President Trump Signs Executive Orders on Transparency in Federal Guidance and Enforcement
President Trump Signs Executive Orders on Transparency in Federal Guidance and Enforcement

The President: Well,
thank you very much. I’ll start by saying I
just spoke with Boris Johnson, and we had a good
talk about a number of subjects, and we’ll maybe
talk about it a little bit later. But we had an extended
conversation and some pretty good
ideas, I think. They want to see if we can
do a couple of things, and they’ll be doing
certain things for us. I want to also thank the Minneapolis Police Department. They have been so incredible, what they’ve done. Tomorrow, we have a
tremendous amount of people planned to go. I know the requests
have been incredible. So, I think it’s a great
state and we’re going to have a lot of fun
tomorrow night. I think a lot of you are
going to be with us. And then, on Friday
night, we’ll be going to Louisiana, and there’s a
big election on Saturday to see whether or not
there’s a runoff, most likely. And I think we’ll
do very well. The Republicans are doing
very well despite the witch hunt that they
have on Republicans. So I just want to thank
everybody for being here and coming to the White House on this important occasion. In a few moments, I’ll
be signing two executive orders to expand our
record-breaking regulatory reduction campaign that
is helping to fuel our incredible economic boom. I guess the stock market
is up close to 250 points today, and this is despite
lots of trade deals that are getting
done one by one. We did a deal with South
Korea — a big one, a really big one. And we did one
yesterday with Japan. And that now goes
into effect, and it’s tremendous for
our farmers. As you know, we
have China coming. They’ll be
coming tomorrow. We have the Vice Premier
of China coming. So we have a lot of
big things happening. We have some tremendous
deals under negotiation. So despite all of that, we
have a great economy and a great market. Our housing market is
on fire, and things are really doing well. You look at Asia,
they’re not doing well. Look at China; China is
having a hard time at this moment, and I think they’d
like to make a deal very badly. And so we have a lot of
things that are really exciting. And to be in the midst of
negotiating some of the worst trade deals ever
made, and to be breaking them up and changing
them for the good of the American taxpayer and for
our country, and to still be doing so well. We had over 100
record-breaking stock markets. I think 121 or something. I’ll get you the
exact number. But many, many days,
we broke the record. And we continue
to do well. And when these trade deals
are done, and when certain other things that we’re
doing are done, it’s going to be at a level
that’s incredible. (Baby coos.) That
was the cutest noise. What was that? (laughter) I heard this —
see, I’m used to hearing them. (laughter) And there’s
nothing cute about them. (laughter) So beautiful. And don’t feel bad, he can
— just do whatever you want, okay? (laughter) That’s
a beautiful sound. Today, we take bold,
new action to protect Americans from
out-of-control bureaucracy and stop regulators from
imposing secret rules and hidden penalties on
the American people. We’re delighted to be
joined on this occasion by Acting Director Russ
Vought, who has really done a fantastic job;
Deputy Attorney [General] Jeffrey Rosen. Are you busy enough, Jeff? (laughter) Huh? And Congressman
Mark Meadows. Mark, fantastic
that you’re here. Louisiana Solicitor
General — oh, I’ll be there — Liz Murrill. Where’s Liz? I’ll see you on Friday. Ms. Murrill: Yes, sir. The President: I don’t
know if you’ll be there, but we have a big crowd,
so it’s going to be great. Thank you very much, Liz. And several other state
and local officials. We want to thank you
all for being here. For many decades, federal
agencies have been issuing thousands of pages of
so-called “guidance” documents — a pernicious
kind of regulation imposed by unaccountable
bureaucrats in the form of commentary on how rules
should be interpreted. All too often, guidance
documents are a backdoor for regulators to
effectively change the laws and vastly expand
their scope and reach. Guidance has frequently
been used to subject U.S. citizens and businesses to
arbitrary and sometimes abusive enforcement
actions. Ha! It sounds like they’re
talking about me. (laughter) I think
they’re talking about me. I might have a conflict
in signing this deal. Because of these materials
and the fact that these materials are too often
hidden and hard to find, many Americans learn
of the rules only when federal agents come
knocking on the door. This regulatory overreach
gravely undermines our constitutional
system of government. Unelected, unaccountable
bureaucrats must not be able to operate outside of
the democratic system of government — wow —
imposing their own private agenda on our citizens. A permanent federal
bureaucracy cannot become a fourth branch of
government, unanswerable to American voters. In America, the people
must always reign. With us today is Andy
Johnson from Wyoming — great place — whose
family is one of many that suffered from the absurd
redefinitions and interpretations of
federal bureaucrats. And Andy is here
to say a few words. I’d like to hear that Andy
because I think you might be speaking about
me or to me. Thank you very much. Where’s Andy? Come on up here with
that beautiful baby. Beautiful. That’s great. Thank you, Andy. Mr. Johnson: Thank you. The President:
Thank you very much. Go ahead, please. Mr. Johnson: Well, thank
you for having me, today, and my wife Morgan
and my son, Roaman. I work as welder in
Wyoming, and about five years ago, when I applied
for a stock pond permit for my private property, I
had no idea that the EPA would come knocking at my
door and threaten me and my family — civilly,
criminally, and a fine of $37,500 per day. The fines were up to $16
million when Pacific Legal Foundation stepped in and
sued the EPA on my behalf, and my family. And, at that point,
the EPA changed their attitude; we were able
to come to an agreement. We won our case, but
unlike a lot of other middle class Americans,
that’s not the case. They — we could
have never fought. The litigation was way,
way too expensive. So I’d just like to thank
the President today for signing this executive
order, which will hold the EPA and other government
agencies more responsible for their actions. Thank you. (applause) The President:
That’s fantastic. Thank you. Mr. Johnson: Thank you. (applause) The President:
So they had you up to $16 million. But that’s peanuts
for you, right? (laughter) That’s great. Glad it worked out and
it’s working out even better. We’re also joined by
Richard Schok, who was prevented from expanding
his business because of the obscure regulatory
guidance on a rule from the 1980s — an old rule. And, Richard, please come
up and talk about it. Thank you. Thank you, Richard. Please. Mr. Schok: Thank you. The President:
Thank you very much. Thank you. Mr. Schok: Thank you. Mr. President, I’d like
to thank you for the invitation to speak
and bring much-needed attention to the reform
to the rulemaking process used by the
regulatory agencies. I operate a family-owned
business in Fairbanks, Alaska. We purchased some land
for our business about 20 years ago so we could move
operations out of town to the new facility and
expand our facilities. We’ve spent the better
part of 10 years and over $300,000 fighting with the
regulatory agencies over the arbitrary and
capricious nature of the Army Corps of Engineers
wetland designation and their use of the Alaska
supplement versus the 1987 congressionally-mandated
Wetlands Manual. This is effort is also
— this effort does not include the time and
energy put forth by the Pacific Legal Foundation
on our behalf. I’d like to thank
those folks as well. The last straw for us is
when we lost our appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court
when they held that the agencies can make the
regulations they want and require without
congressional approval or oversight. I’m hopeful that the
changes made today — with this executive order,
other land owners will not be negatively
impacted as we have. Thank you again for
this opportunity. The President: It’s great. Thank you, Richard. (applause) Well, thank
you very much, Richard. You know, you mention
the Ninth Circuit. So, we have a lot of great
new judges in the Ninth Circuit, and we’re going
to be very close to 182 new judges over the next
very short period of time. So that’ll be — we are in
record territory by a lot. So we’re going to have 182
new federal judges, not including two Supreme
Court judges. And I guess we’re already
at the 156 number. Jeff and Mark, I think
we’re at about 156 judges now signed and sitting
and doing a great job. But we’ll be at about 182
before we normalize — normalize, meaning
retirement and various other reasons
that they leave. And we could average about
40 or so a year from that process. So we’ll have a —
probably, a very big record number of judges
— federal judges in this administration. And I want to thank
President Obama for leaving us 138 empty
slots, because that’s a first. (laughter) That’s a first. I said, “How
many do we have?” He said, “Sir, you have
138 to 142.” I said, “You’ve got to be
kidding.” So I want to thank you,
President Obama. And again, Richard, thank
you very much for your nice words. When Americans and their
businesses are sued by government agencies, they
are sometimes not even given an explanation of
what they do wrong, and how they can fix it. With us today is Kevin
Lunny, whose company was forced out of business
through the terrible practice of a certain way
of government handling of things. Not fair; not right. Kevin, please come
up and discuss it. Thank you. Thank you, Kevin. Thank you very much. Mr. Lunny: My name
is Kevin Lunny. I’m a third-generation
cattle rancher at the Point Reyes National
Seashore in California. About several years ago,
we also were the owners of the Drakes Bay oyster farm
— a sustainable family business where we produced
nearly half of all the oysters in the
state of California. The President: Wow. Mr. Lunny: In 2014, the
National Park Service launched a National
Environmental Policy Act process that costs
millions of dollars and lasted over eight years. And the National Park
Service forced our oyster farm out of business. And if that wasn’t enough
for our family and our community, today the rest
of agriculture, which includes about another
24 ranching family farm businesses within the
National Seashore, are facing the exact
same process. Our fear is that that
process could ultimately be facing — and those
families may be facing what the oyster
farm faced. And so I’m here, Mr.
President, thanking you for calling this
meeting together so we can have this discussion. We urge you to continue
your good work in following these policies
and making sure these federal policies are
managed in a way that family farmers and
ranchers like us can actually benefit and
survive these procedures and — so they’re not just
for federal agencies that have pre-decided what they
want before the process has begun and for
professional litigants that abuse the process. Thank you, Mr. President. The President: Well
thank you, Kevin. (applause) (applause)
Thank you. And the business is — is
the business gone now? Mr. Lunny: The
business is gone. Twenty million
oysters destroyed. The President: Wow. They forced you
out of business? Mr. Lunny: Yes. The President: So, I have
to say, Kevin, I really — I know what you’ve
been through. I read a little
bit about it. And I’ve heard
about it, also. And it’s very sad. But we thank you both for
being here, very much. Really, thank
you very much. No American should ever
face such persecution from their own government —
except, perhaps, your President. (laughter) Don’t
feel bad, Kevin. (laughter) They treated
you better than they treat me. (laughter) I do believe
that’s true, huh? I do believe that’s
true, Meadows. Today, I am taking
action to stop it. My first executive order
will require agencies to publish guidance documents
online, so that small businesses and everyday
citizens can easily find them. Agencies will have to seek
public input on the most important guidance, and
the whole process will be closely overseen
by the White House. We’re going to have
somebody right here in the White House looking at it,
Kevin, so this doesn’t happen to other people. You’re very
brave to be here. I really think
it’s incredible. I really mean it. Americans will no longer
be subject to the rules of hidden games that are
played on the public. The second order I will
sign today will protect American citizens from
secret interpretations of regulations, unexpected
penalties, and violations of their rights. From now on, agencies will
be required to inform individuals about any case
against them and respond to their arguments. It will be the agency’s
duty to fully educate small businesses about
new regulatory changes. Today’s action is just
the latest step in my administration’s tireless
fight to curtail job-killing, soul-crushing
regulations. I want to thank Jeff for
doing the great job. The Justice Department
worked very hard with all of our people over here. They did a fantastic job
and I want to thank you very much, Jeff. We ended the war on
American energy. We’re cancelling
restrictions that devastated American
autoworkers. We’re stopping regulations
that micromanaged our great farmers. We’re bringing major
companies back to our country. They want to be here. We’re the hot economy. We’re the place
they want to be. And we are reversing the
last administration’s ridiculous attack on, as
an example, incandescent lightbulbs. We’re also working, as
you know — cars are very expensive. Far too expensive. And we’re going to be able
to bring the price of cars down about $3,500 — and,
at the same time, make the car a lot more affordable
and a lot safer. So we’re going to have
affordability, safety, and we’ll also be getting some
of the old cars off the roads, because people now
have an incentive to buy a new car that’s a lot less
of a problem, from an environmental standpoint. It’s really an
amazing thing. We’re going against
California. And they make their
cars so light, it’s papier-mâché. And you get in an
accident; it’s very, very dangerous. So we’re coming out with a
whole new standard, and I think it’s going to be
something very special. It’s gotten tremendous
receptivity. Same thing with
the lightbulb, the incandescent lights. Aside from the fact you
look better — of course, who cares about looks? But you do look better
with incandescent. They weren’t allowed. And you have the privilege
of buying now a much more expensive bulb under the
past rules — much more expensive bulb that
doesn’t have a good-looking light. But maybe, very
importantly, when the bulb is out and no good, it’s
literally considered a hazardous waste site,
because it’s all the gasses. And if it breaks, you’re
supposed to bring it to a certain location. And I say, “Who
does that?” Nobody. Nobody does. It’s very dangerous. So we have a — we’re
allowing people to choose. They can buy a much less
expensive bulb that looks better, or they can spend
a lot more money on what they were doing, and
that’s fine, too. They might like it. It might last longer,
and that’s okay. But it is still a
hazardous situation when you have to dispose of
these things, whereas in the old system,
you don’t have. So we’re bringing the
incandescent bulb back for those that want it. We’re going to have
both alternatives. We like to have
alternatives. At the start of my
presidency, I imposed a two-for-one rule on new
regulations, requiring that for every new
regulation, two old regulations must
be eliminated. In the first two years of
the Obama-Sleepy Joe Biden administration, the cost
of regulatory compliance went up by $245 billion. Can you believe that? And in our administration,
we’ve taken it down by more than that. So it’s $245 billion up,
and we’ve taken it down by much more than that. According to the Economic
Council of Advisers, our regulatory reductions will
save the average American household over $3,000 —
think of this — every single year. Thanks to these regulation
cuts, as well as our tax cuts and pro-American
trade policies, our economy is stronger
than it’s ever been. Stronger than ever before. And that’s despite all of
these negotiations that we’re doing to really make
us into something that we’ve never seen before —
meaning, fair trade deals. We’ve created 6.4
million new jobs. Just last month,
unemployment reached the lowest rate in
over 50 years. The African American,
Hispanic American, Asian American unemployment
rates have hit record lows. We have more people
working in the United States today — almost 160
million people — than at any time in the
history of our country. Wages are rising very
fast, and twice as fast for low-income workers. The biggest beneficiary,
actually, is the low-income worker. Their wages are rising at
a rate that we haven’t seen in many,
many decades. When I first started
campaigning — many of you were with me — I used to
talk about workers that would make more, years
ago, 21 years ago, than they made a few years ago,
because now it’s gone up a lot. But a few years ago. And they’d have two jobs
and three jobs, and yet they did better
21 years before. With today’s executive
order, we continue this incredible economic
success and we defend American liberty for
generations to come. I would like to now invite
Acting Director of OMB Russ Vought to say a few
words about the exciting news. And I want to thank Russ
for doing an incredible job. And when Russ is finished,
we’re going to sign the executive orders. Thank you very much. ACTING DIRECTOR VOUGHT:
Thank you, Mr. President. As a result of your
leadership, today we’re making a major step
forward in the effort to drain the swamp and to get
our arms wrapped around the administrative state. We can’t do that until
we know all of the dark, regulatory, stealth
regulation that is out there, and that’s one of
the reasons why we’re asking all agencies to be
putting on their website — on a searchable
website — all of these regulations, so that we
can understand what it is, and anything that’s not
put up there is rescinded. Secondly, we want to make
sure that the American people — families and
small businesses — are no longer bullied by their
federal government. We’ve all had to deal
with the motor vehicle department down
the street from us. Think about dealing with
the federal government; it’s an entirely
different situation. And the people that are
here today, who have flown in on their own dime
to be a part of this celebration, can
attest to that. We want to make sure that
there are no stories ever again of people being
bullied by their federal government. So we’re thrilled
that you took this on, Mr. President. Looking forward to
these executive orders. Thank you. The President: Thank you. (applause) Come on, folks. Gather around. (The executive orders are
signed.) Where’s Kevin? Mr. Lunny: Right here. The President: Come here. (Hands over pen.)
(applause) Plenty to go around. Okay. Thank you very
much everybody. Congratulations. (applause) The Press: Are
you going to take any action regarding the
Turkish attacks in Northern Syria? And have the Kurds, as
Senator Graham said, been shamelessly abandoned? The President: So, we have
no soldiers in the area. We’ve been talking to
Turkey for three years. They’ve been wanting to do
this for many years, as you know. They’ve been fighting
each other for centuries. They’ve been fighting each
other for — hundreds of years, this has
been going on. We were put into this
battle — interjected. It was supposed to be a
30 — a 30-day period. And we’ve been there
for many, many years. And it’s time to get out. We’re speaking
to both sides. We’ve told President
Erdogan how we feel. But we are speaking to
both sides, and we’re seeing what can be made
out of a situation. But we have no soldiers
in the area, you know. We’re getting out
of the endless wars. We have to do it. And eventually somebody
was going to have to make the decision. And, frankly, we’re
getting a lot of praise from that decision. We — people are saying,
“Got to sometime bring our people back home.” We’re
really serving and we were serving as a police force. We had defeated ISIS. We defeated the
caliphate, 100 percent. Erdogan and the existing
groups of people, including Kurds — but you
have the PKK, which is a natural enemy with Turkey,
and likewise and opposite, they’ve been fighting,
again, for many, many years. They have — they’re
bitter enemies; have been always. Probably, possibly
always will be. So we are — we
are out of there. We’ve been out of
there for a while. No soldiers whatsoever. We are taking some of
the most dangerous ISIS fighters out. We’ve taken them out and
we’re putting them in different locations
where it’s secure. In addition, the
Kurds are watching. And if the Kurds don’t
watch, then Turkey is going to watch because
they don’t want those people out any
more than we do. But we have taken a
certain number of ISIS fighters that are
particularly bad. And we’ve wanted to make
sure that nothing happened with them, with
respect to getting out. And I think we’re
doing a great job. I think the people of this
country — I campaigned on ending the endless wars. We’re all over the
world, fighting wars. Half the places, nobody
even knows what they’re doing over there. And I feel that we are
doing the right thing, and I think the country
feels that, too. We’ve had tremendous
support outside of the Washington — little
Washington area. And even in Washington,
people are saying, “You’re doing the right thing.” It
has to be done; otherwise, you’re never
going to do it. At the same time, we’re
dealing with both sides. We’re going to see
what we can do. The Press: In a statement
this morning, you cautioned Erdogan. Since then, it appears as
though there have been casualties on
the Kurdish side. Are you concerned
about escalation? And are you concerned that
Erdogan will try to wipe out the Kurds? The President: I will wipe
out his economy if that happens. I’ve already done it once,
with Pastor Brunson. I’m sure that he — I
hope that he will act rationally. You do have to understand:
They’ve been fighting each other for many,
many decades. Actually, for centuries,
they’ve been fighting each other. And it was time for the
Americans — we did a great job. We took care of ISIS. We captured 100 percent. Do you remember I was
thinking, John, of leaving at 97 and 96 percent? And that last 3 or 4
percent was the hardest part. And they told me it would
take a year to two years to do it, and I
did it in a month. Remember that? I flew to Iraq and I
met with a lot of great generals there. Great generals. They said, “Sir, we can
do it in two weeks to a month.” And we did it in
two weeks to a month, and we took it. And, in the meantime,
we’ve been watching over a lot — with the Kurds —
watching over a lot of prisoners. Some very bad —
some very bad people. A few, in particular,
are very bad. Really bad. And some of those people
we’ve already taken. We’ve taken them out. They should go
back, by the way. They should go
back to Europe. Many of them came from
Europe, but they should go back to Germany, to
France, to — I spoke with Boris Johnson a
couple — to UK. Some to UK, actually. But they came from
various parts of Europe. They didn’t come from our
country, and we did them a big favor. And we said to France, we
said to Germany, we said to various countries in
Europe: “We’d like you to take your people back.”
“Well, we don’t want them. We don’t want them. How about you
taking them?” I said, “We don’t
want them either. Nobody wants
them; they’re bad. But somebody has to watch
over them.” I said, “Look, we did you a big favor. You take your people back. You take them back.”
