President Trump and President Erdogan Deliver Remarks Prior to Bilateral Discussions – Video and Transcript…

Earlier today President Trump and First Lady Melania welcomed President Recep Erdogan from Turkey and his wife to the White House.  Prior to bilateral discussions the leaders held a joint availability in the oval office. [Video and Transcript below]

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[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay. Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be with President Erdoğan and Mrs. Erdoğan. Thank you very much. We very much appreciate you being here. First Lady, thank you very much. And I know you’re going to go out to lunch after this. Great honor to have you.

The border is holding very well. The ceasefire is holding very well. We’ve been speaking to the Kurds, and they seem to be very satisfied.

As you know, we’ve pulled back our troops quite a while ago, because I think it’s time for us not to be worried about other people’s borders. I want to worry about our borders. We’ve got plenty of borders to worry about.

I want to thank the President for the job they’ve done. Again, this has been thousands of years in the process, between borders, between these countries and other countries that we’re involved with, 7,000 miles away. So, we want to worry about our things.

We’re keeping the oil. We have the oil. The oil is secure. We left troops behind, only for the oil.

And I have to just finish by saying that the President and I have been — we’ve been very good friends. We’ve been friends for a long time, almost from day one. And we understand each other’s country. We understand where we’re coming from. I understand the problems that they’ve had, including many people from Turkey being killed in the area that we’re talking about. And he has to do something about that, also. It’s not a one-way street.

So, I just want to say it’s a great honor to have you both and thank you very much. Thank you.

PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN: Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: You, go ahead, please. Would you like to say something?

PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN: Thank you. (As interpreted.) Well, Mr. President, thank you. In a few moments, we shall be having a larger-scale press meeting, that’s why I don’t feel the need to come up with longer statements here.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay.

PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN: Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay, well, that was good. That’s good. It’s true. A lot of truth to that.

I will say, we’re also talking about a trade deal. We do, proportionately, very little trade with Turkey. They make great product. We make the greatest product in the world. And, frankly, we’re going to be expanding our trade relationship very significantly. We think we could be doing $100 billion with Turkey. And right now we’re doing about $20 billion. But we think that number should be easily $100 billion, which would be great for Turkey and good for us.

So, we’re going to be expanding. We have our people from Commerce here. That’s one of the meetings we’ll be having. And having that big relationship, I think, is a very good one. So, we think we can bring trade up very quickly to about $100 billion between our countries. Okay?

Q What do you do, Mr. President, about the S-400s, in terms of getting that trade deal?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’ll be talking about it, John. We’ll talking about the S-400. We’ll be talking about that and we’ll be talking about the F-35 fighter jet, too.

Q Are you satisfied with the ISIS fighters that Turkey is keeping an eye on? Are you happy so far with the progress?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Turkey is watching the ISIS fighters. When I became President, ISIS was all over the place. I had no idea to the extent. In fact, it was shown to me about a month ago. We came in. It was a mess. And we took over 100 percent of the caliphate.

And, last week, as you know, we killed its leader and its founder. And we’re very proud of that fact. And we’ve also knocked out number two. And we have our eye out on number three, who was supposed to become number one, but he’s running right now. He’s running for his life, but we have our sights right on him.

So, we are — we’re doing very well. ISIS is very much — very much a factor that’s different than it was when I took over. When I took over, thousands and thousands of ISIS fighters were all over. Now they’re mostly imprisoned.

I will say, the Kurds are watching over them and Turkey is also watching over them. And Turkey recently has captured over 100 ISIS fighters and they are taking care of them.

Q Is there any way, Mr. President, that Turkey can possess both S-400s and F-35s? Or are those things mutually exclusive?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, John, we’re going to be talking about that. So, we’ll — we’ll talk about it. We may report to you later on about that because we’re having a second meeting in a little while.

So, we’ll see you in a little while. We’re going to be having press conference of sorts in a little while. It’s an honor to have the President and Mrs. Erdoğan with us, and they’re highly respected in their country and in the region. And we’ll see what we can do. But the relationship that we’ve had is good.

And, you know, I’ve heard all the pundits — three, four, five weeks ago. They were against what I’ve — what I did. Now, all of a sudden, they’re saying, “Wow. That’s really working well. Why are we guarding other country’s borders? We want to take care of our country.” And they’re saying it really is surprising what’s happened. Plus, we have our troops out of there, and we’ll be bringing a lot of them back home. But again, we’re keeping the oil.

Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

Q Mr. President, have you watched the impeachment — have you watched any of the impeachment hearing?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you. No, I didn’t.

Q You didn’t watch any of it at all?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I didn’t — I did not watch it.

