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The President: And thank
you very much for being here with us, at the
White House, for a very important announcement —
something we’ve worked extremely hard on. Today, the Department of
Health and Human Services is awarding $1.8 billion
in new grant money to fight the opioid epidemic
— something we’ve had quite a bit of success
on and we’re continuing. And I think you’ll be
amazed at the results. We’ve been doing this from
pretty much the beginning, but really emphasis over
the last year and a half. These funds will be
delivered to the communities where the
help is most needed. Joining us this afternoon
is the Secretary of HHS, Alex Azar; Dr. Robert
Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention; and some other of our
friends in the room that have been so instrumental. We’ll be introducing
them in a little while. Thank you both for your
devotion, in particular, to building a drug-free
future for our nation. We’re on our way; it
sounds like a big statement. And it’s a problem that
every country is having, or most countries,
certainly. But it’s something that I
saw firsthand during the campaign, and I couldn’t
believe when I looked at certain states, in
particular, how bad it was. We want a safe
and healthy future for every American family. That’s what I said we’d do
and that’s what we’re in the process of doing. From reforming the way we
treat kidney disease, to increasing price
transparency, ending the HIV epidemic — that’s an
incredible thing; we think within a period of 10
years, Alex, we will have that in quite good shape. We think maybe ended. If you would’ve said,
“Ending the HIV epidemic within 10 years,” people
wouldn’t have known what you were even talking
about if we would’ve said it two years ago. But we’re well on our way. And reducing high drug
prices — which is something that my
administration is very focused on. And we’ve had the best
year we’ve had in over 51 years. We actually brought drug
pricing down this year — this last year. First time that’s
happened in 51 years. So my administration is
focused on confronting the healthcare, and healthcare
challenges, and American suffering that other
administrations, frankly, have forgotten. We’re doing things that
other administrations did not focus on at all. In this effort, nothing
is more important than defeating the opioid
and addiction crisis. The $1.8 billion in funds
we’re awarding today will be distributed to all
50 states through the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s very exciting. They’ll be used to
increase access to medication and
medication-assisted treatment and mental
health resources, which are critical for ending
homelessness and getting people the help
they deserve. So many problems are
caused by this problem. These grants will also
support state and local governments in
obtaining high-quality, comprehensive data so
that we can help the most people and save
the most lives, which is what we’re doing. My administration is
determined to use every resource at our disposal
to smash the grip of addiction. In October 2017, my
administration declared a nationwide public health
emergency, directing agencies to use every
resource in their arsenal to overcome the deadly
plague of opioid abuse. Since then, we’ve secured
a record $6 billion in new funding to respond
to this emergency. Last year, we provided $90
million to prevent youth substance abuse, and I
signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities
Act — the largest-ever legislative effort to
address a drug crisis in our nation’s history. By the end of this month,
HHS will have awarded a record $9 billion
to expand access to prevention, treatment,
and recovery services to states and local
communities during my administration. And they’re doing a great
job locally when they get the funds. They didn’t have the
money; they didn’t have the funds. But some of the states
have done an incredible job once they
got the funds. And great results. We passed the CRIB Act,
which allows Medicaid to help mothers and their
babies, who are born physically dependent on
opioids, by covering their care in residential
pediatric recovery facilities. To break the cycle of
addiction, we must prevent young Americans from
trying drugs in the first place. For this reason, we
launched a nationwide public ad campaign to
educate young people about the dangers of misusing
prescription opioids. This campaign has already
reached 58 percent of young adults. And you won’t see the
results of this for a couple of years — two,
three, four years — but the results are
going to be there. They’re really
powerful ads. So you won’t see it
quickly, but people watching it — young
people watching it, we’re putting them on the right
programming, I think. But young people watching
these ads and what happens to people very
descriptively, I think they’re not going to be
using drugs so easily. You’ll see the
results in the future. To cut off the supply of
ultra-lethal narcotics at the source, my
administration has also prioritized stopping the
influx of fentanyl from China. And just over the last
week, I want to thank Mexico, the Mexican
government, their great President of Mexico,
for helping us. They had a record catch a
week ago of fentanyl that came in from China. And, as you know,
we have 26,000 Mexico troops on
our border. And they’re also bringing
their numbers way down. It’s — we were with the
Commissioner a little while ago, the Secretary,
and it’s down over 50 percent from last year. So they’re really making
a lot of progress. But the Mexican government
has been great. So we have 26,000 soldiers
from Mexico guarding our border. Now, if we’d have the same
