Remarks by President Biden and Chancellor Scholz of Federal Republic of Germany Before Bilateral Meeting 26 June

The White House

CHANCELLOR SCHOLZ: So, it’s very good to have you here. (Inaudible) we can really do important things (inaudible) special time.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well, there’s a lot to do. And I want to compliment you on stepping up as you did when you became chancellor and moving in the way that you — had a great impact on the rest of Europe to move, particularly as it related to Ukraine.

And you’re — you’re one of our fastest and closest allies in the world, and we got to make sure we have this — us all staying together. You know we’re going to continue working on the economic challenges we face, but I think we can get through all this —

CHANCELLOR SCHOLZ: Yeah.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: — and come out stronger.

CHANCELLOR SCHOLZ: And the good message is that we all made it to stay united, which obviously Putin never expected.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: And that was in no small part because of you — no small part because of you. Seriously. Because there was a lot of discussion of whether or not, in the transition — how it was going to work. But you’ve done an incredible job. I want to thank you for it. Thank you, thank you.

We have to stay together —

CHANCELLOR SCHOLZ: Yeah.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: — because Putin has been counting on, from the beginning, that somehow NATO would — and the G7 would splinter. And — but we haven’t, and we’re not going to.

So, we can’t let this aggression take the form it has and get away with it.

So, thank you.

CHANCELLOR SCHOLZ: Thank you.

10:49 A.M. CEST

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