tv President Trump Speaks to Republican Jewish Coalition CSPAN April 8, 2019 10:00am-11:03am EDT
elsewhere on capitol hill, this is the last week of work before lawmakers leave for spring recess. the house will debate a bill to restore net neutrality standards that were in place before the fcc decision last june. members may consider a two-year federal budget setting discretionary spending limits. the senate will spend much of the week on a nominations. majority leader filed motions to limit debate on six nominations including john abizaid to be u.s. ambassador to saudi arabia. the senate in at 4:00 eastern for general speeches on c-span2. to can watch the house and this intocspan.org or congressional debate on c-span3 radio app. president trump spoke at the republican jewish coalition spring leadership meeting in las vegas over the weekend. he talked about immigration laws and the u.s.-israeli
relationship. >> ♪ and i'm proud to be an american where at least i know i'm free and i won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me and i gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today 'cause there ain't no doubt i love this land god bless the usa from the lakes of minnesota to the hills of tennessee across the plains of texas from sea to shining sea from detroit down to houston and new york to l.a. where there's pride in every
american heart and it's time we stand and say that i'm proud to be an american where at least i know i'm free and i won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me and i gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today 'cause there ain't no doubt i love this land god bless the usa and i'm proud to be an american where at least i know i'm free and i won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me and i'd gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today 'cause there ain't no doubt i love this land god bless the usa ♪ [applause] >> [crowd chanting "trump"] pres. trump: shabbat shalom. thank you. thank you. what a great day. thank you, norm, for that wonderful introduction and for your leadership of this truly tremendous organization. so many friends. i have so many friends out in the audience.
pres. trump: thank you very much. he's going back home to mommy. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: and he will be reprimanded. he will be reprimanded. she gets it. i am truly thrilled to be back with so many friends, supporters, patriots, at the annual conference of the republican jewish coalition, which is now setting records. [applause] pres. trump: here today is someone who has been with us from the beginning, your terrific executive director, matt brooks. thank you, matt. thank you, matt.
also joining us are two great leaders you know very well, my good friends sheldon and miriam adelson. great people. [applause] pres. trump: they like you both, sheldon. pretty good. last year was my honor to award miriam the presidential medal of freedom. that is a big deal. [applause] pres. trump: i also want to thank senator lindsey graham. where is lindsey? senator lindsey, great man, great friend. great friend of israel. [applause]
pres. trump: thank you, lindsey, a man who fights all the time for israel and for everything else. another great senator, david purdue from georgia. [applause] pres. trump: senator kevin cramer -- where is kevin? kevin, thank you, kevin. he fought a battle, you wouldn't believe it. he beat somebody by 11 points that was unbeatable. that is pretty good, kevin. i said, you can do it. i said, you can do it. he won by a lot. he won by a lot, and he is a great gentleman and a big, big fan and supporter of israel, as well as a really terrific leader. he is our leader.
kevin mccarthy. [applause] pres. trump: we have representatives that are outstanding. the great billy long. where is billy? [applause] pres. trump: billy long. denver riggleman. denver, thank you. michael walsh. thank you, michael. great job you do. and a very good friend of mine also, lee zeldin. [applause] pres. trump: and a special thanks to representative omar of minnesota. [boos] pres. trump: oh, i forgot, she doesn't like israel.
i forgot. i am so sorry. no, she doesn't like israel, does she? please, i apologize. a great friend of mine, one of the most successful men in the state, amazing guy, tremendous businessman, mr. phil ruffin. where is phil? [applause] pres. trump: thank you, phil. a competitor of mine in manhattan for a long time. always built great buildings, great architecture. was known for design and success, loves israel, george klein. thank you, george. thank you, george. [applause]
pres. trump: so many friends in this room. we are also grateful to be joined by members of my administration, including jason greenblatt, and a young man named jared kushner, he is fighting for israel. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much, great job. peace in the middle east. if they can't do it, nobody can. david friedman, your ambassador to israel. he loves israel, has done an incredible job. thank you, david. finally, to every member of the republican jewish coalition, thank you for your incredible support and your outstanding commitment to our country, safety, and to electing more republicans. we need more republicans. let's go so we can win everything.
