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clinton has at least a 27-point lead in florida. but after senator sanders' surprise win in michigan, the two are locked in an increasingly tight race. as was evidenced in their latest battle last night, they battled over immigration reform, health care and, yes, even cuba. secretary clinton was also pressed on the issue of her private e-mail server. >> that is not going to happen. i'm not even going to answer that. >> and back on the republican side, the gop candidates square off in their 12th debate. it goes down tonight in miami. it comes with the latest polls showing donald trump now with a 23-point lead over senator marco rubio but the latest polls in ohio shows governor john kasich with a five-point lead over trump ahead of that state's win
or take all primary next week. in a new interview, donald trumped aed to his controversial remarks about muslims. take a listen. >> i think islam hates us. there's something -- there's something there that's a tremendous hatred there. there's a tremendous hatred. we've got to get to the bottom of it. there's an unbelievable hatred of us. you're going to have to figure that out. >> and for marco rubio, the town hall moderated by our own chuck todd, rubio he can pressing regret for some of his recent attacks, the tone of them. here's what he said. >> in terms of things that have to do with personal stuff, yeah. at the end of the day, that's not something i'm entirely proud of. my kids were embarrassed by it and if i had to do it again, i wouldn't. >> we have it all covered for you this morning. to get you caught up with
everything that is going on, our correspondents are following the candidates. let's begin with hallie jackson covering the republican race looking ahead to the gop debate. there's been a lot of talk about jeb bush and meetings with marco rubio and some meetings now planned before the debate with the other candidates. what can you tell us? >> so we know that jeb bush and marco rubio, according to sources, did meet and have a conversation. bush expected to meet with john kasich and ted cruz. we can tell you that tonight's debate will have an impact if governor bush does decide to make an endorsement, although it's not sure when that would happen. a lot of intrigue around that given that the florida primary is just five days away now and the stakes are at play with this particular race. rubio has to win in his home state. it looks like at this point he probably will not if you look at polling and where he sits, double-digits behind donald
trump in many polls. so for rubio, it's an uphill climb. for ted cruz, it's not a place where he naturally would have played but he's spending time and resources here to keep a lid on marco rubio. the thinking is, if he can knock rubio out of the race, he will have a matchup against donald trump. >> we just heard from donald trump on msnbc discussing his relationship with the establishment of the party. let's play that. >> i guess they are upset because maybe i don't want money. i'm self-funding my campaign and they want to put money into people so they can control them and they think i'm going to do the right thing for the country but i'm not going to help them. i'm going to help everybody. >> so there again, donald trump the "i'm going to help everybody" and on the heels of the highly controversial comments that he made about muslims again.
it will be interesting to see how it plays out in tonight's debate. >> it's a big question mark, tamron. are we going to see donald trump the uniter, the party leader, the presidential donald trump, or donald trump the showman, the guy who has raised eyebrows about his small hands last week. which kind of debate will it be? all indications that at least right now point to it being a little more toned down than what we've seen, notably because of the remarks that you've played about rubio's regret that he sort of tried to outtrump trump. he talked about being embarrassed when he went to the insults of donald trump. focus on policy instead and john kasich as well. so the question is, what does trump do? he has struck that sort of more presidential note in his election news conference earlier this week on tuesday night but then also was talking.
>> let's bring in gabe gutierrez. he's covering the rubio campaign and joining us live from miami. gabe, a couple of things to talk about with senator rubio but one of the headlines is, his ground game in miami, we've heard tough talk from senator rubio but it's now being reported that an office was not open until the last minute and some of this smoke in mirrors was really just that. >> good morning, tamron. a lot of his critics say that they may have taken florida for granted. the rubio campaign will fire back and say campaign office is not necessarily indicative of the momentum or any type of traction that the candidate may be getting in florida. they say that marco rubio has won campaigns here before. again, his critics are really hanging on to that.
