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>>>GOOD DAY, EVERYONE. COMING ON THE AIR TO BRING YOU LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE EAST ROOM OF THE WHITE HOUSE AS PRESIDENT TRUMP HOLDS A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE WITH AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON. WE EXPECT THE PRESIDENT WILL BE ASKED ABOUT QUESTIONS NOW SWIRLING AROUND HIM ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS HE HAD WITH AN UNIDENTIFIED FOREIGN LEADER, REPORTEDLY INVOLVING UKRAINE, A WHISTLE BLOWER COMPLAINT HAS RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT MAY HAVE SAID OR PROMISED IN THAT CONVERSATION. THE PRESIDENT HAS JUST SAID TO THE REPORTERS IN THE OVAL OFFICE THAT THOSE CONVERSATIONS WERE QUOTE APPROPRIATE. LET’S GO TO THE PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW. >>IT SEEMS TO BE A POSSIBILITY IN TERM WAS CHINA TRADE DEAL THAT THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY OFFER SOME AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES. IS THAT GOING TO BE ENOUGH FOR YOU, SIR?>>NO. >>IN ORDER TO GET A DEAL DONE? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO SEE TO GET THAT DEAL PAST THE FINISH LINE. >>WE’RE LOOKING FOR A COMPLETE DEAL. NOT LOOKING FOR A PARTIAL DEAL. CHINA HAS BEEN STARTING TO BUY OUR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT, IF YOU NOTICED OVER THE LAST WEEK, AND ACTUALLY SOME VERY BIG PURCHASES BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR. WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE BIG DEAL. WE HAVE TAKE CONTINUE TO THIS LEVEL. WE’RE TAKING IN BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TARIFFS. CHINA HAS DEVALUED THEIR CURRENCY AND PUTTING OUT A LOT OF MONEY INTO THEIR, INTO THEIR ECONOMY, AND THEY HAVE A VERY BAD ECONOMY RIGHT NOW, AND I DON’T WANT THEM TO HAVE A BAD ECONOMY, BUT IT IS THE WORST IN THEY SAY 57 YEARS, TWO WEEKS AGO THE WORST IN 22 YEARS AND NOW IT’S 57 YEARS AND IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. THE SUPPLY CHAIN IS BEING BROKEN UP VERY BADLY AND COMPANIES ARE LEAVING, BECAUSE THEY CAN’T PAY THE 25, SOON TO GO 30% TARIFF. AND WE HAVE 30% VERY SHORTLY ON 250 BILLION. WE HAVE ANOTHER TARIFF AT A SLIGHTLY SMALLER NUMBER, AS YOU KNOW, ON THE OTHER, ON ABOUT $300 BILLION WORTH OF GOODS AND PRODUCTS. SO THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING, AS YOU KNOW, WE’RE TALKING A LITTLE BIT THIS WEEK, TALKING A LOT NEXT WEEK, AND THEN TOP PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SPEAKING THE WEEK FOLLOWING. BUT I’M NOT LOOKING FOR A PARTIAL DEAL. I’M LOOKING FOR A PLEAT COMPLETE DEAL. >>DO YOU IMMEDIATE IT BEFORE THE ELECTION?>>I DON’T THINK WE NEED IT BEFORE THE ELECTION. I THINK PEOPLE KNOW WE’RE DOING A GREAT JOB. WE HAVE REBUILT THE MILITARY. SCOTT AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT. WE SPENT — WHEN I CAME IN, OUR MILITARY WAS DEPLETED. FRANKLY WE DIDN’T HAVE AMMUNITION. OUR MILITARY WAS IN VERY BAD SHAPE. WE REBUILT THE MILITARY. WE’VE GOT ONE OF THE STRONGEST ECONOMIES. MIKE PENCE ACTUALLY GOT SOME, OH, IT’S RIGHT HERE, OUR GREAT VICE PRESIDENT, HE WAS TALKING YESTERDAY, AND HE CALLED ME AND SAID BOY THESE NUMBERS, THESE CONSUMER NUMBERS ARE INCREDIBLE, THE RETAIL NUMBERS THAT CAME OUT TWO DAYS AGO THAT WEREN’T REALLY REPORTED WERE REALLY JUST INCREDIBLE NUMBERS. YOU KNOW THAT VERY WELL. THAT’S YOUR WORLD. AND SOME OTHER NUMBERS. WE’RE DOING VERY WELL. OUR ECONOMY IS VERY STRONG. AND CHINA’S BEING AFFECTED VERY BADLY. WE’RE NOT BEING AFFECTED. IN FACT, WE’RE TAKING IN MANY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND CHINA IS EATING THAT. YOU KNOW, CHINA IS EATING THE TARIFFS. BECAUSE OF THE DEVALUATION. NOW, THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN WITH ALL COUNTRIES. CHINA IS CHINA. AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING AS WELL AS ANYBODY. MY RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT XI IS A VERY AMAZING ONE, A VERY GOOD ONE, BUT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW A LITTLE SPAT, BUT I THINK WE’RE DOING VERY WELL. OUR COUNTRY IS DOING WELL. YOU LOOK AT SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS, LOOK AT ALL OF THE REGULATION CUTTING THAT ALLOWS US TO DO WHAT WE DID. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED THREE DAYS AGO WHEN YOU HAVE AN ATTACK LIKE THAT AND IT TAKES OUT A BIG CHUNK OF OIL AND THE PRICE GOES UP FOUR DOLLARS, FIVE DOLLARS AND NOW HEADING DOWN RAPIDLY. THAT TELLS YOU, THAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED YEARS AGO, IT WOULD HAVE GONE UP $50, IT WOULD HAVE DOUBLED. AND THIS WAS A BLIP. SO IT HAS BEEN REALLY AMAZING WHAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO. I THINK THE VOTERS UNDERSTAND THAT. I DON’T THINK IT HAS ANY IMPACT ON THE ELECTION. NOW, IF SOMETHING HAPPENED, THINK THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE POSITIVE FOR THE ELECTION, BUT THAT’S OKAY. I DO THINK SIGNING USMCA ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WITH NANCY PELOSI AND CHUCK SCHUMER AND EVERYBODY ELSE, VERY BIPARTISAN, I THINK THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR COUNTRY, AND I WOULD CERTAINLY BE WILLING TO SAY IT IS A BIPARTISAN DEAL. BUT I THINK THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR MANUFACTURERS, FOR OUR FARMERS, EVEN FOR UNIONS, THEY WANT THAT DEAL DONE. AND SO HOPEFULLY, THAT’S GOING TO BE PUT UP TO A VOTE VERY SOON. THEY WILL BE VERY LITTLE CAJOLING OF THE DEMOCRATS BECAUSE MOST DEMOCRATS WANT IT, TOO. BUT THE USMCA IS READY TO BE VOTED ON. IT’S FINISHED. MEXICO HAS TAKEN THEIR FINAL VOTES. CANADA IS WILLING TO DO THAT ANY TIME WE WANT THEM TO. THEY’RE ALL SET TO GO. AND WE NEED THAT FOR ALL OF THE, WE NEED THAT FOR OUR COUNTRY, IT’S A GREAT DEAL, IT’S A GREAT DEAL, THANK YOU. >>AND FOR THE PRIME MINISTER, SIR, YOUR ECONOMY IS TO SOME DEGREE CAUGHT IN THE CROSS-CURRENTS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA. WHAT DID YOU SAY TO THE PRESIDENT ABOUT WHAT YOUR IDEAL OUTCOME IS HERE FOR A CHINA TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA?>>THANK YOU. OBVIOUSLY, WE CAME TO SEE THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA TO BE ABLE TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT, BUT WHAT IS ALWAYS A MYSTERY IS STILL, IT’S GOT TO BE FAIR, THE ZEAL HAS TO BE GOOD DEAL, THE DEAL HAS TO BE SUSTAINABLE DEALS AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE SEEN IS AUSTRALIA HAS BENEFITTED PARTLY WITH CHINA, AND WE HAVE A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AND A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH CHINA AND THEY HAVE BECOME A STANDARD ECONOMY IN THE WORLD AND ONCE YOU SORT OF GET INTO THAT LEVEL, THEN YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO PLAY UNDER THE SAME RULES AS THE OTHER DEVELOPED NATIONS, AND I THINK THIS IS, YOU KNOW, THAT THE NEW GENERATION OF DEALS, I THINK WE WILL SEE CHINA DO WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN WORKING ON, AND HE HAS BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR SOME TIME, AND WE WISH HIM WELL IN THAT PROCESS. THERE IS SOME REAL SERIOUS ISSUES THAT HAVE TO BE ADDRESSED IN THAT DEAL. THINGS LIKE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. THAT’S A BIG ISSUE. AND IT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THEM ACHIEVING IT. AND THAT PROVIDING I THINK THE BROADER CERTAINTY AND STABILITY TO THE BROADER ECONOMY WHICH ALL NATIONS WILL BENEFIT FROM. >>AND WE JUST GOT A VERY BIG DEAL WITH CHINA, AND IT COULD GO VERY QUICKLY, AS YOU KNOW. BUT IT WOULDN’T BE THE APPROPRIATE DEAL. WE HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT. AND THAT’S A VERY COMPLICATED DEAL. WITH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION. WE HAVE TO DO THAT. AND OTHER THINGS. I COULD LEAVE LOTS OUTS AND HAVE A DEAL VERY QUICKLY. BUT WE WANT TO DO IT RIGHT. PLEASE. SURE.>>ANDREW?>>I ASSUME ANDREW IS A NICE PERSON. THAT’S WHY HE CHOSE –>>KNOWING THE PRESIDENT THE BEST. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HOSTING. ALSO ON CHINA, AND TARIFFS, WHAT DO YOU SAY TO AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES, AND TO AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT YOUR TRADE WAR WITH PRESIDENT XI THREATENS THEIR PROSPERITY, AND THE PRIME MINISTER, A LINKED QUESTION, DO YOU THINK THAT AUSTRALIANS ARE GOING TO BE COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TARIFF WAR WITH CHINA?