Transcript of President Donald Trump’s Speech At GOP Retreat in Philadelphia-January 26, 2017

Transcript of President Donald Trump’s Speech At GOP Retreat in Philadelphia, January 26, 2017

Thank you very much, Mitch. So nice, thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. So nice. Nice to win, do we agree? It’s been a while. Been a while since we had this position. Nice to win. And I want to thank everybody in the room. So many friends. Thank you very much. Sit down everybody. Let’s enjoy ourselves.

It’s great to be in Philadelphia. I went to school in Philadelphia. This is a very special place in our nation’s history. It’s the place where we launched our American independence. The State of Pennsylvania is very special to me for lots of reasons. Especially from a couple of months ago. Remember? Pennsylvania cannot be won. Remember? Pennsylvania cannot be won. Right, Congressman? There is no path to victory for Trump in Pennsylvania. Except we won. Now it has been a long time since you guys did this, but uh, it was just a great victory. It was a great evening. It was a great evening, I will tell you. But it sort of started in Pennsylvania. They all said that Pennsylvania was the bride that got away. That it was the state that everybody from the Republican Party that ran in Pennsylvania for 38 years thought they won, except they never won. And I thought I won, too, but I was afraid to say it, Mitch, because it just seemed that it wasn’t working out. So I just said, ‘You know what? I think we did great, let’s see what happens.’ But good things happened. So we love this state, and we will see it many times again.

Now is the dawn of a new era of American independence. A rededication to the idea that the people are in charge of their own destiny. I want to thank majority leader McConnell, great guy. And Speaker Paul Ryan, very very special. And he is writing his heart out. Right? And we’re actually gonna sign the stuff that you’re writing. You’re not wasting your time. He would write and he’d send it up, but nothin’ would happen, but now it’s gonna happen. For their leadership, and for inviting me here today, thank you very much. And thank you, leader McCarthy, Senator Cornyn, Congressman Scalice, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, and Congressman Messer for your leadership as well. It’s been terrific.

This congress is going to be the busiest congress we’ve had in decades, maybe ever. Maybe ever, think about that. And think of everything we can achieve, and remember who we must achieve it for. We’re here now because tens of millions of Americans have placed their hopes in us to transfer power from Washington DC and give it back to the people. So important. Now we have to deliver. Enough all talk, no action.  We have to deliver. This is our chance to achieve great and lasting change for our beloved nation.

Since taking office, I have taken major contractual steps to restore the rule of law and return power to everyday Americans. And even though it’s only been a few days, we’ve done it in record numbers. We’ve issued executive orders to build the Keystone and Dakota Pipelines, and issued a new requirement for for American pipelines to be made with American steel, and fabricated in the United States. And I was sitting at my desk, and I’m getting ready to sign Keystone and Dakota, I said ‘Where’s the pipe coming from?’ And I won’t tell you where, but you wouldn’t be happy. I said, ‘Why is it we build pipelines, and we’re not using pipes that are made in our country?’ I said, ‘Let’s put that little clause in.’ Like it’s a one sentence clause. But that clause is gonna attract a lot of people. And we’re gonna make that pipe right here in America, okay? If people want to build pipelines on our land, we want the pipe to be manufactured, and not only that, manufactured here, but you will see a level of quality that you’re not going to see when they bring pipe from far distances, have to bring it in small chunks and then fabricate it on the land. Give me a break. We can do much better than that. And we’re going to do it much better, and it’s going to end up costing less money, believe me.

We’ve reinstated the Mexico City policy. A long standing policy…isn’t that nice. And by the way, on Friday, lot of people are going to be showing up in Washington. Right, Mike? A lot of people. You know, the press never gives them the credit that they deserve. They’ll have three hundred, four hundred, five hundred, six hundred thousand people. You won’t even read about it. When other people show up, you read big time about it. Right? So it’s not fair, but nothing fair about the media. Nothing. A long standing policy to insure taxpayer dollars do not fund abortion services overseas.

