tv President Trump British Prime Minister May Joint News Conference CSPAN July 13, 2018 12:07pm-1:00pm EDT
>> good afternoon and please welcome the president of the united states on his first official visit to the united kingdom. no two countries do more together than ours their people and prosperous and we want to deepen cooperation even further to meet the shared challenges we face now years ahead. this morning president, and i visited planter where he saw a demonstration of joint workings between british and american special forces. of what is today, the most advanced securitycooperation of a few countries in the world . whether it is our plan
determining the use of chemical weapons or defeating ^ our soldiers the forefront of nato's presence in eastern europe our navies and forcing sections for our unparalleled intelligence sharing partnership forcing, our security cooperation is saving lives here and in britain and america and across the world. is set to grow without is integrated to a level anywhere. and the uk to spend 4 billion pounds on us equipment over the next decade. today we also discussed how we candeepen our together to respond to the state activity , terrorism and serious crime and in particular on russia president from for his support and responding to the appalling use of a nerve agent in salisbury after which he excelled 60 russian intelligence operatives and
welcomed his meeting with president putin on monday. we agreed that it is important to engage russia from a position of strength and unity and we should continueto deter and all efforts to undermine our democracy . turning to economic cooperation with you mutual investments over $1 trillion, we want to go further. we agreed that the uk leave the european union and we will pursue an ambitious free-trade agreement checkers agreement last week provide a platform for donaldand i agree on an ambitious view of the works of both countries . the bills on uk's independent trade policy, reducing tariffs, delivering a gold standard in services cooperation and as two of the most advanced economists, seizing the opportunity of new technology. all this will further enhance economic cooperation reading new jobs and prosperity for our people were generations to come.
the uk us relationship is also defined by a role we play on the world stage. this means making call and sometimes being prepared to say things others might rather not hear.from the outset, from has been clear about how he sees the challenges we face and on many we agreed. we need to deal with the long and the nuclear threat of the dprk. which the uk is proud to be contributing expertise. or the need to address the destabilizing influence of iran in the middle east. we discussed what more we can do to push back on iran and produce reduce humanitarian suffering or the need for nato allies to increase their defense spending on which we saw significant increases at yesterday's summit. it includes afghanistan where i had a list of 400 troops
and a commitment to a mission that began as nato's only use of article 5 in support of the us . finally let me see this about a wider transatlantic relationship. it is all our responsibility to ensure that transatlantic unity endures for which it's been fundamental to the protection of our interests and values for generations. with us leadership foundation, beating heart remains our democratic values and our commitments. those values are something we in the uk will always cherish as the us will to. it is the strength of these values and the common interests and create we see across the breadth of our society in north america and europe and that is why i am confident this transatlantic alliance will continue to be the bedrock of our shared security and prosperity use, mister president.
>> thank you very much. thank you very much and is my true honor to join you this remarkable setting, truly magnificent as we celebrate the special relationship between our two countries and on behalf of the american people i want to thank you for your gracious hospitality, you very much teresa. last night my wife and i were delighted to join you for dinner at the magnificent random house, was a wonderful and memorable evening that we will not soon forget. it's really something very special. today troop village to visit historic checkers that i've heard so much about and read so much about growing up in history class and to continue our conversation which has really proceeded along rapidly and well over the last few days. generations, our predecessors have gathered and we agreed to strengthen the bond is like no other. the relationship between our two nations is indispensable to the cause of liberty,
justice and peace. united kingdom and united states are boundtogether his heritage, language and heroes . the traditions of freedom, sovereignty and the rule of law for our sheer gift to the world. they are now our priceless inheritance to a civilization we must never cease to be united in their defense anin t. before our dinner last night, melanie and i joined prime minister may, mister mae and the duke and duchess of marlborough for a tour of the winston churchill exhibit a palestine something very special. it was from right here, checkers that prime minister churchill phoned president roosevelt after pearl harbor and british servicemembers bravely shed their blood alongside one another in defense of home and in
defense of freedom. and together we achieve a really special magnificent victory and it was total victory. prime minister mae and i had just come from a productive nato summit that was truly a productive summit where my top priority was getting other nato members to pay their full and fair share and the prime minister was right there with me. i want to thank you prime minister for the united kingdom's contribution to our common defense area the uk is one of the hand grown up nations, i have 29 , not good but it's going to get better really fat in addition to the united states meeting the two percent gdp minimum defense spending commitment, during the summer i made clear all nato allies must honor their obligations and we've
