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  Sec. Pompeo UN Amb. Haley and Adviser Bolton News Conference  CSPAN  September 24, 2018 4:48pm-5:10pm EDT

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years. as the people of the united states to structure the political economy in a way that is safe for us. >> watch "the communicators" tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span2. today, secretary of state mike pompeo, ambassador nikki haley, and security advisor john bolton help a news conference at the united nations in new york city. they answered questions on plans for a second u.s./north korea summit. this is 20 minutes.
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>> under president trump, we are leading from the front. this was clear from the first meeting this morning in which we issued a call for global action for the world drug problem, drug trafficking, narcotics and substance abuse is intensifying on a global scale. within the united states, president trump is leading a massive and effective counterattack against it. it is time for every country to follow our lead. later today, the president will hold bilateral meetings with the president of south korea, the president of egypt, and the president of france. whether security issues, human rights or anything else, the president is asking for countries to exert their sovereignty to solve challenges and listen to what americans can do to help. the emphasis on sovereignty was the theme of president trump's speech to the general assembly last year and will endure in his speech tomorrow along with a
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recap of his call for every nation to do is part -- it's part in what has paid dividends for the united states and the world in the last year. president trump's leadership combined with efforts has de-escalated tensions with north korea and brought us closer to our final goal, the denuclearization of the dprk as a degree -- as agreed to. last month, the summit yielded another positive step forward. now is not the time to ease pressure. as you have heard, president trump will adjust the threat of nonproliferation on wednesday and the need for responsible nations to stop the spread of weapons and technology. among the topics that meeting will cover our north korea, syria, and iran. you can bet the president will have well-deserved strong words for the arabian regime -- iranian regime. he will call on every country to
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join our pressure campaign to thwart iran's dangerous activity. the estimated 25 million victims of modern slavery around the world can also count on america's support. today is shaping up as a great first day. lots more work to come this week. president trump and our entire diplomatic corps look forward to the days ahead as we work on achieving shared victories for all. ambassador haley? ambassador haley: good morning. we got a great start today with the president's event on counter narcotics. to understand this event is to understand it was not just a bunch of people getting into a room, every country that attended had to sign a global call to action which basically says they were going to implement something in their own countries that dealt with how
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they were going to deal with the supply and demand of drugs. the international cooperation they would do with other countries to stop illicit drugs and also treatment in their own countries. the idea the president was able to get 130 countries to sign on means we are having a global drug conversation that needed to be had for a long time. know you are seeing over 140 heads of delegations here at the united nations. we are looking forward to the president speech tomorrow. last year, we started trying to figure out what the u.s. president was going to be. not only is the president doing his speech, he will be doing a security council meeting. secretary pompeo is also doing a security council meeting. the vice president is doing an event on venezuela. it is all hands on deck for the united states. he will be meeting with the attorney general. since the secretary-general's meeting last year, we pulled out of the harris accord -- paris
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accord. we have pulled out of the iran deal. all of that is to say the united states is determined to be involved in multilateral organizations but not in the way they are mandated on what the united states does or infringes on the american people. he will be hosting a reception tonight with the heads of delegations. tomorrow night, he and the vice president and secretary have agreed to host our security council members as well as their foreign ministers. you know with everything we have ,een able to get accomplished we have massive reform efforts that were done this past year and peacekeeping mandates completely rolled over. we would not be able to do that without a security council. that meeting is going to be very important. we look forward to a great week.
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everyone is excited. the united states is always happy to host this. new yorkers may not be, but we will make it a great one. thank you very much. >> thanks. i am delighted to be here. everybody have a copy? i have mine. a little worn, but i have still got it. i wanted to take a second and talk about one of the themes in the president's remarks tomorrow. i have been around long enough to know that i will not step on any of his lines. but he will elaborate his views on sovereignty. i wanted to explain this is why this is so important for americans, because many people consider sovereignty kind of an abstract concept. it derives from the word "sovereign," meaning the monarch. but it is one of the reasons i think america's exceptional. that is, we understand sovereignty not to be vested in
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the head of state. the framersd it as set it in the constitution itself. we, the people, are sovereign in america. infringements on our sovereignty are not infringements on abstractions or the government, they are an infringement on the people themselves. we express our sovereignty through the constitution, through our political process. that is why that is so important. and it is why we believe, and i'm speaking in secular terms, that the constitution is the highest authority we recognize. in a number of different ways, the president will address this issue. i think it is a continuing theme , as secretary pompeo said, it was a theme in his last address to the general assembly. it will be this year and in a variety of other contexts you will see. >> we will open it up to questions.
