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president trump: a question was asked about the people protesting in iran. we do support them totally. and have supported them from the beginning. the question was asked do we support them financially. we haven't supported them. don't know that we have ever been asked to support them financially. somebody asks, maybe we would. but we support them very, very seriously. the people that are protesting in iran. they are protesting for freedom, and we are fully in support of them. just in case anybody had any questions. we haven't been asked to support them financially, which i assume
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that's what the question was. just to make sure everybody understood it. it's an honor to be with a friend of mine with great election victory. congratulations. done a very good job. we actually have a very good relationship in terms of our countries. we are working on the usmca. we are trying to get nancy pelosi to put it up for a vote. if it gets put up for a vote, it passes. will so far she hasn't decided to do that. it's up to her. it's a single individual. the speaker of the house. it's that person's decision. she's the speaker of the house. it's a great deal for mexico. for canada and the united states. it's a lot of jobs for everybody. and it replaces a deal that's a lousy deal, bad deal for -- i would say the united states the deal that we have right now is terrible. terrible. a terrible deal for the united states. we look forward to being able to vote on -- take the vote on usmca. it's been there for a long time. and at some point perhaps the president of mexico -- we have a wonderful man there.
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he's been a wonderful man. the prime minister will get tired, look, let's forget this deal. i could understand if you did. it's been sitting in congress now for six or seven months. it's a great deal for everybody. hopefully they can get it done and get it done fast. it's one of the few transactions i think all three countries benefit. as a unit against the world. if you look at it it's a unit against the world. that's the way we looked at it right from the beginning. we hope that's the case. again congratulations. we are going to be talking about a number of subjects, including additional trade. the military and military presence. it's great being at nato. we had some real success and some very successful talks having to do with nato. as you know, a lot of countries have stepped up and they are putting in at least $130 billion more. that's great.
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they have commitments for $400 billion. it has become a force. as we have discussed in the past, there is going to be great flexibility with nato. we can go to other parts of the world. not just one focus. it's a lot of focuses. we need a lot of focuses. we need a lot of focus. we'll be looking at other forms of terror. we'll be looking at other countries. we'll be looking at countries that are aggressive. and not just one particular part of this world. so i think nato's become a very big factor over the last two or three years. you have been involved. i have been involved. and a lot of good things have happened and it's great to have you here. thank you very much. congratulations. prime minister trudeau: thank you. it's a real pleasure to sit down with president trump as the
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relationship between canada and the united states is really strong. i don't think it's been stronger. our work together on the usmca as we move forward towards ratification has been really tremendous. it's been a great process working with -- between your team and our team. working with the mexicans as well. we know that we are here for nato. the 70th anniversary. extremely important. the american strength in ensuring that people are stepping up in terms of their military investments is certainly something we recognized in canada. we are increasing our defense investments by 70% over these 10 years because we know that making sure that everyone is there to step up and deliver is really important. we have a forward battle group in latvia. we are leading the command mission in baghdad. canadians are a strong part of this alliance and we'll continue to be. this is just a great opportunity for me to sit down with the president and talk about the many issues in which we work together.
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[speaking a foreign language] president trump: that sounded very good. reporter: mr. president, climate change is a top priority for the prime minister here as well as for president macron. [indiscernible] are you -- president trump: obviously climate change is very important for me. i have done many environmental impact statements over my life. and i believe very strongly, very, very crystal clear, clean water and clean air. that's a big part. i also see what's happening with our oceans where certain countries are dumping unlimited loads of things in it. they float. they tend to float towards the united states. i see that happening and nobody's ever seen anything like it. it's gotten worse. it's very important to me, also. i want clean air and clean
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water. that's the number one and number two. very important. reporter: are you concerned about rising sea levels at all? president trump: i'm concerned about everything. but i'm also concerned about nuclear proliferation. which i think is a very important topic. it's a topic that we are going to discuss today. the whole situation with nuclear to me is very, very important. as we have been discussing today at the various meetings that we have had. i think that's something that has to be taken care of and it has to be dealt with very strongly. reporter: mr. president, are you happy with canadian defense spending right now? president trump: they are moving up substantially and starting to do very well economically. that has something to do with it. they are getting up to a level that's getting to be very acceptable. they have been under the 2%, obviously. but they are moving up. we discussed it.
