"Israel Has Been
Treated Very Badly" President Trump
President Trump sits down with Sean Hannity at White
Posted January 27, 2017
good to see you.
DONALD TRUMP: Thank you.
HANNITY: What a
week this has been.
been a great week. We have accomplished a lot.
that's what I wanted -- first, I got some time to talk
with you earlier in the week...
HANNITY: ... in
the Oval Office. And the thing that really stood out to
me is you seem to be enjoying yourself and very focused
on all the promises you made in the campaign. Is it your
intention to keep every promise?
I'm going to keep as many as I can. You know, politics
is tough. Sometimes, you make a promise, and for some
reason, you can't because you have opposition on the
other side that raises their hand and they make it
impossible. But I'm going to keep a lot of them, and
I've kept a lot of them already. Everyone's talking
And we're going
to do things that I said we were going to do. And we're
going to take care of a lot of people that were
mistreated by government for many, many years. And
that's really how I won the election in the first place,
Sean. You know that better than probably anybody.
talk a little bit about the executive orders on Syria,
Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen and a 120
ban. That goes to the promise of extreme vetting.
extreme. And beyond just those countries, we're going to
have extreme vetting. We're going to have extreme
vetting for people coming into our country, and if we
think there's a problem, it's not going to be so easy
for people to come in anymore.
You look at
what's gone on. I mean, we could just go one after
another. But then you go to other countries and you
look at Nice and you like at different places all over
Europe and you look at what's happening with Germany,
it's a mess. The crime is incredible. And we're just not
going to let that happen here.
it be gambling if (INAUDIBLE) at some point, when there
is a procedure in place, if you can ascertain whether or
not somebody's been radicalized or not, or if radical
groups actually trained some of their soldiers to say
the right things to get in, but if you can't positively
ascertain they're safe and find out what's in their
heart, does that mean no go? Does that mean you won't
TRUMP: Well, I
tell you what. You used the right word, gamble. We don't
want to have gambles. Our country has a lot of problems,
well beyond this. And I found out a lot over the last
week. I mean, we have serious difficulties. We don't
need another difficulty. Right now, the FBI has over
1,000 investigations going on, 1,000...
HANNITY: In all
TRUMP: ... in
all areas. All over the place. And these are people that
we let in. We don't need this, all right? We don't need
this. Some people have come in with evil intentions, and
you know, most haven't, I guess. But we can't take
chances. You know, the word gamble is an appropriate
word. It's a big gamble. You're throwing something up.
Look, I love
this country. You love this country. We can't let this
continue to happen. We've taken in tens of thousands of
people. We know nothing about them. They can say they
vet them. They didn't vet them. They have no papers.
How can you vet somebody when you don't know anything
about them and you have no papers? How do you vet them?
On your show,
I've seen that they have FBI agents, they have all these
people that you have as experts. They say it's
impossible to vet them. I don't have to see that to know
that they're right.
So we have
people in this country that will cause problems. We're
not going to have any more. And we're going to be very
tough and very, very vigilant.
HANNITY: You do
not need Congress now as it relates to building a wall.
And you said in an interview last night that you plan
to do this expeditiously.
about 700 miles of fencing, other measures, as well. Do
you think you'll need more than that? Will you have to
go to Congress to get their support for...
TRUMP: I don't
think we're going to need too much. Look the wall is
necessary. That's not just politics, and yet it is good
for the heart of the nation in a certain way because
people want protection. And a wall protects. All you
have to do is ask Israel. They were having a total
disaster coming across, and they had a wall. It's 99.9
A proper wall,
not a wall that's this high like they have now. They
have little toy walls. I don't know why they even wasted
their time. If you ever saw where they build the little
ramp over the -- I don't even know why they build a
ramp. It's cheaper to knock it over. You build a ramp...
talking about a real wall, impenetrable.
talking about a real wall. I'm talking about a wall
that's got to be, like, serious. And even that, of
course, you'll have people violate it. But we'll have
people waiting for them when they do. We have a great
man, General Kelly, who just got approved very quickly
by the Senate, recommended highly by General Mattis and
And he's going
to be taking very good care of us -- Homeland Security.
He's going to be taking very, very good care of us. And
you know, when he was named, he didn't even give an
order yet, and all of the sudden, the border started
tightening up. You saw that. It was on a lot of
different shows, they talked about the borders
tightening up just by naming General Kelly.
HANNITY: Let me
talk about a big decision you're going to make next
week. You've announced on Thursday, you will make your
Supreme Court choice...
announcement. Two questions on that. One, will it be
from the list that you gave out during the campaign?
it be an originalist?
TRUMP: I don't
want to say that. You're going to see on Thursday.
you made your decision?
TRUMP: I have
made my decision pretty much in my mind, yes.
that is subject to change at the last moment. But I
think this will be a great choice.
