President Trump Defends Sons Meeting with Russian Attorney CSPAN July 14, 2017 1:23am-2:01am EDT
>> after the meeting, president trump and french president macron held a joint news conference. then, a discussion on the opioid evidently. and house democrats were critical of comments made by an education department official about sexual assault on college campuses, singer mainly due to alcohol and bad breakups. she later apologized. those comments ahead of a meeting with secretary betsy devos on college sexual assault, which we will show later.
>> madames and monsieurs, bonjour. trump fork president his visit to paris this afternoon and tomorrow morning. we thank his delegation. i was very pleased to be able to welcome president trump. he accepted the invitation extended a couple of weeks ago noted to invite him to join the ceremony tomorrow. important symbol. the president of the united states can be with us tomorrow and attend a military parade, to which the american troops will take part. we will also be commemorating the100th anniversary of
american troops joining w world war i with the allies in france. i think it is important because we live in countries where our roots are deeper, and go further beyond who we are. the presence of president trump is not only natural, but it is excellent for the histories of our countries. bylier today, we parted sharing part of our joint history at the museum. then, we had a working session. i shall say i am extremely pleased about it. we've been able to talk about a number of topics of joint interest and we shared convictions and most
connections joint to work together in the coming months. trade in fomenting free in the field. we want to work together in terrorismackle anywhere it is taking place, by sharing information. will protect within the confines of free trade. we then had a long discussion, which enabled us to cover all the topics of international thecy and intelligence for fight of terrorism. from day one, i can say we are
strongly determined to take any necessary measures in order to eradicate terrorism, no matter where it is. andgreed to action cooperation in fighting aga inst this. get all the major operators to limit the propaganda and tackle cyber criminality. i do hope that we can strengthen the bond between both our countries. and it is a lot of fast action, but i heard from president trump . we will be working in the coming weeks and months to have a solid action for that.
we talked about our goals. initially, we want to put into place a contact group to be more efficient to support the united nations, in order to support the political roadmap for syria after the war. it is important to put in place some implicit coalition for that time. we know where destabilization comes from. the roadmap will cover it. linesl work along those so in the coming weeks, initiatives can be taken. share the same
intentions regarding libya. and like i told president trump, i very much want to take a number of diplomatic initiatives that trump wants, given what we know, which requires more stability and better control of the region. i think i can say that we have veryame vision on libya, a coherent understanding of the situation in the region and same willingness to act against any form of terrorism and destabiliz ation. next, climate. here, we know what our disagreements are. we expressed them on a number of occasions, but i think it is important that we continue to talk about it. i very much respect the decision taken by president trump. he will work on implementing his campaign promises, and as far as
i am concerned, i remain attached to the paris accord and will make sure that step-by-step we will do what is in the accord. in summary, what we will be talking about, we will continue with a friendly tone and an informal one regarding trade and security for both our countries to fight against terrorism, stability in the middle east, in libya. i can say that we have a shared determination, the united states is extremely informed in the iraq war, and i would like to thank president trump for everything that has been done by the american troops. but i would like him to know that i am fully determined to act together with him in this. fully determined.
i very much want both of our countries in these matters to increase cooperation in the coming months because the threat we are facing is a global one. our enemies are trying to destabilize us in any way. i believe that this is the matter at the heart of the historic alliance between our two countries. it fully justifies the presence of president trump today and tomorrow here in paris. thank you. thank you, dear donald. thank you. president trump: thank you very much, president macron. melania and i are thrilled to join you and mrs. macron. this is a wonderful national celebration, we look very much to it. tomorrow's bastille day. we are honored to be here in your beautiful country. with its proud history and
magnificent people, and thank you for the tour of some of the most incredible buildings anywhere in the world. i was very, very -- very beautiful thing to see. thank you. when the french people rose up and stormed the bastille, it changed the course of human history. our two nations are forever joined by the spirit of revolution and the fight for freedom. france is america's first and oldest ally, not a lot of people know that. ever since general lafayette joined the american fight for independence, our fates and fortunes have been tied unequivocally together. it was a long time ago, but we are together. i think together perhaps more so than ever. the relationship is very good. this visit also commemorates another milestone. one century ago, the united
states entered world war i, and when the president called me, he had mentioned that fact. 100 years ago, and i said, mr. president, i will be there. that is a big, important date. 100 years. we remember the tens of thousands of americans gave their lives in that valiant and very difficult struggle. we also pay we also pay tribute to the heroic deeds of the french troops. whose courage at the battle and countless other battles will never be forgotten by us. more than one million french soldiers laid down their lives in defense of liberty. there sacrifices to france and to freedom. french and american patriots have fought together, bled together, and died together in the fight for our civilizations.
