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President Trump Participates in a Joint Press Conference with the President of the Italian Republic

The President:
Thank you very much. Today, it is my honor to
welcome President Sergio Mattarella of Italy
to the White House. We’ve known each
other for a while. We’ve dealt with each
other for a while, and we’ve had some really
great conversations. We had a very productive
discussion throughout the day with our staffs and
representatives, and I look forward to hosting
the president and his daughter Laura at a
reception for the Italian Americans this evening. I look forward to
that very much. The United States and
Italy are bound together by our shared cultural and
political heritage, dating back thousands of
years to ancient Rome. Over the centuries, the
Italian people have blessed our civilization
with magnificent works of art, science, philosophy,
architecture and music. On Monday, we pay tribute
to the Italian explorer who led a voyage of
discovery to the new world. A gentleman known as
Christopher Columbus. And to me, it will always
be called Columbus Day. Some people
don’t like that. I do. Today, the United States
and Italy draw strength from our cherished
heritage as we work together to safeguard
our people and promote prosperity. As NATO allies, our
countries cooperate closely on a wide range of
critical defense issues, including the protection
of our nations against radical Islamic terrorism. The problem is that Italy
is only paying 1.1 percent instead of the mandated 2
percent, which by and of itself is a low number. It should be probably 4
percent anywhere from 4 to 5 percent. Only eight of the 28 NATO
countries are paying the 2 percent, meaning 20 of the
countries are delinquent in the payment to NATO. And they have been
for many years. Germany is at 1.3 percent
at most, depending on calculations. Spain is at less
than 1 percent. Turkey, believe it or
not, is almost current. Almost paid up. And I want to just
thank Secretary General Stoltenberg, because he’s
going around saying that President Trump was able
to raise over 100 billion dollars last year, which
is true, but it’s still only a large fraction —
still a large fraction of the amount of money that’s
owed by many of the countries that aren’t
paying their dues. We hope that Italy will
boost its defense spending in order to meet NATO’s
minimum 2 percent of GDP. And I will say that they
have just purchased — and we learned about it today
— 90 brand new beautiful F-35s. The strike fighter program
is doing phenomenally well. One of our major
challenges and the challenge facing NATO
today is instability in the Mediterranean,
North Africa areas. And much of the volatility
in that region stems from the violence in Libya,
which is very close to Italy’s borders. President and I were
talking about that at great length. Big problem. The ongoing Libyan
conflict has led to a migration crisis, placing
significant and unfair burdens on Italy
in particular. I’ve asked at the European
Union to get much more involved because it
not involved enough. That’s a problem for
the European Union. They do very well
with us on trade. They had a trade surplus
with the United States over the last five or
six years of about $150 billion a year. They have to get more
involved and help Italy. The Italian government has
stepped up as a leader to fight this illegal
immigration. We urge also our NATO and
European partners to take firm action to halt
illegal immigration and uphold sovereign borders. Immigration control is
critical to national security and essential
to the well-being of our citizens. Nations must be able to
vet screen and properly manage entry and
admission into society. You know, the legislation
that we had passed. We have absolutely no help
with from the Democrats on our borders. Absolutely nothing. The closure of loopholes,
which would be very easy to do, they refuse to do. They want open borders. And Italy doesn’t
want open borders. And we’re not going
to have open borders. And our numbers
are very good. I want to thank also
Mexico and the president of Mexico for the great
help they’ve given us. They’ve helped us much
more than the Democrats. Here in the United States,
we’re taking dramatic action to secure our
borders, shut down smuggling networks, and
speed the removal of illegal immigrants. We’re moving the MS-13
gang members out literally by the thousands. They’re getting out. Drop it a matter of our
country and they can’t come back. And what we’ve done with
Guatemala and Honduras and El Salvador is, they tell
me, close to a miracle the agreements that
we’ve signed. They accept them back
and they keep them back. It’s much different
relationship that we’ve ever had with those
three countries. And I want to thank the
leadership of those three countries. We’ve been working well,
very well together. Our message is clear. If you enter illegally the
United States, you will be promptly returned home. They’re all
returning home. Takes a long time because
we’ve had years of people coming and staying, and
that’s the end of that. President Mattarella also
discussed the steps we must take to enhance
commerce and economic growth between
our two countries. Our nations are already
investing nearly $70 billion in each
other’s economies. Without the burdens as
unfair as they are imposed by the European Union, we
would actually have a much higher number than $70
billion between Italy and the United States. However, we can do more
and we can achieve fairness and reciprocity,
which we don’t have right now. America’s trade deficit
with Italy accounts for about 20 percent of
our nearly 150 to $170 billion, probably
according to some estimates, could even be
$178 billion annual trade deficit with the
European Union. We welcome Italy’s support
for a mutually beneficial trade agreement
with the E.U. that ensures a level
playing field for American workers, and it hasn’t
been that for many, many years. I could solve the problem
instantly, but it would be too harsh and
