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  President Trump Meets with Austrian Chancellor  CSPAN  February 20, 2019 3:01pm-3:10pm EST

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energy he has left, and an iron determination to give every last ounce of strength to the memoirs, to the completing of this book. he doesn't want to write his memoirs and but is compelled to buy a few calamitous circumstances in the last few years of his life, including bankruptcy and the diagnosis of his fatal cancer. sunday nightsamet, at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's q and a. >> president trump sat down with the austrian chancellor this afternoon at the white house. they spoke about the importance of the u.s.-austria relationship and president trump than took questions on a variety of topics including an upcoming meeting with north korea and trade negotiations. the chancellor is europe's youngest head of government.
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president trump: hello, everyone. it is great to be with the chancellor of austria. we have a tremendous relationship long-term with austria and we are going to be discussing numerous things, immigration today but we are also discussing trade. we have a very big trade presence at a very good relationship on trade, doing a lot of business with each other and chancellor, it is nice to have you. thank you, very much. chancellor: thank you, mr. president for receiving us in the u.s.. it's a pleasure for my delegation and for me to be here. austria, as you probably know, is compared to the u.s., we are small-town people but a beautiful country and economically quite strong. you would probably say a great country. we are an active member of the european union.
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it's a small country, we need international cooperation and therefore i hope we can discuss now our nations and the relations between the european union and the united states of america on trade and how we can gain economic growth for the u.s. but also for europe and probably national issues like the middle east, korea and probably also russia. president trump: thank you very much. i appreciate it. are you: mr. president, going to put auto tariffs on the europeans? president trump: where time to make a deal. it's difficult to make a deal with the eu, they have been very difficult over the years. we are negotiating with them and if we don't make the deal we will do the tariffs. reporter: [inaudible]
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president trump: it's a study that is underway. we have studied it very carefully and have seen the results. the bottom-line result is if we can make a deal with the eu is fair. we use about 150 billion dollars trading with the eu. that's a lot of money. for years that wouldn't meet with the obama administration and they are meeting with us. so we will see what happens. we will see what happens. reporter: [inaudible] upsident trump: that will be to the attorney general. he is a tremendous man, a tremendous person who really respects this country. that will be totally up to the new attorney general. i understandwhat that will be totally up to the attorney general, ok? reporter: there are reports about decriminalizing homosexuality around the world?
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president trump: i don't know what you're talking about. we have many reports. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: we are going to have a great meeting, we have a great relationship and our countries have a great relationship. and you are a young guy. but we have a very good relationship. we have a great trade relationship and that is pretty much what we are going to be talking about today. reporter: -- your director of national intelligence? president trump: i haven't even thought about it. reporter: [inaudible] i spoket trump: while this morning with prime minister abe, i had a long conversation with him. we talked about the trip next week vietnam which i think will be very successful. the first trip to singapore was
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very successful. we will be meeting with chairman kim for two days and i think we will accomplish a lot. we started off with a very good meeting and i think we will continue that along. this won't be the last meeting by any chance, but the relationship is very strong. when we started, as you know there were a lot of problems. there were missiles going all over, there were hostages that were being held, there were remains we wanted to get back, there were many, many things. now there is no nuclear testing, no missiles going up and we have a good relationship, a very good relationship i would say. so i spoke with prime minister abe of japan about that and we compared notes and i think we are very much on the same wavelength. it was a good meeting, a good conversation. reporter: [inaudible] now, i don'tmp: think they are reluctant. i think they wanted to do something. but you have been talking about this for 80 years. they have been talking about this for many years and no
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administration has done anything. we have gotten taken to the cleaners and i think we have a really meaningful relationship. we will see what happens. the sanctions are on, i haven't taken sanctions off. i would love to be able to but in order to do that we have to do something that is meaningful on the other. but chairman kim and i have a very good relationship. i wouldn't be surprised to see something work out. i really believe that as an economic power, because of its location in between, i mean you look at a map and you see russia, china and right in the middle of everything is south korea, but north korea smack in the middle. you have russia, china and then south korea and this is right in the middle. tremendous potential for economic well-being long-term, and i think he understands that very well. i think he might understand that better than anybody. so they have a great, great potential as a country and that is what they are looking to do.
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we will see, but we have made a lot of progress, we made a tremendous amount. that doesn't mean this will be the last meeting because i don't believe it will, but we have subjects to discuss which will be very fruitful. reporter: in the mccabe briefing with devon nunes telling him about the investigation? trump: andrew mccabe looks like a poor man's j edgar hoover. he looks like a disaster. what he was doing, he was caught i'm proud to say, we caught him. we will see what happens but he is a disgrace to man. he was terminated, not by me. he was terminated by others. the ig report was a disaster, a disaster from his standpoint. anybody reading the ig report would say, how could a man like this be involved with the fbi? the fbi has some of the greatest people, some of the finest
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people you will ever meet, but this man is a complete disaster. thank you all very much. thank you. questions]yelling [indiscernible voices] president trump: thank you, everybody. how many are here from austria, many? is he doing a good job? not bad, right? i think he is doing good. i give him my endorsement. >> j