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>> [indiscernible] escalation of sending missiles to syria. there are many topics we will talk about with the russians. i am very confident their latest decision will be amongst them. ambassador bolton had the most recent conversation when he met with his counterpart three or four weeks ago. we areid yesterday, trying to find every place we can where there is common ground where we can work with the russians. we are finding lots of places where they are working against american interests and we will hold them accountable. >> [indiscernible] >> i'm sure sergei and i will have our time together. >> [indiscernible] guess. i , when you talkon about sovereignty and the
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threat, do you think the president will repeat that threat? exactly what is the legal basis you could prosecute prosecutors or judges? >> i'm not want to say anything specific about what he will comment on. the authorities i referred to in my speech are largely drawn from the servicemembers protection act of 2002. >> [indiscernible] >> two questions. the first is not exactly in your purview. as you spent the morning with the president, do you have any idea what is currently going on with the deputy attorney general? >> you will have to talk to the white house about that. >> north korea. you are having a lot of talks with north korea. you are not seeing what you need to in terms of denuclearization. how long do you leave the door open before we decide this is not working? >> you have to remember this is
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a process that will move forward. to set a date certain would be foolish. make no mistake about it. the conversations we are having are important. they are putting the opportunity to complete the denuclearization in place. we will continue it at every level to have those conversations. some of them, you will be aware of. some you will not know are taking place. .here's lots going on these are the u.n. security council resolutions that demanded north korea give up its nuclear weapons program, and even more broadly, its nuclear capability. those are not united states demands. those are the united nations demands. we are working to implement them and help chairman kim get to the right place to on a promise he made in singapore. >> do you think he will go through with this? >> yes. >> president trump said earlier
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today the second meeting will take place quite soon. my specific question is, what does north korea need to do before securing that meeting or has it already achieved that privilege? >> i'm not going to get into details. be traveling to pyongyang before to make the final preparations for that second meeting between the leaders. >> before the end of the year? >> lord willing, i will be traveling before the end of the year. >> [indiscernible] north korea says it is looking for reciprocal action from the united states to enter a nuclear deal. what with the united states be willing to give up to north korea since sanctions are not on the table?
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i have another question you might be able to answer. >> i have said repeatedly and shall remain steadfast that we will not talk about the state of the negotiations. it would be inappropriate to do that the fundamental principles remain the same. we expect the full complete, verified denuclearization of new -- north korea. until that appears, the economic sanctions will remain in place. that is the core proposition that the president agreed to in singapore. it is the one we will continue to honor for the whole process. >> canadian prime minister justin trudeau is among those [indiscernible] the does it say about relationship between united states and canada right now and what about the possibility concerning a traitor with canada? >> the president's schedule is very
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compressed. there were a lot of requests and a lot of desires by the president to have bilaterals that could not be accommodated. he speaks with prime minister trudeau by phone all the time. it is always possible here in new york that they would have time for a pull aside. there is full and open complete communication between prime minister trudeau and present trump. that, i can assure you. >> this is for either ambassador haley or secretary pompeo. there are rumors that he could be released this month. is that true? >> yes he could be released this , month. he should have been released last month. he should be released today, in fact. we have talked to the turks. they know the expectations. the pastor and the other u.s. persons being held by turkey all
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need to be released by turkey. that needs to be done immediately. i'm sure they will become that conversation this week. make no mistake, there will be nothing that we share with them here that we have not shared with him already -- with them already about president trump's demands that these people who have done nothing wrong not to be detained wrongfully. [indiscernible] >> i have a question for the ambassador. [indiscernible] elaborated at the security council about [indiscernible] they are planning to appoint the prime minister -- [indiscernible]
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>> thank you. speaking about the iraqi government formation process. i want to make sure i have the question right. this administration took over at when -- were running rampant. through five capitals in the middle east. we have engaged in significant activity that has begun to counter the iranian threat. today, they remain the world's largest state-sponsored terror. it is our fervent effort to make sure that does not remain the case. we have put a number of restrictions in place. we will reimpose another set of sanctions come this november. our actions in and around the middle east have made clear we will not continue to accept iran's bad behavior. in iraq, we have been working to achieve a government that is an iraqi national government. we are hoping that the leaders, the people of iraq have spoken, they had their chance to vote. and now they are in the process
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of forming a government. we are working diligently to make sure the iraqi people, the voice that they gave during their elections is who ends up in leadership there. [indiscernible] regime change in iran. does that follow with the trump administration's designs? >> as i have said repeatedly, regime change in iran is not the administration's policy. as mike pompeo just said, we have imposed very stringent sanctions on iran. more are coming. what we expect from iran is massive changes in their behavior. until that happens, we will continue to exert what the president has called maximum pressure. that is what we intend to do.