Schumer, others threatening -- we've never had a Supreme
Court Justice filibustered, but there's a chance that
might happen. If that happens...
whatever happens, happens.
you want Mitch McConnell to use the nuclear option...
TRUMP: Yes, I
you talked to him about it?
because look, we have obstructionists. These are people
that don't want to -- I almost think they have -- what
they did to Jeff Sessions, who's a great man and a
wonderful man, and then they delayed it another week
because they have a one-week delay option -- that's not
fair to a man. Other people are delayed. Look at Pompeo
for CIA. This is a great choice. Everybody agrees. And
they delayed him a number of days also, even though he
was fully approved and voted on by -- you know, I mean,
very, very great choice. Why are they doing that?
obstructionists. I'll tell you what. They're
obstructionists. I go to a meeting with them that's
supposed to be a very quiet meeting, nobody talking
outside of the meeting. They leave the meeting and they
have a news conference about what I said. They're
talking to the cameras about exactly what I said at the
meeting, which is fine because I say things that I don't
mind going out because I assume they're going to do
that. But the deal was we wouldn't talk to the press.
And they go out and they talk to the press.
mean they're leaking in Washington? That's a shock.
TRUMP: No, no.
But I mean, they talk to the press, like, 15 feet away
from the door!
TRUMP: It's not
like they called up when they got home.
TRUMP: So look,
these are obstructionists, and that's fine.
HANNITY: Let me
ask you -- I don't remember you saying this in the
campaign, and I was on the road with you quite a bit. We
did a lot of the town halls together. But you're now
talking about a 10 percent reduction in spending -- in
other words, eliminating baseline budgeting -- a 20
percent reduction in the government workforce.
is a balanced budget to you? And were you surprised
Republicans before you got here raised the debt ceiling
TRUMP: So a
balanced budget is fine. But sometimes, you have to fuel
the well (ph) in order to really get the economy going.
And we have to take care of our military. Our military
is more important to me than a balanced budget because
we'll get there with a balanced budget.
But we have a
military that's really depleted. And I'm negotiating the
price of airplanes, can you believe this? But I
understand airplanes. I've bought a lot of airplanes.
heard you got the price down quite a bit already.
TRUMP: I cut
off hundreds of millions of dollars off one particular
plane, hundreds of millions of dollars in a short period
of time. It wasn't like I spent, like, weeks, hours,
less than hours, and many, many hundreds of millions of
dollars. And the plane's going to be better.
you do want that 10 percent short of the military?
TRUMP: I want a
balanced budget eventually. But I want to have a strong
military. To me, that's much more important than
HANNITY: One of
the worst ways, it seems, to spend money is going
through the Washington bureaucracy. Every Congressman
has their pet project. There's been talk about
infrastructure, anywhere the Democrats want a trillion
think you've talked about $137 billion to start. Is that
something you want to pay as you go? Is that something
our country's in bad shape. We've spent $6 trillion in
the Middle East, $6 trillion, Sean!
TRUMP: OK? How
the hell do we do this? It's crazy. And by the way, just
so you understand, the Middle East -- I don't want to be
-- like, you know, they said the speech can be dark on
occasion. Well, we spent $6 trillion.
When I was
interviewed last night by David Muir, he said, Aren't
you going to make them angry? I said, Angry? How can
they be more angry than they are right now? Who are we
going to make angry? I thought it was a sort of strange
question. But aren't you going to make them angry? I
said, They're all angry now. The whole world is angry
right now. There's such problems in the world and such
But we spent
all of this money in the Middle East and other places.
In the meantime, we have to rebuild our country. We have
to rebuild our infrastructure. Some Republicans are fine
with it. Some Republicans don't like it. Actually,
probably, the Democrats like that more than the
Republicans because that's always been one of the
But Sean, our
roads, our bridges, our highways, our schools -- our
country is in bad shape!
By the way, I hear your helicopter out there in the
TRUMP: It's all
took great pride in meeting with Carrier, saving jobs,
meeting with Ford, savings jobs. You've met with union
billion by the way.
TRUMP: Yes, we
have a lot of -- a lot of plants are going to be built
in Michigan and Ohio and North Carolina and
Pennsylvania. And I've only been here for four days. But
they understand. They understand that if they build a
plant outside of the United States, fire all their
employees, when that product, whether it's a car or an
air-conditioner or a washing machine, when that comes
through the border, it's going to be heavily taxed.
That's the way it is.
you want to get rid of 75 percent of regulation.
TRUMP: Yes, I
TRUMP: 75 or
TRUMP: And by
HANNITY: ... a
20 percent corporate tax rate. You want a 15 percent...
TRUMP: By the
way, the 75 percent -- and we will have the same amount
of protection for the consumer because it's very
important to me. But we'll also be able to create jobs
because right now, you can't even start a company in
The media -- a little bit of a contentious start, if you
will, with them. They want to -- I've seen now The New
York Times, CNN, NBC -- they've used the word "liar" to
describe you as it relates if you're talking about crowd
size or the border...
very hostile. These are very hostile people. These are
very angry people.
they also colluded against you in the campaign.
