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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign 
        Leaders; Resignations and Retirements
    California, remarks at Camp Pendleton--2918
    Hanukkah menorah, lighting--2931
    Radio address--2911
    Social Security trustees, meeting--2930
    Virginia, Fort Belvoir--2933

Appointments and Nominations

    Energy Department, Secretary, remarks--2932
    Veterans Affairs Department, Secretary, remarks--2929

Bill Signings

    Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, statement--2924
    Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004, 
    Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004, statement--2933

Communications to Congress

    African Union security force and construction of a mail irradiation 
        facility in Washington, DC, letter concurring on the designation 
        of funds--2927
    District of Columbia, letter providing notification of proposed 
        reimbursement for costs of public safety expenses--2918
    ``Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004,'' letter 
        on proposed--2916
    1995 Revision of the Radio Regulations, with appendices, message 

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assignment of Functions Implementing the HELP Commission Act, 
    Delegation of Certain Reporting Authority (Department of 
        Agriculture), memorandum--2928
    Delegation of Certain Reporting Authority (Federal Labor Relations 
        Authority), memorandum--2928
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Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued

    Delegation of Certain Reporting Authority (National Endowment for 
        the Arts), memorandum--2928
    Delegation of Certain Reporting Authority (National Endowment for 
        the Humanities), memorandum--2929
    Waiver of Restrictions on Assistance to Russia Under the Cooperative 
        Threat Reduction Act of 1993 and Title V of the FREEDOM Support 
        Act, memorandum--2918
    Waiver of Restrictions on Providing Funds to the Palestinian 
        Authority, memorandum--2927

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters in the Oval Office--2909, 2913, 2930

Letters and Messages

    Hanukkah 2004, message--2922

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Iraq, President al-Yawr--2913
    Jordan, King Abdullah II--2915
    Pakistan, President Musharraf--2909


    National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day--2916

Resignations and Retirements

    Energy Department, Secretary, remarks--2932
    Veterans Affairs Department, Secretary

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings; Resignations and Retirements

    Senate passage of the ``Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention 
        Act of 2004''--2923

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2936

    Checklist of White House press releases--2936

    Digest of other White House announcements--2934

    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2935

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Week Ending Friday, December 10, 2004
Remarks Following Discussions With President Pervez Musharraf of 
Pakistan and an Exchange With Reporters

December 4, 2004

    President Bush. It's my honor to welcome a friend, a leader, 
President Musharraf of Pakistan. He is a person with whom I've worked 
very closely over the past 4 years, a person with whom I look forward to 
working closely over the next 4 years. And we had a really good 
    We discussed international politics. I assured President Musharraf 
that there is an opportunity at hand to work toward the development of a 
Palestinian state and peace in the Middle East. I told him that this 
will be a priority of my administration. The goal is two states living 
side by side in peace and security.
    We spent time talking about our bilateral relations. We reviewed the 
relationship between India and Pakistan. He has showed great courage in 
that relationship, leading toward what we hope will be a peaceful 
solution of what has been a historically difficult problem.
    We talked about our own bilateral relations. The President and I are 
absolutely committed to fighting off the terrorists who would destroy 
life in Pakistan or the United States or anywhere else. And I appreciate 
very much your clear vision of the need for people of good will and hope 
to prevail over those who are willing to inflict death in order to 
achieve an ideology that is--the predominance of an ideology that is 
just backward and dark in its view.
    I--we talked about commerce between our countries. The President is 
very concerned about whether or not Pakistan goods are being treated 
equally, as fairly as other goods coming into the United States. I 
listened very carefully to what he had to say. He had some constructive 
ideas as to how to deal with that situation.

    Having brought up his economy, however, I reminded him that he's 
doing quite a good job of making sure that the economy grows in Pakistan 
so that people have got a chance to realize their dreams. And I 
congratulate you on the good stewardship of the Pakistan economy.

    All in all, our relationships are good; they're strong; and they 
will remain that way. And I'm honored you're here.

    President Musharraf. Thank you. Thank you very much, Mr. President. 
I don't have much to add to what the President has already said. We had 
a very wholesome interaction. And all that I would like to say, that 
I've come here basically to congratulate the President very sincerely, 
with all my sincerity, for having won the elections. And he does me an 
honor by receiving me on a Saturday. [Laughter]

    And therefore, the other issues that we discussed were incidental 
and all the important issues--the most important issue, a resolution of 
the Palestinian dispute, in the interest of peace in the whole world, 
and I would repeat whatever the President has already said: Enhancement 
of our bilateral relations, enhancement of our commercial ties with the 
United States.

    I'm grateful for the extreme understanding that the President has 
shown towards the concerns of Pakistan.

    Thank you.

    President Bush. Welcome. Welcome.

    We'll answer a question from the American side, and the Pakistani 
side, and the American side, and Pakistani side. And that will be it, in 
the spirit of Saturday morning meetings. And so the first person that 
will be asking the question will be Mr. Mark Knoller [CBS Radio].

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Homeland Security

    Q. Thank you. Mr. President, what do you make of the warning sounded 
yesterday by Tommy Thompson that the American food supply may be at risk 
to terrorist attack?
    President Bush. Tommy was commenting on the fact that we're a large 
company--country, with all kinds of avenues where somebody can inflict 
harm. And we're doing everything we can to protect the American people. 
I picked a good man to head the Homeland Security Department in Bernie 
Kerik. I hope the Senate confirms him quickly so he can get to work. 
There's a lot of work to be done. We've made a lot of progress in 
protecting our country, and there's more work to be done. And this 
administration is committed to doing it.
    Q. Mr. President----
    President Bush. Do you want to call on somebody?
    President Musharraf. I know that--I know that you're trying your 
best to address the issue of terrorism all over the world, and 
obviously, the most important part is to protect your own, the United 
States, from terrorism.
    President Bush. Actually, I wasn't asking you necessarily to answer 
the question; I was asking you to call on somebody from the Pakistani 
press, I'm sorry. [Laughter] You don't have to answer every question 
they ask me. I would advise you not answering those questions. 

Pakistan-U.S. Relations

    Q. Mr. President, the public perception in Pakistan is that Pakistan 
is doing much more, deeper cooperation, and doing more favors to the 
United States than Pakistan is getting anything in return. What is your 
comment, and what is the room for Pak-U.S. relations during your next 
    President Bush. Well, first of all, I don't view relations as, one, 
that there's a scorecard that says, ``You know, well, if we all fight 
terror together, therefore, somebody owes somebody something.'' This is 

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