Trump, Romanian President’s press conference (full)

Trump, Romanian President’s press conference (full)


PRESIDENT IOHANNIS, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. IT’S WONDERFUL TO WELCOME SUCH A GOOD FRIEND TO THE WHITE HOUSE. AS YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE OF ROMANIA AND AMERICA SHARE MUCH IN COMMON. A LOVE OF FREEDOM, PROUD CULTURES, TRADITIONS AND A VAST AND STORIED LANDSCAPE TO CALL HOME. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES STRETCHES BACK WELL OVER A CENTURY. BUT TODAY WE ESPECIALLY REAFFIRM AND CELEBRATE OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP THAT BEGAN MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO. THAT PARTNERSHIP COVERS MANY DID I MENTIONS, INCLUDING ECONOMIC, MILITARY AND CULTURAL TIES AND TODAY WE ARE MAKING THOSE TIES EVEN STRONGER. MR. PRESIDENT, YOUR VISIT COMES AT AN IMPORTANT MOMENT, NOT JUST IN THIS PARTNERSHIP BUT AMONG ALL OF THE NATIONS IN THE WORLD. I HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM A HISTORIC TRIP TO EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE I WORKED TO STRENGTHEN OUR ALLIANCES, FORGE NEW FRIENDSHIPS AND UNITE ALL CIVILIZED PEOPLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. NO CIVILIZED NATION CAN TOLERATE THIS VIOLENCE OR ALLOW THIS WICKED IDEOLOGY TO SPREAD ON ITS SHORES. I ADDRESSED A SUMMIT OF MORE THAN 50 ARAB AND MUSLIM LEADERS IN THE HISTORY OF NATIONS WHERE KEY PLAYERS IN THE REGION AGREED TO STOP SUPPORTING TERRORISM. WHETHER IT BE FINANCIAL, MILITARY OR EVEN MORAL SUPPORT. THE NATION OF QATAR, UNFORTUNATELY, HAS BEEN A THUNDER OF TERRORISM AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL. AND IN THE WAKE OF THAT CONFERENCE, NATIONS CAME TOGETHER AND SPOKE TO ME ABOUT CONFRONTING QATAR OVER ITS BEHAVIOR. SO WE HAD A DECISION TO MAKE. DO WE TAKE THE EASY ROAD OR DO WE FINALLY TAKE A HARD BUT NECESSARY ACTION? WE HAVE TO STOP THE FUNDING OF TERRORISM. I’VE DECIDED, ALONG WITH SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON, OUR GREAT GENERALS AND MILITARY PEOPLE, THE TIME HAS COME TO CALL ON QATAR TO END ITS FUNDING. THEY HAVE TO END THAT FUNDING. AND ITS EXTREMIST IDEOLOGY IN TERMS OF FUNDING. I WANT ALL OF THE NATIONS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY SUPPORTING TERRORISM. STOP TEACHING PEOPLE TO HURT OTHER PEOPLE AND FILLING THEIR MINDS WITH HATE AND INTOLERANCE. I WON’T NAME OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT WE ARE NOT DONE SOLVING THE PROBLEM BUT WE WILL SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. HAVE NO CHOICE. THIS IS MY GREAT PRIORITY BECAUSE IT IS MY FIRST DUTY AS PRESIDENT TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE SAFE, DEFEATING ISIS AND OTHER TERROR ORGANIZATIONS IS SOMETHING I HAVE EMPHASIZED ALL DURING MY CAMPAIGN AND RIGHT UP UNTIL THE PRESENT. TO DO THAT, STOP FUNDING, STOP TEACHING HATE AND STOP THE KILLING. FOR QATAR, WE WANT YOU BACK AMONG THE UNITY OF RESPONSIBLE NATIONS. WE ASK QATAR AND OTHER NATIONS IN THE REGION TO DO MORE AND DO IT FASTER. I WANT TO THANK SAUDI ARABIA AND MY FRIEND KING SALMAN AND ALL OF THE COUNTRIES WHO PARTICIPATED IN THAT VERY HISTORIC SUMMIT. IT WAS TRULY HISTORIC. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT BEFORE AND PERHAPS IT NEVER WILL BE AGAIN. HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF FUNDING TERRORISM. IT WILL, THEREFORE, BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END TO TERRORISM. NO MORE FUNDING. