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otherwise. only 39% of americans approve of the job that he is doing. >> and there is a sharp division on that. 82% of republicans say mr. trump is doing a good job. only 6% of democrats think so. >> pelley: now, john, let's pick up right there as we're watching the house chamber filling up. there is vice president pence on the left, of course, in his role as president of the senate, and the speaker of the house paul ryan of wisconsin, awaiting the president. we saw the president's motorcade heading up to the capitol just a short time ago. and as we're waiting for the president to come njohn, in january, during his inaugural address, in parts, it was fairly grim. he talked about american carnage. what are you looking for tonight? >> well, in part tonight, paul ryan is looking for the president to help him start selling an agenda. the president's going to start by talking about all that he's accomplished so far as president with those executive orders, all these been able to do in office. then he's going to move on to the
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which is his domestic agenda to try to get jobs going again. he'll talk about obamacare, repeal and replace. then he'll move overseas and talk about his aspirations overseas. there has been talk of unity out of the white house. you talk to white house aides and they say this will be a unifying speech? well, what does that look like? is it just words or is the president going to offer something to democrats? he has already given the democrats a lot to be angry about and their grass roots in particular. so is he going to give democratic lawmakers anything that they can grab on to? and that's got to be more than just words. >> pelley: we were seeing the president in his limousine. that picture was taken earlier in washington, where it is raining like crazy. >> pouring rain in washington tonight. >> pelley: norah, what are you expecting in terms of how the president sees his audience tonight? who is he trying to reach? >> well, the president said today that he's going to speak from the heart. but the members of congress on the republican side that i talked to today said they want to hear what's in his head. and as johne
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got a busy legislative season ahead. they want to do health care in march. they want to get tax reform by august. they want ton that the president agrees with their plan. they have a plan. they're not sure that the president and the white house is on board with everything they want to do. so there is a bit of skittishness out there. there are specifics they know that this president probably won't get into specific policy proposals but they want to hear him go a little bit further than he has in the past before they put their neck on the line before repealing something like the affordable care act and the radical tax refoarms tax cuts that are ahead. >> pelley, and gayle, the president campaigne campaigned g the swamp. he's coming into the room now. >> very loudly there were chants of, "drain the swamp." it seems he's standing in the swamp. there are a got the gators and not everybody is friendly. he has a lot of friends and some foes. here he comes. >> the president of the united
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paul irvin, the house sergeant at arms, announcing president trump. and now the long walk to the podium in the house. some members will have stood in these positions for hours to make sure they had a chance to shake the president's hand as he went by. norah, the president is at odds with some of the key members of his own party. he's going to talk tonight about an enormous increase in defense spending, for example. but he has to get all of t
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services committee. john mccain, who the other day he called a loser, who has lost so long, he doesn't know how to win anymore. >> and, by the way, the press headlines today suggested this was a huge increase in defense spending, which it is, but john mccainmented more than what president trump had called for. what's not clear yet from the white house is how they will offset that spending, the reduction in other chndiscretionary spending, which agencies will take a cut-- the state, e.f.a. there are indications of that. there is still meat on the bones boneleft on this budget that will lay out where this president wants to make hard choices because in order to do big things, you also have to cut things. >> you notice, scott, and everyone else who is hitting here watching this broadcast tonight, many of the women are dressed in white. that is no coincidence. you know, the women have organized-- >> the democratic women. >> the democratic women have organized in honor of the
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say they want to stand against donald trump's policies, and they intend to make sure that he sees them loud and clear. and there was a reason why everyone is sitting there in white or shades of cream, the women of the democratic leadership. >> pelley: the president just-- >> democratic caucus. >> pelley: the president just greeting members of the supreme court there. me you saw first lady melania trump. >> pelley: the chief justice of the united states, john roberts, is in attendance. there's elena kagan, sonia sotomayor, and now the military leaders. >> i wonder what it was like for donald trump when he walked in and you heard the speaker say, "ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states." what that moment was like for him as he walked in. this is a very, very big speech for him tonight up and pointed out, norah, he said he was going to say what's in his
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it will be interesting to see what is in his heart. he also said it would be a unifying speech but we were told that for the inauguration speech, john. >> donald trump made the inaugural speech his own in a very formal setting. this is about as formal a setting as you can get in the presidency. >> pelley: the president giving copies of his speech, two copies, to the speaker and the president of the senate, by tradition. ( applause ). >> getting a very warm reception. ( applause ) >> pelley: we were seeing mrs. trump in the box, and the president has several guests there with mrs. trump, including family members of people who
