President Trump Participates in Missile Defense Review Announcement CSPAN January 17, 2019 11:18am-11:51am EST
border dogs, and that what we need on our border. >> okay. more people. >> thank you. absolutely. that's what i heard time and time again from the individuals that i met with from the customs border protection division, we need more boots on the ground. certainly we are hearing from border agents what they really need. it's hard to tell the president who they work for when he makes a visit to the border anything different he wants to hear. [ applause ] >> good morning, everyone. mr. president, mr. vice president, senator sullivan, congressman turner, general silva, and military officers, all members of the military and distinguished guests, thank you for joining us as we release the 2019 missile defense review. today the number of new missile
programs around the world is growing disproportionately to other capabilities. writ large, the wrest of the world is not developing new fighter and bomber aircraft. they are developing missiles. the sheer proliferation of offensive missile capabilities more than 20 nation states today in 2019, makes this review timely and essential. aligned with president trump's national security strategy and nested within the national defense strategy, and in lock step with the nuclear posture review, this threat driven review is the latest tile in our broader national security mosaic and we are moving out on it. america's competitors, including china and russia, are increasing their existing missile system
capabilities, adding new and sophisticated missiles to their arsenals, including hypersonic missiles and advanced cruise missiles. integrating these more effectively into their political intimidation, anti-access, area denial efforts, and war planning. while we are forging a new path to peace on the korean peninsula, north korea's missiles remain a significant concern, so do iran's. make no mistake, our current defense capabilities are effective for their purpose and our competitors know it. frustrated by our mid-course defenses, they are aggressively pursuing new technologies to circumvent today's systems. these new technologies produce new threats and these threats
are harder to see, harder to track, and harder to defeat. to our competitors, we see what you are doing and we're taking action. the missile defense review calls for necessary investment to maintain our ground and sea-based missile defenses. from more interceptors to new kill vehicles to improved coverage of priority regions like the endo pacific. at the same time, we are focused on new capabilities for new threats. this includes hypersonics, space-based sensors and directed energy for boost phase missile intercept and includes a policy shift towards greater integration of offensive and defensive capabilities. because missile defense necessarily includes missile
offense. for decades, the u.s. led the world in hyper sonics research and deliberately chose not to weaponize these systems. china and russia have chosen differently. our nation does not seek adversaries, but we will not ignore them either. we refuse to be bound by geography. our new space-based sensor layer will give us persistent, timely, global awareness. these capabilities will remove adversary's abilities to us or our allies and partners. congress has wisely mandated such a capability. rest assured, you will see this priority reflected in our upcoming budget request. we are to the interested in keeping pace with the emerging threats. we want to out pace them. this requires not just defensive
weapons, but a host of enabling technologies that will allow us to integrate missile defense mission across our department. mr. president, we are ready for this task. this is the department of get stuff done. from the missile defense agency to the space force and across the joint force, we are all a part of the missile defense mission now. we will work hand in hand with our industrial base, national labs, and academia, we will work with our allies and partners from asia to the middle east to europe, to broaden the shield, from japanese co-development of a new interceptor to our work with nato to counter shared missile threats. like us, our allies and partners have recognized the threat. with us, they have and will share the burden of answering it. in a time of great power
competition we will uphold our solemn duty, just as we've done in the past, we'll defend the homeland, our deployed forces and our allies and partners. we'll do ter potential adversaries and create the diplomatic space to solve complicated problems. i'll close with president kennedy's words from 1962. the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing. today's capabilities are dramatically different, but the logic remains the same. that's why president trump has made missile defense a top national security priority. directing this review in the first week of his administration, along with vice president pence, he has elevated this issue across our government, with our allies, but most of all in the eyes of the
american people. president trump and congress have given d.o.d. the necessary authorities, resources and support to meet these challenges. this department will not let him or the american people down. now it is my privilege to introduce vice president pence. [ applause ] [ applause ] >> thank you. acting secretary shanahan, secretary mark elseper, secretary wilson, distinguished members of congress, members of
the joint chiefs, the leadership of the armed forces of the united states and to all of you who wear the uniform of the united states of america, it is my honor to be with you here today at the pentagon. as our president unveils his vision for our renewed commitment to american missile defense. as commander in chief, president trump has no higher priority than the safety and security of the american people. it's, frankly, the greatest honor of my life to serve as vice president, to a president who cares so deeply about the men and women of our armed forces and their families. today, along with all of you, our hearts and our prayers are with the families of the fallen american heros who were lost in syria yesterday, as well as those service members who were wounded. we honor their service.
