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able to ask questions, and two canadian reporters will be able to ask questions. i assume that's the procedure, sarah, for today. >> it's dangerous to assume that donald trump will stick to procedure. that is what we would certainly expect. but as you know, president trump has not really one for the pomp and circumstance of most things, particularly here in the white house. i think there is always a possibly that he will shake up what has become the norm for these kind of press conference, wolf. >> and the norm for these kinds of press conferences, there are a limited number of questions, the reporters, the good ones, they ask multiple part questions so there is really two or three questions in that one question. and normally the president andist having leader they will answer those questions. we see staff members, key people walking in right now from the canadian delegation, from the u.s. delegation. they will be walking in, sitting in the front rows. then the reporters will have the opportunity to ask somist questions. sarah, stay with us. we will get back to you shortly.
gloria borger is our chief political analyst. it will be curious to see which american reporters are allowed to ask questions because presumely the white house can determine who gets to ask those questions. and they presumely don't want certain questions like the future of the national security adviser michael flynn questions like that to be asked. >> probably not. and as we noted the last such gathering with abe, the president called on two people who were owned by -- who work for rupert murdoch-owned organizations. and he seemed to get a little peeved when one of those journalists actually did ask a offtopic question. he knows that's what journalists are going to ask. the thing we are going to be watching for is whether in fact nafta does come up. because it wasn't in their joint statement. and there are disagreements about nafta. and the question of whether immigration and refugees comes
up, because of course canada has been welcoming in refugees. and we are now going through this controversy in this country about how to allow people in. >> david chalian is our political director. what are you looking for? >> you know, this is now you mentioned the abe meeting on friday. -- >> the japanese prime minister. >> the japanese prime minister. >> we have the canadian prime minister and then we have benjamin netanyahu coming from it reel later this week. donald trump is sort of on the world stage with his counter-parts while his own turmoil inside the white house is going on. that we've been wreath reading about in headline after headline. this is not yet a buttoned down west wing operation. clearly those foreign leaders are reading that as well. the president has to play at two levels at the same time as he is hosting all the foreign dignitaries. that's what i'm looking for, how he handles if he gets questions about mike flynn, reince priebus, about the inner workings of the west wing and whether whether or not there is going to be a course correction
just three and a half weeks into the administration. >> whether or not he answers that question. he could very well get it, any of those questions, about reince priebus, sean spicer, michael flynn, but he could say i have no comment and pivot someplace else. i think in other press conferences he wanted them to end rapidly. in the one with abe, before abe got his last question in looked like donald trump was really ready to leave and wrap it up. we'll see how he behaves with prime minister trudeau. we saw some warmth, obviously, with abe. we'll see if that exists here. of course obama and trudeau. they had a bit of a bromance, and canadians really loved obama when he was there. they were chanting four more years, four more years. we will see how their relationship is and what trump's sort of comments to the canadian people are, too. a big trading partner for us. we'll see. >> there is no bigger alliance really when you think it about
between the u.s. and canada. you talk about the special relationship with the uk. you have deep relyianses. longest peaceful border, big trading relationship. so many people going back and forth. it is going to take super hero like forbearance and stage managing to hide the severe differences between these two leaders on big ish us. free trade. trudeau is profree trade. donald trump ran on breaking up nafta. refugees, defining issue, welcoming refugees. trump, defining issue on the other end. those are defining differences on defining issues. how did they manage that relationship not just in this press conference but in years going forward. that's going to be extremely difficult. >> canada is the top trading partner for 35 states in this country. the president has to keep that in mine. among those states are the russia belt states that he won in the last election. so he has got to keep that in
mind as well. i mean, canada, you know, this president talks about bilateral trade deals all the time. and he wants to do that. well, that's fine, but canada -- you know, canada is a big trading partner of ours. >> it is the u.s.'s largest trading partner. >> right. >> and people don't always necessarily appreciate that. i want to go to london, clarissa ward, our senior international correspondent is on the scene. how are people in europe, around the world watching this news conference right now, the canadian leader visiting the white house? >> i think, wolf, that a lot of people around the world are looking for some kind of clarity on the north korea testing of that missile. and while that missile fell harmlessly into sea some 300 miles from north korea, there is obviously a lot of concern about north korea's leader, the fact he is so volatile, the fact he is not perceived as being a rational actor. and i think do think president
