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I am honoured to have Prime Minister Theresa May here for our first


official visit from a foreign leader. This is our first visit. So,


a great honour. The special relationship


between our two countries has been one of the great forces in history,


for justice and for peace. And by the way, my mother


was born in Scotland, Stornoway, which is


serious Scotland. Today, the United States


renews our deep bond with Britain, military, financial,


cultural and political. We pledge our lasting support


to this most special relationship. Together, America and


the United Kingdom are a beacon That is why the United States


respects the sovereignty of the British people


and their right of A free and independent Britain


is a blessing to the world and our relationship has


never been stronger. Both America and Britain understand


that governments must be responsive to everyday working people,


that governments must Madam Prime Minister,


we look forward to working closely with you as we strengthen our mutual


ties and commerce, business Great days lie ahead for our two


peoples and our two countries. On behalf of our nation, I thank


you for joining us here today. Can I start by saying that I am


so pleased that I have been able to be here today and thank


you for inviting me so soon I'm delighted to be able


to congratulate you on what was As you say, the invitation


is an indication of the strength and importance of the special


relationship that exists between our two countries,


a relationship based on the bonds of history, family, kinship


and common interests. In a further sign of the importance


of that relationship, I have today been able


to convey Her Majesty the Queen's hope that President Trump


and the First Lady would pay a state visit to the United Kingdom


later this year, and I'm delighted that the president has


accepted that invitation. Today, we are discussing


a number of topics, The president has


mentioned foreign policy. We are discussing how we can work


closely together to take on and defeat Daesh and the ideology


of Islamist extremism Our two nations are already


leading efforts to face up to this challenge,


and we are making progress with Daesh losing territory


and fighters, but we need Today we are discussing how we can


do this by deepening intelligent Today we are discussing how we can


do this by deepening intelligence and security cooperation


and by stepping up our efforts We know we will not eradicate this


threat until we defeat the ideology I am sure we will discuss other


topics, Syria and Russia. On defence and security cooperation,


we are united in our recognition of Nato as the bulwark


of our collective defence. Today, we have reaffirmed our


unshakeable commitment Mr President, you confirmed that


you are 100% behind Nato. But we are also discussing


the importance of Nato continuing to ensure it is as equipped to fight


terrorism and cyber warfare as it is to fight more


conventional forms of war. I have agreed to continue my efforts


to encourage my fellow European leaders to deliver


on their commitments to spend 2% of their GDP


on defence so that the burden It is only by investing properly


in our defence that we can ensure we are properly equipped


to face our shared Finally, the President and I have


mentioned future economic Trade between our countries is


already worth ?150 billion a year. The US is the single biggest source


of inward investment to the UK and, together,


we have around $1 trillion invested The UK-US defence relationship


is the broadest, deepest and most advanced of any two countries


sharing military The President and I are ambitious


to build on this relationship in order to grow our respective


economies, provide the high skilled, high-paid jobs of the future


for working people across America So we are discussing how


we can establish trade negotiation agreements,


take forward immediate high-level talks, lay the groundwork


for a UK-US trade agreement and identify the steps we can take


now to enable companies in both countries to do business with one


another more easily. I am convinced that a trade deal


between the US and the UK is in the national interest of both


countries and will cement the crucial relationship


that exists between us, particularly as the UK


leaves the European Union Today's talks are a significant


moment for President Trump and I to build our relationship


and I look forward to continuing to work with you as we deliver


on the promises of freedom and prosperity for all the people


of our respective countries. You will be speaking tomorrow


with the Russian president. What message would you


like to convey to him? How close are you to lifting some


of the sanctions imposed on Russia over its Ukraine incursion,


what would you expect in return and Prime Minister May,


do you foresee any changes in British attitudes


towards sanctions on Russia? Well, I hear a call


was set up and we will see We look to have a great


relationship with all countries, ideally, but that


will not necessarily happen. Unfortunately, it probably will not


happen with many countries, but if we can have, as we do


with Prime Minister May and the relationship


we have developed and even that we have just developed


by being with each other, having lunch, we have had some


interesting talks and very But if we can have a great


relationship with Russia and with China and with all


countries, I am all for that. No guarantees, but if we can,


that would be a positive. As far as the UK is concerned


on sanctions for Russia in relation to their activities in Ukraine,


we have been clear that we want to see the Minsk Agreement


fully incremented. We believe the sanctions should


continue until we see that agreement fully implemented and we have been


continuing to argue that Prime Minister, you have talked


about where you agree, but you have also said you would be


frank where you disagree Can you tell us where in our talks


you did disagree, and do you think the President listened


to what you have to say? You have said before


that torture works. You have said you want to ban some


Muslims from coming to America. You have suggested there should be


punishment for abortion. For many people in Britain,


those sound like alarming beliefs. What do you say to our viewers


at home who are worried about some of your views and worried


about you becoming the leader On the issue you raised with me,


