tv President Trumps Remarks at Future Farmers of America Convention. CSPAN October 27, 2018 11:02pm-12:23am EDT
we will also talk about the political time it and the remaining days of 2018. ♪ earlier today, president trump was in indianapolis addressing the future farmers of america conference. he is the first president to accept the group's invitation and nearly 30 years. earlier this month, he announced plan to allow year-round sale of fuel that is 50% ethanol. the also pledged aid for farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs stemming from trade disputes with china and other trade partners. the president leads off with remarks about the shooting in pittsburgh. ♪
[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] pres. trump: wow. wow. i want to thank you. when i hear the word future farmer, that is a very important term. you are very smart doing that. when people say they want to go into an industry, i say i would not want to do that, but i would like to be a future farmer. as you know, earlier today, there was a horrific shooting targeting and killing jewish am ericans. in custody and federal authorities have been
dispatched to support state and local police and conduct a full federal investigation. murdercked act of mass is. evil. it is hard to believe. it is something that is unimaginable. our nation and the world are shocked and stunned. act.was an anti-semitic you would not think this would be possible in this day and age but we do not seem to learn from the past. our minds cannot seem to comprehend what would cause a person to unleash such horrible violence during a baby naming ceremony at a sacred house of holy day. the
anti-semitism and the widespread jews is one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. it's must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears. there must be no tolerance for or any form of religious hatred or prejudice. you know that very well. [applause] you know that very well. people.tanding you were brought up incredibly by outstanding parents. just want to thank you for your understanding.
today, with one unified voice, we condemn the historic evil of every otherm and form of evil. unfortunately, evil comes in many forms. we come together as one american people. spoken -- go ahead. [cheering] i have just spoken with the mayor of pittsburgh. a terrific guy. and with the governor of pennsylvania who i have been dealing with quite a lot recently with the hurricanes and other things. two terrific people.
i am assuring the full and complete resources of my administration and the investigation of this attack. we are praying for the victims and their families and our hearts go out to the wounded law enforcement officers in pittsburgh. very brave. officers. very brave these are incredible people of law enforcement. law enforcement does so much for us. [applause] they really do. they do so much for us. they are unsung heroes. they do not get the credit they deserve.
i have always given them the credit. these are incredible patriots. we mourn for the unthinkable loss of life that took place today. to we pledge in their name write for a future of safety, morality, dignity, and love. hatest all rise above the and to move past our divisions and embrace our common destiny as americans. that does not mean we cannot fight hard and be strong and say what is on our mind. we have to always remember those elements. we have to remember the elements of love and dignity and respect and so many others. as we hold pennsylvania and the great people of pennsylvania close in our hearts and prayers, i am glad to be here today in the wonderful state of indiana. we love indiana.
[cheering] some people that are going to be so successful. the future farmers of america. [cheering] especially after i open up all of those countries to you with our great trade deals. you had the worst trade deals. the most one-sided, uneven, unfair trade deals. and they are falling one by one. you know that. we just signed mexico and canada and south korea. [applause] them up andpening you are doing well and you are going to do much better. you are even doing better. i looked at your numbers from three or four years ago. they were not pretty. you are going in the wrong direction.
