The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party

The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party

Did you know that the Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history? Watch as Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, shares the inconvenient history of the Democratic Party.

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When you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party comes to mind? The Republicans? Or, the Democrats?

Most people would probably say the Democrats. But this answer is incorrect.

Since its founding in 1829, the Democratic Party has fought against every major civil rights initiative, and has a long history of discrimination.

The Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction, founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation, perpetrated lynchings, and fought against the civil rights acts of the 1950s and 1960s.

In contrast, the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party. Its mission was to stop the spread of slavery into the new western territories with the aim of abolishing it entirely. This effort, however, was dealt a major blow by the Supreme Court. In the 1857 case Dred Scott v. Sandford, the court ruled that slaves aren’t citizens; they’re property. The seven justices who voted in favor of slavery? All Democrats. The two justices who dissented? Both Republicans.

The slavery question was, of course, ultimately resolved by a bloody civil war. The commander-in-chief during that war was the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln ? the man who freed the slaves.

Six days after the Confederate army surrendered, John Wilkes Booth, a Democrat, assassinated President Lincoln. Lincoln’s vice president, a Democrat named Andrew Johnson, assumed the presidency. But Johnson adamantly opposed Lincoln’s plan to integrate the newly freed slaves into the South’s economic and social order.

Johnson and the Democratic Party were unified in their opposition to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery; the 14th Amendment, which gave blacks citizenship; and the 15th Amendment, which gave blacks the vote. All three passed only because of universal Republican support.

During the era of Reconstruction, federal troops stationed in the south helped secure rights for the newly freed slaves. Hundreds of black men were elected to southern state legislatures as Republicans, and 22 black Republicans served in the US Congress by 1900. The Democrats did not elect a black man to Congress until 1935.

But after Reconstruction ended, when the federal troops went home, Democrats roared back into power in the South. They quickly reestablished white supremacy across the region with measures like black codes ? laws that restricted the ability of blacks to own property and run businesses. And they imposed poll taxes and literacy tests, used to subvert the black citizen’s right to vote.

And how was all of this enforced? By terror — much of it instigated by the Ku Klux Klan, founded by a Democrat, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

As historian Eric Foner – himself a Democrat – notes:

“In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.”

President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, shared many views with the Klan. He re-segregated many federal agencies, and even screened the first movie ever played at the White House – the racist film “The Birth of a Nation,” originally entitled “The Clansman.”

A few decades later, the only serious congressional opposition to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 came from Democrats.

Eighty percent of Republicans in Congress supported the bill. Less than 70 percent of Democrats did. Democratic senators filibustered the bill for 75 days, until Republicans mustered the few extra votes needed to break the logjam.

And when all of their efforts to enslave blacks, keep them enslaved, and then keep them from voting had failed, the Democrats came up with a new strategy: If black people are going to vote, they might as well vote for Democrats. As President Lyndon Johnson was purported to have said about the Civil Rights Act, “I’ll have them n*****s voting Democrat for two hundred years.”

So now, the Democratic Party prospers on the votes of the very people it has spent much of its history oppressing.

Democrats falsely claim that the Republican Party is the villain, when in reality it’s the failed policies of the Democratic Party that have kept blacks down. Massive government welfare has decimated the black family. Opposition to school choice has kept them trapped in failing schools.  Politically correct policing has left black neighborhoods defenseless against violent crime.

So, when you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party should come to mind?

I’m Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, for Prager University.
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President Trump Weekly Address – THE BUDGET

President Trump Weekly Address – THE BUDGET

President Trump outlines his BUDGET PLAN for the Taxpayer

President Trump at HoaxAndChange.com

 

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The President- My fellow Americans,

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Each month families across the country work very,

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very hard to balance their budgets and to make the

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tough choices necessary to take care of their loved

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ones and to give their children opportunities

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they never had before.

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This is who we are as Americans – we take pride

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in leaving each new generation a better

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country than the one we inherited.

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Yet for decades, Washington has refused to

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make the tough choices.

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As a result, the American Dream has slipped from the

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grasp of more and more of our people.

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This has to change.

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We need a government that spends on the right things

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– the safety, security, and well-being of our

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people – and stops the waste and abuse of

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taxpayer funds, whether in America or in global

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projects overseas – of which, perhaps, there

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are too many.

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My administration is laying a new foundation to

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build a future of economic prosperity and

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achieve American Greatness.

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The budget we are proposing will reverse

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economic stagnation and open the path to millions

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of new jobs for American workers.

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We will balance the budget without making cuts in

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Social Security and Medicare.

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We will achieve our goals by doing exactly what you

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do in your home- setting priorities, cutting the

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fat, and growing new opportunities.

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And the big thing for me is economic growth, which

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is not possible without safety and security.

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We will grow our economy; it is growing already.

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It will grow faster than you’ve seen it in decades.

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That is why our budget reverses years of cuts to

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our military that have made us less safe in a

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more dangerous world.

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We are going to make sure the men and women on the

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front lines of freedom have the tools they need

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to keep us safe and totally secure.

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At home, we are going to give our ICE officers –

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who have done an incredible job – and our

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Border Patrol agents – who are amazing people –

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everything they need to end the lawlessness

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once and for all.

