Signs Executive Orders on Transparency in Federal Guidance and Enforcement

Signs Executive Orders on Transparency in Federal Guidance and Enforcement


well thank you very much I’ll start by saying I just spoke with Boris Johnson and we had a good talk about a number of subjects and will maybe talk about it a little bit later but we had an extended conversation and some pretty good ideas I think they want to see if we could do a couple of things and they’ll be doing certain things for us I want to also thank the Minneapolis Police Department they have been so incredible what they’ve done tomorrow we have a tremendous amount of people plan to go I know the requests have been incredible so I think it’s a great state and we’re going to have a lot of fun tomorrow night I think a lot of you’re going to be with us and then on Friday night we’ll be going to Louisiana and is a big election on Saturday to see whether or not there’s a runoff most likely and I think will do very well the Republicans are doing very well despite the witch hunt that they have on Republicans so I just want to thank everybody for being here coming to the White House on this important occasion in a few moments I’ll be signing two executive orders to expand our record-breaking regulatory reduction campaign that is helping to fuel our incredible economic boom I guess the stock market’s up close to two hundred and fifty points today and this is despite lots of trade deals that are getting done one by one we did a deal with South Korea big one really big one and we did one yesterday with Japan and that now goes into effect and tremendous for our farmers as you know we have China coming they’ll be coming tomorrow we have the Vice Premier of China coming so we have a lot of big things happening we have some tremendous deals under negotiation so despite all of that we have a great economy in a great market our housing markets on fire and things are really doing well you look at Asia they’re not doing well look at China’s Chinese having a hard time at this moment and I think they’d like to make a deal very badly and so we have a lot of things that are really exciting and to be in the midst of negotiating some of the worst trade deals ever made and to be breaking them up and changing them for the good of the American taxpayer and for our country and to still be doing so well we had over a hundred record-breaking stock markets I think in 121 or something I’ll get you the exact number but many many days we broke the record and we continued to do well and when these trade deals are done and when certain other things that we’re doing are done it’s going to be at a level that’s incredible that was the cutest noise what was see I’m used to hearing them and there’s nothing cute about them so beautiful and don’t feel that he can just do whatever you want that’s a beautiful sound today we take bold new action to protect Americans from out-of-control bureaucracy and stop regulators from imposing secret rules and hidden penalties on the American people we’re delighted to be joined on this occasion by acting director Russ vote who has really done a fantastic job Deputy Attorney Jeffrey Rosen and congressman Mark meadows walk fantastic that you here Louisiana Solicitor General who I’ll be there Liz Morelle thank you very much and several other state and local officials we want to thank you all for being here for many decades federal agencies have been issuing thousands of pages of so-called guidance documents a pernicious kind of regulation imposed by unaccountable bureaucrats in the form of commentary on how rules should be interpreted all too often guidance documents are a back door for regulators to effectively change the laws and vastly expand their scope and reach guidance has frequently been used to subject US citizens and businesses to and sometimes abusive enforcement actions huh it sounds like they’re talking about me I think they’re talking about me I might have a conflict in signing this deal because of these materials and the fact that these materials are too often hidden and hard to find many Americans learn of the rules only when federal agents come knocking on the door this regulatory overreach gravely undermines our constitutional system of government unelected unaccountable bureaucrats must not be able to operate outside of the democratic system of government Wow imposing their own private agenda on our citizens a permanent federal bureaucracy cannot become a fourth branch of government unanswerable to American voters in America the people must always reign with us today is Andy Johnson from Wyoming great place whose family is one of many that suffered from the absurd redefinitions and interpretations of federal bureaucrats and Andy is here to say a few words I’d like to hear that Andy because I think you might be speaking about me or to me thank you very much where’s Andy come on up here with that beautiful baby well thank you for having me today and my wife Morgan and my son Rowan I work as a welder in Wyoming and about five years ago when I applied for a stock pond permit for my private property I had no idea that the EPA would come knocking at my door and threatened me and my family civilly criminally and a fine of $37,500 per day the fines were up to 16 million dollars when Pacific Legal Foundation stepped in and sued the EPA on my behalf and my family and at that point the EPA changed their attitude we were able to come to an agreement we won our case but unlike a lot of other middle-class Americans that that’s not the case they we we could have never fought the litigation was way way too expensive so I just like to thank the president today for signing this executive order which will hold the EPA and other government agencies more responsible for their actions thank you so they had you up to sixteen million dollars but that’s peanuts for you right that’s great later worked out and it’s working out even better we’re also joined by Richard Schrock who was prevented from expanding his business because of the obscure regulatory guidance on a rule from the 1980s an old rule and Richard please come up and talk about it thank you thank you Richard please Thank You mr. president I’d like to thank you for the invitation to speak and bring much needed attention to the reform to the rulemaking process used by the regulatory agencies I operate a family-owned business in Fairbanks Alaska we purchased some land for our business about 20 years ago so we