HANNITY: And my
question to you is...
they're very dishonest people. The media is very
dishonest. I've been saying it. I say it openly.
HANNITY: I said
journalism's dead, so we agree.
dead, but they're very dishonest people in many cases.
Hey, look, you have some very honest ones. But I get
stories that are so false and so dishonest...
Luther King's bust?
they said Martin Luther King's bust was taken out of the
Oval Office by me.
that's a very serious charge because they're not saying
the bust was taken out. What they're saying is that I'm
a racist. That's what they're saying. That's a very
serious charge. Then it turned out the bust, it wasn't
-- in fact, I got very angry at my people. I said, Who
took that bust out? Because I wasn't there. And they
said it was never moved. It was in the same exact spot.
It was never moved. I said, How could they say it?
A reporter said
that it was taken out. But that's a very, very serious
charge because that's a racist charge. Then when it was
revealed that they were wrong, nobody even talks about
it. It was a headline, massive story, Trump takes -- I
would never do that.
First of all, I
had great respect for Dr. Martin Luther King, so I would
never do that. But when it was revealed that it was
wrong, it wasn't even a story. Nobody even knows it. I'm
saying it now and there have been a little -- like, a
line. But that's a very -- so I'll give you another
TRUMP: Let me
give you one other. I went to the CIA, my first stop,
because I have great respect for intelligence...
HANNITY: I saw
TRUMP: ... not
the man who headed the CIA. Hey, I don't have any
respect for him. But Brennan -- I didn't think he was
good. But I have great respect for the CIA, for the
I went there. I
have even more respect now because they took me for
tours. They showed me. They're amazing. I made a
speech. Now, I know if it's good or bad. I'm really good
at knowing did I do well or did I do poorly? And
couldn't have done so poorly because I won, right?
TRUMP: No, but
in your own head, you do, too.
TRUMP: When you
do an interview, you say, You know, I did great or I
didn't do so good. I gave a speech that really was a 10,
relatively speaking. I had a standing ovation like you
wouldn't believe. Everybody. And it was such a success.
OK. So now I
see CNN and other people say, Well, who was in the
audience from Trump? Trump? I went there with a few
people. There's nobody. It was all CIA. They said, But I
heard the first row and the first two -- you saw that
press conference. Sean did a great job.
But this guy,
whoever he was -- I don't even know who he was -- he was
saying that we stacked the audience. I can't stack the
audience at the CIA. I pay great homage to the wall with
the stars. I paid great homage.
audience was standing ovation. They actually -- they
were standing from the beginning. They didn't even sit
down. It was one standing ovation, the whole thing. So I
get back -- and I will say, Fox treated it great. They
said it was great.
When our new
person running, Mike Pompeo, who is fantastic -- he said
to me the other day, That was so great. Everyone loved
it. Everybody loved it. When I got back, I saw the
speech. They didn't like it. It wasn't respectful. It
was a smattering of applause. It wasn't a smattering. It
was -- there were, like, 300, 350 people in the room.
Over 1,000 wanted to come. And if I took a vote right
now, I would have won 350 to nothing, believe me. But
even that was demeaned as much as they can demean it.
saying, Sean, is this. The media -- much of the media,
not all of it, is very, very dishonest. Honestly, it's
fake news. It's fake. They make things up.
then, here's my question. Between Twitter, Instagram,
Facebook, I think you reach 50 million people.
HANNITY: But if
-- we know now through WikiLeaks, some of these networks
with Hillary's campaign to defeat you.
seen major newspapers, two cable networks that used the
word liar. And my question to you is, does that make you
want to rethink entirely how this administration will
deal with the media?
they are the liars. Let me give you an example. When
Sean got up, he talked about the audience and he talked
about -- I had the largest audience. I did. I had the
largest audience. If you add the television, you add all
the sources, the largest audience in the history of
inaugurations. I did.
hey try and
demean it so much. And when you look at pictures -- I'd
love to show you a picture -- when I was in that speech,
I looked out, it was a sea of...
Picture of the West Wing (ph).
people, and they want to demean it. I don't even know
when that picture was taken, by the way, to be honest
with you. But it wasn't taken from where I was. They
take a picture from the back, from the Washington
Monument, a backward picture.
They are so
demeaning and they are so dishonest. And in many cases
now, it's more of -- but when you bring up ...
HANNITY: But I
don't remember them treating Barack Obama this way.
is a distinct difference.
that could never have happened. The things that happen
to me would -- and he's been very nice to me, I have to
say, and he wrote me a beautiful letter. But the Martin
Luther King thing is an example. That was a terrible
coming up, more of my cable exclusive interview with
President Donald Trump in the White House. And I will
ask him how he plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
That and more
as we continue from our nation's capital.
