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  President Meets With Chinese Vice Premier  CSPAN  April 5, 2019 5:09am-5:32am EDT

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obstacle for him that he just has to let them go? he goes back and forth on it. he was furious with them over when they misused emails because that is what he had gone after hillary clinton with. that is what he said to john kelly, can you just get rid of them? is donald trump, the president cannot pull the trigger. then he seems to forget about it. >> watch book tv sunday on c-span2. at the white house thursday, president trump and administration officials met with the vice premier of china to discuss trade. from the oval office, this is about 20 minutes.
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pres. trump: thank you, it is a great honor to be with the vice premier of china, a highly respected man all over the world. we have had tremendous discussions. we are getting very close to making a deal. that does not mean a deal has been made. it has not. we are certainly getting closer. in the next four weeks, maybe less, maybe more, whatever it takes, something monumental could be announced. we very much appreciate the letter from president g who , i appreciate that. happyticular, i was very to read these headlines that just came out.
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china bans fentanyl, fulfilling a pledge to president trump, china announces new crackdown on foranyl, a terrific thing the united states, and a letter from her great ambassador, terry branstad, saying exactly this. china is reclassifying fentanyl. there will be criminal penalties if you sell fentanyl. as you know, there were not any in the past. we have made a lot of progress. i want to welcome the vice premier. we have become friends. many of you got to meet the vice premier a couple of months ago
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in the same office, great oval office. thank you all for being here. for representatives of china being here. we appreciate it. premier, would you like to say a few words to these extremely lovely people? you may. thank you very much. >> thank you. thank you. exciting for me to meet the president. two great presidents, president and your present. i will always feel your direction. they do have a great program. they get goodlly
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results. very well done. i cannot do that in your language. think you very much. beautiful. thank you very much. progress is being made at a very rapid pace. the relationship we have with china is a very good one. let's see where this all brings us. i want to thank ambassador lighthizer and steve, all of you, peter, wilbur. how is the agricultural? >> looking forward, mr. president. pres. trump: especially in lighthizer has been working 24 hours a day along with your representatives. they have been working very hard. do you have something to say? >> i would say we have made a
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lot of headway. we have a great partner in the vice premier. i think his commitment to reform in china is the reason this has a chance. we will see. there are still some major issues left, but we are certainly making more progress than we would have thought when we started. pres. trump: steve. >> we appreciate the hard work on both sides. we appreciate that we have been there and you have been here many times. we look forward to try to bring this to closure. pres. trump: what about peter? >> i think i told my chinese work thethat they longest in the hardest. the best. pres. trump: the great larry kudlow has been doing a terrific job. >> i think making headway is
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terrific. making headway is terrific. pres. trump: that is the shortest i have ever heard him. i don't think i have never heard that before. you are learning. you are making a lot of progress. thank you. the irs not to disclose to congress. pres. trump: speak to my lawyers, and they will speak to the attorney general. deal with china that lowers the u.s. trade deficit with china? pres. trump: i think a trade deal with china is good for the world. it is very important. we will see if it happens. we have never done a deal like this with china. it is a very unique set of circumstances. it is a massive deal.
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it is the biggest deal that is ever been made. there cannot be a deal like this wherever you look. this is the granddaddy of them all. we will see if it happens. it has a very good chance of happening. i think it will be great for both countries. it will be a much fairer deal for us because, over the years, we have lost a lot of money to china. china has done very well. i don't blame china. i blame the people that have sat at his desk. they should have never allowed it to happen. it will bring a lot of things back. it will be great for the united states. it will hopefully be good for china, too. it would be good for everybody. >> what is still left to be agreed to? pres. trump: we have things we're talking, intellectual poverty, protection -- property, protection, and theft. certain elements of the tariff
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that is in discussion right now. we have a number of things. thanve agreed to far more we have left to agree to. i think i can say that some of the toughest things that have been agreed to, we have some things that are easier right now that we are doing. it is a very, using a word i don't like to use too often, it is a very conference of deal. it is very complete. we discuss everything. we talk about everything. when we first started, people said you would never talk about intellectual property, a vast array of elements. everyone of them is highly negotiated. farmers oris our technology people, all of them will be really happy. i think china is going to be very happy, too. what is your plan right now on tariffs? pres. trump: i don't want to say
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that to you. i'm going to be discussing that with the vice premier in about five minutes as soon as you leave. a lot of good things are happening. a lot of really great things are happening. i think very important is the relationship with china is very strong, probably the strongest it has ever been. we are negotiating a strong deal. our relationship is at a point that is the highest it has been. that is not a bad thing. that is a very good thing. you plan to make -- covered? [indistinct conversations] he is a very tough negotiator. it is very nice when i see the fentanyl. we lost 77,000 people to the fentanyl. that was a very important thing. i appreciate it. this is before the deal is done.
