tv President Trump British Prime Minister May Joint News Conference CSPAN July 13, 2018 8:00pm-8:52pm EDT
you to introduce you to our cities tour. we bring historic sites to our viewers. you can watch more on c-span.org/citiestour. >> tonight on visiting britain for meetings with prime minister theresa may and queen elizabeth. then director of national intelligence dan coats on russia and counterterrorism. on newsmakers, alliance for justice president nan aron on their opposition to the brett kavanaugh supreme court nomination. president trump is in the u.k. for an official state visit and meetings with british leaders. after a meeting with premised or theresa may, they held a joint news conference. the president answered questions about his comments on european immigration and his upcoming meeting with the president of russia. this is under one hour.
ms. may: i am pleased to welcome the president of the united states on his official visit. those two countries go more than ours to keep our country safe and prosperous and we want to deepen that cooperation even further to meet the shared challenges we face now and in years ahead. this morning, president trump and i visited where we saw a demonstration of joint working between british and american special forces. one example of the broadest,
deepest and most advanced security cooperation of any two countries in the world. whether this is our pilots determining the use of chemical ourons or defeating daesh, navies in the pacific enforcing sanctions on north korea, or our unparalleled intelligence sharing partnership thwarting attacks. our security cooperation is saving lives here, and britain, america, and across the world. that hard a ship is set to grow with our armies integrating to a level unmatched anywhere. spend twice set to 4 billion pounds on your secret meant and supporters over the next decade. today we have discussed how we can deepen our work to respond to state activity, terrorism, and serious crime. on russia, i thanked president trump for his support in responding to the appalling use
of a nerve agent in salisbury 60er which he expelled russian intelligence officers. i welcomed his meeting with president putin in helsinki in -- on monday. it is important to engage russia from a position of strength and toty and we should continue deter and counter all efforts to undermine our democracies. turning to our economic corporation with mutual investment between us overwinter when chilean dollars, we want to go further. we agreed today that as the u.k. leaves the european union we will pursue an ambitious free-trade agreement. the agreement provides the platform to agree to a deal that works with both countries right across our economies. a deal that builds on the u.k.'s independent trade policy, financial services cooperation, and as two of the world's most advanced economies, seizing the opportunity of new technology. all of this will further enhance our economic cooperation, creating new jobs and prosperity
for our peoples for generations to come. the u.k.-u.s. relationship is also defined by the role we play on the world stage. doing this means making tough calls. and sometimes being prepared to say things that others might rather not hear. from the outset, president trump has been clear about how he sees the challenges we face. and on many we agree. for example, the need to deal with the longstanding nuclear threat of dprk. to which the u.k. is proud to be contributing expertise. or the need to address the destabilizing influence of iran in the middle east, where today we've discussed what more we can do to push back on iran in yemen and reduce humanitarian suffering. or the need for nato allies to increase their defense spending
and capability on which we saw significant increases at yesterday's summit. this includes afghanistan, where this week i announced a further uplift of 440 u.k. troops, an ongoing commitment to a mission that began as nato's only use of article five, acting in support of the u.s. finally, let me say this about the wider transatlantic relationship. it is all of our responsibilities to ensure that transatlantic unity endures. for it has been fundamental to the protection and projection of our interests and values for generations. with u.s. leadership at its foundation, its beating heart remains our democratic values and our commitment to justice. those values are something that we in the u.k. will always cherish, as i know the u.s. will too. it is the strength of these values and the common interests they create that we see across the breadth of our societies in north america and europe. and that is why i'm confident that this transatlantic alliance will continue to be the bedrock of our shared security and prosperity for years to come. mr. president.
