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announcer: president trump's trip started in poland where he had a joint news conference, answering questions about the possibility of intervention in north korea and russia's election interview -- interference. this is 25 minutes. >> the presidents of united states of america and poland. >> ladies and gentlemen, it is my great pleasure to welcome to warsaw, to welcome to poland, the president of the united states of america, mr. donald
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trump. i am delighted with his visit. this is it in warsaw, which is one of the international visits first paid by mr. president trump. it stresses our bond and high-quality of our alliance between poland and the united states. it also demonstrates that we are and that we mutually assess each other as loyal partners of those who cooperate on many different areas, including the area of security within the nato alliance. today, this was one of the topics of our discussion that we had during the meeting with the president followed by a preliminary session of our delegations. we talked about the presence of american soldiers in poland and talked about strengthening the security, including the eastern flank of nato.
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we discussed security in europe. apart from that, we mentioned the situation in ukraine. we talked about the upcoming military exercise which will take place in belarus. we also talked about contracts connected with the modernization of the polish armed forces. we discussed the already entered into agreement between poland and the united states on purchasing patriot missiles. we discussed the implementation of several programs. we discussed the things that will be implemented in the next three years in regards to strengthening the security of poland. i am delighted, after these conversations, i have a feeling the united states is thinking seriously and donald trump thinking seriously about poland's security.
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and he is thinking seriously about the united states of america as our loyal ally. the president stressed strongly strength of the polish community in the united states and the polish americans home he met -- americans whom he met before the election. mr. president, thank you very much for that. thank you for noticing the contribution of polish americans and the polish people in the development and the building of the prosperity of the united states. apart from that, we discussed economic contracts. not only military but those connected with security. we spoke at length about gas deliveries to poland. the first shipment of gas arrived in poland on the eighth of july from the united states.
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this has turned out hugely successful, no problems and no barriers. this opens up the path to more contracts and i hope that in the near future there will be a long-term contract entered into for gas deliveries from the united states and that through this we will diversify sources of supply of this hugely important raw material to poland. in a few moments, we will attend a summit where we will discuss issues pertaining to energy security and pertaining to the development of the transatlantic bond between europe and the united states. we will also talk about the developments infrastructure in our parts of europe, central europe. but we will also discuss the
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development of the european union because all of the initiative countries are eu member states and when we talk about the implementation of the cohesion policy, we are looking at this from the european union perspective. we want to implement it through the development of infrastructure along the north-south exits to increase competitiveness of our countries and increase the competitiveness of the entire european union. i hope that we can do that in in cooperation with the united states, according to the win-win principles that will be beneficial for the united states and our country. once again, welcome mr. president, i am hugely delighted with your visit in poland. thank you very much on behalf of the polish people for coming to poland. thank you, mr. president. the president of the united states, mr. donald trump.
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president trump: thank you mr. president for your gracious hospitality, we have had a wonderful stay, it has been great but the people of poland have been so fantastic. as you know, polish americans came in droves and voted in the last election, and i was very happy with that result. i want to thank you and them. it is an honor to be here. it is a majestic nation, it really is, it is a spectacular place, some of the most beautiful sites. we saw coming over, very inspirational. you are rich in history and you have absolutely an unbreakable spirit. that is something we have learned over the course of many years. the president and i had a productive meeting in which we
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reaffirmed our enduring bonds of friendship. and have united our citizens for a long time. we have never been closer to poland than we are right now. poland is not only a great friend but an important ally and a partner with respect to our military. we have had great cooperation with poland, we fought shoulder to shoulder in many different encounters, particularly grateful for the active role poland has taken and helping to defeat isis, where we have made tremendous strides and tremendous gains, which you will be hearing about over the next period of time. and other terrorist organizations, poland has been there with us by training iraqi special forces and flying reconnaissance missions. just about anytime we requested, they were there. him their soldiers have fought and work side-by-side with americans in iraq and afghanistan, and on behalf of all americans, i want to salute you and thank you, very special people. i want to thank the polish people for their kindness to more than 5000 american troops stationed in your country. our strong alliance with poland and nato remains critical to the touring conflict and insuring war between great powers never again ravages europe and that the world will be a safer and better place. america is committed to maintaining peace and security in central and eastern europe.