donald trump scored points on the world stage with a much more measured presidential pragmatic tone than we have become accustomed to hearing from him. but i do think that people will want to know a little bit more, perhaps, about how, potentially prime minister trudeau and president trump together could work as part of a broader international coalition to deal with the very troubling issue of north korea. now, we are used to seeing kim jong-un and his father before him testing new american presidents with deliberately provocative acts trying to get people to the negotiating table by frightening them, trying to exact economic concessions in return essentially for not fuel agnew clear war. but it's clear a vicious cycle and not one that anyone on the international stage wants to perpetuate. i think do think that maybe president trump sent a strong signal by showing he wasn't going to take the bait and fall into that trap. now i think people will be waiting to hear a little bit
more about how you deal with this very real threat, wolf. >> the north korea threat. a lot of national security experts say that is the top, the most national security threat facing the u.s. right you no. stand by clarissa, i want to get to be. kevin lip dak is our white house producer. you are there. you were there in mara laga when president trump and the visiting japanese prime minister shinzo abe, they got word that north korea launched this ballistic missile. you ran a detailed piece for cnn.com in which you explained how they got the word. the pictures we saw. it looked like they were out in the open at mara lago, the president's estate there. and some were describing it as a sort of situation room where they were discussing national security information. walk us through what you eyewitnessed. >> it was a little different than your situation room, wolf. it was an extraordinary moment down there in palm beach. the president hosting japanese
prime minister shinzo abe for what was meant to be a weekend of bonding, getting to know each other. they were on the golf course. about you it was saturday night when they learned that north korea as we know, fired this ballistic missile. they were preparing for a working dinner at mara laga. and as soon as they sat down at their table out there on the terrace at trump's private club, the aides started descending on the table, papers were produced, consultations were underway between these top level security aides, the national security adviser michael flynn was there, trump's chief strategist, steve bannon was there. this was out in plain view of other dinner guests at mara lago. some of them described what they saw. they saw president trump taking a cell phone call while being
served his salad. this is raising issues about the security what they were discussing. we have no reason to believe what they were talking about was strictly classified. the sources i talked to in mara lago cannot say what was discussed at that table was classified or sensitive. they were clearly in view of the guests at mara lago. i think that speaks to the atmosphere that trump likes when he is making these decisions. he likes to be out in the open, particularly when he is at this club that he owned since the 1980s. he spent the last two weekends there. in fact he continues to play host aye when he is down there. on saturday night when he was confronting this threat from north korea there was a wedding reception underway in the grand ballroom at mara lago. and trump dropped by. he said he knew the guests very well. he said they have been members of the club a long time and they
have paid me a for thune. wolf. >> this was after he got word of the north korea ballistic test? he still decided to sort of drop by this wedding that was going on at mara lago? >> yeah, this is something that trump is used to doing during his stays there. the grand ballroom at mara lago hosts charity fund-raisers and weddings and that kind of thing. trump is in fact proutd proud of it. he added it on when he bought the club in the 1980s. he says it had to go through an intense rezoning process. he is proud to he show it off to the people there. of course it is unusual now that's the president that he would drop into type of thing. >> kevin, good reporting. thanks very much. the aides have now brought the pieces of paper, the statements that the president is going to read, the prime minister is going the read. they are on the lecterns right now. momentarily both men will be walking in delivering those same. jim executo it's extraordinary,
north korea launch as ballistic missile test and we've seen the photographs, they are hanging out at mara lago having dinner and they are getting word of a sensitivish you like that. >> whether it is the papers or the phone calls, you don't do that in public. it is such an obvious call. i had a security clearance. they used to have marines that went out of the secure part of the building to make sure you didn't leave a secured document in a secured part of the building. you don't do it in be approximate. the phone calls, the conversations with the foreign leader on the most sensitive national security topic of the day. it's remarkable. unprecedented has been so overused. including in a book. >> a really great book. >> you about it raises legitimate questions about whether that's an appropriate place and with appropriate public visibility for the president of the united states to be talking about -- >> you just saw the vice president walk in. went over to the canadian delegation, shook hands with some canadian officials.
