President Trumps Speech to U.S. Troops in Japan CSPAN November 6, 2017 11:36am-12:01pm EST
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by talks are confronting the nuclear threat from north korea. here are the president's remarks to u.s. service members in japan. >> ok everybody, it is time. [cheers] oh, yeah. yokota airbase, here we go. soldiers, sailors, marines. ladies and gentlemen, the president and first lady of the united states. [cheers] ♪ ["hail to the chief"]
>> usa, usa, usa. >> ok everybody. mr. president. sir, i will tell you that you look great in that suit. but there is something missing. could i please ask the wing commander of the biggest, baddest, meanest c130 wing in the air force to come out here? go ahead. [cheers] pres. trump: should i put it on? [cheers]
pres. trump: i like this better. you can have my jacket. right? thank you. thank you, honey. thank you. oh, boy, that is something. this is a great group of people. general martinez, everybody, for your devoted leadership of our brave troops right here in japan, and especially thank you -- especially, especially -- to all of the incredible service members. we are really here today and we are going to have a good time. we are going to celebrate your achievements, so i will issue one of your favorite commands. are you ready? at ease. at ease. [cheers]
pres. trump: now have a good time, just have a good time. melania and i also want to extend a special thanks to ambassador bill hagerty, who is doing an outstanding job. he is an outstanding person. i know him very well. you got one of the great ones. he is leading our american embassy in tokyo. i'm honored to be here in this beautiful country, home of the extraordinary people of japan. japan is a treasured partner and crucial ally of the united states. and today, we thank them for welcoming us and for decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations. americans have deep respect and admiration for the people of japan. their amazing culture, their strong spirit, and they're very proud history. so on behalf of the united states of america, i send the
warmest wishes of the american people to the citizens of this remarkable country. [applause] pres. trump: now i know how you guys feel. this is pretty good. our travels across asia will take us to many historic places, to see many wonderful sites and to speak before many audiences. but there is no single place i would rather begin my trip then right here with all of you, the incredible men and women of the united states military and your amazing partners, the japanese self-defense forces. thank you for being here. [cheers]
pres. trump: to everyone here today who serves your country in uniform, thank you, thank you, thank you. we salute you. [laughter] what's your rank? [laughter] pres. trump: we are going to raise it. [cheers] pres. trump: we salute you. we honor you. and we stand proudly with the men and women who defend us and our way of life. nations are built from the courage, love, and sacrifice of patriots just like you. each of you inherits the proud legacy of generations of warriors that have walked these very grounds for more than seven decades. from you yokota's runways, american pilots took to the air and drove back invaders during the korean war.
tremendous courage. bravery.s from here they enforced a precious piece during a long and bitter cold war. and the aftermath of the devastating 2011 tsunami, this base served as the largest -- launching point for an operation, the largest humanitarian relief effort in american history, which saved the lives of thousands and thousands of great japanese citizens. like those who came before you, you always rise to the occasion and you never, ever let your country down.
general martinez, general and rear admiral fenton. colonel moss and chief master sergeant green, you lead the forces under your command with exceptional skill and devotion and america is tremendously grateful to you. [applause] pres. trump: we are also very fortunate to stand alongside such strong and capable allies. to the generals, thank you for your leadership and service. thank you. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much. on behalf of the american people, i want each and everyone of you, both american and japanese, to know that your service and commitment helps keep us all safe, strong, and free.
i also want to express our gratitude to the family members and loved ones who sacrificed so much to make your service possible. they are absolutely incredible people and it is not easy. america is profoundly grateful for all you do. we are back on starting to do -- i will tell you, you are reading and seeing, really, really well. the stock market is at an all-time high. [applause] pres. trump: unemployment back in the united states is at a 17 year low. [applause] pres. trump: almost 2 million jobs have been added since a very, very special day. it was called election day, november 8. 2 million jobs.
that is a lot of jobs. we have dealt isis one brutal defeat after another, and it's about time. [applause] pres. trump: it is truly inspiring to see american airmen and marines, and japanese -- [cheers] pres. trump: you have a great marine here, general kelly, four-star. did anyone ever hear of general kelly? where is general kelly? he is something. now he is chief of staff. but he does like those four stars, i want to tell you that. american airmen, the marines and japanese self-defense forces are standing here with us, side-by-side, confident, committed, and more capable than ever.