today we face new threats from rogue regimes like north korea, iran, and syria, and the governments that finance and support them. we also face great threats from terrorist organizations that wage war on innocent lives. tomorrow will mark one year since a joyous bastille year it turnedn in nice, into a massacre. we all remember that, how horrible that was. we mourn the 86 lives stolen and we pray for their loved ones. we also renew our resolve to stand united against these enemies of humanity and to strip them of their territory, their funding, their networks and ideological support. today, president macron and myself discussed how we can strengthen our vital security partnerships.
we just had a meeting with our generals and representatives that went very well. france has excellent counterterrorism capabilities. the french troops are serving bravely in places like mali to defeat the forces of murder and distraction. france has excellent capabilities. to face these forces of destruction. the allies in the u.s. strengthen our determination to defeat terrorism. we are making tremendous progress earlier this week with the strong support of the united states and its local coalition, iraq forces liberated the city of mosul from isis control. now, we must work with the government of iraq and our partners in the region to solidify our gains and ensure them. we must be strong from within to defend ourselves from threats from the outside. the nations of the west also
faced domestic challenges of our own creation, including vast government bureaucracy that saps strength. for this reason i applaud president macron on his courageous call for that less bureaucracy. it's a good chant. less bureaucracy. we can use it, too. and the europe that protects its citizens. we did not become greater regulation and in the united states, mr. president, we also have cut regulations at a level we have never seen before. we are very proud of that. over the last six months. but by allowing our people to follow their dreams, that is what it is all about. to achieve these dreams, we must also confront unfair trade practices that hurt our workers
and pursue trade deals that are reciprocal and fair. both president macron and i want to be respectful of the world in which we live. we live in a very complex world. we have to respect it. the united states remains committed to being a leader in environmental protection. while the advance energy, security, and economic growth. the friendship between our two nations and ourselves, i might add, is unbreakable. our occasional disagreements are nothing more than the immortal bonds of culture and liberty that unite us. so strongly unite us. as long as we have pride in who from,, where we have come
how we got here and what we have achieved as free and democratic nations, then there is nothing we cannot accomplish together. france helped us secure our independence. a lot of people forget. in the american revolution, thousands of french soldiers alongside american troops so that as lafayette said, liberty would have a country. ever since then, courageous heroes from both countries have fought for the same noble values and the same righteous cause. tomorrow, the french tricolor will once again waved proudly alongside the american stars and stripes, our brave soldiers will march side by and we will all be inspired to protect and cherish the birthright of freedom that our ancestors won for us with their sweat and blood.
president macron, thank you for inviting melania and myself to this historic celebration, and to you and your spectacular country, may god bless france, and may god bless america. thank you very much. thank you. president macron: merci. thank you, mr. president. we will be taking questions. neither president trump nor myself have a microphone. [laughter] president macron: hello. president trump: he is getting first question? the president?
reporter: this is a question for president macron, regarding what you just said about the press conference with angela merkel. did you still hope president trump could change his mind regarding the paris accord? president trump, is it possible for you to come back to the paris accord and change your mind? next, regarding your relations. how would you describe it today? friends?dinner between president macron: regarding climate, we have a number of disagreements which are in particular due to the commitments taken by president the presidential campaign. so did i. i am aware of the high importance of that, but we talked about our disagreements
and we actually discussed the matter, even before president trump reached a decision. next, should that have an impact on the discussion we are having on all other topics? no, absolutely not. this is the reason why we share the same views and some major common goals on many other topics, which we have been discussing today. next, of course, president trump he'stell you about it, but made a number of commitments, and we will be working together and we are willing to work with the united states and president on these very major topics. i understand it is important to save jobs. that being said, we shall leave the united states of america tto work on its roadmap and continue to talk about it. today, there is nothing new. the president otherwise would
have told you about it, but i believe there is a joint willingness to continue to talk thet this and try and find best possible agreement. as far as i am concerned, i remain very attached to the framework of the paris accord, which has been a major international breakthrough. framework, wet are working on the priorities for the european union. never, as you know, i very much want to comment on who we are and what we are doing personally, but i can tell you that this evening at the eiffel tower it will be a dinner between friends because we are the representative of two countries which have been allies forever. and because we've been able to , and a strong relationship it matters a great deal for both
of our countries. it will therefore, give me great pleasure to get together with you tonight. president trump: i think i can reiterate. we have a very good relationship, a good friendship, and we look forward to dinner tonight at the eiffel tower. that will be something special. yeah, something could happen with respect to the paris accord. we will see what happens. but we will talk about that over the coming period of time. if it happens, that will be wonderful. if it doesn't, that will be ok, too. but we will see what happens. but we did discuss many things today, including the cease-fire in syria. we discussed ukraine. we discussed a lot of different topics. we briefly hit on the paris accord and we will see what happens. yes, ma'am?
