President Trump Delivers Remarks at Wounded Warrior Project Event CSPAN April 18, 2019 12:09pm-12:35pm EDT
-- warrants and 500 witnesses. no credible evidence supports charges of collusion or conspiracy, i am ready to move on from the drawnout attack." some of the reaction will be keeping an eye on. and then live coverage from jerry nadler. and, other live events as they are available. we will get your reaction later on and open up our phone lines. president trump reacting to the news of the release of the report in his opening comments this morning at am event -- an event welcoming the wounded warrior project soldier ride.
. the soldier ride is very special. few people could do it, including me. i hate to admit it. i hate to admit that, but it is true. we are deeply honored to be in the presence of true american heroes. i would like to thank a great vice president, mike and karen pence, for being here today. thank you. mike.
[applause] thiers is a fierce devotion. i deal with mike and karen, and they have a fierce devotion to america's veterans, and we all do. we are also grateful to be joined by acting defense secretary, patrick shanahan. thank you very much. great job you do. [applause] 100% of the caliphate. that is -- that was great. that was one of our early assignments. you did a great job. general counsel of veteran affairs, jim byrne, thank you very much. the job. [applause]-- good job. [applause] staff,my vice chief of general james conville, thank
you. [applause] thank two great congressmen for being here. if we had room we would have had a lot more. phil roe, and james beard. thank you very much. [applause] and they are having a good day. i am having a good day too. no collusion, no obstruction. [applause] there never was, by their way, and there never will be. we 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 called them warriors because they -- i shook hands and they look great.
they look so good and beautiful. they should never happen to another president again. this hoax, should never happen to another president again. thank you. with us onstage today are the wounded warriors from the air navy, coast guard, national guard, and the marine corps. toh of you is a testament the outstanding determination, and patriotism that made this the graded nation ever to exist on the face of the earth -- greatest nation 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 will not tell you how much higher than before we got here. and then $716 billion. in this year we are trying to up it. we are rebuilding our military like never before. brand new fighter jets,
brand-new ships, every soldier has the best equipment. in the army we are even getting new uniforms, and those beautiful new uniforms with a belt. it was a big deal, the belt. if you thought those uniforms are inexpensive, they are very expensive. but they wanted it, and we got it. we have equipment now like we have never had before. research for the new and greatest equipment in the world. nobody is even close and can do what we do. we are a level that we have never been. a lot of progress has been made. when i came in with mike, we were a depleted armed forces. we were depleted. we had planes that were 50 or 60 years old, and we had things going on that you would not believe that the general new. i think we all knew and we were
not all happy with it. i am a big budget person, that there is one thing more in part -- important than the budget, one thing in particular, and that is our military and defense of our nation. without defense of our nation, the budget does not matter. we have done a real job, and i think, when i go to the bases with the soldiers, and sailors, the marines, we spend a lot of time with marines the other day, and coast guard doing the most advanced icebreaker in the world. they were trying to get in for -- get it for 20 years and they were not getting it. it is very expensive and built in the usa. in particular, the air force in the plane -- and the planes, we are ordering vast numbers of fighter jets. i got involved personally. i do not know if i am supposed to do it. i will probably get in trouble
because i cut the price, but we cut it substantially. f-18's, and every kind of plane you can think of, bombers, tankers, we have the greatest equipment in the world. we only give it to those who are working with us. and they pay for it, by the way. it is always nice. the oldies -- in the old days they did not pay us as much and they respect us again. today america salutes you, and all of your fellow warriors. you are incredible. and when i took actors a little while ago, some of the guys walked in, where are they? they walked in, said hello, could you stand, please? where are they? what happened? everybody stand, please. [applause]
there is great admiration in this room and all over the country for all of you, and for all of you. we really appreciate it very much. right job. we are in all of your courage, and we are forever grateful for your noble sacrifice. i also extend my deep gratitude to the amazing military spouses, and families that are here. a lot of families are here. [applause] stand up. stand up, please. [applause]
without the families, the spouses, it does not work, and is not the same. your love sustains the warriors and we want to thank you so much. you are incredible people. we are delighted to have a distinguished world war ii veteran in attendance. wasoral james blaine, who wounded in action at the famous battle of the mooch -- iwo jima, and that was a battle. where is james? hello. [applause]-- [indiscernible] -- [applause]
thank you, james, a real hero. you are honored -- we are honored by your presence. tomorrow, the wounded warriors on stage with me will complete the final miles of their more than 30 mile soldier ride through maryland and virginia. over battle group -- on battlegrounds, they risk their lives and shed their blood to defend our nation, people, and great american flag. likey defends our country those people representing all others, but those people in the room today. a very special group. here at home they have beaten back injury, illness, and in some cases beyond anybody's wildest imagination. and persevered through pain, adversity, and hardship. comeback,-- the word
but it is a word beyond, it is clear -- courage pure and said will -- and simple. 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. while clearing towns in afghanistan of terrorists fighters, in july he stepped on an ied. not good. since then, he has endured more than a dozen surgeries including the amputation of his right leg. today he 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 that i have ever seen like they do.