[applause] pres. trump: over the next 19 months, i know that the republican jewish coalition will help lead our party to another historic victory. by the way, we did very well in 2018. you can ask david and lindsey. we won the senate and took on three or four that were very close that weren't supposed to be. all of the sudden, that didn't happen. we will talk about that when we get back to washington. but i will tell you what, we picked up two senate seats and now it is 53-47, and we have 53 great senators. when it comes to appointments, when it comes to the united states supreme court, when it comes to approving all of the judges, way over 100 federal judges, you need the senate. we did well. they don't like to talk about
that. i don't have enough time with so many people in the house. but the people i went for, like in kentucky, matt barr, he won. he was down, he won. we won so much. we won in georgia, a great governor. brian kemp. they had president obama, they had oprah, they had michelle obama. they were going for their new star in the party. and i was going for brian. all he had was trump. do you know who won? brian won. [applause] pres. trump: the great state of ohio has a great governor who was not expected to win. he campaigned brilliantly, and we did some incredible rallies. he won by almost seven points. he won easily. mike is great. and the governor of florida. the governor of florida. [applause]
pres. trump: that was supposed to be a close race, and it was a tough race, but we won that one. oklahoma, and many other places we did well. we get no credit -- fake news -- we get no credit. we get no credit. let's just keep winning. i would rather have it that way than get too much credit and not win and that happens to people too because it happened to me. [applause] trump: when i spoke to you as a candidate three years ago, america's economy was stagnant, our military was depleted, and the relationship between the united states and israel was at probably the lowest point in history. how the hell did you support president obama? how did you do it? how did you do it? how did you support the democrats? you guys didn't. [laughter] pres. trump: probably most of
the people in this room didn't. oh, you love israel, but you look at the iran deal and so much that was done so negatively. now just three years later, i stand before you as the president of the united states to report -- [applause] pres. trump: on a very different situation. under republican leadership, america's economy is the hottest anywhere in the world, and it is not even close. [applause] pres. trump: our military will soon be more powerful than ever before, $700 billion, $716 billion this year. i don't know, david and lindsey, i think in the $750 billion to $725 billion range. have to do it. you don't have the military, all this stuff doesn't matter. you don't have to worry about inflation. you don't have to worry about anything. you have to have a strong, strong military. [applause]
pres. trump: we will have the strongest we have ever had before. and the incredible bond between the united states and israel has never been stronger than it is right now. [applause] pres. trump: america is thriving. america is booming. and america is winning like never before. we are respected again. we are respected again. it has been a long time. since the election, we have created more than 5.5 billion new jobs, including 600,000 manufacturing jobs, things that nobody would have allowed me to say on the campaign trail.
they would have said, he exaggerates. after years of stagnation, wages are rising fast. think of it. people had one job 21 years ago. they made more money in real dollars than they did two years ago with three jobs and two jobs. and now for the first time, they have a choice. the economy is so strong, they can have a choice of jobs, and wages are going up. first time in many years. [applause] and one of the things that makes me happiest is they are going up most quickly for the lowest income americans. great, right? great. [applause] pres. trump: our unemployment
has reached the lowest level in more than 50 years. and we will be breaking that record, i believe, pretty soon. we slashed 30,000 pages of job-killing regulations from the federal register, an all-time record. it doesn't matter if they were there for four years or eight years or 10 years, in one instance. we really did something. take a look at fdr. all of those years, nobody slashed them like us. you had a four termer, a lot of two termers. and i believe that was as important, and maybe even more important, than the largest tax cut in the history of our country. [applause]
pres. trump: we are fixing broken trade deals, we are working on a trade deal now with china. we are doing very well. very well. [applause] pres. trump: because of tariffs, we are making a deal that is very good. you will be happy. if it happens -- it might not happen. but we have tremendous power. we have to tell our people that represent us in washington that when countries -- i am not talking about china, i am talking about many countries. when they are charging us 100% tax or tariff, when they are charging us 200% or 250% and 300%, and we charge them nothing, it is ok to charge them something. maybe you could explain that to some of your people that say, we don't like tariffs. we have a case where a certain country, india -- [laughter] pres. trump: is charging us.
