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USA: 'Big fan' Trump holds joint press conference with Erdogan

5 14.11.2019 Инфо

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W/S US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arriving at press conference, Washington DC
SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "Today, the ceasefire continues to hold and I want to thank the president for his partnership and cooperation as we work to build a more stable and peaceful and prosperous Middle East. We've assured each other that Turkey will continue to uphold what it's supposed to uphold. I'm a big fan of the president. I have to tell you that. And I know that the ceasefire, while complicated, is moving forward and moving forward at a very rapid clip."
W/S Erdogan, Trump, and journalists *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "We're grateful to President Erdogan and to the citizens of Turkey for their cooperation in the constant struggle against terrorism. He fights it like we do. Key to our security collaboration is our trade, defense and military equipment program. American foreign military sales to Turkey totaled many billions of dollars and Turkey supplies component parts to many American defense programs. They make parts of the frame as an example for the F35. Turkey's acquisition of sophisticated Russian military equipment such as the S400 create some very serious challenges for us. And we are talking about it constantly. We talked about it today. We're talking about it in the future. Hopefully we'll be able to resolve that situation. We've asked our Secretary of State and minister of Foreign Affairs and our respective national security advisers to immediately work on resolving the S400 issue. We've also recently agreed to work toward a 100 billion dollar two way trade agreement."
M/S Erdogan and Trump *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President (English voiceover): "And some historical developments and allegations are being used in order to dynamite our reciprocal and bilateral relations, especially in the House of Representatives, some of the resolutions that were passed on October 29 have served this very purpose, hurt deeply the Turkish nation, and they have a potential of casting a deep shadow over our bilateral relations."
W/S Journalist asking a question *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President (English voiceover): "The decision makers in an incident that took place about 104 years ago should not be politicians, but historians. We have nothing to hide and we have a full self esteem in that regard. But I need to state very clearly that we are as Turkey on the side of dialogue, an open discussion and debate. And we have voiced our proposals through the Armenian party to open the archives reciprocally and establish history commission."
M/S Journalist asking a question *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President (English voiceover): "And we have also discussed with President Trump how to achieve the 100 billion dollar trade volume threshold as soon as possible. We believe that we should not confuse political incidents with commerce related aspirations. And our secretaries of commerce are currently heavily invested in achieving the hundred billion dollar threshold. We hope and pray that we will shy away from certain measures which will make it much more challenging for us to reach these targets. And we have also quite naturally discussed our deeply rooted relations in the field of defense industry, primarily the S400 system and the F35 program. We can only surmount the hurdles that we experience through dialogue. My dear friend previously stated back in Osaka at the G20 summit at the in the injustice orchestrated against Turkey in terms of the acquisition of Patriot missiles. And we have clearly stated to President Trump that under suitable circumstances we could acquire Patriot missiles as well. As Turkey we are ready and committed to sustain a very constructive dialogue with the United States Congress. And this is an idea that I've shared with President Trump as well." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
M/S Journalist asking a question *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Journalist: "President Erdogan talked about repatriating Syrian refugees back to their homeland. Have you had those discussions with European leaders, since there are so many Syrian refugees [in Turkey]?"
Donald Trump, US President: "Well you know, I think that frankly Europe should be paying for this to a large extent. As of this moment, Turkey has been paying for most of it. I think the president was saying today they've spent over $40 billion on the cost... How much?"
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President: "30 billion."
Donald Trump, US President: "Forty? That's what I said. Whatever. He spent a lot, okay? Forgive me, they're throwing out all this different numbers. I heard it was $40 billion - how was that, $40 billion, correct? So $40 billion. And I've heard that number from others, and that's a lot. Europe has contributed about three, and a lot of these people would go all throughout Europe. I mean, it would be a devastating situation for Europe, because he's got four million people. He has a lot of Kurds too that they're helping and taking care of. So I have spoken to Europe about it. I think they should help us with ISIS because many of them left France and they left Germany and they left UK, they left different countries. And these countries should help us because if they ever did get released, which we won't be doing, but if they ever did get released, that's where they want to go. They want to go back to France and Germany and UK and all of those other countries that are not helping us. I gave them the option. Would you like to have them back and intelligently they said, no, thank you. But that's not right and it's not fair." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
M/S Erdogan and Trump shaking hands
M/S Erdogan and Trump leaving
SCRIPT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey "remains, or it should be" the most reliable partner of the United States in the Middle East, while also reiterating Ankara's commitment to the ceasefire deal. Erdogan made the remarks following a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC on Wednesday.
"Turkey remains, or it should be, the most reliable partner of the United States in this region to achieve these targets. We are the only NATO ally, as Turkey, who has fought Daesh in a very resolved fashion," said Erdogan.
"And we have clearly stated to President Trump that under suitable circumstances we could acquire Patriot missiles as well. As Turkey, we are ready and committed to sustain a very constructive dialogue with the United States' Congress, and this is an idea I share with President Trump as well," he added.
The Turkish leader also that his country could acquire Patriot missiles "under suitable circumstances."
Trump said, "We've assured each other that Turkey will continue to uphold what it's supposed to uphold. I'm a big fan of the president, to tell you that."
"Turkey has the second largest armed forces in NATO after the United States. And they are a very strong second, I might add. And I'm pleased that Turkey has been steadily increasing its defence spending and it's very close to the 2% of the GDP range, unlike many of the other countries," he added.