Your World With Neil Cavuto FOX News August 31, 2016 1:07pm-1:33pm PDT
internal meeting but this is a step in the right direction for the campaign. >> i'm going to interrupt because i do believe i see the two principal figures approaching the podium. there are two podiums set be the the there. and there is the president of mexico, mounta mexi mexico, president nieto, and we will listen in. we don't have the audio yet, and i trust we'll get an english translation when president nieto speaks. when they start to speak and we have audio you'll hear what we have to say. this has been a hastily arranged meeting and i was told it took about five days from when the first invitation was issued and the actual acceptance and the finalizing of details came only last night. so this is a very quickly arranged meeting. donald trump flew down this evening, at the presidential palace in mexico city.
now they're out of the meeting, lasting almost an hour and a half, now set to begin the joint statement. i do not believe they will take questions, although that could happen; we shall see, and i don't know what they're going to say, that's for sure. >> translator: donald trump you have heard my respect to both in public, just as it was done with our president and our friend, barack obama, the next american president will find in mexico and its government, a neighbor that wishes to work constructively to strengthen even more the length between our nations and together face our common challenges. i believe that there are great opportunities for both countries if we decide to take advantage of them together as true friends and good neighbors and strategic
allies, parting from a relationship that is based mutual respect. even though we may not agree on everything, i trust that together we will be able to find greater prosperity and security without losing sight of the fact that freedom and independence are the basic principal of everything that we value. anything that is -- any new policy that needs to be renewed and reviewed, every once in a while we must review what has worked and what has not, and what areas are improvement on both sides of the border, how can we alleviate misunderstandings. in virtue of the spirit, i sent a letter to both presidential candidates, to mr. hillary
clinton and to mr. donald trump, proposing therein, a gathering where we can talk in a constructive fashion about the joint progress of our countries. today, i have met with mr. donald trump and i hope to do the same with hillary clinton soon with whom i have had the pleasure of discussing -- in having gatherings in the past. we might disagree on several issues but your presence here, mr. donald trump, shows that we do have fundamental common ground. our countries are important, one to the other. the united states is highly important to mexico, just as mexico is highly important for the united states. we share the border where there's greater traffic of persons where every day in
illegal fashion over one million persons cross the border and over 400,000 vehicles. trade between our countries goes over $500 billion per year. we innovate and together we manufacture, and in early iterm national security, the daily cooperation between our government is more important as time goes by in order to face the challenges in a complex world. mr. trump and i had an open and constructive discussion. the purpose of our meeting was to get to know each other and to exchange ideas and visions about bilateral relationships of our countries. in terms of trade, mr. trump and i talked about my condition that free trade agreement of north america has benefitted both the united states and mexico.
exports from the united states to mexico are close to $200 billion per year and according to the chamber of commerce of the united states, more than 6 million of american jobs depend on experorts to mexico. our country buys more from the united states than from germany, spain, france, italy, japan, and the united kingdom together. ma many jobs in the manufacturing industry in the united states were sent to other regions of the world, precisely because together, we have developed a competitive manufacturing platform in the north american region, in average, 40% of the
ex port content of mexican exports, isn't on american territory. we must work together to avoid that sources of employment might leave our region. none the less, this does not mean the free trade agreement of north america doesn't have room for improvement for the benefit of both. temperatu telecom is an agreement that was signed 22 years ago. the next president of the united states will find in my government an ally with the willingness to contribute a road to modernize telecom with a view to make it more effective in generating quality jobs, better-pay jobs in both countries. i do not believe that trade must be considered to be an effort that gives no results where for one to win the other one must
lo lose. on the contrary, it must be viewed to generate value to both parts and makes our region in north america the most competitive and innovative in the world. as to border issues, my vision is very clear, the border must be transformed into an acid for our region. we have made great developments in the last few years working very closely together with the obama administration, and with the upcoming administration, we must fast track this effort so that border between the u.s. and mexico might become more efficient and safer. however, an important number of americans or united states citizens see the border as a great problem because undocumented persons and illegal drugs cross to the united
