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Remarks: Joe Biden Holds a Bilat with Petr Fiala of the Czech Republic - April 15, 2024

  • Petr Fiala
    Person
  • Joe Biden
    Person
  • Question
    Person
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Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:05 (6 sec)
Well, Mr. Prime Minister, welcome. Welcome, welcome, welcome. 1

Joe Biden

Positive
00:00:05-00:00:25 (20 sec)
I was reminiscing with the Prime Minister very briefly as you walked in the door. Twenty-five years ago, almost to the day, I was standing on the Senate floor arguing for the admission of Czechoslovakia, at the time -- the Czech Republic -- into NATO. Twenty-five years. I was a pretty smart guy. 2

Petr Fiala

Unknown
00:00:25-00:00:25 ( sec)
[Laughs] 3

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:25-00:00:35 (11 sec)
The best decision we made. You've been a great, great ally. And we've only grown closer and stronger as nations, both the United States and the Czech Republic. 4

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:35-00:00:50 (14 sec)
Together, we're deepening defense cooperation to ensure the security of our people, as well as including the modernization of your military force with the purchase of F-35 aircraft and helos. It's just amazing what you're doing. 5

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:50-00:01:03 (13 sec)
And together, we're going to bolster our energy security and expand our clean power. We're going to get to talk about that in some detail in a little bit. 6

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:03-00:01:21 (18 sec)
And together, we're standing -- and I can't tell you how much we appreciate your outspokenness and the support of the people of Czechoslova- -- the Czech Republic with defending the people of Ukraine, as defined by what you've done. You continue to just speak out. 7

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:21-00:01:33 (11 sec)
I want to thank you for helping -- Mr. Prime Minister, for helping secure nearly 1 million rounds of ammunition for Ukraine. And I'm committed to -- we're committed to doing our part. 8

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:33-00:01:50 (17 sec)
The Congress has to pass the continued funding -- [coughs] -- excuse me -- which has significant from the United States and pass our bipartisan national security bill. They have to do it now -- now. There's overwhelming support in the House and Senate if they'll -- the Speaker will just let a vote take place. 9

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:50-00:02:07 (17 sec)
And, you know, because as the Czech Republic remembers: Russia won't stop in Ukraine. Russia will not stop in Ukraine. The impact on NATO would be significant. And Putin is going to keep going, putting Europe, the United States, and the entire world at risk if we don't stop them in Ukraine. 10

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:07-00:02:13 (6 sec)
And so, Mr. Prime Minister, thank you, again, for being here today. I look forward to our discussion. I'm really delighted you're here -- really delighted you're here. 11

Petr Fiala

Somewhat Positive
00:02:13-00:02:17 (4 sec)
Thank you. 12

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:02:17-00:02:18 (2 sec)
The floor is yours. 13

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:02:18-00:02:25 (7 sec)
Mr. President, thank you very much for your invitation and warm welcome. It's nice to be here. 14

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:02:25-00:02:49 (24 sec)
The relations between our countries are now very strong. And they have also a long tradition. The United States -- States had a main role in founding of independent Czechoslovakia. Our first president, Masaryk, had an American wife. And the Czech community in the U.S. is largest we have abroad. 15

Petr Fiala

Unknown
00:02:49-00:02:52 (3 sec)
Here, I can mention Madeline Albright -- 16

Joe Biden

Positive
00:02:52-00:02:52 (1 sec)
Yes. 17

Petr Fiala

Somewhat Positive
00:02:52-00:03:00 (8 sec)
-- is an excellent example. She was the U.S. Secretary of State but also a Czech native from Prague. 18

Petr Fiala

Unknown
00:03:00-00:03:02 (1 sec)
We are part -- 19

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:03:02-00:03:04 (3 sec)
And let me know it all the time. 20

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:03:04-00:03:06 (2 sec)
Yes, yes, yes. 21

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:03:06-00:03:23 (17 sec)
We are partners in NATO. And we work together in defense and business. And most importantly -- it's most important that we share the same values: human rights, freedom, democracy. 22

Petr Fiala

Very Negative
00:03:23-00:03:41 (18 sec)
And we need to deal with challenges like Russian aggression in Ukraine, terrorism, difficult situation in the Middle East. And in such a situation, deep security cooperation between democratic countries is a must. 23

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:03:41-00:03:57 (16 sec)
Mr. President, I appreciate your leadership in support of Ukraine. We are also doing our best to help Ukraine and to stop Putin's aggression. 24

Petr Fiala

Neutral
00:03:57-00:04:11 (15 sec)
In 1968, I was a little boy. In 1968, I saw Russian tanks in the streets of my town. And I don't want to see this again. 25

Petr Fiala

Positive
00:04:11-00:04:31 (20 sec)
So, we must continue to support Ukraine as long as possible. That is the reason why we started Czech Ammunition Initiative. It will provide Ukraine with hundreds of thousands of artillery shells very soon. It will happen in next few weeks and months. 26

Petr Fiala

Unknown
00:04:31-00:04:43 (11 sec)
And Czechia is also country with most Ukrainian refugees per capita in Europe -- maybe in the world. 27

Petr Fiala

Leans Negative
00:04:43-00:04:58 (15 sec)
The international situation is very difficult globally, and our cooperation is very important for stability in Central and Eastern Europe. 28

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:04:58-00:05:26 (28 sec)
And you mentioned: I am glad that my government made some important decisions in defense and security. We agreed on the Defense Cooperation Agreement, and we decided to get F-35 fighter jets for Czech -- Czech army. This is very important. It will make our cooperation and security much stronger. 29

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:05:26-00:05:50 (24 sec)
Also, business relations are developing very well. Our trade exchange is bigger every year. And we have now some Czech companies investing millions of dollars in the U.S. and employing thousands of -- thousands of Americans. I'm very proud of that. 30

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:05:50-00:05:50 ( sec)
So are we. 31

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:05:50-00:06:02 (12 sec)
Mr. President, I -- I believe my visit will make our nation stronger and will bring more benefits for our countries. 32

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:06:02-00:06:11 (8 sec)
I look forward to our meeting, and I will be happy to discuss these things in detail. 33

Petr Fiala

Very Positive
00:06:11-00:06:15 (5 sec)
Thank you, once again, Mr. President, for your invitation and kind, welcoming words. 34

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:15-00:06:16 (1 sec)
You're a great ally. Thank you. 35

Petr Fiala

Somewhat Positive
00:06:16-00:06:16 ( sec)
Thank you. 36

Note

Unknown
00:06:16-00:06:16 ( sec)
[Crosstalk] 37

Question

Unknown
00:06:16-00:06:20 (4 sec)
President Biden, are you watching any of the Trump trial? 38

Question

Unknown
00:06:20-00:06:21 ( sec)
[The President shakes his head no] 39