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News on The 700 Club: January 30, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," January 30: The full interview: President Trump talks with CBN's David Brody; Trump stands behind immigration ban: 'not about religion,' and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome, ladies and gentlemen.

It's gotten a lot of play-- our reporter

David Brody's interview with the president.

And he did a great job.

And Donald Trump has made it clear

he's going to stand by his campaign promises

on his choice for the Supreme Court, particularly.

We'll be telling you about that today, the top contenders

for that job and his plan to bring back jobs

to the United States, on immigration, much, much more.

It's all going to be here in just a couple of minutes.

Well, Mr Trump also talked about how

being in the office of the presidency

has made it clear to him that he needs God even more.

Here's David Brody's complete interview with President Trump.

Mr. President, thank you for inviting CBN News here

into the White House, the people's house.

Thank you, sir.

Thank you, David.

Let me start-- well, by the way, do you like Mr.

President or Mr. Trump?

You can call me anything you want.

I'll call you Mr. President.

You've known me a long time.

Wonderful.

Let's start with the Supreme Court.

I know you're narrowing down the list.

I know you've talked about who you

kind of have an idea of who's going to be this person.

But let me ask you, where does the final result lie?

In other words, is it a gut instinct for you?

Because they're all good on this list.

So what's the bottom-line factor when deciding?

Well, I think also it's who's going to get approved.

And we have to go through a process

after I pick the person that I'm going to be picking,

who I think I know, but I'm not 100%.

I can't guarantee it.

We're doing some further checking, the vetting.

They call it the vetting process.

And the vetting process is very, very strong.

But all 20 are fantastic people.

I put out 20 for the election.

I said, these are the people I'll pick.

And I think that the person that I pick will be a big, big--

I think people are going to love it.

I think evangelicals, Christians will love my pick

and will be represented very, very fairly.

Let me ask you about the embassy in Israel

as it relates to moving this embassy to Jerusalem.

It's important for evangelicals.

Are you committed to doing that?

Well, I'm looking at it.

We're studying it, as you know.

We discussed this before.

We're studying it very, very long and hard.

It's a very big decision, because every president

for the last number of presidents, large number,

they've come in and they were going to do it,

and then all of a sudden they decide they

don't want to get involved.

It's a big, big decision, but we're

studying the issue right now.

I've always liked the concept of doing it.

I will tell you that.

I'll have a decision in the not-too-distant future.

Are the chances good?

Well, there's certainly a chance of it, absolutely.

But we're going to be-- we're doing

very detailed studies on that, and we'll come out very soon.

I hate to do that, because that's not usually me, studies.

Right, right.

It's usually I do what's right.

But this has two sides to it.

It's not easy.

And I'll make a decision over the not-too-distant future.

Let me ask you about the Muslim Brotherhood real quick.

You've had some critical words for them in the past

when we've spoken.

There is a decision to be made about the Muslim Brotherhood

as it relates to whether or not they

are a terrorist organization.

Do you believe they are?

Well, there's certainly been a lot of things going on.

And that's another one--

I don't want to keep putting you off,

but I am having a meeting on that next week.

And there's some bad stuff going on.

You know it, and I know it.

So we'll see what happens.

But I have a meeting that next week.

I'll let you know.

All right.

Let me ask you a little bit about Latinos in this country.

You've talked about you're going to be a great jobs president.

Right.

And you believe the Latino community has heard you

on that to a agree.

And we did very well with the Latino community.

People were shocked.

DAVID BRODY: Better than Romney.

Better than Romney, better than just about--

for a long way, I mean, better than a lot

of people thought possible, or I wouldn't have won.

They're a great community.

They're a phenomenal community-- spirit, hardworking.

And you know, the Cuban-Americans,

I got 84% of that vote.

And they voted in big numbers.

So we did really well with that community.

So go ahead.

No, I was going to ask you, what

can you say to some in that community that

have some trepidation, that I think

they are under attack by this administration coming in?

What's your message to them?

Well, I think I've really solved that,

because the election was not long ago.

And we had a great victory.

We had a victory that nobody thought was possible, 306.

