Mnuchin: Harriet Tubman currency postponement non-political



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

President Trump delivers remarks on census and citizenship question – 07/11/2019



are you a citizen of the United States of America oh gee I'm sorry I just can't answer that question and that's after spending billions and billions of dollars there used to be a time when you could answer questions like that very easily there used to be a time when you could proudly declare I am a citizen of the United States now they're trying to erase the very existence of a very important word and a very important thing citizenship they're even coming after the Pledge of Allegiance in Minnesota I'm proud to be a citizen you're proud to be a citizen the only people who are not proud to be citizens are the ones who are fighting us all the way about the word citizen today I'm here to say we are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population I stand before you to outline new steps my administration is taken to ensure that citizenship is counted so that we know how many citizens we have in the United States makes sense we will defend the right of the American people to know the full facts about the population size of citizens and non-citizens in America it is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the u.s. populations comparative knowing this information is vital to formulating sound public policy whether the issue is health care education civil rights or immigration we must have a reliable count of how many citizens non-citizens and illegal aliens are in our country the Department of Commerce sensibly decided to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census as has been done many many times throughout the history of the United States unfortunately this effort was delayed by meritless litigation as shocking as it may be far left Democrats in our country are determined to conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst they probably know the numbers far greater much higher than anyone would have ever believed before maybe that's why they fight so hard this is part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of the American citizen and is very unfair to our country the Supreme Court ultimately affirmed our right to ask the citizenship question and very strongly it was affirmed but the Supreme Court also ruled that we must provide further explanation that would have produced even more litigation and considerable time delays but the case is already in three federal district courts that have been to be totally honest extremely unfriendly to us these delays would have prevented us from completing the census on time it's deeply regrettable but it will not stop us from collecting the needed information and I think even in greater detail and more accurately therefore we are pursuing a new option to ensure a complete and timely count of the non citizen population today I will be issuing an executive order to put this very plan into effect immediately I'm hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in our country they must furnish all legally accessible records in their possession immediately we will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full complete and accurate count of the non citizen population including databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration we have great knowledge in many of our agencies we will leave no stone unturned the Census Bureau projected that using previously available records it could determine citizenship for 90% of our population or more with today's executive order which eliminates long-standing obstacles to data sharing we're aiming to count every one ultimately this will allow us to have an even more complete count of citizens than through asking the single question alone it will be we think far more accurate the Census Bureau can use this information along with information collected through the questionnaire to create the official census in other words as a result of today's executive order we will be able to ensure the 2020 census generates an accurate count of how many citizens non-citizens and illegal aliens are in the United States of America not too much to ask this will greatly inform a wide array of public policy decisions this information is also relevant to administering our elections some states may want to draw a state and local legislative districts based upon the voter eligible population indeed the same day the Supreme Court handed down the census decision it also said it would not review certain types of districting decisions which could encourage states to make such decisions based on voter eligibility with today's order we will collect all of the information we need to conduct an accurate census and to make responsible decisions about public policy voting rights and representation in Congress in everything we do we will faithfully represent the people of the United States of America I would like now to introduce Attorney General Bill Barr to the podium thank you [Applause] good evening Thank You mr. president and congratulations on today's executive order which will ensure that we finally have an accurate understanding of how many citizens and non-citizens live in our country as the Supreme Court recognized it would be perfectly lawful for the federal government to ask on the census whether individuals are citizens of the United States and it's entirely reasonable to want to know how many citizens and non-citizens there are in the United States in fact the federal government has routinely asked questions relating to citizenship ever since the 1820s but while the Supreme Court correctly recognized that it would be entirely appropriate to include citizenship questions on the census it nevertheless held that the Commerce Department did not adequately explain its decisions for doing so on the 2020 census because as the Supreme Court recognized the defect in the Commerce Department's decision was curable with a better record the president asked me to work with secretary Ross to determine whether there remained a viable path for including a citizenship question on the census I did so in my view the government has ample justification to inquire about citizenship status on the census and could plainly provide rationales for doing so that would satisfy the Supreme Court and there therefore there is no question that a new decision to add the question would ultimately survive legal review the problem is that any new decision would be subject to immediate challenge as a new claim in the three ongoing district court cases in addition there are injunctions currently in place that forbid adding the question there is simply no way to litigate these issues and obtain relief from the current injunctions in time to implement any new decision without jeopardizing our ability to carry out the census which we're not going to do we're not going to jeopardize our ability to carry out the census so as a practical matter the Supreme Court's decision closed all paths to adding the question to the 2020 census put simply the impediment was not what was a logistical impediment not a legal one we simply cannot complete the litigation in time to carry out the census one other point on this some of the media have been suggesting in the historical mode of the day that the administration has been planning to add the citizenship question to the census by executive Fiat without regard to contrary court orders or what the Supreme Court might say this has been based on rank speculation and nothing more should be obvious there has never been under considers has never been under consideration we have always accepted that any new decision to add a sense of citizenship question to the census would be subject to judicial review turning to today I applaud the president for recognizing in his executive order that including a question on the census is not the only way to obtain this vital information the course the president has chosen today will bring unprecedented resources too big to bear on determining how many citizens and non-citizens are in our country and will yield the best data the government has had on citizenship in many decades that information will be used for countless purposes as the president explained in his remarks today for example there is a current dispute over whether illegal aliens can be included for apportionment purpose depending on the resolution of that dispute this data may be relevant to those considerations we will be studying this issue congratulations again mr. president I'm taking this effective action [Applause] are you just going to get back with Johnson

