PM Lee & President Trump exchange pleasantries in front of media

President Trump: 'You never even see a downturn in Singapore, I’ll say.'

Belmont Lay | October 24, 2017, 01:26 AM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is in the Washington DC to meet President Donald Trump.

Both leaders exchanged pleasantries in front of the media on Oct. 24 (Singapore time).

The conversation transcribed in full below:

President Trump: Well, thank you very much. We have Prime Minister Lee, a highly respected man. Singapore doing well. Continues to do well. You never even see a downturn in Singapore, I'll say. I guess you don't agree with that but I'll say looking from the outside, you never see a downturn. I just want to congratulate you on having done a fantastic job. The relationship that we've had over the years has been very good but it has never been closer than now and we'll be spending a lot of time. One of the things we'll be doing in a short period of time is signing together a very large contract where Singapore is buying billions of dollars worth of airplanes from Boeing, that will be made in our country. So, that's jobs, and you're also buying the best planes, by the way, so that's just very good. So, I just want to thank Prime Minister Lee. Thank you very much.

PM Lee: Well, thank you very much. Very happy to be here with you and to be here at a time when our relations are prospering and we look forward to taking them forward, deepening them and strengthening them for many years to come and starting with this administration.

President Trump: That's very good. And I think it won't ever be stronger.

PM Lee: Thank you.

President Trump: And I'll be going over that part of the world in two weeks and stopping in numerous countries, including Japan, South Korea, China. We'll be stopping in Vietnam, and probably the Philippines also. So, it'll be a very busy 10 or 11 days.

PM Lee: A very important trip. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your message.

President Trump: Very good.


Here's another video of the conversation: