tv The Intelligence Report With Trish Regan FOX Business February 23, 2018 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
remember the president was stunned to see agreements we had made to take in some immigrants from australia that they negotiated in exchange for ours. anyway, that was then. very different environment right now. trish regan on a press conference that is moments away. hey, trish. trish: happening any minute now, thank you so much, neil. breaking today, president trump putting north korea on notice slapping the rogue nation with the largest ever set of sanctions. the president making it clear america and our allies we'll not sit by and watch this one as kim jong-un continues his nuclear antics. we expect to hear more about these sanctions and america's role in the world when the president holds a joint news conference with the prime minister of australia any minute from now. i am trish regan. happy friday. welcome, everyone, to "the intelligence report." we are keeping an eye own this market, up triple digits, gains of 167 points on the dow. seems that people are shaking off some inflation worries they
had been so concerned about just a short time ago, with the s&p trading up nearly 1%. and nasdaq is over a percent. former trump advisor rick gates will appear before a judge any minute now. he is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy and making a false statement in the ongoing russia probe. i want to be very clear here, there is still no mention of collusion. we have more coming up later in the hour. first to blake burman at white house where we're about to hear from the president in just a short couple minutes. hey, blake. reporter: momentarily what we were told. president trump, the australian prime minister as well here for a joint press conference. the president saying earlier today that the issues of trade of course, security would come up, this is one of those instances where they are going to get questions from both sides. you know the issues of guns and school safety will be most likely asked upon the president today. earlier today he made several comments both in the speech at cpac and as he was leaving the
white house here about school safety and his continued push to want to arm teachers, teachers who are experts, teachers who are adept. the president at one point saying he doesn't want people necessarily with 100 different rifles around the schools. instead he wants concealed carry. the president took direct issue with that one law enforcement officer, that one person with the broward sheriff's office assigned to the school and did not run in when the bullets started flying. >> there is the case where somebody was outside. they're trained. they didn't react properly under pressure or they were cowards t was a real shot to the police department. reporter: administration today, trish announced major sanctions, biggest batch of sanctions against north korea, targeting 27 entities and 28 different vessels. treasury secretary steve mnuchin describing that today as significant. >> this is very impactful.
this is virtually all the ships they're using at this moment in time. we will obviously continue to monitor and use all of our resources to monitor activities going forward. we will do new sanctions as needed going forward. this is a very, very significant action. reporter: trish, key players have walked into the room. we believe president trump will come in any moment. two questions, both sides, guns and school safety to be at forefront after they make their opening remarks. trish. trish: we'll check back in with you. we'll watch the president as he emerges from the big mahogany doors in the background. more analysis on sanctions and other things, joined by cia officer and syndicated talk show host buck sexton. more sanctions, great. can't we do more, can't we do more say when it comes to china trading with north korea? >> i think that is the administration's approach. they have been incrementally
ramming up the roesch sure. the -- pressure. it is to you add pressure, give it a little time. you see it takes effect on economy of north korea. you then make a decision whether to go further. one. issues here they have to look at some of these sanctions evading schemes of the north cranes have been up to. that why you're seeing additional vessels, some who are flagged under maritime, very small maritime nations, places known to be where you would flag your vessel for reasons of international maritime law but they're really trying to make sure they cut off all of the imports right now to north korea and that's hard to do because there are ship to ship transfers that occur out in the sea. there are ways to scheme and get around this. why the pressure has to change. they have to add additional sanctions. trish: get to other big headline we're watching. looks like rick gates will be pleading guilty any minute. that will be happening as well.
we'll watch that for you in addition. guilty plie for what? >> you will not hear about this on a lot of other networks. former trump associate looking at charge for lying for something that happened five years ago. trish: here is the president. >> thank you very much. today i'm honored to welcome my friend prime minister turnbull of australia and mrs. turnbull. thank you very much. it's a great honor. we're looking forward to sending our newly-nominated ambassador, admiral harry harris to you shortly. outstanding man. you will find he is a great man. want to thank the prime minister for offering his condolence on the horrible tragedy in parkland, florida.