states, undocumented immigration from mexico to the united states reached its highest point ten years ago, and has been reduced consistently ever since to the point where its negative in net terms, even so we know that there is still a joint challenge including the increasing number of non-mexicans who cross through our country in order to reach the united states, there therein creating great human crises. this is a vision truly incomplete of the border because it does not take into true account of the influx of weapons and money. every year, thousands of weapons and millions of dollars come into mexico illegally from the
north, strengthening drug c drug cartels and others that obtain profits from the sale of drugs in the united states. this flow must be stopped. what we need is an integral approach as to the border that might address the issue of undocumented traffic and the flow of illegal legal drugs, weapons, and money, cash money. many lives could be saved on both sides of the border if criminal organizations stop receiving the amount of weapon and cash that right now promote their criminal activity. illegal flow of weapons, drugs, and cash money in both directions has multiple negative consequences on both sides of
the border. our border must be viewed as a joint opportunity, both countries must invest more in it, more in infrastructure, more people, and more technology in order to make it more efficient and secure. and even though i do recognize the fundamental right each of the country has to defend its border, i also believe that a true effort of collaboration between neighbors and allies is the most effective road in order to achieve this. i also expressed to mr. trump that to make mexican border more secure for our central american neighbors, it is of great importance to mexico and the united states. likewise, in terms of national security, mexico and the united states work together to face the challenges that this complex
world present to us every day. homeland security from both countries, exchange action and information independently from the result of the upcoming elections in the united states, the new american and united states administration can expect willingness and collaboration from the mexican administration in order to make the north american region more safe. mr. trump, i would like to reiterate what i mentioned to you in private a few moments ago, my priority as the mexican president and my administration's priority is to protect mexicans where ever they may be, that it's my responsibility and i shall continue to abide by it, with great passion, the mexican
community in the united states make daily contributions to their work, their talent and creativity, that contribute to the process psperity and advanc of the united states and mexico. mix mexicans in the united states are honest and hard-working people. there are persons that are decent, that respect family, life, and community, and that respect the law. as such, mexicans deserve everyone's respect. let's continue to work together to solidify the relationship between mexico and the united states based on mutual respect, trust, and joint attention to the challenges that we share in common. i shall conclude by reiterating that mexican government shall be
completely respectful of the electoral process in the united states. i recognize, acknowledge your decision to have a constructive dialogue, a dialogue is the proper road because it bridges gaps. dialogue is the road because it enables us to reach greater understandings. thank you very much. let's now hear from the republican candidate, for the presidency of the united states. [ speaking mr. donald trump. >> thank you. it is a great honor to be invited by you, mr. president, a great, great honor, thank you. we had a very substantive, direct, and constructive
exchange of ideas over quite a president of time. i was straight-forward in presenting my views about the impacts of current trade and immigration policies on the united states. as you know, i love the united states very much and we want to make sure that the people of the united states are very well protected. you equally expressed your feelings and your love for mexico. the united states and mexico share a 2,000-mile border, a half trillion dollars in annual trade, and 1 million legal border crossings each and every day. we are united by our support for democracy, a great love for our people, and the contributions of millions of mexican-americans to
the united states. and i happen to have a tremendous feeling for mexican-americans, not only in terms of friendships, but in terms of the tremendous numbers that i employ in the united states, and they are amazing people, amazing people. i have many friends, so many friends and so many friends coming to mexico and in mexico. i'm proud to say how many people i employ. and the united states first, second, and third generation mexicans are just beyond reproach, spectacular, hard-working people. i have such great respect for them and their strong values of family, faith, and community. we all share a common interest in keeping our hemisphere safe, prospero
processro prosperous and free. no one wins in either country when human smugglers and drug traffickers prey on innocent people, when cartels commit acts of violence, when illegal weapons and cash flow from the united states into mexico. or when migrants from central america make the dangerous tratrac trek -- and it is very, very dangerous -- it is the united states without legal tlor authorization. i shared my strong view nafta has been a far greater benefit to mexico than it has been to the united states, and that it must be improved upon to make sure that workers and so important, in both countries benefit from fair and reciprocal trade. i expressed that to the united