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illegal aliens, a point that the president wants to make tonight. >> thank you very much. >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and the distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. ( applause )
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>> thank you very much. mr. speaker, mr. vice president, members of congress, the first lady of the united states. ( cheers and applause ) and citizens of america. tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of black history month, we are reminded of our nation's path towards civil rights and the work that still remains to be done. recent threats-- ( applause )
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recent threats targeting jewish community centers and vandalism of jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in kansas city, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms. ( applause ) each american generation passes the torch of truth, liberty, and justice, in an unbroken chain all the way down to the
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that torch is now in our hands, and we will use it to light up the world. i am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart. a new chapter-- ( applause ) of american greatness is now beginning. a new national pride is sweeping across our nation, and a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. what we are witnessing today is the renewal of the american spirit. our allies will find that america is once again ready to lead. ( applause )
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all the nations of the world, friend or foe, will find that america is strong, america is proud, and america is free. in nine years, the united states will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding, 250 years since the day we declared our independence. it will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world. but what will america look like as we reach our 250th year? what kind of country will we leave for our children? i will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future. for too long, we've watched our middle class shrink as we've
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exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries. we financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the faits of our children in the inner cities of chicago, baltimore, detroit, and so many other places throughout our land. we've defended the borders of other nations while leaving our own borders wide open for anyone to cross, and for drugs to pour in at a now-unprecedented rate. and we've spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled. then in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet. the rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds, families who just wanted
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their children and a fair hearing for their concerns. but then the quiet voices became a loud chorus, as thousands of citizens now spoke out together from cities small and large all across our country. finally, the chorus became an earthquake, and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple but crucial demand, that america must put its own citizens first because only then can we truly make america great again. ( applause ) thank you.
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dying industries will come roaring back to life. heroic veterans will get the care they so desperately need. our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve. crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways, gleaming across a very, very beautiful land. our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately stop. and our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity. above all else, we will keep our promises to the american people. ( applause ) thank you. it's been a little over a month since my
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want to take this moment to update the nation on the progress i've made in keeping those promises. since my election, ford, fiat chrysler, general motors, sprint, softbank, lockheed, intel, walmart, and many others have announced that they will invest billions and billions of dollars in the united states and will create tens of thousands of new american jobs. ( applause ) thank you. the stock market has gained almost $3 trillion in value since the election on november 8, a record. we've saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by gi
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fantastic-- and it is a fantastic-- new f-35 jet fighter, and we'll be saving billions more on contracts all across our government. we have place aid hiring freeze on non-military and non-essential federal workers. we have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by nmposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials. ( applause ) and a lifetime ban-- thank you. thank you. and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government. we have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce cr
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creating a deregulation task force inside of every government agency. ( applause ) and we're imposing a new rule which mandates that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. ( applause ) we're going to stop the regulations that threaten the future and livelihood of our great coal minors. ( applause ) we have cleared the way for the
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dakota access pipelines. ( cheers and applause ) thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs, and i've issued a new directive, that new american pipelines be made with american steel. ploou( applause ) ( applause ) we have withdrawn the united states from the job-killing trans-pacific partnership. ( applause ) and with the help of prime minister justin trudeau, we have formed a council wilour
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ensure that women entrepreneur individual access to the networks, markets, and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams. ( applause ) to protect our citizens, i have merected the department of justice to form a task force on reducing violent crime. i have further ordered the departments of homeland security and justice, along with the department of state and the director of national intelligence to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread all across our nation.