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we are working with poland in response to russia's actions and destabilizing behavior and are grateful for the example poland has set for every member of of the nato alliance by being one of the few nations that actually meets its financial obligations. as you know, i have been pretty hard on some of the members of nato for not, and the money is pouring in, i can tell you. i was criticized, mr. president, but the people of nato are not criticizing me.
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the money has been pouring in, far greater than it ever would have been. it is past time for all countries in the nato alliance to get going in their obligations and i consider poland has been right there, you will exceed that number, i appreciate that very much. during our meeting, i congratulated the president on poland's recent election to the united nations security council. we also discussed our mutual commitment to safeguarding the values at the heart of our alliance. freedom, sovereignty, and the rule of law. poland joins the security council at a critical time. a critical time for the world because you see what is going on. not only must we secure our nations from the threat of terrorism, but we must also confront the threat from north korea. that is what it is, a threat. we will confront it very strongly.
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president duda and i call on all nations to confront this global threat and publicly demonstrate to north korea that there are consequences for their very, very bad behavior. we also discussed the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe in syria and the need to defeat isis and other terrorist groups where they controlled territory -- where they control territory and populations. we have fought very hard and very powerfully against isis since i have been president. we have made tremendous gains, far greater than has ever been made with respect to that group. while the cities of raqqa and mosul will soon be liberated from these murderers, criminals and butchers, we recognize that syria will require a political situation that does not allow cash advance iranian polish
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destructive agenda or allow terrorist organizations to return. we also reaffirm that any nation that values human life can never tolerate the use of chemical weapons. and we won't tolerate it, either. finally, we agreed to work to expand commerce between our countries. we strongly support the three c's initiative and america stands ready to help poland and other european nations diversify their energy supplies so that you can never be held hostage to a single supplier. or, as we sometimes call it, a monopoly. i am pleased to report that the first shipment of american liquefied natural gas arrived in poland last month and there will be many more coming. maybe we can get your price up a little bit, but that is ok. [laughter] president trump: he is a tough negotiator. we look forward to making the economic ties between the united states and poland even stronger. that is a balanced and reciprocal one, we want reciprocal trade relationships.
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we do not have too many of them. i said before that the united states has made some of the worst trade deals ever in history. that is going to change. that is going to change. the friendship between our people dates all the way back to the american revolution, a long time. i look forward to speaking more about these bonds when i address -- enduring bonds of faith and freedom when i address the entire polish nation in just a little while. and here we have a big crowd, mr. president -- i think they are showing up for you and not for me, right? we are going to have a big crowd, that is what the word is. thank you for welcoming melania and myself to your beloved homeland. together, we can make the partnership between our nations stronger than ever before. special people, special place, and it is an honor to be here. thank you. president duda: thank you, mr. president.
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we have time to take questions. let us start with a guest from the united states. is there any question from the u.s. side? president trump: david? >> thank you, mr. president. in light of north korea's latest icbm testing, do you think they are beyond redemption or is there a chance they may make a u-turn, and are you willing and ready to launch military action against them? and if i may, i have to ask about this, since you started the wrestling video thing, what are your thoughts about what has happened since then? cnn went after you and has threatened to expose the identity of the person they said was responsible. president trump: i think what cnn did was unfortunate for them. as you know, they have some pretty serious problems. they have been fake news for a
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long time, they have been covering me in a very, very dishonest way. do you have that also, mr. president? [laughter] cnn and others, nbc is equally bad. despite the fact i made them a fortune with "the apprentice," but they forgot that. i will say, cnn has taken it too seriously and hurt themselves very badly. very, very badly. what we want to see in the united states is honest, beautiful, free, but honest fair press. we want fair press. we do not want fake news. by the way, not everybody is fake news. but we do not want fake news. bad thing, very bad for our country. it is a very bad thing for our country. as far as north korea is concerned, we will see what happens. i do not like to talk about what i have planned. i have severe things that we are thinking about.
