Aug 29, 2020
Transcript: Donald Trump Speaks in Orange, TX with Ted Cruz & Greg Abbott August 29
Donald Trump stopped in Orange, TX on August 29 to survey Hurricane Laura storm damage. He delivered remarks and was joined by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and other Texas officials. Read the transcript here.
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Donald Trump: (00:00)
Speaker 1: (00:01)
We appreciate it.
Donald Trump: (00:01)
We’re going to have no problem, but you get a little bit of lucky. So why don’t we let the fake news in now and we’ll talk to them for a little while. Hello, my friend. How are you? Everything good?
Greg Abbott: (00:13)
Yeah, thanks for coming.
Donald Trump: (00:13)
I love this guy.
Speaker 1: (00:14)
He’s doing a good job.
Donald Trump: (00:16)
He’s doing good. How are you? Hello everybody. Hi.
Speaker 1: (00:20)
How’s that new lawsuits coming?
Greg Abbott: (00:22)
Mail in ballot lawsuit-
Donald Trump: (00:24)
Which is the new, Oh. Oh, thank you. That is the-
Greg Abbott: (00:29)
Lawsuit ballot on Monday and we’re defending the circuit on Monday. Another mail in ballot lawsuit.
Donald Trump: (00:33)
That is great. It’s the only way they’re going to win.
Speaker 1: (00:34)
He’s at that voter fraud.
Donald Trump: (00:35)
How about they want to send 80 million ballots out. Okay. 80 million. They didn’t erase 5,000 they couldn’t control it. 5,000. 80 million.
Greg Abbott: (00:53)
Thursday was brilliant. That whole convention was tremendous.
Donald Trump: (00:59)
That was great. It was a great day. We had tremendous, I think tremendous success. I’ll let you know on the 4th or the 3rd or the 30th or five months later, if you don’t win those lawsuits, right. Well, thank you very much, everybody. I very much appreciate you being here. Thank you. And we love this state. It’s been a great state for me and it’s been a great state for everybody in this room I can tell you Governor, right? And we’re here to help. We’re joined today by Governor Greg Abbott, very special man. And he’s doing a fantastic job for the state of Texas. And he has from day one and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, another friend of mine. And thank you, Dan. And I watched you the other night on a very important show and you did incredibly well representing the state and State Attorney General Ken Paxton, where he’s a very aggressive attorney general and that’s what we like.
Donald Trump: (01:59)
And you have got some very big ones, including the mail in ballots, right? Unsolicited I call them. The unsolicited mail in ballots, where people are sitting home and they just get hit with mail in ballots all over the place.
Greg Abbott: (02:12)
That’s a good way to put it.
Donald Trump: (02:13)
Well, I hope you’re going to be successful. I think it’s actually a very important case. Not only here, but for the whole country. So I know you’re really on top. I think we have about 18 of those cases throughout the country in Pennsylvania. We have in North Carolina, we have a lot of them, so we’ll see. But you’re one of the great leaders. Thank you very much, Ken. I appreciate it. A man who has really been there when we need him and he’s been incredible for Texas and he’s been my friend, Ted Cruz. Thank you.
Ted Cruz: (02:40)
Mr. President, welcome.
Donald Trump: (02:40)
We spent a lot of time before and we’re working on getting Texas everything they need. We’ll bring it back.
Ted Cruz: (02:46)
Donald Trump: (02:47)
Congressman Brian Babin. Brian, thank you very much. A warrior and a really terrific guy.
Brian Babin: (02:54)
Good to have you.
Donald Trump: (02:55)
Randy. Where’s Randy? Randy. Thank you, Randy Weber, Congressman. Thank you very much. And we have a couple of people who have been friends of mine and I won’t mention too much, but they got a little shot of COVID and I understand they’re going to be perfect. They’re going to be absolutely fine. I want to say hello to Becky Ames. Becky, thank you very much. You’re doing good, right? Everything okay. Where you hit hard?
