THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release September 5, 2018
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AND AMIR SHEIKH SABAH AL-AHMED AL-JABER AL-SABAH OF THE STATE OF KUWAIT
AT EXPANDED BILATERAL MEETING
2:23 P.M. EDT
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. This is a working group with
representatives of the Amir and Kuwait, and they’re working on some very large
transactions for the United States. And they’ve had that relationship in trade,
but we’re also talking about other things such as Qatar and — coming back into
the fold with UAE and, as you know, Saudi Arabia. That’s been going on for a
And we’re discussing that, along with many other situations. We are talking very
much about Syria, Yemen. We are talking about Iran and the fact that they have
not behaved well over the last number of years. No matter where I go in the
Middle East, I see Iran is behind it. So we just can’t let that happen. But
we’ve had some very good discussions.
Right now, we’re going to be talking about terrorism, we’re going to be talking
about trade. And please be very, very careful — we have the Amir sitting here,
and you have a lot of media right behind you, so you don’t have to look at them,
but I do. (Laughter.) You’re very lucky. You’re very lucky. I’d rather be in
your position. (Laughter).
But it’s an honor to have you. And thank you very much for being with us.
Thank you everybody. Thank you very much for being here. Okay, thank you very
Q Mr. President, sir, will you speak with the Special Counsel, sir?
Q Mr. President, any comment on the trade deals that you’re trying to work out
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think we’re going to have a very big trade deal. We have
many, many trade deals. Are you talking about with Canada or with — which trade
deal are you talking about?
Q Any one you want to talk about.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’re dealing on many, many trade deals.
Q How about the one with South Korea, sir?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: One of the trade deals we talk about always and constantly is
with Kuwait and, generally, the Middle East.
But we’re really, right now, in very intense negotiations, I would say would be
the word — “intense” — with Canada. We’ll see how it works out. And if doesn’t
work out, that’s going to be fine for the country, for our country. It won’t be
fine for Canada.
But we love Canada. They’re our next-door neighbor. We’ve had a great
relationship with them for many, many years. But look, Canada has done very well
with this relationship. And the United States, from an economic standpoint — if
you look at the tariffs that were put on our dairy products, and you look at the
walls that were built up, in terms of barriers — we have tremendous trade
barriers, and we have not been treated fairly.
So I think they will treat us fairly. I think we’ve come a long way toward them
treating us fairly. But we’re meeting right now with Canada. And over the next
day or two we’ll see what happens.
We’ve already made a deal with Mexico, as you know. We’re doing some other
things with Mexico. I think that’ll be very interesting. But the relationship is
very good. I spoke with the new President, and I think that relationship is
going to be really, really, very good.
So thank you all very much. Appreciate it. Thank you.
Q On trade, sir — on trade, sir — Mr. President, on trade with South Korea,
did you want to pull out of that? On trade with South Korea.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: We have a deal with South Korea.
Q Of course. Right.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I read another phony thing in the book about a trade deal that
certain people didn’t want me to look at. We’ve made a deal with South Korea. It
may be signed during the United Nations conference in a couple of weeks.
The deal is done. It’s been done with South Korea for a long time. It’s been
done for about two months. And we’ll do a ceremonial signing over the next very
short period of time.
But that was another thing in the book that was just totally false. I mean,
there was no — it was actually a very reasonable deal and a fairly easy deal to
make. It was a horrible deal to start off with for the United States. It was
made by somebody that I happened to be running against at the time. And she made
a deal that took a lot of jobs out of the United States, and we’re making a deal
that’s going to bring a lot of jobs to the United States.
But I’ve concluded the deal in South Korea, which is the deal that was referred
to. And I think it’s going to be a great deal. Hopefully it’s a great deal for
them, but it’s going to be a fair deal for us. Very, very big improvement over
what we had, because what we had was unacceptable.
Thank you very much, everybody.
Q Have you kept your promise to appoint judges who will overturn Roe v. Wade?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think what’s happening is, on that subject and on other
subjects, it’s very interesting to watch. And I look forward to listening to
Judge Kavanaugh discuss it. And I really think that — I have to say, and as
I’ve just said a little while ago, I think Brett Kavanaugh has really conducted
himself in an incredibly positive manner. Great intellect. Great talent. A great
judge. And I would suspect he will be approved very quickly after we’re finished
with the hearing.
Thank you very much everybody. Thank you. Thank you.
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