President Trump Brazilian President Bolsonaro Hold News Conference CSPAN March 19, 2019 5:41pm-6:10pm EDT
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both are critics of nicolas maduro. after their oval office meeting, the two took questions in the white house rose garden. president trump: thank you very much, everyone. thank you. today, i am very thrilled to ofcome president bolsonaro brazil for his first visit to the white house. , i want toolsonaro congratulate you again on your tremendous election victory. last october, it was an
incredible feat and really a truly incredible challenge, and the end result was something the whole world was talking about. are going tohat we have a fantastic working relationship. we have many views that are similar, and we certainly feel very, very close to each other on trade. brazil's relationship with the united states with our friendship is probably better than it has been by far. i also went to congratulate you on your recovery from a horrible ordeal. -- i want to congratulate you on your recovery. the people of your country know it. great bravery. you have shown tremendous bravery. for two centuries, the brazilian and american people have been united by shared values including an enduring love of
faith and country. the united stationers -- united states was the first to --ognize was ill, and in the the first to recognize brazil and the first to contribute troops to the allied war effort. today, the united states and brazil are the two largest democracies and economies in the western hemisphere. we are in close agreement on the incredible opportunities and continuing challenges facing our region, and we have a truly historic chance to forge even stronger ties between our two great nations. this afternoon, the president and i discussed many of our mutual priorities, including venezuela. brazil has been an extraordinary leader in supporting this witness whalen people's efforts to reclaim their democracy. along with united states, brazil
was one of the first nations to interime venezuela's president, juan guaido. i also want to express our profound gratitude to president bolsonaro and all the brazilian people for their efforts to provide humanitarian aid. we also thank you for allowing to haveed states assistance and massive aid on the brazilian border. the brazilian people have been incredible. together, we could and have been really very happy to feed thousands and thousands of starving venezuelans. the venezuelan people have appreciated it, and if the maduro forces would step aside, it could be a truly great and successful humanitarian project. we call on members of the
venezuelan military to end their support for maduro, who is really nothing more than a human puppet, and finally set their people free. brazil arestates and also united in support of the long-suffering people of cuba and nicaragua. socialismht hour of has arrived in our hemisphere, and hopefully, by the way, it has also arrived at twilight , which our great country is doing better than it has ever done economically. the last thing we want in the united states is socialism. bolsonaro, i will tell you that we will be consulting and talking a lot. ourill be working on all of both problems and assets, and we
are making tremendous strides. we had a great meeting today. bolsonaro, isident also intend to designate brazil as a major non-nato ally or even possibly, if you start thinking about it, maybe a nato ally. have to talk to a lot of people, but maybe a nato ally, which would greatly advance security and cooperation between our two countries. our nations are already working together to protect our people from terrorism, transnational crime, and drugs and weapons trafficking. also, human trafficking, which is really become something that has come to the forefront of crime. a horrible, horrible situation. we look forward to an even deeper partnership and working together. in our meetings, we also discussed the strong economic ties between our nations, grounded in the principles of fairness and reciprocity, my favorite word, reciprocity.
