tv Theresa May Fields Questions from Parliament CSPAN February 3, 2017 12:44am-1:33am EST
we have over the last recent years and reduced a particular scheme to ensure a vulnerable it refugees in syria can be brought to this country and something like 10000 syrian refugees has come since it began. were also the second biggest donor helping and supporting refugees in the region. that is what we're doing. i've said the policy is wrong, we'll take a different view and we will racking refugees in this country. >> as executive orders were debated in parliament yesterday, british politician held at this site is u.k. independent's leader was on the floor. sean claire, political producer knows that mr. frosh was praisingen president trump. the, will bring you that debate in its entirety from brussels belgium, this is about 50 minutes.
>> so now we have the statements on the union of affairs in politics, travel restrictions following the executive orders of the president of the united states. then i remind you that will not be using --. so thank you president. before going further they complement you on your election to the presidency. i feel certain we will enjoy -- >> one element i fully share, we'll have the situation on the agenda. i will deal with our occasion to support the country. coming to the issue on thehe
agenda today, i was start by saying that europe and the united states of america -- personally i have always looked, and i still look at the united states with great respect and admiration.a as the land where everyone can succeed, whatever their social, ethnic. a land of hope and dreams. a country that has always been great exactly because it is always been open and is always been a champion of freedom. as a good friend of the united states, i believe europe has a duty to be clear, respectful and clear when disagreement arises. we certainly disagree with the executive order issued by president of the united states.
the executive order introduces a temporary suspension of 90 days for the entrance of the u.s. and foreign nationals from seven countries. iraq, syria, sudan, syria and- yemen. it also has a a temporary suspension of 120 days of the u.s. refugee admissions program. so no new refugee applications can be accepted into the u.s. secretary of state in conjunction with the homeland security refuses the application. questions on which citizens are affected and i would like to talk immediately the focus on what's more important. the u.s. department of state's has clarified yesterday that the citizens of the european union will not be affected by the band. even if they hold dual
citizenship in one of the countries listed in the executive order. we welcome this clarification. let me be absolutely clear, this does not change our assessment about the executive order. [applause]ar in i have already made clear in the last days weather european union stance on this. no one can be deprived of his or her own rights because of their place of birth, the religion, or ethnicity. this is written in our constitution, both in europe and in america.this this is who we are, this is our identity, this, this is something we cannot forget. rup in history has told us to celebrate one oh wallace turned down in the bridges bill. we learned from our own great history that every human being is first and foremost a person.
the fundamental rights that cannot be put -- let me ask, from a personal point of view, i found it really set to learn that this executive order was issued on january 27. the holocaust remembrance day. it is first and foremost a day to commemorate millions of jews but also to reject discrimination and reflect on her duty to host those who are free from persecution and protect them and their rights.tt [applause] many of them, most of them are fleeing from terrorist groups. they are victims and beyond being refugees their men, women, and children with personal stories, dreams and fears and
profound wounds. most of all, they have a future to build. also for the sake of their own countries and our own security. the social reconstruction of the country depends on them. let us be very clear. the european union will not turn back anyone who has the right to international protection. this is where we stand. it will not be moral or just, it would not be legal and it would not be in our interests. this kind kind of measure has the potential to increasing since and distrust among peoples and nations. when i say among people i also mean among people in our own society. i'm worried the trends that were
seen inside the american state with a lot of respect i invited president of the united states to pay attention to what is happening in his own country. only respects, and incorporation can make us more secure. can help us manage. this is the european way, we work together to the countries experiencing a crisis. and with their neighbors, all all of them. a travel ban can maybe give a temporary illusion of addressing the issue. but it can only create more a frustration and anger. when a cooperation. we need to engage and build common ground not too bad. the you will continue to be a partner in strong point of reference for all in the region regardless of the religion of their citizens. they can count on us.t we will continue to be a partner in the strong point of reference
for all of those in the world that believe in international corporation, human rights and role of law. it is also why european union is the biggest -- in the world. with more than 9,000,000,000 euros invested euros invested since the start of the fighting in syria. so far the european union and the u.s. have worked closely together including at the un summit on refugees in new york. because a global issue -- commitments were made to protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants the you is always ready to engage with the u.s. administration on this commitment as well as many other who managed in this last year to build together. and that are today key
fundamental elements of our european policy from climate change in the iran deal to our support of the system and free and fair trade system.with t it is very clear international agenda we will work withs the partners with reciprocal respect. this is the european union way. this is our principles are values in our interests. and i believe we have a responsibility both swords are citizens and our partners in the region and beyond to be truethao whose identity. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much.
