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  President Trump Departs the White House for Dayton OH El Paso TX  CSPAN  August 7, 2019 11:13am-11:28am EDT

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>> good morning, mr. president. >> we are going to dayton first and then we are going to el paso and we will be meeting with the first responders, law-enforcement, some of the victims, and paying my respects and regards. i will be going with the first lady, and it is a terrific opportunity to congratulate some of the police and law enforcement. the job they have done was incredible, really incredible. >> no doubt -- i do not think anybody will argue this is a difficult time in our country for all of us. what do you say to your critics that believe your rhetoric is emboldening white nationalists, inspiring this anger? >> my critics are political people.
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they are trying to make points. in many cases, they are running for president and they are very low in the polls. a couple of them in particular, very low in the polls. if you look at dayton, that was a person that supported, i guess, you would say, bernie sanders, i understood. antifa, i understood. elizabeth warren, i understood. it had nothing to do with president trump. these are people that are looking for political gain. i do not think they are getting at. as much as possible, i have tried to stay out of that. >> senator ted cruz today said people on both sides of the political aisle need to tone down their rhetoric. do you agree with that? >> i do agree, but i think we have toned it down. we have been getting hit left and right, from everybody. many of the people i do not know. a couple of the people from texas, political people from texas that are not doing very well.
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i guess somebody said the mayor. i had a very nice conversation with the mayor of dayton, could not have been nicer, and then she goes and says i tried to call him. i spoke to her, and i didn't receive any call. they are trying to make political points. i do not think it works because i would like to stay out of the political fray. as i was saying and as just came out, the dayton situation, he was a fan of antifa. he was a fan of bernie sanders and elizabeth warren. nothing to do with trump, but nobody ever mentions that. >> [indiscernible] >> no, i don't blame elizabeth warren and i don't blame bernie sanders in the case of ohio and i don't blame anybody. i blame -- these are sick people. these are people that are really mentally ill, mentally disturbed. it is a mental problem, and we
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are going to be meeting with members of congress. i've already got meetings scheduled. i have had plenty of talks over the last two days, and i think something -- we are going to come up with something that is going to be really very good, beyond anything that has been done so far. >> -- bringing the senate back? >> we're going to see where we are. we're dealing with leadership right now, and you know you have two sides that are very different on this issue. let's say all good people but two sides that are very different. if we get close, i will bring them back, but it has to be -- we have to see where we are with leadership. normally, this has been really a decision -- congress gets together and they try to do something, but if you look over the last 30 years, not a lot has been done. >> -- background checks that have already passed the house --
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>> i am looking to background checks. i think background checks are important. i don't want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate, sick people. i am all in favor of it. what about rifles? >> i should tell you there is no political appetite for that. you can speak, you can do your own polling, but there is no blue clad appetite from the stent -- political appetite from the standpoint of legislature. i will bring that up. there's a great appetite, a strong appetite, for background checks. i think we can bring up background checks like we have never had before. i think republicans and democrats are getting close to a bill on background checks.
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>>[indiscernible] south korea and i have made a deal. they have agreed to pay a lot more money for the united states. on south2,000 soldiers korean soil. we have been helping them for about 82 years. we get nothing. we get virtually nothing. south korea and i have made a deal where they are going to pay a lot more money. the relationship is a very good one, but i felt all along, i felt for years it was an unfair one. they have agreed to pay a lot more. they will agree to pay a lot more than that. we are with them. >> -- ban on large capacity
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magazines? >> no. you have to have a political appetite within congress. so far, i have not seen that. i can only do what i can do. i think there is a great appetite to do something with regard to making sure that mentally unstable, seriously ill people are not carrying guns. i have never seen the appetite as strong as it is now. i have not seen it with regards to certain types of weapons. concerned are you about the rise in white supremacy? >> i am concerned about the rise of any group of hate. i do not like it. any group of hate. whether it is white supremacy, whether it is any kind of supremacy, whether it is antifa, whether it is any group of hate, i am very concerned about it and i will do something about it.
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>> [indiscernible] >> i do not think my rhetoric has at all. it brings people together. our country is doing incredibly well. china is not doing well. if you look at the trees situation, china just omitted yesterday they have been a currency manipulator. the first time they've ever been called out. companies are moving out of china by the thousands. our country is doing very well. we will see how it all works out. somebody had to do this china because they were taking hundreds of millions of dollars a year out of the united states. somebody had to make a stand. i think our country is doing really well. >> your rhetoric -- >> reaction to the trade war? reactionk the market -- i would have anticipated it. i would have anticipated even more but ultimately it is going to go much higher than it ever would have gone because china
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was killing us with unfair trade deals. the people that allowed that to happen are a disgrace. china, what they were doing to us for years and years, taking hundreds of millions of dollars out, stealing intellectual property, targeting our farmers. all of that is ending. i will be convincing some people to do things that they do not want to do. that means people in congress. if you have a lot of people on one side and a lot of people on the other -- i have a lot of influence with a lot of people. i want to convince them to do the right thing. we have made a lot of headway in the last three days. >> do you still believe illegal immigration is an invasion? the shooter in el paso use that same language.
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>> i think that illegal immigration -- you're talking about illegal immigration, right? illegal immigration is a terrible thing for the country. you have to come in legally. ideally you have to come in through merit. we have many companies coming into our country. i think illegal immigration is a bad thing for our country. i think open borders are a bad thing for our country. we are stopping. we are building a wall right now. we won the lawsuit in the supreme court. the wall is well under construction. it is being built at a rapid pace. we need that. we need strong immigration laws. we want to allow people to come in because we need them. we have companies coming in from japan, all over europe, all over asia. they are opening up companies here. they need people to work. we have a very low unemployment rate. i believe we have to have legal immigrants.
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rhetoric -- >> -- joe biden -- -- to be expected. i might have expected even more. at some point, we have to take on china. they have been taking us to the cleaners for 25 years. this could have been done long before me as a president. you know the stories better than anybody. you know it better than i do. hundreds of millions of dollars a year taken out of our country, stealing intellectual property. you know what? right now, we are sitting on top. we have money pouring in. we have powerful, strong companies. china is losing thousands and thousands of companies. position as tod whether or not a deal will be made -- good position.
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as to whether or not a deal will be made, i will tell you this. china would like to make a deal very badly. more in common -- george washington? incompetent guy. i washes interviews. i've -- i have watched his interviews. i have watched what he said and how he said it. joe biden has lost his basketball. why should americans be allowed to buy assault weapons? [indiscernible]
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[whirring helicopter rotors] >> the president and first lady have landed him a greeted by sherrod brown, rob portman, and mike turner, who represents dayton. the washington post writes that in the wee hours of sunday morning, congressman turner's
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daughter and a family friend had bar entered the tumbleweed when a gunman opened fire across the street for the congressman announced he has had a change of heart on gun control, saying he would vote for an assault weapon gun limits on the size of magazines, and for a federal gun law -- red flag law. >> house oversight share elijah cummings will be at the national press club today to offer his response to president trump's comments about the weekend shootings in texas and ohio. he will also talk about his committee's investigations into trump administration policies. we will have that live at 1:00 eastern here on c-span and online at and on the free c-span redo app. -- radio app. the iowa state fair opens tomorrow and we will have live coverage with a number of 2020
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