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president trump and the romanian president. each side will get a couple of questions, typically that's the format in these statements and joint news conferences. live coverage on c-span. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states nd the president of romania. president trump: thank you very much. president johannes, thank you for being here, it's an honor to welcome such a good friend of america to the white house. as you know, the people of romania and america share much in common. a love of freedom, proud cultures, rich traditions and a vast and storied landscape to call home. the relationship between our two countries stretches back well over a century but today we
especially reaffirm and celebrate our strategic partnership that began more than 20 years ago. that partnership covered many dimensions, including economic, military, and cultural ties and today we are making those ties even stronger. mr. president, your visit comes at an important moment not just in this partnership, but among all the responsible nations of the world. i have just returned from a trip to the middle east where i worked to strengthen our alliances, forge new friendships and unite all civilized peoples in the fight against terrific. no civilized nation can tolerate this violence or allow this wicked ideology to spread on its shores. i address the summit of more
than 50 arab and muslim leaders a unique meeting in the history of nations, where key players in the region agreed to stop supporting terrorism. whether it be financial, military, or even moral support. the nation of qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level and in the wake of that conference, nations came gether and spoke to me about confronting qatar over its behavior. so we had a decision to make. do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action? we have to stop the funding of terrorism. secretary ong with
of state rex tillerson, our great generals and military people, the time had come to ll on qatar to end its funding, they have to end that nding, and it's -- and its extremist ideology in terms of funding. i want to call it -- i want to call on all the nations to stop immediately supporting terrorism. stop teaching people to kill other people. stop filling their minds with hate and intolerance. i won't name other countries but we are not done solving the problem but we will solve that problem. have no choice. this is my great priority because it is my first duty as
president to keep our people safe, defeating isis and other terror organizations is omething i have emphasized all during my campaign and right up until the present. , stop at, stop funding teaching hate, and stop the killing. for qatar, we want you back among the unity of responsible nations. we ask qatar and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster. i want to thank saudi arabia and king salman g -- and all the countries who participated in that very historic summit.
it was truly historic. there has never been anything like it before and perhaps there never will be again. hopefully it will be the beginning of the end of funding terrorism. it will therefore be the beginning of the end to errorism, no more funding. i also want to thank the romanian people for everything they contribute to our common defense and to the fight against . e evil menace of terrorism they have their own difficulties with it. and they've come a long way and they're doing a lot. romania has been a valuable member of the coalition to defeat isis.
and it's the fourth largest contributor of troops in afghanistan. there, 23 of your citizens have paid the ultimate price and merica honors their sacrifice. want to recognize president johannes in committing row neighbor -- romania from increasing its defense spending 2%. 1.4% of g.d.p. to over we hope our other nato allies will follow romania's lead when meeting their financial obligations and paying their fair share for the cost of defense. but i will say this that because of our actions, money is starting to pour in to nato. the money is starting to pour in.
other countries are starting to realize that it's time to -- to pay up and they're doing that. very proud of that fact. as you know, i have been an advocate for strengthening our nato alliance through greater responsibility and burden sharing among member nations. and that is what has happened. because together, we can confront the common security challenges facing the world. mr. president, i want to applaud your courage and your courageous efforts in romania to fight corruption and defend the rule of law. this work is necessary to create an environment where trade and commerce can flourish and where citizens can prosper. i look forward to working with you to deepen the ties of both
commerce and culture between our two countries. romanians have made contributions to the united states and to the world. very notable among them was nobel prize laureate elie weisel, who was born in romania and sadly passed away almost one year ago. i understand that earlier this week, the american jewish ommittee presented president iohannis with the very prestigious light unto the nations award for his work to further holocaust remembrance and education in romania. i join the a.j.c. in saluting your leadership in this vital cause. the people of romania have endured many, many hardships. but they have made a truly
remarkable, historical journey. the future of romania and romania's relationship with the united states is very, very bright. president iohannis, i thank you for your leadership, i thank you again for being here today. i look forward to strengthening our alliance with your country and our bonds with your people. the relationship has been good but now it's stronger than ever. thank you very much. applause] president iohannis: president trump, thank you so much for the words you found for romania, for the romanian people and for me. thank you very muc mrh for the invitation to be here today with you, and thank you so much for arranging this nice weather
in this place. mr. president, i am very glad that we had such a good meeting d this is due to your strong leadership, and this is also due to our strong partnership. obviously the fact that we celebrate 20 years of strategic partnerships, this year is important for both our nations and it is important to know and this is what i want to underline, this partnership with the united states of merica shapes romania as it is today. romania is a solid democracy with a solid, sustainable economic growth. romania, which stands together
with the u.s. troops in afghanistan. we stand together in iraq. r. president, this partnership contributed greatly to what romania is today, and this partnership was and is very important, and i think this partnership not only has to continue, this partnership has to become stronger. this partnership has to define our bilateral relation, and this partnership has to contribute to solve so many problems. president trump, you mentioned terrorism. i am very glad that due to your strong leadership, nato decided to go against terrorism. your involvement made so many
nations conscious of the fact that we have to share the burden inside nato. this is why romania also decided -- and if i'm right, i think this is the first country 2% of rb to step up to g.d.p. for defense spending. a significant part of this defense spending is going into strategic acquisitions, and i hope, president trump, that we find good ways together to use -- to make good use of this money. romania is very conscious of the fact that we stand on the astern flank and we have -- we heavily rely on your partnership, president trump, because we cannot stand there without the u.s.
