Trump and Italian prime minister hold a news conference

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go to do that late afternoon instead of driving all the way to drive in the morning time is it that’s way off the New York or I can email back diamonds okay thank you very much okay thank you very much is my great honor to have Giuseppe Conte of Italy he’s a man who’s doing fantastic job I really want to thank you very much for being here we become friendly over the G7 meetings and some phone calls and I agree very much what you’re doing with respect to migration illegal immigration that even legal immigration taking a very Firm Stance On the Border countries have taken and frankly you’re doing the right thing in my opinion and a lot of other Europe should be doing it also taking that chance a long time ago and they doing a lot better so I just want to thank you just kept me for being with us we have a lot to talk about having to do with the trade having to do with our military watery planes lots of planes in the United States has a very large deficit as usual with Italy. 31 billion dollars and I’m sure we’ll spend that that’s pretty quickly but thank you very much everybody thanks I’m sorry for thank you ladies and gentlemen the president of the United States in the prime minister of the Italian republic thanks very much thank you I’m honored to welcome my new friend got along very well right from the I’m honored to welcome my new friend very well right from the beginning Prime Ministers Giuseppe Conte to 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 was watching 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 editions of sovereignty law and accountability and stretch all the way back to ancient Rome just proud Heritage the stains our civilization and must be always defended today prime minister Conte 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 this includes joint security efforts in the Mediterranean where we recognize Italy’s leadership role in the stabilization of Libya and North Africa they’ve been terrific but the primary 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 they are one and the same like the United States Italy is currently under enormous Trainor’s result of illegal immigration and they fought hard and the Prime Minister frankly is with us 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 mic Asian crisis I applaud the Prime Minister for his bold leadership truly bold and I hope more leaders will follow this example including leaders in Europe the Prime Minister and I are united in Arkansas strong Nation 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 wedding and establish a merit-based immigration system which the United States need very very importantly very badly as far as the Border 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 border security with a 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 a answer cooperation in the fight against terrorism at also has to do with border security I want to thank the Italian people for Italy’s contribution to counterterrorism and operations any correlation to defeat Isis where we’ve had a tremendous success as you know and 1/8 Resolute support mission in Afghanistan the Prime Minister and I also agree that the brutal regime inner and must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon never we encourage All Nations to pressure around to end the full range of its Moline activities United States welcome Aveda Lindy’s today we are also addressing the crucial issue of trade and commerce we’re working closely with our European Partners including Italy to ensure fair and reciprocal trade a few days ago I met with President junker of the European commission wait a great meeting following that meeting we announced that breakthrough agreement to remove trade barriers and increase United States exports of Agriculture energy and other goods and services to the European union now is also the perfect time to expand commerce between United States and Italy America’s 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 prospera it’s the Prime Minister we discussed our shared goal of combating unfair foreign Trade Practices from non-market economy that brutal but we’re winning abuses include subsidies excess capacity intellectual property theft 4th technology transfer like so many others cooperation between Italy and the United States can make a tremendous difference not only for our country but all over the world one trade and unfairness but we also have to be fair to the people of the United States in the taxpayers of the United States mr. prime minister thank you again for joining me for these important discussion we are both Outsiders to 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 it I look forward to 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 again thank you very much for coming to the White House just migrated honor thank you good afternoon view president Trump for this kind invitation for this world Hospitality only two months after the formation of my government I take care I take it as a sign Nova special the special attention to me as well. Forgive me but I don’t want to renounce the privilege of speaking in my wonderful language now what do you do to relieve all the families and all the members of the families of food to the victims of the fires that took place recently in California I’d also like to say a very very Elevation Worship is a very good job even more and I’m extremely happy about this and what does that we have made another step ahead in order to intensify our cooperation are work together to make it even more adequate a Visa he is the geopolitical economic situation in the world for June 1st if there’s another element that brings us even closer the United States and Italy my government and the Trump Administration are both governments that represent change they were chosen by citizens in order to change the status quo and to improve their life conditions there’s so many things that bring us together that unify us and it’ll as of the United States we are doing what we had promised during our electoral campaign and we are working in order to give answers to the expectations of our citizens so that we won’t disappoint them don’t betray our men died in Italy in the United States we are proving that change is possible Donald and I have concentrated on a number of topics and we both have agreed upon and reach the follow results which in part we’re already mentioned today we will have made a great Step Ahead we will start working in Italy is a directorship boost as at work in the Mediterranean between Italy and the United States I would say that we’re almost twin countries in which Italy is becoming a reference point in Europe and a privilege interlocutor for the United States for the main threats and challenges that we have before us terrorism of all the crises that we see in the Mediterranean and in particular in boogaarts Olivia II be the American Administration also recognizes that Italy has a leadership role as a promoter country that will lead to the stabilization of Libya and of course this was a great respect for the Libyan population with the United States we will be working in order to reach these results and we will decide what needs to be done in view of this