Becky Ames: (03:21)
Not as hard as we could have been.
Donald Trump: (03:22)
Yeah, could have been a lot harder.
Becky Ames: (03:24)
Could have been a lot harder and we’re recovering and we appreciate you being here, Mr. President.
Donald Trump: (03:29)
Well, thank you very much, Becky. I hear you’re doing a great job. And again, we were talking before about the path and the path could have been much more because the power was incredible. Louisiana took a very, very hard hit, but even Louisiana, if it was over just a little bit further, it would have been a record setting hit because the power was record-setting. It was at 185 and 175. It went to 150 miles an hour when it hit. But it was even worse than that. And it came quickly. It came very quickly. In fact, I guess you would say Pete, they were looking at that as a storm and all of a sudden the storm became a monster.
Yes sir. In 36 hours, cat four.
Donald Trump: (04:11)
Yeah. It went from a storm to 185 and 175 miles an hour. And then when it hit, and I think they say it was the the strongest that they’ve had in Louisiana and Texas in 150 years, but the path was a little bit lucky. So we got a little bit lucky so that’s great. I want to also introduce Chad Wolf who, as you know, we just took the acting away from his name and you’re doing a fantastic job, Homeland Security, and hopefully Ted will be pushing that very hard and we’ll get him through quickly because he’s done a fantastic job.
Chad Wolf: (04:45)
Thank you sir.
Donald Trump: (04:46)
Thank you very much, Chad.
Chad Wolf: (04:46)
Still getting confirmed.
Donald Trump: (04:48)
He’ll do it, all right.
Ted Cruz: (04:49)
Yeah, we’ll get it done.
Donald Trump: (04:49)
Good. If he says it, that means it’s a good sign. That’s a good sign. And FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, who’s been doing this with me for a long time and we haven’t had a loss yet. We haven’t had a loser. I’ll tell you we do it good and we do it fast and we get you back up and everything. I think Governor has been signed and you’re ready to go, right?
Greg Abbott: (05:11)
Donald Trump: (05:11)
You’re ready to go. I will dispense with all of the different numbers. You know what they are. We just sort of did it. We were in Louisiana and we went through and they have been hit hard. We went through a couple of areas. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. You had trees ripped out from the roots. You had pine trees that were broken in half, not even from there. And you just don’t see that kind of power. So we went through something that was pretty, pretty bad. I don’t think you got anything like that and that’s good. So we took the emergency declaration. We gave it to the governor immediately and Dan called about it also. And I appreciate that call and between the two of them, that’s a great one two punch. The governor told me that himself so I appreciate it. And FEMA has delivered 400,000 liters water and 250,000 meals already. We’ve worked with the private sector to restore power to remaining 200,000 residents.
Donald Trump: (06:07)
And they think the power is going to be restored almost in very good order-
Speaker 2: (06:11)
Donald Trump: (06:11)
… I believe. Yeah, I believe so. And all of the other things that we’ve been doing, the infrastructure, all of the elements that we’ve been working on and we’re working very close with Ted Cruz and with John Cornyn, who I hear is doing very well by the way. I he’s a great senator. He’s doing a fantastic job. And we’ve been working with the governor and with Dan and I think maybe it’d be good if you would tell us how are we doing and what can we do and how can we help you Governor?
Greg Abbott: (06:41)
Sure. First, I need to thank you for the way that you have stepped up. People don’t know this, but on midnight as the storm was crossing the shoreline you called me. And then so that was 1:00 AM your time. And then we spoke again the morning after it happened. You have been there for us every step of the way helping us. Never have I seen such a swift response to our request as we have received from Administrator Gaynor and we cannot thank you enough. I call him and it’s like he knows in advance I’m going to be calling him. And so he just says yes, immediately. And so of all the storms I’ve been through, which as you know, has been a lot, I’ve never received a swifter response from the administration. And so on behalf of everybody in this room and everybody across the state of Texas, we want to say thank you.
Greg Abbott: (07:34)
I want to thank the local officials, Judge Gothia in who’s county we’re in right now, we appreciate you and your leadership. The members of Congress, Becky, and the other mayors in the region. We appreciate everything you do. And of course, Nim Kidd. If I could share some details, I know you covered the details in Louisiana, just real quick. Now I have declared a disaster in 62 counties and the President has similarly declared a disaster in each of those counties. So on behalf of all of those 62 counties, we all say thank you, Mr. President, for that. Right now, our areas of focus are on power, water, points of distribution, safe return of evacuees, and damage assessment. On power and water restoration, peak power outages exceeded 350,000 locations across 35 counties. Current outages as of 9:00 AM this morning are about 120,000 locations in 23 counties, meaning that our emergency repair crews have quickly restored more than 250, I mean 230 of those power outage incidents.
Greg Abbott: (08:43)
For drinking water assessments, 111 of 171 drinking water system assessments have been completed. 84 are operational, 26 systems are under boiled water notice. In addition to things like that, we have 19 points of distribution set up in the impacted region that are providing things like water, ice, MREs while their power and water systems remain inoperable. There were over 10,000 evacuees that are in shelters throughout the state and approximately 3,300 hotel rooms. Of the shelter residents, the Texas division of emergency management under Nim Kidd is tracking more than 2200 shelter residents who are from Louisiana. Very important is that more than 10,000 of those evacuees were in what’s called non congregate settings. What that means is they were in hotel rooms typically. That is so important because we had to respond to Hurricane Laura while also responding to COVID-19 and the best setting for someone who’s an evacuee from a hurricane is not in a large congregate setting, but in separate settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We succeeded in getting through Hurricane Hannah without the spread of COVID-19. I believe we will succeed in getting through Hurricane Laura without spreading COVID-19.
Greg Abbott: (10:01)
…without spreading COVID-19. A total of 808 residents were returned on 43 buses with more missions scheduled for today, and 160 state buses are ready to assist the ongoing re-population efforts. Let’s see, that’s about it. We continue to assess damages throughout the region. We are on top of this because of the swift and effective leadership of chief Nim Kidd, but we are better capable and swifter in responding to this hurricane because of the way you and your administration so swiftly stepped up and helped out the people of Texas.
Donald Trump: (10:45)
Well, thank you very much. Again, you’re doing a great job in every way. In fact, I noticed your COVID, you say COVID-19 many different names, at least 20 different names, right? But you go like COVID-19, that’s okay with me, at least for today. Generally, I call it something else. But you’re doing very well in that. You’re coming down very rapidly, Texas, and so is Florida, and so is Arizona. It’s been incredible. It’s down to its lowest numbers. So it’s really doing well. So, that’s prior to this and I like what you’re doing with respect to keeping people separated during this problem with the hurricane. Great job.
Greg Abbott: (11:23)
Donald Trump: (11:23)
Really great job. Thank you very much.
Greg Abbott: (11:24)
Sure, thank you.
Donald Trump: (11:25)
Thanks Greg. Ted, please?
Ted Cruz: (11:28)
Well, Mr. President, we appreciate your being down in Texas once again. And let me say something that I just told the FEMA administrator a few minutes ago, which is that the consistent report I’ve gotten from the governor, I’ve gotten from local officials, state officials is the responsiveness of the administration throughout this hurricane, has been extraordinary. In many ways, we had a blessing with this hurricane in that it could have been much, much worse. There was significant damage from this hurricane, but compared to what we’ve seen in the past, Texas could have gotten hit much worse. We obviously grieve that our neighbors in Louisiana took the brunt of this storm. And just as Louisiana stepped up and helped Texas, particularly with hurricane Harvey, but other hurricanes as well, we’re now stepping up to help our neighbors in Louisiana who are really suffering.
