President Donald Trump and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had an awkward moment on Tuesday, when Tsipras was asked about previous comments he had made about Trump.
During a joint press conference in the White House Rose Garden, Fox News’ John Roberts asked Tsipras if he stood by critical comments he made prior to the 2016 presidential election about then-candidate Donald Trump.
According to USA Today, in a March 2016 speech surrounding the prospect of Trump becoming president of the United States, Tsipras said, “I hope we will not face this evil.”
Roberts mentioned Tsipras’ previous remarks, then asked if, after “spending time with the president, have you changed your mind?”
“I wish I knew that before my speech,” Trump said before Tsipras was able to answer the question.
Tsipras didn’t specifically reference the remarks, but said his meeting with Trump was “very productive.”
“Not a moment did I feel threatened at any time. I saw there is a very fertile outlook here,” Tsipras said, adding that Greece was committed to working with the U.S. to advance stability and economic growth in the region.
“I am very optimistic after the meeting we had today,” Tsipras said, according to Business Insider.
After Tsipras’ remarks, Trump responded by saying that “a number of countries were a little bit nervous” at first because they knew his administration would no longer allow nations to take advantage of the U.S. any longer.
“So I can understand how certain countries and the leaders of certain countries may feel,” Trump said. “But we’re just not going to allow the United States to be taken advantage of by other countries any more.”
Trump praised Greece’s recovery from massive campaign debt, praising Tsipras leadership for strengthening the nation’s economic and financial stature.
“They’re doing a terrific job of coming back,” Trump said. “They will be back. We’re working with them on many different things.”
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