Hotel du Palais Biarritz, France August 26 8:52 A.M. CEST
Thank you very much. It's a great honor to be with President El-Sisi, who's a friend of mine for now a long time, it seems, right? From even before the campaign.
We met during the campaign, a little before the campaign. And we got along right away. I didn't actually ask for an endorsement, but I think if I would've asked, I might have gotten it. (Laughter.)
We understood each other very well. He's a very tough man, I will tell you that. But he's also a good man, and he's done a fantastic job in Egypt. Not easy.
So we'll be talking, today, trade. We'll be talking military. A lot of things are happening in your part of the world, as usual, unfortunately.
And also, very big things are happening with China. You probably read the breaking news a little while ago that they want to make a deal - they just came out - and they want calm. And that's a great thing, frankly. And one of the reasons that he's a great leader - President Xi - and one of the reasons that China is a great country is they understand how life works. And that was just announced.
China called, last night, our top trade people, and said, "Let's get back to the table."
So, we'll be getting back to the table. And I think they want to do something. They've been hurt very badly, but they understand this is the right thing to do. And I have great respect for it. I have great respect for it. This is a very positive development for the world.
So we're going to have a further statement on China. We'll have a news conference a little bit later, unless the media doesn't want a news conference. If you don't want one, we'll cancel it immediately. But assuming you want one, we'll have a news conference, which I think you might want.
In the meantime, Egypt has made tremendous progress under a great leader's leadership. It's what it's all about. And your staff also, who I've gotten to know - fantastic people. So I want to thank you and I want to congratulate you.
(As interpreted.) Your Excellency, I thank you very much. It's, really, a pleasure to have this meeting with you. We enjoy mutual understanding, appreciation, and respect. And this is a marvelous thing that we're having together.
And as you mentioned, Your Excellency, our relationship started before the campaign, during the campaign, and afterwards. And I'm confident that it is going to last.
We expressed our congratulations in advance, before, and we express our congratulations now, in advance.
There are a lot of issues of mutual interest that we're going to address in this meeting. And we always enjoy this mutual and deep understanding.
I express my highest respect, thanks, and appreciation, Mr. President.
Thank you very much. One of the things we'll be discussing - one of the things we'll be discussing will be trade. And I can't underestimate or speak more highly of the trade deal we made yesterday with Japan. It's an incredible - an incredible deal. It's a massive deal, especially for our agriculture - our farmers, our ranchers - and e-commerce. A big e-commerce component that is very important.
But it's a fantastic deal. It's a tremendous deal. It came at a great time. And we've been helping the farmers anyway, but it's something that really has impressed me very much, Mr. President. Our farmers, they don't want to take. They want to produce. They want to be able to do their work. They don't want anything for nothing. They're incredible people. I call them "great American patriots." And they've been really - the job they're doing is something very special.
So we made a very big deal yesterday with Japan, and it is - it's one of the biggest trade deals you'll ever see.
And my only problem, Mr. President, is when we make a really big and really great trade deal, like with Japan yesterday - the media never writes about it. They never write about it. They only like to write about the bad things. And there aren't too many of them. There aren't too many of them.
Okay. Do you have anything further to say? Okay, thank you very much.
Mr. President, can you tell us about the China call that you referred to? When will the next round of negotiations start? And did you speak to President Xi?
Mr. President, can you tell me why the Palestinian Authority has been taken out of the U.S. State Department website? And how is it conducive to the peace -
Go ahead. What was your question?
Mr. President, I asked you: Could you tell us a little bit more about the call you referred to? When will the next round of negotiations with China start?
Well, we've gotten two calls. And very, very good calls. Very productive calls. They mean business. They want to be able to make a deal. It's very important that - yeah, I think it's very important for them.
Look, they've lost 3 million jobs, and a lot of things have happened. And it's why President Xi is a great leader. He understands. And it's going to be great for China. It's going to be great for the U.S. It's going to be great for the world. He understands that, and he's able to do things that other people aren't able to do.
So, we were called, and we're going to start very shortly to negotiate, and we'll see what happens. But I think we're going to make a deal because they don't want to lose their chains. They have supply chains that are unbelievably intricate, and people are all leaving and they're going to other countries, including the United States, by the way. We're going to get a lot of them too, a percentage. Meaning, we'll get - I think we're going to get a higher percentage than a lot of people would think.
So we are going to start talking very seriously, and we'll see how that goes. We've had a lot of good things.
We had other good news yesterday, but I can't talk to you about that. And, frankly, you people - you called that one totally wrong. You had that one figured as wrong as you can figure it. But we had some other good news yesterday.
Are you speaking to President Xi directly?
I don't want to say. I can't comment on that.
Do you have any response to Foreign Minister Zarif being here yesterday? Were you surprised that he was here?
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