tv President Trump Holds News Conference CSPAN February 25, 2020 11:19pm-12:09am EST
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president trump: thank you very much. we had a couple good days in india. the prime minister is a terrific man, he's a terrific leader and we have a lot of things going in terms of product being purchased by india. we just had a meeting, a lot of the press was there. i thought it was a great meeting with some of the biggest businessmen in the world. they come from india. they agree to invest billions and billions of dollars. you heard it for yourself. they will be investing billions of dollars in our one -- so that was the purpose. the helicopters, apaches, and
various other types in addition to other equipment, they're buying that. but i thought it was a great two days. it was a fantastic two days. i'm going to be not at all controversial because i don't want to blow the two days and two days of travel on one little answer that john will ask, one little simple answer and you'll blow it out and that will be the end of the trip. they won't even talk about the trip. i will be conservative in my answers if you don't mind. we did, we had a great -- we had a great time. we had a great meeting and we're going for a state dinner. after that, we get back onto the plane and back home. it will be about 19 hours. but we look forward to it.
get in tomorrow. but this was -- this is a tremendous country. it's 1.4 billion, probably at least the most people. it's a tremendous market. they really like us. i think they like us more now than they ever liked us, frankly. we have a terrific, really great relationship between the prime minister and myself. so we're going to be doing a lot of things. it is worth it. you may ask me about the coronavirus, which is -- very well under control in our country. we have very few people with it and the people that have it are, in all cases, i haven't heard anything other. maybe there's something new because for two days i haven't been seeing too much of that news, very much news because it's been very all encompassing. we accomplished a lot. we had a lot of meetings, as you know. the people are getting better. they are all getting better. we brought in some americans from a ship because it was
really the right thing to do and they're in quarantine. we think they will be in very good shape very soon. we discussed a lot of different elements. we actually discussed the coronavirus and at this moment, india doesn't have much of a problem, i feel. we certainly -- it wasn't expressed they did, which was great. and i think that whole situation will start working out. a lot of talent. a lot of brainpower is being put behind it. $2.5 billion we're putting in. i see chuck schumer criticized, he thought it should be more. if i gave more he would say it should be less. these characters, they are just not good for our country. if i gave more he would say it should be less. that's all they do. they are not getting anything done. we have so many things we could get done.
we could so easily do prescription drugs. last year was the first year in 51 years where prescription drug prices went down, but we could drive them down really well we had the democrat votes. we could drive them down, as you know. we'll take some questions and then go to a nice state dinner and then we go home. john, go ahead. john: mr. president, you addressed coronavirus so i will put that aside for the moment. you tweeted about justice sotomayor saying she and justice ginsburg should reduce themselves from future cases dealing with the administration. what is the basis for your opinion on that? president trump: well, it's very obvious. i always thought that frankly that justice ginsburg should do it because she went wild during the campaign when i was running. i don't know who she was for. perhaps she was for hillary clinton, if you can believe it.