the u.s. delegation is there in the front row as well. momentarily, the president and the prime minister will be walking in. glor gloria, you wanted to make a point. >> it just looks so unprofessional. and it looks as if everything is being kind of done in an ad hoc way. when you have something that occurs that is dangerous by all accounts, and serious by all accounts, perhaps it's best to pull the president aside and take his national security adviser with him and brief them perhaps in a separate room that would be out of view. >> what's amazing is, we know that the white house communications agency, this is their job, wherever the president travels they set up secure communications in a accurate room. there is no doubt that that exists. >> uh-huh. >> why donald trump and his team did not avail themselves of that is befuddling. >> i think donald trump hikes the publicity, he likes the performative aspects of the president. that's one of the reasons why he
is always in the oval office signing executive orders and showing them to the camera when they are thein there. he talks about the white house as being akin to a movie set. it is apauling in some way but not surprising given two donald trump is. >> that should be up to the national security adviser. >> but you would think he would want to have these conversations in private. >> these are people who have no experience in these jobs. this is where it's not just protocol but it's security, as jim points out. they should know that this is the protocol. this is the protocol, because we need to have secure communications and conversations. and by the way, abe had some interest in what was going on as well. and perhaps the two of them could have gone off somewhere and met wither this own security teams. >> and they did -- they did jointly make statements at 10:30 p.m. eastern on saturday night
in which abe delivered a more robust statement a lengthier statement, the president issued one statement saying the u.s. stands 100% behind japan in this crisis. >> this is by the way arc roving pair of eyes and ears. it is so easy to hack wireless devices. there is a reason why mark zuckerberg has a piece of tape on his computer camera. >> what's the mood over there at the state deputy? you have got a lot of career diplomats, foreign service officers who are watching all of this unfold with a very, very worried tone. >> i mean, so much now is coming from the white house, being driven by the white house. there have been questions here within the state department as to what exactly policy will be moving forward. those top level management
positions still haven't been filled. i mean there are still people doing their jobs and many people wanting to do their jobs but they are getting their marching orders sometimes spur of the moment, from the white house. so they as much as us will be watching this to find out what the tone is and where it's going, is anything announced in terms of, you know, any changes or something coming down the pipe. but i think when you look at these two leaders together, you think about the relationship that trudeau had with president obama. idea logically, culturally, they were roughly the same age. they shared so much in common. and now you see trudeau meeting donald trump, and i -- there are many question marks there. i mean there's a lot that's been said about the obvious ways they differ. they do have things in common on trade, the keystone pipeline, there are things that they can talk about and make nice about and you know make this a very positive press conference.
but you think back to had he -- >> all right. >> what's that, wolf. >> hold on, because here comes the prime minister and the president. the president will speak first. >> thank you. prime minister trudeau, on behalf of all americans, i thank you for being with us today. it is my honor to host such a great friend, neighbor, and ally at the white house. a very special place. this year, canada celebrates the 150th year of confederation. for americans, this is one of the many milestones in our friendship, and we look forward, very much forward, i must say, to many more to come. our two nations share much more than a border. we share the same values. we share the love and a truly
great love of freedom. and we share a collective defense. american and canadian troops have gone to battle together, fought wars together, and forged the special bonds that come when two nations have shed their blood together, which we have. in these dangerous times, it is more important than ever that we continue to strengthen our vital alliance. the united states is deeply grateful for canada's contribution to the counter-isis effort. thank you. and we continue to work in common and in common cause against terrorism and work in common cooperation toward reciprocal trade and shared growth. we understand that both of our countries are stronger when we join forces in matters of international commerce. having more jobs and trade right here in north america is better
for both the united states and it is also much better for canada. we should coordinate closely, and we will coordinate closely to protect jobs in our hemisphere and keep wealth on our continent, and to keep everyone safe. prime minister, i pledge to work with you in pursuit of our many shared interests. this includes a stronger trading relationship between the united states and canada. it includes safe, efficient and responsible cross-border travel and migration. and it includes close partnership on domestic and international security. america is deeply fortunate to have a neighbor like canada. we have before us the opportunity to build even more bridges, and bridges of
cooperation, and bridges of commerce. both of us are committed to bringing greater prosperity and opportunity to our people. we just had a very productive meeting. with women business leaders from the united states and canada, where we discussed how to secure everything that we know, the full power of women can do better than anybody else. we know that. i just want to say, mr. prime minister, that i'm focused and you are focused on the important role women play in our economies. we just work to address the barriers faced by women and women interrupt nurs including access to capital sbshs entrepreneurs, including access to capital, access to markets, and very importantly, access to networks n. our discussion today we will focus on improving the
ways our government and our governments together can benefit stips of both the united states and canada -- citizens of the both the united states and canada and in doing so advance the greater peace and stability of the world. mr. prime minister, i look forward to working closely with you to build upon our very historic friendship. there are incredible possibilities for us to pursue. canada and the united states together. again, thank you for joining us. and i know our discussions will be very, very productive for the future of both countries. mr. prime minister. >> thank you mr. president. good afternoon, everyone. thank you very much for joining us. i would first like to start by extending aye my sincere thanks to president trump for inviting me down to washington. any day i get to visit our southern neighbors is a good day
