has to be good; otherwise, they wouldn't have done what they've done. As you know, NATO was suffering very badly from depletion of funds, and it was going down like a
rollercoaster goes down. Not up, but down. And I was able to, over the last couple of years, increase their contribution not the United States, because we were paying far
more than anybody else, to put it mildly. It was really getting ridiculous. And over the last couple years, I had them increase by $130 billion. And then, over the next
couple of years and this was done largely over these last two days, but also set up time before that they had to now contribute $400 billion more. So it's a total of
$530 billion other countries will be putting into NATO. And NATO now is very financially sound. It's very strong. Far greater than anybody ever thought. If you look at
Secretary General Stoltenberg's remarks, he was very generous in his remarks about what I've done for NATO and what our country has done, but what I've done in terms of
getting other countries to put up money because they weren't putting up money, and now they put up money at a level like has never been seen before, actually. It's
actually never been seen. So I want to thank everybody that was there, and maybe especially Mr. Stoltenberg, who's really a terrific man. I think he's done a fantastic job
at NATO. So the Secretary General has my great thanks. That was a tremendous success. And I have to say you know, it wasn't reported accurately, but that's okay but the
relationship I have with other countries is really good. Now, they can't totally love me when I say, you know, \"You're not putting up your money, you're not putting up
your fair share, you're not spending the kind of money that you're supposed to be spending because we're giving you protection. You're getting the protection of the U.S.
and the greatest military force in the world, and you're not paying. You're delinquent.\" So I tell some people they're delinquent. Not everybody can love that. You can't
say in too nice a manner, otherwise they're going to be just like they've been for the last 15 years and not pay, and certainly not pay up to the 2 percent level which,
frankly, isn't even that high. Frankly, 2 percent isn't that high. But I had a lunch yesterday that was great with, I call them, the \"2 percenters.\" These are the people
that were at that level. There's a total of nine countries. And we had the lunch, and a lot of countries are close and getting closer. And some are really not close. And
we may do things having to do with trade. It's not fair that they get U.S. protection and they're not putting up their money, and they're really, I call them I used that
term, \"delinquent.\" That's exactly what they are. But we had a tremendous success in London. And NATO is in very, very good shape. And the relationships with other
countries are really extraordinary. Today, I'm honored to host the working lunch with ambassadors representing countries on the United Nations Security Council. I want to
thank our U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Kelly Craft, for joining us and doing an extraordinary job at the United Nations. Thank you very much, Kelly. You're doing
fantastically well. The United States holds the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council for the month of December. During our lunch, I will outline America's
priorities and ask our distinguished guests from other nations how we can best work together. They have a lot of great ideas. We've done this before. We've learned a lot.
And it's been really quite an interesting time for me. Today, our nations face a range of shared security threats, including terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal
migration, cyberattack, and the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. And we're working very hard on those problems, especially the last three. There can be
nothing more important. The Council must take action to confront these and other dangers facing the world. That also includes the behavior of the Iranian regime, which has
killed hundreds and hundreds of people in a very short period of time. They're killing protestors. They turned down their Internet system. People aren't hearing what's
going on. I would like to see the media get involved in that and go in and see what's happening, because it's not a good situation. It's a horrible situation. It's
something that is going to be a big scandal throughout the world very soon. They're killing a lot of people. And they're arresting thousands of their own citizens in a
brutal crackdown in recent weeks because they're protesting. And I think the media should get involved in that. I don't know that they will because they have their own
reasons, but the media should absolutely get involved in that. America will always stand with the Iranian people in their righteous struggle for freedom. They're not being
treated properly. All of that money is being wasted on weapons and on other things, and they're not treating their people properly. And there are people in all over the
country, they're rioting and they're protesting, and they're very unhappy. We also call on Security Council members to join the United States in our vital efforts to
promote religious liberty around the globe. The world is more secure when people have the right to follow their convictions and to worship in peace. And we've been very
strong on that. And getting back to Iran, I do have to say that I think the Iranian situation could be fixed very quickly and very easily, and it could become really
something special, as it was at certain points of time. There are certain points of time where it was doing very well. But for quite a long time, it's been doing very
poorly, but it could be it could be fixed very quickly. But we have people that just don't want to do that. For some reason, they just don't want to do that. They don't
get it. But I want to thank everybody for attending the lunch today. I think what I'm going to do is go around. These are very important people. These are people, in their
own countries, that are at the top level and really have great ideas. I learn a lot about their countries. And I'd like to just maybe we'll start with Kelly, and she'll
introduce herself and just say a couple of words. And then we'll go around the room and introduce the representatives from these very important countries. Please, Kelly.
Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. And, you know, it is such an honor for anyone to serve a President. But for me to serve a personal friend, and this particular
President, is such a great thrill so much so that I felt like today I was bringing home all my boyfriends and the girlfriends [Laughter] to meet my family. So I was
just so so very excited. And he has taught me well the importance of being a business leader first when you're putting your country first. Because I think within the
Security Council, to be transparent, as the President has made very clear to countries, and accountable and being efficient and just with NATO and demanding the 2 percent
I think that's very important that we hold people accountable. And as the Security Council, we all have the same values, and that is uplifting people that have less than
we have. And that's something that the President has taught us well in the United States. So people that elected him are those very people that didn't have a voice. And
that's what we are all about in the Security Council. And I'm very proud to introduce you to perhaps the strongest Council that I believe the United Nations has ever had.
That's very good. Thank you very, Kelly. Please. Marc? I'm Marc Pecsteen. I'm the Ambassador of Belgium. Good. So it's a privilege to be here, Mr. President. Thank you
very much. Thank you also to Kelly for organizing this. I think it's really a great moment for us. Thank you. And I just met your representatives over the last two days,
as you know. So, it was very good. Thank you very much. Please. Mr. President, I'm Zhang Jun, the Permanent Representative of China. Thank you for inviting us to the White
House. We have made a tour around this a number of rooms the green one, the red one, and also the China Room. Good. [Laughter] And we were very much impressed. That's
true. And we were very much impressed by the decorations, and do wish you and your family and all colleagues a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Good. Thank you very
much. And we are very happy to be here. And we have listened to your remarks very carefully. Yes, indeed, the Security Council is entrusted with a huge mandate in
maintaining peace and security. For that purpose, it needs our cooperation, needs our unity. And we are happy to see that Kelly Craft is leading us in December. Yes. She's
really doing a great job. She asked me to say so. [Laughter] No, not really. [Laughs] But we are very much impressed by the way she's really leading the Security Council.
Good. And, indeed, it's our really common responsibility to work together, to stay united, to make the United Nations strong, and to maintain world peace and promoting
security and development. Thank you. Thank you. That's beautifully stated. And we're having meetings and discussions with your representatives right now, as you know. So
it's going along very well. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. My name is Léon Adom, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Côte d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast. We were
not in the NATO meeting [Laughter] but we followed everything you did there, and you did well. Thank you very much. We thank you very much for welcoming us here. And
thank you, Kelly, for your leadership in the Security Council. You represent America and President Trump in the best ways possible. Thank you very much. That's true. Thank
you very much. My name is José Singer. I'm Ambassador and Special Envoy to the Security Council for the Dominican Republic. I thank you for this lunch. I thank Kelly for
convening this. You have a great representative in Robin Bernstein in the Dominican Republic. She's a great ambassador. Good. And wish you Merry Christmas and Happy
Hanukkah. Good. Robin is doing a very good job. She is great. She's fantastic. Thank you. Nicolas de Rivière, I'm the Permanent Representative of France. Thank you very
much, Mr. President, for your hospitalities. It's a privilege to be here. And thank you also for sharing Kelly with us. Thank you. Good. That's very nice. Thank you very
much. Mr. President, I'm Christoph Heusgen, the Ambassador of Germany. And I was just wondering who you meant when you spoke about NATO and the delinquent. [Laughter]
That's a very interesting conversation we had yesterday with Angela. She's a terrific woman. She's really a terrific woman. But we did have that conversation, actually.
