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anyone can really make a difference. happy 4th a little early. good sunday morning now my exclusive sit-down interview with president trump. the president talks tough on trade, slams the democrats over immigration and their push to abolish i.c.e. and he hints at who he may nominate to be the next supreme court justice. good morning, everyone. thank you very much for joining me this morning. i'm maria bartiromo. welcome to "sunday morning futures". justice kennedy announces his retirement, sparking a fierce political battle on capitol hill and across the country about his replacement. president trump now getting another historic opportunity to reshape the high court and affect key issues including roe versus wade. we will hear what the president has to say about kennedy's
legacy and what kind of judge he plans to nominate on july 9th. the center of the fight on immigration, as democrats ramp up their calls to get rid of the controversial agency. why the president believes it will help republicans win in the midterms if the left makes it a campaign issue. as trade tensions escalate with china and europe, i ask the president how he plans to push back on unfair trade practice and keep beijing from stealing american innovation. all that right now and a lot more in my exclusive interview with president trump as we look ahead on "sunday morning futures". after an incredibly busy week in our nation's capital and for the country, i
sat down for an interview with president trump. the conversation covering everything from his up coming supreme court pick to the debate over tariffs and phase two of his plan for the economy. take a listen. >> mr. president, thank you very
much for sitting down with me. >> thank you very much. >> i want to start with the breaking news of the week, and that is justice anthony kennedy announcing his retirement. is justice kennedy the model of the person you would put on the supreme court now? >> maybe so. he's a great gentleman. he's a very high quality person. you know, i got a call, maria, that somebody would like to see me, and they were sort of like acting anonymous. i said wait a minute. i'm the president of the united states. how can i see somebody? i don't know who it is. anyway, i figured it out and it was a very elegant moment. it was a beautiful moment. he presented me with a letter, and it really is a retirement of a great gentleman. he's a fine fine gentleman. and really did -- i think he did a very -- he ended up being a little more neutral than a lot of people would have preferred, but a lot of people preferred that he was. and we're going to pick somebody who is outstanding. i said i will do it in your honor, but we're going to pick somebody who is outstanding. i was very honored that he did
this during my term. which means he had confidence in me to do the right thing. >> are you going to ask your nominees beforehand how they might vote on roe versus wade? >> well, that's a big one. and probably not. they are all saying don't do that. you don't do that. you shouldn't do that. but i'm putting conservative people on. and i'm very proud of neil gorsuch. he has been outstanding. his opinions are, you know, so well written, so brilliant. and i'm going to try and do something like that, but i don't think i'm going to be so specific in the questions i will be asking. i'm actually told that i shouldn't be. >> because on the campaign trail you said you would leave it to the states? >> well, maybe some day it will be to the states. you never know how that's going to turn out. that's a very complex question. the roe v. wade is probably the one that people are talking about in terms of having an effect. but we will see what happens.
but it could very well end up with states at some point. >> and do you think you will be able to get your nominee in place before the midterm elections? >> i think it is going to very quickly. i think we're going to have a lot of support. i think we will have support from democrats, frankly. i think -- if it's the right person. i'm going to pick the right person. i'm going to pick somebody that's outstanding. and everybody on that list is outstanding, but i'm going to pick somebody who is outstanding. yes, i think we will go very quickly. a lot of people think it will be a very -- it is probably going to be vicious because the other side all they can do is obstruct and resist. you know, the whole thing is resist. but -- and maybe some day we will be able to get along with the other side. i don't know. but right now it is only resist. that's all they want to do is stop things from happening. so they are going to try very hard but i think it will go quickly if i pick the right person. >> six months after you signed into law a historic tax reform package. first time in 30 years. has the effect been what you expected? >> well, i think there's a
double effect. the tax cuts have been incredible. and reform, don't forget, but tax cuts have been incredible. >> the rollback in regulations, huge. >> i actually think maybe at least initially speaking because it's been earlier took place quicker, the regulation rollback has been the biggest ever in the history of our country. no president even during full terms has cut back anywhere near what i have done. and we have more to do. now, we're going to have regulation. we're going to have clean water. we're going to have, you know, clean air. we're going to have the cleanest water, cleanest air, but we are -- we have more regulation cutting to do. i think that might have had a bigger impact to this point. i think ultimately the tax cuts as they kick in and they are kicking in -- you see the kind of hundreds of billions of dollars brought back into the country already. i think ultimately that's going to be something really special. and you're seeing the result right now. >> i agree you because under obama the federal registry pages were up to 90,000 something pages or something like that.
