Remarks by President Trump Aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 02, 2017

Remarks by President Trump Aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford

Newport News, Virginia

2:28 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  What an honor.  They just gave me this beautiful jacket.  They said, here, Mr. President, please take this home.  I said, let me wear it.  (Laughter.)  And then they gave me the beautiful hat, and I said, you know, maybe I’ll do that.  We have a great “Make America Great Again” hat, but I said, this is a special day, we’re wearing this.  Right?  (Applause.)  I have no idea how it looks, but I think it looks good.  It’s a great-looking hat — just like this is a great-looking ship.

Thank you.  I’m privileged to stand here today with the incredible men and women of the United States Navy.  (Applause.)  American sailors are the best warfighting sailors anywhere in the world.  And it’s not even close.  And, Susan, I am so glad you could be with us.  I know how hard you work — 17 visits.  And she wanted things done right, I will tell you.  They told me she wanted this one done right, in honor of both of her parents, who were great, great people.  And we wanted to introduce this beautiful vessel to the American people.  And I wanted to be here, I wanted to be with you.  So, Susan, and to your family — unbelievable job.  Unbelievable.  (Applause.)

The soon-to-be commissioned Gerald R. Ford USS — what a place.  It really feels like a place.  You stand on that deck, and you feel like you’re standing on a very big piece of land.  But this is better than land.  It will not only be a great symbol of American strength, but a great legacy for your father, and our former President, Gerald Ford. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump Aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford”

Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

February 28, 2017

Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress

U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C.

9:09 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and citizens of America:

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path towards civil rights and the work that still remains to be done.  (Applause.)  Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.  (Applause.)

Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.  That torch is now in our hands.  And we will use it to light up the world.  I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.  A new chapter — (applause) — of American Greatness is now beginning.  A new national pride is sweeping across our nation.  And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress”

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the HBCU Executive Order

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the HBCU Executive Order

Roosevelt Room

2:38 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: So this is Historically Black Colleges and Universities executive order. Very important to all of us. This group has been fantastic, and many of which we were with yesterday and really developed something very special. So thank you. Thank you all for being here. Thank you, Mr. Vice President, also — Mike, for being here.

This is a very important moment, and a moment that means a great deal to me. This month has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate African-American history, and to begin working together to create a better future for African-Americans and universities and colleges, and everything that is African-American. Today, we’re taking action to help make that future happen and that future better.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are incredibly important institutions, woven into the fabric of our history just about like no other. Church is very important, right? Colleges and universities. Mike is my defender. (Laughter.) Education has the power to uplift. It has the power to transform. And, perhaps most important, education has the power to create greater equality and justice in our lives. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the HBCU Executive Order”

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Waters of the United States Executive Order

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Executive Order

Roosevelt Room

2:23 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, everybody. We appreciate you being here. Thank you very much. First of all, I want to congratulate Scott Pruitt, who’s here someplace. Where’s Scott? (Applause.) So important. We’re going to free up our country, and it’s going be done in a very environmental and positive environmental way, I will tell you that, but create millions of jobs. So many jobs are delayed for so many years, and it’s unfair to everybody. So I want congratulate Scott.

I want to thank everyone for being here today. We have a great group of farmers, homebuilders, and county commissioners. They’re all represented. They’re standing alongside of me. I’d also like to thank Jim Inhofe, who’s been so terrific in so many different ways, beyond even this. So I want thank Jim and also the leadership in the Senate on the issue, a friend of mine — a great friend of mine — John Barrasso. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Waters of the United States Executive Order”

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 321 and H.R. 255

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 321 and H.R. 255

Oval Office

2:11 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all very much.  I appreciate you being here.  We have a number of bills that we’re signing and things that we’re doing today.  It’s a busy day.  And then I guess tonight will be a rather busy night.  We look forward to it.

I want to thank Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who has been a tremendous friend to a lot of people.  He’s done an amazing job.  And, Kevin, I want to thank you for being here.  I very much appreciate it.  You had so much to do with this.

I also want to thank everyone else who’s with us today.  In fact, I have some names, and I’ll read some of them off, because not everybody knows everybody.  But we have Leader McCarthy.  Representative Barbara Comstock.  Lamar Smith — thank you, Lamar, very much.  I appreciate it.  Joni Ernst, who’s been a terrific, terrific senator.  A very talented woman, and a very good military person.  A very good military person.  And, Deb Fischer, thank you very much.  Thanks.  We also have Senator Barrasso and Senator Boozman.  Joni, we said hello.  Deb, we said hello.  Heidi Heitkamp — thank you, Heidi.  Senator Jim Inhofe.  Senator Pat Roberts.  Senator Dan Sullivan.  Representative Bob Gibbs.  Bill Shuster.  And Representative Lamar Smith.  We really appreciate you being here. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 321 and H.R. 255”

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Executive Order on Regulatory Reform

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Executive Order on Regulatory Reform