TRUMP: We will
have an ambitious legislative agenda, as well. Our
legislative work starts with repealing and replacing
ObamaCare and saving families from the catastrophic rise
in premiums and debilitating loss of choice and just
about everything else.
REP. PAUL RYAN,
R-WIS., SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: The president is eager to
get moving on this agenda, and so are we. Already, we
have hit the ground running, taking the first steps to
keep our promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
ObamaCare is a disaster. The Democrats are up and
they're saying -- oh, they're putting up signs like it's
wonderful. It's a disaster. I actually talked with Paul
and the group about just doing nothing for two years,
and the Dems would come begging to do something because
'17 is going to be catastrophic price increases. Your
deductibles are through the roof. You can't use it.
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: His goal, first and
foremost, is to make sure that we give the American
people a health care system that's affordable, more
accessible, more doctors, more plans.
TRUMP: We have
to take care of the American people immediately. So we
But every time
they tell you about ObamaCare -- we're taking them out
of a big jam.
welcome back to "Hannity," as we are outside of the
White House. And earlier today, during my cable
exclusive interview with President Trump, well, I asked
him about his campaign promise to repeal and replace
ObamaCare. Let's take a look.
ObamaCare -- I
-- the Republicans, they're meeting in Philly, and
you're going to see them, but they had an artificial
deadline. They set the deadline for tomorrow.
don't think they're going to make that. You want at the
same time repeal and replace. I know there are nine
separate plans out there. What is crucial for you to
have in that plan to help...
TRUMP: Let me
tell you what's crucial for me. What's crucial for me is
for the public to understand that ObamaCare is a
disaster, OK? Because now the Democrats are saying, Oh,
it's wonderful. It's a horror show! You don't have your
doctor. You don't have your plan. You have 116 percent
increases, like in Arizona. It's a disaster. It's going
to be worse this year than it was last year. It actually
explodes in '17.
And I told the
Republicans. I said, look, if you really want to do
something, just let it explode, and then they'll come
begging us to fix it, OK? Begging. But that's not the
right thing for the public because we have to get it
doesn't work. It doesn't work. And President Obama told
me something that was, I thought, terrific. And I
believe he means it. He said, If you came up with a
better plan and you could get a better plan approved, he
would support it. And I actually believe he means it.
I do believe
we're going to have a much better plan. I think we're
going to have a cheaper plan. I think it's going to be a
lot less expensive. ObamaCare is the "Unaffordable Care
The governor of
Minnesota, who -- hopefully, he's better now because he
took a pretty bad tumble. But he said a month ago that
-- actually, during the campaign and after the campaign,
he said the "Unaffordable Care Act" -- or he called it
the Affordable Care Act -- is now unaffordable. Bill
Clinton called it crazy.
went up $5,400 when it was supposed to be down $2,500 a
year. Let me move on.
TRUMP: It is,
by the way. It is unaffordable. And it doesn't work.
can't even buy a catastrophic plan.
And the deductibles are so high that unless you get hit
by a tractor, you're never going to be able to use it.
HANNITY: Let me
ask you. Energy -- and you know this from your years in
building. It's the lifeblood of our economy.
HANNITY: We are
dependent on foreign nations...
many of whom do not like us. We have more shale. We have
new technology. We have hydro-fracking natural gas.
We're the Middle East of natural gas. How important a
goal is it that you want this country to move towards
important. It's very important.
you do it in four years?
TRUMP: Oh, I
think you can do it in a lot less than that. No, it's
very important. No, they stop you environmentally. They
use the environment to stop a lot of good things, not
only energy, buildings and factories, plants. They use
it to stop things. It's like a roadblock, but that's not
going to happen anymore.
And the by the
way, I'm an environmentalist, OK? I believe strongly in
the environment and I'm going to protect the
environment. But you don't have to have a man who wants
to build a factory or a person or a company wait 10
years going through approvals, at the end of the
10-year, get rejected, OK?
mentioned the forgotten man a lot both during the
HANNITY: -- and
woman -- and in your inaugural speech. And you mentioned
it last night. I gave you statistics, the very first
interview I did with you, 95 million Americans out of
the labor force, nearly 50 million in poverty, 44
million Americans on food stamps.
never heard you say that, Sean.
HANNITY: I say
it every night.
day, you asked, what are all those numbers you give, you
said. But explain -- by getting rid of regulation,
energy independence, jobs that will be created, a 15
percent -- from the highest corporate tax rate to the
lowest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world,
and repatriating trillions. How does that help and
impact those people I talk about all the time?
hugely. We're going to have jobs. We're going to have
good jobs. We don't have good jobs anymore. We're going
to have good jobs. Look at what I've done recently.
