Trump Signs the U S Japan Trade Agreement & U S Japan Digital Trade Agreement


[Music] [Music] well thank you very much everybody I want to start by wishing my very good friend Prime Minister Abbe of Japan a very happy birthday he’s 39 years old today so please extend my wishes to the Prime Minister he’s a great gentleman and we have had tremendous success as you know in addition to what we’re talking about today they’re building Japan many car plants in the United States which they weren’t doing for a long time and they were building in Michigan Ohio lots of different states and we just appreciate it very much been a tremendous investment but we’re here to talk about a little bit of a different purchase and that’s good as far as we’re concerned I don’t want to thank you very much very much so we’re gathered here today at the White House this afternoon to discuss a very strong and groundbreaking achievement for the United States and Japan the signing of the new US Japan trade agreement and the US Japan digital trade agreement Digital is becoming a very big factor in the world these two deals represent a tremendous victory for both of our nation’s they will create countless jobs expand investment in commerce reduce our trade deficit very substantially promote fairness and reciprocity and unlock the vast opportunities for growth in the United States these deals are a game changer for our farmers and our ranchers we love our farmers and we love our ranches we’ve been working very hard in this providing them with significantly enhanced access to a critical foreign market in a moment I’ll be really honoring a lot of the folks in the room that are here with us from farm country ranch country and we’re going to be witnessing a historic signing by ambassador Robert light hyzer and ambassador from Japan a long trip but you just got here Shoji AMA of Japan and we’re grateful to both of you for the outstanding job you’ve done and all of the people that were involved with both of you your staffs and your representatives thank you both very much Bob thank you thank you very much it’s a lot of work we’re also delighted that Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is here she’s busy doing a fantastic job thank you honey Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steven Chen ski is here where’s Steven Steven hi Steven thank you very much spoke to sunny last night we’re doing well a very great gentleman a very popular man too in the world and especially his wonderful State Steve Daines I saw your poll numbers you are strong and that’s a good decision by the voters I can tell you thanks Steve representatives Jody Harrington and Kevin Hearne and thank you fellas for being here as well as North Dakota governor Doug burgum Doug thank you thank you North Carolina lieutenant governor Dan Forrest we just could have proved that list amount of money for the hurricane you know about Iowa lieutenant governor Adam Gregg great job and many other state and local officials who have some tremendously respected people here political people I want to extend a special welcome to all of the leaders here today representing American farmers and ranchers benefiting from this deal there’s a tremendously important deal on a very big deal including those from our ‘if pork poultry wheat dairy and corn associations I would particularly like to recognize zippy zippy Duvall he’s been with us from the beginning zippy zippy he’s always here trying to make good deals for folks he’s a president CEO of the American Farm Bureau Federation and we’re doing really well in fact we’re doing a deal with a big deal with Japan but you know China’s big buying again you see that China’s buying was very big a lot of people don’t like to talk about that but China is in the market buying very big agriculture we’re also joined by several senior leaders from our nation’s top technology companies including Chris Piniella IBM hi Chris how are you as IBM doing you have a lot to do with farming – I know right with all of those programs that you do smart farming a very smart farming Peggy Johnson of Microsoft Peggy thank you very much being here please say hello – and Craig Albright of business software Alliance thank you very much appreciate it we do appreciate your support and it really is now smart farming fact going to MIT doesn’t hurt either right when you’re a farmer nowadays it’s incredible what they do from day one my administration is for tirelessly to achieve a level playing field for the American worker in addition to the agreements we’re signing with Japan today we reached a tremendous agreement with Mexico and Canada to replace NAFTA with the new u.s. MCA and hopefully that’ll get done in the not-too-distant future everybody wants it manufacturers want it farmers wanted even unions wanna when people want it that’s a great deal for all of the countries but in particular it’s a great deal for us and our our workers we’re also completely renegotiating and now we’ve completed that inside at the us-korea trade agreement substantially expanding American auto exports it’s made a tremendous difference that was a terrible agreement and we renegotiated it and it’s now a very good agreement for the United States it was not a good agreement for the United States at all today signing of the us-japan trade agreement and us-japan digital trade agreement bills on these incredible successes to the benefit of both of our nations and I have to say that while we’re here and because of the fact that we’re talking about agriculture ethanol and the farmers of Nebraska and Iowa and all of the different places that wanted it we’ve we’ve come to an agreement and it’s going to be I guess about getting