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Agriculture Department To Fix Disruptions In Nation's Food Supply Chain
"We've been questioning the US official trying to match the American food supply with food consumers. Visit almost any grocery store and you will see how that food chain has been disrupted. They're empty shelves. Even if food is in stores millions of newly unemployed people may have trouble paying agriculture secretary. Sonny Perdue has been talking up one part of the federal response. A plan to distribute food to families called the farmers to family food box program when after bar. Consumption is consumed outside the home. It's a dual track of production and processing for food service market versus the home consumer in grocery stores. So that commits a lineman. Would you have the shutdown? Very suddenly of institutional food settings such as restaurants schools colleges and others then that causes a misalignment in supply. And we've had the scrambled in order to try to readjust that in. This box is one of those things in which we tried to do so. It's a simple process. I guess the best analogy is. We're on a four lane interstate highway and two of those lanes become a blocked for flash or whatever reason we all can identify what happens after that. So you're trying to deal with this traffic jam because there's food that would have been going to a restaurant. Restaurant is closed. But somebody still wants to eat it. Do you get it into a grocery store into somebody's hands now. Why would a food box program for people who need assistance? Be The way to do that. This was a program that president trump asked me to put together three billion dollar program helping to re aligned and purchases food from bombers who were having to destroy that Good food because there's no market and create a really another market through our Nonprofits but at the same time you probably know there are advocates for the poor. Who think that there are simpler ways to do this? Why not just give people more money through? Snap the existing program to help people pay for food which is something that was done during the Great Recession. That may help one side of the equation. Steve does not help those farmers and producers who've grown food they cannot make the market because a supply chain they've been used to dealing with an institutional food market is no longer there obviously going to be advocates. Who always want to have more Money or more food available. We have been extremely flexible in any of these rules with snap benefits Food Service. The school feeding all those kinds of things. Usda is over backwards in order to provide flexibilities and all over the country you. I'm realizing your analogy with the highway is in some ways literal because we're talking about transporting food that had a particular route had a particular distributor and that system doesn't work and so it has to be moved by a different route and by different people. Are you confident you have chosen the right? Companies to create these distribution networks in some cases almost from scratch these are small and large food distributors. All over the country whose market is essentially disappear because their customers are shut down. We believe we have the best of the best obviously We're GONNA come to that list and see if we've missed we will go back and audit these firms to make sure they're doing exactly what they apply they do. Mister Secretary. Do you anticipate widespread food shortages in the coming months? And if so of what? No I don't see we track daily our plan openings. One of the challenges we add in protein meat poultry beef pork had been the closure of some of our processing plant there and We've had infections those plans that cause some temporary closures. Essentially all those plants are back open. We turn the corner and while some retailers are suggesting they may not have the degree of variety that they won't sad. We expect that to be cured very quickly. I do expect us to be back up to eighty five ninety percent reduction in probably a few days or week. What is the federal government doing to support companies that they've told under the Defense Production Act? They got to keep open. They gotTA keep producing meat but they have workers who are getting sick. What are they doing? Support the plant. What are they doing to take responsibility for the workers well first of all at uniform guidelines from CDC as well as Austria and worker safety people here recognized in the country be given the standard guidelines. We worked with local health authorities local elected officials as well as the company and the workers themselves to understand we provided equipment personal protective equipment. Say Shields Mask and other things into the plants there as well as testing where required to Hit the workers confidence. They're operating in a safe working environment. Secretary Perdue thanks for the time. Thank you have a good day sonny? Perdue is the US Secretary of Agriculture.
Labor Secretary Scalia on unemployment rates
"The Labor Department released the number of first-time filing for unemployment insurance in the last week. Today's figure was three point. Eight million bringing the rolling six-week count to over thirty million people nearly unemployed. It's worth noting that this number just shy of four million is higher than what economists were expecting but still the lowest level of initial jobless claims since the week of March twenty first. Here's Becky quick for more on the claims number and the unemployment picture in this country. Let's bring a US labor secretary Eugene. Scalia Secretary Scalia. Thank you for joining us this morning. Pleasure to be with you. The numbers were bad this morning. We expected bad numbers. We we know what's been happening as we've forcibly. Shut down the country But where do you think we had from here? Well these are tough numbers to see. I agree what it means is in in total over the last six weeks that we've been looking at unemployment claims or about thirty million. It's just a very high number but a couple quick notes about it. one The President Congress moved very swiftly in March to address this including with the Unemployment enhancements made in the cares act as of last Tuesday all fifty states and the District of Columbia are now paying that additional six hundred dollars supplement that the president signed off on the cares act. So that's Valuable Relief. That's on the way the state's got some old computer systems But we are working with them at the Labor Department to help get these payments out and then the second point that I do think is important as difficult as it is to see this. Many Americans unemployed We came into this period of unemployment by very different path than say in the great recession. And we'll go out by different path and there's a reason for optimism there to is the PC working. What would these numbers be without it? Well I think the key is one of the best things in the cares. Act as you know. That's the program of loans for small businesses Where the loans are largely forgivable if the businesses keep those workers on payroll from the perspective of the Labor Department. The reason I like that programme. So much is that There's light at the end of this tunnel. We purposely paused our economy. But the pause was meant to be temporary and if we can keep these employment relationships in tact than workers can get back on the job more quickly businesses can get going more quickly so I think the program's been a really great success despite some of the sniping that it's come in for and And I have no doubt that it's helped keep some people Out of unemployment Mister Secretary Has Labor secretary part of your mandate obviously is to make sure that you are looking out for the rights and the welfare of workers to do we start to hear business leaders like Elon. Musk who are out there saying he thinks it's wrong. The states have shut down his business that he should be allowed to bring them back. Anybody who wants to come out and leave their homes should be allowed to. What's your response to Something like that. When you hear a business leader talking out loud about how he'd rather have his workers back shouldn't be forced by the state to not have them there well. I think it's right for people to go back to their business. Places as the governor's make those determinations in accordance with the blueprint. The president laid out a couple of weeks ago. You're right we at the Labor Department Have a strong interest in protecting workers. Both those who are out of work also those who are on the job and could be exposed to the virus and I've been working very closely really for months now with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on a couple fronts. One is giving guidelines to business space industry specific guidelines. We did it for meat packing together with CDC Earlier this week we've done it Again working with CDC on other industries. We'll continue to do that. So that companies and workers know what's needed to keep them safe but we're also feeling complaints from workers. We are investigating when there are concerns by workers. That conditions are unsafe and we have tools including enforcement tools. That will us if we need to to protect workers and that message is an important one for people to hear the packing industry. That was going to be my next question. At the president obviously has insisted that the meatpacking industry stay open because they're vital to the national supply chains But those were shut down those packing industry and those packing facilities were shut down because there had been hundreds of cases of corona virus. That had been circulated. What have you heard from the workers in those meatpacking industry is? What are you doing on that front? Well as I said we worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and putting out a guidelines. They came out last Sunday about How to safely operate those plants and social distancing all kinds of hygiene practices changes in how they run their their conveyor lines and the like which will help protect workers but it's going to require constant attention the companies are going to need to pay attention to work a welfare at the same time. We know that this is a critical part of our infrastructure. Part of our food supply that we need to keep available to wait. It's that say for the food supply and absolutely safe for workers to and we will as I said Continue to look into concerns employs raise and consult with CDC every CEO. We've spoken with and said that. In order to bring their workers back. They're going to need to do things like make sure that they get more protective equipment for their employees to make sure that they have testing adequate testing so that they can ensure that the workforce feels confident and comfortable and there aren't Cases Circulating Obviously. There's a limited number of all of those things and if every single CEO is trying to get his or her hands on all of that. I just wonder. Do you get involved with that process. Do you say that there are certain industries that should be put to the front of the line? That are more important to get back faster. Well I think that the task force the President Vice President and the governors have recognized a certain industries that need a special attention because they're so vital Critical to the American people in our economy and that focus is appropriate. I participated in President Vice President's meeting yesterday with some executives and I really continue to be impressed by the steps that companies want to take to protect their workers. I think it's a good sign Business leaders are recognizing that their customers want to feel safe. Their workers WANNA feel safe. We want to help them in that enterprise but I also recognize that not every business is going to know the right thing to do or sometimes be inclined to do the right thing and so we'll be vigilant in looking at that front as
