NATO Bilat #3 – President Trump Delivers Remarks With German Chancellor Angela Merkel – Video and Transcript…

President Trump held a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the 2019 NATO Summit in the U.K.  Against the backdrop of President Trump favoring increased tariffs against the EU to initiate a new trade deal based on reciprocity; and against the intransigence of Chancellor Merkel refusing to live up to the NATO Wales Accord and pay two percent of GDP for defense; there is some diplomatic tension.

We can sense a more determined tone from President Trumy as both he and Chancellor Merkel took questions from media. [Video and Transcript Below]


[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. We had a very successful NATO meeting. I think it was one of the most successful. We’re just discussing that the best, certainly, that I’ve been — I’ve been to three of them now, and this was really something very special. There’s great spirit. A lot of people are putting up a lot of money. We have $130 billion more. And within three years, we’ll have $400 billion more put up by other countries. So that’s really something. And it was a great meeting.

We’re going to have, right now, a bilat with Chancellor Merkel of Germany. We have many things to discuss, including trade. We’re doing a lot of trade, and we have been doing a lot of trade. And we will have a successful meeting, I’m sure.

I just want to thank you very much. We had some good talks already. Thank you very much, Angela. Thank you.

CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (As interpreted.) Well, yes, I would agree that we had a very successful meeting indeed on this occasion, the 70th anniversary of NATO. We discussed a number of strategies that are very important to secure the future of this Alliance. And it was a very constructive debate that we had, and this is why I’m also very satisfied with the meeting.

And now we shall talk about bilateral issues.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That’s right. Okay? Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

Q Could we talk — can we ask you about the Erdoğan meeting, sir?


Q Did you discuss with —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We had a meeting with —

Q Did you discuss with him the NATO commitment that they protect —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I discussed with him everything. We discussed a lot. We had a meeting, unscheduled. But we’ve already put out a notice. It was a very good meeting, I think. We discussed Syria. We discussed the Kurds. We discussed numerous things. And we’re getting along very well.

The border, and the safe zone, is working out very well. I thought it would. And I give a lot of credit to Turkey for that. The ceasefire is holding very much so, and I think people are surprised. And maybe, someday, they’ll give me credit, but probably not. But that worked out well. They’ve been trying to do this for a hundred years. That border is a mess for a long time.

We pulled our soldiers out; we took over the oil. We have soldiers where the oil is. And that’s the way I like it. And they can police their own border, and that’s what they’re doing. They can use other countries if they want. If they want to spend the time and energy, they can do. But this is a border that’s been under siege for many, many decades, and it was time for us to leave, and we left. And it’s been holding very nicely. So we’re very happy. We talked about that.

Q And are they committed to protecting the NATO commitment to protect the Baltics and Poland?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Oh, yeah, they’ve been very good. I think that, frankly, a lot of people pay great respect to Turkey for the work that they’ve done. And we had a number of mentions where they were mentioned specifically. No, they’ve been doing a good job, and they’ve been doing a good job also on the border and the safe zone. And they have held — I mean, obviously there were some skirmishes. That’s been around for a long time. But they’ve been — the ceasefire has held very, very well.

Q Mr. President, can you explain why your personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, would need to talk to the budget office?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I really don’t know. You’d have to ask him. Sounds like something that’s not so complicated, frankly. But you’d have to ask him. No big deal.

Q Mr. President, Germany has welcomed six more countries into INSTEX, making it nine countries now that are circumventing U.S. sanctions against Iran. Have you talked about that with the Chancellor and —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, but we will. I haven’t talked —

Q Yeah. What would you say to her?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I’m not going to say what I’m going to say, but we will be talking about it. We’ll be talking about a number of things. We’ll have a good meeting. Okay?

Q Mr. President, will you put sanctions on Nord Stream II? Will the U.S. put the sanctions on?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Say it again.

Q Will the U.S. put sanctions on Nord Stream II?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we haven’t really determined that yet. I do think it’s a problem, but it’s a problem that Germany is going to have to work out for themselves. And maybe for Germany it won’t be a problem. I hope it’s not, actually. But we’ll be talking about that, Nord Stream.

Q And, Mr. President, what did you respond to President Putin’s offer on a moratorium for medium-range missile systems, which he made in the end of October? President —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’re talking to Russia about many things, including a cessation on nuclear and nuclear creation. It’s, in my opinion, the biggest problem the world has today. I think it’s bigger than any other problem the world has today. And we’re working very hard on it. And he wants to see something happen and so do I, and so does China.

Q Mr. President, do you talk about trade issues with Europe, as well? Car sanctions —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’re going to be talking about everything, yeah. Trade is very important. Germany is a very big trading partner, but it’s been really the European Union. And we are — we’ve been discussing it for quite a while. It’s been a little tough for the United States. We’ve had a very bad imbalance for many, many years — for decades, actually. And we’re discussing that right now. So I think we’ll come — I think we’re going to come — I think we’ll come to a satisfactory conclusion.



CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (As interpreted.) I think that the fact that there is a new commission in place and also in the leadership of a new President of the European Commission, that now we have a very good basis to resume our trade talks as well.

[INSERT: Germany knows the poop is about to hit the fan… /SD]

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Meetings have been set up and we’ll talk. And I believe that it will work out very well for everybody. And I think it should. We have some very tough barriers to — you know, they have — they’ve created barriers, as Angela knows very well, and making it very hard for the United States, really, to openly trade. And that can’t be done.

And so we’re going to be talking about that and other things. I think we will solve it. We do a lot of business, but they do much more business than us. And we’re going to make — we’re going to change it up. I’ve been saying this for the last six months, for the last year. And we’ve made progress, but we will make a lot of progress. And we just want fairness. We have to have fairness in trade not only with the EU, but with many other countries.

