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  Presidents Oval Office Meeting With NATO Secretary General  CSPAN  May 18, 2018 5:58am-6:12am EDT

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we have a little ways to go, but many billions of dollars of additional money has been raised, and i really appreciate the great job that you're doing. as most people know, you've been extended for a long period of time and i was very much at -- i think, with my leadership and, really, the fact is, we pushed it very hard because this gentleman does a tremendous job at nato and i appreciate it. thank you. sec. gen. stoltenberg: thank you so much. pres. trump: thank you very much. sec. gen. stoltenberg: thank you so much, mr. president, for hosting me and my delegation once again here at the white house. let me thank you for your leadership you show on the issue of defense spending because it is very important that we all contribute more to our shared security, and it is really having an impact because, as you said, allies are now spending more on defense. all allies are increasing their defense budgets.
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pres. trump: you give me credit for that? sec. gen. stoltenberg: you have helped do that because your leadership has been important and it has had great impact. we see that because all allies increase and add billions to the budget. that is important because we live in a more unpredictable world and we need strong nato and we need to invest more in our security. pres. trump: well, thank you very much for being here. it is an honor. sec. gen. stoltenberg: thank you. reporter: mr. president, can i ask you a question about north korea? pres. trump: nothing has changed on north korea that we know of. we have not been told anything, and if it does, that is fine. if it does not, we will probably have a very successful meeting. but, we have not been told anything. we are just reading stories like you are. we have heard certain things from south korea. we will see what happens. if the meeting happens, it happens.
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if it doesn't, we go on to the next step. reporter: is this a typical thing that north korea does? did you expect this? pres. trump: i really don't know. i want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. i think -- i can only say, people are literally dealing with them right now in terms of making arrangements for the meeting. that is different than what you read, but often times, what you read, if it is not fake news, is true. we will see what happens and we are dealing with them now. we may have the meeting, we may not have the meeting. if we don't have it, that will be very interesting. we will see what happens. the border is quite strong. i think things changed a little bit when they met with china. they met a second time, as you know. kim jong-un had a second meeting with china, which was a little bit of a surprise meeting and we have many of the chinese here today, as you know, big delegations negotiating trade because the united states has been ripped off for many, many years by its bad trade deals. i do not blame china. i blame our leadership of this country from the past. we have been ripped off by china, an evacuation of wealth like no country has ever seen
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before, given to another country that has rebuilt itself based on a lot of the money they have taken out of the united states, and that is not going to happen anymore, but, there has been a big difference since they had the second meeting with president xi. with that being said, my attitude is, whatever happens, happens. either way, we are going to be in great shape. reporter: would you consider personal outreach to kim to get him moving toward, keep him moving toward -- pres. trump: we will see what happens. look, you have to want to do it. with deals, that is what i do is deals. with deals, you have to have two parties that want to do it. he absolutely wanted to do it. perhaps he does not want to do it. perhaps they spoke with china, that could be right. president xi, a friend of mine, a great guy, but he is for china and i am for the united states, and that is the way it is and i suspect it is never going to change. i will say this -- we are continuing to negotiate in terms
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of location, the location as to where to meet, how to meet, rooms, everything else, and they have been negotiating like nothing happened. if you read the newspapers, maybe it won't happen. i can't tell you yet. i will tell you very shortly. we're going to know very soon. steve? steve: what are you going to tell the chinese trade officials? pres. trump: i have been telling china we are -- you people have been covering trade and you have been covering china and you have been covering everything for a long time. have you ever even seen a negotiating trade? nobody has ever seen anybody from our country even negotiate on trade. trade with china, and with other countries -- i am not just blaming china. china is the biggest. trade has been a total one way street. right outside of this nation, you take money out like -- by the bucket loads into others, whether it is the european union, which you know so well, whether it is japan, or south korea, or i can name almost every single country in the world.
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we had nobody representing us and now you have somebody that is very good at this stuff -- me -- representing us. china has taken out hundreds of billions of dollars a year from the united states. i explained to president xi, we can't do that anymore. we just can't do that anymore. it's a much different situation, but with all the years and all the years you've covered, trade, and nations, and wars, and everything else, you have never seen a people come over from china to work on a trade deal. will that be successful? i tend to doubt it. the reason i doubt it is because china has become very spoiled. the european union has become very spoiled. other countries have become very spoiled because they always got 100 percent of whatever they wanted from the united states. we can't allow that to happen anymore. we are an incredible country. we have incredible potential. the potential we have is incredible.