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It is our moral duty to keep our citizens safe and

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free, and to protect the right of every American to

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pursue their dreams.

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We don’t want MS-13 roving our streets, we’re getting

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rid of them by the thousands, they’re going

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to be out of here.

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But I’m proud to tell you that the first budget we

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are releasing provides a firm new foundation for

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the safety, and also for jobs and prosperity for

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all Americans in the years to come.

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Thank you very much.

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You’re going to love the end result.

 
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President Donald Trump speech in Saudi Arabia at Riyadh.

President Donald Trump speech in Saudi Arabia at Riyadh. 

Discusses Radicals, Terrorism, and Fanatical Violence

FULL SPEECHPresident Trump in Saudi Arabia

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thank you I would like to thank King

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Salman for his extraordinary words and

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the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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for hosting today’s summit I am honoured

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to be received by such gracious hosts I

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have always heard about the splendor of

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your country and the kindness of your

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citizens but words do not do justice to

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the grandeur of this remarkable place

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and the incredible hospitality you have

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shown us from the moment we arrived you

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also hosted me in the treasured home of

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King Abdul Aziz the founder of the

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kingdom who United your great people

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working alongside of another beloved

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leader American President Franklin

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Roosevelt King Abdulaziz began the

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enduring partnership between our two

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countries King Salman your father would

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be very very proud to see that you are

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continuing his legacy and just as he

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opened the first chapter of our

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partnership today we begin a new chapter

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that will bring lasting benefits to all

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of our citizens

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let me now also extend my deep and

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heartfelt gratitude to each and every

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one of the distinguished heads of state

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who made this journey here today you

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greatly honor us with your presence and

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I send the warmest regards

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from my country to yours thank you I

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know that our time together will bring

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many blessings to both your people and

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to mine I stand before you as a

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representative of the American people to

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deliver a message of friendship and hope

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and love that is why I chose to make my

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first Fallin visit a trip to the heart

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of the Muslim world to the nation that

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serves as custodian of the two holy

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sites in the Islamic faith in my

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inaugural address to the American people

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I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest

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friendships and to build new

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partnerships in pursuit of peace I also

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promise that America will not seek to

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impose our way of life on others but to

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outstretch our hands in the spirit of

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cooperation and trust

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our vision is one of peace security and

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prosperity in this region and all

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throughout the world our goal is a

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coalition of nations who share the aim

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of stamping out extremism and providing

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our children a hopeful future that does

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honor to God and so this historic and

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unprecedented gathering of leaders

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unique in the history of nations is a

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symbol to the world of our shared

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resolved and our mutual respect to the

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leaders and citizens of every country

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assembled here today I want you to know

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that the United States is eager to form

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closer bonds of friendship security

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culture and commerce for Americans this

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is a very exciting time

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a new spirit of optimism is sweeping our

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country in just a few months we have

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created almost a million new jobs added

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over three trillion dollars in new value

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lifted the burdens on American industry

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and made record investments in our

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military that will protect the safety of

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our people and enhance the security of

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our wonderful friends and allies many of

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whom are here today now there is even

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more blessedness that I am pleased to

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share with you my meetings with King

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Salman the crown prince and the deputy

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Crown Prince have been filled with great

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warmth goodwill and tremendous

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cooperation yesterday we signed historic

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agreements with the Kingdom that will

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invest almost 400 billion dollars in our

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two countries and create many hundreds

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of thousands of jobs in America and

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Saudi Arabia this landmark agreement

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includes the announcement of a 110

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billion dollar Saudi funded defense

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purchase and we will be sure to help our

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Saudi friends to get a good deal from

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our great American defense companies the

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greatest anywhere in the world this

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agreement will help the Saudi military

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to take a far greater role in security

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and operations having to do with

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security we’ve also started discussions

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with many of the countries present today

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on strengthening partnerships and

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forming new ones to advance security and

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stability across the Middle East and far

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beyond later today we will make history

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again with the opening of the new global

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center for combating extremist idea

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ecology located right here in the

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central part of the Islamic world this

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groundbreaking new center represents a

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clear declaration that Muslim majority

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countries must take the lead in

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combating radicalization and I want to

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express our gratitude to King Salman for

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his strong demonstration and his

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absolutely incredible and powerful

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leadership I’ve had the pleasure of

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welcoming several of the leaders present

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today to the White House and I look

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forward to working with all of you

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America is a sovereign nation and our

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first priority is always the safety and

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security of our citizens we are not here

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to lecture we are not here to tell other

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people how to live what to do who to be

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or how to worship instead we are here to

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offer partnership based on shared

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interests and values to pursue a better

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future for all of us here at this summit

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we will discuss many interests that we

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share together but above all we must be

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united in pursuing the one goal that

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transcends every other consideration

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that goal is to meet history’s great

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tests to conquer extremism and vanquish

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the forces that terrorism brings with it

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every single time young Muslim boys and

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girls should be able to grow up free

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from fear safe from violence and

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innocent of hatred when young Muslim men

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and women should have the chance to

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build a new era of prosperity for

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themselves it has to be done and we have

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to let them do it with God’s help this

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summit will mark the beginning of the

