tv Tucker Carlson Tonight FOX News June 25, 2018 9:00pm-10:00pm PDT
police department for teaching him how to potentially save lives and to the most entertaining video that we have seen all day. we love you, poncho. most-watched, most trusted, most grateful you spend your evening with us. good night from washington. i'm shannon bream. ♪ >> tucker: welcome to "tucker carlson tonight." the president just taking the stagerl in columbia, south carolina, scheduled for an hour ago. waited from the field to the eve in record time, about to address the crowd, and we'll take you there live here onn fo. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: hello, everyone. hi. hi, everybody. [cheers and applause] hello, everybody.
it was a little rocky up in the sky tonight, i have to say. they said, sir, would you mind going back? would you mind if we didn't stop? i said, there is no way we cannot stop. right? [cheers and applause] no, we are not going to do that. we are not going to do that for a man named henry mcmaster. we are not going to do that. i wouldn't have the courage to call henry. henry -- i said i was coming. but i'm only kidding. it's raining real battered we are not showing up. i wouldn't do it to you. thank you very much, everybody. and also, it is air force one. i said, doesn't this go through? it does. listen, itli is great. it is great to be with you.
this is a very special state. i love this state. with so many incredible hardworking american patriots. american patriots. before we begin, let's all take a moment to send our love to katie arrington, who is badly hurt in a terrible car accident, and someone going the wrong way, and katie really badly hurt along with a friend of hers, and somebody is killed, frankly, and the other car, and katie is a very special person.r. she was out there right from the beginning. here's the good news. she's going to be 100%. she's going to be 100%. so katie, we are all pulling for you, and'r we are praying for yr very swift recovery. she's going to be back very soon. and she was with us, boy, she was out there w campaigning
against a guy i've never liked too much. never liked him too much. i wasn't a big fan. the tallahassee trail. must be a beautiful place. unfortunately he didn't go ther there. w so i want to thank all of our south carolina g.o.p. leaders in attendance. we have a man who has become a friend of mine. it's shocking, isn't it? it's shocking. we went at it and he said, i'll defeat him and south carolina. i said, i don't think so. i don't think so. but iut will tell you what, he s become a friend, and he's a good man. lindsey graham. lindsey.
that's pretty good i think, lindsey. that's pregood. now he has been great. congressman joe wilson and tom wright! south carolina attorney general, a very close personal relationship, joe alan wilson.ap good job, alan. he's looking good. south carolinago. secretary of state mark hammon. and candidate for lieutenant governor, pamela abbott. pamela! thanks, pamela.
and finally, the person we are all here for today, a man who truly was with me from the beginning, there was no doubt about it. he was there right from the beginning. you know, we won the state of south carolina bylaw. both in the primaries -- both in the primaries and the general election. we won. we had to run the whole east coast and we got to south carolina and we got north carolina, we love north carolina. we got pennsylvania and we got florida. we started off that night, "donald trump has won the state of florida." and they go, whoa, whoa, they just lost florida. you know what they said, don't worry about it,
north carolina -- they said, north carolina is f our firewal. south carolina, we have no chance. but north carolina, and so we won south carolina, thank you very much. and the firewall wasn't much of a firewall in north carolina. so i wantha to think the incredible people of south carolina for everything you've done and right from day one when i came down here, henry mcmaster, he said, i like what you say. i agree. we need to strong borders. we are talking about ittr now. [crowd chanting]
he said we need to strong borders, we need to stop crime, we need to cut taxes, we love our military, we love our beds, we love our second amendment. other than that, i don't know what else he told me but you know what, that was enough, right? and it was sort of this, like, handsome guy with a wonderful wife, peggy. where's peggy? so henry was for me from the beginning. there was nobody else. it wasn't, like, i supported trump -- some of these guys "i supported donald trump very early." yeah, after seven other people. after the defeat of nine other people, they were with me, andhe they will never let you forget
it. he's a fighter, he's tough, he's strong, and he's a gentleman. he is a gentleman. the thing with henry -- because i really got to know him -- i will tell you what -- he was up early in the morning, he left late at night. i said, you really are a fighter. the beautiful thing with henry as you don't even know it. he does it in a very elegant manner. but he is a fighter. he's been here with us, and henry, i would like to ask you just to come on up. this has been an interesting voyage over here. i have never taken a longer -- i have never taken a longer trip ever to south carolina. come here, henry.he my man! >> thank you, mr. president. south carolina loves donald trump! y'all, we were at the airport
waiting, and we were watching these forces of nature, and there was a lightning and there was a thunder and the storm and the rain, and then it cleared, and air force one landed, and the real force of nature got off intolane and stepnean south carolina. donald trump has kept every promise that he's made. we love him, we are for him, he's going to make america great again, we are going to help them do it, we'll do it right here in south carolina. thank you sonk much! [cheers and applause] >> president trump: thank you, henry. now, you know, we have a lot of fake news back here. [boos] and you know that if a horrible thing happened and we weren't lucky enough to have henry win,
