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Joe Bidens erste Rede nach den Midterms

Nov 10, 2022

Joe Bidens erste Rede nach den Midterms

our democracy has been put to the test in recent years but uh with your votes uh the american people have spoken and demonstrated once again that democracy is who we are states across the country uh saw record voter turnout and heart and the soul of our democracy the voters the poll workers the election officials did their job and did their duty and apparently without much interference at all without any interference it seems and that is a testament I think to the American people although we don't all know yet the results at least I don't know all of them yet, here's what we do know, while the press and pundits are predicting a giant red wave, it didn't happen and I know you were a little upset about my obsession with optimism, but I felt good through the whole process i thought we were going to do well while any seat lost is painful some good democrats didn't win the last no che the democrats had a good night and we lost fewer house seats than any democrat ic First president midterm election in the last 40 years and we had the best midterm for governors since 1986. and one other thing that What we know is that the voters spoke clearly about their concerns about rising costs to the rising costs they need. to lower inflation there are still many people who are hurt they are very concerned and it is about crime and Public Safety and they sent a clear and unequivocal message that they want to preserve our democracy and protect the right to choose in this country and I especially want to thank the young people of this nation to those who told me I haven't seen the numbers voted in historic numbers again and just as they did two years ago and voted to continue addressing the climate crisis gun violence your personal rights and freedoms and student debt relief last night I was pleased to call Maxwell Frost, the 25-year-old who was chosen. him that I was first elected the second youngest person ever elected United States Senator 29. that I have no doubt that he is off to an incredible start and that I am sure it will be a long and distinguished career and when he is president and they say Joe Biden in the outer office I don't want to say Joe, but the voters were also clear that they are still frustrated.
joe bidens erste rede nach den midterms
I get it. I understand that it has been a really difficult few years in this country for so many people when I arrived. We inherited a nation with a raging pandemic and a reeling economy and we acted quickly and boldly to inoculate the country and create stable and sustained growth in our investment economy. long term to rebuild America itself and erode our bridges our ports our airports High speed internet from Clean Water Systems and we are just getting started. What's interesting is that all of this will actually come to Clear View for people in the months and months of January, February, March of next year. it's just getting started, so I'm optimistic about how the public is going to be even more abrasive about what we've done Historic investments that are leading companies to invest literally hundreds of billions of dollars combined to build semiconductor factories and other Advanced manufacturing here in America is going to create tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, and by the way, a significant number of those jobs will be jobs that pay an average of $120,627,000.
joe bidens erste rede nach den midterms
You don't need a college degree to get those jobs and we. We are dealing with global inflation as a result of the pandemic and Putin's war in Ukraine. We are also handling it better than most other advanced nations in the world. We are lowering gasoline prices. health insurance costs and premiums and energy bills after 20 months of hard work the pandemic no longer controls our lives is still a concern no longer controls our lives our economic policies create a record 10 million new jobs since I took office position. The unemployment rate is down from 6.4 when I took office. 3.7 percent near a 50-year low, and we've done all of this while reducing the federal deficit over the two years by $1.7 trillion. dollars let me say it again 1.7 trillion dollars no administration has cut the deficit that much and cutting the federal deficit is one of the best things we can do to reduce inflation but while we have made real progress as a nation I know it is hard for us to people see that project progressing in their everyday lives and it's hard to see the results of the actions we take while we have to implement what we've done, but I think we took the right steps for the country and for the American people actually, yes look at the polls, the overwhelming majority don't search much anymore because I'm not quite sure how to read them anymore.
joe bidens erste rede nach den midterms
I hope you are unsure, too, but the overwhelming majority of Americans support elements of my economic agenda. from rebuilding American highways and bridges to lowering prescription drug costs, historic investing and fighting the climate crisis to making sure big corporations start paying their fair share and taxes. I am sure these policies are working and they were on the right track and we need to follow through with them all these initiatives take hold as they do from lead pipes being removed from schools and homes to new factories being built in communities with the American Manufacturing Resurgence that has already been created by the way 700,000 new manufacturing jobs you've heard i'm gagging i don't know where it's written it says we can't be the manufacturing capital of the world now we're exporting non-products jobs around the world people across the country will see even more clearly the positive effects in their daily lives, but i still understand why they are suffering right now, so many people are concerned as i have throughout my career, I will continue working. k across the aisle to meet the American people and it's not always easy, but we did it first period.
