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>> 80 and gentlemen -- ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and the president of finland.
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prison from: thank you, thank you very much. trump: thank you, thank you very much. we just concluded a very positive meeting. i wanted to begin by extending my thoughts and prayers to those affected by hurricane harvey. the catastrophe of flooding and all the other difficulties and other things that are going through in houston, southeast texas and now it is looking more and more like a state of louisiana will be also affected. my administration is coordinating closely with state and local authorities in texas and louisiana to save lives. we think our first responders and all of those involved in their efforts. we are working directly with texas governor greg abbott who is doing a fantastic job. likewise, asaff,
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well as with governor john bel edwards who is very much involved in starting the process of louisiana. we have pledged our full support as texas and louisiana battle and recover from this very storm,ting and historic there has probably never been anything like this, under the long,ision of fema, brock there has been a tremendous amount of work done. he has been so outstanding in so many ways, more than 8500 federal workers are involved in the texas exit -- efforts alone. also declared emergencies in louisiana at the request of governor edwards. recovery will be a long and difficult road and the federal stands ready, willing
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and able to support that effort. right now, the single most important thing is the safety and security of those still in harm's way, including the first responders who have been so terrific and brave, protecting the lives of our people is my highest priority, every asset at my command is at the disposal of local officials. tragic times such as these bring out the best in america's character, strength, character and resiliency. receipt neighbor helping neighbor, friend helping friend and stranger helping stranger and you see that all over, you watch on television and you see such incredible work and love. we are one american family, we heard together, we struggle together and believe me, we endure together, we are one
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family. to the people of texas and the louisiana, we are 100% with you. we are praying for you, we are working closely with your i will and officials and be visiting the impact zone tomorrow to make sure you are receiving full support and cooperation from the federal weernment and on saturday, would go to the -- we will be going to louisiana. we ask god for his wisdom and strength, we will get through this, we will come out stronger and believe me, we will be
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bigger, better and stronger than ever before. the rebuilding will begin and in the end, it will be something very special. i just want to thank everybody in the affected area, it has been absolutely incredible to watch the spirit, cooperation and love. i would also like to share a message to the people of finland. they have recently suffered a terrorist attack. we stand in solidarity with you against the terrorist threat. we must all work together to deny terrorists safe havens, cut off their finances and defeat the very wicked ideology. they are grateful for the steadfast support in the fight against terrorism, we appreciate it. including our membership in the coalition to defeat isis. finland makes important contributions to the coalition
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and its effort in afghanistan, training iraqi soldiers. to support the afghan national defense and security forces on a modern-day frontier between barbarism and civilization. that is what you have, arbor is an and -- barbarism and civilization. we are working toward our mutual security. entity in a leading cyber security. you prettye calling soon, you do a fantastic job with cyber security. i congratulate you. think in a very short. of time, we will be right there with you. proud,ted states is very a partner of the european center of excellence to counter modern
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threats through cyber attacks. in addition, we look forward to your leadership. has strategicson and economic importance for both of our nations, very much so, the foundation of our friendship is our shared love of freedom, on behalf of all americans, i on 100ulate you anniversary of finland's independence, 100 years. centennial finland's , the united states is contributing a half million dollars to the finland foundation through the fulbright program, we are sending more and more of the best and brightest to finland. forging lasting connections between americans and ends. i applaud finnish companies for
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the community increased investment in the united states, adding new technologies and adding good jobs for hard-working americans, thank you. partnership is rooted in our shared values. as president, we discussed and look forward to further strengthening these bonds of culture, commerce and cooperation between our two countries so that our citizens and our nations can thrive and prosper together. thank you mr. president, i would like to take you very much >> mr. president, i want to thank you for your very kind words. and i just want to tell you that pleasure and honor
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to be here today. for theyou also discussions we have had. utmostve been of interest. >> thank you. >> we have been closely following hurricane harvey. our thoughts are with the people texas and louisiana. they, and you, mr. president, have shown strength and courage to overcome this catastrophe. it has been touching to watch how people help each other. what we basically are helping each other. finland highly appreciates our relationship with the united states. today, they are broader than security tog from
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trade, to innovation. we are indeed celebrating our 100 years of independence. thent to thank you for generous gift presented to the fulbright finland foundation. want to also take this opportunity to greet the almost who havemericans finnish origin. mr. president, we exchanged views on several international issues. our headline was security. ofdiscussed the importance bond.ansatlantic history has taught us europeans unity.ue of nato presence is
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very important and it is increasing rapidly. doing its part to .romote dialogue, to reduce risks, finland has steps to improve flight safety in the baltic sea area. but positivel steps in reopening dialogue and russia. we remain committed to afghanistan, and we are dedicated -- a dedicated the global coalition against isis. took the seat of the arctic council from the united states in may. we can't afford to lose the nature. arctic finland firmly believes that business and environment can be winners in the arctic. is reducing black
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carbon. lookingident, i'm forward to even closer cooperation with you and your great nation. i want to thank you. thank you. >> thank you. [applause] >> so we'll take a couple of questions. how about we go to texas. todd gilman. todd? mr. president. >> yes. >> i'm wondering what you can tell the people of texas to terms of long-term recovery efforts and in particular, you have been with some key congressional leaders. you've also threatened a potentiallyhutdown next month over border wall funding. are these going to hamper long-term -- the funding that will be needed long-term for recovery? >> no, todd. i think you're going to see very rapid action from congress, certainly from the president. and you're gonna get your funding. it's a terrible tragedy.