we are a great country, a great friend. prime minister modi charging us over 100% for many things. we are charging them nothing for similar or the same product. and i have senators that say, you can't do that. it is not free trade! where do they come from? where do they come from? it is not free trade. i don't know. where is david? you have to work on these people, david. lindsey, will you please work on them? it is the craziest thing. it is stupid trade. we have so much stupid trade. we lost, for many years now, $800 billion a year on trade. who the hell makes these deals? you're probably saying, those are not good negotiators.
actually, democrats made a lot of them, but republicans, too. that is the amazing thing. 800 billion, but we are getting it back. [applause] pres. trump: if they really let me do my thing we would get it back, but i have to be a little bit politically correct. [laughter] pres. trump: by saying, it's ok if we lose 20 billion with a country, because we want to be nice to everybody. we are cracking down on countries that cheat. we are replacing nafta with the brand-new u.s.-mexico-canada agreement. nafta was the worst trade deal ever made. [applause] pres. trump: many of you people have factories and plants, they are still empty. they signed nafta, and it was that great big sucking sound. remember that? remember that? ross perot. great big sucking sound. they left, they went to mexico, they went to canada, they went to a lot of places.
it was a bad thing for us. but we will be ending nafta, hopefully very soon. [applause] pres. trump: very soon. one of the things in the new deal is that it is very difficult financially for a company to leave the united states, fire all of its employees, move to mexico or canada. open up a new plant, make a product, sell it in for no tax. we end up with unemployment and nothing but loss and empty factories. it is not happening anymore, folks. not happening anymore. [applause] pres. trump: we have ended the war on american energy and the united states is the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. bigger than russia and bigger than saudi arabia. can you believe that? can you believe that? two years. [cheering] [applause]
[chanting "four more years"] pres. trump: thank you very much. we are working on getting pipelines approved in texas that would normally take 15 years to get approved. we are trying to get them approved rapidly. if we do that, we will pick up another 20% to 25%. we already are leading by a lot. in all happened over a short period of time. we have confirmed more than 100 new federal judges to interpret the constitution as written. [applause] pres. trump: and as norm said, i appreciate that, so important, norm, we have confirmed two
incredible supreme court justices, neil gorsuch and brett kavanaugh. [applause] pres. trump: don't let the democrats take it away from us. they will take it all away. they will take it all away, including the judges. with the help of republicans in congress, we have secured record funding for our military. our military is now going to be stronger than ever before. ever. not even close. we are developing new weapons systems. we are developing things that nobody even thought of. levels of technology that nobody else has. with all of that being said, if we can be smart, and if china, and russia, and maybe one or two others can be smart, we would all be saving a tremendous amount of money and that is ok with me. we will be so far in the lead.
we always have to be in the lead. thanks to our focus on sharing, $100 billion more dollars will be coming this year to nato. think of that. [applause] pres. trump: other countries insurgent instances -- in certain instances were getting an almost free ride. we protect them and they are delinquent. i use a real-estate term. he understands. they are delinquent, i said you have to pay. president obama made a nice speech but forgot to mention he got to pay. president bush was wonderful. they did not mention you have to pay. you got to mean it, not just mention it. you got to pay. because we are in a position,
everybody wants us. but how do you do that when people are not paying? how do you do that? we feel foolish. we feel like fools. we have been fooled as a nation for so long. we are not going to be fools anymore. pres. trump: [applause] [applause] pres. trump: last year i withdrew the united states from one of the most dangerous, one-sided deals ever negotiated, the disastrous iran nuclear deal. they wanted to kill israel. they wanted to destroy israel. [applause] pres. trump: and maybe you can explain to the young man that just got taken out what it means when a country shouts as signing the deal "death to israel." maybe you can explain that to him. [applause]
pres. trump: we have imposed the toughest sanctions on the iranian dictatorship. and it is not the same country it was when i took power. when i took over the presidency, i will tell you one of the first meetings i had was at the pentagon. great generals, great people. i wanted a briefing on iran with 14 different sites. they were all very, very dangerous. blowups all over. they were either behind it, they had mercenaries, they had money, or they had their own soldiers there. all over the middle east. it is a whole different story today, folks. they have riots in the streets. they have very little money coming in. a lot of things have changed. north korea, we are getting along with north korea. let's see how it works out. but we have a good relationship. don't forget, i have a very good relationship with kim jong-un.
