President Trump Japanese Prime Minister Hold Joint News Conference CSPAN May 28, 2019 4:05am-4:50am EDT
>> we would like to commence the joint press conference with resident abe and president donald trump. in the beginning prime minister by the speak followed remarks by president trump. minister, the floor is yours. may the first of emperor acceded to throne and we new era the dawn of the era. it is our pleasure that i'm able and lcome president trump
statemelania as the first guest guests in this era. for myself and my wife they are friends. we had the summit talk last month at white house and melania's birthday together. ext month he will be visiting japan again in order to come to summit. because of the peace and u.s. and egislation lands ave become and a that can -- alliance that can help one another. of the very close ersonal relationship with donald, the bond of u.s.-japan unshakable. become the closest in the whole world. n the new era, u.s. and japan
must lead for the peace and prosperity of the region and community as the genuinely global partners. and visit of president madam trump to japan is a golden show the y to clearly to the whole nd world and inside japan as well. express my to gratitude to the friendship of madam first mp and lady. at the summit talk today bearing latest north american situation we spent a time better f aligning our policies. and the ions of japan united states in this regard are completely on the same page. and madam rump
meet the ntinue to family members of the abduction just like two years ago when they visited japan. and give comfort victims.embers of the toward the resolution of the abduction issue at the earliest possible timing for and i'm oping determined that i have to face myself kim jung un directly without any conditions chairman t with the nd i would like to have discussions frankly and in complete candor. resident trump has expressed strong support to my determination as such by saying totallywould support me and would not spare any. me.ssisting we will have the close
ollaboration between the two countries and miss no opportunity and look forward the of the solution abduction issue. n today's summit meeting we welco progress he steady looking toward cooperation in including areas such s energy, digital and infrastructure. going forward we will walk hand n hand and promote the cooperation for the realization of this common vision of our two nations. we will promote the idea forcefully. with countries concerned lake -- australia, india france and work toward free and open in the pacific. e will enhance and expand or efforts.
we agreed on that. since president trump came to office, japanese companies decided on if you investments to tune of $24 billion to the nited states thereby creating 4, 4,-- 45,000 new jobs. dar president reform the conducted japanese companies are investments in ohio, ennsylvania, kentucky and others. they have decided to make new investments. those contributing most in the .s. economy are the japanese companies. one month since the last summit talks. span japanese companies
increased their investments to united states by $1 billion. ith this vigorous investment appetite, japanese companies are investments to the united states one after another. japanese nd relationship is developing with situations. following the joint statement of minister andar the mbassador are proceeding with the discussion and i welcome this discussion. talks between myself we should nt trump, uponve early out kocome based the trusted relationship between nations. we shall accelerate the pace of discussion. the g-20 ion month at
president trump -- i'm going to welcome him and looking forward to it. summit success of g-20 . and japan cooperation is indispensable. collaborate ue to cou closely. in a able to talk with him relaxed atmosphere like a game f golf and watching sumo wrestling and dinner where our spouses joined. trustful relationship was -- more enhanced. exuberance by the crowd in friendly m and excitement of the john public we public when the
presidential cup was handed a page was handed to sumo. you very much. together with president trump i go to visit our ship anchored and show the strong of u.s. and japan to people in japan and the world. again, i would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and madam melania for honoring us with your visit to as the first state guest era.he new thank you. then president trump of the the floor is yours. trump: prime minister abe, the first lady and i are honored to return to
this beautiful nation as japan's first state guest following then emperor.t of the we want to thank the imperial -- ly for there gracious invitation.us we are happy to be back in the tfrlt is e rising sun pleasure to take part and witness an ancient japanese radition as you begin the new imperial era. we look forward to seeing the continue his father's extraordinary legacy. and i were lania delighted to join you in tournament.sumo i have always wanted to see a sumo tournament. bigger and stronger than i thought and your national and new arena where i presented the
cup ever u.s. president's to the assume blow -- assume champion. we participated in a welcome majesty with her emperor and empress at the grand immateri immaterial palace. your culture fill us with a deep ofed a murray ration. -- of admiration. want to thank all the people of japan it welcoming us to this beloved sharing your heritage. a s visit has also been chance for prime minister abe close to strengthen our friendship and friendship between our two nations. the united between states and japan is a concernstone of stability in the and around the world. the prime minister and i ontinue our close consultation in pursuit of peace and security