we will honor the memory of the fallen. their families and armed forces should know, their sacrifice will only steal our resolve, that as we begin to bring our troops home, we will do so in a way that ensures that the remnants of isis will never be able to re-establish their evil and murderous caliphate. [ applause ] it's in that same spirit of resolve that we gather here today, since day one of this administration, president trump has taken decisive action to make the strongest military in the history of the world stronger still. working with members of congress in both parties, we're rebuilding our military, restour restoring democracy, and last
year president trump signed the largest investment in our national defense since the days of ronald reagan, including the largest military pay raise in nearly a decade. [ applause ] at the president's direction, we released a national security strategy that puts america first, pursued the modernization of our nuclear ar sen fale and president trump has taken action to extend dominance on land, on sea, in air and cyber security and called for the establishment of the sixth branch of our armed forces to ensure dominance in space. in the last two years our president has made great progress to provide for the common defense and today, by unveiling our new strategy for missile defense, president trump will take another critical step to ensure the safety and security of the american people
and our very way of life. this president knows that the american people believe that america first begins with peace through strength. so now it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce your commander in chief, the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [ applause ] [ applause ]
[ applause ] >> that's really nice. thank you. you're only doing that because i gave you the greatest and biggest budget in our history and i've now done it two times. [ applause ] and i hate to tell the rest of the world, but i'm about to do it three times. [ applause ] that's the only reason you gave me such a nice welcome. thank you very much. thank you to vice president pence for that wonderful introduction. it's an honor to be at the pentagon with so many distinguished military leaders and i especially want to recognize our acting defense secretary patrick shanahan. he's been fantastic, wherever you may be, patrick. thank you. [ applause ] thank you.
we were talking just as i came on, i said pat, i have to go now. we're talking defense and also talking offense, can't forget offense either, can we? we have the finest weapons in the world and we're ordering the finest weapons in the world that you can be sure of. we're here to present the results of my administration's missile defense review. our goal is simple, to ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the united states anywhere, any time, any place. as we all know, the best way to keep america safe is to keep america strong and that's what we're doing, stronger than ever. joining us for today's presentation are great champions of missile defense in congress, senator dan sullivan, my friend, thank you, dan, very much. representative mike turner, thank you, mike, thank you very much.
also joining us from the department of defense our acting deputy secretary of defense david norquist, david, thank you. secretary mark esper, secretary heather wilson, thank you. undersecretaries of defense, michael griffin, ellen lord, and john rude. general paul silva, thank you. thank you, general. general mark milly, thank you, mark. thank you. thank you. congratulations. very importantly, congratulations. general joseph lengal and general james mcconville. thank you very much, everybody. thank you. before presenting the results of our missile defense review, i want to take a moment to express my deepest condolences to the families of the brave american
heros who laid down their lives yesterday in selfless service to our nation. these are great people. great, great people. we will never forget their noble and immortal sacrifice. this morning i also would like to briefly address another matter of critical national security, the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. without a strong border, america's defenseless, vulnerable and unprotected. i also want to thank the military for helping us out during the big caravan period, but now you have more caravans forming and they're on their way up. thousands and thousands of people. we don't know where they're from, who they are, nothing. we need strong borders. we need strong barriers and walls. nothing else is going to work.