help from the Democrats, we could get legislation
passed so easily, so quickly, that we wouldn’t
even need that kind of help from Mexico. But we really do
appreciate it. First time that’s ever
happened where Mexico has helped us at the border. And they’re helping
us in a very big way. Far bigger than anybody
thought even possible. We’ve dramatically stepped
up enforcement actions across the board, seizing
more than 21,000 kilograms of heroin and nearly 8,000
kilograms of fentanyl since the beginning
of 2011 [2017]. And the biggest
one was last week. In 2018, our High
Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program disrupted or
dismantled almost 3,000 drug trafficking
organizations. During that operation,
the Department of Justice seized enough fentanyl
to kill over 100,000 Americans. And that’s not much, if
you look; it’s a little bit. This much can kill
100,000 people. It’s — it’s terrible. It’s incredible. And we’re getting a
lot of it stopped. The Department is
prosecuting more fentanyl traffickers than ever
before — we’ve never prosecuted so many, and
we’re going for the maximum penalty, which
is a long time — and targeting seizures in areas
most impacted by the crisis. As a result of our
aggressive efforts at every level of government,
last year, America experienced the first
nationwide decline in drug overdose deaths in
nearly three decades. So that one is 30 years. So we’ve brought down drug
prices for prescription drugs; that’s
over 50 years. And the overdose deaths
in nearly three decades. That’s something. In the last two years,
overdose deaths have fallen by 24 percent
in Ohio, 24 percent in Pennsylvania, 8 percent in
West Virginia, 20 percent in Iowa, 16 percent in
Kentucky, and 10 percent in New Hampshire — all
areas that have incredible problems with exactly
what we’re talking about. But the battle has
only just begun. We must continue fighting
side-by-side to stop the menace once and for all. Together, we’ll save
thousands and thousands of our fellow Americans and
the families of so many people. We’ll not rest until every
American child can grow up free of the menace of
drugs, empowered to realize their full and
unlimited potential. So many lives are stopped
cold by drugs, whether it’s death or just
a ruined life. Because, in many cases,
you have ruined lives because of drugs. They never recover. They never recover. And now I’d like to ask
Secretary Azar to say a few words about
the new funding. It’s a record number. You add it all together
and people never thought they’d see a thing like
this, but we’re making tremendous headway and I
want to thank everybody with me today. And, Secretary, if you
could say a few words. Thank you. Thank you very much. Secretary Azar: So thank
you, Mr. President, for your dedication
to this challenge. As you mentioned today,
HHS is dispersing $1.8 billion in grants to
help states and local communities combat our
nation’s crisis of opioid addiction and overdose. That includes $932 million
in grants from the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration led by
Dr. Ellen McCance-Katz to provide flexible funding
for state governments to support prevention
treatment and recovery services in ways that
meet their state’s needs. That can mean everything
from expanding the use of medication-assisted
treatment in criminal justice settings, or
in rural areas via telemedicine, to
youth-focused, community-based prevention
efforts, recovery supports like employment coaching,
and support for the distribution of naloxone. We’re also releasing
the first round of $900 million in grants from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention led
by Dr. Robert Redfield. This money will help
states and local communities track
overdose data and develop strategies that
save lives. Over the past two years,
under President Trump’s leadership, the CDC has
dramatically sped up its data reporting. When the President took
office, overdose data nationally was only
published with a 12-month lag. With the help of better
reporting from local health departments, which
we are now investing even further in, we’ve gotten
that down to six months now. That’s just one example
of the results we’ve seen under this President. A year and a half ago, I
joined him in Manchester, New Hampshire, to launch
his opioid initiative. He called for action,
and that’s what we’ve delivered. And I want to thank
Kellyanne Conway; Jim Carroll, our drug czar;
as well as my Assistant Secretary for Health,
Admiral Brett Giroir, for their leadership of this
whole-of-government effort. The President said we
would, quote, “prevent addiction by addressing
the problem of overprescribing.” Since the President took
office, the total amount of opioids prescribed
is now down 31 percent. The President said we need
to, quote, “make medically assisted treatment more
available and affordable.” Our estimates suggest that
in 2016, 921,000 Americans were receiving
medication-assisted treatment, the gold
standard for treating opioid addiction. In 2019, our estimates
suggest we have 1.27 million Americans
receiving this treatment, a 38 percent increase. The President said, quote,
“We’re going to [have to] make sure our first
responders have access to lifesaving
overdose-reversing drugs.” Since he took office,
naloxone prescriptions have risen 378 percent. When the President asked
HHS to declare a public health emergency back in
2017, he promised that we’d see more approvals of
waivers to help, quote, “unlock treatment
for people in need.” They’d come “very,
very fast,” he said. And since he took office,
we’ve approved waivers for 21 states compared with
four under the prior administration. All of this work, as the
