Obama Calls Attack on Nice 'Appalling'

"We will not be deterred, we will not relent," the president said.
7:59 | 07/15/16

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You know until you reach your person. Law. All him. Each year the diplomatic corps. Columns so that we can say thank you for the partnership between our nations. And our people's reaffirm our shared commitment to promoting security and peace and human dignity. Around the world. Obviously we come here. Where it. Heavier parts than normal. Overnight Emmys. We witnessed another tragic and appalling. Attack on the freedom and the peace that we cherish. Today our hearts are with the people of France and went all. The innocent men women. And so many children. Who were. Hurt or killed. In this sickening attack. This includes Americans that we know of a family from Texas. A father and young son just eleven years old who were there on vacation. There are scrambling like so many others. Are devastated. They're grieving. They need all the love and support of our American family as they grapple wary of an unimaginable loss. And Trotter. Get through what are going to be very difficult days. And so on behalf of all of us I think I want to welcome our friend. Ambassador. Our role France. And I had a chance to be with him right before I came out so that he knew it's not just the United States America but the entire world. That stands in solidarity. With the people France during this difficult. I spoke to president wrong earlier today and in addition to conveying. Deep condolences. Reminded him that France is America's oldest ally and one of our strongest. We or freedom to reach other. Americans and friendship stood together for true centrists. Told present moment we will stand united now. There are brief. And are praying for them many more injured many of whom are still fighting for their lives. And we pledge to stand with our French friends as we defend our nation's against the scourge. Of terrorism and violence. And this is a front all of us. We don't know all the details but what we know is the capacity. Even a single individual. To do extraordinary harm. To our people. Tore where life. A lot of nations represented here today I've been impacted. This year than in previous years in recent weeks. We've seen heinous attacks inspire directed by sisal. Here in the United States and Turkey in a rock. In Bangladesh. And Saudi Arabia. These terrorists are targeting and killing innocent people of all backgrounds and all faiths including Muslims. I know I speak for all of us. When I say that these individuals and these networks are an affront to. All of our humanity. Many of the nations there represented here today are part of our global coalition against Beisel. And I want to take this opt traders say once more we will not be deterred. We will not relent. We're gonna keep working together to prevent attacks and defend our homeland we are gonna keep taking out ice leaders and pushing hustle back and Syria and Iraq. We're going keep standing with our partners from Africa to Afghanistan. And we are gonna destroy this vile terrorist organization. And in contrast. To these terrorists rule we know how to kill in the sport. We're gonna win this fight by building. By never giving up on diplomacy. To end the Syrian civil war. By working way of partners around the world. Including Muslim communities to push back against hateful ideologies that twist and distort its long. A religion that teaches peace and justice and compassion. We will defeat these ideologies by offering a better vision of development and economic progress. So people especially young people have more hope and opportunity. And are less susceptible to extremism. And violence in the first place and we will continue to promote political opportunity. And democracy so citizens have to say. And their future. And we will win this fight by staying true to our values. Values of pluralism and rule of law and diversity. And freedoms. Like the freedom of religion. Freedom of speech and assembly. The very freedoms that the people of means were celebrating. Last night. On those children. In the wake of last night's attack us. We've heard more suggestions that all Muslims in America be tarred. Tested for their beliefs. Some deported or jailed and the very suggestion is repugnant. An affront to everything that we stand for as America. We cannot give anything to fear or turn on each other or sacrifice our way of life. We cannot let ourselves be divided by religion. Because that's exactly what the terrorist Wong. We should never do. There were. For the and here in the United States our freedoms including freedom of religion help keep us strong and safe and we have to be vigilant. And defend our security and our freedoms. All of us whatever nations we represented here. I'm going to have to step back and and reflect on what we are doing. To eliminate this kind of chronic violence. It. It's been a difficult. Several weeks. Here in the United States but. The divide that exists. Is not the toward him. Races and ethnicities. And religions. It is between people who recognize. The column humanity of all people. And are wont to build institutions that promote their common humanity. And those who do not. Those who would suggest that somebody is less than them because of their tribe or their ethnicity or their faith. Or their color. And those impulses exist in all our countries. And those impulses. When we do not speak out against them and build strong institutions. To protect people from those impulses. They can. Take over. There can be unleashed. So that all of us have responsibilities. Now just a few. I want to say that even as we are relentless against terrorists. It's also worthy. For us to recognize us. That our nations have worked together for security and peace and human big hero world. One affects so many of your conference for the partnership the report. The progress that we've achieved together over these past eight years.

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