Remarks by President Clinton after his Speech to Farmers, December 1, 1999



Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 1, 1999


Weyerhauser Facility
The Port of Seattle, Washington

1:07 P.M. PST

Q Mr. President, what message do the violence and protests send to the WTO officials and delegates here?

THE PRESIDENT: Let me say this, I think that the WTO officials are quite well aware that the violence is not representative of how the American people feel, that nearly 100 percent of our people abhor what was done and condemn it. We don't believe in violence, we don't believe in people who keep other people from meeting. We don't like that.

I think that what the WTO people are here is to pay attention to the nonviolent protests, and should open the process and find a way to legitimately consider the grievances of the poorest nations, as well as those of us who believe that we have to give greater concern to the environment and to labor standards and our trade measures. And I think -- that's what I think they should listen to. They should give no consideration to the violent people because nobody supports them, nobody believes in it and what they did was wrong. It was just vandalism.

Q Can a peaceful message go through?

THE PRESIDENT: I hope so. That's more up to you, than me. (Laughter.) Thank you.

END 1:09 P.M. PST

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