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to remove the dodd frank law. and the supreme court's decision to hear a major cell phone privacy case. also, darrell burnett of education league talks about the every students succeed act is impacting the ability of states to identify ineffective teachers. watch c-span's "washington journal" live at 7:00 eastern. join the discussion. hisident trump offered first public comments concerning the senate testimony of former fbi director james comey during a joint news conference with the president of romania. this is about 30 minutes.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and the president of romania. president trump: thank you very much. president iohannis, 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.
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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 europe and the middle east, where i worked to strengthen our alliances, forge new friendships and unite all civilized peoples in the fight against terrorism. no civilized nation can tolerate this violence or allow this wicked ideology to spread on its shores. i addressed the summit of more than 50 arab and muslim leaders in 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.
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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 together 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. i decided, along with secretary of state rex tillerson, our great generals and military people, the time had come to call on qatar to end its funding, they have to end that
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funding, and its extremist ideology in terms of funding. 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 something i have emphasized all during my campaign and right up until the present. to do that, stop funding, stop
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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 my friend king salman, 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
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beginning of the end to terrorism. no more funding. i also want to thank the romanian people for everything they contribute to our common defense and to the fight against the 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 america honors their sacrifice. i want to recognize president iohannis for his leadership in
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committing romania from increasing its defense spending from 1.4% of g.d.p. to over 2%. 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 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
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sharing among member nations. and that is what is happening. 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 wiesel, who was born in romania
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and sadly passed away almost one year ago. i understand that earlier this week, the american jewish committee 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 ajc 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, and i thank you again for being here today. i look forward to strengthening
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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. 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 much 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
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that we had such a good meeting and 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 partnership this year is important for both our nations and it is important to know and this is what i want to underline, that this partnership with the united states of america shaped romania as it is today. romania is a solid democracy with a solid, sustainable
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economic growth. romania, which stands together with the u.s. troops in afghanistan. we stand together in iraq. mr. 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 during your mandate to step up 2% of
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gdp 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 make good use of this money. romania is very conscious of the fact that we stand on the eastern flank, and 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
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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, it is 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 manner as to produce synergetic effects, make europe stronger, making nato stronger, make the
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united states of america stronger. and this is what we decided, president trump and i, to make our partnership stronger, better more enduring and this will lead very soon to an enhanced 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 times." come on, dave. reporter: apologies.
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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 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 the meantime, no 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, 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
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democrats who 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 know. you have to run up the whole east coast and win everything as a republican and that's just what we did. so, 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. do you have a question? reporter: i lost the microphone, sir. sorry. [laughter] reporter: 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 gdp
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for national defense, but he was also saying that countries including yours who had not paid 2% in the past should make up for that difference. do 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, you see, nato is based on 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
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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 do this, not as a purpose in 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.
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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, you 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. i have a question for president trump. on the matter of security, sir, many of the countries on the eastern flank of nato, including romania, see 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 any of this country will be under military aggression? thank you very much.
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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 paying the kind of money to have that force. yes, i would be absolutely committed to article 5. reporter: thank you, mr. president. was there any discussion about the visa waiver program for romania? will there be a time frame 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
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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 who come for business should be encouraged. the matter of visa waiver would be probably important to discuss and we all hope that we will advance on this. president trump: look at those hands up. do you have this in romania? i don't know. if i could only sell that. if i could only sell it. who would like to ask? should i take one of the killer networks that treat me so badly with fake news? go ahead, john. be fair, john.
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oh, absolutely. president trump: remember how nice she used to be before i ran? such a nice man. always fair. reporter: let me go back to james comey's testimony. you suggested he did not tell the truth in everything he said. he did say under oath that you told him to let the flynn -- you said you hoped the flynn investigation -- 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 ask -- 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 from you? president trump: no. reporter: would you be willing to speak under oath to give your -- president trump: 100%. i did not say under oath. i hardly know the man. i wouldn't say, i want you to pledge of allegiance. who would do that? who would ask someone to pledge allegiance under oath? think about it, i hardly know the man.
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it doesn't make sense. no, i didn't say that, and i did not say the other. reporter: if robert mueller would want to speak to you about that -- president trump: i would tell him what i just told you, jim. 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: thank you. president iohannis, you are no stranger to russian aggression. vladimir putin recently suggested romania could be in russia's crosshairs. how concerned should the world be about russian aggression in your region and what about what russia tried to do in our election, sir? president iohannis: everybody's concerned, but you see, being concerned should lead you to
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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 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 is feasible for every part. reporter: hello, mr. president trump. you mentioned earlier the
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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. he has our support. reporter: corruption is a
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problem for the u.s.-romania partnership and 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 a liar and vindicate you?
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announcer: shortly after the president's news conference, the chair and ranking member of the house intelligence committee called for the white house to produce any tapes that might trump's president conversations about then fbi director james comey. mike conaway of texas and adam schiff of california are leading the house investigation. a have asked the white house counsel to confirm whether any tapes exist and if so, to produce them for the committee by june 23. next, live, your calls and comments on "washington journal." had a senately hearing on the proposed 28 -- 2018 budget for his department. the national intelligence director, nsa director and acting fbi director and deputy attorney general face any
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hearing cash at a senate hearing. -- at a senate hearing. weekend, leading civil war historians converge on gettysburg, pennsylvania to explore the civil war world for molecules. takes you to the conversation at the gettysburg college civil war institute. our all-day coverage starts today at 8:30 a.m. eastern and sunday at 9:00 a.m. eastern on c-span3's american history tv. this morning, michael consol of the roosevelt institute discusses republican efforts to overhaul the dodd frank regulations law. a review of the supreme court's decision to hear a major cell phone privacy case. later, education reporter carol burnett looks at how the every
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student succeeds act is affecting the ability of schools. washington journal is next. ♪ host: good morning. a defiant president donald trump shot back at fired fbi director james comey yesterday, accusing him of lying under oath in his testimony before congress when he said the president pressured him to drop the investigation of former white house aide michael flynn. the president said he would be 100% willing to testify under oath that he did not tell james comey to let the flame probe go. on this saturday morning, we are asking our viewers, food you believe, james comey or president trump -- who do you


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