tv President Trump NATO Summit News Conference CSPAN July 12, 2018 8:07pm-8:45pm EDT
in. i have a major announcement. and you can look at my beautiful brand-new hotel. he essentially said yes, barack obama is a citizen, i cleared it up i finished it. victory. >> watch afterwards, sunday night at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's c-span twos book tv. >> next, look at president trump meeting with the british prime minister today. these are some of the pictures from his arrival at the palace outside of oxford england. >> earlier today president trump held a news conference at the conclusion of the nato summit in brussels. this runs about 35 minutes. >> thank you very much everybody. i appreciate it. we have had an amazing today in
brussels. we have accomplished a lot with respect to nato. for years, presidents have been coming to these meetings and talked about the tremendous expense for the united states. on the tremendous progress has been made. everyone has agreed to up their commitment. they're going to upper that levels they have never brought up before. prior to last year when i attended my first meeting it was going down, the amount of money being spent by countries was going down substantially. now it is going up substantially. commitments were made, only five of 29 countries were making their commitment, that is now change. the commitment was that 2%, that will be going up higher than that. we made a tremendous amount of progress today. at a minimum they estimate and will be giving you exact numbe
numbers, but since last year they raised an additional $33 billion that has been put up by the various countries. not including the united states. the united states commitment to nato is strong. primarily because of the spirit they have, the amount of money they are willing to spend, the additional money they will be putting up has been amazing to see the level of spirit in that room. it's incredible. i hope we will get along with russia. i think we will probably be able to, the people in the room think so nevertheless, they stepped up their commitments and stepped it up like never before. we took an additional 33, that number could be higher than 40 when they give you that number. the secretary-general will be
giving those numbers sometime today concluding a press statement. we are doing numbers like never before or ever seen before. you will be seen that and hearing that a little bit later. we have our secretary of state's john is here, if you have any questions for the three of us, mike pompeo just got back from the third trip to north korea. he has become a true expert on the trips to north korea. the best way to get there. he gets along very well. he has done a very good job. [inaudible question] >> i told people that i would be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially.
the united states has been paying a tremendous amount, probably 90% of the cost of nato. now, people and countries will start up in their commitments. i let them know and yesterday i'm surprised you didn't pick it up. yesterday i let them know i was extremely unhappy with what was happening. they have substantially up their commitment. we are very happy and have a very powerful a very strong nato. much stronger than it was two days ago. >> hello how are you. you are very famous on television. [inaudible question] [inaudible question] >> the united states was not
being treated fairly, but now we are. the commitment has been increased so much. i was very firm yesterday. you have to understand i know a lot of people in the room. i was here last year and i let them know last year in a firm manner and they raised an additional $33 billion. it is 33 billion as of today. today and yesterday i was probably more firm. i believe in nato. i believe it is the greatest ever. but the united states was pain anywhere from 70 - 90% depending the way you calculate. that is not fair to the united states. in addition we are in negotiations with the e.u. and will be meeting next week. we have been a fairly and tray. our farmers have been shut out. to a large extent they are the same countries. i think we will be treated
fairly entrée, we'll see what happens. nato is really a fine tuned machine. people are paying money they never paid before. they're happy to do it. the united states is being treated more fairly. >> did you win any concessions in your meeting and discussions with the german chancellor when it comes to german defense spending? and also this issue of purchasing energy from russia. what would you say to your critics that say by creating this scene you are only enabling president putin in russia to further disturb things in ukraine and georgia. >> if you consider putting up tremendously additional funds at a level nobody has ever same before, i do not think that is helping russia. i think nato is much stronger than it was two days ago. i think nato was not doing what they were supposed to be doing. we were doing more than what we
should have been doing. we were caring too much of a burden. that's why we call it burden sharing. i was using that term a lot today. we had a fantastic meeting at the end. twenty-nine countries. they are putting up a lot. germany has increased substantially. and germany is coming along. we still have to figure out what is going on with the pipeline. the pipeline is coming in from russia. we need to figure that out. i brought it up and we are talking about it now. i think the world is talking about it now more than anything else. we are going to figure that out. frankly, maybe everybody will have a good relationship with russia so there will be less problem with the pipeline. to me, that was a major point of contention. we discussed it at length today. germany has agreed to do a lot better than they had been doing. we had a very good relationship
with andrea merkel. >> maybe i'm being dense here but could you clarify, are you still threatening to potentially pull the united states out of nato for any reason and if you believe you can do that without congresses explicit support and approval? >> i think i probably can but it is unnecessary. people have stepped up like that have never stepped up before. remember the word $33 billion more than what they are paying. you'll hear that from the secretary-general. he thanked me. everybody in the room thanked me. there is a great spirit in that room. i don't think they've had that in a lot of years. they are very strong.
