President Trump Meets with Japanese Prime Minister Abe CSPAN April 26, 2019 10:54pm-11:19pm EDT
earlier he instructed his and ministration to boycott the dinner live coverage of the president's rally saturday at 8 p.m. eastern following the rally watch live coverage at 9:30 of the white house correspondents dinner with featured speaker author and historian ron chernow. japanese prime minister shinzo abe is in washington for two days to discuss a range of security and economic issues. on his arrival at the white house, the prime minister and the president spoke to reporters. this is about 25 minutes. pres. trump: thank you very much. it is my honor to have a friend
prime minister abe. we have many things to discuss, including trade, including some of the numbers that came out this morning. had a very big number 3.2 gdp for the first quarter, usually the worst quarter. that also included a little bit of a dispute we had during the quarter. so, 3.2 is far above expectation. i guess many think it will -- would be in the ones. knowing that first-quarter seems to always be the lowest, we're off to a good start for the year. if we had the previous administrations low interest rates and quantitative ieasing, pouring money into the system, 3.2 could've been 5. would's really quite, i not like to say surprise but for a lot of people it was a big surprise. very big number. the prime minister just two
pres. trump: i just returned from indiana. the big nra conference which was really terrific. and the weather was very rough. they said we might have to circle for an hour and i said i hope you do not have to do that because we can't keep this great gentleman waiting. we have the greatest pilots in the world and we have awfully good equipment at air force one. so, he landed a beautifully, no problem. japanese]ating into pres. trump: and tonight, the
prime minister and the great first lady of japan will be having dinner with us. we're celebrating our first lady's birthday. it is her birthday. so, i said to melania, would you like to have mr. and mrs. prime minister and mrs. abe join us for your birthday? she said, i can't think of anybody i would rather have. >> [translating into japanese] pres. trump: so, we'll be having dinner tonight is the white house. be right after this evening having our representatives with us at the the cabinet
room. i think a lot will be accomplished. it has gotten very complicated with why this happened with prices and trade deal throughout the world. we are doing good with our negotiations with china. some of our people are leaving for china on monday. and we're getting there. it could be very interesting. we'll see. i don't like to talk about things and i will talk about thing but who knows what happened? strange things could happen for better or worse but we are doing very well those trade negotiations. are very goodwe trade negotiation going right now with japan which is the primary reason the prime minister is here. [translating into japanese]
amount of equipment from the united states. we will be discussing that. we will be discussing very strongly agriculture because, as the prime minister knows, japan puts very massive tariffs on our want to get and we rid of those tariffs. we don't tariff their cars. been done byave previous administrations, many previous administrations. it has been a long time, but i am sure we will be able to work it out. we have a chance to make a long-term trade deal with japan. japanese][speaking
pres. trump: tomorrow we will be early leaving for a quick round of golf at a beautiful place on the potomac river. we will play a quick round of golf, and then i am going to wisconsin tomorrow. we have a tremendous crowd tomorrow night for a speech and rally or whatever you want to call it. we had 69,000 people sign up and i believe the arena holds about 10,000.
pres. trump: thank you very much for being here, and you have a lot of fun. p.m. abe: [speaking japanese] translator: i would like to express my deep appreciation. also, we are going to celebrate the first lady's birthday today. i do look forward to celebrating this special day with you. p.m. abe: [speaking japanese]
may,lator: on the first of the crown prince succeeds to the imperial throne and the crown will enter a new era under the new emperor. [speaking japanese] translator: under the new era, president trump and the first lady will be the very first guest we will invite. it is a pleasure and honor for us to welcome you and madam first lady. statement will show
inside and outside. our alliance will remain on wavered and we will demonstrate our strong commitment to addressing various challenges we see in the international community. p.m. abe: [speaking japanese] translator: we would like to congratulate you on your great performance, namely the three point 2% in gdp growth in the first quarter of the year. gdp growth in the first quarter of the year. japanese][speaking
translator: since president trump took office, japanese business communities have milliond a total of 23 u.s. dollar investments to the united states, which will create 43,000 jobs in the united states. japan is number one in its investments to the united states as well as the number of jobs we create in the united states. japanese][speaking translator: in order for us to see further development of hope
economies of -- of the economies of both japan and the united would urge you to have a discussion with you on the trade deal we are now negotiating with each other. p.m. abe: [speaking japanese] translator: in regards to the , the unitedutos states has been a 2.5% tax on japanese autos. in any case, we would like to proceed with further negotiations that we are now having for a mutually beneficial outcome for both our countries.
