Obama Delivers Remarks on Terror Attack in Nice, France

The president tells the nation "we will win this fight by staying true to our values."
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Transcript for Obama Delivers Remarks on Terror Attack in Nice, France
This is an ABC news special were. Now report. David Mueller. Good afternoon from ABC news headquarters here we'll convert interrupting regular programming at this hour because President Obama is addressing this latest terror attack. Last night in niece France. Thousands of people had gathered to watch fireworks celebrating Bastille day. France's national holiday. What a large white truck plowed through the crowds driving more than a mile mowing people down leaving a trail of carnage. Here is what we know right now 84 people have been killed including two Americans ten children and adolescents among the dead. At least 202 are hospitalized 52 in critical condition. The attacker has been identified as a 31 year old Tunisian who was living in France he was shot and killed by police. France has extended its state of emergency for three months now and will observe three days of mourning. That begins tomorrow. And here at home the family of the Americans who were killed so on Copeland and his eleven year old son Brody saying they are heartbroken. And in shock. The family in France on vacation like thousands of others last night celebrating the holiday fire. I'm not in ex president speaking about the latest terror attacks here is his message for France. You know turn you reduce your person. Wall. All of you. Each year the diplomatic corps. Columns so that we can say thank you for the partnership between our nations. And our peoples and 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 in these. 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. A fair way from Texas. A father and young son just eleven years old who were there on vacation. There are scrambling why so many others. Are devastated. They're grieving. They need all the love and support of our American family as they. Gravel where. An unimaginable loss. And try to 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 time. I spoke to present rule all earlier today and in addition to conveying. Deep condolences. Reminded him that France is America's oldest ally and one of our strongest. We all our freedom to each other. Americans and friendship stood together for true centrists. Told present moment we will stand united now. There are grief. 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 that capacity. Even a single individual. To do extraordinary harm. To our people. Tore where life. A lot of nations represented here today have been impacted. This year than in previous years in recent weeks. We've seen heinous attacks inspire directed by Beisel. Here in the United States in 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. And 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. When they're keep standing with our partners from Africa to Afghanistan. And we are gonna destroy this vile terrorist organization. An in conference. 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. Are 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 democracies are citizens have a say. In 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 these were celebrating. Last night. On blessed 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 Americans. We cannot give in 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 whenever 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 between him. Races and ethnicities. And religions. It is between people who recognize the calm and humanity of all people. They're willing to build institutions that promote it come and he met. 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 were being. 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 breast. During the -- President Obama at the White House addressing the terror attack in France saying this is a threat to all of us. And Eddie would not to talk about the capacity of just a single person to do extraordinary harm. Of course as we watched that suspect that driver in that truck barrel into that crowd I want to bring in our chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. John it's hard to believe that less than 24 hours ago our town hall with the president talking about the last couple of weeks here in America. And now he pivots to another terror attack. Overseas. Yeah and we are seeing the pace of these terror attacks and the death told from these terrorist attacks. Rising John Kerry this morning speaking in Russia in response to this attack. Pointed out that is virtually every week somewhere in the world world leaders have to come out and condemn another terrorist attack even as the White House even as the president. Has talked about progress in the battle against ice as saying that we've taken away territory for them in Iraq. They faced with the reality that we have seemed more attacks if not directly. But directed by ice this inspired basis of course we don't know. What was exactly behind the attack yet in France but clearly part of this trend David Jon Karl thank you I wanna do outsmart or live in niece. On the scene there for us palatable can you tell us about the latest in the search for. At least one American missing that UC Berkeley student. Does Wright did his name is nick Leisle is a Jr. a twenty year old. At UC Berkeley he was here is part of a two week long program with 85 others he is he is still reported missing. The university has also said that three. Of their students have been injured two with broken legs one with a broken foot you're the president they're also talk about. Two other Americans among those 84 dead. They are Sean and Brody cope blends a father and his eleven year old son from just outside Austin, Texas David. Alex Marquardt on the C needs of course there is a group from Berkeley there on the scene trying to find that student in we will have team coverage. Coming up on world news tonight and continuing coverage abcnews.com. And in our digital programming I'm David Muir in New York policy vividly. That. This has been a special report from me.

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