President explained, is making a difference
and saving lives. I look forward to
continuing the fight with President Trump, our team
at HHS, and all of our partners at the state
and local level. So thank you again,
Mr. President, for your leadership of this
critical public health initiative. The President:
Thank you very much. Great job. Thank you. Admiral, would you
like to say something? Please. Assistant Secretary
Giroir: Well, thank you, Mr. President. We’ve combatted this on
so many fronts, and I’m privileged to be the
Assistant Secretary working in your
administration and also leading opioids policy
for the Secretary. So much has been said, but
I want to highlight one other piece of
the equation. I’m a pediatric ICU doctor
by training, and the attention that we have
given to children who are born dependent on opioids
and other drugs is really unprecedented and
absolutely magnificent. We now have better forms
of treatment for these children. We can keep them with
their mother so they can both recover together. So, across the board, we
have treated this outbreak for what it is: It is a
public health emergency. We are treating it as
public health emergency because it is. Addiction is a chronic
disease of the brain. If you can hold your
breath for 10 minutes, if I ask you to do so, that’s
like telling a person to stop using the substances
they have a disorder for without appropriate
treatment and guidance. So, again, we continue
to move forward. And although deaths are
down 5 percent — 5 percent in 2018 compared
to 2017; unprecedented — we all know that our
battle is just starting. We need to keep all
the money flowing. We need to insist on
evidence-based practices so that patients and their
families get the best possible treatment. And certainly everyone in
this administration has the commitment to do that. Thank you, Mr. President. The President:
Thank you very much. Thank you. Would you like
to say something? Assistant Secretary
Mccance-Katz: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you. I lead the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration. I’ve been an addiction
psychiatrist for 25-plus years. And I’ve watched this
epidemic evolve as a clinician. I feel very proud to
be able to work in an administration with the
President, with Secretary Azar, and with my
colleagues that you see here who all have such
dedication to helping the American people with a
deadly problem that we are making an improvement
for in our communities. And we’ll continue to do
that until we get this epidemic under control and
until all Americans can be free of opioid addiction. The President:
Thank you very much. Director Carroll: When
I first spoke with the President about taking
this position, 18 months ago, we talked about the
need to save American lives, and the President
said, “Be relentless.” And he was talking not
only in saving lives from the drugs that are pouring
into our country from overseas, but we talked
about the need to help people who are suffering
from an addiction. And I’ll never forget that
conversation because you were focused on the lives
of everyday Americans throughout our country, in
urban areas, through rural areas, and said, “We bring
a whole-of-government approach.” And as you heard today,
that is certainly the approach that Secretary
Azar has done; Kellyanne Conway with getting the
message out; with the First Lady talking
about children. And so it’s a great
honor to be here and to represent, as I go around
the country, the views of this President that the
most paramount thing that we can do is save
American lives. And we’re doing that
again yet today. Thank you, Mr. President. The President:
Thank you very much. Great job. You’ve done a great job. So we’ve all done a very
good job, and I think numbers that nobody
would’ve believed when we started. But there’s a lot
of dedication. I do want to thank Joe,
and Kellyanne, and everybody for
what you’ve done. I want to thank
the First Lady. This has been very
important to her. She saw it very early on. I think we can say,
Kellyanne — and it was a very, very important thing
just envisioning the tremendous problems within
families caused by not only opioids, but
drugs generally. It’s a disaster. And it’s — as I said
before, it’s all over the world. It’s a problem all
over the world. But we’re hitting it very
hard, and I think we’re hitting it very
effectively — more effectively than anybody
would have thought possible. And we have some things
happening and some things coming out. We’re spending a great
deal of money, at my request, on finding a
painkiller that’s not addictive, where people go
out, and they have a minor problem — they go to a
hospital with a broken arm or a bad back, and they
come out and they’re drug-addicted, and they
have bigger problems than they ever thought
possible. Literally, at the end of
a week, their whole lives are messed up. Destroyed. And we’re setting rules
and regulations that have had a tremendous impact. So I just want to thank
all of you folks, Secretary, for the
job you’ve done. It’s been — it’s
really been incredible. The success
has been great. But the real success will
be, I think, over the next few years. I think we’ll be doubling
and tripling our numbers up. And if we do that, we’re
going to go from having a really big problem to
having a much smaller problem. I guess there’ll always be
something out there, but it’ll be a much, much
more manageable, smaller problem. And we’ll have saved a lot
of lives and helped a lot of families. And we’ll help people live
a normal life, as opposed to the kind of hell
they’re living through right now. So I appreciate
your being here. Any questions, please? Yeah, John. The Press: Mr. President,