everyone knows it. everybody is saying it now. just a question of time. this should have been done many years ago. it should have been done by other -- really by other presidents. it wasn't. just like many of the other things we're doing that could have been done many years ago, whether it's our negotiations with north korea, moving the embassy to jerusalem, so pane things were supposed to have been done many years ago and they weren't, but we're doing them. a wall has to be built. we need security at our southern border. drugs flow in, tremendous percentages of the drugs coming into our country come from the southern border. we're not going to allow it to happen. that is why our homeland security professionals have asked congress for a steel barrier between the ports of entry to fund more agents, beds,
medical supplies and technology, and to close the ridiculous and dangerous immigration loopholes that no country in the world has but us. the federal government remains shut down because congressional democrats refuse to approve border security. we're going to have border security. it's going to be tight, it's going to be strong. we're going to hlet people in or country gladly, but they will come in legally, that includes for the farmers who need help and for others, but we are going to have powerful, strong border security. while many democrats in the house and senate would like to make a deal, speaker pelosi will not let them negotiate. the party has been high jacked by the open borders fringe
within the party. the radical left becoming the radical democrats. hopefully democrat lawmakers will step forward to do what is right for our country and what's right for our country is border security at the strongest level. stop human highjacking. stop drugs. stop gangs. stop criminals. that's what we're going to do. that was my pledge and that's what we're going to do. we have gathered together to outline the steps that we must take to upgrade and modernize america's missile defense, so important.
rogue regimes are enhancing their missile arsenals all over, they're getting bigger and stronger, and we're getting bigger and stronger in every way. they're increasing their lethal strike capabilities and they're focused on developing long-range missiles that could reach targets within the united states. as president, my first duty is the defense of you are country. first duty. the defense of our country. defense has many different definitions and covers a lot of territory. i will accept nothing less for our nation than the most effective, cutting-edge, missile defense systems. we have the best anywhere in the world, it's not even close.
our new strategy calls for six major changes in missile defense policy. first, we will prioritize the defense of the american people above all else. our review calls for 20 new ground-based intercepters at fort greeley, alaska, and new radars and sensors to immediately detect foreign missiles launched against our great nation. we are committed to establishing a missile defense program that can shield every city in the united states and we will never negotiate away our right to do this. second, we will focus on developing new technology, not just investing more money into existing systems. the world is changing. we're going to change much
faster than the rest of the world. this past tuesday the iranian regime tested a space launch vehicle, which failed, that will provide iran with critical information if it didn't fail, that they could use to pursue intercontinental ballistic missile capability and a capability actually of reaching the united states. we're not going to have that happen. the united states cannot simply build more of the same or make only incremental improvements. what we've done to iran since i've become president is rather miraculous. i ended the horrible, weak iran nuclear deal, and i will tell you, iran is a much different
country today than it was two years ago. it's not the same and it won't be the same. i do believe they want to talk. it is not enough to merely keep pace with our adversaries. we must out pace them at every single turn. we must pursue the advanced technology and research to guarantee that the united states is always several steps ahead of those who would do us harm. third, we will protect the american people from all types of missile attacks. in the past the united states lacked a comprehensive strategy for missile defense that extended beyond ballistic missiles. under our plan that will change. the u.s. will now adjust its posture to also defend against any missile strikes, including
cruise and hypersonic missiles, and we are, by the way, very advanced also on hypersonic technology and missiles. we will always be at the forefront of everything. fourth, we will recognize that space is a new war fighting domain with the space force leading the way. my upcoming budget will invest in a space-based missile defense layer. it's new technology. it's ultimately going to be a very, very big part of our defense and obviously of our offense. the system will be monitored and we will ter my nate any missile launches from hostile powers or
ve even from powers that make a mistake. it won't happen, regardless of the missile type or geographic origins of the attack. we will ensure that enemy missiles find no sanctuary on earth or in the skies above. this is the direction that i'm heading. we have some very bad players out there, and we're a good player, but we can be far worse than anybody if need be. i've always known and i've watched and i've seen the stronger you are, the less you will need whatever that strength may be. fifth, we will remove bureaucratic obstacles to dramatically speed up the acquisition and deployment of
the new technology. sixth, we will insist on fair, burden sharing with our allies. i made it clear we are protecting many, many wealthy, wealthy, wealthy countries. one country they said has an unsustainable cash flow. in other words, they make so much money they don't know what to do with it. i said, send it our way. we're protecting you. send it our way. we protect all of these wealthy countries, which i'm very honored to do, but many of them are so wealthy they can easily pay us the cost of this protection. so you'll see big changes taking place and we've had great talks with countries, friendly talks. one of them said, mr. president, yes, we will work with you. but for 30 years nobody has ever asked. i said now we're asking.