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it we'll discuss that, yes. we'll discuss that. we'll be discussing that, yes. reporter: using it in the next generation cell phone networks -- president trump: we had a security problem with it. canada is going to make a decision at some point. we have ability to do a lot of things. we have actually advanced very far in 5-g. much better than anyone knows. we have a lot of action going on with respect to 5-g. we are not using huawei. some of our great companies are getting much involved with 5-g right now. we find a tremendous security problem with respect to huawei.
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reporter: earlier about russia and china -- [indiscernible] the conversations you had doesn't mesh with what they said. president trump: what they said? we have had discussions and communications. i can tell you if i could see something done with it. does that mean they'll agree? i'm the one that terminated the agreement. i terminated it because they were not living up to it. and we don't want to be living up to an agreement and they don't. so it wasn't fair. it covered things that, frankly, didn't matter anymore. we are looking at doing a new agreement with russia. and we are looking at doing a new agreement with china. and maybe the three of us will do it together. and they do want to do it.
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i can tell you with china we were at a trade meeting and the subject -- i broached the subject and they were very excited about it, they would like to do it. we may do it with russia first and go to china. or it may not happen. to be honest with you maybe it won't happen. we are spending a lot of money on nuclear. and we have new nuclear and we have tremendous renovations of older capability. i see the kind of damage we are talking about and the kind of power that we have. and it's a very diverse -- it's a very good thing if we can do something to stop making that, fixing that. we'll see what happens. there are other countries, but in terms of the world, we are number one by far. russia's number two. and china would be number three.
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china is not -- it's a tremendous expense. for them, for us, for everybody. the destructive capability is really unacceptable. we'll see if we can do something. i think russia and i think china would like to do it very much. reporter: member countries and allied countries in the past delinquent for not meeting the 2% standard. where would you put canada in that? president trump: they'll be ok. just slightly delinquent. some are way below 1%. that's unacceptable. then if something happens we are supposed to protect them. it's not really fair. it never has been fair. they are paying up. we are talking to germany tomorrow. and they are starting to come along. they have to. they have to. otherwise if they don't want to, i'll have to do something with
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respect to trade. reporter: canada is ok? president trump: we have built something in the last three years that's been incredible. you have seen it. we are up $21 trillion and china is down about $32 trillion. as you know for years i have been hearing that it was 2019, 2019, china will become the largest economy. that didn't happen. we are much larger than china because we have gone up and they have gone down. and they have had their worst year in 56 or 57 years. by far. they have had the worst year they have had that they know of. and we don't want that, frankly. but what they were doing is wrong. and i think they are going to stop it. and they want to make a deal, yes. reporter: on that question, would you commit if there is a country that's delinquent as you put it in paying for their defense spending, would you commit as president of the
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united states to defend them if they were attacked? president trump: you know i'm going to be discussing that today. that's a very interesting question, isn't it? it also depends on what your definition of delinquent is. if you have a country paying only 1%, you have some paying less than 1%, and shouldn't be, you have some paying less than 1% and -- they are wealthy countries on top of everything. now we go to a new year and they don't pay. and another year and they don't pay. well, now i ask you, do they have to pay for the back years? ok. why is it that they owe us this year but every time a new year comes up, they don't have to pay. it's wrong. it's not right. i could say that you could go back 25 years. i won't do that with canada, of course. you would go back right from the beginning.
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where they were short of -- it's 2% now. 2% is very low. it should be 4%. 2% is very low. but you have some that are well short of that. but they were shorter than last year, the year before, year before. so they are short all these years. in theory you don't just say that's ok. you don't have to pay. i mean they are really owed that money from the past. that's the way i look at it. if germany, as an example, is putting 1% and they are supposed to be paying 2%, you are talking about billions of dollars. well, that means that last year, the year before, year before all of those years they would owe us money. you are talking about trillions of dollars. nobody's ever brought that up. they just keep talking about the present. if they are short one year, and then you go into the new year, they never talk about the year they didn't pay. but they actually in theory owe us that money.
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it's not fair. it's not fair. reporter: regarding china, when you met the prime minister in june, you talked about being -- trying to help with the two prisoners that are canadians that are in china. have you made any -- president trump: i have. i think we made progress. i had mentioned that to president xi as you know. it was a big subject at the time. i just hope they are being treated well. i put in a very, very strong word for those two prisoners. reporter: mr. president, canada does not meet the 2% standard, should it have a plan to meet the 2% standard? president trump: we'll put them on a payment plan. we'll put canada on a payment plan. i'm sure the prime minister would love that. what is your number? prime minister trudeau: number we talked about is 70% increase over these past years. including for the coming years.
