Administration of Donald J. Trump, 2019
Remarks to Reporters in Shannon, Ireland
June 6, 2019
So we're going together to Normandy, and it's going to be something really special. It looks like the weather is beautiful, but who knows; it changes fast. I think it's going to be an incredible, special day in a very special and very important place. So I look forward to that.
As you know, Mexico was in yesterday. They're coming back this morning, in Washington. They'll be meeting at the White House. I think a lot of progress was made yesterday, but we have to make a lot of progress. Mexico has been making, for many, many years, hundreds of billions of dollars. And then, they've been making an absolute fortune on the United States. They have to step up, and they have to step up to the plate, and perhaps they will. We're going to see. They can solve the problem.
The Democrats—Congress has been a disaster. They won't change. They won't do anything. They want free immigration—immigration to pour into our country. They don't care who it is. They don't care what kind of a record they have. It doesn't make any difference. They're not going to be changing anything. We go to them, we say, "Let's fix the immigration laws." They just want it to do badly. The worse it does, the happier they are.
So that's the way it is, and I guess that's the way it will be until after the election. It's just a disgrace. Because, frankly, we could solve this problem so easy if the Democrats in Congress were willing to make some changes, but they're not. And that's the way it is. They want to just ride it out. They want to have a real bad time. They don't care about crime. They don't care about drugs pouring into our country. They couldn't care less. It's all politics. It's a vicious business. So that's the way it is.
But we're having a great talk with Mexico. We'll see what happens. But something pretty dramatic could happen. We've told Mexico the tariffs go on. And I mean it too. And I'm very happy with it. And lot of people, Senators included, they have no idea what they're talking about when it comes to tariffs. They have no—absolutely no idea.
When you have the money, when you have the product, when you have the thing that everybody wants, you're in a position to do very well with tariffs, and that's where we are. We're the piggybank. The United States is the piggybank. It has all the money that others want to take from us, but they're not taking it so easy anymore. It's a lot different.
Our talks with China—a lot of interesting things are happening. We'll see what happens. In the meantime, we're getting 25 percent on $250 billion, and I can go up another at least $300 billion. And I'll do that at the right time.
But I think China wants to make a deal badly. I think Mexico wants to make a deal badly. And I'm going to Normandy.
Thank you. Thank you, everybody.
NOTE: The President spoke at 7:54 a.m. on the tarmac at Shannon Airport prior to departure for Caen, France.
Categories: Interviews With the News Media : Exchanges with reporters :: Shannon, Ireland.
Locations: Shannon, Ireland. Subjects: China : Trade with U.S.; Commerce, international : Free and fair trade; Communications : News media :: Presidential interviews; Drug abuse and trafficking : Foreign narcotics traffickers; Elections : 2020 Presidential and congressional elections; Immigration and naturalization : Reform; Ireland : President Trump's visits; Mexico : Immigration enforcement, cooperation with U.S.
DCPD Number: DCPD201900372.