americans are greatful for the prayers and support of our australian friend and friend they are. as our entire nation greaves, the senseless loss of 17 pressures lives and all the horribly injured. the fights and australia currently honored 100 years of mateship, a term you used very beautifully, mr. prime minister. a century has passed since brave americans and australians first fought together in world war i. over the last 100 years our partnership has thrived as bulwark of freedom, security and democracy. last spring the prime minister and i celebrated the remarkable 100-year milestone during an exextrordinary evening on the uss intrepid. my friend greg norman, anthony pratt, some of the others in the room today, they were, hello,
foals. stand up, greg. stand up anthony. where is anthony? good. that was a great evening. thank you. this afternoon i'm pleased to announce that the united states will name littoral combat ship 30, the uss camber in honor of australian crews fighting alongside the u.s. navy during world war ii. our secretary of the navy has chosen australian minister of defense maurice payne to be her sponsor. i know that the uss cam berra will worthy successor to the australian name make the american predecessor, former navy baltimore class heavy cruiser, uss canberra. as she sales the open sea, the new uss canberra will symbolize to all who cross her path the enduring friendship between the
united states and australia. there is no closer friendship. today strengthened by our common values and history we're working together to promote our mutual interests. i want to thank the prime minister for serving as a strong voice for peace and stability across the entire indough pacific region. australia is one of our closest partners in the campaign of maximum pressure to denuclearize the korean peninsula. today we put the strongest sanctions on korea we ever put on a country. we must continue to stand together to prevent the brutal dictatorship from threatening the world with nuclear devastation. our nations likewise share a commitment to keeping our people safe from terrorism. australian troops are currently serving alongside americans and our partners in afghanistan and the coalition to defeat isis. together we're denying
terrorists safe haven, cutting off their funding and discrediting their wicked ideology. isis land has been largely recaptured, almost 100%. i'm very honored to say. and they are on the run. our strong partnership can also be seen in our flourishing economic relationship. australia remains a key market for u.s. defense products. we make the greatest products in the world. so you have very good taste in choosing our product. automobiles and aircraft and fair and reciprocal trading relationship is a model for other countries as we seek bilateral agreements. news that america is open for business has also reached australian shores. in may australian entrepeneur anthony pratt announced a new 2 billion-dollar investment in box-making factories across the
united states. but he only did that if trump won the election i think of is that correct statement, anthony? [inaudible]. thank you. that is close one i was worried. these people would have a field day if you gave the wrong answer. anthony called and said if we win the election we'll spend billions of dollars in the united states. i appreciate you giving me a very, very correct comment. thank you, anthony. i will never do that again. this investment will continue to build an almost 100,000 american jobs that are taking place and already supported by australian companies. i'm glad to share that the united states is also by far the largest investor in australia. in the room today are dozens of american and australian business leaders and great athletes. great athletes and business leader, greg, who are working together to identify further opportunities for bilateral investment and cooperation.
mr. prime minister, i also want to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your immigration reforms and australia's commitment to merit-based immigration. are my friend from congress listening to that? married baste, we want to do merit-based immigration also, that really protects the interest of australia and its people. it is the way to go. and you've been very successful with it here. we're working very hard to do the same and in that sense we'll hopefully follow in your footprints. prime minister turnbull, it has been a pleasure to host you today. a great lunch with your representatives, a lot was discussed. a lot of deals were made for the purchase of additional military equipment and other things. for a century now the people of the united states and australia have inspired the world with
their determination, their bravery and their generosity. i know our close friendship and enduring alliance and our personal friendship will grow even stronger in the century to come. our relationship with australia will always be a very powerful and very successful relationship t has been incredible and it is only getting better. thank you very much. thank you. [applause] >> mr. president, thank you so much. lucy and i want to thank you and first lady melania trump for your very warm welcome, your generous hospitality and friendship. our meeting today was a great opportunity to strengthen and deepen our engagement with the united states. you are our most important,
strategic, and economic partner. and to lay the groundwork for a new phase of intensified cooperation. the next 100 years of mateship. now i'm here as you noted, mr. president, with the most substantial australian delegation ever to travel to washington, d.c. we have in addition to the ceo's several of whom you have identified here today, who are busy creating jobs. we spend much of our time day tg about jobs and they are creating jobs in australia and in the united states demonstrating that our two great nations committed to competition to, freedom, to economic innovation science, technology, working together and compliment each other. that is why we're seeing strong jobs growth in both countries.
