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tv   President Trump and German Chancellor Merkel Remarks  CSPAN  May 25, 2017 6:27pm-6:47pm EDT

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saturday night at 8:00 eastern . c-span and >> in brussels today, president trump helped to dedicate a nato memorial that included a piece of the world trade center and a segment of the berlin wall. during his speech, he said, 23 of the 28 nations in the alliance are still not paying their fair share and meeting their financial obligations. we'll see president trump in just a few minutes. but first, we'll hear from nato secretary general stultenberg and german chancellor angela america who will says it's not building walls that make us successful. this is about 20 mibs -- minutes.
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mr. stoltenberg: welcome to brussels to all of you. we will begin our meeting with the dedication of two memorials . our gathering today is an opportunity to chart our shared future and to remember our shared past. the berlin wall is the symbol of that past. it was built to divide europe, o keep people in and ideas out. in face of division, nato allies stood united in defense of freedom, democracy and human dignity.
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in 1989, the wall was brought down by peaceful protests, by popular movements, and by the bravery of countless men and women across central and eastern europe. will y, all those who enter this building will pass this memorial. they will understand that freedom will never be defeated. and that nato will always defend the values on which our reliance is founded. so, chancellor merkel, you were in berlin the very night when the -- when the wall came down. we welcome you here to brussels to the new nato headquarters and the floor is yours. lease.
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chancellor merkel: your majesty , secretary general, dear colleagues. nato's new headquarters will be the future point of reference of nato, a modern building like the building of this headquarters is a reference to the future. however, if we are to find convincing answers for the future, it is good to remind ourselves of what we have achieved in the past. nd what we can build on. this fragment of the berlin ll embodies the history that during the cold war had left its mark on nato for many decades. however, this wall also symbolizes something that has been a determinant factor for my life for many years. because i lived on the eastern side of the wall.
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and it is the division of berlin, it is an expression of , e fact that if we stand firm as this nato, if we can rely on the courage of our friends from entral and eastern europe, and then we can bring down a wall and make it something to be remembered. our alliance is united in the awareness of the importance to cooperate between freedom and we also are united in the trust that it is not isolation and the building of walls that is make us successful, but open societies that share the same values. ladies and gentlemen, with the end of the east-west conflict, a new era began. a new era bringing new challenges and new dangers. but we continue to be an alliance built on shared
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values. sharing solidarity toward its members. germany will never forget the contribution nato made towards making our country become reunited. and this is why we will continue to make our contribution toward security and solidarity as members of this alliance. [applause] mr. stoltenberg: nato's greatest strength is the enduring bond between north america and europe. we saw the strength of that bond after the 9/11 attacks against the united states.
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and president trump, those attacks struck at the heart of your own hometown in new york. and for the first time, nato defense r collective post, article 5. one for all and all for one. hundreds of thousands of european and canadian soldiers have served shoulder to shoulder with u.s. troops in afghanistan for over a decade. to help ensure it never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorists. it is our solidarity that keeps our nations safe. and when our open and free societies come under attack, we stand up for our values and our way of life. that is why a strong nato is good for europe and good for
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north america. the 9/11 and article 5 memorial will be a daily reminder of our vital bond. and today we will commit to do more in our common struggle terrorism. so, mr. president, it is a great honor to have you here and a great honor to give you the floor. please. president trump: thank you. ter thank you very much, secretary general stoltenberg. chancellor merkel, thank you very much. other heads of state and government, i am honored to be here with members of an alliance that has promoted safety and peace across the world. prime minister, may all the nations here grieve with you
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and stand with you. i would like to ask that we now observe a moment of silence for the victims and families of the savage attack which took place in manchester. thank you. terrible thing. this ceremony is a day for both remembrance and resolve. we remember and mourn those nearly 3,000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on september 11, 2001. our nato allies responded swiftly and decisively,
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invoking for the first time in its history the article 5 collective defense commitments. he recent attack on manchester in the united kingdom demonstrates the depth of the evil we face with terrorism. innocent little girls and so many others were horribly murdered and badly injured while attending a concert, beautiful lives with so much great potential torn from their families forever and ever. it was a barbaric and vicious ttack upon our civilization. all people who cherish life must unite in finding, exposing d removing these killers and extremists and, yes, losers. they are losers.
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wherever they exist in our societies, we must drive them out and never, ever let them back in. this call for driving out terrorism is a message i took to a historic gathering of arab and muslim leaders across the region hosted by saudi arabia. there i spent much time with the king, a wise man who wants to see things get much better rapidly. the leaders of the middle east have agreed at this unprecedented meeting to stop funding the radical ideology hat leads to this horrible terrorism all over the globe. my travels and meetings have given me renewed hopes that nations of many faiths can
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unite to defeat terrorism, a common threat to all of humanity. terrorism must be stopped in its tracks, or the horror you saw in manchester and so many other places will continue forever. you have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout and in many cases we have no idea who they are. we must be tough, we must be rong, strong, and we must be vigilant. the nato of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from russia and our nato's eastern and southern borders. these grave security concerns are the same reason that i have een very, very direct with
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secretary stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying that nato members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations. but 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. this is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the united states. and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years. and not paying in those past years. over the last eight years, the united states spent more on defense than all other nato countries combined. if all nato members had spent st 2% of their g.d.p. on defense last year, we would
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have had another $119 billion for our collective defense and for the financing of additional nato reserves. we should recognize that with these chronic underpayments and growing threats, even 2% of g.d.p. is insufficient to close he gaps in modernizing readiness and the size of forces. we have to make up for the many years lost. 2% is the bare minimum for onfronting today's very real and very vicious threats. if nato countries made their full and complete contributions , then nato would be even stronger than it is today. especially from the threat of terrorism.
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i want to extend my appreciation to the 9/11 memorial and museum in new york for contributing this remnant of the north tower, as well as to chancellor merkel and the german people for donating this portion of the berlin wall. it is truly fitting that these two artifacts now reside here, so close together, at the new nato headquarters. and i never asked once what the new nato headquarters cost. i refused to do that. but it is beautiful. each one marks a pive to the event in the history of this alliance and in the eternal battle between good and evil. on one side a testament to the triumph of our ideals over a
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totalitarian communist ideology, bent on the oppression of millions and millions of people. on the other, a painful reminder of the barbaric evil that still exists in the world and that we must confront and defeat together as a group, as a world. this twisted mass of metal reminds us not only of what we have lost, but also what forever endures. the curbling of our people, the strength -- courage of our people, the stredge of -- strength of our resolve, and commitments that bind us as one with we will never forget the lives we lost. we will never for sake the friends who stood by our side and we will never waiver in our determination to defeat terrorism and to achieve lasting security, prosperity and peace. thank you very much. it's a great honor to be here. thank you.
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