now you're going in the right direction. i was in air force one. has anyone ever heard of air force one? beautiful. [applause] anything can happen. as i can fly on air force one, then you can be a really, really successful farmer. [cheering] flying on air force one, i said to my people because of the horrible tragedy, i almost should not say this, but people who have done this for a living. people who went in as first responders. police officers and law enforcement. they have seen many crime scenes. they said this is one of the worst they have ever seen. they have seen horrible crime scenes. they have said this is one of the worst they have ever seen. we will have to come out with powerful punishment for the
horrible people who do these things. we will have to come out with the ultimate punishment. you know what the ultimate punishment those. it is time. we cannot let this happen. they have to pay a price. and it has to go much quicker. years of legal wra ngling. [applause] that iaid on the plane will see these young, brilliant, handsome, and beautiful -- you know you are not allowed to say that anymore, but i am saying it handsome, i am not supposed to say handsome, but you are handsome. and i'm not supposed to say beautiful, but you are beautiful. so i guess i am just old-fashioned. [applause] i said on air force one that i
would like you to call into indiana, indianapolis, anywhere you want and i wanted to see if you could find a rabbi and a pastor to say grace. and i said i know we have a tremendous crowd and i think they would all understand it. i think most of them would love it. and we found a highly respected rabbi. and we found a great pastor. don't forget, they were given about eight minutes notice. it was like can you get over here immediately? area.e a pastor from the you know him already. [applause] and i thought i would invite them on stage. let's give them a big round and
,hen let them each say grace say a prayer, because now is a time when we could use a great pair -- prayer from a pastor and a rabbi. please come on. please. [applause] >> would you close your eyes and open your heart and pray with me today? father in heaven, we do not always understand why crazy things happen in our world. but we are reminded that this earth we live on will never be as great as heaven and never as horrific as hell. but we get tastes of heaven and hell. we would ask for your comfort and love and peace to be upon the victims and their families and their friends and this community of faith that we stand up for. i pray for the police officers
and their families. we pray for protection for our police officers. we honor them today. we pray for protection and america. wisdom, god, that your and favor would be on our president, president trump. celebrate that every heartbeat is a gift. we thank you that you are a god of grace and mercy and love. it is in jesus's name i pray. amen. [applause] our father in heaven, our hearts are heavy today with sorrow. on this day, which from the
beginning of time you declared to be holy, the sanctity of the praise, prayers, the were shattered by the sounds of gunshots. we first pray that you should send complete healing speedily to the injured and send strength and comfort to the families of those who did not survive. we pray today for moral clarity. let us not dismiss this as an act of insanity but let us see it for what it is. an act of evil. evil.who love god hate and this is a nation that loves its god. and this is a nation that hates evil. may we continue under the leadership of our president who
pres. trump: thank you very much. that was beautiful. great people. not a lot of notice. they did a good job, don't you think? that is not easy. [applause] that is not easy. and i assume a lot of people are watching. and we appreciate the fact that you allow them to watch. asked the questions i was was will i come to this event? future farmers, young farmers, i am coming to this event. and then i was asked whether or not i am going to another event in illinois. a political rally. and at first i was thinking i would cancel. and then i thought we cannot let evil change our life and change
our schedule. we cannot do that. we have to go and do whatever we were going to do. [applause] otherwise, we give them too much credit. we make them too important. you go with a heavy heart but you go. you do not want to change your life. you cannot make them importance. these are bad people. you cannot allow them to dominate what we do. so, i will go. not that i want to go. but i think i actually in reverse have an obligation to go. i remember when we had the attack in manhattan. we opened that stock exchange the next day. people were shocked. a great group of people. the head of the new york stock exchange is a fantastic guy. and he opened it up.
got it opened. everybody was standing proudly with him. and the purpose was not financial. it had nothing to do with financial. it was that we did not want to let people that were evil change our lives. i am finished with this, i should go to illinois. i will go to illinois. and we will keep our schedule the way it is supposed to be. we should all do that. i would recommend that to others also. it is a personal choice but i think we should recommend that to a lot of other people. in the meantime, it is an honor to be with you right now. thank you. [applause] you. [cheering] ok. now we get down to the business of farming. does anyone want to talk about farms and farming?
[cheering] and ethanol that i just approved for you? and for the country? and this group of people who are so ambitious. i saw that. i thought i would shake one quick hand and they come up to the podium. but i saw that ambition and i thought these will be very successful people. i thought these musicians would never be that way. but they have the same ambition. --y brushed the podium rushed the podium. that is good music. my administration is fighting for our farmers every single day. we are replacing unfair trade deals. you had very unfair trade deals. if you look at farming over the last 15 years, it is a steady decline.
there is no reason for it. it will not be a steady incline. there was no reason for what happens to farmers. incredible people. we will be opening new markets for your exports. we will be eliminating job killing regulations, which we have already done in record numbers. we will be ending oppressive federal intrusion. you and your families know exactly what that means. we will be cutting your taxes. and just like i promised, we are ensuring that ethanol will remain a vital part of america's energy future. week, at the absolute urging of your great secretary ny agriculture, mr. son perdue. farming than about any human being i have ever seen
in my life. where is sonny? is he here? busy backstage? genta great settlement -- leman. i kept saying what you know about farming? and my staff would say hire him, he is perfect. but another candidate did not know anything. and then another candidate would come in and he had some talent but farming was not one of them. and then another guy came and who seemed like a total novice. i asked him if he had ever been to a farm. "no, sir." but he said the first thing he would do is visit the farm.
