tv President Trump Announces SBA Administrator Resignation CSPAN March 29, 2019 8:14pm-8:30pm EDT
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 didn't
know she was that good. she's been one of our all-time favorites. it was just so smooth. she's helped so many people in the world of small business and she'll be leaving. she's going to go and help us with a very, very important year and a half that we have coming up and the re-election, as they call it. and we look forward to that. we're going to be working very strongly. she's going to be doing a fantastic job so she's going to be leaving. we'll be making the new normal nation and appointment in a very short distance and that will be in consultation with linda. but this is an outstanding woman who's done an outstanding job and linda, i want to thank you very much. >> thank you very much, sir, i really appreciate that president trump: what has been your highlight and what are some of the great things you've done so we can put it right on the record? >> well, the highlight has
certainly been the fact that you asked me to take on this position. it has been an honor to serve the country in your cabinet. i've served the administration and the people of the united states and small businesses. you know, 30 million small businesses. 99% of the businesses in this country are small businesses. so we've been able to help them at s.b.a. we've reimagined s.b.a. with the great team i have there. they've been awesome in helping us do everything. we've had great outreach to the community of small businesses. i have traveled all over the country. i've been to all 50 states. i've been to 6 district offices, met with over 800 business people. toured businesses. so i've really got an feel. we talk about that optimism that's out there. it is there, it's palpable. businesses are happy. they're taking their tax cut mann pfment -- must be. they're expanding, hiring more people, giving wage increases.
it's incredibly powerful when you're out feeling and it talking to the businesses. so we've had great outreach. more outreach to women entrepreneurs to a project i've been working on with ivanka. a learning platform. we took your salary that you donated and developed a pilot program for our vets and we've been working really closely with sonny purdue and usda to go out to the worldwide prosperity order that you put in place. not many people know about s.b.a. is how we move in when there's a natural disaster and i want to thank you for letting me go to houston and puerto rico and my hometown of new burn, north carolina and i got to see first hand what it's like when the commander in chief is on the ground and the folks know that you're attending to them so i want to thank you again for serving. it's been an honor and a privilege and thank my great
team at s.b.a. because they are awesome. president trump: thank you very much. i do have to say that i witnessesed first a hand during the hurricanes, because we had numerous hurricanes and they were big and tornadoes. we had some vicious ones that we just left. alabama and i've watched linda and her people, the great job they've done helping people that really needed help and they needed it quickly and you have just been outstanding. we're very, very thrilled at the great job you've done and it's a job you're going to be doing. we're stayinging to. very importantly, we're staying together and we'll be announcing the next administrator in the very near future. you pretty much know who that's going to be so we'll be putting it out there pretty soon. >> who? president trump: somebody that's really good. somebody we know very well and somebody that will fit in beautifully and i think somebody you're twoing to be very happy
with. >> the attorney general said to me that he intends to release the mueller report in full in congress and to the public. do you agree with that decision? president trump: i have great confidence in the attorney general and if that's what he'd like to do, i have nothing to hide. this was a hoax, this was a witch-hunt. i have absolutely nothing to hide and i think a lot of things are coming out with respect to the other side but i have a lot of confidence in the attorney general. >> are you going to be talking to president putin? president trump: we will probably be talking at some point. we're looking at venezuela. venezuela right now is a big, fat mess. the electricity is gone. power is gone. fuel is gone, gasoline for cars is gone. they have a lot of electric cars. that's all gone because they have no electricity. they have nothing. what a job. e talk about socialism, take a
looth look at venezuela. i'll be talking to a lot of people. perhaps president putin, perhaps president zie of china. >> how -- is it going? president trump: i think it's going very well. the trade deal is going very well. they're in china right now, the highest level of our people meeting with their people. then they'll be coming back here for another round. it's a very comprehensive, to use a word some people like, some people don't like, i think it's ok. but it's a very detailed enlisting of problems that we've had with china over the years. it's going to have to be a great deal. if it's not we can't do it. [[inaudible] question] president trump: i'm very happy with pat shanahan.
