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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 is going to do it and we are all going to do it together. we have to stop terrorism. the scourge, we have to stop terrorism and we have to get certain countries, and 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 the absolutely no encouragement. she also encourages me and we are doing that and doing it together. very closely coordinated. the united kingdom and the
united states are 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 demonstration today that were incredible. the talent of these young, brave, strong people. we saw it at the royal military academy at sandhurst. seamless cooperation between our militaries is vital for all the 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 are 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 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 are going to do. whatever you do is okay with me. that's your decision. whatever you do is okay 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. 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. it means something maybe just a little bit extra and maybe a lot extra. and we had a wonderful visit. last night i think i got to know the prime minister together at any time. we spent a lot of time together over the last year and a half but last night i was embarrassed for the rest of the table. we talked about problems and solutions to those problems. as we stand together at checkers we continue 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 has been an honor. thank you. >> thank you, mr. president. we are going to take four questions each. i will start off with laura. >> thank you very much, prime minister and mr. president. bbc news. 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 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? >> i didn't criticize the prime minister. i have a lot of respect for the prime minister and unfortunately there was a story that was done which was generally fine but it didn't put in what i said about the prime minister and i said tremendous things and fortunately we tend to record stories now so we have it for you are enjoyment if you like it. we report when we deal with reporters. it is called fake news and we solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument but what happens is look, the prime minister as i just said is going to make a decision as to what she is going to do. the only thing i ask of theresa 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 and we have just a tremendous opportunity
to double, triple, quadruple that so if they go in a slightly different route. it will be independence it is just your definition. but if they are going to go a certain route i just said i hope you are going to be able to trade with the united states. i read reports where that won't be possible. but i believe after speaking with the prime minister's people and representatives and trade experts it will absolutely be possible. so based on that, and based on just trade in general and our other relationship, which will be fine. 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 and i think she is doing a terrific job, by the way. >> sandra: thank you, mr. president. just to confirm that the president said there will be no limit of us doing trade deals around the rest of the world once we leave the european union on the basis of the agreements that was made here at checkers and i put forward to the european union.
just to be clear it's 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. at the end of these negotiations will we insure that free movement will come to an end. the end of the european court of justice will come to an end. sending vast sums of money to e.u. will come to an end. come out of the common fisheries policy and ensure by not being in a customs union we're able to have an independent trade policy and do the trade deals around the world. as you heard from the president, the united states is keen for us and we're keen to work for them and we'll do a trade deal with them and others around the rest of the world. mr. president -- >> jonathan swan, go ahead. >> 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 is the benefit to america of having tens of thousands of american troops stationed in europe? thank you. >> president trump: 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 agreed to do what they should do and what they have committed to do, which you fully adhered to. you didn't have a problem. some people did. we left that meeting i think probably 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 what we've been doing. we have been modernizing and fixing and buying. it is just a devastating technology. and they likewise are doing a lot. and 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. not only russia and the united states. it is other countries also. but we're the two leaders and we would be the leader, they would be second. i guess china will be third. 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. you'll ask will we be talking about meddling and i will absolutely bring that up. i don't think you will have any gee, i did it, you got me. there won't be a perry mason here, i don't think. you never know what happens, right? i will absolutely, firmly ask the question. and hopefully we'll have a very good are relationship with russia. 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. hopefully that will happen, jonathan. the troops where, though? there is a benefit. there is a psychological and military benefit. there is 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 but -- it wasn't a
threat. it was 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. 90% of the cost of nato and nato is there for europe more than us. it helps europe. no matter what our military people or your military people say it helps europe more than us. that being said it is a great unifyer. we have 29 countries. there was a lot of love in that room so i think -- we have a lot more than -- jonathan, when you say 10,000 troops, we have a lot more than 10,000 troops. tens of thousands. 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. very importantly, they are now paying their way in a much more
rapid fashion. >> francis. >> from the times. 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 to elaborate on that. what do you mean by that? >> i think it has been very bad for europe. i think europe is a place i know very well and i think that 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 and women at sandhurst and they were showing us cells and things that frankly 20 years ago nobody thought about probably a lot more recently nobody thought about. i just think it is changing the culture. a very negative thing for europe. i think it is very negative.
i think having germany -- i have a great relationship with angela merkel, great relationship with germany but i think it's very much hurt germany and very much hurt other parts of europe. and i know it's politically not necessarily correct to say that but i will say it and i'll say it loud. and i think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture, you are changing a lot of things. you are changing security. look at what is happening. take a look at what is happening to different countries that never had difficulty, never had problems. it's a very sad situation. it is very unfortunate. but i do not think it is 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 is like you walk across the border. you walk across the border and put one foot on the land and you're tied up in a lawsuit for five years. the craziest thing anyone has ever seen. i would just make that recommendation to europe. i have made it very loud and clear. i made it yesterday, 29 countries total. and that's the way i feel. >> 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 our society. over the years, overall immigration has been good for the u.k. brought people with different backgrounds and outlooks to the u.k. and we've seen them contributing to our society and economy. of course, what is important that we have control of our borders. what is important 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. 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 upper hand heading into your talks given that you are challenging these alliances that he seeks to break up and destroy? >> that's such dishonest reporting because it happens to be nbc which is possibly worse than cnn, 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 and people that weren't following their commitments. in addition to that, we became
an oil exporter which would not have happened under the past or new regime if it weren't us. we have built up our military 700 billion dollars and next year 716 billion ondollars. when you look at what we've done in terms of russia, i guarantee whoever it? russia 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 even -- i won't go down 100 years but certainly we have 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 maybe i would let you tell the number and it was far greater than anybody else including the prime minister. we expelled how many people?
60. and germany did three as an example. germany, big and powerful country 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, 2 1/2 times, most of you were there when we did. we met him at the g20 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. we're in a big trade situation with china as an example where we're behind every year for many years 500 billion dollars, it is not going to happen anymore. if we got along with countries that's a good thing. if we get along with china and russia that's a good thing, not a bad thing. >> i take your point about what happened at the end of nato. >> 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 is happening during the morning but what happened in the afternoon where we came together as one, they are putting up billions of dollars more. an example, you know this as a confirmed number, $34 billion more was raised since i became president in nato. that means that the other 28 countries have put in $34 billion more into nato. do you think putin is 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? go ahead. ask the prime minister a question. >> president trump told the sun i think the deal she is striking on brexit is not what people are voting for. are you putting on a brexit
light and what he said about boris johnson being a good prime minister. >> 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 the president used earlier. let me be clear about this we will be leaving the european union and we're leaving on the 29th of march 2019. as we leave the european union we'll deliver 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 juris dick shun of the european court of justice here in the united kingdom. coming out of the common fisheries and agricultural policy and assuring by coming out of the customs union we can have an independent trade policy to negotiate trade deals with the united states and other countries around the rest of the world. that is what the british people
voted for and that is what we will be delivering. we will deliver it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods and meets our commitment to the border in between northern ireland and ireland. and robert? >> tell us about boris johnson. >> president trump: i'll respond. we have the tape. you can ask sarah, get it from sarah and we taped the entire interview. they asked about boris johnson, how would he be as a prime minister? he would be a great prime minister. i think he thinks i'm doing a great job as president. i'm doing a great job, i can tell you in case you haven't noticed. boris johnson would be a great prime minister. i also said that this incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job, a great job. and i mean that. i must say that i have gotten to know theresa may much better over the last two days than i've known here over the last
year and a half. we spent more time in the last two days. i had breakfast, lunch and dinner with her yesterday. i said what are we doing tomorrow? you're having breakfast and lunch with theresa may and i'll see you later on again. i got to know her better than ever and she is a terrific woman and doing a terrific job and brexit is a tough situation, a tough deal between borders and entries into the countries and all other things. the only thing i ask is she work it out so we can have very even trade. we do not have a fair deal with the european union right now on trade. they treat the united states horribly and that's is going to change. if it doesn't change they'll have to pay a very big price and they know what that price is so they're coming over on july 25th to see me and hopefully we can work something out. but they have barriers that are beyond belief. barriers where they won't take our farm products. they won't take many of our things including our cars.
they charge us tariffs on cars far greater than we charge them. you know all these things. and last year theresa we lost $151 billion with the european union. we can't have that. we won't have that any longer, okay? thank you. >> robert. >> itv. mr. president, how would you characterize your relationship with the united kingdom? more special than with other countries? by the way on farm products on the prime minister's deal you wouldn't be allowed to export many of your farm products to the u.k. would that be a problem for you? and prime minister, the president said yesterday that he gave you advice about how to negotiate brexit, that you didn't take that advice. i wondered what that advice was and whether you have any regrets about not taking it. >> lots of people give me advice how to negotiate with the european union. my job is getting out there and
doing it and that's what i've done. there have been more skeptical voices, maybe by some of you today if we would achieve in december, we got that joint report, that joint agreement on citizens rights and other issues. we got the implementation period in march. now we've put forward a proposal that the two proposal the european commission put forward are not except able to the u.k. we have said no to those and put our own proposal on the table in the future. as i said in answer to other questions delivers on the brexit deal but also ensures that we can have smooth trade with the european union in the future. in terms of the united states and trade there there will be questions on some trade issues about the standards we have here for certain products and how we want to deal with those in the trade deals. that will be a matter for the negotiations. >> president trump: i would say i give our relationship in terms of a grade the highest level of special.
so we start off with special. i would give our relationship with the u.k. and now especially after this two days with your prime minister, i would say the highest level of special. am i allowed to go higher than that? i'm not sure. the highest level of special. they're very special people, it's a very special country and as i said i have a relationship because my mother was born in scotland. i gave her a suggestion, not advice. maybe she found it too brutal because i can see that. i don't know if you remember what i said but i did give her a certain amount of -- i gave her a suggestion, not advice. i wouldn't want to -- i would give her a suggestion. i could fully understand why she thought it was a little bit tough. maybe someday she'll do that. if they don't make the right deal she might do what she suggested she might want to do. it's not an easy thing.
look at the united states how the european union has taken advantage of the united states on trade. it is a disgrace. so it's not an easy negotiation. >> john roberts, go ahead, john. john roberts, go ahead. cnn is fake news. i don't take questions from cnn. cnn is fake news. i don't take questions from cnn. john roberts from fox. let's go to a real network. >> some people have suggested relations between the united states and russia are at their lowest point since the end of the cold war and you have stated many, many times you think it's important to have a better relationship with russia. is there any way for relations between the united states and russia to improve as long as putin continues to occupy crimea? >> yes. i think i would have a very good relationship with president putin if we spent
time together. i may be wrong. i'm different than other people. i think we're being hurt very badly by the -- i would call it the witch hunt, i would called it the rigged witch hunt after watching some of the little clips. i didn't watch too much because of a different time zone. after watching the people, the man that was testifying yesterday i call it the rigged witch hunt i think that really hurts our country and it really hurts our relationship with russia. i think that we would have a chance to have a very good relationship with russia and a very good chance -- very good rerelationship with president putin. i would hope so. >> what is your thinking about improving your relations with russia while they illegally occupy another country. >> yes, they do if you are talking about crimea primarily but president obama failed very badly with crimea. i don't think he would have done that if i were president. he took over crimea and he actually took it over during
the obama administration. i think you will admit. >> how do you get him out? >> we have to see what happens. i'm not bad at doing things. if you look at what i've done compared to what other people have done 160 days in there is nobody close, i don't believe. let's see what happens but this was an obama disaster and i think if i were president then he would not have taken over crimea. during the obama administration he essentially took over crimea. i don't think he would have done that with me as president, john. >> a question if i could follow up. you have taken on many things you say you are left with by the obama administration that you say that you have fixed. this is something that you inherited from the obama administration, the occupation of crimea. how do you fix it? >> we'll see what happens. it is a process. if i knew i wouldn't tell you because that would put us at a disadvantage but we'll see what happens. well
-- we'll see how it all melds out. i want people to understand that crimea was another bad hand. i got handed north korea, we're doing very well. you saw the letter yesterday and we're doing very well. we haven't had nuclear testing or missile launches or rocket launches, some sites were blown up and we got back our hostages, our prisoners even before i left. so a lot of good things are happening. we'll see what happens. it is a process. probably a longer process than anybody would like but i'm used to long processes, too. we haven't taken off the sanctions. the sanctions are biting. we haven't taken them off. but when it comes to crimea that's something i took over, john. nothing much i have to say about it other than we'll look at that just like i'm looking at many other disasters i've taken over. i've taken over a lot of bad hands and i'm fixing them one by one and i know how to fix them.
