Importance of Natural Resources

Trump Announces Proposed National Environmental Policy Act Regulations


good morning everyone today we’re taking another historic step in our campaign to slash job-killing regulations and improve the quality of life for all of our citizens in the past many Americas of America’s most critical infrastructure projects have been tied up and bogged down by an outrageously slow and burdensome federal approval process and I’ve been talking about it for a long time where it takes many many years to get something built to get something bill done in any way the builders are not happy nobody’s happy takes 20 years it takes 30 years it takes numbers that nobody would even believe these endless delays waste money keep projects from breaking ground and deny jobs to our nation’s incredible workers from day one my administration is made fixing this regulatory nightmare a top priority and we want to build new roads bridges tunnels highways bigger better faster and we want to build them at less cost that is why for the first time in over 40 years today we’re issuing a proposed new rule under the National Environmental Policy Act to completely overhaul the dysfunctional bureaucratic system that has created these massive obstructions now we’re going to have very strong regulation but it’s going to go very quickly and if it doesn’t pass it’s going to not pass quickly it doesn’t have to take ten years or much longer than that these proposed reforms will reduce traffic on our cities connect our rural communities and get Americans where they need to go more quickly and more safely we’re pleased to be joined by secretary David Bernhardt secretary Lane Chow administrator Andrew wheeler and Council or an Environmental Quality chairwoman Mary Neumeier they’ve done a fantastic job on this also with us are representatives of the American workers from across the country including president of the North America’s Building Trades Union Sean mcGarvie president of the National beef association jennifer usin president of the American Trucking associations Chris Speier and many other leaders of Labor and Industry America is a nation of builders it took four years to build a Golden Gate Bridge five years to build a Hoover Dam and less than one year can you believe that to build the Empire State Building yet today it can take more than 10 years just to get a permit to build a simple road just a very simple Road and usually you’re not even able to get the permit it’s unusual when you get it it’s big government at its absolute worst and other countries look at us and they can’t believe it for example in North Carolina it took 25 years to begin construction of the mark basnight bridge in Alaska improvements on a 15 mile stretch of sterling highway the only road connecting local communities to the rest of the state and a very dangerous area it’s been delayed for over 15 years but we’re getting it started in Washington State it took two decades to finish environmental reviews for the runway at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport think of that takes decades the United States will not be able to compete and prosper in the 21st century if we continue to allow a broken and outdated bureaucratic system hold us back from building what we need the roads the airports the schools everything right now it takes over seven years and often times much longer in seven years there’s like record time to complete approvals for a simple highway the simplest of them with today’s proposed reforms we will reduce that number by more than 70% will cut the federal permitting timeline for major projects down to two years and ideally we’re going to try and get even less than that so you’ll be instead of 21 22 25 8 9 12 15 we’re gonna get it down to two years and maybe less with strong regulation especial environmental and safety regulation but we’ll get it down to a very low number and we’re gonna do it fast we’re doing it with a rule change it just is being signed in the past those seeking infrastructure permits have had to go to numerous federal departments all over numerous and numerous means many many sometimes to get the same exact change but you had to get them from different departments so you’d go to these federal departments and agencies requesting approval from countless governmental bureaucrats each of whom was empowered to hold up the process and leave urgently needed projects in limbo and for the most part they wouldn’t get built if they did get built it would take so many years and costs many times more but I knew one federal decision policy it’s called one federal decision requires agencies to work closely together to promptly deliver one decision yes the entire process will be completed the entire federal government approval process will be done we’re also cutting red tape by allowing federal departments to increase the use of documentation prepared by state tribal and local governments this is just common sense and there’s no need to do all of the duplicate work so much duplication you’d go for a permit you’d have to go for another permit there were they turn out to be all the same permits you’re just going to different agencies to get the same approval at the same time we’re maintaining America’s world-class standards of environmental protection we have some of the cleanest air and cleanest water on earth and for our country the errors right now cleaner that it’s been in 40 years I guess you go before that there was a lot less activity so we’re competing I would imagine 200 years ago was great five hundred years ago before we got here must have been really nice right but in the last forty years it’s the cleanest right now by streamlining infrastructure approvals will further expand America’s unprecedented economic boon that’s what we have we have an economic boom we’ve created seven million jobs including over 700,000 construction jobs unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over 51 years after years of stagnation