WATCH: Trump meets with Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan

Well, thank you very much it’s my great honor to have the very popular and by the way Great athlete one of the greatest but very popular prime minister of Pakistan We have many things to discuss military And terrorism and trade and I think we’re going to spend a lot of time talking about trade because we do Very little trade with Pakistan compared to what we could be doing It should be doing what our countries really get along perfectly and I think we’re having that start. We’re going to have that start But there’s tremendous upside with respect to trade One of the things we’re going to be discussing too as hostages Perhaps the polio vaccine Because Pakistan is one of the countries and we’ll talk about that has to you know what your feeling is on that but we have a situation in Pakistan where we want to talk about the poly or the possible polio vaccine and I think we can have great meetings. We’re going to be spending a long time together We have our representatives meeting right after we’re finished and we just came out Mr. Prime minister with tremendous economic numbers for the United States the best we’ve ever had We’ve got the best economy we’ve ever had and I think we can shift some of that over to Pakistan We should be doing tremendous business together. So I look forward to Well I’ve been looking forward to this meeting since I assumed office as Prime Minister of Pakistan. I Mean the United States is vital for for Pakistan. We have links which have gone back since Pakistan became independent You know we’ve been Fighting wars together first food Soviet invasion of Afghanistan Pakistan was a frontline state allied to the US and then again So That’s a big question Thank you going for hours. I will say that we have a very good relationship with India I know that your relationship is strained a little bit. It may be a lot, but we will be talking about India They’re a big part of our conversation today, and I think maybe if we can help Intercede do whatever we have to do but I think it’s something that can be brought back together and we’ll also be talking about Afghanistan we’ve Reduced our number of troops there by quite a bit We are Continuing to reduce troops in Afghanistan while working with Pakistan and others on Getting an agreement signed as you know, and we’ll see what happens, but we will be talking about India and Afghanistan very much Most is reporting today that highway had a relationship with North Korea to build their commercial wireless network Have you been briefed on that concern? I know all about it. I know all about Huawei I know all about the 5g and they were working on it and we have companies that are now getting very very strong in that department We’re gonna have 5g we’re gonna have the best 5g in the world just like we have everything else our silicon silicon valley cannot be competed with There’s nobody they can compete with Silicon Valley for the brain power or for what we do and nobody was focused on 5g But now they are Then we have great companies going into 5g Even if they don’t want it to have a lot of them were very happy doing what they were doing But now they’re going at my request. They’re going into 5g c. We don’t need we don’t need anything from anybody What the Post is reporting about how ways relationship well, we’ll have to find out that our relationship with North Korea has been very good. We’ve Really established a good relationship with Kim. Jong-un. I have personally there’s no rocket testing There’s no missile testing. We’re getting our remains back We got our hostages back and we have a very very good relationship the two of us and that’s very important there’s been no nuclear testing and what they’re doing with 5g will be you know, you won’t have to see I’ll have to Say it again centrifuge and everything from ary news TV Pakistan Lindsey Graham when you met Imran Khan details you both are kind of same personalities. You are the parent who fulfilled all your promises and It seemed like a grandpa is all talking to you not So, how do you see this meeting like the same kind of query to the point? Well, I think we can have a great meeting today. I know it’s an important meeting I consider this a very important meeting because I think we haven’t met the potential of either country I think the potential with Pakistan and and Likewise the opposite way, I think we have not even come close to meeting it. There is tremendous potential between our country and Pakistan I think Pakistan is going to help us out To extricate ourselves. We’re like policemen. We’re not fighting to go or if we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it I could win that war and a week I Just don’t want to kill 10 million people Does that make sense to you? I don’t want to kill 10 million people I have Plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. It would be gone it would be over in literally in ten days and I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to go that route. So we’re working with Pakistan and others to Extricate ourselves nor do we want to be policemen because basically what policemen right now and we’re not supposed to be policemen We’ve been there. We’ve been there for 19 years in Afghanistan It’s ridiculous and I think Pakistan helps us with that Because we don’t want to stay as