now move on to the european people's party group. >> ladies and gentlemen were looking at travel restrictions today, but we all know there's more to it than that. we very much support were talking about more than that. it is true that mr. trump is democratically elected and we respect that and we want to work and build bridges, but we we must first respect the outcome of the election. when mr. trump says that he is -- illegal it immigration and his fighting islamic terrorism we agree with him and were happy
-- he is said that he supports nato and were glad about that. l but if we look at the activities and statement over the last week, that's not what it's the about. u.s. is supposed to be the country of freedom and immigration, that's a picture of ice had in my mind. and now we have this individualized suspicion ofion c certain countries and certain peoples. this just leads to hatred and xenophobia.o the man who show people -- referred to trump were talking about a president who is tearing up into some of theic transpacific, we want trade agreements.
>> the commissioner has made great efforts to strengthen trade by discussing with canada and others in the u.s. was always a country of human fundamental rights. rights which people died and fought and trump is now standing up and saying that torture is sufficient and he gives his people a free hand. now when the state uses torture, then that state becomes a criminal. that must not happen.it's a it's already been indicated today that there may be a new ambassador coming. we have one already. we have nigel going to come along and so they're talking
about the great independence of the u.k. that you don't have to be a part. but on behalf of my group i would say that if we have to welcome and a pastor from the u.s. who wants to see the end of the e.u. and wants to see the end of the euros, then that cannot be accredited, we cannot go for someone like that.that they want to you week europe. trump is looking at the economy is america first and he sees that europe and china are the two major competitors. so he wants a week -- in europe. and therefore over the next week, months, and years will be looking at very fundamental issues namely, kelly's stand
together or not. i would just like to say that if we look at the history of the u.s., and if we look at the history of the united kingdom, their names like churchill and others are politicians who fought shoulder to shoulder for freedom against totalitarian regimes and against nationalist -- not because of looking at thg countries but you can start looking at rings like reagan and -- managed to bring communism. because that was the right thing for the world. these two-person politicians that i have mentioned offer for freedom in this world and i would like the same thing to happen now but tresa may and
donald trump unfortunately are looking out for their own national interests and not freedom of the world. i like to see a clear sense on friday that kind of signaled trump has already said. they say that the e.u. is critical of the u.s.s. i think it shows that is not the case in europe stand strongly for own values. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. >> thank you very much. let's tell the truth. some people thought thought that trump would basically be a joke.
instead of that, he is revealing himself to become a nightmare. let's. let's not underestimate what's going on here. no. . . dictators, people who have caused war and shed blood. mrs. margari said crequely that our friendship with the peep of america is not up for discussion, it's essential, fruitful and is a firm point in our feelings and actions. we continue to strongly admire the united states, what they've have historically and what they are today, but it precisely because of that that is so painful to note these proposals, these measures being taken by trump. these are an attack on the
european legal civilization. let's say things as they are. this travel ban aimed the citizens of just a few muslim countries, has nothing to do with border management and fighting terrorism. this is a populist lie, some people being banned, others not. deps on who trump does business with. let's say things as they are but a our citizens knee -- need clear words on this. this is an attack on the rule of law. ...