>> president trump said he made suggestions to you on what to do about brexit. can we ask you for a suggestion on how he should handle his meeting with putin? >> we've been talking about it. what is important with meeting with president putin and i welcome the meeting with president putin. what is important that the president goes into this as he is doing from a position of strength and also from a position of unity in nato. i think that is very important obviously. we've discussed the activity of russia in many different ways including that use of a nerve agent here on the streets of the united kingdom and the impact that has had. i welcomed the very strong response the united states gave to that. we had response from around the world but i think the important thing is particularly following the nato summit the president is going into this meeting with president putin from that position of strength and a position of unity around that nato table. jason.
>> thank you, daily mail. prime minister, in the comments yesterday mps sided with donald trump really and said this deal that you signed here at checkers is going to be bad for trade. why can't you convince your own mps it's a good idea? mr. president, you said brexit is a tough situation. what would you do? would you be at the point where you would walk away from the talks to show them that you mean business? >> first of all on the issue of trade deals as i've said earlier, what we're negotiating and when we come out of negotiations i want to see and we will have our ability to have independent trade policy, to set our own tariffs and to be the independent member and negotiate trade deals around the world as we will be doing and looking at the united states and other areas as well as we've said, we're looking at issues like the possibility of some trade deals around the
pacific area, too. we will negotiate those trade deals but i also want to have a good trade arraignment with the european union. we don't just replace one with the other. the united kingdom is looking for and can negotiate a situation where we can have a good trade relationship with the european union and a good trade relationship with the united states and the rest of the world as well. that's what will be good for jobs, good for people's livelihoods and prosperity here in the u.k. >> president trump: if you remember i was opening turnberry the day before brexit and we had a large number of reporters there because everybody was there i guess because of brexit and they all showed up on the ninth hole overlooking the ocean and i said what is going on? all they wanted to talk about was brexit. i said i think brexit will happen. and it did happen. and then we cut the ribbon and the reason i felt it was going
to happen was because of immigration. i think one of the reasons i got elected was because of immigration and i felt that brexit had the upper hand. most people didn't agree with me. if you remember barack obama said well, your country will have to get on the back of the line if that happened. which i thought was a terrible thing to say frankly. but i said i thought it was going to happen and it did happen. i also think that as far as negotiating the deal, i probably would have done what my suggestion was to the prime minister but she can always do that. she can do that at some point. she can do what i suggested to her. you can't walk away. if she walks away that means she is stuck. you can't walk away. but you can do other things. she can do what my suggestion was and my suggestion was respectfully submitted. she will do very well. i think she is a very tough
negotiator. i've been watching her over the last couple of days. she is a tough negotiator and a very smart and determined person. i can tell you there are a lot of people looking up now saying gee whiz. she left a lot of people in her wake. she is a very smart, very tough, very capable person and i would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy, that i can tell you. go ahead. >> jeff mason from. >> i like your hat. a good, solid head of hair. >> thank you, sir. >> i know exactly what you have. >> going into your meeting -- >> take it off, please. >> okay. >> i like you better without the hat. >> there we go. going into your meeting with president putin on monday you mentioned both denuclearization and syria. can you say exactly what your
message will be to him on syria? what would you like him to say especially given assad's gains in the country recently and not denuclearization can you spell out how you expect to happen in terms of treaties and talks? >> it will be a slow process. we aren't the only ones with the nukes. us and others who have to come along simultaneously obviously. but i think that when i -- when the meeting was arranged and we both wanted the meeting. when the meeting was arranged, it was from my standpoint -- i didn't go in with high expectations but you may come out with something very exceptional. but the proliferation is a tremendous -- to me it's the biggest problem in the world nuclear weapons. biggest problem in the world. i understand nuclear. look up dr. john trump at m.i.t. my uncle, many years a
professor. i used to talk nuclear with him this was many years ago. it is the biggest problem in my opinion this world has, nuclear weapons. if we can do something to substantially reduce them. ideally get rid of them. maybe that's a dream but certainly it's a subject i will be bringing up with him and it is also very expensive thing. but that's the least important. so if we can do something. but i was telling the prime minister before, i didn't go in with high expectations. we do have a political problem where in the united states we have this stupidity going on. but it makes it very hard to do something with russia. anything you do it's always going to be russia, he loves russia. i love the united states. but i love getting along with russia and china and other countries. and it will certainly be, jeff, something we bring up and talk
about. i think to me it's such a big problem. syria i'll bring that up and i'll bring up ukraine and other subjects also. >> spell out in syria what you would like to hear from him. >> that was another one. the red line in the sand was a problem for us. i think you might be in a different -- >> what would you like president putin to do now under your watch. >> i am going to talk to him about that before i talk to you and if something happens that will be great. if it doesn't happen -- i'm not going in with high expectations but we may come out with some surprising things. but relationship is very important. and having relationship with russia and other countries, as i said a number of times, i've been saying actually for years and i've been saying it during my campaign, having relationships with other countries is really a good thing. i think that -- i can't really overestimate how big the
meeting was yesterday with nato. we went with something that really was an unfair situation to something that is unified. they had spirit. those people were getting up and in the end we are committing and -- it's not like they can go immediately back, they have to go through their parliaments and congresses and their representatives and whoever -- whatever form they have but they have to go through an approval process but i'll tell you what, every single person in that room was gung-ho to get it done, get the money in and even before that, as you know, $34 billion. i think the secretary general, who is doing a terrific job, he said yesterday because of president trump we've taken in $34 billion more for nato. i think the number is actually much higher than that but $34 billion more at least. and again, that's nothing that my opponent would have done. my opponent would have just
kept going down. it was going down. you see what was happening over the years. numbers were going down. now the number is way up and it is going higher. he will tell you it was because of me. >> prime minister may, the president during his time in brussels expressed concern about a pipeline between russia and germany. do you share those concerns? and to follow up on some of the questioning from my colleagues in the british press and the american side did you feel undermined by president trump's comments in the sun about your brexit plan and about boris johnson? >> look, i'm clear our brexit plan will deliver what the british people voted for and had an excellent discussion here. as i said and president trump has said about the possibility and the intent that we both have to have an ambitious trade deal going forward. i think that's exactly where we'll be going and that's very important for both of our
countries actually. we have stood shoulder to shoulder with the united states in so many different ways over the years as a result of our special relationship and we will show that even further through the trade arrangements that we will put in place in the future. >> president trump: just to finish up, i have to say i said to the paper, the sun and they seemed like two very nice people but i said that theresa may -- one of them is nice. where is that person? did i say nice things about theresa may, please? if you reported them, that's good, okay, where, on the internet? [laughter] i said very good things. thank you very much for saying that. i said very good things about her. i didn't think they put it in but that's all right. they didn't put that in the headline. that's one of those things. and she is a total professional. when i saw her this morning i said i want to apologize. i said such good things about
you. she said don't worry, it's only the press. i thought it was very professional. i might add -- it's called -- don't worry, they've been doing it to me and i do it to them. i say the pipeline -- you asked about the pipeline. to me it is a tragedy. i think it's a horrific thing that's being done where 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're trying to do something so that we have peace in the world. i think it's a horrible thing that germany is doing and a horrible mistake. and as much as i like angela i was very open in saying it. i think it's a horrible thing that you have a pipeline coming from russia and i believe that germany will be getting 50, 60 or i've heard numbers of 70% of their energy coming in from
russia. 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 aren't working from strength. you've given up all of your strength. i think it's very bad for germany and the german people and i don't think it's very good for nato if you want to know the truth. okay? >> we said we would take four questions each and we've taken four questions each. just on the pipeline issue, we've been talking to the germans about this and talking to other countries within the european union about this and while we continue to sit around the e.u. table this will be something that will be discussed at the european union table and we'll make our views known there. mr. president, thank you. >> can you say your views with us? your position on it? >> we have been discussing this with germany. the president has made clear his concerns about what is happen. angela merkel made her position clear. within the european union there
are discussions to be held on this issue of the pipeline and we're talking to other countries within the european union. i think the president said earlier in response to a question about future meeting he was going to have. did he tell you what was happening after that meeting. and you will see what comes out from the european union and while we are a member of the e.u. we are until march 2019 and then we're leaving. >> president trump: thank you very much. thank you. [applause] >> bill: about 50 minutes in length. longer than we expected. the prime minister of the u.k. theresa may and the u.s. president donald trump. good morning, everybody on a friday morning. what headline do you want to go with first? >> sandra: theresa saying my brexit deal delivers on the people's vote. the president offering a lot of praise for theresa may. he has gotten to know her a lot over the past several days and called her a tough negotiator.
