tv State of the Union Address FOX January 30, 2018 6:00pm-7:30pm PST
>> this is a fox news special presentation. ♪ >> good evening from capitol hill, i'm shepard smith on fox television stations across america. here on capitol hill, the president is about to get his first state of the union addres address. the speech last year was it to a joint session of congress, but not official estate of the union as he had just taken offense. they show the president plans to say that there has never been a better time to start living the american dream, and together, he will say, we are building a safe, strong, and proud america. live pictures inside the hall as we wait for the president to arrive. we are told he's in a holding room nearby and he will celebrate the nukes tax law which he says is already paying
off her millions of americans. according to the excerpts from the president's speech, he will also offer to work with republicans and democrats on immigration, calling for a problem though my policies that "focus on the best interest of american workers and american families" and also protect our citizens, citizens, he will say, of every background, color and creed. immigration was a big sticking point in a standoff that led to a government shutdown earlier this month. if the deadline to present another possible shutdown is a week from thursday. the first lady arrived just a short time ago with some of her guests and as we wait for the president to enter, he is getting a chance to make his case tonight to members of both parties and millions of americans watching at home. the white house says the first lady, melania trump, who we just saw, it will have more than a dozen guests with her tonight. they include the head of an organization that helps thousands of hurricane victims, a firefighter who rescued dozens of people from a wildfire in
southern california, and a police officer and his wife who adopted a baby from a couple addicted to opioids. as always, one member of the president's cabinet will not be in the house chamber tonight just in case this year's designated survivor is the agriculture secretary with sonny purdue. shortly after the president speaks we will get a democratic response, this night from the massachusetts congressman joe kennedy the third, the grandson of the former senator and attorney general robert kennedy, now a congressman from massachusetts. we will bring you that speech life following tonight's state of the union address. let's listen has the sergeant at arms for the house of representatives, paul irving, introduces the president of the united states, and he will shortly. while we wait, let's go straight to peter doocy, fox news capitol hill correspondent who is life inside the chamber. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. it sounds like there may be, despite what we've heard in the excerpt about a big focus on the
benefits of the tax law, about how the president thinks this is a good time to start a new american model, that there may be some things that we do not expect, and that nobody expects. while we have grown accustomed to surprises from president trump's comment that is going to be something that everybody on wall street is watching after a bad day there, but also everybody over at the pentagon is watching, because there are ongoing threats in north korea, iran, and also a growing threat potentially from china. so we have heard some of what the president is going to talk about, but it is the stuff that they say is going to surprise us that will probably be on the front page tomorrow morning. >> shepard: the first lady waving in the gallery there. arrived early, separate from the president, tonight. >> peter: she did. she came about 25 minutes before and we are told that just because she and the second lady karen pentz wanted to have some time privately here at the
capitol with all of the president's guests to make sure that while they were in d.c. they didn't just get a feast for two hours and a photo op with the president. if they wanted to get to know these folks, and that is what they were doing ahead of the president's arrival, and he is now upstairs. >> shepard: peter doocy come alive for us, thank you. we are told the president has left the holding room, which means will be announced momentarily. let's turn to associate editor and columnist at politics.com and are color analyst for the evening. great to see you here. >> great to be with you. >> shepard: they say expect a speech all about unity. >> they have definitely been projecting that it is a page the president plans to turn after all the republicans republicans passed and attempted in the last year, that they want to reach out democrats, offer an olive branch both on the subject of immigration, but also infrastructure. that is out of political
[applause] >> shepard: we've been watching this together for a lot of years, the theater moment that every president and member of congress goes through every year. it's always some fun to watch. >> a.b.: it is. this is particularly interesting, because the members, obviously, that of the most eager for the best seats and wait in line the earliest are the member usually of the president's party. he is walking in with house majority leader kevin mccarthy, who is the closest person, his closest ally in either chamber in the congress. kevin mccarthy is his body. behind him, of course, is steve scalise on the right right behind kevin mccarthy. the majority whip who was nearly fatally shot in june at baseball practice and was recently
recovering from yet another surgery. it is really, really heartening to everyone in that chamber that states the lease is back in good form and with them tonight. you see senate minority whip, democrat dick durbin over there on the side. the eager seat. >> shepard: leaving a trail there. >> a.b.: he's ready to make another deal whenever the president feels like it on immigration and other things. grading the members of the supreme court. i think we have just one boycotter, ruth bader ginsburg. she decided to skip the event along with some democratic lawmakers, which i think is unfortunate. >> shepard: 13 democratic members. >> a.b.: an icon like congressman lewis is quite a statement. i think they should come to these events and honor the office of the presidency, no matter who was in power. if they should behave themselves
[cheers and applause] >> president trump: mr. speaker, mr. vice president, members of congress, first lady of the united states, and my fellow americans. less than one year has passed since i first stood at this podium in this majestic chamber to speak on behalf of the american people and to address their concerns, their hopes, and their dreams. that night our new administration had already taken
