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pretty staggering. i think we set a new record, but you will have to check that out. we met very, very for pretty extensive periods of time either -2 or 1-1 with pakistan, poland, new zealand, singa important, egypt, south korea, united kingdom, india, iraq, argue again tena, brazil, rance, japan, ukraine, honduras, el salvador, saudi qatar, jordan, bahrain,
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peru., chile, ecuador and other than that, we weren't busy. the press hasn't covered it. we have fantastic deal with japan and tremendous deal with japan and that doesn't get covered because you waste your time on nonsense. e p.m.i. manufacturers index has gone substantially up, which was an -- larry kudlow, larry, please stand up. they just gave me these numbers and existing new home sales are through the roof. just came out. oil prices have gone down ever since the saudi arabia incident and have gone down substantially so we have plenty of oil.
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but those numbers were surprising to you, larry -- is that a correct statement? so thank you, larry. we'll make this announcement to you. the so-called whistleblower, the one that didn't have any first second first rate or tier information, from what i understand, you have to figure that out for yourself, but i have spoken with leader kevin mccarthy and the republicans, many of them. anywe were going to do this way, but i have informed them, all of the house members, that i fully support transparency on the so-called whistleblower information even though it was supposedly secondhand information, which is sort of
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interesting and other things have come out about the whistle plore that are also even more interesting, but also insist on transparency from joe biden and his son hunter on the hundreds of millions that have been quickly and taken out of the ukraine and china. millions and millions taken out very rapidly while he was vice president and i'm sure they have transparency. i have informed the leader about that and additionally, i demand transparency from democrats who went to ukraine and attempted to force the new president who i met and he is an outstanding person. i think he will be outstanding. got elected on the basis of corruption. he wants to end corruption in ukraine and i think that's great. but they went there and they wanted to force the new president to do things that they
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wanted under the form of political threat. they threatened him if he didn't do things. now, that's what they are accusing me of. i didn't do it. i didn't threaten anybody. the press was asking questions of the president of ukraine and he said no pressure. i used the word pressure, he used the word push, but it means the same thing. no pressure, no push. it's a hoax. it's a big hoax. and we worked so hard with all of these countries and i mean really hard. i have been from early in the morning until late in the evening all for the good of our country and the press doesn't cover all of this. and it's really disappointing also to those countries that are with us and spent so much time with us. so we want transparency. we have informed kevin mccarthy
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about transparency and we said vote for it. so you have close to the 100% of the republican votes, i hope. and got almost no attention, but in may, cnn reported that senators robert menendez and richard durbin and senator lay hey expressed concern at the closing of four investigations they said were critical. in the letter they implied their support for u.s. assistance to ukraine was at stake and if they didn't do the right thing, they wouldn't get any assistance. geez, doesn't that sound familiar? doesn't that sound familiar. and chris murphy, so nice and we want to work it out, but they are too busy wasting time on the witch hunt. so senator chris murphy
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literally threatened the president of ukraine that if he doesn't do things right, they won't have democrat support in congress. you have to look all of this up. i'm just going off certain notes and elements of what we have been doing over the last three days. but this just came a few minutes ago. the amazon-"washington post" just put out a fake article that acting director of national intelligence joseph maguire, who i have gotten to know and he is a tough cookie, was going to quit, blaming the white house for something that they wouldn't let him talk openly and freely. and i was shocked because i know joe and he's tough, tough guy and i was surprised he was going to quit before i could even talk
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to him or talk to anybody else. he put out a statement. i didn't speak to joe yet. he said at no time have i considered resigning my position. the story in the "washington post" was a fake. at no time have i considered resigning my position since assuming this role on august 16, 2019. i have never quit anything in my life and i'm not going to start now. i'm committed to address the diverse and complex threats facing our nation. that's from the acting director of national intelligence, a very good man, joseph maguire. so having a great period of time. our country is the strongest it has been economically. our numbers are fundamental. thank you, larry and wilbur. our economy is the strongest in the world.