states and that of the united states that we must take action to stem this tremendous outflow of jobs from our country. it's happening every day. it's getting worse, and worse, and worse, and we have to stop it. prosperity and happiness in both of our countries will increase if we work together on the following five shared goals. number one, ending illegal immigration. not just between our two countries, but including the illegal immigration and migration from central and south american s and from other regions that impact security and finances, in both mexico and the united states. this is a humantarian disaster, the dangerous treks, the abuse
by gangs and cartels and the extreme physical dangers and it must be solved. it must be solved quickly, not fair to the people anywhere worldwide you can truly say, but certainly not fair to the people of mexico or the people of the united states. number two, having a secure border is the sovereign right and mutely beneficial. we recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs, and weapons. cooperation towards achieving this shared objective -- and it will be shared -- of safety for all citizens is paramount to both the united states and to mexico. number three, dismantling drug
cartel and ending the movement of illegal legal drugs, weapons and funds across our border. this can only be done with cooperation, intelligence, and intelligence sharing, and joint operations between our two countries. that's the only way it's going to happen. improving nafta, number four. nafta is a 22-year-old agreement that must be updated to reflect the realities of today. there are many improvements that could be made that would make both mexico and the united states stronger and keep industry in our hemisphere. we have tremendous competition from china and from all over the world. keep it in our hemisphere. workers in both of our countries need a pay raise very
desperately. in the united states, it's been 18 years -- 18 years. wages are going down. improving pay standards and working conditions will create better results for all and all workers in particular. there's a lot of value that can be created for both countries by working beautifully together. and that i am sure will happen. number five, keep manufacturing wealth in our hemisphere. when jobs leave mexico, the u.s. or central america and go overseas, it increases poverty and pressure on social services, as well as pressures on cross-border migration, tremendous pressure.
the bond between our countries is deep and sincere, and both our nations benefit from a close and honest relationship between our two governments, a strong, prosperous, and vibrant mexico is in the best interest of the united states, and we'ill keep d help keep for a long, long period of time, america together. both of our countries will work together for mutual good and mystery frontally for the mutual good for our people. political initiative president, i want to thank you. it's been a tremendous honor, and i call you a friend, thank you. >> reporter:
[ inaudible ] >> excellent. tremendous respect for the president. we were together for quite sometime, and i think excellent -- i was with as you know senator sessions, and we had a tremendous, more than an hou hour, i think it went very good. >> reporter: [ inaudible ] >> no, not at all. we want what's good for the united states and the president wants what's good for mexico, and in sitting down and talking we both realize we've realized this from the beginning it's good for both of us -- better for both of us, actually. gentlem yes, john? >> reporter: [ inaudible ] >> we didn't discuss that. we didn't discuss who pays for the wall. we didn't discuss. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]
would you like to take back some of those comments about the wall? >> well, i'll start, i mean, nothing like an easy question like that. we did discuss the wall. we didn't discuss payment of the wall. that will be for a later date. this was a very preliminary meeting. i think it was an excellent meeting, and -- i think we're very well on our way. a lot of the things i said are very strong but we have to be strong and we have to say what's happening and there is crime as you know, a lot of crime and problems, but together i really believe we'll solve those problems, the president and i, and we will get them solved. illegal immigration is a problem for mexico, as well as for us. drugs are a tremendous problem for mexico, as well as us. it's not a one-way street and we will work together and we will get those problems solved. mr. president?
>> translator: i should say just as i have said before, the mexican government has complete respect for the electoral process in the united states. i invited both candidates, which received a quick response from presidential candidate trump to talk about the bilatteral issue, and in addition to the meetings we have highlighted, we talked about the relevance, in terms of the relationship of both countries, how important the strategic alliance is between both countries is, and i also expressed as to the great responsibility that i as the mexican president, have to defend the mexican people, to defend the mexicans here and out of mexico. have there been
misinterpretations, or statements that unfortunately had hurt, and impacted mexicans in terms of the perception that the candidate expressed in which i absolutely respect that the mexican people have felt insulted by certain comments, but i was certain that his genuine interest is to build a relationship that might lead us to provide both our societies better conditions, that the willingness proposed by the mexican president to gather with both candidates for the presidency of the united states, is in fact on that premise to be able to, together, build but mostly on the basis of respect, muse you'll respect between our nations.