James Mattis - US Marine Corps

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The nature of cyber-attacks is ever evolving, and we need to maintain our ability to take decisive action against this increasingly dangerous threat.feedback
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James Mattis has been quoted 354 times. The one recent article where James Mattis has been quoted is Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers. Most recently, James Mattis was quoted as having said, “We're not complacent. We're going to be better.”.
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Oct 06 2017 - Iran

I believe, at this point in time, absent indications to the contrary, it is something the president should consider staying with.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Iran

The president has to consider, more broadly, things that rightly fall under his portfolio of looking out for the American people in areas that go beyond the specific letters of the JCPOA. In that regard, I support the rigorous review that he has got going on right now.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Afghanistan

No, ma'am, if it involves telling the enemy something that will help them.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Afghanistan

You see some of the results of releasing our military from, for example, a proximity requirement – how close was the enemy to the Afghan or the U.S.-advised Special Forces. That is no longer the case, for example. So these kind of restrictions that did not allow us to employ the air power fully have been removed, yes.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - China

Is probing for opportunities to talk with the North. All we're doing is probing; we're not talking with them.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Taliban

For the first time in this long fight, all six Afghan military corps have engaged in offensive operations. During these recent months, there have been fewer civilian casualties as a result of coalition operations.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - NATO

Violence and progress in Afghanistan continue to coexist. But the uncertainty in the region about the NATO campaign has been replaced by certainty due to the implementation of President Trump's new South Asia strategy.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Afghanistan

We must always remember, we are in Afghanistan to make America safer and ensure South Asia cannot be used to plot transnational attacks against the U.S. homeland or our partners and allies.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - NATO

The fighting will continue to be carried out by our Afghan partners but our advisers will accompany tactical units to advise and assist and bring NATO fire support to bear when needed. Make no mistake – this is combat duty. But the Afghan forces remain in the lead to do the fighting.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Iran

There have been certainly some areas where they were not temporarily in that regard, but overall our intelligence community believes that they have been compliant and the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) also says so.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Trump Presidency

We need to try one more time to make this strategy work with them, by, with and through the Pakistanis, and if our best efforts fail, the President is prepared to take whatever steps are necessary.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - NATO

We are here to protect the Afghan people while we attack the terrorists.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - Taliban

I don't want to tell the enemy exactly what we are doing but the whole point is to make certain we have a compelling battlefield advantage over anything the Taliban tries to mass against your forces.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - Taliban

I want to reinforce to the Taliban that the only path to peace and political legitimacy for them is through a negotiated settlement.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - Taliban

If in fact there was an attack ... his is a classic statement to what Taliban are up to. If in fact this is what they have done, they will find Afghan security forces against them.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - NATO

An attack on an international airport, anywhere in the world, is a criminal act by terrorists. It is a classic example of what the Taliban are up to right now.feedback

Sep 26 2017 - Afghanistan

We look forward to sharing some of our most advanced defense technologies.feedback

Sep 25 2017

This is a message of inclusion, not one of exclusion, of rules-based order, or a broad, mutual cooperation against terrorists and certainly of strategic convergence with India.feedback

Sep 25 2017

Yes there are. But I will not go into details.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Sanctions

We continue to press on the diplomatic level and that includes economic sanctions. At this time, we must also recognize the somber reality that military options must be available in order to protect our allies and ourselves.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Trump Presidency

Not all the good ideas come from the nation with the most aircraft carriers.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Trump Presidency

I'll do my best to call it like I see it, but right now, if I say six and the president says half a dozen, they're going to say I disagree with him.feedback

Sep 19 2017

We're almost hard-wired to say 'can-do'. That is the way we are brought up, routinely, and in combat, that is exactly what you do even at the risk of your troops and equipment and all.feedback

Sep 18 2017

We have open dialogue with our allies on any issue that they want to bring up.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - North Korea

We are putting the leader in North Korea in a position to be aware that…there is a penalty to be paid for ignoring international concerns and norms.feedback

Sep 18 2017

We have an open dialogue with our allies on any issue; we are not only friends we are trusted allies, and we bring up all issues.feedback

Sep 18 2017

Those missiles are not directly threatening any of us. Obviously, Japan's missile defenses are up, and their radars are operating, ours are.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Afghanistan

It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven't signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going.feedback