joe bidens erste rede nach den midterms
Many people will surprise me, but we've signed more than 210 bipartisan laws since I became president, and we're revitalizing American manufacturing. gun safety we did it together and dozens of laws that positively impacted our veterans and let me just say this regardless of what the final tally shows in this election and there's still something going on I'm prepared to work on my fellow Republicans the American people have made it clear that I think they expect the Republicans to be prepared to work with me in the area of ​​foreign policy as well. I hope we will continue this bipartisan approach to confronting Russia's aggression in Ukraine when I return from the G20 meetings in Indonesia with other world leaders I will invite the leaders of both political parties as I have done in the past on my trips abroad to the White House to discuss how we can work together to rem After this year and next Congress to advance America's Homeland Security and economic priorities and I'm open to any good ideas.
joe bidens erste rede nach den midterms
I want to be very clear. I am not going to support any Republican proposal that he is going to make. inflation is worse for example voters don't want to pay higher prescription costs for drugs we have cut now we are going to get going next year next calendar year and i am not going to walk away from this to our commitments we just to do to address the climate crisis are not compromising issues for me and I will not let it happen voters don't want more taxes for super tax cuts for the biggest and super rich corporations and I will continue to focus on reducing costs for families working class and middle class and building an economy from the bottom up in the middle.
joe bidens erste rede nach den midterms
I know you're tired of hearing me say that, but I really mean it. That's what makes America wealthier. very good when the middle class is doing w Well, the poor have a way up and as they continue to reduce the federal deficit, you know, as we look at tax cuts, we should look at tax cuts for working people and the upper class average, not for the very rich, they are fine and I look. Yo if you can go out and be a billionaire that's great just pay your fair share that's it just pay your fair share it's like those 55 corporations in 2000 that made 40 billion dollars and didn't pay a dime in federal. taxes is not right everyone has a liability so now you have to pay a staggering 15 percent you all pay more than that for new taxes so I'm going to keep my pledge that no one makes less than 400,000 a year and that's a lot of money that will come from you will see your federal taxes go up and I want to be very clear under no circumstances will I support the proposal put forward by Senators Johnson and the Senator from Florida to cut or make fundamental changes to Social Security and Medical Isn't that about table? to the American people first so let me close with this this election season the American people have made it clear that they don't want every day going forward to be a constant political battle there is too much that is happening there is too much that we have to the America's future is too bright too bright to get caught up in endless political warfare and I mean it you've heard me say it over and over again for the last 20 months or so I'm so optimistic about America's prospects that we should look to the future not dwell on the past and that future is bright as can be we are the only nation in the world that comes out of every crisis stronger than we went into the crisis and that is a fact i mean i want to say literally means we've gone out str more than we've gone in and I've never been more optimistic about America's future than they are today, particularly because of all those young people that I have spoken of between 18 and 30.
They are showing that they are the best. educated generation in american history are the least prejudiced generation in american history the most engaged generation in american history and the most engaged look after a long campaign season i still believe it has always been this is a great nation and we're a great people and it's never been a good bet to bet against America it's never been a good bet to bet against America there's nothing beyond our ability if we work together we just have to remember who the hell we are we are the United States United of America the United States United States, there is nothing beyond our capacity and I am quite convinced that we are going to be able to do a lot now.
I've been given a list of 10 people I'm supposed to call and they're all supposed to ask me a question on, but I'm sure you'll ask me more, so let me start with a list I've been given. come on, we never hold you to the same standard that you hold us to, but anyway, go ahead, you mentioned that Americans are frustrated, and in fact, 75 percent of voters say the country is headed in the right direction wrong despite last night's results what will happen in the next two years intends to do something different, uh, to change people's minds, uh, about the direction of the country, particularly when contemplating a run for president in 2024. nothing because they're just finding out what we're doing the more they know about what they're doing the more support there is do you know anyone who wants us to get rid of the change we made to prescription drug prices and raise prices again?
Does anyone want us to stop building those roads and bridges and the internet and so I don't know I think the problem is the core legislation that we pass and some of it bipartisan takes time to be recognized for example you have more than a trillion dollars in infrastructure money, but not many sterilizations have been put in. on the ground it's taking time, for example, recently I was on the phone congratulating a Californian and then someone in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the congressman got elected, he said, can you help us make sure that we can have high-speed rail servers? from Scranton to New York New York City I said yes we can we can first of all it will make it a lot easier to get a lot of vehicles off the road and we have more money in the pot now we are already out there.