very swift action. a new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land. each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision, and a righteous mission to make america great again for all americans. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] >> president trump: over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success. we have faced challenges we expected, and others we could never have imagined. we have shared in the heights of victory, and the pains of hardship. we have endured floods and fires
and storms. but through it all we have seen the beauty of america's soul, and the steel in america's spine. each test has forged new american heroes to remind us who we are and show us what we can be. we saw the volunteers of the cajun navy racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people in the aftermath of a totally devastating hurricane. we saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the las vegas strip. we heard tales of americans, like coast guard petty officer ashley leopard, who is here tonight in the gallery with melania. [applause]
[applause] >> president trump: ashley was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene during hurricane harvey. through 18 hours of wind and rain, ashley braved live power lines in deep water to help save more than 40 lives. ashley, we all think you, thank you very much. [applause] >> president trump: we heard about americans, like firefighter david dahlberg.
he's here with us also. david faced down walls of flame to rescue almost 60 children trapped at a california summer camp threatened by those devastating wildfires. to everyone still recovering in texas, florida, louisiana, puerto rico, and the virgin islands, everywhere, we are with you, we love you, and we always will pull through together, always. [applause] [applause] >> president trump: thank you to david and the brief people of california. thank you very much, david.
great job. some trials over the past year touched this chamber very personally. with us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this house, a guy who took a bullet, almost died, and was back to work three and a half months later. the legend from louisiana, congressman steve scalise. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: i think they like you, steve.
[laughter] >> president trump: we are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the capitol police officers, the alexandria police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved his life, and the lives of many others, some in this room. in the aftermath -- yes. [applause] [applause] >> president trump: in the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together not as republicans or democrats, but as representatives of the people, but it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. tonight, i call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to
summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. this is really the key. these are the people we were elected to serve. [applause] [applause] >> president trump: thank you. over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew, that no people on earth are so fearless or daring or determined as americans. if there is a mountain, we climate. if there is a frontier, we cross it. if there is a challenge, we tame it. if there is an opportunity, we seize it. so let's begin tonight by
recognizing that the state of our union is strong, because our people are strong. [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: and together we are building a safe, strong, and proud america. since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone, tremendous. [applause] >> president trump: after years and years of wage stagnation, we are finally
seeing rising wages. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: unemployment claims have hit a 45 year low. [applause] >> president trump: and something i'm very proud of, african-american unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded. [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: and hispanic-american unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.
[applause] >> president trump: small business confidence is at an all-time high. the stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion and more in value in just the short period of time. [applause] >> president trump: the great news for americans, 401(k), retirement pensions and college savings accounts have gone through the roof, and just as i promised, the american people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in american history. [cheers and applause]
[cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] >> president trump: our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small business. to lower tax rates for hardworking americans, we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone. [applause] >> president trump: how the first $24,000 earned by a married couple is completely tax-free. [applause] >> president trump: we also doubled the child tax credit.
[applause] >> president trump: a typical family of four making $75,000 will see their tax bill reduced by $2,000, slashing their tax bills in half. [applause] >> president trump: in april, this will be the last time you will ever file under the old and very broken system, and millions of americans will have more take-home pay starting next month. a lot more. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] >> president trump: we
eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on americans making less than $50,000 a year, forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they couldn't afford government-ordered health plans. we repealed the core of the disastrous obamacare, the individual mandate is now gone. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: we slashed the business tax rate from 35% all the way down to 21% so american companies could compete
in win against anyone else anywhere in the world. [applause] >> president trump: these changes alone are estimated to increase average family income by more than $4,000. a lot of money. [applause] >> president trump: small businesses have also received a massive tax cut and can now deduct 20% of their business income. here tonight are steve and sandy of staub manufacturing, a small beautiful business in ohio. they just finished their best year in their 20 year history. [applause]
>> president trump: because of tax reform, they are handing out raises, hiring an additional 14 people, and expanding into the building next door. good feeling. [applause] >> president trump: one of staub's employees, corey adams, is also with us tonight. cory is an all-american worker. he supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 recession, and was later hired by staub, where he trained to become a welder. like many hardworking americans, he plans to invest his tax cut rays into his new home and his two daughters' education.