WaPo: Trump 'used Pence' in Ukraine plot
"News From The Washington Post President trump romp us. That's the word and the Post Article Vice President Pence in the Ukraine plot now aides to pence or pushing back within this story saying he wasn't in on on the incriminating part but here's the reporting Donald Trump repeatedly involved in used pens to exert pressure told not to attend the inauguration of the new Ukrainian President so oh this is raising a ton of questions not only pence but also whether Donald Trump was planning ahead to try to spread around the Gilt if you'd look at the story that way meanwhile secretary of State Pompeo has been denied that he knew anything about the collusion call with Ukraine will now a different story. What do you know about those conversations so you just gave me a report about IC compaign none of which I've seen Mister Secretary. Do you have any comment on reports. You're on July twenty fifth. Call president-elect scheme as was on the phone. Call was on the phone call. The phone call was in the context of now. I guess I've been the secretary state for coming on a year and a half three stories on three different days and then there's this new Reuters. There's reporting the State Department employees were contacted directly by lawmakers or their staff and basically told not to talk to their own State Department Council House Democrats are warning on Pale to quote stop intimidating witnesses to quote protect trump and any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress they say is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the ongoing impeachment
Pompeo's Letter Is the Trump Administration's Opening Salvo of Obstruction
"Let's start with what we know about. Mike Pompeo the more and more we're starting to see here. It is is quite clear that we are headed to a a full blown impeachment possibly not just against the president they are stonewalling. They are we now have pompeo subpoenaed for documents Giuliani Subpoena for documents the failure to provide these documents now and this is what the differences with impeachment as opposed to normal proceedings they have written in the context of this subpoena but failure to produce produce under these circumstances will be regarded as evidence of obstruction and will constitute obstruction action in the context of impeachment. They are simply declaring it. Remember this is not this is a political a political process not a criminal or judicial. One and Congress is simply saying you do not provide us this material. It will be a count of obstruction and it will be obstruction it. They could launch impeachment proceedings against Pompeii. Oh they could do it against bill bar and it feels like every day there's more and more the evidence to substantiate an impeachment proceedings against both of them. Here's Palm Peyot two weeks ago two weeks ago now. Maybe this wasn't this Sunday. Oh yeah wait it. Was this Sunday wasn't it. I'm sorry sorry I'm confused because today's Wednesday here he is on this week with Martha. Raddatz on Sunday right this is with Martha got it and here he is. He's completely bewildered about this whole call thing do they call will return to this whistle blower complaint mister secretary the complained involving the president and a phone call with the foreign leader to the director of National Intelligence Inspector General. That's where the complaint was lodged by the whistleblower. The Wall Street Journal is reporting the president trump pressed the president of Ukraine eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani to investigate Joe Biden son. What do you know about those conversations so you just gave me a report report about IC whistle blow compaign none of which I've seen I can tell you about this administration's policies with Ukraine. I remember the previous administration was begged begged by the Ukrainian people to deliver defensive arms so that they can protect themselves from Vladimir Putin and Russia and they gave them blankets. This administration took seriously the responsibility of grain and people. We've provided now on multiple occasions resources so that the Ukrainians can defend themselves. We've worked on that. We Are we're working. We'll see presence Alinsky this week. We want a good relationship with let me read something freedom and independence but you know nothing about this but let me let me let me ask ask you this question. Ukrainian presidential read out of the conference conversation said they discussed quote investigation of corruption cases which inhibited the interaction between between Ukraine and the US say the president tweeted Saturday was perfectly fine and respectful conversation. Do you think it's perfectly fine to ask foreign leader to investigate a political opponent. I think I saw statement from the Ukrainian. Foreign Minister yesterday said there was no pressure applied in the course of the conversation I I I do think I do think if President Biden behaved inappropriately fee was protecting his son and intervened with the Ukrainian leadership in a way that was corrupt. I do think we need to get to the bottom of that. Martha within I I hope that we will. I hope that Vice President Biden engaged in behavior that was appropriate. I hope the American people will come to learn that we've seen Matt Matt have interfered with America cannot have our elections interfered with and if that's what took place there if there was that kind of activity engaged in by Vice President Biden. We need to know Oh. There's no evidence of that yet but if the conversation was perfectly fine as president trump said why not release the transcript or a portion to the public the white hustle have to explain I mean I think we've this was this was it must have been a week a week from last Sunday. There's two weeks ago and there's Mike pompeo seemingly no awareness of this call whatsoever. You didn't even have time to read the whistle blower complaining just heard a report about the whistle missile blower complaint he did though put a clue in there because it wasn't just about Joe Biden in Hunter Biden's corruption. This phone call was not just about that that we should say and we'll we'll discuss the the the lack of corruption that exists there I mean at least in terms of Joe Biden's perspective but they are now pursuing another theory that is Obama Gate or Hillary Gate that the Ukrainians were the ones who actually actually interfered with the election but tried to frame the Russians. This is the stuff that's going on now in the fevers this gateway pundit stuff and there's Mike pompeo trying to push that narrative on ABC television last week. This is what they've been up to but we'll get back to that meantime. Here's Mike Pompeo yesterday in Italy conceding that well actually I was on that phone. Call was on the phone. Call was on the phone call. The phone call was in the context of now. I guess I've been secretary state for coming on a year and a half I know precisely what the American policy with respect to Ukraine remarkably consistent and we will continue to try a to drive those set of outcomes. It's what our team included. Including Ambassador Volker or focused on was taken down the threat that Russia poses there in Ukraine it was about helping the Ukrainians to get graft out corruption outside of their government a- and to help now this new government in the Ukraine build a successful thriving economists what State Department officials that is basically that was his way of. I mean he listened. Easy is smart guy went to Harvard knows how to Filibuster knows how to bury the lead. I was on the phone call but because and then here's a bunch of filler. Essentially that's basically the the story they're going with now. I imagine most people by I now know that the Hunter Biden situation the Joe Biden was over there telling the Ukrainian they get rid of your prosecutor because the prosecutor was not pursuing corruption and there was a hideous amount of corruption there it also happens to be the case that Hunter Biden is not exactly a you know. He's he's sort of the George Bush the family. He's a fell son. Can I right. I just add to this a little bit. I mean so to be really specific about what you're saying. The reason it is exculpatory. I think there's a broader critique here in two ways but the reason it specifically Komo can specific conspiracy theory does not stand is that this energy company is a Russian aligned oligarch who was was gonna who sort of represented the Russian aligned order he got Hunter Biden on with the sort of clear desire to win favor with the Obama Administration and what Biden did was basically fire a prosecutor who was aligned with this guy and not all for the firing right call for the firing so so basically the reason that this specific threat of the story is nonsense. Is that in that specific action. He's contradicting his son's interest to the frankly I mean it's you know it's pretty irrelevant. His son makes a payday either way right. Let the conspiracy theory is exactly backwards. He's going up against what the sun is hired to do. However I mean it's actually sort of an interesting drama where the dad comes in and the wayward son. Is there and he tries to undercut the wayward sons interests or even. It doesn't matter like hey son. You got your payday. We're still going to do this anyways. You know either way we win and I would say that serious. You know I wouldn't take I do think you know structurally when the US talks about corruption other countries even when they're right that is a harbinger of our own interests and energy companies. We want to advocate for so there's there's a broader critique as well as just even hunter getting the job to begin with but that's specific conspiracy is contradicted by all evidence of what happened. The hunter thing is more of a generic type of corruption. That seems to exist everywhere whether it's like you know Chelsea Clinton. I'm getting hired by. NBC or Abby Huntsman for that matter or you know Billy Carter going around and trying to sell off access to advil yeah. Billy Carter was cool though I feel bad for him because he didn't have family sign off. He's just trying to Qaddafi May. Why do you always get all the credit read it. I don't get the sense that hunter necessarily has family sign off too. I think this guy get family sign off from his brother to sorry what's that you don't know that story about the net. It's been a lot of things I did without family sign-off man hey my brother died. What's up sauter her but the trump people the trump people are always going to be angrier at these coastal elites and it's like normal corruption and this kind of nepotism. It's just accepted as the way of things than they are at trump's open and craven corruption and I mean look because they're like well. At least he's not pretending that he doesn't have mud on him right but the the bottom line is is that this type of corruption exists in every facet of society. I'm not making apologies for it but I mean you know you grow up in you know we. I I went to go see concerts in high school because my girlfriend's dad was on the Civic Center Commission. You know it's like Whoa Whoa Whoa. I think you just showed yourself here. They might need to take the rest of the week off Sam. I gotcha flow deep corruption but I I mean of course this is true and of course the stakes of the the cranium energy business are deeper than basically hunter gets the job promises yeah. I'll get dad well. He shows up at the loss he also got. MBNA lobbying thing right at the same time as dad was pushing through the bankruptcy bill he was on the board of something the board of the Amtrak Amtrak which is basically a trade expert bro Brothers wives. I just think that come into an Amtrak board way would family members everywhere and some are incentivized to do this stuff and helped out more more than others but nevertheless meanwhile as Mike Pompeo heads it's to Rome apparently Seb Gorka gets on the plane with him because someone has to go now understand the here's the point one of the reasons why impeachment was so necessary in which I was saying for months. Was that there you you can't just basically run out the clock and it -ssume that there's just GonNa be this vacuum that remains there while all all this is going on. It's quite clear the trump administration bill bar Mike pompeo have been actively involved involved in trying to not only undercut the Muller investigation. Remember the molar investigation to over. They're undercutting the entire
