tv President Reiterates Wiretapping Claim at News Conference with German... CSPAN March 17, 2017 8:01pm-8:29pm EDT
possible without destroying the bill, violating this rule that it can be filibustered, and without losing votes but adding roads. we are really doing away -- doing well with this. were held today, even with some minor, as i hear, , based ontial tweaks that there is not the votes, not anywhere close, and i can tell you the width has been working very hard on even the undecided hip has been working hard on the undecided. it needs to work hard to pass not only the house but the senate as well. >> we will show both of these programs in their entirety over the next couple of hours. live coverage starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern on c-span.
german chancellor angela merkel was in washington dc today. she met with president trump at the white house, where they met and german business leaders held a bilateral meeting in the oval office. afterward, they took questions from reporters in a joint press conference. pres. trump: thank you very much. chancellor merkel, it is a great honor to welcome you to the people's house, the white house. our two nations share much in common, including our desire for security, prosperity, and peace. we just concluded a productive meeting with the german and
american companies to discuss working together. it is crucial that we provide our american workers with a ,eally great employment outlook and that includes making sure that we harness the full potential of women in our economy. my administration is in the process of rebuilding the american industrial base. a stronger america is in the of thet's, believe me, world as a whole. i reiterated to chancellor support forrong nato, as well as the need for our nato allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense. vast sums ofowe
money from past years, and it is very unfair to the united state. it -- states. these nations must pay what they owe.h -- they i think chancellor merkel for her commitment and for contributing at least 2% of gdp. it would like to thank the chancellor for her leadership in supporting nato and its efforts in afghanistan. thisas come at significant cost, including the lives of over 50 german soldiers, who se sacrifice we greatly honor. i also appreciate chancellor merkel's leadership, along with the french president to resolve the conflict in ukraine, where we ideally seek a peaceful solution.
most importantly, our two countries must continue to work together to protect our people from radical islamic terrorism. also to defeat isis. i applaud chancellor merkel for germany's contributions, both civilian and military, as they counter isis coalition members. we also recognize that immigration security is national security. we must protect our citizens from those who seek to spread terrorism, extremism, and violence inside our borders. immigration is a privilege, not a right. and the safety of our citizens must always come first, without question. over lunch, the chancellor and i will talk about our economic partnership. we must work together towards fair and reciprocal trade
policies that benefit both of our peoples. millions of hard-working u.s. citizens have been left behind by international commerce, and together, we can shape a future where all of our citizens have a path to financial security. the united states will respect historic institutions and we will also recognize the right of free people to manage their own destiny. the close friendship between america and germany is built on our shared values. we cherish individual rights, we uphold the rule of law, and we seek peace among nations. our alliance is a symbol of strength and cooperation to the world. it is the foundation of a very, very hopeful future. thank you.
german]king chancellor merkel: in the moments leading up to this visit, i say is important to talk to one another are not about one another, and i think our conversation proved this. we talked about the international situation, also the apprenticeship programs when we met with ceos and apprentices at another roundtable, we regarded the shared interest that we have. let me look back into the past. we, the germans, owe a lot to the united states of america,
particularly in regards to the economic rise of germany. this was primarily due to the help through the the marshall plan. we were also able to regain german unity after decades of the united states standing up for this together, with our standing by, and a our side during the period of the cold war and we are glad , that today we can live in peace, freedom, the unified country. i was gratified to know that the president had aligned how important he think nato is, and it was not without very good reason that we said during our summit meeting in wales, that also germany needs to increase expenditure. nato is important to us. we committed to this 2% goal until 2024. last year, we increased spending for defense by 8% and will work together again and again on this. we said that obviously, defense
and security has a lot of different assets to it. on one hand, it is supporting missions in africa, for example. it is also promoting developmental assistance. but is also helping develop -- missions in africa, for example, stand up or around security. -- for iran's security. we continue to be in conversation, but what is important for us today is that we were able to talk about afghanistan, talk about what the president quite rightly said, the continuing missions of germany in afghanistan. i'm glad the united states are intending to continue to the -- commit to the afghan mission as well. together, we fight against islamist terrorism. germany will step up its work and continue its work in afghanistan and also in syria. we are going to monitor the situation there very closely and work on political solutions.
solutions in syria, but also in libya. i'm gratified to know that the american administration and also the president personally commits himself to the process. we need to come to a solution on this problem. there has to be a safe and secure solution for the ukraine. the relationship with russia has to be improved as well once the situation there on the ground is clarified. it is a good basis but we have , not unfortunately made the headway that we want to. we want to work with our experts in the next two months to come up with a decision. and you know we will be hosting the g-20 visit and the summit this year, and i'm glad the president has committed to attending the summit. we are going to talk at some length over lunch about the issues. we say that trade has to be rendered fairer, that has to be a win-win situation. we can talk about the details.
