I had the privilege of accompanying Secretary Tillerson on his recent, seventh trip to Europe. It was a busy week of meetings in Brussels, Vienna, and Paris with our NATO Allies, EU partners, OSCE members, and French leaders. In every engagement the Secretary reinforced the United States’ commitment to our allies. Together, he underscored, we can achieve greater security and prosperity for all through shared sacrifice and responsibility.
Thank you all for being here on the traditional Algonquin territory that we occupy. I am very happy to welcome to Ottawa my colleague, the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The close partnership between Canada and the United States rests on common economic interests and common values.
Thank you Mr. President. This discussion couldn’t come at a better time. There were reports this morning that the Houthi militants in Yemen have fired yet another missile into Saudi Arabia. According to the Houthis themselves, it was targeted at a meeting of Saudi leaders in Riyadh, in an area crowded with government offices. Thankfully, the missile was intercepted before it could hit its intended target. But the very fact of this attack is a flashing red siren for this Council. This is not the first time the Houthis have fired missiles at civilians in a G-20 country. And unless we act, it won’t be the last.
The United States strongly condemns the reckless Houthi missile attack today on Riyadh. We remain deeply disturbed by aggressive Houthi actions supported by Iran’s provision of advanced weapons, which threaten regional security and prolong the Yemen conflict. The United States calls on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to stop arming and enabling the Houthis’ violent actions against Yemen’s neighbors, including Saudi Arabia.
From the United Kingdom to Malaysia, countries around the world are confronted with the threat of homegrown terrorists, who are directed or inspired by foreign terrorist organizations. ISIS is adapting its methods as a result of its major territorial losses, as well as the international community's successful efforts to bolster aviation and border security measures and improve terrorism investigations and prosecutions. Instead of luring foreign terrorist fighters to its failed caliphate, ISIS is increasingly calling on its followers to attack soft targets, such as nightclubs and promenades, in their own countries using whatever means are available.
I also want to thank all of the dedicated professionals — military, civilian, and law enforcement — who devote their lives to serving our nation. In particular, I want to recognize General Dunford and the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (Applause.)
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan to discuss regional security and to explore opportunities for improved cooperation.
The inaugural U.S.-India Counterterrorism Designations Dialogue was held in New Delhi, India on December 18-19 to discuss increasing bilateral cooperation on terrorism-related designations.
President Trump’s National Security Strategy protects our national interests and embraces ideals such as peace through strength in order to promote American prosperity.
“Our government's first duty is to its people, to our citizens -- to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump