President Trump Delivers Remarks at Wounded Warrior Project Event CSPAN April 18, 2019 11:05am-11:34am EDT
deeply honored to be in the presence of true american heroes. i want to thank a great vice president, mike pence, and karen pence for being with us today. thank you. [applause] [no audio] [applause] fierceirs is a devotion, i can tell you. i deal with mike and karen. they have a fierce devotion to american veterans, we all do. thank you very much. we are grateful to be joined by the acting defense secretary. thank you very much. great job you do. [applause] 100% of the caliphate. that was great. that was one of our early assignments, so i appreciate it.
great job. general counsel of veteran affairs jim byrne. thank you very much, jim. great job. [applause] army vice chief of staff, general james mcconville. thank you, james. [applause] thank two great congressmen for being here. if we had room, we would've had a lot more. phil roe and james beard, thank you. [applause] they're having a good day. i'm having a good day, too. no collusion, no obstruction. [cheers and applause] there never was, by the way, and there never will be.
and we do have to get to the bottom of these things, i will say. this should never happen. i say this in front of my friends, wounded warriors, and i just called them warriors, because we just shook hands, and they look great. they look so good so beautiful,. but i sit in front of my friends. this should never happen to another president again, this hoax. this should never happen to another president again. thank you. with us on stage today are the wounded warriors from the air force, army, navy, coast guard, national guard, and marine corps. each of you is a living testament to the outstanding determination, persistence, and patriotism that made this the greatest nation ever to exist on the face of the earth. , we are spending the biggest number of dollars we have ever spent, not even close. you know that very well, general. $700 billion my first year,.
i won't even tell you how much higher than before we got here. $716 billion. this year, we are trying to up it. your real beauty -- we are rebuilding our military like never before. best soldier has the equipment. in the army, we are getting new uniforms. those beautiful new uniforms. the belt was a big deal. the belt. and if you think those uniforms were inexpensive, they were very expensive. but they wanted it, and we got it. we have equipment now like we've never had before. we have research going on for the new and greatest equipment in the world. nobody is even close. nobody can do what we can do. we are a level that we have never been. a lot of progress has been made.
when i came in, we were depleted. we have planes that were 50, 60 years old. we had things going on that you wouldn't believe, that the general knew, that we all knew. and we were not happy about it. i'm a big budget person. things, butle of there is one thing in particular. that's our military and our defense of our nation. without the defense of our nation our budget doesn't matter,. we have done a real job. i think when i go to the basis and i'm with the soldiers and the sailors, everybody, the marines, we spend a lot of time with marines the other day. coast guard, doing the most advanced icebreaker in the world. they were trying to get it for 20 years. it is expensive. built in the usa, by the way.
but all the things we are getting, and i think in particular the air force with the planes we are ordering, vast numbers of f-35 fighter jets. i will probably get in trouble because i cut the price. but we cut it very substantially. the bombers, the tankers, the greatest equipment in the world, everybody wants it, and we only give it to those that are working with us. and they pay for it, by the way. that's always nice. in the old days, they weren't paying so much. now they pay. they respect us again. they respect our country again. today america proudly salutes you and all of your fellow warriors. your incredible warriors -- you are incredible warriors. when i took pictures little while ago, some of the guys walked in, they said hello.
can you stand, please? everybody stand, please. please. [applause] great job. we are in awe of your courage. we are forever grateful for your noble sacrifice. i also extend my deep gratitude to the amazing military spouses and the families that are here today. a lot of families here. [applause] up, please.
