President Trump Arrival To Shannon Ireland Meet With PM CSPAN June 5, 2019 12:46pm-12:59pm EDT
>> i want to welcome everybody ere. mr. varadkar: this is not the first time he's been here but it is the first time he's been here as president of the united states. it's only, i think, the sixth time a president in office has visited ireland. president trump: i appreciate it. the prime minister has done a fantastic job, we've become friends over the last fairly
short period of time. good relationship to ireland, as good as it's ever been, maybe better. tremendous trade. a lot of business together, a lot of trade business together, a lot of tourism together. maybe most importantly, you are certainly one of the leading countries in terms of people moving in the united states, we have millions of irish, i think i know most of them because they're my friends. we love the irish. so it's an honor to be here. we'll be discussing various things, probably brexit because i just left some very good people that are very much involved in brexit as you know. i think it'll all work out, it'll all work out very well, also for you with your wall, your border, i mean we have a border situation in the united states and you have one over here. but i hear it's going to work out well. i think they're both going to work out well. it's going to work out well here. and again, both the military and
the trade, such a big factor. we're going to be discussing that very much. so it's an honor to be in ireland with my friend. he's doing a great job as your rime minister. >> [inaudible] president trump: i think you do. you want to keep it that way, i know that's a point of contention with brexit, your border. i think it's going to work out. focus heavily on it. reporter: sit going to be bad for ireland? president trump: i think it could be good for ireland. the big thing is the border. i think it will work out. a lot of good minds thinking about how to do it. it's going to be just fun. it could even be very, very good for ireland. but the border will work out. >> mr. president, what do you think of our president about climate -- comments on climate
change? president trump: i haven't heard the comments but we have the cleanest air in the world in the united states, cleaner since i've been president, we have crystal clean water, we're setting records environmentally. >> mr. president are you concerned that ireland is not sufficiently followed about the fallout? president trump: we deal very closely with your intelligence and security and we're working on that together. i know you're concerned like we're concern. we're all concerned about it. we'll have it. mr. varadkar: that's something the irish government is concerned about as well. we can offer further information from the u.s. side to give us security briefing on that and we'll do our own security analysis first and it is something we are also corned -- concerned about it. president trump: we're working on it together, not only with europe but with ireland.
>> what's your plan? president trump: we'll be going there i'm making a trip tomorrow to normandy. we had an incredible time today. this was something that the likes of which few people have seen anything like it. we were with the queen and the royal family and we were with the prime minister and it was something very special many of you were there, i think almost all of you were there, but it's been very well covered, it was truly beautiful. tomorrow we go to where it all took place, we go to normandy. i'll be leaving -- i'm staying here overnight. i thought this would be the best place. i love to come to ireland and stay, tomorrow we'll be leaving and going to normandy. many of you will be coming. reporter: is this trip just about promoting your golf course? president trump: no, this trip is about great relationships we have with the u.k. and i really
wanted to do this stop in ireland. it was very important to me because of the relationship i have with the people and with your prime minister. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: we're looking at that. we almost made it last time, it's one vote. i'm sure that's something we're going to vote. i spoke to the one vote, he's a great senator, by the way, he is he's a great senator. we think we're going to be successful. he's a terrific person. he doesn't mean to do any harm, that i can tell you. he told me he loves ireland, actually. i think we'll be in good shape. we had just about a unanimous vote and we're getting unanimous vote, which is something they've been trying to do far long time. i want to do that for the people of ireland but i want to do it for the people in the united states that want this vote to happen, that happen to be of irish descent. reporter: president trump, with
the u.s. in charge of the agreement what assurances can you offer the government to protect northern ireland? president trump: i think what's going to happen is -- first we'll have to see who will be prime minister. i think it's an important decision. we'll see what happens over in the u.k. that's going to be decision number one. who is going to be prime minister and once that happens, that person will get in and try to make a deal and maybe if they don't make a deal, they do it a different way but i know one thing, ireland is going to be in great shape. ireland is a special place that will be in great shape. i don't think the border will be a problem at all. reporter: sir, the executions in north korea, folks who were involved in your summit, does that worry you at all that kim would execute these people? president trump: i don't know if the reports are correct, one of the yemen who we deal with, this is north korea they're talking about, is somebody we know well. strong man. he's a strong person.
and they like to blame kim jong un immediately but they said he was killed and he wasn't. he was at the theater the other night. he wasn't killed. the other four people i know nothing about. it's an interesting situation. i think that they would like to make a deal and we'd like to make a deal with them and we'll see how it goes. it's been going pretty well because there hasn't been testing of anything major and frankly there's been no nuclear testing in a long period of time. when i became president and before that, as you know, it was all the time. nuclear testing, ballistic missile testing, and now there's nothing. i think that chairman kim would like to make a deal, i'd like to make a deal with him. i look forward to seeing him at the appropriate time. again, one they have -- one of the people we're talking about that was supposedly executed asn't executed at all.
reporter: [inaudible] president trump: the corporation tax? that it's so low? it is a very low tax, i have to agree. we have our tax very, very low. but they've done a very good job in ireland and your prime minister has kept it there. and -- there's a lot of great ompanies here. thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> thank you. president trump: have a meeting at 3:00 today. they're going to have to step up if they don't, tariffs will go on. if they go high, the companies will move back so the united states. that's all. it's very simple. the people aren't going to have to worry about paying the tax because the companies will move back in to the united states. there won't be any tariffs. as far as china is concerned, china wants to make a deal. i have no doubt about it. and the -- every signal is they
want to and at the right time, probably that will happen. but right now, they're paying many billions of dollars to the united states. we never got that before from china. and we haven't even started. it's relative -- relative peanuts compared to what we're talking about. i think china wants to make a deal, and mexico you know wants to make a deal. they have their entire delegation right now going over to probably the white house location, but to negotiate with our people, it's headed up by mike pompeo, bob lighthizer, mike pence is involved, so we have a great group. mexico, look, the drugs coming in, the people coming in unchecked, they're swapping over, coming up by the millions, mexico could stop it, they have to stop it, otherwise we just won't be able to do business. it's a very simple thing. i think they will stop it. i think they want to do something. i think they want to make a deal. and they sent their top people
to try. to we'll see what happens today, we should know something. >> president trump meeting earlier today with the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, the president is overnight in ireland tonight, then traveling to normandy, france, to help mark the 75th anniversary of d-day tomorrow. he'll meet with french president mack ron. we will have -- macron. we'll have live coverage of the d-day ceremony at 5:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. president trump returns to washington on friday. >> once, tv was simply three giant networks and a government-supported service called pbs. then in 1979, a small network with an unusual name rolled out a big idea. let viewers decide all on their own what was important to them. c-span opened the tortoise washington policymaking for all to see. bringing you unfiltered content from congress and beyond. in the age of power to the people, this was true people power. in the 40 years since, the
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