real wages have increased nearly 10 percent for low-income workers the biggest beneficiaries our regulation cuts are giving average American households an extra 3,000 per year and if you look at the tax cuts and all of the other cuts it’s close to ten thousand dollars a year with all of the cuts that we’re getting and that’s for an average median income family ten thousand dollars you know I’ve talked about past administrations the one was four hundred and seventy five dollars and the other one was nine hundred and seventy five less to nine hundred and seventy five dollars and we’re ten thousand dollars and the numbers actually higher that if then that if you include certain regulations that we got cut so that’s an amazing thing and that’s one of the reasons consumers are doing so well in leading us so strongly in this boom that we’re in but this is just the beginning will not stop until our nation’s gleaming new infrastructures made America the envy of the world again it used to be the envy of the world and now we’re like a third world country it’s really sad you get approval they even get financing for jobs and then they can’t build them for 15 years and then it ends up costing five times more than we’re supposed to cost so at night now like to ask chairwoman mary Neumayer to say a few words and we’re gonna have another couple of speakers and then we’ll take some questions go ahead Thank You mr. president president Trump promised a more efficient permitting process so that Americans received timely decisions on permits for vital infrastructure projects affecting their everyday lives today we are proposing the first comprehensive update to the National Environmental Policy Act regulations since they were issued over 40 years ago over the past three years the White House Council on Environmental Quality has been working closely with federal agencies and their leadership including the leaders here today to improve the implementation of NEPA for the American people NEPA requires federal agencies to assess the environmental impacts of proposed major federal actions including the issuance of federal permits and other approvals as well as when providing federal funding NEPA affects communities and the quality of life of Americans across the nation from the construction of roads bridges airports and harbors to water infrastructure agriculture forest land and fisheries management activities and environmental restoration the goal of NEPA is to ensure well-informed decision making but the process can be unnecessarily complex burdensome and protracted a lengthy process can delay or even derail important projects to modernize our nation’s infrastructure manage our federal lands and waters and restore our environment the Council on Environmental Quality has found that the average time for federal agencies to complete environmental impact statements is four and a half years further for highway projects it takes over seven years on average and many projects have taken a decade or more to complete the environmental review process these delays deprive hardworking Americans of the benefits of modernized roads and bridges that allow them to more safely and quickly get to work and get home to their families NEPA is the most litigated area of environmental law delays due to lengthy reviews and lawsuits increased costs for project applicants States tribes localities and taxpayers these delays deter investments these delays make our country less economically competitive today’s proposal would modernize the environmental review process the proposed rule would make common-sense changes to establish a presumptive 2-year time limit for environmental impact statements require federal agencies to request information from applicants in the public earlier in the process increase coordination by agencies to reduce delays avoid duplication by facilitating use of documents required by other statutes or prepared by state tribal or local agencies and ensure that the regulations reflect current modern technologies the proposed rule would provide for a faster process while ensuring that agencies analyze and consider the environmental impacts of proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to address significant impacts it’s important to note that the proposal would reform the process of gathering information on environmental effects but would not change any substantive environmental law or regulation such as the Clean Air Act the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act nothing in the proposal would eliminate the protections that Congress has enacted to safeguard our environment and the American people today’s proposal has undergone extensive interagency review and the Council on Environmental Quality has carefully considered thousands of public comments under the president’s leadership the administration is committed to ensuring that we are good stewards of our environment while supporting American prosperity as we move forward with this proposed rule we will remain focused on improving the environmental review and permitting process while ensuring a safe healthy and productive environment for current and future generations of Americans mr. president thank you for your leadership and support and if I could secretary Chao Chao thank you sir good morning we’re delighted to be here because today is indeed very historic today’s action is really needed our nation’s infrastructure is in danger of deterioration and it needs to be repaired and rebuilt and as you have heard from the President and also from the director of a CEQ the time that it is required to rebuild a new project is now unsustainable our nation needs our infrastructure needs to be addressed we all care about the environment while we are talking about our cumbersome unnecessary overly burdensome duplicative and outdated regulations many of these regulations have not been updated modernized in decades what we’re seeking is common-sense solutions as I repeat again we all care