she said some things that were obviously very inappropriate. she later sort of apologized. i wouldn't say it was an apology but she sort of apologized and then justice sotomayor said what she said yesterday. you know very well what she said yesterday. it was a big story. i just don't know how they cannot recuse themselves for anything having to do with trump or trump related. the right thing to do is -- the supreme court justices they are a different standard. at the same time, i think it's a higher standard in a certain sense so they will have to decide what to do. her statement was so inappropriate. when you are a justice of the supreme court. it's what she's trying to do is get the people to vote the way she would like them to vote. i just thought it was so inappropriate. such a terrible statement for a supreme court justice. john: what was inappropriate about the statement? i am not an attorney so i can't really -- she seemed to criticie the white house for running to
the supreme court at the drop of a hat. president trump: no, i don't think that was it. i think what she did say, she was trying to shame people with perhaps a different view into voting her way and that's so inappropriate. so let's see what happens. we have things. whether or not they recuse themselves. look, justice ginsburg during my campaign, i protested it at the time. she apologized in a very minor form, and what justice sotomayor said yesterday was really highly inappropriate. everybody agrees to that. virtually everybody. i've seen papers on it. people can't believe she said it. reporter: thank you, mr. president. the intelligence community believes russia is trying to meddle in the 2020 election. do you agree with their assessment and what is your message to vladimir putin about potentially interfering
regardless of the candidate they support? president trump: you know, what i'm reading -- again, i'm over here for the last number of days -- but they went to see bernie and they told bernie about something having to do they want bernie to win. they did not tell me, intelligence never told me, and we have a couple people here that would know very well, they never told me anything about that. it was sort of a strange thing they went to bernie. now i find out, if i believe what i read in some of your documents and some of your papers, that it's a highly -- it was highly exaggerated. frankly, i think it's disgraceful. i think it was leaks from the intelligence committee, house version, and i think they leaked it. i think probably schiff leaked it. people within that -- schiff leaked it, in my opinion. he shouldn't be leaking things like that. that's a terrible thing to do. but basically they would like to see bernie is probably winning and looks like he's winning and he's got a head of steam and
maybe they don't want him for obvious reasons so they don't want him. they put out a thing that russia is backing him. this is what they do. i've gone through it for a long time. i get the game better than anybody. that's the way it is. terrible things to say. they didn't say it about me. i will say this, somebody leaked it in intelligence but nobody ever told me that. we have ambassador o'brian in the audience someplace. he can say this was never discussed with us. they need to stop leaking from the intelligence committee and if they don't stop it, i can't imagine people are not going to go after them and find out what's happening. reporter: but do you believe -- president trump: go ahead, ma'am. reporter: mr. president, indian tv news. so the way the deal is being worked out, what would be india's role and pakistan's role in the region?
president trump: i think india would like to see it happen. i spoke with prime minister modi today. they'd very much like to see it happen. we're pretty close. we'll see what's going on. we have two days now under our belt without violence or i guess a minimum of violence. we'll see what happens. people want to see it. it's very interesting everybody's happy about it. even people that are normally against me, like 99.9% of the time, because we've been there everybody would like to see it happen. i was actually surprised. i thought the schumers of the world would say whatever the opposite is because that's what they do. crying chuck. people are really happy to see we're trying very hard. it would bring it down to 8,600. from there we'll decide what the final outcome will be.
there has been tremendous praise we're doing something. previous administrations tried to do something. the previous administration for a long time tried to get something done. we are not a police force. they have to police their own country. we are not a police force. it's like law enforcement. that's the way if is. we'd like to, after 19 -- i can tell you, after 19 years, we'd like to bring our young people back home. that's where they want to be. we always have intelligence. they will have other things there. we'd like to bring them -- for the most part -- we want to bring them home. we want to watch the area. the area is a hotbed of problems. when we bring them home we will let them know if something happens we will hit them so hard.
i don't want to kill millions of people. innocent people. we could win that easily. we don't need to act as a police force. we can act as a military force to win, not just to take care of things in that very, very difficult part of the world. it's a very difficult part. very dangerous part of the world. so let's see what happens. so far so good. so far. but i am very impressed with the kind of kudos we're getting. yes, please. reporter: mr. president. [indiscernible] i interviewed you during your last campaign in new jersey. i asked you earlier about finding out islamic fundamentalism which we discussed with prime minister modi and you spoke about the modi doctrine. what is your road map to find -- fight out islamic radical terrorism? president trump: well, i don't
think anybody has done more than i have if you look. if you check your maps and look at iraq and syria, it was all over. in fact, they had it painted a certain color. i won't tell you what color because it doesn't matter. someone will say it was a republican color. so i don't want to get people confused. it happened to be red. it was basically trying to show where isis was in those areas. and it was out of control. i gave the orders, and we have 100% of the caliphate. we have tens of thousands of people in prisons now. they're being guarded by the kurds and others. europe should take a lot of them back. so far they haven't agreed to do that. they should do that because we did them a big favor. we captured them. but i did that. we killed al-baghdadi a few months ago. solemani is gone. he is no longer putting roadside bombs all over the place. he was the father, the king of
the roadside bomb. all of the young people you see with missing legs and missing legs and arms, i've seen every combination, the legs are gone, you go over to walter reed -- i have to say that the doctors at walter reed are incredible what they're able to do. incredible. but that's what his thing was. he thought it was a beautiful weapon, roadside bombs. it's a coward's bomb. all of these young people that have been so badly hurt. and we did a big favor. in addition to that, as you know, bin laden is now gone. he was looking to do damage. he's gone. and al qaeda last week, saw what happened there. nobody's done more than what i've done. but, at the same time, russia should do it. iran should do it. iraq should do it. syria should do it. you know, we are in a different part of the world.