on the hurricane, if we could: Is there any
consideration being given to mobilizing a Department
of Defense task force to the Bahamas, in a similar
fashion to the one that was mobilized to Haiti
after the earthquake there? The President: Yeah. Well, we are. In fact, the Coast Guard
is over there in a very big way now. I think we have almost
eight helicopters — between six and eight. We’ll have eight
there very shortly. It’s a tremendous tragedy. It’s — so far, I mean,
they found some pretty bad things, as you
probably have heard. But the numbers are still
— if you look at that, the numbers are still much
smaller than anybody would have believed. But we’re, at the request
of the government. And even without the
request, but the government has requested
— the governor of the Bahamas. And we are over there in
a very big way with the Coast Guard. And we’ll also be sending
quite a few more people. We also have to watch,
though, what’s happening with Georgia and South
Carolina, North Carolina. It’s on its way up, so we
have to see where it hits, how it hits. We got very, very lucky
in Florida, as you know, John. We talked about that
a little while ago. Florida was going to take
a direct hit — go right through into the Gulf. And, really, that would
have been a tragedy. And it made that right
turn that a lot of people didn’t expect. Very few people expected
that to happen. And not only a right; it
stayed fairly far away. So Florida is in great
shape, and now we’re going to go through some
tremendous states. And we’re going to
see how they do. But, so far, it’s
staying away. We think it could come on
in South Carolina — come very much more onshore. We’ll see what happens. But — so we have to
keep our guard up. We have — we’re
watching that. But we’re also very much
helping the government of the Bahamas. The Press: Any idea the
size of the military response? Secretary Esper was
talking — The President: They’re putting
it all — yeah. They’re putting — The
Press: Secretary Esper was talking about
clearing runways. Things like that. The President: Right. He’s doing that now, and
we’re doing that now. The runways were — I
mean, mostly topical. The runways weren’t
badly hurt, other than tremendous debris,
as you saw. So we’re clearing runways. We’re having a lot
of food brought in. We’re taking some of the
— we were very well set up in Puerto Rico. And we didn’t have to
worry about it because fortunately it missed
Puerto Rico, but we’re taking some of the
supplies from other places, including Florida,
where we didn’t have to use them. And we’re going to be
bringing them over to the Bahamas, where they really
need it very badly, because that was
a very hard hit. Yes. The Press: Mr. President,
you showed us the map earlier of the
initial forecast. The President: Yeah. The Press: And it appeared
to have been, I guess, edited, or something,
to include Alabama. Can you explain how
that change was made? Did that forecast — The
President: No, I just know — yeah. The Press: Did that
forecast include Alabama? The President: I know
that Alabama was in the original forecast. They thought it was get
it — as a piece of it. It was supposed to go —
actually, we have a better map than that, which is
going to be presented, where we had many lines
going directly — many models — each
line being a model. And they were going
directly through. And, in all cases, Alabama
was hit — if not lightly, in some cases pretty hard. Georgia, Alabama — it
was a different route. They actually gave that
a 95 percent chance probability. It turned out that that
was not what happened; it made the right
turn up the coast. But Alabama was hit very
hard, and was going to be hit very hard,
along with Georgia. But under the current,
they won’t be. Georgia will be, possibly. We’re going to see. We’re right — we’re right
at that point right now. But I think Georgia is
going to be in great shape. Everyone is going to be in
great shape because we’re going to take care
of it regardless. Regardless. But the original path
was through Florida. That was probably three
days — I think that’s probably three
or four days old. The original path that
most people thought it was going to be taking —
as you know, was right through Florida, where, on
the right, would have been Georgia, Alabama,
et cetera. The Press: And that map
that you showed us today — it looked like it
almost had like a Sharpie (inaudible). The President:
I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. The Press: Okay. The President: Yes. The Press: Walmart is
discontinuing sale of certain ammo after
the recent shootings. Do you think they’re
making a smart decision? The President:
That’s up to Walmart. Hey, they’re very smart. They had a
tremendous quarter. They just announced
tremendous numbers, which tells you how well
our country is doing. That’s sort of like
the ultimate poll. But Walmart announced
numbers that were shockingly good. I’m very proud of them,
from that standpoint. From the standpoint of
what they’re doing with ammunition and guns, you’d
have to talk to them. That’s up to them. The Press: Do you think it
could help deter future shootings, or at least the
damage from future shootings? The President:
Well, I don’t know. They feel that what they
did is the right thing, and they can do what
they have to do. We’re working with
Congress, I can tell you. A lot of people are
working on different scenarios, and we’re going
to see how it all comes about and what happens. But Walmart — they
did what they did. What I’m happy about
Walmart is they announced such great numbers. It shows how well our
economy — our economy is doing very well. China wants very
much to make a deal. We’ll see. They had the worst