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end

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for those who practice terror and spread

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its vile Creed at the same time we pray

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the special gathering may someday be

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remembered as the beginning of peace in

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the Middle East and maybe even all over

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the world but this future can only be

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achieved through defeating terrorism and

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the ideology that drives it few nations

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have been spared the violent reach of

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terrorism America has suffered repeated

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barbaric attacks from the atrocities of

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September 11th to the devastation of the

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Boston bombings to the horrible killings

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in San Bernardino and Orlando the

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nations of Europe have also endured

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unspeakable horror so to have the

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nations of Africa and South America

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India Russia China and Australia have

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all been victims but in sheer numbers

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the deadliest toll has been exacted on

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the innocent people of Arab Muslim and

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Middle Eastern nations they have borne

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the brunt of the killings and the worst

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of the destruction in this wave of

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fanatical violence

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some estimates hold that more than 95%

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of the victims of terrorism are

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themselves Muslim we now face

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humanitarian and security disaster in

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this region that is spreading across the

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planet it is a tragedy of epic

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proportions no description of the

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suffering and depravity can begin to

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capture its full measure the to crow of

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Isis if you look at what’s happening al

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Qaeda Hezbollah Hamas

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and so many others must be counted not

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only in the number of dead it also must

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be counted in generations of vanished

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dreams the Middle East is rich with

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natural beauty vibrant cultures and

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massive amounts of historic treasures it

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should increasingly become one of the

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great global centres of Commerce and

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opportunity this region should not be a

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place from which refugees flee but to

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which newcomers flock Saudi Arabia is

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home to the holiest sites in one of the

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world’s great faiths each year millions

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of Muslims come from around the world to

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Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj in

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addition to ancient wonders this country

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is also home to modern ones including

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soaring achievements and architecture

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Egypt was a thriving center of learning

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and achievement thousands of years

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before other parts of the world the

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wonders of his luxor and Alexandria are

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proud monuments to that ancient heritage

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all over the world people dream of

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walking through the ruins of Petra in

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Jordan Iraq was the cradle of

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civilization and is a land of natural

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beauty and the United Arab Emirates has

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reached incredible heights with glass

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and steel and turned Earth and water

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into spectacular works of art the entire

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region is at the center of the key

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shipping lines of the Suez Canal the Red

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Sea and the Straits of Hormuz

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the potential of this region has never

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ever been greater sixty-five percent of

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its population is under the age

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of 30 like all young men and women they

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seek great futures to build great

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national projects to join and a place

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for their families to call home but this

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untapped potential this tremendous cause

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of optimism is held at bay by bloodshed

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and terror there can be no coexistence

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with this violence there can be no

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tolerating it no accepting it no

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excusing it and no ignoring it every

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time a terrorist murders an innocent

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person and falsely invokes the name of

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God it should be an insult to every

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person of faith terrorists do not

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worship God they worship death if we do

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not act against this organized terror

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then we know what will happen and what

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will be the end result

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terrorism’s devastation of life will

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continue to spread peaceful societies

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will become engulfed by violence and the

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futures of many generations will be

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sadly squandered if we do not stand in

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uniform condemnation of this killing

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then not only will we be judged by our

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people not only will we be judged by

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history but we will be judged by God

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this is not a battle between different

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faiths different sects or different

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civilizations this is a battle between

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barbaric criminals who seek to

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obliterate human life and decent people

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all in the name of religion people that

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want to protect life and want to protect

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their religion this is a battle between

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good and evil when we see

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the scenes of destruction in the wake of

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terror we see no signs that does

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murdered were Jewish or Christian Shia

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or Sunni when we look upon the strains

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of innocent blood soaked into the

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ancient ground we cannot see the faith

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or sect or tribe of the victims we see

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only that they were children of God

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whose nests are an insult to all that is

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holy but we can only overcome this evil

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if the forces of good are united and

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strong and if everyone in this room does

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their fair share and fulfills their part

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of the burden terrorism has spread all

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across the world but the path to peace

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begins right here on this ancient soil

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in this sacred land America is prepared

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to stand with you in pursuit of shared

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interests and common security but the

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nations of the Middle East cannot wait

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for American power to crush this enemy

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for them the nations of the Middle East

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will have to decide what kind of future

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they want for themselves for their

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country and frankly for their families

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and for their children it’s a choice

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between two futures and it is a choice

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America cannot make for you a better

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future is only possible if your nations

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drive out the terrorists and drive out

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the extremists drive them out drive them

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out of your places of worship drive them

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out of your communities drive them out

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of your holy land and drive them out of

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this earth for our part America is

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committed to adjusting our strategies to

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meet evolving threats and new facts

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we will discard those strategies that

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have not worked and will apply new

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approaches informed by experienced

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talent and judgment we are adopting a

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principle realism rooted in common

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values shared interests and common sense

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our friends will never question our

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support and our enemies will never doubt

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our determination our partnerships will

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advance security through stability not

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through radical disruption we will make

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decisions based on real-world outcomes

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not inflexible ideology we will be

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guided by the lessons of experience not

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the confines of rigid thinking and

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wherever possible we will seek gradual

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reforms not sudden intervention we must

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seek partners not perfection and to make

