President Trump Departs the White House for New York CSPAN August 10, 2019 3:29am-4:06am EDT
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pres. trump: so, we are doing very well with china. we are talking with china. we are not ready to make a deal. we will see what happens. we have been hurt by china for 25, 30 years. nobody has done anything about it. we have no choice but to do what we are doing. it is working out very well. we called them on manipulation and they have brought their numbers back. they brought them back rapidly. they were able to do that because they manipulate. it is called monetary manipulation. not good. but what happens, and what is happening with china now, we have an open dialogue. we will see if we keep meeting in september. if we do, that is fine. if we don't, that is fine. but it is time that somebody does what we are doing. i said the american taxpayer is not paying for it. we had a big day in the stock market yesterday, but the american taxpayer is not paying for it. what china is doing by depressing their currency by pouring tremendous amounts of
money into their system, they are paying for it. the prices have not gone up. in some cases they have gone down. because the devaluation plus the money supply, the amount of money they pour in, which is a form of manipulation, has more than compensated for an increase in price. so as i said, and everybody questioned it, in the case of china, the tariffs have been amazing. we are taking in billions and billions of dollars. china has had their worst year in 35 years now. it was in 26 years, but now it is 35 years. i want them to do well, but as of this moment they are having the worst year they've had in many, many years, in decades. really we are just bringing the system back into order. we have all the cards. we are doing well. our country is doing fantastically well. you look at europe, they have got problems. the biggest problem we have is the fact that a lot of other
continents, frankly, but a lot of other countries are not doing well. but we are doing great and we continue to do great. our companies are poised. they have a lot of cash. our system is beautiful. [plane engines roaring] reporter: the nra has been a strong supporter of -- [indiscernible] pres. trump: i think i could but i don't think i will be there. i have a great relationship with the nra. they supported me very early and that has been a great decision they made. we have justice cavanaugh. we have justice gorsuch. they feel very strongly about the second amendment. the nra made a great decision in supporting me. nobody else would have won. i have a very good relationship. i will change it -- i have a great relationship with the nra. i have a lot of respect for the people at the nra. i have already spoken to them on numerous occasions. numerous occasions.
frankly, we need intelligent background checks. ok. this is not a question of nra, republican or democrat. i will tell you, i spoke to mitch mcconnell yesterday. he is totally on-board. he said, i have been waiting for your call. he is totally on-board. i spoke to senators, friends of mine, pretty hardline senators. when i say that i say that in a positive way. hardliners for the second amendment. they understand that we don't want insane people, mentally ill people, bad people, dangerous people, we don't want guns in the hands of the wrong people. i think that the republicans are going to be great and lead the charge, along with the democrats. i spoke yesterday to nancy pelosi. we had a great talk. i spoke to chuck schumer. we had a great talk. chuck schumer in particular loves my china policy, as you probably know.
i said, i can't believe you actually like something i'm doing. he said, "not like, love." chuck schumer is great on the china situation, which we are winning and winning big. china wants to do something but i am not ready to do anything yet. 25 years of abuse, i'm not ready so fast. we will see how that works out. on the background checks we have tremendous support for really common sense, sensible, important background checks. reporter: [inaudible] pres. trump: time goes by. i don't think i'm different. i think the senate is different. i think other people in the house are different. i think the people that maybe had their arm up a couple of years ago, maybe they feel differently.
i don't think i feel any differently. with a lot of success we've had i think i have a greater influence now over the senate and over the house. i think we can get something really good done. i think we can have some really meaningful background checks. we don't want people that are mentally ill, people that are sick, we don't want them having guns. who does? reporter: [inaudible] pres. trump: we will see where the nra will be. but we have to have meaningful background checks, you know. in both cases it is possible they wouldn't have been caught. but we also have to talk about age. he did things that were very very bad in ohio, in dayton. he did some things that were really bad. the school knew about it. when he turned 18, everything was expunged.
