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talks about the federal workforce under the trump administration. also, alex explains immigration reform and so cold chain migration and the foreign intelligence surveillance act and wiretapping of u.s. citizens. be sure to watch washington journal, live at 7:00 eastern friday morning. join the discussion. kevin hassett is the chair of the council of economic advisers. he will be talking about the corporate tax rate at georgetown university law school at 12:45 p.m. eastern on c-span. rose mcgowan will talk about her and her on c-span2 experiences working in the entertainment industry, live at 7:00 p.m.. >> earlier today, president
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traveled to west virginia to address legislators at the republican congressional retreat. clark's father, thank you for the way you provide for us and our nation. each day, we can count on your hand. you provide our daily bread. we provide for us in ways can never, ever thank you enough for. we want to stop for a moment and say thank you. us theou for allowing privilege for being able to serve, for giving us the attitude of servants. we pray you pour onto west what you spoke to jeremiah when you , not if you utter worthy worthless words, you will be my spokesman. i pray you give us were the words to speak to a nation that needs encouragement right now. i pay for our president and the vice president and their teams. i pray you continue to pour
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wisdom over them, give them inside that can only come from you, direct their hearts, their mines, help 13's to function in unity for the sake of the nation summit who desperately need the unity. i pray you continue to guard them and give them insight they need in the days ahead. we do not know what tomorrow holds, but we are grateful to know you, the one who owns tomorrow. guide us into that moment. thanks again for this time we get to be together. in your name, i pray, amen. >> amen. >> please welcome majority whip steve scalise. mccarthy,eader kevin cathy mcmorris rodgers, senator boone.rnyn, senator john
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[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome mitch mcconnell and paul ryan. [applause]
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sen. mcconnell: we have talked a lot about 2017 being the most consequential year for conservatism in the last three decades. none of that would have happened but for the president of the united states. so, mr. president, we thank you for neil gorsuch. we thank you for now 13 new circuit judges. we thank you for 15 congressional review acts. and most of all, we thank you for comprehensive tax reform. [applause] mr. speaker. speaker ryan: let me add to the fact that, because of this agenda that we unified around, put in place, led by the president, america is back. america is now at a 17-year high of economic confidence and a 17-year low of unemployment. did you not enjoy the fact that we have one of the best foreign-policy teams from our
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conference this morning, is that not fantastic? we are on the cusp of giving our -- foreign-policy teams from our conferences morning? america will be a more prosperous country. america will be a more confident country. and that is because of the leadership of our country. join me in welcoming me the president of the united states, donald j. trump. [applause] >> ♪ >> and i'm proud to be in -- >> ♪ and i'm proud to be in american, where at least i know i'm free and i won't forget the men who died i proudly stand up next to you and defend her still today, because there is no doubt, i love this land god bless the usa ♪ pres. trump: thank you, paul and mitch, for your tremendous leadership. you have done well.
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i just looked at some numbers. you did better than you thought, i think, based on what we saw 10 minutes ago. i want to thank you to the governor of this incredible state, my very good friend, jim justice, and his wonderful wife, kathy, who are with us. jim is now a proud member of the republican party. he was a democrat who switched over. you don't see that too often. maybe you will see it more and more. but thank you jim. the hotel is beautiful and everything is beautiful. we appreciate it. it is great to be among so many friends for the second time this week. tuesday was an incredible evening. we were all inspired -- [applause] i really mean that. we were inspired by america's heroes and uplifted by everyone who sacrificed in the fight. -- the fight for freedom.
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they were and are incredible people that we saw that night. tremendous courage. one of the people, i have to say, boy, you have a very big hand, steve. steve scalise, a great hand. [applause] and we are truly blessed to be americans. before going any further, i want to send our prayers to everyone affected by the train accident yesterday, especially the family of the person who was so tragically killed. our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. thank you. with us today on stage is our incredible leadership team. they really have, if you just look at what has happened in the last short period of time. without them, i could have never won the presidency, i guess. i don't know. could have by -- could i have won the presidency without them? [laughter] steve, yes, right? i don't know.