Sep 18 2017

It's simply a longstanding policy so the enemy … our adversaries never know where they're at. It's part of the deterrent that they cannot target them all. There's always a great big question mark.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - United Nations

More and more nations are realizing there's simply no collaboration with the international community. There's a dismissal of international concern, unified U.N. Security Council concerns.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Hezbollah

Defensive arms, are not provocative unless you are the aggressor.feedback

Sep 18 2017

Were they to be aimed at Guam, or U.S. territory, that would elicit a different response.feedback

Sep 15 2017 - Mexico

We have shared security concerns. There's partnerships, military-to-military exchanges, that are based on trust and respect. I'm going down to build the trust and show the respect on their Independence Day.feedback

Sep 15 2017 - Mexico

No. Every nation has its challenges it deals with. And Mexico is keenly aware of these and I'm there to support them in dealing with them.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Iran

I think it is an imperfect arms control agreement – it's not a friendship treaty. But when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

We want the enemy to look at it and say this is impossible.feedback

Sep 13 2017

It is not a decision yet. That will come out of the nuclear posture review.feedback

Sep 13 2017

Does each need to be there? Are they stabilizing weapons? Are they necessary? You know, just because we had them 30 years ago, do we still need them?feedback

Sep 13 2017

If I want to send the most compelling message, I have been persuaded that is the triad, and its framework is the right way to go.feedback

Sep 11 2017

Mr. President, your military does not scare.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - China

I think if the person was talking about attacking the Hainan Island in China or talking about attacking Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, they might look at it a little differently.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - NATO

I don't care if it's Republican or Democrat, we all have an obligation to serve. That's all there is to it. I mean, the first time I met with President Trump, we disagreed on three things in my first 40 minutes with him – on NATO, on torture and something else – and he hired me. This is not a man who's immune to being persuaded if he thinks you've got an argument.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Afghanistan

When you go into Afghanistan and you are carrying a gun, you are going into a combat zone. By and large, this is to enable the Afghan force to fight more effectively. It is more advisers. It is more enablers – fire support, for example.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - United Nations

I was asked if there are any diplomatic efforts left, and I said, Of course. And diplomatic can include economic sanctions, not just talking. It didn't contradict anything the president said.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Afghanistan

I have signed orders, but it is not complete. In other words, I have signed some of the troops that will go and we are identifying the specific ones.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Japan

I agree with the president we should not be talking right now to a nation that's firing missiles over the top of Japan, an ally.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - LGBT

The chairman immediately went out and said immediately, Everyone stand fast until we get the direction,' . I understand that this is probably more about your suspicion about what could be coming, but the fact is we have received no direction that would indicate any harm to anybody right now.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - LGBT

Our focus must always be on what is best for the military's combat effectiveness leading to victory on the battlefield. To that end, I will establish a panel of experts serving within the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the president's direction.feedback

Aug 27 2017 - Trump Presidency

I think we're going to keep all three legs of the deterrent.feedback

Aug 26 2017 - Iran

So Iran is certainly the most destabilizing influence in the Middle East.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - Russia

Have no doubt. The United States stands with Ukraine.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Despite Russia's denials, we know they are seeking to redraw international borders by force. Unfortunately, Russia is not adhering to the letter, much less the spirit of these international commitments.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

On the defensive lethal weapons, we are actively reviewing it. I will go back now having seen the current situation and be able to inform the secretary of state and the president in very specific terms what I recommend for the direction ahead.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

What a day! This is a day that will live long in my memory: to feel the refreshing sense of independence, of freedom.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Despite Russia's denials, we know they are seeking to redraw international borders by force, undermining the sovereign and free nations of Europe.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - Syria conflict

We continue those procedures right on down the Euphrates River Valley.feedback

Aug 22 2017

We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Iraq

It is not going to happen overnight...it is going to be a heavy lift for them going forward, but the proper governance would involve local representation in their day to day lives.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Kurds

Our point right now is to stay focused like a laser beam on the defeat of ISIS and to let nothing distract us.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Al-Qaeda

Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing Al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Singapore

We obviously have an investigation underway and that will determine what happened.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Singapore

The chief of naval operations' broader inquiry will look at all related accidents at sea, that sort of thing. He is going to look at all factors, not just the immediate ones.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - North Korea

This is an exercise to make certain that we're ready to defend South Korea and our allies over there.feedback

Aug 20 2017 - Japan

In the event of a missile launch towards the territory of Japan, Guam, United States, Korea, we would take immediate, specific actions to take it down.feedback