>>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, YOU KNOW, I LOOK AT NUMBERS, I LOVE NUMBERS, AND THE NUMBERS OF AUSTRALIA ARE DOING INCREDIBLY WELL. YOU’RE DOING UNBELIEVABLY WELL. WHEN WE HAVE A DEAL WITH CHINA, OR NOT, BUT WHEN WE HAVE A DEAL WITH CHINA, BECAUSE THEY WANT TO MAKE IT, PERHAPS MORE THAN I WANT TO MAKE IT, BECAUSE I ACTUALLY LOVE ALL OF THAT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT’S POURING INTO OUR TREASURY, BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE’VE NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE FROM CHINA. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE OTHER WAY. BUT I’M TAKING CARE OF OUR FARMERS OUT OF THAT. WE’RE HELPING OUR FARMERS. OUR FARMERS WERE TARGETED. AND THEY WERE TARGETED FOR $16 BILLION, AND I MADE THAT UP TO THEM. WE PAID THEM THE $16 BILLION THAT HAD TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LEFT OVER. SO-SO I WILL SAY THOUGH THAT AUSTRALIA IS DOING VERY WELL. IF WE END UP DOING A DEAL, AUSTRALIA WILL DO EVEN BETTER AND WE WERE DISCUSSING THAT, BUT AUSTRALIA WILL BE ONE OF THE BIG BENEFICIARIES OF THE DEAL. AND IN THE MEANTIME, AS YOU KNOW, I DID TARIFF RELIEF WITH RESPECT TO A CERTAIN PRODUCT IN PARTICULAR, COMING OUT OF AUSTRALIA, AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE WOULDN’T DO FOR ANYBODY ELSE. THIS HAS BEEN A TRULY GREAT ALLY AND WE WORK VERY WELL TOGETHER. BUT YOUR NUMBERS ARE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. YOUR ECONOMY IS STRONG. LIKE OURS. AND I THINK WE’RE TOO REAL EXAMPLES OF TWO COUNTRIES DOING EXTREMELY WELL. SOME COUNTRIES AREN’T DOING SO WELL. EUROPE IS NOT DOING WELL. ASIA IS NOT DOING WELL. LARGE PARTS OF ASIA NOT DOING WELL. CHINA, NOT DOING WELL. PLEASE. >>THANKS. MR. PRESIDENT, AUSTRALIA IS IN THE 29th YEAR OF CONSECUTIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH WHICH IS AN EXTRAORDINARY NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AS OUR MOST RECENT NATIONAL ACCOUNTS DEMONSTRATED. AUSTRALIA IS ALSO VERY USED TO DEALING WITH A COMPLEX AND CHANGING WORLD. AND THAT’S WHY WE’VE DIVERSIFIED, WE HAVE BEEN DOING THAT FOR MANY YEARS, AND I MEAN SIX YEARS AGO, WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT CAME TO OFFICE, IN THE 27% OF OUR TRADE WAS COVERED BY AGREEMENTS AROUND THE WORLD, THAT FIGURE IS NOW 70%. AND WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THAT TO 90%. AND THAT’S IMPORTANT. AND THAT’S OPENING UP OPPORTUNITIES. SO THERE ARE EBBS AND FLOWS THAT GO INTO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND AUSTRALIA HAS BUILT UP A RESILIENCE THROUGH THE BROAD-BASED NATURE IN WHICH WE’RE TAKING OUR ECONOMY TO THE WORLD. AUSTRALIA NEVER GOT RICH SELLING THINGS TO ITSELF. AND WE’VE ALWAYS HAD AN OUTWARD LOOKING PERSPECTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO ENGAGING OUR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. AND A BIG PART OF WHAT WE’VE BEEN DISCUSSING HERE IS THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES WHERE IT IS THE RAILWAYS, CRITICAL MINERALS, FRONTIER TECHNOLOGY, SPACE, THIS IS WHERE JOBS ARE GOING TO BE IN THE FUTURE AS WELL. SO WE WILL DEAL WITH THOSE EBBS AND FLOWS AS THEY COME. BUT THE PRESIDENT’S RIGHT. THE ARRANGEMENT THEY KILL COME TO, AND I’M CONFIDENT THEY WILL, THEY WILL COME, TO AND I’M CONFIDENT THEY WILL, WITH CHINA, IS ONE THAT WILL SET A GNAW BAR, IN TERMS OF HOW CHINA’S ECONOMY THEN DEALS WITH A LOT OF THESE COMPLICATED ISSUES IN THE FUTURE, WITH DEVELOPED ECONOMIES LIKE AUSTRALIA. SO WE LOOK ON WITH INTEREST AND I THINK ULTIMATELY WHEN WE ARRIVE AT THAT POINT IT IS GOING TO PUT GLOBAL TRADE ON A STRONGER FOOTING.>>AND AUSTRALIA HAS REALLY BEEN SO FOCUSED ON THE ECONOMY, THEY DO MINERALS, THEY HAVE INCREDIBLE WEALTH IN MINERALS. AND COAL. AND OTHER THINGS. AND THEY’RE REALLY AT THE LEADING EDGE OF COAL TECHNOLOGY. IT’S CLEAN COAL. WE CALL IT CLEAN COAL. BUT IT IS ALSO GREAT FOR THE WORKERS. AND THINGS THAT WOULD HAPPEN TO, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY DANGEROUS, YEARS AGO, AND VERY BAD FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND YOU’VE RECTIFIED THAT 100%. IT’S INCREDIBLE. I LOOKED AT YOUR STATISTICS THE OTHER DAY, AND COAL MINERS ARE VERY, VERY SAFE IN AUSTRALIA. IT IS INCREDIBLE WHAT YOU’VE DONE. IN FACT, WE’RE LOOKING AT WHAT YOU’VE DONE. BUT –>>WE’LL DO A DEAL. >>WE’LL MAKE A DEAL. GO AHEAD, PLEASE.