yesterday in hailea, several hundred people in the stadium that had a space for a thousand. the rubio campaign is stressing that that does not -- they have a different strategy in a way. they have really tried to put their candidate, done a lot of local media interviews and they think that that can get them some attention here. they are looking forward to tonight's debate and, as hallie mentioned, expect more attacks on policy and not these lower-blower lower-brow comments. he said he regretted going down that path. remember, just a few weeks ago, there were a lot of critics urging marco rubio to really go after donald trump and he did get some positive reviews from that houston debate when he did go after him on policy over trump university. he was enjoying some momentum off of that. of course, the next day, chris christie endorsed donald trump
but also that same day in dallas, rubio really went down the rabbit hole with the school yard humor talking about spray tan and air force one and making that small hand comment. a lot of people wondering whether that may have led to the unraveling of the campaign. perhaps because he really went against marco rubio's brand and what was so interesting in that debate yesterday is that we saw a really honest moment from the candidate. this was something that we really hadn't seen before because up until that moment he kept insisting that he had no regrets and yesterday he said that his kids were embarrassed by that -- by those insults and really it was very revealing and the question will be how he moves forwards from this. he's down more than 20 points in the latest fox news poll, tamron. >> going back to that "wall street journal" article, the senator opened his florida campaign office only a month ago
while donald trump's operation has been in the state since november. hallie jackson reported that ted cruz was putting more resources in florida, which is a surprise because that was not a state that his campaign was focused on. here you have marco rubio discussing his children being embarrassed by his language. how embarrassing will it be if he loses in florida by double-digits, maybe even 20 points? how does this affect his career in the future and also reflecting back to the calls from others who might say if he had gotten out, trump could have been stopped. i know there's a lot of "if" scenarios but the voices in your head and even outside influences are saying what he should do and what he should regret has to be incredible at this point. >> reporter: right. if he were to lose by that margin, it would be seismic. they said that there's not as much ground game as the cruz
campaign would have you believe but the fact is, look, the rubio campaign, they have a different type of candidate. they tried to get him in front of local media and in front of these rallies. yes, the criticism is there and i've heard it from gop operatives that marco rubio didn't pay attention to florida. the rubio campaign pushes back on that and they say, look, to run a truly national campaign, they have been focusing on this wider strategy and they run campaigns in florida before. you know, we'll have to see if in the end that may be the downfall but certainly the criticism what happens next if he doesn't win florida? there's a lot of speculation on what is next for marco rubio. does he go back to the private sector? what happens for his political future? committee run for governor? just to note at this point,
right now he is facing a very tough battle here in his home state where his campaign had hoped had never come to this. >> gabe, thank you. turning to the democratic race, a bernie sanders rally is getting under way at the university of florida in gainesville. this is the senator's first rally since his big upset win over hillary clinton in michigan and the first of three that we mentioned. last night in miami, senator sanders and secretary clinton squared off over immigration and take a listen to one of the big moments. >> i will not deport children. i do not want to deport family members either, jorge because as i said i wanted to prioritize violent criminals, people planning terrorist attacks and anybody that has threatened us. >> i don't think the secretary fully answered this question. secretary clinton did not support those children coming into the country. now, i happen to agree with
president obama on many, many issues. i think he's done a great job as president of the united states. he is wrong on this issue of deportation. >> we'll take you to the rose garden where we're following breaking news. canada's prime minister justin trudeau is there and ron allen is standing by. this press conference is supposed to start in about 15 minutes from now. it's very intriguing. one of the world's leaders who has really expressed some concern about the tone on the republican side and international and that's a question that might be asked of the prime minister because he has done a number of things. for example, inviting americans to come to canada. donald trump becomes president and they are frightened all of
that. his politics are very in line with president obama's. and he's also welcomed refugees into the country. here they come. i'm going to get out of the way. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and prime minister of canada. >> thank you, everybody. please have a seat. once again, i want to welcome prime minister trudeau to the white house. we just completed a very productive meeting. although i regret to inform you that we have still not reached an agreement on hockey but it is not interfering with the rest of our bilateral relationship. as i said earlier, this visit reflects something that we americans in great partnership with our friends up north. we're woven together so deeply
as societies, as economies that is sometimes easy to forget how truly remarkable our relationship is. a shared border of more than 5,000 miles that is the longest between two nations in the world. every day we do some $2 billion in trade and investment and that's the largest bilateral economic relationship in the wor world. every day, more than 400,000 canadians and americans cross the border. terrorists, neighbors and, of course, every time we have a presidential election, our friends to the north have to brace for an where they swear i'll move to america when the guy from the other party wins and so -- but typically it turns out fine. [ laughter ] this is now my second meeting with justin.