Aug 20 2017 - Afghanistan

I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous.feedback

Aug 20 2017 - Afghanistan

It is a South Asia strategy; it not just an Afghanistan strategy.feedback

Aug 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

We will move this toward a decision. We are coming very close to a decision and I anticipate it in the very near future.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

The president's open to the advice of the secretary of state, and myself and the director of the C.I.A.feedback

Aug 16 2017

Generally speaking, you know we don't sign people up for four-month tours of duty. So once the full reality is out, I'm sure you'll have an explanation how he came in and out.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - NATO

Ask the president. I will tell you right now he is our commander in the field. He has the confidence of NATO, he has the confidence of Afghanistan, he has the confidence of the United States and the president again is looking at all aspects of our effort over there as he must for his responsibilities as a commander in chief.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Afghanistan

You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.feedback

Aug 15 2017

All right, listen, you guys have had enough time standing underneath these seagulls. I've been a little worried here for a minute, you know?feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Japan

The bottom line is, we will defend the country from an attack; for us that is war.feedback

Aug 15 2017

I need a certain amount of ambiguity on this, because I'm not going to tell them what I'm going to do in each case.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

We are replacing the failed policy of 'strategic patience', which expedited the North Korean threat, with a new policy of strategic accountability.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - United Nations

I want to stay right there, right now. The tragedy of war is well enough known. It doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - Uber

America is an experiment.feedback

Aug 11 2017

Many of the advances [in AI] are out here in private companies.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

I don't tell the enemy in advance what I'm going to do. Our readiness, we are ready.feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Afghanistan

We're not winning in Afghanistan right now and we will correct this as soon as possible.feedback

Jul 26 2017 - LGBT

The Department of Defense must measure each policy decision against one critical standard: will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force? Put another way, how will the decision affect the ability of America's military to defend the nation?feedback

Jul 24 2017 - Afghanistan

Buying uniforms for our Afghan partners, and doing so in a way that may have wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars over a 10-year period, must not be seen as inconsequential in the grand scheme of the department's responsibilities and budget.feedback

Jul 24 2017 - Afghanistan

The report is an indication of a frame of mind – an attitude that can affect any of us at the Pentagon or across the Department of Defense – showing how those of us entrusted with supporting and equipping troops on the battlefield, if we let down our guard, can lose focus on ensuring their safety and lethality against the enemy.feedback

Jul 21 2017

You fight wars for a reason. You come up with a political reason for it.feedback

Jul 21 2017

If you watch me at dinners, you will catch me talking to some ne'er-do-wells.feedback

Jul 21 2017

I think Baghdadi is alive. I'll believe otherwise when we know we have killed him. We are going after him.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - Drones

It's obviously a victory on our side, in terms of setting them back. It's the right direction.feedback

Jul 14 2017

If we knew, we would tell you. Right now, I can't confirm or deny it. Our approach is we assume that he's alive until it is proven otherwise, and right now, I can't prove it otherwise.feedback

Jul 14 2017 - Drones

We're not going to meet some timeline if we are not ready. But we're pretty close.feedback

Jul 14 2017

What is happening further down in southwest is something that we will support obviously, but right now, we don't have any equity in it, that is a State Department, diplomatic lead, President to President effort.feedback

Jul 13 2017

If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately.feedback

Jul 10 2017

Go out of your way. Not everyone has to join the military, it's not for everyone.feedback

Jul 10 2017

I meet for breakfast once a week with Secretary of State [Rex] Tillerson and I'll advise him on the military factors for his foreign policy, but I do not believe that military issues should lead in foreign policy. I think that's where diplomats lead and the military then reinforces the diplomats.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - US Marine Corps

I've always tried to help students because I think we owe it to you young folks to pass on what we learned going down the road so that you can make your own mistakes, not the same ones we made.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - US Marine Corps

For one thing, it's scary as all get out at times, but whether it be the Peace Corps or the Marine Corps … just try to put others first and it will pay back in so many ways that you'd be a lot happier in life.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - North Korea

But obviously, any kind of effort by North Korea to start a war would lead to severe consequences.feedback

Jul 06 2017

It will be a war more serious in terms of human suffering than anything we've seen since 1953.feedback

