President Trump and Prime Minister Loong Lee Joint Press Conference – 1:45pm Livestream…

President Donald Trump holds a joint Rose Garden press conference with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore.

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59 Responses to President Trump and Prime Minister Loong Lee Joint Press Conference – 1:45pm Livestream…

  1. tonyE says:

    Yikes… what a LIMP handshake… that’s how a woman “shakes” a hand.

    Anyhow, it looks like Donald Trump meets in a month more foreign heads of state than Obama met in eight years…. My head is truly spinning. But happy… it seems this man is really earning his keep as POTUS.

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    • napoleon32 says:

      That’s nothing on Obama’s “handshake” with Raul Castro. It was more like Castro grabbing Obama’s wrist and Barry just letting his hand dangle like a wet noodle.

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      • Barry was from Singapore too.

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        • dayallaxeded says:

          I thought it was Indonesia–very different!

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        • Jedi9 says:

          No he is not! Indonesia is where he went to school. Been to Indonesia several times, and each time I entered the country because I am American they would hold for an hour and interrogate as to what I was doing and why I was visiting. What is not reported in the news is that there are American mercenaries operating there over a dispute with Oil companies and land conscription. Indonesia in general is a very corrupt country, and I am always glad to leave when I am visiting. Very dirty, polluted, and the water is not safe.

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      • eagledriver50 says:

        I send that picture out to my “liberal” friends who have communist leanings…I get back sputtering nonsense…LOL…

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    • Mary Angela says:

      Yeah…. and he is donating that “keep” to charity. We are getting a real “Prize” from the private sector and a genuine “Made in America” Original. MAGA

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    • Barry was from Singapore too

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    • MVW says:

      Handshake criticism and sarcasm? How deep. Give us all a break. Singapore is one of the finest run countries in the world and if only the rest of the world’s countries were as faithful an ally and trading partner we would be blessed.

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      • Laura says:

        It could be a cultural thing. Look at how the PM of Japan shakes hands with Trump. His handshake and this PM’s are very similar. I know in Japan everyone bows to each other rather than shaking hands (or so my cousin says who was stationed there for several years).

        You know, not everyone on the planet thinks like we do (believe it or not). For example, my husband says that the Mexicans that he used to meet in S. Texas typically shook hands very softly. He often had to hold back in how hard he squeezed their hands, but that didn’t mean they were pansies!

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    • Skinner says:

      PM Loong served his country in uniform many years before becoming PM, and spent time at Fort Sill, OK, on exchange with the US Army. Your observation is ignorant – there are cultural norms at play in this level of interaction.

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    • Bob says:

      No he wasn’t…that was Indonesia…completely different.

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      • Jedi9 says:

        Obama spent close to 8 years going to preparatory school. When visiting Indonesia several times, I realized where a young impressionable mind at a certain age gets indoctrinated and makes perfect sense where Obama’s loyalties and sympathies for Islam came from. It is sad on a certain level, when I was there seeing the people, their eyes are full of oppression and sadness and pretty much everywhere you go the local government owns and controls everything and corruption is an acceptable norm in their society. The amazing part and to my surprise, there is a large number of Christians living there, with many churches rising up, and coexisting in a country dominated by Muslims. Singapore is one of the few places where Muslims are pretty much a tame lot and for the most part are very well educated and enjoy a high standard of life, and are part of a very rich diverse culture. Been living in Singapore now for 5 years, and while there are some aspects of it that I don’t like, such as not being able to criticize the government, they pretty much have a harmonious society, with a government that accounts for every tax dollar and operates with transparency with zero corruption. Media is controlled and is a night and day reflection compared to US media, where the negative reporting is almost zero, and crime is also extremely low. Of course Singapore is a tiny country compared to the US, but one thing I do realize is that the media in the US is a major contributor for it’s negative dissent among it’s culture’s current discourse, and makes sense why a country like Singapore would want tight controls over their MSM aparatus. One other observation I made while being here, Singaporeans are a very patriotic people, they love their country and on their national day each year in August, they show up in droves to celebrate it’s independence, as their countries flags can be seen everywhere. I live at a place called “The Sail”, a high rise apartment complex that is the base of “Marina Bay Sands” (The famous shaped ship, with the pool in the sky) and I am able to see this patriotism first hand from the comforts of my front living room each year, as Singaporeans cherish their country, and it’s brief 50 year history, as being a democratic state. The irony, is that the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in WWII was considered the worst defeat for the British empire’s history, and ultimately was the start to an end of British colonial rule, and is when Singapore claimed it’s independence. Last but not least, immigration is tightly controlled, and is very hard for foreigners to get a job here, as their system makes sure that any jobs that can’t be staffed by their citizens first has to go through an approval process before being granted any kind of work permit. Every foreigner working here also has to contribute to what is called a CPF, a private account to cover costs such as healthcare and retirement plan, which is returned when foreigners leave the country. It is an ideal system, one in which I wish America would adopt, due to this system, healthcare services are reasonably affordable to all.

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    • piper567 says:

      PM may have little experience shaking hands.
      Did you see Abe’s installation?
      Much bowing, very formal…but nary a handshake.

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    • Bob says:

      In Asia, unlike here the hand shake is not to give the appearance of strength, it’s a gustier of Friendship.
      The Prime minsters Name should be expressed as such: Lee Hsien Loong,

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    • woodstuff says:

      After surgery for broken bones in my wrist and thumb last January, I might have a handshake like that. Perhaps the customs are different about handshakes half a world away. I did like what the man said.