Remember they said there is no path to 270 for Trump?

Trump can't win because there's no path?

And I kept going up to Maine, where Maine had won,

and we won it.

But we didn't need it because we won Michigan, Wisconsin,

Pennsylvania, Florida.

We won so many--

North Carolina.

So I really focused very heavily on the Latino community,

or the Hispanic community.

And it was something that I'm very proud of.

I'm very proud of the numbers we got.

They want protection, and they want jobs.

And they don't want people pouring across the border

that they have no idea who they are.

And one of the reasons I did so well

with the Hispanic community is the fact that they do want jobs

and they do want protection.

And they know that I'm going to take care of that.

And I've already been producing the jobs,

because Ford and General Motors and many other companies,

even Fiat Chrysler in terms of the car companies, but so many

other types of companies, they're

pouring back into our country now.

They want to be here-- lower taxes.

We're lowering taxes, big league,

including for the middle class, including for people, not just

business taxes.

But we're lowering business taxes,

and companies are pouring back in.

Speaking of taxes, this 20% border tax we've--

or at least this tax imports from Mexico

into the United States.

How serious are you about something like that?

Well, it's something that I have the right to do.

It's something that I can impose if I want.

We are getting along, actually very well,

with the Mexican government.

We'll see what happens.

Do you believe that that is a strong move going forward?

Do you see--

Well, it's an option.

It's certainly an option.

I can do that.

I can do it if I want.

But we're dealing with the Mexican government.

I just had a conversation with the Mexican government,

actually, with the president of Mexico.

He's a very good man.

And we'll see where it all goes.

We'll see what happens.

Can you give us a sense of what

that conversation was like?

Oh, a very warm conversation.

We're talking.

We're speaking.

And we're going to see what happens.

What about this--

if there was some sort of tax on imports, what

about the argument that you've heard before about that,

indeed, it will be passed along to consumers?

What's the argument?

Well, I think some of it may get passed along,

but it also creates jobs.

So I'm not against something like that.

But with respect to Mexico, something else

could happen, which would be much more

positive for both Mexico and the United States.

The media--

I know we only have a limited amount of time.

You could talk for an hour and a half about the media.

You mean fake news?

Well, that's what you are call--

Well, much of it is fake news.

I mean, much of the media makes up stories.

It's amazing.

I speak to people, great people, people that voted for me,

and they get it better than most people get it.

But much of the media is distorted and fake.

And you can see it--

I won't mention specific networks

as an example or newspapers.

But I read stories that they write that are knowingly false.

They're knowingly false.

They know it's a lie.

And they write them anyway, and the headlines.

And in the end, the media has now a 17% approval rating,

which is shocking.

I think I've done a lot of that.

I think I've brought it down, because at my rallies

I'll speak, and they'll turn around,

and the people will start--

I mean, going pretty wild against them.

We want truthful media.

We don't have truthful media.

We have people that are--

in many cases, I actually think they're

sick people, because some of the stories are so bad.

For instance, in the Oval Office,

we have a beautiful bust of Dr. Martin Luther King.

And they took that bust, and they said that I removed it.

I never removed.

In fact, I admired it when I first walked in.

They said I walked in and I had it removed.

And all of a sudden, there's major headlines

all over the world that I removed the bust of Dr. Martin

Luther King, which I'd never do, because, again,

a man that I have great respect for

and have admired over the years greatly.

And I call my people.

Why did you take that bust down?

I wasn't here.

Who took it out?

I mean, believe me, I wasn't so nice.

Who took it out?

And they said, sir, it was never touched.

In fact, they were all nervous.

They said they ran to the office just to make sure.

It turned out it was there.

Well, the person that wrote this-- this

was "Time" magazine.

The person that wrote this, said I removed the bust,

it turned out that somebody was standing in front of the bust

so that he couldn't see.

The bust is this big, right?

It's like that.

Somebody was standing in front of it.

That's fake news.

That's fake news.

Now, the apology, you know what it was?

I don't even know if anybody gave an apology.

I think there was something on Twitter possibly.

