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NATO Summit: President Biden at a Press Conference at the NATO Summit Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain │ June 30, 2022
June 30, 2022

News Conference with President Biden

President Biden speaks at a podium.
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Thank you.  If you have a seat, please sit down.  You’d think someone else walked in the room.  Thank you very much for taking the time to be here.

I think we can all agree that this has been a historic NATO Summit.  Some of the folks have been covering me for a while.  About a year and a half ago, when the first G7 meeting took place in England, I talked about the need for us to reconsider the makeup of NATO, how it functioned, and come up with a different strategy for the — for NATO and how we work together.  And — and in addition to that, we also talked about the G7 taking on additional responsibilities.