president trump: thank you very much. thank you. prime minister, thank you very much. it is my true honor to join you at this remarkable setting. truly magnificent. as we celebrate the special relationship between our two countries. on behalf of the american people, i want to thank you for your very gracious hospitality. thank you very much, teresa. last night melania and i were delighted to join you and phillip for dinner at the magnificent blenheim palace. it was a wonderful and memorable evening that we will not soon forget. it was really something very special. today it's a true privilege to visit historic checkers that i've heard so much about and read so much about growing up in history class. and to continue our conversation, which has really proceeded along rapidly and well over the last few days. for generations our predecessors have gathered at this stunning retreat to strengthen a bond
that is like no other. the relationship between our two nations is indispensable to the cause of liberty, justice and peace. the united kingdom and the united states are bound together by a common historic heritage, language, and heroes. the traditions of freedom, sovereignty and the true rule of law were our shared gift to the world. they are now our priceless inheritance to a civilization. we must never cease to be united in their defense and in their renewal. before our dinner last night, melania and i joined prime minister may, mr. may, and the duke and duchess of marl bro for a tour of the winston churchill exhibit at blenheim palace. it was something, something very special. it was from right here at checks that are prime minister churchill phoned president roosevelt after pearl harbor, in that horrific war american and
british service members bravely shed their blood alongside one another in defense of home and in defense of freedom. and together we achieved a really special, magnificent victory. and it was total victory. prime minister may and i have just come from a very productive nato summit. that was truly a productive summit. where my top priority was getting other nato members to pay their full and fair share and the prime minister was right there with me. i want to thank you, prime minister, for the united nations' contribution to our common defense, the u.k. is one of the handful of nations, five out of 29, not good, but it's going to get better really fast, in addition to the united states meeting the 2% g.d.p. minimum defense spending commitment. during the summit, i made clear all nato allies must honor their obligations and i am pleased to
report that we have received substantial commitments from members to increase their defense spending and to do so in a much more timely manner. in our meetings today, the prime minister and i discussed a range of shared priorities, including stopping nuclear proliferation. i thanked prime minister may for her partnership in our pursuit of a nuclear-free north korea. been a tremendous help. the prime minister and i also discussed iran. we both agree that iran must never possess a nuclear weapon. and that i must halt, and we must do it and i'm going to do it, and she's going to do it, and we're all going to do it together, we have to stop terrorism. it's the scourge. we have to stop terrorism and we have to get certain countries, and they've come a long way, i
believe, the funding of terrorism has to stop and it has to stop now. i encourage the prime minister to sustain pressure on the regime and she needed absolutely no encouragement because she in fact also encourages me. and we're doing that and we're doing that together. very closely coordinated. the united kingdom and the united states are also strengthening cooperation between our armed forces who serve together on battlefields all around the world. today the prime minister and i viewed several u.s.u.k. special forces demonstrations. we saw some demonstrations today, frankly, that were incredible. the talent of these young, brave, strong people. we saw it at the royal military academy. seamless cooperation between our militaries is really just vital to addressing the many shared security threats. we have threats far different than we've ever had before. they've always been out there, but these are different.
and they're severe. and we will handle them well. we also recognize the vital importance of border security and immigration control in order to prevent foreign acts of terrorism within our shores. we must prevent terrorists and their supporters from gaining admission in the first place. border security is a national security problem. and in the united states we are working very hard to get the democrats to give us a couple of votes so we can pass meaningful and powerful border security. i also want to thank prime minister may for pursuing fair and reciprocal trade with the united states. once the brexit process is concluded, and perhaps the u.k. has left the e.u., i don't know what they're going to do, but whatever you do is ok with me. that's your decision. whatever you're going to do is ok with us. just make sure we can trade together.
that's all that matters. the united states looks forward to finalizing a great bilateral trade agreement with the united kingdom. this is an incredible opportunity for our two countries and we will seize it fully. we support the decision of the british people to realize full self-government and we will see how that goes. very complicated negotiation. and not an easy negotiation. that's for sure. a strong and independent united kingdom, like a strong and independent united states, is truly a blessing on the world. prime minister may, i want to thank you again for the honor of visiting the united kingdom, a special place. my mother was born here. so it means something maybe just a little bit extra, maybe even a lot extra. and we had a wonderful visit last night. i think i got to know the prime minister better than at any time. we spent a lot of time together
over a year and a half. but last night we really -- i was very embarrassed for the rest of the table. we just talked about lots of different problems and solutions to those problems and it was a great evening. as we stand together this afternoon at checkers we continue a long tradition of friendship, collaboration, and affection between ourselves and also between our people. the enduring relationship between our nations has never been stronger than it is now. so, madam prime minister, thank you very much. it's been an honor. prime minister may: thank you, mr. president. [applause] now we will -- we're going to take four questions each. i'll start off with laura. reporter: thank you very much, prime minister and mr. president. mr. president, you seem rather to have changed your tune from what you said earlier this week when you said that on the current brexit plan, that would probably kill the possibility of a trade deal with the u.k. our countries are meant to have
a special relationship yet you publicly criticized the prime minister's policy and per -- her personally for not listening to you this week. is that really the behavior of a friend? and, prime minister, isn't the problem for you that some of the things mr. trump has said about your brexit plan are right? it will limit the possibilities of doing trade deals easily in the future? can you also tell us how it felt for him to criticize you in the way he did in that interview? president trump: maybe i'll go first because i didn't criticize the prime minister. i have a lot of respect for the prime minister. unfortunately there was a story that was done, which was, you know, generally fine, but it didn't put in what i said about the prime minister and i said tremendous things. fortunately we tend to record stories now. so we have it for your enjoyment if you'd like it. but we record when we deal with reporters. it's called fake news. and we still have a lot of problems with the good, old-fashioned recording instrument.