I voted yes so all the money we spend on Amtrak to begin with is the same way for example I spoke during the campaign that we are going to cap the cost of insulin for seniors at 35 uh a month instead of 400 a month. good month it doesn't kick in until next year so there are a lot of things that are just starting to work and in the same way with what we've done in environmental terms it takes time to get going so I'm not going to change one matter of fact, you know that there are some things that I want to change and add, for example, we have surpassed the mostbipartisan we passed the most sweeping gun legislation against rational gun policy in 30 years and yet we didn't ban a Sullivans I. they're going to ban us all guns they're going to try like hell so I'm not going to change direction I said I ran for three reasons I am going to continue staying where I am going to know I completely understand the legitimate concern that what I am saying is wrong, okay, one is that I said we are going to restore the soul of the country they began to treat each other with decency, honor and integrity and it's starting to happen that people are the conversations are becoming more normal but more and more how can I say? uh decent the second thing i said was i want to build a country from the middle down and that way everyone does well. thanks to the hard working people the third thing i know it's still very hard i would do everything in my power to see through the reunification of the country it's hard to stay as a leading democracy in the world if you can't you can't generate a little bit of Unity, so I'm not going to fundamentally change anything.
Mr. President Russia Today claimed that he had evacuated the Persona region in Heart City. Ukraine now has the leverage it needs to start peace negotiations with Moscow. First of all, I found it interesting that they waited until after the election to make that judgment. in them they have some real problems russian the russian army um number one number two whether or not that leads to, at the very least, it will give time for everyone to recalibrate their positions over the winter term And whether or not there will be a judgment about whether or not Ukraine is ready to engage with Russia.
I'm going to the G20. I have been told that President Putin is unlikely to be there, but other world leaders will be there in Indonesia. and we're going to get a chance to see what the next steps might be um nancy cbs nancy cordes carthy last said it's clear we're going to get the house back do you think she's probably right about that? we know as of today we have lost very few seeds for sure we still have a chance to keep the house but it's going to be close and for example in Nevada we won all three contested seats that I went away for each and spoke with each one for each one of those people, but we won them all.
I didn't know that last night, so it's a moving target right now, but it's going to be very close. Can you describe your relationship with Mr. McCarthy? How often do you talk to him? what do you think of him? I think he's a Republican leader and I haven't had a lot of chances to talk to him, but I will talk to him. I think I think I'll talk later today when it comes to your legislative agenda when you were vice president, your legislative agenda basically hit a brick wall two years later when the Republicans took over the house and that lasted for the rest of the Obama presidency, is there any way I can prevent the same fate from happening this time, yes?
The Republicans take control, yes, because it's going to be much closer. They take control. They can't look. The predictions were and again, I'm not criticizing anyone who made the prediction. talking about we're losing 30 to 50 seats and this isn't going anywhere that's not going to happen so there's always enough people on the other team whether it's Democrat or Republican that the opposing party can appeal to and maybe eliminate them to get the help and uh and so remains to be seen but look i doubt yes or no for example all the talk uh i would ask i dont expect you to answer but the rhetorical question um do you think uh um you know senator johnson will move to cut medicare and Social Security and if it does how many republicans will vote for it so it depends and then my last question um the republicans have made it clear that if they take control of the house they want to launch a series of investigations on first day on your handling of afghanistan the border they want to investigate some of your cabinet officials they want to investigate you they may even want to investigate your son what is your message to republicans considering in dressing his family and in particular his son Hunter's business dealings good luck in his senior year as my coach used to say look I think the American public wants to go ahead and do things for them and, you know, I heard there was, uh It was reported if it's accurate I'm not sure but it was reported many times that the Republicans were saying and the former president said how many times are you going to impeach Biden you know a cop going against him but I mean I think I think the American people will look at all of that for what it is it's just I'm almost a comedy I mean but you know look I can't control what they're going to do all I can do is continue to try to make life better for the american people are ok phil phil medley cnn thank you mr president im 37 quick ok um sir at a fundraiser last month you said quote the rest of the world is watching this election both the good and the bad you noticed that' we're going to the G20 in a couple of days you'll be coming face to face with many of those leaders the very moment your p

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cessor is considering launching his re-election effort how should those world leaders, both good and bad, view this time for both the United States and his presidency? all these world leaders know that we are doing better than anyone in the world it is a practical matter despite the difficulties we are having our economy is growing you saw the last report we are still growing at 2.6 percent we are creating jobs I am still in a strong position and there are not many other countries in the world that are in that position and I promise you from the phone calls that I still have and from the meetings that I have with other heads of state to investigate the United States and say how are you doing what are you doing what can we do together how do we do it then I think the vast majority of my colleagues at least those colleagues who are members of NATO European Union Japan South Korea etc. cooperate in wanting to know how we can help each other, um, and what was the other question, oh, sorry, no, no, no. in terms of people being willing to show more decency.