about the environment what we need to give as regulators is certainty to the regulated community so that if a project were not to go forward they deserve a quick no right now we string along so many people who are waiting decades for answers from the federal government and again that is not responsible governing so today is historic this NPRM will solicit comments remarks so it will be an open process and what we are hoping to do is to address the infrastructure needs of our country as a president has set on so many occasions and then of course we want to see new projects be constructed and new jobs being created Thank You mr. president Thank You Elaine I want to also thank Elaine for doing a great job she’s doing a fantastic job secretary Barnard please mr. president thank you for the introduction and for the honor of being here today I’m thrilled for those of you that don’t practice in this area let me tell you this is a really really big proposal this proposal affects virtually every significant decision made by the federal government that affects the environment and I believe it will be the most significant deregulatory proposal you all you the reality you know here’s the bottom line you have been crystal clear since the day you arrived here that you wanted to have a common-sense approach to in ensuring that the government made better decisions for the people and what you see here today are the people and the reality is that the NEPA law serves an incredibly noble purpose at the heart of the law it establishes and ensures that we as government decision-makers think about the consequences of our action before we make them that we consider alternatives to our action and that we receive the participation of the public before we make the action and everything in this rule does precisely that sir but when I arrived at the Department the Interior it took on average the Bureau of Land Management five years to complete a an environmental review document we now are doing those in an average of 1.2 years and the consequences are far-reaching for example the quicker we can do our environmental reviews for Indian schools means the sooner students can have safer schools to go to school in the quicker we can improve and enhance our visitors centers and national parks means the sooner people can enjoy those parks we even have the same process here for NEPA is utilized when we’re thinking about good things to do for wildlife and the longer it takes to implement those conservation actions the the more delayed those are our firefighters depend on the speed of environmental review to do our treatments in the forest our ranchers which are here depend on the speed of our environmental review to know whether or not they’re going to have grazing opportunities next year our farmers need to know that they can depend on our decisions so that they can know that our water operations are likely to be consistent and secure and what you’re doing here is a very big thing we have in the last 40 years we’ve gone backwards and your actions are changing that and it’s a big step forward so thank you and thank you Mary [Applause] Andrew wheeler Thank You mr. president I’m pleased to be here today to celebrate yet another promise this president has fulfilled to update the NEPA regulations this year marks the 50th anniversary of both the EPA and the NEPA law a lot has changed over the last 50 years and we’ve made tremendous progress in protecting both the environment and growing our economy from 1970 to 2018 the emissions of the six criteria air pollutants have decreased by 74 percent and all six have gone down during the Trump administration likewise on the water side in 1970 over 40 percent of our nation’s drinking water systems failed to meet the EPA standards today over 92 percent of all water systems meet the EPA standards every single day at the same time our economy has grown by two hundred and seventy five percent with record-breaking growth over the last three years all of our major environmental statutes have been updated over the last 50 years and the regulations under those statutes multiple times the NEPA regulations should have been updated and modernized decades ago it is long overdue we have had incredible advancements in Environmental Protection and the NEPA process has not kept up to date it is important to remember that NEPA is mostly about process today’s changes will have no impact on the important safeguards of our nation’s environmental statutes such as the Clean Air Act the Clean Water Act or the Superfund process the NEPA process today is too bureaucratic and burdensome and has delayed important environmental projects the permitting process for a new drinking water plant flood control project or waste facility can take years if not decades the NEPA process today is more about preparing documents for litigation than protecting the environment NEPA established a simple but important principle that the federal government considered the impact of its actions on the environment before committing resources the NEPA process has lost sight of that goal over the years step after step has been added to the NEPA process creating a Frankenstein of a regulatory regime today’s proposal would empower lead agencies to make executive decisions when more than one agency is involved in the process and will streamline the permitting process without compromising environmental protections this streamlined approach to NEPA will free up countless career employees to focus more of their time protecting the environment instead of protecting the jobs of attorneys who sue to stop each and every project NEPA was not meant to be a welfare program for trial attorneys I want to congratulate the president for his leadership and the Council on Environmental Quality and our sister agencies who put so much time into this proposal this proposal is yet another bold step this administration is taking to modernize federal bureaucracy and our permitting programs for the benefit