year in over 50. You know, they had a year
that was a disaster for them. Millions of jobs
have been lost. Their supply chain has
been destroyed or it’s soon to be destroyed. I don’t think they can
continue onward like that. But let’s see whether or
not they want to make a deal. I can tell you, they
want to make it. Let’s see if they
can get to the table. The Press: Mr. President,
in terms of what’s coming together in these talks
with Congress, and in the wake of Odessa and El Paso
and Dayton and a myriad other shootings, what
kind of direction is that heading in now, in terms
of background checks, in terms of mental health
— The President: Right. The Press: — keeping guns
out of the hands of people who shouldn’t
have (inaudible)? The President: Well, a lot
of people are coming back, as you know, John. A lot of people are coming
back, and they’re back, in many cases. And there’s tremendous
talk going on as to exactly the subject
you’re talking about. Many different concepts
and many different things, including mental health —
which is, to me, a very important element of it. And we’ll be having —
well, I already have — I mean, I’ve been having a
lot of phone discussions and some meetings with
different people in the Senate and in House
of Representatives. And we’ll be making some
pretty good determinations pretty soon. We’re in touch with a
lot of different people. There were many
proposals put forward. I heard 29 different
proposals. So there’s no
lack of proposal. We’ll have to
see what happens. The Press: What
do you support? The President: I support
safety for our citizens. I support keeping guns
out of the hands of sick people, mentally-ill
people. And I also support
something having to do with mental illness. We have to get these
people off the streets. And I was saying very
strongly: When I was young, we had mental
institutions in New York. And the governor and
governors closed most of them. And those people are on
the street, other than a few of the institutions
for people that have very, very severe — unbelievably
severe mental illness. They closed so many of
those institutions — that happened to a lot
of other places. And they closed them
for cost reasons. It was during not-great
times and they closed them for cost reasons. And I think that it’s a
big — it’s a big problem. And we have to have, at
least to a certain extent, some of those institutions
have to be — in a new form — opened up. Okay? The Press: If it took
closing some of the loopholes in background
checks and maybe even extending the waiting
period, would you support that? The President: Well, we’re
going to take a look. We — that’s a proposal,
certainly, by some. We’re going to be looking
at a lot of things, and hopefully coming up with
something that’s bipartisan. It has to be bipartisan. But hopefully,
we’ll come up with something that’s
bipartisan. And I will say this: If
you look at background checks and if you look at
some of — even the more severe and comprehensive
ideas that are being put forward — it wouldn’t
have stopped any of the last few years’ worth of
these mass shootings, which is a problem. You look back and you look
back at them, and you could go back 15 or 20
years, and many of them wouldn’t have been stopped
by the kind of things — and they’re pretty — some
of them are pretty severe. It wouldn’t have stopped
very much of it. With that being said,
we’re looking at some things that are very
strong and we have to do it on a bipartisan way. And we’re going to see
what happens, John. We’re going to
see what happens. Hopefully something good
will come out of it. We will know fairly soon. Again, a lot of
talk is going on. A lot of people
coming back. And it’s going to
be very interesting. But people want to come
to a solution if we can. The Press: Mr. President,
so are you saying the time is now, sir, for something
to happen with guns? Because you’re saying
there’s a lot of talk — The President: I would
like to see — yes. I would like to see,
April, something happen. I would like to
see it happen soon. We’ve put together a task
force at the White House with a lot of good people
— a lot of good, talented people. A lot of people that
really understand both sides of the issue. You know, you have two
sides to this issue. And they’re coming to
somewhat of a conclusion. Now, they’re meeting
with the Senate. They’re meeting
with the House. And we’ll see if
something can happen. But we would certainly
like to see that happen. Yes. The Press: Do you think —
will you get backlash from the NRA, sir? The President: Maybe. Maybe. It’s all right. The Press: You
don’t mind that? The President: We have
to do what’s right. No. We’re going to
do what’s right. I respect the NRA greatly. They were very nice to me. They supported me. And I have — I do — I
have great respect for them. They love our country. But we’re going to
do what’s right. And you know what? The NRA wants to do
what’s right, too. I really believe that. I think the NRA wants
to do what’s right. I hope so. Please. The Press: Mr. President,
can you speak to your involvement in the Vice
President’s plans to stay at a Trump property in
Ireland during his trip? The President: Well, I had
no involvement, other than it’s a great place. It’s Doonbeg. I own it. It’s in Ireland. It’s beautiful. It’s wonderful. And he had — his family
lives there, which is really amazing. Mike — his family has
lived there for many decades. In fact, one of the first
things he said to me is that he knew I had this
terrific place in Doonbeg, in Ireland. And he said to me, “You
know, my family lives in Doonbeg.” Meaning, in that area,
that certain area of — it’s a beautiful
area in Ireland. But from what I
