Watch Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address

Watch Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address


>>ALONG THE HOUSE CHAMBER, A QUICK
HELLO WITH THE PRESIDENT AS HE TAKES TO THE PODIUM HERE.
>>AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO GET IMAGES THAT THEY COULD USE
IN CAMPAIGN ADS, THINGS THEY COULD USE LATER. NOT ALL MEMBERS
ARE EAGER FOR THAT FACE TIME AND WILL BE THINKING CAREFULLY ABOUT
THE OBJECTS WHEN THEY STAND AND CHEER AND WHEN THEY DECIDED TO DISSENT. JORDAN, WE
WILL BE BRINGING YOU THE COVERAGE, THE ENTRANT — THE
UNINTERRUPTED SPEECH. YOU WILL CATCH US ON THE BACK AND WITH
ANALYSIS AND HEARING THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE. CONGRESSMAN
JOE KENNEDY WILL ALSO TALK TO SENATORS. AFTERWARDS, THEY WILL
COME HERE AND GIVE US A SENSE. THEY WILL GIVE US A SENSE OF
WHAT THEY THINK. A LOT OF WOMEN WEARING BLACK
THERE. SOME ACCENTS OF COLOR BUT, THE BLACK IS VERY
INTENTIONAL TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT.
>>ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S RIGHT. WE
WILL SEE IF THAT OBJECT CARRIES IN THE CHAMBER. I’M SEEING A LOT OF
POPS OF COLOR IN THE WARDROBE. >>USUALLY TEMPER — MEMBERS
TEND TO WEAR RED. >>THAT’S RIGHT.[ APPLAUSE ]>>AS IS STANDARD, THE PRESIDENT
TAKING HIS TIME TO GET DOWN TO THE ISLE. USING THIS MOMENT. THE
SUPREME COURT JUSTICES RIGHT THERE.
>>HE WAS THE FUNNIEST.>>THE PRESIDENT WILL ALSO
PRESENT A SPEECH TO THE VICE PRESIDENT AND SPEAKER RYAN INTO
THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.>>YOU SAW THERE, KEVIN McCARTHY
THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. AN IMPORTANT VOICE RIGHT NOW,
SOMETHING TO WATCH THERE’S A CHANCE THAT SOME DEMOCRATS MAY
WALK OUT OF THE CHAMBER, MANY PEOPLE ARE HOPING THAT THAT WILL
NOT HAPPEN. DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP HAS SAID THEY MAY
HAVE NO GUARANTEES ON THAT. KEVIN McCARTHY SAID, THAT WOULD
BE DISAPPOINTING WATCHING TO SEE WHO STAYS IN THE CHAMBER
TONIGHT. >>NOW WE WILL TOSS IT OVER TO
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE STATE OF THE
UNION. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, I HAVE
THE HIGH PRIVILEGE AND DISTINCT HONOR OF PRESENTING TO YOU, THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>MISTER SPEAKER, MISTER VICE
PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THE FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED
STATES AND MY FELLOW AMERICANS, LESS THAN ONE YEAR HAS PASSED
SINCE I FIRST STOOD AT THIS PODIUM AND I STOOD 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
RENEWED ADMINISTRATION HAD ALREADY TAKEN VERY SWIFT ACTION. A NEW TIDE OF OPTIMISM WAS
ALREADY SWEEPING ACROSS THE LAND. EACH DAY SINCE, WE HAVE
GONE FORWARD WITH A CLEAR VISION AND A RIGHTEOUS MISSION, TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN FOR
ALL AMERICANS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>OVER THE LAST YEAR, WE’VE
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 THE
JURY AND THE PAINS OF HARDSHIP. WE HAVE ENDURED FLOODS, FIRES,
AND STORMS. THROUGH IT ALL, WE HAVE SEEN THE BEAUTY OF
AMERICA’S SOLE AND THE STEEL IN AMERICA’S SPINE. EACH TEST HAS FORGED NEW
AMERICAN HEROES TO REMIND US, WHO WE ARE, SHOWING 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 AND HEARD
TALES OF AMERICANS LIKE COAST GUARD PETTY OFFICER ASHLEY WHO
IS HERE TONIGHT IN THE GALLERY. WITH MELANIA TRUMP. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>ASHLEY WAS ABOARD ONE OF THE
FIRST HELICOPTERS ON THE SCENE IN HOUSTON DURING THE HURRICANE
HARVEY. THROUGH 18 HOURS OF WIND AND
RAIN, ASHLEY BRAVED LIVE POWERLINES AND DEEP WATER TO
HELP SAVE MORE THAN 40 LIVES. ASHLEY, WE ALL THINK YOU —
THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE HEARD ABOUT AMERICANS LIKE
FIREFIGHTER DAVID DAHLBERG, HE IS HERE WITH US AS WELL. DATED
FACEDOWN FLAMES, TO RESCUE ALMOST 60
CHILDREN TRAPPED AT A SUMMER CAMP TRAPPED BY THOSE DEVASTATING WILDFIRES.
TO THOSE RECOVERING IN TEXAS, FLORIDA, LOUISIANA, PUERTO RICO,
AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, EVERYWHERE, WE ARE WITH YOU AND
WE LOVE YOU, AND WE ALWAYS WILL PULL THROUGH TOGETHER, ALWAYS.[
APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU TO DAVID AND THE
BRAVE 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, 3 1/2 MONTHS LATER THE
LEGEND, FROM LOUISIANA CONGRESSMAN STEVE SCALEESE .[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>I THINK THEY LIKE YOU, STEVE.
[ LAUGHTER ]>>WE ARE INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL
FOR THE HEROIC EFFORTS OF THE CAPITAL 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. YES. [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE
TERRIBLE SHOOTING, WE CAME TOGETHER NOT AS REPUBLICANS OR
DEMOCRATS, BUT AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE.
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 THAT WE NEED IN ORDER TO DELIVER . THIS IS REALLY THE KEY. THESE
ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WE WERE ELECTED TO SERVE.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU . OVER THE LAST YEAR THE WORLD
HAS SEEN WHAT WE ALWAYS KNEW, NO PEOPLE ON EARTH ARE SO FEARLESS
OR DARING OR DETERMINED AS AMERICANS. IF THERE IS A
MOUNTAIN, WE CLIMB IT, IF THERE’S A FRONTIER, WE CROSS IT
AND IF THERE IS A CHALLENGE, WE TAME IT. IF THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY, WE
SEES IT. LET US BEGIN TONIGHT BY RECOGNIZING THAT THE STATE OF
OUR UNION IS STRONG BECAUSE OUR PEOPLE OUR — ARE STRONG.[
APPLAUSE ] TOGETHER WE ARE BUILDING A SAFE
AND STRONG AND PROUD AMERICA. SINCE THE ELECTION, WE’VE
CREATED 2.4 MILLION NEW JOBS.[ APPLAUSE ]
>>INCLUDING,[ APPLAUSE ]>>INCLUDING 200,000 NEW JOBS IN
MANUFACTURING ALONE. TREMENDOUS NUMBERS. AFTER YEARS AND YEARS OF WAGE
STAGNATION, WE ARE FINALLY SEEING RISING WAGES. [ APPLAUSE
][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS HAVE HIT
A 45 YEAR LOW. [ APPLAUSE ] SOMETHING I AM VERY PROUD OF,
AFRICAN-AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT STANDS AT THE LOWEST RATES EVER
RECORDED.>>YEAH! [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] AND HISPANIC AMERICAN
UNEMPLOYMENT HAS ALSO REACHED THE LOWEST LEVELS IN HISTORY. [
APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>SMALL BUSINESS CONFIDENCE IS
AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH, THE STOCK MARKET HAS SMASHED ONE RECORD
AFTER ANOTHER, GAINING $1 TRILLION AND MORE IN VALUE IN
JUST THIS SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.[ APPLAUSE ]>>THE GREAT NEWS FOR AMERICANS,
401(K), RETIREMENT PENSION, AND COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, THEY
HAVE GONE THROUGH THE ROOF . AND JUST AS I HAVE PROMISED,
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THIS PODIUM, 11 MONTHS AGO , WE ENACTED THE BIGGEST TAX
CUTS AND REFORMS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>OUR MASSIVE TAX CUTS PROVIDE
TREMENDOUS RELIEF FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND SMALL BUSINESSES THE
LOWER TAX RATES FOR HARD-WORKING AMERICANS , WE NEARLY DOUBLED THE STANDARD
DEDUCTION FOR EVERYONE.[ APPLAUSE ] NOW, THE FIRST $24,000 EARNED BY
A MARRIED COUPLE, IS COMPLETELY TAX FREE. [ APPLAUSE ]WE ALSO DOUBLED THE
CHILD TAX CREDIT . A TYPICAL FAMILY OF FOUR
MAKING $75,000 WILL SEE THEIR TAX BILL REDUCED BY $2000 SLASHING THEIR
BILL IN HALF.[ APPLAUSE ] IN APRIL, THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME YOU 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. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE ELIMINATED AND ESPECIALLY — AN ESPECIALLY COOL TAX THAT
FELL MOSTLY ON AMERICANS MAKING LESS THAN $50,000 EVERY YEAR
FORCING THEM TO PAY TREMENDOUS PENALTIES, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY
COULD NOT AFFORD GOVERNMENT ORDERED HEALTH PLANS. WE
REPEALED THE CORE OF THE DISASTROUS OBAMA CARE,
THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IS NOW GONE. THANK HEAVENS.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE SLASHED THE BUSINESS TAX
RATE FROM 35% ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 21% SO THAT AMERICAN
COMPANIES COULD COMPETE AND WIN AGAINST ANYONE ELSE ANYWHERE IN
THE WORLD.[ APPLAUSE ]>>THESE CHANGES ALONE, THERE
ESTIMATED TO INCREASE AVERAGE FAMILY INCOME BY MORE THAN
$4000. THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY.[ APPLAUSE ]>>SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE ALSO
RECEIVED A MASSIVE TAX CUT, AND CANAL DEDUCT 20% OF THEIR
BUSINESS INCOME. HERE TONIGHT, OUR STEVE STAUB AND SANDY
KIPLINGER, OF STAUB MANUFACTURING, A SMALL AND
BEAUTIFUL BUSINESS IN OHIO. THEY FINISHED THE BEST YEAR IN 20
YEARS OF THEIR OWN HISTORY. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM, THEY
ARE HANDING OUT RAISES, HIRING AN ADDITIONAL 14 PEOPLE, AND
EXPANDING INTO THE BUILDING NEXT DOOR. THAT’S A GOOD FEELING.[
APPLAUSE ]>>ONE OF STAUB’S EMPLOYEES,
COREY ADAMS, HE IS ALSO WITH US TONIGHT.