We’ve issued executive orders to remove wasteful regulations that slow down commerce and delay infrastructure which we desperately need. The very beginning of a massive effort to reduce the crushing regulations on our economy, and we are going to reduce regulations big time. We’ve also withdrawn from the Trans Pacific Partnership, paving the way for new one on one trade deals that protect and defend the American worker and believe me, we’re gonna have a lot of trade deals…Mitch, don’t worry about it. Just give me a little time. But they’ll be one on one. They won’t be a whole big mash pot. They’ll be one on one deals, and if that particular country doesn’t treat us fairly we send ‘em a thirty day termination. Notice of termination. And then they’ll come and say, ‘No, please don’t do that.’ And we’ll negotiate a better deal during that thirty day period. The other way, you can’t get out of it. It’s like a quicksand. Plus, we’re going to have very, very strong controls over monetary manipulation and devaluation, which they didn’t have in TPP. So this is going to be so much better, and we’re already on it. I would like to have my Commerce Secretary Wilbur approved because I hear he did fantastically well, but they’re not quick with the pen on signing these people because we’d like to have him approved as soon as possible. So, I know, and Mitch said it will be done, and it will be. They could move faster on the other side, I will say that. Could move faster. I mean, I’m meeting with the Prime Minister tomorrow, as you know…Great Britain. So I’m meeting with her tomorrow, I don’t have my Commerce Secretary if they want to talk trade. So I’ll have to handle it myself, which is okay.

We’ve put in place the first steps in our immigration plan, ordering the immediate construction of the border wall. Putting an end to catch-and-release. Expediting the removal of criminal al… this is so important to me. From day one I’ve said it. And I mean the immediate removal of criminal aliens, they’re gonna be gone fast. And finally at long last, cracking down on sanctuary cities. It’s time to restore the civil rights of Americans. To protect their jobs, their hopes and their dreams for a much better future.

Congress passed these laws to serve our citizens, and it’s about time those laws were properly enforced. They’re not enforced. The hour of justice for the American worker has arrived. Border security is a serious, serious, national issue and problem. A lack of security poses a substantial threat to the sovereignty and safety of the United States of America and its citizens. Most of illegal immigration is coming from our southern border. I’ve said many times that the American people will not pay for the wall, and I’ve made that clear to the government of Mexico. NAFTA has been a terrible deal. A total disaster from its inception costing us as much as sixty billion dollars a year with Mexico alone in trade deficits. You say who, who negotiates these deals? Not to mention millions of jobs, and thousands and thousands of factories and plants closing down all over our country. On top of that, are the trillions of dollars the US taxpayers have spent to pay the cost of illegal immigration. Much of it is then is sent back, and much of it goes back to other countries. And oftentimes, because they don’t respect us, the other countries will not accept the criminals that we send back to them that are illegally in our country. I promise you they will start accepting them again quickly. We’re not gonna have ‘em any longer. I will not allow the taxpayers or the citizens of the United States to pay the cost of this defective transaction, NAFTA. One that should have been renegotiated many years ago, except that the politicians were too preoccupied to do so. Now these people are not in that category, you understand that. This is a different group…I think, right? To that end, the President of Mexico and myself have agreed to cancel our planned meeting scheduled for next week. Unless Mexico is going to treat the United States fairly, with respect, such a meeting will be fruitless, and I want to go a different route. We have no choice.

Paul Ryan and other leaders in congress and I, and Mike Pence who, by the way, how good a choice was Vice President Mike Pence? Stand up. Everybody loves him. Fact, anytime I got myself into a jam early, you know I haven’t been doing this stuff too long. But any time I got myself into a jam, oftentimes they’d say on television, ‘Yeah. But look. He picked Mike Pence. So he’s gotta have something going, right?’ So Mike really helped me a lot. Well, we’re working on a tax reform bill that will reduce our trade deficits, increase American exports, and will generate revenue from Mexico that will pay for the wall if we decide to go that route. It is time that the American people had a president fighting as hard for its citizens as other countries are doing for theirs. And that is exactly what I am going to do for you, believe me. Thank you. Thank you.

It’s time that somebody fought for our country and didn’t let anyone take advantage of us anymore. The world has taken advantage of us for many years. Not gonna happen anymore. We will have an ambitious legislative agenda as well. Our legislative work starts with repealing and replacing Obamacare, and saving families from the catastrophic rise in premiums and debilitating loss of choice and and just about everything else. And remember this for this room in particular. Obamacare is a disaster. The Democrats are up and they’re saying, oh, and they’re putting up signs like it’s wonderful. It’s a disaster. I actually talked with Paul and the group about just doing nothing for two years, and the Dems would come begging to do something. Because ’17 is going to be catastrophic price increases. Your deductibles are through the roof, you can’t use it. You can’t use it. And they would come to us. Except we have one problem. We have to take care of the American people immediately. So we can’t wait. But every time they tell you about Obamacare, we’re taking them out of a big jam. Big jam. We’re putting ourselves at risk, to a certain extent, because we’re taking it off their platter. But I think, Congressman, I think we have no choice. I think we have no choice. We have to get it going. If we, I’m serious, if we waited two years, it’s gonna explode like you’ve never seen an explosion. Nobody’s going to be able to afford it. It’s a disaster. And that’s politically what we should do, but we don’t want to do that .We want to get something done, and get it done right. And by the way, Tom Price is gonna do a phenomenal job. I don’t know if he’s here, but he’s gonna do a phenomenal job.

