tv President Trumps Christmas Message to the Troops CSPAN December 26, 2018 2:57am-3:30am EST
little being done for the american people. p.m. easternt 8:00 on c-span and c-span.org and listen with every c-span radio app. on christmas day, president trump delivered a christmas message to u.s. troops stationed around the world. after that, he answered questions about interest rates, border wall funding, and the government shutdown. this is a half-hour. mr. trump: are you guys ready? merry christmas. hello, and merry christmas to very special people. thank you very much. there is no greater privilege for me than to serve as your commander, and you know that being commander-in-chief of what we are building, what has been
built, but what we are building is something really very special. you are part of the greatest fighting force of the history of the world, the u.s. military. i'm thrilled to speak to you on behalf of our country for this beautiful and representing this beautiful christmas day in the united states. i know it is a great sacrifice for you to be away from your family's, but i want you to know every american family is eternally grateful for you and we are holding you close in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. we are all praying for you. we love what you do, we love your work. you are amazing people. from andersen air force base in guam, i want to welcome the soldiers of task force talon. , astenant colonel castro part of the unit's asset protection, responsibilities, talon protected assets and
struckel when typhoon earlier this year. i heard it was a big 1, 1 of the biggest. that was one of the they're all very grateful. so thank you for that incredible work. i also want to welcome the marines from attack squadron 223. known as the great american bulldogs, your squadron faced adversity before deploying when hurricane florence struck your home base at cherry point. yet the bulldogs were ready to go, and within 38 hours of arriving in bahrain, the squadron was flying combat missions. you were back very quickly. since then, you delivered thousands of pounds of ordnance against isis.
we are also pleased to welcome the 379th air expeditionary wing from the united states air force. the 378th is the largest expeditionary air wing anywhere in the world, performing tens of thousands of daring missions every year. in fact, the 379th flies nearly 20% of all daily sorties, that dispenses more fuel than any of the next five air force bases combined. that's a big operation. brigadier general jason armagost is the commanding officer, and i want to say merry christmas to you and the airmen of the guard and the grand slam wing, and it is in fact, when i look at your work, it truly is a grand slam wing. great job, fellas.
we really appreciate it, and folks. finally, joining us from juneau, alaska, are the men and women of the coast guard district 17. lieutenant matthew spado is the senior coast guard officer on call. in the last year, district 17 has saved 265 lives, assisted more than 600 others in distress, conducted 275 responses, 156 law enforcement boardings and saved property. district 17 proves that the united states coast guard is always ready. i have been saying about the coast guard, when i was in texas, i've never seen anything like it. they saved thousands of lives. the coast guard is very special, and if there was ever a score on branding, i think the coast guard in this country would have probably increased by the highest score of any group. i am talking about businesses, i am talking about anything, the branding of the gun because of what you did in the hurricanes
in texas and in florida and in puerto rico, all over. you were incredible. we want to thank you very much. it was a great job. to every servicemember listening and to those standing watch all around the world, it is because of your service and your courage and your willingness to be away from the ones you love that american families can celebrate at home in safety and in peace. it's an incredible thing you do. you are incredible people. on behalf of the first lady and the entire trump family, we thank god for each and every one of, and let's have a little fun now. we will go around and you can ask me any question you want. that doesn't mean i will let
them do it, but you, i can do it, ok? so why don't we start with the army. lieutenant colonel john castro. john? john: mr. president, i am the commander of the task force. on behalf of the family members and contractors, we wish you a happy holiday from the tropical u.s. territory of guam. morale remains high. our soldiers remain proud to serve our great nation. along with our joint partners here at the air force base and in the pacific, we remain ready to defend and protect our nation as the first line of defense. no questions from this side. president trump: thank you very much. john, how is it going in guam? how are things going? i've heard it's an incredible place in terms of the military operation. the people are terrific that you work with, but how is it doing
in guam? john: mr. president, things are going really well here. you mentioned that the typhoon has been active, you mentioned tropical storm tutu. they were really active. it's nothing we train for. it's part of our readiness. president trump: i know when i first became president, the supplies on guam were very low, one of the first things i heard about. they were really low in terms of virtually every aspect of supply and now i know you are stocked up to the brim. is that correct? john: absolutely, mr. president. we have good reserves. president trump: but it is true, it was pretty low for a period of time, right? you had a lot of empty buildings. we filled them up fast. thanks a lot, john. i appreciate it. great job. great job.
