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i mean, he had, i guess, traversed the globe or circumnavigated the globe millions plus miles. now it muss be a very different feeling. >> reporter: no question. arriving on air force one. air force two isn't bad but air force one is the symbol of power that's recognizable worldwide. for the first time president biden arriving with that and carrying advisers with him. he's been everywhere on this planet. all right, everybody. welcome. you are looking at president biden there on the world stage for his first trip as president. he is at royal air force, mendenhall in the uk, and he's
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about to address troops very shortly. we'll bring that to you live when it happens. the president and first lady have just arrived moments ago. again, this is his first international trip since taking office. >> the next eight days will be packed with meetings with u.s. allies. many of them eager to move past the turmoil of the last administration. and cooperate on some of the most pressing problems. of course, we know the global vaccination efforts, climate change, cyber security, terrorism. he'll also meet with russian president vladimir putin. we'll have a team of reporters and analysts to put this trip into perspective. bringing back jeff zeleny in the uk, and cnn's clarissa ward is in london. and cnn's chief political analyst gloria borger and also with us aaron david miller. so, jeff, before touching down, the president made the news and you broke it here of vaccines, a half billion doses around the
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world. talk more about -- the timing is obvious, but we know this is something many countries were calling for the u.s. to do. >> indeed. this is something the world has been waiting for. president biden is going to make that really his opening gambit tomorrow here at the group of seven summit when he sits down and says, the united states will purchase 500 million doses of covid-19 vaccination from pfizer and give them to a covax, the international agency that really distributes vaccinations across the globe. niece are going to be targeted at lower income countries that are in desperate need of these vaccines. for all the talk back in the united states how a state, local and federal governments are trying to encourage people through lotteries and other gimmicks, if you will, to take the vaccine, it is it desperately needed around the world, so the white house has been criticized for that. so, president biden is going to open his, you know, time on the world stage over the next week
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by saying, look, the u.s. is going to buy these doses. so, that will certainly earn some goodwill. there are many other challenges on this topic and many others awaiting him. >> let's talk about those challenges, aaron david miller. great to have you. we in the last hour talked about all of his domestic agenda items that seem to be stalled. does that weaken him on the world stage? >> up, it's one of the paradoxes of the presidency, when domestic agendas seem to sputter. the president can always fall back on the fact that unlike congress, the supreme court that goes in and out of session, he's the 24/7 energizer bunny, certainly when it comes to foreign policy. in this sense i think there's a lot of low-hanging fruit to be picked. i come back to your central point. i do not believe there's a single foreign policy issue out there that is more damaging or dangerous. not only to joe biden's
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presidency, but to the future of this republic, than the three or four interlocked crises we face at home. you know, governing is about choosing. the two most interesting meetings joe biden is go to have with adversaries. erdogan of turkey and putin of russia. that is the key. i think he will emerge from this trip looking better, looking stronger. again, though, the question is, when he returns, he's going to return to those tr transformational, legislative issues that we could, if in fact, he can find a way to get them through, mark him as a transformational president at home. >> gloria, this is -- i'm looking at these pictures here from a few moments ago as the first couple is greeting americans on the ground in the uk. there's something to be said for the return to face-to-face meetings. it's been almost two years since there's been an in-person g-7, since these leaders have been in
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a room together, and there is a variable that cannot be duplicated through zoom meetings. >> right. especially for a politician like joe biden because that's the way he has spent his life. he is somebody who prefers face-to-face meetings. he often picks up the phone and calls people, but you'll see, as we've been reporting, he keeps inviting people down to the white house all the time because he wants to meet with them face-to-face. you know, he's a creature of the senate. that's what they did. they met face-to-face. i think that's what he likes to do. so, i think you're absolutely right. i think that will add something to these sessions because people off the record, leaders off the record, will be able to speak with each other freely and seriously and not on some kind of a zoom call where other people are watching or listening. and those meetings, if you want to call them meetings, that
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chatter, i guess i would call it, is very important, is very important for world leaders, when they get to need to know each other and where they are coming from. some of the leaders, for example, talk to him about what was happening the last four years? will some of these leaders talk to him about the electoral challenges that he faces in states like arizona or how -- you know, we really don't know, but you can't have those conversations unless you have them privately face-to-face. >> will they, clarissa? i mean, will they bring up those things with president biden? what's first on their agenda? what do european leaders and erdogan and putin, want to get out of this? >> i think they want to get out a really strong sense of commitment that the u.s. is back and not just back for four years, but back for good. that international alliances mean something. europe has been in a state of shock, frankly, after four years
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of president trump who was vocally pro-brexit, who was denigrating nato, who called the g-7 outdated, who appeared to court autocrats, who didn't really take any interest in taking a robust stance in concert with his traditional european and western allies. so, europe very much wants to take away from this, and not just europe, i should add japan also attending as well as australia, india, south korea, all of these countries want to feel again the u.s. is taking a central leadership role here. they see this as being a really pivotal e ten shall moment for the west and liberal democracies. according to one study, for the first time since 2001, there are month autocracies in the world. they are on a rise. this is a pivotal moment for democracies to come together and release more than just sound bites. this is what's so important.