be too harsh. It would involve tariffs
on European products coming into this country. And for right now, we’re
going to try and do it without that. But that would solve the
problem instantly because the United States is not
being treated fairly. We also welcome Italy’s
participation in combating predatory trade and
investment practices worldwide, especially
in technology. We must work together to
shield our intellectual property, critical
infrastructure ports, and data security. I applaud Italy’s recent
commitment to use only safe and trustworthy
technology providers, components, and supply
chains, especially relating to the
5G networks. We work together to take
further steps to secure the technology
of the future. And speaking of 5G and how
it relates to China, we’ve done a rather incredible
trade deal, especially right now. Phase one for our farmers
and for the finance industry, financial
services. And it’s been really
quite amazing. Excuse me, is there a
problem back there? It’s been quite amazing
the level of receptivity has been much different
than in the past. China and myself, our
representatives, their representatives. I made a deal from 40
to $50 billion in farm products, agricultural
products. People said we
were hoping for 20. So, China has been good,
and they’ve already started purchasing
by the way. That’s already started. The agreement, we hope to
have it signed sometime prior to Chile
will go into Chile. President Xi and myself
will probably do a signing over there of Phase one,
assuming it all gets finished up, which
we think it will. There’s been a lot of
goodwill between the United States and China
over the last period of time. So, we’re signing from 40
to $50 billion and that was because it was
incorrectly reported in the press. Shockingly, that
will take place. It’s already started
taking place. They’re already purchasing
a lot of farm product. All of the banking
regulations and all of the financial services, all of
the other things that are included. And there are many other
things in phase one that I won’t talk about now, but
all of that is moving along rapidly. Bob Lighthizer is with us
someplace here, and he is in the process of
getting it completed. Have a great staff of
people working on both sides. Mr. President, it’s a true
pleasure to host you in our nation’s capital,
you and your family. And your deeply personal
relationship to your country, you love
your country so much. Just in speaking to you
for a short while, I see how much you love Italy
and I can understand that. It’s really an
inspiration, a testament to the patriotism, and
pride of the Italian people. Great spirit for Italy. America is grateful to
have true friends and allies in the
citizens of Italy. We have such a great
relationship with the people of Italy. The United States is
likewise thankful to be home to more than 16
million Italian Americans. Tonight, here at the White
House, we’ll celebrate our deep and abiding
friendship with Italy and the really incredible
Italian people. The U.S. Italian alliance is
stronger than ever before. And we’re going to be
celebrating that tonight with you, Mr. President. So, I look forward to that
very much in a little while. And in the meantime. Thank you very much. And we’d love to have
you say a few words. Thank you. President Mattarella: (As
interpreted.) I want to thank President Trump very much for his invitation and for the welcome, both
to myself or to my terror
delegation. The relationship between
the United States and Italy are marked by a deep friendship and by common interests. Both strengthened by the
presence here in the U.S. of so many Americans
of Italian descent. That’s another reason why
I’m so happy to be here on this visit in October. Dedicated this year again
to Italian heritage. I’d like to go back to
what President Trump was saying when he mentioned
Christopher Columbus, who opened up New Horizons. He got to know and
connected continents, which ignored one another. And based on the
role the U.S. has in the world, it seems
to me that he did a good job back then. To Italy, the U.S. is not only a fundamental
ally, it is also a country with which it shares the
same path of democracy. A country which shares the
same values of freedom, of the protection of human
rights, of the respect for minorities, of
the rule of law. Italy’s international
vision is based on the pillar, which is the
Atlantic Alliance, which then over time also led to
European integration of the European Union, which
was a consistent process. These are two essential
elements in our foreign policy and in
our cooperation. We are united. The U.S., Italy, and
Europe are united due to our history, due to our
common references, due to the culture we share and
due to the very intense human relations we have
between our fellow citizens. As President Trump
mentioned earlier, we talked about NATO. And NATO is first and
foremost a community of values, which Italy
recognizes and to which Italy participates with
a gradual convention and very factually. Italy has always
contributed very intensely to NATO missions and
operations and with a great deal of
effectiveness. And we have substantially
supported the activities of the alliance. And I’d like to remind you
of the fact that besides being the fifth
contributor to NATO, Italy is the second contributor
in terms of the troops it devotes to NATO missions. And after the U.S., we
ranked number two in the number of troops
participating in NATO operations, along with all
of the other missions we perform through the U.N. and in the Coalition
Against Terrorism, which has developed
in recent years. And let’s remind you of
the fact that as we speak, six Italian F-35s of
each on Air Force are patrolling the skies
over Iceland within the framework of a second
NATO mandate as a way of ensuring peace
and security. Italy has constantly
reiterated that the trans-Atlantic spirit has
to be nurtured, protected with all of our strength
in all the dimensions of the relationship we share. And with this spirit in