On my first day in office, I signed an executive order to roll back the burdens of Obamacare and pave the way for real reform. Like health savings accounts that empower individuals to choose the customized plan that is truly right for them, and have so many choices. Tom Price will soon be leading Health and Human Services. He is a true advocate for patients. He’s going to do a phenomenal job, we have no doubt about that. He joins an all star roster that includes many of  your colleagues. Ryan Zinke, Mick Mulvaney, these guys have had a pretty tough time in Congress, too, but they, uh, in the Senate, but actually came out very well. Mike Pompeo, is Mike here? Mike? Mike Pompeo, phenomenal guy, and Jeff Sessions. Jeff is a fine person. Jeff was one of my earliest endorsers. Never endorsed a presidential candidate before and he was one of my earliest endorsers, respected by everybody. And did unbelievably in front of committee. Unbelievable. In addition to fixing our health care, we’re going to pursue new trade deals that create higher wages and more opportunities for American workers, bringing back those magnificent words ‘Made in the USA.’ We used to have that. We don’t have it anymore. It’s going to be America first again. We will create millions of new, good paying jobs by removing the economic burdens that cripple our ability to compete. At the center of that agenda is bold tax reform that massively lowers taxes for our middle class and for all American businesses.

We will also pursue financial reform that will help striving Americans get the credit they need to realize their dreams. Republicans have always been the party of American industry and the American worker. We must embrace that heritage rebuilding this country with American goods and American labor. And we’ve started, believe me. Over the last couple of months, I don’t know, I’d like to say I did about as much as anybody or more in terms of getting industry to start coming back to our before I took office. But we have a lot of great news with Ford, and General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler, and so many others. We have a lot of great news. Lockheed is adding a lot of different people, a lot of additional people. Boeing, we have a lot of positive things happening, and it’s really gonna start bursting out. You’re going to be seeing it very soon.

We want to get our people off of welfare and back to work. So important. It’s out of control. It’s out of control. And we believe that the world’s best country ought to have the world’s best infrastructure. It’s what our people deserve, and it’s what we will insure they get. Our infrastructure’s in serious trouble. We will build new roads and highways and tunnels and airports and railways across the nation. We will fix our existing product before we build anything brand new, however. We have to fix what we have. It’s a mess. So we’re gonna fix it first. The thing I do best in life is build. We will fix it first, cos we have a lot of things that are in bad shape. And we will rebuild our military and take care of our great veterans. We’re working hard with the veterans, we’re going to do something very special with the veterans. It’s time. At the same time, we will unleash the full power of American energy, ending the job killing restrictions on shale, oil, natural gas, and clean, beautiful coal. And we’re going to put our coal miners back to work. Thank you.

And we will protect our farmers, our ranchers, our hunters, our anglers, and all who enjoy the outdoors. But to be a rich country, we must also be a safe country. Right now too many families don’t feel secure. Just look at the thirty largest cities. In the last year alone, the murder rate has increased by an estimated fourteen percent. Here in Philadelphia, the murder rate has been steady. I mean just terribly increasing. And then you look at Chicago. What’s going on in Chicago? I said the other day, ‘What the hell is going on?’ That is why we will continue to stand with the incredible men and women of law enforcement.

Yesterday, I had the honor of swearing in General John Kelly as our Secretary of Homeland Security. He’s gonna be amazing. Tomorrow I will swear in General James Mattis as our new Secretary of Defense. These men have devoted their lives to defending America, and now I look forward to working with them along with our great new head of the CS…you know we have, we have so many different people that we are putting in office. I think it’s the group of all stars like nobody has seen before, right? Where is, where is Pompeo? Where the hell is he? Did he ever come here? Oh, he’s working? He is, he is so…he is going to be another one of the big stars. I have to mention him every single time. One of you. And with you in congress to keep our country safe from the many threats we face today. That includes protecting Americans from radical Islamic terrorism.