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( applause ) we will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth, and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted. ( applause ) at the same time, my administration has answered the pleas of the american people for immigration enforcement and border security. ( applause ) by finally enforcing our
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wages, help the unemployed, safe billions and billions of dolla dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone. ( applause ) we want all americans to succeed, but that can't happen in an environment of lawless chaos. we must restore integrity and the rule of law at our borders. ( applause ) for that reason, we will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border. ( cheers and applause )
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as we speak tonight, we are removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our very innocent citizens. bad ones are going out, as i speak, and as i promised throughout the campaign, to any in congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, i would ask you this one question what would you say to the american family that loses their jobs, their intrks or their loved one because america refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders? ( applause ) our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the united
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we are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical islamic terrorism. ( applause ) according to data provided by the department of justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism, and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. we have seen the attacks at home from boston to san bernardino to the pentagon, and, yes, even the world trade center. we have seen the attacks in france, in belgium, in germany, and all over the world. it is not compassion anti-but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from place where's p
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vetting cannot occur. ( applause ) those given the high honor of admission to the united states should support this country and love its people and the values. we cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside america. we cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists. ( applause ) that is why my administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our nation safe and to keep those out who will do us harm. ( applause )
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as promised, i directed the department of defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy isis, a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered muslims and cristians and men and women and children of all faiths and all beliefs. we will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the muslim world, to extinguish this violent enemy from our planet. ( applause ) i have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who summit iran's ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the staf
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israel. ( cheers and applause ) finally, i have kept my promise to appoint a justice to the united states supreme court from my list of 20 judges who will defend our constitution. ( applause ) i am greatly honored to have maureen scalia with us in the gallery tonight. ( applause )
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thank you, maureen. her late, great husband, antonin scalia, will forever be a symbol of american justice. to fill his seat, we have chosen judge neil gorsuch, a man of incredible skill and deep devotion to the law. he was confirmed unanimously by the court of appeals, and i am asking the senate to swiftly approve his nomination. ( applause ) tonight, as i outline the next
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we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we inherited. 94 million americans are out of the labor force. over 43 million people are now living in poverty. and over 43 million americans are on food stamps. more than one in five people in their prime working years are not working. we have the worst financial recovery in 65 years. in the last eight years, the past administration has put on more new debt than nearly all of the other presidents combined. we've lost more than one-fourth of our manufacturing jobs since nafta was approved, and we've lost 60,000 factories since china joined the world trade organization in 2001. our trade deficit in goods with the world last year was nearly $800 billion, and overseas, we have inherited a
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tragic foreign policy disasters. solving these and so many other pressing problems will require us to work past the differences of party. it will require us to tap into the american spirit that has overcome every challenge throughout our long and storied history. but to accomplish our goals at home and abroad, we must restart the engine of the american economy, mak making it easier fr companies to do business in the united states, and much, much harder for companies to leave our country. ( applause ) right now, american companies are taxed at one of the h
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my economic team is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone. ( applause ) it will be a big, big cut. at the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class. we must create a level playing field for american companies and our workers. have to do it. ( applause ) currently, when we ship products out of america, many other countries make us pay very high tariffs and taxes. but when foreign companies ship their products into america, we charge them nothing or almost nothing. i just met with officials and workers from a great american
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in fact, they proudly displayed five of their magnificent motorcycles made in the u.s.a., on the front lawn of the white house. ( applause ) and they wanted me to ride one, and i said, "no, thank you." ( laughter ) at our meeting, i asked them, "how are you doing? how is business?" they said that it's good. i asked them further, "how are you doing with other countries, mainly international sales?" they told me without even complaining because they have been so mistreat forward so long that they've become used to it, that it's very hard to do business with other countries because they tax our goods at such a high rate. they said that in the case of another country, they tax their motorcycles at 100%. ther
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change, but i am. ( applause ) vebelieve-- ( applause ) i believe strongly in free trade, but it also has to be fair trade. it's been a long time since we had fair trade. the first republican president, abraham lincoln, warned that the abandonment of the protective policy by the american government will produce wont and ruin among our people. lincoln was right, and it's time we heeded his advice and his words. ( applause ) i am not going to let america
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workers be taken advantage of us any longer. they have taken advantage of our country. no longer. ( applause ) i'm going to bring back millions of jobs, protecting our workers also means reforming our system of legal immigration. ( applause ) the current outdated system depresses wages for our poorest workers and puts great pressure .n taxpayers. nations around the world, like canada, australia, and many others, have a merit-based immigration system. ( applause ) it's a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves
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yet, in america, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon. according to the national academy of sciences, our current immigration system costs american taxpayers many billions of dollars a year. switching away from this current system of lower skilled immigration and instead adopght a merit-based system, we will have so many more benefits. it will save countless dollars, raise workers' wages, and help struggling families, including immigrant families, enter the middle class, and they will do it quickly, and they will be very, very happy, indeed. ( applause ) ivbelieve that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following
