Campaign 2018 President Trump Post- Election News Conference CSPAN November 7, 2018 11:57am-1:27pm EST
.org, you can find those speeches there. and as we go forward and the new congress takes place, we are hearing from people and where their various positions are on certain issues. you can go to the debates in these key races we are tracking, well over 100 of these races and debates are stored there. if you are still interested in finding out positioning, you can c-span.org,bsite at where all that information is archived as part of our 2018 coverage from election night or leading up to election day and election night. the president is just about to speak here at the white house. we will go to the white house for the president of the united states. president trump: thank you, thank you very much. please, thank you. it was a big day yesterday.
incredible day. and last night, the republican party defied history to expand whilenate majority significantly beating expectations in the house. for the midtown and midterm year. of a verys in spite dramatic fundraising disadvantage, driven by democrats, wealthy donors, special interests, and very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly. a newdia coverage set record and a new standard. we also had a staggering number of house retirements, so it is a little tough. these are seats that could have been held pretty easily, and we had newcomers going in and a lot of them worked very hard, but it is very difficult when you have that many retirements. -- a large number of campaign rallies with large,
large numbers of people going to everyone. to the best of my knowledge, we did not have a vacant or an empty seat. i'm sure you would have reported it if you spotted one, including 30 rallies in the last 60 days. we showed the candidates that i achieved tremendous success last night. as an example of the 11 candidates we campaigned with wonng the last week, 9 last night. vigorous campaigning stops the blue wave that he talked about. i don't know there was ever such a thing, but it would have been. if we did not do the campaigning , probably, it would have been. history will really see what a good job we did in the final couple of weeks in terms of getting some tremendous people over the finish line. they really are tremendous people, but many of them were not known.
party has only gained a cumulative total of eight senate seats, averaging one per decade. up 2, 3, or four, that is a big percentage of that number. think last 80 years, you of that. only eight seats. in president obama's first midterm election, he lost six senate seats, including in the deep blue state of massachusetts. republicans captured at least four senate seat held by democrat incumbents, and these ,re tremendously talented hard-working people that did this. florida,,orth dakota, missouri, we also won to open in tennessee. congratulate our great
champion who did such a great job in tennessee. and arizona is looking very good. really very good. a terrific job. she has done a fantastic job. in each of these open seats, democrats recruited very strong candidates with substantial fundraising and media support. we were
getting bombarded with money on the other side. in the house, republicans dramatically outperformed historical precedents and overcame a historic number of retirements, the most house republican retirements in 88 years, 43 house republicans retired. now, i will say this. in many cases, they were ofirmaen of -- chairmen committees, and they left because they were not chairman.
the republicans have a role for six years. it helps people come through the system, become chairman, and in another way it drives people out. when they are a chairman, they do not want to go and not be a chairman. you are a big deal, and now you are not doing that anymore. so they leave. we had a lot of them leave. i guess you can flip a coin as to which system is better. some of their folks have been on those committees for a long time as chairman. in 2010, president obama's first midterm, he lost 623 seats. i contrast, as of the most current count, it looks like around 27 how seats or something. we will figure that out pretty soon. we also had a slew of historic wins in the governor's races. the governor's races were incredible. against very well-funded, talented, and skilled democrat thatdates, and people worked very, very hard, respectfully, for those
candidates, like oprah -- winfrey, who i like. i do not know she likes me anymore, but that is ok. she used to, but she worked very hard in georgia, very, very hard . if you look at them, four governor's race is crucial to 2020 and the presidential race, florida, iowa, ohio, and georgia . they are big ones. florida, ohio, iowa, and georgia. you can't get much more important than that. they were incredible campaigns. incredible. now, republicans will control the majority of governorships across the country, including three great women who worked really hard. of alabama, south dakota, and iowa. they worked very, very hard. majority,g our senate
the voters have also clearly rebuked the senate democrats further handling of the kavanaugh hearings. a big factor in how that was handled. tremendous energy was given to the republican party by the way then judged kavanaugh, now justice kavanaugh. and expressed their support for confirming more great pro constitution judges. candidates who embraced our message of low taxes, low regulations, low crime, strong borders, and great judges excelled last night. they excelled. they really -- i mean, we have a list of people that were fantastic. i am just going to point them out.
davis, andyodney when is fantastic, and went to kentucky for the most part, i did not campaign for the house, but i did make a special trip for andy barr because he was in a very tough race in kentucky, and he won. that was a very tough race. all the polls show that he was down and down substantially, and he won. daughter minnesota, great guy, he is new -- pete stauffer of minnesota. great guy. some decided to stay away. they did very poorly. i'm not sure if i should be happy or sad, but i feel just fine about it. coffman --lla, mike too bad, mike. i saw mia love. she called me all the time to
help her with a hostage situation. venezuela,hostage in but mia love gave me no love, and she lost. too bad. sorry about that, mia. barbara comstock was another one. i think she could have won that race, but she did not want to have any embrace. for that, i don't blame her. but she lost, substantially lost. peter roskam -- didn't want the embrace. erik paulsen didn't want the embrace, and in new jersey, i think he could have done well but it did not work out too good. bob you can, i feel badly because i think that is something that could have been won. john faso, those are some of the people who decided for their own reason not to embrace -- whether it is me or what we stand for,
but what we stand for meant a lot to most people. and we have had tremendous support. and tremendous support in the republican party, among the biggest support in the history of the party, i have actually heard, at 93% it is a record, but i won't say that because who knows? we have had tremendous support. america is booming like never before. we are doing fantastic. we have later recovered load here and he are as good as we have ever seen -- we have larry kudlow here and he says the numbers are as good as we have ever seen, but he is a young man is so we have not seen many numbers. you are a young manager of not been doing this too long, but the numbers are as good as you have ever seen. if you have a question for larry we will do that. i want to send my warmest
appreciation and regards to majority leader mitch mcconnell, who worked very well together. we have been working very well together. we have a great relationship, people don't understand that, which is fine. and also to perhaps -- it looks like, i would think, speaker nancy pelosi. i differ a lot of credit. she worked very hard and she has worked long and hard. i give her a great deal of credit for what she has done and what she has accomplished. hopefully we can all work together next year to keep delivering for the american people, including on economic growth, infrastructure, trade, lowering the cost of prescription drugs -- these are some of the things the democrats do want to work on, and i really believe we will be able to do that. i think we will have a lot of reason to do it. and just as a matter of business, i was with some very special people last night.