COREY, HE’S 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 HARD-WORKING AMERICANS , COREY PLANS TO INVEST HIS TAX
CUT RAISED INTO HIS NEW HOME AND HIS TWO DAUGHTERS EDUCATION.
COREY, PLEASE STAND.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND, HE’S A GREAT WELDER. [
LAUGHTER ] >>I WAS TOLD THAT BY THE MAN
THAT OWNS THE COMPANY THAT’S DOING SO WELL , SO CONGRATULATIONS COREY.
SINCE WE HAVE PASSED THE 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 A PLAN TO
INVEST A TOTAL OF $350 BILLION INTO AMERICA AND
HIGHER ANOTHER 20,000 WORKERS.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO,
EXXON MOBIL ANNOUNCED A $50 BILLION INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED
STATES JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] .
>>THIS IN FACT, IS OUR NEW AMERICAN MOMENT. THERE’S NEVER
BEEN A BETTER TIME TO START LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM, SO TO
EVERY CITIZEN WATCHING AT HOME TONIGHT, NO MATTER WHERE YOU
HAVE BEEN OR WHERE YOU HAVE COME FROM, THIS IS YOUR TIME, IF YOU
WORK HARD, IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, IF YOU BELIEVE IN
AMERICA, YOU CAN DREAM ANYTHING , YOU CAN BE ANYTHING AND
TOGETHER, WE CAN ACHIEVE ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. [ APPLAUSE
][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>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 HOME. THE SAME HEART, THE SAME DESTINY, AND THE
SAME GREAT AMERICAN FLAG. [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE
][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>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, IT’S IN GOD WE TRUST.[ APPLAUSE ][
APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND WE CELEBRATE OUR POLICE,
OUR MILITARY, AND OUR AMAZING VETERANS AS HEROES WHO DESERVE
OUR TOTAL AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]
[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>HERE TONIGHT, IS PRESTON
SHARP, A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM READING CALIFORNIA WHO NOTICED THAT
VETERANS GRAVES WERE NOT MARKED WITH FLAGS ON VETERANS DAY. HE
DECIDED ALL BY HIMSELF TO CHANGE THAT AND START A MOVEMENT THAT
HAS PLACED 40,000 FLAGS AT THE GRAVES OF OUR GREAT HEROES.
PRESTON, A JOB WELL DONE.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE
] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>YOUNG PATRIOTS LIKE PRESTON
TEACH ALL OF US ABOUT OUR CIVIC DUTY AS AMERICANS AND I MET
PRESTON A WHILE AGO AND HE IS SOMETHING VERY
SPECIAL, THAT I CAN TELL YOU. THAT’S A GREAT FUTURE. THANK YOU
FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE PRESTON.[ APPLAUSE ]
>>PRESTON’S REVERENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THE NATION
REMIND US WHY WE SALUTE THE FLAG AND PUT OUR HANDS ON OUR HEARTS AND FOR THE PLEDGE OF
ALLEGIANCE, WHY WE PROUDLY STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. [ CROWD
CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] TRAN04>>AMERICANS LOVE THEIR COUNTRY,
THEY DESERVE A GOVERNMENT THAT SHOWS THEM THE SAME LOVE, AND LOYALTY IN RETURN. FOR THE
LAST YEAR, WE’VE 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. [ CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]
>>WE ARE TOTALLY DEFENDING OUR
SECOND AMENDMENT AND HAVE TAKEN HISTORIC ACTION TO PROTECT
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. [ CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE
] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>AND WE ARE SERVING OUR BRAVE VETERANS INCLUDING GIVING, OUR
VETERANS CHOICE, IN THEIR HEALTHCARE DECISIONS. [ CROWD
CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>LAST YEAR, CONGRESS ALSO
PASSED AND I SIGNED, THE LANDMARK VA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT.[
APPLAUSE ] SINCE IT’S PASSAGE, MY ADMINISTRATION HAS
REMOVED MORE THAN 1500 VA EMPLOYEES WHO FAILED TO GIVE OUR
VETERANS THE CARE THAT THEY DESERVED AND WE ARE HIRING
TALENTED PEOPLE WHO LOVE OUR VETERANS AS MUCH AS WE DO. [
CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>AND I WILL NOT STOP UNTIL OUR
VETERANS ARE PROPERLY TAKING CARE OF WHICH HAS BEEN MY
PROMISE TO THEM, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. THE BEGINNING OF THIS
GREAT JOURNEY.[ APPLAUSE ] ALL AMERICANS DESERVE
ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPECT. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE GIVING TO OUR
WONDERFUL HEROES, OUR VETERANS. THANK YOU.[ APPLAUSE ] SO TONIGHT, I CALL ON CONGRESS
TO EMPOWER EVERY CABINET SECRETARY WITH THE AUTHORITY TO
REWARD GOOD WORKERS AND TO REMOVE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO
UNDERMINE THE PUBLIC TRUST OR FAIL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. [
CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND OUR DRIVE TO MAKE
WASHINGTON ACCOUNTABLE, WE’VE ELIMINATED MORE REGULATIONS IN
THE FIRST YEAR THEN ANY ADMINISTRATION IN THE HISTORY OF
OUR COUNTRY. [ CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE
][ APPLAUSE ]>>WE’VE ENDED THE WAR ON
AMERICAN ENERGY AND HAVE ENDED THE WAR ON BEAUTIFUL CLEAN COAL.
[ CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE ARE NARROW :WE ARE NOW VERY PROBABLY, AND
EXPORTER TO THE ENERGY OF THE WORLD. [ CROWD CHEERS ][
APPLAUSE ] >>IN DETROIT, I HALTED
GOVERNMENT MANDATES THAT CRIPPLED AMERICANS GREAT
BEAUTIFUL, AUTOWORKERS, SO THAT WE COULD GET MOTOR CITY REVVING
ITS ENGINES AGAIN. THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>MANY CAR COMPANIES ARE NOW
BUILDING AND EXPANDING PLANTS IN THE UNITED STATES, SOMETHING
THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN FOR DECADES, CHRYSLER IS MOVING A
MAJOR PLANT FROM MEXICO TO MICHIGAN, TOYOTA AND MAZDA, OR
OPENING UP A PLANT IN ALABAMA, A BIG ONE. WE HAVEN’T SEEN THIS IN
A LONG TIME. IT’S ALL COMING BACK. [ CROWD CHEERS ] [
APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>VERY SOON, AUTO PLANS AND OTHER PLANTS,
THEY WILL BE OPENING UP ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS ALL NEWS
THAT AMERICANS ARE TOTALLY UNACCUSTOMED TO HEARING. FOR
MANY YEARS COMPANIES AND JOBS WERE ONLY LEAVING US BUT NOW, THEY ARE ROARING BACK
AND COMING BACK. THEY WANT TO BE WHERE THE ACTION IS AND THEY
WANT TO BE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT’S WHERE THEY
WANT TO BE. [ CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>EXCITING PROGRESS IS
HAPPENING EVERY SINGLE DAY. TO SPEED ACCESS, TO
BREAKTHROUGH, CURES, 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 ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT PATIENTS
WITH TERMINAL CONDITIONS AND TERMINAL ILLNESS SHOULD HAVE
ACCESS TO EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY, TREATMENT THAT
COULD POTENTIALLY SAVE THEIR LIVES. PEOPLE WHO ARE TERMINALLY
ILL , THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GO
FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY IN ORDER TO SEEK A CURE. I WANT TO GIVE
THEM A CHANCE RIGHT HERE AT HOME, IT’S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO
GIVE THESE WONDERFUL AND INCREDIBLE AMERICANS THE RIGHT
TO TRY. [ CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>ONE OF MY GREATEST PRIORITIES
IS TO REDUCE THE PRICE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. [ CROWD
CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>IN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES,
THESE DRUGS COST FAR LESS THEN WHAT WE PAY IN THE UNITED
STATES, AND IT’S VERY-VERY UNFAIR.
THAT’S 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 ][ APPLAUSE ]>>AND PRICES WILL COME DOWN,
SUBSTANTIALLY, WATCH. AMERICA HAS ALSO FINALLY TURNED
THE PAGE ON DECADES OF UNFAIR TRADE DEALS, ONES THAT
SACRIFICED OUR PROSPERITY AND SHIPPED AWAY OUR COMPANIES,
JOBS, AND OUR WEALTH. OUR NATION HAS LOST ITS
WEALTH. BUT WE ARE GETTING IT BACK, SO FAST. THE AREA OF
ECONOMIC SURRENDER IS TOTALLY OVER. FROM NOW ON, WE
EXPECT TRADING RELATIONSHIPS TO BE FAIR AND VERY IMPORTANTLY,
RECIPROCAL.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE WILL WORK TO FIX BAD TRADE
DEALS, NEGOTIATE NEW ONES. AND THOSE WILL BE GOOD ONES BUT
WILL BE FAIR AND WE WILL PROTECT THE AMERICAN WORKERS AND
AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THROUGH STRONG ENFORCEMENT OF
OUR TRADE RULE.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]
>>AS WE REBUILD THE INDUSTRIES, IT’S TIME TO REBUILD OUR
CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][
APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]
>>AMERICA IS A NATION OF BUILDERS.