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>> ambassador haley, you're the one person here who has been with the administration since the beginning every in the story about rob rosenstein on friday, it was mentioned that he had been involved in circulating discussions about invoking the 23rd amendment to have the president removed office. ryu involved in or aware of those discussions? and i do have a follow-up. >> i said on the sunday shows that literally, i have never once been in the white house where their conversation has happened. i'm not aware of any cabinet members that are even talking about that. it is completely and totally absurd. no one is questioning the president at all. if anything, we are trying to keep up the pace with him. the fact that he has a lot he has a lot that he wants to accomplish quickly and were going to continue to work with him in a way that does support that. next before he went into the summit with kim jong-un in singapore, you do not have an agreement really in place for complete denuclearization.
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why should you have another summit, second summit, the president talked about this morning, if you don't have the details in place? thatems even to the layman you sort of have the process backwards, that you would want the details in place before having a summit, and here you may do it for a second time. >> two things. fact check. i have been with the administration since beginning. that is relevant. i will add no discussion with me about the 25th amendment. you can now report that there are two leaders that have said the statement is ludicrous. with respect to north korea -- for notlogize remembering that you were the cia director. if it's so ludicrous, why does the deputy attorney general have a discussion about a behind the scenes? >> i find that question ludicrous. i have been involved and at the center of this administration along with lots of other folks
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from virtually day one. i think it was actually day three or four. i have never heard anyone talk about it, whisper about it, joke about it in any way. i have been in a lot of meetings with a lot of senior officials. your question on north korea. remember the history. we went at this the other way for decades. north korea continues to build its nuclear program. we tried to do details. we tried to do step for step. trade for trade. each of those failed. we are coming at this from a different direction. bringing the two senior leaders, individuals who can actually make the decisions that will move this process forward. bring them together so we can continue to make progress toward what the un security council has demanded and what chairman kim has promised he would do. that is the effort. there remains work to be done. there will be some time before we get complete denuclearization. we have been at this the other way for a long time and failed. and puts america at risk.
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>> wouldn't be ludicrous to have another meeting with kim jong-un if we don't have the details in place? >> absolutely not. if we can continue to make progress and have conversations, i think there is enormous value. [indiscernible] >> in your terms about denuclearization, you left out the word irreversible. was that a mistake? >> complete mistake. completely irreversible. thank you for correcting me. >> thank you for attending today. >> thanks for coming. >> thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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>> this evening, a discussion about the relationship between reporters and confidential sources in the government. the event hosted by georgetown university's free speech project firstlumbia universities amendment institute. life, starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern, on c-span. >> this week on the communicators, barry lynn, executive director of the open markets institute discusses his concern over companies like google, facebook, amazon and uber possibly becoming monopolies and threatening democracy. he is interviewed by ashley gold , technology reporter for politico. >> we might have to start doing things like separating mapping
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off of search. separating search from youtube. this sounds radical in today's environment. this is something we have done many times in the past. at&t in 1982. we did it with at&t in 1913. we have done it with dozens of large corporations over the years. it is all right as the people of the united states to structure the political economy in a way that is safe for us. announcer: watch the communicators tonight at eight eastern. on c-span 2. >> here's a look at our prime time schedule on the c-span networks. starting at 8:30 p.m. eastern, former first lady michelle obama speaking at a get out the vote rally in las vegas. at a: 30, remarks from