President Trump, Italian PM hold joint press conference

thank you very much thank you I’m honored to welcome my new friend get along very well right from the beginning prime minister Giuseppe Conte did the White House the Prime Minister want to begin by congratulating you once again on your tremendous Victory and Italy something that all the world and it excited the people all across Italy and I can tell you all across the United States as well congratulations on your election the Italian nation has reaffirmed the great traditions of sovereignty law and accountability that stretch all the way back to ancient Rome this proud Heritage sustains our civilization and must be always defended today prime minister contact and I are pleased to announce a new strategic dialogue between Italy and the United States that will enhance cooperation on a range of issues efforts in the Mediterranean where we recognize Italy’s leadership role in the stabilization of Libya and North Africa have been terrific both the Prime Minister and I are focused on the urgent need to protect our nation’s from terrorism and uncontrolled migration are countries have learned through hard experience that border security is National Security there are one and the same like the United States Italy is currently under enormous trainers result of illegal immigration and they farted hard and the Prime Minister frankly is with us today because of illegal immigration Italy got tired of it they didn’t want it any longer the people of Italy have borne a great part of the burden for Europe through the course of the migration crisis I applaud the Prime Minister for his bold leadership truly bowl and I hope more leaders will follow this example including leaders in Europe the Prime Minister and I are united in our conviction that strong Nations must have strong borders we have a solemn obligation to protect our citizens and their quality of life my Administration is working hard to pass border security legislation improve reading and establish a merit-based immigration system which the United States need very very importantly very badly as far as the border is concerned and personally if we don’t get border security after many many years of talk within the United States I would have no problem doing a shutdown it’s time we had proper board security with the laughing stock of the world with the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world in our meeting today the Prime Minister and I discuss ways to enhance our cooperation in the fight against terrorism that also has to do with border security I want to thank the Italian people for Italy’s contributions to counter-terrorism and operations in the coalition to defeat Isis where we’ve had a tremendous success as you know and the NATO’s Resolute support mission in Afghanistan the Prime Minister and I also agree that the brutal regime in Iran must never be to possess a nuclear weapon never we encourage All Nations to pressure around to end the full range of its malign activities United States welcomes the partnership today we are also addressing be crucial issue of trade and commerce we’re working closely with our European Partners including Italy to insure a few days ago I met with President junker of the European commission with a great meeting following that meeting we announced at breakthrough agreement to remove trade barriers and increase United States exports of Agriculture energy and other goods and services to the European union now it is also the perfect time to expand commerce between the United States and Americas booming economy setting records and so many categories creates enormous opportunities for investment likewise I recommend investment in Italy great place with great people I look forward to working closely with the prime minister to open up new commercial opportunities that will reduce our trade deficits substantially and increase our mutual prosperity the Prime Minister we discussed our shared goal of combating unfair foreign Trade Practices from non-market economy that brutal but we’re winning these abuses include steps excess capacity intellectual property theft Force technology transfer currency devaluation and Distortion caused by state-owned Enterprise in this area like the others cooperation between Italy and the United States can make a tremendous difference not only for our country but all over the world and it’s making a big difference and on fairness and we also have to be fair to the people of the United States and the taxpayers of the United States mr. prime minister thank you again for joining me for these important discussion we are both Outsiders politics can you believe it we are Outsiders to politics I look at all these wonderful politicians and we’re both determined to protect the rights and needs and interests and dreams of our citizens and we will do that I look forward partnering with you to build on the incredible friendship between our country’s and to creating a brighter future for both the people of Italy and the people of the United States and with that I just want to again thank you very much for come to the White House is my great honor thank you good afternoon thank you sky and irritation for this world Hospitality only two months after the formation of my government I take care I think it as a sign of a special send it to me as well. Forgive me but I don’t want to renounce is a privilege of speaking in my wonderful language now go to families and all the members of the families the victims of the fires that took place we can play in California I’d also like to say a very very our relationship is a very affectionate even more and I’m extremely happy about this we have made another step ahead in order to intensify out together to make a noggin little situation in the world they were by citizens in order to change the status quo and to improve their life condition in Italy has and we are working in order to give answers to the expectations of our sins so that we won’t disappoint them and we don’t betray Italy in the United States we are proving that Jaden is topical concentrated on top of both have agreed upon and reach the following results are already out tomorrow never had we will start in Italy Eastern Mediterranean between the United States