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[applause] >> so let me ask you because when my great frustrations of watching how this played out and imagine the same is true a lot of people in the room today is republicans had unified control of government and washington, d.c. and if i'm not mistaken, for two years. >> yes. >> how was that we only came focused on achieving one of the presidents signature promises when nancy pelosi was becoming speaker of the house? what happened in the prior two years that there wasn't funding on the barrier? [applause] >> it is a very good question. let me say both good and bad. let's start with the good. i do think with the republican president, republican majorities in both houses, i think we won some big, big victories the last two years. we shouldn't lose sight of those. we passed and a stored tax cut,
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the biggest tax cut of a generation -- historic tax cut. that include repealing the obamacare individual mandate. [applause] we have repealed regulations and where think the -- seeing the lowest unemployment in 50 years, seeing wages going up. we are seeing the lowest african-american unemployment that is ever been recorded. we are seeing the lowest hispanic an opponent that is ever been recorded which is why the mainstream media will not cover the facts at all. >> answer the question. >> i'm getting there. as a said there's good and bad. want to talk about the good first. we've also seen strong constitutionalist judges confirmed on foreign policy we are in the middle of the biggest military rebuild since ronald reagan. we've moved our embassy to jerusalem and we pulled out of the iranian nuclear deal.
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[applause] those are big, big victories and they are victories that as conservatives we should be grateful we were able to deliver on. now, you ask quite rightly why didn't we finished the job on immigration? why did we build the wall? white didn't we deliver more promises? i agree with you. we should have done much, much more. and i can tell you, last summer starting in august i i did a lg presentation to senate republicans that said look, if you look at history, unified control of the federal government both houses of congress and the presidency, it's exceptionally rare for republicans. it has happened a total of eight years since world war ii. and i sit idle and recognizes there's a real chance we're going to lose a least one house of congress in november. if that's true i think at the time there were 183 days to go, and i entitled the presentation carpe diem, seize the day. if we wanted 83 days left to
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legislate, let's do that. what i urged is let's use vehicles that the democrats can't filibuster. in particular let's use something called budget reconciliation which you know y'all remember was the vehicle we passed the tax cut on in 2017. what matters about reconciliation is it is immune from filibusters so you can pass legislation of the democrats can't stop it. what i urge my colleagues and urged the president and urge the vice president and i urge the administration let's take up a budget reconciliation and look to build the wall, let's fund the wall, let's get it done. and i want to just to imagine if they had taken that advice, if we had had that fight and you would see elizabeth warren screening on the senate floor to stop it, bernie sanders bolden will do hair he has out of his head, in september or october of it would've would of coleman wh republican standing together funding and building the wall i'll tell you right now i don't
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think we would've lost the house of representatives. [applause] >> let's dig deeper because i talked about how in the mortified it's also foundational issues surfaced. and i think one is that is the deepest year is a question whether we should have borders and the question of the legitimacy of the nation, and the nationstate, and of nationalism. this kind of a loose notion out there, nationalism is something the prussians came up with, these thugs. really in the western world the foundational nation, when we think about this was ancient israel. god says to abraham i will make of thee a a great nation. and he does. you read the numbers there's an enormous passage workout sets up the borders of israel by keyser surveyor, going to karen visio, down here, go over here.
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what's so amazing about this story, there will be distinct people with a distinct territory and they never give up that idea of a nation know matter what tragedies and catastrophes befall them. you have jews revolted against rome to reestablish their nation. amazingly two millennials later to do succeed in reestablishing their nation and in 1982 menachem begin, prime minister of israel, they find the phones at some of the jewish rebels of the last revolt against the romans indicate. the excavated these. they bear them with military honors and menachem begin says their fathers, we here in this place and we will never leave ever again. in a nutshell, that is nationalism. that is concerned for your own nation and i'm curious how you think about this issue that donald trump is brought to the fore, hugely controversial, he's been criticized by the great and
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good all over the world including the president of france saying there something wrong with this attitude towards the nation. >> you know, the very opening words of the movie the godfather are -- >> i know it was you. >> a little bit later. >> the opening words are i believe in america. let me tell you, look, i believe in america. and one of the things that drives the media and drives the far left crazy about president trump is that is willing to actually stand up and defend america. [applause] there are many pathologies that afflict the left but one of them is a fundamental embarrassment
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about america's greatness. you saw that with obama. you saw when he started his presidency going on a worldwide apology to her, where those on the left are embarrassed. they are embarrassed about our prosperity. they are embarrassed about africa. we saw it manifest just this week. if any of the all happen to see it in a really idiotic rant, you're wondering who because there are a lot of people who could have made that, at this particular one was belmar. and bill bill barr had this rat about he said red states want to be blue states. we are the cool people and they want to be just like us. now, let me point out it was precisely that arrogant condescending smug superiority that is why hillary clinton lost to donald trump in 2016. [applause]
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and if you desire to lead interacting with your fellow citizens saying you guys are a bunch of dumb ignorant people who need to shut up and listen to me is perhaps not the best message. i'll also say as a texan i can say authoritatively notetaking has ever decide to be from any other state in the country or the history of the universe. [applause] >> in fact, people from the blue state california are moving. >> in vast numbers. by the way the blue states with high taxes, high regulations, their people are fleeing because they don't have jobs. we saw look, when new york chased amazon out because a bunch of new york socialists said, by the way, let's pause for a second or what on earth was amazon doing? what you want to base a second course? i know, new york city.
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you almost deserve what happened to you if you go into that willingly going okay, there are a bunch of crazy socialists, let's go there. what do you think it he will do when we get there? >> you had have to focus on asc said the $3 billion windfall that will accrue tenure from chasing at amazon. you can decommission a lot of cows with the kind of money. >> magic money. by the way let me say i support cows. i hope to see -- now that the democrats want to support all the cows. >> but when it comes to defending america, who we are -- look, look, we're in nation of immigrants. my dad came to america with nothing. you come because you want to believe and you want to be part of, you want to be an american and a chili being the child of an immigrant makes you love and
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value and cherish the incredible freedom that is of this country. [applause] >> with time for just one last question and obviously we're all getting up for 2020. it will be an absolute roar. you had a really tough race in 2018, unexpectedly in a lot of ways. how is what happened in texas in 2018 a preview for what we might see nationally in 2020? >> well look, i think a foreshadow what we will see across the country. in texas in my reelection campaign we solve the other side, they raise over $80 million. the outraised us three to one. it became the most expensive senate race in hard money in the history of the united states. now, what does it mean to be outspent three to one? it means, for example, our campaign had a total of 18 big campaign staffers.
