This is my first overseas trip as president of the United States. I’m heading to the G7, then to the NATO ministerial, and then to meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know. [applause] At every point along the way, we’re going to make it clear that the United States is back, and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future. That we’re committed to leading with strength, defending our values and delivering for our people. These partnerships have hardened, and have been hardened, in the fire of war. And generations of Americans and servicemembers who fought them. Like the original Bloody Hundredth and those are RAF pilots, and their shared mission in World War II — flying, fighting, winning, it’s done together. I believe we’re at an inflection point in world history. The moment where it falls to us to prove that democracies will not just endure, but they will excel. As we rise to seize the enormous opportunities of a new age, we have to discredit those who believe that the age of democracy is over, as some of our fellow nations believe, we have to expose as false the narrative that decrees of dictators can match the speed and scale of the 21st challenges. You know, and I know they’re wrong. Generation after generation of American heroes have signed up to be part of the fight because they understand the truth that lives in every American heart. That liberation, opportunity, justice is far more likely to come to pass in a democracy than in emerging autocracies in the world.