Donald Trump to Emmanuel Macron, ​​​​​​​If Iran threatens us, they will "pay a price"

At the White House in Washington D.C.

Donald Trump to Emmanuel Macron, ​​​​​​​If Iran threatens us, they will "pay a price"

At the White House in Washington D.C.

24 April 2018 Tuesday 16:24
Donald Trump to Emmanuel Macron, ​​​​​​​If Iran threatens us, they will "pay a price"

Trump: "The United States is embarrassingly into the Middle East"

President Trump said the United States is "embarrassingly" invested in the Middle East, but frugal on domestic projects.

Here's part of his remarks:

"The United States is embarrassingly into the Middle East. As of a few months ago, as you've heard me say before — and I don't take responsibility, but I would be very embarrassed if I had to — $7 trillion. And When we want to build, Mr. President, our infrastructure, everybody says, 'Oh, we want to be careful with our money.' When we want to fix a highway or we want to build schools and lots of other things — tunnels, bridges — they say, 'Oh, let's be careful with our money.' And yet we have spent $7 trillion in the Middle East and we've gotten nothing for it. Nothing. Less than nothing, as far as I'm concerned."

Trump: If Iran threatens us, they will "pay a price"

President Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron disagree on the Iran deal, and it was a major point of discussion during their two-on-two press conference at the White House.

Trump has repeatedly said the Iran deal is bad, and the United States should have never signed on to it.

"This is a deal with decayed foundations. It's a bad deal. It's a bad structure. It's falling down. It should have never, ever been made. I blame Congress. I blame a lot of people for it," Trump said.

"I will say, if Iran threatens us in any way, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid," he added.

What Trump means when he says he wants to see "complete denuclearization" in North Korea

A reporter asked Trump what he means when he says he wants to see "complete denuclearization" in North Korea.

Here's President Trump's answer:

"It means they get rid of their nukes. Very simple. They get rid of their nukes, and nobody else would say it. It would be easy to make a simple deal and claim victory. I don't want to do that. I want them to get rid of their nukes."

Trump insists "no concessions" to North Korea

President Trump insisted Tuesday he'd made no concessions to North Korea ahead of talks with Kim Jong Un.

"We have made no concessions, other than the fact that meeting is a great thing," Trump said at a news conference.

He didn't expand further when asked to explain his comment that Kim is an "honorable" person, and instead sidestepped the question.

Trump on Syria: "I would love to get out"

President Trump, less than two weeks after launching air strikes on Syria, said he "would love to get out," but wants to do so only once "having accomplished what we have to accomplish."

"As far as Syria's concerned, I would love to get out. I would love to bring our incredible warriors back home. They have done a great job," Trump said.

"We'll see what happens. But we're going to be coming home relatively soon. We finished at least almost our work with respect to ISIS in Syria, ISIS in Iraq," Trump said.

"And we have done a job that nobody has been able to do. But with that being said, I do want to come home, but I want to come home also with having accomplished what we have to accomplish."

Here's today's Trump-Macron handshake

In a light moment during the press conference, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron just had (another) weird handshake.

After his opening remarks at the press conference, Macron grabbed Trump's outstretched hand.

President Trump and Macron have had at least two awkward handshakes in the past.

In May, the two leaders shared a prolonged white-knuckle handshake when they met in Brussels. Macron later said there was a deeper meaning behind the shake:

"My handshake with him, it's not innocent," Macron told the Journal du Dimanche in an interview published Sunday. "It's not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth."

Then, in July, they had a marathon 29-second handshake when Trump visited France:

Macron: "We wish to work on a new deal" with Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron said it's obvious he and Trump have differing opinions on the Iran deal, but said he hopes they can work toward a new deal.

Trump has frequently criticized the Iran deal. Earlier today, he called it "insane" and "ridiculous."

Macron, speaking through a translator, said it was "not a sufficient deal":

"For a number of months I've been saying this was not a sufficient deal, but it enabled us until at least 2025 to have some control over their nuclear activities. We, therefore, wish from now on to work on a new deal with Iran.