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we are the largest in the world. if my opponent had won, we would have been second. and unless somebody does a poor job as president, we will be first, because we picked up trillions and trillions of dollars in value and worth of r country and china has lost trillions and trillions of jobs and jobs and their supply chain and want to make a deal. this year, america came to the united nations stronger than we have ever been before, since my election, the united states has not only brought our economy to a level that we have never seen, the most jobs that we've ever had. you have heard me say it many times, african-american, asian-american, his
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pan-american, the best employment records and the best employment numbers. 160 million, very close to that number, in jobs. wages are up. and inequality is down. something that people don't like writing about. wages are up. i used to speak about it in the campaign and talked about wages where people were making less money three years ago than they were making 21 years ago, 22 years ago and have two jobs, three jobs. and talking about in the area sometime prior to the election and they were doing very badly and now for the first time, wages are up and employment is up and unemployment is down and it's a beautiful thing to watch. in a week of active and ambitious diplomacy at the united nations america renewed
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its friendships and advanced our values greatly and made clear to everyone that the united states will always defend our citizens to promote prosperity. i met with prime minister borrow is johnson at length from the united kingdom and continuing our discussions on a magnificent bilateral trade deal. so we'll see what happens with respect to brexit, but i expect we will have a fantastic deal with the u.k. and it will be better over the last 20 years. it should be a much bigger deal. we will have much bigger trade deals with countries. they all want to do business with the united states, especially now. earlier today i stood along side abe of japan. had a great re-election. and we signed a terrific new
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trade deal which tremendously helps our farmers and ranchers and technology, the technology companies are really big beneficiaries. we also held productive conversations with leaders of pakistan, india and many other ations in achieving reciprocal trade. we talked about kashmir and whatever help i can be, i said -- i offered whether it's arbitration or mediation or whatever it has to be, i'll do whatever i can, because they are at serious odds right now and hopefully it will get better. you look at the two gentlemen heading those two countries, i said fellows work it out. just work out. those are two nuclear countries. they have to work it out. we made incredible strides on national security with president
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of poland and signed a declaration of advancing defense cooperation and crucially poland has agreed to put up 100% of the money, something i don't think you ever heard said before. but they are going to put 100% of the money of hosting additional u.s. military personnel that will be taken from various other countries. we will be moving them around. poland is building fundamental new facilities and spending everything there -- they are really going to do a job, but we will be moving a few thousand soldiers and poland will be paying it. rime minister lee and i signed a defense cooperation which hasn't been changed. and yesterday i met with
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perspective members of the middle east strategic alliance, which is a group i know very well. i know all of them. and through this effort, the nations are taking responsibility for securing their own future and their own neighborhood. and they are reimbursing us and paying us for a lot of the military work that we incredibly do. but because we are now independent energy-wise, energy independent, we have very few boats going to the middle east. we used to have them going through the stathes all the time. and every once in a while, they haven't gone after us. if they do, they will have big problems. they were saying the other day, they never attacked an american boat. i'm not asking for trouble, but if they do, we know they have far bigger trouble. but they say we don't see many
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american boats over here. this week brought extraordinary progress to nations of our own hemisphere. agreements asylum and guatemala, el salvador honduras. we met with honduras, he is strong and tough. he was really something. i was very impressed with him and like wise with honduras and we signed a cooperation agreement with both. and also with guatemala. we are working with our partners in central america to ensure that asylum workers can pursue relief as close to their home countries as possible. that will be a tremendous difference on our southern border. and mexico, i have to say the president has been outstanding
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and outstanding partner and he is doing a great job in mexico. the cartels are way down. and the numbers, our secretary is here now -- the numbers are way down, way, way down. and we are doing that without the help of congress, meaning the democrats in congress, who won't give us a single vote to care care of loopholes. we have loopholes that are so horrible and they know they should be fixed because they don't want to give trump credit. all they care about is the election. and the sad part is with all the tremendous work we have done this week and whether it's secretary mnuchin or secretary pompeo, who had some outstanding meetings, with all of this tremendous work we have done, the press doesn't even cover it.