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your governor has been absolutely outstanding in the entires done, and his before staff. and i will say that i just spoke is working like 24/7. we expect to have requests on our desk fairly soon. and we think that congress will way i feel,ch the in a very bipartisan way. nice.ill be but we think you're going to have what you need and it's going to go fast. unique -- is a unique place, great state, great people, and i think you'll be up and running really very quickly. so, yeah, i think you're going in fantastic shape. i've already spoken to congress. and everybody feels for you and you're goingt through. but at the same time, they have great respect, even additional respect for the state, because you've handled it so well, so brilliantly. road.'s a long still pouring. still a lot of rain. i've heard the words epic,
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historic. that's what it is. but you will have what you want, quickly.very and todd, you can ask a question to the president. this situation make you reconsider the possibility of a shutdown next -- >> i think it has nothing to do with it really. i think this is separate. veryis going to go really quickly. again, i've spoken to many of the people we're talking about. the same way feels i do. >> thank you. and mr. president, i wanted to your neighbor, russia, has meddled in u.s. politics. military exercise coming up in the next few weeks in the baltics. there.re tensions over what kind of advice have you offered and can you offer to the withd states in dealing this adversary? not feelingre ourselves as advisors, but we ourselves as doing maintainis possible to
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peace. and that is what we are doing in the baltic sea area too. with the actually -- you to a different kind of military training, which is happen there. i have to tell you that a couple i met president putin, and there were media interested in why chinese navy having training together with russians in baltic sea area. answered that it is not a bloc. it is not against anybody. my answer was that we are also training in baltic sea with the sweden, and itnd is not a bloc. it's not against anybody. be very careful huge this huge training,
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military trafficking over baltic. that it doesn't cause any accident or problems, because we from accidents might grow whatever. and that is why i think it's that we continue to work with nato to enhance, like said, dialogue between russia and nato. and it is going forward. >> do you have a question? >> finnish broadcasting company, where you are? okay. >> thank you mr. president. question to president trump, if i may. told, it's being raised an issue about the security situation in the baltic baltic sea specifically. and it has been concerned about flying therelanes transporters on.
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my question to you, mr. trump, auld you consider russia as security threat? thank you. >> well, i consider many threat,s as a security unfortunately, when you look at what's going on in the world today. few weeks ago, our great vice president, mike pence, who is right here, was in the region. and he spent quite a bit of time there. we consider that a very, very of the world. we have great relationships there. relationshipat with finland. so i would consider many countries threats, but these are all threats that we'll be able to handle if we have to. hopefully we won't have to handle them, but if we do, we will handle them. >> can i have a follow-up, as he also? so if the situation in the baltic were to escalate, what the u.s. be ready to do in that unfortunate circumstance? are very protective of that region. that's all i can say. we are very protective. have great friends there,
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great relationships there. we are extremely protective. thank you. president?on for the yes. >> no. sometimes -- >> do you have a question for the president? it's all right. somebody else can -- >> you don't have to. ha ha! [laughter] >> mr. president, from finland. about climate change at all, and what about your, mr. president, minister initiative about cleaning up the arctic and doing it together with the united states? what kind of response did you receive here in washington, d.c.? >> we discussed a lot about black carbon. to explain to everybody what atmosphere,hat from black carbon covers the arctic, happens whenhat
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sunshine meets the black carbon. it melts the ice. arctic.lem is not only if we lose the arctic, we lose the globe. that is reality. thosemust fight against initiatives spreading black carbon. i understood that the united going to put it in half. and we know that black carbon sources are a lot of them in russia. old-fashioned plants heating. the other problem is flaring, know. that in the oil fields, they flare up, the extra gas. and the amount is huge. yearly they flare 40 times more than finland.
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so if we can -- and here comes also business to the picture. it would be a good business to old-fashioned lesss, to make more with energy. to stop be a business flaring, to take use of that burned.ch is now elementsnk that these are things that we can continue discussing in the arctic council. inherited the chairmanship from the united states, and we continue the work. had a very good discussion, in particular on the arctic and black carbon. we have much in agreement. we also agreengs on, we want crystal-clean water clean air, the cleanest ever. very important. so we have a lot of agreement.
