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  • Mr. President: I am honored to have Prime

  • Minister Theresa May here for our first official

  • visit from a foreign leader.

  • This is our first visit, so a great honor.

  • The special relationship between our two countries

  • has been one of the great forces in history for

  • justice and for peace and, by the way, my mother was

  • born in Scotland, Stornoway, which is

  • serious Scotland

  • Today the United States renews our deep bond with

  • Britain; military, financial, cultural,

  • and political.

  • We have one of the great bonds.

  • We pledge our lasting support to this most

  • special relationship.

  • Together America and the United Kingdom are a

  • beacon for prosperity and the rule of law.

  • That is why the United States respects the

  • sovereignty of the British people and their right of

  • self-determination.

  • A free and independent Britain is a blessing to

  • the world, and our relationship has

  • never been stronger.

  • Both America and Britain understand that

  • governments must be responsive to everyday

  • working people, that governments must represent

  • their own citizens.

  • Madam Prime Minister, we look forward to working

  • closely with you as we strengthen our mutual ties

  • in commerce, business, and foreign affairs.

  • Great days lie ahead for our two peoples, and our

  • two countries.

  • On behalf of our nation I thank you for

  • joining us here today.

  • It's a really great honor.

  • Thank you very much.

  • Prime Minister May: Well, thank you very much

  • Mr. President and can I start by saying that I'm

  • so pleased that I've been able to be here today, and

  • thank you for inviting me so soon after your

  • inauguration, and I'm delighted to be able to

  • congratulate you on what

  • was a stunning election victory.

  • And, as you say, the invitation is an

  • indication of the strength and importance of the

  • special relationship that exists between our two

  • countries; a relationship based on the bonds of

  • history, of family, kinship, and

  • common interests.

  • And in a further sign of the importance of that

  • relationship, I have today been able to convey her

  • Majesty the Queen's hope that President Trump and

  • the First Lady would pay a state visit to the United

  • Kingdom later this year, and I'm delighted that the

  • President has accepted that invitation.

  • Now today we're discussing a number of topics and

  • there's much on which we agree.

  • The President has mentioned foreign policy.

  • We're discussing how we can work even more closely

  • together in order to take on and defeat DAESH and

  • the ideology of Islamist

  • extremism wherever it's found.

  • Our two nations are already leading efforts to

  • face up to this challenge, and we're making progress

  • with DAESH losing territory and fighters,

  • but we need to redouble our efforts.

  • And today we're discussing how we can do this by

  • deepening intelligence and security cooperation, and

  • critically by stepping up our efforts to counter

  • DAESH in cyberspace because we know we will

  • not eradicate this threat until we defeat the idea,

  • the ideology that lies behind it.

  • Our talks will be continuing later.

  • I'm sure we'll discuss other topics;

  • Syria and Russia.

  • On defense and security cooperation, we're united

  • in our recognition of NATO as the bulwark of our

  • collective defense and today we've reaffirmed our

  • unshakable commitment to this alliance.

  • Mr. President, I think you said, confirmed that

  • you're 100 percent behind NATO, but we're also

  • discussing the importance of NATO continuing to

  • ensure it is as equipped to fight terrorism and

  • cyber warfare as it is to fight more conventional

  • forms of war, and I've agreed to continue my

  • efforts to continue my fellow European leaders to

  • deliver on their commitments to spend 2

  • percent of their GDP on defense so that the burden

  • is more fairly shared.

  • It's only by investing properly in our defense

  • that we can ensure we're properly equipped to face

  • our share of challenges together.

  • And, finally, the President and I have

  • mentioned future economic cooperation and trade.

  • Trade between our two countries is already worth

  • over 150,000,000,000 £ a year.

  • The U.S. is the

  • single biggest source of inward

  • investment in the U.K.

  • and together we've around $1,000,000,000,000

  • invested in each other's economies,

  • and the U.K./U.S.

  • defense relationship is the broadest, deepest, and

  • most advanced of any two countries sharing military

  • hardware and expertise, and I think the President

  • and I are ambitious to build on this relationship

  • in order to grow our respective economies,

  • provide the high skilled, high-paid jobs of the

  • future for working people across America

  • and across the U.K.

  • And so we are discussing how we can establish a

  • trade negotiation agreement, take forward

  • immediate high-level talks, lay the groundwork

  • for a U.K./U.S.

  • trade agreement, and identify the practical

  • steps we can take now in order to enable companies

  • in both countries to trade and do business with one

  • another more easily.

  • And I'm convinced that a trade deal

  • between the U.S.

  • and the U.K.

  • is in the national interest of both countries

  • and will cement the crucial relationship that

  • exists between us, particularly as the U.K.

  • leaves the European Union and reaches out

  • to the world.

  • Today's talks I think are a significant moment for

  • President Trump and I to build our relationship,

  • and I look forward to continuing to work with

  • you as we deliver on the promises of freedom and

  • prosperity for all the people of our

  • respective countries.

  • Thank you.

  • Mr. President: Thank you very much.

  • That was very nicely stated.

  • Steve Holland.

  • Where's Steve?

  • Steve, yes.

  • Steve Holland: Thank you, you're going to be

  • speaking tomorrow with the Russian President.

  • What message would you like to convey to him?

  • How close are you to lifting some of the

  • sanctions imposed on Russia over its

  • Ukraine incursion?

  • What would you expect in return, and Prime Minister

  • May, do you foresee any changes in British

  • attitudes toward sanctions on Russia?

  • Mr. President: Well, I hear a call was set up

  • Steve, and we'll see what happens.

  • As far as the sanctions, very early to be talking

  • about that, but we look to have a great relationship

  • with all countries, ideally.

  • That won't necessarily happen.

  • Unfortunately probably won't happen with many

  • countries, but if we can have, as we do with Prime

  • Minister May and the relationship that we've

  • all developed and even in the short relationship

  • that we've just developed just by being with each

  • other: we've had lunch and we've really had some very

  • interesting talks and very productive talks, but if

  • we can have a great relationship with Russia

  • and with China and with all countries,

  • I'm all for that.

  • That would be a tremendous asset.

  • No guarantees, but if we can, that would be a

  • positive, not a negative. Okay?

  • Prime Minister May: We have -- as far as the U.K.

  • is concerned on sanctions for Russia, in relation to

  • their activities in the Ukraine, we have been very

  • clear that we want to see the Minsk Agreement

  • fully implemented.

  • We believe the sanctions should continue until we

  • see that Minsk Agreement fully implemented, and

  • we've been continuing to argue that inside the

  • European Union. Laura.

  • Laura Kuenssberg: And thank you very much