Four-Eye Meeting between PM Lee Hsien Loong and US President Donald Trump (Oct 2017)

A transcript of the remarks delivered at the start of the Four-Eye Meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and US President Donald Trump at the White House on 23 October 2017. PM Lee was on an Official Working Visit to Washington D.C. from 21 to 26 October 2017.


President Donald J. Trump: 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 will say. I guess you do not agree with that but I will 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 have had over the years has been very good but it has never been closer than now and we will be spending a lot of time. One of the things we will 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 is jobs, and you are also buying the best planes, by the way, so that is just very good. So, I just want to thank Prime Minister Lee. Thank you very much.

PM Lee Hsien Loong: Well, thank you very much. Very happy to be here with you and to be here at a time when our relations are prospering. 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 is very good, and I think it will never be stronger. And I will be going over that part of the world in two weeks and stopping in numerous countries, including Japan, South Korea, China. We will be stopping in Vietnam, and probably the Philippines also. So, it will 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. Thank you very much.