mind, we hope — I hope that with the new
five-year parliamentary term within the EU, new
European Union, we can foster our car up our
cooperation on trade between the U.S. and the E.U. We are aiming to define
solutions that can strengthen our
relationships because the commercial trade tensions
are to the benefit of no one. We feel that imposing
tariffs on one another mutually is
counterproductive, counterproductive and
it damages both of our economies. And I’d like to add that
we share with the U.S. the belief that the WTO
should be reformed as a way of making it more
efficient and more effective. And as President Trump
mentioned, we talked about Syria. We are deeply concerned
with a Turkish offensive in the northeastern part
of Syria, and this attack in a limited number of
days has already caused a number of casualties and
tens of thousands of refugees and
displaced people. And there were plenty of
victims of guns, civilians as well. This is an attack which
also has another risk, namely that of offering
new space, which was unthinkable after a few
days ago to ISIS and to its criminal terrorist
activities in Syria, in the Middle East, but not
just in the Middle East, but also in other
continents around the world. Italy, in line with the
E.U.’s position, condemns the Turkish operations,
which are ongoing. We have also
talked about Libya. And we talked about this
topic as all of the other topics with the spirit of
friendship and in a very tangible way, the current
situation in Libya is a source of deep
concern to us. And we are convinced of
the fact that the violence and the military attacks
can destabilize all of North Africa. It increases the threat
of terrorism and it contributes to creating an
environment which fosters all kinds of illegal
trafficking. And, of course, it
jeopardizes the production of energy in that country. And most of all, it denies
the Libyan people the possibility of finding a
peaceful solution, which it deserves after
so many years. We talked about our
relationships with China, together with President
Trump and through an open dialog with China. We want to defend the
world order based on clear rules with the U.N. at the center of the world
order and an open and fair market, one which complies
with the principles of the World Trade Organization. And from this point of
view, we discussed two topics, namely security
concerning new technologies. And I’m referring to 5G. Italy has been paying
close attention to our national security
requirements. It has paid close
attention to it and it will continue to do so. We also underlined the
need to have a level playing field in trade and
in investments so that there can be a fair
and healthy trade relationship. There needs to be an
access to the market, which doesn’t
discriminate anybody. And we need to be able
to protect intellectual property for all of the
economic players involved without any theft
of technology. All of these topics were
discussed with a full spirit of friendship,
with a great deal of cooperation, along with
many other topics. And this opportunity
was also an excellent opportunity to reiterate
the friendship between the U.S. and Italy and the very
strong relationship between our two countries. And within the framework
of the Atlantic alliance. And for that reason, I
want to thank President Trump very much for our
meeting, for our talks, for your welcome. And I’ll be seeing you
again this afternoon on an occasion which will be
filled with a great many elements of meaning
and importance. Thank you, Mr. President. President Trump: Well,
thank you very much, Mr. President. And the WTO, the World
Trade Organization, as everyone knows, we just
won $7.5 billion because of unfair trade practices. And that will be
distributed in a fair way throughout various
countries in Europe and we’re talking to the
president about that as it pertains to Italy. He thought we were a
little bit harsh on Italy, and we don’t want to
be harsh on Italy. We’ll never do that. So, we’ll look at
that very strongly. We will look at
that for you. That was one of
the requests made. And we will be taking
a look at that. Please. Th Press: Thank
you Mr. President. I wanted to ask
about Turkey. Did President Erdogan’s
decisions surprise you? And if they did not
surprise you, would you make the same decision
as you made before and removing U.S. forces? And I guess we just heard
that UAW and GMA may have been able to
work out a deal. If I could get your
reaction to that and what that might mean
for the U.S. economy. And Mr. President, if I
could ask you about the digital tax. Did the two of you discuss
a possible digital tax as it relates to
Amazon and Google? What progress were you
able to make on that front? Thank you very much. Now, President Erdogan’s
decision didn’t surprise me because he’s wanted to
do that for a long time. He’s been building up
troops on the border with Syria for a long time. As you know, our soldiers
are mostly gone from the area. We only had 26,
28, but under 50. We think it’s probably 28,
but under 50 soldiers and — which is a
very tiny force. And it didn’t
surprise me at all. This is they’ve been
warring for many years. It’s unnatural for us, but
it’s sort of natural for them. They fight. And they fight long,
and they fight hard. And they’ve been fighting
Syria for a long time. And on the border, that’s
the border with Syria. And I say, why are we
protecting Syria’s land? Assad is not a
friend of ours. Why are we protecting
their land? And Syria also has a
relationship with the Kurds, who, by the
way, are no angels. Okay? Who is an angel? There aren’t
too many around. But Syria has a
relationship with the Kurds. So, they’ll come in for
their border and they’ll fight. They may bring
partners in. They could
bring Russia in. And I say welcome to it. Russia went into
Afghanistan when it was the Soviet Union. And it became Russia
became a much smaller country because
of Afghanistan. You can overextend. You can do a
lot of things. But frankly, if Russia
is going to help in protecting the Kurds,
