President Trump Participates in the 2019 White House Business Session with Nation's Governors
Thank. You very much please thank, you very much. As. Governors we all, sort of get. Together and we, have a good, time but we also were, going to accomplish a lot it's gonna be a very good meeting tremendous. Things are happening, for our country I'm now right. After this meeting I'll leave for Vietnam where I meet. With chairman Kim and we talk about something that frankly. He. Never spoke to anybody about but we're speaking and we're speaking aloud and I think we can have a very good a very, good summit I think we'll have a very tremendous, summit, we want the nuclearization, and I. Think he'll have a country that will, set. A lot of Records for speed in, terms of an economy, and I. Told you last, night it was a lovely dinner but I told you how, how. Well we did with our trade. Talks in China and, it looks like they'll, be coming back quickly again, and we're, gonna have a another. Summit we're gonna have a signing, summit which is even better so hopefully, we get that completed. But we're getting very very close. Ambassador, light hyzer steve. Minuchin, a lot, of folks in the room have been helping and that's. Been great and I just see our great secretary. Sitting there on drug prices, first time in, 54, years that, drug prices have actually gone down this year so. Mr. secretary thank, you very much that's a great. Today. Is my honor to welcome our nation's governor's back to the White House after, a wonderful, evening last, night and I'm deeply grateful for, your presence your partnership, and your friendship many of you are such good friends as we. Work together on behalf of all Americans, we're. Here to forge, bonds of cooperation. Between, our federal, state and local governments. As we strive to deliver a safe bright, and prosperous. Future for, every, community, in. Our magnificent. Nation, thank. You as well to all of my cabinet, secretaries. Who are here today to share their energy, expertise. And, devotion. They are devoted, they worked so hard and, they're. Doing a terrific job there, are, few. I say there are none but there are a few administration's. That have accomplished, what we've accomplished, over the, last two years in the first two years, it's. Been pretty incredible with tax cuts and regulation, cuts more regulations, than any other administration and, history and that's very important, and, we still have regulation, but. You don't have ten, of identical regulations. That you have to get approved and wiped. Out from different departments, so we've really cut it down a highway that would take 17. Or 18 years of approval, now, takes probably. Two and we're trying to get it down to one and it may be rejected, on various. Grounds including, environmental, but. We have it down to two and we think we can get it down further so. It'll be that'll. Be something you, know you have many highways and many roadways and they're tied up for many years and. That won't be happening too much anymore in my State of the, Union address, I outlined, many bipartisan. Priorities. That. We all share delivering, fair trade, rebuilding. Our nation's infrastructure. Which we are going to work very hard on because as governors that has to be music, to your ears. And, I would like on infrastructure. I would like you to call your senators and call your Congress, men and women and get, it done because, I'm ready I want to sign I am totally ready. Reducing. The price of health care and prescription drugs, and we've made a lot of progress. As, I said first year in 54. Years that, prescription, prices. Have gone down which, is a big. Statement but we can get them a lot lower we're in the process mr., secretary, of doing that creating. A safe and lawful immigration system and keeping. America, safe. We're. Gathered, today at a truly, incredible, time, for, our nation things, are happening like rarely, ever before, since the election, we've, created more than 5.3, million new jobs including.
A Half a million brand-new, manufacturing. Jobs and that numbers going to go over 600,000. Manufacturing, jobs in, just, a very short period of time and. If, you remember manufacturing. Jobs who are never coming back to our country well they are coming back and they're coming back very strongly and we have companies. Opening. Up in the United States that we thought we lost that. Would never be back and some are coming back and some are brand-new and they're big and they're. Coming in they're moving in which is one of the reasons we need people to come in they, have to come in through a legal process but. With a 3.7. Unemployment. We need to have people coming in we need workers frankly. Because we have all of these companies pouring, in we. Were just discussing a great, new governor of Michigan, last night where, you have some good news coming up very soon and we have car. Companies, opening, up in Michigan, and Ohio and Pennsylvania and, so many other places I was with Prime Minister Abbey, of Japan and he. Was saying could be seven, different, plants, in a very short period of time, not, to mention all of the plants that have already opened so. We need people we have to have people and they have to come in but they have to