if the republicans won and we held on by two, or one, or three, it would have been very hard having that many republicans to ever even get support among republicans. there will always be one, too, or three people that for a good reason or bad reason or for grandstanding -- we have that , plenty have seen that of grandstanding, but for plenty of reasons, you will always have a couple that won't do it. so that puts us in a very bad position. if we had kept -- i am saying this for very basic reasons, common sense, it puts us in a very tough position. haven by 1, 2, 3, you will 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 even, over and say look, we are not going to go along with this. all of a sudden, we would not be able to even get it in many cases out of republican hands before we send it on to the
senate. much easierave a path. because the democrats will come to us with the plan for infrastructure, a plan for health care, a plan for whatever they are looking at, and we will negotiate. as you know, it has been very hard in the senate because we need essentially 10 votes from democrats. we do not get those votes. stickats really do together well. i do not agree with them on a lot of policy, but i agree with them on sticking together. so now we go into the senate. we do not have the 10 votes, and what happens? it doesn't get passed. even if it gets out of the house, it doesn't get past. the new concept of what we are doing, i say come on, let me see the what you have. they want to do things. i keep hearing things about
investigations, like almost from the time when i announced i was going to run, they have been giving us this investigation fatigue. time. been a long they've got nothing, zero. do you know why? there is nothing. they can play that game but we can play it better, because we have a thing called the united state senate, and a lot of very questionable things were done, between leaks of classified information and many other elements that should not have taken place, and all you are going to do is end up in back and forth and back and forth, two years is going to go up, and we will not have done a thing. i really respected what nancy said last night about bipartisanship and getting together and uniting. she used the word uniting and the bipartisanship statement, which is so
important, because that is what we should be doing. so we can look at us, they can look at us, we can look at them and it will go back and forth, and it will probably be very good for me politically. i can see it being extremely good politically, because i think i am better at that game than they are, actually. but we will find out. or we can work together. you cannot do them simultaneously, by the way. if they are doing that, we are not doing the other, just so you understand. so we won't be doing that. now what happens, we sent it to 100%enate and we get democrat support and we get some republican support. if it is good, i really believe we have republicans that will help with the approval process and they will really help with the approval process. so it really could be a beautiful bipartisan type of situation. if we won by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, that would not happen. the closer it is, the worse it is.
me, they they come to negotiate -- maybe we make a deal, maybe we won't, but we have a lot of things in common on infrastructure. we want to do something on health care, they want to do something on health care -- there are a lot of great things we could do together. now we will get the democrats and get the republicans, or some of the republicans, and i will make sure that we send something up that the republicans can support, and they will want to make sure they send something up that the democrats can support. so our great country is booming like never before and we are thriving on every single level, both in terms of economic and military strength, in terms of gdp, weent, in terms of are doing unbelievable. i will tell you, our trade deals are coming along fantastically. the usmca and south korea is finished. the usmca has gotten great reviews.
not going to lose companies anymore to other countries. they are not going to do that because they have a tremendous economic incentive, meaning it is prohibitive for them to do it. it will not be like nafta, which is one of the worst deals i have ever seen, although we have made some other pretty bad ones too. now is the time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship aside, and keep the american economic miracle going strong. it is a miracle. we are doing so well. i have set it at so many rallies , i have said it so much you probably don't want to hear it again. when people come to my office, they all congratulate me, almost the same thing, on what we have done economically, because it is really amazing. our steel industry is back. our aluminum industry is starting to do really well. these are industries that were dead. our miners are working again.
we must all work together to protect our military. we have to do that. to support our law enforcement, and advanceorders, really great policy, including environmental policy. we want crystal clean water, we want beautiful, perfect air. the air and water has to be perfect. wante same time, we don't to put ourselves at a disadvantage to other countries who are very competitive with us and you don't abide by the rules at all. we don't want to hurt our jobs, we don't want to hurt our factories, we don't want companies leaving. we want to be totally competitive, and we are. and right now we have about the cleanest air and water we have ever had, and it will always be that way. we insist on it. environmental is very important to me. with that, i will take a few questions, if you like. whoa. i don't know what happened. [laughter]
president trump: that was a lot of hands shooting up so quickly. there is a lot to talk about. >> mr. president, you talked about bipartisanship by the presumed speaker of the house, nancy pelosi talked about it last night, and i am sure that is encouraging for the american people. but do you believe, given what the relationship has been like between this white house and the democratic party, that will happen? president trump: i think there is a very good chance it will happen. just finish -- will you have to compromise on certain issues to where it could hurt you in 2020, and when you expect the democrats take over the chairmanship of these important committees, you will get hit with a blizzard of subpoenas on everything from the russian investigation to the cell phone use to your tax returns? president trump: we will do the same thing and government comes to a halt, and i would blame them, because they now are going to be coming up with policy.
