President Trump Meets with Members of Congress

The President: Thank
you, everybody. Yesterday, I returned from
a trip from Europe where I met with leaders from
across the region to seek a more peaceful future
for the United States. We’re working very hard
with our allies, and all over the world
we’re working. We’re going to have peace. That’s what we want;
that’s what we’re going to have. I say peace
through strength. I have helped the NATO
Alliance greatly by increasing defense
contributions from our NATO Allies by
over $44 billion. And Secretary Stoltenberg
was fantastic. As you know, he reported
that they’ve never had an increase like this in
their history, and NATO was actually going down
as opposed to going up. And I increased it by my
meeting last year — $44 billion. And this year will be over
— it will be hundreds of billions of dollars
over the coming years. And I think there’s
great unity with NATO. There’s a lot of very
positive things happening. There’s a great spirit
that we didn’t have before, and there’s a lot
of money that they’re putting up. They weren’t paying their
bills on time, and now they’re doing that. And I want to just say
thank you very much to Secretary Stoltenberg. He really has
been terrific. So we had a
tremendous success. I also had meetings with
Prime Minister May on the range of issues concerning
our special relationship, and that’s between the
United Kingdom and ourselves. We met with the Queen, who
is absolutely a terrific person, where she reviewed
her Honor Guard for the first time in 70
years, they tell me. We walked in front of the
Honor Guard, and that was very inspiring to
see and be with her. And I think the
relationship, I can truly say, is a good one. But she was very, very
inspiring indeed. Most recently, I returned
from Helsinki, Finland, and I was going to give a
news conference over the next couple of days about
the tremendous success. Because as successful as
NATO was, I think this was our most successful visit. And that had to do, as
you know, with Russia. I met with Russian
President Vladimir Putin in an attempt to tackle
some of the most pressing issues facing humanity. We have never been in a
worse relationship with Russia than we are as of a
few days ago, and I think that’s gotten
substantially better. And I think it has the
possibility of getting much better. And I used to talk about
this during the campaign. Getting along with Russia
would be a good thing. Getting along with China
would be a good thing. Not a bad thing;
a good thing. In fact, a very
good thing. We’re nuclear powers —
great nuclear powers. Russia and us have 90
percent of the nuclear weapons. So, I’ve always felt
getting along is a positive thing, and not
just for that reason. I entered the meeting with
the firm conviction that diplomacy and engagement
is better than hostility and conflict. And I feel that
with everybody. We have 29 members in
NATO, as an example, and I have great relationships
— or at least very good relationships —
with everybody. The press covered it
quite inaccurately. They said I
insulted people. Well, if asking for people
to pay up money that they are supposed to pay is
insulting, maybe I did. But I can tell you, when
I left, everybody was thrilled. And that’s the
way this was, too. My meeting with President
Putin was really interesting in so many
different ways because we haven’t had relationships
with Russia for a long time, and we started. Let me begin by saying
that, once again, the full faith and support for America’s
intelligence agencies — I have a full faith in our
intelligence agencies. Whoops, they just
turned off the light. That must be the
intelligence agents. (Laughter.) There it goes. Okay. You guys okay? Good. (Laughter.) That
was strange. But that’s okay. So, I’ll begin by stating
that I have full faith and support for America’s
great intelligence agencies. Always have. And I have felt very
strongly that, while Russia’s actions had no
impact at all on the outcome of the election,
let me be totally clear in saying that — and I’ve
said this many times — I accept our intelligence
community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in
the 2016 election took place. Could be other people
also; there’s a lot of people out there. There was no
collusion at all. And people have seen that,
and they’ve seen that strongly. The House has already come
out very strongly on that. A lot of people have come
out strongly on that. I thought that I made
myself very clear by having just reviewed
the transcript. Now, I have to say, I came
back, and I said, “What is going on? What’s the big deal?” So I got a transcript. I reviewed it. I actually went out and
reviewed a clip of an answer that I gave, and
I realized that there is need for some
clarification. It should have been
obvious — I thought it would be obvious — but
I would like to clarify, just in case it wasn’t. In a key sentence in my
remarks, I said the word “would” instead
of “wouldn’t.” The sentence should have
been: I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t —
or why it wouldn’t be Russia. So just to repeat it, I
said the word “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” And the sentence should
have been — and I thought it would be maybe a
little bit unclear on the transcript or unclear on
the actual video — the sentence should have been:
I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia. Sort of a double negative. So, you can put that in,
and I think that probably clarifies things
pretty good by itself. I have, on numerous
occasions, noted our intelligence findings that
Russians attempted to interfere in
our elections. Unlike previous
administrations, my administration has and
will continue to move aggressively to repeal any
efforts — and repel — we will stop it, we will
repel it — any efforts to interfere in
our elections. We’re doing everything
in our power to prevent Russian interference
in 2018. And we have a
lot of power. As you know, President
Obama was given information just prior
to the election — last election, 2016 — and they
decided not to do anything about it. The reason they decided
that was pretty obvious to all: They thought Hillary
Clinton was going to win the election, and they
didn’t think it was a big deal. When I won the election,
they thought it was a very big deal. And all of the sudden they
went into action, but it was a little bit late. So, he was given that in
sharp contrast to the way it should be. And President Obama, along