we have already seen today when we hadn exchge with our cos apprentices what potential we can tap, what potential that our own economies have. what the potential of the young people have in the work for the future that is being done in companies. so particularly in this year, we are transiting from traditional manufacturing to industry for capacity building skills, so important. incidentally, not only for young people but those who might have , lost their jobs and needed to be re-skilled in order to find a job again. that is an issue i know is very important for you here in the united states but also important , for us in germany. i can say there are a number of issues that we will continue to cooperate very closely on the level of experts but also on our , level. we have a very good worst -- exchange of views, so we are
first looking for to the talks will have over lunch. thank you. pres. trump: thank you very much . we will do a couple of questions. >> a lot of americans know that you were promising eight years ago, to repeal under place -- and replace obamacare. i wonder if you could tell people where your highest -- [indiscernible] no cuts to medicaid or medicare. >> i would think it -- wonder if you would think it is good for the war, if you have any reservations? pres. trump: we have a wonderful -- world, or if you have any reservations. pres. trump: we have a wonderful group of people meeting later, and they went from all no to all yes.
we have a lot of yes coming in. we have great health care, and it will be passed, i believe. substantially and pretty quickly. it is coming together beautifully. you have conservative groups, other groups. everyone wants certain things. in the end, we have a great health care plan. now i have to tell you, , obamacare is a disaster. it is failing. i was in tennessee and we had a tremendous crowd the other night. and half of the state is uncovered. the insurance companies have left. the other half has one insurance company that will probably be bailing out pretty soon as well. they have nobody. you have many states that have one and a lot of places now that have none. obamacare will fail, fold, and close up very, very soon if something is not done. i have often said politically the best thing i can do is absolutely nothing. wait one year and even the democrats will come say please, please you have to help us.
,but it is not the right thing to do for the people. we have a great plan a plan that , is getting more and more popular with the republican base, the conservative base, and with people generally. the press has covered it very inaccurately. people are truly covered well, and i think it will be something that will be a model to be looked upon. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: i will tell you after we are finished. [laughter] [speaking german] chancellor merkel: i am here to represent german interests. i speak with the president of the united states, who stands up for his own american interests. that is our tasks respectively, and i must say that i was very gratified to know that there was a lot of warm and gracious hospitality in which i was
received here. we held a conversation where we were trying to address the areas we disagreed but trying to bring bring people together, try to to show what is our vantage point and the american people's vantage point. everyone is expecting that their leader is going to do the best for their people. four germany, i can say that all people are different. people have different abilities and characteristics, different origins, have found their way into politics along different pathways, and there is diversity, which is good sometimes it is difficult to , find compromises but that is , what we have been elected for. if everything went like that without a problem we would not , need politicians to these jobs. >> [speaking german] >> madame chancellor, given the experience of the gdr, you are
saying your company is confident -- your policy is being confident that walls can fall. what you think is going to be effective as far as the tariffs and planned and not dealing with the eu and a respectful way, and mr. president, do you think this is going to weaken the european union, and why are you so scared andiversity in the news media, you speaks often of -- so often a fake news and things that cannot be proven like the , fact you have been wiretapped by mr. obama? pres. trump: a nice, friendly reporter. first of all, i do not believe in an isolationist policy. but i also believe in a policy of tray that should be a fair -- trade should be a fair policy. united states has been treated very, very unfairly by many countries over the years, and that is going to stop. i am not an isolationist, i'm a free trader, but also a fair trader. our free trade has led in to a
lot of bad things happening. you look at the deficits we have and all of the accumulation of debt. we are a very powerful company -- country. we are a very strong country. we will soon be at a level where we, perhaps have never been , before. our military will be it has been, depleted. but i am a trader. i am a fair trader, and a trader that wants to see good for everybody worldwide. i am not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination. i do not know what the newspaper you're reading is saying, but that would be another sample of, as you say, "fake news." >> [speaking german] >> allow me to put it in the following terms.
-- toncellor merkel: allow me present it in the following terms. we haven't yet had time to talk at a great length about economic issues, but i am terrible -- favorable to the success of germany in the economic area, but also on security and peace. at the success of germans have always been one where the german are one side of the coin, and the other side of the coin has been european unity and integration. that is one thing that i am deeply convinced, and i'm not only thing this back home, but here in the united states and here in washington in my talks with the president. secondly, i believe that globalization ought to be shaped in an open-minded way, but also in a very fair way. freedom of movement in the european union is a important element of our economic programs. -- progress. peace has been for many decades. the european countries, for many, many centuries, waged wars against each other.
we have to protect our external borders, and there we have to work on the basis of mutual interest with our neighbors. migration, immigration, integration, that'll have to be worked on, obviously. traffic has to be stopped, but this has to be done by looking -- isis has to be stopped but , this has to be done by looking at the refugees as well, giving them opportunities to shape their own lives where they are, help countries who are not at his ability to do so. sometimes because they have civil war. i think that is the right way of going about it. and this is obviously what we have an exchange of views about, but my position is the one that i have just set out for you. pres. trump: i might add that we have many plants and factories coming back into the united states, many jobs are coming back to michigan, ohio, pennsylvania, a lot of places where they are losing jobs. and we will have a different policy. but it is going to be a great policyor not only the united states, but also a great policy worldwide. i look very much forward to it.