of all Americans Thank You mr. president Thank You mr. president Shaw McGarvey president of North America’s Building Trades we are fully supportive of the president’s initiative when it comes to NEPA and permanent reform a few people in this country understand the archaic nature of our system the way the president does based on his background where we partnered with him for years to try to build buildings and infrastructure in the United States this proposal does nothing to take away from the protections for our citizens for our taxpayers for our workers or for our environment so on behalf of our membership we’re fully supportive and look forward to the opportunities for thousands hundreds of thousands of millions of people to go to work in the construction industry once these reforms are fully in place Thank You mr. president Thank You mr. president America’s cattlemen and women are subject to NEPA review on a regular basis whether renewing their grazing permits applying for a USDA program or improving their rangeland and although well-intentioned it’s it’s become mired in a complex web of litigation and complexity and delay so these reforms are very exciting they will streamline the process reduce duplication allow more local control and let our cattlemen our beef producers going back to doing what they do best and that’s raise high quality beef to feed the world on about half of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the public lands Council Thank You mr. president secretary bernhardt secretary Chao chairman Neumeier we appreciate all your work and all your really remembering the cattle man cattle women in rural America and everything you do thank you and for the cattle men and cattle women we’re signing as you know very big deal among many other things with China I probably January 15th and we just signed a 40 billion dollar deal with Japan that’s already kicked in you see that now we did South Korea we have others that we’ve done and some that we’re doing up tremendous trade deals being made and there are actually good deals for our country instead of bad deals for our country so it’s been good I’m going to Ohio in a little while we have crowds of people that for two and a half three days have been standing out in the cold I don’t know how they do it the strong people but they’ve been out there and it’s pretty much zero degrees and it’s a great state and we have a tremendous crowd so I look forward to that I’ll be leaving in a little while but we’ll take a few questions please well phase one is a big big number it’s a big percentage of the deal some would say half some would say a little less or a little more than half but it’s a tremendous percentage it’s pretty much all for the farmers also bankers we also have regulations for a lot of different a lot of things are covered that people are going to be very surprised to see but it’s a big chunk of it and we’ll start right away negotiating phase 2 it’ll take a little time I think I might want to wait to finish it till after the election because by doing that I think we can actually make a little bit better deal maybe a lot better deal but phase one was is a phenomenal deal could be up to fifty billion dollars in farm product so that’s something that the most they ever did was 16 billion so they go from 16 billion to up to 50 billion so that’s numerous times more than they were buying in the past it’s going to have a huge impact and I see farm prices are going way up I see corn is just had some big increases over the last little while cattle that’s been doing really well and the farmers like me anyway that’s what I like about that far but you know what I did do and you know this better than anybody I got I was able they were targeted by China you know what China’s negotiating I don’t blame him but they were targeted they say you know the farmers like Trump so we’ll target the farmers and they did and the first year was 12 billion and I took 12 billion I asked sonny perdue secretary of agriculture what do you think sunny he said it’s 12 billion and I think that would have caused tremendous consternation and they were hit for 12 billion dollars and I took 12 billion out of the tariffs we had tens of billions of dollars left over I gave it to the farmers next year was 16 billion I took 16 billion out of the tariffs I gave it to the farmers so the farmers did pretty well and now they’re doing great and prices are going up very substantially and China is kicking in China has already started to buy Japan the deal is done they have been buying as a 40 billion dollar deal but the big question I have is whether or not the farmers will be able to supply that much because it’s much more than it’s the biggest contract ever signed so I think it’ll be great for the farmers but also great for regulatory great for banks you know that great for finance companies really a lot then we’re going to be covering the opening of China and various other things in Phase two well I’m gonna leave it to the Senate but I’d like to hear the whistleblower I’d like to hear shifty Schiff I’d like to hear hunter Biden and Joe Biden you know how does hunter Biden with no experience whatsoever would anybody up Shawn would you like the hunter Biden job he has no experience making no money and then all of a sudden she’s making millions and millions of dollars you take that would you leave the Union for that I think so I know so but I’m not going to tell no no I’d like to hear from hunter Biden I’d like to hear from he’s a corrupt politician Adam Schiff he’s corrupt he gave a sentence you know he never knew I was gonna release the transcript he gave a sentence that he made up he made it up and it was not it was not what was said in the conversation that’s why I released the transcript got approval from Ukraine we’d release the exact transcript and it turned out to be totally different these are corrupt politicians the whole thing is a hoax but I would like to hear hunter Biden Joe Biden Adam Schiff