Jul 03 2017

Heather Wilson is a leader for all seasons. She distinguished herself as an active-duty Air Force officer and as the president of a university. Her experience in Congress and the private sector made her the ideal choice to lead the Air Force.feedback

Jul 01 2017 - Daesh

For any commander there is no substitute for seeing it with your own eyes... for talking to the stake holders who are in it making the decisions every day. ISIS has no boundaries, so our adviser network can't have any boundaries. And so part of it is getting out there daily to see it.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - LGBT

After consulting with the service chiefs and secretaries, I have determined that it is necessary to defer the start of accessions for six months. We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - NATO

And then we'll present to the president a strategy that's been informed by our allies, to include Afghanistan of course, and given a framework that is regional in nature and focuses on: how we end this war.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Syria conflict

I think that Assad's chemical program goes far beyond one airfield.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Syria conflict

It appears that they took the warning seriously. They didn't do it. I think you better ask Assad about that.feedback

Jun 27 2017

As long as it's worked out by the commanders and enough people know about it in sufficient time there are ways that have proven that we can do this. The deconfliction lines, through all of these contentious months that we've been through, have never gone down.feedback

Jun 27 2017

You have to play this thing very carefully. The closer we get, the more complex it gets.feedback

Jun 27 2017

We just refuse to get drawn into the Syrian Civil War. We try to end that through diplomatic means.feedback

Jun 26 2017 - Silicon Valley

We probably have a better benefits package than most places.feedback

Jun 24 2017

We didn't get into this situation in one year, and we aren't going to get out of it in one year. We're going to have to have sustained growth in 2019 to 2023.feedback

Jun 24 2017

The United States stands with you. We support you in the face of threats to sovereignty, to international law or to the international order.feedback

Jun 22 2017

Will continue to take necessary measures to defend ourselves and our allies.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - Syria conflict

His diplomats are literally serving alongside us in Syria right now with our officers who are in that fight. So I am confident it's being put together. It's not complete yet.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - China

This goes beyond any kind of understanding of law and order, of humanity, of responsibility towards any human being.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Syria conflict

There is no relaxation of our intention to protect the innocent.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - Afghanistan

These are going to be people specifically designed, trained and organized and equipped to go in and advise them how you take the hill, get them the air support and artillery support and rocket support that will enable them.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Afghanistan

We're not looking at a purely military strategy. All wars come to an end. Our job is to end it as quickly as possible without losing the very mission that we've recognized, through several administrations, that was worth putting those young Americans on the line for.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - North Korea

North Korea is today a strategic burden to them; it's not a strategic asset. China has actually responded in some ways positive.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Qatar

Stop teaching people to kill other people, stop filling their heads with hate.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Afghanistan

The delegation of this authority does not in itself change the force levels for Afghanistan. Rather, it ensures the Department of Defense can facilitate our missions and align our commitment to the rapidly evolving security situation, giving our troops greater latitude to provide air power and other vital support.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Afghanistan

I've been given some carte blanche to – to draw up a strategy or a number that's out of step with the strategy. I think right now what we have to look at is what kind of capabilities do we bring to them because the Afghans have proven they will fight.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Afghanistan

So why would I come to you and tell you there's some alternative now, where we put some forces back in? We would have to change the priorities, we would have to put it in a more regional construct.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - China

It needs to be updated to deal with today's situation.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Afghanistan

We've already seen what can come out of these ungoverned spaces. The problems that originate there do not stay there. They come out and threaten all of us; they threaten the world order; they threaten our economy; they threaten our very country.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Afghanistan

The Afghan government, with international help, will be able to handle the violence [and] drive it down to a level local security forces can handle it. With our allies, it would probably require a residual force doing training and maintaining the high-end capability so that the threats – should they mature – we can take them down.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I have reviewed the unfunded requirements, I believe it is $33 billion and I think if we were to receive more money those requests are appropriate.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Afghanistan

We're putting it together now and there are going to be -- there are actions being taken to make certain that we don't pay a price for the delay. But we recognize the need for urgency and your criticism is fair, sir.feedback

Jun 13 2017

Congress as a whole has met the present challenge with lassitude, not leadership.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Afghanistan

If we look at it [Afghanistan] in isolation, we'll probably have something that's lacking in some area.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Iran

We are going to have to recognize that problems that come out of ungoverned spaces like that as we experienced on 9/11…do not stay there. They can come home to roost here.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Afghanistan

The commander on the ground has asked for more. Those discussions are ongoing now with the president.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Qatar