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  2. Bendix says:

    Funny how the racist xenophobe seems to have a better rapport with foreign heads of state than the Obamassiah.

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  3. SR says:

    I love it when PTrump did not take any question. These stupid reporters can not tell in world map where is Singapore is.

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    • lorenetn says:

      None of the MSM questions would have been in context of a meeting with the Prime Minister. MSM ALWAYS goes back to their talking point du jour to try to lambast POTUS. They cannot even be honest enough to ask relevant (to the event) questions. I have never seen it yet in all of these months.

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      • piper567 says:

        I truly hope and pray this omission of Qs when holding these pressers with Foreign Dignitaries is a policy decision.
        Our press persists in embarrassing us in front of world leader with their kindergarten total disregard for the context or occasion.
        They do the same thing with Sarah: she gives a detailed re-out of the days activity, and they ask her about the latest with A$$hat !

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        • Tegan says:

          100% agree…unless WH press can stay on the topic at hand…why should he embarrass foreign leaders to their childish questions and rude behavior. Notice that thus far this 70,000 new jobs news isn’t even being given a nod by the MSM.

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      • andrewalinxs says:

        Foreign journalists when given the chance tend to stay on topic of the event. Shame we have to depend on them to get relevant questions.

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  4. daughnworks247 says:

    Prime Minister of Singapore Loong needs to read children’s books on audio – What a VOICE!

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    • Curry Worsham says:

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    • carrierh says:

      daughn, I agree – lovely sound and lovely cadence. I look forward to visiting Singapore once more – modern, clean (except in muslim area and yuck!), and best of all has a laundromat! Great subway and great food especially down at the quay. English is their languish as well, so what’s not to like. Also islands and elephants to enjoy as well.

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  5. Curry Worsham says:

    That joint press conference wasn’t very loong at all.

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  6. fedback says:

    Prime Minister very polite and respectful. Obviously an educated man.
    Fake News could learn some manners from him.
    Good that they didn’t take questions. Media needs to be ignored and ridiculed

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    • Laura says:

      This PM has a certain aura about him that is both distinguished and charming and yet mischievous. He is a joy to listen to (as someone pointed out upthread) and fun to watch because of his interesting facial expressions.

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  7. M33 says:

    Singapore KNOWS how to drive business to their country.
    Finally we have a President who understands why!

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    • Thecleaner says:

      Im sure they talked about ISIS quite a bit….Singapore has a large Sunni muslim population, and southeast Asia seems to be a hotspot now, especially since they have been dislodged from Iraq and Syria

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    • eagledriver50 says:

      And How many gambling places does Singapore have? And well run. Looking forward to seeing that country and all the sites and food one can imagine…

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  8. ALEX says:

    Excellent and the contract for the planes is even better. As mentioned above, I honestly hope he stops with the questions and ends the Press Conferences with Huckabee..It’s rime to let the media dry out and he could learn a lesson from Obama on this..Obama went a year without a press conference and they were on his side..We can get all the news we need from other sources without Fake News…

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  9. Singapore is a no nonsense nation. I would like to exchange some of our Fake Newspeople to Singapore where they could experience a good caning.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Ouch. I searched images for that and decided it’s too much for the Treehouse. I do recall an incident long ago when a young man tested the laws of in Singapore. He now says that he was pressured to admit to spray painting somebody’s car and that he hadn’t done it…my memory of the history was that he had scratched some cars, not spray painted? Anyway, I wonder what became of Mr. Fay as he grew up. He didn’t get the full caning treatment like rapists do. Maybe it’s an appropriate punishment for some crimes… Singapore does seem to be a peaceful intelligently-managed place. I know that they have one of the best water filtration systems in the world, which is admirable; maybe they could export their technology to the dry Western U.S.
      http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06/26/us/us-student-tells-of-pain-of-his-caning-in-singapore.html

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  10. Q&A says:

    K.T. McFarland is the US Ambassador to Singapore. Excellent!
    $13.8 billion Boeing deal with Singapore Airlines, 70,000 US jobs as a result.
    Winning!

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  11. Agnes Goh says:

    Hi there, I’m been enjoying CTH for several months now and have learned so much from Sundance as well as from the comments. Thank you all. Just want to say that Singapore Prime Minister’s surname is Lee, not Loong. He is of the Chinese race, and the Chinese put the surname first. While Singapore is an economic wonder, the ruling party has been in power for decades and is very corrupt; legally corrupt. It’s hard to explain to people who have not grown up in Singapore. An example: the PM and other ministers earn hefty salaries; far more than POTUS. I left Singapore for New Zealand years ago and thank God everyday. God bless you all.

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  12. fleporeblog says:

    The PM of Singapore made it a point to say that we have an $18 billion dollar a year trade surplus with their country. In no way was he asking for that to be reduced. He wanted the world to know that our Lion can smile when it comes to our bilateral deal with them. That also doesn’t mean that our President didn’t push the envelope to get it to be $25+ billion a year.

    Winning has become so amazing that you can get drunk on it!

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  13. Love how they just turned away from the press peons and walked inside.

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  14. positron1352 says:

    With the press, never engage their idiocy. Nice move.

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  15. trumpfan1 says:

    i stay in singapore before. if you look at their airport, u will understand why usa airport suck to the max. usa airport is one of the worse in the whole world. elaine chao should learn from pm lee.

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