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they have become very good friends, and we are now embattled together and in friendship together, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. [applause] thank you, mitch, great guy. that was a big win we had. senate majority whip john cornyn, great job. house majority whip steve scalice again, steve. [applause] thank you. kevin mccarthy. thank you. [applause] cathy mcmorris rodgers. [applause] did they forget your name, john? i don't know. what is going on here? john cornyn, everybody knows. they didn't put his name up, but that's ok. that is the first time that has ever happened. that will never happen again. [laughter] working together, we have accomplished extraordinary things for the american people over the last year. i really believe this is just the beginning.
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paul ryan called me the other day. i don't know if i am supposed to say this, but he said to me he has never, ever seen the republican party so united, so much in like with each other, but literally the word "united" was the word he used, the most united he has seen the party. i see it, too. i have so many friends in this group. there is a uniting i don't think many people haven't seen in many years. that's good. i was hoping he wouldn't deny that. he did. he called me. i thought it was very nice. paul, thank you very much. every day, we are removing government burdens and empowering citizens to follow their hearts and live out their dreams. the priorities of republicans in congress are the priorities of the american people. we believe in strong families and we believe in strong
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borders. [applause] we believe in the rule of law, and we support the men and women of law enforcement. [applause] we believe every american has the right to grow up at home and have access to school and a really great job. we know that, for americans, nothing, absolutely nothing is out of reach. because we don't know the meaning of the word quit. we don't quit. the republican party certainly hasn't quit. if we did, we wouldn't be here today. we would be sitting at home saying, boy, that was a tough year, instead of saying that was one of the greatest years in the history of politics, in the history of our party. i don't think it has been done,
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not by much. we had a year that was almost, i would say, unlike any. it was a tremendous success and i give everybody in this room the credit. i give certainly these people behind me tremendous credit for what took place, especially in that last month. that was a month of tremendous pressure. that was people that were able to act under pressure, my favorite type of person. they were able to act under tremendous pressure. i just want to thank you all, because that is what it was all about. it was interesting, while we had a great year, we weren't being given credit for it. regulations at a level that nobody has ever done in one year. we knocked out more regulations than anybody. supreme court justice, judges all over. so many different records, so many successes. but when we got the great tax-cut bill, and we call it the tax cut and jobs bill, we got that, it was like putting it all in a box and wrapping it with a beautiful ribbon.
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we started getting credit not only for that, but for all of the other things we did during the year. i was surprised, actually. we got a lot of credit from a lot of people. all of a sudden, they are saying he had a lot of accomplishment and then they went on to do the thing. [laughter] you understand that. we really did. we got a lot of credit. it all came together in that final month. i give everybody in this room really kudos. we are a nation of builders and dreamers and stripers and fighters, and together, we are building a safe, strong america. already since the election, we have created 2.4 million jobs. that's unthinkable. that doesn't include all the things that are happening. [applause] you are going to see numbers that get even better.
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the stock market has added more than $8 trillion in new wealth. unemployment is at a 45-year low, which is something, after of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages. african-american and hispanic unemployment have both reached the lowest levels ever recorded. that is something very, very special. [applause] when i made that statement the other night, there was zero movement from the democrats. they sat there, stone cold, no smile, no applause. you would have thought that on that one, they would have at least clapped a little bit, which tells you perhaps they would rather see us not do well then see our country do great. and that's not good. that's not good. they have to change that. [applause] as i said, we have eliminated more regulations in our first
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year than any administration has ever eliminated. that means four years, eight years, or, in one instance, 16 years. in one year, we knocked out more regulations. it is an amazing thing. i happen to think that is every bit as important toward our success as the tax cuts. i have many business friends that came to me and said, including small business, they say the fact that they no longer have to go through years of turmoil in getting approved and getting approvals and getting rule changes and getting all sorts of things and getting old while they are getting to get them, the fact that all of that is gone is probably as important or even more important to the massive tax cuts we have gotten people. that is something. we signed into law the biggest tax cuts and reforms in american history.