we had 403,000 jobs created last year in australia. the largest number, mr. president, in our country's history. 16 months of continued jobs growth. we have been inspired i have to say by success securing tax reforms through the congress. we have secured some tax reforms in terms of reducing company tax, not as much as we need to do. we have more work to do. and the stimulus, the economic stimulus, that your reforms have delivered here in the united states is one of the most powerful arguments that we are deploying to persuade our legislature to reintroducing business tax, as you are demonstrating, and as we all know, when you cut company tax, most of the benefit goes to workers, produces more investment, more investment, you get more jobs. and of course, i'm also joined,
on this visit with six of the leaders of our states and territories. the only 2:00 not here, mr. president, those fighting election. as you can imagine that is always a top priority and we're meeting at the national governors association, again broadening and deepening the relationship. we have a huge amount to work with. our relationship, as you said has been forged over a century through times of war and peace. securing both our nation's freedom and security in the world. but our relationship is based not only on history. we have the same values. we share a deep well of trust and spirit based on those enduring values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, enterprise, ingenuity. the spirit of having a go and, if it doesn't work out, dust yourself off and have another go.
that is a core american and australian value, that spirit of enterprise, is what needs us on. and of course our relationship is underpinned by millions of people to people and family links and of course the extensive economic cooperation we've spoken about. our security alliance is as close as it possibly could be, yet keeps getting closer. the cooperation is more intense than it has ever been. whether we are standing up for freedom's cause in the middle east, in our region, around the world, combating terrorism. the cooperation in connected world that we need to have is greater than ever. and that trust, between australia and the united states, between the thousands of brave servicemen and women who are working together right now, that trust underpins our security.
you mentioned, mr. president, our economic relationship and trade. since the australia, u.s., free-trade agreement came into force in 2005, two-way trade is grown by over 50%. the united states does have a trade surplus with australia. of $25 billion. it is your third largest trade surplus with us. we know it works for both of us. the two-way investment doubled in the past decade. it was worth $1.1 trillion in 2016. again boosting jobs and growth in both our nations, both our economies. today we agreed on new initiatives that will renew the relationship further where we seek to expand transparent and global energy markets, cooperating on high quality infrastructure investment in the united states and in the region. we have spent a lot of time talking about infrastructure including, urban infrastructure
of, a subject, mr. president, of course you have a lifetimes of experience in. and the leadership you're showing on infrastructure in the nights is being admired around the world, and australian companies, and australian experience is there to help as, as is as you know. it is already operating here. a number of infrastructure players are very active in the u.s. we're obviously working to intensify our cooperation on digital trade. bob lighthiser and wilbur ross from your side, steve trevor, my trade minister here with them today has made terrific progress in that regard. now we turn to security. yesterday lucy and i were with general dunford at arlington national cemetery and we honored america's war dead. we honored australian airman who had died in combat in, in new
guinea in the second world war, who is buried there at arlington also and we are reminded all the freedoms we enjoy, whether it is in our parliament in canberra or here in washington and in the white house or in the congress, all of those freedoms have had to be secured generation after generation, by courageous men and women, defending freedom's cause. our freedoms have depended on them. and americans no as australians no, each of us have no bert ally. we are mates, 100 years of mateship. we're working together as you said to address the greatest threat to our region right now, north korea's illegal nuclear weapons program. i want to welcome, and support, mr. president, the new sanctions announced today. we continue to do precisely the
same with our own autonomous sanctions and enforcing the u.n. security councilman dated sanctions. we're working to combat terrorism around the world, helping iraqis an the afghans build up the resilliance to hold their countries secure in the face of terrorists. of course we both recognize that the prosperity of our region and indeed the world, has been underpinned and in fact built on a foundation of a rules-based order which has been secured by the leadership of the united states ever since the second world war. that leadership has been critical, and commitment you showed, mr. president, when you came out to the region, to the east asia summit, to apec last year, that commitment was so important. it spoke volumes, for america's continued commitment to our region, to our part of the world, to the indo-pacific, so
vital. the engine room, if you like of the fastest economic growth, most fastest economic growth of our times. mr. president, i want to thank you as i have earlier in our meetings. i want to thank you for the very rare honor you have shown to as australia one of your future littoral combat ships the uss canberra. what a great symbol of our alliance and our shared security endeavors. what an extraordinary statement of commitment, and a, it's worth observing that that ship will be built by austel in mobile, alabama. so you have an australian company with american workers, working, operating in the united states, building ships for the u.s. navy.
what a great example of 100 years of mateship. when you grieve, as you said, you noted at the outset, so do we. so we send our love, our prayers and our condolences to all of the victims and their families of the shocking shooting in the school in florida. we are mates, we stand by each other, and when we are hurt, we are hurt as well. so, mr. president, thank you for your warm welcome. 100 years of mateship, we celebrate 100 years ago on july 4th. john mo.onnash, led american and australia troops in the first world war and we have been side by side ever since. 100 years of mateship celebrated and 100 more years to look forward to closer than ever. thank you very much.