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beta of works campaign at 805. that's the differential we saw on the ground up with the democrats managed to do in texas, the increased democratic turnout more than 100%. it went from in 2014 the last cycle election, it was 1.8 million. they raised at all the way to 4 million. now, fortunately we turn out for .2 billion republicans. that was all margin of victory. what is the lesson for 2020? we are going to see the left turn out in massive numbers. they're going to flood cash. differential be the battle for the country. so let me just closed by saying the men and women of cpac, the young people cpac, it's going to take everyone of you speaking out, volunteering, energizing, giving money, using your voice because we are going to see a crazed assault on the left, more
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>> [inaudible conversations] >> cpac proves once again matched lapis not afraid controversy and it seems i made an on-screen appearance at this year's conference. >> breaking news for donald trump directed into the content. but that so-called news wasn't true here i just hope my hair
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looks good. did i look good? >> show me a democratic at on russian clue to get it. the americans were over this. there is the case. the democrats going after brett kavanaugh. >> it's all one after the other perfectly timed. that is strange. >> that's outrageous. >> different cabinet secretaries were of removing the president of the trend from office. this is a disgusting abuse of power. let me agree can we get it at the same volume. i think -- >> am i talking too loud? >> i know matt like street the world that is a fictional. >> i did not. >> i find that the silliest
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argument i've ever heard. >> the president is -- >> no. you have to own it yourself. you have to own your own -- >> you are at the seller. >> matt schlapp, i'm going to have to leave it there. thank you very much. >> the act like they are the truth tellers. when you're trying to get information or pass it back to the united states. was you do those three things? >> hey, matt -- let's do it. a, matt, this is what blows my mind. as you know i ask the questions of you. >> call it out. >> what i'm asking you is -- >> will you call it out? >> not, i asked the questions. >> your something you said on lou dobbs we also wanted to press you on. >> do you watch lou dobbs? this is good.
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>> i do not support -- >> can i talk? >> no. i think the large issue here is the fear mongering. the fear mongering. >> there is no fear mongering. if there are 4000 people try to come to our country illegally or not, is that you? >> i don't know. >> why am i on your show? >> if we can't talk to each other on these platforms, our democracy is doomed.
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[applause] that was fun. all right. that puts me in a good mood. do you even know that's going on on your television sets? i don't know, are you watching any of that? we are so over joyed you all here. just look around this room, standing room only once again. and you know we're making history right here right now. as you see we have three satellite cpac sites in colorado, in california and in virginia. because this room is simply not big enough to hold all the people that want to be part of this movement. we have millions of people around the globe who are watching us at this very moment
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where, for the first time ever, both the president and a vice president comes to cpac in three consecutive years to thank all of you. [applause] and why is that? it truly not a secret. you're the heart and soul of this movement. [applause] and you all know mike pence. in mike pence we have a steady, tested and committed vice president. [applause] long before donald trump saw his value and experience, we all
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knew his true character. his commitment to conservative principles earned him a nearly perfect congressional voting record the american conservative union. [applause] he's a man of deep faith committed to his family. he's always been in our corner, and we are proud to have him back. [applause] and that commitment extends to his exceptional wife, karen pence. [applause] and we are honored to have her join her husband here today. she is a mom, she's a wife, and she's a teacher, and we love or second lady. [applause] now, i'm going to do a small
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commercial. i hope you've all got a copy of our most recent book, reagan and cpac. and in that book the vice president offers a chapter. the vice president writes that it was ronald reagan who first brought me into the conservative movement for you to go. ronald reagan is to make an impact on people today. [applause] the vice president goes on to say in this chapter that the smart set in washington mocked and dismissed reagan. i i guess reagan might've been e first deplorable. i have to say that i literally god that when america's purpose in future hangs in the balance we have bold leaders like our vice president. [applause]
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and he honors all of us with his presence. so at this moment i get the privilege to introduce to you the vice president of the united states, mike pence, and karen pence. [applause] ♪ ♪ [applause] ♪
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♪ [cheers and applause] >> well, thank you, matt. and hello, cpac. [applause] it is great for us to be back
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cpac 2019, the largest gathering of conservatives anywhere in america. [applause] thanks for coming out. i'm honored to be joined here by thousands of conservatives in our nation's capital, but i also want to give a shout out to all those great conservatives watching across this country, especially all of our friends joining us live from lynchburg, virginia, at liberty university. i'll see you in may. [applause]
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and to all of them and to all of you, i bring greetings from a friend of mine. a man who restores american leadership at home and abroad and the man who can't wait to be with you tomorrow. i bring greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [applause] you know, it's the greatest honor of my life to serve as vice president. your president who gets up every day and fights to keep the promises they made to the american people. i mean think about it. this president promised to get this economy moving again.
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and what with republican majorities in the congress and our first is president trump has cut more federal red tape than any president in american history. [applause] we have unleashed american energy, and now the united states is a largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world. [applause] under the president's strong leadership we forge new trade deals that finally put american jobs and american workers first, and with the support of this generation of conservatives president trump signed the largest tax cuts and tax reform in american history. that's promises made and promises kept. [applause]
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we cut taxes across the board for working americans, for american businesses, and we cut out the core of obamacare, the individual mandate is gone. [applause] and the results have been amazing. as i stand before you today, the american economy is booming. in just over two years businesses large and small have created 5.3 million new jobs, including over 480,000 good paying manufacturing jobs that the other side said would never come back. [applause] unemployment has hit a 50 year low and more americans are working today than ever before in the history of this country.
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the unemployment rate for women has hit a 55 year low and the unemployment rate for asian americans, hispanic americans and african americans has reached the lowest level ever recorded in american history. [applause] and the wages of working americans are rising at a faster pace than they have in more than a decade. under president donald trump, working americans are winning again here the forgotten men and women of america are forgotten no more. [applause] everywhere you look, confidence is back, jobs are coming back.
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in a word, america is back and we are just getting started. [applause] but for all the progress we have made, president trump has no higher priority than safety and security of the american people, and from the first days of this administration this president has worked to make the strongest military in the history of the world, stronger steel. and last year president trump signed the largest investment in our national defense since the days of ronald reagan. [applause] we're modernizing our nuclear arsenal, updating missile defense. before the year is out president trump will launch the sixth branch of our armed forces, the united states space force.