Maybe it was a Twitter.

I had headlines all over the world.

And I'll tell you, it's a very serious thing,

because what they're doing is they're saying I'm a racist.

See, they're not saying I removed a bust.

They're saying I'm a racist.

That's fake news.

These people are bad people.

Steve Bannon, one of your top advisers,

just the other day to the "New York Times"

called the media "the opposition party."

So you believe that?

I think to a large extent, they're much more

capable than the other side.

Other side meaning?

Yeah, I think the media is the opposition party in many ways.

And I think that--

and I'm not talking about all media.

I know people-- like yourself.

But I know people in the media that I have tremendous respect

for, respect them as much as anybody.

So I'm not talking about everybody.

But a big portion of the media--

the dishonesty, the total deceit and deception

makes them certainly partially the opposition party,

absolutely.

I think they're much more capable than the opposition

party.

The opposition party is losing badly.

Now, the media is on the opposition party's side.

And I actually said to myself, I say, they treat me so unfairly,

it's hard to believe that I won.

But the fortunate thing about me is I have a big voice.

I have a voice that people understand.

And you see it now.

We're bringing back jobs.

Ford is making a massive investment now in Michigan.

General Motors is going to be making

just magnificent investments.

So many other companies are coming back in.

But yeah, the media is a disgrace.

And they've called me wrong from the beginning.

I mean, "New York Times" has called

me wrong from the beginning.

And underestimated you.

They actually apologized to their readers.

They lost a lot of subscriptions,

not because the readers even like me.

They said, how inaccurate could you be?

Because if you read the "New York Times,"

there was no chance that Trump was going to win.

And yet, we'd go out there, and I'd

feel I was going to win based on the crowds.

You saw the crowds better than anybody.

So it's a very interesting fact.

Let me switch gears.

It wouldn't be an interview between us

if I didn't ask a "God question," if you will.

How has that spiritual journey been for you, especially

being here and knowing the gravity of the office?

Do you feel the need to pray more?

Where are you on that?

Well, I tell you what, I've always felt the need to pray.

So I would say that the office is so powerful that you need

God even more because your decisions are no longer, gee,

I'm going to build a building in New York, or I'm going to do--

these are questions of massive life and death,

even with regard to health care.

We're working very hard on health care.

But there you're talking about life and death,

and you're talking about better lives, better lives,

people living better because they have better health care

at a lower price, which we're working very hard on.

So yeah, you realize these decisions are all so important.

This is almost not a decision that you

make when you're sitting in this position that isn't a really

life-altering position.

So God comes into it even more so.

There's a lot of people--

I remember when we were in California

on your golf course--

a beautiful golf course, I might add.

That I may never see again.

I understand.

I may never see it again.

Can you imagine?

Which is disheartening to you, I'm sure.

It's OK.

It's all right.

We're doing something much more important.

We talked about your tweeting at the time.

And I'm wondering, nowadays as president,

what's the filter here?

I mean, are you calling this out?

Are you doing it yourself?

How does this work now?

Well, the media is very dishonest.

And if they were honest, I wouldn't bother doing it

because I wouldn't have to do it.

Because I could call somebody up, and I

could give them the information.

Or I could issue a press release or something.

Or it could have some kind of a conversation.

Look, I've had conversations with the media.

I think I understand the media.

Nobody really understands the media, in all fairness.

But I've had conversations with people

where, rather than Twitter, I will call and give them

information on a message I want to get out.

And the message will be totally distorted.

And I'll call up.

I'll say, that had nothing to do with what I told you.

Well, I sort of thought this and that.

I would tell you strongly--

I think I'll soon be over 50 million people between Facebook

and Twitter and Instagram and the different things.

And--

Do you call it out to folks?

Do you--

Well, for instance, I could also

go right into the White House.

But mine is much better--

I like @RealDonaldTrump.

And we use POTUS.

But I like @RealDonaldTrump.

But the beautiful thing about it,

it's really a modern-day form of communication.

I can do in 140 or 280 or you can extend them.

All I do is dot, dot, dot, right, and you extend it?

