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President Donald J. Trump At The United Nations 

 

 

President Trump Gives an Address to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 
 
 
 

 NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The United Nations, when President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America gave his first address to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in the General Assembly Hall – United Nations at 9:30 AM. 

 

In the morning, President Donald J. Trump and the First Lay Melania Trump departed Trump Tower en route to the United Nations, where President Trump gave his first address to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in the General Assembly Hall – United Nations at 9:30 AM.  President Trump and Mrs. Trump then participated in an expanded meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations in General Assembly 200B – United Nations, followed by a luncheon hosted by the Secretary General in the Delegate Lounge – United Nations at 1:15 PM. Later in the afternoon, President Trump will participate in an expanded meeting with the President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations in General Assembly 0202 – United Nations at 3:00 PM.  In the late-afternoon, President Trump will depart the United Nations en route to the Lotte New York Palace Hotel where he will participate in an expanded meeting with the Amir of Qatar in Hubbard 1 – Lotte New York Palace Hotel at 4:00 PM.  In the evening, President Trump is participating in a photo opportunity with leaders of the United Nations Member State in the Gold Room – Lotte New York Palace Hotel at 7:00 PM.  Later in the evening, President Trump will give remarks at a diplomatic reception hosted by the President and First Lady in the Villard Ballroom – Lotte New York Palace Hotel.  President Trump and Mrs. Trump will then depart the Lotte New York Palace in route to Trump Tower. At 8:25PM, President Trump and the First Lady are scheduled to arrive at Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA.

 

Last night, President Donald J. Trump hosted a working dinner in New York with President Michel Temer of Brazil, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, and Vice President Gabriela Michetti of Argentina.  “President Trump thanked the Latin American leaders for their advocacy in support of the Venezuelan people and condemnation of the Maduro dictatorship,” the White House reports.  The group of leaders focused their discussion on the importance of working together to help restore democracy to Venezuela and reaffirmed the principles of the Lima Declaration from August 8, 2017.  Moreover, during the multilateral meeting, President Trump, President Temer of Brazil, President Santos of Colombia, President Varela of Panama, and Vice President Michetti of Argentina also agreed to continue working together to resolve the Venezuelan crisis. The leaders discussed multiple ways to advance prosperity and improve security in the Western Hemisphere, and ensure sovereignty through democracy and rule of law.  The White House reported, “this week, foreign ministers from across the region will meet to further build on the ideas discussed at the working dinner.”

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President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump Attend a Luncheon Hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations

 

President Trump Attends a Luncheon Hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump attends a Luncheon hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations on New York, New York on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

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President Donald J. Trump’s Remarks at Luncheon Hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations

United Nations
New York, New York

1:33 P.M. EDT

 

 

 

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:  “Well, thank you very much, Mr. Secretary General.  I have to say that, as someone born in New York and raised in New York, it is a great honor to have the United Nations in New York, and always has been.

For years I’ve been a critic, but I’ve also been somebody that said that the United Nations has tremendous potential.  And under your leadership — and I’ve seen what you’ve done and working with Nikki Haley and all of her friends.  She’s made so many friends here, and Rex Tillerson, likewise, has become, really a fixture here.  We’re working very hard to solve world problems.

But there is no better forum; there can be no better forum.  And certainly there can be no better location where everybody comes together.  So, I want to congratulate you — the word is “potential.”  The potential of the United States, in terms of what it has done has been wonderful.  But we can do better, and we’re going to.

The potential of the United Nations is unlimited, and I really believe — I’ve met your representatives, and I know you well.  You are going to do things that will be epic, and I certainly hope you will.  But I feel very, very confident.  

So I just want to toast everybody in the room.  And let’s give this, as a toast, to the potential — the great, great potential of the United Nations.  Thank you all for being here.  Thank you very much.”

 

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President Donald J. Trump’s Remarks to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations
New York, New York

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
10:04 A.M. EDT


 
 

 

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:  “Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. 

As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid.  The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.

Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th.  The stock market is at an all-time high — a record.  Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before.  Companies are moving back, creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time.  And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense.  

Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.  For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assembly.  Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed.  

We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity.  Breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve.  

But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value.  Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet.  Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.  

Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.    

International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people; force dislocation and mass migration; threaten our borders; and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens.

To put it simply, we meet at a time of both of immense promise and great peril.  It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.

We have it in our power, should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear.

This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars to help shape this better future.  It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity.

It was in the same period, exactly 70 years ago, that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe.  Those three beautiful pillars — they’re pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity.

The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free.  As President Truman said in his message to Congress at that time, “Our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations.  The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members.”

To overcome the perils of the present and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past.  Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world.