thank you. on the air force, brigadier general jason armagost. jason, how is it going? jason: great, sir. i would like to wish you a merry christmas on behalf of the 7,000 men and women at the air force here in doha. the mission continues. we are working 24/7, 365, on providing global strike, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, airlift and cargo and tanker operations, including defense of space control as well, across the entirety of centcom. keeps us busy. we are one of the strategic locations that goes afghanistan, iraq and syria every day, and the airmen are proud to do so. we also jointly operate here with soldiers, sailors, marines and coalition partners as part of the command and control. it's a fascinating operation that we have taken the time to
wish a merry christmas back to you and the people of the united states. president trump: so how are they doing in qatar? how are they doing getting together with saudi arabia and u.a.e.? what is the latest word? you probably know better than anybody, but maybe i shouldn't be asking you that question. how are they doing getting together? do you see any signs of hope? jason: well, sir, i will say that from within qatar, as a host they are fantastic. they take good care of us. they burden share with us. they are helping us improve our infrastructure and really make this kind of the crown jewel of a base. we don't track necessarily the political followings of u.a.e., but i will tell you they're fantastic hosts. they're great to us. it's a fascinating place to work and operate from. president trump: well, that's true. it is a great place.
it's an incredible base as i understand it. we will get out to see you one day. thank you very much. fantastic job. thank you. >> yes, sir. president trump: now we have the navy and marines together. that's the way it should be, together. it's fantastic. you are in bahrain. so maybe i can ask, captain and lieutenant colonel, maybe you could say a few words, please. >> yes, sir. good morning, mr. president. it's an absolute honor to speak to you today. we really appreciate this call of the on behalf of the u.s. navy and u.s. marine corps and also the u.s. coast guard team, we want to wish you a merry christmas and best wishes for 2019. i would say at no other time in our history are we working in our operations together here in the central command area. we also work with our air force brothers and sisters to execute our strategy here in centcom is absolutely seamless.
you mentioned about airplanes and ships, but i will tell you, the real secret factor to our success are our people. magnificent sailors like the one sitting incomes to me, sergeant major bauer, the commitment they have on a daily basis to execute the mission is amazing, and that's the real x factor and that's what sets our force apart from any other force in the world. president trump: that's true. factor i know you do have great equipment being sent there. there is nothing like the personnel. you have to have people to use it. plenty of people have good equipment only if they buy from us because we have the best equipment and we make the best equipment.
>> mr. president, good morning from sergeant major bauer and myself. just wanted to wish you in all of the american people, especially our families back home holding down the fort a very merry christmas and happy holidays. i can tell you in your opening you talked about hurricane florence and what effect that had on my unit, and i can tell you all the marines out here getting them ready for flight everyday, i work them 24/7 every everyday, i work them 24/7 every single day of the week and they have done a fantastic job. we could not do that without the american people and especially our families. my wife and all of the families of 223, they had our back in our repairing our homes as we speak. over 10 homes of families completely destroyed. through the marine corps and what the u.s. military is all about, coming together, came
together as a command, and got the job done. just my pleasure to be here serving. pres. trump: that is great. with bahrain and qatar, six different ways of pronouncing that from qatar to qatar, all of them are acceptable. i say, which one? i guess they like me, you can say it whichever way you want. asking for a law or money than they have been paying over the years for burden sharing, and those are examples. those are two countries that have the money, unlimited money. and we are asking them to put up a lot of money, and they are happy to do it because we are performing a service like nobody in the world can perform. we are keeping them safe. but we don't be subsidizing rich countries at a disadvantage to us so that makes me a little different than any other president because nobody used to ask these questions.