Trump honors slain French officer who swapped places with a hostage in terror attack

President Trump offered French President Emmanuel Macron his condolences over an attack by an ISIS supporter on a supermarket in southern France last month.

Trump spoke of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, the French police officer who was killed after swapping places with a female hostage in that incident, saying, "in time we will achieve the ultimate triumph of right and of justice."

"In the fight against terrorism, we both know that we must be strong from within to defend ourselves from threats outside. We will do what we must to protect our countries," Trump said.

"You are our oldest ally," Trump said. "And you are truly one of our great allies, and we appreciate it. We will always be there for you."

Macron: Trump and I don't always agree on the enviornment

French President Emmanuel Macron said France and the US must work together to protect the environment, an area of disagreement. Macron has previously voiced strong criticism of Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Last summer, Trump announced the US would withdraw from the agreement.

Macron said he and Trump “do not always agree on solutions,” likening it to a family dispute.

But he said action must be taken since the “fate of our children is at stake.”

In his remarks, Macron also issued a warning against “aggressive nationalism." Speaking through a translator on the South Lawn, Macron said the US and France must defend “pluralism and democracy in the face of ill winds.”

Trump and Macron talk about Canada and George H.W. Bush

French President Emmanuel Macron echoed President Trump at the top of his remarks on the South Lawn, sending condolences to the Canadians and the Bush family.

Macron expresses sympathies for the people of Canada after the van attack in Toronto that occurred yesterday.

He also wished to “to express our deepest sympathy to President Bush and his family.”

Macron stated that in this time, “We stand together.”

Former President H.W. Bush is currently in intensive care.

Trump thanks Macron for help in Syria response

President Trump hailed France’s role in responding to a chemical attack in Syria during remarks on Tuesday.

"Along with our British friends, the United States and France recently took decisive action in response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons. I want to personally thank President Macron, the French military and the French people for their steadfast partnership," Trump said.

"They were absolutely incredible. Thank you very much, Mr. President."

Earlier this month, France joined the United States in launching airstrikes against Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma.

Macron said he "convinced" President Trump to stay in Syria ahead of the strikes.

This isn't Melania Trump's first striking white outfit. At this year's State of the Union, she wore a cream pantsuit by French design house Christian Dior, and a white silk blouse from Italian label Dolce & Gabbana.

The first lady looked coincidentally very similar to the female Democratic congressional members who last year at Trump's address to the Joint Session of Congress protested Trump's policies by wearing white, the color of suffragettes.

The Trumps are hosting a formal traditional military arrival ceremony, which includes 500 members of the United States Armed Forces.

They're gathered at the White House for a traditional "review of the troops."

The Trumps and Macron listened to both nation's anthems play before President Trump and President Macron conducted the troop review.

President Trump and first lady Melania, dressed in white with a matching hat, greeted France's President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.

This is Trump's first state visit.

Along with the President and first lady, Trump's cabinet members, Vice President Pence and Chief of Staff John Kelly were also present for the arrival, making for a grand scene in front of the White House.

French President Emmanuel Macron touched down in Washington yesterday.

After arriving to Blair House, the presidential guest quarters, he and his wife, Brigitte, strolled to the Lincoln Memorial, surrounded by security agents and journalists.

Later, the couple had a private dinner with the Trumps at Mount Vernon. On the menu: lemon-ricotta agnolotti with citrus butter, ballotine of Dover sole, and chocolate soufflé.

But today, the two leaders get to business.

There will be military welcome on the South Lawn around 9 a.m. ET. Afterward, Trump and Macron will meet and hold a joint press conference.

In the wake of the US-French strikes in Syria, questions remain about Trump's willingness to maintain a military presence in Syria as Macron has urged his US counterpart to do.

Trump's harsh new new trade approach has led to fears of a trade war. And a fast-approaching deadline on the Iran deal also looms large.

Tweeting on Monday afternoon, Macron previewed his message to Trump.

"The United States and France share a long history, we have led revolutions together to defend freedom and democracy," he wrote. "It is our turn to live up to the example set by our history."

Updated: 24.04.2018 21:17
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