tv President Trump Rally in El Paso Texas CSPAN February 12, 2019 5:33am-7:00am EST
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right on the banks of the legendary rio grande. i don't know if you heard, today we started a big beautiful wall. right on the rio grande. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: right smack on rio grande. i love this state, and i love the people of this state. we have had a great romance together. you know that. it's been a great romance. and we are only getting stronger together. that's what's happening. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: wow, look at all the press. can you believe that? [crowd boos] [indistinct conversations] this is like the academy awards used to be. used to be. [laughter] pres. trump: they've gone down a long ways since they started hitting us a little bit.
it was a long fall. but there they are. [laughter] pres. trump: last week, i was honored to stand in the house chambers to deliver the state of the union. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: and i asked both parties to come together to choose greatness for america. since taking office two years ago, our economy is now the hottest economy anywhere on earth. [cheers and applause] [indistinct conversations] our military, which desperately needed funding, we went and spent $716 billion and more powerful than ever before. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: that was not a good situation. it was tired and depleted.
our great warriors were not taken care of. now, they are taken care of again the way they should be. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: and america is winning again. isn't that nice? [crowd cheering] pres. trump: we are fighting for all americans, from all backgrounds, of every age, race, religion, we are fighting for all americans. what is it? america first. remember, it's america first. [crowd cheering] [crowd chanting "usa"]
pres. trump: our agenda is not a partisan agenda, although some people say it is. every once in a while, it does become that way, right? it's a mainstream common sense agenda of the american people. it's where we want to be and where we want to go. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: and despite the fact that the media refuses to acknowledge what we've done and how well we are doing. [crowd booing] pres. trump: a new poll just came out as i was coming on. and it shows -- i don't know how you can do this. i don't think i've had a good story in years. [laughter] pres. trump: i used to get great press until i decided to run for office. [crowd cheering]
pres. trump: and we have done together an incredible job, and a new poll just came out today, rasmussan, one of the most respected polls, one of the polls that up to election night. i have to remember that. you know what the number is? 52%. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: explain that. explain that. explain that. how do you get that when you don't get good press? i guess 93% of the stories are negative. no matter what we do, they figure out a way to make it that. [crowd booing] pres. trump: like, i'll give you a quick example, when i came in, north korea, it looked like they were going to war. you know that. it was going to happen. bad things. now, you have no missile launches, no rocket testing, no nuclear testing.
i have a good relationship, maybe even a great relationship. we have tremendous sanctions on north korea, but we have our hostages back. we have -- remains are coming back. remains! [crowd cheering] pres. trump: and our presidents have been dealing with north korea for many, many decades. many, many decades. and on the nuclear way, over the last 20 or 30 years, all i hear is, "can't you move faster?" you know what, i left singapore 15 months ago. they have been negotiating for 85 years or something. so now, their complaint is, what's taking him so long? i heard one of our great geniuses from a previous administration telling me how to negotiate with north korea when they got taken advantage of like nobody i've ever seen before.
[crowd booing] pres. trump: so someday, with all of us, this is all of us, and those hats are beautiful, by the way -- [crowd cheering] pres. trump: some day -- it's true. some day, they are going to appreciate us all, and i'm going to vietnam, to hanoi, in the near future, 27 and 28 of february, to have another summit, and hopefully, we do as well with the second summit as we did with the first. i hope so. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: now, we are delighted and i'm delighted to be joined this evening by the texas leadership. you have great leaders, great people, great help to me. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: that are at the forefront of this incredible american revolution.
you know, there's never been anything like this in the history of our country. we have to understand that. there's never been. if you would say, as an example, that tonight, 69,000 people signed up to be here -- now, the arena holds 8000 -- thank you, fire department. they got in about 10,000. thank you, fire department. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: but if you want to really see something, go outside. tens of thousands of people are watching screens outside. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: and we were all challenged by a young man who lost an election to ted cruz. [crowd booing] pres. trump: and then they said, you know what, hey, you're supposed to win in order to run.
by the way, we, i, we, i'm one and one. one for one. we had one election we won. now, we are going to be 2-0, and everything is going to be perfect. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: but a young man who has got very little going for himself, except he's got a great first name, he challenged us. so we have, let's say, 35,000 people tonight, and he has 200 people, 300 people. not too good. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: in fact, what i would do is i would say, that may be the end of this presidential bid. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: so i want to
introduce some great people. your governor, greg abbott. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: where is he? where is greg? thank you, greg. and a great governor and great friend of mine. lieutenant governor dan patrick. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: thanks, dan. thank you, dan. look at him in the corner. so shy. thank you, dan. great job, dan. attorney general ken paxton. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: thanks. and agriculture commissioner sid miller. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: thank you, sid. thank you, everybody. great job you do.