>> you have said previously one of the countries said 2% yesterday the suggestion was 4% or 2% in a quicker timetable. can you clarify, what did they commit to doing? is it satisfactory to? >> what they are doing is spending at a much faster clip going up to the 2% level. some have parliaments in their own congresses, a lot of things to go through. so there here's a prime minister president and they cannot say this is what they're going to do. they're going back for approvals. some have agreed and some are going back to get approval to get to 2%. after 2% will talk about higher. i said ultimately we should be in years at 4%. i think 4% is the right number.
the united states, depending on how you calculate it was at 4.2%. that's unfair. we have the largest gdp by far. we've increased it so much sense the election. the fact that the gdp went way up means we are paying for even more which is unfair. i explained that. we will go much higher than 2% in the future. right now we are getting people up to 2%. that will take place over short time. >> we understand your message. >> congratulations on soccer. >> thank you. >> we understand your message but some people asked will you be treated differently once you bore the air force one. >> that is other people who do that. i am very consistent. i'm a very stable genius.
>> and was cnn. a quick question with regards to germany and the comments made yesterday, to you feel given the threats he made about potentially leaving nato and insulting germany's sovereignty by suggesting they are controlled by russia, do you feel like that's an effective way to conduct diplomacy? can you be more specific about the commitment to secure today with regards to financial commitments. is there an updated timeline? the majority are planning on meeting that 2% threshold by 2020. >> germany was going to be in the year 2028 or 30. i think it's an effective way to deal, i did not deal the way you said. i have great respect for germany. my father's from germany. both of my parents are from the
e.u. despite the fact that they don't treat us well on trade. i think you'll see that, on the 25th of july they're coming in to start negotiations with me. if they don't negotiate in good faith, we will do something having to do with all the millions of cars coming into our country and being taxed at a very low level. i think it has been an effective way of negotiating. i just want fairness to the united states. we are paying for far too much of nato. nato is very important but nato is helping europe more than us. at the same time, it is very good for us. we have now got it to a point where people are paying more money, that is starting really last year. you were there last year, last year we had a big impact. we took in $33 billion more and the u.s. secretary-general gives us total credit.
meaning me in this case. total credit because i said it was unfair. what has happened is presidents over many years from ronald reagan to barack obama, they came in and said do the best you can and they left. nobody did anything about it. it got to the point where the united states was paying for 90% of nato. that is not fair. so it is change. we had a great meeting in terms of getting along. i know most of the people in the room from last year the year and a half we have been in office. we have a great relationship. everyone in that room by the time we left got along and agreed to pay more and to pay it more quickly. >> and philip with the washington post. you tweeted yesterday, what good is nato. you've talked about nato as an alliance that benefits europe, do you see any value in nato to
the united states vis-à-vis russia? does it help protect the united states from russia in your view? >> it's a very strong ally. much stronger than individual countries. i think the way we have it now i think you know what was happening was spending prior to my getting an office. the numbers were going down and now they are going up like a rocket ship. numbers have gone up lots and rapidly. i think nato is going to be very effective. i'm impressed with the secretary-general has done a fantastic job. in putting this all together. we were the ones that gave him an extension of his contract as you know. he has done a good job. when i was saying that i am very concerned with the pipeline, i do not like the pipeline.
when i look at the pipeline i say why do you have nato and then paying people you are protecting against. maybe we will get along with the group were protecting against. i am meeting with president putin on monday. we go into that meeting not looking for so much, we want to find out about syria, we will ask the question about meddling and i will ask the question again. we will also talk about other things, we'll talk about ukraine which was here today. it's very interesting to hear what they had to say. >> he may deny. one of my going to do. all i can say is did you, and don't do it again. he may deny, you will be the first to know.
>> the germans, canadians and others if they do not come up to 2%, what is your fallback position? how will you of the pressure to make them? >> they will. they all made commitments and they will be up to 2%. it will be over short period of years. >> mr. president, what you think today i want to ask about georgia was here today representing. and we were talking about georgia and with president putin. >> they were here and had a favorable impression. we listen to their plates, a tough situation. they made a favorable impressi impression. >> i had a question but nonetheless, will you recognize
russia's antics and crimea as part of russia? to make that's an interesting question. long before i got here president obama allow that to happen. that was on his watch, not mine. people like to say crimea but the fact is, they built bridges to crimea, they just opened a big bridge that was started years ago. they built a submarine port substantially added billions of dollars, so that was on barack obama's watch, what i have allowed it to happen? no. but he did allow it so that was his determination. what will happen with crimea from this point? i don't know. i'm not happy with crimea. that was barack obama's watch not trumps. >> regarding your summit with president putin, will you be raisin arms control issues? would you like to extend new
starts and we raise concerns about violations of the inf treaty? as a follow-up to the nato meeting today would you suggest a hammer consider stopping exercises in the baltic states if that's what he request? >> will be talking about those issues and many more. [inaudible question] like to know if you are planning to guarantee the taxpayers that the new money that is slowing into nato would be spent in the best possible way, especially those who haven't several problems. >> the money will be spent properly. we have many wealthy countries
with us today. we have some that are not so wealthy. they asked if they could buy the military equipment and could we help them out. we will help a little but will not finance it for them. but the united states makes by far, the best military equipment in the world, the best jets, the best missiles, the best guns, the best everything. that i guess i assumed that prior to taking office, but i really learned since being president, our equipment is so much better than anybody else's equipment. when you look at our companies, the material and equipment we make is so far superior everyone wants to buy our equipment. the question is can they make it, they are doing very well. can they make it for so many people we are helping some of those countries get online and buy the best equipment.