WE BUILT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, IN JUST ONE YEAR,
ISN’T IT A DISGRACE THAT IT COULD NOW TAKE 10 YEARS JUST TO GET A MINOR
PERMIT APPROVED FOR THE BUILDING OF A SIMPLE ROAD?[ APPLAUSE ][
APPLAUSE ]>>I AM ASKING BOTH PARTIES,
COME TOGETHER TO GIVE US SAFE AND FAST RELIABLE, AND MODERN
INFRASTRUCTURE, THAT OUR ECONOMY NEEDS AND OUR PEOPLE DESERVE.[
APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>TONIGHT I’M CALLING ON
CONGRESS TO PRODUCE A BILL THAT GENERATES AT LEAST ONE .5
MILLION DOLLARS 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 INVESTMENTS TO
PERMANENTLY FIX THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT, AND WE
CAN DO IT.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]
>>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 ]>>WE WILL BUILD GREENING NEW ROADS, BRIDGES,
HIGHWAYS, RAILWAYS, AND WATERWAYS, ALL ACROSS THE LAND.
WE WILL DO IT WITH AMERICAN HEART AND AMERICAN HANDS AND
AMERICAN GRIT.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>WE WANT EVERY AMERICAN TO
KNOW THE DIGNITY OF A HARD DAYS WORK, 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 COULD LIFT OUR
CITIZENS, FROM WELFARE TO WORK, FROM DEPENDENCE TO INDEPENDENCE
AND FROM POVERTY, TO PROSPERITY. AS, [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>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 ]>>LET’S OPEN GREAT VOCATIONAL
SCHOOLS SO THAT OUR FUTURE WORKERS COULD LEARN A CRAFT AND
REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. [ CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ][
APPLAUSE ]>>AND, LET’S SUPPORT WORKING
FAMILIES BY SUPPORTING PAID FAMILY LEAVE.[ APPLAUSE ][
APPLAUSE ]TRAN04 –>>IS 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 ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>STRUGGLING COMMUNITIES, ESPECIALLY IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
WILL ALSO BE HELPED BY IMMIGRATION POLICIES THAT FOCUS
ON THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICAN WORKERS AND AMERICAN
FAMILIES. FOR DECADES, OPEN BORDERS HAVE ALLOWED DRUGS AND
GANGS TO POUR INTO OUR MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES.
THEY HAVE ALLOWED MILLIONS OF LOW-WAGE WORKERS TO COMPETE FOR
JOBS AND WAGES AGAINST THE POOREST AMERICANS. MOST
TRAGICALLY, THEY’VE CAUSED THE LOSS OF MANY INNOCENT LIVES.
HERE TONIGHT ARE TWO FATHERS AND MOTHERS, EVELYN RODRIGUEZ,
FREDDIE WEIBEL’S, ELIZABETH ALVARADO, AND ROBERT MICKENS,
TWO TEENAGE DAUGHTERS, TAYLOR AND LISA, THEY WERE CLOSE
FRIENDS ON LONG ISLAND. IN SEPTEMBER 2016, ON THE EVE OF HER 16th BIRTHDAY, HAPPY TIME
THAT IT SHOULD’VE 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 HAD
BEEN CHARGED WITH KAYLA AND NIECES MURDER. MANY OF THESE
GANG MEMBERS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF GLARING LOOPHOLES IN OUR LOSS —
IN OUR LAWS TO ENTER THE COUNTRY AS A LEGAL AND UNACCOMPANIED
ALIEN MINORS. THEY WOUND UP IN KAYLA AND NIECES HIGH SCHOOL. EVERYONE IS
PRAYING FOR YOU. EVERYONE IN AMERICA IS GRIEVING FOR YOU.
PLEASE STAND, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT 320
MILLION HEARTS ARE RIGHT NOW BREAKING FOR YOU. WE LOVE YOU
AND THANK YOU.[ APPLAUSE ]>>WHILE WE CAN’T 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’M CALLING ON CONGRESS
TO FINALLY CLOSE THE DEADLY LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOWED MS-13 AND
OTHER CRIMINAL GANGS TO BRING — TO COME INTO THE COUNTRY. WE
PROPOSE NEW JUST SLEEP — NEW LEGISLATION THAT WILL FIX THE
IMMIGRATION LAWS AND SUPPORT OUR ICE AND BORDER PATROL AGENTS.
THESE ARE GREAT PEOPLE. THESE ARE GREAT-GREAT PEOPLE. THEY
WORK SO HARD IN THE MIDST OF SUCH DANGER. SO THAT THIS CAN
NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>THE UNITED STATES IS A
COMPASSIONATE NATION. WE ARE PROUD THAT WE DO MORE THAN ANY
OTHER COUNTRY, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, IN ORDER TO HELP THE NEEDY, THE
STRUGGLING, AND UNDERPRIVILEGED ALL OVER THE WORLD. AS PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES, MY HIGHEST LOYALTY, MY GREATEST COMPASSION,
MY CONSTANT CONCERN, IS FOR AMERICA’S CHILDREN, AND THERE IS
:AMERICA’S STRUGGLING WORKERS AND FORGOTTEN COMMUNITIES. I WANT TO GROW UP AND ACHIEVE
GREAT THINGS. I WANT OUR POOR TO HAVE THEIR CHANCE TO RISE.
TONIGHT, I’M EXTENDING AN OPEN HAND TO WORK WITH MEMBERS OF
BOTH PARTIES DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, PROTECT OUR
CITIZENS OF EVERY BACKGROUND, COLOR,
RELIGION, AND PRE-. [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>MY DUTY AND THE SACRED DUTY
OF EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL IN THIS CHAMBER IS TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THEIR
SAFETY, THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND THEIR RIGHT TO
THE AMERICAN DREAM. AMERICANS ARE DREAMERS TO. [ APPLAUSE
]TRAN04[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>HERE TONIGHT IS ONE LEADER IN
THE EFFORT TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. HOMELAND SECURITY
INVESTIGATION SPECIAL AGENT DJ AND CJ. HE SAID, CALL ME EITHER
ONE. WE WILL CALL YOU CJ. HE SERVED 15 YEARS IN THE AIR
FORCE BEFORE BECOMING AN ICE AGENT AND SPENDING THE LAST 15
YEARS FIGHTING GANG VIOLENCE AND GETTING DANGEROUS CRIMINALS OFF
OF OUR STREETS. THAT’S A TOUGH JOB. AT ONE POINT, MS-13 LEADERS
ORDERED CJ’S MURDER. AND THEY WANTED IT TO HAPPEN QUICKLY. HE DID NOT
CAVE TO THREATS OR TO FEAR, LAST MAY, HE COMMANDED AN 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, WITH THE BORDER PATROL AND ICE HAVE DONE,
WE’VE SENT THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF MS-13
HORRIBLE PEOPLE OUT OF THIS COUNTRY OR INTO OUR PRISONS. SO,
I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU CJ. YOU ARE A BRAVE GUY, THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND I KNOW CJ, I ASKED HIM
WHAT THE SECRET IS, HE SAID WE ARE
JUST TOUGHER THAN THEY ARE. I LIKE THAT ANSWER.[ APPLAUSE ]
>>LET’S GET CONGRESS TO SEND YOU AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN
THIS GREAT CHAMBER, WE HAVE TO DO IT WE HAVE NO CHOICE. CJ WE ARE GOING TO SEND YOU
REINFORCEMENTS AND WE ARE GOING TO SEND THEM TO YOU QUICKLY.
THAT’S WHAT YOU NEED.[ APPLAUSE ]>>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 DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN 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 AS A FAIR COMPROMISE, ONE WHERE NO ONE GETS EVERYTHING
THAT THEY WANT BUT WHERE OUR COUNTRY GETS THE CRITICAL
REFORMS THAT THEY NEED AND MUST HAVE.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>HERE ARE THE FOUR PILLARS OF
OUR PLAN, THE FIRST OF OUR FRAMEWORK GENEROUSLY OFFERS A
PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR ONE .8 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BROUGHT HERE
BY THE PARENTS AT A YOUNG AGE. THAT COVERS ALMOST THREE TIMES
MORE PEOPLE THAN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION COVERED. [
APPLAUSE ]>>UNDER THIS PLAN, THOSE WHO
MEET EDUCATION AND WORK REQUIREMENTS AND SHOW GOOD MORAL
CHARACTER WILL BE ABLE TO BECOME FULL
CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OVER A 12 YEAR PERIOD.[ APPLAUSE
]>>THE SECOND PILLAR, FULLY
SECURES THE BORDER.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>THIS MEANS BUILDING A GREAT
WALL ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER AND IT MEANS HIRING MORE HEROES LIKE
CJ TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>CRUCIALLY , THE PLAN CLOSES THE TERRIBLE
LOOPHOLES EXPLOITED BY CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS TO ENTER THE
COUNTRY AND IT FINALLY ENDS THE HORRIBLE AND DANGEROUS PRACTICE
OF CATCH AND RELEASE.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>THE THIRD PILLAR, AND THE
VISA LOTTERY, A PROGRAM THAT RANDOMLY HANDS OUT GREEN CARDS WITHOUT
REGARD FOR SKILL, MERIT, OR THE SAFETY OF AMERICAN PEOPLE.[
APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>IT IS TIME TO BEGIN MOVING
FORWARD TOWARD A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION
SYSTEM, ONE THAT ADMITS THOSE WHO ARE SKILLED AND WANT TO
WORK, ONES THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOCIETY, WHO WILL LOVE
AND RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>THE FOURTH AND FINAL PILLAR
PROTECTS THE NUCLEAR FAMILY BY ENDING CHAIN MIGRATION.[
APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>UNDER THE CURRENT BROKEN SYSTEM, A SINGLE IMMIGRANT COULD
BRING IN VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED NUMBERS OF DISTANT RELATIVES.
