President Trump Participates in Economy Tax Reform Roundtable CSPAN April 15, 2019 2:43pm-3:47pm EDT
years. let's get one more call for the both of you. harris, republican line. i have a question relating to lower income people and their payment of taxes. i won't forget the men who died who gave that life to me and i gladly stand up next to you today but there ain't no blessi love this land god the usa ♪ prince.mmunication with terrible, terrible fire. you probably saw. some of you have heard. some of you have not because you
have been here. i will tell you, the fire that they are having at the notre dame cathedral is something like few people have witnessed. , we had a whole group of your great representatives and when we left the plane it was, it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn. it is one of the great treasures of the world. the greatest artists in the world. probably, if you think about it, greatersay it might be than almost any museum in the world and its burning very badly. looks like its burning to the ground. so,, so, that puts a damper on what we are about to say, to be honest, that is beyond countries, that is beyond anything. that is a part of our growing up. it's a part of our culture. it's a part of our lives. that's a truly great cathedral.
i have been there, i have seen it. there's no cathedral, i think i can say this, no cathedral in the world like it. it's a terrible scene. by, atink it was caused this moment they don't know, but they think it was caused by renovation. reason.hat's the renovation, what's that all about? it's a terrible sight to behold. being said, i want to tell you that a lot of progress has been made by our country in the last two and a half years. [applause] we are already starting to think about our next election and it's moving along. we are moving along very nicely.
i only said half as much money as hillary clinton. thank fully much less than half and if the old days you spent less, you win and you get credit. today you have to spend more and when and if i spend more i would have been given more credit, but the fact is we spent less money and we won and now we are in a better vision than we were. we have done so much. i used to stand up and say that we cut your taxes. we cut your taxes. and why are. done, -- anwaren , the energy, since ronald reagan, and alaska. -- in alaska. we got rid of the individual mandate for obamacare.
[applause] that was a big thing, by far the most unpopular thing and obamacare. and we will have something, after the election, assuming you are like -- you elect republicans we will save not only your private plans, but we will give you something much better as an alternative to obamacare. much less expensive in terms of premiums. the deductible will be much, much less. right now the deductibles are averaging $7,500. much more in some cases. people don't do to use it. and if they do they have bigger problems than the deductible. big problems. but this has been a very special state. it has been a rare, rare victory for republicans and we almost won it. one more speech. one more. [applause]
i hate a treated you very unfairly on immigration. i think you have been treated extremely unfairly on the world of immigration. things are going to change, but under the previous administration america's rich natural resources were put under lock and key, you know that. thousands of acres in superior national forest, jobs and every thing else, just taken away, ripped away. last year when i traveled and announce that we would be taking the first steps to rescind the federal withdrawal of superior natural forests and explore mineral exploration for the miners and workers of minnesota, we have really done that to a point that your great congressman, i'm going to introduce them in little while, they are here, the first thing that they said was that to protect our security and our workers along the minnesota iron range, you know? i opened that up.
now our steel industry is vibrant again. it was dead. we weren't going to have a steel industry, if you can even believe that. now obviously need that for military protection. you need it for a lot of things. but you needed for military. we can't play games. we had no steel industry, it was going to die, the rest of it. you would see these massive plants that use to take care of so much of the world's steel and they would be using a little corner or they would be using nothing. , if you look at -- well, the united states still has one but many still companies are adding plants all over the country, expanding plants, they will be getting their iron or right from here. i hear you have among the best the world, they say. i put a tariff on the dumping. they were dumping, china and other countries, they were dumping steel all over the united states and in many cases it was very inferior product,
very bad stuff. military, wer the need it for structural buildings. a lot of structures. it right from you. i remember, i was here about 6, 7 months ago and a man came up to me -- and i have been here a lot, by the way, campaigning for your great representatives. [applause] a man came up to me and he was crying. strongman, big tough guy, crying , and he said that president obama took our life away when he closed the range. used those words. took our life away, took our blood. and you give it back to us. that's really moving along rapidly. a lot of great things are happening. a lot of great things. i never forgot that statement.
you were standing with me and i never forgot that statement. today unemployment in minnesota because of your federal government policies that i have been very insistent on is down to its lowest level i think that you have ever had. 3.1%. jobless claims in minnesota have reached their lowest level in 22 years. [applause] minnesota has added more than which notruction jobs, one expected. if i had said that prior to the election everyone would say it's terrible, what he is saying is an exaggeration, can happen, we are going to lose those jobs. well, 7005 hundred brand-new mining, logging, and construction jobs thanks to our tremendous tax cuts. minnesota families are saving more than five alien dollars on their 2018 tax bills.