you know they want to talk about it. they will say "donald trump suffered a major, major defeat in the great state of south carolina. it was a humiliating defeat for donald trump." so please get your asses out tomorrow and vote. [cheers and applause] you got a get out there and vote. and honestly, not for that reason. you want to get out. het. is a great man. he's a wonderful person. he loves the people of south carolina. he loves the people of our country. you got a good man, or i wouldn't be here. believe me, i wouldn't be here. you know, the last time i endorsed somebody, as you know, is kt. i was in singapore. there is this massive difference in time, who knows. i said, let me ask you, we have
a situation that is very interesting. i'm turning on the television, i see the race, and i say, what time is it right now and south carolina? they said, sir, it's almost 4:00. i said, oh, i got to endorse katie. i said, how many hours are left? they said, like, three and a half. s i said, maybe i shouldn't do it because i won't have enough. and what happened? i did. i didn't care. i can't stand that guy, i don't care. and i like her. she was another one right from the beginning. she didn'tid talk about other people, right? so we had come alike, three hours, three and half hours left, something, i am just lifting off from singapore, it's 22-hour flight.t. you think that's fun?n that's not even vote on their first one. seven more hours. when they tell you you are you only have seven hours left -- and by the
way, we had a great success. north korea. chairman kim. great, great success. we are not looking r up in the air. any rockets, and iraq is? japan is very happy, they haven't had a rocket shot over them at seven months. there's been no rocket tests, there's been no nuclear tests, there's been no ballistic missiles. today it got no coverage because fake news doesn't cover it. but today -- look at all those fake newsers back there. look at them. that's a lot of people. that's a lot of people. and you want to see a lot of people, go outside. this is a gymnasium. i said, henry, i don't work gymnasiums anymore. he said, please, i said, okay, i'll be there. go outside and take a look
outside. you won't believe what is going onut out there. you people understand real estate. but we have a call, and i've had numerous calls with prime minister abe, so happy with the people of japan, happy for the people of china, happy for the people of south korea, and we are happy, and you know what, we did something that was wonderful, and thehe world is sn going to be -- and right now it is already, we have great chemistry -- the world is going to be a much safer place in north korea is going to be a much better place. it was really something. really something. and they've agreed to denuclearization. they've agreed to no more testing, no more this. by the way, we got our hostages back. i got them back even before we
left. we are getting the remains of our great heroes back. and when i first made the announcement that we are getting together, this was five, six months ago, itn was in the oval office. i'll never forget it. these guys were saying, "unbelievable, unbelievable, do you believe this." south korea, do you remember, they came from south korea, it started with the olympics whenwh chairman kim said we want to go to the olympics. i said, yeah, that's nice, that's a big difference from a dialogue we were having. right? they want to go to the olympics. in the olympics would have been a massive failure and it turned out to be a massive t success. and president moon of south korea gives us the credits. they did not want to be nuked in a stadium as they watched the opening ceremony. they didn't want to be watching
the opening ceremonies and at the same time looking up at the sky's. "how long will this last"? they were not exactly selling tickets. he said, we'd like to be part of the olympics. the minute that happen, the olympics between became a fantastic success. it was a great olympics. it was a great olympics. and we now have a good chemistr chemistry, and i think it's going to work out. it takes a while. it takes a long time. not easy. not easy. they've been doing this for many, manyecades and not that easy but they tookth down signs, anti-united states signs, all of her north korea. they are down. they took them down. anti-u.s. science. like i put up anti-media signs all over. [boos]
you are worse than i am. no, we just want honesty. we want a little fairness. we want a little fairness, right? we don't get very much of it. but you know, it sort of interesting, so we make the deal, and we signed a piece of paper. and it was a beautiful piece of paper. it said, we will do you know, we will get the remains back, we will do all of these things, wen our -- they have an engine site -- these are not engines for your cars, these are engines for ballistic missiles -- they are going to rip that down. it says, we will denuclearize north korea. okay. you know what the fake news essay? "donald trump has suffered a humiliating defeat because i agreed to meet -- i said t i agreed to meet. in other words, because i agreed
to meet you. they couldn't think of anything else. i will say this. at the beginning, they couldn't believe it was happening. two days later, they were saying, "hillary clinton could have done that." i don't think so. i don't think so. [chanting "lock her up"] boy, did you ever see anybody so protected in your life? point after point after point, and i did nothing, and it just never ends. never ends. no collusion, no nothing. but you go -- you know it, after the election, i said, who cares. go, we got to make america great again.
