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you by your cable or satellite provider. >> 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. the announcement came after a briefing with experts 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. the faa is prepared to make an 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
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detailed group of people working on the 737 8 and the 737 9. new airplanes. we are going to be issuing an order of prohibition to ground 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,
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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. that were 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.
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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? this is a 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, they don't understand how much we are building, but that is ok. they never did. we are joined by state and local leaders in the battle against cartels violating our sovereignty and infiltrating our southern border. i want to thank the head of drug control policy with us. thank you.
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fantastic job you are doing. acting dea administrator. a friend of mine, who i hear incredible things about the job you are doing. thank you. the director of the houston drugas, high intensity trafficking area. thank you. you are going to be saying a few words. the border control chief. ice homeland security investigative assistant director. thank you. deputy assistant secretary of defense for counter narcotics, and global threats, thomas alexander. the alabama attorney general, steve marshall. steve. thank you very much. i appreciate it.
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you are doing a great job. other law enforcement professionals. these are fantastic people. great danger. they have incredible responsibility. tens of thousands of innocent americans are killed by the deadly poisonous drugs smuggled across the very poorest borders. they are coming in bigger numbers. part of this is because the country is doing so well economically, they are coming up for that. even the drugs, i guess the money we are spending unfortunately within the country. if we could just tell people not to be doing that, but they are doing that. we have a very strong country economically. people come up to a large extent for that reason. we are having tremendous amounts of meth, cocaine, and fentanyl. literally ultra lethal. it is stronger.
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this comes at a great cost to our society. $700 billion annually is spent and we think that is a very small number compared to the actual number. the administration declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. illegal immigration provides a lucrative cash flow, to put it mildly, to some of the most dangerous and ruthless criminal organizations on planet earth. we are doing a lot at the border. a lot of wall going up. a lot of equipment has been purchased. a lot of equipment is being purchased as we speak. we have tremendous things going in terms of technology. we have tremendous amounts of technology going to the ports of entry where a lot of the drugs come in. i think it is overrated. 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.
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these folks know that better than anybody. the press talks about ports of entry, sure, things go through ports of entry. this equipment is incredible, what it does. it is expensive, but it is pretty amazing stuff. it is going in literally as we speak. up,ave to get the wall 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 conference where we are building stretches of wall. tomorrow or the next day, we are giving out a large section. a lot of wall going up. the massive, surging flow of illegal immigration, trafficking, and drug crimes threatens the security of all of us. we are doing many, many things. that is what we are going to be
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talking about. we have a vote on a national emergency. we will see whether i have to do the veto. it will be all very successful regardless of how it all works out. it is going to be very successful. a lot of money is being spent. we have access to a lot of money. more money is coming in. and people are starting to see it. even certain of the other side are starting to see the level of importance and the importance of having a wall. i call it a wall. some people are likely to call it a barrier. some people are even calling it slats, but it is a wall and it is a strong wall, it is a powerful wall. a lot of positive things are happening. mikeld like to ask mcdaniels to say a few words. the whole job you are doing is incredible. maybe you will see a few words to the media, please? >> i am honored to be here and
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reporting on the work being done local,21,000 state, federal, and tribal law .nforcement officers some of our partners are sitting here at the table with us. let me 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 opioid pact you signed. thank you very much. we all see the charts. everyone at this table is
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familiar with seeing the 72,000 who died of drug overdoses. sometimes the general public doesn't understand the magnitude of what that really represents. there was a rodeo we had in houston this weekend. the announcer said, there are 72,000 and attendance. i looked around the stadium and talk about a whole new person -- talk about a whole new perspective. take a look the next time you are in a major sporting event. >> good way of explaining it. a stadium full of people. >> yes, sir. 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.