result I am truly thankful to you for your support in terms of immigration I also describe the president Trump the Innovative approach of that Italy has put forth and the European union now has a responsibility to not leave the weight of the management of immigration on the shoulders of the countries of first arrival like Italy is and as you heard the president Trump say we appreciate this contribution which is provided by the Italian government which is providing fruit good result we are talking about an approach a multi-level approach in order to try to resolve the phenomenon of immigration not because of an emergency but because this is a structural approach I want to underline this is in line with the position of President Trump which goes from the respected in city of people to make sure that fundamental rights are protected and it wants to make sure that these rights are trampled over because these people are the hands of criminal bath I also want to underline the world day for the exchange of human beings is going to be celebrated I also told president Trump that I’m very satisfied for the understanding that would very recently between ourselves and the president of the European commission junker I believe that this understanding is fundamental and that we start we have to work upon it immediately bringing our efforts together to make sure that European American Italian citizens receive the benefits of a more Equitable trade relationship which is completely reciprocal and once again as far as Rush it is concerned you know that Italy is favorable to a dialogue with Russia but Italy also considers that the dialogue between the United States and Russia is fundamental so that we couldn’t have positive results in a more Global Perspective a for stability and security purposes in terms of energy security president Trump and I also found ourselves in agreement but the need to make sure that there is a greater diversification for the sources of energy and to make sure that the roots the energy roots are diversifying as well and finally I personally am sure that we can increase and improve the relationship with the United States at all levels and in particular in the in space and Aerospace that seals we also already have a gray partnership between the Italian space agency another so we hope that Aerospace will bring together American Technology Italian technology so that he can launch new aircraft that cross the atmosphere and will be able to bring the United States and Italy and together in an hour and a half this is a project that I’d like to speak and detailed at the American Administration I thank you for your attention like you Daily Caller 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 priorities that you listed in your Tweet or are you leaving some room for negotiation there Administration where new has been many years even decades we have immigration 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 that I have to take my hat 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 MS-13 nests bad bad people killers 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 if they get out of the country so I want to just take my hat off the ice in the brave people that have really been my I’m 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 would in Italy but it was a big factor in my went we need border security border security includes the wall but 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 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 they want us to hire thousands of Judges 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 but I would be certainly willing to consider it shut down if we don’t get proper border security thank you please sir just a follow-up on that quickly is the 25 billion dollars to red line for you I have no red line I just want great border security mr. prime minister here in the United States amongst our commentary at 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 see I love you set the oven NATO at night oh we had the exchange of views and opinions and of positions I think that the positions and Santa’s which I express play TNT by the contribution to review well established positions are more than welcome there is a fruitful exchange we had a proton exchange both of the G7 Summit in different framework we put in Sentosa in the framework of j7, can we agreed on the need for reform in the tablet or the doctor till it’s a year old which would be the China as an emerging country can understand that I’m flying don’t say no or yes that clearly means having a system which is not was functioning and salts well Russian chair really Express the position of the expenditure and I would be the carrier of the message and I’ll try and make the others understand these positions as well I want to thank you all so I just add to that but I do want to thank you for what you just said because it’s been very unfair to the United States we had a very good G7 meeting that’s where Giuseppe and I became friends I think we were probably more closely aligned anybody else in the room 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 NATO was essentially going out of business because people weren’t paying and it was going down and in a fairly nice tone I said you got to pay and they paid 44 billion dollars more and this year I said it in a little bit stronger town and they’re paying hundreds of billions of there’s 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 press Trump came along and he 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 shouldering anywhere from 70 to 90% of the cost of NATO that’s not fair it’s not fair especially when you take Germany and Germany’s paying 1% more than 1% and they’re 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 not a good situation and I let it be known so the bottom line is the NATO countries are now paying a lot more money and that has become a lot stronger because of it and I appreciate your answer thank you please also add ginger exclusividad as a supporter and okay talk to you in the interest of the American people at the American country is a great day but she ate her food 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 you should play on it and president contact do you think president strong for me that would work and Italy as well the prime minister is going to do a tremendous job when he conomic development in addition to borders you know for economic development you need borders also but you have Amanda’s going to do a terrific job I have no doubt about it at all he knows how to sell he knows 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 he can quickly and we’re there to help we have 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 a trade deficit 52 billion dollar reduction in the trade deficit for the border and I think probably sleeping mnuchin treasure is here and my pump I think nobody would have thought that would 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 opinion and play in the matter sir and the recognition of what role do you think the European Union should play in their reignition of we’re having a hard time and then I did mention tariffs on cars and we got along very well sorry well I think they’re going to treat us very fairly really taken advantage of the United States we can’t