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and the democrats did this hoax during the united nations work, it was perfect. because this way, it takes away from the tremendous achievements that were taking care of doing that we're involved in in new york city at the united nations. that was all planned, like everything else. it was all planned. and the witch hunt continues. but they are getting hit hard on this witch hunt because when they look at the information, it's a joke. impeachment for that? when you have a wonderful meeting or you have a wonderful phone conversation, i think you should ask -- well, actually that was the second conversation, i think you should ask for the first conversation. i can't believe but there is a rumor out there they want the first conversation. it was beautiful. it was just a perfect conversation. but i think you should do that. and i think you should ask for
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v.p. pence's conversation because he had a couple of conversations. i can save you a lot of time. they were all perfect. nothing other than congratulations. the word is they are going to ask for the first phone conversation. you can have it any time you need it and also mike pence's conversations which i think one or two of them were perfect. they were all perfect. it's very sad what the democrats are doing to this country. they are dividing. they are belittling and demeaning our country. so many leaders came up to me and a said, sir, what you are going through no president has ever gone through. people laugh at the studentity and here we could do asylum and do different things so easily and do asylum quickly and do loopholes. instead we make deals with
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mexico and with guatemala, el salvador and honduras and doing it with them instead of our congress. the wall is being built by the way. little coverage. i went to the border. going up in new mexico, going up in arizona. it's going up in california. believe it or not. they wanted that wall in san diego. they said, we don't want a wall. they were begging me for a wall. i should take it out and move it to another location. we were the governor. i spoke to the governor of texas, lieutenant governor of texas, thewe are building an ine law. -- wall. number one, it will look great. it will be virtually impossible to cross unless you are one hell
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of a mountain climber. it is very tough. it will be tough to get people and drugs over those walls. they are the real deal. i went to the secretary of homeland security and he got all his people together. i said, give me for walls -- fou r walls, every single thing included. they gave me 20% less. less cost. they came back and said, this is the wall. we have the panels on top which are anti-climb panels. very tough to get across. the wall is going up many miles a week. 400, buto have over
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maybe as much as 500 miles. that will do it. you have a lot of natural barriers. you have mountains, you have rough rivers. you have rough land you can't cross easily. they serve as natural walls. over 400.e will have .e could even have 500 miles to combat the malice and corruption of the venezuelan and iranian dictatorships, today i issued proclamations suspending the entry into the united states of senior regime officials and their families. further, to promote american values, i was proud to be the first president in history to host a meeting at the united nations. i'm so surprised, first president. i can't believe that i'm first. i can't believe it. ,t the united nations protecting religious freedom and liberty.
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it's for people around the world. ande some partisans bureaucrats in washington may choose to fight everyday against the interests and beliefs of the american people, my administration is standing up for the american people like no administration has in many years. you forgot the american people. you totally forgot the american people. week, every week, i can say , we are standing up for american prosperity. american security. the american way of life. together with our friends and partners, we are building a more peaceful, prosperous, promising future. we have a tremendous relationship now with a lot of nations that are very happy with what's going on. that includes in south america with a have been so helpful. nobody thought this would be possible.
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the relationship with mexico is an example. or el salvador or honduras or guatemala. nobody even knew about it. we send them hundreds of millions of dollars and all we got back was caravans of people. we had tremendous -- we had tremendous -- it was terrible, and we got that stopped and the countries are now helping us and we stopped those payments, by the way. we don't pay those countries that money anymore, but i will tell you, if they're as good as they seem to be they're really doing a job on crime and stopping the wrong people from leaving and coming to the united states. we'll be helping them a lot with economic development projects and other things. so with that, we had a tremendous three days. it was beautiful to see. we made a lot of new friends. i read you a list of all of the countries i saw, pretty much one-on-one and it's been very busy, but it's been very, very fruitful.
