In town pool report #6 - More quotes from Cabinet Room

From: "Bennett, Brian"
Date: September 7, 2017 at 2:13:29 PM EDT
Subject: In town pool report #6 - More quotes from Cabinet Room

Here are longer quotes from Trump in the Cabinet Room on the debt ceiling, the hurricane and the Kuwaiti leader's visit.

HIGHLIGHTS:

President Trump agreed that the deal signaled more bipartisanship and predicted a "different relationship" and "dialogue."

Asked if this deal signals more bipartisanship, Trump said, "I think it does, yes. I think we will have a different relationship than we've been watching over the last number of years. I hope so. I think that's a great thing for our country. And I think that's what the people of the United States want to see. They want to see some dialogue," Trump said.

President Trump said "there are a lot of good reasons" to get rid of the debt ceiling and the idea of revoking it entirely came up in his Oval Office meeting with Congressional leaders on Wednesday.

On the debt ceiling, Trump was asked, "Do you want to get rid of that vote process entirely Mr. President?

Trump replied: "Well, I think that, you know, it could be discussed. For many years people have been talking about getting rid of debt ceiling altogether and there are a lot of good reasons to do that. So certainly that is something that could be discussed. We even discussed it at the meeting we had yesterday."

KUWAIT VISIT:

"The Amir of Kuwait is a very special person who I've gotten to know over the, actually over the years. I want to thank you very much for being our guest at the White House and for all of your representatives."

"We have many things to discuss including trade and the military."

"We had a short but very good meeting individually and we look forward to having this luncheon and I know we have meeting all throught the day and tomorrow."

HURRICANE:

"For the media, the so for results for the hurricane are not looking particularly good for Florida."

"We are very well covered from the standpoint of bravery and talent. We have tremendous people there representing us from the Coast Guard to FEMA to everyone else."

"I spoke to Gov. Scott on numerous occasions and they likewise are very well prepared. But the amount of wind that's coming in we don't think we've seen anything quite like this yet."

"We don't think we've seen anything quite like this. Some of the winds have gotten up to close to 200 miles an hour."

"Again the governor is working very hard. FEMA, the Coast Guard, all of our people are very well prepared. We are going to be knowing very soon, we know where it is. We have pretty good accuracy as to path. Unfortunately we'll be knowing pretty soon. Hopefully we'll have some good news. That's what we're waiting for is good news."

DEBT CEILING:

Q: Mr President? Long term deal with Sen Schumer on the debt ceiling? Permanent deal? You want that? You want that Mr. President?

"There would never be a problem with that nobody would do anything on that. We had a great meeting yesterday with Nancy Pelosi and Senator Schumer and it was a very bipartisan meeting. We could have done a longer deal. But that would have effected the military as you know. We have a great respect for the sanctity of the debt ceiling. Chuck does and Nancy does. We all do. That will never be a problem. The debt ceiling will never be a problem. We could have done a one year deal but we couldn't do for one reason, for the military, we need the flexibility, especially in these times. And we are looking at major military, I was just telling the Amir we were just increasing the military purchases in this country by many many billions of dollars. New fighter jets. New ships. Things that should have been bought over the last ten years we're making up for it. We have finest military equipment in the world and we are now the biggest of all buyers."

"I thought it was a very very friendly, it was a meeting we all wanted to get together and do something. And I think the primary reason was you look at North Korea, you look at the hurricane, you look at what's going on in the Middle East. And I said frankly it's time that we walk out and shake hands and have a deal. They agreed and I will tell you there was a lot of spirit in that room, a lot of good spirit. But the reason we have the 90 days, which we'll I believe quite easily extend. But certainly we will extend on the debt ceiling because they understand the importance of that, that's really a sacred trust."

Q: Do you want to get rid of that vote process entirely Mr. President?

"Well, I think that, you know, it could be discussed. For many years people have been talking about getting rid of debt ceiling altogether and there are a lot of good reasons to do that. So certainly that is something that could be discussed. We even discussed it at the meeting we had yesterday. It complicates things. It's really not necessary because you're talking about budget, so it's really not necessary because you're talking about budget. So it's really not necessary, but it's certainly something we could discuss. But as long as it's there it will never be violated."

Q: Does this deal signal more bipartisanship?

"I think it does, yes. I think we will have a different relationship than we've been watching over the last number of years. I hope so. I think that's a great thing for our country. And I think that's what the people of the United States want to see. They want to see some dialogue. They want to see coming together to an extent at least and you see that with DACA, you see that with so many things. I think you really saw it yesterday loud and clear. The people of the United States really want to see a coming together, at least to an extent. With different parties, we have different thoughts, different feelings, different ideas. But I think you are going to see a much stronger coming together. One thing we agreed on, we agreed very much on a strong military. We agreed very readily on Harvey, the hurricane. Little did we all know sitting in that room we had just gotten the early signs of the magnitude of Irma, which is potentially more devastating than Harvey."

PENCE SPOKE

Trump then asked Vice President Pence to describe Wednesday's meeting and make a few remarks.

Pence: "The president brought people together yesterday and said we are going to provide for Texas, we are going to provide for Florida, we are going to provide for all the people who are affected by Hurricane Irma. And in the midst of that we are also going to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling and on funding the government. For me it was a great moment, as Senator Schumer said. And I think the American people and this president welcome a break from the harsh partisanship that has defined this city too long. The ability to come together, I think gives us all great confidence that we'll find progress on a broad range of issues to get the economy moving and make America more secure."

Brian Bennett
White House reporter
Los Angeles Times
Cell (202) xxx-xxx-xxxx
Twitter @bybrianbennett

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