President Trump delivers remarks on USMCA trade deal – 07/12/2019



we had senator Johnson we have congressman Duffy and we have congressman Grossman as well as many other distinguished leaders so thank you all for joining us today for this momentous occasion for us here at our lack of martin facility you know lockheed martin is an American company we're over a hundred years old and we are proud that for many many years we've worked with presidents and elected officials in helping to protect our citizens in our nation in advancing scientific discovery and driving economic growth here at our dur Co facility we have over we have about 300 employees they're working on some very critical work they're working on parts and logistics services and repairs for a lot of products that support aircraft and helicopters for the United States and around the world so that we can be ready to defend our nation and defend our allies Lockheed Martin is very proud also to report that we are growing just like the American economy and when you think about for us last year we hired 14,000 people this year we plan to hire 18,000 people and the main reason for that mr. president is because of the pro-growth policies that you've put in place on tax reform and regulatory reform that are making a difference not only for Lockheed Martin but for American businesses for us it allows us to be more competitive it allows us to create jobs it allows us to grow our companies and it allows us to invest not only in an innovation but in our workforce with training and education for our workforce so we thank you for the work that you are doing in helping us to be a stronger company in helping other companies across America we also are looking forward to the passage of the United States Mexico Canada agreement u.s. MCA [Applause] it's very important for us to work together and we look forward to working with our North American partners as we strengthen our trade and modernize the trade agreement that we have that we can move forward with and so with that ladies and gentlemen it is absolutely my highest honor and distinct honor to introduce to you the President of the United States Donald Trump [Applause] [Applause] thank you very much thank you very much we've had an exciting time it's been incredible and as you know we just hit the highest we've ever hit on the Dow the stock markets the best it's ever been jobs are the best they've ever been a couple of other little factors not so bad we're doing great we have a great military and I thank you for that and I want to thank Marilyn she's been a friend of mine for a long time and she's done an incredible job and she just did me a beautiful favor keeping it a beautiful Sikorsky plant open in the great state of Pennsylvania some people would say Commonwealth I'll call it both but all I know is they're really happy in Pennsylvania right now and we love Pennsylvania and they've I really appreciate what Maryland did I'm thrilled to be back in your great state a state that I won and we wanted not so late in the evening a little bit early in the evening actually which is even better we had a lot of support from your company d'arco has been incredible we have a lot of support here and one of the reasons I'm here is Maryland one of the reasons I'm here are you because we really have had tremendous and it's a great spirit great spirit in this company we're here today to celebrate the triumphant return of American manufacturing you know what they said it was going to be gone but it's not gone it's really thriving and it's starting to build up at a level that nobody thought was possible everything we're doing to keep the assembly lines rolling full speed ahead that's being done and we're doing it right we're proudly defending a most important national resource the American worker that's what it is it's pretty amazing how the American worker has just really there's nobody like our American worker we're glad to be joined today by secretary Wilbur Ross where's Wilbur Wilbur Wilbur great job a friend of mine and somebody who's very very tough and very very smart Senator Ron Johnson Ron thank you and two real fighters they fight for us and they fight for you and they fight like nobody representatives Glenn Grothman and Sean Duffy Sean thank you fellas thank you I especially want to thank your general manager here at deco Peter Winkler Peter [Applause] they were showing me some of the work they do it's beautiful it's complex and it is real stuff that's the real deal right Peter for 40 years the Patriots of deco aerospace have built and repaired parts for airplanes jets and helicopters and you have done it with unmatched precision and unmatched skill really an incredible company recently our entire nation was inspired by the mastery of your craftsmanship during our wonderful Independence Day celebration on the National Mall it's called a suit right salute to America that was something they weren't sure to fake news they weren't sure if people gonna show up did they ever show up right if they ever show up we had a tremendous it was packed and it was raining it was through people said did I have a tent because I look very dry I said I wasn't dry and I had no tent it was rainy day but in a way it was a beautiful day and when those planes and helicopters flew overhead it was something like we haven't really seen too much lately it's tremendous spirit and love in our country that day the United States Marines soared overhead in a magnificent aircraft like the ones you support from here in Milwaukee the mv-22 Osprey our country also witnessed the awesome might of the US Navy flying another plane that you will soon support the unstoppable stealth f-35 lightning too [Applause] I get to meet a lot of pilots I once said to one of the pilots he looked like central casting you look like Tom Cruise but maybe better little taller and a little stronger and I said so tell me how good is the f-35 compared to other planes enemy craft he said well they have a problem they can't see it I said that sounds good to me not knowing too much about it that sounds good but he said there's nothing like it I remembered that was a long time ago now toward the beginning in addition workers at this facility help maintain our massive c-130 Hercules transport planes and are fearsome uh-60 Black Hawk helicopters and our f-16 Fighting Falcons [Applause] pretty busy what are you doing your spare time by the way a lot of work with the help of two hundred and eighty pound Americans at Dirk oh and you know what I mean the USA truly has the best aircraft flown the best pilots and we have the greatest pilots in the world they fly the that they are pilots like no other may be made and maintain the best workers and best workers anywhere in the world and I'm excited to hear that thanks to your new responsibilities for the f-35 your company will be expanding its workforce by 15% is that right [Applause] since the election we've created more than 6 million new jobs nobody would have believed that during the campaign if I would have said 6 million jobs they would have said that's he's exaggerating I did say like 4 million but we got six Bridget's I was under exaggerating including more than half a million manufacturing jobs we added two hundred and twenty four thousand jobs last month alone which is a tremendous number far greater than projection last year US manufacturers reported the highest optimism ever recorded so folks like Marilyn would say were the most optimistic we've ever been would you say that screw you better say yes Marilyn see you know I know Maryland very well and I know she feels that way we're now the economic envy of the entire world when I meet prime ministers and presidents and kings and queens they all start off by congratulating me on the great economy wages are rising fast and rising fastest for our blue-collar workers that's exciting you hear so much about the upper-end well they don't realize the blue-collar proportionately blue-collar workers the manufacturing companies these are the companies that are doing so well unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century and we expect to soon be beating that [Applause] african-american Asian American and Hispanic American unemployment have reached their lowest levels ever in the history of our country and right here in Wisconsin the unemployment rate is just 2.8 percent among the very lowest in the country it's a great state it's a fantastic state so we've powered our economic turnaround by following two fundamental rules if it hurts American workers we don't do it it's very simple and if it helps American workers we definitely do it and we do it quickly it's very simple [Applause] our agenda is pro work pro-family pro-growth 100% pro-american it's America first it's make America great again and you know what now it's Keep America great because we're doing awfully well we're doing awfully well to stop the offshoring you know what offshoring is of American jobs I signed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in the history of our country since then eight hundred and seventy-six billion dollars that's a lot even for you Marilyn right that's the big thing has poured back into the United States from abroad we want companies to invest hire build and grow right here in America and right here in Wisconsin [Applause] we cut a record number of job-killing regulations which will give the average household an extra $3,000 each year so each year the average household and you all say it you all feel it will get an average of $3,000 that's a lot that's the biggest tax cut we've ever had in this country and by the way I see the Democrat platform they want to raise your taxes I don't think that I don't know maybe you know I haven't been a politician too long somehow that doesn't play well right they want to raise your taxes okay we'll figure that one out we launched an American energy revolution the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world and it's not even Cara [Applause] and with a couple of environmental approvals for certain pipelines we can get that and really do something with that number it'll go up very substantially very quickly especially in the state of Texas we're reversing decades of economic surrender and restoring America's industrial might we surrendered economically what we did was so crazy we helped other countries that we never thought about our own country we lost the magic we've gotten it back and we've gotten it back I think you'll soon see greater than ever before [Applause] and your executives now those companies are pouring back into our nation automobile companies from Japan and other nations are pouring back in many many of the great photo companies are coming back into Michigan they're coming back into Pennsylvania Ohio Florida North Carolina you have not so many jobs left we have to get some more workers over here I think Marilee we have to do something but we have automobile companies and other companies pouring back in and you had the greatest year you've ever had in the history of this state this is a great state but you had your best economic year that you've ever had so that's great our nation was made of vibrant and strong and it's got to be the most powerful the best it really was made with American manufacturing and you know that a previous administration said manufacturing done you're gonna have to take a magic wand to bring it back well that was wrong the previous administration they allowed foreign nations to plunder our wealth and to pillage our factories they sold out our workers and they hollowed out our des triol heartland but those days are over and I have to tell you it's not just the previous administration it's been many administration's in all fairness to President Obama it's been many many administration's they allowed it to happen they allowed our fraktur EES to close our workers really to go to not have jobs we created jobs for other places for other nations and we sacrificed so many 60,000 plants millions and millions of jobs were lost during I call them the stupid years but now we're back into the really smart years we had the smart years now with the really smart years they were the stupid years what they were doing was incredible NAFTA one of the world's worst trade deals ever I know a couple of others we've been involved in them two World Trade Organization that's a beauty you don't know as much about that but NAFTA was a disaster for this country and we're gonna be replacing that very soon hopefully with the u.s. MCA and that's gonna be something really really special it's gonna keep jobs one of the things I said to start off I don't want people leaving this country meaning companies I don't want to incentivize companies to leave fire their people build product sell the product over in our country no tax whatsoever so we end up with no jobs no factories no taxes no nothing it's not going to happen anymore and it can't happen under our new agreement [Applause] and I've been talking about this subject for twenty years it's possibly one of the reasons I ran I used to look at Michigan where they'd lose their car companies one after another you lost so many companies in Wisconsin everybody lost Ron everybody lost companies they were losing companies left and right and we're not gonna have that anymore we have an incentive now to stay in this country we have an incentive to build and manufacture in this country and that's the way we want it that's the way it's going to be it's going to be America first [Applause] after years of rebuilding foreign nations we are finally rebuilding our nation's it's as simple as that we've built other nations we focused on other people's borders we'd fight for other borders but we don't fight for our own border we have open borders and they had our military men protecting their borders figure that one out but it's all changing and it's changing very rapidly and we're doing really well right now Mexico has 21,000 troops on the border guarding our border our laws are so bad our military can't do a damn thing we have the greatest military in the world but between catch and release we catch him and we release him thank you if we catch them take a little number come back in three four years these are the Democrats and they should change him Shawn they should change him so easily but they don't want to do it it's politics they want open borders I really think they want open borders even though four or five years ago they all wanted strong borders and they wanted walls and everything else that was when they were saying but they're no longer saying for years politicians let China take the crown jewels out of our country my administration has taken the toughest-ever stance to stop these incredible abuses as a candidate for president I also promised to replace the disaster known as NAFTA since NAFTA's adoption the United States was losing jobs and losing plants like nobody's ever lost before almost one in five Auto jobs were lost due to NAFTA and I think that's a wrong number I think it's worse than that but now we're demanding that you get as people working here and as companies and as a great great strength I want you to have strength but I want you to have a level playing field because when you have a level playing field nobody can beat you you didn't have a level playing field you had a playing field that was like this and you had to go up hill that's why we're replacing NAFTA with the brand-new US Mexico Canada agreement the u.s. MCA