that’s a good thing, not a bad thing, but it
would be led by Syria. And Syria doesn’t want
Turkey to take its land. I can understand that. But what does that have to
do with the United States of America if they’re
fighting over Syria’s land? Are we supposed to fight a
NATO member in order that Syria, who is not our
friend, keeps their land? I don’t think so. But Syria does have a
relationship with the Kurds. The thing that’s common is
that everybody hates ISIS. Now, the PKK, which is a
part of the Kurds, as you know, is probably worse
a terror and more of a terrorist threat in
many ways than ISIS. So, it’s a very semi
complicated, not too complicated if you are
smart, but it’s a semi complicated problem. And I think it’s a problem
that we have very nicely under control. We have two countries
wanting their land. We have one country that
wants land perhaps that doesn’t belong to them
because they want to have a 22-mile strip of
they call it freedom. They call it a
lot of things. They want to get
terrorists out. You have another country
that says you can’t have our land and they’re going
to have to work that out. Now, with that being said,
Vise President Mike Pence is going there. He’ll be leaving either
late tonight or tomorrow. And he was going
to leave yesterday. But they have to have
certain security done. He’s very important
man in our country. And he’ll be leaving with
Secretary of State Pompei. We already have
representatives there negotiating with Turkey. We’ve put massive
sanctions on Turkey, and we have additional
sanctions on Turkey. And when I ran, I ran on a
basis we’re going to bring our great soldiers back
home where they belong. We don’t have to fight
these endless wars. We’re bringing
them back home. That’s what I want on. And some people, whether
it you call it the military industrial
complex or beyond that, they’d like me to stay. One of the problems I
have and one of — for instance, with the witch
hunt, you have people that want me to stay. They want me to
fight forever. They do very
well fighting. That’s what they
want to do, fight. A lot of companies want to
fight because they make their weapons based on
fighting, not based on peace. And they take care
of a lot of people. I want to bring our
soldiers back home. We’re not a police force. We’re a fighting force. We’re the greatest
fighting force ever. I spent $2.5 trillion over
the last almost three years rebuilding
our military. When I took it
over, it was a mess. It was an absolute mess. It was totally depleted. You know that, a lot
of people know that. Honest people
all know that. When I was thinking about
having to do something, one of our generals came
in to see me and he said, sir, we don’t
have ammunition. I said that’s a terrible
thing you just said. He said we don’t
have ammunition. Now, we have more
ammunition than we’ve ever had. We have more missiles. We have more rockets. Our nuclear has been
totally updated and in some cases new. Hopefully, to God, we
never have to use it. But we have the most
powerful nuclear base by far in the world. And we have things that
we never had before. We have a great
modern military. But that doesn’t mean
we’re going to waste it. It doesn’t mean we’re
going to deplete it like we did before with these
crazy, endless wars. So, Turkey and Syria will
hopefully work it out between themselves. Hopefully, ISIS
will be guarded. I told you, I spoke with,
as you know, a wonderful man yesterday, general,
from the Kurds. You all know who
I’m talking about. Some of you have seen the letter that I put out to Erdogan. I gave it to him. President, Erdogan and
some of you have seen it. With the general, I said,
listen, don’t open those doors and let him out just
to create more havoc, so that we come in, because some of those ways we just opened. Let’s create some havoc
and some political exposure for the president
of the United States. We were the ones
that contact. We were the ones that got
ISIS were the ones that took care of it,
specifically me, because I’m the one that gave the
order, because when I came in under President Obama,
ISIS was a disaster all over that area. I was the one
that got them. We were the ones
that captured them. And I will say this, that
Russia, Iran, Syria, and to maybe a slightly lesser
extent Turkey, they all hate ISIS as
much as we do. And it’s their
part of the world. We’re 7,000 miles away? I campaigned on bringing
our soldiers back home, and that’s what I’m doing. That includes other
places, too many other places. Statutorily, it takes
a period of time. Diplomatically, it
takes a period of time. But, you know, we’re in
many countries, many, many countries. I’m embarrassed to
tell you how many. I know the exact number,
but I’m embarrassed to say it because it’s
so foolish. We’re in countries we’re
protecting countries that don’t even like us. They take advantage of us. They don’t pay. Nothing. You probably saw some of
you wrote and covered the fact that we’re sending
some additional troops to Saudi Arabia, that’s true. And I appreciate the fact
that I negotiated for a short period of time, a
matter of minutes with Saudi Arabia never agreed
to pay for the full cost of all of that deployment,
and more, much more. A very rich country. They should be paying,
and so should many other countries be paying. If they want this
kind of protection. Same thing with NATO. We’re at 4 percent and
other countries are at 1 percent. And certainly, a European
country benefits much more than we do with NATO. I mean, it’s there for
a reason and perhaps we benefit, but not nearly
as much as the European countries. Some people say we
don’t benefit at all. We put ourselves
in harm’s way. But we do that for Europe. But then they treat us
badly on trade, not fair. So, I would say that we’re
in a great position. We’re doing what I said. We have two countries that
are going to argue over their border. Hopefully, they’ll
work it out. We’re going to try
and work it out. I think our Vise President
is a very capable man, will do well tomorrow. He’s going to meet with