>> if democrats would have won the election, you would have a lot of different -- if you look at the last four decisions on the supreme court at 5-4, they would have all been reversed. the union decision was a massive decision. the, you know, you can look at any one of those four, they were all so big, so important. and they would have been exactly reversed. so many -- that's why i've always heard that as president, i mean obviously outside of war and peace, the biggest decision you can make is the selection of a supreme court justice. and you see it so vividly over the last two days because i mean, those decisions would have all gone the other way. >> and your legacy on the conservative party on the g.o.p. is going to be massive obviously with this very consequential decision making that you need to do. >> right. >> let me ask you about what's next. because we've seen the impact to the economy. what do you want to see happen now? does the economy need even more stimulus? are you looking for a phase 2 -- >> we're doing a phase 2, probably in october, maybe a little sooner than that. it will be more of a middle
class. we did a lot for the middle class but this will be more aimed at the middle class. we're thinking about bringing the 21% down to 20. for the most part the rest of it would go to the middle class. it is a great stimulus. and one of the things i'm doing that you have been reporting on although i'm not sure that you're a believer, but i think you are getting there, look what's happening with the steel companies. they are expanding. they are going wild. we need steel. we need aluminium. and we need solar panels. you know, the same thing with solar panels, it was like a dead business, and we did a 30% tariff because they were dumping all over the place. and washing machines, that doesn't sound very glamorous, it is a big business. if you look at what's happened to steel and aluminium, we practically built a new industry in a period of four or five months. it is incredible what's happening. the big thing i'm focused now is trade. i have to straighten out trade deals. we have trade deals -- as an example of china, we don't have a deal with china. nobody bothered to make a deal. they will charge 25% for a car and we charge 2 1/2% and you
have used those numbers on your show. i don't want to bore people. but we have a -- we have the worst trade deals of the world. we lose money with everybody. you know when somebody asks how much do we lose with this country? we lose with everybody. we are going to make them reciprocal, fair, and i will tell you that you don't know about this, but every country is calling every day saying let's make a deal, let's make a deal. it is all going to work out >> the markets feel like they're trusting you at this point. >> i think they trust me. the farmer trust me. >> they do. >> don't forget, the farmers, you look at a map, it is got a little blue on the outside, everything else is red, and it's beautiful color red, but i have to say that if you look at what's happened with farms, over 15 years, it's just a steady decline, over the last -- i have been here a year and a half, over the last five years, they have been very bad years for farms and farmers. i said we have to change that. and one of the reasons is because they have barriers. these aren't even economic
barriers. although in canada's case, 275% tariff for dairy. that's not fair. >> when would you expect your most significant deal? >> well, i already pretty much finished the deal with south korea. it was a terrible deal. remember, it was going to produce 200,000 jobs and they were right, for south korea, not for us. that was a hilary clinton special. that's done. nafta i could start it tomorrow, but i'm not happy with it. i want to make it more fair. okay. >> you can't do nafta before the midterms. >> i want to wait till after the election. you are going to have an election. it is going to be very interesting. i have a feeling it is -- and the reason is because if they are not fine, i will tax their cars coming into america. that's the big one. the cars are the big one. we could talk steel, we could talk everything. the big thing is the cars. >> a major lobbying group for the auto industry says that your administration's threatened 25% tariff on all imported vehicles will amount to 45 billion dollars in taxes on consumers and wipe out any benefits of the
tax cut plan for low and middle income americans. >> well, actually it is 20%, tell them to get their numbers right. look, maria, what's going to really happen there's going to be no tax. you know why? they are going to build their cars in america. they are going to make them here. we bring in millions and millions of cars a year. we charge 2 1/2%. some of these countries don't even take our cars. if we want to send general motors or any of our companies to some of these countries, they have a barrier, they put up a barrier, nonmonetary barrier. they call it nonmonetary tariff. and the barrier is so strong you can't sell a car. if you do sell a car, it is 10%, 15%, 25%, and we get 2 1/2% and nobody pays it. >> yeah. do you agree though that a tariff is a sales tax? i mean, even steve forbes was on my show last week he said look, for every job you're creating in the aluminium and steel industry, you're losing 15 in the industries that import aluminium and
steel. that's a sales tax. >> first of all i love free
trade. you know when i was at the g-7 i said i have an idea everybody i will guarantee you we will
do it immediately nobody pay anymore tax, everybody take down your barriers, no barriers, no tax. everybody are you all set? no more tax. cana canada, you are not going to get 275% for your dairy and you are going to take down your barriers k we will take down the barriers and the taxes. do you know what happened? everybody said can we go on to another subject? because america, our country lost last year 817 billion dollars in terms of deficit. we had a trade deficit, maria of 817 billion, with a b, dollars last year. before that it was 800. this has been going on for years. we have rebuilt china. i have a great relationship with china. great relationship with president xi. i have tremendous respect for him, but i said we have to straighten this out. we can't continue to do this. >> you decided to not go forward with the investment restrictions on china. -- back down on the tariffs --?