Fear Factor for U.S. Consumer Is Rising, Fueling Recession Risk
"It's been a tumultuous week the back and forth posturing on trade and tariffs signs of a recession U. S. consumer sentiment plumbed plummeted to a seven month low in August joining us is Carlos to cheer as commerce secretary under president George W. bush and chair of the Albright Stonebridge group thanks for being here Mister secretary a pleasure thank you for having me well it seems like another day another round of bad news and today the consumer sentiment numbers plunged on concerns about the health of the economy our fears of a recession well founded I think they are I mean on one hand you have you know the the longest recovery we've ever had so that right there suggests that were coming to an end but then we're not helping at all a lot of this is so self inflicted the trade wars having a devastating impact it hasn't caught up to the economy yet we saw one point of growth taken off the cute too second quarter results but we will see it and that means some prices are going up it means some companies are laying off workers there'd changing supply chains they're being hesitant about investing this is a very very sensitive time for the markets and frankly it's a bit surprising that that they're ready to move up quickly with any sign of good news end tell me about the effect specifically of president trump's see sawing on tariffs the lack of specificity not knowing from one day to the next whether they're on or off well that's the problem that the Chinese see and the the the Chinese sizes have become very reluctant to strike a deal because they know that that deal can be off in a couple of days or a couple of weeks so that that has become a concern you know we are on one hand we tried to to use tactics and to blow off and to you know make sure people didn't really know with which we we're going as a negotiating tactic well the result of all that has been harder confusion OB and a lack of willingness to enter into an agreement with the U. S. which is concerning the State Council tariff committee said that plans for new tariffs have taken U. S. and China off the track of resolving their dispute but did it ever seem to you that they were even close to a trade agreement you know I I really don't think so I I think from the very beginning the what we saw was escalation of and and specially since president trump Blake's leverage he likes to have something in his back pocket so once he raised tariffs he didn't want to give that up because that was the way that he would bring China to the negotiating table and all of that just builds on itself to the point where now it's a matter of who blinks it's it's it's it's it's become an emotional issue but it is too important to leave it to emotions this is this is the world economy this is the U. S. future the US is future as a reliable trading partner as a leader in trade so there's just a lot of stay here do you think it's because president trump still believes that tariffs work or because he's painted himself into a corner and he doesn't want to back down well that's a that's a great question he talks as if though he believes that the that that China page the tires that we don't and the chairs tires are good thing although they recognize that they're not there and keep the terror of slow we're not going to increase them because Christmas season is coming so that suggests that someone in the administration understands that these terrorists create inflation now that the terrorists were meant to bring China to the table and to reduce the trade deficit is goal number one and that was articulated by the president today after all these tires after all this back and forth our trade deficit with China is up their exports to the U. S. up by viral thirteen fourteen percent our exports to China are down so after all this our trade deficit is actually growing now let's talk just for a moment about Hong Kong because prison time seemed like he was going to stay out of it and but yesterday he wrote China wants to make a trade deal let them work humanely with Hong Kong first about a minute here what happens if he gets involved in that situation well I I don't know if he just threw that out as a way of us saying that Hong Kong could be part of a negotiation I I I I don't know why he got involved in that but the risk of course is that something does happen and it becomes another Tiananmen Square and then we respond will be a lot of pressure to respond the way we did after Tiananmen which was to put export controls in place so China couldn't built sensitive military products if that happens then is just it is another escalation of the war so yes the here we have all these variables in Hong Kong is one of them and no one knows what the president would do there is a pattern here though of trying to avoid a conflict in order to get a trade deal so what we'll have to see and I'm sure the Chinese are reading it as
"mister secretary" Discussed on KDWN 720AM
"Threatens to paralyze Washington. The Pentagon presenting proposals to the White House to send military reinforcements to the Middle East to beef up defenses against Iran. It comes amid heightened tensions in the region. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday that no decisions have been made on the number of troops to spend a sen- despite multiple reports that the Pentagon was considering up to ten thousand. Make a couple of comments about the best process. No ten thousand there's no no five thousand. That's not accurate. What I what I can tell you is that I've been regular contact general MacKenzie. And I'll be meeting with the chairman of that I have some other other prefix to do. So that is not at the number. But we're, we're focused on right now as we have force protection. As soon as the change of promise. Give you an update, but, but those numbers are not Chris. To a conflict with Iran. Mister secretary. If you say that one more time any lawmakers say, the US is provoking, military conflict with Iran. Well, my response is, I think they're of the same sensitivity has all of us that is, we want to avoid the risk of a rainy this calculation. So I think those are fair comments. Our job is deterrence. This is not about four. We have a mission their abilities. Freedom of navigation. Counterterrorism in Syria in Iraq. Feeding al-qaeda Kevin. And then the security of Israel and Jordan. Thousand dot correct. What does that mean? It has it has not been proposed. No, it has nothing. Sixers. What I here's here's dozen. And you guys are about this is why I wanted to come come talk to you. As soon as we have something to talk about it tell you, but numbers give floated out there. And you've got lots of good. Sources of information, what telling us those sources right now are speeding use the rights information. And as soon as anything changes all. Pentagon.
"mister secretary" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"If you wish to leave you may leave. I don't understand what you're saying. You waste your time. Don't remember you have a foreign dignitary in your own this. I would just say that the previous administration Pri when the Republicans they did not treat the secretary of the treasury this way. So if this is the way, you wanna treat me, then I'll read think whether I voluntarily come back here to testify which I've offered to do. Mister secretary. I want you to know that no other secretary has ever told us the day before that they were going to limit their time and the way that you're doing. So if you want to use them as examples you have acted differently than they have acted in as I have said if you wish to leave you me. If you'd wished to keep me here. So that I don't have my important meeting and continue to grill me, then we can do that. I will cancel my meeting, and I will not be back here. I will be very clear if that's the way you'd like to have this relationship. Thank you, the gentleman. The secretary has agreed to stay to hear all of the rest of the members. Depress respect our time. I was next on flourine meeting. You you're instructing me to stay here. And I should can't you just made me an offer. I didn't make you maybe offered that. I accept it. I did not make an offer. Just let's be clear instructing me. You are ordering me to stay here. No. I'm not allowed ring you. I'm responding said, you may leave anytime you want, and you said, okay. If that's what you wanna do. I'll cancel my appointment, and I'll stay here. So I'm responding to your request. If that's what you want. When I want to do I told you to do what I've told you is I thought it was respectful that you'd let me leave at five fifteen free to leave. Anytime you make. You make you want pleased to Smith's everybody. I believe you're supposed to take the gravel and bang it. That's least instruct me as to high to conduct this committee. This new way in new day new chair. I have the gavel at this point. If you wish to leave you may. The US constitution charges. The president the United States with the responsibility to take care that the laws. Faithfully executed. The current president is fundamentally allow us man. And he makes a mockery of that charge. Every day. He's in office. Former secretary of State Rex Tillerson said of the president after he left him ministration the quote, so often the president would say here's what I wanna do. And here's I want to do it. And I would have to say to Mr President. I understand what you wanna do. But you can't do it that way it violates the law. The president is at his best most charitably careless when it comes to law, and it is worst and frankly more often than not contemptuous of it. Just last week the chair of the House Ways and means committee, Richard Neal requested the president's tax returns request that shall be heated. According to the black letter law, but today Steve Mnuchin admitted he in the White House have been basically conspiring to evade the law. Did your team ask for the White House's permission to release the president's tax returns? Did the White House. Ask your team not to release the tax returns. We would not ever ask for the White House's permission on this nor did they give us the permission as I've said we consulted, which I believe was appropriate of our legal department. Well, I think the fact that there was any communication with the White House about this is deeply troubling. And certainly violates the spirit of the law. If not the letter of the law on healthcare, as you may know, the president has reportedly overruled zone advisors and his own attorney general in two forcing the department of Justice that are your lawyers, our lawyers right people's lawyers to adopt, a ludicrous and lawless position that abandons the ACA which is law land and calls her to be completely destroyed on a legal theory, so absurd so vanishingly stupid one critic called it embarrassingly bad net. It's reasoning required..
