tv President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Hold News Conference CSPAN January 27, 2017 8:01pm-8:21pm EST
some provisions in the deportation section of u.s. immigration laws. >> on her arrival at the white house, british prime minister teresa may posed with pictures for president trump in oval office. prime minister may is the first foreign leader to meat with president trump since he took office. following a luncheon meeting the two leaders took questions from the news media. >> this is the original in many ways. a great honor that winston churchill is there. >> thank you, mr. president. >> it's an honor. >> thank you. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states
and the prime minister of the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland. >> thank you very much. i am honored to have prime minister teresa may here for our first official visit from a foreign leader. this is our first visit. so, 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 father was born in scotland.
which is serious scotland. today the united states renyes -- refews or dep bond with britain, militarily, financial, cultural, and political. we have one of the great bonds. we pledge our lasting support to this most special relationship. togethermer and the unite it kingdom are beacon for prosperity and rule of law. that's whites 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 our relationship has never been stronger. both america and britain understand that governments must be responsesive 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 and 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 that i'm so pleased that i've been table be here today and thank you for inviting me so soon after your inauguration. and i'm delighted to be able to congratulate you on what was a stunning election victory. as you say, the invitation is an indication of the strength and importance of the special relationship that exists between our two countries. a relationship based on the blonds of history, family, kinship and common interests. and in a further sign of the importance of that relationship,
i have today been able to convey her majesty the queen's hope that president trump and first lady would pay a state visit to united kingdom this year and the president has accepted that invitation. the president mentioned important policy and how to work more closely together to defeat daesh and the extremism. our two nations already leading efforts to face up to this challenge and we're making progress with daesh losing territory and fighters but we need to redouble our efforts. today we are excusing how to -- discussing how to do this by deep 'king intelligence and congresses and stepping our efforts to caught counter daesh and we will not succeed until be defeat the ideology. i'm sure we'll discuss other
topics, syria and russia. on defendant and security cooperation we're knew nighted in our recognize of nato as the bulwark of our clicktive defense and today we re-affirmed our unshakeable commitment to the aliening. you said you're 100% behind nato. we are also discussing the importance of nato continuing to ensure it is as equipped to fight terrorism and cyber warfare as to fight more conventional forms of war. and i have agreed to continue my effort to encourage my fellow european leaders to deliver on that commitment to so -- so the board is more fairly shared. we have to ensure we're properly equipped to face our shared challenges together. finally, the president and i have mentioned future economic cooperation and trade. trade between our two countries is already worth over 150 billion-pounds a year. the u.s. is a single biggest
support of investment in the uk and have $1 trillion in each other's economy and the uk-u.s. defense relationship is the broadest deepest between any two countries countries and we are growing our economies and provide high-skilled, high-pay jobs for people crossroad america and the uk, and so we are discussing how we can establish trade negotiation agreements, take full mead high level talks, lay the ground fork u.s.-can agreement and the practical steps to take now to enable both countries to trade with each other and i'm con vicinitied a trade deal win the u.s. and the uk is in the nationals's on bowling countries and will cement the crucial relationship we have.
today's talk was significant moment for president trump and i to build our relationship and i look forward to continuing to work with you. as we deliver on the promises of freedom and prosperity, for all the people of our respective countries. thank you. >> very nicely stated. steve holland. >> thank you. you're going to be speaking tomorrow with the russian president. what mess wanting use you like to convey to him and how close are are you to lifting the sanctions imposed on russia over the ukraine incursion and what do you suspect in return, and prime minister may do you foresee any changes in british attitudes towards sanctions on russia? >> well, i hear a call was set up, steve, and we'll see what happens. as far that as the sanctions, very early to talk about that but we look to have a great relationship with all countries ideally. that won't necessarily happen, unfortunately probably won't
happen with many countries but if we, a as we do with prime minister may and the short relationship we just developed just by being with each other, and had lunch and had some very interesting talks, very productive talks, but if we can have a great relationship with russia and with china and with all countries, i'm all for that. that would be a tremendous asset. no guarantees but if we can, that would be a positive, not a negative. >> we have -- as farce as the uk is concerned on sanctions for russia in relation to their activities in the ukraine we have been very clear that we want to see the minsk agreement fully followed and we want to the sanctions until that is implemented and we argue that inside the european union. >> laura?
