Live: President Trump participates in a joint press conference with the President of Finland

Live: President Trump participates in a joint press conference with the President of Finland


GUYGER. >>>WE TAKE YOU TO THE WHITE HOUSE. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS HOLDING A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE WITH THE LEADER OF FINLAND. >>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. LOOK AT ALL THE PRESS YOU ATTRACT. YOU CAN BELIEVE THIS? >>THEY WON’T TALK TO ME. >>I HOPE NOT. YOU’RE LUCKY. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TODAY, IT’S MY HONOR TO WELCOME PRESIDENT NIINISTO OF FINLAND TO THE WHITE HOUSE. AND IT’S WONDERFUL TO HOST YOU ONCE AGAIN IN WASHINGTON. WE HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW EACH OTHER IN THE LAST PERIOD OF TIME, AND IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. THE PRESIDENT AND I JUST CONCLUDED A NUMBER OF DISCUSSIONS FOR A NUMBER OF EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. BEFORE WE GO FURTHER, I WANT TO EXPRESS OUR CONDOLENCES OVER THE HORRIFIC STABBING ATTACK IN THE COLLEGE IN FINLAND. AMERICANS SEND OUR UNWAVERING LOVE AND SUPPORT. >>THANK YOU. >>THE AMERICAN AND FINNISH PEOPLE ARE LINKED BY DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW. THIS PAST MAY, OUR COUNTRIES CELEBRATED THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S RECOGNITION OF THE INDEPENDENT NATION OF FINLAND IN 1919. AS PRESIDENT WILSON WROTE AT THE TIME, OUR RECOGNITION WAS PROMPTED BY THE SYMPATHIES FOR THE CAUSE SIMILAR TO THAT WHICH CAUSED OUR ENDECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN 1776. A CENTURY AFTER WE ESTABLISHED DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS, FINLAND AND THE UNITED STATES REMAIN UNITED BY THE SAME CHERISHED VALUES. CENTRAL TO THE EFFORT IS THE CLOSE COOPERATION OF MATTERS OF SECURITY AND DEFENSE. ALTHOUGH FINLAND IS NOT A MEMBER OF NATO — SAVE A LOT OF MONEY. FINLAND PARTICIPATES IN MANY NATO EXERCISES AND I’M PLEASED THAT FINLAND IS SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASING ITS MILITARY BUDGET. AMERICA AND FINLAND ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD RESPECT FOR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY IN THE ARCTIC. BOTH OF OUR NATIONS COMMITTED TO A SECURE ARCTIC REGION FREE FROM INTRUSION AND INTERFERENCE, AND SIMPLY PUT WE BELIEVE THAT THE AFFAIRS OF THE ARCTIC SHOULD BE GOVERNED BY THE ACTUAL NATIONS OF THE ARCTIC. AS YOU KNOW, THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE COMING INTO THE ARCTIC, AND WE DON’T LIKE IT. AND WE CAN’T LET IT HAPPEN. WE WON’T LET IT HAPPEN. THE UNITED STATES AND INLAND ARE LIKEWISE PARTNERING TO SECURE THE 5G NETWORKS. IT’S CRITICAL THAT WE USE SAVE AND TRUSTWORTHY PROVIDERS AND COMPONENTS AND SUPPLY CHAINS AND WELCOME THE OROSS CENTER IN FINLAND. THIS INNOVATION CENTER WILL GREATLY EXPAND FERN AND FINNISH BUSINESSES IN COOPERATION WITH 5K AND THE FINNISH COMPANY, NOKIA, A GREAT COMPANY, A LEADER IN 5G TECHNOLOGY IS WORKING ON CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY AT BELL LABS IN NEW JERSEY. EACH YEAR FINNISH OWNED COMPANIES INVEST $120 MILLION IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN AMERICA AND EXPAND OUR EXPORTS BY MORE THAN $1 BILLION. JUST TODAY, NOKIAN TIRES OPENED A NEW MAN A NEWFACTURING PLANT DAYTON, TENNESSEE, CREATING HUNDREDS OF BRAND NEW BEAUTIFUL JOBS FOR A GREAT STATE, TENNESSEE. WE LOVE TENNESSEE. SO THEY MADE A WISE CHOICE. YOU NEVER LOSE WHEN YOU GO TO TENNESSEE. I ENCOURAGE OTHER FINNISH COMPANIES TO INCREASE THEIR INVESTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE HAS SIMPLY NEVER BEEN A BETTER FINAL TO DO BUSINESS IN AMERICA. WE HAVE PASSED THE LARGE EAST TAX CUTS AND REFORM AND REGULATION CUTS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. WE SLASHED BUSINESS TAX, AND WE’RE FUELING JOB GROWTH THROUGH OUR RECORD-SETTING CAMPAIGN TO ABOLISH ALL OF THOSE REAL TERRIBLE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. WE HAVE PLENTY OF REGULATIOS BUT MANY OF THEM WE DIDN’T NEED. WE GOT RID OF THEM. THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS BOOMING, WAGES ARE RISING, AND SNK SOARING AND UNEMPLOYMENT HAS HIT THE LOWEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY. WE WANT THE FINNISH COMPANY TO JOIN IN AMERICA’S ECONOMIC REVIVAL. SO MANY COUNTRIES ARE COMING IN. IT’S A HOT PLACE. WE HAVE THE HOTTEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. IT’S A HOT PLACE TO BE. THEY ALL WANT TO BE HERE. THE PRESIDENT AND I ARE WORKING ON A WAY TO IMPROVE INTERNATIONAL TRADE BASED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF FAIRNESS AND MY FAVORITE WORD, RECIPROCITY AND THE PRESIDENT HOLDS THE EU COUNCIL TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE THE MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL EUROPEAN UNIT. WE WILL HAVE TO START DOING SOMETHING WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT BEEN TREATING THIS COUNTRY RIGHT FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND THEY KNOW IT. I TELL THEM, AND THEY CONTINUE. AMERICA’S TRADE DOVE SIT WITH THE EU HAS BEEN AVERAGING $160 BILLION A YEAR FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, ACHIEVING MORE BALANCE AND ROBUST TRADE FLOWS TO THE U.S. FROM TRADE TO SECURITY FROM TRAVEL TO COMMERCE, WE ARE IMMENSELY GRATEFUL FOR OUR CLOSE AND DEEPLY VALUED FRIENDSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE OF FINLAND, GREAT PEOPLE. AND WE ARE NOW WORKING ON A DEAL TO SELL A LARGE NUMBER OF AIRPLANES, FIGHTER JETS HOPEFULLY TO FINLAND AND SEE HOW THAT WORKS OUT. WE MAKE THE GREATEST JETS IN THE WORLD AND THE GREATEST MISSILES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. NOBODY IS CLOSE. MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR VISITING THE WHITE HOUSE. THE HISTORY OF THE TWO NATIONS IS A PROFOUND TESTAMENT TO THE INDEPENDENCE OF OUR INDEPENDENCE AND RESOLVE TO DEFEND IT. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK ALONGSIDE OF YOU AS WE SAFE GUARD OUR PRECIOUS SOVEREIGNTY IN THE BILL AND HOPE, HARMONY, AND PEACE FOR THE AMERICAN AND FINNISH PEOPLE, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US AT THE OVAL OFFICE AND WHITE HOUSE. WE HAD A SPECIAL NUMBER OF HOURS. APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH, THANK YOU, SIR. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. FIRST OF ALL, WILL DELIVER YOUR CONLOW DENSES TO THE FINNISH PEOPLE. THEY WILL APPRECIATE IT. AND I HAD SOME SPARE TIME, AND I WAS ABLE TO VISIT A FEW FILMS HERE ON AMERICAN HISTORY AND AFRICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN- INDIAN HISTORY. IN ADDITION TO THAT, I HAD THE POSSIBILITY TO ATTEND A CEREMONY IN ARLINGTON. MR. PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE A GREAT DEMOCRACY. KEEP IT GOING ON. WE HAD A VERY GOOD DISCUSSION WITH THE PRESIDENT. LIKE YOU MENTIONED, OUR DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS ARE 100 YEARS OLD. DURING THAT TIME, WE HAVE NOT HAD A LOT OF OFFICIAL MEETINGS LIKE THIS. BUT THE AMERICAN AND FINNISH PEOPLE, SCIENTISTS, FOR EXAMPLE, NEED EACH OTHER COOPERATING, WORKING TOGETHER. WE HAVE QUITE A LOT OF COOPERATION IN THE SECURITY SECTOR ALSO IN DEFENSE BECAUSE I THINK THAT WE EACH HAVE A FEELING THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR THE NATION IS TO GUARANTEE SECURITY TO THE CITIZENS. AND THAT IS THE STARTING POINT FOR FINLAND ALSO FOR THIS COOPERATION. I WANTED TO TAKE UP WITH THE PRESIDENT THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSATLANTIC COOPERATION. WE ALL KNOW EUROPE NEEDS USA. BUT I SAY THAT USA NEEDS ALSO EUROPE. WE KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING. WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE OR SO THE VALUE OF EVERYTHING. WE SHARE THE SAME VALUES, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN BASED, AND IN THAT, WE ARE VERY SIMILAR. EUROPE HAS, IN A WAY, AWAKENED IN THE COUPLE LAST YEARS TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE SECURITY POINT OF VIEW. AND I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THAT IN MY OPINION, THE STRONGER EUROPE WE HAVE, THE STRONGER PARTNER YOU HAVE. THE ARCTIC AREA, YOU KNOW FEN LAND — FINLAND IS VERY NORTH S BECOMING MORE AND MORE INTERESTED AS THE PRESIDENT SAID. WE BOTH, ALONGSIDE WITH SIX COUNTRIES FORM THE ARCTIC COUNCIL. AND WE ARE WORKING HEAVILY. THERE ARE SURELY POSSIBILITIES LIKE WE HAVE HEARD. THE MARITIME ROUTES ARE BEING OPENED. MAYBE THERE ARE ALSO RESOURCES, BUT THERE ARE HUGE RISKS. ONE OF THEM IS THAT WE SHOULD KEEP THE LOW TENSION WE ARE USED TO HAVING THERE. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE DISCUSSING. I DO APPRECIATE THE PRESIDENT EMPHASIZING THAT IT IS NOT A PLACE FOR MILITARY. BUT EVEN GREATER CHALLENGE IS THE ENVIRONMENT, AND I’M VERY PROUD THAT WE STARTED TO TALK TWO YEARS AGO IN THIS VERY HOUSE ABOUT BLACK COAL. IT’S NOT MAYBE THE FIRST CLIMATE PROBLEM BUT IT’S — EVERYBODY CAN UNDERSTAND THAT IF IT COMES DOWN TO ICE AND TO SNOW, WHEN THE SUN MEETS IT, IT MELTS DOWN. AND MELTING OF SEA ICE IN THE ARCTIC IS VERY CRUCIAL. I USED TO SAY THAT IF WE LOSE THE ARCTIC, WE USE THE GLOBE. WE HAD A COUPLE OF WORDS, VERY IMPORTANT ONES ON ARMS CONTROL. SOME OF US REMEMBER THE FIRST YEARS OF THE COLD WAR IN 1960s. THERE WAS NO AGREEMENT AT ALL, JUST COLD WAR. WE CAN’T LET THE SITUATION RETURN WITH, NO AGREEMENT AT ALL ABOUT ARMS CONTROL. THAT IS WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TRY TO NEGOTIATE NEW AGREEMENTS AND TO CONTINUE THE NEW START AGREEMENT. THAT WILL BE A GOOD NEW START FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON THAT. YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, REFERRED TO 5G. ICT AS A WHOLE, WE ARE VERY PROUD TO HAVE THE EXCELLENCE OF — THE EXCELLENCE OF THE USA. USA HAS BEEN HELPFUL IN THAT, AND VERY MANY COUNTRIES ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO FIGHT AGAINST THE HUGE DANGER OF WARFARE. IT COMES TO — TO PROVIDERS IN THAT AREA, AM NOT VERY WILLING TO POINT OUT ANY COUNTRY OR COMPANY. IT MAY BE A BIT LATE FROM THE USA IN MAKING A RISK ASSESSMENT, PREPARED IN 1, 2 WEEKS’S TIME. AFTER THAT, WE IN A PLACE THAT WE HAVE TO CHOOSE THE TOOLS TO PROTECT US. MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING THE POSSIBILITY OF MEETING YOU HERE. IT IS VERY VALUABLE. I FOUND THE DISCUSSIONS VERY OPEN, VERY INTERESTING AND GIVING A LOT TO MY LITTLE COUNTRY. THANK YOU, SIR. >>THANK YOU. >>BEFORE WE TAKE QUESTIONS, SOMETHING HAPPENED THAT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR MANY DECADES, AND WE CAME TO A CONCLUSION. COULD I ASK AMBASSADOR PENCE TO COME UP FOR ONE SECOND AND EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT JUST TOOK PLACE? THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. THIS IS AMBASSADOR PENCE, NO RELATIONSHIP TO OUR GREAT VICE PRESIDENT. HARD TO BELIEVE. NO ONE BELIEVES THAT BUT IT’S TRUE. >>I HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED AS HIS FATHER, HIS BROTHER, HIS COUSIN, HIS UNCLE. WE ARE FRIENDS. GOOD AFTERNOON. ARRIVING IN HALSINCKI, THERE WAS PAPERS ON THE DESK CONCERNING IN INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, ARIZONA, AND I AM GENERICALLY REFER TO THEM AS HOPI INDIANS. IN 1835, A LOT OF THEIR REMAINS WERE EXCAVATED AND REMOVED ALONG WITH 500 ARTIFACTS TO FINLAND, AND THERE THEY REMAINED DESPITE A LOT OF ACTIVITY TO GIVE THEM BACK, AND I WILL JUMP TO THE END THROUGH THE GOOD OFFICES OF OUR STATE DEPARTMENT AND IN PARTICULAR, PRESIDENT NIINISTO AND HIS ENTIRE TEAM WE HAVE SECURED A MUTUAL AGREEMENT WHEREBY ALL THE REMAINS, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF PETRIFIED BODIES WILL BE GOING BACK TO BE PUT BACK WHERE THEY WERE BURIED. SO THAT’S SPECIAL TO US. I THINK IT’S PROBABLY SPECIAL TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES EVERYWHERE AROUND THE GLOBE THAT WERE ALL CONCERNED ABOUT PAYING APPROPRIATE RESPECT TO THOSE WHO DEPARTED BEFORE US. SO THANK YOU. THANK YOU TO BOTH OF THE PRESIDENTS FOR SUPPORTING THIS. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. THAT’S A GREAT JOB, MR. AMBASSADOR. THAT WAS GOING ON FOR MANY, MANY DECADES. SO I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU. JOHN ROBERTS? >>MR. PRESIDENT, THANK YOU, PRESIDENT NIINISTO. IF I COULD, SIR, I HAVE TWO PERTINENT QUESTIONS. MAYBE I CAN ASK THEM SEPARATELY TO GET A FRESH ANSWER. THE THREE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE — THE THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES LOOKING INTO THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRIES GAVE NOTICE THAT THEY WILL BE SENDING NOTICE TO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR DOCUMENTS AND OTHER MATERIALS. WILL YOU OPT COOPERATE WITH THE SUBPOENAS? >>I ALWAYS SUBPOENA. THIS IS A HOAX, A CONTINUATION OF WHAT WAS PLAYING OUT, JOHN, SINCE MY ELECTION I WOULD SAY. PROBABLY — WE’LL FIND OUT SOON BUT PROBABLY BEFORE MY ELECTION. THIS IS A FRAUDULENT CRIME ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT WE WILL WORK TOGETHER WITH SHIFTY SCHIFF ANDPELOSI AND ALL OF THEM AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS BECAUSE WE DID ABSOLUTELY — I HAD A GREAT CALL WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE. IT WAS 100%. YOU HAVE THE TRANSCRIPT, AND SCHIFF, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE GOT UP AND RELATED A CALL THAT DIDN’T TAKE PLACE. HE MADE UP THE LANGUAGE. HARD TO BELIEVE THAT NOBODY’S EVER SEEN THIS. I THINK HE HAD SOME KIND OF A MENTAL BREAKDOWN BUT HE WENT UP TO THE MICROPHONE AND READ A STATEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AS IF I WAS ON THE CALL. WHEN HE LOOKED AT THE SHEET, AN EXACT TRANSCRIPT OF MY CALL, DONE BY TALENTED PEOPLE WHO DID THIS, EXACT, WORD FOR WORD, HE SAID, WOW. HE DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG. HE MADE IT UP. HE WENT UP TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN FRONT OF A MICROPHONE AND IN CONGRESS AND HE WENT OUT AND GAVE A WHOLE PRESENTATION OF WORD THAT IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NEVER SAID. IT HAS TO BE A CRIMINAL ACT. IT HAS TO BE. HE SHOULD RESIGN. SOME PEOPLE SAID IT WAS TREASON BUT IT WAS A VERY SAD THING. JUST SO YOU KNOW, THE CALL WAS PERFECT, THE REAL CALL. THE CALL I MADE. MANY PEOPLE WERE ON THE LINE. I KNEW THAT BECAUSE USUALLY WHEN I SPOKE TO FOREIGN COUNTRY LEADERS — YOU CAN NAME ANY ONE OF THEM BUT I KNOW WHEN WE SPEAK ON THE PHONE WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES. MY KNOWLEDGE. I KNOW ABOUT. IT IT’S NOT LIKE OH,GEE, I’M ON THE LINE. LET’S TALK ABOUT A SECRET. BUT MANY PEOPLE, MIKE POMPEO, HE WAS ON THE LINE AND THEY LISTENED FOR KNOWLEDGE AND SECURITY REASONS AND LOTS OF REASONS BUT E PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE AT THE UNITED NATIONS AND PREVIOUS TO THAT HE ANNOUNCED THROUGHSPOKESPERSON SAID THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO PRESSURE PUT ON HIM. THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO AT ALL. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THIS WHISTLEBLOWER’S — I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS BUT ONLY WHEN THEY’RE REAL. THE PHONE CALL WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN THE FACT. BUT WHEN GOT THEM WAS THEY NEVER THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO RELEASE THE CALL. I DON’T LIKE DOING THAT I HOPE I DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT AGAIN. I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT, JOHN. I DON’T WANT TO DO IT AGAIN BUT I DID IT WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE UKRANIAN GOVERNMENT. WE GOT PERMISSION AND ASKED WOULD IT BE OKAY? OTHERWISE, I WOULDN’T HAVE DONE IT. IF I WOULDN’T HAVE DONE IT, I WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO A LIE BECAUSE THE WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT DIDN’T HE SAY 7 OR 8 TIMES I SAID QUID PRO QUO? YOU DO THIS OR YOU WON’T GET MONEY. IN FAIRNESS, BIDEN SAID IT. HE IS ON TAPE. YOU HAVE AT LEAST FOUR UNITED STATES SENATORS, DEMOCRATS, THAT SAID IT EVEN STRONGER THAN SCHIFF AND HIS MADE-UP STORY SAID IT. OBAMA WHEN HE WAS DEALING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA, NOT PUTIN, HE SAID, HEY, TELL VLADIMIR I CAN DO A LOT MORE AFTER THE ELECTION. REMEMBER THAT? YOU DIDN’T MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF THAT. EVERYONE THOUGHT, ISN’T THAT CUTE? ISN’T THAT CUTE? MY TALK AND MY RESPONSE — LINDSEY GRAHAM SAID I NEVER KNEW YOU WERE THAT NICE. I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WERE THAT NICE. HE SAID THAT LOUD AND CLEAR. IT WAS PERFECT. IT WAS PERFECT. NOT A THING WRONG WITH IT. TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT OVER A FRAUD THAT WAS COMMITTED BY OTHER PEOPLE THAT WANT TO WIN AN ELECTION IN 2020 WHICH THEY WON’T IS INCREDIBLE. SO THIS IS THE GREATEST HOAX. NOW, IT’S GONE ON FOR A LONG TIME. WE HAD THE MUELLER COLLUSION ILLUSION. OKAY. THAT WENT ON FOR YEARS. AND THAT’S FINALLY DONE. NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION, NO NOTHING. IT WAS A JOKE, AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT. IT WAS FROM DAY 1. NOW, I GET 3 DAYS OF PEACE. AND I’M TALKING ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS, GOING TO MEET WITH THE BIGGEST LEADERS IN THE WORLD, AND I HEAR ABOUT THE WORD IMPEACHMENT. I SAID WHAT DID I DO NOW? IT WAS ABOUT A BEAUTIFUL CONVERSATION THAT I HAD. JUST REMEMBER THIS. THE UKRANIAN NEW PRESIDENT, A FINE MAN, SAID I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. THERE WAS NO PRESSURE. AND HE SAID IT A NUMBER OF TIMES. WHAT’S YOUR SECOND QUESTION? YOU SHOULDN’T BE ASKING TWO QUESTIONS. DO ME A FAVOR. ASK ONE OF THE FINNISH — JOHN, JOHN — >>I THINK YOU WILL WANT TO ANSWER THIS. >>ASK ONE OF THE FINNISH PRESIDENT. >>THEN CAN I COME BACK TO YOU? >>WE’LL TALK LATER. IT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD QUESTION. MAYBE I’LL LIKE THIS. LET ME HEAR IT. MAYBE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS MAYBE I’LL LOVE IT. >>THERE WAS A REPORT THAT THE WHISTLEBLOWER MET WITH THE STAFF MEMBER OF ADAM SCHIFF — >>I LOVE THAT QUESTION. IT SHOWS THAT SCHIF SHOW — THANK YOU, JOHN. >>CAN I FINISH? >>YES. >>YOU GOT IT RIGHT THERE. >>I HATE TO SAY “THE NEW YORK TIMES”S. MAYBE THEY’RE GETTING BETTER. >>YOUR RESPONSE THAT SCHIFF MAY HAVE LEARNED WHEN THE WHISTLEBLOWER KNEW PRIOR — >>I THINK IT’S A SCANDAL. I WOULD GO A STEP FURTHER AND SAY HE PROBABLY HELPED TO WRITE IT. OKAY. THAT’S WHAT THE WORD IS, AND I GIVE A LOT OF RESPECT TO THE NEW YORK TIMES AS THEY PUT IT OUT. IT JUST HAPPENED WALKING UP HERE TO THE MIC. WHOA. THAT’S SOMETHING. THAT’S BIG STUFF. THAT’S A BIG STORY. HE KNEW LONG BEFORE AND HE HELPED RIGHT IT, — WRITE IT, TOO. IT’S A SCAM. I LOVE THE SECOND QUESTION. SHOULD HAVE ASKED IT FIRST. [ LAUGHTER ] LET ME TELL YOU. THE WHOLE THING IS A SCAM. THE MUELLER DEAL WAS A SCAM. THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION WAS A SCAM. YOU CAN ASK PUTIN. NOBODY’S BEEN ROUGH OR RUSSIA THAN BAD OLD TRUMP. OKAY? NOW WITH THAT BEING SAID, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO GET ALONG WITH RUSSIA. WE WILL GET ALONG WITH RUSSIA BECAUSE IT’S SMART BUT NOBODY WAS TOUGH OR RUSSIA THAN DONALD TRUMP. AND ONE, PLEASE. >>PRESIDENT NIINISTO, GOOD TO SEE YOU. YOU HAD A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT 5K AND NOKIA AND YOU MET WITH THE CHINESE PRESIDENT DURING THE SUMMER AND RENEWED THE TIES OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE TWO COUNTRIES WOULD PUT HUWAEI EQUIPMENT WERE AT RISK FOR NATIONAL SECURITY? >>THANK YOU. LIKE I TOLD YOU ALREADY, THE EUROPEAN SITUATION IS MAYBE DIFFERENT THAN THAT FROM HERE BECAUSE OF THE COMPANY INSIDE THE EUROPE, PARTLY AT LEAST. WHAT THE EUROPEAN UNION IS DOING IS MAKING A RISK ASSESSMENT, ASKING EACH COUNTRY, WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE, WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN AND FOUND OUT, AND THAT WILL BE RELEASED IN TWO WEEKS’S TIME, AND WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT IN THE EUROPEAN THE TOOLS WE NEED TO PROTECT OURSELVES. YOU REFER TO MY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT JI. WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT 5G AT THE MEETING. AND WE ALL KNOW NOKIA IS A MAJOR FACTOR IN THIS AREA. THEY WILL ANSWER FOR THEMSELVES. THANK YOU. >>PLEASE. PICK SOMEBODY WHO IS REALLY NICE FROM FINLAND. >>A REALLY NICE PERSON? >>I THINK THEY ARE ALL NICE IN FINLAND. >>FINNISH REPORTERS? JUST TWO? >>UH-OH. >>DID I — YES. >>FROM NTV NEWS IN FINLAND, AND I HAVE ONE QUESTION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ONE QUESTION FOR PRESIDENT NIINISTO. FIRST FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, HOW WILL THIS POLITICAL STORM AFFECT THE U.S. FOREIGN POLICY OFFICIALLY THE RELATIONSHIP WITH FINLAND AND SECOND FOR PRESIDENT NIINISTO BECAUSE IT’S THE BIGGEST ISSUE AT THE MOMENT, I HAVE TO ASK WHAT KIND OF FAVORS HAS MR. TRUMP ASKED FOR YOU? >>OH, THE OTHER WAY AROUND, YOU MEAN. >>WHAT FAVORS I ASKED. >>I THINK YOU MEAN THE OTHER WAY AROUND. >>BOTH WAYS, OKAY. >>THE POLITICAL STORM I LIVED WITH IT SINCE THE GUY I GOT ELECTED. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE MORE THAN ANY ADMINISTRATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY IN THE FIRST TWO AND A HALF YEARS. I’M USED TO IT. FOR ME, IT’S LIKE PUTTING ON A SUIT IN THE MORNING. PEOPLE HAVE SAID TO ME, HOW DOES HE HANDLE IT? RUSH LIMBAUGH SAID I DON’T KNOW OF ANY MAN IN AMERICA WHO COULD HAVE HANDLED IT. SEAN HANNITY SAID THE SAME THING. OTHERS HAVE SAID THE SAME THING. I DON’T KNOW ANY MAN IN AMERICA — BECAUSE IT’S ALL A FRAUD, AND BECAUSE OF THAT, AND BECAUSE I KNOW THAT I’M RIGHT AND I KNOW I’M DOING A GREAT JOB FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE I’M VERY, VERY HAPPY LIVING THE WAY I’M LIVING. I THOUGHT THAT I WOULD FINISH OFF THE FIRST TERM WITHOUT THE THREAT OF PEOPLE MAKING FALSE CLAIMS, BUT THIS ONE TURNED OUT TO BE INCREDIBLE ALL BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW THAT I HAD A TRANSCRIPT DONE BY VERY, VERY TALENTED PEOPLE, WORD FOR WORD, COMMA FOR COMMA, DONE BY PEOPLE THAT DO IT FOR A LIVING. WE HAD AN EXACT TRANSCRIPT, AND WHEN WE PRODUCED THAT TRANSCRIPT, THEY DIED BECAUSE YOU LOOK AT THE WHISTLEBLOWER STATEMENT AND IT’S VICIOUS, VICIOUS, AND THAT WHISTLEBLOWER — THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT SOME BAD THINGS HAVE DONE ON. I THINK WE WILL GET TO THE — IT PROBABLY STARTED EVEN BEFORE. I THINK NOBODY HAS DONE WHAT I HAVE DONE WHEN YOU LOOK AT TAX CUTS AND REGULATION CUTS AND REBUILDING OUR MILITARY AND RIGHT TO TRY, RIGHT TO TRY. PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE YOUR MEDICINES BECAUSE WE ARE SO AHEAD OF OTHER COUNTRIES, AND OUR VETS. WE HAVE CHOICE. NOBODY THOUGHT YOU COULD HAVE CHOICE. THAT’S WHEN YOU HAVE TO WAIT ONLINE AS A VET. YOU GO OUTSIDE AND GET A DOCTOR AND WE PAY THE BILL. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT 3 WEEKS TO SEE A DOCTOR IF YOU’RE A VET. WE CHERISH OUR VETS. AT LEAST, THIS ADMINISTRATION DOES. FOR MANY YEARS, THEY DIDN’T BUT I TAKE CARE OF THE VETS. NO ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE THIS. I HAVE LIVED WITH IT SINCE THE DAY I GOT ELECTED. I’M JUST FINE WITH. IT. YES? >>WE HAD A DISCUSSION ON A VERY EQUAL BASIS. I APPRECIATE THAT. AND I HAD ONE REQUEST SPECIFICALLY THAT I WANTED THE PRESIDENT TO TAKE MORE NOTICE, TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS BECAUSE I CONSIDER IT USE FOR BOTH USA AND EUROPE. WE WERE DISCUSSING ALSO TRADING, I TOLD THE PRESIDENT THAT THE FIGHTERS WILL BE FINISHED IN 2 YEARS’ TIME. WE HAVE FIVE CANDIDATES, 2 FROM EUROPE AND 3 FROM THE UNITED STATES. HE ANSWER THAT DOES — ANSWERED THAT OURS IS BEST. >>JEFF GO AHEAD. >>THANK YOU, SIR. JEFF MASON FROM REUTERS. MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE WORD TREASON. DO YOU CONSIDER ANYONE WHO OPPOSES YOU TREASONOUS? >>NO. WHEN THEY LIE. WHEN THEY STAND IN OUR GREAT BODY AND OUR GREAT CHAMBER AND MAKE UP A STORY. IT WAS A TOTAL FABRICATION. HE SAID THIS WAS — THE ONLY ONES THAT DON’T LIKE MY CONVERSATION ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT NEVER READ IT BUT THEY HEARD SHIFTY SCHIFF. BECAUSE HE IS LYING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES — BELIEVE IT OR NOT I WATCH MY WORDS VERY CAREFULLY. THERE ARE THOSE WHO THINK I’M A VERY STABLE GENIUS. OKAY. I WATCH MY WORDS VERY, VERY CLOSELY. AND TO HAVE SOMEONE GET UP AND TOTALLY FACEBOOK LY-FABRICATE A CONVERSATION WITH ANOTHER LEADER AND MAKE IT SOUND SO BAD AND SO EVIL AND NOW I SEE THIS COME OUT JUST MINUTES AGO WHERE HE MET AT A TIME IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE DONE UNLESS THERE IS CORRUPTION INVOLVED — AND JUST YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING ON A PERSONAL BASIS AND THROUGH OTHERS, LAWYERS, CORRUPTION IN THE 2016 ELECTION. WE’VE BEEN INVESTIGATING CORRUPTION BECAUSE I PROBABLY WILL — I WAS GOING TO DEFINITELY BUT I PROBABLY WILL BE BRINGING A LOT OF LITIGATION AGAINST A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVING TO DO WITH THE CORRUPT INVESTIGATION HAVING TO DO WITH THE 2016 ELECTION. AND I HAVE NEVER RIGHT TO DO THAT BECAUSE THE WAY THEY’VE TREATED ME AND OTHER PEOPLE, THEY DESTROYED PEOPLE. THEY DESTROYED LIVES WITH A PHONY CHARGE THAT NEVER EXISTED. AND THAT WAS COLLUSION. NEVER EXISTED. HAD YOU 18 PEOPLE THAT HATED DONALD TRUMP, AND BOB MUELLER THAT HATED DONALD TRUMP. IN THE END, THEY COULDN’T FIND ONE THING — I WOULDN’T FIND IT ON YOU. THEY COULDN’T FIND ONE THING ON DONALD TRUMP, AND SPENT $42 MILLION, AND I’VE BEEN LOOKING AT THAT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME HOW IT STARTED AND WHY IT STARTED. IT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ANOTHER PRESIDENT EVER. I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT BRINGING A LAWSUITS AND WE HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING THE CORRUPTION OF WHAT THEY DID TO MY PEOPLE. THEY DESTROYED MANY PEOPLE. THEY CAME DOWN TO WASHINGTON TO DO A GREAT JOB, AND THEY LEFT HOME, THEY LEFT WASHINGTON DARK. THEY WERE DARK. THEY CAME DOWN HERE. I STAYED BRIGHT EYED AND BUSHY TAILED. THEY WANTED TO DO A GREAT JOB FOR PEOPLE. THEY WANTED TO DO A GREAT JOB. THEY WON THE ELECTION, AND THEN THEY GET SERVED FOR SUBPOENAS. ALL THE SUBPOENAS. NOW, LOOK AT NANCY PELOSI. NANCY PELOSI HANDS OUT SUBPOENAS LIKE — SHE HAS TO APPROVE IT. SHE HANDS OUT SUBPOENAS LIKE THEY’RE COOKIES. YOU WANT A SUBPOENA? HERE YOU GO. TAKE THIS LIKE THEY’RE COOKIES. PAUL RYAN WOULD NEVER GIVE A SUBPOENA. HE WOULD NOT GIVE THEM WHEN MARK WENT IN TO TALK AND DEVIN NUN ES. EM NOT SAYING WRONG OR RIGHT BUT PAUL RYAN, LET’S GIVE A SUBPOENA, AND TWO WEEKS LATER, THEY ARE STILL TALKING AND THEY WANT SUBPOENAS TO INVESTIGATE THE CORRUPT DEMOCRATS AND CORRUPT PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE. PAUL RYAN WOULD NOT GIVE SUBPOENAS. NANCY PELOSI, HERE YOU GO. TAKE IT. EVERY DAY YOU GET SUBPOENAS. AND PAUL RYAN WAS ACTUALLY RIGHT, PROBABLY BECAUSE THEY SHOULD EVERY, EVER ALLOW A THING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN TO OUR COUNTRY AGAIN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, PLEASE. >>MR. PRESIDENT, CAN YOU JUST MAKE CLEAR WRITE HERE WHAT DO YOU OR WHAT DID YOU WANT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO WITH REGARD TO JOE AND HUNTER BIDEN? >>IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT HE SAID — I THINK HE BROUGHT UP THE NAME RUDY GIULIANI. WHAT I WANT IS THE FOLLOWING. I HAVE SAID THIS LOUD AND CLEAR. WE HAVE OUR AMBASSADORS HERE. WE HAVE MIKE PENCE HERE. WHY ARE WE THE ONLY ONES THAT GIVE THE BIG MONEY TO UKRAINE? WE GIVE MONEY TO UKRAINE, AND IT’S BOTHERED ME FROM DAY ONE, AND YOU HAVE PLENTY OF PEOPLE JUST HERE. I SAY HOW COME IT’S ALWAYS THE UNITED STATES THAT GETS RIPPED? FRANKLY, UKRAINE, WE WANT TO HELP THEM, AND I DO LIKE THE NEW PRESIDENT. YOU KNOW WHY I LIKE HIM? HE WAS HONEST. HE SAID NO PRESSURE AT ALL EXERTED ON MEANING, HIM, OF THE UNITED STATES. HE BY THE WAY, THERE WAS NO PRESSURE EXERTED SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO ASK HIM. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS READ THE TRANSCRIPT, READ THE TELEPHONE CALL TO THAT WHEN I WAS HAVING A PROBLEM OR TWO WITH THINGS, NUMBER ONE,MOST CORRUPTDON’T LI TO A COUNTRY THAT IS THAT CORRUPT. NUMBER TWO — >>YOU DON’T LIKE GIVING MONEY? >>EXCUSE ME. NUMBER TWO, I SAID THE FOLLOWING. AND I SAID THIS OUT AND CLEAR. ROB PORTMAN BACKED ME UP AND THERE IS NOBODY MORE HONORABLE THAN ROB PORTMAN. HE CALLED ME UP. I SAID, I HATE BEING THE COUNTRY THAT’S ALWAYS GIVING MONEY. WHEN UKRAINE HELPS EUROPE AND THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES FAR MORE THAN THEY HELP US, THEY’RE LIKE A WALL BETWEEN RUSSIA AND EUROPE. THEY’RE LIKE A WALL. A BIG, WHITE BEAUTIFUL WALLS. AND I SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? IT’S IMPORTANT. IN FACT, HE CAME OUT AND SAID THAT. THAT WAS MY ONLY REASON. I DON’T LIKE BEING THE SUCKER COUNTRY. WE WERE THE SUCKER COUNTRY FOR YEARS AND YEARS. WE’RE NOT THE SUCKER COUNTRY ANYMORE. BUT I GAVE THE MONEY BECAUSE ROB PORTMAN AND OTHERS CALLED ME AND ASKED. BUT I DON’T LIKE TO BE THE SUCKER. EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ARE HELPS FAR MORE THAN WE ARE AND THOSE COUNTRIES SHOULD PAY MORE TO HELP UKRAINE. ASK A QUESTION, SIR. >>WHAT DID YOU WANT ABOUT MR. BIDEN? >>BIDEN AND HIS SON ARE STONE COLD CROOKED. YOU KNOW IT. HIS SON WALKS OUT WITH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE KID KNOWS NOTHING. YOU KNOW IT AND SO DO WE. ASK YOUR QUESTION. >>THE QUESTION WAS, WHAT DID YOU WANT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO ABOUT VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND HIS SON, HUNTER? >>ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? >>IT WAS A FOLLOW-UP OF WHAT I ASKED YOU, SIR. >>READY? WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF FINLAND. ASK HIM A QUESTION. >>I JUST WANTED TO FOLLOW-UP. >>DID YOU HEAR ME? ASK HIM A QUESTION. I’VE GIVEN YOU A LONG ANSWER. ASKED THIS GENTLEMAN A QUESTION. DON’T BE RUDE. >>NO, SIR. I DON’T WANT TO BE RUDE. I JUST WANTED YOU TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION I ASKED. >>IT’S A WHOLE HOAX. YOU KNOW WHO IS PLAYING INTO THE HOAX? PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA THAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND I SAY IN MANY CASES, CORRUPT. BECAUSE YOU CORRUPT. MUCH OF THE MEDIA IS NOT JUST FAKE, IT’S CORRUPT. AND YOU HAVE VERY FINE PEOPLE, TOO. GREAT JOURNALISTS, GREAT REPORTERS. BUT TO A LARGE EXTENT, IT’S CORRUPT, IT’S TAKE. ASK THE PRESIDENT OF FINLAND A QUESTION, PLEASE. >>I WILL MOVE ON NOW. MR. PRESIDENT, IN YOUR OPENING MARKS, YOU SAID TO PRESIDENT TRUMP YOU HAD BEEN TO SOME MUSEUMS TODAY AND YOU RESPECTIVE U.S. DEMOCRACY AND ENCOURAGED HIM TO CONTINUE IT. ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT THAT IS NOT HAPPENING? MY SECOND QUESTION TO YOU, SIR, IS THE WTO RULE IN FAVOR OF THE UNITED STATES, SAYING THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN NOW IMPOSE TARIFFS ON EUROPEAN GOODS, BECAUSE OF ILLEGAL SUBSIDIES. >>THAT WAS A BIG WIN FOR THE UNITED STATES, RIGHT? YOU NEVER HEADWINDS WITH OTHER PRESIDENTS, DID YOU? BUT WE ARE HAVING A LOT OF WINS. >>THIS WAS A CASE THAT STARTED 10 OR 15 YEARS AGO. >>EXCUSE ME. THE WINDS ARE NOW BECAUSE THEY THINK I DON’T LIKE THE WTO AND THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE I’M HAPPY. BECAUSE ALL OF THOSE COUNTRIES WERE RIPPING OFF THE UNITED STATES FOR MANY YEARS. THEY KNOW THAT I’M WISE TO IS THAT WE’VE HAD A LOT OF WINS. THIS WAS A $7 BILLION WIN. NOT BAD. >>BUT I THINK THE QUESTION IS FOR ME. >>THE QUESTION IS IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL IMPOSE THOSE TARIFFS AND THE FACT THAT THAT WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY. >>YES, FIRST OF ALL, TO YOUR DEMOCRACY, I JUST WANT TO TELL THAT I’M IMPRESSED WITH WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE GAINED DURING THESE DECADES, UNDER SO MANY YEARS. A VERY IMPRESSIVE DEMOCRACY. SO, KEEP IT GOING ON. TO WTO, I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT WILL — TO MULTILATERAL REASONS AND INSTITUTIONS. SO, WTO HAS GIVEN NOW A DECISION WHICH IS, WELL, QUITE TOUGH. — WITH EUROPE. BUT I WOULD SAY THAT THE WTO HAS SAID ITS OPINION. AND THAT’S THAT. >>I WANT TO FINISH BY SAYING IT’S AN HONOR TO BE WITH THE PRESIDENT OF FINLAND. HE’S DONE A FANTASTIC JOB. VERY POPULAR, VERY BELOVED IN FINLAND. THE WTO HAS BEEN MUCH BETTER TO US SINCE I’VE BEEN PRESIDENT BECAUS THEY UNDERSTAND THEY CAN’T GET AWAY WITH WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN GETTING AWAY WITH FOR SO MANY YEARS WHICH IS RIPPING OFF THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT’S LAST REMARKS. WE ARE A GREAT DEMOCRACY. THE UNITED STATES IS A GREAT DEMOCRACY. AND I’M AIRING WHAT I’M AIRING BECAUSE WE ARE IN FACT A DEMOCRACY. AND IF THE PRESS WERE STRAIGHT AND HONEST AND FORTHRIGHT, AND TOUGH, WE WOULD BE A FAR GREATER NATION. WE WOULD BE FAR GREATER, WHEN WE DON’T HAVE THE CNN OF THE WORLD WHO IS CORRUPT PEOPLE. THANK YOU. WILL — THANK YOU. >>WE ARE LISTENING INTO A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE PRESIDENT OF FINLAND AND PRESIDENT TRUMP THERE. I WANT TO BRING IN CBSN POLITICAL REPORTER CAITLIN HUEY BURNS, AND POLITICAL STRATEGIST LESLIE SANCHEZ. I WANT TO START WITH CAITLIN. THE PRESIDENT VERY AGITATED, TAKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AND SUBPOENAS. I WANT TO GET YOUR TAKE ON EXACTLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAD TO SAY, CAITLIN. >>THIS COMES AFTER A LENGTHY IMPROMPTU PRESS CONFERENCE HE HAD WITH THE PRESIDENT OF FINLAND, EARLIER IN THE OVAL OFFICE AT WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A FOLLOW-UP. THIS IS AN EXTENSION OF THIS AND PROOF THAT THE PRESIDENT IS WANTING TO CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION. HE CAME PREPARED WITH A PRINTOUT OF “THE NEW YORK TIMES” PRINTING THAT HAD JUST COME OUT THAT SHAD ADAM SCHIFF HAD JUST RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT THE WHISTLEBLOWER WAS WANTING TO PUT FORWARD IN A REPORT. AND SO, HE WAS, EARLIER TODAY, CRITICIZING “THE NEW YORK TIMES” TODAY, PRAISING FOR THAT REPORT. BUT HE SAID A FEW DIFFERENT THINGS OF NOTE. HE SAID, MIKE POMPEO WAS ON THE LINE FOR THE CALL. WE KNOW SECRETARY OF STATE SAID THAT TODAY. AGAIN, CONFIRMING THE REPORTING. HE CONTINUED TO BERATE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WHO HAS BECOME A PUNCHING BAG FOR THE PRESIDENT AND LIKES TO BRING HIM UP A LOT. HAS EVEN GIVEN HIM A NICKNAME AS WELL. >>CAITLIN I WANT TO MENTION, THE PRESIDENT HAD SAID THAT SCHIFF WAS GIVEN HELP TO THE WHISTLEBLOWER, RIGHT? HIS COMPLAINT. WHICH WAS AN ALLEGATION. IN FACT, I WANT YOU TO HEAR IT DIRECTLY FROM THE PRESIDENT. HERE IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT THAT. >>I THINK IT’S A SCANDAL THAT HE KNEW BEFORE. I’D GO A STEP FURTHER. I THINK HE