>> bill: toward the end there he offered a bit of an apology for a story that was rattleling cages from london to new york city and the interview the president did in brussels at nato before leaving for london. in the sun newspaper, part of the sister company of news corp here. he called it fake news and offered an apology to her earlier today. her response was it's just the press. so they're in lock step on that idea, sandra. >> sandra: on the sun story the president said, as you said, fake news. i didn't criticize the prime minister. they didn't put in what i said about the prime minister. it is called fake news and we solve a lot of problems with a good old recording instrument. the whole thing was taped and let's see it and hear it. on the relationship with the u.k. and theresa may said it is the highest level of special. >> bill: in addition to that he said after speaking with them
and he talked about breakfast, lunch and dinner with the prime minister, the idea of having a trade deal with the u.k. after they decide whatever form it is that the brexit exit takes, it will absolutely be possible. with regard to vladimir putin on monday he said we go in strong. i thought his comments about nuclear proliferation in a way i hadn't heard it before. a devastating technology. ukraine, syria and russian meddling in 2016. the nuclear deal may be one of the big headlines in helsinki on monday. with regard to -- don't expect there will be no perry mason moment. >> sandra: and interesting moment for sure. he was asked by jonathan swan of axios about one of the meetings with putin. the president said we've been extremely tough as a country on russia. in that meeting he plans on discussing ukraine, syria, middle east, nuclear proliferation.
he said that would be a tremendous achievement and the perry mason moment. will we discuss meddling? we'll bring that up. he doesn't think he will admit it. the brexit conversation we just saw between these two was absolutely fascinating. she said from the outset the president -- president trump has been clear about how he sees the challenges we face and on many we agree. and perhaps the headline from the president, president trump, is he said but whatever you do talking to theresa may, is okay with me. just make sure we can trade together. that's all that matters. >> bill: martha maccallum is at windsor, the next stop when the prime minister and president say goodbye to each other and meeting with the queen today. what did you hear as we were listening for the last 50 minutes or so? >> it was an absolutely fascinating news conference and the president really did a huge turnaround on the comments that
he made last night and when he said as sandra just mentioned, i don't know what you are going to do. whatever you do is okay with us. it complicated stuff. he sat next to here at dinner for hours. when the president has a conflict like this what we've seen is he goes right in. he has been speaking with her basically non-stop since he got there for the dinner last night to try to fix this issue that happened during the sun interview yesterday during which he also said he thought boris johnson would be a good prime minister. he was asked very clearly about that today and he said well yes, i think he would be a good prime minister but this woman is smart, talented, a good negotiator. i would rather have her as a friend than an enemy and i hope we can work together. one of the interesting nuances, when he leaves theresa may in a short time he will be able to say we're on the same page when it comes to the plan for brexit but he left the door open
because he said maybe down the road she would like to do my suggestion, which he said was perhaps too harsh for now but it leaves him open in case she doesn't work out and this falls through and they get a new prime minister to say i gave her my suggestions. she didn't listen to them. so that's pretty much an open question still but he worked very hard today to bolster her, to make sure the world knew that he was very positive on her and that he puts -- has a lot of respect for her, bill and sandra. >> bill: thank you, stand by live in windsor. we will watch the president making his way toward you and the meeting with the queen should happen around noon eastern time in new york. thank you, martha, talk to you soon. >> sandra: the fiery hearing on capitol hill accusing peter strzok of bias. what do democrats think about that. eric swalwell is here and he joins us next. ♪motorcycle revving
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>> sandra: fox news alert lawmakers on both sides responding to the intense back and fort between house lawmakers and f.b.i. official peter strzok. it got heated and overheated especially when this happened. >> i can't help but wonder when i see you looking there with a little smirk how many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eyes and lie to her about -- >> mr. chairman, that's outrageous. this is intolerable harassment of the witness. >> you need your medication. >> impeachment is not the logical way a neutral dispassionate -- >> we're demanding equal time for every member of the committee. >> you've been out of control since you've been on this committee. why don't you leave it alone. this is not benghazi.
>> sandra: california congressman eric swalwell serves on the judiciary committee and joins us now. let's start with that exchange first. i know we all were looking on at that at times felt uncomfortable. >> good morning. you know, if you are going to try to torch the rule of law we'll bring a fire hose. >> sandra: who was torching the rule of law. >> you saw so many attacks on the f.b.i. and efforts to reach into the f.b.i. evidence locker and take out evidence that isn't public to turn it over to subjects of an investigation. you saw a belittling of the work the f.b.i. does and an invasion on the independence of the department of justice. there are valid questions of peter strzok. >> sandra: let's start with the premise of the hearing to ask questions of this f.b.i. agent peter strzok who very clearly had a bias against then candidate donald trump and that showed up in his text messages. and house republicans were demanding answers as to whether
or not that played out in his work at the f.b.i. did you share in that concern in those questions with house republicans? >> no. i share in concern about the texts that he sent and i was disturbed by them, too. i have thought the manner in which they went at him and tried to project this upon the whole investigation was inappropriate. i was a prosecutor for seven years. when you have objectionable behavior by a police officer show the corroborating evidence. five guilty pleas have been obtained shows there was other evidence. this was a pebble of a mountain of evidence that exists against the trump team members. >> sandra: we have live shots of buckinghamshire, u.k. where the president wrapped up the bilateral news conference with theresa may. he is now boarding marine one, stepping on there and he will be on his way to visit the
queen. this is his first official visit in the u.k. of his presidency. so the door is shutting there on marine one. meanwhile congressman swalwell, while the president continues his trip overseas here at home americans witnessed some really fiery exchanges in over 10 hours of testimony on the hill yesterday. did anything change following that hearing? >> no, but i believe the american people now have seen director james comey and peter strzok, two people the president has attacked raise their right hands and go under oath. what distinguishes them from the president. the president has not been willing to do that with bob mueller. if he wants this investigation to end he should stop delaying it, raise his own right hand and answer bob mueller's questions. >> sandra: you had a moment in that hearing room yesterday, congressman, where you moved to sort of distract a bit from the issue at hand, peter strzok,
and subpoena steve bannon. here is how that went. listen. >> mr. chairman will the committee also consider contempt for mr. bannon who refused to answer mr. gowdy's questions when he was under subpoena? >> that is not a proper point of order in this hearing. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> i move the subpoena steve bannon. he was a witness in the intelligence committee investigation and under subpoena and he refused the answer questions. >> sandra: that vote was overturned and unsuccessful. >> if we'll be consistent and sincere having witnesses be forthcoming. if you ask peter strzok to have contempt proceedings for not answering questions you should move that way against steve bannon who refused to answer gowdy's questions. >> sandra: the way of lot of republicans saw that was a big effort on the part of democrats to not have peter strzok answer
questions and it leaves a lot of people wondering on the left or the right why democrats did not want peter strzok to answer a lot of those questions. >> if peter strzok answered one question that's one more question the president has been willing to answer and he sat there for 10 hours. your turn, mr. president. >> sandra: we'll leave it there. congressman swalwell, thank you for your time this morning. we're looking live at the president leaving for windsor castle. >> bill: a great way to see england. they're move from this location north and west of london to windsor castle and we'll see him around noon eastern time in a meeting with the queen. prior to that he will go to winfield house, the residence of the u.s. ambassador in the u.k. fascinating press conference. if you're just joining us today we watched the two world leaders talk for 50 minutes on a range of topics whether it was trade and brexit, immigration, vladimir putin, terrorism.
it was quite insightful to see the relationship that has grown between the two world leaders. at one time president trump saying i have the highest level of special with regard to the u.k., theresa may and the people of england as we see marine one leaving. >> sandra: despite the perception of that report in the sun yesterday on the part of the president's criticism of theresa may and her handling of brexit, theresa may has rolled out the carpet. the u.k. has rolled out the red carpet with the president and first lady attending the festivities last evening, a beautiful moment the president acknowledged that this morning in that press conference and just to remind everybody, bill, of the significance of this meeting between these two countries and the talk on brexit in particular. 240 billion dollars in trade between the u.k. and the u.s. last year. this is america's fifth largest trading partner. america's fourth export market. the u.s. is the u.k.'s top
export market. trade is incredibly important. as the president just said moments ago, i'm okay with whatever you decide here and whichever way you decide to go but trade is what matters to me. >> monday we'll look toward the meeting with vp. we'll do a split broadcast in "america's newsroom" from helsinki and also new york city and monday we remind viewers that chris wallace will sit down for the only interview with vladimir putin you will see that on monday. but with regard to putin, when the president was asked about it repeatedly a moment ago he said i think we're being hurt by the rigged witch hunt. it really hurts our country and what i've said from the beginning and back to the campaign relationships are very important. having relationships is a good thing. while this is happening and those comments were given a moment ago and buckinghamshire there are thousands of protestors in central london in the streets. we had aerial pictures of the
protests. looked like 2,000 and a rough guess based on the images we saw and then you had all the publicity built up for the mayor of london criticized by president trump giving the okay and permission to fly a baby blimp of the president for a period of two hours earlier today. all that happened, folks, probably while you were sleeping here stateside. >> sandra: interesting the discussion the two world leaders had on immigration and the president saying on mass migration into germany he called it a sad situation. he said i think they better watch themselves because it is a changing culture. i don't think it is good for europe, he said, and theresa may also speaking on it said that it's been mostly good for europe so a discussion surely those two leaders have been having as well. >> 10:00 east coast. bill hemmer, sandra smith. hour two begins of "america's newsroom" as we follow every loop. >> sandra: what a week it's been. >> bill: every single one of them. he was also asked about this
pipeline in russia that we can talk about right now with house judiciary committee member and the man who will lead the questioning for lisa page later today john ratcliffe. before we talk about what is expected later today in the u.s. and capitol hill reflect on what you are hearing out of england and this relationship with theresa may and where we are with nato. what is your feeling here now? >> i think donald trump is doing the things over in europe that we've seen him do here in the united states, which is break up the status quo. i think most americans are glad to see a president standing up for america, putting america first on the world stage even with some of our allies who maybe haven't treated us perfectly fairly as the president would say, and so, you know, all of this is a negotiation that ultimately i think will put the united states on a level playing field with all of our partners around the world. so i'm pleased with what he has
done and i'm excited about what he is about to do. >> bill: do you believe there is any doubt in vladimir putin's mind on monday that nato is aligned together and is as strong, if not stronger, as the president would describe a moment ago? >> i think that he probably thinks that. i think the bigger take away is that vladimir putin will say donald trump is leading and making the decisions there and that if he wants a good relationship he is going to have to deal with donald trump and his voice is the strongest and most important and it is not other european powers that have traditionally been able to guide nato that will be making the call from this point forward. >> bill: he talked about that pipeline. germany is entering in the contract. it is not built yet but en route as we see the aerial pictures of the protestors in central london at 3:00 in the afternoon local time. he called it a tragedy and horrible thing. what do you think? >> i think that's the art of the deal. i think that donald trump
approaches negotiations in a way that has made him successful and has ultimately brought him to be the president of the united states. and i think that as he has approached negotiations so far in the first year and a half of his presidency, i think it is hard to argue with the results. america is doing better than it has in a long, long time. domestically and abroad and i trust the president's judgment on these issues. >> sandra: what a week it has been as we continue to watch the live pictures in london congressman. you saw the beginning of the week transition into this visit in the u.k. and now we await the president's one-on-one with vladimir putin in helsinki on monday and the president just weighed in specifically on what he wants to talk to vladimir putin about. middle east, syria, nuclear proliferation, doesn't think there will be a perry mason moment with meddling.
