President Trump hosts a press availability prior to a bilateral meeting with President Abdo Benitez of Paraguay. [Video as well as Transcript Below]
[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. the idea’s great to develop the President of Paraguay here. We’re doing a lot of work with Paraguay on terrorism, on drugs, on trade — a lot of different things. as well as we’ve had a great relationship. So, Mr. President, the idea’s an honor to have you. Thank you very much.
PRESIDENT ABDO BENÍTEZ: Thank you very much, Mr. President. the idea will be a great honor for us to be here, for my country; I believe also for the region, Mr. President — for the one who stood firmly defending democracy inside the region.
as well as the President of Paraguay here reaffirms our bilateral as well as our historic friendship.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much.
PRESIDENT ABDO BENÍTEZ: Thank you, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: genuinely tremendous. We look forward to the meeting.
I want to congratulate Boris Johnson on a terrific victory. I think which might be a harbinger for what’s to come in our country; the idea was last time. I’m sure people will be thrilled to hear which, although a lot of people will be, actually — a very big percentage of people. Because This specific was a tremendous victory last night, as well as the idea’s very interesting. The final votes are being tallied right today, although the numbers are tremendous. So I want to congratulate. He’s a friend of mine. the idea’s going to be a great thing for the United States also, because the idea means a lot of trade. A tremendous amount of trade. They want to do business with us so badly.
Under the European Union, the idea was very, very hard for them to do business with us. We just made our big deal, as you know, with Mexico, Canada. We have a tremendous trade deal which’s going through the House today. the idea’s going to be obviously approved. as well as the idea’s tremendous for our country. the idea’s genuinely tremendous for the region, although the idea’s fantastic for the U.S.
We have — the China deal, as you know, the idea was just approved a little while ago. as well as the idea’s — to me, the idea’s not complicated, although which’s what I do. the idea’s a phenomenal deal. The tariffs will largely remain at 25 percent on $250 billion. as well as we’ll use them for future negotiations on the phase two deal, because China would certainly like to see the tariffs off, as well as we — we’re okay with which. although they’ll be used as a negotiating table for the phase two deal, which they would certainly like to start immediately, as well as which’s okay with me. We were going to wait until the after the election, although they’d like to start them sooner than which, as well as which’s okay. So we’ll start which negotiation soon.
This specific will be a very large deal — the China deal. the idea covers tremendous manufacturing, farming — a lot of rules, regulations. A lot of things are covered. the idea’s a phase one deal, although a lot of big things are covered. as well as I say, affectionately: The farmers are going to have to go out as well as buy much larger tractors, because the idea means a lot of business — a tremendous amount of business.
as well as we’ve had a very big week. A lot of things have done. Space Force, as you know, was approved. which’s a tremendous — which’s another branch of the military. I mean, very few people have which in their legacy. as well as we have which, just like the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard. We have another branch of the military, to think of what which means. although very vital. the idea’s going to be — with time, the idea’s going to be certainly one of the most important branches.
We’ll have our own representative. the idea will have its own representative on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. the idea’s a big deal — something which a lot of people thought couldn’t be done. although the Space Force will be a very important component of our defense as well as, frankly, our offense, as well as the idea’ll be very important for our country. So we’re very honored by which.
as well as we had many various other things which we’ve done This specific week. This specific has been a wild week. as well as if you have any questions, please go ahead.
Q Mr. President, your reaction to the vote inside the House Judiciary This specific morning?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I was actually, believe the idea or not, finishing up the final — I was doing the final touches on the China deal. as well as which’s going to be one of the great deals ever. as well as the idea’s going to ultimately lead to the opening of China, which will be something which will be incredible, because which’s a whole, big, untapped market of 1.5 billion people. as well as so I was actually doing the finals.
although I got to see enough of the idea, as well as certainly I spoke to my people. the idea’s a witch hunt. the idea’s a sham. the idea’s a hoax. Nothing was done wrong. Zero was done wrong. I think the idea’s a horrible thing to be using the tool of impeachment, which will be supposed to be used in an emergency. as well as the idea would certainly seem many, many, many years apart.