At this time, he's often talked about breaking the fever or sort of a transition from this moment that we've faced in recent years. Do you feel that the election is what you represent? that you feel like the fever has broken I guess well I'm not I don't think we're going to break the fever for the super mega mega republicans I mean but I think your minority of the GOP I think the vast majority of we members of the Republican Party disagree a lot on some issues, but they are decent and honorable people, we have different differences of agreement on some issues, but you know, I work with many of these people in the Senate and the House for a long time and you know they are they are ho nest and they are and they are simple they are different from mine but you know they are they are decent people and i think the rest of the world and many of you have covered other parts of the world and you know the rest of the world look in the United States I guess the best way to say this is to repeat what some of you heard me say before the first G7 meeting for the public, that's the seven largest democracies when I went to uh right after s about getting elected in February after I was sworn in in January and sat at a round table with the other six world leaders from the European Union and Canada etc. one of them turned to me and said for how long for how long was a deadly serious question for how long and I looked at them and then another kept saying and I'm not going to name them kept saying what would you say Joe if in fact you were we slept here tonight In England we woke up the next morning to discover that thousands of people had broken into the Parliament of Great Britain. gone down the hall. broken down the doors. two policemen ended up dying. we have and he said what would you guys think and what did i ask him a rhetorical question what would you all think would you think england was really in trouble you think democracy was on the brink if that happened in britain and thats how people were looking at us like when is this going to stop nothing like this has happened since the Civil War.
I don't want to exaggerate, but literally nothing like this has happened since the Civil War, so what I find is that they want to know that there is the United States. Stable States, we know that we are, we are the same democracy that we have always been because look, the rest of the world is looking at us. I don't want to say that we are always like we are always right, but if the United States tomorrow we re to withdraw from the world it would change a lot of things around the world it would change a lot of things and so they are very concerned that we continue to be the open democracy that we have been and that we have rules in the institutions that matter and that is the context in which I think they are looking at whether we go back to a place where we are going to accept the decisions made by the court by Congress by the government etc.
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cessor, who is about to launch another campaign. How do you reassure them if that is the reason why they question that the former president will not return that his political movement, which is still very strong, eh, will not take power in the United States again, well, um, we just have to show that he is going to do it don't take power by uh if we if he runs making sure uh under a legitimate effort of our constitution he doesn't become the next president again um Steve Reuters sorry Steve home thank you sir how do you interpret the last ni The results of ght in terms of deciding if you want to search for another term you are now more likely to apply for and what your timeline will be for consideration. much more popular than me in the Democratic Party too but anyway um all jokes aside our intention is to run again that has been our intention regardless of the outcome of this election um and uh the fact that we won, I did. t run away from the fact that the democrat party surpassed everything anyone expected and did better than any presidency out of years since john kennedy is one that gives everyone like whoo a sigh of relief that the mega republicans won't take over again government control, etc. and so, uh, my judgment to run when I announce that if I die, I intend to run again, but I highly respect fate and ultimately it's a family decision. and I'm not in any rush one way or the other to make that judgment where today tomorrow or whenever, no matter what my p

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cessor does, I guess I hope Jill and I have a little time to slip away for a week. around Christmas and Thanksgiving and I think it will be early next year, we do that trial, but my plan is to do it now, I mean, but you know, okay, I'm sorry, uh Karen Karen Travers from ABC radio, thanks , Mr.
President, WNBA star Brittany Greiner. she today she was transferred to a russian penal colony to serve her nine year sentence. Does she have an update right now on her condition? What do you know about that? Does this mark a new phase in the negotiations with the Russians to secure her release? The US is now fully engaged in talks about a prisoner exchange that we've been engaging in on a regular basis I've spent quite a bit of time with his wife about what's going on with her and I guess my hope is that now that the election is over, the Mr Putin to be able to discuss with us and be willing to talk more seriously about the prisoner exchange that is my intention my intention is to bring it home and we have had several discussions so far and I am hopeful that now that our election is on the is there a willingness to negotiate more specifically with us thank you and if I may um your press secretary had said that the US government tell us what are those alternative paths to follow and how has Russia responded to those yes I can but I won't Okay, I can't.
