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  President Trump Meets with Ukrainian President  CSPAN  September 25, 2019 9:43pm-10:04pm EDT

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thursday, the house returns at 10:00 a.m. eastern for general speeches followed by legislative business at noon, when members will consider a senate passed resolution. on c-span two, the senate returns at 10:00 a.m. to take up a temporary spending bill passed by the house that would fund the government to november 21. senators will vote on the confirmation for the vice chair of joint chiefs of staff. and eugene scalia to be labor secretary. joseph mcguire, the acting director of national intelligence testifies about the whistleblower complaint involving president trump's communication with the leader of ukraine. portions will also be live on c-span throughout the day. >> president trump met with the ukrainian president on the sidelines of the general assembly in new york city.
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he talked about the relationship and took questions on a phone call they had earlier in the year that prompted a whistleblower complaint against president trump. president trump: thank you very much, everybody. we are with the president of ukraine. he's made me more famous that i have made him. i will say he's got a great reputation. he's very, very strongly looking into all sorts of corruption and some of the problems they have had over the years. i think it's one of the primary reasons he got elected. his reputation absolutely sterling. it's an honor to be with you. we spoke a couple of times as you probably remember. they'd like to hear every single word. we hear from every single word. then they'll say what about today? i think the press would like to say in the meetings we have lots of witnesses if you'd like to have them. but the country of -- our country is doing phenomenally well. we have the best economy we ever had.
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we have the best employment numbers that we ever had. we have now almost 160 million people working which is more than we ever had. we are doing very well in i ever respect. --in every respect. i have a feeling that your country's going to do fantastically well. whatever we can do. president zelensky: thank you very much, mr. president. thank you very much. it's a pleasure to me to be here. it's better to be on tv than back home. mr. president, thank you very much. i'm not the first time in new york. but i know that you never been in ukraine. and your predecessor also, how you say it in english, didn't find time. so can you give me your word you will come to our great country. president trump: i'm going to try. i know a lot of people -- i will say this. i know a lot of people from ukraine. they are great people.
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i own something called the miss universe pageant years ago, and sold it to i.m.g. when i ran for president, i thought maybe it wouldn't be the greatest thing to own miss universe. but it's a great thing. we had a winner from ukraine. we have really had -- we got to know the country very well in a lot of different ways. it's a country i think with tremendous potential. president zelensky: i know it because i am from this country. and i want to thank you for invitation to washington. you invited me. but i think i'm sorry, but i think you forgot to tell me the date. but i think -- president trump: we'll tell you the date. president zelensky: i want to thank you, to thank you especially, mr. president, to u.s.a., your government, like i said i know many people, many
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faces, second family after my ukraine family, we know each other. thank you for your support. especially now when we have two really wars in ukraine. the first one is with corruption. we'll fight -- we'll be winner in this fight i'm sure. and the priority, my priority to stop the war and to get back our territories, crimean and others. thank you for your support in these case. thank you very much. president trump: thank you very much, mr. president. if you remember you lost crimea during a different administration. not during the trump administration. president zelensky: you have a chance to help us. president trump: that was during the obama administration you lost crimea. i didn't think it was something you should have. that was done a long time ago.
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i think it was handled poorly. it's one of the things. one of the elements that we discussed is the united states helps ukraine, but i think that other countries should help ukraine much more than they are doing. germany, france, the european union nations they really should help you a lot more. i think maybe together we'll work on that. they have to feel a little bit guilty about it because they don't do what they should be doing. you're very important for the european union. you're very important strategically. very important. i think they should spend a lot more in helping ukraine. and they know that also. they actually tell me that. but they don't seem to produce. so i'm sure you'll talk to them and i'll certainly be talking to them. president zelensky: thank you very much, mr. president. you know now we need -- i want to tell you that now hold a new country, but we don't need help. we need support. real support. we thank everybody.
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all the european countries. we also want to have more. but -- and defense. only together america and e.u., only together we can stop the war. we already, we just want to tell that we are -- remember that we are the biggest country in europe, but we want to be the richest one. president trump: you have great people in ukraine. and you have very talented people in terms of manufacturing. in terms of some of the things they do. and we'll be doing, we are doing trading already, but we should be doing a lot more trading with ukraine. you have very talented people. they make great things. they are at the top of the line. that's very important. the other thing is i have heard you actually have over the last fairly short period of time you really made progress with russia.
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i hear a lot of progress has been made. just keep it going. it would be nice to end it all, disaster. president zelensky: first of all, i want to tell you before the relations with russia -- i want world to know that now we have new team. the new parliament. the new government. now we -- about 74 laws, new laws, which help for our new reforms. land reform. we reload for general security. and we launched -- as we came we launched the anti-corruption court.
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it begin to work on the 5th of september. it was after five days we had the new government. so we already, we want to show that we just come. and if we want -- just let's do business cases. we have many cases already. president trump: stop corruption in ukraine. that will really make you great. that will make you great personally, and it will also be so tremendous for your nation in terms of what you want to do and where you want to take it. thank you very much. president zelensky: thank you very much.
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reporter: have you felt pressure to investigate joe biden? president zelensky: i think you read everything. so i think you read text. i'm sorry but i don't want to be involved to democratic elections of u.s.a. we had, i think good phone call. it was normal. we spoke about many things. i think and you read it nobody push it. push me. president trump: in other words, no pressure. there was no pressure. by the way, you know there was no pressure. all you have to do is see what went on on the call. you know that. you could ask the questions. reporter: to do more on joe biden and -- president trump: no, i want him to do whatever he can. this was not his fault. he wasn't there.