will be the most modern cutting-edge trade agreement history with the strongest protections for the American worker ever put in any trade agreement and that was the single most important thing to me the u.s. MCA will close the biggest loopholes that cause the mass exodus of manufacturing under NAFTA by ratifying the u.s. MCA Mexico is now committed to be the toughest and have the toughest labor provisions the highest environmental standards and the most comprehensive enforcement provisions ever implemented in a trade agreement ever for years labor unions and lawmakers urged past administration's to secure these types of trade provisions they did absolutely nothing no administration did anything except lose jobs we were laughed at by the rest of the world we were patsies and I didn't blame China I didn't blame all of these countries Mexico Mexico they took 30% of our automobile business I don't know if you know that or not they have plants the likes of which you've never seen before they took 30% probably more than that of our automobile I don't blame them I don't blame anybody I blame our past leaders I blame the people in administrations that allowed this to happen it's not China's fault that we were stupid it's not China's fault that we allowed it to happen we'll lose 500 billion dollars a year it's now turning we're taking in billions and billions of dollars in tariffs I'm giving billions of dollars back to the farmers because they pinpointed the farmers they said we're not going to buy here we're not going to buy there because then Trump will stop doing to us what he's doing except the farmer said we don't care because he's right because for 15 years a farmer if you look 15 years it's been like this it's a one-way street and it was a street downward but it's been incredible and I'll never forget I had a meeting Maryland with farmers a year ago and I told them what is gonna happen and I said you're gonna be the single biggest beneficiaries ultimately and I said we're going to get you subsidies we're going to get and farmers looked at me like all at one time I probably thirty in a big beautiful room the Cabinet Room at the White House beautiful for the cabinet but I wanted the farmers in the Cabinet Room because I like the farmers and they said so we don't want subsidies I said what do you mean we don't want subsidies we want a level playing field I said how can you tell me nobody's ever said that everybody's coming in here looking for whatever they can get that we don't want subsidy it was to this day it's never happened before they didn't want that they just wanted a level playing field they say give us a level playing field and nobody can beat us at what we do I thought it was one of the most beautiful thing but in the meantime they were targeted by China I went to sonny Perdue and I said Sonny how much has China spent let's say in the in just about the biggest year he said sixteen billion dollars sir I said here's what I'm doing I'm giving our farmers 16 billion dollars out of the tariffs which frankly are much more than that I shouldn't say that because they'll ask for more but they aren't the tariffs are far more than that and a lot of companies are leaving China now because they want to go to a non-tariff country and some of those companies are coming here it's been incredible we're taking in billions and billions of dollars and I'm giving our farmers a chunk because they were targeted these are great American patriots and I'll tell you I didn't see anybody you know they go and they do these focus groups on television even on the the real fakers on television and what you think would be the farmers world know it's not like things are perfect but we're with our president but now things are pretty good because we are doing 16 billion and that was the most of China ever purchased and some of the farmers are really doing well I think they're really starting we're over the hump we're doing really well and in the meantime our government has billions of dollars of money pouring in and that money is paid for by China through reducing if you take a look what they're doing is they're playing around with their monetary policy to a level like nobody's ever seen before we're not paying and they're also pumping out cash into their system and China's paying our people not paying now other countries it's a little bit different China's China but they're doing things in order to make sure that they keep those jobs in China but they're losing a lot of companies and some of those companies are coming here because we get it done we know how to get it done I know how to win we win Maryland knows how to win this company knows how to win the job you've done is incredible at this company that's why I'm glad I'm here the u.s. MCA is vital to the future of the American automobile industry under NAFTA foreign companies could manufacture thousands of their parts overseas ship them to Mexico and Canada for assembly and send their foreign made cars right into the United States textfree you knew about that mr. manager right tax free that doesn't work too well right wouldn't you say they should have ended that about 20 years ago with the u.s. MCA we have declared no more of that nonsense we're not letting it happen seventy-five percent of every automobile under the deal must be made in North America and we're requiring a large portion to be made by high wage labor which means American labor because you were competing against people that frankly were slightly they were getting slightly less money than you do am I trying to be nice when I say that does anybody object a area they were getting slightly less like about twenty percent twenty percent of what you get the u.s. MCA is but it was unfair to our country it was unfair to our people it was unfair to our workers the u.s. MCA is estimated to create 76,000 brand-new American auto jobs and very quickly that means more cars more trucks and auto parts will be stamped with those beautiful words made in the USA remember we used to see that all the time made in the USA [Applause] maybe we could start stamping here we'll start right here made in the USA people love it people love it I remember I used to see it all over made in the USA or made in America but maybe we should you know would take you about with your geniuses here they could have that stamped on parts in about two seconds right he's looking he said I wonder that's gonna cost us any money they're not much that much it's all part of the whole deal but made in the USA the US MCA is also a tremendous a tremendous victory for in particular farmers because we have had such support to help dairy farmers right here in Wisconsin the u.s. MCA stops unfair trade barriers from Canada people love Canada I love Canada but there were a few countries that took advantage of us more than Canada they were charging us as tariffs of two hundred and ninety seven percent they wanted to keep it under three hundred because it sounded better two hundred ninety seven percent nobody knew that the farmers know that they knew it very well because essentially what they're doing is they're saying you can't send your product in Canada because the tariff was so high you couldn't say you couldn't sell it in Canada under our trade agreement we will see significant increases in exports of Wisconsin agriculture supporting jobs throughout the state it's going to have a tremendous impact on your agriculture and on your manufacturing once fully implemented the u.s. MCA will bring up to six hundred thousand jobs to our shores and it's probably going to be well over at one point two million jobs [Applause] and here at Darko you'll be able to expand your commerce with Canadian customers and suppliers and they'll be buying your product now they have an incentive to buy your product before this deal they had no incentive whatsoever to buy product in the United States I want to personally thank Marilyn and Lockheed Martin for supporting this groundbreaking agreement what you've done is really great you've been she has been you've been calling everybody I helped right I've heard you have you know the wake was left there gone can you get her off our back that's good that's what I want that's why I told Marilyn see if you can do it if you want to do it we need help from the Democrats to get it done because it's political season and I say it's a bipartisan let it be a bipartisan bill I don't want credit for it let it be a bipartisan bill the u.s. MCA for years members of Congress have demanded a replacement for NAFTA now they finally have the best replacement that they can ever even imagine the farmers can't believe it the manufacturers can't believe it even Maryland the unions can't believe it it's good for everybody so on behalf of our nation's loyal hard-working citizens I'm calling on Congress to pass us MCA and send it to my desk immediately for signature we shouldn't be playing around and every day that goes by it gets more and more political because we get closer and closer to the election and maybe it's harder it shouldn't be hard I mean the day before you should sign this the day before the election but view it as a bipartisan bill and it shows that Congress is doing something other than wasting time on the witch-hunt and the nonsense that they they work so hard at they work so hard if they worked 1/100 as hard or an immigration it would be solved at about 15 minutes just a waste of time [Applause] thank you to ensure that all citizens can thrive the modern economy as we know it and it's really gotten modern we also launched the pledge to America's workers I'm thrilled that Lockheed Martin is committed to providing apprenticeships and workforce development opportunities for 8,000 of our great citizens thank you [Applause] my administration lives by a very crucial motto a motto that you would agree with 100% by American and hire American those other days are gone [Applause] so as we restore our economy we're really restoring our standing in the world we're respected again America is respected again like it hasn't been respected in many many years we were laughed at we were scoffed at we were liked why shouldn't we be liked we were a patsy but we're respected again folks as you know better than anyone economic security is national security and here at d'arco one in every five employees is a veteran that's a great number [Applause] great number [Applause] and by the way Shawn stand up for a second I want to just reciprocal trade right he's I put him in charge I said do me a favor when a country charges us a hundred percent we charge them a hundred percent when a country charges us twenty five we charge them twenty five when one charges us in some cases three hundred and forty percent we charge them three so something's gonna happen maybe they'll go down to zero or maybe we'll take it a lot of money but Shawn's in charge the reciprocal trade act of probably will say 2019 or 2020 call it whatever you want it has to get done when that gets done nobody's gonna be taken advantage of this country any longer so I appreciate you doing reciprocal trade out my favorite word reciprocal it's my favorite word reciprocal among those with us today is Teresa spray to Trent who began her career in the US Air Force and the Wisconsin Air National Guard where she come on up [Applause] in the military she supported legendary aircraft such as the u2 and the sr-71 blackbird for the past 21 years from right here in durka they like you by the way tourism they really like you you know you like them too all bad right Theresa's continue to keep our nation's aircraft flying I want to just thank you you're a very special person I said I want a couple of special people we don't have too much time just give me one and they gave me you that's pretty good say a few words [Applause] Thank You mr. president for this opportunity when I joined the Air Force after high school I never imagined where this journey would take me it has been amazing one of the many things that I enjoy about being a part of durka and Lockheed Martin is that I get to work alongside the most talented people in the aviation industry such as yourself [Applause] as a veteran I'm incredibly proud to work for Lockheed Martin because I continue to support our men and women in uniform every day Thank You mr. president for your steadfast support of our military [Applause] I would also like to thank miss Houston and my Lockheed Martin and Dirk Oh family most importantly I would like to thank my husband for taking this journey with me and for his service to our country as a military retiree [Applause] great yup thank you thank you very much good family nice beautiful thank you to ensure our service members have the tools they need we're rebuilding the US Armed Forces with 700 billion dollars last year and this year 716 billion dollars that's the highest ever and I must say the projected budget is probably in the neighborhood of you'll be happy about this Maryland 730 billion maybe 733 billion dollars but you know our armed forces were depleted they were just depleted they were tired they were exhausted the plains world the equipment was old even the uniforms world and there's no other more important job that a president has you know they say United States Supreme Court judges that's very important but I think even before that it's our military it's defense so while I like to cut budgets and all of the folks up here and Ron we like to cut budgets we also have to have a strong military other words budget still mean too much when you get right down to it so we don't have a big choice so our commitment to our defense industrial bases creating jobs for Wisconsin workers in Milwaukee Oshkosh and all across this wonderful state from Wisconsin to Arizona Pennsylvania to California workers such as you are forging new tanks and ships and submarines and beautiful American aircraft to make our military the most powerful anywhere in the face of the earth our military now is new we have new planes we have new ships we have many ships being built many submarines being built submarines like nobody's ever seen before and other things men and women like you make this country run you make this country proud you make this country great you keep our lanes of commerce flowing our communities thriving and our great American flag flying high the magnificent red white and blue fly sign every day you're building our nation's unlimited future and you are doing it with American hands American hearts and with American steel our steel companies are coming back so strongly the dumping is slowing down and when they do dump they pay a very very heavy price it's called 25 percent right into the Treasury of the United States and our steel companies are coming back and they're coming back strong no one can beat the American worker and no one can match the might of loyal dedicated patriotic American citizens incredible people today and every day we will fight for our workers we will fight for your families we will fight for Wisconsin and we will fight with all of our soul for the glorious nation that we all love together we are making America stronger and greater than ever before and to Maryland to everyone at d'arco I want to thank you sir I want to thank you very much what a job you do what a great company this is and what incredible people I've met today and it's been my honor to be here god bless you god bless everyone thank you [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] so today at the reception

