Conway: Trump will not allow China to play Americans for ‘fools’


MARTHA MacCALLUM STARTS RIGHT NOW. SPEAK TO A GREAT STORY. WE ARE ON THE ROOFTOP HERE. HELLO, EVERYBODY. IF YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES, THAT IS SAID TO BE A CHINESE CURSE. AND NO DOUBT WHILE ORIGIN IS DUBIOUS, IT FITS THE MOMENT WE ARE LIVING IN. REPORTS TONIGHT THAT CHINESE OFFICIALS ARE CONFUSED BY THE PRESIDENT. AND WILL NOT COME TO THE TABLE RIGHT NOW AFTER CONTRADICTIONS LIKE THIS.>>IF THEY DON’T WANT TO TRADE WITH US ANYMORE. THAT WOULD BE FINE WITH ME. WE WOULD SAVE A LOT OF MONEY.>>IF THEY DON’T WANT TO MAKE A DEAL, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT’S GOING TO BE GREAT FOR CHINA. IT WILL BE GREAT FOR THE U.S.>>Martha: THEY ALSO CITE PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLING XI A GREAT LEADER ONE MINUTE AND THE ENEMY AT THE NEXT. HIS SUPPORTERS SAY THAT HE IS JUST KEEPING THEM GUESSING ON PURPOSE.>>SORRY. IT IS THE WAY I NEGOTIATE. IT HAS DONE VERY WELL FOR ME OVER THE YEARS. AND IS DOING EVEN BETTER FOR THE COUNTRY.>>Martha: WE HAVE A LOT TO GET TO IN WASHINGTON TONIGHT, WE BEGIN WITH REACTION STRAIGHT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. KELLYANNE CONWAY, SENIOR ADVISER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. WHY DID THE PRESIDENT SAY THAT THEY HAD CALLED AND WANTED TO COME BACK TO THE TABLE? AND THEY SAY THAT THEY NEVER CALLED?>>THESE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS ARE ONGOING, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT. THE CHINESE ALLEGATION HAS BEEN HERE IN WASHINGTON MANY TIMES, AND WE HAVE HAD THE U.S. DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE PRESIDENT.>>Martha: THEY ASKED TO REOPEN THE NEGOTIATION THAT THEY WERE READY TO COME TO THE TABLE AND TALK AND THEY ARE SAYING THAT IS NOT THE CASE.>>IS THERE ANYONE THAT THINKS THAT CHINA IS NOT READY TO MAKE A DEAL. THEY SAID THAT THEY HAVE DONE THAT MANY TIMES. THE PRESIDENT IS TAKING THE LONG VIEW ON CHINA. BECAUSE IT WAS NEGLECTED FOR SO MANY DECADES, MARTHA, THAT IT LAST LEFT US WITH A HALF A MILLION DOLLAR TRADE DEFICIT. THE FOURTH TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, THE STOLEN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.>>Martha: THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THERE HAS BEEN A MAJOR ISSUE AND THE PRESIDENT IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO TAKE IT ON.>>THERE IS AN ALLEGATION.>>Martha: WE ARE AT THE POINT WHERE THAT IS GETTING HARD. AND THAT IS NOT SURPRISING GIVEN WHAT IS TAKEN ON HERE. SO CAN YOU GIVE US AN UPDATE ON WHERE THINGS STAND? AND WILL THERE BE A MEETING NEXT MONTH?>>THE PRESIDENT IS OPEN TO CONTINUE TALKS AND NEGOTIATION. HE HAS MADE THAT VERY CLEAR. AND A SERIES OF TWEETS NOT SO LONG AGO PUT TO CHINA THAT THIS IS ABOUT TRADE, ALSO WATCHING THE PROTESTERS IN HONG KONG, AND HE SAID THAT YOU HAVE TO GET IT OUT OF THIS COUNTRY AND OUT OF THE COMMUNITY AND KIDS. WE SEE HOW IT IS DESTROYING 32,000 LAST YEAR. BUT THEY WERE OVER IN CHINA VERY RECENTLY. THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT MIND WAITING IF IT IS A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. THE OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVE NOT BOTHERED TO MAKE ANY DEALS. THIS PRESIDENT CAME TO THE CITY TO DISRUPT IT AND PART OF TO HAE TO DISRUPT IT AND PART OF TO HAB TO DISRUPT IT AND PART OF TO HAL TO DISRUPT IT AND PART OF TO HAT TO DISRUPT IT AND PART OF TO HAR TO DISRUPT IT AND PART OF TO HAL TO DISRUPT IT AND PART OF TO HAT TO DISRUPT IT AND PART OF TO HAA TO DISRUPT IT AND PART OF TO HAE AGREEMENTS THAT NO LONGER SCREW THE AMERICAN WORKER AND AMERICAN EMPLOYERS. THESE THINGS TAKE TIME. IN THE MEANTIME, HE THINKS THAT TARIFFS ARE WORKING, AND LOOK WHAT HE DID WITH JAPAN AT THE G7. THIS IS A HUGE TRADE AGREEMENT. AND AGRICULTURE, BUT ALSO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY.>>Martha: YOU HEARD THE INTRODUCTION THAT WE DID, AND IT WENT BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT MESSAGES. IS IT PART OF THE PRESIDENTS MO TO BE PREDICTABLE AND KIND OF LEAVE THEM GUESSING WHERE HE STANDS?>>SURE, BUT ANYBODY DOES NOT KNOW WHERE THE PRESIDENT STANDS ON TRADE WITH CHINA HAS NOT BEEN PAYING ATTENTION FOR TWO YEARS, MAINLY DECADES.>>Martha: DOES HE CONSIDER HIM A FRIEND OR AN ENEMY?>>HE SAYS THAT WE GET ALONG WELL, BUT WILL NOT ALLOW ANYBODY, LET ALONE THE NUMBER TWO ECONOMY IN THE WORLD PLAY AMERICANS FOR FOOLS AS HAS BEEN DONE FOR SO MANY YEARS. THIS PRESIDENT HAS PROVEN HE IS READY TO NEGOTIATE BETTER TRADE DEALS. HE HAS DONE IT WITH THE USMCA, THE PEOPLE THAT WORK BEHIND US, MARTHA, BETTER GET BACK HERE AND VOTE ON, THAT WILL HELP CONSTITUENTS LEFT, RIGHT, AND CENTER. BETTER, BIGGER NAFTA, CALLED UNC A, HE IS WILLING TO DO THAT WITH CHINA. AND PEOPLE ARE WAITING TO EXHALE FOR A TRADE AGREEMENT.>>Martha: THE FARMERS ARE, THE MARKET IS.>>IT IS PRECEDED BY THE ART OF THE NEGOTIATION.>>Martha: UNDERSTOOD. THERE ARE REPORTS OUT OF CHINA THAT THEY DON’T THINK THAT ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN BEFORE THE 2020 ELECTION. DOES THE PRESIDENT WANT TO SEE THIS HAPPEN BEFORE THE ELECTION? YOU SAY THAT HE IS WILLING TO WAIT, BUT HOW LONG?>>THE PRESIDENT SAID, I THINK IT WAS JUST TODAY, IF THEY ARE WAITING OUT THE CLOCK FOR 2020 THINKING THAT HE WON’T GET REELECTED, THEY WILL BE DISAPPOINTED. IT WILL BE HARDER FOR THEM TO GET A DEAL THEN. AND HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO GET A DEAL. WHY IS THE PRESIDENT DRIVING SUCH A HARD BARGAIN WITH CHINA? HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS TRADE DEFICIT, FORCED INTEREST, BUT THERE IS ANOTHER REASON. THE INDUSTRY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ROARING BACK AS PART OF HIS INCREDIBLE ECONOMY INCLUDE INDUSTRIES THAT WERE FLAT ON THEIR BACK AND LARGE PART BECAUSE OF OUR POOR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA ON TRADE. SO OF THE 6 MILLION PLUS JOBS THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED SINCE DONALD TRUMP WAS ELECTED, 1.2 MILLION ARE IN COMBINED MANUFACTURING, INFRASTRUCTURE, MINING, ALL OF THESE INDUSTRIES THEY WERE FIGHTING BACK, HE IS THERE FOR THE FORGOTTEN MEN AND WOMEN AND TRADE WITH CHINA.>>Martha: WHAT ABOUT THE FARMERS? 13% INCREASE IN BANKRUPTCIES THIS YEAR. AND THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THE AGRICULTURE SECRETARY WENT OUT THERE TO TRY TO CALM THEIR FEARS A LITTLE BIT. BUT HOW LONG CAN HE CALM THEIR FEARS IF THEY CONTINUE TO BE UNDER PRESSURE AND PERHAPS MAKE A DIFFERENT CHOICE?