Donald Trump New Delhi News Conference Transcript February 25
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Thank you very much, please. So we had a couple of really great days in India. Prime Minister Modi 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're agreeing to invest billions and billions of dollars.

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You heard it for yourself. They're going to be investing billions of dollars in our country. So that was the purpose of the trip also. We're all set for three billion dollars worth of helicopters, the Apaches and various other types in addition to other equipment. They're buying that and they're buying a lot. They're going to be buying a lot. And they're also going to be buying a lot of our energy, all forms of our energy, because they need energy.

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And we have more than anybody with no one in the world now in energy. So that's going to be very exciting. But I thought it was a great two days, was a fantastic two days. I'm going to be not at all controversial because I don't want to blow the two days plus two days of travel on one answer. One little answer. Little answer. Like John will ask me one little simple question and you'll blow it out. That will be the end of the trip.

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They won't even talk about the trips. I'll be very, very conservative on my answers, if you don't mind. But we did. We had a great we had a great time. We had a great meetings and we're going for a state dinner. And then after that, we get back on to the plane and we go back home. It's going to be about 19 hours. But we look forward to get in tomorrow. But this was a tremendous country.

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It's 1.4 billion, probably at least the most people. And it's a tremendous market. And they really like us. And I think they like us more now than they've ever liked us. Frankly, we have a terrific a really great relationship between the prime minister myself. So we're going to be doing a lot of things I think was really, really worth it. You may ask about the Corona virus, which is very well under control in our country.

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We have very few people with it. And the people that have it are or in all cases, I have not heard anything other. Maybe there's something new for two days. I haven't been seeing too much of that news, very much news because it's been very all encompassing. We've accomplished a lot of weight, a lot of meetings, as you know. But the people are getting better. They're all getting better. We brought in some Americans from a ship because it was really the right thing to do and their quarantine.

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And we think they'll be in very good shape very, very soon. We. We discussed a lot of different elements. We actually discussed the Corona virus. And at this moment, India doesn't have much of a problem. They feel we certainly it wasn't expressed that they did, which is great. And I think that whole situation will start working out. Lot of talent, a lot of brainpower is being put behind it. Two and a half billion dollars we're putting in.

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I see that Chuck Schumer criticized that he thought it should be more. And if I gave more, he'd say it. You'd be less automatic with these characters. And that is just not good for our country. I gave more. He'd say it should be less, but that's what they do in the meantime. That's all they can do, not get anything done. We have so many things we could get done. We could so easily do prescription drug.

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You know, last year was the first year and 51 years where prescription drug prices went down, but we could drive them down really well if we had the Democrat votes. We need some additional votes. We would really drive them down. As you know. So what would that. I think what we'll do is take some questions and we'll go to a nice state dinner and then we go home. Yeah, John, go ahead. Mr. President, you just addressed Corona virus.

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So I will put that aside for the moment. You tweeted about Justice Sotomayor yesterday saying that she and Justice Ginsburg should recuse themselves from future cases dealing with the administration. What is the basis for your opinion on that? Well, it's very obvious. I mean, 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.

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Hillary Clinton can believe it, but 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 was a big story. And I just don't know how they can not recuse themselves from anything having to do with Trump or Trump related. The right thing to do is that is a Supreme Court justice is a different standard.

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But at the same time, I think it's a higher standard in a certain sense. So they'll have to decide what to do. But her statement was so inappropriate. When you're a justice of the Supreme Court and it's almost what she's trying to do is take the people that do feel a different way and get them to vote the way that she would like them to vote. I just thought it was so inappropriate, such a terrible statement for Supreme Court justices.

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What was inappropriate about the statement? I'm I'm not an attorney, so I can't really look into what the bug was, John. Well, she seemed to criticize the White House for running to the Supreme Court at the drop of a hat to say, I don't think that was it. But I think what she did say is she's trying to shame the way I look at he's trying to shame people with perhaps a different view in devoting her way. And that's so inappropriate.

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So let's see what happens. We have things whether or not they recuse themselves both. I mean, look, Justice Ginsburg, during my campaign, you know, I protested at the time. She apologized in a very minor form. And what Justice Sotomayor said yesterday was really highly inappropriate. And everybody agrees to that. Virtually everybody I've seen I've seen papers on it. People cannot believe that she said it. Yeah, please go ahead. Thank you, Mr.