with Brennan and Clapper and the whole group that
you see on television now — probably getting paid
a lot of money by your networks — they knew
about Russia’s attempt to interfere in the election
in September, and they totally buried it. And as I said, they buried
it because they thought that Hillary Clinton
was going to win. It turned out it didn’t
happen that way. By contrast, my
administration has taken a very firm stance — it’s a
very firm stance — on a strong action. We’re going to take strong
action to secure our election systems
and the process. Furthermore, as has been
stated — and we’ve stated it previously and on many
occasions: No collusion. Yesterday, we made
significant progress toward addressing some of
the worst conflicts on Earth. So, when I met with
President Putin for about two and a half hours, we
talked about numerous things. And among those things are
the problems that you see in the Middle East, where
they’re much involved, we’re very much involved. I entered the negotiations
with President Putin from a position of
tremendous strength. Our economy is booming. And our military is being
funded $700 billion this year; $716
billion next year. It will be more powerful
as a military than we’ve ever had before. President Putin and I
addressed the range of issues, starting with the
civil war in Syria and the need for humanitarian aid
and help for people in Syria. We also spoke of Iran and
the need to halt their nuclear ambitions and the
destabilizing activities taking place in Iran. As most of you know, we
ended the Iran deal, which was one of the worst deals
anyone could imagine. And that’s had a
major impact on Iran. And it’s substantially
weakened Iran. And we hope that, at some
point, Iran will call us and we’ll maybe make a new
deal, or we maybe won’t. But Iran is not the same
country that it was five months ago, that
I can tell you. They’re no longer
looking so much to the Mediterranean and the
entire Middle East. They’ve got some big
problems that they can solve, probably much
easier if they deal with us. So we’ll see what happens. But we did discuss Iran. We discussed Israel and
the security of Israel. And President Putin is
very much involved now with us in a discussion
with Bibi Netanyahu on working something out with
surrounding Syria and — Syria, and specifically
with regards to the security and long-term
security of Israel. A major topic of
discussion was North Korea and the need for it
to remove its nuclear weapons. Russia has assured
us of its support. President Putin said
he agrees with me 100 percent, and they’ll do
whatever they have to do to try and make it happen. Discussions are ongoing
and they’re going very, very well. We have no rush for speed. The sanctions
are remaining. The hostages are back. There have been no tests. There have been no rockets
going up for a period of nine months. And I think the
relationships are very good. So we’ll see
how that goes. We have no time limit. We have no speed limit. We have — we’re just
going through the process. But the relationships
are very good. President Putin is going
to be involved in the sense that he is with us. He would like to
see that happen. Perhaps the most important
issue we discussed at our meeting prior to the
press conference was the reduction of nuclear
weapons throughout the world. The United States and
Russia have 90 percent, as I said, and we could
have a big impact. But nuclear weapons is, I
think, the greatest threat of our world today. And they’re a great
nuclear power. We’re a great
nuclear power. We have to do something
about nuclear. And so that was a matter
that we discussed actually in great detail, and
President Putin agrees with me. The matters we discussed
are profound in their importance and have the
potential to save millions of lives. I understand the many
disagreements between our countries, but I also
understand the dialogue and the — when you think
about it, dialogue with Russia or dialogue
with other countries. But dialogue with Russia,
in this case, where we’ve had such poor
relationships for so many years, dialogue is a very
important thing and it’s a very good thing. So, if we get along
with them, great. If we don’t get along with
them, then, well, we won’t get along with them. But I think we have a very
good chance of having some very positive things. I thought that the meeting
that I had with President Putin was really strong. I think that they were
willing to do things that, frankly, I wasn’t sure
whether or not they would be willing to do. And we’ll be having future
meetings and we’ll see whether or not that
comes to fruition. But we had a very,
very good meeting. So, I just wanted to clear
up, I have the strongest respect for our
intelligence agencies headed by my people. We have great people,
whether it’s Gina or Dan Coats, or any of them. I mean, we have tremendous
people, tremendous talent within the agencies. I think they’re being
guided properly. And we all want the same
thing; we want success for our country. So with that, we’re going
to start a meeting now on tax reductions. We’re going to be
putting in a bill. Kevin Brady is with us,
and I might ask Kevin just to say a couple of words
about that, and then we’ll get back on to a
private meeting. But, Kevin, could you
maybe give just a brief discussion about what
we’ll be talking about? Representative
Brady: Yes sir. Mr. President, thank you
for having members of the Ways and Means
Committee here today. You know, peace through
strength is foreign policy that works. And it works best when
America has a strong economy and a
strong military. Under your leadership,
House and Senate Republicans are delivering
on both of them. Today is about how we
can strengthen America’s economy even more. And we think the best
place to start is with America’s middle-class families
and our small businesses. So today, we’re here to
talk to you about making permanent this tax relief
— one, so they can continue to grow; two, so
we can add a million and a half new jobs; and three,
we can protect them against a future
Washington trying to steal back those hard-earned
dollars that you and the Republican Congress
has given them. So, thank you very much
for having us here today. The President: And the
time of submittal, what would you think that
would be, Kevin? Representative Brady: So,
we anticipate to the House voting on this in
September and the Senate setting a
timetable as well. The President: Good. Well, that’s great. Thank you very
much everybody. Thank you very much.