you instill confidence in the hearts of our allies. you strike fear in the hearts of our enemies. that's the way it should be, isn't it? our alliance is a testament to the transformative power of freedom. today, nations that once waged war, now stand together as friends and partners in pursuit of a much better world. we are getting there. we are getting there faster than you think. with your presence here today, shoulder to shoulder, you put hope and every soul that yearns for peace. all of you have made yakota one of the most capable operational bases in japan and anywhere in the world. for over a decade, this incredible place has been home, not only to american service
members, but also to the air defense command of the japanese air self-defense force. today this base serves as a critical center for coordination for american and japanese commanders to plan their missions. for almost 60 years the military alliance we see on this base has endured a cornerstone of sovereignty, security, nation, thisr our region, and indeed, the entire world. today we pay tribute to that legacy. growy that you protect and each and every day. we dominate the sky. we dominate the sea. we dominate the land and space. [applause] pres. trump: not merely because we have the best equipment --
which we do. and by the way, a lot of it is coming in. you saw that budget. that is a lot different than in the past. a lot of beautiful, brand-new equipment is coming in. and nobody makes it like they make it in the united states. nobody. [applause] pres. trump: got a lot of stuff coming. use it well. but because we have, more important than equipment, we have the best people. each of you embodies the war -- warrior creed. your devotion and expertise make you the most fearsome fighting force in the history of our world. together, with our allies, america's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities.
no one -- no dictator, no regime and no nation should underestimate, ever, american resolve. every once in a while in the past, they underestimated us. it was not pleasant for them, was it? it was not pleasant. we will never yield, never waver, and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom, and our great american flag. [applause] pres. trump: that flag stands for the values of our republic, the history of our people, the sacrifice of our heroes, and our loyalty to the nation we love. as long as i am president, the servicemen and women who defend our nation will have the equipment, the resources, and the funding they need to secure our homeland, to respond to our
enemies quickly and decisively, and when necessary, to fight, to overpower, and to always, always, always win. [applause] pres. trump: this is the heritage of the american armed forces, the greatest force for peace and justice the world has ever known. free nations must be strong nations. we welcome it when our allies from europe to asia renew their commitment to peace through strength. we seek peace and stability for the nations of the world, including those right here in this region, and it is a great region. as americans celebrate veterans day this month, we honor all who have sacrificed to make peace and stability possible.
we pay tribute to every proud american who has worn the uniform and served our country. today, many nations of the indo pacific are thriving because of the sacrifices made by american service members and our allies. and because of the sacrifices all of you continue to make each and every day. here in japan, we have seen the amazing things that are possible. when a people are free and independent. over the course of a single lifetime, the japanese people have built one of the most successful societies and nations in the world. over the next 10 days, we travel to south korea, china, vietnam, and the philippines. we will seek new opportunities for cooperation and commerce.
and we will partner with friends and allies to pursue a free and open indo pacific region. we will seek free, fair, and reciprocal trade. but this future is only within our grasp because of you. you make it possible for peaceloving nations to thrive, and for peaceloving people to prosper. you are the reason the great american flag will probably stand behind me wherever i go. and every time i looked at that flag, i will think of brave men and women like you, and i will think of all of the american patriots down through the generations who poured out their blood, sweat, tears, hopes and dreams to defend our country. when you follow your citizens
and people across the indo pacific region see the flags of free and sovereign states, like the united states and japan, displayed during our diplomatic meetings over the next 10 days, be proud of your nation. be proud of your service. be proud of the security you provide that makes it all possible. like your predecessors, you are brave warriors, are the last bulwark against threats to the dreams of people in america, japan, and all across the world. you are the greatest hope for people who desire to live in freedom and harmony, and you are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to pray on the innocent. history has proven over and over that the road of the tyrant is a
steady march towards poverty, suffering and servitude. but the path of strong nations and free people, certain of their values and confident in their futures, is a proven path toward prosperity and peace. cultures, wer embrace our values, and we always fight for what we believe in. because of you, the people of america, the people of japan, and the freedom loving people everywhere are able to fulfill their destiny and follow their dreams. and we are grateful for your families, for their sacrifice and support that allows our brave men and women to serve. we also appreciate the sacrifice of dedicated civilians who keep this base going and take care of our military and their precious loved ones.
we are eternally grateful for your service and for your sacrifice. we are forever in your debt. i am so proud to be here with you today. we face many challenges in many opportunities, and we will face all of them together as a team. and if we do, i am certain that the future for america, for japan, and for our cherished allies has never, ever looked brighter. because of patriots like you, freedom will prevail. thank you. god bless you. god bless the armed forces and god bless the united states of america. thank you. thank you all. thank you. [applause] ♪
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