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  President Trump Bilateral Meeting With French President in Cabinet Room  CSPAN  April 24, 2018 1:57pm-2:09pm EDT

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was too complicated. that is not the way to do it. we made this terrible deal but we will be discussing it. you will find out about that. it won't be so easy for them to restart. they won't be restarting anything and they'll have big problems than they've ever had before. you can mark it down. they restart their nuclear program they will have bigger problems than they have ever had before. thank you very much everybody. thank you. [inaudible conversations] also this morning the two presidents held a bilateral meeting in the white house cabinet room. this is about ten minutes. >> we will have a short little
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meeting and it turns out to be a long meeting and it could have gone on for another two hours. we discussed a lot of things and problems and problems that we think can be solved and we have come a long way just the two of us as understanding. we talked about iran and talked about syria and a lot of subjects that really are big, hard situations and we think we have solutions to a number of them. we will continue that now and emmanuel and myself will meet again after this meeting but we want to get the opinion of some of the experts in the room. experts on both sides and want to get the expert's opinion. very good numbers on our businesses and you see the numbers that are getting released under companies and businesses have very strong economy it's been really
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incredible. unemployment now is at the lowest point ever in history in many, many states and the states were enumerated last night and the numbers came out and we have hit the lowest in some decades and in some cases it was reiterated that unemployment for african-american families has been the best in history for hispanic families the best in history for women the best in 18 years and that is close to going much higher than that. we are very happy about that. the president and i working on trade and the trade with france is completed because we have the european union and i would rather deal with france and the union is tough for us in the of trade barriers and our farmers
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cancel their product into the european union easily as they should and we accept their product so we have to make change. they understand that and we negotiate with wilbur and steve and negotiate with the european union but it's been very unfair for a long time. we had a trade deficit with of $151 million last year and that is unacceptable and been going on for many years. that is unacceptable. the treasury secretary will be going to china in a few days to negotiate on trade and china is very serious and we are serious and we note choice to be serious. we know we put on substantial tariffs and that will continue unless we make a trade deal. we've got a very good chance of making a deal and as just stated he's a president xi is a terrific guy and a good friend
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of mine. but i representing states that he represents china. president xi made his speech 40s ago when he said china will be opened up but it's not open up right now and we can't trade with them and they did $504 billion last year and we did $120 billion and that's a tremendous in balance and we can't have that. we are going to have a delegation at the request go to china and we are going there and that will be good. the european union we are going back to that and negotiating with the european union and they had their representatives come here and i think we are negotiating very seriously. nafta as you know is moving along and they have an election coming up very soon and it will be interesting to see what happens with that election but we are doing very nicely with nafta. i can make a deal quickly but not sure that is in the best
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interest of the united states. we will see what happens but we are doing well. in south korea honored radio we are doing very well. as far as north korea's concern we are going to be having a meeting with kim jung-un and that will be very soon. we have been told directly that they would like to have the meetings as soon as possible and we think it's a great thing for the world the great thing for north korea and south korea and japan and france and everybody. we are having very good discussions and kim jung-un has been very open and i think very honorable from everything we are seeing. a lot of promises have been made by north korea over the years but they've never been in this position and we have been very tough on maximum pressure and tough on as you know trade and
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we been very tough at the border and sanctions have been the toughest we've ever imposed on any country. we think it will be a great thing for north korea and a great thing for the world. we will see where that goes. maybe it will be wonderful and maybe it won't. maybe it will be fair and reasonable and good and i will unlike past administrations leave the table but i think we have a chance of doing something special with respect to north korea. good for them, good for us and good for everybody. with that, thank you all very much. mr. president, would you like to say something? >> thank you, mr. president. i wanted to gather again before the press conference to say [inaudible] i think we have to
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work together because we always work together and it's important to preserve the stability of the region and what we want to do in the interest of our people is precisely to preserve stability, sovereign states without [inaudible]. as for the trade issue, you presented your perception of the situation and you are good to remind everyone of them i lateral relationship is balanced between france and the united states. i think it is important to bear in mind that between -- regarding security issues it's important to [inaudible]. we have to deal with common global challenges and one of the challenges is definitely not a lot we have to fix the situation. i think we have -- i think our
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willingness is precisely to preserve this military framework and to work closely together in the current stabilization of our great situation. [inaudible] are common challenges regarding climate and i have to say that we work very closely together and we want to increase the cooperation. we know everything about the treaties and international agreements but beyond that we have a lot of common to work on with discretion in the coming months. thank you very much again, mr.
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president. we have had you and me a very positive discussion and with your vice president on these issues. thank you very much. >> we have had a great relationship and just about everything and too bad it is not just us doing the negotiating for the rest of the world but we have had a great relationship. our trade situation with france, by itself, has been very good. the trade product entry deals that we do with france unfortunately european union represents to a large extent france and we have had pretty unfair situations with european union but a fair one with france. that will continue and will always continue. we will always be very close to our oldest allies when you think about it. france is our oldest la and label going out of her way to do that. i think we have really had some
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citizen talks on iran, more than anything else. we are looking forward to dealing doing something but it has to be done strongly and they very much have been butchers and we can't allow that to continue. we understand each other and we will see how that comes out. we could have at least an agreement among ourselves very quickly. we are close to understanding each other and i think our meeting our one on one went very well and i hope you feel the same way. thank you very much, emmanuel. thank you everybody. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]
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[inaudible conversations] >> this evening at present will be hosting president macron for state dinner at the white house. much of life and her companion network on c-span3. it starts at 6:30 p.m. eastern. tomorrow the french president will address a joint meeting of congress. live coverage starting at 10:30 a.m. eastern and we will have that on c-span as well as online at c-span .org and streaming live on the free c-span radio app. here on c-span2 the senate is coming back into session in just a few minutes, 2:15 p.m. eastern time. they will be continuing consideration of the nomination of kyle duncan to serve on