policemen. But if we wanted to we could win that war I have a plan that would win that war in a very short period of time you understand that better than anybody We’ve been in there not fighting to win just fighting – they’re building gas stations They’re rebuilding schools the United States. We shouldn’t be doing that that’s for them to do but what we did and what our leadership got us into is ridiculous, but We will I think we’ll have some very good answers on Afghanistan very quick So we are going to this we were paying 1.3 billion to Pakistan as a Working for many years. The problem was Pakistan. This is before you Pakistan was not doing anything for us. They were Really, I think subversive they were going against us and this is something we’ll beat IND that about a year and a half ago the 1.3 billion dollars and I’ll tell you what to be honest. I think we have a better relationship with Pakistan right now than we did When we were paying that money But all of that can come back depending on what we work out We’re working out things that are very important. We have averted this I consider this very important We’re working out things that are very very important and I think at the end of this at the end of a very short time we’re gonna have a very great relationship with Pakistan and we should It’s a great country. It’s a great they’re great people. I have many friends from Pakistan living in New York. I have a lot of Pakistani friends I will tell you that and they they’re great people smart tough. They are tough. There’s no question about that. They like him No, I’m not going to be watching probably maybe I’ll see a little bit of it I’m not gonna be what watching Muller Because you can’t take all those bytes out of the Apple. We had no collusion No obstruction we had no nothing We had a total no collusion finding the Democrats were devastated by it. They went crazy. They’ve gone off the deep end They’re not doing anything. They’re not doing health care. They’re not doing Infrastructure, they’re not lowering drug prices. I’m lowering drug prices first time in 53 years. That drug prices went down last year 53 years and I’m doing that without the help of Congress which makes it much tougher to do because if they worked with us I could get drug prices down in half, but the Democrats don’t seem to care about drug prices All they care about is a phony investigation where the report was written. It said no collusion The report was written and the Attorney General based on the report was easily able to find there was no obstruction There’s no nothing. They’re wasting their time and Robert Muller. I know he’s conflicted. He had lied There’s a lot of conflicts that he’s got including the fact that his best friend is Comey But he’s got conflicts with me too. He’s got big conflicts with me. As you know, he wanted the job of the FBI director He didn’t get it and we had a business relationship where I said no and I would say that he wasn’t happy then all of a sudden he gets this position, but you know what? He’s still ruled and I respect him for it. He still ruled no coloration. No obstruction and This thing should have ended a long time ago This has been going on for two and a half years and we’re never going to allow this to happen to another president again Because most of would be able to take it on top of everything else. We have the strongest economy We were just discussing this with the prime minister We have the strongest economy that the United States has ever had. We have the highest stock market yesterday Literally the highest stock market we’ve ever had on Friday Thursday We’ve broken the record I think 109 times for highest stock market But on I believe Thursday of last week, we hit the all-time highest in the history of our country Our country is doing phenomenally well Unemployment is the lowest in 51 years Soon to be the lowest in history if it keeps going this way in a short period of time black Hispanic Asian Unemployment the lowest in history women the lowest in 72 years Nobody has ever done what we’ve done nobody’s done in two and a half years what we’ve done the biggest tax cuts in history the biggest regulation cuts in history So many things for health care, we got rid of the individual mandate Which was the worst part of Obamacare and what it would end up if we end up winning the house back We keep the presidency. We should keep the Senate we should keep the presidency I would think easy when you have the strongest economy in the history of our country and somebody’s going to run against that particular President even though in this case, it’s me in theory. I have a big advantage. I don’t know I’m gonna have to ask you but in theory I have a big advantage So a lot of great things are happening, but the Democrats they don’t want to talk about that They want to stay off the economy subject and what they’re doing is just hearing after hearing after hearing It’s nonsense. Okay, they tried an impeachment vote and they got slaughtered last week They got absolutely slaughtered. It was the most ridiculous I didn’t even know would know they were going to do it and I’ll tell you just in finishing I have a lot of respect for the Democrats because most most of them voted against impeachment Last week and I have a lot of respect for those Democrats that did that because they’re doing the right thing for the country no collusion