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and thanks for being with us. that does it for us. chris jansing is up next right here on msnbc. >> hi there, andrea. thank you. good afternoon. i'm chris jansing here at msnbc headquarters in new york. peace prize? as president trump welcomes n s another world leader to the white house, saying trump deserve as nobel peace prize trying to end the nuclear war with north korea. trump reserve manies in the possibility. and taking heat for the firearms ban when vice president pence addresses its annual meeting on friday. parkland high school students want to know why, why shouldn't school kids be given the same protection? and primary wars. with the may primary about to kick off in this critical
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election area, progressives battling mainstream democrats for the right message to ignite a blue wave in november. do democrats need to move to the left? let's begin with president trump who's about to hold a press conference this hour with nigeria's president mohammed due buhari talking about fighting terror even as we're hearing the words nobel peace prize and president trump in the same sentence. south korea's president suggesting today that mr. trump deserves the honor for his efforts to end the decades-long standoff with north korea over its nuclear weapons program. all of it following a weekend rally where trump was clearly pleased by chants of "nobel." [ chanting "nobel" ] >> that's very nice. thank you. that's very nice. nobel. i just want to get the job done.
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>> nbc's geoff bennett is at the white house this afternoon. geoff, mr. trump supporters get ahead of themselves with all of this nobel talk what are you hearing about korea from there at 1600? >> reporter: hey there, chris. white house officials scramble to get things in place for the summit between president trump and the north korean leader, president trump himself is trying to build some suspense about the location of this potential summit. now, as we reported, singapore had ranked high on the list as possible sites. as trump administration officials bet locations based on all the great many security, vet them, on neutrality concerns, but president trump apparently has a new idea. he's talking about the peace house, which is located on the korean dmz. he tweeted about it earlier this morning. what he wrote -- numerous countries are considered but would peace house/freedom house on the border of north and south korea be a more important and lasts sight than the third-party
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country? just asking. point out, the peace house was built nearly 30 years ago for the specific purpose are host ing the north and south. too much concession for kim to have the talks on kim's own turf. two very top trump administration officials talking about this. mike pompeo, secretary of state, said when he met with kim over easter weekend sized him up and came away with a determination there was at least a slight chance for a denuclearization deal, but john bolton, the new national security adviser says the potential still exists, chris, for no deal at all. take a look at what he had to say. >> there's nobody starry eyed around here. we've all been call add number of things. naive is not usually one of them. i think the president sees the potential here for historic agreement, but as he says repeatedly, the potential for no deal at all is also there.
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>> reporter: north korea is one of the questions we hope to put to president trump. you mentioned he's hosting nigeria's president here. a joint press conference in about a half hour from now. expect questions on this and also on that care stlavan that arrived from central america from the u.s./mexico border. >> thank you. bring in ann gearan, msnbc political analyst eli stokols and ambassador nicholas burns, former undersecretary of state for political affairs under president bush. ambassador, you just heard what john bolt hadn't to say. playing a little expectations game, trying to tamp them down, maybe a little reality check. let me ask your reality check. how realistic are the administration's hopes there could be denuclearization of the korean peninsula? >> i think john bolton the right to set expectations low. this was a dramatic weekend beginning friday with the meeting at pipinonmon.