they are the majority in the house. i expect they will come up with some fantastic ideas that i can support on the environment, on so many different things. including prescription drug prices, which we have made a big dent in already, including some of the things we are working on for the vets. we have gotten choice approved and a lot of things approved, but they have other elements we want. there are other things we can get along on without a lot of trouble, that we agree very much with them and they agree with us. i would like to see bipartisanship. i would like to see unity, and i think we have a very good chance -- maybe not on everything, but a good chance of seeing that. go ahead. the lameestion on duck, sir, and one on your cabinet. you toyed with the idea of a shutdown during the campaign before the midterms in order to secure border wall funding. are you prepared to go on a
shutdown strategy during the lame-duck, since this might be your last best chance to secure that? president trump: not necessarily. i speak to democrats all the time. they agree a wall is necessary. we are building a wall, and we are not building it all at one time, but in chunks. we need money to build the whole wall. now we have the military, now we have other elements of a wall that are pretty nasty, to be honest with you, but it is pretty hard to get through it. no, i would like to see the wall. will bethe people we dealing with, you know, in 2006, they approved the wall, essentially. it was a strong border fence but it was the same thing. they all agreed. i have statements from every one of them and we have statements, saying we need the wall. they sound like me. we do need it, and i am not just talking about the caravans, but we have people coming through our borders that you physically cannot put that many people -- it is a 2000 mile stretch. you cannot put that many people
.long that stretch to guard it even if you did, tremendous fighting would ensue. so we need the wall. many democrats know we need the wall, and we are just going to have to see what happens. i will be fighting for it. they have done everything in their power to make sure -- i got the military, $700 billion, $760 billion -- the wall is a tiny, tiny fraction of the cost of that, but the whole agenda has been to try to not give me anything for the wall. arelieve politically they hurting themselves. i think politically that is a good thing for me, but i want to get the wall up because we need it. >> soto shutdown scenario? president trump: i cannot commit to that. >> and can you give us some clarity on your attorney general and deputy attorney general. do they have long-term jobs available? president trump: i will answer that at a different time. -- at a lotng a lot
of different things, including my cabinet. we are looking at different people for different positions. you know, that is very common after the midterms. i did not want to do anything before the midterms, but i will tell you that for the most part, i am extremely happy with my cabinet. i think mike pompeo has fit in so beautifully. [inaudible] president trump: we are looking at that, and i want to study what is being said. i think he is doing an excellent job, but we will take a look at that and have an idea about that in about a week. >> thank you, mr. president. [inaudible] president trump: behind you. he gave me a fair interview the other day, so i might as well ask him a question. >> thank you, mr. president. you told me the other day that you are an open book. president trump: i think i am an open book. >> point-blank, democrats go after your tax returns, will you try to block them or will you
allow it? i told you,ump: as they are extremely complex. people would not understand them. among thedone by, biggest and best law firms in the country, with the accounting firms. the accountants are very, very large, powerful firms from the standpoint of respect and how they are respected. big firm. a great law firm, you know it very well. they do these things, they put them in. people don't understand tax returns.
i didn't do a filing of over 100 pages, i believe, which i believe is in the offices. when people went and saw that file and saw the magnitude of it, they were very disappointed, and they saw the detail. you get far more from that, and i guess we filed that down three times. you get far more from that than you could from a tax return. when you are under audit -- and i am under continuous audit because there are so many companies and it is a very big
company, far bigger than you would even understand, but it is a great company. complex, big and it is .nd it is probably feet high it is a very complex instrument. i think people wouldn't understand it, but if i were finished with the audit, i would have an open mind to it. but i do not want to do it during the audit. really, no lawyer, even from the other side they say often -- not always, but when you are under subject it tonot that. you get it done and release it. when that happens, if that happens, i would certainly have an open mind to it. >> sioux of the audit is still on, you will not turn over the tax returns? president trump: no but he turns over
a return when it is under audit. go ahead. >> well, i was tempted to ask why you like oprah so much, but i think i will go on to the question --
trump i do what kind of a question is that? -- president like oprah?o i what kind of question is that? she was a person i knew well, she came to my place in palm beach often, and i have a lot of respect for her. unfortunately, she did not do the trick. >> you just it up your and said from this podium -- are you offering a my way or highway scenario to the democrats? trump: not at all. start -- if they start investigating you and you start investigating them, can you compartmentalize that -- president trump: i know more than they know. >> and you compartmentalize that and do what is best for the country, or are all bets off no, then it is a warlike posture. >> since
it is jim, i will let it go. i want tosident,
challenge you on one of the statements you made in the tail end of your campaign. in the midterms. that this caravan was an invasion. no, mr. president, the caravan was not an invasion. it is a group of migrants moving up from central america towards the border with the u.s.. president trump: thank you for talking. >> why did you characterize it as such? president trump: i consider it an invasion. you and i have a difference of opinion. do you think you demonize immigrants during the election? president trump: no, i want them to come into the country, but i want them to come in illegally. they have to come in through a process, i want people to come in and we need the people. president trump: you know why we need the people, don't you? we have hundreds of companies moving in. we need the people. >> your campaign had an ad that showed migrants climbing over walls -- -- weren't
president trump: they were not actors. they did not come from hollywood. these were people -- this was an actual, you know, this happened a few days ago. they are hundreds of miles away, though. they are hundreds and hundreds of miles away. that is not an invasion. president trump: honestly, i think you should let me run the country, you should run cnn, and if you did it well, your ratings would be better. president trump: that's enough, that's enough. that's enough. >> may i ask, on the russian investigation, are you concerned that you may have -- i am not -- president trump: i am not concerned about the russian investigation because it is a hoax.