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allies of all who share our goals above

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all America seeks peace not war Muslim

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nations must be willing to take on the

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burden if we are going to defeat

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terrorism and send its wicked ideology

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into oblivion

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the first task in this joint effort is

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for your nations to deny all territory

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to the foot soldiers of evil every

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country in the region has an absolute

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duty to ensure that terrorists find no

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sanctuary on their soil many are already

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making significant contributions to

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regional security Jordanian pilots are

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crucial partners against Isis in Syria

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and Iraq Saudi Arabia and a regional

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coalition have taken strong action

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against hootie militants in Yemen the

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Lebanese army is hunting Isis operatives

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who try to infiltrate their territory

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Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan

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partners and supporting them strongly in

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Mosul American troops are supporting

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Kurds Sunnis and she is fighting

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together for their homeland Qatar which

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hosts the US Central Command is a

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crucial strategic partner our

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long-standing partnership with Kuwait

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and Bahrain continued to enhance

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security in the region our courageous

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Afghan soldiers are making tremendous

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sacrifices in the fight against the

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Taliban and others in the fight for

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their country as we deny terrorist

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organization control of territory and

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populations we must also strip them of

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their access to funds we must cut off

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the financial channels that let Isis

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sell oil let extremists pay their

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fighters and help terrorists smuggle

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their reinforcements I am proud to

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announce that the nations here today

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will be signing an agreement to prevent

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the financing of terrorism called the

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terrorist financing targeting center

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co-chaired by the United States and

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Saudi Arabia and joined by every member

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of the Gulf Cooperation Council it is

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another historic step in a day that will

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be long remembered I also applaud the

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Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking

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funders from using their countries as a

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financial base for terror and for

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designating Hezbollah as a terrorist

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organization which they certainly are

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last year

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Saudi Arabia also joined us this week in

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placing sanctions on one of the most

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senior Lee

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years of Hezbollah of course there is

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still much work to be done

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that means honestly confronting the

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crisis of Islamic extremism and the

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Islamists and Islamic terror of all

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kinds

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we must stop what they’re doing to

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inspire because they do nothing to

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inspire but kill and we are having a

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very profound effect if you look at

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what’s happened recently and it means

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standing together against the murder of

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innocent Muslims the oppression of women

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the persecution of Jews and the

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slaughter of Christians religious

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leaders must make this absolutely clear

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barbarism will deliver you no glory

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piety to evil will bring you no dignity

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if you choose the path of terror your

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life will be empty your life will be

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brief and your soul will be fully

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condemned and political leaders must

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speak out to affirm the same idea heroes

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don’t kill innocence they save them many

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nations here today have taken important

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steps to raise up that message Saudi

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Arabia’s vision for 2030 is an important

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and encouraging statement of tolerance

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respect empowering women and economic

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development the United Arab Emirates has

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also engaged in the battle for the

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hearts and souls and with the United

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States launched a center to counter the

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online spread of hate Bahrain too is

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working to undermine recruitment and

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radicalism I also applaud your Turkey

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and Lebanon for their role in hosting

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refugees the surge of migrants and

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refugees living and just

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living so poorly that they’re forced to

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leave the Middle East depletes the human

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capital needed to build stable societies

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and economies instead of depriving this

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region of so much human potential Middle

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Eastern countries can give young people

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hope for a brighter future in their home

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nations and regions that means promoting

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the aspirations and dreams of all

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citizens who seek a better life

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including women children and the

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followers of all faced numerous Arab and

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Islamic scholars have eloquently argued

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that protecting equality strengthens

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Arab and Muslim communities for many

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centuries the Middle East has been home

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to Christians Muslims and Jews living

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side-by-side we must practice tolerance

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and respect for each other once again

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and make this region a place where every

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man and woman no matter their faiths or

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ethnicity can enjoy a life of dignity

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and hope in that spirit after concluding

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my risen in a fabulous place that we’re

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at today Riyadh which I’ve gotten to

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know so well in so shorter time I will

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travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem and

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then to the Vatican visiting many of the

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holiest places in the three Abrahamic

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faiths

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if these 3-phase can join together in

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cooperation then peace in this world is

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possible including peace between

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Israelis and Palestinians I will be

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meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian

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President Abbas

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starving terrorists of their territory

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of their funding and the false allure of

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the Craven ideology will be the basis

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for easily defeating them but no

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discussion of stamping out this threat

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would be complete without mentioning the

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government that gives terrorists all

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three safe harbor financial backing and

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the social standing needed for

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recruitment it is a regime that is

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responsible for so much instability in

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that region I am speaking of course of

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Iran from Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen Iran

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funds arms and trains terrorists

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militias and other extremist groups that

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spread destruction and chaos across the

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region for decades Iran has filled the

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fires of sectarian conflict and terror

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is a government that speaks openly of

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mass murder vowing the destruction of

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Israel death to America and ruin for

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many leaders and nations in this very

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room among Iran’s most tragic and

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destabilizing interventions you’ve seen

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it in Syria bolstered by Iran Assad has

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committed unspeakable crimes and the

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United States has taken firm action in

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response to the use of banned chemical

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weapons by the Assad regime

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launching 59 missiles at the Syrian air