>>THANK YOU. IN THE MIDST OF THESE ESCALATING TENSIONS WITH IRAN, YOU’VE NOW NAMED A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, ROBERT O’BRIEN.>>YES. >>WHAT IS HE RECOMMENDING TO YOU IN TERMS OF DEALING WITH THE LATEST STRIKE ON SAUDI ARABIA AND THE RESPONSE? AND THEN SECONDLY, YOUR NOW NEW SANCTIONS ON IRAN, SECRETARY MNUCHIN SAYS THIS AFFECTS THE LAST AVAILABLE FUNDS FOR THAT REGIME. HAVE WE NOW EXHAUSTED SANCTIONS IN REGARDS TO IRAN?>>WELL, THESE ARE THE STRONGEST SANCTIONS EVER PUT ON A COUNTRY. WE ARE AT A LEVEL OF SANCTION THAT IS FAR GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE, WITH RESPECT TO IRAN. TODAY, WE DID CENTRAL BANK, AS YOU KNOW. AND WE’LL SEE. WE’LL SEE. THEY ARE HAVING A LOT OF PROBLEMS. NOT ONLY WITH US. THEY ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITHIN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. AND I THINK THEY HAVE A LOT OF SELF-MADE PROBLEMS. WE ARE BY FAR THE STRONGEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD. GOING IN TO IRAN WOULD BE A VERY EASY DECISION. AS I SAID BEFORE. IT WOULD BE VERY EASY. THE EASIEST THING. AND MOST PEOPLE THOUGHT I WOULD GO IN WITHIN TWO SECONDS, BUT PLENTY OF TIME. PLENTY OF TIME. IN THE MEANTIME, THEY HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITHIN IRAN. IRAN COULD BE A GREAT COUNTRY. IT COULD BE A RICH COUNTRY. BUT THEY ARE CHOOSING TO GO A DIFFERENT WAY. THEY WILL BE APPOINTED, WHICH THEY WILL BE VERY SORRY FOR THAT CHOICE, BUT I THINK I’M SHOWING GREAT RESTRAINT. A LOT OF PEOPLE RESPECT IT. SOME PEOPLE DON’T. SOME PEOPLE SAY YOU SHOULD GO IN IMMEDIATELY. AND OTHER PEOPLE ARE SO THRILLED AT WHAT I’M DOING. AND I DON’T DO IT FOR ANYBODY. I DO IT FOR WHAT IS GOOD FOR OUR UNITED STATES. WHAT IS GOOD FOR OUR ALLIES. AND IT’S WORKING OUT REALLY VERY WELL. AS FAR AS ROBERT IS CONCERNED, HE’S, ROBERT, MAYBE YOU COULD STAND UP, ROBERT O’BRIEN HAS DONE A FANTASTIC JOB WITH US WITH HOSTAGE NEGOTIATIONS. I THINK WE CAN SAY THAT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANYBODY THAT HAS DONE BETTER THAN YOU AND I AS A COMBINATION. WE’VE BROUGHT MANY PEOPLE HOME AND WE’VE BROUGHT THEM HOME QUICKLY. SPEED IS A VERY IMPORTANT THING I FIND WITH HOSTAGES. IT’S REALLY SOMETHING. I HAD DINNER THE OTHER NIGHT WITH THE WARMBIER FAMILY. AN INCREDIBLE FAMILY. THE WHOLE FAMILY AND SOME OF OTTO’S FRIENDS IN ADDITION TO THE FAMILY. 25 PEOPLE OVER ON SATURDAY NIGHT. AND WE DID THAT DINNER IN REALLY IN OTTO’S HONOR. AND IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL THING. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL THING. FIRST LADY AND I, IT WAS VERY, IT WAS VERY TOUCHING, AND REALLY VERY BEAUTIFUL. WE TALKED ABOUT OTTO. AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE MOVED FASTER. AND ROBERT AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT. SHOULD HAVE MOVED FASTER. HE WAS THERE FOR A LONG TIME. YOU GOT TO MOVE FAST. WITH HOSTAGES, YOU HAVE TO MOVE FAST. ALL OF A SUDDEN, IT GETS VERY HARD FOR THE OTHER SIDE TO DO ANYTHING. AND SOMETIMES IT IS JUST TOO LATE. IN THE CASE OF OTTO, IT WAS VERY LATE. WE GOT HIM HOME BUT HE WAS IN HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE CONDITION, WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM WAS ACTUALLY INCREDIBLE, JUST HORRIBLE. BUT YOU HAVE TO MOVE FAST. ROBERT AND I HAVE BEEN REALLY SUCCESSFUL AND THE REASON I KNOW HIM SO WELL, I ACTUALLY WORKED HARD ON HOSTAGES, I THINK YOU WOULD SAY, I THINK MOST PRESIDENTS WOULDN’T DO, THAT BUT I DO, HE’S A GREAT, ALMOST I GUESS IN ALMOST ALL CASE, AMERICAN LIVE, OTHER PEOPLE, WE’VE HELPED OTHER COUNTRIES WITH THEIR HOSTAGE SITUATION, WHERE WE HAVE SOME STRENGTH THAT THEY DON’T, THESE ARE GREAT PEOPLE, AND WE GET THEM HOME. WE GOT THEM HOME FROM NORTH KOREA, AS YOU KNOW. AND WE GOT THEM HOME FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. EGYPT. WE GOT THEM HOME. WE GOT THEM HOME FROM MANY DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. TURKEY. PRESIDENT ERDOGAN WAS VERY GOOD AND WE GOT A HOSTAGE HOME. OUR GREAT PASTOR WHO EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM KNOWS AND LOVES. BUT WE’VE HAD TREMENDOUS SUCCESS. AND WHAT SURPRISED ME I DIDN’T