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[speaking french] we welcome president trump to paris. able tory pleased to be welcome president trump today. he accepted the invitation a couple of weeks ago. we were able to invite him to it -- to join the family. i think it is very important that the president of the united on thecould be with us occasion of french national day and attend a military parade, to which the american troops will be a part. commemoratinge
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the 100th anniversary of the american troops joining world war i. important because on the daily news, the capital -- the presence of president trump not -- is not only natural, i think -- we are sharing part of our joint history at the museum. i shall say i am extremely pleased. aboute been able to talk a number of topics of interest,
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and workd convictions, together. to implement free fair , and we want to work together to represent measures -- we will share the and take thee have necessary measures to protect, within the contracts -- within the context of freeze, fair trade -- of free, fair trade. we were not able to cover all the topics of international and the challenges for
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people. when it comes to fighting terrorism, from day one, i can say that we are strongly determined to take any measures to eradicate it. action and our cooperation in fighting against propaganda. get all the major operators to limit the propaganda, and also tackle cyber criminality. these topics i believe are fundamental, and i hope for cooperation between our countries, and it is with a lot of satisfaction that i heard from a president trump the very same approach. we will be working together in the upcoming months to have a solid action map.
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the situation in iraq and syria, we agreed to work launchr in order to dramatic initiatives for what will come after the war. --we want to be more efficient and able to inport the united nations order to support the political roadmap for after the war. it is important for that period of time. we know where destabilization comes from, and we will cover it and ask our diplomats and staff to work so that in the upcoming weeks, critical initiatives can be taken. share the same
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intentions regarding libya, and like i told president trump, i very much want to take a number of diplomatic initiatives that trump wants, given what we know, which requires more stability and better control of the region. that we have say the same vision, very coherent understanding of the situation to ask veryn clearly against any form of terrorism and the stabilization. next, climates. here, we knew what our disagreements are. we expressed them on a number of occasions, but i think it is important that we continue to talk about it. i respect any decision taken by president trump.
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he will work on implementing his campaign promises, and as far as i am concerned, i remain attached to the paris accord and will make sure that step-by-step we will do what is in the accord. in summary, what we will be talking about, we will continue with a friendly tone and an informal one regarding trade and security to fight against terrorism, in the middle east, in libya. i can say that we have a shared determination, the united states informed in the iraq war, and i would like to thank president trump for everything that has been done by the american troops. but i would like him to know that i am fully determined to act together with him in this.
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fully determined. i very much want both of our countries to increase cooperation in the upcoming months, because the threat we are facing is a global one. our enemies are trying to destabilize us in any way. hearteve this is at the of our historic alliance between our two countries. thank you. thank you, dear donald. thank you. president trump: thank you very much, president macron. melania and i are thrilled to join you and mrs. macron. this is a wonderful national celebration, we look very much to it. tomorrow's bastille day. we are honored to be here in your beautiful country.
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its proud history and magnificent people, and thank you for the tour of some of the most incredible buildings anywhere in the world. very very, very -- beautiful thing to see. thank you. when the french people rose up and stormed the bastille, it changed the course of human history. our two nations are forever joined by the spirit of revolution and the fight for freedom. france is america's first and oldest ally, not a lot of people know that. ever since general lafayette joined the american fight for independence, our fates and fortunes have been tied unequivocally together. it was a long time ago, but we are together. i think together perhaps more so than ever. the relationship is very good.
