Watch Live: Trump's First Post-Comey Press Conference

While we are sure the world is waiting with bated breath to hear about US-Romania relations, we suspect their joint-press conference will be slightly more focused on the fallout from yesterday's Comey testimony and Trump administration reaction...

Live Feed (press conference due to begin at 1445ET)

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As we detailed earlier, as "infrastructure week" draws to a close, President Donald Trump is preparing to meet with his Romanian counterpart, President Klaus Iohannis, in the Oval Office on Friday before the two hold a joint press conference in the Rose Garden to talk security, defense spending and other economic concerns.

The press conference is set to begin at 2:45 ET.

Romania, which joined NATO in 2004, increased its defense budget to equal 2% of its GDP this year – one of only 5 NATO members to hit that target. Trump, who has waffled back and forth on whether he considers the alliance “obsolete,” said last month during a meeting of NATO leaders at the defense alliance’s new headquarters in Brussels that its members owe the US a lot of money for paying for their defense.

The visit by Iohannis is meant to underscore the defense and military ties between the two countries. Romania is host to an $800 million ballistic missile shield built by the US that was “switched on” last month. US officials say the shield is meant to counter the threat from Iran.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow views the missile shield in eastern Europe as a "great danger" and Moscow will be forced to respond by enhancing its own missile strike capability, according to Reuters.

The Romanian military recently agreed to buy Patriot missiles from US defense contractor Raytheon, a deal worth hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars.

The missiles would be part of an integrated air defense system comprising six newly acquired F-16 fighter jets as Romania brings its forces up to NATO standards and retires outdated communist-era MiGs, Reuters reported.

Iohannis has said that he hopes to make a good impression on Trump, and that their meeting is an important milestone in the relationship between the two countries.

“I truly wish for us to have a very good first contact with President Trump. I want to convince him that together we can make the partnership stronger, deeper,” Iohannis said, according to Romania Insider.

The Romanian President is currently on a visit to the US, a visit that started on June 4 and will end Friday after the meeting.

As Romania Insider reports, Iohannis is the first leader from Eastern Europe to meet with Trump. The two leaders already met once at the NATO summit in Brussels last month.

Iohannis will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following his meeting with Trump.
 

Comments

SmittyinLA Jun 10, 2017 12:04 PM Permalink

Romanian and US State Dept BS machine running full steam, we're picking up the tab for that Commie boot licker government, they ain't paying shit. Not sure how but we paying.

BTW Jamie Gorelick I believe is on the board of Raytheon.

arby63 Jun 9, 2017 4:28 PM Permalink

Angry snowflake warning below! The Hitlery and Bernie supporters are bleeding through their panties and rompers! Oh no, run for the hills! You lost snowflakes. You're about to lose even bigger over the next 7.75 years!

az_patriot Jun 9, 2017 3:18 PM Permalink

"Trump's First Post-Comey Press Conference"Must the press now make everything relative to the dumbass that used to be the FBI Director -- the one who perjured himself yesterday and admitted to leaking government documents?

Dr.Carl Jun 9, 2017 3:08 PM Permalink

Trump will come out of this fine. The liberals are all very desperate and are not playing their cards very well. They could of had hinm if they had been smart about it. 

TheLastTrump Dr.Carl Jun 9, 2017 3:20 PM Permalink

I don't agree with your last sentence.Trump & crew either did or did not commit crimes, pick one.I'll agree that they could have handled things better & probably gotten better mileage out of what they had....nothing....but with the entire global fucking media on one side of the boat maybe they could have gotten furthur. The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES can fire the FBI director at will and can also start or end any investigation by the DOJ including the FBI at anytime of his or her own choosing. Provide evidence of criminality or GTFO. Next. :)  

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Gravatomic Jun 9, 2017 2:53 PM Permalink

I'm always late, Patriots? Really? The world is waiting with baited breath for the Russian S-500 system.

The Russians have found the way and know the plans of the deconstruction of the Death Star. S-500

fainzilberg Jun 9, 2017 1:17 PM Permalink

romania.....the guard of the west..haaaaaahaaaaahaaaaromania is the second last poorest country in ue ruled from 2016 by a socialist mafia party whose leaders are ready to do everything to escape jailusa likes these poor corrupted countries. they sell there all kinds of obsolete weapons at astronomically prices

Lerua fainzilberg Jun 9, 2017 5:35 PM Permalink

I agree with you, surprising enough you are spot on with the socialist mafia party whose leaders want to escape jail at any cost, or with the US selling obsolete weapons an astronomically prices. Although you missed an important fact, the procentage of Romanians owning their own house (not enslaved by banks) is 96%, that is twice as big as Germans. So this still makes Romanians poor because their houses are not worth that much, but on the other hand they have something else than debt or fiat money. 

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peddling-fiction arby63 Jun 9, 2017 5:20 PM Permalink

arby, in all fairness, his only hard to read word was to invert EU to ue, and then not capitalize the letters. He forgot to add "high" before prices, but my mental spell check filled it in for me.He is not going to win Pulitzers, but for fight club, he will do just fine.Lucifer, on the other hand, only spells well when channeling the feathered felon.

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pizdowitz Jun 9, 2017 12:25 PM Permalink

Donnerwetter! Are you reading this Mutti? Herr Juncker, pan Tusk? Bye bye Bundeswehr... Or are you getting that 2% of GDP ready ? If you piss Trump off yet again, there will be a special gift for you from Turkey...

A. Boaty Jun 9, 2017 11:44 AM Permalink

"The Romanian military recently agreed to buy Patriot missiles from US defense contractor Raytheon, a deal worth hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars."

'Nuff said.

patrickhenry61 Jun 9, 2017 11:43 AM Permalink

Another racketeer trying to see how much more he can make. What does Romania produce, other than vampires? Are they being subsidised by American tax payers? I have never bought anything made in Romania.