UNDER OUR PLAN, WE FOCUS ON THE IMMEDIATE FAMILIES BY LIMITING SPONSORSHIPS TO
SPOUSES AND MINOR CHILDREN.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>THIS VITAL REFORM IS NECESSARY NOT JUST FOR OUR
ECONOMY BUT FOR OUR SECURITY AND FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA. IN RECENT WEEKS, TO TERRORIST
ATTACKS IN NEW YORK WERE MADE POSSIBLE BY THE VISA LOTTERY AND
CHAIN MIGRATION. IN THE AGE OF TERRORISM, THE
PROGRAMS PRESENT RISKS. WE CAN JUST NO LONGER AFFORD. IT’S TIME
FOR REFORM.[ APPLAUSE ]>>IT’S TIME TO REFORM THESE
OUTDATED IMMIGRATION LAWS AND BRING OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
INTO THE 21st CENTURY.>>THESE FOUR PILLARS REPRESENT
A DOWN THE MIDDLE COMPROMISE AND ONE THAT WILL CREATE A SAFE AND
MODERN AND LAWFUL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. FOR OVER 30 YEARS,
WASHINGTON HAS TRIED AND FAILED TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THIS
CONGRESS COULD BE THE ONE THAT FINALLY MAKES IT HAPPEN. MOST
IMPORTANTLY, THE FOUR PILLARS WILL PRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT
FULFILLS MY IRONCLAD PLEDGE TO SIGN A BILL THAT PUTS AMERICA
FIRST. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>SO, LET’S COME TOGETHER, SET POLITICS ASIDE, AND FINALLY,
LET’S GET THE JOB DONE. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>THESE REFORMS WILL ALSO
SUPPORT OUR RESPONSE TO THE TERRIBLE CRISIS OF OPIOID AND
DRUG ADDICTION NEVER BEFORE HAS IT BEEN LIKE IT
IS NOW, IT’S TERRIBLE. WE’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. IN
2016, WE LOST 64,000 AMERICANS TO DRUG OVERDOSES. 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 SCORCH — SCOURGE.
[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>MY ADMINISTRATION IS
COMMITTED TO FIGHTING THE DRUG EPIDEMIC AND HELPING GET
TREATMENT FOR THOSE IN NEED, FOR THOSE WHO’VE BEEN SO TERRIBLY
HURT. THE STRUGGLE WILL BE LONG AND DIFFICULT BUT
AS AMERICANS ALWAYS DO, IN THE END, WE WILL SUCCEED AND WE WILL
PREVAIL. [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>AVENUE WE — AS WE’VE SEEN
TONIGHT, THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES BRING OUT THE BEST IN
AMERICA. WE’VE SEEN A VIVID EXPRESSION OF THIS TRUTH, AND
THE STORY OF THE FAMILY OF NEW MEXICO, RYAN IS 27 YEARS OLD, AND OFFICER
WITH THE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT. HE IS HERE TONIGHT
WITH HIS WIFE REBECCA.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, RYAN. LAST YEAR
RYAN WAS ON DUTY WHEN HE SAW A PREGNANT AND HOMELESS WOMAN
PREPARING TO INJECT HEROIN , WHEN RYAN TOLD HER THAT SHE
WAS GOING TO HARM HER UNBORN CHILD, SHE BEGAN TO WEEP. SHE TOLD HIM SHE DID NOT 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 THESE WORDS. HE TOOK OUT A PICTURE OF
HIS WIFE AND THEIR FOUR CHILDREN. THEN HE WENT HOME TO
TELL HIS WIFE REBECCA. IN AN INSTANT, SHE AGREED TO ADOPT. THEY NAMED THEIR NEW DAUGHTER,
HOPE. RYAN AND REBECCA, YOU EMBODY THE GOODNESS OF OUR
NATION. THANK YOU.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>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 ONES THAT
CHALLENGE OUR INTEREST, 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’M ASKING CONGRESS TO
END THE DANGEROUS DEFENSE SEQUESTER AND FULLY FUND OUR
GREAT MILITARY.[ APPLAUSE ] TRAN04 –[ APPLAUSE ]>>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, IT
WILL DETER ANY ACT’S OF AGGRESSION BY ANY OTHER NATION
OR ANYONE ELSE. [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>PERHAPS SUNDAY IN THE FUTURE
THERE WILL BE A MAGICAL MOMENT WHEN THE COUNTRY OF THE WORLD
:THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD WILL GET TOGETHER TO ELIMINATE THEIR
NUCLEAR WEAPONS. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY 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 ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>THERE IS MUCH MORE WORK TO BE
DONE, WE WILL CONTINUE OUR FIGHT UNTIL ISIS IS DEFEATED. ARMY
STAFF SERGEANT JUSTIN PACK IS HERE TONIGHT, LAST NOVEMBER
JUSTIN AND HIS COMRADE CHIEF PETTY OFFICER KENT AND
STACY WERE ON A MISSION TO CLEAR BUILDINGS THAT ISIS HAD RIGGED
WITH EXPLOSIVES. SO CIVILIANS COULD RETURN TO THE CITY HOPEFULLY
SOON AND SAFELY. CLEARING THE SECOND FLOOR,
KENTON WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED BY AN EXPLOSION. IMMEDIATELY,
JUSTIN BOUNDED INTO THE BOOBY-TRAPPED AND UNBELIEVABLY DANGEROUS AND
UNSAFE BUILDING. HE FOUND KENTON BUT IN VERY BAD SHAPE. HE
APPLIED PRESSURE TO THE WOUNDS 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 2 1/2 HOURS AND THROUGH EMERGENCY SURGERY.
KENT AND 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. STAFF
SERGEANT TECH, ALL OF AMERICA SALUTES YOU. [ CROWD CHEERS ][
APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>’S HARRIS TO DO THINGS LIKE PLACE BOMBS IN CIVILIAN
HOSPITALS ARE EVIL. WHEN POSSIBLE, WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT
TO ANNIHILATE THEM. WHEN NECESSARY, WE MUST BE ABLE TO
DETAIN AND QUESTION THEM. WE MUST BE CLEAR, TERRORISTS ARE
NOT MERELY CRIMINALS, THEY ARE UNLAWFUL ENEMY COMBATANTS.[
APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WHEN CAPTURED OVERSEAS, THEY
SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE THE TERRORISTS THEY ARE. IN THE PAST, WE’VE FOOLISHLY
RELEASED HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF DANGEROUS TERRORISTS, ONLY TO
MEET THEM AGAIN ON THE BATTLEFIELD INCLUDING THE ISIS
LEADER WHO WE CAPTURED, WHO WE HAD AND WHO WE RELEASED . I’M KEEPING ANOTHER PROMISE, I
JUST SIGNED PRIOR TO WALKING IN, IN ORDER DIRECTING SECRETARY
MATTIS WHO IS DOING A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>TO RE-EXAMINE THE MILITARY
DETENTION POLICY, AND TO KEEP OPEN THE DETENTION FACILITIES IN
GUANTÁNAMO BAY.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>I’M 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 GUANTÁNAMO BAY.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>AT THE SAME TIME, AS OF A FEW MONTHS AGO, OUR WARRIORS IN
AFGHANISTAN HAVE NEW RULES OF ENGAGEMENT.[ APPLAUSE ]>>ALONG WITH THEIR HEROIC
AFGHAN PARTNERS, OUR MILITARY IS NO LONGER UNDERLINED —
UNDERMINED BY OFFICIAL TIMELINES AND NO LONGER DO WE TELL OUR
ENEMIES OUR PLANS.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>LAST MONTH I ALSO TOOK AN
ACTION ENDORSING UNANIMOUSLY, BY THE EUNICE:THE U.S. SENATE
MONTHS BEFORE, I RECOGNIZED JERUSALEM — THE U.S. SENATE
MONTHS BEFORE, I RECOGNIZED JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL OF
ISRAEL.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>SHORTLY AFTERWARD, 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’M
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.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>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 AND THEIR
COURAGEOUS STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>I’M ASKING CONGRESS TO
ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS IN THE TERRIBLE HE RAN NUCLEAR
DEAL. MY ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY IMPOSED TOUGH SANCTIONS
ON THE COMMUNIST AND SOCIALIST IT DICTATORSHIPS IN CUBA AND
VENEZUELA. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>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, 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 THAT IT COULD
POSE TO AMERICA AND TO OUR ALLIES. A HARD-WORKING STUDENT AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, A GREAT STUDENT HE WAS. ON HIS WAY TO
STUDY ABROAD IN ASIA, HE 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 AUTO 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. HIS WONDERFUL PARENTS FRED AND
CINDY ARE HERE WITH US ALONG WITH HIS BROTHER AND SISTER.
AUSTIN AND GRETA. PLEASE.[ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>INCREDIBLE PEOPLE. YOU ARE
POWERFUL WITNESSES TO A MENACE THAT THREATENS THE WORLD AND YOUR STRENGTH TRULY INSPIRES
US ALL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>TONIGHT WE PLEDGE TO HONOR
AUTOS MEMORY WITH — HIS MEMORY WITH TOTAL
AMERICAN RESOLVE. THANK YOU.>>FINALLY, [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE ARE JOINED BY ONE MORE
WITNESS TO THE OMINOUS NATURE OF THIS REGIME. HIS NAME IS MISTER GI Sonhu>>HE WAS A START BEING BOY IN
NORTH KOREA. HE TRIED TO STEAL COAL FROM A RAILROAD CAR TO
BARTER FOR SOME FOOD WHICH WAS 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
INVITATIONS WITHOUT ANYTHING. WITHOUT ANYTHING TO DULL THE
PAIN OR HURT. HIS BROTHER AND SISTER GAVE WHAT LITTLE FOOD
THAT THEY HAD TO HELP HIM RECOVER. THEY ATE 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 HAD MET ANY
CHRISTIANS, HE HAD. AND HE RESOLVED AFTER THAT TO BE FREE. HE TRAVEL 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 IN NORTH KOREA WITH THE REGIME FEARS THE MOST,
THE TRUTH. TODAY HE HAS A NEW LEG BUT, I UNDERSTAND YOU STILL
KEEP THOSE OLD CRUTCHES AS A REMINDER OF HOW FAR YOU HAVE
COME. YOUR GREAT SACRIFICE IS AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. PLEASE,
THANK YOU.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>HIS A STORY IS A TESTAMENT TO
THE YEARNING 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. 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 BEEN
STANDING — HAVE ALWAYS STOOD AND STRIVED FOR AND ALWAYS DONE.
ATOP THE DOME OF THIS CAPITAL, STANDS THE STATUE OF FREEDOM.
STANDING 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. FREEDOM STANDS TALL OVER ONE MORE MONUMENT, THIS
ONE. THIS CAPITAL. THIS LIVING MONUMENT, THIS IS THE MONUMENT
TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.[ APPLAUSE ]>>USA! USA! USA! USA! [
APPLAUSE ]>>USA! USA! USA![ APPLAUSE ]>>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 AND
SACRIFICE TO RAISE A FAMILY . THEY CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN AT
HOME AND DEFEND OUR FLAG ABROAD. THEY ARE STRONG MOTHERS AND
BRAVE KIDS. THEY ARE FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS,
ORDER AGENTS, MEDICS, AND MARINES. BUT ABOVE ALL ELSE,
THEY ARE AMERICANS. THIS CAPITAL, THIS CITY AND NATION,
IT BELONGS ENTIRELY TO THEM.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>OUR TASK IS TO RESPECT THEM,
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.
THEY FOREVER REMIND US, WHAT WE SHOULD NEVER-EVER FORGET, THE
PEOPLE DREAMED THIS COUNTRY. THEY BUILT THIS COUNTRY. IT IS
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>AS LONG AS WE ARE PROUD, OF
WHO WE ARE, AND WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR THERE IS NOTHING
THAT WE CAN’T ACHIEVE AS LONG AS WE’VE GOT 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.[
APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ CROWD CHEERS ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WITH THAT THE PRESIDENT
FINISHES HIS FIRST STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. SPEAKING FOR
ABOUT ONE HOUR AND 20 MINUTES. THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS.>>HE REALLY TRIED TO PUSH IT TO
WHAT MAKES AMERICA STRONG. TALKING ABOUT WORKING HARD,
BELIEVING IN YOURSELF, AMERICANS CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING. THERE WERE
THESE VERY SOARING NOTIONS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE
AN AMERICAN. HOWEVER, THERE WERE A LOT OF CALLS TO EXACTLY WHAT
HIS BASE WANTS TO HEAR. WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE PROUD OF IN THIS
ADMINISTRATION. THE MOST RECENT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, HE GAVE A
SHOUT OUT TO, THE JUSTICE CORSETS, STONY FACE ON REACTING
AS HE WAS NAMED AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE
ADMINISTRATION. THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT APPOINTING JUDGES
WHO FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION. THE CODED LANGUAGE FOR CONSERVATIVES
JUDGES. >>THE REASON SO MANY PEOPLE
VOTED FOR HIM. >>ABSOLUTELY EVEN IF THEY HAD
CONCERNS ABOUT HIS OWN MORAL CHARACTER AND
BACKGROUND WE HEARD CALLOUTS TO THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. AND, PROUDLY STANDING DURING THE NATIONAL
ANTHEM, NO SMALL MENTION OF THAT. THE CONTROVERSY. ABSOLUTELY YOU
HEARD HIM HITTING THE BASE ISSUES. WE HEARD A LOT OF TOPICS
COME UP THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO THIS ADMINISTRATION.
>>I TOTALLY AGREE. WHEN HE STARTED OUT, IT WAS A TOUGH YEAR
FOR MANY PEOPLE. SO MANY ELEMENTS. THE PRESIDENT I THINK
RIGHTLY AT THE STOP OF — AT THE TOP OF THE SPEECH, HE
REFLECTED ON WHY THAT DOES MAKE AMERICA A STRONG UNION.
>>HE PIVOTED TO PRIORITIES AND TALKED ABOUT IMMIGRATION. WE
HEARD HIM LAY OUT A CONCRETE PLAN. SOMETHING WE EXPECTED THE
WHITE HOUSE TO DO. THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL PLAN. AS HE TALKS ABOUT FINDING A
PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS, HE’S TALKING ABOUT THE
BORDER WALL AND SPEAKING ABOUT CHANGING THE ENTIRE WAY THAT
IMMIGRANTS ARE BROUGHT INTO THE COUNTRY. CHANGING UP THE VISA,
THE LOTTERY SYSTEM. MAKING IT MORE PHASED. DEMOCRATS DON’T
LIKE THAT. USE THE PHRASE, CHAIN MIGRATION. A WAY OF SAYING
FAMILY MIGRATION. HE SAID IT WILL STRENGTHEN THE NUCLEAR
FAMILY BUT DEMOCRATS ARE LOATH TO THAT IDEA. NOT BRINGING
ANYONE ELSE . SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN A LONG
TRADITION. >>HE GOES THROUGH THOSE AS HIS
FOUR PILLARS ON IMMIGRATION RECOVERING ON CAPITOL HILL, I
CAN IMAGINE. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE EACH OF THOSE PILLARS ONE
BY ONE. I DOUBT CONGRESS WILL BE ABLE TO TACKLE ALL FOUR AT ONCE
NOW THAT I, YOU KNOW, KNOWING HOW THE BODY WORKS.
>>LET’S HIT SOME OTHER HIGHLIGHTS, HE PLANS TO KEEP
GUANTÁNAMO BAY PRISON OPEN. THAT GOES IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION TO
WHAT WE SAW THE PRESIDENT — PRESIDENT OBAMA TRY TO DO BY THE
END OF HIS TERM. RUNNING THROUGH SOME NUMBERS, THE WASHINGTON
POST REPORTING THERE WERE 41 PRESIDENTS THERE. — PRISONERS
THERE. 71 PEOPLE HELD IN THE LAST DECADE AND A HALF. ONLY IF
YOU HAD BEEN CHARGED. EVEN FEWER HAVE BEEN TRIED. WE NOT ONLY HEARD THAT WE ARE
GOING TO KEEP THEM OPEN BUT THAT IT SOUNDS AS IF THE PRESIDENT
INDICATED HE COULD BE SENDING MORE THERE.
>>IT SEEMS LIKE HE WANTED CONGRESSIONAL INPUT ON THAT OPEN
THE DOOR TO THE POSSIBILITY. ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS
ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA HERE, WHEN THE PRESIDENT MENTIONED
MS-13 GANG MEMBERS AS PART OF HIS IMMIGRATION PART OF THE
SPEECH WHICH WAS HUGE IN THE VIRGINIA ELECTION WHERE WE SAW
DEMOCRATS VICTORIOUS, WE WILL SEE HOW THAT
PLAYS IN THE 2018 MIDTERMS. >>ANOTHER LIBERAL PROPOSAL,
PAID FAMILY LEAVE. SOMETHING HIS DAUGHTER HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT.
THE WHITE HOUSE HAS CERTAINLY NOT MADE A MOTION ON. SHOULD WE
SEE IF THAT COMES — WE WILL SEE THAT — WE WILL SEE IF THAT
COMES TO FRUITION. WE WILL BE TURNING TO THE DEMOCRATIC
RESPONSE. JOE KENNEDY OF MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE ADDRESSING
THE CAMERAS FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN FALLS RIVER
MASSACHUSETTS. WE WILL BRING THAT TO YOU LIVE. EVEN AFTER THE
PRESIDENT LEAVES. WE WILL ACTUALLY BE TALKING TO SENATORS TO GET
THEIR REACTIONS. WHAT GRADE DID THEY GIVE THIS SPEECH?>>YOU MENTIONED JOE KENNEDY, A
FAMILIAR LAST NAME UP HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. PROBABLY NO
ACCIDENT, PROBABLY HELPING WITH THAT
SELECTION. WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE SPEAKS IN MASSACHUSETTS, HE WILL
SPEAK IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE. SOMETIMES THE RESPONSE VIDEOS
LOOK LIKE HOSTAGE VIDEOS IN A ROOM. SPEAKING TO THE CAMERA.
WHEN JOE KENNEDY SPEAKS HE WILL SPEAK TO A ROOM OF ABOUT 100
PEOPLE WE THINK. >>HE IS BIG ON SOCIAL MEDIA
TALKING ABOUT TRYING TO SNAPCHAT PARTS OF WHAT HE’S DOING.
TWEETING OUT OF HUMANS TO GO TO THOUSANDS OF FOLLOWERS, ONE OF
HIS, FANS TWEETED THAT SOMEWHERE IN FALL RIVER MASSACHUSETTS, JOE
KENNEDY IS GETTING NERVOUS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT IS RUNNING
LONG. REMEMBER THE MARCO RUBIO HYDRATION QUESTION? HE TWEETED,
NO KIDDING. [ LAUGHTER ] >>HE’S TRYING BASICALLY TO GET TO
THE EXPERIENCE. HE’S KIND OF AT A LOW BAR AND HUMOROUS WAY.
GETTING THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE WITHOUT ANY HYDRATION ERRORS
AND, MAJOR FAUX PAS’S. >>HE’S 37 YEARS OLD, RELATIVELY
YOUNG. HE’S GOT TWO CHILDREN. HE’S THE GREAT GRANDCHILD OF ROBERT F KENNEDY
JUNIOR, I BELIEVE. >>THE PRESIDENT ABOUT TO LEAVE
THE CHAMBER. WE ARE KIRIN STATUTORY HALL. A FEW FEET AWAY
FROM WHERE THE PRESIDENT IS ABOUT TO LEAVE. THERE’S A TON OF
CAMERAS RIGHT BEHIND US. IF YOU HEAR A LOT OF CLICKING THAT’S
BECAUSE THE CAMERAS ARE EAGER TO CATCH A SHOT OF THE PRESIDENT
LEADING HIS VERY FIRST STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS.
>>WHAT I’M GOING TO BE WATCHING FOR IN THE COMING DAYS IS HOW
MUCH THE PRESIDENT BIPARTISAN OUTREACH REALLY STICKS. WE’VE
HEARD THIS BEFORE FROM THE PRESIDENT, HE WANTS TO WORK
ACROSS THE AISLE. IT HAS NOT BEEN BACKED UP BY A LOT OF
ACTION IN THE PAST. THIS WILL BE INTERESTING TO HEAR WHAT MEMBERS
THINK ABOUT TONIGHT OFFERING FROM THE PRESIDENT.
>>WE SAW STANDING OVATION’S AS THE PRESIDENT INTRODUCED THESE
AMERICAN HEROES. PEOPLE WHO’D COME TO THE RESCUE OF OTHERS
DURING THE FLOODS, THE FIRES, TALKING ABOUT MARINES WHO HAD
BEEN SUCCESSFUL. ONES THAT HAD BEEN INCREDIBLY VALIANT. WE DID
NOT SEE A LOT OF STANDING OVATION FOR ASPECTS OF THE
PRESIDENT’S PLAN ITSELF. I DID NOT SEE A LOT OF
BIPARTISAN SUPPORT EVEN WHEN THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT LOW
UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS. WE SAW
AFRICAN-AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC HOUSE MEMBERS JUST SITTING,
STONY FACED AND NOT REACTING. IT’S IMPORTANT TO DIG INTO THE
NUMBERS. EVEN THOUGH UNEMPLOYMENT IS DOWN, A LOT OF
DEMOCRATS GIVE OBAMA THE CREDIT FOR THAT. IT’S MUCH HIGHER THAN
WHAT WHY DID AMERICANS EXPERIENCE. EVEN THAT COULD NOT
GET DEMOCRATS ON BOARD BY ANY MEANS.