>> no, look, 250 billion dollars worth of product, the tariffs are -- in fact, it could go up to 500, frankly, if we don't make a deal. they want to make a deal. i will tell you, china wants to make a deal. it's got to be a fair deal for this country. one of the hard things is, our presidents and our business leaders, they were missing in action. not so much the business leaders. you know, some business leaders benefit by allowing this stuff to go on, that's the problem, they benefit. they're more for their business than they are for the united states. i had the head of the great company come up to me, very seriously affected by the tariffs, he said mr. president, it is not good for me right now. ultimately it is, but you are doing the right thing on tariffs. >> you are doing the right thing on pushing back on china as well. most people understand that they have been stealing from us for decades. >> right. >> but you didn't do forward with this ban on chinese nationals acquiring 25% stake in american companies, now people
want to know how are you going to protect american innovation, technology? >> we are doing it through different things what i didn't like is pinpointing china, because it's not fair. i get say long with china. i like the president. president for life, we can call him the king; right? i like the president. i didn't like pinpointing china. i don't think it's fair. they are not the only one. now they are bigger and stronger and frankly they do it more and they're probably a bigger violator, but it is other countries too. i wanted to go worldwide. and we're doing that. so actually what i'm doing is a very similar thing, but i want it to pertain to everybody. so you mean china can't do it but other countries can? i know china and i know how smart they are. they will send their people into other countries and do it through other countries and go through an extra process >> that's why you had to do it to everybody, even our friends? >> i want everybody to do it. same thing with the tariffs on the steel, if we don't have it on everybody, then what happens is they put it through these other countries that don't have
it. you're wasting a lot of time. we'll take a short break. up next the president will talk about the escalating trade disputes with china and the eu. much more of my exclusive sit-down interview with president trump coming up. tomorrow on fox business network, join me again an encore presentation on mornings with maria of my discussion with the president. i hope you will join me tomorrow morning from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. eastern. stay with us. follow me on twitter. let us know your reaction as we react with a panel at the end of the show right here on "sunday morning futures". back here in a moment. ♪ you shouldn't be rushed into booking a hotel. with expedia's add-on advantage, booking a flight unlocks discounts on select hotels
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interview. maria: if we're trying to stop china from stealing from us, which we know is happening. >> it is true. by the way, 300 billion they say that's a lot of money. maria: exactly. would it be better to actually have our allies together to go against china instead of pushing back on our allies like european nations? maria: -- >> the european union, take a look at the car situation, they send a mercedes in, we can't send our cars in. look what they do to our farmers. they don't want our farm products. they have their farmers they want to protect their farmers. we don't protect ours and they protect theirs. the eu last year made if you look at a trade surplus which i think is a very important thing, 151 billion dollars, now we also love the eu, i was there many many years ago meaning my
parents were born in the european union. i love those countries. germany and all of the count ris. scotland. -- germany and all of the countries, scotland. they treat us very badly. excuse me, i can say it in a different way. they made last year 151 billion dollars in trade surplus. maria: on america. >> we had a deficit with the eu on top of that we spend a fortune on nato to protect them. maria: president trump weighs in on the emotionally-charged issue of immigration on next and the push by democrats to abolish i.c.e. much more on my interview with president trump coming up as we look
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maria: welcome back. more now with my interview with president trump. the president turning his attention to harley-davidson while talking about tariffs he also spoke about the role immigration will play in the up coming midterm elections and how some democrats in their call to abolish i.c.e. could ultimately be a downfall. maria: i saw you in wisconsin yesterday, and you called out harley-davidson and you have been calling out -- >> i don't like that they are leaving. they are not leaving -- >> they are saying we're going to send production overseas because we can't deal with the retaliatory tariffs out of europe that's because of our tariffs. should you be calling out specific companies? you are the president. >> yes i should. i devoted a lot of time to harley-davidson. i treated them good. everybody who bought a harley-davidson voted for trump. they called bikers for trump.