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john roberts, yes. >> mr. president, thank you so much. president niinisto, i have a for you as well, but if i could start with president trump. in the middle of hurricane hitting friday night, you chose to pardon sheriff joe arpaio. i wonder if you can tell us, what was behind your thinking pardon, and what do you say to your critics, even party, who sayn it was the wrong thing to do? >> well, a lot of people think do.as the right thing to actually, in the middle of a hurricane, i assumed the ratings they be far higher than were normally. and i put it out that i had pardoned, as we say, sheriff joe. he's done a great job for the people of arizona. he's very strong on borders. very strong on illegal immigration. he is loved in arizona.
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i thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly when they with their big decision to go get him right before the election voting herted, as you know, and lost in a fairly close election. he would have won the election hammered him, just before the election. i thought that was a very, very unfair thing to do. i mentioned him the other night, you saw the massive crowd we had. ie people went crazy when said, what do you think of sheriff joe, or something to that effect. i wasace went crazy when in arizona last week. and as far as pardons are concerned, i actually did this before the meeting, because i assume that somebody would ask question. i didn't even know it would be you. i thought i would. joe is a great veteran of the military. great law enforcement person. somebody that's won many elections in the state of arizona. but i wanted to look at some of the other people that were pardoned over the years. at, as an look
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example, president clinton who was mark rich, charged with crimes going back decades, including illegally buying oil from iran while it held 53 american hostages, allowed to do that. selling to the enemies of the united states. he was pardoned after his wife hundreds of thousands of dollars to the clintons. have dangerous criminals. president clinton pardoned susan roseburg, a member of the weathered underground. a bank robbery that led to a guard and two police officers being killed. drug dealers. president clinton come muted the -- commuted the sentence of a central player in a cocaine that stretched from california to minnesota. criminal leaker. the word leaker? commuted thema
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sentence of chelsea manning, who leaked countless classified to wikileaks, perhaps and others. horrible, horrible thing that he did, commuted the sentence. pardoned.s president obama commuted the sentence of oscar lopez rivera, was charged as part of a violent independence group from puerto rico, responsible for 28 manygo area bombings and deaths in the 1970's and 1980's. sheriff joe is a patriot. country.oe loves our sheriff joe protected our borders. joe was very unfairly treated by the obama administration, especially right before an election, an election that he would have won. times.was elected many my pardon of
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sheriff joe and i think the people of arizona, who really know him best, would agree with me. thank you very much. >> mr. president, i'd like to that you did all the research, but i'm afraid i have to confess, the question was fairly obvious. president niinisto, i'm sure president trump briefed you or aware of his plan on afghanistan, that relies on its core at bringing the taliban to the table for negotiations. given the history and ideology of the taliban, do you ever that they would honor any kind of an agreement that ever made or would they, when the united states and finland and other countries afghanistan, renege on that deal? >> yes. first of all, i want to underline that finland has been involved from the very all the attempts to solve the situation in afghanistan. we have troops there. we have also financial aid going on all the time.
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we have to try. possibleo try, in all ways, to solve the situation in afghanistan. it has been ongoing, quite a time, for decades. negotiations,t by surely you have to have full you negotiate one with, and to also full -- and full belief that what is negotiated is also fulfilled. these elements have to be all time present when you incuss, whichever party afghanistan. >> i know there might be a couple more questions. do you want to take one more? more?you want to take one go ahead. pick. go ahead. >> please. >> again?
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you're gonna give her the same one? >> no. she's not the same lady. [laughter] >> go ahead. >> they are sitting side by side. womenhave a lot of blonde in finland. mr. president trump, what kind of role do you see finland in the u.s.-russia relations? ofyou think finland can be assistance? >> i hope we do have good relations with russia. thing if we a good have great relationships or at least good relationships. that's very important. and i believe some day that will happen. it's a big country. nuclear country. it's a down they that we should -- a country that we with, and ilong think we eventually will get along with russia. been respected by russia. finland has been free of russia, thatf the few countries have been for 100 years. and russia has a lot of respect for finland, so that's always good. i think finland is doing fine with russia. and i hope that the united will someday be able to
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have a very good relationship with russia also. very good for world peace and for other things. thank you. if finland'sw-up, relationship with russia were to u.s. --ate, would the what kind of assistance would the u.s. be willing to give to bilaterally if we need it? >> as i said before, our relationship with finland is a very close one. and we're always ready to help finland. one of the thaings that is -- happening iss you're purchasing large amounts of our great f18 aircraft from boeing. and it's one of the great fighter jets. and you're purchasing lots of other military equipment. and i think purchasing very wisely. the military equipment and i actually agree with everything you purchased. we talked about it before. really ainland is respected country militarily. armed forces for its size as a country. really proportionally probably
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the biggest in the world, if you think of it. but they're very respected militarily. and they're respected beyond militarily. so hopefully it will never come that. thank you. >> and president niinisto... president niinisto, did you discuss russia, and did you offer any assistance to the u.s. with their relationship with russia? we, like i said earlier on, we did discuss about russia. but actually i don't feel myself being any advisor to anybody. our best. to do and hopefully we get also results from that. inant to remind you that, nato meeting a year ago approximately, it was stated by countries that with russia, you have to be a deterrent. have to exercise dialogue
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too. these two elements have to be there. >> go ahead. you, mr. president. in the aftermath of hurricane harvey, do you believe that cutting fema's budget is the right thing to do? >> no. think that what's going to happen is the fema money is relatively small compared to the rebuilding money. so fema, right now, we have the money necessary for texas and need.ana, if we but the real number, which will be many billions of dollars, congress.rough i think it will happen very quickly. it will go very fast. and i want to congratulate you on the network. it's a great network. >> thank you. if i may follow up on one other earlier.from >> yes. >> the southern border wall, is your plan still to have mexico for the wall? >> yes. one way or the other, mexico is wall.to pay through the it may be through reimbursement, but one way or the other, mexican will pay for the wall.