$5 billion. [applause] and 1.2 million minnesotans have seen a reduction in their utility bills. the give that. it's a direct result of the tax cuts. that's not to mention the other things we have done. 1.2 million minnesotans. the average minnesotan has seen an annual income game -- gain of $1700 since my election. so you are up $1700 and some are up tremendously more than that. the total number of business it -- business applications in minnesota have skyrocketed to almost 20% and that's just in a very short amount of time. it's really been pretty amazing. [applause] and i want to introduce secretary steven mnuchin.
he's here with us. steve, whatever you may be. [applause] and jovita has been here with us since the beginning, she liked to early on, before it was fashionable. she has a great job as your treasurer. and now she is moving over. linda mcmahon is going to be doing something very exciting for us. jovita is going to be taking linda mcmahon's place at the small business administration and you are going to do a fantastic job. >> thank you. [applause] and she will be sitting, actually, on the cabinet. just a cabinet position. in some cases. i had a choice. put her on the cabinet or not?
that was one where it was my decision and the this vision to agree how long? about two seconds to make. cabinet.the it's always nice, right? the cabinets pretty good. so that's good. representative tom, thank you very much. [applause] and bob nuss, but the whole thing together, great family, and what's really impressive is the room is back and outside you could pack this room 24 -- 20 times over. you have a lot of people out there, bob. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you much, mr. president. i would like to formally welcome you to burnsville, minnesota, the home of the -- i can't list all the sports teams, i had
better not, -- good some good ones, some ones. >> anyway, we are very happy you are here and on behalf of all of us here and my family, we welcome you to our facility. host: it's really, really great. i appreciate it, i appreciate it. >> this shop was filled with work, engines, transmission, work load excavators and when we came to the employees and said that what do you think. they said what, the president of the united states coming to visit? we said yeah. [laughter] well, we sell mac trucks and construction equipment. host: right. >> what a better setting to have a full -- mobile voter and a
mack truck, representing everything that illness and moves america. [applause] host: i love that, i love that. i have been on many a loader, been on many a truck. people don't know that about me. i guess they do, actually. the fifth avenue stuff doesn't play nearly as well is that, i will tell you. i have been on many, many a truck. between volvo, caterpillar, john deere and the great companies. this is a real beauty, i consider it a very high-end a loader, it's great that you do that. i want to say that today is tax day that we are celebrating. tax day. we are getting historic tax relief, that's the good part. historic. [applause]
and you know, over the last very short amount of time, we passed the tax cuts and the jobs act, which really we don't talk about the jobs act, but it has been tremendous the number of jobs, 6 million new jobs in this country. no one would have believed that was possible. that's a number that if i would have said that also, no one would have believed it. [applause] and it's the largest package of in american reforms history. we got something done that is truly historic, largest in history. 80% of american families are now receiving the big tax cut. and it's very interesting. i have an article here from one of the newspapers. it's one of the interesting newspaper -- newspapers. it's called the fake new york times. they must have made a mistake and i am sure that these writers will be fired shortly.
