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Press Conference: Joe Biden and William Ruto of Kenya Hold a Joint Press Event - May 23, 2024

  • Joe Biden
    Person
  • William Ruto
    Person
  • Question
    Person
  • Karine Jean-Pierre
    Person
  • Note
    Person
Very Positive

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:05 (6 sec)
Good afternoon, everyone. Please have a seat. 1

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:05-00:00:24 (19 sec)
Mr. President, six decades ago, when Kenya declared its independence, President Lyndon Baines Johnson wrote a letter from our nation to yours. And he said, "May the responsibilities of freedom wake the best that is in you." 2

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:24-00:00:43 (19 sec)
Today, we mark 60 years of partnership between our democracies, and we're fulfilling that wish together, and we're continuing. I truly believe it has brought out the best in both of us. Not only in Kenya and America but around the world, it's had positive impact. 3

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:00:43-00:00:48 (5 sec)
But through our partnership, we are continuing to meet our responsibilities in four key areas. 4

Joe Biden

Positive
00:00:48-00:00:59 (11 sec)
First, I'm proud to announce we're working with Congress to designate Kenya a major non-NATO ally. That's a fulfillment of years of collaboration. 5

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:00:59-00:01:18 (19 sec)
Our joint counterterrorism operations have degraded ISIS and al-Shabaab across East Africa. Our mutual support for Ukraine has rallied the world to stand behind the U.N. Charter. And our work together in Haiti is helping pave the way to reduce instability and insecurity. 6

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:18-00:01:24 (6 sec)
And I want to thank you, Mr. President, for Kenya's leadership of the Multinational Security Support Mission in Haiti. 7

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:24-00:01:37 (13 sec)
Our new partner- -- global partnership is going to build on all this progress. We're going to make -- meet new challenges and with more resources. And it's going to strengthen the security of our countries and our -- countries around the world. 8

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:37-00:02:02 (25 sec)
Second, we're deepening our economic cooperation. Both President Ruto and I have focused on growing economies -- our growing economies and growing them from the bottom up and the middle out and the bottom up. And when that happens, everybody does well, not the top down. Because when the middle class does well, the poor have a ladder up and the wealthy still do very well. That's true in Kenya, that's true in America, and that's true around the world. 9

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:02:02-00:02:14 (13 sec)
Right now, many compani- -- many countries, debt stands in the way of growth. Too many nations are forced to make a choice between development and debt, between investing in their people and paying back their creditors. 10

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:14-00:02:36 (21 sec)
So, today, we're launching what we're calling the Nairobi-Washington Vision. This -- this initiative is going to bring together international financial institutions and nations from all around the world to mobilize more resources for countries saddled with debt; to open more opportunities to the private-sector financing; and to promote transparent, sustainable, and affordable lending practices. 11

Joe Biden

Positive
00:02:36-00:02:40 (4 sec)
These are big goals. It's going to take time to see lasting progress. 12

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:40-00:02:53 (13 sec)
But we're providing $250 million -- the United States is -- to the World Back in a crisis-response window. In the coming weeks, the United States is going to make an additional $21 billion available to the International Monetary Fund. 13

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:53-00:03:07 (14 sec)
And today, I'm proud to announce there'll be $250 billion in new lending capacity from multilateral development banks like the World Bank to help low-income nations invest in their development and tackle growing challenges. 14

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:07-00:03:11 (4 sec)
This is supported by the United States and many other countries as well. 15

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:11-00:03:35 (24 sec)
Next, we're launching a new era of techno- -- technological cooperation between the United States and Kenya. That means new partnerships -- new partnerships with industry, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, and cybersecurity companies; new initiatives to expand affordable Internet all across East Africa; new education programs that are going to bring Kenyan students to the United States to study in the STEM fields. 16

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:35-00:03:46 (11 sec)
And I'm proud to announce that I am working with Congress to make Kenya the first country in Africa to receive funding through the CHIPS and Science Act, which has served us well. 17