and then, she writes a book, and she does the tour -- how many reasons does she give for losing the election? every week, it was a different reason, right? she blamed everybody for losing the election except for one person, herself. and you know, the funny thing i is, oh, lindsey was just telling me, every other republican, it would've been tough. i won when i won south carolina but to win all up and down the east coast, to win wisconsin, which hasn't been won in many years, like, 1972 i think, that's a long time to win michigan, which hasn't been won in a long time, and they give her -- they say she was a bad candidate. i mean, honestly, she was a tough candidate. she wasn't a bad candidate. but they refused to say that i
was a good candidate. they refused. it's very interesting, sometimes you have to toot your own horn because nobody also going to do it. certainly they are not going to do it. certainly they are not. certainly they are not going to do it. so sometimes you have to do it, right? that is why when the polls arere good, you remember during a campaign, when the polls were good, i would always talk about it. when they weren't so good, iti wouldn't mention it. right? i wouldn't mention polls. but for a long time, they were good. by the way, georgetown steel just opened their plant yesterday. they are spending a lot of money. after many years of being close closed, georgetown steel in south carolina. so here's a story that just came out. david lynch, you know, the great filmmaker, david lynch he puts down headline, "trump could go down -- he's a hollywood guy, the reason i do this, you don't
hear this -- and plenty of them voted for me. plenty of them voted for me. david lynch, "could go down as one off the greatest presidents in history." there goes his career. veteran filmmaker david lynch believes that donald trump could be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in american history because of the way he has shaken up the political establishment and because of what iab have done. however, he now appears to believe, because he was a democrat or as a democrat orin something, he actually voted for obama. [laughs] and here it says, he voted for bernie sanders, okay? but he now says, "however, he now appears to believe that trump mayy have been the right choice after all." [cheers and applause] he goes on to say that trump could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history
because he has disrupted this thing so much. no one has been able to counter this guy in an intelligent way. and by the way, you know, they call them the elites, you know what you are? you are the super elites. i'm changing titles. i'm changing. no, no. look at, everybody here makes, money, works hard, pays taxes, does a great job. you are smarter, you are better, you are more loyal. we have the greatest base in the history of politics. they interviewed ten women on one of the opposing networks, you know, the enemy, the enemy of the people. and they said to these women, these were about ten really
great women. these are nonpolitical women thatat had trump here, trump there, wearing trump pads, they aree just -- so this announcer says, "what can you do," you have heard me say this. "what can he do where you want to be with him, what can he do where you will drop donald trump." one of these woman stood out, perhaps a leader, perhaps not, but she came forward and said, there is absolutely nothing he can do. can you believe that? there is nothing he can do. and she said, he has done a great job. we are working out. but there is david lynch. enjoy it because his career in hollywood is officially over. did you see jimmy fallon? jimmy fallon. [boos] the guy screws up my hair, going back and forth. he was so disappointed to find out it was real.
he couldn't believe it. but that's one of the great things i got. everybody used to say, my hairs is phony, it's not my hair, i am wearing a hairpiece. are reading?we but they never say that anymore because i haven't talked in rainstorms, i have caught in winds that are, like, 60 miles an hour, if it is not your hair, don't run for office, folks. don't run. do not run for office because the cake would be appropriate . jimmy fallon apologized because now he will lose all of us, you know? now he will lose all of us. if somebody would open a talk show at night -- because, the guy on cbs is -- what a lowlife. what a lowlife. i mean, honestly, are these people funny? and i can laugh at myself.
