announcer said, there are 72000 and attendance. i looked around the stadium and talk about a whole new person back. take a look the next time you are in a major sporting event. >> good way of explaining it. a stadium full of people. lacks now is -- >> now is not the time for business as usual. it is a time to develop and implement new strategies to address drug addition issues. the fact that we cannot arrest our way out of this is well recognized. law enforcement is a part of the solution and the emerging partnership between public health and public safety has never been more.
drug free communities is a workct platform to alongside treatment and prevention partners. as a point of reference, i have been involved for 36 years as a police officer with the city of houston. 24 years with the drug administration -- drug enforcement administration. i come representing the other directors across the country. should,o this ministry we have programs in 50 states. we are very proud. we just recently in arizona had a seizure of 29,000 counterfeit -- theyn fentanyl
seized these. the scary thing about that, those drugs went through our southwestern border primarily through backpackers that were moving them up into the communities. just last week, they issued an alert about teenagers overdosing on counterfeit oxycontin. it into our making community is a scary thing to focus on. they have effectively assembled teams of federal, state, and law enforcement. a goal of dismantling the drug cartels. one of the most important things
is to try to connect the dots. when there are seizures, the most important thing law enforcement can do is connect the dots. so that we can dismantle them. criminally prosecute them in the u.s.. a lot of you in the media have 'sted there was fentanyl seizure in arizona. two weeks ago, a case in little rock, arkansas with the gulf coast, they seized approximately 38,000. several seizures coming into the port of new orleans. women and menou are trying toment connect those dots so we can do our jobs. there's another trend that bothers me.
fentanyl in the san diego area. enforcement law trying to prevent any contact. thesertels are strapping on juveniles, sending them across the border telling it is methamphetamine. they have no regard for human life. they are predators that only exist to make money and harm our communities. my prior experience has allowed me to see the inner workings of these cartels on a firsthand basis. i do not see the difference and otherese cartels terrorist organizations. what keeps me up but night is not the amount of drugs being seized, but the vast amount
coming in not being seized. for so manyrieve who have lost their sons and daughters. i appreciate the great job you are doing. >> the district attorney -- in new york city. i feel badly for paul manafort. he worked for ronald reagan very successfully. john mccain and bob dole and others. i feel badly for him. i think it is a said situation. -- sad situation. on a human basis, it is a very sad thing. i feel badly for him.
airplanes.d the >> say it again? >> canada -- >> we are doing it almost simultaneous. with canada,lated giving them information. they were giving us information. we very much worked in conjunction with canada. you are going to be hearing an announcement as to some of the details. we were working very closely with boeing and other countries. canada was one of those countries. why haven't you secured a date? >> things have got along well. i am in no rush. i want the deal to be right. more importantly, somebody said iron in a rush. i am not in a rush. we are getting billions and billions of dollars of terrorists paid into our coffers.
going along very nicely. go ahead. >> was that a hard decision to make? >> very tough decision. it is tragic. all the people we are talking about. we paid the highest respects to. it is a tough decision from the standpoint of a company like boeing. a great, great opening with a track record that is so phenomenal. they want it solved quickly. they have to find the problem. they don't know the problem. could be a lot of different things. they will find it.
greatest record in the world of aviation and we want to keep it that way. we didn't have to make this decision. we didn't have to make it at all. i felt it was important both psychologically and a lot of other ways. working with canada, other countries, we felt it was the right thing to do. also, speaking to boeing. american airlines, a number of airlines. didn't have to be made but we felt it was right. they acted very quickly. very fact-based. countries andther airlines. ok? yes? pardon metaphor?
>> i haven't given it a thought. -- paul manafort? >> i have a given it a thought. i don't know about that. are they going after him for state taxes? >> he is facing federal charges. -- in washington dc. they filed a state charges against him, a way to get away -- president trump: i don't know anything about that. i will take a look at that. >> congress is working on another bill on the emergency declaration -- future presidents -- are you supportive of that? president trump: i will have to take a look at what they are going to present. we are in very good shape in terms of the money and the national emergency.