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this is not just nuclear weapons also the entire industry that surrounds it that might take years to negotiate and accomplish. i really think the administration is trite say, this is very promising but a lot more has to be done with china. to keep china onboard the sanctions, keep south korea and not let the south korean the get so far ahead of the united states it limits president trump's authority. i would say this. president trump has done a good job. positioned the united states well but the hardest part is ahead not behind. >> ann what do you think is happening with president moon? does he genuinely believe president trump deserves the nobel peace prize and optimistic whether or not this is beginning of the end or the end of the beginning as ambassador burn said or maybe a little bit of, as other world leaders have
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done, flattering a man who likes very much to be flattered? >> chris, actually both of those things are true. president moon came in to office with a goal of bettering relations with north korea, and from his perspective things really couldn't have gone better and much more quickly than he really ever could have imagined, and he credits president trump, rightly, with helping with that. president trump likes to take a lot of credit for getting things going way back with his agreement to support moon's position on inviting north korea to the olympics, and trump is right about that. that did set a different tone between the two koreans and many things have flowed from that. but clearly also president moon has learned a couple of lessons, including from his neighbor in japan, shinzo abe, about the value of buttering trump up and
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kind of keeping the focus on him. you'll recall that when moon was suggested as a potential nobel recipient in recent days, his response, if indeserves it, it would be president trump. >> yes. he also apparently told, kim told mr. moon the following, eli. i'll quote it here. "i know the americans are inherently disposed against us, but when they talk with us they will see i am not the kind of person who would shoot nuclear weapons to the south over the pacific or at the united states." i mean, first of all it is, as has been pointed out, pretty startling a statement by somebody who threatened to do exactly those things when he and president trump, eli, were going at it last year. >> yes. amazing how much the rhetoric on both sides of this north korea and president trump have really shifted in the last couple of months. the president was onstage at the united nations generally
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assembly threatening to annihilate north korea and in the last several weeks being open to not only the summit but talking about kim jong-un as being, you know, a leader he respects, in spite of otto warmbier and in spite of all the threats, missile tests and things like that. so i think the president clearly politically is excited about the possibility of a deal. he revels in the chance of nobel, revels in praise, we all know this. obviously, this is very complicated. this is a president has that not always had a real long attention span for details. whether they will in the policy briefings, intelligence briefings. he likes to get things done and get to the handshake and photo op. this is really complicated stuff, at the ambassador has already pointed out. >> meantime, ambassador, isis, boko haram, spoken on probably in the next 20 minutes, and the two men are talking now. those conversations come in a day when in afghanistan there
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was a double suicide bombing that killed at least 31 people including 9 journalists, a bbc reporter, a famed a.p. photographer. ambassador, the u.s. ambassador, john bass, responded to the attack by restating u.s. resolve to combat terrorists in afghanistan, but beyond those kinds of words, what needs to get done? >> well, so much needs to get done. i think the trump and obama administrations have done a very good job nearly completing destruction of the islamic state and caliphate in iraq and syria. that needs finished and the problem metastasizing terrorist theft in afghanistan, with the islamic state and postal qaeda groups operating. you see it in nigeria, all across the belt from the east coast of africa to the west coast of africa, indigenous terrorist groups. nigeria has been a victim of
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boko haram as you say. air power, intelligence, special forces along with others can help all of these countries cope and i'm afraid it will be a long-running battle for all of these countries, and we have to stay in it with them. >> we'll see what else gets touched on at the press conference. often it depends on who gets called on, but a couple of other things we want to talk about here outside of foreign affairs. the president singled out montana senator, a democrat, john tester, for blame in the failed nomination of rear admiral ronny jackson to head the veterans affairs administration. let me play that for you. >> tester started throwing out things that he's heard. well, i know things about tester that i could say, too. and if i said them, he'd never be elected again. >> now, we should point out, anne, the president made threats like that, that he has information or tapes or whatever, that turned out not to be followed up on. having said that, is this just him calling out his democrat of
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the week? is it a preview of what we'll see through the midterms? what do you read into that? >> well, first of all, i don't know what the president is talking about, if he's talking about anything specific there. tester has -- is a moderate red state democrat who whose stock and trade has been non-partisanship and i think what you're seeing here in no small measure is the white house seeing an opening to make a sort of non-partisan-ish middle of the road red state democrat, put that seat in play, which is really hasn't been, and really play to the president's strengths on attack. he's very good on attack. and unfortunately for tester, tester gave him a little bit to work with by not getting all of his facts 100% correct in the things he said last week about ronny jackson. >> meantime, there a sort of a burgeoning controversy over vice
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president pence. he's set to address the nras annual meeting and there was a posting on their website getting a lot of attention. "due to the attendance of the vice president of the united states, the u.s. secret service will be responsible for events security at the nra, ila leadership forum. firearms and firearm accessories knives of weapons of any kind prohibited during to, prior and after his attendance. parkland students jumping on this, one tweeting, the nra evolved into a hilarious parody of itself in addition to that there are members, self-proclaimed members, eli, of the nra agreeing essentially with the parkland students in saying things like, either you believe in security or you don't. believe in the right to arm yourself or you don't. now, the nra is trying to make nothing of this, to dismiss it saying, look, this is all about the secret service. we can do that, but is there more here?