>> [indiscernible] what exactly do you think of [indiscernible] pres. trump: i think we have a very unified republican party. after all we have the , presidency, the house, and the senate. we are getting along very well, i will tell you and if you are , -- were at the meeting i just attended, the one where we took
12 no or semi-no votes, and within 30 minutes everyone was very much on board. a commitment to vote yes. i think we have a very unified party, more unified than at the election. you see, when they talk about seem to be very popular this week within the party, because we have our highest numbers that i have ever had in the party. i think is a great unification, the health care is a difficult subject, a complex subject, and a subject that goes both ways. you do something for one side, and the other side does not like it. it is really something that has come together very well and will be very, very popular, extremely popular. on trade with germany, i think we are going to do fantastically well. right now, i would say that the negotiators for germany have done a far better job than the negotiators for the united states, but hopefully we can even it out. we do not want victory, we want
fairness. we all just want fairness. germany has done very well in its trade deals with the united states, and i give them credit for that, and i can speak to many other countries. you look at china. virtually any country that we do business with is not exactly what you would call good for our workers. you look at the horrible nafta transaction. nafta has been a disaster for the united states. it has been a disaster for companies and in particular, a disaster for the workers. a lot of companies just moved. but the workers are probably the reason i am standing here. number that and maybe the one, military, building up our military, which we will do and we will be stronger than ever before, and hopefully not have to use it. but we will be stronger and perhaps far stronger than ever before. but it is probly the reason i am here, when you talk about ade. i think will be a very different soi think will be a very think that weo i
will be a very different country i think we are going to be and have great values, but in terms of our military, it will be much stronger and our trade deals will be good, solid deals, not deals that lead to closing plants and tremendous unemployment. ok? thank you. chancellor merkel: when you speak about trade agreements and the european union and negotiating those agreements for all the members of european byon, there are also input the benefits that they bring to the table that are important to them. we have aligned in the german business community and have made the experience that any kind of agreement that we have concluded latesteral of the very offers from south korea brought us more jobs, actually. people were very concerned about
losing jobs in the automotive industry, both here and in south korea but in the end it turned , out that both sides benefited, and i think it is only fair that concluding agreements that both win, and i think that is the theory that we need in guiding the policies between the united states, germany, and the eu. i hope he can finish what we started. we have just concluded our agreement with canada and i hope we will come back to the table and talk about the agreement between the eu and the u.s. again. >> thank you. madame chancellor a question , addressed to you. today, we are talking about trade. the president in the past also said that he does not like multilateral trade agreements, but prefers bilateral trade agreements. do you think, from the eu's aint of view, this is
bilateral trade agreement with washington on one side and the eu on the other side? do you think the problem is that -- is thatgton washington and the europeans have a different understanding of what a multilateral trade agreements all about? and mr. president, we reject the wiretapping that british intelligence was either responsible for it or involved in wiretapping on members of your campaign. after these claims are rejected, what is your take on that? are there other suspects, or do you think it was a mistake to blame british intelligence for this? and my second question, from time to time the tweets that you regret? pres. trump: very seldom.
very seldom. i probably would not be here right now, but very seldom. we have a tremendous group of people that can get around the media when they do not tell the truth. i like that. as far as wiretapping by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. [laughter] somebody and just to finish your -- pres. trump: and just to finish your question, we said nothing. only did was quote a certain, very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. i did not make an opinion on it. that was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on fox, so you should not be talking to me, you should be talking to fox.
chancellor merkel: well i , believe the president has clearly set out his philosophy as to what trade agreements have to bring about for the american side as well. i personally do not think that germany needs to negotiate and not beat the european union. we have it to where the commission negotiates on behalf of the member states, and this would qualify as a bilateral agreement between the eu and the united states if we had it. but the question is will it be of benefit to both countries are -- or not? ad if i can be candid, free-trade agreement with the united states america has not always been that popular in germany either. there have been less demonstrations against this free trade agreement in the united states than in europe, and also in germany, so i am very glad to
note that apparently the sort of perspective on that has changed a little bit at least in germany , too. pres. trump: thank you very much, great honor, thank you. >> across the pacific, secretary of state rexall tillerson -- rex tillsomet with the acting southean koresent. both are concerned by the growing threat of north korea's nuclear program.