[applause] >> well thank you, very much, malcolm, that is very beautiful words and we appreciate it. on behalf of the first lady who is right here and our great vice president, mike, thank you very much, it is an honor to have you. we will ask, we'll answer a couple questions. is that okay? >> yes. >> how about trey from one america news. trey. where are you? good, trey, go ahead. reporter: thank you. thank you, mr. president. >> yes. reporter: i have a couple questions for you? how about one? [laughter] go ahead, trey. reporter: might be two. following mass shootings there is often a lot of talk and little action. so i ask you today, what specific pieces of legislation or legislative framework will you propose it lawmakers following the parkland shooting?
>> we're going to do a lot but we're going to be very strong on background checks. i have spoken with many of our people in congress, our senators, our congress men and women, and there is a movement on to get something done. we want to be very powerful on background checks. when we're dealing with the mentally ill as we were in this last case, he was a very sick person and somebody that should have been nabbed. i guess they had 39 difficult occasions able to see him or potentially see him. we want to be very powerful, very strong on background checks, especially as it pertains to the mentally ill. we're going to get rid of the bump stocks and we're going to do certain other things but one of the feelings that i have, and you have probably heard me in a speech this morning, very, very important that we have offensive capability as well as defensive capability. that is within the schools. because when you have a gun-free zone you're really inviting
people to come in and do whatever you have to do and often times get out. now i was, the one that brought up the fact that these shootings on average last three minutes, it takes anywhere from six to ten minutes for police to get to the site. i want to have people in the building, and in many cases you have ex-marines and ex-army and navy and air force and coast guard, you have them in the building. they could have concealed weapons still be teachers or in the building in a different capacity. we have to have offensive capability, to take these people out rapidly before they can do this kind of damage. but we'll be putting in strong language having to do with the background checks that will take place very quickly. i spoke with paul ryan this morning, with mitch mcconnell. and people are looking to really energize. i know that you have had, this has been going on for a long time, many, many years. and you have had people in my
position and they would mention things but not a lot of things got done obviously. we take it very seriously. we want to put an end to it. if, by the way, the bad guy thinks that somebody is in this room with a weapon, that is going to be pointed at him, with live bullets, he is not even going into the school. it is the one way you will solve it. you will not solve it with gun-free spaces because they will get in there. they will be the only one with a gun. so we need offensive capability. we'll be doing something about it. we're dealing with congress right now. thank you. reporter: if i could follow-up, mr. president, a i mid talks of arming teachers and mental health, what specific commitments to american students that you can make these policies will make them safer? >> well i think it is going to make it safer, you know the problem happening over last 20 years, people have talked, you said it, all talk, no action. we're going to take action. i think it will make it safer.
the fact that you have some capability within a school, they will not go into that school. they're not going to do it. you look what happened with airplanes, where we put marshals on planes with guns, where pilots in many cases have guns. nothing has happened for a long period of time, when it was almost getting to the point of being routine. when you have somebody with a gun staring you down, it is going to be a lot different for them to walk into those schools. right now they look at the sign outside, this is gun-free environment. that means they're the only one with a gun. the dan this lunatic did -- damage this lunatic did in that school for such a long period of time, frankly you had a gun and he was outside as a guard and he decided not to go in. that was not his finest moment, that i can tell you. he waited and he didn't want to go into the school. i just heard this and it is a terrible situation but, we need people that can take care of our children. we're not going to let this
happen again. the way it is not going to happen again because basically they're cowards. innately they're cowards. if they know bad things happen to them once they get inside of the school by people that love the children -- see a security guard doesn't know the children, doesn't love of the children. this man standing outside of the school the other day, doesn't love the children. probably doesn't know the children. the teachers love their children, they love their pupilss they love their students. they to be very adept. i'm not talking about every teacher. i'm talking about a small percentage, but people with great ability with weaponry or guns. those are only people i'm talking about. but they will protect the student. for the prime minister? reporter: certainly, thank you, mr. prime minister, for joining us here in washington. australia is known for helping the syrian people and syrian refugees. so i ask you today as the world watches what steps can australia
take with the help of president trump and the united states to insure that civilians are protected in eastern guotha? >> australian force, the australian armed forces have been working as part of the coalition to defeat daesh in iraq and syria for some time now. our principle concentration is in iraq as opposed to syria where we are training both the elite special forces unit, their counterterrorism service, their regular army and armed police. we have trained over 30,000 personnel at our, at our task force taji which is based at the taji airfield near baghdad. in terms of refugees, australia has a very substantial humanitarian program.
