THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release November 15, 2000
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT CLINTON AND PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN OF RUSSIA IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY Assara Guest House Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
1:10 P.M. (L)
Q President Clinton, any comment on the U.S. election?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, let him talk about it. (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT PUTIN: (Remarks in Russian.) We're anxiously, but with respect to the feelings of the American people, are waiting for the outcomes.
Q (Question asked in Russian.)
PRESIDENT PUTIN: President Clinton, during the term of his presidency, has caused a breakthrough in the U.S.-Russian relations. And we expect this torch to be given to whoever will be the successor.
Q Mr. President, how are you going to explain what's going on back home to Mr. Putin and other foreign leaders?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think it's pretty clear that no one knows yet who won the election. There are recounts in progress, and there will be a full accounting according to an accepted legal process in America. We have plenty of time. There's nothing to worry about.
I think other leaders should have the same reaction the American people have about it. I think they are pretty relaxed about it now. They're going to let the process play out. Both sides are certainly very well represented, and they'll argue their points and we'll see how it works.
END 1:15 P.M. (L)