"mister secretary" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Mister secretary. Do you believe in the rule of law? Yes, I do especially as a trained lawyer. I indeed. Is illegal to come into our country illegally. It is indeed illegal to come into our country illegally. Okay. Do you? Do you dislike children? I love children, and I want to care compassionately for any child ever entrusted with are you trying to hurt children who are coming into our country at the border, not only that. But I am I am proud to lead an organization of people and have Graentiz that are some of the most compassionate, caring child welfare people that I have ever interacted with who who love these children and cared deeply for the I read where in March we had about a hundred thousand folks, mostly from Central America, mostly family units and children. Come into America illegally across our southern borders that sound about right? That's that's my information is it's about one hundred thousand coming across now in family units per month. And it is it is created an absolute crisis from my mom's more security are double what it was. I think ten years ago something like that. Yeah. Let me ask you about the Affordable Care Act. I remember when congress passed it. We were promised we meaning. I'm an American like you or we were promised to thanks. We were promised number one that would make health insurance. Cheap more affordable. Has it done that? No, it has nodded. His actually we were promised that health insurance would cost half. What it cost at the time in factoring, President Obama's tenure doubled in cost for having to buy. I remember vividly because I've watched it on C span. I remember congress also promised us that would make health insurance more accessible as done that. No, it's not. In fact, it's restricted choices for individuals now with a large percent of states having only one carrier in the end of the jewel market. Take a secretary Alex testifying right now. I'm the president has expressed his disappointment with Affordable Care. Does he support getting rid of it before we have a replacement? The president has always supported replacing the Affordable Care Act with something else. That is better. Okay. There's nothing understand because there's been some innuendo here. There's hey support getting rid of the Ford abo- Care Act without a better plan in place. Absolately not he insists there'd be a better plan in place for people. Do you know of anyone on Capitol Hill, Republican or democrat who supports a healthcare insurance program our healthcare delivery system that would not cover preexisting conditions. I haven't met them. She's been radio programming from Thursday WCS from unwashed. Okay. There's the president support a replacement plan for ObamaCare that would cover pre existing condition. He doesn't need and he will never sign any other plan that doesn't take care of people with pre-existing conditions. Let me. Look at look at the healthcare system from thirty thousand feet for second. Here's what I don't understand. I keep reading. That ten percent of the American people spend about sixty seven percent of the healthcare dollars, which makes sense because we all know that the chronically ill spend more money than than others. And when you run the numbers when you consider that we've got three hundred twenty million people really threatened and thirty million people. So ten percent ad is thirty three million people. And we've got a twenty one trillion dollar that's twelve zeros GDP, and we spent eighteen percent of that on GDP and you take two thirds of that eighteen percent. And then you divide it by thirty three million. What you come out with is eighty thousand dollars a person. So for these thirty three million people out of three hundred and thirty three million. We're spending about eighty thousand dollars a person. Why can't we identify those thirty three million and then say eight thousand eighty thousand I'm a land this plane on time, Mr. term. Can't we identify those people and with eighty thousand dollars a person manage their care better. You know, what Senator you're absolutely right. We in fact, we can we can do that through vehicles like other invisible or visible reinsurance pools, for instance, even under the I have approved seven state reinsurance plans that have brought premiums down in those states by anywhere. From nine percent of thirty percent by cleaning off the risk for those higher risk people and separately reinsuring that. So that the burden is in born by all the other healthier people in that pool. Absolutely. Thank you, MS MS I thank Senator Senator shots. Thank you. Mr Chairman ranking member secretary, thank you for being here. I'm worried about tobacco use among our young people. And that's why I'm about to introduce the tobacco Twenty-one act with Senator young our Bill would raise the minimum age from eighteen to twenty one for the purchase of tobacco products. And that includes a sale of combustible. Cigarettes and e cigarettes the institute of medicine has found that raising the tobacco age of sales Twenty-one would reduce tobacco initiation. Especially among. Kids fifteen to seventeen it would also lead to a twelve percent decrease in smoking prevalence nine states, including Hawaii and hundreds of localities have already taken this action. Do you agree that tobacco use among youth as a severe public health problem? And do you commit to me that we can work together on this legislation? Senator thank you very much for that question. And thank you for your work in this area. Like you. I am extremely concerned about tobacco use. And specifically the e cigarette epidemic among our youth. I'm committed to working with you and with other members of congress on legislation to address tobacco use among youth as well as taking any necessary regulatory action. Commissioner Gottlieb his last day today. And I have been very clear that while e cigarettes may offer a lower risk turn it for adult smokers. Who still want access to nicotine we cannot allow cigarettes to be an on ramp to combustible cigarette. Use or nicotine addiction for an entire new generation FDA's proposing to prioritize enforcement of flavored e cigarettes that are offered for sale in ways that pose a greater risk for minors access. The products, for instance, FDA will consider whether the products are sold under circumstances without heightened age verification. And while we pursue changes to regulatory policy. We call on the industry manufacturers and retailers to step up with meaningful measures to reduce the access and appeal of cigarettes to young people the epidemic level rise in youth e cigarette use has also prompted a series of escalating actions by the FDA in both enforcement and public education. So thank you very much for your for your help. And I look forward to working with you on this. Thank you. Let's move to Telehealth. I know you are a big supporter of Telehealth..
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"And that's why I introduced HR thirteen hundred taxpayer penalty Protection Act, which follows this recommendation. To the eighty percent level. I believe this Bill is in the best interest of taxpayers across the country. And that this should not be a partisan issue filing season impacts all of our constituents. So mister secretary are heard you say earlier to Mr. Marchand that you would consider providing further penalty released through administrative actions. My question is about that. And also about the time schedule because people are filing now, and we have only one month to go before April fifteenth tax payers need the certainty now, so will you confirm that you will consider further penalty relief. And what is the timeframe? Well, first of all again, I appreciate your feedback in this isn't a partisan issue. And as it was brought up earlier. I appreciate you bring it up. We will review it very quickly. I would normally tell you. I'd review at this afternoon. But I'm testifying at the Senate this afternoon. So I will look at it tomorrow. And we will try to make a decision within the next week on this. Thank you so much on your back. Thank you, the chair will recognize Mr. rice from South Carolina. Thank you, Madam chairlady. And thank you secretary for being here. I want to tell you a story mister secretary in two thousand eight when rock Obama was campaigning for president. He drove down on ninety five and he stopped in a little county in my in my district, and it's one of the poorest areas in South Carolina, three counties or they call it corridor. Shane they were very heavily invested in textiles and tobacco forty years ago. And you can imagine what happened to them. And when the president Scott there, he put a little girl on his knee and decried the poverty, and that we needed to do something. It was a beautiful speech. But guess what? Nothing happened the eight years of his presidency. I want to tell you that Marion county right next to that is the poorest county in South Carolina. Fifty seven percent African American twenty eight percent live in poverty twice the South Carolina average, this is a real story for real people. When President Barack Obama left office in December two thousand sixteen nine point six percent, unemployment in Marion county, eighteen months later a year and a half after President Trump took office, and we had passed this tax cuts and jobs that and we had the opportunities, and we had a new piece of infrastructure in Dillon county. The unemployment rate in Marin county dropped from nine point six percent to four point eight percent that's half half in eighteen months. That is a remarkable success for people who desperately desperately needed at this point. We have more jobs opened, and we have people to take the people who have suffered generational poverty in never believed that this land of opportunity provided opportunity for them. Now are coming back into the workforce. And everyone who does. Is a win. They recognize they're recognizing that they have a chance at the American dream. We're engaging educators and pastors to bring people together to help them. See that opportunity is for them. Barack Obama gave a great speech. Donald Trump is fixing the problem. Thank you mister secretary that we can't stay where we are. I believe that the reason why American workers suffered for so long is because our economy economic policies were not competitive we've made our tax code competitive. We've got to fix our unbalanced trade agreements that have bounced against American workers. Please keep pushing for the revised laughter. Our new deal with China. We need infrastructure. Our workers if they're gonna compete on the words world stage, they've got to have world class infrastructure, and we need to shift from family based to skill based immigration if we can get these things done we will see upward moving and GDP growth for sustained period. And it's a stain golden age of opportunity for American workers. Thank you mister secretary. The chair neck recognizes myself for three minutes questioning. Mister secretary. I wanted to follow up on the line of questioning regarding the opportunities owns I think that we are all agreed. That presents a wonderful opportunity for us to invest in distress communities. Mr Kelly asked about the second tranche of. Rules and regulations, and you didn't give a specific timeframe. And I was wondering if he could give us a thought as to win. We can get finalized rules. There are several opportunities owns in my district that we'd love to take advantage of but many of the private investors want to know specifically how they're going to. You know, how opportunities zones the credits will actually benefit them. So can you talk a little bit about when we can get final rules. So that people can have more specificity. So first of all thank you for your ear, focus on this. And and I can assure you, I am as focused on is this idea. I asked my team every day where are they as I said, the next tranches going through a review, I hope this is a matter of weeks that we can get these out. So I want to stress that I think that this is a tremendous bipartisan opportunity to really affect communities vulnerable communities in our in our nation and people really want more specifics before they actually invest, thank you very much, and I can assure you this is on the top of my list where we have tax meetings every day. And the other thing is that I know that in January my colleagues, and I sent a bipartisan bicameral letter raising a number of issues about the opportunities owns programs that remain unsettled one was about data accountability. And that was addressed a little bit by Mr. kind in your response. I just wanna make sure that we that the focus is on. Having matrix that will actually get to whether or not communities those communities actually benefited the impact of the investment on the communities in particular unemployment, but also the the recall ancillary things that actually can spawn from economic development. So I will work with my colleague, Mr. kind and helping to draft a letter of the kinds of matrix and the kinds of data accountability. I think that would be necessary in order to to make this really a win win for for the community as well. As for the investors. Could it let me just assure you that the only reason why those haven't come out is because we didn't want to rush through them. We want to have the proper reporting and those aren't critical or people starting investments. So whether those come out next week or investors have time to get more. We'll work with you very closely. Thank you the other question. I had that's been asked of me. Is there an opportunity to examine whether or not we can do. Additional designations since the governor's headed to designate prior to actually the rules coming out. Have you have any thought as to whether or not additional areas could be designated? We don't believe we have any legal authority to allow for additional designations at this time. But if that is something that is important, we would obviously work with you and the committee to pass appropriate legislation. It'd be supportive of that. Thank you. The next. We'll go to Mr. swineherd of Arizona. Steve Mnuchin before they ways you means committee determined to place yesterday. She's been radio w from Washington. Thank you, Madam chairwoman. I appreciate just because the having run back and forth and vote on the floor. I'm going to run through just a couple of things. First opportunity owns this is as much for the staff for those was from Arizona. With our tribal communities. You can't end up with having ownership of the lands. You have the sleep leasehold interests does make some of the mechanisms a little trickier maybe having to use textbook faces. So I appreciate you listening to our concerns on that. Thank you for hopefully moving away from the battle days of what we used referred to around. Here is operation choke point for some Mike order communities. You had a Hispanic surname? You felt you were being treated differently. If you were doing trade back and forth across the border. Debt-management? There's a number of us who we basically look at our demographics. And that's one of the frustrations you here in these discussions here. If you actually go two thousand eight to two thousand twenty eight ninety one percent of all the spending increases are going to be interest, social security, health care entitlements. It's our demographics that are driving our debt. And if you actually look in the next thirty years, I hope the treasury is thinking of other also instruments the trills concept from Dr Schiller Schuler, some of these other things as ways to manage our future debt, that's being driven many of us get a little nervous when we look at the subscription rates of your some of the sovereign offerings. Last thing. And this is actually where the question comes. CBO actually put up the five months. The first five. Month's physical fiscal revenues in and it looked as if extra revenues were pretty much identical to the previous fiscal years. I five months, but the one hundred forty two billion dollars of debt looks like it almost solely came from our bipartisan budget act. The win win treasuries doing some of their documents. Do they have the? Is there? A more elegant way to sort of say look revenues actually are in under the new tax reform, look pretty stable. It's Congress's spending policies that are actually driving up your need to go and issue, more and more debt. Thank you. We just comment. The the way we designed the tax act was there were incentives for people do automatic expensing and other things which cost tax revenues in the first few years and raise revenues going forward. So when we say it's paid for itself for its generated revenues. That that's true. Despite because we're looking at it over over the window now, let me just comment. We can't spend the growth twice so growth that we're using to pay for tax cuts. We gotta be careful and not also use for increase in expenses. And that's the reason why we've adjusted the budgets accordingly. Thank you. Thank you. Without let me recognize the gentleman from Pennsylvania, Mr Evans to inquire. Thank you. Jim. Was the secretary. You mentioned you talked about the word of poverty, and that's been a huge concern. Obviously in the state of Pennsylvania, particularly in the city of Philadelphia. I wanna raise the question about utilizing low income housing tax credit improvident bonds, the low in low income housing. I didn't know your thoughts on fixing the low income housing tax credit at four percent, why either removing the capital providence bonds or having a spike kept FRANZ go back into the pool. Be happy to follow up with you in your office to go through the specifics in your ideas, what we should do on that. We'd be open minded to looking at your suggestions. Second question. I'm going to kind of follow up a little bit on the issue regarding opportunities zones. You know, obviously that is a great concept. How howwever it appears in understanding that? Although well, intended wealthy investors often benefit the most because Bill if it's a limited the capital gains, investors, always focus on the best use. So how can we make it? So that we can see more benefits target to the areas, which was originally intended to benefit opportunities arms. Well, Mr Evans, I think as I said before we're very excited about opportunities Ellen's, and and particularly areas where we think there's going to be a lot of interest not only in real estate, but more importantly companies starting and company's growing knows areas. So we look forward to working with you on appropriate areas in your area. But we think there will be a lot of money that's incentivized. And and we look forward to working with you, would you also see around the issue of.