received substantial commitments from members to increase their defense spending and do so in a much more timely manner. and our meetings today, prime minister and i suspect range of shared priorities including stopping nuclear proliferation. i prime minister mae for her partnership and our pursuit of a nuclear free north korea, she's been a tremendous help. prime minister and i discussed and ran and agreed ran must never possess a nuclear weapon and i must call and i'm going to do it and he's going to do it and we're all going to do it together. we have to stop terrorism. the skirt, we have to stop terrorism and we have to get certain countries and they come along way to leave, but terrorism has to stop and it has to stop now. i encourage the prime minister to sustain pressure on the regime and she needed absolutely no encouragement
because she in fact also encourages me and we are doing back together. very closely coordinated. the united kingdom and united states are in cooperation between our armed forces who served together on battlefields around the world . and the prime minister and i viewed several uk special forces demonstrations. we saw demonstrations today frankly that wereincredible. the talent ofthese young , brave , strong people. we saw it at the royal military academy, the list cooperation between our militaries is vital to addressing the many shared security threats we have. threats far different than we ever had before. i've always been out there but these are different and these are severe and we will handle them well. we also recognize the border
security and immigration control in order to prevent foreign terrorism within our shores, we must prevent terrorists and their supporters from gaining admission in the first place. border security is a national security problem. in the united states, you are working very hard to get the democrats to give us a couple of that we can pass meaningful and powerful border security i also want to thank prime minister may or pursuing fair and reciprocal trade with the united states . one of the processes included, and perhaps the uk has left the eu, i don't know what to do but whatever you do is okay with me, that's your decision. whatever you're going to do is okay with us, just make sure we can trade together,
that's all thatmatters. united states looks forward to finalizing a trade agreement with the united kingdom . this is an incredible opportunity for our two countries and we will see. we support the decision of the british people to realize full government and we will see how it goes, the republican negotiation and not the negotiation, for sure . a strong and independent united kingdom like a strong and independent united states is a blessing on the world. prime minister may, i will thank you again for the honor of visiting united kingdom, my mother was born here but that means something, maybe just a little bit extra, maybe even a lot extra and we had a wonderful visit last night. i think i know the prime minister better than any time. we spent a lot of time together over a year and a half but last night we really, i was very embarrassed with the rest of the people. we just talk about a lot of different problems and
solutions for those problems and it was a great evening. as we stand together , we continue a long tradition of friendship, collaboration and affection we ourselves and also between our people. the enduring relationship between our nations is never been stronger than it is now. prime minister, i very much, it's been an honor area we will, we're going to take four questions each. i'll start off with europe. >> and thanks very much prime minister and mister president . and mister president, you seem to have changed your tune from what you said this week when you said on the current plan that would probably kill the possibility of a trade deal with the uk. our countries are meant to have a special relationship yet you criticize this policy and her person for not listening to you. is that really the behavior of a friend?
and prime minister, isn't it a problem for you about your brexit plan, will limit the possibilities of doing trade in the future? can you tell us how it felt in the wake of that meeting? >> maybe i'll go first because i criticize the prime minister. unfortunately there was a story that was done was you know, generally fine but they didn't put in what i said about the prime minister and i said tremendous things and fortunately we tend to record stories now so we had for your enjoyment if you'd like but we do something when we record with reporters and it's called the news and we still have a lot of problems with the google recording instrument but the prime minister is really, she's going to make a decision as to what she's going to do. the only thing i ask is that we make sure we can trade, that we don't have any
restrictions because we want to trade with the uk and the uk wants to trade with us. we are by far their biggest trading partner and we have tremendous opportunities do double, triple, quadruplethat so if they're going a slightly different route and i know they do want independence , it's going to be independent by definition but if they're going to go a certain route, i hope you're going to be able to stay with the united states. i went red reports where that will be possible but i believe after speaking with the prime minister's people and trade experts it will absolutely be possible so based on that, and based on just trade in general and our other relationship which will be fine the trade is a little bit tricky. we want to be able to trade and they want to be able to trade and i think we will do that and i think she's doing a terrific cop, by the way.