could move operations out of town to the new facility and expand our facilities we’ve spent the better part of ten years and over $300,000 fighting with the regulatory agencies over the arbitrary and capricious nature of the Army Corps of Engineers wetland designation and their use of the Alaska supplement versus the 1987 congressionally mandated wetlands manual this effort does also this effort does not include the time and energy put forth by the Pacific Legal Foundation on our behalf I’d like to thank those folks as well the last straw for us was when we lost our appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court when they held that the agencies can make the regulations they want and require without congressional approval or oversight I’m hopeful that the change is made today with this executive order other landowners will not be negatively impacted as we have thank you again for this opportunity it’s great thank you well thank you very much Richard you know you mentioned the Ninth Circuit so we have a lot of great new judges in the Ninth Circuit and we’re going to be very close to a hundred and eighty two new judges over the next very short period of time so that’ll be we are in record territory by a lot so we’re gonna have a hundred and eighty two new federal judges not including two Supreme Court judges and I guess we’re already at the 156 number Jeff and mark I think we’re about a hundred and fifty-six judges now signed and sitting and doing a great job but we’ll be at about a hundred and eighty two before we normalized normalize meetings retirement and various other reasons that they leave and we could average about 40 or so a year from that process so we’ll have a probably a very big record number of judges federal judges in this administration and I want to thank President Obama for leaving us one hundred and thirty-eight empty slots because that’s the first that’s the first I said how many do we have they said sir you have a hundred and thirty-eight to 142 where he said you’ve got to be kidding so I want to thank you President Obama and again Richard thank you very much for your nice words when Americans and their businesses are sued by government agencies they’re sometimes not even given an explanation of what they do wrong and how they can fix it with us today is Kevin Looney whose company was forced out of business through the terrible practice of a certain way of government handling of things not fair not right Kevin please come up and discuss it thank you my name is Kevin Lenny I’m a third generation cattle rancher at the Point Reyes National Seashore in yeah about several years ago we also were the owners of the drakes Bay oyster farm a sustainable family business where we produced nearly half of all the oysters in the state of California in 2014 the National Park Service launched a National Environmental Policy Act process that costs millions of dollars and lasted over eight years and the National Park Service forced our all waste or farm out of business and if that wasn’t enough for our family and our community today the rest of Agriculture which includes about another 24 ranching family farm businesses within the National Seashore are facing the exact same process our fear is that that process could ultimately be facing and those families may be facing with the oyster farm faced and so I’m here mr. president thanking you for calling this meeting together so we can have this discussion we urge you to continue your good work in following these policies and making sure these federal policies are managed in a way that family farmers and ranchers like us can actually benefit and survive these these procedures and so they’re not just for federal agencies that have pre decided what they want before the process has begun and for professional litigants that abuses the process Thank You mr. president well thank you is the business gotten the business is gone 20 million oysters destroyed well they forced you out of business yes so I have to say Kevin I’ve really I know what you’ve been through I read a little bit about it and I’ve heard about it also and it’s very sad but we thank you both for being here very much really thank you very much no American should ever face such persecution from their own government except perhaps your president don’t feel bad Kevin they treated you better than they treat me I do believe that’s true today I’m taking action to stop it my first executive order will require agencies to publish guidance documents online so that small businesses and everyday citizens can easily find them agencies will have to seek public input on the most important guidance and the whole process will be closely overseen by the White House I’m gonna have somebody right here in the word White House looking at it Kevin so this doesn’t happen to other people you’re very brave to be here I really think it’s incredible I really mean it Americans will no longer be subject to the rules of hidden games that are played on the public the second order I will sign today will protect American citizens from secret interpretations of regulations unexpected penalties and violations of their rights from now on agencies will be required to inform individuals about any case against them and respond to their arguments it will be the agency’s duty to fully educate small businesses about new regulatory changes today’s action is just the latest step in my administration’s tireless fight to curtail job-killing soul-crushing regulations I want to thank Jeff for doing the great job the Justice Department worked very hard with all of our people over here they did a fantastic job and I want to thank you very much Jeff we ended the war on American energy we’re cancelling restrictions that devastated American autoworkers we’re stopping regulations that micromanage our great farm we’re bringing major companies back to our country they want to be here with a hot economy we’re the place they want to be and we’re reversing the last administration’s ridiculous attack on as an example incandescent lightbulbs we’re also working as you know cars are very expensive far too expensive and we’re going to be able to bring the price of cars down about three thousand five hundred dollars and at the same time make the car a lot more affordable and a lot safer so we’re gonna have affordability safety and we’ll also be getting some of the old cars off the roads because people now have an incentive to buy a new car that’s a lot less