President Trump Gives Remarks on Tax Reform to American Truckers

President Trump Gives Remarks on Tax Reform to American Truckers

in Harrisburg, PA

The American Trucking Association. 

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The current tax code is a disaster and needs to be reformed for all Americans. President Donald J. Trump is committed to bringing historic tax relief to the American people based on four key ideas ? cutting taxes for every day Americans, simplifying the tax code, giving business the competitive edge, and investing in America. Today, President Trump is traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver this message on tax reform to the American Trucking Association.

 

The American Trucking Associations, founded in 1933, is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry.

 


Trucking Leaders Join President Trump in Calling for Tax Reform
 

Reducing Rates Will Allow Industry to Expand, Add Jobs

 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ? Today, leaders with the American Trucking Associations joined President Trump in calling on Congress to quickly act on comprehensive tax reform as a way of growing the economy and creating jobs.

 

“While trucking sustains the vitality of the U.S. economy, we also carry a heavy tax burden, paying the highest corporate tax rate of any transportation mode,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “That is why we joined President Trump at today’s event, in support of his plan to reform our tax code. We urge Congress to follow the President’s lead and pass tax reform by year’s end.

 

“Hearing the President specifically call out the benefits of tax reform for ATA’s members and the trucking industry underscores the need for this effort. We urge Congress to work with the President to achieve the goal of reducing the rates families and small businesses pay in taxes,” he said.

 

Spear was joined at the event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, by several ATA members, in support of the tax reform effort.

 

“Few industries are as connected to every facet of the American economy as trucking. From that vantage point, we can see clearly what the President’s tax reform plan would do to drive our economy,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio. “Every day, we proudly do our job to move America forward. We join the President in calling on Congress to do the same.

 

“Lower rates equals money that can be used to hire and pay drivers ? the top job in 29 states. It can be used to purchase new, safer equipment, or hire highly skilled technicians to maintain it,” Spear said. “By easing the tax burden on the truckers that literally move our economy, Congress will enable us to invest in our employees, equipment and the growth of our companies. Higher tax rates mean higher transportation costs, which make everyday goods more expensive ? hurting lower-income Americans the most. By contrast, the benefits of lowered rates will reverberate up and down the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the small business and individual household.”

 

“Passing tax reform would help me as the owner of a small family-owned business, by not only helping us add drivers and trucks, but in allowing this business to stay in my family by eliminating the estate tax,” said ATA member Calvin Ewell, president of H.R. Ewell Inc., East Earl, Pennsylvania. “Trucking is a low-single-digit-margin  business, and family-owned companies aren’t flush with cash, but they have millions in capital tied up in trucks and facilities, so eliminating this tax will preserve our small family trucking businesses as a small family business.”

 

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward

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President Trump – Remarks on Las Vegas Mass Murder

President Trump – Remarks on Las Vegas Mass Murder

It was an act of pure evil

Remarks at Las Vegas Mass Murder

Thank you.

My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief.

Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more.

It was an act of pure evil.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.

I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired, is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.

Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one, a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we are here for you. And we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.

 
 
Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

 

In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff. I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims. In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has.

 

We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today. And always will. Forever.

In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.

Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded or lost the ones they loved so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace, and we pray for the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.President Donald John Trump

May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost, may God give us the grace of healing and may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on. Thank you. God bless America.

Thank you.

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Steve Scalise full address to Congress since his Attempted Murder

US Representative Steve Scalise full address to Congress since his Attempted Murder

Attest to the Power of Prayer, Thanks God, and Capitol Police

Steve Scalise Address to Congress after shooting

Transcript

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the gentleman is recognized for as much

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time as he may consume

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Wow Thank You mr. speaker

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you have no idea how great this feels to

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be back here at work in the people’s

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house

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[Applause]

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as you can imagine these last three and

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a half months have been pretty

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challenging times for me and my family

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but if you look at the outpouring of

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love of warmth of prayer my gosh

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Jennifer and I have been overwhelmed

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with all of that outpouring and it’s

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given us the strength to get through all

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of this and to get to this point today

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and it starts with God

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[Applause]

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when I was laying out on that ball field

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the first thing I did once I was down

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and I couldn’t move anymore as I just

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started to pray and I will tell you it

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gave me an unbelievable sense of calm

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knowing that at that point it was in

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God’s hands but I prayed for very

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specific things and I’ll tell you pretty

