Bush indicates willingness to work with U.S. Democrats on Iraq

President George W. Bush said Monday he wants to work with Democrats on compromise legislation to fund the Iraq war even though he will veto a funding bill that also sets a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal.
"There are a lot of Democrats who understand we need to get the money to the troops," Bush said.
The president said he had sent a clear signal that he would veto the measure, which calls for troops to begin being pulled out in October.
The legislation "imposes the judgments of people here in Washington on military commanders and diplomats," he said. "So I will veto the bill."
Bush said he opposed the bill sent to him by the Democratic-run Congress because it sets "artificial timetables for withdrawal," seeks to second guess commanders on the ground, and contains billions of dollars in wasteful spending not related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
On another matter, Bush said that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice might meet with Iranian diplomats later this week on the sidelines of a meeting in Egypt on Iraq.
"Should the foreign minister of Iran bump into Condi Rice, she will not be rude. She is not a rude person," Bush said.
He called Iran "a significant threat to world peace today and in the future" because of its nuclear program.
He said that the United States and the European Union are "united in sending this very clear message" to Iran. He said the U.S. and European leaders were together in backing enforcement of U.N. resolutions on Iran to allow inspections of nuclear facilities.
Bush spoke at a White House news conference after meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.
In connection with efforts to restart the so-called Doha round of global trade-liberalization talks, Bush said, "I'm under no illusion about how hard it will be to achieve the objective."
The leaders also said they talked about climate change and agreed to take a united approach to find ways to lower pollution that causes global warming.
"We don't want isolate ourselves" from rest of world, Merkel said.

Updated : 2021-01-28 22:40 GMT+08:00