in the article they said -- face it, you probably got a tax cut. you can tell where they are coming from. that's the headline. if you are an american taxpayer, you probably got a tax cut last year, but there's a good chance that you won't believe it. or, putting it differently, does a good chance that you don't believe it. they go on to talk about the fact that people have really benefited and some people don't know it. many people don't know it. a lot of businesses know it because they are the ones supplying the jobs because of the tax cuts, because of the big companies who are able to bring back money to the country, tremendous things are happening with respect to jobs. we lowered income tax rates right across the board. 80% of the american families, as i said, get a tax cut. a typical family earning 75,000 is saving one in $2000 of their
income. they are thinking of $2000 every year because of this. but many are picking up much more than that depending on the situation. productivityased all over the board, lowered income tax rates, -- standard induction for everybody, that is a doubling of the standard deduction, from $6,500 total $12,000 for individuals and $13,000 to $24,000 for married couples. and if i am wrong on any of these numbers, steve mnuchin come our treasury secretary, i am sure he will call me out. but i think we will get it right, steve. we doubled the child tax credit. these are things that a lot of people -- and that is probably what the article is saying --
you don't want to delve too much into the "new york times kara mccullough because nothing good comes out of the new -- dust such fake news, it is unbelievable. -- you don't want to delve too much into the "new york times," because nothing good comes out of the "new york times." you have children, you love your children, and you want to leave your former or small business to your children but you can't because of a lot of reasons -- maybe it is asset rich and not cash-rich remind you worry about it because you know they are going to lose it. because they will go to the banks and berm any, and the banks will end up owning it. hundreds and thousands and thousands of times. so we have virtually eliminated the unfair rest death tax.
for small business and farmers. [applause] so now, if you love your , which most of you do, but not all, if you love your children, you can leave your , youryour small business children come and they will not have to borrow money. and if you don't let your children, it doesn't really matter. [laughter] just disregard that statement. or the deathe tax tax, is now gone for your smart businesses and farms. that is a tremendous thing. they were barring money at a tremendous disadvantage. it was tragic what had been going on, and we were able to get that out.
-- they were borrowing money at a tremendous disadvantage. we brought our tax rate from the highest in the developed world to one of the lowest in many ways. we took it down to 21%. [applause] president trump: i think one of the reason we were doing it so down.s brought it it was really a combination of 21%,ers to on who you are-- we brought it down and it is a big advantage. those people are hiring people, building new jobs, expanding. things. you couldn't get your money back into the country, and we came up with a plan where they can bring billions of dollars back. that is what is happening, they are now investing in the united states set of investing in other countries.
we lowered taxes on small businesses who pay their taxes through the individual returns, which is a very big deal, and it was actually very complex, and we got it. and to promote investment in low income and distressed communities, created tax advantages that you wouldn't believe, where people have an incentive to invest in small communities. where in many cases you have a lot of real problems and tremendous unemployment. we created tax-advantaged opportunity zones. , scott other senators from south carolina, it was an amazing thing. nobody thought we could get it through. . so we have low income and distressed communities, they are getting lots of incentives to put money into those communities. we promised that these tax cuts would be rocket fuel for the
american economy and we were absolutely right. more than 6 million american jobs received pay raises. people are receiving pay raises across the country. that really is a great thing because for 21 years, if you look back, i used to say this through the campaign two years ago, little more than two years ago i talked about -- the permit more money 21 years ago and the -- 21 years ago then they made today. they did better to anyone years ago than they did two and a half years ago. now they are getting money. it is really happening at a very fast pace, and that is a great thing. business owners like it because they have people, they want the job. one of the things you have now as employees, there is choice. like we got choice approved for the military with doctors.
they don't have to wait in line, they get a private doctor and we refe pay for it. number one, it is good for the military and we save lives. people are waiting weeks to see doctor. they try to get that for 40 years in the military and weren't able to get it. you also have your choice of jobs. because now the economy is so ,reat, we are doing so well maybe as good as it has ever been. it is incredible. we are rebuilding so much, rebuilding our military. we are doing things that people are amazed at. we are the envy of the world. every time i meet with a president or prime minister or head of a country, almost every time they say congratulations on the economy of the united states. we are trying to follow you, we are trying to cut taxes, but it hasn't worked anywhere nearly as well. clear in massive trade
negotiations, as you know, because our farmers haven't been treated fairly for many years. bob has been telling me that for many years our farmers have not been treated well, for 15 years. for 15 years, you can go back and it is just a graph downwards, and we are changing that. we will see if it all works out with china but we are doing well in the negotiations. it is very comprehensive. very complete negotiation. we are talking about theft of intellectual property, so many other things, but we're also talking about the farmers, ranchers, and people who haven't been treated fairly by really world. that haven't been treated by the people who sat in this seat, the president and the representatives of the presidents. because other countries have taken advantage of us. if you look at the european they with the barriers have to agricultural products things., and other
they barely take or agricultural products, yet they can sell mercedes-benz and anything they includingr country their farm products, and it is not fair. those days are changing rapidly, they understand it yet we had on average unless a $160 billion a year with the european nations. you look at europe and look at what is going on with europe and how badly we have been treated for so many years. i talked to them and i say, change.it has to i said, frankly, if it doesn't change, we are going to tariff all your cars and everything else that comes in. you kids treat our people that can't treat our people that way. and i think you are going to be very happy. [applause] i want to finish up by saying, the small and independent businesses have invested an
additional $35 billion in new equipment and facilities since i tax relief law. checkup ideals of total nearly $165 billion. -- i know you have been treated badly by past administrations in terms of the internet and getting access to the internet. we are making it a priority. it rural america. rural america is a big raise. if you look at the map, there is a lot of red cover but we are getting you the internet. new venture capital deals of total nearly 165 billion dollars. after the tax cuts, unemployment dropped to the lowest rate in over 50 years. the lowest rate in history for african-americans, lowest rate in history for hispanic
americans, lowest rate in americans, andan women are the lowest now in six to five years, and soon i think that will be in history too. [applause] the numbers of blue-collar jobs have recently grown the fastest rate in more than 31 years. that is what we're talking about. they can talk all they want about socialism. all socialism is a method into the poor house. to --ism is not so easy when an economy is as good as ours. we have the highest economy would have ever had, the highest stock market -- [applause] president trump: i think we have created the stock market record 38 times or so, and that is good for everybody.
401(k)s and so many other things. publicre usually the big companies, but have created a tremendous stock market. people are creating a lot of money there. wives and husbands are coming home as a couple whoever runs the 401(k) is a total genius. darling, you are brilliant. for 20 years, she or he has been criticizing horror or him and now all of a sudden they look like financial geniuses. 401(k)s are up 60% or 70%. happen bygs that accident, they can all go away very quickly. people in office, everything we have done as a group, we have some great and really tremendous people. everything great and we have done can be undone and very bad things can happen. some reachm coleman, over he was here, where is norm coleman? [applause]
president trump: recently we have the golan heights, we took care of that, that has been under study for what, 52 years? 52 years. [applause] it is very come and important for the security of israel. and jerusalem, moving the embassy. i not only moved it, we also built it. [applause] president trump: we got that less.or a little they thought it would take $1.1 billion, i got it billed for $490,000. they said, how did you. do that? we had a really good location. i said, can have something better than this? our ambassador, david friedman, did a very nice job.
said, we actually have a building in a good location, why don't we renovate it? than $500,000.s that it opened four months ago. [applause] trump: we do many things like that, you just don't read about it. i will introduce you to a couple of other people later good but first, we will go around the table a little bit and say hello to your friends and some of the folks who have done a fantastic job for minnesota. i want to reiterate something that is different from what we are talking about today, but i think you have been treated extremely unfairly with respect to immigration. extremely unfairly. we are going to change that. . we will change it. [applause] president.u, mr. i am the president for sergio's family restaurant in miami,
florida. we have been in business over 44 years, i am the third-generation running the business. it is a woman-based organization that started in 1975. now we currently have over 650 employees in just south florida. [applause] to tell you that the tax cuts are working. here is what we are doing. . we are investing in equipment technology. have created jobs in our corporate infrastructure to create a franchise system and for our stores. today i am proud to announce with you that we will be offering 401(k)s to all of our employees tomorrow. [applause] >> we are doing what the tax cuts were meant to do, a small business, to compete against big is nice, invest in our people, invest in growth. to the right of me is our first
franchisee who signed a development deal to do 25 stores in the several years, adding hundreds of jobs to south florida. [applause] >> as carlos said, my name is manny rodriguez. thank you for letting us share our story and everything you have accomplished since you have taken office. [applause] >> i am a son of cuban immigrants that fled cuba in the early 1960's. thanks to this country, here we are. thanks to the strong economy and the tax cuts, our employees are benefiting from higher wages , bonuses that they were able to receive before, benefits that they weren't able to receive before. we as a company have currently two restaurants out of the 25.