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE ROAM MAIN GENERAL PEOPLE ROMANIAN PEOPLE. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN DIFFICULTIES WITH IT AND THEY’VE COME A LONG WAY AND THEY ARE DOING A LOT. ROMANIA HAS BEEN A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE COALITION TO DEFEAT ISIS AND IT’S THE FOURTH LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR OF TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN. THERE, 23 OF YOUR CITIZENS HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE, AND AMERICA HONORS THEIR SACRIFICE. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE PRESIDENT IOHANNIS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN COMMITTING ROMANIA THIS YEAR TO INCREASE ITS DEFENSE SPENDING FROM 1.4% OF GDP TO OVER 2%. WE HOPE OUR OTHER NATO ALLIES WILL FOLLOW ROMANIA’S LEAD ON MEETING THEIR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS AND PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE FOR THE COST OF DEFENSE. BUT I WILL SAY THIS. THAT BECAUSE OF OUR ACTIONS, MONEY IS STARTING TO POUR IN TO NATO. THE MONEY IS STARTING TO POUR IN. OTHER COUNTRIES ARE STARTING TO REALIZE THAT IT’S TIME TO PAY UP AND THEY’RE DOING THAT. VERY PROUD OF THAT FACT. AS YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR STRENGTHENING OUR NATO ALLIANCE THROUGH GREATER RESPONSIBILITY AND BURDEN SHARING AMONG MEMBER NATIONS. AND THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING, BECAUSE TOGETHER WE CAN CONFRONT THE COMMON SECURITY CHALLENGES FACING THE WORLD. MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO APPLAUD YOUR COURAGE AND YOUR COURAGEOUS EFFORTS IN ROMANIA TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AND DEFEND THE RULE OF LAW. THIS WORK IS NECESSARY TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE TRADE AND COMMERCE CAN FLOURISH AND WHERE CITIZENS CAN PROSPER. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO DEEPEN THE TIES OF BOTH COMMERCE AND CULTURE BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES. ROMANIANS HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED STATES AND TO THE WORLD VERY NOTABLE. AMONG THEM WAS NOBEL PRIZE LAURIETTE WHO SADLY PASSED AWAY ONE YEAR AGO AND I UNDERSTAND THAT EARLIER THIS WEEK THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE PRESENTED PRESIDENT IOHANNIS WITH ITS VERY PRESTIGIOUS LIGHT UNTO THE NATION’S REWARD FOR HIS WORK TO FURTHER HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE AND EDUCATION IN ROMANIA. I JOINED THE AGC IN SALUTING YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THIS VITAL CAUSE. THE PEOPLE OF ROMANIA HAVE ENDURED MANY, MANY HARDSHIPS. BUT THEY HAVE MADE IT TRULY, REMARKABLE HISTORIC JOURNEY. THE FUTURE OF THE ROMANIAN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES IS VERY, VERY BRIGHT. FROM IOHANNIS, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND FOR BEING HERE TODAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO STRENGTHENING OUR ALLIANCE WITH YOUR COUNTRY AND OUR BONDS WITH YOUR PEOPLE. THE RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN GOOD BUT NOW IT’S STRONGER THAN EVER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>PRESIDENT TRUMP, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WORDS YOU FOUND FOR ROMANIA, FOR THE ROMANIAN PEOPLE AND FOR ME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INVITATION TO BE HERE TODAY WITH YOU AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ARRANGING