I'm pretty extensively about his tweets about these four congresswomen do you find the president's tweets racist and what do you make of white nationalists praising those tweets again I think the president I don't find them racist the president just went on and clarified his comments I think he speaks for himself on that he was very clear but again we're focused on crypto currencies and I'll take it we're now going to switch off of currency just to give you the benefit of that then we'll give you some brief debt-ceiling I'm sure there's some interest in that again there's a lot of misinformation okay on this issue and I've received letters being a cubed postponing this and everything else so again this is a non political situation where the primary objective of changing the currency is to stop counterfeiting and if you look at the hundred dollar bill and what went into the hundred dollar bill that was over a 10-year process what people don't understand is when it comes to counterfeiting and again protecting the currency is my responsibility there are multiple ways we protect the currency some of these are physical things that you can see like when you look at the hundred dollar bill and you see the thread there are security features that you can't see okay there are security features that are limited to the government being able to say so we don't advertise what all the security features are but these are very complex things that once they're developed then require different machinery to be made in a different manufacturing process so the new currency is not going to come out for a long period of time when people talked about the design and again the design starts with the security features okay there were some preliminary or what I would call artwork not design and again even in the most optimistic scenario of me staying through the president's second term I'm not staying past the president's second term this currency isn't going to come out so this is not a political issue and again we're happy to you say it's not a political issue but with everything all the controversy swirling right now as it relates to race and things that have happened before is this an issue of race yeah and and that matter of fact okay we're gonna do more research on kind of what's been done at Treasury in the past at some point we will be having to look at when we have the currency and at that appropriate time will address think envision which he was invited to come and speak to I'm not aware of whether he's going to that or not but he I always like him to talk about the economy because economy is doing fabulous it's the bright spot of growth and I'll be very proud going did you say black economy is doing terrific you
thing one tonight there's a pretty big international incident brewing in Washington this week after a British tabloid published leaked cables written by the UK ambassador to the u.s. ambassador Sir Kim Derrick seems like a rather perceptive chap perceptive observer of American politics he calls the White House quote uniquely dysfunctional describes Trump as inept incompetent and my personal favorite radiating insecurity of course it didn't take long for that report to start making waves on this side of the pond oh I could say things about him but I won't bother for sure dude how long you think our completely and totally thick-skinned president could keep that promise that's thing to in sixty Seconds so after is reported that the British ambassador referred Donald Trump as insecure in leaf cables the president held out nearly a full forty eight whole hours before unleashing a totally secure and composed series of insults saying he didn't know the ambassador but he's not liked or well thought of calling him wacky a very stupid guy and a pompous fool he sure has a lot to say about a guy he supposedly doesn't know president Trump also disinvited ambassador Derek to a dinner with the Emir of Qatar last night which was a whole other weird scene but he didn't make sure to get that his good friend Robert Kraft was there and for some reason the UK trade minister told the BBC that he would apologize to Ivanka Trump for the whole mess at a previously scheduled meeting in Washington there was no mention of an apology in the White House's readout of that event regardless this has got to be the end of the road for the ambassador right considering the President himself said we will no longer deal with him we will continue to deal with all accredited individuals until we get any further guidance from the White House or the president which we will of course abide by the president's direction so you have not received any instruction from the White House to cut contacts with the embassy or with the Ambassador no maybe check your phone okay well we'll just have to wait I guess for the next set of tweets well first of all I don't have thin skin I have very strong very thick skin I have a strong temperament and it's a very good temperament that it's a very in control temperament hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you can click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos
summer of 1968 presidential election was looming in the fall and because when it rains it pours in politics that summer summer of 68 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court decided that he would like to retire Chief Justice Earl Warren told President Johnson that he wanted to retire now LBJ was at the end of his term right he was deeply unpopular at the time he decided not to run for re-election and LBJ devised a plan for what he was gonna do about that chief justice seat he decided that he would elevate to the chief justice position a Justice who was already on the Supreme Court justice who'd already been on the court for three years his friend Abe Fortas and Republicans were already not hot on Abe Fortas because of his liberal views because of his ties to President Johnson but their support their potential support for a Portis being Chief Justice that cratered when it was revealed that justice Fortas had accepted a bunch of speaking fees from private donors for a