if you look at what has been happening over the years, over many years, over decades, it is rather ridiculous. so that is all changing and all good for us. i will have two perfect examples. we have qatar and bahrain. you don't get much wealthier, and they are agreeing to do a lot more than they have ever done, and we will max out. and that will be good. that will be great for our services. we can ask for a lot less money for our military because we are a policeman of the world and we are paying for it, and we can be the policeman of the world, but other countries have to help us. and i think everybody up there agrees. thank you very much from bahrain. that's great. i love to see you getting together like you are. you have been together for a long time in two groups and have had a lot of victories. i have flags in the oval office,
and they all have ribbons. i don't know if the cameras can show you, but in some cases hundreds of ribbons from victories. we will only put up the victories but we only have victories but we only talk about the victories. thank you all very much. that's fantastic. now we will go to the coast guard. we just ordered a coast guard cutter, an icebreaker the likes of which nobody has seen before. the bad part is the price. the good part is it is the most powerful in the world, and it can go just about anywhere. the ice is in big trouble when that thing gets finished. it will go right through it. it is very expensive, but that is ok. we have to do the best that you will be very proud of it. it is a new design, highest technology. but with all of the technology,
it still needs very thick steel when you get right down to it. it could be good technology but you need thick steel. it is likely border wall. we still need a wall. they can have all the drones they want flying up in the air and spinning around and all the technology. i call it bells and whistles. but if you don't have the wall, they don't work. with the icebreaker thumb you need a lot of steel. and you have it. it is maxed out and it is incredible and you will get it soon. we gave out the contract and that is for the coast guard. we will call it a christmas present to the coast guard. and thank you for the great job you have done. matt, would you like to say something? >> yes, good morning president trump. and merry christmas on behalf of district 17 and all the coast guard surrounded here by some of our watch standers that stand duty at sector juneau and coast
guard district and also some of the station crews that operate out of small boats stationed in juneau. we are just here and ready for any event that could be occurring, whether it is search-and-rescue, environmental pollution, law enforcement, or any marine safety issue that might pop up. so far, we have had a calm day here in alaska, and we hope it stays that way and people stay safe out there on the waters. pres. trump: so how did you do in alaska with the recent problem we had with a big quake? they say we got lucky. very few people hurt. nobody died. it was big. it hit the proper location, i guess, if we have to say. how did you do with it? were you involved much? >> in juneau, alaska, we did not get much experience of the earthquake. but some of our members, they
withstood some structural damage to the buildings there. luckily, there was no injuries to any of the personnel. everyone seems to be doing ok. things are coming along. pres. trump: we got lucky there. it was a really big one, but it hit an area that i guess we were lucky that day. things that a little bit lucky. i want to wish everybody a merry christmas, a happy new year. just remember the people in our country, we are very proud of you. the country is doing well. we have a little bit of a shutdown because we believe in walls and we believe in borders and we believe in barriers. we have a special country. people have to come in through the legal process, not just walked in and we don't know who they are. we are stopping drones in a record rate, but we need some help and the help is the wall. we need a wall to help us, otherwise they flow through no matter what you do. you people know that better than
anybody. i know two of your groups built some very effective walls. the military built some effective wall spree the last four weeks on the southern border and we have held them. they had caravans and we stopped them. we stopped them cold. they are heading back. for the most part, they are heading back or staying in mexico. i will tell you i know the work you do, and it has been amazing. i will see you all. i know i will meet you all. i will see you all, but on behalf of the country, merry christmas, happy new year. keep doing the job. we are proud of you. nobody can do what you do. nobody. and we are very proud of you. and it is my honor to send you the brand-new equipment, whether you get the planes or the ships or the rifles or any of the things you get, you are getting the best in the world.
a little changed in some of the uniforms to put it mildly. i hope you like them. it is going to mean you have to be in perfect shape to wear those uniforms. that is one thing but probably that is good. that is a big change that has been done in 50 years. we are buying the new uniforms that will be incredible. you know what i'm talking about, right, general? i see you. thank you all very much. i appreciate it and the country appreciate it. merry christmas. thank you. >> thank you. >> what about the fed chair? pres. trump: they are raising interest rates too fast. they are raising interest rates too fast. but i think that they will get it. i really do.
the fact is that the economy is doing so well that they raise interest rates, and that is a form of safety in a way. president obama did not do much of that. he had a very low interest rate. a normalized interest rate means good for a lot of people. they have money in the bank. for many years, nobody got interest. but i have great confidence. i have great confidence in our companies. our companies are the greatest in the world. record kinds of numbers. i think it is a tremendous opportunity to buy. really is a great opportunity. i can't tell you when the government will be open. i can tell you it will not be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would to call it. i will call it whatever they want, but it is all the same thing. it is a barrier stopping people from coming into our country
with drugs. it is a barrier. that is a problem in this world today called human trafficking. human trafficking is one of the hard to believe problems. we are not going to let that take place. we are working so hard to catch these traffickers. they are bad people. we cannot do it without a barrier. we cannot do it without a wall. you have drugs and human trafficking. you have a legal people coming into our country. we can't do that. in the caravan, 618 people. very bad in some cases, criminals. you saw the one man who was wanted for murder. i don't want them in the country. the only way you can do it is to have a physical barrier, meaning a wall. if you don't have that, then what is that opening? yesterday, 115 miles with the wall.
