tv President Trump Nigerian President Hold Joint News Conference CSPAN April 30, 2018 5:24pm-5:58pm EDT
, the for the united states right thing for israel, the right thing for the peace of the world. askedsident trump was about the deal at a news conference. the first african leader to visit the white house in the trump presidency. they took questions on the u.s. travel ban and the upcoming summit with kim jong-un. this is a half hour. >> thank you very much, thank you. today, i am honored to host president buhari of nigeria at the white house right here in
the beautiful rose garden. president buhari, i want to thank you very much for traveling to washington for these important discussions. it's a true pleasure to welcome you to our nations capital. nigeria's the largest tomography in africa. as i conveyed buhari to president in our discussions, the present -- the united states deeply appreciates nigeria's role as a strong, democratic leader in the region. the united states is currently working to expand trade and commercial ties with african nations including nigeria to create jobs and wealth in all of our countries. we hope to be the economic partner of choice for nations across the continent and all around the world. and you see what's happening with respect to trade and the
united states. we are being respected again. i hope all african countries and countries throughout the world that we also will be supporting you and that they will likewise support us in our bid along with canada and mexico for the 2026 world cup. we will be watching very closely and any help they can give us in that bid, we would appreciate. i am pleased that nigeria's one of our largest trading partners in the region. we look forward to growing our trade relationship based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity. we give nigeria well over $1 billion in aid every year. we have already started talking with the president about taking down the trade barriers. very substantial barriers to the united states trading with nigeria.
we think that we are owed that and president buhari has taken steps to fight corruption and improve the nigerian business climate and most of all, to me, ripping down the trade barriers. these measures will make it easier for nigeria and the united states companies to invest and we will be investing substantially in nigeria if they can create a level playing field. i especially want to thank president buhari for the nigerian partnership and leadership in the fight against terrorism. he has been a real leader. nigeria was one of the first african nations to join the coalition to defeat isis. nigerian forces are currently leading regional efforts against isis in west africa. they are doing very well as we have. nigeria is also leading african nations in the fight against boko haram.
another ruthless jihadist terrorist group. you have been reading about them. they kidnapped the young girls and young women, many of whom never are seen again. that's tough stuff. this summer was my honor to meet with two brave young women, joy and lydia who were kidnapped by boko haram in april of 2014 at the secondary school in nigeria. i was deeply moved by their inspiring stories of courage, resilience, and survival. they really work to amazing and women. i told joy and lydia, my administration is committed to combating both jihadist terrorism and the scourge of human trafficking and smuggling. in the world today, there is more human trafficking than there has ever been if you can
believe this. they use the internet better than almost anybody is able to use the internet. in a modern world, in this world, there is more human trafficking and slavery than at any time in the history of this world. it's hard to believe. to protect americans from these menaces, i've called on congress to close deadly immigration loopholes that are exploited i terrorists, traffickers and criminals. just look at our southern border and are weak and obsolete immigration laws. they are obsolete and they are weak and they are pathetic. there is no country in the world that has laws like we do. they've got to change and they got to change now for the safety of our country. we are also helping our nigerian partners by facilitating intelligence, cooperation, and providing training and military equipment to nigerian forces.
for example, we recently sold nigeria 12 u.s. 829 super aircraft. it was the first ever sale of american military equipment to nigeria. these new aircraft will improve niger's ability to target terrorists and protect civilians. finally, we are deeply concerned by religious violence in nigeria including the burning of churches and the killing and persecution of christians. it's a horrible story. we encourage nigeria and the federal state and local leaders to do everything in their power to immediately secure the affected communities and protect innocent civilians of all faiths including muslims and christians. mr. president, thank you again for visiting the white house and being with us today. nigeria is a valued partner and
a good friend. i look forward to working closely with you to deepen our cooperation and forge an even closer partnership. the united states is committed to working alongside nigeria as we seek a future of strength, prosperity, and peace for both of our countries. mr. president, thank you very much, thank you. [applause] >> mr. president of the united states of america, ladies and gentlemen of the media, it has been a pleasure and honor to visit washington, d.c. and the kind imitation of president trump. nigeria and the united states share a long history of cordial relations which are political, economic, military, social and include corporation. our two countries maintain a strategic sense of security.