To be using This specific for a perfect phone call, where the President of which country said there was no pressure whatsoever — didn’t even know what we were talking about. the idea was perfect; the relationship will be perfect. I’ve done much more for them than Obama did for them. the idea’s a scam. the idea’s something which shouldn’t be allowed. as well as the idea’s a very bad thing for our country.
as well as you’re trivializing impeachment. as well as I tell you what: Someday there’ll be a Democrat President as well as there’ll be a Republican House, as well as I suspect they’re going to remember the idea. Because when you do — when you use impeachment for absolutely nothing, various other than to try as well as get political gain —
today, with which being said, my poll numbers, as you know, have gone through the roof. Fundraising for the Republican Party has gone through the roof. We’re setting records. We’ve never — nobody has ever seen anything like the idea because the people are disgusted. The people are absolutely disgusted. Nobody has ever seen anything like This specific.
as well as I watched yesterday — I got to see quite a bit of the idea yesterday — as well as I watched these Democrats on the committee make fools out of themselves. Absolute fools out of themselves. as well as I also saw them quoting, all the time, incorrectly. They kept saying “me.” the idea wasn’t about me, the idea was about us. The word was “us.” So, they would certainly — kept saying “me” instead “us.” “Can you do ‘us’ a favor?” “Our country,” comma, “our country.” Then the idea talked about seeing the Attorney General of the United States.
For these people to say “me” — they would certainly say “me.” “You said, ‘Do me a favor.’” No, the idea didn’t say which. the idea said, “Do us a favor — our country.” Talking about the past election. Talking about corruption.
The various other thing nobody remembers as well as nobody likes to talk about — as well as I talk about the idea all the time — will be why isn’t Germany, why isn’t France, why aren’t various other European countries paying? Because we’re paying. The suckers. You know, for years, we’ve been the suckers. although we’re not the suckers anymore. Big difference.
although why isn’t Germany paying big money? They’re the ones — I mean, they have a much bigger benefit than we do because Ukraine will be genuinely a stoppage between Russia as well as parts of Europe — the major part of Europe. Why aren’t European countries paying? Why isn’t France paying a lot of money? Why will be the idea always the United States? We’re 7,000 miles away. Why will be the idea always the suckers which pay? So we’ve changed which, although nobody brings which up.
I think which the whole impeachment thing — “hoax,” I guess you could call the idea, because the idea will be a hoax. as well as Nancy Pelosi as well as knows the idea. By the way, they duped her yesterday. She was on an interview, as well as she said, “We’ve been working on This specific For just two as well as a half years.” So she’s — she was working on the idea, in various other words, two years before we ever spoke to Ukraine. She said, “We’ve been working on impeachment For just two as well as a half years.” as well as the reporter was shocked when they got This specific answer, because the idea showed she’s a liar.
So the idea’s — the idea’s a very sad thing for our country, although the idea seems to be very Great for me, politically. as well as again, those people — because I watched some of the dishonest, fake media — they’re saying, “Well, the polls have remained the same.” No, the polls have not remained the same. I think you understand which, John. The polls have gone through the roof for Trump. Because peop- — especially with independent voters, as well as especially in swing states. I could show you numbers which nobody has ever seen numbers like This specific before.
So the impeachment will be a hoax. the idea’s a sham. the idea commenced a long time ago, probably before I came down the escalator with the future First Lady. the idea commenced a long time ago.
as well as when you look at the IG report as well as you look at these horrible FBI people talking about, “We got to get him out,” “insurance policies” — you know, the insurance policy will be just in cases she loses — meaning, Crooked Hillary, who’s crooked as a three-dollar bill. “Just in case Crooked Hillary loses, we’ve got an insurance policy.” although we’ve been going through the insurance policy today for three years, as well as the idea’s a disgrace.
