Trump: I will let Barr decide if Mueller testifies

Channel: Fox Business
Published: 05/09/2019 04:59 PM

President Trump delivers remarks on ending surprise medical billing. The president has previously spoken about his desire for fair and upfront pricing in medical care. The president took questions from reporters after the event and discussed the China and North Korea trade deals, the Mueller rep...

Hello, everybody. Yesterday secretary azar announced a bold new initiative to require drug makers to disclose the prices to consumers and it's going to be something i think very special. You may have heard about it. Maybe not, but it's the beginning of a plan of transparency, and i think it will have quite an impact. So thank you very much a job. Well done everybody [ applause, ]! Thank you all fo ...
being here, as we address one of the biggest concerns americans have about health care, the republican party, i have to say this is really very much becoming the party of health care. You see what we're doing we're determined to end surprise: medical billing for american patients andthat's happening right now. I want to thank secretary of kostis secretary hayes, our and everybody else in the room for joining us. Some people with some incredible stories thanks also to senators lamar alexander maggie hassan bill, cassidy john barrasso and representatives kevin brady, devan newness and greg walton. Thank you all very much. Thank you. My administration has already taken decisive action to make health care more affordable for american families.

We'Ve vastly expanded lower-cost health insurance plans, that's happening, and it's been an incredible success. We'Ve begun a bold initiative to reduce the price of prescription drugs and last year, drug prices saw their first decline in 46 years, first time in 46 years that drug priceshave gone down and now they're going to be going down a long way further, including the fact That we may allow states to buy drugs in other countries if we can buy them for a less price, substantially less price and that's going to be very unique, but will allow them to go to other countries. Because the drug companies have treated us very, very unfairly. And the rules and restrictions within our country have been absolutely atrocious, so we will allow them with certain permissions to go to other countries if they can buy them for 40, 50. 60 percent, less it's pretty pathetic, but that's the way it works. For many years. Drug companies gave foreign countriesbetter deals than they gave our own country now we're making sure that our great seniors share in the discounts given to other countries, and we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. Very importantly, a republican party will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. That'S the man right there in my state of the union address. I asked congress to pass legislation to protect american patients for too long. Surprise. Billings, which has been a tremendous problem in this country, has left some patients with thousands of dollars of unexpected and unjustified charges for services.

They did not know anything about, and sometimes services they did not have any information on they weren't told by the doctor. They weren'ttold by the hospitals and the areas they were going to and they get what we call a surprise bill, not a pleasant surprise, a very unpleasant surprise. So this must end we're going to hold insurance companies and hospitals totally accountable and we're joined today by families who have personally experienced some horrible injustice'as of surprise. Medical bills drew and aaron calver from austin texas drew i'd like you to maybe come up and aaron to share your story. It'S pretty amazing story. Hi. I have insurance, but was still stuck with a highly inflated medical bill, a lot of pain, stress and fear that bill looming over us highly inflated bill that i shouldn't shouldn't have todeal with, and we we hope that we support the president that he'll take it. The president's called congress to take action and support, pass and surprise belling and also create more transparency in terms of medical bills. Thank you. Yeah had a heart attack two years ago and was driven to the nearest hospital, and although i had insurance, i would still build $ 110,000. The hospital threatened to send my bill to collections, and so from there all that. That stress and the fact that it was highly inflated.

I was in shock when i found out some of the real prices, so i was charged for so i feel like i was exploited and my most vulnerable timein, my life just having suffered a heart attack, and so i hope that congress hears this call to take Action close the loophole and surprise billing and let's work towards that transparency, [ applause ]. So when you got that second bill, you handled it right, yeah the heart was okay, good! You don't want to run for president that i can tell you you think that's bad, but it is bad, and it's a shame also here with us today or dr. paul davis and his daughter, liz from finley ohio, dr. davison. Liz would like to tell you about their story. Mr. president and honored guests, it's an honor for me to speak to you today. My family likeso, many others was victimized by a surprise medical bill. My daughter elizabeth was charged seventeen thousand eight hundred and fifty dollars for a urine drug screen. She had successful back surgery in houston, texas and a post-op visit, because she'd been given a prescription for a narcotic pain, really that she used appropriately and as directed he just said. Oh by the way i was like giddy urine specimen fine. She did it a year later, the bill showed up for seventeen thousand eight hundred fifty dollars.