spouses, stand up. please. [applause] pres. trump: without the families and spouses it does not work, it is this this -- it is not the steam -- the same. you are incredible people. have aalso delighted to distinguished world war ii veteran in attendance. , who wasjames blaine wounded in action at iwo jima, and that was a battle. where is james? [applause]
pres. trump: thank you james, a real hero. we are honored by your presence. thank you. tomorrow, the wounded warriors on stage with me will complete the final miles of their more ride30 mile soldier through maryland and virginia, on battlegrounds all over the world these brave patriots risk their lives and split -- and shed their bluffs -- blood to defend our nation and our flag. likee defends our country those people representing all others, like those people in the room today. they are a special group. here at home they have eaten
back injury, illness, and in some cases beyond anybody's wildest imagination and persevered through pain, adversity, and hardship. the world -- the word comeback, a great word. it is even beyond, courage. the legacy of service is a gift to every single american. through their example we witness the daily triumph of the human spirit and the unmatched valor of the american patriot. among our wounded warriors here today is 23-year-old justin day. inle clearing towns afghanistan of terraced fighters, in july, justin stepped on an ied, not good. since then, he has endured more than a dozen surgeries including the amputation of his right leg.
today, justin continues his recovery at walter reed where, by the way, they do an incredible job. i am there a lot to say hello to the folks. they do unbelievable work. there is nothing i have ever seen like what they do. they have cutting-edge technology and the best doctors. that is why i think i will have to be president for many years, because i never want to use a regular doctor again. one of the benefits i get, walter reed. they have great doctors. jazz, incredible people. -- just, incredible people. aubrey is here, justin's life. stand up, please. [applause]
i have a little bad news, he looks like, justin. too bad. baby, thankautiful you very much. got on a bike he for the first time since his injury. tomorrow he will finish the course alongside of his fellow warriors, and it is grueling. othersory, like so many is an inspiration to all of us, and to all americans. i think it is an inspiration all over the world. people are watching all over the world, also with us is lieutenant general mike, who serves as ceo of wounded warrior project and has done an
incredible job. he has not been there that long, but you took it, and what a job you have done. [applause] in a moment, he will introduce another truly remarkable wounded warrior, jose ramos. before we hear from him, and from mr. ramos, i want to thank every veteran for your service and selfless sacrifice that you have put out on a daily basis. you are so respected, so loved by our country. you are the guardians of american liberty and the foundation of american strength. you are the greatest source of american courage, honor, and pride that we have.
i just want to say to everybody, may god bless you, may law -- make god less are incredible, which is what they are, wounded warriors, and by all of our veterans. and may god bless, all of our military, and our great country, the united states of america. thank you. [applause] so, general, please come up and say a few words. >> thank you mr. president. president trump, like president and missus penns. cabinet leaders, in the room is packed with many of the leaders from our veterans services that we work together with. thank you for joining us today.
, weehalf of the entire team are honored to celebrate this exceptional group of wounded warriors standing behind me. it is an honor to be at the white house. this is our 12th year in a row. how about that? [applause] we are grateful for having such a great group of american patriots behind me. -- as the president said, the wounded warriors road through the street of annapolis maryland, and they received the incredible encouragement and recognition for their service and sacrifice. tomorrow, they will ride through northern virginia, an uphill ride, and it will be raining. how about that? continuing to challenge themselves while strengthening bonds of friendship and cohesion, and with the great citizens that they will meet along the way. we know that with the white
support, wounded veterans overcome the adversity of their injuries and return to duty and lead, productive lives as citizen leaders in the communities in which they settled. that is what today is all about. providing a venue for wounded service members to bond, continue healing, and realize that we are here for them. mr. president, thank you for honoring and empowering our work youfinest and the have done and will continue to do on behalf of our military and veteran community. opportunity to introduce our next speaker. jose ramos. from his office right here in the nascent -- in the nation's capital. he joined the navy in 2000 to medic a corpsman, a assigned to several marine corps victory battalions as a platoon
dog. ine served a tour afghanistan and two in iraq. you can only a man -- imagine the a difficult part of this message when jose was deployed .ultiple times -- he wass hit with hit by a rocket and it caused stating damage. despite his injuries he was not only able to direct a fellow servicemember and applying a tourniquet to his arm, but continue to assist other wounded personnel before he was medevac. he thankfully recovered and retired from the military in 2005. amazingly, within months of his injuries, he ran and completed the new york city marathon. jose is a former member of the u.s. para-triathlon team, and a