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much every one of those prayers was

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answered and and there were some pretty

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challenging prayers I was putting in

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God’s hands

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but he he really did deliver for me and

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my family and it just gives you that

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renewed faith in understanding that the

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power of prayer is something that you

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just cannot underestimate

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[Applause]

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so I am definitely a living example that

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miracles really do happen the first

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place I want to go to to thank true

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angels along the way starts with the

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United States Capitol Police

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[Music]

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when I was elected Majority Whip as you

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know the elected leadership has a

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security detail and if anybody ever

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wondered why we’re signed security

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detail

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I surely found out that day and let me

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tell you I want to specifically mention

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crystal Greiner and David Bailey

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[Applause]

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crystal and David were signed to my

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security detail that morning and day in

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and day out they’re they’re part of our

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family Jennifer I truly do treat him as

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part of our family because they’re with

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us everywhere we go and on that day it

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was no different On June 14th

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they came 6 – 30 in the morning we arrived

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at the baseball field just to play in

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practice for a game of charity baseball

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and nobody would have suspected what

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ensued and yet as soon as those shots

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were fired I’ll tell you when I was

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laying on the ground one of the things I

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prayed for is that David and Krystle

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would be successful in carrying out

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their duties and both David and Krystal

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are incredibly well trained incredibly

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for professional but when I was laying

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there not long after the first couple of

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shots were fired

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I could hear a different caliber weapon

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and that told me that they had

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immediately engaged the shooter and let

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me tell you if they didn’t act so

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quickly and even after being shot both

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themselves continued to engage the

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shooter and ultimately got him down

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which not only saved my life but saved

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the life of a lot of other people that

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are here in this chamber today Krystle

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couldn’t be with us today but David

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Bailey is with us David you are my hero

David Bailey US Capitol Police

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you saved my life and everything thank

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you so much

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Tiger blood I also think those thanks to

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a lot of the people that run the field

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with me right after the shooter was down

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a lot of my colleagues came and ran to

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come check on me and one I want to

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mention in particular is one of those

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things that Jennifer and I call the the

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little miracles that happened that day

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and throughout the next few months of

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our recovery happen to have Brad

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Wenstrup on the field that day and he

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was one of the first to come to my side

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and as you know Brad’s not only a doctor

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but he’s a decorated Army Ranger who

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served in combat in one of his roles and

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missions was to take care of people that

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were wounded before they went off on the

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helicopter to go get prepared who would

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have thought that God would have put

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Brad out there on that field with me

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because the tourniquet he applied many

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will tell you saved my life so that I

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can actually make it to the hospital in

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time with all the blood loss so Brad

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where you at

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[Applause]

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once I arrived at MedStar Hospital I was

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a little bit out of it at that point but

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luckily I ended up in the trusted hands

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of dr. Jack Sava and his great team over

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at MedStar they gave me a second chance

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at life and through many many surgeries

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where my life was truly in the balance a

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few of those they did a wonderful job at

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making sure that I was well taken care

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of and ultimately made it through that

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point so I could get to dr. golden and

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his team who actually put me back

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together again which was quite a task to

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the point where I’m actually able to

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relearn how to walk again

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so I doctored dr. Sava dr. golden thank

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you for being here and thanks for your

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team

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above all else I want to thank my lovely

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wife Jennifer

Jennifer Scalise

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[Applause]

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those you know or know how strong

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Jennifer is she’s an incredibly warm and

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loving wife and she’s an incredible

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mother to our children and somehow

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through the late nights and the

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surgeries and all the other things she

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managed to hold our family together to

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make sure that Harrison and Madison were

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cared for as well and still to this day

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she’s not only by my side but she’s also

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serving as a great mother I am lucky to

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have you thanks for being here love you

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sweetheart

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[Applause]

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and while it’s been a challenge in time

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for my family the thing that really

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overwhelmed us from the start was the

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outpouring of love and warmth and

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prayers from Southeast Louisiana the

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district that I represent we saw blood

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drives at st. Catherine we saw prayer

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groups at First United Methodist Church

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in Slidell but what we also saw were

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prayer groups and well-wishes being

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given from people that we’d never met

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before throughout all of your districts

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and you shared it with me and it was one

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of those things that was hard for us to

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completely comprehend that you had

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people from all walks of life that had

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never met me before and yet they saw

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what had happened and they just wanted

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to offer prayers and let me tell you –

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each and every one of you and please

