Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe
CRAWFORD, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Crawford Center School11:52 A.M. CDTMR. JOHNDROE: good morning. th...
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Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe
CRAWFORD, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Crawford Center School
11:52 A.M. CDT
MR. JOHNDROE: good morning. the President had his typical briefings this morning. He additionally
taped the every week radio address, that is around the war within Iraq along with contains examples
involving Iraqis stepping forward in order to defend their own democracy.
I'd like to give the President's timetable regarding next week now. The Particular President will
depart through Crawford upon Monday morning, August 27th. He will journey to Albuquerque, New
Mexico and also go to a Folks for Pete Domenici reception at a private residence.
Q open as well as closed?
MR. JOHNDROE: Closed. The Particular President will then travel in order to Bellevue, Washington,
to produce remarks at a Pals regarding Dave Reichert and the Washington State Republican Party.
that reception is actually pool for cameras, open for correspondents. Your President then continues
on to Reno, Nevada, where he'll remain overnight upon Monday.
On Tuesday morning, August 28th, the President is likely in order to make remarks at the 89th
Annual American Legion Convention within Reno, Nevada. Your President will focus about the
Center East as well as why an upswing of your free as well as democratic Iraq is crucial to the way
forward for this important region and to our very own nation's security. Your President will even
offer an update on the developments we get been seeing around the ground in Iraq. Which afternoon
the particular President will then travel for you to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he will remain
On Wednesday, August 29th, the President and also Mrs. Bush will visit New Orleans as well as the
Mississippi Gulf Coast. This specific will be the particular President's 15th visit to the region since
Hurricane Katrina. The Particular President continues to adhere to through upon his commitment to
help local citizens rebuild their own lives and also communities about the Gulf Coast. The Actual
government offers provided more than $114 billion with regard to relief, recovery and rebuilding
efforts, over $96 billion associated with which in turn may be disbursed or maybe is available for
states to attract from. Your President and also Mrs. Bush go again to Washington about Wednesday
Another update from this morning: Your President called the Reverend Billy Graham to verify on him
following his current surgery. These People were built along with a really great conversation along
with we are in any position to record that the Reverend Graham can be resting comfortably.
And using that, I will consider your own questions. Olivier.
Q Gordon, The Particular Los Angeles Occasions reports which General Peter Pace is placed in order
to advise the actual President privately in which so as to be able to alleviate strains on the U.S.
military, the particular levels associated with -- troop levels throughout Iraq need to dropped by
around half. has General Pace provided any kind of such advice, either privately or maybe a formal
report, and also what's the response to that particular report?
MR. JOHNDROE: the President features received no suggestions regarding our long term force
posture inside Iraq, and also I would caution every person that among now and the subsequent
approximately 19 times we're going to visit a large amount of reporting by what various people are
recommending, what they're not recommending -- a lot more troops, much less troops, stay the
particular same. I believe we're planning to view a lot of that more than the particular next two-an-
-a-half weeks. The Particular most important thing is actually to wait pertaining to General Petraeus
and also Ambassador Crocker to go back from Baghdad and help to make their particular document
for you to Congress, the President and also the American people. Along With following that, the
President will then make their own report for you to Congress.
Q Gordon, provided Senator Warner's remarks yesterday, is the President reaching out to lawmakers
on the Hill to always be able to bolster waning support towards his program within Iraq?
MR. JOHNDROE: Well, you know, I disagree with the notion of "waning support." I don't think that
Senator Warner's position on Iraq provides substantially changed. I'm not mindful of virtually any
sort of announcements of anybody changing his or her votes; of Senator Warner saying he's planning
to adjust his vote relating to assistance for your mission in Iraq. He developed a recommendation.
He made a suggestion following his trip there in which maybe troop position or even posture could
But proper now, as I just said, regarding this news studies regarding other people's
recommendations, your President will listen to generals on the ground, Ambassador Crocker,
Secretaries Rice as well as Gates, as well as members regarding Congress, just take in exactly what
they must say, after which help to make suggestions on the means ahead. Nevertheless that isn't
coming until next month.
