Secretary Tillerson and British Foreign Secretary Johnson Joint Press Conference…

With Brexit as the backdrop it is in the U.K.’s best interest to cozy up to the United States. It is particularly important for the U.K. to remain close to the United States with looming trade and economic decisions on the horizon.

[Transcript] FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you very much for coming. Over the last few days I have, as foreign secretary, have been the channel for innumerable expressions of condolences from around the world in the aftermath of the terrorist atrocity in Manchester, and I’ve been struck by how often our international friends and supporters have mentioned not so much the crime as the response: the acts of instinctive kindness by people in Manchester; the holding of hands; the gathering of thousands of people in the center of the city to show their indomitable pride and resilience; and in their unity and their determination to show that it is by coming together that we can beat this scourge.

And so I think that the people of Manchester are showing the way for the world, and we’ve seen again today what’s happened to innocent people in Egypt as a result of this challenge that we all face, this affliction that we all face together.

And that’s why I’m so grateful to Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State – Rex, for coming here today, again, in an instinctive act of solidarity between the U.S. and the UK. We have talked about all sorts of things today at lunch, as you would expect, a wide range of issues – Syria, relations with Iran, the DPRK/North Korea, the vital importance of the work we do together across such a range of fields, including, of course, intelligence sharing.

And around the world you will find the U.S. and the UK facing the same problems together and defending our ideals together. We defend democracy and the rule of law, our values, and our freedoms – not just because they are ours, but because they are universal. And if the world community can unite, I think, in the way that the people of Manchester have come together and united, then I think together we can prevail, and we will prevail.

Rex, your visit here today is an important sign of the closeness and the harmony of our cooperation. Thank you very much for coming.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you, Boris, and good afternoon to all of you. I am here today in Great Britain on behalf of the American people. I can tell you that all across America, hearts are broken. They’re just – they’re broken at the very thought of the loss of life of loved ones, the injured, the effect it has on their families, and I know that we share that grief with the rest of the world as well. And please know that all of America’s prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and those that are injured for a speedy recovery.

For all of us, life will go on. But for those families, there will be forever a void in this world that will never be filled, and they will have to live with that. And so we pray for their comfort and we pray for their healing, both physically and emotionally.

The British people are renowned, however, for their strength in times of darkness, and we all know that. And they will not be broken by terrorism, and we know this. Even as our ally and friend mourns, the fires for justice burn very hot in all of our hearts. We will drive out the terrorists and the extremists. As President Trump said earlier this week in Saudi Arabia, we must drive the extremists out of our communities, we must drive them out of any country that would provide them safe haven, and we must drive them off the face of the Earth.

ISIS’s decision to target a concert full of children shows their intentions are not authored by God. ISIS worships death. In our mission to defeat ISIS, we are grateful for the help of people of all faiths and especially the many Muslim-majority countries who have joined us to win this fight. Every priest, every reverend in every church, every rabbi in every temple, every imam in every mosque must condemn the souls of those who carried out these attacks, and any and all who would assist them, and must condemn the soul of any who would consider carrying out such attacks in the future.

We will intensify our efforts to defeat ISIS on the battlefield, and we will eliminate their ability to operate their networks around the world. We will not allow them or any terrorist organization to spread violence and hatred without a fight, and we will block their efforts to recruit new followers, whether on the ground or online. America stands with the British people at this time of great sorrow and pain, and we pledge to you an even greater resolve to defeat Islamist terrorism and extremism.

Thank you.

FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Thank you, Rex. I think we’ve got a couple of questions. Yes, please, sir. The gentleman.

QUESTION: Thank you, Foreign Secretary. In January, the prime minister said, “The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over.” Isn’t that an admission of foreign policy failures and essentially confirming Jeremy Corbyn’s comments this morning?

And Mr. Tillerson, do you think there will be lasting damage for information sharing between the UK and U.S. intelligence agencies because of the leaks this week?

FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Well, if I can just deal with the first point, Rex.