>> just to confirm what the president has said laura, there will be no limit to the possibility of a doing trade around the world once we leave the european union. on the basis of the agreement made attackers and forward, let's just be clear, that is an agreement that delivers on the brexit book that we had in 2016 in the uk that delivers what i believe is at the forefront of people's minds when they were voting to leave the european union so at the end of these negotiations we will ensure that free movement will come to an end, the jurisdiction of the court of justice will come to an end, the sending up vast sums to the money to the european union will come to an end. we will come out of the policy and ensure by not being in the customs union we are able to have an independent trade policy and do those trade deals around the world and heard, the united states is keen to work
with us, weare keen to work with them and we will do trade deal with them and others around the world . >> go ahead. >> i, jonathan swanson, massachusetts. the first question, now your british trip is coming to a close, would you tell us the three or four things you vote to achieve in your meeting with vladimir and this question, what's the benefit to america of having tens of thousands of american troops stationed? >> i'll be meeting with president putin on monday and we go into the meeting with a tremendous meeting that we had with nato and most of you have reported it correctly. certainly it was just the beginning but everybody came together and agreed to do what they committed to do with you fully adhered to, you didn't have a problem but some people did and we left
the meeting i think probably more unified and wealthier than ever before so we're going in strong. we will be talking to residents about a number of things. the ukraine, we will be talking about syria , other parts of the middle. i will be talking about nuclear proliferation because we are massively, you know what we've been doing, we've been modernizing and fixing and it's just a devastating technology. and theylikewise are doing a lot . and it's a very, very bad policy. we have no choice, but we are massively big and they are very big and i'll be talking about nuclear proliferation. that would be a great thing if we can do, not only us and
the united states but we are the two leaders. we would be the leader, they would be second, i guess china would be third, we are all talking about that. it would be a tremendous, it would be a tremendous achievement if we could do something on nuclear proliferation were talking about other things, will be talking about meddling and i will bring that. i think you will have any g, i did it you got me. there will be a freemason here but you never know what happens. i will firmly ask the question and hopefully we will have agood relationship with russia . the prime minister would agree we have a good relationship with russia and china. that's a good thing, not a bad thing. [inaudible] troops where, where?
there is a psychological benefit and the military benefit but there is also a benefit not to do it. i was also prepared to do things that would have been somewhat harsh yesterday. a lot of people were surprised nato came together at the end. it wasn't a threat, it was an unfair situation. the united states was paying anywhere from 70 to 90 and i chose 90 depending on the way you calculated, we were paying 90 percent of the cost of nato and nato is therefore your more than enough. no matter what your military, you're more than us. that being said is a great unifier. we have 29 countries and there was a lot of love in that room. so i think, we have a lot more than jonathan, when you say 10,000 troops, we have a lot more than 10,000 troops. i thought you said 10,000. in germany we have 52,000
troops and we have a lot of troops in your area from europe to helping us, we are altogether. and by the way, very importantly, they are now paying their way in a much more rapid fashion. >> prime minister, i wonder whether you'd agree on immigration and whether it's damaged the fabric of your and perhaps you could elaborate, what do you mean by? >> i think it's been bad for your. i think europe is a place i know very well and i think what has happened is very tough. it's a very tough situation. you see the same terror attacks that i do, we see them a lot. we left some incredible young men and women at sandhurst and they were showing us
