President Trump and Prime Minister Borissov Hold Joint Press Availability – Video and Transcript…

Earlier today President Trump and Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov held a press availability in the oval office prior to their bilateral meeting.  [Video and Transcript]


[Transcript] – PRIME MINISTER BORISSOV: (As interpreted.) The Bulgarians like you so much, and they expect to have the problem with the visas solved — like with Canada.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Ah, okay. Well, we’re going to work on that problem.

I want to just thank the Prime Minister of Bulgaria for being here. It’s an honor to have you at the White House, in the Oval Office. We have meetings coming up in a little while. You have your representatives. I have my representatives. And I think we’re going to have very productive meetings.

They’ve ordered some F-35s and some other things. They buy a lot of military equipment from the United States — the best equipment in the world. And I look forward to our meeting.

PRIME MINISTER BORISSOV: (As interpreted.) We have 3.1 percent of the national — 3.1 percent, instead of 2 —


PRIME MINISTER BORISSOV: (As interpreted.) — the membership requirement of NATO.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That’s very interesting. We’ll have to think about that, right? That’s very good. You should tell that to Germany. (Laughs.) You understand.

PRIME MINISTER BORISSOV: (As interpreted.) You will say it, sir.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we have a big NATO meeting coming up very soon, as you all know. But we’ve had a very, very good relationship, and now we’re going to formalize some things. We — the relationship we have with Bulgaria has been very strong. Great people.

Okay? Thank you.

Q Mr. President, what was your thinking behind the Navy Secretary this weekend?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’ve been thinking about that for a long time; that didn’t just happen. And I have to protect my warfighters. I’ve been — gotten — a lot of people have — a lot of warfighters and people in the military have thanked us very much. It’s been — it’s about time. They had one young man in jail for six years. He had many years to go. And a lot of people think he shouldn’t have been there. And I gave him a pardon.

With Eddie Gallagher — you know that story very well — they wanted to take his pin away, and I said, “No, you’re not going to take it away.” He was a great fighter. He was the — one of the ultimate fighters. Tough guy. These are not weak people. These are tough people.

And we’re going to protect our warfighters. And I’ve been given a lot thank-yous, including we just had some very great Special Forces people come to the White House, and they brought Conan. But they were here for themselves also. I wanted to see them. I wanted to meet them. They gave us a rundown on what happened with al-Baghdadi. And they were incredible.

But they were very thankful. Somebody has their back, and it’s called the “President of the U.S.” Okay? We’ve got their back.

Q Mr. President — Mr. President —

Q Bulgarian media, please.


Q Bulgarian media. What’s the thinking about Bulgarian and USA friendship, Mr. President?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we have a great friendship. They’re great people. You have a lot of people from Bulgaria that are in this country, live in this country. They’ve become citizens of the United States. And we’re going to be talking about the visa program, as per the request of your Prime Minister. But, no, they’re great people. We have a very good relationship.

Q Mr. President, are you at all concerned that with some of your comments about the Navy Secretary and Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, that you’re disparaging members of the armed forces?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, I think what I’m doing is sticking up for our armed forces. And there’s never been a President that’s going to stick up for them and has, like I have, including the fact that we spent two and a half trillion dollars on rebuilding our armed forces.

And some very unfair things were happening. You let Sergeant Bergdahl go. You let others go, including a young gentleman, now a person who President Obama let go, who stole tremendous amounts of classified information. And you let that person go. But Sergeant Bergdahl — we just lost another man who went after — you know he died last week. He went after — from — he was paralyzed from just about the neck down, and he died last week, going after Sergeant Bergdahl, trying to find Sergeant Bergdahl.

So when you have a system that allows Sergeant Bergdahl to go, and you probably had five to six people killed — nobody even knows the number, because he left — and he gets a slap on the wrist, if that; and then you have a system where these warriors get put in jail for 25 years — I’m going to stick for our warrior. I will stick up for the warriors.

Okay, thank you very much everybody.

Q Mr. President what do you make of —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The person I’m talking about is Chelsea Manning, by the way, if you had any doubt. So you have Chelsea Manning, who after — after Chelsea Manning was, I assume, pardoned by President Obama, Chelsea Manning went around and badmouthed President Obama, on top of everything else.

So when you have a Chelsea Manning who stole classified information and did many, many things that were not good and gets pardoned — or whatever happened — and you have a Sergeant Bergdahl who gets — virtually nothing happens; a slap on the wrist — and then they want to put these warriors in jail for 25 years. One of them, Lorance, served six years in jail; had many years left as a fighter. No, we’re not going do that to our people.

Q Mr. President, what do you make of Giuliani saying — what do you make of Rudy Giuliani saying he has insurance?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Oh, I don’t know. Rudy is a great guy. Rudy was —

Q Is there any chance he would flip on you?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Rudy was the — and he covered that himself. You know that. Rudy is — Rudy is the best mayor in the history of New York. In my opinion, the strongest mayor, the best mayor. Rudy is a great crime fighter, corruption fighter. Probably the best in 50 years. When he was here, and also when he was at the U.S. Attorney in Southern District, he was phenomenal. Rudy is a great person.

And I think that maybe the press isn’t treating Rudy very well, and I think that’s unfair. But Rudy was a great mayor and a great crime fighter.

Thank you very much.

Q (Inaudible.)


Q Do you come to Bulgaria? And do you know that the — what do you think about Bulgarian position in (inaudible)?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I might come. I might come. It’s a country where we have a lot in common. And we have a Prime Minister that we like a lot. So, that could happen.

Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Q Mr. President, what about USMCA?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: By the way, USMCA, I can tell you it’s sitting on Nancy Pelosi’s desk.

Q Mr. President, when can we travel without visa?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Wait, please.