They’re citizens, in many cases, of those countries
— of France, Germany. They didn’t want
to take them back. I gave them one chance, I
gave them another chance, I gave them a third
chance, and I even gave them a fourth chance. They didn’t want
to take them back. Not that I blame them too
much; they’re used to this with the United States —
taking advantage of the United States, whether
it’s on trade or NATO — to take advantage of
the United States. But we think that maybe
the Kurds will do a job. And if not the Kurds, we
think Turkey will do a job. But we have
thousands of people. Thousands. I don’t know if
you know that. We have thousands of
captured fighters, and thousands and tens of
thousands of family members. And we did a big favor to
a lot of countries, and those countries didn’t
want to take them back. So that’s the way it goes. Steve. The Press: What if some of
these ISIS fighters escape and pose a threat
elsewhere? The President: Well,
they’re going to be escaping to Europe. That’s where
they want to go. They want to go back to
their homes, but Europe didn’t want them from us. We could have
given it to them. They could have
had trials. They could have done
whatever they wanted. But as usual, it’s
not reciprocal. You know my favorite word,
“reciprocal.” That’s all I want. I don’t want an edge; I
just want reciprocal. And it’s not
reciprocal, Steve. It’s not a fair deal
for the United States. And when President Obama
took the PKK — you know, where they bring in PKK
— that’s a tough deal because that’s been a
mortal enemy of Turkey. So when you bring them in
into a partnership, it’s a tough situation because
it’s tough for Turkey; it’s probably
tough for them. They’ve hated each other
for many, many years — for hundreds of years. I mean, it’s amazing, when
you look at history and you look at culture. But you look at the length
of the time and the fighting for so long. So we imposed
ourself into it. And look, I’ve said it —
I said it just yesterday: The single worst country
the United States — if you take a look at, you
know, what we’re doing with countries and the
relationships we have with countries — But maybe
putting it a different way: The worst mistake
that the United States has ever made, in my opinion,
was going into the Middle East. It’s a quagmire. We are up to close to
$8 trillion, and we’re bringing our
folks back home. We have great,
talented military. We’re bringing
them back home. Our military has never
been stronger, but we’re now acting as police. We’re — we’re
policing areas. We’re doing jobs that
other countries should be doing. We’re doing jobs, frankly,
that Europe should be doing. We’re doing jobs that
Russia should be doing, that Iran should be doing,
that Iraq, Turkey, Syria should be doing. They should be doing this. We shouldn’t be doing it. We’re 7,000 miles away. The Press: Lindsey Graham
is talking about imposing economic sanctions on
Turkey over this incursion into Syria. What do you
think about that? Would you support that? The President: Well,
I think it’s okay. I’ve already told that
to President Erdogan. Far more than sanctions
— I’ll do far more than sanctions. Lindsey and I
feel differently. I think Lindsey would like
to stay there for the next 200 years and maybe add a
couple of hundred thousand people every place. But I disagree with
Lindsey on that. But I will tell you that I
do agree on sanctions, but I actually think much
tougher than sanctions if he doesn’t do it in as
humane a way as possible. But I’ve gotten him to
stop for — virtually, from the first day
that I was in office. But they wanted to fight,
and that’s the way it is. And they’ve done
it for so long. Yes, go ahead, please. The Press: Sir, what
does “as humane a way as possible” actually mean? Does it mean civilians? Or — The President: Well,
we’re going to have to see. We’re going to have to
define that as we go along. They want to — if you
listen to Erdogan, he wants to have people go
back to where they came from, go back to Syria. Right now, he’s holding —
in all fairness to him, he’s holding millions of
people that would be all over the place if he
wasn’t holding them. So he wants to repatriate,
he wants to have them go back into the area
that he’s looking at. But we’ll see. We’ll see how he does it. He can do it in
a soft manner. He can do it in a
very tough manner. And if he does it
unfairly, he’s going to pay a very big
economic price. The Press: Mr. President,
you said — with the letter that you sent up to
Nancy Pelosi yesterday — The President: Yeah. The Press: — you appeared
to declare war on the impeachment inquiry. Can you tell us, in your
own words, why you think it is incumbent upon the
House to hold a full vote to authorize an inquiry? And if they were to hold
the vote and it were to be positive, would you
then cooperate with the inquiry? The President: Well, let
me just say that the Republican Party — and
President — but the Republican Party has been
treated extremely badly by the Democrats — very
unfairly — because they have a tiny margin
in the House. They have eviscerated
the rules. They don’t give us
any — any fair play. It’s the most unfair
situation people have seen. No lawyers — you
can’t have lawyers. You can’t speak. You can’t do anything. You virtually
can’t do anything. And then, on top of it,
they have a guy named Schiff. And Nancy Pelosi knows all
this because she’s just as guilty as he is. But you have a man named
Schiff, where I had a perfect phone call with
the President of Ukraine — like, I mean perfect. People read it, but
they don’t read that. They heard Schiff’s
version of it. He defrauded the
American public. He gave the most horrible
rendition, adding his own words. I mean, Mark
Meadows is here. I think I can say
honestly, Mark, you didn’t believe it when
you heard it. Representative
Meadows: Right. The President: And Mark
has never heard anything like it. And many of the people
that we work with, including Democrats, have
never heard anything like it. He made up a phone call. He made it up. Because what happened is
they spoke about a day too early. They heard a whistleblower
who came out with a false story — you know, people
say, “Oh, it was always fairly close.” It
wasn’t close at all. What the whistleblower
said bore no relationship to what the call was. We have a transcribed
call, done by professionals. And the call was a perfect
call, but Schiff made it up. Then it turns out that
the whistleblower was in cahoots with Schiff. Then it turns out that
the whistleblower is a Democrat — strong
Democrat — and is working with one of my opponents
as a Democrat that I might end up running against. The whole thing is a scam. It’s a fix. And we wrote a letter
yesterday, and it probably ends up being a big
Supreme Court case; maybe it goes a long time. I don’t know. But the Republican
Party has been treated unbelievably badly and
unfairly by the Democrats, John. The Press: But then again,
sir, if they held a vote in the full House, and the
vote were to authorize, would you — The
President: Well, yeah, that sounds okay. The Press: — would
you cooperate? The President: Well, we
would if they give us our rights. It depends. If they vote and say you
can’t have lawyers, you can’t ask questions, you
can’t have anybody present — all of these
crazy things. And even some of the
reporters said to me, “It really is an unfair
situation.” They ask all the questions and then
— for instance, the ambassador who testified
was a fine gentleman. He gave great
testimony for us. But we don’t get to do any
of that or show any of that, so they brought
out only the couple of negative things, all which
were knocked out by his other statements. It was a great witness for
us, but if you would’ve listened to them, you
would’ve said it was a better witness for them. It wasn’t. It wasn’t even close. He was a fine gentleman. And we saw that, and we
said that’s very unfair. Yes. The Press: Mr. President,
there were reports this afternoon that the Chinese
are lowering their expectations for
a trade deal. Are you also lowering your
expectations for a trade deal? The President: No,
I don’t think so. I think they feel that I’m
driving a tough bargain. But I have to. You know it better
than anybody. You do a good
job over there. I watch a lot. We are so far down, in
terms of where we started, from Presidents that
didn’t do their job for many years. Since the World Trade
Organization founding — China went in in 2001 or
so — China went in and just ripped off the world. So, and I told that
to President Xi. I said, “You know, this
can’t be like a 50/50 deal.” Because a 50/50
deal, you’re like up there and we’re down here. So a 50/50 deal, it
doesn’t work, right? You got to have
a little balance. This has to be a better
deal from our standpoint. And I think they
fully understand it. One of the really good
meetings I had today was with our people on opioids
and drugs and fentanyl — and fentanyl, in
particular, with respect to your question. And they said that Chinese
leadership has a lot of respect for our President,
and they are really being much more careful. It’s a much
different situation. We have some great
drug numbers. Now, what is great drug —
if you’re down 15, 16, 20, 25 percent, it’s still
horrible what’s going on in this country
and in the world. In the whole world,
it’s horrible. But no, I think they have
a lot of respect for us. It’s the first time
they’ve ever respected us. I think China has a lot of
respect for me and for our country and for what we’re
doing, and I think they can’t believe what they’ve
gotten away with for so many years. The Press: Are the Chinese
wrong to be putting pressure on the NBA, sir? The President: Well, the
NBA is a different thing. I mean, I watch this guy,
Steve Kerr, and he was like a little boy. He was so scared to
be even answering the question. He couldn’t answer
the question. He was shaking. “Oh, I don’t know. I don’t know.” He didn’t
know how to answer the question. And yet, he’ll talk about
the United States very badly. I watched Popovich. Sort of the same thing,
but he didn’t look quite as scared, actually. But they talk badly
about the United States. But when it talks about
China, they don’t want to say anything bad. I thought it was
pretty sad, actually. The Press: So are you
okay with the Chinese government pressuring
the NBA, sir? The President: It’ll be —
it’ll be very — it’ll be very interesting. Excuse me. The Press: Are you okay
then with the Chinese government pressuring
the NBA over Hong Kong? The President: They have
to work out their own situation. The NBA is — they know
what they’re doing. But I watch the way that
like Kerr and Popovich and some of the others were
pandering to China, and yet to our country, they
don’t — it’s like they don’t respect it. It’s like they
don’t respect it. I said, “What
a difference. Isn’t it sad?” It’s very sad. To me, it’s very sad. John. The Press: Mr. President,
Joe Biden came out for the first time today and said
you should be impeached. Your response? The President: Well, he’s
falling like a rock. We have him on tape
with corruption. I mean, he’s getting the
prosecutor for, I guess, John, it was $2 billion —
saying, “We’re not giving you the $2 billion” — or
whatever the amount was — “unless you get rid of
this prosecutor.” And then he goes, “Lo and behold,
the prosecutor was gone.” The Press: It
was $1.2 billion. The President: And that
was the prosecutor — excuse me, John? The Press: $1.2 billion. The President:
$1.2 billion. Not a lot of money. And then his son takes out
$1.5 billion from China. And, by the way, the
$50,000 a month that he was getting from Ukraine,
it looks like it’s $168,000, split among him
and somebody else — his friend. And also there’s a payment
of about $3 million to his son. His son just got thrown
out of the Navy. So Biden is dropping
like a rock. I don’t think he’s
going to make it. I didn’t think he wasn’t
going to make it for a long time. I don’t think he’s