We’re talking to China, as you know. Those discussions are going very well, and we’ll see what happens. But we’re talking to China. We’re talking to others. We made a deal with South Korea. We made a deal with Japan. The Japan deal is a partial deal. It’s — the rest will come next year. But we’ve made already many deals.

We’re looking — the big is the USMCA with Canada, Mexico. And Nancy Pelosi has to get that approved. She has to put it out for a vote. She doesn’t have to talk to anybody. She doesn’t have to talk to any of her Democrats because they’ll approve it, and their constituents want it approved very badly. So that’s where we are.

We have — we’ve made a lot of deals. And this is a deal, I think, that’s going to be — the EU is actually one of the more difficult deals we have because it’s gone on for a long time unchecked. But it’ll get there, I’m sure.

Q Did you see the video of Prime Minister Trudeau talking about you last night?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, he’s two-faced.

Q Do you think that Germany is too naïve concerning —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: And, honestly, with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy. I find him to be a very nice guy. But, you know, the truth is that I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2 percent. And I guess he’s not very happy about it. I mean, you were there. A couple of you were there. And he’s not paying 2 percent, and he should be paying 2 percent. It’s Canada. They have money. And they should be paying 2 percent. So I called him out on that, and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it, but that’s the way it is.

Look, I’m representing the U.S., and he should be paying more than he’s paying, and he understands that. So I can imagine — I can imagine he’s not that happy, but that’s the way it is.

Q Mr. President, where are you in terms of persuading other allies, in terms of allowing China to build 5G networks?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I’m not working very hard on that. But I do think it’s a security risk. It’s a security danger. And I spoke to Italy, and they look like they’re not going to go forward with that. We spoke to other countries. They’re not going to go forward. Everybody I’ve spoken to is not going forward. But how many countries can I speak to? Am I going to call up and speak to the whole world? It is a security risk, in my opinion, in our opinion. We’re building it and we’ve started. But we’re not using Huawei.

Q Will you tax Germany for not paying enough in terms of defense spending?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, Germany is a little bit under the limit, I will say that. But we’ll talk about that now. Okay?

Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. I think what we’ll do is, just for purposes of this: We’ll be having a meeting with the 2 percent people, and we’re having another meeting with Denmark, and then we’ll probably go directly back to Washington.

Q Will you address Greenland during that Den- —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Because I can’t imagine — I can’t imagine — will we discuss Greenland? What do you think? (Inaudible). (Laughs.) Huh?

Q Do you still want to buy Greenland?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That’s a very — that’s a good — she must be in the real estate business. (Laughter.) That’s a very good question.

[INSERT: Note the Denmark bilat is “private”… /SD]

So, we’ll go directly back. I think we’ve done plenty of press conferences. Unless you’re demanding a press conference, we’ll do one, but I think we’ve answered plenty of questions.

And, again, let me just finish by saying we’ve had a tremendous two days. I think NATO is stronger than it’s ever been. A lot more money is being produced by a lot of countries, and they’re enthusiastic about it. And within three years, you’re going to be talking about four — committed to $400 billion more, and not by the United States; by other countries.

So, it’s been very successful today, and there’s great spirit. Okay? Thank you very much, everybody.

END 1:24 P.M. GMT

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8 Responses to NATO Bilat #3 – President Trump Delivers Remarks With German Chancellor Angela Merkel – Video and Transcript…

  1. grumpyqs says:

    “Show me the money”!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Annie Ok says:

    Funny, funny. They do NOT look happy in that picture. The fun and games are over and now the Europeans have to act like grown ups, thanks to our spectacular President.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Dutchman says:

    They, (the European Union) and especially Germany, are screwed.

    They KNOW they are screwed. They know there is not a da,….DARN thing they can DO about it.

    Next time you go for a drive, count the # of German vehicles you see.

    In Germany you won’t SEE any Ford pick up trucks. VERY popular vehicle, and no doubt lots of German construction workers, farmers etc. who would love to have one,…but they can’t.

    Tarifs and outright barriers, so either the product is priced out of the market, or just unavailable at any price.

    WHY is “protectionism” wrong if the U.S. does it, but FINE for every other country, including our so-called allies?

    PDJT is promoting ‘protectionism’, quite the opposite. With ‘mirror tariffs’, he is attempting to END protectionism, from ANY country.

    And yet the same former spurts (“experts) that have been saying, my whole life, that “protectionism is bad”, oppose PDJT and what he is doing with Trade.

    Liked by 6 people

  4. 335blues says:

    EU countries have enjoyed over the top socialism for decades on the dime of American taxpayers.
    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
    ― Margaret Thatcher
    The EU is running out of free money from the American taxpayers.
    We’ll see how good that socialism feels when they have to pay the whole bill themselves.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. GB Bari says:

    Great observation and comment by Sundance about Merkel’s thinly disguised remark about “resuming” trade negotiations…..

    President Trump is unwaveringly consistent with his insistence on fair and reciprocal trade terms….to the obvious extreme frustration of the one-way EU socialists like Merkel.
    Come on Angela, put up or shut up.

    Liked by 2 people

    • NICCO says:

      What I would like to know is how she is still in charge.She has almost single handedly brought Germany to its knees.God bless and protect our POTUS .


      • GB Bari says:

        She was the former leader of the CDU, the Christian Democratic Union, one of several parties formed after WWII (and the destruction of the Nazi Party) and most politically favored by the rest of the WII victors including the U.S. AFAIK, Chancellor Merkel has been politically very shrewd and kept her position since 2005 by forming and manipulating coalitions among political parties and maintaining a majority of support in the Bundestag.


  6. James W Crawford says:

    I am waiting for Merkel to threaten POTUS TRUMP with her weapons of mass distraction.


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