Oval Office
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PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay, thank you very much.  It’s my great honor to have Giuseppe Conte of Italy.  He’s a man who’s doing a fantastic job.  I really want to thank you very much for being here.  We’ve become friendly over the G7 meetings and some phone calls.

And I agree very much what you’re doing with respect to migration and illegal immigration, and even legal immigration.  Italy has taken a very firm stance on the border, a stance a few countries have taken.  And, frankly, you’re doing the right thing, in my opinion.  And a lot of other countries in Europe should be doing it also.  Some have taken that stance a long time ago, and they’re doing a lot better.

So I just want to thank you, Giuseppe, for being with us.  It’s an honor.  We have a lot to talk about having to do with trade, having to do with our military.  You’re ordering planes, lots of planes.  The United States has a very large deficit, as usual, with Italy — about $31 billion.  And I’m sure we’ll straighten that out pretty quickly.

But we find it a great honor to have you with us.  Thank you.  Thank you, Giuseppe.

PRIME MINISTER CONTE:  Thank you.  It’s a big honor for me, of course.  And thank you for this kind invitation, for your warm hospitality.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  You’ll always be treated warmly.  Okay?  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.

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