put down the mic. [indiscernible] president -- president trump: cnn should be ashamed of themselves having you work for them. you should be at -- you are a
rude, terrible person and should not be working for cnn. you are very rude. the way you treat sarah huckabee is horrible and the way you treat other people is horrible. you should not treat people that way. defense, i have traveled with him and he is a diligent reporter. president trump: i am not a big fan of yours
either. you are not the best. >> mr. president, -- president trump: just sit down, please. ,hen you report fakes news which cnn does a lot, you are the enemy of the people. go ahead. mr. president, over the course of the last several days of the campaign, you repeatedly said americans need to fear democrats. democrats would unleash a wave of violent crime that endangers families everywhere. why are you -- are you pitting americans against one another? president trump: are you trying to be him? let me just tell you -- first of all, because they are very weak
on crime. they have often suggested members and people within the democrat party at a high level have suggested getting rid of ice, getting rid of law enforcement -- that is not going to happen. we want to be strong on the borders, we want to be strong on to-enforcement, and i want cherish ice, because ice does a fantastic job. is so -- do for us really, it is so unrecognized a great job they do. we want to take care of them and we want to hold them very close, because they do a good job. thank you very much. sit down. >> you didn't answer my question. very simply, why are you pitting americans against one another, sir? president trump: i am not, no i am not. i will tell you what -- we won a lot of elections last night. we did very well last night, and i think that is going to have a very positive impact. i watched nbc this morning. they did not report it exactly correctly, but that is -- that
is the fact with nbc and there is nothing i can do about that. i want this country to have protection. we want security in our country. i want security, peter. i mean, you maybe don't think it is so important and i think when you don't have it, you are a need in leash and crime -- indeed releasing crime. signe you still going to the executive order on birthright citizenship? president trump: asked me that question a little later. go ahead. by specialstigation counsel robert mueller has been going on since last spring. president trump: a long time. that has been hanging over your head during the midterms as well. is this an opportunity to and that investigation? would you consider removing mr. mueller from his position? president trump: i could have moved mr. mueller at any time, i didn't. there was no collusion, there was no anything. i didn't.
they went after hackers in moscow, i don't know about that. they went after people with tax problems from years ago. withwent after people loans and other things, nothing to do with my campaign. there is no collusion.on it was supposed to be a collusion. there was no collusion. i think it is bad for our country. i think it is a shame. nbc, or at out from least i saw it on nbc where at least a majority of the people do not agree with the molar investigation -- with the robert mueller investigation. they have a much higher disapproval. it should end the it is bad for our country. i am not just talking about the expense. they should look at the other side. they only look at one side.
they are not looking at all of the things that came up. they do not do that. they should get people who can be fair. 17, i call them the angry democrats. they are angry people. it is an unfair thing for the country. it is bad for our country. >> mr. president, if it is unfair to the country and is costing millions of dollars, -- >> i have answered the question. you votere suppression. sit-down, please. sit-down. i did not call you. i will give you voter suppression. take a look at the cnn polls. how inaccurate they were. that is called voter percent -- voter suppression. i am not responding. excuse me, i am not responding to you.
i am talking to this gentleman. excuse me. would you please sit-down? go ahead. >> thank you, mr. president. >> such a hostile media. it is so sad. no, you rudely interrupted him. you rudely interrupted him. go ahead. >> thank you, mr. president. do your demands remain the same to the united states congress on immigration in exchange for a daca fix? are you willing to change any of those demands you gave to congress? >> i think we could really do something having to do with daca. we could have done good work on daca, but a judge ruled that it was ok. i think we could have made a deal. once the judge ruled that way, the democrats did not want to talk. we will see how it works out at the supreme court.
[inaudible] go ahead. where you want me to take a question? go ahead, ma'am. either one. >> mr. president, how do you respond to critics who say that your message on the campaign towards minorities has been polarizing? >> i do not understand what you're saying. >> do you think that this is more reflective of multiethnic are multi-cultural america? >> i can only say this. employment and unemployment numbers for african-americans and asian-americans or hispanic americans, they are at an historic high. a poll came out recently where
my numbers with hispanics and african-americans are the highest. the best they have ever been. i have the best numbers with african-american and hispanic american that i have ever had before. you saw the same poll. you look at median income. all of the employment and unemployment numbers. they are doing the best they have ever done. reflective int is the polls. >> mr. president, i am from brooklyn, so you will understand me. on health care, how is it possible to keep premiums down and cover pre-existing conditions without the individual mandate to fund it? >> what we are doing and if you look at the department of labor done, theythey have have come up with some incredible health care plans,
which is causing great competition. we are getting rid of the individual mandate because it was unfair to a lot of people. recovering the people at the same time that need it. was adividual mandate disaster because people who could not afford it were having to pay for the privilege of not having to pay for health care. it was bad health care at that. we are working many plans -- we are creating many -- creating tremendous competition. repeal andacare replace. we would have repealed it and replace it. unfortunately, one person changed his mind. now, we are doing it a different way. getting rid of the individual mandate is a popular thing. a very important thing. people appreciate it. go ahead. [inaudible]
no, that is enough. go ahead. >> what lessons did you learn from looking at the results. was there one thing that as you review them, you will change your strategy echo >> there is -- that you will change your results? >> i think people like me and the job that i am doing. if you look at every place i went to do a rally, i could not do it with everybody. it was hard to do it with people in congress. there would be too many stops. i did it with the senate. i did it with andy barr. he won a very tough race. it was a very tough race in kentucky. he was down quite a bit. very successful -- some of you were at that rally. i can only do semi-to because there were so many players --
there were so many players involved. i had -- we had tremendous success with the senate. >> mr. president, one more question. a lot of people are going to be rushing to iowa and new hampshire. you know the democrats are looking to 2020. will the vice president be a running mate and 2020? but have not asked him, where are you? mike, will you be my running mate? the answer is yes. that was unexpected. thank you, mr. president. going back to the russian investigation and potential investigations from the now democratic majority in congress, some say you could stop all this. >> i could fire everybody right now.
