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tv   Secretary of State Takes Responsibility for Manchester Bombing Intelligence...  CSPAN  May 26, 2017 6:48pm-7:03pm EDT

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mr. johnson: good afternoon. thank you for coming. the last few days i as foreign secretary have been the channel for innumerable expressions of condolences from around the world in the aftermath of the terrorist atrocity in manchester. i have been struck by how often our international friends and supporters have mentioned also much the crime as a response. the acts that instinctive kindness by people in manchester, the holding of hands, the gathering of thousands of people in the center of the city to show their indomitable pride and
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resilience. unity and a determination to show that my coming together that we can beat this scourge. so i think the people of manchester are showing the way for the world. we have seen again today what is happened to innocent people in egypt as a result of this challenge we all face, this affliction that we all face together. that is why i'm so grateful to rex tillerson, u.s. secretary of state, for coming here today in an instinctive act of solidarity between the u.s. and the u.k. we've talked about all sorts of things today, much of which you would expect. iran, theations with dprk, north korea, the vital
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importance of the work we do together across such a range of fields. including intelligence, sharing, and around the world you will find the u.s. and the u.k. facing the same problems together, and defending our ideals together. we defend democracy and the rule of law. our values and our freedoms. not just because they are hours, but because they are universal. unite world community can in the way the people of manchester have come together and united, i think together we can prevail and we will prevail. rex, your visit is an important sign of the closeness and harmony of our cooperation. thank you very much for coming. sec. tillerson: thank you,
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boris. i am here today in great britain on behalf of the american people. i can tell you all across america hearts are broken. they are broken at the very thought of the loss of life of loved ones, the injured, the affected has on their families. i know we share the grief with the rest of the world as well. please note all of america;s prayer -- america's prayers are with those that have lost loved ones and injured for a speedy recovery. for us life will go on, but for those families they will forever be a void in this world. it will never be filled and they will have to live with that. we pray for their comfort and we pray for their healing, both physically and emotionally. the british people are renowned for their strength in times of darkness. we all know that. they will not be broken by
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terrorism, and we know this. mourn, the allies fires of justice burn very hot in all our hearts. we will drive out the terrorists in the extremists. as president trump said this week in saudi arabia, we must drive the extremists out of our communities. we must drive them out of any country that would provide them safe haven, and we must drive them off the face of the earth. to target aion concert full of children shows their intentions are not by god. isis worships death. our mission to defeat isis, we are grateful for the health of people of all faiths, and especially the many muslim majority countries who have joined us to win the fight. reverent in, every every church -- reverend in every church, every rabbi in every imam inevery
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every mosque must condemn the sole security out these attacks and any and all that assist them, and must condemn the soul of any who would carry out such attacks in the future. we will intensify our efforts to defeat isis on the battlefield. eliminate their ability to operate their networks around the world. we will not allow them or any terrorist organization to spread violence and hatred without a fight. we will block their efforts to recruit new followers, whether on the ground or online. america stands with the british people at this time of great sorrow and pain, and we pledge to you and even greater result to defeat islamic terrorism and extremism. thank you. rex.ohnson: thank you, a couple of questions. peter, the john. >> in january the prime minister said the day of britain and american intervening in sovereign countries in an
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attempt to remake the world in our own image are over. isn't that the mission of foreign policy failures, eventually confirming comments this morning? mr. tillerson, do you think a lasting damage of information sharing between intelligence agencies visible leaks this week? mr. johnson: if i can deal with the first point, i have to say i find it absolutely extraordinary and an explicable in this week of all weeks there should be any attempt to justify or two legitimate the actions of terrorists in this way. this is a moment when aztecs tillerson -- rex tillerson has said we should unite to defeat these people. we can and we will. butjust in iraq and syria, in the battle for the hearts and minds. winning the intellectual and emotional struggle as well. we can and we will as they are
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wrong. their view of the world is corrupt, it's a perversion of islam and it can be completely confounded. but now is not the time, now is not the time to do anything to subtract from the fundamental is individualsof those -- that individual in particular that commit this atrocity. i think it is monstrous that anybody should seek to do that. sec. tillerson: with respect to the release of information inappropriately, information informationsomeone, file to an ongoing investigation, final to capturing those involved in this heinous event, certainly we condemn that. the president has a very strong in his combination and has called for an immediate ofestigation and prosecution those who are found to have been responsible for leaking any of this information to the public. we take full responsibility for