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he's just been here recently. whatever can he do in terms of corruption because the corruption's massive. when biden's son walks away with millions of dollars from ukraine and he knows nothing and they pay him millions of dollars. that is corruption. when biden's son walks out of china with $1.5 million in the fund and the biggest funds in the world can't get money out of china and he's there for one quick meeting and flies in on air force 2, i think that's a horrible thing. i think it's a horrible thing. i know the president, i read a lot about ukraine, i read a lot about a lot of countries, he wants to stop corruption. he was elected, i think number one, on the basis of stopping corruption. which unfortunately has plagued ukraine. if he could do that, he's doing really the whole world a big favor. i think he's going to be successful. reporter: mr. president, why you
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-- why is it appropriate for your personal attorney to get involved in government -- president trump: you have to ask rudy. i will tell you this. that rudy's looking to also find out where the phony witch-hunt started, how it started. the russian witch-hunt that turned out to be 2 1/2 years of phony nonsense. rudy giuliani is a great lawyer. he was a great mayor. highly respected. i watched the passion he's had on television over the last few days. i think it's incredible the way he's been. what he's done is he wants to find out where did this russian witch-hunt that you people really helped perpetrate, where did it start? how come it started? it was all nonsense. it was a hoax. it was a total hoax. it was a media hoax and a democrat hoax. where did it start? and rudy's got every right to find out where that started. and other people are looking at that, too. where did it start? where did it all come from? it was out of thin air. i think he's got a very strong
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right to do it. he's a good lawyer. he knows exactly what he's doing. it's very important. reporter: do you believe that the ukraine -- president trump: i think it could be. i think they -- that was a nice question. i like that question because frankly i think one of the great crimes committed is hillary clinton deleting 33,000 emails after congress sends her a subpoena. think of that. you can't even do that in a civil case. you can't get rid of evidence like that. she deleted 33,000 emails after, not before, after receiving the subpoena from the u.s. congress. i mean i never -- she's done far worse than that, although don't know how much worse it can be, there were many other things she did that were wrong. but that's so obvious. she gets a subpoena from the united states congress and she deletes them. then she said, as i remember it, that, well, they had to do with the wedding and yoga. she does a lot of yoga, right? they have 33,000 emails about
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the wedding of her daughter and yoga. i don't think so. how she got away with that one is just -- it's one of many. and it's corrupt government because we have corruption also, mr. president. we have a lot of corruption in our government when you see what happened with hillary clinton, when you see what happened with comey and mccabe, all these people, we have a lot of things going on here, too. hopefully it will be found out very soon. i think that a lot of progress has been made. a lot of progress has been made. reporter: can you assure this will continue in the future? president trump: we are working with ukraine. and we want other countries to work with ukraine. when i say work, i'm referring to money. more money. we put up a lot of money. i gave you anti-tank busters that president obama was sending you pillows and sheets. i gave you anti-tank busters. a lot of people didn't want to do that and i did it. i really hope that russia -- i really believe that president
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putin would do something. i hope you and president putin can get together and solve the problem. that would be a tremendous achievement. i know you're trying to do that. reporter: you said he would look into joe biden, ask your prosecutor to look into matters. have you had -- president trump: no i haven't. i think that somebody, if you look at what he did, it's so bad, what his son, he goes to china, he walks away with $1.5 billion. he goes to ukraine and walks away with $50,000 a month and a lot of money in addition to that and the whole thing with the prosecutor in ukraine. he's on tape. this isn't like maybe did he it. maybe he didn't. he's on tape doing this. i saw this a while ago. i looked at it and said, that's incredible. i have never seen anything like that. either he's dumb or he thought he was in a room of really good friends or maybe a combination of both.
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president zelensky: thank you very much. we have independent country and independent general security. i can't push anyone. this is the answer. i didn't call family or the new general security. i didn't ask him. i didn't -- reporter: [inaudible] [speaking a foreign language]
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language]a foreign reporter: [inaudible]
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president zelensky: we have a new generally, highly professional. western education. to investigate anything they consider wrong. while we have many more issues to care about. we have corruption cases as president trump mentioned. so we know what to do and we know where to go and what to tackle. mentioned about. we have a lot to do. [indiscernible] >> be involved in this matter? >> [indiscernible] >> find a way out -- way.rump: she has lost her she has been taken over by the radical left. she really has lost her way. i spoke to her about guns yesterday. she didn't know what i was saying. nancy pelosi is not interested in gun protection and safety. all she is thinking about she has been taken over by the radical left, the whole democrat party. you look at what is happening in the media today, the whole party is taken over and thank you very much. michael numbers have gone up.
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-- my poll numbers have gone up. people are really angry at the democrat party and it seems like as an example drug pricing, getting drugs down, things like gun safety, infrastructure, the democrats can't talk about that because they have been taken over by a radical group of --ple and nancy pelosi owns unfortunately she is not the speaker of the house. [indiscernible] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer 1: as the ha'aretz -- the house launches a inquiry can president trump, you hear from one of historians who worked on a report commissioned by the house judiciary committee
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in 1974 on the impeachment inquiry into president richard nixon. counsel thought of the utility of a report like this and turned to his friend, member of the faculty and asked woodward to be the kind of commander in chief of a project preparing such a report which was unprecedented in the heroduction to the in -- asked three people to be his field general sensei, identified and recruited about 12 historians to write one, two, or three sketches of that many presidencies. i was chosen to be one. we had eight weeks to do it. it was a day before fax, digitalization, we did it in eight weeks.
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the professor submitted it to john doerr. that is the last we heard of it. six weeks later the president resigned. announcer 1: watch sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's humid day. -- q and a. in the wake of the recent mass shootings in el paso and dayton, the house held a hearing on assault weapons. witnesses per -- witnesses testified on the proposed bans of assault weapons and how to find a balance as we second amendment rights and competence of -- find a balance between second amendment rights and gun violence.