the prime minister is going to make a decision as to what she's going to do. the only thing i ask of teresa is that we make sure we can trade. that we don't have any restrictions. because we want to trade with the u.k. and the u.k. wants to trade with us. we're by far their biggest trading partner. we have an opportunity to quadruple that. so if they go a slightly different route, and i know they do want independence, it's going to be independence, it's just -- your definition. but if they're going to go a certain route, i just said that i hope you're going to be able to trade with the united states. i read reports where that won't be possible. but i believe after speaking with the prime minister's people and representatives and trade experts, it will absolutely be possible. so based on that, and based on just trade in general, and our other relationship, which will be fine, but the trade is a little bit tricky. we want to be able to trade and
they want to be able to trade. and i think we'll be able to do that. ok? and i think she's doing a terrific job, by the way. prime minister may: thank you, mr. president. and just to confirm what the president has said, laura. there will be no limit to the possibility of us doing trade deals around the rest of the world. once we leave the european union. on the basis of the agreement that was made here at checkers and that i've put forward to the european union. and just be clear, that is an agreement that delivers on the brexit vote that we had in 2016 here in the u.k. that delivers what i believe is at the forefront of people's minds when they were voting to leave the european union. so at the end of these negotiations, we will ensure that free movement will come to an end. the jurisdiction of the european court of justice here in the u.k. will come to an end. the sending of vast sums of money every year to the e.u. will come to an end. we will come out of the common agriculture policy, we will come out of the common fishers policy, and will ensure by not being in a customs union that we
are able to have an independent trade policy and do those trade deals around the world. as you've heard from the president, the united states is keen for us work, we're keen to work with them and whether he do a trade deal with them and with others around the rest of the world. president trump: jonathan, go ahead. reporter: mr. president, two questions, if i may. the first one, now your british trip is coming to a close, could you tell us the three or four things you hope to achieve in your meeting with vladimir putin? and the second question, what's the benefit to america of having tens of thousands of american troops stationed in europe? thank you. president trump: so, i'll be meeting with president putin on monday. we go into the meeting with a tremendous meeting that we had with nato. most of you have reported it correctly. it was certainly testy at the beginning but at the end everybody came together and they agreed to do what they should do. and actually what they've committed to do. which you fully adhered to.
you didn't have a problem. but some people did. we left that meeting more unified and wealthier as a group than ever before. so we go in strong. we'll be talking to president putin about a number of things. ukraine. we'll be talking about syria. we'll be talking about other parts of the middle east. i will be talking about nuclear proliferation. because we are massively, you know, you know what we've been doing, we've been modernizing and fixing and buying and it's just a devastating technology. and they likewise are doing a lot. it's a very, very bad policy. we have no choice but we are massively big and they are very big and i'll be talking about nuclear proliferation. that would be a great thing if
we could do. it's not only us, it's not only russia and the united states, it's other countries also. but we are the two leaders. we would be the leader. they would be second. i guess china would be third. i think we'll all be talking about that. to me, jonathan, i think that would be a tremendous achievement if we could do something on nuclear proliferation. and we'll be talking about other things. i know you'll ask, will we be talking about meddling? and i will absolutely bring that up. i don't think you'll have any, gee, i did it, i did it, you got me. there won't be a perry mason here, i don't think. but you never know what happens. but i will absolutely firmly ask the question. and hopefully we'll have a very good relationship with russia. i think having -- and the prime minister would agree. we have a good relationship with russia and with china and with other countries. that's a good thing. not a bad thing. so hopefully that will happen.