close to 16 being that’s a lot say it again that’s a lot of that’s a lot of gallons so I think they so they should like me out in Iowa I think so and also and very importantly we’ve taken in tremendous amounts of money in the form of tariffs from China China has eaten the cost of those tariffs because they’ve devalued their currency and they’ve also pumped a lot of money into their system deflation is we have no inflation if anything it’s going below the number so therefore we’re entitled to an interest rate cut I hope the Fed does that because we’d be like a rocket ship and we’re already the strongest economy in the world and doing better than just about any economy in the world and a lot of people are asking us to secret but would like to see an interest rate cut a very substantial one and whatever else they want to do but we would be a rocket ship and if you look at from the time I got elected if you go to November 9th the day after the election we’re up close to 60% in the market which is numbers that are pretty much unheard of because it’s a fairly short period of time our country is doing really well but we are taking care of our farmers out of the billions and billions of dollars that we’ve got you know about that zippy right so we’re giving that twelve billion from the year before twelve billion and that’s compliments of China thank you very much and sixteen billion this last year and then we’ll see what happens next year maybe by that time it’s straightened out but the farmers and ranchers were targeted to put it mildly by China and it’s nice that they’re coming back and by the way China is also coming here on their representatives are coming on Thursday and Friday Bob I believe and so you’ll start some negotiations and the relationships very good as to whether or not we make a deal I don’t know but there’s a certainly a good possibility but the relationship is is a very good one but we’ve taken in billions of dollars and of those many many more billions we’re giving 16 billion to our farmers because I asked sonny Perdue I said Sonny what was the amount of money that last year that the farmers were hurt he said sir let me get back to you got back to me the number was 16 billion dollars I said that’s okay we’re gonna take 16 billion out of the tariff so we’re going to give it to the American farmer and I think they appreciated that it never gets reported by the fake news as I say but never gets reported never I don’t know why they don’t want to do it and then zippy as you know we took 12 billion from the year before and it also came from large amounts of tariffs and tariffs and people were actually saying I was read a report today I believe in The Washington Times where they talked about the tremendous amount of money that has actually come in from tariffs and it’s been a number that we’ve never even seen before in this country we’ve had we’ve had a tremendous amount of money coming in and some of the Republican senators and it’s not a bad idea said why don’t we give it because we have a lot of money left over after taking care of our farmers and what we’re doing is we’re bringing it right up to the level that the farmers were targeted by so in theory they should be that should be in some way a level playing field the amazing thing about the farmer and we I’ve had been with so many they don’t even want that right they just want a level playing field they don’t even want 16 billion dollars I think almost anybody else Larry Kudlow one 16 billion dollars the farmer doesn’t want it they want a level they want to play the game the way it should be played and I think we’re probably pretty close to doing that too but in the meantime no other president would get sixteen billion dollars and twelve billion dollars for the American farmer Rancher that I can tell you so maybe it was all of us everybody standing up here frankly under the terms of the agreement today Japan is committed to dramatically increased market access to American food and agricultural exports it’s a very dramatic number it’s one of the larger trade deals ever signed as a result 126 million Japanese consumers will have greater access to high-quality American almonds blueberries corn wine poultry and egg products beef pork wheat and so much more anything else you folks can think of do you want to shout it out anything Steve anybody know beef do they not ethanol once this Agreement enters into force Japanese tariffs will be completely eliminated so that Japan will not be charging us as they have for many many years and that’s we appreciate and substantially reduced over a 90 percent of the United States agricultural exports that’s a big thing because we’re getting charged a lot of tariffs and it’s okay for us to charge but we can’t have other countries Church our farmers ranchers and growers will now be able to compete fairly in Japan against major competitors worldwide in addition to these agricultural agreements the extraordinary digital agreement that we’re signing so that digital agreement is a very big deal in its own right we’re signing today set standards on the forty billion dollars in digital trade between the United States and Japan and we just want a big talking about digital and talking about the Internet but we just won the big case as you know you people would really know right but there was a big case that we won on net neutrality just want it and that’s gonna receive maybe they won’t even appeal it because it’s a very hard case to appeal but it was a tremendous victory in terms of speed and in terms of investment on the Internet this deal is remarkable in that it will ensure that Americans have a level playing field and trading cutting-edge products