Ford's moving back and General Motors is going to be
spending massive amounts of money. And Fiat Chrysler,
the head who is a highly-respected man, Sergio, flew all
the way from Italy to have -- to go to the meeting two
days ago. They're going to spend a lot of money in the
United States. Foxconn.
who's a great guy, by the way. All of these companies,
they're all excited. They had no intention.
here's another thing with the media. Oh, they would have
done it anyway. They weren't going to do it. You see
Jack Ma. He had no intention of doing it until I got
elected. And he went down and he said, I'm only going to
do this because of Donald Trump. And nobody put that in
the papers, which is OK. What difference does it make,
as long as he does it? And he's going to do it.
These are great
people. These are great companies. And they're going to
spend a tremendous amount of money. And it's all because
they know how good it's going to be, and what it means
trade deals. You got rid of TPP. You want all bilateral
trade agreements ...
TRUMP: TPP --
look, here's the problem. Number one, they didn't do
anything on currency devaluations, which is a killer for
our country because we don't do it and everyone else
does it. They just absolutely ...
you want bilateral?
going to make deals with every one of those countries.
And you know what? If the deal doesn't work out, we
terminate the deal. When you get into the mosh pit, I
call it -- where you have all these countries together,
you can't get out of the deal.
And you take
the lowest denominator. In other words, you have
countries that don't treat us well. They're in there. We
want to deal with the ones that treat us well. And if
they don't treat us well, we terminate or we give them a
30-day notice of termination. And then they come back
and they want to renegotiate during that 30 days, and we
get a better deal. We don't make good deals anymore. You
almost wonder who does these deals? How did it happen?
So just --
look, to sum up, we're going to make great trade deals.
We're going to bring back jobs. We're going to have a
strong military. We're going to do great.
coming up, I asked President Trump about the threat of
radical Islam and how he plans to defeat it.
That and more
as we continue from Washington, D.C. Please stay with
TRUMP: We will
reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the
civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which
we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth!
We have to get
rid of ISIS. Have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice.
This is evil. This is a level of evil that we haven't
had the honor of swearing in General John Kelly as our
secretary of Homeland Security. He's going to be
amazing. Tomorrow, I will swear in General James Mattis
as our new secretary of defense. These men have devoted
their lives to defending America, and now I look forward
to working with them to keep our country safe from the
many threats we face today. That includes protecting
Americans from radical Islamic terrorism.
FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Live from America's news
headquarters I'm Jackie Ibanez in New York.
Corporation submitting a new permit application now that
President Trump has signed an order to expedite the
Keystone XL pipeline project. The nearly 1,200 mile
pipeline would run from the Canadian province of Alberta
to Nebraska. Former president Barack Obama rejected the
Keystone pipeline back in 2015 saying it would hamper
efforts to reach a global climate change deal.
Mike Pence will speak at tomorrow's annual March for
Life in Washington, D.C. The prolife organization says
this is the first time a vice president is slated to
speak at the event now in its 44th year. The
organization is expecting tens of thousands of
demonstrators. They will rally on the National Mall
before marching to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ibanez. Now back to "Hannity." For all of your
headlines, logon on to FoxNews.com. Have a great night.
Welcome back to "Hannity." We are back in Washington,
D.C. We are outside the White House. And today during my
sit- down interview with our 45th president, Donald
Trump, I asked about the threat of radical Islam and how
he plans to defeat it. And here's what he told me.
HANNITY: One of
the problems we have is evil in our time.
Winston Churchill dealt with evil in his time. Roosevelt
dealt with evil in his time. My father fought in World
TRUMP: But they
had evil with uniforms on.
true. This is different.
TRUMP: We have
evil that lurks around the corner without the uniforms.
Ours is harder because the people that we're going
against, they don't wear uniforms. They're sneaky, dirty
rats. And they blow people up in a shopping center. And
they blow people up in a church. These are bad people.
When you're fighting Germany, they had their uniforms,
and Japan, and they had their uniforms and they had
their flags on the plane and the whole thing. We are
fighting sneaky rats right now that are sick and
demented. And we're going to win.
Waterboarding black sites came up in your interview last
night. And I was thinking, if I had an opportunity to
speak with David Muir, I'd say, OK, two guys go into
your house, they kidnap your child, one guy gets away
with your child, you tackle the other guy. That guy
knows where your child is, would you not water board
waterboarding used to be used because they said it
really wasn't torture. It was the one step slightly
below torture. That's why waterboarding --
why it was legal.
TRUMP: I mean,
torture is real torture, OK? Waterboarding is -- I'm
sure it's not pleasant, but waterboarding was just short
of torture. When -- you know, all of a sudden, they made
it torture. So here's the story. I spoke with people the
other day who are in this world that were talking about
it. I said absolutely, it works, absolutely. Now,
General Mattis said that he doesn't intend to use it.
