Time: 9:39 p.m. CEST
The U.S. President Donald Trump held joint news conference with the British Prime minister Theresa May on issues related to renewal of the deep bonds between the United States and United Kingdom.
President Trump said they pledge support for “this most special relationship,” while Britain Prime minister May acknowledges she is “convinced,” that a trade deal between two countries would summand “the crucial relationship,” which exists between two countries, “particularly as U.K. leaves European Union and reaches out to the world.”
British Prime minister May pointed out that part of the talks was to reaffirm “unshakable commitment” to NATO.
“Mr. President I think you said, you confirmed you are 100% behind NATO,” May said in the opening part of the news conference, but U.S. Trump did not comment on this.
As May stated, she would “encourage my fellow European leaders to deliver on that commitments and spend 2% of GDP on defense, so the burden is more fairly shared.” May stressed that, “It is only by investing properly in our defense, that we can ensure, we are properly equipped to face our shared challenges together.”
Another issue is fighting Islamic State group. “We are discussing how we can do this, by deepening intelligence, security cooperation and critically by stepping our efforts to counter DAESH in cyberspace,” May stated.
As U.S. President Trump stated, “U.S. and U.K. are beacon for prosperity and rule of law.” Trump said, the United States respect the rights of British people of self-determination. “A free and independent Britain is a blessing to the world.”
“Our relationship has never been stronger,” Trump explained, before answering to the question related to Russia, torture and ban for Muslims, by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg.
Trump talked about confirmed Defense Secretary James Mattis.
“He stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture, or waterboarding, or however you wanted to define, enhanced interrogation, I don’t necessarily agree, but I would say, he would override, because I am giving him that power.”
On Russia and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Trump said, he don’t know the gentlemen. The U.S. President explained, he hopes “we have fantastic relationship,” which is both possible or not.
“I would be representing the American people, very strongly and forcibly, and If we have great relationship with Russia and other countries and if we go after ISIS together, which has to be stopped, that evil has to be stopped, I would consider that for a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump said.
British Prime minister May says, sanctions against Russia should continue until full implementation of the Minsk agreement.