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convey it to your constituents and I

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sure convey it to my constituents back

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home that warmth and love gave us just

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incredible strength that you can’t

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imagine during some really really

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difficult times and so that is one more

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example of the power of prayer something

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else I saw firsthand wasn’t a surprise

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to me but it was the outpouring of love

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from you my colleagues both Republican

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and Democrat I know right after the

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shooting we were practicing on the

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Republican side the Democrats were

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practicing too and my colleague and

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friend and sometimes archrival in

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baseball from back home in New Orleans

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unfortunately the star of the game too

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many times Cedric Richmond somehow

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figured out which hospital I was sent to

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and got there probably the first person

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there on the scene in his baseball

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uniform to check on me so many others of

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you again both Republican and Democrat

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reached out in ways that I can’t express

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the gratitude and how much it means to

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me Jennifer and our whole family it

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really does show the warm side of

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Congress that very few people get to see

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and so I want to thank each and every

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one of you for that you don’t know how

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much it meant to me and when I come back

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into this chamber here today it just

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seeing the faces of all of you

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it just means more to me than you can

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imagine so thanks for all of that love

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and support

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Oh

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a lot of people ask did this event

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change you and I think those even know

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me no I’m a I’m an optimistic person I’m

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you know just a fun-loving person I’m

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from south Louisiana and we believe you

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work hard and you play hard and Jawad

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2 – v is an event like this gonna really

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change that and and the first thing I

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can tell you is yes it changed me but

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not in the ways you might think it’s

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it’s only strengthened my faith in God

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and it’s really crystallized what what

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shows up as the goodness in people I got

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to see that goodness in people and so

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while some people might focus on a

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tragic event and an evil act to me all I

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remember are the thousands of acts of

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kindness and love and warmth that came

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out of this and kept me going through

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all of it and again just re-emphasize

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just how wonderful most people are and

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how how much compassion there is out

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there and finally I want to talk about

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something that I guess hit me and

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probably struck me more than anything

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that I was not expecting and that was

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the outpouring of love and support from

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world leaders people I’ve met and have

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known Benjamin Netanyahu and I have had

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some incredible conversations from the

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hospital the Theresa Mamie reached out

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the King Abdullah of Jordan who so many

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of us have met reached out but other

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world leaders also reached out people I

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had never met before and that touched me

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in a different way because each and

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every one of us we come here and we

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fight for the things that we believe in

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I have passionate beliefs for some

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reason some of you don’t agree with all

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of those

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but it’s so important that we come up

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here we are the people’s house this is

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the place where these ideas are supposed

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to be debated and we fight through those

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issues but ultimately we come together

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on whatever the board shows is 218 if

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you can put the majority together

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that’s what rules the day it’s so

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important that is we’re having those

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political battles we don’t make them

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personal because one of the things I saw

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and I guess this is the thing that that

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really kept coming back to me as I tried

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to to make sense of all this and

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comprehend the outpouring of love that I

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saw it kept coming back to those world

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leaders you know why would leaders from

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around the world that I’d never met

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before reach out and say Steve we hope

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you can get back to work we hope you can

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come through this and what it says is

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sure they cared about my well-being but

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more than that they saw this as an

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attack on all of us they saw this as an

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attack on the institution of the United

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States Congress and our government and

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they really count on us to be successful

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look we all know the United States is

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the leader of the free world it’s

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something that we’ve frankly had the

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honor as a country to hold as a

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distinction for generations and yet when

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you look at that title what it really

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means is that there are people all

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around the world that want freedom maybe

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that have freedom but they know the

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United States being strong is critical

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to the rest of the world having the

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opportunity for freedom

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[Applause]

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[Music]

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but that’s why I’m so excited to be back

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because as we’re fighting through the

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issues of the day let’s just keep in

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mind that we rise above the challenges

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of the day and understand that it’s not

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just us in our constituents in the

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country the United States that’s

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counting on us being successful people

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all around the world that believe in

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freedom are counting on us as well and

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we will deliver form that’s why I am so

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honored to be back here in the house

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serving with you god bless each and

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everyone of you and God bless the

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The United States of America

Rep Steve Scalise welcome back to congress

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[Applause]

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  1. speaker with that I yield back the

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balance of my time

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[Music]

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[Applause]

 

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President Donald Trump Speech to the 72nd Session of the United Nations

President Donald Trump Speech to the 72nd Session of the United Nations

Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime

*With special commentary by Rush Limbaugh*

President Trump 72nd United Nations

United Nations
New York, New York

10:04 A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. 