and service such as videos music ebooks and software these comprehensive provisions meet the gold standard of digital trade rules that was set in the landmark US MCA and again we hope that’s going to get voted on we hope that Nancy Pelosi gets it voted on because everyone wants it and she’ll have to make her own decision let her make her own decision but I can tell you the American public is tired of do-nothing and we are doing a lot and the Democrats are doing nothing thriving commerce between the United States and Japan is essential to advancing opportunity and prosperity for our people the United States and Japan are the world’s largest and third largest economies together our nation’s comprise nearly one-third of the entire globe’s GDP Japan is America’s third largest agricultural export market and this makes it even bigger and America is Japan’s top foreign investor and that’s what I was talking about all of the plants that are going up all over the country I said the Prime Minister Ravi please we need auto plants and I said that right at the beginning when I first met with him and immediately liked him a lot and they’ve really produced they’re doing a lot of plants not just auto many many many many plants and factories are being built in the United States by Japan and Japanese companies these agreements will ensure that our economic partnership flourishes brighter than ever before I think we’re probably at a stage with Japan where I don’t think our relationship has ever been stronger or better than it is right now and the months ahead our teams will continue negotiations on remaining areas of interest to achieve a final and very comprehensive agreement we’re working on that right now there’s some big big things that we’re working on and I’d like now to invite ambassador Robert light Heiser to provide further details these historic deals and I want to thank you very much I want to thank everybody in the room for being here and thank you very much to the media for being here – thank you please well thank you very much mr. president thank you for helping us get this agreement across the finish line but more importantly thank you for reorienting trade policy in the United States in the direction of Americans workers farmers and ranchers for too long we have lost our way quite frankly and during the last almost three years you’ve brought us back and I’m very grateful for that and I’m grateful to have been a part of it I want to thank if I can a few people on my team we had a huge group involved Jeff garish and Greg Dowd my two of my deputies Michael Beeman Sharon Ballmer Lauritzen and then there are lots of other people who gives a lot of credit for for doing this let me just quickly make the point that the president has already made this is a very big trade deal this is about fifty five billion dollars worth of trade with this we’ll have more than ninety five percent of the GDP that would have been in TPP so it’s it’s very important for farmers it’s also important for digital trade Japan is the biggest market for the United States in beef pork wheat and it’s a substantial market and a variety of other things including potatoes which weren’t mentioned in a lot of the nuts and other products it also affects wine and the like so we see we think we’ll have substantial additional sales as a result of this so thank you again mr. president it’s a pleasure it’s an honor for me to be the person who gets to sign this I would like now to turn it over to to the podium over to ambassador Sugiyama who is not only the ambassador from Japan to the United States but also was very active in actually getting this deal across the finish line so thank you very much [Applause] well frankly speaking I must tell you that I feel really daunting and feel very much tense and then I couldn’t feel more honored to be here in this signing ceremony place in the White House mr. president in front of this top leadership know ambassador couldn’t feel as I just told you mr. president and thus alight hyzer and member of Congress and a member of cabinet and governors distinguished guests and ladies and gentlemen actually I couldn’t forget the time when mr. president and my Prime Minister Abe a declared just about one month’s and one year and one months ago something in the sidelines of the UN GA last year to declare that we should soon on that later kickoff a bilateral trade agreement that was 13 months ago or something and with some reasons I think it took de facto basis only something like six months to wrap things up by mr. president on my prime minister in New York on the 25th of last month to declare that politically it was all done it was only remaining you know legal Scrabble a technical sort of things and then my people and Bob Wright has those people new people and everybody spend 24 hours a day and nights to finalize everything so that we are able to have today for the formal signing ceremony day to sign up the battle to trade agreement as well as as mr. president rightly mentioned important thing is plus digital trade agreement as as well as other related attached document and something actually I had to sign 16 or 18 places prior to this with my very beautiful mountain band actually mr. president was kind enough to give me really really memorable pen to sign with with his really good signatures so the I to me as Bob light I was kind enough to mention that from the scratch I was in in the team and then Bob light sizer and my minister Motegi and their team and our team seemed to be sometimes very much that you know tense discussion something which is quite not abnormal because after all this is a trade deal but basically based upon the fundamental friendship and