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tv   President Trump British Prime Minister May Joint News Conference  CSPAN  July 16, 2018 12:47am-1:40am EDT

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>> we went to cooperation even for the -- further. ofsaw a demonstration british and american special forces. what is today, the most advanced security operation of any two countries in the world.
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pilot ort is our soldiers at the forefront of ino's presence, our navy is the pacific enforcing sanctions on north korea, all are unparalleled intelligence sharing. our security cooperation is saving lives here in america and across the world. set to goership is with our armies integrated to a level unmatched anywhere. spend over set to the next decade. we also discussed how we can deepen our work together. russia, ilar, on think president trump for his .upport
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the agreement in singapore is up the prospect of denuclearization. andthe need to address destabilize the influence in the middle east. iran andhome on reduced humanitarian suffering. increased defense spending and capabilities. afghanistan for this clean-cut inodes the for the uplift of your kitchen, and ongoing -- of u.k. troops.
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finally, let me say this. is all of our responsibility to ensure a and years. -- it endears. with u.s. leadership at its foundation, it remains our commitment to justice. those values are something that we in the u.k. will always cherish. it is a strength of these values in the coming interest and lec across north america and europe. that is why i am confident that the alliance will continue to be a bedrock of error shared prosperity for years to come.
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>> it is my true honor to join you. on behalf of the american people, i want to thank you for your very gracious hospitality. are night, melania and i excited to join you and philip for dinner at the palace. wonderful and memorable evening that we will not soon forget. toay, it is a true privilege visit this historic place. continue our conversation which is really proceeded along rapidly and well over the last few days. for generations, our predecessors have gathered to strengthen a bond like no other. the relationship between our two
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countries is indispensable to the cause of liberty, justice, and peace. the united kingdom and the united states are bound together. the traditions of freedom sovereignty, and the true rule of law or our shared gift to the world. they are now our prices inheritance. we must never seems to be united in their defense and in their renewal. before our dinner, we joined make for ater to tour of the let's and churchill exhibit at the palace. it was right here the prime minister churchill phoned roosevelt after pearl harbor. service and british members pueblas shed their blood
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alongside one another in defense of home freedom. together, we achieved a really special, meant to send victory -- magnificent victory. there was truly a productive summit. of my top priorities is getting other nato members to get their full and fair share. during the summit, i made clear that will nato allies must
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receive substantial commitments from members to increase their spending and to do so in a much more timely manner. today, thetings prime minister and i discussed a range of shared priorities including stopping nuclear proliferation. i think prime minister may and our partnership. she has been a tremendous help. the prime minister and i both discussed herein -- iran. -- i must did together. we have to stop terrorism. we have to stop terrorism and we have to get certain countries. the funding of. terrorism has to stop
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i encourage the prime minister to sustain pressure on the regime. she needed absolutely no encouragement. we are doing it together. very closely coordinated. the united states and united kingdom are also strengthening cooperation with our armed services run the world. speciale viewed many forces with demonstrations that were incredible. young brave, these strong people. seamless cooperation between our militaries is vital to addressing the many shared security for the have. that is far different than only of head before. we will handle them while.
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we also recognize the vital border security and immigration patrol in order to prevent terrorism on 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, we are working very hard to hit the democrats to give us a couple of votes to pass meaningful and powerful porter security. i also want to thank prime minister may for pursuing reciprocal trade with the united states. once the process is concluded and perhaps, the u.k. has left the eu, whatever you do it is ok with me. can trainsure we together, that is all that matters. the united states looks forward to finalizing a great bilateral
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agreement with the united kingdom. we will seize it probably. decision of the fridge people to realize. government had little see how that goes. not an easy and negotiation. a strong and independent united kingdom like a strong and independent night stays his truly a blessing on the world. i want to thank you again for the honor of special -- visiting the united kingdom. my mother was born here. less -- wonderful visit last night. togethera lot of time for the last night, i was very embarrassed for the rest of the table. we talked about a lot of different solutions.