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base from where that murderers attack

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originated responsible nations must work

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together to end the humanitarian crisis

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in Syria eradicate Isis and restore

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stability to the region and as quickly

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as possible

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the Iranian regime’s longest suffering

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victims are its own people Iran has a

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rich history and culture but the people

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of Iran have endured hardship and

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despair under their leaders reckless

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pursuit of conflict and terror until the

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Iranian regime is willing to be a

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partner for peace all nations of

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conscience must work together to isolate

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deny it

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funding for terrorism cannot do it and

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pray for the day when the Iranian people

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have the just and righteous government

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they so richly deserve the decisions we

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make will affect countless lives King

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Salman I thank you for the creation of

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this great moment in history and for

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your massive investments in America and

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its industries and its jobs I also thank

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you for investing in the future of this

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part of the world the Fertile region and

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it is so fertile has all of the

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ingredients for extraordinary success a

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rich history and culture a young and

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vibrant people a thriving spirit of

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enterprise but you can only unlock this

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future if the citizens of the Middle

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East are freed from extremism terror and

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violence we in this room are the leaders

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of our peoples they look to us for

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answers and for action and when we look

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back at their faces behind every pair of

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eyes is a soul that yearns for justice

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and yearns for peace today billions of

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faces are now looking at us waiting for

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us to act or the great question

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of our time will we be indifferent in

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the presence of evil will we protect our

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citizens from its violent ideology will

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we let its venom spread through our

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societies will we let it destroy the

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most holy sites on earth if we do not

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confront this deadly terror we know what

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the future will bring more suffering

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more death and more despair but if we

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act if we leave this magnificent room

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unified and determined to do what it

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takes to destroy the terror that

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threatens the world then there is no

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limit to the great future our citizens

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will have the birthplace of civilization

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is waiting to begin a new renaissance

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just imagine what tomorrow could bring

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glorious wonders of science art medicine

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commerce to inspire mankind great cities

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built on the ruins of shattered towns

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new jobs and industries that will lift

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up millions and millions of people

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parents who no longer worry for their

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children their families and who no

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longer mourn for their loved ones and

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the faithful who finally worship without

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fear these are the blessings of

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prosperity and peace these are the

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desires that burned with a righteous

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flame in every single human heart and

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these are the just demands of our

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beloved people I ask you to join me to

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join together to work together

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and to fight together because united we

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will not fail we cannot fail nobody

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absolutely nobody can beat us thank you

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god bless you god bless your countries

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and god bless the United States of

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America thank you very much thank you
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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address – repealing ObamaCare

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address – repealing ObamaCare

Planning a massive tax cut to bring jobs and prosperity back to the USA. 

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

President Donald J Trump

Transcript:

My fellow Americans,

Since Day One, my administration has been hard at work, tearing down the barriers to job creation and economic growth. We have removed one job-killing regulation after another ? they’re not pretty and they’re going.  And believe me, we are just getting started on regulations. They’re gone.

On Thursday, the House voted to repeal one of the worst job-killing laws of all.  It’s called ObamaCare, perhaps you’ve heard of it. Everywhere we look, ObamaCare is collapsing.  The House Bill is a plan that will save Americans from this disaster, and replace it with more choices, and more freedom for American families. Most importantly, it will be great healthcare, and your premiums will come down, and your deductibles will come down.  So you’ll have better healthcare at a lower cost.  And now, I’m calling on the Senate to take action. Repealing and replacing ObamaCare will be a big, big win for the American People.

Last week, my economic team outlined another step in our economic renewal: a massive tax cut to bring jobs and prosperity back to the USA.  We pay the highest taxes anywhere in the world.  No country is higher, and we’re bringing them down ?and I mean way down.

I am proposing?actually the single largest tax cut?in American history.  Our tax relief will be focused on the Middle Class, including much-needed relief for low and middle-income parents raising children.

As we provide tax relief to working families, we must also stop crippling American Industry. Right now, America’s businesses are taxed at the single highest rate in the developed world.  This is a self-inflicted economic wound that sends jobs to other countries.  And believe me, before I got here, they were fleeing fast, but we’ve stopped it.  We want to turn our country into a jobs machine?a jobs magnet, something that really works again.  We want America to be the best place in the world to hire, grow, invest, and start a brand-new, beautiful business.

And that is why under our plan, we are cutting the business tax rate all the way down to 15 percent, bringing thousands of new companies and millions of new jobs to our shores. Today’s high taxes on American Business are a gift to the foreign countries taking our jobs, factories, and wealth?and we’re not going to allow it any longer.

Along with our historic tax cut we are proposing dramatic tax simplification.  American taxpayers spend billions of hours each year complying with our archaic tax laws, reducing economic productivity and job creation.

The complexity of the tax code also disadvantages small businesses and family-owned companies who can’t afford to hire an army of lawyers, and that’s what it is, it’s an army of lawyers, and lobbyists, or accountants.  Other people can do it, you can’t, and it’s not fair to ask you to even think about it.

That is why we are cleaning up the code, streamlining deductions, and eliminating many special interest tax breaks that largely benefit only the wealthy.

