tv President Trump British Prime Minister May Joint News Conference CSPAN July 14, 2018 5:31am-6:23am EDT
struck. i could feel the pulsating electricity of it all. instead of writing about rights amendment in the disputed instead makeen i it so that when memos of congress have want to adjust the salaries they have to wait to the next election. >> 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 weapons or defeating daesh, our 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. and the u.k. set to spend twice 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 after which he expelled 60 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 unity and we should continue to 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 be possible. 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 you said 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] and the comments about boris johnson?
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. and i must say that i have gone -- that i have gotten to know theresa may much better in the last two days than i have in the last year. breakfast,i had lunch, and dinner together. and i said -- what are we doing tomorrow? having lunch and dinner with theresa may. i have gotten to know her much better and i think she is a
terrific woman and is doing a terrific job. that breaks it situation is a tough situation. --that breaks it situation is a tough situation one. we do not have a fair deal with the european union regarding trade. treat the united states hardly. that will change and if it does not, they will have to pay a very big price and they know what that price is. they are coming over on july 25 to see me and healthily we can work something out. they have barriers the unbelief. terrorists -- tariffs on cars far greater than we charge them. you know all these things. 100 $51r, we lost billion with the european union. we aren't going to have that anymore. president, how
would you characterize your relationship with the united kingdom --more special than with other countries? and on farm products, on the prime minister's deal, you would not be allowed to export many of your farm products to the u.k. -- would that be a problem for you? prime minister, the president said yesterday that he gave you advice on how to negotiate brexit and you did not take that advice. i wonder what that advice was and do you have any regrets in not taking that advice. prime minister may: not many people give me advice on running the united kingdom. perhaps some of you here are skeptical that we would achieve what we said we would in december. we got the implementation period
in march and now we have put forward a proposal that the two proposals that the european commission put forward are not acceptable to the u.k. those. no to and that is why we have put our proposal on the table that deal andon the brexit ensures we can have smooth relations with the eu. there will be questions about the trade issues that we have -- standards that we have here. president trump i would give our relationship the highest level of the special. we start off with special. i would give our relationship with the u.k. -- and now, especially after these last two days with your prime minister -- i would say the highest level of "special." am i allowed to go higher than that?
i don't know. they are very special. it is a very special country. and we have a relationship because my mother was born in scotland. as far as the advice, i did give her a suggestion. i would not say advice. i think she found it too brutal. i don't know if you remember what i said but i did give her a certain amount -- i gave her a suggestion. not advice. i would give her a suggestion. i could fully understand why she thought it was a little bit tough. and maybe someday she will do that if they don't make the right deal. she may very well do what i suggested. not an easy thing. look at the united states and how the european union has taken advantage systematically of the united states entrée. it is a disgrace. it is not an easy negotiation. john roberts, go ahead. no. john roberts.
cnn is fake news. cnn is fake news. i don't take questions from fake news. john roberts is fox. let us go to a real network. reporter: thank you, mr. president. some people have suggested the relationship between the united states and russia are at their lowest point -- is at its lowest point since the cold war. is there any way for relations between the united states and russia to improve as long as vladimir putin continues to occupy crimea? think i couldp: i have a very good relationship with of vladimir putin if we spent time together. i think we are being hurt very badly by the, i would call it the witchhunt, the rigged witchhunt after watching some of the little clips. i have not been able to watch it very much. the manr watching
testifying yesterday, i would call it the "rigged which could -- witchhunt. it really hurts our country and our relationship with russia. we would have a very good chance to have a good relationship with president vladimir putin. i would hope so. are your thoughts about improving relations with russia while they continue to occupy a country? president trump: president obama failed very badly with crimea. would have done that if i were president. he took it over during the obama administration. we will have to see what happens. i am not bad at doing things. if you look at what i have done compared to what other people have done 160 days in, there is no one even close i believe.