This type of you know this test. That best is worth a hundred dollars. This really, actually you can get it for ten or twenty, and this type of billing is alltoo. Common, not just among dishonest providers, the problem of improper medical billing affects most those who can afford. It least, we must put aside any other differences. We have and work together to solve this problem. I'M very pleased to see this issue being brought to the nation's attention. Seventeen thousand eight hundred and fifty dollars for a urine test, the ob says, but they would have paid if it was in network a hundred dollars and ninety two cents and that's still inflated. It'S a bizarre story. I'D love to tell you told to keep [ applause. ], pretty amazing story, that's pretty incredible, but there are many stories like that. I'Ve heard them for years myself, friends where theyjust come back and they get a bill that they can't understand it and we're gon na be announcing something i think over the next two weeks.

That'S going to bring transparency to all of it and i think in a way it's going to be as important as a health care bill. It'S going to be something really special and we're doing a great health care bill. If we get the republican votes during the election in 2020, but would this could be something that will have a tremendous impact, maybe a bigger impact that even a very good health care bill, maybe even a bigger impact than when we took away the individual mandate from Obamacare that was abig deal, but the numbers you're talking about through transparency are tremendous. It'S the new thing and we're gon na be announcing it. I think over the next two weeks, it's going to be very comprehensive, we're also joined by dr. martin meharry, a top surgeon at johns hopkins university. That'S good place who has studied this issue closely. Dr. meharry, please come up. Thank you, mr. president, thank you for listening to the real health care experts, who are the patients and the doctors, not just the special interests. Oh thank you.

When someone buys a car, they don't pay for the steering wheel separately from the spark plugs and the conveyor belt, but yet in health care, surprise, billsand, overpriced bills are now commonplace and they're crushing everyday folks like these patients, people are getting hammered right now when hospitals Were built, they were built with a charter specifying most of them that they would be a safe haven or a place of refuge for the sick and injured, regardless according to their charter, regardless of race, ethnicity, or one's ability to pay. Yet today, surprise bills are hammering everyday americans they've done nothing wrong, they work and have a job and they have insurance and they're getting hammered in my own profession of surgical oncology. We see now that half of women with stage four breast cancer report being harassed by medical bills, that's a disgrace! Tomy specialty! That'S a disgrace to the medical profession and that's a disgrace to our country. We can do better hospitals and health care can get their act together to provide one honest and fair, transparent bill, so we can restore medicine to its mission and finally stop the erosion of the public trust that we're seeing. Thank you, mr. president, [ applause ]. Thank you very much and go step further. No american, mom or dad should lay awake at night, worrying about the hidden fees or shocking, unexpected medical bills to come today. I'M announcing principles that should guide congress in developing bipartisan legislation to end surprise, medical billing and these senators and congressmen and women that are with ustoday, are really leading the charge, and i appreciate that they're all here. Thank you all. Thank you all for being here. This is fantastic and i think it's going to be a successful charge from what i understand we have bipartisan support, which is rather shocking.

That means it's very important. That means it's very good, but that's great first in emergency care situations, patients should never have to bear the burden of out-of-network costs. They didn't agree to pay. So-Called balanced billing should be prohibited for emergency care. Pretty simple. Second, when patients receive scheduled non-emergency care, they should be given a clear and honest bill up front. That means they must be given prices for all servicesand out-of-pocket payments for which they will be responsible. This will not just protect americans from surprise charges. It will empower them to choose the best option at the lowest possible price. Third, patients should not receive surprise bills from out-of-network providers that they did not choose themselves very unfair. Fourth: legislation should protect patients without increasing federal health care expenditures. Additionally, any legislation should lead to greater competition, more choice, very important and more health care freedom.