reporter: mr. president, your fbi nominee said if someone got an email from russia, like the one don jr. received, they should alert the fbi, rather than except the meeting? was he wrong? were you misled by your team in not knowing about this meeting? thank you very much. you have heard president trump say may have been russia, it may have been others who interfered with the u.s. election. his president trump taking a hard enough line on russia, as you see it? merci. president trump: i will start off by saying that i believe we will have a great fbi director. i think he is doing really well. we're very proud of that choice. i think i have done a great service to the country by choosing him. a will make us all proudj nd someday we will see that and hopefully, someday soon. we're very proud of them. as far as my son is concerned.
my son is a wonderful young man. he took a meeting with a russian government lawyer, but a russian lawyer. it was a short meeting. it was a meeting that went very, very quickly, very fast. two other people in the room, i guess one left almost immediately and the other was not really focused on the meeting. i do think this. from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. it's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent. i've many people, i've only been in politics for two years, but i have had many people call up, oh, gee, we have information on this person or frankly, hillary. that's very standard in politics. politics is not the nicest business in the world, but it is standard where they have information and you take the information. in the case of don, he listened.
abouts they talked adoption and some things. adoption was not even a part of the campaign. nothing happened from the meeting. zero happened from the meeting. honestly, i think the press made a very big deal over something that really a lot of people would do. now, the lawyer that went to the meeting, i see she was in the halls of congress also. somebody said that her visa, or her passport to come into the country, was approved by attorney general lynch. maybe that's wrong. i just heard that a little while ago. she was here because of lynch. again, i have a son who is a great young man. he is a fine person. he took a meeting with a lawyer from russia. it lasted for a very short period, and nothing came of the meeting. i think it is a meeting that most people in politics probably would have taken. mr. president?
president macron: yes, to answer your question, i will not interfere. i think it is important not to interfere in the domestic life. president trump: what a good answer that is. president macron: and i do believe that both of us have a direct relationship with russia. president trump had a meeting with president putin and myself, i had two very long meetings with president putin. the first in versailles, and the second during the g-20. the relationship is very important. we have a lot of discrepancies with russia, that in the current environment, especially in the middle east, it is a necessity to work together, to exchange information, to share these agreements and try to build solutions. that is my whole relationship with russia.
we don't obviously have the same relationship as the one with the u.s., but that is a long-standing relationship with russia as well. i think it is both important for us to have direct contact with president putin. president trump: one of the great things that came out of the meeting was that we got the cease-fire that has now lasted for, i guess mr. president, almost five days. while five days does not sound like a long period of time, in terms of a cease-fire in syria that is a long period of time. that is a result of having communication with a country. during that five day period, a a lot of lives have been saved. a lot of people were not killed. no shots have been fired in a very dangerous part of the world. and this is one of the most dangerous parts of syria by itself. by having communication and dialogue we were able to have a cease-fire.