Just weeks ago, millions of Americans filed their taxes on Tax Day?they were reminded again how much they give to Washington.  We believe every day Americans know better how to spend their own money than the federal bureaucracy, and we want to help them keep as much of that hard-earned money as we can.

Tax reform, along with regulatory relief and fair trade deals?and we’re going to make them fair?but even really good again for our country, and for our workers. All of this will usher in a new era of prosperity in America ? and bring wealth, hope, and opportunity to those communities that need it the most.

Together, we are going to fight for every last American job.  And we are going to fight for great, great trade deals that are so good for our workers, and so good for our families.

Thank you, God Bless You, and God Bless America.

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President Donald Trump Addresses the National Rifle Association – The NRA

President Donald Trump Addresses the National Rifle Association – The NRA

First President in over 30 years to address the NRA – A Powerful speech, a MUST LISTEN!

It has been over 30 years since a President addressed the National Rifle Association – (NRA) President Donald Trump, thanked the 5 million plus members of the NRA for helping him to win the election. “You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you,” he said. His words were met with multiple rounds of cheers and an uproarious applause.

Related: Here’s what Ronald Reagan told the NRA in 1983

Below is the full transcript of his Friday remarks:

PRESIDENT TRUMP- Thank you, Chris, for that kind introduction and for your tremendous work on behalf of our Second Amendment. Thank you very much. (Applause.) I want to also thank Wayne LaPierre for his unflinching leadership in the fight for freedom. Wayne, thank you very much. Great. (Applause.)

I’d also like to congratulate Karen Handel on her incredible fight in Georgia 6. (Applause.) The election takes place on June 20th. And, by the way, on primaries, let’s not have 11 Republicans running for the same position, okay? (Laughter.) It’s too nerve-shattering. She’s totally for the NRA and she’s totally for the Second Amendment. So get out and vote. She’s running against someone who’s going to raise your taxes to the sky, destroy your healthcare, and he’s for open borders?lots of crime, and he’s not even able to vote in the district that he’s running in. Other than that, I think he’s doing a fantastic job, right? (Laughter.) So get out and vote for Karen.

Also, my friend?he’s become a friend because there’s nobody that does it like Lee Greenwood. Wow. (Applause.) Lee’s anthem is the perfect description of the renewed spirit sweeping across our country. And it really is, indeed, sweeping across our country. So, Lee, I know I speak for everyone in this arena when I say, we are all very proud indeed to be an American. Thank you very much, Lee. (Applause.)

No one was more proud to be American than the beloved patriot?and you know who I’m talking about?we remember on gatherings like today, your former five-term President, the late Charlton Heston. How good was Charlton? (Applause.) And I remember Charlton, he was out there fighting when maybe a lot of people didn’t want to be fighting. He was out there for a long time. He was a great guy.

And it’s truly wonderful to be back in Atlanta, and back with my friends at the NRA. You are my friends, believe me. (Applause.) Perhaps some of you remember the last time we were all together. Remember that? We had a big crowd then, too. So we knew something was happening. But it was in the middle of a historic political year and in the middle of a truly historic election. What fun that was?November 8. Wasn’t that a great evening? Do you remember that evening? (Applause.) Remember that? (Applause.)

Remember they were saying, “We have breaking news: Donald Trump has won the state of Michigan.” They go, “Michigan? How did that”?” Donald Trump has won the state of Wisconsin, whoa.” But earlier in the evening, remember, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, all the way up?we ran up the East Coast. And, you know, the Republicans have a tremendous disadvantage in the Electoral College, you know that. Tremendous disadvantage. And to run the whole East Coast, and then you go with Iowa and Ohio, and all of the different states. It was a great evening, one that a lot of people will never forget?a lot of people. (Applause.) Not going to forget that evening.

And remember they said, “There is no path to 270.” For months I was hearing that. You know, they’re trying to suppress the vote. So they keep saying it, so people say, you know, I really like Trump, he loves the Second Amendment, he loves the NRA; I love him, but let’s go to the movie because he can’t win. Because they’re trying to suppress the vote.

But they’d say?I mean, hundreds of times I heard, there is no?there’s no route. They’d say it, “There is no route to 270.” And we ended up with 306. So they were right: Not 270, 306. (Applause.) That was some evening. Big sports fans said that was the single-most exciting event they’ve ever seen. That includes Super Bowls and World Series and boxing matches. That was an exciting evening for all of us, and it meant a lot.

Only one candidate in the General Election came to speak to you, and that candidate is now the President of the United States, standing before you again. (Applause.) I have a feeling that in the next election you’re going to be swamped with candidates, but you’re not going to be wasting your time. You’ll have plenty of those Democrats coming over and you’re going to say, no, sir, no thank you — no, ma’am. Perhaps ma’am. It may be Pocahontas, remember that. (Laughter and applause.) And she is not big for the NRA, that I can tell you.

But you came through for me, and I am going to come through for you. (Applause.) I was proud to receive the NRA’s earliest endorsement in the history of the organization. And today, I am also proud to be the first sitting President to address the NRA Leadership Forum since our wonderful Ronald Reagan in 1983. (Applause.) And I want to thank each and every one of you not only for your help electing true friends of the Second Amendment but for everything you do to defend our flag and our freedom.