they have cutting edge technology, they have the best doctors. and, 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. they are just incredible people. aubrey is here. justin's wife. where is, stand up, please. [applause] wow. [applause] i have a little bad news, he looks like justin.
too bad. that is a beautiful baby. thank you very much. on adays ago, justin got bike for the first time since his injury. tomorrow he will finish the grueling course alongside his fellow warriors. justin, your sort -- your story like so many others is an inspiration to all of us and to all americans. honestly, i think it is an inspiration all over the world. people are watching all over the world. with us today is lieutenant ceoral mike, who serves as of the wounded warrior project and has done an incredible job. that long,been there but you took it and what a job you have done. what a job you have done. [applause]
in a moment, the general will introduce a really truly remarkable wounded warrior. before we hear from the general and mr. ramos, i want to thank every veteran for your patriotic service. and your selfless sacrifice that you 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 want to say to everybody, may god bless you. incredible,s our which is what they are, wounded warriors. and, all of our veterans. military, and,ur
very importantly, our great khan street -- country, the united states of america. thank you very much. [applause] general. come up and say a few things. thank you. michael: thank you. president trump, vice president e, cabinet and congressional leaders. and the room is packed with many of the leaders from our veteran's service organization. most importantly our warriors and family, thank you for joining us. on behalf of the entire team, we are honored to celebrate this exceptional group of wounded warriors standing behind me. it is an honor to be here. this is our 12th year in a row. how about that. [applause]
are grateful for having such a great group of american patriots behind to be. as the president said, the wounded warriors rode through the streets of annapolis, maryland and the campus of the u.s. naval academy, where they received incredible encouragement and recognition, but their service -- for their service and sacrifice. tomorrow they will ride through northern virginia, a hilly ride, and it will be raining. how about that? continuing to challenge themselves physically strengthening bonds of friendship and cohesion. with the grateful citizens they will meet along the way. we know that, with the right support, wounded veterans overcome the adversity of their injuries and either return to duty in uniform, or lead full 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 nation's finest and the work you have done and will continue to do. i now have the honor of introducing our next speaker. hospital corpsman, jose ramos. he is one of our legislative directors from our office in the nation's capital. texas, hef el paso, joined the navy in 2000 to become a corpsman, a medic where he was assigned to several marine cohort -- marine corps battalions. he served one tour in afghanistan and two in iraq. imagine theonly difficult conditions jose faced while he was deployed, multiple times and in very difficult to
-- circumstances. in 2004, he was hit i a rocket while serving a marine sniper team. his injuries were near fatal, causing damage to his left arm. despite his injuries, he was not only to direct -- able to direct a fellow servicemember in applying a tourniquet to his arm but continued to assist other wounded personnel before he was medevac. and thankfully recovered 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. parapet triathlon team, and -- parapet triathlon team -- advocateo a steadfast for his brothers and sisters in arms and is joined by his beautiful wife and children.