cells and things 20 years ago that nobody even thought about, probably a lot more recently than that, i think it's changing the culture. i think it's a negative thing for europe. i think it's very negative. having the arminians, i have a great relationship with angela, a great relationship with germany but i think that's very much her, i think it's other parts of europe and i think it's not politically necessarily correct to say that, i'll say it and i'll say it loud and i think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture, you're changing a lot of things, your changing security and look at what's happening to different countries that never had difficulty, never had problems. it's a very sad situation, it's very unfortunate but i don't think it's good for europe and i don't think it's good for our country where as
you know we are far superior and we have bad immigration laws and we are doing incredibly well considering the fact that we virtually don't have immigration laws we have laws that are so bad i don't even call them laws . you just walk across the border, you put one foot on the land and now you are tied up in a lawsuit for five years. it's the craziest thing anybody's ever seen. i would make that recommendation to europe, i made it loud and clear and i made it yesterday, 29 countries total and that's the way i feel. >> .. it brought me with different backgrounds, different outlooks to the uk and we've seen them
contributing to our society and to our economy. what is important is we have control of our borders. what is important we have special rules that enable us to determine who comes into our country and, of course, that is what as a government we've been doing for number of years and we will be able to continue to do in the future. >> you spend the week taking on nato allies criticizing prime minister bank on your own soil, and i wonder, are you kidding russian president vladimir putin the upper hand heading into talks given that you are challenging these alliances that he seeks to break up and destroyed? >> see, that such dishonest reporting because of course it happens to be in bc which is possibly worse than cnn, possibly, possibly. let me explain something. we have left nato with more money, with more unity, with more spirit than nato probably has ever had.
we have a strong and powerful nato. when i became president we didn't get with people who were not paying their bills. we people that way down. we had people who were not following their commitments. in addition to that we've become an oil exporter which would not have happened under the past regime or new machine if it were not us. we have built up or military, $700 billion in next year year as you know $716 billion. when you look at what we've done in terms of russia, i guarantee where it is in russia, they are saying, oh, gee, do we wish that trump was not the victor in that election. we been far tougher on russia than anybody, anybody, and probably, look, i'm not going to go down 100 100 years but certy we been extremely tough on russia, including the fact that when the prime minister called, when they had a horrible thing happen right here, very close by, she asked would i do
something, and i, maybe i'd let you tell the number and it was far greater than anybody else, including the prime minister. we expelled, how many people? 60. germany did three as an example. certainly, the country, article country they did three. the fake news doesn't want to talk about it. it really is. we've been very strong on russia. with all that being said, if i had a relationship with putin, i don't know him. i met him twice, maybe three times, two and half times. most that you were there when we did, we met him at the g20 and if we could develop a relationship, which is good for russia, good for us, good for everybody, that would be great. if i had a relationship with china, you know we're in a big trade situation with china as an example where we're behind every year for many years, $500 billion. it's just i could happen anymore. so if we got along with countries, that's a good thing.
if we got along with china, russia, that's a good thing, not a bad thing. >> about the fighting, i take your point about what happened speedy the headline you see isn't that like the yes, there was fighting because i said you got to put up more money. we have to be stronger, unified. the headline cc is what's happening during the morning. the headline he sees as what happened in the afternoon where we came together as one. they are putting up billions of dollars more deviant example. and you know this is a confirmed number, $34 billion more was raised since i became president in nato. that means that the other 28 countries have put in $34 billion more into nato. do you think putin is happy about that? i don't think so. we have a lot of false reporting in this country. i don't think you're that in your country, do you, prime minister? though ahead.