>> thanks very much, prime minister. prime minister you talk about where you agree. but you have also said you would be frank where where are disagreed with the president. can you tell us where in your talks you did diagrove and do you think the president listened to what you had to say? and mr. president, you said -- see what she says. mr. president you said before that torture works. you praised russia. you said you want to ban muslims for coming -- from coming to america and there into shoo be punishment for abortionment for many people in britain, those sound like alarming beliefs what to you say to our viewers at home who are worried about some of your views and worried about you becoming the leader of flee world. >> this was your choice of a question? the goes that relationship. >> on the issue that you raised with me, laura, can i confirm do
i been listening to the president and the president has been listening to me. that's the point to have a conversation and dialogue and we hope to be discussing a number of topics after the press conference, meeting and discussing a number of other topic. there will be times win we disagree. point of the special relationship is that we are able to have that open and frank discussion. to so, we are able to make at the time clear when it happens. but i'm 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, we are at a moment now when we can build an even stronger special relationship which will be in the interests not just of the and you can the united states but actually in the interests of the wilder world as well. >> we have a great general who was just appointed secretary of defense, general james mattis,
and he has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding, hover you want to define it, enhanced interrogation is a word a lot of people like totime don't necessarily agreewood he will overright baud i'm giving him -- override because i have begin him that power. he is the general's general, highly respected. got through the senate very, very quickly, and is not easy, i will tell you. and so i'm going rely on him. i happen to feel that it does work. if been open about that for a long period of time. but i am going with our leaders. and we're going to win with or without but die disagree. as far as, again, putin and
russia, i don't say good, bad or indifferent. i don't know the gentleman. i hope we have a fantastic relationship. that's possible. and it's also possible we won't. 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 isis together, which has to be stopped. that's an evil that has to be stopped. i will consider that a good thing, not a bad thing. howl the relationship works out i won't be able to tell you. i have had many time riz thought i would get along with people and i don't like them at all. and i've had some where i didn't think i would was going have much of a relationship, and it turned out to be a great relationship. so, we over in about to the things but i'll be representing the american people very strongly.
>> how about john roberts, fox. >> mr. president, thank you so much, madam prime minister. it's my understanding, mr. president you had ang hour-long phone call with the president of mexico. could we get an update on the relationship and what would you say to your critics who claim you have already soured a relationship with a very important ally and madam prime minister are you concerned about the state of relations between the united states and mexico? >> well, think the prime minister, first of all, has other things she is much more worried been that mexico and united states' relationship but i will say that we had a very good call. i have been very strong on mexico. i have agree respect superior for mexico. love the mexican people. work with the mexican people all the time. great relationships. but as you know, mexico, with
the united states, has outnegotiated us and beat us to a pulp through our past leaders. they've made us look foolish. we have a trade deficit of $60 billion with mexico. on of o top of that at the bored is soft and weak and drugs are pouring and i'm not going to let that happen, and general kelly is going to do a fantastic job at homeland security, as you know. we swore him in yesterday. we have a really- -- i think a very good relationship, the president and i, and we had a talk that lasted for about an hour this morning, and we are going to be working on a fair relationship and a new relationship, but the united states cannot continue to lose vast amounts amounts of businest amount's eye companies and millions and millions of people losing their jobs. hasn't won't happen with me.
we're not longer going to be the country that doesn't know it's doing so we're going to renegotiate trade deals and renegotiate other aspects of our relationship with mexico, and in the end i think it well be good for both countries. but it was a very, very friendly call. think you'll hear that from the president and from the people of mexico that really represent him and represent him very well. i look forward to over the coming months we'll be negotiating and see what happens. but i'm representing the people of the united states, and i'm going to represent them as somebody should represent them, not how they've been represented in the past. where we lose to every single country. >> i suppose like the president said the relationship with the united states and mexico is a matter for the united states and mexico. tom.
>> -- break the trade deal you said the brexit trade deal and you would stand by us with nato. how he can birch prime minister believe you? you have been known to change your position on thursdays, things. people are fascinated to know how you're going to get on with 'other. you're so different. the hard working job of a vicar, the brash tv extrovert. >> not as brash as you might thing, and i can tell you i think we'll get along very well. interesting because i am a people person. think you are also, theresa, and i can often tell how i get along with somebody very early and i believe we'll have a fantastic relationship. brexit -- i really don't 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 very young person, talking about how we were getting ripped off by the rest of the world and
never i'd be in this position where we can actually do something about it. but we will be talking to you folks about brexit, brexit was an example of what was to spokesman happened to be in scotland, cutting a ribbon, when brexit happened and we had a vast amount of press there, and i said, brexit -- the day before -- you probably remember -- i said brexit is going to happen, and i was scorned in the press for making that prediction. was scorned. and i said i believe it's going to happen because people want to know who is coming into their country and they want to control their own trade and verious other things. and lo and behold the following day it happened. and the odds weren't looking governor foe for me when i made that statement because aberdeen thought it won't we happen. think brexit will be a wonderful to go four your train and will
have your own identity and have the people you want in temperature country and be able to make tree -- free trade deals without having somebody watch you. i had a very bad experience. 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 approvals from the country was fast, easy and efficient. getting the approvals from the group issue call them the consortium-d -- was very, very tough and i think brecht brexit will be fax -- faction for the united kingdom and a tremendous asset, not a liable. >> on the question you asked me, tom, as the president has said, we have already struck up a good relationship. you asked what we had in common. think if you look at the approach we're both taking, one
thing we have in common is we want to put the interests of ordinary working people right up there center stage. those people who -- they're working hours, doing their best for their families and sometimes i just feel the odd are stacked against them and it's that interest in ensuring that what we do, that the economies and governments actually work for ordinary working people. i think be both share that. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank you very much, everybody. shout [inaudible conversations]