trust relations between the two leaders mr. president and my prime minister Shinzo Abe a and plus ambasa Liza and his opposite number Minister Motegi and us so we have had really serious and as fierce sometimes debates which is really natural but really our whole sudden atmosphere was something to go to try to target the same target to gain for both of us a beneficial kind outcome which is something that I feel very much honored to sign this afternoon so and then as mr. president and like ties a muscle light as I mentioned we have well mr. president unfortunately we are outnumbered by the people you have here because you are here in the States we are in Washington but nonetheless we have three gentleman from Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC Tetsu Iguchi Toshiba cooperation here they are and then to Mitsubishi Corporation go Iguchi and akihiko naka as Oh No and these are the guys who are kind enough to join us as I told you repeatedly we are unfortunately slightly outnumbered but they are kind enough to come over to see this signing ceremony because of the importance for the Japanese business and Japanese market and all Japan Thank You mr. president [Applause] [Laughter] big one and I’d like to just introduce if I might some of the folks here as you know ambassador garish and doubt have been introduced and great job fellas but Bruce Keppler director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Eddie settle Commissioner of chairman of the Wilkes County North Carolina and that’s a lot of territory that’s great stuff where are you good congratulations Tony Kurtz state representative vice chair of the Wisconsin assembly Committee on agriculture good job good job Tony go back and say you did it you’re gonna be can run for anything right Barbara Glen National Association of State Department of Agriculture Barbara congratulations been Sholes National Association of Wheat Growers it’s a big that’s a big deal been that we they’re ready they’re ready to buy it they’re gonna buy a lot of wheat Jennifer Houston National Cattlemen’s Beef Association wait I could tell with that Kevin Ross National Corn Growers Association Randy Mooney National Milk Producers Federation great job good Randy David Herren National Pork Producers Council and David you are a very big beneficiary to things that are going on but the pork is off the charts the numbers it’s going to Japan has been our number one value market for many years and it’s just great momentum and China’s a big buyer right now right yep I know Jenna they’re gonna be a very big buyer it’s already happened Cody Carson thank you very much Cody Carson national so groom producers where’s Cody great good job good job you’re happy about this one you said the right thing I got to be careful I know that yeah it’s great this is gonna be phenomenal this Julie Anna Potts North American Meat Institute thank you Thank You Julie very much Darrin table strong us grains Council thank you very much yeah that’s great thank you very much Hobie bond Virginia poultry Federation thank you very much Tom Nassif Western Growers Association good thank you Tom you better believe a thank you congratulations say hello to everybody Tom Stenzel United fresh produce Association Tom thank you very much so you back there Vince Peterson US wheat associates Vince thank you very much lady to Japan and Fred wacker Montana stock Growers Association okay so we’ve had a tremendous success likewise we’re having a lot of successes we have tremendous success at the border I want to thank Mexico for what they’ve been doing you look at numbers there they’re tumbling down this is one on catch-and-release look at that see that fellow’s catching would you say that’s pretty good I’d say it’s pretty good I’d say it’s pretty amazing to even for you from your standpoint Steve fellas that’s some number huh getting down to almost zero look so it was not doing so good for a long time catch and release we had no help from the do-nothing Democrats so we did it with Mexico we did it with Guatemala we did it with I mean we did it with some countries that really stepped else Alvord or Honduras and others other countries countries that are signing safe third agreements which nobody thought would be even possible and the border is really doing well and again Mexico today has 27,000 soldiers 27,000 I want to thank the President of Mexico cuz he’s been great but the border is really looking good the wall is moving rapidly large sections of being built every day more contracts are being given out which we’re doing it in about 17 different sections because it’s over 450 miles long the area we have to close up and it could even hit 500 at some point and we expect to have anywhere between 4 and 500 built hopefully by the end of next year it’s going up very rapidly it’s a very it’s a very powerful wall that’s got everything you can have it was the Border Patrol just left actually we’re going over some of the numbers and we gave them every single element of the wall that they wanted we had mountain climbers come in to climb do you believe this we had different samples put up and we had mountain climbers literally come in which is the hardest one to climb the panel the steel panel on top makes it very difficult it’s called an anti climb that I never thought I’d be doing this for a living anti we built an anti Klein pet without the panel to get across it easy with the panel that’s not so it’s not so easy so anti climb panel at that and the boarders coming along well the economy is doing great we’re doing as I said before we’re the hottest economy in the world with the largest economy in the world we’re up 15 trillion dollars at least since the