>> they make exactly the same claim when they are recruiting disillusioned muslim men and women as terrorist. whatever we in the chamber thing, the fact is americans voted for a candidate who said what he thought and they have a president that does what he promised to do. we must accept that. this president, his priority and policy are the consequences of a
discontent to be not not only in middle american but also in many of our countries. ele ele electors who lost faith, electors who lost trust, electorates attracted by simple solutions. while we express our persons over president trump's executive orderers we must also realize as long as it came from globalization of being only in the company director and not in the pay checks of workers, as long as migration and asylum policies are seen more about compassion and less about integration we will find politicians assuming similar policies and make electoral gains in france and the netherlands and elsewhere in the eu.
every time a mainstream politician disagrees in europe and america, every time you dismiss them as racist, this sim simply demonstrates an inability to offer a credibility opportunity. let us all ask ourselves what is more effect? the hot heads of protest or the cool heads of democracy? in these executive orders, which lack the support of congress, which were planned with out preparation for the consequences, will not make america great again. and moreover, will not strengthen but only weaken our transatlantic relationship and let us remember friends are more likely to pay attention to voices of reason not voices of anger. thank you.
>> thank you. good afternoon ever within. now for the aldi group, please. >> intervention and i don't understand something of your intervention. first of all, you say this and two days later you are saying we have to accept it because he is elected. no, it is not because he is elected that he can go against human values and the values of the united states of america even an elected president and he had no majority of the poplar vote in the united states has to listen to the american constitution, has to listen to the american tradition, and that is my start of my intervention. in fact, people are saying -- some people are saying in the united states that is top security. but it is -- you have given the
figure. since 1975 terrorist came from egypt, saudi arabia and none of them are on the list. there are seven countries and nobody came from that country since 1975 as a terrorist. it is pure discrimination. and pure discrimination in a more broader approach. it is not only about religious ban. it is about fueling populism and nationalism. and that is also by having the id to designate their ambassador and let's be aware of steve bannon, member of the national security council of the united states of america. a man who is openly saying we
want a world wide right wing movement to get rid of the european union, to get done with the european union and you are sitting here and it is the fifth column because he is working with mr. bannon. he sees him on a regular basis. one thing that you see how european union can be destroyed in the coming years. not thinking their colleagues on one thing. it is -- be gut in the past. be gut in the 20th century. people were told maximalism and populism was the solution. 20 million deaths is what nationalal -- nationalism cost
europe. there is not a person who doesn't have a granddaughter or daughter who was not victim of that nationalism and populism. that is why we created the european union. to overcome that. what i see for the moment is appear american president, normally what -- roosevelt for example. he wanted to be the leader of the free world. i am not seeing an american president who wants to be the leader of the fight against the free world. against solidarity, and against tolerance. and i think we have -- it is an existential moment, mr. president, for the european union. you can take one decision and we have president trump, we have a populus nationalist view, we have the radical islamists in the south and a bunch of people
who want to destroy the european union. we can do one thing. that is unit, fight back with the european union and i hope it will not only be the better and, i support the letter of i hope all european leaders have to courage to stand up and fight back this nationalists and populist who want to destroy us. [applause] >> thank you. mr. zimmer now. >> thank you very much. i am this is not the first time, nor will it be the last time, we discuss the policies of the united states and more particularly mr. trump. thank you for having established
the link to the time when mr. trump signed his decree to stop the travel of muslim citizens from the 7th of january and it wasn't a matter of chance. it was quite deliberate because of the same day he insulted -- talked about his aunts dying in the concentration cam and said he knew what it was like when people were being persecuted for his beliefs and trump said he was a bad actor. this is the kind of level of rhetoric we are going to hear. if we are to convince that the
european system has something to counter this, something to counter this lack of respect for human beings, then we have to prove we are better. in a tweet, it said that the european union is a safe house for migrants. no, it is not. we have to use our values and have a proper migration policy toward people who are looking for protection and not considered the root of all evil who bring terrorism to our land. we got to stay true to our values and let me say once again what would have happened to the post-war democracies after 1945 if a lot of the refuges who had
been subjected to nazi and were out on the roads in europe, what would have happened if he had not looked after these refuges? we might have missed them afterwards and that alone should prompt us not to play this game. we shouldn't just counter the argument. but we have to prove we have something to say, that there are things we do better and that we cooperate with those people in the united states who are out on the streets demonstrating. the thing that really gave me hope these last few days is that on the day that trump took office and the date afterwards in the u.s. and throughout the world hundreds and thousands of
women spoke against this image of human beings. it is not just the lack of respect for women but it is for the lack of respect for human beings generally irrespective of nation nationality, faith or country of origin. let's counter trump and his ideology by stopping him from getting into a situation where he can hit the nuclear button. let's make sure that we have security. let's try to get trump out -- >> thank you. >> the 45th president of the united states of america is truly opening a new chapter in the history of the u.s. and in the mystery of democracy as well.