KNOW TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO KNEW ROBERT AND WHEN IT CAME TIME TO PICK SOMEBODY FOR THE POSITION, VERY CRITICAL TIME, I HAD SO MANY PEOPLE, I SHOULDN’T SAY THIS IN FRONT OF ROBERT, HE’LL ARE WILL BE EMBARRASSED BUTLY SO MANY PEOPLE WHO CALLED ME AND THEY RECOMMENDED ABOUT, UT I HAD SO MANY PEOPLE WHO CALLED ME AND THEY RECOMMENDED ROBERT O’BRIEN. AND I THINK HE IS GOING TO DO A GOOD JOB. HE WAS HERE, I CAN TELL YOU THIS, HE STARTED ABOUT 12 MINUTES AFTER HE WAS CHOSEN. HE SAT IN WITH US. AND HE IS VERY MUCH INVOLVED NOW IN WHAT WE’RE DOING. >>ONE QUICK FOLLOW-UP ON THAT. IN REGARDS TO IRAN. IF SANCTIONS DON’T WORK AND THEY CONTINUE THEIR MALIGNED ACTIVITY, ARE THERE ANY OTHER MEASURES OUTSIDE OF A MILITARY OPTION THAT CAN BE TAKEN THAT –>>I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. BUT I WILL SAY, I THINK THE SANCTIONS WORK, AND THE MILITARY WOULD WORK, BUT THAT’S A VERY SEVERE FORM OF WINNING. BUT WE WIN. NOBODY CAN BEAT US MILITARILY. NOBODY CAN EVEN COME CLOSE. WHAT WE’VE DONE FOR OUR MILITARY IN THE LAST THREE YEARS IS INCREDIBLE. ALL MADE IN THE USA BY THE WAY. AND IT’S REALLY INCREDIBLE. OUR NUCLEAR WAS GETTING VERY TIRED. THEY HADN’T SPENT THE MONEY ON IT. AND NOW, WE HAVE IT IN, AS WE WOULD SAY TIPPY-TOP SHAPE. TIPPY-TOP. WE HAVE NEW. AND WE HAVE RENOVATED. AND IT’S INCREDIBLE. AND WE ALL SHOULD PRAY THAT WE NEVER HAVE TO USE IT. WE SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO USE IT. AND OUR MILITARY ITSELF IS IN PHENOMENAL SHAPE. AND WE HAVE A GREAT GENTLEMAN, AS YOU KNOW, GOING TO BE TAKING OVER, JOINT CHIEF OF STAFF, JOE DUNFORD HAS BEEN FANTASTIC, HE IS A GREAT MAN, AND A FRIEND OF MINE. BUT GENERAL, GOING TO BE TAKING OVER AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A CELEBRATION. BOTH FOR JOE, AND FOR EVERYBODY. AND YOU KNOW, AS YOU KNOW, OUR SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HAS JUST COME IN, MARK ESPER, AND HE HAS BEEN HERE FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, BUT HE’S GOT TREMENDOUS ENERGY. HE’S GOT IT. HE KNOWS IT, THAT’S WHAT HE’S BEEN DOING FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. FROM THE DAY HE GRADUATED OR MAYBE I SHOULD SAY FROM THE DAY HE STARTED AT WEST POINT, WHERE HE WAS A TOP, TOP SCHOLAR, ET CETERA. SO WE HAVE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE. AND STEVE MNUCHIN IS HERE. WE DID THE SANCTIONS TODAY. AND I THINK THEY’RE PROBABLY, STEVE, THE STRONGEST THAT HAVE EVER BEEN PUT ON A COUNTRY. WE WILL CERTAINLY NEVER DONE THAT TO AUSTRALIA. I PROMISE YOU.>>ONE FOR THE PRIME MINISTER IF I MAY. MR. PRIME MINISTER, YOU HAVE BEEN VERY TOUGH ON HUAWEI, EVEN UNDER PRESSURE. YOU HAVE BEEN VERY CONSISTENT WITH THE BAN, EVEN THOUGH YOU SAID YOU HAVE A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA AND THEY’RE IMPORTANT FOR YOUR ECONOMY. DO YOU PLAN TO SUPPORT THE UNITED STATES AND THE TOUGH CHANCE ON CHINA AND CAN YOU GIVE ANY MORE SPECIFICS ON WHAT YOU TOLD THE PRESIDENT YOU WOULD DO ON HIS TRADE MEASURES TO REACH A FAIR TRADE DEAL?>>FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE THE MOST PERFECT OF RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE UNITED STATES, AND IT GOES BACK FOR CENTURIES, AND MORE, AS THE PRESIDENT WAS LOOKING AT THIS MORNING. WE HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA. THIS IS A PART OF THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE. AND MANAGING THAT RELATIONSHIP IS IMPORTANT TO AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL INTERESTS. ONE THING I CAN ALWAYS ASSURE YOU ON, I THINK THE PRESIDENT CAN SAY THE SAME, WE WILL ALWAYS, BOTH OF US, ACT IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST OF OUR COUNTRIES. WE WILL ALWAYS PUT OUR COUNTRY’S INTERESTS FIRST. AND THAT MEANS, ENGAGING COUNTRIES IN OUR OWN REGION, NOT JUST ECONOMICALLY, BUT ON A PEOPLE LEVEL AS WELL. WE HAVE A LOT OF OPERATIONS WE DO TOGETHER. RIGHT ACROSS THE WORLD. MILITARILY. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. BUT THE FOCUS I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY HAS TO BE WHAT’S BEST FOR OUR PEOPLE. AND THAT MEANS A STABLE SECURE REGION AND THE PRESENCE OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE INDO-PACIFIC WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN FOR A VERY LONG TIME IS A STABILIZING FORCE IN THE REGION. AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT COUNTRIES CAN TRADE WITH EACH OTHER. ECONOMIES CAN DEVELOP. PEOPLE COME OUT OF POVERTY. THE UNITED STATES HAS HAD A POSITIVE PRESENCE IN OUR REGION. AND THAT’S WHY WE ALWAYS WORK TOGETHER. BECAUSE WE SHARE OBJECTIVES. IT ISN’T A MATTER OF THE UNITED STATES SAYING TO US, WE NEED YOU TO DO THIS, OR AUSTRALIA SAYING TO THE UNITED STATES, WE NEED YOU TO DO THIS. IT’S ABOUT US HAVING SHARED OBJECTIVES AND LOOKING TO THE WORLD THROUGH A SIMILAR LENS AND THAT JUST NATURALLY BRINGS US TOGETHER, TO FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT PROMOTE PROSPERITY. AS I STARTED OUT IN MY REMARKS TODAY, WE LOVE JOBS. THE PRESIDENT AND I. WE LOVE JOBS. AND WE LIKE THE JOBS HERE AND WE LIKE JOBS EVERYWHERE AND WHEN PEOPLE HAVE JOBS, THEY TEND TO FOCUS A BIT MORE ON THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON IN THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY, AND MAKING SURE THEY CAN LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH EACH OTHER.>>AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS IMPORTANT I THINK IS DURING OUR MEETING, WE DISCUSSED, I SAID, WHAT PERCENTAGE OF OUR, OF YOUR MILITARY DO YOU BUY FROM US, AND THE ANSWER WAS WE WORK TOGETHER, OR IT’S ABOUT 100%, IT IS CLES TO 100%. AND WE MAKE THE BEST EQUIPMENT, HE UNDERSTANDS THAT, BUT IT’S A REAL RELATIONSHIP. THEY BUY 100% OF THEIR MILITARY AND IT’S A MASSIVE PURCHASE, AND IT’S GOTTEN BIGGER, I GUESS YOU SAID THE BIGGEST PURCHASE SINCE WORLD WAR II.>>YES, IT WILL BE 2% OF GDP NEXT YEAR. AND THAT COMES UP FROM WHAT WAS THE LOWEST LEVEL OF DEFENSE SPENDING AS A PART OF THE ECONOMY SINCE PRIOR TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR. IT IS A $200 BILLION INVESTMENT AND A LOT OF THAT HAS BEEN BUILT IN AUSTRALIA BUT IT HAS ALSO BEEN BUILT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER AT LIES AND IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF WHAT WE’RE DOING. AND I THINK DAVID CROW FROM AUSTRALIA WAS NEXT.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FURTHER, ON THE QUESTIONS ON IRAN, MR. PRESIDENT, YOU’VE TALKED ABOUT YOUR COMMITMENT TODAY, TO DEAL WITH IRAN AND THE PERSIAN GULF, AND IN YOUR TALKS TODAY, WITH MR. MORRISON, DID YOU DISCUSS FURTHER MILITARY ACTION IN ORDER TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON IRAN? WHAT MIGHT THOSE MILITARY ACTIONS BE? AND WHAT COULD AUSTRALIA CONTRIBUTE TO THAT? AND MR. MORRISON, ON THAT –>>HOLD IT ONE SECOND. YOU WILL GET A SECOND. YOU WILL GET A SHOT AT YOUR PRIME MINISTER. I’M SURE YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. WE DIDN’T DISCUSS TOO MUCH ABOUT IRAN. WE DISCUSSED MORE TRADE. MORE CHINA. WE DISCUSSED AFGHANISTAN. WHERE AUSTRALIA IS HELPING US. AND WE’RE SLOWLY REDUCING IN AFGHANISTAN, AS PEOPLE KNOW. WE’VE BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE IN AFGHANISTAN. AND IF WE WANTED TO DO A CERTAIN METHOD OF WAR, WE WOULD WIN THAT VERY QUICKLY. MANY, MANY, REALLY TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WOULD BE KILLED. AND WE THINK IT IS UNNECESSARY. BUT THEY’VE BEEN, AUSTRALIA HAS BEEN A GREAT HELP TO US IN AFGHANISTAN. BUT WE’RE REDUCING IN AFGHANISTAN. WE’RE REDUCING IN SYRIA. WHERE WE HAD, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TAKEN OVER 100% OF THE CALIPHATE. WE HAVE 100%, WHEN I CAME IN, IT WAS SMALLER BUT IT WAS A MESS AND IT WAS ALL OVER, BUT NOW IT’S IN A POSITION, AND I WON’T REPEAT WHAT I SAID BEFORE WITH THE PRISONERS BUT WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF ISIS FIGHTERS FROM OUR WORK IN, CAPTURING 100% OF THE CALIPHATE. AND WE’RE ASKING THE COUNTRIES FROM WHERE THEY CAME, WHETHER IT IS GERMANY OR FRANCES, OR OTHER COUNTRIES, TO TAKE THOSE PEOPLE BACK, PUT THEM ON TRIAL, DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO WITH THEM. BUT THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT KEEP THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FOR THE NEXT POSSIBLY 50 YEARS OR WHATEVER IT MAY BE. IT’S GOING TO BE UP TO THOSE COUNTRIES. WE DID THET THEM A BIG FAVOR. WE WENT IN. WE TOOK THEM DOWN. THE ISIS FIGHTERS IN THE END WEREN’T VERY GOOD FIGHTERS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. BUT WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF THEM. AND WE WANT THEM TO BE TAKEN OVER BY GERMANY, FRANCE, AND ALL OF THOSE COUNTRIES FROM WHERE THEY CAME. OKAY?