D Schiff and some others the informer that never showed up you know once I released the transcript you know what happened the informer he never showed up and the second whistleblower John whatever happened to the second whistleblower the second whistleblower disappeared that probably was none or maybe we know who the second whistleblower was maybe we do but he never showed up all of a sudden they don’t talk because they were really unexpectedly met with the actual conversation the exact conversation so yeah if we do that I would like to have those people plus others testify because it’s the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the United States government this has gone on since the day I came down the escalator this isn’t just here this isn’t just the Ukraine hoax this is the witch hunt this is the whole thing with Russia that turned out to be a total fabricated plot the ones who are guilty are the Democrats the DNC and all of the dirty cops that were involved that we caught yeah I’m sure you saw my Cleese comments did your national security team really say that it would be wrong for Congress to debate military actions so here’s what happened on that I had calls from numerous senators and numerous congressmen and women saying it was the greatest presentation they’ve ever had Mike and Rand Paul disagreed because they want information that honestly I think is very hard to get it’s okay if the military wants to give it but they didn’t want to give it and it really had to do with sources and information that we had that really should remain at a very high level could we individually maybe give one or two of them some information possibly if we can do that I get along great with Mike Lee I’ve never seen him like that but other people have called and they’ve said it was the best presentation they’ve ever seen and let me tell you what was the best forget about presentation the result we killed a man who killed many many Americans and many many people thousands and thousands of people and when I go over to Walter Reed and I meet these young incredible folks mostly it just seems mostly men but also women where their legs are gone their arms are going in some cases both the legs and the arms are gone and the face and the body is badly damaged and frankly five years ago they couldn’t have lived and today they can live because of the wonders of Medicine and the wonders of Walter Reed and the people the over there what the job they do the medical doctors but I will say this we caught a total monster and we took him out and that should have happened a long time ago we did it because they were looking to blow up our embassy we also did it for other reasons that were very obvious somebody died one of our military people died people were badly wounded just a week before and we did it and we had a shot at him and I took it and that shot was pinpoint accurate and that was the end of a monster then and that was really that was the second attack that was not we didn’t start it they started by killing one of our people and wounding badly other of our people so that you call retribution Ukraine if you look at what happened with Ukraine that’s a hoax well this is a hoax to Iran went in and they hit us with missiles shouldn’t have done that but they hit us fortunately for them nobody was hurt nobody was killed nothing happened they landed very little damage even to the base they landed but we had a chance to take out a monster we took him out and it should have been done a long time ago it would all depend on the circumstance I don’t have to and you shouldn’t have to be able because you have to make split-second decisions sometimes sometimes you have to move very very quickly John but in certain cases I wouldn’t even mind doing it but you know what I’ve what bothers me when I see a Nancy Pelosi trying to defend this monster from Iran who’s killed so many people who’s so badly I mean so many people are walking around now without legs and without arms because he was the big roadside bomb guy he was the one who’d send him to Afghanistan had sent him to Iraq he was big that was this favorite thing he thought it was wonderful he doesn’t think it’s wonderful anymore when Nancy Pelosi the Democrats want to defend him I think that’s a very bad thing for this country I think that’s a big losing argument politically to jcpoa it’s close to expiring in other words if I didn’t terminate it it expires in a very short period of time one of the problems of which there was many 150 billion dollars 1.8 billion dollars in cash all of that money and then that money was used for terror because if you look at Iran it wasn’t so bad until they got all that money they use that money for terror that’s when it became really bad you just take a look I mean it really got bad when they had a hundred and fifty billion dollars 1.8 billion dollars in cash the Jay P the agreement I always go at the Iran nuclear deal that didn’t work the Iran deal it was just something that was is no is no good for our country it expires in a short time that means they would be on their path to nuclear weapons and for me it’s about nuclear weapons more than anything else Iran cannot have a nuclear weapon Iran will never have a nuclear weapon they understand that we have told them very strongly Iran now is not wealthy like it was when President Obama handed him 150 billion dollars they’re a much different country we’ll see whether or not they want to negotiate maybe they want to wait till after the election and negotiate with a weak Democrat somebody like a Biden or a Pocahontas or Buddha tej or one of these characters okay maybe they want to wait but I think they’re probably well off doing it now because if you look at the polls and if you look at what’s going on we’re doing very well they’re losing a tremendous amount they’re getting hurt very badly by the sanctions it all can end very quickly but as to whether or not they want that’s up to them not up to me it’s totally up to them