reporter: [inaudible] -- the benefit to america. president trump: the troops where, though? where? well, look, there is a benefit. there's a psychological benefit and there's a military benefit. there's also a benefit not to do it. i was prepared to do things that would have been somewhat harsh yesterday. a lot of people were surprised that nato all came together at the end. and it wasn't a threat. it was just an unfair situation. the united states was paying anywhere from 70% to 90% and i choose 90% depending on the way you want to calculate. we were paying 90% of the cost of nato. and nato is really there for europe much more so than us. it helps europe, no matter what our military people or your military people say, helps europe more than it helps us. that being said, it is a great unifier. we have 29 countries. and there was a lot of love in that room. and we have a lot more than -- you know when you say 10,000 troops. we have a lot more than 10,000 troops. or i thought i saud 10,000.
because in germany we have 52,000 troops and we have a lot of troops in europe. that being said, we're helping europe. they're helping us. we're all together. and i'm fine with it. prime minister may: thank you. president trump: by the way, very importantly, they're now paying their way in a much more rapid fashion. prime minister may: thank you. frances. reporter: prime minister, i wonder whether you agree with the president of the united states that immigration has damaged the cultural fabric of europe and, president, perhaps you could elaborate on that remark. what do you mean by that? president trump: i think it's been very bad for europe. i think europe is a place i know very well and i think what has happened is very tough. it's a very tough situation. you see the same terror attacks that i do. we see them a lot. we just left some incredible young men, men and women, at
sandhurst. they were showing us cells and they were showing us things that frankly 20 years ago nobody even thought about, probably a lot more recently than that nobody thought about. i think it's changing the culture. i think it's a very negative thing for europe. i think it's very negative. i think having germany and i have a great relationship with angela merkel. great relationship with germany. but i think that's very much hurt germany. i think it's very much hurt other parts of europe. and know it's politically not necessarily correct to say that. but i'll say it and i'll say it loud. and i think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture, you are changing -- changing a lot of things. you're changing security. look what's happening. you take a look. look at what's happening to different countries that never had difficulty, never had problems. it's a very sad situation. it's very unfortunate.
but i do not think it's good for europe and i don't think it's good for our country. we're, as you know, far superior to anything that's happened before, but we have very bad immigration laws. and we're doing incredibly well considering the fact that we virtually don't have immigration laws. we have laws that are so bad, i don't even call them laws. i call them -- it's just like, you just walk across the border. you walk across the border, you put one foot on the land and now you're tied up in a lawsuit for five years. it's the craziest thing anyone's ever seen. so i would just make that recommendation to europe. i've made it very loud and clear. i made it yesterday. 29 countries total. and that's the way i feel. prime minister may: the u.k. has a proud history of welcoming people who are fleeing persecution to our country. we have a proud history of welcoming people who want to come to our country to contribute to our economy and contribute to our society. and over the years, overall
immigration has been good for the u.k. it's brought people with different backgrounds, different outlooks here to the u.k. and has -- we've seen them contributing to our society and to our economy. of course what is important is that we have control of our borders, what is important is that we have a set of rules that enables us to determine who comes into our country. and of course that is what, as a government, we have been doing for a number of years and we'll be able to continue to do in the future. reporter: mr. president, you have spent the week taking on nato allies, criticizing prime minister may on her own soil. and i wonder if -- are you giving russian president vladimir putin the upperhand heading into your talks, given that you are challenging these alliances that he seeks to break up and destroy? president trump: see, that's such dishonest reporting. because, of course it happens to be nbc. which is possibly worse than cnn. possibly. possibly. let me explain something. we have left nato with more money, with more unity, with
more spirit than nato probably has ever had. we have a strong and powerful nato. when i became president we didn't. we had people that weren't paying their bills. we had people that were way down. we had people that weren't following their commitments. in addition to that, we've become an oil exporter, which would not have happened under the past regime or a new regime if it weren't us. we have built up our military, $700 billion, and then next year as you know, $716 billion. when you look at what we've done in terms of russia, i guarantee whoever it is in russia, they're saying, oh, gee, do we wish that trump was not the victor in that election. we have been far tougher on russia than anybody, anybody. and probably than -- look, i'm not going to go down 100 years. but certainly we've been extremely tough on russia.
