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>> good afternoon, everyone. thank you. have a seat, please sit down. in case someone else walks in the room. thank you very much for taking the time to be here. i think we can all agree that this is been a historic nato summit. some of the folks who have been company for a while, but buu half ago when the first g-7 meeting took place in england, i talked about the need for us to reconsider the makeup of nato, how it functions, and come up with a different strategy strategy for nato and how we work together. and in addition to that we also talked about the g7 taking on
additional responsibilities. before the war started i told putin that if he invaded ukraine, made would not only get stronger but would get more united. and we would see democracies of the world stand up and oppose his aggression and defend the rule of base order. that's exactly what we are seeing today. this summit was about strengthening our alliance, meeting the challenges of our world as it is today, and the threats we are going to face in the future. the last time nato drafted a new mission statement was 12 years ago. at that time it characterized russia as a partner, and it didn't even mention china. the world has changed. changed a great deal since then, and nato is changing as well. at this summit we rallied our alliances to meet both the direct threats russia poses to europe and the systemic
challenges china for a rules-based world order. we invited to new new members to join nato. there was a historic act, finland and sweden, two countries with a a long tradition of neutrality, and choosing to join nato. some of the american press will remember when i got a phone call from the leader of finland think could he come and see me. and he came the next day and said, will you support my joining, my country joining nato? we got on the telephone and call the leader of switzerland, switzerland, my goodness, i'm getting really anxious year about expanding nato. of sweden. and what happened was we got on the phone and she asked if she could come the next day to want to talk about joining nato. allies across the board are stepping up. increasing defense spending, a majority of them are on track for the first time to exceed our
2% of gdp commitment that they make. they agreed to spend 2% of the gdp on defense. look, for example, germany, germany has committed to spending 2% going forward and announced a special fund towards military of more than $100 billion. slovakia, the czech republic and the netherlands have announced they will also meet their 2% commitments. poland, romania, estonia, latvia, let the when you are doing 2.5%, some s.i.s. 3%. together to deploy more assets and capabilities to bolster our alliances across all domains, land, air, sea, cyber, and space. we reaffirm that our article v commitment is sacred, and an attack on one is an attack on all, and we will defend every inch of nato territory.
every inch of nato territory. for our part the united states is doing exactly what i said we would do it putin invaded. enhance our force posture in europe, station more ships here in spain. we're stationing more air defense in italy and germany, more f-35s in the united kingdom, and to strengthen our eastern flank, new permanent headquarters for the army fifth corps in poland. ..
>> just brought together more than 50 countries, more than 50 countries pledging new commitments and this is a global effort to support ukraine. more and 600 tanks, nearly 500 artillery systems. more than 600,000 rounds of artillery ammunition as well as >> ship systems and air defense systems. again, the united states is leading the way. we provided ukrainene with neary $7 billion in security assistance since i took office. the next few days we intend to announce more than $800 million more with air defense systems for ukraine, more artillery and ambition, counter battery radar, additional ammunition for the high mars multiple launch rocket system we've already given ukraine and more highmars coming as well and
welcome the first time our partners to the indo-pacific to participate in the nato summit and i cautioned putin it would cause worldwide response. bringing together partners from the atlantic and pacific to focus on the challenges that matter to our future and to defend the rules-based order from the challenges, including from china. the g7 in germany, we also launched what started off to be the build back better notion, but it's more to extend to the partnership for global infrastructure and investment. to offer developing and middle income countries better options to meet their urgent infrastructure needs. because the united states and g7 countries put skin in the game it helps bring millions of dollars up to-- before it's over to possibly up to a trillion dollars of private sector money off the sidelines. $600 billion in just the next
few years. unlike china, these projects will be done transparently and with very high standards. for example, u.s. government just facilitated a new partnership between two american firms and the government of angola to invest $2 billion building a significant solar project in angola. it's a partnership to help angola meet its climate goals and creating new markets for american technologies and good jobs. excuse me. in angola. you heard me say before when i think climate, i think jobs. and the g7 also said, we've toshth together to work on chinese''s trade practices and mid with forced labor. we task our teams to work on the details on the price cap on russian oil to drive down putin's revenues without
hurting americans and others at the gas pump. we'll seek to use the funds from the tariffs on russian goods to help ukraine rebuild. we're committed, we've committed more than $4.5 billion, more than half of that from the united states to address food insecurity and the immediate crisis caused by the russian war. at every step this have trip, we set down a marker of unity, determination, and deep capabilities to the democratic nations of the world to do what need be done. putin thought he could break the transatlantic alliance. he tried to weaken us, he expected our resolve to fracture, but he's getting exactly what he did not want, he wanted the finlandization of nato. he got the n.a.t.o.-ization of finland. that's what he thought.