I believe that Prince Thani inherited a difficult, a very tough situation and he is trying to turn the society in the right direction. But, we all agree that funding of any type of terrorist group is inimical to all of our interests.feedback

Jun 13 2017

It has blocked new programs, prevented service growth, stalled industry initiative and placed troops at greater risk. Congress as a whole has met the present challenge with lassitude, not leadership.feedback

Jun 13 2017

The bulk of the fighting will continued to be carried by the Afghan forces.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Nuclear weapons

It would be a war like nothing we have seen since 1953 and we would have to deal with it with whatever level of force was necessary ... It would be a very, very serious war.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - United Nations

The regime's nuclear weapons program is a clear and present danger to all, and the regime's provocative actions, manifestly illegal under international law, have not abated despite United Nations' censure and sanctions.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Afghanistan

We are not winning in Afghanistan right now, and we will correct this as soon as possible. It's going to require a change in our approach from the last several years.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Russia

Mr. Putin has chosen to be a strategic competitor.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Russia

At this time ... I do not see any indication that Mr. Putin would want a positive relationship with us. That is not to say we can't get there as we look for common ground. But at this point, he has chosen to be competitive, a strategic competitor with us and we will have to deal with that as we see it.feedback

Jun 11 2017

To quote a British observer of us from years ago, bear with us. Once we have exhausted all possible alternatives, the Americans will do the right thing.feedback

Jun 06 2017

We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war, but we will defend our troops. And that is a coalition element made up of more than just U.S. troops, and so we will defend ourselves [if] people take aggressive steps against us.feedback

Jun 05 2017

I am confident there will be no implications coming out of this diplomatic situation at all. We are united, as I said, in our resolve, even against an enemy that thinks by hurting us they can scare us. Well, we don't scare.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - Nuclear weapons

We're working diplomatically, economically, we're trying to exhaust all possible alternatives to avert this race for a nuclear weapon in violation of ... the United Nations' restrictions on North Korea's activities.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - China

We're there, and I can give you absolute optimism on this issue.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - Japan

The problem is North Korea, and if we want to stop the bringing of more military capability into the northwest Pacific, then we have to address the problem that is the threat to Japan, to South Korea and all the other nations.feedback

Jun 02 2017

As a Pacific nation, we have enduring interests and commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.feedback

Jun 02 2017

At the Shangri-la dialogue I will emphasize (that) the United States stands with our Asia-Pacific allies and partners. The Department of Defense is focused on strengthening alliances, empowering countries to be able to sustain their own security, and strengthening U.S. military capabilities to deter war.feedback

May 29 2017 - Japan

And in the event of war, they would bring danger to China and to Russia as well.feedback

May 29 2017

It is a direct threat to the United States.feedback

May 28 2017 - Syria conflict

Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against ISIS. It is a threat to all civilized nations. And the bottom line is we are going to move in an accelerated and reinforced manner, throw them on their back foot.feedback

May 28 2017

And I was sitting in on some of the discussions in Brussels, by the way, where climate change came up, and the president was open, he was curious about why others were in the position they were in … and I'm quite certain the president is wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord. Obviously we deal with the aspects of a warming climate in the Department of Defense, and to us, that's just another one of the many factors we deal with which we call the physical environment.feedback

May 27 2017 - Mosul conflict

The foreign fighters are the strategic threat, should they return home. So by taking the time to de-conflict, to surround and then attack, we carry out the annihilation campaign so we don't simply transplant this problem from one location to another.feedback

May 23 2017 - NATO

What I've done is I've gone to Afghanistan. I've met President Ghani, I've met with the NATO representatives and I've met with our commanders in the field.feedback

May 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

So for our own interests we must remain engaged–economically, diplomatically, and [in] security–with the troubled Middle East.feedback

May 19 2017 - Tunisia

I want to emphasize here there has been no change to our rules of engagement, and there has been no change to our continued extraordinary efforts to avoid innocent civilian casualties. The foreign fighters are the strategic threat should they return home to Tunis, to Kuala Lumpur, to Paris, to Detroit, wherever.feedback

May 19 2017 - Iraq

You've got to drive them down to a point that police can handle it. Police can't handle a force that's driving tanks and using artillery, or has thousands of fighters in mobile vehicles that allow them to range far and wide.feedback