going to make it. And I guess this is
one way he can do it. You know, he didn’t say
that until right now. And he sees what’s
happening to him. I guess he’s no longer
the frontrunner. But, look, I feel badly
for him because I know he’s going through a lot. He’s been hit. And he’s been
caught red-handed. I mean, here’s a man who
is on tape saying exactly what he’s going to do in
terms of corruption, and he gets away with it. If that ever happened to
a Republican, they’d be getting the electric
chair right now. They’d be right now being
walked into the electric chair. It’s a whole
different standard. What Joe Biden said on
tape — this isn’t like, “Gee-whiz, we think.” What
he said on tape — and the fake media doesn’t
want to play the tape. They hardly play it. So I feel, you know,
that it’s too bad what’s happened to him. He is sinking and his
campaign is sinking. But he walked away with
hundreds of — I mean, you look at the kind of
numbers his son — who is, at best, incompetent —
got thrown out of the Navy. I don’t even want to say
why; A subject that we just discussed. I don’t want to say why. But he gets thrown — and
then all of a sudden, he’s making a deal with
Ukraine, where they’re getting $168,000 a month
between the two of them — $168,000 — and he gets $3
million payments and all of this money coming out? And the kid has no
expertise in energy, and it’s an energy company. He has no expertise. You and I both know much
more than he does, John. And then you walk into
China, and a couple of days later — 10 days
later, to be exact — he gets $1.5 billion out of
China, and he’s got no expertise. And I have friends that
are the smartest people on Wall Street. I said, “Is
that possible?” They say, “No, it’s not
possible.” It’s a pretty sad situation. Please. The Press: Mr. President,
I just want to clarify something you
said earlier. If Pelosi holds a vote on
the floor on impeachment and commits to the rules
of previous impeachment proceedings, you’ll
participate in that investigation? The President: Yeah,
if the rules are fair. The Press: Okay. The President: I —
because I don’t know how — I don’t know exactly
your definition. If Republicans get a fair
shake — because the Republicans have been —
look, we were very nice to them. When Paul Ryan was the
Speaker, he really wouldn’t give subpoenas. And I’m not saying good,
bad, or indifferent. Here’s a man that
knows it very well. They’d go in with all of
the corruption that you’ve been reading about, and
all of the things that they did wrong with Comey,
and all of these people and all of the things
they did wrong. When we wanted a subpoena
— meaning, they wanted a subpoena — it was very
hard to get it and I’m not sure he ever even
issued a subpoena. And Nancy Pelosi issues
subpoenas: “Come on in and get them.” Gives
them to Nadler. Gives them to
Crooked Schiff. I mean, this Schiff
is one crooked guy. The guy made up
my phone call. Think of it. In the United States
Congress, he made up my phone call. And I’ve had people that
said, “I didn’t like the way you talked to the
Ukrainian President.” I said, “Did you
read my speech?” “No, I heard Schiff.”
Shifty Schiff. “I heard Schiff.” I said
— that’s how I said — I said, “Well, let me see
what he said.” A lot of people saw that. This — and frankly, I
think if it wasn’t for me, I don’t know if anybody
would have even noticed and called him out. He took my really —
believe it or not — congenial and gentle
words, and he made me sound like a tyrant. It’s a terrible thing. He defrauded the
American public. I mean, honestly, I don’t
know what can happen, but there are those that say
he should be prosecuted for what he did. He should certainly be
impeached, but he should be prosecuted
for what he did. And I think he’s a very
bad leader of this movement. Yes, please. The Press: And just, on
the phone call, there’s a new report out today that
the whistleblower says a White House official
came to him and said you committed a crime
on that call. Did any White House
official express any concern to you — The
President: No, no. The Press: — or speak to
you about that phone call afterward? The President: It’s all
a big con, don’t you understand? Look, the phone call,
you have it; it’s the transcript. That’s why they keep
saying, “Oh, the whistleblower said this
and that.” What happened is, if they would have
seen the transcript early, they wouldn’t have had a
whistleblower, because he wouldn’t have said —
there was nothing he could say. All you have to do is
read the transcript. Very calm. And what’s even more
important than the transcript, in
a certain way? Although, I think the
transcript is the most important, because it was
really plain vanilla. No emotion. No nothing. These are crooked people
that are doing — these are Democrats, headed by
a — a Democrat lawyer, a big Democrat lawyer. This is a con job. This is a con being
perpetrated on the United States public and
even the world. And the world is watching,
and they — they get it better than a lot
of other people. It’s very interesting. But a poll just came out
today: A very small people want to see something —
even though I only get negative press from
you people — not you, necessarily. But — but, that’s
the way it is. So, I say this: Look, all
you have to do is read the transcript. But you know what’s almost
as good as the transcript, I think? Is the Ukrainian President
saying — he didn’t even know that they were
talking about — “no pressure.” The foreign
minister of Ukraine saying, “No, it was
a very normal call. There was no pressure at
all.” What is bad is when you see all of the
elements, when you see that Schiff saw
the whistleblower. When you see what the
whistleblower said about the phone call, and it
was totally different. He made it up. And I don’t know why a
person that defrauds the American public should
be protected, okay? The Press: Sir, then why
did your administration try to bury that
transcript in the extra level of — The President:
Well, that I don’t know. Again, I’m not a lawyer. I can say this: I assume
it was for leaks. I have no idea. I’m just answering. Because this city is like
the leaking capital of the world. If you want to get
something out to the press, all you have to do
is hand it to somebody in Washington. So, I assume it
was for leaks. I mean, I’ve read that,
and it doesn’t seem like a big deal. What is a big deal — The
Press: (Inaudible.) The President: I think they’re
probably trying to protect it from leaks. But here’s the other
thing: We gave that transcript over
almost immediately. It wasn’t like we
waited until now. Until now would be
immediately, because it’s only been doing it
for three weeks. We gave that transcript
up almost immediately. And you know, when I heard
Schiff’s phony version, and when I heard what was
being horribly said by this so-called
whistleblower — and I’d like to find who is the
person in between the whistleblower and hearing
about this — the conversation? The conversation was,
I think, a perfect conversation. But who’s the person
giving this information? If that person exists —
I’m not sure that person exists — but I think it’s
important — and I say this to Congress — I
think it’s important to find out who that person
is, because we could have a spy. And I don’t want to have
spies when I’m negotiating with China and Syria and
all of the countries — if you look at Turkey,
with Erdogan. I have calls with
all these people. And Kim Jong Un. I don’t want to have
spies in the White House. I want to be free
to make calls. I don’t think it’s fair
that somebody interprets a call. He didn’t interpret it
wrong; I don’t mind a misinterpretation. This was a fraud, because
that call was perfect. And if you read the
whistleblower’s report, that was no — it bore no
resemblance to what the call was. Steve? The Press: Could we go
back to your conversation with Boris Johnson? The President: Yeah. The Press: There was a
case involving a car crash involving a — The
President: I hate the case. I — The Press: —
American diplomat’s wife. Did you bring — did
you talk about that? The President:
That’s true. I — we talked about it. The Press: What
did you decide? The President: So, what
we’re going to do — it’s a very, very complex
issue, as you know, because we’re talking
about diplomatic immunity, which, in itself, is
quite a subject, right? You people could lecture
me on it, I suspect. But it’s quite a subject. A terrible
accident occurred. The person driving the car
— they know who it was, and they have
it on camera. A young man was killed
on his motorcycle. He was killed — sounds
like instantly killed. The woman, through
diplomatic immunity, left the UK, and came
back to America. And what I’m going to try
and do and see — because I understand where the
people from the UK are. And, frankly, a lot of
Americans feel the same way. We have — I was telling
Boris, we have a lot of Americans that, you know,
they side on the fact that, you know, you have
two wonderful parents that lost their son, and the
woman was driving on the wrong side of the road. And that can happen. You know, those are
the opposite roads. That happens. I won’t say it ever
happened to me, but it did. When you get used to
driving on our system and then you’re all of a
sudden in the other system, where you’re
driving — it happens. Have to be careful
— very careful. So a young man was killed,
the person that was driving the automobile
has diplomatic immunity. We’re going to speak to
her very shortly and see if we can do something
where they meet — it was an accident. It was an acc- — The
Press: Like send her back? The President: It was
a terrible accident. The Press: Send her back,
you mean, for trial? Or — The President: We’re
going to speak to her and we’re going to see the
person driving the car — the wife of the diplomat. We’re going to speak to
her and see what we can come up with so that there
can be some healing. There’s tremendous
anger over it. It’s a terrible incident. There’s tremendous anger,
and I understand the anger from the other
side very much. The Press: Mr. President,
when you met with Robert Mueller in May of 2017 at
the Oval Office, were you in fact interviewing him
for the position of FBI? And were you aware, at the
time that he was in the Oval Office, that he had
had prior conversations with Rod Rosenstein about
potentially becoming Special Counsel? The President: Okay, to
you second question: Absolutely not. I had no idea that
he was doing that. To the first question,
he absolutely wanted to become the FBI Director,
and I said, “No.” I said, “Listen, you’ve been there
for…” — I believe it was 12 years. And I said, “No.” And it
has since been proven that I was right. Plus, we have
witnesses to it. I interviewed numerous
people that day. And he was one of
the numerous people. Making a decision
ultimately — but he was one of the people. I said no — nicely,
respectfully. The Press: Did you speak
to him about a potential conflict of interest
because of the dispute he had with you over
the golf membership? The President:
I knew about it. We didn’t speak about
that, because I wasn’t going to accept him. That may have been one of
the reasons I said no. Who knows? But I did have conflicts
of interest with Robert Mueller. We had a business dispute. I thought we had, as
you know, three basic conflicts of interest, and
none of them were very good. But we had a — we had
a business dispute. But I thought he was
there for 12 years. That was long enough,
especially when you saw what happened
with the FBI. And you have to
understand, nobody respects the FBI
more than do. And I think, if you took
a vote in the EBI, they’d vote me President right
now — a vast, vast majority. And they’re great people. I know a lot of them. But your leadership was
terrible, whether it was Comey or Mueller
or anybody. I mean, this leadership
turned out to be a disaster for this country,
when you look at Strzok and Page, when you look at
the “insurance policy.” “You know, she’s
