currencies. They're really doing things that aren't very good for their countries, in my opinion. But, short term, it's very good for their countries. Long term, possibly
not. And we're not following suit. We have a Fed that decides not to cut interest rates, which is a very bad thing. Because, right now, we have to follow suit; we should
be following suit. But we have a very powerful country, a very strong economic and military country. We've never been better. The stock market is way up today for various
reasons, including tariffs. I just see where we've collected close to $59 billion in tariffs so far. And, in my opinion, the consumer has not paid for it because of the
devaluation by China. They devalued and they pumped a lot of money into their system. So, it's really been an amazing it's been an amazing period of time. Yeah. Why did
you make the decision on the tariffs, to delay the implementation of the tariffs? Only to help, I think, a lot of different groups of people. And we had a very good talk
yesterday with China a very, very productive call. I think they want to do something. I think they'd like to do something dramatic. I was not sure whether or not they
wanted to wait until a Democrat has a chance to get in. Hopefully that's not going to happen because the economy would go to hell in a handbasket very fast. But they
really would like to make a deal. The call itself was very productive. I'm not sure if it was the tariffs or the call, but the call was very productive. Again, they've
said this many times; they've said they're going to buy farm products. So far, they've disappointed me with the truth. They haven't been truthful, or, let's say, they've
certainly delayed the decision. But it's their intention to buy a lot of farm product. And we did we had a very good call with China. I mean, they would really like to do
as you know, they have a problem in Hong Kong, but they would like very much to do something. Would you consider moving the tariffs, even? Delaying them even further,
past December 15? No, we're doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers, which, so far, they've had virtually
none. The only impact has been that we've collected almost $60 billion from China compliments of China. But just in case they might have an impact on people, what we've
done is we've delayed it so that they won't be relevant for the Christmas shopping season. Mr. President, can you please explain your decision to retweet that comment
about Jeffrey Epstein and the Yeah, he's a very highly respected, conservative pundit. He's a big Trump fan. That was a retweet. That wasn't from me; that was from him.
But he's a man who has half a million followers. A lot of followers. And he's respected. And, as you know, Bill Barr wants to do an entire investigation of the whole
Epstein matter, what happened. He's been going on for a long that's been going on for a long time, the whole Epstein episode. And I know it's under investigation by
Attorney General Barr, and I'm sure he's going to be handling it. The retweet, which is what it was it was a retweet was from somebody that's a very respected,
conservative pundit. So I think that was fine. Yeah. But is it appropriate for you to be spreading that kind of conspiracy theory? I presume you don't know that that's
true. No, basically what we're saying is we want an investigation. I want a full investigation, and that's what I absolutely am demanding. That's what our Attorney General
our great Attorney General is doing. He's doing a full investigation. Are you concerned about what you're seeing in Hong Kong? Do you want China to exercise restraint?
The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation. Very tough. We'll see what happens. But I'm sure it'll work out. I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the
way. I hope it works out for everybody. Have you seen the gathering of military troops, apparently close to protestors? And there's worries about that. Oh, it's a very
tricky situation. I think it'll work out. And I hope it works out for liberty. I hope it works out for everybody, including China. I hope it works out peacefully. I hope
nobody gets hurts. I hope nobody gets killed. Mr. President, are you more optimistic now that there's a chance of getting a deal between China on trade? Well, I've always
been optimistic. My only question is whether or not they were willing to wait and take the chance on winning the election and deal with somebody who's weak and ineffective
and doesn't know what he's doing or she's doing, like they've had in the past. This should have been done 25 years ago. It should have been done 10 years ago or 5 years
ago. This should have been done a long time ago. This should have been done by Biden and Obama. China is taking out $500 billion a year, and much more than that, if you
include the theft of intellectual property. What I'm doing now should have been done many years ago. On another issue: Ken Cuccinelli today said, on NPR, that maybe there
ought to be a different poem on the Statue of Liberty that says immigrants who come can stand up for themselves and take care of themselves. Do you think that should be
changed? Well, I don't think it's fair to have the American taxpayer you know, it's about \"America First.\" I don't think it's fair to have the American taxpayer paying
for people to come into the United States. So what we've done is institute what took place many, many years ago at our founding, virtually. But we are just reinstituting
it. And I think it's long overdue. I am tired of seeing our taxpayer paying for people to come into the country and immediately go onto welfare and various other things.