We want patients to be in charge and in total control and, finally, in an effort to address surprise billing. What we do is all kinds of health insurance, large group, small group, individual markets and everything we want. Everything included noone in america should be bang corrupted and unexpectedly by health care costs that are absolutely out of control. No family should be blindsided by outrageous medical bills and we've got a long way to stop that. I think next week we'll go even further, possibly the week after it's being drawn now, but it's one of the strongest things we've done as an administration, and i don't think any administration has done more. If we get this the way we want it over the next two weeks, i think you'll see something that's going to be great our initiative to end surprise, medical billing is one of the many steps were taking to fix our nation's broken health caresystem and to deliver Better care, with more choices at lower costs, my administration is eager to work with both parties in congress to save american patients, thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars and to give american families greater peace of mind. They'Re surprised we these bills, it's ruined people's lives. They leave a hospital with something they think is going to be routine and they end up in court and they end up going to court, and then they end up with lawyers bills that are bigger than anything they could have imagined they get it from every side. We'Re not going to have that anymore. So today i ask democrats and republicans to come together to worktogether democrats and republicans can do this and i really think it's going to be something that will be acted on quickly. John. What do you think it'd be fantastic, that'd be fenton, we have great support in the white house and we appreciate it, and i want to thank everybody for being here, and hopefully you won't have any stories like that again drew that was not good and your story Was just terrible, i hope you negotiated it down very, very low not-not-not that close to the hundred dollars.

Okay, well, and thank you very much. I appreciate it very much. Okay, very seriously. Right now there were smaller missiles and short-range missiles nobody's happy about it. Butwould, take it a good look and we'll see we'll say the relationship continues, but we'll see what happens. I know they want to negotiate they're talking about negotiating, but i don't think they're ready to negotiate because we have to either do it's very much like china, the vice premiers coming here today we were getting very close to a deal. Then they started to renegotiate the deal. We can't have that we can't have that, so our country can take you in a hundred and twenty billion dollars a year in tariffs paid for mostly by china by the way, not by us a lot of people, try and steer it in a different direction, really Paint ultimatelyit's paid for by largely by china and businesses will pour back into our country so instead of making the product it'll be the old-fashioned way. The way we used to do we made our own product and i think things are going along pretty well there, but a large group delegation, headed by one of the most respected men and highest officials of china, will be coming in today. They start at five o'clock and they'll see what they can do, but our alternative is is an excellent one. It'S an alternative. I'Ve spoken about for years, we'll take in well over a hundred billion dollars a year we never took in ten cents from china, not ten centsand it'll be a.

I think it'll be a very strong day frankly, but we'll see well, it was their idea to come back well, he just wrote me a beautiful letter. I just received it and i'll probably speak to him by phone, but look. We have two great alternatives. Our country is doing fantastically well, our numbers at 3. 2, don't forget 3. 2. The first quarter is always by far the worst quarter, or at least almost always you look back over the years. First quarter is always weekend. We had 3. 2 gdp. Our unemployment numbers are the best in the history of our country and we're doing well, and our country companies are really doing well, even inohio. The great state of ohio yesterday general motors at my very strong, urging, to put it mildly, very strong.

I reject i wasn't even nice about it, but i appreciate what they did. They sold the the beautiful plant lordstown. They sold that beautiful plant to a very, very good company, that's going to make electric trucks, and that worked because i was the only thing they could say about our whole economy lordstown. They kept saying lord star-lord stan and when you had all of these great companies spending billions and billions of dollars coming into our country, they couldn't talk about. It. They'D only mentioned the one plant that was a gm plant from a very longtime ago, and now we have a great company going and gon na make electric trucks very appropriate, interesting idea, actually, electric trucks. Yes, please! Well, i'm going to leave that up to our very great attorney general and he'll make a decision on that, but i will say this look. The mullen report came out. It was done at i guess. I'M hearing numbers now close to 40 million dollars with 17 or 18 very angry democrats who hated donald trump and also everything that they could possibly have at their disposal. There was nobody that was in the history of our country, more transparent than me. I said give them every document give them every person.