May 18 2017

We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war, but we will defend our troops. And that is a coalition element made up of more than just U.S. troops, and so we will defend ourselves (if) people take aggressive steps against us.feedback

May 12 2017

I have no doubt that the French will continue to make their own decisions in their own best interest and that the terrorists will not enjoy these decisions.feedback

May 11 2017 - NATO

We'll work out any of the concerns. We will work very closely with Turkey in support of their security on their southern border. It's Europe's southern border, and we'll stay closely connected.feedback

May 11 2017 - NATO

We'll work out any of the concerns.feedback

May 10 2017 - NATO

I believe that you who have withstood oppression can most keenly savor freedom and have never taken it for granted or looked away when it is threatened. Even in the face of a neighbor next door shredding trust, Lithuania has nonetheless contributed to the NATO-led mission far away in Afghanistan. And it has continued to provide capable trainers for the counter-ISIS mission in Iraq.feedback

May 10 2017 - NATO

Any buildup like that is simply destabilizing. Americans cannot care more for your children's future security than you do.feedback

May 10 2017 - NATO

I would just say I have too much respect for the Russian Army to think they actually believe that there's any offensive capability. They know and the world knows it's a defensive and we deploy only defensive systems to make sure sovereignty is respected.feedback

May 10 2017 - Trump Presidency

It's not been decided, in the sense that these are the specific safe zones, here's who's going to be ensuring they're safe, who is signing up for it, who is specifically to be kept out of them. There's a lot of details to be worked out.feedback

May 10 2017 - NATO

Any kind of build-up like that is simply destabilizing. The specific systems that we bring are those that we determine necessary. The reason for the deployment you see right now is the lack of respect for international law by a nation in the region, and so long as the nation shows respect, we would not have to deploy that. It's a routine exercise. I trust it will stay routine.feedback

May 10 2017 - NATO

We will talk to the leaders of each of the nations, and we will work this out in Brussels and we will work together if necessary.feedback

May 09 2017 - Turkey

We've been conducting military and diplomatic dialogue with the Turks and it was a very, very useful discussion today.feedback

May 09 2017 - Turkey

Our intent is to work with the Turks, alongside one another, to take Raqqa down, and we're going to sort it out and we'll figure out how we're going to do it. But we will work it out ... War sometimes doesn't give you all good options. That's the nature of war. It's not a good situation.feedback

May 08 2017 - Syria conflict

We'll look at the proposal, see if it can work. Will it affect the fight against ISIS? I think the international community is united in the sense of wanting to see ISIS put on its back foot.feedback

May 08 2017 - Syria conflict

It is the duty of these armed groups to force the Nusra Front (al-Qaida branch) and others to leave their areas in order for this area to become an area of de-escalation.feedback

May 08 2017 - Syria conflict

The devil is always in the details, right? So we have to look at the details, see if we can work them out, see if we think they're going to be effective.feedback

May 08 2017 - Syria conflict

It's all in process right now. Who is going to be ensuring they're safe? Who is signing up for it? Who is specifically to be kept out of them? All these details are to be worked out and we're engaged. All wars eventually come to an end. And we've been looking, for a long time, how to bring this one to an end.feedback

May 08 2017 - United Nations

All wars eventually come to an end and we've been looking for a long time how to bring this one to an end. So we'll look at the proposal and see if it can work.feedback

May 04 2017 - Iraq

I imagine we'll be in this fight for a while and we'll stand by each other.feedback

May 02 2017

The military academies and ROTC exist to develop future officers who enhance the readiness and lethality of our military services.feedback

May 01 2017

During their first two years following graduation, officers will serve as full-fledged military officers carrying out the normal work and career expectations of an officer who has received the extraordinary benefits of an ROTC or military academy education at taxpayer expense.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Taliban

We are under no illusions about the challenges associated with this mission.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - USS Carl Vinson

We are doing exactly what we said we were going to do. She will be on her way.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Singapore

Instead of continuing in one direction as she pulled out of Singapore, she's going to continue part of her cruise down in that region. But she was on her way up to Korea.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - North Korea

I don't want to speculate about North Korea military actions. We owe some confidentiality as we discuss with our allies this situation that we face up there.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

The strike that we're talking about here today was directed at the people who planned it, who held onto the weapons contrary to what they had promised the international community and United Nations when they said they had gotten rid of those weapons. And the reason for the strike was that alone. There is a limit, I think, to what we can do. And when you look at what happened with this chemical attack, we knew that we could not stand passive on this.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Chemical weapons