going to win. But just in case she
doesn’t, we have an insurance policy.” Well,
that only means one thing; there’s no other
interpretation. So when you look at that
— no, Robert Mueller wanted a job to be the
Director, and I turned him — very nicely,
respectfully — down. The other element of your
question: I never — I never heard that until
just recently when it’s being reported
a little bit. The Press: So these trade
— the trade talks — The President: Please. Go ahead, Steve. The Press: — coming
up with China: Are you optimistic that some sort
of deal will be reached with these — The
President: Well, China wants to make a deal. In my opinion, China wants
to make a deal more than I do, okay? But — but — look, I’m
very happy right now. We’re taking in billions
of dollars of tariffs. And despite what the news
was saying, there’s no inflation. There’s not a very big
price increase, if any, because they’ve
eaten the tariffs. They’ve devalued their
currency and they’re pouring a lot of money
into their system. Now, they’ve lost three
and a half million jobs and their chain is
breaking up; their supply chain is breaking up
like a broken egg. They want to make a deal. The question is: Do I
want to make a deal? And the answer would be,
if we make the right deal, I’d love to do it. I think it would be a
great thing for China, also. The Press: But they seem
to be reluctant to make concessions on IP and
(inaudible) — The President:
Well, we’ll see. I mean, you
don’t know that. Look, there is so
many false reports. Everybody is
trying to guess. But there’s really only
two people that matter on this one, and that’s
President Xi and myself. We get along very well. I can’t imagine he likes
me the way he did when I first became President,
because, you know, it’s been — it’s been a
rough time for China. China has gone down many
trillions of dollars and we’ve gone up many
trillions of dollars. I mean, we’ve — since
I’ve been elected, many, many, many trillions of
dollars have been — increased the value of —
if you call it “value”; you could call it “worth”
or “value” — of our country. We’ve you’ve increased —
not just stock market, I’m talking our country. Our economy is bigger. It’s stronger. And I believe if my
opponent got in, you would have had a
tremendous slide. And don’t forget, I only
look at our numbers from the day after the
election, because there was euphoria when I got
elected and we picked up a tremendous amount from,
let’s say, the 9th of November to January
20th, when we had the inauguration. And it’s been that
way ever sense. It’s been a
fantastic thing. But China wants to
make a deal very badly. And if we can make a deal,
we’re going to make a deal. There’s a really
good chance. There’s a really
good chance, Steve. The Press: Have you spoken
— have you spoken at all, Mr. President, to the
Attorney General about the coming Horowitz Inspector
General’s report and/or the Durham report —
either investigation? The President: No, I
really — I’m leaving that to the Attorney General —
highly respected man, a very highly
principled man. I did read the Comey
report — 78 pages of total kill. And I think it says,
frankly, a lot to the Attorney General that he
decided not to prosecute on that report, because I
think most people reading that report would
have done that. That report was
horrible for Comey. Horrible. But he’s a highly
principled man, and I’m leaving it up to him. The Press: Mr. President,
can you tell us what you said to President Erdogan
on Sunday when he said to you — did you promise him
anything or did he promise you anything on Sunday? The President: No,
we’re talking about it. No. But he said, “I
want to go in. I want to go in.” But he’s
been telling me that for two and a half years. The Press: And did
you agree to that? The President: He’s been
telling that, virtually — he’s been saying this for
many years, before me. And, you know, he’s
ready to do it. They’ve been, again,
fighting for so long. They’ve been fighting for
so many — these are — this is like Israel and
the Palestinians, okay? There’s only one
difference: maybe the hatred is even greater. Is that possible? Maybe not. But it’s — this is a
very, very serious hatred that’s come
over many years. Yes, sir. The Press: But, Mr.
President, the Kurds helped the U.S. defeat ISIS. And, by allowing this
offensive, is it going to be more difficult in
future times of need to develop alliances? The President:
No, it won’t be. It won’t be at all. Alliances are very easy. But, you know, our
alliances have taken advantage of us. If you look at how much
money we spent on NATO and how much money countries
from Europe — who are really a much bigger
beneficiary that we are, okay? You know, they’re
there and we’re here. We’re many miles away. Our alliances, in many
cases, have taken tremendous
advantage of us. If you look at NATO, I got
them to pay $100 billion more. The Secretary-General,
Stoltenberg, came out with a report recently that,
because of President Trump, the other countries
— 28 countries — so 27, not including us — they
paid over $100 billion more because of me. But still, as good as that
is — sounds good — it’s nothing compared to the
kind of numbers you’re talking about. So I’m very happy with
that, but the United States is paying over 4
percent and Germany is paying 1 percent — maybe
a tiny bit more, but I actually think, the way
you calculate it — because you can look at it
many ways — is probably less than 1 percent. France is paying less than
what they’re supposed to. Out of the 28 countries,
20 of them are delinquent. You know what the
“delinquent” means? That’s an old
real estate term. “He’s delinquent with his
rent.” They’re delinquent with their payment. They owe us a tremendous
amount of money and they never pay us back. Because if Germany doesn’t
pay — they don’t add that up, they just say, “Oh,
that’s okay.” Then they don’t pay. And yet, they’re — if you
go back that way, like the old fashioned way -like
you don’t pay and you owe it. But they don’t pay and
they just go on to the next year. They owe us hundreds and
hundreds of billions of dollars. So, no. I don’t look
at it that way. Now, the Kurds are
fighting for their land, just so you understand. They’re fighting
for their land. And, as somebody wrote
in a very, very powerful article today, they didn’t
help us in the Second World War. They didn’t help us with
Normandy, as an example. They mentioned names
of different battles. They were there, but
they’re there to help us with their land. And that’s a
different thing. In addition to that, we
have spent tremendous amounts of money on
helping the Kurds — in terms of ammunition, in
terms of weapons, in terms of money, in terms of pay. With all of that being
said, we like the Kurds. Now you have different
factions in there. Again, you have PKK
— that’s a different faction. And they worked with us. It’s a rough group, but
they worked with us. But we’ve spent a
tremendous — and they’re fighting for their lands. So when you say, “They’re
fighting with us” — yes, but they’re fighting
for their land. Now, if we go on the
theory that some of the folks in Washington go by
— who all do very well with the military-industrial complex. I mean, you know, the
military-industrial complex. Take a look at Dwight
Eisenhower; he had it figured right
many years ago. It’s got tremendous power. They like fighting. They make a lot of
money when they fight. But it was time to bring
our soldiers back home. So I see — and I will
tell you: The hardest thing I have to do, by
far, much harder than the witch hunt, is signing
letters to parents of soldiers that
have been killed. And it’s not only that —
in areas where there’s not a lot of upside, if
there’s any upside at all, and in many cases,
it’s only downside. And especially when that
solider was killed in a Blue-on-Green attack. You know what
that is, right? That’s where a solider
being trained or whatever turns his gun on an
American solider. “Here, son. Take your gun. You know how to use it.”
And he takes the gun and he turns it. And he shoots one — we
have many of them in Afghanistan — in
particular, in Afghanistan. The hardest thing I have
to do is signing those letters. That’s the hardest
thing I have to do. And each letter
is different. We make each
letter different. And last week, I signed of
them for Afghanistan; one in Iraq; one in Syria,
from two weeks ago. And sometimes I
call the parents. Sometimes I see
the parents. I go to Dover, when I
can, but it’s — it’s so devastating for the
parents that — you know. It’s so devastating when
they bring that boy or young woman out of the
back of those big, powerful planes in a
coffin, and the parents are there. You know, we have
people that do that. That’s what they do. They — they work that. They accommodate
everybody. That’s what they do. They an incredible job. And they said — I said,
“The parents seemed to be okay.” I’ll get
there early. “The parents seemed to be
okay.” “Well, actually, sir, they
aren’t.” “No, no. The way they’re talking. They’re really
okay, aren’t they?” “Sir, you never know until
the back of that massive cargo plane opens up.” And
they walk down holding a coffin with four or five
great soldiers on each side of it, representing
our various forces. That you never know. And then I see it. And I see people that
were smiling, “Oh, Mr. President, thank
you for being here. Thank you for being here.”
And I think they’re doing great. And then, twenty minutes
later, we’ll be outside when that big plane pulls
up and that door comes down, and they are walking
the coffin with their boy inside this coffin with
an American flag over the top. And they’re walking that
coffin down this ramp. And I’ve seen people that
I thought were really incredible the way they
were ta- — I didn’t even understood how they could
take it so well — scream, like I’ve never seen
anything before. Sometimes they’ll
run to the coffin. They’ll break through
military barriers. They’ll run to the coffin
and jump on top of the coffin. Crying mothers and wives. Crying desperately. And this is on these
endless wars that just never stop. And there’s a time and
there’s a place, but it’s time to stop. And just to finish, last
Friday, I went to Walter Reed. And I gave out five Purple
Hearts to incredible young men — in this
case, all men. And they took a beating. Beautiful people. They took a beating. One couldn’t be there
because the beating was so great that he was at a
totally different part of
the world. He lost a leg. He lost an arm. Ryan. He had tremendous damage,
beyond even what these young folks went through. But I’ll tell you what:
For me, it’s very hard when I see that. It’s very hard. It’s easy to talk tough. You know, tough guys. All of these tough guys. “Let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep fighting.” I
they had to go to Walter Reed — where they do
unbelievable work. I have to tell you, these
doctors are unbelievable. You know, it’s easy to
say, “Oh, they’re not the…” They’re the
best in the world. I’ve never seen
anything like it. One young man, last week,
had his nose rebuilt. And they said it was
in a thousand pieces. And, I said, “So
where were you hurt?” He said, “My face, sir,
was almost obliterated.” I said, “You have a
better face than I do.” (laughter) And he said,
“Sir, I had a doctor who was unbelievable, and they
put it together.” They said — he said “a
thousand fragments.” Now, I don’t if that’s
even possible. But a thousand fragments. And they put it together. And his father, who was
crying, came up to me and said, “You’re not going to
believe this, but my son didn’t have a
great-looking nose and now his nose is better.”
(laughter) Okay? It’s an amazing thing. But when you see these —
and the Purple Hearts — you see this kind of thing
— and I see a lot of it at Walter Reed. And, again, the job those
doctors and the people do at Walter Reed, it’s
something to be commended. Thank you all very much. Thank you. (applause)