Good. Thank you very much. Very much. Thank you. And I wanted to thank also for Kelly Craft. We work very closely together for instance, on religious liberties. And
Germany is chairing the Sanctions Committee on North Korea, where we believe that the U.N. plays a very important role to keep the sanctions in place to make the policy
that you conduct on North Korea a successful one. And with regard, coming back to the budget, we of course hope that you also think the U.N. is very important That's
true. and the U.S. also pays its dues there. Thank you. I think the U.N. has tremendous potential, actually, as an organization. And it's doing well. Good leadership
right now. Thank you very much. Please. I'm Dian Triansyah Djani. I am the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Indonesia. We also we're not a member of NATO, but
we're working closely with you on G20. I also would like to second colleagues to have Kelly there. You have appointed Nikki Haley from the south and then Kelly from the
south. I studied in the south, in Nashville. So I'm very happy we have an ambassador from the southern part of U.S. That's right. So, thank you very much for having us
here. And say hello. My name is Mansour al-Otaibi. I'm Ambassador of Kuwait. First, I'm really honored to be here, Mr. President. Thank you Thank you. for hosting us.
And we are very grateful to Kelly, our colleague. She came only three months ago and she's now presiding over the Council for the month of December. We wish her all the
best. Our bilateral relationship between the United States and Kuwait is excellent. Yes, it is. And we will work also to [Inaudible]. Say hello. I will. Thank you very
much. Good afternoon, President. My name is Néstor Popolizio. I am the Ambassador of Peru at the U.N. And I would like to thank you for receiving us, for inviting us to
this important lunch. And I would like to say that we support fully the program presented by the Ambassador, Kelly Craft, for the presidency of the United States during
this month on the Security Council. It's a very good program. Thank you for your leadership. Well, thank you very much. A great country. Joanna Wronecka. I am the
Permanent Representative of Poland to United Nations. Sure. I just met with somebody you know very well. Yes. Right? And I am so honored because, for me, it's already for
the second time that I am here in the new in White House. Allow me, Mr. President, to say how lucky we are to have a very a very kind and human leadership of Kelly in
the Security Council, not only madam president is very professional, but also she try already in a few days to be the good spirits. Good. So we are very enthusiastic. And
for Poland, we are so privileged to work closely, of course, with the NATO. Not only we share the same values. And Poland will very soon be out of the Security Council,
but we always pay attention to the values, and not only Good. freedom of religious, but also how to uphold the standards of international law. So again, I am so
privileged to be here. Thank you very much. All the best, and thank you so much. We had a great meeting yesterday, I have to say. And he was a member of the 2 percenters.
That means Poland [Laughter] [Inaudible] So that was very good. So we happened to have lunch also. Thank you very much. President, I'm Vasily Nebenzya, the Permanent
Representative of Russia in the Security Council. Good. We will not be out of the Security Council anytime soon. [Laughter] I don't think so. I hope not. Thank you for
hosting us and for your fantastic hospitality. Thank you for the tour of the White House. Right. We saw the China Room, but we didn't see the Russia Room yet. Oh, well,
we'll have to take care of it. Maybe it's the one We'll take care of it. [Laughter] which is top secret here. We couldn't discover it. But we're I thought I would be
the first one to compliment and to thank you for having Kelly with us, but I was taken over by my colleagues. But we fully share we really enjoy her company at Security
Council. And I think we can do a lot of things together. I agree. And you're doing a good job, too. I've heard from a lot of people. Great job. Thank you very much.
Please. President, I'm Jerry Matjila from South Africa. Very grateful for you to invite us to the White House. We are so happy about it. And thanks for giving us our
friend. Kelly is a friend. And we coalesce with the Council, together, to South Sudan. We get together on African issues and we followed your Africa strategy. And thank
you so much for the programs you have in Africa. And next year, South Africa will be chairing the African Union. And I hope we can work together Oh, very good. Yeah. on
peace and security of Africa. But thank you so much, President. Thank you. And thanks for sending Lana Marks to South Africa. Yes. She's doing a great job already. She's
all over the [Inaudible]. That's great. I hear that. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Mr. President, I'm Karen Pierce from the United Kingdom. It's a real honor, sir,
to be here and to have the tour of the White House and to have lunch with you. I hope the little matter of 1812 might now be laid to rest. [Laughter] This is the most
wonderful building, and we are deeply honored to be here. I wanted to thank you as well, sir, for your support for the United Nations by sending us two inspiring
appointments: first, Nikki, and now Kelly, as all my colleagues have said. Right. There's a lot to do together. Another colleague mentioned DPRK. But 2020 will be the
anniversary of the U.N. And I know, sir, that when you came to the U.N. the first time, I think you said we needed a better United Nations. And I think we can support you
in that, absolutely. Good. I think so. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Thank you. I am Sven Jürgenson, Ambassador of Estonia. And it's a pleasure and privilege of
being here. And thank you so much for having us here. You mentioned the lunch in London. Just driving here, I read an article in one of Estonian newspapers with a funny
headline: \"The Two Percenters Got a Free Lunch.\" [Laughter] That's right. [Inaudible] I paid for it. [Laughter] [Inaudible] So, thank you. Thank you very much. Mr.