President Erdogan. President Erdogan said he
wouldn’t meet with anybody and he took that back
just a little while ago. And he said, no, I will. And I think they’ll have
a successful meeting. If they don’t, the
sanctions and tariffs and other things that we’re
doing we will do and are doing to Turkey, will be
devastating to Turkey’s economy. I got Pastor Brunson home. Nobody else could do it. The previous
administration tried very hard. They were unable to do it. I did it very quickly. And let’s see
what happens. But I think we’ll
be successful. But we’ve got to get out
of the endless wars. We have to bring our
troops back home. I go to Walter Reed and I
give out Purple Hearts. Just did it on Friday. I see the incredible
soldiers coming home to Dover, coming home in a
coffin on areas that we have nothing to do with,
we have nothing to do with. And it’s heartbreaking. I sign letters all the
time to parents whose son was shot in different
places in the Middle East mostly. It’s very
heartbreaking to see. Very heartbreaking. So, I’ve said it and it’s
through strength, not through weakness. Much harder to do
what I’m doing. I could be like all
of these others. Just leave them there. Leave them there. No, I can’t do it. Much easier for me, which
probably politically better for me, just to
say, will leave a lot of people there
and we’ll fight. They don’t even know what
they’re fighting for. It’s much more
difficult politically. It’s not politically
expedient. It’s just the opposite. And our people, even on my
side, they want to fight. I say, why are
we fighting? I don’t know. They don’t even know. So, you have Syria
and you have Turkey. They’re going
to argue it out. Maybe they’re going to
fight it out, but our men aren’t going to
get killed over it. And just one other thing. They’ve been fighting
for hundreds of years. It’s been going on for
hundreds of years. So, it’s a long answer,
but I think I’ve got much of it out. Thank you very much. Please, question. The Press: Thank
you, Mr. President. I was asking if you the
two of you discussed it, you thought possible
digital tax and where that discussion might be going
in particular as it might relate to Google and
Amazon and others. Thanks, sir. President Mattarella: (As
interpreted.) So, yes, I understood the question. No, we did not
talk about this. And of course, this
is an open issue. It’s very important. It is being discussed
in a number of different international contexts. So that this important
issue can be discussed and solved. President Trump: I have to
say is interesting because I did discuss it with
another European Union member, namely France. And France is basically
doing the digital tax. And I’m no fan of
those companies. They were against me. Somebody said I lost maybe
two million votes, maybe more because of Facebook. But these are American
companies and whether you like it or not, that great
big American companies. And I’m not happy with the
digital tax where France and European Union is
taxing our companies. And as you know, we
imposed a big tax on French wine because of it. So, just to answer your
question, Kevin, I’m not happy about the fact
that they are taxing our companies. I’m not a fan of those
companies, but if anybody is going to tax those
companies, it should be the USA. It shouldn’t be France and
the European Union who have really taken
advantage of the United States. Okay? Thank you very much. Good question. You can pick somebody,
Mr. President. Yes. The Press: (As
interpreted) A question for President Mattarella. As far as Syria
is concerned — (speaking Italian) — as far as Syria is
concerned, in recent days, you talked about the risks
Europe runs in terms of not responding
to the situation. In recent days, some
European countries, including Italy, have
discussed a possible ban on selling
weapons to Turkey. Do you think this can be
an adequate way to respond to the situation? Also, considering that
Turkey is and continues to be a member of NATO. The Press: Mr. President,
I would like to ask you. On September 27, Attorney
General Barr, has been in Rome to meet with Italian
intelligence officials, I would like to know if you
personally talk with Prime Minister Conte to arrange
this meeting, which kind of information was
Attorney General Barr was looking for, and if you
are satisfied from the information the Italian
intelligence gathered for you? Thank you. President Trump: Well, I
don’t know the details. I just know that our
country is looking into the corruption of
the 2016 election. It was a corrupt election,
whether it’s Comey or McCabe or Strock or his
lover, Lisa Page, two great lovers. There was a lot
of corruption. Maybe it goes right
up to President Obama. I happen to think it does. But you look at Brennan
and you look at Clapper, and you get some
real beauties. I know that they are
looking into the corruption. Obviously, the IGA report
is coming out soon, so we’ll find out. I don’t know anything
about the meeting, but certainly it would be
appropriate because the word is and you read it in
the same papers that I do, that they did go to other
countries to try and hide what they were doing. Italy may have
been one of them. So, you really to have to
ask Attorney General Barr. Okay. Thank you. President Mattarella: (As
interpreted) Yes, Turkey is a member of NATO, and
that is something very important, of course. A lecture, a reminder of
the fact that currently there is an Italian
contribution to Turkey. We have an anti-missile
system, which Italy has been having in Turkey for
a number of years within the context of
a NATO mission. As the Latins said,
(speaks Latin), which means, something more
important than my friendship is the truth. The relationships of
friendships and alliances, of course, don’t mean that
we can’t say that the Turkish attack on Syria
is a serious mistake. So, we condemn that
attack with no hesitation whatsoever due to the
reasons I mentioned earlier. The solution, of course,
doesn’t lie in sanctions. And if the situation
continues, sanctions will be inevitable. And Italy has made