>>RIGHT, AS FAR AS TONE WITH THE PRESIDENT IT WAS PATRIOTIC
AND UPLIFTING. I THINK HE SORT OF STARTED TO MOVE INTO THIS
AMERICAN MOMENT THAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT, IT WENT BEYOND
MAKING AMERICA GREAT AND HE SAID WE ARE MAKING IT GREAT TOWARD THE END OF HIS SPEECH. IT
WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THE TONE STICKS AROUND.
>>THE THINGS HE WAS TALKING ABOUT WERE NOT NECESSARILY
BIPARTISAN IN NATURE IN TERMS OF POLICY PROPOSAL AND WHAT HE
CONSIDERS TO BE ACCOMPLISHMENTS SO FAR. IF YOU SEE PEOPLE
WALKING BEHIND US IT’S BECAUSE WE ARE IN STATUTORY HALL. WE ARE
SEEING HOUSE MEMBERS, SENATE MEMBERS COME THROUGH. TALKING TO
REPORTERS, GETTING THEIR TWO CENTS. WE WILL BE TALKING TO
SOME MEMBERS OF THE SENATE IN A LITTLE WHILE AFTER WE HEAR FROM
CONGRESSMAN KENNEDY TO HEAR WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT THIS SPEECH.
AND, IF THEY HAD THE, THE REACTION THAT THE
PRESIDENT WANTED THEM TO HAVE. >>LET’S NOT FORGET, JOE KENNEDY
WILL NOT BE THE ONLY DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE TONIGHT. WE MENTIONED
EARLIER, BERNIE SANDERS WILL GIVE HIS OWN RESPONSE. HE DID
THE SAME THING LAST YEAR WHEN THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED A JOINT
SENTIENT — A JOINT SESSION IN CONGRESS. THERE’S ABOUT FIVE OF
THOSE. >>WATERS IS DOING ONE. OF
COURSE, A LOT OF NATIONAL FAME WITH THE RECLAIMING MY TIME
FOOTAGE. THAT WENT VIRAL. WE ARE HEARING FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE DEMOCRATIC
ESTABLISHMENT. JOE KENNEDY, THE OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE.
>>THE ONE WE WILL SEE JUST A FEW
MINUTES FROM NOW. >>THERE WERE A LOT OF OBJECTS
ON DISPLAY. WE SAW WOMEN IN THE DEMOCRATIC STYLE, WEARING ALL
BLACK. A FLARE OF CALLER DOES MAKE A FLARE OF COLOR TO SUPPORT
THE #METOO AND TIMES UP MOVEMENT.
>>WE SAW PURPLE RIBBONS TO HELP SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST OPIOID
ADDICTION. AND SOME MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS
WERE WEARING CLOTH, TRADITIONAL AFRICAN CLOTHING TO
SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR AFRICAN COUNTRIES AND NATIONS, PLACES
LIKE HAITI AFTER THE PRESIDENT’S OFFENSIVE REMARKS ABOUT AFRICAN
NATIONS A FEW WEEKS AGO. >>YOU MENTION THE PURPLE
RIBBONS REGARDING OPIOIDS. I THINK THIS IS PART OF THE
PRESIDENT SPEECH THAT WILL GET MORE ATTENTION AS TIME GOES ON.
THIS IS THE ISSUE THAT AFFECTS EVERYTHING A MEMBER OF CONGRESS
IN THEIR OWN STATE. THERE ARE HEARINGS REGULARLY ABOUT
OPIOIDS. I EXPECT THAT IS AN ISSUE THAT RISES TO THE TOP.
>>WE HEARD MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SAYING THEY WANTED TO HEAR FROM
THE PRESIDENT ON NIGHT. TONIGHT, THE REAL QUESTION IS IN FUNDING
AND INVESTMENT. I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT WE ARE GOING TO GO TO FALL RIVER MASSACHUSETTS
IN A MOMENT TO HEAR FROM CONGRESSMAN JOE KENNEDY IN THE
DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE. STAY WITH US ON THE OTHER END BECAUSE WE
WILL TALK TO SENATORS IN STATUARY HALL TO GET THEIR GRADE
OF THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH TONIGHT.
>>RIGHT, THE INITIAL REACTION. A POSTGAME ANALYSIS.
>>ABSOLUTELY, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BROUGHT THEIR OWN GUESTS TONIGHT. WE
WILL TALK ABOUT WHAT THOSE GUESTS PRESENTED. A LOT OF
DREAMERS WERE HERE, MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, ALSO SENATOR CASEY
FOR EXAMPLE, OF PENNSYLVANIA. BROUGHT SOME MEDICAID RECIPIENTS
TO SHOW THAT THERE ARE WORKING PARENTS WHO ARE DOING THEIR BEST
TO BENEFIT FROM THE PROGRAM. MAKING A POLITICAL STATEMENT
WITH THAT CHOICE. >>ANOTHER THING WE WILL BE
WATCHING, WHAT WILL THE PRESIDENT TWEET NEXT? WILL IT
OVERSTEP HIS SPEECH TONIGHT. I THINK THIS IS A REAL CONCERN.
>>AND IF HE DOES START TO TWEET WE WOULD BE IN THE SAME TONE OF
AMERICAN PRIDE OR WILL THIS BE IN THE TONE OF PARTISANSHIP AND
MORE OF THE DIVISIVE ISSUES?>>RIGHT EXACTLY, AS WE
MENTIONED, HE WILL BE ADDRESSING THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS TO
POTENTIALLY CONTINUE THE MESSAGE AND LAYOUT MORE LEGISLATIVE
AGENDA, WE WILL SEE THIS IS A COMING — IN THE NEXT COMING
DAYS. DEMOCRATS SEE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN. LET’S GO
NOW TO FALL RIVER MASSACHUSETTS AND TO JOE KENNEDY.[ APPLAUSE ]
>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU-THANK YOU-THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN. IT’S AN ABSOLUTE PRIVILEGE TO JOIN YOU ALL
TONIGHT. WE ARE HERE IN FALL RIVER MASSACHUSETTS, A PROUD
AMERICAN CITY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND AMERICAN CITY BUILT BY
IMMIGRANTS.[ APPLAUSE ]>>FROM TEXTILES TO ROBOTS, THIS IS A PLACE THAT KNOWS HOW
TO MAKE GREAT THINGS.[ APPLAUSE ] THE STUDENTS ARE WITH US HERE
THIS EVENING IN THE AUTO TECH PROGRAM AT DIAMOND REGIONAL
TECHNICAL SCHOOL. TO CARRY ON THE RICH LEGACY. [ APPLAUSE ]>>LIKE MANY AMERICAN HOMETOWNS,
FALL RIVER HAS FACED ITS SHARE OF STORMS BUT THE PEOPLE HERE
ARE TOUGH. THEY FIGHT FOR EACH OTHER , THEY PULL FOR THEIR CITY. IT’S
A FITTING PLACE TO GATHER AS OUR NATION REFLECTS ON THE STATE OF
OUR UNION. THIS IS A DIFFICULT TASK MANY HAVE SPENT THE LAST
YEAR ANXIOUS, ANGRY, AFRAID, WE ALL FEEL THE FRACTURED
FAULTLINES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY WE HEAR THE VOICES OF AMERICANS WHO
ARE FORGOTTEN AND FEEL FORSAKEN. WE SEE A COMMON NEED THAT MAKES
STOCKS SORE AND CORPORATE PROFITS CLIMBED BUT FAILS TO
GIVE WORKERS THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE REWARD. A GOVERNMENT THAT
STRUGGLES TO KEEP ITSELF OPEN RUSSIA, KNEE-DEEP IN OUR
DEMOCRACY. AN ALL-OUT WAR ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION , A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ROLLING
BACK CIVIL RIGHTS BY THE DAY. HATRED, PROUDLY MARCHING IN THE
STREETS. BULLETS TEARING THROUGH OUR
CLASSROOMS. CONCERTS AND CONGREGATIONS, TARGETING OUR
SAFEST SACRED PLACES. AND THIS NAGGING AND SINKING
FEELING, NO MATTER YOUR POLITICAL BELIEF, THAT THIS NOT
RIGHT THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>IT WOULD BE EASY TO DISMISS THIS PAST YEAR’S CHAOS,
PARTISANSHIP, IS POLITICS. BUT IT IS FAR-FOUR BIGGER THAN THAT.
THIS ADMINISTRATION ISN’T JUST TARGETING THE LAWS THAT PROTECT
US, THEY ARE TARGETING THE IDEA THAT WE ARE ALL WORTHY OF
PROTECTION. FOR THEM, DIGNITY IS NOT SOMETHING YOU’RE
BORN WITH BUT SOMETHING THAT YOU MEASURE. BY HER NET WORTH, YOUR
CELEBRITY, YOUR HEADLINES, YOUR CROWD SIZES. NOT TO MENTION THE
GENDER OF YOUR SPOUSE AND THE COUNTRY OF YOUR BIRTH IN THE
COLOR OF YOUR SKIN AND THE GOD OF YOUR PRAYERS. THERE RECORD IS
REBUKED TO OUR HIGHEST AMERICAN IDEAL. THE BELIEF WE ARE ALL
WORTHY, ALL EQUAL IN THE EYES OF OUR LAWS AND LEADERS. OUR GOD
AND OUR GOVERNMENT. THAT IS THE AMERICAN PROMISE. [ APPLAUSE ][
APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>TODAY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
TODAY, THAT PROMISE IS BEING BROKEN. BY
AN ADMINISTRATION THAT CALLOUSLY APPRAISES OUR WORTHINESS AND
DECIDES WHO MAKES THE CUT AND WHO COULD BE BARGAINED AWAY.