i think he's done a really great job. we've knocked out the caliphate. in a short period of time, far shorter than people said was even possible. we're working very well together on the wall and the border. i'm very upset with mexico. i think mexico is doing a lot of talking. they have the strongest immigration laws anywhere. anywhere in the world they probably have the strongest and we have the worst. we have the weakest, the most pathetic, the most laughed-at immigration laws anywhere in the world. they're the democrats' laws and i got stuck with them and i hope congress is going to change them rapidly. i have a lot of opposition from democrats. not because the democrats think they'd be right in changing them. just because they don't want to make anybody look good into. they don't want any victories. they don't care if the country suffers. we have two big very -- caravans
coming up and mexico could stop them easily. mexico has a trade surplus with the united states for $100 billion a year at least. this is for many years. mexico has taken a big portion of our car business. mexico is doing very well because of the united states and frankly they have to stop the illegal immigration. we've run out of room. we have this ridiculous catch and release program where you catch them and then you're suppose odds release them and you released them into our country and we've been very, very tough and the border control has been incredible, i have to tell you. the people in the border control, the job they do, unbelievable. ice the same thing and law enforcement but mexico is going to have to do something. otherwise i'm closing the border. i'll just close the boarder and with a deficit like we have with mexico and have had for many years, closing the bored will be a profit-making operation.
when you close the border also you will stop a lot of the drugs coming in because we take in tremendous drugs from mexico as you know as well as i do. you close the border, you watch the drugs go way down too be. but the i will close the border if mexico doesn't stop it. they come in from graduate mala, el salvador, from honduras and mexico. we're working very hard to stop it. we're building the wall but until it's completed -- it's really moving along well. in fact, we're going to have a news conference in the next couple of weeks at the wall, as it's going completed and going up, at sections of the wall. it's moving along rapidly but still, we have a currents crisis. i know you can go back 30 years and 40 years but i can't imagine it being any errors worse than
it is right now. >> two children died in december migrant stody, children. do you think your administration is equip told handle that in a way and ensure that children are not dying? president trump: i think it's been very well state that would we've done a fantastic job. one of the children, the father gave the child no water for a long period of time. he admitted blame. the other one was being drought to the hospital on-on an emergency basis. it is a very tough situation and that trek up is a long, hard trek. you see what's happening to women, what's happening to children. it's a horrible situation and mexico could stop it right at their southern border. they have a southern border and they have a border that could be very well structured. it's very easy to stop people from coming up and they don't choose to do it. we're not going to give them hundreds of bills of dollars and
tell them that they're not going to use their strong immigration laws to help the united states so there's a very good likelihood that i'll be closing the border next week and that will be just fine with me. [inaudible] president trump: i have a very good rhythm with kim jong un. he's -- relationship with kink kim jong un. he's somebody i get along with very well. we understand each other. they are suffering greatly in north korea. they're having a hard time. i just don't think additional sanctions at this time were necessary. they are suffering greatly. they're having a very tough time in north korea and i think because of the relationship, rhythm being a good thing, not a bad thing, i think it's very important that you maintain that relationship at least as long as you can. we get along very well and we have a very good understanding
so i didn't think that those sanctions were necessary at this time. president trump: not at all because they were intended to go -- people thought they would go at that time. they had a right to do that. i just decideed that i would not let it happen in a certain way it's like the special olympics. for many years it hasn't been approved and then at some point it gets negotiated out in congress. i went out and i said we're going to have funding for the special olympics. that's why i approved that. it's a little bit of a similar situation with different parties, to put it mildly. i want to again, i want to thank the job you've done. i tell you what linda has been so great and when somebody does that good a job, i'd rather do it this way than just say bye-bye so i'm doing it this way and i'll tell you, linda mcmahon
is a very special person and now she's going to be working with me very hard so that we keep this miracle that we've built -- you saw what happened last night at michigan. we had -- if they would really report it, many many thousands of people outside of the arena. that arena was absolutely packed last night and there was tremendous love in that arena and you look at what's happening with michigan and ohio and pennsylvania and florida, so many places. north carolina, south carolina. you look at what's going on. iowa. wait till you see what's going on in iowa. so many different places. new hampshire, i have tremendous reports of something we did up in new hampshire. our country is doing really well. we're the holtz country in the world economically and it's going to stay that way for a long time to come. thank you all very much and inda, thank you very much. [captions copyright national
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