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[applause] under this commander in chief will make sure that america is as dominant in space as we are on land and air and sea. so we read building our military, restoring the arsenal of democracy and where once again giving our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines and coast guard the resources they need to accomplish their mission and come home safe. [applause] and were also standing with our veterans and all the men and women who have worn the uniform of the united states and we restore accountability to the v.a. we are finally getting our heroes access to the world-class healthcare that they earned in
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the uniform of the united states. veterans choice is here. [applause] and in this administration we are also standing every day with the brave men and women of law enforcement, and we've been giving all those who stand on the thin blue line the resources and the respect that they deserve every single day. [applause] and that includes the courageous men and women of customs and border protection who put their
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lives on the line every single day under this president and this administration we will never abolish i.c.e. [applause] you know, as a president has said many times, if you have border, you don't have country. since day one of our administration we've been working to remove dangerous criminals from our streets in record numbers, enforcing our immigration laws and working to secure our border and we've already started to build that wall. [applause] and i'll make you a promise. before we are done we're going to build it all.
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[applause] oh, we're building it. as the present often says, don't worry about it. make no mistake about it, folks. no matter what you are from the democrats and their allies in the media, we have a crisis at our southern border. and it's like nothing we've ever seen before. for the first time ever the majority of illegal immigrants coming into our country are unaccompanied minors and families. families that are being exploited a drug cartels and human traffickers who
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encouraging them to make the long and dangerous journey north, and a great financial price and often at great price to themselves and their safety and well-being. you know, when president obama in 2014 said we had a humanitarian crisis at our southern border, 120,000 minors and families across our border illegally, last year there were 145,000. and in the last four months alone more than 100 20,000 unaccompanied minors and families have been apprehended at our southern border. now, democrats what is a it's a manufactured crisis, but the only thing that's manufactured is their outrage. [applause]
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everyday we don't secure our border we're we are allowing te crisis to worsen, more lives to be in danger, more people to be exploited and more drugs flow into our country. that's why president trump usesd his authority under the law to declare a national emergency on our southern border. [applause] but now, not democrats are trying to stop the president from exercising the authorities that the congress gave him to address this real crisis. so today we call on every member of congress, stand up for border security, stop playing politics with the security of the american people, and stand with president trump for a stronger and safer america.
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[applause] with his renewed commitment to law and order, , this president has also been busy seem to our judicial branch. president trump has appointed more men and women to our federal courts in the last two years than any administration in american history, and they are all conservatives like justice neil gorsuch and justice brett kavanaugh. [applause] and there are concerns who have pulled all the content and liberties enshrined in the
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constitution, like the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and the second amendment right to keep and bear arms. [applause] you know, the freedom of religion is not just enshrined in our constitution. it's enshrined in the hearts of the american people. but make no mistake about it, freedom of religion is under attack in our country. lately it's actually become fashionable for media elites and hollywood liberals to mock religious beliefs. my own family recently came under attack just because my wife karen went back to teach our children at a christian school. let me say before all of you, i
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couldn't be more proud of my wife. [applause] she's a marine corps mom, she's a great school teacher and karen pence as a great second lady for the united states of america. [applause] but let me be clear on this. this is not about us. it's about all of you.
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it's about the sincerely held belief of millions of americans who cherish their christian faith and christian education. so i will make you a promise. under this president and this administration, we will always stand with people of faith. we will always defend the freedom of religion of every american of every faith. [applause] so help us god. [applause] and as we reflect on our god-given liberties, i've got to tell you, i couldn't be more proud to serve as vice president to the most pro-life president in american history.
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[applause] since the first days of this administration president trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life. what it is very first the president reinstated the mexico city policy preventing taxpayer dollars from funding of abortion or abortion providers around the world and here at home president trump signed a law to allow all 50 states to defund planned parenthood. [applause] life is winning in america once again. but for all the progress we are
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making, tragically, at the very moment that more americans before our embracing the right to life. leading members of the democratic party are embracing radical agenda of abortion on demand. in state legislatures across the country, democrats have endorsed late-term abortion. the democrat governor of virginia openly defends infanticide. and just four short days ago democrats in the senate including every democratic senator running for president voted against the bill that would prevent newborn babies who survived failed abortions from being killed. you know, i've long believed that a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable, the aged, the infirm and disabled and the unborn. with democrat standing for late-term abortion and
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infanticide and a culture of death, i promise you this president, this party and this movement will always stand for the unborn. we will always defend the unalienable rights. [applause] so we restored america's strength and security at home, and we're doing the same thing about the world. today under the leadership of president trump, the united states of america is once again standing proudly as leader of the free world. [applause] like when this president kept his promise to our most cherished ally and moved the
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american embassy to jerusalem, the capital of the state of israel. [applause] so we stood with our allies and we stood up to our enemies. we've taken -- in iraq in syria, thanks to the courage of our armed forces and our coalition partners, the isis caliphate has been decimated and our troops have liberated 5 million men, women, and children. [applause] to see the extraordinary progress we have made in liberating millions from the vicious grip of isis.
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i say with conviction again what has been said throughout history, the armed forces of the united states are the greatest force for good in the history of the world. [applause] at this are out along the euphrates river the last mile of territory with a black flag of isis once flew is being captured. in the wake of these games president trump has announced the united states will begin to hand the fight off to our to her partner and bring our troops home. but be assured of this, we will keep a strong presence in the region. we will get our allies to do more in the fight against isis,, and together we will hunt down and destroy the remnants of isis
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wherever and whenever they rear their ugly head so they can never threaten our people or our allies again. [applause] and without strong leadership on the world stage, president trump has also confront the greatest threat to peace and security in the middle east when he withdrew united states of america from the disastrous iran nuclear deal. [applause] the islamic republic of iran is a leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world. iran supports terrorist proxies, fuels conflicts in the region, plots terrorist attacks on european soil and openly advocates the destruction of the state of israel. two weeks ago karen and i stood and prayed at the
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auschwitz-birkenau nazi death camp in poland. the history of that time must never be forgotten. we mourn with those who mourn and grieve with those who grieve. but we say from our heart, never again. [applause] as we stood in the place i thought when authoritarian regimes breathe out hatred and threats of violence, history teaches and we must take them at their word. anti-semitism is not just wrong.
