President Trump Remarks to Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS CSPAN February 7, 2019 2:15am-2:33am EST
>> mixed, president trump talks about the global coalition to defeat isis at a meeting of foreign ministers in washington. the president was introduced by secretary of state mike pompeo. this is 15 minutes. please welcome secretary of state, michael r. pompeo. good afternoon, everyone. it is great to see you again.
you have heard from me plenty today already so it is someone else's turn to get a chance to speak with you. a very important person. the commander-in-chief and i have a strong working relationship when it comes to combating terrorism. about the president potter approached isis is he doesn't downplay the threat. he is not comparing the threat from his longest terrorists to than violence. hether thing i like is doesn't waste time and he won't waste years today, either. he has said he was alarmed and appalled at how dominant isis was two years ago. rolled upd us and he his sleeves and got to work changing that map, dismantling the so-called caliphate, shrinking its influence and liberating people from their savagery and slavery.
our allies in the global coalition and global partners have changed to the map over years and isis is seeing red. president trump said in the state of being union that the territorial caliphate is virtually defeated. he has also made clear that we are ready to come back in full force if isis reorganizes under emerges. you'll get to hear more from him now. without further ado, join me in welcoming the president of the united states, president donald trump. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much, mike, and you are doing a spectacular job.
it is an honor to be here at the state department among so many andinguished diplomats others representing the nations of the global coalition to defeat isis. countries and4 five international united in the fight against this file terrorist -- vile terrorist organization. i want to thank acting defense secretary patrick shanahan. patrick, stand up. you have been doing a fantastic job. we appreciate it. ambassador james jeffrey. thank you, thank you. membersof our coalition for their enduring commitment to defeating isis in the middle east and around the world. 2017, only two years
-- had a hadi vast vast amount of territory in syria and iraq. when i became president, i said i want to see what they have, and i look and it was a mess. it was a lot. when i took office, one of my very first acts was to go to the to produced ask them and show me a plan to defeat isis. under the new approach we developed, we empowered our commanders in the field, enabled our partners on the ground, and directly confronted isis's wicked ideology, and we are doing that today except in even greater numbers. as a result, as i noted in my state of the union address the united states
military, our coalition partners, and the syrian democratic forces have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by isis in syria and iraq. it should be formally announced sometime next week probably that we will have 100% of the caliphate. but i want to wait for the official word. i don't want to say it too early. over the past two years, we have retaken more than 20,000 square miles of land. ,e have secured one battlefield and we have had victory after victory after victory and mosul and raqqa. isisve liberated over 60 leaders. if you look at the isis leaders
of the 60 top, we have eliminated almost everyone of them. they have reformed, we know that, but they are having a hard time reforming and i wouldn't say it is a great job to have because of us. not exactly. hopefully, it will not be a sought-after occupation. more than 100 other top isis officials have been eliminated and tens of thousands of isis .ighters are gone they are gone. together, we have freed more than 5 million civilians from the grip of these bloodthirsty killers, and you know the killers they are. you see it. we used to see it to an extent we couldn't believe, where our people and our friends and our people in many cases,
whose parents i had gotten to know, had to wear the orange uniform prior to you know what. we don't want to see those scenes anymore. thanks to the global coalition, including all of you here today, and to our other partners, the isis caliphate has been decimated. nobody thought it was possible to do it this quickly. iraq weeks ago, i was in and i was talking to some of our great generals. i gave them the absolute go ahead. i said go at it. how long will it take? once you get started? you said sir, one week. where does that come from, one week? and he meant it. it is about a week since they really got going and they'll be informing us very soon officially that it is 100%.
isis can no longer claim widespread ownership over local governments in syria and iraq. you are always going to have people. they'll be around. they are sick. but you areented, going to have them no matter how well we do militarily. you can't do better than we have done militarily, but you will have people that will be around. search them out, and you'll search them out, and will find them, and hopefully they won't be around very long. they can no longer extract natural resources because they no longer control the land or the area. they can no longer tax the citizens in that area because they no longer have that area, or steal ancient artifacts or destroy ancient artifacts, as they have been doing.
back.e really been set we are working very hard on the internet. for a period of time, they used the internet better than we did. they used the internet brilliantly, but now it is not so brilliant and now, the people on the internet that used to look up to them and say how wonderful and brilliant they are are not thinking of them as being so brilliant because they have been decimated. they can no longer control schools to impose their vicious ideology on young children. isis also lacks a significant territorial base from which to launch terrorist attacks against other countries. recruit foreign fighters, and spread havoc across the region. their land is gone. it is a big factor. their land is gone.
tos afternoon, i want applaud the outstanding men and women of the united dates military. credible people. for their remarkable skill and position through -- precision from this -- through this entire campaign. as members of our coalition step up their commitments and we continue to destroy the remnants -- that's all they have -- but remnants can be very dangerous. we have to remember that. a remnant can be very dangerous, but we have remnants of isis. we look forward to giving our brave warriors in syria a warm welcome back home. rest assured, we will do what it every ounce and every last person within the isis madness, and defend our people from radical islamic
terrorism. i commend the 30 other nations who are already contributing andps to this vital effort, it is a different effort that we had initially, but totally vital. , thecent months, germany united arab emirates, and saudi arabia have all made financial commitments. the struggle against terrorism is a shared fight. we do it together. we don't do it together, it can never be the same. everyone must do their part and contribute their fair share. we must also recognize that immigration security is national security, and that foreign fighters must not gain access into our nations. we've been extremely tough on
people that we think can be in or even beking with a part of radical islamic terror. been very, very tough on that and i hope every other nation is too. i just want to thank everybody in this room. this is a special group of williant people and we continue to work with you because unfortunately, this is not going to be something that, as brilliant as our military is bigking out the big, sections. they still have tiny sections. i just want to thank everybody, having the partnership, because it is a partnership with you. it has been an honor. our military has been incredible and your militaries have been honor toe, so it's an
work with you. we will be working with you for many years to come. i say that unfortunately, but that is the way it goes. we will work together for many years to come. it'll get smaller and smaller and smaller, and someday maybe we won't even have to think about this problem that is so prevalent today. .hank you all very much it is a great honor to be here. take you very much. thank you. [applause] -- thank you very much. thank you. [applause] >> c-span's "washington journal," live with news and policy issues that impact you.
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