we are currently building three more. to the tax cuts, that expansion is going to accelerate and hopefully soon we will be a were to create an extra 500 jobs. thank you. president trump: thank you, manny. i will bet you're the one year and expensive has -- the has been onensing of the best things. ing has been expens special. tom, perhaps you could say hello and introduce us to a couple of your good friends here from congress who have done a fantastic job in other parts of minnesota. president.u, mr. i was going to say, thank you for caring about minnesota, making this your third trip to our great state in the last few -- [applause]
for putting america and americans first. we always appreciate that. thank you for your leadership in working with republicans to pass the tax cuts and jobs act. and i want to say, here because i got the opportunity to work passed. get it i have two new members over there that would have voted for this if they had the opportunity. jim had the door from the first congressional district and the taubert. [applause] >> mr. president, i think people forget that it was a little more than two years ago that economic growth in this country was affiliatess than 2% americans are being told to get used to it and that our better days are behind us. then came your administration, but eliminated $33 billion in
burdensome federal regulations and -- [applause] >> congress teamed up with you and your administration to pass the tax cut and jobs act. five months, our economy is experiencing strong growth, the lowest unemployment in half century. americans are confident again, they are optimistic again. and 80 awards, mr. president, america is winning again. [applause] president,words mr. america is winning again. [applause] have and on, because you great entrepreneurs from across the country who can talk about what was misrepresented in the campaign last year. they talked about the tax cuts and jobs act as a gift to the corporations.
the ones i heard complaining with the upper income wealthy americans saying, it just caught cost me a bunch of money. but you know what, they are making more money. the middle class now has more take-home pay. and we more jobs than people to fill them. we have a lot more work to do, the health care bill is one of them. thetill have to eliminate health care turks and the cadillac tax income and the medicare tax and the individual tax cuts, we have to make those permanent. but, it was a great start. thank you for everything you are doing. . [applause] and we will always be protecting pre-existing conditions, remember that. [applause] very important. very important. jake, with liberty landscape supply located in
jacksonville, florida. i am the general manager of one of our retail locations i have. 13 years of industry experience and because of the tax reform, the owner was a little bring me on board with specific goals to expand our business presence in jacksonville. short four-month tenure with mike, we have been able to increase the number employees from 7-15 in my location. seen 102% total revenue increase over the same. riod last year, 17 thousand in capital investments, new trucks, machinery, stuff like that, and mike and i are pretty excited about the direction of our company and our future. [applause]
>> thanks for having us, mr. president. we appreciate the opportunity to be here today. thanks to the tax-cut and jobs act, being able to hire more people. i started my business in 2007. i had one employee. we have been fortunate to grow over the years. of course, it has been difficult and challenging. at the time the tax-cut and jobs act was passed, we had 31 2017 -- backt in in 2017. as we were driving here today, our 50th employee accepted his position. [applause] making great progress towards continuing to add jobs here in america. we have invested in a number of new trucks. we bought our first tax-cut truck in february of last year. [laughter] [applause]
we have since added two more tax-cut trucks and bob and i have an appointment after this meeting to talk about more trucks. he wasn't going to of any out of here without that. lastly, on friday, we received our very first multimillion dollar contract, and it is the performance on guaranteed by the s.b.a. we have been able to benefit from a bunch of the different initiatives going on to your presidency, so thank you very much. [applause] tom: great. >> first of all, mr. president, i want to thank you for taking the time to come to minnesota awesomethis opportunity. even with the snow on the ground, hopefully you are a friend and comfortable. i am the human resources manager here at this company. i have been with this organization for five years and
i find it very rewarding. the family and organization is fantastic to work for. i have two young kids at home. some of the stuff that comes along with the tax-cut act has really impacted my family. born and raised in minnesota, small-town america, population 3000. so definitely have seen some this.t from working in human resources, i get the chance to work first hand with many different employees and their families and hear the different stories. one of the main things that i can acknowledge from when they first got their checks after the 2017 tax-cut act came into effect was their take-home pay. seeing that disposable income, seeing that they would have a little more to spend on things
that they may have otherwise not been able to afford. that has been really great. as a company, that is what is able to give all employees in regardless if there were a flair for a day, they received a bonus. that was a really neat thing. to hear firsthand from employees what they were able to spend that money on, a lot of people would say that they were able to their family,with maybe donate more to charity, invest in their kids' college expenses, up their 401(k) contribution a bit, it has been really great to see what people have been able to do with that extra money they are getting and to see how it benefits the organization as well. president trump: thank you. that is beautiful. [applause] and bob is a great man to work for, right, and his family. god.