I mean, she knows it wouldn't be wise to do it to see if she'd go through with it, but it's me, I'm telling you, I'm determined to get her home. and get her home safely along with others, might I add, um, April Ryan from the grill griot, excuse me I am, I beg your pardon, thank you. Sir, I did it right the last time we did this. d yes Mr. President I have a couple of questions on various issues, one, the Supreme Court, as you know, the Supreme Court has before it, the issue of college admissions and affirmative action, what can and is it planning in case of a reversal that is I was expecting there to be legal analysts saying there will be drastic implications there are tentacles of this and they even say this could affect Brown's bounty, Brown's bounty decision, well first of all I asked our justice department to uphold the current policy before the Supreme Court and like many pundits I'm not prepared to believe that the Supreme Court will overturn the previous decision to the existing one which is far from certain and I don't think so but number one, so number one what?
I did to try to change it is to challenge it before the Supreme Court of the United States our administration number two um I there are a number of things that we can and must do to achieve it and by the way this is a case iinvolving an Asian American in terms of getting into school and whether there is affirmative action makes some sense from the point of view of those who are arguing against it, but the fact is that we are also in a circumstance where there is a lot we can do in the meantime to make sure that there is access to a good education in all areas and that is by doing things that relate to starting education at three years formal education and three years which increases not nursery but school all the studies over 10 years show that that increases the chance of someone making it through 12 years without any difficulty, regardless of what background they come from, by 56 percent and I also think we should make sure we have the ability to provide two years of education beyond that, whether it's apprenticeships or community colleges and we're also in a situation where I think, for example, I want to asse Make sure that a lot of it has to do with finances as well, that we make sure that we have help for people who come from modest means To be able to go to school, you know the cost of a college education has quadrupled and it used to be that a Pell Grant used to cover something like 70 percent of college tuition now it covers significantly less than that so I want to increase Pell Grants as well but let's see what the Supreme Court decides and I'm hopeful and uh our team and our lawyers who have argued for us aren't as sure as the people you quoted saying it's going to be overturned the problem is inflation the griel and kff did a survey of black voters that said inflation was the number one problem and we saw that in this midterm election what can you concretely promise in these next two years that will help improve your pocketbook in the midst of avoiding a recession, well, a series of co sas first of all black unemployment has been cut almost in half under my administration just since i started more black businesses have started small businesses than ever before we are now in a situation where we provide and through the small business administration down payments for people who buy houses because most people build wealth and home equity most middle class families like mine my dad bought a house didn't have it we just put together to get home By the time he was able to retire, he had built up equity in a house, that's how most people do that and so on, but what I can't do is I can't guarantee that we're going to be able to get rid of inflation, but i think we can, we've already brought the price of gas down about a dollar twenty a gallon across the board and i think the oil companies are really doing the nation a real disservice what six of them have done they made over a hundred billion dollars in the last quarter in profits 100 billion dollars in the past if they had done the two things they have done before investing in more refineries and producing more products and/or passing the override to th The gas stations or you know that they sell oil at a cheaper price than they have to sell it now without taking advantage and that lowers the price of the total gallon of gasoline because that is passed through so there are a lot of things we can do which are hard to do but we're going to keep pushing to do it and the other thing is one of the things that makes a huge difference is what are the costs that exist in the average family and average black community, a prescription drug costs well, we are going to precipitously reduce them starting next year and i bet you know a lot of people in the black and white community who need insulin for diabetes. we're going to cut down on that cost they're not going to pay more than 35 dollars for insulin instead of four four hundred dollar average and I can go down the list of things that my dad used to say differently at the end of th month The things that you have to pay, from your mortgage to food on the table, gas in the car, do you have enough money to do it and when you're done do you have any left over and medical bills are a big part of that, particularly in the African American community and poorer and poorer communities need help so we're bringing all those costs down and we've already passed legislation to do that it's just coming into effect so there's a lot we can do to affect the things that people need monthly to reduce your inflation, your cost of living, etc., but I am optimistic because we continue to grow and at a rational rate, we are not close to a recession right now in terms of growth, but and o I think we can have what most economists call a soft landing.