election 15 trillion and China’s down probably 22 or 24 trillion so I think China might have caught us if my opponent had gotten in by now they would have caught us and now it’s gonna be a long time before they catch us if they ever catch us I don’t think anybody’s gonna catch us if we’re smart nobody will catch us so with that being said if you have any questions on the trade deal please anything on the trade deal specifically yeah please well they want to make a deal they’re down three and a half million jobs since we started doing what we do and their supply chain is really cracked and broken and they want to make a deal now they’re coming to see us on Thursday and Friday we think there’s a chance that we could do something very substantial Bob I think you think that we’ll see what happens but in the meantime we’re taking in billions and billions of dollars of tariffs every month and we’ve never had this we never took in ten cents from China now we’re taking in billions of dollars and and tens of billions a year and on October 15th as you know it goes up from up to 35 it goes to 35 it’s going to it’s going to raise fairly substantially we could always do it a lot more but we’ve decided not to so that’s the story and I think that they will they are coming to make a deal we’ll see whether or not a deal can be made but it’s got to be a fair deal look we’ve lost 500 billion dollars a year for many many years on average if you include intellectual property theft and all of the other things that took place it’s incredible that past administrations could have allowed it to happen we’re talking about 500 billion not million that’s a lot to five hundred billion dollars a year for many years take it out of our country we rebuilt China they did a great job and I don’t blame them I told President Xi I don’t blame you one bit I blame the people that ran this country to allow that to happen and they understand that but we don’t let that happen anymore so we’ll see what happens we’re going to have a a very important meeting and they have the top people coming in and I have my top people doing the job but if I don’t think they’re doing a good job I’ll fire them and I’ll go over and take their place okay yeah please well we’d like to see a very humane solution to that I hope that’s going to happen and you know Hong Kong is very important as a as a world hub not just for China but for the world and you have great people over there I see they’re flying the American flags they even have signs make China great again make Hong Konger in again I’m saying get those sides but they have you know tremendous signage and tremendous they have a tremendous spirit for our country a lot of American flags a lot of a lot of Trump signs I just like to see a humane deal they worked out and I think President Xi has the ability to do and I’ve sort of said that I think if he met he’s a very convincing man and I think if he met with some of the leaders that could be one problem you don’t seem to have a specific leader of the group but I really think they couldn’t do something we just want to see a humane solution now I didn’t but I do say that we are negotiating if anything happened bad I think that would be a very bad thing for the negotiation I think politically it would be very tough maybe for us and maybe for some others and maybe for him but no I think that they have to do that in a peaceful manner it’s now I will say the first time I saw it if you look a number of months ago I saw two million people I’ve never seen anything like it we talked about crowd size that was serious crowd size right the crowd size is much smaller now so maybe that’s saying something but hopefully they can work out something that’s amicable yes sir well it’s a very good question I think it’s not what we prefer at all they are starting to buy a lot of our agricultural products you see that they’re coming in very strong on pork also very very strong and in particular but on other products that so I don’t know if you call that a partial we don’t have an agreement my inclination is to get a big deal we’ve come this far we’re doing well again the fact that they’ve done what they’ve done with their currency the devaluation it really has done increased prices now which I can China it doesn’t mean that in all cases that happens other countries prices increase but in the case of China that hasn’t happened and and they put a lot of money into their into their goods they want to keep their people working I understand that very well but I think that we just have to see what happens I would much prefer a big deal and I think that’s what we’re shooting for can something happen I guess maybe who knows but I think it’s probably unlikely well I’m not siding with anybody we’ve been in Syria for many years you know Syria was supposed to be a short term hit just a very short term hit and we were supposed to be in and out that was many many years ago and we only have 50 people in that area that’s a small sector and I don’t want those 50 people hurt or killed or anything I don’t want anything bad to happen to our people and I told that to President Erdogan I said don’t hurt any of our any of our people get hurt big trouble now a couple of things I think there’s a lot of pressure on Turkey they’ve been fighting with the PKK for many years their natural enemies have you read today a couple of reports saying that when President Obama started this whole thing as you know it was started by President Obama he created a natural war with Turkey and they’re their longtime enemy PKK and they’re still there and they’re still hating each other be to anybody’s belief but I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane to use the word a second time we talked about Hong Kong we talked about this they could suffer the wrath of a extremely decimated economy and I’ve done it once I did it with Pastor Brunson you remember the pastor Brunson and they wouldn’t give pastor Brunson back and they ended up giving pastor Brunson back pretty quickly the currency fell at record levels and lots of other things happened and it was going to have a very good relationship with President Erdogan I want to see it happen I will tell you this though we defeated Isis and when I wanted to when we were at 96 and 95 and 97 percent I sort of said let the other countries in the area finish it off and I was met with a lot of anger from some people in our country I said all right I’ll finish it off and I got together with our generals I flew to Iraq I got together and we did it very quickly far quicker than any general from here told us we could do it we had some great people over there they did it quickly and I said to the European countries you got to take your Isis you know we have 60,000 maybe even 70,000 people that includes families that includes wives of Fighters that were killed we have many fighters that were killed in the battles and we took it over a hundred percent of the Caliphate I took over quickly nobody else was it was a mess when I came to office and I think most of you would agree – that was a real mess I took it over but then I said what are we going to do with these 60 to 70 thousand people that are that are being held and being guarded and we can’t release him and many fighters also and I said I want him to go back to Germany to France two different European countries from where they came and I said to the European countries I said to all of them take the people back and they said no no no we don’t want to do we don’t want to back said well they came from Germany or they came from take them back and they’re so used to the United States being a sucker being a fool we’re talking about billions and billions of dollars you’re talking about life you’re talking about so many things so many elements and elements of complexity because they’re gonna walk back into Germany they’re going to go back into these countries from where they came so I said take them back and they said no and then I said again I’m gonna give you another 30 days take them back and they kept saying no maybe they won’t be saying no no I don’t know so I told President Erdogan you got a it’s going to be your responsibility now really whose responsibilities really Russia it’s Turkey it’s Iran it’s a rack and it’s Syria and anybody else in the neighborhood okay we call it the neighborhood it’s not a friendly neighborhood but these countries should do it now Isis is the sworn enemy of all these countries many of them they hate far more than they hate us and those countries hate them at the same level as we do theirs they’re terrible terrible savage killers I said take them back but these countries are rich in most cases they’re powerful they’ve got armies they can do the work but we’re not bringing 50 60 70 or even 10,000 people to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba we’re not going to be paying them for the next 50 years or paying to take care of them for the next 50 years so we told you no we did a great service to the world and we did a great service to Europe in particular where so many of these fighters came from we said take them back and you know unfortunately like NATO they take advantage in NATO as you know I got the Secretary General stole him said and and I think very loudly Secretary General of NATO said that because of what I did they have paid over 100 billion dollars more money toward NATO defense but that’s still not enough okay it’s still not enough not fair because the United States pays far too much well and obviously NATO affects them more but like NATO like trade with the European Union which is a very tough group to trade with very very tough group almost as tough as Japan not quite but they’re very tough group to trade with they take advantage and I said look you take them back we’re not we’re not going to do this we’re not going to put them in Guantanamo Bay and put them all over our prisons so right now we’re at a position where if Turkey does anything out of what they should be doing we will hit them so hard in the economy but when you talk about soldiers we only had 50 soldiers in the area I think the area was it’s a very small area and very small area but we only had 50 soldiers there I don’t want them to be in a bad or compromising position and I will tell you this everybody respects our country again if we want to go in if we have to go back for any reason because bad things happen but we’re 7,000 miles away these Isis people whatever you want to call them these people are right there they’re right there they’re touching many of these countries that I just named Iran as an example hates Isis and Isis hates Iran Iraq you know all about that Turkey Syria let them take care of it let them take care of it we want to bring our troops back home it’s been many many years it’s been decades in many cases we want to bring our troops back home and I got elected on that if you go back and look at our speeches I would say we want to bring our troops back home from these endless wars and we’re like a police force over there we’re policing when a fighting we’re policing and we’re not a police force we’re the greatest military force ever assembled because of what I’ve done over the last three years with two and a half trillion dollars mr. ambassador we’ve spent on our military two and a half trillion dollars but we’re not going to be there longer and we’re going to be