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president trump: hello, everybody. we've had a tremendous success right here. come on over, folks, please. brian, come on over. we've had a tremendous construction success in florida. this is lake okeechobee, which i've known for a long time. it's an incredible lake but it's had a lot of problems and it wasn't properly funded for years. i want to introduce some of the folks here. mrs. know governor and destan is, thank you very much for being here. done a fantastic job. ron took over from a governor that a couple of you know, rick scott, who has been bugging me
about getting this tone -- done for a long time. no sooner did ron go to the senate than he is bugging me the same way. i want to thank the army corps of engineers. let's go. we need a wall, too, on the boarder. you know that, right? and we're right now building a lot of wall on the southern border. i want to thank senator marco rubio who's been very involved in this. marco, thank you very much. been very involved in it and very important. congressman mariano. what -- where you? fantastic job. thank you very much, my friends. congressman brian -- fantastic job. thank you. >> thank you, sir. >> francis rooney. where is francis? >> right here, mr. president. president trump: what a job. >> thank you, pllt.
ovak,dent trump and greg st young new congressman. i want to thank everybody for being here. we have something that's very important. it's important in terms of safety. our secretary, david bernhardt is with us. he's been really doing something very special for interior. everybody respects him, everybody likes him. i hope i can get his approval, if you don't mind. but he's acting and going to be hopefully permanent. i hear david is doing very well and i think it might be appropriate if i start with the governor. everybody can say a few words but what we're doing is very, very important. it was very dangerous and a great project and it's a great project for florida and florida is a phenomenal state. a very important project so if i could ask our governor to start
and then we'll go around the horn. >> pllt, thank you very much for your support for florida. not just with this but with the hurricane and other things we're working on. we really appreciate it. you have okeechobee and this goes all the way down really to florida glade and the every glades and our estuaries. this is a part of the effort r.a. reservoir when the president and governor scott were instrumental in. we're going to try to get the additional funds from the government for the trail. and then my call for historic report for water resources and water quality. i think it's great that we have so many of our local officials, state and government seem to be singing the same tune for mr. president, thanks for helping us out. president trump: thank you very much. and i will say, and i think i have to say, this project was
dying until we got involved. you know, 1928, over 5,000 people died here. everything broke and they had a problem and the corps was just explaining, 1928, they had a problem that turned out to be a total catastrophe and we're making it stronger than it would ever have been. marco, do you want to say a few words? >> we just want to thank you. the most important thing in florida right now is water. the algae blooms are threatening property values. people can't go in the water for two or three months out of the year. this algae is related to that. your administration used disaster reef to finish this. which means the rest of that money gets freed up for the everglades. you have a chance to go down in history as the everglades history. the person who restored and saved the everglades.
we're glad to have a -- to be a part of it. president trump: we have a chance to go down as many things but the everglades is very important. >> if you look at the risk here, just remember erma. we thought at one time it was going to come right across this lake. the oldser -- odds are we would have had big problems across the lake. it would have been a big issue so we started bugging the president soon to be elected dike e had to get the fixed and he came through. it would not have happened in not for president trump. he went to congress and made sure we have the money. we're not done. we have a lot more to do and i know president is going to continue to be a big supporter.
president trump: i will be, absolutely. do you want to say something? >> this is an incredible partnership between the state and federal government. that's everybody doing their fair share. if you're a recreationist, love being in the outdoors, in project fundamentally long term is a critical component. president trump: you're doing great. thank you very much on behalf of a lot of people, congressman? >> i want to thank you for your commit to florida. water is a lifeblood to florida. i want to thank you for your commitment. president trump: appreciate it. my honor. brian? >> sure, this is florida's -- unfortunately we only have one of them so we can't sacrifice it. it means a great deal to even that you took the time to be here present. to fund it. it means a lot to the entire statement. president trump: thank you very much.