I am convinced that we are going to be able to gradually lower prices so that they actually end without us having to go into a recession in order to take over. of inflation mr. President everyone else has some um last time well coming last question on humanity sir you can't legislate and you can't order the issue of empathy or lack thereof in the midst of this rhetoric , this heated political rhetoric, what's next? what i think leadership requires and i hope to meet the standard is to let people know you understand their problem again my dad used to have an expression that said i don't expect the government to solve my problems but i hope they at least know what they you understand them and, um, like many of you, we've been very lucky as a family, but we've also been through a lot of pretty tough times and it's not, and I've had the great advantage of having a family to get me through when my first wife and daughter were killed when a tractor-trailer hit them and killed my wife and killed my first wife and killed my daughter and my two sons are expected to die were in the jaws of life were taken from him three hours to get them out there on top of their dead mother and dead sister I understand how that pain is and when Jill and I lost Beau after a year in Iraq when in the bronze start in the major speaker's service medal in the us military came home with stage four glioblastoma because he lived 205 to 2 to 500 yards from a 10 foot deep burn pit and the biggest football field burning all the toxic waste you could find , you know, I think we understand what it's like to lose family members, uh, mothers, fathers we can all have been through that kind of thing we've been lucky even though we've had each other we've had strong families still sisters my brothers my sister and what we can do to deal with that empathy is make sure there is help available make sure there are people who are there to help whether they are psychologists MD or social workers to be there to help help just take a hand and for example, we can do an awfu A lot for a lot of families, the families that you're talking about, if we reinstate this child tax credit, it reduced poverty i childish by 40 percent when he was in his place.
I couldn't get over it the second time around so there's a lot we can do and empathy isn't just talking about it it's communicating with people that you really understand and I hope a lot of people don't understand because I don't want people to have to know the pain, but the second part of that is letting them Know that they are there to help, they are there to help and one of the things that I have talked to Vivec Murphy about and many of you have written about it and written well about it is the need for mental health. watch out in America you know when we got elected there was something like, I don't know, two, three, five million people have gotten their coveted vaccines okay, in the meantime, I've gotten over 220 million people on all three vaccines, but in the meantime , what happened?
We lost more than a million deaths a million deaths I read a study t that for that million people they had nine people who were each on average nine people close to them a relative someone is married with a child someone close the impact has It's been deep it's been deep think of all the people think of all your kids and their grandkids who didn't have that prom that there is a lot that we have to do and empathy reflects itself not only in what a person shows that they understand to know what people need and help make it happen and we are trying to do that and many republicans trying to do it also.
I don't want to say that this is very much a matter of party. of people are trying to do it because they know we have a problem um okay excuse me these 10 questions really go fast well I got to meet with some of my uh talk to some of the leading Republicans soon but of Anyway, um Jenny Leonard Bloomberg trip to the uht or Asia, when you meet President Xi Jinping of China, will you tell him that you are committed to Taiwan's military defense and what do you hope to gain from this meeting to make it a success?
Is he willing to make you any concessions? well look I'm not doing I'm not willing to make fundamental concessions because I have what I said at the beginning and this is what we've been through over 78 I think they told me hours with them so far 67 7 in person when I was vice president I'm President Obama I knew that I couldn't spend time with the vice president in another country, so I traveled 17,000 miles with them in China and in the United States. I met with them. many times and I've told them that I'm looking for competition not conflict so what I want to do with him when we talk is lay out what kind of each of our red lines are to understand what he thinks is China's critical national interests what I know it is the critical interest of the State Union and to determine whether or not they are in conflict with each other and if they do, how do we resolve it and how do we resolve it, and so on, and the Taiwan Doctrine has not changed at all from the beginning , so I'm sure we'll talk about China on uh, excuse me, Taiwan and I'm sure we'll talk about a number of other topics, including fair trade and relations related to their relationship with other countries in the region and uh, about anyway so there's a lot we're late to discuss he wants another question everyone else has one you personally who is committed to defending taiwan i'm going to have that conversation with him i actually have an unrelated question Did you also hear Mr.