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:46-00:04:05 (19 sec)
This funding would link their supply chains to the United States and to our partners and spur innovation that extends from Silicon Valley in California to Silicon Savannah in Kenya -- which, by the way, is already a $1 billion tech hub -- already a billion-dollar tech hub. 18

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:05-00:04:13 (8 sec)
Finally, we are ensuring democracy delivers for our people. That includes Kenya's diaspora community here in the United States. 19

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:13-00:04:28 (15 sec)
Two years ago, our nation's first Black vice president, President Kamala Harris, launched the nation's first presidential Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement. Today, we're building on her work to strengthen longstanding bonds between our people. 20

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:28-00:04:41 (13 sec)
I also want to thank you, Mr. President, for taking action to implement the long-awaited Public Benefits Organization Act, which provides historic protections for civil society and NGOs all across Kenya. 21

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:41-00:05:00 (19 sec)
Like you, I believe the future is going to be won by countries that unleash the full potential -- the full potential of their populations, including civil society, women, and young people. And I look forward to working together to implement this act and jumpstarting anti-corruption reforms to promote democratic values that bind our nations together. 22

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:00-00:05:16 (16 sec)
Now, let me close with this. Taken together, these are responsibilities Kenya and America must meet in the years ahead -- meet them together, as partners -- for security, for prosperity, for innovation, and, most importantly, for democracy. 23

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:16-00:05:35 (19 sec)
But I know these responsibilities will wake the best in us. And I know we'll bring -- not only bring our nations together, but I want to thank you for -- again, Mr. President, for being here and knowing we have even bigger dreams for the cooperation of our countries. 24

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:05:35-00:05:36 (1 sec)
The floor is yours, sir. 25

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:05:36-00:06:00 (25 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. And I want to -- in a very, very sincere way -- thank you, Mr. President, for inviting me to make this state visit to the United States on behalf of the people and government of Kenya. I also take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude for the warm welcome we have received on arrival and the excellent hospitality of the American people. 26

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:06:00-00:06:16 (16 sec)
My visit provides us, Mr. President, with the opportunity to celebrate 60 years of bilateral relations rooted on shared values of freedom, democracy, rule of law, equality, and inclusivity. 27

William Ruto

Slightly Positive
00:06:16-00:06:45 (29 sec)
My visit takes place at a time when democracy is perceived to be retreating worldwide. The accelerating drift towards regimes indifferent to democratic values is a big concern to us, and I believe it is time the U.S., working with Kenya, deploys its capabilities and rally likeminded democratic countries to set up the cause for democracy. 28

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:06:45-00:07:13 (28 sec)
During our discussions, we agreed on the significant opportunity for the U.S. to radically recalibrate its strategy and strengthen its support for Africa, as discussed at the U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit, by enhancing its investment in the institutions of African integration and increasing support for peace and security. 29

William Ruto

Very Negative
00:07:13-00:07:58 (44 sec)
As we take this historic step of elevating our partnership to be more effective in addro- -- in addressing global challenges, it is important for us to appreciate that many countries in Africa, including Kenya, are struggling with an overwhelming convergence of multiple shocks, including extreme climate events, debt distress, and the destru- -- disruptive uple- -- upheavals in Europe and the Middle East, whose cumulative impact is to divert national resources from investment in people and economic growth into managing climate-in- -- -induced crisis and servicing sovereign debt. 30

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:07:58-00:08:36 (38 sec)
For this reason, I have underscored the imperative for our partnership to facilitate recovery from this multiple crisis and particularly for the United States of America to take a leading role in a comprehensive debt resolution framework by doubling contribution to the concessionary financing window of the World Bank and also to work with the IMF on rechanneling SDRs to institutions like the Africa Development Bank to further leverage on private-sector funding to support countries. 31

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:08:36-00:08:47 (11 sec)
Unless this is done and done immediately, the values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law are in great jeopardy. 32

