President Trump Delivers Remarks at Air Force 70th Birthday Celebration CSPAN September 15, 2017 8:37pm-9:00pm EDT
attack and to identify all those responsible. we are very clear, we have protected police budgets and we have ensured it is possible for the police to increase the number of armed police. i'm pleased to say that the emergency services responded immediately to this attack and were on the scene immediately. we thank them for their professionalism and bravery. aboutsident trump spoke the attack in london. he was introduced by first lady melania trump. this is about 20 minutes.
melania: 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 enjoyed 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 endured the time apart, accepted to move when new orders come in and face an 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 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 emmisary for the american people.
terrorism. it will be eradicated, believe me. [cheers and applause] president trump: america and our allies will never be intimidated. we will defend our people, our nations, and our civilization from all who dear 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. 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]
president trump: i am truly thrilled to join you as this really incredibly milestone. 70 years since the founding of the united states air force, congratulations. [cheers and applause] president trump: 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 whose sacrifice make it possible. we love you, celebrate you and everything you do, thank you. [applause]
president trump: 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 war planes 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 uav's 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 like the most. [laughter] president trump: but our aviators have given america total dominance of the air and space when we fly. now when americans 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. 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] president trump: from the berlin
airlift, through the gauntlet of nigali, from the jungles over southeast asia and the deserts of the middle east, american airmen have proven they have no equal, and courage, capability and commitment. you are the ones that 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 best technology fighting force on the planet. one of my first acts as president was to redirect the rebuilding of our armed forced
and rebuilding we are. [cheers and applause] president trump: congress took an important step this we're by heeding my call for a $20 billion increase in defend 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 a predictable and consistent funding that will help them win quickly and win decisively. [applause] president trump: 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 have 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. [cheers and applause] president trump: 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 1/3 since the 1990's and we have 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. [cheers and applause]
president trump: each of you is fulfilling your duty to america and now, government must fulfill its duty to you and to you, right? [cheers and applause] president trump: we will stop delaying needed investments in our readiness and we will renew our commitment to the patriots who keep america safe. in doing so, we will continue the proud legacy of service that each of you has inherited, a legacy built over the generations by legends like joerger, wagner, the heroes who broke barrier after barrier to push america farther. they broke many different barriers, they went farther,
faster and also 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, boldest 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. the legendary air force general 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 rebellioness." is that true? i don't know. [applause]
president trump: and i just met a lot of these focus that are better looking than tom cruise. we know they can fight better and fly better. they better be able to. [cheers and applause] president trump: great people. they're truly, truly competitive, but there is something else. there is a spark. there is 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 republican
--renegades, aviators and astronauts. we carve out tenure and achievement, enlightenment. we carve 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. [cheers and applause] president trump: 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 serve, 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 into combat from the deck of an aircraft carrier, nor had we ever seen
anybody 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 impulses on -- 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]
and u.n. ambassador nikki haley briefed reporters at the white house. topics included the upcoming you and general assembly meeting in new york city, north korea's latest missile test, and the president tweet about the london terror attack. this is 35 minutes. >> good afternoon. at the top, i would like to read a statement about the recent attacks on the u.k. and france. the noted states strongly condemns the cowardly terror attack in london that targeted civilians on their commute. we are grateful nobody was killed and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and we wish them a speedy and full recovery.