in my books, particularly when it's so nice and warm compared to what it is back home. we are suffering under a significant winter storm that's hitting our atlantic provinces particularly harsh. i want to send everyone back at home my thoughts as they shovel out and impress on everyone to stay safe. >> translator: the president and myself have had a very productive meeting today. we had the opportunity to get to know one another better. and more importantly we had opportunity to talk about the unique relationship between canada and the united states. citizens on both sides of the 49th parallel have understood that the bond between our nation is a special one. in other neighbors in the entire world are as fundamentally linked as we are. we have fought in conflict zones together. negotiated environmental treaties together, including 1991's historic air quality agreement. and we've entered into
ground-breaking economic partnerships that have created good jobs for both of our peoples. canadians and americans alike share a common history as well as people to people ties that make us completely and totally integrated. our workers are connected by trade, transportation, and cross-border commerce. our communities rely on each other for security, stability, and economic prosperity. our families have long lived together and worked together. we know that more often than not, our victories are shared. and just as we celebrate together, so, too, do we suffer loss and heart break together. through it all, the foundational pillar on which our relationship is built is one of mutual respect. and that's a good thing. because as we know, relationships between neighbors are pretty complex, and we won't
always agree on everything. but because of our deep abiding respect for one another, we are able to successfully navigate those complexities and still remain the closest of allies and friends. make no mistake, at the end of the day, canada and the u.s. will always remain each other's most essential partner. and today's conversations have served to reinforce how important that is for both canadians and americans. as we know, 35 u.s. states list canada as their largest export market, and our economies benefit from the over $2 billion in two-way trade that takes place every single day. millions of good, middle class jobs on both sides of the border depend on this crucial partnership. maintaining strong economic ties is vital to our mutual success, and we're going to continue to
work closely together over the coming years so the canadian and american families can get ahead. >> translator: as we know, 35 u.s. states list canada as their largest export market, and our economies benefit from over $2 billion in two-way trade that takes place every single day. millions of good middle class jobs on both sides of the border depend on this crucial partnership. maintaining strong economic ties is vital to our mutual success, and we are going to continue to work closely together over the coming years so that canadian and american families can get ahead. >> president trump and i discussed today. at the end of the day, the president and i share a common goal. we both want to make sure that hard-working folks can go to
work at a good job, put food on the table for their families and save up to take a vacation every once in a while. that's with a we are trying to do here. today we reiterated that our nations are committed to collaborating on energy inf infrastructure projects that will create jobs while respecting the environment. and as we know, investing in infrastructure is a great way to create the kind of economic growth that our countries so desperately need. in that same vein, we know that ensuring equal opportunities for women in the work force is essential for growing the economy and maintaining american and canadian competitiveness on the world stage. as such, the president and i have agreed to the creation of the canada-united states council for advance men of women interrupt nurs and business leaders. this initiative is more than just about dollars and cents. this is about ensuring that women have access to the same opportunities as men and prioritizing the support and
empowerment of women who are senior business leaders and interrupt nu entrepreneurs, in doing so we'll grow the canadian and american economies and help our businesses prostar the. >> translator: finally, president trump and myself have agreed to work together to fight against the traffic of opiods across our border. the rise of illegal use of opiods in our society is nothing less than a tragedy. we will do everything we can to ensure the safety of canadians and americans. ladies and gentlemen, president trump, i know that if our countries continue to work together our people will greatly benefit from this cooperation. >> time and again that in order to tackle our most pressing issues, both foreign and domestic, we must work with our closest allies, learn from each other, and stand in solidarity as a united voice.
with a level of economic and social integration that is unmatched on world stage, canada and the united states will forever be a model example of how to be good neighbors. winston churchill once said that long canadian frontier from the atlantic to the pacific oceans, guarded only by neighborly respect and honorable obligation is an example to every country, and a pattern for the future of the world. that, my friends, is the very essence of the canada/u.s. relationship. i look forward to working with president trump over the coming years to nurture and build upon this historic partnership. once again it's a tremendous pleasure to be here in washington. >> translator: thank you very much. >> okay. we'll take a couple of
questions. scott thurman? >> thank you mr. president. you just spoke about the desire to build bridges although there are notable and philosophical difference between yourself and mr. trudeau, as you move forward on trade and terrorism how do you see these issues playing out and are there any specific areas in your discussions today you decided to alter or amendment your stances on those issues, terrorism and immigration. and prime minister trudeau, while only in its infancy so far, how do you see this relationship compared to that of the obama administration. >> well, we just began discussions. we are going to have a great relationship with canada. maybe as good or better, hopefully, than ever before. we have some wonderful ideas on immigration. we have some i think very strong, very tough ideas on the tremendous problem that we have with terrorism.