>>WE DON’T WANT ANYONE TO SUFFER. THE FACT IS THAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE LONG VIEW ON DEALS LIKE THIS. WHAT COULD THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND THE AMERICAN AGRICULTURE ECONOMY BE LIKE IF WE ACTUALLY GOT A TRADE DEAL WITH CHINA THAT WORKS FOR AMERICAN FARMERS AND AMERICAN RANCHERS? WE KNOW THAT MANY OF THEM HAVE SEEN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN. THERE HAS BEEN SOME COMPENSATION MEASURES, AND TAKING THE LONG VIEW MEANS WAITING FOR THE BEST DEAL POSSIBLE. THE PRESIDENT ALWAYS WELCOMES THEM TO COME BACK. IN THE TRADE TEAM, FRANKLY THEY HAVE BEEN TERRIFIC.>>Martha: HE SAID HIMSELF THAT NOBODY IS WILLING TO BITE THIS OFF. IT IS A BIG ISSUE. I THINK AMERICANS ACROSS THE BOARD AGREE THAT SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. SO PRESIDENT XI HAS ASKED THE PEOPLE OF CHINA TO PURSUE SELF-RELIANCE. HE SAID GET READY FOR THE NEXT — NEW LONG MARCH, HE CALLED IT. WILL THE PRESIDENT ASKED THE SAME OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? YOU LOOK AT THE EFFORT DURING WORLD WAR II. DOES HE SEE THIS AS A WAR? DOES HE SEE IT AS SOMETHING THAT WILL REQUIRE AMERICANS TO SACRIFICE A BIT?>>I FAIL TO SEE AN ANALOGY IN THIS REGARD. AT THE TRUMP ECONOMY IS WARRING AND BOOMING DESPITE THE PEOPLE THAT TALKED ABOUT RUSSIA, PRUSSIA, RUSSIA, NOW THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT RECESSION, RECESSION, RECESSION. LOOK AT THE DATA OUT OF BLOOMBERG TODAY. THE HIGHEST CONSUMER CONFIDENCE LEVEL IN 19 YEARS. YOU CAN’T ARGUE WITH THE FACTS. IN THE FACTS SHOW AMERICANS ARE SPENDING MONEY –>>Martha: BUT FARMERS HAVE TO, YOU KNOW, TAKE IT ON THE CHAIN A BIT, AND GIVING THEM MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO GIVE THEM RELIEF. IS IT HIS VIEW THAT IT IS OKAY TO ASK PEOPLE TO MAKE SOME SACRIFICES BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT GOAL?>>THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE VERY CLEAR THAT IN ORDER TO GET THE BEST BILATERAL TRADE DEAL WITH CHINA THAT BENEFITS AMERICA UNLIKE THE WAY THAT IT HAS BEEN SO NONRECIPROCAL, IMBALANCED AND UNFAIR TO AMERICA, INCLUDING THE AMERICAN FARMERS AND RANCHERS, TO WAIT FOR THAT IS GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT LONGER. BUT IT WILL BE WORTH THE WAIT. AND I THINK THAT IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE G7. OBVIOUSLY THE U.S. ECONOMY IS THE ENVY OF THE WORLD INCLUDING THE G7 PARTNERS. ANY OF THEM WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THOSE FIGURES, MARTHA. AND AT THE G7, PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT CHINA. BUT AT THE G7, THIS PRESIDENT NEGOTIATED MAJOR TRADE DEAL WITH JAPAN. THE U.K. ONCE A TRADE DEAL. CHINA IS COMING BACK TO THE TABLE. AT THE U.K. WANTS TO WAIT UNTIL THEY SORT OUT THEIR OWN BREXIT, BUT ALL OF THE PEOPLE THEY ARE — OBVIOUSLY JUSTIN TRUDEAU WAS THERE. CANADA. THEY ARE AGREEING TO THE U.N THEY ARE AGREEING TO THE U.D SEE NOW. THEY HAVE THE TWEET. THEY HAD NO TIME TO VOTE.