Presidents Cabinet Room Meeting With NATO Secretary General CSPAN May 18, 2018 6:11am-6:30am EDT
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. thank you, all.
pres. trump: are you ok? thank you very today i am honored to welcome sec. gen. stoltenberg back to the white house as we prepare for the upcoming nato summit in july. that will be interesting and exciting. i have had the great pleasure of getting to know secretary-general stoltenberg over the last year. we have improved and strengthened nato and the nato alliance. the partnership we have forged increased member state contributions. the secretary-general has been working on that for a long time. more progress has been made in the last year and a half than
has been made in many years. weare delighted to report witnessed the single largest increase in defense spending and a quarter of a century. is quite a spectacular achievement. i congratulate you and congratulate you very much. many respects,in but that was a big one. we have countries that were not paying what they're supposed to be paying now. most countries are. not all. i think you will be able to handle the ones that aren't, right? i have confidence. i want to thank the seven nato nations who will meet their 2% nato defense spending. we pay much more than 2%, which is probably unfair and unfair to the taxpayers of the united states. whole and,er is
.atvia, lithuania, greece they paid, they were on time. they paid the number they are supposed to pay. we have some that do not. they will be dealt with. as a result of these contributions, nato is stronger. taking in billions and billions more dollars than they have before. and i secretary-general have discussed, more needs to be done. we are waiting on 20 member states to meet their commitments and spend at least 2% on defense. a very low number. it really should be 4%. 2% as a very low number. germany must demonstrate leadership in the alliance by addressing its long-standing defensel in contributions. germany has not contributed what it should be contributing and it
is a very big beneficiary, far bigger than the united dates, frankly. massive amounts of gas from russia and paying billions and billions of dollars . i think that is something we will discuss later and we will be discussing in our meeting and probably long before the meeting. fulle going to discuss the range of threats and we need every member state to honor its obligation. some do not. today, the united states reaffirms our commitment to , we renew our call on nations to demonstrate commitment to the alliance through actions, including by increasing defense contributions under article three requirement for preparedness and military capacity. you have to be prepared. you never know what is going to happen. i have called on nato to improve
its counterterrorism capabilities. more livesas claimed than nato countries than any other security threat. i would talk about it on the campaign and in all fairness to secretary-general stone berg -- stoltenberg, he listened to me. adopted an action terrorism,ht against which is becoming a fight all over the world. no matter where you go, places you would not have even thought about it. i discussed with secretary-general stoltenberg, our commitment to stopping nuclear proliferation, including the denuclearization of the korean peninsula. we want safety and peace for all koreans and the world.
my administration is committed to working with our allies to ambitionss nuclear and destabilizing activities across the middle east. no matter where you go, where there is a problem, there is iran right behind it. we are not going to have that anymore. we must be strong to defend from threats outside. the strength of the nato alliance does not depend on military might a loan, but the heat ties of history and culture and tradition that have united our civilization. we must renew these ties and rededicate to our shared heritage. we want a heritage of peace, strength, but peace. strength, but peace. you,t to thank secretary-general, for joining us. it is an honor.
for working with us to fortify , which hasliance stood as the work of freedom and prosperity. together, we will make nato and the nato alliance stronger. fairness, we need to be reciprocal. countries need to be reciprocal and what we are doing. are loyal and terrific and others are not. and we can not have that. a great honor to be with you. thank you very much. thank youstoltenberg: very much, mr. president, for hosting me and my delegation. it is great to see you again. i would like to thank you for your strong commitment. last time we met, your message was nato had to do more in the fight against terrorism and more on the defense spending.
leaders agreed and now we are delivering. we are stepping up efforts in the fight against terrorism, where we are increasing the support for the afghan government and also in iraq, we plan to launch a new training mission at the nato summit in july. spending, we have to do more. i would like to thank you for your leadership. impacted, is impacting allies, because allies are now increasing defense spending. they are adding billions to the budgets. your leadership on defense has really helped to make a difference and that is something i thank you for.
all allies have started to increase defense spending. no allies are cutting budgets anymore. more and more are at 2% of gdp for defense. we have to do more. will continue to work on defense spending because we need to invest more in our security when the world is more unpredictable today. we also support your efforts to try to find a peaceful, negotiated solution in the crisis of the korean peninsula. the aim should be to denuclearize, to make sure there are no nuclear weapons there, and stop the development of nuclear weapons and the missile program. therefore, we support the for having a summit. we think it is important to make
sure we still have pressure on north korea. north korea has seized this opportunity to solve the crisis on the korean peninsula. once again, thank you for your strong commitment. i look forward to continuing our discussion on these issues and many others. pres. trump: thank you very much. reporter: could you clarify the context of your use of the word "animal" yesterday? pres. trump: it has nothing to do with this meeting, but you know i am referring to the ms 13 games coming in -- ms-13 gangs. tape, look further in the you will see that. i am surprised you are asking this question. most people got it right. ms-13 are animals. they are coming into our
country, we get them out, they come in again, we get them out. we need strong immigration laws. we have laws that are laughed at on immigration. comes into our country, i refer to them as "animals," and i always will. we are getting them out by the thousands. it is a big, dangerous job. they are able to come back in, or new groups come back in from the gangs. [indiscernible] i think we helped syria by withdrawing from me deal,- from the iran which was a terrible deal for the united states and world. toefully, syria will start stabilize. it has been a horror show.
i have a great respect for the people of. . they are great people. it was a great coulter before it culturet was a great before it was horribly blown apart. friends of mine from the middle east say we used to go to syria. that was a place to go. you look at what has happened, it is sad. i would like to see syria come back. we have a long way to go. a lot of things will happen. reporter: [indiscernible] what do you think you have to achieve in the upcoming summit? pres. trump: i want to have peace in the world. that is what i really want. more so than the noble peace --ze, i would like to see
the nobel peace prize, i would like to see peace in the entire world. a tremendous part of the world and has tremendous potential. it has tremendous potential for its leader and its people. we will see how it works out. right now, we are dealing with that. we are dealing as though nothing happened. they are dealing with us, we are dealing with them. they are working out times and meeting places. if i read your various media, maybe it is not going to take place. if it does not take place, that is fine. if it does take place, tremendous things can happen. is it good to take the u.s. out of the iran deal? pres. trump: it was a ridiculous deal for the u.s. and the world.
reporter: [indiscernible] could reverse that. the european union has been terrible to the united states on trade. they have been terrible to our workers. the european union last year, we had a trade deficit. we never had anybody negotiating for us. frankly, the european union, outside of china, had a couple on trade asreats us a badly as you can be treated. not allowed to sell products into the european union. thes hard to sell cars into european union. germany has its mercedes and bmw's and cars pouring into the united states with no barriers. they pay a tiny tax. the european union charges a massive tax.
they do not even want the product. 151 billion dollars last year dealing with the european union. they can call me all sorts of names. if i were them, i would call me names, because it is not going to happen any longer. thank you. >> please exit out of this door, right now. journal", "washington live every day. coming up this morning, nebraska republican congressman jeff fortenberry talks about rural health insurance. discusses the russia investigation. be sure to watch "washington journal" at 7:00 eastern this morning. join the discussion. >> sunday on q and a, university of virginia history professor,
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