and we are especially grateful to your wonderful senators, john cornyn and ted cruz. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: great senators. [crowd chanting "usa"] pres. trump: and we have a lot of your congressmen and women, we have a lot of them. you ready? they've been with us all the way way. pete olson. thanks, pete. thank you, pete. michael burgess. thanks, michael. john carter. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: brian babbitt.
and randy webber. thank you very much. we are in the midst of an economic miracle. that is what has happened. you look all over the world, and you study, and you see what's going on. you can look in china. we have a team in china. they want to make a deal very badly. those tariffs are costing them a lot of money, and they are going into our treasury. remember that. we are filling up with billions of dollars. and did you see -- i have not been here very long -- the trade deficit really went down very big this last month. and people are saying "woah!" i told you so. that's what i do. that's what i do. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: and we don't want china to have a hard time, thank you. thank you.
thank you. i can only tell you this. we are going to make great deals on trade. we are going to make great deals on military. when we defend another nation that's rich, they have to help us out. do we agree? they have to help us out. and they are doing it. they are doing it. you saw south korea. they were paying us $500 million a year. i say you got to do more. you have got to do more. anyway, now, they are open to almost $900 million. that was like in two phone calls. i said, why didn't they do this before? they said, nobody ever asked. nobody asked. you pick up almost $500 million. nobody asked. we're defending rich countries. they have got to help us out,
folks. they have got to help us out. sorry. and you know what? they are going to like us more, and maybe more importantly, they are going to respect us. since the election, we have created 5.3 million new jobs, including more than a half a million new manufacturing jobs. remember? manufacturing was dead. they said manufacturing was dead. previous administration, you will never have it. you'd need a magic wand. we obviously found the magic wand. and by the way, those numbers are small compared to what is happening, compared to all the companies that are moving in. the unemployment -- [crowd booing]
pres. trump: we passed massive tax cuts for working families, and we canceled a record number of job killing regulations, that is why your oil and gas is coming back. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: we eliminated the obamacare individual mandate. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: and to give critically ill patients access to life-saving treatments, we did something they have not been able to do for a long time -- we passed right to try. right to try. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: that is an incredible thing, right to try. you know, we have the greatest doctors and research in the world. and if somebody was terminally ill, they travel to asia, to europe, all over the world, if they had the money. if they did not have the money, they would just go home.
there was nothing they could do. i said, wait a minute, we have drugs in the pipeline that are showing tremendous progress. if somebody is terminally ill, let's let them have access to our drugs. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: let's let them have access. and it is much tougher than you would think, but we got it. and people, you will not understand, nobody understands -- the life-saving effects -- it is incredible what is going on. they are getting better. people are getting better that were thinking they were going to die. it is right to try. i love it. i always wondered why we didn't do it before. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: now, the people in texas won't care as much about this, but the united states is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas on earth. [crowd cheering]
pres. trump: i did not think you would care about that. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: i did not think texas would care about that. and listen to this. and texas oil production is now at the highest level it has ever been. [crowd cheering] pres. trump: and only for the great oil professionals in the room, we are getting those pipelines approved so fast you will be able to practically double up on oil production -- oil and gas. they are getting approved at record levels in record time. that means more money, more security, and more independence for our country. it is very simple. another one they said could never get passed, they have been trying to do it 40 years, we passed v.a. choice. veterans choice.
pres. trump: where do these people come from? where do they come? they go back home to mommy. they get punished when they get home. [crowd chanting] thenting "build pres. trump: now, you really mean finish that wall, because we've built a lot of it. [cheering] pres. trump: but before we get to the wall -- v.a. accountability and v.a. choice.
accountability, we could not fire anybody from the veterans administration. we could not fire anybody. they can treat our veterans badly, we had to take it. now, you get rid of them. and v.a. choice, they would wait on line, days and weeks, they could not see a doctor. now, they have a choice, they get a private doctor, they have things taken care of, and we pay their bills. [cheering] pres. trump: they have been trying to get those two things fixed for many, many decades, many years, and we got it fixed. we also passed the farm bill for our wonderful farmers, ranchers, and growers. [cheering] pres. trump: we just got it passed. that was not easy. we got it passed. we had to do it. our farmers are great. we just got that done. farmers, ranchers, growers.