series of college lectures which he should not have done and so they filibustered him they blocked his nomination for four days on October 1st 1968 a month before the election there was an attempt to beat that filibuster and the attempt dramatically failed and the Abe Fortas nomination to be chief justice that whole thing fell apart Fortas lost the vote was on cloture on stopping the filibuster on forcing the members to stop talking to sit down and to decide whether they confirmed Fortas or not they took a vote on ending the filibuster and the Senate clerk announced the result 45 to 43 that was 14 votes short of two-thirds of the Senators present the Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield and said the appointment would be laid aside temporarily and the Senate would go to other business that was October of 1968 that was so long ago we didn't have c-span we had Senate sketch artists like it was a cameras banned from the courtroom situation October 1968 that is the last and only time a Supreme Court nominee was successfully filibustered in modern times the last time an opposition party tried to mount a filibuster was in 2006 the Sam Alito nomination twenty four Democrats led by John Kerry and Ted Kennedy supported by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in O six they attempted to filibuster Alito's nomination to the court but 20 Democratic senators would not go along and that effort failed so again the last time they or it's able to pull this off was 68 he's it gonna happen again are they going to be able to pull it off prior to tonight's announcement about who the nominee would be for the Supreme Court see before we knew it was going to be Neil Gorsuch the Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell had a suggestion for Democrats don't filibuster what I would expect from our Democratic friends is the nominee can be handled similarly to President Clinton's two nominees in his first term and President Obama's two nominees in his first term President Obama's two nominees in his first term I'd like to get really specific because they don't want to talk about the third nomination that President Obama made no mention of Merrick Garland's President Obama's third nominee who faced this unprecedented blockade by Republican senators who refused since last March to even hold the hearing on his nomination despite the fact that Merrick garland was a completely non controversial nomination well tonight the new Republican president has announced that appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch is his choice for that Supreme Court seat that Merrick garland was supposed to be the nominee for after Neil Gorsuch was announced as the nominee we got this statement from the Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer quote the Senate must insist upon 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee a bar that was met by each of President Obama's nominees the burden is on Judge Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and in this new era willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the executive branch the headline there may be not surprising but the Democratic Senate leader affirming that they're going to insist on a 60-vote threshold Republicans do not have 60 votes in the Senate what this means is that Democrats are going to filibuster Senate Democrats were already under intense pressure from Democratic voters who have been loudly upset with Democrats casting votes for Trump cabinet nominees that pressure will intensify on Democrats now that we've got a Supreme Court nomination as well even before tonight even before we got the name tonight one Democratic senator had been standing up loudly and overtly saying that he would filibuster the pic regardless of who it was because he said Republicans effectively stole this Supreme Court seat from President Obama a senator who has been making that case all along is Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley joining us now is Senator Merkley senator thank you very much for being up late and being here with us on nominee nomination I really appreciate your welcome Rachel I wouldn't miss it well does the announcement of Judge Gorsuch his name is remarks tonight the president's introduction of hammering tonight does that change your mind at all about your desire to filibuster this nomination no not at all I mean the point I was making was we must not forget this this is not a normal consideration this is a seat that was stolen from the former President Obama that's never been done in US history before to let this become normal just invites a complete partisan polarization of the court From Here to Eternity at what point does a majority say in the future we will not let someone make a nomination two years into their four years or three years into four years or their entire four years so I made it clear that I was going to insist on a 60 vote standard and that I would vote against closing debate so existing on 60 votes is the way you you start what we refer to as a filibuster and then the question is there going to be enough votes to shut it down and of course my hope is is that there won't be how many how many senators do you need to join with you in order to make it so that Judge Gorsuch has to clear 60 votes in order to get confirmed how many people do you need you have to have 41 senators vote against closing debate there are 48 Democratic Senatorial senators said another 48 you need 41 oh yes so we've got 48 senators who are either Democrats are who are caucusing with the Democrats do you have any sense of your colleagues views toward this and whether or not you think you'll clear that 41 vote number well I suspect we're going to hear a lot of statements from colleagues but the colleagues who are waiting to see if possibly the president would nominate someone like Merrick garland are going to be sorely disappointed tonight this is a nick from the extreme right someone who has said corporations art people made that case someone who has proceeded to be against class-action suits which are the only opportunity for fairness