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  President Trump on National Security Strategy  CSPAN  December 18, 2017 1:59pm-2:36pm EST

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departments or police, then i think you have to take some kind of remedial action to remedy that, but it should be an ambulance service, not a transportation system. that's what we have done. it is now morphed into a whole transportation system and so, as aha h consequence, the gains of the civil right movement that i fought hard for have been perverted and hijacked by people who are using it as a bludgeon against those who cry racism at every turn. >> give us a quic quick example where you say it's being used.e >> in our education system, the obama administration in 2014 decided there is a disparity in the number of a black chair children who are suspended from schools. it's three times in whites and asians. >> we leave this now to take you back to the reagan
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building in washington d.c. from an announcement by president trump. first remarks by vice president mike pence. [applause] >> thank you. secretary mattis, secretary tillerson, members of the cabinet, members of congress. members of the armed forces and law enforcement community from across this country, good afternoon. thank you all for being here. as president, donald trump articulates his vision to put the national security of america first. higher priority than the safety and security of the american people. since the outset of our ministration he has worked tirelessly to make america stronger and safer than ever before. president trump knows that americans strength and security depends on a vibrant and growing economy. that's why this president has champion free and fair trade. he has rolled back federal red
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tape in record number. he unleashed american energy and under his leadership, this week, congress will pass the largest tax cut in american history. and illegal crossings at our southern border are already down by more than 50%. under present leadership we are also rebuilding our military and making the strongest fighting force in history stronger still. the president has already signed the largest increase in defense spending in nearly one decade and just last week president donald trump signed into law one of the largest investments in our national defense since the days of ronald reagan. [applause] with renewed american leadership
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we are achieving real results on the international stage. our nato allies are paying more toward our common defense, north korea is isolated as never before. this president has put iran on notice that is the war in afghanistan on a path to victory. thanks to the leadership of our commander-in-chief and the courage of our armed forces isis is on the run, their capital has fallen, in their so-called caliphate has crumbled across the area and iraq. [applause] in less than one year president trump has made enormous progress to promote peace through american strength in today president trump will take another crucial step to ensure the safety and security of our country far into the future as he announces to the american people into our allies and adversaries across the wider world, a national security strategy to put america first. so with gratitude for his unwavering commitment to make america safe again it is now my
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high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to you the 4025th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. log[applause] >> thank you very much. thank you. please. i want to thank the vice-president pence along with the many members of my cabinet here with us today. i also want to thank all the dedicated professionals, military, civilian and lawn went
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who devote their lives to serving our nation and in particular i want to recognize general dunford and the members of the joint chief of staff, thank you. [applause] in addition we are honored to be joined by house majority leader kevin mccarthy, homeland security chairman, mike mccall, and senate majority whip john cornyn. thank you very much. thank you for being here. [applause] let me begin by expressing our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers for the victims of the train derailment in washington state. we are closely monitoring the situation in coordinating with local authorities. it is all the more reason why we
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must start immediately fixing the infrastructure of the united states. we are here today to discuss matters of vital importance to us all, america's security, prosperity and standing in the world. i want to talk about where we have been, where we are now and finally, our strategy for where we are going in the years ahead. over the past 11 months i have traveled tens of thousands of miles to visit 13 countries. i met with more than 100 world leaders. i have carried america's message to a grand hall in saudi arabia, a great where in warsaw, general assembly of the united nations and to the seed of democracy under the korean peninsula. everywhere i traveled it was my highest privilege and greatest honor to represent the american people.