conflict resolution as well as a global fight against terrorism. we also share secular and federal states, similar to the model of governance and committed to human rights and freedoms, free enterprise, social justice, and the rule of law. president trump and his team and myself and the nigerian team discussed issues related to security, trade, govern ants, human rights, and humanitarian crisis. we congratulate the leaders of the north and south korea of
their historic meeting and applaud them for the positive commitment they have made to denuclearize the korean peninsula. president trump deserves a great deal of credit for his role in transforming the course of events in that region. we also congratulate the united states government on the important role it played in the defeat of isis. although, some of the remnants have found their weight to the region. we congratulate a strong united states in our fight against terrorism and appreciate very much the united states agreement [indiscernible] to sell us warplanes. it effectively will help us fight terrorism.
to contain insurgency in nigeria, the federal government has adopted a sectorial approach involving related government agencies to address the social economic issues. the armed forces of nigeria provide security and maintain law and order. as part of efforts to address imagined cases of insurgency in the country, the nigerian ministry adopted counterterrorism insurgency approach called operation safe corridor 2-d radicalize, re-about a clause -- rehabilitate and reincorporate boko haram members into society.
this program is currently included in a number of projects. [indiscernible] a number of international partners including international organization for migration have contributed to the operation safe corridor. we indicated that we would appreciate whatever support we could get from the united states. we appreciate the united states support in the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in the northeast of nigeria as well as humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced persons through agencies like the united
states agency for international development and other international partners. united states of america has been, to date, the biggest contributor to the humanitarian cause. we get over half $1 billion in cash and in-kind through the united nations and other organizations. this helps with food assistance and shelter. we are doing all we can to secure [indiscernible] in this context, we will continue to work in collaboration with united states intelligence gathering, negotiations, and information sharing. the government is taking necessary steps to promote a cup a peaceful coexistence by focusing on security and relations that will guarantee farmers access to land. i extend sincere congratulations to president trump and his government on the improvement of
the united states economy under his watch. our aim is to diversify our own economy by focusing on agriculture and food security. power and infrastructure. we have imported rice but now import less, thereby saving a significant amount of money. we thank the u.s. for their investment in the nigerian economy especially the non-oil sector.
[indiscernible] there is a trade and framework. it's a basic economic framework for engagement between our two countries. nigeria's trade with the united states is $6 billion united states dollars. [indiscernible] we urge a greater effort to increase this substantially. we thank the united states government very much for cooperation we have received in our efforts to recover stolen funds. our two governments have put machinery in place for their respective attorney generals to cooperate and ensure recovery over $500 million in united states funds that we have invested around the world. we congratulate united states government on launching the asset recovery initiative which was spearheaded by the united states department of justice. we hope we can continue to count on the united states in this area. the government of nigeria remains deeply committed to the
[applause] >> thank you, mr. president, thank you very much, thank you, sir. steve miller of the washington times? thank you, steve. >> thank you, mr. president. i have a two-part question on immigration. last week in the supreme court case over the travel ban, the lawyers for them said if he would apologize for some of your rhetoric during the campaign, the old case would go away. . >> i don't think it would, number one. there is no reason to apologize. our immigration laws in this country are a total disaster.
they are laughed at all over the world for their stupidity. we have to have strong immigration laws. if i apologize, it wouldn't make $.10 worth of difference and is nothing to apologize for. we have to have strong immigration laws to protect our country. >> looking to the future, the caravan has arrived at the u.s. border. >> we have been watching it. >> in your opinion, what percentage of those people do you believe are deserving of asylum in the u.s.? >> i won't get into percentages that we are a nation of laws. we have to have borders. if we have no borders, we have no country. i have been watching for weeks as the caravan came up. the mexican laws are very tough on immigration, extreme the tough. it started out with way over 1000 people and i guess it's
down to about 100 going all through mexico. people don't realize what a big country mexico is but it came down by a lot. now we are working on the border with the worst laws of any country all over the world. we are doing the best we can with it. we have to have changes in congress and we have to have it quickly. we need a wall, number one and you see that now. even though it's not a particularly good wall and a small percentage can climb to the top, they have to be an extremely good shape. a small percentage can climb that particular wall. we have a wall it's much more difficult. if you did not have that, you would have thousands of people pouring into the country.
you have to have a wall and we need border security. and we will have border security. as you know, we are sending many, many national guardsmen down to the border, most of them are already there. that's having a big impact. we need a change in the law, catch them is ridiculous. if they touch our property, if they touch our country, essentially, you catch them and you release them into our country. that's not acceptable to anybody. we need a change in the law. >> mr. president, when you are sitting down in the oval office with president trump who ran on not wanting to be the police man for the world, what kind of argument did you make to convince him to continue a military presence in your country?