p.m. abe: [speaking japanese] cap also -- and also, i am going to host the g20 summit in the month of june of this year, in order for us to bring this summit to a successful conclusion, i would our cooperation as well as partnership at today's meeting. wait to play another round of golf with you tomorrow, and i hope that tomorrow will be a sunny day. pres. trump: it will be beautiful. p.m. abe: thank you very much. pres. trump: i want to thank you. japanese car companies are coming in at a level we have not seen in many decades. toyota is investing $40 billion
in a short dpm of time. they're going to pennsylvania, north carolina, south carolina, kentucky. we are really getting a lot of business from japan. i appreciate that we are trying to bring some balance to the surplus that they have with the united states for many years. but it will all work out. but they are making the biggest investments they have ever made in the united states, in particular car companies. they are coming in. a lot of that has to do with new agreements we have been making, and some of it has to do with the trade agreement. i very much look forward to discussing that today. event,as your very big that's a very big event. and when we were in japan together, we were talking about it, and the invitation was made, and i said, i don't know if i can make it. let me ask you a question.
how big is that event compared to the super bowl for the japanese? the prime minister said, it's about 100 times bigger. i said if that's the case, i'll be there. it has been 130 some odd years it has happened. it is a very unusual thing. we are talking about raining through blood for over 3000 years, the longest in the world. it is a very big event. it is very exciting, actually. translator: [speaking japanese]
[indiscernible] and this will happen for the first time in approximately 200 years. [speaking japanese] translator: under the new emperor, president trump and madam first lady will be the very first state guests. that's why i look forward to welcoming you two in japan. pres. trump: that's really nice and an honor on behalf of our country, not just the first lady and myself. we really look forward to that. on a lighter note, we will also be going, perhaps, to a sumo wrestling match. i've always found that fascinating. in fact, we are having a trophy made in this country and we will give a trophy to the winner of the championship.
that will be good, and i'm sure the media will like that, but it's something i will enjoy very much. we may be doing that. minister, youme are my friend, and i appreciate the visit, and i think we will accomplish a lot. we will also talk about north korea, where we are working together closely with others. i think it is going well. thank you all very much. i think it can go fairly quickly. maybe by the time we our over there, we can sign it over there. but it is moving along very nicely. reporter: is there a situation you can see where don mcgann is charged with perjury? pres. trump: i don't want to talk about that now. we are other things talking about, but i will respond to that at a later date. thank you. reporter: to follow-up on your comments last night, saying
there is an attempted coup to topple your presidency, what do you mean by a coup? pres. trump: if you look at what has been happening in all the things you have been seeing with the insurance policy statement from two agents that are now gone, if you look at many of the -- ands of intrigue friendly, we are going to be seeing a lot over the next couple of weeks, things a lot of people have not seen. what took place here was a very terrible situation, how this ,hole ridiculous, $35 million unlimited personnel, how this all started, i think you will find it of great interest. most of you know the answer to it, anyway. the fair press, the people who know what they are doing, or the people who are indeed fair. they know the answer to it. we are going to see. but what took place over the years,riod of almost two
and really before that, much before that, in all fairness to robert mueller, things happened long before he even started. what took place is a disgrace to our country, and it hurt our country, and a lot of people have been let go. and i don't mean by me -- they have been dismissed, fired, they have left in disgrace. foreally is a sad moment the country, but ultimately it will be a healing factor. thank you all very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: saturday at 2:30 p.m. eastern, but tv has live coverage from the museum with
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