tv President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Hold News Conference CSPAN January 27, 2017 3:45pm-4:06pm EST
you win, you win big. but when you lose, you also lose big. announcer 1: 8:00 eastern on and a. announcer 2: president trump held his first joint news conference with british prime minister theresa may at the white house today. they answered questions with russia and mexico, on brexit, and mr. trump's on torture. visit for the u.k. later this year. before the news conference, president trump and prime minister may met in the oval office. she is the first foreign leader to meet with president trump since he took office. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and the prime minister of the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland.
donald trump: thank you very much. i am honored to have prime minister theresa may here for our first official visit from a foreign leader. , so is her first visit 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 scotland. today the united states renews to deep bond with britain the military, financial, cultural, and political.
we have one of the great bonds. we pledge our lasting support to this most special relationship. together america and the united kingdom are a beacon for prosperity and the rule of law. that is why the united states respects 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 responsive to every day 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 think youfor joining us -- thank for joining us here today. it is a really great honor. thank you very much. theresa may: thank you very much , mr. president, and can i start by saying that i am so pleased i have been able to be here today? thank you for inviting me so soon after your inauguration. and i am delighted to be able to congratulate you on what was a stunning election victory. invitationsay, the bond,dence of the special family, kinship and common interests, and in a further sign of the importance of that relationship, i have today been able to convey the majesty the hope that the president and first lady would pay a state visit later this year. i am delighted the president has
accepted that nomination. we discussed a number of topics, and there is much on which we agree. the president has mentioned foreign policy. we are talking how we can work more closely together in order to take on and defeat daesh and the islamist extremism wherever it is found. our two nations are already leading efforts to take up the challenge, and we are making progress with daesh losing territory, but we need to redouble our efforts. we are discussing how we can do this by deepening intelligence and security cooperation and vertically by stepping up our efforts to counter daesh in cyberspace, because we know we will not i predicate this until we defeat the ideologies that lie behind it. we will be continuing later i am sure we will discuss other topics, syria and russia. on defense and security cooperation, we have united in nato as the bulwark of our collective defense.
we reaffirmed our unshakable commitment to this alliance. i think you said you were 100% behind nato. we are also discovering the importance of nato continuing to ensure it is equipped to fight terrorism and cyber warfare has all original -- all conventional warfare. i am encouraged to tell european leaders to deliver on that so the burden is more fairly shared , if only by investing properly in our defense, we can ensure we are properly equipped to face our share challenges together. and finally, the president and i have mentioned future economic cooperation and trade. trade between our two countries is already over 150 billion pounds a year. most investing in the u.k., and we have around $1 trillion invested in each other's economies. the u.s. defense relationship is the broadest, deepest and most
advanced of any country, sharing military hardware and expertise. we are ambitious to build on this relationship in order to grow our effective economies, provide high skilled jobs of a future for working people for people across the u.k. we are discussing how we can establish trade negotiation agreement, take forward high-level talks, lay down the trade agreement, and other practical steps we can take now in order to enable companies in both to do business with one another more easily. i'm convinced trade deal between the u.s. and the u.k. is in the national interest of both countries, and we will cement the congressional relationship, particularly if the u.k. reaches out to the world. today's talks, i think it was a significant moment for president trump and i to build our relationship, and i look forward to continuing to work with you as we deliver the promises of freedom and prosperity for all the people in our effective
countries. thank you. donald trump: very nicely stated. steve holland. where is steve? yes, steve. >> thank you. you are going to be speaking tomorrow with the russian president. what message would you like to convey to him? how close are you to lifting some of the sanctions imposed on russia over its ukraine encroachment? what would you expect in return and prime minister may, do you see any changes in british attitudes with sanctions on russia? donald trump: it was set up a year ago, early to talk about that. we look to have a great relationship with all countries ideally. that will not necessarily happen. fortunately -- unfortunately it probably won't happen with many countries. as we do with prime minister may in the relationship we will develop, even in the short relationship we just developed by being with each other, having
lunch, and we really had some 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. that would be a tremendous asset. no guarantees. but if we can, that would e a be aa positive, -- positive, not a negative. theresa may: we have as far as the u.k.'s concern on sanctions with russia in relation to activities in the ukraine. we have een very clear that we want to see the minsk agreement fully implemented. we have been continuing to argue that inside the european union. laura. thank you very much prime , minister. prime minister, you have talked about where you agreed, but you also said where you shrink where you disagreed with the president
can't -- president. and you tell us where in the talks you disagreed, and you think the president listened to what you had to say? and mr. president -- [laughter] >> we will see what she says. mr. president, you said before that torture works. you praised russia. you want to ban muslims from coming to america. you suggest there should be punishment for abortion. for many people in britain, those sound like alarming beliefs. what do you say to our viewers at home were worried about some of your views and worried about you becoming the leader of the free world? donald trump: this was your choice of a question? [laughter] donald trump: there goes that relationship. [laughter] theresa may: on the issue that you race with me, laura, can i confirm that the president -- i have been listening to the president and the president has been listening to me. that has been the point of the conversation and a dialogue. we have been discussing a number
of topics. we will carry on after this meeting and a number of other topics. there will be times when we agree and disagree. the point of the relationship is that we are unable -- able to have a open and frank discussion. 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 where we can build an even stronger relationship which will be not just in the interest of the u.k. and the united states but also in the wider world as well. donald trump: we have a great general who has just been defense, secretary of general james mattis. and he has stated pulicly that he does not necessarily believe
in torture or waterboarded or however you want to define it. enhanced interrogation i guess would be a word that a lot of people like to use. i do not necessarily agree. but i would tell you that he will override because i am giving him that power. he is an expert. he is highly respected, he is the general's general. got through the senate, very, very quickly, which in this country is not easy i will tell , you. and so i'm going to rely on him. i happen to feel that it does work. i have been open about that for a long period of time. but i am going with our leaders. and we are going to win with or without, but i do disagree. as far as again, vladimir putin and russia, i don't say good, bad, or indifferent. i do not know the gentleman. i hope we have a fantastic relationship.