and i think when we put them all together, which will be very, very quickly -- we have a group of very talented people -- we will see some very, very obvious results. we are also doing some cross border things that will make it a lot easier for trade and a lot better and a lot fraser for trade. through technology we have some really great ideas. and they will be implemented fairly quickly. >> one of the things we spoke about was the fact that security and immigration need to work very well together. and certainly, canada has emphasized skpurecurity as we l towards improving our immigration system and remaining true to the values that we have. and we had a very strong and fruitful discussion on exactly that. there's plenty that we can draw on each other from in terms of how we move forward with a very similar goal, which is to create free open societies that keep our citizens safe. and that's certainly something
that we are very much in agreement on. >> on ttonda maccharles. >> mr. president, and mr. prime minister -- mr. prime minister could you answer in english and french for us. a follow on from my american colleague's question. president trump, you seem to suggest that syrian refugees are a trojan horse for potential terrorism while the prime minister hugs refugees and welcomes them with open arms. i'd like the know, are you confident the northern border is secure? >> you can never be totally confident but through the incredible efforts already i see it happening of formerly general kelly, now secretary kelly, we have really done a great job. we're -- we're actually taking people that are criminals very, very hardened criminals in some
cases, with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems, and we are getting them out. and that's what i said i would do. i'm just doing what i said i would do when we won by a very, very large electoral college vote. and i knew that was going to happen. i knew this is what people were wanting. and that wasn't the only reason. that wasn't my only thing that we did so well on. but that was something that was very important. and i said we will get the criminals out, the drug lords, the gang members. we are getting them out. general kelly, who is sitting right here, is doing a fantastic job. and i said, at the beginning, we are going to get the bad ones, the really bad ones. we are getting them out. and that's exactly what we are doing. i think in the end everyone is going to be extremely happy. and i will tell you right now a lot of people are very, very happy right now.
>> canada has always understood that keeping canadians safe is one of the fundamental responsibilities of any government. and that certainly is something that we are very much focused on. at the same time, we continue to pursue our policies of openness towards immigration refugees without compromising security. and part of the reason we have been successful in doing that over the past year, welcoming close to 40,000 syrian refugees, is because we have been coordinating with our allies, the united states and around the world, to demonstrate that security comes very seriously to us. and that's something that we continue to deal with. >> translator: it is clear that if you want to have a healthy and secure society or safe society, you have to make sure that you maintain -- that you focus on security. and we have welcomed refugees
from syria. we have been very successful, but we have always taken our responsibility towards security very seriously and our allies including the united states understand this focus very well, and they have done so since the very beginning. >> president trump, now that you have been in office and received intelligence briefings for nearly one month. what do you see as the most important national security matters facing us? and prime minister trudeau, you have made very clear that canada has an open door policy for syrian refugees. do you believe that president trump's moratorium on immigration has merit on national security grounds? >> okay. thank you. many, many problems. when i was campaigning, i said it's not a good situation. now that i see it, including with our intelligence briefings, we have problems that a lot of
people have no idea how bad they are, how serious they are. not only international but when you come right here. obviously, north korea is a big, big problem. and we will deal with that very strongly. we have problems all over the middle east. we have problems just about every corner of the globe, no matter where you look. i had a great meeting this weekend with prime minister abe of japan and got to know each other very, very well. extended weekend, really. we were with each other for long periods of time. and our staffs and representatives. but on the home front we have to create borders. we have to let people that can love our country in. and i want to do that. we want to have a big, beautiful open door. and we want people to come in and come in our country. but we cannot let the wrong people in. and i will not allow that to happen during this
administration. and people, citizens of our country want that. and that's their attitude, too, i will tell you. we are getting such praise for our stance. and it's a stance of common sense. maybe a certain toughness, but it's really more than toughness. it is a stance of common sense. and we are going to pursue it vigorously. and we don't want to have our country have the kinds of problems that you are witnessing taking place not only here but all over the world. we won't stand for it. we won't put up with it. we're just not going to let it happen. we are going to give ourselves every bit of chance so that things go well for the united states. and they will go well. thank you. >> canada and the united states have been neighbors a long time. and canadians and americans have stood together, worked together, at home and around the world.