let's be clear this ban is not something for security. it is very clearly discrimination and it is hard to think muslims, even though not only muslims are hit, and even if it doesn't hit all muslims, it is directed again because of people's religion. who could have imagined that such a thing can happen? who could have thought that the freedom and the rights we all assume are normal and natural. we always had them and think they are guarantee d to evapat evaporate and disappear. this is how liberal democracy dies. it vanishes quickly with an executive order. the u.s. built itself on religious freedom. that was one of the key figures about its founding and on immigration. and now what is left of this american dream and how quickly it has vanished.
all the freedoms and liberties we take for granted, they are not for granted, they have to be taught for every single day. democracy isn't something that is set-up into constitution and it is there. no, you have to defend it every single day. stand for human rights. they are never guaranteed. you have to work for them. in europe we pride ourselves of living in democracy and proud to defend human rights. but can we do enough to safeguard those values? don't we also restrict access at our borders? don't we also have walls and fences? in this chamber even there are people that discriminate based on where people come from and their religion. what are we doing about that? everyone of us, including the governments of the member states, need to be clear on
which side do we stand? do we stand on the side of hate and of walls? or do we stand on the side of democracy and building bridges? i think we need to build our european union stronger and for that we need to get our acts together when it comes to what is leading to unemployment especially of young people, we need to correlate a foreign policy and be champions of the international law because there is not many other people out there in the world who will do it. we need to step up our role in the u.n. and when it comes to climate change. let's make europe the counter model to trump, the light of human rights and liberty, rule of law and generosity. let us be the ones to show justice and compassion and let us make sure we are not just speaking of those values but demonstrating them in everything we do.
the statue of liberty was given by france to the younger sister, america, system and freedom of rights. i think we should build more statutes of liberty and we need to put them up where people arrive full of hope and fear and put them everywhere where people are standing up for their rights and their neighbor rights. it has championed those people to fight were the rights and rights of others no matter the national national nationalities or sexual orientation or where they come from. europe needs to be bridges and not walls. let us do that together. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. mr. faraj now. >> thank you. well i can see you are very upset this afternoon. i have no doubt that the events in the usa over the last few weeks have been a very profound shock to you. perhaps you are right.
you see what has happened here is somebody has stood on a manifesto for election, got into office, and within one week said he will hold space for his own electorate. it is called genuine democracy unlike the system in the european union where the unelected commissioners have the sole right to propose legislation. i am sure it is great shock to see a genuinely elected democrat is doing what he was put in to do. it must be, i would think today in washington -- >> this parliament has institutional functions as does
the commission so institutional respect to the commission but also as a result of the commissioner's president we need to be polite. so thank you. >> a lot of institutional presidents of the truth and perhaps you would understand within the european form of lawmaking it is the unelected commission that have the sole right to propose legislation. if i am wrong in saying that you can throw me out of this parliament right here, right now, this afternoon. [applause] >> i am asking you to be a little more respect full. >> i will be respectful and hopefully you will be toward
winner of the european. >> it seems to me with all the anti-trump rhetoric coming from everywhere. what we are hearing is the true nature of the european project which is genuine anti-americanism. trump is motivated by protecting the united states of america from islamic terrorism where is what is happening in this room and in governments around europe is you are welcoming these people into your own homes. can we please, just for a moment, look at the facts? amongst all the high -- all donald trump did was taken seven countries that were identified as president obama as posing a risk to the united states. obama put in place extreme vetting and what trump has done is say let's examine that vetting for 90 days and see whether it is good enough. i want to ask you and all the
others with our thorough outrage today where were you when obama in 2011 banned any iraqi from going into the country for six months? why do i hear no criticism in this chamber all from the commission of saudi arabia kuwait, bahrain and others who refuse to take a single, not one, refuge or displaced person from syria. and how could it be, how could it be that on holocaust day, last friday, not a single one of you criticized the 16 countries in the world that ban israeli jews from going to their country on holiday? what is this hypocrisy? perhaps what we need to do mr. president and members, perhaps we need to be a little bit more constructive. all of us here say we are democrats. here is a chance to prove it.