We have gone back through and looked at all the evidence we can and it's very clear who planned this attack, who authorized this attack and who conducted this attack itself. Even in World War II chemical weapons were not used on battlefields. Even in the Korean War, they were not used on battlefields. ISIS represents a clear and present danger and immediate threat to Europe and ultimately a threat to the United States homeland.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Homosexuality

Mark will provide strong civilian leadership, improve military readiness and support our service members, civilians, and their families. I am confident of Mark's ability to effectively lead the Army.feedback

Apr 07 2017

Mark will provide strong civilian leadership, improve military readiness and support our service members, civilians and their families.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Iran

At the time when I spoke about Iran I was a commander of U.S. Central Command and that (Iran) was the primary exporter of terrorism, frankly, it was the primary state sponsor of terrorism and it continues that kind of behavior today.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Taliban

We have seen Russian activity vis-à-vis the Taliban. I'm not going to say at this point if that has manifested into weapons and that sort of thing, but certainly what they're up to there in light of their other activities gives us concern.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

NATO stands united, the transatlantic bond is united. We are going to maintain article 5 the absolute bedrock of NATO alliance.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - North Korea

Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner … and that has got to be stopped.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

Right now Russia is choosing to be a strategic competitor. Russia's violations of international law are now a matter of record, from what happened with Crimea to other aspects of their behaviour in mucking around inside other people's elections, and that sort of thing.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Mosul conflict

We go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce loss of life or injury among innocent people.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Islam

The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice.feedback

Mar 23 2017

We're fleshing it out. It's an interagency-developed report, where it embraces economic, diplomatic, military, covert means. And we should have this done in the next couple of months, if that long. It may not even take us another month.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - US, Russia relations

We'll take care of the representation. This is something to be worked out, no problem.feedback

Mar 11 2017

If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.feedback

Mar 10 2017

Lack of respect for the dignity and humanity of fellow members of the Department of Defense is unacceptable and counter to unit cohesion.feedback

Mar 01 2017 - Iraq

We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil.feedback

Feb 28 2017

It was a very successful mission. They got tremendous amounts of information.feedback

Feb 27 2017

While I am disappointed, I understand and respect his decision, and know that he will continue to support our nation in other ways.feedback

Feb 27 2017 - US Marine Corps

In the coming days I will make a recommendation to President Trump for a leader who can guide our Navy and Marine Corps team as we execute the president's vision to rebuild our military.feedback

Feb 27 2017 - Daesh

I would just tell you that by, with and through our allies is the way this coalition is going against Daesh. We're going to continue to go after them until we destroy them and any kind of belief in the inevitability of their message. We owe some degree of confidentiality on exactly how we're going to do that and the sequencing of that fight so that we don't expose to the enemy what it is we have in mind in terms of the timing of the operations.feedback

Feb 20 2017 - Iraq

"I think all of us here in this room – all of us in America – have generally paid for our gas and oil all along, and I am sure we will continue to do so in the future,". "We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil.".feedback

Feb 20 2017

But I right now am assured that we will take steps to allow those who have fought alongside us, for example, to be allowed into the United States.feedback

Feb 20 2017 - Mosul conflict

The coalition forces are in support of this operation and we will continue ... with the accelerated effort to destroy ISIS.feedback

Feb 20 2017

We're going to make certain that we've got good situational awareness of what we face as we work together and fight alongside each other.feedback

Feb 20 2017

"We're going to make certain that we've got good situational awareness of what we face as we work together and fight alongside each other,"feedback

Feb 19 2017

I've had some rather contentious times with the press. But no, the press, as far as I'm concerned, are a constituency that we deal with. And I don't have any issues with the press, myself.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - Mosul conflict

We are very close to it, if not already engaged in that fight.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - Afghanistan

The president has been rightfully reticent on it because he's waiting for my assessment and the assessment from the intelligence community. It shouldn't take too long. I've got to integrate a fair number of issues to give a good recommendation for the way ahead.feedback

Feb 17 2017 - NATO

President Trump came into office and has thrown now his full support to NATO. He too espouses NATO's need to adapt to today's strategic situation for it to remain credible, capable, and relevant. I have great respect for Germany's leadership in Europe – and for the ethical performance of your troops on the battlefield.feedback