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there has to be substantive delivery of results as a result of this trip, of this meeting. we have to see real action. whether it's in the form of tackling coronavirus, climate change, a lot of really tricky, thorny issues that require a huge amount of will from many different countries to come together in an era where people are really calling into question the very reality and realisticness of international cooperation. >> aaron, we watched over the last five years in certain areas where the u.s. stepped off the stage, other countries, namely china, stepped on. when the u.s. backed away from the transpacific partnership, china led its own major asian trading bloc. how much of the leadership space is irretrievable? if biden comes back, that space is now not available for the u.s. to take over again. >> that's a critically important question. i'm a great believer in american
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power, leadership and diplomacy but we have to wake up and smell the proverbial coffee. covid was the most world-altering event since the end of the second world war. it's intensified competition between great powers, reinforced nationalism instead of multilateralism. we're dealing with a changed world. in fact, great powers, china, middle sized powers, putin in putin's mind, china, and smaller powers like iran, for example, are determined to oppose, if they can, the notion of american leadership. i think much can be done, but i think if biden wants to put america back at the head of the table, the first order of business, and i think jake sullivan, tony blinken and the president understand this, the table has been unalterably changed, and we need to be extremely careful about the rhetoric we use and also our own
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internal contradictions and flaws when it comes to the promotion of good governance and democracy. >> gloria, what are the deliverables from this trip? what are the bench marks of success we should be looking for a week from now? >> you know, i really can't say at this point attorney say that, as president of the united states, joe biden has to show that america is part of a world community that respects the united states. and believes in the united states. and i think one of the things you're going to hear from joe biden, and this kind of goes back to his domestic policy is, that democracies cannot survive. he believes democracies cannot survive unless the government can deliver for the people. that's what he is talking about. when he talks about his rescue plan and his jobs plan and his families plan, et cetera, et cetera. democracies have to deliver
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because autocracies very often do deliver, right? and so you have to prove when you're in this race between democracies and autocracies, that democracy can serve the people well. that is the message, i've been told by a senior adviser, that he is going to deliver. and i think that is the message he is going to take to this group, as well as to vladimir putin, who will no doubt go on about -- this goes on, corruption goes on in your country, kre, it goes on in mine, and biden will say, no, we are a democracy. and i think that's how all of these leaders are going to distinguish themselves and joan together. they've all spoken about it publicly. and i think this is a moment to sort of reassure the members that, yes, america is a democracy that will survive and thrive. >> jeff, as we are waiting to hear from the president there at
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men de mendenhall. what's the assessment inside the white house -- i mean, we've heard the criticism outside, of what the -- some of the remarks, some of the responses to questions, especially about visiting the border from vice president kamala harris? >> look, we've seen vice president kamala harris being assigned some very difficult tasks. and the flow of migrants from central america certainly is part of that. look, there are people inside the white house who think she did not perform as well or conduct herself as well as perhaps she should have with the simple questions of, are you going to visit the border? this is something the white house has been grappling with. everyone in the white house, not just her, over the last several months. is immigration a crisis? the white house is really, you know, declined to use that word. same as visiting the border. they do not belief that -- they
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wanted it to overtake the agenda. because of all that, because of all the reluctance to do that, we saw vice president harris, she was flippant at one point, she was like, i've not visited europe as well, i've not visited the border, and then she said she would. inside the white house, there is very much -- it's a two-person shop. this is not one unit, necessarily. the west wing has been really planning and preparing for president biden's trip here and a separate group have been working on vice president harris' trip to guatemala and mexico city. there are been harsh assessments of her performance on the world stage. but vice presidents grow in office, presidents grow in office. certainly, this is something that she will try to do. people on the biden side of the white house want her to do. i'm not sure it's the disaster that some groups and outside forces are saying that it was.