when i first came in, they were setting rockets and nuclear explosions, and a lot of things were happening. i cannot tell you what will happen. had to walk from one deal. wasn't going to be the right deal. [applause] pres. trump: but we have a great relationship, we will see where happens. i hope we are going to be able to do something. maybe, maybe not, but i hope we will be able. relationship is very important. you know that very well. we are confronting the deadly menace of radical islamic terrorism. [applause] pres. trump: when i took office, just over two years ago, isis controlled more than 20,000 square miles in iraq and syria. i held up a map, it was so much red. red meaning them. all red showing the different sites. today the isis caliphate has been 100% obliterated. 100%. [applause]
pres. trump: and my previous general said, sir, it will take two years. i flew to iraq and met a different group of generals. "sir, we can do it in one week." [laughter] [applause] pres. trump: i said, you can take a little longer than that. they did it in a few weeks. they are great, right? raisin' cain. what is your first name? raisin? i like you as a general. that is what i want. even sheldon adelson likes that. the kind of a guy he would have. i took another historic action that had been decades in waiting. the united states recognized the true capital of israel and opened the american embassy in jerusalem.
[cheers and applause] pres. trump: because unlike other presidents, i keep my promises. [applause] every president for many decades said they were going to do that. i understand really why. because, when it was determined that maybe i do it, maybe there is a chance, the calls i got from leaders of other countries were unbelievable. presidents, dictators, prime minister, kings, queens, everybody. [laughter] pres. trump: my phone was ringing off the hook. i knew i was going to do it. so i left a message.
[laughter] pres. trump: i said, "i am going to call you next week." they said, couldn't we speak to him. they said no, he is not available. the fake news will say that is a horrible lie. i want to be nice. i will call you next week. i look forward to it. i had so many calls. it took me three weeks to make all the calls. but i knew what they were calling about, so i did it. i did it. [applause] pres. trump: then i started calling people back. king, how are you, how have you been? i called you last week. [laughter] pres. trump: he said, what's up? well, i wanted to talk to you about israel and the embassy in jerusalem. i said, i wish i would have known. i did it yesterday. but i now know why other
presidents -- i don't really hold it against them other than they did not keep their promise. they did not keep their promise, david. so, that's the way it is. we got you something that you wanted. i can tell you, sheldon and miriam, that is the most important thing i think i have ever happened in their life. they love israel. [applause] pres. trump: i understand, i said, why wouldn't they do it? what are in today -- why aren't they doing it? they campaigned, we will this and that, israel, israel. and you folks go and vote for them and they don't do it. four years, eight years, didn't matter. they won't do it. but you know what, we did it, we did a great job, and we feel great about it. [applause]
pres. trump: last week, israel security, really so important, it is all about security. it is always number one for me. we can talk health care, we can talk 100 different things. without security, what does it matter? i stood with prime minister netanyahu. benjamin netanyahu. how is the race going? who is going to win the race? tell me, i don't know. it is going to be close. i think it is going to be close. two good people. two good people. but i stood with your prime minister at the white house to recognize israeli sovereignty over the golan heights. [applause] pres. trump: the golan heights is something i have been hearing
about for a long time. [applause] pres. trump: the golan heights. i was talking to ambassador friedman. not about this. they have been trying to get that approved for 52 years. they wanted recognition from the united states. they had 32 summits, meetings, big meetings over many, many decades. i am talking to your ambassador. jared was there. jason greenblatt was there. i said, fellas, do me a favor. give me a little history, quick. i want to go fast. [laughter] pres. trump: got a lot of things i'm working on -- china, north korea. give me a quickie.
norm, i said -- i know it as well as norm, but i don't want to spend as much time as he has spent studying it. which has been his entire life. so they had 32 different summits. he starts going, we need that, it's a high point, we need it for protection. i said, all right, good. they weren't even calling about this -- how do you like the idea of me recognizing exactly what we are discussing? i agree. you need it. you need the height. you need the height. a great general said, always fight downhill. never fight uphill. a lot of battles are lost where these generals want to fight uphill. i said, david, what do you think about me recognizing israel and the golan heights? he said, would you actually -- and this is a great deal. gave it all up in order to be your ambassador. [applause] pres. trump: gave it all up.