We also need to keep the ballot box safe from illegal voting. And believe me, you take a look at what’s registering, folks. They like to say, “Oh, Trump, Trump Trump.’ Take a look at what’s registering. We are going to protect the integrity of the ballot box, and we are going to defend the votes of the American citizens, so important. All of us here today, for the same reason, to serve the citizens of our country. We are not here for ourselves, we are here for them. We are here for the people. We are blessed by divinity, and honored by history with the task of preserving this great republic, and expanding its blessings to every single American. Thank you. Thank you. All of us are joined in this effort. All of us are bound by duty, and bound by God to give our full devotion to this country and its people. That obligation forms the moral foundation of our agenda. That agenda includes a lean, efficient government, appointing Supreme Court justices, so important, who will uphold and defend our constitution. Reducing taxation and regulation. Fair trade that creates a level playing field, as opposed to what we have right now. And fostering respect for our country and its flag. We are now only at the beginning of this incredible journey together. I am honored to be your partner in this amazing quest. I am privileged to stand with you, shoulder to shoulder, as we work every single day to make America great again. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America. It’s a great honor to be here. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Transcript of President Trump’s Remarks at Business Leader’s Meeting at the White House-January 23, 2017

President Trump makes remarks prior to engaging business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

Good morning, everybody.

Okay, sit down, please. Mark was so nice with the plant coming back, I wanted to sit next to him, I must be honest.

Thank you very much, everybody. This is really our first official meeting, and Andrew, it’s nice to have you set everything up so well, and I hear your company’s doing well. And, I really do. I appreciate we’ll get to know each other very well. We’ll have these meetings every, whenever you need ‘em, actually. But I would say every quarter, perhaps. You could say monthly, but all of a sudden monthly becomes repetitive as we know. It sounds good, but then you have to do it and it’s like, it gets a little repetitive. But I would say probably on a quarterly basis.

Uh, you are great people. You have done an amazing job. And the biggest in the world. And this is a world wide meeting, and what we want to do is bring manufacturing back to our country.

Vice President Pence, good morning, is very much involved with me on that. It’s one of my most important subjects. It’s what the people wanted. It’s one of the reasons I’m sitting here instead of somebody else sitting here. And I think it’s something I’m good at. We’ve already had a big impact, and I want to thank Mark and Ford because you’ve been great. Uh, I think that, uh, I think Marilyn is going to be terrific. We’re going to find out soon, right? That’s Lockheed-Martin. And, uh, we’re gonna, I think we’re gonna have a tremendous amount of business from them. Fact, if you read today’s papers, uh, you’ll see what’s happening with, uh, with four or five different companies that announced that they feel much differently. Foxconn is going to spend a tremendous amount of money on building a massive plant, and probably more than one.

So that’s what we want. We want people, we want to start making our products again. We don’t wanna bring ‘em in, we want to make them here. And that doesn’t mean we don’t trade because we do trade. But we want to make our products here. And if you look at some of the original great people that ran this country, you will see that they felt very strongly about that…About making products, and we’re going to start making our products again. And there will be advantages to companies that do indeed make their products here. So we’ve seen it. Uh, it’s going to get, uh, it’s going to get…it’s going to be a wave. You watch, it’s going to be a wave.

And I’ve always said, by the you put ‘em on these massive ships or airplanes and fly ‘em, I think it’s gonna be cheaper. Now, what we’re doing is we are going to be cutting taxes massively for both the middle class and for companies. And that’s massively. Uh, we’re trying to get it down to anywhere from fifteen to twenty percent, and it’s now thirty five percent. But it’s probably more thirty eight percent than it is thirty five, wouldn’t you say? Uh, that’s a big thing.

Uh, a bigger thing, and that surprised me is the fact that we’re gonna be cutting regulation massively. Now we’re gonna have regulation, and it’ll be just as strong and just as good and just as protective of the people as the regulation we have right now. The problem with the regulation we have right now is that you can’t do anything. You can’t, I have, I have people that tell me they have more people working on regulations than they have doing product, and it’s out of control. It’s gotten out of control. Uh, I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment. I’ve received awards on the environment, but uh, some of that stuff makes it impossible to get anything built. Uh, it takes years and years uh, I know you can look at some examples, I read one recently where a man’s been trying to build a factory for many, many years, and his vote was going to be fairly soon and he gave up because he wasn’t going to win the vote. Spent millions and millions of dollars. Ruined, actually ruined his life. And we can’t have that. So, when somebody wants to put up a factory, it’s gonna be expedited. And, you have to go through the process, but it’s gonna be expedited. And we’re going to take care of the environment, we’re going to take care of safety, and all of the other things we have to take care of. But you’re gonna get such great service. There will be no country that’s going to be faster, better, more fair, and at the same time protecting the people of the country. Whether it’s safety ,or so many other reasons where regulations are good.