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jobs and wages for americans, to strengthen our nation's security, and to restore respect for our laws. if we are guided by the well-being of american citizens, then i believe republicans and democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades. ( applause ) another republican president, dwight d. eisenhower, initiated the last truly great national infrastructure program, the building of the interstate highway system. the time has come for a new program o
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( applause ) america has spent approximately $6 trillion in the middle east, all the while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. with this $6 trillion, we could have rebuilt our country twice, and maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate. ( applause ) lo launch our national rebuilding, i will be asking congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure of the united states financed through both public and private capital, creating millions o
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( applause ) thaefort will be guided by two core principles-- buy american and hire american. ( applause ) tonight i am also calling on this congress to repeal and replace obamacare. ( cheers and applause )
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with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care. ( applause ) mandating every american to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for our country. ( applause ) the way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we are going to do. ( applause ) obamacare, premiums nationwide, have
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triple digits. as an example, arizona went up 116% last year alone. governor matt bevin of kentucky, just said obamacare is failing in his state, the state of kentucky. and it's unsustainable and collapsing. one-third of the counties have only one insurer, and they're losing them fast. they are losing them so fast. they're leaving, and many americans have no choice at all. there's no choice left. remember, when you were told that you could keep your doctor and keep your plan. we now know that all of those promises have been totally broken. obamacare is collapsing, and we must act decisively to protect all americans. ( applause )
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action is not a choice. tais necessity. so i am calling on all democrats and republicans in congress to work with us to save americans from this imploding obamacare disaster. ( applause ) here are the principles that should guide congress as we move to create a better health care system for all americans. first, we should ensure that americans with preexisting conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for americans currently enrolled in the health care exchanges. ( applause )
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secondly, we should help americans purchase their own coverage through the use of tax credits and expanded health savings accounts. but it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by our government. ( applause ) thirdly, we should give our state governors the resources and flexibility they need with medicaid to make sure no one is left out. ( applause ) fourth, we should implement legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up the price
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to bring down the artificially high price of drugs, and bring them down immediately. ( applause ) and finally, the time has come to give americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines. ( applause ) which will create a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring costs way down and provide far better care. so important. everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. every problem can be solved.
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find healing and hope. our citizens deserve this, and so much more. so why not join forces and finally get the job done, and get it done right? ( applause ) on this and so many other things, teams and republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country and the good of the american people. ( applause ) my administrationments to work with members of both parties to make child care accessible and affordable,
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parents that they have paid family leave. ( applause ) to invest in women's health, and to promote clean air and clean water and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure. ( applause ) true love for our people requires us to find common ground, to advance the common good, and to cooperate on behalf of every american child who deserves a much brighter future. an incredible young woman is with us this evening who should serve as an inspiration to us
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all. today is rare disease day, and joining us in the gallery is a rare disease survivor. megan crowley. ( applause ) megan-- ( applause ) megan was diagnosed with pompe disease, a rare and serious illness, when she was 15 months old. she was not expected to live past five. on receiving this news, megan's dad, john, fought with everything he had to save the life of his precious child. he founded a company to look for
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a cure and helped develop the drug that saved megan's life. today, she is 20 years old and a sophomore at notre dame. ( applause ) megan's story is about the unbounded power of a father's love for a daughter. but our slow and burdensome approval process at the food and drug administration keeps too many advances, like the one that saved megan's life, from reaching those in need. if we slash the restraints, not just at the f.d.a., but across our government, then we will be blessed with far more miracles, juste
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in fact, our children will grow up in a nation of miracles. but to achieve this future, we must enrich the mind and the souls of every american child. education is the civil rights issue of our time. ( applause ) i am calling upon members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of african american and latino children. ( applause )
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these families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious, or home school that is right for them. ( applause ) joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman, denisha merriweather. as a young girl, denisha struggled in school and failed third grade twice. but then she was able to enroll in a private center for learning, great learning center, with the human of a tax credit and a scholarship program. today, she is the first in her family to graduate not just from high school but from college. later this year, she will get her master's degree in social work. we want all children to be able to break the cycle of poverty, just like denisha. ( applause )
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but to break the cycle of poverty, we must also break the cycle of violence. the murder rate in 2015 experienced its largest single-year increase in nearly half a century. in chicago, more than 4,000 people were shot last year alone. and the murder rate so far this year has been even higher. this is not acceptable in our society. ( applause )
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able to grow up in a safe community to, attend a great school, and to have access to a high-paying job. ( applause ) but to create this future, we must work with not against-- not against it's men and women of law enforcement. ( applause ) we must build bridges of cooperation and trust, not drive the wedge of disunity and, really, it's what it is, division. it's pure, unadultated division. we have to unify. police and sheriffs are members of our community. they're friends and neighbors.