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"But as I told the countries you have to step up. We have to realize is that NATO is not just a transactional relationship. Our sole focus can't just be on who pays what? And who gets what democratic congressman Jimmy Panetta's sponsor of the house? Bill reiterating strong congressional supportive NATO after reports the president discussed pulling out of the military alliance ever allies failing to pay their fair share. Joining me now is Jens Stoltenberg is secretary general of NATO mister secretary general thanks for being with us today. Thank you for having talk about NATO and spending it all of that. But first of all another pressing issue Venezuela, and it's one that a lot of NATO members are involved in France Spain, Germany, the UK pressuring Madera to hold elections in seven days or they will recognize one Guido is the legitimate leader of Venezuela. Madero sort of laughing at the idea this situation in Venezuela. How tenuous do you think it is? And it could it devolve into. Civil war is. Situation and many NATO allies to help to find a solution. But I think most important thing now is to avoid a civil war. Void. Violences has a is going to be used all that support. Also for to try to find a negotiated solution recently here in Washington DC. The house voted overwhelmingly autumn measure that would require congressional approval for the president to pull out of NATO because the president has threatened that he will pull out of NATO with other NATO nations don't live up to their financial commitment. He has since said, I'm one hundred percent behind NATO. Do you really have any concerns that President Trump would pull the United States out of the alliance? The President Trump has been declared here's committed to NATO he stated that clearly just a few days ago, and it is also at the NATO summit in July. But at the same time, he has clearly stated that Nathan lies need to invest more and therefore at the summit in July AllState, we agreed to do more to step up. And now we see the results. By the end of next year. Nato allies will. Hundred one hundred billion. Installers for the fence. So we see some real name reader salts. And we see that the clear message from President Trump is having an impact. Nato allies have heard the president loud and clear on how NATO allies are stepping up. So this is good news. Meaning that we actually see more fair burden-sharing. So that's interesting that you say that the NATO allies have heard the message, and it's a good thing. Because President Trump gets roundly criticized here in the United States and abroad for being hostile to NATO for putting too much pressure on them to live up to their financial commitments. So from from your perspective what he's saying good thing or bad thing. There is no doubt that he's very clear. Message is having an impact the message on the summit last summer was vindicated older leaders sitting around the table. Wolves at the US. President Trump is committed to NATO, but we need fair burden-sharing. Right. So are you happy with what he's saying? I mean, did did NATO nations did NATO is an organisation need a kick in the pants. I'm happy with the fact that he has helped us to move on the question of burden-sharing within the alliance, and this is important for European allies. For Stony NATO is good for Europe. But it's also good for states. We have to remember that. The only time we have invoked optical fiber. Collective defense close was often attack on the United States on hundreds of thousands of Canadian European sold. Us have fought shoulder-to-shoulder would a US soldiers in Afghanistan. We have worked together with US in defeating ISIS in Iraq, Syria. So it's a great estates talk twenty eighth allies. Russia doesn't time that China town. But I lost some friends you mentioned Russia in one of the knocks on President Trump is what he says about President Putin at his criticisms of NATO is is giving Putin away to try to create divisions within NATO listen to what congressman Eliot Engel of New York said last week. Today. Nato plays a critical role in keeping an increasingly aggressive Russia in check. And that's one of the reasons splintering the NATO alliance is one of Putin's top goals. And that's why it's so disturbing troubling to see the United States sending mixed signals about our commitment to the alliance or treating it as a burden Nancy Pelosi. The new speaker of the house went so far as to tweet on Friday night. Why has the Trump administration continued to discuss pulling the US out of NATO, which would be a massive victory for Putin? That could be connected to other issues regarding the president and Putin. But what President Trump is saying about NATO in the way, he's saying it is he giving an advantage to Putin here. What is doing is to help us? Adopt the alliance, which we need because we live in a more unpredictable world a mortar sorta Rashawn using violence or forcing instant neighbour Ukraine, and therefore NATO has to adapt park by increasing the forces. We are doing that haunted by stepping up over five against terrorism. We are doing that with the new training mission into Iraq battles appointed. By investing more. You have to remember that the increase in defense spending by European allies Consalvi of the years of decline, so before the cutting billions and billions, so so you're not concerned that he's helping Putin's splinter NATO like seventy of his critics are what I see is that actually NATO is because we are able to adapt to deliver North America Europe are doing more together. Now done before we had more US troops in Europe exercises. So we welcome that also. Also, welcome to the fact of European allies are stepping up, and this is a clear message to Russia, and I think. See that in your mind mister secretary, general what is what is the greater threat to NATO is it that Russia may move into the Baltic states? Or is it what's happening in the Black Sea in the Balkan area? The challenge for NATO is that we are faced with many different threats at the same time. Russia. Using violence against neighbors. But also dash is sold in the south and then professional nuclear weapons. So therefore, we are now in the midst of the biggest reinforcement of Naples since the end of the Cold War. There is real concerns that some circles that fled. Amir Putin may make a play on a little part of Estonia called Narva if he were to do that Estonia's a NATO member would that invoke article five. First of all, we don't see any imminent threat against any NATO ally, not include also stolen. The second main reason why we have to prevent the conflict is to prevent war because as long as wall NATO allies, make it clear that take on wall nylon with triggered a response from the whole then no undisturbed try to be aggressive against because they know that we are by far the strongest in the world hall for the world's economic might on hall. What is NATO? So as long of his stand together. We prevent the conflict mister secretary Zhao. Thanks for being with us. We'll see you next December in Brussels. Yes. All right. Had a good meeting by the way with the defense ministers next month next longtime Trump adviser Roger stone maintains his innocence as he faces arraignment next week in the Muller investigation..