we have fought and died together in battlefields in world war i and world war ii, and korea, and afghanistan. but there have been times where we have differed in our approaches. and that's always been done frply and respectfully. the last thing canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves. my role, our responsibility, is to continue to govern in such a way that reflects canadians' approach and be a positive example in the world. >> thank you, mr. prime minister. i'll ask my question in french,
and then for you i'll state it again english. >> translator: mr. prime minister, i heard you correctly, you said that canadian businesses, canadian workers are concerned for their businesses and for their work and jobs concerning the renegotiation of nafta. so what guarantees did you get from this government that we will keep our jobs and our businesses in the renegotiation of nafta? mr. president during the last three months you have denounced nafta. you have talked over and over about the mexican portion of the agreement, very little about the canadian one. my questions in two short parts, is is canada a fair trader? and when you talk about changes to nafta, concerning canada are
you talking about big changes or small changes. >> first of all, thank you for your question. it is a real concern for many canadians because we know that our economy is very dependent on our bond, our relationship with the united states. goods and services do cross the border each way every single day. and this means a lot of -- millions of jobs for canadians. and good jobs for canadians. so we are always focusing on these jobs. but there are also good jobs, millions of jobs in the united states that depend on those relationships between our two countries. when we sit down as we did today and as our teams will be doing in the weeks and months to come, we will be talking about how we can continue to create good jobs
for our citizens on both sides of the border. and during this exercise we will continue to understand that we have to allow this free flow of goods and services and we have to be aware of the integration of our economies, which is extremely positive for both our countries. and this is the focus that we will have in the coming weeks and months to come. aware of the fact that much of our economy depends on good working relationships with the united states, a good integration with the american economy, and the fact is millions of good jobs on both sides of the border depend on the smooth and easy flow of goods and services and people back and forth across our border. and both president trump and i got elected on commitments to support the middle class, to
work hard for people who need a real shot at success. and we know that by working together, by ensuring the continued effective integration of our two economies, we are going to be creating greater opportunities for middle class canadians and americans now and well into the future. >> i agree with that a hundred percent. we have a very outstanding trade relationship with canada. we will be tweaking it. we will be doing certain things that are going to benefit both of our countries. it is a much less severe situation than what's taking place on the southern border. on the southern border for many, many years the transaction was not fair to the united states. it was an extremely unfair transaction. we are going to work with mexico. we are going to make it a fair deal for both parties. i think we are going to get along very well with mexico. they understand, and we understand. you probably have noticed that ford is making billions of
dollars of new investments in this country. you saw intel the other day announce that because of what i have been doing, what i'm doing in terms offing arelation, lower taxes, et cetera they are coming in with billions and billions of dollars of investment and thousands and thousands of jobs. general motors likewise is expanding plants and going to build new plants. fiat chrysler was at a meeting where they are doing the same. jack ma. we have so many people that want to come into united states. it's actually very exciting of i think it's going to be a very exciting period of time for the united states and for the workers of the united states. because they have been truly the forgotten man and forgotten women. not going to be forgotten anymore, believe me. so our relationship with canada is outstanding, and we're going to work together to make it even better. and as far as the southern borders is concerned we are going to get that worked out. we are going to make it fair. but we are going to make it so that everybody is happy.
it's very important to me. thank you, thank you very much. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. thank you very much. >> the president of the united states, the prime minister of canada wrapping up a relatively short news conference. four questions, two american reporters, two canadian reporters. stressing the excellent relationship they both declared that the united states and canada have right now. the president vowing that that relationship will even get better in the years to come. the prime minister also saying that canada welcomes this new relationship that is emerging even though there are serious differences that were expressed during the past several monday by both of these respective men. gloria, let's discuss what we just heard. interestingly there was not any question about the future of the president's national security adviser, michael flynn. that's a big news story today. but the two american reporters who asked questions asked questions about the
u.s./canadian relationship. presumably that's what the white house wanted. >> it is clearly what the white house wants. i don't know whether they arranged that in advance or not. but, clearly they wanted to stay on top i. what struck me about this presser was a few things. first of all, the president seems completely not comfortable in these situations. whether it's because he doesn't want to answer the questions or -- it's just -- he's just not comfortable in these situations. it's like somebody put him in a straitjacket and he can't figure out a way out of it. also, i thought that he had difficulty answering the question posed by the canadian journalist about refugees, which was quite a good question, which was do you feel safe because we let in all -- we have open arms and you want to close borders? and he didn't answer the question with refugees. instead he went back to a stock answer on we're keeping out criminals in this country. and -- which is not the same --