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is there hypocrisy here? >> again, you point out, a secret service decision not the nra deciding one rule applies for the president, the vice president and then their position on everything else is the opposite. but the students may be right to point out what is at least some pretty ironic symbolism here in terms of a group that advocates for arming teachers, more guns, good guy with a gun stops bad guys with a gun and here is a conference drawing thousands of people who believe they are those good guys with a gun into a building to see the president, the vice president, and being told that they won't be able to carry their firearms. so you can understand how that looks so hypocritical to people who look at the nra's argument and say when the president and the vice president show up, the secret service clearly doesn't buy into that argument. >> i want to go live to benjamin netanyahu, because he had been teasing he had some big information involving iran and the iran nuclear deal. let's listen in.
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>> -- incriminating photos. incriminating videos and more. we've shared this material with the united states, and the united states can vouch for its authenticity. we will also share it with other countries and will share it with the international atomic energy agency. so let me tell you the histories of this materiel. we've known for years that iran had a secret nuclear weapons program called "project ammad." we can now prove that "project ammad" was a comprehensive program to design, build and test nuclear weapons. we can also prove that iran is secretly storing "project ammad" materiel to use at a time of its choice to develop nuclear weapons. here's what "project ammad's"
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explicit goal was. creating nuclear weapons. this is an original iranian presentation from these files and here is the mission statement. design, produce and test five warheads, each with ten kilaton grade tnt for integration missile. you don't have to read far to see ten kilotons here, tnt. the specific goal of "project ammad." that's like five hiroshima bombs to be put on ballistic missiles. this is an original iranian spread sheet from the archives of "project ammad." look at what it has here. yellow keg production. centrifuge enrichment process. warhead project. simulation project. and test.
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and indeed, when we analyzed what's in these archives, we found that "project ammad" had all of the five elements, the five key elements, of a nuclear weapons program. i want to take them one by one. first element is designing nuclear weapons. this is an original iranian illustration of a weapon. again, you don't have to read far to understand this. this is u2-35, enriched you'ura at the core. the only place you find in the core enriched uranium and here's a uranium simulation, original, putting all the components together. that's the first component. second component. developing nuclear cores. here's a photo showing the casting process and a cast metal core from the archives.
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and here's the secret underground facility the iranians were building to produce nuclear cores. we have hundreds of documents for each of these components. third component. building nuclear implosion systems. this is an original iranian photo of a measuring device for implosions, and here's a simulation of a nuclear implosion. fourth element -- preparing nuclear tests. here's a map of five potential locations for a nuclear test in eastern iran. one, two, three, four, five. we have many, many more such documents. and, fifth, integrating nuclear weapons on missiles. here's a design for a nuclear payload on a shaab 3 missile.
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here's the warhead. here's the bomb. i don't have to remind you iran is expanding its nuclear capable missiles nep started with 1,000 kilometers, now up to 2,000, roughly. they can reach riyadh, tel aviv, moscow -- but they're working on far, far greater ranges. they are planning much longer-range missiles. to carry nuclear weapons. so these files conclusively prove that iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program. the files prove that. here's what happened next. iran was faced with mounting
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pressure in 2003. you remember that? that was following the gulf war. so it was forced to shelf "project ammad" but it didn't shelf its nuclear ambitions. so iran devised a plan to do two things. first, to preserve the nuclear flow-how from "project ammad" and second, to further develop its nuclear weapons-related capabilities. that plan came directly from iran's top leadership. here's another document from the archive. this is following the new directive of iran's minister of defense. today's, he's the director of the national security council. following the new directive of iran's minister of defense, the work would be split into two parts. culvert and -- >> so prime minister benjamin netanyahu says siiran is lying regards to their nuclearabilities.