We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government.  But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties:  to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.  This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success.

Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.

Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny.  And strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God.

In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.  This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example.  We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution — the oldest constitution still in use in the world today.

This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law. 

The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words.  They are:  “We the people.”

Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country, and of our great history.  In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign.  I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs.

In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty.  Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. 

As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.  (Applause.) 

All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.  

But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies.  But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.  As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.

But in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure.

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations Charter.  Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall.  America’s devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies, from the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia. 

It is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion, or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others.  Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.

For the diverse nations of the world, this is our hope.  We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife.  We are guided by outcomes, not ideology.  We have a policy of principled realism, rooted in shared goals, interests, and values.

That realism forces us to confront a question facing every leader and nation in this room.  It is a question we cannot escape or avoid.  We will slide down the path of complacency, numb to the challenges, threats, and even wars that we face.  Or do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today, so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow?

If we desire to lift up our citizens, if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent.  We must protect our nations, their interests, and their futures.  We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea.  We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow.  And just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based.  They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. 

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.  When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength. 

No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea.  It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more. 

We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later.  We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport.  We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies.

If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.  

It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.  No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.  Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.  The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.  That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for.  Let’s see how they do.

It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future.  The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council.  Thank you to all involved.

But we must do much more.  It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior.
  
We face this decision not only in North Korea.  It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime — one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. 

The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy.  It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.  The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people.

Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.  This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran’s people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East. 

We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program.  (Applause.)  The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.  Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it — believe me.  

It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.  It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained.  And above all, Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.

The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most.  This is what causes the regime to restrict Internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protestors, and imprison political reformers.

Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice.  Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror?  Or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?

The Iranian regime’s support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.

In Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations.  We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamist extremism that inspires them. 

We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the entire world. 

We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology.  We must drive them out of our nations.  It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and others that slaughter innocent people.

The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people. 

Last month, I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan.  From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operations, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians. 

I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.  In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS.  In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined.  
 
We seek the de-escalation of the Syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people.  The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens — even innocent children — shock the conscience of every decent person.  No society can be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread.  That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack. 

We appreciate the efforts of United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from ISIS, and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict.  

The United States is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort.  We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people, and which enables their eventual return to their home countries, to be part of the rebuilding process.

For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.  Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible.  This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach.

For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere.  We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.

For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.

For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

I want to salute the work of the United Nations in seeking to address the problems that cause people to flee from their homes.  The United Nations and African Union led peacekeeping missions to have invaluable contributions in stabilizing conflicts in Africa.  The United States continues to lead the world in humanitarian assistance, including famine prevention and relief in South Sudan, Somalia, and northern Nigeria and Yemen.  

We have invested in better health and opportunity all over the world through programs like PEPFAR, which funds AIDS relief; the President’s Malaria Initiative; the Global Health Security Agenda; the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery; and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, part of our commitment to empowering women all across the globe.

We also thank — (applause) — we also thank the Secretary General for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security, and prosperity.  Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process.

In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution’s noble aims have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them.  For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council. 

The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more.  In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes.  The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but, to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it.

Major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell.  But the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems.

The American people hope that one day soon the United Nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world.  In the meantime, we believe that no nation should have to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially.  Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own regions. 

That is why in the Western Hemisphere, the United States has stood against the corrupt and destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom.  My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms.

We have also imposed tough, calibrated sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse.

The socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.  This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried.  To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule.
  
The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing.  Their democratic institutions are being destroyed.  This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch.

As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal.  That goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy.  I would like to thank leaders in this room for condemning the regime and providing vital support to the Venezuelan people.

The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable.  We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.
  
We are fortunate to have incredibly strong and healthy trade relationships with many of the Latin American countries gathered here today.  Our economic bond forms a critical foundation for advancing peace and prosperity for all of our people and all of our neighbors.

I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis.  We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela. (Applause.) 

The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.  (Applause.)  From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.  Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. 

America stands with every person living under a brutal regime.  Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action.  All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their wellbeing, including their prosperity. 

In America, we seek stronger ties of business and trade with all nations of good will, but this trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.

For too long, the American people were told that mammoth multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success.  But as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories disappeared.  Others gamed the system and broke the rules.  And our great middle class, once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again.  

While America will pursue cooperation and commerce with other nations, we are renewing our commitment to the first duty of every government:  the duty of our citizens.  This bond is the source of America’s strength and that of every responsible nation represented here today.

If this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as President Truman said some 70 years ago, on the “independent strength of its members.”  If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations — nations that are rooted in their histories and invested in their destinies; nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer; and most important of all, nations that are home to patriots, to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit.

