President Trump British Prime Minister May Hold Joint News Conference CSPAN June 4, 2019 9:19pm-9:48pm EDT
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leader jeremy corbyn. theresa may: this week we commemorate the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of those who give their lives for our liberty on d-day 75 years ago feeling that as leaders prepare together here from across the world, it is fitting that we begin with the celebration of the special relationship between the united kingdom and the states, engineering partners who stood side-by-side
on the historic day and every day since. for generations at the heart of the transatlantic alliance has been our shared democratic values, our common interests, and our commitment to justice. it is the unity of purpose that will preserve the deep-rooted ties between our people, and underpin our nation's security and prosperity for the next 75 years and began. so i am very pleased to welcome the president of the united states of america on this state visit to the united kingdom. first two and a half years, the president and i have had the duty and privilege of being the latest guardians of this precious and profound friendship between our two countries, as have our facedessors, when we have threats to the security of our allies, we hosted and acted together. when russia used a deadly nerve agent on the streets of our country, alongside the uk's
expulsions, the president expelled 60 russian intelligence officers, the largest contribution towards an unprecedented global response. men,ria, when innocent women and children were victims of a barbaric chemical attack, britain and america, along with france carried out targeted regime.against the since we spoke about n.a.t.o. since my first visit to the white house, we have maintained our support for this crucial alliance thanks in part to your sharing.sage on burden we have seen members present another $100 billion, increasing their contributions to our shared security. i am pleased to announce that n.a.t.o. will soon be a vertical on the uk's queen elizabeth aircraft carriers and f-35 fighter jets to help tackle world. around the
today we discussed again the new and evolving challenges to our security, our values, and our way of life. we share the same view about our objectives in meeting them. much like prime ministers and presidents before us and no after, you will come differ sometimes on how to confront the challenges we face. when we have taken a different approach, you have always done the same with me. i believe compromise is the basis of strong alliances, and nowhere is this more true than relationship. today, we discussed again the importance of our two nations working together to address the iran's- address destabilizing influence in the region. and make sure it does not obtain a nuclear weapon. it is clear that we both want to reach the same goal. it is important that iran meet its obligations and we do everything to avoid escalation, which is in no one's interest.
recognizing our nation are safer and more prosperous we work together, i also set out the uk's approach to tackling climate change and our continued support for the paris agreement. we also spoke about china. , recognizing its economic significance, and that we cannot ignore action that threatens our values.nterests or , as we have deepened our cooperation on security including our joint military ,perations and our unparalleled intelligence sharing some of our economists are rather more tightly bound together. every morning. , one million americans get up and work for british companies in america in one million britons do the same in american companies here. our trading relationship is worth more than 190 billion pounds a year, and we are the largest investors in each other's economies, investments valued at as much as $1 trillion. you and i agreed the first time we met that we should aim for in a vicious free-trade agreement
-- aim for an ambitious free-trade agreement when written these that he and, today, i know that we are both committed to this. i am sure our economic relationship will only grow broader and deeper building on the u.k. and you this businesses that we met today. sit down with our fellow leaders to reaffirm the enduring importance of the western alliance and the shared values that underpin it. as we look to the future in the years generations ahead, we will continue to work together to preserve the alliance that is the bedrock of our shared prosperity and security, just as it was on the beaches of normandy 75 years ago. mr. president? president trump: thank you,
prime minister mayfield had millennia and i are honored to return to london as our nations commemorate -- prime minister , melania and i are on or to return to london to commemorate the d-day. i think the queen who i had a fantastic dinner last night, fantastic person, fantastic woman, for so graciously inviting us to this state visit. it was very, very special. our thanks as well to prime minister and mr. may for the warm welcome to have given the first lady and me, as we remember the heroes who laid down their lives to rescue civilization itself on june 6, 1944. warriorshousands of left these shores privacy and air to begin the invasion of normandy and the liberation of europe and the rural nazi occupation. nazi occupation.