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:08:47-00:09:19 (32 sec)
On regional peace and security in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region, I express optimism that Kenya and the U.S. will innovatively design appropriate defense and security frameworks to help Kenya, as the anchor state, and the region in general to deal with the peace and security challenges that are undermining human well-being, slowing down development, and also having a negative impact on democracy. 33

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:09:19-00:09:28 (9 sec)
We affirmed our mutual commitment to the stabilization of Haiti through the Multinational Security Support Mission. 34

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:09:28-00:10:01 (33 sec)
The Kenya-U.N. Climate and Clean Energy Industrial Partnership we have just committed to is an encouraging milestone on our collective journey and builds on the paradigm shift we have inaugurated at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi last year. Accordingly, Africa's resource potential is a huge opportunity to deploy U.S. technology and investment to catalyze unprecedented growth through green industrialization. 35

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:10:01-00:10:14 (13 sec)
We've also agreed to hasten the renewal of the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act to sustain the rising momentum of our investments and exports in the manufacturing space. 36

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:10:14-00:10:27 (13 sec)
Similarly, we agreed to undertake sustainable green growth by facilitating conclusion of our Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership, alongside the renewal of AGOA. 37

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:10:27-00:10:48 (21 sec)
During our discussions, I witnessed firsthand President Biden's and the U.S. government's determination to make our partnership work and resolve to spread and deepen the roots of freedom, democracy, security, and prosperity throughout the world. 38

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:10:48-00:11:10 (23 sec)
As my visit comes to a close, I am confident that our engagements have laid a solid foundation for us to continue the work -- the good work we have begun with stronger faith and greater hope for success, because, in Joe Biden, Kenya and Africa have a strong and committed friend. 39

William Ruto

Somewhat Positive
00:11:10-00:11:12 (2 sec)
I thank you. 40

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:11:12-00:11:24 (12 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. And you do have a friend. And, you know, the African continent is going to have a billion people not too soon. The idea we're going to ignore it makes no sense at all. 41

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:11:24-00:11:32 (7 sec)
First question: Michael Wilner, McClatchy. 42

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:11:32-00:11:35 (3 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. Two questions, if I may. 43

Question

Unknown
00:11:35-00:11:35 ( sec)
on -- 44

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:11:35-00:11:36 (1 sec)
No, one. [Laughter] 45

Question

Very Positive
00:11:36-00:11:59 (24 sec)
I'm going -- I'm going to do my level best. On -- on Haiti and on Israel. Your administration went on a worldwide search for security forces -- Beninese forces, Bangladeshi, Canadian, Chilean -- any but American forces -- to stand up this Multinational Security Support Mission for Haiti before Kenya stood up to lead. 46

Question

Very Positive
00:11:59-00:12:16 (17 sec)
Can you explain why it is that you believe, on the one hand, that this mission is so critical and, on the other, why it is that you have categorically ruled out contributing U.S. forces to this effort? Is it your goal to beat back Haiti's gangs or to contain them? 47

Question

Positive
00:12:16-00:12:19 (3 sec)
And on Israel. Does the United States -- 48

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:12:19-00:12:20 (1 sec)
One question. I'll answer your question. 49

Question

Slightly Positive
00:12:20-00:12:21 (1 sec)
Okay. [Inaudible] -- 50

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:12:21-00:12:42 (21 sec)
Your question -- your question with regard to Haiti is: We concluded that for the United States to deploy forces in the hemisphere just raises all kinds of questions that can be easily misrepresented about what we're trying to do and be able to be used by those who disagree with us and against our -- against the interests of Haiti and the United States. 51

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:12:42-00:13:07 (25 sec)
So, we set out to find a -- a partner or partners who would lead that effort that we would participate in, not with American forces but with supplies and making sure they have what they needed. And so, you know, I'm very grateful for President Ruto's leadership here. A multinational effort, but Kenya's willingness to really lead this matter matters. You're not the only country, but you're leading this effort. 52