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-- has never been more important. drug free communities is a perfect platform to work alongside treatment and prevention partners. as a point of reference, i have been involved in drug law enforcement for 36 years as a police officer with the city of houston. 24 years with the drug enforcement administration. i retired to get the job i am now blessed with. today, i come representing the other directors across the country. thanks to this administration, the program is now in 50 states with the inclusion of alaska. we are very proud of that. it is in 33 critical regions. we just recently in arizona had a seizure of 29,000 counterfeit fentanyl tablets.
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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. how many are making it into our community is a scary thing to focus on. they have effectively assembled teams of federal, state, and local law enforcement. they have one common goal, attacking and dismantling the drug cartels. one of the most important things we do in working with our
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partners is to try to connect the dots. when there are seizures, the most important thing law enforcement can do is connect the dots. identify the cartels the drugs are coming from so we can dismantle the drug trafficking organizations and criminally prosecute them in the u.s. a lot of you in the media have noted there was fentanyl seizure in arizona. a few weeks ago, a case in arkansas, they seized approximately 38,000. several seizures coming into the port of new orleans. i can assure you women and men of law enforcement are trying to connect those dots so we can do our jobs. there's another trend that
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bothers me. transporting fentanyl in the san diego area. you will see law enforcement trying to prevent any contact. the cartels are strapping these drugs on juveniles, sending them across the border telling it is methamphetamine or coke. they have no regard for human life. gangss and transnational are predators that only exist to make money and harm our communities. ea hasor experience with d allowed me to see the inner workings of these cartels on a firsthand basis. i do not see the difference between these cartels and many of the designated terrorist organizations. what keeps me up but night is not the amount of drugs being
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seized, but the vast amount of drugs coming into our country not being seized. our hearts grieve for so many members whoe family have lost their sons and daughters. president trump: i appreciate the great job you are doing. any questions? >> the district attorney -- in new york city. president trump: i feel badly for paul manafort. he worked for ronald reagan very successfully. he worked for john mccain and bob dole and others. i feel badly for him. i think it is a very sad situation. little while ago. on a human basis, it is a very
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sad thing. i feel badly for him. >> -- ground the airplanes. president trump: say it again? >> canada -- president trump: we are doing it almost simultaneous. we correlated with canada, giving them information. they were giving us information. we very much worked in conjunction with canada. you are going to be hearing an announcement directly from the faa as to some of the details. we were working very closely with boeing and other countries. canada was one of those countries. sxi, whysident haven't you secured a date? president trump: things have got along well. i am in no rush. i want the deal to be right.
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more importantly, somebody said i am in a rush. i am not in a rush. we are getting billions and billions of dollars of terrorists paid into our coffers. that deal is going along very nicely. go ahead, steve. steve: was that a hard decision to make? president trump: very tough decision. it is tragic. all the people we are talking about. we paid our highest respects to. it is a very tough decision from the standpoint of a company like boeing. it is a great, great company with a track record that is so phenomenal. solved.ted they wanted solved quickly. they don't know the problem yet. they have to find the problem. it could be a lot of different
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things. they will find it. the u.s. has the greatest record in the world of aviation and we want to keep it that way. i did not want to take any chances. we didn't have to make this decision. we maybe didn't have to make it at all. i felt it was important both psychologically and a lot of other ways. again, working with canada, working with other countries, we felt it was the right thing to do. also, in speaking to boeing, and american airlines, a number of was the, we agreed this right decision to be made. didn't have to be made but we felt it was right. they acted very quickly. we acted very fact-based. very much working with other countries and with the airlines. ok? yes? >> will you pardon paul manafort?