With your activism, you helped to safeguard the freedoms of our soldiers who have bled and died for us on the battlefields. And I know we have many veterans in the audience today, and we want to give them a big, big beautiful round of applause. (Applause.)

And, like I promised, we are doing a really top job already?99 days?but already with the Veterans Administration, people are seeing a big difference. We are working really hard at the VA, and you’re going to see it, and you’re already seeing it. And it’s my honor. I’ve been telling you we’re going to do it, and we’re doing it. (Applause.) Thank you.

The NRA protects in our capitols and legislative houses the freedoms that our servicemembers have won for us on those incredible battlefields. And it’s been a tough fight against those who would go so far as to ban private gun ownership entirely. But I am here to deliver you good news. And I can tell you that Wayne and Chris have been fighting with me long and hard to make sure that we were with you today, not somebody else with an empty podium. Because believe me, the podium would have been empty. They fought long and hard, and I think you folks cannot thank them enough. They were with us all the way, right from the beginning. (Applause.)

But we have news that you’ve been waiting for for a long time: The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. (Applause.) You have a true friend and champion in the White House. No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. (Applause.) No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans. Instead, we will work with you, by your side. We will work with the NRA to promote responsible gun ownership, to protect our wonderful hunters and their access to the very beautiful outdoors. You met my son?I can tell you, both sons, they love the outdoors. Frankly, I think they love the outdoors more than they love, by a long shot, Fifth Avenue. But that’s okay. And we want to ensure you of the sacred right of self-defense for all of our citizens. (Applause.)

When I spoke to this forum last year, our nation was still mourning the loss of a giant, a great defender of the Constitution: Justice Antonin Scalia. (Applause.) I promised that if elected, I would nominate a justice who would be faithful and loyal to the Constitution. I even went one step further and publicly presented a list of 20 judges from which I would make my selection, and that’s exactly what we did.

And, by the way, I want to thank, really, Heritage. And I want to thank also all of the people that worked with us. Where’s Leo? Is Leo around here? Where is he? He’s got to be here. Where is he? He has been so good. And also from Heritage, Jim DeMint. It’s been amazing. I mean, those people have been fantastic. They’ve been real friends. (Applause.) The Federalist people?where are they? Are they around here someplace? They really helped us out.

I kept my promise, and now, with your help, our brand-new Justice?and he is really something very special?Neil Gorsuch, sits on the bench of the United States Supreme Court. (Applause.) For the first time in the modern political era, we have confirmed a new justice in the first 100 days. (Applause.) The last time that happened was 136 years ago, in 1881. Now, we won’t get any credit for this, but don’t worry about it, the credit is in the audience, right? The credit is in the audience. (Applause.) All of those people. They won’t give us credit, but it’s been a long time, and we’re very honored.

We’ve also taken action to stand up for America’s sportsmen. On their very last full day in office, the previous administration issued an 11th-hour rule to restrict the use of lead ammunition on certain federal lands. Have you heard about that, folks? I’m shocked to hear that. You’ve all heard about that. You’ve heard about that. On his first day as Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke eliminated the previous administration’s ammunition ban. (Applause.) He’s going to be great. Ryan is going to be great.

We’ve also moved very quickly to restore something gun owners care about very, very much. It’s called the rule of law. (Applause.) We have made clear that our administration will always stand with the incredible men and women of law enforcement. (Applause.) In fact, countless members of law enforcement are also members of the NRA, because our police know that responsible gun ownership saves lives and that the right of self-defense is essential to public safety. Do we all agree with that? (Applause.)

Our police and sheriffs also know that when you ban guns, only the criminals will be armed. (Applause.) For too long, Washington has gone after law-abiding gun owners while making life easier for criminals, drug dealers, traffickers and gang members. MS-13?you know about MS-13? It’s not pleasant for them anymore, folks. It’s not pleasant for them anymore. That’s a bad group. (Applause.) Not pleasant for MS-13. Get them the hell out of here, right? Get them out. (Applause.)

Related: Guns in America: NRA boosts national reciprocity push

We are protecting the freedoms of law-abiding Americans, and we are going after the criminal gangs and cartels that prey on our innocent citizens. And we are really going after them. (Applause.)

As members of the NRA know well, some of the most important decisions a President can make are appointments?and I’ve appointed people who believe in the law, order, and justice. (Applause.)

That is why I have selected as your Attorney General, number one, a really fine person, a really good man, a man who has spent his career fighting crime, supporting the police, and defending the Second Amendment. For the first time in a long time, you now have a pro-Second-Amendment, tough-on-crime Attorney General, and his name is Jeff Sessions. (Applause.)

And Attorney General Sessions is putting our priorities into action. He’s going after the drug dealers who are peddling their poison all over our streets and destroying our youth. He’s going after the gang members who threaten our children. And he’s fully enforcing our immigration laws in all 50 states. And you know what? It’s about time. (Applause.)

Heading up the effort to secure America’s borders is a great military general, a man of action: Homeland Security Director [sic], John Kelly. (Applause.)