♪ pres. trump: is there any place that is more fun to be than a trump rally? [cheering] pres. trump: you know, they all said, mr. president, we love the tone of your state of the union speech. [cheering] pres. trump: some people said it was a great speech. some people said really a great speech. i said, but if i ever did that in el paso, texas, it would not work here too well. do you agree? nice and calm.
that is not what you are looking for. this is more fun. [cheering] pres. trump: this is fun. and we just signed a groundbreaking criminal justice reform into law. nobody thought that was going to be happening. in my address last week, i asked lawmakers in both parties to cross the aisle and join together for the common good for all americans. democrats have to stop being so angry. they are angry. [cheering] pres. trump: and they've got to start being partners to keep this -- really, look -- is this an incredible miracle that is going on? we want to keep it going. keep it going. it will keep going. it will keep going.
there is so much to celebrate in our country. the economy, the military, so many things we have done scientifically. the world is trying to copy what we have done. they are not going to be able to do it. not anymore. they were catching up, now they are going in the wrong direction. [cheering] pres. trump: wrong direction. unfortunately, many of the democrats in congress responded to my call for bipartisan cooperation by instead choosing really -- look, you want to see anything -- radical resistance. it is the radical left. maybe it will change. [booing] pres. trump: maybe it will change. it all has to do with 2020 and the election. but i really don't like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane flights, of let's hop a train to
california, you are not allowed to own cows anymore -- you know, a lot of problems. but nobody -- by the way, with us, we handle it. no president should ever have to go through what we have gone through in the first two years. it is a hoax, it is a disgrace, and it should never be allowed to happen again. [cheering] pres. trump: a hoax. just recently as an example, senator richard burr, from the great state of north carolina, he is chairman of the senate intelligence committee, and they have been investigating this russia hoax for two years. [booing] pres. trump: think of it. they have interviewed over 200 people. they have studied hundreds of thousands of documents and pages.
and richard just announced that they found no collusion between donald trump and russia. [cheering] [crowd chanting "usa"] pres. trump: the fact is that the real collusion was between hillary and the democrats and the other side with russia. [cheering] pres. trump: that is where the . that is where the collusion is. [crowd chanting "lock her up"] pres. trump: that is starting to make a lot more sense. but that is where the collusion is. with the democrats and with russia and with others and by the way, there is also collusion between the democrats and the
fake news right here. [cheering and booing] pres. trump: and they know it better than anybody. [cheering] pres. trump: too many democrats are focused on tearing down their opposition, instead of building up our country. they are trying to impose some of the most extreme measures and policies ever put forward by our congress. and, by the way, i don't think anybody in this room wants to pay 70%, 80%, 90%, 95% taxes. [booing] pres. trump: does anybody want a 90%? you know, you look at what we
have done with jobs, what we have done with the economy, how low your taxes are, the lowest they have been almost from the beginning -- who the hell wants to change what we are doing now? we are a hot, hot country. last week, they introduced a massive government takeover that would destroy our incredible economic aims. they introduced the so-called green new deal. [booing] pres. trump: it sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark. [laughter] pres. trump: it would shut down american energy, which i don't think the people in texas are going to be happy with that. [booing] pres. trump: it would shutdown a little thing called air travel. [booing] pres. trump: how do you take a train to europe? [laughter] pres. trump: this crazy senator from hawaii, they said, do you like it, do you like it very
much? how are we getting to hawaii on a train? [laughter] pres. trump: she did not think about that one. she is thinking about it. she will figure it out. they want to take away your car, reduce the value of your home, and put millions of americans out of work, spend $100 trillion, which by the way there is no such thing as $100 trillion -- you have to spend $100 trillion -- and remember this, no other country except us is going to do it. that is a little problem, too. while the world's real polluters -- like china -- would get many of our companies and factories. they would just move into china, move into other parts of the world. that is the way the system works. not going to happen, folks. don't worry. it is not going to happen. not going to happen. [cheering] pres. trump: $100 trillion. let's spend $100 trillion. let's rip down every building in
new york city and rebuild it environmentally slightly better to pave the way for socialism. democrats are calling for massive tax hikes and the complete elimination of private health care. many of us have private health care. that means you can stand on line for five days as you wait for a doctor that is not nearly as talented as your doctor. remember? you can keep your doctor. remember that? 28 times. [booing] pres. trump: that did not happen. turned out to be a lie. where are the fact checkers? some of the most dishonest people in media are the so-called fact checkers. [cheering and booing] pres. trump: 28 times. you can keep your doctor. that did not turn out to be what he said. they are coming for your money. and they are coming for your freedom. and it will never happen and it won't even come close, folks. [cheering]
pres. trump: democrats are also pushing extreme late-term abortion. [loud booing] pres. trump: allowing children to be ripped from their mother's womb right up until the moment of birth. what is that all about? [booing] pres. trump: so, in virginia, the governor, he's gotten a little publicity lately -- [laughter] pres. trump: i like him. keeps us out of the papers. i like him. [laughter] pres. trump: like to find a few more guys like this one. ed. his wifeonwalk stopped him. it would be inappropriate darling. i would like to see some of the imitate michael jackson in the moonwalk. this would not have been a good scene. his wife saved him.