come in Legally and through merit, nearly. Five million Americans have been lifted off of food stamps during this very short period of time, blue-collar. Jobs are growing at their fastest, pace in many. Decades the, unemployment. Rates for African Americans. And you've heard this many times, Hispanic. Americans, and Asian Americans, have, all reached their lowest levels ever recorded, and with women it's, now 64, years lowest. In 64, years soon it'll be historic, so. America, now has really the hottest economy. On earth, whenever. I greet a prime minister or a president or, any leaders, of any countries they always start off by saying congratulations on. Your economy, it's. Been incredible. Congratulations. And many of them are trying to follow our formula. Which was cutting. Taxes, cutting regulations. And, many other things we give incentives, and we work, very hard at getting companies to come back in those, companies that left we in particular we want to work they left our, country they, fired all of their workers they, moved to another country they're. Now coming back it's a great thing in a, few moments our first session, or in vocational, training and workforce development will, begin we. Want every citizen, to gain the cutting-edge skills they need to enjoy a rewarding, lifelong, career many. Of the governor's here today have identified, this. As a very top priority, my, daughter Ivanka who is going to be speaking later as she has been so much involved. So incredibly, involved where is Ivanka, Ivanka. Keep. Keep going created. My daughter's created millions of jobs I don't know if anyone knows that but she's. So. Because of our roaring economy, there, are more opportunities, than ever before to get sideline, workers, and these, are people that lost jobs that have never gotten them back but, now they're coming back and very very rapidly, get. These sideline, workers, back into the labor force last. Year my administration. Created. The council for American. Worker and launched. The pledge of America's, workers where, we've. Gained commitments. From private, sector leaders to, hire and train more than 6.5. Million Americans, think of it 6.5, million and these, are jobs that for the most part would not have happened I was. Also proud to sign a modernized, perkins vocational. And Technical, Education Act. Into law we. Believe two, simple rules by. American. And higher American. It used to be a terrible, thing when you said America, first, people. Said all sorts of things. It's, terrible. It's a horrible it's America, first it's, make America, great again it's whatever you want to call it but, that's the way. I mean. You know very well and some can say and some can say proudly but we, would focus so much in other countries, it was almost like we put those not almost we put those countries ahead of ours we actually took those countries, put them ahead of ours we.
Can't Do and we're gonna help other countries that we have great relationships, but we can't do that anymore it's America first, today. We also will, discuss the bold action, we took to address economic. Inequality. By establishing. Opportunity, zones as part. Of our historic, tax cuts it's incredible, what's going on I don't know I think some of you really see it okay, you, see what's going on with the opportunity, zones. Far. Greater than anybody thought and we've done a lot of them and they have great incentives, and money, is being put in by very. Rich people and rich companies, in areas. That you would have said nobody, will ever invest in we. Established, incentives. For investment, in more than eight thousand, seven hundred distressed, areas, that, you have designated in, each of your States, you're designating. Some tough, places I say. Can they give us some tougher places than that they, are tough and it's. Incredibly. For the first time ever it's. Really, working the concept, was always good but it. Wasn't done properly I, want, to thank you for partnering with us in this critical effort to lift up neglected. And totally forgotten communities. I also. Want to thank every, governor here today who, was supporting, our new US, Mexico. Canada. Agreement, the u.s. MCA. I've, I've, long said that NAFTA, is the worst trade deal that any, country has ever signed it, emptied, us out we had a surplus, with Mexico and, Canada and we. Went to a hundred and thirty billion. Dollar, trade deficit, with the combination of Mexico, and Canada and this. Deal. Will bring it back we're opening it up to farmers, were opening Canada as an example and Mexico. To farmers, they. Were close it was a closed shop they had all sorts of non-monetary. Trade, barriers, and they. Had monetary, trade barriers, they were judging for certain certain. Agricultural products. In almost three hundred percent. Tariff nobody ever talked about it nobody ever knew about it and I'd. Go up to Wisconsin and the farmers would say so we can't compete they're, charging us two hundred and eighty seven percent to be exact, I said. You got to be kidding and we did something about it so the u.s. MCA is very important, it'll help our dairy farmers, in Wisconsin, our, winemakers. In Oregon, and Washington and, California our. Automakers, in Michigan, and Ohio and, Pennsylvania and.