So it really gets to be where you do

have enough room if you need.

You like the flexibility on it.

But generally just in the 140.

But I can do messages around the media

and get my word out the way I mean my word.

I don't have to have the media distort my message.

Because they go out of their way to distort my message.

When the media takes my message, knows what my message is,

and then writes it purposely so that it doesn't sound good,

I'd rather do Twitter.

And that's what I do.

There are a lot of folks that are going to want

to judge these first 100 days.

They're going to say, this is a success

or-- they're going to have their own version of what

a success is.

For you for these first 100 days,

what is success for you exactly?

Well, I think it started on one of the greatest

days of my life.

I think the speech turned out very good.

I got very good reviews on the speech.

The only negative reviews were some people said it was dark.

But many people thought it was very optimistic,

because obviously it's dark.

When you have people being shot every day in Chicago

and you have things like this happening

when you look at the Middle East and when

you look at what's going on in North Korea

and when you look at all of these things that

are happening, you can't say that life

is a bowl of cherries, right?

But I got very good reviews on the speech.

We had a tremendous crowd.

The crowd was great, but the overall audience was, I think,

the biggest ever to watch an inauguration address, which

was a great thing.

That was also distorted in the media.

They fought that as much as they could.

But it turns out it was probably the largest audience

ever to watch an inauguration address.

Why is it important for you to win on something like that?

Because you haven't given that up.

You want to make sure they understand what--

what is it?

Because I'm representing a lot of people,

the forgotten people, in many cases, and in many cases

not the forgotten people, people generally, but many people that

are the forgotten people.

And they've been forgotten by the media that tries

to distort them out of life.

And so when I had that massive crowd

and they'd show a picture of an emptier area--

we had a tremendous crowd.

But the audience, which was the word used by Sean during

the press conference-- and he used the word "audience"

right in his first thing--

is-- and I think it's indisputable, but if it's not,

it's certainly very close-- but I think it was the largest

audience ever.

I want the forgotten people to understand that we're not

forgotten anymore.

And now the Democrats are after those people

because, frankly, they can't win an election

without those people.

So we're wrapping up here, but a couple last questions--

on 100 days, is it important for you

to have some sort of tax reform bill on your desk?

Or do you want at least the structure in place?

Well, at least the structure because it

takes a certain period of time statutorily.

You file, and then you have to wait, and then you file again,

and you do something, and you do an amendment.

And so there is a structural component

and a statutory component where you

have to wait days, one of those little problems in life.

But it's not actually a bad thing.

And we also have health care that we're working on.

And we're working on other things.

And one of the things I said that I'm

going to try very hard to get done during my term,

and I'll get it done, is the Johnson Amendment

for evangelicals, for Christians, for everybody

of faith, where we're going to try an end

and terminate the Johnson Amendment,

which is a disaster for religion, in my opinion.

It's a priority for you.

Oh, it's a priority, absolutely.

OK, last question, because I know we have to run.

Persecuted Christians-- we've talked about this-- overseas.

The refugee changes you're looking

to make as it relates to persecuted Christians,

do you see them as kind of a priority here as a--

Yes.

You do.

Yes.

They've been horribly treated.

Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria,

it was impossible, at least very, very tough,

to get into the United States.

If you were a Muslim, you could come in.

But if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible.

And the reason that was so unfair is that--

everybody was persecuted, in all fairness.

But they were chopping off the heads of everybody,

but more so the Christians.

And I thought it was very, very unfair.

So we are going to help them.

Mr. President, a pleasure.

Thank you for the time.

Thank you.

Thank you very much, David.

That was great.

Well, my take on this is that he

is going to be one of the most transformative leaders

that this nation has ever had.

The media is against him.

The left is against him.

But he's standing resolute, and he's just going ahead.

I mean, it's amazing.

But it's time for Congress to confirm his appointments.

He needs a Secretary of State.

It isn't fair to keep holding these people,

and now we're going to have later on this program, I hope,

we'll be having an understanding of some

of the potential judges.

Because he wants to name a Supreme Court replacement

for Antonin Scalia this week.

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