President Trump delivers remarks on America's environmental leadership – 07/08/2019



thank you thank you very much great to have you and I hope you all had a truly wonderful Independence Day weekend in spite of the heavy rain and it was really heavy we had a remarkable salute to America on the National Mall incredible standing on the steps of the great Lincoln Memorial and looking out on the crowds he's incredible big beautiful crowds braving the weather all the way back to the Washington Monument we celebrated freedom in all of its magnificence while saluting our great military it was something really special and I will say this it was a wonderful day for all Americans and based on its tremendous success we're just making the decision and I think we can say we've made the decision to do it again next year and maybe we can say for the foreseeable future as we celebrate our nation's founding we're reminded once more of a profound obligation to protect America's extraordinary blessings for the next generation and many generations frankly to come among the heritage we must preserve as our country's incredible natural splendor that is the shared obligation that brings us together today we have some incredibly talented people that know environment and what we're doing probably better than any people on earth from day one my administration has made it a top priority to ensure that America is among the very cleanest air and cleanest water on the planet we want the cleanest air we want crystal clean water and that's what we're doing and that's what we're working on so hard for this afternoon's event we're pleased to be joined by secretary Steve minuchin Steve thank you very much David Bernhardt David Thank You Secretary Wilbur Ross thank you / secretary Alex azar Alex great job drug prices are coming down I see it proud of you secretary Elaine Chao Elaine Thank You administrator Andrew wheeler Andrew thank you and chair of the Council of Environmental Quality Mary Neumayer thank you Mary thank you very much in a few moments we'll hear an update on some of their very important work also with us are senators Kevin Cramer Steve Daines John Barrasso these are three great senators I might add perhaps I'm a little prejudiced because I like them very much but they're great senators thank you and Congressman Bruce Westerman and thank you Bruce for being here appreciate it very much thank you all for being here as the cabinet secretaries will tell you from the very beginning I've given them clear direction to focus on addressing environmental challenges so we can provide the highest quality of life to all Americans in addition to clean air and clean water that means being good stewards of our public lands prioritizing cleanup of polluted lands that threaten our most vulnerable citizens and threatened them very dearly and implementing pro-growth policies to unlock innovation and new technologies which improve American life and America's environment so important these are incredible goals that everyone in this country should be able to rally behind and they have rallied behind and they've rallied behind in a very Republican and Democrat way I really think that's something that is bipartisan for years politicians told Americans that a strong economy and a vibrant energy sector were incompatible with a healthy environment in other words one thing doesn't go with the other and that's wrong because we're proving the exact opposite a strong economy is vital to maintaining a healthy environment when we innovate produce and grow we're able to unleash technologies and processes that make the environment better while reshoring and so importantly you look at reshoring production all the way taking it away from foreign polluters and back to American soil the previous administration waged a relentless war on American energy we can't do that they sought to punish our workers our producers and manufacturers with ineffective global agreements that allowed the world's worst polluting countries to continue their practice these radical plans would not make the world cleaner they would just make and put Americans out of work and they put them out of work rapidly they wolf production to foreign countries with lower standards or companies were forced to do that and they didn't want to do that and they drive up the price of gas and electricity at home and drive it to levels that are literally unaffordable and by the way that's happening to many other countries but it's not happening here other countries their pricing on electricity is so high not even to be affordable at our level we are doing numbers that nobody's seen before nobody believes what what we're doing and what we're producing electricity and other things for punishing Americans is never the right way to produce a better environment or a better economy we've rejected this failed approach and we're seeing incredible results since the election we have created more than 6 million new jobs nobody would have believed that I don't think anybody if I would have said that during the campaign it wouldn't have been a pretty picture the next day as I read the headlines six million new jobs unemployment has reached the lowest rate and a half a century and we have more people working today that have ever worked in the history of our country we're getting very close to a hundred and sixty million people which is unthinkable if you go back three years and you said 160 million people they would say unthinkable we're unlocking American energy in the United States is now a net exporter of clean affordable American natural gas we're exporting all over the world and today the United States is ranked listen to this number one in the world for access to clean drinking water ranked number one in the world one of the main messages of air pollution particulate matter is six times lower here than the global average so we hear so much about some countries and what everyone is doing we're six times lower than the average that's a tremendous number since 2000 our nation's energy related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country on Earth think of that emissions are projected to drop in 2019 and 2020 we're doing a very tough job and not everybody knows it and that's one of the reasons we're here today to speak to you every single one of the signatories to the Paris climate Accord lags behind America in overall emissions reductions who would think that is possible but this reason in my first year in office I withdrew the United States from the unfair ineffective and very very expensive Paris climate Accord thank you my administration is now revising the past administration's misguided regulations to better protect the environment and to protect our American workers so importantly as an example there is a very good place for solar energy I'm a believer in solar energy it hasn't fully developed it's got a long way to go but it's really got a tremendous future the United States does not have to sacrifice our own jobs to lead the world on the environment my administration set the new global standard for environmental protections with unprecedented provisions in the US Mexico Canada agreement commonly referred to as the u.s. MCA which includes the first-ever provisions to take on the challenge of marine litter and debris and I'm sure you've all seen by watching televisions by maybe reading about it tremendous problem thousands and thousands of tons of this debris float onto our shores after it's dumped into the oceans by other countries the tides come to us usually that was a good thing but this isn't so good this is a tremendous problem thousands and thousands of tons of garbage comes to us well we're focused on practical solutions more than 100 Democrats and Congress now support the so-called green New Deal their plan is estimated to cost our economy nearly 100 trillion dollars a number unthinkable a number not affordable even in the best of times if you go a hundred and fifty years from now and we've had great success that's not a number that's even thought to be affordable kill millions of jobs it'll crush the dreams of the poorest Americans and disproportionately harm minority communities I will not stand for it we will defend the environment but we will also defend American sovereignty American prosperity and we will defend American jobs we've refocused the EPA back on its core mission and last year the agency completed more Superfund hazardous waste lien ups than any year of the previous administrations and set records at almost every year we have done tremendous work on super funds to name just two examples we've made great strides cleaning up damage near a paper plant in Kalamazoo Michigan something that was beyond fix-up they thought it was never going to happen and also the West Lake landfill in Missouri this year we've also directed sixty five million dollars in brownfield grants to clean up even more contaminated sites in 149 American communities think of that the vast majority home to lower income citizens at some project that is some project and for the first time in nearly 30 years we're in the process of strengthening national drinking water standards to protect vulnerable children from lead and copper exposure something that has not been done and we're doing it and last month our EPA took the first major action nearly two decades to reduce exposure to lead contaminated dust I signed America's water infrastructure Act along with these great gentlemen right here we worked very hard on that very very hard and it wasn't easy to further approve and improve drinking water infrastructure and support other critical projects our administration has directed over half a billion dollars to fix Lake Okeechobee the Herbert Hoover dike I was out there three months ago with your new great governor and Senator actually from Florida we had our two senators we had Rick Scott Marco Rubio and our great new governor run to Santos we were all out and we made a certain commitment and the commitment has already taken place and they're fixed in Lake Okeechobee people are very happy about it in the Florida Everglades we're restoring the ecosystems in the Everglades and I also signed legislation authorizing 100 million dollars to fight red tide a big problem that some people don't know about but when you do know about it that means trouble because it is bad another toxic algae that damages coastal areas it's causing tremendous havoc and we have a way of straightening it out and we'll get it done we're joined today by Bruce robach owner of Billy bones bait and tackle in Port st. Lucie a place I know very well Florida his business was devastated by toxic algae from Lake Okeechobee Bruce please come up and tell us about what's happened and what we're doing for you where is Bruce [Applause] hello how are you all today alright we have made a big trip up here to make sure we're here this is very important this is my family's business ok I've owned the bait and tackle store since 2001 and been in Florida since 2006 I have my son Tanner over here with me he means the world to me he's my best friend and my son he's actually a brain cancer survivor that you know he beat it and now he's 21 and thank you thank you I wanted to say thank you I wanted to say that mr. president you're not only doing a tremendous job all the way around but you jumping into into this environment brings my heart to warmth knowing that what you're doing is going is the truth it's going wonderfully my business in 2018 was so horrible week I have my own two stores we closed several days a week because of you know the algae and people being frightened if they were afraid to touch the water and everything I have a marine mechanic I just wanted to say really quickly has a bad infection in his arm from the marine algae and stuff but basically your completion of this Herbert Hoover dike is going to make a tremendous difference because we can store more water in Lake Okeechobee safely store it there so the residents that that are around there are safe we can we can't we care and we concern about them Isana Coast believe me and that the water does not go into the Caloosahatchee into the st. Lucie estuary it's full of contaminants contaminants and fertilizers and mr. president you mentioned about the red tide it is a natural occurrence this fertilizer and all these contaminants is like a superpower and we have seen devastation on the west coast like none other before in 2018 so I mean I'm just so grateful for all the work you're doing sir and everything in the Everglades restoration and also I heard great news that the Dyke is going to be finished much sooner 22 than 2022 than expected so I personally want to thank you because this year they're not dumping our businesses are doing better my wife don't yell at me as much well that always happens so yes she says to me you're going to be but by the president talking and I says oh I don't need no list or what I got a big mouth I talk I don't care I'm proud I'm proud of Who I am and what I am I'm a licensed charter boat captain and I've done it since 20-foot since I'm 25 years old and I just I just want to say thank you for the opportunity to speak thank you for everything you're doing sir I speak for so many people you are you bring my heart to warmth for everything you're doing and all the way around money and concern my nephew thank you all my nephew Kenny robach is like my son he is in South Korea right now in the army and he's doing things and he is so proud of you when those boys they all just I've never seen people that are so proud of our president and I just I'm amazed I mean we stayed up to watch you that day when you got elected we're like he's got it he's got it so I'm sorry I'm telling the truth listen my dad taught me my dad taught me don't tell no lies and when you want me to shut up I well but I'm telling the truth and dad always say you a little like Donald Trump he did a little bit but you're much handsomer thank you thank you very much sir you have no idea how many people appreciate everything you've done thank you so much I really appreciate I want to say one final thing I got a big mouth god Bless America and God bless our president give them a hand Trump 2020 thank you Wow that was unexpected we appreciate it Bruce it's better than any speechwriter I could get it right Who am I gonna get like that I appreciate it thank you thank you very much Christmas earlier this year I also signed the save our seas act to protect our oceans from waste and pollution to improve water access worldwide we're supporting the development of breakthrough technologies with the Department of Energy's water security Grand Challenge my administration is strongly promoting bipartisan solutions for conservation and we're really getting along very well with the Democrats on that one we're getting things done this year I signed the largest public lands package in a decade designating 1.3 million acres that's a lot of land of new wilderness at expanding recreational access in December I signed a historic executive order promoting much more active forest management to prevent catastrophic wildfires like those that recently devastated California and Oregon I went to the fires in California and I said it's also management it's a lot of things happening but it's management you can't have dirty flaws you can't have 20 years of leaves and fallen trees after the first 17 months they say the tree is like a piece of tinder you have to be very careful so you can't have that that's why you have so many fires and I will say this spoke with the governor of California spoke with many people and the process of cleaning is now really taking precedent that a lot of people are looking at forest management it's a word that people didn't understand last year and now they're getting it and you don't have to have any forest fires it's interesting I spoke to certain countries and they said sir we're a forest nation I never thought of a country well known countries we're a forest nation I never heard of the term forest nation they live in forests and they don't have problems one was telling me that his trees are much more susceptible to fire than what they have in California but they don't have fires because they manage they clean they do what you have to do there's not so much to burn and we're gonna start doing that and it's called remember management it's called forest management so it's a very important term when I went to California they sort of scoffed at me for the first two weeks and maybe three weeks and not so much four weeks and after about five weeks they said you know he's right he's right so I think you're gonna see a lot of good things it's a lot of area it's a lot of land but a lot of tremendous things are happening we're joined today by Colleen Roberts a county commissioner from Jackson County Oregon Colleen please come up and tell us a little bit about your approach on forest management and all of the community work you've done it's been so successful please [Applause] so I want to thank our president Trump and your administration sir for this opportunity it's great opportunity to be here today and speak on this a very important issue and in support