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i have to say, included in their is the individual mandate. we repealed it. [applause] that's a big one. that so big. by itself, that would be a big achievement. we sort of take it as, well, that was included. and anwar, one of the great potential fields in the world. i never appreciated so much. a friend of mine called me up that is in that in that field and said, is that true that you're thinking about anwar? ronald reagan and every president has wanted to get anwar approved. i said, oh, make sure that is in the bill. [laughter] that had a big impact. i didn't really care about it. then when i heard that everybody wanted it, for 40 years, they had been trying to get it approved, make sure you get that one. it is great for the people of
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alaska, senator sullivan, senator murkowski, where are they? they are happy campers. senator, thank you. [applause] where's don young? he is such a quiet guy. [laughter] don young also. thank you. >> [indiscernible] [laughter] pres. trump: we were always good together. we never had a problem. but if you think about it, that by itself is a big bill. the individual mandate, by itself, is a big, powerful bill. that was just added on to what we did with the massive tax cuts. i want to thank the senate finance chairman, orrin hatch. where is orrin? orrin is -- i love listening to him speak. he said to me once that i am the single best president in his lifetime. he is a young man, so that isn't much. he once said that included
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lincoln and washington. he said, yes. i said, i love this guy. i love him. [laughter] but he is. he is a special guy. and house ways and means chairman kevin brady. incredible work. [applause] kevin, where are you, kevin? what a job. i would call kevin night after night and kevin, what about this? what about that? you are always there. he was always working. what do you average sleep? maybe nothing. i think he had no average. but you did a great job. nobody knows it better than you, kevin. thank you. maybe we will do a phase two. are you ready? i think you are ready. we will get them even lower. but we are proud of you. here in west virginia, as a result of our tax-cuts, the typical family of four will say roughly $2000 a year.
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to lower tax rates for hard-working americans, we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone. now the first $24,000 earned by a married couple is completely tax-free. when i came into this beautiful building just a little while ago, one of the people said i just got a check and i have $221 more than i had last year at this time. [applause] we were waiting for february, and then we got hit with these corporations getting tremendous -- corporations giving tremendous bonuses to everybody that nancy pelosi called crumbs. that could be like deplorable, does that make sense? deplorable and crumbs? those two words, they seem to have a resemblance. i hope it has the same meaning. but she called it crumbs when people are getting $1000, that is not crumbs, that's a lot of money.
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we also doubled the child tax credit. that is so helpful to so many. we have gone from one of the highest business tax rates anywhere in the world to one of the lower ones so that our great companies can compete and win against anyone. we have now given them the tools to go out and win, and that is what they are doing and they're also pouring back. a lot of you folks, they saw davos, they are coming back. i believe i have brought hundreds of millions of dollars with me back from switzerland when i went there the other day to make a speech. they are so excited about this country and what's happening here. and they would never ever have come. in fact, if the opposing party had won the election, you would have had tremendous new rules and regulations put on everything and other things would have happened, and instead of going up almost 50%, your stock target, in my opinion,
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would have gone down 50%. i really believe that. they were getting prepared to stifle even worse than it was. the changes to our business tax alone are expected to raise average household income by $4000. roughly 3 million workers have already received tax cut bonuses and raises, totaling thousands and thousands of dollars per worker, and that is just over the past six weeks alone. because of our tax cuts, apple is investing $350 billion in the united states, bringing $240 billion back. $240 billion. they will pay a tax of $38 billion. $38 billion. but they will invest a total of $350 billion. when i first heard the number, i
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said, you don't mean billion, because i was saying to tim cook, we have to build a plant here. for $350 million, you could build a beautiful plant. for $350 billion they are going to build a lot of plants. this would have never happened without the work that we have done, and they are hiring 20,000 workers, by the way. [applause] two days ago, exxon mobil, in addition to many others, just announced they are investing $50 billion in the united states. the good news keeps rolling in and it is going to. i want to thank senator tim scott for opportunity zones, our tax plan encourages this investment. where is tim? what a good guy tim is. [applause] tim. thank you, tim. we are investing in distressed communities to create more jobs for those who have too often been left behind.