All Over and dozens. Of other states and ranches, and farmers, and growers and manufacturers. From coast-to-coast it's, a very very comprehensive, deal, it's. A deal that nobody thought we'd be able to get approved I was, able to get it approved to be honest with you by using tariffs, I was putting very substantial, tariffs what was getting ready to on Canada, who. Is very tough to negotiate you, know we think of Oh Canada. Well. Oh Canada is tough they're. Tough and. I said look you, know you're either gonna do this and we're gonna put 20-25, percent tariffs, on your cars that you ship in here by the millions, and every. Time we had a problem we just said that's okay don't worry about it we'll put the tariffs so under they said okay fine that's okay we'll sign. It, was tough, it was a really tough negotiation. And same. Thing with Mexico, but in the end we got it done and it's. A great deal for us and it's a very good deal I think for Canada and for, Mexico. They have to get it approved also, we have to get it approved let's see what happens and I think, it probably will be it should I think from our standpoint I, know. How much they hate me but, they have to hate me even more not to get approved, okay that's the only thing I can say to be, a prosperous. Nation we must also be a safe nation, we, pass groundbreaking. Criminal, justice, reform, and I have to thank so many people for that but, this. Was where super conservatives, got together with super liberals believe it or not I mean I'm looking at names on both sides and right. Down the middle criminal, justice reform where people are put into a jail. For. A pretty, minor Act there's, nothing minor but a pretty minor act and they're put in jail for 45 years in 50 years and there's no chance of ever coming back and. It was a very and, it's very tough by the way a lot of conservative, signed it and signed it very willingly. In fact they pushed it they were pushing it I think as hard as the. Other side but. It's very very, important. Many states here today are following the same roadmap to help former, inmates become productive and law-abiding citizens, and one, of the things that's helping the inmates so much you know this probably, better than I do the, economy is so strong that inmates, for the first time are getting jobs when they come out and I, have a friend who's hired seven, or eight I can't. Say everyone, was perfect but he said five are, I'll, always have them they're, great they, got a chance nobody would hire them because they have that whatever, it is in the background and it's, a very tough situation for them in the past but the economy is so strong the economy. The strength of the economy, became. Our best friend they couldn't get workers, and now they're, hiring people that they normally wouldn't have and the, results are incredible companies. All over the country are saying wow they, are really, they're, really doing a great job and it makes me very happy I think without that very, powerful, economy, couldn't happen so. Finally to protect our communities, we must secure the border, against. Human trafficking drug, smuggling, and crime of all types the. Human trafficking, is a. Tremendous. Problem we're, mostly, women and they're. Tied up and they're taped up and they're put in the back of cars and the car does not come through the port of entry I mean you watch this everyone comes to it 90%. Of the drugs don't come through the port of entry, ninety. Percent of the drugs and the big stuff goes out to the desert, makes a left and goes where you don't have any wall. I'm gonna call it a wall you know they'd like me to call it a barrier it's, a wall it's. A big beautiful powerful, steel, wall that.
You Can see through which is very important to be able to see through and if. You don't have it you're not gonna have borders you're not gonna have a country pretty soon because we're. Spending a fortune we're doing an incredible job the Border Patrol has been, amazing. The military, has been amazing, I called in the military and, they've, been amazing but if we had a wall would save a, fortune. Not only on drugs that are being smuggled into the country and you're talking about billions and billions and billions of dollars worth of drugs but. Would save it just on not, having to pay, military. Not having to pay so. Much in the Border Patrol the Border Patrol can go to other locations, and other places but. I'll say this border, patrol and ice. And, I'm, proud of ice because they go into areas where a lot of people don't want to go including. Law enforcement these, are tough tough people that they're dealing with and you need to have people the ice people they're tough but they're, incredible. I mean they're just incredible, in so many ways they, are patriotic, people. They love our country. They. Want it to work and they'll go into situations that, you want no part of when, you look at these ms-13, gangs. Sheriffs. All over the country have told me we're very happy to have ice come in and take over because. This is a group of people that. Hard. To even understand, how they could have developed. This, way they're, mean they're sadistic. The, crimes are incredible, we're, taking them out by the thousands. And we're, bringing them back to where they came from and in, some cases were putting them in jail but. You know then we pay for them for the next 40 years but. We're bringing them back where they came from, and I told Guatemala, and I, told Honduras, and I told El Salvador, three. Places where they.
