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coverage of the marches taking place across the country. >> -- cia. thank you for taking time to join us. it means a great deal that you chose to come to cia on your first full day as president. [ cheers and applause ] >> and it is now my pleasure and privilege to introduce the vice president of the united states, mike pence. [ cheers and applause ] .
>> thank you. thank you to the acting director, maria park. thank you for 27 years serving the united states of america here at cia. it's a great privilege for me to be with you today. and to have the opportunity to introduce at his first event on his first full day the new president of the united states, donald trump. [ cheers and applause ] as you can imagine, it's deeply humbling for my family and i to find ourselves in this role. i'm grateful for our new president for the opportunity he's given me and the opportunity the american people have given us to serve. but it's especially humbling for
me to be before all of you today. men and women of character, who have sacrificed greatly and to stand before this hallowed wall, this memorial wall, where we remember 117 who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, i can assure you, this new president and our entire team recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices of all of the men and women of the intelligence community of the united states of america. [ applause ] i've gotten to know our new president, we've traveled a lot together. when the cameras are off and klieg lights off, i'll tell you two things i know for sure. number one, i've never met anyone more dedicated to the safety and security of the people of the united states of america.
or anyone who is a greater strategic thinker about how we accomplished that for this nation. in fact, to understand the life of our new president is -- his whole life was strategy. he built an extraordinary success in fact private sector, and i know he's going to make america safe again. and lastly, and lastly, i can honestly tell you, all my years serving in the congress, serving as governor of my home state, traveling across the country and seeing the connection that she made, to men and women who serve and protect in every capacity in this country, i've never met anyone with a greater heart for those who every day in diverse ways protect the people of this nation, through their character and their service and their sacrifice. and so let me say, it is my high honor, and distinct privilege to introduce to all of you the president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ]
[ cheers and applause ] p >> well, i want to thank everybody, very, very special people. it is true, this is my first stop, officially. we're not talking about the balls, we're not talking about even the speeches, although they did treat me nicely on that speech, yesterday. i always call them the dishonest media, but they treated me nicely. but i want to say that there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and
the cia than donald trump. there's nobody. [ applause ] and the wall behind me is very, very special. we've been touring for quite a while. and i'll tell you 29? i can't believe it! oh, 28, but that's amazing. and we really appreciate what you've done in terms of showing us something very special. and your whole group, these are really special, amazing people. very, very few people could do the job you people do. and i want to just let you know, i am so behind you. and i know, maybe, sometimes you haven't gotten the backing that you've wanted and you're going to get so much backing. maybe you're going to say, please don't give us so much backing. mr. president, please, we don't
need that much backing. but you're going to have that. and i think everybody in this room knows it. you know, the military and the law enforcement generally speaking, but all of it, but the military gave us tremendous percentages of votes. we were unbelievably successful in the election with getting the vote of the military. and probably almost everybody in this room voted for me, but i will not ask you to raise your hands if you didn't. but i would guarantee a big portion. because we're all in the same wavelength, folks. we're all on the same wavelength, right? who knows. took brian about 30 seconds to figure that one out, right? because we know. we're on the same wavelength. but we're going to do great things. we're going to do great things. we've been fighting these wars
for longer than any wars we've ever fought. we have not used the real abilities that we have. we've been restrained. we have to get rid of isis. we have to get rid of isis. we have no choice. radical islamic terrorism. and i said it yesterday. it has to be eradicated. just off the face of the earth. this is evil. this is evil. and, you know, i can understand the other side. we can all understand the other side. there can be wars between countries, there can be wars, you can understand what happened. this is something nobody can even understand. this is a level of evil that we haven't seen. and you're going to go to it and you're going to do a phenomenal job. but we're going to end it. it's time. it's time right now to end it.
you have somebody coming on who is extraordinary. you know, for the different positions of secretary of this and secretary of that and all of these great positions, i'd see five, six, seven, eight people. and we had a great transition. we had an amazing team of talent. and by the way, general flynn is right over here. put up your hand, mike. what a good guy. [ applause ] and you know reince. he's like this political guy who turned out to be a superstar. we don't have to talk about reince. but we did. we had just such a tremendous, tremendous success. so when i'm interviewing all of these candidates that reince and his whole group is putting in front, it went very, very
quickly and in this kaste went so quickly, because i would see six or seven or eight for secretary of agriculture, who we just named the other day, sonny perdue, former governor of georgia, fantastic guy. but i would sigh six, seven, eight people for a certain position. everybody wanted in. but i met mike pompeo, and it was the only guy i met. i didn't want to meet anybody else. i said, cancel everyone else. he was approved, essentially, but they're doing little political games with me. he was one of the three. now, last night, as you know, general mattis, fantastic guy, and general kelly got approved. [ applause ] and mike pompeo was supposed to be in that group. it was going to be the three of them. can you imagine all of these guys? people respect -- you know, they
respect that military sense. all my political people, they're not doing so well. the political people aren't doing so well, but you. and we're going to get them all through. some will take a little bit longer than others, but mike was literally, i had a group of what -- we have nine different people, now win must say, i didn't mind canceling eight appointments. that wasn't the worst thing in the world, but i met him and he is so good. number one in his class as west point. i know a lot about west point. took me one year -- i'm a person who very strongly believes in academics. every time i say i had an uncle who was a great professor at m.i.t. for 35 years, who did a great job in so many ways, academically. he was an academic genius. and then they say, donald trump, an intellectual. trust me, i'm like a smart person. and i recognized immediately, so he was number one at west point.
