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Remarks by President Trump and Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain Before Bilateral Meeting

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White House Oval Office  •  Washington D.C.  •  September 16  •  3:18 P.M. EDT

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. It's a great honor to be with the Crown Prince of Bahrain. He is a friend of mine, and the country is a friend of ours. We're always going to be with them, and I know they're always going to be with us. We have a tremendous relationship militarily, but we have also a tremendous economic relationship - trade. And we're going to be discussing all of those things. We'll certainly be discussing what took place over the last two days in Saudi Arabia.

    CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: Absolutely.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: And we'll be discussing the Middle East. But our relationship has never been stronger than it is right now. And I think that is largely based on the relationship that we have. So I look forward to having our discussion.

    CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: Thank you, Mr. President. It's a great pleasure to be here.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you very much. Please. Would you like to say something?

    CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: Well, I would like to say - thank the President for receiving me and my delegation here today. I'm here to convey the greetings of His Majesty and the people of Bahrain; to strengthen the relationship, which is based on shared values where they overlap, ideals.

    We primarily, as the President said, are going to focus on discussions related to security enhancement and trade enhancement.

    We signed today a agreement to purchase additional - or to purchase our first Patriot Missile Battery Systems.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.

    CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: And it couldn't have come at a better time.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Good timing.

    CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: Absolutely. And we seek to strengthen America's ability to trade with the world, and we have some concrete ideas on how we can do that.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much.

    CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: Thank you, Mr. President.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: I look forward to the day and spending time with you.

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    And thank you all very much. I'll be doing a news conference outside in a little while. Just part of the trip. We're going to New Mexico and to other places for two and half days. And many of you will be with us, and I look forward to that. But in particular, I look forward to our meeting.

    CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: Thank you.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much.

    Q   Mr. President, have you seen evidence, proof, that Iran was behind the attack in Saudi Arabia?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, it's looking that way. We'll have some pretty good - we're having some very strong studies done, but it's certainly looking that way at this moment. And we'll let you know. As soon as we find out definitively, we'll let you know. But it does look that way.

    Q   Do you want war with Iran, Mr. President? Do you want war with Iran?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Do I want war? I don't want war with anybody. I'm somebody that would like not to have war. We have the strongest military in the world. We've spent more than a trillion and a half dollars in the last short period of time on our military. Nobody has even come close. We have the best equipment in the world. We have the best missiles. And as you say, you just bought the Patriot system.

    CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: We did.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: There's nothing even close.

    But, no, I don't want war with anybody. But we're prepared more than anybody. Two and a half years ago, I will tell you, it was not the same thing. And with what we've done, we've totally rebuilt our military in so many different ways, but we've rebuilt it. And there's nobody - it has the F-35. We have the best fighter jets, the best rockets, the best missiles, the best equipment. But with all of that being said, we'd certainly like to avoid it.

    Q   What are the options, Mr. President? What are the options if not a military (inaudible)?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we have a lot of options, but I'm not looking at options right now. We want to find definitively who did this. We're dealing with Saudi Arabia. We're dealing with the Crown Prince and so many other of your neighbors, and we're all talking about it together. We'll see what happens.

    Q   Mr. President, will you meet with President Rouhani in New York, as it was speculated that you might meet?

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    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Say it?

    Q   Will you still meet with President Rouhani in Iran? Is this - in New York, I mean.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I have no meeting scheduled. I know they want to meet. I know they're not doing well as a country. Iran has got a lot of problems right now that two and a half years ago - and even a little bit more than that - when I came in - it's hard to believe it's almost three years - but two and half to three years ago, they were causing a lot of trouble. And we'll see what happens.

    But we'll let you know definitively if there were - as you know, there are ways to see definitively where they came from, and we have all of those ways. And that's being checked out right now.

    Q   Are you still willing to meet with the Iranians without preconditions? Still willing to meet with President Rouhani?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, you know, there were always conditions, because the conditions - if you look at it, the sanctions are not going to be taken off. So if the sanctions - that's a condition. So, you know, that's why the press misreported it. The biggest thing you can talk about are the sanctions, and the sanctions are massive. There's never been sanctions put on a country like that. And I think they have a tremendous future, but not the way they're behaving.

    We'll see what happens in terms of this attack. Secretary Pompeo and others will be going over to Saudi Arabia at some point to discuss what - they feel they're going to make a statement fairly soon. But they also know something that most people don't know, as to where it came from, who did it. And we'll be able to find that out. We'll figure that out very quickly. We pretty much already know.

    Q   (Inaudible) prepared for war?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Say it?

    Q   You said the United States is prepared for war.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: The United States is more prepared than any country in the history of - of - in any history, if we have to go that way. As to whether or not we go that way, we'll see. We have to find out definitively who did it. We have to speak to Saudi Arabia. They have to have a lot of - they have to have a lot in the game also. And, you know, they're willing to do that. I think everybody knows they're willing to do that.

    So we'll be meeting with Saudi Arabia. We'll be talking to Saudi Arabia. We'll be talking to UAE and many of the neighbors out there that we're very close friends with. We're also talking to Europe, a lot of the countries that we're dealing with - whether it's France, Germany, et cetera. Talking to a lot of different folks. And we're figuring out what they think.

    But I will tell you, that was a very large attack and it could be met with an attack many, many times larger, very easily, by our country. But we're going to find out who definitively did it, first.

    ...

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