darling, this would be an appropriate. i think she was right. [laughter] pres. trump: the governor stated that he would even allow a newborne baby to come out into the world and wrap the baby and make the baby comfortable and then talk to the mother and talk to the father and then execute the baby. execute the baby. [booing] pres. trump: incredible. millions of innocent babies are counting on us to protect them and we will. that is why, last week, i called on congress with your great congressmen over there. thank you, fellas. [cheering] pres. trump: to immediately pass legislation prohibiting extreme late-term abortion. [cheering]
pres. trump: and that certainly is extreme. many people -- did you ever hear of anything like this? democrats must also address the double standard on full display in virginia. by the way, that state is going to go republican pretty soon. i'm pretty sure of it. [cheering] pres. trump: because the democrat party has never been more outside of the mainstream. they are becoming the party of socialism, late-term abortion, open borders, and crime. [booing] pres. trump: this weekend, some democrats even proposed a measure that would force the release of thousands of criminal illegal aliens, including
dangerous felons convicted of rape, sex trafficking, violent assault, and even murder into our country. can you believe this? their proposal would put a hard cap on the number of illegal icens that our brave love our icee officers. [cheering] pres. trump: can detain and thus remove, forcing thousands of criminals to be set free into united states communities. i don't think so. ok? i don't think so. i want to thank our ice officers. what they put up with his -- put up with is incredible. and that includes border patrol. and that includes law enforcement. [cheering] pres. trump: law enforcement. we love them. they keep us safe. in the last two years alone, ice
officers have made -- listen to these numbers -- 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens, including those charged or convicted of approximately 100,000 assaults, 40,000 larcenies, 30,000 sex crimes, 25,000 burglaries, 12,000 vehicle thefts, 11,000 robberies, 4000 kidnappings, and 4000 murders! murders, murders, murders. killings, murders. [crowd booing and chanting] [crowd chanting "build the wall"] pres. trump: if we cut detention space, we are cutting loose dangerous criminals into our
country. slashing ice detention is the first step of many for the far left. i call them the radical left. we will never abolish ice. they want to abolish ice. [booing] pres. trump: we will never abolish ice. [applause] pres. trump: let me say very clearly to those pushing this ridiculous and radical agenda, i will never sign a bill that forces the mass release of violent criminals into our country. --[cheering] i will never abolish or in any way mistreat our great heroes from border patrol, ice, and law enforcement. [cheering] pres. trump: we will always stand with those brave men and women.
we will always be with them. we will take care of them just like they take care of us. remember that. [cheering] pres. trump: i have to tell you. as i was walking up to the stage, they said that progress is being made with this committee. just so you know. we are building the wall anyway. they say progress has been made. [cheering] pres. trump: just now. just now. i said, wait a minute. i've got to take care of my people from texas. i got to go. i don't even want to hear about it. [cheering] pres. trump: i don't want to hear about it. so i don't know what they mean, progress is being made, significant. what did happen is the democrats were being hit really hard on the concept of releasing criminals into our society -- that has not been playing well.
maybe progress is being made, maybe not. i had a choice. i could have stayed out there and listened or i could have come out to the people of el paso and texas. [cheering] pres. trump: i chose you. [cheering] pres. trump: i chose you. [crowd cheering and chanting "usa"] pres. trump: we are doing whatever we have to do.
the wall is being built, it will continue. it is going at a rapid pace. the rio grande. it is happening. go check it out. we proudly welcome those who come lawfully and support our values in the united states and that want to strengthen our society and help us with all of the companies moving into the united states, moving back. they left us. now they are moving back, many of them. in some cases, maybe all of them. they all want to come back because the united states is where the action is. very simple. [cheers] [crowd chanting "usa"] pres. trump: where the action is.
and it is -- we are most proud of the fact, you look at the car companies, they are moving back. they are going into michigan, they are going into pennsylvania. they are going back to ohio. so many companies are coming back. and by the way, that is why -- i want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally, and they have to come in through merit, through merit, so they can help us build our country. make america great again. pretty soon, we are going to be saying, keep america great. keep america great. [cheering] pres. trump: pretty soon, congressman. keep america great. we will have to switch over. tell me, tell me. the campaign is sort of starting because you have these people that you've never heard of that are running for office. who is that? that person was a mayor of a city that was defeated.