Let the whitehouse counsel testify think he testified for 30 hours. I guess they must have asked him the same question because there wasn't very much to testify about, but i said let him testify and let him keep as long as you want. Actually, when i heard 30 hours, i said that's a long time, but i let him test. If i didn't have to have presidential privilege, i could have stopped everything i didn't have to give them a document. I gave them 1. 5 million documents. I gave them white house counsel. I gave them other lord anybody, you want, you can talk to at the end of the testimony, no collusion and essentially no obstruction. Of course, a lotof people say: how can you obstruct when there was no crime when there was no collusion? How can you possibly expect i'll tell you, but it's worse than that? It'S not only was there no crime, but the crime was committed on the other side. So we're protecting against the crime committed on the other side, so after spending all of that money all of that time, two years they come up with the report and bob molars no friend of mine, i had conflicts with him. We had a business dispute. We had somebody that is in love with james comey.

We like james comey. There were very good friends supposedly best friends, maybe not, but supposedly bestfriends. You look at the picture file and you see hundreds of pictures of him and combing and with all of that and other things he wanted the fbi job. I don't know if anybody knows that, but as you know, he was considered for the fbi. Job wanted it and the day after he didn't get it, he became the special counsel, that's a conflict and we had other things. But those are tremendous. Countless entomb is your judge. Fullam a judge is, has a business dispute with me. Your judge has a fantastic relationship with james comey. Well, he's a part of this: he lied to congress. He leaked he's a liar, a leaker and your judge hasa situation where he wanted to become the fbi director. We chose director ray instead and told him.

I'M sorry. That'S does a tremendous conflicts, those are tremendous conflicts and then he puts on his staff almost all democrats, many of whom contribute to hillary clinton. None of them contributed to me that i can tell you and it started out of 13 and went to 18, and these were angry democrats. These were people that went to her in one case, went to her was supposed to be a party. It turned out to be a funeral on election evening and was going wild. He was so angry and this man that was judging me. You had other peoplemade big contributions to hillary clinton's campaign. They were angry democrats in, i think, almost all cases one of the people worked on the clinton foundation as just about the top person at the clinton foundation. With all of this, they came back no collusion. There'S nobody in this room, including you. If they were that's huge, if we looked at you with 40 million dollars, 18 angry people that hated you and all of the other things i mentioned they'll find something i don't know. Maybe john, not, i think to me it looks like a redo.

Here'S what's happened. The report comes back, it's perfect, it's beautiful! There'S, no collusion. Nobody ever talks about collusion. You know, ihaven't heard the word russia in a long time. There'S no more talk about russia. What happened to russia, the russian witch-hunt? They don't talk because it was so on collusion which, by the way, is by far that's the big deal, because it was all about russia. So i haven't heard the word: russia. They don't use the word russia anymore, so there's no crime. There never was a crime. It was a hoax, it was a witch hunt, so this comes back and it comes back totally exonerating. Donald trump had a lot of other people. This was a terrible thing that happened to our country.

Now i tell you what they are asking they are asking. Abouthow did this whole thing start. That'S what people want to know, and i won't tell you i had a an event last night, a lot of you were there. Thousands and thousands of people standing in a fee they'd never seen anything like it, meaning even the press, but it's always that way. We'Ve never had an empty seat, thousands of people last night, you know what they want to know. How did this whole thing start? It'S gon na be hard for them to answer that when you please john, is a his strong views on things, but that's okay. I actually temper john, which is pretty amazing. Isn'T it nobody thought that was gon na i'm the one thattempers him, but that's? Okay. I have different sides, i mean i have john bolton and i have other people that are a little more dovish than him and ultimately i make the decision. Oh i get i like john. I get very good advice from john john mr. president, as you saw this senate intelligence committee as subpoena don jr.