and he was also essentially number one at harvard law school. and then he decided to go into the military. and he ran for congress. and everything he's done has been a home run. people like him. but much more importantly to me, everybody respects him. and when i told paul ryan that i want to do this, i would say, he may be the only person that was not totally thrilled, right, mike? because he said, i don't want to lose this guy. but, you will be getting a total star. you're going to be getting a total gem. this is a gem. and i just -- you'll see. you'll see. and many of you know him anyway. but you're going to see. and, again, we have some great people going in, but this one is something, is going to be very
special. if i had to name the most important, this would certainly be, perhaps -- and in certain ways, you can say, new most important. you do the job like everyone in this room is capable of doing. there can be -- the generals are wonderful and the fighting is wonderful, but if you give them the right direction, boy, does the fighting become easier. and boy, do we lose so fewer lives and win so quickly. and that's what we have to do. we have to start winning again. you know, when i was young, and when i was -- of course, i feel young. i feel like i'm 30. 35, 39. somebody said, are you young? i said, i think i'm young. you know, i was stopping -- when we were in the final month of that campaign, four stops, five stops, seven stops. speeches, speeches, in front of 25 to 30,000 people. 15,000, 19,000 from stop to stop. i feel young.
i believe that this group is going to be one of the most important groups in this country towards making us safe, towards making us winners again, towards ending all of the problems. we have so many problems that are interrelated, that we don't even think of, but are interrelated to the kind of havoc and fear that this sick group of people has caused. so i
can only say that i am with you 1,000% and the reason you're my first stop is that, as you know, i have a running war with the media. they are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. [ cheers and applause ] and they sort of made it sound like i had a feud with the intelligence community. and i want to let you know, the
reason you're the
number one stop is exactly the opposite. exactly. and they understand that too. i was explaining about the numbers, we did a thing yesterday, the speech. did everybody like the speech? you had to -- we had a massive field of people. packed. i get up this morning and turn on one of the networks and they show an empty field. i said, wait a minute. i made a speech, i looked out, the field was -- it looked like a million, a million and a half people. they showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. and they say, donald trump did not draw well. i said, it was almost raining. the rain should have scared them away, but god looked down and he said, we're not going to let it rain on your speech. in fact -- when i first started, i said, oh, no, first line, i got hit by a couple of drops. and i said, oh, this is -- this is too bad.
but, boom, go right through it. but the truth is, that it stopped immediately. it was amazing. and then it became really sunny. then i walked off, and it poured right after i left. it poured. but, you know, we have something that's amazing, because we had -- it looked, honestly, it looked like a million and a half people. whatever it was, it was, but it went all the way back to the washington monument. and i turn on -- and by mistake, i get this network. and it showed an empty field. and it said, we drew 250,000 people. now, that's not bad, but it's a lie. we had 250,000 people literally around, you know, in the little bowl that we constructed. that was 250,000 people. the rest of the, you know, the 20-block area, all the way
back to the washington monumenmonume packed. so we caught them. and we caught them in a beauty. and i think they're going to pay a big price. we had another one yesterday,
which was interesting, in the oval office, there's a beautiful statue of dr. martin luther king. and i also happen to like churchill, winston churchill. i think most of us like churchill. doesn't come from our country, but had a lot to do with it. helped us, real ally. and as you know, churchill statue was taken out, the bust. and, as you also probably have read, the prime minister is coming over to our country very shortly and they wanted to know whether or not i would like it back. i said, absolutely, but in the meantime, we have a bust of churchill.
so a reporter for "time" magazine, and i have been on their cover like 14 or 15 times. i think we have the all-time record in the history of "time" magazine, like if tom brady's on the cover, it's one time because he won the super bowl or something. i've been on it for 15 times this year. i don't think that's a record, mike, that can ever be broken,
mike, do you agree with that? what do you think? but i will say that they said, it was very interesting, that donald trump took down the bust, the statue of dr. martin luther king. and it was right there. but there was a cameraman that was in front of it. so zeke, zeke from "time" magazine writes a story about, i took down -- i would never do that. because i have great respect for dr. martin luther king. but this is how dishonest the media is. now, big story, the retraction was like, where? was it a line or do they even bother putting it in.
i only like to say that, because i love honesty. i like honest reporting. i will tell you, final time, although i will say it, when you let in your thousands of other people who have been trying to come in, because i am coming
back, we're going to have to get you a larger room. we may have to get you a larger room. and maybe, maybe it will be built by somebody who knows how to build and we won't have columns. do you understand that? we get rid of the columns. but i just wanted to really say that i love you. i respect you. there's nobody i respect more. you're going to do a fantastic job. and we're going to start winning again and you're going to be leading the charge. so thank you all very much. thank you, beautiful. thank you all very much. have a g