No obstruction, okay Yeah, we’re talking about it Secretary minuchin is talking about it. We’re having very good talks with the Speaker of the House with Nancy Pelosi We’re having very good talks with Chuck Schumer. And of course with Mitch McConnell and Kevin. We are Kevin McCarthy We are I think doing very well on debt if you look at debt limit, however You want to define that but we’re doing very well on that and I think we’re doing pretty well on a budget very important that we take care of our military our military was depleted and In the last two and a half years we’ve under pleated it. Okay to put it mildly We have made it Stronger than ever before we need another big year So we had 700 billion we had then 716 billion and this year we’re going to be asking for a number slightly larger than that We’re putting our military back into a shape that it’s never been in before New the best missiles in the world the best equipment in the world the best military equipment of all we’re building submarines the finest Nobody can even think about competing with what we’re building. We’re building as you know new submarines We have a new aircraft carrier coming online. It’s a larger ship in the world It’s so large that maybe I could even land a plane on top of it Okay, but it’s a big it’s a big one President Gerald Ford It’s a phenomenal. It’s a phenomenal ship. So what we’re doing what we’re doing is Incredible things for our country. I Might say this About the military equipment. It’s all made in the USA everything 100% it’s all made in the USA and You know, it’s one of the reasons our job numbers probably are so good. Lowest unemployment. Yeah So Well, I can’t say that yet because so far he has not extended being in And after today’s meeting maybe he won’t but I have a feeling he might yes, I’d love to go to Pakistan Are you talking about from Afghanistan? Yeah. Yeah, we have already withdrawn quite a few and We’re doing it very slowly very safely and we’re working with Pakistan and with as you know, we’re negotiated with the Taliban and We are doing I think very well in that regard again. It’s something that we could do We could go one of two ways we could do a number the likes of which they’ve never seen before and Win it very quickly. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to do that because you’re talking about Millions of people and I don’t want to do that and we’re working with Pakistan on getting a solution And I think I think it’s being worked very well Well, I don’t know we’re moving a lot of them out and We’ve done what we were supposed to do We’ve been there for 19 years and we’ve acted as policemen not soldiers And again if we wanted to be soldiers It would be over in ten days one week to ten days if we wanted to but I have not just and that wife Why are we why would we kill millions of people? It wouldn’t be fair in terms of humanity. It wouldn’t be fair. So we’re doing very well And I think that Pakistan is going to be a big help You see this is the The closest we’ve been to a peace deal in Palestine Yeah, and there is no military solution in Afghanistan. There is no military solution because as mr President says if you go all-out military, there will be millions and millions of people who will die So there is only one solution and I feel that I think we will discuss this it’s the closest we have been to a peace deal and we hope that in the coming days, we will be able to Urge the Taliban to speak to the Afghan government and come to a settlement a political solution and what the Prime Minister cheering what the prime minister just said is a very big story and it’s 100 percent of where we’ve made a lot of progress over the last couple of weeks and Pakistan has helped us with that progress. But a lot of great things are happening a lot of things are happening for the United States and I think a lot of great things are going to be happening for Pakistan – under your leadership I really feel. Thank you I Think Iran doesn’t know where they are. I’ve been watching and reading a lot of reports and Right now they’re a very mixed up country. They don’t know Whether they’re coming or going They have tremendous problems economically their country’s in turmoil. They’re having Demonstrations all over Iran their inflation rates at 75% They have a lot of problems. So whatever it is it is. I’m just going to sit back and wait let’s see what happens but I will say they are doing they are doing very poorly as a country and We’ll see what happens We did actually because they said no and you know, it’s a religious country or religious leaders, but they lie a lot We did shoot down. Unfortunately. We had to shoot down a drone The drone came down, you know how it was how it came down with a new technology. That’s actually quite amazing But we took down one of their drones instead of saying yeah that happened they’d lie. They say it didn’t happen So we have there’s a lot of proof. It’s called take a look at it on the ocean floor. Just go down there Take your scuba gear and go down there in the oh one of you would do that I know but we took down a drone. I think very importantly I read a report today about CIA that’s totally a false story. That’s another lie. They put out propaganda. They put out lies I don’t think Pakistan would ever do a thing like that, right? Pakistan never lies, but Iran does unfortunately, so Let’s