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throughout our history the american people have always been the true source of american greatness. our people have promoted our culture in promoted our values. americans have fought and sacrificed on the battlefield all over the world. we have liberated captive nations, transformed former enemies in the best of friends, and lifted entire regions of the planet from poverty to prosperity. because of our people america has been among the greatest forces for peace and justice in history of the world. the american people are genero generous. you're determined. you're brave. you are strong in your wise. when the american people speak all of us should listen. just over one year ago you spoke loud and you spoke clear. on november 8, 2016 you voted to
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make america great again. [applause] you embraced new leadership in very new strategies and a glorious new hope. that is why we are here today but to seize the opportunities of the future we must first understand the failures of the past. for many years our citizens watched as washington politicians presided over one disappointment after another. too many of our leaders, so many, got his voices they were to respect and his interest they were supposed to defend. our leaders in washington negotiated disastrous trade
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deals that brought massive profits to many foreign nations but sent thousands of american factories and millions of american jobs to those other countries. our leaders engaged in nationbuilding abroad while they failed to build up and replenish our nation. they undercut in short changed our men and women in uniform. with inadequate resources, unstable funding and unclear missions they failed to assist that are often very wealthy allies pay their fair share for defense putting a massive and unfair burden on the us taxpayer and our great us military. they neglected a nuclear medicine north korea. made a disastrous week and
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incomprehensible bad deals with iran and allowed terrorists such as isis to gain control of vast parts of territory all across the middle east. they put american injured energy under lock and key. they imposed punishing regulation in crippling taxes. they surrendered our sovereignty to form bureaucrats in faraway and distant capitals and over the found objections of the american people our politicians left our borders wide open. many of immigrants entered illegally and millions more were admitted into our country without the proper vetting needed to protect our security and our economy. leaders in washington imposed on
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the country and immigration policy that americans never voted for, never asked for and never approved. a policy where the wrong people are allowed in the country and the right people are rejected. american citizens as usual have been left to bear the cost in to pick up the tab. on top of everything else our leaders drifted from american principles. they lost sight of america's destiny and they lost their belief in american greatness. as a result, our citizens lost something as well. the people lost confidence in their government and eventually lost confidence in their future. last year all of that began to change. the american people rejected the failures of the past and you
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rediscovered your voice and reclaimed ownership of this nation and its destiny. on january 20, 2017 i stood on the steps of the capital to herald the day the people became the ruler's other nation again. [applause] now less than one year later i am proud to report that the entire world has heard the news and has already seen the signs. america is coming back and america is coming back strong. upon my inauguration i announced that the united states would return to a simple principle, the first duty of government, is
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to serve its citizens. many of whom have been forgotten but they are not forgotten anymore. every decision in every action we are now putting america first. we are rebuilding our nation, our confidence and our standing in the world. we have moved swiftly to confront our challenges and we confronted them head-on. we are once again investing in our defense, almost $700 billion, a record this coming year. we are demanding extraordinary strength which will hopefully lead to long and extraordinary piece. we are giving our courageous military men and women the support they need and so dearly deserve. we have withdrawn the united states from job killing deals such as the transpacific partnership and the very
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expensive and unfair paris climate accord. during our trip to asia last month i announced that we will no longer tolerate trading abuse. we have established strict new bedding procedures to keep terrorists out of the united states and are betting is getting tougher each month. to counter iran and block its path to a nuclear weapon i sanctioned the islamic revolutionary guard corps for its support of terrorism and i declined to certify the iran deal to congress. following my trip to the middle east, the gulf states and other muslim majority nations join together to fight radical islamist ideology and terrorist financing. we have dealt isis one devastating defeat after another the coalition to defeat isis has now recaptured almost one 100%
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of the land once held by these terrorists in iraq and in syria. great job. [applause] really good. great job. thank you. thank you. we have great military and we are now chasing them wherever they see and we will not let them into the united states. in afghanistan our trips are no longer undermined by under artificial timelines and we no longer tell our enemies of our plans. we are beginning to see results on the battlefield and we have made clear to pakistan that while we desire continued partnership we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory.
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we make massive payments every year to pakistan. they have to help. our efforts to strengthen the nato alliance set the stage for significant increases in member contributions with tens of billions of dollars more pouring in because i would not allow member states to be delinquent in the payment while we guarantee their safety and are willing to fight wars for them. we have made clear that countries that are immensely wealthy to reimburse the united states the cost of defending them. this is a major departure from the past but a fair and necessary one. necessary for our country. necessary for our taxpayer. necessary for our own thought process. our campaign of maximum pressure on the north korean regime has
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resulted in the toughest ever sanctions. we have united our allies in an unprecedented effort to isolate north korea. however, there is much more work to do. america and its allies will take all necessary steps to achieve a denuclearization in ensure this regime will not threaten the world. [applause] this situation should have been taken care of long before i got into office when it was much easier to handle. it will be taken care of. we have no choice. at home we are keeping our
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promises and liberating the american economy. we've created more than 2 million jobs since the election. unemployment is at a 17 year low. the stock market is at an all-time high and just a little while ago hit yet another all-time high. the 80th time since my election. [applause] we cut 22 regulations with everyone knew regulation, the most in the history of our country. we unlocked america's vast energy resources as the world watches in the world is indeed watching. we are days away from passing historic tax cuts for american families and businesses. it will be the biggest tax cut in tax reform in the history of our country. [applause] thank you.