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it's evil. anti-semitism must be confronted wherever and whenever it arises and it must be universally condemned. [applause] the iranian regime openly advocates another holocaust, and seeks the means to achieve it. but i can assure you under president donald trump's leadership america will continue to stand strong. we will continue to oppose iran and its malign influence and i promise you under this president american will never allow iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. [applause]
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so as the world had witnessed over the last two years under this president, the united states will continue to seek every opportunity to achieve peace, even as we stand strong on the world stage. we will approach every challenge with our eyes wide open. president trump is with the world as it is, not as we wish it would be. the truth is that effort for peace, that nowhere more evident than the progress we've made in the indo-pacific for the last two years. it's remarkable think when i sit at this podium two years ago, north korea was engaged in regular nuclear tests launching missiles over japan, threatening the united states and our allies. faced with this threat, president trump rallied the world around an unprecedented
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pressure campaign, and the world has witnessed the results. no more nuclear tests. no more missiles being fired. our hostages our home, and karen and i have the privilege to be present in hawaii as the remains of our fallen korean war he rose begin to be returned to american soil, thanks to president trump. our boys are finally coming home. [applause] now, last night president trump return from a second historic summit with north korea in vietnam. as the president said it was a productive two days and discussions among teams will continue. it has president trump said as he departed, sometimes you have to walk.
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[applause] and i can assure you after decades of early with north korea, under president trump's leadership america will not repeat the mistakes of the past we will keep seeking peace for the sake of our security, the sake of the people of the korean peninsula, president trump will stand firm until we achieve the complete denuclearization of north korea. [applause] so in just two years under this president for leadership from the world stage to her at home, just in case you haven't noticed, america is winning again. [applause] and i don't know about the rest
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of you but i'm not getting tired of it. [applause] but keep on winning, my fellow conservatives, we have a choice to make in the next 20 months. will we reelect the president who's making america great again for four more years? or will we let the democrats take america on a hard left turn and lose all the gains we have fought so hard for? there you go. you know, america was founded on a simple idea. and that idea is freedom. [applause] but over my lifetime the support for liberty, a strong national defense, free enterprise and a legal rights has principally fallen to our party and to this
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movement. today democrats openly advocate an economic system that has impoverished millions of people around the world. under the guise of medicare for all and a green new deal, democrats are embracing the same tired economic theories that have impoverished nations and stifled the liberties of millions over the past century. that system is socialism. remarkably, a a leading candide for the democratic presidential nomination is an avowed socialist. but it's not just him. bernie has been joined by the course of candidates and newly elected officials to a paper over the failed policies of socialism with bumper sticker slogans and slick social media campaigns. what their actual offering is just more the same. more taxes, more spending, more government and less freedom.
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it is freedom, not socialism that gave us the most prosperous the company in the history of the world. [applause] it was a freedom not socialists that ended slavery, and won two world wars instance that as the beacon of hope for all the world. [applause] it was freedom, not socialism that is moving us beyond the prejudices of the past to create a more perfect union and extend the blessings of liberty to every american regardless of race or creed or color. it was freedom. [applause] and it was freedom not socialism that gave us the highest quality of life, the claims department on earth and improve the health and well-being of millions around the world. it was freedom.
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what medicare for all remains is quality healthcare for non. the only thing green about the so-called green new deal is how much green it's going to cost taxpayers if these people ever pass it into law. [applause] margaret thatcher probably said it best. the trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money. [applause] the truth is we want to make poor people richer. they want to make rich people poorer. we want to make poverty more rare. there want to make poverty more comfortable. it's the choice we face today, men and women, between freedom and socialists here between personal responsibility and government dependence.
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where freedom encourages investments, socialism stifles growth. where freedom welcomes diversity, socialism demands conformity and has president trump said in the state of the union address, america was founded on liberty and independence, and not government coercion, domination and control. [applause] the moment america becomes a socialist country is the moment that america ceases to be america. and as the president said 24 days ago, so we must say with one voice, american will never be a socialist country. [applause]
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we know where socialism leads. you want socialism? just look at venezuela. venezuela was once one of the richest and most vibrant democracies in the western hemisphere, but under maduro's socialists will it's become one of the poorest and most despotic. today, more than nine out of ten people live in poverty in that once rich country. more than 3 million venezuelans have abandoned their homes and fled the brutality of the maduro regime. ..
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a dictator with no claim to power and nicholas maduro must go. [applause] >> the truth is venezuela needs what america has. venezuela needs freedom. [applause] >> freedom is about enabling people to live their lives as they see fit, not government control, freedom produces more and better goods than any system in any other place and time in american world history. freedom is more generous, more helpful and more humane than any other social or economic model ever attempted because it is the only philosophy that respects the dignity and worth of every single life and sees every man, woman and child as made in the image of god. that is freedom.
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[applause] >> that is our heritage. [applause] >> freedom works. this is what we believe. this is who we are. this is the choice we face. in the next 20 months. men and women of cpac, we have work to do. i came here to say thanks, to look over the shoulder and make sure you know how much we have accomplished with this president and your support in just two short years. and now we have more. now we have more work to do. just as we did in 2016, people face a choice once again.
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two years ago in poland, donald trump declared, quote, the fundamental question of our time is whether the west has the will to survive. as we gather here today, we must ask our movement the same question. as the president went on to say that day in his words, do we have the confidence in our values to defend them. do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect the borders, to have the desire and courage to preserve our civilization. looking out across this room, looking across this great movement, i know we do. [applause]
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>> we have the strength, we have the determination to stand for freedom. because i have faith in the american people that if we go out and speak freedom to the people of this nation every day in the next 20 months. if we lay out a vision for boundless american future based on timeless american principles, if we lay out a choice between freedom and socialism, the american people will choose freedom every single time.
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we will keep on winning. we will keep on growing and we will preserve freedom for this generation and the next. as you go from this place, go with confidence, confidence that you have a president that is fighting every day for the ideals and values in the heart of american greatness, confidence in the goodness of the american people, rightness of our cause. and confidence that if we ask for the blessings of him who established this miracle of democracy on these wilderness shores so long ago, that we cannot fail.
