tv President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Hold News Conference CSPAN January 28, 2017 12:21am-12:42am EST
to douglas in the 1858 senate race. the cause of civil liberty must not be surrendered at the end of one or even 100 defeats. >> for a complete american history to be schedule go to c-span.org. next, joint news conference with president trump and british prime minister theresa may. then, discussion on russian hacking in the u.s. election. after that, the supreme court hears oral arguments challenging provisions of the deportation section of u.s. immigration laws. >> on her arrival of the white house and british prime minister theresa may pose for pictures with president trump in the oval office. she is the first foreign leader to meet with president trump since he took office. following a lunch meeting the two leaders took questions from the news media.
i am honored to have prime minister tresa may here for our first official visit from a foreign leader. this is our first visit. so, great honor. the special relationship between our two countries has been one of the great forces in history for justice, for peace, and by the way my mother was born in scotland. which is serious. today, the united states renews a deep bond with britain military, financial, cultural, and political. we have one of the great bonds. we pledge our lasting support to this most special relationship. together, america and the united kingdom are a beacon for prosperity and rule of law.
that is why the united states respects the sovereignty of the british people in their right of self-determination. a free and independent britain is a blessing to the world. and our relationship has never been stronger. both america and britain understand that governments must be responsive to everyday working people. that governments must represent their own citizens. madame prime minister, we look forward to working closely with you as we strengthen our mutual ties and commerce, business, foreign affairs. great days lie ahead for our two peoples in our two countries. on behalf of our nation, i think you for joining us here today it is a really great honor. thank you very much.
>> it thank you very much mr. president. can i start by saying that i'm so pleased that i've been able to be here today. thank you for you for inviting me so soon after your inauguration. i am delighted to be able to congratulate you which was a stunning elect chin victory. as you say, the invitation is an indication of the strength and importance of the special relationship. it exist between our two countries. a relationship that's done history, family, kingship, and common interests. a further common interests. in a further sign of the importance of that relationship we have been able to convey her majesty the queen's hope that president trump of the first lady would do a state visit to the united kingdom later this year and i'm delighted that you have accepted that invitation. today were discussing topics and there's much on which we agree. the president mentioned form policy. form policy. we discussed how we can work closely to take on and defeat isis and extremism wherever is
found. our two nations are leading efforts to face up to this challenge. were making progress with isis moving territory and fighters. today were discussing discussing how to do this by deepening intelligence and critically by stepping up our efforts. as we know we are not going to eradicate this threat until we defeat the ideology that lies behind it. our talks will be continuing later. i'm sure we'll discuss other topics, syria and russia. on defense and security we are united in our recognition of nato as our collective defense. today we are reaffirmed our unshakable commitment to this alliance. and you confirmed your 100% hundred% behind nato. but were also discussing port portions of nato continuing as it is equipped to fight.
>> i have agreed to deliver on the commitment. so the burden is more fairly shared. it's only by investing properly in our defense that we can ensure that were properly equipped to face our share of challenges together. finally the president and i have mentioned future economic corporations and trade. trade between our two countries is with over 150 billion pounds per year. together we have around $1 trillion invested in each other's economies. the u.k. u.s. defense relationship is the broadest, deepest, most advance of any two countries sharing military hardware and expertise. i think the president and i are ambitious to build on this relationship to grow our economies and provide high skilled, high pay jobs of the future for working people across america and the u.k.
we are discussing how we can establish trade negotiation agreement, take high-level talks, lay the lay the groundwork for u.s. trade agreement and identify the practical steps we can take now to enable companies in both country to trade and do business with one another more easily. i'm convinced the trade deal between the u.s. and the u.k. is in the national interest of both countries and will cement a crucial relationship that exists between us particularly as the u.k. leaves the union and reaches out to the world. today's talks were significant moment for president trump and i to build our relationship. i look forward to continuing work with you as we deliver on the promises of freedom and prosperity for all the people of our country's. thank you. >> very nicely stated. steve holland.
>> you are going to be speaking tomorrow with the russian president. what message would you like to convey to him. how close are you to lifting some of the sanctions imposed on rush over his ukraine. what would you expect in return a prime minister may, g for see any changes in attitudes toward sanctions on russia? >> well i hear a call was set up and we'll see what happens. as far as the sanctions it's really to be talking about that. we look to have a great relationship with all countries ideally. that won't necessarily happen unfortunately probably won't happen with many countries. but many countries. but if we can have, as we do with prime minister may the relationship we have all developed and even the short relationship that would just develop by being with each other and have lunch and we have really had some very interesting talks and very productive talks. if we can have a great relationship with russia and with china and with all countries, i am all for that. that would be would be a tremendous asset.