former appointee to the president's commission for the care of returning wounded warriors. he is a steadfast advocate for his brothers and sisters in arms and his joined -- and is joined by his wife and children. let us give him a big round of applause. [applause] jose: first and foremost, i want to say thank you to the general for the kind remarks, and for recognizing my beautiful wife and children. my nine-year-old asked me if i could bring into the white house someday, and i did today. and i just have to make sure that the capitals win the playoffs and i'm good for the year. it is an honor and privilege to be at the white house amongst all of our distinguished guests and among the warriors behind
me. not too long ago i was standing in their shoes. it felt like it was yesterday. it definitely brings back memories. i want to thank the white house staff are putting this together. it is a lot of work and we appreciate what you have done. soldier ride is just one of the many programs that the wounded warriors have. it has played a significant part in my life. navy into thousand, and in 2004 i served in my third tour overseas. i was severely injured by a rocket attack. fast-forward a little bit to walter reed, recovering and going to the process. ask anyone who was injured, and unbeknownst to me, there was a group of friends in new york coming up with this crazy idea. how about we ride a bicycle across the country to raise --reness and money for young
a young organization doing great work. in 2004, chris decided to do that and he wrote over 5000 miles across the country from coast -- rode 5000 miles across the country coast-to-coast. this time, he did it again, in the opposite direction. that was the birth of soldier ride. amputees tracked starting from san diego all the way across back towards new york. on their route, they stopped at walter reed where they met up and picked up a group of newly injured service members to join them the rest of the way. i was one of the privileged to be able to join. we did about 400 miles and seven days. and that ride i learned three important lessons. number one, pennsylvania is not flat. hilly,xtremely haley, --
if it were not for the amish pastries i cannot think i would have made it. number two, going downhill. with one arm is not easy. i did not realize that. by the way, if you are going to go on long bike rides, make sure thatthey are -- make sure you have cycling shorts and make sure that they are not inside out. number three, the most important lesson overall, no matter how difficult the challenge is, do you need to get off and walk, you fall down and crash, or it seems like the miles never end, if there is someone holding you and helping you get back up, if there was someone supporting you and realize that the finish line is a little bit further, anything is possible. those days grinding it out on the roads made me realize that recovery takes time, and hard work. at the same time, if you are
willing to put in the time and the support, you can overcome everything. you might fail, but you will eventually succeed. it is not possible unless you have support, and that is what wounded warrior project does. anything you set to wear accomplish is possible. anything you want to do you can if you choose to. wanted toesident, i say that we appreciate your generosity, your hospitality and willingness to have us here to help us remind our nation and fellow americans that our wounded warriors need compassion and support, and that the mission is to support them along the way on their ride no matter how long it takes. thank you for having me. [applause] pres. trump: thank you.
jose ramos is the opinion of what it means to be a wounded warrior. as we say in our land, he is truly living the logo of a warrior that starts being carried off the battlefield and to his recovery and rehabilitation and is caring for others. thank you for your dedication and commitment. a small token of appreciation for you in the white house staff. momentoccept this small on behalf of all of us and especially the warriors standing behind me. [applause] pres. trump: this is really beautiful. this will find a permanent place, at least for six years in the oval office. [applause] i was going to joke and say at least for 10 or 14 years, but we
would cause bedlam if i said that. so we will say six. i want to say, thank you very much. i want to thank everybody here. incredible people. thank you, and see you around. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats until the president has departed the east room. ♪ [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ladies, please remain in your seats until the warriors have departed the east room.
♪ president trump at the wounded warriors project soldier ride event. wrapping up in the east room of the white house. the mueller report released to members of congress delivered to capitol hill about 15 minutes ago or so. we want to remind you and let you know that the full report is now available on a link online on our homepage at www.c-span.org. our coverage plans today on c-span include any live events that are available this afternoon and a possible news conference from jerry nadler, the chairman of the judiciary committee. we will show you the news conference this morning with the attorney general coming up shortly here on c-span. president trump is expected to leave this afternoon for the easter weekend at mar-a-lago. out, and reporters
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