Laura, can I confirm that I have been listening to the President


and the President has been listening to me, that is the point


of having a conversation. We have been discussing


a number of topics. We will carry on meeting


after this press conference There will be issues


on which we disagree. The point of the special


relationship is that we are able to have that open and frank


discussion so that we can make that But I am clear also


that there are many issues on which the United Kingdom


and the United States stand alongside one another,


many issues on which we agree. As I said in my speech,


I think we are at a moment when we can build an even stronger


special relationship which will be in the interests not just of the UK


and the United States, but in the interests


of the wider world as well. We have a great general who has just


been appointed secretary of defence, He has stated publicly that he does


not necessarily believe in torture, or waterboarding or however


you want to define it, enhanced interrogation, I guess,


would be the words a lot of people I don't necessarily agree,


but I would tell you that he will override because I am


giving him that power. He is the generals' general,


got through the Senate very quickly, which in this country is not easy,


I will tell you. I have been open about that


for a long period of time, but I am going with our leaders


and we are going to As far as Putin and Russia, I don't


say good, bad or indifferent. I hope we have a fantastic


relationship. That is possible, and it is also


possible that we won't. I will be representing


the American people very And if we have a great relationship


with Russia and other countries and if we go after Isis together,


which has to be stopped, that is an evil that has to be


stopped, I will consider that a good How the relationship works out,


I won't be able to tell until later. I have had many times


where I thought I would get along with people and I don't


like them at all. And I have had some where I didn't


think I was going to have much of a relationship,


and it turned out to be So, Theresa, we never know


about those things, do we? But I will be representing


the American people very strongly. Mr President, thank


you and Madam Prime Minister. It is my understanding that you had


an hour-long phone call this morning with president


Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico. Could we get an update


on where the relationship is? Further to that, what do you say


to critics who claim you have already soured a relationship


with a very important US ally? And Madam Prime Minister,


are you concerned about the state of relations between


the United States and Mexico? I think the Prime Minister has other


things she is much more worried about than Mexico


and the United States' relationship. But I will say that we


had a very good call. But as you know, Mexico,


with the United States, has out-negotiated us and beat us


to a pulp through our past leaders. We have a trade deficit


of $60 billion with Mexico. On top of that, the border


is soft and weak. Drugs are pouring in, and I am not


going to let that happen. General Kelly is going


to do a fantastic job We have a very good relationship,


the President and I. We had a talk that lasted


for about an hour this morning, and we are going to be working


on a fair and new relationship. But the United States cannot


continue to lose vast amounts of business,


vast amounts of companies and millions of people


losing their jobs. We are no longer going to be


the country that doesn't So we are going to renegotiate our


trade deals and we are going to renegotiate other aspects


of our relationship with Mexico. In the end, I think it will be


good for both countries. I think you will hear that


from the President and I think you will hear that from the people


of Mexico that represent him. I look forward to, over the coming


months, we will be negotiating But I am representing the people


of the United States and I am going to represent them as somebody


should represent them, not how they have been represented


in the past where we lose As the President has


said, the relationship with the United States and Mexico


is a matter for the Mr President, you said you would


help us with a Brexit trade deal. You said you would stand by us


with Nato, but how can the British You have been known in the past


to change your position on things. May I ask this question


to both of you, people are fascinated to know how


you will get on with each other. You are so different,


the hard-working vicar's daughter, Have you found anything


in common personally yet? I am actually not as brash


as you might think. And I can tell you that I think


we are going to get along well. It is interesting,


because I am a people person. I can often tell how I will get


along with somebody very early, and I believe we are going


to have a fantastic relationship. And I don't change my


position very much. If you go back and look,


my position on trade has been solid for many years since I was a young


person, talking about how we were getting ripped off


by the rest of the world. I never knew I would be in this


position where we can But we will be talking


to your folks about Brexit. Brexit was an example


of what was to come, and I happened to be in Scotland,


at Turnberry, cutting a ribbon And we had a vast


amount of press there. And I was scorned in the press


for making that prediction. I said, I believe it is going


to happen because people want to know who is coming


into their country and they want to control their own trade


and various other things. And lo and behold,


the following day, it happened. And the odds were not looking good


for me when I made that statement because, as you know,


everybody thought it I think Brexit is going to be


a wonderful thing for your country. When it's ironed out,


you will have your own identity and you will have the people


you want in your country and you will be able to have free


trade deals without somebody I had something in another country,


and getting the approvals Getting the approvals


from the country was fast, Getting the approvals


from the group, I call them the consortium,


was very tough. But I think Brexit will end up


being a fantastic thing It will be a tremendous asset,


not a tremendous liability. On the question you asked me, Tom,


as the President himself has said, we have already struck up