for a lot of citizens I mean you go by case by case by case this is about the powerful and the privileged and oppressing the rights of the people I think I think there's going to be an enormous number of senators who decide that this person is not suitable because they will not honor our We the People vision of government embedded in our Constitution Senator Merkley I'm sort of been reading the tea leaves on this a little bit trying to get a sense of where the Democrats in the Senate are on this and whether or not this is a time when we might expect a democratic effort that would be a big deal that would be a heavy lift in political terms not just because of the qualifications of this nominee but because it would set a new standard for what it means to get a Supreme Court justice I look at the size of those protests in the streets I look at the mood of the Democratic base right now I look at the reaction of Democratic voters and protesters to what the new administration is doing who they've nominated to the cabinet and I see a lot of momentum I see a lot of energy how do you know whether or not it's going to translate into into this working are you worried that if you try and fail Democrats will be showing weakness here well I I never worried about trying and failing you have to fight the battles you believe in and that's what enables you to win is to undertake that battle I can tell you that this weekend I had two town halls on Saturday the first had 600 folks crowded into a gym that could only fit about 400 it was almost scary and I thought I'm never going to see another Town Hall like this I went to my second town hall and 3700 citizens showed up to weigh in about how angry they are how frustrated they are about how America has gone way off track under just the at that point ten days of this presidential leadership by Trump Jeff Merkley of Oregon about to be involved in one of the political fights of your life sir thank you for helping us understand tonight I appreciate being so welcome alright this is gonna be very interesting I mean what Jeff Merkley is talking about here what Chuck Schumer now says is going to be the Democratic strategy here is to get 41 Democrats to line up with this filibuster they've got 48 democratic or caucusing with the Democratic caucus senators in the Senate if they can get 41 of the 48 to side with this strategy they can at least theoretically they can block this nomination from the minority it would be a radical move it would change the way that Supreme Court nominees are approved in this country sort of been changing on its own anyway but this is gonna be a fascinating thing to watch and it'll be fascinating to see if they'll those protesters out in the street all those people showing up at Senate offices and town hall meetings and all these things all over the country whether they're gonna backstop their democratic senators on this strategy this is gonna be a hell of a fight we'll be right back hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you can click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos
hello viewers you are watching the policy times and I'm your host a cram and we are here with CE n gopalakrishnan sir who is a member of parliament raja Sava from the Union Territory pas de jure and he is not a seasonal politician he is an industrialist but has been honored with the very important task in that is permitted by the Constitution of India now we will actually try to understand he-he-he's and Raja Sabha MP from Puducherry producer is the Union today one of the 7 union territories that India has we will try to understand because a lot of our a lot of Indians in fact do not know what Union Territory is and how they function so we have an opportunity to you know have some idea and insights about how union territories work and function sir thank you so much for giving us the interview sir how do you actually define and what is this governance structure of Union Territories in India see there are 7 union territories are in India 5 union territories are coming under direct administration by Home Ministry other 2 union territories are one is for the Cherry and another one is deadly I think Delhi is having 70 MLAs and for the Cherry is having 30 MLS and that that ml is in the sense we the Delhi and Buddha cherry are are having legislators state state legislature whereas we are not getting central government say central government grant said the central government grant to be central government has to give grant to the Union Territories but whereas all five union territories are getting the enormous grant since that that fie union territories are directly controlled by directly administered by her ministry they are giving grant gracefully and whereas those are run by state legislature those two unitarity this one is Delhi and the another one is Pondicherry Nasser for the Cherry these two union territories are having state legislature and they they couldn't get these two unitary tested could be able to get whatever the grant we need which is not available yet layer in from 19 1990 onwards if you check it was the Grand has been given by the central government ninety percent ninety ninety percent grant and ten percent he says state revenue now slowly it has been reduced and now it is around even 5 percent 10 percent also they are not giving grand this is the situation so now actually what is the relevance of having union territories even today after 70 years of Independence can they be converted into full-fledged states two categories are their own is political political background and another world is those union territories which are not having which are not bringing resources coming under central government the central government is keeping all union territories under the direct control under the under the supervision of union government but now two union territories we have that is that has that have state legislature that is one is unitary and another one is a deliverer okay these two union territories are not getting sufficient fund maybe Delhi is having enormous fun they don't bother about the