corey, please stand. [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: and he's a great welder. [laughter] >> president trump: i was told by the man that owns the company that is doing so well, so congratulations, corey. since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses, many of them thousands and thousands of dollars per worker, and it's getting more every month, every week. apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in america and hire another 20,000 workers.
[cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: and just a little while ago, exxonmobil announced a $50 billion investment in the united states. just a little while ago. [applause] >> president trump: this in fact is our new american moment. there has never been a better time to start living the american dream. so to every citizen watching at home tonight, no matter where you've been, or where you've come from, this is your time. if you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in america, then you can dream anything, you can be anything,
and together, we can achieve absolutely anything. [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: tonight, i want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of a nation we are going to be. all of us together, as one team, one people, and one american family, can do anything. we all share the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great american flag. [cheers and applause]
[applause] >> president trump: together we are rediscovering the american way. in america, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of american life. the motto is "in god we trust." [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: and we celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve
our total and unwavering support. [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: here tonight is preston sharp, a 12-year-old boy from redding california who noticed that veterans' graves were not marked with flags on veterans day. he decided all by himself to change that and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes. preston, a job well done. [cheers and applause]
[cheers and applause] >> president trump: young patriots like preston teach all of us about our civic duty as americans. i met preston a little while ago, and he is something very special that i can tell you. great future, thank you for all you've done for us. [applause] >> president trump: preston's reverence for those who served our nation reminds us for why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem. [cheers and applause]
[cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] >> president trump: americans love their country, and they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return. for the last year, we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their government. working with the senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the constitution as written, including a great new supreme court justice and more circuit court judges then any new administration in the history of our country.
[cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: we are totally defending our second amendment and have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: and we are serving our brave veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their health care decisions. [applause]
[applause] >> president trump: last year, congress also passed, and i signed, the landmark va accountability act. [applause] >> president trump: since its passage, my administration has already removed more than 1,500 va employees who failed to give our veterans the care they deserve, and we are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do. [cheers and applause] [applause]
>> president trump: and i will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey. [applause] >> president trump: all americans deserve accountability and respect, and that's what we are giving to our wonderful heroes, our veterans. thank you. [applause] >> president trump: so tonight i call on congress to empower every cabinet secretary with authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the american people. [cheers and applause]
[applause] >> president trump: in our drive to make washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in the history of our country. [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: we have ended the war on american energy, and we have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. [cheers and applause]
>> president trump: we are now very proudly and exporter of eny to the world. [applause] >> president trump: in detroit, i halted government mandates that crippled america's great, beautiful autoworkers so that we can get motor city revving its engines again, and that's what's happening. [applause] >> president trump: many car companies are now building and expanding plants to the united states, something we haven't seen for decades. chrysler is moving a major plant from mexico to michigan.
toyota and mazda are opening up a plant in alabama, a big one, and we haven't seen this in a long time. it's all coming back. [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: very soon auto plants and other plants will be opening up all over our country. this is all news americans are totally unaccustomed to hearing. for many years, companies and jobs were only leaving us, but now they are roaring back, they are coming back, they want to be where the action is. they want to be in the united states of america. that's where they want to be.
[cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: exciting progress is happening every single day. to speed access, to breakthrough cures and affordable generic drugs, last year the fda approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our country's history. [applause] >> president trump: we also believe that patients with terminal conditions, terminal illness, should have access to
experimental treatment immediately that could potentially save their lives. people who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure. i want to give them a chance right here at home. it's time for congress to give these wonderful, incredible americans the right to try. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] >> president trump: one of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs.