PROBABLY HELPED WRITE IT. OKAY? THAT’S WHAT THE WORD IS. I GIVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR “THE NEW YORK TIMES” FOR PUTTING IT OUT. IT JUST HAPPENED AS I WALKED UP HERE, THEY HANDED IT TO ME. AND I SAID, MIKE, THAT’S SOMETHING. WHOA. THAT’S BIG STUFF. THAT’S A BIG STORY. HE KNEW LONG BEFORE AND HE HELPED WRITE IT, TOO. IT’S A SCAM. IT’S A SCAM. >>THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS A VERY DIFFERENT TAKE ON ALL OF THIS AND THEY HAVE A STATEMENT THAT I WANT TO REDO YOU. IT SAYS, LIKE OTHER WHISTLEBLOWERS HAVE DONE BEFORE AND SINCE UNDER REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED COMMITTEES, THE WHISTLEBLOWER CONTACTED THE COMMITTEE FOR GUIDANCE ON HOW TO REPORT POSSIBLE WRONGDOING WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. THIS IS A REGULAR OCCURRENCE, GIVEN THE COMMITTEE’S UNIQUE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES. AT NO POINT DID THE COMMITTEE REVIEW OR RECEIVE THE COMPLAINT IN ADVANCE. I THINK WE HAVE PAULA REID AT THE WHITE HOUSE. PAULA, I WANT YOU TO WEIGH IN TO GET YOUR SENSE AS TO WHAT WE HAVE HEARD SO FAR. >>THE PRESIDENT WAS CLEARLY PLEASED WITH “THE NEW YORK TIMES” STORY AND WALKED OUT WITH A PHYSICAL COPY. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT HOW ADAM SCHIFF HANDLED THE HEARING WITH LASTING ACTING DIRECTOR. HE LAID OUT HIS NARRATIVE OF WHAT HAPPENED. AND THEN HE DID SORT OF AD LIB. WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CONVERSATION. IT WAS VERY STRANGE, REENA. INSTEAD OF READING QUOTES FROM WHAT HAPPENED. AND, THE PRESIDENT HAS SEIZED ON THIS. HE HAS MENTIONED THIS REPEATEDLY TODAY, SUGGESTING THAT ADAM SCHIFF HAS REPEATEDLY CAUSED TREASON BY PUTTING WORDS INTO THE MOUTH OF THE PRESIDENT. AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS ASKED ABOUT HIS CONVERSATION WITH UKRAINE, WHEN HE’S ASKED ABOUT WITHHOLDING MILITARY AID, HE JUST QUICKLY PROHIBITS TO ADAM SCHIFF. AND HIS “NEW YORK TIMES” STORY GIVES HIM MORE FODDER BECAUSE HE IS CONVINCED THERE WAS A CONSPIRACY AGAINST HIM. THAT ADAM SCHIFF KNEW ABOUT THIS AND HELPED PUSH THESE ACCUSATIONS. >>I WANT TO GET TO LESLIE, THE NICKNAME, SHIFTY SHIFT, HE CAME UP WITH THAT, THE SPOKESMAN CAME UP WITH THIS VERY QUICKLY AND THEY KNEW THEY HAD TO PUT OUT THIS STATEMENT. WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD? SPIVAK I THINK IT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE WAY THE PRESIDENT PUSHES BACK. PEOPLE APPRECIATE THE PRESIDENT AND WANT TO SEE THAT HE IS GOING TO PUNCH BACK. THOSE ARE DIRECT TERMS. WE LIKE THAT HE HAS DONE THAT. I THINK IT WAS VERY CONSISTENT, FOR HIM TO SAY IT WAS A HOAX. THIS IS A SCAM. HE WAS USING A PARODY OF ME. AND, DEFINING THAT. IF YOU ARE SOMEBODY WHO IS APOLITICAL, YOU ARE KIND OF FOLLOWING WHAT’S HAPPENING, AND YOU LISTEN TO THIS, THAT IT IS SO HYPER- PARTISAN. THAT A DECISION WAS MADE BEFORE YOU EVER HEARD THE TESTIMONY OR SOUGHT TRANSCRIPT OF THE CALL, THE DEMOCRATS HAD ALREADY SEALED THE FATE OF THE PRESIDENT IN THEIR MINDS. THIS IS LAYING INTO THEIR ARGUMENT. AND IN THAT WAY, THE PRESIDENT MADE HIS POINTS. >>>I WANT YOU TO WEIGH IN. IN THE STATEMENT FROM PATRICK DOLAN, THE SPOKESMAN FOR CHAIRMAN ADAM SCHIFF OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, HE MADE A POINT TO SAY AT NO POINT DID THE COMMITTEE RECEIVE A COMPLAINT IN ADVANCE. THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE REFUSED TO DISCLOSE THE SUBJECT MATTER, OR THE SUBSTANCE OF THE COMPLAINT OF THE COMMITTEE. THEY WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE COMMITTEE DID NOT RECEIVE THE COMPLAINT UNTIL THE ACTING NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE OPENED THE HEARING BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT THE REPORT SAID TODAY. >>RIGHT, AND, THEY SAID THAT THEY HAD EXPRESSED SOME CONCERNS ABOUT HOW THE PROCESS WAS GOING, AND THEREFORE, WENT TO THE COMMITTEE. THAT IS NOT STOPPING THE PRESIDENT, AND REPUBLICANS WHO ARE ALSO SEIZING ON THIS, THOSE WHO ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THE PRESIDENT, SEIZING ON THIS TO MAKE A CASE THAT THIS IS A POLITICAL SITUATION HERE. AND, THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM REPUBLICANS THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE AFFAIR, WHICH IS THAT THEY ARE COMING BY AND LARGE, SUPPORTIVE OF THE PRESIDENT, AND FOCUS A LOT ON THE PROCESS OF HOW THIS ALL HAPPENED. INSTEAD OF, THE UNDERLYING ISSUES AND QUESTIONS. AND YOU HAVE EVEN HEARD THE PRESIDENT THERE. I WOULD NOTE THAT HE KEPT REFERENCING THE TRANSCRIPT WHICH HE SAID WAS WORD FOR WORD, WHICH IS NOT WHAT IT WAS. >>AT THE TOP OF THAT. >>I’M SORRY, AT THE BOTTOM OF THAT, EXACT WAY. THAT SAID THIS WAS A SUMMARY OF WHAT HAPPENED. SO IT WAS NOT WORD FOR WORD. BUT I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE STOOD BY THE PRESIDENT. AND THAT IS REFLECTED IN OUR PULLING ON IMPEACHMENT, WHICH SHOWS THAT REPUBLICANS ARE STILL SUPPORTIVE OF THE PRESIDENT. >>I WANT TO PLAY FOR YOU WHAT HE SAID JUST A SHORT TIME AGO. >>THIS IS A HOAX. THIS IS THE GREATEST HOAX. JUST A CONTINUATION OF WHAT HAS BEEN PLAYING OUT, JOHN, FOR THE LAST, SINCE MY ELECTION, I WOULD SAY. WE WILL FIND OUT SOON BUT PROBABLY BEFORE MY ELECTION. THIS IS A FRAUDULENT CRIME ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. >>WE KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE WHITE HOUSE HAS STONEWALLED CONGRESS ON THESE EFFORTS. WE EXPECT THIS TO BE ANY DIFFERENT? >>ABSOLUTELY NOT. I SPOKE WITH SEVERAL OF THE PRESIDENT’S ATTORNEYS AT THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THEY REALLY DON’T SEE THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AS BEING ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT. HE ARGUMENT IS, LOOK, UNTIL PELOSI HOLDS A FLOOR LOOK ON IMPEACHMENT, THEY ARE NOT UNDER ANY MORE OBLIGATION TO COOPERATE. SO FAR, THE M.O. IN TERMS OF CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT HAS BEEN TO COOPERATE TO THE MINIMUM REQUIRED UNDER LAW. THEY WILL NEGOTIATE. SOMETIMES, THEY WILL EVEN LITIGATE. BUT IN TERMS OF DOCUMENTS AND WITNESSES, THEY TRY TO GIVE AS LITTLE AS THEY NEED TO. NOW IF THERE IS A FLOOR VOTE ABOUT A FORMAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, THAT WILL DILUTE SOME OF THE PRESIDENT’S PROTECTIONS HERE. THAT MAKES IT A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO HIDE BEHIND EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. I’M TOLD THAT WOULD BE A GAME CHANGER. BUT FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SAY THAT THEY ALWAYS COOPERATE, THAT IS FALSE. >>LET’S SAY THE PRESIDENT CHOOSES NOT TO COOPERATE AT THIS POINT. IS THERE A SENSE OF SEEING — THE DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, RIGHT? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AND WATCHING IN THE COMING DAYS THIS WEEK? >>INTERESTINLY, THERE ARE SO MANY SUBPOENAS. AND, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS JUST BEEN BLANKETED IN ALL OF THESE VARIOUS REQUESTS. THEY HAVE TRIED TO PENNDOT MANY OF THEM.

