tv President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Hold News Conference CSPAN January 28, 2017 4:33am-4:53am EST
honored to have prime here fortheresa may our first official visit from a foreign leader. --s is our first digit visit. great honor. betweenial relationship our two countries has been one of the great forces in history for justice and peace and by the way, my mother was born in scotland. . today, the united states renews our deep bond, military, financial, cultural and political. we have one of the great bonds, to 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 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 .tronger 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. 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. and as you say, the invitation is an indication of the strength and importance of the special relationship that exists between our two countries. based on the special bond, 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 queen's hope that the president and the first lady would pay a state visit later this year. i am delighted the president has accepted that nomination. -- invitation. today, 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 ideology of 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 and fighters but we , need to redouble our efforts. and today 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 -- eradicate this threat until we defeat the ideologies that lie behind it. our talks will continue later, i am sure we will be time -- discussing other topics, syria and russia. on defense and security cooperation, we have united in nato as the bulwark of our collective defense. and today we reaffirmed our , unshakable commitment to this alliance. i think you said you were 100% behind nato. but we are also discussing the importance of nato continuing to ensure it is equipped to fight terrorism in cyber warfare as
all conventional forms of war. i am encouraged to tell european leaders to deliver on that so -- to deliver on their commitments to 2% gdp for defense 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 worth over 150 billion pounds a year. the u.s. is already the biggest source of single 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 two countries sharing military hardware and expertise. and the president and i are ambitious to build on this relationship in order to grow our effective economies, provide the high-skilled, high-paid 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 groundwork for the u.s./u.k. 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, that exists between us, particularly as the u.k. leaves the european union and 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. 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. unfortunately it probably won't happen with many countries. but if we can have 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 be a positive, not a negative.
ok? theresa may: we have as far as the u.k.'s concern on sanctions with russia in relation to their activities in 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. laura: thank you very much, prime minister. prime minister, you have talked about where you agreed, but you have also said where you shrink you disagreedre with the 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] laura: we will see what she says. mr. president, you said before that torture works. you've praised russia.
you said you want to ban muslims from coming to america. you suggested 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 raised 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 press conference -- 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 able to have a open and frank discussion. so, we are able to make that
clear when it happens. 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 in the interest 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 appointed secretary of defense, general james mattis. and he has stated pulicly that -- publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture waterboarding, or however you want to define it. enhanced interrogation i guess would be a word that a lot of people like to use. i don't necessarily agree but i , would tell you that he will override because i am giving him that power.
he's 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 don't know the gentleman. i hope we have a fantastic relationship. that's possible, and its also possible that we won't. 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] and i had somewhere i didn't think i would have 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 about john roerts, fox? -- how about john roberts, fox? john: 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 enrique pena nieto of mexico. can we get an update on where that is? further than that 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 state of relations between the united states and mexico? donald trump: i think the prime minister has other things she is much more important things than she is -- that she is worried about that mexico and 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 of $60 billion with mexico. on top of that the border is , soft and weak, drugs are pouring in. i'm not going to 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 on 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 doesn't 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, very friendly call. i think you will hear that from the president, and i think you'll hear that from the people of mexico that 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 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? 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? you, a question to both of people want to know how you are , going to get on with each other. you have the hard-working daughter, a brash tv extrovert -- have you found anything in
common personally 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 you, i'm a people person. i think you are as well, teresa. i can tell how i can get on with someone very early. brexit, and i don't change my 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 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 scorned. i said i believe it is going to happen, because people want to know who is coming into their country, and control their own trade and various other things. low and behold the following day, it happened. and the odds weren't 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 are going to have your own identity, and you will have the people you want in your country, and you are going to be able to make free-trade deals without somebody watching you and what you're doing. and i had a very bad experience. i had something when i was in my other world, i had 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 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. ok? theresa may: on the question you asked me, tom. i think the president has said, himself. 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 , centerstage. those people that are working the 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.