we are doing it. people are saying, you are the only one that can do it. at some point these other countries -- iran should do it. iran hates isis and they should do it. we've done a great job. we've taken our soldiers essentially out of syria except for little hot spots we figure we'll do that develop. we've taken the oil. and the soldiers we have there are the ones guarding the oil. we have the oil. so that's all we have there. and now we have, if you look, we're down to a small force in iraq. we're down to a small force very shortly but even now we have a small force in afghanistan. and so we're moving out and moving around. but the only soldiers we have in terms of syria, the predominant number of soldiers are the ones guarding the oil. reporter: \[indiscernible] you know a lot of terror groups \[indiscernible] president trump: i agree.
but you also have other countries that can do this. the united states is 8,000 miles away. and they all say, can you do it? yeah. we have been doing it for a long time. i have been doing it better than anyone else has done it. what we've done within the last couple years is incredible. remember, we had 99%. i said, good, we're leaving. i was hit with people couldn't believe it. they said, do 100%. we did 100%. i did 100% with some great generals that knew exactly what they were doing. they were unbelievable. we took 100% of the caliphate. and we have thousands of prisoners right now locked up. these are isis fighters and killed thousands -- not that i want to do that. i don't want to do that, but that's what we had to do. when i came in, isis was all over the place. it was totally out of control. please. thank you. reporter: while you've been here
in the country in the capital in northeast part of delhi, there have been nine deaths so far, we're hearing about 100-plus injured. what did prime minister modi say to you about this amended citizenship law? how concerned are you about this kind of religious violence? president trump: so we did talk about religious freedom. and i will say the prime minister was incredible what he told me. he wants people to have religious freedom. he said in india, they have worked very hard to have great and open religious freedom. if you look back and look at what's going on, relative to other places, especially, but they have really worked hard on religious freedom. i asked that question in front of a very large group of people today, and we talked about it for a long time. i really believe that's what he wants. as far as the individual attack, i heard about it, but i didn't discuss that with him. that's up to india.
yeah. go ahead. please. reporter: hi, sir. emily with the dailymail.com. i was wondering, do you think justice was serve in the harvey weinstein case? president trump: i was not a fan of harvey weinstein. he said he would work hard to defeat me in the election. how did that work out? i am trying to figure that out. he was a person i didn't like, never liked. i don't know too much about the case because, as you know, i have been over here between travelling and being at meetings almost every hour of the day, every minute of the day. i haven't been able to see too much of it. but i was just not a fan of his. i knew him a little bit. not very well. i knew him because he was in new york. not a person that i liked. i will say, the people that liked him were the democrats. michelle obama loved him. loved him. hillary clinton loved him. and he gave tremendous money to the democrats. i guess my question is, will the democrats be asking for that
money back? because he gave a lot of money to the democrats. you know, it's too bad. that's the way it worked out. yeah, peter. peter: i just want to follow up on that quickly if i can, mr. president, and i have a question i want to ask you. on the harvey weinstein situation, this is being viewed as a milestone for the #metoo movement. what message can you give as president to deliver to women in america who are still afraid to come forward and share their stories of sexual harassment and assault? president trump: well, again, i don't know the actual result. i haven't seen too much because i have been in india, as you know. i think from the standpoint of women, i think it was a great thing. it was a great victory. and it sends a very strong message. very, very strong message, peter. follow up on the question. on coronavirus specifically, mr. president. in 2014 when the ebola situation was very concerning to so many
americans you tweeted ebola patient will be brought to the u.s. in a few days. now i know for sure our leaders are incompetent. in all caps, you said, keep them out of here. more than 20 americans have now been brought back to the united states with coronavirus. by your own measure, does that mean that your government has been incompetent? are you pleased with the response? president trump: there is a difference between ebola and coronavirus. big, big difference. it's like day and night. and i felt we should bring them back. they're americans. we should bring them back. with ebola, it was -- it's very explosive. it's very terrible. we're making tremendous strides on ebola with the things that we're doing, as you know. you won't let me answer the question. but there's a tremendous -- there's a vast difference, especially in around 14 -- 14 or or 2012, and at that time
nobody had ever heard of ebola or ever conceived of something where you basically -- people would disintegrate. we're still working on ebola. we're doing a vaccine. we are not forgetting about ebola. that's a horrible thing. but we have that now very much under control other than certain parts of the congo where they are having war and we can't get in. but as far as what we are doing with the new virus, i think that we are doing a great job. i felt that -- decision was made in japan, let these americans come back and we'll see where they are. but they were immediately put into quarantine. there is no problem with it whatsoever. they are in quarantine. as you know i approved $2.5 billion for just that purpose. and also for working at getting a vaccine. reporter: ebola were quarantined and all the americans also survived. president trump: but the level of death of ebola at the time it was a virtual 100%.