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you remember that back in march of 2015, barack obama still president and before a joint session of congress he gave -- many people consider an audacious speech considering the sitting president of a key ally, and talked strongly to congress against the iran nuclear deal. continuing here with what he says ambassador burns is, again, a significant development what do you make of what you're hearing? >> there's a lot to unpack here. first, that the israelis have evidence of a current program by the iranians. they obviously ought to turn that over to the international atomic energy agency and the u.s. and other countries that negotiated with iran. secondly, no surprise that the iranian bes were thinking about nuclear weapon in the past. that's why the bush and obama administration focused intently on trying to deny them that. there was a strong expectation that the iranians were troo tro build a weapon. third, this is obviously an
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attempt by president netanyahu to convince the trump administration to pull out of a deal by may 12th, the iran nuclear deal. i think we ought to stay in. all the evidence so far from the iaea is that iran is complying with this deal. it makes sense for the united states to stay in our. national interests would be advanced by that, but we have to guard against iranian extremism in the middle east and over the weekend there was a, an altercation between the israelis and iranians. i think that's the greater threat right now. the conventional possibility, conventional threat between israel and iran. >> ambassador nick burns, a pleasure. thank you so much. anne gearan is coming back. eli stokolss thanks to you as well. president trump scheduled to hold a joint news conference with nigeria's president just 15 minutes from now. actually a little less. first, we're days away from the start of the may midterm primary wars. polls suggest democrats could make major in-roads, but do they
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races in ohio, indiana, west virginia, georgia among others and one of the big questions to be answered, how will the record number of progressive candidates fa fair against fellow democrats? helping them win at the largest turning session against progressive candidates in the country. [ chanting ] >> reporter: no, this isn't a bernie sanders rally. circa 2016. it is a rallying cry, though, candidates at a training session hosted by the progressive change campaign committee. >> we need to stand for something. [ applause ] >> reporter: 80% of the people here are first-time candidates and they aren't motivated to run just by donald trump's election, but by frustration with fellow democrats, too. by candidates who aren't progressive enough. >> the middle class and lower class voice is not being heard. >> i am running, because my
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congressman has looked me right in the eye and told me that no one ever dies because they don't have access to health care. >> reporter: frustration with business as usual. >> i'm running against corporate democrats who have all taken money, either career politicians, lobbyists, and i'm the only progressive runs in my race. >> reporter: and frustration with a democratic party that's let so many republicans go unchallenged. >> it makes me infuriated. >> reporter: you understand people who look at the stats see a republicans nominated in the district and say was the point. >> there's people who might come to the republican party if they have the right candidate to believe in. >> reporter: inspiring this woman to run in oklahoma. >> thank you for being here. >> reporter: joined by about 45 volunteers going door to door on a rainy saturday morning. >> how many never volunteered for a campaign before? wow. >> reporter: a progressive in a state where donald trump still has a 53% approval rating.
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>> traditional democrat. progressive democrats. how hard is that to walk that line? >> i think it is challenging. you know, but, again, we can all come together when we want to do what's right. >> reporter: that's exactly the message in washington. >> there is absolutely a division in the democratic party. >> reporter: to people who say organizations like this divide the democratic party. they hurt the cause. >> we think the majority of the country our polling shows supports medicare for all, supporting higher wages, expanding social security. our candidates are speaking to that. >> reporter: there are teachers who marched for better pay, muslims, women, blacks, transgender candidates. diverse backgrounds but a common rallying cry. >> any blue! >> reporter: for progressives and the old blue just won't do. so let's talk more about the democratic divide. joined by david lid, head writer former speech writer for president obama and author of
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"thanks obama: my changing white house years." i can never read that title without laughing. rick tyler, republican strategist and anne gearan is back with us. anne, fascinating take on this, hillary clinton and her battle with bernie sanders. what do you make of this progressive tsunami? >> certainly we saw the beginnings of it during the 2016 primary, and the ways in which the clinton campaign was not very shore-footed at times in trying to deal with what they knew from the very beginning would be a difficult challenge for her. it certainly is the case the hillary campaign knew they would have a harder fight on the left than on the right at the beginning.