a liberation like many have seen before. their valiant sacrifice, they secured their homelands and saved freedom for the world. tomorrow, prime minister may and i will attend a commemoration ceremony in portsmouth, one of the key embarkation points for the invasion. more than one half when an american servicemembers were stationed right here in england in advance of the landings that summer. the bonds of friendship forged here and yield in blood on those hallowed beaches -- you are on those hallowed teaches will blood on sealed in those hallowed beaches larger forever. our people believe in freedom and independence as a sacred birthright and cherished inheritance worth defending at any cost. as the prime minister and i discussed in our meetings today
unitedterday, the prim states and the united kingdom share many goals and where it -- and priorities. i want to thank the people of the united kingdom for this partnership in our campaign to defeat isis. as he announced a few months ago, isis's territorial caliphate in syria and iraq has been completely obliterated, defeated. the united kingdom is also a key partner in nato. the prime minister and i agree that our nato allies must increase their defense spending. we have been working to that end and we are very current and some of them are not. we can't allow that to happen but i appreciate everything you regard.e in that we expect a growing number of nations to meet the minimum 2% of gdp requirement to address today's challenges. all members of the allies must
fulfill their obligations. they have no choice, they must fulfill their obligation. among the pressing threats facing our nati the development and spread of nuclear weapons, perhaps that is threat.test the united states and the united kingdom are determined to ensure that iran never developed nuclear weapons and stops engaging in terrorism. and i believe that will happen. in protecting our nations, we also know that the border security is national security. today, the prime minister and i discussed the thriving economic relationship. both countries are doing well. and we participated in a roundtable with industry and business leaders. i can say probably the biggest business leaders everywhere in the world. more than $1ave trillion invested in each other's economics billion the united kingdom is america's
largest foreign investor and our largest european export market. that is a lot of importance. as the u.k. makes reparations to exit the european union, the united states is committed to a for between the u.s. and the u.k.. there is enormous potential in that trade deal. two or three times of what we're doing right now. tremendous potential. 75 years ago this thursday, courageous americans and british patriots set off this island toward history's most important battle. the storm forward out of ships and airplanes, risking everything to defend our people and to ensure that the united states and britain would forever remain sovereign and forever remain free. following this press conference, may, theister may, mr. first lady, my family and i will
visit the legendary churchill war rooms beneath the streets of london. i look forward to that. in his famous speech on this day 1940, per mr. churchill urged his countrymen to defend their island whatever the cost may be. as you mark this anniversary of d-day, we remember that the defense of our nation's does not begin on the battlefield, but within the heart of every patriot. pledge,et us renew our engraved at the american cemetery in normandy and inscribed by resident dwight eisenhower in st. paul's cathedral right here in london, that the cause for which they died shall live. prime minister may, it has been a true honor. i have greatly enjoyed working you.
you are a tremendous professional and the person that loves you country dearly. thank you very much. really an honor. thank you for the invitation to heroes,ize our fallen and for your partnership in protecting and advancing the extraordinary alliance between the american and the british people. thehe greatest alliance world has ever known. thank you, prime minister. thank you. [applause] prime min. may: thank you. we will take to questions from the u.k. media and to questions from the american media. thank you, prime minister and president trump. from sky news. president trump, as you hold talks with the current prime minister, the leader of her majesty's opposition has been addressing a protest rally
against your visit in trafalgar square. he says he is disappointed that attacked the london mayor and he criticize your record on refugees. would you have to say to him and is this man someone you could do a trade deal with? prime minister, do you think sadiq khan is a stone cold loser? trump: the are talking about the mayor of london? yes? i think he has not been a good mayor. he has done a poor job. crime is up. a lot of problems. i don't think he should be criticizing a representative of the united states that can do so much good for the united kingdom. we talked about it before, he should be positive, not negative. these the negative force, not a positive force. if you look at what he said, he hurts the people of this great country. he should focus on his job and be a lot better. he could straighten out some of the problems he has, and
probably some of the problems he has caused. thank you. [indiscernible] pres. trump: yes, he wanted to meet with me and i told him no. yes. well, i don't know jeremy corbyn, never met him, never spoke to him. he wanted to meet today or tomorrow, and i decided that i would not do that. where ithat he is, from come from, somewhat of a negative force. to dok people should look things correctly as opposed to criticize. i really don't like critics as much as i like and respect people who get things done. so i decided not to meet. as far as the protests, i have to tell you because i commented thet yesterday, we left prime minister, the queen mother
royal family, there were thousands of people on the streets cheering and even coming today, there were thousands of people cheering. then i heard that there were protests, i said, where are the protests? a small protest today when i came, very small to get so a lot of it is fake news, as you say. i saw people waving the american flag, the british flag. there was tremendous love and alliance. i did not see any protest, it group ofy small people. so it was fake news, thank you. prime min. may: and i would say to both the mayor of london and jeremy orbit, the discussions we have had today are about the future of this important relationship between the u.s. and the u.k.. as the president described it, the greatest alliance the world has seen. it is this deep special relationship and partnership safety ands our