let us see what happens but this was an obama disaster. if i were president then he would not have taken over crimea. administration, key essentially took over crimea. i don't think he would've done that with me as president, john. reporter: you have taken on many left withyou say your by the obama administration and you say you have fixed. this was something left to you from the obama administration. how do you fix it president -- how do you fix it? president trump: we will see how it all works out but i want people to understand that crimea was another bad hand. i got handed north korea. you saw the letter yesterday. we have not had nuclear testing, missile launches, rocket launches, some sites were blown
up and we got back our hostages, our prisoners even before i left. a lot of good things are happening. is a long process, probably longer than some people would like but i am used to long processes also. we have not taken off the sanctions. when it comes to crimea, it it is something i took over, john. not much i have to say about that. that as wellg at as many of the other disasters that i took over. i took over a lot of bad hands and we are fixing them one by one. reporter: president trump said he made suggestions to you about what to do regarding brexit. can we ask you if you have a suggestion for president trump on his meeting with vladimir putin? prime minister may: i welcome the meeting with president vladimir putin.
but what is important is that the president go into it in a way that she is doing which is from a position of strength. we have discussed the activity of russia in many different ways including the use of the nerve agent here on the streets of the united kingdom and the impact that has had. i welcome the strong response the united states gave to that. we had response from around the world. the important thing particularly following the nato summit, the president is going into this meeting from the position of strength and unity around that nato table. jason. reporter: jason from the daily meal -- daily mail. prime minister, yesterday, the mps sided with donald trump. and he's -- and they said the a bad deal.ned is
and mr. president, you said it is a tough situation. what would you do? would you walk away from the situation to show you mean business? may: what we are negotiating and when we come out of the negotiations, we will have our ability to have independent trade policy, to set an own tariffs, to be independent member of the wto and to negotiate trade deals around the world. we are obviously looking at the united states and other areas as well. we are looking at issues like the possibility of some trade area around the pacific also. we will negotiate those trade deals. i also want to have a good trade arrangement with the european union. replace one with the other. the united kingdom actually is looking for and can negotiate a situation where we can have a
good trade relationship with the european union, a good trade relationship with the united states and around the rest of the world as well. and that is what will be good for jobs, people's livelihoods, and good prosperity here in the u.k. president trump: i was opening brexit.y the day before everyone was there. i asked what was going on and everyone wanted to talk about br exit. and i said i thought it would happen. and then we cut the ribbon. the reason i felt it would happen because -- was because of immigration. i think that is one of the reasons why i got elected. most people did not agree with me. barack obama said -- well, your country will have to get at the back of the line if it happened.
which i thought was a terrible thing to say, frankly. i thought it was going to happen and it did. -- as far asthat negotiating the deal, i probably would have done my suggestion to the prime minister but she can always do that. she can do that at some point. [indiscernible] would you have walked away? president trump: she can't walk away. suggestion. my it was respectfully submitted. she will do very well. she is a tough negotiator. i have been watching her the last couple of days. she is a very smart and determined person. i can tell you there are a lot of people looking up taking -- left a lot of people in her wake.
she is a beer he smart, tough, and capable person. i would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy. that i can tell you. go ahead. reporter: jeff mason from reuters. president trump: i like the hat. sir.ter: thank you, i don't have a solid head of hair. [laughter] oh boy. ok. president trump: i like you better without the hat. reporter: you mentioned the denuclearization and syria. can you say your message to him on syria? what would you like him to say ad'scially given uas gains recently? president trump: we are not the only ones that have nukes and it
will be a slow process but for the world it would be us and others that would have to come along simultaneously. -- when the meeting was arranged, we both wanted the meeting. when it was arranged, it was from my standpoint -- i did not go in with high expectations but you may come out with something exceptional. the proliferation is a tremendous -- to me, it is the biggest problem in the world. nuclear weapons. world. problem in the look up dr. john trump. uncle.y i used to talk nuclear with him many years ago. it is the biggest part -- it is the biggest problem in by opinion that the world has. ideally too anything get rid of them -- certainly, it
will be a subject that i will bring up with him and it is also very expensive. but that is the least important. i was telling the prime minister before, i did not go in with high expectations. we do have a political problem where -- in the united states, we had this your stupidity going on that it makes it very hard to do something with russia. anything you do it will be -- oh, he loves russia. i love the united states but i love getting along with russia, china, and other countries. it will be something that we bring up and talk about. syria of course, i will bring that up and ukraine and other subjects. reporter: what exactly would you like to hear from him regarding syria? president trump: the redline line in the sand was the problem.
what would you like him to do now under your watch? going to trump: i am talk to him about that before i talk to you. if something happens, great. if nothing happens -- i am not going in with high expectations but we may come out with surprising things. relationship is very important. having relationships with russia is china and other countries very important. i have been saying this for years. having relationships with other countries is really a good thing. i think -- i can't really overestimate how big the meeting was yesterday with nato. thatnt with something really was an unfair situation to something that is unified. i mean, they had spirit. those people were getting up and in the end -- we are committing -- it's not like they can go
immediately back. they have to go to their parliaments and congresses and their representatives and whatever form they have. they have to go through an approval process. but i will tell you, every single person in that room was gung ho to get it done, get the money and even before that, as you know, $34 billion, and i think the secretary-general said yesterday that because of president trump, we have taken in $34 billion more for nato. i think the numbers are actually much higher than that. but $34 billion at least. that's nothing that my opponent would have done. it would have just kept going down. you know it was going down. you see what was happening over the years. numbers were going down. now, the numbers are going way up and the numbers going way up and he will tell you that was because of me. reporter: prime minister may,
the president in brussels expressed concerns about a pipeline between russia and germany. do you share those concerns? to follow-up on some of the questioning from my colleagues on the british press and the american side, did you feel undermined by president trump's comment about your brexit clan -- plan and boris johnson? prime minister may: as i said and as president trump has said, about the possibility into the intent that we both have to have an ambitious trade deal going forward, i think that is everywhere we are going and that is a very important for a lot of our countries. we have stood shoulder to shoulder with the united states in many different ways over the years as a result of our special relationship and we will show that even further through the trade arrangements put in place in the future. president trump: jeff, just to finish off, i have to say.
i said to the paper, the sun, i -- and they seem like two very nice people. but i said theresa may is a wonderful person. one of them was nice. [laughter] where is that person? did i say nice things about theresa may? where? thank you very much for saying that. i said very good things. i said very good things about her. they didn't put it in the headline. i wish they would have put it in the headline. she's a total professional. i wanted to apologize because i said very good things about you and she said -- don't worry, it is just the press. i might add, they've been doing it to me and i do it to them. i do say, the pipeline, you asked about the pipeline, to me, it is a tragedy.
i think it is a horrific thing that is being done. you are feeding billions and billions of dollars from germany primarily, and other countries, but primarily from germany, into the coffers of russia when we are trying to do something so that we have peace in the world. i think it's a horrible thing that germany is doing. it's a horrible mistake. as much as i'd like angela, i was very open in saying that i think it's a horrible thing that you have a pipeline coming from russia and i believe that germany is going to be getting 50%, 60%, and even i have heard numbers like 70% of their energy coming in from russia. and how can you be working for peace and working from strength when somebody has that kind of power over your country? i don't think it's good. you're not working from strength. you have given up all of your strength. it's very bad for the german people. and i don't think it is very
good for nato if you want to know the truth. prime minister may: we said we four questions each and we've taken four questions each. on the pipeline issue -- we have been talking to the germans about this and with other -- 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. obviously we will make our views known there. mr. president, thank you. reporter, your position on it? prime minister may: we have been discussing this with germany. president angela merkel has made her positions clear about what is happening. 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 question about a future meeting while we are a member of the