100 thoughts on “President Trump Signs Executive Orders on Transparency in Federal Guidance and Enforcement”

  1. Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan haji Ali says:

    Cardinal virtues for Tr. is 90%.

  2. Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan haji Ali says:

    President Trump is trumpeter for the track of transparency.

  3. Sylvia says:

    Best POTUS ever πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  4. Super Duper says:


  5. MP Momma says:

    As the Mother of an active duty MP I'm weeping for these families @56:50 πŸ’” Thank you for caring & sharing your experiences with us Mr. President & bringing our Troops home from the countries we truly should not have been in this long. Iraqi police should be well enough trained by now. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  6. inkythinker says:

    So, I could swear i clicked like on this just yesterday… and now I have to click like again – and my comment is gone from before… google/youtube can even mess with the White House channel, apparently? Yeah, time to drain that swamp!!!

  7. inkythinker says:

    One thing, Mr. President: If "The People" become a majority of those who hate America, those who are trespassers and criminals rather than Citizens, are those who hate the values of our Founding Fathers and the Constitution, then no, those people should not reign. We are a Republic and the Constitution and our founding Values must reign, under the God of the Bible, YHWH and Jesus Christ! If not, we all fall….

  8. Nancy Rubeck says:

    Thank YOU yet again Mr. President.

  9. Odin Woutan says:

    Trump is the best actor this corporation has ever had, even better than Reagan.

  10. Jefe Trump MAGAsexual says:

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT TRUMP… PDJT is doing BIG DAWG things, kicking ass and taking names while the demonKKKrats run around like lil chihuahuas, barking loudly about a lot of BULLSHIT (russia collusion/impeachment etc.) and ain't getting shiiit done. Most in the republiCANT side are running around with their tail between their legs, actin like spineless pooosssies and the mormon moron romney is running around actin like the 2.0 version of "limp dick" mccain, nothing but demonKKKrat bootlickers, most of the Rs πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

  11. Lawrence Gonzales says:

    ThanQ, Mr. President. Have a fantastic day and may God bless.

  12. Heather Riede says:

    I love you, Mr. President, and thank you for your hard work day in and day out w/o any thanks from half of the country who is duped by propaganda against you just because you're actually trying to fulfill your campaign promises and aren't crooked like 99% of people in DC.

  13. Y S says:

    The Wall is working. Jobs is working too.

  14. Y S says:

    Stop the bullying.

