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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, December 2, 2002 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 2081-2106 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Lithuania Order of Vytautas the Great, receiving in Vilnius--2082 People of Lithuania in Vilnius--2083 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, videotape remarks--2104 Presidential Awards for Management Excellence--2087 Radio address--2083 Romania People of Romania in Bucharest--2085 Star of Romania, receiving in Bucharest--2084 Thanksgiving turkey presentation ceremony--2097 Appointments and Nominations Homeland Security Department Deputy Secretary--2090 Secretary--2090 Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security--2090 National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Chairman--2101 Bill Signings Homeland Security Act of 2002 Remarks--2090 Statement--2092 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 Remarks--2101 Statement--2102 Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, statement--2095 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, remarks--2096 Communications to Congress Burma, letter transmitting report on national emergency--2100 Export Administration Act of 1979, letter transmitting report on national emergency--2100 Homeland Security Department, letter transmitting reorganization plan--2095 Kosovo, letter transmitting report on achieving militarily significant benchmarks for a sustainable peace--2100 Railroad Retirement Board, message transmitting report--2086 Small business, message transmitting report--2087 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Federal Agencies Determination Under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995, memorandum--2103 Establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, memorandum-- 2099 Implementation of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, memorandum--2097 Interviews With the News Media Interview with TVR of Romania--2081 Letters and Messages Hanukkah, message--2098 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Estonia, President Ruutel--2083 Latvia, President Vike-Freiberga--2083 Meetings With Foreign Leaders--Continued Lithuania President Adamkus--2082, 2083 Prime Minister Brazauskas--2082 Romania President Iliescu--2084, 2085 Prime Minister Nastase--2084 Statements by the President Terrorist attacks in Israel and Kenya--2104 West Coast ports agreement--2086 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2106 Checklist of White House press releases--2105 Digest of other White House announcements--2104 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2105 [[Page 2081]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2081-2082] Pages 2081-2106 Week Ending Friday, November 29, 2002 Interview With TVR of Romania November 18, 2002 Q. So, first of all, may I remark, sir, that you are the first President of the United States who grants an interview to the public television. And I thank you very much for that. The President. Well, I'm honored. Thank you. And I'm so looking forward to coming to Romania. It's going to be an exciting trip for Laura and me. Romania's Role in NATO Q. To what extent, sir, Romania's candidacy has helped to implement your vision of a broad, robust NATO expansion? The President. Well, first of all, I believe in the concept of Europe, free, whole, and at peace. And I think the fact that Romania will be a part of NATO recognizes that vision. Secondly, Romania will be an active participate in the war against terror. And as we change the NATO strategy to reflect the true threats we face, Romania will work alongside the United States and other nations to make the world more peaceful. Thirdly, I think it's very important for us to recognize that new countries that--admitted countries which had lived under a totalitarian state will bring a breath of fresh air, a vigor to the relationship because you remember the difference between freedom and a non-free state. You remember the difference between--you've seen the difference between good and evil. And that spirit, that strong determination for freedom is important in this Alliance. Romanian Popular Support for NATO Q. Sir, more than 80 percent of Romania's population supports NATO membership of my country. How important is this popular support in promoting America's policy towards a world of freedom and prosperity? The President. Well, first of all, you got to understand some of my view on freedom. It's not American's gift to the world. See, freedom is God--is God-given. And--but we believe so strongly in freedom that we believe that when people have a taste of freedom, they will demand the institutions necessary to make sure freedom lasts. And the Romanian people want to be free. People everywhere want to be free if they've seen the other side. And so the fact that Romania is a strong supporter of NATO really reflects more about Romania than it does reflect about us. What we want to do is we want to have an Alliance that is strong enough and capable enough to meet the true threats that we all face. And global terror is a threat. Believe me, it is a threat. It is a threat not only to the United States, but it's a threat to any country which embraces freedom. No one is immune from global terror. And therefore--but we're more likely to succeed if we work together, which means work to cut off money, work to cut off access, work to share intelligence, and if need be, work together in the military way to defeat terror. Romanian Economy Q. What are the challenges facing the common people, the taxpayers, once Romania is a part of NATO? The President. Well, the biggest problem that is going to face the taxpayers is to make sure the economy grows. But that's the problem we all face. I mean, we want to make sure people work. The most important criterion for success of any country, NATO or otherwise, is: Can people find a job? Will the economies flourish? Will open markets be able to yield the fruits of the labor for the common person? And the answer is, yes. Romania is on its way to reform. We've got to be patient with Romania because Romania has come from a history of state-dominated-- state-dominated industry, which [[Page 2082]] failed. And it failed to provide for the people. And so the reforms to the marketplace are going to take time. But the reforms will yield--will yield great prosperity, in my judgment. And it's a matter of time for that to happen. Expectations of New NATO Members Q. What do the United States expect from their new Allies, from Romania and the others? The President. Well, we expect friendship. We expect that concept that says, if one of us is attacked, we're all attacked. That works both ways. If Romania is attacked, the Alliance comes to Romania's defense. If another country is attacked, we all go to that country's defense. That common defense will help make the world more peaceful. Secondly, as we develop a new strategy as to how to face the new threats of the 21st century, a new military strategy, Romania will be called upon to do its part, as will the United States. And together, the sum of our parts will be significant in terms of keeping the peace. President's Upcoming Visit to Romania Q. What is going to be the message you will deliver to the Romanian people when you meet some of the inhabitants in the city of Bucharest? The President. The message is: For a long time you struggled; you're now free. And you've got a great friend in the United States of America. Q. Mr. President, it's been a great honor and privilege to interview you. Thank you very much for sharing your views with our public. The President. Well, I am so looking forward to coming. It's going to be an honor to be there. I have--I'm working on my speech to the Romanian people. It's going to be a powerful moment for me and my wife, to see the people and to be in the famous square and to look at the statues of people who represent freedom. And it's going to be one of the highlights of my Presidency. Q. You'll be most welcome, sir. The President. Thank you, sir. Q. Thank you. The President. Good to meet you. Q. Good to meet you, sir, and I hope you'll have a very good and successful trip. The President. Thank you, sir. Note: The interview was taped at 1:39 p.m. in the Library at the White House, and the transcript was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 23. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this interview.
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