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long tradition of friendship. prime minister may: thank you, mr. president. [applause] now we're going to take four questions each. i'll start off with laura. reporter: thank you very much, prime minister and mr. president. mr. president, you seem rather to have changed your tune from what you said earlier this week when you said that on the current brexit plan, that would probably kill the possibility of a trade deal with the u.k. our countries are meant to have a special relationship yet you publicly criticized the prime minister's policy and her personally for not listening to you this week.
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is that really the behavior of a friend? and, prime minister, isn't the problem for you that some of the things mr. trump has said about your brexit plan are right? it will limit the possibilities of doing trade deals easily in the future? can you also tell us how it felt for him to criticize you in the way he did in that interview? president trump: maybe i'll go first because i didn't criticize the prime minister. i have a lot of respect for the prime minister. and unfortunately there was a story that was done, which was, you know, generally fine, but it didn't put in what i said about the prime minister and i said tremendous things. fortunately we tend to record stories now. so we have it for your enjoyment if you'd like it. but we record when we deal with reporters. it's called fake news. and we still have a lot of problems with the good, old-fashioned recording instrument. but what happens is, look the prime minister is going to make a decision as to what she's going to do. the only thing i ask of teresa is that we make sure we can trade. that we don't have any
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restrictions. because we want to trade with the u.k. and the u.k. wants to trade with us. we're by far their biggest trading partner. and we have just a tremendous opportunity to quadruple that. so if they go a slightly different route, and i know they do want independence, it's going to be independence, it's just -- your definition. but if they're going to go a certain route, i just said that i hope you're going to be able to trade with the united states. i read reports where that won't be possible. but i believe after speaking with the prime minister's people and representatives 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, but 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'll be able to do that. ok? and i think she's doing a terrific job, by the way. prime minister may: thank you, mr. president. and just to confirm what the president has said, laura.
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there will be no limit to the possibility of us doing trade deals around the rest of the world. once we leave the european union. on the basis of the agreement that was made here at checkers and that i've put forward to the european union. and just be clear, that is an agreement that delivers on the brexit vote that we had in 2016 here in the u.k. 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 european court of justice here in the u.k. will come to an end. the sending of vast sums of money every year to the e.u. will come to an end. we will come out of the common agriculture policy, we will come out of the common fishers policy, and will ensure, by not being in a customs union, that we are able to have an independent trade policy and do those trade deals around the world.
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and as you've heard from the president, the united states is keen for us work, we're keen to work with them and whether he do a trade deal with them and with others around the rest of the world. president trump: jonathan, go ahead. reporter: mr. president, two questions, if i may. the first one, now your british trip is coming to a close, could you tell us the three or four things you hope to achieve in your meeting with vladimir putin? and the second question, what's the benefit to america of having tens of thousands of american troops stationed in europe? thank you. president trump: so, i'll be meeting with president putin on monday. we go into the meeting with a tremendous meeting that we had with nato. most of you have reported it correctly. it was certainly testy at the beginning but at the end, everybody came together and they agreed to do what they should do. and actually what they've committed to do. which you fully adhered to. you didn't have a problem. but some people did.
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and we left that meeting more unified and wealthier as a group than ever before. so we go in strong. we'll be talking to president putin about a number of things. ukraine. we'll be talking about syria. we'll be talking about other parts of the middle east. i will be talking about nuclear proliferation. because we are massively, you know, you know what we've been doing, we've been modernizing and fixing and buying and it's just a devastating technology. and they likewise 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 could do. it's not only us, it's not only russia and the united states, it's other countries also.
