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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Monday, June 9, 2003 Volume 39--Number 23 Pages 697-735 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Egypt, multilateral meeting with Arab leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh-- 711 Jordan, Red Sea Summit in Aqaba--713 Poland People of Poland in Krakow--700 Tour of the World War II Nazi Concentration Camp in Auschwitz-- 700 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 Interviews 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. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 Poland 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 Proclamations 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 action--726 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 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 697]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 697] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 697-699] 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 [[Page 698]] 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 Nations. 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. Iraq 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 important. 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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