no guarantees, but if we can that would be a positive, not a negative. >> lesser is the uk's concerned on sanctions to russia in relation to their activities in the ukraine. we have been very clear that we want to see the agreement fully implemented. we believe sanctions should continue until we see that agreement implemented. we. we are continuing to argue that inside the european union. >> laura. >> thank you very much. prime minister, you talk about where you agree, but you also would be frank where you disagreed with the president. can you tell us where and our talks you to disagree? to to disagree? to think the president listen to what you had to say #mr. president, we'll see what
she says. mr. president, you said before that torture works. you praised russia, you said you want to be muslims from coming to america. you've suggested there should be punishment for abortion. for many people in britain those are alarming. what he stator of years at home who are worried about some of your views and worried about you becoming the leader of the free world? >> this is your choice of a question? there goes that relationship. >> can i confirm that the president i've been listening to the president and the president has been listening to me. that's that's the point of having a conversation and dialogue. we have been discussing a number of topics that will carry on
after this press conference meeting and discussing other topics. there will be times when we disagree. the point to the special relationship is that were able to have an open and frank discussion. so that were able to make that clear when it happens. but i'm clear also that there are many issues on which the united kingdom and the united states stand alongside one another. many issues on which we agree. as i said yesterday my speech we are at a moment now where we can build a stronger special relationship which will be in the relationship which will be in the interest not just of the u.k. and the united states but actually the interest of the wider world as well. >> we have a great general who has just been appointed secretary of defense. general james matus. he has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding or however you want to do find it, enhanced interrogation would be a word that words a lot of people would like to use. i don't necessarily agree but i would tell you that he will
override because i'm giving him that power. he is an expert, highly respected, he is the general's general. he got through the senate very quickly, which in this country is not easy, in this country is not easy, i will tell you. so i'm going to rely on him. i happen to feel that it does work, i have been open about that for a long time. but, i am going with our leaders and we are going to, were going to win with or without. but i do disagree. a as far as putin and russia, i don't say good, bad, or indifferent. i don't know the gentleman, i hope we have a fantastic relationship. that's a fantastic relationship. that's possible and it's also possible that we won't. we will see what happens. i'll be representing the american people very strongly, very forcefully. if we have a we have a great relationship with russia and other countries and if we go
after isis together which has to be stopped, it's an evil that has to be stopped. i will consider that a good thing good thing not a bad thing. how the relationship works out, i won't be able to tell you that till later. i had many times and i thought i would get along with people and i don't like them at all. and i have some where i didn't think i was going to have much of a relationship and a turned out to be a great relationship. so, we never know about those things. but i will tell you one thing. i will be be representing the american people strongly. thank you. >> how about john roberts from fox. >> mr. president thank you so much. it's my understanding you had the hour-long phone call this morning with president of mexico. could we get an update on where the relationship is, further to that what you say to your critic who claimed that you have already soured a relationship
with a very important u.s. i li. prime minister you concerned of the state of relations between the united and mexico? >> i think the prime minister crystal has more things that she's worried about than the mexico in the united states relationship. i will say that we had a good call, i have been very strong on mexico. i have great respect for mexico, i love the mexican people. i work with the mexican people all the time. great relationships. but as you know, mexico with the united states has out negotiated us and states has out negotiated us and beat us to a pulp through our past leaders. they had made us look foolish. we have a trade deficit deficit of $60 billion with mexico. on top of that the border is soft and weak, drugs are pouring inches and i and i am not going to let that happen. general kelly is going to do a fantastic job on homeland security. we swear him in yesterday.
we have a very good relationship the president and i, we had a talk that lasted for about one hour this morning. we are going to be working on a fair relationship and a new relationship. but the the united states cannot continue to lose vast amounts of business wearing companies and millions and millions of people losing their jobs. that won't happen with me. we are no longer going to be the country that doesn't know what it's doing. so we are going to renegotiate our trade deals and we will renegotiate other aspects of our relationship with mexico. in the nt will be good for both countries. but it was but it was a very friendly call. i think you'll hear that from the president and from the people of mexico.
that represent him and represent him well. i look forward forward to over the coming months will be negotiating and we will see what happens. i am representing the people of the united states. and i'm going to represent them as somebody should represent them, not how they have been represented in the past where we lose to every single country. >> as the president himself has said the relationship with the united states and mexico is a matter for the united states and mexico. >> you said there is a brexit trade deal and you would stand by swift nato but how can the british prime minister believe you. you have been in the past to change your position on things. and also to both of you people
want to know how you're going to get along with each other. you're so different. in the hard worker, the brush to be extrovert. have you found anything and, personally at? >> actually, i'm not as brash as you might think. i can tell you i think we i can tell you i think we will get along very well. i am a people person and i think you are also tresa. i can tell how brown gonna get along with somebody very early and i think we'll have a traffic relationship. i really don't change my position very much. if you go back position on trade has been solid for many years, since i was very young person talking about how we are getting ripped off by the rest of the world. i never knew i would be in this position where we could do something about it. but we will be talking to folks about brexit. brexit was an example of what was to come. i happen to be in scotland cutting the ribbon when brexit happened and we had a vast amount of press there. i said brexit, this was the day before.
i said brexit is going to happen. and i was scorned in the press for making that protection. i was scored. and i said i believe it's going to happen because people want to know who's coming in their country and they want to control their own trade and other things. and long before the following day it happened. in the ads were not looking good for me when i made that statement because everybody thought it was not going to happen. i think brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for your country. i think when it irons out you'll have your own identity and you're going to have the people that you want in your country and you will be able to make free-trade deals without having someone watching you and what you are doing. i had a very bad experience, i had something something in my other world. i had something in another country and getting the approvals from europe was very tough. getting the approvals from the country was fast, easy, and efficient.
getting the approvals from the group, called them the consortium was very tough. but, i thought brexit, and i think it will go down that it will end up being a fantastic thing for the united kingdom. in the end it will be a tremendous asset not a tremendous liability. >> and just on the question yes me tom. as the president himself a set i think we have already struck up a good relationship. but the u.s. that we had in common. i think if you look at the approach that were both taking one of the things were taking is that we want to put the interest of ordinary working people right up there at center stage. those people who are working the hours, are doing their best for their families and sometimes they feel everything against them. is that interest in ensuring that what we do, that our
economies and governments actually work for ordinary working people and for everyone in our country. i think we both share that. >> thank you very much. [inaudible] [inaudible] >> earlier in the day british prime minister tresa made later wreath of poppies at arlington national cemetery in virginia. she paid her respects at the tomb of the unknown. [inaudible]