Thank you very much everybody. Thank you.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Say the idea?
Q Can you say how much China will be buying? Will they hit $50 billion?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think they’ll hit $50 billion in agriculture.
Q Can you say —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, much more than 50 [billion], because the idea’s also manufacturing as well as various other. although I think, in agriculture, they will hit $50 billion. Yes.
Q Next year? Or when? What’s the timeline for which?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Pretty soon. They’ve already stepped the idea up. My deal with them was two months ago. We had the idea in pretty Great form. I said, “Do me a favor: Start buying agriculture.” as well as they commenced. If you look — I mean, they’re already buying. Even before the deal will be signed, they’re buying.
Q Are you going to speak about Venezuela, Mr. President?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’re with the people of Venezuela 100 percent. the idea’s so important to us, as well as we’re going to be discussing Venezuela today. the idea’ll be a big subject.
Q Mr. President, do you prefer a short process inside the Senate or a more extended process?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I have heard Lindsey Graham, who’s terrific, as well as I heard his statement, as well as I like which. as well as I could also — I can do — I’ll do whatever I want.
Look, there will be — we did nothing wrong. So I’ll do long or short. I’ve heard Mitch. I’ve heard Lindsey. I think they are very much on agreement on some concept. I’ll do whatever they want to do. the idea doesn’t matter.
I wouldn’t mind a long process because I’d like to see the whistleblower, who’s a fraud — the whistleblower wrote a false report, as well as I genuinely blew the idea up when I released the transcript of the call.
as well as then Schiff gets up as well as he — as well as I blew him up, too — because he went up in front of Congress as well as he made a statement about what I said which was totally false. as well as then a long time after he made the idea, when he got caught, he said, “Oh, well, which was parody. Parody.”
No, Schiff will be a crooked — he’s a corrupt politician as well as a disgrace. as well as because of the fact he’s in Congress, he’s got immunity, so you can’t do anything. although he went up there — you know which — he made a totally false statement. The whistleblower wrote a totally false statement. So the idea’s a fraud.
Then I say, “Where will be the informer?” — the one which informed the whistleblower? He had an informer. He disappeared. You know why he disappeared? Because I released the transcript. Had I not released which transcript, we would certainly have had an informer; we would certainly have had another whistleblower.
By the way, where will be the second whistleblower? Remember which? “We have a second whistleblower. We have breaking news.”
Look, not all of the idea, although much of the media will be corrupt. These are bad people. They’re sick people as well as they’re corrupt.
as well as we’re fighting the Democrats as well as we’re fighting a lot of the corrupt media. although I ask the corrupt media: Where’s the second whistleblower?
today, had I not had a transcript — I’m lucky we had This specific transcript, which, by the way, has today been verified by the Lieutenant Colonel — Lieutenant Colonel, okay? He’s another beauty.
So where will be — where will be all of This specific stuff which was going to happen? Once I released the idea — as well as I released the idea quick although — quickly. although once I released the idea, all of a sudden the second whistleblower disappeared. The first whistleblower, who was all set to testify, he — all of a sudden, he becomes This specific saint-like figure which they don’t need him anymore. The one which everybody wanted to see, including Schiff, was the whistleblower. Once I released the text of what happened — the transcript — which was the end. Everybody disappeared.
So today there’s no informer. There’s no second whistleblower. Everybody has gone. as well as, by the way, a guy like Sondland — nobody ever says the idea — he said very strongly which I said, “I want nothing” as well as “no quid pro quo.” Nobody says which. which’s what he said. He said the idea in Congress. Nobody ever says which.
So, look, we’re dealing having a lot of corrupt people. There was nothing done wrong. To use the power of impeachment on This specific nonsense will be an embarrassment to This specific country. The President just said the idea. the idea’s an embarrassment to our country. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.
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