In remembering the great victory that led to this body’s founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil also fought for the nations that they loved. 

Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain. 

Today, if we do not invest ourselves, our hearts, and our minds in our nations, if we will not build strong families, safe communities, and healthy societies for ourselves, no one can do it for us. 

We cannot wait for someone else, for faraway countries or far-off bureaucrats — we can’t do it.  We must solve our problems, to build our prosperity, to secure our futures, or we will be vulnerable to decay, domination, and defeat.

The true question for the United Nations today, for people all over the world who hope for better lives for themselves and their children, is a basic one:  Are we still patriots?  Do we love our nations enough to protect their sovereignty and to take ownership of their futures?  Do we revere them enough to defend their interests, preserve their cultures, and ensure a peaceful world for their citizens?

One of the greatest American patriots, John Adams, wrote that the American Revolution was “effected before the war commenced.  The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.”

That was the moment when America awoke, when we looked around and understood that we were a nation.  We realized who we were, what we valued, and what we would give our lives to defend.  From its very first moments, the American story is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future.

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. 

Now we are calling for a great reawakening of nations, for the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people, and their patriotism. 

History is asking us whether we are up to the task.  Our answer will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve, and a rebirth of devotion.  We need to defeat the enemies of humanity and unlock the potential of life itself.

Our hope is a word and world of proud, independent nations that embrace their duties, seek friendship, respect others, and make common cause in the greatest shared interest of all:  a future of dignity and peace for the people of this wonderful Earth.

This is the true vision of the United Nations, the ancient wish of every people, and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.

So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world:  We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all.  

Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the nations of the world.  And God bless the United States of America.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  

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Vice President Mike Pence At The United Nations

Vice President Pence 

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Today at 9:30 AM, Vice President Mike Pence of the United States of America participated in a meeting with High Representative of the European Union Federica Mogherini in Conference Room C of the United Nations. Following the meeting, Vice President Pence departs New York, New York on Air Force Two en route to Washington, DC from LaGuardia Airport to travel to Washington, DC and participate in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch at the U.S. Capitol at 12:45 PM. At 11:55AM, Vice President Pence arrives in the Washington, DC region on Air Force Two at Joint Base Andrews. Following the Senate Republican Policy Lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC, Vice President Pence will return to New York, New York and participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of Pakistan in Conference Room C, at United Nations in New York, USA In the evening, Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will participate in a diplomatic reception hosted by the President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America at the Villard Ballroom of the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York, New York, USA at 8:00 PM.

 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

President Trump Participates in an Expanded Meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France

President Trump Participates in an Expanded Meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France

Reported Karen Ann Carr

 

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America participates in an expanded meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France at the United Nations in New York, New York, USA on Monday, September 18, 2017.

President Trump and President Macron of France met last night in New York.  During the meeting, President Trump and President Macron exchanged views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran and strategized on how Iran’s destabilizing activities might be curtail throughout the world and in the regions of France and  the USA.  President Trump and President Macron also discussed how to accelerate the destruction of ISIS and help resolve the Syrian civil war in a manner consistent with American and French security interests, the White House reported.  President Trump and President Macron also discussed how best to protect the earth’s environment while promoting economic growth for both countries.  President Trump and President Macron also discussed ways to address North Korea’s dangerous and destabilizing behavior, the White House reports.

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President Donald J. Trump Meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

President Donald J. Trump Meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump participates in a Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the United Nations in New York, New York on Monday, September 18, 2017. 

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President Donald J. Trump at a working Dinner In Honor Of Latin American Leaders At The United Nations

President Trump at Working Dinner In Honor Of Latin American Leaders with Vice President Pence, Secretary Of  State Tillerson, and U.N. Ambassador Haley 

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

 

 
 

President Trump Attends a Working Dinner with Latin American Leaders

  

Lotte New York Palace Hotel

New York, New York

6:48 P.M. EDT

 

     THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DONALD J. TRUMP:  “Well, thank you very much, everyone.  It’s a great honor. 

 

I had a long conversation with President Xi of China this morning.  We discussed some of the obvious things, and we discussed trade, and we also discussed a place called North Korea.  It was a long call.  It was a very good call.  We have a very, very fine relationship, and let’s see what happens.  I think we’re making great progress.

 

And we are going to be going to China during the month of November.  You probably have it in your schedules, and I look very much forward to that.

 

And I’m thrilled to host this important dinner with leaders of some of the greatest allies in the Western Hemisphere, and that is so true. 

 

We’re here to discuss the growing crisis in Venezuela.  The socialist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro has inflicted terrible misery and suffering on the good people of that country.  His corrupt regime destroyed a thriving nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and despair everywhere it has been tried.