understood, he was going there. Then I heard he was going
there but I didn’t — it wasn’t my idea for
Mike to go there. Mike went there because
his family is there. That’s my — that’s my
understanding of it. The Press: You didn’t
suggest that he stay — The President:
No, I didn’t. I don’t suggest anything. I don’t suggest it,
and nor did I with the Attorney General. I never spoke to the
Attorney General about using my hotel. I have a lot of hotels all
over the place and people use them because
they’re the best. I mean, you know,
they’re the best. And I know the Attorney
General is using it, as I read in the paper. I never — to this day,
I haven’t spoken to him about it. But he’s using the hotel. And people like my
product, what can I tell you? I can’t help it. But, you know. And I guess they say, “We
want to stay at a place that’s better than
someplace else.” But with Mike Pence, we
never spoke about it. And with Bill I never
spoke about — Attorney General Barr. We never spoke about it. But that’s what
they choose. Yes. The Press: Sir, on
Afghanistan: Are you ready to sign the peace deal
with the Taliban anytime — anytime soon? The President:
Well, we’ll see. We’re going to be
talking to them. We’re continuing to talk. We’ve been there 19 years. We’ve done
tremendous work. We could win it very
quickly if I’m — I’ve said this many times —
if I’m willing to kill 10 million people in the
course of a week or two, we could win that
thing very quickly. I’m not looking to kill
people in that case or in any other case, frankly. We could win that
very quickly. It has not been easy for
our country because we’re really serving as
policemen more than we are anything else. We’re like policemen
in Afghanistan. But we’re talking
to the Taliban. We’re talking to
the government. We’ll see if we
can do something. It’s been a long time. We have great
warriors there. We have great soldiers. But they’re not
acting as soldiers. They’re acting as
policemen and that’s not their job. That’s not their job. So we’d like to get at
least a big proportion of them home. We also have NATO
troops there. We’d like to bring a big
portion of them home. So we’re talking to the
Taliban; we’re talking to the government. We’ll see what happens. We’re also
talking to Iran. And we’re also talking
to North Korea. We have — look, when I
took over, I was given a lot of bad hands by
previous administrations. And I say that as
plural — “previous administrations.” I was given a
lot of things. I was given North Korea,
where, as you know, President Obama said,
“That’s going to be the hardest problem.” And he said some very
tough things about North Korea, that he thought it
was going to be a problem. That hasn’t turned out to
be that kind of a problem. But who knows? You know, again, I always
say, “Who knows what’s going to happen?” But the relationship
is good. We’ll see what happens. But you look at Iran. That was a disaster. They were going to have
a nuclear weapon fairly shortly, because, you
know, the agreement that was signed with John Kerry
and President Obama — that agreement was
expiring in a very short period of time. You can’t do an agreement
for a short period of time. Pay $150 billion — $1.8
billion in cash — and you have — in cash. And you just
can’t do that. So they paid $150
million — 150. Think of that. And how can you do — how
could you possibly do a thing like that? They paid all of
that money in cash. All of that money. It was plane loads of
money in cash, and you can’t do it. So they made a deal
that was a crazy deal. And what people don’t
understand: The deal was almost — it’s getting
ready to expire in a very short number of years. So we’re going to
see what happens. But Iran is not the same
country it was and — not at all. Not at all. But take a look at the
kind of money you’re talking about, where you
have that kind of money. And look what
we got for it. We got nothing. We got nothing. All of that money
and we got nothing. And all of those lives. So I think that Iran wants
to talk very strongly, and I think that a lot of
people want to talk. I tell you, China
wants to talk. China wants to talk. So we have a lot of
good things going. Anything else? The Press: Mr. President,
on Afghanistan, is there any scenario in which the
Taliban does not regain control in Afghanistan? The President: Well, I
don’t want to talk about it from that
standpoint, John. We’re going to
see what happens. We’re looking to
draw down our troops. We’ve had — we’ve been
there 19 years, almost. And that’s a long time. And they fought, and at
certain points could’ve won, if we wanted to win. But a lot of times, we go
in not to win; we go in as almost police forces. But you look at that, and
you look at other things we’re involved in with —
you know, as an example, Iran, where you make a
payment, like you made, and you end with nothing. We do things that are
things that I disagree with. And I guess that’s
probably why I’m here and somebody else isn’t here. And we’re making
progress on all of it. And, by the way, the
economy is doing very well. But even if the economy
didn’t do well — as an example, with China, I’d
have to do the China thing anyway, even if the
economy — because it was time. It was time. You know, the United
States cannot continue to lose $500 billion a year. This has gone on for
many, many years. And it was time. Somebody should’ve
done something. President Obama should’ve. President Bush should’ve. President Clinton
should’ve. Both Bushes. But they decided not to. They left it to me. The Press: If the Taliban
were to regain control in Afghanistan, would that
take us back to exactly where we were pre-9/11? The President: I think
that it will be much different. I think that, having gone