of your executive order to reduce the hazardous fuel loads in our federal forests Jackson County the County I am from Southern Oregon has comprises about 50 percent of federal lands to be managed by our federal agencies and previous administrations have allowed these lands to be mismanaged and thus are burdened with the heavy fuel loads wildland fire policy is also allowing management objectives to be attained through prescribed burning during our fire season is flawed our board has studied and successfully shared information with neighboring counties and nako the National Association of counties in an effort to achieve wildland fire policy changes we've suffered through years of hazardous wildfire conditions and during toxic smoke events for the past two years that endured not just for a day but three and four months on end and it has adversely affected the health of our residents and our economy fuels reduction through the executive order that our president has put forth and fire policies can work together for healthy forests and public lands that our citizens deserve in all of this and more you President Trump have become a friend and the biggest ally to the counties in this great country and I'm here to say thank you and support you thank you so much Thank You colleague and I also spoke with the Governor of California about helping out with the earthquakes and we'll be doing that will were working very closely in California with the various representatives and we're making a lot of progress there was something that was a long time a lot of shock a lot of shake and we are helping out and so we're working with government and all across the nation our policies are ensuring that extreme agendas do not stand in the way of responsible use of public lands we're getting Washington bureaucrats off of their backs and we want to make sure that they go out and help our hunters and our fishers and farmers and everyone and they want to do it they're going to do it or they wanted to and everybody that endures and really loves the great outdoors in the proud tradition of conservation that the Republican Party inherits from Teddy Roosevelt we will preserve this land for our magnificent people that's what we're doing we're preserving our land we're making our land better and cleaner and safer now I'd like to invite administrator Andrew wheeler up he's at the EPA he's doing a fantastic job and he's keeping America clean and we appreciate it very much Andrew please come [Applause] Thank You President Trump for your leadership and the opportunity to share our environmental progress with the American public when you asked me to take the lead at EPA one year ago you asked me to do three things continue to clean up the air continue to clean up the water and continue to provide regulatory relief to keep the economy growing the president knows we can do all three at the same time and here's the evidence from 1970 to 2018 us criteria air pollution fell 74 percent while the economy grew by two hundred and seventy five percent under your administration emissions of all the criteria air pollutants continue to decline for example yes for example the lead and software dioxide have dropped by double-digit percentages over the last two years today we have the cleanest air on record and we are a global leader for access to clean drinking water we are making tremendous environmental progress under President Trump and the public needs to know that pollution is on the decline and our focus is to accelerate its decline particularly in the most at-risk communities there may be no better example than our renewed focus on Superfund the federal program that cleans up large hazardous sites in the past it wasn't unusual for a site to sit on the Superfund National Priorities List for decades we believe that a site on the National Priorities List should be just that a national priority our actions demonstrate that in fiscal year 2018 we deleted the most sites from the National Priorities List in one year since 2005 this year we are on track to delete even more breaking that record we're also reinvigorating our brownfields program which transforms contaminated sites into community assets we recently announced nearly 65 million dollars in brownfield grants to 149 communities nationwide 40% of these communities are receiving brownfields funding for the very first time and thanks to the president's historic tax reform package we're prioritizing Opportunity Zones of the hundred and forty nine grant recipients 108 have identified sites designated as opportunity zones including in the cities such as Detroit and Green Bay on air quality we're helping areas across the country reduce air pollution and meet the nation's air quality standards on water we're helping communities modernize their water infrastructure since 2017 we've issued eight water infrastructure loans totaling over two billion dollars these loans will help finance roughly four billion and water infrastructure projects and create six thousand jobs we've already invited an additional 42 projects to apply for additional funding these projects will improve water quality for millions of while creating high-paying jobs we're equally committed to improving the health of our oceans the u.s. MCA contains an historic first-ever commitment to reduce marine litter 60% of the world's marine letter comes from six Asian countries we have the technology and the expertise to help these nations the truth is when other countries need help cleaning up their air water or land they turn to us for assistance not China not Russia we have the environmental laws we develop the technologies and we get the job done America is and will remain the gold standard for environmental protection and every American should know that our nation is cleaner safer and stronger today thanks to the leadership of President Trump [Applause] thank you Andy fantastic job who would have known that Andrew I'm glad you finally let people know what we're doing we're working hard I think harder than many previous administrations maybe almost all of them I'd like to invite Mary Neumeier to the podium and Mary has some terrific things to say and I appreciate you being here Mary thank you very much [Applause] president Trump thank you for your leadership and continuing to advance environmental protection over the past two and a half years president Trump has taken decisive action to address environmental challenges at his direction federal agencies are more efficiently implementing air quality standards more actively managing our nation's forests to improve their health and reduce wildfire risks promoting reliable water supplies and deliveries in the western United States increasing federal coordination in the environmental review and permitting process and efficiently managing federal operations to save energy and water reduce waste and cut costs under the president's leadership across the federal government agencies have continued to improve their energy and environmental performance and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal operations one of the many important areas where President Trump is taking action is with regard to ocean policy our country is blessed with some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world our beaches are places for our families to a joy especially at this time of year our oceans provide a way of life support diverse marine species and habitats and offer recreational opportunities our oceans also support the livelihoods of millions of Americans coastal communities depend on clean healthy waters under president Trump's Direction agencies are improving the management of our ocean and coastal waters for present and future generations of Americans a little over a year ago president some Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to improve coordination on ocean related matters work with state-led regional ocean partnerships expand federal access to federal ocean related data and maximize the effectiveness of agency investments in ocean research federal agencies are working with state regional and other stakeholders to address coastal and ocean management challenges the agencies are also prioritizing research to better understand and protect our our coastal environment to improve our knowledge of our vast oceans and to develop next-generation ocean technologies this fall the administration will convene a summit to promote partnerships in ocean science and technology the summit will showcase American leadership and engage the research community and the private sector to explore the unknown ocean advanced marine science and promote new technologies in addition to implementing the save our seas Act signed by President Trump our federal agencies have also prioritized addressing the harmful effects of marine debris this administration has engaged with members of Congress conservation organizations the private sector and other nations it is critical that we effectively take action on this issue and improve the health of our oceans the administration is committed to ensuring that we are good stewards of our environment while supporting American prosperity we look forward to continuing to address our nation's environmental challenges and to improving quality of life for all Americans what a great job you're doing thank you very much appreciate it so a man who was very responsible for our tremendous success salute to America Department of interior's they kept you very busy right David David Bernard come on out [Applause] good afternoon it is an honor to serve a president who has been focused on conservation stewardship since day one the president mentioned that he signed into law the largest public lands legislation in over a decade thank you all on your side we are aggressively implementing this act which among other things designated 1.3 million acres of public land is wilderness as you said to put that into perspective 1.3 million acres exceeds the entire size of the state of Rhode Island today the geographic area of our nation's wilderness system is actually larger than every state in the Union except for Texas and Alaska we are ensuring that future generations receive the benefit of an enduring wilderness system mr. president throughout your term Interior has also been focused on strengthening the North American wildlife conservation model which is the best in the world the model was originally conceived by American hunters and anglers who were the first to crusade for wildlife protection and retains some of today's most important conservation leadership the success of this model depends on a strong federal state partnership and the continued commitment and preserve and participation of the hunters and anglers these important relationships were frayed under the prior administration in contrast your administration has fostered stewardship collaboration by working with the States not unilaterally on our shared mission to conserve Fish and Wildlife and preserve their habitats for future generations for example since 2017 at interior we have released 292 million sport fish which provide recreational angling opportunities while contributing to species restoration and recovery goals we have removed 325 barriers opening over an era over 8,000 River miles for native fish through our national fish passage program public access and outdoor recreation opportunities are critical for wildlife conservation since January 2017 across the Refuge System we have devoted more than 52 million to restore retain and enhance access to outdoor recreation sites and support habitat infrastructure during that time we've also opened or expanded hunting and fishing access to three hundred and eighty-five thousand of acres on refuge lands and last month we announced our plan to open or expand an additional 1.4 million acres in several national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries for new hunting fishing and recreational activities America will use its a big number the reality is that America leads the world in wilderness and wildlife conservation efforts and under president Trump's common-sense leadership every day at interior we are increasing access to our public lands increasing recreational opportunities on those public lands and enhancing our conservation efforts [Applause] thank you very much David I got to know this one David you I didn't know but I got to know this when he's a tough competitor on the campaign trail he he wanted this position and we fought and we fought and I said you know I want him someday if I win I'm gonna get him in some capacity and who's better to get that a man who successfully ran Texas for 12 years is that what that is 12 years right a long time great state and you did a great job so I said I want Rick Perry working for us and he knows more about energy than anybody come on up Rick mr. president I want to tell you that last Thursday was a big day for me in the morning I got to welcome my first grandson into the world and and that afternoon I got to watch the President of the United States give one of the greatest history lessons that I've ever seen before and to celebrate the American military like I've never seen it celebrated for I am proud to be standing with you proud to be working in this cabinet with these men and women this is a this is a great moment for America it's a great moment for American for a lot of reasons and and today I'm really proud to get to stand up here in front of of American of the world for that matter as they watch this and and to to recognize how important today is because the chance to tell a story that often doesn't get told in a proper way and a story about what this administration is doing to clean up the environment what this administration is doing on policies that are having an effect on our environment at the Department of Energy we have championed both the historic development of our nation's resources and the technological breakthroughs that are just literally cascading across this country in ways to use energy more cleanly more efficiently than anyone ever thought possible before we know that by investing in innovative solutions like carbon capture utilization sequestration zero emission works like our nuclear power exporting those technologies to other countries and and we're being able to share our technologies around the world of cleaner energy without singling I mean without surrendering one single fuel one iota of of growth one iota of opportunity that's what this this president is all about that's your record mr. president we're seeing on your watch America the number-one producer of oil and gas in the world we're seeing emissions being reduced around the world I I was with some of our friends from the European Union and reminding them about what you're being able to do in this country with the innovation we're being able to deliver liquefied natural gas to them so they can move away from these dirtier burning old inefficient plants and bring a cleaner environment to those countries you know it's it's our National Labs at the Department of Energy Alain we've talked about this and you've seen this through your years for this technology this technological revolution that is occurring and we're not only increasing our energy supply but we're making it cleaner we're doing it in a way that the world is enjoying with us so and and it's your direction mr. president do e launched as you mentioned earlier the water security Grand Challenge using the power of competition the water security Grand Challenge will spur innovation and advances and transformational technology they're going to meet the global need for safe affordable beautiful crystal-clear water from this mr. president's been your policies it's been your focus that greater energy security for America while at the same time enhancing our environmental stewardship I think the world needs to look at your leadership look at what you've done you know for too long there's in this conventional wisdom that you got to choose between economic growth and environmental protection that's a false choice and it's one that you've talked about mr. president it's always been this country and this country that leads just like you reminded people last Thursday the greatness of America the innovation of America and the future of this world will rely greatly upon America and this administration thank you for mr. president and what Rick is done with our nuclear supply nuclear energy in all forms nuclear has been an absolutely incredible in a very short period of time I want to thank you that's fantastic so important to the job you're doing thank you very much Rick when I ran for president I pledged a strong growing economy and a healthy environment because I believe that we can pursue both at the same time we have only one America we have only one planet that's why every day of my presidency we will fight for a cleaner environment and a better quality of life for every one of our great citizens above all we will remain loyal to the American people and be faithful stewards of God's glorious creation from sea to shining sea thank you all very much for being here god bless you and God bless america thank you [Applause]