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President. The intelligence community believes that 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? Well, you know what I'm reading and again, I'm over here for the last number of days, but they went to see Birdie and they told Bernie about something having to do with they weren't Bernie to win. They did not tell me.

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Intelligence never told me. And we have a couple of people here that would know very well. They never told me anything about that. And it was sort of a strange thing that they went to, Bernie. And 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. And frankly, I think it's disgraceful. And I think it was leaks from the Intelligence Committee.

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House. House version. And I think that they leaked it. I think probably shift leaked it. But people within that shift leaked it, in my opinion. And 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 they maybe don't want him for obvious reasons. So they don't want him. So they put out a thing that rushes back in him.

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This what they do. I've gone through it for a long time. I get it. I get the game better than anybody. And that's the way it is. Terrible thing to say. And 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'BRIEN in the audience someplace, and he can tell you that this was never discussed with us. So I think it's terrible they ought to stop the leaking from Intelligence Committee.

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And if they don't stop it, I can't imagine that people are not going to go after them and find out what's happening. Yeah. Do you believe. Go ahead, ma'am. Mr. President, this is madhubuti from Indian TV News. And trying to get my TV agency it ordered in Afghanistan. So the way the deal is being worked out, what would be India's role and Pakistan's role in the region? Well, I think India would like to see it happen.

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I spoke with Prime Minister Modi today, and I think they would very much like to see him see it happen. And we're pretty close. We'll see what's going on. We've got two days now under our belt without violence or I guess a minimum of violence. And we'll see what happens. But people want to see it is very interesting that one is everybody's happy about it. Even people that are normally against me like ninety nine point nine percent of the time, because we've been there for 19 years and everybody would like to see it happen.

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I was actually surprised. I thought the humours of the world would say whatever the opposite is, you know, because that's all it can to try and shock. But people are really they're really happy to see that. We're trying very hard. You know what? Bring it down to eighty six, eight thousand six hundred. And from there we'll make a decision as to what the final outcome would be. But there's been tremendous praise for the fact that we're doing something.

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You know, other administrations have tried to do something, in particular the previous administration for a long time. They were never able to get anything done. And we're we're really serving not as a military forces. We are a police force and we're not a police force. You have to police their own country. We're not a police force. It's like law enforcement. And that's the way it is. So we'd like to have the 19. I can tell you after 19 years, we'd like to bring our young people back home, bring them.

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That's where they want to be. And we'll always have intelligence. They will have other things there. But we'd like to bring home for the most part, we'd like to bring them back home. We want to watch the area. The area is a hotbed of problems. And when we bring them home, we'll let them know that if something happens, we will hit them so hard. And we could win that easily. If I wanted to kill millions of people.

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I don't want to kill millions of people, innocent people. We could win that very easily. We don't have to act as a police force. We can act as a military force to win, not a military force to just take care of things in that very, very difficult part of the world's very difficult part, very dangerous part of the world. So let's see what happens. So far, so good so far. But I'm very impressed with with the kind of goodas we're getting.

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Yes, please. Mr. President, I must say, I'm sort of supply editor in chief of News Mobile. If you remember, I interviewed you in your last campaign in New Jersey. And I ask you this question earlier at that time about a Trump doctrine on fighting out Islamic fundamentalism, which you spoke about, and you discussed the prime minister Modi and you spoke about Modi Trump doctrine. So what is your roadmap to fight out Islamic radical terrorism? Well, I don't think anybody's done more than I have if you look because I came in.

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And 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. Somebody will say it was a Republican color. So I don't want to get people confused. But it was it happened to be red. And it was basically trying to show what where ISIS was in those areas. And it was at a control. And I gave the orders.

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And we have 100 percent 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 have a big favor. We captured them. But I did that. We killed al Baghdadi a few months ago and Suleimani was is gone. He's no longer putting roadside bombs all over the place.

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Somebody else, maybe. But he was the father, the king of the roadside bomb. All of those young people that 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, the doctors at Walter Reed are incredible what they're able to do. Incredible. But that's what his thing was. He. He thought that was a beautiful weapon. Roadside bombs, cowards, bomb, and all of these young people that have been so badly hurt.