we cannot stand there alone. on the other hand, our partnership has a huge opportunity to step up, not only in security matters but also in commercial and economic matters and this is very important. romania is a member of the european union and i think it's the best interest of you, mr. president, to have a strong european union as a partner. this is vital for all of us. our relationship, the trans-atlantic link is vital. trans-atlantic link is not about diplomacy, about policy. it's at the basis of our western civilization, and together we will make it stronger. together we will make it better. nato and the european union do
not have to compete against each other. they have to work together. they have to work in such a matter to have synergetic effects, make europe stronger, make the united states of america stronger. and this is what we decided, president trump and i to make our partnership stronger, better and more enduring and this will lead very soon to enhance economic exchange, to better commerce and this is what we all decide and what we wish because we are responsible, president trump and i, not only for the security, we are responsible for the well-being of our citizens and this is what we
have decided to do. thank you so much, president trump. president trump: thank you. david bowyer, "washington imes." come on, dave. reporter: apologies. mr. president, this morning on twitter you were referring to the testimony of james
comey vindicating you, but i wondered if you could tell us in person, sir, why you feel that his testimony vindicated you when it's really boils down to his word against your word and if you could also tell us, sir, do tapes exist with your conversation with him? president trump: well, i'll tell you about that sometime in the near future. in collusion, no obstruction. he's a leaker. but we want to get back to running our great country. jobs, trade deficits.
we want them to disappear fast. north korea a big problem. middle east, a big problem. so that is what i am focused on. that's what i have been focused on. but yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction. we are doing really well. that was an excuse by the democrats that lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost because it's impossible for the democrats to lose the electoral college, you have to know. you have to run up the whole east coast and win everything as a republican and that's just what we did. o it was just an excuse. but we were very, very happy. and frankly james comey confirmed a lot of what i said
and some of the things that he said just weren't true. thank you very much. o you have a question?
reporter: i lost the microphone, sir. sorry. thank you. and mr. president, if you could tell us a couple weeks ago, president trump was in brussels at the nato meeting and not only was he encouraging nato members to pay up the 2% required of g.d.p. for national defense, but he also was saying that countries including yours who had not paid 2% in the past should make up for that difference. o you think that's fair? president iohannis: i was in brussels and i met president trump and i listened to his speech and i liked it because, based on ato is values but it is ultimately a military alliance. and you know military spending
is complicated and you need a lot of money because nato is the strongest alliance the earth ever saw and we want to keep it that way. so we have to spend money for defense purposes. and spending money means if you are in an alliance, everybody has to spend money. this is called burden-sharing, and i fully agree, mr. president, to that. so, of course, some people liked this better and some didn't like it so much but it's a simple fact that we have to in is, not as a purpose itself. we have to do this to stay strong, to be strong and to defend our nations. president trump: 100% correct. and one of the things i was referring to during that speech was the fact that, yes, they
haven't paid what they should be paying now. but for many years they haven't been paying. so i said, do we ever go back and say, how about paying the money from many, many years past? now, i know no president has ever asked that question but i do. we are going to make nato very strong. you need the money to make it strong. you can't just do what we've been doing in the past. so i did say, yes, we haven't paid this year but what about the past years, the many past years where you haven't paid? perhaps you should pay some or all of that money back. you have a question. reporter: thank you. this is a question for president trump. n the matter of security, sir, many of the countries on the eastern flank of nato,
including romania, sees russia as a threat to the security and the peace in the region. do you share this vision and do you think that the united states should act under article 5 if this will be under military aggression? thank you very much. president trump: well, i am committing the united states and i have committed but i am committing the united states to article 5 and certainly we are there to protect and that's one of the reasons i want to make sure people know we have a strong force by having the -- paying the kind of money to have that force. yes, i would be absolutely ommitted to article 5. reporter: thank you, mr. speaker. was there any discussion about the visa waiver program for romania? will there be a time for
including this country in this program? president trump: we didn't discuss it but it would be something we will discuss, mr. president. president iohannis: i mentioned this issue and i also mentioned it during other meetings because this is important for us. it's important for romanians that want to come to the united states. you see, more and more people come, president trump, from romania to the united states. some come as tourists. some come for business. those that come for business should be encouraged. the matter of visa waiver would be probably important to we will nd we all hope advance on this. president trump: look at those hands up. do you have this in romania?