Ted Cruz: (12:20)
But one of the things that’s really impressive also is just the level of coordination. You know, Mary [Aames 00:12:26] and I were laughing about how we’ve got an inadvertent and unfortunate expertise right now in that Texas has been through some major, major disasters. And what we see consistently is a degree of interaction between the city officials, the County officials, the state officials, the federal officials, where you don’t get bickering, you don’t get turf jockeying. You just get everyone working together. And as these disasters have come, you have reached out repeatedly. I still remember talking with you when hurricane Harvey was in the Gulf and I was in the [Lucchese 00:13:02] factory in El Paso.
Donald Trump: (13:03)
Ted Cruz: (13:04)
And you said then, and that was the case then and the case now, you said everything Texas needs, the federal government, the resources will be there. And thank you for that leadership. It’s important, and it’s a testament here to the strength and expertise of the Texans at this table, working with the federal government, that we minimize the damage as much as possible with a very dangerous storm.
Donald Trump: (13:28)
Great job. Thank you very much. Dan, please?
I was in the state Senate when Ike hit. And the difference in your response, personally, and the response to the administration and FEMA is a scale. They were a one, and you’re a 10. The fact that you called the governor at one in the morning, your time.
Donald Trump: (13:55)
Well, I knew he was going to be up. [crosstalk 00:13:57] With him, I don’t have to worry about that.
Ted Cruz: (14:00)
But Dan, you need to make it at 11, like spinal tap.
Yes. We’ll make it 11. I mean, night and day, we went years where we weren’t paid by the former administration where our counties and our cities didn’t get paid.
Donald Trump: (14:12)
No I know. I know. Just for the record.
Passionless job, secondly, on COVID, to give you the numbers. Our highest point of the hospital was 10,883 in July. We’re now under 4,800.
Donald Trump: (14:23)
And on COVID in ICU, we’re down almost 60% in many hospitals, 70% in some hospitals in the ICU. So the governor’s leadership here, and all of us Texans working together, we really turned that corner.
Donald Trump: (14:35)
It’s going really fast.
And then I want to give the judge credit. We were here two days ago and the judge said, look, we weren’t hit as hard as some other areas. So whatever we have that other people need. And so many Texans, we respect the Cajun Navy that came for us. We don’t have a name for our volunteers, the Texas brigade, the Texas volunteers, whatever you want to call them, but I’ve seen on all the news casts, thousands of Texans have gone over to Louisiana and that’s the spirit of Americans working together.
Donald Trump: (15:00)
It’s great, yes.
So judge, thank you. Right away, you said, “Hey, we want to help everyone else.” So thank you, Mr. President.
Donald Trump: (15:06)
Great. Good job, Judge. [crosstalk 00:15:08].
You’ve been here so many times for us.
Donald Trump: (15:10)
Thank you very much, Dan. I appreciate it. Ken, please?
So Mr. President, I did not grow up in Texas. My dad was an air force pilot, I grew up all over, but one of the things I love about Texas is we get stuff done. And you fit the culture of Texas because you get stuff done. So thank you because you truly have accelerated the pace of getting relief to our state, like nobody else. So thank you. And this governor has been exceptional at dealing with disasters, like literally no governor I’ve ever seen. So I want to give you credit as well.
Donald Trump: (15:38)
So that’s all I wanted to say is, thank you.
Donald Trump: (15:42)
Thank you very much. Brian?
Yes, sir. Thank you for being here, Mr. President. It’s an honor to have you in our district and I can’t thank you and your administration enough for the rapid response. We’re still actually cleaning up after Imelda, after Harvey, and other, other storms that have hit us, and your administration has been absolutely on the money. And I’d also like to, he’s not here today, but I want to to brag a little bit on the Orange Mayor who was not here-
Donald Trump: (16:14)
And that’s Larry Spears. He’s done a tremendous job in his mayor, I’m a former mayor myself, so I appreciate Mayor Spears and what he does. But Mr. President, your administration has done, we’re not supposed to get political here, and I realize that, but it has been like night and day from what we’ve seen in the past. And I just wanted to want to say, thank you.