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they didn't see how hard the fight would be on the right after she had won the nomination, but all the things -- all the forces in play there at the end of 2015 and through the primary, early primary season of 2016 are even more so in play now, now that -- >> we're seeing that with some incumbent democrats facing primary challenges. nbc news has a new story up about that. many of them have never been challenged before. in the messaging session that the candidates got at that progressive training, a lot of it was about their personal stories, about authenticity, but also about economic realities, david, that the candidates don't need, they said, to shy away from a progressive economic message. is that a winning message? >> i think right now the closest thing that we have to 2018 as an example year is probably 2010. and if you remember, here's what
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you'll recall from 2010. the uniting, animating force among republicans, establishment republicans, tea party republicans that they really didn't like the president. as a democrat it turned out very badly for me and my democrats but that gets everybody on the same page when you're out of power. when democrats are governing again i imagine these things will be harder to sort out and we'll have real disagreements to figure out, but for right now i think there's a way to get an economic message ay cross that says the powerful are taking advantage and that's something both establishment and more -- this rising generation of democrats can all agree on. >> yeah. i think the rising generation, at least the ones i've spoken to would agree. their point, they're not hearing it from too many democrats or not hearing it in a way that resonates. rick, i'm curious about how republican candidates may be looking at all of this when they hear any blue just won't do. say you're a senate candidate running in the rust belt or in
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the northern plains, are you happy to be hearing that or does it make you more nervous? >> look, i'm sure the establishment would love the idea that the left wing candidates are running, but i actually have a counteropinion about that. as a conservative, set aside all the issues, i get frustrated when my party doesn't put up conservative candidates on conservative ideas and ultimately campaigns are won on strong, powerful idea, set awsie the president in the white house. take for instance new england. right? five states. the republicans there have put up, you know, sort of candidates that are more like democrats than they are conservative, and we hold as republicans exactly two seats there out of 44 -- 43 seats. 33 in the house 1307 . 10 in the senate. we don't hold any of the seats. if you look at alabama.
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senator mitch mcconnell spent $8 million against mel brooks, conservative, defeated him and we ended up with roy moore. he takes no responsibility noor. i can relate to progressives who want to get out their candidates, the energy is there, the grass roots, people that work, met them all there in ohio. the people that get out the vote and so i think that if the progressives are energized, then the republicans should absolutely be worried. >> anne, let me ask you about ohio. a big race there for ohio governor, two progressives, richard corddry, endorsed by elizabeth warren, by the way. dennis kucinich backed by bernie sanders group, our revolution. they both spoke at that training session that i wint to. a lot of people are looking at that race, anne, as an early test not just in progressive power but kind of a proxy test for those two presidential candidates. do you see it that way? >> yeah. i mean that's absolutely a valid way to frame that, as a test case. certainly, i mean, as a test
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case of the larger progressive argument on the democratic side as well. i mean, as rick was just making the conservatives art against the mushy middle, the progressive democrats are making that argument against a mushy middle for 2020, and how well both of these candidates do in ohio will be a bit of a harbinger for that. >> david, ask you quickly. a lot of controversy. you may have heard something about this at the white house correspondents' dinner and whether the comedic approach was appropriate. you want to weigh in on that? >> yeah. i mean, i watched the white house correspondents' dinner monologue and thought michelle wolf was swinging for the fences. it was not a typical monologue but this is also not a typical president. i think when you have a president who brags about sexually assaulting women and says other women he couldn't have sexually assaulted because they were too ugly for him to assault and a comedienne
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mentions someone's eyeshadow in a joke and that's what the outrage is about? an outrage gap and i don't understand why we're focused on michelle wolf's comments and not on the president of the united states' every single day. >> david, rick, anne, thank you to you all. going to the white house rose garden now where president trump will take questions with the president of nigeria any minute now. nbc's chief white house correspondent hallie jackson is live there. hallie, tell us a little what we think the president and the nigerian president have been talking about, and then maybe a little bit about what some of the questions might be for president trump today? >> reporter: which i know is your favorite part. forgive me for peeking over my shoulder. we're getting starting here soon. we know what we've seen for example the fight against boko har haram, they are discussing, had discussed and president trump alluding to provide for security support to the nigerians something long wanted. put on hold as we look at the national security adviser john bolton sitting down in the rose
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garden in the front. some in discussion a little while even und are the obama administration over questions of human rights. the backdrop will be potentially a tense relationship, at least the comments that the president reportedly made he denied. chris you know what i'm talking about back in january reportedly using a vulgarity toy refer to some african nationsthat may be one of the questions to the nigerian leader discussing how that has or has not affected the relationship between these two men. and remember in december the "new york times" reporting that the president referred to nigerians living in huts or going back to their huts. again something the white house denied. press secretary sarah sanders came out said they are outrageous claims including having backed off from people in the room who said it didn't happen. see how that goes today. other points to make here, regarding questions to the president. two major topics on his plate today. one deals with foreign policy. that is north korea, of course, you're playing some of benjamin
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netanyahu's speech on the iranian nuclear deal. you will see questions about that i think given for example the president's tweet this morning he wants, forgive me, i hear camera shutters. keep an eye on that, chris. talking how he wants to go, it seems, to the dmz. what he's alluding to for this meeting, a summit between kim jong-un and donald trump. also the mike grant caravan. the president seeming to respond to a reporter's question in the oval office a couple minutes ago saying he has a new emigration proposal read related to the caravans. we're cues about the president's plans on that. plenty to discuss as the door to the oval opened and we expect to see both leaders walking out into the roses garden any minute. >> ask you quickly in case there's a pause. this is a subject of curiosity. i like to bring it up every few times we have this, pull the curtain back a little bit. the president doesn't just randomly point at people at these kinds of press avails. there is a discussion that goes
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on within the press office and sometimes they can have a sense of where the questioning might go, just by the reporter they pick. is that a fair way to put it? >> reporter: sometimes. i think one of the things we've seen, this is a pull back the curtain kind of thing. the president has in some news conferences simply pointed out people. he recognizes a face. >> or extended the number of questions. >> reporter: right. you've covered some of those as well. the last few press conferences seems had e has been reading from maybe a list prepared for him by his staff, but as always, you know, a lot of my colleagues here i'm sure want to get a question to the president. we'll see who gets one. >> everybody does. now doubt about that and everyone prepares quite in depth for that to happen. so thank you very much, hallie jackson. >> reporter: sure. >> we have the president now. hosting nigerian president muhammad due buhari at the white house. first to visit since president trump took office. a former military leader.