reporter: not the americans who came here. president trump: there is a very good chance you are not going to it very much the opposite. you are talking about 1% or 2%. in the other case it was virtual 100%. now they have studied it. they know very much. in fact we are very close to a vaccine. yeah, please, go ahead. reporter: how do you define -- [inaudible] foreign leaders in india. and indians love the h-1-b visa nerc. president trump: we are talking about the h-1-b's, and the relationship -- this is not from me. this is from almost everybody that -- they say the history of india, which has a long history and brilliant history in so many
different ways, there's never been reception given to somebody -- i would like to say for the united states of america, but nobody else that came here got the kind of reception we got. we have -- it was 125,000, i think, seats they had yesterday. they were full. thousands and thousands of people outside. prime minister modi was telling me thousands of people outside. that's not uncommon for me to be honest with you. when i look at 125,000 seats -- that was an incredible scene yesterday. in addition all those people lined up from the airport to the event it was an incredible thing. nobody's ever seen anything like it. the ambassador just told me that he's been in india for a long time. he's never seen -- in fact, both ambassadors, our ambassador and the ambassador from india said in 40 years he's never seen anything like it, when took place yesterday. earlier than that. but yesterday they have never seen anything like it. it was a great compliment. it was a great compliment to our
country. i am the leader of our country. but a great compliment to our country. prime minister modi said today they never, ever had any event like that. they said usually when somebody comes in they have to look for people to fill up the areas. they said we had -- there was something very special. look, it's a massive country in terms of its population. people just wanted to see, they wanted to pay their respect to the united states. so i appreciate it, i was a recipient in a sense, but i was just really representing the country. reporter: thank you, mr. president. appreciate it, mr. president, your new personnel director has been talking with agencies about finding people in the government that are not loyal to you and perhaps moving them on. how large a list do you imagine this will be? is it a big problem in your mind? how do you -- can you describe for us the scale of the problem you see it? president trump: i don't think
it's a big problem. i don't think it's very many people. i think we had a whistleblower who was a fake. because if you look at the whistleblower as an example, if you look at his record and compare that to the transcripts that bore no relationship, so that was very sad situation. and a lot of time, a lot of time wasted. although as you will admit, in fact you wrote very nicely, i appreciate it. the poll numbers have gone up very much. that's not appropriate to have -- to benefit by something like that. then there was supposed to be a second whistleblower. as soon as i released the transcripts the second whistleblower was gone. nobody -- what happened to the second whistleblower? i'll ask you where is he? remember the second he or she, second whistleblower was going to happen. it was just a matter of moments. then i release the real call, the transcripts of the real call which are now 100% accurate, according to lieutenant colonel vindman. we want to have people that are good for the country, loyal to our country. because that was a disgraceful situation.