if i could only sell that. if i could only sell it. should i take one of the killer networks that treat me so badly with fake news? go ahead, john. remember how nice you used to be before i ran. always a nice man. reporter: let me go back to james comey's testimony. he did say under oath that you told him to let the flynn -- you said you hoped the flynn investigation -- lb president trump: i didn't say that. reporter: so he lied about that? president trump: i didn't say that. i will tell you i didn't say that. reporter: and did he asked -- president trump: and it wouldn't be wrong if i did say that but i didn't say that. reporter: did he ask for a pledge of loyalty --
president trump: no. reporter: would you be willing to speak under oath to give your president trump: 100%. i hardly know the man. i wouldn't say i want you to pledge of allegiance. who would ask someone to pledge of allegiance under oath? think about it, i hardly know the man. it doesn't make sense. i didn't say that. reporter: if robert mueller would want to speak to you about that president trump: i would tell him the same. reporter: you are hinting there are recordings -- president trump: i will tell you that within a short period of time. reporter: when will you tell us? president trump: short period of time. reporter: are there tapes, sir? president trump: you are going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. don't worry. john, do you have a question for the president? reporter: president iohannis, you are no stranger to russian
aggression. are you -- how concerned should the world about -- be about russian aggression in your region and what about what russia tried to do in our election, sir? resident iohannis: everybody's concerned, but you see, being concerned should lead you to being prepared. in my opinion we have to be very clear, very simple and very straightforward if we talk about russia and with russia. in the opinion of the chair -- in my opinion, we need dialogue, but on the other hand, we need what we all together decided in nato, a strong deterrence. this combination, strong deterrence and dialogue should
lead towards a solution which s feasible for every part. reporter: hello, mr. president trump. you mentioned earlier the anti-corruption fighting in romania. it's a matter of high importance in our country, but we see now that the anti-corruption fight and to consolidate the rule of law are sometimes undermined by some politicians. part of what we can call the bucharest forum. is your administration going to support the anti-corruption fight in romania and how can you do it? thank you. president trump: well, we support very strongly romania and, therefore, we obviously do support that fight on anti-corruption. we always support that and we
support your president. we think he's done an outstanding job. very popular. very solid. working very hard. we know everything that's going on and, yeah, and he's going to win that fight. he's going to win that battle. e has our support. reporter: problem for the u.s.-romania partnership ands investor because we have corruption in romania despite this anti-corruption fight. president trump: well, you do but i can tell you there are many american investors right now going to romania and investing. in fact, i was given a chart just before our meeting and we have people going over to romania and investing and they weren't doing that a number of years ago so that shows very, very big progress. there really are a lot of congratulations in store. but a lot of people are investing from our country to yours. and people love from romania the united states, and they
come here a lot and we're very proud of them. thank you, all, very much. thank you. thank you very much. >> mr. president, how can he be liar and vindicate you? [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit ncicap.org] >> president trump and the romanian president klaus iohannis. president trump starting off with a statement, talking about his middle eastern trip and the issue of the country of qatar. just a short while ago, ahead of that the state secretary of state talked about the u.s. policy toward qatar. arab ed on the united emirates