tv U.S. Ambassador to Israel Swearing- In Ceremony CSPAN March 29, 2017 7:48pm-8:02pm EDT
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afternoon, vice president mike pence swore in david friedman as the u.s. ambassador to israel. let's watch. [ applause ] >> good afternoon. on behalf of the president of the united states of america, today it is my great privilege and honor to administer the oath of office to the 20th united states ambassador to israel, david friedman. [ applause ] we're joined today by his beautiful family beginning with his wife tammy, their five
children, and five of their beautiful and highly animated grandchildren. grandchildren. it is really an honor to have with us david's counterpart as well. the israeli ambassador to the united states, ambassador ron dur her. mr. ambassador you want to come up. [ applause ] >> thank you all for being here, this historic occasion. you know, it's the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to president donald trump. [ applause ] >> the president of the united states of america say life-long friend of israel and the jewish people, and under his leadership if the world knows nothing else, the world will know this. america stands with israel.
[ applause ] one of the clearest signs of the president's commitment to the state of israel and to its people is in his choice of david friedman as america's ambassador to israel. david, you were bit literally born for this job. it's because of families like yours that people are such a beautiful thread in this country. and he and your mother trained you up in the way you should go, and so you have. they raised you with the same faith as your forefathers and i stild in you a love for america and for israel from your very earliest days. and that love has been evident throughout your life. in over 35 years as a successful lawyer, you've always made it a priority to support israel's peace, security, and prosperity. and you've worked tirelessly to
deepen the friendship between our two nations. over the years, you've literally traveled to israel more than 75 times. you've been a leader in humanitarian fill lan tloeppy in their time need. you've been quick to rise to israel's defense to those who would condemn her because in your heart you know that those who hate israel, hate israel not for what she does wrong, but for what she does right. david, your record of compassion and care for israel and her people is an inspiration to the president and an inspiration to us all. [ applause ] >> president trump has now called on to you represent our nation as the ambassador to our most cherished ally, and this is a critical time for our two nations and our peoples.
the challenges we face are many but our resolve to overcome them has never been stronger. under president trump's leadership, the united states will always be a faithful friend to the jewish state of israel. and, david, the president and i both know that you'll help us make that bond between our people and the people of israel even stronger still. so on behalf of president donald trump, it's now my great privilege to administer to you the oath of office. step this way. >> david, please place your left hand on the bible, raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, david friedman, do solemnly
swear. >> i, david friedman, solemnly affirm. >> that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> against all enemies foreign and domestic. >> against all enemies, foreign and domestic. >> that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. >> that i will bear true faith and alegionence to the same that. >> i take this this obligation freely. >> that i take this obligation freely. >> without any mental reservations. >> without mental reservations. >> or purpose of evasion. >> or and without purpose of evasion. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharting duties on the office upon which i am about to zblent that i will we will and faithfully discharge had the duties on the office upon which i am about to enter. >> so help me god. >> so help me god.
>> congratulations. [ applause ] >> thank you, mr. vice president for your kind words and your extraordinary leadership. you have been a beacon of moral clarity in a world that increasingly needs such a beacon more and more. thank you so much. my thanks to president trump for his courageous leadership, his friendship, and his guidance. i am humbled by the trust he has placed in me and i will do everything that i can to justify his faith and confidence in my abilities. i'm very proud to say that my
nomination represents the first time in american history that the u.s. ambassador to israel was nominated by the president as early as the first day of his presidency. i was nominated on january 20th, on inauguration day. i'm equally praoud to say this s the first time in american history that the u.s. ambassador to israel was the first ambassador approved by the senate and given the oath of office. those facts speak volumes about how highly the trump/pence administration prioritizes our unbreakable bond with the state of israel. i've also been deeply inspired by the leadership of secretary tillerson and i look forward to working with him to promote peace and stability within the middle east. a few days ago i left a legal practice that was a great source
of professional pride and accomplishment. my deepest gratitude to the partners of what was once called cass so he wits, ben zis,tor res and friedman. and especially to mark cass so he wits for his deep friendship and understanding. i have a few close friends who are here who's friendship i deeply value, none more so than eric her esh man who has guided by transition from the private sector to public life. my children and most of my grandchildren are here. they are everything to me. seeing the pride in their eyes inspires me to take on this new task with great energy and enthusiasm. my wife and i have four parents. our fathers are no longer of this world. and my mother is not well enough to travel, and so i welcome
today bunny sand, my mother-in-law as the representative of our beloved parents. and i know that her pride is felt by those who are no longer with us. [ applause ] >> finally, my undying love and devotion to my beautiful wife tammy. as i said at the confirmation hearing, without her, none of this would have even been thinkable, let alone possible. thank you all very much. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, this concludes our ceremony. if you would please remain seated, but if i could have the immediate family please gather in the hallway right through the doors to your left that would be
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