Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5, 2019
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
BEFORE MARINE ONE DEPARTURE
10:44 A.M. EDT
Our job numbers are so good that the military has a hard time getting people. And I think, really, that you’re going to see a big spike.
We had great numbers this morning. I think it was 224,000 jobs. Those were really unexpectedly good. And our country continues to do really well.
If we had a Fed that would lower interest rates, we'd be like a rocket ship, but we're paying a lot of interest and it's unnecessary.
When Obama -- President Obama -- was here, he paid close to zero interest rates.
But last night was spectacular.
Q Mr. President, can you talk to me about infrastructure? Now that you've had some successes, are you willing to bring Democrats back to the table to talk about infrastructure -- and, in particular, when it comes to rural broadband for your base?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. I would love rural broadband. We're working on it. And I would love to have the Democrats come back and talk about infrastructure, talk about drug pricing.
We're going to be announcing something very shortly -- a favored nations clause.
Why should other nations, like Canada -- but why should other nations pay much less than us? They’ve taken advantage of the system for a long time -- pharma.
So we're working on, right now, a favored nations clause, so that whatever the lowest nation is, anywhere in the world -- or company -- but the lowest nation or company. Then what happens is we will pay that amount, and that’s being worked on right now.
Q Are you going to issue an executive order on the census?
THE PRESIDENT: We’re thinking about doing that. It's one of the ways; we have four or five ways we can do it.
Q Are you upset with Wilbur Ross over his handling?
THE PRESIDENT: No, he made a statement. He wrote something out. The judge didn’t like it.
Q But he had said they were dropping it.
THE PRESIDENT: So we'll see what happens.
Q Joe Biden called you a “bully” in that interview last night.
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t think I'm bully at all. I just don’t like taking -- being taken advantage of by other countries, by pharmaceutical companies, by all of the people that have taken advantage of this country.
You look at what Joe Biden has done with China. We've lost our shirts with China and now China is dying to make a deal. So -- and we're taking, by the way, billions and billions of dollars in tariffs are coming in -- and China is paying for it, not our people.
So, if you look at what we've done, and if you look at what we've straightened out, the -- I call it the "Obama-Biden mess." We're straightening it out, whether it's North Korea -- you were going to end up in a war with North Korea as sure as you’re standing there.
But as sure as you're there, you were going to end up in a war with North Korea.
Q Mr. President, are you going to continue -- are you going to hold the ICE raids that you said you gave a two-week break? Do you plan to move forward, and when?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don't call them “raids.” I say they came in illegally, and we're bringing them out legally. These are people where we have the papers, we've gone through the court system. They'll be starting fairly soon.
But I don't call them “raids.”
Q Were you sending any messages to our adversaries with the military celebration yesterday?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don't think of it in terms of that; we're just celebrating our country. But there is nobody stronger. There's nobody that has a military anywhere close to ours.
As you know, we spent $700 billion.
Now, I'm all about jobs. We had great job numbers today.
What we have -- and, in fact, if you look, our nuclear now is in great shape. We’ve renovated. We’ve fixed. We’re buying some new. Never want to use it. You never want to use it.
But our nuclear is in great shape. Our military now is in great shape.
Q Will you make it an annual event, based on your experience last night?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I can just tell you, those people that you see -- there’s a lot of people in front of the White House -- every one of them loved it. I would actually say -- and I want to sort of give a little appreciation -- the media, generally speaking, loved it.
We had a lot of rain. I stood in the rain. The teleprompter went out, so I had --
Q Is that what happened with the airport comment in the Revolutionary War?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, the teleprompter went out. It kept going on.
So -- but, no, it’s not that. I knew the speech very well, so I was able to do it without a teleprompter. But the teleprompter did go out.
But, despite the rain, that was just a fantastic evening. I think people really had it. And I think a lot of people -- you know, it was really a recruitment situation.
Q Do you think the New York Attorney General should be fired?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, she campaigned on “I’m going to get Trump. I’m going to get Trump.” She never knew me.
She campaigned -- “Oh, I’m going to get Trump. I’m…” We have 100 clips, and so do you.
But her whole campaign was “I’m going to get Trump. I’m going to get him.” You can’t do that.
THE PRESIDENT: It would have to be a long time. You know what? It’s very interesting. After 500 witnesses, 2,500 subpoenas, every single person I know, practically, was called in one form of another -- nothing.
And I’ll tell you what: Even with you people -- you’re honest people -- none of you could have withstood that. They would have found something. If there was a comma put in the wrong place, if there was period in the wrong location, they would have grabbed it.
You know what it shows? It shows I’m a very honest guy.
THE PRESIDENT: So China -- so we’ll see what happens. They’re talking to us. They want to make a deal.
Q What about Iran? (Inaudible.)
THE PRESIDENT: We’ll see what happens with Iran. Iran has to be very, very careful.
THE PRESIDENT: Say it.
Q Why did the Vice President cancel his trip the other day to New Hampshire?
THE PRESIDENT: You’ll know in about two weeks. There was a very -- a very interesting problem that they had in New Hampshire.
Q Mr. President, how do you deal with immigration going forward?