THERE TURNING THE AMERICAN LIFE INTO A ZERO SUM GAME FOR ONE TO
WIN ANOTHER MUST LOSE. OR WE CAN GUARANTEE AMERICA’S SAFETY IF
WE/OUR SAFETY NET. WHERE WE CAN EXTEND HEALTH CARE
IN MISSISSIPPI IF WE HAD DONE IT IN MASSACHUSETTS. WE COULD CUT
TAXES FOR CORPORATIONS TODAY IF WE RAISE THEM ON FAMILIES
TOMORROW. WHERE WE COULD TAKE CARE OF SICK CHILDREN IF WE
SACRIFICE DREAMERS. WE ARE BOMBARDED WITH ONE FALSE CHOICE
AFTER ANOTHER. COAL MINERS OR SINGLE MOTHERS, RURAL
COMMUNITIES OR INNER CITIES? THE COAST OR THE HEARTLAND? AS IF,
THE MECHANIC IN PITTSBURGH , A TEACHER IN TULSA, A DAY CARE
WORKER IN TULSA, ARE BITTLE RIVALS:ARE BITTER RIVALS FORCED
TO FIGHT TO THE TOP. AS IF A PARENT WHO LIES AWAKE TERRIFIED,
THAT THEIR TRANSGENDER SON OR DAUGHTER WILL BE BEATEN AND
BULLIED AT SCHOOL, IS ANY MORE OR LESS LEGITIMATE THAN A PARENT
WITH HEART — WITH A HEART SHATTERED BY A
DAUGHTER IN THE GRIPS OF AN OPIOID ADDICTION. STILL HERE,
THIS IS THE ANSWER THAT THE DEMOCRATS OFFER TONIGHT, WE
CHOOSE BOTH. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE FIGHT FOR BOTH. THE GREATEST AND STRONGEST
RICHEST NATION THE WORLD SHOULD NOT HAVE TO LEAVE ANYONE
BEHIND.[ APPLAUSE ]>>WE CHOOSE A BETTER CHILL THIS LIKE A BETTER DEAL FOR ALL
THOSE WHO CALL OUR COUNTRY HOME. A BETTER WAGE, AFFORDABLE
CHILDCARE, BUT YOUR FAMILY NEEDS TO SURVIVE. A PENSION, ROADS AND BRIDGES THAT WILL NOT
REST AWAY. A GOOD EDUCATION THAT YOU CAN AFFORD. WHICH IS A
HEALTHCARE SYSTEM THAT OFFERS YOU MERCY. WHETHER YOU SUFFER
FROM CANCER, DEPRESSION, OR ADDICTION. WHICH IS AN ECONOMY
STRONG ENOUGH TO POST RECORD STOCK PRICES AND BRAVE ENOUGH, TO ADMIT THAT
TOP CEOS MAKING 300 TIMES THEIR AVERAGE WORKER IS NOT RIGHT.[
APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE CHOOSE THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN
COMMUNITIES WHOSE ROADS AREN’T PAVED WITH POWER OR PRIVILEGE,
BUT WITH AN HONEST EFFORT, WITH GOOD FAITH, A RESOLVE TO BUILD
SOMETHING BETTER FOR YOUR KIDS. THAT, THAT IS OUR STORY. IT
BEGAN THE DAY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS AND
MOTHERS SET SAIL FOR A NEW WORLD. FLEEING OPPRESSION AND
INTOLERANCE. IT CONTINUED WITH EVERY WORD OF OUR INDEPENDENCE,
THE AUDACITY TO DECLARE THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. AND IMPERFECT PROMISE FOR A
NATION STRUGGLING TO BECOME A MORE PERFECT UNION. A GROCERY
SEVERED STEP, EVERY FREEDOM WRITERS VOICE, EVERY REALLY SOLD — EVERY WEARY SOUL, FOR EVERY
DREAMER OUT THERE, LET ME BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR. [ APPLAUSE ]>>YOU ARE PART OF OUR STORY, WE
WILL FIGHT FOR YOU AND WE WILL NOT WALK AWAY.[ APPLAUSE ][
APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>AMERICA, WE CARRIED THAT
STORY ON OUR SHOULDERS. YOU WERE SWORN INTO WASHINGTON LAST
YEAR TO ENSURE THAT NO PARENT HAS TO WORRY IF THEY CAN AFFORD TO SAVE THE CHILD’S LIFE. YOU
MARCHED PROUDLY LAST WEEK, YOU SAT HIGH ATOP OF YOUR
MOTHER’S SHOULDERS AND HELD A SIGN THAT READ, BUILD A WALL?
AND MY GENERATION WILL TEAR IT DOWN. [ APPLAUSE ][ APPLAUSE ]>>YOU BRAVELY SAY #METOO, YOU
STEADFASTLY SAY, BLACK LIVES MATTER. YOU READ THROUGH THIS MAKE YOU
WADE THROUGH FLOODWATERS AND BATTLE HURRICANES, BRAVE
WILDFIRES, AND MUDSLIDES. TO SAY THE STRANGER. YOU BATTLE YOUR
OWN QUIET BATTLES EVERY SINGLE DAY. YOU DRAG YOUR WEARY BODIES TO
THE EXTRA SHIFT SO THAT YOUR FAMILIES WILL NOT FEEL THE STING
OF SCARCITY. YOU LEAVE LOVED ONES AT HOME TO
DEFEND OUR COUNTRY OVERSEAS PATROL OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AT
NIGHT. YOU SERVE AND RESCUE YOU HELP, YOU HEAL, THAT MORE THAN ANY LAW OR LEADER
DEBATE OR DISAGREEMENT, THAT’S WHAT DRIVES US TOWARD PROGRESS.
BULLIES MAY LAND A PUNCH OR LEAVE A MARK BUT THEY HAVE NEVER
NOT ONCE, IN THE HISTORY OF OUR UNITED STATES MANAGED TO MATCH
THE STRENGTH AND SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE UNITED IN DEFENSE OF
THEIR FUTURE.[ APPLAUSE ] >>POLITICIANS,[ APPLAUSE ]>>POLITICIANS CAN BE CHEERED
FOR THE PROMISES THAT THEY MAKE. OUR COUNTRY WILL BE JUDGED BY
THE PROMISES WE KEEP.[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>THAT IS THE MEASURE OF OUR
CHARACTER. THAT’S WHO WE ARE. OUT OF MANY, ONE . LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HAVE
FAITH. HAVE FAITH. THE STATE OF OUR UNION IS HOPEFUL, RESILIENT,
AND ENDURING. GOD BLESS YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]>>GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILIES. AND
MAY GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU.[ APPLAUSE
][ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>CONGRESSMAN JOE KENNEDY
DELIVERING THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE FROM FALL RIVER
MASSACHUSETTS. I WOULD BE CASEY WITH JORDAN FRAZIER, WE ARE
JOINED BY THE SENATOR OF HAWAII. THANK YOU
SO MUCH FOR SPEAKING WITH US. SENATOR, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION
TO THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH TONIGHT? GIVE US YOUR INITIAL
TAKEAWAYS. >>TONIGHT WE HAD TELEPROMPTER
TRUMP WHERE HE TRIED TO SHOW HIMSELF AS A CARING AND
COMPASSIONATE HUMAN BEING. IT BELIED THE FACT FOR ONE YEAR
HE’S BEEN NEITHER CARING OR COMPASSIONATE. HE ELIMINATED THE
DACA PROGRAM ENDANGERING 300,000
PARTICIPANTS. HE’S GONE AFTER JUDGES AND MUSLIMS AND FIRED ANY. THE LIST GOES ON. SO, WHILE
HE TRIED TO PORTRAY HIMSELF AS A REGULAR NORMAL HUMAN BEING, IN
MY VIEW, IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN HOW HE WILL BE TOMORROW AND
WHETHER HIS PRIORITIES WILL REFLECT THIS COMPASSIONATE SIDE
OF HIM. WHICH I HAVE YET TO SEE.>>WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT AND
TRIED TO REACH OUT IN A WAY, HE SAID HE WANTS TO
WORK ACROSS THE AISLE. DO YOU BELIEVE HIM?
>>THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. SO MUCH OF WHAT HE SAYS, IT REALLY
EXAMPLE FINDS HIS INTENTION SUCH AS THE MUSLIM BAND, I PAY
ATTENTION TO HIS TWEETS. THEY REFLECT HIS INTENT. AND SO
HE SAYS CERTAIN THINGS THAT REMAIN TO BE SEEN. THIS IS A
PRESIDENT WHO LIES EVERY SINGLE DAY.
>>STRONG WORDS AFTER THE STATE A UNION — STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH.
>>I WISH I COULD FEEL REASSURED THAT HE WILL CHANGE BUT EVERYONE
AGREES, YOU DO NOT GET TO BE AGE 70 AND SUDDENLY CHANGE YOUR
STRIPES. I WOULD LIKE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN FOR THE GOOD OF THE
COUNTRY.>>WERE THERE MOMENTS YOU
CHEERED OR APPLAUDED OR FELT LIKE YOU COULD GET BEHIND IT?>>WHEN HE SPOKE ABOUT
INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT’S SOMETHING WE’VE ALL WANTED TO WORK ON FOR
A LONG TIME. WHEN YOU SPEND MONEY ON INFRASTRUCTURE, YOU
CREATE JOBS AND GET LASTING RESULTS. THAT’S SOMETHING WE
SHALL SEE. WHEN HE ROLLED UP THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, IT TOOK ALL
OF FIVE MINUTES AT THE WHITE HOUSE. AND THEN HE WENT ON TO
RAIL ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. IF WE COULD STAY THE COURSE, THAT
COULD BE SOMETHING WE COULD SUPPORT. AHEAD OF THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE,
WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT CHAIN MIGRATION, I DON’T KNOW THAT HE
KNOWS WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT. HE REFERS TO SOMEONE WHO CAME IN
AND WHAT 23 OTHER PEOPLE, THAT’S AN OUTLINE. I ASKED THE
SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? SHE DID
NOT KNOW. IT’S A LIE. THERE YOU GO.
>>ANOTHER THING WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT SAY THAT HE PLANS TO
KEEP GUANTÁNAMO BAY OPEN. >>YES.