announcements, as has the European Union. The only solution is
to stop all military operations and to retreat
from that area as a way of stopping all of the
dangerous that I mentioned earlier. President Trump:
John, go ahead. The Press: I want to pick
up on what you are — your comments on
Turkey and Syria. President Trump: Sure. The Press: Even after
all you have seen: ISIS prisoners freed, all the
humanitarian disaster, you don’t have any regret for
giving Erdogan the green light to invade. President Trump: I didn’t
give them a green light. The Press: Well, did
you tell him to — President Trump: I did the
same thing you just did. You know, when you make a
statement like that, it’s so deceptive. Just the opposite
of a green light. First of all, we had
virtually no soldiers there. They were mostly gone,
just a tiny little group, and they would have
been in harm’s way. You have a massive army
on the other side of the border. But more importantly, I
didn’t give him a green light. And if anybody saw the
letter, which can be released very easily,
if you’d like, I could certainly release it. But I wrote a letter right
after that conversation, very powerful letter. That was never
given a green light. They’ve been wanting
to do that for years. And frankly, they’ve been
fighting for many, many years. And when you ask a
question like that, it’s very deceptive. John, it’s almost as
deceptive as you showing all of the bombings
taking place in Syria. And it turned out that the
bombing that you showed on television took
place in Kentucky. So, you know, and I’m
not even sure that ABC apologized for that,
but certainly it was a terrible thing. I’m looking at this. I’d say, well,
that’s pretty bad. And it was in Kentucky. It wasn’t in Syria. So, I don’t know what
you’re going to do about that. But I think ABC
owes an apology. The Press: Lindsey Graham
just said of your remarks that you made in the Oval
Office that if you keep talking like that, quote,
“This will be a disaster, worse than Obama’s
decision to leave Iraq.” President Trump: Now,
Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East
for the next thousand years with thousands of
soldiers and fighting other people’s wars. I want to get out
of the Middle East. I think Lindsey’s you’d
focus right now on judiciary like the
Democrats, the do-nothing Democrats, as I call them,
because they’re doing nothing. They’re getting
nothing done. They’re not getting USMCA
done between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. They’re getting
nothing done. And I think Lindsey should
focus on judiciary. He ought to find out about
what happened with Comey, what happened with McCabe. Lisa, what happened
with Peter Struck? What happened with
President Obama? What happened
with Brennan? That’s what Lindsey
ought to focus on. That’s what the people of
South Carolina want him to focus on. The people of South
Carolina don’t want us to get into a war with
Turkey, a NATO member, or with Syria. Let them fight
their own wars. They’ve been fighting
for a thousand years. Let them fight
their own wars. The people of South
Carolina want to see those troops come home. And I want an election
based on that. And that’s the way it is,
whether it’s good or bad. That’s the way it is. And if you look at this
country, I’d be willing to bet anything political
instinct that that’s what the country wants. I’m not going to get
involved in a war between Turkey and Syria,
especially when — if you look at the Kurds — and
again, I say this with great respect. They’re no angels. If you look at PKK,
take a look at PKK. ISIS respects PKK. You know why? Because there is tough
or tougher than ISIS. You take a look at a lot
of the things having to do. You have to say it. Nobody wants to say it. We’re making the Kurds
look like they’re angels. We paid a lot of
money to the Kurds. Tremendous
amounts of money. We’ve given them
massive fortunes. And you know what? It’s wonderful. They fought with us, but
we paid a lot for them to fight with us. But just so you
understand, we were the ones that captured ISIS. People let some go. They opened a couple of
doors to make us look as bad as possible. We have a situation where
Turkey is taking land from Syria. Syria is not
happy about it. Let them work it out. We shouldn’t be over
there, and you should get your accounts correct. And you shouldn’t be
showing up buildings blowing up in Kentucky and
say it’s Syria because that really is fake news. Yes. Please ask a question. The Press: You don’t think
the country is worried about ISIS? I mean, you mentioned
earlier that you think some of the countries
might hate ISIS more than the United States. Would — President Trump:
Oh, absolutely. Russia. Russia hates ISIS. Russia hates ISIS as much
as the United States does Iran. Hates ISIS. I mean, we’re fighting
a war for Russia. We’re fighting
a war for Iran. You look at Syria. Syria hates ISIS. We’re over there
killing ISIS. And we’re — don’t forget,
we’re 7000 miles away. So, we’re killing ISIS. We’re 7,000 miles away. Russia’s much closer. Iran is right there. Turkey is right there. They all they
all hate ISIS. Turkey a little
bit less so. But the others very much. Russia had a
plane blown up. By ISIS. Russia wants nothing
to do with ISIS. Russia’s tough. They can kill
ISIS just as well. And they happen to be
in their neighborhood. And all I’m
saying is this. I’m not going to lose
potentially thousands and tens of thousands of
American soldiers fighting a war between
Turkey and Syria. Syria is not our friend. Assad is not our friend. That’s the way it goes. But please ask a question. The Press: Mr. President. You said you
withdrew 28 troops. President Trump:
Twenty-eight. They say it was 28. We thought it was fifty,
but it was about 28, 26 to 28 troops — The Press: (inaudible) President Trump: Listen. All accounted for. Nobody injured. (crosstalk) President Trump: Listen. All accounted for. Nobody injured. Nobody missing. It’s really nice. The Press: But look what’s
happened since those troops were withdrawn