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And we did a big favor in addition to that, as you know, Hamza bin Laden is now gone and he was looking to do damage and he's gone and al-Qaida. Last week you saw what happened there. Nobody has done more than what I've done. And but at the same time, Russia should do it. Iran should do it. Iraq should do it. Syria should do it. You know, we're in a different part of the world.

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We're doing it. Everybody says you're the only ones that can do it. Well, at some point, these other countries. I mean, Iran should do it. Iran hates ISIS. And they should do it. And we've done a great job. We've taken our soldiers essentially out of Syria, except a little hot spots that we forget, you know, we'll do that develop. But we've taken the oil and the soldiers we have, they're the ones guarding the oil.

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We have the oil. So that's all we have there. And now we have in our view, if you look, we are down to a small force in Iraq and we're down to a small force very shortly. But right now, even 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. What about terror groups in Pakistan?

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That's a big concern in this region. And, you know, there are a lot of terror groups who pose dangers to the United States and democracies like India as well. Now, I agree. But you also have other countries that can do this. You know, the United States is 8000 miles away and they're all saying, could you do it? Yeah, and we could do we've been doing it for a long time, but I've been doing it much better than anyone else has done it.

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I mean, what we've done in the last couple of years has been incredible. We have 100 percent of the caliphate. Remember, we had ninety nine percent say, good, we're leaving. And I was hit with people. Couldn't believe it. They said, do 100. So we did 100. I did 100 with some great generals that knew exactly what they were doing. They were unbelievable. We took 100 percent of the caliphate and we have thousands of prisoners right now locked up.

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And 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. And when I came in, ISIS was all over the place who was totally out of control. Please. Thank you. While you while you've been here in the country, in the capital northeast part of Delhi, there have been violent clashes. Police have been killed, dozens of demonstrators. Nine deaths so far, we hear, in about 100 plus injured.

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What did Prime Minister Modi say to you about this amended citizenship law? And how concerned are you about this kind of religious violence? So we did talk about religious freedom. And I will say that the prime minister was incredible on what he told me. He wants people to have religious freedom and very strongly. And he said that in India, India, they have they have worked very hard to have great and open religious freedom. And 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.

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I asked that question in front of a very large group of people today, and he talked about it. We talked about it for a long time. And 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, good. Sara Emily Goulden with The Daily Mail dot com. I was wondering, do you think justice was served in the Harvey Weinstein case?

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So I was never a fan of Harvey Weinstein, as you know. In fact, he said he was going to work hard to defeat me in the election. How did that work out, by the way? I'm trying to figure that out. He was the person I didn't like and I like. I don't know too much about the case because as you know, I've been over here between traveling and and being at meetings almost every hour of the day, every minute of the day.

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I haven't been able to really 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 not a person that I like. I will say the people that liked him were the Democrats. Michelle Obama loved him. They loved him. Hillary Clinton loved him. And he gave tremendous money to the Democrats. And I guess my question is, will the Democrats be asking for that money back?

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Because he gave a lot of money to the Democrats. And, you know, it's too bad. But that's the way it worked. Yeah. Peter. I just want to follow up on that very quickly, if I can. Mr. President, that I have a question that I wanted to ask you. But just on the Harvey Weinstein situation, this is being viewed as a milestone for the metoo movement. What message can you, as president, deliver to women in America who are still afraid to come forward and share their stories of sexual harassment and assault?

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Well, again, I don't know the actual results. I haven't seen too much because I've been in India, as you know, aside from what I thought. I think that from the standpoint of women, I think it was a great thing. It was a it was a great victory and sends a very strong message. Very, very strong message. Peter? Yeah. Can I follow up on my question? I just wanted to follow up on her quick unconquerable virus, specifically, Mr President, 2014, when the Ebola situation was very concerning to so many Americans.

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You tweeted, Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days. Now, I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent in all caps. You wrote Keep them out of here. More than 20 Americans have now been brought back to the United States with Corona virus. By your own measure, does that mean that your government has been incompetent? Are you pleased with the response? In case you don't know, between Ebola and Corona virus?

