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Remarks: Joe Biden Holds a Bilateral Meeting with Olaf Scholz of Germany - February 9, 2024

  • Joe Biden
    Person
  • Olaf Scholz
    Person
  • Note
    Person
Very Positive

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:04 (4 sec)
Well, welcome back, Olaf. Thank you very much for making the effort to be here. 1

Joe Biden

Positive
00:00:04-00:00:18 (14 sec)
And, you know, it was about two years ago you and I met here, and you said the United States and Germany have to act together and -- and do what's necessary together. And we've been doing that. We got to continue to do it. 2

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:00:18-00:00:43 (25 sec)
And, you know, Congress -- we have to pass a national security spending package now. Our House members are being somewhat reluctant -- and hopefully, it's more politics than real, but -- including funding for Ukraine and to help them continue to be able to defend themselves against the brutal aggression of Russia. 3

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:00:43-00:00:58 (15 sec)
But I want to thank you, Olaf, for your leadership from the very beginning. And you've done something no one thought could get done: You've doubled Germany's military aid to Ukraine this year. And it's really important. We got to step up and do our part now. 4

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:00:58-00:01:10 (12 sec)
Today, we'll also discuss the work to -- just that we're going to be doing together to strengthen NATO ahead of the 75th NATO Summit this summer here. So, you got to come back. 5

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:10-00:01:34 (23 sec)
And also, the latest developments in the Middle East, including hostage release -- we have negotiations going on; increase in lifesaving humanitarian assistance to ci- -- to civilians in Gaza -- in the Gaza Strip; and preserve the space for an enduring peace for a two-state solution down the road. I think it's possible. It's going to take a lot of work, but I think we can do it. 6

Joe Biden

Positive
00:01:34-00:01:38 (4 sec)
So, Olaf, thank you very, very much for being here. We got a lot to talk about. 7

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:38-00:01:40 (2 sec)
And the floor is yours, man. 8

Olaf Scholz

Very Positive
00:01:40-00:01:49 (9 sec)
Yeah, thank you for having me and for having the chance to continue our conv- -- conversations we have continuously all the time. 9

Olaf Scholz

Very Positive
00:01:49-00:02:28 (39 sec)
And, yes, Germany and the United States have to play a role to keep peace in the world. This is especially so looking at the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which is still ongoing. And when we saw this ridiculous interview Putin gave shortly, we understand that he is always telling a lot of lies about the history of this war, because it's so easy to understand why he's doing it. He wants to get the part of the territory of its neighbors. Just imperialist -- imperialism. And I think it is necessary that we do all our best to support Ukraine and to give them the chance to defend their country. 10

Olaf Scholz

Very Positive
00:02:28-00:02:41 (14 sec)
And so, I'm very happy that in Europe we made, now, decisions to give the necessary financial support to the budget, also that Germany was ready to increase its support with weapon delivery. 11

Olaf Scholz

Positive
00:02:41-00:02:43 (2 sec)
And hopefully, the -- 12

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:02:43-00:02:43 ( sec)
[Holds up crossed fingers] 13

Olaf Scholz

Very Positive
00:02:43-00:02:57 (14 sec)
-- Congress will -- the House will follow you and make a decision on giving the necessary support, because without the support of United States and without the support of the European states, Ukraine will have not a chance to defend its own country. 14

Olaf Scholz

Very Positive
00:02:57-00:03:14 (17 sec)
I really think that it's very good that we are working together looking at the situation in the Middle East and especially working on the two-state solution, which is necessary for a lasting peace. And I'm sure that the United States and Germany are aligned intensely. 15

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:03:14-00:03:17 (2 sec)
We are. We are. 16

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:03:17-00:03:34 (18 sec)
But I -- especially want to -- I'd like to add another point: The failure of the United States Congress, if it occurs, not to support Ukraine is close to criminal neglect. It is outrageous. 17

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:03:34-00:03:47 (12 sec)
Kissinger was right when he said: Not since Napoleon has Europe not looked over its shoulder and worried about Russia -- until now. 18

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:03:47-00:03:53 (6 sec)
You and I helped put NATO together in a way it hadn't been a long time. So much is at stake, so they better step up. 19

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:03:53-00:03:54 (1 sec)
Thank you all very much. 20

Note

Unknown
00:03:54-00:03:54 ( sec)
[Crosstalk] 21

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:54-00:03:56 (2 sec)
Thank you. Thank you. 22