of a problem from an environmental standpoint it’s really an amazing thing we’re going against California and they make their car so light it’s paper mache and you get in an accident it’s very very dangerous so we’re coming out with a whole new standard and I think it’s going to be something very special it’s gotten tremendous receptivity same thing with a light bulb the incandescent lights aside for the fact you look better of course who cares about looks but you do look better with incandescent they weren’t allowed and you have the privilege of buying now a much more expensive bulb under the past rules much more expensive bulb that doesn’t have a good-looking light but maybe very importantly when the bulb is out and no good it’s literally considered a hazardous waste site because it’s all the gases and if it breaks you’re supposed to bring it to a certain location and I say who does that nobody nobody does it’s very dangerous so we have we’re allowing people to choose they can buy a much less expensive bulb that looks better or they can spend a lot more money on what they were doing and that’s fine too they might like it it might last longer and that’s okay but it is still a hazardous situation when you have to dispose of these things whereas in the old system you don’t have so we’re bringing the incandescent bulb back for those who want it we’re gonna have both alternates we like to have alternatives at the start of my presidency I imposed a two-for-one rule or new regulate requiring that for every new regulation too old regulations must be eliminated in the first two years of the Obama sleepy Joe Budden administration the cost of regulatory compliance went up by two hundred and forty five billion dollars can you believe that and in aramid administration we’ve taken it down by more than that so it’s two hundred and forty five billion up and we’ve taken it down by much more than that according to the Economic Council of Advisors or regulatory reductions will save the average American household over three thousand dollars think of this every single year thanks to these regulation cuts as well as our tax cuts and pro-american trade policies our economy is stronger than it’s ever been stronger than ever before and that’s despite all of these negotiations that we’re doing to really make us into something that we’ve never seen before meaning fair trade deals we have created 6.4 million new jobs just last month unemployment reached the lowest rate in over 50 years the african-american Hispanic American Asian American unemployment rates have hit record lows we have more people working in the United States today almost a hundred and sixty million people than at any time in the history of our country wages are rising very fast and twice as fast for low-income workers the biggest beneficiary actually is the low income worker the wages are rising at a rate that we haven’t seen in many many decades when I first started campaigning many of you were with me I used to talk about workers that would make more years ago 21 years ago then they made a few years ago because now it’s gone up a lot but a few years ago and that have two jobs and three jobs and yet they did better 21 years before with today’s executive order we continue this incredible economic success and we defend American liberty for generations to come I would like to now invite Acting Director of OMB Russ vote to say a few words about the exciting news and I want to thank Russ for doing an incredible job and when Russ is finished we’re going to sign the executive orders thank you very much Thank You mr. president as a result of your leadership today we’re making this major step forward in the effort to drain the swamp and to get our arms wrapped around the administrative state we can’t do that until we know all of the dark regulatory stealth regulation that is out there and that’s one of the reasons why we’re asking all agencies to be putting on their website on a searchable website all of these regulations so that we can understand what it is and anything that’s not put up there as we’re sended secondly we want to make sure that the American people families and small businesses are no longer bullied by their federal government we’ve all had to deal with the the motor vehicle department down to the street from us think about dealing with the federal government it’s an entirely different situation and the people that are here today who have flown in on their own dime to be a part of this celebration can attest to that we want to make sure that there are no stories ever again of people being bullied by their by their federal government and so we’re thrilled that you took this on mr. president looking forward to these executive orders thank you [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] so we have no soldiers at the area we’ve been talking to Turkey for three years they’ve been wanting to do this for many years as you know they’ve been fighting each other for centuries they’ve been fighting each other for hundreds of years this has been going on we were put into this battle interjected it was supposed to be a 30 a 30 day period and we’ve been there for many many years and it’s time to get out we’re speaking to both sides we’ve told President Erdogan how we feel but we are speaking to both sides and we’re seeing what can be made out of a situation but we have no soldiers in the area you know we’re getting out of the endless wars have to do it and eventually somebody who’s going to have to make the decision and frankly we’re getting a lot of praise from that decision we people are saying that I sometime bring our people back home we’re really serving and we were serving as a police force we had defeated Isis we defeated the caliphate 100% aragon and the existing groups of people including Kurds but you have the PKK which is natural enemy with Turkey and likewise and opposite they’ve been fighting again for many many years they have the bitter enemies have been always probably possibly always will be so we are we are out of there we’ve been out of there for a while no soldiers whatsoever we are taking some of the most dangerous Isis fighters out we’ve taken them out and we’re putting them in different locations where it’s secure in addition the Kurds are watching and if the Kurds don’t watch then Turkey’s going to watch because they don’t want those people out any more than we do but we have taken a certain number of Isis fighters that are particularly