That'S the republican-led senate intelligence committee. What do you make of that? Well, i was very surprised. I saw richard burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago he went outside and somebody asked him. No there's no collusion. We found no collusion, but i was very surprised to see my son. My son's a verygood person works very hard. The last thing he needs is washington dc. They could rather not ever be involved. Remember he said to me a long time ago when i was thinking about running dead. If i could help, let me know it's not my expertise, it's not something i really like, but whatever i can do you, my father, whatever i can do, he's now testified for 20 hours or something a massive amount of time. The muller report came out.

That'S the bible, the muller report came out and they said he did nothing wrong. The only thing is it's oppo research. If he did wrong that everybody's standing with me, probably except for john and lamari think lamar is pretty. Did you ever do oppo research on an opponent? I don't think so. No more - and i know john barrasso never did opposition research because he's a fine, fine man, but i would say 99 % of the rest of the folks, so they didn't, but that what they didn't discuss is this woman that came in who i watched her in The today show when it all started, i'm just an innocent. Well, nobody even knows, although the halls of congress know very well because for years she's walked around all over congress. She came in and she left supposedly gps. Fusion goes and meets for a short period of time with my son andsome other people. They talked about a subject as very well. You know advertised and put out nothing. It was a nothing meeting like jared left. He said, get me out of this meeting.

There'S a waste of time. She then went back to gps fusion. They were the ones that wrote the phony dossier. Why was she going to gps fusion? Why did she go back then? I heard that don puryear made three phone calls with an unmarked number. They called it unmarked, and this was a tremendous event because they all knew the fake news. They all know you affair on that john, but they all knew that these phone calls these tremendous phone calls before themeeting and after the meaning there were, i believe, three right. They all knew that it had to be to his father unmarked it's perfect, so he reported about the meeting and then reported what happened at the meeting except after looking and spending a tremendous amount of time and money. They were able to go back years and find out who made the calls. One was a local, real estate developer. The other was a great person from nascar. He took two of them and a friend of don's. This went on for a year and a half john.

You heard all about the phone calls to obviously the father, where i knew i'd never knew about the meetingbut. The phone calls to the father turned out not to be the phone calls. My son is a good person. My son testified for hours and hours. My son was totally exonerated by muller, who, frankly does not like donald trump me, this donald trump and frankly, for my son after being exonerated to now get a subpoena to go again and speak again after close to 20 hours of telling everybody that would listen about A nothing meeting yeah, i'm pretty surprised. Quite that's pretty fight. That'S up, you know we'll see what happens. I'M just very surprised. I really am you don't want to know about, they were very threatening and we just want to have wehave to have great security for this country and for a lot of other places. But hopefully that won't happen. We have one of the most powerful ships in the world. That'S loaded up and we don't want have to do anything.

What i'd like to see with iran, i'd like to see them call me, you know. John kerry speaks to him a lot. John kerry tells them not to call that's a violation of the logan act and frankly he should be prosecuted on that, but my people don't want to do anything. That'S only the democrats do that kind of stuff. You know if it were the opposite way. They'D prosecute him under the logan act, butjohn kerry violated the logan act, he's talking to iran and has been has many meetings and many phone calls and he's telling them what to do. That is a total violation of the logan act, because what they should be doing is their economy is a mess. Ever since i took away the iran deal, they have inflation, that's the highest number. I'Ve ever heard they're having riots every weekend and during the week even and what they should be doing, is calling me up sitting down. We can make a deal a fair deal. We just don't want them to have nuclear weapons, not too much to ask, and we would help put them back into great shapethey're a bad shape right now. I look forward today where we could actually help iran we're not looking to her to run.

I want them to be strong and great and have a great economy, but they're listening to john kerry who's violated a very important element of what he's supposed to be doing. He violated the logan act plane that simply shouldn't be doing that, but they should call, and if they do we're open to talk to him, we have no secrets and they can be very, very strong. Financially, they have great potential very much like north korea. North korea has tremendous potential economically and i don't think he's gon na blow that i don't think sothe vice premiers, one of the most respected men, one of the highest officials in china, is coming. You know you heard he wasn't coming he's coming. I will say this: once the tariffs went on the up the meeting it was supposed to take place originally on thursday, then about five weeks ago. They said how about friday how about next week i said: what's this all about - and i said: that's: okay, let's don't worry about it. Let'S take in a hundred billion a year and we put the tariffs and we made the statement and then they upped the meeting. How about let's go back to thursday, so i have no idea. What'S gon na happen, i didget last night a very beautiful letter from president xi. Let'S work together, let's see if we can get something done, but they renegotiated the deal i mean they took, whether it's intellectual property theft. They took many many parts of that deal and they renegotiated.

You can't do that and i'm different than a lot of people. I happen to think that tariffs for our country are very powerful. You know with a piggy bank that everybody steals from, including china we've been paying china 500 billion dollars a year for many many years. China rebuilt their country because of us they couldn't have done what they're doing they're building a ship every three weeks, they're building aircraft likeyou've never seen fighter jets. I respect it, i don't blame them. I blame our past leadership for allowing this to happen. What i'm doing now with china should have happened many years ago, not just obama, long before obama. I always say you know. If you look, nefta is one of the worst deals ever made trade deal, but the worst trade deal ever made is the wto, because china was flatlining for many many decades. Many many it was flat right here. The wto came along. We allowed china into the wto and they became a rocket ship.

You got to take a look at a chart. Sometime do it. It would be very interesting, an economic chartthere here and they went up like a rocket ship. Well, they did it with our money and others, and they did it because they're very smart and the good people - and i, like the president, a lot he's a friend of mine, but i'm representing the usa and he's representing china and we're not going to be taken Advantage of anymore we're not gon na pay, china 500 billion dollars a year, so we put very heavy tariffs on china as of friday, and we put them on also eight months ago, and when people looked at the economic numbers, they were shocked when they look at The import export numbers they were shocked, they said well, how did theyget to this point? This was very good. There was a very good report. They'D never seen that for many years i said tried looking at all of the tariffs that china's been paying us for the last eight months, billions and billions of dollars, and that's only because i gave him a break because we were negotiating goodwill. We were negotiating. I gave them a break and i said, let's keep it at 10 % instead of 25 %. So now what we're doing is we're raising it to 25 % on friday, so it'll be 250 billion dollars at 25 % and it'll be 325 billion dollars at 25 % and we're starting that paperwork today. So we'll see, but you know whatas, president of our country, had to do something about it and, as president of our great country, we're gon na be taking in more money than we've ever taken in and all of these countries, many of them have taken advantage of Us, including our allies, they've, taken advantage of us on trade they've, taken advantage of us on military. We defend all these countries for nothing or for a tiny fraction of what it costs. We take care of nato, i'm all for nato, i'm all for nato and i think it's just wonderful, but it's different than it was 25 years ago and 40 years ago, and i got nato to put up an extra hundred billion dollarsask secretary general stoltenberg he's like Donald trump's biggest fan, because spending was going down the the contributions that the 28 countries were making.

It was heading like like a slope down like a very steep mountain and then i came and it went up like china. It went up like a rocket ship, okay, but i don't like seeing people take advantage. We pay for anywhere from seventy to a hundred percent of nato, so we protect nato. We protect two european countries and we protect him and we protect them beautifully with a power with the most powerful nation, especially since we've redone our military redoing and done all of the nuclear. You never want to use itbut. You have to have it, but we've spent - and i thank congress for this 700 billion and then 717 16 billion dollars on our military. Our military, when i came to office, was totally depleted. We now have by far the strongest military in the world, but we defend countries when you look at our budget, so we're at 716 billion and russia's at 68 billion. How do you figure that? Because russia doesn't go around defending every country in the world and not getting paid for it, and you know what i don't mind not getting paid. If there's a country that's been horribly treated and lots of bad things are happening and they're, not a rich countrybut. When we defend the richest countries in the world - and they don't pay us for what we do and frankly they go back and close meetings and they laugh at the stupidity of the united states for doing it. These are countries with nothing but cash.