We think we can cut regulations by seventy five percent, maybe more. But by seventy five percent. Have, in a certain way, better protections. But when you want to expand your plant, or when Mark wants to come in and build a big massive plant, or when Dell wants to come in and do something monstrous and special, um, you’re gonna have your approvals really fast, okay? And the one thing that surprised me, and then I want to hear what you have to say. But the one thing that surprised me, going around and meeting with a lot of the people at this table, and meeting with a lot of the small business owners. If I gave them a choice of this massive tax decrease that we’re giving for business, for everybody, but for business, or for the cutting down of regulation. If I took a vote I think I’d, the regulation wins a hundred percent. Now, in one case it’s hard dollars, and in the other case, it’s regulation. You would think that the regulations would have no chance. It’s, it’s, I’ve never seen anything like it. Virtually everybody is happy with regulation than even cutting the taxes. So the regulations are going to be cut massively and the taxes are going to be cut way down. So you’re gonna have now incentive, incentive to build. The one thing I do have to warn you about; when you have a company here, you have a plant here. It’s going to be in Indiana, or it’s in Ohio, or it’s in Michigan, or it’s in North Carolina, or Pennsylvania…anywhere in this country. When it decides, when you decide, if you decide to close it, and you no longer will have a real reason because your taxes are going to be lower. And by the way, if you go to another state, that’s it. That’s great. If you can go from Ohio to Indiana, or from Indiana to Ohio, that’s fine. So you’ll have fifty great, wonderful governors to negotiate with. So it’s not like we’re taking away competition.

But if you go to another country, and you decide that you’re going to close and get rid of two thousand people or five thousand people, um, I tell you United Technologies was an example with Carrier, and I got involved, you know, two years after they announced, so in all fairness, uh, that was tough. But uh, United Technologies was terrific, and they brought back many of those jobs. But if that happens we are going to be imposing a very major border tax on the product when it comes in. Which I think is fair. Which is fair.

So a company that wants to fire all of its people in the United States, and build some factory someplace else, and then thinks that that product is going to just flow across the border into the United States, that’s not gonna happen. They’re gonna have a tax to pay. A border tax. A substantial border tax. Now, uh, some people would say uh, that’s not free trade. But we don’t have free trade now. Because we’re the only one that makes it easy to come into the country. If you look at China, if you look at many other countries, I don’t have to name ‘em, but many other countries, they can’t believe what we do. So we take in things free, and yet if you want to take a plant, or you want to do something, you want to sell something into China and other countries, it’s very, very hard. In some cases it’s impossible. They won’t even take your product. But when they do take your product, they charge a lot of tax. So. I don’t call that free trade. What we want is fair trade. Fair trade. And we’re gonna treat countries fairly, but they have to treat us fairly. And if they’re going to charge tax to our countries, if, as an example we sell a car into Japan, and they do things to us that make it impossible to sell cars in Japan. And yet they sell cars into us, and they come in like, by the hundreds of thousands on the biggest ships I’ve ever seen, we have to all talk about that. It’s not fair. It’s not fair. It never was. I just can’t believe it took so long for somebody to come along. So that’s the only thing I will tell you. So essentially I’m talking about no tax, because if you stay here, there’s no tax. Somebody will say, ‘Oh, Trump is going to tax.’ But I’m not going to tax. There is no tax. None whatsoever. And I just want to tell you, all you have to do is stay. Don’t leave. Don’t fire your people in the United States. We’re the greatest people. And many other countries have the great people too. We all have great people, okay. This isn’t that kind of a competition. Everybody has great people. But if we’re gonna fire people, and build a product outside, not gonna happen. Not gonna happen. Thank you. So with that, we’ll take some uh, some questions. Marilyn, do you want to start? I’ve gotten to know Marilyn very well. We have this beautiful negotiation going.

Transcript of President Trump’s Remarks At The White House Senior Staff Swearing In Ceremony January 22, 2017

President Donald Trump gives short speech ahead of White House senior staff swearing in ceremony conducted by Vice President Pence.

Thank you very much. Very nice. I just, uh, went to the Oval Office and found this beautiful letter from President Obama.  Uh, it was, uh, really very nice of him to do that and we will cherish that, we will keep that, and we won’t even tell the press what’s in that letter.

