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tv   Vice President Pence Speaks to Reporters in Dublin Ireland  CSPAN  September 7, 2019 7:07pm-7:20pm EDT

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the national 9/11 museum ahead of the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. and the u.s. house returns from the august recess gaveling in at 2 p.m. eastern for legislative business. discussion about the release of a survey looking at american views on foreign policy in international relations. at 2 p.m., state attorneys general announce an investigation into the business practices of large technology firms. and the senate returns from the august recess at 3 p.m. to continue work on the president's executive nominations, including allowing to the unitedr states calix raft to represent the u.s. of the upcoming general assembly. policyan 3 at 5:30, experts analyze the u.s. population and shifting demographics. and what they mean for america's future. that is hosted by the american enterprise institute. pence spoke tont reporters in dublin, ireland, on
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tuesday following meetings with business leaders and the irish prime minister. the news conference is just over 10 minutes. vice pres. pence: thank you all for being here. it is an honor to be here with ambassador crawford. just finished a good meeting with business leaders, companies that operate here in ireland and actually originate here in ireland. uly remarkable to think of the trading relationship between our two countries. american companies actually 100,000 jobs here in ireland, but irish companies actually sustain more than a quarter million jobs in the united states of america. it is evidence of a robust trading relationship that we have. in my meetings today with president higgins, we talked about how we can continue to thed on the growth in
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american economy and expand opportunities for american exports to ireland. the reality is the american economy is growing. while there are some economies around the world that are beginning to show some weakness. the american economy is soaring. our stock market is soaring. six million new jobs created. unemployment is at a 50 year low. wages are rising at their fastest pace in more than a decade. and every country in the world wants to do more business with the united states of america. i made it very clear today that we are anxious to build our trading relationship with the european union. we're all focused so much on brexit. and on what's the united states commitment after brexit is completed to negotiating a free trade agreement with the u.k. but i told the leader of ireland equallyat we were also and just have a free trade agreement with the european
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union and expand trading opportunities that will create jobs in the united states and more prosperity for all of our countries. we also talked about a broad range of security issues. wei. notably hua had a very frank and direct conversation about the united states's profound concerns that a chinese telecommunications company, which is required by theirse law to give government access to any data that they acquire, would have access to our economies. leave alone, access to security in the west. that they areeful continuing to review the issue and appreciated hearing from me on that. finally on the subject of brexit we made it very clear the united states of america supports the united kingdom's decision to leave the european union. that being said, we recognize
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that ireland has unique challenges with their northern border. and we're absolutely determined to play a positive role in ensuring that the historic good friday agreement that the united states helped her broker 20 years ago is preserved in the context of any brexit agreement to i did encourage them convey to other leaders across the european union some of ireland's unique challenges and encourage that e.u. to come to the table. i mobile meeting in a day or two -- i will be meeting in a day or two with prime minister boris johnson. he made very clear yesterday that he is determined to sit at the table and negotiate with the european union, but i encourage them to carry the message of ireland's unique challenges to other allies and partners in the european union and encourage them to come to the table,
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negotiating good faith and make it possible for all parties to achieve a brexit that honors the sovereignty of the united kingdom, but at the same time, avoidfs any unnecessary disruption of commerce. so, with that said, i'm happy to take your questions. >> vice president, thank you. if brexit does result in a hard border, does that u.s. see that as a violation of the good friday agreement? you agree with speaker pelosi and others who say that under those circumstances,a u.k.-u.s. free-trade deal would not be possible? vice pres. pence: the president made clear last week with prime minister johnson that the moment brexit is completed we will begin immediate negotiations for a tre free-trade agreement with the united kingdom. encouraged tom learn that all parties have made a commitment to honor the good friday agreement.