>>THANK YOU.>>AND MR. MORRISON, ON THE SAME ISSUE OF IRAN, ARE YOU OPEN TO FURTHER MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN? OR IS THE AUSTRALIAN COMMITMENT SOLELY CONTAINED TO A FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION PATROL EXERCISE?>>WELL, AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, THERE ARE NO FURTHER ACTIVITIES PLANNED OR REQUESTED FOR ASSISTANCE FROM AUSTRALIA SO THE QUESTION TO THAT EXTENT IS MOOT. NOW, I WANT TO COMMEND THE PRESIDENT WHO IS DEMONSTRATING AS HE SAID IN THE EARLIER PRESS CONFERENCE, IN THE OVAL OFFICE, RESTRAINT. THERE ARE OTHER MEASURES THAT HE AND THE SECRETARY HAVE ANNOUNCED TODAY. AND ARE PURSUING THOSE CHANNELS. SO THE CALIBRATED I THINK VERY MEASURED RESPONSE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS TAKING HAS BEEN A MATTER FOR THEM, AND OBVIOUSLY, AT ANY TIME, WHEN ISSUES ARISE WITH US, AS AN ALLY, WE CONSIDER THEM ON THE MERITS AT THE TIME, AND AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL INTERESTS. SO THAT’S WHERE I THINK THAT’S HEADING.>>WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND JENNIFER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FIRST LADY, THANK YOU. AND I HOPE YOU’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK TONIGHT TO THE MEDIA BECAUSE IT IS REALLY GOING TO BE A BEAUTIFUL EVENING. IN HONOR OF AUSTRALIA. AND THE MORRISONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>PRESIDENT TRUMP ALONG WITH AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON TAKING SOME QUESTIONS FOR BOTH THE AMERICAN AND AUSTRALIAN PRESS, IRAN, CHINA, TRADE, AND THE STATE OF EACH OTHER’S ECONOMY AND THE PRESIDENT DIDN’T ADDRESS THE ONGOING ISSUE OVER THE WHISTLEBLOWER WHO REPORTEDLY OVERHEARD A CONVERSATION WITH ANOTHER LEADER THAT HAS RAISED CONCERNS IN THE CAPITAL, ON CAPITOL HILL. LET’S GO TO HALLIE JACKSON IN THE EAST ROOM OF THE NEWS CONFERENCE THAT JUST CONCLUDED. >>Reporter: YOU’RE RIGHT, LESTER, THE PRESIDENT DIDN’T TALK ABOUT WHAT IS AMONG THE BIGGEST NEWS OF THE DAY TODAY, AND THAT IS THIS DISCUSSION, THIS WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT, AND WHETHER IT HAD TO DO WITH THAT JULY 25th PHONE CALL THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD WITH THE UKRAINIAN LEADER AS THE “WASHINGTON POST” IS NOW REPORTING. THE PRESIDENT TALKED EXTENSIVELY ABOUT THAT IN THE, WHAT WE CALL A POOL SPRAY, THE ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH THE AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, JUST PRIOR TO THIS NEWS CONFERENCE, TALKING ABOUT THE CONVERSATIONS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS IS PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE AND BELIEVES THE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT IS IN ESSENCE NOTHING. BUT KEEP IN MIND, LESTER, THAT THIS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THE PRESIDENT’S TEAM, IS ESSENTIALLY BLOCKING CONGRESS FROM GETTING THE INFORMATION THAT IT WANTS, SPECIFICALLY HOUSE DEMOCRATS, RELATED TO THIS COMPLAINT. IT IS JUST THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF MAJOR BATTLES BETWEEN THE WHITE HOUSE, ON THIS END OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, AND CAPITOL HILL ON THE OTHER END. YOU DID SEE THE PRESIDENT THOUGH ADDRESS HERE IN THE EAST ROOM AT THIS NEWS CONFERENCE ANOTHER MAJOR ISSUE AND THAT IS THE ESCALATING TENSIONS WITH IRAN. THE PRESIDENT JUST HOURS AGO, INITIATED NEW SANCTIONS, HE ANNOUNCED, ON THE IRANIAN NATIONAL BANK, ESSENTIALLY. HE TALKED ABOUT HOW HE BELIEVES THOSE WERE THE BEST OPTIONS THAT IS KEEPING THE MILITARY OPTION OPEN. SIGNIFICANT THAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE IS ALWAYS PREPARED FOR SOME KIND OF A MILITARY STRIKE AGAINST IRAN BUT THAT WILL LIKELY AGAIN CREATE CONTROVERSY ON CAPITOL HILL, WITH SOME DEMOCRATS CONCERNED THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULDN’T SEEK CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL FIRST, LEFTER.>>HALLIE JACKSON FOR US, I KNOW YOU HAVE MORE ON THIS TONIGHT WITH YOU ON