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thank you. we are seeing the response we fully expected. economic growth has stopped 3% for two quarters of the road. gdp growth, which is way ahead of schedule under my administration, will be one of america's truly greatest weapo weapons. optimism has surged, competence has returned. with this new confidence we are also bringing back clarity to our thinking and we are reasserting these fundamental proofs. a nation without borders is not a nation. [applause] a nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad. a nation that is not prepared to win a war is a nation not
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capable of preventing a war. a nation that is not proud of its history cannot become evident in its future and a nation that is not certain of its values cannot summon the will to defend them. today, rounded in these truths we are presenting to the world our new national security strategy. based on my direction this document has been in development for over one year. it has the endorsement of my entire cabinet. our new strategy is based on a principle realism guided by our vital national interest in rooted in our timeless values. the strategy recognizes that whether we like it or not we are engaged in a new era of
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competition. we accept that vigorous military economic and political contests are now playing out all around the world. we face rogue regimes that threaten the united states and her allies. we faced terrorist organizatio organizations, transnational criminal networks and others who spread violence and evil around the globe. we also face rival powers, russia and china, that seek to challenge american influence, values and wealth. we will attempt to build a great partnership with those in other countries but in a manner that always protects our national interests. as an example, yesterday i received a call from president putin of russia thanking our country for the intelligence that are cia was able to provide them concerning a major terrorist attack planned in
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st. petersburg where many people perhaps in the thousands who have been killed. they were able to apprehend these terrorists before the event with no loss of life and that is a great thing and the way it is supposed to work. that is the way it is supposed to work. but while we seek such opportunities of cooperation we will stand up for ourselves and we will stand up for our country like we have never stood up before. [applause] thank you. we know american success is not a foregone confusion. it must be earned and it must be one. our rivals are tough.
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they are tenaciously committed to the long-term. but so are we. to succeed we must integrate every dimension of our national strength and we must compete with every instrument of our national power. under the trump administration of america is gaining wealth, leading to enhanced power faster than anyone thought with $6 trillion more in the stock market alone since the election. $6 trillion. with the strategy i am announcing today we are declaring that america is in the game in america is going to win. our strategy, thank you. [applause] our strategy is for vital natural interest. first, we must protect the american people, the homeland in
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our great american way of life. this strategy recognizes that we cannot secure our nation if we do not secure our borders. so for the first time ever american strategy now includes a serious plan to defend our homeland. it calls for the construction of a wall on our southern border, ending chain migration and the horrible visa and lottery programs, closing loopholes that undermine enforcement and strongly supporting our border patrol agents, ice officers and homeland security personnel. [applause] in addition, our strategy calls for us to confront, discredit and defeat islamic terrorism and
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ideology. and to prevent it from spreading into the united states. we will develop new ways of countering those and we will use new domains such as cyber and social media to attack our nation or threaten our society. the second pillar of our strategy is to promote american prosperity. for the first time american strategy recognizes that economic security is national security. economic vitality, growth and prosperity at home is absolutely necessary for american power and influence abroad. any nation that trades away it's prosperity for security will end up losing both. that is why this national security strategy emphasizes more than ever before the critical steps we much take to ensure the prosperity of our nation to a long, long time to
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come. it calls for cutting taxes and rolling back unnecessary regulations. it calls for trade based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity. it calls for firm action against unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft. and it calls for new steps to protect our national security industrial and innovation base. the strategy proposes a complete rebuilding of american infrastructure, roads, bridges, airports, waterways and communications infrastructure. it embraces a future of american energy dominance and self-sufficiency. the third pillar of our strategy is to preserve peace through strength. [applause]
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we recognize that weakness is the surest path to conflict and unrivaled power is the most certain means of defense. for this reason our strategy breaks from the damaging defense sequester. we will get rid of that. [applause] it calls for a total modernization of the military and reversing previous decisions to shrink our armed forces even as threats to national security. it calls for streamlining acquisition, getting rid of bloated bureaucracy and massively building up our military which has the fundamental side benefit of creating millions and millions of jobs.