politically, i do not like stopping it. it is a disgrace. it should never have started because there was no crime. everybody has conflict. they all have conflicts over there that are beyond anything that anyone has ever seen in terms of conflict. from the fact that people ask for jobs, from the fact that they have good friends on the other side. ,eally good friends like comey who by the way lied and leaked classified information. nothing happened there. maybe something is happening that i do not know about. i stay away from it. i let it go on. they are wasting a lot of money. i let it go on because i do not want to do that. you're right, i could end it right now. i could say the investigation is over. it is really, a disgrace, frankly. it is an embarrassment to our country.
it is an embarrassment to the people of our country. go ahead. >> what about the declassification of the documents? >> we are looking at that very seriously. >> can i ask one more question? >> it is amazing how people on the other side do not want the documents declassified. i wanted to wait until after the midterms. >> can i ask you one more question, mr. president? >> thank you, mr. president. you have campaigned as a pro-life candidate. how are you going to push forward your pro-life agenda? >> i'm going to push and push. it is a tough issue for the two sides. >> what are you going to do? >> i will not be able to explain that to you because it is an issue that is a very divisive, polarizing issue.
there is a solution. i think i have that solution. and, nobody else does. we are going to be working on that. go ahead. place, but that is ok. >> just a quick question, on rural america, states like indiana and north dakota, folks turned out for republican candidates. can you talk about what that means for your agenda? and the farm bill? >> the farm bill is working pretty well. rules looking to get work approved. the democrats are not giving us the votes that we need. everybody was it. the farmers wanted. the democrats are not approving the farm bill. we could have it very fast without the work rules, but we want them in. the democrats do not want to vote for that. at some point, they will have to pay a price.
thank you very much, mr. president. have you seen any evidence that russia or china intervened in yesterday's election? >> we are going to make a full report. we have done a lot of work on that issue. if you speak with the fbi and the department of justice and homeland security, we have spent a lot of time. it gets very little coverage in the papers. butcover the nonsense part, not the important. we have been working very hard on china and russia. everyone else, looking into our elections. people tend not to write about it. we have worked very hard. >> what you intend to say to president xi jinping and to president putin when you meet with them? >> i have a good relationship with them both. better, butdent xi i think i have a good relationship with both. i think i had a very good
meeting and russia -- meeting and russia. i had a very good meeting with president putin. a lot was discussed about security and syria and ukraine. about the fact that president obama allowed a large part of ukraine to be taken. submarinesyou have off that parcel. >> that was president putin who annexed crimea, sir. >> that was president obama. it was president obama who allowed it to happen. it had nothing to do with me. go ahead. >> thank you, mr. president. you are a man who likes to win, but last night was not an absolute victory >>.
i will be honest -- was not an absolute victory. >> i will be honest. i thought it was close to an absolute victory. when you look at it from the standpoint of negotiation and dealmaking, again, if we had the majority and we had one or two or three votes to play with, we would have been at a standstill. i believe we have a chance to get along very well with the democrats. if that is the case, we can do a tremendous amount of legislation. and get it approved by both parties. wonnsider it to be -- i georgia. president obama campaigned very hard in georgia. oprah winfrey campaigned very hard all over the television. i said this is going to be tough. i only had me. i went to georgia. we had one of the largest crowds anyone here has seen ever at a
political rally. you know what? he won. he won by a good margin. then, we went to florida. they had celebrities all over the place. a man who happened to be a very smart person was running. ron desantis. people did not give him a chance. i went and we did some great work. we talked about the senate. inot of money was pouring for the democrat. this is a man who has been in office for 44 years. he is a professional at getting elected. he is not easy to beat. they had a lot of celebrity coming out for nelson. everybody coming out for nelson. and, rick scott one. i helped him.
you just take a look at some of the other places. we just got the word that in iowa, you have a governor who just got extended. numerous other places. i think it was a great victory. actually, some of the news this morning was that it was a great victory. if you look at it from the standpoint of gridlock, i think there is going to be much less gridlock because of the way this is going. sit-down please. go ahead. >> thank you, mr. president. let me ask you about one of the campaign promises, a tax cut for the middle class. you just talked about gridlock. if it means a tax cut of some kind for the middle class but that means raising rates elsewhere, is that a trade-off you would be willing to make? >> this will have to be
proposed. if we did it now, we would not have the votes. we would need 10 democrat votes. waste time reason to because you do not have the votes in the senate. democratsple, if the come up with an idea for tax cuts, i would absolutely pursue something even if it means some adjustment. >> adjustment on which side? >> to make it possible. i would love to see a tax cut for the middle class. that is going to be their decision. as you know, we would need democrat votes. 10. we do not have the votes. besome adjustment, when that -- would that be echo -- would that be -- >> i would be willing to do some kind of adjustment. about leadersked who had called to congratulate
you. >> as i understand it, we are having a lunch for numerous countries. i will be there. i believe president putin will be there. we do not have anything scheduled. i do not think we have anything scheduled in paris. i'm coming back very quickly. it is a great event. it is going to be a beautiful ceremony. i am looking forward to going. we are representing the incredible heroes of the world. there's euros of our country from world war i. i will be going there -- the incredible euros of our country from world war i. i do not think we have time set aside for that meeting. we are meeting again at the g20. he will be there and i will be there. we will be having a lunch. i think many people will be there.