I want to, um, start off by, uh, telling you I just spoke with Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia. Great state, great people. Florida affected, Alabama affected by the tornadoes and just expressed our sincere condolences for the lives taken. Tornadoes, uh, were vicious and powerful and strong and, um, they suffered greatly. So we’ll be helping out the State of Georgia. Uh, we’ll be speaking with Governor Scott right after this and we’ll be uh, Alabama’s a special place. Florida, special place, but they got hit hard. They all got hit hard. But, uh, it looks like Georgia’s lost at least eleven people as of this moment, a lot of people. Uh, so, uh on behalf of all of us, Governor Deal, uh, condolences.

We, um, are going to tell you that this has been a very interesting few days. We have, uh, set up meetings with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. And, uh, Prime Minister May will be coming over to the United States shortly. Uh, we’re also meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada, and we will be meeting with the President of Mexico, who I know. And we’re going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA. Anybody ever hear of NAFTA? I ran a campaign somewhat based on NAFTA. But we’re going to, um, start renegotiating on NAFTA and immigration, and on security of the border. And Mexico has been terrific, actually, terrific. And the President has been, uh, really very amazing, and I think we’re going to have a very good result for Mexico, for the United States, and for everybody involved. Very important. It’s a very, very important thing.

Uh, and speaking of important, you’re very important. Because with you and all of the people in this room, we are going to, uh, do some great things over the next eight years, okay? Thank you. Right?  Right? Great group. It’s a great group of people. And if they’re not, I will let you know about it. This is the bad news about being the fa-, I will let you know if they’re not doing the job, okay? I’ll praise them if they’re doing it, and I’ll let you know if they’re not doing it. But they will do it, they’re going to do a fantastic job. I’m so proud of ‘em. I know ‘em so well.

Each and every one of you should be extremely proud. Give yourselves a round of applause. Come on, give yourselves a round of applause. To your family and friends who are gathered here today, I want them all to know how important you are to the functioning of the White House and ultimately to the functioning of the United States of America. I also want to thank the families here today for all you have done to support your loves ones as they’ve devoted their time and energy to causes of public service including many long nights, they’ll be away. Long, long nights that will go on for a long, long time, but we’re going to come out way ahead. We’re gonna come out way, way ahead as a nation, as a country, we’ll come out way ahead, because I know what we have. I know how talented these people are.

We’re also a team. It’s a team. It’s a great team. It’s a team that gets along. And as I said during my inaugural address, this is not about party. This is not about ideology. This is about country. Our country. And it’s about serving the American people. We’re not here to help ourselves. We’re here to devote ourselves to the national good. Public service is a high and great calling. It’s our solemn duty together to protect the country, our country. This great, great country. To defend its workers, and promote the well being of all Americans. So many people are depending on us, and on you as families. You as people that are going to get it done. So many people. The veterans, the unemployed, men and women serving in harm’s way overseas, victims of crime, and young Americans looking to fulfill their dreams. So many of those young Americans, and they’re going to be fulfilling their dreams. We’re going to make it much easier for them.

We will face many challenges, but with the faith in each other, and the faith in God, we will get the job done. We will prove worthy of this moment in history, and I think it may very well be a great moment in history. So be proud. Be very proud.

Now I began with this gentleman right here. I said, ‘Mike, how about it?’ And he said, ‘Not even a question.’ And it was a great decision for me. So Mike Pence, our fabulous Vice President of the United States will administer the Oath of Office, and congratulations to everybody. Congratulations.

Transcript of President Trump’s Remarks to the CIA January 21, 2017

President Trump delivers remarks to audience at CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA.

Well, I want to thank everybody, very very special people, and it is true. This is my first stop, officially. We’re not talking about the balls, and we’re not talking about even the speeches. Although, they did treat me nicely on that speech yesterday. I always call them the dishonest media, but they treated me nicely.

But, I-I want to say that there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump. There’s nobody, nobody. And the wall behind me is very, very special. We’ve been touring for quite a while, and I’ll tell you what, twenty nine? I can’t believe it. Oh, twenty eight. We better reduce it. But that’s amazing, and we, we really appreciate what you’ve done in terms of showing us something very special. And your whole group, these are really special, amazing people. Very very few people could do the job you people do and, I just want to let you know I am so behind you. And I know maybe sometimes you haven’t gotten the backing that you’ve wanted, and you’re gonna get so much backing. Maybe you’re gonna say ‘Please don’t give us so much backing. Mr. President please, we don’t need that much backing.’ But you’re going to have that, and I think everybody in this room knows it.

