President Trump White House Departure Remarks CSPAN May 30, 2019 9:50pm-10:11pm EDT
washington, d.c., and around the in 1970created by cable nine, c-span is brought to you by your local cable or satellite provider. c-span, your unfiltered view of government. before departing for colorado, the president spoke to white house reporters and commented on robert mueller's statement from wednesday. he discussed china, the economy, and british politics. we just hadump: news that turkey released a prisoner that we were trying to get. they released him a little while ago into home custody and will be released from home custody to the united states pretty soon. i want to thank president erdogan, we dealt with that. he was great. they released the prisoner,
hostage, whatever you want to call him. he is in home custody in turkey and will be released soon. that, i think things are going very well. the economy is doing fantastically well. any expectations. unemployment numbers are just about the best in the history of our country. employment numbers are the best. we have close to 160 million people working today. that is more than we have ever had before. i'm going out to colorado today to give the commencement address to the air force. it is very exciting for me. it is an amazing place. i look forward to doing that. any questions? reporter: [indiscernible] president trump: i think it was the same as the report. there wasn't much change. to me it was the same as the report. there is no obstruction.
you see what we are saying. no extraction, no collusion, no nothing. it is nothing but a witchhunt. a witchhunt by the media and the democrats. it keeps going. report washe released, but it goes on. to me, it was the same as the reports. do still think robert mueller behaved honorably? president trump: i think he is conflicted. he wanted to be the fbi director and i said no. i had a business dispute with them after he left the fbi. not a nice one. he wasn't happy with what i did. i don't blame him but i had to do it because it was the right thing to do. he loves james comey. if you look at the relationship of those two.
he was conflicted. robert mueller should have never been chosen. he wanted the fbi job and he didn't get it. the next day, he was picked as a special counsel. you tell somebody i'm sorry you can't have a job and after you say that he's going to make a ruling on you? plus we had a business dispute. plus his relationship with comey was extraordinary. mccainn't he investigate and comey and all the lies? clapper and the lies? all of the things that happened to start the investigation. why didn't comey come clean and say the things he knows are facts. why didn't robert mueller
investigate comey? there are so many other things. this is the study of russia. clinton lose, we have an insurance policy? what we are at right now is the insurance policy. he is a totally conflicted person. he is somebody that dislikes donald trump. he didn't get the job he requested, that he wanted badly. then he was appointed. despite that, despite $40 million, 18 trump haters including people that work for hillary clinton and some of the worst human beings on earth, they got nothing. it is pretty amazing. do you believe russia helped you get elected? president trump: russia did not
help me get elected. you know who got me elected? i got me elected. if anything, i think russia helped the other side. the media helped hillary clinton get elected? she didn't make it. take a look at collusion between hillary clinton and the media. you take a look at collusion between hillary clinton and russia. she had more to do in the campaign with russia than i did. i had nothing to do. just one other thing. this is all about russia, russia, russia. they don't talk about russia anymore. it turned out to be a hoax. back, isn'tfought that terrible? of course i fight back. it was a false accusation. a totally false accusation. it is a very sad period for this country. in the end, i will consider what
is happening now to be one of my greatest achievements. exposing this corruption. arerter: do you think they going to impeach you? president trump: i don't see how. they are possibly allowed. i can't imagine the courts allowing it. i never thought that would be possible. to me it is a dirty word, the word impeach. it is dirty, filthy, disgusting. it has nothing to do with me. i don't think so. it is high crimes and misdemeanors. there was no high crime and there was no misdemeanor. how do you impeach from that? it came out there was nothing to do with russia. the whole thing is a scam. it is a giant presidential harassment. honestly, i hope it goes down as one of my greatest achievements.
corruption that nobody knew existed. reporter: [indiscernible] president trump: i think we are doing very well with china. i want to shake your hand. come here, you greeted me fairly. thank you. i want to answer a real reporter's question. china would love to make a deal with us. we had a deal and they broke the deal. if they had to do it again they wouldn't have done what they did. we are taking in millions of dollars in tariffs. china is subsidizing products. the united states taxpayers are
paying for very little of it. if you look at inflation and pricing, it has gone up very little. the tariffs are having a devastating effect on china. .eople are fleeing the country these companies are leaving for vietnam, other parts of asia, they are even coming to the united states. i think we are doing very well with china. we will see what happens. china very much wants to make a deal. the companies are leaving china to avoid the tariffs. china is becoming a very weakened nation. just ask -- just as iran has become a weakened nation. iran wants to make a deal also. reporter: [indiscernible] aesident trump: nigel is friend of mine. boris is a friend of mine. they are very good guys. very interesting people.