 

To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule.  The Venezuelan people are starving, and their country is collapsing.  It was one of the wealthiest countries in the world for a long period of time.  And now the people are starving and the country is collapsing.  Who would think that’s possible?

 

Their democratic institutions are being destroyed.  The situation is completely unacceptable.  As responsible neighbors and friends of the Venezuelan people, our goal must be to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy. 

 

I’d like to thank the leaders in this room.  We have some great leaders in this room, and I want to thank them for condemning the regime and providing the vital support to the Venezuelan people.  Most of the media, the press, a lot of other leaders have no idea the tremendous job that the people, without exception, in this room are doing as leaders of their country in helping the people of Venezuela. 

 

And I can tell you, we really appreciate it.  And the world really appreciates it.  So thank you all very much.  We appreciate that so much.

 

The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable.  We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on the path to imposing authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.

 

We’re fortunate to have incredibly strong and healthy trade relationships with all of the countries gathered here today.  They’re doing very well with the United States.  We want to try and change that a little bit so we can turn the tables just a little bit.  You’re doing very well, and I congratulate you all. 

Nikki knows exactly what I’m saying, and Rex knows exactly what I’m saying.  But we have great relationships, and we do great trade.  Our economic bonds form a critical foundation for advancing peace and prosperity for all of our people and all of our neighbors. 

 

I ask every country represented here to be prepared to do more to address this unbelievably serious crisis.  We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela, and we want it to happen very, very soon. 

 

So again, I’d like to thank everybody.  We look forward to having dinner with you, and we will talk individually about what ideas you may have concerning Venezuela and other situations that we’re also dealing on, including trade.

 

Mr. Vice President, thank you very much for being here.  Would you like to say a word, Mike?

 

THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MIKE PENCE:  “Thank you, Mr. President.  It was my great honor to represent you and the United States in a trip through Latin America, and it is good to see many of the leaders that extended their hospitality to the United States. 

 

And I echo your strong affirmation of the partnerships that are represented at this table — partnerships for prosperity, partnerships for security, and we look forward to continuing to work with all the leaders at this table to promote the mutual prosperity of all of our nations throughout this hemisphere.  And it’s an honor to be here, Mr. President.”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  “Thank you very much, Mike.  And Rex, would you like to say something?  Secretary of State.”

 

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  “Mr. President, let me just add, first, my welcome to all of you to the dinner as well with the President.  And these are all very important countries to the United States’ relationship in the Western Hemisphere economically, but also from a security standpoint.  We have many, many shared issues to fight against crime, fight against corruption, narcotics trade, and all of you are very important in the cooperation that we receive in working together toward these shared goals.

 

So, very pleased to be with all of you tonight.”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  “And Nikki Haley, thank you so much for the job you’ve done over the last long time to just put it together.  We had incredible meetings today with France and with Israel.  The two leaders — and they’re great leaders, and we covered a lot of territory.  And we have a lot of agreement, I can tell you that. 

 

So we’ve done a lot, and we’re going to be doing a lot more, I understand, for the next four days.  So, Nikki, would you say a few words?”

 

AMBASSADOR HALEY:  “We just want to welcome everyone to New York.  I can tell you that in the United Nations, really, your ambassadors are great friends.  And we have started to work really closely together because your region matters, and the partnerships and the friendships need to be solid so we don’t wait until crisis hits, but that we are already partnering in every way that we can.

 

So thank you for taking the time to be here, and enjoy New York.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Well thank you, Nikki, and thank you, Rex, and thank you, Mike.  And we appreciate your being here.  Thank you all very much.  Appreciate it.  Thank you.” 

THE END

6:54 P.M. EDT

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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

 

President Donald J. Trump At The United Nations

President Donald J. Trump At The United Nations

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 
 

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump participates in the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development Meeting Monday, September 18, 2017 at 9:50 AM EDT in New York, New York, USA.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

Vice President Mike PencHost Honor Flight Veterans 

Vice President Pence and Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin Host Honor Flight Veterans from Lafayette, IN

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 
 
 
 

LAFAYETTE, IN – Vice President Pence and VA Secretary Shulkin Host Honor Flight Veterans from Lafayette, IN, USA at 1:00 PM EDT.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

President Donald J. Trump Meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

President Donald J. Trump Meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at United Nations

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump participates in a Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the United Nations in New York, New York on Monday, September 18, 2017. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

President Trump Meets with President Emmanuel Macron of France

President Trump Participates in an Expanded Meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France

Reported Karen Ann Carr

 

 
 

  

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump participates in an expanded meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France at the United Nations in New York, New York, USA on Monday, September 18, 2017.