frankly, if i couldn't, i would be in big trouble. but there is no talent. there is not, like, talented people. johnny carson was talented. seriously. i mean, this guy on cbs has no talent. jimmy kimmel would meet me before the election -- i'm telling you a true story, i don't even't think he'd deny it- no talent. but i go to his studio to do a thing, he would stand outside on the sidewalk waiting for me, "here he comes, donald trump," he opens my door. i said, does he do this to everybody, to his people? he does it for nobody. who knows. maybe that was just -- but he's waiting for me, two or three times i did this, now i wouldn't do his show, the guys terrible. but i do a show and he is standing out on hollywood whatever, boulevard, and he is standing there opening up the
door like -- "oh, hello," i wasn't president. i was, like, a guy. a guy with potential. right? with potential. and he's there, here he is, "oh, sir, thank you so much," and i alwaysot got higher ratings and other people so that was alwaysg good. but jimmy fallon calls me up, and he is, like, a nice guy. he's lost. he looks like a nice soul. he gets out there, "hey, hi." i agree to do his show. and because i guess i was running at that time, he got tremendous ratings on that show. he shouldd be thankful. he shouldn't be upset and angry. when you apologize because you've got to somebody else i didn't go on the other shows, you know? so i go on the show, i agree, do
whatever you want with my hair. and that was it. what is it, a year and a half, two years later, he is now apologizing because he humanized me. and he really hurt himself. so i said, jimmy, you called me up after the show, and you said, thank you for the incredibl -- you called them monster ratings. they were very big ratings. i said, thank you, jimmy, don't hurt yourself by apologizing. so i said to him on social media, i said, jimmy, be a man. just relax. just relax. it's incredible. but if somebody -- cbs, nbc -- i made a fortune for nbc on "the apprentice." they treated me horribly. i think they are worth, actually, then cnn. i m. think nbc -- and they wantd to renew w my contract. they wanted to renew my contract, and they were doing
everything. they had the top man at comcast came up to see me in my office with a whole group of people. "please, please renew your contract for "the apprentice." that is when i knew it was going to run. i turned it on, a primetime show doing well, 14 seasons, did, arnold schwarzenegger, big movie star took my place, it bombed and if you shows. it actually bombed in wenzhou. s it was so bad they didn't believe it so they let it go a little bit longer. and the one who knew was my wif wife. said, you know -- [cheers and applause] she's very smart. she said, you know there is nobody that can take your place, don't you? i said, thank you, darling.
how smart is not? i don't know if she believes that but she said, there is nobody that can take your place. he will not be successful. i said, it's arnold schwarzenegger. he will not be successful. there is nobody, darling, that can take your place? how smart is she? smart? and she has got a great style. we greeted today the king of jordan and the queen of jordan and it was like a picture. i watched the three of them. the queen, the king, and the first lady, and i stood back and i watched. i didn't want to destroy that picture. and i will tell you, she has done a tremendous job as first lady. [cheers and applause] and you know, she had an operation a few weeks ago. kidney operation. and she's going to be great. she's fine. but they had all kinds of projections.
they said, she got a face-lift. no. i would let you know.th they couldn't hide that one for a long, right? they said, she left me and moved to virginia. they said, she. left me -- righ? moved to new york. so she moved to virginia, she moved to new york, the only thing that they wouldn'tth say s what actually happened. she doesn't want to talk about things. but really unfair stuff. you know what? we've never done better than we are doing now. we've never had a time like we have now. we've never had higher poles than we have now. [cheers and applause] even gallop -- gallup, who treats me horribly, you know, poles are fake news also. what they do, it's called suppression. they put out these horrible polls on the may hope that everyone will say, oh, i like ad buddies got no chance of winning. it should be illegal, actually.
