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Along with people in the administration that I consider very important and I hope we we've left in good stead, but maybe we haven't, maybe we haven't.
I have to run the country the way we're running the country. We're doing very well. We're respected all over the world again, respected like we haven't been respected in many, many years. You look at Iran and you look at so many of the things that are happening. Iran wants to talk. They all want to talk. We're doing very well with China.
And you probably saw the numbers that have come out and come out, some of them coming out just today. But China's the air supply chain is breaking up. The supply chain of China, which was this unbreakable, powerful tool that they had, is breaking up like a toy because companies are moving out and China wants to make a deal. We'll see what happens. We have to make the right deal for this country. China's been taking out hundreds of billions of dollars a year out of our country.
And, you know, I read I read papers like The Wall Street Journal. They don't have a clue. They haven't got a clue. They don't make any excuses for the fact that China has been literally ripping off the United States in the worst manner for so many years. Five hundred billion dollars pouring out of the United States. And I hear people I don't even know who these people have any education on anything. It's common sense. Maybe more than anything else.
But I look at some statements that are made from so many different people. And, you know, John wasn't in line with what we were doing. And actually, in some cases, he thought it was too tough what we were doing. Mr. Tough Guy. You know, you have to go into Iraq. Going into Iraq was something that he felt very strongly about. So we're right now for over seven trillion dollars into the Middle East. And I don't say it was his decision.
You had a president and you had other people also. But he was very out there, I can tell you, and wanting to have them do it. And I disagreed with that decision from the beginning, even though I was a civilian. So nobody cared. But I was out there and I was outspoken about it. I felt it was a terrible mistake.
Here we are many, many years later, decades later, we're still there and we've been acting as policemen.
I'll tell you one thing, we are hitting the Taliban right now harder than they've ever been hit.
And what they did was horrible when they killed a great American soldier, when they killed 12 people, innocent people, essentially innocent people.
Because if you look I mean, many of these people were civilians. You also had a NATO soldier in addition to our great soldier. But what they did, what they did in order to create what they thought was a better negotiating stance, I said that's the end of them. Get them out. I don't want anything to do with them. And they've been hit very hard. And I know for a fact they said that was a big mistake that they made.
And it was. But that was my decision. And what we're doing now is my decision. So we have a lot of great people that want that position. A lot of great people want a lot of positions. They want to be a part of this administration.
We've done more in this administration in less than three years then I believe, any president. You look at the accomplishments even today, what we're doing. You look at what we're doing today. These are big things. Nobody else would be doing this. They're big things. But we've done more than any administration probably in the history of the country. You just look at one point after another point, whether it's regulation cuts, whether it's tax cuts. You look at.
Right. To try with these two gentlemen. So important. Great to try where people are able to use some of the incredible innovations that we've developed with the greatest labs of the greatest doctors in the world.
And they could use them instead of being forced to move to and leave to other countries that don't have a clue compared to us. And now they have right to try.
And by the way, a lot of people are being saved and a lot of great things are happening with right to try.
But what we've done for the vets while we've done for our great military with spending seven hundred this year, $780 billion dollars. And by the way, that's also jobs. Secondarily, but it's also jobs. Nobody's done what we've done. And we're very honored to have done it. We're in a very good footing.
Our country is respected again.
Mr. President, what are you prepared to do on guns?
Well, I have five people that want it very much. I mean, a lot more than that. We'd like to have it. But there are five people that I consider very highly qualified, good people I've gotten to know over the last three years. And we'll be announcing somebody next week. But we have some very. Qualified people. But we were set back very badly when John Bolton talking about the Libyan model and he made a mistake. And as soon as you mentioned that the Libyan model, what a disaster.
Take a look at what happened to Gadhafi with the Libyan model. And he's using that to make a deal with North Korea. And I don't blame Kim Jong un for what he said after that. And he wanted nothing to do with John Bolton. And that's not a question of being tough. That's a question of being not smart to say something like that.
So why wish Jon the best? We actually got along very well. I'm sure you'll do whatever he can do to. You know what? Spin it his way. Jon came to see me the night before.
In fact, I think a lot of you people were out there waiting for me to get on the helicopter. I'm sure you have a shot somewhere along the line. And he sat right in that chair. And I told him, John, if too many people you're not getting along with people. And a lot of us, including me, disagree with some of your tactics and some of your ideas.
And I wish you well, but I'd like you to submit your resignation. And he did that.
And I really I know he's going to do well. I hope he's going to do well. And I wish him well.
Mr. President, are you prepared to do on guns, on background checks? What are you prepared to announce? So I just spoke with Senator Toomey and Senator Murphy and Joe Manchin. Senator Joe Manchin just had a long talk with them just before this meeting just hung up.