reporter: mr. president, a parliamentary channel of india of the house. india concern prime minister modi that you are very good friends. what do you say about what is coming out from pakistan to -- what are you going to do? president trump: we talked a lot about pakistan. i have a very good relationship with prime minister, very good. we talked about it today at length. prime minister modi. and it's no question it's a problem. but it's a problem they have -- they are working on it. india is -- it's a brave nation, too. there is no blowback from india. we just hope, i said i'll help,
i'll do whatever i have to do if can i do that because my relationship with both gentlemen is so good. but there has been difficulty in pakistan and we are seeing what we can do about it. anything i can do to mediate, anything i can do to help i would do. they are working on kashmir. kashmir has been a thorn in a lot of people's sides for a long time and there are two sides to every story. working on it very hard. we discussed it at great length, terrorism. i think we have some very good ideas. he's very, very strongly against terrorism. prime minister modi is a very religious man, as you know. he's a very calm man. but he's actually a very, very strong person. very tough, actually. i have seen him in action. he's got that foremost in his mind, terrorism. he'll take care of it. go ahead. that's fine.
right there. reporter: mr. president, thank you. we have been waiting for far too long. i would like to take you to yesterday's meetings. before coming to india, you said trade deal later. but of course sometimes -- in the morning you spoke about security and deal. [indiscernible] we would like you to elaborate on that. when you are talking to national security what are we looking at? president trump: we talked about many things. many, many things. we talked iran. we talked about iraq. we talked -- we were together for two days. i'm going to be with prime minister modi tonight for a steak dinner at 7:00 p.m.. starts at 7:00. we talked about exactly -- all of the things that you are talking about.
we also talked about tariffs because as you know india is probably the highest tariff nation in the world. meaning charging tariffs to outsiders. i said we have to stop that. we have to stop. at least as it pertains to the united states. i think we are understanding each other. with china we worked a deal and we worked it because of the tariffs and i was able to leave the tariffs on. we still have 25% and $250 billion. but in the meantime we are working with china very much on the virus -- i have to -- i spoke to president xi the other day. he's so committed to solving that problem. he's working very hard. he is very capable. the country is very capable. and it snuck up on him. but, i think he's going to do well. now you see it's going to south korea. it's going to italy. and it's going to other places.
i spoke to all of them. they are all working very, very hard on it. the united states because of an early decision i made, i made a decision, i believe it was the first time it's ever been done, we closed the country to certain areas, as you know. and i was criticized for that decision. now they are saying it was a good decision. i think it was a good decision because we have very few people. and you can add to it a few people we took in. because they were americans. they were almost in between countries where people weren't going to take them -- take them and they are americans. but they are fully quarantined. we did the right thing. if you were out there, if you were an american and you refused to have any help from your country, these were wonderful people. it wasn't their fault. we are down to -- we are down to probably 10, most of the people are outside of danger right now. but we have had a very strict -- we have had a very strict run on
-- line on the people taken from the areas we take. it was never done before, and i did it very early. i think it was a good decision as it turned out. reporter: just wanted to follow up on my colleague's question about russian interference. can you pledge to the american people that you will not accept any foreign assistance in the upcoming election? and on this idea of a purge in your administration, there was recently the departure of your acting d.n.i., joseph mcguire, you replaced him with your ambassador to germany. some of your critics have pointed out that ambassador has no intelligence experience. how can you justify to the american people having an acting d.n.i. with no intelligence -- president trump: first of all, i want no help from any country. i haven't been given help from any country. if you see what cnn, your wonderful network said, i guess
they apologized in a way for -- didn't they apologize for the fact they said certain things that weren't true? tell me, what was their apology yesterday? what did they say? reporter: president trump, i think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours. president trump: your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself. reporter: i'm not ashamed of anything. president trump: you probably have the worst record in the history of broadcasting. as mcguire is concerned. he's a terrific guy. on march 11 his time ended anyway. his time came up. so we would have had to by statute we would have had to change him. reporter: will your new d.n.i. have experience -- president trump: we are talking to five different people right now. all people you know. all people you respect. i'll make a decision probably over the next week to two weeks. we have some very good people. joe mcguire is a very excellent guy, a very good man.
