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tv   President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Hold News Conference  CSPAN  January 30, 2017 12:44am-1:05am EST

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live -- if you watch any time online at c-span.org. trumpday, president welcomed theresa may to the white house. president's first meeting with a foreign 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
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president of the united states, and the prime minister of the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland. pres. trump: thank you very much. honored to have prime forster theresa may here her first official visit from a foreign leader. sos 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 peace and, by the way, my mother was born in , which is serious
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scotland. today, the united states renewed our deep bond with britain, ily, financial, social. we have one of the great bonds. we pledge our lasting support to this 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 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
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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. thank you for joining us today. it is a really great honor. thank you very much. much,ay: thank you very mr. president. and can i start by saying i'm so pleased i have been able to be here today, and thank you for inviting me so soon after your inauguration. be able toted to congratulate you on what was a stunning election victory. the invitation is an indication of the strength and importance of this special relationship that exists between our two countries, a relationship based on the bonds of history, family, kinship, and common interest. importanceign of the
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of that relationship, i have been able to convey her majesty the queen's hope that president trump and the first lady would pay a state visit to the united kingdom later this year, and i am delighted the president has excepted that invitation. today, we are discussing a number of topics. president mentioned foreign policy. we are discussing how we can work even more closely together in order to take on and defeat the ideology of islamist extremism wherever it is found. our two nations are leading efforts to face up to this challenge and we are making losings with daesh territory and fighters and we are discussing how we can do this by deepening intelligence and security corporation and critically by setting up our daesh ino counter dae cyberspace. we will discuss other topics,
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onia, and russia, but defense and security cooperation, we are united in our recognition of nato as the bulwark of our collective defense and today, we reaffirmed our unshakable commitment to this alliance which president, i think you said you confirmed 100% you are behind nato. we are discussing the importance of nato continuing to ensure it is as equipped to fight terrorism and cyber warfare as it is to fight more conventional forms of war. i have agreed to continue my efforts to encourage my fellow european leaders to deliver on spend 2% ofment to their gdp on defense so the burden is more fairly shared. it is only by investing properly in our defense that we can ensure we are properly equipped to face our challenges together. the president and i have mentioned future economic corporations and trade. trade between our two countries is already worth over 150 billion pounds per year. the u.s. is the single business
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source of investment in the u.k. and together, we have $1 trillion invested in each other's economy. the defense relationship is the broadest, deepest, and most advanced of any two countries, sharing military hardware and expertise. i think the president and i are ambitious to build on this relationship to grow our respective economies, provide the high skills high paid jobs as a future for working people across america and the u.k.. and so, we are discussing how we can establish trade negotiation agreement, take high-level talks, lay the groundwork for agreements and enable companies in both countries to trade and do business with one another more easily and i am convinced a trade deal between the u.s. and the u.k. is in the national interest of both countries and will cement the crucial relationship that exists between us, particularly as the u.k. leaves the european union and reaches out to the world.
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today's talks are significant for president trump and i to build our relationship and i to continuing to work with you as we deliver on promises of freedom and prosperity of all the people of all -- all the people of our respective countries. pres. trump: very nicely stated. steve holland -- >> thank you. you will 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 incursion. what would you expect in return? prime minister may, do you see any changes in british attitudes toward sanctions on russia? pres. trump: i hear a call was set up. it is very early to be talking about that. we are looking to have a great relationship with all countries, ideally. that will not necessarily
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happen. unfortunately, it will probably not happen with many countries, but if we can have as we do with prime minister may and the relationship we all developed and even the short relationship we have just developed just by being with each other, have lunch, and we have really had some very interesting talks, very productive talks, but if we can have a great relationship and russia and with china 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, nonnegative. >> ok. as far as the u.k. is concerned in relation to russia's activities in the ukraine, we have been very clear that we want to see the minsk agreement fully implemented and we believe the sanctions should continue until we see that men's agreement fully implement it and we have been continuing to argue that inside -- minx agreement -- minsk agreement fully
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implemented, and we will be continuing to argue that. >> you did disagree. do you think the president listened to what you had to say? [laughter] we will see what she says. mr. president, you said before that torture works. you have praised russia. you said you want to ban some muslims from coming to america and suggested there should be punishment for abortion. for many people in britain, sound like all arming 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? p.m. may: this was your choice of a question? [laughter] there goes that relationship. p.m. may: on the issue you raise