  15. Y S says:

    Trump again for 2020

  16. Tammie Kacor says:

    Why do countries pay NATO AND U.N contributions….they do nothing.
    What is their purpose? Maybe the U.N and NATO are no longer necessary. Unless they can substantiate their purpose for this TIME IN HISTORY. THEY DO NOT ABIDE TO ANY COUNTRIES LAWS…WHY? They can do whatever these please without any accountability. STOP PAYING THEM.
    I also heard the U.N going broke! Hmmmmm. How is that possible? Well, since they do not have to prove accountability to any country…then why are countries contributing to them! Where’s the money?

  17. Y S says:

    The President knows no respect on White Americans and Korean Americans.

  18. Grandma's Advice Take It Or Leave It says:

    Sounds Great President Trump here in the state of NJ they create executive orders and new laws which many citizens are not allowed to vote on. These laws are usually created not to help the citizens, but to allow curruption to blossem. People get no help either from local law enforcement, and they create their own regulations. Thank You.

  19. Larry Robbins says:

    All of the first screen of comments praise trump. I, along with the majority (according to recent fox polls), detest this lying cheating traitorous gangster. Every day that he remains in office he does great harm to the county and the world. REMOVE TRUMP TODAY!!!!

  20. ladyjillian12 says:

    Trump 2020

  21. Oregon Honey says:

    Dear President Trump, LOVE what you are doing for America…and the whole world. I want to say 'Thank you' for keeping your promises and standing up for us. We are blessed to have you in office.

  22. Bro. Justin X says:

    Ex-Sheriff David Clarke finally got his wish…

    He's Officially White

  23. sportshatch says:

    Don't worry this time next year Donald will be in jailπŸ™‚

  24. M Infante says:

    For POTUS
    I suspect that all this gaslighting on you is a reflection of collective mental health problems. Narcissistic people use gaslighting a lot. This specialist talks about it.

  25. d wilson says:

    What a joke…Trump is Hiding everything he has done from America….He he is a Life long Criminal and a TRAITOR. IMPEACH and PROSECUTE TRUMP the TRAITOR.

  26. Running On Coffee says:

    People's President!!πŸ’˜

  27. Tom Baldwin says:

    non-stop work!

  28. SSF Mason says:

    sure would be great if you guys really did do something.
    I am charged currently with a dui(i turned myself in for driving after drinking). I drink about 1-3 times a year and have been first response to 5 fatal accidents involving drunk drivers.

    The state has revoked my license for 1 year without due process. Which makes no sense because in America you are innocent of a crime until proven guilty.
    They say I need to pay a 680$ fee and pack around a breathalyzer test in order to drive again. Again that does not make any common sense. If without any prior record they decide to take my license because I may be a danger to society. Then turn around and say as long as a pay a fee to the state I am okay to drive that it is okay to do so again…

    Not only this but I have been charged with 2 crimes by the state for a single action. Which I believe is considered double jeopardy.
    What is even more suspicious is. The state prosecutors name is Aaron something or another. And the attorney prosecuting from minneapolis is Sgt. Aaron Dix.

    This is very peculiar as my name is Aaron and I used those names in trolling online. So i Do not believe these are actual people.
    Another interesting fact is when I went to get my Hazmat License for dangerous and control substance transportation. The local DMV knew I was taking online practise tests and told me regardless of what I scored on the test that I have taken enough online tests to pass regardless. Which would mean everything I type here today/tonight. Is being recorded and transferred to some unknown and beline entity.

    Has the government over reached? Do people really want to live in a society where some unknown entity person or program makes choices for them based on a mass secret collective of spyware and firmware?

    Some might say it would be a safer more free life if you ran around butt naked in the African jungle. Just saying…

    Get some sleep Mr. president———God bless and get some rest.

  29. debradenslow says:

    Mr. President, I dreamed to be on a probable timeline that included everyone's health, well being and quality of life. You also had the same dream, because here we are, on this timeline and we are going to create another probable reality that First Cause is going to want to factor in. We see, and are now creating, a more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible. Thank you for your beautiful πŸ’“.

  30. SSF Mason says:

    at least with the markers you can say here i am on wh youtube. and this marker was gifted to me by the sitting us president.

  31. K- Mac says:

    @18:37 This is how you know this is a β€œWhite Privileged America”
    dt said that the African American, Spanish, Asian Americans unemployment is at a all time low!
    We have our own statistics for unemployment but whites doesn’t because they have everything given to them

  32. STELLA SALINNA says:

    It’s all over the place . Fact- checking please

  33. John Q. Public says:

    I wonder if the collusion/subversion between these "environmental groups" and the EPA have been investigated and their AGREED, RIGGED agreements have been NULLIFIED. Have these two "parties" controllers/lawyers/government agents, been held accountable for the DESTRUCTION of PRIVATE PROPERTIES and even Americans' livelihood.

  34. GreenMountain GoldTrap says:

    BEST President EVER! You can't see me Sir. but, I'm standing right behind you. God bless and protect you and yours.

  35. b1itsjustme says:

    Do you have a lottery for which loser can stand behind you? I don't recognize a single one. Like your entire cabinet, nothing but losers…

  36. Veronica says:

    Could the spy be Kelly Ann's husband?

  37. Sophon Chhay says:

    Love you trump you do for you can do you do the best thing always support you from Cambodian to you πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡­πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  38. Alcir Vogel says:


  39. S Ross says:

    Stay strong President Trump! These idiot Democrats will be crushed by the truth.

  40. Scotty Menesini says:

    Traitor! Murderer! Liar! Impeach and Imprison 2020!

  41. Randall Midgley says:

    Democrats do not want any transparency on them, but demand it of President Trump, usual hypocrisy

  42. gogrannygo cools says:

    Great job, Mr. President!! KAG

  43. mylightofhope says:

    Thank you Mr President!!!

  44. Ann Johnson says:

    He is the best potus ever!! We have to stand with Potus!! Down with the deep corrupt deep state!! Its happening now! The storm is here now!! Be ready!! WWG1WGA we the people will protect and stand with Trump!!! Darkness to light they don't even know what is going to happen if they keep tying to continue their fake impeachment!!! I love and pray for our president and VP everyday.!!

  45. Karen Rehardt says:



    TRUMP 2020 πŸ™β€πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ UNITY AND STRENGTH πŸ™β€πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  46. Q Sentme says:

    I love my President!!πŸ₯΄

  47. Jacqueline Rivera says:


  48. Richard Anger says:

    Kevin Lunny knew that the lease was running out on the oyster farm when he took over the operation (10:45). So when the lease finally ran out and wasn't renewed, he gets all huffy and even brings in Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic senator, to plead his case. Kevin, you took over that operation knowing full well that when the lease was up that the National Park Service was going to close the oyster farm. Stop misrepresenting the facts. Why don't you tell us the truth, Kevin? It seems you'll kiss anybody's butt, Democratic or Republican, or in this case, Authoritarian, to get what you want. How do you like the taste of Trump? Taste like chicken? You have no soul. Everything in this comment is a verifiable fact.

  49. Q Sentme says:

    I the end..God bless our soldiers!

  50. Gygf Gyyg says:

    I go on live on sunday

  51. Smiley says:

    China is in Chennai, India. Very tight security. Over 1200 chinese security members stay in chennai Hyatt hotel. President of China meeting with PM modi in HOTEL ITC Chennai. This is historical meet happening between India n China. I was there since yesterday. Main thing is that no one is allowed in main road while their meeting. Flights and metro rails are cancelled. Buildings are watched. Transport facilities cancelled. But i was there. And I will be there tomorrow… I think God is allowing me to watch all these things closer…πŸ˜€

  52. Jade says:

    πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ NO TRUER WORDS! The worst mistake was going into the Middle East period.πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  53. Jade says:

    Biden no more a front runner?? SHOCKER. Omg?! Why isn't he sitting in a cell right now? NO BAIL. LOCK HIM UP!! NOW!!! Along with the rest of the motley crew. There's a thing called proof. They're done! The gigs up for all those devils! Why are they not being brought up on charges?? Yesterday? Last week?

  54. Jade says:

    πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€οΈ You wanna know the true essence of our President, fast forward to 56:30πŸ™πŸΌ


    Yesterday I was boiling in anger at my favorite president because of what the media told me about this press conference. The said "Trump just said he won't help the Kurds because they didn't help us in the second would war" But now I know what he really said.

  56. Shevy Silverberg says:

    You are the best president we ever had. Love from the Sun shine state.

  57. Judy Hile says:

    our wonderful president –God shield & strengthen him with your resurrection power

  58. Agustin Pistone says:

    Great reference and leader. ItΒ΄s always a good time to listen Donald Trump! YOU WILL WIN!

  59. Shevy Silverberg says:

    He is draining the swamp one by one. I love this man. Trump 2020

  60. T3RRY says:

    Trump: "Make America Greatly Corrupt Again"

  61. Alan Bernstein says:

    Who wants to be the World's Police?

