tv President Trump Nigerian President Hold Joint News Conference CSPAN April 30, 2018 7:29pm-8:01pm EDT
in a few days' time, president trump will decide, will make his decision on what to do with the nuclear deal. i am sure he will do the right thing for the united states, the right thing for israel, the right thing for the peace of the world. >> president donald trump was asked about the ron deal during with thenference today nigerian president, the first african leader to visit the white house during the trump presidency. they also took questions from reporters about the u.s. travel ban and the upcoming summit with north korea's kim jong-un.
we hoped to the economic partner of choice for nations across the continent and all-around the world. we are being respected again. i hope that all african countries throughout the world supportingwill be you and then they will likewise along with canada and mexico for the 2026 world cup. we will be watching very closely and any help they can give us we would appreciate. we look forward to growing our trade relationship based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity. we give nigeria well over $1 million in aid and we have already started talking with the
president about taking down the trade barriers. we think we are a road that. the president has also taken several steps to fight corruption and improve the nigerian business climate and most of all -- ripping down the trade barriers. we will be investing nigeria if they can create that level playing .ield i want to thank president bihari for the partnership and leadership in the fight against terrorism. nigeria was one of the first african nations to join the coalition to defeat isis.
he has been able to combat the jihadist terrorists and the scourge of human trafficking. in the world today there is more human trafficking than there has ever been. they use the internet better than almost anybody. think of them in a modern world in this world, there is more human trafficking. and more slavery than at any time in the history of this world. to protect americans from these menaces i have called on congress to close immigration loopholes that are exploited by terrorists, traffickers and criminals. they are obsolete and weak. they are pathetic. there is no country in the world that has laws like we do.
they have to change for the safety of our country. we are helping our nigerian partners by facilitating ,ntelligence, cooperation providing training and military equipment to nigerian forces. we recently sold nigeria two aircraft. the first ever sale of american military equipment to nigeria. these aircraft will improve nigeria's ability to target terrorists and protect civilians. concerned by the religious violence including the burning of churches and the killing and persecution of christians. it is a horrible story. we encourage in a jury and the federal and local leaders to do everything in their power to
secure the affected communities and protect civilians of all faiths including muslims and christians. mr. president, thank you for visiting the white house and being with us today. nigeria is a valued partner and a good friend. we can forge an even closer partnership. the united states is committed asworking alongside nigeria we seek a feature of strength, prosperity and peace for both of our countries. >> mr. president of the united states of america, ladies and gentlemen of the media, is a to be here.d honor
states.and the united long history of cruel relations which encompass political, economic and cultural cooperation. we continue the global fight against terrorism. we also share secular and federal states, similar to the model of governance and committed to human rights and freedoms, free enterprise, social justice, and the rule of law. president trump and his team and myself and the nigerian team discussed issues related to security, trade, govern ants,
human rights, and the 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 toward denuclearize the korean peninsula. president trump 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 terrorism and appreciate very
much the united states agreement to sell 12 warplanes and weapons to nigeria to 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. as part of efforts to address imagined cases of insurgency in the country, the nigerian ministry adopted counterterrorism insurgency
approach called operation safe corridor to de-radicalize, rehabilitate and reincorporate boko haram members into society. this program is currently included in a number of projects. including -- among others. a number of international partners including international organization for migration have contributed to the success of operation safe corridor. we indicated that we would appreciate whatever support we 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. the united states of america has been, to date, the biggest contributor to the humanitarian cause. -- over half a billion dollars 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 the school girls from two areas. 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 the peaceful coexistence by focusing on security and relations that will guarantee farmers access to land. i extend sincere congratulations to president trump and his government on the improvement of 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. we have imported rice but now 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 states is $6 billion united states dollars. 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 the machinery in place for their respective attorney generals to collaborate and ensure recovery over $500 million in united states funds that we have invested around the world. we congratulate the united states government 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 well as the protection of people's freedoms. we commit to ensure that all documented cases of human rights abusers are investigated. i thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, 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. last week in the supreme court case over the travel ban, the
lawyers for the opponents said if he would apologize for some of your rhetoric during the campaign, the old case would go away. pres. trump: 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. if i 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. pres. trump: we have been watching it. >> in your 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, extremely 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 and release 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. >> mr. president, when you are sitting down in the oval office with president trump who ran on 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 receptive was he?