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for we are the spirit of the lord is there is liberty, so freedom always wins. [applause] the men and women of cpac, it is great to be with you today. we've got work to do. i leave here with renewed confidence that a follow must do all we can between now and november 2020 the -- hold our freedom to protect our people, to defend our values, donald trump in the white house, more conservatives elected to our nation's capital and the statehouses across this nation and with god's help, we will make america safe again.
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we will make america more prosperous than ever before and to borrow a phrase from a friend of mine, we will make america great again, thank you very much, god bless you and god bless the united states. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> and now, live from our cpac stage at liberty university please welcome from liberty university jerry falwell junior and from the trump organization, donald trump junior. >> you won't believe it. college kids probably think it is great but spent the last three years perfecting it, got this man. i really think it is going to become the replacement for lee ringwood's god bless the usa. thank you, we are proud of you. all right. we have with us donald trump junior, trump organization executive vice president, charlie kirk the you heard from before, founder of turning point usa and now i am going to throw to a video about donald trump junior.
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♪ >> in business i was trained by my father to make the tough investment today to ensure a brighter future tomorrow. >> the most basic aspect, the second, protect that. that seems to be at risk. >> my wife, becky, and kimberly guilfoyle, vice chairwoman of america first pack, also a prosecutor. i am a recovering lawyer too and she was on the clock, many
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other credits but welcome, kimberly guilfoyle. >> got to debate the audience tonight. >> you want to have a seat? >> i had a reporter asked me how colleges and universities, mainstream universities have become so intolerant of conservative viewpoints and students who ridicule them in the classroom, single them out, reporter asked what is the impact of that on our society, where universities are disinvited conservative speakers, teaching just one side of every issue, the product with our societies we end up with politicians like alexandria ocasio cortez who have only been taught one side,
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who every time she opens her mouth i think she is kidding but she is serious. and she actually said this week that people your age should reconsider having children because some global warming. i was sitting there thinking people their age should reconsider having children if people like you are going to be in charge of the country. but that is how i feel about all these new socialists in the democratic party, crazy green new deal stuff. got any thoughts on that. >> when i read about the green new deal and what is worse about the concept is a cost of $93 trillion. we don't talk about that is anything big but that is four times the national debt, literally 14 times what the us government takes in in revenue on an annual basis. if you spend nothing on anything else other than trying
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to achieve the green new deal the us could put all of its money towards that for 14 years. it is nonsensical. what is perhaps worst about it is every mainstream leading democratic socialist candidate for the presidency of the united states is buying into this saying it is a great investment. it is wonderful. this will pay for itself especially the part about the people who don't want to work, we will take care of them too because it is just insanity and it goes to show you that no one here making trillion dollar decisions and no one on that side has any understanding of finance, of what goes into making money, they are just preaching some sort of leftist crazy theory and it doesn't work, it has failed over and over again but this time it is going to be different, this time it is going to be different. >> $65,000 per household, every
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household in the united states for ten years. >> i think it is 650. >> over ten years. a lot of families don't make $65,000. it is unbelievable to me. it is good though. that is the direction democrats are going, that is going to make it pretty easy in 2020. >> i come from new york city, not exactly a bastian. >> i am surprised. >> bastian of conservative thought and there was a time, grow up with enough people from the other side, able to engage and have conversations and throughout my life i would have been able to put the shoe on the other foot, take in the more liberal stance and argued it against a conservative and done so reasonably effectively. i can't do that anymore. if the last week probably hasn't shown us that more than anything, whether it is green new deal or frankly post term abortion issue, this isn't,
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anywhere else in the world at any other point in time in history what the governor of this very state said was called murder. that is not -- this isn't woman's healthcare. if the baby is born it is alive the woman is no longer at risk. a major part of the counterargument is totally off the table. it is about control. when i see them doing this and jumping the shark and taking an extreme point and just blowing that out of the water and going that far left i think with the other side has done, they took 2016 and said you know what we really screwed up? it wasn't the we had the most unlikable candidate perhaps in
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the history of the world, we need to be much further left and have to go as crazy as possible because that is where america is and they are not. >> as a mother you and i are both moms and i'm a grandmother. what did you think of what the governor said? did you imagine anybody doing that to your child? >> it is reprehensible and you saw we called for him to leave office and resign. i'm shocked he hasn't. he has completely reckless in terms of his disregard for the sanctity of life. i thought my life as a prosecutor and prosecuting crimes that were committed against children and against women and in particular homicide cases where as a woman who was pregnant at the time and killed in vehicles you would get two counts of homicide. how is it when a child is actually born, someone could take a life, that is murder, that is flat-out, that is what the democrats want, that is the choice you have on election day, that one issue could be so defining in terms of who you choose and to you stand for and your father, donald trump, has
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been the biggest supporter of pro-life and religious liberty and freedom and god bless him because he has exceeded all the expectations. and phenomenal supreme court pick that will make sure the sanctity of life is preserved, protected and we see it now with two additions he made with neil gorsuch and brett kavanaugh. >> they care more about animals and animal rights than children rights. and where does that leave? >> because house fart. that was a serious point in the green new deal. >> we got to stop that. where does that lead when you are willing to murder a baby, what about if your parent or grandparent gets old and they become a pain and the burden. where do you draw the line on
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it? >> flat-out murder. >> completely immoral and for the fox news channel i did a documentary on a trial that happened in philadelphia and he was a butcher, he was brought to justice, i sat in the courtroom and watched what was happening here and the cases he took on that were the same as the democrats are supporting which was murder of children, innocent babies and it is reprehensible to think that in this country there are people that could even advocate for that type of thing, it is something we have to take a stand on and support and protect these children, they are innocent, they deserve our passion and our protection and we must fight for their ability to live. >> explain why that issue hits home for us recently.