peninsula.ean the essence of our approach is strength.ugh this is it a strong alliance. japan alliance is steadfast and ironclad. and stability. we continue to hope that hairman kim seizes the opportunity to transform his ccountant through denuclearization. it is a country with tremendous economic and other potential. united states stays ommitted to the issue of abductions which is top property for prime minister abe the with a group i met of japanese families who uffered the heart break of having their loved ones abducted by new york. -- by north korea. we will continue to support the them home.ring
our nations are cooperating on a issues.f other vital the united states supports apan's efforts to improve its did he ever capability and -- defense capability and, indicted large amounts of defense equipment to japan made in the united states. best equipment in the world. n 2018 japan was one of the world's top purchasers of merican defense country and announced its intention to brand-new f-35 stealth aircraft because you them.t see this -- cannot see them. t with give them the largest ally.fleet of any u.s. it is grounded in shared value. train and serve together around the world. omorrow i'll visit american troops stationed along the
japanese self-defensorses in -- defense forces in japan. i want to thank the japanese hosting our service members and mill tar families. military families. e are working to improve our working relationship. negotiating a y bilateral trade agreement it economies.th our goal is to reduce the trade japan, remove barriers of all kinds so that have a orts will really fair and profound footing. over one week ago u.s. beef japanese l access to markets for the first time since 2003. we hope to have more to announce on the trade very soon. inally, today i'm pleased to confirm that prime minister abe
and i have agreed to nations'lly expand our cooperation in human space exploration. japan will join our mission to space.s. astronauts to we will be going it moon, we very soon.ng to mars from a military standpoint, important thing more right now than space. ing starting point for greater collaboration on many other things. prime minister, our visit is a moving reminder of the the u.s.-japan alliance and deep friendship between our people. honor to be -- japan d honor to be in for this new era. chosen the name beautiful locker
room monday -- harmony. pretending ourto partnership as we look forward to bring this noble vision to life. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. now the floor is open for accepting questions. japanese media first, followed press entourage accompanying the person. japanese person, please raise your land. regarding the phfrm press -- standards ress mrs. will -- mrs. sanders will decide the questions. first the questions from the japanese media, please. a question to prime minister abe on abductions. korea summit meeting.
do you think the problem would time meeting one with chairman kim or do you have to go through plural number of to seek solution? by what time frame would you realize the talk? is it going to happen by the end year?is in that case could there be as ussion involving u.s. well? >> regarding the relationship ith north korea, first of all have to note that president the shell of open this trust with chairman kim the bright shared future beyond the urging new tion and york to act. it is a new approach. i would like to pay tribute to new approach. the most important thing is the issue.n of the abduction it means that i have to see kim face to face
without attaching any conditio s conditions. meet him and i must have discussion in complete candor. my he talk today to resolution as such president he will ressed that give all out support and will repbnderingorts in effort to my support. president trump and family ed victims willct a meeting and president trump of the ok into the eyes family members directly and he as listening to the remarks very seriously. we have to resolve this abduction issue. that i have,hought which was shared by president trump. looking toward the resolution of suction issue i would like -- abduction issue i would
ike to pay congratulate attitude to the understanding and support. ncluding the points that you asked, on the topic of the and t talk between japan north korea, as of now there is no specific goal in sight. based upon the japan and new p'yongyang declaration we want to solve issues like nuclear missiles. we must come to terms with the un fortuna past and normalize diplomatic relations. abduction issue is the most mportant issue for the abe administration. amily members are advancing in age. as the president i have a term and your question implied. meeting could result
this year you asked. irrespective of my term in everything ve to tdo i can all out effort of myself or the resolution of this issue. as the prime minister i have a responsibility as such going forward. i will discharge this responsibility and in order to prime minister ay in and day out i will do my best and all out efforts. >> united states first question investigative i don't know sa salma of the "wall street journal". mr. president i hope you will me with two questions.
