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so it cannot be filibustered. well, thelly doing president has been a great closer on this. >> if the vote were held today, minor, potential small there isased on that, not anywhere close to the votes. i can tell you that whip has been working hard on even the undecideds. i can assure you, this bill needs to be changed, not only to pass the house, but the pass the senate, as well. both of thesew events in their entirety over the next couple hours. the replacement bill is scheduled to be on the floor next week, voted on thursday. live coverage and then :00 eastern on c-span. german chancellor on july
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mark a was an washington, d.c. today. she met with president trump at the white house where they met with german business leaders, held a bilateral meeting in the oval office and took questions from reporters in a joint has 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. a productiveuded meeting with the german and american companies to discuss workforce development and
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vocational training, very important words. germany has done an incredible job training the employees and future employees and employing its manufacturing and industrial workforce. it is crucial that we provide our american workers with a really 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 interests, believe me, of the world as a whole. i reiterated to chancellor merkel my strong support for nato, as well as the need for our nato allies to pay their fair share for the cost of
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defense. many nations owe vast sums of money from past years, and it is very unfair to the united states. these nations must pay what they owe. during the meeting i thanked chancellor merkel for the german governments increase in defense spending and working toward contributing at least 2% of gdp. i want to thank the chancellor for her leadership in supporting nato and its efforts in afghanistan. this has come at significant cost, including the lives of over 50 german soldiers, whose sacrifice we greatly honor. i also appreciate chancellor merkel's leadership, along with the french president to resolve the conflict in ukraine, where
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we ideally seek a peaceful solution. most importantly, our two countries must continue to work together to protect our people from radical islamic terrorism. and, 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. ier lunch, the chancellor and
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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
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world. it is the foundation of a very, very hopeful future. thank you. >> [speaking german] chancellor merkel: in the moments leading up to this visit, i say is important to talk to one another and not about one another. i think our conversation proved this. we talked about the international situation, also the apprenticeship programs when we met with ceos and apprentices around a round table. we regarded the shared interest that we have. let me look back into the past.
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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 marshall plan. we were also able to regain german unity after decades of the united states standing up for this together, with our other allies and standing by our side during the period of the cold war. and we are gratified to know we can live in peace, freedom, the unified country. i was gratified to know that the president had aligned how important he thinks 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. we committed to this 2% goal until 2024. last year, we increased spending
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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. it is also helping missions in africa, for example, stand up or around 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 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.
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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 to 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. i am here in my capacity as g 20 president. you know we will be hosting the g-20 visit and the summit this year, and i am pleased the president has committed to attending the summit. we are going to talk at some length over lunch about the issues.
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fairer,rade has to be it has to be a win-win situation. we can talk about the details. we have already seen today when we had an exchange with our cos apprentices what potential we can tap, what potential that our two economies have. it is very moving to see young people that work for the future. 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 need 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 where we will continue to cooperate very closely on the level of experts, but also on our level.
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we had a very good first exchange of views, so we are looking forward to the talks will have over lunch. pres. trump: thank you very much we will do a couple questions. mark halperin? >> a lot of americans know that you were promising eight years ago, to appeal and replace obamacare. i wonder if you could tell people where your highest -- [indiscernible] no cuts to medicaid or medicare. are those part of your bottom line? [indiscernible] pres. trump: thank you, mark. we have a really wonderful group of people meeting later. 12 no's in congress.
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they went from all no's to all yesses. it is coming together. 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
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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. those are our tasks respectively, and i must say
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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 where we disagreed, but to try to bring people together and show what is our vantage point and the american people's vantage point and finding a compromise for both sides because we need to be fair to each other. everyone is expecting that their leader is going to do the best for their people. for germany, i can say 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 do these jobs. >> [speaking german]
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>> madame chancellor, given the experience of the gdr, you are always saying you are confident walls can fall. how dangerous do you think this isolationist policy of the u.s. president is, what with the import tariffs he has plan and the fact he does not think the -- does not deal with the e.u. in a respectful way? and mr. president on the american side, do you think this is going to weaken the european union, and why are you so scared of diversity in the news and media? you speak so often of 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 a policy of trade should be a fair policy. the united states has been treated very, very unfairly by many countries over the years, and that is going to stop.
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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 strengthened, 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. but 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 example of as you say, "fake news." >> [speaking german] >> allow me to put it in the following terms.
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we have not yet had time to talk a great length about economic issues. but i would say the success of germany and the economic area and on security and peace. that the success of germans have boys been one where the germans on one side of the coin and the , other side of the coin has been european unity and european 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 progress. peace has been for many decades. the european countries, for many, many centuries, waged wars against each other.
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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 has to be worked on obviously. , traffic 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 that have an inability to do so because they have the civil war. that is the right way of going about it. this is what we have different views about. my position is the one that i have just set out for you. pres. trump: sen. franken: -- pres. trump: i might add that we have many factories and jobs coming back to the united states, ohio, pennsylvania, a lot of places where they are losing jobs. we will have a different policy.
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but it is going to be a great policy for not only the united states, but a great policy worldwide. i look forward to it. -- kevin?rly >> [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.
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and if you were at the meeting i just attended where we took 12 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 me, and i 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
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states, but hopefully we can even it out. we do not want victory, we want fairness. all i want is fairness. germany has done very well in its trade deals with the united states, and i give them credit for it. and i can speak to many other countries. you look at china. you look at 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 is been a disaster for companies and in particular, i disaster for the workers. a lot of the companies have moved. but the workers are probably the reason i am standing here. number one, that and maybe the 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 probably the reason i am here, when you talk about
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trade. i think we will be a very different country. i think we will have great values. but in terms of our military, it will be much stronger and our trade deals are going to 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 union, there is also input by the states that bring to the table things 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
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for example with 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 sides win, and i think that is the theory -- spirit in which we ought to be guided in negotiating any agreements between the united tates of america, and the e.u. i hope we can resume the agreement 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 e.u. 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 that he does not like multilateral trade agreements, but prefers
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bilateral trade agreements. do you think from the e.u.'s point of view, this is a bilateral trade agreement with washington on one side and the e.u. on the other side? do you think the problem is that washington and the europeans have a different understanding of what a multilateral trade agreements are about? >> we reject the white house ofims of the wiretapping you, the trump tower organization, members of your campaign, that british intelligence was either responsible for it or involved it. 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 by the way, my second there from time to
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time, the tweets that you regret? pres. trump: very seldom. very seldom. [laughter] pres. trump: 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] pres. trump: and just to finish your question, we said nothing. a certain,was quote 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.
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>> thank you. 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 our confidences in the european union, and whether they negotiate on behalf of member states, will not prevent us from cooperating. this would qualify as a bilateral agreement between the u.s. -- between the e.u. and the united states if we had it. but the question is whether it will be of benefit to both countries or not? and if i can be candid, a 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
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trade agreement in the united states than in europe, and also in germany. 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. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> across the pacific, secretary of state rex tillerson was in south korea to meet with the country's acting president. the two leaders talked about the growing