you want to check these pollsters, where they are coming from, they knew. we had one with abc, "washington post" just before the election, a week before, we are down 12. now if you are down 12, it's over. if the pollsre are real. i said, i can't be real. we just went to michigan, we have 30,000 people. we just went to other places. excuse me, we went to south carolina, but i didn't comeme here that often. you know why? because we were leading by a lot. i said, if you don't mind, do you mind if i don't come back you're? i'm going to go to places where we havet it a little bit closer? they said, don't worry about it, you stay out of here, mr. president. almost to be mr. president . but it really has been an incredible journey for all off us. we are the super elite. we are the super elite. it is true. we are. andl we are going to call
ourselves that. i said the other day, because as you saw, my last speech was in minnesota come a great place, exceeded 9,000, and they had 15 or 20,000 people outside, couldn't get in. it was incredible. just like you have a lot of people outside. if i ever come into an arena and it's got empty seats, i think that's the end. i don't know how i will be able to take it. i don't know, henry, what i'm going to do if that happens? i don't think we'll behu able t. it's not going to happen. because remember what i said, we are going to start winning again. we are running now. like we have not won before. we are winning with our military. our military is now being built up like you wouldn't believe. we are o running with our military, we are winning on trade. we are winning on trade. we are defending our bordersf because if you don't have
borders, you don't have a country. you don't have a y country. [chanting "build a wall"] it's happening. oh, it's not happening. it's not "build the wall," we are fixing the wall, we are building the wall in san diego, it's incredible how no one wants the wall until it's in their backyard. you mind building must? they didn't like people walking across their front lawns in san diego. soeg we are building the wall, fixing the wall, spending a lot of money, and we are going for more, and we'll get it done. but democrats, they want open borders and they don't mind crime. think of it.
so last week, they thought, oh, they have a great issue. and you know, i get credit, i don't know if it's true or not, but they say i have good political instinct, who knows. some people say i have the greatest political instinct in 50 years. i don't think so. i don't think so. but i have my own feeling. and when i heard them talkingb about the children, first of all, they were using pictures taken in 2014 when barack obama was president. i wasn't president. [boos] and what i learned is one thing, our facilities are cleaner, better cap, and better run. that is the one thing i learned. i saw it. but what we have is two extremes. i like it. i said, hey, this is fines for us. the democrats want open borders, they want anybody they want, including ms-13, pouring into the country. and the democrats don't like
i.c.e. these are great, brave, tough people. these people arele much tougher than ms-13. they don't like border patrol. they don't like your police. they don't like anybody. the democrats want to protect illegals coming into this country, some of whom are not good. some of whom cause lots of problems in the worst possible way. they want to protect illegals coming into the country, much more so than they want to protect you, and that is not where we are coming from, okay? so i do find it today. the democrats want open borders, and they don't mind crime. we want very tight, very strict borders, and by the way, you saw 70 year low, with all the complaining i'm doing, we've done a veryi good job. and we have taken thousands --
we got to get that wall built all the way across, and they don't want that. that is, like, a symbol. they are only good one thing, what is their term? resist. it is the party of maxine waters -- can you believe her? [boos] no, no. this has become the party of maxine water and nancy pelosi. that is who it is. so they don't mind crime, they want open borders, we want really tough borders, and we want people to come in. we want people to come in through the legal process. what about the thousands of people -- what about the thousands of people that have gone through this process, that are waiting on line to come into this country and we are going to let these people pour in? we have no idea who they are, and they came to me three days ago, "sir, we would like you to sign this order." what is the order? we need 5,000 judges on the border.i
i said, judges, what other country has judges? how many do we have now? they didn't even know. so we have thousands of judges and now we will have 5,000. now i've done a good job with judges. judge gorsuch, supreme court justice gorsuch. we have many judges. we will set the record, i believe, for the most judges appointed, which is a very important thing. we are putting great, talented people, who see the constitution the way it'sn written. they don't make up the constitution. but they come up, and this is -- "sir, we need 5,000 judges," i said, 5,000? so we put a judge on the bench, federal, take this weeks do that, takes us -- we're talking about one person. here, they want 5,000. i said, where are you going to find 5,000 people to be judges? hullabaloo do we have no?