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he is 75 years old, like the president. been president since 2015. he's the first opposition leader to be elected president in nigeria. but according to what white house officials, and you heard hallie touch on this have been telling nbc news, the meeting that they had together is really talking about fighting terrorism and supporting democracies in africa. here they come. you can see them walking out now. the official also stressing nigeria as a critical partner in fighting terrorism leading the fight against isis and bocko haram in that region. here to is the president of the united states and the president of niger dia. >> today i'm honored to host president buhari of nigeria at the white house right here in the beautiful rose garden. president buhari, i want to thank you very much for traveling to washington for
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these important discussions. it's a true pleasure to welcome you to our nation's capital. nigeria is the largest democracy in africa. as i conveyed to president buhari, in our discussions, the united states deeply values and appreciates nigeria's role as a strong, democratic leader in the region. the united states is currently working to expand trade and commercial ties with african nations including nigeria to create jobs and wealth in all of our countries. we hope to be the economic partner of choice for nations across the continent and all around the world and you see what's happens with respect to trade and the united states. we are being respected again. i hope all african countries and countries throughout the world, that we also will be supporting you and that they will likewise support us in our bid along with
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canada and mexico for the 2026 world cup. we will be watching very closely and any help that they could give us in that bid we would appreciate. i'm pleased that nigeria is one of our largest trading partners in the region and we look forward to grows our trade relationship based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity. but we give nigeria well over $1 billion in aid every year, and we have already started talking with the president about taking down the trade barriers. very substantial barriers to the united states trading with nigeria. so we think that we are owed that. president buhari has also taken several steps to fight corruption and improve the nigerian business climate, and most of all to me and again, as ripping down those trade
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barriers. these measureless make it easier for nigeria and the united states companies to invest and we will be investing substantially in nigeria if they can create that level playing field that we have to very much ask for and maybe demand. i especially want to thank president buhari for nigeria's partnership and leadership in the fight against terrorism. he's been a real leader. nigeria was one of the first african nations to join the coalition to defeat isis, and nigeria forces are currently leading regional efforts against isis in west africa and doing very well as we have. nigeria is also leading african nations in the fight against boko haram, and another ruthless jihadist terrorist group. you've been reading about them. they kidnapped the young girls
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and young women. many of whom never are seen again. it's tough stuff. this summer was my honor to meet with two brave young women, joy bashara and lydia pogu, kidnapped by boca ko haram frome school in nigeria. i was deeply moved by their inspiring stories of courage, resilience and survival. they really were two amazing young woman. i told joy and lydia my administration is committed to combating both jihadist tear original and the scourge of human trafficking and smuggling in the world today there is more human trafficking than there has ever been, if you can believe this. they use the internet better than almost anybody is able to use the internet. so think of it. in a modern world, in this world, there's more human trafficking.