Donald Trump: (16:42)
Thank you very much.
For what you’re doing.
Donald Trump: (16:44)
I appreciate it. And say hello to the mayor. He will be fine. I know it.
Oh, I will.
Donald Trump: (16:49)
Just tell him to get well.
Speaker 3: (16:49)
I also want to say one quick thing for Chad Wolf. I met your daddy yesterday and I don’t know, did you grow up in Orange at all?
Chad Wolf: (16:59)
I did not. I grew up North of Dallas.
Speaker 3: (17:01)
That’s right. He told me that, but anyway-
Chad Wolf: (17:03)
He’s right back there. [inaudible 00:17:04].
Speaker 3: (17:04)
Oh yeah, there he is. That’s right. [crosstalk 00:17:07] Yeah, this is Thompson.
Donald Trump: (17:10)
You’re checking him out, right? That’s very good.
Ted Cruz: (17:14)
So should we have asked him if Chad’s good [crosstalk 00:17:14].
Donald Trump: (17:14)
He knows more.
Greg Abbott: (17:17)
Donald Trump: (17:20)
He’s doing a great job. Thank you very much.
Donald Trump: (17:23)
Thank you, Brian.
Donald Trump: (17:23)
Well, thank you Mr. President. Thank you for being here. Of course, this is Dr. Bavin’s district. I’m probably the oldest guy in the room in that I grew up on the Gulf coast, never left. I’ve probably been through more hurricanes than anybody here, starting in 61 with hurricane Carla. I was going into the Texas house in 2008 when Ike hit, and I’ve never, never seen this kind of responsiveness from the federal government. It is a tenement to your leadership, Mr. President. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. And our great state people are here, too. Our great governor, Nim Kidd, Lieutenant governor, attorney general, I could go run down the list and you have done everything you said you would do for Texas and more, and my district loves you and we appreciate you.
Donald Trump: (18:12)
Thank you, Randy, very much. You’re doing a great job. Chief, please.
Thank you, Mr. President. I want to, I want to thank the local officials and Texas mayors and County judges are the only ones with the authority to mandate an evacuation, and that’s a courageous decision to make and Mayor Spears, judge, for the work that you did that saved lives. The reason we have the low death count that we have, is because you took the evacuation orders in this storm and took them seriously. So thank you for doing that. To my governor and the state leaders here, thanks for giving us the authority and the funding to go do good work. And we try really hard at that. But from our regional administrator, Tony Robinson to administrator Gainer, to secretary of Wolf, thank you for the dedicated leadership. Mr. President, we’ve never had this quick answers. I’ve been in this seat for 10 years. I think 17 or 18 major disaster declarations and about 300 ad mags later, we’ve never had this fast of a response, so thank you for that.
Donald Trump: (19:00)
Okay, thank you very much. A very important state, a great state, and a got to take care of the people of Texas. That’s all there is to it. Becky, please?
Thank you, Mr. President. I echo everything that’s been said here. It’s been unbelievable. I was elected mayor in 2007 and four months later we had Humberto and then shortly after Ike, I went through Harvey and Imelda. We have had 26 federal declarations since 1953 and 19 of them have been since I was elected mayor in ’07. So I’ve gotten to know all of the people at this table, very, very well. And the local officials work very close together and with the state and governor Abbott, and our Senate and our Congress have been just unbelievable. And I just thank you for coming. It means a lot to us, and it means a lot to the people who live here to see-
Donald Trump: (19:57)
Well thank you very much.
…that our president would take the time to come and say hello to us.
Donald Trump: (20:00)
Thank you very much.
We appreciate you.
Donald Trump: (20:02)
You’re doing a great job. Thank you, Becky very-
Donald Trump: (20:03)
Thank you very much.
Speaker 4: (20:03)
We appreciate it.