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"Forty first president. His final words. I love you too for America's forty third president has signed George W his lifetime of service capped by a single term as president that laws which hit so hard in the moment redeemed by Grayson defeat and wisdom revealed by history. The twenty year old fighter pilots shot down in World War. Two executed. A soft landing of the Cold War is president singular achievement of a remarkable man America will remember and celebrate President Bush all this week with the civic rituals, he revered at the capital the National Cathedral, then a last journey home to Texas, and we begin this morning with his closest friend, the tennis partner who went on to manage all George Bush's campaigns became as White House chief of staff and secretary of state James Baker welcome to this week. Mister secretary. I know you had the privilege of sharing those final days and hours with President Bush. What can you share about that? Well, the president had a very gentle and peaceful passing. But. Surprised to see kept surprising throughout jail because he would. He would get sick. They'd put him in the hospital. He bounced back that happened for five or five or six years. I think he had a form of Parkinson from that prevented him from getting rid of a lot of fluids, and they would build up and they'd impact his lounge adversly. So he went through a lot of that. And then, but he really wanted to live long enough to get back to his summer home in Kenya bunk. This last summer, which he did and anyone to live long enough to get back to his home here in Houston, which he did. But he began to go downhill little bit rather rapidly. After that. He hadn't eaten for three or four days last Friday by by last Friday, and I live fairly close to him. And and I go over there a fair amount. So I went over Friday morning at seven fifteen he hadn't eaten for three days. And one of his aides said Mr President secretary Baker share, well, he balanced event. He perked up he opened his eyes. You look me said, hey Bank. He said where are we going? We kept his spirit, and you get this sense of humor right Tilbury end but his passing yardage with very gentle, very peaceful, and he had member members of his family there. Susan, and I were there and under Jane batteries chief of staff, and the doctor that that is a blessing, and and I guess you also had the blessing friendship with him for so long have you ever imagined? How different both your lives would have been had you not met. Well, I've certainly imagine. How different my life would have been. That had he not been my friend. You know? I never intended to get into politics and public service, George hours, a lawyer in Houston, Texas. I was contented continue that then I lost my wife to cancer at the age of thirty eight and Barbara and George for the last people to come here other than family before she died and George wanted came to me. You know, you need to take your mind off your grief about helping me run for the Senate here in in Texas. I said, well, that's a great idea except for two things number one. I don't know anything about politics political. And number two. I'm a democrat. He said, well, he said we can we can cure that ladder problem. And and we did I and I I change parties and help him in that Senate race and from there on out. Narrowly warm and close friendship, and as you said, I think in your interaction. I did I did lead all of his campaign for president. We became extraordinarily close. And then he. He gave me the privilege of serving as secretary of state this wonderful country of ours had a time of fundamental change at a his presidency from the foreign policy standpoint, George for such a consequential president. I mean, I could go back and got golf all was time of fundamental and radical and there's no question. He remembered, and you will be remembered for how you manage that situation. I know that in a conversation with Jon Meacham, the president said that very matter of fact, he's just going to be an asterisk in history. No, no. I don't. I don't agree with that. Yes. He's he's a one term president. Thanks to you guys in voluntarily retiring us from public service, but is going to be at was a very consequential one term president, and I would argue far and away the best one term president we've ever had and such a good one that he was in my view, one of the very best presence of all time. And he really got a lot done a any ditty with great skill and he knew foreign policy. He understood it Emmanuel she end of the Cold War peacefully ended with a whimper, not a bang, and then he did all those other stories are coming around to that view, which single memory of President Bush will you cherish the most I suppose one of the most David memories, I have is is sitting in his tweet at nine thousand nine hundred eighty Republican convention when it looked like governor Reagan who who is going to get the nomination. We've gotta take Gerry Ford. My old boss. I had. I had been forged chairman in the campaign against Carter in seventy six look like he was gonna come back maybe vice president for governor Reagan for President Reagan, and we were sitting there. But we're the only we were the only opponent governor Reagan in that primary that had any delegates and we had we had a. Fairly substantial numbers Elliott and the phone rang and said is ambassador Bush there for governor Reagan, I answered the phone, and that was that was the moment that I think. Had that not happened. I really I really am convinced. There would never have been a four. A Bush forty one presidency and that hadn't happened there. Probably would never have been a Bush forty three. Jeez. The course of history. This secular. Thanks for joining us this morning. Thank you. And we're joined now by another secretary of state general, Colin Powell who is chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under Bush, forty one general secretary. Thank you for joining us this morning. I saw you called President Bush the perfect American. Explain what you meant by that. I thought he was a perfect American in terms of how they serve the country in so many different capacities in congress as the envoy to China in business all the things that he did throughout his life, including CIA direct. You name it. He did it. And then he became vice president for eight years, and then the United States throughout that entire period. He'd never forgot who he was. He never let it all go with head. He was a man of he was humble my experience with him before total of six years really two years as national security advisor to he and President Reagan and then four years as his chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, he was always kind. He was always contained within himself. He didn't let emotions get a top of him. And frankly. He was he was a product of his parents who told him, you know, don't show off George just always remember your humble, you work for people you serve people. So I think he was a perfect president. Now, he didn't win. He didn't win a second time. But that was another subject with other discussion, not the guy. Thanks. Be seen as one of the best ones. I agree with Jim Baker. And that one he was also the last president to serve in combat. How did that shape his work as commander-in-chief? He knew what combat was all about. He knew that combat meant the death of people people on your side of people on the other side. And so he wanted to avoid a war people think about Desert Storm, but you have to remember that throughout that period. And we're building up the force in desert shield getting ready for Desert Storm. He was doing everything he and Jim Baker. We're doing everything to see if we could avoid a war by getting the Iraqis just to leave Kuwait and at the last minute, Jim, of course, went to meet with disease, the prime minister of Iraq, and he wouldn't agree to it. And then the war came, and he had organized that war in a way that was straightforward and direct. We had a specific mission kicked the Iraqi army out of Kuwait restore the government of Kuwait. And then don't stay there come on out. And as a result of that policy statement, he was able to get the UN onboard almost every nation in. The world joined in the coalition either with troops on the ground or with political support we even had Gorbachev and the head of the Soviet Union which still existed to be part of that political coalition. And because he made it a precise conflict defined in terms of space and time he got the support he needed and we were able to say to him. Mr president. We guarantee the success of this operation because he gave us everything we need everything Donald Schwartzkopf asked for everything that I took to the president. He would listen carefully. He would ask questions he knew it was all about. And he would have people give us what we needed. And we did what we said. We would do you mentioned. Gorbachev the temptation to crow when the Berlin Wall was falling must have been. So great. Not not for George Herbert Walker Bush because as I said a few moments ago, it was it was in his DNA not to gloat, not to be a braggart did meet. He wasn't competitive. He was very competitive, especially with horseshoes and other sports. But in matters like this. He felt it was his place to do the right thing and not gloat, not not shout over somebody's grave, and I still remember not only with the end of the Cold War and his treatment of Gorbachev and working on the inefficacious of Germany, but after the Desert Storm, which is very successful in the American people loved it. They never thought their armed forces really could be this good. And we were, but when we started having the parades, especially when they decided to have a parade in New York tickertape parade up Broadway traditional ticker tape, New York parade President Bush said I won't be there won't be there. Why not? It's a parade for troops. Schwarzkopf the troops. Chairman the joint chiefs of staff secretary Cheney I will not attend. This is for them. Not to meet many attended the one in Washington. But I think very few people that I've known senior positions who would have passed up an opportunity like that. What do you hope that Americans take today from his life? A life of quality a life of honor a life of honesty, a life of total concern for the American people everything he thought of everything he did in public. Life was always director to helping the American people a patriot demonstrated that war he demonstrated that in peace. It was the most qualified person with effective foreign policy Erica serve as president of the United States of America. And he was able to demonstrate that for the four years of his service, and it was my privilege to be his chairman for those four years, but also to have served with he and President Reagan's for two years. The last two years the administration, frankly, that's that's what set me up to become chairman of the joint chiefs of staff mister secretary. Thank you for your time. This morning. George. Later in the program, our round table share their reflections on President Bush, but up next a lament this week for the rush investigation special counsel, Robert Muller tightening, the screws and his next target appears to be our next guest. Roger stone joins us live on C span radio. We're listening to ABC's this week. I don't believe.
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"Of Guadalupe we will kneel down. And we shall pray that the debt crisis is lifted from us, and there's a long pause and the secretaries as mister minister, sir with respect. If that's the hard headed business approach presser what is the pie in the sky mister secretary under that theory. Mexico will adopt an IMF program reschedule it stat and grow out of the debt their job the joke, which it didn't do. Well, what to do that seven years after it all began new Treasury Secretary nNcholas Brady gives a speech in March of one thousand nine hundred nine in which he said, we cannot continue to do this in theory. It could have been done in perpetuity as long as the banks continue to lend the country's the money to pay the banks the interest. But he said this is madness. And you're gonna have to write off a portion of this debt, the banks immediate reaction to that was if we're going to have to write off any portion of this. We want to turn all of this old syndicated loan debt into bonds. So that we can sell those instruments to a market the institutional investor community non-commercial Bank investor community that had escaped the nineteen eighties without any memory of being restructured. And this was the this was the real genius. Somehow if you turn the debt from being alone into being a bond automatically goes from being this noth-, dirty rolled-over, no one wants to touch it. With a ten foot pole piece of toxic paper to being a pristine and beautiful never has any country. Defaulted on its sovereign bonds, and is totally safe and a whole bunch of investors around the planet will want to own it alchemy Israel. It's amazing. Well that illusion persisted for the better part of a decade the bond communities had. Sovereign bonds were not re restructured in the nineteen eighties. Why because they were precious few of them. I mean, truly negligible and the bondholder community somehow interpreted that history as saying that bonds were a senior instrument inviolable was the I did a little survey in the mid nineteen ninety s when these countries had come back to the bond market. And I read the prospectuses every perspectives in that era had some version of this sentence while the Republic of Aurora Tena has for the last twelve years repeatedly, restructured its commercial Bank debt, it's bilateral government debt. It's trade debt. It's interbank lines comma, the Republic of rural Tena has punctually ending full. Paid all of its bonded indebtedness. Now, it was it's delightful sentence from a lawyer standpoint because it is both true and wildly misleading. It was true. The bond was paid. But it was only paid because it was so utterly negligible..