>> thank you, mr. president. youn, it is great to have here and talk about our business and talk about the story. i have been in the industry 50 years this year. i started working at my dad's in rockford, illinois, that in 1969. i graduated from college in minnesota. [applause] the economy in rockford, ininois, where we live, 1973, the economy was getting very slow and as you might know, rockford was the second-largest machine tool center. in that 1960's, he saw the degradation of the jobs that left. combined with the location that we had come up when my dad wanted to retire, he said, we are going to come to minnesota.
i came up, managed -- we are continuously 50 years in the business. from 1959, my dad became a dealer. more than 50. up,t the dealership, i came there was a dozen employees in 1979. today we have over 450 employees in several locations. >> as lincoln said, we talk about the 401(k), i'm trying to incentivize our employees. a lot of businesses would wait for somebody to be there are year or so and they are limited to what they can putting. we went to 78% participation overnight. when you look at all the employees, i can remember when the 401(k) for all of our
employees, when it did $1 million, thought, wow. well, it is over $23 million today. and it is our employees money. [applause] president trump: thank you very much. chris.ame is thank you mr. president, this is quite an honor. this is ross, operations manager with gemini athletic wear, one of the largest hockey jersey manufacturers in the country. [applause] >> i started the business at 25 in my apartment, and we have grown significantly since. since the tax cuts, we have to ask our accountants to explain them to us, we are not steve mnuchins but we do our best. but it was substantial to us. those crimes they pejoratively talk about, they really weren't
crumbs to us -- those crumbs that they talk about, they've really weren't crumbs to us. because of the tax reduction that we got them on the amount repaid, he is going to buy his first home, ross. i'm so proud as a business owner. >> hi, i am ross, operations manager for chris. thanks to the tax-cut, i immediately saw bigger received a second pay raise as well as a bonus. we are living the american dream, soon to be a first-time homeowner. so thank you very much, mr. president. president trump: thank you, ross. [applause] , i just want to
say, i remember during the campaign listening to business people. you promised when you were elected that you would deliver tax-cut. you promised economic growth, and thank you, you have delivered on that promise. [applause] >> i guess it is my turn. mr. president, thank you for inviting here. i am actually quite humbled to be here to be honest. christine. i own a very small corner market in pennsylvania, 45 minutes southwest of pittsburgh. i have four or five employees, including myself the employees i do have, majority of time arsenal moms, college students, high-school students, pretty much knowing that my business is not so much a career as much as
i get to pretty much train them as far as customer service and actually learning certain things that we take for granted that people know. i am, theon household's been up on a market or company store since they did there.s when i was told that, was thrilled that are virtually still a part of history as long going.ep it . because of the small business tax reduction, i didn't get to buy equipment or h hundreds of employeesire, but i was able to continue to sustain the business i have because it has been rough for us, only because of the business that these gentlemen do to keep there dust to keep their employees coming to my store. sell them get to their milk, bread and cheese, and i am happy with that. [applause] >> i thank you for that, mr. president.
