tv President Downplays North Korea Military Option CSPAN September 7, 2017 11:40pm-12:17am EDT
population, prison population, affectsrisons, it everybody? there are a lot of stories we're not telling. we are letting this thing live. we have got to get the stories out so we can see the damage we are doing and take steps. >> for more on this week's schedule, go to book tv.org. aboutsident trump talked the fight against isis, options regarding north korea and the dispute between qatar and neighboring countries. he was joined by the amir of kuwait at a joint news conference at the white house.
>> thank you very much. you forernoon and thank all being here. it is my great honor to welcome his highness, the amir of kuwait am a two going house. the united states and quite share a strong and enduring partnership. the 27thly commenced day of remembrance of saddam ,ussein's invasion of kuwait which we all remember so well. the united states is proud to have contributed to the and foron of kuwait, the friendship we have built together in the years since. today, we reaffirm our commitment to our shared security and trust and recognize kuwait's critical contributions to regional stability.
we also thank kuwait for its humanitarian leadership and its partnership in the fight to destroy isis. during my trip to saudi arabia, i spoke to the leaders of more than 50 arab and muslim nations about the need to confront our shared enemies, murderous terror groups that threaten all civilized people. every responsible nation must work together to strip these groups of their territory. their financing, and the false their-- allure of ideology. i applaud kuwait for their efforts and encourage all countries to do their fair share in the region to defeat those who wage war on the innocent. it's nation in the region must decide what kind of future they want for their own children. one of violence or peace.
that means confronting those like the iranian regime that support terror groups and radical militias. cooperation between america and kuwait has never been stronger, never ever. the fbi and kuwaiti government are expanding our counterterrorism and intelligence sharing efforts. we are making progress on promoting equity investments in the united states. they're making tremendous investments in our country. they have great confidence in our country. we are also entering a bilateral agreement with kuwait regarding customs enforcement. tripg the same period and to saudi arabia, which was my great honor, representing our incredible country, his highness personally asked me to expedite a $5 billion agreement for the jetsof american fighting
for kuwait. i am pleased to report the state department has authorized this in purchase, which will greatly benefit american workers. what is investments in america are profitable for kuwaiti people and create many jobs in the american workforce. i am pleased to report this year that kuwait has taken delivery 7770 american-made boeing airliners. they are beauties. build the bests planes by far and we want them to be made available for the countries that want them, and kuwait has a buyer of a commercial airliners made by boeing and others. our partnership extends beyond shared economic and security interests. we are signing a memorandum to
deepen the close educational ties between our two countries, enhancing the english-language, and that is what we will be enhancing theare whole relationship through the use of the english language. that is something that's very exciting i think for both of us. i want to thank his highness for his leadership role and the role he's playing to help the nations of the gulf cooperation council follow-through on their ledges pledges from all over. terrorists for ending financing came from every country on that magnificent debuted we are addressing the ongoing gcc dispute. and the amir is leading those discussions and hopefully it will be resolved very soon. we call on our gcc and egyptian
allies to focus on her commitments -- on our commitments at that saudi arabia and summit to drive out and feed terrorists. they are all essential u.s. partners in this effort. we have great relationships with all of them right now, 80 better than we have ever had. -- we have great relationships with all of them right now, maybe better than we have ever had. tomorrow, secretary of state tillerson and the foreign minister will chair the strategic dialogue. by strengthening communications with allies like kuwait, we send a strong message to both terrorist organizations and s that they cannot win against us.
our military is getting stronger and stronger and stronger. and those who cherish and value human life will always prevail. i want to thank his highness for joining us here today. the united states values is close friendship with kuwait and its people and we look forward to strengthening these bonds even further. together, we will share -- will show the world that the forces of destruction and extremism is no match for the blessings of prosperity and peace. thank you very much. i appreciate it. >> my dear president, mr. yourdent donald trump, excellency's and highnesses,
ladies and gentlemen. and my delegation to be here today in washington. this great city in response to his excellency, president trump you'd -- trump. i would like at the outset to reaffirm our condolences to the president and the people, the american people, about the victims of hurricane harvey. we are deeply affected by the human losses and huge disruption in public facilities and property. i pray to god almighty that he
would make this hurricane about behit florida, for it to harboring goodness, not evil. i wish and hope that the losses would not be harmful to the and would note cause further sadness and grief for those who would fall victim to the hurricane. once again, we reaffirm that we stand by our friends in the u.s. , --ghting and confronting in fighting and confronting, we
have had the discussions about our bilateral and historic relationships, and advanced relationships at all levers. in order to serve the mutual interest of our two countries and people. i hear would like to commend the had on thewe have part of u.s. for the security of the state of kuwait and within the framework of these relations, we remember with great gratitude the role the assumed thewhen it leadership of the international coalition that liberated my claws of thethe invading iraqi forces and restored its freedom.