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this is something china has done before the deal is done. i think you will see a tremendous impact. >> what kind of benefit will it rain for both countries? if there is a deal, what kind of benefit will you bring for both countries? pres. trump: i think it will be great china and that china will continue to trade for the united states. otherwise it will be tough for us to allow that to happen. china is by far the biggest trading partner. they are a tremendous trading partner, and the other way from our standpoint. we are going to continue to deal. we're going to continue to have a relationship in terms of trade, otherwise it will be tough to do that in a large way. we consume is a very one-sided thing. we love dealing with certain products that are tremendous. they have certain pricing advantages that we take advantage of.
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i think the relationships between the two countries are very strong. that is an important element of what we are doing. certainly we maintain that. this will be terrific. this is an epic deal, if it happens. we will see what happens. >> are you looking for people -- pres. trump: i have recommended herman cain. he is a terrific man and person. he is a friend of mine. i have recommended him highly for the fact. -- fed. he is doing some pre-checking. i imagine he will be in great shape. anind permanent to be outstanding person. truly outstanding individual. i think he would do well. still the intention
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of closing the border? pres. trump: mexico has been doing a very good job last three or four days since we talked about closing the border, which is very real. what is more real initially is tariffs on the cars coming in, 25% tariffs on the cars coming in from mexico. that is close to 30% of our car business. that is a lot. they do that under nafta. for years i have been talking about it. i think nafta is one of the worst deals ever made. one of the worst trade deals. maybe the worst. mexico took a big chunk of our car business, which i don't like. i have not liked. i have talked about it long before i became president, when i was a civilian. days has the last four done a great job on their southern border with honduras,
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oftemala, el salvador grabbing and taking in bringing -- and bringing people back to their country. what has happened on our southern border is a disgrace. mexico has brought people back. they told them you cannot come in. as i understand it, over 1000 people today, yesterday, and the day before. before that, they never did anything. they have the strongest immigration laws. as strong as there is anywhere in the world. they can do it if they want to. they have never wanted to do it for many years. we told them, if you don't do that, we're going to close the border. before we close the border, we will put the tariffs on. i don't think we will have to close the border. the penalty of tariffs on cars
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coming in from mexico and 25% will be massive. -- at 25% will be massive. i did not say that. we will start with the tariffs and see what happens. they are removing people out of mexico and bringing them to the u.s. if you take a look, there will be a difference. by the end of this news conference or tomorrow, that will stop. will dostops, we tariffs. i'm one of the people that likes tariffs. , you and the china relation, what is your -- pres. trump: speak louder. louder. europe's and china
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relationship, what is your comment? >> what is your comment on the u.s.-china relationship? pres. trump: it is 40 years. that is a lot, but not that much. the relationship is strong. we hope it is going to get stronger. i hope we can do a lot of things militarily. they are making a lot of weapons, tremendous weapons, and so are we. approved $716 billion last year for the military. possibly more this year. weween russia, china, and us are all making hundreds of billions of dollars worth of weapons, including nuclear, which is ridiculous. i would say china will come along, and russia will come along. it does not make sense we are all doing this. i think we are the leader.
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we're always going to be the leader. we have to be the leader. it would be better if we all got together and did not make these weapons. i think that could be face to after this is done -- phase two after this is done. we are spending a lot on military. those three countries can come together and stop the spending and spend on things that are made be more productive toward long-term peace. i don't know if i'm speaking out of turn. we have not discussed this very much. i feel the military expenditure of you and russia, us, it is a lot. a lot of money could put in other things. would you like to respond to that? >> i think it is a very good idea. summit with president xi, are you committed to that happening? pres. trump: if we have a deal, we will have a summit.
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i would say we will know over the next quarter weeks. i look forward to seeing president -- four weeks. i look forward to seeing president xi. if we have a deal, we will have the summit. one more. jeff, you have one? >> i would like to follow up on the sticking points. is enforcement one of the big once? pres. trump: yes, we have to make sure there is enforcement. i think we will get that done. we have discussed it at length. just to finish, the deal is coming along very well. know over thebly next four weeks. i think over the next fairly short time we will know, and it is looking very good. a lot of really good things have been negotiated and agreed to. the most difficult
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points, points we did not think we could ever do or agree to on both sides have been agreed to. we have negotiated some of the tougher points, but we have some ways to go. i think we have a good chance of getting there. i want to thank everybody for being here. i want to thank the vice premier and his entire group of talented representatives. thank you. thank you, everybody. [indistinct] pres. trump: i think there is
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truth to that. who said that? who said it? i think it is true. i think the word global responsibility and that those are two nice words. we do have a global responsibility between the united states and china. i think it is true. i think we do have a responsibility to the world, both countries. i think to a certain extent that is a big reason we are here. this will be a tremendous thing for the world. forget about china. this will be tremendous for the world if we get it done. thank you all very much. he is a highly respected man. he is a friend of mine. he is somebody that gets it. i though hope everything goes w.
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