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Big, big difference. It's like day and night. And I felt that we should bring them back. They're Americans. We should bring them back with Ebola. It was very explosive. It's very terrible. We're making tremendous strides on Ebola. With the things that we're doing, as you know, isn't some of the money they're requesting. Your lives are. Please answer the question. But there's a tremendous is a vast difference in bringing especially in around 14 was at fourteen or twelve.

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And at that time, nobody had ever even heard of Ebola or ever conceived of something where you basically people would disintegrate. And it was still working on Ebola. To be clear, all the here survived. Right now we're doing a vaccine. We're doing a lot of things having to do with Ebola. We're 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're having more and we can't get in.

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So we're still working on that. But as far as the as far as what we're doing with the new virus, I think that I think that we're doing a great job. I felt that the 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's no problem with it whatsoever. They're all in quarantine. And as you know, we approved I approved two and a half billion dollars for just that purpose and also for working and getting a vaccine for clarity.

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Those with Ebola when they were brought here were quarantined. And all the Americans also survived right at the level of death with Ebola. You know, at the time, it was a virtual 100 percent. But none of the Americans who came here. You don't. You is a very good chance you're not going to die just yet. It's very much the opposite. You're talking about 1 or 2 percent, whereas in the other case, it was a virtual 100 percent.

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Now they have it. They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we're very close to a vaccine. Yeah. Please go ahead. Go ahead, Peter. All right. Well, hi, I'm so from Go Five Network. So how do you define, differentiate and did what he did with the love of yours? But Indians in India and Indians love to hate when the visa in America. So how do you differentiate that?

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We're talking about the H-1Bs and we are looking at the relationship we have. This is not for me. This is from almost everybody that saw it. They say the history of India, which has a long history and a brilliant history in so many different ways, there's never been a reception given to somebody like was given. And I would like to say for the United States of America, but nobody else that came here got the kind of reception we got.

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We have been we gave was one hundred and twenty five thousand, I think seats they had yesterday. They were full. You are thousands and thousands of people outside. Prime Minister Modi was, tell me, thousands of people outside. That's not uncommon for me, to be honest with you. But when I look at one hundred and twenty five thousand seats and that was an incredible scene yesterday, in addition, all of those people lined up from the airport to the event.

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It was an incredible thing. Nobody's ever seen anything like it. The ambassador just told me that he's he's been India 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. What took place yesterday and, you know, earlier than that, but yesterday, they've never seen anything like it. So it was a great compliment. It was a great compliment to our country.

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I'm the leader of the country. But it was a great compliment to our country. But Prime Minister Modi said today they've never, ever had any event like that. In fact, 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. And people just wanted to see. They wanted to pay their respect to the United States.

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And so I appreciate that I was a recipient, in a sense, but I was just I was just really representing the country. Peter, thank you. All right. Thank you. THE PRESIDENT appreciate it. I present your newly installed personnel director has begun talking with agencies about finding people in the government that are not loyal to you and perhaps moving them on how large a list you imagine this will be. This is a big problem in your mind.

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How do can you describe for us the scale of the problem as you see it? Yeah, 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 report and then you compare that to the transcripts, it bore no relationship. So that was a very sad situation and a lot of time, a lot of time wasted.

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Although, as you will. In fact, you wrote very nicely. I appreciated the poll numbers have gone up very much, but that's not appropriate to have have to benefit by something like that. Then there was supposed to be a second whistle blower as soon as I release the transcripts. The second whistle blower was gone. Nobody ever. What happened to the second whistleblower? I'll ask you, where is he? Remember the second was he or she the second whistleblower was going to happen?

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It was just a matter of moments. And then I released the real call, the transcripts, which are now 100 percent accurate, even according to Lieutenant Colonel Venkman. So now we want to have people that are good for the country, are loyal to our country, because that was a disgraceful situation. Mr. President, I am actually someone I am from Rogers, so I can imagine if the parliamentary channel of India upper house like in it. You know, India's schools in a neighborhood and even Prime Minister Modi, that you are very good friends.

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Why did you a about heritage that is coming out from Pakistan to India? Because we have been suffering from this type of terrorism for the last 20 years or so. What do you have a strategy? What are we going to do? We talk a lot about Pakistan. I have a very good relationship with Prime Minister Khan. Very good. We talked about it today at length, actually. And Prime Minister Modi. And it's no question it's a problem, but it's a problem they have.