 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

President Trump Meets with Latin American Leaders

President Donald J. Trump attends a Working Dinner with Latin American Leaders

Reported Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump attends a Working Dinner with Latin American Leaders at the United National in New York, New York, USA on Monday, September 18, 2017. 
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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

 

President Donald J. Trump At The United Nations

 

 

President Donald J. Trump At The United Nations

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump participates in the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development Meeting Monday, September 18, 2017 at 9:50 AM EDT in New York, New York, USA.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

Vice President Mike Pence At The United Nations

 

 

Vice President Pence and Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin Host Honor Flight Veterans from Lafayette, IN

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

LAFAYETTE, IN – Vice President Pence and VA Secretary Shulkin Host Honor Flight Veterans from Lafayette, IN, USA at 1:00 PM EDT.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

Annual White House Initiative Summit on Historical Black Colleges and Universities

 

Annual White House Summit on Historical Black Colleges and Universities

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – Annual Summit of The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Washington DC, USA on Monday, September 18, 2017.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Xi Jinping of China

 

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Xi Jinping of China

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Xi Jinping of China to discuss North Korea’s continued defiance of the international community and its efforts to destabilize Northeast Asia.  The two leaders committed to maximizing pressure on North Korea through vigorous enforcement of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 17 through September 23, 2017, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

 

 

 

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 17 through September 23, 2017, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

PRESCRIPTION OPIOID AND HEROIN EPIDEMIC AWARENESS WEEK, 2017

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

 

WASHINGTON DC – During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, we draw renewed attention to the scourge that continues to devastate individuals, families, and communities across our Nation.  Preliminary data indicates that approximately 64,000 Americans died last year of drug overdoses in the United States, the majority of them from opioids.  The number of infants born with opioid dependence has more than quadrupled in the past decade.  Nearly 100 Americans, on average, die each day from opioid overdoses, and overdose rates are highest among people between 25 to 54 years old, robbing so many of our young people of their potential.  This is a genuine crisis that my Administration is working tirelessly to address.

The Department of Health and Human Services is leading an interagency effort to maximize the effect of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) programs.  In March, I issued an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission) to study how the Federal Government can most effectively address the epidemic.  The Commission will release its final recommendations this fall, and my Administration will rely on its findings to inform a whole-of-government emergency response plan.  In addition, my FY 2018 Budget commits significant resources to fighting this epidemic, including $1.3 billion in investments for CARA and Cures Act programs, 21st Century Cures Act programs, and other opioid-related initiatives that seek to prevent opioid abuse, improve access to treatment and recovery support services, and enhance overdose prevention programs.

This week, we reaffirm our commitment to fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic.  Too many families know the enduring personal, emotional, and financial harm caused by prescription opioid and heroin addiction.  To the men and women who are currently seeking or receiving treatment and to those who are in recovery:  We stand with you, we pray for you, and we are working every single day to help you.  As a Nation, we will come together to save lives and end this crisis.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 17 through September 23, 2017, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.  I call upon my fellow Americans to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, religious services, and other activities that raise awareness about the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Monday, September 18, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Call’s President Moon Jae-In Of The Republic Of Korea

 

 

 

President Donald J. Trump Call’s President Moon Jae-In Of The Republic Of Korea

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea.  The two leaders discussed North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile that overflew Japan, the second such launch over Japan in less than three weeks.  The two leaders noted that North Korea continues to defy the international community, even after the United Nations strongly condemned North Korea’s repeated provocations twice in the past week.  President Trump and President Moon committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea.  The two leaders noted that they will continue their close consultations next week when they meet on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Xi Jinping of China

 

 

President Trump’s Remarks at the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development Meeting

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

President Trump’s Remarks at the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development Meeting

The United Nations 
New York City, New York

10:00 A.M. EDT

 

 

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:  Well, thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project.  

So I want to thank you, Ambassador Haley, for your introduction and for your steadfast advocacy for American interests on the world stage.

On behalf of the co-host countries, I would like to also thank Secretary General Guterres for — and you have been fantastic — for joining us, and we affirm our commitment to the United Nations reform.  And reform is what we’re talking about.

I applaud the Secretary General for laying out a vision to reform the United Nations so that it better serves the people we all represent.  We support your efforts to look across the entire system and to find ways the United Nations can better, and be better at development, management, peace, and security.

The United Nations was founded on truly noble goals.  These include affirming the dignity and worth of the human person and striving for international peace.  The United Nations has helped advance toward these goals in so many ways:  feeding the hungry, providing disaster relief, and empowering women and girls in many societies all across the world.  