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we want every american the dignity of work, the pride of a paycheck and the satisfaction of a job really well done, and we are reaching our hands all across the aisle in pursuit of common ground and common sense reforms for the good of all americans, all americans. we can reform our prison system to help those who have served their time get a second chance at life. i have watched this. i have seen this and studied it. people get out of prison and they made a mistake, and not all, some are very bad, but many are very good. and they come home, and they can't get a job. it's sad. they can't get a job. the best thing we have done to fix that, paul, is the fact that the economy is just booming. that fixes it better than any program we can do, anything we can do at all. the economy is so strong now. and so good and so many companies are moving in that i really believe that that problem, big problem, will solve itself.
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we are working on it. we can invest in workforce development, job training, and open new vocational schools because we want every american to be able to reach their full god-given potential. vocational schools. today you have community colleges, and you have all of the -- when i was growing up, we had vocational schools. when i was going to school, i remember i was in high school, there were people in class, one person in particular, he was not, like, the greatest student. he just wasn't. and yet, i saw him one day, and he was able to fix a car engine blindfolded. everyone else was saying that is amazing how talented he is. he had a different kind of a talent. we should have vocational schools. you learn mechanical, bricklaying, carpentry. we don't have that very much anymore. i think the word vocation is a much better word than, in many
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cases, community college. a lot of people don't know what a community college represents. we are working hard on vocational schools so that when these companies move into this country, we are going to have a workforce that knows exactly what they are doing. in addition to that, when they move in, we are giving them incentives to train people. in many ways, that is the best way to do it. in wisconsin, we have a great company moving in. they make all of the apple iphones. they will have a big program, a tremendous program to teach people how to do this. it is a whole new skill. it will be very successful. we can reduce the price of prescription drugs and ensure that terminally ill patients have a right to try. [applause] so important, right to try. those drugs, they sit in there for 14 years, and a person's terminally ill, they have two months left, and under the old
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system, they don't want to give them even experimental medicine because they are afraid they will be hurt. they will not be around for two months. so they sign a waiver, and we are going to give them the hope of finding something. i have known people like this. they travel all over the world to try and find a cure. we had great experimental drugs that will be years before they come onto the market. so it is called right to try, and i hope you folks can approve it, i hope you agree with it. i think it's so important. [applause] scott was heading it up. the other thing you get, you learn pretty quickly how effective it is. does it work? you learn it really very quickly. right to try. we can fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones that are fair, and the most important word to me on trade is reciprocal.