how about beto? beto was defeated, too. [booing] pres. trump: but he suffered a great defeat. watch what the news does tomorrow. they won't mention the disparity. they won't mention the disparity tomorrow. they will say, beto o'rourke, that is his last name, right? beto o'rourke had a wonderful rally of about 15 people. when they get honest and maybe they will, because we have done something that has never been done before. we suffered a totally dishonest media and we won. [cheering] pres. trump: it is driving them crazy. [cheering] pres. trump: driving them crazy, but they still come.
i've never seen anything. but illegal immigration hurts all americans. including millions of legal immigrants by driving their wages, draining public resources, and claiming countless innocent lives. you see what is going on, folks. you know what is going on. they give you all of these phony stats. it is the same, it is the same. it is not the same. it is a bad situation going on. we have stopped it. we are taking out thousands and thousands of people from ms-13. we are bringing them the hell out of our country. thousands. [cheering] pres. trump: but if we had proper border security, including a very powerful wall, we would not have to work so hard. and it would be a lot safer and a lot better. my administration is committed to ending illegal immigration,
while modernizing our legal immigration system, which has been in terrible shape for many decades. to prioritize the admission of those who can support themselves financially and contribute to our economy. people that come in on merit, merit, merit. [cheering] pres. trump: instead of random lotteries and chain migration. chain migration. that is another beauty. we want a merit-based system for entry. this will improve living conditions for all americans. living here today, both immigrants and u.s. born. everybody is going to be happy. and we need the people to take care of these companies that are moving. our unemployment rate, real unemployment, 3.6%, 3.7%.
[cheering] pres. trump: and going down. had a little blip because of a thing called the shutdown. but remember this, went up to 4%. you know how low 4% is? you know any other president who would have said please give me 4%? [laughter] pres. trump: we had a little blip just quickly. you know what? if we did not do that shutdown, we would not have been able to show this country, these politicians, the world what the hell is happening with the border. that was a very important thing. [cheering] pres. trump: the fact is, illegal immigration is a heartbreaking human tragedy. pres. trump: the fact is,
illegal immigration is a heartbreaking human tragedy. one in three women is sexually assaulted on the very long and dangerous journey north through our country. sex traffickers, these are the worst human beings on earth. exploiting our border to sell young girls and women into modern-day slavery. you wouldn't even know that. do you think they come in through the ports of entry? i listen to the democrats. i won't be specific. they say everything comes through the ports. they don't do that. they drive where there is no barrier, no wall, they make a left. congratulations, you are in the united states. that's all. you have three women tied up in the backseat of the car, you are not going through a port of entry. they do look in the back seat at least. drugs pouring through the border kills tens of thousands of innocent americans a year, including heroin, meth, cocaine, fentanyl.
they come through the southern border. we have a drug problem over the last 6, 7, 10 years. like we have never had before. we can have such a big cut in the numbers, the percentages, if we get the wall built. if we have a strong wall with other things. but we need the wall, and it has to be built. the number of illegal immigrants crossing our borders is so large we have nowhere to hold them. they want buildings. they want jails. how about the word caravan? i think that was one of mine. [booing] pres. trump: you have thousands of people coming from guatemala, from honduras and el salvador, and they march up through
mexico. by the way, if we did not have walls in those areas, in many cases where we reinforced -- in many cases where our great military helped us with barbed wire, you would have people pouring in. they don't pour in. the problem is our laws are so bad there is no way we can quickly remove them. other countries say get out of here. we have to bring them through a court system. they touch our land, we sign them up, we explained to them, please come back in six years for court. and only the dumbest people show back up. nobody ever shows. nobody comes back. like, 2%. they go into our country. the good news is we have great law enforcement and many of these people, we know where they are. we are going to get them the hell out, but we have to change our laws.
so right now, we have a backlog. you won't even leave this. other countries don't do this. somebody walks into our country, we put them into court. we need perry mason. we have a legal case. nobody else does that. we bring them in. listen to this. we have almost 900,000 cases. how many judges? we are going to have to hire tens of thousands of judges. 900,000 cases? how stupid is this? this was the system put in place by really dumb people or people that did not have the best interests of our country at heart. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: there is no place better to talk about border
security, whether they like it or not, because i have been hearing a lot of things, the wall has not made a difference. you know where it made a difference, right here in el paso. i have been watching where they have been trying to say, the wall did not make that much -- take a look at what they did with their past crimes and how they made them from very serious too much less serious. you take a look at what the real system is. i spoke to people to have been here a long time. they say when that wall went up, it's a different ballgame. is that a correct statement? [cheers and applause] pres. trump: a whole different ballgame. i will give you another example. i don't care whether a mayor is a republican or democrat. they are full of crap when they say it has not made a big difference.