and his time was march 11, i believe it was march 11 where he would have had to leave. reporter: was that because he wasn't sufficiently loyal to you? president trump: not at all. he would have had to get out. on march 11 he would have had to leave. we are going to be making a decision on d.n.i. shortly. go ahead please. reporter: mr. president president trump: that wasn't very nice. reporter: president trump, i hope you are having a good visit here in india. we have heard from prime minister modi as well as you on a long impending trade deal. it's still not happened. even today we heard both you and him talking about how in future there is going to be one. have you been able to figure out the kind of differences -- president trump: we know. we know the problems.
i know the problems. previous administrations had no clue. they didn't know the problems. i know the problems. we are being charged large amounts of tariffs, and can't do that. can't do that. so they understand that that's where i am. if they want to deal with us, and they will, they want to. just like china. everybody said you'll never make a deal with china. i made a deal. about $250 billion worth of product. that's only a piece of the deal. a large piece. probably 40% to 50%. it's an incredible deal. in addition to that we are taking in billions and billions of dollars' worth of tariffs we can now use for phase two. they want to get rid of the 25%. we have the 25%. they want to get rid of it. with india, india is -- i think the highest -- i said it before, the highest tariff when you deal with india, harley-davidson has to pay tremendous tariffs when they send motorcycles in here when india sends motorcycles
into the u.s. there is virtually no tariff. for the most part there is absolutely no tariff. i just said that's unfair. we are working it out. we are working it out. i think we'll win that one easily. we are working on that. [inaudible] when one company is paying 100% in the case of numerous companies, not just harley, but they are paying tremendous -- actually tariffs were raised not too long ago. then we also did something. there was a form of rent control. if you put it in a different sense. it was given -- we terminated
that. you know that. we terminated it. we are talking. we have great discussions. look, it's -- can't lose this. i can't lose it. i never lose it. it's too easy. because i want reciprocal. just to be reciprocal. and the money you are talking about is major, but the united states has to be treated fairly. and india understands that. the relationship is outstanding. but india understands that. we have had a tremendous deficit for many, many years with india, with everybody. with frankly so many different countries. we have had a massive, massive deficit. a large deficit, $30 billion with india, it's now down to $24 billion because of what we have been doing. still that's too high. we shouldn't have a $24 billion deficit. with other countries we have more than that. japan we are doing now $40 billion is coming in. a lot of very good deals are being made. they'll be kicking in toward the end of the year. i would say if the deal happens with india, it will be toward the end of the year.
if it doesn't happen, we'll do something else. it will be very satisfactory. very good. go ahead. reporter: you said -- you would like to meet in kashmir. but -- my question -- president trump: didn't say anything about that. i just said kashmir obviously there is a big problem between pakistan and india. i think they are going to work out their problem. i will say they have been doing it for a long time. reporter: what is your position at the moment on india -- president trump: i don't want to discuss that. i want to leave that to india and hopefully they'll make the right decision for the people. that's up to india. go ahead please. reporter: thank you, mr. president. very simple question. back home when you reflect upon your tour of india, the first visit to the country, how would you describe it? diplomacy,emency, --
trump diplomacy -- president trump: i describe it as incredible. when i looked at the various things. like today when we went -- you probably saw where we were. when you look at all of the things that we have seen today, when we look at yesterday the taj mahal and other things. even during where we worked very long and hard with representatives from india, most particularly with the prime minister. i just think it's an incredible country. it's got unbelievable energy. you see that when you come in from the plane. when you see from -- i think i can say virtually from the plane to whatever venue we were going to, it was wall-to-ball people. they had never seen anything like it. somebody said it was the greatest greeting given to any head of state from any country. india has more people than any other country.