and now finland and sweden are closer than ever, we're more united than ever and with addition of finland and sweden we'll be -- we're going to increase the nato border 800 miles along the russian border. sweden is all in. the point is we're meeting the goals i set out when the first g7 meeting, we're moving to a place that reflects the realities of the 20 -- second quarter of the 21st century and we're on the verge of making significant progress. now i'll be happy to take your questions. and the first question, i'm told, is darlene superville from the associated press. >> mr. president, two questions, please. [laughter] >> of course.
>> america is back with your motto at the first nato summer summit last year and you're here after the supreme court overturned constitutional protections of abortions, after the shootings in buffalo and texas at a time of record inflation and new polling this week shows that 85% of the u.s. public thinks the country is going in the wrong direction. how do you e xp going in the wro direction, including some of the leaders you've been meeting with this week, who think that when you put all of this together, it amounts to an america that's going backwards? >> they do not think that. you haven't found one person, one world leader to say america is going backwards. america's better-positioned to lead the world than we ever have been. we have the strongest economy in the world, our inflation rates are lower than other nations in the world. the one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous
behavior of the supreme court of the united states, in overruling not only roe vs wade, but essentially challenging the right to privacy. we've been a leader in the world in terms of personal rights and privacy rights and it is a mistake, in my view for the supreme court to do what it did. but i have not seen anyone come up to me, do anything-- nor have you heard anyone say anything other than thank you for america's leadership. changed dynamic of nato and the g7. so, i can understand why the american people are frustrated because of what the supreme court did. i can understand why the american people are frustrated because of inflation. but inflation is higher in almost every other country, and prices at the pump are higher than almost any other country and we're better positioned to deal with this and we have a way to go and the supreme court, we have to change that decision by codifying roe vs
wade. >> there were some comments by your counterparts after the supreme court ruling. but leaders pledged to support ukraine, quote, for as long as it takes. i wonder if you would explain what that means to the american people for as long as it takes? does it mean indefinite support from the united states for ukraine or will there come a time when you have to say to president zelenskyy that the united states cannot support his country any longer? thank you. >> we're going to support ukraine as long as it takes. look at the impact that the war on ukraine's had on russia. they've had to renege on their debt for the first time in almost well over 100 years. they've lost 15 years of the gains they made in terms of their economy. they're in a situation where they're having trouble because of my imposition of dealing with what can be exported to russia, in terms of the
technology, they can't even, you know, they're going to have trouble maintaining oil production because they don't have the technology to do it. they need american technology, and they're also in a similar situation in terms of their weapons systems and some of their military systems. so they're paying a very, very heavy price for this. and just today, snake island is now taken over by the -- by the ukrainians. so, we're going to stick with ukraine and all of the allies are going to stick with ukraine for as long as it takes to make sure they're not defeated by ukraine -- excuse me, in ukraine by russia. and by the way, think of this, ukraine has already dealt a severe blow to russia. russia, in fact, has already lost its international standing. russia is in a position where the whole world is looking and
saying, wait a minute, all of this effort to try to take the whole country, you tried to take kyiv, you lost. you've tried to take the donbas and all of it, you haven't done that yet. the generic point is that we're supplying them with the capacity and the overwhelming courage they've demonstrated that, in fact, they can continue to resist the russian aggression. and so, i don't know what -- how it's going to end, but it will not end with a russian defeat of ukraine in ukraine. i'm supposed to go down the list here. jim, new york times. >> mr. president, thank you. this week you and the g7 allies planned for an oil price cap for russian exports, which is not yet filled out and obviously, it's a response to the high price of gasoline in
the united states and around the world. are you confident that that cap would bring down prices for american drivers and how long is it fair to expect american drivers to continue to pay a premium because of this war? >> the second part of the question was would it bring down the price? >> will it bring down prices and the war has pushed prices up. they could go as high as $200 a barrel, some analysts think. how long is it fair to expect american drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war? >> as long as it takes so russia cannot, in fact, defeat ukraine and move beyond ukraine. this is a critical, critical position for the world. here we are, why do we have nato? i told putin that, in fact, if he were to move we would move to strengthen nato. we would move to strengthen nato across the board. look. let me explain the price.