>> i'm kristin brown with fox news, on your upcoming summit with president putin, did any allies here express specific concerns or talked about messages they would like you to take with you. >> just the opposite. they will probably come out but they actually thanked me for meeting with president putin. i look forward to the meeting. they thought it was a great thing i was doing. they gave us their best wishes. now, with that being said, we'll see what happens. it's not going to be a big schedule, i don't think it should take a long time. we'll see where it leads. it could lead to something very productive. maybe not. i think meeting with people is great. mike pompeo did a fantastic job.
>> thank you mr. president. i came straight from north korea with a couple of stops to brussels. we had a productive conversation. there remains a great deal of work to do. most importantly, my counterpart made a commitment which was they intend to do nuclear ice, they were going to accomplish it and now the task is to get it implemented. >> just to finish on that, it is so important, it was an amazing meeting i thought. i think we establish good relationships. we'll see where it ends. there have been no missile test or research, i hear they are blowing up another site, they've taken down all of the propaganda. someone said there is no more music playing at the borderline.
they said recently that there is no more of the heavy music and propaganda. they have done a lot of things. and we got back her three hostages. it's a good process. >> the main thing is there have been no rocket launches or missile tests, there's been no nuclear test, no explosions for almost nine months. >> i'm from the guardian. your trip to the u.k., there are lots of protests plans in london and elsewhere, how do you feel about that. >> i think it's fine. i think they like me in the u.k. and agree with me on immigration. a very strong on immigration. i made a point today, i said you have got to stop, you are ruining and you are going to have a lot of problems. you see what's going on throughout the world with immigration. i partially won an election due to immigration.
you look at italy he won his election because of strong immigration policies on italy. i think that's why think brexit happened. i do not know what is going on with the negotiation. that has become an interesting point of contention. i'm going to a few hotspots. nato, the u.k. and then putin. and i said putin may be the easiest of them all. you never know. but i'm going to a hotspot right now, with the laws of a lot of resignations. but i will say immigration is an important thing. i told him today, the e.u., they better be very careful, immigration is taking over europe, they better be careful. i said that loud and clear.
>> president trump, what will you tell president putin about this summit and about nato. >> i think he is going to see about this summit. it has turned out to be very successful. i think really nato is more put together right now and more coordinated and a better spirit for nato right now then perhaps ever. it is richer than ever, the commitments are made at a higher level than ever. the money to be paid out far faster. the 2% was a range, it was not something they were committed to, that's a big difference. that is why so many people were not reaching it or hitting it. it was just like this number out there and now it's a commitments, real commitment. i think he will see great unity and spirit, i think we'll have a good meeting.
this was a fantastic two days. it all came together at the end. it was a little tough for a little while, but ultimately you can ask anybody at that meeting, they are really liking what happens. there is a great spirit leaving that room. >> you who do you think you'll get along with better than putin? there's something you admire about him. >> he's a competitor. he has been nice to me i have been nice to him. he is a competitor. visit ask if he's an enemy, he's not my enemy is he a friend? no, i don't know him well enough. but when i have met him we got along very well. i hope we get along well.
but ultimately, he's a competitor. he is representing russia, i am represented the united states. in a sense we are competitors, not a question of friend or enemy, he's not my enemy. hopefully someday maybe he will be a friend. i just don't know him very well. when i did meet him most of you people were there. >> you are going to the u.k., what will be your message on brexit? >> i have been reading a lot about brexit, it seems to be turning differently where they're getting partially involved back with the european union. i have no message. it is not for me to say. i own a lot of property there. i'm going to scotland while i wait for the meeting. i have turnberry in scotland. i'm going there for two days while i wait for the monday meeting.