vote, starting from nothing. i think they have done a good job. i like them. they are friends of mine. maybe it is not my business to support people. i have a lot of respect for both of those men. reporter: do you think it is fair to the people of john mccain -- [indiscernible] president trump: i don't know what happened. i would not have done that. i was very angry with john mccain because he killed health care. i was not a big fan of john mccain. had a lot tomccain do with it, going to the middle east which was a catastrophe. to me, i was not a fan. i would never do a thing like that. somebody did it because they thought i didn't like him.
they were well-meaning. i will say. reporter: do you owe sailors an apology? the mccainrump: thing i knew nothing about. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: i think i have been tougher on elections than president obama. he was told in 2016 for the election that russia may try to interfere with the elections, he did nothing. the reason he did nothing is because he thought hillary would recap. we are trying to do paper ballots as much as possible. old-fashioned paper in this modern age is the best way to do it.
reporter: [inaudible] president trump: i think we want a relationship with russia and china and everybody, and i said that for a long time. getting along with russia, getting along with china is a good thing if we can do it on fair terms or our terms, . reporter: [inaudible] venezuela, wep: are on watch, we will see what happens. i am all for the people, you know that better than anyone. benjamin netanyahu's ability to form a coalition. what happens in israel looks like a win for netanyahu who is a great guy. now they are back in the debates stage and back in the election stage. that is too bad because they don't need this. they've got enough turmoil over there. it is a tough place.
i feel badly about that. looks like they are talking, but more likely they have to go back to election mode. reporter: among reports that russia, was mueller wrong about that? president trump: russia would rather have hillary clinton than donald trump. the reason is nobody has been tougher on russia than me , whether it is our energy policy which is not hers, whether it is the lifeline as -- whether it is the pipeline as you know in europe going all over the place that i have been considerably complaining about , whether it is ukraine or whether it is a whole host of things, there is nobody ever been more tough or difficult for russia than donald trump. i have to tell you this. i put sanctions on russia at a level no one has seen before. nobody wants to write about it.
with all of that, i want to get along with china and i want to get along with europe and i want to get along with everybody if it is possible. i even want to get along with iran and iran wants to talk and if they want to talk i am available. reporter: [inaudible] we are going to stay in ireland because it is convenient and a great place but it is convenient. we will be meeting with a lot of irish officials, and overnight stand i look forward to that. reporter: do you think the white house will apologize? president trump: i cannot because i didn't know anything about it. i don't know who did it. we will probably find out who did it. they thought they were doing me a favor because they know i am not a fan of john mccain. john mccain a killed healthcare for the republican party and
killed healthcare for the nation. i disagree with john mccain on the way he handled the vets because he was never able to get choice. i got choice. i disagree with john mccain on the middle east. he helped force bush to make a very bad decision and go into the middle east. i wasn't a fan of john mccain and never will be. i couldn't care less whether there is a boat named after his father. reporter: he said he did not feel at a time, president trump: there were no charges, none. if you look at bill clinton, that very nice gentleman who has been so much on my side as you his special prosecutor, it was guilty guilty guilty guilty guilty, so many guiltys. with me there was no guilty. there was no crime.
and number two, i fought back and i will tell you, wait, there was no collusion. read volume one. there was no collusion. reporter: he said, [inaudible] president trump: that means you are innocent. that means you are innocent. he should have said you're guilty. reporter: he said he couldn't do that, president trump: that is wrong. he said it differently the first time. he said essentially you are innocent. i'm innocent of all charges and the thing nobody brings up, there was no crime. they say he was obstructing justice but there was no crime. someday you want to read a thing called article two. read article to which gives the president powers that you wouldn't believe that i don't have to rely on article to.
wo. there was no crime, no obstruction, no collusion, no nothing. this is from a group of people that hate me. if they only found anything they would have had that. reporter: he did not say you were innocent. president trump: there was no crime, he had no information. reporter: do you agree with louisiana's ban on abortion at six weeks. president trump: we are going to have a statement about it and i will have probably today a major statement on the border. this is a big league statement. we are going to do something dramatic on the border because people are coming into our country. the democrats will not change laws, they will not meet, they will not do anything. they want to have open borders. they want to have crime, they want to have drugs pouring into the country. they want to have human trafficking. i am going to be making a statement probably tomorrow but maybe tomorrow.
i am not closing the borders. i'm doing something else. we are going to have a major statement on the border sometime later today or tomorrow. it will be a statement having to with the border and having to do with people illegally coming over the border. and it will be my biggest statement so far on the border. we have brought something to the light of the people. they see it as a national emergency. most people agree. the democrats agree too but they won't give us the legislation needed to fix it. right now when you catch somebody you have to release them. they won't give us the legislation whether it is chain migration or lottery. they won't, the asylum-seekers are ridiculous. no place in the world has what we have in terms of ridiculous immigration laws so i will be making a major statement. my biggest statement on the
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