including the fact that when the prime minister called, when they had a horrible thing happen right here, very close by, she asked, would i do something and i -- maybe i'd let you tell the number and it was far greater than anybody else, including the prime minister. we expelled how many people? 60. germany did three. as an example. so germany, big country, powerful country, they did three. the fake news doesn't want to talk about it. so it really is -- we have been very strong on russia. with all that being said, if i had a relationship with putin, i don't know him, i met him twice, maybe three times, 2 1/2 times, most of you were there when we did. we met him at the g-20 and if we could develop a relationship, which is good for russia, good for us, good for everybody, that would be great. if i had a relationship with china, you know we're in a big trade situation with china as an example, where we're behind every year for many years, $500 billion.
just not going to happen anymore. so if we got along with countries, that's a good thing. if we get along with china, russia, that's a good thing, not a bad thing. reporter: i take your point, but -- [inaudible] -- headlines about the fighting. i take your point about what happened at the end of nato. president trump: the headlines you see isn't the headline. yes, there was fighting because i said, you have to put up more money. we have to be stronger, we have to be unified. the headline he sees isn't what's happening during the morning. the headline he sees is what happened in the afternoon, where we came together as one, where they're putting up billions of dollars more, i'll give you an example. you know this as a confirmed number. $34 billion more was raised since i became president in nato. that means the other 28 countries have put in $34 billion more into nato. do you think putin's happy about that? i don't think so.
but we have a lot of false reporting in this country. i don't think you have that in your country, do you, prime minister? ok, go ahead. ask the prime minister. reporter: president trump told the sun, i think the deal she's striking on brexit is not what the people voted for. is he wrong, are you offering up a brexit-lite? and i wonder if we could get a reaction to him saying boris johnson would be a good prime minister? prime minister may: the deal we have put on the table, the agreement we've put on the table, as i said earlier in response to laura's first question, this does deliver on the vote of the british people. the british people voted to leave the european union. and i heard the turn of phrase that the president used earlier. but let me be very clear about this. we will be leaving the european union. and we are leaving on the 29th of march, 2019. as we leave the european union, we will be delivering on what people voted for, an end to free movement, an end to sending vast amounts of money to the european union every year, an end to the jurisdiction of the european court of justice here in the
united kingdom, coming out of the common fisheries policy, coming out of the common agriculture policy, and ensuring by coming out of the customs union that we can have an independent trade policy that enables us to negotiate trade deals with the united states and with other countries around the rest of the world. that's what the british people voted for and that's what we will be delivering. we will deliver it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to the border between northern ireland and ireland. reporter: [inaudible] president trump: i'll respond. they said unrelated. not related. we have the tape. you can ask sarah, get it from sarah. we taped the entire interview. they asked about boris johnson. they said, how would he be as prime minister? i said, he'd be a great prime minister. he's been very nice to me, he's said great things about me as president. he said i'm doing a great job. i am doing a great job, just in case you haven't noticed. boris johnson i think would be a great prime minister.
i also said that this incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job, a great job. i mean that. i have actually gotten to know her better than ever and i think she is a terrific woman and she is doing a terrific job. but it is a very tough situation. between the borders and the entries into the countries and all the things, she's going to do the best. to work thing i ask is it out so we can have very even trade. we do not have a very field to -- fairir deal -- 30 oh
deal. they are coming over on july 25 to see me and hopefully, we can work something out. they have barriers that are beyond belief. they will not take many of our thanks including our cars. they charge us tariffs on cars far greater than what we charge them. lost $151 teresa, we billion with the european union. we are going to have that any longer. >> mr. president, how would you could produce -- characterize your relationship with the united kingdom? production, on the prime minister's deal, you would be allowed to export many farm products to the u.k., with a big problem for you?