Oval Office

12:07 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all very much for being here.  We have tremendous people standing behind me, and the biggest in the world in terms of manufacturing and business.  Some of the people involved are Ken Fisher and Ken Frazier, Chairman and President, CEO of Merck.  Alex Gorsky, Chairman, CEO of Johnson and Johnson.  Marillyn Hewson — and she has been very tough to deal with but that’s okay — (laughter) — she’s a very tough negotiator, President of Lockheed Martin.  Gregory Hayes, Chairman and CEO, United Technology.  Andrew Liveris, my friend Andrew, Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company.  Mario Longhi, the President, CEO, United States Steel Corporation.  Juan Luciano, Chairman, President, CEO of Archer Daniels Midland Company.  Denise Morrison, President of Campbell’s Soup Company.  Lee Styslinger III, Chairman and CEO of Altec, Inc.  Mark Sutton, Chairman, CEO of International Paper.  And Inge Thulin, Chairman, President of 3M Company. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Executive Order on Regulatory Reform”

Remarks by President Trump and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru Before Bilateral Meeting

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2017

Remarks by President Trump and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru Before Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office

3:06 P.M. EST

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  It’s a great honor to have President Kuczynski with us from Peru.  Peru has been a fantastic neighbor.  We’ve had great relationships — better now than ever before.  And I have known him for quite a while through reading about the work that he’s done, and I believe he’s here to get an award at Princeton.  An award for what?  Explain, please.

PRESIDENT KUCZYNSKI:  For being an alumnus who did okay, I guess.  (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yeah, did very okay.  And your daughter goes to —

PRESIDENT KUCZYNSKI:  Alex?  Oh, my other daughter, Susie, goes to Princeton.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Right.  That’s exactly right.

PRESIDENT KUCZYNSKI:  She wants to study medicine.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And I assume she’s very proud of you getting the big award tomorrow, right?

PRESIDENT KUCZYNSKI:  Right.  And Alex went to Columbia.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:   That’s great.  Good students, good children.  So a very, very special man, and it’s an honor to have him in Washington, at the White House.  And we’re going to talk some business.  I understand they’re going to be buying quite a bit of our military — some of our military vehicles.  And they are great vehicles.  I just looked at it and we’re approving it.  And use them well.  Use them well.

And if you’d like to say something, Mr. President, please.

PRESIDENT KUCZYNSKI:  Well, I’m happy to be in Washington.  I lived here for a while.  I lived in New York.  We greatly respect the U.S.  We have excellent relations.  And Latin America needs to grow more, and we’re going to talk about how to do that.  Maybe you have a few ideas.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:   I guess I do.  I guess I do.  And we have a problem with Venezuela.  They’re doing very poorly.  And so we’ll be talking about a lot of different things.

And thank you all for being here.  Thank you.

END
3:08 P.M. EST

Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

10:23 A.M. EST

 

THE PRESIDENT:  I love this place.  Love you people.  So thank you.  Thank you very much.

First of all, I want to thank Matt Schlapp, and his very, very incredible wife and boss, Mercedes, who have been fantastic friends and supporters, and so great.  When I watch them on television defending me, nobody has a chance.  So, I want to thank Matt and Mercedes.

And when Matt called and asked, I said, absolutely, I’ll be there with you.  I mean, the real reason I said it — I didn’t want him to go against me because that one you can’t beat.  So I said, absolutely.  And it really is an honor to be here. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference”

Remarks by President Trump at Listening Session on Domestic and International Human Trafficking

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 23, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Listening Session on Domestic and International Human Trafficking

Roosevelt Room

2:40 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody, very nice.  Nice to see you.  Well, I want to thank Dina and Ivanka and everybody for working so hard to set this up.  It’s been so important to them, and I want to make it clear today that my administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking.  And I am prepared to bring the full force and weight of our government to the federal and at the federal level, and the other highest levels, whatever we can do, in order to solve this horrific problem.  It’s getting worse and it’s happening in the United States in addition to the rest of the world, but it’s happening in the United States, which is terrible.

Human trafficking is a dire problem, both domestically and internationally, and is one that’s made really a challenge.  And it’s really made possible to a large extent, more of a modern phenomenon, by what’s taking place on the Internet, as you probably know.  Solving the human trafficking epidemic, which is what it is, is a priority for my administration.  We’re going to help out a lot.  “Solve” is a wonderful word, a beautiful word, but I can tell you, we’re going to help a lot.   Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Listening Session on Domestic and International Human Trafficking”

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Manufacturing CEOs

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 23, 2017

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Manufacturing CEOs

State Dining Room

10:57 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have everybody.  And some of the great people in the world of business, many of you I know — many of you I know from reading all of our wonderful magazines and business magazines, in particular.  So it’s an honor to have you with us today.

Bringing manufacturing back to America, creating high-wage jobs was one of our campaign promises and themes, and it resonated with everybody.  It was really something what happened.  States that hadn’t been won in many, many years were — they came over to our fold.  A lot of it had to do with the jobs, and other reasons — but jobs.  And I’m delivering on everything that we’ve said.  In fact, people are saying they’ve never seen so much happen in 30 days of a presidency.  We’ve delivered on a lot.  And I think Mark can explain, and Mark can probably say some of the things we’re doing for the auto industry.  We’re going to be doing for many of the industries. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Manufacturing CEOs”