[cheers and applause] >> president trump: in many other countries, these drugs cost far less then what we pay in the united states, and it's very, very unfair. that is why i've directed my administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of my top priorities for the year. [applause] [applause] >> president trump: and prices will come down substantially. watch. america has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair
trade deals that sacrifice our prosperity and chipped away our companies, our jobs, and our wealth. our nation has lost its wealth, but we are getting it back so fast. the era of economic surrender is totally over. from now on we expect trading relationships to be fair and very importantly reciprocal. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: we will work to fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones, and they will be good ones, but they will be fair. and we will protect american workers and american
intellectual property through strong enforcement of our trade rules. [applause] >> president trump: as we rebuild our industries, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: america is a nation of builders. we built the empire state building in just one year. isn't it a disgrace that it can now take ten years just to get a minor permit approved for the building of a simple road? [applause]
>> president trump: i am asking both parties to come together to give us safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure that our economy needs and our people deserve. [applause] >> president trump: tonight i'm calling on congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment that our country so desperately needs. every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit, and we can do it. [applause]
>> president trump: any bill must also streamline the permitting and approval process, getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one. together we can reclaim our great building heritage. [applause] >> president trump: we will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways all across our land, and we will do it with american heart, american hands, and american grit. [applause]
>> president trump: we want every american to know the dignity of a hard day's work. we want every child to be safe in their home at night, and we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we all love so much. we can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity. [applause] >> president trump: as tax cuts create new jobs, let's invest in workforce development, and let's invest in job training, which we need so badly. [applause]
>> president trump: let's open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn the craft and realize their full potential. and let's support working families by supporting paid family leave. [applause] [cheers and applause] >> president trump: as america regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens. that is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life.
[applause] >> president trump: struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of american workers and american families. for decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. they've allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest americans. most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives. here tonight are two fathers and two mothers, evelyn rodriguez, freddie cuevas, elizabeth
alvarado, and robert mickens. their two teenage daughters, taylor cuevas and lisa were close friends on long island. but in september 2016 on the eve of nisa's 16th birthday, such a happy time it should have been, neither of them came home. these two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. six members of the savage ms-13 gang have been charged with kayla and nisa's murders. many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as illegal, unaccompanied alien minors, and wound up in kayla and nisa's high school.
>> president trump: i want you to know that 320 million hearts are right now breaking for you. we love you, thank you. [applause] >> president trump: while we cannot imagine the depths of that kind of sorrow, we can make sure that other families never have to endure this kind of pain. tonight i am calling on congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed ms-13 and other criminal gangs to break into our country. we have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws and support our ice and border patrol agents. these are great people. these are great, great people that worked so hard in the midst of such danger so that this can never happen again.
[applause] [applause] >> president trump: the united states is a compassionate nation. we are proud that we do more than any other country anywhere in the world to help the needy, the struggling, and the underprivileged all over the world, but as president of the united states, my loyalty, my greatest compassion, my constant concern is for america's children. america's struggling workers ann communities. i want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. i want our poor to have their
chance to rise. so tonight, i am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, democrats and republicans, to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed. [applause] >> president trump: my duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the american dream. because americans are dreamers too. [cheers and applause]
>> president trump: here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country, homeland security investigation special agent celestino martinez, he goes by dj and cj, he says call me either one. we will call you cj. served 15 years in the air force before becoming an i.c.e. agent and spending the last 15 years fighting gang violence and getting dangerous criminals off of our streets. tough job. at one point ms-13 leaders ordered cj's murder and they wanted it to happen quickly. but he did not cave to threats or to fear. last may he commanded in
operation to track down gang members on long island. his team has arrested nearly 400, including more than 220 ms-13 gang members. and i have to tell you, what the border patrol and ice have done, we have sent thousands and thousands and thousands of ms-13 horrible people out of this country or into our prisons, so i just want to congratulate you, cj, you are a brave guy. thank you very much. [applause] [applause] >> president trump: and i asked cj, what's the secret? he said, we are just tougher
than they are, and i like that answer. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: now let's get congress to send you and all of the people in this great chamber have to do it, we have no choice. cj, we're going to send you reinforcements, and we are going to send them to you quickly. it's what they will do. [applause] >> president trump: over the next few weeks, the house and senate will be voting on an immigration reform package. in recent months, my administration has met extensively with both democrats and republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform. based on these discussions, we presented congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties has a
fair compromise, one where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs and must have. [applause] >> president trump: here are the four pillars of our plan. the first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age. that covers almost three times more people than the previous administration covered. [applause] >> president trump: under our plan, those who meet education
and work requirements and show good moral character, will be able to come tell mike become full citizens of the united states over a 12 year pe. the second pillar fully secures the border. [applause] [applause] >> president trump: that means building a great wall on the southern border, and it means hiring more heroes like cj to keep our communities safe. [applause]
>> president trump: crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country, and it finally ends the horrible and dangerous practice of catch and release. [applause] >> president trump: the third pillar ends the visa lottery, a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of american people. [applause] >> president trump: it's time to begin moving toward a merit-based immigration system, one that admits people who are
skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country. [applause] >> president trump: the fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. [applause] >> president trump: under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.