watching Turkey and we hope that them and all of the other countries or some of the other countries including the European Union goes in and does whatever they’re supposed to do with these captured Isis fighters and Families Haley Graham Mitch McConnell were very critical of this decision there’s no common statement saying we should we can exercise leadership and reconsider and suggested not doing so will be reminiscent what the Obama administration would do yeah but you can did you consult with the Joint Chiefs of Staff he made sure I consulted with everybody I always consult with everybody if you remember about eight months ago I talked about doing this and we kept 2,000 people there and then slowly brought them out but once we captured Isis I didn’t see I don’t want to stay there for the next 40 years not gonna do anything the end game is going to be the same I have great respect for all of the people that you named and they have their opinion and a lot of people do and I could also name many more than you just named of people that totally are supportive you see the names coming out people are extremely thrilled because they say it’s time to bring our people back home we’re not a police force they’re policing the area we’re not a police force the UK was very thrilled at this decision as you know they’re over there they have soldiers over there also and others but many people agree with it very strongly and I understand both sides there but I fully understand both sides of it but I campaigned on the fact that I was gonna bring our or soldiers home and bring them home as rapidly as possible I we all together you we defeated and took over 100 percent of the Isis Caliphate everybody said that was going to be an impossible thing to do I did it and I did it quickly because we have a great military now when I took over a military we didn’t have ammunition I was told by a top general maybe the top of them all sir I’m sorry sir we don’t have ammunition I said I’ll never let another president have that happen to him or her we didn’t have ammunition now we’ve captured Isis we’ve done what we’ve done we had 50 soldiers in the area you’re talking about and I said we want to bring our soldiers back home it’s been a long time and we were supposed to be in there just a tiny spot like a 30 to 90 day period that was many years ago it’s time and we’ve lost a lot of Fighters too well we’re gonna try if you look at some of the Kurds as you know that was that’s a natural enemy of of Turkey it’s you know specifically as I said I mean they have natural enemies they’ve been fighting each other for somebody said today hundreds of years I mean one historian said they’ve been fighting for hundreds of years we interject ourselves into Wars and we interject ourselves into tribal wars and revolutions and all these things that are very they’re not the kind of thing that you settle the way we’d like to see it settled it just doesn’t it just doesn’t work that way but hopefully that’ll all be very strong and strongly done we’re spending tremendous amounts of money I can tell you the two countries that are most disappointed that we’re leaving or China and Russia because they love that we’re bogged down and just watching and spending tremendous amounts of money instead of continuing to build our forces we have tremendous new weapons under development now we have weapons that nobody can even believe we’re gonna be making some stops over the next four or five weeks some we show some we don’t show but we’ve rebuilt our nuclear we’ve renovated and rebuilt nuclear we’re building submarines the likes of which is they’ve never been even thought of before the the genius of them hopefully and hope to god we never have to use him but we are doing what we have to do but we’ve been there for many years long many many many years beyond what we were supposed to be not fighting just they’re just there and it’s time to come back home but I can understand the other side of it but if you go by the other side that means we should never ever come home we should never ever come home and you know I have to sign letters often to parents of young soldiers that were killed and it’s the hardest thing I have to do in this job I hate it I hate it Afghanistan I signed one the other day Iraq Syria they get blown up by mines they get taken out by a sniper and I have to write letters to people and we make each letter different each person is different and we make them personal but no matter what you do it’s devastating the parents will never be the same the families will never be the same people are killed many people are still being killed it’s gonna go on that way for perhaps a long time and we’re willing to do what we have to do but there has to be an end game and if you stay it’s gonna be the same thing eventually you’re gonna have to leave it’s gonna be the same thing so I think what we’re doing is the right thing a lot of people agree with me a lot of people agree with me and again you go back and see my speeches a big part of my speech and always when I won what some people consider to be a surprise election now I just see a poll that just came out where I’m up massively with independent voters I don’t know if it’s this or because of the hoaxes you know that’s going on with Nancy Pelosi and her her friend Adam Schiff he’s another beauty he got caught lying all over the place he doesn’t know what to do he’s a mess right now he’s a mess and everybody knows that just all you have to do is a little good reporting you’ll see he’s a total mess cuz he got caught but you know we have to do the right thing for our country whether whatever it may be and I just think that’s the right thing I respect both