i suggested a while ago that what we should consider to go is putting a cap on the amount of money that we would pay for the -- the world would pay for russian oil. and that we would not -- we would not provide the west provides insurance, would not insure russian ships carrying oil. we would not provide insurance for them so they would have great difficulty getting customers. the point is that we've said to them. here is the deal. we're going to allow you to have a profit on what you make, but not the exorbitant prices that you're charging for the oil now. that we've delegated a commission, a group of our -- our national security people, to sit down and work out that mechanism. we think it can be done. we think it can be done and it would drive down the price of
oil and drive down the price of gasoline as well. in addition, in addition at home, i've also called for changes. we've-- i've released a million barrels of oil per day from our oil reserves, and in addition to getting other nations to move forward, a total of 240 million barrels of oil to release from the strategic petroleum reserve. number one. number two, i've asked congress would they, in fact, go and end the temporarily end the tax on gasoline at the pump? and thirdly, to ask the states to do the same thing. if we do these things, it's estimated we can bring down tomorrow if they-- congress agreed and the states agreed, we could bring down the price of oil about $1 a gallon at the pump in that range. and so, we could have immediate relief and in terms of a reduction of the -- the
elimination of -- temporary elimination of the gas tax. so, i think there's a lot of things that we can do and we will do, but the bottom line, ultimately, the reason why gas prices are up is because of russia. russia, russia, russia. the reason why the food crisis exists is because of russia. russia not allowing grain to get out of ukraine. so, that's the way in which i think we should move and i think it would have a positive impact on the price at the pump as well. >> jordan fabian, bloomberg. >> thank you, mr. president. thank you, mr. president. i also have two questions for you. [laughter] >> of course. >> thanks. the first one is on turkey. what assurances, if any, did you make to president erdogan
about his request for new f-16 jets for his military? >> what i said, was i said back in december as you'll recall, we should sell them the f-16 jets and modernize those jets as well. it's not in our interest not to do that and i indicated to them-- i have not changed my position at all since december. and there was no quid pro quo with that. there's just that we should sell -- what i need congressional approval to be able to do that and i think we can get that. >> and my second question is on your trip to saudi arabia, which is coming up next month. as we've just discussed americans are paying almost $5 a gallon nationally on average for gas, so, do you expect to ask the crowned prince or the king to increase oil production and if so, how will you balance that with your desire to hold them accountable for their human rights abuses? >> well, first of all, that's
not the purpose of the trip. the purpose of the trip, my -- first of all, i'm starting off on that trip in israel and the israelis are -- believe it's really important that i make the trip and in addition to that what we're trying to do is it's the gulf states plus three and so, i'm sure in saudi arabia, but it's not about saudi arabia. it's in saudi arabia. and so, there's no commitment that is being made or -- i'm not even sure, i guess, i will see the king and the crowned prince, but that's not the meeting i'm going to. they'll be part of a much larger meeting and what we're talking about and dealing with that trip is that before i go
i'm, as i said, going to israel to meet with israeli leaders for the unbreakable bond that israel and united states have. and part of the reason, israel's deep integration into the reason, i think i'm going to be able to do, which is good for peace and good for israeli security and that's why israeli leaders have come out strongly for my going to saudi, but the overall piece is we're also going to try to reduce the deaths and the war that's occurring in yemen. there's a whole range of things that go well beyond anything having to do with saudi in particular. >> if you were to see the crowned prince or the king, would you ask them to increase oil production? >> no, i'm not going to ask -- all the gulf states are meeting. i've indicated to them that i thought they should be
increasing oil production generically, not to the saudis particularly, and i think we're going to -- i hope we see them in their own interest, concluding that makes sense to do. they have real concerns about what's going on in iran and other places in terms of their security as well, all of them. karina, wall street journal. >> # thank you, mr. president, and also going to ask two questions, one on the summit and one domestic question. >> on summit, you said there would be another round of security assistance for ukraine. after hearing president zelenskyy's assessment that the war needs to end before the winter, are you changing your calculation in terms of the pace of the assistance and what kind of assistance you're sending to ukraine?