in — I was not a fan of going into the
Middle East. I think it was
a bad decision. I don’t “think.” Now it’s been proven. It’s been a bad —
going into Iraq was an incredibly bad decision. That’s my opinion; I’ve
said it for a long time. The Press: Was going into
Afghanistan a mistake? The President: It was not
as bad, but it would’ve been — it could’ve been
handled a lot differently. I think time
has proven that. But it could’ve been
handled a lot differently. But we’re in very
major discussions. They may or
may not happen. You know, there’s no
guarantee that they’re going to happen. We’re dealing with
the government also. If you watched a show
called “60 Minutes” from about two years ago, I
remember exactly what was said by your leader of the
government, that, if the United States wasn’t
there, he’d be there for a very short period of time. He wouldn’t be able
to sustain himself. That’s not a good
situation either. We have to stay there in
order for them to sustain themselves. Well, eventually,
we have to get out. So why is he saying that? And that was a — that
really made a point. That was two years ago. Maybe even a
little bit longer. But I watched that
statement, and I said, “Wow, that tells
you something. That tells you something.” But that’s not a
good situation. So that’s basically
the story. We have a lot of things
going that are very good. The economy is
doing great. But whether it did or not,
the things we’re doing are much more important. And, in particular, if you
look at Iran — how that’s going — I think
it’s going fine. I think it’s going good. I tell you they want to
— they want to talk. They’re in a much
different position than they were two and half,
almost three, years ago. When I came into office,
they were the number one source of terror
in the world. And even the money that
they’re giving to terror organizations is way down
because they don’t have so much money. All of that — all of
those billions of dollars given by the previous
administration, that money has been long spent. It’s long gone. And they want to see if
they can do something. Because Iran can be a
great country, and North Korea can be a
great country. They can be great. We’re not looking
for regime change. We’ve learned that
lesson a long time ago. They can be
great countries. We’ll see what happens. But there’s a lot of — a
lot of talking going on right now. And I think a lot of it is
going to be — and maybe all of it is going to
happen in some very important deals. Yes, go ahead. April? The Press: Mr. President,
back on China. Before you even
became President, the relationship with this
nation and China was complicated. And now, tensions have
escalated with a war of words. The President: I don’t
think it’s complicated, April. I think it’s very simple. We can’t be ripped
off by China anymore. You know, I think he
understands that. I actually think our
relationship now is much less complicated than it
was previous to me, when they were ripping
off our country. The Press: So here’s
the question: Are you concerned with the back
and forth, with the war of words, with China — that
they could possibly, one day, call our debt due and it
could destabilize our economy? Have you ever thought
about — The President: No, I’m not worried
about it at all. They have approximately
a trillion dollars. That’s a trickle
compared to what we do. And, plus, interest
rates are very low. We’ve never been at a
position where we’ve had more people wanting to
invest in our bonds. Never. It sets — we’re
setting records. Interest rates are so low. It’s the lowest interest
rate we’ve ever paid. I mean, we’re paying a
number that we haven’t paid — I don’t believe
we’ve ever paid it this low. We have some refinancings
that are coming due soon, and they’re going to be so
oversubscribed like you’ve never seen before. So if somebody wanted to
get their debt — you know, when their —
first of all, their debt has to
come due. You know, when their debt
comes due, if they didn’t want to renew or re-up, as
they say on Wall Street, that would be fine with
us, because we can refinance that
very easily. There’s never been a time
where more money has come into our country. People want it for
security; they want it for safety. They want it for
a little interest. Very little interest. But they want the
security and the safety. And we’ll have no trouble. There’s nothing anybody
is going to be doing. We’re in a very
strong position. Really strong position. Probably, in terms of
refinancing, the strongest position we’ve
ever been in. Okay? Thank you, April. John? Thank you. The Press: The other thing
I would think of, sir, along those lines, is: If
China decided to close down the South China Sea,
what could the United States do about it? Because there are enough
missiles there to do serious damage to the
7th Fleet (inaudible). The President: Well,
yeah, I know, John. I don’t want to
talk about that. Look, we have a lot of
very strong allies, and we’re doing a lot of
allies very big favors by even being over there. We’re spending a lot of
money to help Japan. We’re spending a lot of
money to help South Korea, the Philippines. We have — we spend a lot of
money to help a lot of people. And in many cases, in some
cases — but many cases — these people don’t
do so much for us. And — but we are — we’re
helping a lot of people throughout the world that
have never appreciated it. We’ve never had a leader
that demanded that they appreciate it. I’m saying you have
to appreciate it. But I think it’s
a hypothetical. I think it’s
highly unlikely. But if something would
happen, you’ll be the first to know. Okay? Thank you, John. Thank you, everybody. Thank you very much. Thank you.