i'm grateful that i have him as a partner. we have a common outlook on what our nation is going to achieve together. he campaigned on a message of hope and of change. his positive and optimistic vision is inspiring young people at home. he's governing with equality on the world stage and his country is leading on climate change and cares deeply about development so, from my perspective, what is not to like? of course, no two nations agree on everything. our countries are no different. but in terms of our interests, our values, how we approach the world, few countries match up the way the united states and canada do. and given our work together today, i can say and i believe the prime minister will agree, when it comes to the central challenges that we face, our two nations are more closely aligned than ever. we want to make it easier to trade and invest with one
another. america is already the top destination for canadians and good paying american jobs when so many of our products, like autos, are built on both sides of the border in an integrated supply chain, this co-production makes us more competitive in global economy as a whole and we want to keep it that way. we've instructed our teams on making it even easier for goods and people to move back and ford across the borders, including reducing bottlenecks and streamlining regulations. we discussed how to move forward with the transpacific partnership and today we also reaffirmed our determination to move ahead with an agreement to preclear travelers through immigration and customs, making it easier for canadians and americans to travel and visit and do business together. as nato allies, we're united against the threat of terrorism. canada is an extraordinarily
valued member of the coalition fighting isil, advising forces in eye being iraq and stepping intelligence in the region and providing humanitarian support. we're working closely to prevent the support of foreign fighters and we've shared more information with respect to our no-fly lists and full implementation of our entry and exit system. in syria, the cessation of hostilities has led to a measurable drop of violence and the united states and canada continue to be leaders in getting humanitarian aid to syrians who are in desperate need. meanwhile, our two countries continue to safely welcome refugees from that conflict. and i want to commend justin and the canadian people once again for their compassion and leadership on this front. i'm especially pleased to say
the united states and canada are fully united in combatting climate change. the first u.s. president to visit the arctic, i saw how both of our nations are threatened by rising seas and melting perma frost so we are focusing on making sure the paris agreement is fully implemented and we're working to double our investments in clean energy and development. we're announcing new steps today. canada is joining us in our aggressive goal to bring down methane emissions in the oil and gas spectors in both of our countries and we'll move quickly to establish comprehensive standards to meet that goal. we're also going to work together to phase down hscs and to limit carbon emissions. we're announcing a partnership to protect the arctic and its people and later this year our
welcome our partners, including canada, to our white house to deepen our cooperation in this vital region. we're also grateful for canada's partnership as we renew america's leadership across the hemisphere. mr. prime minister, i want to thank you for canada's continuing support for our new chapter of engagement with the cuban people which i will continue with my upcoming visit to cuba next week. we're going to work to help colombia achieve peace and remove the legacy of land mines there and our professionals will work with partners across the hemisphere to prevent the spread of the zika virus and work together actively for diagnostic and vaccines that can make a real difference. and finally, our shared values. our commitment to human development and dignity of all people, continue to guide our work as global partners. to the global health security
agenda, we're stepping up our efforts to prevent outbreaks of diseases from becoming epidemics. today our spouses are reaffirming the commitment to help and education of the young girls around the world and canada will be joining our initiative to bring electricity, including renewable energy, to homes and businesses across the continent and help lift people out of poverty. and those are our values at work. so again, justin, i want to thank you for your partnership. i believe we've laid the foundation for even greater cooperation for our countries for years to come and i'd like to think that it is only the beginning. i look forward to welcoming you back for the nuclear security summit in a few weeks. i'm pleased that we were able to announce the next north american leadership summit held in canada this summer.