if kim jung un is not violating small gram by firing weapons as you said in your tweet what would you consider a exactly?n >> i think that kim jung un or as some say is looking to create a nation that great strength economically. i think he is very much -- i to him a lot about it and he is very much into the fact he new yoorth korea has tremendous economic potential developing er nations. i think that he's looking to develop that way. knows that with nuclear that is never going to happen. only bad can happen. a very smart man. going to that he's ry at some point -- i'm in no rush. the sanctions remain. we have our hostages back. ra remains, g the
continuing to get the remains there's been no nuclear testing for two years. a chart the other day. in the past administration there high 10, 12, ers 18 having to do with missile andches and nuclear testing in the last two years it will zero and zero. happy with the way it is going. intelligent people agree. >> you are not bothered by this? no. >> last week you declared you won't work with democrats in congress until they stop you.tigating how are you going it discipline at the expense of promises you played to them? >> there's never been a transparent.e he mueller report came out, no obstruction, no collusion. they had ats thought people on their side because the
tkdiagnose -- diagnose the angry gation were 18 democrats who supported hillary linton and bob mueller i guess you could say was not a friends f mine but he did something right. they can't get over the fact russia, r spoke to never tkdealt with russia havin we are th the subject talking about and without question we have done a job like done.residents have the only thing you can say about me that some people may not mike of the greatest economies. hen i first met yesterday with prime minister abe the first thing he did is congratulate me that incredible economy we have in the united states. i think we will work with them. canada and al with
mocks that everybody -- mexico and it is ody wants done and they want to be doing that. here.mbassador is it has gotten universal praise. love love it, failures it, manufacturers. ou won't have countries going to mexico and canada. imagine nancy pelosi will approve it. certainly as things get approved them.d love to sign it is only good for our country. is only interested in what good for our country. hope you inister i will indulge me two questions. did you get any reassurances he president trump that will not impost tariffs on cars months from s six now? >> i want to hear this answer, too. last year in september
etween president trump and i agreed on joint statement regarding including auto and auto parts. currently based on the statement ministers are discussing and talking about this matter. we agreed to accelerate the was the agreement i reached. the second question. >> that is probably enough. your compatriots will not be happy with another question. >> once again a question from media, please. prime ve a question to minister abe about the trade agreement. efore the election there were voices of anxiety from trade
organizations. the maximumff level at t.t.p. n have is is that unchanged. beginning of the talk in august there could be a major statement announcement. that was the comment of president trump. agree? and in today's talk what was the cheduling of those matters between u.s. and japan trade friction or trade debate is happening happening. what is the outlook on that relationship. is there any mitigating role that japan can take? >> two questions, i guess. in september president trump and i agreed on the joint statement statement. minister that, the and ambassador are vigorously
discussions and tal talks. quite them i think in-depth discussion was held. trump, we agreed effort to accelerate the talk between the ministers. joint statement and that must be the ground premise win-win we create result which is beneficial to both nations. that is my thinking. now, in connection -- next point of question. u.s.-china trade negotiation. think that it was the question. one and py number number two economic positions of the world.
between the two countries stable economic relationship is built. that would benefit not only japan but the asian countries and the whole worlds. it is very important. with a view as such, i hope that continuously u.s. and china will go through a dialogue to seek constructive solution of the problem. with the president, we economic issues and the global economy is something we also addressed. of e are a variety challenges in the global economy today's talk.n >> i will add that i have to do with t.p.p. nothing to do. 'm not bound by anything that anybody else signs with respect
to the united states. destroyed our automobile industry and many manufacturers. involved in t.p.p. so what other countries agree to is united ing on the states. as far as china is concerned hey want to make a deal and they probably wish they made the deal on the table before they it.d to renegotiate they would like to make a deal. we are not ready to make a deal tens of e taking in millions of dollars tariffs and substantially p very easily. but i think some time in the -- future china and the united states will have a great trade deal and away look to that. thank you. >> united states second question routeeuters.of >> i will follow vivian's lead
and ask two questions if i can. lay out what japan needs o do in order to avoid auto tariffs? and before you come back to the expect talks with china to get back on track this year at all? getting to the g-20 i think that we are very discussing different things with japan. we have an unbelievably large which has been there for many years. advantage.ng the big they are brilliant business people, brilliant negotiators put us in a very tough spot. but i think we will have deal japan. likewise i think we will have a deal with china some time into the future. many companies are leaving china because of tariffs. they subsidize a lot of industry the se foolishly some said american taxpayers are paying
the tariffs of china. no. they are paying a small percentage but our country is dollars.n billions of our farmers out of all of that any the tens of billions are dollars we're giving a relatively small percentage to focal mers who have been point of what has gone on with trade. hey have earmarked and gone after the farmer thinking they would hurt the farmer i will bad deal.a they are patriots and they don't want subsidy. we had meetings with 32, 35, 40 time numerous imes and they don't want subsidy. i told you that before. they want a level playing field ecause they are better than anybody in the world. i said i'm going to get you while china takes advantage of us and you by you.ointing they said away don't want