[cheering] i heard the same thing from the fake news. they said crime actually stayed the same. it did not stay the same. it went way down. look what they did to their past crime and look at how they recorded those past crimes. way down. you would think they would want to get to the bottom of a problem and solve a problem, not try and pull the wool over everybody's eyes. for those few people out there on television saying it did not make a difference -- people from el paso, am i right? [cheers and applause] pres. trump: it is fake news. and you know what? you would not even have to know. you can say that automatically without even knowing. it is obvious. it is common sense. just a few thousand feet as an example from where we stand now on the others of the border,
it's one of the most dangerous cities in the world, juarez mexico. the people in juarez agree. but thanks to a border wall, el paso, texas is one of america's safest cities. listen to this. you are talking a few feet away. you got a wall. a few feet away. juarez had thousands of murders. el paso had 23. 23 compared to 1200. walls work. there is nothing like them for what we are talking about. we want to stop drugs. we want to stop criminals. walls save lives.
walls save tremendous numbers of lives. [cheering] the biggest proponents of open borders are rich liberals and wealthy donors. these are hypocrites who oppose security for you while living their entire lives -- i do, too. to be honest with you. i'm guilty. i'm guilty. i also live behind walls. they live behind walls and gates and they have guards all over the place. me too, because i want to be safe and i want to make america safe. [cheers and applause] "usa"]ng
pres. trump: security should not belong only to the rich and powerful. safety is the birthright of every american, which is why we must finish the wall. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: walls are not immoral. human trafficking is immoral. drug peddling is immoral. child smuggling is immoral. sanctuary cities that get americans killed, they are immoral. [cheering] pres. trump: open borders are dangerous and immoral. my administration has put forward a compromise that really is a compromise. i hate to even compromise on things like this, but it is showing common sense. it is compassionate. it is going to solve our problems.
and the cost is a fraction -- when you look at the drugs pouring across from mexico, it -- if it stopped a large percentage, and it won't, it will stop a large percentage. it would pay for itself in a matter of weeks. that's the kind of numbers. a matter of weeks. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: and by the way, i hate to say this, because we have a good relationship, but mexico has the highest number of killings they have ever had. almost 40,000 people were murdered in mexico. mexico is not too far away, and we need to take care of our people. we are going to do that and it is happening, and it is happening faster than anybody thought. and i love that sign. thank you. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: what we are proposing includes humanitarian assistance drug detection at our , ports and everywhere else, closing legal loopholes, which
is a big problem, and plans for a smart strategic, see-through steel barrier or wall. let's call it a wall. this wall will be built in the areas identified by border agents as needing the greatest while safely directing people in commerce to our many lawful ports of entry, which we are beefing up in every way. structurally, we are beefing up the ports of entry, and we have technology that can spot drugs. it is expensive, but it is incredible. by the way, there is nothing better than a good old-fashioned german shepherd. it is hard to believe, right? [cheers and applause] pres. trump: it's true. i was with the people and they are showing me this incredible computer. i said, -- because secret service took me out to the place and they were showing me these german shepherds.
they are unbelievable. they will run past all these empty boxes. one of the boxes has drugs in it deep down in a box. it comes to a screeching halt barking at that every time. i asked the people that sell the machinery -- a lot of money -- i said, this stuff is incredible. how does it compare to a german shepherd? the guy goes, honestly, it's not as good. can you believe it? german shepherds. certain types of dogs. you do love your dogs, don't you? [cheers and applause] pres. trump: i would not mind having one, but i don't have any time. how would i look walking a dog on the white house lawn? [cheers and applause] pres. trump: i don't know.
it feels a little phony to me. a lot of people say, you should get a dog. why? it's good politically. that's not the relationship i have with my people. obama had a dog, you are right. both parties should come together to finally create a safe and lawful system of immigration. the american people have waited long enough. we must secure the border, pass case law, and catch and release, shut down sanctuary cities -- we need democrat votes to do it. and keepiminal aliens the coyotes and traffickers and hell outlers the of our country. [cheering] pres. trump: and the democrats
also need to confirm the more than 300 highly qualified nominees who are sitting in the senate waiting for confirmation. people that have given up their lives to work in the trump administration, and the democrats are not approving them. it is a record. booing]ng it is total obstruction. it is a record in the history of our country. some people left their job i year and a half ago to become an ambassador or work in one of our many great agencies and we cannot get schumer and his friends to approve them. it is total obstruction. there has never been anything like it. [booing] pres. trump: very unfair to these people. in many cases they have left jobs and they are waiting. they are slow walking. it is a disgrace. as we fight to protect our borders, we must also protect our newfound prosperity. my administration has taken the
toughest ever action to crack down on years of china's abuse. trade practices have been very unfair. i have a lot of respect for president xi. but he is representing china and i am representing the united states. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: we are also replacing one of the worst deals ever made, probably the worst trade deal ever done, although i happen to think the wto is not so good either. we are replacing nafta with a brand-new u.s.- mexico-canada agreement that everybody is loving. you have got to get congress to approve it. we will get it done. there is such obstruction in congress, they won't even do things that are good for our country. they would rather have trump have a loss then get something that is so good for our country.