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that. we are obviously regret that happened. in terms of how to fix the relationship between the u.s. and great britain, this special relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event. sec. tillerson: thank you, rex. michael bernhardt. >> thank you. michael burns down from the washington post. trump,ry tillerson, president trump said yesterday that nato the alliance should focus on terrorism and immigration. the manchester attack was carried out by the son of immigrants. in that context, what advice does the trump administration have for help written should handle its large immigrant community, including those who are british citizens? secretary johnson, the agree with president trump that
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immigration should be a focus for nato and is immigration a security threat for written? mr. johnson: i think the president has made a couple -- he has made many important points on this trip, given the extensive nature of the trip in the countries he has visited. clearly migration of people moving -- immigration of people crossing back and forth of borders is a significant challenge in how we confront acts of terrorism. it is a challenge given our free society. i think the other element of it i have for the president expressed in exchanges with trip isthroughout this our inability to assimilate people. that for whatever reason as people immigrate into our countries, whether it's great britain or the united states or other trip is our countries, we seem to have difficulty assimilating those people so they feel part of our society and would never consider supporting acts of violence
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against their fellow citizens, their fellow neighbors. i think it is extremely complex. this mass migration of people we are witnessing around the world. it is not a problem only for great britain. it is not a problem only for the united states. it is a problem for countries all over the world. it is one we have to learn better how to address. sec. tillerson: i think there are two elements to your question. the first is about mass migration and the role of nato in helping to solve that. i think nato can have an important role in trying to address the big movements of people that we are seeing coming up from the southern mediterranean area. that is putting a lot of pressure on europe. it is something the u.k. is in the lead in trying to deal with. i think nato has a role there. the president is right in that respect. theso think one thing -- on
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second, the u.s. and the u.k. are countries that in many ways are built on immigration. fantastic country, and economy that is thrived and by the statue of liberty holding up its beak into the world. that's an inspiring message for generations. country we had very successful integration over many decades. we can achieve that. you may not know, my great-grandfather was a muslim. he came to wimbledon in the early part of the last century. there you go. i went on to become the mayor of london and foreign secretary. integration is possible. it is what we should aspire to. america -- at the
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the american you look at the success of london. i think that's what we should be aiming for. but i'm not going to pretend to you that every individual and every community feels as well adjusted as they should. and that is something that we need to work on together. but i'm certainly not going to abandon the goal of trying to get people to identify and to love the country that they come to. that is the most important thing. when people come to this country, they have to become british. and if they're going to live here and work here, they must become part of our society and espouse its values. that's what we believe in. >> thank you. > thank you.
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announcer: at the g-7 summit in sicily reporters asked british prime minister teresa may about her conversations with president trump. on the recent intelligence leaks and the current u.s. u.k. elationship. >> from bloomberg, in any relationship, particularly a special one, if one partner messes up, it's usually a good idea to apologize. did president trump say sorry to you about the leaks on intelligence when you met yesterday or today? and would you continue to describe the trans-atlantic relationship as a special one? >> the relationship between the united kingdom and the united states of america has been a special relationship now for many years and does continue to be one. they are our most significant defense and security partner. if i did raise the issue of leaks of information that have been shared by the police with
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the f.b.i., with president trump, he has made clear that that was unacceptable. the metropolitan police as i understand it have received assurance from the f.b.i. and have restarted the process of sharing information with them. announcer: c-span where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies. and is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider. for the next 55 minutes, an american history tv exclusive. our cities tour visits charlottesville, virginia, to learn more about its unique history. for six years now, we have traveled the cities across the u.s. to explore their literary and historic sites. you can watch more of our visit at


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