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with me, can i confirm that the president, i have been listening to the president and the president has been listening to me. that is the point of having a conversation and dialogue, and we have been discussing a number of topics and will carry on after this meeting and discussing a number of other topics and there will be times when we disagree on issues in which we disagree. the point of this special relationship is we are able to have that open and frank discussion. so we are able to make that clear when it happens. i'm clear also that there are in which the united kingdom and united states stand alongside one another. many issues on which we agree. i think as i said yesterday in my speech that we are at a moment now where we can build an even stronger special relationship which will be in the interest not just of the u.k. and the united states that also in the interest of the wider world as well. we have a great general who has just been ,ppointed secretary of defense
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general james mattis, and he has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding or however you want to define it, enhanced interrogation, i guess would be a word that a lot of people would like to use. i do not necessarily agree, but i would tell you that he will override because i'm giving him that power. expert, highly respected, he is the general general. he got through the senate very quickly, which in this country is not easy, i will tell you. and so, i'm going to rely on him. might happen to feel it 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 win with or without, but i do disagree. as far as, again, putin and
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bad,a, i do not say good, or indifferent. i do not know the gentleman. i hope we have a fantastic relationship. that is possible, but it is also possible we will not. we'll see what happens. i will be representing the american people 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 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 won't be able to tell you that. thought i times i would get along with people and i do not like them at all. [laughter] pres. trump: and i had somewhere i did not think i would have much of her relationship, and it turned out to be a great relationship. so, teresa, we never know about these things, do we? thell be representing
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american people very strongly. thank you. fox?roberts, president, thank you so much. madam prime minister. it is my understanding, mr. president, that you had an hour-long phone call with the president of mexico. could we get an update on where the relationship is. critics who to your claim you have already soured a relationship with a very important u.s. ally? madam prime minister, are you concerned about the state of relations between the united states and mexico? the primep: i think minister had other things she's much more worried about than mexico and the united states' relationship, but we had a very good call. i have been very strong on mexico. great respect for mexico, i love the mexican people. i worked with mexican people all the time. great relationships. as you know, mexico, with the
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united states, has out negotiated us and beat us to a pulp to our past leaders that made us look foolish. we have a trade deficit of $60 billion with mexico. on top of that, the border is soft and weak and drugs are pouring in, 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 i think a very good relationship, the president and i, and we had a talk that lasted for about one 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 will no longer be the country
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itt does not know what is doing. we will renegotiate our trade deals and renegotiate other aspects of our relationship with mexico, and in the end, i think it will be good for both countries. a very friendly call. i think you will hear that from the president. i think you will hear that from the people of mexico that really represent him and represent him very well. i look forward over the coming months, we will be negotiating and we will see what happens. i'm representing the people of the united states. 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. p.m. may: as the president himself has said, the relationship with the united states and mexico is a matter for the united states and mexico. tom?
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reporter: mr. president, you said you would help us with the brexit trade deal. you said you would help us and stand by us with nato, but how can the british prime minister believe you because you have been known in the past of change her position on things? people are fascinated to know how you will get on with each other. you are so different. hard-working daughter of a vicar, the brash tv extrovert, have you found anything in common yet? pres. trump: actually, i'm not as brash as you might think. i can tell you, i think we will get along very well. it is interesting because i'm a people person. i think you are also, t heresa. i think we will have a fantastic relationship. exit, and i really don't change -- brexit, my position on trade has been solid for many years since i was a very young person, talking about how we were
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getting ripped off by the rest of the world and i never knew i would be in this position where we can actually do something about it. we will be talking to you folks about brexit. brexit was an example of what was to come. i happened to be in scotland at turnberry, cutting a ribbon one brexit happened and we had a vast amount of press their. was the dayt, this before, you probably remember, but it is going to happen. i was scorned in the press for making a prediction. i was scorned. is goingi believe it 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. thought it was not going to happen. i think brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for your country. i think when it i doubt, you will have your own identity and
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you are going to have the people you want in your country and you are going to be able to make free-trade deals without having somebody watching you, what you're doing, and i had a very bad experience, i have had something when i was in my other world. i had something in another country, and getting the was very from europe tough. getting the approvals from the country was fast, easy, and efficient. getting the approvals from the group, i call them the concernium, was very tough. it will end up being a fantastic thing for the united kingdom. in the end, it will be a tremendous asset, not a tremendous liability. ok? you may: on the question asked me, i think as the president himself has said, we have already struck up a good relationship, but you ask what we had in common. i think if you look at the
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approach we are both taking, one of the things we have in common is we want to put the interests of ordinary working people write up centerstage. right up there centerstage. they are working all the hours, doing the best for their family, and they feel the odds are stacked against them. it is that interest in ensuring that what we do, the economy, our economies and governments, actually work for ordinary working people, work for everyone in our countries. i think we both share that. pres. trump: thank you very much. p.m. may: thank you. pres. trump: thank you very much, everybody. [laughter] >> [indiscernible] [chatter]
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