what are your expectations for the summit? >> what's interesting here people will get to see whether or not the democrats and what they've been asserting about donald trump being vladimir putin's puppet a really true. hide and watch. at the end of the day donald trump has made the message very clear that we have the ability to bring the russian economy to its knees with respect to proper provides natural gas to the europeans, and other decisions around the world. and i expect the president to flex his muscle with respect to that to vladimir putin in a way that the world will respect. >> bill: what's interesting about the meeting on monday you have the shadow universes right now. almost in a way they're running in a parallel sense because you are going to have a discussion on monday about the russian meddling and you had the hearing that went on for 10 hours yesterday and a hearing that will continue today behind
closed doors because you've been looking for the testimony on behalf of lisa page and today it apparently you will get it. it is scheduled for 1:00, 1:30 this afternoon. are you confident she will show today, sir? >> i am. this will be her third and last opportunity to comply with a congressional subpoena issued earlier. i fully expect her to appear today. i will tell you if she doesn't, we will move forward with contempt proceedings against her later this afternoon. but i expect that she will be there. i don't want the drama. i want the information that she has. i want to go through the text messages, not in a circus environment like yesterday but behind closed doors and get important information that will help us get to the bottom of what the american people are asking for. >> bill: maybe we'll get a read-out later what you learn today from lisa page. what do you think yesterday accomplished with peter strzok? >> well, you know, it's he's to
lose the forest for the trees in a circus atmosphere. i think the most important thing we learned and takeaway was yesterday the american people got to see bob mueller's star witness. we can talk about investigations in the past but the investigation that's in the front windshield for most americans is the special counsel probe and peter strzok has to be bob mueller's star witness. i say that because peter strzok is the one that was in charge of the trump/russia investigation for the first year that became the special counsel probe. he did the investigative plan and started the investigation and gathered all the evidence. ultimately his credibility is of primary importance. there were apparently two different peter strzok's testifying yesterday. the one that the democrats questioned was a patriot, hero and someone deserving of a purple heart. the peter strzok that i questioned is the one that has been demoted by the f.b.i., being investigated by the f.b.i. for sending 50,000 text
messages that say f trump, impeach trump, stop trump, trump should lose 100 million to zero but none of that is bias against trump. i don't find that credible. most american people don't find that credible, then bob mueller will have a real credibility problem with respect to his conclusions that are based upon all the evidence collected by peter strzok. >> sandra: we'll get back to this in a second, congressman ratcliffe. i want to bring everybody's attention to the screen. we continue to show live shots as you've been speaking about the fiery exchanges we saw on capitol hill yesterday but there are multiple organized protests happening in the streets of london right now as bill mentioned 3:00 local time in the afternoon london time. most of these started around 11:00 in the morning. the president has responded to what he has seen so far saying he feels unwelcome. these are anti-trump protests filling the streets. they are against the president's policies, they say.
there is even an orange trump balloon that has been floating around the streets of london. if i could, congressman ratcliffe, i don't know that you can see what we're seeing right now but it is tens of thousands of protestors is all we can tell you at this point filling the streets there. if you could weigh in on what we're seeing. >> well, sandra, those don't look much different like the protests that donald trump saw the day he got sworn into office in this country. you know, that's what happens when you are trying to break up the status quo, when you take on the establishment, and when you try and change the things about government that people have hated for decades and decades. and again, i think we should all really give president trump credit for his willingness to take that on and in the face of those kinds of protests to do the things he said he would do, to keep the promises he said he would keep, and he is trying to do that in europe today and he
has been trying to do that here in the united states for the last year and a half. >> sandra: has he been successful with his attempts so far? >> what more do people want? we have an american economy that is booming. we have unemployment at an all-time low. we have more americans keeping more of their paychecks in their bank accounts, and on the world stage we finally see people standing up for america saying we're not going to give money to countries that hate us and we're seeing our allies realize that we have a president who is not going to let the playing field be tilted in their advantage. so the americans that i know and most of the folks that i represent are behind donald trump and the things that he is doing. >> bill: when he talked about the witch hunt, the rigged witch hunt and how it damages the u.s. at home and abroad, what is your perspective on that, sir, when you think about the high-level meetings and
people in the streets, the reflection on the u.s. and especially when you consider criticism stops at the borders but apparently that is not the case in today's modern day politics? >> well, you know, i haven't used the term witch hunt but i agree with the president that it has been the better part of two years where we've heard that there is evidence of collusion with russia and as bill and sandra, you both know i've been behind closed doors and seen all the classified documents that any other member of congress has seen and i haven't seen any evidence of collusion with russians with donald trump or anyone associated with him. so for him to be tired of this and not want it to be a distraction, listen, it is all the democrats have left. they keep saying let bob mueller's special counsel probe continue. i don't know why they want it to continue. 62 democrats have already voted to sign on to vote to impeach
donald trump already. so why do they need bob mueller to finish his investigation? they've already made up their mind. >> sandra: as far as the president on the world stage, as you just referenced it, you referenced the success you see the president having here at home. what about on the world stage? this has been a huge week for this presidency, congressman. >> it has been a huge week but it follows other huge weeks. let's not lose sight of the fact that there was just a meeting with the north korean dictator about denuclearizeing the korean peninsula. what other administrations has failed to do the last few decades. donald trump is doing things unconventional and unorthodox but the results have been good for america. >> sandra: as we continue to look on at these live protests in the streets of london here
was the moment, congressman, a short time ago when the president and theresa may, the prime minister, were conducting a bilateral news conference. they answered several questions from reporters all over the world and, of course, one of the lead-off questions was what about the sun report yesterday where the president appeared to be criticizing the prime minister? here is how the president responded to that moments ago. >> president trump: i didn't criticize the prime minister. i have a lot of respect for the prime minister. and unfortunately there was a story that was done, which was generally fine but it didn't put in what i said about the prime minister and i said tremendous things, and fortunately we tend to record stories now so we have it for your enjoyment if you would like it. we record when we deal with reporters. it is called fake news. >> sandra: he did follow that up by saying he has the highest level of special as he looks on at theresa may and her country. >> i think this is just another
chapter of we keep seeing where some in the fake news want to say that he is diminishing america's place in the world but you hear these world leaders come out after and say they respect him and like him. listen, he gives the unvarnished truth. sometimes he is not as diplomatic as even i would like but at the end of the day again you have to look at the results and accomplishing the things he said he would do for us as americans first, and he is. >> bill: john ratcliffe. thank you for your time. our headliner from capitol hill. lisa page, what time is it 1:00 or 1:30. >> 1:30. >> bill: how long do you expect that to go today? >> it will go as long as she is willing to stay and it will continue on monday. but it is important because we'll get the other side of the coin. we'll get the other half of the conversation from those text messages and ultimately we'll report to the american people what she says.
>> bill: john ratcliffe republican from texas leading the questioning this afternoon what has turned out to be a good turnout. they expected upwards of 50,000. don't know what the numbers are. that's a healthy showing. >> sandra: thanks to the congressman for his time. i felt like i needed to dig up the brexit vote to remind everybody as we see the streets of london filling there that those that voted to leave the e.u. won. remember these numbers 51.9% to 48.1%, bill. 72% voter turnout for that, 30 million people voted in that brexit vote and it was fascinating to see the president of the united states and theresa may, the prime minister, addressing how that is all going this morning. >> bill: so much of brexit is about making decisions for yourselves as opposed to allowing to outsource it a commission in brussels, belgium and that's what the people in the u.k. were looking at when they took that vote. march of next year is the plan.
we have our a-team now. juan williams and shelby holliday and marc lotter, former special assistant to president trump. welcome, guys. marc, you are the newbie on the travel. if you were traveling with the president and vice president in europe throughout this week knowing you have a layover in scotland today, a meeting with the queen in an hour and then helsinki on monday with vladimir putin. frame it. how do you think it's gone? >> i think it's gone really well. the president is focused on results right now. when he has tough talk with nato they need to step up and meet their commitments and we've seen that happen. he has had very productive talks as he said a little while ago with the british prime minister. so i think it's a very good beginning to the trip and it will continue to get better throughout the weekend. >> sandra: juan, how about you? >> you know, i'm looking at the crowds and what i see is that
in his own words he is not welcome there. but at the same time i think he is going through the formalities very well. i don't think that theresa may has reacted with hostility to what were his hostile words and how the mayor of london and immigration are ruining the fabric of europe but i put it together in terms, sandra, of what took place before. obviously this president believes that chaos is to his advantage and that's what happened when he met with the nato leaders. i think that's what he feels right now about going into london and challenging theresa may. >> bill: shelby. >> right now we're hearing a lot of different things from the president. kind of a head spinning week. we've heard him change his mind on nato, different levels of commitment. what he said was agreed upon has been disputed by some of the other leaders and when you got to london there was the
headline-grabbing sun cover. just in the past hour he has done a complete 180 on some of the things he said in the interview. he is standing with theresa may backtracking on what he said about a trade deal. now he stands by a commitment to strike a trade deal with the u.k. >> bill: what he said was to be clear after speaking with them it will be absolutely -- it will absolutely be possible. that was his quote. >> right. he sort of walked back some of the things he said in the interview and maybe that's trump's strategy. he loves being in the headlines. he loves the media attention. certainly raises his profile around the world in ways he might like. but then when you see him standing next to leaders and discussing things with them he backs off some of the more controversial things. it's hard to know where he stands and what will happen. >> bill: builds her up, too. >> sandra: he said i spent a lot of time with theresa may in the last few days and gotten to know her in the way i never did before and here he is praising the prime minister. >> president trump: she is a
tough negotiator, a very, very smart and determined person. i can tell you there are a lot of people looking up now saying gee whiz she left a lot of people in her wake. she is a very smart, very tough, very capable person and i would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy, that i can tell you. >> sandra: interesting stuff, marc. >> i think he is absolutely right and we need to be honest talking about when he was talking about the brexit deal that the prime minister had originally reported, there were questions about whether the u.s. would be able to negotiate directly with the u.k. or have to go through nato. there was some ambiguity who would be negotiating and whether the u.k. would completely pull out of their trade agreements. they got it clarified. the president said they would like a trade deal with the u.k. >> bill: i'm looking forward to
his meeting with the queen. we'll see them momentarily as marine one nriez over the hills of england back to london. go to the winfield house there and that is where our u.s. ambassador is stationed. last night the first couple spent the night there. >> sandra: i can tell you from firsthand experience recently he is about to arrive at a magical place. i was in windsor. this is one of the queen's country estates, correct? the president is going to be meeting with the queen for the first time, shelby, the first lady is with him as well. what an interesting moment that will be. >> what an interesting moment and an interesting road it has been to get here. there have been some questions about whether or not this would happen. in the past whether or not trump would be welcome. here he is, you know, from reading media accounts, this is something he is very excited about and very proud he gets to take melania. who doesn't want to have tea
with the queen? that's something we would all love to development this is a sign. u.k.'s warm welcome in light of a pretty tough nato summit and things he said in the british press. the u.k. so far, the leaders of the u.k. have opened their arms and embraced trump and his wife and here they are about to have tea with the queen. >> bill: let's go to more now and this goes the election of 2016, and you will hear a lot about this on monday. some people will be satisfied with it, others will not. sound bite number five on the issue of meddling from the press conference one hour ago. roll it. >> president trump: 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 are going to do. but whatever you do is okay with me.
that's your decision. whatever you are going to do is okay with us. just make sure we can trade together, that's all that matters. >> bill: that's an important headline. when we get a moment we'll queue up sound bite number five. with regard to trade he is giving her wiggle room. >> sandra: fascinating, the exchanges we just heard where the president said i'm okay with whatever you decide. it is trade that matters to me. the numbers back that up. $240 billion in trade between the u.s. and the u.k. last year alone. america's fifth largest trading partner. so the president says trade is what matters to me. they are having high-level conversations and the president seems quite pleased with the way this all went so far. >> i think that he feels that he comes in there and everybody reacts to him, sandra.