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but we're the two leaders. we would be the leader. they would be second. i guess china would be third. i think we'll all be talking about that. to me, jonathan, i think that would be a tremendous achievement if we could do something on nuclear proliferation. and we'll be talking about other things. i know you'll ask, will we be talking about meddling? and i will absolutely bring that up. i don't think you'll have any, gee, i did it, i did it, you got me. there won't be a perry mason here, i don't think. but you never know what happens. but i will absolutely firmly ask the question. and hopefully we'll have a very good relationship with russia. i think having -- and the prime minister would agree. we have a good relationship with russia and with china and with other countries. that's a good thing. not a bad thing. so hopefully that will happen. reporter: [inaudible] -- the benefit to america. president trump: the troops where, though? where? well, look, there is a benefit. there's a psychological benefit
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and there's a military benefit. there's also a benefit not to do it. i mean, i was prepared to do things that would have been somewhat harsh yesterday. a lot of people were surprised that nato all came together at the end. and it wasn't a threat. it was just an unfair situation. the united states was paying anywhere from 70% to 90% and i choose 90% depending on the way you want to calculate. we were paying 90% of the cost of nato. and nato is really there for europe much more so than us. it helps europe, no matter what our military people or your military people say, helps europe more than it helps us. that being said, it is a great unifier. we have 29 countries. and there was a lot of love in that room. and we have a lot more than -- jonathan, when you say 10,000 troops. we have a lot more than 10,000 troops.
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oh, i thought you said 10,000. because in germany we have 52,000 troops and we have a lot of troops in europe. that being said, we're helping europe. they're helping us. we're all together. and i'm fine with it. prime minister may: thank you. president trump: by the way, very importantly, they're now paying their way in a much more rapid fashion. prime minister may: thank you. frances. reporter: prime minister, i wonder whether you agree with the president of the united states that immigration has damaged the cultural fabric of europe and, president, perhaps you could elaborate on that remark. what do you mean by that? president trump: i think it's been very bad for europe. 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 just left some incredible young men, men and women, at sandhurst. they were showing us cells and they were showing us things that
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frankly 20 years ago nobody even thought about, probably a lot more recently than that nobody thought about. i think it's changing the culture. i think it's a very negative thing for europe. i think it's very negative. i think having germany and i have a great relationship with angela merkel. great relationship with germany. but i think that's very much hurt germany. i think it's very much hurt other parts of europe. and i know it's politically not necessarily correct to say that. but i'll say it and i'll say it loud. and i think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture, you are changing a lot of things. you're changing security. look what's happening. you take a look. 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 do not think it's good for europe and i don't think it's good for our country. we're, as you know, far superior to anything that's happened
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before, but we have very bad immigration laws. and, i mean, we're 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. i call them -- it's just like, you just walk across the border. you walk across the border, you put one foot on the land and now you're tied up in a lawsuit for five years. it's the craziest thing anyone's ever seen. so i would just make that recommendation to europe. i've made it very loud and clear. i made it yesterday. 29 countries total. and that's the way i feel. prime minister may: the u.k. has a proud history of welcoming people who are fleeing persecution to our country. we have a proud history of welcoming people who want to come to our country to contribute to our economy and contribute to our society. and over the years, overall immigration has been good for the u.k. it's brought people with different backgrounds, different outlooks here to the u.k. and has -- we've seen them
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contributing to our society and to our economy. of course what is important is that we have control of our borders, what is important is that we have a set of rules that enables us to determine who comes into our country. and of course that is what, as a government, we have been doing for a number of years and we'll be able to continue to do in the future. mr. president. reporter: mr. president, you have spent the week taking on nato allies, criticizing prime minister may on her own soil. and i wonder if -- are you giving russian president vladimir putin the upperhand heading into your talks, given that you are challenging these alliances that he seeks to break up and destroy? president trump: see, that's such dishonest reporting. because, of course it happens to be nbc. 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.