we are going to have to get rid of that, because you can't have that barrier. if they had that barrier, they would have been able to see. but because he was a minor it was expunged. we have to get rid of that barrier. i think a lot of really meaningful things on background checks will take place, including red flags, including a lot of other very, very important items. and the republicans are looking at it very seriously. and i really believe the nra -- i have spoken to them numerous times -- they are really good people. they are patriots. they love our country. they love our country so much. frankly, i think they will get there also. reporter: you talked to him several times. did he warn you background checks could cost you politically? did you say to him, forget politics, we have to do something now? pres. trump: no. i had a good talk with wayne. i like wayne. as you know, they supported me
very early. far earlier than anybody thought possible, especially me not being a politician. that support has paid off. we now have two supreme court justices that are phenomenal. cavanaugh and gorsuch. they are phenomenal people. they are big believers in the second amendment, which wayne is also, and which i am. there has been no president that feels more strongly about the do.nd amendment than i however, we need meaningful background checks so that sick people don't get guns. i think in the end wayne and the nra will either be there or maybe we will be a little bit more neutral. and that would be ok too. look, the n.r.a. has over the years taken a very, very tough stance on everything. and i understand it.
you know, it is a slippery slope. they think you approve one thing and that leads to a lot of bad things. i don't agree with that. i think we can do meaningful -- very meaningful background checks. i want to see it happen. so i've got a lot of support. i also have the support of other people from the other side. i think the democrats and republicans have a chance to really come together. reporter: why wasn't there a better system in place to deal with the migrant children? pres. trump: the reason is because you have to go in, you can't let anybody know, because when you get there nobody will , be there. a big factor is to let people outside of the country that want to come into the country illegally, when they come in in caravans and the search the border. by the way, we have the numbers way down right now. mexico has done a fantastic job. mexico has 26,000 soldiers right now on the border. they have been fantastic.
because of tariffs, but i don't care why. mexico will be -- i will be calling the president at a certain point. i just hope they keep it up. because if democrats would would change the law -- i was thinking about putting together, you know, with the gun situation. so we have immigration and we have, let's say some of the things we are talking about right now together. but i want people to know that if they come into the united states illegally, they are getting out. they are going to be brought out. this serves as a very good deterrent. if people come into our country illegally, they are going out. they are not coming in illegally and staying. we have bad laws. they make it in, although we are being tough, but they may get in. but it doesn't matter, because they are going out. when people see what they saw yesterday and like they will see for a long time, they know they are not staying here.
[reporters shouting questions] pres. trump: it's really amazing because african-american unemployment just came out very recently. the lowest in history. it's the best numbers in history. african-american employment and hispanic and asian, too. they have more people working today than ever worked in the history of our country. plus, i did criminal justice
reform which president obama could not get approved, which the media never talks about. if president obama got criminal justice reform done, it would be front page stories all over the place. i got it done. i think that african-americans appreciate it. so i got that. i have the best employment numbers. i have the best employment number is for a lot of people, but african-americans are number one that we've ever had. one other thing we did. aside from criminal justice reform, opportunity zones. they are doing unbelievably well.