President, it is indeed a great honor for me. Rhonda King is my name. I represent the smallest country ever to be elected to the Security Council, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines. And I think you are familiar with one of the islands in the Grenadines: Canouan. You once had some business interests there. Yes. Absolutely. Yes. And my Prime
Minister sends his greetings because Good. I spoke with him yesterday and told him I was coming here. So he asked me to remind you Right. of our beautiful island.
Sure. And I would be remiss if I also didn't join Karen in complimenting you for appointing two if you look around the table, you would see that there are only four
women, and only three will be sitting on the Council. And we are on our way in. So it was it's a wonderful thing that you have appointed two very great women That's
right. Thank you. during your tenure. So I congratulate you on that. And I wish to also compliment Kelly, because already she has brought restored a sense of civility
and dignity and grace to diplomacy. So I congratulate Kelly. I'm looking forward to working with her over the next two years. That's very nice. Once again, it's an honor
for me. Great job. Thank you. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Mr. President, I'm Moncef Baati. I am the Ambassador of Tunisia. For me, it's a big honor and privilege
to be here with you. Thank you for the invitation. Thank you. And also, I share the views of my colleagues. You sent us a talented professional and great lady. She is
doing a wonderful job. Thank you for that. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Yes, I am the last one, and there from Vietnam. And I have chance to see you the first time
in Da Nang Right. in 2017, in APEC meeting. So this is my great honor to be here today at the White House. And I hope that you will visit our region again. But next
year, Malaysia will be the heart of APEC Summit, and Vietnam the heart of ASEAN, EAS. So please come again. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you. And say
hello, by the way. We had some great meetings in Vietnam. Very successful meetings. Thank you. And the trade is doing very well with Vietnam. Thank you very much. So thank
you all very much. Again, this last two days have been really amazing. The success of the days, the amount of money raised was a number that nobody could even believe. And
if you add it up again, it's $530 billion over a very short period of time. Much of it is already coming in by other nations, some of whom are represented here today. So
that was really something special. And this will be great, and we're going to learn a lot. And we're going to give some ideas. And we're going to have lunch, and a lot of
good things will happen. But I appreciate you all being here. And, Kelly, congratulations on doing a fantastic job. Thank you. Thank you all very much. On China, sir?
[Inaudible] on China? Moving along well. Moving along well? It's moving along very well. Will the tariffs go into effect next week, Mr. President? Well, we'll have to see.
But right now we're moving along. We're not discussing that, but we are having very major discussions on December 15th. Something could happen, but we are not discussing
that yet. We are having very good discussions with China, however. Are you worried, sir, about the stain that impeachment might have on your legacy? No, not at all. No,
not at all. It's a hoax. It's a hoax. It's a big fat hoax. Mr. President, on Iran? Yes, go ahead? Mr. President, on Iran, the Pentagon officials are saying that you're all
considering possibly sending more troops to the Middle East because there's a threat situation We'll announce whatever we do, we'll announce. But certainly, there might
be a threat. And if there is a threat, it will be met very strongly. But we'll be announcing whatever we may be doing may or may not be doing. Okay? What would you like
to see the U.N. in regards to Iran and the crackdown vis-� -vis human rights? Well, the U.N. has actually been involved very much with us. We're already dealing with the
U.N. and dealing very well with the U.N. So they're very much involved with respect to Iran and other things with us. Thank you all very much. Appreciate it. Thank you.
Thank you very much.
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