>> mr. president, i want to thank you for this and many other things. shows when a businessman gets involved in government what things can happen. we've done more with you than in the pro-preceding 13 years. president trump: in a lot of other locations too. we're doing a lot. congressman? tough mayor of clurse clues on the here, federal and state officials but it doesn't happen without your leadership, without you stepping guard saying this is important, putting in essence your leadership and all of us here working together there -- in particular to thank you because it wouldn't have happened. and what francis says is right. you have done more for florida, for lake oak chopey in your two years than we have seen in decades. thank you, mr. president.
>> hear, hear. president trump: despite all this i said general, how are we doing on the southern border? come ahead, again georgia general. >> it took us 13 years to get to the funding we have to get to this point. with his leadership and the leadership of the state of florida, it only took us three years to get the remaining 50%. sir, thank you. president trump: thank you, you've done a great job. ok, folks, thank you very much. >> would you close the border to trade? president trump: mexico is making absolutely a fortune with the united states. they have a trade surplus of over $100 billion, which is far bigger than anybody understands. they've had it for many years. they have to strongest immigration laws anywhere in the world and we have the weakest, the most pathetic laws. number one, congress has to act and number two, mexico can make some money from the united
states at so many other things, so many other assets, though grab it and stop it. we have right now two big caravans coming up from gautmament -- guatemala. massive car advance walking right through mexico. mexico is stuff. they can stop them but they chose not too. to if they don't stop them, we're closing the bored. we'll keep it closed for a long time. i'm not playing games. mexico has to stop it. they have people coming right through mexico. it's a long, very dangerous journey. mexico sends buses, they send trucks. they start at one point a little bit. stopping, they don't do anything to stop it right now so the car advance form. i've ended payments to guatemala, to honduras and el salvador. no money goes there anymore. we were giving them $500 million. we were giving them tremendous
aid. we stopped payment to honduras, to guatemala and to el salvador. we were paying them tremendous amounts of money and we're not paying them anymore because they haven't done a thing for us. they set up these car advance. in many cases they put their worst people in the car advance. they're not going to put their best in they get rid of their problems and they march up here and come into our country. we're not letting them into our country. our border patrol, the job they've done is incredible. the job that ice is doing is incredible. and we've run out of space, we can't hold people anymore and mexico can stop it so easily. they don't go through a court system anytime steps in our land. you step on our land, welcome to the united states. it's ridiculous. donk congress has to fix our broken immigration laws. we're the laughingstock all over the world. people pull into this country. we stop them because border
control is so incredible but there's a point at which you can't stop them anymore. we have no detention space, no nothing. uatemala, el salvador. honduras. mexico has done nothing. colombia, the president. really good guy. i had him at the white house, he said how he was going to stop drugs. more drugs are coming from colombia right now that far -- than ever before so he has done nothing. [all talking at once] >> thank you. right up the hill. let's go. press, thank you. right up the hill. thank you. thank you, press. press, thank you very much. press, right up the hill. thank you. thank you, press. right up the hill. thank you. thank you, press. !
thank you. thank you. >> what about more money for the ever glameds rest station? -- restoration in president trump: we're going to be doing more. >> when? how much? president trump: a lot. we're going to have a plan that's so much better than obamacare. obamacare is a disaster. we're going to have a plan that is so much better than obamacare. so the health care is going very well. >> thank you, guys. president trump: we'll always take care of preexisting conditions, just remember that. but obamacare is too costly for people, they can't afford it and the deductible, which averages more than 7,000, meaning unless smab -- somebody's got really big problems, you can't even use it. obamacare is a disaster. right now it's losing in court. right now in the texas court, as you know, probably ends up in the supreme court but we're doing something that is going to be much less expensive than
obamacare for the people. i'm not saying government. i'm saying for the people and we're going to have preexisting conditions and we'll have a much lower deductible and i've been saying this -- the republicans are going to end up being the parrot of health care. >> thank you very much. [all talking at once] >> thank you, press, right to the van. >> at his mar-a lago resort, president trump officially announce that the linda mcmahon was stepping down as head of the small business administration. he then took some questions from reporters. his is about 15 minutes. president trump: thank you very much. linda mcmahon has done an incredible job as the head of the small business administration. she has been a superstar. the fact is that i've known her for a long time. i knew she was good but i