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:13:07-00:13:24 (17 sec)
And there's going to be U.S. forces not on the ground, but we're going to supply logistics, intelligence, and equipment. Matter of fact, some equipment has already arrived. And Kenya is stepping up with police, and other countries plan to do as well. The United States is going to support the collective effort here. 53

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:13:24-00:13:41 (17 sec)
And, of course, Kenya won't be going in alone. We're working with Congress to provide $300 million to MSS Mission and an additional $60 million for equipment assistance. And we have also -- we have received and are continuing to bring major contributions from other partners in as well. 54

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:13:41-00:13:57 (15 sec)
President Ruto and I agree that the Haitian people deserve better. They deserve peace and security. And -- and I thank him for taking on this responsibility. But we have his back, and we're there all the way. 55

Question

Unknown
00:13:57-00:14:02 (5 sec)
I do have a question for you, President Ruto. 56

Question

Slightly Negative
00:14:02-00:14:32 (31 sec)
But before I do, I do very briefly have a question on whether the United States has any evidence at all that would substantiate the ICC prosecutor's specific allegations against Israeli leaders that they are using starvation as a tactic of war in Gaza -- or exculpatory evidence, for that matter -- and wo- -- if you would commit to releasing that information before any potential issuance of ICC arrest warrants. 57

Question

Leans Negative
00:14:32-00:15:02 (30 sec)
And, President Ruto, the mission that Kenya is about to lead in Haiti is obviously a support mission. That is well-known. But the fact is that Haiti's national police have been internationally funded and trained for some time and, nevertheless, have obviously failed to beat back these gangs. 58

Question

Negative
00:15:02-00:15:20 (18 sec)
Will Kenyan forces, in partnership with the MSS, be out front in the fight against these gangs? Or will they be a static force behind the HNP? And are you concerned about casualties among the Kenyan forces? 59

William Ruto

Somewhat Positive
00:15:20-00:15:21 (1 sec)
Thank you very much. 60

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:15:21-00:15:43 (21 sec)
Kenya believes that the responsibility of peace and security anywhere in the world, including in Haiti, is the collective responsibility of all nations and all peoples who believe in freedom, self-determination, democracy, and justice. 61

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:15:43-00:16:03 (20 sec)
And it is the reason why Kenya took up this responsibility, because we have been participating in peacemaking. And we have been participating in peacekeeping over the last 40 years in 47 countries, including very difficult neighborhoods, like what we are going to face in Haiti. 62

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:16:03-00:16:22 (19 sec)
We are going to take up that responsibility alongside the Haiti police. And we have clear modus operandi how we are going to relate with the -- the situation on the ground that has been agreed under the United Nations' framework. 63

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:16:22-00:16:36 (14 sec)
So, we are looking forward to this deployment because we believe that the women and children in Haiti deserve peace, like all other women and children and people around the world. 64

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:16:36-00:17:06 (29 sec)
Look, we made my position known on ICC. You guys never keep the deal, but that's okay. That -- you know, we've made our position clear on the ICC. We don't think the -- we don't recognize their jurisdiction -- the ICC -- the way it's being exercised. And -- and it's that simple. We don't think there's an equivalence between what Israel did and what Hamas did. 65

Joe Biden

Positive
00:17:06-00:17:11 (5 sec)
Okay, next. I -- do I ask the next question as well? 66

William Ruto

Unknown
00:17:11-00:17:18 (7 sec)
Let me ask Ayub Abdikadir from Kenya for the next question. [Inaudible] 67

Question

Very Positive
00:17:18-00:17:23 (6 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you. One question, and this is on Haiti. [Laughter] 68

Question

Slightly Positive
00:17:23-00:17:41 (18 sec)
President Biden, Kenya is rather li- -- doing the heavy lifting in turbulent regions: Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Washington, as you have mentioned, has committed millions of dollars for the cost in Haiti. 69

Question

Very Negative
00:17:41-00:17:55 (14 sec)
Isn't it ironic that while America is ending its forever wars in Afghanistan -- the latest in 2021, under your leadership, when you withdrew troops from Kabul -- and that you're committing Kenya to another foreign wars 12,000 kilometers away from Nairobi? 70