government granted central central government grant grant but they also have been crying for funds III don't know much about the delegate union territory but I know much about you to the Cherry government for the Cherry is facing lot of problem they are running more than ten years they're running there they're facing financial crunch but they are allocating only they are giving only thousand six hundred crores grant which is not at all enough to run the government I got the message now sir there has been many such union territories like majorem Goa they have been converted in to fulfill a state's I am I correct to say that Mizoram Manipur Meghalaya Nagaland and other seven out of seven Hill states all Hill states have become full-fledged full-fledged state now this to have legislative assemblies put each Aryan Delhi is there any chance they can also be converted in future we are trying we are we are trying to get the scattered but government is not pleading government is not giving that facility to we we are crying for statehood but still they are not adhering to our views so what are the advantages and disadvantages of being a union territory and a full-fledged itself advantage is if we are getting a state road we will be coming under the ambit of Finance Commission if we are having finals if you are coming under the ambit of Finance Commission whatever the facilities the state is having that facilities will come so now there are two states union territories which have Rajas of our members but all four other fives don't have that what is why is the Rajas of means all five union territories territories are not having state legislature that is why they are not having Raja Sabha members but they are having Lok Sabha members basically a Malays choose their Raja Sabha in peace MLA see how to elect Raja Sabha members which is not possible for the five union territories which are not having any state legislature right since the other five union territories do not have MLS or State Legislative that's that that is the main reason so any other message with regards to union territories you have for our viewers some union territories who are under directly administered by Home Ministry are are getting full-fledged grants full fledged grants whatever the completely the central government is observing whatever the grants they need that they are giving so we had Sri n Gopalakrishnan who is an honourable Rajas of a member of parliament from patisserie one of the 7 union territories that we have in India now he from the interview we clearly could find out that he has only one demand and one request and one proposal that is please increase our grant like be you are giving to other five-unit it is a grant and try to give the statehood facilities statehood so what are the facilities a full-fledged state gates so he expects and once such facility so a viewers we have 7 union territories just to give the background in the end Chandigarh dominant do Dadra and Nagar Haveli puducherry Andaman and Nicobar Island luxury and New Delhi now out of all 7 union territories there are 2 union territories which have state legislators right so puducherry has 30 MLS Delhi has 70 MLS and that's why these two states can also elect their Rajas of our members the other since they don't have MLS they can't have Rajas of our members now as the Honorable MP said that he has two expectations from the government one please increase the grant and give the full statehood so yes since many states have many union Tillett YZ have later converted into full fillet States there is a possibility that daily and put a jury can be converted into full-fledged its so thank you so much keep watching the policy times
THAT'S >>> YOU'RE LOOKING AT LIVE PICS OF THE NATIONAL MALL WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ABOUT TO START SPEAKING. PART OF THE CONTROVERSIAL FOURTH OF JULY EVENT THAT WE HAVE TALKING ABOUT FOR DAYS IS CALLED SALUTE TO AMERICA. IT'S GOING TO INVOLVE FIREWORKS, A FLYOVER, MILITARY TANKS, ALL SORTS OF THINGS. THE WEATHER IS NOT PARTICULARITY GREAT. IT'S BEEN RAINING ON AND OFF THROUGHOUT THE DAY IN D.C. THIS HAS BEEN A HIGHLY CRITICIZED AND CONTROVERSIAL EVENT. WE KNOW IT'S GOING TO COST AT LEAST $2.5 MILLION IF NOT MORE. A LOT OF PEOPLE CONCERNED THAT MONEY WAS COMING FROM TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THE NATIONAL PARK WHICH ARE SUPPOSED TO GO TO HELP IMPROVE THE NATIONAL PARK. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN D.C. ALSO WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACTS THE TANKS AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT MIGHT HAVE ON THE ROAD THERE. THERE'S VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE. THERE WAS SOME CONCERN THAT WEATHER MIGHT DETER THE CROWDS. AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE NATIONAL MALL. 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THE FIRST LADY AND I WISH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU A HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY ON THIS TRULY HISTORIC FOURTH OF JULY. TODAY WE COME TOGETHER AS ONE NATION WITH THIS VERY SPECIAL SALUTE TO AMERICA. WE CELEBRATE OUR HISTORY, OUR PEOPLE AND THE HEROS WHO PROUDLY DEFEND OUR FLAG, THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE WITH US VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND HIS WONDERFUL WIFE KAREN. WE'RE ALSO JOINED BY MANY HARD WORKING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK ESPER AND MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF MY CABINET AND ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, GENERAL JOE DUNFORD. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. LIEUTENANT GENERAL DANIEL HAWKINSON OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND DISTINGUISHED LEADERS REPRESENTING EACH BRANCH OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCED, THE ARMY, NAVY, COAST GUARD, MARINES, AIR FORCE AND VERY SOON THE SPACE FORCE. AS WE GATHER THIS EVENING IN THE JOY OF FREEDOM, WE REMEMBER THAT ALL SHARE A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY HERITAGE. 