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that doesn't mean we are going to do them. i do not draw redlines. president obama drew a red line and i was the one who made it look a little bit better than it was. that could have been done a lot sooner and you would not have the same situation you have right now in syria. that was a big mistake. but i think we will just take a look at what happens over the coming weeks and months with respect to north korea. it is a shame that they are behaving this way. but they are behaving in a very, very dangerous manner. and something will have to be done about it. thank you, david. >> and, mr. president, since we're speaking about press freedoms, your party has significantly clamped down on press freedoms in the last year and it appears to be weakening the power of the national courts. do you think that people who live in other modern democracies are wrong to criticize you for were -- reporters can cover the parliament?
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president duda: to respond to your question, sir, media order is a very significant thing indeed. when we look at the situation in the united states, the situation in poland, in every case, you can see a lot of apologies. -- pathologies. i can give you an example of one of polish magazines. it compared to tv channels of different broadcasters, and as an example, one of the broadcasters did not report about my visit to croatia, the president of poland to croatia was important. it was preparing the summit because this broadcaster does not like me as the president of poland, so i am permanently criticized by that broadcaster. this is the reality, the right of the media. in poland, we have liberty and freedom of the media. problems were there during
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previous governments. also, when the former president was in office, one of the magazines was visited by a special services in order to take away recordings which were compromising the politicians of the previous ruling party. that was when the freedom was under threat. we now have absolute freedom of the media. we do respect the freedom of the media. we do take care of the interests of the republic of poland and the polish people. now, a question from the polish side. >> one question, please. i represent polish television, concerning energy, both of you mentioned energy sector and the deliveries of lng. my first question goes to president trump. in what time perspective do you think a permanent contract could be entered into to make sure lng deliveries to poland and
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president duda? become -- to receive gas? president trump -- and for president duda, could poland be a hub for the transportation of american gas? president trump: good question. i think we can enter a contract with lng within the next 15 minutes, do you have anybody available? [laughter] president trump: we are becoming a great exporter of energy. we have taken a lot of unnecessary regulations out of our process and we are doing things we have not been able to do for a long time. we are blessed with great land.
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long-term contracts for lng deliveries to poland. but the contract will be signed by polish companies and an american company and this is how it will proceed. the most important thing is that there is a green light given by the u.s. government and an incentive given by americans to buy gas from the united states. on our side -- on the polish side, on the side of polish authorities, there is the green light from polish authorities and interest in this thing. i found that after relevant negotiations, those negotiations are ongoing, after the conclusion of the negotiations, there will be a long-term
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contract for u.s. lng deliveries to our lng terminals. as to the second part of the question, can we become a hub through which american gas will flow into central europe? i am convinced the answer is yes. i am convinced the answer is yes and today, we will talk about this. also, under the framework of the three c's initiative, this is also connected with the establishment of an energy corridor of gas along the north-south exit. in the future, this could make sure alternative supplies for ukraine. this is of primary importance and what we discussed today with mr. president trump. i am convinced the future is rosie and bright. we will develop the capacities in regards to the reception of the lng gas from the u.s. and other directions.
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the media is free in poland and a question from a private broadcaster. thank you very much. >> you mentioned military cooperation, i would like to find out from both of you, presidents, during your exchange, were there concrete guarantees extended concerning the presence of american troops in poland as long as there is a threat from the russian side? how do you see the future of the presence of american troops in poland? president trump: we did not discuss guarantees and were not in a position to discuss guarantees, but we have been in this country for a long time and have quite a few troops here, up to five -- 5000. we will continue to do that and continue to work with poland, but we did not discuss guarantees, no.
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president duda: the topic we discussed first and foremost was the security situation we have here. we discussed, in the context of what is happening in our part of europe and the maneuvers which we have mentioned and from that point of view, there is no doubt that the presence of american troops and nato troops in poland today is absolutely justified from this. if we assess the situation in the ukraine, it is clear. but we will discuss it further with mr. president. we made an initial agreement to meet next year in the white house. we agreed that i will pay a visit to the united states next year and details will be worked out later on, but that year is esportant for us polle and polish americans.