Yet in recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement.  While the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 percent, and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment.  But I know that under the Secretary General, that’s changing and it’s changing fast.  And we’ve seen it. 

That’s why we commend the Secretary General and his call for the United Nations to focus more on people and less on bureaucracy.  We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world.  In order to achieve this, the United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistle-blowers and focus on results rather than on process.

To honor the people of our nations, we must ensure that no one and no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden, and that’s militarily or financially.  We also ask that every peacekeeping mission have clearly defined goals and metrics for evaluating success.  They deserve to see the value in the United Nations, and it is our job to show it to them.

We encourage the Secretary General to fully use his authority to cut through the bureaucracy, reform outdated systems, and make firm decisions to advance the U.N.’s core mission.  Further, we encourage all member states to look at ways to take bold stands at the United Nations with an eye toward changing business as usual and not being beholden to ways of the past which were not working.

Mr. Secretary General, the United States and the member states present today support this great reform vision.  We pledge to be partners in your work, and I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms, the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just, and greater force for peace and harmony in the world.

Thank you, Mr. Secretary General.  And I look forward to advancing these shared goals in the years to come, and it is a great honor to be with you today.  

Thank you.  (Applause.) 

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10:04 A.M. EDT

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Friday, September 15, 2017

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address 

 

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America delivers his weekly address at the White House in Washington, DC, USA.
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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump delivers his Weekly Address at the White House on Friday, September 15, 2017

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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America delivers his weekly address at the White House in Washington, DC, USA.
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“My fellow Americans,

I would like to begin by continuing to send our prayers to all of those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  From Texas to Louisiana to Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, we are coordinating closely with local authorities to help everyone impacted by these catastrophic storms.  When Americans are in need, America pulls together.  And we will not rest until everyone is safe, sound, and secure.  We will be there tomorrow and the day after, as we work to respond, recover, and rebuild.

When Americans are united, no force on earth can break us apart.

This week, the United States celebrates the 230th Anniversary of the signing of our remarkable Constitution.

The fifty-five Delegates to the Grand Convention in Philadelphia met from May to September of 1787.  They gave us an incredible gift: a vision of the sovereign and self-governing people to control their own affairs.  And they gave us a Constitutional system that protected our liberties by enshrining the Rule of Law.

Patriots like Washington, Madison, Hamilton, Franklin, and so many others had already achieved immortality through their victory in the Revolution.  But soon after, these extraordinary leaders faced another task unlike any other—the task of building a brand new nation.  So they designed a system of government, rooted in common laws, history, and traditions that would secure the liberty, equality, and rights they had fought for and fought to defend in the American Revolution.

The Framers of our Constitution triumphantly declared to whom the government of the United States belonged: it was “WE THE PEOPLE.”  These three beautiful words are among the most important ideas in our nation’s history: the idea that government’s power is vested in the nation’s citizens – the people to whom we owe our ultimate and sacred allegiance.  Our soldiers fight and die to protect our citizens, and our government is forever duty bound to safeguard their sovereignty and their freedom.

For 230 years, we have governed ourselves and planned our own destiny, guarded all the way by the Constitution of the United States. 

On this Sunday, Constitution Day, let us recommit ourselves to our Founding Principles, and rededicate ourselves to our glorious heritage.  We have inherited a birthright of freedom – we must defend it dearly, protect it jealously, and promote it proudly, as one nation under God.  We must rise to the task of self-governance, prove worthy of the sacrifices made to carve out this magnificent nation, and we must give our loyalty to our Republic and its citizens in all that we do.

So let us pledge allegiance to our flag, devote our hearts to our country, and demonstrate our love for one another—as Americans, as Patriots, and as the children of God.

Thank you.”

 
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Friday, September 16, 2017

 

 

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

 

President Trump Delivers Remarks to Military Personnel and Families on Friday, September 15, 2017.
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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump 

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WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.

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President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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Remarks of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the 70th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force

Joint Base Andrews
Camp Springs, Maryland 

4:00 P.M. EDT

 

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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MRS. MELANIA TRUMP:  Good afternoon.  I want to thank the brave men and women who wear the noble uniform of the U.S. Air Force for having us here today.

I had the privilege to visit with some of your wonderful children at the youth center here on base.  I enjoy our time together, getting to know them, and want to thank everyone who helped make this visit possible.

Every child whose parent serves in our great military should be enormously proud because your mom or dad is a true American hero.  In the wake of two devastating hurricanes, the world has witnessed your courage and compassion, and you have made every American proud.

Americans have trust in the United States Air Force because we know you will never quit, you will never yield, and you will never fail.  We know that we are free because you are brave. 