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we have a strong and powerful nato. when i became president we didn't. we had people that weren't paying their bills. we had people that were way down. we had people that weren't following their commitments. in addition to that, we've become an oil exporter, which would not have happened under the past regime or a new regime if it weren't us. we have built up our military, $700 billion, and then next year as you know, $716 billion. when you look at what we've done in terms of russia, i guarantee whoever it is in russia, they're saying, oh, gee, do we wish that trump was not the victor in that election. we have been far tougher on russia than anybody, anybody. and probably than -- look, i'm not going to go down 100 years. but certainly we've 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
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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. so germany, big country, powerful country, they did three. the fake news doesn't want to talk about it. so it really is -- we have been very strong on russia. now with all that being said, if i had a relationship with putin, i don't know him, i met him twice, maybe three times, 2 1/2 times, most of you were there when we did. we met him at the g-20 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. just not going to happen anymore. so if we got along with countries, that's a good thing. if we get along with china,
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russia, that's a good thing, not a bad thing. reporter: i take your point, but -- [inaudible] -- headlines about the fighting. i take your point about what happened at the end of nato. president trump: the headlines you see isn't the headline. yes, there was fighting because i said, you have to put up more money. we have to be stronger, we have to be unified. the headline he sees isn't what's happening during the morning. the headline he sees is what happened in the afternoon, where we came together as one, where they're putting up billions of dollars more, i'll give you an example. you know this as 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's happy about that? i don't think so. but we have a lot of false reporting in this country. i don't think you have that in your country, do you, prime minister? ok, go ahead. ask the prime minister.
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reporter: president trump told the sun, i think the deal she's striking on brexit is not what the people voted for. is he wrong, are you offering up a brexit-lite? and i wonder if we could get a reaction to him saying boris johnson would be a good prime minister? prime minister may: well first of all, on the deal we have put on the table, the agreement we've 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. and i heard the turn of phrase that the president used earlier. but let me be very clear about this. we will be leaving the european union. and we are leaving on the 29th of march, 2019. as we leave the european union, we will be delivering on what people voted for, an end to free movement, an end to sending vast amounts of money to the european union every year, an end to the jurisdiction of the european court of justice here in the united kingdom, coming out of the common fisheries policy, coming out of the common agriculture policy, and ensuring
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by coming out of the customs union that we can have an independent trade policy that enables us to negotiate trade deals with the united states and with other countries around the rest of the world. that's what the british people voted for and that's what we will be delivering. we will deliver it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to the border between northern ireland and ireland. and robert? reporter: [inaudible] president trump: i'll respond. they said unrelated. not related. we have the tape. you can ask sarah, get it from sarah. we taped the entire interview. they asked about boris johnson. they said, how would he be as prime minister? i said he'd be a great prime minister. he's been very nice to me, he's been saying great things about me as president. he said i'm doing a great job. i am doing a great job, just in case you haven't noticed. but boris johnson i think would be a great prime minister. i also said that this incredible
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woman right here is doing a fantastic job, a great job. and i mean that. and i must say i have gotten to know theresa may much better in the last three days -- we spent more time together in the last two days -- i said, what are we doing tomorrow? you are having breakfast and lunch with theresa may and then we'll see her later on. i've gotten to know her better than ever. and that brexit is a tough situation. that's a tough deal between the borders and the entries into the countries and all the things, she's going to be the best. the only thing i ask is to work it out so we can have very even trade. because we do not have a fair deal on european change. that's going to change. if it doesn't change, we will have a big problem.
