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offer something if you want something this return. so we're all still waiting. we will see what the policy is. when it is unveiled. >> my advice is listen to your friends. >> listen to your friends, well, but your friends may be telling you to do different things. if the u.s. listening to its closest allies in europe, it will keep the deal. >> i didn't say i said listen to your closest allies across the board. >> they're in europe. >> you're going get a similar answer! japan, south korea. >> there's one dissenting voice. in israel. >> even in terms of israel and we should have had someone here representing the israeli, there has an israeli point of view. there's netanyahu and the israeli national security establishment, which tends to be in favor of jcpoa. a lot is politics. a lot is optics. i would like for trump to declare a victory and say he's
achieving a policy toward iran. that he stiffened the spine of the europeans and declare victory. that would be my advice to him. >> well, even achieving that would be even better. >> all of this event available at cspan.org. now to the white house for president trump, a joint news conference with the spanish prime minister. >> thank you very much, everybody. please be seated. good afternoon. i'm greatly honored to welcome president rahoya of spain it's great honor to have you at the white house. thank you very much. we've just concluded a very productive conversation on a crucial range of economic and security issues. before we begin, i'd like to take a moment to send america's heart prayers to the people in
puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands. both have been devastated and i mean absolutely devastated. by hurricane maria and we're doing everything in our power to help the hard hit people of both places. puerto rico and the virgin islands and massive effort is underway and we have been really treated very, very nicely by the governor and everybody else. they know how hard we're working and what a great job we're doing. as we speak, fee ma and our first responders including the military are being marshalled to save live, protect families and begin a long and very, very difficult restoration. i've directed all departments and agencies to assist in the response and recovery effort. as the governor just told me this morning, the entire federal
workforce is doing great work in puerto rico. i pree i preeappreciated him saying it. our team has been incredible having gone through texas, then florida, with other stops along the way. and he went on and said and through the trump administration's leadership, the relationship between fema and my team is very, very strong. i will be going to puerto rico on tuesday. i'll also be going to the u.s. virgin islands. over the last several week, our nation has been tested by the destructive force of mother nature. but we will respond to it with an even mightier force. the resolve of the american spirit. texas, louisiana and florida. are in really good shape. and moving along well. we thank all of the first responders and volunteers who
have risked think eed their liv. to all those impacted by the trouble and these horrible hurricanes and storms that have affected and impacted our cou y country, i thank you. the recovery process will be a very, very difficult one. we will get through this and we will get through it together. we will be stronger. we will be bigger. we will be better. thank you very much. the united states and spain are great friends and close allies. our bonds, culture and commerce go back many centuries. our schools teach american children about spain's history of exploration. our museums treasure beautiful spanish works of art and your country's contributions to architecture, music and film are admired all over the world. greatly admired country.
the deep relationship between our two people is a strong foundation for lasting cooperation. on behalf of the american people, i want to express our support and extend our prayers to all of those affected by the vile terror attack in spain last month. i want to assure the people of spain that america stands with you and in confronting this evil that threatened all of humanity. we will continue to deny the terrorists their funding, their territory and any form of support for their wicked ideology. in this common fight, america greatly appreciates spain's contribution to the coalition to defeat isis. spanish troops and police have trained more than 30,000 members of the iraqi security forces. we also thank the spanish people for being such gracious hosts to the american service members
stationed at spanish bases. the united states and spain together face many critical dangers and challenges, from north korea to iran to venezuela. we thank spain for its recent decision to expel its north korean ambassador and for standing with us in our efforts to isolate the brutal north korean reveem. it is time for all responsible nations to join forces to isolate the north korean menace. north korean nuclear weapons and missile development threaten the entire world with unthinkable loss of life. all nations must act now to ensure the regime's complete denuclearization. i appreciate the united nations security could be counsel voting twice, unanimously, 15-0. twice. to adopt hard hitting resolutions against north korea.