bad and we’ve wanted to make sure that nothing happened with them with respect to getting out and I think we’re doing a great job I think the people of this country I campaigned in ending the endless wars we’re all over the world fighting wars half the places nobody even knows what they’re doing over there and I feel that we are doing the right thing and I think the country feels that too we’ve had tremendous support outside of the Washington little Washington area and even in Washington people are saying you’re doing the right thing has to be done otherwise you’re never going to do it at the same time we’re dealing with both sides we’re gonna see what we can do I will wipe out his economy of that happens I’ve already done it once with Pastor Brunson I’m sure that he I hope that he will act rationally you do have to understand they’ve been fighting each other for many many decades actually for centuries they’ve been fighting each other and it was time for the Americans we did a great job we took care of Isis we captured one hundred percent remember I was thinking John of leaving at 97 and 96 percent and that last three or four percent was the hardest part and they told me would take a year to two years to do it and I did it in a month remember that I flew to Iraq and I met with a lot of great generals there great generals they said so we can do it in two weeks to a month and we did it in two weeks to a month that we took it and in the meantime we’ve been watching over a lot with the Kurds watching over a lot of prisoners some very bad some very bad people a few in particular very bad really bad and some of those people we’ve already taken we’ve taken them out they should go back by the way they should go back to Europe many of them came from Europe but they should go back to Germany to France too I spoke with Boris Johnson a couple to UK some to UK actually but they came from various parts of Europe they didn’t come from our country and we did them a big forever and we said to France we said to Germany we said to various countries in Europe we’d like you to take your people back whoa we don’t want them we don’t want them how about you taking him I said we don’t want him either nobody wants him they’re bad but somebody has to watch over them I said look we did you a big favor you take you people back you take them back they’re citizens in many cases of those countries of France Germany they didn’t want to take them back I gave them one chance I gave him another chance I gave him a third chance and I even gave him a fourth chance they didn’t want to take them back not that I blame them too much they’re used to this with the United States taking advantage of the United States whether it’s sown trade or NATO to take advantage of the United States but we think that maybe the Kurds will do a job and if not the Kurds we think turkey will do a job but we have thousands of people thousands I don’t know if you know that we have thousands of captured fighters and thousands and tens of thousands of family members and we did a big favor to a lot of countries and those countries didn’t want to take them back so that’s the way it goes stephenie’s well they’re gonna be escaping to Europe that’s where they want to go they want to go back to their homes but Europe didn’t want them from us we could have given it to them they could have had trials they could have done whatever they wanted but as usual it’s not reciprocal you know my favorite word reciprocal that’s all I want I don’t want an edge I just want reciprocal and it’s not reciprocal Steve it’s not a fair deal for the United States and when President Obama took the PK key you know what they where they bring in PKK that’s a tough deal because that’s been a mortal enemy of Turkey so when you bring them in into a partnership it’s a tough situation because it’s tough for Turkey it’s probably tough for them that they they’ve hated each other for many many years for hundreds of years I mean it’s amazing when you look at history and you look at culture but you look at the length of the time and the fighting for so long so we imposed ourselves into it and look I’ve said it I said it just yesterday the single worst country the united state a collective way the worst mistake that the United States has ever made in my opinion was going into the Middle East it’s a quagmire we up to close to eight trillion dollars and we’re bringing our folks back home we have great talented military we’re bringing it back home our military has never been stronger but we’re now acting as police were we’re policing areas we’re doing jobs that other countries should be doing we’re doing jobs frankly that Europe should be doing we’re doing jobs that Russia should be doing that Iran should be doing that Iraq Turkey Syria should be doing they should be doing this we shouldn’t be doing it we’re 7,000 miles away well I think it’s okay I’ve already told that to President eternal one far more than sanctions I wanted I’ll do far more than sanctions Lindsay and I’d feel differently I think Lindsay would like to stay there for the next 200 years and maybe add a couple of hundred thousand people every place but I disagree with Lindsay on that but I will tell you that I do agree on sanctions but I actually think much tougher than sanctions if he doesn’t do it in as UMaine away as possible but I’ve gotten him to stop for virtually from the first day that I was in office but they’ve wanted to fight and that’s the way it is and they’ve done it for so long yes go ahead please well we’re gonna have to see we’re gonna have to define that as we go along they want to if you listen to or tawon he wants to have people go back to where they came from go back to Syria right now he’s holding an offer and assume he’s holding millions of people that would be all over the place if he wasn’t holding them so he wants to repatriate he wants to have them go back into the area that he’s looking at but we’ll see we’ll see how he does it he could do it in a soft manner he could do it in a very tough manner and if he does it unfairly he’s going to pay a very big economic price well let me just say that the Republican Party and president but the Republican Party has been treated extremely badly by the Democrats very unfairly because they have a tiny margin in the house they have eviscerated the rules they don’t give us any any fair play it’s it’s the most unfair situation people have seen no lawyers you can have lawyers you can’t speak