Joe Biden

Remarks Prior to a Meeting With President William Ruto of Kenya

May 23, 2024

President Biden. Mr. President, welcome back to the Oval. I—it's great to have you here.

And today we celebrate 60 years of partnership between Kenya and the United States. And during that time, our partnership has gone from delivering for our nations to delivering for the region and I, quite frankly, think delivering for the world. And it's remarkable.

But this visit is not just about our history, it's about the future of what we're going to do together. And there's a lot we can and must do together.

There's virtually no challenge, I think, that Kenya and the United States can't meet together and improve the circumstance, no matter what it is: climate change, technology, economic development, good health, the whole question of counterterrorism, clean energy—all of which we're working on together, and you're leading on as well.

So I look forward to us discussing all these issues today. And I really am happy you're here and hope we get to spend some real time together.


President Ruto. Thank you.

Mr. President, thank you very much for inviting me. And thank you for the moments we're going to share together during my visit.

Already, as you have said, we're celebrating 60 years of a solid relationship between Kenya and the United States, built firmly on the foundation of shared values, which we cherish, of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights. And we're very proud of the relationship that we have built.

And that relationship, Mr. President, has given us the opportunity to face our challenges together.

And you, Mr. President, and the United States have provided leadership. And Kenya is working with you in the context of the challenges that face our region: challenges of security, challenges of peace. And together, we have surmounted many challenges. And we have the wherewithal and the capacity to do more together.

And, Mr. President, we will be exploring opportunities for trade and for investment.

Working together in the frameworks that exist, whether it is on climate—you remember, Mr. President, we had the Africa Climate Summit that I convened in Nairobi.

And we changed the narrative on the African Continent: Instead of us thinking about victimhood, we decided that we're going to provide solutions—working with progressive democracies, like the U.S.—on how to deal with these challenges.

And the last 3 weeks, I also convened the International Development Association—IDA—Replenishment Summit in Nairobi with the World Bank, again, to look at solutions around the international financial architecture: how do we make it much more sensitive, agile, and that can respond to pressing economic issues compounded—that have been compounded by climate change and inflation and interest rates.

And I'm very proud, Mr. President, that the United States is working with us towards resolving the challenges that face us, but also exploring opportunities for trade, for investment in areas of technology.

And we will be signing one of the most progressive agreements on tech between Microsoft and a Kenyan company looking into the future around new technologies, AI.

And so, Mr. President, I am inspired that these moments are giving us the opportunity to leverage on our friendship and to build a stronger collaboration to face up to the challenges that face the globe to make our countries freer, safer, healthier, and much more progressive. And I'm looking forward.

President Biden. A lot to talk about.

President Ruto. Thank you, Mr. President.

President Biden. Thank you all very much.

[At this point, several reporters began asking questions at once.]

Q. Should Justice Alito recuse himself? Should Justice Alito recuse himself from—[inaudible]?

President Biden. I'm going to have a press conference—we're going to have a press conference a little bit later, and I'll be able to answer your questions. Okay? Thank you.

NOTE: The President spoke at 11:06 a.m. in the Oval Office at the White House.

Joseph R. Biden, Remarks Prior to a Meeting With President William Ruto of Kenya Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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