the prime minister has invited me to address the canadian parliament. i look forward to speaking directly to the canadian people about the extraordinary future that we can build together. prime minister trudeau. >> thank you, mr. president. good morning, everyone. it's an honor to be here. as i have reflected on this storied relationship between our two great countries, i constantly return to president kennedy's wise words and our fip that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. and as president obama mentioned earlier, if geography made our neighbors, then shared values made us kindred spirits and it is our choices individually and collectively that make us friends. that friendship matched by much hard work has allowed us to do great things throughout our history, from the beaches of normandy to the free trade
agreement and now today on climate change. the president and i share a common goal. we want the clean economy to provide good jobs and great opportunities for all of our citizens. and i'm confident that by working together we'll get there sooner than we think. let's take the paris agreement, for example. that agreement is both a symbolic declaration of global corporation on climate change as well as a practical guide for growing our economies in a responsible and sustainable way. canada and the u.s. have committed to signing the agreement as soon as possible. we know that our international partners expect and indeed need leadership from us on this issue. the president and i have announced today that we'll take ambitious action to reduce methane emissions nearly by half from the oil and gas sector.
reduce use and emissions of hydrocarbons and eliminate emissions for heavy duty vehicles to prevent climate change. >> translator: we will seek new standards based on scientific data. from fishing in the high seas of the arctic as well asset new standards to support maritime to rift emissions. the partnership will promote sustainable development in the region in addition to putting the bar higher in terms of preserving the biodiversity in the arctic. we have also decided to make our borders both more open and more
safe by agreeing at the airport in toronto and the airport in quebec as well as the railroad stations in montreal and vancouver. moreover, we will create u.s./canada working group in the next 50 days on the recourses to access how we will resolve areas of identity on the no-fly list. >> finally, the president and i acknowledge the wholly unique relationship between canada and the united states. we have historically been each other's largest trading partners. each and every day, over $2.4 billion worth of goods and services cross the border. today, we reaffirm our commitment to streamlining trade between our countries. overall, the president and i agree on many things, including
of paramount importance, the direction we want to take our countries in to ensure a clean and prosperous future. we've made tremendous progress on many issues. unfortunately, i will leave town with my beloved expos here in washington. you can't have everything. i'd like to conclude by extending my deepest thanks to barack for his leadership on the climate change to date. i want to ensure the american people that they have a real partner in canada. canada and the u.s. will stand side by side to confront the pressing needs that face not only our two countries but the entire planet. i'm very much looking forward to the remainder of my time here in washington. so thank you again for your leadership and your friendship. i know that our two countries can achieve great things by
working together as allies and as friends as we have done so many times before. >> all right. we're going to take a few questions. start with julie. >> thank you, mr. president. i want to ask you about the supreme court. you've already said you're looking for a highly qualified nominee with impeccable credentials. can you give me an idea of what else you're looking for and how much does this come down to a gut instinct and frankly shouldn't that be driving your decision if you're asking someone to put themselves forward for this position at this point? for prime minister trudeau, i wanted to ask you, i know you've been following our presidential campaign here in the united states, as the president alluded to. even made a joke about welcoming american who is might be welcoming americans who are
