tv President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Hold News Conference CSPAN January 27, 2017 1:45pm-2:07pm EST
because it is harder and harder easier to get loans. money is going down in college. >> host: are you also to go to college? have you picked this school? >> caller: i have been looking at a few but have not made my decision yet. >> host: okay well good luck to you abby and thank you for calling and. appreciate that. you to all of our callers. will give you a chance to be missed the news conference with british prime minister, theresa may and president trump in the east room of the white house. we will sure to get with you now here on c-span2. >> ladies and gentlemen the president of the united states, and the prime minister of the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> thank you very much. i am honored to have prime
minister, theresa may here for our first official visit, a foreign leader. our first visit. so it is a great honor. the special relationship between our two countries has been one of the great forces in history for justice and for peace and by the way, my mother was born in scotland. which is serious conflicts. today the united states renews our deep bonds with britain, the military, financial, cultural and political. one of the great bonds. we pledge our lesson support to this most special relationship. together america and united kingdom are a beacon for prosperity and the rule of law.
that is why the united states respects the sovereignty of the british people and their right of self determination.a free and independent britain is a blessing to the world. and a relationship with us has never been stronger. both america and britain understand that governments must be responsive to everyday working people. that governments must represent their own citizens. madam prime minister, we look forward to working closely with you. as we strengthen our mutual ties in commerce, business and foreign affairs. great days lie ahead for our two peoples. and our two countries. on behalf of our nation, i thank you for joining us here today as a really great honor. thank you very much. >> thank you very much mr. president. can i start by saying thank you
for inviting me so soon after your inauguration. i am delighted to be able to congratulate you on a stunning election victory. and as you say, the invitation is an indication of the strength and importance of this relationship. that exists between our to contribute a relationship based on the bonds of history, kinship and common interest. and on a -- the queen hopes that the president and first lady would like to visit later in the year and i am excited to extend that invitation. today we discussed a number of topics and there is much in which we agree. the president mentioned foreign policy and how we can work more closely together in order to take on and defeat daesh and
islamic extremism wherever it is found. our two nations are already leading efforts to base up to this challenge and we are making progress with daesh territories. today we're discussing how we can do this by deepening intelligence and security cooperation and critically by stepping up our efforts to counter daesh in cyberspace. we know it will not eradicate this threat until we defeat the idea, the ideology that lines behind it. our talks will be continuing later and i'm sure we will discuss other topics. syria and russia. on defense and security cooperation with united with nato. say we are reaffirmed our unshakable commitment. mr. president, i think you said you are 100 percent behind nato. we also discussing the importance of nato continuing to ensure it is as equipped to fight terrorism and cyber warfare as to fight
conventional forms of war. i agreed to take continuing my european leaders to continue on their commitments so that the burden is more fairly shared. it is only by investing properly in our defense that we can ensure we are public equipped to face these challenges together. the president and i mentioned future economic cooperation and trade. trade between our two countries is already worth over 150 billion pounds a year. -- together we have around $1 trillion invested in each of the economies. the uk and us defense relationship is the broadest, deepest and most advanced of any two countries sharing military hardware and expertise. the president and are ambitious to build on this relationship in order to grow our respective economies, provide the high skilled high paid jobs of the future working people across america and across the uk.
and so, we are discussing how we can establish trade negotiation agreements, take immediate high-level talks, lay the groundwork for the us and uk trade agreement. and practical steps we can take now to enable companies in both countries to trade and do business with one another more easily. i am convinced a trade deal between the us and uk is in the national interest of both countries. and it will cement the christian relationship that exists between us. particularly the uk leading the european union and the world. today's talks, there was a significant moment for us to build a relationship and i look forward to continuing to work with you. as you deliver on the promises of freedom and prosperity. for all of the people of our respective countries. thank you. >> very nicely stated. steve holland. where is steve? >> thank you. you're going to be speaking tomorrow with the russian
president. what message would you like to convey to him? how close are you to attend some of the sanctions imposed on russia over the ukraine ã what would you expect in return and administer theresa may, do you foresee changes in the british attitudes towards sanctions on russia? >> wealth and quality set up and we will see what happens as far as the sanctions. it is very early to be talking about that. we want to have a great relationship with all countries. ideally. that will not necessarily happen unfortunately probably will not happen with many countries. but if we can have as we do with prime minister theresa may and the relationship that we've developed. even in the short relationship which is developed we had lunch and we really had very interesting talks and very productive talks. but if we can have a great relationship with russia and with china and with all countries, i am all for that. it would be a tremendous asset.
no guarantees. but if we can, that would be a positive not a negative. >> we have, as far as the uk's concerned on sanctions for russia in relation to their actions in the ukraine. we've been very clear that we want to see the agreement fully implemented. we believe sanctions should continue until we see that man's good agreement fully and cemented. we have been continuing to argue that inside of the european union. laura? >> thank you very much prime minister. you talked about what you agree that you have also said you would be frankly disagree with the president.can you tell us where in our talks you did disagree and do you think that the president listen to what you had to say? and mr. president, [laughter] let's see what she says. mr. president, you said before that torture works.you have praise russia.