>> mr. president. i am father of 8, 20 grandchildren, vice president of plumbing and heating it nevada, a business that has been around for 20 years. we were able to give all of our employees businesses, we purchased new vehicles, purchased new computers and ipads for the field. to make us more profitable. we have it able to reinvest in our company, and a want to thank you for the support to the american people and american companies. course.u, stay your thank you very much. [applause] >> good afternoon, mr. president. i am with universal something and heating from nevada. i don't remember if you
remember, we met at the caucus in the high school when he went there. i got to shake your hand and everything. i can'tvery personable, stop talking about you. president trump: very nice. i hope that doesn't change. >> i am a third-generation plumper one and raised in las vegas, nevada -- third-generation plumber born and raised in las vegas, nevada. i have been teaching 12 years in our apprenticeship program. about, ien thinking can remember three years ago we couldn't find a knife -- wetices fill our class couldn't find enough apprentices to fill our class, now we can to't have enough building fit the number of people who want to come into the trade. what you have done with -- [applause] you have done with the attacks and jobs reform has really boosted our economy in vegas. fromw it overnight go
nothing to 60 miles an hour, it is unbelievable. without that, i don't know where be.ould we have gone from 50-35 employees in our company and from 30 apprentices to over 85 in our program. without the trade and the infrastructure, the country wouldn't be possible, and a want to thank you for that. president trump: thank you, david. >> mr. president, he is offering $50 an hour now in . plumbing. [applause] they start low, but they end up high. a very grateful. , very privileged to be sitting here before you in support of president trump's pro-growth policies. he promised a very comprehensive package, pro-growth package, as
secretary mnuchin indicated, which included not on the that tax reductions or tax cuts, but also the regulatory reforms as well as reciprocal trading, trade agreements. i think you have delivered on all of them and then some. so i am here to applaud everyone here at this roundtable that well, and also that are just starting out, because this is only our second year in this process. thank you very much, mr. president. president trump: thank you very much. you're going to do great in your new position. people of great minnesota, we are working with your local governments, who unfortunately is opposing us and you on this. the pipeline, yunnan about the pipeline, it is very important we get that approved. it is very important we bring down the costs for the whole country. for some reason, democrats don't
like pipelines, they don't like energy, but we are working on it , and he will be very happy with the result. the iron range is very important, it is very big and it it is in its final stages, already moving along more than anybody could anticipate. that was a close subject. . good for you, but also. nation. the you have the best that there isn't a lot of sitting there and you have a lot of people going back to work. so that is really important. [applause] and, again, you see what is happening at the border and you know how unfairly have been treated as a state, you have been treated unfairly. -- i wantted to you to know that it is all changing. it would be a lot easier if congress would get together and the democrats would agree to get
rid of these horrible and foolish loopholes, catch and release and "chain migration", visa lotteries, you take people in a lotteries and you bring them to the country, who you think of these countries are giving us? they are not giving us their finest. and of course, asylum. it is a ridiculous situation. people come in and they read a line from a lawyer that a lawyer hands them online. you look at some of these people, you want protection from them, and they are saying, they want protection from their country. meantime, they are carrying their country's flag for thousands of miles walking up. it is a big con job, that is what it is. [applause] president trump: and congress has to get smart. when i say congress, can blame the republicans. the republicans want to do it, but you need the votes of the democrats. ,ou need 60 votes in the senate
and we are a little bit short in the house. the house,, i think over this issue, i think we can. as soon as we do, we're going to get this done. it has been an incredible business for me being -- incredible experience the in minnesota -- it has been an incredible business for me being in minnesota. this was supposed to be a little roundtable as they call it, and this is wonderful. you have to see what is happening outside, you wouldn't believe it. it is beautiful. i see american flags waving all over, i see everybody. [applause] a lot of the public doesn't really get the picture because you could have 10,000 people pro-and two people against, and
those two people make the front page of the papers, why are you against the president? [laughter] everybody gets what is going on. there is a great business in this country -- great movement in this country. it started that special day in november. remember that day? [applause] .ovember 2016 we actually did very well in '18 also, we want them of the senate. a lot of victories -- ohio, , a lot ofklahoma governorships. i went out and campaigned a lot and we had a very high record of success wherever we went. can pay forom everybody in the house, sorry, tom, but the ones we campaign for did very well. i think the elections coming up are going to be really something, they will be a carryforward from what we did in 2016.