let that happen not fair to the United States and by the way Italy has a 31 billion-dollar Surplus with the United States meeting we have a 31 billion dollar trade deficit with Italy and we discuss that it will work something out we’ll work something out okay thank you very abusive records figures of the American economy we discussed that before with Don knows somehow these are systems which cannot be compared to autism octopus which are very different by the same time at MDS but ambitious at the same time as the government leader I’m ambitious for my economy to do a lot much more than what was done in the past we are preparing is here to the attention of our European Partners too I do not want the tax reform to be set aside it was a leverage in this country economic growth that you sent it well-constructed it represents a laboratory, crows about working also on streamlining and simplifying right today but ministration regulation to eliminate collection pocket we are trying to speed up the Civil trials what does people lose that job to find a new one with all these are all the reforms that we consider to be a positive Elementary to represent an economic Clarity for our country which can then try and reach her the growth but I do think this one of the biggest things that we’ve done obviously the massive tax cuts but it may be equal to would be the tremendous Cuts in regulation and I know Italy well and they have a lot of Malaysian and I have no doubt that the Prime Minister Giuseppe will be working very hard on that but I think Giuseppe 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. we have it down to two years and it’ll hopefully be down to 110 to make it rejected 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 suit I know they look at it very strongly they going to follow suit okay thank you thank you very much Roberta rampton of Reuters please Roberta mr. president you spoke a bit about around 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 are you prepared also are you willing to meet with president to Ronnie and under what conditions and have there been any preliminary discussions about something like that I can say it speaking to 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 with chairman Kim and it cuz you haven’t had a missile fired off at 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 President Putin of Russia I think was a great meeting in terms of the future in terms of safety and economic development and protecting Israel and protecting everybody thought was a great meeting great meeting with Nate Elijah explain later hundreds of billions 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 meet with her and if they wanted to meet I don’t know that they’re ready yet they having a hard time right now but I ended the Iran deal it 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 we could work something out that’s meaningful not the waste of paper that the other deal was I would certainly be willing to meet do you have preconditions for that meeting anytime they want good for the country good for them good for us and good for the world no preconditions if they wanted me tell me to ask if you and the president just you talked about stay with the need to stabilize Olivia I wanted to ask if you win the president discussed working together on energy production in Libya in some way did you discuss the oil production in the do you see a way for the United States become involved there perhaps with Italy’s help we discussed but the problem of stabilizing Libya and obviously of the security to be guaranteed for the whole of the Iranian area it’s not only a problem of the the menu of the migration routes from African countries concentrate in the Libyan the area but it’s also the problem of security in general because I threw the migration routes foreign Fighters my reach as European territory it is Our intention to respected Olivia population we are not driven by economic interest we’re not driven by the problem of energy Supply interest and hope this finds you I can and now it’s about already said that way I’m going to organize in agreement with the president Trump I’m going to organize a conference on Libya we would like to deal and discuss all of the issues related people involving all of the stakeholders actors for documents in the whole of the Mediterranean now we are going to discuss it but I’ll meet hospital social aspect problem of the Constitutional process of issuing and passing laws of 202 enabled Libya and particular to get to the mission of the utmost stability I’m told that they don’t bother from stomp Alice Tampa wants to ask a question thank you I have a question to president five minutes of gold and then a question president Trump 3 pending issues on the table we give me to get ministration the one of them Italy the two main government parties in Italy said that they want to live to the sanctions on Russia got to Barnes rdta LP gas pipeline that the American department-wide Rastaman biggest positions in this project and the F-35 program is 830 going to do will Italy confirm the program thank you I’m going to answer in relation to a sanction on Russia I’m going to repeat what I said before because I’m ready I’m going to be boring but this confirms that the position of the Italian government is not changing and disrespected we are open to dialogue with Russia we do believe that last shot is plays a fundamental role International Jew political crisis is that so thinking that Russia can be kept out of problems we cannot choose we must accept that table and negotiate with those who art send me from the men’s agreement at the out, and it’s connected to the implementation of the means so it is left overnight exactly because we are open to dialogue with Russia the position of my cabinet has been stated that straight away is it to make sure that these system of Sanchez. exedy civilized society doesn’t affect the economy of the middle sized Enterprises Italy from this part of your house at tradition of intensity relations with Russia once again with a vinyl issue John said reotic pipeline I discussed this with President Trump and I reported to him that my government is well aware of the fact that this is strategic work in terms of energy Supply kellyanne to the south of Europe and the area we are perfectly aware of the fact that this can provider and contribution also in the renewal of the energy system father Bob program at the same time I correctly from the community Woodland problems faced the directly and not trying to avoid them at once back to Italy as soon as possible I will discuss the issue with the compass and ministers and we going meet the local mayor’s the local communities trying to find a solution which will take the concerns of local community this is a program we decided in 2002 that the agreement was signed in 2002 and insecurity we are responsibly evaluating this file as you know it is already a process of order the Benghazi issue that which is taking place you all the needs of defensive Security Administration on Russia will remain as is planets concerned I’d like to see a competing pipeline 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 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 very much
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