[applause] >> president trump: this vital reform is necessary not just for our economy, but for our security, and for the future of america. in recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in new york were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration. in the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can just no longer afford. it's time to reform. [applause] >> president trump: these outdated immigration rules and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century. [applause]
>> president trump: these four pillars represent down the middle compromise, and one that will create a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system. for over 30 years, washington has tried and failed to solve this problem. this congress can be the one that finally makes it happen. most importantly, these four pillars will produce legislation that fulfills my ironclad pledge to sign a bill that puts america first. [applause] [cheers and applause] >> president trump: so let's come together, set politics aside, and finally get the job
done. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: these reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction. never before has it been like it is right now. it is terrible. we have to do something about i it. in 2016 we lost 64,000 americans to drug overdose. 174 deaths per day, seven per hour. we must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge. [cheers and applause]
>> president trump: my administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic in helping get treatment for those in need, for those who have been so terribly hurt. the struggle will be long, and it will be difficult, but as americans always do, in the end we will succeed, we will prevai prevail. [applause] >> president trump: as we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in america. we see a vivid expression of this truth in the story of the family of new mexico.
ryan is 27 years old, an officer with the albuquerque police department. he's here tonight with his wife rebecca. [applause] [applause] >> president trump: thank you, ryan. last year ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin when ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. she told him she didn't know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby. in that moment, ryan said he felt god speak to him. you will do it, because you can.
he heard those words. he took out a picture of his wife and their four kids, that he went home to tell his wife rebecca. in an instant, she agreed to adopt. the holetss named their new daughter hope. ryan and rebecca, you embodied the goodness of our nation, thank you. [cheers and applause] [applause] [cheers and applause]
>> president trump: thank you, ryan and rebecca. as we rebuild america's strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad. around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like china and russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values. in confronting these horrible dangers we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest means to our true and great defense. for this reason, i am asking congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military.
[cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] >> president trump: as part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and so powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression by any other nation or anyone else. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: perhaps someday in the future there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to eliminate their
nuclear weapons. unfortunately we are not there yet. sadly. last year, i also pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish isis from the face of the earth. one year later i am proud to report that the coalition to defeat isis has liberated very close to 100% of the territory just recently held by these killers in iraq and in syria and in other locations as well. [applause]
>> president trump: but there is much more work to be done. we will continue our fight until isis is defeated. army staff sergeant justin peck is here tonight. last november, justin and his comrade chief petty officer kenton stacy were on a mission to -- so civilians could return to that city hopefully soon and hopefully safety will make safely. clearing the second floor of a vital hospital, stacy was severely wounded by an explosio explosion. immediately, justin bounded into the booby-trapped and
unbelievably unsafe building and found him in very bad shape. he applied pressure to the wound and inserted a tube to reopen an airway. he then performed cpr for 20 straight minutes during the ground transport and maintained artificial respiration through two and a half hours and through emergency surgery. stacy would have died if it were not for justin's selfless love for his fellow warrior. tonight kenton is recovering in texas, rocca is liberated and justin is wearing his new bronze star with a v for valor.