>> did he call you and congratulate you yeti if i can -- and congratulate you? can you talk about the staff changes at the white house? we are eager to hear about them. >> as we make changes, we will talk to you about it. it is no great secret. a lot of administrations make changes after midterms. for the most part, i am happy with this are -- with this cabinet. >> you have a lot of white house staff talking about leaving general kelly. >> people leave. i have not heard about john kelly. people leave. they come in. it is a very exhausting job. i love doing it i must tell you. it is exhausting for a lot of people. they start off and they are young people. they are old by the time they leave.
it is quite exhausting. i love doing it. there will be changes. nothing monumental. i don't think very much different than most administrations. we have many people lined up for every single position. everybody wants to work in this white house. we are a hot country. this is a hot white house. ok. please, behind you. >> this has been a very challenging campaign. people have died during the course of this campaign. is there any way in which you think the temperature can be lowered? perhaps these could break out with the media? perhaps your bipartisan relations could produce some change? >> it is a fair question.
i would love to see unity and peace and love. any other words you would want to use. we have to especially wait until after the midterms are over. now, they are over. if they would cover me fairly, which they do not. i am not saying that in a hostile way. i get extremely inaccurate covers. i can do something that is fantastic and they will make it look like not good. i do not mind -- i make a mistake, cover it. terrific,o something look how little the economy is talked about. talking aboutt how little the three networks, i do not think they included cnn, but how little the three networks talk about how good the economy is. almost not at all. if president obama had this
ifnomy, and, by the way, that administration for somebody else kept going, you would have positive 4.2ead of growth. it was heading down. unityd love to see including with the media. i will be honest. it is a very divisive thing for our country. you would be amazed how smart people are reading these stories and watching. you'd be amazed how perceptive and smart they are. it really does bring disunity. excuse me. you are not called on. go ahead. please. >> thank you, president trump. speech on thetory historic night of november 2016,
i asked to what factor you attributed -- >> you have to speak up. >> on the night of your victory, i asked to what you would attribute your victory. you pointed to the ceiling and said it was god. based off of that, how would you say over the last two years god plays a factor in your execution of the office of the president? >> god plays a factor in the lives of many people i know well in this room. and you're vice president. vice president. >> which loss surprised you the most last night? there were some losses and victories last night. there were victories last night that nobody would believe. especially based on the suppression polls.
there were some victories last night that were very surprising. consider any administration posts moving forward -- >> what? >> would you consider any of the people who lost last night for a post in the administration? >> i would actually. go ahead. >> mr. president. i ask you on monday if there is anything you regret and your first two years. you said that at times, you could have served a -- you could've used a softer tone. eurosceptics say they are not holding their breath -- your skeptics say they are not holding their breath. you also said he might extend an olive branch. >> i would love -- i would be very good in a low tone. when things are done not correctly about you, written about you, set about you on
-- about you, set a value. i have to go around. going around is much easier than facing somebody. when you are not treated fairly, you have no choice. even,d love to have an modernist -- modest, boring talk. when you have to fight all the time because you are being misrepresented, you cannot do that. >> quickly, what about congress? >> please, go ahead. where you from please? -- where are you from please? >> japan. >> say hello to shinzo.
i do not understand you. what we are dealing with right now on trade. japan has a great country. you have a great prime minister. great he has just had a successful election. he is one of the people i have been closest with. i tell him all the time that japan does not treat the united states fairly entree. they do not take our cars. i am not blaming japan. that wereg the people in charge of the united states for allowing that to happen. we have close to a $100 billion trade deficit with japan. youot feel lonely because are not the only one. >> how about north korea? >> thank you mr. president.
secretary pompeius talk -- pompeo's talk with north korea has been postponed. what is happening there? >> we are going to change it because of trips that are being made. we are going to make it into another day. we are in no rush. >> do you still expect to meet kim jong-un? >> the sanctions are on. the rockets have stopped. the hostages are home. the great heroes have been coming home. mike pence was in hawaii where one of the most beautiful ceremonies anyone has ever seen for the fallen, these are great heroes. a lot of people, as many years ago as it was, they were asking they are being provided to us as we speak.
i am in no rush. the sanctions are on. i read a couple of times where they say he has done so much. what have i done? i would love to take the sanctions off. they have to be responsive. we are not in any rush. before i got here, they were dealing with this for over 70 years. i guess on a nuclear front for 25 years. that is a long time. i have been there. singapore fort five month ago. progressly made more than they made in 70 years. no one else could have done what we have done. we are in no rush. the sanctions are on. that meeting is going to be rescheduled. >> your meeting with kim jong-un, will it happen in the next few months?
>> sometime in the next year. -- haves been concluded you repaired your relationship with prime minister trudeau? >> i have. we have a very good relationship. >> we have been talking about division and the country. some of the statistics are disturbing to everyone. crimes are on the rise. why do you think that is? what will you do about it? >> i hate to see it. if you were with us the last time we met, prime minister netanyahu said that this president has done more for israel than any other president. those were his words. , protection, working together. the big thing is jerusalem.
many presidents have said they are going to build the embassy in jerusalem. it never happened. make it the capital of israel. never happened. it happened with me. not only did it happen, we built the embassy. that would have taken another 15 or 20 years. we did it for a tiny amount of money. it is open. nobody has done more for israel than donald trump. the nice part is that it is not me saying it. it is prime minister netanyahu. >> what about the divides in this country? what about healing the divides in this country? >> one of the things i think can help heal is the success of our country. trillionone up $11.7 in worth. china has come down tremendously.
have superseded us in two years as an economic power. now, they are not even close. china got rid of their china 25 because i found insulting. i said to them that it was insulting because it means that in 2025, they are going to take over economically, the world. i said, that is not happening. we have gone way up. they have gone down. we will have a good meeting. we will see what
we can do. billions of dollars will soon be pouring into our treasury. from taxes that china is paying for us. if you speak to mr. elsberry, who -- mr. pills very, who is probably the leading expert on china. he says we have never seen anything like it. we are going to try to make a deal with china.