THE PRESIDENT: The southern border is being policed very well by Mexico. Mexico is doing far more than the Democrats -- we all know it -- because of tariffs, but they’ve been great. They’ve put 6,000 people.
On our southern border, which is the main border that you think of, they’re going to have anywhere between 16,000 and 21,000 troops. It’s had a big effect.
Guatemala is going to be signing a safe third agreement. We’re talking to Mexico.
But here’s the thing: When people come in illegally, and then it’s crowded -- and I’ve seen some of those places, and they are run beautifully. They’re clean. They’re good.
Q That’s not what your government said.
THE PRESIDENT: They do a great job. They’re crowded because the Democrats will not give us any relief from these loopholes. We have loopholes that are so bad. We have asylum that’s so bad.
So these places are -- many of them; not all of them, but many of them -- they’re incredible. They’re really well run.
I’ll tell you what, and I said it yesterday: Border Patrol did not train to be doctors and nurses and janitors. That’s not what they trained to be.
Because of the country, because we’re doing so well as a country -- we never -- we’ve never done this well.
Now, people are being removed from the country. We’re removing them. We’re starting with the MS-13. We’ve taken out thousands of MS-13 and gangs.
Q Your own government has a report that says those facilities are overcrowded, they’re dirty, and it’s a widespread problem. So what do you mean they’re “run beautifully”?
THE PRESIDENT: I think they do great job with those facilities.
So thousands and thousands of people will be legally removed from the country, and that process has started.
Q Mr. President, are you confident there are no undocumented immigrants working at your Bedminster property or other Trump golf properties?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, that I don’t know because I don’t run it.
But we’ve ended -- whatever they did, we have a very strict rule that -- those rules are very strict.
Q Mr. President, should Border Patrol agents be punished for mocking detained migrants and members of Congress in that private Facebook page?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I haven’t seen it. I will say this: I think that the Border Patrol has been treated very, very badly by certain members of Congress -- very, very badly.
Q Today, on the citizenship question, Mr. President -- will you decide today on the citizenship question what route you’re going to take? The judge wants an answer today.
THE PRESIDENT: I just spoke with the Attorney General. We have a number of different avenues. We could use all of them or one. We’re doing very well on that issue. We’re spending 15 to 20 billion dollars on a census.
Q But will you decide today, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: And, by the way, if you look at the history of our country, it’s almost always been asked. So we’re looking -- we’re fighting very hard against a system that’s a very difficult system. But we’ll make a decision.
Q What’s the reason, Mr. President, for trying to get a citizenship question on the census?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, you need it for many reasons. Number one, you need it for --
Q (Inaudible) reason?
THE PRESIDENT: -- Congress. You need it for Congress, for districting. You need it for appropriations. Where are the funds going? How many people are there? Are they citizens? Are they not citizens? You need it for many reasons.
Q Mr. President, what’s next for Ivanka Trump after the G20?
THE PRESIDENT: What?
Q What’s next for Ivanka Trump after the G20?
THE PRESIDENT: I thought Ivanka was amazing at the G20.
Ivanka has worked on almost 10 million jobs -- training, and going to companies, and getting them to hire people.
But the people -- the foreign leaders -- really like her a lot.
Q Are you grooming her for office?
THE PRESIDENT: I'm not grooming her for office. No.
Q On the conditions at the border -- as a parent, doesn’t that make you want to do something about it?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, as you know, President Obama had separation. President Obama, in 2014, built the cells that you always show on television. They were built -- they were built by President Obama. But he had separation.
The one thing he didn't have is a good economy, so he didn’t have the kind of onslaught that we're having. We have a tremendous onslaught on people. Who can blame them? They want to get in; they want to take advantage of the economy.
But they have to come in -- they have to come in legally and through merit. I think this: Border Patrol has done an incredible job and Mexico has been doing an incredible job.
Q Is Wilbur Ross's job safe?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, it is. Wilbur is a good man.
But, you know, we were surprised by that decision.
Q Biden says you’re trying to pull out of NATO.
THE PRESIDENT: No, no. Tell Biden that NATO has taken total advantage of him and President Obama. They took it -- we were paying for almost all of NATO. We're protecting countries. Those countries have to protect themselves with us. They have to make a contribution.
In my first year, I raised over $100 billion from those countries. Biden didn't know what the hell he was doing and neither did President Obama. NATO was taking advantage of -- now they're paying. They still owe us a lot of money. Biden doesn’t know about that.
NATO is fine, but they have to pay their way. The United States is not going to get killed on trade with Europe. Europe kills us on trade, which we're changing, and Europe then kills us because we defend Europe.
President Obama and Vice President Biden, they didn't have a clue. They got taken advantage of by China, by NATO, by every country they did business with.
Q Mr. President, are you watching the World Cup Final on Sunday?
THE PRESIDENT: I don't know that I'll be able.
Q Do you have a message for Team USA?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I’m -- I hope they do well. I hope they win.
Q Mr. President, Obama never said that he wanted to meet with Kim Jong Un. Why did you say that? Why did you say he was begging for a meeting?
THE PRESIDENT: He called Kim Jong Un on numerous occasions to meet. President Obama wanted to meet with Kim Jong Un.
During President Obama, they were nuclear testing. They were sending missiles. Right now, everything is nice and quiet.
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