>>Martha: I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS A FEW OTHER TOPICS. PRESIDENT ROUHANI SAID THAT HE WOULD BE HAPPY TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AS WAS SUGGESTED BY EMMANUEL MACRON, BUT HE NEEDS THE SANCTIONS TO BE LIFTED BEFORE HE WOULD DO THAT, WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT’S REACTION?>>THE PRESIDENT’S REACTION IS THAT THE SANCTIONS ARE STAYING IN PLACE, BUT THAT HE WOULD BE OPEN TO MEETING WITH MR. PRESIDENT ROUHANI IF THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE RIGHT. THE PRESIDENT HAS HAD FOR MANY MONTHS, YEARS IN FACT, MARTHA, HE IS WILLING TO TALK TO WORLD LEADERS IF IT HELPS AMERICA. BUT HE DOES NOT REGRET, IN FACT, HE APPLAUDS AND IS VERY PROUD OF PULLING THIS COUNTRY OUT OF THAT FAILED IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL THAT WAS IN THE LAST DEMONSTRATION. HE BELIEVES THAT IRAN IS A BIG THREAT TO ISRAEL AND HAD BEEN, IN THE WORDS OF BENJAMIN OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, THE BEST FRIEND THAT ISRAEL HAS EVER HAD. GIVEN THE GOAL IN THE HEIGHTS AND THE LIKE. AND THE PRESIDENTS WILL KEEP THE SANCTIONS ON IRAN, BUT IF THEY WANT TO COME TO THE TABLE AND TALK ABOUT OTHER THINGS, THAT IS FINE. THEIR ECONOMY IS DOING TERRIBLE, JUST LIKE THE CHINESE ECONOMY.>>Martha: WE WILL SEE IF THAT IS MOTIVATION TO BRING THEM TO THE TABLE WITHOUT LIFTING SANCTIONS.>>WITHOUT HAIR DURING ISRAEL. OF COURSE.>>Martha: CHANGING GEARS TO THE INNER WHITE HOUSE ISSUES, ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI WHO HAD A VERY SHORT STAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT 11 DAYS, I THINK, HE WAS IN HIS JOB, HAS BEEN BLASTING THE PRESIDENT LEFT AND RIGHT AND GETTING QUITE A BIT OF ATTENTION FOR IT. THIS IS WHAT HE SAID MOST RECENTLY. LET’S PLAY THIS.>>I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW ELECTED PUBLIC SERVANTS OF THE LONGEST STANDING REPUBLICAN DEMOCRACY IN EXISTING WORLD HISTORY. A 243-YEAR-OLD REPUBLICAN DEMOCRACY COULD HAVE THIS SORT OF FULL-BLOWN INSANITY ON DISPLAY AND NOT ACT.>>Martha: FULL-BLOWN INSANITY ON DISPLAY, SAYS THAT THE COUNTRY MUST ACT AGAINST A PRESIDENT.>>THAT IS ONE PERSONS OPINION. THAT IS A NEW OPINION FOR ANTHONY. WE ALL KNOW THAT. A VERY NEW OPINION. BUT HE HAS ALSO JUST JUST SOMEBODY WHO IS OUT THERE I THINK GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION AND TRYING TO CAUSE TROUBLE IN A WAY THAT IS VERY UNLIKE THE ANTHONY THAT I KNOW, WHO WAS REALLY TERRIFIC ON THE CAMPAIGN. AND SO FAR AS HELPING TO RAISE MONEY, WAS A CONSTANT PRESENCE IN TRUMP TOWER TOWARDS THE END.>>Martha: WHAT HAPPENED?>>WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND THEY HAVE TWEETED AT EACH OTHER, AND I WILL LET, WHEN I DIE A LONG TIME FROM NOW, I HOPE, PRAY TO GOD, MARTHA, I WILL NEVER SAY I WISH I SENT ONE MORE TWEET. THAT WILL NEVER COME OUT OF MY MOUTH. THEY TWEETED AT EACH OTHER AND MADE IT CLEAR. BUT I ASK YOU A QUESTION, YOU SAID THAT HE IS GETTING ATTENTION. TO WHAT END? IN OTHER WORDS, ALL OF THE PEOPLE OUT THERE SAYING THIS, THAT, AND THE OTHER, TO WHAT END? CAN I KEEP HEARING A NUMBER OF PEOPLE SAYING, THEY’RE ALL OF THESE REPUBLICANS WHO SAY IT IN PRIVATE WHAT I AM SAYING IN PUBLIC. WHERE ARE THEY? DO THEY WORK IN THE CAPITAL? HAVE THEM COME