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because next year we will celebrate the centennial of polish independence. it shows the contribution of the polish people to the welfare of the united states in the last 100 years. last question, american media, very briefly, please because -- president trump will select the next journalists. >> thank you. a two-part question if i may. will you once and for all, yes or no, definitively say that russia interfered in the 2016 election? president trump: i think it was russia and i think it could have been other people in other countries, it could have been a lot of people have interfered. i think it could very well have been russia but it well could have been other countries. i will not be specific. i think a lot of people have interfered. it has been happening for a long time, for many, many years. the thing i have to mention is that barack obama, when he was president, found out about this, in terms of if it were russia. found out about it in august.
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now, the election was in november. that is a lot of time and he did nothing about it. why did he do nothing about it? he was told it was russia by the cia, as i understand, it was well reported, and he did nothing about it. they say he choked. well, i do not think he choked, i think he thought hillary clinton was going to win the election and he said, let's not do anything about it. had he thought the other way, he would've done something. he was told in early august by presumably, the cia, that russia was trying to get involved or meddling pretty strongly with the election. he did nothing about it. the reason is that he thought hillary clinton was going to win. if he thought i was going to win, he would have done plenty. that is the real question, why did he not do anything from august to november? why did he do nothing? his people said he choked, i do not think he choked.
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sen. hirono: -- reporter: a follow-up, your intelligence agencies have been more definitive and say it was russia. why won't you agree with them and say it was? president trump: let me start off by saying, i heard it was 17 agencies, i said that is a lot, do we have that many intelligence agencies? let's check it. we did some very heavy research and it turned out to be three or four. it wasn't 17. many of your compatriots had to change the reporting and had to apologize or correct. with that being said, mistakes have been made. i agree, i think it was russia but i think it was probably other people and/or countries. i see nothing wrong with that statement. nobody really knows. nobody really knows for sure. i remember when i was sitting listening about iraq. weapons of mass destruction. how everybody was 100% sure that iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
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guess what? that led to one big mess. they were wrong and it led to a mess. so, it was russia, and i think was probably others also. that has been going on for a long time. my big question is, why did obama do nothing about it from august all the way to november and he did nothing about it and not because he choked. [crosstalk] >> two questions, thank you very much, we must go. >> very brief follow-up, mr. president. >> two questions, that was it. thank you very much. president trump: thank you, everybody, very much. announcer: president trump has
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arrived in germany ahead of the g 20 summit. he met with chancellor angela merkel late on thursday and his first meeting with russian president vladimir putin is expected friday. c-span's washington withal, live every day news and policy issues that impact you. coming up this morning, we will be talking to political reporters from six states with republican senators whose votes are key to passing a health care bill. and ask what these senators are hearing from their constituents. watch c-span's "washington journal" live at 7:00 eastern this morning. join the discussion. announcer: tonight on c-span, harvard university sociologist professor on race relations in america. income and residential segregation and the effects of donald trump's candidacy and presidency on race relations.
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the discussion was held earlier this year at stanford university. in order to keep things in proper perspective when talking about the relative gains of more privileged blacks, it is important not to overlook the continuing interracial disparities. for example, a report from the center for policy research reveals that before the great a 1.4ion, there was only percentage point difference in the unemployment gap between recent black-and-white college graduates aged 22 to 27. however, in 2013, shortly after the economic downturn, the gap had surged to a 7.5 percentage point difference.
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factorce is obviously a at play here. because historically, the periods immediately after downturn's have adversely impacted blacks more than whites. tonight, a stanford university forum on race in america, income and residential inequality and the impact of the trump presidency on race relations. at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. president trump spoke to a crowd gathered in krasinski square. the site of the 1944 polish uprising against the nazis. the president spoke about relations with poland, russia's destabilizing actions in ukraine and affirmed his support for nato. our coverage started with a wreath-laying ceremony and then introductions by first lady melania trump. this is 45 minutes.


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