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we have deals where companies will send in a motorbike, we charge them nothing. but when we send a harley davidson or motorbike to those countries, they charge us 100% tax. that is not fair. so they will send their motorbikes or something into us, zero. we send it to them, 100%. that is not fair trade. that is not fair. i like the word reciprocal. if they are going to do it to us, we will do it to them. what is going to happen is your numbers are either going to come down or we are going what will happen, you do your
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numbers will make a lot of money. either is ok, as far as i'm concerned. we can rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and we will. streamline the horrible approval process. roadways that take 12, 14 years to get approved. we used to build them in three months. now it takes years and years of approvals. we will bring that down ideally to one year. we can get it done under budget, and we want to get it done ahead of schedule because you don't have too many of them. under budget and have the schedule. we can deliver for our police, veterans, and brave service members. finally, after decades of waiting, we can finally pass immigration reform that protects our country, defends our borders, and modernizes our immigration rules to serve the needs of american workers and of american families. so important. one of the strengths of the republican party is that we are a big tent with many diverse views but the one thing that we can all agree on, and that is that in every decision we make it our highest priority to serve and protect the american people. we want an immigration policy that is fair, equitable, but that will protect our people. we want people coming into our country based on merit, based on
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the fact that they are going to love our country, and respect our people and country. we don't want visa lottery, take a lottery ticket, take a lottery. we don't want that. we want it based on merit. [applause] we have a chance to pass into law the immigration reforms that the american people have been demanding for decades and that many of you have been working on for your entire careers. we have a great opportunity as a republican party, as the republican party, we have a great opportunity. we are getting very little help from the democrats. i hope after we leave, we will get a call from these people saying let's go. they talk a good game. we have to get help from the other side, or we have to elect many more republicans. that is another way of doing it. [applause] really, that is another way of
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doing it. based on the numbers we saw, we have a real chance of doing that. 18 will be interesting. we have to do one of the other. either they have to come on board. because they talk a good game with daca but they don't produce. so either they come on for a we -- come on board or we are just going to have to really work and get more people so we can get the kind of numbers that we need to pass in a much easier fashion , legislation. to get it done, we will all have to make some compromises along the way to get it done this way. to get it done the other way, we don't have to compromise so much. with the tax bill, we got what we wanted. because we had essentially unanimous vote. but we have to go and we have to get it done and get it done properly and we are going to have to compromise, unless we elect more republicans, in which
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case we can have it just the way everybody in this room wants it. we have to be willing to give a little in order for our country to gain a whole lot. if we are united, if we work together for the good of the nation, we can fulfill our sacred duty to the country and to our incredible voters, we have really fulfilled a solemn promise. as you know, i have put forward an immigration framework based on many months of meetings and working with tom cotton, working with john cornyn, who was in the office the other day, david perdue, incredible people, and bob goodlatte who is out here someplace, really incredible people, and it is a strong bill but it is a very fair bill, and it protects our borders. we have to protect our borders. it includes reforms that are overwhelmingly popular with the voters including democrats. democrats, the real
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democrats want to have their borders protected. but it includes democrats, independents, republicans. americans want an immigration system that works for everybody, and they want safety. and by the way, they also want a strong military. and we have to be very powerful on our military. our military has been depleted over the last long put two of riod of time. even beyond obama. it has been depleted. we have got to build up. they should be a commonsense thing. without our military, we may not be here talking. we have to have a strong military. we are very much on our way from the one standpoint, we are going for funding which we need, and i think we will get it. we have a lot of fighting from the other side and we cannot even think about it. we need a strong and powerful military. we are going to have far more powerful than we were ever before. [applause]
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nearly seven in 10 americans support an immigration reform package that includes a permanent solution on daca. i have been hearing about daca for so many years. some people call it dreamers. it is not dreamers, don't fall into that trap. it is much different than dreamers. i said the other night, we have dreamers, too. we have dreamers in this country too. [applause] we cannot forget our dreamers. i have a lot of dreamers here. but daca, we want to take care of it. i hope we will. we need the support of the democrats to do it. and they may not want to do it. they talk like they do, but i don't know if they do. we want something that is very, very tough and strong in terms of the border. we need to end chain migration and we need to cancel the terrible visa lottery. [applause] and those are the four pillars that i talked about the other night, we call them the white
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house framework, a plan that will finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century. the republican position on immigration is the center mainstream view of the american people with some extra strength at the border and security at the border added in. we are asking for, what the american people are pleading for, is sanity and common sense in our immigration system. we want immigration rules that protect our communities, defend our security, and admit people who will love our country and contribute to our society. i know that the senate is planning to bring an immigration bill to the floor in the coming weeks. i'm asking that the framework that we submitted with great flexibility, great flexability working with both parties, that something very positive will come out of it for our country, for everybody, for our country. i think that could happen.