they are very unhappy about it. they are very unhappy. now, we just proposed this a few days ago. they made this deal at the beginning of the year, long before they ever heard of the word tariff. they made this deal at the beginning of the year. and i don't think they should do it. i think that harley is an american bike. it is an american motorcycle. and they should build them in this country. they shouldn't play cute. and i had them for lunch six months ago. maria: i remember. >> they were telling me in india they charge 100%. maria: you said that. >> i think i taught them more about tariffs than i could ever learn. let me ask you a question, how much you pay in india? 100%. i got them to reduce the tariffs in india because they used that as an example. all of a sudden harley leaves. everyone else is coming in. they are one of the few. everyone else is coming in. i have a feeling that maybe harley -- i think they are going to take a big hit. i think it is a great american product, and our people have more pride than they used to
have. i really believe that harley's going to take -- the people that are buying harley-davidson, they don't want it built in another country. maria: that's true. >> i know those people. they are my voters. maria: they have pride that their bike is built in america. no doubt about it. >> those are my voters they don't want harley-davidson getting cute to make $2 more. maria: these will be issues in the midterms, including immigration. is immigration and separation of families going to hurt the republicans come november? >> no. i signed an executive order that i don't want families break up. >> our first lady -- >> she's been there and out to the border twice. >> what has she told you about that? >> she came home and told me it is a very sad situation, very very sad. she was really impressed with border patrol, how professional they were. she came and said that. and she was really saddened by the plight of people, i mean, you know, she has a very big heart. this is the second time in a week and a half.
she feels it. but she was so strong on how professional the border patrol, the agents, the law enforcement is along the border. she couldn't believe it. she saw the danger. it just looks like danger. in the meantime, we have to have strong border protection. we have to have strong borders. we don't want crime. the democrats want to have no borders. they want to get rid of i.c.e. maria: i was going to say that. the 28-year-old socialist that just bet out joe crowley says abolish i.c.e. and get this more democrats are getting in line with that. gillibrand saying we need to abolish i.c.e. >> i hope they keep thinking of that. they are going to get beaten so badly. these are the guys that go in and take ms 13 and they take them out because they are much tougher than ms 13 like by a fa factor of 10. you will be afraid to walk out
of your house. you are going to have a country that's crime ridden, the border patrol, the border patrol agents, i.c.e., these people are incredible, they were the ones actually when melania went down, she was talking about the border patrol agents, not the i.c.e. -- but i.c.e., border patrol, those are incredible patriots. the job they have is so dangerous. you know long island very well. maria: catch and release. >> they go long island, they liberate towns. these are incredible people. if the democrats go left, okay, if they do that, like i always say, maxine waters is their new leader, between maxine waters and nancy pelosi and getting rid of i.c.e., and having open borders, and the biggest thing you have open borders, all it's going to do is lead to massive, massive crime. that's going to be their platform. open borders which equals crime. i think they will never win another election, so i'm actually quite happy about it. maria: up next, we go
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rising oil prices and how the president can bring the country together as the political rhetoric grows more extreme. take a look. real quick on north korea and iran, how was the summit? can you give us anecdotes? we are supposed to find out -- i have spoken with some military of my own and they told me that north korea needs to tell us exactly where their facilities are so we can inspect them within the next few weeks. if we don't find out in the next few weeks, we know they are not serious about this. what are you going to do? >> i think they are very serious about it. we had a very good chemistry. you know, we had a lot of points. we went on a lot of different points, not to go over them, denuclearization getting the remains back from great heroes, great people, getting the hostages back. maria: that was incredible. thank you for doing that, mr. president. >> what did i do, really, when you think of it? i went there. so the papers say he went.
