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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump said disagreements with Congress won't affect Harvey recovery funding


Updated August 28, 2017 04:21 PM EDT

President Trump holds a press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

Updated August 28, 2017 04:54 PM EDT

Trump reiterated his claim that Mexico will pay for the border wall, one way or another. Trump said Mexico may have to pay for the wall through reimbursement.

He said the border wall was "imperative" for the safety of the U.S., and said it will be a good thing when combating the ongoing drug problem.

Trump said NAFTA is one of the world's worst trade deals, and that Mexico has been difficult on the issue. He said NAFTA may have to be terminated, and that Canada and Mexico got a "one-sided deal."

"It has been unfair for too long," the president said.

Updated August 28, 2017 04:51 PM EDT

Trump said the U.S. is always ready to help Finland, and he praised the country's purchase of F-18s from the U.S.

He added that Finland's military is well respected, and that he hopes that the Finland-Russia relationship will not deteriorate further.

Updated August 28, 2017 04:50 PM EDT

Trump allowed Niinisto to take one of the last questions, claiming he was calling on the same reporter twice.

In fact, the second reporter was another woman, who noted there are a lot of blonde women in Finland.

Updated August 28, 2017 04:47 PM EDT

Trump addressed his pardon of former Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio, noting that a lot of people thought it was a good idea, despite some in his party disagreeing.

Trump said he believed Arpaio was treated unfairly throughout the the process. He said Arpaio was a great law enforcement person, and noted some of the people who were pardoned in the past. Trump cited people pardoned by President Clinton and some who were commuted by President Obama.

Trump said Arpaio is a patriot who protected our borders, who was treated unfairly before an election that Trump believes he would have won.

Updated August 28, 2017 04:40 PM EDT

Trump said he considered many countries a security threat, not addressing Russia in particular.

The president said the U.S. is "extremely protective" of the Arctic.

Niinisto noted that he talked to Trump about countering the effects of "black carbon" in the Arctic. Trump said the two have a lot of agreement on countering the problem.

Updated August 28, 2017 04:36 PM EDT

Trump said recovery funding will not be hampered by current disagreements between Congress and the administration.

He said he believes Texas will be "up and running" very quickly, but added that it is a long road to recovery.

Trump said the recovery issue is separate from his threat of a government shutdown.

Trump said that FEMA has the money necessary for Texas currently, but that more money will have to go through Congress.

Updated August 28, 2017 04:32 PM EDT

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto thanked Trump for hosting him during the visit and for the conversations the two leaders have had.

He noted that the people of Texas have shown strength through the catastrophe.

Niinisto noted that he and Trump spoke on security and on the importance of the transatlantic partnership between Europe and the U.S.

Niinisto noted that Finland is doing its best to improve relations with Russia. He said he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding joint training exercises.

He said Finland believes business and environment can both be successful in the Arctic.

Updated August 28, 2017 04:28 PM EDT

Trump addressed the people of Finland following the terrorist attack in Turku, noting that the U.S. stands behind them in the wake of the attack.

Trump thanked Finland for its contributions to the anti-ISIS coalition, noting the country is currently involved in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

He called the fight one of "barbarism versus civilization."

Trump also congratulated Finland on the 100th anniversary of its independence.

Updated August 28, 2017 04:25 PM EDT

President Trump addressed the flooding in Houston and southeast Texas, noting that it appears Louisiana will also be affected.

The president said the administration is in direct contact with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

He noted that he has pledged "full support" to address the disaster, and that he declared emergencies in Louisiana per Edwards' request.

Trump said he may go back to Louisiana and Texas on Saturday, in addition to his planned trip to Texas on Tuesday.

The most important thing is the safety and security of those in harm's way, Trump said.

President Trump is set to hold a press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Monday.

The event marks the first time Trump will have spoken publicly since Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas, causing untold damage to the region.

Trump is set to travel to Texas on Tuesday along with first lady Melania Trump.

Trump also could face questions about his pardon of former Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday.

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