Q When can I travel without visa?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Please. Please. Please.

USMCA — that’s the deal — the trade deal, the great trade deal for the farmers, manufacturers, workers of all types, including union. It’s sitting on Nancy Pelosi’s desk. She’s incapable of moving it. It looks like she can’t. Everybody knows it’s a great deal. She knows it’s a great deal; she said it. She keeps saying she wants to get it done, but we’re talking about many, many months sitting on her desk, no votes.

And she doesn’t have to help with the Democrats because they’re going to vote for it — most of them. And, I guess, all of the Republicans are going to vote for it.

But the system is — the way the system works, she has to put it up for a vote. And she hasn’t wanted to do it because I understand a couple of the unions — AF of L-CIO — they are asking her to hold it for a while because maybe you’ll look — make Trump look bad, although I get a lot of votes out of the AF of L-CIO, except for maybe the top, who I actually like. Richard Trumka — nice guy.

But Nancy Pelosi should put it up for a vote because, at some point pretty soon, you’re going to have Canada and you’re going have Mexico say, “What’s going on? Send the agreement back. Let’s not make the deal.” And I wouldn’t blame them at all. And that’s okay. We’ll just blame Nancy.

She’s got to put U.S. — that’s United States-Canada-Mexico trade deal — a phenomenal deal for our farmers, for everybody. It’s a great deal for our country. It replaces one of the worst trade deals ever made — that’s NAFTA. So, we have a great deal. She has to put it up for a vote. She doesn’t have to talk to anybody. All she has to do is say, “We’re putting it up for a vote,” like immediately. And a lot of time is being wasted.

But you’re going to have Mexico and Canada pull it pretty soon. And if they do, it’s her fault, not mine. We gave you a great deal. It’s her fault. And got to get going. Got to get going. She’s really traumatized.

Thank you very much. Thank you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much, everybody.

Q How was the dog?


Q How was the dog?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Good. Cute, huh? Unbelievable. More friendly — more friendly than I thought.

Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

END 2:40 P.M. EST

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16 Responses to President Trump and Prime Minister Borissov Hold Joint Press Availability – Video and Transcript…

  1. A2 says:

    “ The United States established diplomatic relations with Bulgaria in 1903. … Bulgaria is a reliable ally in an area of strategic importance to the United States. The U.S.-Bulgarian Defense Cooperation Agreement gives the United States military access to and shared use of several Bulgarian military facilities”

    And they pay over the standard on Defense as required by NATO.

    Liked by 9 people

    • A2 says:

      Energy independence will mostly be discussed.

      “ The AmCham President reiterated that the aim of cooperation in the energy sector is to ensure energy independence and diversification. He recalled the recent first import of LNG to Bulgaria and said that two US-owned power plants continue to generate electricity in Bulgaria and contribute to the stability of the national energy system. He also mentioned the readiness of Westinghouse to be actively participating in the Bulgarian nuclear energy sector and expanding its operation in this country.”

      “ Bulgarian investments in the US have for years been competing successfully with national and international investment. Bulgarian investors have created over 4,000 jobs in the US, and their aggregate sales stand at over 1 billion US dollars.”

      Liked by 5 people

    • Austin Holdout says:

      I lived in Bulgaria over 5 years. Very innovative, educated and tech savvy people. When the President asks why we don’t get more immigrants from places like Norway, a better question would be why not from more places like Bulgaria, where there are many people who would like to immigrate and who would qualify even under a high standard for merit.

      Bulgaria was the only East European country that refused to follow orders to send their Jews to Poland or Germany. In fact, many Bulgarians took active roles in hiding Jews and preventing their deportation.

      On the downside, they’ve learned much of what they know about democracy and the rule of law from Soros funded programs. Between that and the fact that they still have strong socialist leanings and habits, means that as immigrants, they would probably more likely to lean Democrat. But that’s true of most any European immigrant.


  2. They “wiretapped” Eddie Gallagher’s lawyers’ computers–just like they did to the President. It’s great to see a president stand with our warriors instead of our enemies for a change.

    Liked by 14 people

    • jbrickley says:

      Not only wiretapped the defense lawyers phones/computers they also threw a little celebration over sticking it to Gallagher and gave themselves medals! This after their prize witness with immunity flipped and testified in support of Gallagher saying he, the medic killed the terrorist not Eddie. Before that, they were putting Gallagher’s own junior SEALS on the stand, those with a personal grudge to grind over Gallagher’s no-nonsense tough leadership. So an experienced warrior was hard on the soy-boy recruits under his command and they lied to get him tossed out of the SEALS dishonorably. After all, if he was hard on them its because he wanted them to survive and to take victory not splash down dead on the battlefield. To destroy this mans life and his battle fought honor in such a way is despicable. Especially when traitors are treated better. Let Eddie retire with honor and keep his trident pin! This man has fought for years under the most extreme conditions none of us can ever imagine. He is a mighty man of valor and deserves respect.

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  3. Maquis says:

    First time I’ve heard PDJT mention that Canada and Mexico might pull back on USMCA if Pelosi doesn’t act soon. Ramping up…

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Mike in a Truck says:

    “Shes really traumatized ” Bwahahahahaha!

    Liked by 6 people

  5. progpoker says:

    The dearth of Soy in those photos is rather STUNNING!!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. GB Bari says:

    It should be a glaringly simple lesson for the millennial snowflake crowd to learn about people who live in former Soviet Bloc countries: those people overwhelmingly love capitalism, the U.S., and President Trump. They abhor communism and all of the Leftwing snakes who continually push for it in their countries.

    But first we have to pry the snowflakes away from their smartphones, the leftwing social media software, amd their communist college professors propagandists, all of which lobotomizes the snowflakes every day into believing that communism is simply marvelous.

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