I know I speak on behalf of myself and my husband when I tell you we are grateful for your service.  I also want to take a moment to recognize the families of those who serve.  You endure the time apart, are expected to move when new orders come in, and face the uncertainty that came in the times of need.  This kind of lifestyle requires its own kind of courage, and your sacrifices do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.  Thank you.

Please know that our gratitude is boundless and goes out to each and every one of you with unconditional appreciation.  This administration will always stand with the men and women of the United States Air Force.  And know now it’s my great pleasure to introduce my husband, the President of the United States, Donald Trump.  (Applause.) 

 

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  At ease, at ease.  Please sit down.

Thank you, Melania, for that wonderful introduction and for being such an incredible emissary for the American people.  She’s become very, very popular — tell you that.  Very proud of her.  Thank you.

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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Secretary Wilson, General Goldfein, Chief Wright, General Jacobson, Colonel Teichert, I’m honored to join you on this really, really historic occasion, the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force, the greatest air force on the face of this Earth — by far.  (Applause.) 

Before we begin, I want to say that our hearts and prayers go out the people of London who suffered a vicious terrorist attack today.  I spoke with a wonderful woman, British Prime Minister Theresa May, this morning and relayed America’s deepest sympathy, as well as our absolute commitment to eradicating the terrorists from our planet.  Radical Islamic terrorism — it will be eradicated.  Believe me.  (Applause.) 

America and our allies will never be intimidated.  We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life.  This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community.

After seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming.

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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Our thoughts also remain with those recovering in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.  I visited Florida yesterday, where the American people have once again shown the world how resilient, strong, and truly united we are.  We’re going to help our fellow Americans put their lives, their homes, and their communities back together because when Americans are in need, Americans pull together.

And we know we can always count on the courageous members of our nation’s military to be there every step of the way, just like more than 400 Air Force medical personnel who have deployed to Florida to help care for the sick and the injured.  To the men and women who proudly wear the Air Force uniform, who keep our country safe, and who fill our hearts with pride, thank you for your service and devotion to America.  Thank you.  (Applause.) 

I am truly thrilled to join you today at this really incredible milestone — 70 years since the founding of the United States Air Force.  Congratulations.  (Applause.)

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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We’re celebrating 70 years of history, 70 years of heroes, and 70 years of victory.  I also want to thank all of the amazing family members and loved ones whose sacrifices make your service possible.  We love you, we appreciate you and everything you do.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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For seven decades the United States Air Force has pushed the boundaries of science and technology, helped restore peace and stability to troubled lands, and kept Americans safe from those who threaten our very way of life.  

Nothing inspires more confidence in our friends or strikes more fear in the hearts of our enemies than the sight of American warplanes on the horizon.  You patrol the sky, protect the homeland, and deliver American justice to anyone who dares to threaten our people.  

From the earliest wooden biplanes, to the high-tech UAVs, to the awesome power and stunning beauty of the F-35, B-2, F-22, — and I saw a lot of them today — the F-15, the F-16, the F-18, I don’t know which one I liked the most.  

But our aviators have given America total dominance of the air and space, no matter where we fly.  Now when our enemies hear the F-35 engines, when they’re roaring overhead, their souls will tremble and they will know the day of reckoning has arrived.  

That is the way it’s been since 1947, when the Air Force was born during a time of monumental change and uncertainty in the world.  Unconditional victory in World War II had come at a terrible price.  Millions of lives had been lost, empires had collapsed, and much of Europe laid in ruin.

  The threat of global communism emerged from the void left by defeated foes.   And the free nations of the world, once again, looked to the United States to secure the peace.  It was at this crucial moment that America established the Air Force as a separate military service and a truly great military service.  

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And from that moment, America has dominated both air and space like no other nation in history.  Our air superiority is unquestioned — not merely because we have the best equipment, but because we have the best people by far.  (Applause.)

From the Berlin Airlift, through the gantlet of MiG Ally, to the skies of above the jungles of Southeast Asia, and the deserts of the Middle East, American airmen have proven that they have no equal in courage, capability, or commitment.  

You are the ones who own the sky.  You are our greatest weapon of all.  In the last 64 years, American ground forces have not lost a single life to an enemy air strike — pretty amazing — and that is truly a testament to the strategy and skill of American airmen and the essential role you play in our national defense.  

As Commander-in-Chief, I am committed to keeping the United States military the best trained, best equipped, and most technologically advanced fighting force on the planet.  

One of my first acts as President was to direct the rebuilding of our armed forces and rebuilding we are.  (Applause.)