in Italy is becoming a reference in Europe and a privilege interlocutor United States for the mainstream and challenges that we have before us and in particular American Administration also recognizes that Italy has a role as a promoter country that will lead to the realization of me and of course population of me working in order to get results and we will decide what needs to be done in the office results so for your support I’m looking now has a responsibility she would not leave the weight of the management of information on the shoulder of the countries of first arrival like Italy and as president provided by Vivaldi Grace I’m not because of an emergency but because this is a structural I was unemployed this is in line with the position of president from the respect and dignity and people to make has a criminal back I also want to go under volume old day for human beings is going to be celebrated I also still very satisfied for understanding president of the European commission fundamental and that we start bringing our efforts together to make sure benefits of a more Equitable trade relationship which is completely receptacle and once again that Italy is favorable with Russia but Italy also considers that the dialogue between the United States and Russia at the mental so that we can have positive results Global Perspective for stability and Security in terms of energy security make sure that the location for the sources of energy and to make sure that the roots the energy roots are diversifying as well as finally I am Georgia good between us another hope that Aerospace bring together American Technology technology aircraft that will be able to bring the United States at the earliest together in an hour and a half thank you for your attention bigger place Seguin from Jetty IQ dailycaller thank you mr. president to follow up on what you were saying about the shutdown sir are you saying that you would be willing to shut the government down in September if it does not fully funded 25 billion dollars worth of your border wall and also delivered all of the immigration priorities that you listed in your or are you leaving some room for negotiation there been many years Administration where new is been many years even decades we have immigrated laws we have border security we have all sorts of things going on that are it’s disgraceful we are doing a phenomenal job with setting records but we have laws that don’t work so we’ll working around those laws and it’s unfortunate I have to pick my I head off to the border patrols for the law enforcement to ice which really has been maligned by the Democrats the job they do they go into these MS13 Nest Nest bad bad people dealers in many cases and they go in their fearless and they do an incredible job and they get them out they they go to jail or they get out of the country so I want to just take my head off the ice in the brave people that have really been maligned by the Democrats we need border security without a border as this gentleman can tell you also cuz the Prime Minister really was it was a very big factor in his win and other people’s within Italy but it was a big factor in my we need border security border security includes the wall But it includes many other things we have to end the lottery we have to end the chain the chain is like a disaster you bring one person in the end up with 32 people we have to end these horrible catch and relief released principles where you catch somebody you take their name and you release them you don’t even know who they are and then they’re supposed to come back to a court case where they want us to high thousands of judging the whole thing is ridiculous and we have to change our laws and we do that through Congress so I would certainly be willing to close it down to get it done as you know we are already improving things in various bills including we’re going to be taking care of the military we always put the military and law enforcement very high but I would be certainly willing to consider a shutdown if we don’t get proper border security thank you so just a follow-up on that quickly is the 25 billion dollars to red line for you here in the United States commentary it there was a consensus that the president’s appearance at the G7 and NATO damaged our relationship with those institutions as a member of both of those institutions what is your assessment of the president’s appearance of both yeah I just ate it change views and opinions on the position more than welcome she said that Bank of America is it possible to score tonight also I just add to that but I do want to thank you for what you just said because it’s been very unfair the United States we had a very good G7 meeting that’s where to step in I became friends I think we were probably more closely aligned than anybody else but it was a great meeting in every respect I would say it was very good and nato in particular I went to Nato and made it was essentially going out of business cuz people weren’t paying and it was going down down down you just have to look at I came along last year and in a fairly nice tone I said you got to pay and I paid 44 billion dollars more and this year I said it in a little bit stronger tone and they’re paying hundreds of billions of dollars more over the years and Nadeau will be strong again and if you speak to secretary-general stoltenberg I think he’s the biggest fan of trump because he said we couldn’t collect money until president Trump came along they said last year we collected 44 billion dollars and this year the money is pouring in but it’s like the prime minister’s that we really talk about imbalance we were treated very unfairly the United States was treated very very unfairly because we’re children anywhere from 70 to 90% of the cost of native that’s not fair it’s not fair especially when you take Germany and Germany paying 1% a little more than 1% and are buying and paying tremendous amounts of money to Russia so we’re supposed to protect countries from Russia but they are paying Russia billions and billions of dollars for the energy not good and I let it be known so the bottom line is the NATO countries are now paying a lot more money and it has become a lot stronger because of it and I appreciate your answer thank you