but i thought the future farmers would not be very happy. and then this guy sonny perdue walks in. and he was the governor of georgia. [cheering] he was a popular governor. a really popular governor. and a great governor. he walked into my office and he was there for an hour. i learned more about farming and that's one hour than i have in my whole life. and he was not perfect in certain ways. but when it came to farming, he was so good. i have not seen anything like it. eh?tically speaking, but he loves his farmers. and he has done some great job. sonny perdue. sonny perdue. [cheering]
thank you. my administration is working very hard to help all of our wonderful farmers in georgia and the florida panhandle impacted by the recent hurricane. we do love that panhandle. i will tell you what. that panhandle got hit hard and a piece of georgia got hit. i went there. and i saw farmers who were so incredible. a.was with melani she is doing a great job. [cheering] and we had cotton farmers and ma on farmers -- pecan farmers. a cotton farmer was standing in line. there must have been 40 farmers, all of them hurt, some devastated. i have been growing
cotton for 25 years." he was crying. he said it was the best crop he had ever grown. he was explaining to me about cotton. i do not know much about cotton except i know i want to grow a lot of it in this country. he said it was the best crop he ever had. and then in five hours, he had nothing. he was wiped out. man sonny perdue, we help so many people, but we do not help our people. we do not help them like we should. we need to help these people. he was wiped out. he was not even asking for anything. he was not even thinking about it. and you got wiped out. and they had a rough season last year.
i said we had to help these people out. and that is what we are going to be doing. we help people out and we help countries out that do not even appreciate it. we give billions and billions of dollars all over the world. we protect countries with our military, they do not pay us. we do so much for so many and here we have a cotton farmer who works his ass off his whole life. [cheering] and i send checks for billions of dollars. do not worry, a lot of it will be cut back. you will hear about its when you see all these protests from people. we get billions of -- give billions of dollars to places and they don't even vote for us
at the united nations. it is called no respect. but they do vote now that i am president. there have been voting very nicely, thank you. [cheering] i wish they would keep not voting for us, ok? peopleaid sonny, these florida anddle, notgia and alabama, you are talking about -- and by the way, how about north carolina, south carolina? they got hit. that was a bad one. so you have massive water in north carolina and south carolina. and then you get it from the other side with essentially a tornado that was massively wide. that was the world's biggest tornado.
i had never seen anything like it. houses where the foundations were ripped out of the ground. there was nothing. it was total devastation. and i said we have to help these farmers. destroyed. have been pecans?one grow farmers who had yearsand it takes for before they start and eight years and 10 years before they really become productive. farmsd massive pecan where there was not one trees standing. because they are not supposed to be hit by hurricanes. palm trees are hit by hurricanes. .ith them it is like ho hum everything is gone except the palm trees.
they have been hit by hurricanes for 2 million years. they see a hurricane coming and they say ho hum. you cannot knock those suckers over. florida,in palm beach, and miami, where i have a lot of stuff. i put that certain trees and they are beautiful. but then we get by -- we get hit by a storm. every time you have a storm, you might as well forget it. every palm tree is standing. there is nothing you can do to those suckers. you said to sonny perdue, are authorized to work with these farmers to get them back and help them. you are talking a lot of -- about a lot of money.
but that is peanuts compared to what we give to the world. and the peanut jimmy carter. he is in the peanut he was a peanut farmer. i learned a lot about it. i said we are going to help them out. the farmers i met, we will help you out. it's going to be my honor to do it. the interesting thing with farmers, i have had many meetings with them. they don't want any help. they just want to do their thing. others are always asking for money. they don't want help rid i can tell you stories where i offered things, they said that's not what we are about. that's the first time i heard that. we are going to help out those folks i met, and others in
florida and georgia. also a little section of alabama that got hit very hard. in south carolina and north carolina, we will help them out and do everything we can to help. [applause] i want to thank two very special people at the have been very helpful to me as president. we cut your taxes, got rid of regulations, we are building up our military to a level higher than it's ever been. everything is being built in the usa. our military. [applause] these times especially, when you see horrible things happen, we have to have a strong military. the stronger it is, the less likely we have to use it. you folks understand.