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we lost $800 billion on trade last year, if you add it all up, of which china was around the $500 billion mark. we lost $800 billion, can you believe that? is that an amazing thing to even think about? we lost $800 billion on trade. we are not going to be doing that any longer. reporter: what is happening with zte? are you going to lift the ban -- pres. trump: zte was a company that i spoke to with president xi. he asked me if i would take a look at that because it was very harmful to them in terms of their jobs, and probably other things, and i certainly said i would. he asked me to do it and i would do that. i would certainly, had a great respect. i like him. he likes me. we have a great relationship. he asked me if i would look at zte. don't forget, it was my administration, with my full knowledge, that put very, very strong clamps on zte. it was not anybody else. it was not president obama. it wasn't president bush. it was me.
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i put a very strong clamps on zte. they did very bad things to our country. they did very bad things to our economy. the one thing i will say, they also buy a large portion of their parts for the phones that ey make, and they are the fourth-largest company in terms of that industry. they buy those parts from the united states. it's a lot of business. we have a lot of companies that will not be selling those parts. the president of china, president xi, asked me to look at it. i said i would look at it. anything we do with zte is always -- it is just a small component of the overall deal. i can only tell you this -- we are going to come out fine with china. hopefully china is going to be happy. i think we will be happy, and as the expression goes, when you are losing $500 billion a year on trade, you cannot lose the trade war. you've already lost it. we have had horrible
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representatives in this country that have allowed other countries to get away with murder, and those days are gone, those days are over. so, we just want fairness for the workers of this country and for the united states. that is what is going to happen. ok? i will let you know about, as time goes by, we will let you know -- as of this moment, everything we know -- i mean, north korea is actually talking to us about times and everything else as though nothing happened. will it happen? will we be going on that very special date, and can some great things happen? you know, we are going to be looking at it very soon. reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: the libyan model is not a model we have it all when we are thinking of north korea. in libya, we decimated that country. that country was decimated. there was no deal to keep qadhafi. the libyan model that was
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mentioned was a much different deal. this would be, with kim jong-un, something where he would be there, would be in his country. he would be running his country. his country would be very rich. his people are tremendously industrious. if you look at south korea, this would be a south korean model in terms of their industry, in terms of what they do. they are hard-working, incredible people. the libyan model was a much different model. we decimated that country. we never said to qadhafi, we are going to give you protection, we are going to give you military strength, we are going to give you all of these things. we went in and we decimated him. we did the same thing with iraq. now, whether or not we should have, i could tell you, i was against it from the beginning, because look at what we have right now. we've spent $7 trillion -- can you believe that -- $7 trillion in the middle east. right out the window. you might as well throw the money right out the window.
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we have done a lot of infrastructure, we have had airports approved. you saw that, a lot of things are happening. we spent $7 trillion in the middle east, and look where we are right now. it is pretty sad. the model, if you look at that model with qadhafi, that was a total decimation. we went in there to beat them. now, that model would take place if we do not make a deal, most likely. but, if we make a deal, i think kim jong-un is going to be very, very happy. i really believe he is going to be very happy. this is just the opposite. i think, when john bolton made that statement, he was talking about, if we are going to be having a problem, because we cannot let that country have nukes. we just can't do it. that is the way it meant. it is really just the opposite. because, again, if you look at syria, that was total decimation. reporter: what security guarantees are you willing to --
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pres. trump: we are willing to do a lot and he is willing to do a lot, i think, also. i think we will have a good relationship, assuming we have the meeting. he will get protections that will be strong. syria never had protections. if you look at iraq, libya. they did not have protection. they had the exact opposite. that was absolute decimation that is what we plan to do and that is what we did. i am not going to talk about that. he will have adequate protection and we will see how it turns out. the best thing he could do is to make a deal. i have a feeling, however, for various reasons, may be including trade, because they have never had this problem before, it could be that he is
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influencing kim jong-un. we will see what happens. meaning the president of china, president xi could be influencing kim jong-un. we will see. if you remember, a few weeks ago, out of nowhere, kim jong-un went to china to say hello, again, a second time to president xi. i think they were dedicating an paid forcarrier largely by the united states. thank you very much, everybody. >> thank you. please start making your way towards the door. thank you. >> thank you, everybody. >> it is time to go. please start exiting towards the door.