that is possible, and if possible that we will not. very forcefully i will represent the american people. if we have a great relationship with russia and other countries, and if we go after isis together, which has to be stopped, it 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 later. i have had many times where i thought i would get along with people, and i don't like them at all. [laughter] donald trump: i had somewhere he did not see much of a relationship, and it turned out to be a great relationship. so teresa, we don't know about those things, but i do all you one thing, i will be representing the american people very strongly. thank you. how aout john roerts, fox? -- about john roerts, fox? >> mr. president, thank you so much. madame prime minister.
mr. president, it is my understanding you had an hour-long phone call this morning with president and regain -- president enrique pena nieto of mexico. what do you say of your critics that the you have already soured a relationship with a very important u.s. ally? and madame prime minister, if i may ask you as well, are you concerned about the relationships between the united states and mexico? donald trump: i think the prime minister has other things she is much more will read about then mexico and the edits they -- the united states' relationship.. i did have a phone call. i work with mexican people all the time, great relationships. but as you know, mexico with the united states has out negotiated us and beat us to a pulp through our past leaders. they have made us look foolish. we have a trade deficit and
on top of that, the border is soft and weak, drugs are pouring in. i will not let that happen. 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, good relationship, the president and i. we had a talk that lasted for about an hour this morning. and we are going to be working a fair relationship and a new 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 won't happen with me. we are no longer going to be the country that does not know what it is doing. so we are going to renegotiate our trade deals, and we are going to renegotiate other aspects of our relationship with
mexico. in the end, i think it will be a good for both countries. but it was a very friendly call. i think you will hear that from the president, and i think you'll hear that from the people of mexico. it really represent him, and they really represent him very well. i look forward over the coming months. he will be negotiating, and we will see what happens. but i am representing the people of the united states. and i'm going to represent them as someody should represent -- somebody should represent them, not how they have been represented in the past where we lose to every single country. theresa may: as 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, you said you would help us with a brexit trade deal. you said you would help with the brexit trade deal. 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 also people want to know how you are going to get on with each other. you have the hard-working daughter, a rash t.v. extrovert, have you found anything in common in personal yet? donald trump: actually 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 can tell how i can get on with someone very early. myxit, and i don't change position very much. if you go back and 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. i never knew i would be in this position where we can actually do something about it. but we will be talking to your folks about brexit.
brexit was an example of what was to come. and i happened to be in scotland at turnberry cutting a ribbon when brexit happens. -- happened. and we had a vast amount of press there. and i said brexit, this was the day before, i said brexit is going to happen. and i was scorned in the press for making that prediction. i was stored. i said i believe it is going to happen, because people want to know who is coming into their country, and control their trade, and various other things. low and behold the following day, it happened. and the odds were not looking good for me when i made that because as you know everybody thought it was not going to happen. i think brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for your country. i think when it irons out, you will have your own identity, and you will have the people you want in your country, and you can make free-trade deals without somebody watching you and what you're doing.
and i had a very bad experience. i have something in my other world, something in another country, and getting 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 consortium, was very, very tough. but i thought brexit, i think, i think it will go down that it will be a fantastic thing for the united kingdom. i think in the end it will be a tremendous asset, not a tremendous liability. ok? theresa may: on the question you asked, tom, i think the president has already struck up a good relationship. but you asked what had in common. i think with the approach were taking, one of the things we have in common is we will put the interests of ordinary working people right up there centered stage.
morningople that have hours, doing the best for their families, sometimes they just feel the odds are stacked against them. it is that interest in ensuring that what we do, the economy, our economy and our government actually works for ordinary working people in our countries. i think we both share that. donald trump: thank you very much. theresa may: thank you. donald trump: thank you. >> extremists any of the news conference with president trump and prime minister may, we will show it later on c-span two. congress is out today.
the senate recalls at 3:00 eastern for general speeches. they will bend debate on rex tillerson to be the next secretary of state with a 5:30.ural vote at a simple majority is needed to move forward. the final confirmation is expected next week possibly wednesday. you can follow the senate live on c-span two when they can back in. earlier today, pro-life groups and supporters held the annual march for life, gathering on the national mall and marching up to the supreme court. it has been almost a year since justice antonin scalia a time, and president trump says he will announce his pick possibly thursday. here is some of the march with remarks by vice president mike pence, senior counselor kellyanne conway, and iowa senator joni ernst speaking at the rally forehand. this is about an hour and