afraid of a donald trump presidency. what does that mean for your relationship with the united states if donald trump or ted cruz were to win the presidency and succeed president obama? you see eye to eye with him on a lot of issues. >> even though that wasn't directed at me, i do want to point out, i am absolutely certain that in 2012, when there was the possibility that i might be re-elected, there were folks who were threatening to go to canada as well. and one of the great things about a relationship like canada and the united states is that it's bipartisan in terms of the interests that we share. with respect to the supreme court, i've told you, julie, what i'm looking for. i want somebody who is an
outstanding jurist who has impeccable legal credentials who, by historical standards, would not even be questioned as qualified for the court. obviously it's somebody who i want to make sure it's somebody who follows the constitution, destroys isis and the president understands the necessary humility of a judge at any level in looking at a statute and what the elected branches are doing it is not viewing themselves as making a law or in some way standing above elected representatives but also
recognizing the critical role that that branch plays in protecting minorities to ensuring that the political system doesn't skew in ways that systematically leave people out, that are mindful of the traditions that are embedded in our cherished documents like the bill of rights. so in terms of who i select, i'm going to do my job and then my expectation is going to be will the senate do its job as outlined in the constitution? i've said this before, i find it ironic that people who are constantly citing the constitution would suddenly read into the constitution requirements that are nowhere to
be found there. that is precisely the kind of approach that they have rejected and they accuse liberals of engaging in all the time. well, you can't abandon your principles if, in fact, these are your principles simply for the sake of political ex speed generals. so we'll see how they operate once a nomination has been made. i'm confident that whoever i select among fair-minded people who is a qualified person and then it will be up to senate republicans to decide whether they want to follow the constitution and abide by the rules of fair play that ensure that the supreme court does not just become one more extension
of our polarized politics. if and when that happens, our system is not going to work. it's not that the supreme court or any of our courts can be sealed from the rest of our society and they read the newspapers and they have opinions and values but our goal is to have them be objective and be able to execute their duties in a way that gives everybody, both the winning party and the losing party of any given case a sense that they were treated fairly. that depends on a process of selecting and confirming judges that is perceived as fair. and my hope is that cooler heads will prevail and people will
reflect on what is at stake here once a nomination is made. >> one of the things that is abundantly clear, whenever the president and prime minister sit down to engage on important issues of relevant to our people is that the relationship, the friendship between our two countries goes far beyond any two individuals or any ideology. i have tremendous confidence in the american people and look forward to working with whomever they choose to send to this white house later this year. alex? >> good morning. >> good morning. >> this meeting is happening at a unique point in canada and the u.s. relationship. president obama, you have very little time left here. prime minister trudeau, you have several years to think about and work on canada's most important relationship. so i'd like to ask you a longer-term question, to lay
down some markers about big ideas, big things that you think the two countries could achieve in the coming years, beyond the next few months, and whether those things might include something like a common market that would allow goods and services and workers to flow more freely across our border. and a more personal note, you've had a chance to observe each other's election campaigns and i'd like to ask for your impression of president obama's potential legacy and about prime minister's trudeau potential. and if you could answer in french, bonus points to either of you. thank you. >> thank you, alex. we very much did engage on big issues throughout our conversations and our hard work this morning and over the months leading up to this meeting today.
