tv President Trump Tells NATO Allies to Spend More on Defense CSPAN May 27, 2017 1:56pm-2:16pm EDT
>> another stop for the president included brussels for the unveiling of a memorial at the nato headquarters. in his remarks, the president called on nato members to meet their financial obligations and lead a moment of silence for victims of the recent concert bombings in manchester. angela merkel and jan stoltenberg also spoke at the event. this is about 20 minutes.
the dedication of two memorials. our gathering today is an opportunity to talk our shared futures and remember our shared post. the berlin wall was built to divide europe and keep people in and ideas out. of this division, nato allies stood united in defense of freedom and human decency. 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. those who enter this building will pass this
memorial. they will understand that reason will never be -- will never be defeated. chancellor merkel, you were in berlin the night the wall came down. we want to welcome you to the new nato headquarters. chancellor merkel: your majesty, secretary-general, dear colleagues, nato's new headquarters will be the future point of reference for nato, a modern building is a reference to the future. desker, if we are to find
for the future, it is good to remind ourselves of what we have achieved in the past and what we can build on. this fragment of the berlin wall durings the history that the cold war had left its mark on nato for many decades. this wall also symbolizes something that has been a determinant factor of my life for many years because i lived on the eastern side of the wall. that is the division of berlin, and expression of the fact that, if we stand firm, as did nato, if we can rely on our friends across europe, then we can bring down a wall and make it something to be remembered. our alliance is united in the
importance tohe cooperate and insist on freedom and we also are united in the trust that it is not isolationism and the building of walls that makes a successful month but open societies that share the same values. with the end of the east-west conflict, a new era began. a new era bringing new challenges and new dangers. as we continue to be in alliance , germanysaid values will never forget the contribution nato made toward making our country reunited. this is why we will continue to make our contribution toward security and solidarity as members of this alliance. [applause]
strength iseatest the enduring bond between north america and europe. we saw the strength of that bond after the 9/11 attacks against united states. attackst trump, those struck at the heart of your own home town in new york. invokedfirst time, nato our collective defense post article five. one for all and all for one. hundreds of thousands of europeans and canadians served shoulder to shoulder with u.s.
troops in afghanistan for over a decade. againp ensure it never becomes a safe haven for international terrorists. it is our solidarity that keeps our nation safe. 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 north america. the 9/11 in article five memorial will be a reminder of our vital bond. today, we will commit to do more in our common struggle against terrorism. mr. president, it is a great honor to have you here. president trump: thank you.
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 of the nations here today grieve with you 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. [no audio]
[no audio] president trump: thank you. terrible thing. this ceremony is a day for both remembrance and resolve. we remember and mourn those nearly 3000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on september 11th, 2001. our nato allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the article 5 collective defense commitments. the recent attack on manchester in the united kingdom demonstrates the depths 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 attack upon our civilization. all people who cherish life must unite in finding, exposing, and removing these killers and extremists -- and, yes, losers. they are losers. 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 king salman, 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 that leads to this horrible terrorism all over the globe. my travels and meetings have given me renewed hope that nations of many faiths can 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 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 on nato's eastern and southern borders. these grave security concerns are the same reason that i have been very, very direct with secretary stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying that nato members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations. 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what
they're 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 just 2% of their gdp on defense last year, we would 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 these growing threats, even 2%
of gdp is insufficient to close the 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 confronting 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. 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 refuse to do that. but, it is beautiful. each one marks a pivotal 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 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 courage of our people, the strength of our resolve, and the commitments that bind us together as one. we will never forget the lives that were lost. we will never forsake 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. [applause] [no audio]