the stronger we are, the less likely we have to use it. two congressman that have been incredible, they have been leaders, they have been strong. they are from around the area. they love the farm business, they respect farmers like i do. i want to introduce congressman jim banks, and congressman trey hollingsworth for being here. come here for a second. [applause] these guys fight for the farmers, i think they like their farmers. do you like farmers? doing?are we have thist to president who cares about farmers, agriculture, the future of what you all stand for, right here in indiana at your
convention how great is that? in this congress with this president is the honor of my life. we made a big difference by rebuilding the military, growing a strong economy, serving our veterans better than they have ever been served before, all because of this man. thank you very much, mr. president. [applause] where are the hoosiers in the house? [applause] i'm so excited to be here. i'm so excited to work around theministration -- along administration every day to build a brighter, stronger, better future for america. that is what this president has been about from day one all the way through today. [applause]
i know that there were some dark times that we felt like america had once lost its way. today, we can tell the american people that the future will be brighter in -- and this century will be another american century for american producers, american manufacturers, and most importantly, american farmers. [applause] please get out and vote for them. -->> i'm going to be very nice, i will not mention their opponents. i will not tell you they are aligned with nancy pelosi. i will be nice. get out and vote for those two guys that are with you 100%. i would like to extend my very special thanks to ffa president
teachers who pour out their heart and soul to make the ffa such a tremendous organization. look what they have done today. [applause] great job. no one embodies the american spirit like the members of the faa, and frankly, all of the people that are in this room with us today. our nation was founded by farmers. in fact, if you look at the chain of command, president, vice president, i don't know exactly where the secretary of agriculture is, but it's right up there at the top, because we really were about
farming and we still are about farming, and nobody does it even close to better, so, it's a tremendous honor to be here. our independence was won by farmers. our frontier was settled by farmers. and every day our people are fed, clothed, and sustained by the american farmer. [applause] somebody just said your hair looks different today. i said i was standing under the wing of air force one doing a news conference early this morning, a very unfortunate news conference, and the wind was blowing and the rain -- and i was soaking wet, and that's what i ended up with today. and i said, at least you know it's mine.
[applause] i said maybe i should cancel this arrangement because i have a bad hair day. and the bad news was, somebody said actually it looks better than it usually does. that's in response. before i took office our incredible farmers were being crushed by an onslaught of massive taxes, crippling regulations, burdensome federal mandates and unfair bad trade deals . those days are over. now you have a president who is fighting for you. we're fighting now for the farmer. we don't worry too much about the globalists, we want to take care of the globe, too, but we have to take care of ourselves before we start worrying about others. [applause]
we will work with the globe, but we have to remember, this is about the united states of america first. we have to take care -- and, you know what? they have to take care of their countries first, too. it's not like any other way. and i say it, they take care of themselves. we take care -- and i'll pit us against any country in the world, and then when everything is perfect, we have people. -- we help people. we have to help people and that's good. but we have to take care of the good ole usa, and our farmers. [applause] in the two years leading up to the election, agriculture products, and please remember this, our exports, dropped by nearly $23 billion. think of that. agriculture exports. this is before i took office. before the election. dropped. by $23 billion. no one wants to say that but i say it. now they are up by more than $14 billion, and that's
before these great trade deals kick in. before the election, american farmers saw their net income plummet by 1/3. now we have increased net farm incomes, and this is during negotiations of these tough deals. by $4 billion. think of that. [applause] no one wants to say that. the farmers say it but no one wants to say that. and we're fighting very hard for a terrific farm bill that includes work requirements for food stamps. we want to do something with work requirements. [applause] president trump: we want to have work requirements. don't worry about the farm bill. the farm bill we can sign. i could have signed it three months ago but we're trying to make a good bill. is it okay if i take a little longer because i have these people.
[cheers] it doesn't matter. remember, they were saying, oh, you have to air canada, you have to make the deal. very hard, when negotiating with canada and mexico, and i have politicians saying, you must say this, you must make the deal. and i keep telling them, i don't care if i make a deal or not. i'm telling this to the two countries. i couldn't care less if i make the deal. and then i got politicians, he must make the deal with mexico. he must make the deal with canada. and i'm telling them, i couldn't care less if i make the deal. these guys absolutely make it tough, but it doesn't matter because we made a wonderful deal and hopefully it will be great for mexico and hopefully it will be great for canada. but i know one thing. it's great for us. and we're not going to lose. [applause] we're not going to lose our companies anymore going to other countries, because there is a big distance.
when we had nafta we lost millions and millions of jobs. thousands and thousands of companies moved to mexico and canada. to a lesser extent but they moved to mexico. car companies and other companies. millions and millions of jobs, not going to happen anymore, because now you have a big disincentive, where as before, you had this ridiculous incentive to move. they are not moving anymore. they are not moving. that was very important to me in these deals. we recently announced we're replacing nafta with a brand-new u.s. mexico-canada trade agreement that will increase exports for corn farmers in indiana. wheat farmers in kansas, dairy farmers in wisconsin, poultry farmers in georgia, and farmers and producers all across the country. all across. you'll be able to export your product now to places you never even thought about.