issues that are important not just to all of our citizens but to the entire world. whether it's how we ensure that there is no contradiction between a strong economy and a protected environment, understand how we need to work together as individual countries and as a planet to address the issues of climate change, how we continue to seek to ensure security for our citizens here at home but also create stability and opportunity and security for people around the world facing issues. these are big issues that canada and the u.s. have always been engaged on during the last century and indeed it will continue to. one of the things that we highlight is the fact that we
have different perspectives on similar issues and shared values is actually a benefit in that we can compliment each other in our engagement with the world and with our approach to important issues. so i look forward to many, many, many more years. it will certainly out live the both of us, tremendous and responsible and effective friendship and collaboration between our two countries. >> translator: the discussions this morning have been what is at stake. climate change, security in the world, our commitment towards the most vulnerable populations. canada and the united states are lucky countries in many ways. they will always have a lot to do in order to be together in the world and this is what we are going to keep on doing in
the years and the decades to come and we hope in the centuries to come. about president obama, i've learned a lot from him. he's somebody who is a deep thinker, somebody with a big heart but also big brains and for me to be able to count on a friend who has lived through many of the things that i'm about to encounter on a political stage, international stage, it's a great comfort to me. and it's always great to have people that you can trust, people that you can count on personally, especially when you are facing very big challenges, such as we are doing right now in the united states and canada. >> always pleased to hear from president obama how he has
engaged with difficult issues of the past because he is a man of both tremendous heart and tremendous intellect. and being able to draw on his experience and his wisdom as i face the very real challenges that our countries and indeed our world will be facing in the coming years is something that i appreciate deeply about my friend barack. >> well, alex, was it? let me just note, first of all, the tenor of your question seems to imply that i'm old and creeky. >> not the tenor of my answer, i hope. >> no. you handled it well. but don't think i didn't catch that. it's true that in my congratulatory call that i indicated to him that if, in fact, you plan to keep your dark
hair, then you have to start dyeing it early. it hits a certain point and it's too late. you'll be caught. so -- but look, i think justin and his delegation, because one of the things that we learned very rapidly in these jobs is that it's a team effort, not a solo act, they are bringing the right values, enormous energy, enormous passion and commitment to their work and perhaps, most importantly, it's clear that they are keenly interested in engaging canadian citizens in the process of solving problems and i think that's how democracies are supposed to work and their instincts are sound and that's reflected in the positive response to the work that they've done so far and i think that will carry them very
far in justin's talent and concern for the canadian people and the role that canada can play in the larger world is self-apparent. i think he's going to do a great job and we're looking forward to partnering him. we're glad to have him and his team as a partner. and with respect to big ideas, look, to some degree, you don't fix what's not broken and the relationship is extraordinary and doesn't, i don't think, need some set of revolutionary concepts. what it does require is not taking the relationship for granted. it does require a steady effort and perhaps most importantly it requires, because we have so much in common, that we
recognize on the big, looming issues on the horizon, it is vital for us to work together because the more aligned we are, the more we can shape the international agenda to meet these challenges. climate change is such an example. this is going to be a big problem for everybody. there are countries that are going to be hit worse by it. in some ways, canada and the united states are wealthier countries and can probably adapt and manage better. on the other hand, we're also those responsible for a lot of the carbon pollution that is causing climate change. if we don't agree, if we're not aggressive, if we're not farsighted and pool our resources around the research
and development and clean energy agenda that's required to solve this problem, then other countries won't step up and it won't get solved. that's a big idea. that's a really important effort. with respect to the economy, one of the things that canada and the united states share is a commitment of a free market. i believe and i know justin does as well that market-based economy not only has proven to be the greatest engine for prosperity the world has ever known but also underwrites our individual freedoms in many ways and we value our business sector and entrepreneurship. but what we're seeing across the developed world and this will have manifestations in the developing world is the need for
more inclusion in growth making sure that it's broad based, making sure that people are not left behind in a globalized economy. and that's a big idea for the united states and canada to work together on along with our other partners. if we don't get this right f. we do not make sure that the average canadian or the average american has confidence that the fruits of their labor, their -- the opportunities for their children are going to continue to expand over time, if they see a society in which very few are doing better and better and the middle class and working people are falling further and further behind, that destabilizes the
economy, it make it is rapid in its growth but also starts destabilizing our politics and our democracies. and so working together to find effective ways not to close off borders, not to pretend that somehow we can shut off trade, not to, you know, forget that we are ourselves a nation of immigrants and that diversity is our strength but rather to say, yeah, the world's big and we are going to help shape it and we are going to value our openness and our diversity and the fact that we are leaders in a global supply chain but we're going to do so in ways that make sure everybody benefits.