THIS NICE WEATHER IN THIS PLACE. MR.PRESIDENT, I’M VERY GLAD THAT WE HAD SUCH A GOOD MEETING AND THIS IS DUE TO YOUR STRONG LEADERSHIP AND THIS IS ALSO DUE TO OUR STRONG PARTNERSHIP. OBVIOUSLY, THE FACT THAT WE CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP THIS YEAR, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR BOTH OUR NATIONS AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW AND THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO UNDERLINE, THAT THIS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHAPED ROMANIA AS IT IS TODAY. ROMANIA, A SOLID DEMOCRACY WITH A SOLID AND ECONOMIC AND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH. ROMANIA, WHICH STANDS TOGETHER WITH THE U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN, WE STAND TOGETHER IN IRAQ. MR. PRESIDENT, THIS PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO WHAT ROMANIA IS TODAY AND THIS PARTNERSHIP WAS AND IS VERY IMPORTANT AND I THINK THIS PARTNERSHIP NOT ONLY HAS TO CONTINUE THIS PARTNERSHIP, THIS PARTNERSHIP HAS TO BECOME STRONGER. THIS PARTNERSHIP HAS TO DEFINE OUR BILATERAL RELATION AND THIS PARTNERSHIP HAS TO CONTINUE TO RESOLVE SO MANY PROBLEMS. MR. TRUMP, YOU MENTIONED TERRORISM. I’M VERY GLAD THAT, DUE TO YOUR STRONG LEADERSHIP, NATO DECIDED TO GO AGAINST TERRORISM. YOUR INVOLVEMENT MADE SO MANY NATIONS CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO SHARE THE BURDEN INSIDE NATO. AND THIS IS WHY ROMANIA ALSO DECIDED AND IF I’M RIGHT, I THINK THIS IS THE FIRST COUNTRY TO STEP UP TO 2% OF GDP FOR DEFENSE SPENDING. A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THIS DEFENSE SPENDING IS GOING INTO STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS AND I HOPE, PRESIDENT TRUMP, THAT WE FIND GOOD WAYS TOGETHER TO MAKE GOOD USE OF THIS MONEY. ROMANIA IS VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT WE STAND ON THE EASTERN FLANK AND WE HEAVILY RELY ON YOUR PARTNERSHIP, PRESIDENT TRUMP, BECAUSE WE CANNOT STAND THERE WITHOUT THE U.S., WE CANNOT STAND THERE ALONE. ON THE OTHER HAND, OUR PARTNERSHIP HAS HUGE OPPORTUNITY TO STEP UP, NOT ONLY IN SECURITY MATTERS BUT ALSO IN COMMERCIAL AND ECONOMIC MATTERS AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. ROMANIA IS A MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND I THINK IT’S THE BEST INTERESTS OF YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, TO HAVE A STRONG EUROPEAN UNION AS A PARTNER. THIS IS VITAL FOR ALL OF US. OUR RELATIONSHIP, THE TRANSATLANTIC LINK, IS VITAL. TRANSATLANTIC LINK IS NOT ABOUT DIPLOMACY OR POLICY, IT’S AT THE BASIS OF OUR WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE IT STRONGER TOGETHER. WE WILL MAKE IT BETTER. NATO AND THE EUROPEAN UNION DO NOT HAVE TO COMPETE AGAINST EACH OTHER. THEY HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER THEY HAVE TO WORK IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO PRODUCE SYNERGETIC EFFECTS. MAKE NATO STRONGER, MAKE EUROPE STRONGER, MAKE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA STRONGER. AND THIS IS WHAT WE DECIDED, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I, TO MAKE OUR PARTNERSHIP STRONGER, BETTER, MORE ENDURING AND THIS WILL LEAD VERY SOON TO AN ENHANCED ECONOMIC EXCHANGE TO BETTER COMMERCIAL AND THIS IS WHAT WE ALL DECIDE AND WHAT WE WISH BECAUSE WE ARE RESPONSIBLE, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I, NOT ONLY FOR THE SECURITY, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WELL-BEING OF OUR CITIZENS AND THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE DECIDED TO DO. THANK YOU SO MUCH, PRESIDENT TRUMP.