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THANKS LARGELY TO HIS BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENTS, CURRENTLY 90% OF THOSE WITH THE MOST COMMON CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIAS SURVIVE. DOCTOR, YOU ARE A GREAT AMERICAN HERO. THANK YOU. AMERICANS ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. THAT LOVE AND UNITY HELD TOGETHER THE FIRST PILGRIMS. IT FORGED COMMUNITIES ON THE GREAT PLAINS. IT INSPIRED CLARA BARTON TO FOUND THE RED CROSS AND IT KEEPS OUR NATION THRIVING TODAY. HERE TONIGHT, FROM THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE IS TINA BELCHER. HER SELFLESS GENEROSITY OVER THREE DECADES HAS MADE HER KNOWN TO ALL AS MRS. ANGEL. EVERY TIME A HURRICANE STRIKES, MRS. ANGEL TURNS HER TINY KITCHEN INTO A DISASTER RELIEF CENTER. ON A SINGLE DAY AFTER HURRICANE MICHAEL, SHE GAVE 476 PEOPLE A WARM MEAL. MRS. ANGEL, YOUR BOUNDLESS HEART INSPIRES US ALL. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FROM OUR EARLIER DAYS, AMERICANS OF FAITH HAVE UPLIFTED OUR NATION. THIS EVENING WE ARE JOINED BY SISTER DEIRDRE BURN. SISTER BURN IS A RETIRED ARMY SURGEON WHO SERVED FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS. ON SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001, THE SISTER RACED TO GROUND ZERO, THROUGH SMOKE AND DEBRIS SHE ADMINISTERED FIRST AID AND COMFORT TO ALL. SISTER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LIFETIME OF SERVICE. THANK OUR NATION HAS ALWAYS HONORED THE HEROS WHO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY, THE FIREFIGHTERS, FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE, SHERIFFS, I.C.E., BORDER PATROL AND ALL OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. ON THIS JULY 4th, WE PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR OUR NATION. WE ARE DEEPLY MOVED TO BE IN THE PRESENCE THIS EVENING OF GOLD STAR FAMILIES WHOSE LOVED ONES MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN MADE EVER GREATER BY CITIZENS WHO RISKED IT ALL FOR EQUALITY AND FOR JUSTICE. 100 YEARS AGO THIS SUMMER, THE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT LED CONGRESS TO PASS THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT GIVING WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. IN 1960, A THIRST FOR JUSTICE LED AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS TO SIT DOWN AT THE WOOLWORTH LUNCH COUNTER IN GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA. IT WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST CIVIL RIGHTS SIT-INS AND IT STARTED A MOVEMENT ALL ACROSS OUR NATION. CLARENCE HENDERSON WAS 18 YEARS OLD WHEN HE TOOK HIS PLACE IN HISTORY. ALMOST SIX DECADES LATER, HE IS HERE TONIGHT IN A SEAT OF HONOR. CLARENCE, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS COUNTRY A MUCH BETTER PLACE FOR ALL AMERICANS. IN 1963 REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. STOOD HERE ON THESE VERY STEPS AND CALLED ON OUR NATION TO LIVE OUT THE TRUE MEANING OF ITS CREED AND LET FREEDOM RING FOR EVERY CITIZEN ALL ACROSS OUR LAND. AMERICA'S FEARLESS RESOLVE AS INSPIRED HEROS WHO DEFINED OUR NATIONAL CHARACTER FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON, JOHN ADAMS, BETSY ROSS TO FREDERICK DOUGLAS, HARRIET TUBMAN, AMELIA ERHARDT, JACKIE ROBINSON AND OF COURSE JOHN GLENN. IT HAS WILLED OUR WARRIORS UP MOUNTAINS AND ACROSS MINE FIELDS. IT HAS LIBERATED CONTINENTS, SPLIT THE ATOM. HERE WITH US IS EARL MORSE. EARL FOUND THAT MANY WORLD WAR II VETERANS COULD NOT AFFORD TO VISIT THEIR MEMORIAL ON THE NATIONAL MALL. SO EARL BEGAN THE VERY FIRST HONOR FLIGHTS THAT HAVE NOW BROUGHT OVER 200,000 WORLD WAR II HEROS TO VISIT AMERICA'S MONUMENT. EARL, THANK YOU. WE SALUTE YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. OUR WARRIORS OF AMERICAN PATRIOTS WHO FOUGHT ALL THE WAY BACK FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. TODAY THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN FREEDOM RESTS ON THE SHOULDERS OF MEN AND WOMEN WILLING TO DEFEND IT. WE ARE PROUDLY JOINED TONIGHT BY HEROS FROM EACH BRANCH OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES INCLUDING THREE RECIPIENTS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. THANK YOU. THEY AND THOUSANDS BEFORE US SERVED WITH IMMENSE DISTINCTION AND THEY LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF THAT SERVICE. TO YOUNG AMERICANS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO JOIN OUR MILITARY AND MAKE A TRULY GREAT STATEMENT IN LIFE. AND YOU SHOULD DO IT. WE WILL NOW BEGIN OUR CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, HONOING EACH BRANCH. I INVITE ACTING SECRETARY, PLEASE MARK ESPER, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND CHAIRMAN DUNFORD, HEAD OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, PLEASE JOIN ME. IN AUGUST OF 1790 BY REQUEST OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AND ALEXANDER HAMILTON, CONGRESS ESTABLISHED A FLEET OF TEN SWIFT VESSELS TO DEFEND OUR SHORES. THEY WOULD FIGHT PIRATES, STOP SMUGGLERS AND SAFEGUARD OUR BORDERS. THEY ARE THE ANCESTORS OF OUR FAITHFUL COAST GUARD. WHEN OUR SHIPS WERE SEIZED IN 1812 IT WAS A REVENUE CUTTER, THE SWIFT SCHOONER THOMAS JEFFERSON THAT SWEPT IN TO CAPTURE THE FIRST BRITISH VESSEL OF THE WAR. IN 1897 WHEN 265 WHALERS WERE TRAPPED IN ICE AND THE ICE FIELDS OF ALASKA WERE CLOSING UP, COURAGEOUS OFFICERS TREKKED 1500 MILES THROUGH THE FROZEN FRONTIER TO RESCUE THOSE STARVING MEN FROM CERTAIN DEATH. IN 1942 THE COAST GUARD MANNED LANDING CRAFT FOR INVASIONS IN THE PACIFIC. WHEN THE ENEMY ATTACKED, FIRST CLASS DOUGLAS MONROE USED HIS OWN BOAT TO SHIELD HIS COMRADES FROM POUNDING GUNFIRE. MONROE GAVE HIS LIFE. HUNDREDS OF MARINES WERE SAVED. AS HE LAY DYING ON THE DECK, HIS FINAL QUESTION EMBODIED DEVOTION THAT SAILS WITH EVERY COAST GUARDSMAN. DID THEY GET OFF. ON D-DAY THE COAST GUARD'S FAMOUS MATCH BOX FLEET SERVED VALIANTLY THROUGH EVERY HOUR OF THE GREATEST AMPHIBIOUS INVASION OF THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. THE WATER BOILED WITH BULLETS LIKE A MUD PUDDLE IN A HAILSTORM BUT WE PUT OUR TROOPS ON UTAH AND OMAHA BEACHES. EVERY COAST GUARD IS TRUSTED TO PUT SERVICE BEFORE ALL, COASTIES PLUNGE FROM HELICOPTERS AND BARREL THROUGH POURING RAIN AND CRASHING WAVES TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. THEY SECURE OUR BORDERS FROM DRUG RUNNERS AND TERRORISTS, IN ROUGH SEAS, AT HIGH SPEEDS, THEIR SHARP SHOOTERS TAKE OUT SMUGGLERS' ENGINES WITH A SINGLE SHOT. THEY NEVER MISS. WHEN THE RED RACING STRIPES OF A COAST GUARD VESSEL BREAK THE HORIZON, WHEN THEIR CHOPPER BLADES PIERCE THE SKY, THOSE IN DISTRESS KNOW THAT THE HELP IS ON THEIR WAY AND OUR ENEMIES KNOW THEIR TIME HAS COME. THEY ARE THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. REPRESENTING THE COAST GUARD, YOU WILL SOON SEE AN 8860 HELICOPTER BASED AT CLEAR WATER. ALONG WITH THE DOLPHIN FROM AIR STATION ATLANTIC CITY AND AN AC 144 OCEAN SENTRY FROM AIR STATION MIAMI. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> THANK YOU. THANK YOU TO THE COAST GUARD. ON A COLD DECEMBER MORNING IN 1903, A MIRACLE OCCURRED OVER THE DUNES OF KITTY HAWK, NORTH CAROLINA. WHEN TWO BICYCLE MAKERS FROM OHIO DEFIED GRAVITY WITH A 12 HORSE POWER ENGINE, WINGS MADE OF COTTON AND JUST A FEW DOLLARS IN THEIR POCKETS. JUST SIX YEARS LATER, AMERICA WAS TRAINING THE FIRST PILOT TO TAKE THESE MAGNIFICENT MACHINES UP AND OVER THE FIELD OF BATTLE. IN WORLD WAR I, OUR FLY BOYS RUSHED THE SKIES OF EUROPE AND ACES LIKE EDDIE RICKENBACKER, WITH TALES OF DARING DUELS IN THE CLOUD. BILL WRITE MITCHELL SAW THIS TECHNOLOGY AND RISKED COURT-MARTIAL IN HIS QUEST FOR INDEPENDENT AIR FORCE. HE WAS PROVEN RIGHT WHEN EMPIRES ACROSS THE OCEAN STRIVED TO CARVE UP THE WORLD FOR THEMSELVES AND AMERICA STOOD IN THE WAY WE WOULDN'T LET IT HAPPEN. AFTER PEARL HARBOR, JAMES DOOLITTLE AND HIS BOMBERS FLEW OFF THE CARRIER DECK IN THE DEEP PACIFIC IN A DARING FEAT OF AMERICAN RESOLVE. AND AS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID, THE NAZIS BUILT THE FORTRESS AROUND EUROPE BUT THEY FORGOT TO PUT A ROOF ON IT. SO WE CRUSHED THEM ALL FROM THE AIR. 177 LIBERATOR BOMBERS FLEW DANGEROUSLY LOW, THROUGH BROAD DAYLIGHT WITHOUT PROTECTION WITH THE NAZI WAR MACHINE. MORE THAN 300 AIRMEN GAVE THEIR LIVES TO DESTROY THE ENEMY OIL REFINERIES AND THEY WERE AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOR THE ACTIONS IN THE SINGLE RAID. IT WAS AIRMAN CHUCK YEAGER WHO FIRST BROKE THE SOUND BARRIER. IT WAS BUZZ ALDRIN WHO CREATED THEIR SABRE JETS FOR ROCKETS TO THE STARS. AND IT IS OUR INCREDIBLE AIRMAN TODAY WHO WIELDS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPONS SYSTEMS ON THE PLANET EARTH. NONE HAS MANAGED TO KILL A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER BECAUSE THE SKIES BELONG TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NO ENEMY HAS ATTACKED OUR PEOPLE WITHOUT BEING MET BY THE ROAR OF THUNDER AND THE AWESOME MIGHT OF THOSE WHO BID FAREWELL TO EARTH AND SOARED INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER. THEY ARE THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. REPRESENTING THE AIR FORCE YOU WILL SOON SEE, BEAUTIFUL, BRAND NEW F-22 RAPTORS FROM LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE IN VIRGINIA. AND ONE MAGNIFICENT B-2 STEALTH BOMBER FROM MISSOURI. ♪♪ >> WHAT A GREAT COUNTRY. IN OCTOBER 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS ORDERED THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO SWIFT SAILING VESSELS. EACH CARRYING TEN CANNONS AND 80 MEN TO SAIL EASTWARD. OUR YOUNG FLEET TESTED THEIR SEA LEGS AGAINST THE MOST POWERFUL NAVY THE WORLD HAS EVER SCENE. JOHN PAUL JONES, AMERICA'S FIRST GREAT NAVAL HERO SAID, I WISH TO HAVE NO CONNECTION WITH ANY SHIP THAT DOES NOT SAIL FAST. FOR I INTEND TO GO IN HARM'S WAY. HE GOT HIS WISH MANY TIMES WHEN HIS SHIP WAS SHOT INTO PIECES OFF THE COAST OF ENGLAND BY A BRITISH VESSEL AND HER FOUR DOZEN GUNS. WHEN DEMANDED TO SURRENDER, JONES FAMOUSLY DECLARED, I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT. WHEN OUR NAVY BEGINS FIGHTING, THEY FINISH THE JOB. THE WAR OF 1812, CAPTAIN JAMES LAWRENCE FELL WITH HIS BROTHERS ON THE USS CHESAPEAKE. HIS DYING COMMAND GAINED IMMORTALITY. DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP. IN THE BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY, ADMIRAL DAVID FARRAGUT LASHED HIMSELF TO THE RIGGING OF THE FLAGSHIP TO SEE BEYOND CRYING, DAMN THE TORPEDOS, FULL SPEED AHEAD IN WORLD WAR II, IT WAS AVIATORS' LAUNCH FROM THE CARRIER ENTERPRISE. YORKTOWN, WHO FILLED THE SKIES OF MIDWAY AND TURNED THE TIDE OF THE PACIFIC WAR. NOBODY COULD BEAT US. NOBODY COULD COME CLOSE. ON D-DAY, THE ENGINEERS CAME ASHORE TO DESTROY BLOCKADES AND BARRIERS, MAKING WAYS FOR THE INVASIONS. MANY LOST THEIR LIVES BUT THEY TOOK GERMAN DEFENSES WITH THEM AND OUR MAIN CRUSH UPON THE BEACHES LIKE A MIGHTY STORM. FROM THE NAVAL DEMOLITION UNIT OF WORLD WAR II, AROSE FORCE THAT BECAME FAMOUS IN THE DELTA. THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE OUR FORCE AGAIN. THE VERY BEST OF THE VERY BEST. THE NAVY S.E.A.L.s. THEY DELIVERED VENGEANCE ON THE TERRORISTS WHO PLANNED THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS ON OUR HOMELAND. IT WAS THE S.E.A.L.s WHO STAND READY TO BRING RIGHTEOUS RETRIBUTION AND MOUNTAIN JUNG HE WILL, DESERT, TO THOSE WHO DO US HARM. AMERICA'S SAILORS ARE NOT BORN. THEY ARE FORGED BY THE SEA. THEIR TRADITIONS ARE RICH WITH THE SALT AND BLOOD OF THREE CENTURIES. WHEN OLD GLORY CRESTS THE WAVES OF FOREIGN SHORES, EVERY FRIEND AND EVERY FOE KNOWS THAT JUSTICE SAILS THOSE WATERS. IT SAILS WITH THE UNITED STATES NAVY. REPRESENTING OUR GREAT NAVY TODAY WILL BE TWO F-18 SUPER HORNETS FROM OCEANA AND VIRGINIA ALONG WITH TWO F-35 LIGHTNING FROM NAVAL AIR STATION LEMOORE IN CALIFORNIA. ♪♪ >> SO GREAT. IN NOVEMBER OF 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS GRADED TWO BATTALIONS OF A NEW KIND OF WARRIOR. ONE WHO WOULD PROTECT OUR SHIPS AND SAILORS AND BE AT HOLE, BOTH ASHORE AND IN THE MAST WITH MUSKET IN HAND. THEIR VERSATILITY WAS PROVEN IN THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE WHEN 234 CONTINENTAL MARINES CONDUCTED THEIR FIRST AMPHIBIOUS RAID. CAPTURING THE BRITISH SUPPLY OF GUN POWDER AND CANNONS. EVER SINCE MARINES HAVE FOUGHT IN EVERY