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100 thoughts on “Live: President Trump participates in a joint press conference with the President of Finland”

  • Amanda Biltwater says:

    Its great Finnish President and U.S. Presidents get along so well. But it is not great they both downlook my awful situation. Finnish MTV do airing jokes about my privatelife and that prooves fact, that downlooking has continued aboutover 30 years now. I noticed ” he stays for Interstate in this day.. ) First, I am woman, second, I traveling to home, what I still own after loosing my Florida rental, because this fulltime smoker and 24/7 laud TV watcher lanlord has 3 times asking me to leave after I pay my rent. Orlando area rental market is terrible, nothing available under $500, Finland or any do not pay anythingk from my thouhgts and I barely can get or hold a job. My bill for Finland is true, they share it with White house, if you need this leak still. Leak should be cut now!

  • I HAD A BROTHER LIKE TRUMP MY BROTHERS DISORDER WAS CALLED PERSONALITY DISORDER AND HE WAS KILLED BREAKING INTO SOMEONES HOUSE TRUMP IS DESTROYING EVERYONE'S HOUSE MaaaaN!!! THEY BOTH RANT IDENTICAL TO EACH OTHER TRUMP IS SURE WOUND TIGHT SO NO TELLIN WHAT THIS NUT JOB IS GOING TO DO NEXT SO BEWARE AND FOR WARNED AND REMEMBER HE'S IN CHARGE OF THE MOST DEVASTATING WEAPONS KNOWN TO MAN