you can’t do anything you virtually can’t do anything and then on top of that they have a guy named if a Nancy Pelosi knows all this because she’s just as guilty as he is but you have a man named shift where I had a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine like I mean perfect people read it but they don’t read that they heard shifts version of it he defrauded the American public he gave the most horrible rendition adding his own words I mean mark Meadows is here I think I can say honestly mark you didn’t believe it when you heard it and marks never heard anything like it and many of the people that we work with including Democrats have never heard anything like it he made up a phone call he made it up because what happened as they spoke about a day too early they heard a whistleblower who came out with a false story you know people say oh it’s fairly close it wasn’t close at all what the whistleblower said bored no relationship to what the call was we have a transcribed call done by professionals and the call was a perfect call but chief made it up then it turns out that the whistleblower was in cahoots with shift then it turns out that the whistleblower is a Democrat strong Democrat and is working with one of my opponents as a Democrat that I might end up running against the whole thing is a scam it’s a fix and we wrote a letter yesterday and probably ends up being a big Supreme Court case maybe it goes a long time I don’t know but the Republican Party has been treated unbelievably badly and unfairly by the Democrats John well yeah that sounds okay well we would if they give us our rights it depends if they vote and say you can’t have lawyers you can’t ask questions you can’t have anybody present all of these crazy things and even some of the reporters system it really is an unfair situation they ask all the questions and then for instance the ambassador who testified was a fine gentleman he gave great testimony for us but we don’t get to do any of that or show any of that so they brought out only the couple of negative things all which were knocked out by his other statements it was a great witness for us but if you would have listened to them you would have said it was a better witness for them it was it wasn’t even close he was a fine gentleman and we saw that we said that’s very unfair yes no I don’t think so I think they feel that I’m driving a tough bargain but I have to you know what better than anybody you do a good job over there watch a lot we are so far down in terms of where we started from presidents that didn’t do their job for many years since since the World Trade Organization founding China when in 2001 or so China won and it just ripped off the world so I told that to President Xi I said you know this can’t be like a 50-50 deal because a 50/50 deal you’re like up there we’re down here so 50/50 it doesn’t work right you got to have a little balance this has to be a better deal from our standpoint and I think they fully understand it one of the really good meetings I had today was with our people on opioids and drugs and fentanyl and fentanyl in particular with respect to your question and they said that Chinese leadership has a lot of respect for a president and they are really being much more careful it’s a much different situation we have some great drug numbers now what is great drug dur if you’re down 15 16 20 25 % it’s still horrible what’s going on in this country and in the world and the whole world it’s horrible but no I think they have a lot of respect for us first time they’ve ever respected us I think China has a lot of respect for me and for our country and for what we’re doing and I think they can’t believe what they’ve gotten away with for so many years well the NBA is a different thing I mean I watch this guy Steve Kerr and he was like a little boy he was so scared to be even answering the question he couldn’t answer the question he was shaking oh oh I don’t know I don’t know he didn’t know how to answer the question and yet he’ll talk about the United States very badly I watched Popovich sort of the same thing but he didn’t look quite as scared actually but they talked badly about the United States but when it talks about China they don’t want to say anything bad I thought it was pretty sad actually it’ll be it’ll be very it’ll be very interesting excuse me they have to work out their own situation MBAs they know what they’re doing but I watch the way that like Kerr Popovich and some of the others were pandering to China and yet to our own country they don’t it’s like they don’t respect it it’s like they don’t respect it I said what a difference isn’t it sad it’s very sad to me it’s very sad John well he’s falling like a rock we have him on tape with corruption I mean he’s getting the prosecutor for I guess Chiana was two billion dollars saying we’re not going to give you the two billion dollars or whatever the amount was unless you get rid of this prosecutor and then he goes lo and behold the prosecutor was gone and that was the prosecutor she has meet you 1.2 billion not a lot of money and that his son takes out 1.5 billion from China and by the way the the 50,000 a month that he was getting from Ukraine looks like it’s a hundred and sixty-eight thousand split among him and somebody else’s friend and also there’s a payment of about three million dollars to his son his son just got thrown out of the Navy so Biden is dropping like a rock I don’t think he’s gonna make it I didn’t think he was gonna make it for a long time I don’t think he’s gonna make it and I guess this is one way he can do it you know he didn’t say that until right now and he sees what’s happening to him I guess he’s no longer at the front-runner but look I feel badly for him because I know he’s going through a lot he’s been hit and he’s been caught red-handed I mean here’s a man who is on tape saying exactly what he’s going to do in terms of corruption and he gets away with it if that ever happened to a Republican they’re beginning the electric chair right now they’d be right now being walked into the electric chair it’s a whole different standard what joe biden said on tape this isn’t like gee whiz we think what he said on tape and the fake media doesn’t want to play the tech they hardly play it so i feel you know that it’s too bad what’s happened to him he’s sinking in his campaign sinking but he walked away with hundreds of I mean you look at the kind of numbers his son who is at best