we're currently taking about 18,000 refugees a year. we have taken 12,000, in addition to that from the syrian conflict zone. but we determined, which we're very careful about security of course in terms of our humanitarian program but i think it would be fair to say that the president has of course the most insight into this area here but it would be fair to say that ultimately the resolution in syria has to be a political settlement. and that i'm sure is what secretary tillerson is working towards. reporter: if i could briefly follow up, specifically though in syria, as two of the most powerful men in the entire world is there anything you can do to stop the bloodshed? >> ultimately there has to be a political settlement. the campaign to destroy daesh or
isil has been largely completed. the so-called caliphate has been reduced down to a few pockets. it has been, it has been smashed. and that has been, and americans and australians have worked bravely effectively with our allies and partners in the region to do that. it is very important, by the way, to keep australians and americans safe at home because the image of isil's invincible caliphate, sweeping across syria and iraq and they said they were going to sweep across europe, all of that was a big recruiting tool. so this was a very important part of our global effort but ultimately the settlement in that region has to come from a political settlement among the people that live there. >> i will say what russia and what iran, and what syria have
done recently is a human how many disgrace. i will tell you that. we're there for one reason, we're there to get rid of isis and go home. the we're not there for any other reason. and we have largely accomplished our goal but what those three countries have done to people over the last short period of time is a disgrace. okay, would you like to ask a question, mr. prime minister? >> yes, i think, phil curry, from the australian financial review. >> thanks, gentlemen, mr. trump, mr. turnbull. phil curry from the financial review. to you, mr. trump, on the region, china, and associated issues the united states navy conducted frequently freedom of navigation sale-throughs through the disputed areas. would you like to see the australian navy participate directly in those operations alongside the u.s. allies? and whales on -- while on the
region what is your thinking on trans-pacific partnership and are you remain opposed as ever? >> the the trans-pacific part ship was not a good deal for us. i like bilateral more than multilateral. i like to negotiate with one country, if you it doesn't work out, you terminate. during the terminate notice, they call you please let's make a deal, you fix the deal. when you get into multiyou can't do that. trans-pacific partnership, tpp was a very bad deal for the united states t would have cost us tremendous amounts of jobs. it would have been bad, but there is a possibility we would go in but they will be offering us a much better deal, i would certainly do that. as far as your lanes are concerned, we would love to have australia involved and australia wants to stay involved. we develop ad great relationship
with china other than the fact that they have been killing us with trade for last long period of time, killing us, absolutely killing the united states on trade. we develop ad great relationship with china, probably closer than we ever had. my personal relationship as malcolm can tell with you president xi i think quite extraordinary. he is something that i like and i think he likes me. with that being said he likes china and i like the united states but a lot of things are happening. it will be a very interesting period of time. but we do have to straighten out. as much as i like and respect, really respect president xi we have to straighten out the trade imbalance. it is too much. it is no good. >> okay. kiren gilbert from sky news. >> kiren gilbert from sky news australia. general mattis called china a revisionist power and they're a growing threat from china yet you're very positive about
yourship with xi. can you tell us is it a friend or a foe and, on north korea, the sanctions, if they don't work, are all options still on the table? can i get your answer, also the prime minister's thoughts? >> well the second we'll have to see. i don't think i'm going to exactly play that card but we'll have to see. if the sanctions don't work we'll have to go phase two. phase two may be a very rough thing. it may be very, very unfortunate for the world. but hopefully the sanctions will work. we have tremendous support all around the world for what we're doing. it really is a rogue nation. if we can make a deal it will be a great thing. if we can't, something will have to happen. so we'll see. as far as general mattis is concerned he has that view, a lot of people have that view. china's tough. they're getting stronger. they're getting stronger to a large extent with a lot of the money they have made from having
poor leadership in the united states. the united states leadership allowed them to get away with murder. with that being said i think we can have a truly great even trading relationship with china. hopefully that is going to work out. hopefully the relationship i have with president xi will make that happen. only time will tell. thank you. >> i can confirm that president trump and president xi see eye-to-eye in every respect. they have a -- it is very clear in meetings i've been at which we attended in the region, east asia summit, so forth. apec, the respect that they have with each other and i think it is the most, single-most important relationship between china and the united states. it is clearly very respectful, very frank, very clear-eyed.