i have recently issue d tough nw sanctions against those who do business with this outlaw regime and i applaud china's latest action to restrict its trade with north korea. and in particular, i applaud china for breaking off all banking relationships with north korea, something that people would have thought unthinkable, even two months ago. i want to thank president xi. here in the western hemisphere, we can seen the heartbreaking tragedy of rule in venezuela. spain has been especially helpful in promoting the influence and well being of the venezuelan people and we thank you for your u efforts. we hope our friends in the eu will soon follow the united states, canada and many latin american nations in sanctioning the maduro regime.
we need everybody involved. the citizens of venezuela have endured immense suffering, poverty, starvation and dangerous political unrest under his pau o pressive, socialist regime. together, spain and the united states hope for peace for the restoration of democracy and for the release of all political prisoners. where ever socialism spreads, misery follows. the people of venezuela deserve a future of freedom. these are great people. in the economic arena, we support trade that benefits both spain and the united states. which means it must be fair and it must be resciprocalreciproca. such an important word. hasn't been used much in the united states. reciprocal. spain is the tenth larger investor in the united states and i commend spanish business
leaders for their confidence in america and the american worker and considering the fact that our stock market has just hit all time highs. i think they probably like the united states very much right now. this is a time for both tremendous opportunity for our world. but also serious dangers as i said at the united nations, which future really is up to us, if we empower our citizens, serve their needs and appeal to all that is best in the human spirit, then i have no doubt we will succeed. like never, ever before. mr. president, i look forward to, working with you, to build this future of prosperity and peace for both spain and for the united states of america. thank you very much. thank you. thank you.
>> translator: with the people h in the u.s. government after the terrible events president trump just referred to. and the took place in texas, florida and other u.s. regions and puerto rico. we hope and we wish that even if what happened can't be changed, we hope that in the future, we can do as best as possible for president trump and i have worked in a meeting today, which was very productive and we went through our issues, spain, the united states, two great partners, freedom and respect for human rights.
and we have institutional, cultural, corporate ties which are very important. relations between the two countries have been excellent and we must continue to work to strengthen these relations even more. especially in the economic arena. that's why our priorities to strength b the economy are key. united states is our second top trading partner outside of the united states. the united states is is a top destination of exports outside the european union. the s the top investor in spain. for many year, spanish companies have invested in the u.s. they're creating many stable and high quality jobs and different
sectors, such at the financial industry and energy. this has been possible thanks to the establishment of subsidiaries in the united states by 600 spanish companies and they continue to create jobs. that's why they follow closely investment opportunities in the united states and they can contribute their technology and experience to the united states. i've also given details on to president trump in spain's role on different crisis which are important to us all. for instance, to our participation in the coalition against daesh and the crisis due to nuclear proliferation in north korea. combatting terror was something we talked about at length. spain has a long standing experience in the area, just like the united states, we've been hit by terrorist attacks on our soil. both countries have agree on
antiterrorist policy and cooperate closely in police military and intelligence areas. i've also set that i was sure we need to do a lot in intelligence. we need to improve coordination mechanisms in the area of cybersecurity or preventing recruitment and financing of terrorists. i've also underscored spain's role as a member of the global coalition against terrorism and our deployments in iraq, which is a a large, the fourth largest country and we've trained over 32,000. in addition to that, i've told president trump that we would increase our commitment with the new phase after the fall of mosul by contributing a new financial package. we have long relations in the
governor of defense. in which are used by both countries. more on increasingly importance and strategic. our agreement goes back to 1988. at the time, spain was in the backseat of the alliance. the defense is excellent but we would like that to spill over into other areas of the bilateral immigration. president trump and i have gone through the political and economic situation in our countries. regarding the international situation, we've agreed that the challenge by north korea to the nonprolifuation regime is an intolerable -- of national legality. i've expressed to the government the stepping up of sanctions as approve bid the united statesed
nations. spain will continue to press for a common stance supportive of the u.s. u and its allies. i've also reminded president trump that one of the spanish government has taken measures that have reduced the diplomatic presence has thank ed to the fim position. we've changed views on the direction the country is u moving in. and it's accomplishment. there's a need to sustain international pressure so that it committed to negotiations, which will enable us to find a
democratic and peaceful solution to the current crisis. i'd also remind president trump and spain have spearheaded the adoption of sanctions which were first integrity. we've gone through political and economic situation of the countries. spain and united states are two democracies. friends and ally, many common values and interests. we've agree d to work together n the area in defense of those values. and a cooperative vision. i would like to thank the warm welcome that was extended to us by president trump and his team at the white house and i would also like to underscore a friendship that exists between the united states and spain. thank you. >> steve holland reuters. don't get nervous, steve.