incompetent I got thrown out of their Navy I don’t even want to say why a subject that we just discussed I don’t want to say why but he gets thrown and all of a sudden he’s making a deal with Ukraine where they’re getting a hundred and sixty eight thousand a month between the two of them one hundred and sixty eight thousand and he gets three million dollar payments and all of this money coming out and the kid has no expertise in energy and it’s an energy company as it no expertise you and I both know much more than he does John and then you walk into China and a couple of days later ten days later to be exact he gets one point five billion dollars out of China and he’s got no expertise and I have friends that are the smartest people on Wall Street I said is that possible they say no it’s not possible it’s pretty sad situation please yeah if they if their rules affair because I don’t know what I don’t know exactly your definition if Republicans get a fair shake because the Republicans have been look we were very nice to them when Paul Ryan was a speaker he really wouldn’t give subpoenas and I’m not saying good bad or indifferent here’s a man that knows it very well they go in with all of the corruption that you’ve been reading about and all of the things that they did wrong with with Comey and all of these people and all of the things they did wrong when we wanted to subpoena meaning they wanted to subpoena it was very hard to get it and I’m not sure he ever even issued a subpoena and Nancy Pelosi issued subpoenas come on in and get him gives him two Nadler gives him to crooked ship I mean this ship is one crooked guy the guy made up my phone call think of it in the United States Congress he made up my phone call and I’ve had people that said in like the way you talk to the Ukrainian president I said did you read my speech no I heard shift shifty shift I heard shift make it I said that’s how I said I said well let me see what he said a lot of people saw that this and frankly I think if it wasn’t for me I don’t know if anybody would have even noticed and called him out he took my really believe it or not congenial and gentle words and he made me sound like a tyrant it’s a terrible thing he defrauded the American public I mean honestly I don’t know what can happen but there are those that say he should be prosecuted for what he did he should certainly be impeached but he should be prosecuted for what he did and I think he’s a very bad leader of this movement yes please it’s all a big car don’t you understand look the phone call you have it it’s the transcript that’s why they keep saying Oh The Whistleblower said this and that what happened is if they would have seen the transcript early they wouldn’t have had a whistleblower because he wouldn’t have said there was nothing he could say all you have to do is read the transcript very calm and what’s even more important than the transcript in a certain way although I think the transcript is the most simple because it was really plain vanila no emotion no nothing these are crooked people that are done these are Democrats headed by a Democrat lawyer big Democrat lawyer there’s a con job this is a con being perpetrated on the United States public and even the world and the world is watching and they they get it better than a lot of other people it’s very interesting but a poll just came out today very small people want to see something even though I only get negative press from you people not you necessarily but but that’s the way it is so I say this look all you have to do is read the transcript but you know what’s almost as good as the transcript I think is the Ukrainian president saying he didn’t even know what they were talking about no pressure the Foreign Minister of Ukraine saying no is a very normal call there was no pressure at all what is bad is when you see all of the elements when you see that shift saw the whistleblower when you see what the whistleblower said about the phone call and it was totally different he made it up and I don’t know why a person that defrauds the American public should be protected okay well that I don’t know again I’m not a lawyer I can say this I assume it was for leaks I have no idea I’m just answering because this city is like the leaking capital of the world if you want to get something out to the press all you have to do is hand it to somebody in Washington so I assumed it was for leaks I mean I’ve read that and it doesn’t seem like a big deal what is a big deal I think they’re probably trying to protect it from leaks but here’s the other thing we gave that transcript over almost immediately it wasn’t like we waited till now till now would be immediately because it’s only been doing it for three weeks we gave that transcript up almost immediately and you know when I heard shifts phony version and when I heard what was being horribly said by this so-called whistleblower and I’d like to find who is the person in between the whistleblower and hearing about the conversation the conversation was I think a perfect conversation but who’s the person giving this information if that person exists I’m not sure that person exists but I think it’s important and I say this to Congress I think it’s important to find out who that person is because we could have a spy and I don’t want to have spies when I’m negotiating with China and Syria and all of the countries if you look at Turkey with her Dewan I have calls with all these people and Kim jong-un I don’t want to have spies in the White House I want to be free to make calls I don’t think it’s fair that somebody interprets a call he didn’t interpret it wrong I don’t mind a misinterpretation this was a fraud because that call was perfect and if you read the whistleblowers report that was no it bore no resemblance to what the call was David yeah I hate the case i-ight sure we talked about it so what we’re going to do it’s a very very complex issue as you know because we’re talking about diplomatic immunity which in itself is quite a subject right you people could lecture me on it I suspect but it’s quite a subject a terrible accident occurred the person driving the car they know what was and they have that on camera a young man was killed on his motorcycle he was killed sounds like instantly killed the woman through diplomatic community left the UK came back to America and what I’m going to try and do and see because I understand where the people from the UK are and frankly a lot of Americans feel