they can straighten out their country Iran right now is a mess they can straighten out the economics of their country very very quickly let’s see whether or not they mediately it’s already been done yeah we’ve we’ve increased him they were very severe but now it’s increased substantially I just approved it a little while ago with Treasury well you’ll see I mean we’ll put out a minor announcement it’s actually a major event it’s like this this is to me a major event and so far I have had no I have had no questions and the fact that we can build a highway and you know a small fraction of the time that we can build all of these beautiful bridges that we want to build but they can’t get approvals I’ve had no questions on that are you shocked Sean when you hit I mean honestly they they should be having some questions okay yeah John good well I have my suspicions it was very I don’t want to say that because other people have those suspicions also it’s a tragic thing when I see that it’s a tragic thing but somebody could have made a mistake on the other side could have could have made a mistake it was flying it was it was flying in not our system now has nothing to do with us it was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood and somebody could have made a mistake some people say it was mechanical I personally don’t think that’s even a question personally so we’ll see what happens I don’t know I really don’t know I don’t want to get that’s up to them at some point they’ll release the black box ideally they’d get it to Boeing but if they gave it to France or if they gave it to some other country that would be okay too I think you know ideally that will be released I have a feeling that it’s just some very terrible something very terrible happened very devastating well I never thought it would go smoothly Venezuela hasn’t gone smoothly since it became a socialist or worse than that country so I never expected anything to go smoothly we’ll see what happens with Venezuela they’re doing poorly I mean there’s a great case when I say this country will never be a socialist nation there’s a great case it was a wealthy country 15 years ago 20 years ago that was like a really wealthy country and now they don’t have water they don’t have food we’re supplying a lot of food we’re supplying a lot of water so no it takes a period of time it’s been you know I’ve only been here a relatively short period of time we’ll see what happens well I’m not gonna say that yeah we have a good strategy but we’re taking care of people we’re helping people Colombia is helping a lot of people some of the nations surrounding or helping people but we’re I think we’re doing a good job they have a system that right now is very broken we’ll see what happens stay tuned no I think it was obvious if you look at the protests and this was the anti Benghazi this was Benghazi was a disaster they showed up a long time after it took place they saw burning embers from days before I said get out today immediately they were saying we think we can have them tomorrow said nope they got to go right now and they were on their way very quickly and they got there almost I mean they got there quickly they could have done that with Benghazi too by the way same same thing had they gotten there had they done what I did you wouldn’t have had you wouldn’t know the name Benghazi he would not be a very famous name now it’s a very famous name this was the anti Benghazi we got the Apaches there very quickly they were doing the flares people didn’t know what was happening but if you look at those protestors they were rough warriors they weren’t protesters they were iranian-backed some were from Iraq but they were Iranian backed absolutely and they were looking to do damage and they were break-in the windows and you know those are very structurally strong windows as you know and they were almost through and had they gotten through I believe we would have either had a hostage situation or we would have had a worse we would have had a lot of people killed those people were going to do very serious harm they were soldiers they were warriors and we stopped it we stopped it that was a totally organized plot and you know who organized it that man right now is not around any longer okay and he had more than that particular embassy in mind always got along with him he didn’t get along with some of our people but that’s really gonna be up to the Senate it’s really it so it’s always up I don’t stop it no but he would it would be now I do have to I’d have to ask the lawyers because we do have to to me for the future we have to protect presidential privilege when we start allowing national security advisers to just go up and say whatever they want to say we can’t do that so we have to protect presidential privilege for me but for future presidents that’s very important I would have no problem other than we have to protect we have to be able to protect people can’t go up and say whatever my thoughts are whatever your thoughts are about us country’s views you don’t want that to be out so we have to protect presidential privilege yeah I did I spoke right I spoke to yeah I spoke to him yesterday I spoke to Secretary General yesterday and we had a great conversation he was very I think he was actually excited by it and I actually had a name NATO right and then you have a me Middle East yo card they told me I said what a beautiful name they tell me I’m good at names right USMC a like the song YMCA everybody nobody couldn’t remember USMC I said think of the song YMCA now everybody says it they don’t remember the previous name of a bad deal okay commonly known as NAFTA now if you add the words if you add the two words but at least at the end of it because that’s a big problem that’s a big source of problems and NATO me doesn’t that work beautifully John thank you that NATO plus me and he’s not obviously he’s not getting it he’s not smiling he used to smile before I ran he was smiling now he’s not smiling you