I'm with him all the way. Do I believe it works? Yes, I
we actually know it works. I interviewed -- there were
only three people that America water boarded. One of
whom was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. That led us to the
courier which led us to bin Laden. And I know because I
talked to the guy that was running the program at the
works. In my opinion, it works.
HANNITY: I want
to ask you about --
TRUMP: Do you
have even a doubt that it works?
TRUMP: And I
watch these people in television, "Oh, Donald Trump is
in favor of torture." Look, we have people that knocked
down the World Trade Center, we have people that go into
a club and they blow everyone up.
both lost friends that day.
Everybody did, thousands of people. We have people all
-- and all over the world, we're talking about. We're
not just talking -- we're talking all over the world.
They go into a club and they machine gun everybody down.
And then, they were not allowed to water board? It's so
- - it seems so foolish and so naive. But this is what
we have to put up with. But here's the story --
would ask David Muir, if they kidnapped your kid and you
have one of the kidnappers, what would you do to get the
location of your child?
TRUMP: Or would
you want him to talk in 48 hours from now by being nice
to him, OK?
over at that point.
TRUMP: And by
that time, it's too late. So, I'm not into it. I will
tell you, though, it works. And I just spoke to people
who told me it worked, and that's what they do.
spoke to the guy that ran the program and saw the
waterboarding of those three people.
Let me ask you
this. I will go through these very quickly, the
countries that you're going to be dealing with now.
Israel, one of our closest partners, Prime Minister
Netanyahu is coming. One of the big issues is the
embassy, Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. How important is it to
repair this relationship, and what about that move of
repaired as soon as I --
It's repaired. We have a good relationship. Israel has
been treated very badly. We have a good relationship
you're holding back the money -- the last-minute money
that President Obama gave to the Palestinians.
going to see what happens. Yes, I don't want to talk
do you stand on the embassy from Tel Aviv to --
TRUMP: I don't
want to about it yet.
yet? OK, how about -- I know you spoke to General
el-Sisi, did you ever see the speech that he gave on
HANNITY: And do
you believe he could --
TRUMP: We have
a very, very good relationship with the general. We're
going to have a very good relationship with Egypt. He
went into a tough situation. And all I can say is I like
HANNITY: Do you
trust the Saudis? Over the years, I would argue they've
been very duplicitous.
TRUMP: Yes. I
don't want to tell you about that. I don't like talking
about how I feel about people because I don't want to be
put in that position. I hope I get along with everybody.
But it's possible I won't. A lot of money is being
spent from certain countries on radicalizing people. I
don't like that. I don't like that.
you talked to Vladimir Putin yet? So much came up about
this. Have you had discussions with him?
no. He called me after I won, but I haven't had a
discussion. But I understand we will be having a
about the leaders of China?
TRUMP: Yes. I
have spoken to him and we have been dealing a little bit
HANNITY: And I
know you spoke to the leaders in India. What about
TRUMP: Yes, I
HANNITY: Let me
ask this. I think is important. I actually agree with
you wholeheartedly about the Iranian deal. Would you --
TRUMP: Well, I
think it's one of the worst deals I've ever seen. And
I'm not just talking about --
paid them ransom.
TRUMP: No, no.
I think it's, what -- how about $1.7 billion, and that
was a ransom payment, in cash, $1.7 billion in cash. But
$150 billion -- but that's not even the important thing.
I think it's one of the worst deals I've ever seen. And
why Kerry didn't get up out of the chair and leave is
hard to believe.
HANNITY: Let me
ask you about the power of the pardon, which is absolute
for a president. One night, I know you were watching my
show and I had the mother of the sailor who is spending
a year in jail because he took six pictures for his own
use in a submarine and you were comparing it. Would that
be something early on you would consider?
actually looking at it right now.
TRUMP: I think
it's very unfair in light of what's happened with other
people. I think it's very, very --
you hear the story of Clint Lorance, another guy, got 30
years. He was doing his job, protecting his team in
looking at a few of them. And by the way, if another
event didn't happen, I would look at him. But how can
you have somebody else get away with such a tremendous
amount and then this person who takes a picture of his
desk on an old submarine -- look, if China or Russia
wanted information on that submarine, they've had it for
many years. That I can tell you.
you saw the Women's March this week and then you hear
Madonna say "I thought an awful lot about blowing up the
White House." Imagine if I said that when Barack Obama
Honestly, she's disgusting. I think she hurt herself
very badly. I think she hurt that whole --
cause. I thought her, and a couple of others, but I
thought she was in particular -- I thought what she said
was disgraceful to our country.
question, and then we're going to -- you will take us to
the Oval Office, which is nice. You were very passionate
last night about Chicago and about the violence. In the
course of Barack Obama's presidency, 4,000 people died,
murdered, and another however-many-thousand more shot.
You might go in and help fix it if they can't fix it.
TRUMP: You had
many people shot last night. The news this morning is
that many, many people were shot last night in Chicago.