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>> that is what i said. three weeks ago tomorrow we had our second granddaughter and like i said a few weeks ago, her name is reagan, how presidential is that? >> i love it for trump but it was too soon. >> trump is not the feminine name but we should make it -- >> take a page out of the liberal playbook, it doesn't matter. we can identify how we want. >> she is a daughter, she is our granddaughter and we are raising her as a girl. we are not letting her have a choice. >> outrage tomorrow that you decided for her. >> god makes the choice what the babies are going to be and god decided she would be a girl. >> you don't have to raise them as a girl, she has a little baby doll in her arm every second and my boys always have guns in their hands. >> that is not something you teach them. that is something they are born
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with. as far as the cows you mention i have 100,000, let alexandria cortez show up to take my cows away. >> i love cows, they are delicious. >> charlie, you have to share the mic. tell us what you think will happen with the mueller investigation and what is going to happen after that? what will be the fallout? >> the mueller investigation is a taxpayer-funded revenge campaign against this president who won a historical election they didn't expect. that is all this is. if this was about russian interference in our election, he would be looking into hillary clinton selling our uranium to russia in extend for speaking fees for her and bill clinton, half $1 million in speaking fees, she's not that
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good a speaker, you don't get $500,000 from the russian bank because you are hillary clinton. you do that for a pay to play scheme. and russian interference. and how do we go after the president, and because we are angry, and we are surprised by it. andrew wiseman is running this investigation, total roaming authority. should have ended a long time ago but there was no collusion. a complete and total lie. it will backfire on them tremendously and publicly and i can tell you from my own personal opinion i don't understand how it is possible that we have this almost two year investigation around something that started as a
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rumor mill which was within our own government a coup against a sitting president of the united states that andrew mccabe admitted to and yet we have on the record corruption of previous administration never investigated, from one primary example, sitting attorney general, loretta lynch that met with former president bill clinton in a private plane in arizona two days before hillary clinton was acquitted of all charges by then fbi director jim comey. what was that on a private plane? what was exchanged? was a quid pro quo? why was in their special investigation into a sitting attorney general talking to a former president of the united states when his wife was running for the presidency? that was never discussed. instead this revenge campaign. it should be and immediately. there is no collusion, not going to find anything and they are going to pay a political price in 2020. >> when the investigation is over i believe the administration will have the freedom to declassify documents
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that expose what the other side did to exonerate hillary and unfairly go after your father. at least i hope that happens. >> as do i. put it all out there. put it all out there. don't reject anything. if i'm even a subject of this thing and one of the initial catalysts, they would do anything and it is because they needed it to be true. it wasn't -- they needed to explain -- not our policies are failed, our candidate is terrible, no personality but it was her turn, they needed to explain donald trump. it wasn't lost on me the great irony of 2016, took a brash billionaire from new york city to actually be able to reach working-class america, to speak to them, not at them, not lecture them. but to have a conversation and they got it and realize this
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was a guy that was going to fight for them. if you look at the first two years of his presidency, promises made promises kept agenda, tax reform couldn't get done, done. israel, never going to happen, despite the fact that it passed the senate 99-0 because one guy called in sick that day, done. he is showing the world what he says he is going to do it means business. we've got now respect back from it. people are not missing -- it is why despite even this week in north korea, it is why after 60 years he is the only guy that has actually made any kind of progress in north korea and i have woken up for two years listening to pundits. we call them experts because the columns of that but in reality their life's work has been working on north korea and they say this, wait a minute, your life's work was north korea. how many times have you met with them? we haven't gotten the meeting. how many times have your teammates met with them?
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that hasn't happened. you spend 40, 260 years doing this is your life's work and accomplished exactly 0. i always joke i'm watching tv in the morning with my daughter chloe who is 4 and unlike all these liberals who pretend their number 4-year-old is asking about the accidental threat of nuclear proliferation chloe is a 4-year-old and wasn't asking about those things, you know as much, you have accomplished as much as that expert on tv and she looked at me confused, not knowing what i'm talking about but the fact she doesn't know what she's talking about means she knows exactly what these, quote, experts have said. donald trump comes in and rather than doing the old sort of einstein's definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, he changed the game, pushed hard, did things and guess what. we haven't had a nuclear test in a year and a half. we haven't seen test missiles
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flying over japan. we are in a room. we've got prisoners back. we've got the remains of our korean war veterans back. all these experts that no so much, what do theyside, the pa of dependents, we need people to the be dependent on them for their existence to continue. s return for lots of promises
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from the north koreans and promises wouldn't be kept. >> sometimes you have to walk away. that is what people don't understand. you want to sign a bad deal means nothing? that is what obama did. obama was great at signing bad deals that men's nothing or returnable for the united states but it doesn't matter because when you have 90% of media coverage and do anything to make you a hero, you don't have to make good deals. we may good deals with 93% negative coverage but the results are speaking for themselves. all-time low female unemployment, all-time low african-american unemployment, all-time low hispanic unemployment, goes against the narrative. you would think with all those things, all-time high stock market, energy exploration, net exporter for the first time in history, all these things. >> gdp. >> there is not a single economic metric, not one where we are not better off today
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than under failed president obama. it doesn't exist. i've done that in a relocated and they won. they can't do it but they don't want to give credit where credit is due because they spent a lot of time making sure their establishment clicks are locked in place. >> i couldn't agree more and i have to believe if president obama had gone to north korea and been there in the summit and at the same time the republicans had called the convicted felon to testify before congress about obama everybody would be screaming that is treason. you are working against the united states chance for peace with nuclear power and -- >> i was pretty vocal on social media for those who like my twitter feed. think about even in opposition
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party that hates the president so much that you would counter program nuclear peace talks with a convicted criminal one of whose many convictions was lying to congress. think about what that does when the other side is seeing that going on simultaneously. you are going to have a good negotiation with that going on in the background, that is the reality. the left hates donald trump much more than they love america. they would rather see failed nuclear peace talks then give donald trump even a little bit of a win. he has already had more wins than anyone since the end of the korean war. >> no wall even though they voted for it. >> the hypocrisy never ends. when the media is your water boy it makes it easier to get away with it because they don't call him out on it. i have done it whether it is
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bad or censorship through social media platforms that i am sure all of you as religious conservatives have seen and witnessed with your own eyes, when they take down my tweets it was an accident so i call you out on it and it is spanning behavior. people getting unfollowed, the hypocrisy never ends and we have to call it out. >> there is a fake facebook page called jerry for america. we tried to get facebook to take it down. >> it complete their narrative so they will leave it up, milk it as long as possible like the media. even when you are wrong they will put the headline out, even the headline is there and 33 days later after the damage is done, after their 50,000 tweets there's a little retraction in the back of page 32 of the print magazine no one is reading anymore. >> what you were saying was true in the state of the union address too. everything which was one of the greatest speeches by any president i have ever heard and
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it was incredible and what he was announcing, what he has accomplished, the left couldn't even stand up or clap for it. their hate for trump, for donald trump is stronger than their love for the country. what he has accomplished is absolutely amazing. anybody should get applauded and get a standing ovation for what he has a, stephen with the women and the women sat there with hands under their legs and female employment is higher than ever. >> we would agree the all-time low african-american appointment is a great thing but the congressional black caucus can't acknowledge that. you would think that is a big part of their job and what they campaign on but what donald trump does, it is a disaster, same with women, same with hispanics, whatever it may be. if barack obama accomplished one 10th of what donald trump is done for those minority groups they would crown him emperor for life.