and since you had that conversation with
President Erdogan. President Trump: You
know what’s happened? No American soldiers
have been killed. That’s what’s happened. And other people will
go in and very easy to recapture those people
that probably the Kurds let go to make a little
bit stronger political impact. And that’s okay. I fully understand it, but
that’s the way it goes. We’re bringing our
soldiers back home. And we’ve done
a great job. We were supposed to be
in Syria for one month. That was 10 years ago. And we’ve been
a police force. It’s time to bring our
soldiers back home. That’s the way it is. We’ve had no soldiers
injured or hurt. That’s because I’m
president, and we’re the boss. Just remember that. We have the most powerful
military in the world by far. Please. The Press: Mr. President,
what is the view in Europe of the president’s
decision to withdraw — to make the abrupt decision
to withdraw from Syria? President Mattarella: I’ll
re-answer the question regarding Syria. I’m not here to judge what
other countries do, but to say what my country’s
position is. And our position is one
I mentioned earlier on Syria, on the fact that
we condemn what Turkey decided to do in recent
days with no possible ambiguity. The Press: (As
interpreted) (inaudible) the press. A question for
President Mattarella. President Trump seems to
being open on discussing the possible tariffs. So, do you think it will
be possible to avoid tariffs being imposed
in two days-time? And a question for
President Trump. Now, we all know your
concerns concerning Huawei entering Italy’s
security system. Are you satisfied with
the measures that Italy decided to implement? President Trump: Well,
I’ll answer first. Yes, I am satisfied. They’ve been very
accommodating. They weren’t at the
beginning and they have been since then. And I want to just thank
the Italian government. And your prime minister
actually, in addition to the president. But as you know, I had
long conversations with my friend, and they
were very nice. So, I am very satisfied. And we just
discussed the same conversation with
the president. Very satisfied. Thank you. President Mattarella: (As
interpreted) As far as the topic of
tariffs is concerned, terrorists following the WTO decision
on the use of contribution to the subsidies to
the Airbus consortium. I already mentioned
what our belief is. Let me repeat it. I think that within the
transatlantic relationship and with the friendship
that there has always been between the U.S. and the E.U., it would be
preferable to discuss our respective positions
so that we can find a solution which takes into
account the requirements of both parties, and
that’s wholly possible. The alternative would be
that of imposing tariffs currently following the
WTO decision concerning Airbus. We may be terrorists and
there may be tariffs in six months’ time. Concerning the subsidies
given to Boeing. This is a mere race
between tariffs and mutual tariffs. I think it would
be best to meet. And to deal with our
mutual needs, so that a solution can be found. But if we don’t do this
now, it will have to be done soon. And I believe it would be
best to find a solution immediately instead of
imposing tariffs, which would lead to
other terrorists. And that would be a damage
to both of our economies. President Trump: Well,
actually, the tariff situation is interesting
because we just it’s like I said with China and
turned out to be true, we cannot lose a war of
tariffs because the imbalance is so great
between the United States and in this case,
the European Union. Also true with China, that
turned out to be right. We’ve collected tens of
billions of dollars of tariffs. We’ve given some to the
farmers to make them even. And now the farmers are
going to have a bigger contract than they
ever thought possible. They won’t be able to
produce even that much. But I think they
will because they’re incredible, ingenious. As I say jokingly, but
probably not jokingly. They’ll just have to buy
larger tractors, which is probably what they’re
doing right now. But the farmers
come out so well. But in a war of tariffs
with the European Union, the trade imbalance is so
great that we can’t lose that because they do much
more business than we do. And that’s unfortunate. But the word reciprocity
is probably my favorite word of all of
these words. Of all of the
semi-complicated, complicated, to me, not
complicated at all, things that we’re doing. It’s got to be reciprocal. And it’s not the European
Union’s second tremendous advantage of the
United States. Many us come through one
way or the other through the European Union. That’s the good news. The bad news is they’ve
been very smart. They’ve been very smart. Jean Claude has
been brilliant. Now, he’s leaving, but
he’s been he’s been brilliant at really
helping them and not helping us. And so that’s
changing now. But we can’t lose that
particular war of tariffs because the trade
imbalance is tremendous, it’s tremendous. And if you look at what
they don’t have, the barriers that they put up,
they put up tremendous barriers to our doing
business in Europe. Tremendous barriers both
from a monetary standpoint and what they call
non-monetary barriers. It’s a very tough thing. Our farm products, very
hard to get them in our cars, very hard
to get them in. And yet they send
Mercedes, they send BMW, then they send Volkswagen. Renault, in the
case of France. So, it’s a very tough
situation for us for many years. But now it’s a very tough
situation for them because I can remedy this
situation very easily. And there really is
not any financial counterattack. Hopefully, I don’t
have to do that. We are with all of that
being said, we are talking we’re talking with some
new people in Europe. And I hope it’s going to
be successful that way. We don’t have to talk
about it or worry about it because our relationship
should be a great one. But we have to be treated
fairly on NATO and we have to be treated fairly on
trade with the European Union. Thank you all very much.
Thank you.

