1. US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk down hallway to lecterns
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President: (continued from previous shot)
"Thank you very much. Today I'm honoured to welcome Chancellor Angela Merkel back to the White House. Over the past year I have enjoyed getting to know the chancellor very well through many productive calls, discussions, and meetings. We have a great relationship. Chancellor, I want to congratulate you once again on your election victory, fourth term in office. It's really something. Congratulations."
3. Cutaway of Merkel nodding at Trump
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"For decades, the alliance and friendship between Germany and the United States has advanced the cause of peace, prosperity and freedom. Today our nations face a wide array of shared challenges and opportunities. And I am confident that we will meet them together with the same strength and resolve that has always defined the United States-German friendship. This afternoon I want to congratulate the Republic of Korea and its historic summit with North Korea. We're encouraged by President Moon and Kim Jong Un's expressed goal of complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. I will be meeting with Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks. We look forward to that and hopefully it will be productive. I want to thank Chancellor Merkel for her leadership in our campaign of maximum pressure on the North Korean regime, which has helped us to reach this important step, this moment where we are right now it's taken a long time many, many decades to get here. Let's see what happens. We seek a future of peace prosperity and harmony for the whole Korean peninsula. Unlocking not only a brighter future for the people of Korea, but for the people of the world. However, in pursuit of that goal we will not repeat the mistake of past administrations. Maximum pressure will continue until denuclearisation occurs. I look forward to our meeting. It should be quite something. In our meetings today, the chancellor and I discussed Iran. The Iranian regime fuels violence bloodshed and chaos all across the Middle East. We must ensure that this murderous regime does not even get close to a nuclear weapon and that Iran ends its proliferation of dangerous missiles and its support for terrorism. No matter where you go in the Middle East, wherever there is a problem Iran is right there as we eradicate what little remains of ISIS in Syria, we must also ensure that Iran does not profit from our success. To prevent this outcome, it is essential that our coalition and regional partners step up their financial and military contributions to the anti-ISIS efforts. Some of these countries are immensely wealthy and they are going to start paying for it and paying for this tremendous help that we've given them."
US President Donald Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House Friday.
He thanked her for keeping up "maximum pressure" on the North Korean regime in efforts to end it's nuclear ambitions.
Trump says he and Merkel also discussed Iran, adding, "The Iranian regime fuels violence bloodshed and chaos all across the Middle East. We must ensure that this murderous regime does not even get close to a nuclear weapon and that Iran ends its proliferation of dangerous missiles and its support for terrorism."
Trump also said other countries must step up their financial and military contributions to fight Islamic State militants.