They could very easily, i told the story. Last night i picked up five hundred million dollars with one phone call to a country and that's just the beginning, and i've done it with many other countries anyway, but just over the last first short period of time. One phone call that lasted for a period. If i would say five minutes, i picked up five hundred million dollars because they said you'renot taking care of us we're taking care of you, but you're not taking care. It'S not fair. So really. The word is not fair. Nato doesn't treat us fairly at all, but now they're starting to pay. And if you look at mr. stoltenberg he will tell you he's never seen anything when i get a hundred billion dollars and that's a low number they're paying a hundred billion dollars well. But how do you feel about this germany? It'S supposed to be paying two percent germany's paying one percent. They say one point three, but call it one percent, because it really is closer to one percent.

Germany pays to russia billions of dollars a month for thepipeline, and yet we're supposed to be defending germany from russia, so germany is giving the so-called enemy and of corden enemy. I want to get along with russia, and i want to get along with china, because i'm smart, stupid people don't want to get along because i'm smart. This witch hunt hurt us in our relationships with a lot of countries. It was a very expensive horrible thing for our country and by the way, should never ever happen again to a president. Two years i've been going through this nonsense and now we have a good report and now guys, like jerry nadler, who i fought for many years successfully, i might add back in new yorkin manhattan. He was a manhattan congressman. I beat him all the time and i come to washington and now i have to beat him again over nothing over nothing over a hoax and they know it's. A hoax is smart nagra's. A smart guy schiff is a smart guy when schiff goes to the microphone. He'S conning this whole country, and he knows that and he goes back into a roman. He talks to his friends and he laughs because that's the way life is, but our country is doing great. We'Re gon na find out about china tonight and i think in the end, you're going to be very impressed with the kind of things we're doing and thereason.

They were so surprised with the numbers two three weeks ago, not 23. 2 gdp, which everybody was surprised at, but maybe more importantly, export numbers import numbers, because we have billions of dollars coming to our country that our country never would have seen with a regular president. They should have been done many years ago and i told president xi of china and i tell abby who's a good friend of mine, prime minister of japan, doing a great job. I tell him, i tell everybody, i said i don't blame you. I blame the people that ran the united states and i blame their trade representatives and frankly, i blame our presidents, because this should have neverhappened, we've been losing for years, close to 800 billion, not million 800 millions alone, but we've been losing 800 billion dollars on trade. 800 billion dollars we're gon na stop that and we've already started. So we have a meeting tonight at 5 o'clock with the top people from china and we'll let you know what happens. Thank you all very much, [ applause ], just so you understand we gave were to recon 91 billion dollars for the hurricane. That'S the largest amount of money ever given to any state talking about states in puerto rico, a little different 91 billion dollars. Texas got 30 florida got 12. Berto rico got 91 billion dollars, so i think the poor people - ofpuerto rico, should really like president trump now that money was given by congress, but they got 91 billion dollars. Now you remember how big the hurricane was in texas, the largest water dump in the history of our country.

They said three times and went in, went out, went in texas got 30 billion dollars. Florida got actually anywhere between nine and twelve puerto rico, got 91 billion dollars, and now the democrats are trying to hold up the money from georgia from south carolina from alabama to florida, they're trying to hold it up, they're hurting florida, they're holding i mean what they're Doing to north carolina to louisiana they're trying to hold relief aid, because puerto ricowhich got 91 billion, have to love their president. They want to get puerto rico more money, so they're willing to sacrifice georgia alabama, south carolina, north carolina, florida, louisiana and other states. The democrats are doing that they are very divisive people. Thank you very much. You.

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