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we had a failed president, all over those metrics were negative frankly, where a disaster, and it is like he can do no wrong. the greatest joke of the midterm cycle was obama trying to claim credit for the economy because we all know insein taxation policies, hyper regulation, all these things, that is going to turn out, the stupidest statement in the history of both politics and economics and it was but again, the media, of course it is obama. we cut 22 regulations for every new one in place. we actually got tax reform done. people invest in themselves, their companies, their businesses. that is what is doing this. why every consumer confidence metric is being broken not because of insane oppressive
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socialist policies. >> the trump economy. >> you can claim whatever you want, no problem, give it to them because it hurts trump. that is a problem but you were right when you said it, they are overplaying their hand for taking it so far, it is so extreme that real hard-working americans, people i spend time with in the middle of the country are like this is insanity. they are not going to chime in, they don't participate in a lot of the polls, they are not willing to necessarily engage that way but they see it. >> it hit home for liberty university. we have a lake on the backside of campus, 6 acres, one of the largest 30 acres for a while, couldn't do it under obama with the epa, your dad comes in, going under construction soon. little things like that. that is for you guys, that is for you guys. >> we have to come back and go
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fishing. >> you mentioned the radicalization of the democratic party pushed many former democrats back towards the conservative side. i have seen that when i was in college in the 80s, democrats, liberals would say i might not agree with you but i will die for your right to say whatever you want to say. now they are authoritarian. they don't want to let conservative people speak, and did you make the same transition to the right? do you still disagree about stuff? >> i've been a registered republican since i was 18 years of age. >> is probably more conservative than me. >> that is a fact. this is what i love. i feel we are in such an incredible place in american political history thanks to the leadership of donald trump and we saw what ronald reagan was
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able to accomplish, why your granddaughter is named after reagan and you see this real enthusiasm, optimism in america because these conservative principles work because the president and republicans like we have on the stage know that we need to be responsible, fiscally responsible with your tax dollars so that we can make sure the next generation is left in a better position than when we started and that is what is so important. the president gets that, he wants to do the best and rise up for all americans and i love that. as a puerto rican woman, hispanic and 6.1% native american indian, you like that? >> what percentage? >> 6.1% native american. >> about 1000% more than elizabeth warren. >> that worked out well for him. >> my great great grandmother was a cold-blooded cherokee but -- >> i believe in equality of opportunity but not a result, working hard, putting hard work
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in and trying to better yourself about personal responsibly. that is why i stand for this president, he stands for all of us, he doesn't want any americans left behind. he wants us all to be in a better place. now americans have families that nobody paid attention to before. they have more discretionary spending and money to put in their pockets, to put their kids in afterschool programs and take care of themselves and have the health care they need. that thanks to your father and our great president. >> we are sending the feedback to cpac in washington so thank you for staying with us. i want to show a clip of the video you heard a minute ago, 30 seconds long but you were cheering so loud --
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>> ladies and gentlemen, from the white house, the honorable peter navarro. [applause] >> how are you all doing? high noon at cpac doesn't get much better than this. yes, ma'am. thank you for this kind invitation to one of washington's in the world's most interesting and important annual forums. the question posed to the distinguished panel that will come on right after me is
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simply whether america first means of america alone. one of the best way to understand this is a false and facile construct is to look at this proposition through the lens of the second trump maxim. economic security is national security. policies advanced by this administration and her twin banners are america first and economic security is national security, include corporate tax cuts and deregulation to stimulate investment. steel and aluminum tariffs to defend core industries. a stout defense against china's theft and forced transfers of american technology. a significant increase in the defense budget, expansion in american rules for government procurement, and tough, tough steps on trade to level the
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playing field for american workers, business, farmers, ranchers and entrepreneurs. no two big policies better_why america first does not mean america alone. conventional arms transfer and unmanned aerial systems export policies. global defense market, our allies and partners want to buy american, us industries present the most technologically sophisticated defense systems in the world. first too long, too hard for allies and partners with defense capabilities they require in america's economic and national security interests. donald trump's new conventional arms transfer policies turn
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that completely around and this is america first good. on the national security front allies and partners to procure more references from america are more capable of fighting alongside us. and more capable of protecting themselves. with fewer american boots on the ground, fewer american boots on the ground. when you're allies and partners are better equipped to defend themselves, there is greater regional peace and stability. on the economic security front, the export policy means more jobs for american workers in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. key sectors for america's future economic prosperity offer strong wages and attractive development
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opportunities even as they pave the way for greater industrial participation with our international partners. put most simply, more defense sales create more jobs at home and reduce the trade deficit with the world. these new america first defense policies bolster our alliances even as they strengthen our economy. coming up next, i look forward to viewing a spirited clear eyed panel discussion. as i look across this great conservative strong and await the distinguished panel that will come before, behind me i am not in davos anymore. ♪
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>> does america first mean america alone? featuring senator joni ernst, the center of security policy. representative roger williams, moderated by townhall, katie pavlovich. >> good afternoon, cpac. you are so excited and grateful to be here. we are going to get started with the interests of time at stake. the question of america's role in the world is a big one because many in this room would agree america has an important role to play when it comes to leadership, advancing freedom,
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advancing democratic ideas. i will let you guys introduce yourselves and give opening remarks about where america stands in the world today and get into some of the policies the administration support in terms of america first, does not mean america alone. we start with the senator from iowa. it is great to be here at cpac. a great opportunity to talk about a question i have been asked a lot and that is america first, and absolutely not if it just simply means america is leading from a position of strength and i appreciate that very much. donald trump has been very courageous in his interactions around the globe and we have had many folks in the past, those who talked to me especially on national security issues, where is america's leadership.