you will see that and you have already seen it. opportunity zones. the biggest beneficiaries are african-americans. [reporters shouting questions] >> why went you bring your counterpart vladimir zelenskiy , do you planhouse to bring him to the white house, and what would be your advice for him? what would you work with him on how to communicate with vladimir putin to stop the conflict in ukraine? pres. trump: i think he is going to make a deal with president putin. he will be invited to the white house. we look forward to seeing him. he has already been invited to the white house. he wants to come. i think he will. he's a reasonable guy. he wants to see peace in ukraine. i think he will be coming very soon. reporter: vice president biden's comments overnight --
pres. trump: his comments -- look. look. joe is not playing with a full deck. he made that comment, i said, whoa. i saw his comment. joe biden is not playing with a full deck. this is not somebody you can have as your president. but if you got the nomination, i would be thrilled. >> what about your rhetoric? reporter: -- banned on twitter? pres. trump: we are looking at that right now. we have a lot of these companies coming in a little while, as you know. we are going to be very tough with them. they are treating conservatives very unfairly. hollywood -- i don't call them the elite. i think the elite are people that go after it many cases. but hollywood is really terrible. you talk about racists, hollywood is racist. what they are doing with the kind of movies they are putting out, it's actually very dangerous for our country. what hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country. we have now all of the heads of
the biggest companies coming in. and we are going to talk to them. they treat conservatives, republicans totally different than they treat others. they can't do that. [reporters shouting questions] reporter: did the trump administration devalue the u.s. dollar? pres. trump: no, we don't have to. we have such a strong dollar. the problem is that the dollar is at a level that makes it hard. the advantage to doing what we have, the money is pouring in because we have the safest currency in the world. we have the standard of the world. but because it is so strong, it has gotten so strong because other countries have problems. it makes it harder for our manufacturers. so if we lowered the interest rate by the federal reserve, that would automatically bring down the dollar a little bit and it would make it easier for caterpillar and these companies. but we have the greatest currency in the world. no, i would not do that. reporter: are you thinking of
canceling the trade talks next month with china? pres. trump: china wants to settle this deal. they've had the worst year they have had in many decades. it is getting only worse. thousands of companies are leaving china. they would like to make a deal. i'm not ready to make a deal. reporter: are you willing to cancel the talks? pres. trump: maybe. we will see what happens. right now, the talks are scheduled in september. whether or not we are talking about china or they are canceled, we will see. look, as i said, our people are not paying for these billions and billions of dollars that came in. $16 billion of which i gave to the farmers because they were targeted by china. that is just a small fraction of what we have taken in. because what china has been doing as a currency manipulator, they have manipulated the value of their currency. and that is where the money
comes -- and also, they have put tremendous money into the system. so if you look prices have not , risen. our people have not paid. so all of these guys that say oh, trump -- they don't know what they're talking about. now china is unique. , it probably happens with other countries. the prices have not gone up. in fact, we have virtually no inflation in our country. if the federal reserve would bring down interest rates over a period of time, i would love to see a point or a little bit more than that. if they would stop quantitative tightening, we have a rocketship. i mean, we are doing well without it, but we are being handcuffed by the federal reserve. if they would stop that, it would be incredible. [reporters shouting questions] reporter: -- south korea and ban?, do you support the
pres. trump: i hope south korea and i hope japan start getting along with each other. you know, they are supposed to be allies. it puts us in a very difficult position. south korea and japan are fighting all the time. they've got to get along, because it puts us in a very bad position. that being said, i got a very beautiful letter from kim jong-un yesterday. it was hand-delivered. reporter: what did it say? pres. trump: it was a very positive letter. reporter: what did it say? pres. trump: i would love to give it to you, i really would. [reporters shouting questions] reporter: did kim jong-un mention in a meeting, the next time you will talk? pres. trump: i think we will have another meeting. he wrote a beautiful three-page from top to bottom, a really beautiful letter. maybe i will release the results of the letter but it was very positive. we are not going to do business with huawei.
we are not doing business with them. i made the decision. it is much simpler not to do any business with huawei. that doesn't mean we won't agree to something if and when we make a trade deal, but we are not going to be doing business with huawei. [reporters shouting questions] reporter: are you looking at maguire? pres. trump: maguire is excellent. he is acting right now. sue did a great job. i think over time -- i'm in no rush because we have a great acting. i like him a lot. i spoke to the senator about different people. he's the head of intelligence. i am working with senator byrd. the whole committee. i want to get somebody everybody can really come together with. i like pete hofstra a lot. he is great, doing a fantastic job in the netherlands right
now. reporter: you had mentioned it was down to three. it is more than two? pres. trump: that's a job everybody wants, dni. i am dealing with a committee. i am dealing with really senator byrd a lot. we will come up with somebody that is great. we have a lot of choices. a lot of people want the job. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: i'm concerned they are not getting along with each other. they have to get along with each other. if they don't get along, what are we doing? they have to get along with each other. south korea and japan have to sit down and get along with each other. otherwise what are we all doing? reporter: what about gun control, mr. president? reporter: [indiscernible] movingyou considering from germany to poland? pres. trump: poland has been a great, great friend of ours. they have offered to build a military base at the cost of many billions of dollars.