i don't know at the number, thy don't know the number. we have thousands of judges, if a person comes into the countrye steps 1 foot, they take them, going to court, they never are seen again. it's the craziest thing. i sent today, i don't want judges. i want i.c.e. and border patrol agents. that's all. [cheers and applause] and we want to tell people i'm sorry, you are coming into the country illegally, we don't want you in the country. it's now over. do you know that i heard a number today whichch is hard to believe? we have 700,000 people waiting to go on trial. this isn't from trump. it was a disaster for bush, w although we very much appreciated laura bush's lovely letter. it was a disaster for bush, it was a disaster for obama. in fact, the head of his
homeland was on over the weekend and honestly, he was very honest about it. he said, it was a tough time for them. but we are going to straighten it out. take a look. i got the job and to trade deals were bad. how bad were trade deals? deals were bad. north korea, they thought they were going to war. you go to war with north korea, you're going to lose anywhere from 30 to 50 million people. seoul, seoul south is a city win people. you go to war, you lose 30, 40, 50, who knows, millions of people. i'm not even talking about nuclear. they have thousands of cannons aimed right at seoul, seoul. and i said, huh, i'm telling you before i took over this office, there was a really good chance that we were going to war with north korea. we could have lost millions and millions of people. so i got up at hand with
north korea because should have been dealt with years ago. nafta is a disaster. mexico should is going to make over $100 million in the united states this year. canada, you know, canada, nice guy, nice guy, prime minister, justin. i said, justin, what's your problem, just in? sod canada, oh, canada, i love their national anthem. i like ours better, however. so canada is great. i love canada. we had a wonderful understanding, you know that story. we hugged, we kissed, everybody was happy, i made some changes in this ridiculous thing that every one agreed to sign. i laughed, everybody was happy. prime minister shinzo abe said president trump was right, everyone was in love. they took the picture with angela merkel but if they showed the picture or 2 minutes later, i had a big smile, she had a big smile, we were friendly, everybody.
i get onto air force one and he doesn't understand that air force one has 22 televisions. so i come on, they have televisions and closets, areas - unlimited budget, air force one.e. so i get onto the plane, and i see justin trudeau, prime minister of canada, saying, "canada will not be bullied by the united states." i said, what are we doing here? the fact is that canada has a 275% tariff on dairy products, little thing called dairy products. they are lumbar as a disaster with us. i said, wired for using her own lumbar? know we are actually allowed to take lumber from our fields and regrow it, take it from under our environmental system. in the old days, you couldn't do that. we had to go to other countries. so lumber is a disaster, energy is a disaster. i see justin saying, we fought world war i together, we fought world war ii together. that's true. we love canada.
canada is charging almost 300% tariffs for dairy products and many other things. it's all working out great. it's all working out great. ii said, look, if you want to do that, we are going to put a little tariff on your car is comingar in. you know, cars are the biggie. european union, we lost $150 billion last year with the european union. sounds nice.un many of us originally came from somewhere in the european union. i had to parents, european union. so it sounds wonderful, our country lost 150 billion. they send the mercedes, they send bmws, they send everything. we tax them practically nothing. we can send our cars. and if we do, they charge many, many times the tax that we stupidly don't charge. so i told them, here's what we're going to do. we are going to charge a tariff on steel, until such time as you straighten out your act, and you let us act fair.
they don't -- they don't let our farmers into the european union. it's very hard. we have farmers that want to sell. with these people, they don't tell you these stories. theha european union has what ty call trade barriers. the european union doesn't allow our farmers to go and trade. it's very hard for them to go trade. ifif they do, it's very expensi, seem like canada. when you are paying a 275% tax. now i'm understanding it's higher but a 275 -- that's essentially a trade barrier.an you can't trade. you can'tt pay that kind of attacks. so i want to the barriers taking down, i want our farmers to be ablei to trade, i want to be abe to sell cars they're just like they sell cars here. and it's all going to work out. it's all going to work out. remember this, it's all going to work out, because we aree the piggy bank that they like to take from.
whether it's military protection. you look at nato. nato, we are spending 90% to nato. now it's all wonderful. and we like to help them but it helps them. they are in europe. it helps them a lot more than it helps us. we are very far away. so we have this incredible -- germany is paying 1% of a much smaller gdp. we are playing close to 4% of a much larger gdp. now that doesn't work, folks. doesn't work. so i think we should pay the same as germany. i just think we should pay the same as germany. so we are working all of these. but the fact is, we were given somewhat of a bad hand. we came in and had all these problems but i love it. i and loving what we are doing you people are loving what we are doing. we have the great peter navarro. i will tell you one thing, peter
navarro does like tariffs. he probably likes the more than i do. there is there is peter navarro right there. raise your hand, peter. they are all calling, they all want to make deals. beforeid this, they weren't calling the obama administration, but the obama administration, in all fairness, the bush administration, didn't care. it wasn't their thing. last year on trade, our country lost $817 billion, with a b -- billion dollars, 817. we lost $817 billion. who the hell can do that? and we don't have to be perfect. we don't have to get it down to zero. but we can't lose 800 -- because you feel like sort of stupid, don't you? don't you feelke stupid? when the biggest, of course, was china. china made anywhere, depending on the way you count, from
$375 billion, we both china. and i really like president xi, but we built china. they did help us on the border with north korea and they might not be helping us anymore and that would be too bad. i've been as nice as i can for as long as i can but we got to get some balance. it doesn't have to be perfect but there's got tonc be some fairness. you know, i'm a believer in free-trade but i am really a believer in fair trade. this is ridiculous. and they said to a man in china, how did it get so bad? because they know the gig is up. how did it get so bad? remember this, we picked up since i got elected, we picked up tremendous worth. we picked up anywhere from nine to seven, seven to $9 trillion, we are almost twice the size of china's economy. nobody knows that. nobody knows that. nobody knows that.