Politicians may come together against Big Tech, says expert



Tony I'll just start with you what should we expect next week out of these hearings you know Mark Cuban I think his has rightly described a lot of the issues with trying to regulate these companies so what responses might we see as this gains momentum yeah I think you're likely to see bipartisan frustration from lawmakers next week there are a few things that unite Democrats and Republicans around here but a an opposition a concern with big tech is certainly one of them and so at the antitrust hearing held by House lawmakers they've opened an investigation into companies like Amazon Apple Facebook and Google and they'll look into whether these companies are using their power in such a way that harms rivals and harms consumers and then with Libra with Facebook we'll see a series of hearings exploring the way the company is rolling out its cryptocurrency and that's coming on the heels of comments from President Trump just last night raising alarms with the cryptocurrency suggesting that perhaps it needs banking regulation and again there you know House Democrats are saying that there should be a moratorium here and inna I was struck by the fact that you have Fed chair Jay Powell on the hill this week in what I thought would be a hot discussion about it rate cuts and how you know worth while those might be and there was a little bit of that but frankly everyone wanted to talk about Libra with the Fed chair and rightly so I mean this is something that could undermine the authority of the Federal Reserve and I thought Cubans points about it being more of an issue overseas we're probably right yeah I mean I think in terms of action you know if the u.s. sees it as a threat to the dollar I think you know Europe sees it as you know again the big US tech companies taking on even more of their economy so I definitely think there's gonna be a lot of interest in what Facebook is doing even though Facebook has said this is a coalition eventually they're gonna you know share some of the management responsibilities with other partners are you surprised 'inna it how much blowback there has been to this Libra coin if you want to call it that I mean it does seem to be a way for everybody to stand up and say no no Facebook now you've gone too far yeah I mean I think that that's exactly it I think you know the whether to apply existing regulations or new regulations to tack has been a big question but I think everyone that has any criticisms is like wait a second you know we really want Facebook to have even more power and controlling a currency on top of where we're at so I think it is a good launching point for the discussion but obviously the concerns around Facebook in particular go deeper than just libre and what it might do in the future sure Doug yesterday we spoke and I'm sure you've heard this argument a million times about whether big tech companies today are gonna go the way of Microsoft in the sense that they kind of have a lost decade in terms of performance while they have all of these these antitrust issues sorted out do you guys share any of those concerns or are you still broadly bullish on the sector I'd say we're still broadly bullish on the big four tech names the way that we see it is over the next year plus I think there's a lot of headline risk there's still the FTC and DOJ investigations the presidential campaign none of these companies have very much in terms of friends on either side of the aisle and you also have the taxation in Europe issue so I think there is a chance over the next year plus we see a lot more in terms of headlines that hurt these companies but in terms of the long term there's still great companies that we don't see any of this regulation challenging how consumers use them and even in terms of the headline risk we have just ridden this wall of worry all the way up I mean sometimes when they're having a bad quarter like they were in the fourth quarter you can say okay well because of this bad headline they're having a bad day Facebook has certainly had some of those but they frankly have completely shaken it all off I mean we're not talking about these stocks trading down big-time on on these headlines and all they seem to be completely ignoring them almost yeah less than a month ago we had this FTC and DOJ news and the stocks we're hit on that day but we've gained all that back plus more and I think part of that is a symptom of the market if people want to be involved with winners and there's an assumption that big tech will continue to be winners in a good economy but I think it's fair to say that investors are not that concerned about the potential for regulation right now you know what kind of regulation do you think would get to the fundamental you know what could terrify investors which would be anything that suggests it's gonna hurt their growth and their you know their their ability to grow profits from here on out I think there's two types of regulations leaving the Libra question aside maybe three if you count that I think you know one area is privacy legislation there had been some thought earlier in the year and there may still be a chance of federal privacy legislation in particular because there's a California law coming on haven't seen as much progress I think perhaps lawmakers waiting to see if California's law gets watered down ahead of going into effect in 2020 so privacy legislation what that might do is make it less profitable to be Facebook or Google serving up these ads and then the other is antitrust although you know investors could look at that either way I mean they might see antitrust you know talk a break up as you know an opportunity to unlock value actually investors don't always mind breaking things up but I you know I do think there are concerns about regulation but I think again as Tony pointed out that would imply Democrats and Republicans working together on anything which doesn't happen that often in the city you