100 thoughts on “President Trump Meets with Members of Congress

  1. Never one positive thing to say about the President of the United States of America by much of the media, not good. Not news driven, but opinion and network driven. Slanted news not good, not much balance just half truths.
    Important news and wants and demands of the American people = A safer world and negotiating with other super powers to be fairer and more humane for a better present and future. + Better fairer free trade no more bad trade + Legal immigration + More products Made In The USA made better and safer then unfair countries and companies. = Jobs for people of all talents and abilities in America, not having to rely on Government assistance and Government earned income to get by getting companies off the hook from paying a decent wage.
    America First

  2. Thank You President Trump! I watched every second and thought you did very well. Hopefully peace will prosper and our world will be a safer place… because of you πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ˜˜πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  3. What a joke! Democrats (Deep State) cry about Russian collusion while flooding our Sovereign borders with illegal aliens for votes. God bless you President Trump! Please build the wall. #BoycottHollywood #TRUMP2020 #WalkAway

  4. Love it the lights go out…That must be the intelligence Agency "Are you guys okay"
    LOL Keep up the great work Mr. President Best President Ever!

  5. Killary promised war with Russia if she won. Well the troll didn't win!!! Why fight with them instead of trying to get along? Because war made Killary and cronies $$$$

  6. Complaining about Russia interference in the election and crickets that Barry knew or that millions of illegals voted.

  7. President Trump is a first class world leader and our country's best president ever. Blessed to have him as our president.

  8. All of this conference is being done out in the open for all to see. Donald Trump is our best president since Reagan.

  9. Mr. Trump just keeps takin' care of business….takin' care of America….and….

    ….takin' care of the Dummycrats.:)

  10. My lights go out every week at least once, the switch this week listening to you Mr President they shut off my cable. No I paid the bill.

  11. Thank you (and team) for all of your hard work and untiring perseverance in Making America Great Again. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. (Romans 8:28)

  12. What should Trump say to Putin?Hey Putin, you are guilty that i got voted for President πŸ˜‚πŸ€ͺ

  13. See ….the next day go back to work after long hour of travelling from different contients. Great job Mr Prsident.

  14. Why does this feel like a hostage tape?

    Odd time for the lights to go out. This won’t help quiet the deep state theorists.

  15. Must not back down from the Deep State Mr. President! True colors are coming out of the traitors in the GOP. #KeepAmericaGreat

  16. Trust in TRUMP. The MSM ignores all the previous violation the last administration abused, Trump is 5 steps ahead of the all in MAGA and bringing respect back to our country! Keep up the good work Donald, we are with you. IGNORE all the hate from the left. If you cured Cancer they'd still bitch. You stopped the NWO Communists from taking over our country that's why they hate you. Thank GoD for TRUMP!