Donald Trump: (20:03)
You’re doing a great job. Thank you, thank you very much.
Speaker 4: (20:04)
Thank you so much.
Donald Trump: (20:04)
Judge, I want to thank you very much. I hear just the job you do is incredible, and I can see the passion you have for it so it’s really great. We appreciate it.
Well, thank you. It’s a fantastic. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate you coming. The governor’s been here multiple times, and everybody involved, we have a great concern for our community. We have a great concern for Texas. We have a great concern for Louisiana, and we’re going to do what we can do to help them. A couple of people for sure that, and I hate to single people out, but for sure, [inaudible 00:00:35], thank you, and the response that you and the governor’s office has had and answering the phone calls, because there’s been many all the way through COVID down to this. I’m like Mayor Becky Ames, I’ve been in office four years. This is disaster number six for me, so we’re getting good at something we really don’t want to be good at, but we’re going to be good at it, and we’re going to get it taken care of.
When we come into one of the biggest things we’re looking at now, other than the storm itself, was what was caused by that and that was getting our energy back up and getting our power back up. We have someone in the building today who is the President and CEO of Energy, Texas, and their team, Sally Rainer. Their team is in here in force and getting this power and stuff restored as quickly as possible so that our citizens that are on their way home can have power as quickly as possible to get back to repairing their homes. There’s so many people that do so much for Texas.
One of the big projects we have, and I want to recognize General Beck with the Army Corps of Engineers. We’ve been working for a project. I know the governor, and Senator Cruz, Senator Cornyn is not here, but everybody that’s involved with it, which is the Coastal Spine Levy Project, 26 miles of that which will be …
Donald Trump: (21:37)
How’s that going for you?
Well, it’s made huge progress in the last three weeks. The state and the general land office has helped fund Orange County share of that portion of it. Because of that, we’re able to move forward with the court, and working at the next legislative session to continue that in the deal, but that is huge for us.
Donald Trump: (21:55)
Do you think it’ll work with the army Corps?
It’s absolutely going to work.
Donald Trump: (21:59)
They’re building our wall. They’re doing a very good job. 10 miles a day, roughly 300 miles. It’s going good. How is that working?
Speaker 5: (22:09)
Sir, are you asking the wall?
Donald Trump: (22:10)
No, the wall I know. The wall is good. With the levy?
Speaker 5: (22:17)
Within Orange, we’re excited. As the judge said, we have the ability now, we’re moving forward with design. We’re going to end up with about 25 miles a wall, different types of wall, that also end up with about seven pump stations in about 30 days.
Donald Trump: (22:32)
That will stop the water from pouring in?
Speaker 5: (22:32)
Sir, we’re confident that it will. Also, not only in Orange, but with two neighboring communities in Port Arthur and Freeport, it’s going to create a system. Those two communities have walls. We’re going to continue to develop it and improve those walls. Collectively those three projects are going to improve the protection on over 100,000 residents in this community, critical infrastructure and also critical energy sector infrastructure.
Donald Trump: (22:54)
What is your timing there?
Speaker 5: (22:55)
We’re starting to design right now with Orange. Right now, we’re looking at all three of those projects being completed between 2025 and 2027. We’re moving forward and what makes them impressive, and the judge is a great partner in this, is we’re doing this with the local communities. We’re doing this with the state. This is a partnership we’ve talked about for allowing us to develop something that not only will withstand, as you said, the storms, but also allow the communities to take care of these projects and the residents behind them in the future.
Donald Trump: (23:27)
What do you think the cost will be of the project?
Speaker 5: (23:27)
Right now with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, we got $ 4 billion to move these three projects forward, so we have that funding in hand and are moving forward. Also, as part of that act, we received additional funds to study the remainder of the Gulf Coast, so we’re working hard. We’ve got a study that we’re going to publish an interim report on in the near future, within the next month. It looks at Houston. It looks at Galveston. It looks at Bolivar Point Peninsula.
