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democrats are trying to bring that same focus back to washington dc. people,s are a diverse and we may disagree on a lot of things but we have always come together when we remember that we are one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. thank you. >> that was former kentucky governor steve beshear from the lexington diner, 500 miles outside of d.c. new data out tonight from twitter was the most tweeted joint session of congress or state of the union ever with over 3 million tweets. the previous record was 2.6 million. twitter says the most talked about moment was the president's call to repeal the affordable followed by the moment he introduced kerry owens, the
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wife of a fallen navy seal. the most tweeted person was president trump. it is interesting to note that people use his official at potus handle, whether than his personal at real donald trump handle. we will show you president trump's joint address from the start. >> mr. speaker, the president of the united states. [applause]
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[cheers]
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privilege ofh introducing the president of the united states. president trump: mr. speaker, mr. vice president, members of
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congress, the first lady of the united states. [no audio] -- n [applause] president trump: citizens of america, tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of black history month we are reminded of our nations past, where civil rights and the work that still remains to be done. [applause]
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president trump: recent threats targeting jewish community centers and vandalism of jewish cemeteries as well as last week's shooting in kansas city remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of it's very ugly forms. each american generation passes the torch of truth, liberty, justice, that unbroken chain all the way down to the present. handsorch is now in our
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and we will use it to light up the world. i'm here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength and it is a message deeply delivered from my hearts. [applause] president trump: a new chapter of american greatness is now beginning. a new national pride is sweeping across our nation and a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. what's we are witnessing today is the renewal of the american spirit. our allies will find that america is once again ready to lead. [applause]
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all of the nations of the world, friend or foe, will find that america is strong. america is proud. america is free. in nine years the united states will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding. 250 years since the day we declared our independence. it will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world area what will america look like as we reach our 250th year? what kind of country will we leave for our children? i will not allow the mistakes of recent decades to define the course of our future. ourtoo long we have watched middle-class shrink as we have exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries.
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we financed and built one of global project after another but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of chicago area baltimore, detroit, and so many other places throughout our lands. we have defended the borders of other nations while leaving our own borders wide open for anybody to cross and for drugs to pour in as a now unprecedented rate. spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled. 2016, the earth shifted. beneath our feet. the rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds area families who just wanted a fair shot for their children. a fair hearing for their concerns.
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the quiet voices became a loud chorus as thousands of citizens now spoke out together from cities small and large all across our country. finally the chorus became an earthquake and people turned out by the tens of millions and they were all united why -- by one a crucial demands. that america must first -- put its own citizens first because only then can we truly make america great again. [applause]
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our industries will come roaring back to life. our veterans will get the care they did desperately need. our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve, crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with a new roads, bridges, across ourrways, very beautiful lands. our drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately stop. our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity. will keep our we promises to the american people. [applause] it has been a little over a month since my inauguration. i want to take this moment to update the nation on the progress i have made in keeping
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those promises. election, ford, the oppressor, sprint, lucky, intel, walmart, and many others have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the united states and will create tens of thousands of new american jobs. [applause] president trump: the stock market has gained almost $3 trillion in value since the election on november 8. a record. we save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of fantastic, it fightertastic new f-35
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jet. we will be sending billions more on contracts all across our government. we have placed a hiring freeze on non-military and nonessential federal workers. swampe begun to drain the of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials and a lifetime ban. [applause] and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign governments. we have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every government agency.
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[applause] imposing a new rule which mandates that for every one knew regulation, to older regulations must be eliminated. [applause] we are going to stop the regulations that threaten the future and livelihood of our great coal miners. [applause] we have cleared the way for the construction of the keystone and dakota access pipeline's. [applause]
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thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs. i have issued a new directive. new american pipelines be made with american steel. [applause] we have withdrawn the united states from the job killing transpacific partnership ar. and with the help of prime trudeau, we have formed a counsel with our neighbors in canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks,
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markets, and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams. [applause] to protect our: citizens i have directed the department of justice, task force on producing violent crime. i have further order the department of homeland security and justice along with the department of state and the director of national intelligence to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread all across our nation. [applause]
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president trump: we will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth and we will expand treatments of those who have become so badly addicted. [applause] at the same time my administration has answered the lead of the american people for immigration enforcement and border security. [applause] by finally enforcing the immigration laws we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions and billions of dollars, and to make our
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communities safer for everyone. we want all americans to succeed but that cannot happen in an environment of lawless chaos. we must restore integrity and the rule of law at our borders. [applause] president trump: we will soon begin the construction of a great wall along the southern border. [applause]
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president trump: we are removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals that threaten our communities and pray on our very innocent citizens. the bad ones are going out as i speak and as i have promised throughout the campaign. to any in congress who do not believe that we should enforce our laws, i would ask you this one question. what would you say to the american family who loses their jobs, their income, or their loved one because america refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders? [applause] our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the united dates. we are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical islamic terrorism.
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[applause] president trump: according to data provided by the department of justice the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. we have seen the attacks at home from boston to san bernardino to the pentagon. even the world trade center. we have seen the attacks in france, belgium, germany, and all over the world. it is not compassion but relentless -- reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. [applause]
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president trump: those given the high honor of admission to unite states should support and love its values. we cannot allow a beachhead of terrorists to form inside america. we cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary -- a sanctuary for extremist's. [applause] president trump: that is why my administration has been working on improved vetting procedures and we will shortly take new steps to take that keep the nation safe and keep those out who will do us harm. [applause] president trump: as promised, i
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directed the department of defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy isis. a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered muslims and christians and men and women and children of all faiths and all beliefs. we will work with our allies including our friends in the muslim world to extinguish this vile enemy from our planets. [applause] president trump: i've also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support iran's ballistic missile program and reconfirm the unbreakable alliance with the state of israel.
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[applause] president trump: finally, i have kept my promise to appoint a justice to the united states supreme court from my list of 20 judges who will defend our constitution. [applause] i'm greatly honored to have maureen scalia in the gallery tonight. [applause]
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president trump: her late great husband antonin scalia out will forever be a symbol of american justice. to fill his seat we have chosen judge neil gorsuch among a man of incredible skill and deep devotion to the law. -- confirmedmed unanimously by the court of appeals and i am asking the senate to swiftly approve his nomination. [applause] tonight as imp: outlined the next steps we must take as a country, we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we have inherited. 94 million americans are out of
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the labor force. over 43 million people are living in poverty. over 43 million americans are on food stamps. more than one in five people in their prime working years are not working. we have the worst financial recovery in 65 years. , thee last eight years past and ministration put on more new debt than it nearly all of the last presidents combined. we have lost more than one quarter of our manufacturing jobs since nafta was approved. the trade deficit in goods with $800orld was nearly billion and overseas we have inherited a series of traffic -- tragic foreign-policy disasters.
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solving fees and so many other problems will require us to work past the differences of party. it will require us to tap into the american spirit that has overcome every challenge throughout our long history. to accomplish our goals home and abroad, we must restart the engine of the american economy. make it easier for companies to do business in the united states and much harder for companies to leave our country. [applause] president trump: right now american companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world. my team is working a tax reform
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that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone. [applause] president trump: it will be a big, big cuts. we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class. we must create a level playing field for american companies and our workers. when we ship products out of an arc of countries make us pay very high tariffs and taxes. when foreign companies ship their products into america, we charge them nothing were almost nothing. i just met with officials and workers from the great american company harley davidson. in fact, they probably displayed
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five of their magnificent motorcycles made in the usa on the front lawn of the white house. they wanted me to ride one and i said no thank you. at our meeting i asked them, how are you doing, how is business? they said it is good. i asked them further, how are you doing with other countries? mainly international sales? they told me without even complaining because they have been so mistreated for so long that they have become used to it. it is very hard to business with other countries because a tax our goods at such a high rate. they -- in other countries they tax the motorcycles at 100%. they weren't even asking for a change but i am.
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[applause] president trump: i believe strongly in free-trade. it also has to be fair trade. sincee spent a long time we have had a fair trade. the first republican president, abraham lincoln, warned that the abandonment of the protective policy by the american want andt will produce ruin among our people. lincoln was right. it is time we heeded his advice and his words. [applause] i'm not goingp: to let america and its companies and workers be taken advantage of any longer.
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they have taken advantage of our country. no longer. [applause] president trump: i'm going to bring back millions of jobs, protecting our workers. it also means reforming our system of legal immigration. [applause] it is a current outdated system which depresses wages and puts great pressure on taxpayers. nations around the world like canada, australia, and many others have a merit-based immigration system. it is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country should be able to support himself financially. in america we do not enforce this rule. straining the very public resources that our poorest
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citizens rely on. according to the national american academy of sciences, the current immigration system costs american taxpayers billions of dollars a year. switching away from this current system of lower skilled immigration and adopting a merit-based system, we will have so many more benefits. we will save countless dollars. raise wages and help struggling families including immigrant families enter the middle class. itwill do it quickly and will be very, very very happy indeed. [applause] i believe that: real and positive immigration reform is possible as long as we focus on the following goals. improve jobs and wages for americans. to strengthen our nation's
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security. to restore, -- restore respect for our laws. if we are guided by the well-being of american citizens that i believe republicans and democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades. [applause] president trump: another republican president, dwight d. eisenhower, initiated the last truly great national infrastructure program, the building of the interstate highway system. the time has come for a new program of national rebuilding. [applause]
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president trump: america has spent $6 trillion in the middle east. all the while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. with the $6 trillion we could have rebuilt our country twice and maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate. [applause] to launch the national rebuilding i will be asking congress to approve legislation that produces a one of trillion dollar investment in infrastructure of the united states finance through public and private capital. creating millions of new jobs. [applause]
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president trump: this will be guided by two core principles. by american and hire american. i'm also calling on this congress to repeal and replace obamacare. [applause] [booing] with reformsmp:
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that expand choice, increase access, lower-cost, and provide better health care. [applause] president trump: mandating every american to buy government approved health insurance was never the right solution for our country. [applause] president trump: the way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance and that is what we are going to do. presidenttrump: trump: obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits. as an example, arizona went up
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116% last year alone. kentucky justf said obamacare is failing in his states. the state of kentucky. it is unsustainable and collapsing. havehird of the counties only one inshore and they are losing them fast are you they are losing them so fast. they are leaving. many americans have no choice at all. there is no choice left. remember when you were told you could keep your doctor and keep your plan, we now know that all of those promises have been totally broken. obamacare is collapsing and we to protectcisively all americans. [applause]
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president trump: action is not a choice. it is a necessity. i'm calling on all democrats and republicans in congress to work with us to save americans from this imploding obamacare disaster. president trump: here are the principles that should guide congress as we move to create a better health care system were all americans. we should be sure that americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage and that we have a's stable transition for americans currently enrolled in the health-care exchanges.
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secondly, we should help americans purchase their own coverage through the use of tax credits and expanded health savings accounts. it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by our government. [applause] thirdly, weump: should give our state governors the resources and what's ability they need with medicaid to make sure that no one is left out. [applause] president trump: fourth, we should implement legal reforms that protects patients and doctors from unnecessary cost that drives up the price of insurance and work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs and bring them down
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immediately. [applause] president trump: finally a time has come to give americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines. [applause] this willtrump: create a truly competitive national market lace. it will bring cost way down and provide far better care. so important. in ouring that is broken country can be fixed. every problem can be solved. every hurting family can find healing and hope. this and so deserve
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much more. why not join forces? finally get the job done and get it done right. [applause] [applause] president trump: on this and so many other things, democrats and republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country and the good of the american people. my administration wants to work with members of both parties to make a child care accessible and affordable. to help ensure new parents that they have paid family leave. [applause]
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president trump: to invest in women's health and promote clean air and clean water and to rebuild the military and infrastructure. [applause] president trump: true love for our people requires us to find common ground. to advance the common good and to cooperate on behalf of every american child who deserves a much brighter future. an incredible young woman is with us this evening. she should serve as an information -- inspiration to us all. today is rare disease day and joining us in the gallery is a