the same way we have I was telling Boris we have a lot of Americans that you know they side on on the fact that you know you have two wonderful parents that lost their son and the woman was driving on the wrong side of the road and and that can happen you know those are the opposite roads that happens I won’t say it ever happened to me but it did when you get used to driving on our system and then you’re all of a sudden in the other system where you’re driving it happens have to be careful very careful so young man was killed the person that was driving the automobile has diplomatic immunity we’re going to speak to her very shortly and see if we can do something where they meet it was an accident it was an act it was a terrible accident we’re going to speak to her and we’re going to see the person driving the car the wife of the diplomat we’re going to speak to her and see what we can come up with so that they can be some healing there’s tremendous anger over it it’s a terrible incident this tremendous anger and I understand the anger from the other side very much were you aware at the time that you was in the Oval Office that he had prior conversations okay to your second question absolutely not I had no idea that he was doing that – the first question he absolutely wanted to become the FBI director and I said no I said listen you’ve been there for I believe it was 12 years and I said no and it has since been proven that I was right plus we have witnesses to it I interviewed numerous people that day and he was one of the numerous people making a decision ultimately but he was one of the people I said know nicely respectfully I knew about it we didn’t speak about that because I wasn’t going to accept him that may have been one of the reasons I said no who knows what I did have conflicts of interest with Robert Muller we had a business dispute I thought we had as you know three basic conflicts of interest and none of them were very good but we had a we had a business dispute but I thought he was there for 12 years that was long enough especially when you saw what happened with the FBI and and you have to understand nobody respects the FBI more than I do and I think if you took a vote in the FBI they’d vote me president right now a vast vast majority and they’re great people I know a lot of them but your leadership was terrible whether it was Comey or Muller or anybody this leadership turned out to be a disaster for this country when you look at straw in-page when you look at the insurance policy you know she’s gonna win but just in case she does it we have an insurance policy well that only means one thing there’s no other interpretation so when you look at that know Robert Muller wanted a job to be the director and I turned him very nicely respectfully down the other element of your question I never I never heard that until just recently when it’s being reported a little bit please guys well China wants to make a deal in my opinion China wants to make a deal more than I do okay but but look I’m very happy right now we’re taking in billions of dollars of tariffs and despite what the news was saying there’s no inflation there’s not a very big price increase if any because they’ve eaten the tariffs they’ve devalued their currency and they’re pouring a lot of money into their system now they’ve lost three and a half million jobs and their chain is breaking up their supply chain is breaking up like a broken egg they want to make a deal the question is do I want to make a deal and the answer would be if we make the right deal I’d love to do it I think it would be a great thing for China also well we’ll see I mean you don’t know that look there’s so many false reports everybody’s trying to guess but there’s really only two people that matter on this one and that’s President Xi and myself we get along very well I can’t imagine he likes me the way he did when I first became president because you know it’s been it’s been a rough time for China China has gone down many trillions of dollars that we’ve gone up many trillions of dollars I mean we’ve since I’ve been elected many many many trillions of dollars have been increased the value of if you call it value you could call it worth or value of our country we’ve increased not just stock market I’m talking our country our economy is bigger it’s stronger and I believe if my opponent got in you would have had a tremendous slide and don’t forget I only look at our numbers from the day after the election because there was euphoria when I got elected and we picked up a tremendous amount from let’s say the 9th of November to January 20th when we had the inauguration and it’s been that way ever since it’s been a fantastic thing but China wants to make a deal very badly and if we can make a deal we’re going to make a deal this is a really good chance there’s a really good chance Steve no I really am leaving that to the Attorney General highly respected man very highly principled man I did read the Comey report 78 pages of total kill and I think it says frankly a lot to the Attorney General that he decided not to prosecute on that report because I think most people reading that report would have done that that report was horrible for Comey horrible but he’s a highly principled man and I’m leaving it up to him no we’re talking about it nobody said I want to go in I want to go but he’s been telling me that for two-and-a-half years he’s been telling that virtually he’s been saying this for many years before me and you know he’s ready to do it they’ve been again fighting for so long they’ve been fighting for so many these are this is like Israel and the Palestinians okay there are only one difference maybe the hatreds even greater is that possible maybe not but it’s this is a very very serious hatred that’s come over many years yes sir but you know our alliances have taken advantage of us if you look at how much money we spend on NATO and how much money countries from Europe who are really a much bigger beneficiary than we are okay you know this they’re there and we’re here with many miles away our alliances in many cases have taken tremendous advantage of us if you look at NATO I got them to pay a hundred billion dollars more the Secretary General Stoltenberg came out with a report recently that because of President Trump the other countries 28 countries so 27 not including us they paid over a hundred billion dollars more because of me but still as good as that it sounds good it