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sons and daughters. and they leave behind loved ones every kay who worry about whether or not they'll come home safe and sound. we must support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. ( applause ) and we must support the victims of crime. i have ordered the department of homeland security to create an office to serve american victims. the office is called "voice": victims of immigration crime engagement. we are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media and silenced by special interests. joining us-- ( applause )
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joining us in the audience tonight are four very brave americans whose government failed them. their names are jamiel shaw, susan olger, jenna oliver, and jessica davis. jamiel's son was viciously murdered by an immigrant gang member who was just released from prison. jamiel shaw veteran was getting ready to go to chronicle where he would have excelled as a great college quarterback. but he never got the chance, his father, who is in the audience tonight, has become a very good friend of mine. jamiel, thank you. thank you.
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( applause ) also with us are susan oliver and jessica davis. their husbands, deputy sheriff danny oliver and detective michael davis were slain in the line of duty in california. they were pillars of their community. these brave men were viciously gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record and two prior deportations. should have never been in our country. sitting with susan is her daughter, jenna. jenna, i want you to know that your father was a hero, and that tonight, you have the love of an entire country supporting you and praying for you. ( applause )
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to jamiel, jenna, susan, and jessica, i want you to know that we will never stop fighting for justice. your loved ones will never, ever be forgotten. we will always honor their memory. ( applause ) finally, to keep america safe, we must provide the men and women of the united states military with the tools they need to prevent war, if they must, they have to fight, and they only have to win. ( applause )
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i am sending congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defense sequester... sequester... ( applause ) an and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spendi geending in american history. my budget will also increase funding for our veterans. our veterans have delivered for this nation, and now we must deliver for them. ( applause )
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the challenges we face as a nation are great. but our people are even greater. and none are greater or braver than those who fight for america in uniform. ( applause )
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we are blessed to be joined tonight by corinne owens, the widow of u.s. navy special operator, senior chief, william ryan owens. ryan died as he lived-- a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism, and securing our nation. ( applause ) i just spoke to our great general mattis just now who reconfirmed that-- and i quote-- "ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemy." ryan's legacy is etched into eternity. thank you. ( applause ) thank you.
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>> and ryan is looking down right now-- you know that-- and he's very happy because i think he just broke a record. ( applause ) for as the bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. ryan laid down his life for his frie f
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for our freedom. and we will never forget ryan. ( applause ) to those allies who wonder what kind of a friend america will be, look no further than the heroes who wear our uniform. our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust, and meaningful engagement with the world. it is american leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies all across the globe. we strongly support nato, an alliance forged through the bonds of two world wars that
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( applause ) and the cold war, and defeated communism. but our partners must meet their financial obligations, and now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that. in fact, i can tell you the money is pouring in. very nice. ( applause ) we expect our partners, whether in nato, the middle east, or in the pacific, to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost. have to do that. we
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institutions, but we will respect the foreign rights of all nations, and they have to respect our rights as a nation, also. ( applause ) free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people, and america respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. my job is not to represent the world. my job is to represent the united states of america. ( applause ) but we know that america is better off when there is less conflict, not more. we must learn from the
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of the past. we have seen the war and the destruction that have ravaged and raged throughout the world, all across the world. the only long-term solution for these humanitarian disasters, in many cases, is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long, long process of rebuilding. ( applause ) america is willing to find new friends and to forge new partnerships where shared interests align. we want harmony and stability, not war and conflict. we want peace wherever peace can be found. america is friends today with former enemies. some of our closest allies, decades ago, fought on the opposite side of these terrible, terrible
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faith in the possibilities for a better world. hopefully, the 250th year for america will see a world that is more peaceful, more just, and more free. on our 100th anniversary, in 1876, citizens from across our nation came to philadelphia to celebrate america's centennial. at that celebration, the country's builders and artists and inventors showed off their wonderful creations. alexander graham bell displayed his telephone for the first time. remington unveiled the first type writer. an early attempt was made at electric light. thomas edison showed an automatic telegraph and an electric pen. imagine the wonders our country could know in america's 250th year. ( applause )
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think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people-- cures to the illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope. american footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream. millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect. and streets where mothers are safe from fear, schools where children learn in peace, and jobs where americans prosper and grow are not too much to ask. ( applause ) when we have all of this, we will have made ameria
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than ever before for all americans. this is our vision. this is our mission. but we can only get there together. we are one people with one destiny. we all bleed the same blood. we all salute the same great american flag. and we all are made by the same god. ( applause ) when we fulfill this vision, when we celebrate our 250 years of glorious freedom, we will look back on tonight as when this new chapter of american greatness began.
