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Remarks Prior to a Working Lunch With Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam

February 27, 2019

Prime Minister Phuc. Mr. President, on behalf of the Government, we greatly appreciate the process of denuclearization and peace-building in North Korea, that Mr. President was so resolute in these efforts. And thank you very much for choosing Vietnam as the venue for this second summit. We've been working very closely with the United States and the D.P.K.R. to promote this meeting to be a successful one, from our own capacity.

And congratulations on the very strong leadership in terms of the economic performance, 3 percent, unprecedented. And this is a great achievement. In terms of the economy, the United States is the superpower. And as the U.S. economy grows, others will grow too, including Vietnam. Congratulations on your economic performance, Mr. President.

And I also welcome the results of the talks between our—[inaudible]—General and President Nguyễn Phú Trọng and Mr. President. And the main message is that we will continue to promote bilateral cooperation, especially in trade.

President Trump. Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister. The trip has been beautiful. We have a very big meeting planned tonight, as you know, with North Korea and Chairman Kim. And I think it may very well turn out to be very successful. It helps that it's in Vietnam, because you've shown something that the world is really getting to see, the incredible job that you've done in Vietnam in a very short period of time.

Coming in from the airport, seeing everything that's been happening and been built, even since last year when we were spending time together—my second trip. You've made tremendous progress, and it's a great thing for the world to see. And now the world is actually watching, and they're looking at Vietnam.

So I look forward to the meeting tonight with Chairman Kim, and hopefully, it's going to be successful. We'll see what happens. But he wants to do something great also, and I think he wants to do something that would be on a par. If you look at what you've done in a short time, he can do it in a very, very rapid time: make North Korea into a great economic power.

But I really appreciate the orders that you made today of Boeing and General Electric, and the various other companies that will be selling you aircraft. I also appreciate the fact that you're looking at much of our military equipment. We make the best military equipment in the world, by far. Whether it's jet fighters or missiles or rockets or anything you want to name, we make—we're acknowledged to have made—we make the best. So I appreciate you looking at that very strongly, and I know that's a decision you'll make.

And we appreciate very much that you're reducing the trade deficit with the United States, which was very substantial before I got here. And now we're bringing it down with great orders like the orders that you made today. And we very much appreciate it.

It's an honor to be with you a second time. And we're now friends. I love that you showed me the autograph. That was very nice.

Prime Minister Phuc. Yes. [Laughter] President Trump. And that's the way I feel. And congratulations on the tremendous work that you've done over a short period of time. It's so obvious to anybody that looks. Congratulations to all of Vietnam. Thank you.

Prime Minister Phuc. Thank you very much for your very kind words about Vietnam's success in the past years.

NOTE: The President spoke at approximately 12:15 p.m. in the Office of Government building. Prime Minister Phuc spoke in Vietnamese, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter. Portions of these remarks could not be verified because the audio was incomplete.

Donald J. Trump, Remarks Prior to a Working Lunch With Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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