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so we could take a couple of questions and i'd love some questions on some of the things that we accomplished at unga instead of the witch hunt, the phony witch hunt questions which i know that's what you want to ask because it's probably better for you, but it's not better for the country. so maybe we'll take a few questions, please. thank you, mr. president. you suggested that you didn't do anything wrong in the course of your conversations with the ukrainian president, but can you explain to the american people why it is appropriate for an american president to ask a foreign leader for information about a political rival and what you would have said if barack obama had asked a foreign leader for information about you when you campaigned for the presidency. >> that's what he did, really? when you think about it. that whole witch hunt was started and hopefully that will all come out and there were fwan -- fantastic books written that
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just came out whether you look at gregg jarrett or mccarthy's book that just came out recently and so many other books. a lot of books are coming out. when you start reading those books you will see what they did to us and what they've done to this country is a disgrace and they hurt this country badly and no other president should have to go through what i've gone through. the president, the new president of ukraine is looking to stop corruption. there's a lot of corruption going on and i just told you about senators that threatened him with votes and no money coming in to ukraine and that's what people are trying to say that i did. i didn't do it. you take a look at that call. it was perfect. i didn't do it. there was no quid pro quo and there was with biden and there was with these senators and they threatened. they said you do this, you do that, we're not going to give you votes. that's the real deal. so we have an honest group of
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people that have been maligned and, you know, it's -- a lot of people say i'm very happy. yesterday, i guess we had a 53 poll and a lot of people said add 10 points to anybody voting for trump, you can add, any time you get a poll you can add ten -- 10 points or six points. i don't know if i consider that to be a compliment, but in one way it is a compliment. that's what happened in the last election. far more people came to vote than anyone thought possible. >> why should the american people be comfortable with an american president asking a foreign leader for information about an american citizen? >> look at your senators, look at biden, look at all these other people. what we're looking for is corruption and an investigation started called the russian witch hunt, affectionately, and it was a total phony scam. it was set up by people within the government to try and stop
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somebody from getting elected and after that -- after that person, namely me, won and convincingly won at 306 to 223 in the electoral college, which by the way, when you run a race, if you're running electoral -- you know, if you go by the college, the electoral college, that's a much different race than running popular vote, and it's like the 100-yard dash or the mile. you train differently, and i can't help it that my opponent didn't go to wisconsin and should have gone to michigan, pennsylvania or other places but that's the way it is. we won an election convincingly, convincingly and then you had the text message on, well, if she doesn't win, we've got an insurance policy. how bad was that? you know with the insurance policy, that's sort of what has been taking place over the last number of years, the insurance policy. now there are a lot of very dishonest people. we're the ones who played it
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straight and you know what? the millions of people out there that are looking at what's going on, those people understand it. they see it and they think it's disgusting, and our people are being hurt and our country is being hurt when a nancy pelosi allows her position to be taken over by radical, far left socialists or worse, that's pretty bad. that's pretty bad. especially when the senators and all of these other people have actually done what they're accusing me of doing which i didn't do. i'm going to have mike pompeo say a couple of words and i'll have steve mnuchin say a couple of words and then we'll do a couple of more questions. mr. president, i thought i'd start by talking about iran. we had a productive week. we saw the europeans tack a position with respect to the attacks that took place in saudi arabia and making sure that was iran that the existing jcpa
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framework is not going to work and it will not solve the world's problems and solve the middle east security, and we had a good meeting with the middle east allies and the president joined for a meeting of the gcc where we talked again how we can help deter and we want peace. we want a peaceful resolution with the islamic republic of iran and we're hoping it can get that way and in the end it will be up to the iranians to make that decision whether they choose violence and hate and this president said in the general assembly. if they're blood thirsty, they'll continue, and they'll mack sure they never have a nuclear weapon and if they can't foment their terror with balist missiles all around the world. i think we made real progress uniting the world over the past few days. thank you. >> thank you. >> as secretary pompeo said on iran, we had very good discussions with all of our
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allies about the sanctions program which is the maximum pressure and unity on the sanctions program, the europeans made it very clear they would not do anything without our consent and then on the economic front we had the entire economic team here for all of the meetings. secretary ross, larry kudlow and ambassador lighthizer just left to go back to d.c. he's working hard on trying to get usmca passed. so we had a lot of productive discussions and the japanese trade deal and a lot of discussions on investing in the u.s. and more jobs in the u.s. and more trade. thank you. >> okay. go, please. >> thank you. christina with fox news business and i'll leave it to everybody else to talk about impeachment and the markets reacted positively after you spoke about china and that it would happen sooner rather than unexpectedly, yet you have the foreign minister of china saying they have no intention of, you know,
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unseating the united states and yet they're investing heavily in infrastructure and military. >> not anymore, maybe. >> what is different this time, though, the fact that you're saying it's progressing? >> i just think it's progressing. i think they want to make a deal. they're losing their supply chain. >> do you have anything specific? >> i don't want to say that, but i can tell you that these two men in this case, and more specifically, steve, we're having some very good conversations and i guess it's next week that a group is coming in and the week after so we have a lot of talks going on and also by telephone. they want to make a deal and you know why they want to make a deal? because they're losing their jobs and because their supply chain is going to hell and companies are moving out of china and they're moving to lots of other places including the united states and that's not good. that's far worse than they thought and by the way, in the meantime they're taking in billions and billions of dollars in tariffs and we're taking in tremendous numbers in tariffs