As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid.  The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.

Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th.  The stock market is at an all-time high — a record.  Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before.  Companies are moving back, creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time.  And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense.  

Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.  For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assembly.  Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed.  

We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity.  Breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve.  

But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value.  Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet.  Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.  

Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.    

International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people; force dislocation and mass migration; threaten our borders; and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens.

To put it simply, we meet at a time of both of immense promise and great peril.  It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.

We have it in our power, should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear.

This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars to help shape this better future.  It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity.

It was in the same period, exactly 70 years ago, that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe.  Those three beautiful pillars — they’re pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity.

The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free.  As President Truman said in his message to Congress at that time, “Our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations.  The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members.”

To overcome the perils of the present and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past.  Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world.

We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government.  But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties:  to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.  This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success.

Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.

Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny.  And strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God.

In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.  This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example.  We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution — the oldest constitution still in use in the world today.

This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law. 

The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words.  They are:  “We the people.”

Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country, and of our great history.  In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign.  I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs.

In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty.  Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. 

As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.  (Applause.) 

All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.  

But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies.  But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.  As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.

But in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure.

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations Charter.  Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall.  America’s devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies, from the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia. 

It is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion, or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others.  Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.

For the diverse nations of the world, this is our hope.  We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife.  We are guided by outcomes, not ideology.  We have a policy of principled realism, rooted in shared goals, interests, and values.

That realism forces us to confront a question facing every leader and nation in this room.  It is a question we cannot escape or avoid.  We will slide down the path of complacency, numb to the challenges, threats, and even wars that we face.  Or do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today, so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow?

If we desire to lift up our citizens, if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent.  We must protect our nations, their interests, and their futures.  We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea.  We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow.  And just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based.  They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. 

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.  When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength. 

No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea.  It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more. 

We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later.  We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport.  We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies.

If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.  

It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.  No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.  Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.  The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.  That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for.  Let’s see how they do.

It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future.  The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council.  Thank you to all involved.

But we must do much more.  It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior.
  
We face this decision not only in North Korea.  It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime — one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. 

The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy.  It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.  The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people.

Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.  This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran’s people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East. 

We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program.  (Applause.)  The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.  Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it — believe me.  

It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.  It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained.  And above all, Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.

The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most.  This is what causes the regime to restrict Internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protestors, and imprison political reformers.

Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice.  Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror?  Or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?

The Iranian regime’s support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.

In Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations.  We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamist extremism that inspires them. 

We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the entire world. 

We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology.  We must drive them out of our nations.  It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and others that slaughter innocent people.

The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people. 

Last month, I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan.  From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operations, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians. 

I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.  In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS.  In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined.  
 
We seek the de-escalation of the Syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people.  The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens — even innocent children — shock the conscience of every decent person.  No society can be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread.  That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack. 

We appreciate the efforts of United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from ISIS, and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict.  

The United States is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort.  We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people, and which enables their eventual return to their home countries, to be part of the rebuilding process.

For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.  Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible.  This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach.

For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere.  We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.

For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.

For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

I want to salute the work of the United Nations in seeking to address the problems that cause people to flee from their homes.  The United Nations and African Union led peacekeeping missions to have invaluable contributions in stabilizing conflicts in Africa.  The United States continues to lead the world in humanitarian assistance, including famine prevention and relief in South Sudan, Somalia, and northern Nigeria and Yemen.  

We have invested in better health and opportunity all over the world through programs like PEPFAR, which funds AIDS relief; the President’s Malaria Initiative; the Global Health Security Agenda; the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery; and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, part of our commitment to empowering women all across the globe.

We also thank — (applause) — we also thank the Secretary General for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security, and prosperity.  Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process.

In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution’s noble aims have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them.  For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council. 

The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more.  In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes.  The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but, to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it.

Major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell.  But the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems.

The American people hope that one day soon the United Nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world.  In the meantime, we believe that no nation should have to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially.  Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own regions. 

That is why in the Western Hemisphere, the United States has stood against the corrupt and destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom.  My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms.

We have also imposed tough, calibrated sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse.

The socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.  This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried.  To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule.
  
The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing.  Their democratic institutions are being destroyed.  This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch.