Watch President Trump's 2019 State of the Union



thank you very much madam Speaker mr. vice president members of Congress the first lady of the United States and my fellow Americans we meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential as we begin a new Congress I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans millions of our fellow citizens are watching us now gathered in this great chamber hoping that we will govern not as two parties but as one nation the agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda it's the agenda of the American people many of us have campaigned on the same core promises to defend American jobs and demand fair trade for American workers to rebuild and revitalize our nation's infrastructure to reduce the price of health care and prescription drugs to create an immigration system that is safe lawful modern and secure and to pursue a foreign policy that puts America's interest first there is a new opportunity in American politics if only we have the courage together to seize it victory is not winning for our party victory is winning for our country this year America will recognize two important anniversaries that show us the majesty of America's mission and the power of American pride in June we mark 75 years since the start of what General Dwight D Eisenhower called the Great Crusade the Allied liberation of Europe in World War two on d-day June 6 1944 15,000 young American men jumped from the sky and 60,000 more stormed in from the sea to save our civilization from tyranny here with us tonight are three of those incredible heroes private first class Joseph Reilly Staff Sergeant Irving Locker and Sergeant Herman zhichen gentlemen we salute you in 2019 we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of a million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon half a century later we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag Buzz Aldrin Thank You buzz this year American astronauts will go back to space when American rockets in the twentieth century America saved freedom transform science redefined the middle class and when you get down to it there's nothing anywhere in the world that can compete with America now we must step boldly and bravely into the next chapter of this great American adventure and we must create a new standard of living for the 21st century an amazing quality of life for all of our citizens is within reach we can make our community safer our family stronger our culture richer our faith deeper and our middle-class bigger and more prosperous than ever before but we must reject the politics of revenge resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation compromise and the common good together we can break decades of political stalemate we can bridge all divisions heal old wounds build new coalition's forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America's future the decision is ours to make we must choose between greatness or gridlock results or resistance vision or vengeance incredible progress or pointless destruction tonight I ask you to choose greatness over the last two years my administration has moved with urgency and historic speed to confront problems neglected by leaders of both parties over many decades in just over two years since the election we have launched an unprecedented economic boom a boom that has rarely been seen before there's been nothing like it we have created 5.3 million new jobs and importantly added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs something which almost everyone said was impossible to do but the fact is we are just getting started wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades and growing for blue-collar workers who I promised to fight for they're growing faster than anyone else thought possible nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps the US economy is growing almost twice as fast today as when I took office and we are considered far and away the hottest economy anywhere in the world not even close unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century african-american Hispanic American and Asian American unemployment have all reached their lowest levels ever recorded unemployment for Americans with disabilities has also reached an all-time low more people are working now than at any time in the history of our country 157 million people at work we passed a massive tax cut for working families and doubled the child tax credit we virtually ended the estate tax or death tax as it is often called on small businesses for ranches and also for family farms we eliminated the very unpopular Obamacare individual mandate penalty and you give critically ill patients access to life-saving cures we passed very importantly right to try my administration has cut more regulations in a short period of time than any other administration during its entire tenure companies are coming back to our country in large numbers thanks to our historic reductions in taxes and regulations and we have unleashed a revolution in American energy the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world and now for the first time in 65 years we are a net exporter of energy after 24 months of rapid progress our economy is the envy of the world our military is the most powerful on earth by far and America America is again winning each and every day members of Congress the state of our union is strong [Applause] [Applause] that sounds so good our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before when Friday it was announced that we added another three hundred and four thousand jobs last month alone almost double the number expected an economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish Wars politics or ridiculous partisan investigations [Applause] if there is going to be peace and legislation there cannot be war and investigation it just doesn't work that way we must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad this new era of cooperation can start with finally confirming the more than 300 highly qualified nominees who are still stuck in the Senate in some cases years and years waiting not right the Senators failed to act on these nominations which is unfair to the nominees and very unfair to our country now is the time for bipartisan action believe it or not we have already proven that that's possible in the last Congress both parties came together to pass unprecedented legislation to confront the opioid crisis a sweeping new farm bill historic VA reforms and after four decades of rejection we passed VA accountability so that we can finally terminate those who mistreat our wonderful veterans and just weeks ago both parties united for groundbreaking criminal justice reform they said it couldn't be done last year I heard through friends the story of Alice Johnson I was deeply moved in 1997 Alice was sentenced to life in prison as a first-time nonviolent drug offender over the next 22 years she became a prison minister inspiring others to choose a better path she had a big impact on that prison population and far beyond Alice's story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing and the need to remedy this total injustice she served almost that 22 years and had expected to be in prison for the remainder of her life in June I commuted Alice's sense when I saw Alice's beautiful family greet her at the prison gates hugging and kissing and crying and laughing I knew I did something right Alice is with us tonight and she is a terrific woman terrific Alice please Alice thank you for reminding us that we always have the power to shape our own destiny thank you very much Alice thank you very much inspired by stories like Alice's my administration worked closely with members of both parties to sign the first-step Act into law big deal this legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the african-american community the first-step Act gives nonviolent offenders the chance to reenter society as productive law-abiding citizens now states across the country are following our lead America is a nation that believes in Redemption we are also joined tonight by matthew charles from tennessee in 1996 at the age of 30 matthew was sentenced to 35 years for selling drugs and related offenses over the next two decades he completed more than 30 Bible studies became a law clerk and mentored many of his fellow inmates now Matthew is the very first person to be released from prison under the first-step Act please Thank You Matthew welcome home now Republicans and Democrats must join forces again to confront an urgent national crisis Congress has ten days left to pass a bill that will fund our government protect our homeland and secure our very dangerous southern border now is the time for Congress to show the world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless coyote's cartels drug dealers and human traffickers out of business as we speak large organized caravans are on the march to the United States we have just heard that Mexican cities in order to remove the illegal immigrants from their communities are getting trucks and buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection I have ordered another three thousand seven hundred and fifty troops to our southern border to prepare for this tremendous onslaught this is a moral issue the lawless state of our southern border is a threat to the safety security and financial well-being of all America we have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens this includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today who followed the rules and respected our laws illegal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever but they have to come in Legally tonight I am asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country no issue better illustrates to divide between America's working class and America's political class than illegal immigration wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards meanwhile working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration reduce jobs lower wages overburdened schools hospitals that are so crowded you can't get in increased crime and a depleted social safety net tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate it is actually very cruel one in three women is sexually assaulted on the long journey north smugglers use migrant children as human pawns to exploit our laws and gain access to our country human traffickers and sex traffickers take advantage of the wide open areas between our ports of entry to smuggle thousands of young girls and women into the United States and to sell them into prostitution and modern-day slavery tens of thousands of innocent Americans are killed by lethal drugs that cross our border and flood into our cities including meth heroin cocaine and fentanyl the savage gang ms-13 now operates in at least 20 different American states and they almost all come through our southern border just yesterday an ms-13 gang member was taken into custody for a fatal shooting on a subway platform in New York City we are removing these gang members by the thousands but until we secure our border they're going to keep streaming right back in year after year countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens I've gotten to know many wonderful angel moms and dads and families no one should ever have to suffer the horrible heartache that they have had to endure here tonight is Deborah Bissell just three weeks ago Deborah's parents Gerald and Sharon were burglarized and shot to death in their Reno Nevada home by an illegal alien they were in their 80s and are survived by four children 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren also here tonight are Gerald and Sharon's granddaughter Heather and great-granddaughter Madison – Debra had their Madison please stand few can understand your pain thank you and thank you for being here thank you very much I will never forget and I will fight for the memory of Gerald and share that it should never happen again not one more American life should be lost because our nation failed to control it's very dangerous border in the last two years our brave ice officers made two hundred and sixty-six thousand arrests of criminal aliens including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults thirty thousand sex crimes and four thousand killings or murders we are joined tonight by one of those law enforcement heroes ice Special Agent Elvin Hernandez when Elvin when Elvan was a boy he and his family legally immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic at the age of eight Elvin told his dad he wanted to become a special agent today he leads investigations into the scourge of international sex trafficking Elvin says that if I can make sure these young girls get their justice I've really done my job thanks to his work and that of his incredible colleagues more than 300 women and girls have been rescued from the horror of this terrible situation and more than 1500 sadistic traffickers have been put behind bars we will always support the brave men and women of law enforcement and I pledge to you tonight that I will never abolish our heroes from ice thank you my administration has sent to Congress a common-sense proposal to end the crisis on the southern border it includes humanitarian assistance more law enforcement drug detection at our ports closing loopholes that enable child smuggling and plans for a new physical barrier or wall to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry in the past most of the people in this room voted for a wall but the proper wall never got built I will get it built this is a smart strategic see-through steel barrier not just a simple concrete wall it will be deployed in the areas identified by the border agents as having the greatest need and these agents will tell you where walls go up illegal crossings go way way down San Diego used to have the most illegal border crossings in our country in response a strong security wall was put in place this powerful barrier almost completely ended illegal crossings the border city of El Paso Texas used to have extremely high rates of violent crime one of the highest in the entire country and considered one of our nation's most dangerous cities now immediately upon its building with a powerful barrier in place El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country simply put walls work and walls save lives so let's work together compromise and reach a deal that will truly make America safe as we work to defend our people safety we must also ensure our economic resurgence continues at a rapid pace no one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women who have filled 58% of the newly created jobs last year [Applause] you weren't supposed to do that thank you very much thank you very much all Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before don't sit yet you know like this and exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before [Applause] that's great very good and congratulations that's great as part of our commitment to improving opportunity for women everywhere this Thursday we are launching the first-ever government-wide initiative focused on economic empowerment for women in developing countries to build on to build on our incredible economic success one priority is parama reversing decades of calamitous trade policies so bad we are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries and stealing our intellectual property the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end therefore we recently imposed tariffs on two hundred and fifty billion dollars of Chinese goods and now our Treasury is receiving billions and billions of dollars but I don't blame China for taking advantage of us I blame our leaders and representatives for allowing this travesty to happen I have great respect for President Xi and we are now working on a new trade deal with China but it must include real structural change to end unfair trade practices reduce our chronic trade deficit and protect American jobs another historic trade blunder was the catastrophe known as NAFTA I have met the men and women of Michigan Ohio Pennsylvania Indiana New Hampshire and many other states whose dreams were shattered by the signing of NAFTA for years politicians promised them they would renegotiate for a better deal but no one ever tried until now our new US Mexico Canada Agreement the u.s. MCA will replace NAFTA and deliver for American workers like they haven't had delivered to for a long time I hope you can pass the u.s. MCA into law so that we can bring back our manufacturing jobs and even greater numbers expand American agriculture protect intellectual property and ensure that more cars are proudly stamped with our four beautiful words made in the USA tonight I am also asking you to pass the United States reciprocal trade act so that if another country places and unfair tariffs on an American product we can charge them the exact same tariff on the exact same product that they sell to us both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of America's crumbling infrastructure I know that Congress is eager to pass an infrastructure bill and I am eager to work with you or legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future this is not an option this is a necessity the next major priority for me and for all of us should be to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs and to protect patients with pre-existing conditions already as a result of my administration's efforts in 2018 drug prices experienced their single largest decline in 46 years but we must do more it's unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs often made in the exact same place this is wrong this is unfair and together we will stop it and we'll stop it fast I am asking Congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for American patients finally we should also require drug companies insurance companies and hospitals to disclose real prices to foster competition and bring costs way down no force in history has done more to advance the human condition than American freedom in recent years in recent years we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS scientific breakthroughs have brought a once distant dream Within Reach my budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within ten years we have made incredible strides incredible together we will defeat age in America and beyond tonight I am also asking you to join me in another fight that all Americans can get behind the fight against childhood cancer joining Melania in the gallery this evening is a very brave 10 year old girl Gracie line every birthday [Applause] hi grace every birthday since she was four grace asked her friends to donate to st. Jude's Children's Hospital she did not know that one day she might be a patient herself that's what happened last year grace was diagnosed with brain cancer immediately she began radiation treatment at the same time she rallied her community and raised more than 40 thousand dollars for the fight against cancer when grace completed treatment last fall her doctors and nurses cheered they loved her they still loved her with tears in their eyes as she hung up a poster that read last day of chemo thank you very much grace you are a great inspiration to everyone in this room thank you very much many childhood cancers have not seen new therapies in decades my budget will ask Congress for 500 million dollars over the next ten years to fund this critical life-saving research to help support working parents the time has come to pass school choice for Americans children I'm also proud to be the first president to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child there could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child then the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments from birth these are living feeling beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world and then we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth to defend the dignity of every person I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late term abortion of children let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life and let us reaffirm a fundamental truth all children born and unborn are made in the holy image of God the final part of my agenda is to protect American security over the last two years we have begun to fully rebuild the United States military with 700 billion dollars last year and 716 billion dollars this year we are also getting other nations to pay their fair share fine for years the United States was being treated very unfairly by friends of ours members of NATO but now we have secured over the last couple of years more than 100 billion dollars of increase in defense spending from our NATO allies they said it couldn't be done as part of our military buildup the United States is developing a state-of-the-art missile defense system under my administration we will never apologize for advancing America's interests for example decades ago the United States entered into a treaty with Russia in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capability well we followed the agreement and the rules to the letter Russia repeatedly violated its terms it's been going on for many years that is why I announced that the United States is officially withdrawing from the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty or INF treaty perhaps [Applause] we really have no choice perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement adding China and others or perhaps we can't in which case we will out spend and out-innovate all others by far as part of a bold new diplomacy we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula our hostages have come home nuclear testing has stopped and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months if I had not been elected president of the United States we would right now in my opinion be in a major war with North Korea much work remains to be done but my relationship with Kim jong-un is a good one chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27th and 28th in Vietnam two weeks ago the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela and its new president Juan wider we stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom and we condemned the brutality of the Maduro regime who socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair here in the United States we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country America was founded on liberty and independence and not government coercion domination and control we are born free and we will stay free [Applause] tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country [Applause] one of the most complex set of challenges we face and have for many years is in the Middle East our approach is based on principle realism not discredited theories that have failed for decades to yield progress for this reason my administration recognized the true capital of Israel and proudly opened the American Embassy in Jersey our brave troops have now been fighting in the Middle East for almost 19 years in Afghanistan and Iraq nearly 7,000 American heroes have given their lives more than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded we have spent more than seven trillion dollars in fighting wars in the Middle East as a candidate for president I loudly pledged a new approach great nations do not fight endless wars when I took office Isis controlled more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria just two years ago today we have liberated virtually all of the territory from the grip of these blood thirsty monsters now as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of Isis it is time to give our brave warriors in Syria a warm welcome home I have also accelerated our negotiations to reach if possible a political settlement in Afghanistan the opposing side is also very happy to be negotiating our troops have fought with unmatched valor and thanks to their bravery we are now able to pursue a possible political solution to this long and bloody conflict in Afghanistan my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups including the Taliban as we make progress in these negotiations we will be able to reduce our troops presence and focus on counter terrorism and we will indeed focus on counter terrorism we do not know whether we'll achieve an agreement but we do know that after two decades of war the hour has come to at least try for peace and the other side would like to do the same thing it's time above all friend and foe alike was never doubt this nation's power and will to defend our people eighteen years ago violent terrorists attacked the USS Cole and last month American forces killed one of the leaders of that attack we are honored to be joined tonight by Tom Whibley whose son Navy Seaman Craig Whibley was one of the 17 sailors we tragically lost Tom we vow to always remember the heroes of the USS Cole thank you my administration has acted decisively to confront the world's leading state sponsor of Terror the radical regime in Iran it is a radical regime they do bad bad things to ensure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons I withdrew the United States from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal and last fall we put in place the toughest sanctions ever imposed by us on a country we will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish people we must never ignore the vile poison of anti-semitism or those who spread its venomous Creed with one voice we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs just months ago eleven Jewish Americans were viciously murdered in an anti-semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh SWAT officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire and was shot seven times chasing down the killer and he was very successful Timothy has just had his 12th surgery and he's going in for many more but he made the trip to be here with us tonight officer Matson please [Applause] thank you we are forever grateful thank you very much tonight we are also joined by Pittsburgh survivor Judah salmon he arrived at the synagogue as the massacre began but not only did Judah narrowly escaped death last fall more than seven decades ago he narrowly survived the Nazi concentration camps today is Judas 81st birthday [Applause] [Applause] they wouldn't do that for me Judith Judis says he can still remember the exact moment nearly 75 years ago after 10 months in a concentration camp when he and his family were put on a train and told they were going to another camp suddenly the train screeched to a very strong halt as soldier appeared Judah's family braced for the absolute worse than his father cried out with joy it's the Americans it's the Americans thank you a second Holocaust survivor who was here tonight Joshua Kaufman was a prisoner at Dachau he remembers watching through a hole in the wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks for me Joshua recalls the American soldiers were proof that God exists and they came down from the sky they came down from heaven I began this evening by honoring three soldiers who fought on d-day in the Second World War one of them was Herman as I Chico but there is more to Herman story a year after he stormed the beaches of Normandy Herman was one of the American soldiers who helped liberate Dachau he was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on earth almost 75 years later Herrmann and Joshua are both together in the gallery tonight seated side by side here in the home of American freedom Herrmann and Joshua your presence this evening is very much appreciated thank you very much [Applause] thank you when American soldiers said that beneath the dark skies over the English Channel in the early hours of d-day 1944 they were just young men of eighteen and nineteen hurtling on fragile landing craft toward the most momentous battle in the history of war they did not know if they would survive the hour they did not know if they would grow old but they knew that America had to prevail their cause was this nation and generations yet unborn why did they do it they did it for America they did it for us everything that has come since our triumph over communism our giant leaps of science and discovery our unrivaled progress towards equality and justice all of it is possible thanks to the blood and tears and courage and vision of the Americans who came before think of this Capitol think of this very chamber where lawmakers before you voted to end slavery to build the railroads and the highways and defeat fascism to secure civil rights and to face down evil empires here tonight we have legislators from across this magnificent Republic you have come from the rocky shores of Maine and the volcanic Peaks of Hawaii from the snowy woods of Wisconsin and the red deserts of Arizona from the green farms of Kentucky and the golden beaches of California together we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history what will we do with this moment how will we be remembered I asked the men and women of this Congress look at the opportunities before us our most thrilling achievements are still ahead our most exciting journeys still await our biggest victories are still to come we have not yet begun to dream we must choose whether we are defined by our differences or whether we dare to transcend them we must choose whether we squander our great inheritance or whether we proudly declare that we are Americans we do the incredible we defy the impossible we conquer the unknown this is the time to reignite the American imagination this is the time to search for the tallest summit and set our sights on the brightest star this is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens as neighbors as Patriots this is our future our fate and our choice to make I am asking you to choose greatness no matter the trials we face no matter the challenges to come we must go forward together we must keep America first in our hearts we must keep freedom alive in our souls and we must always keep faith in America's destiny that one nation under God must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world thank you god bless you and God bless america thank you [Applause] you you