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rare disease survivor, megan crowley. [applause] president trump: she was diagnosed with pompeii disease, a rare and serious illness when she was 15 months old. she was not expected to live past five. on receiving this news, megan's dad fought with everything he had to save the life of his precious child. he founded a company to look for each your and helped develop the drug that saved megan's life. today she is 20 years old and a
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sophomore at notre dame. [applause] president trump: megan's story is about the unbounded power of a father's love for her daughter. our slow and burdensome approval process at the fda keeps too many advances like the one that saved megan's life from reaching those in need. restraints, not just at the fda, but across our government, we will be blessed with far more miracles just like megan. [applause]
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president trump: in fact our children will grow up in a nation of miracles. to achieve this future we must enrich the mind and the souls of every american child. education is the civil rights issue of our time. [applause] president trump: i'm calling upon members of both parties to cash and education bill that funds school choice for disadvantage used -- youth including millions of african-american and latino children. [applause] president trump: these families
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theld be free to choose school that is right for them. [applause] president trump: joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman. tanisha meriwether. as a young girl she struggled in school and the old third-grade twice. then she was able to enroll in the private center for learning. a great learning center. with the help of a tax credit and a scholarship program. today she is the first in her family to graduate not just from high school bus from college. later this year she will get her masters degree in social work. we want all children to be able to break the cycle of property -- tanisha.he micha
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[applause] president trump: to break the cycle of poverty we must also break the cycle of violence. in 2015er rate experienced largest single year increase in nearly half a century. in chicago, more than 4000 people were shot last year alone. the murder rate so far this year has been even higher. this is not acceptable in our society. [applause] 0 every american child should be able to grow up in a safe community, attend a great school, and have access to a
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high paying job. [applause] to create this: future we must work with, not of law the men and women enforcement. [applause] president trump: we must build bridges of cooperation and trust, not drive a wedge of disunity and division. it is your unadulterated division. we have to unify. police are members of our community. they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters and big leave behind loved ones every day who
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worry about whether or not they will come home safe and sound. we must support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. [applause] president trump: we must support the victims of crime. i have ordered the department of homeland security to create an office to serve american victims. the office is called voice. --tims of immigration time voice of immigration crime engagement. a voice to those who have been ignored and silenced vice special interests. [applause] joining us in the audience
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tonight are for very brave americans whose government failed them. jamil shaw, susan oliver, jessica davis. son was17-year-old viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member who had just been released from prison. his son was an incredible young man with unlimited potential who was getting ready to go to college where he would have excelled as a great college quarterback. he never got the chance. his father who is in the audience tonight has become a very good friend of mine. thank you. [applause]
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president trump: also with us are susan oliver and jessica davis. their husbands, to be sure danny oliver and detective michael davis were slain in the line of duty in california. they were pillars of their community. these brave men were viciously gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record deportations that should have never been in our country. sitting with susan is her daughter jenna. jenna, i want you to know that your father was a hero and that night you have the love of an entire country supporting you and praying for you.
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[applause] president trump: jamil, senna, susan, jessica, we will never stop fighting for justice. your loved ones will never be forgotten. we will always honor their memory. [applause] president trump: to keep america safe when must provide the men and women of the united states military with the tools they need to prevent war if they must. they have to fight. they only have to win. [applause]
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president trump: i am sending congress a budget that rebuilds the military, illuminates the defense sequester. [applause] president trump: and calls for one of the largest increases in it national defense spending in american history. my budget will also increase funding for veterans. our veterans have delivered for this nation and now we must deliver for them. [applause]
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president trump: the challenges we face as a nation are great but our people or are even greater. none are braver than those who fight for america in uniform. [applause] president trump: we are blessed to be joined to tonight by the widow of u.s. navy special operator senior chief william ryan owens. ryan died as he lived, a warrior and a hero. andling against terrorism securing our nation. [applause]
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president trump: i just spoke to the great general masses just now. ryan it wased that a part of a highly successful rank that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemy. etched intoy is eternity. thank you. [applause]
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president trump: ryan is looking down right now. he is very happy because he just broke a record. as the bible teaches us there is no greater act of love and to lay down one's life for one's friends. life.d down his we will never forget ryan.