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president trump: i haven't given it a thought. my mind. even on i feel badly for paul manafort. i don't know about that. are they going after him for state taxes? >> he is facing federal charges -- in washington, d.c. they filed a state charges would seem tohich be a way to get around the presidential pardon. 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 that would curb future presidents -- are you supportive of that? president trump: i will have to take a look at what they are going to present. they are coming over in a little
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while to present something. we are in very good shape in terms of the money and the national emergency. we are in good shape. we have had great support from the house, from house republicans. we have great support from most of the senate. for most of the republican senate. this is a bill on border safety, border security and on more than anything else, we are talking about drug trafficking and people know better than anybody, we are talking about drugs, human trafficking. this is a bill on human trafficking, drugs. all of the things we are gathered in this room. we brought up the problem with the boeing and the jetliners. it is a big problem. we were really here for another reason and thought we should bring this up because you are going to have a meeting in about half an hour with the faa. , notis about unconstitutionality, because it
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is constitutional. you should look at what president obama did with daca. porter a vote on security, trafficking, and all of that. border is a vote on security, trafficking, and all of that. how much effort have you been putting into keeping republicans with you? --sident trump: it is bad anybody going against border security, drug trafficking, human trafficking, that is a bad vote. immigrants are for open borders, for crime. frankly, they are for crime. when you have open borders, when you do not have a wall, mike, you know very well, we deal with it all the time. i guess they think it is good politically. i think it is bad politically.
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the democrats, in order to make things difficult, they are for open borders and crime. and the republicans are not. i told republican senators vote how you want. i think it is bad for a republican senator -- i think it is bad for a democrat senator also to vote against border security and the wall. >> the china trade deal -- president trump: it has to do with everything. anything can. i think we are doing well. i am very open about it because i am happy with the way we are now. we are collecting billions and billions of tariffs. we have never had money like that flowing in from china. we are collecting billions and billions of dollars, mostly paid for by china. if you look at the 25%, a report
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was done where four points out of the 25% were paid by us and 21 pointswe are in a very good . there is a good chance a deal will be made and officially we are doing very well on the deal. >> 50-50 on the deal. president trump: you always have to be 50-50, that is very good. even if you felt better, you should never say it. they want to make a deal, china wants to make a deal. china has not been doing well and we have been doing unbelievably well, our economy the best at -- it has ever been, just about ever, unemployment numbers, african-american, asian, hispanic, best numbers in the history of our country and overall employment, best in 61
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years and it will be a record if we keep going the way we are going. our country is doing great. china would like to make a deal and we would like to make a deal . i have a very good relationship with president xi jinping and we will see what happens. it is an exciting time in terms of trade as we just made a deal with mexico and canada, south korea, and other deals we have pending and the country was being taken advantage of by everybody. what was happening to our country on trade was a horrible thing. that this was not done years ago, i am not talking about the obama administrations, talking about that and many administrations before him, that they could allow this to happen. we lost almost $800 billion per year on trade. who is making these deals? we are making great deals or we are not making them at all on tariffs.
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>> [indiscernible] president trump: president xi saw i believe in walking away and there is always a chance that could happen and he probably would not want that. that could be a reason but we can have either completed or we can get the deal almost completed and negotiate some of the final points. i would prefer that but it does not matter. he is doing a great job. great job as acting secretary. done withat we have respect to the caliphate in syria. i was told by the previous person it would take two years to knock it and i did it in three weeks once we started. people. great group of we are surrounded by some tremendous talent in this
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building. secretary and a lot of great people and they do not get the credit. you look at the economy and regulations and tax cuts, you look at all of the things we have done. we have great people in this government. >> update on north korea? president trump: no update. we have a very good relationship and we will let you know. thing,nly tell you one that was proven to day, no collusion. there is no collusion and there has not been. it was all a big hoax and you know it. it was done by the democrats because they lost an election they should have one because the electoral college is a big event for democrats and not republicans. we ran the clock out, up the east coast from north carolina, pennsylvania, we went to wisconsin and michigan, states that had not been won in many
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years, we won those. they lost an election that some people thought they were going to win. they said, let's blame russia. it was a hoax, a big cokes and now you see it -- a big hoax and now you see it, no collusion. i went to wisconsin, i went to michigan, pennsylvania, south carolina, north carolina, i had to go to florida which we won easily. you do not call russia when you go to florida, russia will not help you much. thank you. thank you very much. everybody. thank you. ♪ >> washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you.
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