President Trump Nigerian President Hold Joint News Conference CSPAN April 30, 2018 1:39pm-2:11pm EDT
verify the ballot themselves and not just you hope the machine recorded as you see, you actually see the ballot and you know what you wrote on it. that is something that gives voters some comfort. there are some worries of the voters don't look at those ballots as carefully as they might since they are for his by a machine and they throw them into the scanner and you're not careful. >> thank you very much, thank you. today, i am honored to host president buhari of nigeria at the white house right here in the beautiful rose garden. , i want touhari thank you very much for traveling to washington for these important discussions.
it's a true pleasure to welcome you to our nations capital. nigeria's the largest tomography in africa. as i conveyed buhari to president in our discussions, the present -- the united states deeply appreciates nigeria's role as a strong, democratic leader in the region. the united states is currently working to expand trade and commercial ties with african nations including nigeria to create jobs and wealth in all of our countries. economico be the partner of choice for nations across the continent and all around the world. and you see what's happening with respect to trade and the united states. we are being respected again. i hope all african countries and countries throughout the world that we also will be supporting you and that they will likewise support us in our bid along with canada and mexico for the 2026
world cup. we will be watching very closely and any help they can give us in that bid, we would appreciate. i am pleased that nigeria's one of our largest trading partners in the region. we look forward to growing our trade relationship based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity. well over $1ia billion in aid every year. started talking with the president about taking down the trade barriers. very substantial barriers to the united states trading with nigeria. we think that we are owed that and president buhari has taken steps to fight corruption and improve the nigerian business climate and most of all, to me, ripping down the trade barriers. itse measures will make
easier for nigeria and the united states companies to invest and we will be investing substantially in nigeria if they can create a level playing field. i especially want to thank president buhari for the nigerian partnership and leadership in the fight against terrorism. he has been a real leader. nigeria was one of the first african nations to join the coalition to defeat isis. nigerian forces are currently leading regional efforts against isis in west africa. they are doing very well as we have. nigeria is also leading african nations in the fight against boko haram. jihadistuthless terrorist group. you have been reading about them. they kidnapped the young girls and young women, many of whom never are seen again.
that's tough stuff. this summer was my honor to meet with two brave young women, joy ydia who were kidnapped by boko haram in april of 2014 at the secondary school in nigeria. i was deeply moved by their inspiring stories of courage, resilience, and survival. they really work to amazing and women. i told joy and lydia, my administration is committed to combating both jihadist terrorism and the scourge of human trafficking and smuggling. in the world today, there is more human trafficking than there has ever been if you can believe this. they use the internet better than almost anybody is able to use the internet. in a modern world, in this world, there is more human than ating and slavery
any time in the history of this world. it's hard to believe. to protect americans from these menaces, i've called on congress to close deadly immigration loopholes that are exploited i terrorists, traffickers and criminals. just look at our southern border and are weak and obsolete immigration laws. they are obsolete and they are weak and they are pathetic. there is no country in the world that has laws like we do. they've got to change and they got to change now for the safety of our country. we are also helping our nigerian partners by facilitating , andligence, cooperation providing training and military equipment to nigerian forces. for example, we recently sold nigeria 12 u.s. 829 super aircraft. it was the first ever sale of american military equipment to nigeria.
these new aircraft will improve niger's ability to target terrorists and protect civilians. finally, we are deeply concerned by religious violence in nigeria including the burning of churches and the killing and persecution of christians. it's a horrible story. and therage nigeria federal state and local leaders to do everything in their power to immediately secure the affected communities and protect innocent civilians of all faiths including muslims and christians. president, thank you again for visiting the white house and being with us today. andria is a valued partner a good friend. i look forward to working closely with you to deepen our cooperation and forge an even closer partnership. the united states is committed to working alongside nigeria as we seek a future of strength,
prosperity, and peace for both of our countries. mr. president, thank you very much, thank you. [applause] >> mr. president of the united states of america, ladies and gentlemen of the media, it has been a pleasure and honor to and theshington, d.c. kind imitation of president trump. states and the united share a long history of cordial which are political, economic, military, social and include corporation. our two countries maintain a strategic sense of security. conflict resolution as well as a
global fight against terrorism. secular ande federal states, similar to the model of governance and to human rights and freedoms, free enterprise, social justice, and the rule of law. team and trump and his myself and the nigerian team discussed issues related to security, trade, govern ants, human rights, and humanitarian crisis. we congratulate the leaders of the north and south korea of their historic meeting and applaud them for the positive commitment they have made to denuclearize the korean peninsula.