our farmers are happy. everybody is happy. you know what it does? it stops companies from moving out. makes it very hard economically for companies to say we are firing everybody and moving to mexico. it makes it very hard. you know, that has been a bone of contention with me for many years. i have seen 25% and more of our automobile business move to mexico. it's not going to happen anymore. not going to happen. unless they want to pay nice, big tariffs sending their cars back into this country. and by the way, tariffs have had an incredible effect. just ask the folks in china. when you ask, how are we doing in our negotiations? the fact is, and i say it openly, either they treat us fairly or they have to pay for the privilege of coming in and taking our wealth and taking our jobs. it's very simple.
[cheering] pres. trump: if you look back at our country when we were very rich, when we had no debt, when we had no problems economically, if you take back -- if you take a look, 1888, the great tariff debate. do you know what the debate was about? our country had so much money they had to debate what to do with all the money, because tariffs were bringing in a fortune into the united states. at a minimum, countries are negotiating with us very seriously because of the fact that they don't want to have to pay to come and take advantage of our country. that is at minimum. check it out. 1888. have the press check it out. they will say donald trump said 1888.
we have achieved the largest decline in drug prices in 46 years. prescription drugs. i'm asking congress to work with me to make prescription drugs affordable for every american family. we just got the largest decrease in drug prices. think of that. it's not easy. it's not easy. we have middlemen who take care of a lot of people for a lot of years. the drug companies, but even worse, the middlemen. we are cutting the middlemen out. they are not going to like me very much. they have made a lot of money. but think of that. for the first time in 46 years, we are going to phase three. we did one, statutorily, two statutorily, now phase three, getting drug prices down. we are embarking on bold ids. weives to defeat a
have medicines now that worked wonders on aids. we are looking to be aids-free in not many years as a country, and maybe help also the world. [cheers and applause] we want to defeat aids. we want to defeat childhood cancer. we have made tremendous strides. [cheering] pres. trump: tremendous strides. in the middle east, our brave warriors have liberated virtually 100% of isis in iraq and syria. you don't hear that from these people. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: we have taken back -- it will be announced soon, we will have 100%. when i took over this country, it was a mess. if i would not have been elected, and i have so many people, and every time it happens sir, thank you.
, this guy is like a monster. no, it's true. these people. this guy is like a monster. he is like this monster big strong guy. , he says to me, thank you very much. i don't know what to say, but that's ok. and he's crying. and he said -- i'm walking up, and it happens all the time. thank you very much, mr. president. i said, for what? he said, you have saved our country. our country was going the wrong direction. you have saved our country. thank you. i have had so many people say that. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: so many people. you know, the truth is, i did not save our country. it is very tough because we have so many things we are fighting, including these people. so many people that are either foolish or ill intentioned. but i did not save our country.
do you know who saved our country? you saved our country. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: nothing like this has ever happened before. and you know what? the world is watching. and when prime ministers and presidents and kings and queens talk to me, they say congratulations on what has happened with your economy. it is incredible. they are emulating what we are doing. they can't believe it. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: so we continue to decimate the remnants -- because there are always going to be remnants -- we can take the area, the land, we will soon have 100%, but there are always remnants. they wrap themselves in bombs. they are crazy. they are lunatics. you are always going to have that, but we want to get 100%. it was so bad when i took over. it was going the opposite direction. syria, we want to bring our
troops back home. it's time. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: it's time. thanks to the extraordinary service of our military in afghanistan, 19 years we are in afghanistan, we may now be able to seek a political resolution that frankly they have wanted to talk about for a long time. we have hit them very hard. but, it has been 19 years. we spend more on military in afghanistan, $50 billion a year, than most countries spend on their entire country. health care, education, everything. we spend more than they do. it's time to start thinking smart for our country. we want to build our country. we want to spend money in our country. we want to build our roads and highways and bridges and dams.