Democrats clash over eliminating private health insurance at first debate



we're gonna turn to the issue of healthcare right now and really try to understand whether may or may not be daylight between you many people watching at home have health insurance coverage through their employer who here would abolish their private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan just to show hands start out with all right well senator Klobuchar let me put the question to you you're one of the Democrats who wants to keep private insurance in addition to a government health care plan why is an incremental approach in your view better than a sweeping overall I think it's a bold approach it's something that Barack Obama wanted to do when we were working on the Affordable Care Act and that is a public option I am just simply concerned about kicking half of America off of their health insurance in four years which is exactly what this bill says so let me go on beyond that there is a much bigger issue in addition to that and that is pharmaceuticals the president literally went on TV on Fox and said that people's heads would spin when they see how much he would bring down pharmaceutical prices instead 2500 drugs have gone up in double digits since he came into office instead he gave a hundred billion dollars in giveaways to the pharma companies for the rest of us for the rest of America that's what we call it home all foam and no beer we got nothing out of it and so my proposal is to do something about Pharma to take them on to allow negotiation under Medicare to bring in less expensive drugs from other countries and Pharma thinks they on Washington well they don't own their time as a thank you [Applause] you you

Twitter to add labels to politicians' posts that break its rules



this is this is really interesting because it's got to reverberate in the political halls and forms all across America twitter is now going to put together a framework by which it will hide certain tweets from political figures based upon an assessment of whether it meets the public interest what they are in essence going to do is on the rare occasion when something happens where it does not appear to be in the public interest they are going to put a notice hiding the tweet from the public unless you actively click into it so it will still keep the tweet up and not delete them but give you another layer by which you have to go through to get to those tweets who does this apply to it applies to any politician representing a government official running for public office have at least a hundred thousand followers and also be a verified account who determines whether tweets should be hidden it will be a cross-functional team at Twitter involving trust and legal public policy and regional teams to see if they will keep that up and in instances where tweets violate the rules explicitly they will be asked to take the tweet down so an interesting layer here it adds to that debate and conversation about whether or not social media censors certain types of accounts this is sure to disturb all all kinds of debate nonetheless as you can see the stock did move towards such and loes twitter did it has bounced off there since Scott but a very interesting developer development on Twitter with regard to political discussion on social media over to you no doubt about that as the election season just about to get hot and heavy with the debates beginning on the Democratic side last night tonight etc Joe used to own the stock I did and I gave up on it frustrated by it I just don't see the visibility in terms of a strategy that's going to accelerate revenue and to me that's what matters most you