a good relationship. I think if you look at the approach


we are both taking, one of the things we have in common


is that we want to put the interests of ordinary working people


rightat the centre stage. Those people who are working


all the hours, doing their best for their families and sometimes


feel the odds are stacked against them, it is that interest


in ensuring that what we do, our economies and governments


actually work for ordinary working people, work for everyone


in our countries. That was the press conference in its


entirety. Chris Mason is here. We have a lot of the usual phrases,


great days lie ahead for our two people, a deep bond, we were


expecting that. Theresa May said, of America, that they are 100% behind


Nato, and we were not expecting that? That really left out from what


we heard from the Prime Minister. She didn't have to say that. It is


clear she was very clear to ram home publicly that one of their


conversations in private was a commitment to Nato. President Trump


said repeatedly on the campaign trail that he said that the north


Atlantic alliance is obsolete, a word he has used, and in particular


he is very concerned about the funding formula. He thinks America


has to bail out other countries that don't pay enough into the pot. The


UK has long maintained that it meets the Nato spending commitment on


defence, as does the United States, but a good number of other members


don't. The Prime Minister has acknowledged it is understandable,


on that basis, that there might be a difference. There was clearly


concerned from her and from loads of British politicians that if America


were to go soft on the idea of Nato, the very existence of the Alliance


would be called into question. At a time when President Putin had been


flexing his muscles with the eyes Asian of Crimea and the fear from


some of the -- with the annexation of Crimea, and the fear from the


Baltic states, it was interesting that the Prime Minister wanted to


publicly pen his colours to the mast. We did know if that was a


surprise, or if it was something they had agreed that she should say.


I am actually very confident that President Trump and the


administration, they are strongly committed to the transatlantic bond.


They see a strong Nato is not only good for Europe, but good for the


United States. Two world wars and a Cold War have taught us that


stability in Europe is important for the United States. They know the


only time that Nato has invoked, Article five, the defence clause,


was after an attack on the United States, and hundreds of thousands of


soldiers, including money from United Kingdom, have been fighting


in Afghanistan in an operation that was a direct response to an attack


on the United States. In the United States, they know that Nato is


important. Making it really quite clear, his opinion. Moving into


other aspects of the press conference, one thing that came out


was that there is to be a state visit, that the Queen has invited


Donald Trump. We know he is an Anglophile and a supporter of the


Royal family. It would be a big deal to him? A huge amount, there has


been a sense in Whitehall, the Foreign Office and amongst


diplomats, as soon as they knew it would be Donald Trump as President,


a terrific card Britain could play was to tap into his Anglophile


history, the fact his mother was born on the Isle of Lewis, he was in


Scotland the day before the referendum, and his mum was a real


royalist. He has talked in the past about how she would regularly


reflect on her love for the Queen, even though she spent a good number


of decades of her life living in the United States. To give him the


chance to meet the Queen, be looked after and hosted by the Queen, stay


in Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, it is a tremendous thing for


the UK to be able to offer the President. We expect that was going


to come, but we got confirmation that the invitation has been sent,


Theresa May carried it over the Atlantic, the President has


accepted. That is going to happen later this year. It would be an


extraordinarily colourful moment. I guess it is one with controversy as


well. Those that think that President Trump is great will point


to loads in this news conference which they think proves that, in


terms of the strengthening UK- US relationship. Those that do not like


him will no doubt have plenty of opportunity, during the state visit,


to make their views very well-known. That will be quite a spectacle, when


it happens. A lot of journalists are posting about what their opinion


this press release. From the Guardian, saying perhaps Donald


Trump was acting, and his tone was quite restrained, he perhaps was not


as gung ho, clock sure as he normally is? Yes, he was pretty


calmly spoken. We are so used to shots of him on the campaign trail.


He is almost shaking the lectern, shouting, it is a very particular


style of tub thumping rhetoric. It was quietly spoken. He was


attempting to be that bit more reflective. He took a question where


it was suggested he was quite bombastic, he said he was not.


Occasionally he would get flashes of the campaign Trump. He had a bit of


a pop, half joke, half not joke, Laura Kuenssberg, when she asked


pointed questions about his views on torture. Why publicly said to


Theresa May, you asked for her to ask the question, you answer it!


It is an insight into how he has a frosty relationship with the media


and is open to saying it publicly. He made a virtue of it on the


campaign trail. What about the body language? I know neither of us are


experts, but you can't help not look at it. Here is a sequence when they


were walking to the White House. He grabs her hand. Who removes whose


hand? Those pillars have a lot to answer for. We don't know if it was


a proactive Theresa May or Donald Trump, I guess he was trying to be


courteous as she made her way along the rather posh gangway. It is


inevitable that we focus on the human relationship in the first


meetings. It is difficult. Think of it from their perspective, they are


both new in office. This is the first time President Trump has had a


foreign leader visiting. He has only been there a matter of days and it


is the first time the Prime Minister has been to Washington since she


took on the job. You are bound to be nervous and probably wouldn't. I


thought what was quite interesting was when they were specifically


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