Question

Very Negative
00:17:55-00:18:04 (9 sec)
I mean, why the discrepancy? Why the dichotomy -- while you're ending your forever wars, overseas wars, yet you are committing Kenya to Haiti? Can you explain that? 71

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:18:04-00:18:06 (2 sec)
Very easily. 72

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:18:06-00:18:21 (15 sec)
There's a reason why Afghanistan has been known as the "graveyard of empires." The likelihood of anybody uniting Afghanistan is highly, highly, highly unlikely. Number one. 73

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:18:21-00:18:29 (8 sec)
Number two, there are ways to control ISIS other than occupying Afghanistan. It was an unnecessary need. 74

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:18:29-00:18:48 (20 sec)
Now, with regard to Haiti, Haiti is in an area of the Caribbean that is very volatile. There's a lot going on in this hemisphere. And we're in a situation where we want to do all we can without us looking like America, once again, is stepping over and deciding "this is what must be done." 75

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:18:48-00:18:53 (5 sec)
Haitians are looking for help, as well as the folks in the Caribbean are looking for help. 76

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:18:53-00:19:07 (14 sec)
And so, we -- we checked out with a number of other countries. The one who stepped up was Haiti [Kenya]. We've committed to provide them where -- with all the intelligence and equipment and the like to Haiti. And so, it's a logical thing. 77

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:19:07-00:19:16 (9 sec)
And you have a first-rate c- -- capability, and you keep your word. That's an important dynamic. 78

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:19:16-00:19:34 (18 sec)
I agree with President Biden that Kenya's participation in Haiti is not so much about what happened in the past. It's about what we believe in: the peace and security of humanity. 79

William Ruto

Slightly Positive
00:19:34-00:19:53 (19 sec)
And we don't find that the U.S. is committing Kenya, because the U.S. cannot commit Kenya. I am the President of Kenya. It's me to make that decision. And it's the people of Kenya to commit their own troops, using their own structures. 80

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:19:53-00:20:20 (27 sec)
We've gone through the processes in Kenya. Parliament has approved. We have a clear mandate. We have a clear framework. And it is us, the people of Kenya, who made this decision in the interest of serving peace and stability as a responsible global citizen and understanding that insecurity, instability anywhere is insecurity and instability everywhere. 81

Joe Biden

Positive
00:20:20-00:20:41 (21 sec)
And, by the way, you asked about -- you implied that we weren't doing anything anywhere else. Well, we -- we're kind of occupied around the world. But we're also engaging in Congo, in a neighborhood -- and, you know, we're going to continue to help alleviate human suffering there. 82

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:20:41-00:20:56 (15 sec)
The Uni- -- the United States is the largest humanitarian donor, providing $375 million in humanitarian funding just this year going to support for more than 6 million displaced people from the DRC. So, we are engaged in more than one place. 83

Question

Very Positive
00:20:56-00:21:28 (33 sec)
Follow-up to my president, Dr. Ruto. You said that Kenya is committed. And in your Carter speech in Atlanta, you said it's based on humanitarianism, helping Haiti out. But can you explain the geopolitical goal 12,000 kilometers away from Nairobi when schools in the counties of Baringo, West Pokot, and Turkana have not yet opened because of the banditry problem, yet you are committing our national police force to Haiti? And where is the priority, this being one of your major manifesto pillars, talking about security? 84

Question

Slightly Negative
00:21:28-00:21:50 (22 sec)
And to the extent that even the Defense Cabinet Secretary talked about the deployment of, if need be, the Kenyan military or the special personnel to make sure that schools are reopened -- children go to school in areas that are bandit-prone in Kenya. Why are you committing to Haiti when we have a problem back home? Isn't it an irony that you are putting [out] the fire in the faraway neighbor's home when your -- when our own home is on fire? 85

William Ruto

Somewhat Positive
00:21:50-00:22:25 (34 sec)
Thank you very much. I made a commitment to the people of Kenya to sort out insecurity in the North Rift. I have followed that with action. As we talk, there are 3,000 military officers in the North Rift, 2,000 police officers in the North Rift. We have renovated the first 15 schools and completed -- we have reopened 20 schools already that were closed in the North Rift. 86

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:22:25-00:22:55 (30 sec)
And that exercise is ongoing. We have made tremendous progress in making sure that we create security at home. But that does not take away our responsibility. Even as we were deploying troops and policemen in our own country in North Rift to sort out the banditry problem, we still deployed 1,000 troop -- 1,000 troop -- troops to DRC Congo because that is our neighborhood. 87

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:22:55-00:23:18 (23 sec)
We have 5,000 troops in Somalia because, equally, that is our responsibility. And Haiti should not be an exception. That's why deploying 1,000 security men to Haiti speaks to the same belief and commitment to peace and security. 88

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:23:18-00:23:22 (4 sec)
The next question is from April Ryan. 89

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:23:22-00:23:30 (8 sec)
Mr. Presidents -- President Biden, President Ruto -- thank you. 90

Question

Unknown
00:23:30-00:23:49 (19 sec)
First of all, when you talk about Haiti, President Ruto, you said, "Haiti is a collective responsibility for all nations." And for you, Mr. President -- President Biden, President Ruto -- do you believe that these nations can break the back of this militia that has gripped the nation there? 91

Question

Very Positive
00:23:49-00:24:13 (24 sec)
And also, when it comes to Congo -- thank you, Mr. President, for bringing up what the United States is doing for the Congo, especially as that flag was behind you at Morehouse. Mr. President, could you tell me what the African Union is doing, as well as Kenya is doing, when it comes to the humanitarian crisis in the Congo? Thank you. 92

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:24:13-00:24:15 (2 sec)
What was my question? [Laughter] 93

Question

Unknown
00:24:15-00:24:18 (3 sec)
Sir, your question was Haiti. Can -- 94

Joe Biden

Positive
00:24:18-00:24:19 (1 sec)
Yes. 95

Question

Very Positive
00:24:19-00:24:29 (10 sec)
-- the United States and Kenya or the nations collectively break the backs of this coordinated militia that has the grips of the nation -- that nation? Thank you. 96

Joe Biden

Positive
00:24:29-00:24:30 (1 sec)
Yes. 97

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:24:30-00:24:35 (5 sec)
Tell me how please. [Laughter] 98

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:24:35-00:24:54 (20 sec)
The very way we're doing it. We're not talking a th- -- a thousand-person army that's made up of trained pers- -- this is a crisis that's able to be dealt with. And we think we can -- dealt with this way with a multinational approach with Haiti leading the way and us providing intelligence as well as equipment. 99

William Ruto

Very Negative
00:24:54-00:25:12 (18 sec)
Gangs and criminals do not have nationalities. They have no religion. They have no language. Their language is one. 100

William Ruto

Very Negative
00:25:12-00:25:51 (39 sec)
To deal with them firmly, decisively, within the parameters of the law -- and that's why we're building a coalition of nations beyond Kenya and the U.S., many who are making contribution towards the MSS force in Haiti, to secure that country and to break the back of the gangs and the criminals that have visited untold suffering in that country. 101

William Ruto

Unknown
00:25:51-00:26:15 (24 sec)
On DRC, the AU, the East African Community, and Kenya has seized [inaudible] I've just told you that Kenya had a thousand troops in Haiti. We now have another 800 -- not in Haiti, but in DRC. We now have another 800 troops from SADC. 102

William Ruto

Slightly Positive
00:26:15-00:26:56 (41 sec)
We are going to be having a meeting of the East African Community. I did send my minister of -- my foreign minister to Kinshasa. They had a conversation. And shortly, we will be looking at how to begin the dialogue process under the Nairobi Process, because we believe there is no military solution to what is going on in DRC. But instead, dialogue should be able to give us the necessary momentum and outcomes that would solve the matters in -- in Eastern DRC. 103

