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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-vii]
Monday, June 9, 2003
Volume 39--Number 23
Pages 697-735

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Egypt, multilateral meeting with Arab leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh--
    Jordan, Red Sea Summit in Aqaba--713
        People of Poland in Krakow--700
        Tour of the World War II Nazi Concentration Camp in Auschwitz--
    Qatar, U.S. troops at Camp As Sayliyah--729
    Radio address--703

Communications to Congress

    Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Act, letter transmitting designations--709

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Spectrum Policy for the 21st Century, memorandum--726

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in Evian-les-Bains, France--709
        RTR TV of Russia--697
        White House press pool--717
    News conference with President Putin of Russia in St. Petersburg, 
        June 1--704

Joint Statements

    President George W. Bush and President Vladimir V. Putin on the New 
        Strategic Relationship--708
    President George W. Bush and President Vladimir V. Putin on the 
        U.S.-Russian Cooperation in Space--708

Letters and Messages

    Great American Cleanup, message--697



(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)


 Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on June 6, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.

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Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Bahrain, King Hamad--711
    Egypt, President Mubarak--711
    France, President Chirac--709
    Israel, Prime Minister Sharon--713
    Jordan, King Abdullah II--711, 713
    Palestinian Authority, Prime Minister Abbas--711, 713
        President Kwasniewski--700
        Prime Minister Miller--700
    Portugal, Prime Minister Durao Barroso--731
    Qatar, Amir Hamad--729
    Russia, President Putin--704, 708
    Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Abdullah--711, 713


    National Child's Day--699
    Flag Day and National Flag Week--732

Statements by the President

    Burma, detention of Aung San Suu Kyi--710
    Partial-birth abortion legislation, House of Representatives 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--735
    Checklist of White House press releases--734
    Digest of other White House announcements--732
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--734

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Monday, June 9, 2003
Volume 39--Number 23
Pages 697-735
Week Ending Friday, June 6, 2003
Message on the Great American Cleanup, 2003

May 30, 2003

    I send greetings to the participants of the 2003 Great American 
Cleanup. I am honored to serve as Honorary Chair of this event. America 
is a land of majestic beauty, and Americans can be proud of the 
remarkable progress we have made in protecting our environment and 
natural resources. Today, our air is cleaner, our waters are less 
polluted, and our lands are better protected, better managed, and more 
accessible to the American people. Through volunteer service programs 
such as the Great American Cleanup, we continue to preserve our natural 
heritage for future generations and make our communities more vibrant 
places to visit and live.
    I have called on every American to dedicate at least 4,000 hours 
over the rest of their lives to the service of others. Through the USA 
Freedom Corps initiative, my Administration is mobilizing individuals 
and organizations and providing opportunities for citizens to give back 
to their communities. Americans have responded with an outpouring of 
acts of kindness and volunteer service that is transforming our Nation, 
one heart and one soul at a time.
    I commend those involved with the Great American Cleanup for 
answering the call to serve. I also applaud Keep America Beautiful for 
50 years of encouraging Americans to take responsibility for improving 
the environment.
    Laura joins me in sending our best wishes.

Note: An original was not available for verification of the content of 
this message. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, June 9, 2003
Volume 39--Number 23
Pages 697-735
Week Ending Friday, June 6, 2003
Interview With RTR TV of Russia

May 29, 2003

Strength of the Dollar

    Q. Let me start with the people's question. In my country, for many 
people, America is associated first and foremost with the U.S. dollar. 
You bring the muscle. What's going on? Is it going to stay as weak as it 
is now? And what's your forecast?
    The President. The policy of my administration is for there to be a 
strong U.S. dollar.
    Q. Which is not at the moment.
    The President. Well, I understand that. And the marketplace is 
making decisions as to whether the dollar should be strong or not. Our 
policy is a strong dollar. And we believe that good fiscal and monetary 
policy will cause our economy to grow and that the marketplace will see 
a growing economy and therefore strengthen the dollar.
    But you're right, the market, at this point in time, has devalued 
the dollar, which is contrary to our policy.
    Q. You're not going to launch a separate dollar for the vendor 
states and a separate dollar internationally, because there was a rumor 
like that. [Laughter]
    The President. No, forget that. No, we're not going to do that.

Speculation on the War on Terror

    Q. Tell me about rumors. Is there any seriousness behind today's 
press reports that America's next target is Iran and that your Armed 
Forces are going to use bases in the former Soviet republics Azerbaijan 
and Armenia?
    The President. We've had all kinds of reports that we're going to 
use force in Syria. And now some on the left, I guess, are saying force 
in Iran or force here and force there. You know, it's pure speculation. 
And we used

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force in Iraq after a long, long period of diplomacy. Remember, I was a 
person that went to the United Nations on September the 12th in 2002 and 
said, ``Let's work together.'' And we got a resolution out of the United 
    Q. The 1441.
    The President. Fourteen-forty-one. Then we tried to get a second 
resolution, which obviously was a stalemate. We never had a vote. And 
then--but the point was, is that I tried everything we could do 
diplomatically to bring about a common solution in dealing with Saddam 
Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction.
    And so, you know, people love to speculate about U.S. intentions and 
our military. And I'm just telling you it's idle speculation.


    Q. Coming back to the U.S. role, now that the war in Iraq is over, 
there is still a new twist in this discussion about America's role, a 
natural leader or a self-proclaimed leader which enforces its----
    The President. A natural leader.
    Q. Natural leader.
    The President. Emerging in Iraq, you're talking about the leadership 
of Iraq? Yes, the Iraqi people are plenty capable of picking their own 
leadership. There's a lot of work to do to create the conditions 
necessary for a smooth political process.
    And the first thing is to improve the lives of the Iraqi people. I 
mean, make sure they've got food and electricity and water and sewer. 
And in many parts of the country, life is improving. Baghdad is 
difficult. Baghdad--the security is tough in Baghdad because----
    Q. Did you expect anything like that?
    The President. Sure. I mean, this is a country that had been 
enslaved for years by Saddam Hussein. And as we're discovering through 
the mass graves all around the countryside, he used torture and killing 
to stay in power. And therefore, it's not surprising that after--I 
forget how many days we've been there, 70 or 80 days--that democracy 
hasn't sprung forth yet. It's going to take a while to improve 
conditions, and it's going to take a while to take care of the security 
issues within Baghdad. But life is improving, and that's what's 

President's Upcoming Visit to Russia

    Q. Now that you're going to Russia, last time, I remember, when you 
were planning your first trip you read Dostoyevsky. Now you read 
Dostoyevsky, you've dealt with Mr. Putin, what are your expectations 
now? Are you going to try anything in Russia, in the sense of a new 
political initiative or maybe taste something new?
    The President. Well, I tell you, I think--first of all, I'm looking 
forward to going to St. Petersburg for my third time since I've been the 
President. It's a fantastic city. And Vladimir kindly invited Laura and 
me to go to the 300th anniversary of the city, and we're looking forward 
to it.
    I think the most important thing that will come out the meetings 
with Vladimir Putin is the world will see that even though we had some 
disagreement on Iraq, that we're willing to continue to work together 
for the good of our respective countries as well as world peace.
    Secondly, there will be a strategic--a formal strategic dialog 
established, not only between Vladimir and me but throughout our 
bureaucracies, our different agencies, so that the Russian people and 
the American people know that we're working in concert to work on common 
opportunities as well as to deal with problems before they become acute.

President's View of Russia

    Q. Now that you've dealt with Putin, read Dostoyevsky, have been to 
St. Petersburg three times, do you think you understand Russia better 
than you did in the past, or what's your notion?

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