so i said, how did it get so bad? he said, what happened, we would put a tax on cars. you know, and china, if you sell a car into china from the united states, they charge you a 25% tax. if china sells a car into the united states, we charge them 2.5%. so it's 2.5% versus 25%, somehow, i'm looking at this rich guy over here, that doesn't work too well. does that agree? i will bet you are very successful guy. i can see the eyes. big success. but that doesn't work too well, sir, does that? we have many, many cases like that. many cases. we will straighten it out, and they all want to negotiate because they have to negotiate. i mean, honestly, they have to negotiate. it has to happen. it's not a threat, it's like the iran deal. we are so bad. we paid $150 billion to sign a horrible agreement. we gave $1.8 billion in cash to
pick up four hostages. they are the wealthiest hostages ofof the world. they have the highest net worth of any hostage in history. we paid nothing. nothing toto north korea. he did a very smart thing because it was good will. it was good. we didn't have before i even left me there are a lot of good things. a lot of good things are happening, folks. it's all going to work out. we have a big advantage. remember, we are the bank, and they are taking money from us hand over fist, but at some point, it's gotta stop. we can lower your taxes, which we did. we gave you the greatest tax cut of the history of our country. right?
we have some incredible things happening with health care. we got very badly hurt. we had all thel votes and then one gentleman early in the morning, like, 2:00 in the morning, he went, no. well, he campaigned on repeal and replace. we had all the boats, and he -- perhaps he was grandstanding. who knows. but you know what, he said, no. everybody said, what the hell? happened? he's beenhe campaigning for eigt years, "repeal and replace," and he didn't do it. but now, what we have done in the tax cut, as we have gotten rid of the individual mandate. the individual mandate. we've gotten rid of it. by the way, i have these stupid teleprompters, you don't mind that i haven't't used them all night, do you? every once in a while, i will look at it, and i will say, it's so boring. america is back, bigger and better and stronger than ever before. you have heard that.
you know, i keep looking, i just see things that just -- they are true but they are not quite as exciting. so we are doing so well, we are lifting millions and millions of americans from welfare to work. from dependence to independence and from poverty to prosperity. right? we are putting new american steel into the spine of our country and breathing new hope into our beautiful communities. it's true. the forgotten men and women ofou our country are forgot to know more. they are still trying to figure out, who the hell were all these people who came and voted two years ago? who are they? who are they? all of us. they are trying to find, how do
we get to the forgotten men and women? is that, i think you lost them for a long time. come on because just like this producer from hollywoodf said, e are doing a real job. i don't believe, so now it's 511 days, i don't believe any administration -- and youou are with us,'r we are partners in ts whole deal, you know, when we came out, this is partners, this is i not me, this is a whole grp of people. i don't believe, and i i don't even think it's close, that any president has done what we have done and 500 days. not only the judges, not only the biggest tax cut, not only anwar in alaska, wonder of the great drilling sites in the world, but nobody could get oil and gas, nobody could get approved. for ronald reagan couldn't get it, nobody could. i didn't even want it until i heard everybody else wanted it, and i said, like a freebie.
it's part of our tax cuts. tax cut and reform. we want cut. please, give me the word caught. you have heard that story. i want the word "caught." so we cut regulations, more than any president in history, whether it is four years, eight years, 16 years. and we have more cutting to do. by the way, we want regulation. we want crystal clean water. we want beautiful, clean air. we wanted more than anybody, and our air and our water now is better thanv it ever has been ad we are going to keep it that way. it's important. it's very important. so as long as we are proud of whoso we are -- and we are very proud of who we are -- and what we are fighting for, we, as a country, will never, ever fail. we'll never fail.
[cheers and applause] we have 3.4 million new jobs since election day. if i would have said during the campaign that i was going to create 3.4 million new jobs -- you have no idea what we are going through -- countries are trying to hold back their companies that used to be our companies from leaving andov moving back to the united states. we have companies, chrysler, so many companies coming back into the united states, they want to be where the action is. not only because of the tax cuts, but for a lot of other reason, including, frankly, the regulation cuts, but weave more jobs, we have higher stats. the manufacturers of the united states voted, they said, this is the single most optimism that manufacturers in this
country have ever had. small business owners, the same thing. it's the most optimistic they have ever been. they have never been this optimistic. and i'll tell you something. i'd like to take the credit for this, but i can't because of henry. south carolina is doing unbelievable business. countries companies are pouringw jobs are way up, your numbers are through the roof, you are a real leader all over the country. they are looking at south carolina. well, your governor is a man named henry mcmaster. you are doing unbelievable. i didn't want to say that, henry. i wanted to take the credit for myself. but i figured south carolina would understand, right? what we are standing on the shoulders of true american
patriots who put down the railroads, b built of the highways, and dugout a thing called the panama canal, and lost many lives doing it. mosquitoes cost many, many lives. they crossed oceans come attract deserts, scaled mountains, and felt the most incredible natione world has ever seen, but our nation was going badly in the wrong direction for a long of time. we have $7 trillion invested in the middle east. what do we have? what do we have? other than death and destruction. what do we have? what a decision that was to go in. i believe it was the worst decision in the history of our country, and the way we got out was horrible, if you look at a rock. the way we got out was horrible. truly one of the worst decisions in this country.
$7 trillion and thousands of lives. count the lives in both folks, millions of lives, and my opinions. you don't hear about that. our ancestors won two world war wars, defeated fascism and communism, and put a man on the face of the moon. and by the way, nasa is now open for business. [cheers and applause] and i put a great man, a wonderful human being, and a great leader, just a friend, mike pence, vice president, and charge. and i had a meeting with mike and a lot of people running nasa, and i said, listen, you have rich guys, for whatever reason, the love rockets. we don't have to put up so much
money. we look at the credit. i said lisa malan, charge them a lot but that is better. so we are doing our'r thing. you have all these rich guys, i don't know what it is. they love rockets. i said this is great. you can send rockets down the street.'t you can't take the local plot, the local walmart, the local store, so we have it these incredible big sites that are meant exactly for this with allf this infrastructure, much of us hasn't been used for a long time. i said to them, and i think the business people, let the rich guys use for it. we have the real estate. let them put the rockets up. use the elon put a rocket up i've never seen anything like that. after a while, it's like -- but
what i thought was incredible was when the engines came down. did you see that? the engines, they came back down. there were only two. the third one is missing someplace but that's okay. i thought there was incredible. you have all these which got that areon worth billions of dollars, they want to spend money on rocketry, i think it's great. i told my people, but let themo it. if theye' reach the moon with their money, we'll take all the credit. no one is going to remember their names but they all remember our names. to keep this momentum going, we need more republicans in washington, and we need governor henry mcmaster as a continuation in south carolina. very important. come here, henry.
because with your help, your going to continue to enact. do you remember in the campaign? henry, you remember, i would come to south carolina, i said, we will win so much.u' yoga type of winning. you'll say, governor mcmaster, go to washington, talk to the president, we can't win anymore. we're going to enact. i said we are going to win and space. by the way, henry, army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard, air force, right? air force. what are we going to do? space force. people love that. it's going to be -- we talk about rockets but henry's defense is now largely based with the satellites and everything in space.
with the problem is, when you have the airport, i don't think they will -- they want those planes flying, i don't think they will focusing on space likf they should. we will create a space force, and is going to be great. we need that militarily and many other ways but we need it militarily also. so this week it is so important to go out and vote for our country, what were her family, vote for values, vote for victory, and vote for henry. he is a great, great gentleman. he's a great gentleman. because, as a group, together, we will make america wealthy again. we will make america strong again. we will make america safe again, henry!
and we will make america great again! thank you, south carolina! thank you. thank you. >> tucker: the president of the united states speaking in columbia, south carolina, a speech that can only be be defined by this. all right, the president wrapping up in south carolina tonight but we are going to watch just a couple more seconds and then we'll get to our opening monologue. [rolling stones playing] ♪