you know, answering a different question, basically. and also i thought that trudeau threw a little shade at the president at one point when he said that we want to be a positive example in the world. and we can't lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves. and i thought, it wasn't direct, but it could be interpreted as just throwing a little shade at president trump. >> that came on the heels of him saying that they had accept 40,000 syrian refugees. >> why he. >> and did so in a way to also make sure that their country was secure. >> right. >> and no doubt, that was one of the examples he was talking about. i also thought he had a whole sort of don't rip up nafta, mr. president section, where he talked about the mutual respect they have to have. and even though they won't always agree that this is an essential partnership, strong, vital economic ties, citing that statistic you i think inned before, 35 states. there was a sort of a be careful
what you are doing here. you need us. but i agree with you overall about president trump's demeanor. i mean, yes, he did not answer that question. instead about syrian refugees he went to sort of the ice deportation stuff from this weekend. it was a completely different topic that he answered on. but he just -- that does not look like someone who is enjoying themselves. and he comes and reads this prepared opening statement word for word basically off of the paper that didn't seem geared towards driving a strategic vision overall for president trump about what he wanted to drive today. other presidents in the past, even when the foreign leader is there, they have found a way to use these events with the other leader to sort of drive through what they want the attention on that day. this seemed almost perfunctory for him. and not -- he just doesn't seem somebody relishing. >> let me play the clib clip on the refugee -- on the sensitive
issue, canada is welcoming in syrian refugees, as far as president trump is concerned he wants an indefinite halt on syrian refugees. >> president trump, you seem to suggest that syrian refugees are a trojan horse for potential terrorism while the prime minister hugs refugees and welcomes them with open arms. i would like to know, are you confident the northern border is secure? >> we are actually taking people that are criminals, very hardened criminals in some cases, with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems, and we are getting them out. and that's what i said i would do. i'm just doing what i said i would do when we won by a very, very large electoral college vote. and i said at the beginning we are going to get the bad ones, the really bad ones. we are getting them ow and that's exactly what we're doing. i think that in the end everyone is going to be extremely happy.
and i will tell you rate now a lot of people are very, very happy right now. >> he really didn't answer the canadian reporter's question. but he went on to this other sensitive issue right now. is the u.s. moving more rapidly to deport undocumented immigrants here in the united states. >> i mean there is a broken record quality to donald trump. he seems to rely on the same talking points. doesn't seem to have a lot of fluency in many issues, even when rooez he's reading from these prepared remarks. oftentimes it seems like he may be reading it for the first time, maybe second time. i think that's what we are starting to see. there again he is talking about his massive electoral college victory, which really wasn't massive. he i think relies often on cliches. he said there that people are very, very -- i don't know what he is talking about, people are very happy. i don't know if he is talking about ice raids or what, again, he wasn't answering the question. it seems like they are trying to create a scenario in these news
conferences where he isn't very comfortable. they are trying to make him as comfortable as possible. it looks like they are relying on people from conservative outlets, the daily caller to ask him questions he doesn't have to be specific on. he goes very broad. they asked him a question about nafta, what exactly are you going to do with it. he said they are going to do certain things and tweak it. i don't know what that means. maybe somebody else knows what that means. >> and then his greatest threat, the other question, what he thought it was the biggest challenge. the questions were kind of absurd. >> he said north korea is a big, big problem. >> which we know. so, yeah, i mean i think there are concerns this president doesn't necessarily do his homework. doesn't read a of the will. doesn't read the briefing books that he should be reading. i think that shows up innist these press conferences. >> jim sciutto, go ahead. >> it's interesting, we talk about, they have got these big disagreements, syrian refugees,
trade, they didn't deal with them directly. they weren't asked hard enough about them. both of them retreated to talking points. they both had their messages, trudeau saying we are going the lead by example. my example, you don't agree with it but i'm comfortable i'm going to hug the refugees. and donald trump said when it comes to the wrong people, we cannot let the wrong people in and i will not allow that to happen during my presidency. you know from his point of view that's not criminal immigrants, he is talking about terrorists dpromg these countries. he is not backing off. apparently he is hearing from people who like those stances. he is going to stick with that. on the trade issue it's interesting, donald trump seemed to direct his fire at mexico on that. he said we got in a bad deal. wait a second, on canada -- no on mexico. he said you guys, canadians are okay on nafta. but it's the mexicans that are a
problem. >> ti thought to a trudeau was doing was reminding him by the i with a you need us, too. >> yeah. >> because all those 35 states, some of them michigan, ohio, he did not say, but those are states this president won. >> canada is the u.s.'s largest trade partner. clarissa ward in london, you were listening very closely. clarissa, what did you think? >> i think to echo what everybody is saying, it was quite clear this was very heavy on plat attitudes and very light on substance. i think the most striking example of that was when the question of north korea came up, and as you have already said, president trump said it is a very, very -- it is a very big, big problem and we will deal with it very strongly. again, what does that mean? how are you going to deal with that? the international community with like some sort of an assurance there is sort a coherent policy