  • Best moment: Trump yells at the reporter for being rude to the president of Finland and demands he ask the Finnish president a question. Then, when the reporter does that, Trump interrupts. Because that's not rude at all. Finnish president: "I think that question was for me."

  • Robert Alexander says:

    Of course they're not after you, he sunk himself! Bolt must be somewhere giggling his @$$ off! The leak came from inside the WH

  • They may have an exact transcript. But that's not what Trump gave Congress. He gave them a "rough transcript". Now he's playing it like he gave the word for word transcript with "every comma" — that took place during the phone call. Did he say comma in the phone call? Oh, Lordy.

  • Barrrrffffff — done the most than ANY OTHER PRESIDENT?! OMG …. his ego just got in the way! Using two talking heads from radio and TV as his character refs! WHAT A JOKE! Our "stable genius" ….. belongs in the stable!

  • Sean Spreckelsen says:

    I love how he never answered the reporter's question. This has been a go to for trump for his entire term. He rarely answers what is asked of him. A great example was when he was asked about farc calling to rearm in columbia. His answer was basically "we have a great relationship with columbia". I truly don't even think he knew was farc was or what was going on in columbia at the time. There are thousands of examples of this. Most politicians are decent at distraction and dodging questions, but trump takes it to entirely new level.

  • Great job by the reporters to let the president sit up there and lie. Great job holding the people in power accountable. Embarassing

  • I love rolling through the comments made by you Liberal Cucks. Let me guess…."this is the beginning of the end of the Trump Presidency" — you people are awesome. Thank you. This is so much fun.

  • Finally, the president mention 5G network, the United Snakes is the worst jealous nation on earth when it comes to businesses .

  • Trump showing his true colors A Thief Stealing Bernie's Ideas To CON HIS TRUMPSTERS , and He Will remove All of Them and Blame it on Others , just like he has been doing Since he got in ! This Finnish PRESIDENT is a True PRESIDENT and is telling Trump to keep the great Democracy not split us up!!!

  • Unreal, he asks the same question 3 times to deliberately push Trumps buttons and that was after someone else already asked it. Nobody wants to ask questions about the Finnish meeting though, media is a joke.

  • The Finnish president talks about global warming and the catastrophic events it will have on the Earth…..Trump doesn't believe global warming is a problem.

  • Thomas Homewood says:

    Does Trump really still fool anyone? The man is obviously deranged. Trump crumbles, whines, & lies about any criticism. Trump is now calling Fox news fake. Anyone who believes Trump is willfully ignorant.

  • Thomas Homewood says:

    Look at Trump's family members business dealings.. CROOKED.. Trump is literally charging tax payers for politicians and military members to stay at his golf courses. Look at Trump's kids business dealings.. this is insane.. how can any Republican defend the GOP actions?

  • A great speech, very stable and mostly genius! I mean, it's gold when he speaks of "making things up", an expert is talkin', listen to a pro (!).

  • Attacking the incoming leader of the EU, who stands next to him during a live-stream broadcast of a press conference, by proclaiming his (intentionally uninformed) belief that the EU has been screwing the US for years and he won't tolerate it anymore, is just about the worst diplomatic move Trump could make.
    Why he thinks he's great at "deals" continues to be a mystery. He's a bully who instantly prompts other parties' defensiveness, which is contrary to the sense of mutual respect international agreements require. Trump plays zero-sum games EVERY TIME and that's why America loses.

  • Matti Simonaho says:

    MEDIA is exerting inappropriate pressure on President Donald Trump over issues not related to Finland's visit to the United States. The media defames the President Sauli Niinistö (Finland) and President Donald Trump (United States). The MEDIA managed to prove themselves as not trustworthy worldwide. Simply as that.

  • Okay, #Deplorables,
    Are you even willing to suspend disbelief that Trump can do no wrong by acknowledging that at https://youtu.be/OtZuPvGHenI?t=1057 Trump lied to the American People?
    The "transcript" he's talking about is actually a CONSTRUCTED record of the dialogue — AS THE WHITE HOUSE ITSELF STAMPED ON EACH PAGE OF THE "TRANSCRIPT" before releasing it to Congress — that was in NO WAY verbatim, which, to be clear, should be OBVIOUS because the "transcript" contains multiple ellipses (…) indicating TEXT WAS OMITTED.
    Geez.

  • Donald M Rambo Jr says:

    The impeachment cloud is getting darker and darker by the day with such rhetorical lies and feining anger! And lightning will eventually strike this hypocrite out of office once all the truth will come out!!! About time!!!

  • Bonnie Plastino says:

    IMPEACHMENT FOR CHUMP
    HE IS A CRIMINAL HE IS A SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREDATOR. HE IS A CON MAN HE COULDN'T BE HONEST IF HE TRIED.
    HE WAS RAISED TO

  • No Videos Available says:

    Trumpy just went full on mob boss attitude at 29:00. What a tool. He's truly an embarrassment to all sane, reasonable Americans.

  • The Quiet Midden says:

    i just started watching and i'm not at the meltdown yet but, wow, he sure is having a difficult time breathing. guy is in seriously poor health. can't imagine what the stress is adding to that…

  • The Quiet Midden says:

    "You have a great democracy… keep it going on." Yowzers. Nothing like Finland's President telling you to stop being a fool and smarten the F up.

  • jiff jiffernson says:

    CBS Subpoenas are never compared to cookies, it is a impeachment inquiry. Fact check true? is this a game show. Please show some respect for the process so our country can. And why is a partisan strategist taking over someone highlighting factual items, i.e, polling over direct deceptive speech/action, The party does not matter.

  • These woman reporters are acting like cowards who don't know the truth when it hits them in the face. Negative descriptive terminology of perception isn't needed for free minded intellectuals.

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  • What is going on with his hair here? It looks like it's parted down the middle but it's not.. There's also a huge pink hairless bump on the crown of his head. I'm disgusted and fascinated at the same time.

  • Chris Isaksson says:

    One of the main reasons for President Niinistö's visit to Washington was to express Finland's gratitude to United States for the recognition on May 7, 1919 of Finland's independence, which had been declared on December 6, 1917. And establishment of diplomatic relationship. Our relationship has now this year 2019 continued for 100 years! Our relationship has been solid and special, which is historically documented. These important facts were unfortunately not addressed enough in the press conference. The Press was interested only in matters current for the moment.

  • No gold fringe on the USA flags… but that only happens in international settings like this 2 nation press conference. Domestically – still gold fringe on the flags. Significance? Just for appearances?

  • "We would be far greater when we don't have the CNNs of the world who are corrupt people." -Trump declares war on the C _A

  • This video is very different than what was put on my TV…
    It's like the fake news isn't even trying to hide it anymore.

  • Trump should announce. "AG Barr has all the evidence. We know who you are. Here is the deal. Those that don't talk do 20 years General Population in a Poorly Managed Medium Federal Prison. Those that come forward with the names of two conspirators in the Coup do 10 Years in a regular Medium Federal Prison. Those that come forward with testimony and evidence that lead to the conviction of Hillary and Obama do 5 years in Club Fed. That is the deal. Anyone involved has to do time. You have until 5pm tomorrow to come forward. After that, NO DEALS and you will not have Obama appointed Judges on your cases."

  • Trump should announce. "AG Barr has all the evidence. We know who you are. Here is the deal. Those that don't talk do 20 years General Population in a Poorly Managed Medium Federal Prison. Those that come forward with the names of two conspirators in the Coup do 10 Years in a regular Medium Federal Prison. Those that come forward with testimony and evidence that lead to the conviction of Hillary and Obama do 5 years in Club Fed. That is the deal. Anyone involved has to do time. You have until 5pm tomorrow to come forward. After that, NO DEALS and you will not have Obama appointed Judges on your cases."

  • Vance L. Gilmore says:

    I love how President Trump doesnt give a shi t and says what he thinks. He is not "politically correct" either. Great job, Sir. 😊

  • 0:22 – Did he almost say SWEDEN instead of Finland? Sfffinland.
    0:33 – "we've gotten to know each other over the last…..period of time." So about an hour maybe?
    0:52 – I don't think he could sound less sincere saying this.
    1:50 – "saves a lot of money" – Wow. Way to ingratiate yourself to the dozen or more NATO countries who allow you to have your own missile defence network on their soil.
    2:35 "we won't let it happen" – He's talking about Russia, who routinely send military aircraft through finnish airspace and nuclear submarines past their ports completely uncontested…
    4:53 "America is the hot place" – yes and it's getting hotter every year mister trump. Perhaps investing in renewable energy might help?
    5:24 "The european union has not been treating this country right" – He speaks as if the EU is a misbehaving child, in some way subordinate to the US, despite it being bigger and having more people.
    18:04 – "some people even say it was treason" – walking perilously close to a legal challenge with that statement.

  • PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THE BEST PRESIDENT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. THANK YOU. I WISH ALL THE GREATNESS OF THE HEAVENS TO YOU SIR.

  • Karinne Hiyama says:

    Trump: right to try yeah that means very sick people have the right to try medicines in America because we're that great. but they have to pay for all the medicines and the treatments because capitalism

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