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we have tape. we're going to roll for you moments ago, this is the president speaking to a group this morning. >> and thank you to vice president pence. he has been so wonderful to work with. he's a real talent, a real guy and he is central casting. do we agree? central casting. he's been great. >> good morning, everybody. and welcome back to the white house. the first lady and i were very, very happy last night to host you. we saw some real talent, military talent musicians who were fantastic and everybody enjoyed it. [ applause ] >> i'm very proud to have so many former governors in my cabinet. vice president pence, as you know, big governor from a very great state, a state i like very much, indiana. nikki haley at the u.n. is nikki here someplace? i think so, yes.
rick perry is going before. we're trying to get people approv approved, we can't get them out. rick will do a fantastic job. >> every time i spoke in iowa, terry would say please don't say anything bad about china. i said what do you mean? what do you mean? he said i like china and we do a lot of business with china and really, just don't. say i said, hmm, when it came time to pick an ambassador, i said, you like china and i can tell you china is very, very happy with our choice. thank you. and thank you, terry. these governors have been bold reformers and their success shows why we need to make states the laboratories are democracy once again.
many of you have shared past frustrations with waiting for permission from federal government and agencies and i understand that and i've had many people tell me about it and it's been catastrophic for some of your states, you know your citizens and you know they want things done but they don't get things done and it not your fault. sometimes it's your fault but they understand that but sometimes it's not your fault. we're going to speed it up. because that's not how a partnership is supposed to work. the governor should not stand in reform and services.ng needed and it wouldn't. we're going to move very, very quickly, envientally wit scott and so many others that are involved in the process of regulation, we are going to be cutting. we're going to be doing the right thing. we're going to be protecting people environmentally and safety wise but we're going to be moving it quickly, very quickly.
and speaking of that, i know many of you and i've spoken to some of you last night about it have many projects that are -- just literally tied up because of environmental concerns and it's been in for years and years and years that project your state wants, great for employment and they couldn't get them out of environmental protection and we will get them out. that doesn't mean they're going to be approved but they'll be rejected quickly, one way or the other. they'll be either rejected quickly or they're going to get approved. i would say most are going to be approved but you're not going to wait nine years or 11 years, some of the horror stories that i've heard. under my administration, we're going to have a true partnership of collaboration and cooperation. we will get to the answers and we will get them quickly and the flexibility you need to implement the reforms that you are going to have in order to make decision-making proper and
decision-making fast. so we're going to do both those things, proper and fast. one of the most important responsibilities for the federal government
is the budget of the united states. mile-per-hour first budget will be submitted to the congress next month. this budget will be a public safety and national security budget. very much based on those two with pnty of other things but very strong. and it will include an historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the united states of america at a time most needed. [ applause ] >> and you'll be hearing about that tomorrow night in great detail. this is a landmark event, a message to the world, in these dangerous times of american strength, security and resolve. we must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools they need to
deter war and when called upon to fight in our name only do one thing, win. we have to win. we have to start winning wars again. i have to say when i was young in high school and college, everybody used to say we never lost a war, we never lost a war. you remember. some of you were right there with me and you remember we never lost a war. america never lost. now we never win a war. we never win. and we don't fight to win. we don't fight to win. so we either have
to win or don't fight it at all. but where we are, 17 years, almost 17 years of fighting in the middle east, we're up -- i saw a chart the other day as of about a month ago, $6 trillion we've spent in the middle east. $6 trillion. and i want to tell you that's just unacceptable. and we're know where actually if you think about it, we're less than nowhere.