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over. the time for trivial fights is behind us. we just need the courage to share the dreementz that fill our hearts. the bravery to express the hopes that sore our souls and the confidence to turn those hopes and those dreams into action. from now on, america will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears. inspired by the future, not bound by failures of the past. and guided by a vision, not blinded by our doubts. i am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the american spirit. i am asking all members of congress to join me in dreaming big and bold and daring things for our country. i am asking everyone watching tonight to seize
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believe in yourselves, believe in your future, and believe once more in america. thank you, god bless you, and god bless the united states. ( cheers and applause ) >> pelley: a profoundly different speech from the president. without anger or blame. after his inaugural address in january that spoke of shuttered factories scattered like tomb naones and american carnage, tonight's speech rested on words, including rebirth, hope, opportunity, and common good. also, the fewest personal pronouns of any trump speech we've ever heard, a speech more about "we" instead of a speech about "me."
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( applause ) norah, the moment when the widow of navy seal ryan owens, karen owens, was recognized by the president was one of the most moving of any address like this that i can ever remember. >> agreed. i mean, the most solemn responsibility of the commander in chief is to honor and to take care of veterans. and he did that tonight. and she was so visibly moved. she received a standing ovation by members of both parties. and it was-- it was a very nice moment to honor the loss of life and his sacrifice for our country in this way that was aimed at
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re it was just a very different speech for donald trump. he repeatedly reached across the aisle to democrats. and you mentioned it. he talked about unity. he said why not join forces to finally get it done? it's a speech like i've not heard from him before. >> pelley: john dickerson, this is a president who was elected by driving wedges, and tonight he said, "we must build bridges." >> he did, in fact, say that. and this was-- but this was an "america first" speech in a nicer package. there was not the burned out vision of america that you described accurately, scott, from that inaugural address. he talked about the things that as they would be better after things had gotten better in the places where he saw a difficulty in america. but if you think about the unity, there are still deep divisions among democrats. if you look-- let's just take immigration, for an example. there was talk today of potentially bipartisan agreement coming out of the white house. and then you saw in the s
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crimes that had been committed by immigrants. democrats will see that and they will say that is an attempt to make immigrants into kind of a violent group to be feared of, to be afraid of. and they will not see that as an extension of an olive branch as a precursor to a bipartisan agreement on immigration reform. so a lot of tone underneath this speech, talking about choice that he will make, say, for example, with his tax cuts. democrats will see that as tax cuts that go to the wealthy and not towards the middle class is, in policy terms, while he talked about unity, there was plent nethis speech for democrats, who will not unify around. >> pelley: gayle what, did you take from the speech tonight? >> i like what you said, scott, that it's a donald trump that we haven't seen before. it's the first time that i think we can recall in a long time that he didn't use the word "i"
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that it was very, very healing. and he said in the beginning that he was going to speak from his heart, and i certainly think he did that. the moment with the widow i thought,s, of course, was of the most emotional moment i have seen because her pain was palpable. when he said, listen, everything that's broken in this country can be fixed, and he proceeded to tick off all the things that can be fixed, that we are all the same, that we all bleed the same. and i really did feel he made an effort, like i've never seen donald trump before. he was talking to his base, but he was also appealing to people, e,thought, for the first time, that there is something here for all of us, and that we need to do this together. i haven't heard him speak that way before. >> and also using all the rhetorical and symbolic tools at your disposal. you can talk about patriotism, but when you show the widow of ryan owens, you can feel it. and in school choice, you can talk about it, but he had somebody in the audience he could refer to. so he was creating moments
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added an extra emotional punch to simple rhetoric. >> and even his delivery, i thought, was different tonight, the way he delivered the speech was different. >> pelley: now, republican pollster frank luntz is in los angeles tonight with a group of people who watchedlet president's address, along with the rest of us. frank, tell us a little bit about that, and let's hear about their reactions. >> well, we got 21 voters here, and this is reflective of the people who are probably watching. a couple more trump voters than clinton voters and one person didn't choose either of them. and the american people want to know what did you think? how many of you thought this speech was better than what you expected? raise your hands. okay. so he did well. what did he do well? you were pretty critical initially. what did he do well? >> i thought he presented a rational and a unifying message that was vastly different than the chaotic and infantile behavior he's exhibited over the last 30 days. >> what did he do well? >> i think he did reach out across party lines but i