no money put up by the united states whatsoever. they have offered to fund our troops and lots of other things. the way it should be. not the stupid deals we made with all these other countries that take advantage of us. so poland has been terrific. we are going to be going to poland very soon. i'm sure you will be going with us. i had a great experience in poland the last time i went. in fact, some of the actually said the speech was one of the best ever made in europe by the an american president. hard to believe that you actually said that. when you said that i was in a state of shock. reporter: [indiscernible] reporter: did stephen ross say anything about -- pres. trump: stephen ross is a great friend of mine, a very successful guy. we were competitors but friends in real estate in new york in the old days. he's a great guy. he is probably more inclined to
be a liberal if you want to know the truth. but he likes me and respects me. we are doing a fundraiser. we're doing another fundraiser with another friend of mine. i understand the fundraiser was totally sold out. [reporters shouting questions] reporter: a quick question about the age limit -- reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: i think it just makes steve much hotter. i will see him in a little while. the controversy makes steve ross hotter. but he is very happy. he has a very successful -- a lot of people are going. we have two fundraisers. one with steve, one with another gentleman. i think it is going to raise $11 million or $12 million. not billion, million. i'm getting used to saying billion. reporter: when you talked about age restrictions to buy guns, 18 -months ago, you supported buying guns at the age of 25, raising the age. are you considering bringing that back now?
pres. trump: we're not talking about anything specific. there is tremendous goodwill. i took it about meaningful background checks so that sick and demented people don't carry around guns. [reporters shouting questions] pres. trump: you have to remember, and i've said it, it is a big mental illness problem. the gun does not pull the trigger. a sick mind pulls the trigger. we want to take that out of the equation. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: we are looking at that. if you look, there are many bills that have been put in over a period of four or five years. they went nowhere. but there has never been a president like president trump. reporter: and you're going to get it done? [reporters shouting questions] pres. trump: i don't think we will need to. leadership is along with me right now.
by the time you call them back, they will be back anyway. i don't think we will need to call them back. i think we will have a good package by the time to come back -- by the time they come back and they can start debating and voting on it. so i don't think the extra little time matters. leadership is doing a really good job. mitch mcconnell, kevin, nancy. i spoke with nancy pelosi and i spoke with chuck schumer yesterday. there is a lot of goodwill about this issue. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: i don't think so. i think we have a lot of support. i'm very fortunate in the republican party. i am at 94% approval rating so that helps. but i have a great relationship with republican senators. i really think they are looking to me to give them a signal. we will have great support, and i think we will have support from the democrats also. reporter: [indiscernible]
pres. trump: no. no. i never said what i'm saying now. what i said was there was tremendous opposition from many people on both sides. i see a better feeling right now towards getting something meaningful done. meaningful. and we did do things after parkland, but it wasn't at the same level we are talking about right now. we did various other things. we did do a lot of work after parkland. but i think we have now a chance to do something much more meaningful. having to do with background checks. reporter: [indiscernible] it is almost back-to-school season. what is your message to children and teenagers who are anxious or nervous about going back to school after these mass shootings? pres. trump: my message to young children going back to school is go and really study hard and someday you will grow up and maybe be president of the united states or do something else that's fantastic.
they have nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. in addition, we are in constant contact with states, state governments. they are really doing a great job. it is so much better than it was two and a half years ago. two and a half years ago when i came in it was really not a good situation. i think we have a very good system right now. that does not mean there will not be some crazy person, but that is what we want to do -- we want to take the guns out of the hands of crazy, demented, sick people. [reporters shouting questions] reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: we are not looking at that right now. we are looking at meaningful background checks. i think it is going to happen. there is great, great support. we are looking at very meaningful background checks. reporter: [indiscernible]
pres. trump: admiral mcguire is a very talented man. he's a great leader. as an admiral, he was always a great leader. he is a man respected by everybody. there forgoing to be a period of time. who knows, maybe he gets a job. he will be there for a period time. we are dealing with senator byrd, we are dealing with the committee, dealing with probably the nine or 10 people that want the job very much. you know the name of almost every one of them. they are truly outstanding. everybody wants dni. i will say that the admiral is such a great choice from the standpoint of now. and maybe you goes further. we will see what happens.