24 Comments

  1. Mark Green
    Mark Green September 20, 2019

    Presser starts at 41:03

  2. Darth Mercur
    Darth Mercur September 20, 2019

    Benedict Donald

  3. Maxwell Barnett
    Maxwell Barnett September 20, 2019

    Trump did 9/11

  4. Rokibul Hoque
    Rokibul Hoque September 20, 2019

    cup nia jan, gold cup.

  5. michael lennon
    michael lennon September 20, 2019

    No military action for iran .
    Trump is crazy , he is a businessman not a fighter . Someday iran will attack an American ship killing people and trump will look the other way .

  6. Linda Bradley
    Linda Bradley September 20, 2019

    Trump talks out of both sides of his mouth, & neither one tells even a little bit of truth. Trump is giving Our Country away piece by piece. His family, his cronies, including himself are all Traitors, liars, con man & women, thief's, racist, & a whole lot more. To many to list, but they are all bad & some, downright evil! It will take 100's of bottles of disinfectant to get the stench out of the Oval Office & The White House.

  7. Roxanne Reedy
    Roxanne Reedy September 20, 2019

    If trump's tariffs are working so well why is he getting ready to raise them again? China can wait him out. Meanwhile we are headed towards the holiday season and higher prices and our farmers are taking another hit. Great work from our least effective most corrupt president!

  8. Oddly Wired
    Oddly Wired September 20, 2019

    #Defeat45N2020

  9. food
    food September 20, 2019

    Vote yang gang or don't vote for any Democrat at all…

  10. Birdie Birdie
    Birdie Birdie September 20, 2019

    Trump is Smart… "He's playing it safe"… Diplomacy is Best …no matter what has happened, so far…πŸ‘οΈπŸ‘οΈ

  11. Lotus
    Lotus September 20, 2019

    Oh for crap sake, someone sew his piehole shut, and then break his thumbs so he can't do any more damage. #treasonousbutthole

  12. justin tume who T.F is Justin time
    justin tume who T.F is Justin time September 20, 2019

    TRUMP 2020…. LET'S MAKE LIBERAL'S CRY AGAIN

  13. Antivlog
    Antivlog September 20, 2019

    Listening to Donald drone on is nauseating

  14. Dennis Mitchell
    Dennis Mitchell September 20, 2019

    Video starts at 41.03

  15. jodie vukmir
    jodie vukmir September 20, 2019

    He doesn't even call I read terrorist he says Tara… so you can interpret it as terrorist or tariffs whichever you prefer eyeyiyi

  16. Virginia B. Britton
    Virginia B. Britton September 20, 2019

    Two earth raping fascists.

  17. Tonia Eliza
    Tonia Eliza September 20, 2019

    Is that unblended contour on his face?

  18. H Pn
    H Pn September 20, 2019

    Kudos to Melania for putting together a beautiful ceremony.

  19. Charpentiea Lunnie
    Charpentiea Lunnie September 20, 2019

    Trump sitting up there saying us individual supporters in the thousands republicans and democrats just mockery soon to grow up to be rats well at least thats what he wants us to be its clear to the eye, notta wonder rebellion was called amongst him when he hit that bus 🚌 bet he couldnt climb the bus but anyways weve been down here requesting for so long ion even think the u.s. citizens want their dividend from his response passed to congress men and women words.

  20. Charpentiea Lunnie
    Charpentiea Lunnie September 20, 2019

    Literally hes ignored thousands even the college students thats can kick rocks I got cancer and cant treat it properly smh. πŸ‘‰πŸšͺ

  21. Charpentiea Lunnie
    Charpentiea Lunnie September 20, 2019

    $1000.00 freedom dividend universal basic income passed through congress today ! the U.S. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ hates the way their doing citizens, shaking my head im not a robot profile totally real. Cant believe this mess thanks to us individual supporters from different homes democrats, and republicans.

  22. Dedalus69
    Dedalus69 September 21, 2019

    Trump is a awesome President and will win again in 2020.

  23. BobDa Naila
    BobDa Naila September 21, 2019

    Lemme guess? :
    (8:25 p.m. edt)

    Australia pm only other member (so far) to join Trump's coalition to wage war on Iran?

  24. Jamie Fisher
    Jamie Fisher September 21, 2019

    Since he loves Australia then he should love their gun policies as well. I'm sure he has no idea about their countries gun laws.

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