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this visit also commemorates another milestone. one century ago, the united states entered world war i, and when the president called me, he had mentioned that fact. and i said, mr. president, i will be there. that is a big, important date. 100 years. we remember the tens of thousands of americans gave their lives in that valiant and very difficult struggle. we also pay to beat to the heroic deeds -- we also pay tribute to the historic -- heroic deeds. more than one million french soldiers laid down their lives in defense of liberty. there sacrifices to france and to freedom. french and american patriots have fought together, led together, and -- bled together,
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and died together in the fight for our civilizations. we fight regimes like north korea, iran, and syria, and governments that finance and support them. we also face great threats from terrorist organizations that wage war on innocent lives. tomorrow will mark one year since a joyous bastille year turned intoin nice a massacre. we all remember how horrible that was. 86 lives stolen and we pray for their loved ones. we resolve to stand united against these enemies of humanity, and strip them of their territory, therir funding, their networks, and ideological support. today, president macron and
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myself discussed how we can strengthen our vital security partnerships. we just had a meeting with our generals and representatives that went very well. france has excellent capabilities. french troops are serving in face these mali to forces of destruction. the allies in the u.s. strengthen our determination to defeat terrorism. we are making tremendous progress earlier this week with the strong support of the united states and its local coalition, iraq forces liberated the city of mosul from isis control. now, we must work with the government of iraq and our partners in the region to solidify our games and inshore and ensurens them.
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we must be strong from within to defend ourselves from threats from the outside. the nations of the west also faced domestic challenges of our own creation, including vast government your accuracy that saps the strength from our -- ureaucracy that saps strength. is a gooducracy, it chance. we can use it, too. we did not become great through regulation, and we have also cut regulations at a level that we have never seen before. we are very proud of that, over the last six months. but by allowing our people to follow their dreams, that is what it is all about. to achieve these dreams, we must
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also confront unfair trade workerss that hurt our and pursue trade deals that are reciprocal and fair. full president macr -- both i want tomacron and be respectful of the world in which we live. we live in a very complex world. we have to respect it. the united states remains committed to be a leader in environmental protection. the friendship between our two nations and ourselves, i might add, is unbreakable. our occasional disagreements are nothing more than the a mortal bonds of culture -- the immortal bonds of coulter and liberty that unite us. as long as we have pride in who
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how we got here, and what we have achieved as free and democratic nations, then there is nothing we cannot accomplish together. france helped us secure our independence. a lot of people forget. in the american revolution, thousands of french soldiers alongside american troops so that as lafayette said, liberty would have a country. ever since then, courageous heroes from both countries have fought for the same noble values and the same righteous cause. tomorrow, the french tricolor will once again waved proudly alongside the american stars and willes, our brave soldiers march side by and we will all be inspired to protect and cherish the birthright of freedom that
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our ancestors wanted for us -- won for us with their sweat and blood. president macron, thank you for and myself toia this historic celebration, and to you and your spectacular country, may god bless france, and may god was america. thank you very much. thank you. president macron: thank you, mr. president. [speaking french] president macron: we will be taking questions. neither president trump nor myself have a microphone. [laughter] president macron: hello. he is gettingp: first question?
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reporter: a question regarding what you said about the press conference with angela merkel. do you still hope that president trump will change his mind regarding the paris accord? president trump, is it possible for you to come back to the paris of court and change her mind? next, regarding your relations. how would you describe it today? president macron: regarding climate, we have a number of disagreements, which are due to the commitments taken by during therump presidential campaign. so did i. highaware of the importance of that, but we
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talked about our disagreements and discussed the matter even before president trump reached his decision. should that have any impact on the discussion we are having on other topics? no, absolutely not. this is the reason we share the same views on major common goals on many other topics, which we have been discussing today. trumpof course president will it tell you about it, but he has made a number of commitments, and we will be working together, and we are willing to work with the united states on these major topics. i understand it is important to save jobs, that being said, we will leave the united states of america the work on its roadmap and will continue to talk about it. today, there is nothing new.