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and they no longer ask that. they see america's leadership, i appreciate that very much. it is of extreme importance to me, i serve on the armed services committee, the high a one national guard, u.s. army reserves and the national guard and so now i serve as chairman of the subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities. we watch this very closely. i want to reemphasize america first does not mean america alone. we have retaken that leadership position in the world. thanks for joining us today. >> to you next. >> great to be here. i agree with everything you just said. i am a former cia analyst,
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recently chief of staff to perhaps the best national security adviser in the nation's history, john bolton. when i think of america first i think we could say americans first was america first represents a backlash against the globalists, against the liberal elite who have put forward foreign policies that leave the american citizen, the american worker behind, trade deals that are great for the liberals but do nothing for the american worker, international agreement like the iran nuclear agreement in paris agreement the american people opposed but the liberal elite wanted anyway and the president is standing up to the establishment, standing up to the globalists to make sure american foreign-policy reflect the interests of our country and the interests of the american people. >> i am roger williams from texas.
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i think america sits in one of the best spots it has been for many years. friends are beginning to trust us again, enemies beginning to fear us as it should be and i think america must lead. it is not america alone. it is america first. america must lead because when america leads the world is hungry for leadership. myself being a business person i know people that are leaders still want to follow and we have a great leader right now who is putting us at the pedestal and we sit in a great position. i represent fort hood, the largest military base in america and we must -- [applause] -- america must be strong across the world socially, economically and militarily and i think we are there and i had a chance to go to iraq several months ago and see our troops over there and to see those young men and women fighting for freedom and liberty just reminds you that america is first, america is leading and america must lead
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this world out of a lot of problems we haven't i feel a small part like senator ernst does and others that we are on the right course and i plan to stay on that course with donald trump all the way. >> i am sure all of you know for the past week donald trump has been in vietnam for the second summit with north korean dictator kim jong and. you wrote the coming north korean nuclear nightmare. what was your response to what happened this weekend how the president has been handling the situation? >> the purpose of the summit was try to get kim jong on to live up to the commitments in the singapore summit last year. the president accomplished a lot and i had the privilege of discussing north korea with him ten days ago and we both saw the president in palm beach. he's pleased with this halt in nuclear missile testing which is sitting back his programs but we have to move north korea to act on its commitments to denuclearize.
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what we saw in vietnam was an act of leadership. we know from history when american officials go to the events, they take a deal, even a bad deal, it is hard to walk away. the president walked away because he wants a good deal, doesn't want to appeal to the globalists, just want something that does not promote american interests. he is holding out for a good deal. this is what a good deal has to stand for and i am proud of him for walking away from a bad deal and john kerry had done that when he was negotiated the disastrous nuclear deal with iran we would be better off today. >> my question is about the next step in the north korea process. of the president is able to get some kind of deal for denuclearization the senate will have to weigh in on what those terms are going to be, any kind of lasting impact. based on the topics in the
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armed services committee, what do you see that looking like? are we going to need our allies to help us? how do we hold china accountable for keeping up with that deal? >> absolutely. the next step moving forward we would all agree on this panel that we do require complete denuclearization of north korea to ensure the safety of the peninsula, our allies in the region and our folks in the homeland. we focus on denuclearization or denuclearization of north korea but they have other capabilities as well, chemical agents, biological agents and all across the board we have to make sure we are safeguarding our own people. will that require our allies? of course it will. china we don't typically think of as an ally but they are close to north korea and we can use them strong-arming the north koreans a little bit.
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there can also be not only a stick approach but also a carrot approach and you heard the president talking the other day how north korea really could be an economic powerhouse but that is if it follows the united states example. it will take a number of our allies stepping up and assisting us with the stick and carrot approach with north korea and this will be a long haul and i applaud the president for getting up and walking away. the deal wasn't right for the united states of america and the president squarely put the responsibility back on kim jung un, glad he did what he did. >> china and russia are violating sanctions against north korea as we speak and they don't have anything to say about how to hold them accountable. congressman williams, and the north korean problem is decades long.
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and such a threat not just to the united states but the rest of the world with >> hard to figure out, he is frankly dangerous. that something donald trump has done, see him and begin to talk some common approach to him. i think the world is fearful because they have nothing. they don't have an economy. he wrote a train his father built for him for 78 hours to get to the meeting so the best thing the president has done is capitalism, we are all capitalists, right? we saw capitalism, used vietnam as an example where north korea could be with the opportunity of having an economy and he is a person you have to be careful what he says what he does because his track record of trust has not been that good in
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the president is beginning to give him options to consider. >> you mentioned capitalism which you automatically think of socialism in the political environment we are in and also going into our region, venezuela. i want to talk about what is happening there and given the administration's decision to pool troops out of syria, how did we square the circle on getting more involved in venezuela? john bolton was a white house press briefing at his notebook said 5000 troops to bolivia as an option on the table. he wasn't hiding it from the press. can you please explain why we need to be involved in venezuela? what is at stake and what are the implications for the united states? >> the 5000 troops written john bolton's notepad may have been breaking the press. we don't know. mister bolton has a sense of humor, might have been sending a message to the maduro regime. the president feel strongly we can't have us troop presence in
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places like syria and he's trying to find a way to do the right thing but also to bring our troops home and i think that is the approach is the way to do it right. in venezuela i don't think the president is planning on invading. he put together a multilateral coalition to pressure the discredited maduro regime. ..
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they're starting to accelerate and i'm hopeful we will have a peaceful resolution. >> when president trump and ambassador john bolton, national security adviser officially recognized the new president of venezuela they just didn't do as a coup as many on the left headset and many in the media have implied. they used the constitution to embolden the people in the streets and use their own system to help them get maduro out. however, maduro isn't going. he is burning a trucks with medicine and food on them from coming into the country. there are military defections but not as many as i think the united states had hoped for initially. where do we go from here and why again is in the u.s. interest to be backing up a change in leadership in that country? >> well, going back to you meditate in crisis that we see all around the globe and we see that on our southern border as well, many of the countries in the region will absorb a lot of impact. these are allies that we have in
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that region. now, i don't agree necessarily with just a point our troops anywhere for any reason. i think we do it to be very cautious about that and make sure we are not engaging where we're not necessarily needing to engage troops. but we do want to make sure we are a stabilizing the region and if we can do that through many other means other than troops, we want to try that first whether it's diplomatic relations, whether it is utilizing allies other than the united states, assisting them with the processes that might help stabilize venezuela. that is very important. making sure that a gets and is also very important. we've seen this many times over where the united states has been engaged in those types of humanitarian crises providing support for those that are delivering food supplies, medical supplies and so forth. so there's a number of reasons that could come forward we present to congress in order to
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