foreverory will remain in the minds of the kuwaiti people. we also highly value the strategic relations between our two countries. we have discussed the situation, for most among which is the dispute between our brothers in the gulf region and efforts to contain it. the international support we have received for this effort, we have also discussed our common effort in cooperation with the international community in fighting terrorism and ending the sources of funding for it. in this regard, i would like to commend the permit role united states plays in combating
terrorism, especially the recent victories against terrorism. we also discussed the situation the catastrophic situation in syria, in yemen and syria, and libya. we affirmed the need to end the fighting there. through dialogue. between the various disputing parties, and we have affirmed the necessity of the security council to shoulder its responsibility in maintaining international peace and , thelity, which represents continuation of those struggles, a continues to be a threat. with the palestinian question, we have raised the you -- the recent u.s. effort to move
toward peace and we affirm the need to join efforts in order to reach a conference of and lasting solution to this problem. on the basis of a two state solution, and in accordance with international resolutions and the arab peace initiative. again, i think his excellency the president for his kind invitation to us and for his kind hospitality, and we look forward to meeting with his excellency the president in the state of kuwait within the framework of our efforts to further enhance our relations and based on our strategic relationship in the service of the interest of both countries and people. thank you, mr. president. >> we will take a couple of
questions. go ahead. actually, we will go to somebody else this time, john. you have been doing enough, john. mr. president, on the question of north korea, the country feels a crisis is coming. some lawmakers have almost described the situation as inevitably leading to war. what i want to ask you is, as president, would you tolerate a nuclear rise north korea that is contained and deterred but still nuclear, or would have to abandon nuclear weapons, and would include action on the part of the united states the one of the options necessary to achieve that goal? >> military action is certainly an option. nothing is inevitable. it would be great if something else could be worked out. we would have to look at all of the details, all of the facts. we have had presidents for 25
years, talking, talking, talking. the day after an agreement is reached, new work begins in north korea, continuation on nuclear. i would prefer not going the route of the military, but it is something certainly it could happen. our military has never been stronger. we are in a position now, and you know i'm a you see the numbers just like i do, tens of billions of dollars more in investment. ish day, new clement delivered, new and beautiful women, the best in the world -- new and beautiful equipment, the best in the world. hopefully we don't have to use it on north korea. if we do, it would be a very sad day for north korea. do you have a question for the army or -- amir? >> follow-up, is it acceptable for north korea to be
nuclear but contained and deterred? >> i'm not negotiating with you. maybe we can negotiate with somebody else. i don't put my negotiations on the table, i don't talk about them. i can tell you that north korea is behaving badly and it has to stop. ok? a question for the amir? >> you mentioned in a general sense the situation with qatar. in theimistic are you resolution and what role would you like the u.s. president to play in the resolution? hope, we still have hope that the dispute will be and its between qatar neighboring countries in the gcc that our friends in
the u.s. and other friends are assisting us in resolving's issue. i am optimistic that the solution will come in the near future, god willing. question? mir. for the mere -- a >> my question is for you first. you support the kuwaiti qatar androle for these for the holding of a conference that will include all parties in court? -- in kuwait? >> i would be willing to be the mediator. i was telling the amir before, if i can help between uae and saudi arabia, we have a great relationship.
