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  President Trump Indian PM at the White House Presser  CSPAN  June 27, 2017 12:15am-12:37am EDT

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between the two countries. focusing on trade and global security. event, thee garden prime minister invited president trump and his family to india. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and the prime minister of the republic of india. president trump: thank you very much. prime minister, thank you for being here with us today. it is a great honor to welcome the leader of the world's greatest democracy to the the white house -- to the white house. i've always had a deep admiration for your country and , and a profound
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admiration for your heritage and traditions. this summer, india will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its independence and on behalf of the united states we want to congratulate the indian people on this magnificent milestone in the life of your very, very incredible nation. during my campaign, i pledged that if elected, india would have a true friend in the white house. and that is now exactly what you have, a true friend. a friendship between the united built ond india is shared values, and our shared commitment to democracy. not many people know it, but the american and the indian constitutions begin with the same three very beautiful words, "we the people." the prime minister and i both understand the importance of
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those words which helps to form the foundation of cooperation between our two countries. relations between countries are strongest when they are devoted to the interests of the people we serve, and after our meetings today i will say that the relationship between india and the united states has never been stronger, has never been better. i am proud to announce to the media, to the american people, and to the indian people, that prime minister modi and i are world leaders in social media. we are believers. giving the citizens of our countries the -- opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials and for us to hear directly from
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them. i guess it has worked very well in both cases. i am thrilled to salute you, prime minister modi, and the indian people for all that you are accomplishing together. your accomplishments have been vast. india has the fastest growing economy in the world. we hope we will be catching you very soon in terms of percentage increase, i have to tell you that. we are working on it. in just two weeks, you will begin to implement the largest tax overhaul in your country's history. we are doing that also, by the way. creating new opportunities for your citizens. you have a big vision for improving infrastructure and you are fighting government corruption, which is always a grave threat to democracy. together, our countries can help chart and optimistic path into the future, one that unleashes the power of new technology, new infrastructure, and the enthusiasm and excitement of
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very hard-working and very dynamic people. i look forward to working with you, mr. prime minister, to create jobs in our countries. to grow our economies and two -- to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal. it is important that their ears -- barriers be removed to the export of u.s. goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country. i was pleased to learn about an indian airlines recent order of 100 new american planes, one of the largest orders of its kind. which will support thousands and thousands of american jobs. we're also looking forward to exporting more american energy to india as your economy grows, including major long-term contracts to purchase american
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natural gas, which are right now being negotiated and we will sign them. trying to get the price up a little bit. to further our economic partnership, i'm excited to report that the prime minister has invited my daughter to lead the global entrepreneurship seminar in india this summer and i believe she has accepted. finally, the security partnership is incredibly important to both our nations. both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them. we will destroy radical islamic terrorism. our militaries are working every day to enhance cooperation between our military forces and
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next month, they will join together with the japanese navy to take part in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the vast indian oceans. i also thank the indian people for their contributions to the effort in afghanistan and for joining us and applying new sanctions against the north korean regime. the north korean regime is causing tremendous problems and it is something that has to be dealt with and probably dealt with rapidly. working together, i truly believe our two countries can set an example for many other nations and make great strides in defeating common threats and make great progress in unleashing amazing prosperity and growth. prime minister modi, thank you again for joining me today and
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for visiting our country and our wonderful white house and oval office. i enjoyed our very productive conversation this afternoon and i look forward to its continuation tonight at dinner. the future of our partnership has never looked brighter. india and the united states will always be tied together in friendship and respect. prime minister modi, thank you very much. [applause] prime minister modi: thank you.
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first lady, vice president, ladies and gentlemen. ladies and gentlemen of the media. right from the opening until the end of our talks, president trump's welcome was filled with friendliness. his first lady brought a warm welcome to the white house by -- i would like to thank both of you from the bottom of my heart. i would also like to give you a special thanks, president trump, for having spent so much time
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with me, for having spoken such me and my about country, and i would like to tell you that i am eager to welcome your daughter to india for the summit. president trump, i would once again like to thank you for the time you have spent with me. i would like to give you special thanks for that. my visit and our talks today will mark a very important place in the history of the collaboration and cooperation between our two nations. the talks between president trump and myself today have been extremely important from all points of view for several reasons.