>>THANK YOU. DAVE BOYER, “WASHINGTON TIMES,” PLEASE? DAVE?>>THANK YOU.>>COME ON, DAVE.>>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. >>APOLOGIES. >>THAT’S ALL RIGHT, DAVE. >>MR. PRESIDENT, THIS MORNING ON TWITTER, YOU WERE REFERRING TO THE TESTIMONY OF JAMES COMEY VINDICATING YOU BUT I WONDERED IF YOU COULD TELL US IN PERSON, SIR, WHY YOU FEEL THAT HIS TESTIMONY VINDICATED YOU WHEN IT’S REALLY BOILING DOWN TO HIS WORD AGAINST YOUR WORD AND IF YOU COULD ALSO TELL US, SIR, DO TAPES EXIST OF YOUR CONVERSATIONS WITH HIM?>>WELL, I’LL TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THAT MAYBE SOMETIME IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. IN THE MEANTIME, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION. HE’S A LEAKER. BUT WE WANT TO GET BACK TO RUNNING OUR GREAT COUNTRY. JOBS, TRADE DEFICITS. WE WANT THEM TO DISAPPEAR FAST. NORTH KOREA, BIG PROBLEM. MIDDLE EAST, A BIG PROBLEM. SO THAT’S WHAT I AM FOCUSED ON. THAT’S WHAT I HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON. BUT YESTERDAY SHOWED NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION. WE ARE DOING VERY WELL. IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO LOSE THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, AS YOU KNOW. YOU HAVE TO RUN UP THE WHOLE EAST COAST AND WIN EVERYTHING AS A REPUBLICAN AND THAT’S WHAT WE DID. SO IT WAS JUST AN EXCUSE. BUT WE WERE VERY, VERY HAPPY AND, FRANKLY, JAMES COMEY CONFIRMED A LOT OF WHAT I SAID AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HE SAID JUST WEREN’T TRUE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION?>>THANK YOU. AND MR. PRESIDENT, IF YOU COULD TELL US A COUPLE WEEKS AGO PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS IN BRUSSELS AT THE NATO MEETING AND NOT ONLY WAS HE ENCOURAGING NATO MEETINGS TO PAY UP THE 2% REQUIRED OF GDP FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE BUT HE ALSO WAS SAYING THAT COUNTRIES, INCLUDING YOURS, WHO HAD NOT PAID 2% IN THE PAST, SHOULD MAKE UP FOR THAT DIFFERENCE. DO YOU THINK THAT’S FAIR?>>I WAS IN BRUSSELS AND I MEET PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I LISTENED TO HIS SPEECH, AND I LIKED IT. BECAUSE, YOU SEE, NATO IS BASED ON VALUES. BUT IT IS ULTIMATELY A MILITARY ALLIANCE. AND, YOU KNOW, MILITARY SPENDINGS ARE COMPLICATED AND YOU NEED A LOT OF MONEY, BECAUSE NATO IS THE STRONGEST ALLIANCE THE EARTH EVER SAW AND WE WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY. SO WE HAVE TO SPEND MONEY FOR DEFENSE PURPOSES AND SPENDING MONEY MEANS IF YOU’RE IN ALLIANCE, EVERYBODY HAS TO SPEND MONEY. THIS IS CALLED BURDEN SHARING. AND I FULLY AGREE, MR. PRESIDENT, TO THAT. SO, OF COURSE, SOME PEOPLE LIKED THIS BETTER AND SOME DIDN’T LIKE IT SO MUCH, BUT IT’S A SIMPLE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS, NOT AS A PURPOSE IN ITSELF. WE HAVE TO STAY STRONG, TO BE STRONG AND TO DEFEND OUR NATIONS.>>100% CORRECT. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS I WAS REFERRING TO DURING THAT SPEECH WAS THE FACT THAT, YES, THEY HAVEN’T PAID WHAT THEY SHOULD BE PAYING NOW, BUT FOR MANY YEARS THEY HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING. SO I SAID, DO WE EVER GO BACK AND SAY, HOW ABOUT PAYING THE MONEY FROM MANY, MANY YEARS PAST? NOW, I KNOW NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER ASKED THAT QUESTION, BUT I DO. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE NATO VERY STRONG. YOU NEED THE MONEY TO MAKE IT STRONG. YOU CAN’T JUST BE DOING WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN THE PAST. SO I DID SAY, YES, YOU HAVEN’T PAID THIS YEAR BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MANY PAST YEARS YOU HAVEN’T PAID? PERHAPS YOU SHOULD PAY SOME OR ALL OF THAT MONEY BACK. YOU HAVE A QUESTION? [ SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]>>THANK YOU. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. ON THE MATTER OF SECURITY, SIR, MANY OF THE COUNTRIES ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF EUROPE, INCLUDING ROMANIA, SEE THIS AS A THREAT TO THE REGION. DO YOU SHARE THIS VISION AND DO YOU THINK THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD ACT UNDER ARTICLE 5 IF ANY OF THIS COUNTRY WILL BE UNDER MILITARY AGGRESSION? THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>WELL, I’M COMMITTING THE UNITED STATES AND HAVE COMMITTED BUT I’M COMMITTING THE UNITED STATES TO ARTICLE 5. AND CERTAINLY WE ARE THERE TO PROTECT AND THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I WANT PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A VERY, VERY STRONG FORCE, BY PAYING THE KIND OF MONEY NECESSARY TO HAVE THAT FORCE. BUT, YES, ABSOLUTELY I’D BE COMMITTED TO ARTICLE 5.>>THANK YOU. MR. PRESIDENT, WAS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM FOR ROMANIA? IS THERE A TIME FRAME FOR INCLUDING OUR COUNTRY IN THIS PROGRAM? THANK YOU.>>WE DIDN’T DISCUSS IT, BUT THERE WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE WILL DISCUSS, MR. PRESIDENT. >>I MENTIONED THIS ISSUE AND I ALSO MENTIONED IT DURING OTHER MEETINGS I HAD BECAUSE THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR US, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ROMANIANS FOR ONE TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES. YOU SEE, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE COME, PRESIDENT TRUMP, FROM ROMANIA TO THE UNITED STATES. SOMETIME AS TOURISTS, SOME COME FOR BUSINESS AND THOSE THAT COME FOR BUSINESS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED. THE MATTER OF VISA WAIVER WOULD BE PROBABLY IMPORTANT TO DISCUSS AND WE ALL HOPE THAT WE WILL ADVANCE ON THIS.>>LOOK AT THOSE HANDS UP THERE. DO YOU HAVE THIS IN ROMANIA, TOO? I DON’T KNOW.>>I’VE GOT THE MICROPHONE. IF YOU ALLOW ME, MR. PRESIDENT. >>IF I COULD ONLY SELL THAT. IF I COULD ONLY SELL THAT. SHOULD I TAKE ONE OF THE KILLER NETWORKS THAT TREAT ME SO BADLY AS FAKE NEWS? SHOULD I DO THAT? HUH? GO AHEAD, JOHN. BE FAIR, JOHN. >>OH, ABSOLUTELY. >>REMEMBER HOW NICE YOU USED TO BE BEFORE I RAN? SUCH A NICE MAN.>>ALWAYS FAIR. MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO GET BACK TO JAMES COMEY’S TESTIMONY. YOU SUGGESTED HE DIDN’T TELL THE TRUTH IN EVERYTHING HE SAID. HE DID SAY UNDER OATH THAT YOU TOLD HIM TO LET THE FLYNN — YOU SAID YOU HOPED THE FLYNN INVESTIGATION — >>I DIDN’T SAY THAT. >>SO HE LIED ABOUT THAT?>>WELL, I DIDN’T SAY THAT. I WILL TELL YOU, I DIDN’T SAY THAT. >>AND DID HE ASK YOU TO PLEDGE — >>AND THERE WOULD BE NOTHING WRONG IF I DID SAY IT ACCORDING TO EVERYBODY THAT I READ TODAY BUT I DID NOT SAY THAT. >>AND DID HE ASK YOU FOR A PLEDGE OF LOYALTY FROM YOU?>>NO, HE DID NOT. >>SO HE SAID THOSE THINGS UNDER OATH. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO SPEAK UNDER OATH AND GIVE YOUR VERSION OF — >>100%. I HARDLY KNOW THE MAN. I’M NOT GOING TO SAY I WANT YOU TO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE. WHAT WOULD DO THAT. WHO WOULD ASK A MAN TO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE UNDER OATH. THINK OF THAT. I HARDLY KNOW THE MAN. IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. I DIDN’T SAY THAT AND I DIDN’T SAY THE OTHER. >>SO IF ROBERT MUELLER WANTED TO SPEAK TO YOU — >>I’D BE HAPPY TO TELL YOU WHAT I TOLD YOU.>>AND YOU SEEM TO HINT THAT THERE ARE RECORDINGS. >>I’LL TELL YOU ABOUT IT OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. I’M NOT HINTING AT ANYTHING. OKAY. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION HERE?>>WHEN WILL YOU TELL US ABOUT THE RECORDINGS?>>OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.>>ARE THERE TAPES, SIR?>>YOU’RE GOING TO BE VERY DISAPPOINTED WHEN YOU HEAR THE ANSWER. DON’T WORRY. JOHN, DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE PRESIDENT?>>YES. THANK YOU. PRESIDENT IOHANNIS, YOU’RE NO STRANGER TO RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. VLADIMIR PUTIN RECENTLY SUGGESTED THAT ROMANIA COULD BE IN RUSSIA’S CROSSHAIRS. HOW CONCERNED SHOULD THE WORLD BE ABOUT RUSSIA AGGRESSION IN YOUR REGION AND HOW CONCERNED SHOULD THE UNITED STATES BE ABOUT WHAT RUSSIA TRIED TO DO IN OUR ELECTION, SIR?>>EVERYBODY’S CONCERNED. BUT YOU SEE, BEING CONCERNED SHOULD LEAD YOU TO BEING PREPARED. SO IN MY OPINION, WE HAVE TO BE VERY CLEAR, VERY SIMPLE AND VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD IF WE TALK ABOUT RUSSIA AND WITH RUSSIA. IN MY OPINION, WE NEED DIALOGUE. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, WE NEED WHAT WE ALL TOGETHER DECIDED IN NATO, A STRONG DETERRENCE. SO THIS COMBINATION, STRONG DETERRENCE AND DIALOGUE SHOULD LEAD TOWARDS A SOLUTION WHICH IS FEASIBLE FOR EVERY PART.>>HELLO, MR. PRESIDENT TRUMP. YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THE ANTI-CORRUPTION FIGHT IN ROMANIA. IT IS A MATTER OF HIGH IMPORTANCE IN OUR COUNTRY BUT WE SEE NOW THAT THE ANTI-CORRUPTION FIGHT AND THE AIR FORCE CONSOLIDATE THE RULE OF LAW ARE SOMETIMES UNDERMINED BY SOME POLITICIANS. PART OF WHAT WE CALL THE SWAMP. IS YOUR ADMINISTRATION GOING TO SUPPORT THE ANTI-CORRUPTION FIGHT IN ROMANIA AND HOW CAN YOU DO IT? THANK YOU.>>WELL, WE SUPPORT VERY STRONGLY ROMANIA. AND THEREFORE, OBVIOUSLY WE SUPPORT THAT FIGHT ON ANTI-CORRUPTION. WE WILL ALWAYS FIGHT THAT. AND WE SUPPORT YOUR PRESIDENT. WE THINK HE’S DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB. VERY POPULAR, VERY SOLID, WORKING VERY HARD. WE KNOW EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON AND, YEAH, AND HE’S GOING TO WIN THAT FIGHT. BUT HE HAS OUR SUPPORT.>>ROMANIA AS A PROBLEM FOR THE U.S./ROMANIA PARTNERSHIP AND FOR THE AMERICAN INVESTOR BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE CORRUPTION IN ROMANIA DESPITE THIS ANTI-CORRUPTION FIGHT.>>WELL, YOU DO, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE MANY AMERICAN INVESTORS RIGHT NOW GOING TO ROMANIA AND INVESTING. IN FACT, I WAS GIVEN A CHARGE JUST BEFORE OUR MEETING AND WE HAVE PEOPLE GOING OVER TO ROMANIA AND INVESTING AND THEY WEREN’T DOING THAT A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO. SO THAT SHOWS VERY, VERY BIG PROGRESS AND THERE REALLY ARE A LOT OF CONGRATULATIONS IN STORE. BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE INVESTING FROM OUR COUNTRY TO YOURS AND PEOPLE LOVE FROM ROMANIA THE UNITED STATES AND THEY COME HERE A LOT AND WE’RE VERY PROUD OF THEM. THANK YOU ALL VERY