Chicago is worse than some of the countries you read
about in the Middle East where there's wars going on.
And there's no reason --
HANNITY: It's a
TRUMP: There is
no reason for it.
coming up, President Trump takes me inside the Oval
Office as our cable exclusive interview with the 45th
commander-in-chief continues. Please stay with us.
TRUMP: We will
get our people off of welfare and back to work
rebuilding our country with American hands and American
From this day
forward, it's going to be only America first.
manufacturing back to the United States and its
happening, it is happening big league.
BARTIROMO, HOST, "MORNINGS WITH MARIA"/FBN: Toyota will
reportedly invest $600 million into a factory in
Indiana. The company is also going 400 jobs. This is on
a string of others
HOST, "VARNEY & COMPANY"/FBN: Foxconn, partnering with
Apple, is considering a $7 billion plant in America,
30,000 jobs here.
FEMALE: He has one after another made announcement after
announcement that jobs are coming back.
TRUMP: We are
going to put a lot of people back to work. We're going
to use common sense and do it the way it's supposed to
will make America strong again. We will make America
wealthy again. And yes, together, we will make America
Welcome back to "Hannity." And we are at the White House
in Washington, D.C. And earlier today, President Donald
J. Trump, well, he gave us a tour of the Oval Office.
And here is more of my cable exclusive interview. Take a
inauguration night. You gave your speech.
HANNITY: You go
to the balls, you come back, and you're in the White
House, in the residence with Melania. And by the way,
that's Marine One right there.
TRUMP: That is
HANNITY: And so
my question is, what'd you say? What are you thinking?
TRUMP: Well, it
was a beautiful evening, it was an incredible day.
People liked the speech, which was good.
just somewhat of a surreal experience to be honest with
TRUMP: But I
don't have too much time to think about it, because
there's so many things to do, so many problems to solve.
You know, we're --
HANNITY: What a
We're a country
that has some difficulty, to put it mildly, it's a very
difficult situation. But we'll get them straightened
HANNITY: I have
known you for years, and on a personal level, whenever I
have ever talked to you, it's either 11:00 p.m., 12
midnight, 1:00 a.m. or 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. You're a
TRUMP: Well, I
like working. I don't think I'm a workaholic. I just
like what I'm doing. I don't go too much for the
vacations because I'm bored.
get bored on vacations?
TRUMP: And the
good thing about this, I have plenty to do, you know --
plenty to do. It's the ultimate, I would say.
on your family? For example, I met your son, your
HANNITY: What a
wonderful, smart, charming kid. And then they attack
him. That's got to hurt you and Melania.
"Saturday Night Live," a person from "Saturday Night
Live" was terrible. It's a failing show, it's not funny.
Alec Baldwin is a disaster. He's terrible on the show.
And by the way, I don't mind some humor but it's
terrible. But for them to attack, for NBC to attack my
10 year old son --
TRUMP: -- it's
he's a great kid.
TRUMP: And he's
a great boy.
HANNITY: I know
him. I know -- yes.
it's not an easy thing for him. Believe me.
HANNITY: I know
you talked a little bit about this, the nuclear codes.
How long was that meeting? How in depth was it?
TRUMP: Well, I
don't go into it. I can tell you, though, that's serious
stuff and when you see the kind of destruction that's
explained to you, you realize that getting along with
people is a very good thing.
that's what you said about Putin, if we can get along,
we'll get along.
TRUMP: Right. I
don't know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia,
that's a great thing. It's good for Russia, it's good
for us. We go out together and knock the hell out of
ISIS, because that's the real sickness, you know the
whole ISIS thing is the real sickness. But if we get
along with Russia and other -- not just we should get
along with everybody if we can. Now, in some cases you
won't be able to but we've got to try.
many cases it's going to be harder when -- I've always
said there's a clash of culture or civilizations, you
know, countries that practice Sharia. By the way we're
in the Oval Office.
TRUMP: This is
the Oval Office. That's a great statue of --
HANNITY: By the
the bust of Martin Luther King, which was falsely
reported, false reported that it was taken out of the
office. When I arrived it was immediately taken out.
These are lying people. These are bad people. And Martin
Luther King is here, will always be here. And the
apology was this --
TRUMP: Did you
-- Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson.
HANNITY: Get a
shot of these.
TRUMP: I did. I
moved paintings around the White House. I just thought
it would be great. So we have George Washington, Honest
Abe Lincoln, we have Andrew Jackson who they say was the
most like my campaign because his was a vicious
HANNITY: It was
a pretty rough campaign.
TRUMP: We have
a book on Adam's and Jefferson. That was the most
vicious campaign in the history of our country until
you first walk in this office every day and you think of
take a look. And look at my desk, papers. You don't see
presidents with papers.
got one question about the desk, and you have Ivanka and
Jared have young kids. Are we going to see one of the
kids maybe crawling through there?
be, I think it's a good idea, before they get too old.