let us invite president trump to come here to vis european parliament and i am sure as democrats you would agree what we need to do is have an open dialogue with the newly elected, most powerful man in the world, and if you throw that rejection in my face you prove yourself to be the anti democrat i always thought you were. [applause] >> can we have a microphone? >> mpresident, mr. trump is as great a threat to the eu and
russia as the islamic state. mr. trump is suffering from irrational anxiety and panic attacks that disturb his view on reality. president trump has rightfully introduced a stop on countries that were identified by his predecessor obama as countries that pose a threat to u.s. security. this argument to improve border patrol before allowing people to enter is completely valid. in the eu we are directly sufferisuffer suffering from the consequences of a failing border patrol. we have attacks in brussels, berlin, paris, and many lost their lives and many severely injured. trump called the eu a mess and he is right. it is a mess. and the outcry trump is a threat
to democracy is -- where was the protest against exclusion of israeli citizens by the same islamic countries that are now banned from the united states? you should be ashamed of jeopardizing the live of the europe european citizens because of the failing border protection. i call on following in the steps of mr. trump. keep jihadist out and not just from the seven countries trump listed but of many more who are responsible to for migration from the middle east. thank you. >> thank you. hearing a member of the british labor party sat behind me with a
sign and not until the end did someone come out to end with that. i trust something will be done to discipline this member because if not i will write my own sign and write sell out. [applause] >> mr. ethridge, please. >> we stand to tell the member he was not entitled to hold up that sign. now four and half minutes. >> thank you. we can see the transit here. these travel restrictions with a dangerous development. thousands of migrants and refuges are the victims of the capitalist system which is being
>> thank you and we need to stay on the debate. >> thank you. thank you for your study on the commission. i think this is a sign of disrespect for the parliament because i was asked to do this job by the european parliament and enforced by the prim minister. i see there is a lot of confusion. the united states is a great country or democracy. america will have to deal with their own divisions and discussions. i know that us europeans will specialize in making our own prizes. i think this is clear this is an
american problem that will have to be dealt with americans footing this out. starting from the dangerous divisions we are seeing in the american political institutional and societal dynamics. i am confidant our american friends will find a way out of this tension and crisis. continue to be the great country that most of you recognize they have been and they will continue to be. it is up to us not to try the solve the contradictions of the united states but be clear where we are, be true to them and those of you that underlie it and this is also up to you in the chamber and many others in the european institutions.
be strong and show leadership. we may have lost one important partner on some sides but this makes our leadership even more important, relevant and i would say in-dispensable. people are looking at the european union now, maybe not the uk but the rest of the world, as a point of reference when it comes to free and fair trade, human rights, respect, which for us is noted not only the institution relations but human relations. when it comes to our own humanism.
i will end by saying great american friends reminded us europeans in brussels that europeans should believe in themselves as much as the world believes in them. i think this is the time for us europeans to realize the potential we have, to realize the responsibility we hold in this particular historic moment and to be that strong point of reference that the world needs in this moment. and in particular, in our region. i was thinking of the paradox where you have the prime minister from libya tomorrow here. that was natural and they would be here in brussels discussing ways out of the libyan here with us. when you build a wall, you might have the feeling you are more secure but you are acthael bung