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[applause] to those allies who wonder what kind of a friend america will be, look nor further than the heroes who wear our uniform. the foreign policy calls for a direct robust and meaningful engagement with the world. is american leadership based on the vital security interest that we share with our allies all across the globe. nato, andy support alliance forged with the bonds of two world wars. and the cold war and defeated
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communism. [applause] president trump: our partners must meet their financial obligations and now based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that. in fact, i can tell you the money is pouring in. [applause] we expect ourp: partners, in nato, the middle take ar the pacific, to direct and meaningful role in a strategic and military operations and to pay their fair share of the cost. they have to do that. we will respect historic institutions but we will respect the foreign rights of all
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nations and they have to respect our rights as a nation also. [applause] we nations are: the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people. america respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. my job is not to represent the world. my job is to represent the united states of america. [applause] president trump: we know that america is better off when there is less conflict, not more. we must learn from the mistakes of the past. we have seen it the war and the destruction that has ravaged and
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raged throughout the world. all across the world. the only long-term solution for these humanitarian disasters in many cases is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long, long process of rebuilding. [applause] president trump: america is willing to find new friends and forge new partnerships where share interest ally -- where shared interests align. harmony and stability not war and conflict. we want peace wherever peace can be found. america is friends today with former enemies. some of our closest allies decades ago. the opposite sides of these terrible wars. this history should give us all faith in the possibility for a better world.
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hopefully the 250th year for america will see a world that is more peaceful, more just, and more free. on our 100th anniversary in 1876, citizens from across our nation came to philadelphia to celebrate america's centennial. at that celebration, the country's builders and artist and inventors showed off their wonderful creations. alexander graham bell displayed his telephone for the first time. remington unveiled the first typewriter. an early attempts was made at electric lighting. thomas edison showed an automatic telegraph. imagine the wonders our country could no in america's 250th year. [applause] think of themp:
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marbles we could achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people. yours to illnesses that have always plagued us is not too much to hope. american footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream. millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect. streets where mothers are safe from fear, schools where children learn in peace and jobs where americans prosper and grow are not too much to ask. [applause] president trump: when we have all of this we will have made america greater than ever before. this is our vision. this is our mission.
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we can only get there together. we are one people with one destiny. we all bleed the same blood. we also loot the same great american flag. and we all are made by the same god. [applause] president trump: when we fulfill this vision, when we celebrate our 250 years of glorious freedom, we will look back on tonight as when the new chapter of america began. the time for small thinking is over. the time for trivial fights is
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behind us. courage tod the share the dreams that fill our hearts. the hopery to express that share our souls and the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams into action. from now on america will be aspirations,our not burdened by our fears. future, notthe bound by failures of the past. guided by a vision, not blinded by doubts. embraceng citizens to the freedom of the american spirit. of congressembers to join me in dreaming big and bold and daring things. i am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment, believe in your selves, believe in your future. believe once more in america.
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you, and, god bless god bless the united states. [applause]
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[crowd noise] >> we need a little more room.
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>> great job. >> fabulous, mr. president. thank you. >> wonderful. [indiscernible] >> mr. president.
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[indiscernible] >> the art of the deal. you did great. not it out the park -- knocked it out the park. >> you did a great job. [laughter]
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pres. trump: it used to be lonely out here. [indiscernible] >> you hit a home run.
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>> great job. >> there is. it used to be lonely out there. great speech, one of the best we have seen in quite some time. >> quality man.
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>> this is from your friend. >> thank you, mr. president. >> coming up shortly, we will bring you reaction from capitol hill. first we will take you to lexington, kentucky where former governor steve beshear delivered the democratic response from a local diner.
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>> i am steve bashir. i was governor of kentucky from 2007-2015. i am some 400 miles from washington at a diner with neighbors. democrats and republicans, where we just watched the president's address worried i am a proud democrat, but first and foremost, i am a proud republican and democrat and mostly american. and like many of you, i am worried about the future of this nation. look, i grew up in kentucky in a small town called dawson springs.

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