President Trump Hosts Prime Minister Rutte of The Netherlands – (Video and Transcript)…

Earlier today President Trump and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte held a press availability prior to bilateral discussions.  [Video and Transcript]

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[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much, everybody. It’s a great honor to be with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. We’ve become friends over the last couple of years.

PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely. Yeah.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’ve had a lot of good conversations. We’re dealing on trade, we’re dealing on military, we’re dealing on intelligence. And the relationship has never been better.

And, Mr. Prime Minister, it’s an honor to have you with us. Thank you very much.

PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Mr. President, thanks again for hosting me. Last year, we had a very good conversation here —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.

PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: — and discussed our two priorities: jobs and how to keep our citizens safe. And today we’ll discuss how to accelerate the implementation of all of that, and particularly the defense agreement we closed.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.

PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: I’m going to Boston — you and I discussed — to bring up the number of Americans in a job from 800,000 to a 1,000,000. So I will be — there’s a big trade (inaudible) in the Boston area, and to try to make next steps in that sense. So that’s very good.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: And a lot of people wouldn’t know that over a million jobs — we think, very shortly, we’ll have over a million jobs having to do with the Netherlands.

PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Indirectly and directly, over a million jobs. That’s —

PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: You (inaudible) a quarter of a million in the Netherlands —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Oh, well, we’re work —

PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: — so we have to bring that number up, too.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’ll work on that.

PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: So thank you very much for being here.

PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you everybody. Thank you very much.

Q Sir, the sanctions —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Steve.

Q Sir, the sanctions on Turkey: Have you ruled out sanctions on Turkey (inaudible) —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’re looking at it. We’re looking at it. Very, very difficult situation for a lot of reasons. Things could have been done better in the pre- — in the previous administration. The previous administration made some very big mistakes with regard to Turkey, and it was too bad.

So we’re looking at it. We’ll see what we do. We haven’t announced that yet.

Q Mr. President, if I could just ask a follow-up question. What would your message be to your supporters who are making that chant? And would you, again, stop them?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, these are people that love our country. I want them to keep loving our country. And I think the congresswomen, by the way, should be more positive than they are. The congresswomen have a lot of problems.

When you look at the statements they made that were so bad and so horrible to our country, you look at what they said, Jon — what they said was something that is — it’s hard to believe that they could make statements like that.

And I could go page over page over page — many, many statements — whether it’s about us, whether it’s about Israel, whether it’s about the World Trade Center, and all of the different things that were said. It was a very terrible thing.

I’m not happy about when I hear a chant like that. And I’ve said that, and I’ve said it very strongly.

But I will tell you, the Congressmen and women also have a big obligation in this country and in every country, frankly. But they have a big obligation. And the obligation is to love your country. There is such hatred. They have such hatred. I’ve seen statements that they made with such hatred toward our country, and I don’t think that’s a good thing. They should embrace our country. They should love our country. And things would be a lot better.

Thank you very much everyone. Thank you.

Q Mr. President, on the JEDI contract with the Pentagon —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: What?

Q With the Pentagon’s JEDI contract, is there any chance that you might intervene in that contract, in that bidding?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Which one is that?

Q It’s the Pentagon’s —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The Amazon?

Q Correct. The Amazon and Microsoft —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: So, I’m getting tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon. They’re saying it wasn’t competitively bid. This is going on for a long time — I guess, probably, before this administration. And we’re looking at it very seriously.

It’s a very big contract. One of the biggest ever given having to do with the cloud and having to do with a lot of other things.

And we’re getting tremendous, really, complaints from other companies and from great companies. Some of the greatest companies in the world are complaining about it, having to do with Amazon and the Department of Defense.

And I will be asking them to look at it very closely to see what’s going on because I have had very few things where there’s been such complaining. Not only complaining from the media — or at least asking questions about it from the media — but complaining from different companies like Microsoft and Oracle and IBM. Great companies are complaining about it. So we’re going to take a look at it. We’ll take a very strong look at it.

Thank you very much everybody. Thank you.

Q (Inaudible.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you. A big event just happened in Iran. A big event. I’ll be talking about it —

Q And what will you be doing about it, sir?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: A big event. A big event.

TRANSCRIPT END  – 1:45 P.M. EDT

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26 Responses to President Trump Hosts Prime Minister Rutte of The Netherlands – (Video and Transcript)…

  1. fred5678 says:

    Big drone shoot-down event ???

    Liked by 1 person

    • A2 says:

      “A US navy vessel shot down and “immediately destroyed” an Iranian drone near the Strait of Hormuz, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday.

      “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters,” Trump said while speaking at an unrelated event at the White House.

      “The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities, and interests.”

      Trump said the Iranians ignored multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the USS Boxer and its crew. The president also called on other countries “to protect their ships as they go through the Strait” and to work with the US in the future.”

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rhoda R says:

        Do you think that maybe the President is warning the rest of the world that we won’t be solely responsible for keeping the straights free now that we have no national interests in that matter?

        Liked by 2 people

        • A2 says:

          That is already the case and the US has been talking with allies and partners to help keep the straits open. The Brits are on board ( and others, even Japan) and there has been numerous commercial shipping under attack or duress. One of the things PM Rutte will discuss with Potus is Dutch participation.