the president said yesterday that he gave you advice about how to negotiate brexit but you did not take that advice. i wondered what that advice was an if you have any regrets? my job is actually getting out there and doing it and that is exactly what i have done. as we have been going to these negotiations, there have been some skeptical voices. skeptical on whether we would achieve it by december and we have done the joint report in the implementation. in march. the proposals of the european union have not been acceptable to the u.k. and that is why we have put our proposals on the table for the future. we ask if it delivers on the ensuresand whether it
smooth trade with the european union. in terms of the united states, willorld would become -- be questioned about the standards we have on some products. that will be a matter for negotiations. president trump: military i give ever relationship the highest level of special. we start off with special. i will give our relationship with the u.k. and now, especially, after these two days with your prime minister, i would say the highest level of special. and i allowed to go higher than that? are very special people it is a very special country and as i have a relationship because my mother was born in scotland. suggestion, ier a think she found it may be too brutal. i do not know if your lover what i said but i do give her a
of suggestions. understand why she thought it was a little tough. maybe someday she will do that. very muchday she will do what i suggested to do. for the united states, how the european union has taken advantage, systematically, entree. -- on trade. it is not an easy negotiation. prime minister may: president trump: john roberts good -- go ahead. i do not take questions from cnn. some people have suggested the relations between the united states and russia are at their lowest points since the
beginning of the cold war. you have stated many times that it is important to have a better relationship with russia. is there any way for relations between the united states and russia to improve as long as cute and continues to occupy. president trump: i think we would have a very good relationship if we spent time together. i'm different from other people. -- big veryre very hurt by the rigged witchhunt after watching some clips. watching the men that was testifying yesterday, i call it the with -- rigged witchhunt. it really hurts our country and it hurts our relationship with russia. i think we have a good chance to have a very good relationship with russia and president pugh. i would -- putin.
what do -- -what do think of you continued relationships with the country? president trump: president obama failed very badly with primary -- during ther crimea obama administration. we will have to see what happens. better to thanks, if you look at what i've done compared to what other people have done 160 days end, there is nobody even close i do not believe. let's see what happens. disaster.n obama he essentially over crimea. i do not think he would have done that with me as president. thingshave taken on many
, you left by the obama administration, something that you inherited, the occupation of crimea? how do you move forward? knew, it trump: if i would not tell you because that would put us at a disadvantage. we will see how it all plays out. i just want to understand the crimea was another bad and. you got handed north korea and we are doing very well. we have not had nuclear testing, we have not had missile launches, rocket launches. we got back our hostages, prisoners even before i left. you will see what happens. the process is probably longer than anybody would like. we have not taken off the sanctions, the sanctions are
biting. when consecrate me, that is something i took over, there is nothing much i have to say about it other than, we will look at that and we will look at many other disasters i've taken over. i'm fixing all of the bad hands one by one. president trump says it he make suggestions to you about what to do about brexit. can we ask you to make a suggestion to him about how to handle the meeting? >> prime minister may: it is an important meeting with president. important is that the president goes into this as he has been doing from a position of strength. i think it is very important obviously. will govern the activity in russia in many ways.
the impact that that has had, i welcome and the very strong response that the united states has given to the. we have responses from around the world and the important particularly, following the nation, the president is going into this meeting from that position of strength and unity around that native table. -- nato table. prime minister, in the comments yesterday, you sided with donald trump and said this deal that you signed is going to be fed. why do they competing it is a good idea? >> last year, you send a process served a tough situation. when would you walk away from the talks to show that human business? >> alle minister may: first of on the issue of trade deals, as i said earlier, we are
negotiating and when i come out of negotiations, will have our ability to have independent trade policies and to set their own tariffs and to be a member of the wto to be able to negotiate trade deals around the world. we are looking at the united states, we are looking at other areas as well. we are looking at issues like the hospitality of trade deals around the pacific area. we will negotiate the street deals but i also want to have aged good trade arrangement with the european union. we do not just trade -- rep. dunn. the european union is negotiating so that we could have a good trade relationship with the european union and the united states and around the restaurant world as well. could for jobs, likelihood, prosperity here in the u.k.. remember, the day before brexit, --
president trump: everybody was and itecause of brexit all showed up on the night poll overlooking the ocean and i said, what is going on? this for my opinion and i think we will agree that i said the present will have to happen. it did happen. the reason i thought it was going to happen is because of immigration. the reasons i got elected is because of immigration and i thought that brexit had the upper hand. ever broke obama said, your country will have to get on the back of the line if that happens. i thought that was a terrible thing to say frankly but i thought it was going to happen and it did happen. as far asnk that negotiating the deal, but probably would have done what my suggestion was to the prime minister. at some point, she can do what i suggested to her.