And we are working very, very hard together on this. And we see that we can come up with something that's acceptable to everybody.
It's a subject that's been going on for decades, decades we've been talking about it. So we're looking at background checks and we're looking at putting everything together in a unified way so that we can have something that's meaningful at the same time. All of us want to protect our great Second Amendment, very important to all of us.
So we are now in meetings, the meetings, and they go on tonight.
I'm going to speak with them again tomorrow. And I think progress is being made. I hope so.
Are you willing to put background checks on all private gun sales?
We're going to take a look at a lot of different things and we'll be reporting back in a fairly short period of time. There are a lot of things under discussion. Some things will never happen and some things can really very much some very meaningful things can happen.
It's really a gun sense if you think about it. What we're looking at is and maybe that's where we should go at the gun sense, Bill. But we will have some we're having great dialogue. We'll see what happens.
And did you tell your chief of staff to have. No. I disavow those forecasters who said that Alabama was not. I never did that.
Never did that. That's a whole hoax by the fake news media. When they talk about the hurricane and when they talk about Florida, they talk about Alabama.
That's just fake news. It was right from the beginning. It was a fake story. And while we're here and while we're talking about that, I want to congratulate Dan Bishop. Last night ordered a credible when his dad was 17 points behind three weeks ago that the media thought he was going to lose. They were all set to have a big celebration with their partners from the Democrat Party. And Dan Bishop worked really hard and I worked very hard with him.
And he made up a 17 point lead in a few weeks and he won a great election last night.
And also, Greg Murphy, well, if nobody's even reporting, but Greg Murphy won a great congressional election in North Carolina last night.
And I want to congratulate between Dan and Greg what a job they did. We picked up two seats and Greg was, you know, anticipated to win by two or three points, maybe less, but two or three points. And he won by many, many points. I don't know what the final tab is, but he won by a lot and he campaigned brilliantly and Dan campaigned brilliantly.
And so we're very happy about that. That's a tremendous win for the Republican Party. OK.
Mr. President. Mr. President. No, no, no. John Bolton is gone. Is your policy change? Are you your friends meeting? Well, we have a policy on Venezuela.
That's a firm policy. Venezuela's really hurting. And we're trying to help people in a humanitarian way.
That's probably not good in terms of, you know, crushing a a terrible regime.
But you have people dying. This is a country that 15 years ago is one of the wealthiest countries. And now it's die. They don't have water. They don't have food. They don't have medical. They have nothing. So we're trying to help as as much as we can. Well, so working with Columbia and he's a leader of Colombia. A friend of mine, and he's doing a really good job. I can tell you that we're working with Colombia, we're working with Brazil, we're working with other countries on a humanitarian basis.
Venezuela's in very sad shape. That shows you about socialism. I mean, that shows you what happens. You take a country that was so wealthy 15 years ago and today they don't have water. They don't have basic food. So we'll see what happens. No, I disagreed with John Bolton on his attitudes on Venezuela. I thought he was way out of line. And I think I've proven to be right. But we are always watching Venezuela very, very closely.
Would you be open to me? I do. I don't want to cut.
I don't want to talk about the president. But your announcement today concerned that the companies that were making these products will be treated unfairly. Are these products off the mark?
Well, they become very rich companies very fast. And the whole thing with vaping is is a very profitable. And I want companies lip, you know, that I fight drug companies very hard and I fight. That's why I'm fighting with China. That's why I'm fighting with other countries. If you look at European Union and if you look at Japan and if you look at so many others, including South Korea and many others, we're constantly dealing with them to make it good for our companies, because I view it as jobs.
I view it as income for our country and jobs. Vaping has become a very big business, as I understand it, like a giant business in a very short period of time. But we can't allow people to get sick and we can't have our youth be so affected.
And I'm hearing it. And that's how the first lady got involved. She's got a son together. That is a a beautiful young man. And she feels very, very strongly about it. She's seen it. We're both reading it. A lot of people are reading it, but people are dying with vaping. So we're looking at it very closely.
And, you know, if nothing else, this is a conference that's going to let people know about because people are going to watch what we're saying.
And parents are going to be a lot tougher with respect to their children. A lot of people think they think it's wonderful. It's great. It's really not wonderful.
That's one thing I think we can say. Definitely.
Commissioner, it's not a wonderful thing. It's got big problems. We have to find out the extent of the problem. It's so new. It's so. No. But we're going to find out. And I hope that parents that, you know, they have children and the children are certain age. I hope they're going to be able to make wise decisions, maybe based on what we're saying today. But the commissioner and Alex Azar, they're going to be coming back over the next pretty short period of time.