as part of this tremendous victory, for american farmers, canada agreed to remove their massive trade barriers to the american dairy industry. you saw that. [applause] we love canada. i love canada. i love the people. i love canada, but they were charging us $275% tariff. which basically is saying don't sell your product to canada, right? 200 -- i don't mean like 2%, they were charging 275% tariff to our dairy farmers, and you can't do that. you can't do that. canada also agreed to give fair treatment to our wheat farmers. they will now grade american wheat just like they grade their own wheat. now, you people know what that means. i don't know what the hell it means but i heard it was a big concession. i have no idea. [applause] i have no idea what that means.
but everybody is saying, sir, could you get the wheat graded the same way they grade their wheat? i said, all right. whatever the hell it means, we got it, okay? that was supposed to be a big deal. that's why you have to know your business. you have to be in a business but i have great people, great negotiating people and i work with sonny and a lot of great farmers, and they know, that's what we have to do. you have to know who to use. we're pursuing fair trade all around the world. we opened argentina to american pork exports for the first time in 25 years. [applause] we opened india and morocco. they both opened their markets to our poultry exports. getting india, a big country, 1.5 billion people, that sounds like a good market, right? u.s. beef has been shipped to brazil for the first time ever.
and i opened china to our beef a year ago. i haven't checked recently how we're doing there because we're in the middle of a pretty nasty dispute that we will win. we will win. we're going to win it. [applause] but china was taking our beef, first time since the year 2000 when they ended it but i went to the president and he agreed to do it and it was great. it will all work out between china and the united states. they have been doing very well against us for 25 or 30 years. they have been doing beyond well. taking $500 billion per year out of the united states. that's a lot of corn. that's a lot of wheat. that's a lot of soybeans. can't do that. i said, you can't do that. so we're in a trade dispute. i want to use that word because it's a nice soft word. but we're going to win. you know why? because we always win.
applause. we always win. we're american. we always win. although i must say with your past leaders you did not always win. you never won. how we got put into this position in the first place is ridiculous. japan reopened its market to u.s. exports of meat, from sheep and goat for the first time in over 14 years. anybody in that business? [applause] first time in 14 years. japan. don't forget, japan sends us millions of cars. so now we send them some goat. [applause] so far they are winning. sending them a goat. they are sending us millions of cars. but they are a great people and have a great leader. he understands. we're opening up japan.
we have to. or we don't take their cars. it's very simple. i mean, it's not like, oh, gees, this is a tough one, or we compromise and put a 20% tariff on their cars which i actually like better. but we have the cards. we have all the cards. don't forget, we're the piggy bank that everybody wants to steal from. everybody. we have all the cards but no one has ever chosen to use those cards. honestly, no one has known we had the cards, we get it now. we've taken the first steps toward historic negotiations to permanently open markets for american farmers in japan and the european union, which has barriers up to american farms. the european union send us mercedes benz, bmws, by the millions. they won't take a piece of corn. they won't take wheat.
they don't want our products. we take their product. somehow that's not going to last, do you agree? [applause] the e.u. has been very restrictive. they don't take a lot of not -- not only farm products, medical products, so many products as they don't take. yet we take theirs, and when they do take our product, they charge us massive tax. massive. a tariff. massive. and we take their same product and charge them almost nothing. does that make sense? china, they make a car, they send the car to the united states, they pay 2.5% but they don't pay. because there are ways around it. they pay nothing. we make a car. we send it to china, number
one, they don't take it, because they have a barrier, they don't want our cars. they want a made in china. who can blame them if they get away with it? but when they do take them some other charge us 25%. so we charge them nothing, they charge us 25%. somehow, that doesn't work too well. and that's what's happened. and there was never anybody to say no, we can't do that. china told me they could do whatever they want and nobody would ever call them. they would do things that were so onerous to us, they told me this. the people i have a great relationship with. they expected to be called the next day, don't you do that. nobody would call. they lasted. like the 25% tax on cars. we charge them essentially
nothing, they charge us 25%. that doesn't work out too well. we have taken the toughest ever action to stand up to the unfair trade practices from china. so much money to china that we have sent, we are largely -- they have done an incredible job. largely responsible for building and rebuilding china. xi and blame president the leadership in china, and i don't blame china. i blame our country and our leadership for allowing it to happen. we should have been so smart to do what they are doing. chinese companies that have tried to steal our trade secrets and the trade secrets of businessesricultural
, you have a lot of trade secrets that are incredible. who would have known? you have incredible secrets on growing and plants. i looked at it, i couldn't believe the level of sophistication in the farm business. this isn't what it was 25 years ago. china has taken many of those great and brilliant things that you have come up with and they have stolen it. of u.s.s banned imports agricultural products, such as poultry, cutting farmers and ranchers off from their market. it opened up again. or, will be a little tough. we put out $250 billion worth of charging tariffs
on $250 billion. where did he come from? abuse,ecades of economic we are finally fighting back as a country. we are not going to take it anymore. to help american products compete and win all around the world, we passed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in american history. our tax cuts will save family farms and small business owners from the deeply unfair estate tax, also known as the death tax, so that your farms will stay in your families without you borrowing a fortune from the banks, mortgaging your farms so you can pay off the tax. [applause] this guy with the horn, he stood up so fast.