president bolsonaro and i are both committed to reducing trade barriers and facilitating innovation a range of industries, particular energy, infrastructure, agriculture, and technology. the president's vision of freeing the private sector and opening the economy is the right way for brazil to achieve strong economic growth, and our great companies are ready to go when that table is flat and free. to improve our business relationships, we have revived and we.-brazil forum, have started a new u.s.-brazil energy forum. welcome brazil's aspirations to join organization for economic cooperation development , a laudable goal and one that will make brazil's status as a developed and developing country . we also hope all of us will be able to work together, all
nations. i am also pleased to announce that after 20 years of talks, we are finalizing a technology safeguards agreement to allow u.s. companies to conduct space launches from brazil. it is actually an incredible location when you study it and when you see it. we will not go into it now, but because of the location, tremendous amounts of money would be saved. to put it very simply, the flights are a lot shorter. brazil's proximity to the equator makes it an ideal launch location. might administration is committed to reviving america's proud legacy of space. working, as you know, on space force. we are grateful for brazil' is partnership. mr. president, i thank you for your visit today and the strong and thriving friendship between brazil and the united states,
and brazil is essential for a future of prosperity and security for all of our citizens. it has been a wonderful time getting to know you. you are doing a fantastic job. you brought the country together, and i look forward to working with you in a very close relationship for many years to come. thank you. thank you very much. mr. president, thank you very much. >> your excellency, the president of the united states of america, my cabinet ministers. members of the delegations joining us in the session today, both from brazil and the u.s., ladies and gentlemen, media professionals, other guests. president very much, trump, for your warm hospitality. it is an honor to be in washington on my first bilateral trip since i was elected
president of brazil. i would like to take the opportunity, by the way, to invite you to reciprocate, because you will, indeed, be very welcomed by the people of brazil. i have always admired the united states of america, in this sense of admiration has just increased after you took office. this meeting of hours today restores an old, traditional partnership and a new era of cooperation between brazil and the united states. we have again decided to promote matters that have been a matter of business for decades, and it and explorevercome what is between brazil and the united states. after all, it is fair to say
this is not anti-american. the reforms that we have been taken -- taking has changed brazil. also, this is totally changing the business environment. will beport to brazil construed as a gesture of mutual understanding, which will be very emblematic as part of the close, close ties we aspire to. the private sectors of both countries should remain high-profile players in our relations, and that is why we have decided to restore the ceo forum between brazil and the u.s. we also want to have a priority for a forum on energy.
the brazilian government, as a sign of goodwill, has granted exemption to u.s. nationals for further encourage tourists and business travelers. cooperation work front, we have signed a technology safeguard agreement which will, in turn, enable the satellite launch center, and as wes -- has expanded seek out partnerships and new development. science, technology, and innovation to video -- novation activity can occur due to the bilateral agreement. efforts to tackle terrorism and organized crime is a matter of utmost urgency for our two peoples. we have decided to strengthen our security and do more against money laundering and drug trafficking. establishing democracy is
shared. coalitiona broad known as the sao paulo forum, which nearly conquered power throughout latin america in recent times. however, by democratic means, we were able to rid ourselves of this in brazil. in conclusion, let me say that brazil and the united states stand side-by-side in our efforts to assure liberties and respect to traditional family lifestyles, our respect to god, -- andideas that are against fake news. drawing inspiration from ronald what isi wish to bring summarized in the following citation. people should say what the government can do and not the other way around. the united states changed in
2017, and brazil has just started to change. we stand together side-by-side to the oldman's benefit of our two nations. we want to have a great america, yes, and we also want to have a great brazil. once again, recognition to donald trump on a day where we two,promise between the the largest democracies in the western hemispheres. god bless brazil, and god bless the united states of america. thank you. [applause] [applause] pres. trump: i will take a couple of questions. roberta, please. >> thank you very much. on venezuela, you did the tough sanctions and sent the aid, but it seems like maduro is no closer to leaving. i am wondering if you are getting worried about losing momentum and how long are you being told is this going to take? pres. trump: i am not being told any specific time.
they have been there a long time. at some point, i would imagine things will change. we have not done the tough sanctions yet, and we can. all options are open. we have not done the toughest of sanctions. we have done right down the middle, but we can go a lot tougher if we need to do that. it is a very sad thing. we are not looking for anything other than taking care of a lot of people starving and dying in the streets. this was one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and all of a sudden it is stricken, poverty-stricken, no food, no water, no air, no anything. no power for a long time last week. that will break down again because it is held together by thread. it is very sad to see.
>> president bolsonaro? are you open to the idea of allowing a u.s. base or u.s. military personnel or military presence in brazil to provide support to venezuela and is that something you talked about today? pres. bolsonaro: we have discussed the possibility of brazil becoming a great ally and extra nato. recently, we requested that food was sent through the capital through our friends from america so that humanitarian aid was provided to venezuela. this is where we stand. for as much as it is possible to do things together to sort out the issue of the venezuelan
dictatorship. brazil will be more than ready to take freedom and democracy to that country. which up until recently was one of the wealthiest countries in south america, but nowadays, people are starving to death and suffering violence, lack of medication, there is something terrible going on in there. and we need to put an end to this issue, which is pervasive to the whole world. >> hello, from bloomberg. i would like to know if the u.s. actually has a military intervention in venezuela, what is the position of brazil? pres. bolsonaro: there are
issues, if you speak, they are no longer strategic, therefore the reserved issues which may be discussed, if they have not yet, will not become public, evidently. i remember, when a candidate asked another candidate what he would do to fight the islamic state, he said if i say i will no longer be able to beat it. so it is a matter of strategy. for everything we have discussed here will be honored, certain pieces of information may not be debated publicly. >> president trump, regarding the military intervention, you think about the possibility of fighting venezuela to remove maduro from power? pres. trump: as i said, all options are open. i think of all possibilities. all options are open. we will see what happens. by the way i see in the , audience, the son of the president who has been fantastic. will you please stand up?