see. What happens with Iran. We are ready for the absolute worst and We’re ready for sense, too But we are very geared up and if they they are they are really the number one State of terror in the world now I have to say they pull back because they their money is running very low the deal that President Obama made was a Disaster because it was such a short term It didn’t cover ballistic missiles and they couldn’t see the important sights under this you couldn’t inspect the important sites There were many things wrong. And of course they gave a hundred and fifty billion Dollars plus 1.8 billion in green green beautiful cash that’s called many plane loads of cash I think Pakistan would like to have some of that cash but they gave one point eight billion dollars in cash which is unthinkable and Instead of being respectful and thankful Which frankly they should have been to the United States and to President Obama for making that ridiculous deal instead of being respectful they put their finger up in the air and This ring of the thumb They put their finger up in the air and they disrespected the United States. They shouldn’t have done that That was a big mistake. One of the best things I’ve done is terminate that ridiculous deal if they want to make a deal It’s it’s frankly. It’s getting harder for me to want to make a deal with Iran Because they behaved very badly they’re saying bad things and I’ll tell you it could go either way very easily very easily and I’m okay. Either way it goes Are you from Pakistan? Yeah, I want a couple of Pakistani. Yeah, I like them. I like them much better than our Give me what they didn’t do in the world. Well, I don’t like Pakistan. Look, I don’t think Pakistan Respected the United States. I don’t think Pakistan respected its presidents and I think Pakistan could have done a lot I think Pakistan could do tremendous amount against with respect to Afghanistan They didn’t do it and I don’t blame them because they were dealing with the wrong president Who knows but I think Pakistan could have done They’re helping us a lot now. I think they could have helped us a lot in the past But it doesn’t matter. We have a new leader. He’s going to be a great leader of Pakistan and We have a new leader here sort of knew him two and a half years now getting to be three years Can you believe it you’re gonna find time flies, but no, I think Pakistan could have done a lot, but they chose not to That’s because they did not respect the US leadership Well, I’ll let you know that very quickly I’ll let you know I mean, I’m gonna know soon it’s not gonna be like a long-term thing. I figured things out very quickly So the question was that’s probably the best question. You’ve asked it alone First time she’s always asking Muller mother of mothers. She’s been asking this Muller thing for the Best question, so I have to focus on that because that’s such a great question I think Pakistan is going to do a lot. I really do I think Pakistan is going to make a big difference. I think Pakistan will save millions of lives in Afghanistan Because I really believe they can they have a power that Other nations don’t have with respect to Afghanistan and I will say as of this moment. They’re working very hard You know, I know presidents you were working on trade deals right now we’ll see what happens retha, they’re paying us billions and billions of dollars of Tariffs, which is fine with me But I know that they’re working. I know that’s a very important situation for President Xi and You know, you could say what you said But you could also say that he has allowed that to go on for a long time And you know, it’s been it’s been relatively I think it’s been relatively nonviolent Well, they are I mean they are I don’t think China stopped him China could stop them if they wanted I think I think that again I’m not involved in it very much, but I think President Xi of China Has acted responsibly Very responsibly they’ve been out there protesting for a long time. I’ve never seen protests like it will you have that many people it looks like 2 million people those are big protests, but I Think the presidency. I hope that President Xi will do the right. It has been a long time Number one this is the longest war that the United States has ever fought. It’s almost 19 years Number two. I am one of those who always believed that there was no military solution Because anyone knows the history of Afghanistan You just have to look back at the history There was always going to be a political settlement at the end and I have to compliment President Trump Because he has no forced people to end the war to have a have a settlement and that’s where I think Pakistan is playing a very important role because Pakistan has a 15 100 mile border with you Afghanistan and all the areas where the trouble is which is the eastern side of minus 9 So this is a critical time. I’m looking forward to my talks with President Trump. We have a military leadership here because this is obviously a security situation and what we want is Understanding between the two countries I Can show president Trump that whatever we will be saying will be the apps. We will be straight with them they will never be any question of any doubt on Pakistan’s intent because in apart from Afghanistan the country that wants peace and Afghanistan more than any other countries Pakistan because we get directly