we have had great support from the house, from house republicans. we have great support from most of the senate. this is really a bill on border safety, border security. i would say maybe more than anything else, we are talking .bout drug trafficking this is a bill on human trafficking, on drugs, on all of the things that we are all gathered in this room -- we brought up the problem with the boeing and the jetliners. it's a big problem, but we were really here for another reason, but i thought we should bring this up because he will be in another hour with the faa. a meeting about constitutionality because it is constitutional. you should take a look at what
president obama did with daca. this is a vote on border security and on drugs and trafficking and all of that. i think most republican senators fully understand that. workpublican senator's .eaten up and pretty bloodied >> nobody is beaten up. i said use your own discretion, but i think it is a bad vote. i think anybody going against border security, drug trafficking, human trafficking, that is a bad road. democrats are for open borders. they are for crime. frankly, they are for crime. these people can tell you that better than anyone. all of you folks know it very well. we deal with it all of the time. i guess they think it is good politically. i think it happens to be bad politically. i think it is an 80% issue or maybe more than that, but
democrats in order to make things difficult, they are for open borders and for crime. senators, votean anyway you want, vote how you feel good, but i think it is bad for a republican senator. i also think it is bad for a democrat senator to vote against border security and against the wall. i think if they vote that way, it is bad for them. >> the china trade deal -- [inaudible] does have to include everything. i think we are doing very well. i'm very open about it because a very happy the way we are right now. we are collecting billions and billions of tariffs. we are collecting billions and billions of dollars mostly paid for by china. report was done where four was paidt of the 20%
for by us. 20 points were paid for by china. i think is a very good chance a deal is going to be made and officially, we are doing very well on the deal. i think you always have to be 50/50. 50/50 is very good, but i think even if you felt you did better than 50/50, you should never say a. china wants very much to make a .eal we have been doing unbelievably well. our economy is the best that has ever been just about ever. you look at our employment numbers, if it's african-american, asian, hispanic, they are the best numbers in the history of our country, the best numbers we have ever had. overall employment, the best in the 61 years and it will soon be a record if we keep going the
way we are going, but it is the best in 60 years. china would like to make a deal and we would like to make a deal. we have a very good relationship -- i have a very good relationship with president xi. we will see what happens, but it is an exciting time in terms of trade. we just made a deal with south korea. we have other deals that we have cooking, and, frankly, our country is being taken advantage of by everybody. what was happening to our country on trade was a horrible thing that this was not done not talkingd i'm about the obama administration. i'm talking about that and plenty of other administrations before that they could have allowed this to happen. number ofer the last years almost $800 billion a year on trade. we are making great deals or we're not going to make them at all. we're going to go tariffs.
>> [inaudible] >> doesn't matter to me. i will go either way. i think president xi saw that i'm someone who believes in walking when the deal is not done. he probably would not want that. we could have the deal completed and come in time or get the deal almost completed and negotiate some of the final points. i would for for that, but it does not matter that way. shanahan is doing a fantastic job as the acting secretary. i'm just telling you he's doing a great job. what we've done with respect to the caliphate interior. i was told by a previous person it would take two of years to knock it out and i did it in three weeks once we started. great group of people. we are surrounded by some tremendous talent in this building.
we have great secretaries at a lot of great people. the economy, take a look at regulations, take a look at tax cuts, take a look at all of the things that we've done. we have great people in this government. >> [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, -- >> [inaudible] >> no update, no. i have a very good relationship. i have no idea, i can only tell you one thing -- again, that was proven today. there's no collusion. there hasn't been collusion and it was all a big hoax. you know it was done and stated by the democrats because they lost an election that they should have won because the electoral college is a big advantage for democrats, not for republicans, and they showed up and i ran the clock out. we read of the east coast from north carolina to pennsylvania and we go up to wisconsin and michigan, states that had not been won for many years, we won
those states, and they said how do we solve this horrible problem -- we lost an election that in. -- some people -- i didn't, but some people thought they were going to win. they set i have an idea, let's blame russia. it was a hoax. it was all a big hoax and now you are seeing it today again, no collusion. the other day, no collusion. there was no collusion. when i had to go to wisconsin, i went to wisconsin. when i had to go to michigan and pennsylvania and south carolina and north carolina, that's where i go. when i had to go to florida, went to won easily, i florida. you don't call russia when you have to go to florida. russia won't help you much. thank you very much. thank you, everybody. thank you. >> c-span's "washington journal" live every day with news and policy issues that impact you.
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