Donald Trump: (23:51)
Is that part of the original approval? Houston?
Speaker 5: (23:55)
Sir, when we got the Bipartisan Budget Act, that study was part of that.
Donald Trump: (24:01)
Okay. The governor, when he called me, he said, “Could you do me a favor? Just one more favor. That’s all I want. It’s very small.” I said, “How much governor?” He said, “It’s not much. $10 billion.” I said, “$10 billion?” He said that would really do something with respect to this tremendous flooding every time you have a hurricane.
Greg Abbott: (24:22)
Donald Trump: (24:22)
Really Phase One is what we’re talking about, but you could do something. That will also take care of the Houston area?
Greg Abbott: (24:29)
Speaker 6: (24:30)
Congress has already directed 3.8 billion, and that was with strong bipartisan support and your support, and so that’s beginning construction of the coastal spine. We’re also studying the continued expansion to complete it. Obviously, a lot of families, and homes and a lot of businesses, and energy infrastructure is all along the Gulf coast.
Donald Trump: (24:51)
It will work, right?
Speaker 5: (24:53)
Donald Trump: (24:53)
We’re not going to build it, and say, “Oops. It sprung a leak, and that’s the end of that.” It’s a big project, but it will work right?
Speaker 5: (25:01)
Donald Trump: (25:01)
Okay. If you guys do it, it’s going to work. A question down on the other side and you’ve done a fantastic job. Do you have anything to say?
Speaker 7: (25:10)
Yes, sir. I would like to now Mr. President. I appreciate you being here. My community appreciates it. Thank you for what you do for our country. We really appreciate that. Also, I want to thank a Judge John Gothia, and somebody we didn’t mention, Joel Ardoin. He’s our Parks and Management coordinator. They’ve done an outstanding job, and we appreciate the work they’ve done. I also want to thank everyone in this room that has helped us here in the community. Thank you very much.
Donald Trump: (25:38)
Thank you very much.
Speaker 7: (25:39)
Thank you Mr. President.
Donald Trump: (25:40)
Greg, do you want to finish it off?
Greg Abbott: (25:42)
One thing that Texans have shown, whether it be Harvey, whether it be all these other storms you’ve heard, they have been through it, and it shows the resilience and perseverance that Texans have, but we are made even stronger by the swift, and profound, and effective support that we get from our leaders in Washington, DC. You are the builder president. You are helping to build that coastal spine that will protect Texas, but you are, right now, helping Texas rebuild in the aftermath of this hurricane, and we say, thank you,
Donald Trump: (26:14)
Thank you very much. Do you have any questions for the governor, the Senator or anybody? Anybody have any questions?
Speaker 8: (26:22)
For the Governor, Governor, what is the status in Galveston Bay with the refineries and the hundreds of chemical plants? If you could share just an update on the economic and environmental impact.
Greg Abbott: (26:35)
Just real quick. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality continues to monitor those both with regard to air quality and water quality. They have mobile units engaged to make sure they are going to be able to adequately go to all the impacted areas and do the monitoring and make sure that if there is any type of environmental situation, it will be swiftly contained.
Donald Trump: (26:58)
Okay. Anybody else?
Speaker 9: (26:59)
Mr. President, I have a question on, this is obviously an important trip to visit these communities. Do you plan to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin as well, another community that’s obviously in pain?
Donald Trump: (27:08)
Probably so. We’ve had tremendous success. As you know, we were finally able to get the go ahead from the local authorities to send in the National Guard. We sent in the National Guard, and within a few minutes of the guard, everybody cleared out, and it became safe. That was three days ago. We’ve had absolutely no problem from then. We sent in 1000 National Guard, and that’s not even a big force. We could clean out, as an example, Portland, we could fix Portland in, I would say, 45 minutes. The people in Portland should protest because the mayor doesn’t know what he’s doing. He has no clue. He doesn’t even have a clue. This has been going on for years in Portland. It’s now been going on 94 days. If he would call, or if they would ask, or if the governor would ask, we would have the National Guard there in a very short period of time. That would be cleaned out in a matter of literally minutes, and you’d have a safe Portland. It’s ridiculous that they go on like this.