know what am I supposed to us to be honest with you because this is an international problem and we can come home or largely come home and use NATO this is an international problem we caught Isis we did Europe a big favor we get a hundred percent of the Caliphate with thousands and thousands of Isis fighters are killed and thousands and thousands tens of thousands are in prison right now and Europe doesn’t want them it’s not right they want to go to France they want to go to Germany they want to go to UK they want to go to these countries where they came from that’s where they that’s their home the u.s. is not their home they want to go it’s not fair that we’re holding these people and that other countries aren’t taken because we’re bearing the cost so I think that NATO should be expanded and we should include the Middle East absolutely and we pay for a big percentage of NATO and by the way if you look at and speak to Secretary General Stoltenberg who’s doing a terrific job by the way he will tell you that I raised a hundred and thirty billion dollars more than they were getting it was going down from past administrations every single year it was down to a very low number I came in I said gotta pay folks gotta pay we’re working with you we’re protecting you were a part of this you got to pay we don’t want to be the fools like we have been for so many years so we raised a hundred and thirty billion almost immediately we had a meeting with all of the countries I said you got to pay I mean I can imagine they don’t like me as much as Obama and other people but I got to pay we’re protecting you got to pay we got 130 billion more more not 130 130 more in fact my biggest fan in the whole world is Secretary General Stoltenberg because he can’t believe it and now he just announced five hundred and thirty billion dollars we’ve gotten under my watch and so we’re in great shape with with that whole situation and I think NATO should be helping us now with the Middle East having an international flavor there is good Plus you had a deal signed with many of these countries that are in NATO so you know the economic deal with Iran so I have actually I have actually said that I think the scope of NATO should be increased and they should be looking for Isis will help but right now the burdens on us and that’s not been fair but we’ve done a great job with I since when I came in three years ago Isis was all over the place it was a disaster and now Isis is the Caliphate hundred percent of the Caliphate is gone 100 percent and we have tens of thousands of prisoners where we have them in prison but they should be taken and Europe should be helping with that burden but I like the idea of NATO expanding their views about that very serious subject I went clean arrow went clean water and went the cleanest air what the cleanest water the environment is very important to me somebody wrote a book that I’m an environmentalist that actually called the environmentalists actually before I did this but they wrote a book I’d like to get it I have it in the other office so I’ll bring it to my next news conference perhaps sure you’ll be thrilled to see it I’m sure you’ll report all about it but no I’m a big believer in that word the environment I’m a big believer but I want clean air I want clean water and I also want jobs so I want I don’t want to close up our industry because somebody said you know you have to go with wind or you have to go with something else it’s not going to be able to have the capacity to do what we have to do we have the best employment numbers we’ve ever had we have the best unemployment numbers we’ve ever had so that’s very important all right one more I literally haven’t even thought about it I spent a lot on the first one and I said I did the primaries and obviously that came out to be very successful and I have not thought about it I will say this because of the impeachment hoaxes were taken in numbers that nobody ever expected you saw the kind of numbers were reporting we’re blowing everybody away we’ve never nobody’s ever taken in the money that we’re taking it from the public and it’s good because it’s an investment than making they’re making that investment it’s better than the big donors we’re taking and we’re taken in numbers that nobody has ever seen before frankly and it’s a great thing well I don’t know I put in a lot you know the number that I put in you know the number I invest I put in for the primers and for the first election what do you know that number it’s a big number and I did this they say I wonder if it mattered because I never noticed myself getting any credit for that I did I spent a lot of my own money you know tens of millions of dollars times a lot but I spent a lot of my own money and I always asked the question I said I wonder if it was necessary because I don’t think anybody even knew that I was spending it I’d mentioned it every once in a while but I don’t know for instance I give up my salaries 450,000 approximately 450,000 and presidential salary I give it up it goes to usually I give it to drugs I give some to Elaine sometimes for transportation but every quarter I think it’s paid on a quarterly basis I give up a hundred percent of my salary that I make as president I don’t think anybody’s written that story you guys don’t want to write that kind of history but that’s okay with me listen I’m going to ohio– some of you are coming with me and we look forward to it I want to congratulate all of you because I think this is going to make a tremendous difference in your unions and in your for your workers and for your investments and for everything there’s gonna be a fantastic thing will bring numbers down from 20 years to less than two will bring them down from ten years I really think that you’ll hit much less than two even for major projects and I want to thank everybody for being here it’s a great honor thank you very much thank you thank you [Applause]


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