Q Gordon, one of those members regarding Congress, Republican Pete Hoekstra was declaring
nowadays that the White Residence requirements to maneuver away from focusing on creating the
steady democracy within Iraq. He referred to as that will focus, "too huge of the reach" you may
anticipate that will we are able to accomplish that, and a person also should instead focus instead in
safety along with stability. Do you agree with this notion? Simply Because you can easily find other
people -- there have been a quantity of generals around the ground additionally reportedly
proclaiming that maybe it's a lot of of a reach to be able to have a secure democracy, maybe a strong
man wants to become put in. What's the particular White Home view about that?
MR. JOHNDROE: Well, I would refer you as well as also members involving Congress for the
President's remarks on Tuesday for the -- or even Wednesday, to the VFW, exactly where lots
regarding people decades ago had been stating exactly the actual same factor regarding Japan,
South Korea. As Well As now those 2 countries tend to be amazing achievement stories throughout
Asia -- thriving democracies, allies of the United States.
So the actual immediate goal inside Iraq is to carry
safety and stability, as well as for the Iraqi political
leaders in order to bond and also forge several
agreements therefore this national unity government
could work together for your much better of Iraqis.
So I think that -- I feel to always be able to suggest
that people have to alter our aim away from
democracy, that they possess a democracy. That They
come along with an elected government inside a
sovereign country. and that's what the Iraqi people
want. That They confirmed it when they went towards the polls.
Q Your Republican lobbying firm that's working to assist Allawi against Maliki, it's now turn out in
which they're getting paid $300,000 for 6 weeks regarding work. and the person operating about the
account will be Ambassador Robert Blackwill, who, while you know, will end up being the former
deputy national security advisor; at 1 point has been the presidential envoy in order to Iraq. Just
what does that will say concerning the President's policy which certainly 1 of his former deputy
national security advisors is currently operating against Maliki?
MR. JOHNDROE: far whether it is for me for you to judge why folks sign contracts regarding
whatever reason. I'm sure these people use a desire to help out their particular client. Nevertheless
they're former administration officials; administration policy remains unchanged. Generally there
can always be a sovereign, elected government together with Prime Minister Maliki and the
presidency council. They Will tend to be working for you to occur up with some type of political
accommodation within Baghdad as well as that's where items stand in reality around the ground.
Q Will Be it even now administration policy the U.S. commitment inside Iraq is not open-ended?
MR. JOHNDROE: I consider the actual President has made it clear that he ultimately would like to
see the united States inside a different configuration inside Iraq; there can be certainly without
doubt concerning that. Your surge had been designed, as we have mentioned repeatedly, to help
deliver security for you to Iraq. We've seen that there are signs as well as signs and symptoms of
success in that will front -- the actual NIE even discussed that will yesterday.
But obviously, since the President provides said, we'd such as to be inside a different position in a
amount of point, but that's likely being driven through conditions about the ground.
Q Merely 2 quick ones. did you receive any kind of opportunity to follow up about the McConnell
problem I had yesterday, about the border crossings?
MR. JOHNDROE: Sure. I think over the past couple of years we've seen the quantity of Iraqis
attempting to enter the country in the southwest border throughout two ways: one, seeking asylum;
and, two, potentially illegal entry. Your quantity of asylum-seekers, according to Homeland Security,
will be somewhere more than a hundred; your number of Iraqis wanting to enter throughout the
country illegally is merely about a dozen or even so. Yet I believe for almost any various other
specifics I'd refer a person to the Department of Homeland Security.
Q Okay. And Also today, again, any U.S. general throughout Iraq declared Iranian weapons flows
tend to be increasing. Tend To Be individuals kinds involving weapons flows, are the type a casus
belli for your United States?