that is important work that we're going to have to do together and i know justin shares that commitment just as i do. margaret brennan? >> thank you, mr. president. some of your critics have pointed to the incredibly polarized political climate as under your administration as contributing to the rise as someone as provocative as donald trump. do you feel responsibility for that or even some of the protectionist rhetoric from some democratic candidates? do you have a timeline when you might make a presidential endorsement and to follow my colleague's question here, do you feel political heat is con training your pool of viable supreme court nominees? >> that's a three-fer. i think it's important for me to nominate a supreme court nominee quickly because i think it's important for the supreme court
to have its full compliment of justices. i don't feel constrain in terms of the pools to draw from or that i'm having to take short cuts in terms of the selection and vetting process. with respect to your first question, i've actually heard this argument a number of times. i have -- i have been blamed by republicans for a lot of things, but being blamed for their primaries and who they are selecting for their party is noble. look, i've said at the state of the union that one of my regrets is the degree to which polarization and the nasty tone
of our politics has accelerated rather than waned over the course of the last 7 1/2 years. and i do all kinds of soul searching in terms of, are there things that i can do better to make sure that we are unifying the country. but i also have to say, margaret, that object jively th the news stations, radio shows, television stations have been feeding the republican base for the last seven years a notion
that everything i do is possible opposed, that cooperation or compromise somehow is a betrayal, that maximalist positions on issues are politically advantageous, that there is a "them" out there and an "us" and them is causing whatever the problems are that we are experiencing. and the tone of that politics, which i certainly have not contributed to. you know, i don't think that i was the one to prompt questions about my birth certificate, for example. i don't remember saying, hey, why don't you ask me about that?
or why don't you question whether i'm american or whether i'm loyal or whether i have america's best interests at heart. those aren't things that were prompted by any actions of mine and so what you're seeing within the republican party is, to some degree, all of those efforts over a course of time creating an environment where somebody like a donald trump can thrive. autos just doing more of what has been done in the last 7 1/2 years. it's not very different from any of the other candidates. and it's not as if there's a massive difference between mr. trump's position on immigration and mr. cruz's position on
immigration. mr. trump might just be more provocative in terms of how he says it but the actual positions aren't that different. for that matter, they are not that different from mr. rubio or cruz's position. except that they are products of immigration and the openness of our society. so, i am more than happy to own the responsibility as president as the only office holder elected by all of the american people to continue to make efforts to bridge divides and help us find common ground. as i've said before, i think that common ground exists all across the country and you see it every day in how people live together and work together and
play together and raise their kids together. but what i'm not going to do is to validate some notion that the republican crackup that's been taking place is a consequence of actions that i've taken. and i -- what's interesting -- i'll just say one last thing about this. there are thoughtful conservatives who are troubled by this, who are troubled by the direction of their party. i think it is very important for them to reflect on what it is about the politics they've engaged in that allows the circus we've been seeing to transpire and to do some
intraspection because, ultimately, i want a reflective republican party. i think the and that are prepar to lead and govern whether they're in the minority or the majority, whether they occupy the white house or they do not. and i've often said i want a serious, effective republican party, in part to challenge some of the blind spots and dogmas in the democratic party. i think that's useful. you mentioned trade, for example. i believe that there have been bad trade deals on occasion in the past, that oftentimes they have served the interests of global corporations, but not necessarily served the interests of workers.