So I think we're doing it right. Mr. President, you tweeted about a word that Chris Cuomo found racially offensive. Even Sean Hannity defended him. Is that appropriate for
you to tweet about that? I think that what Chris Cuomo did was horrible. His language was horrible. He looked like a total, out-of-control animal. He lost it. And,
frankly, I don't think anybody should defend him because he spews lies every night. So I don't know why anybody would defend him. But Chris Cuomo was out of control. I
watched it. I thought it was terrible. So I don't know who's defending him. Maybe they didn't see it. Maybe they haven't gotten a full picture. But I think anybody that
would have seen Chris Cuomo would have said that was a disgrace. You've never seen me do that. But you wound up tweeting in response to it, saying that maybe he should be
flagged by a \"red flag\" list. Doesn't that sort of undermine the whole argument that's going on right now and the push for that? Well, I think Chris Cuomo was so out of
control that I would not have wanted to see a weapon in his hand. I guess his fist is not a weapon or he would have done something. You know, he talked about it but he
didn't do anything. But I think Chris Cuomo was very much out of control, actually. Mr. President, Anthony Scaramucci today is calling on Republicans to challenge you in
2020, saying that you've \"gone off the rails.\" Do you have a response? Well, Anthony was a guy who worked for me, who really didn't have a clue. He worked for 11 days.
He made terrible statements and gestures and everything to people that worked in the office. I think you've heard Mercedes Schlapp talk about it in great detail. Anthony
didn't support me at the beginning; he was with somebody else and then he went to somebody else. And he only supported me after it was a foregone conclusion that I was
going to win. I'm not a fan of Anthony. I haven't been for a long time. I think Anthony is really somebody that's very much out of control. And he doesn't have what it
takes. I mean, he really doesn't. He wanted to come back into the administration for the last five months, begging me to come back in. I said, \"Anthony, I can't take you
in. I'm sorry.\" He called so much. He's a nervous, neurotic wreck. He called so much, and I said, \"Anthony, I'm sorry. I can't do that. I can't take you in.\" And I
said, \"You got to stop all these phone calls. Too many calls, Anthony.\" And I wouldn't take his call. And lo and behold, now he feels differently. But Anthony is upset
because he wanted certain things. The main thing he wanted was to come back into the administration. And as you remember better than I do, he was a disaster for the 11
days. Mr. President, the factory you're going to today is going to make plastics. You must be aware of all the reports that say the world is awash in plastic and the last
thing it needs is more plastic. What's your feeling on that? Well, we have tremendous plastics coming over from Asia, from China, and various others. It's not our plastic.
It's plastics that's floating over in the ocean and the various oceans from other places. No, plastics are fine, but you have to know what to do with them. But other
countries are not taking care of their plastic use and they haven't for a long time. And the plastic that we're getting is floating across the ocean from other places,
including China. How is the progress going on background checks? Are you convinced that Mitch McConnell is going to put that up for a vote? I am convinced that Mitch wants
to do something. I've spoken to Mitch McConnell. He's a good man. He wants to do something. He wants to do it, I think, very strongly. He wants to do background checks,
and I do too, and I think a lot of Republicans do. I don't know, frankly, that the Democrats will get us there. But I spoke with Chris Murphy, Senator. We had a very good
conversation. We'll see what happens. But I believe that Mitch and I can tell you, from my standpoint, I would like to see meaningful background checks. And I think
something will happen. Look, it's very simple: There is nobody more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, but I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac.
And I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that. And back on the tweet question: Do you really think the Clintons are involved in Jeffrey Epstein's
death? I have no idea. I know he was on his plane 27 times and he said he was on the plane 4 times. But when they checked the plane logs, Bill Clinton who was a very good
friend of Epstein he was on the plane about 27 or 28 times. So why did he say \"four times\"? And then the question you have to ask is: Did Bill Clinton go to the island?
Because Epstein had an island that was not a good place, as I understand it. And I was never there. So you have to ask: Did Bill Clinton go to the island? That's the
question. If you find that out, you're going to know a lot. Thank you very much everybody.
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