You know, uh, the military and the law enforcement, generally speaking, but, all of it, but the military gave us tremendous percentages of votes. We were unbelievably successful in the election with getting the vote of the military and probably almost everybody in this room voted for me, but I will not ask you to raise your hands if you did.  But I would guarantee a big portion, because we’re all on the same wavelength, folks, we’re all on the same wavelength. Right? He knows. Took Brian about, uh, 30 seconds to figure that one out, right? Because we know, we’re on the same wavelength.

But, we’re going to do great things. We’re going to do great things. We’ve been fighting these wars for longer than any wars we’ve ever fought. We have not used the real abilities that we have. We’ve been restrained. We have to get rid of ISIS. Have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice. Radical Islamic terrorism, and I said it yesterday, has to be eradicated. Just off the face of the Earth. This is evil. This is evil. And you know, I can understand the other side, we can all understand the other side. There can be wars between countries, there can be wars, you can understand what happened. This is something nobody can even understand. This is a level of evil that we haven’t seen, and you’re going to go to it, and you’re going to do a phenomenal job. But we’re going to end it, it’s time. It’s time right now to end it.

You have somebody coming on who is extraordinary. You know, for the different positions of Secretary of this and Secretary of that, and all of these great positions, I’d see five, six, seven, eight people, and we had a great transition. We had an amazing team of talent, and, by the way, General Flynn is right over here. Put up your hand, Mike. What a good guy. And Reince, and my whole group. You know Reince, they don’t care about Reince, he’s like this political guy that turned out to be a superstar right. We don’t have to talk about Reince. But, we did. We had just such a tremendous, tremendous success. So when I’m interviewing all of these candidates that Reince and his whole group is putting in front, it went very, very quickly. And, in this case, went so quickly because I would see six or seven or eight for Secretary of Agriculture who we just named the other day, Sonny Perdue. Governor, former Governor of Georgia, fantastic guy. But I’d see six, seven, eight people for a certain position. Everybody wanted it. But I met Mike Pompeo, and it was the only guy I met. I didn’t want to meet anybody else. I said cancel everybody else. Cancel. Now he was approved essentially, but they’re doing little political games with me. You know, he was one of the three. Now last night, as you know, General Mattis, fantastic guy, and General Kelly got approved. And Mike Pompeo was supposed to be in that group. It was going to be the three of them. Can you imagine? It was supposed to be all of these guys, they, people respect, you know, they respect that military sense. All my political people, they’re not doing so well, but, political people aren’t doing so well, but you…and we’re going to get them all through. But some will take a little bit longer than others.

But Mike was literally, I had a group of what, we had nine different people? Now I must say, I didn’t mind cancelling eight appointments, that wasn’t the worst thing in the world. But I met him, and I said ‘He is so good.’ Number one in his class at West Point. Now, I know a lot about West Point, and I’m a person that very strongly believes in academics. In fact, every time I’d say I had an uncle who was a great professor at MIT for thirty five years, who did a fantastic job in so many different ways academically, he was an academic genius. And then they say, ‘Is Donald Trump an intellectual?’ Trust me, I’m like a smart person, and I recognized immediately, so he was number one at West Point, and he was also, essentially, number one at Harvard Law School. And then he decided to go into the military. And he ran for Congress. And everything he’s done has been a home run. People like him, but much more importantly to me, everybody respects him. And when I told Paul Ryan I want to do this, I would say he may be the only person that was not totally thrilled, right, Mike? Because he said, ‘I don’t want to lose this guy.’ But you will be getting a total star. You’re gonna be getting a total gem. This is a gem. And I just…you’ll see. You’ll see. And many of you know him anyway, but you’re gonna see.

And again, we have some great people going in, but this one is something, going to be very special. Because this is one, if I had to name the most important, this would certainly be perhaps, you know in certain ways you could say my most important. You do the job like everybody in this room is capable of doing, there could be, and the generals are wonderful, and the fighting is wonderful, but if you give them the right direction, boy does the fighting become easier, and boy do we lose so fewer lives. And win so quickly. And that’s what we have to do, is start winning again.

You know, when I was young, when I was, of course I feel young, I feel like I’m thirty, thirty five, thirty nine. Somebody said ‘Are you young?’ I said ‘I think I’m young.’ You know, I was stopping, when we were in the final month of that campaign. Four stops, five stops, seven stops. Speeches. Speeches, in front of twenty five, thirty thousand people. Fifteen thousand, nineteen thousand, from stop to stop, I feel young. When I was young, I think we’re all sort of young. When I was young, we were always winning things in this country. We’d win with trade, we’d win with wars. At a certain age I remember hearing from one of my instructors ‘The United States has never lost a war.’ And then, after that, it’s like, we haven’t won anything. We don’t win anymore. The old expression, To the victor belong the spoils, you remember I always used to say, ‘Keep the oil.’ I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I don’t want to go into it, right. But, I will tell you, when we were in, we got out wrong. And I always said, in addition to that, keep the oil. Now I said it for economic reasons. But if you think about it, Mike, if we kept the oil you probably wouldn’t have ISIS because that’s where they made their money in the first place so we should’ve kept the oil. But okay, maybe we’ll have another chance. But the fact is, we should’ve kept the oil.