reporter: describe it diplomatically. president trump: i think the diplomacy is great friendship and respect. i think it is going to all work out very well. i do. i admire your country tremendously. i respect your prime minister tremendously. and i think it's really a diplomacy of friendship. i think it's going to work out very well. go ahead please. reporter: thank you, mr. president. as you know the chinese government recently ejected several "wall street journal" reporters. what is your administration considering to do in retaliation to that move? are you considering banning or restricting the access chinese journalists, for example, have to the united states? president trump: i haven't really been given a full briefing on that. we are going to look at it. we'll look at it. we will look at it. it's something that i don't like to see. i don't think it's fair because
we give very good access. some people say we -- i don't believe in that. i think we give very good access. i don't think it's fair. we'll have a decision made on that relatively soon. thank you. good question. please go ahead. reporter: \[indiscernible] president trump: in the not-too-distant future. reporter: there could be more -- president trump: it could be. what is happening in venezuela is so sad. people are starving. here's a case where a country was wealthy 15 years ago. and very wealthy 20 years ago. very, very wealthy. the wealthiest in all of latin south america. the wealthiest. by far, not even a contest. when you look today, they don't have water. they don't have bassic food. they don't have medicine. it's incredible what's happened in venezuela. we are watching venezuela very closely. we don't like it.
we don't like it. not at all. ok? reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: you are asking a question right in the middle of us doing something. reporter: from bbc. there was some hope you would raise concerns about some of these policies that president modi introduced that discriminate against muslims. and also a rise in hate crimes here in india. pres. trump: we discussed that and specifically muslims. we also discussed christians. i had a very powerful answer from the prime minister. we talked about religious liberty. for a long period of time. in front of a lot of people. i had a very, very powerful answer. as far as muslims are concerned. he told me, i guess they have 200 million muslims in india.
and a fairly short while ago, they had 14 million. and he said that they are working very closely -- reporter: you yourself have been criticized for policies that have discriminated against muslims, like the travel ban. there has also been a rise in -- you are not in a position to talk to him about that subject. pres. trump: i won the travel probably know. a lot of people said i lost it. we use the travel ban not based on religion where we think there is going to be trouble where we are looking at certain countries. it's a thing against areas where we don't want people coming into our country that are going to cause problems, cause harm, cause death. hurt our people. i feel very strongly about that. ok. please, go ahead. reporter: thank you very much,
mr. president. i'd like to know some people say that india could be to the u.s. in asia here in the 21st century what the u.k. was to europe during the 20th century. how do you view it? pres. trump: i think that india's going to be a tremendous player over the next -- it's now, right? but over the next period of 50 years, 100 years. look, you are talking about the largest population in the world. you are talking about tremendous country in terms of its heritage, its potential wealth. frankly. right now, they have incredible potential, economically they have great potential. their schooling system is getting better all the time. they are doing a fantastic job in certain sectors with respect to education. we see it. in the united states, we see it.
we have a lot of indian students coming to our schools. they are great students. and they have done fantastically well at our schools. but we have thousands and thousands of people coming from india coming to our colleges and particular schools. india's got a phenomenal future. i mean, you can rarely think of a place that has a better future than india. and highly respected. especially with leadership like prime minister modi. yeah. go ahead. pick one. go ahead. reporter: american companies have been investing in india for a long, long time. are you satisfied with the indian investment, especially on issues like multibrand e-commerce on which companies from u.s. have a lot of interest in? pres. trump: so very satisfied, because they are investing
tremendous amounts of money. i met mr. patel a little while ago. he's going to be building a billion dollar plant in alabama. we had the press -- i left him in there. always a risky thing to do. but if you see the -- let's say we answered 15 questions, they were talking about how much better it is to work in the united states now in terms of their investment. they have done a fantastic job. some of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world, i'm not even sure if the media understood who they were. i knew many of them. certainly heard of all of them. the job they have done is incredible. but mr. patel, who is the biggest steel company, certainly the biggest steel individual, but the biggest steel company by a lot, he's investing billions of dollars in the united states. and he's only doing it because of what i have done to bring back the steel industry. the steel industry was dead. absolutely dead in the united states. and now, it's a vibrant industry. it's incredible. and we need it -- again, we need
it for defense. it's not just like certain industries you don't need. we need it for defense. but he was growing. one of the reasons he's spending $1 billion in alabama and more money in other places in the united states is because we brought it back. so we are very proud of that. so i think what we'll do we are going to see some of you on the plane on the way back. it's been an honor to be here. it's an incredible place with incredible leadership. and an unbelievable future, and i just want to thank you all. i'll see you back in the states. i will see some of you on the plane. we'll talk on the plane, too. thank you very much, everybody. thank you very much. ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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