so much of what the president likes to do is to raise the bid in terms of the art of negotiating and then force the other person back on their heels and having to compromise with him. i think the language that we just heard where he says to theresa may you can do what you want to do and i'll be pleased with it, just protect trade is just a little resonant with what happened with angela merkel this week where he was very critical of the germans buying gas and oil from the russians and said hey, you want nato to protect you against the russians, why are you doing business with them and put her on her heels? the cost is that it antagonizes people and why you see the protests in the street. in general -- >> bill: called it a horrible thing and he doubled down. >> that's what i'm saying. a lot of this is the president, i think, is not playing to a european audience except to use
them as spoils, if you will, to suggest to his political base i come in and i speak bluntly, i speak truthfully in his opinion and i force people to create new deals. his antagonists would say he could break up our alliances that have kept the peace for the last generation. >> bill: we have the sound bite on russian meddling in 2016. roll it. >> president trump: talking about other things. you'll ask will we be talking about meddling and i will absolutely bring that up. i don't think you will have any gee, i i dit, you got me. there won't be a perry mason here i don't think but i will ask the question. >> bill: how will you reflect on that? >> there was absolutely no collusion and i would not
expect that the russian president would suddenly say i agree, you caught me. the president was right in his assessment there. the key is there was no collusion and we have dealt with the fact that they are meddling. the president has taken action on that. the sanctions that were put in place remain in place because of that. and it is something that they need to do. as the president also says, we've got to work with russia in ways where we can work together and we have to work with them to find ways where we disagree and move the ball forward. we don't get a choice in who is the president of russia, so we have to deal with who is there and deal on the issues that need to be handled. >> bill: my hunch is that, shelby, he will probably satisfy half the audience and not the other half. you look at the hearings yesterday. democrats are ripping on this whole idea about peter strzok not being biased in the job he
performed for the f.b.i. and the russia matter investigation he conducted for almost a year. this was an extraordinary division in american politics we watched yesterday. >> now doubt there are extreme divisions within congress and the u.s. on the issue of russian meddling i point out i report evidence a story recently russia continues to meddle and use fake identities and stolen identities to continue seizing on issues perhaps the one we're seeing unfold before our eyes. they were seizing on issues on the border a few weeks ago. it is not just the fact that russia meddled in the past. that included hacking, that included fraudulent pay pal accounts, stolen identities of americans. it was a massive multi-faceted campaign that not just u.s. intelligence but the senate intelligence committee have both shed a lot of light on. when president trump says he can't do much about it, i don't know -- >> bill: sarah sanders and on down the line there is no
evidence that any votes were changed in 2016. >> that's true and something the u.s. intelligence agency has said. no votes were tampered with but they hacked into our voting system. we're hearing from people that there are extreme concerns about the 2018 elections and russia learned a lot since 2016. like you said, half of the country won't be satisfied with what they hear on monday. there are extreme concerns about just the security of the 2018 election and russia's continued involvement in american politics. >> bill: a lot of talk in new york and washington, d.c. but i wonder how much the rest of the country cares about it. >> sandra: that's a good question and what the rest of the world is thinking really, marc, as we look at the images. there is a lot going on this week and obviously during this presidency. we see the protests today of the president to let everybody know is en route to windsor castle meeting with the queen
for the first time. something the queen likes to do, meet with the current sitting president of the united states. this is the president's first trip of his presidency to the u.k. his meeting with prime minister theresa may has just concluded. they held a bilateral news conference a few moments ago, marc, as we look at the images and see the president's trip this week as he is off to helsinki with a sit-down with vladimir putin how do you think the rest of the world is looking on at these moments of this presidency? >> i think they are getting accustomed to the fact that the president is more interested in getting things done than just saying the right thing and not doing anything about it. for too long we have seen presidents for 40 years talk about the need to get nato allies to contribute their fair share and they said it couched in the language of diplomacy and then yet many of our allies didn't do it. they agreed to it and wouldn't do it. this is a president who won't hide behind the words of
diplomatic speak. he will say what needs to be said. it is going to ruffle some featherers. as long as we get the action on the back side, that's what's important to the president. we're seeing that. he is shaking up the diplomatic world order but it is to achieve many goals that have been sought after whether it's trade, nato, for many, many decades. he is focused on getting the job done. >> bill: just one last comment before we go to commercial break. it is a remarkable thing to see in central london these people our closest ally protesting the united states of america and its president. that's territory we've yet to tread, marc. >> i think it's sad on one count. they're our closest ally. historically we are one brothers with the british and this i think is an example of how the rest of the world views president trump. and when you talk about russia, we just had folks like senator
lindsey graham on "fox news sunday" last week say when the president meets with vladimir putin he has to be very clear about that interference and stopping it. the president in previous meetings has said vladimir putin says he didn't do it and i'll take him at his word. i just think that across the political aisle apart from the partisan polarization in america and maybe as we see by these demonstrations, bill, there is a growing sentiment somebody has to take on the russians quite directly and that president trump needs to be more vigorous. if he is going to go after nato and going to go after theresa may and angela merkel it is puzzling that he won't go bluntly and directly at vladimir putin. >> bill: that's what monday is about. >> sandra: his exact words a few moments ago juan were we have been extremely tough on russia. he talks about being tougher on russia than his predecessors
and to bill's point, juan, we don't know what will happen yet on monday. >> i think the problem is we know what has happened and what has happened is that he is defer -- he believes it is better for the world if the u.s. is able to work with russia on syria and iranian support for terrorism and the like. the question is has he taken concrete steps to rein in the russians? >> he said he wanted to talk to putin about ukraine, syria, nuclear proliferation. he did not standing next to theresa may say he would talk about the poisoning issues in london but i do think that could come up and i'm interested to see what happens on monday. >> bill: it's all about relationships. he talked a lot about president xi in the time he came to mar-a-lago in april of 2017,
the two-day meeting. the fact they would build a foundation for a relationship which ultimately i do believe led to the political and economic strangulation of north korea which drove chairman kim to seek out that meeting and at least talk about it. that's how the president in many ways looks at these meetings and likely will look at monday. >> sandra: we continue to look on at the live protests happening in the streets of london. tens of thousands of protestors. we don't have an official number. it's four hours into the beginning of these protests after the president just wrapped his meeting with theresa may on his way to go meet with the queen at the moment. we'll have more on the protests, the president's trip in europe coming up. stay tuned. this is not a bed.
the president has said he feels unwelcome amid these anti-trump protests. they are protesting president trump, the united states's policies. there are several different organized groups there. it seems at the 3:30 p.m. eastern time hour they continue to build. the president obviously did not like those, made them feel unwelcome and he is now on his way to meet with the queen. >> bill: we'll see that in an hour and 10 minutes from now. benjamin hall is on the streets of central london. what do you see? >> bill and sandra, good morning. i'm in trafalgar square as the mass rally begins to arrive at its destination. one of the biggest protests we've seen in years here. what is most striking is how many of the placards and signs are personal attacks on the president. you speak to many people here and that's often the first thing they say but one of the other things you notice is all
the flags organized by different groups here. among the main ones you see those from the socialist party. those who fought the war coalition. it was arranged by left-wing groups and we've seen a big outpouring of anti-brexit people. the president has spoken very openly about his support for brexit and on this trip now he has doubled down on that saying he thinks it's the best thing for the u.k. a lot of people are upset with the intervention of sorts. i'm in the middle of the crowds. as more filter into the square, trafalgar square where i am now you start to see the mood changing perhaps a bit. there is a sense of anger here not only of president trump personally and some of his policies but the british government for giving him such a warm welcome. they had kept president trump away from central london to avoid the protests but it was a
working visit, not a state visit. he was never due to come down the mall or do many of the things that you might have seen from here. right now we're starting to see this protest build. of course, president trump says he does not feel welcome here. i can tell you from speaking on the streets of london to other people over the last couple of days we heard quite a lot of support for president trump. people who have said they wish the u.k. had an equally strong leader who can guide them through this politically-divided time in the u.k. we're seeing an incredible number of people out here protesting on the whole lot of different issues. but there are also a number of pro-trump marches going on and a concern that some of those might meet later. the striking thing is how some of these placards and many of these people are launching personal attacks on the president rather than focusing on his policies. >> sandra: part of the approval
for that blimp that is flying around that is orange or yellow and looks like the president, it was approved through the london mayor. and the president has had some choice words in response to the mayor and he also said i used to love london as a city. this was ahead of his trip there. he said i haven't been there for a long time but when they make you feel unwelcome, why would i stay there, the president asked? he only spent one night in the city. >> absolutely. there are lots of people i will tell you in the u.k. upset by that move allowing -- the mayor of london, to go out and give permission for people to launch this personal attack on the leader of the u.s. has upset many, many people. they have had a spat between the two. president trump has spoken out about the mayor says his policies may have been responsible for terror attacks
and he doubled down on that yesterday. he reaffirmed that. that's a major issue. allowed the fly for two hours and people upset about that. the mayor of london who has given permission for this blimp to fly and certainly that has not been approved by everyone in the government who feel we should welcome the u.s. president. >> bill: it is now back on the ground. based on your first answer are you able to assess the majority of the people with whom you've had contact in trafalgar square are they protesting donald trump or u.k. government and theresa may. what is it? >> it's hard to tell. everyone here seems to be protesting something slightly different. as i said, there is a imagine or anti-brexit movement here and that seems to be what has drawn many people out into the streets. but there are also people who object to the way president trump has spoken his mind. the way that he has been outspoken on a lot of issues
with people particularly on the left are so concerned about. here you see a lot of signs, the majority of people here from the left socialist party setting up tents. clearly orchestrated by those who are on a different moral plane than the president. >> bill: benjamin hall in the streets of london. be well and be safe. >> sandra: we continue to look on those pictures there. the president continues his trip on his way to meet with the queen on his multiple-stop tour abroad which, of course, will conclude with his one-on-one with president vladimir putin putin on monday in helsinki. >> bill: we should be within the hour's time the president meeting the queen >> sandra: for tea. >> bill: that's a sight you don't want to miss. hang on and let's take a break. come back right after this.