  17. President Putin and Russia should be our best ally and these lies coming out the the EU run, what used to be the UK ARE BEING FED TO US.President Putin and President Trump can fix the Ukraine, Middle east and destroy George Soros before he can corrupt any more MEDIA and or nations. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE Russia, the Visegrad Group, America and Israel form alliance that would end the EU, NATO and the UN.President Putin is so great to even answer questions of any US FAKE MEDIA. THE MAN is a giant… I WOULD BE HONORED to be called a RUSSIAN BOT…

  18. i dont trust him any more he could take out the deep state starting with sessions muller wray rosenstien fire them

  19. Strength through peace also, sir. Thank you so much for all you do, and all you continue to do as with all you have done, for Americans to enjoy world peace! With the economy better than it has been for decades, I firmly believe with your help, sir, fair trade will flourish with continuity.

  20. Real man has always to tell the truth how it is. Thanks for all these clarifications again, Mr. President. The witch hunt continues but the truth will finally prevail. God bless you and God bless America. Different, and more Americans oriented state. Keep going!

  21. "When I met with president putin for about two and a half hours we talked about all the money he gave me to save my bad business decisions and bankruptcy, and how I would go out there and say how strong and powerful he is"

  22. Your a trader you will not be giving California peace cause as of now you're dumb ass is having geoengineering taking place in southern California as we speak and that stuff is no doubt dangerous and toxic for human life and animals and plants everything around it seems to be dying off

  23. I completely reject his assumption that we are as stupid as he is. This is an absurd attempt "clarify"! If you watched the press conference, there is no way he meant to say "wouldn't". There is a thing called context. Look it up, Donald!

  24. POTUS do not listen to the psychos on the MSM; we are thrilled we are not going to war with Russia or China. Who wants a war? These leftist psychos need to be put in their place for promoting WW3. Don't cater to them. Americans are praying for you, and we know that Soros is an evil bastard and is pushing MSM propaganda. Hand Soros over to Putin and put his execution on live stream. That would be great!

  25. You are a traitor you are friends with Putin more than you are friends with America if he were to give you a nuke you would use it on us cuz that's what you are doing secretly by spraying us with toxic chemical trails because you believe the idiots telling you that global warming is a problem when they are lying so if Russia tells you that we are a problem you would combat us and get rid of us you are so gullible you believe anything anybody says global warming is a scam for them to give them all the proper excuses to spray us until we expire

  26. Sorry Donald but you have achieved sweet fanny Adam's in Europe other to alienate yourself from allies and play lickspittle to Putin.Β  P.s more fake form Trump regarding the honour guard the told you wrong…. Queen Elizabeth has not been on the throne for 70 years and I think you will find the guard was turned out for both Bush and Obama… Of course that was forΒ a STATE visit, an honour not conferred to you on your golfing trip.

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  28. I am still waiting for the FAKE NEWS (CNN ABC NBC MSNBC CBS) to start and continue to go after Hilary Clinton and the corrupt crap the DNC and HC did, and is still doing. I am waiting for the FBI CIA NSA and the other secret squirrel groups to go after the CLINTONS.

  29. Don't forget about the disaster victims! I don't believe that the Hawaiians realize how severe and life-threatening their crisis is, and it's not likely that they'll be able to construct anything within the affected areas before the displaced residents die of old age. Please provide relocation assistance immediately.

  30. Russia cannot do as much damage to our elections in any way as evil and devious as the plain Main Stream Media does! (Except Fox is more objective, usually.)

  31. Extremely beautiful work journey completed Mr PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP. We Voters, all
    goodwill Americans love YOU.
    Bravo President of 2016 !
    Bravo President of 2020 !
    May God bless and protect YOU in the love of God !!!.

  32. So according to the President, he meant to call Putin a liar to his face on live TV but accidentally called him credible instead by saying would instead of wouldn't? Interesting. RT might be interested in that story, "US President clarifies that he meant to call the President of Russia a liar to his face in front of the world, story at 11". So which is it, Sarah Von Lie-a-lot? Did he mean to say that he believed Putin over Coates and others, for no apparent reason, or did he merely mean to call him a liar to his face on live TV. There are clearly no other choices. Trump screwed up so bad this time that it's unrecoverable. And guess what, I'll keep bringing it up until somebody actually makes Trump tell us which he really meant. His latest version of the truth is that he was calling Putin a liar. I'm sure Putin won't have any problem with that.