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if the democrats choose to filibuster a framework that includes a generous path to citizenship or something that is not fair, we are not going to approve it, we are just not going to approve it. we will either have something that is fair and equitable and good and secure, or we will have nothing at all. and it's been going on for many years. it doesn't make sense, however, to have nothing. this is something that people want. so we will be demonstrating that we are very, very serious. one of the reasons i gave a number, i thought a generous number, was because i wanted to see whether or not they were interested in improving. if they don't approve something within that sphere, that means very simply that they are not looking to approve it at all. they want to use it for an election issue, but it is now an election issue that will go to
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our benefit, not their benefit. [applause] but make no mistake, i will not rest until we have delivered for the citizens of our great country. so many different things, immigration, strong military, we have done an awfully good job of protecting our second amendment. that was in question during the campaign, if you remember. we have done a very good job. for the last 12 months, i have kept one promise after another, and we are just getting started. so often, i must say, seven months ago they were saying, he did not fulfill his promise. i said i have only been here for months. other people were there for eight years and they would finally get something passed.
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i was there 4 months, you know this, paul. he did not fulfill a promise. now we have fulfilled far more promises that we promised. [laughter] and they are having a hard time with that. we have seriously fulfilled promise -- i call it promises-plus. [laughter] one of the things we are doing that is so important that mitch has worked so hard on, don, everybody, is the justices, the .udges all over the country we are filling up the courts with really talented people. [applause] who understand and read the constitution for what it says. it is really not talked about that much but it is a tremendous impact. it is already having a tremendous impact and we have incredible people lined up, just lined up getting ready to go into the courts. in many ways, mitch, i think it
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will be one of the most important things, if not the most important thing we are doing. defense is always the most, got to be the most, john, right? what we are doing with the courts will go down as one of the greatest achievements. i want to thank you for that. thank you. [applause] not only are we protecting america at home, we are protecting our interests abroad. it is time to finally end the dangerous defense sequester. it would be wonderful if we could go back to a budget. [applause] in order to fully fund our military and do it properly in order proper, and do it the right way. at some point, i hope we will be able to do that, and it should work. in order to defeat terrorists in we are also asking congress to ensure we also have necessary power and everything we need to defeat and detain the terrorists.
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we cannot treat terrorists like common criminals. they are really unlawful, enemy combatants. [applause] when you see what they do and the way they do it at the level of ferocity, we cannot treat them the way that we do the ordinary criminal. as you saw on tuesday, i signed an order keeping open our very secure detention facilities at guantanamo bay. [applause] another promise kept. [applause] and there is one more very important promise we are keeping. no longer are we making apologies for america. we don't apologize anymore. [applause] we are proud of our history. we are confident in our values, and we are grateful to our heroes. we are determined to create a brighter future for all of our people.
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we are restoring the bonds of love and loyalty that unite us all as friends, neighbors, citizens, as americans, because when americans are united, nothing, nothing at all, nothing can stop us. we win. [applause] as i said the other night, we are a nation that built the empire state building in one year. actually, to be exact, we built it in less than a year. would you believe it? working 24 hours, around-the-clock. we built the hoover dam in record time. we built the golden gate bridge. we linked our nation together with railroads and highways. we dug out the panama canal. we are the nation that won two world wars, defeated fascism and
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communism, and put satellites into space, and planted our great american flag on the face of the moon. we have healed the sick, cured disease, and cared for the poor, like no other nation. we have lifted millions into prosperity and delivered millions into freedom. this is our legacy, this is our birthright. and this is the foundation on which we build our very glorious future. because, together, we are, indeed, making america great again. thank you and god bless you all. thank you very much. thank you. [applause] ♪ >> homeland security secretary
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and jeff sessions will be talking about the justice department's efforts to combat human trafficking. we will take you across town to
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the republican international winter meeting. we will hear from the chair of the council of economic advisers about the corporate tax rate, speaking at georgetown law school. eastern,2 at 7:00 p.m. rose mcgowan will be talking about her new book and about her experiences working in the entertainment industry. that is live tomorrow on c-span2. next, the ambassador for the palestine liberation organization talking about relations with the u.s.. >> good afternoon, everybody. thank you for joining us today. if we can


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