[cheering] last month, the united states recognized the legitimate government of venezuela and condemned the socialist brutality of the maduro regime. everywhere socialism has been implemented, it has produced poverty, misery, repression, and despair. you take a look, no matter where. yet, there are those trying to implement socialism right here in the united states. [booing] pres. trump: so i again say to you, and i say it for the world to hear, america will never be a socialist country. [cheers and applause] [chanting usa]
pres. trump: we are born free, we will live free, and we will die free. we will always be free. [cheering] pres. trump: each of us here tonight is united by the same timeless values. we believe in the american constitution and our great rule of law. we believe in the dignity of work and the sanctity of life. we believe that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the american way. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: we believe in religious liberty, the right to free speech, and the right to keep and bear arms. [cheers and applause]
we believe that children should be taught to love our country, honor our incredible history, and always respect our great american flag. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: we believe the first duty of government is to be loyal to its citizens and we live by the words of our national motto that we are going to keep. we will never change this. in god we trust. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: these are the beliefs, traditions, and principles that bind us together as citizens, as neighbors, as
great patriots. these are the values that unite people all across the great state of texas. [cheering] pres. trump: from houston to austin, from dallas to el paso. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: from the red rivers to the rio grande, the lone star state embodies the spirit of independence like maybe no other place anywhere in the world. [cheering] and you have always embraced the cause of american freedom like no one else. this is a state where william travis, james bowie, and davy crockett made their last stand at the alamo.
[applause] pres. trump: this is the state where a small band of patriots at the battle of gonzales armed with a single canon stared down a foreign powerful army and declared, come and take it. come and take it. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: come on, take it. texas is the state where generations of farmers, ranchers, oil workers, and pioneers helped build the most extraordinary nation in all of human history. that's what we are. we were losing track. we did not lose track anymore. we are straight on that track. now, just like generations of texas patriots who came before, you are going to make your
stand. that is what we have done. we have made our stand together. this is a big group of millions and millions of people that have come together like never before in our history. this has never happened before. [cheers and applause] we have come for safety, for sovereignty, and for the sacred rights given to us by the hand of almighty god. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: we are one united movement, one united people, and one united states of america. [cheering and applause] pres. trump: and together with
the proud and incredible and great people of the state of texas, we will make america wealthy again. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: we will make america strong again. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: we will make america safe again. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: and we will make america great again. thank you, texas. thank you. ♪ ♪ [you can't always get what you want] ♪
>> there are nearly 100 new members of the house of representatives, ohio, west virginia, maryland emma mississippi, and washington are five of the states that added one new member. anthony gonzalez was a football player at ohio state before the indianapolis colts drafted him in 2007. after injuries cut short his career, representative gonzalez earned his mba at stanford business school third is the first latino elected to ohio's delegation. representative carol miller served over a decade in the state house before voters in the third district elected her congress. politics runs in her family. she is the daughter of former congressman sang all divine, who would be filled by ohio governor and presidential candidate john
kasich. congress and michael guest was a local prosecutor in mississippi for nearly 25 years. the last decade as district attorney before his election to the house. he is a sunday school teacher at his local baptist church. representative david trone and his brother opened a small liquor store in delaware in 1990. they move the headquarters to maryland and has expanded to become the largest independent fine wine retailer in the country. washington's eighth district electing -- elected a pediatrician and the only female doctor in congress. new congress, new leaders. watch it all on c-span. the c-span bus travel to louisiana asking folks -- what does it mean to be american? >> to be an american meet you are part of a community -- means you are part of a community that is able to overcome obstacles
and a community that includes everyone as a whole. is to doan american anything you put your mind to no matter what background you come from and where you are from. when you come here, can do anything. you will achieve everything. that is what it is like to be an american. means youn american love this country, truly love this country. just like the people, we are broken. the company can -- country can means youbut it also stand for the constitution, the bill of rights, and you wish to uphold those. if you don't know them and uphold them or you think that we don't need them, those are the formations of our country. that is what we are built upon. to notld be un-american be devoted to those. >> i think that to be american means we get to stand up and
express ourselves, that we have the right to express our voice, our actions, and to quote in 1914 poem by emma wheeler wilcox, "to stand i silence when we should protect makes cowards out of men are go -- men." >> it means choosing where you live, picking what job you want, and living the way you want and spend your money however you want. that is truly what it means to be american, to choose your own destiny. >> voices from the road on c-span. on tuesday on the c-span networks, at 11:00, live from dearborn, michigan from the funeral for john dingell, longest-serving member of the u.s. house, who died last thursday at 92 years of age.
at 3:45, congressman and dingell's casket arrives at the u.s. capitol. on c-span two, the senate works on legislation regarding public lands and national resources. a final passage vote on a bill expected in the afternoon. the chamber also vote on whether to advance william barr's nomination as attorney general. on c-span3 at 9:30 a.m., the senate armed services looks at military operations in the indo pacific and korea. an hour, ap in discussion with legislation reclaiming congresses role in the war powers act and the latest on the border security talks. at 8:30, our guest is the executive director for the center for immigration studies who will talk about the immigration policies and his group's priorities for border security negotiations on capitol hill.