Donald Trump: (28:13)
With Kenosha, it’s been in very, very good shape from the moment they set foot in that area. The Sheriff’s been great. The police commissioner, the police chief has been great. We’ve been working with all of them, but the governor let us do what we had to do, and we cleaned it up. We’ll see what happens. We have to keep it going, but we won’t have any problems.
Speaker 9: (28:34)
Sir, one thing on that. I think yesterday you did comment on the killing of Jacob Blake. You said you didn’t like how it looked. I wonder if you could comment about the other shooting that took place in that community.
Donald Trump: (28:45)
Yeah, I said …
Speaker 9: (28:46)
You mentioned the National Guard going in on enforcement, but this was a young man, 1- year-old, who’s facing murder charges for having shot two people. There’s some folks who’ve said conservatives are holding up this young man, have having done so within his rights, so self protect. I’m wondering if you’ve read much about this case. If you have concerns about ordinary residents with guns in situations like this and what a dangers that might present.
Donald Trump: (29:12)
Well, that’s under investigation right now. They’ll be reporting back to me over the next 24 hours, 48 hours maybe max, and we’ll have a comment about it. Right now, we’re looking at it very, very carefully what we are doing. It’s a great state, Wisconsin. Great state, and they should not have to put up with what they went through. The National Guard has done a fantastic job. Any other questions?
Speaker 10: (29:37)
Mr. President, Why is the D and I no longer going to be updating the House and the Senate on election security issues?
Donald Trump: (29:44)
Well, I could have Mark answer that question, please.
I’d be glad to answer it. I talked to Director, and as you know, he’s been giving briefings. He’s going to ultimately give full briefings in terms of, not oral briefings, but full intel briefings, but it really comes down to one …
Speaker 11: (30:03)
… briefings, but full-intel briefings. But it really comes down to one simple thing. The last time they gave briefings, a few members went out, and talked to the press and disclosed information that they shouldn’t have disclosed, so he’s going to make sure that there’s the proper tools for their oversight and make sure that they contain it in a way that does not jeopardize sources and methods for the intel that we gathered.
Speaker 12: (30:23)
Donald Trump: (30:24)
Director Ratcliffe brought information into the committee and the information leaked. Whether it was “Shifty” Schiff or somebody else, they leak the information before it gets in. What’s even worse, they leak the wrong information. He got tired of it, so he wants to do it in a different forum because you have leakers on the committee, obviously, leakers that are doing bad things, probably not even legal to leak. We’ll look into that separately, but they were leaking the information as brought in.
Donald Trump: (30:58)
Howard, you don’t have that in Texas. Ken, you wouldn’t allow that in Texas.
Donald Trump: (31:03)
I guarantee, Ken will not be allowing the leakers to be doing that. He wanted to make sure that it doesn’t leak. Yeah, please.
Speaker 12: (31:11)
A question about Laura. In June of this year, NOAA issued a report indicating that climate change is at least in part responsible for increasing sea temperatures, which then in turn lead to storms like Laura and Harvey. In an area where petrochemicals and the energy industry are so critical, how do you balance that with, at the same time, attacking climate change so that storms like this don’t continue to ravage the Gulf Coast?
Donald Trump: (31:35)
Well, I’ll tell you, you’ve had tremendous storms in Texas for many decades and for many centuries. That’s the way it is, is we handle them as they come. All I can do is handle them as they come, and that’s what we do, and nobody’s ever done a better job of it. We love the people of Texas and Governor, it’s an honor to be with you. Thank you very much, Ted. Thank you very much. Great job. Thank you, Dan. Please.
Speaker 12: (31:58)
Donald Trump: (31:59)
Thank you very much, everybody.
Donald Trump: (32:01)