for our own part we see china's rise as being overwhelmingly of for the world. the critical thing that the rule of law is maintained. people want to try to paint the united states and its allies like australia being against china some sort of rerun of the cold war. that, that is not appropriate. it is not accurate. what we need to ensure is that the rules of the road, the rule of law, the rules-based system where you know, big countries, can't push around little countries, lee quon yu, you don't have a world where big eat little fish and little fish eat the shrimps. you have the rule of law that protects everybody. that is what enabled the great growth in our region.
that is what enabled hundreds of millions of people in our region, including in china to be lifted out of poverty. maintaining that rules-based order is what we're committed to. we all have a vested interest in doing so. i want to say again, to the president, that his his presence, his own personal presence in our region at the end of last year was sent such a powerful message, the regular visits by secretary tillerson, secretary mattis and of course the presence of the united states navy and so many other manifestations of american commitment to the region is so important to maintaining that rules-based order. believe me, that has been the foundation of the success, the prosperity, and the security these last 40 or more years. >> i don't think we've ever had a better relationship with china
than we do right now. the only thing that can get in its way is trade. because it is so one-sided. it is so lopsided and the people that stood here for many years this position right where i am right now should never have allowed that to happen. it is very unfair to the united states and it is very unfair to the workers of the united states, very, very unfair. and even today it is extremely hard on companies that want to do business in china. because the barriers are incredible. whereas the barriers coming into our country are foolishly not, foolishly. i believe in reciprocal trade. if they do something to us, we do something to them. well, that never happened. and it has gotten worse and worse over the years but we'll correct it. that can be the only thing that can get in the way of a truly
long-term, great relationship because we have all the ingredients for friendship. from the "washington examiner," gabby. >> thank you, mr. president. your chief of staff, general kelly, has recommended ending the practice of granting interim security clearances to members of the trump administration. >> yeah. reporter: if that proceeds would you be willing to grant a waiver to jared kushner, one much your senior advisors? >> well, jared has done an outstanding job. he has been treated unfairly. he is a high-quality person. he works for nothing, just so nobody ever reports that, but he gets zero. he doesn't get a salary, nor does ivanka who is in south korea, long trip, representing her country and we can not get a better representative. in fact, the first lady, melania was telling me what a great impression she made this morning
when she landed in south korea. jared is truly outstanding. he was very successful when he was in the private sector. he is working on peace in the middle east and some other small and very easy deals. they have always said peace in the middle east. peace between the palestinians and israel is the toughest deal of any deal there is. malcolm, i heard this all my life. that as a former deal-maker although now you could say maybe i'm more of a deal-maker ever before, you have no choice as president to do it right but the hardest deal to make of any kind is between the israelis and the palestinians. we're actually making great headway. jerusalem was the right thing to do. we took that off the table. but jared kushner is right in the middle of that. he is an extraordinary deal-maker. if he does that, that will be an incredible accomplishment and very important thing for our country. so general kelly, who is doing a
terrific job, by the way, is right in the middle of that. we inherit ad system that is broken. it's a system where many people, it has taken months and months and months to get many people that do not have complex financial, you know, complicated financials, they don't have that and it has still taken months. it's a broken system and it shouldn't take this long. you know how many people are on the list. people with not a problem in the world. that will be up to general kelly. general kelly respects jared a lot. general kelly will make that call. i won't make the call. i will let the general who is right here make that call but jared is doing very important things for our country. he gets paid zero. ivanka by the way gets paid zero. she gave up a very good, solid, big business in order to come to washington because she wanted to help families and she wanted to help women. she said, dad i want to go to
washington. i want to help women. you know, washington is a mean place. she said, i don't care. i want to help women. i want to help families. she was very much involved as you know in the child tax credit. and now she is working very much on family leave. things i don't think would have been in the agreement if it weren't for ivanka and some of our great senators, et cetera. but she was very much in the forefront of that. so, i will let general kelly make that decision. and he is going to do what is right for the country. and, i have no doubt he will make the right decision. okay? thank you very much. reporter: thank you. mr. prime minister, your country conducted a biback program of semiautomatic weapons in the mid '90s, and haven't had a mass shooting ever since. did you talk about this with president trump and urge him to
do something to combat mass shootings in the united states. >> our history with gun control and regulation is obviously very different to the united states. you're right, there was a mass shooting in tasmania in 1996. my predecessor, john howard, very well-known here in the united states, prime minister for nearly 12 years, john undertook some very big reforms. basically semiautomatic and let alone automatic weapons are not available. there are clamses of -- the range of firearms that are available to people that don't have a specific, you know, professional need like, people who are involved in pest control and so forth, are very, very limited. but it completely different context. s who toreally, legally, so forth. we have very satisfied with our
laws. we maintain them. they're there. they're well-known. you have referred to them but we certainly don't presume to provide, you know, policy or political advice on that matter here. this is, you have a amendment to your constitution which deals with gun ownership. you have a very, very different history and i will focus on our own political arguments and debates and wish you wise deliberation in your own. >> i have to add to that, there are very different countries with very different sets of problems. but i think we're well on the way to solving that horrible problem that happens far too often in the united states. thank you very much, everybody. we appreciate it. thank you, mr. prime minister, thank you very much. [applause] trish: all right.