Secretary Kelly, who used to be General Kelly, is following through on my pledge to protect the borders, remove criminal aliens, and stop the drugs from pouring into our country. We’ve already seen — listen to this; it never happened before, people can’t even believe it. And, by the way, we will build the wall no matter how low this number gets or how this goes. Don’t even think about it. Don’t even think about it. (Applause.)

You know, they’re trying to use this number against us because we’ve done so unbelievably at the borders already. They’re trying to use it against us. But you need that wall to stop the human trafficking, to stop the drugs, to stop the wrong people. You need the wall. But listen to this: We’ve already seen a 73 percent decrease — never happened before — in illegal immigration on the southern border since my election — 73 percent. (Applause.)

You see what they’re doing, right? So why do you need a wall? We need a wall.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Build the wall!

THE PRESIDENT: We’ll build the wall. Don’t even think about it. Don’t even think about it. Don’t even think about it. That’s an easy one. We’re going to build the wall. We need the wall.

I said to General Kelly, how important is it? He said, very important. It’s that final element. We need the wall. And it’s a wall in certain areas. Obviously, where you have these massive physical structures you don’t need, and we have certain big rivers and all. But we need a wall, and we’re going to get that wall. (Applause.)

And the world is getting the message. They know that our border is no longer open to illegal immigration and that if you try to break in, you’ll be caught and you’ll be returned to your home. You’re not staying any longer. And if you keep coming back illegally after deportation, you will be arrested, prosecuted, and you will put behind bars. Otherwise, it will never end. (Applause.)

Let’s also remember that immigration security is national security. We’ve seen the attacks from 9/11 to Boston to San Bernardino. Hundreds of individuals from other countries have been charged with terrorism-related offenses in the United States.

We spend billions and billions of dollars on security all over the world, but then we allow radical Islamic terrorists to enter right through our front door. That’s not going to happen anymore. (Applause.) It’s time to get tough. It’s time we finally got smart. And yes, it’s also time to put America first. (Applause.)

And perhaps — I see all of those beautiful red and white hats — but we will never forget our favorite slogan of them all: Make America Great Again. All right? (Applause.)

Keeping our communities safe and protecting our freedoms also requires the cooperation of our state leaders. We have some incredible pro-Second Amendment governors here at the NRA conference, including Governor Scott of Florida. Where is Governor Scott? Great guy doing a great job. Governor Bryant of Mississippi. What a wonderful place. Governor Bryant is here. Thank you. Governor Deal of Georgia. (Applause.) And we’re also joined by two people that — well, one I loved right from the beginning; the other one I really liked, didn’t like, and now like a lot again. (Laughter.) Does that make sense? Senator David Perdue — he was from the beginning — and Senator Ted Cruz — like dislike, like. (Applause.) Where are they? Good guys. Good guys. Smart cookies.

Each of these leaders knows that public officials must serve under the Constitution, not above it. We all took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States — and that means defending the Second Amendment. (Applause.)

So let me make a simple promise to every one of the freedom-loving Americans in the audience today: As your President, I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Never ever. (Applause.) Freedom is not a gift from government. Freedom is a gift from God. (Applause.)

It was this conviction that stirred the heart of a great American patriot on that day, April, 242 years ago. It was the day that Paul Revere spread his Lexington alarm — the famous warning that “the British are coming, the British are coming.” Right? You’ve all heard that, right? The British are coming.

Now we have other people trying to come, but believe me, they’re not going to be successful. That I can tell you. (Applause.) Nothing changes, right, folks? Nothing changes. They are not going to be successful. There will be serious hurt on them, not on us.

Next, came the shot heard around the world, and then a rag-tag army of God-fearing farmers, frontiersmen, shopkeepers, merchants that stood up to the most powerful army at that time on Earth. The most powerful army on Earth. But we sometimes forget what inspired those everyday farmers and workers in that great war for independence.

Many years after the war, a young man asked Captain Levi Preston, aged 91, why he’d fought alongside his neighbors at Concord. Was it the Stamp Act? Was it the Tea Tax? Was it a work of philosophy? “No,” the old veteran replied. “Then why?” he was asked. “Young man,” the Captain said, “what we meant in going for those Redcoats was this: We always had governed ourselves, and we always meant to” govern ourselves. (Applause.)

Captain Preston’s words are a reminder of what this organization and my administration are all about: the right of a sovereign people to govern their own affairs and govern them properly. (Applause.) We don’t want any longer to be ruled by the bureaucrats in Washington, or in any other country for that matter. In America, we are ruled by our citizens. We are ruled by each and every one of you.

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But we can’t be complacent. These are dangerous times. These are horrible times for certain obvious reasons. But we’re going to make them great times again. Every day, we are up against those who would take away our freedoms, restrict our liberties, and even those who want to abolish the Second Amendment. We must be vigilant. And I know you are all up to the task.

Since the first generation of Americans stood strong at Concord, each generation to follow has answered the call to defend freedom in their time. That is why we are here today: To defend freedom for our children. To defend the liberty of all Americans. And to defend the right of a free and sovereign people to keep and bear arms.

I greatly appreciated your support on November 8th, in what will hopefully be one of the most important and positive elections for the United States of all time. And to the NRA, I can proudly say I will never, ever let you down.

Thank you. God Bless you. God Bless our Constitution, and God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.)

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