Send Us tremendous, numbers of people and they're rough people they're not sending us their finest, it. Doesn't, make sense why would they send their finest they're sending us some very as I. Would sometimes say, rough hombres, these are rough rough, tough people. Many criminal, people. And I told these three countries you know we send them five hundred million dollars a year I said, we're not sending it anymore and you. Organize, caravans, and these, caravans, that are coming up we had one and we've broken them up I don't know if you can see we've broken them up we've gotten them broken up in many cases now before they get here but you. Take a look at Tijuana, Mexico, thousands. And thousands, of people are sitting, there trying to get into our country, and if we didn't have a wall there that we've totally renovated, and fixed if we didn't have that wall it. Would be impossible even, for the. Military, to stop, because. Don't forget unlike, other countries and this is a good thing I don't want to create controversy. Because. I do I hate gotcha I see. But. Unlike other countries, we. Don't let people get shot you, know. We don't have people standing there with, with. The. Most, sophisticated machine. Guns in the world and use them many. Countries do many. Countries, do we can't do that we can't do that this country can't do that but, the barrier does it very simple it just doesn't let them in so you take a look at a place like Tijuana, and other places it's. Incredible. What, that wall has done and that's not even the upper you. Know the most the, best of our walls we have a great system now we have a prototype we. Have AI I, expect, to have 250. To 300, miles of wall built in the very near. Future. Secretary. Neilson is here right now and we have we will shortly have about 200 miles onto construction, we. Just started a forty seven mile patch we, have different patches we've. Been it out tough we have a much better prototype, it's actually a beautiful wall. It's a beautiful-looking. Actually, it you, know I've always said part of the wall was the previous. Administrations. When they did little walls they built them so badly so. Badly it's so unattractive. So. I wouldn't want them in my backyard and the. New one is incredible. Looking it's a piece of art in a, sense it's still and it's, by the way more effective and, it's more effective so, we, are doing a job we're getting it up we have beautiful prototypes. We're working with the Army Corps of a with total prose and, I, don't know if you saw when I put on Twitter but I put on Twitter a piece. Of it that's not the new prototype the new prototype is started in different locations, but we're. Going to be pretty soon having well over a couple of hundred miles of wall up we. Don't have to go 2,000, we never planned on going 2,000. It's 2,000, from the Gulf to the Pacific, it's 2,000, miles but, you have many natural boundaries, including. Really. Tough waters which you don't need the, wall we have very. Very rugged mountain, areas which you don't need the wall. Actually. If we do a really, good, job and, if we have some money left over we might even throw them in areas where you. Would say you don't need them because they'll figure away that will be the area that will become the weak spot it's like water it just seeks its own but. These people they have they. Have the, traffickers, they're vicious they're. Smart, the Coyotes how about the name coyote, they. Have people tied up put, in the back of trucks and vans they. Can't go through the checkpoints, they. Have to go through, open. Areas can't walk through you can't go through it because even if they don't do much of an inspection of your truck in your car they. Do open the back door or they do look through a window you can't have women, sitting there that are tied up so, when I hear the other, side say, and, we have some of the other side here but when I hear the other side say oh no everything, goes through the checkpoint that's absolutely, false you, have areas where you literally have roads that are carved in the sand that, it's used so much they go right through these roads they go right they hang a left and hang another left and welcome to the United States is nobody there to even talk to because, you talking about it 2,000, miles you're talking about a lot, of area so.
We're Doing really well on the wall the emergency, you've all been reading we do have an emergency we have an emergency, of people pouring into a country that we don't want, criminals. Smugglers. We, have drugs pouring into our country, we can't have it we can't have it we cannot allow this to happen to our country most. Drugs most of the major drugs are coming through the southern border, this, will make it no you're never going to stop it completely but we can stop it a lot one. Of the things that ambassador. Kizer and steve. And all of the people that are working with China the fentanyl is a tremendous, problem it seems to be made a hundred percent in China. A hundred percent now China's, paying us right now billions. And billions of dollars of tariffs, a month, every. Month billions. Of dollars I love it personally, I love it but, they're paying billions of dollars and it's hurting them it's not good for them and I. Said to President Xi I, said. President you have to do me a favor as part of our trade deal that has nothing to do with trade or certainly very little but we're. Having shipped over here from China. Fentanyl, it's killing 88,000, people a year and probably more that's just the ones we know about it's deadly, a little. Tiny, spoonful. Can wipe, out a state, it's, hard to believe can. Wipe out an entire state, a spoonful. Of this stuff. And in. China they, have a very, very tough penalty, for drugs it's called the death penalty, and. I said to President Xi you don't have much of a drug problem do you have a drug from no no drug, problem I said. So. You have one point four billion people and you don't have a drug problem that's. Right no drug problem I said what, do you attribute that to death, penalty, quick, trial. They. Don't have trials at last 19, years, at. The end of a the judge dies everybody, dies the only one living is the one that did the damage. No. They have what's called a quick trial goes quick it. Doesn't take a lot of time and if, you're a drug deal you say you know what maybe I'll just sort of stay out of China seeing a Singapore, the same thing so. I, said to President Xi I said you know if. You would criminalize, the. Sale of fentanyl into the United States you would be saving many many lives, it. Took me one. Minute and he, agreed. Because. It's not criminalized, I think they view it as an industrial drug, or something, it's, not criminalized, and as. Part of our deal and Bob don't forget to put that down but. As part of our deal I think we're going to get a criminalization. Of fentanyl being sold into the United States it'll, stop. We, report and and I have to tell you I have to really, thank, President. Xi both for that and he has been a big, help with respect, to North, Korea I have a very very good relationship with kim, jeong-hoon, very. Very good but, we. Need all the help we can get and as you know about, 92% of, the goods going into North Korea go through China and president. She's been very. Good he's been very very good now you, know it helps that we are in a strong, trading position, but, nevertheless, he's, been very strong and he's for, the most part held it at the beginning he was perfect, I told him the other day at the beginning you were perfect, now you're good not. Quite as good you got to get better but, maybe, we'll make it deal than then we won't have to worry about that any longer so that'll be something really great but he's been great, and defending, all as they're already working on that process and you.