William Ruto

Very Negative
00:26:56-00:27:12 (16 sec)
So, both the AU, the East African Community, and Kenya as a country are seized of that matter. We know that the humanitarian crisis in Eastern DRC has displaced close to 7 million people. 104

William Ruto

Very Positive
00:27:12-00:27:39 (26 sec)
And I want to thank the United States of America for stepping in with humanitarian support for that region, because it is a collaboration of different countries in different ways to deal with that situation. The rest of us are committing troops. We are committing our -- deploying our infrastructure to facilitate the resolution of the matters in DRC. 105

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:27:39-00:27:40 (1 sec)
Is that it? 106

Question

Unknown
00:27:40-00:27:46 (6 sec)
Mr. President? 107

William Ruto

Slightly Positive
00:27:46-00:27:53 (7 sec)
Let me ask Nancy Agutu from Kenya. She is here? Okay, Nancy. 108

Question

Slightly Positive
00:27:53-00:28:13 (19 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. Africa is asking America to lead the way and double its contribution to the World Bank's International Development Assistance to help developing countries access more financing to alleviate debt distress and to tackle climate change. What is your commitment of this? Thank you. 109

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:28:13-00:28:17 (4 sec)
Would you -- I'm sorry. I didn't catch all your question. 110

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:28:17-00:28:27 (10 sec)
Sorry. I'm saying Africa is asking America to lead the way and double its contribution to the World Bank's International Development Assistance to help developing countries -- 111

Joe Biden

Positive
00:28:27-00:28:28 (2 sec)
Yes. 112

Question

Very Negative
00:28:28-00:28:36 (8 sec)
-- to access financing to alleviate debt distress and to tackle climate change. What is your commitment on this? 113

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:28:36-00:28:38 (2 sec)
We made a major commitment to this. 114

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:28:38-00:28:51 (13 sec)
Number one, as I said, the United States has long championed international financial institutions that provide low-cost concessional resources to the poorest developing countries, including from the IMF. 115

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:28:51-00:29:10 (19 sec)
To that end, my administration helped design and establish the IMF's new initiative that provides low-cost funding to -- for countries that are taking steps to enhance their resilience. Important partners in Africa have the capital they -- ensure they have their capital they need to invest in their futures. 116

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:29:10-00:29:26 (17 sec)
We heard them, and we stand with them. Now, that's why we've worked with Congress to enable the United States to make available in the coming weeks up to $21 billion in new lending resources to the IMF trust fund that provides concessional lending to the poorest countries. 117

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:29:26-00:29:33 (7 sec)
It's a little like a -- you know, having to go -- when you're in debt, having to go and find someone to help you out. That's what this is about. 118

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:29:33-00:29:40 (6 sec)
We believe supporting your friends and in this partnership is happy to -- we were happy to do our part. 119

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:29:40-00:29:59 (19 sec)
And, look, we've also doubled our commitment to the IDA. And I'm proud the United States is the biggest donor of the IDA in this cycle and proud to be working with -- alongside Kenya to support robust financing and policy package that are going to help the most vulnerable countries address their investment needs. 120

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:29:59-00:30:07 (8 sec)
There's debt and there's growth, and you can't -- you got to deal with the debt before you deal with the growth. And so, what we're -- we're trying to re- -- use international lending organizations to be able to provide that capability so people can grow. That's what it's about. 121

Note

Unknown
00:30:07-00:30:07 ( sec)
[Crosstalk] 122

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:30:07-00:30:08 ( sec)
Whoa! [Laughter] 123

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:30:08-00:30:12 (4 sec)
This -- this concludes the press conference. Thanks, everybody. 124

Note

Unknown
00:30:12-00:30:12 ( sec)
[Crosstalk] 125

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:30:12-00:30:22 (10 sec)
Thank you, everybody. This concludes the press conference. Thank you. Thanks, everybody. 126

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:30:22-00:30:27 (4 sec)
Thank you, all. Thanks. 127