  62. GM Jones says:

    POTUS Trump, you got jokes! Lol

    My prayers are with you, Sir!

  63. GM Jones says:

    Heartbreaking what agencies have been allowed to do to citizens.grrrrrrrr

  64. GM Jones says:

    Knowing about these crazy underhanded regulations, I'm starting to understand a bit more why so many corporations chose to move their operations overseas. It was a matter of self- preservation.

  65. TheMorganMonroeShow says:

    The MOST IMPORTANT and TRUE LEADER of the United States Of America EVER. THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT for your service!

  66. Jenny Horbol says:

    When are you Coming to Columbus Ohio? Please

  67. thinkppl says:

    Came here after the whole 'Normandy' outrage. This took quite a bit of time to sift through the entire briefing. Please think about adding timestamps to combat the mainstream media fake news!

    Timestamps for the questions. Syria ones are marked *. The Normandy question comes at 53:30

    22:22 Are you going to take any action in regards to the Turkish attack? *
    25:00 In light of escalation, are you concerned Erdogan will wipe out the Kurds? *
    27:50 What about these Isis fighter escaping an posing threats elsewhere. *
    29:55 Lindsey Graham is talking about imposing economic sanctions on Turkey over this incursion. What are your thoughts about that? *
    30:43 What is this human way supposed to mean? *
    31:23 About Trump declaring war on the Impeachment inquiry.
    33:44 Will you cooperate with the [inquiry]?
    34:35 Chinese are lowering their expectations for a trade deal, are you also lowering your expectations?
    36:20 Is it wrong to be putting pressure on the NBA? (over china)
    36:56 Are you OK then with the Chinese government pressuring the NBA?
    37:25 Joe Biden came out saying you should be impeached.
    40:14 If Pelosi commits to the rules of the previous impeachment proceedings, will you participate?
    42:02 White house official said you committed a crime on that call. Did any white house official come to you regarding the call?
    43:56 Your administration tried to bury the transcript.
    45:48: Will you go back with your conversation with Boris Johnson regarding a car crash?
    47:58 When you met with Robert Mueller in May of 2017 in the oval office, were you in fact interviewing him for the position of the FBI. And were you aware, that at time he was in the oval office, that he had had prior conversations with Rod Rosenstein about potentially becoming special counsel.
    48:50 Where you speaking about potential conflict of interest?
    50:10 Regarding china, are you optimistic regarding a deal?
    50:55 They seem to be likely to make concessions on..
    52:12 About the upcoming Horrowitz inspector general report.
    52:51 What you said to president Erdogan on sunday, did he promise you anything? *
    53:30 The kurds helped defeat ISIS. And by allowing this offensive, will it be more difficult to establish alliances in the future? *

  68. Eric Claeyborn says:

    President Trump is the most transparent POTUS, ever. And the Dems can't stand it.

  69. Eric Claeyborn says:

    It doesn't matter what laws are passed, because the Dems 'know' they can break everyone of them, and get away with it.

  70. Kafir Linda Clark says:

    Stay STRONG Mr. President!

  71. CHRIS PLATT says:

    President Trump is kickin' heiny for all Americans…Thanks be to God for sending us a real President !

  72. Kafir Linda Clark says:

    Obama= our ex Muslim in Chief.

  73. Kafir Linda Clark says:

    Give our forests back to the Forest Service! Stop private management of our forests.

  74. Kafir Linda Clark says:

    Incandescent lights give HEAT which is good for winter. Try warming your chickens with a non-incandescent light- ain't happening!

  75. David Kempton says:

    Insanity is NOT acceptable in the Offal Office. And EVERY WORD HE UTTERS is a LIE.
    So either YOU kill him, or WE do. Or he leaves voluntarily.
    Stupid Christians – JESUS NEVER EXISTED, AND NEVER CAN RETURN, he was never here in the FIRST place, read ACTUAL history, there was NEVER mention of his name. ONLY in Biblical text written HUNDREDS OF YEARS after.If he REALLY was the Son of God, wouldn't ya think (Well, you don't, that's the problem) SOMEBODY would have NOTICED?

  76. David Kempton says:

    If ignorance is bliss, this IS a blissful bunch of people tricked by Faux News and the the Con Man-In-Chief. When it is YOUR turn to be thrown under the bus, whatcha gonna do?

    Kill him before he kills us all – oh I forgot, you're "Christians," and that is YOUR GOA, the end of the human race so you can ride white horses in "heaven."…

    There is a war coming, probably Dec 2020, when Trump goes down in flames – or the voting machines are hacked – again – and Russia wins the election. I cannot WAIT to start taking out EVERY Trumpie, before they succeed in killing the species. I won't be able to reach the REAL targets, Trump, Barr, McConnell – but there are PLENTY of insane locally-available targets at home. And every target is one less vote for the Narcissist-In-Chief. EVERY vote Russia changes is one Trumpie that WILL be, MUST BE, killed. One for one. Remember that when it is YOUR turn to meet my machete. If you accept your fate, I will make it quick. If not – it's a machete…

    Why would I do this? America is dead, Trump has killed it. It will NEVER return to a place of global leadership, the world now knows to NOT TRUST AMERICA, it will NOT support its allies, only the immediate friends and donors of the fascist-in-chief. Its trade partners have forged new bonds with OTHER nations and do not NEED American grain, steel, technology or vehicles. When you finally realize what HAPPENS because of this, it will be far too late to undo the damage (it already IS too late, the world has awakened and Communist China is the new global leader.. YOU did this.)
    So when you wake up to see someone standing over your bed with a blade at your throat, you will know WHY…

  77. Rick Wolfe says:

    You are doing a Great Job Mr President … Thank You …

  78. Shelly Marie says:

    Louisiana USDA Rural Development Discriminated against me with a sentence that contradicted itself didn't let me know until 2 weeks before my lease was up. I could appeal bc my bank said it was not a reason to deny me. Poster child of your vision. Yet not in St. Tammany Parish. Or perhaps it is me and my nonstop support for you

  79. kim odom says:

    Trump is freeing an entire generation from the debt slavery that would have been the cross to bare for America's future. Let THIS be the last generation of American debt slaves – and the last generation of senseless casualties of Wars – Foreign AND Domestic.

  80. Carolan Weibel says:

    "I don't want to have spies." He doesn't want informants.

  81. Douglas Roth says:

    Trump is a fucking dickhead who needs a bullet in his head

  82. Carl Sr Carpenter says:

    Go Trump go Trump the best president ever best president ever dams leave him alone best president ever remove Pelosi Pelosi should be out she stepped Over The Line several times that's just the way I feel

  83. Sang Raja Dewa Dewa says:

    Success Love All

  84. Sang Raja Dewa Dewa says:

    I Believe That You Mr.DonaldTrump Will Be Re-elected, And God's Blessings With Amen Haleluyah Amen SuccessFull PerfectFull

  85. Holy spirit Of jesus christ says:


  86. Holy spirit Of jesus christ says:


  87. MrFurling says:

    The terrorist corrupt US government, would not know what Transparency means if it hit them in the face!

  88. Kather Harcarik says:


  89. Kevin Irish says:

    TRUMP 2020

  90. The Polarizer Podcast says:

    Pay attention, because we will never see a president of the United States like this again in our lifetimes. President Trump is a very special human being.

  91. Molon Labe says:

    Who is the white haired man over Trump's right shoulder with red tie? I do not trust him. Watch his body language when Trump mentions certain topics like leaking. He has shifty eyes and bows his head. Is it Jeffrey Rosen? POTUS should be cautious of him.

  92. bartakin says:


  93. Uncle Randy says:

    I urge all law enforcement officials to crack down on illegal aliens driving without a license, this is a national epidemic and illegals are becoming a public risk on the roads. Some car insurance companies are selling policies to illegal aliens just for profit, they even have signs saying " no licencia, no problema" meaning no drivers license, no problem, these are incentives to illegal aliens to keep breaking the law in our country

  94. Me says:

    This dumbass is wreaking havoc with our country. Can't make a decision. Send in the bombs, no take them back. Take out our troops, no wait send them to Saudi Arabia. HE ISN'T SENDING OUR TROOPS HOME THEY ARE GOING TO HELP THE SAUDIS. HIS OTHER CORRUPT COUNTRY

  95. Shamuhamet Durdyyew says:

    ΠœΠΈΡΡ‚Π΅Ρ€ ΠŸΡ€Π΅Π·ΠΈΠ΄Π΅Π½Ρ‚ Π‘Π¨ΠπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’ͺ

  96. Dislike Solutions says:


  97. Lisa says:

    Transparency?! Ha! First, let's see your tax returns and your willingness to let everyone testify that has been called on by Congress? Hmmm?

  98. Sharpshooter says:

    62 deep staters down voting here (10/27)

  99. 777 999 says:

    I honestly never imagined the deep filth and stupidity of the left.. Until this.. The GREATEST President in history exposed it..I will NEVER support any Demorat ever again

  100. Colin Thompson says:


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