i wasn't preoccupy wd the nfl. i was ashaped of what was taking place because to me, that was a very important moment. i don't think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem. to me, the nfl is a very important situation. i've heard that before. about was i preoccupied y edpre. at all. all i do is work. that's an important function of working. it's called prrespect for our country. many people have died, many, many people. many are so horribly injured. i was at walter reid recently and i saw so many great young people and their missing arms an legs and they have been so badly injured. they were fig fight federal government our country, our flag, for our national anthem. and for people to disrespect
that by kneeling during the playing out of our national anthem is disgraceful. so i will also say that again, i read you part of his quote, but the governor of puerto rico is so thankful for the great job we're doing. we did a great job b in texas. a great job in florida and louisiana. we hit little piece of georgia and alabama and frankly, we're doing and it's the most difficult job because it's on the island. it's on an island in the middle of the ocean. it's out in the ocean. can't just drive your trucks there from other states. the governor said we are doing a great job. you think for fema and the first responders in puerto rico and we're also mentioning with that, the u.s. virgin islands. it was devastated, so we are totally focused on that. but at the same time, doesn't take me long to put out a wrong and maybe we'll get it right.
it's very important thing for the nfl to not allow people to kneel during the playing of our national anthem, to respect our country and to respect our flag. thank you. >> if i can ask the prime minister a question. is is it going to take more to reign in north korea and what is your advice to the president on dealing with this? >> translator: all i wish if for there to be a war anywhere in world, but it's true the recent events in north korea with imp rations in the neighboring countries means that we all have sob to be forceful and those defending the value of democracy, freedom and human rights, have to let north korea
know it isn't going anywhere. from the time sanctions have been adopted, spain will support any political decision which will contribute to putting an end to this situation, which has nothing to do with the principles and values most of western and global democracies defend. thank you. we don't know whether during your conversation, you discussed the cattleland situation. this is a president for president trump. do you support are from the spanish government is doing regarding catalonia and i'd like to ask the president of the spanish government, whether he feels there might be a lateral of independence and that would the department do then? >> i think that spain is a great
country and it should remain uniteded. we're dealing with great, great country and it should remain united. i've been watching that and it's been unfolding for sempblryes and i think that nobody knows if they're going to have a vote, but i think that the people would be very much opposed to that. i can say speaking for myself, i would like to see spain continue to be united. >> translator: in a decision to declare independence is not something i would, it's not a decision i would make. it's a decision which would have to be made or not by the government. i think it would be wrong and i think that right now, when everyone knows a ref wrenn can take place because there is an electoral committee, there is is a team at the government organizing the referendum, there
aren't ballots, people at voting station, so, it's just crazy, all this will lead to is noise. certainly, there can with a valid democratic referendum with minimum guarantees. what would make sense in a situation such as this is to go back to common sense and put an end to this kind of story. the only thing it's doing is generating division, tensions, and it's not contributing in any way to the citizen situation. i wanted us to go into a new stage where the rule of law, dialogue and common sense will revail, thank you. >> i thank you. major garrett. yes, cbs. >> okay.
>> officials there are warning of imminent death. >> naval or air assets to puerto rico to address the problems there north korea quickly, the foreign minister said you have declared war on north korea and the government has threatened to shoot down or a mat american planes fly thg international air space. i'd like your reaction. >> i'll answer the second one first. we are totally prepared for the second option. if we take that apgs, it will be devastating for north korea.