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"Cooked up the charge because he realizes once again, he's left fifty million voters information vulnerable, and he recognizes that if he got caught two days before the election having exposed so many Georgians he would lose. And so he did what he does always blame someone else for his mistake that audio courtesy of ABC camp responded on Fox News. Well, look, I'm you know, we got this information over the weekend mmediately called homeland security FBI on the Georgia Bureau of investigations after meeting earlier today, the Georgia Bureau investigations. Has opened a criminal investigation into this matter their cybercrimes center will be investigating that. So it's not in the hands of my office. We have passed information along to them. They believe it to be credible enough to open a criminal investigation. And that's where we are. Right now. Mister secretary. Can you really can't? People five people overseas in the country. No, I understand look this is a criminal investigation. Very serious matter we've handled this light we always do sovereigns. That's an office of secretary of state or any other investigation when it's criminal we go to the proper authorities. We've done that with the gbi they found it to be credible enough to open a criminal investigation. And we'll let they'll take the lead on that. I would refer questions to them at this point. Do you see why Democrats would be concerned? And if the shore on the other foot wouldn't Republicans be saying kind of the same thing? Well, anybody that knows how the system in Georgia works wouldn't be saying. Now, that's a ridiculous claim. It's our county. Elections offices and superintendent that actually hold the election. They're counting the votes their local election board, certifies the elections. Paul suggests campaign Abrahams are locked in a tight race in a contest that said taken on historic significance because of the potential of Abrahams becoming the nation's first black female governor keeping hopes alive for a resolution of a punishing trade war between the two biggest economies. Chinese vice president said at a conference in Singapore that Beijing is ready to discuss issues with the Trump administration that followed up positive assessments by Chinese officials and President Trump of a phone call last week between Trump and China's president Xi Jinping Indonesian officials are focusing on faulty airspeed indicators as they investigate the deadly lion. Aircrash, but safety experts say pilots should be able to work around problems with sensors. Investigators say the airspeed indicator on lions Boeing malfunctioned on its last four flights, including the one that crashed October twenty ninth killing all one hundred eighty nine on board such devices have been used for decades to tell pilots how fast they're flying. They fail on occasion. Most often when tubes or sensors freeze during storms at a high altitude. Now, they have been blamed for some deadly crashes, but pilots trained on simulators. They learn how to fly safely when those indicators fail ended. Most cases, they say failed sensors should not cause a crash the body of major Brent Taylor was expected back in the US early this morning that according to Utah national guard officials the mayor of north Ogden was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan over the weekend Christi pack is Taylor sister. On.
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"Confident that will advance the ball again this week. Out of New York City. Mister secretary said that North Korea will not see any economic sanctions lifted until it has demonstrated complete denuclearisation is that still your position it is not only complete denuclearisation, but our capacity to verify that that has taken place is also a prerequisite to lifting economic sanctions audio courtesy of CBS following a series of nuclear and missile tests last year Kim shifted to diplomacy when he met with Trump between three summits with South Korea's president moon. Jae in lobbied hard to revive nuclear diplomacy of the body of major major print. Taylor was expected to be back in the US early this morning that according to Utah national guard officials the mayor of north Ogden was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan over the weekend Christi pack is Taylor sister on behalf of major Brent Taylor's family his wife, Jenny his children Meghan age. Thirteen Lincoln eleven Alex nine Jacobs. Kevin L E five Donovan to and Carolina eleven months along with his parents siblings and other family members. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of love and support during this week. Difficult time brings like impacted so many of us. Expressions of gratitude and sympathy we are especially thankful for the love and support Sean Brandon Jennings children. One of many many military now. Ultimate sacrifice. We also want to express our love. For this great nation. Hill country. Did he and Jenny? Jenny what she would like to say only came out. But no regrets, and it will be hard to find. That loves her. The desire to serve our country more than this. And that goes for branch and their children. Yeah. The outpour of support has been nationwide city residents fellow Utahns everybody others.
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"He has the intention to denuclearize. And we do everything we can to system and following through on that commitment. I want to move to China mister secretary because we've seen in in recent weeks. Nothing that's surprising to to you or me because we've been following this issue of Chinese. Stealing our intellectual property and bribing attempting to bribe foreign officials, including here at different times in the United States. Business officials excuse me to gain access to technology critical technology and manufacturing aviation and so forth. And now we have this chipmaker ban in place that garner in a lot of attention. And it's trying to I guess we're trying to target that state-owned chipmaker in China over national security concerns how how is that going to fit into our overall aggressive stance against this expansive? Chinese behemoth Laura is probably over the long term the biggest challenge national security challenge that faces our country. You saw the indictments of ten Chinese versus for the. Alleged theft of intellectual property aviation related intellectual property. This is a story that's been going on for years. This is the first administration that has been prepared to push back against China. We're doing so on all fronts, so where the semiconductor piece fits in. It's part of a mosaic of our strategic effort to push back against this continued Chinese effort. It begins with trade. We want president has demanded fair and reciprocal trade with China. We've demanded that they not steal our intellectual property. We talk with some frequency about the enormous violation of religious freedom. That's taking place against the warriors in China were very worried that China will put the people in many countries around the world and African Central American Latin America in a debt trap that will cause those countries decades of pain and multi pronged effort on behalf of all of the United States government. The president direction to convince China to behave like a normal nation on commerce and with respect to the rules of international law. Yeah, I mean, I know you have to go mister secretary. But just so people understand this our trade policy with China has had real effect inside China, they have structural weaknesses within China at large, but they had the weakest manufacturing growth more than two years in China. And the one has slid manufacturing stalled, and they and their ambitions as a result have been affected, but they're still lofty, and we we do finally administration who's, you know, who's seeing this with eyes wide open. Mister secretary. We really appreciate your joining us and best of luck with your North Korean counterpart and get better get well. Okay. Thank you, Laura. All right. You take care of secretary of state, Mike Pompeo on your healthy radio. Diction? The Laura Ingram show..
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"This is actually I want to make sure I understand what you're saying. You're not suggesting that we could have this to go on for years and years without hurting farmers because they're low cost. No, that's exactly right for years and years. That's why I say we have to define what long-term is obviously we want all the markets. We can but it's up to China to really play fair and trade fair. That's the problem. That's what President Trump has been getting it from the beginning and farmers to their credit understand that they understand the trade practices have gone on. And we hear that in fairness from farmers manufacturers. They want fair trade at the same time at some point one months turned into years, it has a longer term effect. And as you just said, it's up to China decide what to do that's not in our hands. What if China just toughs it out? Well, again, we will find we'll go other places other hungry people around the world that we will feed. We're trying to get markets everywhere along the Indo Pacific region as well as other things now yesterday good beginning discussions back again with Japan. Dan, EU, hopefully, we can get our NAFTA deal restored and go looking for markets. Elsewhere, we've probably become made a mistake in becoming too dependent on China for our for our markets there, and we need to spread those out in the short term. No, I mean farmers basically expect now to lose forty four cents a bushel on this year's crop. The current bailouts only one penny per bushel. Are you planning a second round of bailouts for farmers? Well, L accents on corn. And soybeans was our sixty five. Yes, there will be another trunks is twelve billion dollars a President Trump committed. We're going to be less than five billion this initial tranche. And we're going to you. We did that hopefully into resolving some of these trade disputes and encouraging. Our customers to come to the table and negotiate. So there will be another Trump's there the twenty billion there'll be another one or just in terms of the billion in addition to the twelve billion or just after the five billion you'll go to twelve billion after the five we'll look at another with the potential up to twelve billion. But this is a this is a two thousand eighteen deal. We're not committing anything in two thousand nineteen the whole effect was not to make farmers whole help them be able to form again. Mister secretary. We already heard for the president of South Korea's he signed the deal saying that that would benefit farmers can you quantify the benefit to farmers from that deal. Oh, yes. I couldn't qualify from a stability standpoint. And anxiety standpoint it again is has been a great market for American agriculture for years, and it was disrupted to some degree. We're happy to have it back on there. But we are again, a great beef market and other livestock market for for American producers. Was the secretary. We tend to focus on China because it's much in the news. But as you suggested, Canada, and Mexico really are substantial export markets. I think actually above China for most farmers across the United States of America. Where are we on NAFTA? Because we keep here we're getting close, and then seems to slip away again. Well, again, this this discussions and Canada's hands Canada, Mexico and China or a top three and it varies from year to year based on the price of soybeans. Whether China's number one or Canada, and Mexico, but the fact is that Canada has been very intriguing about their dairy imports and our access for our producers going into Canada while they've had free range in our markets. They have not reciprocated with our producers going into their markets. So as I listened to you mister secretary with China, and we talked to candidates as you say it's in their hands, which is not in our hands. You don't want this to last a long time. It's not good for the farmers. But how long are you prepared to let it last? I mean, is it really something we should prepare for the possibility of not certainty, maybe not likely that the possibility of this going on for years wouldn't think so I think again, the Goebel trade is imported all of us. It's very important to Canada as well as our US producers as well as China China has a growing economy, they're they're trying to move people out of the poverty into the middle class in China doing a good job there. That means they won't better died. So we produce what they like and what they want. They love US products. And I don't think they can stay out of the US market for years. I think again that may replace some soybeans from Brazil, but we have too many things at the world wants here agriculture producers in the US or low cost very productive producers, and we will fight. Other markets. But I think China will be back. I don't have any idea. It'll be more years that was US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue.