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the president otherwise would have told you about it, but i believe there is a joint agreement to continue talking about this and try and find the best possible agreement. as far as i am concerned, i remain attached to the framework of the paris accord, which has been a major international breakthrough. and within that framework that we are working on the priorities for the european union. know, i never want to comment on who we are and what we are doing personally, but i can tell you this evening, there will be a becauseetween friends, we are the representatives between two countries that have been allied forever. because we have been able to build strong relations, it is a
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great deal for both of our countries and it will give me great pleasure to get with you tonight. president trump: i can reiterate. a very good relationship, a good friendship, and we look forward to dinner tonight at the eiffel tower. special. be something something could happen with respect to the paris accord, we will see what happens. but we will talk about that over the coming period of time. if that happens, that will be wonderful. if it doesn't, that will be ok, too. but we will see what happens. but we did discuss many things today, including the cease-fire in syria, we discussed ukraine, we discussed a lot of important topics. we will see what happens. okay? yes ma'am.
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>> mr. president, your night nominee says if someone got a they like don jr did, should alert the fbi. was he wrong? were you misled by your team in not knowing about this meeting? thank you very much. you have heard president trump say it may have been others and others that interfered with the u.s. election. is he taking a hard enough line on russia? president trump: i will start by saying first of all i believe he will have a great fbi director. she is doing very well. -- he is doing very well. we are proud of that choice. proud, and ius all think someday we will see that, then hopefully someday soon. -- and hopefully someday soon.
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we are very proud of him. my son is a wonderful young man. she took a meeting with a russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a russian lawyer. it was a short meeting. it was a meeting that went very quickly, very fast. room, ir people in the guess one of them left immediately and the other was not really focused on the need and. -- on the meeting. from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. it is called oppositional research into your opponent. i have been involved in politics for two years. weave had people call me up, have information on this person. that is very standard in politics. politics is not the nicest business in the world, but it is standard if they have
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information, you take the information. in the case of don, he listened. as i see it they talked about adoption and other things. adoption wasn't even part of the campaign. zero happened from the meeting. i think the press made a big deal over something that a lot of people would do. the lawyer that went to the meeting, she was in the halls of congress also. somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by attorney general lynch. maybe that is wrong -- i just heard that a little while ago. she was here because of lynch. again, i have a son who is a great young man. he does a fine person. he took a meeting with a lawyer from russia. it lasted for a very short period, and nothing came of the meeting.
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i think it is a meeting that most people in politics probably would have taken. mr. president? president macron: yes, to answer your question i will not interfere. i think it is important not to interfere in the domestic life. and i do believe that both of us have a direct relationship with russia. i had two meetings with president putin, the first in their site -- in versailles. we have a lot of discrepancies with russia, that in the current environment, especially in the middle east, it is a necessity to work together, to exchange information, to share these agreements and try to build
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solutions. that is my whole relationship with russia. we don't obviously have the same relationship as the one with the u.s., but that is a long-standing relationship with russia as well. i think it is both important for us to have direct contact with president clinton. president trump: one of the great things that came out of the meeting was that we got the cease-fire that has now lasted for, i guess almost five days. while five days does not sound , in a long period of time terms of a cease-fire in syria that is a long period of time. that is a result of having communication with a country. aring that five day period, a lot of lives have been saved. fired in ave been dangerous part of the world, and this is one of the most dangerous parts of syria by itself.