it's going to go on for a while. frankly we are working on a second cease-fire in a very rough part of syria. if we get that, and a few more, all of a sudden you are going to have no bullets being fired in syria. and that would be a wonderful thing. mr. president, you have a question? >> a question to president macron. you went to support paris for the olympic games. on this occasion you criticized president trump's policies without naming him. you said trump made a clear choice to leave his border open and not to build walls to protect his people. do you condemn the muslim ban and building of a wall between united states and mexico? regarding syria, as it was just mentioned by president trump, is france ready to talk directly
with bashar al-assad in the negotiations? we have told you paris is no longer paris. president trump, you were implying at the time that paris is no longer safe. you mentioned that france and germany were infected by terrorism and "it is their fault because they let people into their territory." those are very strong words. would you repeat them today? do you still believe that france is able to fight terrorism on its own territory? thank you. president trump: you better let me answer that one first. that is a beauty. he is the one that asked the question. that was not even one of my picks. you know what, it's going to be just fine because you have a great president. you have somebody who is going to run this country right. i would be willing to bet, because i think this is one of the great cities, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. you have a great leader now. you have a great president, you
have a tough president. he is not going to be easy on people who are breaking the laws and people who show this tremendous violence. so, i really have a feeling that you are going to have a very, very peaceful and beautiful paris. and i am comignmgg back. you better do a good job, please. otherwise you are going to make me look very bad. president macron: and you are always welcome. president trump: thank you. president macron: regarding the first question, the discussions we have had today is the proper answer to terrorism. the right answer is cooperation between our services and the never-ending fight against terrorists. the matter where they are. this is what we are working on actively together. in this respect, there is no difference and no gap between the french and the american
positions. when i have something to say, i will say it clearly, and i will say who i am aiming at. when i refer to those who have been my opponents in the french political battle, i also mention their names. let us not mix up everything. in regarding the fight against terrorism, i think the right approach is to have strengthened cooperation in intelligence, also to be working together on all the readers of oppression. your question regarding bashar al-assad, let me put it simply . we now have a new approach on syria because we want some results and we want to be closely working together with our partners, including the united states of america, which
has one main goal, which is to eradicate terrorism, no matter who they are. we want to build an inclusive and sustainable political solution. i do not require assad's departure, against that background. this is no longer a prerequisite for working on that. because i can only tell you that for seven years, we did not have an embassy in damascus and still we have a solution. we have a common line together with president trump. he intervened when elected. -- he intervened before i was elected. i said to president putin when i was elected, no use of chemical weapons. any use will lead to reaction or an attack against historic
places. next we also want humanitarian corridors. also we want to build a sustainable political stability for syria. this is our roadmap. in order to stick to it, we have made diplomatic initiatives beyond military action. this is what would be agreed upon because we want to take an initiative with members of the security council and members of countries involved in the process. of course there will be representatives of assad that will enable us to put in place the roadmap. for after the war. there will be people of the opposition and people with different backgrounds. and we will talk to all of them against that background. one last question, from an american journalist. >> thank you.
[speaking french] >> for both presidents, mr. macron, you had your meeting with the chinese president at the g20 summit. what will france do? how will france cooperate with all of these areas with china, and what do you think personally of mr. xi jinping? how do you want to continue to work with china, and what do you personally think of mr. xi jinping? thank you very much. president trump: he is a friend of mine. i have great respect for him. we have gotten to know each other very well. a great leader. he is a very talented man. i think he is a very good man. he loves china, i can tell you.
he wants to do what is right for china. we have asked him for some assistance with respect to north korea. probably he could do a little bit more, but we will find out. we are working on some trade deals. he has been very nice. he has let beef go back in, certain financing go back in, certain credit card financing and other various things go back in at my request, which is very good for our farmers. a lot of good things are happening. but we will be working on major trade components. president xi is a terrific guy. i like being with him a lot. and he is a special person. thank you. president macron: first, i got to meet him in the margin of the g20 summit in hamburg.
early next year i will be going to china. we have agreed to it. i cannot say that he is a friend of mine or that i know him very well because i very much want to say things as they are. but we have had some initial contacts which were very fruitful and positive. i have a lot of respect for president xi. over the past few months he did express his willingness for the vision form multilateralism on a number of topics. we remember his words in davos, and they very strongly expressed his vision of china. we have a number of joint commitment, including unemployment. he is very committed to that. he told me that he wanted to do more in the field. i can only be happy about it. like president trump said, also trade issues regarding a number of activities.
there are issues. that are differences. but a joint willingness to sort them out and with members of the security council, we want to work together on all of the topics we have been discussing today. china in this respect is a key partner in order to build peace all around the world. china is to play a very specific role regarding the rising growing tension with north korea in the region. it is important china can play its role in the region. in summary, he is one of the great leaders of our world, implementing a major and images -- major and ambitious reform of china, society, and economy in china. therefore, my willingness in this respect is to have a strategic dialogue, the purpose of which is to talk about the industry of economic matters and talk about any difficulties we
may have to get through. >> very well. allow me to thank you ladies and gentlemen and think president trump for his visit. i will see him in a few moments in a friendly atmosphere. president trump: thank you very much. great honor, thank you. president macron: thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> c-span coverage of the national governors association continues friday. virginia governor and this mcauliffeir terry will lead a discussion on cyber security. and senate republicans put out a new version of the health care lot replacement bill thursday. the congressional budget office
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