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They're working on it. India is you know, it's a brave nation, too. There's no pull back from India. And we just hope and I said, I'll help. I'll do whatever I have to do if I can do that, because my relationship with both gentlemen is so good. But there has been difficulty in Pakistan. And we're seeing what we can do about it. Anything I can do to mediate, anything I can do to help, I would do that working on Kashmir.

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Kashmir has been a thorn in a lot of people's sides for a long time. And there are two sides to. Story, but they've been working on that very hard. We discussed it a great length terrorism and I think we have some very good ideas. He's very, very strongly against terrorism, I'll tell you. Prime Minister Modi is a very he's a very religious man, as you know, is a very calm man, but he's actually a very, very strong person.

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Very tough, actually. I've seen him in action and he's got that foremost in his mind, terrorism. He'll take care of it. Go ahead. You ready? All right. Mr. President, thank you.

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The backbenchers have been waiting for far too long and little from business line. And we would like to take you to today's meetings before coming to India. You say a trade deal will be later, but of course, sometime soon in the morning, you spoke about energy security and energy deal, and yet you are already the fifth supplier to our country. You said other sources also would like you to elaborate on that when you're talking energy security and energy deal.

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What are we looking at? And is nuclear happening?

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So we talked about many things, many, many things. We talked about Iran, we talked about Iraq. We talked about, you know, we were together for two days. I'm going to be with Prime Minister Modi tonight for a state dinner at seven o'clock. It starts at 7:00, I believe. And we talked about exactly all of the things that you talked 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.

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And I said, we have to stop that. We have to stop at least as it pertains to the United States. And I think we're understanding each other. With China, we worked a deal and we worked hard because of the tariffs. And I was able to leave the tariffs and that will take care of phase two. We still have 25 percent and two hundred and fifty billion dollars. But in the meantime, we're working with China very much on the virus.

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We feel that something and I have to tell I spoke to President Xi the other day. He is so committed to solving that problem. He is he is 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 does go into Italy and it's going to other places. But. I spoke to all of them.

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They're 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're saying it was a good decision. I think was a good decision because we have very few people. And you can add to it a few people that we took in because they were Americans.

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I mean, what are we going to do? They were almost in-between countries where people weren't going to take them. And they're Americans, but they're fully quarantined. They call it fully quarantine. So, you know, we did the right thing. If you were out there, if you were an American and you refuse to have any help from your country. These were wonderful people. Wasn't their fault. So but we're down to we're really down to probably 10.

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Most of the people are outside of danger right now. But we've had a very strict we've had a very strict line on the people that take in the areas from which we take. And I did it very early. It's never done before. And I did it early. So I think it was a good decision, as it turned out. Please. 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?

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There was recently the departure of your acting DNI, Joseph Maguires, who replaced him with your ambassador to Germany, Rick ronnell. Some of your critics have pointed out that Ambassador Grenell has no intelligence experience. How can you justify to the American people having an acting DNI with no intelligence? Okay. First of all, I want no help from any country and I haven't been given help from any country. And if you see what CNN, your wonderful network, said, I guess they apologized in a way for didn't they apologize for the fact that they said certain things that weren't there?

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Tell me, what was their apology yesterday? What did they say? Mr President, I think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours. Some young regnum on your side. Let me tell about your record. Your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself. I'm not ashamed of anything. And I would probably say worse is not true in the history of broadcasting. As far as McGuire is concerned, he's a terrific guy.

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But, you know, on March 11th, his time ended anyway. So his time came up. So we would have had to by statute, we would have had to change him anyway. So are a new DNI. I have experience. I can tell you, I feel yes. In fact, we're talking to five different people right now. I think all people that you know, all people that you respect and I'll make a decision probably over the next week to two weeks, we have some very good people.

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But Joe Maguires, a very excellent guy. He's a very good man. And his time was March 11th, I believe it was March 11th, where he would have had to leave. Was he forced out because he wasn't sufficiently loyal to you? No, not at all. Not at all. He was pushed out because, frankly, was pushed out. He would have had to get out on March 11th. He would have had to leave. But we're going to be making a decision on DNI very shortly.

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Thank you, sir. Yeah, please. Go ahead, please. Yeah. Well, let's go over to Europe, the mike out of her handicap. Sorry, that wasn't very nice. He's President Trump. I hope you're having a good visit here in India. Tea Party from E.T. Now, we have heard from Prime Minister Modi as well as, you know, along the 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.