it is not for me to say what they should be doing in the u.k. i have great friendships, my mother was born in scotland. have great friendships over there. we have a wonderful ambassador by the way he is doing a great job. it is not for me to say. i would like them to work it out so it could go quickly. >> is it heartbreaking. >> is thought that might be going a little too far. a lot of things are heartbreaking. i would say that brexit is brexit, it is not like when you use the term hard brexit that's what you mean, the people voted to break it up. i imagine that is what they will do. maybe they will take a different route. i just want the people to be happy. they are great people. i'm sure there will be protest.
there are always protest. were protest the night of the election, both ways. but in the end we had 206 -- 306 electoral votes. one of the states we won, wisconsin, do not realize it until fairly recently, that was the one state that ronald reagan didn't win when he ran the second time. and we won wisconsin. we had a great night. protest, there might be protest. but i believe the people in the u.k., scotland, ireland as you know i have property in ireland, property all over. i think those people like me a lot and agree with me on immigration. that's why you have brexit in the first place. >> always be the best deal with putin and don't you think that
you are playing to the same goal with putin towards the e.u. and nato? >> i cannot tell you what would be the ultimate. no more nuclear weapons ever in the world would be ultimate no more wars, conflicts, let's find a cure to every disease known to mankind. that would be my ultimate. will start from there. >> i like to ask you that afghan person is going to be here and are you going to meet him and what are you going to say to him. and people are fed up now and they want to know.
>> i agree with that. it's been going on for a long time. we've made a lot of progress but it's been going on for a long time. we've made a lot of progress in afghanistan. your president is in the room and when i finish i'm going right back in the room. >> mr. president, can you tell us what you think the future membership of georgia and nato? >> they may have a chance but not right now. >> are you going to continue to support the kurdish forces in iraq? >> i think the kurds are great people. they are incredible fighters, their wonderful, warm, intelligence allies in many cases. it's different groups of people but they're great people. >> mr. president, were working
with the german tv, putin is not an enemy or friend, just a competitor. to concerted him as a security threat for europe or the u.s.? >> i don't want him to be. that is why we have nato. that's why we have a united states that just had the largest military budget ever, 700 billion approved. 716 billion next year. i hope we will be able to get along. i have said from day one, whether it's china, russia, were working on trade with china, i don't say that's an easy situation, that has been years of abuse, but presidents who allow that to happen i've taken over a lot of bad hands and fixing each one and fixing it well. for china, that is going to be
very ultimately taken care of. i have a great respect for their president, president she spent two days there one of the most magical two days i have ever lived. i think we will end up doing something very good with china, right now are in a nasty trade battle, ultimately i think that will work out. i think we have a big advantage. we picked up a chilean values since i became president. we are close to two times the size of china. people don't know that, we are going to negotiate a fair deal if it's possible. in russia, i've been getting along with russia and we also did very good things. >> we have seen escalation of tension between you and the iranians. >> i would say there might be escalation. they are treating us with much more respect right now than they did in the past.
i know they're having problems in their economy is collapsing. at a certain point they will call and say let's make a deal. they are feeling a lot of pain right now. >> go ahead. >> mr. president, do we expect the rise of the russian influence in macedonia like we've seen in montenegrin? mobile nato and the united states do to counter the russian influence in the western balkans? >> we never talk about her future plans. >> mr. president, i'm from curtis in iraq. my questions about the government of iraq. after the election the government has not been -- you want to talk about syria.
you have information about putin it syria? >> i hope we get along well with iraq, we spent a great fortune in iraq and many lives, hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides which i think about both sides, not just our side. they had an election and i hope we can get along. we have been talking with the people that won the election. i was not in favor of that war. i was very much against the war. i never thought it was a good thing. that is another deck of cards i inherited. we will do the best we can. the election was conclusive and again we have spoken and we will see what happens. >> we have time for one more question. >> i come from a very small
country. my question, i really wish and hope that something could be done in the middle east to avoid more wars and blood and more killings in the middle east. a peace process that helps everyone. >> we are looking for peace. africa as you know is on a very strong list. we want peace all over. we want to solve problems. we are looking for peace, africa right now has problems like few people would understand. they have things going on nobody could believe. if you saw some of the things i see through intelligence and what's going on, it is so sad it is so vicious and violent. we want peace for africa. we want peace all over the world. that is my number one goal. peace all over the world.
we are building up a tremendous military because i think through strength you get peace. we will have a military like we have never had before. we will have the best fighter jets in the world, the best ships, everything. hopefully we will never have to use them. that would be a dream. to have the best stuff and equipment in the world and to never have to use it would be a really great part of my dream. thank you very much everybody. i'm going to be leaving in about half an hour. thank you. >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats will the delegation departs. [inaudible conversation] >> our coverage of president trumps trip to europe continues from the united kingdom with a
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