took a long time. said now we're asking. and that allows us to spend much more money than these incredible budgets where it's just money going out and not coming back. wealthy, wealthy countries that we're protecting are all on notice and all cooperating very nicely. i would say they probably liked other presidents more than me, but that's okay. i don't blame them. i would too. there was a recent poll in europe, the original poll when i first ran i was one of the most popular people in the world. and now they said he's not popular in europe. i shouldn't be. because i'm asking them to step up. you have countries paying less than 1% in nato. last year i raised $44 billion more by saying, i'm sorry, you have to step up. the year before that, my first
year, i was just getting started. i raised $24 billion with one meeting. until that it was just going down, for 15 years, just going down. the numbers going into nato. this year we'll also have a good year. they're starting to step up. very unfair when germany pays 1% and we're paying 4.3% of a much larger gdp. we cannot be the fools for others. we cannot be. we don't want to be called that. i will tell you, for many years, behind your backs, that's what they were saying. there's a big difference. we're going to be with nato 100%, but as i told the countries, you have to step up. you have to pay. minimum numbers actually. the numbers should be much higher. they said a 2% goal. very few pay that. but they should be much higher
than that. if you look at our -- look at what we pay, it's massively higher than that. so we have very good relationships, but countries are now stepping up and they can well afford to. in furtherance of this goal our plan direct the department of defense to prioritize the sale of american missile defense and technology to our allies and to our partners. we want them to be able to defend. they're willing to pay for the finest missiles in the world. they've already done that. they're stepping up like nobody's ever seen before, actually. we will also leverage our, network of partnerships to share early warning and tracking information and detect missile launches as early as possible. today marks the beginning of a new era in our missile defense program.
for too long we have been held back by self-imposed limits while foreign competitors grow and they advance more than we have over the years. part of the reason is we spend so much money on so many other places. now that's changing. we're helping and we're able to spend money on technology an new defense and far beyond defense systems, so those days are history. our strategy is grounded in one overriding objective, to detect and destroy every type of missile attack against any american target, whether it be for or after launch. when it comes to defending america, we will not take any chances. we will only take action. there is no substitute for
american military might. when i took office, you know it better than anybody in the world, our military was very tired. it was very depleted. i won't even tell you the things that some of our great generals were telling me. and now it's being rebuilt at a rapid rate and very shortly will be more powerful than ever before. that's the way it has to be. as i said, the more powerful it is the less likely it is we'll ever have to use it but it will soon be more powerful than ever before. today, we reaffirm that a strong america remains the best way to prevent conflict, promote peace, preserve freedom, and protect our great people. together we unite behind a noble
mission to shield our country with the greatest missile defense systems anywhere on the face of the earth. i want to thank you again to the men and women of the american armed forces, special, special people and the citizens of our country know that and acknowledge that far more so than you would ever know. we have the greatest military at any time soon in the history of the world. i want to just finish by saying, i appreciate your service. you're incredible people. god bless you, and god bless america. thank you very much. thank you. [ applause ] thank you. [ applause ]
[ applause ] >> during his speech president trump said democrats are refusing to negotiate on the border wall and government shutdown. house speaker pelosi was asked about the shutdown during her weekly press briefing. this is 20 minutes. >> the bells, i call it, when the bells ring we have to be there and the members are there. that's a very important time for