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we have, you know, some short memories here of things, but certainly this is one of the interesting, ongoing story lines. the marriage between any vice president and president comes with some stumbles and rips and this is a bit of a rocky one. back to president biden for just one second, if i could add to what gloria and clarissa were saying. his entire agenda is framed about the competitiveness of america in the world, so he believes -- you know, he is a tough road on his legislative agenda at home. no doubt. he's coming here when many of his priorities are in peril. he believes, and he says repeatedly, that for america to be more competitive with the rest of the world, they must spend more on infrastructure and improve a really delipidated structures of the economy. look for a blending of both of those messages here as he spends the next week abroad. >> okay. stick with us, if you would.
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>> yes. any moment we are expecting to hear from president biden. he'll speak to u.s. air force personnel stationed there in had the uk. this is the beginning of his first foreign trip since taking office. we'll bring you his remarks live. also, the attorney general testifying right now in the senate. he is just publicly explained for the first time why his justice department plans to continue representing donald trump in a defamation lawsuit. that's next. this is the sound of change. it's the sound of low cash mode from pnc bank giving you the options and extra time needed to help you avoid an overdraft fee. low cash mode on virtual wallet from pnc bank. one way we're making a difference.
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live pictures from capitol hill where attorney general merrick garland is answering questions right now before the senate appropriations subcommittee. >> he's on capitol hill to discuss the justice department's budget request. he was also asked to defend the department's decision to continue representing former president trump in the defamation lawsuit filed against him by columnist. evan perez joins us now. so, what was the explanation? we'll try to get back to evan perez. let's go to manu raju, also on capitol hill. we just learned a bit ago about some progress potentially on the policing reforms. that's cnn's reporting that there is some movement behind the scenes. are they close to a deal?
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>> yeah, it sounds like it. from multiple sources i've spoken with who are directly familiar with the private negotiations. they are moving close to a deal. there's actually some hope that something could be announced as early as next week. they had said june as an ultimate deadline to get a deal and they had been struggling for weeks to try to come up with a way to resolve some key sticking points. namely on the issue of qualified immunity. now that currently gives law enforcement -- police officers, law enforcement, it gives them protections against civil lawsuits. now, democrats had sought to do away with those protections all together but there's a compromise in the works that would allow cities and police departments, those who employ the officers to be subject to the lawsuit. now, would elhave to see the details about how exactly they structure that. but that's exactly -- that's a signal of where they're going. even with those changes, it is still facing some skepticism among republicans who say that they want to defend this. and -- defend the standard all together. some democrats who say they want to look at this closer.
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>> manu raju for us on capitol hill. thank you. >> let's go back to look at the live pictures from capitol hill. again, this is attorney general merrick garland, answering questions before the senate appropriations committee. this is interesting because this is about the carroll, a columnist, accused donald trump before he was president of rape in late '95 or early '96, and then president trump responded by saying he had never met her. she then produced photographic evidence saying he had met her and he said she wasn't his type. bill barr had said the justice department would defend president trump and now they're asking if merrick garland is going to continue that defense. >> let's go to evan perez.