deserves a great deal of credit for his role in transforming the course of events in that region. we also congratulate the united states government on the important role it played in the defeat of isis. although, some of the remnants have found their weight to the region. we congratulate a strong united states in our fight against veryrism and appreciate much the united states agreement [indiscernible] to sell us warplanes. it effectively will help us fight terrorism. to contain insurgency in nigeria, the federal government has adopted a sectorial approach involving related government
agencies to address the social economic issues. the armed forces of nigeria provide security and maintain law and order. addressof efforts to imagined cases of insurgency in the country, the nigerian ministry adopted counterterrorism insurgency approach called operation safe corridor 2-d radicalize, re-about a clause -- rehabilitate and reincorporate boko haram members into society. this program is currently included in a number of projects. [indiscernible]
a number of international partners including international organization for migration have contributed to the operation safe corridor. we indicated that we would wereciate whatever support could get from the united states. we appreciate the united states support in the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in the northeast of nigeria as well as humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced persons through agencies like the united states agency for international development and other international partners. united states of america has been, to date, the biggest contributor to the humanitarian cause.
we get over half $1 billion in cash and in-kind through the united nations and other organizations. this helps with food assistance and shelter. we are doing all we can to secure [indiscernible] in this context, we will continue to work in collaboration with united states intelligence gathering, negotiations, and information sharing. the government is taking necessary steps to promote a cup a peaceful coexistence by focusing on security and relations that will guarantee farmers access to land. i extend sincere congratulations
to president trump and his improvement ofhe the united states economy under his watch. our aim is to diversify our own economy by focusing on agriculture and food security. power and infrastructure. rice but nowted import less, thereby saving a significant amount of money. we thank the u.s. for their investment in the nigerian economy especially the non-oil sector. [indiscernible] there is a trade and framework.
it's a basic economic framework for engagement between our two countries. nigeria's trade with the united $6 billion united states dollars. [indiscernible] we urge a greater effort to increase this substantially. we thank the united states government very much for cooperation we have received in our efforts to recover stolen funds. our two governments have put machinery in place for their respective attorney generals to recovery and ensure
over $500 million in united states funds that we have invested around the world. we congratulate united states on launching the asset recovery initiative which was spearheaded by the united states department of justice. we hope we can continue to count on the united states in this area. the government of nigeria remains deeply committed to the principles of human rights as the protection of people's freedoms. ensure that all documented cases of human rights .
i thank you very much. [applause] mr. president, thank you very much, thank you, sir. steve miller of the washington times? thank you, steve. >> thank you, mr. president. i have a two-part question on immigration. courteek in the supreme case over the travel ban, the m said if hethe would apologize for some of your rhetoric during the campaign, the old case would go away. . >> i don't think it would, number one. there is no reason to apologize. our immigration laws in this country are a total disaster. they are laughed at all over the world for their stupidity. we have to have strong immigration laws. apologize, it wouldn't make
$.10 worth of difference and is nothing to apologize for. we have to have strong immigration laws to protect our country. >> looking to the future, the caravan has arrived at the u.s. border. >> we have been watching it. opinion, what percentage of those people do you believe are deserving of asylum in the u.s.? >> i won't get into percentages that we are a nation of laws. we have to have borders. if we have no borders, we have no country. i have been watching for weeks as the caravan came up. the mexican laws are very tough on immigration, extreme the tough. it started out with way over 1000 people and i guess it's down to about 100 going all through mexico. people don't realize what a big country mexico is but it came down by a lot. now we are working on the border with the worst laws of any country all over the world. we are doing the best we can with it. we have to have changes in
congress and we have to have it quickly. we need a wall, number one and you see that now. even though it's not a particularly good wall and a small percentage can climb to the top, they have to be an extremely good shape. a small percentage can climb that particular wall. we have a wall it's much more difficult. if you did not have that, you would have thousands of people pouring into the country. you have to have a wall and we need border security. and we will have border security. as you know, we are sending many, many national guardsmen down to the border, most of them are already there. that's having a big impact. we need a change in the law, catch them is ridiculous. if they touch our property, if they touch our country, essentially, you catch them and you release them into our country. that's not acceptable to anybody. we need a change in the law.
president, when you are sitting down in the oval office ran onesident trump who not wanting to be the police man for the world, what kind of argument did you make to convince him to continue a military presence in your country? and how ar receptive was he? there is a training team based on the experience of trained officers. i think this is one of the best things the united states can do to stabilize our country. >> he agreed with that? >> i do. >> thank you. >> it's a fair question, we more and more are not wanting to be the policeman of the world.
we are spending tremendous amounts of money for decades on policing the world and that should not be our priority. we want to police ourselves and we want to rebuild our country. the president understands that. they are doing a great job and have come along way and we are contributed but they've done a great job. what we want to do is open nigeria and other countries up to trade. spent over the last decade, number that is so large you would not believe it and i think we will be treated in a reciprocal fashion now as of today so i think that will happen. i have great respect for the president, ok? how about jordan fabian? the hill. >> thank you, mr. president. i want to ask you about iran. the israeli prime minister criticize their nuclear program.