A couple of weeks with some very strong recommendations.
Can you tell us what the timeline is for taking those waivers off the market?
Yes. So it'll take several weeks for us to put out the final guidance that would announce the all the parameters around the enforcement policy. And then there will likely be about a 30 day delayed effective date, as is customary with FDA is good guidance practices. And at that point, all flavored e-cigarettes other than tobacco flavor would have to be removed from the market. Tobacco flavored e-cigarettes, though their manufacturers would by May 2020, have to file for approval by FDA of their products.
The other flavored product manufacturers can at any time also filed, but they would be off the market until approved by FDA. The Obama administration had allowed these products to go onto the market in an unregulated way by delaying any enforcement in the hopes that people who were concerned using combustible tobacco would transition to a less harmful form of nicotine delivery. Three cigarettes. But what we've seen is the data just shows the kids are getting access to these products in spite of our best efforts and enforcement and retail enforcement at controlling locations at over 8000 warning letters to retailers and others in spite of moving products off shelves.
They've been going at it.
So we simply have to remove these attractive labor products from the marketplace until they secure FDA approval if they can.
Mr. President, Mr. President, you looking at arranging a meeting with Iranian President Rouhani at UNGA?
I'm not looking at anything. Iran is a different country than it was two and a half years ago. Two and a half years ago, they were given a lot of money by President Obama previous to that.
One hundred and fifty billion dollars, one point a billion dollars in cash, in actual cash. It's very impressive. But they are a much different country right now than they were two and a half years ago when I came into office. And I do believe they'd like to make a deal if they do. That's great. And if they don't, that's great, too. But they have tremendous financial difficulty. And the sanctions are getting tougher and tougher. We cannot let Iran have a nuclear weapon and they never will have a nuclear weapon, and if they're thinking about enrichment, they can forget about it because it's going to be very and it's going to be very dangerous for them to enrich.
Very, very dangerous. OK. What do you want to be with him or not? You can spread the word to Iran.
Would you consider easing sanctions to allow them to make a meeting happen?
We'll see what happens. We'll see what happens. I think Iran has potential and I think North Korea. Those are two countries we're dealing with right now at a very high level. I think Iran has a tremendous, tremendous potential.
They're incredible people. They were not looking for regime change. We hope that we can make a deal. And if we can't make a deal, that's fine, too. OK. That's why I think they have to make a deal. They've never been in this condition. By the way, China is having the worst year they've had now in 57 years. OK. Fifty seven. He's twenty seven. It was twenty two and then twenty seven. It's fifty seven years is the worst year they've had, and it's only going to get worse.
So I think they want to make a deal, too. We're dealing with it. But I think they want to make it does. You know, they're coming in sometime in early October and we're speaking to him constantly. And they also they made a couple of moves last night that were pretty good. You saw that, right? They were pretty good. They were pretty respectful to our people. You're going to see it because you were one of the people that reported it to your group.
But China is China is about having to do with tariffs. Jeff's having to do you. So whether they took tariffs of certain things. Lot of things. You're happy about that. I think they did the right thing. I think was good for them. But they took them off. I think it was I think it was a gesture. OK. It was a big move. People were shocked. I wasn't shocked. But I deal with them.
And I know I I like them and I hope we can do something. And with respect to Iran, I think they have to do something because they have potential to have an unbelievably great country. But the way it's going right now, it's disintegrating. And I don't think I don't think they should allow that to happen. North Korea has tremendous potential. North Korea is in between Russia, China and South Korea. It's an incredible, credible people. I think that they really will.
They have to have this truly unbelievable potential. And I think they want to get to it. We'll see what happens. I mean, maybe they do and maybe they don't want.
I mean, you're just going to just see. But I really believe that North Korea would like to see something tremendous happen.
This could be one of the most unbelievable. If you look at a country in terms of upside, this could be one of the most unbelievable experiments ever. North Korea and I also say the same with Iran.
Iran can get back to business. They can do unbelievably well with all of the natural things.
So on vaping, just to finish, this is all about vaping. This is a meeting that gets off a little track because you ask us questions about other things and I think we're better off answering them than not. But we are looking at vaping very strongly. It's very dangerous.
Children have died, people have died, and the acting commissioner is somebody that's a true expert on it. As much as you can be an expert on a brand new subject, then we're going to have some very strong rules, regulations. And more important, I think we're gonna have some very important information come out very shortly and we'll be reporting that over the next couple of weeks.
And I want to thank you and commissioner. Thank you very much.
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