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tv   President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Hold News Conference  CSPAN  January 29, 2017 9:43pm-10:04pm EST

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have been you watching prime minister's questions at the british house of commons. question time is live every sunday at 7 a.m. eastern on c-span two and stares again sunday night at 9:00 on c-span two. you can also watch live on on friday, president trump welcome to british prime minister theresa may to the white house. it was the president's first meeting with a foreign later -- leader since taking office. at one point, the two held a joint news conference to take questions from reporters. this is 20 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and the prime minister of the united kingdom of great britain
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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. this is her 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 mother was born in scotland, which is serious scotland.
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today the united states renews our deep bond with britain to 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.
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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. a relationship based on the bonds of 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
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the president and first lady would pay a state visit later this year. i am delighted the president has accepted that invitation. 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 and fighters but we , need to redouble our efforts. we are discussing how we can do this by deepening intelligence and security cooperation and critically by stepping up our efforts to counter daesh in cyberspace, because we know we will not eradicate this threat until we defeat the ideologies that lie behind it. our talks will be continuing later, i'm sure we will discuss other topics, syria and russia.
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on defense and security cooperation, we have united in nato as the bulwark of our collective defense. today we reaffirmed our , unshakable commitment to this alliance. mr. president i think you said , you were 100% behind nato. we are also discussing the importance of nato continuing to ensure it is equipped to fight terrorism and cyber warfare as all conventional warfare. i am encouraged to tell european leaders to deliver on that so the burden is more fairly shared. it is 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 worth already over 150 billion pounds a year. the u.s. is the most investing in the u.k., and we have around $1 trillion invested in each other's economies.
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the u.k.-u.s. defense relationship is the broadest, deepest and most advanced of any two countries sharing military hardware and expertise. the president and i 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 america and across the u.k. we are discussing how we can establish trade negotiation agreement, take forward immediate high-level talks, lay the groundwork for u.s.-u.k. trade agreement and other practical steps have taken now in order to enable companies in both to do business with one another more easily. i 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
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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 -- respective 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 foresee 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. if we could have as we do with
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, prime minister may in the have allhip we developed as even the short relationship that we have developed even by being with each other. we have had lunch at some very interesting talks and productive talk. we can have a great relationship with russia and 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. 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 been very clear that we want to see the minsk agreement fully implemented. we believe the sanctions should continue. we have been continuing to argue that inside the european union. laura. laura: thank you very much, prime minister.
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prime minister, you have talked about where you agreed, but you also said where you shrink where you disagreed 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 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 who are 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
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you raise with me laura can i , confirm that the president -- has been listening -- 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. there will be times when we disagree, the point of the special relationship is we already have that open right 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 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 he does not necessarily believe
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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,
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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. i will be representing the american people very strongly, very forcefully. 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. at the thank you. how about john roerts, fox?
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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 of where the relationship is? 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 worried about the mexico and the united states relationship. i will say we had a very good called area i have been very strong on mexico. a great respect for mexico. a lot of the mix can people. i work with mexican people all the time, great relationships. but as you know, mexico with the united states has out negotiated
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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 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 does not know what it is doing.
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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 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?
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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 brash tv 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. 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
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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 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 statement 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
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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
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working people right up there centered stage. those people that have morning 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. [indiscernible] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the
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