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they're coming over on july 25 to see me and hopefully, we can work something out. but they have barriers that are beyond belief. barriers that will not take many of our tariffs including our cars. they charge us tariffs on cars far greater than what we charge them. as you know, you know all these things. and last year, teresa, we lost $151 billion with the european union. we can't have that. we're going to have that any longer. ok? thank you. reporter: mr. president, how would you characterize your relationship with the united kingdom? more special than with other countries? by the way, on farm products, i think on the prime minister's deal, you wouldn't be allowed to export many farm products to the u.k. would that be a problem for you? prime minister, the president said yesterday that he gave you advice about how to negotiate
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brexit but you didn't take that advice. i wondered what that advice was an if you have any regrets? prime minister may: a lot of people are giving me advice how to negotiate with the european union. my job is actually getting out there and doing it and that is exactly what i have done. as you know we've been going to these negotiations, there have been some skeptical voices. skeptical on whether we would achieve it by december and we have got that joint agreement on citizens right. we've got the implementation period in march. .ow we put forward a proposal the proposals of the european union have not been acceptable to the u.k. we said no to those and that is why we have put our proposals on the table for the future. deallivers on the brexit and ensures smooth trade with the european union. in terms of the united states, there would be questions about
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some of the trade issues about the standards we have on some products and how we want to deal with some of the trade issues. that will be a matter for negotiations. president trump: so, i would say, i would give our relationship in terms of great, the highest level of special. we start off with special. i will give our relationship with the u.k. and now, especially, after these two days with your prime minister, i would say the highest level of special. am i allowed to go higher than that? i'm not sure. but it's the highest level of special. they're very special people it is a very special country and as i said, i have a relationship because my mother was born in scotland. so it's very important. as far as the advice, i did give her a suggestion. i wouldn't say advice. and i think she found it may be too brutal. i don't know if you remember what i said that i did give her a certain amount of suggestions.
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i wouldn't say advice. but i did give her some suggestions and i could fully understand why she thought it was a little tough. and maybe someday she will do that. if they don't make the right deal, she might do what i suggested 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. it's a disgrace. so it's not an easy negotiation. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: john roberts go ahead. cnn is fake news. i don't take questions from cnn. cnn is fake news. i don't take questions from cnn. john roberts of fox. let's go to a real network. reporter: we are a real network too, sir. reporter: thank you, mr. president, some people have suggested the relations between the united states and russia are at their lowest points since the beginning of the cold war. you have stated many times that
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it 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? president trump: yes. i think so. i think we would have a very good relationship with president putin if we spent time together. i'm different from other people. i think we're being hurt very badly by the witchhunt. i would call it the rigged witchhunt after watching some clips. i didn't get to watch too much because it's a different time zone. after watching the people, the man that was testifying yesterday, i call it the with -- the rigged witchhunt. i think it really hurts our country and it hurts our relationship with russia. i think we have a good chance to have a very good relationship with russia and a very good relationship with president putin. i would hope so. reporter: what do you think of continued relationships with the russia while they occupy another country?
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president trump: yes, they do. if you're talking about crimea, primarily yeah. president obama failed very badly with crimea. i don't think i would have done that as president. he took over crimea during the obama administration. reporter: how do you get him out? president trump: we'll have to see what happens. i'm not bad at doing things. if you look at what i've done compared to what other people have done have done 160 days in, there is nobody even close i don't believe. let's see what happens. this was an obama disaster. and i think if i were president then, he would not have taken over crimea then. during the obama administration, he essentially took over crimea. i don't think he would have done that with me as president. reporter: i have a question for the prime minister but if i could follow up, you have taken on many things, you left by the obama administration, something that you inherited, the