affected by it and Pakistan needs stability We have had 15 years of fighting this war on terror over 70,000 Pakistani casualties over a hundred and fifty billion dollars lost to the economy So we desperately want peace and I’m happy that President Trump has pushed this forward I will be asking President Trump He’s it’s the most powerful country in the world the United States It can play the most important role in bringing peace in the subcontinent You know there over on well over a billion and a quarter people in the subcontinent They are held hostage to the issue of fish beef and I feel that only the most powerful state Edifier President Trump and can bring the two countries together right from my point I can tell you we have tried our best we made all overtures to India to to start dialogue resolve our differences Through dialogue, but unfortunately, we haven’t made headway as yet But I’m hoping that president Trump would push this process So I was with I was with Prime Minister Modhi Two weeks ago and we talked about this subject and he actually said would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator? And I said where. He said Kashmir Because this has been going on for many many years. I was surprised at how long it’s been going along. 70 years I think they’d like to see it resolved and I think you’d like to see it resolved and if I can help I would love to be a Mediator it shouldn’t be I mean, it’s impossible to believe two Incredible countries that are very very smart with very smart leadership can’t solve a problem like that But if you would want me to mediate or arbitrate I would be willing to do that President I continue that right now It would you will have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate and resolve the decision should be resolved So, but he asked me the same thing So I think there’s something so maybe will speak to him or I’ll speak to him and we’ll see if we can do so Because I’ve heard so much about Kashmir such a beautiful name It’s supposed to be such a beautiful part of the world. But right now there’s just bombs all over the place they say everywhere you go you have bombs and it’s a it’s a Terrible situation been going on for many years if I can do anything to help that let me know Let me give you one thing on Afghanistan as an example So a lot of you don’t know this, but we dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever built in history We dropped it in Afghanistan we were getting ready to make many of those bombs this left a hall That was it took out a lot of the lot of the tunnels and everything else But it left a hole in the earth that looked like the moon it looked like a crater from the moon still there It was nobody’s ever seen anything like it people heard it 15 miles away. They said what was that it shook the earth non-nuclear the largest ever made by far and They were going to make many of them and I said no we don’t have to I don’t want to drop that I don’t want to do that so many easy solutions that’s actually the easy solution and They’d come in and say let’s have peace but you don’t have to do that I think we’re going to be very successful without having to go that route and I have tremendous confidence in the Prime Minister one or two more go head, go head please I’m going to (inaudible) Pakistan press to call Pakistan Press as if the curve solid Pakistan has one of the freest presses of the world All you have to do is since I’ve been the prime minister in the last ten months I mean the criticism I have received from my own press unprecedented I So to say that their curbs on Pakistan presses is a joke When you say unprecedented – Wait a minute wait, wait – you – there’s no way you’re treated worse than I am Have to speak because I didn’t hear your words. Yeah Freedom of the press We will do that we will talk we’re talking about hostages we’re talking about hostages being held in various places I’ve had very good luck with hostages with North Korea with many places they’ve treated us with respect and I appreciate it made a big difference we have two or three hostages that were talking about that’s one of the gentlemen that we Have heard about and will be we will be discussing that with many other subjects. Yes, we Mr. President Trump we will be giving you good news about the two hostages in Iran Go ahead ask it again On your tweets, why have you escalated your feud with four congress women and racial Well, I think they’re very bad for our country, I really think they must hate our country I think the four congressmen we’re talking about the Congress women What they’ve said about Israel what they’ve said about? our country when they Talk about disgusting people when they talk the way they talk when the one mentioned that brown people should speak for brown people and Muslim people should speak for Muslim people and you hear all this it’s not what our country is all about No, I think they’re very bad for our country. I think they’re very bad for the Democrat Party. I think you see that and They’re pulling the Democrats way left. Nobody knows how to handle them. I feel they’re easy to handle to me They’re easy to handle because they’re just out there. They’re very bad for our country Absolutely There’s no racial tension I had my best numbers recently and it’s because of the economy and what I’ve done for the african-american when you look at the African