with thee dealing committee and senator byrd. we have people, all of whom you know. highly respected people. we will make a decision in the not-too-distant future. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: eugene scalia is a highly respected lawyer in washington. his father, as you know was the great, great supreme court justice. even the people without his views would say he's a great gentleman, a great man. eugene scalia has had a fantastic career. as you know, he is our appointment for labor secretary. so far it has been received very well. he is a very -- one of the finest minds and lawyers in washington. and i will say, so far, that has been received very well. reporter: [indiscernible]
pres. trump: he gave me a great letter. i would love to give it to you but i don't think it would be appropriate. it was a very personal letter. he talked about what he's doing. he is not happy with the testing. it's a very small testing but he was not happy with the testing. he put that in the letter. but he also sees a great future for north korea. we will see how it all works out. in the meantime there have been no nuclear tests. the missile tests have all been short range, no ballistic missile tests or long-range missiles. we got back and we are getting back as we speak, a lot of our fallen heroes, you know
they are coming back into and through hawaii. we got back our hostages. i got the letter -- i just got it yesterday. it was hand-delivered. it was not touched by anybody. they literally take from north korea to my office. we have a system. the old-fashioned system. you don't have to worry about leaks. something nice about that system. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: he wasn't happy with the tests. the wargames. the wargames on the other side, the united states. i never liked it either. i have never been a fan. you know why? i don't like paying for it. we should be reimbursed for it and i told that the south korea. i don't like it either. this was a big test. this was a turnover of various areas to south korea. i like that because that is what should happen. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: i can't imagine that, but if they did that we would reciprocate. we are a very reciprocal nation with me as they head.
when somebody does something negative to us in terms of a country, we do it to them. our country has been taken advantage of by foreign countries, even allies, including allies and in many cases more than anybody else. we have been taken advantage of for many years. it stops. it stops. reporter: in your view did colin kaepernick get an opportunity to play in the nfl? pres. trump: only if he's good enough. why would he play if he's good enough, and if he's good enough. i know the owners. i know bob kraft and many of the owners. if he is good enough, sign him. they would sign him in a heartbeat. they would do anything they can to win games. i would like to see it. i would love to see him come in if he's good enough. i don't want to see him come in
because somebody thinks it is a good pr move. if he's good enough, he will be in. reporter: are you worried about global markets? pres. trump: the global markets are not as good as our market. our market has been really good. reporter: what about the effects -- pres. trump: it puts us in an even better position. i view it differently. most people would say that's a bad thing. the fact that other countries are not doing really well -- china in particular. china is doing horribly. first time anyone can remember they are having a year like they never had. go back 30, 40 years. they are having one of the worst years ever. the numbers are phony. they are not doing 6.2%. reporter: what do you think they are doing? pres. trump: maybe neutral. reporter: [indiscernible]
the democrats are calling you and your supporters the white nationalists. does that help you? pres. trump: i don't like it when they do it. i am not any of those things. it's a disgrace. it shows how desperate the democrats are. right now i'm working with the democrats on meaningful background checks. that's a big thing. hopefully we can do something. i don't want to focus too much on that. i will say this. for them to throughout the race word, racist, racist, racist -- that is all they use. they called nancy pelosi racist. she is not a racist. they call anybody racist when they run out of cards. i am winning in the polls. they are desperate. they have lousy candidates. they have bad candidates. i watched the debates. well, joe biden can't answer a simple question. something is going wrong with him. the only thing is a lot of people think that he was the one that wanted bob mueller to testify.
it made joe look intelligent. reporter: is your base supporting background checks? pres. trump: i think my base relies very much on common sense and they rely on me in terms of telling them what's happening. i think meaningful background checks are positive. politically i cannot tell you. good, bad, indifferent. i don't care politically. i don't want to have crazy people having guns. reporter: [indiscernible] can we do one of them indoors?