what do you think of it, david? and he goes -- this is a very strong, ambitious guy. like a wonderful, beautiful baby. "you would do that, sir?" i said, yeah, i am thinking of doing it now. let's write something out. [applause] pres. trump: we make fast decisions and we make good decisions. i made a lot of good decisions. good decisions. we got something beautiful, talking about security, talking about the greatness of israel. and i went, bing! it was done. [laughter] pres. trump: then i watched -- look at all those cameras -- then i watched the fake news and
they said we have breaking news. president trump has just committed to the -- and it was a -- committed to the golan heights. and it was a big story for two days. everyone is happy, no repercussions. and there won't be. i went there to protect israel. we did the right thing. we did the right thing. [applause] pres. trump: and i want to congratulate jared, jason, david friedman, and all of the people they work with. [applause] pres. trump: and a big thing for me, and some of you won't like this maybe, but i would love to see peace in the middle east. i would love to see peace in the middle east. if those three can't do it, you will never have it done. with me as president, with them doing the deal, you will never have it done. let's see if we can do it, who knows? under my administration, the united states will always support israel's right to
self-defense. [applause] pres. trump: at the united nations, we no longer tolerate any form of anti-american, anti-israel, and anti-semitic bias. we don't do it. [applause] pres. trump: for example, the united nations human rights council has repeatedly denigrated america and israel -- and you know this, you have heard this -- while ignoring the world's worst human rights abusers. that is why i withdrew the united states from the u.n. human rights council. thank you to nikki. thank you to nikki. [applause] pres. trump: terrific job, nikki haley. with your help, we are making incredible strides on behalf of the american people.
we are just getting started. [cheering] [chanting "four more years"] pres. trump: thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. [applause] pres. trump: and that guy that just said that, he used to hate me. can you believe it? [laughter] pres. trump: he used to hate me. i appreciate it. while republicans fight to protect the jobs and safety of all americans, democrats are advancing the most extreme partisan agenda by far in american history. you see what's happening. you see what's happening. people are not fighting for israel in congress. large numbers of people. you saw what to place three weeks ago. it was shocking. that could not have happened. it could not have happened just
a few years ago. could not have happened. if implemented, the democrats' radical agenda would destroy our economy, cripple our country, and very well could leave israel out there all by yourselves. you can't do that. more than 100 democrats in congress are promoting the biggest government power grab in u.s. history. the $100 trillion green new deal -- [boos] pres. trump: proposed by a wonderful young bartender, 29 years old. [laughter] pres. trump: 29. noi like her. no, i like her. she is 29 years old. we take trains to europe,
hawaii, and australia. that is a problem. [laughter] pres. trump: the farming business is in big trouble. the auto business, you have one car. somehow, detroit, etc. -- i am bringing so many car companies in -- i don't think they will be thrilled to hear that. when you look at what is happening with the car companies, they are open up in michigan, ohio, and pennsylvania, and north carolina, and south carolina. it is amazing what is happening. we want to keep it going. they could destroy what we built very quickly. that is why having lindsey and david, and all the people i mentioned, and so many more in washington, we will stop it. we will win the election. we will win it. we will win it big. [applause] pres. trump: it will never be as easy as it looks. over 120 congressional democrats are also supporting a socialist
takeover of our health-care system that would take away private insurance. if you take a look at this, 180 million people will lose their private health insurance. >> no way! pres. trump: and you finally are happy. you're happy. the radical democrats are also pushing for a thing called open borders. they want open borders. [boos] pres. trump: they want people to pour into our country. last month, more than 100,000 illegal migrants were apprehended at our border. apprehended. think of this, hundreds of thousands of people. and we are on pace to apprehend more than a million illegal migrants this year.