I have to say I find it absolutely extraordinary and inexplicable, in this week of all weeks, that there should be any attempt to justify or to legitimate the actions of terrorists in this way. And this is a moment when, as Rex Tillerson has said, we should be coming together uniting to defeat these people, and we can and we will – not just in Iraq and in Syria, but of course, in the battle for hearts and minds, and winning the intellectual and the emotional struggle as well. We can and we will, because they are wrong, their view of the world is corrupt, it is a perversion of Islam, and it can be completely confounded.

But now is not the time – now is not the time to do anything to subtract from the fundamental responsibility of those individuals, that individual in particular, who committed this atrocity. And I think it is absolutely monstrous that anybody should seek to do so.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: With respect to the release of information inappropriately, information that was released by someone, information that’s vital to an ongoing investigation, information that’s vital to capturing those who were involved in this heinous event, certainly, we condemn that. The President has been very strong in his condemnation and has called for an immediate investigation and prosecution of those who are found to have been responsible for leaking any of this information to the public. We take full responsibility for that and we are – we obviously regret that that happened.

In terms of how to fix the relationship between the U.S. and Great Britain, this Special Relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event.

FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Thank you, Rex. Do we —

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Michael Birnbaum.

FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Sorry.

QUESTION: Thank you. Michael Birnbaum from The Washington Post. Secretary Tillerson, Trump said – President Trump said yesterday at NATO that the alliance should focus on terrorism and immigration. The Manchester attack was carried out by the son of immigrants here. In that context, what advice does the Trump administration have for how Britain should handle its large immigrant community here, including those who are British citizens?

Secretary Johnson, do you agree with President Trump that immigration should be a focus for NATO, and is immigration a security threat for Britain?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I think the President’s made a couple of – well, he’s made many important points on this trip given the extensive nature of the trip and the countries that he has visited. And clearly, migration of people – movement of people, immigration of people, and crossing back and forth of borders – is a significant challenge in how we confront acts of terrorism, and it is a challenge given our free society.

I think the other element of it that I’ve heard the President express in exchanges with leaders throughout this trip is our inability to assimilate people; that, for whatever reason, as people immigrate into our countries, whether it be in Great Britain or in the United States or other countries, we seem to have difficulty assimilating those people so that they feel part of our society and would never consider supporting acts of violence against their fellow citizens and their fellow neighbors.

So I think that it’s an extremely complex issue, this mass migration of people that we are witnessing around the world. It’s not a problem only for Great Britain. It’s not a problem only for the United States. It’s a problem for countries all over the world. It’s one that we have to learn better how to address.

FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Yeah. Well, Michael, I just think there are two elements to your question. I mean, the first is about mass migration and the role of NATO in helping to solve that. I certainly think NATO can have an important role in trying to address the big movements of people that we’re seeing at the moment coming up from the south – the southern Mediterranean area. Clearly, that’s putting a lot of pressure on Europe and it’s something that the UK is in the lead in trying to deal with. I certainly think NATO has a role there, and I think the President is right in that – in that respect.

I also think that one thing that the – on the second aspect, the U.S. and the UK are countries that in many ways are built on immigration, and America is a fantastic country and economy that has thrived and prospered by the Statue of Liberty holding out its beacon to the world, and that’s been an inspiring message for generations. And in our own country, we’ve had very successful integration over many decades, and we can achieve that. You may not know my great grandfather was a Muslim and he came to this country – indeed, he came to Wimbledon – in the early part of the last century, and there you go. I became – I went on to become the mayor of London and, indeed, foreign secretary.

So integration is possible. It’s what we should aspire to. It’s what we can achieve. And I think if you look at the America – the American commonwealth, you look at what’s been achieved there, you look at the success of London – I think that’s what we should be aiming for. But I’m not going to pretend to you that every individual in every community feels as well-adjusted as they should, and that is something that we need to work on together.

But I am certainly not going to abandon the goal of trying to get people to identify and to love the country that they come to. That is the most important thing. When people come to this country, they have to become British; and if they’re going to live here and they’re going to work here, they must become part of our society and espouse its values. That’s what we believe in.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Boris.

FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Thank you. Thanks, Rex. Thank you. Thank you.

(Transcript Link)

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44 Responses to Secretary Tillerson and British Foreign Secretary Johnson Joint Press Conference…

  1. Sharon says:

    “But I’m not going to pretend to you that every individual in every community feels as well-adjusted as they should, and that is something that we need to work on together.”

