President Trump Delivers Remarks to Troops in Japan CSPAN May 28, 2019 7:06pm-8:01pm EDT
>> tomorrow, look at oversight of the justice department and intelligence community as the agencies investigate president trump. it starts wednesday at 10:00 a.m. wednesday on crmp span 2. remarks from joint of chiefs chair. and he'll speak at the brookings institution at 10:308 a.m. wednesday on crmp span. >> on memorial day president trump spoke to members of the u.s. navy aboard at a naval base. introducing the president was first lady melania trump. this is an hour. >> so great to be with you today. enjoyable visit and thankful for the hospital we
have received. back in november, i visited the one s george h.w. bush, of our nation's great aircraft carriers at work. it is a privilege to once again join with you our incredible sailors and marines on the uss wasp who work here in the pacific ocean. thank you for yow work and sacrifice and all you do on behalf of our country. may god pleas you and your families. i now would like to introduce my husband, your commander in chief, the 45th president of the united states of america. mr. president.
been the talk of japan. they're not covering me. i'm a little upset with her right now. they love you in japan, honey, and i appreciate it very much. they love our first lady and love our first lady back home. i want to tell everyone before we begin, at ease. just relax. we have plenty of time. plenty of time. we're going to have a little fun. and thank youo be very much. great job. and i have to wish you all a happy memorial day, right? memorial day and glad to be back in the u.s. on that day, but we did a lot of great things for
the last three days in japan. we are working together. you're working, i'm working. i have no high honorer serving than your commander in chief and extraordinary men and women of the american armed forces. this has been amazing and un forgettable visit to japan. we are grateful to their majesties, the new emperor and empress and had the great honor of being their first state guests. we are deeply thankful to our treasured friends and partners. prime minister and mrs. abe, very, very great people. our thanks to the ambassador and job. great job you do. today we are proud to be joined by the many outstanding military
lied rs. we have a lot. these are very incredible ones. i want to thank commanding uss wasp, captain christopher herr. [applause] president trump: they like you, christopher. they like you a lot. that's very good, christopher. and the command master chief kevin guy. cheers and applause] popular people. that's great. wow! great leaders. my thanks as well to lieutenant general kevin schneider, commander of the u.s. forces,
japan. thank you, kevin. cheers and applause] president trump: vice demirl sawyer, commander of the u.s. seventh fleet. [cheers and applause] president trump: some of them will be picked for hollywood, and they won't do it. and they like it better. rear admiral, gregory fenton, commander of the naval forces of japan. thank you, general. rear admiral james pitts commander of the submarine group 7. [cheers and applause] and you know we are doing a lot
of big submarines. we are building a lot of them. i tell you, the best in the world. not even a contest. really something. i just saw plans for one, no longer the little submarines, these are incredible macheens. brigadier general todd dozier, deputy commander of the 5th air tors. todd, thank you. rear admiral fred kacha commander of task force 76. thank you very much. great leaders. captain jim mcgovern, commander of the amphibious squad ron 11 and fleet activities right here.
thank you very much. [cheers and applause] president trump: thank you. great. together these officers are leading the fear sole group of american warriors this side of the pacific. we have more than 1,000 sailors and marines from the 7th fleet including hundreds though serve n this impressive assault ship . s wasp [cheers and applause] president trump: we have sailors rom the following ships, uss ilo, uss chance lorsville, . smuston, uss barry [cheers and applause]
uss mccampbell uss benford. thank you fellows, great pride. i welcome our shore-based commands including large king events from navy region japan. thank you very much. [applause] the fleet anti-terrorism security team. [cheers and applause] president trump: the naval .ntelligence separations center [applause] president trump: fleet low gist particular center. the ship repair facility. do they do a good job of the
ships, repairing them, huh? [applause] president trump: let me ask you a question, the cata pault system, do you like electric or steam? >> steam. president trump: who said electric? i need this information, because we are building new carriers and using an electric cata pault and electric elevator. i can't imagine in the case of battle, it must be very delicate, ok. and you know steam has only worked for 65 years perfectly. and i won't tell you this, because it's before my time by a little bit, but $900 million cost overrun on this crazy electric cata pault. steam.what is wrong with
the system, steam or electric? lectric? he works for the enemy. [laughter] he's all right. you might be in danger. i better be careful. we want to go with steam. they come in with new ideas and making planes so complex, you can't fly them. they want to show next, next, next. and we want innovation and it's too much. the generalford -- general ford, and i was talking to the people and they said
steam and we are spending money in electric. you understand. so i think i'm going to put an order, when we build a new aircraft carrier. we are going to use steam. we don't need that extra speed. they were saying, one of the folks, the electric works faster. but we can only get the plane there every couple of minutes. so really, what they did was wrong. and we make mistakes, but germly speaking, we get it right. so we are going to put out an order. we want to use steam. the military doctors and nurses from the u.s. naval hospital, so many people, so many great people. every marine and sailor standing on uss wasp is strength of power. the 7th fleet is the most
forward deployed fleet. you are 70 ships and submarines with 140 aircraft and 400,000 of finest sailors and marines. did you know that about yourselves. we have marine staff sergeant daniel patterson. where's daniel? get over here, daniel. cheers and applause] tough-looking guy. every single generation of staff sergeant patterson's family has served in the united states family all the way back to the revolutionary war, but he was the first to choose the marines. [laughter] president trump: after completing two tours of duty, staff sergeant patterson requested another overseas tour
and wanted to go to squap and he needs what america needs and what america needs is daring warrior in the pacific. staff sergeant patterson today you and your fail sailors and courageare vr unmatched and valor. you know where we're talking and talking about. we really appreciate you being here. daniel, going to do something that you didn't expect. say a few words, daniel. cheers and applause] >> it's such an honor and privilege to be here with you, mr. president and i didn't expect this. and honor and privilege to serve with my fellow sailors and marines and drive a message for
the that the commander. we know where we are here and who we need to address because if we don't, we let ourselves sleep on it for a second. thank you very much and i thank all of you. cheers and applause] president trump: good job, daniel. [applause] president trump: he will be running for political office within two weeks. [laughter] president trump: daniel, great. every day the men and women of the 7th fleet live out their motto, ready power for peace. you face down terrorism and render aide in the wake of devastating natural disasters and i have seen what you have done. of proudly patrol the sea
japan and south china sea. you defend your homeland andal jice against missile attacks with most advanced and weapons systems in the world. we have equipment, missiles, rockets, planes, ships. nobody in the entire world can build them like we do. nobody. not even close. you know that better than anybody. here in the pacific and around the globe we want our armed forces to have the tools, resources and equipment you need and that you deserve. that's why we have given our 7th planes. american-f-35 the enemy has a problem with it. you know what the problem? they can't see it. just like this one right here
that just came out, beautiful. made historys wasp when it as the first ship to deploy these cutting-edge aircraft. you are getting brand new equipment. you know when i came 2 1/2 years ago, we had planes that were so old they didn't make parts for that anymore. you don't have that anymore. you have new beautiful equipment. we need it. peace through strength, huh? in april, u smp s wasp became e first ship to deploy f-35-b's in their naval exercises with the phillipines. the u smp s wasp returns home, we will be sending the men and women our most formidable assault ship uss america.