have said that you want to ban ãfrom coming to america. he suggested there should be punishment for abortions. for many people in britain, those sound like alarming beliefs. what do you say to our viewers at home who are worried about some of your views and worried about you becoming the leader of the free world and five. >> this was your choice of a question? [laughter] there goes that relationship. [laughter] >> cannot confirm that the president, i've been listening to the president and he is been listening to me. that was the point of having a conversation and a dialogue. and we have been discussing a number of topics. we will carry on after this press conference meeting to discuss a number of other topics. and it will be times where we disagree and the point of the
special relationship that we are able to have that open and frank discussion. so that we are able to make that clear when it happens. but i am clear also that there are many issues on which the united kingdom and the united states stand alongside one another. many issues on which we agree. and i think as i said yesterday in my speech, that we are at a moment now when we can build even stronger special relationships which will be in the interest not only of uk in the united states but actually the interest of the wider world as well. >> we have a great general who has just been appointed secretary of defense. general james mattis. he has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture. or waterboarding or however, you want to define enhanced interrogation i guess would be a lot of war that evil would like to use. i do not necessarily agreement i would tell you that he will
override because i have given him that power. he is an expert, he is highly respected. he is a general general. he got through the senate very quickly which in this country is not easy i will tell you. and so i will rely on him. i happen to feel that he does work. i have been open about that for a long period of time. but i'm going with our leaders. and we are going to, we are going to win with or without. but i do disagree. as far as again, vladimir putin and russia, i do not say good bad or indifferent. i do not know the gentleman. i hope we have a fantastic relationship. that is possible and it is also possible that we will not. we will see what happens. i will be representing the american people very very strongly, very forcefully. and if we have a great relationship with russia and other countries and if we go after ices together, which has to be stopped.
there is an evil that has to be stopped. i will consider that a good thing, not a bad thing. how the relationship works out, i will not be able to tell you that. i will hesitate it later. i many times i thought i would get along with people and i do not like them at all. [laughter] and i have son where do not think i would have much a relationship but it turned out to be a great relationship. so, we never know about things duly great but i will say one thing, i will be representing the american people very strongly. thank you. how about john roberts, fox. rex mr. president thank you very much. adam prime minister. it is my understanding that you have had an hour long phone call this morning with president enrique pena nieto of mexico. can we get an update on where the relationship is? further to that, what do they care critics who claim have already soured a relationship
with a very important us ally and prime minister if i may ask as well, are you concerned about the state of relationships between the us and mexico? >> well, i think the prime minister brazil has other things she is much more worried about in mexico and the united states relationship. but i will say that we had a very good call. i have been very strong in mexico. i have great respect for mexico none of the mexican people. i worked with the great mexican people all the time, great relationships. but as you know, mexico, with united states has not negotiated us and beat us to a pulp through our past leaders. they have made us look foolish. we have a trade deficit of $60 million with mexico. on top of that the border is soft. drugs are pouring and and i'm not going to let that happen. general kelly is going to do a fantastic job and homeland
security as you know. we swear him in yesterday. we have a really, i think a good relationship with the president and i. we had a talk that lasted for about an hour this morning. and we're going to be working on a fair relationship and in your relationship. but the united states cannot continue to lose vast amounts of business, vast amounts of companies and millions and millions of people losing their jobs. that will not happen with me. we are no longer going to be the country that does not know what it is doing. and so we are going to renegotiate our trade deals and we are going to renegotiate other aspects of our relationship with mexico. and in the end i think it will be good for both countries. it was a very good call. i think you will hear that from the president and i think you hear that from the people of mexico. that really represent him and represent him well. i look forward to the coming
months, we will be negotiating and we will see what happens. i am representing the people of the united states. and i'm going to represent them as somebody should represent them, not how they have been represented in the past. where we lose to every single country. >> the president himself has said, the relationship with the united states and mexico is a matter of the united states and mexico. tom? >> mr. president ãin terms of the brexit trade did he say you would stand by us with nato. but how can the british prime minister believe you? because you have been known in the past to change your position on things. and for both of you, people are fascinated to know how you will get along with each other. you're so different.
the hard-working daughter, the brash t.v. extrovert, have you found anything in common personal yet? >> i am not as brash as you might think. and i can say that i think will get along very well. it is interesting because i am a people person. i think you are also theresa may. and i can often tell how i get along with someone very early. i believe you will have a fantastic relationship. brexit, and i really do not change my position very much. if you go back and you look my position on trade has been solid for many many years since i was a very young person. talking about how we were getting ripped off by the rest of the world and i never knew i would be in this position where we can ashley do something about it.but we will be talking to your folks about brexit. exit was an example of what was to come and i happen to be in scotland at turnberry cutting a ribbon when brexit happened and we had a vast amount of press there. and i said brexit, this was the
day before you probably remember. i said brexit is going to happen. and i was scorned in the press for making a prediction. ... i had something when i was in my other world. i have something in another country, and getting the approvals from europe was very, very tough. getting the approvals from the country was fast, easy and efficient. getting the approvals from the
group, i call them the concert he him, was very, very tough. i thought brexit, i think and i think it will go down that it will end up being a fantastic thing for the united kingdom. i think in the end it will be a tremendous asset, not a tremendous liability. >> just on the question you asked me, tom, i think as the president has said, we have already struck a good relationship. you ask what we have in common. if you look, the approach that we are taking, one of the things we have in common is that we want to put the interest of ordinary week working people right up there center stage. those people, they're working all the hours, they're doing doing their best for their families, and sometimes they feel the odds are stacked against them. it's that interest in ensuring that what we do, the economies and our governments actually
work for working people and work for everyone in our country. i think we both share that. >> thank you very much. >> thank you very much everybody , what -- [inaudible conversation] >> a live look at the 44th annual march for life protesting roby wade in the 1973 supreme court decision that legalized abortion. we look at the stage, marchers are on their way after our rally on the national mall. they are headed to the supreme court.
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