I believe that this group is going to be one of the most important groups in this country toward making us safe, toward making us winners again, toward ending all of the problems. We have so many problems that are interrelated that we don’t even think of, but interrelated to the kind of havoc and fear that this sick group of people has caused. So I can only say that I am with you a thousand percent, and the reason you’re my first stop is that as you know I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And I just want to let you know the reason you’re number one stop, uh, is exactly the opposite. Exactly. And they understand that, too.

And I was explaining about the numbers. We did a thing yesterday, the speech, did everybody like the speech? You had to like it, right? I’ve been given good reviews, but we had a massive field of people, you saw that. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. I said, ‘Wait a minute.’ I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. And they said, ‘Donald Trump did not draw well,’ and I said, it was almost raining. The rain should’ve scared them away, but God looked down and he said, ‘We’re not gonna let it rain on your speech.’ Fact, when I first started I said, ‘Oh no.’ First line, I got hit by a couple of drops. And I said, oh this is, this is too bad, but we’ll go right through it. But the truth is that it stopped immediately. It was amazing. And then it became really sunny, and then I walked off and it poured right after I left. It poured, but you know, we have something that’s amazing because we had, it looked, honestly, it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument. And I turned on the thing and by mistake, I get this network, and it showed an empty field. And it said we drew 250,000 people. Now that’s not bad, but it’s a lie. We had 250,000 people literally around, you know in the little bowl that we constructed. That was 250,000 people. The rest of the, you know, twenty block area all the way back to the Washington Monument was packed. So we caught them, and we caught them in a beauty. And I think they’re going to pay a big price.

And we had another one yesterday which was interesting. In the Oval Office, there’s a beautiful statue of Dr. Martin Luther King. And I also happen to like Churchill, Winston Churchill. I think most of us like Churchill. Doesn’t come from our country, but had a lot to do with it, helped us, real ally. And as you know, the Churchill statue was taken out, the bust. And as you also probably have read, the Prime Minister is coming over to our country very shortly. And they wanted to know whether or not I’d like it back I’d say absolutely, but in the meantime we have a bust of Churchill. So a reporter for Time Magazine, and I have been on their cover like fourteen or fifteen times. I think we have the all time record in the history of Time Magazine, like if Tom Brady’s on the cover it’s one time. Because he won the Superbowl or something, right? I’ve been on for fifteen times this year. I don’t think that’s a record, Mike, that can never be broken. Do you agree with that? What do you think? But I will say that, um, they said it was very interesting, that Donald Trump took down the bust, the statue, of Dr. Martin Luther King, and it was right there. But there was a cameraman that was in front of it. So Zeke, Zeke from Time Magazine writes a story about I took down, I would never do that because I have great respect for Dr. Martin Luther King.

But this is how dishonest the media is. Now, big story. The retraction was like, where? What, was it a line? Or dothey even bother putting it in? So I only like to say that because I love honesty. I like honest reporting. I will tell you, final time, although I will say it when you let in your thousands of other people that have been trying to come in. Uh, because I am coming back. We may have to get you a larger room. We may have to get you a larger room. You know? And maybe, maybe it’ll be built by somebody that knows how to build and we won’t have columns. You understand that? We get rid of the columns.

No I just wanted to really say that, um, I love you. I respect you. There’s nobody I respect more. You’re going to do a fantastic job, and we’re gonna start winning again and you’re going to be leading the charge. So thank you all very much. Thank you, you’re beautiful. Thank you all very much. Have a good time. I’ll be back. I’ll be back. Thank you.

 

 

Transcript of President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech-January 20, 2017

Donald J. Trump took the oath of office at 12 Noon, Friday, January 20, 2017.

A transcript of his inaugural speech follows.

“Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.

And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition.

They have been magnificent.

Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment.

It belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day.

This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.

These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.

An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.

And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain.

Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs.

We will bring back our borders.

We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example.

We will shine for everyone to follow.

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again.

And, yes, together we will make America great again.

Thank you.

God bless you.

And God bless America.”