>> i can't understand what you mean by united states presence in my country. 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. >> you 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 contributing to that job, but they've done a great job. what we want to do is open nigeria and other countries up to trade. because we have 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. >> i think it sends the right message. in seven years, the deal will have expired and iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons. acceptable. seven years is tomorrow. if anything it has proven right
withisrael has done today the news conference. prime mr. netanyahu just gave it acceptablet an situation. idly.re not sitting back they are sending off missiles which they say are for television purposes. we will see. i'm not telling you what i'm doing. on or before the 12th, we will make a decision. this is an agreement that was many people and it is horrible for the united states, including the fact that iran $150 billion and $1.8 billion in cash. nigeria would like some of that. do you know what we got? nothing. that doesn't mean i would not negotiate a new agreement. we will see what happens.
what is happening today and ove rthr the last little while has shown that i've been 100% right. you're thet buhari, first leader from sub-saharan africa to visit president trump at the white house. did you address his comments from earlier this year when he reportedly used older language to describe african nations? whatam really careful with the press says about others. the validityabout allegation was true or not. the best thing for me is to keep quiet. pres. trump: we didn't discuss it. you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and tough as his olympian.
tough places to live in. we didn't discuss it because the president knows me. mr. president, you can ask a question. >> my name is juliana. insident trump, nigeria is dire need of the aircraft to tackle the problem back home. would you be kind enough to release at least two before 2020 to enable the country to tackle the situation in the country? how soon will you be visiting nigeria? pres. trump: i would like to visit nigeria. would like very much to visit nigeria. it is an amazing country. beauty of the country that there is no country more beautiful.
the first part of your question, i could not hear what you are saying. >> the helicopters. >>. we love helicopters. he likes them more than i do. they are buying a lot of. >> we want to know how soon will you deliver them? pres. trump: very soon. we're getting them approved. part of the problem is you were not allowed to buy helicopters in our country and now you are. to buy thet allowed helicopters in our country for various reasons which were not good reasons. now they get them and they get them quickly and they are the best helicopters anywhere in the world. our friends can now buy that equipment. did you have a question for the president? >> president trump.
they say corruption is one of the greatest achievements that the nigerian government has presented to the world. to what extent did you disclose the need to go back to nigeria? illegalreduce immigration from nigeria to your country. >> we've discussed all of those topics that link over the last period of time. in terms of corruption, nigeria has a reputation for massive corruption. the president has been able to cut that down substantially. he is working on it and they have made a lot of progress. we have a lot of people in this country and the country itself
that invests in nigeria. on that corruption element is very important to us. president will be able to do that. >> mr. president, where are we. >> can you discuss the need for the u.s. to increase the import of crude oil in nigeria? >> we have a lot of work to do luckily for us we have a good market for crude. the progress made in technology is necessary for our economy.
pres. trump: i think more than anything else what we discussed today was our agricultural products going into nigeria. we certain barriers that do not allow that to happen. for the good of nigeria and all thatrica it is important we are able to sell our products into nigeria. , everybody. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: it is an interesting thought and i had the thought. we're looking at various countries including singapore and we're talking about the possibility of the dmz, peace house or freedom house.
some people may don't like the look and some like it very much. i threw it out as an idea. moon. president we connected with north korea. there is something i like about it because you are actually there and if things work out there is a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third-party country. we are looking at the possibility of doing it in that location and other countries such as singapore. everybody wants this and it is a chance to be a big event. the united states has never been closer to potentially having toething happen with respect
the korean peninsula that can get rid of nuclear weapons, can create so many positive things and peace and safety for the world. i often say, who knows. kim jong-un who has been very open and very straightforward so is talking about getting rid of the site which was their big site. he's talking about no research and no launching a ballistic missiles. he has lived up to that for a long period of time. longer than anybody has seen. the ticket will be a great celebration if it works out. if it doesn't, then that is the way it goes. >> are you still confident that the summit will happen? >> i think it will happen.
i think it will be a success but we will see. -- yous not a success have to get rid of the nuclear weapons. if it is not a success, i will respectfully leave. .hank you very much [inaudible] anna tonight on landmark cases, the new york times versus the united states, better known as the pentagon papers case. daniel ellsberg released a top-secret pentagon study to the