i assume he is inheriting a farm. there will be no estate tax on these farms. that is the difference between saving it. if your kids are bad -- he is good -- if your kids are bad, don't leave your farm to the kids you don't like. are there any parents in the room that do not like their children? sell them. there is one hand up. can you believe it? i should bring him up and interview him. it would be very interesting. it's so unfair, you have a farm, you work hard. the parents are so proud of the farm. all of a sudden, all of a sudden , something happens and you get tremendous taxes, tremendous, and you go to the banks and borrow money and have a downturn and you end up losing the farm.
nobody talks about this. there is no more estate tax on those farms and businesses. it is a great thing. you keep the farm and family, congratulations. you just became very rich. [applause] by the way, one of the greatest businessmen in the world is in the audience. mr. steve hilbert, stand up. from indianapolis, a hoosier, one of the great businessman in the world. thank you, steve. i appreciate it. we have liberated our farmers and ranchers from an avalanche of federal regulation. you know that very well. we have removed more job-killing regulations than any administration in history in less than two years. no administration, for years, eight years, or more in one case, has done nearly as much.
last fiscal year, the u.s. department of agricultural eliminated eight burdensome regulations, saving nearly $400 million for farmers, and regulatory reduction by the usda are projected to save americans another $1 billion this year alone, and much more into the future. [applause] since the day i took office, we have removed, delayed, canceled, or withdrawn more than 2200 planned federal rules and regulations. these regulations don't just destroy jobs, they limit your freedom, they sat your resources, they interfere in your businesses, and they undermine your way of life.
most ditching one of the ridiculous regulations of all, except it has the most beautiful name. the title. i said i am going to sign this, because i know how bad it is. i am going to get killed. i didn't, because everybody knew how bad. it has the most beautiful title. the disastrous waters of the united states wall. it means you couldn't farm your land. it means you couldn't build houses on your land, you couldn't do anything with your land. puddle, it was considered for purposes of that puddle, it was considered for purposes of that rule, a lake. you came under restrictions and regulations that made it impossible to go anywhere near it. it was insane. it was ridiculous.
except for that beautiful title. i did another one too, the paris accord. that drained us. that drained us. that would have cost us hundreds of billions of dollars, the environmental accord. that drained us. we right now have the cleanest air and cleanest water, which is what i want. i want immaculate air and crystal, clean water. that is what we all want. we now have the cleanest we have ever had. [applause] government has no business micromanaging your rain ditches or puddles in your backyard, putting farmers out of business, taking away your profits, putting you in the red. they have no right to do that. we are rebuilding our infrastructure, upgrading the
dams, irrigation systems, and inland waterways that are the lifeblood of american agriculture. in places in the midwest to come midwest,ces like the we are helping you with your internet systems, where you have such poor access. [applause] we are removing roadblocks to cutting-edge biotechnology, freeing our scientists to innovate, thrive, and grow. nobody like, there is nobody close to the american farmer in your industry. and we have the greatest equipment in the world. nobody makes the equipment like our great companies make the equipment. whether it's john deere, jacobson, toro, case, so many others. i am not reading this. i buy too much of it. i buy a lot.
these are great companies. these are phenomenal. nobody has companies like that, nobody, and we have to protect them. we can't let others take advantage of our companies. it is jobs. it is technology. we have to protect our great companies. we are lifting restrictions on 4th street. you can log more timber and export more renewable sources to other countries. [applause] i mean, think of it. we are importing lumber, timber, and trees from other countries, and we have 10 times more than they have. explain that one. it is all being brought back. part of our campaign when we won two years ago, the greatest movement in american politics, it was based on common sense. common sense.