As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal.  That goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy.  I would like to thank leaders in this room for condemning the regime and providing vital support to the Venezuelan people.

The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable.  We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.
  
We are fortunate to have incredibly strong and healthy trade relationships with many of the Latin American countries gathered here today.  Our economic bond forms a critical foundation for advancing peace and prosperity for all of our people and all of our neighbors.

I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis.  We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela. (Applause.) 

The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.  (Applause.)  From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.  Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. 

America stands with every person living under a brutal regime.  Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action.  All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their wellbeing, including their prosperity. 

In America, we seek stronger ties of business and trade with all nations of good will, but this trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.

For too long, the American people were told that mammoth multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success.  But as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories disappeared.  Others gamed the system and broke the rules.  And our great middle class, once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again.  

While America will pursue cooperation and commerce with other nations, we are renewing our commitment to the first duty of every government:  the duty of our citizens.  This bond is the source of America’s strength and that of every responsible nation represented here today.

If this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as President Truman said some 70 years ago, on the “independent strength of its members.”  If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations — nations that are rooted in their histories and invested in their destinies; nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer; and most important of all, nations that are home to patriots, to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit.

In remembering the great victory that led to this body’s founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil also fought for the nations that they loved. 

Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain. 

Today, if we do not invest ourselves, our hearts, and our minds in our nations, if we will not build strong families, safe communities, and healthy societies for ourselves, no one can do it for us. 

We cannot wait for someone else, for faraway countries or far-off bureaucrats — we can’t do it.  We must solve our problems, to build our prosperity, to secure our futures, or we will be vulnerable to decay, domination, and defeat.

The true question for the United Nations today, for people all over the world who hope for better lives for themselves and their children, is a basic one:  Are we still patriots?  Do we love our nations enough to protect their sovereignty and to take ownership of their futures?  Do we revere them enough to defend their interests, preserve their cultures, and ensure a peaceful world for their citizens?

One of the greatest American patriots, John Adams, wrote that the American Revolution was “effected before the war commenced.  The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.”

That was the moment when America awoke, when we looked around and understood that we were a nation.  We realized who we were, what we valued, and what we would give our lives to defend.  From its very first moments, the American story is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future.

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. 

Now we are calling for a great reawakening of nations, for the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people, and their patriotism. 

History is asking us whether we are up to the task.  Our answer will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve, and a rebirth of devotion.  We need to defeat the enemies of humanity and unlock the potential of life itself.

Our hope is a word and — world of proud, independent nations that embrace their duties, seek friendship, respect others, and make common cause in the greatest shared interest of all:  a future of dignity and peace for the people of this wonderful Earth.

This is the true vision of the United Nations, the ancient wish of every people, and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.

So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world:  We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all.  

Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the nations of the world.  And God bless the United States of America.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  

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10:46 A.M. EDT

RUSH: AP: “Trump Insists on America First. Who Will Follow?” Let me tell you something about this America first. What do you think Trump means by it? (interruption) Yeah, yeah, yeah, he does. But it’s not just that. I actually heard Trump explain this and some people in Trump’s administration explain this. Fox has this analyst that appears on some of the shows. She worked in the National Security Council. She’s on the staff I think for Obama. And she was talking about this, and she had heard exactly what I heard.

And what Trump means by this, America first, also means the U.K. people being U.K. first, and in Belgium, Belgium first. Trump’s belief, it’s exactly what I said yesterday. Trump believes that if every nation believes in itself rather than believes in being subordinate and subservient to a global organization, the whole world is gonna be better, with everybody trying to be the best they can be. He doesn’t mean put America first over everybody else. But he says compared to the world and global organizations, screw that; I’m going to do what’s best for America. And he further explained, I think the Brits ought to do what’s best for them.

The theory is that in all of the western democracies and free nations there’s enough commonality that these nations banding together to put themselves first has a lot of commonality. The way it was explained, it made sense. I remember watching Gillian Turner, she was saying (paraphrasing), “When I heard this, it completely changed my view of Trump on this. He fleshed this out for me in a way that I had not understood it.” And she sounded like she was supportive of the whole thing, when of course liberals hate the concept of America first, ’cause they don’t think America deserves it. America’s too guilty. America still has too many prices to pay. America first, that’s arrogant and braggadocios, and we don’t deserve it, in their view.