President, do you think that Elon Musk is a threat to the national security of the United States and if the United States and with the tools that it has investigate its joint acquisition of Twitter with foreign governments that include the Saudis, they think Elon Musk's cooperation or technical relations with other r countries uh is worth watching whether he is doing something inappropriate or not I'm not suggesting I'm suggesting the worst words to watch and uh um and uh but that's all i will say there are many ways uh okay um christian walker mr president thank you i want leader mccarthy to suggest again that he is not prepared to write what he calls a blank check to ukraine and without However, he expressed optimism that funding for Ukraine would continue and that policies towards Ukraine would continue why the people of Ukraine and this country should have confidence in that given the comments by leader McCarthy and just p To follow up on his comments to Zeke, he said that he doesn't need to do anything differently if the Republicans control the don house.
Doesn't he need to recalibrate to some degree to try to work across the hall with a Republican main house? Well let me put it this way. What I meant was that I don't have to change any of the policies I've already approved. in them they said they want to go after and so what i have is a simple proposition i have a pen you can veto ok so that's what i mean i don't have to recalibrate whether or not i'm going to continue to fund the we're going to continue to fund the infrastructure bill or we are going to continue financing the environment, etc. from both parties to resolve their substantive differences and not only I'm not going to do that because it would benefit that party just do it can make it personal so I I I and you know it remains to be seen what the composition of the house will be um but I hope that kevin and i can work out modus eventi is how we proceed with an eye soon help to ukraine will continue uninterrupted that is my expectation of me and by the way we have not given ukraine a blank check there are a lot of things that ukraine wants us to do no we did, for example, I was asked a lot if we would rather provide American planes to guarantee the skies over the Ukraine.
I said no, we're not going to do that, we're not going to get it. in a third world war facing the Russian planes and facing them directly, but would we provide them with all the rational capacity to defend themselves? You can include one that is over 600 miles and one that is over 160 miles. We didn't give any that are over 600 miles because I'm not looking for them to start bombing Russian territory and we want to make sure that there's a relationship where they can fight back and take on what is purely the ugliest aggression that has happened since theLarge scale WWII by Putin inside the Ukraine and the stakes are so high I'd be surprised if leader McCarthy even has a majority of his fellow Republicans saying they're not going to fund Ukraine's legitimate defensive needs um obviously a lot of attention in 2024 now that the votes have been cast in the

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two-thirds of americans in exit polls say no I think he should run for re-election.
What is your message to them, and how does that factor into their final decision on whether or not to run for re-election? No. What is your message to them? Last night, who do you think would be the tougher competitor, Ron DeSantis or former President Trump, and how does that influence your decision? It would be fun to see them face off, okay David singer, thank you Mr. President, I have a question for you too. about China, but before I do that, I just wanted to follow up on something that he said earlier when he said that it remains to be seen if the Ukrainian government is willing to engage with Russia.
Earlier, he told us that the only thing for the Russians is to completely get out of Ukraine, to go back to the lines that existed before February 24. Are you suggesting with the word compromise that you think there's room for territorial compromise now that no, I don't see that that's up to you? the ukrainians nothing about ukraine without ukraine i had nothing in mind you have to ask the question yes or no if i remember yes or no what if in fact after this i think the context is whether or not they are withdrawing from fallujah and i mean from Kirsten, the city of Kirstan and they're coming back across the river to the east side of the river, the Russian forces and I said what's going to happen is they're going to both lick their wounds decide whether what they're going to do during the winter and they decide if they are going to commit or not that is what is going to happen yes or no I do not know what they are going to do and but I know one thing that we are not going to tell them what they have to do, you are meeting with the XI president Right now, the Chinese government, by the Pentagon's estimate, is preparing to increase its nuclear weapons force to over a thousand weapons, a significant increase from what they are.
I've had it for many decades, you've seen President Putin's threats about his use of nuclear power, remember how they persecuted me when I said that was real? and it turns out that all of you guys are writing about it now is kind of fascinating so my question is do you think they're forming a real Alliance so when they send in the russians do you think they need to talk to the president? Chi on some form of arms control if it's going to get to a level of weapons similar to what the US and Russia have right now no and yes no I don't think China has much respect for Russia or putin I don't think they're watching that as a particular Alliance matter, in fact, they've been keeping their distance a bit.
I think you can see if Xi Jinping is determined or if he backed down from his initial judgment. that he wanted Ukraine to excuse that China has the most powerful military in the world as well as the largest economy and uh but it's a long way from both but I think I think talking about nuclear weapons and the location of several of them and the access is important to discuss thank you very much everyone thank you very much we will do another one we will do another hour a little later thank you very much thank you for doing more of these let's go to the southern border Mr.
President
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