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Have you been able to figure out the kind of differences that were there? Well, basically on data localisation, that has been one of the sticking points.

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We know the problems and other problems. Previous administrations had no clue. They didn't know the problems. I know the problems were being charged. Large amounts of tariffs and can't do that. You can't do that. And so they understand that. That's where I am. And if they want to deal with us and and they will, they're going to just like China. Everybody said you'll never make a deal with China. I made a deal with China. It's a great deal.

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Two hundred and fifty billion dollars worth of product. And that's only a piece of the deal. It's a large piece. It's probably 40 to 50 percent, but it's an incredible deal. In addition to that, we're taking in billions and billions of dollars worth of tariffs that we can now use for phase two because they want to get rid of the 25 percent. So we have the 25 percent. They want to get rid of it. Well, with India.

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India is, I think, the highest. Again, I said it before. But 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 US is virtually no tariff. For the most part. There is absolutely no tariff. So I just said that's unfair. And we'll work it out. We'll work it out. Go ahead.

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Gravy. I think we'll win that one easily. We're working on that. We're working on that. Good. Even though there's unlikely situation when one company is paying 100 percent in the case of numerous companies, not just Harley, but where they're paying a tremendous. And actually, tariffs were raised not too long ago. And we also did something that was a form of rent control. That was, if you put it in a different sense, it was it was given to India and we terminated that.

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You know, that we terminated it. Now we're talking we have we have great discussions about. It's a I can't lose this, I can't lose it. You know what? I'll never lose it. It's too easy. Because I want reciprocal. It has to be reciprocal. And the money you're talking about is major. But the United States has to be treated fairly. And India understands it. The relationship is outstanding. But India understands that. We've had a tremendous deficit for many, many years with India, with with everybody, you know, with frankly, so many different countries.

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We've had a massive, massive deficit, but a large deficit, 30 billion dollars with India. It's now down to four billion dollars because of what we've been doing. But still, that's too high. We shouldn't have a 24 billion dollar deficit with other countries. We have more than that. Japan, we're doing now, 40 billion is coming in. A lot of a lot of very good deals are being made and they'll be kicking in toward the end of the year.

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I would say if the deal happens with India, it will be toward the end of the deal. And if it doesn't happen, we'll do something else that will be very satisfactory. It be very good. Go ahead.

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Well, my question is that you said at the time of the Article 370 obligation that you would like to mediate in Kashmir, but India rejected it. What is your what is your question? My question is way, way, way, way. I didn't say that. I didn't say anything about that. I just said Kashmir. Obviously, there is a big problem between Pakistan and India. And I think they've got to work out their problem. But I will say they've been doing it for a long time.

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Okay, Mike, we saw something different at the moment. What is your position at the moment on India Citizen Amendment Act of the moment?

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I don't want to discuss that. I want to leave that to India. And hopefully they're going to make the right decision for the people. That's really up to India. Please, please, please. Thank you, Mr. President. My name is Maleficent, an Indian journalist, and I have a very simple question. Now back home. When you reflect upon your tour of India, the first diplomatic visit to the country, how would you describe it? Cultural diplomacy doesn't see or do you have any other words for that?

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Well, first of all, I describe it as incredible because when I looked at the various things like today when we went, you probably saw where we were. And when you look at all of the things that we've seen today, when we look at yesterday, the Taj Mahal and other things, in addition to working in between and even during where, you know, we worked very long and hard with representatives from India, most particularly with the prime minister.

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I just think it's an incredible country. It's got unbelievable energy. You see that when you come in from the 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-wall people. They've never seen anything like it. Somebody said it was the greatest greeting ever given to any head of state from any country. Now, India has more people than any other country. A little bit more than China.

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A little bit like we did diplomatically. Is it Trump diplomacy? I think the diplomacy is as a diplomacy of great friendship and respect. And I think it's going all work out very well. I really do. I admire your country tremendously. I respect your prime minister tremendously. And I think it's really a diplomacy of friendship. And I think it's going to work very well. OK. Go ahead, please. Please go. It's right next to see.

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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 the United States? So I haven't really been given a full briefing on that. We'll get a 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.