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  2. Skippy says:

    It’s nice to hear from Dutch Prime Minister Rutte on jobs w President Trump. It’s a short joint conference worth listening to. Google Defense Contract getting second (or third) look for which I have been hoping. Thanks for posting.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Elric VIII says:

    Cue Ed Sullivan: “It’s going to be a really big show.”

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    • chinstrap says:

      You have no idea how big…

      From an 14Jun2019 article on Benjamin Fulford’s website:

      “Due to the actions of Prince Bernhard von Lippe, nobody signed the capitulation of Germany (the Hitler Cabinet) on behalf of the Dutch Head of State or Government, and nobody attended the signing by the unauthorized German General Johannes Blaskowitz and the Canadian General Charles Foulkes.

      In constitutional terms, this means that the Netherlands has been a full member of Germany since 5 May 1945. Since no signatures have been made, this means that the Netherlands no longer exists constitutionally as of 18 May 1940, and after the occupation of the Hitler Cabinet on the former territory of the Netherlands continued after 5 May 1945.

      That is why in the Netherlands since then, the prime minister, the ministers, the state secretaries and commissioners of the king or queen, and the mayors have not been elected, but have been sworn in or appointed by the Head of State.

      That is why there is no Constitutional Court in the Netherlands, due to the lack of legitimate legislation and the lack of democracy in the Netherlands.”

      Buckle up friends, it’s gonna get bumpy.

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  4. Quint says:

    Dutch Govts have allowed massive legal immigration of 3rd world muslims.
    No good complaining Dutch voters, y’all voted for Parties that want it, and advertised the fact, enjoy.

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    • Quint says:

      And be amazed that posting a comment like the above on a UK blog site can get you a visit from the police.

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    • GB Bari says:

      That was news several years ago- when the Dutch citizens realized that the foreign invasion of migrants and refugees brought with them high levels of crime and posed high personal risk to Dutch women and tried to get the invasion stopped or even reversed to some extent (send some of the invaders back). . I haven’t read much about it in the past few years probably because the media has squelched the negative news plus they’ve been focused on lying about President Trump on a 24/7 basis.

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    • RightAroundTheBlock says:

      Not interested in providing history lessons but the Dutch are a fairly unique European and much (though not all) of their late 20th century immigration related to previous conquests. Sandwiched in guilt for past “adventures”, the native Dutch were sold an integration story decades ago that unfortunately has not panned out as promised, backed up by very recent studies showing that 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants have not “integrated” to the level “expected” nor have they “contributed” economically as anticipated. So the Dutch are actually living witnesses to the current fable retold now to many other westernized countries in the 21st century. Many, many Dutch, from all economic strata complain about the bill of goods sold to them, while also many of those being sincere and compassionate, caring and reasonable people. It’s a small country and they pack em in, so the results are intensified. Culture diversity though appreciated by the Dutch overall to varying degrees does not make up for the negative economic consequences.

      That said, the Dutch are amazingly accommodating at least on a reasonably practical level regarding integration into their society and culture. Practical application.

      Worldly and unbelievably competitive internationally for the size of their country the Dutch are worth admiring. No disrespect to these countries, but we are not talking about the Poles or the Czechs. In short, what I mean is, if a reasonable amount of the Dutch are complaining about immigration, the loss of identity and cultural values, then there is something to it. Read the stickers on the lampposts there: “Learn Dutch.”

      I suggest the American Russel Shorto’s The Island at the Center of the World and his book on Amstedam for a deeper dive into the Dutch. You may not completely agree with his politics but eventually he shuts his mouth and spins a fine yarn.

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  5. A2 says:

    Trump accepted an American flag that flew on D-day, donated by a Dutch businessman, while meeting with the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte.

    The AP reports:

    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History says a hole right through the middle of the tattered flag’s field of stars is believed to have come from a German machine gun bullet.

    Liked by 3 people

    • A2 says:

      Vice President Mike Pence

      @VP
      It was great welcoming Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House today! The visit was successful, ending with the Prime Minister presenting President @realDonaldTrump with an American flag that flew on a Navy ship on D-D

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  6. A2 says:

    PM Rutte was shocked at the bad and raucous behaviour of the press at the press availability meeting it was reported.

    Not the first time , nor will be the last that foreign leaders see the wankers on parade.

    Liked by 3 people

    • JC says:

      I still cringe, A2, even after all this time, to hear Press Operatives’ gnashing of teeth as they spew incessant and inappropriate questions immediately after an international leader is introduced and then speaks. Rude, low-brow, tacky, hopelessly trashy little gnomes.

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  7. Mike in a Truck says:

    See that? SEE THAT? That right there is why we had to liberate the Netherlands. Look at the way that guy sits.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Kent says:

    Iran will need to be dealt with forcefully…they’ve played the bad boys ever since jimmy carter helped to overthrow the Shah and install them into power….

    Thugs never cease their aberrant behavior willingly…they must be forced to stop or simply removed…

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  9. bayrat65 says:

    Why is it, all the European men look and act like sorta feminine? Especially the upper class type.

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  10. Friend of Butch says:

    Not missed, the still frame captured on the Youtube video. Tells all.

    Never miss an opportunity to engage, look them in the eye and see which kind of man stands before you. The rest is blah blah blah…

    Been there, many many times, like the man claiming to be from Kentucky, …whoa!!! but that is a wholly different story… 😉

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