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>> bill: back in the u.k. you saw this yesterday. that was peter strzok raising his right hand on our program "america's newsroom" as we welcome you back here as our coverage continues. that hearing went on for 10 hours and heated, to say the least, right? back with our a-team now. want to reflect what we watched yesterday and what we might be able to anticipate today with lease -- lisa page. the president described it as a rigged witch hunt last hour. >> president trump: i think that we're being hurt very badly by i would call it the witch hunt. i would call it the rigged witch hunt after watching some of the little clips. i didn't get to watch too much. it is a different time zone. after watching the people, the man that was testifying yesterday i call it the rigged witch hunt. i think that really hurts our country and it really hurts our relationship with russia. >> bill: part of that was asked
reflecting on his visit monday with vladimir putin. what do you think about that in terms of the damage to the country? >> i think it is a big distraction and still now a year later and seen no evidence of collusion, nothing that shows that there was any collusion. and this was a 10-hour made for tv event on both sides and i don't think we got much out of it except for the fact we now know there were multiple versions of the dossier running around going through the f.b.i. being channeled through different places and at the end of the day still nothing. >> sandra: did you get the sense that democrats were doing pretty much anything they could in that room to prevent strzok from having to answer lawmakers' questions? >> i think they felt defensive. what struck me let me say off the top, sandra. i think it looked like a train wreck for democracy. boy, the congress never looked worse to me. it was totally partisan, you had two committees in there, 70
members clamoring all over each other sometimes not speaking to strzok. i thought, though, if you are watching at home i think the key question was is strzok going to say that he was biased against president trump? i think what you are hearing from rudy giuliani, the former mayor of new york and the president's lawyer is that an interview possibility is further away now given what he saw in these hearings yesterday. you hear the president saying it was terrible. so from that perspective they are saying oh, we feel as if we have proved that the f.b.i., the whole law enforcement enterprise was biased against this president. strzok yesterday said no, that he could have leaked information about the russia probe and did not and did not damage it. so what comes off is both sides feeling hey, this was not good, not great but i think the president's forces especially his legal team thinking we have further basis to block the
president from testifying or cooperating with the mueller probe. >> bill: juan, i think -- shelby, you can tap dance on this one. i enjoyed the theater. i think this is what washington, d.c. is used to. >> no. >> bill: and i think these lawmakers are entirely comfortable debating in public and on camera what they did yesterday. >> if it was a debate, fine. but it wasn't a debate. as you said at the start to you the democrats were simply protecting strzok and preventing him from having to answer difficult questions. i don't think that's the way -- >> bill: to me i'm convinced the democrats believe the trump team was up to something with russia during the campaign and the republicans feel the opposite. >> when he got into his personal life as if they were making him into oliver north or someone who was the victim rather than putting him on display as someone that they think represents bias against the president. >> i think people who are
paying very close attention to the mueller probe and who really cared about this hearing had their beliefs reaffirmed whether they were on the democrat or republican side. a lot of voters expressed frustration it was an all-day event and lawmakers could spend things that impact the future. that's not saying it is what i believed. there was mixed reaction here. i don't think anyone won here. the republicans didn't show anything that he used his bias to -- we heard the dossier did not play a role in opening the investigation. i thought that was one thing. we learned about house rules and committee rules. i don't think we really learned much from this hearing. >> bill: bruce orr had contact with christopher steele. >> we didn't learn much about the intricacy. that was an interesting piece.
there was a lot strzok couldn't say. if i could it would really frustrate you republicans. >> sandra: we'll have much more on that heated hearing yesterday. protests in london. awaiting the president's arrival at windsor to have tea with the queen and we'll have all of that in just a moment. no matter who rides point, there are over 10,000 allstate agents riding sweep. call one today. are you in good hands?
>> president trump: to me it is a tragedy. i think it's a horrific thing that is being done where 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're trying to do something so we have peace in the world. 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 aren't working from strength. >> bill: that part of the press conference we watched an hour and a half ago that went 50 minutes with the british prime minister. we woke up to the statement in front of the head of the e.u. why do you want us to pay for your defense when you are doing a deal with russia? a lot of people in the business
community were well aware of the story. i don't think the general american public was aware. >> sandra: the president said the deal has made germany captive to russia, his choice of words. he then went on after saying that urging nato to assess the situation which he calls inappropriate saying that germany is beholding to russia because of this. >> bill: horrible thing, a tragedy. that was the press conference from earlier and now we're awaiting the next movement on behalf of marine one and the president when they arrive at windsor castle for tea with the queen. that will happen in 30 minutes. don't go away. we'll have it for you and everything else. >> sandra: pinky is not out, right? >> bill: you know. back in a moment. it really- it rocked our world. i had no idea the amount of damage that water could do. we called usaa. and they greeted me as they always do. sergeant baker, how are you?
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>> sandra: fox news alert. thousands of anti-trump protestors turning out in london this hour ahead of president trump's meeting with the queen that's happening one hour from now. all of this following a joint news conference between president trump and prime minister theresa may a few moments ago. they certainly presented a united front there at least. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith. >> bill: is this going the way you thought today? i'm bill hemmer, good morning and happy friday. the president saying the prime minister is doing a terrific job insisting he did not criticize her when he told the sun newspaper owned by our
sister company news corp the may's brexit plan would force the u.s. not to make a trade deal with her but the e.u. he changed his tune. after speaking with them last night it will be possible saying whatever theresa may does about brexit is okay with him as long as they can reach a fair trade deal. the prime minister for her part was just as agreeable in public. >> cooperation with mutual investment between us over $1 trillion. we want to go further. we agreed today that as the u.k. leaves the european union we will pursue an ambitious u.s./u.k. free trade agreement. >> i want to thank prime minister may with pursuing trade with the united states. an incredible opportunity for our two countries and we'll seize it fully. >> sandra: john roberts is live in england. the president came out defending theresa may after that that controversial interview as some perceived it in the sun yesterday.
>> i was talking to u.s. and u.k. officials this morning before that press conference, sandra, and they say that the president and white house were taken aback by the speed at which and the degree to which the president's comments to the sun newspaper blew up. the president in his bilateral meeting with theresa may today and at the press conference tried to reset the narrative a little bit giving very high praise to the british prime minister but also at the same time reiterating that he thinks that boris johnson, who is the former foreign secretary who resigned over theresa may's plans for brexit, could make a good prime minister one day. listen to what the president said. >> president trump: i didn't criticize the prime minister. i have a lot of respect for the prime minister and unfortunately there was a story that was done which was generally fine but it didn't put in what i said about the prime minister. boris johnson i think would be a great prime minister.
i also said that this incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job. >> it's true the president does seem to have a very good relationship with theresa may. the two of them were holding the hands as they walked up the stairs yesterday and today at checkers to the news conference. he was holding her hand to make sure she didn't trip down the stairs. it is also pretty clear, sandra, the president was critical of at least if not her, of her plan for brexit saying that it would likely kill any chance of the united states having a free trade relationship with britain but the president is leaving it open saying it is complicated for her to exit the e.u. in a way where she does actually disconnect herself and disconnect britain from the e.u. to a degree where the president will be able to sign some sort of bilateral trade agreement with britain without having to involve any element.
e.u. >> sandra: looking ahead to the big putin meeting coming up on monday you pressed him on crimea? >> yeah, part of the summit he had with theresa may today was to lay the ground work and hear what she had to say and what she was thinking about his upcoming summit in helsinki, finland on monday with vladimir putin. i asked the president if it would be possible for the u.s. to have improved relations with russia without vladimir putin pulling russian troops out of crimea? he said yes and i then asked him well, what was his plan to get putin out of crimea? watch here. >> this is something you inherited in crimea. how do you fix it? >> president trump: if i knew i wouldn't tell you. it would put us at a disadvantage. we'll see how it all melds out. i just want people to
understand that crimea was another bad hand. i got handed north korea, we're doing very well. >> yesterday at the nato summit we heard from a number of leaders that the putin/russia, crimea issue is a big one for nato and standing in solidarity. the president saying the sanctions will remain on russia until putin does something about crimea. he is resting at winfield house in london and at 5:00 this afternoon he is off to windsor, castle where he will have tea with the queen. i want to be a fly on the wall in that meeting. >> sandra: we all do. john roberts, thank you. for more on all this let's bring in aaron blake senior, political reporter for the "washington post". i'm sure that will be something and capping off a long day for the president, aaron, good morning. >> good morning. the president is really --
>> sandra: this has been already quite a visit and the president -- that joint news conference this morning followed by the unexpected one that he held by himself yesterday answering a wide range of questions, this trip so far and coming to this moment this morning with the prime minister theresa may, how do you look on at this as far as the president accomplishing what he has set out to do with this trip? >> well, whatever the designs of this trip were, it is clear that he has gone to europe and really shaken things up quite a bit. of course, we had the comments initially about germany in the meeting with nato leaders that really shook up nato. eventually he came out in that press conference afterwards and said we have come to an agreement. i got what i wanted out of this, which is more funding from these countries for nato. in this situation, he gave an interview to a british newspaper where he said things
that were critical of decisions theresa may made and then we have a press conference they say nice things about one another. clear he wants to make his presence known in europe. he wants to impact the course of events whether it's on immigration, whether it's on funding for nato. and he is willing to say things that other leaders have not said in the past. and so we're seeing a situation which those leaders have to confront a reality that they aren't familiar with with an american president and that's leading, of course, to a lot of the consternation we see with the leaders and protestors in london. >> sandra: watch this. >> president trump: during the summit i made clear all nato allies must honor their obligations and i'm pleased to report we have received substantial commitments from members to increase their defense spending and do so in a much more timely manner. >> sandra: the president came out of this touting a success. >> we haven't seen necessarily
what the particulars of that are. french president macron suggested that there was not a terribly big difference in what had been agreed to beforehand versus afterwards. there was a goal that was set for these nato countries to spend 2% of their gdp on nato by 2024. the president seems to suggest that this is going to happen more quickly than it was going to happen otherwise. i guess time will tell. but this is something that the president has certainly been pushing for for a very long time. he took this meeting and this week to press the issue. the comments about germany certainly caused a ruckus within nato. >> sandra: when theresa may was asked about the meeting with
trump and putin. >> she wants the president to enter from a position of strength. the president was asked what he will discuss with vladimir putin in that meeting. here is how he responded. >> we've discussed the activity in many different ways including that use of a nerve agent here on the streets of the united kingdom and the impact that has had. i welcomed the very strong response the united states gave to that. we had response from around the world but i think the important thing is particularly following the nato summit, the president is going into this meeting with president putin from that position of strength and a position of unity around that nato table. >> sandra: certainly there was theresa may and her saying that. she wants him entering into this from a position of strength and the president listed out a long list of topics in which he wants to engage vladimir putin. how high are your expectations for this upcoming summit? >> it is going to be big and there is word there may be even
a press conference involving president trump and president putin in helsinki. i see in theresa may's comments maybe some wishful thinking about how trump will handle this summit. certainly, you know, the president has said he wants to be friendly with russia. a lot of allies are not terribly comfortable with that. she recognizes this meeting is going to happen and she wants the president to go in there and talk tough with putin. of course, the big subjects would be potentially going after russian meddling in the 2016 election, talking about crimea and whether the u.s. is going to recognize that as russian territory mass there has been some suggestions that might happen and the tension with nato. so i think that a lot of leaders like may recognize this is something that is going to happen. president trump is going to try and get in good with president putin and form something of an alliance on certain issues and they are going to try the make the most of it.
>> sandra: you know, we're looking on at these live images in london, these are people we don't necessarily know the makeup of the protestors. we know these protests have been organized by several different groups, tens of thousands were expected. some estimates 90,000 protestors were expected to fill the streets of london heading into the afternoon and evening hours there. interesting to look back this morning at the president standing next to the prime minister theresa may and referring to her as a friend and quite simply heaping a lot of praise on her after spending a big chunk of time with her. here is that moment. >> president trump: she is a tough negotiator. she is a very, very smart and determined person. i can tell you there are a lot of people that are looking up saying gee whiz she left a lot of people in her wake. she is a very smart, very
tough, very capable person and i would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy, that i can tell you. >> sandra: the president ahead of this trip said he felt unwelcome with the protests in the streets there. what is happening and what are they protesting? >> well, it's a series of things. it is the president's stance towards immigration, it's his policies, his travel ban policy is a big one. we think back to several months ago when the president retweeted some videos, anti-muslim videos from extreme right wing group in britain. that was maybe the first instance of real tension which theresa may was forced to say something about what the president had done and create some distance between the two of them. you know, europe is not a fan of donald trump but it has never been a fan of donald trump. if you go back last year, the pew research group did a study of all the european countries and whether they had confidence in trump to be a good president
for the united states and the world. in countries like the u.k. in most western european countries about 3/4 or more did not have that confidence in president trump. so i don't know if it's necessarily a reaction to specific events as much as a continuation of skepticism towards him and i don't think it's necessarily something that president trump worries about too much. >> sandra: he doesn't seem to. on his way there he said ahead of this visit that many people in the u.k. are delighted to have me there. i get thousands of notifications from people that they love the president of the united states. they want the same thing i want, said the president. thank you for your time this morning. >> thank you. >> bill: next join us for tea. later this hour the president arrives at windsor castle. he will meet the queen and we'll cover it live for you. meanwhile. how to settle the issue over tariffs amid growing fears of a trade war? britain's prime minister was optimistic a bit earlier today. >> as you've heard from the
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british people to realize full self-government and we will see how that goes. >> sandra: president trump insisting that relations between the u.s. and u.k. are in great shape just hours after the president criticized the prime minister's brexit plan for leaving the european union while some lawmakers back home voice concerns about president trump's new tariffs saying the administration has not outlined a strategy for trade with china and some of our closest allies. >> i don't understand what is the pathway here at the end of the day. so we slap a series of tariffs on them and they reciprocate and retaliate and add tariffs to us. where is the endgame here? >> sandra: joining me now is kim strassel, "wall street journal" editorial board member and fox news contributor. good morning to you. it has been a heck of a morning so far and the president making it very clear make whatever
decisions you are, theresa may, but trade is what matters to me and the united states. very firm on that. >> yeah. i think you are seeing that precisely because of the comments you were showing from americans back home. there is a growing sense in the white house that the president does need to fulfill his pledge that he is committed to free and fair trade as it were. so on the one hand all we've had is the chinese tariffs, we've had an ongoing spat with canada, mexico, the tensions have continued to grow. this is his opportunity in the u.k. to say look, this is how my strategy really will be working. we will do a great deal here. it will be a model for other countries to follow and that's why you saw the president dial back that interview he had done in a newspaper in which he had been much more pessimistic about the chances of a trade deal with the u.k. >> sandra: it is so important we keep playing this sound. these are all fresh words on
his exchange in the u.k. and following many different meals and meetings with theresa may which he seems to be heaping a lot of praise on the prime minister saying things went very well and here is what he had to say when it comes to improved trade with the u.k. watch this. >> president trump: the only thing i ask of theresa 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 the trade with us. we're by far their biggest trading partner and we have just a tremendous opportunity to double, triple, quadruple that. if they go a slightly different route. they want independence. they want independence, just definition. if they go a certain route i hope you will be able to trade with the united states. i read reports that won't be possible. but after speaking with the
prime minister's people and trade representatives it will absolutely be possible. >> sandra: we're left wondering what the outcome will be, kimberly. >> people should be very optimistic about this. when the president was up in canada at the g-7 summit he surprised a lot of people this is how we should do trade deals. you get rid of your barriers and we'll get rid of hours. no one took him up on the offer. perhaps in sitting down with theresa may there was a willingness for them to get closer to that kind of a trade deal. that would be good news not just for the united states, but potentially for trade deals everywhere because at the moment one legitimate criticism that mr. trump has is that a lot of these deals are just you protect your stuff, we'll protect mine and we'll negotiate somewhere in the middle. it is not really about truly fair and free trade. >> sandra: glad to have you on the program this morning kimberly strassel, thank you. >> bill: how is the trip being
reported in the media. president trump tough talk with nato allies sparking a media frenzy. this morning protests right now in london. howard kurtz is on deck to weigh all that coming up. ♪ motorcycle revving ♪motorcycle revving ♪ motorcycle revving ♪ no matter who rides point, ♪ there are over 10,000 allstate agents riding sweep. ♪♪ and just like tyrone taylor, they know what it takes to help keep you protected. are you in good hands?
>> bill: 25 past the hour now. in moments we'll see the president leave for windsor castle and he will have tea with the queen. stay tuned for that. president trump meeting with theresa may overnight and again this morning talking about trade and russia and immigration. this after hitting the e.u. on trade at the u.n. summit in brussels and keeping up pressure to boost defense spending as critics call out
his unconventional host. howard kurtz, how are you doing? good morning to you. >> unconventional, you should be a diplomat. >> bill: what happened between last night, an interview he did with the sun newspaper and his arrival in london earlier today and the media that followed with that, howie? >> i guess you would call it a walk back. the president was much more complimentary toward theresa may than he was in the interview with london sun a rupert murdoch tabloid. he suggested a better way for may to handle it. praised her rival boris johnson and so this is -- when he was asked about this he said they didn't put in all the good things that i said and he used the term fake news. the only problem with that approach, bill, is that the sun posted an audio of eight minutes of the president's own comments in which he said those things. >> bill: okay.
here is when he was asked about it today. start there, watch. >> president trump: i didn't criticize the prime minister. i have a lot of respect for the prime minister. and unfortunately there was a story that was done which was generally fine but it didn't put in what i said about the prime minister and i said tremendous things, and fortunately we tend to record stories now so we have it for your enjoyment if you would like it. we record when we deal with reporters. it is called fake news. >> bill: beginning the press conference. in the end he joined in and they talked about a story at dinner last night when she said that's the press. he said she should negotiate the best way she knows how. the distinction was he criticizing her or the policy and that's what it comes back to >> right. it is a rather undiplomatic thing to do when you're just you a riefg in the country. look. my contention is the president
takes a disruptive approach to being on the world stage. critics would call it breaking the china. and what the press fails to understand about this guy because it doesn't like his style is that the results when eventually when the u.s. eventually negotiates whether it's with britain, germany and north korea. he does the rhetoric to get attention and keep allies and adversaries off balance and the media love to play up the disruptive part of it and the president contributes to that, as he did with the sun interview. >> bill: howie, thank you. monday vladimir putin, likely a press conference and an interview that you can analyze with our own chris wallace, howie. you're free to go now. sandra. >> sandra: happy friday, howie. democrats backing off calls to abolish ice. what changed their minds? >> bill: former f.b.i. lawyer
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>> sandra: we're awaiting president trump's arrival at windsor castle where he and the first lady will meet queen elizabeth for tea. the president calling the reigning british monarch -- we'll show you their arrival at windsor castle live. >> bill: check it out. >> this is an integrity issue. that's part of the problem here. >> the insinuation, the direct comment that you somehow say you have an integrity issue is insulting and i take offense. it is incorrect. >> bill: peter strzok heated exchange with north carolina republican mark walker.
one of the many confrontations with house republicans and democrats yesterday testifying for the first time in public at the joint hearing of two committees. president trump and his supporters say it's evidence of political bias. congressman walker my guest now and thank you for your time. how did you think it went yesterday? >> i think there was some information that came out of it yesterday but a couple times it went back and forth. how don't know how productive every exchange was. we found some profit in discovery yesterday. >> bill: give me one. >> one was the fact that mr. strzok continues to push back there was any bias. chairman gowdy and john ratcliffe did not say the following but a quote from the i.g. report there is a willingness to take action on this presidential prospect candidate and electoral process. the i.g. for him to sit there and tell the american people he had no bias.
we saw the 50,000 different texts that were sent. i counted out in the last month. i exchanged 150 with my wife in north carolina. i believe the america people saw some of that bias yesterday. >> bill: was it what you expected? because i think a lot of people were like whoa, what is going on inside that room? >> well, combine the two committees, house oversight and judicial with chairman goodlatte and gowdy. what you had happen yesterday was a lot of political stunting by the democrats bringing up every other issue because knee don't want to get to the facts in the case. jim jordan i yielded a minute of my time back to him which mr. strzok revealed for the first time there could be information that was shared from bruce orr to the f.b.i. and we know that his wife nelly basically was responsible for the hillary clinton dossier. there is more that is
continuing. it has been slow but more continuing to unravel here. >> the dossier, it was established that bruce orr was giving the f.b.i. information and bruce orr had a connection to all of that. >> number four official in the department of justice. i would certainly say so. the fact that his wife was responsible for the hillary clinton dossier. listen, i'm not saying all these things add up but most realistic self-conscious people would say here is a problem here. >> bill: if that's the case is that the next wrinkle in the story and what you try to get to next? >> could be. the first wrinkle is the lisa page deposition today. we want to see how pervasive the bias was and were there more people. we're talking about two people. were there more that may come out of this equation. this is not dead. this is not -- we aren't trying to create some kind of political stunt here bust get to the facts for the american people. >> bill: you won't be there for
the lisa page testimony, correct? >> i will not but a couple friends that will do a good job today. >> bill: what will she offer, do you believe? how will she further advance the story than what we saw yesterday? >> think about this we've only been hearing from peter strzok, we have yet to hear from lisa page peter strzok's bias. we'll see what kind of information comes out of this deposition. >> bill: do you believe there will be criminal referrals that go to the department of justice as a result of this hearing, sir? >> i believe we're on the track to potentially do that. i don't want to be too premature in saying absolutely. but if more of these pieces come together i wouldn't be surprised if that's not the trail it ends up. >> bill: last question. democratic colleague said yesterday peter strzok deserved a purple heart for what he has done. >> i was in the room.
my immediate impulse was the offensive nature of the men and women who really deserve the purple heart, who hold the purple heart that he would play this level of politics, that he would use their sacrifice for a political message. i thought it was distasteful and i hope he is hearing from not only his constituents but the entire country today. >> sandra: president trump is about to meet the queen. a live look at windsor castle. afternoon time in england where the president and queen elizabeth will meet for tea at the top of the hour. we'll take you there live. before you can achieve a higher standard of craftsmanship you need a higher standard of craftsman. see for yourself at the lexus golden opportunity sales event. experience amazing at your lexus dealer.