115 miles in texas. it is going to be built hopefully rapidly. i'm going there at the end of january, the start of construction. that is a big stretch. we are talking about 500 to 550 miles. it is a 2000 mile border, but much of it has mountains and region where you cannot get across. so we are looking at between 500 and 550, so we gave out 115 yesterday. we gave it out at a great price. a great wall there and other sections to give out. one other thing people don't understand or know or whatever, because they are not told, we have renovated massive amounts of very good wall, wall that was good but in bad shape. we don't have to replace it, but you have to renovate it. we renovated a massive amount of wall. in addition to that, i think very importantly, we built a lot
of new wall. so it is all being built. the new piece, the new section is very exciting, what is going on there. you will see it because in january i'm going there. groundbreaking of such a big section. probably the biggest section. so while we are fighting over funding, we are also building. and it is my hope to have this done, completed, all 500 to 550 miles, to have renovated or brand-new by -- >> the contract, who did that go to? pres. trump: different people. highly bid. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: it's complicated because we are getting $25 million. but that is for everything. that is for homeland security. that includes, as we say, the bells and whistles. plus, we have some wall money.
we want the wall money to be increased because we want to finish it. what people have to understand is a lot of areas -- if you look at san diego, it is incomplete. interestingly, it is california, which has been difficult because the governor is very difficult to deal with. but the people of san diego complaint and wanted the wall built there. i wanted to do it last but they really wanted it. they were all screaming for a wall. but the wall is beautiful. the job they have done is fantastic. san diego is largely built and will be completed very shortly. they came to us, the people, and they were asking. they needed border protection. people were walking through mexico writing to san diego. right over people's front lawns, by the hundreds, by the thousands.
they came to us. a drone is not going to stop it. technology is not going to stop it. the only thing that stops it -- when the democrats talk about a wall does not mean anything, well, in israel, they got a big problem. they put up a wall. 99.99% of the people were stopped from coming in. we will have the exact same thing. we have a long border. we will have the exact same thing. the case of an olympic champion can get over the wall, but for the most part, you are not able to do it. very hard. much of it is 30 feet high. in some areas, we have it as high as 30 feet. so we are making great progress on renovation, fixing, and great progress towards building new walls. most excitingly, we gave out our largest section yesterday.
and that work is starting next week. we will have completed fairly quickly. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: i think they are understanding what is happening. they want border security. people of this country want border security. it is not a question of me. i would rather not have things shut down. i've been at the white house. i thought it would be wrong for me to be with my family. my families in florida, palm beach. i do not want to go around and be there when other people are hurting. but it is going to all worked out. as many of those workers have said to me, communicated, state out until you get the funding for the wall. the federal workers want the wall. the only one that does not want the wall are the democrats because they don't mind open borders. but open borders mean massive
amounts of crime. the democrats don't want it because they don't want open borders. yet every one of those democrats approved a wall or a fence or a very substantial barrier. every single one. i don't think there is one. less use the word almost every one approved a wall or a fence or exactly what we are talking about. three years ago. but over the years, every one of them. the only time they went against it, the only time they went against it, it was only one time, when donald trump said we want to build a wall. it is like, take another example. everybody hated comey. they thought he did a horrible job. the democrats hated him. they were calling for his resignation, calling for his firing, including schumer, including nancy pelosi.
until i fired him. once i fired him, everybody said, why did you fire him? why did you fire him? take a look at some of these people. this is what we are doing now. take a look at some of these people. literally a day before i fired him they said he should be fired. as soon as i fired him, they said, why did you fire him? it is a disgrace what is happening in our country. other than that, i wish everybody a very merry christmas. thank you very much. thank you. i will be with them, sure. i will always be with them. hopefully we are making progress on the wall or barrier or whatever you want to call it. >> in january, when democrats take the house -- pres. trump: it is probably presidential, the last thing. we know how to handle that. after two years, no collusion. there has been collusion but it has been by democrats.
no collusion. you are talking about millions and millions and millions of dollars of wasted money. there has been absolutely no collusion, but there has been a lot of collusion by the democrats with russia and with a lot of other people that maybe they should not have been dealing with, including very dishonest people. thank you very much, everybody. send them some pictures. make sure they get some pictures. your wife will be very upset. impressed. c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy that impacts you. coming up, key developments in this year's u.s. trade policy and what to expect in 2019 with
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