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asking democrats to cave rather than to work together. >> did you get that impression. >> yes. >> no. >> he spoke of some of the democrat programs that they wanted and the republicans aren't going to be that crazy about it. and he reached across saying i'm willing to give you these programs. >> we saw there was a shot of nancy pelosi, where she wasn't going to applaud, no matter what he said. >> so you guys were actually watching who applauds. >> yes. >> yes. >> your reaction. >> my reaction is over the past 30 days, you have seen the president and his trolls just piss the hell out of a lot of people. >> and you, did it piss you off? >> he's pissed me off. but the key thing is, the speech was great. i want to see his walk in the next 90 days. >> we're going to get a chance to talk about this in a few minutes after the democratic response, we're going to come back to our ordinary americans and what they thought of the state of the union. back to you. >> pelley:
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americans, frank. thanks very much. still ahead, the democrats respond to the president's address. >> and we will have more political analysis as well right after this.
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yes to low fares with nothing to hide. that's transfarency. sfx: clap, clap, ding >> pelley: and we're back with cbs news coverage of the president's address, and very soon, the democratic response. scott pel wenorah adonnell, gayle king and john dickerson tonight. we also have our major garrett at the white house, who was listening in to the speech as we heard it unfold here tonight. major, your thoughts. >> reporter: having traveled the country and attended more than 75 trump rallies, scott, and everyone else on the panel, i can tell you my sense is trump supporters looking at this speech said to themselves in their living rooms or from wherever they were watching saying, "at
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voted for. that's what we wanted to see, someone who came to the rostrum and acted and sounded like a change agent, who talked about america and the centrality of the american experience and defending that experience and those aspirations as kefind by trump in the campaign and set before congress, according to his agenda." my sense is trump supporters looked at that speech and said to themselves, "yes, that's what we voted for." >> all right, major, thank you. it is long-standing cbs news policy to present the opposition party's response to a presidential address, and the democrats have chosen an elder statesman to speak for them. steve beshear served as governor of the commonwealth for kentucky for eight years. he was a strong supporter of obamacare, helping to implement it. we'll hear from him after this. >> i'm steve beshear. i was governor of ken tuck fre2007-2015. now, i'm a private citizen. i'm here in lexington, kentucky, some 400 miles from
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at a diner with some neighbors, democrats and republicans, where we just watched the president's address. i'm a proud democrat, but first and foremost, i'm a proud republican and democrat and mostly american. and like many of you, i am worried about the future of this nation. look, i grew up in kentucky in a small town called dawson springs. my dad and granddad were baptist preachers. my family owned a funeral home. and my wife, jane, and i, have been married for almost 50 years. i became governor at the start of the global recession, and after eight years, we left things a lot better than we found them. by being fiscally responsible-- i even cut my own pay-- we balanced our budget and turned deficits into surpluses without raising taxes. we cut our unemployment rate in half. we made huge gains in high
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found health coverage for over half a million kentuckians. we did that through trust and mutual respect. i listened, and i built partnerships with business leaders and with republicans in our legislature. we put people first and politics second. the america i love allowed a small-town preacher's kid to be elected governor. and it taught me to embrace people who are different from me, not vilify them. the america i love has always been about looking forward, not backward. about working together to find solutions, regardless of party. instead of allowing our differences to divide us and hold us back. and we democrats are committed to creating the opportunity for every american to succeed by growing our economy with good-paying jobs, educating and training our people
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those jobs, giving our businesses the freedom to innovate, keeping our country safe, and providing health care that families can afford and rely on. mr. president, as a candidate, you promised to be a champion for families struggling to make ends meet, and i hope you live up to that promise. but one of your very first executive orders makes it harder for those families to even afford a mortgage. then you started rolling back rules that provide oversight of the financial industry, and safeguard us against another national economic meltdown. and you picked a cabinet of billionaires, and wall street insiders, who want to eviscerate the protections that most americans count on and that help level the playing field. that's not being our champion. that's being wall street's champion. and even more troubling, you and