a million. they are coming up because of the economy. they are coming up because our laws are so bad from the democrats. catch and release. you catch them and you release them! oh, that is wonderful. if they put one foot on our territory, if they start climbing a fence and they are on the mexico side, welcome to the united states. think of it. it is the craziest thing. they have a visa lottery, democrats, a visa lottery. a lottery. countries, a lottery. you pick out a name. do you think they are putting their finest? do you think they are putting their great people there? no. then people come in and you see what happens with the crime and murders. 4000 murders last year. 4000. how stupid can we be to put up with this? how stupid can we be? [applause]
pres. trump: and the asylum program is a scam. some of the roughest people you have ever seen. people that look like they should be fighting for the ufc. [laughter] pres. trump: they read a little page given by lawyers that are all over the place. lawyers, they tell them what to say. you look at this guy and he says, wow, that is a tough cookie. "i am very fearful for my life." [laughter] pres. trump: "i am very worried that i will be accosted." no, no, he will do the accosting. [laughter] asylum -- oh, life." , is afraid!
he's afraid. we don't love the fact that he has tattoos on his face. that's not a good sign. we don't love the fact that he is carrying the flag of ponderous or guatemala -- of hon duras or guatemala or el salvador, only to say he is petrified to be in this country. to confront this border crisis i declared a national emergency. [applause] pres. trump: and david perdue and lindsay graham helped me. when congressional democrats tried to terminate vital border security operations, i very proudly issued my first veto. [cheering] pres. trump: and they were not able to turn over the veto. in fact, we have billions of dollars. we have started building walls -- actually, a while ago from
the first $1.6 billion and renovation of the walls. we had walls that were in bad shape. we renovated them. we have a tremendous amount we -- we are going to put out a list. but we will have hundreds of miles before the end of next year. hundreds of miles. [applause] pres. trump: and yesterday i traveled to the border in calexico, california. and i saw a section of brand-new, 30-foot-high steel wall. you want to be able to see through it. you got to see through it. you got to see who is on the other side. beautiful wall. looks great, looks great. walls built, good neighbors, right? [applause] pres. trump: now we have to take care of ourselves.
and i have to say, i said i was going to close the border. i said, we are closing the border. and as soon as i said that, and i really thank the president of mexico, because they stepped up and now they are apprehending people on their southern border coming in from honduras. [applause] pres. trump: el salvador and various other places, guatemala. and i stopped paying almost $600 million to those three countries. now, i got a lot of heat. the democrats say, how dare you do that? that money is used for good. it is largely stolen. $600 million to three countries, and they form caravans. now, if the government wanted to, i have a feeling they would be able to stop caravans from forming in those three countries.
i have a feeling. they are pretty tough. they're pretty tough down there. but they didn't. so i stopped the payments. do you mind, are you ok with it? [applause] pres. trump: i have taken a lot of heat from the stupid people that say, gee, we should keep -- we have people that work with them that say we should be spending more money, we should be building things there, we helping them. what about building their own country for a change, wouldn't that be nice? [applause] pres. trump: unfortunately, democrats have refused to close immigration loopholes. that's what it's all about. again, mexico apprehended 1400 people yesterday, 1000 people the day before. they have never done this. never to this extent. and i appreciate it. i appreciate it. but if they don't do it, i'm going to close the border or i am going to do tariffs on the cars made in mexico. they took 30% of our car
business -- by the way, i wasn't here when that happened. i used to complain about it as a civilian. i complained. i said, what the hell is going on? they are taking our business. they have 30% of our cars. they make 30% of our cars. they send them into our country, no tax, no nothing, essentially. and we lost a lot of jobs, but we are getting them all back now, getting them all back. [applause] pres. trump: but i said, we are either going to tariff those cars coming in at 25%, which is a tremendous amount of money, it is all about the cars, cars are a big deal. or we are going to close the border. and i will say this, mexico has been great. the last four or five days they have been great. first time, first time. [applause] pres. trump: at the heart of -- and i don't mind closing the border, i will tell you, a lot of these fakers back there, they say, he will never close the border, it's too much. well, close the border, we stop
about $500 billion worth of drugs from pouring into our country. there are a lot of advantages. a lot of advantages. i'm ok with it. i don't want to do with it, but i am ok with it. i'll do it. i will do whatever is necessary to stop an invasion of our country. that is what it is. [applause] pres. trump: at the heart of the crisis are the ninth circuit rulings in the flores case, and the trafficking victims protection reauthorization act, driving a staggering surge of illegal families and minors into the hands of our incredible border patrol people. they have done an incredible job. what they do is incredible. i was with them yesterday. so congress must end catch and release so the border crossers