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this strategy includes plans to counter modern threats, shut cyber and electromagnetic panic attacks and it recognizes the space as a competitive domain calls for multilayered missile-defense. [applause] this strategy outlines important steps to address new forms of conflict, such as economic and political aggression. our strategy sizes strengthening alliances to cope with these threats. it recognizes that our strength is magnified by allies who share principles and our principles and shoulder their fair share of responsibility for our common security.
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fourth and finally our strategy is to advance american influence in the world. this begins with building up our wealth and power at home. america will lead again. we do not seek to oppose our way of life on anyone but we will champion the values without apology. we want strong alliances and partnerships based on cooperation and reciprocity. we will make the partnerships with those who share our goals. we will make common interests into a common cause. we will not allow inflexible ideology to become an obsolete obstacle to peace. we will pursue the vision we have carried around the world over this past year, a vision of strong, sovereign independent nations that respect their citizens in respect their
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neighbors. nations that thrive in commerce in preparation rooted in their histories and branching out toward their destinations. that is the future we wish for this world and that is the future we seek in america. [applause] with the strategy we are calling for a great reawakening of america. a resurgence of confidence in the rebirth of patriotism, prosperity and pride. we are returning to the wisdom of our founders. in america the people govern, the people rule and the people are sovereign. what we have built here in america is precious and unique. in all of history never before
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has freedom rained, the rule of law prevailed, and the people thrived as we have here for nearly 250 years. we must love and defendant. we must guard it with vigilance and spirit and if necessary, like so many before us, with our very lives. we declare that our will is renewed. our future is regained and our dreams are restored. every american has the role to play in this grand national effort. today i ask each citizen to take their part in our vital mission. together our task is to strengthen our families, to build up our communities, to serve our citizens, and to celebrate american greatness as a shining example to the world
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as long as we are proud and very proud of who we are, how we got here and what we are fighting for to preserve we will not fail. if we do all of this and we rediscover our resolve and commit our cells to compete in win again then together we will leave our children and our grandchildren a nation that is stronger, better, freer, powder and yes, in america that is greater then ever before. god bless you. thank you very much. [applause] ♪
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>> and a little later on c-span3 today the house rules committee takes up the gop tax bill and another bill to make changes to the dodd frank financial regulations law. that starts at 5:00 p.m. eastern. we have relied on c-span3. >> tonight on "the communicators", brian a song of "the washington post" and margaret harding mcgill with politico talk about the sec's about overturning net neutrality. >> the question here is whether or not the rules that were put in place in 2015 are appropriate for this new era and in some ways by lowering them back whether were going to see or whether or not the new rules
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that we will be living under our actually appropriate for the moment we are limited. >> tech companies are concerned about having to pay to reach consumers. that's a pretty big fear especially, not so much the bigger guys have the money and could pay but some of the smaller websites. read it, those guys who say we have to pay a toll to reach consumers that's going to hurt us and we can't afford to do that. >> watch "the communicators", tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span2. >> the european parliament met last week after president trump announced his decision to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. the eu's high representative for foreign policy says jerusalem is the capital of both israel and palestine. this is one hour and ten minutes.
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>> dear brothers and sisters, good afternoon to all of you. allow me on the onset to extend my sincere thanks and highest esteem to his excellency. [speaking in native tongue] [speaking in native tongue]
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>> in terms of condemning the decision of the american administration to recognize as the capital of israel into transfer it's embassy to it. there is one 100% consensus on this event and it is against all the resolutions of international legality and the resolutions of the security council of the united nations. this is a unilateral, single decision that will not change anything on the ground. this is the broad line of the deliberations t