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evan, what did the attorney general say to justify this decision to stay as the defendant in this lawsuit? >> reporter: well, you're right. this is one of those very controversial decisions the department has announced recently. they've made these court filings. and according to garland, he and the officials now leading the department are trying to essentially go back to normal. they're trying to restore the department to the functions that it did before the sort of politicized years of the trump era. he's explaining in some of his testimony this afternoon that his rule is simply, we're going to take it straight down the middle. doesn't matter if it's a republican or if it's a democrat. we're going to try to stick to the law. here he is explaining their decision-making on this. >> the essence of the rule of law is what i said when i accepted the nomination for attorney general. it is that like cases be treated
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alike, that there not be one rule for democrats and not another for republicans, that there not be one rule for friends and another for foes. now, it is not always easy to apply that rule. sometimes it means that we have to make a decision about the law that we would never have made and that we strongly disagree with as a matter of policy. >> and there are a number of other decisions recently that the department has made and putting the white house certainly in an uncomfortable position. what you're hearing from garland is, this is the way he's going to be doing it because he believes the credibility of the department is at stake. he also was asked a question, real quick, about vaccinations at the federal prisons. according to him, 95% of prisoners have accepted the opportunity to be vaccinated. however, there's the problem of hesitancy among prison staff. here's what he's talking about
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here. >> with respect to the bureau of prison staff, 100% have been offered vaccines. 51% are fully vaccinated and another 661 have received -- in addition to that, have received their first vaccine dose. so, we're in the right direction here. there is the same problem as there is in the community at large. some resistance to this which, frankly, i do not understand. i rushed out to get my vaccine as soon as it was available. but right now, we have enough vaccines for everybody who is willing to take it. >> and as he said, you know, this is a problem, obviously, we're having across society, not just in the bureau of prisons workforce and they're trying to figure out how to persuade those people to take those vaccines. victor, alisyn? >> evan perez, thank you for all the reporting. up next, the cdc is producing data that shows most states have administered less than half of the doses of the
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okay. you are looking at live pictures there at royal air force mildenhall in england. president biden on his very first international trip. he landed probably, i don't know, i can't remember anymore,
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45 minutes ago and he's going to be speaking momentarily. obviously, the stakes are very high for this international trip. i mean, not only is he meeting with erdogan and putin on this trip, he's trying to shore up alliances that have frayed. and all of this is set against the domestic back drop of his agenda, some of which is stalling. let's bring in our foreign policy panel and domestic panel. we have jeff zeleny, who is along with the president on this trip. gloria borger, and chief international correspondent clarissa ward and global affairs analyst, aaron david miller. jeff, what's his number one -- what's number one on his to-do list? >> the number one thing on his to-do list is to prove and say again face-to-face that america is back. we've heard president biden say that from afa are. he's really woven it into almost every major speech he's given since taking office. don't forget, this is something he ran for president on.
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to change the way the u.s. is viewed by the world, as it was viewed by the world in the trump era. he ran on restoring those alliances so now it's his opportunity to do that. also talking about democracy, the importance of democracy. and he'll talk about the challenges of that as well. but this is also a chance for him to address the troops. any time the commander in chief comes on foreign soil and addresses the troops, it is, indeed, a singular moment. and, again, for all the times that joe biden has spent overseas, around the world, talking to troops, never has he done it as commander in chief as he'll do it here in a few moments. >> gloria, the rule of thumb is, if your domestic agenda sputers, it's time to head overseas, but is this the right time for president biden to be overseas, considering all that's in the air for his domestic legislative agenda? >> look, there's no right time,
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wrong time. i think they would have hoped their agenda didn't look so stalled as it is right now, but there are things called telephones. as you and i know, he's in touch all the time with people. what he is trying to do abroad is really tie it into his domestic agenda. he's trying to say that democracies can work. that is why autocracies should fail. and he has to show that his democracy can work. yes, he's having problems with it. but he needs to restore that alliance with these democracies to say, look, because we're democrat sis, we have trouble sometimes getting things to work as quickly as we would like or in the direction we would like. but in the end, the struggle is worth it in a democracy. that, i think, is the message he is taking abroad. it is the message he is going to take to vladimir putin and to say to him, up, we are not like
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you, we are very different from you. and to erdogan as well, i would think. and as we were talking about before, these are not unknown figures to him. they all know how he feels about them because he's either had a personal relationship or talked about them publicly, as he has about putin. and i think what this white house wants to do is to say, okay, even though they have no meetings in helsinki, to say, you know, take a look at joe biden. yes, he's got problems at home, no doubt about it. but take a look at joe biden. take a look at what happened in helsinki three years ago. with vladimir putin, there's going to be a big difference. >> as we await the president to come out and speak to the military. aaron david miller, i get the impression you feel this is not great timing for this trip, based upon your tweet of yesterday. you say a weakened president, courtesy of members of his own party and the republicans, with little prospects for serious movement on the big issues, besides there's not a single
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foreign policy issue out there that's potentially damaging -- more damaging to biden's presidency or this republic than the four or five crises we face at home. should he not be there right now? >> no, i -- that tweet drew a lot of very negative reaction. i think some degree, as many tweets, it was misinterpreted. i'm not blaming joe biden. the reality, as gloria and jeff have made it unmistakenably clear, creating a sense that america is back was not only a message during campaign, joe biden actually believes it. and the reality is the rhetoric over the last four or five months was aspiraaspirational. no, i think he had to go. and i think this trip, frankly, since showing up as the non-donald trump is going to be -- the baseline is so low in many respects, that this trip -- this trip with allies and adversaries alike, i suspect, is going to be considered a success. whether or not there are all kinds of deliverables.