    And there it is: they don’t “feel as well-adjusted as they should….”

    And the Brits are willing to accept responsibility for that………”we need to work on [that] together]…..

    No, Funny Hair Man, that is NOT something WE need to work on together.

    When my Danish grandparents came to the US in the late 1890s, they joined the community, they learned English, they counted votes in the precinct, they were on the grain elevator boards, they helped build the schools, they learned English, the joined in the harvest celebrations, they learned English, they took responsibility for fitting into the already-existing community.

    They still had their Danish celebrations (I heard my mother and her ten sisters sing the old Danish hymns during all my growing up years); they had their Danish-language church services, but they never thought that the people already in eastern Montana had ANY responsibility for making them “feel” anything.

    During the 18 years my husband and I lived in west central MN recently, I noticed the articles in the Fargo Forum in which the Mexicans who had lived in Fargo FOR TWENTY YEARS were complaining to the wide community that they didn’t feel included and somebody oughta do something….and the Fargo Fathers picked up the assertion willingly, taking on instant guilt and responsibility. So have a picnic already. That’s what the Scandinavians in Southern California did the 28 years we lived there: every June or July there was a grand North Dakota Picnic in Long Beach – and the hundreds/thousands who were from ND all gathered for a potluck picnic and tell stories and laugh at each other……there was never an article in the LA Times about the North Dakotans or Montanans or Minnesotans who felt left out of California life. Sheesh.

    pppfffffftttt

    W/re to Funny Hair Man and his kin – I spit in their general direction.

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    • MK Wood says:

      You go. Tell ’em the TRUTH!!!

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    • TigerBear says:

      WHAT?! You can’t possibly be suggesting they get involved and actually become part of their community, rather than expecting the community to cater to them. /s. LOL

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    • BakoCarl says:

      My Danish grandparents came here about 1910. When my mother started mixing Danish and English in school, they stopped speaking Danish at home , , , just like that. My mother lost out in not learning Danish, but she spoke English with no accent. You’re right . . . they felt it was their personal responsibility to become Americans . . . not “it takes a community to make a civilized person out of some feral Muslim.”

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        How funny–I am the THIRD person here who had Danish immigrant grandparents and about the same time, too. They worked hard to assimilate. They wanted to be here. There wasn’t a lot of yearning for the old country. They made the gargantuan effort to scrape together the money to come here because there was no opportunity for them at home. Once here, they accepted it as their responsibility to fit in.

        That has been switched on its head now. It is everyone else’s job to welcome them and kiss away their hurt feelings for having a funny sounding name or eating funny food or having funny cultural traditions or a funny accent. That is where we went wrong. It’s the whole multi culti thing instead of the melting pot. Cultural Marxism. Tribalism. A society of victims.

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        • G. Combs says:

          Add a couple more. Hubby’s 3 immigrant grand parents are a dane, a Swede, a Canadian. I have a Dane, a German, a Druze (from Lebonan) and we both have the usual French/English mongrel American for the fourth.

          Note they ALL became Americans. They did not huddle in their No-Go zone ghetto and only marry other immigrants who also did not bother to learn English or integrate into the community.

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  2. DebbieUK says:

    PC weasel words from out politicians as usual. And Katie Hopkins has just been sacked from her LBC talk show for speaking the truth about our useless response ,Hugging and candles is not going to change a thing.

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  3. fleporeblog says:

    This should tell the people of the UK that you are completely screwed! Brexit may have been too little too late.

    FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON:
    And in our own country, we’ve had very successful integration over many decades, and we can achieve that. You may not know my great grandfather was a Muslim and he came to this country – indeed, he came to Wimbledon – in the early part of the last century, and there you go. I became – I went on to become the mayor of London and, indeed, foreign secretary.

    So integration is possible. It’s what we should aspire to. It’s what we can achieve. And I think if you look at the America – the American commonwealth, you look at what’s been achieved there, you look at the success of London – I think that’s what we should be aiming for. But I’m not going to pretend to you that every individual in every community feels as well-adjusted as they should, and that is something that we need to work on together.