i want to have great relationships with president xi and also with china. go ahead. >> how do you -- >> there are so many people, i'm sorry. i think i am a great moral leader and i love our country. go ahead, please. earlier that democrats had a choice. that you would not work with them on legislation if they were investigating you. >> no, i think that is very inappropriate. we should get along and get deals done. we can investigate. they look at us and we look at them. at the end of two years, nothing is done. what is that for them is being in the majority, i am just going to blame them. there is -- they are the majority. it makes it much similar for me. they will be blamed. i think nancy pelosi -- i put
that statement out. deserves, and a lot of people thought i was being sarcastic, i think she deserves it. i really mean it. there is nothing sarcastic about it. it was meant with good intentions. i think she deserves it. she has fought long and hard. she is a capable person. you have other people turn to take over the speakership. will, if we can and if we if she has a problem, i think i would be able to supply her with the necessary votes. i really believe she deserves the position. i also believe that she and i can get a lot of things get -- a lot of things done. i think we will get a lot done. >> like it you do that while
subpoenas are coming? -- why can't you do that while subpoenas are coming? >> i think we will. the election is over. now, everybody is in love. i come in here as a nice person wanting to answer questions. i have people jumping out of their seats and screaming questions at me. no, the election is over. i am extraordinarily happy. i would tell you if i was not. look at what happened in florida. look at what happened in georgia. nobody talks about the governorships. look at the amount of work that was given to the other candidates against my candidate. i am extraordinarily happy. you look at midterms. you look at elections generally. that a it is very rare
party who has the presidency does well. we did unbelievably well. to win florida, both the senate and the governorship against two very talented people, we did incredibly. to win georgia when you had some of the biggest stars in the world campaigning endlessly, including president obama, i will tell you what, this was a great victory for us. from a dealmaking standpoint, we are all much better off the way it turned out. if the democrats want to, we can do a tremendous amount of great legislation. go ahead. should we keep this going? when you get bored, would you tell me? i do not want to overstate. go ahead. >> hi, mr. president.
on the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist. it is such a racist question. >> there are some people who say that the republican party is supporting white nationalism because of your rhetoric. >> why do i have my highest poll numbers ever with african-americans? why do i have my highest poll numbers? that is such a racist question. i know you have it written down. let me say it, that is a racist question. i love our country. you have nationalists and globalists. i also love the world. we have to straighten out our country first. excuse me, to say what you said is so insulting to me. it is a very terrible thing. go ahead. >> you talked about middle-class
tax cuts on the campaign trail. how will you get democrats to support that policy? >> you have to ask them. --you know what my plan is, there is nothing you can do because you need their votes. >> thank you, mr. president. you said many times on the campaign trail that you did not want nancy pelosi to be speaker. you spent a lot of time talking about her. >> let me answer it. what i have preferred winning? i would almost have to think about that. i certainly like to win. if i win, she is not going to be speaker. >> what did she say to you? warm had a wit -- a very conversation. she is a very smart woman. she has done a very good job.
did she promised that they would not seek to mpg of? seek to mpgh -- you backup -- >> has he done anything wrong? him, but let's impeach anyway. let's impeach justice kavanagh. i hate to say this. after him, we are going to impeach the vice president. mike pence does not get impeached for anything. president andthe then the vice president. these people are sick. they have to get their bearing. when you ask about the vision, they are the ones who caused
division. >> regarding all the retirements, -- >> who is retiring? many retirements. said there were chairmanships that were vacated. paul ryan also retired. why do you think that is? >> i retired him. i am very proud of it. i did the country a great service. he is retired. i would like to call it another word. we are going to treat him with respect. jeff flake, that is another beauty. >> two questions. >> one. >> you seem to enjoy this venue very much. are you going to make this
standard press conference a stable or will you have more briefings? >> i think sarah is fantastic. where is sarah? sarah, you represent me so well. she has been horribly treated. >> she is going to stay on? >> we were talking about it the other day. i figured, i will not do any real interviews. and then they say, why isn't he doing any? the last couple of months, i decided i would do a couple. and then they say, why is he doing so many press conferences? when i do not do them, you say what is wrong. when i do do them, you say what is wrong. when i go in the middle, you say what is wrong. you complained about access when i purposely stayed away from the
press. it did not work well. so sarah will stay on as press secretary. >> please, go ahead. >> i personally think it is good to have you here -- >> actually, i do too. >> i have two questions for you. just a point of clarification on the tax returns. you brought up the audit. that does not prevent you from releasing them. >> i said lawyers will tell you not to do it. what is your next question? take a more exciting question. >> michael cohen recently said you called left voters stupid. -- called black voters stupid. what is your response?
have you ever made these remarks? >> i do not make racist remarks. you would have known about it. i've been hearing that there are tapes for years and years. i never use racist remarks. quiet. when he took about the vision, it is people like this -- about division, it is people like this. i have never used a racist remark. where are you from? yahoo! news? i hope they are doing well. thank you, mr. president. erdogan says he is
going to keep buying oil. >> who said that? >> president erdogan. you are going to meet him soon. let me just tell you. we imposed just recently the strongest sanctions in the history of our country. tooess north korea is there . i gave some countries a break on the oil. i did it because they really asked for some help. i did it really because i do not want to drive oil prices up to $100 a barrel. i am driving them down. they have come down substantially the last couple months. that is because of me. you have a monopoly called opec. i do not like that monopoly.
oil prices are coming down. rather than deciding to be as tough as i am on most of the sanctions, i said, we are not going to do it that way. we are going to let some of the oil go out to these countries who really do need it. i do not want to drive oil prices up. it is a fragile market. i know it very well. it is the right decision. they will get tougher as time this by. i do not want to have any effect on the oil prices worldwide. i consider that to be a tax. over. peace process is [indiscernible] >> go ahead. president, -- >> we will take a couple more
and then we will go. >> can you address concerns in places like georgia where people waited in line for hours and voting machines were not working? --re are concerns >> i said i love the state. >> as president of the united states, are you concerned about the access to voting? >> i heard it was very efficient in georgia. you would have to ask state governments. you're going to have to ask them. go ahead, please. >> thank you, mr. president. your expressed some concerns about social media companies unfairly censoring conservative during the election. do you anticipate working with to censor these companies? >> at the same time, you start getting into speech.