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my only point is that this man confronts the greatest challenge of national recovery since any american president since franklin roosevelt without the majorities that roosevelt had to be a transformative president. i think biden wants to be. so, transactional abroad, pushing american values, leading again, but his real agenda that will determine success or failure of his presidency is not in london, it's not in pair rishgs it's not in moscow. it's fixing america. >> live pictures here. we now see the first lady, dr. jill biden. she is speaking. we will hear from the president in just a moment. as we wait for the president to speak, clarissa, let me come to you. one of the topics we have not discussed, that we know will be on the agenda for the g-7, is climate. this is an american president who returns for the first time in several years, america a part
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of the paris climate accords. just how important that is for some of these leaders as we look ahead to this summit coming midweek. >> i think it's a hugely important part. and, of course, there's always the question, when you're dealing with climate change, how can you bring about meaningful cooperation and change and a positive response when china is not involved? so, it's really incumbent now upon president biden and the other g-7 leaders to try to come up with something substantive. there have been a lot of promises in the past about $100 billion a year being given by richer countries to poorer countries, to try to help them build up infrastructure that will allow them to tackle climate change issues. and there have been a lot of accusations levied that those sorts of promises have not been delivered on. i think one of the most important things throughout the course of this next week is trying to ensure that there is substance to back up, actual
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tangible deliverables to back up the rhetoric, which everybody wants to hear, but people need to see that the g-7, the west democracies can deliver. >> let's take a listen right now to the first lady, jill biden, addressing our service members. >> and thank you for representing us with dignity and pride. our military families may not wear a uniform, but you are as crucial to our military as radar is to a fighter jet. in the united states, we have an all-volunteer force. and it continues only because generations of americans see the honor, dignity and patriotism of military service. when you serve, your families serve, too. that's why supporting the physical, social and emotional health of our military families
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is a national security imperative. and the leadership here at mildenhall understands this, too. in preparation for our visit, colonel wrote this about you, and i quote, you may be familiar with the term military dependents, but i will tell you, over the past 15 months, it became abundantly clear just who exactly was depending on whom. our military families already burst in sacrifice are the true unsung heroes, end quote. [ applause ]
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and the colonel is right, you are heroes. and your commander in chief and i believe that as well. and that's why supporting you is so personal to us, and one of my top priorities. through our white house initiative to support military families called joining forces, we're going to work on military spouse employment and entrepreneurship, make sure you can get quality child care when you need it, and provide the education that your children deserve. [ applause ] finally, no one has more strength and grit and resilience than our military families, but you can't do this alone.
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we have to help you carry this weight by improving access to mental health services, ensuring everyone can put food on the table and supporting caregiving families and survivors. joining forces will expect every government agency to step up and be a part of this effort. we are going to make sure that the families of our service members and veterans, caregives and survivors have what they need to survive. to thrive. our military is a community bound together by love. love for our country, love for the men and women who serve beside you. your husbands and wives, your moms and dads. and love for the communities that you build together. and it's our obligation to match
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that devotion. may god bless all of you, our troops and their families. and now i'm excited to welcome our next speaker, someone who is so familiar with what it means to be a part of a military family. s sydney glasscock. [ applause ] sydney, i know growing up as a child of two service members comes with challenges, but it's also helped you to become the person you are today. someone with a broad and beautiful perspective of the world, who is able to weather change and uncertainty. i hope that you know how special
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you are. and we are so grateful for your and your family's service. so, sydney -- >> thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you, dr. biden, for the introduction. all the support you've shown for our military families and your amazing words tonight. let's give her another round of applause. [ applause ] good evening. i'm sydney glasscock. as a military child, i can appreciate the words of what military family means. with both of my parents actively serving in the military. my mom as a command chief and my dad currently deployed, i
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understand military family involves more than just my family unit but, rather, everyone in this room. even if those of us here in this room don't share the same last name or blood line, we always step up for one another at any given time. that's what makes each of you so special. that's what defines us as a military family. and that's what makes me incredibly pro you had to share this community with our next guest. ladies and gentlemen, let us welcome our commander in chief, the president of the united states, joe biden. [ applause ] [ applause ] >> hello, mildenhall. colonel, thank you for that
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introduction and your service leading this team in such a difficult time, because we know that as the whole family serves, i also want to thank melissa. i know -- i know your next assignment is u.s. transportation command starts soon, so congratulations and thank you, thank you, thank you. and, sydney, you're 14 years old. when i was 14 -- please, at ease. i keep forgetting i'm president. when i was 14 years old, i would have been -- mean this sincerely -- scared to death to stand up in front of a microphone in front of a large crowd or small crowd. when i was a child, i used to stutter badly. for real. i had great difficulty speaking in front of other people. so, i expect that when you're president, you'll remember me.