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including significant investments in our fighter jets. significant investments in our naval fleets. we are increasing significantly our defense spending from previous governments that cut it. president trump: where are you now in terms of your number? prime minister trudeau: 1.4 president trump: they know it's important to do that. their economy is doing well. they'll get there quickly. it's to their benefit. prime minister trudeau: the president knows well that canada has been there for every nato deployment. we have consistently stepped up. sent our troops into harm's way. we are leading in iraq. we are leading in nato -- in latvia. we continue to step up like most of our allies. there are some countries that even though they might reach the 2% don't step up nearly as much. i think it's important to look at what is actually being done. and the united states and our
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nato allies know that canada is a solid, reliable partner. we'll continue to defend nato and our interests. pres. trump: there is tremendous coordination with radar and technologically we have tremendous coordination between canada and the united states. yes? what advice are you getting on impeachment? pres. trump: we are winning so big. we had our biggest fundraising months ever. the last quarter was unbelievable. i have my best poll numbers that i've ever had. the impeachment hoax is going nowhere. the republican party has never been so unified as it is right now. i've never seen anything like it. areone thing, republicans better politicians with better policies, but the democrats do
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stick together. borders.rats like open they like sanctuary cities. they like a lot of things that are not good, but they do stick together. well, he in this whole impeachment hoax has been like glue because it is a hoax. it is a way of trying to hurt the republican party and a lot of great people. the people aren't standing for it. a lot of these democrats went back over the weekend and over the last week and a half, they talk about how much of an emergency everything is, and then they go away for two weeks. they went back to their districts, and they are getting hammered in their districts. they see what is going on, especially in trump districts. i have districts where i won by a lot. you people know it better than anybody. we had a lot of great elections recently. wonad in kentucky, we everything but the governorship,
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and the governor lost by just a few votes. louisiana was a longshot, and it was less than 1%. and we won everything else. theississippi, we won governorship. very close race. it was tight going in. i made a speech, we had a rally, and he won by a lot. we have a wonderful governor in mississippi. but both candidates went up a lot. we've never had the spirit that we have. i think i could honestly say, i don't think we've ever had the spirit that we have right now in the republican party. and the impeachment hoax is what has done it. honestly, i think you people know that better than i do. reporter: the dow is down in
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down 400 points right now, in part two to comment you made earlier. i have to tell you, if there's not going to be a good deal, i'm not signing a deal. reppert --ked up picked up record numbers and stock markets, so that's ok. i have to make the right deal. and going to make a deal it's not going to be great for our country. other presidents and leaders of our country have let us down because they've let china get away with something that should have never been allowed to happen. billions and billions of dollars a year were lost in dealing with china. by foolish people, or by people that didn't care, or that didn't know how. i give china great credit, and i
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don't even blame china because our people shouldn't have done what they did. but what they've done is we've then150 billion dollars, $250 billion, then $400 billion to china. they rebuilt china with the money they took out of the united states. that's where we were, and now we are taking and now we are taking in billions of dollars. they -- you me how used to tell me how it will cost us. they are eating the money because they don't want to lose their supply chains. i don't want them to lose their supply chains, but if it happens, that's where it is. have, the deal that we and the deal that we have could get even better. so we will see what happens. we are at a critical stage. today, and they called us yesterday. we are having ongoing discussions, and we will see what happens. but if the stock market goes up
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again, i don't watch the stock market. i watched jobs. jobs are what i watch. proper to make a deal. we've been taking the vintage of by china for so many years, at numbers that, if you were doing this, you wouldn't have believed it. founding ofhe china's entrance into the world trade organization, the -- [no audio] -- about article five of the nato charter? pres. trump: it doesn't signal anything.
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when a country is delinquent, they don't pay, and then something happens. usually we look at it as a group. if i were to look at it as a group, i think it is very unfair when a country doesn't pay, so most likely i would do something with respect to trade. but that is something we will be discussing today. i have to look at it as a group. this country is sitting right in the middle, is delinquent. they are not paying, and something happens to that country. i think it is an unlikely circumstance, but i would do something having to do with trade much more so than what you are suggesting. impeachment.k to think there will be a trial in the senate? pres. trump: i think it will be a mistake if they do. i think the democrats should be ashamed of themselves. if you look at the word impeachment, here there was nothing wrong. it was a perfect conversation with a very nice gentleman, the president of ukraine.
