Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump in Press Gaggle Aboard Air Force One

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Washington, D.C.
December 2, 2018


 Aboard Air Force One
En Route Joint Base Andrews
Saturday, December 1, 2018

11:23 P.M. AST

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THE PRESIDENT:  It’s an incredible deal.  It goes down, certainly — if it happens, it goes down as one of the largest deals ever made.  It’s a deal between the United States and China made by the President and the President.  And it’ll have an incredibly positive impact on farming, meaning agriculture, industrial products, computers — every type of product.

And what I’d be doing is holding back on tariffs.  China will be opening up.  China will be getting rid of tariffs.  You know, China right now has major trade barriers — they’re major tariffs — and also major non-tariff barriers, which are brutal.  China will be getting rid of many of them.  And China will be buying massive amounts of product from us, including agricultural from our farmers — tremendous amount of agricultural and other products.

So it’s been really something.  You may also want to say that the President has agreed that if the Qualcomm deal that they rejected — which was one of the larger deals of its kind, which China rejected — if that deal came back to him, he would most likely approve it quickly, which is a big thing.

And North Korea, which we didn’t get into, we’ve agreed that we will work very strongly on North Korea.  I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un.  And we will — and don’t forget, we’ve been doing that for what — six, seven months?  Not a long time.  People have been working on that one for 80 years, right?  From the beginning.  And 20 years with the nuclear — you know, if you just take the nuclear.  But he is agreeing to work with me 100 percent on North Korea, and that’s a big thing, too.

So you add the fentanyl along with — because what he will be doing to fentanyl could be a game changer for the United States and what fentanyl is doing to our country in terms of killing people.  Because he’s agreed to put it at the highest level of crime in his country.  Therefore, if they get caught, they have the highest level of punishment.  That could be a game changer.  That’s a big — to me, that’s a very big thing.

Q    What about a summit with Kim Jong Un?  You talked about North Korea.  When will the summit with Kim be?  And did you talk about that with him?

THE PRESIDENT:  We’re going to do one fairly — you know, into January, February, I think.  We’re getting along very well.  We have a good relationship.

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END                 11:30 P.M. AST

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