Gallegly Meets with President to Discuss Europe Trip
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-CA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats, met with President Bush and select members of the House and Senate leadership at the White House today to discuss the President's recent trip to Europe.
The meeting, which lasted about an hour and 20 minutes, covered a number of topics, including the U.S. relationship with the European Union and our NATO allies, Iran, Iraq, Syria's involvement in Lebanon, and Russia.
"The issues we discussed, and which the President discussed with European leaders, are important not only from the aspect of our ties with Europe but with the future of the world and the U.S. and the European roles in making it secure," Gallegly said. "We are partners in the war against terrorism and in bringing peace to the Middle East. And, I am heartened by the tremendous amount of commitment our European allies have made toward rebuilding Iraq and the tremendous faith they have shown in the Iraqi people after Iraq's very successful elections."
Among those attending the meeting were Vice President Dick Cheney; White House Chief of Staff Andy Card; Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove; House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL); House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL); Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN); Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS); Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN); Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE), ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.