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you'll remember me. you're really quite a polished young woman. thank you. i know it's got to be hard to have your dad deployed in afghanistan, and i also know how proud you are of him, and your mom, chief master sergeant, for being part of the leadership team here. our son, beau, served as u.s. attorney for a while in kosovo for a while. as a matter of fact, i erected a war monument to him. and then he went on and joined the national guard, gave up his job as attorney general state of delaware so he could go with his unit to iraq for a year. and we got promoted to major, i said, beau, you're not a field grade officer. i was in and out of iraq and afghanistan about 28 times. i said the, you're now a field grade officer. he said, dad, i have no illusions. i know who runs the military --
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chief master sergeants. i just want you to know we know, okay? thank you for your incredible dedication and service. and, you know, i want to thank all of you, all your families for the sacrifices they've made. and congratulations to having just a wonderful child. there's an awful lot of history at this base. a proud history for the british people. the brave and heroism of the royal air force pilots, fighting to defend their nation. i'm sure everyone here knows the history. with just six hours after britain and france declared war on germany in 1939, three bombers took off from mildenhall and bombed nazi battle ships. over the course of world war ii, this base r.a.f. bombers dropped nearly 28,000 tons of bombs on nazi germany.
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flying more than 8,000 sortees. this base has been a significant source of british air power, a proud, proud history of a proud nation. but i also know there's also an awful lot of american air force pride in this room tonight. world war ii is when the u.s. army air force formed the 100 bombardment crew. by the way, my -- just so you know, my uncle, who was killed in world war ii in new guinea, was army. he was the army air corps. he got shot down on a reconnaissance flight. and he would -- he's looking down and thinking all these years, my god, what this air force has become. it's incredible. the 100th also ran more than 8,000 sortees into hostile territory and supported operations from d-day to the battle of the bulge. when they first arrived in uk in
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'43, the unit took such heavy losses that it earned the moniker that's been passed down to this day. the bloody 100th. the bloody 100th. so, let me hear it for the 100th air refueling wing known as the bloody 100th. [ applause ] >> what about 352nd special there's team reconnaissance. members of the air mobility command. do we have any folks from the 48 fighting wing? by the way -- i think maybe the combat support wing. this may be historic first for an air force base but i hear
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there might be a few members of the united states army with us here tonight. come on, man. to all you airmen and soldiers, i want to say thank you. we owe you. we're so damn proud of you. so proud. and i only wish my major was here to thank you, as well. thank you for everything you do, for everything you are. there's nothing that jill and i enjoy more than spending time with our troops and their families wherever we go in the word. i had the great honor of being in afghanistan and iraq well over 27, 28 times. i think jill is the only second lady in american history that's gone into a war zone in baghdad with me as well. you're the best, you're the best of our country. that's not hyperbole. you're the ones who sign up and
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run toward danger when duty calls. less than 1% of americans make the choice that you make, that you made, but the rest of us, the other 99% of us, we owe you. we owe you big. i've long said that as a nation we have many obligations but we only have one truly sacred obligation, only one. that's to properly prepare and equip the women and men we send into harm's way and to care for you and your families both while you're deployed and when you come home. and now that i have the incredible honor of serving as your commander in chief, i believe that even more strongly. you know, and i want to give an extra special thank you to all the families. as you heard from jill we bidens are a proud military family and we know there's not just the person who wears the uniform, who serves, the whole family has to step up.