AMERICAN WAR. THEIR LEGEND HAS GROWN AND GROWN AND GROWN WITH EACH PASSING YEAR. IT WAS THE MARINES WHO WON AMERICA'S FIRST OVERSEAS BATTLE, VANQUISHING THE BARBARRE PIRATES ON THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI. THEY WERE SHIELDED FROM THE PIRATES, EARNED THEM IMMORTAL NAME, LEATHER NECK. IT WAS THE MARINES WHO AFTER TWO LONG DAYS OF BATTLE, MARCHED THROUGH THE HALLS OF MONTEZUMA. IT WAS THE MARINES WHO TOOK HEAVY CASUALTIES TO KICK THE KAISER'S TROOPS OUT IN WORLD WAR I, EARNING THE TITLE, DEVIL DOGS. AND IT WAS MARINES WHO RAISED THE FLAG ON THE BLACK SANDS OF IWO JIMA. FROM THE RESERVOIR, FROM HELMOND TO BAGHDAD, MARINES HAVE STRUCK FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF OUR ENEMIES AND PUT SOLACE INTO THE HEARTS OF OUR FRIENDS. MARINES ALWAYS LEAD THE WAY. AFTER THE 1993 MARINES BOMBING IN BEIRUT WHICH CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 241 GREAT U.S. SERVICEMEN, THE MARINE SERGEANT LAY IN BANDAGES, SO BADLY WOUNDED, BARELY ALIVE. WHEN THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS CAME TO VISIT THE HOSPITAL, SERGEANT NASH HAD TO FEEL FOR THE GENERAL. HE WANTED TO FEEL HIS FOUR STARS. HE COULD NOT SEE AND HE COULD NOT SPEAK. HE SIGNALS FOR PEN AND PAPER. WITH SHAKING HANDS HE WROTE TWO WORDS. SEMPER FI. THAT MOTTO, ALWAYS FAITHFUL, BURNS IN THE SOUL OF EVERY MARINE. A SACRED PROMISE THE CORE HAS KEPT SINCE THE BIRTH OF OUR COUNTRY. THEY ARE THE ELITE MASTERS OF AIR AND LAND AND SEA ON BATTLEFIELDS ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE. THEY ARE THE UNITED STATES MARINES. REPRESENTING THE MARINE CORPS TODAY WILL BE A BRAND NEW V-8, SOON TO BE SERVING MARINE 1. ALONG WITH THE 22 FROM QUANTICO, THE NIGHT HAWKS. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> IN JUNE OF 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS CREATED A UNIFIED ARMY OUT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY FORCES AROUND BOSTON AND NEW YORK AND NAMED AFTER THE GREAT GEORGE WASHINGTON, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. THE CONTINENTAL ARMY SUFFERED A BITTER WINTER OF VALLEY FORGE, FOUND GLORY ACROSS THE WATERS OF THE DELAWARE AND SEIZED VICTORY FROM CORNWALL. IT MANNED THE RAMPART. IT TOOK OVER THE AIRPORT. IT DID EVERYTHING IT HAD TO DO AND AT FT. McHENRY UNDER THE ROCKET'S RED GLARE, IT HAD NOTHING BUT VICTORY. WHEN DAWN CAME, THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER WAVED DEFIANT. AND GETTYSBURG, OUR SOLDIERS GAVE THE LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION FOR THE TRUE UNITY OF OUR NATION AND THE FREEDOM OF ALL AMERICANS. IN WORLD WAR I, AN ARMY SERGEANT FACED AN INFERNO OF FIRE AND REFUSED TO RETREAT. HE SAID I WON'T LEAVE. I WON'T STOP. HE SHOT HIS RIFLE 18 TIMES, KILLING 18 OF THE ENEMY. WHEN THEY FIXED THE BAYONETS, HE KILLED 18 MORE. BECAUSE OF ONE MAN, ALVIN YORK, A GENERATION LATER, THE ARMY RETURNED TO EUROPE AND EMBARKED UPON A GREAT CRUSADE WITH KNIVES AND RIFLES IN HAND. THE RANGERS SCALED THE CLIFFS OF NORMANDY. THE 101st AIRBORNE LEAPT INTO DANGER FROM ABOVE, ILLUMINATED ONLY BY ENEMY FLARES, EXPLOSIONS AND BURNING AIRCRAFT. THEY THREW BACK THE NASTY EMPIRE WITH LIGHTNING OF THEIR OWN FROM THE TURRETS OF SHERMAN TANK AND THE M-1 RIFLE. IN THE DARKNESS OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULK, WITH NAZIS ON EVERY SIDE, ONE SOLDIER IS REPORTED TO HAVE SAID, THEY'VE GOT US SURROUNDED AGAIN, THE POOR BASTARDS. THE NUMBER AMERICAN WARRIORS FOUGHT THROUGH BUNKERS OF PORK CHOP HILL AND HELD THE LINE OF CIVILIZATION IN KOREA. IN THE HE WILL FASTBALL GRASS OF VIETNAM. THE FIRST MADE THE STAND AGAINST A FOREST CONSUMED IN FLAME WITH ENEMIES AT EVERY TURN. HAVE THE AMERICA BROUGHT THE RIGHTEOUS FURY DOWN TO AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ AND CLEARED THE BLOOD THIRSTY KILLERS FROM THEIR CAVE. THEY LIBERATED MOSUL AND HELPED OBLITERATED THE ISIS CAL FATE RECENTLY IN SYRIA. 100% GONE. THE SOLDIERS HAVE ALWAYS POINTED TOWARD HOME CLAIMING, THEY LIVE BY THE CREED OF DOUGLAS MacARTHUR, IN WAR THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR VICTORY. THEY ARE THE GREATEST SOLDIERS ON EARTH. ♪♪ NEARLY 250 YEARS AGO, A VOLUNTEER ARMY OF FARMERS AND SHOP KEEPERS, BLACKSMITHS, MERCHANTS AND MILITIAMEN RISKED LIFE AND LIMB TO SECURE AMERICAN LIBERTY AND SELF-GOVERNMENT. THIS EVENING WE HAVE WITNESSED THE NOBLE MIGHT OF THE WARRIORS WHO CONTINUE THAT LEGACY. THEY GUARD OUR BIRTH RIGHT WITH VIGILANCE AND FIERCE DEVOTION TO THE FLAG AND TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. NOW WE MUST GO FORWARD AS A NATION WITH THAT SAME UNITY OF PURPOSE. AS LONG AS WE STAY TRUE, AS LONG AS WE REMEMBER OUR GREAT HISTORY, AS LONG AS WE NEVER, EVER STOP FIGHTING FOR A BETTER FUTURE, THEN THERE WILL BE NOTHING THAT AMERICA CANNOT DO. >> THANK YOU. WE WILL ALWAYS BE THE PEOPLE WHO DEFEATED, TOOK TO THE SKIES, AND SOARED INTO THE HEAVENS. BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER FORGET THAT WE ARE AMERICANS AND THE FUTURE BELONGS TO US. THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THE BRAVE, THE STRONG, THE PROUD AND THE FREE. WE ARE ONE PEOPLE, CHASING ONE DREAM, AND ONE MAGNIFICENT DESTINY. WE ALL SHARE THE SAME HEROES, THE SAME HOME, THE SAME HEART, AND WE ARE ALL MADE BY THE SAME ALMIGHTY GOD. FROM THE BANKS OF THE CHESAPEAKE TO THE CLIFFS OF CALIFORNIA, FROM THE HUMMING SHORES OF THE GREAT LAKES TO THE SAND DUNES OF THE CAROLINAS, FROM THE FIELDS OF THE HEARTLAND TO THE EVERGLADES OF FLORIDA, THE SPIRIT OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE WILL NEVER FADE, NEVER FAIL, BUT WILL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER. TO EVERY CITIZEN THROUGHOUT OUR LAND, HAVE A GLORIOUS INDEPENDENCE DAY. HAVE A GREAT FOURTH OF JULY. I WANT TO THANK THE ARMY BAND, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, THE INCREDIBLE PILOTS OVERHEAD, AND THOSE WHO ARE MAKING POSSIBLE THE AMAZING FIREWORKS DISPLAY LATER THIS EVENING. NOW AS THE BAND PLAYS, THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC, I INVITE THE FIRST LADY, VICE PRESIDENT AND MRS. PENCE, THE SERVICE SECRETARIES AND MILITARY LEADERS TO JOIN ME ON STAGE FOR ONE MORE SALUTE TO AMERICA BY THE FAMOUS, INCREDIBLE, TALENTED BLUE ANGELS. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS THE MILITARY. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ ♪ MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF THE COMING OF THE LORD ♪ ♪ HE IS TRAMPLING OUT THE VINTAGE WHERE THE GRAPES OF WRATH ARE STORED ♪ ♪ HE HATH LOOSED THE FATEFUL LIGHTNING OF HIS TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD ♪ ♪ HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ I HAVE SEEN HIM IN THE WATCH FIRES OF 100 CIRCLING CAMPS ♪ ♪ THEY HAVE BUILDED HIM AN ALTAR IN THE EVENING DEWS AND DAMPS ♪ ♪ I CAN READ HIS RIGHTEOUS SENTENCE BY THE DIM AND FLARING LAMPS HIS DAY IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES CHRIST WAS BORN ACROSS THE SEA ♪ ♪ WITH THE GLORY IN HIS BOSOM THAT TRANSFIGURED YOU AND ME ♪ ♪ AS HE DIED TO MAKE MEN WHOLE ♪ ♪ LET US LIVE TO MAKE MEN FREE ♪ OUR GOD IS MARCHING ON ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ THE FLAG STILL STANDS FOR FREEDOM AND THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY NIGHT? I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE ♪ ♪ AND I WON'T FORGET THE ONES WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME ♪ ♪ AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY ♪ ♪ BECAUSE THERE AIN'T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS THE USA ♪ ACROSS THE PLAINS OF TEXAS FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA ♪ ♪ HOUSTON AND NEW YORK TO L.A. ♪ ♪ WITH PRIDE IN EVERY AMERICAN HEART IT'S TIME WE STAND AND SAY ♪ ♪ AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE ♪ ♪ AND I WON'T FORGET THE ONES WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME ♪ ♪ AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY ♪ ♪ BECAUSE THERE AIN'T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS THE USA ♪ ♪ AND I'M GLAD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE AND I WON'T FORGET ONES WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME ♪ ♪ AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY ♪ ♪ THERE AIN'T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS THE USA ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST DELIVERED HIS SPEECH DURING THE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION ON THE NATIONAL MALL. YOU CAN SEE THEM RAMPING UP HERE. MONICA IS THERE IN D.C. WHERE THINGS JUST GOT FINISHED. MONICA, HOW ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE? WE CAN SEE, IT IS A PRETTY RAINY EVENING BUT INCREDIBLE NONETHELESS. >> HEY, GUYS, THAT'S RIGHT. THE RAIN IS STILL FALLING. PRESIDENT TRUMP CONCLUDING HIS REMARKS ON STAGE. THERE WAS A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT WHETHER THE WEATHER WOULD HOLD UP AND WHETHER IT WOULD GO OFF WITHOUT A HITCH AND INDEED IT DID STARTING WITH AIR FORCE ONE WHICH ACTUALLY FLEW A LOT LOWER THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY SEE. THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY HAVE JUST LEFT THE STAGE WHERE THEY'LL BE HEADING BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE. AGAIN, A LITTLE RAIN DIDN'T SEEM TO BOTHER THE PRESIDENT. HE HAD TO STAND BEHIND SOME BULLET PROOF GLASS WHICH IS CUSTOMARY AT EVENTS LIKE THIS. ESPECIALLY OUT IN THE PUBLIC. SO THE SHOT THAT MOST PEOPLE SAW AT HOME HAD A LOT OF WATER ON IT AND SPOKE TO THE THUNDERSTORMS OF THE AREA. BUT THE EVENT ITSELF WENT AS EXPECTED. THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED SOME EXCERPTS AHEAD OF TIME AND THIS IS VERY MUCH STUCK TO THE TELEPROMPTER. IT WAS A BIG QUESTION MARK GOING INTO TONIGHT. THE PRESIDENT'S CRITICS SAY THAT THE ENTIRE EVENT WAS VERY POLITICAL. BY THE DESIGN OF THIS. ARMORED TENTS AND VEHICLES ALONG THE NATIONAL MALL. IN REALITY, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TURNED OUT. THE PRESIDENT DID STICK TO THE SCRIPT SO THAT WAS A SURPRISE HERE. IN A FEW HOURS, THE FIREWORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO GET UNDERWAY. IT MAY NOT BE AS SPECTACULAR BUT I CAN TELL YOU THE MILITARY FLYOVER FROM THE NATIONAL MALL WAS A SIGHT TO SEE AND THE PRESIDENT SEEMED VERY PLEASED. >> TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE VIBE THERE. YOU'RE SEEING THE PRESIDENT AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND HIM. COULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CROWDS THAT YOU SAW? DID YOU SEE THE PEOPLE PROTESTING? WAS THERE ANYONE UNHAPPY WITH IT? WHAT WAS THE VIBE PARTICULARLY AS THE PLANES WERE GOING OVER. A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT I TALKED ON THERE EARLIER TODAY WERE TRUMP SUPPORTERS. IT HAD A VIBE ARE W THE CAMPAIGN RALLY AND PEOPLE SAID, THE PRESIDENT ASKED US TO BE HERE. WE BELIEVE IN HIS MESSAGE TO SUPPORT THE MILITARY AND WE WANT TO SEE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. AND AS THE DAY PROGRESSED, IT WAS A SIMILAR MESSAGE. THEY SAID I HOME HE DOESN'T GET POLITICAL AND I HOPE HE DOES STICK TO TALKING ABOUT THE FOURTH OF JULY AND WHAT IT MEANS, IN TERMS OF PATRIOTIC TERMS. SOME PEOPLE GOT TICKETS FROM THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND THERE WAS A LITTLE CONTROVERSY. THEY HAD ACCESS TO A SPECIAL SECTION. THE TICKETS WERE FREE AND THAT HAPPENS WITH WHITE HOUSE EVENTS WHEN YOU THINK OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS OR FALL COLORS. THOSE FOLKS CERTAINLY HAD THE BEST VIEW OF THE PRESIDENT AND EVERYTHING AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL. THOUSANDS OF OTHERS BEHIND NEAR THE REFLECTING POOL, THEY WATCHED EVERYTHING ON A MONITOR AND WE'LL SEE WHETHER THEY ENJOYED THAT OR WHETHER IT WAS A MIXED REVIEW EXPERIENCE SINCE IT WAS RAINING SO HARD. BUT AS WE FLASH BACKWARD, THE PRESIDENT SO FIXATED ON CROWD SIZE, WE'LL SEE WHAT HE MAKES OF THE EVENT ALL DAY. HE DID TALK ABOUT THE RAIN ALL DAY AND HOPE PEOPLE WOULD COME DESPITE THE WEATHER AND IT SEEMS THAT WAS THE CASE. WE'LL SEE WHAT THEY ACTUALLY THOUGHT ABOUT HIS REMARKS AND THE EVENT ONCE WE FINISH HERE. >> THANKS SO MUCH. IT DID LOOK LIKE THERE WERE BIG CROWDS THERE AND THAT THE RAIN DID NOT DETER THEM. THANK YOU FOR STICKING WITH US THROUGHOUT THE RAIN.