ask the prime minister. >> president trump told the sun i think the dsu striking on brexit is that what the people voted for. use raw? are you offering of a brexit light? i wonder if we could get your reaction to him saint boris johnson would be a great prime minister. >> for civil but you would put on the table, the equipment we put on the table as i said earlier in response to laura's first question, this does deliver on the vote of the british people. the british people voted to leave the european union. i heard the phrase the president used but let me be clear about this, we will be leaving the european union and we're leaving on the 29th of march, 2019. as we leave the european union we will be delivering on what people voted for, and into free movement, and into sending estimates of money to the european union every year, and into the jurisdiction of european court of justice here in united kingdom coming out of the common fisheries policy, out of the common agricultural
policy and ensuring i can at of the customs union that we can have an independent trade policy that enables to negotiate trade deals with the united states and with other countries around the rest of the world. that's with the british people voted for and that's what we we delivering. we will deliver it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to the border in between northern island and ireland. and robert? well, boris -- >> unrelated, not related to come if we have the take you can ask sarah come get it from sarah. we tape the entire interview and asked about boris johnson. i suggest, how would he be as a prime minister? he would be a great prime minister. he's been very nice to me. he thinks i am doing a great job. i am doing a great job, vatican ii, just case you haven't noticed. boris johnson i think would be a great prime minister. i also said that this incredible woman right here is doing a
fantastic job, a great job. and a move that and i must say that i've gotten to know theresa may much better over the last two days that i've known over the last year. we spent more time in the last two days. yesterday i had breakfast, lunch and dinner with her. i said what are we doing tomorrow? which is today. you're having breakfast and lunch with theresa may. i will see her later on begin but i've gotten to know her better than ever. i think she's a terrific woman. i think she turned terrific job and that brexit is a very tough situation. that's a tough deal between the borders and the entries into the country and all other things. she is going to do the best. the only thing i ask is that you work it out so that we can have very even trade. because we do not have a fair deal with the european union on trade. they the united states horribly and that's going to change. and if it doesn't change, they're going to have to pay a very big price and they know what the price is so they're
coming over on july 25 to see me, and hopefully we can work something out. they have barriers that are beyond belief. barriers were they won't take our farm products, want take me for things include our cars. they charge as terrorist on cars far greater than we charge them. you know all these things. and last year we lost $151 billion with the european union. we can have that. we would not have any longer, okay? thank you. >> mr. president, how would you characterize your relationship with the united kingdom, more special summit of the countries? by the way, on farm products i think on the prime minister's of deal you wouldn't be allowed to export many of you from product of uk with that he problem for you? and, prime minister, the president said yesterday that he gave you advice about how to negotiate brexit, that you didn't take that advice.
i wonder what that advice was and he give any regrets about not taking it? >> robber, lots of people give me advice about how to negotiate with european union. my job is getting out there doing it and that's what i've done. as you know as we been going through these negotiations there have been more skeptical voices perhaps some of you arrange before me today about whether we would achieve what we would any achieve in december. we've got that joint report an agreement on citizens rights and other issues. we got the documentation in march. we put forward a proposal, the european commission put forward is not acceptable to uk. we said no to those and that's why we put our own proposal on the table for the future. as i i sit in entity of the questions, delivers on the brexit deal but also ensures we commit smooth trade with the european union in the future. in terms of the trade with the united states, there will be questions on some of the trade issues about the standards we have here for certain products
and how we want to deal with those in the trade deals. that would be a matter for the negotiations. >> so i would say i give a relationship in terms of grade, the highest level of special. so we start off with special. i would give a relationship with the uk, and now especially after this two days with your prime minister, i would say the highest level of special. i my allowed to go higher the net? i'm not sure but it's the highest level of special. they are very special people. it's a very special country and as i said i have a relationship my mother was born in scotland. very important. as for the advice, i did give her suggestion. i wouldn't say advice, and i think she found it may be too brutal. i could see that but but i didw if remember what i said, but i i did give her a certain amount of, i gave her a suggestion that advice. i would not want to give her, i would give her a suggestion.