Q Have you been briefed on what’s —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I’m too busy to watch it. It’s a witch hunt. It’s a hoax. I’m too busy to watch it. So, I’m sure I’ll get a report.

Q Have you been briefed?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: There’s nothing — there’s nothing — I have not been briefed, no. There’s nothing there. I see they’re using lawyers that are television lawyers. They took some guys off television, you know. I’m not surprised to see it because Schiff can’t do his own questions.

Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

Q Mr. President, have you decided to postpone auto tariffs? Are you postponing the decision on auto tariffs?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I’ll make a decision fairly soon. I was full briefed and I’ll make a decision fairly soon.

END 12:21 P.M. EST

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20 Responses to President Trump and President Erdogan Deliver Remarks Prior to Bilateral Discussions – Video and Transcript…

  1. Kent says:

    …rock me baby with a boohoogie beat…

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  2. dufrst says:

    Here’s another vid with the Senators.

    I’ve never fully bought the NeoCon concerning Erdogan and Turkey. Yes, he’s a strong leader with some dictator like attributes but that doesn’t make him a tyrant or an enemy of the US! He has legitimate gripes and has strong position when it comes to the Kurds, the S-400 (was denied Patriot), F-35 (Turkey contributed a lot), Syrian refugees and the failed coup. He expresses all this to these Senators and its compelling.

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  3. Erik Dee says:

    Free Constantinople! Free the Hagia Sofia! Deus Vult – for Christendom!

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  4. Kent says:

    …Turkey no longer has a place in NATO…one could argue that NATO no longer has a place…it was created to protect Europe from the USSR…

    The anti-American sentiment is rampant in NATO…but they take our foreign aid eagerly…it’s another leftist cesspool…

    If Erdogan wants to be the caliph…let him have a run at it…thousands of years of history say he will be eliminated by his own side…

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  5. RJ says:

    I paid attention to Erdogan’s facial expressions and overall demeanor. He comes across as an angry man, a very very proud man, an arrogant man, a man filled with power and self importance.

    In other words, I don’t like him, don’t trust him, and would not want him as my friend unless I had someone 24/7 always directly walking behind my back, loaded for bear.

    He reminds me of a smiling John Gotti…

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    • Kent says:

      …his underlying threat…keep giving us money or we will release the refugee ‘kraken’….

      …merkels of the world rejoice!…

      …the Marxist Kurds…should be dealt with as all Marxists should be dealt with…

      In the mirror image…what would Stalin do?

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    • Jon B. says:

      Yup, spot on read. GMTA. He looks VERY contemptuous of our president. Like he had somewhere ELSE to be….He’s a snake….

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    • Linda K. says:

      Trump met with him because they had to talk turkey (Ha!) and Trump cannot have an open conversation over the phone. My guess.

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  6. straightstreet says:

    His purple tie reminds me of Hillary’s purple dress press conference after the 2016 election

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  7. John Roberts. Fake News Network, of course has to ask a question about the Fake Impeachment Inquisition.

    Looks like he got a facelift and Alex Trebek haircut while tanning on a Dominican Republic beach.

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  8. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Since Boris’ favorite pun is here, time for a question. Is Gulen in Pennsylvannia being cared for by the U.S. government? Who, what, where, when, why, etc. No four-fingered salute for Erdogan.

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  9. JimFromNH says:

    So what about that oil?
    My guess is that DT just wants to make a deal to hand it back to Assad or the Free Syrian Army when they are ready to defend it/ utilize it.
    Perhaps he wants to broker safety for Christians, others in Syria.
    An anti-ISIS/ AlQueda coalition?
    Maybe safeguards for Israel ?
    I can’t believe it’s worth the trouble for us to utilize. Not when Colorado oil shale is on partial-hiatus due to price.

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    • Kent says:

      …we don’t need the oil…we can’t refine what we produce due to leftist environmentalists bribing congress critters to suppress our domestic oil refining capacity….what we need..

      is for the wrong people to be deprived of that oil revenue…

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  10. Kent says:

    I tend to believe that Gulen…apparently supported by obama which is evidence enough to place him on the suspect list…is likely someone who shouldn’t be here…here as in the USA…..islam is not compatible with our culture…

    https://www.google.com/search?ei=LAHNXY_7D4WuswXhuq6YAg&q=gulen+training+camp+2019&oq=gulen+training+camp+2019&gs_l=psy-ab.12..33i299.42830.43689..46575…0.2..0.115.214.1j1……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i71j33i160.zNPyPPj8ldI&ved=0ahUKEwiPwZb5lenlAhUF16wKHWGdCyMQ4dUDCAo

    Erdogan can pack his ass down the road too…but should likely avoid genocidal activities…

    Careful with that axe, Eugene…….

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