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the conversation was perfect. it was two conversations. they were both perfect. they were transcribed. they were both perfect. this is what you're going to impeach the president of the united states on? the republicans have never been stronger, never been more unified. the democrats have gone crazy. and you know what? they have to be careful because when the shoe is on the other foot, and someday, hopefully in the distant future, you have a democrat president, you have a republican house, and they will do the same thing because somebody picked an orange out of the refrigerator and you don't like it, so let's go and impeach them. that's not the way our country is supposed to be run. have you selected a new site for the g7 summit next year? pres. trump: we have, and i think it has been more or less announced. we are going to do it at camp david. we will be doing some very special things at camp david.
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it is nearby. it is close. we are going to give very good access to the press. we will have a little bit of a deliverance. but it will be at camp david. can you comment on your decision to leave sera and leave the kurds? -- leave syria and leave the kurds? pres. trump: not only have we not left the kurds, but we are working with the kurds. we have a very good rushing ship with the kurds. and we are taking the oil. that oil is what they lived off of, and that was going to be taken away from them. but now our great soldiers are right around the oil. we've got the oil. but if we didn't have it, they wouldn't be able to survive. the kurds wouldn't be able to survive. reporter: you've maintained that you've done nothing wrong in
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your comment with ukraine -- in your conversation with ukraine. anyone toyou allow testify? pres. trump: i would love for them to testify, but these are very unfair hearings. i just heard it today, they get free constitutional lawyers. it is all nonsense. they are just wasting their time. and we get one. nobody has to know anything about constitutional law, but they get three, and we get one. that's not sounding too good, but that's the way it is for the hearings. we don't get a lawyer. we don't get any witnesses. we want biden. we want the son, hunter. where's hunter? we want schiff. we want to interview these people. well, they said no, we can do it. so when it is fair, and it will be fair in the senate, i would love to have mike pompeo, make,
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rick perry, and many other people testify. but i don't want them to testify when this is a total fix. do you know what a fix is? it is a fix. just think about it. tomorrow, i don't think anybody is going to watch. i'm not going to watch. i'm going to be doing this. tomorrow, they get free constitutional lawyers, and we get one. it's not going to matter. usy get three, and they give one. whoever heard of anything like that? nobody. i want them to testify, but i want them to justify in the senate, where they will get a fair trial. reporter: what do you want to learn from adam schiff's testimony? pres. trump: i learned nothing from adam schiff. i think he's a maniac. he's a deranged human being. man,nk he's a very sick and he lies.
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adam schiff made up my conversation with the president of ukraine. one of the reasons people keep talking about it is that's what they saw. we have a perfectly beautiful three to four page transcription , and then in the other case a transcription of the call, but people don't read that. a friend of mine called up, very successful. i don't like what was said. i said, did you read it? no, i heard adam schiff give it. well, that's not what was said. i sent him a copy, and he said, this is great. this isn't what he said. this guy is sick. he made up the conversation. he lied. if he didn't do that in the halls of congress, he'd be thrown in a jail. but he did it in the halls of congress, and he's given immunity. this is a sick person. he's a liar. and by the way, nancy pelosi knew he was lying, and went on stephanopoulos, and she said he
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told the truth. so she was lying, too. these people are deranged. anybody else? reporter: mr. prime minister, the president suggested that canada might pull out of usmca if the u.s. congress doesn't ratify a deal. have you ever made that suggestion directly to the president? pm trudeau: we had lots of great conversations about how we are going to move forward to benefit workers in all three of our countries, and we are very confident we are going to be able to get there. i know ambassador lighthizer and deputy prime minister and the mexican negotiators are engaged very closely on this issue. we are very hopeful that we are going to have good news soon. --orter: mr. prime minister [speaking french] reporter: mr. prime minister, is it your plan to have discussions about turkey and its role in
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nato with the president? pm trudeau: i think there's a range of discussions we will have during this meeting. i look forward to having opportunity to chat with the president, including the various challenges and reflections we have to have on how we move forward as nato, and how we make sure we are responding to the real challenges the world sees right now. and about the extradition in mainline hong china? in mainland pm trudeau: we will absolutely bring up the issue of the detainees. pres. trump: thank you, everybody. thank you. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] announcer: sees bands "washington journal -- sees bands -- c-span's "washington morning" live every with news and policy issues that impact you. "washington journal"washington journal be sure to watch -- be
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