oh, meaning i went to singapore. so we had a meeting. we didn't do anything. now, i asked, i said let's not do -- i call them the war games, they are dropping bombs all over the place every six months. it is unbelievably expensive to do that. planes fly in from guam, these massive, you know, bombers, and they are flying in from guam, it is crazy. so we gave nothing. what we are going to give is good things in the future. and by the way, i really believe north korea has a tremendous future. i got a long really -- i got along really well with chairman kim. we had a great chemistry. we really had -- chairman -- maria: do we believe him, mr. president? >> i've made a deal with him. i shook hands with him. i really believe he means it. now, is it possible -- have i been in deals? have you been in things where people didn't work out? it is possible. maria: you made a bold decision on iran. i mean, this was incredible. >> iran look what's happening in
iran. maria: the strikes and the protests people want economic freedom. >> iran's a different place. they are no longer thinking about the mediterranean and going through -- they are thinking about themselves. they are having riots. >> are they enriching roo inini like the reports say? >> if they do, they are going to have a big problem. >> in terms of oil prices, do you think somebody is manipulating this market? >> 100%, opec is and they better stop it. we're protecting many of those countries. opec is manipulating. they allowed less than we thought last week. they have to put out another 2 million barrels in my opinion because we don't want that happening. don't forget the one negative to the iran deal is you're going to lose a lot of oil. and they're going to make up for it. who is their big enemy? iran. you think of it. they will have to do it. i have a very good relationship
with the king and with the crown prince of saudi arabia and the others around, and they are going to put out more oil. >> any comments on peter strzok and these testimonies that we're seeing, rosenstein, christopher wray, why don't you just direct your subordinates to get those documents over to congress? are you going to do it? >> so i have this country running at the top, mike pompeo is doing great. we have a great group of people. the one thing i want to stay uninvolved in at least for now i may get involved but i have been told by so many people don't get involved. it's not good. they will get the documents. they are getting them. they are great people. i didn't like the scene the other day where everybody is screaming at each other. i don't like that. it is bad for the country. if russia is in fact looking to sow discord or chaos, they have got to be saying this is the greatest thing we have ever done. okay? now, there's no collusion with me. there's no russia with me. there's no nothing. it's -- honestly it is a
disgrace. but i purposely said i'm not getting involved. let it just go. you know, they found nothing. nobody has found anything. maria: i know. are you going -- >> by the way, this is the most transparent thing ever done with the white house. i think i gave them a million 400,000 documents i told them don't even read them. there's no russia mentioned or anything like that. they have nothing. i don't like to see that kind of fighting. it is terrible. it is bad for both sides. maria: are you going to mention the meddling when you meet with the russian president? >> i would like to see some answers as to why we didn't take the server, why the fbi didn't take the server from the dnc. >> the dnc wanted to give it to a private company. they didn't want to give it to the fbi. >> why didn't the fbi take it? look what they did to other people. why didn't they take it? how can the dnc say get out of here. they threw them out of the office. >> the same people running both investigations. that's why. >> did you ever see a difference
in two investigations? >> huge difference, mr. president. >> the difference here this one did nothing wrong, no collusion, no nothing. the other one -- i'm not saying one way or the other, but you go back, how about the e-mails deleting 33,000 e-mails? we don't even have to talk about the uranium and all the different -- just tell me, you get a subpoena. and after getting the subpoena from the united states congress, right? people go to jail for doing it on a civil case. they delete 33,000 e-mails. maria: some of them got immunity. >> before the fbi even walked in, they are walking in and say you have -- by the way, keep your laptops and then they even say destroy your laptops or something? in a week or something you can destroy your laptops? >> you see sarah sanders getting asked to leave a restaurant. we see peter fonda robert de niro having trump syndrome, they are going crazy, all this vitriol in this country, as the
commander-in-chief, as the president of this great country, what can you do to bring us together? >> some of them do it for publicity. i hate to say it. some of them do it for publicity. the restaurant i thought it was terrible with sarah. >> it is all terrible. >> i think some of the things that are said are terrible. and you know, it's our people are so incredible -- do you know, there's probably never been a base in the history of politics in this country like my base. i hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy. they better just take it easy because some of the language used, some of the words used, even some of the radical ideas i really think they are very bad for the country. i think they are actually very dangerous for the country. >> all the while you are creating economic growth and job opportunities. >> so if you look at black unemployment, the best in history. hispanic unemployment, the best in history. lowest in the history of our country. women, 64, 65 years the best in