[applause] to support incredible programs like the ffa, my administration is expanding apprenticeships, i love that word, apprenticeships on the job, training, and vocational education. [applause] we are providing more than $1 billion annually to keep vocational education and agriculture education in our public schools. how about that? [applause] good music. good music.
you are a hard crowd to figure, i thought that would be good. some of the ones that got applause -- i just don't know the farm business, i guess. it is true, we will help you out a lot educationally. thanks to our america first. does everybody like america first? it's about time. thanks to our america first agenda, you are coming of age during a new era of american prosperity. we have created more than 4.2 million jobs since the election. lifted 4.2antly, we million americans off of the food stamps. americans are working today than at any point in the history of our country. when i am debating one of these characters, i will be debating a democrat. you saw that.
maybe elizabeth warren is gone. what a sadgone, thing that happened to her. i had more indian blood in me than she has. event.sad and i have none. we can't resist. can we resist? no, but how good is that as a soundbite? you are on a stage and you save -- and you say we are right now having more people working in the united states than by far than ever before, today, right now. [applause] that is a good soundbite. the unemployment rate just fell to the lowest level in more than 50 years. that is another good soundbite. here is one that i love, the
hispanic american, african american, kanye west. was he great? he did me a big favor. kanye. [applause] people like him. asian-american unemployment have reached the lowest level recorded, african-american, hispanic american, and asian-american, the lowest ever. you heard me say this, i don't know. i have let the women down. because women's unemployment, i have been waiting for this to change and it does not change, women's unemployment has only fallen to the lowest level in 65 years, as opposed to history, as opposed to historic, the best numbers and 65 years. can you imagine? and i am disappointed by that . everything else is historic in
history, but that will be changing, as soon as the next graph comes out. no one is better prepared to live the american dream than the young americans here today. you are amazing people. amazing. [applause] you are amazing people. your time with the ffa in the field, on the farm, in the lab and in the classroom has not only prepared you for a stellar, great career in something you love, it has taught you the central truths about life and about the world in which we live. you know that success only comes through hard work and perseverance. you know that very well. you know that nothing compares to the satisfaction of an achievement earned and built
with your own sweat, your own skill, and with your own two hands, you know that. [applause] pres. trump: true, true. and you know that just one, justice. [applause] just one. that is interesting. that is a pretty popular term and a pretty great group, but you know that just one person taking one step, seizing one opportunity can change a life, can change a community, or even change the world forever, you know that. just one. [applause]
all it took was just one iowa farm boy to change the course of human history in the last century, you know that. where is iowa here. [applause] his name was dr. norman borlaug. very important life and man. he never gave up. he was known that he wouldn't give up. his teacher said norman will not be defeated by difficulty and he burned with missionary zeal. after he failed his college entrance exams, he failed them. he was devastated, but he kept on pushing forward, earned a
phd, developed a revolutionary variety of high-yield week and and he won the nobel priest -- can you believe it? he won the nobel peace prize. they probably will never give it to me. you know why? because they don't want to. [laughter] but norman got the nobel peace prize and how about that? [applause] and he got the congressional gold medal and the presidential medal of freedom, our highest award after, in my opinion, after the congressional medal of honor, and i have given some of them out. these are brave, brave, incredible people, incredible people.
[applause] his innovation saved millions of lives around the world from starvation. that is the awesome power of just one courageous american farmer, and that is the legacy each of you inherit today. that is an incredible legacy. you have no idea how important the farm and the farmers are. it is so important. people take things for granted. you are truly great and important people, doing a service that is incredible, but also doing something you love, farming. [applause] i want to recognize three special faa members caring on that legacy.