100 Replies to “Ivanka Trump Tours a Women-Owned Strawberry Farm in Columbia”

  1. I think women are empowered enough and I'm afraid that empowerment sentences many of them to half their lives or more being spent as cat ladys.

  2. If I could meet with the Trump administration, I'd ask them why are lobbyists allowed to coerce Congress by contributing to reelection campaigns. I would also ask why CNN has a contract to air in most airports and how can we change that. Local weather should air in the airports.

  3. Ivanka, we dont appreciate the way you and your husband wish to run this country. We voted for President Trump. Not president Kushner. Not endless wars in the middle east for Israel.

  4. Who cares if it is "Women Owned" ???

    Why does that need to be highlighted?

    Do we go the extra mile to make it a point to highlight when a business is "Man Owned" ???

    This feminist crap is sexist towards men.

    Who cares if women own it???

  5. This bitch is useless. Her dad is the God Emperor whom I will always support, but she's nothing but a gynocentric slag.

  6. **QUESTION; Why doesn't
    @Whitehouse.gov post more videos (like this) for the millions of Americans Love & Support our terrific #PresidentDonaldTrump?
    *American's don't believe any
    #gab.ai/paroland 🐸 #GabVietVet⚓

  7. Ivanka is great like her dad!
    I am braced for the onslaught of troll comments. The left are supposedly pro women, but not if she is Republican or her name is Trump.

  8. C'mon, it's spelled Colombia. There is no u in the spelling…. Plenty of people let you know in the last video… Trump 2020🇺🇸👍

  9. Liberals,Feminists can sleep well;Their dream would be real;Ivanka Trump will become the first Woman,To become President of The U.S of America.

  10. I'd rather she wore a pair of worn denim overalls, and a perhaps a bright straw sunhat. Pigtails, optional, of course. Image is half the battle. Substance, the other. Image, however, is nothing without substance. But, not everyone can see the substance. Like, strawberries, for example. Strawberries are a French invention, I believe. Hence, the substance of the matter

  11. It's documented that the White House has been informed of the use of EM weapons and technologies being used to harm the American people. Why hasn't the President shut down the use of these WMDs?

  12. We could theoretically elect her.. I mean maybe not this cycle, but for her age, she's unbelievably outstanding.. This is a woman who really could be president.. I only wonder if she is tough enough as she seems quite reserved.

  13. Hi Ivanka
    It’s Dr. Tammy
    I support your father wholeheartedly as evidenced by several videos on my channel including an impromptu video I made in front of the White House on July 3
    I am here
    I support you and I support your cause
    I’m madly in love with our constitution and more importantly, would take a bullet to fight those that elected to injure children and those that knew about it and elected to do nothing
    Reach out to me if you would like my help in any capacity

  14. Who gives a rats ass if it's a " woman " owned farm? Does that really make a freaking bit of damn difference or is it just PANDERING ?
    Honestly, we elected President Donald J Trump, not his family. I respect Ivanka because of who her father is, not because of this kind of divisive crap.


  16. the name of my country is Colombia not Columbia…. Columbia is in MD. her presence does nothing nor contribute to nothing but a photo op…..get out of there.

  17. Well i am not interested in ivanaka if trump has any daughter who is single then i can get married with but first they have to become muslim

  18. Why aren't fruit trees planted at every spot, landscaping area and park and highway and byway we have? We would have no more hunger!!!!!!!!!

  19. I would never vote for you since your only worried about women, and boys are being demonized for being boys. Everything in the real world is not like the one you live in. I hope your wasting your own money on this crapfest.

  20. Recebeu o que achou dos designeres de jóias pedi ao trump que lhe mostrase pois uma opiniáo feminina é muito importante pra mim e pela organizacion do progeto pretendo produzi- las em grande escala junto as maiores joalherias do mundo por isso pedi o apoio da nasa e na aprovacáo do registro e patente dos designeres de jóias

  21. LOL…a UNITED STATES GOVT produced video cannot spell the country of Colombia. You see kids – that's the price you pay for nepotism.

  22. Hey "MOSCOW MITCH" wheres them EMAILS at fer "LAP DANCING IVANKA" at???
    as well fer ERICA tRUMP n his Sisters Donny jnr. and kushy kushner??????????????

  23. "Hey "MOSCOW MITCH" wheres them 2016 TAXES at fer yer ORANGE GOD~
    ~~~~~~'KING of the JEWS~~~"BED_BUGGY_RUMPY_TRUMPY" at????????

  24. Hey IVANKA whens Putin gonna release them blackmail videos of you n big Daddy
    RUMPY-TRUMPY having a "GOLDEN SHOWERS" moment in Moscow?????????????

  25. Hey "MOSCOW MITCH" are u still receiving a PENTHOUSE next to Putins in
    "BED_BUGGY_RUMPY_TRUMPIES" new tower in Moscow thets breakin ground in 2022???

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