For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 15, 2001
Remarks by the President
Upon Arrival at the White House
the South Lawn
Q Mr. President, There's a New Offer from the Taliban to Turn Over
Bin Laden. What's Your Response to That, Sir?
Turn Him Over. Turn Him Over, Turn His Cohorts Over,
Turn Any Hostages They Hold Over, Destroy All the Terrorist Camps. There's
No Need to Negotiate. There's No Discussions. I Told Them Exactly What
They Need to Do. and There's No Need to Discuss Innocence or Guilt; We
Know He's Guilty. Turn Him Over. If They Want US to Stop Our Military
Operations, They've Just Got to Meet My Conditions. Now, When I Said No
negotiation, I meant no negotiation.
Q You reject his offer?
THE PRESIDENT: I don't know what the offer is. All they've got to do is turn him over. And his colleagues, and the stocks he hides, as well as destroy his camps, and the innocent people being held hostage in Afghanistan.
Q They want you to stop the bombing and see evidence.
THE PRESIDENT: There's no negotiation -- they must have not heard -- there's no negotiation. This is non-negotiable. These people, if they're interested in us stopping our military operations, we will do so if they meet the conditions that I outlined in my speech to the United States Congress. It's as simple as that. There's nothing to negotiate about. They're harboring a terrorist, and they need to turn him over. And not only turn him over, turn the al Qaeda organization over, destroy all the terrorist camps -- actually, we're doing a pretty good job of that right now -- and release the hostages they hold. That's all they've got to do. But there is no negotiation, period.