have you made up your mind to pull out of that deal and if you do pull out, do
you -- do you worry it sends the wrong message to north korea as you enter nuclear talks. >> president trump: no, i think it sends the right message. tomorrow, that's not acceptable. no, if anything it's proven right that what israel has done today with the news conference, and prime minister netanyahu just gave -- i don't know if everybody has seen it, but i got to see a little bit of it. and that is just not an acceptable situation. i layre not sitting back they are setting off missiles -- act idly -- not sitting back idly. they are setting off missiles. on the 12th we will make a
decision. that doesn't mean we won't negotiate a real agreement. this agreement wasn't approved by too
many people. and it's a horrible agreement for the united states. including the fact that we gave iran $150 billion, and $1.8 , and $150 cash billion. you know what we got? we got nothing. doesn't mean i won't negotiate a new agreement, will see what happens. i think if anything, what happening today, and what happened over the last little while, has really shown that i've been 100% right. bukhari, i want to ask you, can you would dress his reported comments from earlier this year when you reportedly -- when he reportedly used vulgar nate -- reportedly used poker --guage to describe
reportedly used folder language to describe african nations. the'm very careful about validity, or whether that --egation the best thing for me is to keep quiet. president trump: we didn't discuss it. and you have some countries that are in very bad shape, and very tough places to live in. discuss it because the president knows me and he knows where i'm coming from. mr. president, you can ask a question. >> that lady already. >> thank you, mr. president. my name is giuliana. mr. president trump, nigeria is --need
would you be kind enough to --ease and how soon will you be visiting nigeria? president trump: i would very much like to visit nigeria. it's an amazing country. in certain ways i hear from the standpoint of the beauty of the country, there's no country more beautiful. i would like to. the first part of your question, i couldn't hear what you are saying, go ahead. >> helicopters. president trump: helicopters, we love them. he likes the more than i do. they are buying a lot of helicopters. >> we want to know how soon they will be leaving the country. president trump: we are getting them approved. problem was you weren't allowed to buy helicopters in our country, and now you are. now you can buy the helicopters you want.
they weren't about -- weren't allowed to buy the helicopters for various reasons. now they get them, and they get them very quickly, and they are the best helicopters anywhere in the world. we make the best military equipment anywhere in the world. and now our friends can buy that equipment. >> mr. president. president trump: did you have a question for the president? >> my question to president trump, the factor of corruption is one of the major achievements --t the united states of america is one of the major countries. to what extent do discuss the criticalund infrastructure, to cut down funding for terrorism, and also to reduce illegal immigration from nigeria to your country? president trump: we have
actually discussed all of those topics at length over the last period of time. corruption, nigeria has a reputation, as you verystand very well, for massive corruption. i also know that the president has been able to cut that down very substantially. it andbeen talking about they have made a lot of progress. i think they will continue to make a lot of progress. we have a lot of people in this country, and frankly the country nigeria.hat invests in also cutting down on that corruption element and a corrupt element is very important to us read the president will be a to do that. >> the united states imports of crude oil from nigeria has considerably gone down. did you discuss the need for the u.s. to increase the import of crude oil from nigeria?
with -- weannot tell cannot tell the united states with to do. the progress made by technology frame on our.- i hope you can allow them to use -- crude -- vis-a-vis president trump: i think more than anything else, what we discussed today was our agricultural products going into nigeria, which nigeria wants. we have certain barriers that don't allow that to happen. for the good of our farmers, u.s. farmers, and the good of nigeria, and all of africa. ablevery important we are to sell our great agricultural products into nigeria, and that will happen, and we will be
working on that right away. thank you all very much, thank you everybody. president trump: it is an interesting thought. we are looking at various countries including singapore. we are talking about the possibility of the dmz. house, and, freedom her something that i thought was intriguing, i think some people may be don't like the look of that and some people like it very much. i threw it out today as an idea. , ando told president moon through president moon we connected with north korea. there's something i like about it because you are there. if things work out there is a great celebration to be had.
we are looking at the possibility of doing it. we are looking at various countries, including singapore. it has the chance to be a big event. the united states, i was talking to john bolton. has never beenes closer to potentially having something happen with respect to the korean peninsula that can get rid of the -- of the nuclear weapons, create so many positive things and peace and safety for the world. i often say who knows? may be a lot of things change. u hasohn then -- kim jong been straightforward so far. research,ing about no
no launching of ballistic missiles, no nuclear testing. he has lived up to that for a long period of time. as -- looking at that looking at that as a potential site. if it doesn't work out well, that's the way it goes. >> are you still confident that the summit will happen? >> i think they very much wanted. we would like to see it. personally i think it's going to be a success. success you have to get rid of the nuclear weapons. if it's not a success i will respectfully leave. thank you all, very much.
>> why do -- pose a risk to national security? >> wrapping up this briefing with president trump and theria's president, it's first official visit from an african head of state during the trump presidency. if you missed any of the briefing you can see the entirety of it on our website. the last question to the president on korea, and we will follow that up and bring you to a live discussion on the summit between north and south korea and its potential effects on security in the korean peninsula, the u.s. and china. live coverage from the stimson center here in washington dc. >> you can see the leaders, the face of leaders. guys, which is no