that is a dangerous problem. that could be the beginning. i am one that really likes free speech. a lot of people do not understand that. i am a big believer. when you start regulating, a lot of bad things can happen. i would talk to the democrats if they want to do that. i think they do want to do that. >> former president barack obama famously said he had a pen and phone to use on executive power. do you see yourself using executive power to get some of your immigration agenda done? >> i do. i think that some of that, i can use executive power. not all. he used it on daca. he said something to the effect like, i am not allowed to do this, but i'm doing it anyway. he did it and found judges who approved it.
it is going to be determined in the supreme court. if the court rules in favor of what president obama thinks they probablyle, i will have a deal with the democrats in a short period of time. we were close to having a deal until we got that strange ruling. >> you also make promises about immigration during the campaign. >> which one are you talking about? >> birthright citizenship. >> we are looking at it very seriously. it is another case that will be determined by the supreme court. >> are you going to send 15,000 troops to the border? >> you know exactly what i'm doing. what is your next question? matter, ithashoggi has been more than a month. do you think saudi arabia is
guilty of having him murdered? >> i will have a stronger opinion on that subject and the -- in the next week. we are working with some very talented people. we are working with congress and turkey and saudi arabia. i am forming a strong opinion. go ahead, john. follow-up, you said something about nancy pelosi. you said that she loves our country. do you regret some of the thing that you said during our -- during the campaign. you said that democrats want to put a wrecking ball to our future? >> with the current policy they're using, i believe that. this would be a wrecking ball. i think there is a compromise somewhere. i think that would be good for our country. >> do you regret the ad that you did that was branded as a racist ad? >> i'm surprised you asked me
that question. i do not. >> thank you, sir. i think we all would like to have more of these if you are willing. securitythe homeland department shuddered a program to counter homegrown right wing extremism, white supremacism, and related terrorist groups. domestic terrorist groups. they redirected that funding towards fighting islamic terrorism. you believe that white supremacist harris, right wing terrorists, the homegrown terrorists on that side of the spectrum are a problem? >> i believe all hate is a problem. it is a problem we want to solve. >> what are you going to do about it? >> i do believe it is a problem.
can i tell you what? is a problem i do not like even a little bit. >> you said, pretend i am on the ballot yesterday. you called it a referendum on your presidency. have you bridge this divide? -- how do you bridge this divide? >> look at the results. midterm elections are disasters for sitting presidents. this has been a very successful -- you can write it anyway you want. this has been an incredibly successful -- how about ohio? i mentioned florida. i mentioned georgia. how about the governor of ohio? a fantastic man who was down in the polls. everyone was talking about this person.
i went up there and did a rally. they are going to have a great governor in ohio for hopefully a long time. he is a fantastic person. i went up there because i felt that his opposition was not a good person. we know a lot about them. i felt that mike was a fantastic person. not only did he win, but he won easily. at that to florida and to georgia and all the other races we want. outside of the senate races, which were the biggest of them all. these were races that mike pence could tell you, these were races that were going to be unopposed. we were not going to oppose certain senators. they said they cannot be beaten. they said heidi cannot be beaten. please do not do it. >> what about in that a suburban
district -- in the suburban district echo -- and the suburban district? >> many of these people, these were tough races. popularity,level of the first question i was asked, what have you learned? i think that is what i learned. i was very well received by this great country. the people of our great country. i love the people of this country. we are the greatest people. i will tell you something. when you look at the races that ,e won in florida and georgia and ohio, which we were not expected to win, you look at some of them, the number of votes we got is incredible. i am really happy with not only the way it came out, but the response to me as your president.
i have made our country safe. and am in the process of rebuilding our military. the jobs are here. we are going to have the strongest military our country has ever had. i have done more for the veterans than any president has done. with choice and other things. bettererans are doing than i have ever done. alone, the at choice people of our country are very happy with the job i am doing. one of the things they want so my is security. they want security. they won it with military and law enforcement. they won it with -- they wanted with military and law enforcement.
we have taken out thousands of ms 13 members. thousands out of our country. women of our country who are incredible people, they want security. they want financial security. they want physical security. we have taken out thousands of people who should not be in this country. we have to get strong immigration laws. we want laws where they do not come in. honored to be with all of you. it was a great day yesterday. it was a great evening. we had a tremendous success. hopefully, the tone can get better. hopefully, the town can get a lot better. i really believe it begins with the media. we used to call it the press. i really believe it begins with the media. it was a very interesting story
written in a very good paper recently that talked about the fact that it is not good what the media is doing. that i do have the right to fight back because i am treated very unfairly. i am fighting back not for me. i'm fighting back for the people of this country. thank you all very much. thank you. >> president trump there in the east room with a postelection news conference that lasted
nearly 90 minutes. wide ranging and at times, testy with reporters. this news conference will be reairing this afternoon on c-span2 at 2:15 p.m. and then again on c-span at 8:00 p.m. congratulating jon tester of montana. that race has been called in the last hour. victorymbent ekes out a over matt rosen dale. the libertarian candidate holds 3% of the votes. the president also saying that he congratulated the house minority leader nancy pelosi. he thinks she loves the country. he expects that he can work with her. for the leader of the democrats of the house. she is expected to come out
here. we saw a two-minute warning seconds ago. she will come out and answer questions. the presumed next speaker of the house, nancy pelosi. we will watch that and its entirety. we will come back and hopefully, we can get some of your phone calls in. more of your reaction as we continue our campaign 2018 coverage here on c-span. >>