can be returned to their homes. sorry, get out. can't handle it. i told my people yesterday, our country is full. full. we arefull. full. our system is full. you can't come in. what can you do? we can't handle anymore. i am sorry. it is very simple. never before has a major political party been more outside the american mainstream. than the democrats of today. they have become the party of high taxes, open borders, late-term abortion, crime, witch hunts, and delusions. and now the democrats have event allowed the terrible scourge of anti-semitism to take root in their party and country. they have allowed that. [boos] pres. trump: trum they have alld
that. house democrats blocked legislation to confront the anti-semitic movement to boycott and sanction israel. nobody could believe it. you couldn't believe it. republicans believe we must never ignore the vile poison of anti-semitism. we do. all of us. earlier this year, i have pointed a new special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism. we are grateful that he has joined us today, elon carr. n?ere is elo [applause] pres. trump: thank you. great job, elon. if elon is as good as i hear, he's going to do a great job. thank you. thank you very much. congratulations. at my state of union address i was honored to have as our guest
a pittsburgh swat officer, brave guy. i was with him in the hospital. he raced into gunfire during the horrific anti-semitic attack on the tree of life synagogue. he was shot seven times, badly injured. he endured 12 surgeries, and he is going to have to endure quite a few more. we are proud to have him here with us right now. if he wasn't there, as bad as it was, as horrible as it was, it would have been much worse. he is a brave man. timothy mattson, please stand, timothy. timothy. [applause]
pres. trump: i saw him right after this horrible event, this horrible happening, and he was laying in the hospital, he had bullet wounds all over. he is a massive guy. i looked at the chest -- i mean, he has got like this -- and it's muscle. thank god you are massive and thank god you have a lot of muscle, because very few people could have taken what you took, timothy. and your friends, they have such respect for him, his fellow officers, they have such respect. thank you. glad to see you better. that's great. [applause] pres. trump: glad to see you better. amazing. what he went through. today we also honor to more -- two more american heroes, mordechai
lichtensteintader and simke simp. i love that name. both from brooklyn, i know brooklyn very well. i love my father. innt a lot of time it brooklyn. brooklyn. to get through brooklyn, you have got to be smart. two years ago, mordechai and sinmnke traveled to jerusalem, where they prayed at the western wall. soon after they left the holy site, they saw terrorists stabbing an innocent israeli police officer. racing to the scene, mordechai pulled the attacker off the soldier and was about to be stabbed himself. it was happening, when the badly-wounded officer summoned the little strength he had left and shot and killed this very violent terrorist. [applause]
pres. trump: simke immediately took his prayer shawl and wrapped it around the officer's wounds to stop the bleeding, which was profuse. after the attack, the officer said of the two jewish-americans, they were sent by god to save my life. for me, my family, and the druze people of israel, i thank them from the bottom of my heart. that is from the officer. mordechai, simke, stand up. great job, thank you. great job. [applause] pres. trump: great job. thank you very much. recently, mordechai and simke
became the first non-israeli citizens to receive the country's civil decoration. that's a big deal. you are an example to everyone in this room. to everyone in our country. thank you very much. [applause] the three american heroes we recognize today are a powerful reminder of the timeless values that bind us together as one nation and that forge a deep and lasting friendship with the people of israel. we honor our history, we treasure our traditions, we cherish life, we love our families, we defend our sovereignty, we fight for our freedom, and we place our trust in the hands of almighty god. [applause]
pres. trump: these are values that unite us all as republicans, as citizens, as patriots, and as proud americans. every day of my presidency, we fight on behalf of hard-working citizens who pay their taxes, follow our laws, raise their children, protect their communities, and make this the greatest nation ever to exist on the face of the earth. [applause] pres. trump: this government is their government, and this land is home. these american patriots have
always been loyal to our country, and we will forever be loyal, we swear, to them. [applause] pres. trump: the choice for our country's future has never been clearer than it is today. the republican party is the party for all americans. it will be the party for great health care. you watch. [applause] pres. trump: we are the party of the american worker. we are the party of the american family. and we are the party of the american dream. alongside our friends at the republican jewish coalition, we will keep on working, we will keep on fighting, and we will be winning, winning, winning for the american people.