opinions the problem with the other opinion is when do we leave when do we leave we’re going to stay there forever yeah Jeff yeah well first of all the impeachment inquiry is a scam the conversation that I had with the Ukrainian president szalinski was a very good come it was a very cordial very good conversation the mistake they made the opponents the opposition the Democrats the radical left deep state whatever you want to call them they came out with a whistleblower report before they saw the conversation had they waited one day Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t have made a fool out of herself and she would have been able to say what I said because when she saw it she said this is not what the whistleblower said I had a very very congenial nice conversation with a man that I liked and he ran on corruption because as you know Ukraine is known as a very corrupt country one of the most in the world shockingly because I know Ukrainian people it’s surprising to me but it’s known as one of the most corrupt countries and under the past leadership it was having a lot of difficulty this gentleman the current president the new president ran on the basis of anti-corruption as you know I think it was a single biggest thing and we had a great conversation but it wasn’t reported that way the only reason I would have released a letter because I think it’s terrible to have to release a letter that you have with the leader of a country I think that’s a terrible precedent but the whistleblower report or whatever the news was were so off it was so horrible I said I never said that I said let me see it we have a stenographer report we have a very very word-for-word report of what I said I released it and almost everybody that read it said it’s either perfect or really very good but it’s a very normal nice conversation and when you see that the president of Ukraine President szalinski said there was no pressure put on me whatsoever his spokesman came out two days ago said there was absolutely no pressure put on the president I didn’t tell him to say that there was no pressure put on all you have to read the report problem is I released it a day after they had already made their big statements and again it’s a big scam and I think Adam Schiff should be investigated for what he did he took to the Great Chamber Congress and he made a speech and his speech was a fraud everything he said was a fraud he went out as though I wrote it he defrauded the American people he defrauded Congress he defrauded himself and his family he made a speech as with a horrible speech I said what does this got what’s going on here I think he’s having some kind of a breakdown because he got up and made a speech that bore no relationship to what the conversation was and I’ll tell you a lot of people heard that speech and a lot of people thought that’s what I said because they heard his speech because they’re not gonna read a three or four page conversation they don’t have access to it but I thought it was one of the I thought it was a terrible thing where he’s going up speaking as the president of the United States saying things that I never said and the meaning was horrible and the whole thought was horrible and then the whistleblower he did through his committee through himself he met with a whistleblower they never said that they never talked about it and Nancy Pelosi knew all of this stuff I mean she’s as guilty as he is cuz she know all that she knew everything about it and she didn’t do anything about it and I’ll tell you what they should really be looked at very strongly because what they did is unthinkable what they did to this country is unthinkable and it’s lucky that I’m the president because I guess I don’t know what a lot of people said very few people could handle it I sort of thrive on it you know why because because it’s so important that we get to the bottom we went through the whole Muller scam two and a half years we went through that and I had three four days where it was like over and then I’m walking into the United nations and they released it as I’m walking in mr. ambassador I’m walking in I’m going to meet with I won’t name but one of the top leaders of the world and I see up on the screen and people start screening about this scam called impeachment you can’t impeach a president for doing a great job you can’t impeach a president for having the lowest and best unemployment numbers that we’ve had in 51 years you can’t impeach a president for tax cuts and regulation cuts and creating and even the Ambassador would say the strongest economy in the world we had the strongest economy in the world this is a scam and the people of eyes to it and that’s why my polls weren’t up I think they said 17 points in the last two or three days I’ve never had that one I’ve never had that one so I think it’s very sad for our country I think it makes it harder to do my job but I do my job and I do it better than anybody’s done it for the first two and a half years based on results I mean you look at not only the unemployment numbers look at the employment numbers Jeff we have we’re up to almost a hundred and sixty million people are working and now today we’re signed the deal with Japan which is such an honor and you have a great country a great great country and to have you partake in our agricultural product and digital is a real honor for me so thank you very much for coming all this distance and to be here and I look forward to seeing you for many years to come please again wish Prime Minister I’ll be a happy birthday is a very special man thank you thank you very much [Applause] [Music] you [Music]

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