>> no, the war could end tomorrow, by the way, if russia stops its irrational behavior. when the war will end, i hope sooner than later, but to end they have to be in a position where the ukrainians have all that they can reasonably expect, we can reasonably expect to get to them in order to provide for their physical security and their defenses. so one does not relate to the other. they need -- we're going to be providing another, i guess i'll announce it shortly, another $800 billion -- $800 million in aid for additional weaponry including, you know, weapons -- including air defense system as well as offensive weapons. i have a whole list, i'll be happy to give to you, but that's the next tranche that's going to occur.
>> and on the domestic question, sir. what further specific executive actions are you considering in response to the roe ruling and would you declare a public health emergency as several democrats are calling on you to do? >> i'll be happy to go in detail with you on that on -- i'm having a meeting with a group of governors when i get home on friday and i'll have announcements to make then, but the first and foremost thing we should do is make it clear how outrageous this decision was and how much it impacts not just on a woman's right to choose, which is a critical, critical piece, but on privacy generally. on privacy generally. and so i'm going to be talking to the governors as to what actions they think i should be taking as well and, but the most important thing, to be clear about it, we have to change -- i believe we have to codify roe vs wade in the law and the way to make that is
congress vets to do that and if the filibuster gets in the way, then we provide an exception to this, require an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the supreme court decision. hang on, got one more here. >> kelly o'donnell, nbc. >> thank you, mr. president. well, you just made some news saying you would support changing the filibuster rules to codify abortion rights broadly across the country. >> right to privacy, not just abortion rights, but, yes, abortion rights. >> can you describe for us, sir, many americans are grappling with this. what is your sense today about the integrity and the impartiality of the supreme court? should americans have confidence in the court as an institution? and your views on abortion have evolved in your public life. are you the best messenger to carry this forward when democrats, many of them, many
progressives, want you to do? >> yeah, i am, i'm the president of the united states of america, that makes me the best messenger, and i really think that it's a serious, serious problem that the court has thrust upon the united states, not just in terms of the right to choose, but in terms of the right to who you can marry, the right-- a whole range of issues relating to privacy and i have written way back a number of law review articles about the 9th amendment and the 14th amendment and why privacy is considered as part of a constitutional guarantee. and they've just wiped it all out and so i'm the only president they've got and i feel extremely strongly that
i'm going to do everything in my power i legally can do in terms of executive order, as well as push the congress and the public. the bottom line here is, if you care -- the point that is correct and you think the decision by the court was an outrage or a significant mistake, vote, show up and vote. vote in the off year and vote, vote, vote. that's how we'll change it. all right, guys. i'm-- >> mr. president-- >> there's no such thing as a quick one. i'm out of here, thank you all very much. [inaudible conversations] >> loe
court here on the last day of the term, several decisions headed down today, including the epa's ability to reduce carbon output at existing power plants. the vote is 6-3. today was the last day of stephen breyer's term. he retires after 27 years on the high court today. earlier this hour, he was among those witnessing judge ketanji brown jackson's swearing in ceremony. here is what that looked like. e court. we are here today to administer the oath of office to judge ketanji brown jackson to become
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