at least being assembled. clearly i think the two main thrusts of this press conference were to say that obviously the relationship with canada is important and that the driving force behind that is also trade. and also terror. it was interesting to hear both prime minister trudeau and president trump really emphasizing canada and the u.s. as fighting terrorism tofgt you heard trudeau repeatedly make allusions to the fact that the fact that canada and the u.s. have fought alongside in korea and afghanistan. canada is part of the coalition against isis. what did not come up is as of february 22nd, canada will no longer be participating in bombing raids as part of this coalition. it will be taking on more humanitarian aid and training role. clearly trying to emphasize areas of commonality with trade and terror being the two primary ones. >> clarissa stand by. gloria, it's interesting that the big news here in washington, the fate of the president's
national security adviser, retired lieutenant general michael flynn, that was not asked of the president. and people are of course they are going to take a look both at who were the american reporters that the white house decided would be called upon to ask questions. scott blumen, chief political correspondent for abc news owned by sinclair broadcasting and caitlyn collins the white house correspondent for the daily caller a conservative website. people are going to be saying well those are the questions that the white house -- those are the questioners the white house decided to call on for this moment. >> i think they did it at the last press conference, with abe. and this is a clear strategy of the white house, to downgrade the influence of the so-called mainstream media who might be asking the questions about our national security adviser, the
future of your national security adviser, perhaps asking about north korea. perhaps asking about some other questions and putting these other people up front and limiting the scope of what is going to be asked at a press event. it's clear that the president wants to do that because he was annoyed last time when somebody went off topic. and he said it. and so i think there is one person that people in the white house listen to, and that's the president of the united states. so i think this is his response to what he wants and to what they want. and it's a way, unfortunately, of sort of quieting the rest of the press. >> what did you think? >> yeah, no. i think gloria is totally right. i mean, obviously from the white house perspective, here they have the canadian prime minister. they do want to talk about some of these issues that they put forth in the joint statement, economic cooperation, what have you, national security
cooperation as well and they wanted that to be the focus. they know if they take two questions on general flynn that nobody is going to come out of the press conference talking about that. they clearly tried to structure it by having friend will he reporters ask questions on topic. and they are able to avoid what they would think is sort of a distracted shiny object kind of moment. and instead focus on the topic at hand. the problem becomes, at what point, if you do that all the time, and you are not doing interviews as regularly, and you haven't -- you are not holding a full-fledged news conference where you are asking a sweep of reporters, you are just doing these two and two events so far, at what point are you walling yourself off from reality of sort of the issues around your presidency and not be forthcoming with the american people? >> i think that's right. we were talking about this before. i mean, i think there is a fish bowl quality to this. how do you keep trump comfortable? i think it's part of reason he goes to mara lago on the weekends. he wants to be in a comfortable environment, where they are his
fans and i guess paying customers in some respect, people who are club members to mara lago. he wants that audience, he wants that sort of adieulation. i think this is partly related to why we are getting these questions from kind of friendly outlets of they don't want to make this president uncomfortable. i think his staff is constructing it that way? let's be clear. they are not off topic questions, they are just off the topic they want to talk about. flynn is very much in the conversation. relates to the primaryish -- >> national security. >> the russia, north korea, challenging questions about how they are handling these key issues. they clearly don't want it. it is a reason why president trump has only talked to certain outlets in his interviews as well. >> one thing we did learn about flynn's conversations with the russian ambassador here in washington through adam schiff, the ranking democratic on the house intelligence committee, in addition to the phone conversations which may have been monitored by u.s. intelligence there may have been encrypted conversations between
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here we go. top of the hour. you are watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for with abouting with me. you saw the joins news conference between president trump and the prime minister from canada, justin trudeau there. the two met for the first time today. while the president, you heard him there of course reaffirming the u.s. support for canada, he
was confronted with the difference between two nations, specifically on refugees. president trump is now trying to restore a ban on refugees while prime minister trudeau tweeted to those flees persecution canadians welcome you. here is more from the white house news conference. >> president trump, you seem to suggest that syrian refugees are a trojan horse for potential terrorism. while the prime minister hugs refugees and welcomes them with open arms. i'll like to know, are you confident the northern border is secure? >> we're actually taking people that are criminals very, very hardened criminals in some cases, with -- which -- with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems. and we are getting them out. and that's what i said i would do. i'm just doing what i said i would do when we won by a