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because they were based on mutual trust, because of the convergence and similarities of our values, priorities concerns -- priorities, concerns, and interest. because they focused on the highest levels of achievement in our cooperation and mutual support and partnership. because our two countries are global engines of growth. because the all-around comprehensive economic growth and joint progress of both countries and both societies is the main objective for both the president and myself and will remain so.
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because the top priority for both president trump and myself is to protect our society from global challenges like terrorism. and, because our aim is the strengthening of india and the united states, two great democracies in the world. robust strategic partnership is such that it touches upon almost all areas of human endeavor. in our conversation today, president trump and i have discussed all dimensions of india u.s. relations at length. both nations are committed to a
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bilateral architecture that will take our strategic partnership to new heights. in this relationship, in both countries, increased productivity, growth, job production, and breakthrough technologies. engagement with all of these are and will remain strong drivers of our cooperation and will give us momentum in our relationship. we consider usa our primary partner in the socioeconomic transformation for flagship programs and schemes. i am sure that the convergence between my vision for india and president trump's vision for making america great again will
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add new dimensions to our cooperation. i am very clear about the fact that india's interests lie in a strong and prosperous and successful america in the same way india's development and its growing role at the international level are in the usa's interest. one of our common priorities will be the development of trade commerce, -- trade, commerce, and investment links. and, in the technology, innovation, and knowledge economy sectors, the expansion and deepening of cooperation is also in our priorities. towards this end, we shall take steps to further strengthen our
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successful digital partnership. friends, we're not just partners by chance. we are also partners in dealing with current and future challenges that we may be faced with. today, during our meeting, we discussed the serious challenges of terrorism, extremism, and radicalization, which are the major challenges facing the world today. we have agreed to enhance our cooperation in fighting against these scourges. fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelter of sanctuaries and safe havens will be an important part of our operation. with respect to our common concerns on terrorism, we will
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also enhance our sharing of intelligence and exchanges of information to deepen and expand our policy coordination as far as possible. we also talked at length about the increasing instability due to terrorism in afghanistan as one of our common concerns. both india and america have played an important role in rebuilding afghanistan and ensuring its security. in order to obtain our objective for peace and stability in afghanistan, we will maintain close consultation and communication with the u.s. to enhance coordination with our two nations. in the indo-pacific region, in
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order to maintain peace and stability and prosperity in the region, this is also another objective of strategic cooperation in this area. the increasing possibilities for enhancing cooperation in order to protect our strategic interest will determine the debt -- dimensions of our partnership. we will continue to work with usa in this region with regard to security-related challenges and growing security cooperation is extremely important. the strengthening of india's defense capabilities, with the
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help of the usa, is something we truly appreciate and we have also decided to enhance maritime security cooperation between the two nations. president trump and i have also spoken about strengthening the bilateral defense technology and our trade and manufacturing partnership, which we believe will be mutually beneficial to us. we also discussed international issues and common strategic interests in this context. we are extremely grateful for the continued support of the united states for india's membership of international institutions and regimes. we truly appreciate the support. because this is also in the interest of both of our nations. president trump, i thank you for your feelings of friendship
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toward india and myself. i deeply appreciate your strong commitment to the enhancement of our bilateral relations. i am sure that under your leadership our mutually beneficial strategic partnership will gain new strength, new positivity, and will reach new heights. and, that your vast and successful experience in the business world will lend an aggressive and forward-looking agenda to our relations. in the journey of india-america relations, i think i would like to thank you for providing great leadership. be assured that in this joint
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journey of our two nations towards development, growth, and prosperity, i will remain driven, determined, and a decisive partner. my visit today and the extensive talks i have held with you have been very successful and very fruitful, and before leaving, i would like to invite you to india along with your family. i hope that you will give me the opportunity to welcome you and post you in india. st you in india. once again, i would like to thank you for the warm welcome extended by you and the first lady to myself and my delegation. from the bottom of my heart,
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thank you. [applause] >> mr. president, can we ask you about the cbo reports? president trump: thank you very much everybody, thank you. >> are you reversing your promise not to cut medicaid, sir? >> ivanka, how excited are you about india? ivanka: very excited. >> will you be leading the delegation? [indiscernible] announcer: more now about trade relations between the u.s. and india following prime minister
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modi's visit to the white house. officials from the indian business units of boeing and general electric talk about the importance of the relationship. we will also hear from north carolina congressman george holding at this event hosted by the hudson institute. >> good morning to you and welcome to hudson institute. i am the president and ceo and -- of hudson institute. i am delighted to welcome everyone here this mng