Robin Kshlerin



  1. Tyler Henderson Posted on October 18, 2019 at 4:58 am

    trump stinky

  2. Karen Rehardt Posted on October 18, 2019 at 5:23 am




  3. Ellis Karanikolaou Posted on October 18, 2019 at 6:17 am

    God Bless America.

  4. Speaking Life Posted on October 18, 2019 at 9:09 am

    #Trump2020 πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  5. Richard Potter Posted on October 18, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    He tore the ABC guy a new one!

  6. Dan Floros Posted on October 18, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    "our relationship dates back to thousands of year to ancient Rome" Columbus landed 2000 years 2 go prezi

  7. Working Man Posted on October 18, 2019 at 7:52 pm


  8. Mario I/O Posted on October 18, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    "The United States and Italy are bound together by a shared cultural and political heritage dating back thousands of years to Ancient Rome". Seriously? Does the guy on the left have any idea about the concept of time and history?

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  16. Vincent Lagana Posted on October 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Trump is sdelling protection! Sound like anything?

  17. cat b Posted on October 19, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Are you Trump supporters as retarded as Trump himself. He said we have been allies with Italy since Ancient Rome. Are you aware of the dates of Ancient Rome. This man is a disgrace to our country and you people are just as despicable as he is for supporting such a modern day Hitler. This month you may as well brand him the ISIS member of the month.

  18. Vincent Lagana Posted on October 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Trump admits that Erdogans move WAS NOT A SURPRISE! Trump is complicit in BETRAYING NATO & USA TROOPS!

  19. Mark Duffey Posted on October 20, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    of course you are not going to fight there as there is no interest financially hence no interest only when is suits the US do you go in in case it effects your finances

  20. Quentin Manson Posted on October 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    YouTube algorithm

  21. xezw Posted on October 20, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    jesus you yankees are the most inbred and uneducated people on this planet, this is batshit crazy

  22. great outdoors Posted on October 22, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Sincere apologies to the world community….Be it known that most Americans are truly ashamed of this disgusting president

  23. Trish6704 Posted on October 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    President PigFace lies about everything else — why wouldn't he lie about this. It was all lies. Sanctions for 7 days ?? What a JOKE !! The USA has been sold out to the DICTATORS of the WORLD Putin and Erdogwan. A SAD SAD DAY for America.