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"Assistance ensuring up our systems so that we may protecting elections. From foreign Foreign attacks and interference let me ask you this Do you agree with them ribs this is where she. Spent radio programming from Tuesday W. CSPAN from Washington Sir, I tell you what if, you, could repeat that I I'm not going to repeat it But basically what What they're saying is is that we want to make sure that our electoral system is protected and that people know that their votes are going to be counted and that the. Process is untainted and I would guess that's what system with what you are. In, office. For yes sir that's why that's why it's important that we're having this. Hearing right now so the American people can hear about the efforts of d. h. s. is leading the election assistance commission is. Leading that state. Secretaries are leading this is a partnership that is. Working right now we are improving security practices across the electoral system in this nation. At great pace there is a lot of. Work to do this. Is a marathon this is not a. Maritime Mr. Hicks he said you listed a number of things that you. All look at the one thing that I noticed that you did not know did you did not mention, is voter suppression do you all look? At voter suppression because that is a book that is not one of, the functions that Okay? So that's why you didn't it looks it correct all right thank you The gentleman from Florida's recognize. Thank, you Mr Chairman. I think. Two witnesses Mister secretary for the twenty sixteen election was there any cyber activity that? Influence any of the vote totals in any jurisdiction it, to your knowledge so very specifically drilling. Down to the cyber enabled hacking we'll call it of state election systems we do not, have information rather than that suggests they had. Access to vote, tallying systems and that's why I made that distinction. Earlier there's administration piece and then there's. The vote tabulation, and counting side so the other stuff's, obviously still important and in fact, with the registration like a registration database if? That? Were? To be compromised how would? That have a negative effect there what what what would be, the problem so on the specifics with defer to secretary to lose Oliver but the way I see it the way the nation's laws. Are built, up there are there are checks in compensating controls in. Place in fact that state election or. That registration, database had been compromised To a point where information was deleted or changed such that voter. Had showed up to vote and their information was not there or otherwise not consistent and there was a? Normality at the poll their processes in place across this, country including provisional ballots that would allow. That American voter to cast their vote and subsequently that vote would be counted correctly now, I I have to emphasize that the outcome. Here is not, security one hundred percent security it's resilience so we. Can take a hit and we can. Keep functioning in, that there's confidence in the system yes, that would create some challenges on, election day if that had not been detected? I? Do? Think it would probably be? Detected beforehand as we saw in two thousand and sixteen where, that compromise was detected nonetheless their checks in place they're compensating controls in place for resilience in the system so that we can sustain. Those sorts, of accessing compromise homeland security undersecretary Christopher Krebs the breakdown Down roughly between. States, are use electronic holdups..
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"Create competition where savings can be safely obtained leverage existing private sector options within part b but ensure that the patient remains at the centre third we need a more competitive pharmaceutical marketplace thanks to the reforms that congress passed in the nineteen eighties america has the strongest generic drug market of any country in the world but there are still too many ways in which drug companies are unfairly blocking competition since the rollout of the trump administration blueprint fda has already publicized the names of companies who may be using safety programs to block competition and we've issued to new guidances to help lessen the effects of these actions may have on generic approvals this work follows many fda accomplishments under commissioner scott got laid including recordsetting generic drug approvals in two thousand seventeen and measures to build on congress's work to build a genuine competitive market for biosimilars finally we need to bring down out of pocket costs for american patients patients should not be dropping their drug regimen because of high costs since liberal blueprint roll out cms has reminded medicare part d plans that it is unacceptable to bar pharmacists from working with patients to identify lower cost options more broadly you ought to know how much drug costs how much it's gonna cost you and whether there are any cheaper options long before you get to the pharmacy counter we look forward to working with congress and stakeholders to understand how best to deliver this level of transparency what i've laid out are just some elements of an aggressive comprehensive longterm plan to solve the problem we all care deeply about thank you for having me here today and i look forward to taking your questions and having a productive discussion health and human services secretary alex as our live coverage on c span radio mister secretary for being here as i said earlier when the secretary agreed to come he said he had to leave at noon we're going to respect that that should allow every senator a chance to ask questions i'm going to enforce the five minute time time limit though mister secretary my view is a blueprint is a helpful approach it gives us a chance to.
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"New tools and private sector innovation to defeat the pedantic the budget proposes five hundred million dollars to launch the nih public private partnership to develop new addiction treatments and not addictive approaches to paint we are pleased that congress responded to the president's call on these for these investments choosing to significantly boost hhs funding to confront the opioid crisis in the two thousand eighteen omnibus spending bill and according to the federal government there were more than sixty four thousand americans who died from drug overdoses in two thousand sixteen including prescription opioids and that testimony today by the secretary alex as are meanwhile oregon democratic congresswoman susan by bringing up the immigration issue and stories that families are now being separated at the border mister secretary i'm a mother i know you're a father many of us in this room are parents your website and the officer reputation resettlement states its primary consideration is in the best interest of the children is a policy of separating children from their parents in the best interest of those children so individual children are separated from their parents only when those parents crossed the border illegally and are arrested we can't have children with parents who are in incarceration and so then they're given to me if one presents at an actual border crossing and presents a case to come into this country one is not arrested in once children route separated from them so the best advice i have is actually present yourself at illegal border crossing and make your case across illegally and get arrested and your children will be given to us that's that's that's the simple fact i'm afraid it's not a desire nobody has a desire to separate children from their parents i certainly don't we will take as best care of them as humanly possible when entrusted with them but we have limited time because there's.
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"Ages of diplomatic security you then said and implied and said clearly that meant that she that the report had no balance and therefore there was no diplomacy security was was only mentioned a few times and so the incense insinuation was that therefore the secretary was not interested in diplomatic security that came from your mouth at that time at that testimony so i went back and i looked at your testimony mister secretary when you were before the senate for confirmation i waited patiently here listening to your testimony here today mister secretary i had not heard you mentioned one single time about diplomatic security not once not once and then you know i know at the time zil try not to play with my my colleague playing politics across the we're here on our soil so i think we gotta get to the facts of the matter on the facts that matter we heard the majority leader kevin mccarthy at the time say that it was about bringing hillary clinton down and so i hear that maybe giving you the benefit of doubt if it wasn't about bringing hillary clinton down at the time then i ask you mr secretary should we conclude that because you've not mentioned at one time not once no okay i'll take you know they may respond i'll take you had to work you said no i take you but i feel like i need at least a half five minutes so i'm gonna take you to word you'll have a time i'm going to take you know the very i happen to agree with you i received as a nominee of diplomatic happened my tie mister secretary i happen to really from the head of diplomatic i happen to know the three diligently working on what happened happy secretary mattis secured up very serious never make an accusation no not a real second coming if i if i could explain time but we want to give the secretary chance to respond he did not do that with secretary clinton.
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"I want you to call me mister secretary you mean the weirdo that dude over there with the white shirt you go problem with the white shoot i wore i wore a different shirt earlier in the week and nobody said a word so they don't care i don't care mr brown currently going through the local police departments citizens academy we've yet to get through a night that somebody in the claus somebody in the class countering something said by guest speaker by saying but i saw on tv dot dot dot or lips any lip sees and then the end of the tweet these people vote yep that's exactly right and that's that's why you should be scared let's go back to the the whole stormy daniels because i like nothing more than talking about the president of the united states and a porn star i mean this is america so here's what i don't truthfully here's what i don't get so her lawyer this guy michael avid avid evans said he avenue eddie i don't know i don't care keeps claiming the justice is served well what what what does he mean what does he mean because he's convinced that wants this evidence of whether trump paid or didn't pay or reimburse or didn't reimburse that trump's going to have to resign he actually said on cnn that trump could face potential criminal liability related to money laundering campaign finance and fraud violations i he said quote i said it weeks ago i'm going to say it again mr trump will not serve out this term no way no how he will be forced to ultimately resign this is a bombshell bombshell i don't even think you're pornstar clients of bombshell marilyn monroe now that was a bombshell i know i'm thinking actually solid i'll bet this dumb ass lawyer dinner.
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"Say mister secretary listen i have some thoughts what are those thoughts well i think i would i would echo of the sediment of people that i have been visiting with across the state of iowa and that's that we understand that there are this is a complex trading relationship but please don't make iowa farmers in iowa businesses the the the leverage or the bargaining chip here is we try to work through these things so we would ask for the administration quickly and aggressively engaged to try to resolve these issues in a way that minimizes impact on the markets are you or your family are you still working farmers my family we do have a farm up in northwest corner of the state house business things are tight where everybody across the state is his watching the expense side of the equation certainly and needing to make sure they've gotta sharpen pencil when it comes to marketing strategies and then work those strategies so we're on a four year decline here of farm income and so again this this uncertainty just does not help that situation out here and that's certainly impacting my family but other producers across the state certainly mike neg he's the secretary of agriculture for the state iowa michelle thanks for your time sir i appreciate it absolutely good to be with you we're going to pick up another thread from yesterday's program now your global trade and tariff questions our answers via our twitter feed we are at marketplace by the way if you've got one for us at wesley sorry wanted to know what the next best alternative markets might be for some of the products that both china and the united states are targeting those tariffs marketplace's aaron schrank is on that one this one is basically a math problem we can look at the next biggest export markets for goods on either side of the tariff equation both countries will look to send more of these targeted products to those countries so more chinese tv sets will go to japan canada mexico and australia printers china's next biggest markets are iran russia and canada meanwhile china has proposed tariffs on us soybeans we also sell those to mexico the netherlands japan and taiwan but china is far and away the us's largest market and even adding all of those.