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Maybe some people would say we give too good. I don't think. I don't believe in that. I think we give very good access. So I don't think it's fair, but we'll have a decision made on that relatively soon. OK. Thank you. Good question. Please go ahead. Companies to continue to buy Venezuelan oil from third parties, especially when you have you'll be seeing something that in the not too distant future. There could be more stringent sanctions against Venezuela.

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It could be firsters, I guess the engine company going to know what's happening in Venezuela as so, so sad. People are starving. Here's a case where a country as wealthy 15 years ago and very wealthy 20 years ago, very, very wealthy, the wealthiest in all of Latin South America, the wealthiest. And by far not even a contest. When you look today, they don't have water. They don't have basic food. They have no medicine.

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It's incredible what's happened in Venezuela now. We're watching Venezuela very closely. We don't like it. We don't like it. Not at all. OK.

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You're going to see in a little while you're asking the question right in the middle of us doing something. Go ahead, please. Claimable from BBC. There were some back home that were hoping you would raise concerns about some of these policies that Prime Minister Modise introduced that discriminates against Muslims and also about rate a rise in hate crimes here in India. But as someone we didn't discuss that and we discussed that and specifically Muslims and we also discussed Christians. But someone who we I had a I had a very powerful answer from the prime minister.

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We talked about religious liberty for a long period of time in front of a lot of people. And I had a very, very powerful answer. And as far as Muslims are concerned, as he told me, I guess they have 200 most 200 million Muslims in India. And a fairly short while ago, they had 14 million. And he said that they are working very closely with the Muslim community. So you yourself have been criticized for policies that have discriminated against Muslims like the travel ban.

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There's also been a rise in well over the last couple of years. I saw a unique position to talk to him about this subject. I wonder, travel ban. As you probably know, a lot of people said I lost. I want the travel ban and we used the travel ban where we think was not based on religion, but where we think there's going to be trouble, where we're looking at certain countries that, you know, we entered a few countries onto it, but we won the travel ban and we wanted it, the Supreme Court.

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So the travel ban is not a thing against Muslims. It's a thing against areas where we don't want people coming into our country that are going to cause problems, cause harm, caused death, hurt our people. And I feel very strongly about that. OK. Please go ahead. Thank you very much, Christiane. Thank you very much. Thank you. And change how we Shanghai Media Group and elect. You know, some people say that India could be to the US in Asia during the 21st century.

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What the U.K. was in Europe during the 20th century. How do you view it? Well, I think that India is going to be a tremendous player over the next. You know, it's now. Right. But over the next period of 50 years or 100 years, you're talking about the largest population in the world. You're talking about tremendous country in terms of its heritage, its its potential wealth. Frankly, right now, they have they have incredible potential economically.

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They have great potential. Their schooling system is getting better all the time. They're doing a fantastic job with in certain sectors with respect to education. We see it in the United States. We see we have a lot of Indian students coming to our schools to grade students. And they've done fantastically well at our schools. But we have, you know, thousands and thousands of people coming from India, coming to our colleges or particular schools. But our colleges in particular know India has got a phenomenal future.

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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. Right. Yeah. Go ahead. Pick one up.

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So to ponder from CNBC TV 18 India American companies have been investing in India for a long, long time. Are you satisfied with the Indian investment region, especially on issues like multi-brand retail and e-commerce on which companies from us have a lot of interest?

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So I'm very satisfied because they're investing tremendous amounts of money. I met Mr. Patel a little while ago, is the largest steel person in the world by far and the contest. And 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 if you see the let's say we, as you know, answered 15 questions, they were talking about how much better it is to work in the United States now in terms of their investment.

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They identify. Some of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world, I'm not even sure of the media, really understood who they were. I knew many of them, certainly of all of them, the job they've done is incredible. But Mr. Battal, who's the biggest deal? I think biggest steel companies, certainly the biggest steel individual, but I think is 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've done to bring back the steel industry.

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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 that you don't need. We need for defense. But he was blowing. And one of the reasons he's spending a billion dollars in Alabama and more money and other places in the United States is because we brought it back. So we're very proud of that.

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So I think what we'll do is we're 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 and I'll see you back in the States. And I think some of you are on the plane and a little bit on the plane, too. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you very much.

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