(CNSNews.com) – In a speech at the Three Seas Initiative Summit, President Donald Trump on Thursday touted the United States’ energy independence, telling Central European leaders that America exports energy and if they need energy, they should “give us a call.”
“We're here at this historic gathering to launch a new future for open, fair, and affordable energy markets that bring greater security and prosperity to all of our citizens. We are sitting on massive energy, and we are now exporters of energy, so if one of you need energy, just give us a call,” Trump said.
He said the U.S. supports the Three Seas nations’ “drive for greater prosperity and security” and applauded their “initiative to expand infrastructure.” He welcomed the “historic opportunity to deepen our economic partnership with your region.”
The Three Seas Summit consists of nations across Central Europe between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas and was convened by Polish President Andrzej Duda and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
“The Three Seas Initiative will transform and rebuild the entire region and ensure that your infrastructure, like your commitment to freedom and rule of law, binds you to all of Europe and, indeed, to the West,” Trump said.
“The United States also strongly supports the creation of the Three Seas Business Forum so that your countries can build cutting-edge projects with the best talent in the energy industry, and do so under budget and ahead of schedule. I love that sound -- under budget and ahead of schedule. Nothing like it,” the president said.
“New energy infrastructure is essential to this rebuilding effort. We hope that the Three Seas nations will advance the same goals we are working on to achieve for our people in America,” Trump said and touted the economic progress that the U.S. has made with the stock market and the unemployment rate.
“Our stock market just hit an all-time high. We have, I think, 16 years -- in 16 years it’s the lowest unemployment rate,” he said.
The U.S. military is “getting stronger and stronger,” he said. “We’re rebuilding it, adding billions and billions of dollars of new equipment - the best equipment in the world.”
“And the United States is doing very well -- very strong. We’ve taken off restrictions and people are really moving hard. So when I say that the stock market is at an all-time high, we’ve picked up in market value almost $4 trillion since November 8th, which was the election. $4 trillion -- it's a lot of money. Personally, I picked up nothing, but that’s all right. Everyone else is getting rich. That’s okay. I’m very happy," the president said.
“Greater access to energy markets, fewer barriers to energy trade and development, and strengthening energy security is what we’re looking to do. The Three Seas initiative has the potential to accomplish all of these essential objectives -- and very quickly -- because you have incredible people, and they will get it done quickly,” Trump said.
He congratulated them for “already beginning the critical projects that open us up to greater access, and you’ll be totally open and have access to energy markets and remove barriers to energy trade.” The president cited the LNG terminal on the Croatian island of Krk and the Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector as examples.
“These projects and many others are crucial to ensuring that your nations continue to diversify your energy sources, suppliers, and routes. I also applaud Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Austria for pursuing a pipeline from the Black Sea,” the president said.
Trump also congratulated Poland for receiving its first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the U.S.
“The United States is proud to see that our abundant energy resources are already helping the Three Seas Nations achieve much-needed energy diversification. In fact, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the government and people of Poland for receiving their first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas last month, and you made a very good deal, I understand,” he said.
He said the U.S. will never use energy to “coerce” the Three Seas nations.
“Let me be very clear about one crucial point: The United States will never use energy to coerce your nations, and we cannot allow others to do so. You don’t want to have a monopoly or a monopolistic situation. The United States is firmly committed to open, fair, and competitive markets for global energy trade,” Trump said.
“America will be a faithful and dependable partner in the export and sale of our high-quality and low-cost energy resources and technologies. We make the best technology, and we make the best, best technology for fighter jets and ships and equipment, military weapons,” Trump said.
“So when you buy and as you buy military equipment, hopefully you’ll be thinking only of the United States,” he added.
“With the expanded trade and new infrastructure, we will unleash incredible energy innovation that is safe, responsible, and environmentally friendly,” Trump said. The U.S. “supports a commonsense approach to protecting natural resources - one that responsibly balances economic growth, job creation, and energy security.”
“We invite all countries to work with us to achieve this objective and to develop innovative technologies that empower nations around the world to be faithful stewards of their natural resources, while lifting millions out of poverty and into great and beautiful futures,” he said.