65 years, within two weeks it should be the best in history, women unemployment. meaning it's low. so low. so beautiful. our unemployment picture overall generally is almost the best in history. our numbers are among -- it is going to be interesting to see what happens in the next quarter. but, you know, i don't know if you saw it, but the atlanta fed predicted 4.8. i don't know -- maria: of course i saw. >> i saw it on your show. maria: thank you. >> maybe you weren't watching. maria: i was on the show. [laughter] >> but the atlanta fed predicted 4.6. then they upped it to 4.8. i don't know if that's true. but each point is 3 trillion dollars and 10 million jobs. and you know that when i originally took over, it was 1.2. and it was heading down because they wanted to put more -- we talked about the regulations and restrictions. they wanted to put more regulations on. they wouldn't have done any tax cuts. for the tax cuts we didn't get one democrat vote. now, add this to it, part of their platform, one other thing they want to do, they want to
raise the taxes. they want to end the tax cuts, take the money back, and they want to raise the taxes. i don't think that's a very good formula for the country, number one, most importantly but also not a good formula to get elected. maria: you think this will be the key that will drive voters in the november election? >> i think the tax cuts will be important. i think the regulations will be important. maria: are you feeling good about the midterms? >> honestly i feel actually good. the only thing i feel bad about is that i guess 93% of the time whoever wins the presidency tends to do not so good in the midterms. other than that, we have -- this may be -- look you do this for a living and nobody does it better, this may be the greatest economy we have ever had. so if it's all about the economy, i think we should do phenomenally. i think we're going to do great. i think we're going to do great in the senate. i visited three states in the last six days. i think every one of those people have an awfully good chance of winning. i think we're going to do great in the senate. i think we're going to go absolutely fine in the house. maria: i think you love going back to the campaign rally.
>> i do like it. maria: you like energizing the crowd. >> i love those people. i just love the people of this country. they are great. maria: i see it. mr. president, it is great to see
you. >> thank you maria. >> thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> appreciate it. maria: my thanks to president trump for joining us. you heard the president mention oil prices yesterday he tweeted this, he said just spoke to king salman of saudi arabia and explained to him that because of the turmoil and dysfunction in iran and venezuela i'm asking that saudi arabia increase oil production maybe up to 2 million barrels a day to make up for the difference. prices to high. he has agreed. -- prices too high. he has agreed. the white house issued a statement saying the saudi king agreed to raise output if needed and they made no mention of a specific amount that was pledged, however. we're going to react to that interview right now. we've got our panel on deck. joining me to talk about that exclusive sit-down with president trump. i will get their thoughts on the looming supreme court decision and whether immigration will be
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important thing if he wants to unite the country and broaden his own base is to pick a true conservative libertarian, one who emphasizes individual liberty over the power of the state, one who believes in judicial restraint, who recognizes precedent. he shouldn't be focusing on particular cases, like roe versus wade. he should be thinking about the future. we don't know what will come before the supreme court 10, 20 years from now. when you think about some of the past horrible cases, where we detained 110,000 japanese americans, it was the liberals who supported that and the conservatives dissent it. or when they allowed sterilization of mentally challenged people, it was the liberals who supported that and one lone conservative catholic justice who said liberty doesn't permit that. so if he can pick a genuine
libertarian rather than somebody who oriented towards state power, it will contribute enormously to the country and enormously to bringing the people together. maria: so his answer on roe v. wade was what in your view? >> well, remember the question roe versus wade, there were three possibilities: one, roe v. wade was wrong then, it is wrong now. i'm going to overrule it. second, roe versus wade was wrong then but it's been on the books for 45 years i'm not going to overrule it. the third most extreme position is i believe in the constitution right to life and therefore not only do i overrule roe v. wade but i prevent the states from allowing abortion because allowing abortion denies the right of the fetus to life. i don't believe he will nominate somebody who accepts that third position because that would hurt america and divide it greatly. maria: that's right. >> i think he should pick somebody who respects precedent and won't overrule roe versus wade. maria: senator, he said he will have the nomination in place by