the job you have done during a tough period of time is fantastic. your father appreciates it. i can tell you. fantastic job. from the daily caller. >> thank you. two questions. first on the 2020 election. there are a growing number of democratic candidates who have endorsed the idea of adding seats to the supreme court. is that something that you would entertain? pres. trump: i would not entertain it. the only reason is that they want to try and catch up. if they cannot catch up through the ballot box by winning an , then they want to try to do it in a different way. we would have no interest in that. it will not happen for six years. >> another question on social media. you tweeted in support of congressman nunez's suit against twitter. this is part of a larger discussion about making social media companies liable for the content on their platform which they are not currently.
is that an idea or law that you would support? pres. trump: we have to do something. i tell you, i have many, many millions of followers on twitter, and it is different than it used to be. things are happening, names are taken off. people are not getting through. you have heard the same complaints. it seems to be that if they are conservative, republicans, or in a certain group there is big discrimination. i see it after lately on twitter and facebook. , i really focus more on the one platform. and i have many different platforms, i guess we have almost 60 million on twitter, and if you add them all up it is way over 100 million people. and i get to see firsthand what is going on, and it is not good. and we use the word collusion loosely, and i will tell you that there is collusion with respect to that because something has to be going on. and when you get the back office statements made by executives of
the various companies and you see the level of hatred that they have for a certain group of people that happen to be in power and have won the election, you say that is unfair. something is happening with those groups of folks running facebook, google, and twitter. and i do think that we have to get to the bottom of it. it is very fair. it is collusive and fair to say that we have to do something about it. if we do not, the incredible thing is that we can win an election, and have such a stacked deck which includes networks, frankly. if you look at the news and newscasts. i call it fake news. i am very proud to hear the president use the term fake news. but you look at what is happening with the networks and with different shows and, it is hard to believe that we will win. you know, i tell you, what it
really shows -- the people are smart and will get it. they go through all of that whatever it is, and in the end they pull the right lever. it is a very dangerous situation. i think i agree, i think that something has to be looked at closely. >> another question on the 2020 election. a number of the democrats were ho are running to replace the president have considered socialist ideas. you have spoken critically of that. if a candidate who embraced socialism would win, how would it affect your relationship with the united states? pres. bolsonaro: it is an internal affair, we will respect with the ballots tell us, but i do believe that donald trump will be reelected fully. yeah this was the same with what , happened to me.
i think everyone will repeat their vote in america. every day, more and more people who are prone to socialism and communism slowly will be opening their minds to the reality, and you can see the border with venezuela and brazil was recently closed, not for brazilians who were pro-socialism would go into venezuela, but venezuelans who are pro-democracy would go into brazil. this feeling most certainly will be very much seen when 2020 comes. pres. trump: mr. president, thanks you very much. you want to go? go ahead. you look like a nice person. watch, this will be the killer of all time. >> thank you, mr. president. the u.s. is not supporting the entry of brazil into the oecb, and will you be supporting it? what have you asked as a
trade-off? pres. trump: we will be supporting and will have a great relationship in so many different ways. that is just something that we will be doing in honor of the president and brazil. we will be asking for things, but not necessarily to do with that. i think we will have a very fair relationship. pres. bolsonaro: thank you. [laughter] >> does the united states expect the influence of china into brazil? yesterday, it was mentioned that it would incentivize relationships with china. anddid the u.s. see that what did you say about the china -- about china and brazil to president trump? pres. bolsonaro: brazil is going to keep on making as much business with as many countries as possible. businesses will be in the ideology that it used to be. we are also following this objective for the good of our people. pres. trump: thank you very
much. i appreciate it. thank you very much. [applause] >> another round of talks next week? >> any expectations on the robert mueller report, sir? [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: if you missed any of that news conference, we will show it again in primetime.
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