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and we're helping our farmers who got targeted. now, by the way, china is starting to buy our agricultural product again and they're starting to go with the beef and all of the different things, pork. very big on pork and if you look and if you see and they put out a statement and they're starting to buy our ag again. they want to make a deal and they should want to make a deal. the question is do we want to make a deal. >> if the ufcs doesn't want to pass through nafta? you know how i feel about nafta. i think nafta is the worst trade deal ever made although i also happen to think the world trade organization is not one of the greats, not one of the greats. that was the creation of china which went like a rocket ship from the day they signed. it was terrible, but, no, we're going to find out. that will be a very interesting question with nancy and chuck
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and all of these people focusing on the witch hunt because they can't beat us at the ballot. they can't beat us at the ballot, and they're not going to win the presidential. we're having great polls. we have internal polls, ohio, iowa, pennsylvania is looking good and we just won two races that a lot of people thought we would get new races and one was down 17 points and they ended up winning by a substantial margin, by a substantial margin and dan bishop and then we had a second race, as you know and he was up one or two points and he ended up winning by, what was it? 25 points or some incredible -- i'll ask you folks because i don't want to be inaccurate otherwise i have a front-page story. we have breaking news, trump exaggerated, but he won by many, many points and he was leading by maybe two, maybe three, but he won by -- in the 20s.
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so it's been looking great in north carolina and looking great in florida, and you had one or two congressmen, democrats saying, listen, we can't beat him at the election so let's impeach him, right? then you hear al green, that's a beauty. he's a real beauty, that guy, but he said very distinctively it was all over the place. i don't know, they're trying to lose their tape, i guess, but he said we -- essentially said we can't beat him, let's impeach him. that's pretty dangerous stuff. steve, go ahead. >> thank you, sir. you had expressed some concerns about the president of releasing the transcript. why did you go ahead and do it? >> because i was getting such fake news and i just thought it would be better and now they're asking for the first conversation because i had a conversation on a previous election plateau that he had
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hit, the current president hit a couple of different plateaus and i spoke to him previous to the call that we released which was a very innocent call, very, very innocent, very nice call, and as he said i wasn't pushed. i wasn't pushed meaning pressured. he wasn't pressured at all, but i don't like the concept of releasing calls because when a president or a prime minister or a king or a queen calls the united states you don't like to say, gee, we're going to release your call to the fake news media and they're going to make you look like a fool. what happens is it's hard to do business that way. you want to have people feel comfortable. so i hated it, but you folks were saying such lies, such horrible things about a call that was so innocent and so nice. lindsay graham said to me when he read it, it was very
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interesting. he's a good man. he's a smart man. he said i can't believe it. i never knew you could be this nice to a person. i can't believe it. i didn't think you had that in you to be so nice. i was nice. i'm nice to a lot of people. people don't understand that, but i was, but he was shocked that it was such a nice call and he said there is nothing here, and all fair people say the same thing, but i don't like the precedent, steve, when you're dealing with heads of state to think that their call is going to be released, but i felt that and you know, we spoke to ukraine about it. mike actually called up his counterpart and we spoke to ukraine about it because we -- because they could have been, we would not have done it, but he actually said that was a very innocent call. you can release it all you want. >> are you now braced for a long impeachment saga? >> i thought we won. i thought it was dead. it was dead. the mueller report, no
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obstruction, no collusion and you look at the things that happened and corey lewandowski was fantastic the other day as a person they had been tormenting and you look at the legal fees and people came here with bright eyes and they wanted to make life so great for other people and they left where they spent hundreds of thousands of there dollars in legal fees that they didn't have and it's a sad thing. what these democrats have done to ruin lives is so sad. i've seen people with only good intention, they came to washington because they wanted to make the united states and the world a better place and they went home, and they were dark. they got hit by mueller's subpoenas. i think there were 2,500 subpoenas or some ridiculous number. 500 people were interviewed and yet they don't interview joe biden and his son? if you're a democrat you have automatic protection. that's years and years of people
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putting in certain people into position, but when you look at all of the -- all of the trauma that these fakers have caused and the press, look, the press is, much of the press is not only fake, it's corrupt. these stories they right are corrupt and they know that. i used to get great press until i ran for politics. i used to be the king of getting good press and i was very good at it. they covered me well for what otherwise i probably wouldn't be here and once i ran i said boy, this is incredible, but if you see the way they treat my family, i used to be treated great. my family works so hard. the people that work with me, these people, all of these people, they work so hard, they've -- we have the greatest economy we've ever had. we have a military, 2.5 trillion there ares and you don't hear the vets complaining. we have choice approved and it
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couldn't be approved, but when you see what happened with the viciousness and when you see little adam schiff go out and lie and lie and stand at the mic, smart guy, by the way, and act like he's so serious and then he goes into a room with nadler and they must laugh their asses off. they must laugh their asses off, but it is so bad for our country. people have said rush limbaugh, great man, sean hannity said it, a lot of people have said it. mark levine, they said they don't know if one man anywhere in the world with all of the men they know or woman that could handle what i've had to handle, and i think that's true, but i handle it. to me it's like putting on a suit. all right. how about one more question? a question on the economy? a question on the economy? go ahead. go ahead. >> hi, mr. president.
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bpi tv from venezuela. caracas, venezuela. >> how are you doing? how are you doing over there? >> pretty bad. our situation is bad, but we are fighting. >> and it was one of the great countries, and one of the richest countries not so long ago, 15 years ago. it's incredible. >> but we are going to make it. >> i agree with that and we're helping you. we're helping you. yeah. >> i know and thank you. >> go ahead. >> i have two questions to take advantage of this. maduro traveled to russia and cabello to north korea, two of the most antagonist nations in the u.s. interests, what can be done to contain this? what are they looking for in that country and because their special envoy mr. abrams said that the russians are willing to negotiate. this is one question and the other, mr. president, you say that the socialist is one of the biggest challenge you said
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yesterday in the united nation, but the region is far from safe. maduro is still a dictator, full in power and in argentina and brazil are under threat about the socialist and public. are you worried about it? >> i will say that socialism will never happen in the united states and it can't happen in the united states, and venezuela, unfortunately, i have to use your country what -- as the example of what socialism can do and how it can tear the fabric of a country apart because i know a lot about venezuela. i've had many, many friends of mine come from venezuela. they live, many in miami, and certain section of miami. i won't mention the name because they'll say i'm thinking about my business and i'm not, but they are fantastic people and they like your president. they voted overwhelmingly for me. they like what i'm doing for venezuela. we have venezuela very much in
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our hearts and very much in our sights and we're watching it very carefully, and you know what i would say? we're giving millions and millions of dollars in aid, not that we want to from the maduro standpoint, but we have to because on the humanitarian -- people are dying. they have no food. they have no water. they have no nothing. they have no medicine, their hospitals are closed or don't even have electricity and it is so sad to see. let me just say that we have it under control. we're watching it very carefully and we're going to be very -- >> russia is -- >> we're watching it very carefully including other countries that may or may not be playing games. >> but you know if russia is talking with usa or guaido. >> put this in the back of your mind. it will all be fine and we very much know what's going on and we're very much involved, okay?
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thank you all very much. thank you. thank you very much. [inaudible] >> watch c-span3 thursday, live at 9:00 eastern as acting director of national intelligence joseph maguire testifies before the house select intelligence committee, chaired by adam schiff.
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on the handling of a whistleblower complaint involving president trump. live coverage thursday at 9:00 eastern on c-span3. or listenc-span.org live on the free c-span radio app. ♪ >> the house will be in order. >> c-span has been providing america unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events from washington, d.c. and around the country. you can make up your mind. created by cable in 1979, c-span is brought to you by your local cable or satellite provider. c-span, your unfiltered view of government. >> the chair of the house caucus is hakeem jeffries. he responded to the white house
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releasing a memo of a phone call president trump had with the president of ukraine in july this year. both leaders argued the memo showed president trump pressuring a foreign leader for political gain. this is 35 minutes. >> good morning, everyone. robust discussion today within the caucus that was the center of the meeting focused on the united states, mexico, canada trade agreement. ,peaker pelosi and richard neal along with the democratic working group, have been very clear that our goal is to get to yes. and to reach an agreement with the administration that improves upon in a meaningful w