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and slavery. than at anytime in the history of this world. it's hard to believe. to protect mesh america from these, i call and congress to close loopholes exploited by terrorists traffickers and criminals. look at our southern border and weak and obsolete immigration laws. they are opposite sleobsolete a pathetic and there's no country in the world that has laws like we do. they've got to change and they've got to change now. for the safety of our country. we're also helping our nigerian partners by facilitating intelligence, cooperation, and providing training and military equipment to nigerian forces. for example, we recently sold nigeria 12 u.s. a-29 super kitano aircraft. a great aircraft in the
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first-ever sale of american military equipment to nigeria. these new aircraft will improve nigeria's ability to target terrorists and protect civilians. finally, we're deeply concerned by religious violence in nigeria including the burning of churches and the killing and persecution of christians. it's a horrible story. we encourage nigeria and the federal state and local leaders to do everything in their power to immediately secure the affected communities and to protect innocent civilians of all faiths including muslim and including christians. mr. president, thank you again for visiting the white house and being with us today. nigeria is a valued partner and a good friend. i look forward to working closely with you to deepen our cooperation and forge an even closer partnership. the united states is committed to working alongside nigeria as
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we seek a future of strength, prosperity and peace for both of our countries. mr. president, thank you very much. thank you. >> mr. president of the united states of america, ladies and gentlemen of the media, it has been a pleasure and honor to visit washington, d.c., and the kind invitation of president donald trump. nigeria and the united states share a long history of close and cordial relations which include political, economic, military, social cooperation. our two countries maintain a strategic platform for peace and
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security. conflict resolution as well as global fight against terrorism. we also share common features as secular states practicing a similar democracy model of governance and committed to fundamental's human rights and freedoms. free enterprise, social justice and the rule of law. president trump and his team and myself and the nigerian team discussed issues related to security, trade, governance, human rights and humanitarian crisis. we congratulated the leaders of the north and south korea on their historic summit, and we applaud them for the positive commitment they have made towards denuclearization of the
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korean peninsula. president trump deserves a great deal of credit for his role in transforming particularly the cause of events in that region. we also congratulated the united states government on the important role it played in the defeat of isis, although some of the remnants have fond their way to the region. we recognize a strong united states both in our fight against tear original and also appreciate it very much that the united states agreement to sell to our government the warplanes to nigeria to effectively fight terrorism. to contain the state of insurge jains in nigeria the federal
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government developed an approach involving related government agencies to address political and social issues while the armed forces of nigeria seek authority to provide security and maintain law and order. as part of efforts to address modern cases of insurgency in the country, the nigerian military adopted -- the nigerian military adopted countertear code name "operation safe corridor." this to deradicalize, rehabilitate and reintegrate boko haram members into the modern society. this program is currently embarking on a number of projects, including secure
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acquisition centers and integrated farms comprised in greenhouse farming among others. a number of international partners including the international organization for organization for migration have contributed to the success of "operation safe corridor." we indicated that we would appreciate whatever support we could also get from the united states. we celebrate united states support in the reconstruction an rehabilitation efforts in the northeast of nigeria, as well as humanitarian assistance to the international agencies such as united states agency for international development and other international partners. the united states of america has been, to date, the biggest contributor to the humanitarian
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response and last year give approximately half a billion united states dollars in cash and in kind contribution to the united nations and other integral humanitarian os. these supported protection activities, health, food assistance and shelter. we are doing all we can to secure the release of the remaining abducted schoolgirls. in this context, we will continue to work on united states cooperation in intelligence gathering, hostage negotiations, and information sharing. the government is taking necessary steps to promote the peaceful co-existence of high-dema high-demand informers by
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enforcing security and i extend sincere congratulations po president trump and his government for the success of the united states economy under his watch. our aim is to diversify our own economy by focusing on agriculture and food security, power and infrastructure. we have cut the importation of rice by 90% thereby saving a significant amount of money. we very much welcome increased united states investment in nigerian economy, especially the non-oil sector. economic relations between nigeria and the united states are anchored on the trade and investment framework agreement and africa growth and opportunity act. the commission in particular
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comprising bilateral economic and governmental partner issue is base economic framework for engagement in our two countries. nigeria's trade comprise $4.76 billion united states also of nigerian export to the united states and $1.894 billion united states exports to nigeria. we urge greater effort to increase these figures substantially. we thank the united states government very much for cooperation we have received in our effort to recover our friends. our two governments have put machinery in place for their