and how receptive was he? >> there is a training team based on the experience of trained officers. i think this is one of the best things the united states can do to stabilize our country. >> he agreed with that? >> i do. >> thank you. >> it's a fair question, we more and more are not wanting to be the policeman of the world. we are spending tremendous amounts of money for decades on policing the world and that should not be our priority. we want to police ourselves and we want to rebuild our country. the president understands that. they are doing a great job and have come along way and we are contributed but they've done a great job. what we want to do is open nigeria and other countries up to trade. because we have spent over the last decade, number that is so large you would not believe it and i think we will be treated in a reciprocal fashion now as of today so i think that will happen.
i have great respect for the president, ok? how about jordan fabian? the hill. >> thank you, mr. president. i want to ask you about iran. the israeli prime minister criticize their nuclear program. have you made up your mind to pull out of that deal and if you do pull out, do you -- do you worry it sends the wrong message to north korea as you enter nuclear talks. >> i think it sends the right message. in seven years, the deal will have expired and iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons. and i have been saying that is happening. they are not sitting back i
delete. they are setting off missiles, which they say are for television purposes. we will see what happens. a lot of people think they know. order before the 12th will make a decision. was is an agreement that not approved by too many people. it is a horrible agreement for the united states including the $150 billion,ran 1.8 billion in cash. we had nothing. that does not mean i would not negotiate a new agreement. we will see what happens but i think if anything what is happening today, what has happened over the last little have been 100% i right. bouharident will hari --
i, did you address his comments when he used bulger language to describe african nations? with what am careful the press a says other than myself. validitysure about the -- whether that allegation was true or not. the best thing for me is to keep quiet. >> we did not discuss it. you have some countries that are in bad shape and tough places to live in. we did not discuss it because the president knows me. i appreciate that. mr. president you can ask a question.
>> >> thank you. my name is giuliana. president trump. i would like to know. will you be kind enough to enable the country to tackle the situation in the country, and houston will you be visiting nigeria? president trump: i would like to visit nigeria. .t is an amazing country in certain ways i hear from the standpoint of the beauty, no country more beautiful. i would like to. the first part of your question. i could not hear what you were saying. >> the helicopters. >> the helicopters. we love helicopters. he likes buying helicopters. they are by a lot of helicopters.
?> houston will they >> very soon. you are not allowed to buy helicopters in our country and now you are. now you can buy the helicopters you want. they weren't allowed to buy helicopters for various regions -- reasons. now they get them quickly and they are the best anywhere in the world. we make the best military equipment. our friends can buy that equipment now. >> thank you. did you have a question for the president? >> president trump. fight against corruption is one of the major achievements of the nigerian government has presented to the world. the united states of america is one of the major countries of foreign assets from nigeria. to what extent did you discuss
toatriating this back nigeria to reduce illegal immigration to your country. >> we have discussed those topics at length over the last time. in terms of corruption. nigeria has a reputation as you for massiveery well corruption, the president has been able to cut that down substantially. we talked about it. he is working on it. they have made a lot of progress and will continue to. we have a lot of people in this country, the country itself that invests in nigeria. cutting down on that corruption a corrupt element is important to was that the president will be able to do that. the united states imports
crude oil from nigeria. it has gone down. did you discuss the need to increase importing from nigeria. >> i can't tell the united states what to do. , crude oil, the for our made is likely economy. thank you. >> may be more than anything else come abroad we discussed going into nigeria, which nigeria wants, we have certain barriers that don't allow that to happen.
our farmers and to sell it is important our great agricultural products into nigeria. we're going to be working on that. >> thank you everybody. >> thank you. >> it is an interesting thought. we are looking at various options. the freedom house, something that i thought was intriguing, some people may do not like the look of that. some like it very much. i threw it out as an ideal. i told president moon and we connected with north korea.
there is something that i like about it. because you are actually fared. , we ares work out looking at the possibility of doing it. looking at various other countries including singapore. everybody wants us. it has the chance to be a big event. , the unitedtates states has never been closer to potentially having something happen with respect to the korean peninsula to get rid of the nuclear weapons and create so many positive things. pace and safety for the world. we will see what happens. who knows? a of things change. , who has been very
open and straightforward so far -- i can only say so far -- but he is talking about getting rid site, new research, and the launching of ballistic missiles, no nuclear testing. he has lived up to that. we are looking at that as a potential site. it would be a great celebration if it works out well. if it does not, that is the way it goes. >> are you confident the summit will happen? >> they very much wanted. we would like to see it. the summit will happen. be ank it is going to success. we will see. -- yous not a success have to get rid of the nuclear weapons. if it is not a success i will
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