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congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of americans who most need it. does the affordable care act need some repair? sure it does. but so far, every republican idea to replace the affordable care act would reduce the number of americans covered, despite your promises to the contrary. mr. president, folks here in kentucky expect you to keep your word because this isn't a game. it's life and death. for people. these ideas promise access to care, but deny the importance of making care affordable and effective. they would charge families more for fewer benefits and put the insurance companies back in control. behind these ideas is the belief that folks at the lower end of the economic ladder just
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deserve health care, that it's somehow their fault that their employer doesn't offer insurance or that they can't afford to buy expensive health plans. but just who are these 22 million americans, including 500,000 people right here in kentucky who now have health care that didn't have it before? look, they're not aliens from some distant planet. they're our friends and our neighbors. we sit in the bleachers with them on friday night. we worship in the pews with them on sunday morning. they're farmers, restaurant workers, part-time teachers, strses' aids, construction workers, and entrepreneurs working at high-tech start-ups. and before the affordable care act, they woke up every morning and went to work, just hoping and praying they wouldn't get sick because they knew that they were just one bad diagnosis
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you know, in 2010, this country made a commitment that every american deserved health care they could afford and rely on. and we democrats are going to do everything in our power to keep president trump and the republican congress from reneging on that commitment. but we're going to need your help by speaking out. another commitment now being tested is to our national security. look, make no mistake-- i'm a military veteran myself. and i know that protecting america is a president's highest duty. yet, president trump is ignoring serious threats to our national security from russia, who is not our friend, while alienating our allies who fought with us side by side and are our friends in a dangerous world. ans approach makes us less safe
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freedom-loving american. instead, president trump has all but declared war on refugees and immigrants. look, the president can and should enforce our immigration laws, but we can protect america without abandoning our principles and our moral obligation to help those fleeing war and terror, without tearing families apart, and without needlessly jeopardizing our military men and women fighting overseas. you know, another republican president, ronald reagan, once side, "in america, our origins matter less than our destination." and that is what democracy is all about. president trump also needs to understand that people may disagree with him from time to time, but that doesn't make them his
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loyalty and credibility of our intelligence agencies, the court system, the military, the free press, individual americans, simply because he doesn't like what they say, he's eroding our democracy, and that's reckless. real leaders don't spread derision and division. real leaders strengthen. they unify. they partner. and they offer real solutions instead of ultimatums and blame. look, i may be old fashioned, but i still believe that dignity, compassion, honesty, and accountability are basic american values. and as a democrat, i believe that if you work hard, you deserve the opportunity to realize the american dream. dream, regardless of whether you're a coal miner in kentucky, a teacher in rhode island,
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software engineer san antonio. our political system is broken. it's broken because too many of our leaders think it's all about them. they need to remember that they work for us. and helping us is their work. kentucky made real progress while i was governor because we were motivated by one thing-- helping families. democrats are trying to bring that same focus back to washington, d.c. americans are a diverse people, and we may disagree on a lot of things, but we've always come together when we remember that we are one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. thank you. >> pelley: former kentucky governor steve beshear with the democr r
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trump's speech tonight. norah, you were making an interesting point as we were watching. >> usually they give this spot to a rising star in the democratic party. instead they gave it to ritireee-- >> in a diner. >> which may say something about the state of the democratic party. or usually this forum is one that has been difficult for anybody, democrat or republican, to do well in. >> pelley: what we saw, john dickerson, is the setup story fe great battle that is about to happen, repealing the ferlazzo care act. >> and that's probably where the next rising star in the democratic party is found. what's interesting to me about president trump is this was an evolution from certainly the inaugural address in terms of all the same themes at the heart of it, but a kinder package, less confrontational, but is


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