-- who are carrying on that legacy. the winners of this year's american star award, who are with us today. stand up or come up. if you want. if you want to shake my hand, i will shake your hand. [applause] austin is from missouri. come on up. [applause] pres. trump: you know i said -- come up if you want. come up.
they jumped up out of that seat so fast they were up. it was like rocket ships. in high school, austin bought 600 chickens to diversify the family farm. [applause] austin, i assume you know this? you do know this. he knows you. look at them. they won't sit down for you, austin. no, no, stand up. you deserve it. now he owns more than 15,000 chickens and sells aches to local restaurants, grocery stores, and even his own university. wow. that is fantastic. congratulations, austin. [applause] wow. also with us is ben from illinois. [applause]
hey, ben. i am going to illinois after this. i will drop you off. i will. we will take him in air force one if he wants to go. [applause] i don't know. i don't know. he may have to travel for two days after he gets dropped off, but you are invited to come with us. thank you. through faa, ben gained the mechanical and marketing skills to transform his metalworking hobby into a very successful business. now as a student at purdue university, a great college, a great school. what a great school. [applause] he makes tractor grapples, mounting plates, and other agricultural equipment. ben, great job and congratulations. fantastic. [applause]
pres. trump: great job. and finally we have colin from minnesota. [applause] these are popular people. throughout high school and college, faa experience involved working on his family farm, bailing hay, planting corn, harvesting soybeans, and operating very heavy machinery. today, he is the fifth generation to work on his family's farm, and that is really something incredible, and he is doing a great job. you are doing a great job. [applause] he is doing better than any of the predecessors, right? congratulations. that is really fantastic. [applause]
great people. thank you very much. [applause] very successful. america's future depends on young leaders like you who are proud of who you are, proud of where they come from, proud of the american values we all hold dear. the faa creed has taught you to believe in self-reliance and honest dealing, to never give up in the face of hardship, and as farmers, you have it both ways. you have hardship. and you have great, great, great success. most of all that creed promises that if you will hold true to the best traditions of our national life, if you cherish our freedom, our values, and our country, there is nothing you
cannot achieve, nothing. [applause] beautiful. great people in this room. from the green hillsides of virginia to the fertile valleys of california. [applause] we are trying to get you a lot more water. [applause] by the way. you know what i am talking about, right? where has all that water gone? sir, we sent it to the pacific ocean. they said why don't you let it
come down for the farmers. you have some great republican congressman working hard. that will make those farms as good as it gets anywhere in the world. and from the plains of our heartland to the peaks of the west, the future farmers of america will lift our nation to new heights. that is what you are going to do. you will make a amazing new discoveries and achieve extraordinary new feats, carry on the traditions passed down by generations, and you will do it with the skill, grit, heart, strength, and pride that make america's farmers by far the best in the world. [applause] the greatest and most important days for the american farmer are
yet to come, and you will take us there. you will take us to new levels. you are the ones shaping our industry, the ones who will shape our destiny. you are the ones writing our history, and you are the future farmers of america, the ones who will help truly -- you have heard my expression -- make america great again. you will make america great again. [applause] thank you. god bless you. bless the american farmer. -- god bless the american farmer. and god bless the united states of america. thank you. thank you. incredible people. ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ♪
prosperity action. he made some election predictions. >> what is your prediction? what is the margin? do you think republicans keep control of the house, or it flips to democrats? tim: i don't think it's going to be a wave election. five of the six last federal elections have been change elections. if you go back to 2006 and work forward, only 2012 was a status quo election. the other ones have been strong change elections, where a chamber changed hands, and in 2016 when the presidency changed hands between the parties. so i think it's a bigger challenge for republicans in the house, and the odds are with the democrats. but that's more of a broader historical statement based on that, based on the five of the last six elections being change elections, and the party in power usually struggling in the midterms. but in the senate, thanks to a good map and some really good
candidates, republicans did a good job of recruiting candidates. it's one of the best groups of candidates i think i have seen in the three decades i have been in this arena. i do think they are going to gain a couple of seats. >> is there when to be a surprise in the senate? is there a race you are looking at? tim: montana is closer than people think. there has been discussion the polls are tightening. i think it's a lot closer. someone who has made dramatic movement has been josh hawley in missouri. sen. mccaskill had a clear lead over the spring, but over the past few weeks it has changed there. i think the biggest gap closure is there. i think she is in big trouble in missouri.
montana is the one i would urge folks to watch. marsha blackburn has been able to build more of a lead. it's been a tough race there. but she's one of the best candidates in either party in a long time. i think she is going to win that senate seat and she is going to be a genuine champion in the u.s. senate. >> you can see the entire interview with tim phillips of americans for prosperity action, sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on c-span. also hear it on c-span radio and watch it online at c-span.org. on wednesday, former housing and urban development secretary julian castro met with voters in derry, new hampshire. castro talked about american values, his upbringing, and criticized president trump and his values. this is the third time the potential 2020 presidential candidate has met with granite state voters this year.