i could fully understand why she thought it was a little bit tough. and maybe someday she would do that if they don't make the right gift gives you might verl do what i suggested that she might want to do, but it is not an easy thing. look at the united states how the european union has taken advantage, systematically, of the united states on trade. it's a disgrace. so it's not an easy negotiation. >> mr. president, can i ask you a question? >> john roberts, go ahead. no, no. john roberts. cnn is fake news. >> i i don't take questions from cnn. cnn is fake news. john roberts of fox. let's go to a real network. john. >> we are a real network, too, sir. >> some people suggest a relation between the united states and russia are at the lowest point since the end of the cold war. you have stated many, many times that you think is important to have a better relationship with russia. is there any way for relations between the united states and
russia to improve as long as putin continues to occupy crimea? >> yes, i think so. i think i have very good relationship with president putin if we spend time together. i may be wrong. of the people said that, it didn't work out but i'm different from other people. i think we are being hurt very badly by what i would call the witchhunt. i would call it the rigged witchhunt after watching some of the little clips that you get to watch. after watching the people, the man that was testifying yesterday, i called the rigged witchhunt. i think that really hurt our country and really hurts our relationship with russia. i think that we would have a chance of a very good relationship with russia and a very good chance, a very good relationship with president putin. i would hope so. >> what you're thinking about improving relations with russia why they continue to illegally occupy another country? >> well, yes, they do. if you're talking about crimea
primarily, yeah, , but he can president obama failed very badly with crimea. i don't think he would've done that if i were president. he took over crimea andy actually took it over during the obama administration, i think you will admit. >> how do you -- >> will have to see what happens. i'm not bad at doing things. if you look what a dent compared to other people have done 160 dates in, there's nobody even close i don't believe. let's see what happens, but this was an obama disaster. and i think if i were president then he would not have taken over crimea. during the obama administration essentially took over crimea. i don't think he would've done that with me as president, john. >> the question for the prime minister but if i could follow up, you have taken on many things you say, you are left with by the obama administration that you say that you fixed. this is something inherited from the obama administration, the
occupation of crimea. how do you fix it? >> we will see what happens. the process. if i knew i wouldn't tell you because that would put us at a disadvantage, but we'll see what happens. we will see how it all melds out. i just want people to understand that crimea was, you know, it was another bad hand. i get handed north korea. we are doing very well. you saw the letter yesterday and were doing very well. look, we haven't had nuclear testing, we haven't had missile launches rocket launchers. some sites were blown up and we got back our hostages, our prisoners. even before i left. so a lot of good things are happening. there's some good feeling there. we'll see what happens. it's a process, probably a lot of pluses that anybody would like but i'm used to long processes. we have taken of the sanctions. the sanctions are biting. we haven't taken them off but when it comes to crimea, that something that took over, john. there's nothing much i to say about it other then we look at that just like i'm looking at
many other disasters that are taken over. i've taken over a lot of bad hands, and i'm fixing them one by one, and i know how to fix them, okay? >> thank you, mr. president. president trump says he may suggest and you of what to about brexit. could we ask it would make a suggestion to him on how to handle his meeting with putin? >> i think it's very simple. we've been talking about this today which is what is important in beating with president putin and i welcome the meeting with president putin of what is important is the president goes into this as he is doing from a position of strength and also from a position of unity in nato. i think that it's very important obviously. we discussed the activity of russia in many different ways, including the use of an agent here on the streets of united kingdom and, in fact, have said. i welcome as earlier that very strong response united states gave to that. we had response from around the world but i think the important thing is, in particularly
followed the nato summit, the president is going into this meeting with president putin on the position of strength and tha position of unity around that nato table. jason. >> prime minister, any comment yesterday your own mps cited with donald trump really and said this deal that you signed at chequers will be bad for trade. why can't you conference your own mps? and, mr. president, last year you said breaks it was a tough situation. what would you do now? would you be at a point where you would walk away from the talks and show them that you mean business? >> first of all on the issue of trade deals, as i said earlier, we're negotiating and when the come out of the negotiations i want to see and we will have our ability to an independent trade policy, to be the independent member of the deputy oakum to be
able to negotiate trade deals around the world as we will be doing -- wto -- we're looking at other areas as well. as a sober look at issues like the possibility of some trade deals around the pacific area, too. we will negotiate those trade deals but i also want to have a good trait a range of with european unions. this isn't an either or. we don't just replace one with the other. actually thing united kingdom is looking for and can negotiate aa situation where we can have a good trait relationship the european union, a great trait relationship, with the nine states and around the rest of the world as well. that is what will be good for jobs, good for peoples livelihoods, good for prosperity here in the uk. >> if you remember i was opening turn break the day before brexit and we had an unbelievably large number of reporters there because everybody was there, i guess, because of brexit, , and all showed up on the ninefold overlooking the ocean and i said what's going on?