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when we think of those decades of violence between the republic of ireland and northern ireland, much of the violence took place along the border. and the good friday agreement worked an arrangement that brought an end to the violence and brought peace to this island ourwe'll continue to affirm belief the good friday agreement needs to be intact. and we remain confident -- if the european union will come to the table and negotiate in good faith with prime minister johnson, we're confident that some of these more complex issues can be addressed. but it's important to understand was the deal that negotiated by pro-minister -- by prime minister may was rejected by parliament. it is incumbent on all parties to come together and negotiate a brexit agreement that respects the decision of the people of
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united kingdom to leave the european union and do in an orderly way. >> doesn't the agreement have to be in place for there to be a trade deal? vice pres. pence: let me leave the details over. because i think i've answered that. to continue to affirm the importance of the good friday agreement, but we really believe there is an opportunity here if, if all parties will negotiate in good faith, to achieve a brexit in a way that honors the sovereignty of the united kingdom and involves the least destruction here in ireland or anywhere all across this region. yes? be taking a risk and re-asking the question but in sort of declining to condition a u.k.-u.s. free-trade ineement no hard border ireland you would seem to be endorsing prime minister johnson's approach to this any a u.s. idea the
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would be willing to go for it even if it does it disrupt the good friday agreement because you think the brexit referendum is more important. is that a misreading of the situation, and is there a risk and endorsing prime mr. johnson who just now lost is working majority in the u.k.? i'm curious of your reaction to that as well. if that gives you guys any pause in terms of how you are you approaching these negotiations and your meeting later this week. vice pres. pence: well, look, the united states of america respect the sovereignty of the united kingdom, and the decision of. the united kingdom to withdraw from the european union at the same time, we going to theinue to affirm ar central importance of the good friday agreement. peace an historic agreement that brought an end to violence and the republic of ireland and northern linireland. we all grew up watching that hardship, the loss of life.
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and that was brought to an end. and i remain confident that if both parties will come to the table and negotiate in good faith, we truly believe that by the end of october, the deadline can be met with brexit. >> do you have a reaction to what is going on in the u.k. with prime minister johnson? vice pres. pence: i will have more to say about that in a day or two. >> in terms of one of the ideas that have been flooded is that three-month delays of the deadline for brexit. given the situation that is so in flux, d think that might be a good option? vice pres. pence: i wouldn't care to comment. what we want to do is be very respectful of the sovereignty of the united kingdom. the people of the united kingdom have spoken. now years have passed since that referendum passed. there's a new prime minister. there is a new government. there is much dynamics to all of this that is going on. the united states of america
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supports the united kingdom's decision to withdraw from the european union. we'll respect the process. we'll affirm our commitment to agreement in the region that have contributed to peace and stability, but we will respect the right of the people of united kingdom to leave the e.u. chance to give you a respond, democrats have criticized you to the for saying that -- staying at the trump property. they say you are enriching the president. what is your response to that criticism? vice pres. pence: it is wonderful to be back in ireland. for many reasons. ireland is so important united states as a trading partner, but in so many ways for 30 million americans, ireland his family. and i'm one of them. it's deeply humbling for me to be able to come back to ireland. have the opportunity to go to the very hometown of my mother's grandmother. i mean, we'll have dinner tonight at a little pub that i
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worked at when i was 20 years old, when i came over here after my grandfather passed away. and right across the street is the house where my great grandmother grew up. she often spoke of a castle that was out of the window of her bedroom. and to be able to be here, to be able to reaffirm our commitment to the republic of ireland, to all our economic and diplomatic ties. but at the same time to have an opportunity to, to connect to the roots of my family, i think supports the relationship between the united states and ireland. i mean, if you think about, if you think about the bonds that exist between the irish people and the american people, they have much to do with shared heritage, they have much to do with family. and that's why it was important for me before our original trip plan to at least spend one night in dune bay. and i understand the political attacks by democrats.
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but if you have a chance to get there, will find it is a fairly small place. and the opportunity to state at trump national to accommodate the unique footprint that comes with our security detail and other personanel made it logical. we checked it with the state department. they approved us staying there. i was pleased to have the opportunity to return to that family hometown. to be able to state there. and not just on a personal level but also to do it in a way that helps me celebrate with the people of ireland the connection that so many tens of millions of americans feel to the emerald isle. >> think you very much. vice pres. pence: thank you. >> on wednesday, president trump announced $1.8 billion in

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