the middle east is far worse than it was 16, 17 years ago, there's not even a contest. so we spent $6 trillion. we have a hornet's nest. it's a mess like you've never seen before. we're nowhere so we're going to straighten it out. this defense spending will be paid for by finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government. we're going to do more with less. i got involved in an airplane contract, i got involved with some other democrats and we cut the hell out of the price ps weep saved a lot of money, tremendous amount of money, beyond anything that the generals were involved, they said they've never seen anything like this before. on one plane, a small order of one plane, saved $75 million and i would say i devoted if i added it up, probably about an hour. i think that might be my highest
and best use. if we can do that, our budget will abe -- it might be my highest and best use. and in one way that's a good thing because we have an answer. david is going to do a fantastic job. david is sitting there, shaking his head. stand up, david. so we can't get our people through cabinet butch who we he through was it 95-0? how the hell did you do that? you were the one. shows you, hey, we can do it. but but we have still quite a few cabinet members. it's like obstruction. it's obstruction. but eventually we'll get them and we'll put the people in and we'll get those agencies, et cetera, to work. we're going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people. we can do so much more with the
money we spend. with the $20 trillion in debt, can you imagine that, the government must learn to tighten its belt. something families all across the country have had to learn to do unfortunately. but they've had to learn to do it and they've done it well. my budget increases spending and the increase in all spending for federal law enforcement also and activities having to do with law enforcement will be substantially increased and we will fight violent crime. you look at what's happening in our cities, you look at what's happening in chicago, what's going on in chicago, we will fight violent crime ande will win and we'll win that one fairly quickly. once we give the local police, the local law enforcement the right to go in and fight it and we back them monetarily and also otherwise, we're going to win that one. we're going to win it fairly quickly, i believe. my budget also puts america first by keeping tax dollars in
america to help veterans and first responders. so important. this budget follows through on my promise to focus on keeping americans safe, keeping out terrorists, keeping out criminals and putting violent offenders behind bars or removing them from our countri l countrialtogethcountriay altogether. and the job general kelly has done at the border is tough, it's strong. i was talking to terry mcauliffe, he says you have to mention this. he met with general kelly and i think i can say you were impressed with general kelly. and he said you have to get the point out that they're removing the bad ones. that's where our focus is. it's the bad ones. we're getting some very, very bad players out of this country. drug lords, gang members, heads
of gangs, killers, murderers, we're getting them out. th's what we're focused on. the press isn't covering that unfortunately. but it's something that is very important. we're getting the bad ones out. that's always where i said i was going to start. i was going to start with these bad players and they are bad. they are rough and tough and we're getting them the hell out of our country and we're bringing them to where they started out. let their country do what they have to do with them. so the budget, which is going to be a very big part of tomorrow night's speech is going to be i think a budget of great rationality but it's going to have to do with military, safety, economic development and things such as that. great detail tomorrow night. we're also going to do whatever we can to restore the authority of the states when that is the appropriate thing to do. we're going to give you back a lot of the powers that have been
taken away from states and great people and great governors and you can control it better than the federal government because you're right on top of it. you have something that's controllable. so i think that's going to be very important. you see that already taking effect. we have to let the states compete and to see who has the best solutions. they know the best had to spend fl dollars and how to teak care of the people within each state. and state are different and people are different. so the governors are going to have a lot more dee dee signatures making ability than they have right now. we will reduce taxes very, very substantially and simplify the tax code. we're also going to make taxes between countries much more fair. we're one of the only countries in the world that can -- people can sell their product in to us and have no tax, no nothing. and they get rich. and yet if you want to do
business with them, you'll have taxes i've seen as high as 100%. so they sell into us no problem. we sell into them because we don't sell into because the tax is so high that they don't want us to sell into them. so i know that's always been a point of contention but to me it's just fair, it's just fair, it's reciprocal. we're going to be doing a lot of work on that and that's becoming a factor, fairness. i believe in free trade. i want so much trade. maybe somebody said he's a total nationalist, which i am in a true sense but i want trade, i want great trade between countries but the word free is very deceiving. because it's good for them, it's not good for us. i want fair trade. and if we're going to be taxed, they should be taxed at the same amount, the other countries. one of two things are going to
happen, we're going to make a lot of money or the other country is going to get rid of its tax. like the product, like harley davidson, i was talking to them, the product will flow into other countries where right not. we spend $6 trillion in the middle east and we have potholes all over our highways and our roads. i have a friend in the trucking business. he said my trucks are destroyed going from new york to los angeles. they're destroyed. he said i'm not going to get the good trucks anymore. he always prided himself on buying the best equipment. he said the roads are so bad that by time we make the journey from new york to los angeles or back, he said the equipment is just beat to hell. i said when has it been like that before? he said it's never -- he's been in the business for 40 years, he said it's never been like that, 40 years. never been like that. so we're going to take care of that, infrastructure.
we're going to start spending on infrastructure big. and not like we have a choice. it not like, oh, gee, let's hold it off. our highways, our bridges are unsafe. our tunnels -- i mean, we have tunnels in new york where the tiles are on the ceiling and you see many tiles missing. and you wonder, you're driving 40 miles an hour, 50 miles an hour through a tunnel. and you see all this loose material that's heavy, you know, it was made many years ago so it's heavy. today it's light. used to be better. the problem is you got to hold it up. and i say to myself every time i drive through, i wonder how many people are hurt or injured when they're driving at 40, 50 miles an hour through a tunnel and a tile falls off and there are so many missing tiles and such loose concrete. so we have to fix our infrastructure -- it's not like we have a choice. we have no choice.
and we're going to do it and it also happens to mean jobs, which is a good thing. we're going to repeal and replace obamacare and get states the flexibility that they need to make the end result really, really good for them. very complicated issue. we have tom price just got confirmed sitting here. stand up, tom. and i spent a lot of time with governor walker and governor rick scott the other day. we were talking about it. they're very expert on the subject and i want to thank them. they spent a lot of time with me. governor christie, who is here someplace. where's chris? governor christie. thank you. we have a lot of talent and a lot of expertise here i will tell you. we have come up with a solution that's really, really i think
very good. now, i have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew that health care could be so complicated, statutorily and for budget purposes, as you know, we have to do health care before we do the tax cut. the tax cut is going to be major, it's going to be simple and the whole tax plan is wonderful but i can't do it until we do health care because we have to know what the health care is going to cause and statutorily that's the way it is. for those people that say, oh, gee, i wish we could do the tax first it just doesn't work that way. i would like to do it first. tax cutting has never been that easy but it's a tiny little ant compared to what we're talking about with obamacare. and you have to remember -- and i say that to democrats in the room, of which we have many, obamacare has failed. you go to minnesota where they had a 66% increase and the governor of minnesota who is with us today said obamacare,
the affordable care act is no longer affordable, something to that effect. i think that might be it exactly. but the affordable care act is no longer affordable. blake h obamacare has failed. i say to the raspberry if you really want to do politically something good, doesnn't do anything. sit back because '17 is going to be a disaster for obamacare if we don't do anything. let it be a disaster, we can blame that on the dems in our room and we can blame it on obama. and doesn't do anything and they will come begging for us to do something. but that's not the fair thing to do for the people. not the fair thing. politically i think it would be a great solution. because as soon as we touch it, if we do the most minute thing,
just a tiny little change, what's going to happen, they're going to say it's the republicans' problem. that's the way it is. but we have to do what's right because obamacare is a failed disaster and it's interesting, it's sort of like when you see it with politicians, you see it with president obama, you know he's getting out of office and the clock is ticking and he's not going to be there, his approval rating goes way up, even though, you know, not that active in the last period of time, the approval rating goes up, that's not him, that's like almost everybody. i see it happening with obamacare. people hate it but now they see that the end is coming and they're saying, oh, maybe we love it. there's nothing to love. it's a disaster folks. so you have to remember that. and very importantly we are going to work to restore local control to our nation's education system. betsy's here someplace. and she is going to be i think
fantastic. i think she's going to be fantastic. stand up, betsy. belt bets ey feels so strongly. i can tell you i've had so many calls while she was going through that horrible process, that was a tough, tough fasty pr -- nasty process. so many people were calling betsy saying you will do such a fantastic job once you get it. it's like sometimes i'd say it's much tougher to get into harvard than it is to stay there. does that make sense? it tougher to get into the wharton school of finance. you can't get in. but if you get in, it's fine. you get through, right? i think you're going to do a fantastic job. we're very proud of you. you took a lot of heat but
you're going to do great. she wants to bring the power back to the parents and back to the states. i'm looking forward to doing these projects, we're going to do these projects and so many more. i thank you all again for being here. it's going to be a really productive discussion, so productive that i'm going to ask the press to start leaving because i wouldn't want them to see any great productive session but they'll be seeing it and hearing about it. again, thank you very much all for being at the white house. we'll