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100 thoughts on “Trump, Romanian President’s press conference (full)”

  • How did you miss this CNN. At 22:30 when Trump was asked if he was willing to testify under oath, Trump's answer was not as it seemed. Trump responded "100%, and I didn't say under oath." I didn't say under oath? How is that answering in the affirmative?

  • He has no honest opinion on anything related to diplomacy and foreign politics. He has to read what someone wrote (probably Bannon). Its sad to realize he was against Saudis under Obama administration but now he sold himself to them and is now accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism. It took him a 100Million dollars into his daughter account to completely change his mind. SELL OUT!

  • Viral Maniacs says:

    damn your president Trump is awesome! I'm from Romania and I for one would vote for my country to become a 51 state under this guy, if that were possible.

  • Mr Trump did you discuss a visa waiver for Romania? No we didn't discuss it. Romanian president: yes we did but it's fake news what a bunch of idiot sheep

  • "The relationship between our two countries stretches back well over a century" (0:25) President Trump somehow manages to forget that Romania was part of the Axis during WWII, was among the last countries that we formally declared war on and was the target of much US bombing during the war. Shesh!!

  • LOL! He was completely owned on his lie about "visa waiver" discussion. The man can't even tell the truth in a press conference about a discussion he had two hours earlier. Either he is suffering from dementia, or he's the biggest liar on planet Earth. I think we all know which it is.

  • Are you fucking kidding me he says we have to stop supporting terrorist while he gives Saudi Arabia billions he is the biggest joke that this country has ever produced

  • lol I've found the libtards safe space to hang out and preach their tolerance and bash anyone that doesn't agree with them….Resume the whining and bashing it's gonna be a long 8 years of flowing tears and therapy

  • Panem et Circenses says:

    President Iohannis speaks English much more coherently than does the man with the `best words` standing next to him.

  • youcanttunafish says:

    Is that a chicken on his head?? Anyway, when the Trumptard criticized the President for having a wimpy tie color, I loved when Iohannis said to the Trumptard, "Futu-te" – which means "Fuck you" in Romanian. 馃檪 hahaaa! Also, the Trumpturd is mispronouncing Qatar – it's pronounced "Cutter." What a fucking idiot.

  • The speech was ok! A subordinate partnership useful in terms of geopolitical stability. On the other hand, Russia will help us fight against global warming, increasing our gas price. Per se, we expect the next year's Vatican position, and then we draw conclusions about our identity and belonging to the planet Jupiter as a nation … afterwards, the visa regime will be discussed. This is my opinion as a Romanian citizen.

  • Thank you Donald Trump. We must regain trust and support from our great allies the left has been destroying for 8 years. Bless America and bles Romania!

  • "Did he ask for a pledge of loyalty from you?" I think he meant to say "Did you ask for a pledge of loyalty from him?"…

  • Has this looney called president realised what the rest of Europe who actually is more knowledgeable of them think of Romanians?
    This man is as clueless as he is unintelligent…..
    All he is doing is bringing any leader who is gullible and desperate enough for meaningless so-called state visit… Makes you laugh how he is berating Qatar on behalf of Saudi Arabia the real peddlers of terrorism and the most zealous of Wahhabism. 聽 He mentioned Romania's contribution of troops.. well since they have no way of finding a job it is only convenient sending them to war… Maybe Trump should make special provisions for Romanian immigrants because the wealth in America would soon be in the hands of the poor…

  • Maybe this Romanian president should take his burden sharing back to his country and repatriate the 100 of thousands of Romanian reducing the UK to third world status… He should start there first instead of being led by Trump and his masters (defense) contractors. Maybe they should ask the UK about the impact on society by Romanians… Trump would let the floodgates open God help America when this happens…

  • As a romanian I am very happy to see that my President can speak English better than most of european leaders. ~ Greeting from Romania!

  • You Leftists need to get a grip. All we want is a chance with our guy. You had your 8 years. If you continue with your divisiveness it will turn into something that you cant handle. We dont need a 3rd Civil War. Give Peace and Love a chance.