  33. Hang in there President Trump. You now know who your enemies are in the Republican Party. My suggestion;. Give Shumer some paper work to keep him busy and feel important . Invite him over for lunch. Remember keep your enemies close.

  34. Bullshitter in Chief, to be very clear and for clarification I said Bullshitter in Chief. Trump has damaged International relations for ever.

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  36. Thank you POTUS, love you and support you 100%. Your total transparancy, ethics and integrity has never been so apparent against the background of the sickening corruption you have taken on! We pray for your safety every day. Thank you for bringing peace and prosperity to a world that works for all of us. So impressed with you and your team!! MAGA! WWG1WGA!

  37. @The Real Donald Trump
    Dear POTUS, the next time you are asked why you had a private meeting with Putin, tell them you had to give him the 'stink eye' and you didn't want to harm anyone while doing it.
    (Like the tv show 'Lucifer' where he makes ppl look into his eyes and tell him the truth).
    It's high time you stop trying to defend yourself. There's nothing to defend. Therefore, you need some really good 'come-back' lines. I hope I've helped.
    Also, please stay informed on the discoveries of George Webb and Abel Danger (Field McConnell).
    May you receive lasting peace from God who loves us all. Amen.

  38. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈPresident Trump has been tougher on Russia than Obama, Clinton, or either Bush yet he’s called weak by the media for not attacking Putin

  39. Wow – interesting to see how the Trumpites refuse to see the reality of their pathetic out-of-his-league president. Hopefully this national insanity will not prevail during the next election.

  40. Trump! You got them by the balls! Look at how there behaving. Finish them; file a complaint and submit the evidence. I'm praying. πŸŽ²πŸŽ°πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‡

  41. I see Nepotism Barbie gets to stroke daddies shrivelled little worm in this circle-jerk of worthless pledges.
    #DonTheCon #PrincessDaddyFantasy

  42. I’m with trump and The Russian people. 20 years of war is enough for me. The media acts like peace is dangerous. No one believes old media anymore.


    Yet you consistently LIE & denigrated our Intelligence Agencies IN FRONT of Putin.

    RESIGN! πŸ“£πŸ“£πŸ“£πŸ“£πŸ“£

  44. why would or should any one listen to one who "LIES" as much as he breaths..WTF!!! ARREST THE COMMIE PIG NOW before our country explodes..

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  46. The clarification at 5:35 evokes the Lobster Quadrille, in particular the second stanza:

  47. Trump used a double negative which means the opposite and means his original speech with putin was correct and he is trolling the media LOL!

    Lights slowly dim then back on. Dark to light. Qanon.

    Permanent middle class tax cuts. Says on the paper on the desk in black.

  48. Thank you Mr: President ! ! ! You have greatly exceeded all your promises and our expectations, we are praying for you we are an American gold star family. We only hope that with tougher policies on illegal immigration that it will become easier for those of us who are trying to bring family to the USA legally. America was not enough you have made the world a better place!! The most presidential thing I have seen in 60 years was how you handled the situation in North Korea.


  50. In Helsinki, Trump is thinking, "Hmmm….Russia intelligence says no election interference. Meanwhile, my own deep state with the likes of Comey, Mueller, Strzok, Page, Clapper, McCabe and Brennan, claim interference. I like the Russians". Very understandable.

  51. God bless President Donald J. Trump! Thank you for your excellent service! Godspeed! Give no mind to fallacious obstructionist…In God We Trust! God bless America!

  52. The democrats are evil. They even fight against the changes implemented to protect our Veterans. Who the hell does that? Today they’re even trashing our President for protecting us from a vile terrorist from Iran. It amazes me that anyone could be THAT stupid! πŸ˜³πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ what’s wrong with these people? MAGAπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ¦…πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Trump2020

  53. The only thing the 'intelligence community' should be able to operate, is a light switch with no power going to it.

  54. Peace is the only way. And let those countries get into manufacturing goods and building on their own lands. Leaders need to be less greedy and controlling, and start helping people build up like Mr. Trump is doing!! Great example for the rest of the world.

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