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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Congress took an important step this year by heeding my call for a $20 billion increase in defense spending, and we’re going to be doing even much more than that.  But the servicemen and women who defend our nation with their lives deserve the predictable and consistent funding that will help them win quickly and win decisively.  (Applause.) 

And I will tell you that the new equipment that we’re ordering by the billions — by the absolute billions and billions — it’s equipment like you’ve never even thought of before.  There is nobody in the world that will have anything even close to us and what we’re doing, and that’s my great honor.  Believe me.  I said it early on and I say it again, there is nobody even close.  (Applause.) 

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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Our armed forces have endured continuous combat for the past 26 years, yet despite this, the number of airmen on active duty has dropped by one-third since the 1990s, and we’ve cut more than half of our fighter squadrons.  Terrible.  That is why I’m calling on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all and to give our military the tools, training, equipment and resources that our brave men and women in uniform so richly deserve.  And that is happening.  (Applause.) 

Each of you is fulfilling your duty to America, and now government must fulfill its duty to you.  And to you, right?  To you, right?  (Laughter and Applause.) 

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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We will stop delaying needed investments in our readiness, and we will renew our commitment to the patriots who keep America safe. 

In so doing, we will continue the proud legacy of service that each of you has inherited, a legacy built over the generations by legends like Yeager, Wagner, Rickenbacker, Boyd, Grissom, and Schriever — the heroes who broke barrier after barrier to push America farther.  And they really did.  They broke so many different barriers — they went farther, faster, and they always went on to victory.

Like them, each of you is a living, breathing symbol of our great country, the United States of America.  The characteristics that define the Air Force aviator — boldness and bravery, action and instinct, power and grace — are woven deep into the American spirit and have defined our people since our nation was founded.

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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The legendary Air Force General Robin Olds immortalized those attributes when he said:  “Fighter pilot is an attitude.  It’s cockiness.  It’s aggressiveness.”  It’s self-cockiness, and you know that. “It is confidence.  It is a streak of rebelliousness.”  Is that true?  I don’t know.  (Laughter and Applause.) 

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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And I just met a lot of these folks.  They’re better looking than Tom Cruise, and we know they can fight better, and we know they can fly better.  They better be able to.  (Applause.) 

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump deliver remarks to Military Personnel and Families at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grand-child were also present to celebrate the birthday of USA Air Force.
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Great people.  They’re truly, truly competitive.  But there’s something else — there’s a spark.  There’s a desire to be good, to do well in the eyes of their peers.

That desire to do good, to soar past every challenger, to overcome every obstacle, and to win for your fellow citizens and the land that we love is the same desire that beats in the heart of every red-blooded American patriot.

We are, and forever will be, a nation of pioneers and patriots, risk-takers and renegades, aviators and astronauts.  We crave adventure and achievement, exploration and enlightenment. We carved out a home in the New World, gave birth to the modern world, and we will shape tomorrow’s world with the strength and skill of American hands.  Because for America, the sky is never the limit.  (Applause.) 

That is why the United States Air Force will remain the most awe-inspiring flying force ever known to man.  Like every part of our military, the Air Force is born from the will of our people — to search, to explore, to reach new heights.  It is the people’s will that you reflect and their power that you project to every single corner of the globe.

Earlier this year I had the honor of speaking with a great Army Air Corps and Air Force legend, Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, and a true American hero.

Like those who serve today, Dick Cole was a common American who answered to the call of duty with uncommon devotion.  His place in the pages of history might have seemed unlikely prior to that fateful mission.  He had never seen the ocean before boarding a ship that would take him halfway around the world.  Neither he, nor anyone else, had ever flown a B-2 [B-25] into combat from the deck of an aircraft carrier.  Nor had we ever seen anybody to use a parachute before bailing out thousands of feet above the Chinese mainland.

But he knew what his country needed, and what his duty required.  And there was no barrier that could stop Colonel Cole and his fellow Raiders from accomplishing their mission.

It is that spirit of daring, devotion, and duty, and love of our country that has defined the Air Force for the past 70 years and will lift each of you to new heights every day from this day forward.

There is no distance too far, no speed too fast, no challenge too great, and no height too high that will keep the United States Air Force — or the American people — from total victory.

The American people are eternally grateful.  We will stand with you always.  And never forget:  I am always on your wing.

Happy 70th birthday to the United States Air Force.  Happy birthday to everybody.  We are so proud of you.  Congratulations to each and every one of you.  And thank you for keeping America proud, strong, safe, and free.

Thank you.  May God bless the armed forces and may God bless the United States of America.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  Congratulations.  Thank you.  (Applause.) 

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Frank (FX) Mows the White House Rose Garden Lawn

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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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Frank (FX) Mows the Rose Garden Lawn
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