Americans are Doing better than they’ve ever done in our country that we’re creating numbers. Look at the poverty numbers. Look at so many different Look at the unemployment numbers the best they’ve ever had. No we have fantastic relationships with the African-american community. I think you’ll see that certainly you’re going to see that in 2020 Even your critics say that you are going to win the 2020 elections and you are obviously pretty confident about that same thing Certainly, you are also having a big war against corruption in Pakistan. So, can you just the (inaudible) on that? Know I think he’s gonna win and I think what’s gonna happen? Of course, you got a little waste away But I’ll go over I’m gonna campaign for you I Agree, and I think that’s very true. And I it’s actually a very good question. The answer is yes I see great trade with Pakistan and I’m not talking about a little bit more I’m talking about we can go 10 and even 20 times what we’re doing right now, you know Pakistan is a big country It’s actually a very big country and they have tremendous product. They make great product They make tremendous I bought from Pakistan over the years when I was in the private sector they make incredible product. They’re brilliant people They’re hardworking people. I think we’re gonna have a fantastic trade relationship I don’t mean well increase it by 20% I mean, I think we can quadruple it. I think you could go I mean literally sounds quick you can go 10 times more you could go 20 times Well, because what we do right now is not much and we should do a lot So I think that’s going to be and I also do agree that that has so much to do with great peace having a great trading relationship has so much to do with peace and Extremism in this case. I think it can have it. So I expect that we were within a very short period of time Start having very significant trade with Pakistan North Korea (inaudible) since you’ve met with Kim Jong Un No we just have a very good relationship and probably they would like to meet and we’ll see what happens There was a little correspondence recently. We’re very positive correspondence with North Korea Again, there’s nuclear testing. There’s no missile testing There’s no nothing, I think we will, yeah, When they’re ready when they’re ready we’ll be 1 question please Things Discussed so you know that would be (inaudible) afterwards. We’ll discuss this We’ll be discussing it One of the provinces in Pakistan, Balochistan, India will I Think I can very well. I have a very good relationship with Prime Minister Modi. And I think we’re gonna have a phenomenal relationship With the Prime Minister of Pakistan. I do think that it’s a two-way street You know you say India is coming in and destabilizing Pakistan, but India is saying that Pakistan is coming in a destabilizing So there’s a lot of room right there where we could meet. I think we could meet you had a question reporter it Did he step down oh Look, he’s a terrible governor. I Think you have an even worse mayor of San Juan. She’s horrible. I think she’s horrible I watched her my people did nothing but complain about her when we help them with their hurricane problem The mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico is a horror show. She’s incompetent grossly incompetent At the same time the governor’s not good. So the United States Congress, you won’t believe this Please close your ears because this would be gave Puerto Rico ninety two billion dollars Last year for hurricane relief now, they haven’t got the money all of it, but they’ve got a lot of it But they’re scheduled to get The Congress of the United States handed them ninety two billion dollars and that ninety two billion dollars is in the hands of incompetent people and very corrupt people But the governor has done a terrible job and the mayor of San Juan has she’s horrible. I think she’s just terrible She’s so bad for her people and I think the government of the United States have to be careful I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico Because we did a great job in Puerto Rico They don’t like to give me the credit for it, but we did a great job I have many Puerto Rican friends. I Have a real understanding of Puerto Rico. I’ve had jobs in Puerto Rico I had I think the most successful I owned the Miss Universe Contest of pageants and we had them in Puerto Rico Twice and I’ll tell we had tremendous successes. In fact, they said literally a hundred percent this never happens Almost I think this was close to a hundred but a hundred percent of the island itself was watching they liked those pageants I’ve had a great relationship with Puerto Rico I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico, but Congress has given them 92 billion dollars Pakistan would like some of that but 92 not 1.3 because Pakistan was getting 1.3 92 billion dollars and the money is squandered and wasted and stolen and I’ll tell you what the Senators are not happy about it and Congress is not happy about it because you really do you have You have incompetent totally grossly incompetent leadership at the top of Puerto Rico the people of Puerto Rico are great and The people of Puerto Rico like me and they should because nobody’s given them what I give them But the leadership is corrupt and incompetent Thank you very much everybody

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