    But I am certainly not going to abandon the goal of trying to get people to identify and to love the country that they come to. That is the most important thing. When people come to this country, they have to become British; and if they’re going to live here and they’re going to work here, they must become part of our society and espouse its values. That’s what we believe in.

    London is a complete hell hole where the current Muslim mayor has tried to convince the folks that this is the new way of life and you better get use to it! When your leaders have these beliefs, Manchester will continue to occur on a regular basis. His job and the job of their politicians should not be on assimilation. It should be on eradicating this form of evil from the face of the earth! Amazingly there are nearly 1,000 ISIS fighters walking the streets on England today that have return from the fight in Iraq and/or Syria.

    Listen to this interview and you will hear what Britain is doing with ISIS and laying out the red carpet for them!

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Fleporeblog,
      And there are 18,000 suspected terrorists walking around Belgium. For heaven sakes, it doesn’t take a genius or a psychic to predict something really bad is going to happen there again. My goodness, do we need any more evidence that their leaders simply do not care about their people? At least here, I can still reasonably speak my mind, and I know there are others who think as I do.

      I had mentioned on another thread that there will be 50 million more refugees allowed in Europe over the next ten years. Again, more evidence they do not care about their people, only how rich and powerful they will become with globalism. I just don’t see how even the leaders will survive the onslaught and complete takeover of their countries. Their arrogance knows no bounds. It’s too bad, it’s going to be more than thousands who will have to pay with their blood and lives for which the leaders to continue under the delusion they will somehow not be taken out or affected by their actions.

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      • Wendy says:

        The leaders will simply convert to Islam and pretend to become their leaders. I don’t they care too much as long as they stay in power. Europe is done. I thought British might have a hope after they voted for Brexit but all political elites seem to be in tank with Islamists. I am afraid it will be only matter of time.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        One look at that simpering, effete crowd of fools at the NATO Conference was a real eye opener. No wonder Europe is in the mess it is in. Do you suppose the openly gay Prime Minister of Luxembourg and his partner who posed with the First Ladies doesn’t understand they would be the first to be thrown from the top of our billion dollar NATO building??? It is cognitive dissonance on a breathtakingly huge scale.

        I honestly am not sure that the Middle Eastern Muslims CAN be assimilated into our culture. We are so far apart. They only way it can happen is if they denounce Sharia Law and accept Western ways. If their imams can’t figure out a way to reform that religion I don’t see, I really don’t, how they will ever assimilate here no matter what Boris Johnson or anyone else does.

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  4. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    “ISIS worships death.”

    If that’s not pretty much the definition of a group of losers, I’m not sure what is.

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  5. mantaplagi says:

    What else can one say but …

    Oh. Meh!?

    These people need some new clichés.

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  6. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Both men did a good job identifying the true problem — lack of assimilation or integration. Immigration, by itself, isn’t the issue. It is when those people who migrate do not, or cannot, successfully mesh with their new society.

    As Johnson said, all people immigrating to Britain need to become “British.” Similar for those coming to America.

    It is the failure to do this, and the failure to hold immigrants to this standard, that has led to the numerous problems the West is now facing as a civilization.

    Pretending that the problem is with the receiving country (Britain, USA, etc) rather than the incoming immigrants is not a realistic solution. I think that is clear by now.

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    • Just to point out…when these people from the Middle East migrate…THEY HAVE NO SKILLS WHAT SO EVER EXCEPT…GOAT HERDERS…The Middle East is a mercantile economy based upon basic items. There is not type of hard currency industries there. AND THAT IS WHY THE HARD ISLAMIST ARE WINNING. Let’s put this where it belongs…send everyone back that does not have some type of job title other than that of a damn goat herder…If you think I am kidding…NO I AM NOT. Most of these people have lived a very hard life as it is and being dropped into another culture…The two brain cells they have do not compute. It is NOT ABOUT ASSIMILATION. AND IF ANYBODY SAYS OTHERWISE…GO PARK YOURSELF IN YOU BMW IN ONE OF THOSE S$ITHOLES AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS…RANT OFF

      AND HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAND SALUTE TO ALL VETERANS THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!!! For the rest…Shake the Hand of a Veteran or go plant flags in the National Cemeteries.