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respective attorney generals to collaborate in ensuring over millions of dollars of siphoned funds in banks around the world. in this connection we congratulate the united states government on launch iing a kleptocracy recovery effort which was headed by the united states department of justice and money laundering. we hope that we can continue to count on united states support in this area. the government of nigeria remains deep will you committed to the principles of human rights, as well as of promotion and production of people's freedom, even in the process of fighting terror. we commit to ensure that all cases of human rights abused are
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investigated and those responsible for violation held responsible. i thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. president. thank you very much. thank you, sir. steve miller of the "washington times," please. "washington times." thank you, steve. >> thank you, mr. president. had a two-parter on immigration. last week in the supreme court case over your travel ban, the lawyers for the opponents said that if you would simply apologize for some of your rhetoric during the campaign, the whole case would go away. i was wondering if you -- >> i don't think it would, number one. and there's no reason to apologize. our immigration laws in this country are a total disaster. they're laughed at all over the world, they're laughed at for their stupidity. and we have to have strong immigration laws. so i think if i apologize it
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wouldn't make 10 cents worth of difference to them. there is nothing to apologize for. we have to have strong immigration laws to protect our country. >> and looking to the future, the caravan has arrived at the u.s. border. >> we've been watching it. we've been watching it. >> i just wonder in your opinion or estimation, what percentage of those people do you believe are deserving of asylum in the u.s.? >> well, i won't get into percentages but we are a nation of laws. we have to have borders. we don't have borders, we don't have a country. i've been watching for weeks as the caravan came up. you know, the mexican laws are very tough on immigration. extremely tough. and it started out with way over 1,000 people, i guess now it is down to about 100 going all through mexico. people don't realize what a big country mexico is. but it came down by a lot. and now we're working on the border with the worst laws any country, no matter where you go all oifrt worver the world, the
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even believe it. and we are doing the best we can with it but we have to have changes in congress and we have to have it quickly. we need a wall, number one. and you see that right now, where they are, even though it is not a particularly good wall, even though a small percentage can climb to the top, they have to be in extremely good shape. but a small percentage can climb that particular wall. we have a wall that's much more difficult. but if you didn't have that, you'd have thousands of people just pouring into our country. you got to have a wall. and we need border security. and we will have border security. as you know, we're sending many, many national guardsmen down to the border. most of them are already there. and that's having a big impact. but we need a change in the law. catch and release is ridiculous. if they touch our property, if they touch our country, essentially you catch them and you release them in to our country. that's not acceptable to
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anybody. so we need a change in the law. >> mr. president, when you were sitting down in the oval office with president trump who ran on not wanting to be the policeman for the world, what kind of arguments did you make him to continue a military presence in your country and what kind of arguments did you make to him and how receptive was he? >> i started by thanking the president for united states presence in our country. they sent a training team. it is to train our officer and some of our training institutions and move to the gradual area to see how well they are per form iforming. i think this is one of the best things the united states can do for us to stabilize the country. >> and you agree with that? >> i do. very much so. that's why i thank you for it. >> because it is a very fair question. we more and more are not wanting
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to be the policemen of the world. we're spending tremendous amounts of money for decades on policing the world, and that shouldn't be our priority. we want to police ourselves and we want to rebuild our country. and the president understands that. they've come a long way, they're doing a great job. we're contributing to that job, but they have done a great job. what we do want to do though is open nigeria, and other countries, up to trade, because we have spent over the last decade a number that's so large you wouldn't even believe it. i think we'll be treated in a reciprocal fashion now as of today, so i think that's going to happen. and i have great respect for the president. okay? how about jordan fabian. where's jordan? jordan? "the hill"? >> thank you. thank you, mr. president. i want to ask you about iran, the israeli prime minister just gave a speech very critical of
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their nuclear program. i want to ask if you have made up your mind to pull out of that deal, and if you do pull out of that deal, do you think -- are you worried that sends the wrong message to north korea as you seek to enter nuclear talks with kim jong-un? >> no, i think it sends the right message. you know, in seven years that deal will have expired and iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons. that's not acceptable. seven years is tomorrow. that's not acceptable. so, no. if anything, it's proven right. what israel has done today with the news conference and prime minister netanyahu just gave a very -- i don't know if everybody's seen it but i got to see a little bit of it. that is just not an acceptable situation. i've been saying that's happening. they're not sitting back idly. they're setting off missiles which they say are for television purposes. i don't think so. so we'll see what happens. i'm not telling you what i'm doing but a lot of people think they know.


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