all he wanted to talk about was brexit and ask for my opinion i think you'll agree that i think i said the brexit will happen. and it did happen and then we got the ribbon. the reason i felt is going to happen was because of immigration because one of the reasons i got elected was because of immigration and i felt brexit had the upper hand. most people didn't agree with me. eat remember barack obama said well, your country left to get on the back of the line if that happened, which i thought was a terrible thing to say, frankly. what i said i thought is going to happen and it did happen. i also think s. res. negotiating the deal, i probably would have done what my suggestion was to the prime minister, but she can always do that. she can do that, at some point she can do what i suggested to her. you can't walk away because if she walks away that means she's stuck. you can't walk away. but you can do other things, but
she can do what my suggestion was, and my suggestion was, you know, respectfully submitted. she will do very well. i think she's a very tough negotiator. i've been watching her over the last couple of days. she's a tough because she did. she's a very and determined person. i can tell you there are a lot of people who are looking up saying geewhiz, she left a lot of people in her wake. she's a very smart, very tough, very capable person, and i would much rather have her as my friend, any, that i can tell you. go ahead. >> jeff mason from reuters. >> i like your hat. >> thank you, sir. mr. president, going into your meeting -- >> come on, take it off. >> oh, boy.
okay. >> i like you better without the hat. go ahead. >> you recoup your going into your meeting with president putin on monday, you mention both denuclearization and syria. can you say exactly what your message will be to them on syria? what would you like say especially given assad's gains in the country recently? and also on the neutralization can you spell out a little bit how you expect that to happen in terms of treaties and defense talks? >> it will be a slow process. don't forget we're not the only ones that have nukes and it will be a slow process, for the world would be as and others would have to come along simultaneously obviously. but i think that when the meeting was arranged and when we both wanted to meeting, when the meeting was arranged, it was, from my standpoint, i didn't go in with high expectations but you may come out with something for exceptional, but the proliferation is a tremendous, i
mean, to me it's the biggest problem in the world, nuclear weapons, biggest problem in the world. i understand nuclear. look up dr. john trump at mit. he was my uncle many, many years a a professor. i used to talk nuclear with win and this was many years ago. it's the biggest problem in my opinion this world has come nuclear weapons. so if we could do something to substantially reduce of them. i mean, idea to get rid of them. maybe that's a dream, but certainly it's a subject that i will ring up with him and it's also very expensive thing. but that's the least important. so if we can do something. but but i didn't, i was tellinge prime minister before, i didn't go in with high expectations. we do have a political problem where, you know, and the united states we have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, , butt makes it very hard to do something with russia. anything you do it's always
going to be oh, russia come he loves russia. i love the united states but i love getting along with russia and china and other countries, and it will certainly be, jeff, something that would bring up and talk about. i think to me make it such a bg problem. siri of course and could bring that up and bring it ukraine and other subjects -- and other subjects also. >> streak and what exactly would you like a fun and -- >> that's another one. a red light in the sand was a problem for us. i think you might be in a different -- >> like president putin to do now under your watch? >> i'm going to talk to about that before talk to you, and if something happens that would be great. if it doesn't happen, i'm not going in with high expectations but we may come out with some very surprising things. but relationship is very important and having relationship with russia and other countries as i said, a number of times, and i've been saying actually for years, and i
been saying it during the campaign, having relationships with other countries is really good thing. i think that, i can't really overestimate how big the meeting was yesterday with nato. we went with something that really was an unfair situation to something that's unified, and they had spirit. those people were getting up and in the end, well, we're committing and unit, it's not like they can go immediately back, they had to go through the parliaments and their congresses and their representatives in whatever form they have, but they have to go through an approval process. but i'll tell you what, every single person in that room was gung ho to get done, get the money in and even before that, 34 billion, and i think the secretary-general stoltenberg is doing a terrific job by the way, he said yesterday that because of president trump we've taken