Know I said do you need any other approvals, no I said well that works a lot different than this country he, needs no other prove oh when I got the basketball, players out, the. Three basketball, players that. Was a beautiful scene I was in China and, you have these three you know potential, stars, and I guess they're going into the NBA Draft or just have what. I said, would. You do me a favor, three. Players were just arrested, they. Were arrested, for stealing, in. Louie Vuitton. Sunglasses. And. I. Wasn't happy with those three players because, they never gave our country, much credit. For having gotten them out and believe. Me they'd be in jail stealing, in a store in China is a very big offense and I said would you do me a favor I was having dinner with him at this incredible. Show that he put on in a ballroom. The, likes of which few people have ever seen, it, was incredible, evening Melania, is here and, I'm talking and it, just happened and they, were arrested, they were put in jail and I. Said mr.. President could you do me a favor could you let. The three basketball, players out he didn't know about it he called over his people he's got ten people standing behind him everyone is central casting central. Casting. Glasses, head. Boom. He was over he. Came back he, reported, within two minutes explained, basketball, players Bom, Bom and, I. Said it would be a great thing if you could possibly let. Them out he. Goes so be it they. Are out I thought, I said is, this different than our country, it's. Just a little bit different and we got him out then we came back into one's father said well we don't know that Trump helped I sent. A consultant, that consultant, would have gotten nowhere but. You. Know we just have a great relationship with so many of these countries and I, think in, some cases it's, tough there are many countries that take advantage of us very seriously both at NATO and, on trade the. European Union is very very tough very very, tough they don't allow our products in they don't allow our farming Goods in you people know many of you represent, farm States they, won't you know that better than anybody they, won't allow our. Farm products and they don't take any they. Have these non you, know monetary, barriers. That are brutal they're worse than the you know than others the, cars they charge us big tariffs and, it's. Very hard for a car to get in number one but if it does have to pay a big tariff or as we charge them almost nothing, when they send their cars to. Us Mercedes. And BMW. And all of the things that they said so. We're taking care of it I mean we've informed them that look if you don't have you're not gonna play ball President, Obama and eight years couldn't do a thing they wouldn't even meet with him they. Say we have no intention of meeting they. Wouldn't even meet with President. Obama they wouldn't meet with President, Bush, EU. Is one. Of the toughest, may be the toughest maybe in certain ways tougher than China just smaller from, our standpoint but. They. Have to meet and we tell them have to meet sorry and. If you don't meet we're going to tariff the hell out of you and they're. Gonna meet I mean they're gonna meet but we we lost. Last year with the European Union one, hundred and fifty 1 billion, dollars, been going on for many years think. Of it 150, 1 billion dollars, we take their product they, don't take ours we don't charge them tariffs, they charge us tariffs, other, than that it's a very fairer arrangement, by the way we pay for their military because, we pay almost getting. Close to a hundred percent for their military I've gotten them to put up over a hundred billion dollars toward NATO which. Has made a big impact but, so. They have to treat us fairly we won't have a great relationship I, have a great relationship with, the leaders but, we have to be treated fairly so. Overall we're doing a great job for our country our country has rarely, done better maybe never done better from an economy, standpoint, we're very proud of it and we. Have tremendous potential, when we fix these trade deals because, we're being ripped. By everybody, we are just being ripped cuz, we. Lose eight hundred, billion dollars, a year entre think of it it's an incan city nobody.
Even Knows what that means and, we're. Fixing that all up we start with Mexico, Canada China, China's the big one china's 50%, of the number even, more, and. We're doing very well that could happen fairly. Soon or might not happen at all okay why not happen at all but I think it's gonna happen and it could happen fairly soon the relationship, is great so, I just want to thank all of the governors for being here you're very special people I think, we have 17 brand-new governors right. Brand, new ones very smart ones like my friend, huh. Congratulations. It's a great you're gonna have you have such an easy State. That's. So easy, great. State of Illinois what an, easy state I don't, know have, you found it to be easier or tougher than you thought. I'll. Help you I'd. Help everybody out I'm gonna help you congratulations. It's, an honor to have you all at the White House thank, you very much thank you.