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occupation of crimea? how do you fix it? president trump: we're going to see what happens. if i knew, i would tell you -- wouldn't tell you because that would put us at a disadvantage. we'll see what happens. we'll see how it all plays out. i just want people to understand that crimea was another bad hand. you got handed north korea and we are doing very well. look, we haven't had nuclear testing, we haven't had missile launches, we haven't had rocket launches. some sites were blown up. and we got back our hostages, our prisoners even before i left. a lot of good things are happening. there's some good feeling there. we'll see what happens. the process is probably longer than anybody would like. but i'm used to long processes, too. we haven't taken off the sanctions, the sanctions are biting. we haven't taken them off. but when it comes to crimea, that's something i took over,
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john: there's not much i have to say about it other than, we will look at that and we will look at many other disasters i've taken over. i've taken over a lot of that hands and i'm fixing all of them one by one and i know how to fix them. reporter: president trump says that he made suggestions to you about what to do about brexit. can we ask you to make a suggestion to him about how to handle his meeting with putin? prime minister may: i think it's very simple. we've been talking about this in fact today, which is important with meeting president putin. and i welcome the meeting with president putin. what important is that the president goes into this as he has been doing from a position of strength. i think that is very important obviously. activity insed the russia in many ways. 12 agentsed about the and the impact that that has
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had, i welcome and the very strong response that the united united states has given them. we have responses from around the world and the important particularly, following the nation, the president is going into this meeting with president putin from that position of strength and unity around the nato table. reporter: prime minister, in the comments yesterday, your own mp's sort of sided with donald trump and said this deal that you signed here at checkers is going to be bad. why can't you convince your own mps that this is a good idea? and president trump, what would you do? would you billing to walk away from the talks to show that you mean business? prime minister may: first of all, on the issue of trade deals, as i said earlier, we are negotiating and when i come out of negotiations, will have our ability to have independent trade policies and to set their own tariffs and to be a member
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of the wto to be able to negotiate trade deals around the the world as we will be doing. and we're looking at the united states, we're looking at other areas as well. as we said, we're looking at issues like the hospitality of trade deals around the pacific area, too. we will negotiate those trade deals but i also want to have a good trade arrangement with the european union. this is not either or. we do not just replace one with the other. the european union is negotiating so that we could have a good trade relationship with the european union and the united states and around the rest of the world, as well. goodhat is what will be for jobs, livelihood and good for prosperity here in the u k -- in the u.k. president trump: as you remember, the days before brexit, we had a large number of reporters. everybody was there because of brexit and they all showed up in the ninth hole overlooking the
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ocean and i said, what's going on? they all asked for my opinion and i think we will agree that i said that brexit will happen. and it did happen. the reason i thought it was going to happen is because of immigration. one of the reasons i got elected is because of immigration and i felt that brexit had the upper hand. most people didn't agree with me. if you remember, barack obama said well, your country will have to get on the back of the line if that happens. which i felt was a terrible thing to say frankly, but i thought it was going to happen and it did happen. and i also think that as far as negotiating the deal, i probably would have done what my suggestion was to the prime minister. but she can always do that. at some point, she can do what i suggested to her. reporter: can you walk away? president trump: you can't walk away. because she walks away that means she's stuck.
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you can't walk away. you can do other things. she could do what my suggestion was. and my suggestion was 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 very tough negotiator. she's a very smart and very determined person. there are a lot of people looking up and say gee whiz, she left a lot of people in her wake. shes a very smart, tough, capable person. i would much rather have her as my friend that my enemy, that i can tell you. go ahead. reporter: jeff mason from reuters. president trump: i like your hat. reporter: thank you, sir. i don't have a solid head of hair. but thank you sir. president trump: take it off.