you cannot walk away because she walks away that means, she is stuck. you cannot walk with. you could do other things. she can do what my suggestion was in my suggestion was respectfully submitted. she will do very well. she is a very tough negotiator and i've been watching her over the us couple of days. she is very smart and very determined. i've interviewed there are a lot of people looking up #g list, she left a lot of people in her wake. she is a very smart, tough, capable person. i would much rather have her as my friend that my enemy, that i can tell you. youting,into your
mentioned the denuclearization and blow syria. can you tell us exactly what your message will be to syria? especially given the suns game in the country recently? out a little bit how you expect that to happen in terms of treaties and talks? president trump: we are not the only ones that have nuclear weapons. for us, it would be us and others would have to come along simultaneously. when the meeting was arranged, we both wanted the meeting. when the meeting was arranged, from my standpoint, i did not go
into the with high expectations but you may come out with something very exceptional. the proliferation is a tremendous, to me, it is the biggest problem in the world. nuclear weapons. the biggest problem. look up dr. john trumpet. i used to talk nuclear with him many years ago. it is the biggest problem in my opinion this momentous. -- world has. if we can do something to substantially reduce them and ideally, get rid of them. certainly, it is a subject of will be bringing up with him and it is also very expensive. that is the least important. i think on in, i was telling the prime minister before, i do not going to do with high expectations.
we do have a political problem where we had the stupidity going -- veryt makes it going hard to do something with russia. i love getting along with russia and china and other countries. it was certainly, be something that we bring up and talk about. it is such a big problem. syria, i want to bring that up and i will pick up ukraine. exactly that you would like to hear from them? >> the red line in the sand was a problem for us. what is something different that president newton can do now under your watch? president trump: i'm going to talk to him about that before i talk to you. i've got going in with high expectations but we may come out with some very surprising things.
relationship is very important and having a relationship with russia and other countries as i said, a number of times, i have been saying that during the campaign, having relationships with other countries is really a good thing. overestimate how did the meeting was. we went with something that was really an unfair situation to something that is unified. end,tting up and in the they have to go through the parliaments and congresses. they have to go through an approval process. every single person in that room was gung ho to get it done, get the money and even before that, as you know, i think the
secretary-general said yesterday that because of president trump, we have taken and $34 billion more. i think the numbers are actually much higher than that. that is nothing that my opponent would have done. it would have just kept going down. numbers were going down. now, the numbers are going way up and it is going way up i appeared he will tell you that was because of me. the president during his time in brussels expressed concern about a pipeline between russia and germany. do share this concerns? to follow-up on a question for call it, did you feel undermined by president trump's comment about your present plan in place johnson?
said minister may: as i trump's head,nt about the possibility into the intent that we both have two have an ambitious trade deal going forward, i think that is is everywhere we are going and that is a very important for a lot of our countries. we have stood's shoulder to shoulder with the united states in many different ways over the as a result of our special relationship and we will show that you have further to the trade agreements put in place in the future. >> just a finish off, i have to say president trump: i said to the said, theresa, i .ay is a wonderful person did i say nice things about theresa may?
i said veryump: good things. i said very good things about her. they did not put it in the headline i wish they would have put it in the headline. she is a total professional. i wanted to apologize because she said such good thanks. i might add, they've been doing it to me and i do it to them. you asked about the pipeline, to me, it is a tragedy. it is a perfect thing that is being done. you are feeding billions and billions of dollars from germany and russia. we are trying to do something so that we have considerable.
it is a horrible thing that germany is to. it is a horrible mistake. i think it is a horrible thing that you have a pipeline coming from russia and i believe that germany is going to be getting 70% of their energy coming in from russia. peacen you be working for and working from strength when somebody has a kind of power over your country? you have given up all of your strength. it is very bad for the german people. it is not very good for nato. prime minister may: we have taken for questions each. we have been talking to the germans about this, they are talking to other countries within the european union about this.
while they continue to sit around the eu table, this will be something that we can discuss at the european union table. prime minister may: we have been discussing this with germany. the president has made his concerns clear about what is happening. prime minister may: within the european union, there are discussions to be held within decision and we are talking to other countries within the european union. i think the president said earlier in response to a will know what is happening after that meeting. union, weremember the are leaving. [applause]