MR. JOHNDROE: I believe we've made it very clear that will Iranian activity inside Iraq provides not
been helpful. Your Iranians state publicly each each time that they meet with Ambassador Crocker
that they want to attempt out any constructive role inside Iraq. Yet, in accordance with our
commanders around the ground, we see a heightened flow of very deadly explosively formed
projectiles. Which is not playing the constructive role in Iraq. This is actually -- these weapons
supplied by Iranians to be able to militias are responsible for your deaths of American soldiers. Your
support of these militias is responsible for the deaths involving innocent Iraqis. This is an
understatement for you to claim that which sort of activity just isn't useful, nor helpful.
Q but then why don't you stop it at the source? In your event that these flows are, within fact,
leading to the deaths of Americans -- you've usually said that anyone simply were restricting
operations in order to inside Iraq. Why is that? If, within fact, these weapons are killing Americans,
you will want to just do it and tackle these prior to the threat materializes?
MR. JOHNDROE: The Actual Americans are now being killed inside Iraq and also U.S. forces are
generally getting suitable force protection measures to offer with it.
Q a couple concerns upon New Orleans. Within any large amount of very fundamental way, your city
will be nevertheless within shambles. There are neighborhoods inside ruins. There's pervasive crime
along with homelessness. Bottom line, a couple regarding years later, why hasn't your
administration done more to repair this problem?
MR. JOHNDROE: Well, I certainly disagree with the premise of the question. When I stated from the
start of the briefing, your government features provided $114 billion for the region, involving which
usually $96 billion continues in order to be disbursed or is obtainable towards the states.
I believe that this is the catastrophic organic disaster that people all understand goes to consider
several time to -- for that Gulf Coast to recover. As Well As there are a new lot of good individuals in
the Gulf Coast Workplace led by simply Don Powell, operating using the states and furthermore the
nearby governments. A Person know, this can end up being a combined effort, combined effort using
the private sector concerned as well to rebuild New Orleans and also the whole Gulf Coast region.
But these sort of things are likely to consider -- they're going to take some time.
Q What's the President's assessment, then, regarding how progress is going? Is Actually he satisfied
with the pace associated with progress, will he believe it's moving together with a smooth pace?
MR. JOHNDROE: you know, I believe I'm planning to wait until your President helps make remarks
about the Gulf Coast subsequent week, and leave it from that.
Q Gordon, there is any Ny Occasions story yesterday stating the particular administration was set to
issue a regulation making it easier to complete mountaintop coal mining. What's the rationale
behind that? It's the controversial tactic.
MR. JOHNDROE: This specific is really a proposed rule that might address environmental concerns
about the disposal involving excessive mine spoil as well as coal preparation waste outside
associated with the mine area. The idea would clarify existing requirements regarding mining within
along with about streams, needs in which are not getting interpreted consistently over the country.
This kind of rule can be designed to attain long-term stability, so, crucial that will you maintaining
efficient environmental protections on this area.
The Workplace involving Surface Mining's environmental impact statement indicated that will there
could be simply no significant improve nor decline in mountaintop mining like a result of this
proposed rule. As Well As as before, all mining operations might have for you to abide by relevant
federal while stating statutes as well as regulations also since the Clean H2o Act.
Q Can the President have got any regret that will $80,000 inside taxpayer funds is becoming
compensated to some couple which was forcibly removed from a presidential physical appearance
throughout West Virginia within 2004 along with sued the government and additionally the
government arranged this settlement?
MR. JOHNDROE: I've not discussed it with most the President, so I'm certainly not familiar.
Q Carry out you realize if the Presidential Advance Manual will be getting modified within in any
kind of manner so that those who do nothing with all greater than have an anti-Bush slogan about
their particular tee shirt tend to be removed through presidential events?
MR. JOHNDROE: I'm certainly not mindful of whether as well as not the manual will be being
revised or even not. I think you will find rules that will govern the conduct of activities at
presidential events the ones try to adhere to them and, I think, for your nearly all part, do.
Okay. Thank you.
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