The UK’s new Prime Minster Theresa May met with President Trump, and the two had a joint press conference. BBC reporter Laura Kuenssberg asked Trump about his ‘alarming beliefs,’ namely his praise of Russia, his statements on abortion, his policy on a Muslim ‘ban,’ and his opinions on torture. Kuenssberg asked what his response is to Brits who have concerns that he’s now the leader of the free world. Here’s how he responded:
DONALD TRUMP: We have a great general who has just been appointed secretary of defense, General James Mattis. And he has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding or however you want to define it — enhanced interrogation I guess would be a word that a lot of — words that a lot of people would like to use. I don’t necessarily agree, but I would tell you that he will override because I’m giving him that power.
He’s an expert. He’s highly respected. He’s the general’s general. Got through the Senate very, very quickly, which in this country is not easy, I will tell you. And so I’m going to rely on him.
I happen to feel that it does work. I’ve been open about that for a long period of time. But I am going with our leaders. And we’re going to — we’re going to win with or without, but I do disagree.
As far as, again, Putin and Russia, I don’t say good, bad or indifferent. I don’t know the gentleman. I hope we have a fantastic relationship. That’s possible and it’s also possible that we won’t. We will see what happens.
I will be representing the American people very, very strongly, very forcefully. And if we have a great relationship with Russia and other countries, and if we go after ISIS together, which has to be stopped — that’s an evil that has to be stopped — I will consider that a good thing, not a bad thing.
How the relationship works out, I won’t be able to tell you that later (sic). I’ve had many times where I thought I’d get along with people and I don’t like them at all.
And I’ve had some where I didn’t think I was going to have much of a relationship and it turned out to be a great relationship.
So, Theresa, we never know about those things, do we? But I will tell you one thing: I’ll be representing the American people very strongly. Thank you.
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