TRUMP: But that
was John. That's a secret door in that desk, and that
was a famous picture.
did you pick that desk?
TRUMP: Well, it
was Ronald Regan. It was a lot of great president
actually, FDR, Roosevelt. It was -- we've had a lot of
great presidents using this desk, and I thought that
would be the appropriate desk. You know when I came here
you have a right to use your desk and this and you can
pick. They have like seven desks.
were very impressed with your phones too.
TRUMP: I have
great phones. I have phones -- let me tell you. The
technology that we have in this country is incredible.
Unfortunately perhaps we don't use it.
HANNITY: But we
TRUMP: It is
great. And the experts that do this work, we have really
brilliant people doing it.
assume you're going to be putting, there's a picture of
your father --
of my father, right.
wasn't there yesterday.
TRUMP: No it
wasn't, I just added that. That's good, you know that?
HANNITY: I did
TRUMP: Well you
picked that up fast.
HANNITY: And I
really -- why did you choose the rug of Reagan? You
could have also designed your own.
TRUMP: Yes, and
others. But I thought that -- first of all, I liked it.
I liked the look, I like the lightness, and I like
having it be Reagan. I like Reagan. I disagreed with him
on some things, primarily trade --
TRUMP: He was
not as strong on trade as I felt he should have been,
but that's OK. But he represented us very well.
your lifetime, who was the president that maybe you
admire the most?
TRUMP: Well, I
like Reagan. I didn't like him on trade but other than
trade, I liked him very much, and he was OK on trade.
But not great.
HANNITY: I was
surprised -- my last question for you. I was surprised
last night. I was watching your interview and you were
holding up the letter that Barack Obama had -- had left
seemed like a lengthy letter.
TRUMP: It was.
you seemed to have a personal rapport with him. And you
were right, this was a really, really incredibly vicious
amazed me is that I was vicious to him in statements, he
was vicious to me in statements, and here we are getting
along, we're riding up Pennsylvania Avenue talking, we
don't even mention it. I guess that's the world of
politics. But I was tough on him, he was tough on me.
And I like him, he likes me. I think he likes me. I
mean, you're going to have to ask him, but I think he
doesn't talk to me.
TRUMP: Not too
can't figure out why.
look, he wrote me a very nice letter, beautiful letter.
Helpful to you?
something to think about. I agree with what -- letter he
very last question.
this whole experience changed you in ways -- in any way
that you can think of?
TRUMP: I don't
think I've had the time to be changed because I'm
cutting the prices of airplanes, I'm cutting the prices
of army tanks --
cutting the prices of submarines, you know, we're
lacking submarines and we're going to build new
submarines but the price is too high, so I'm cutting the
prices way down. Doing a lot of work in addition to
getting Ford, General Motors, and some others to start
building cars here, right?
President, good to see you.
you very much.
you for your time, you've been very generous.
you very much.
coming we have more "Hannity" right after this break as
we continue outside of the White House in Washington,
D.C. as "Hannity" continues.
WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: The first one is withdraw
the United States from the Transpacific Partnership.
thing for the American worker, what we just did.
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: The president's vision is
to negotiation fair trade deals and create jobs,
increase American wages, and reduce America's trade
will be plenty of trade, but TPP wasn't the right way.
So we are going back to those countries one on one. And
that'll be beautiful.
CONWAY, SENIOR COUNCIL TO THE PRESIDENT: President Trump
hosted labor union leaders -- the trade guys and gals --
and some of the workers. It was just a remarkable
MALE: We will work with him and his administration to
help him implement his plans on infrastructure, trade,
and energy policy so that we can put America back to
work in the middle class jobs that our members and all
Americans are demanding.
TRUMP: Nice to
win. Do we agree? It has been a while.
We are here now
because tens of millions of Americans have placed their
hopes in us to transfer power from Washington, D.C., and
give it back to the people. Since taking office, I have
taken major contractual steps to restore the rule of law
and to return power to everyday Americans. We want to
get our people off of welfare and back to work.
TRUMP: And we
believe that the world's best country ought to have the
world's best infrastructure.
At the same
time, we will unleash the full power of American energy,
ending the job killing restrictions on shale, oil,
natural gas, and clean, beautiful coal.
All of us are
joined. All of us are bound by duty and bound by god to
give our full devotion to this country and its people.
That obligation forms the moral foundation of our
agenda. That agenda includes a lean, efficient
government, appointing Supreme Court justices, so
important, who will uphold and defend our constitution,
reducing taxation and regulation, fair trade that
creates a level playing field as opposed to what we have
right now, and fostering respect for our country and its
We are now only
at the beginning of this incredible journey together. I
am honored to be your partner in this amazing quest. I
am privileged to stand with you shoulder to shoulder as
we work every single day to make America great again.
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