i spoke with the king yesterday, he is a friend of mine. subjects,n on related but we had a long conversation. if i can help mediate between in particular the uae and saudi arabia, i would be willing to do so. i think you would have a deal worked out quickly. think it is something that will get solved fairly easily. kuwait has really been the leader of getting itself and we -- getting it solved, and we appreciate that very much. if we don't solve it, i will be a mediator right here in the white house. i think we will have something solved. mr. amir, in light of the conditions in the region, has of then an assertion role of the u.s. commitment to
the security of the state of quite -- of kuwait? what hisve heard excellency the president has said about the relations between kuwait and the u.s. and its assertion of its commitment to the security of quite -- of kuwait. this is not something new. don't forget that the united has managed with its other allies when kuwait was occupied. it liberated kuwait from iraq within a few months. and this is something that the kuwaiti people remember very well and everybody, also. thee hear -- and we think
united states and american people for that. >> he dispatched a team to palestine and israel and you are about to meet the leaders. do we expect a new american initiative to move the process forward? if i may, the wind just published a report about syria's assad regime using chemical weapons. he said that two dozen times. does that mean they are immune from persecution and what can you do to stop the further use of chemical reference -- chemical weapons? all,dent trump: first of they say it's the world's most complex and difficult deal. it is something that could happen. i believe that the relationships
we have with both can help. it's an event that has just never taken place. it's close and that never happens. i think we have a chance of doing it. the palestinians i think would like to see it happen. i think the israelis would like to see it happen. usually when you have two groups who would like to see something happen, good things can happen. thatnk there is a chance there could be peace. again, i say that a little bit reluctantly. we are going to give it our best. we have committed talent working on that -- we cap tremendous -- we have tremendous talent working on that. as far as the chemical weapons, i find it hard to believe that after what we did the last time, assad would do that again. i have not heard what you just
said, but i find that difficult to believe. but nothing would change. we would be extremely upset if he was using chemical weapons. concerns, weious have very little to do with syria other than killing isis. what we do is we kill isis and we have succeeded in that respect. we have done better in eight months of my presidency than the previous eight years against isis. so isis is rapidly disappearing as you know and that's a cousin of our great military -- that's because of our great military. they have been incredible and what they have done with isis and iraq in syria. >> all the parties are closing onto their own positions with
respect to qatar. where do you see a breakthrough? d.c. any indications that this crisis will come to an end -- do you see any indications that this crisis will come to an end? >> i would like to affirm that qatar is ready. demands thathe were put, the 13 demands that were presented and is ready to sit at that table to negotiate and discuss with us all everything related to the dispute between those parties. the gulf parties. know, we have 13 demands
that were presented. that not all of these 13 demands are acceptable. but if we were to sit down together and discuss these 13 demands, and we have indeed accepted them and qatar has accepted them, we would be able to resolve all 13 demands. all of the issues and points and relate to the dispute between the countries of the region and anything that harms the interests of our other friends. thank you. this all began: because of the fact that has been massive funding of terrorism. by certain countries. want, i want to stop
the funding of terrorism. and we are going to stop the funding of terrorism. and if they don't, i don't want them to come together. but i think they will, ok? you have a question? your people have a question, yes. go ahead. highness, we talk about kuwaiti mediation and supporting the meetings that happened in kuwait, which received u.s. and international support. reality, something clear and a breakthrough that has been accomplished in this crisis? are we about to see the
breakthrough or are the issues so complicated? what are the real issues at the dispute?this where is the problem so that we can solve it? first of all, i would like to say there is no problem that it'st be resolved through complicated. but when we meet around one table and we have affirmation from around the country to which some demands were presented by
the brother nations in the gulf nations. we are not among those countries, but we are guarantors and we can guarantee we can pressure qatar because it is not in the interest of qatar to remain outside the flock. rather, it should join his brothers in the gcc. god that wasthank some of our brothers in the gulf wisdom of our brothers in the gulf region can appreciate the situation in syria today, in a rack -- in iraq, in syria, and in libya. now is the time that we have to .orget all these differences
into not veryd healthy issues, especially in the media, but in spite of all of that, we were one of the most people to be affected by this situation by what our brothers and qatar have done. when that happened and before this came into existence, we met with our brothers in qatar and put an end to this issue. and this is now a normal issue. we met in the presence of president trump and there was no one to say there was a dispute between us, but suddenly this dispute came into existence. what is important
that we have stopped any thesery action and disputes, as i said, they are complicated and we have seen the media campaign and that is's total to the people. unacceptabletally to the people. is against the people not the rulers. for that reason, we have received from qatar a letter. in response to the letter i sent them. and they are willing to sit down at the table and discuss all these commands. -- all these demands which these other parties have put down. we are talking about 13 advance and i am certain -- we are
talking about 13 demands and i am certain some will be resolved and the other part, and perhaps we might not accept them. anything that affects sovereignty, we would not affect, but we are very hopeful. we have great hope in our friends in the u.s. that they will assist them to restore things to where they used to be. president trump: that is a problem that we will get resolved and i am very honored and happy to know that you have problems with the media also. [laughter] thank you, everybody. thank you very much. [indiscernible]
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