but i'm absolutely persuaded that we cannot put up walls around a global economy, and that to sell a bill of goods to the american people and workers that if you just shut down trade somehow, your problems would go away, prevents us from actually solving some of these big problems about inequality and the decline of our manufacturing base and so on. and that's an area where some traditional conservatives and economists have had some important insights. but they can't be presented effectively if it's combined with no interest in helping workers and busting up unions and providing tax breaks to the
wealthy rather than providing help to folks who are working hard and trying to pay the bills. it certainly is not going to be heard if it's coupled with vehement anti-immigrant sentiment that betrays our values. okay? i think that the democratic voters are doing just fine working this out. i think it's useful that we've had a vigorous debate among two good people who care deeply about our country and who, you know, have fought hard on behalf of working people in this country for a long time. i think it's been a good conversati conversation. my most important role will be to make sure that after primaries are done, i'm bringing
everybody together so that we can focus on winning the general election. >> reporter: mr. president, i'll be asking the prime minister my question in french, but i'll be repeating it in english for you afterwards. >> translator: you talked about softwood lumber. it's a major problem for bilateral relations. have you thought about solutions to avoid when the conflict reopens in october? and you signed several agreements, trade, environment. but what can you do so that the implementations survive the november election, and that all of this has to be restarted a year from now? >> reporter: of softwood lumber which has been looming over the bilateral negotiation, and to what extent is the fear of losing seats for the democrats
due to this issue kind of hampering progress on this? and that being said, you and prime minister trudeau have signed a number of agreements on a number of issues. what can you done for these progress not to be lost with the arrival of a new administration and have everything have to be started all over again? >> translator: for months and months we've been preparing that meeting. and this morning we worked very hard, and we made a lot of progress. and we have showed that what is a stake, a lot is at stake. and we hope that this is going to be solved shortly, to help enormously, not only canadian workers and canadian economy, but also the economy of both our countries. and among these discussions, of course we raised the question is
softwood lumber. we keep on working on that. and i'm totally confident that we are on the right track towards a solution in the next weeks and months to come. the decisions we have taken and the work we have done today, i'm extremely confident that what we have managed to achieve, the agreements that we have taken and the solutions that we have found for the problems that we face together, i'm confident that all this is going to become a reality, because at every stage, not only we're talking about what is good for one side or the other side, but we're talking about what is good for both countries. our economies are so interwoven, our populations so interconnected, that we are going to have agreement, for instance, that will facilitate
crossing of borders, while increasing security of our citizens. this is good for both sides. and it is where we worked so hard together with a lot of progress and a lot of success today. >> we discussed and worked on many different issues over the course of an extremely productive meeting this morning, issues that have been worked on intensely by our respective friends, colleagues, and delegations over the past weeks and months. and certainly softwood lumber came up. and i'm confident that we are on a track towards resolving this irritant in the coming weeks and months. but in general, the issues that
we made tremendous progress on, i'm extremely confident will move forward in a rapid and appropriate fashion, because we found such broad agreement on issues that aren't just good for one of our two countries but indeed both of our countries. canadians and americans for their jobs, for our kids and their futures, for workers, businesses, as we tackle challenges on the economy, challenges on the environment, and understand that working together in constructive, productive ways is exactly what this relationship and indeed this friendship is all about. so i'm feeling extremely good about the hard work that was done this morning, and indeed about the work remaining to do over the coming weeks and months on the issues we brought forward
today. >> this issue of softwood lumber will get involved in some fashion. our teams are already making progress on it. it's a been a longstanding bilateral irritant. but hardly defines the nature of the u.s./canadian relationship. and we have some very smart people, and they'll find a way to resolve it. undoubtedly, to the dissatisfaction of all parties concerned, because that's the nature of these kinds of things, right? each side will want 100% and we'll find a way for each side to get 60% or so of what they need, and people will complain and grumble. but it will be fine.
and in terms of continuity, one thing i will say, this is an area where i'll play the elder statesman, as alex described me, and as somebody who came in after an administration that politically obviously saw things very differently than i did. what you discover is that for all the differences you may have in your political parties, when you're actually in charge, then you have to be practical, and you do what is needed to be done and what's in front of you. and one of the things that is
important for the united states or for canada or for any leading power in the world is to live up to its commitments and to provide continuing momentum on efforts even if they didn't start under your administration. so there are a whole host of initiatives that began under the bush administration, some that i was very enthusiastic about like pepfar, that has saved millions of lives and prevented hiv/aids or provided vital drugs to those already infected with hiv/aids in sub-saharan africa and other parts of the world, something that president bush deserves enormous credit for. we continued that. but there were also some areas where i was outside the