please sorry to say I have something really great supporter and the applicator pictures of the American people on the American country music potential the Italian economy under performs regularly in the US economy what do you think would read night the Italian economy and what role do you think the EU should play on it at president contact do you think president Trump that would work and Italy as well is going to do a tremendous job when he conomic development in addition to borders for economic development you need borders also but you have Amanda’s going to do a terrific job have no doubt about it at all he knows how to sell how to promote really a great product because they make among the greatest products I won’t mention their names but they are great I have some of them and it only makes great product and I think it’s going to do very well economically and were there to help I’ve had record numbers I’ve been here for a little more than a year-and-a-half and we’ve had record numbers we’ve had record we’ve had numbers that nobody believed possible especially if you look at one particular fact that was not reported very much I trade deficit 52 billion dollar reduction in the trade deficit for the border and I think probably sleeping ocean Treasures here and Mike Pompeo I think nobody would have thought be possible so quickly 52 billion dollar reduction in the trade deficit for the quarter I think that it is going to be able to do the same thing slightly different numbers but the same thing and the recognition of what role do you think that European Union should play in their reignition up did mention tariffs on cars and we got along very well very well I think they’re going to treat us very fairly we can’t let that happen not fair to the United States has a 31 billion dollar Surplus with the United States meeting we have a 31 billion dollar trade deficit with Italy discuss that and we’ll work something out going to work something out okay thank you North Korea economy and the same time as the government leader 7-Eleven on streamlining eliminate the new one of the biggest things that we’ve done obviously the massive tax cuts but maybe equal to would be the tremendous Cuts in regulation and I know Italy well and they have a lot of Regulation and I have doubt that the Prime Minister Giuseppe will be working very hard on that but I think just happy I can say from our standpoint one of the most important things we did was cutting massively these horrible regulations and I believe so strongly in the environment I want the cleanest are the cleanest water the cleanest everything the best everything but you had 10 regulations for every point in some cases it was ridiculous it would take many years to get a highway or Road approved we have that way down we have it down to two years will hopefully be down to one but at least it’s going to go quickly so we want regulation but it’s got to be cut to a minimum and do the trick and I think that Italy will follow to another thank you thank you very much Roberta rampton of Rutter’s please you spoke a bit about Iran today and your discussions and I’m wondering if you could tell us what you think Ron needs to do to reduce some of the tensions and you’ve met with the leaders of North Korea and Russia are you prepared all so what are you willing to meet with president to Ronnie and under what conditions and have there been any preliminary discussions about something like that other people especially when you’re talking about potentials of war and death and famine and lots of other things you meet is nothing wrong with meeting we met as you know which German Kim and you haven’t had a missile fire 9 months we got our prisoners back so many things have happened so positive but meeting with people I had a great meeting in my opinion of course the fake news didn’t cover that way but had a great meeting with President Putin I think was a great meeting in terms of the future in terms of safety and economic development and protecting Israel and protecting everybody I thought it was a great meeting great meeting with NATO I just explain it hundreds of millions of dollars more money will be paid into NATO the coffers of NATO and much already has so I believe in meeting I would certainly make with her and if they wanted to meet I don’t know that they’re ready yet they’re having a hard time right now but i n clear and the other was a ridiculous deal I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet and I’m ready to meet anytime they want to and I don’t do that from strength or from weakness I think it’s an appropriate thing to do if we could work something that’s meaningful not the waste of paper that the other deal was I would certainly be willing to me do you have free conditions for that meeting good for the country good for them good for us and good for the world no preconditions if they want to meet on me prime minister the president does you talked about state of the need to stabilize Olivia I wanted to ask if you win the president discussed working together on energy production in Libya and some way did you discuss the oil production in Libya do see a way for the United become involved there perhaps with Italy’s help the problem lies in Libya I guess the office like everything to be guaranteed countries that concentrate in the Libyan area fight reaches European Body intention to respect the population of economic Supply I’m going to organize in agreement with the president of Libya stakeholders actress octopus Dakota wants to ask a question patty-cake Americano update Italy confirmed the program thank you needle size as prices once again listen to the same time how do you say so Russia will remain as his competing pipelines so mr. prime minister I hope you going to be able to do that competing Pipeline and we are already talking to the European Union about building anywhere from 9 to 11:40 which they will pay for so that we can ship our LNG over to various parts of Europe and that will be more competition but the sanctions on Russia will remain as is okay thank you very much everybody thank you thank you
President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte hold a joint press conference in the Rose Garden.

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