that's the military option. if we have to take it, we will. he's acting very badly. he's saying things that should never, ever be said and we're replying to those things, but it's a reply. but the things he said over the last year and the things he said to past administrations, north korea is a situation that should have been handled 25 years ago, 20 years ago, 15 years ago, ten years ago and five years ago, it could have been handled much more easily. you had various administrations, many administrations, which left me a mess. but i'll fix is mess, so we'll see what happens with north korea. as far as puerto rico is concerned, ik i think just the opposite. we have had tremendous reviews government officials as we have in texas and louisiana and in florida. as you know, from governor scott. great governors. this morning, the governor made
incredible statements about how well we're doing. we understand it's a disaster. it's a disaster that just happened. the grid was in bad shape before the storm and puerto rico got hit by two hurricane, among the biggest we've ever seen, with the biggest being even worse. the second one hit p puerto rico as a category 5. i don't believe anybody's ever seen that happen before. hit land with that kind of velocity. the governor has been extremely generous and i preeappreciatede. we have our top people from fema and they have been there. we are unloaded massive loads of water and food and supplies for puerto rico. and this isn't like florida where we can go up the spine or texas where we go right down the middle and distribute. this is you know, a thing called the atlantic ocean. this is tough stuff. the governor has been so
incredible and his statements about the job we're doing. don't forget, their police force has been decimated. many of the police in puerto rico have lost their homes, so sure, they want to be police, but they want to be able to watch their families and find them and they have to live, so we're very much involved in security in puerto rico, so, everybody has said, it's amazing the job we've done in puerto rico and i'm very proud of it. i'm going there on tuesday. with that being said, record if you look at the amount of water dropped on that island, between the two hurricanes and the first, think just barely got by with, but they were devastated. the second was a complete wipeout. this was a place that was destroyed, so, i think we've done a really good job. we are literally unloaded on an hourly basis water, food, supplies. we have our top people from fema and our first responders and
everybody else, we're going to be deploying navy ships. and we are going to do far more than anybody else would be able to do. it's being recognized as such, but it is a tough situation. you have a question for the president? >> mr. prime minister? >> do you share president trump's hostility towards the venezuelan iwo ji venezuelan's regime and what is your that u.s. military intervention might be required? do you support that and would you be an advocate? >> a proposal to impose sanctions on venezuela for what is happening, it was a democratic country and at this
time, is no longer. there are political prisoners of venezuela. people who are in jail only because they think differently than mr. maduro and i was the first to prime minister, the wife of the -- who was jailed because mr. maduro didn't like him. but there were many others who were sent to swral. in venezuela, there was a parliament and a local government has made up this other parliament, which has its meet next to the other parliament and that's legislation. they've created a commission for the truth, which is an antidemocratic tool, which only serves to judge people without respecting minimum human rights standards. venezuela is on the road to the dictatorship, unless that can be stopped, so those who shared values such as democracy, freedom and human rights have to
do something. at this time, sanctions are important. it's important there be an international coalition putting prosh on maduro so that political prisoners are freed and democracy is restored. this lack -- with a 300% inflation rate with problems supplying food and heads to people, so it's a really tragic situation. and i think that we have, the united states and spain, have a responsibility towards venezuela. there are a lot of spaniards living venezuela and i'm worried ability them and the rest they worry me, so i think that the international community it should be forceful with regards to venezuela.
>> thank you. i have a question for each i don't have you. for president trump w the serious political crisis in spain because of the referendum on sunday, what solution do you think there is have you given advice to the president on this matter? do you think there should be a dialogue between the general and the government the find a solution and now, a question for mr. rahoya. it seems what you're doing, where you're managing things is having an impact on the budget and i'd like to know whether you think the situation with the party can be revolved or if you think you will have f to call early elections. >> well, i think the people of cata l catalonia have been taking about this for a long time, but if you had accurate number, you'd find they love their country, they love spain and wouldn't leave. i'm for united spain.
i speak as the president of the united states. as somebody with great respect for your country. i think the people of catalonia would stay with spain. if you're talking about a truly great, beautiful and historic country. >> when we submit budgets, we need support. different political parties. as you know, we are looking for
a majority just like we did last nyom thyme i'm not thinking about calling early elections. as a result. mr. president, thank you very much. thank you. >> president trump announcing earlier he'll visit puerto rico and the virgin islands next week. the u.s. territories greatly impacted by hurricane maria. live coverage of this event or more coverage of this event available online at cspan.org. now to the republican leaders announcing they will not hold a vote on the graham-cassidy plan. live coverage on cspan 3. >> and reminds us of our responsibilities