we see the president there, alongside australia's leader and you heard them talking about a variety of issues including the north korea situation, including the situation with gun control. australia clearly has dealt with this issue very proactively. and, has had a different history, shall we say with gun ownership, not having a second amendment. buck sexton is here with me. he is joined by american majority ceo ned ryun, fox news contributor jessica tarlov. ned, start first on the guns because buck, he sounded a very optimistic note there at the end saying that, you know, yes, we are going to do something about this too. what does that tell you? >> sound like the trump administration may be able to do something in eight years of a obama administration never
happened, actually get some compromise, some forward movement on the issue of dealing specifically with school shootings and taking legislative action or perhaps executive action, we'll see what the total package he puts together is. that would surprise a lot of people at this point or would have surprised people before we found ourselves in the current situation. look it is still a long way from actually happening and at this point i think some of the proposals we're seeing are going to run into much more headway than some folks realize. i think once you start getting congress involved, all of sudden midterms very large. democrats realize opposing guns and gun violence is one thing rhetorically, once you take votes there is history they have to be very cautious how they do this but i think there are good ideas on the republican pub side. trish: this is this optimistic to me. jessica are you surprised this president making an over ture
here to gun restrictions? >> not really because he is a new york city liberal, so that isn't surprising to me. i was, i guess i shouldn't say astonished i heard him at cpac in full campaign rally mode but that little riff about the teachers being armed which he says now number one way to protect our students, he should talk to some of the teachers if he wants to know the truth how they feel about that the guard who was armed didn't do anything about this, didn't do it because he didn't love the students. i think that incident obviously needs to be investigated, it's a real shame and tragedy that an officer who was armed, sent there to protect the children did not run towards the shooter, instead stayed outside but the idea these teachers who are only going to be trained, many of them, i know he says we want ones who are already gun enthusiasts who want to do this. but there are people going to then be trained i don't know how they will feel about the fact someone shows up at their door with an ar-15, and whether they have the wherewithal, they are
teachers, to get the gun? where is the gun? will students know a gun is there. this is so complicated. i would love reform -- trish: empathetic with the teachers, if you're a teacher right now in america and you have students that you're concerned about, that could be security risks, number one, you got to report it, you have to get the police involved. get the fbi involved, all of that but i understand how, if you do know how to shoot a gun and i don't, but if you do, you want to take that precaution. that said, you make a very good point, jessica, i'm going to ask ned about it, because shouldn't we be doing a whole lot more than expecting teachers, who, by the way, come to schools it teach? >> right. >> trish: are we asking them, ned ryun, to be the gunses to have to defend kids? it's like, it's like,
trish regan, maybe you need to be armed so you can protect your studio from any crazies that come by? no, my job is to be news anchor, not security. >> no, we're not asking them to all of sudden become security guards with concealed carry. we're saying we should give those that want to the ability and freedom to be able to do that. in fact, i think i would love to see president trump call for the total repeal of the 1990 gun-free school zone act. i think that has been an utter disaster. when i show up with my kids, all in public school, all four of them, i see the signs broadcasting it is gun-free school, we're literally advertising when a madman shows up with a gun, everyone else will be without one. trish: yeah. >> we're having multiple debates seem to be crossing channels here. on one side people want to talk about gun control. i want to talk about school safety. they're driving a political
agenda. i want to talk about what school safety looks like. i think we have legitimate approach, already eight states that have ability for teachers to have guns. trish: arming teachers is not panacea. >> no it is not. >> have to do a lot on whole lot of levels. i don't think it is teachers at the front line there. it can be a form of defense, not entirely against that i want to make sure we get best teachers. not that we're hiring teachers because they also know how to shoot a gun. >> can i add something to this, trish? dagen the other day brought up a really great point where she said we have a lot of unemployed veterans out there who might be fantastic security guards at a lot of these schools. there might be some way for president to combine his love of the military and his desire to celebrate veterans with increased school safety. i think that is somewhere where democrats and republicans can get along. trish: put people back to work. what were you going to say? >> for the program to be
effective, dealing with over 100,000 schools in the country. you're hoping, hoping to have right person in the right place at the right time at -- trish: i don't care. i have to leave it there, ned. thank you. buck, thank you. jessica, thank you. i don't care. it will cost a lot of money t will be a huge commitment. but you know what? our kids should be able to go to school and feel safe. joining me right now with more, former trump campaign manager, america first action chief strategist corey lewandoski. corey, good to see you again. long time no see for the viewers. >> great to be here. trish: i saw corey last night on lou dobbs' program. let me ask you this. gates now reportedly pleading guilty but still there is no evidence of any kind of collusion. what do you make of the plie?