jose a big round of applause. [applause] jose: first and foremost, i want to say thank you to the general for those kind remarks and showing off my wife and children. my nine-year-old asked if i could -- if he could be brought to the white house. now, i have to make the capitals get to the playoffs and i am good for the year. it is an honor and privilege to get the white house amongst our guests and the warriors behind me. not too long ago i was standing in their shoes and it felt like it was yesterday and a few years back. it brings back memories. i want to thank the white house staff for putting this together, it is a lot of work and we appreciate what you have done.
soldier ride is one of the many programs that the wounded warrior project has, but it is particularly special to me and played a significant part in my life. 2000, andhe navy in my2004 i was serving in third tour overseas attached to a marine snipers team when i was severely injured. fast-forward a little bit, i am at walter reed and recovering and going to the process. unannounced to me, there was a group of friends coming up with this crazy idea, how about we ride a bicycle across the country to raise awareness and money for a young organization doing great work and that was the wounded warrior project. in 2004, chris decided to do that and he wrote over 5000 miles across the country from coast. in the following year he decided to do it again, going in the opposite direction. that was the birth of soldier
ride. that years we had two leg amputees join him. they trekked from san diego all the way across back towards new york. on their route, they stopped at walter reed where they met up with newly injured servicemembers to join in the rest of the way and i was privileged to be able to join through that route. we get about 400 miles in seven days and in that ride i learned three important lessons. number one, pennsylvania is not flat. [laughter] it is extremely hilly. and it were not for the amish pastries and the yingling, i don't think i could make it through the state. two, going down at full speed with one arm is not easy. i did not realize that. if you're going to go on long bike rides, make sure you wear your cycling shorts and make
sure they are not inside out. [laughter] number three, the most important lesson of them all, no matter how difficult the challenge is, whether you fall down or crash, whether you need to get off the bike or walk, or if it seems like the miles never end, if there's someone holding you or helping you get back up, walking along your side with you, if there's someone supporting you and helping you realize the finish line is just a little bit further, anything is possible. grinding it out on those roads made me realize that recovery takes time and it takes hard work. but at the same time, if you are willing to spend the time and with support, you can overcome everything. you might fail, but you will eventually succeed. that's not possible unless you have a great supporting connection that also provides great company with you. anything you said to accomplish
as possible and anything you want to do, you can if you choose to. mr. president -- where did you go? [laughter] i wanted to again say we appreciate your generosity. your willingness to have us here today, to help us remind our nation and our fellow americans that our nation, our nation of wounded warriors still need our compassion and our support and that the mission of the wounded warrior project is to support them along the way, on their ride, no matter how long it takes. thanks for having us here today. [applause] >> thank you. ramos is the academy of what it means to be a wounded warrior and as we say, is currently living the life of a warrior and through his recovery and we habilitation is carrying others from recovery.
thank you for your dedication and your commitment and mr. president, a small token of appreciation for you in the white house staff. please accept this small memento on behalf of all of us and especially the warriors standing behind me. [applause] trump: this is really beautiful, this will find a permanent place at least for six years in the oval office. [laughter] [applause] i was going to joke and say at least for 10 or 14 years, but we would cause bedlam, so we will say six. i want to thank you very much. ,nd i want to thank everybody all of these incredible people. thank you.
[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain at your seats until the president has the part of the east room. >> president trump with the wounded warrior project this morning. the president and first lady had to mar-a-lago later this afternoon as is custom sometimes speak to reporters as he departs the south lawn headed to the marine one. we make it some comments from the president before he leaves the white house this afternoon and if so, we will bring them to you here on c-span. the mueller report released to capitol hill about 11:00 this morning, some looks at the pdf
that is available now online on the department of justice site. also we are linking to that at c-span.org. you can see some of the redacted material in that order 48 page report. reporters now are reading it, members of congress reading it. you can readll and that, the link is very prominent at c-span.org. it was released to congress will do oversight. the house and senate judiciary committees will hear from the attorney general the first week of may. here's what it looked like earlier as the house judiciary committee accepted the report.