Jeff Sessions Sworn In as Attorney General CSPAN February 10, 2017 1:27am-1:39am EST
tv.org for the complete schedule. >> jeff sessions was sworn in as attorney general at a white house ceremony. after the swearing-in, the new attorney general gave remarks and president trump signed three new executive order's related to law enforcement. this is 10 minutes. pres. trump: thank you for being here today.
it is with great pride that i say these words to you right now. attorney general jeff sessions -- [applause] pres. trump: welcome to the white house. i want to congratulate you, your wife mary, and your entire family. jeff sessions has been a federal prosecutor, the highest and most respected level. a state attorney general and then a u.s. senator for two decades. he has devoted his life to cause and justice and believes all people are equals in the eyes of the law. and very importantly for jeff and for so many of us, also in the eyes of god. he is a man of integrity, principle, and utter resolve. that results is what we need right now. america faces many challenges. we face the rise of crime and the threat of deadly terror.
it is not getting better, but it will get better very soon. it is going to get a lot better. these dangerous times require a determined attorney general. which is what jeff is. jeff understands that the job of attorney general is to serve and protect the people of the united states, and that is exactly what he will do and do better than anybody else can. he has trained better for it than anyone else. the level of respect that he has throughout this country as a former prosecutor, not even to mention being a longtime u.s. senator, is absolutely incredible. he will be a great protector of the people. i'm signing three executive actions today, designed to restore safety in america. these executive actions continue to deliver on my campaign promises.
first, i'm directing the department of justice and homeland security to undertake all action to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth and many other people. secondly, i'm directing department of justice to form a task force on reducing violent crime in america. and thirdly i am directing the department of justice to implement a plan to stop crime and crimes of violence against law enforcement officers. it is a shame what's been happening to our truly great law enforcement. that is going to stop as of today. today's ceremony should be seen as a clear message to the gang members and drug dealers terrorizing innocent people. your day is over.
begins, and justice it begins right now. i want to thank and congratulate mary and our new attorney general, jeff sessions. i wish you god's wisdom and blessings in your journey. mr. vice president, would you please conduct the swearing-in? thank you. thank you very much for being here everyone. [applause] v.p. pence: it is my great privilege on behalf of of the president of the united states. please place your right hand on the bible. i, jeff sessions do solemnly swear. >> i, jeff sessions do solemnly swear. v.p. pence: i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> i will support and defend the
constitution of the united states. v.p. pence: against all enemies , foreign and domestic. >> against all enemies foreign and domestic. v.p. pence: that i will bear true faith and allegiance. >> that i will bear true faith and allegiance. v.p. pence: i take this obligation freely. >> i take this obligation freely. v.p. pence: without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. >> without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. v.p. pence: and that i will faithfully discharge the duties. >> and that i will faithfully discharge the duties. v.p. pence: of the office upon which i am about to enter. >> of the office upon which i am about to enter. v.p. pence: so help me god. >> so help me god. [applause] v.p. pence: mr. president, thank
you for this great honor. mr. sessions: mr. president, thank you for this great honor. it is something i never expected to happen in my life. but i do love the department of justice. i care about its traditions and heritage. i had 15 years in that great department and to lead it now is something i do not have words to
express effectively. a lot of things we need to do. first we need to value, support and encourage the fabulous people that work there. i have worked with them for years and i know how good they are. their talents need to be directed for this nation's benefit in a lot of different ways. we have a crime problem. i wish the rise we are seeing in crime in america was a n aberration or blip. my best judgment, having been involved in criminal law enforcement for many years, is that this is a dangerous , permanent trend that places the health and safety of the american people at risk. we will deploy the talents and abilities of the department of justice in the most effective way possible to confront this rise in crime.
we have an increased threat from terrorism. you have spoken firmly on that. you have led this nation to say that we are going to respond effectively to the threat of terrorism and you can count on your department of justice to do so in an effective way. and you said something i believe, and i think the american people believe, that we need a lawful system of immigration. one that serves the interest of the people of the united states. that is not wrong or indecent. we admit one million people a year. it is an honor beyond words to serve under you and your leadership. you are putting together a great cabinet, which is a thrill for me to have the opportunity to join and i look forward to
making sure that every ounce of strength i have and the people of the department of justice have, will be focused on preserving and protecting the constitution and the safety of this country. we will defend the laws of this country passed by congress. and we will defend the lawful orders of the president of the united states with vigor and determination. thank you. i see a lot of good friends. and may god bless all of our efforts. thank you. [applause]
[indiscernible] pres. trump: preventing violence against federal, local, and tribal agents. very important. all very important. thank you all very much. jeff, you will do a fantastic job. good luck. [applause] >> on friday, president trump meets with the japanese prime minister before the two of them travel to florida on air force one for a weekend at the president mar-a-lago estate. you can watch our live coverage