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right now negotiating, nafta. mexico has been very difficult. it's one of the great deals of thetime for them, one of worst trade deals ever signed. mr. president,, finland would never have signed nafta with russia or whoever. woulds not a deal you want to sign. this is not a deal that finland would know about. [laughter] the worsts one of trade deals ever signed at any time, anywhere in the world. i can understand why mexico is difficult, because why wouldn't they be? they've had it their way. no. wall. will pay for the it may be through reimbursement. we need the wall very badly. tremendous crime problem, tremendous. one of the number two or three in the world. and that's another reason we need it. on,the -- just to add tremendous drugs are pouring into the united states, at levels that nobody's ever seen before. this happened over the last three to four years in particular. thewall will stop much of
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drugs from pouring into this country and poisoning our youth. so we need the wall. it's imperative. we may fund it through the ultimatelyes, but mexico will pay for the wall. >> sure. if i may follow up, on tuesday we have to close down our government, we are building that wall. >> well, i hope that's not necessary -- >> i -- >> i hope that's not necessary. toit's necessary, we'll have see. but i hope it's not necessary. the wall is needed from the security. of the wall is needed from the drug, tremendous the drug scourge, what's coming through that area, through the areas that we're talking about. as you know, i have general kelly here. we stopped traffic coming through, 78%. it's gonna be, i think, 81% this record. which is a in other administrations, if they stopped it just a little 2% or 3%, they consider that a great thing. we're up to almost 80%. over 80%. be
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but you need the wall to do the rest. and you need the wall for the drugs. the drugs are a tremendous problem. the wall will greatly help with problem. and ultimately, that's a good thing for mexico also. we have a very good relationship with mexico. but i will say that dealing with them, i've always said -- i've talked about nafta. you heard me many times. i've said that we will either it.inate it or renegotiate we're in the process of renegotiating right now, the deal.ing i believe that you will probably have to at least start the process before a fair deal can be arrived at, because it's been a one-sided deal. this includes canada, by the way. great respect for canada, great love for canada. a one-sided deal for canada and for mexico. the united states' workers, all of these incredible people jobs because their of nafta, they're not going to be suffering any longer. been unfair for too long.
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so we will build the wall. and we will stop a lot of the drugscluding pouring in at levels like seen.'s ever we'll be able to stop them once the wall is up. thank you very much. thank you. everybody. >> thank you.
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[indiscriminate conversation] >> the white house announced tomorrow,ime president trump will be traveling to texas to meet with effortss on rescue after hurricane harvey. we'll have coverage of the theident's trip tomorrow on c-span networks. and tonight, a look at the 50th anniversary of the detroit five days in july 1967, thousands of federal 43ops were called in, and people were killed. here's a look at how the riots began. >> heather thompson, let's go specifically back to 50 years ago today. context specifically what happened on that day. >> well, specifically, it was a night like many, many other nights. it was a night where folks in black community, in this case at an after-hours drinking 12th andment at clairemont, were having a party, a get-together. and it was raided by the detroit
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department. this happened routinely. people were routinely pulled routinely, you know, thrown up against cars, stopped, frisked. in this particular instance, it just touched a nerve. this particular community, i think, had experienced a lot of that aggressive policing, more others.n and so it was just like a match to kindling. >> that was just some of the discussion, looking at the 50th anniversary of the detroit you can watch tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. bookin prime time tonight, t.v. at 8:30, on c-span 2, with authors who are on the summer members oft of congress. and at 8 p.m. on c-span 3, it's t.v. withistory lectures in history, focusing tonight on latinos and the civil movement. ♪[music] >> c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and you.y issues that impact
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