Feb 16 2017

We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level. But our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground. Right now, I would just say there's very little doubt that they have either interfered or they have attempted to interfere in a number of elections in the democracies.feedback

Feb 16 2017 - NATO

I have no need to respond to the Russian statement at all.feedback

Feb 16 2017 - US, Russia relations

Russia is going to have to prove itself first.feedback

Feb 16 2017 - NATO

America cannot care more for your children's future security than you do.feedback

Feb 15 2017 - NATO

The events of 2014 were sobering and we must continue to adapt to what's been revealed to us in terms of our security challenges. The alliance remains a fundamental bedrock for the US.feedback

Feb 14 2017 - NATO

Frankly, this has no impact. I haven't changed what I'm heading there for. It doesn't change my message at all. Who is on the president's staff is who I will work with. And so, you know, it's full speed ahead.feedback

Feb 14 2017

And who's on the president's staff is who I will work with. 2014 was a watershed year. It was a year when many of our hopes for some kind of partnership with Russia were shown to be unavailing. We've got to adapt and make certain that the trans-Atlantic bond remains strong.feedback

Feb 14 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

Frankly, this has no impact. It's full speed ahead.feedback

Feb 04 2017

At this time, we do not see any need for dramatic military moves at all. And certainly our military stance should be one that reinforces our diplomats in this regard. But there is no need right now at this time for military maneuvers or something like that, that would solve something that's best solved by the diplomats.feedback

Feb 04 2017 - South China Sea

China has shredded the trust of nations in the region, apparently trying to have a veto authority over the diplomatic and security and economic conditions of neighboring states.feedback

Feb 04 2017

What we have to do is exhaust all efforts, diplomatic efforts, to try to resolve this properly, maintaining open lines of communication.feedback

Feb 03 2017

I want there to be no misunderstanding during the transition in Washington that we stand firmly, 100 percent shoulder to shoulder with you and the Japanese people, Mr. Prime Minister.feedback

Feb 03 2017

I want to make certain that Article 5 of our mutual defense treaty is understood to be as real to us today as it was a year ago, five years ago - and as it will be a year, and 10 years, from now.feedback

Feb 03 2017 - Nuclear weapons

Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming. North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons programme and engage in threatening rhetoric and behaviour.feedback

Feb 03 2017 - Iran

As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world and I think it is wise to make certain that Iran recognizes that what it is doing is getting the attention of a lot of people. I don't see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time. That's not in the cards right now. We always have the capability to do so. But right now I don't think it's necessary. It does no good to ignore it, it does no good to dismiss it.feedback

Feb 02 2017 - THAAD

Were it not for the provocative behavior of North Korea, we would have no need for Thaad out here. Thaad should be a worry to no nation other than North Korea.feedback

Jan 30 2017 - Al-Qaeda

"Ryan gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service,". "The United States would not long exist were it not for the selfless commitment of such warriors.".feedback

Jan 20 2017

Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.feedback

Jan 19 2017

You give it full resourcing to get there as rapidly as possible, and I think it's getting there as rapidly as possible is probably where it would differ from the current administration, where it would be a more accelerated campaign from what the president-elect has already called for.feedback

Jan 12 2017

The bottom line is that international waters are international waters and we have got to figure out how do we deal with holding on to the kind of rules that we have made over many years that led to the prosperity for many nations, not just for ours.feedback

Jan 12 2017 - Russia

I have very modest expectations for areas of cooperation with Mr. Putin.feedback

Jan 12 2017 - Afghanistan

We see each day a world awash in change. Our country is still at war in Afghanistan and our troops are fighting against ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. Russia is raising grave concerns on several fronts, and China is shredding trust along its periphery.feedback

Jan 12 2017

I'm not concerned about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with.feedback

Jan 12 2017 - NATO

The esprit-de-corps of our military, its can-do spirit, and its obedience to civilian leadership reduces the inclination and power of the military to criticize or oppose the policy it is ultimately ordered to implement.feedback

Dec 22 2016

You should ask, Is it time to reduce the triad to a diad, removing the land-based missiles?feedback

Dec 07 2016

I look forward to being the civilian leader as long as the Congress gives me the waiver and the Senate votes to consent.feedback

Dec 02 2016

Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. ... It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling.feedback

Dec 01 2016 - Afghanistan

You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.feedback

Nov 21 2016

I don't know why [it] wasn't dealt with more strongly.feedback

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