july 9th. do you think knowing the senate as you do this can be confirmed before the midterm elections? what's your take? >> i believe it will be, i really do because i think notwithstanding that there are two senators on the republican side who have roe v. wade is a big matter and therefore i think the president has already kind of taken that off the table, but there are several democrats who are in tough races in states that the president carried overwhelmingly who will undoubtedly support the nominee, if the nominee meets the criteria that the president talks about. maria: yeah. >> i think he's right. a conservative -- agree with alan, you want someone who believes in the constitution, who is a libertarian, and i honestly believe it will be done before the -- maria: midterm elections. >> yes. maria: ed rollins, this is going to end up being one of the most
consequential presidents of our time. >> no question about that. maria: if not the most consequential with all the judges on the federal level as well as supreme court. >> once you get over all the minor controversies and focus on what he's done. he's done an extraordinary amount in 18 months. i worked for an extraordinary president ronald reagan. he has a list of people to appoint that are superb. we have gone through this test before. my sense is -- i'm not on the selection panel, but i would recommend a real conservative, originalist woman, sandra day o'connor was the first woman that reagan appointed by the end she was the swing vote voted most correctly most times but a real conservative that can help that court basically set precedent for the future i think would be a greet great appointment. -- great great appoint. maria: what's your reaction to the interview? >> all of this is going to be front and center in november and then again in 2020. >> this is the campaign of the
cycle. we are down to about 25 seats in the house that are swing seats. democrats have to win 2/3 of that to win the majority. i think the reality is that if it's something he feels very positive about i think he does it very well. maria: for a little while, immigration, people were worried about the families getting separated from their children but he did move quickly on that. >> look, that was a mistake he made -- maria: the agencies weren't ready for the zero-tolerance policy? >> yeah, however, he's right on immigration. when you talk about doing away with i.c.e., ed and i were talking earlier in the program, the numbers are incredible. by the way, i.c.e. doesn't make the policy. if you are going to blame the internal revenue service for policy and laws that they implement? maria: even kristen gillibrand said let's abolish i.c.e. >> that's ridiculous.
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maria: welcome back. back with our panel. one last word on the i.c.e. story that the democrats are trying to push to get i.c.e. abolished. you have a poll you want to mention. >> mark penn, chief strategist came out today, the question is do you want to abolish i.c.e.? the answer is 69% say no. 59% of democrats say no. and 73% of independents say no. and 70% of the public want a stricter border control. >> how do you think they are going to do in the midterms? >> alan go ahead. >> the democrats are destroying
themselves on this issue. i'm a democrat. by electing a radical socialist antiisrael woman to congress, recently in queens in the bronx, that to me shows the dangerous direction of the democratic party. they will just continue to lose and lose and lose if they move to the extreme left and try to capture the extreme extreme left at the expense of the middle. we lost this election because we lost the middle. and the democrats responding by nominating people who moving the party even more and more to the left. maria: most people want law and order. >> and senator gillibrand in new york and mayor de blasio come out supporting i.c.e. and i promise you if they do, they will give us the best issue. >> incredible. >> let me say this to you, the democrats, for i.c.e., pushing tip way they are -- pushing it the way they are, they will help
the republicans in the house, they will pick up seats. >> let me ask your thoughts about what he said about the documents. we saw rosenstein testify last week. a lot of people are now wondering he was a witness. is he conflicted? should he be recusing himself on these issues? >> look, i taught legal ethics at harvard for over 25 years, this is the easiest question in the world. of course he should be recused. he's the main witness on the firing of comey. there's now a dispute. he says to the new york times report that he's now saying he was used by the president. that will be a big issue. these disclosure of documents, some of these documents may involve him as a a witness. how can he be deciding which documents get revealed and which don't get revealed? he should have been out of this case before it started. he should have recused himself. if i were the president's lawyers i would be moving in court and in front of ethics groups to have him removed for a conflict of interest. he's conflicted. maria: we will leave it there.
gentlemen, great to have you here. >> great interview with the president. maria: we appreciate it very much. we are going to analyze iran and north korea tomorrow morning on fox business network. mornings with maria. join me 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. eastern. stay with fox news right now. (phone ping) gentlemen, i have just received word! the louisiana purchase, is complete! instant purchase notifications from capital one . technology this helpful... could make history. what's in your wallet?
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