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president's visit to england and there he heads to scotland. we'll go back to windsor live when the president and the first lady arrive there. beautiful pictures on the grounds of windsor castle. president trump will be meeting with the queen. the queen has met with 11 of the last 12 serving u.s. presidents during her reign with the exception never having met with lyndon johnson. >> bill: 11 of 12. you were at windsor for the wedding. tell us about it? >> sandra: i said earlier it's a magic place and juan wanted to know more. i can't tell you what the inside of the castle looks like. we were on the long walk that approaches the castle and it is an absolutely stunning area to be, really. and it is so filled with obviously tradition and culture and the people there and before i landed and got into the actual town of windsor i thought it will be filled with
tourists. the people are so proud of this from that country and proud of windsor and proud of the queen and proud to be in that area when they are there and it is something to see. the pomp and circumstance we're seeing now. the formality of all of this. it is quite beautiful and as i can see you are speechless looking on at that, bill hemmer. >> bill: i love the lawn. some of the images we see about europe are desperate for rain. irrigation is not a problem for the monarchy. we expect prince phillip to greet the president and transport in a range rover and we'll see the tea moment shortly. we're watching windsor, england and wanted to share the image with you now. >> sandra: it is a beautiful sight to see. the last leader to visit windsor castle was barack obama in 2016. the queen is planning to meet president trump at windsor castle in royal fashion and
you've already seen the beginnings of that. we are now about 15 minutes away from that meeting. meanwhile, we want to bring in chairman michael mccaul. i believe he is joining us now. the texas congressman. chairman, forgive us. we're on live pictures here and one of the mornings where things constantly change. we want to keep up the live images. they're beautiful. a significant trip for this president. if i could get your thoughts as we look on and await the president's arrival by marine one your thoughts on the president's trip so far. >> i think it has gone very well. i think he wants a stronger nato and wants all the nato allies to basically bear the burden of the cost. we've been trying to get them to 2% of gdp for many years and finally have a president who is willing to enforce that provision. i think that will make a stronger, not weaker, nato. i think he accomplished a great deal in that regard.
i think $33 billion more has been pledged towards the nato effort. that's very important as he goes into his meeting with mr. putin to stress how important nato is and our allies are to the united states. >> sandra: meanwhile back at home a significant amount of change occurring as well. democrats have drafted this bill to abolish ice and now they are saying they will vote against it? what is the latest on this, chairman? >> what's interesting is less than a year ago i put on the floor a bill to authorize ice for the first time by congress. it passed overwhelmingly. nearly every democrat voted for the bill to authorize ice into law including nancy pelosi and the author of this bill to abolish ice. as i've talked to my leadership we think a good strategy is to call their bluff and put this bill on the floor and see how many democrats are willing to vote for a bill to abolish a
very important national security department. many people don't realize what ice does. it is a lot more than what we see with the unaccompanied minors at the border. they stop human traffickers, drug smugglers and design to protect americans from potential terrorists. according to the secretary we stop 10 terrorists were day. ice does a good job protecting americans. the most reckless thing we could do is abolish it. >> sandra: the speaker paul ryan just tweeted on that moments ago sending this out. ice gets gangs out of our communities, helps prevent drugs from fleeing into our schools and rescues people from human trafficking. some democrats want to get rid of it? it is the craziest position. they're tripping over themselves to move further to the left. chairman. >> and the irony is they all voted for it.
they all voted to authorize ice less than a year ago when i put my bill on the floor including nancy pelosi and now they're backtracking saying they want to abolish is. i was a counter terrorism federal prosecutor after 9/11. a lot of times we couldn't prove material support for terrorism but we could prove an immigration violation. we deport evidence a lot of bad actors after 9/11 that made america safer. we did a good job working with ice to remove these dangerous criminals and potential terrorists from the united states. why anybody would want to allow them to come in without any law and order or law enforcement to stop them is insanity. >> sandra: i want to ask you also about the reports that mexico's president elect will be creating a border force to stop central american migrants. he says we are going to create a border fence that will be
highly specialized. they need to apply the law. >> this is very exciting. lopez obrador is known to be a little anti-american. if we can secure their southern border. they have 200 miles, we have 2,000 miles u.s./mexico. we want to work with them. the secretary is meeting with them to make sure we can -- if we can seal their southern border majority of these immigrants coming from central america would stop a lot of these migration problems we're seeing right now in addition to the human trafficking and drug smuggling as well. >> sandra: the president's latest words on u.s. immigration laws, let's listen to those quickly if we can. >> president trump: 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. you just walk across the border. you walk across the border and put one foot on the land and now you're tied up in a lawsuit
for five years. the craziest thing anyone has ever seen. >> sandra: how would you characterize the president's progress on this issue? >> well, i think he is correct in terms of the law is part of the problem that the administration faces. it's congress's responsibility. it is important to note that chairman goodlatte and i put a bill on the floor to provide border security. close the legal loopholes to end the catch and release policy we see at the border right now. also had a daca fix. unfortunately every democrat voted against that bill and they brought down that bill that would have provided daca solutions. also the legal loopholes. >> sandra: we have a live picture of the queen's arrival. chairman, thank you for your time. we are looking live at windsor, england. where president trump is expected to arrive shortly. let's listen.
one touches down. >> sandra: amazing moment to look on here at windsor castle. the queen awaiting the president's arrival and a special moment for president trump as you heard him mention earlier and in his interview with the sun yesterday talking about the importance of this trip for his mother. expect that possibly that will be brought up with the queen today. the president has said he is very much looking forward to meeting with the queen and enjoying tea together. >> bill: a scottish heritage. the president will spend the weekend in scotland at a golf course in scotland called turnberry, something he is quite proud of. he will wait there saturday and sunday before heading to helsinki late sunday night. a big day not just for the u.s. and russia but also us at the
fox news channel with chris wallace sits down with vladimir putin. you will see that in the morning on monday. we expect to get some time with putin. that follows a press conference between the two on monday in helsinki, finland. >> sandra: fascinating to watch the meet of the queen and the president. you think of the president as being so unscripted and then you think of the queen as being so full of convention and tradition. how does he meet her? does he embrace her? does he follow tradition in meeting with the queen? >> bill: you don't want to screw up high tea, do you? >> sandra: there are protocols, let me tell you. the pinky up is a myth when holding your tea cup. >> bill: you took great lessons in new york and you followed through well in your time in england. earlier today we saw the british prime minister theresa may and president trump in a lengthy press conference. we expected it to go 15, 20
minutes and it went 50 in length. if he could have had his way he would still be taking questions and they talk about everything about the criticism directed toward her to policy about brexit and trade and vladimir putin, terrorism, immigration and also the relationship with nato, which has been a fascinating trip to see the way the president approached this trying to get more money out of our nato allies toward defense so that the u.s., to borrow a phrase from him, doesn't have to foot the bill entirely for europe's military defense. >> sandra: important to note the contrast in the pictures we're seeing here and the countryside of england while in the city center the streets of london right now are filled with tens of thousands of protestors that they say they are protesting the u.s. president and his policies. many of them benjamin hall said earlier they're protesting many different things. many of the organized protests is that is what they were
setting out to protest the president ahead of his arrival there and said he felt unwelcome in london due to the protests. but here he is now. we expect his arrival imminently in windsor. >> bill: busy time and busy news day. the little box in the right-hand corner, there is a press conference happening at the department of justice by the deputy a.g. rob rosenstein. jake gibson tells us it is related to the mueller matter. when it begins we'll bring it to you live. going back to the president's remarks earlier today. the focus now is shifting not just to the queen but also to the meeting with vladimir putin on monday. the president says we go in strong when referring to nato. and his meeting. yesterday he called that a loose meeting which kind of gave you the sense that there was not a lot of structure that
has been involved just yet into meeting with vladimir putin and we'll see how that goes. he mentioned a number of topics, ukraine, syria, meddling in the election which equipped will not be a perry mason moment. but he also talked at length, sandra about nuclear proliferation and devastating technology and negotiations ongoing with north korea and chairman kim jong-un. the president was quite descriptive in how he feels about nuclear weapons in the world today admitting you will never get rid of all of them. it would be a good thing if he and vladimir putin could lessen the number and perhaps that's a headline on monday in three days. >> sandra: scotland will be his stop on his visit abroad in between. now windsor, england, then off to scotland before he ends up in helsinki for the one-on-one meeting with vladimir putin. queen elizabeth as we look on at the ceremony awaiting the
president's arrival at windsor castle. the president's first meeting with the queen calling her a tremendous woman. the first lady will be joining the president as well. he has said she is a tremendous woman and look forward to meeting her. she represents her country so well. he went on to praise her ability, the queen, to avoid controversy during her 66-year reign. he said if you think of it for so many years she has represented her country and really never made a mistake. you don't see anything embarrassing. she is just an incredible woman. so the queen bringing out all the ceremonies to welcome the united states president. >> bill: he said the highest level of special with england, theresa may. as we bring you that remark dropped about three hours ago. we have tens of thousands of people in the streets of central london. benjamin hall was reporting live from there and we have
benjamin back on the phone. you were describing some of the people. describe to us what you're seeing and where are you, ben? >> bill, we're in trafalgar square. people keep coming into the square. we've heard a number of people speaking now mainly union leaders and left wing politicians and they are saying the numbers may be up to 250,000. it could make it the biggest march in 15 years since the anti-war march we saw in 2002 and it really is a mixed bag. we're hearing chants coming across the square. we can't hear you very well. among them we had one union leader had the crowd going when muslims are under attack what do we do? the crowd shouts stand up. when palestinian is under attack, stand up. when climate is under attack and humanity is under attack. this is what many people here are protesting against. it is not only the policies of
president trump which many of them disagree with but also an anti-capitalist march. a lot of the rhetoric we're hearing now. theresa may has taken a lot of the heat now. she is being accused of selling out to president trump. and so the anger is growing but the police have said that trafalgar square itself might be full. people may not be able to come in. they did not expect this many protestors there. so it really is a growing event and still continues to grow. and i just look around me and i see some of the signs. many of them very personal in nature attacking president trump saying -- many people saying and it really does seem to be a divisive event we're at right now. we heard someone talk about latin americans, standing up for venezuela. it is a wide topic. many different things being discussed here and i think
everyone is here for a different reason. >> bill: benjamin hall. reporting from central london. one of the stories in england is the nerve agent in salisbury and this may come up on monday as well. theresa may bringing that up earlier today and welcoming a comment like that directed toward putin on monday. you know how sensitive that topic is right now for the people in the u.k. >> sandra: to bring your attention back to the screen here queen elizabeth is awaiting the arrival of president donald trump of the united states. she has met almost every u.s. president since she began her reign back in 1952. the one exception was lyndon johnson as we mentioned earlier who didn't visit britain during his time in office. london is 45, 50 minutes as far as a drive outside -- windsor castle 45 minutes outside of london right now. so the contrast to what we're hearing from benjamin hall on
the streets and the protests to what we're seeing now. we're awaiting the president. let's listen in. >> when they arrive, we say have a great weekend. we will see you live in helsinki, finland, on monday and sunday afternoon as well. to our colleagues that "outnumbered" as the president arrives to meet the queen. good afternoon. >> harris: good afternoon bill and sandra, we pick up our coverage now right on time with the motorcade pulling up to windsor castle. this is the quadrangle that the square center area, the royal pomp and circumstance that the world sees so often, our president of the united states pulling interview now. we can hear the choppers ahead during our coverage last hour here on fox news channel.
in we knew that the chopper had arrived and now we know that the president is on the ground and headed here. the queen of england has met 11 of 12 u.s. presidents during her reign. and she has hosted more controversial figures than ever including syrian president bashar al-assad. now she is face-to-face with the man who just left nato in his own words in a very strong fashion talking tough to the members of our nato allies about paying their fair share in defense. the queen however says she doesn't do politics. that's not what the royal family does. so this will be all about tradition. with two people iconic in the world for leadership right now. martha maccallum is they are outside the and martha, this is a beautiful sight, this is