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      • MakeAmericaGreat says:

        I believe Trump has said that we may want to kind of ‘pick and choose’ who wet let in, rather than just letting anyone in.

        This goes to your point.

        I don’t care if someone is a goat herder as long as they are not an angry goat herder with nihilistic tendencies. Then you’ve got a problem.

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  7. spacette55 says:

    Did you know Boris Johnson’s great-grandfather was a Turkish journalist during the last days of the Ottoman empire? He was executed by Ataturk.

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  8. MIKE says:

    Bor-r-r-r-is the Spi-i-der! h/t John Entwistle we miss you Ox

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  9. Oldschool says:

    “It is by coming together that we can beat this scourge” WTF?????

    If he means gathering them together and dropping a MOAB, I’m good.

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    • BakoCarl says:

      If we come together in kindness and friendship, it just gives the Muslims another group to blow into little chunks.

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  10. Jlwary says:

    I read Newt Gingrich’s op-ed in WSJ. I don’t usually ever click on their site, but from WH.gov I clicked the link. It was a great read–reminiscent of what we see here. But then I made the mistake of clicking on comments… it is SO depressing to read what the left thinks about all of this… There is disconcerting irony that the left believes of the right what the right believes of the left. It is so tiring. Having the majority of msm believing and endorsing the left gets depressing at times. The left is destroying our country. History is being stamped out. Islam is being embraced and Christianity is being shunned and ridiculed. 😥😭😤😡

    I click on CTH a gazillion times a day wanting more information and analysis that comforts me…

    Praying to God for strength and wisdom. For myself, and others. So, the right sits at the right hand of the Father… the left… well, at the other.

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    • Oldschool says:

      I share your thoughts, emotions and prayers Jl. His will

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Projection is the only mental state of progzis, b/c their heads are so far up their own butts, they can’t imagine anything but their own shiite.

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    • Scotty19541 says:

      Have some faith Jlwary! I spend lots of time fighting the comments on such sites as ABC, CBS, CNN etc…. Most of the so called opposition are nothing but paid Soros trolls with little or no imagination. Whack them over the head with 1 or 2 reality checks and they ALWAYS revert to offensive name calling! LOL… it is way too easy to spin them out! It was a miracle of God that we got our Lion but it was also the strength of the COMMON MAN that got him elected! President Trumps has this and WE THE PEOPLE have his back! And he knows that;)

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  11. CharterOakie says:

    Whether or not it was an intentional distinction, and perhaps just the language of a polite Texan, but it stood out to me that T-Rex said that “America stands with the British people….”

    He didn’t say anything about the British or UK “government.”

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  12. Jennifer Kashani says:

    Two things really struck me while watching this. One was that Rex seemed more interested in how to go about confronting terrorism than the guy representing the country who was just attacked. And second at the end he almost walked away without shaking Tillerson’s hand and he had to grab his arm to get him to realize!!!!

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  13. Yikes, you open your border to unskilled, uneducated, un-scrutinized migrants from a hostile political – religious tradition that believes they must subdue the infidel. You provide them lavish welfare benefits. You allow them to set up Islamic only enclaves. You corrupt your own legal and constitutional order by allowing shariah courts, Islamic financial contracts that abjure usury….. And your media and official culture browbeats the native population over fake “islamophobia”. You are surprised they don’t t assimilate.

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  14. Bert says:

    Two clearly good men of stature, standing up for humanity and goodness.

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    • Wendy says:

      Sorry I got a different impression. Boris sounded like typical politician while T-Rex was straight forward to the essence of problem. I really feel sorry for British people. Their leaders don’t seem to realize what the real problem is.

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  15. Ips Prez says:

    Regarding the comments about immigration and assimilation. I think the fact that the USA has in the past assimilated large numbers of immigrants successfully shows that it is not our system that is causing the lack of assimilation problem but rather the attitude of the immigrant. This is the most pronounced in the Islamic immigrants who seem to want to change the US culture to whatever it was they found so bad they had to leave. I know, makes no sense but that is the problem.

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  16. A2 says:

    FM Boris and Sec Tillerson made all the right noises at this presser, but they also threw a lot of ‘shade’. I reckon this meeting was about something else altogether as it necessitated a face to face meeting. Just my reading of the situation.

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