nothing compared to the kind of numbers you’re talking about so I’m very happy with that but the United States is paying over 4% and Germany is paying 1% maybe a tiny bit more but I actually think the way you calculate it because you can look at it many ways it’s probably less than 1% France is paying less than what they’re supposed to out of the 28 countries 20 of them are delinquent you know the delinquent means it’s an old real estate turn he’s delinquent with his rent they’re delinquent with their payment they owe us a tremendous amount of money and they never pay us back because if Germany doesn’t pay they don’t add that up they just say oh that’s ok then they don’t pay again that if you go back that way like the old-fashioned way like you don’t pay and you owe it but they don’t pay and they just go into the next year they owe us hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars so no I don’t look at it that way now the Kurds are fighting for the land just so you understand they’re fighting for their land and if somebody wrote in a very very powerful article today they didn’t help us in the Second World War they didn’t help us with Normandy as an example they mentioned names of different battles they were there but they’re there to help us with their land and that’s a different thing in addition to that we we have spent tremendous amounts of money on helping the Kurds in terms of ammunition in terms of weapons in terms of money in terms of pay with all of that being said we like the Kurds now you have different factions in there again you have PKK that’s a different faction and they worked with us it’s a rough group but they worked with us but we’ve spent a tremendous and they’re fighting for their land so when you say they’re fighting with us yes but they’re fighting for the land now if we go on the theory that some of the folks in Washington go by who all do very well with the military-industrial complex I mean you know the military-industrial complex take a look at Dwight Eisenhower he had it figured right many years ago it’s got tremendous power they like fighting they make a lot of money when they fight but it was time to bring our soldiers back home so I see and I I’ll tell you the hardest thing I have to do by far much harder than the witch hunt is signing letters to parents of soldiers that have been killed and it’s not only that in areas where there’s not a lot of upside if there’s any upset at all in many cases is only downside and especially when that soldier was killed in a blue on green attack you know what that is right that’s where a soldier being trained or whatever turns his gun on an American soldier here son take your gun you know how to use it and he takes the gun and he turns it and he shoots one we have many of them in Afghanistan in particular in Afghanistan the hardest thing I have to do is signing those letters that’s the hardest thing I have to do and each letter is different we make each letter different and last week I signed five of them for Afghanistan one in Iraq one in Syria from two weeks ago and sometimes I call the parents sometimes I see the parents I go to Dover when I can but it’s it’s it’s so devastating for the parents that you know it’s it’s so devastating when they when they bring that boy or young woman out of the back of those big powerful planes in a coffin and the parents are there you know we have people that do that that’s what they do they they they work that they accommodate everybody that’s what they do they do an incredible job and they said I said the parents seem to be okay I’ll get there early the parents seem to be okay well actually sir they are no no the way they’re talking they’re really okay aren’t they sir you never know until the back of that massive cargo plane opens up and they walk down holding a coffin with four or five great soldiers on each side of it representing our various forces that you never know and then I see it and I see people that were smiling Oh mr. president thank you for being here thank you for being here and I think they’re doing great and then 20 minutes later we’ll be outside when that big plane pulls up and that door comes down and they are walking the coffin with their boy inside this coffin with an American flag over the top and they’re walking that coffin down this ramp and I’ve seen people that I thought were really incredible the way they were I didn’t even understood how they could take it so well scream like I’ve never seen anything before sometimes they’ll run to the coffin they’ll break through military barriers they’ll run to the coffin and jump on top of the coffin crying mothers and wives crying desperately and this is on these endless wars that just never stop and there’s a time and there’s a place but it’s time to stop and just to finish last Friday I went to Walter Reed and I gave out five Purple Hearts to incredible young men in this case Ullman and they took a beating beautiful people they took a beating one couldn’t be there because the beating was so great that he was at a totally different part of the world he lost a leg he lost an arm Ryan he had tremendous damage beyond even what these young folks went through but I’ll tell you what for me it’s very hard when I see that it’s very hard it’s easy to talk tough you know tough guys all these tough guys will just keep fighting let’s keep fighting if they had to go to Walter Reed where they do unbelievable work I have to tell you these doctors are unbelievable you know it’s easy to say oh they’re not they’re the best in the world I’ve never seen anything like it one young man last week had his nose rebuilt and they said it was in a thousand pieces and I said so where were you hurt he said my face sir was almost obliterated I said you have a better face than I do he said sir I had a doctor who was unbelievable and they put it together they said if he said a thousand fragments now I don’t know if that’s even possible but a thousand fragments and they put it together and his father who was crying came up to me and said you’re not gonna believe this but my son didn’t have a great looking nose and now his nose is better okay it’s an amazing thing but when you see these at the purple hearts you see this kind of thing and I see a lot of it at Walter Reed and again the job those doctors and the people do at Walter Reed it’s something to be commended thank you all very much thank you [Music] you [Music]

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