  • trump, "i have just returned from a trip where i kissed tyrants asses, got publicly humiliated by one of the new leaders of the free world and i insulted the few friends we have left".
    translated from whatever bullshit he just mouthed.

  • Kaizer Villain says:

    What amazed me about this (in addition to the fact that Donald Trump has managed to state some things that are quite inaccurate regarding NATO and how it works) is that the Romanian President's first language is obviously not English and yet he didn't need to read off a paper for his speech and oddly enough, he was actually better spoken than Trump.

    Trump was consistently saying things that were severely redundant such as "historical trip that was… historical," while the Romanian President was able to avoid saying such phrases despite not having something to read from.

  • am i the only one who heard the reporter ask if comey asked trump for his loyalty?
    did he ask for a pledge of loyalty from you? no he did not. @ 22:18

  • Marcelo Coelho says:

    Who's writing his speeches?
    — HIMSELF ?
    It sounded like when he's off Teleprompter, just bubbling words….

  • Are there any tapes? "I'll tell you later". Translation: nope, just another lie. Will you go under oath? "100 percent" Translation: I'll go under oath after years and years of litigation then resign as a martyr to my hillbilly base when the truth is finally uncovered. Look at him fidget and hang onto the podium for dear life, he can't remember who he forgot to pay off. Easy to see why his approval ratings will forever be in the 30's, lazy racist liar with no ideas forever making things up on the fly. IMPEACH NOW.

  • Mart铆n L贸pez says:

    Honestly, we all including The Nations All around the world need to come to a clonclusion that Brings peace to the communities and the loyal and faithful people living inside of communities, that includes getting ride of violence, drug dealers, guns, and criminals. Let the community Live in Peace!..

  • Mart铆n L贸pez says:

    The Main ingredient for Heroin Is the poppiplant. lol if theres a poppiplant there is heroin labs around there. jaja damn

  • Mart铆n L贸pez says:

    Let the Romanian President Speak. what does he have to say about terrorism? Stop hiding reality from your people. God Is Strong.

  • FoodForThought says:

    Imagine if "Trump" takes off his mask and reveals that it was Putin disguised in orange, with a dead yellow cat on his head all along? lol

  • Deutscher Nazi Vampir says:

    As a Romainan I hate to see my country like this so much, Romaina is not doing well and this made me not be proud of my nationality for years.

  • How about that Mr.Teodorovici(Minister of finance in Romania}?He is redistributing funds from defence to bribing people for electing his party again.

  • Johannis a raspuns la petitia trimisa inainte sa ajunga la Washington ca a negociat intrarea Romaniei in Visa Waiver…ce vrajeala

  • Good, I'm glad you've welcomed the Romanian President today. Finally, excellent news! Yes! I'm so happy I could dance about this. Good job, Mr. President. Two thumbs up. Way up!

    Way overdue to recognize Romania, but we love you.

  • I know this very beautiful female Chinese surgeon with gorgeous porcelain pale white skin and long dark black silky hair.Her name is Chin.Chin is married to a really cool muscular dark skinned black American pizza delivery man. Whilst eating fried bee pupae last week, Chin told me and her black husband that Romania is a very beautiful country with really nice people.

  • Mocanu Catalin Cristi says:

    ROMANIA with a solid economy…. DINCA…. Romania with a powerfull security… GHEORGHE…. Romania …. WITH BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AKA ALEXANDRA AND LUIZA…

  • Mocanu Catalin Cristi says:

    Klause you oppened those ass cheeks of Trump and kissed it …. so hard…. man. You should propose to him…. for Romania to become an USA state… colony

  • R膬葲oiul Trompetist, un individ f膬r膬 scrupulu, interesat numai de binele propriu 葯i al celor ce i-au sponsorizat campania: 'petroli葯tii 葯i armurierii' imperiului. L-a chemat pe Marele Dulap Mut, Ficusul sibian pentru a gr膬bi accesul Exxon la gaze 葯i mai nou, s膬 cump膬r膬m ceva F 35 din cele pe care nu le mai dau turcilor. Traduce葲i voi 卯n englez膬, pupatorii fundului de trompetist, ca s膬 vad膬 jegul ca nu are numai adulatori 卯n Romania!!!

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