one possible, we have no choice but to annihilate them. when necessary, we must be able to detain and question them, but we must be clear. terrorists are not merely criminals. they are unlawful enemy combatants. [applause] [applause] >> president trump: and when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are. in the past we have foolishly released hundreds and hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield, including the isis
leader al-baghdadi, who we captured, who we had, who we released. so today i'm keeping another promise. i just signed, prior to walking in, an order directing secretary mattis, who is doing a great job, thank you. [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: to re-examine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities in guantanamo bay. [cheers and applause]
>> president trump: i am asking congress to ensure that in the fight against isis and al qaeda we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists wherever we chase them down, wherever we find them, and in many cases, for them it will now be guantanamo bay. [applause] >> president trump: at the same time as of a few months ago. our warriors in afghanistan have new rules of engagement. [applause] >> president trump: along with their heroic afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we know longer
tell our enemies our plans. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: last month i also took an action endorsed unanimously by the u.s. senate just months before, i recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. [cheers and applause] >> president trump: shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the united nations general assembly against america's sovereign right to make this decision. in 2016, american taxpayers
generously sent those same countries more than $20 billion in aid. that is why tonight i am asking congress to pass legislation to help ensure american foreign assistance dollars always serve american interests and only go to friends of america, not enemies of america. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] >> president trump: as we strengthen friendships all around the world we are also restoring clarity about our adversaries. when the people of iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, i did not
stay silent. america stands with the people of iran in their courageous struggle for freedom. [applause] >> president trump: i am asking congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible iran nuclear deal. my administration is also imposed tough sanctions onto communist and socialist dictatorships in cuba and venezuela. [applause] >> president trump: but no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or
brutally then the cruel dictatorship in north korea. north korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. we are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening. past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. i will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this very dangerous position. we need only look at the depraved character of the north korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to america and to our allies. otto warmbier was a hardworking
student at the university of virginia, and a great student he was. on his way to study abroad in asia otto joined a tour to north korea. at its conclusion this wonderful young man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state. after a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced otto to 15 years of hard labor before returning him to america last june horribly injured and on the verge of death. he passed away just days after his return. otto's wonderful parents fred and cindy warmbier are here with us tonight along with otto's
[applause] >> president trump: tonight we pledge to honor otto's memory with total american resolve. thank you. [applause] >> president trump: finally, we are joined by one more witness to the ominous nature of this regime. his team his name is mr. ji sung ho. in 1996 he was a starving boy in north korea. one day he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter
for a few scraps of food, which were very hard to get. in the process, he passed out on the train tracks exhausted from hunger. he woke up as a train ran over his limbs. he then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain or the hurt. his brother and sister gave what little food they had to help them recover and eight dirt themselves, permanently stunting their own growth. later he was tortured by north korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to china. his tormentors wanted to know if he'd met any christians. he had, and he resolved after that to be free.
seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches all across china and southeast asia to freedom. most of his family followed. his father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death. today he lives in seoul, where he rescues other defectors and broadcasts into north korea with the regime fears most, the truth. today he has a new leg, but seong-ho, i understand you still keep those old crutches as a reminder of how far you've come. your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all. please, thank you. [applause] [cheers and applause]
[applause] [cheers and applause] [applause] >> president trump: seong-ho's story is a testament to the earning of every human soul to live in freedom. it was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called america. it was a small cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean and a vast wilderness. it was home to an incredible
people with a revolutionary idea that they could rule themselves, that they could chart their own destiny, and that together they could light up the entire world. that is what our country has always been about. that is what americans have always stood for, always strived for, and always done. atop the dome of this capital stands the statue of freedom. she stands tall and dignified among the monuments to our ancestors who fought and lived and died to protect her. monuments to washington and jefferson and lincoln and king, memorials to the heroes of
yorktown and saratoga. two young americans who shed their blood on the shores of normandy and the fields beyond, and others who went down in the waters of the pacific and the skies all over asia and freedom stands tall over one more monument, this one. this capital, this living monument. this is the monument to the american people. [cheers and applause] [chanting "usa"]
>> president trump: we are a people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us defending hope, pride, and defending the american way. they work in every trade, they sacrifice to raise a family, they care for our children at home, they defend our flag abroad, and they are strong moms and brief kids. they are firefighters and police officers and border agents, medics and marines. but above all else, they are americans, and this capital, the city, this nation belongs entirely to them. [cheers and applause]
>> president trump: our task is to respect them, to listen to them, to serve them, to protect them, and to always be worthy of them. americans fill the world with art and music. they push the bounds of science and discovery, and they forever remind us of what we should never, ever forget. the people dreamed this country. the people built this country. and it's the people who are making america great again. [cheers and applause]
[applause] >> president trump: as long as we are proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. as long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our god, we will never fail, our families will thrive, our people will prosper, and our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free. thank you, and god bless america. good night.