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by having communication and dialogue we were able to have a cease-fire. frankly we are working on a second cease-fire in a very rough part of syria. more, all of a sudden you are going to have no bullets being fired in syria, and that would be a wonderful thing. question? a question to president macron. support harris for the olympic games. on this occasion you criticized president trump's policies without naming him. you said trump made a clear choice to leave his border open and not to build walls to protect his people. do you condemn the muslim ban and building of a wall between united states and mexico? regarding syria, as it was just
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mentioned by president trump, is france ready to talk directly with bashar al-assad in the negotiations? president macron: -- you were implying at the time that paris is no longer safe. you mentioned that french and germany were infected by terrorism and it is their fault because they let people into the territory. those are strong words. would you repeat them today? would you say that france is not able to fight terrorism on its own territory? thank you. president trump: you better let me answer that one first. that is a beauty. he is is the one that asked the question. that was not even one of my picks. it is going to be just fine because you have a great president. you have someone that is going to run this country right. i think this is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
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you have a great leader, a great president, a tough president. he will not be easy on people that are breaking the laws and show this tremendous violence. i have a feeling that you are going to have a very peaceful and beautiful paris. and i am coming back. you better do a good job please, otherwise you are going to make me look very bad. president macron: and you are always welcome. president trump: thank you. regarding the first question, the discussions we have had today is the proper answer to terrorism. the right answer is cooperation between our services and the never-ending fight against terrorists. this is what we are working on actively together. in this respect, there is no
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gap betweennd no the french and the american positions. when i have something to say, i will say it clearly, and i will say who i am aiming at. those who have been my opponents in the french political battle, i also mention their names. let us not mix up everything. in regarding the fight against terrorism, i think the right approach is to have strengthened cooperation in intelligence, also to be working together on all of the theaters of operation , which will enable us more. your question regarding bashar al-assad, let me put it simply approach onve a new syria because we want some
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results and we want to be closely working together with including the united states of america, which has one main goal, which is to eradicate terrorism, no matter who they are. we want to build an inclusive and sustainable political solution. require assad's departure. this is no longer a prerequisite for working on that. i can only tell you that for seven years, we did not have an --assy in damascus and still we have a common line together with president trump. he intervened when elected. i said to president putin when i was elected, no use of chemical weapons. any use will lead to reaction regarding isis --
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next we also want humanitarian corridors. also we want to build a sustainable political stability for syria. this is our roadmap. in order to stick to it, we have made diplomatic initiatives beyond military action. this is what would be agreed upon because we want to take an initiative with members of the security council and members of countries involved in the process. of course there will be presumptive of -- will be representatives of assad will allow us -- that will allow us to put in the roadmap. there will be people of different backgrounds. one last question. from an american journalist.
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>> thank you. [speaking french] mr. mccrone, you had your meeting with the chinese president at the g20 summit. what will france do? how well france cooperate with all of these areas with china, and what do you think personally of mr. xi jinping? how do you want to continue to work with china, and what do you personally think of mr. xi jinping? thank you very much. president trump: he is a friend of mine. we have gotten to know each other very well. a great leader. he is a very talented man.
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i think he is a very good man. he loves china, i can tell you. he wants to do what is right for china. we have asked him for some assistance in regard to north korea. probably he could do a little bit more, but we will find out. we are working on some trade deals. he has been very nice. in,as let beef go back certain credit card financing and other various things go back in at my request, which is very good for our farmers. we will be working on very major trade components. president xi is a terrific guy. i like being with him a lot. and he is a special person. thank you. first, i got to meet him in
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the margin of the g20 summit in hamburg. early next year i will be going to china. we have agreed to it. i cannot say that he is a friend of mine or that i know him very i very much want to say things as they are. but we have had some initial contacts which were very fruitful and positive. i have a lot of respect for president xi. he did express his willingness f or the vision of multilateral on a number of topics. we remember his words in davos, they very strongly expressed his vision of china. we have joint commitments, including on climate. he is very committed to that. he told me that he wanted to do more in the field. said, alsoent trump
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trade issues regarding a number of activities. there are differences, but a dillingness to sort them out an with members of the security council, we want to work together on all of the topics we have been discussing today. china is a key partner in order to build peace all around the world. a very specific role regarding the rising growing tension with north korea in the region. he is one of the great leaders of our world, implementing a major and images reform of china, society, and economy in china. my willingness in this respect is to have a dialogue, the purpose of which is to talk of economicndustry
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matters and talk about any difficulties we may have to get through. allow me to thank you ladies and gentlemen and think president trump for his visit. i will see him in a few moments in a friendly atmosphere. president trump: thank you very much. great honor, thank you. thank you.acron: [chatter] >> trustees for medicare say the fund that finances medicare's hospital insurance coverage will be depleted in 2029. one year later than projected in last year's report. we will get an update from the centers of medicaid and medicaid services friday morning live from the american enterprise institute at 9:15 eastern time
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