>> there was no collusion with the trump organization, what rick gates is pleading to, he pleading guilty to took place sometime in the mid 2000s. 10 to dozen years before every joined the trump campaign. if rick gates didn't follow the law as it relates to registering as a for inagent doing work and keeping money overseas, he needs to be held accountable for that but let me be clear. in no way ties back to the trump campaign and no way ties back to anything that we did to win an election fair and square and that is the important part here. trish: do you think you guys did enough in terms of vetting. >> i'm sorry? trish: what about the vetting, that the campaign actually does? because manafort, he had some skeletons everybody seemed to know about yet nobody cared? >> no, look it i think the difference is, look, rick gates was an unknown commodity when he came to the campaign.
paul brought him in. i don't know what type of vetting you would be able to do with rick. he had negative been working in washington i'm aware of. could we have done a better job vetting paul manafort? maybe. paul's job was to wring gell the delegates for potentially contested convention. paul is probably the last guy alive who actually was involved in the contested convention in 1976. so we found i think the only person who had ever done this before, who was still alive because that was gerald ford, ronald reagan, contested, potentially contested convention. paul was part of that. so he was brought on specifically to work the convention and the delegates, something where he had a core competency. looking back, there should have been a better job done, and we can be responsible for that, but in no way, shape or form did anything paul manafort did overseas or with hiding money or not filling out his taxes properly or embezzling or false
statements to the government, did that have anything to do with his tenure during the trump campaign. trish: well, corey, you were on that campaign. you saw everything right up close. anything ever strike you as odd? was anybody speaking russian or having a few too many white russians at the bar? i'm kidding, but in all seriousness was there anything to ever give you cause, corey lewandoski, to think that the russians were somehow trying to work with your campaign it skew the election in your favor? >> trish, let me be as clear as i can be, never, ever, ever, even before donald trump came down that escalator did i ever have contact with a russian, russian agent, a russian person, rush shurn officials that ate russian salad dressing or drank white russians, nothing.
the media says our campaign was so inept we couldn't coordinate between the headquarters and the states, that we were trying to run in, or we were so sophisticated we were running a james bond operation. you can't have it both ways. the bottom line there was no collusion, no cooperation, no coordination. i sat next to candidate trump 18 hours a day, seven days a week. he never spoke to anybody. there was no, no, no coordination. trish: thank you, corey lewandoski. we'll have a whole lot more right after this break. what about your heart? what do you mean my heart? the truth is, type 2 diabetes can make you twice as likely to die from a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or stroke. and with heart disease, your risk is even higher. but wait, there's good news for adults who have type 2 diabetes and heart disease. jardiance is the only type 2 diabetes pill with a lifesaving cardiovascular benefit.
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trish: wow, did you see these markets? 234 points, we have gained. we are sitting near the highs of the session. i always love saying that. liz is going to take you through the final hour of trading. have a wonderful weekend, i'll see you monday. liz: happy friday, everybody. markets look to be ending the week on a smoother, better note here. the s&p 500 now looks to be positive for the week, that was not the case about 19 minutes ago. it'll see two straight winning sessions, right now the nasdaq aims to snap a four-day losing streak. and the dow just added some 80 points as president trump just left the door open during his news conference with australia's prime minister to rejoining the trans-pacific trade partnership of 11 asian-pacific nations. the president standing with the australian prime minister calling the original tpp a bad deal for u.s. workers, but if it were improved,