uss america will be sailing these pacific waters and i'm pleased to say she will be carrying the most beautiful f-35 -b's on her deck, brand new. brand new. my administration is committed to ensure that america's military strength remains second to none. we have made historic investments in our military with $700 billion -- right, general, billion, not millions. it is a little bit scary, with a b. used to be millions but now it's billions. we have to protect our country and allies. and last year $716 billion. so this year, we are going up and in a very short period of time, our military will be
completely rebuilt and stronger, bigger, better than ever before. won't even be close. when i took close. we were very depleted and you knew that better than anybody. that's the only word i can use to describe. right now we are very close and very close we will be at the level where we never been before. and five new guided missile destroyers, four new nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines. we got four of them. you only wanted one, we got you four. strike d new f-35 joint fighter jets. japan plans to equip the forces with 105 f-35r aircraft which
would make japan f-35 fleet the largest of any u.s. ally. the u.s.-japan alliance has never been stronger. the relationship tweb the president and the prime minister of japan, great gentleman, great man, is a fantastic one. this remarkable port is the only one in the world where we are an allied naval fleet head quartered side-by-side between the partnership between u.s. and japanese forces. together you are advancing freedom on the high seas, shielding our nation from dangerous weapons and preserving the peace that generations gave their lives to secure. one of those americans was private first class john
schaefer, born and raised in tower city, pennsylvania, private schaefer was a member of a group of is army special forces who fought in the pacific during world war ii under the command of general frank ma rmp ro with. good germ, huh? that's what they say. are you better? just about as good. although private schaefer perished in the battle of burma, his deep love of country endures with us today. his grand nephew, senior chief schaefer. er, daniel cheers and applause] and i want to thank you very uch for the incredible job
you've done. you picked a couple of people that are outstanding. please say a couple of words. >> thank you, mr. president. this is amazing. to recognize my family and others have families that served as well. memorial day is that time when we honor our fellow americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice. thank you for all my shipmates and fellow marines. it's a great day. thank you, mr. president. cheers and applause] president trump: two great jobs. and that's not easy. they don't they're coming up. you had no idea. they didn't choke. we don't like chokers, do we?
we don't like chokers. on thm memorial day in the united states, americans are concluding a sacred day of remembrance, reflection and prayer. citizens all across the country came together to decorate the graves of our fell fallen heroes and honor their selfless acts of courage. the citizens of our country are incredible. they love our country and they love you. they love you. you have no idea how much they love you. down from history from america's earliest days, feerlless americans have gone off to war and stared down our enemies knowing they may never ever return. memorial day links every grateful american heart in eternal tribute to those brave
souls who gave their last breath from concord to get is burg from midway to mosul. the remarkable resolve lives in every american who wears our great uniform. each day that you each day that you serve on these rolling and beautiful seas, you honor their sacrifice, you carry on their duty, and you continue their noble legacy. our republic endures because of brave men and women who are willing to lay down their lives to defend us all. our freedom is earned through the blood and sweat and toil and sacrifice of great american patriots just like you. as we honor america's fallen warriors, we pledge our unwavering devotion to all of those who serve our nation in uniform. omroughout this region, fr
tam to singapore to okinawa, he 7th fleet is holding the line and defending the peace. among the sailors and marines, aviators,sp, naval marine riflemen, aircrewmen, corpsmen, machinist mates -- go ahead, you can do it. ordinance technicians. ok? where are the avionics guys? gals. huh? right there? good. that's complicated business, right? have to be pretty good. cooks, fire control men and women, intelligence specialists.
who are the intelligence specialists? great. great. you know that. great. nurses and engineers. specialty in our seventh fleet is represented on this ship today. you are the strongest, toughest, best and bravest. do you agree with that? you better. ones who keep going and striving and keeping america safe and strong and proud and free. you defend our freedom, our families, and you defend our great american flag. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: you show the world the force of american might and
american heart. and you prove across these perilous waters and far beyond that there is no match on earth for the awesome power and glory of the american navy and the united states marines. [applause] pres. trump: to the men and fleet,of america's 7th the first lady and i have been deeply honored to be with you all today. on behalf of all americans, we thank you, we salute you, we honor you, we cherish you, and we stand with you now and forever. to the proud sailors and marines of uss wasp. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: god bless you. god bless our military.
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