Week Ending Friday, August 18, 2006

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: August 14, 2006

Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and the Defense Policy and Programs Team in Arlington, Virginia,
August 14, 2006

Mr. Secretary, thanks for having me. The national security team from the White House is anxious to come over and get a briefing from you. We’ve got a lot to discuss. It’s very important for the American people to know that we’re constantly thinking about how to secure the homeland, protect our interests, and use all assets available to do our jobs.

I appreciate very much you and your team providing the very important briefing. We live in troubled times, but I’m confident in our capacity to not only protect the homeland, but I’m confident in our capacity to leave behind a better world. And one reason I feel so confident is because we’ve got a fantastic military. It’s been an honor to travel the country to meet those who wear the uniform. We’re a blessed nation to have men and women who are willing to volunteer during these difficult times.

And so, Mr. Secretary, thanks for the briefing; I’m looking forward to it. And thank you all for giving us your insights and inputs.

Note: The President spoke at 9:27 a.m. at the Pentagon. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of these remarks.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and the Defense Policy and Programs Team in Arlington, Virginia, August 14, 2006," Week Ending Friday, August 18, 2006 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, August 18, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:1456 Original Sources, accessed May 27, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4DR5YFSRN6CN8LI.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and the Defense Policy and Programs Team in Arlington, Virginia, August 14, 2006." Week Ending Friday, August 18, 2006, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, August 18, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:1456, Original Sources. 27 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4DR5YFSRN6CN8LI.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and the Defense Policy and Programs Team in Arlington, Virginia, August 14, 2006' in Week Ending Friday, August 18, 2006. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, August 18, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:1456. Original Sources, retrieved 27 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4DR5YFSRN6CN8LI.