security and the safety and security of others around the world. and it is this relationship that helps to ensure there are jobs that employ people here in the u.k. and in the united states, that underpins our prosperity and our future. that is a relationship we should cherish, the relationship we should build on, a relationship which should be proud of. pres. trump: this really is a big and important alliance, and i think people should act positively toward is because it means so much for both countries. so much. steve? go ahead. reporter: thank you, mr. president. what is your current view on brexit? should britain and leave the european union if there is no 31?ement by october and for the prime minister, what would be the ramifications for the u.k. if there is no deal? tos. trump: i don't like take positions on things i am
not really -- i understand the issue very well, i really predicted what was going to happen. some of you remember that prediction, it was a strong prediction made at a certain locatio on a plac we were opening. i thought it would happen because of immigration more than think itelse, but i will happen and probably should happen. this is a great, great country and it was its own identity. it wants to have its own borders, to run its own affairs. is a very special place and i think it deserves a special place. i thought maybe for that reason, and for others, it was going to happen. yeah, it will happen. the prime minister has brought it to other good point where something will take place in the not-too-distant future. she has done a great job. i think it will be good for the country, yes. prime min. may: from my point of
view, i believe it is important for us to deliver brexit. we give that choice to the people. parliament overwhelmingly give the choice to the british people and we should now deliver on that choice. i believe it is in the best interests of the u.k. to leave the european union in an orderly way with a deal. sadly, the labour party and the other mps have so far stopped us from delivering brexit in the best deal, but this is an issue that will continue here in the u k. i think the important thing is that we deliver brexit and once you're out of the european union, will be of what to do today, are talking about and develop not just a free-trade agreement but a broader economic partnership interest future. related matter, mr. president, are you ready to impose limits on our intelligence sharing with britain if they do not place restrictions on well with? pres. trump: no, because we will have an agreement on huawei and everything else. we have an incredible intelligence relationship and we
will be ever to work it out. we did discuss it. i see absolutely no limitations. we have never had limitations. this is a truly great ally and partner and we will have no problem with that. prime min. may: francis? reporter: mr. president, do you ofee with your ambassador the entire economy needs to be on the table in future trade deal, including the nhs? and prime minister, would you stick around until the trade deal is done? pres. trump: i think we will have a great and comprehensive trade deal. [indiscernible] pres. trump: i can't hear him. prime min. may: with the hs be on the table in a
trade deal? pres. trump: i think everything will be on the table. everything will be on the table, absolutely. prime min. may: but the point about making trade deals is of course, both sides negotiate and come to an agreement about what or should not be in the trade deal. nice try, francis, but no. i am a woman of my word. pres. trump: john? president,r. a recent days,n mexico has stepped up apprehensions and deportations of central american migrants. this could possibly be in response to your threat of tariffs. has mexico done enough to avoid tariffs which will be imposed in some six days from now? pres. trump: we haven't even started yet.
reporter: but the threat is out there? pres. trump: that hasn't started yet. it will take effect next week, 5%. reporter: what about republicans who say they will take action to oppose you putting those tariffs? pres. trump: they cannot do not that. it is foolish. i have been before percent approval rating as of this morning in the republican party. an all-time record, can you believe that? isn't that something, i love records. we have 94% approval rating in the republican party. i want to see security no border i want to see great trade,. i want to see a lot of things happening. happening. mexico called, we will meet on wednesday and secretary prepare will be in the meeting along with a few others who are very good at this. we will see if we can do something for you but i think it is more likely that the tariffs go on. .e will be talking
if they don't step up and give us security for our nation, but unless millions of people are flowing through mexico. they are coming through mexico. it is a 2000 mile journey, and they are coming up to our border. and our border patrol, which is incredible, they are them.ending let our laws are bad because of the democrats don't want to pass laws that could be passed in 15 minutes, that could be passed quickly. in one day come like a change. mexicon beyond the laws, should not allow millions of people to try to enter our country. they could stop it very quickly. and i think they will. and if they don't, we will put them.s on every month those tariffs go from 5%, to 10%, to 15%, to 20%. then all those companies that have left our country and gone to mexico are going to be coming back to us. and that is ok. but i think mexico will step up and do what they should have
been done. i don't want to hear that mexico is run by the cartels and the coyoteslords and the . . . mexico has something to prove. but i don't went to hear that it cartels. the you understand, you report on it a lot of time, a lot of people do. mexico should step up and stop this onslaught, this invasion into our country, john. reporter: prime minister may, you tried three times to get a deal on brexit. at this point, do you believe a deal on brexit is possible or is this a gordian knot? president trump says you did not take his advice in terms of negotiation, should you have, would that have made a difference? and president trump, follow-up, you had a conversation with boris johnson, could we ask what you talked about? on the firsty:
issue, i said in answer to an earlier question, i believe it is in the best interest of the u.k. to leave the e.u. with a deal, i believe there is a good deal on the table. obviously, it will be for whoever succeeds me as prime minister to take this issue forward. what is paramount is delivering on brexit for the british people . i seem to remember the president theested that i sued european union. which we did not do. we went and got a deal. pres. trump: i would have sued, but that is ok. i would have sued and settled, is., but you never know she probably a better negotiator than i am, germany. but in a sense, the deal is teed up. i think they have to do something. i have seen will not get the credit you deserve if they do something, but i think you deserve a lot of credit, i think you do. john?
reporter: [indiscernible] pres. trump: i know boris. i know him and have liked him for the time. i think he would do a good job. i know jeremy, i think he would do a good job. i don't know michael. would you do a good job, jeremy? tell me. [laughter] ok? good. thank you very much, thank you. [applause] ♪ announcer: c-span's washington
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