in $34 billion more for nato. i think the number is much higher than that but $34 billion more, at least. and again that's nothing that my opponent would have done. my opponent, or would it just kept going ten. it was going ten. you see what was happening over the years, the numbers were going down. that the number is going way up and it's going we have hired and he will tell you that, that was because of me. >> prime minister may, the president during his time in brussels expressed concern about a pipeline between russia and germany. do you share those concerns? and to follow up on some of the questioning from my colleagues in the british press and on the american side, did you feel undermined by president trump's comments in "the sun" about your brakes a plan and about boris johnson? >> no, look, berkeley the brexit's and will deliver a the british people voted for and with an excellent discussion here as i said about with president trump is said, about
the possibility and the intent that we both have to have an ambitious trade deal going forward and it think that's exactly where we will be going. that's very important for both of our country's. actually we as the children shoulderwidth the united states in so many different ways over the years as a result of our special relationship, and we will show that even further through the trade arrangements that we will put in place in the future. >> and i have to just to finish up, jeff, just to finish up i have to say, i said to the paper, "the sun", and they seem like two very nice people, but i said that theresa may is a, what is in this nice, but i said -- >> she is sitting here. >> did i say nice things about theresa may, please? good. even reported them that's good. where, on the internet? i said very good things. thank you very much for saying that. no, i said very good things
about it. i didn't think it put in but that's all right. they didn't put in the headline. i wish they put in the headlines, that's one of those things. she's a total profession because when i saw her, i want to apologize that she said don't were it's only the press. i thought that was unprofessional. a professional. i might add though, i might add -- don't worry. they've been doing it for me and i do to them. i do say so the pipeline you estimate the pipeline, to me it is a tragedy, i think it's a horrific thing that's being done where you are feeding billions and billions of dollars from germany primarily, and other countries, but primarily from germany into the coffers of russia when we're trying to do something so that we have peace in the world. i think it's a horrible thing that germany is doing. i think it's a horrible mistake, and as much as i like angela, i was reopened in singing. i think it's a horrible thing
that you pipeline coming from russia, and i believe that germany is going to be getting 50, 60 or even diapered numbers of 70% of the energy coming in from russia. and how can you be working for peace and working from strength when somebody has that kind of power over your country? i don't think it's good. you're not looking from strength. you have given up all your strength. i think it's very bad for germany, bad for the german people edit don't think it's very good for nato, if you want to know the truth, okay? >> please, just, we said we would take or mac questions and we've taken four question speech. just on the pipeline issue, we been talking to the germans about this. we've been talking of the countries within the european union about this, and while we continue to sit around eu table the survey something that will be discussed at the european table and make our views known there. mr. president, thank you.
>> can you share your views with us, your position? >> we have been discussing this with the germany. the president has made clear his concerns about what is happening angela merkel made her position clear. within the european union over discussions to be held on this issue of nord stream two and were talking to other countries within european union and i think the president said earlier in response to question the future beating he is going to have, the decay was happening after that meeting, and we'll see what comes out. thank you. >> thank you very much. thank you. [applause] [inaudible] >> president trump will be having chelator today with queen elizabeth at windsor castle just outside london. before spending the weekend at his golf resort in scotland. you can watch this discomforts again tonight at eight eastern
on c-span. >> on monday the president meets with russian president vladimir putin. the two is expected to meet privately with transmitted present and hold a working lunch. watch c-span for updates on the u.s.-russia summit and follow all our coverage online at c-span.org. >> earlier today deputy attorney general rod rosenstein announced a special counsel robert mueller has indicted 12 russian intelligence officers in the 2016 hacking of the democratic national committee. mr. rosenstein's overseen the special counsels investigation into the last presidential election and you can see his news conference tonight at eight eastern on c-span2, on c-span.org, or listen with the free c-span radio app. >> this week court a former elected officials spoke to the group new democracy who held a a symposium to discuss strategies to advance the democratic party
agenda and to elect candidates in the 20 18th-2020 elections. you can see this event tonight at night eastern here c-span2, also online at c-span.org, or listen with a free c-span radio app. >> brett kavanaugh of the united states court of appeals for the district of columbia is president trump's nominee for the supreme court. follow the confirmation process on c-span as judge kavanaugh meets with key senators this week on capitol hill followed by a senate confirmation hearing and the boat. watch live on on c-span, anytit c-span.org or listen with the free c-span radio app. ..
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