And so this piece in the AP, “Well, who’s gonna follow?” Meaning Trump is hated, Trump is despised, so Trump putting America first is gonna isolate the country. The writer here is Josh Lederman. I’m not gonna share the piece. The guy is just totally off the wall and wrong, as most of them are. They’re not even making an effort to understand what Trump actually means with the things that he says, but his voters do.

His voters, 80% of Republicans understand it and they love it and they support it. And they don’t think America’s guilty. And they don’t think America has a price to pay. And they don’t think the world is better off with America being weakened. And they don’t think the world’s better off with America being portrayed as a problem in the world. They think just the exact opposite, as Trump does.

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The Maduro Diet = Starvation

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Once there was a South American country with a promising future. It had a functioning democracy, a rapidly developing economy, and a growing middle class. All the important indicators, including education, health care, and foreign investment, were pointed in the right direction.

It was far from perfect, but the mood was hopeful ? and with good reason.

But now all that promise is gone. The country is a failed state, a hollowed-out shell of its former self.

Services like power and water are sporadic. The most basic consumer goods, from bread to toilet paper, are in chronically short supply. Crime has skyrocketed. Freedom of the press is almost non-existent. Democracy has been replaced by a virtual dictatorship.

The country is, I’m sorry to say, my beloved Venezuela, a place in which my family has deep roots.

I can tell you what happened to it in one word: socialism.

In 1999, then-candidate for president Hugo Chavez promised to lead the people of Venezuela to a socialist paradise. His theme was “Esperanza y Cambio” ? “Hope and Change.” “Venezuela is a nation of great wealth,” Chavez said, “but it’s being stolen from its citizens by the evil capitalists and the evil corporations.” This wrong would be righted, he assured the voters, if they elected him.

And they did.

To their everlasting regret. 

Chavez drew inspiration from his mentor, Fidel Castro. Like his mentor, he enjoyed giving speeches ? some that lasted as many as seven hours! He even gave himself his own weekly television show where he would spontaneously break into song.

Here’s a rule: When your nation’s leader starts singing on national television, you’re in trouble.

Under Chavez, the government of Venezuela took over industry after industry. The government, he assured everyone, would run these businesses better than private enterprise, and the profits would be “shared” by the people. With great fanfare, he tore up contracts with multinational oil and gas companies and demanded that they pay much higher royalties. When they refused, he told them to leave. They did.

His image was burnished by Hollywood celebrities who flocked to see the great work he was doing ? taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor.  Progressive politicians from the US and Europe also praised him lavishly.

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Here’s another rule: When Hollywood celebrities visit your country to praise your leader, you’re in trouble. When the leader sings on national television and is praised by Hollywood celebrities, you’re doomed.

Socialism always works in the beginning, so people are fooled…in the beginning. It’s easy for governments to confiscate money, but eventually, there’s no more money to confiscate. In the case of Venezuela, I mean that literally: People who could get money out of the country, did. Many left the country altogether ? nearly 2 million, according to Venezuelan sociologist Tomás Páez. The wealth creators continued to create wealth, but they created it somewhere else ? Miami or Madrid and other places around the world.

When Chavez first ran for President in 1999, he said he would leave in two years if people weren’t happy with him. But, like Castro, Chavez never had any intention of giving up power. He died in office in 2013, replaced by his vice president, Nicolas Maduro. Maduro is Chavez without the charisma or the voice.

The country is now a pariah, shunned by the world and isolated. It’s so bad that many international airlines refuse to fly there. People stand in lines for hours just to get food. Sometimes they walk away empty-handed. A recent survey found that 75 percent of Venezuelan adults lost weight in 2016 ? an average of 19 pounds. This national weight-loss program is known cynically as “the Maduro diet.” visit HoaxAndChange.com

Still, Maduro holds onto power. Opposition leaders and journalists who report the truth are jailed.

Venezuela is a cautionary tale.

Once a country goes down a socialist path, there’s no easy way back. And the longer a country stays socialist, the harder it is to reform it. Venezuela has been socialist for two decades.

If you don’t think it can happen here, whether “here” is the United States or Europe or anywhere else, you’re fooling yourself. When people get used to depending on the government ? no matter how poor they remain ? that dependency is hard to break.

That’s why you should never buy the socialist lie. Socialism is a drug. And like a drug, it feels great ? at first. But eventually, it will ruin your country.

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Just like it ruined Venezuela.

I’m Debbie D’Souza for Prager University.

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