it is going to be i think also a very, special day. we had the theme, make america great again. that is what we have done. we are not only winning again, as tom said, but we are respected again as a nation. applause] president trump: all these countries, including allies, people i like very much, i say, how did this happen? how were you are allowed to do this to our country? you look at trade deals where we lose on everyone of them, practically everyone of them. there is not a trade deal we have that is any good. 25 billion a year, 60 billion here, with china, 375 billion lost a year. the even believes that. we rebuild china. they did a hell of a job, but they did it using our
money. and how they could have allowed that to happen, our previous representatives, and i am not just talking about president obama a mime talking about many of them. how they could have allowed that to happen to our country is disgraceful. but we are turning it around and we are in the throes, the final stages. way.e going to win either we will either win by getting the deal and we also win if we don't get a deal because we do other things. --were put in this position and north korea, that is moving along. when i came in, there were missiles going all of the place, nuclear testing, mountains were bit. moved a little i said come aboard, that was terrible what was happening there. they thought it was earthquake's, that is called nuclear testing. but i have a good relationship with kim jong-un. he just said the other day that he looks forward to more talks. talk is ok. talk is ok. we have been talking for a long time. they were in singapore what, a year ago.
so they have been doing this for a short period. they have been talking for many years. it is interesting, when the media said i'm a it is not moving fast enough. what about for the last 40 years, nobody talks about that. with me, it is like nine months, why doesn't -- i don't wanted to move fast, right now it is moving along perfectly. and we have a good relationship. the sanctions are on, we got our hostages back. our remains are coming back. [applause] president trump: there is a lot of constructive things going on. you can look at many other things. middle east, we took over 100% of the caliphate. 100%, isis. the isis caliphate. [applause] president trump: when i took over two and a half years ago, you look at that map and used the that isis was all over the
place. jobsave a couple of whack blow up a store, people get killed, they blow up something else, people get killed. they are crazy, they are wacky, they are bad people. but you can never claim victory because you always have a much up someplace that is going to do something. ok. i don't want to be in the position, oh, he said 100%. while we do have 100% of the area. quickly.t over very but we always have somebody out there, so we don't want to be put in a position where we say 100% and meant somebody gets killed by some mad maniac. i will just tell you, minnesota, i am with the 1000%, not 100, but what thousand percent. -- but 1000%. and i think he would say, even minnesota with say, more importantly, i am with this
country when thousand percent, ok? cause i love this country, because great things are happening. i want to thank everybody for being here today. i hope everything works out. we want to extend our regard and our hopes, and god bless you to paris and to france, what they are going through. you will go back and you will see what is happening. it is a very sad thing. ahave never quite -- you take look at this, this is one of the true catastrophes. hopefully they did better than they were doing when i left the place, but it was not a good situation with respect to notre-dame cathedral. you all very much. it is an honor to be with you. ♪ [applause]
announcer: more road to the white house coverage with democratic presidential candidate and tech entrepreneur andrew young. he will be holding a campaign rally at the lincoln memorial in washington, d.c.. we will have live coverage at 6:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. you can also watch live online at c-span.org or listen free on the c-span radio app joint as for the 2019 will smith prize for investors reporting. the winners will talk about how they came across their stories, from wrongdoing by an alabama sheriff, to the jura tolerance immigration policy, and other stories that broke over this year. at 10:00 eastern on here on c-span. congress is out this week and other lawmakers are back home,
others are on fact-finding trips in u.s. and abroad like house speaker pelosi who is leading a delegation on a trip to germany, the u.k. and ireland. the 160th congress returns 29.ay, april the houseplants to work on federal spending for the next budget year and immigration reform remains a priority. the senate will continue the confirmation process for district court judges and high-level jobs in the trump administration. you can watch the house life here on c-span and the senate .ive on c-span2 >> tonight on the communicators, from the state of the net conference in washington, d.c., we speak with daphne keller of stanford law school on speech restrictions on media platforms. >> anytime a company goes. >> into a country that is like a lucrative market and that is now going to have leverage over the platform, you are running the goinghat that country is
to tell you to censor things or tell you tell individual user's privacy, or turn over data to the police. that absolutely happens with countries all over the world, it is not unique to china. announcer: what the communicators tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span2. >> west virginia senator joe manchin is our guest on "newsmakers" this week. he is the ranking democratic member of the energy and natural resources committee in the senate, also the appropriations committee, which put him at the table with the attorney general this week, we are going to ask you more about that, and also serves on the armed services and veterans affairs in the senate. thanks for coming in. sen. manchin: thank you for having me.