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This afternoons assault on the US Capitol was appalling and un-American, this is not how citizens of the worlds greatest and oldest democracy behave. The perpetrators who committed this illegal act were inspired by partisan misinformation and patently false claims about the election.This must end now for the good of the republic.
Since joining the Department of Defense Elaine has worked tirelessly to ensure that our budgeting and audit processes give full value to the taxpayer while meeting the enormous security needs of our nation as well as the men and women who serve it, i am grateful for her dedication to public service and the contributions that she has made to Defense Department and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.
In recent weeks, National Guard has performed professionally and capably in support of law enforcement in cities across the United States, i have the greatest respect for, and am deeply proud of our Soldiers and Airmen who served during this period to ensure that peaceful protestors could execute their First Amendment rights, and that they and others would not suffer from violence against themselves and their property.
I don't believe it's an issue in the military. There is no room whatsoever for anybody to have -- to be a white nationalist or to be a member of any hate group whatsoever or harbor anything like that, that said, I understand some claims were made. I also understand that both academies are investigating these and we'll see what comes out.
The Department of Defense continues to monitor the situation in Naval Air Station Pensacola and gather all the facts of each attack. Ive spoken with Governor Ron DeSantis, the Secretary of the Navy Boulevard, and Deputy Secretary Norquist and am considering several steps to ensure the security of our military installations and the safety of our service members and their families, im grateful for the heroism of the first responders and law enforcement who helped confront both situations and kept further loss of life from occurring. To all our sailors, soldiers, airmen, and marines, and civilian personnel, we stand ready to assist and make resources available to deal with the grief in the aftermath of these tragedies as well as lifes challenges in general.
We have troops in towns in northeast Syria that are located next to the oil fields, the troops in those towns are not in the present phase of withdrawal, the purpose is to deny access, specifically revenue to ISIS (Islamic State) and any other groups that may want to seek that revenue to enable their own malign activities.
We have American forces likely caught between two opposing, advancing armies and it's a very untenable situation. I spoke with the President last night, after discussions with the rest of the national security team, and he directed that we begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from Northern Syria.
We are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces and Defense Secretary Mark Esper troops remain with them in other parts of Syria, we remain in close coordination with Syrian Democratic Forces who helped us destroy the physical caliphate of ISIS, but I will not place American service members in the middle of a longstanding conflict between the Turks and the Kurds, this is not why we are in Syria.
We have American forces likely caught between two opposing, advancing armies and it's a very untenable situation. I spoke with the President last night, after discussions with the rest of the national security team, and he directed that we begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria.
We are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces and Defense Mark Esper troops remain with them in other parts of Syria, we remain in close coordination with the Syrian Democratic Forces who helped us destroy the physical caliphate of ISIS, but I will not place American service members in the middle of a longstanding conflict between the Turks and the Syrian Kurds, this is not why we are in Syria.
The message that I've been carrying, since when I was acting secretary to today, has been about the increase in burden sharing, so part of the message will be 'Look, if you're really concerned then maybe you should look to cover those projects for us' because that's going to build infrastructure in many cases in their countries.
It is increasingly clear that Russia and China want to disrupt the international order by gaining a veto over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions, the United States is facing this challenge head-on, but if we are to preserve the world all of us have created together through decades of shared sacrifice, we must all rise to the occasion.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday Defense Secretary Mark Esper has given approval for the military to airlift USAID personnel and supplies to the Bahamas, in addition to assessment teams. I have approved DoD support to NORTHCOM to airlift USAID personnel and supplies and we also will be sending along with that aircraft a DoD airfield assessment team, an airfield clearing team and an air traffic control team to open the Bahamas up as soon as possible for relief flights, aid flights, so again thats all in addition to what were prepared to provide for the people of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and others.
I've heard from everybody about JEDI Cloud, that's one of the things I'm going to take a hard look at, president Donald Trump has inserted President Donald Trump in other deals as well but this particular deal especially with Amazon and Bezos and the Washington Post... could land at the desk of Mark Esper.
Express with us the concern, outrage ... with regard to Iran's activities in the region. That would be a good first step, and then secondly, to support any range of activities we may think merit participation to help, again, deter conflict and show that we're resolute. What we're trying to do, what we want to do, to close the door to conflict and open the door to diplomacy.