FORWARD TO. WHERE ARE THESE PEOPLE? THESE MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE — WHERE ARE THEY? THEY CAN GET MEDIA ATTENTION ALSO IF THEY COME FORWARD. I KEEP HEARING PEOPLE, I KEEP SEEING PEOPLE ON TWITTER AND HEARING PEOPLE ON TV TALKING ABOUT ANALYSES OUTSIDE OF THEIR PURVIEW. OUTSIDE OF THEIR PROFESSIONAL PURVIEW. AND I THINK THAT THAT IS RIDICULOUS. I AM GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK FOR THE COUNTRY, THIS WHITE HOUSE AND THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD. AND ANTHONY BELIEVED THAT TOO. HE WAS THERE. HE WAS LOYAL. HE DID A LOT OF WORK.>>Martha: I DON’T WANT TO GIVE HIM ANY MORE TEATIME THAN WE NEED TONIGHT. BUT I WANTED YOUR ANSWER.>>IT IS DISAPPOINTING. BECAUSE HE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE AND HELPED OUT AS HE COULD. AND WAS VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THAT JOB AT THE WHITE HOUSE.>>Martha: I’M SURE HE WAS FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. TAYLOR SWIFT GOING AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE LAST NIGHT AT THE MUSIC AWARDS. AND HERE IS — SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE EQUALITY ACT AND THE PETITION. SHE WANTS TO SEE THE EQUALITY ACT PASSED AND ONCE THE WHITE HOUSE TO GET ON BOARD FRED WATCH THIS PLAY>>AT THE END OF THIS VIDEO THERE WAS A PETITION AND STILL IS A PETITION — [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] FOR THE EQUALITY ACT. IT NOW HAS HALF A MILLION SIGNATURES, WHICH, WHICH IS FIVE TIMES THE AMOUNT IT WOULD NEED TO WARRANT A RESPONSE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>Martha: SHE IS WAITING. SHE IS TAPPING HER WATCH.>>I WOULD LOVE TO ASK THE AUDIENCE IF THEY EVEN KNOW WHAT THE EQUALITY ACT IS AND IS IN.>>Martha: THERE ARE A LOT OF DETAILS PAID UP OF THE COMMUNITY BELIEVES THAT IT WOULD GIVE THEM GREATER EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE AND ELSEWHERE.>>I ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE THE NEW TAYLOR SWIFT SONG THAT IS YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN. I CAN SING IT FOR YOU IF YOU SAY IT ON THE STREET THAT’S A KNOCK OUT, IF YOU PUT IT IN A TWEET, THAT’S A COP-OUT. I LOVE THAT. THAT’S BASICALLY WASHINGTON IN A NUTSHELL. BUT WHEN HOLLYWOOD AND SINGERS AND THEY ALL GO POLITICAL, IT SOUNDS IN THE MOMENT LIKE IT IS VERY POPULAR. AND WE HAVE SEEN SO MANY TIMES WHERE BACKFIRES AND BLOWS UP. BUT SHE IS SOMEBODY WHO WENT UP AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP HEAD-TO-HEAD UNITED STATES SENATE RACE IN TENNESSEE AND LOST CANDIDLY.>>Martha: CAN YOU GIVE HER ONE ANSWER FOR WHY DOESN’T THE WHITE HOUSE SUPPORT THE EQUALITY ACT?>>THE PRESIDENT SUPPORTS EQUALITY, NOT PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT HAVE POISON PILLS IN IT THAT CAN HARM OTHER PEOPLE. LOOK AT THIS ECONOMY. IT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE. PEOPLE HAVE JOB MOBILITY, DEREGULATION, TRYING TO BRING PEACE AND PROSPERITY AROUND THE WORLD IS SUPPOSED TO HELP EVERYONE. BUT WHEN IT SOMETHING HIS NAME TO SOMETHING. IT IS NOT TRULY THAT. AND WE HAVE TO LOOK AT LEGISLATION.>>Martha: SHE CAN COME IN AND

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