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the whole family makes sacrifices. they also serve only stand and wait. i watched all those months beau was in kosovo then i watched all those that year he was in iraq. she would stand at that sink drinking her coffee. i could see her lips moving saying that prayer hoping that car never drove up in front of the house, hoping you never got that phone call. that's even more true this past year during the lockdowns and safety precautions to curb the spread of covid-19. everyone in this room knows our military families are essential, essential to our strength. it's the key reason jill relaunched joining forces to make sure we're doing everything we can to support our military spouses and children and their mothers and fathers, as well just like they support all of you. you know, you're not only doing
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an amazing job keeping covid-19 under control on the base, you took care of each other and your mental health throughout the initiatives like your spouse-to-spouse connection and wellness advocacy team. [ cheers ] >> thank you. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] as you all know, this is a team sport. my mother would kill me if she were hear. joe, i should turn around and apologize for my back to you. i haven't figured out how to turn 360 yet. folks, thousands of hours spent volunteering to make sure everyone got through this, it was so important. i know these last 15 months added a lot of new pressure but all of you rose to the task together as one team, team
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mildenhall and you never let up on your mission. i'm so proud to be with all of you to kick off my first overseas trip as president. i've been in and out of here many, many times. i've visited well over 100 countries as president or general of the foreign relations committee or i mean as vice president. this is my first overseas trip as president of the united states. i'm headed to the g7 then to the nato ministerial and then to meet with mr. putin to let him know what i want him to know. [ cheers and applause ] and at every point along the way we're going to make it clear that the united states is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future, that we're committed to
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leading with strength, defending our values and delivering for our people. america's better positioned to advance our national security and our economic prosperity when we bring together like-minded nations to stand with us. these nations that have head blood alongside of us in defense of our shared values, our unrivaled network of alliances and partnerships that are the key to american advantage in the world and have been, they made the world safer for all of us and they are how we are going to meet the challenges of today, which are changing rapidly. we're going to meet it though from a position of strength. our alliances weren't built by coerce or maintained by threats. they're grounded on democratic ideals and shared businesses
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where the rights -- [ cheers and applause ] where the rights of all people are protected. it's the same reason some of you signed up to serve. to proudly defend and honor the democratic values that are the wellspring of our national strength. if our british friends will excuse me quoting the declaration of independence, [ laughter ] america is unique in all the world and that we are not foreign based on geography or ethnicity or religion but on an idea, an idea, the only nation of the world founded on the notion of an idea. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights including
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life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. we mean it. no nation can defeat us as long as we stick to our values. it's our american creed. it's what makes us who we are and it's what draws friends and partners to our side and for hundreds of years american patriots have fought and sometimes died defending those values. folk, look, i'm often quoted by the press as saying america leads, not by the example of its power, but by the power of our example. all of you, our service members stationed around the world, you are the solid steel spine of america. around which aligns are built and strengthened year after year. these partnerships have hardened and have been hardened in the fire of war and generations of
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americans and service members who fought them. like the original bloody 100th and those raf pilots and shared mission in world war ii flying, fighting, winning, it's done together. these bonds of history and shared sacrifice run deep and are strong based on values and they endure, the connections and camaraderie between our troops, this community of american citizens stationed in the uk, u.s. visiting forces and families, 20,000 strong are not only warriors, you're diplomats and you're bridge builders. you are the essential part of what makes up this special relationship between great britain and the united states. over the next few days i said
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i'll be participating in meetings with many of our closest partners at the g7 in cornwall. then on to brussels and the nato summit of the eu and the eu summit, this diplomacy is essential because no single nation acting alone can meet all the challenges we face today. the world is changing. to quote another irish poet he said the world has changed u utterly, a terrible beauty has been born. we're in a different place than we were ten years ago, better position but different place. we have to build a shared future we seek. a future where nations are free from coercion or dominance by more powerful states where the global comments, the sea, the air, the space and space remain open and accessible for the benefit of all. to tackle this century's most
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pressing challenges, we have to do it together. we have to end covid-19, not just at home which we're doing but everywhere. there's no wall high enough to keep us safe from this pandemic or the next biological threat we face and there will be others. it requires coordinated mu multilateral action. we must all commit to an ambitious climate action if we're going to prevent the worst impacts of climate change limiting global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees celsius and lead the global transition to clean energy technology. you know, over in the tank in the pentagon when i first was elected vice president with president obama, the military sat us down to let us know what the greatest threats facing america were, the greatest physical threats. and this is not a joke, you know what the joint chiefs told us the greatest face facing america was global warming. because there

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