subsidy. playing st want a level field. the american farmer, these are patriots, they are unbelievable people and they are with me 100%. a elieve that we will have very good deal with china some ime into the future because i don't believe that china can continue to pay these hundreds f billions of dollars in tariffs. by nesses are leaving china t the00' hundreds going to areas t not tariff but different japan, asia, vietnam, but they are going to a lot of places. but they are also coming to the united states because people don't want it pay the tariff -- to pay the tariff. all you have to do is police officer the country to the is no states and there 25% tariff. all of that said i think there's the united e that
states and china will have a very good trade deal. follow-up on north korea you tweeted about north korea yesterday. they believe that sraeulted u.n. rest -- violated the short tions with range missile launch and does it give you pause to be appearing side with a brutal dictator instead of a fellow american the vice president joe biden? >> kim jung un made a statement low i.q. iden is a individual. he probably is based on his record. onhink that i agree with him that. but at the same time my people it could have been a violation as you know. i view it differently. it as the man perhaps he wants to get attention and perhaps not. knows? it does not matter. there have been no nuclear tests and no ballistics long-range no missiles going out and i think
hat some day we will have a deal. i'm not in a rush. tremendous sanctions being put north korea and again kim ung un understands the unbelievable economic potential .hat country has it is located between russia and -- china one side and isone apnd south korea and it great waterfront property and i have to tell you one other country. that iran would like to make a deal and thank is very a rt of them and that is possibility to happen. you arerms of criticism supporting a dictator instead of a american vice president. what has been at done by our vice president and iran dealand horrible look what happened since i terminated that deal. came into office
iran was a terror. there were fighting in many the middle l over east and behind every single major tack whether it was -- syria, yemen, or individual smaller areas, from r it was taking oil people. there were involved with everything. pulling back because they have serious economic problems. master sanctions and -- master sanctions and we said different er, elements of what they used to sell. up. oil is essentially dried and i'm not looking to hurt iran. no looking to have iran say nuclear weapons. we have enough problems right now with nuclear weapons. no nuclear weapons for iranment i think we will make a deal. i think iran has tremendous economic potential and i look them get backting to the stage where they can show that. iran,w so many people from these are great people.
a great chance to be country with the same listen. e are not looking for regime change. we are looking for no nuclear weapons. f you look at the deal that biden and president obama signed, they would have access, access to nuclear weapons where they wouldn't be in a very short ust period of time t. that?kind of deal is plus there were many or things that they did that were very bad. i don't take sides of who i'm n favor but joe biden was a disaster, his administration with president obama were it cally a disaster when came to so many things. whether economy, whether it was no mart what nse, it was -- no matter what it was problems. lot of >> one question for the prime minister. do you share president trump's
optimism about north korea and is position about the recent missile launches? and could you tell us and tell s what you told the president what you would like to achieve if you travel to iran and hold with iran? conducted a trump summit meeting with north korea chairman kim. e agreed on the denuclearization of the korean peninsula and signed the a great and there was significance in that. he cracked open the shell of so that the bright can be shared and ufrpbl north korea to -- urge north act accordingly. this was a new approach which i welcome. ee een -- the north
denuclearization was not achieved for many years and it was difficult. just said that with a make a challenge new approach. north re neighbor to korea and we are most threatened among countries. of such a e minister country, such act of prime minister as president trump and i have a trust in it and i would like to support it. context, the abduction issue is of paramount importance. in hanoi at the summit talk, , on behalf of my conveyed my thinking to kim jung un and i as of japan e country have thankful. metment ago president trump
with the family members of the bductees and they were appreciative so his approach is something that everybody wants to have hope. the view of the families of the abductees. of missiles this time on 9th of may north korea a short rang -- short missile. the security ing resolution. so my reaction as i said early great regret. at the same time between kim jung un and president trump new approach was taken and that is something that i like to pay tribute to. event, denuclearization of the korean peninsula is the go so u.s., japan, south
orea and europe and other countries will act in cooperation so that u.s. and orth korean process will be supported. iran?about there was a question about iran. we have iran, positions at appropriate timing, peace and is veryy of middle east important for japan and the also for the and international community as a whole. context, in order to make contributions for the peace region we ty of the would like to discharge whatever we can do. whatever it is possible for to do o do we would like
these going forward between states.nd the united there should be close the boration so that tension surround iing iran shou alleviated. and and it shouldn't culminate in conflict. >> thank you very much. the this we will conclude press conference, joint press conference with president trump abe.rime minister thank you very much. please remain seated until the room.s exit the [applause] pres. trump: thank you. thank you.
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