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reporter: oh, boy. ok. president trump: i like you better without that. go ahead. reporter: go ahead. -- here we go. going into your meeting with president putin, you mentioned the denuclearization and blow syria. can you tell us exactly what your message will be especially given assad's regime in the country recently? can a spell out a little bit how you expect that to happen in terms of treaties and talks? president trump: we are not the only ones that have nuclear weapons. for us, it would be us and others would have to come along simultaneously. but i think that when the meeting was arranged, we both wanted the meeting. when the meeting was arranged, it was from my standpoint, i did not go in with high expectations but you may come out with something very exceptional. but the proliferation is a
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tremendous, to me, it's the biggest problem in the world. nuclear weapons. biggest problem in the world. i understand nuclear. look up dr. john trumpet. m.i.t. he was my uncle, many years as a professor. i used to talk nuclear with him and this was many years ago. it's the biggest problem in my opinion this world has. nuclear weapons. so if we can do something to substantially reduce them and ideally, get rid of them. maybe that's a dream. but certainly that's a subject i'll be bringing up with him and it's also a very expensive thing but that's the least important. as i was telling the prime minister before, i didn't go in with high expectations. we do have a political problem where, you know in the united -- purewe have the here
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stupidity going on but it makes it very hard to do something with russia. people go, he loves russia. i love the united states. but i also love getting along with russia and china and other countries. but it will certainly be something that we bring up and talk about. i think to me, it's such a big problem. syria, i want to bring that up and i will pick up ukraine. i will bring up other subjects also. reporter: with syria, what is it exactly that you would like to hear from them? president trump: well that was another one. the red line in the sand was a problem for us. reporter: what is something different that you want president putin to do now under your watch? president trump: i'll tell you what, i'm going to talk to him about that before i talk to you. 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 a relationship with russia and other countries as i said, a number of times, i have
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certainly been saying it during my campaign, having relationships with other countries is really a good thing. i can't really overestimate how big the meeting was yesterday with nato. we went with something that was really an unfair situation to something that's unified. i mean they had spirit. those people were getting up, we are committing -- it's not like they can go immediately back. they have to go to their parliaments and congresses and their whatever form they have. but they have to go through an approval process. but how to you what, every single person in that room was gung ho to get it done, get the money in, and even before that, as you know, $34 billion, and i think the secretary-general said yesterday that because of president trump, we have taken
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in $34 billion more for nato. and i think the numbers are actually much higher than that. but $34 billion at least. and again, that's nothing that my opponent would have done. my opponent it would have just kept going down. you see what was happening over the years. numbers were going down. now the number is way up and they are going higher and they will tell you that it was because of me. reporter: prime minister may, the president in brussels expressed concerns about a pipeline between russia and germany. do you share those concerns? and to follow-up on a question for my colleagues on the british press and the american side, did you feel undermined by president trump's comments in the sun about your brexit clan and boris johnson? prime minister may: as i said and as president trump has said,
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about the possibility into the intent that we both have two have an ambitious trade deal going forward, i think that is we're going and that's a very important for a lot of our countries. we have stood shoulder to shoulder with the united states in many different ways over the years as a result of our special relationship and we will show that even further through the trade arrangements put in place in the future. president trump: jeff, just to finish off, i have to say. i said to the paper, the sun, i -- and they seem like two very nice people. theresa may -- one of them is nice. nice? them is very did i say nice things about theresa may? if you reported them, that's good.
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where, on the internet? i said very good things. i said very good things about her. i did think they put it in, but that's all right. they didn't put it in the headline. i wish they would have put it in the headline. she's a total professional. i wanted to apologize because she said just good things. i might add, they've been doing it to me and i do it to them. i do say, the pipeline, you asked about the pipeline, to me, it is a tragedy. i think it's a horrific thing that's being done. you're feeding billions and billions of dollars from germany primarily, and other countries, but primarily from germany, into 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.
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and as much as i like angela, i told her i think it's a horrible thing that you have a pipeline coming from russia and i believe that germany is going to be getting 70% of their 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 working from strength. you've given up all of your strength. i think it's very bad for germany, very bad for the german people. and it's not very good for nato. if you want to know the truth. ok? prime minister may: we said we would take four questions each and we've taken four questions each. we've been talking to the germans about this, they are talking to other countries within the european union about this. while they continue to sit around the eu table, this will be something that we can discuss at the european union table. obviously we will make our views known there. mr. president, thank you.
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reporter: can you share your views with us, your position on it? prime minister may: we've been discussing this with germany. president angela merkel has made her positions clear about what is happening. within the european union, there are discussions to be held within decision and we are talking to other countries within the european union. i think the president said earlier in response to a question, he would tell you after what is happening in that meeting. you will see what is coming out of the european union and we are a member of the european union 2019 weile, until march are a member of the union. then we are leaving. president trump: thank you very much. thank you. [applause]
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