>>OPENING THE DOOR TO ADDING MORE DETAINEES. WHAT’S YOUR
REACTION?>>AS HE TALKED ABOUT PRIDE IN
ELIMINATING ISIS, THEY ARE THERE, HOW SHOULD I SAY, THEY
ARE TERRITORIAL. WE KNOW THAT WONTON A BOW IS USED AS A SYMBOL — GUANTÁNAMO IS USED AS A
SYMBOL OF U.S. DEPRESSION AND A SIMPLE TO RECRUIT TERRORISTS SO
THERE’S THAT. AND, BASICALLY, I THINK HE PARTICULARLY DOESN’T WANT TO
CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO BECAUSE HE’S SOMETHING THAT WE — HE THINKS
WE SHOULD ENGAGE IN. ANYTHING THAT BARACK
OBAMA WANTED HE IS AGAINST. WE SHOULD SPEND MORE TIME THINKING
ABOUT THE RESULTS OF WHAT HE SAID.
>>IT’S LIKE A COUNTER, A COUNTER RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT HAD DONE
BEFORE. >>HE IS RESPONDING TO THE
PRESIDENT IN SO MANY WAYS. YOU KNOW, THE ONE POSITIVE I THOUGHT
TONIGHT, PERHAPS WE HAVE A SHOT AT INFRASTRUCTURE.
>>SENATOR, OBVIOUSLY NORTH KOREA IS A
COUNTRY WATCH CLOSELY AS SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN HAWAII. WE SAW THAT
HARROWING FALSE ALERT GO OUT A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. THAT
TERRIFIED A LOT OF HAWAIIANS. WE ARE HEARING NEWS ABOUT THAT
TODAY. THE PERSON WHO SENT THAT OUT.
>>I DON’T THINK THAT’S RIGHT. I THINK THAT WAS A HUMAN ERROR.
>>HUMAN ERROR . THE REPORTING SHOWS THE PERSON
WHO SENT THE ALERT OUT THAT THERE WAS A PROBLEM INITIALLY.
SO, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT.
>>NO, HE DID NOT THINK THERE WAS A PROBLEM. NO, IT WAS HUMAN
ERROR. HE PUSHED THE WRONG BUTTON. I THINK THAT’S CLEAR. BUT THE 38 MINUTES OF FEAR, THAT
THE PEOPLE IN HAWAII FELT, THAT WAS REAL. THEY DID NOT KNOW WHAT
WAS HAPPENING . IT TOOK WAY TOO LONG FOR THE
ALL CLEAR OR THE FALSE ALARM INFORMATION TO GET OUT.
>>HAVE YOU THINK ABOUT NORTH KOREA AS SOMEONE WHO HAS TO
WATCH THIS AS THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT TONIGHT. IT BROUGHT
A SURVIVOR OF SOMEONE WHO’S FLED FROM NORTH KOREA HERE TONIGHT.
>>AS IT TURNS OUT, IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE TODAY IN
WHICH I SERVE, WE HAVE THREE EXPERTS ON ASIA INCLUDING NORTH
KOREA AND KOREA. ONE OF THEM IS ADMIRAL DENNIS BLAIR. HE WAS A
COMMANDER WHEN I WAS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. HE SAYS
THAT NORTH KOREA IS NOT AN IMMINENT THREAT. I SAID,
IMMINENT THREAT MEANING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO SEND MISSILES
TO THE UNITED STATES?>>HE SAID LOOK WE SHOULD NOT BE
DOING A NUMBER OF THINGS BUT THIS WHOLE IDEA OF WE ARE GOING
TO EITHER DO A MILITARY RESPONSE OR, OR DIPLOMACY. THIS IS A
FALSE, A FALSE BILATERAL OR BINARY CHOICE. WE SHOULD BE
DOING A NUMBER OF THINGS. THAT’S WHAT THE COUNTRY IS NOT DOING.
>>THEY ALL AGREED WE SHOULD HAVE AN AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH
KOREA. WHO WE DO NOT HAVE. A NAME THAT THE WHITE HOUSE
FLOATED. THEY ARE PULLING BACK, WHY? BECAUSE HE DOES NOT AGREE
WITH THERE, WHAT IS IT? THE BLOODY NOSE TACTIC. ANOTHER
EXAMPLE OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAT DOES NOT WANT TO HEAR OUR
DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. THEY DO NOT WANT YES PUKE —
THEY WANT YES PEOPLE AROUND THEM. THAT IS NOT GOOD FOR THE
STRENGTH OF THE ALLIANCES. >>I WANT TO POINT OUT WHAT YOU
ARE WEARING. YOU ARE WEARING BLACK TONIGHT. IN SUPPORT OF THE
ME TO MOVEMENT. COULD YOU SHOW THE AUDIENCE WHAT YOU ARE
WEARING? >>SO I HAVE A PIN IN SUPPORT OF
THE FUNDING AND SUPPORT FOR THE OPIOID CRISIS, I HAVE THE, WHAT
IS IT, TIMES UP?>>VERY IMPORTANTLY, THIS IS MY
BREAK THE GLASS CEILING PIN DESIGNED BY A JAPANESE ARTIST
LIVING IN CALIFORNIA. I THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE BECAUSE WOMEN
ARE NOT THERE YET. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU.
>>SO SENATOR, THE FIRST DEMOCRAT OF HAWAII. WE
WILL LET HER GO. NEXT UP IS TALKING TO REPUBLICANS.
>>WE WILL GET THE PRO-PUBLIC AND RESPECTIVE. SENATOR CORY
GARDNER — CORY GARDNER OF COLORADO.
>>YOUR INITIAL REACTION TO THE PRESIDENT SPEECH TONIGHT.
>>IT STARTED OFF WITH A GOOD TONE TERMS OF BIPARTISANSHIP. WE
TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THERE’S NEVER BEEN A TIME BETTER TO LIVE
THE AMERICAN DREAM. IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO BE
REMINDED OF. >>YOU ARE FOCUSED ON THE 2018
ELECTION. WAS HIS MESSAGE TONIGHT SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP
YOU IN THAT QUEST?>>I THINK THE MESSAGES ABOUT
THE SUCCESSES WE’VE HAD. THE OPPORTUNITIES WITH HAD GOING
AHEAD. THE FACT THAT, THE TAX CUTS HAVE RESULTED IN HUNDREDS
OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW INVESTMENTS, PEOPLE BRINGING
THEIR DOLLARS BACK FROM OVERSEAS AND THE UNITED STATES, THE ID
MANUFACTURES, GOING BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES, THIS MEANS
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, GROWING WAGES, SALARY INCREASES, BETTER
JOBS. >>ALSO, A BIG PICTURE APPROACH , COULD THAT HAPPEN?
>>HE LAID OUT THE THINGS HE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT WHEN IT
COMES TO IMMIGRATION, SOMETHING WE’VE ADDRESSED IN A BIPARTISAN
FASHION. WE WILL CONTINUE TO. HE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR
COOPERATION COMPROMISES, NEGOTIATION IN THE DISCUSSION.
>>THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS SEEN.
>>ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT TONIGHT
WITH KEEPING GUANTÁNAMO BAY OPEN AND POTENTIALLY ADDING DETAINEES
THERE. WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?
>>IT WAS TAILOR-MADE FOR TERRORISTS. I’VE DEPOSED THAT.
THERE BEEN ATTEMPTS OVER THE PAST TO TRY TO BRING THEM TO
COLORADO. THESE ARE TERRORISTS THAT DESERVE WONTON OF OBEY.
THEY BELONG THERE. I COMMEND THE PRESIDENT FOR MAKING SURE THAT
THEY STAY THERE.>>INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING,
DEMOCRATS, INTERESTED IN WHAT THE DEMOCRATS — THE PRESIDENT HAD
OFFER, WHAT’S YOUR PERSPECTIVE? >>I HOPE WE CAN COME TOGETHER
UNDER THIS PACKAGE. THE ROADS AND COLORADO ARE CONGESTED. 100,000 WITH THERE EVERY YEAR.
WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE THAT
COULD PASS. A LOT OF DETAIL IS TO BE WORKED OUT. HE TALKED
ABOUT ONE $.5 TRILLION IN MONEY. MATCHED BY WHAT SOUNDED LIKE
ANOTHER ONE $.5 TRILLION. A LOT OF DETAIL THAT WE HAVE TO GET. I
HAVE THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAN COME TOGETHER ON
SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS OUR NATIONS AND THE STRUCTURE.
>>THERE’S A LOT ON YOUR GUISES PLATE.
>>IT’S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES TO ADDRESS.
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT FOR
HIS TIME ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE COULD
DO. >>GREAT.
>>IN QUITE THE SAME WAY WE’VE SEEN THE PAST DEMONSTRATIONS?
>>I THINK THE PRESIDENT KNOWS HOW TO GO ON THE ROAD AND HE LIKES TO GO ON THE ROAD.
THERE IS NO MISSED OPPORTUNITY. HE WILL CONTINUE TO SEND HIS
MESSAGE OUT AND AS WE KNOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS A UNIQUE WAY OF
GETTING HIS MESSAGE OUT AND PERHAPS WAYS THAT NONE OF US HAVE THOUGHT OF.
>>DOES THAT MAKE YOU NERVOUS? >>LOOK, WHAT THE PRESIDENT DOES
TO GET HIS MESSAGE OUT HAS WORKED FOR HIM. WHAT WE COULD DO
TOGETHER IS TO MAKE SURE RETURN TO THE OPPORTUNITIES LAID OUT TO
GET THEM ACROSS THE FINISH LINE IN CONGRESS.
>>THE PRESIDENT SAID TONIGHT THAT THIS IS A NEW AMERICAN
MOMENT THAT WE ARE LIVING IN. TO AGREE WITH THE SENTIMENT? WE’VE
HAD GREAT SUCCESS IN THE WAR ON TERROR. A TAX BILL DRIVING THE
ECONOMY TO HISTORIC LOWS IN UNEMPLOYMENT. THIS REALLY IS THE
OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COUNTRY TO NOT JUST SETTLE AGAIN FOR SECOND
PLACE. FOR FAR TOO LONG THE COUNTRY HAS HAD PEOPLE WHO WANT
TO SETTLE FOR SECOND PLACE BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT AND WE
SHOULD NOT. YOU HEARD TONIGHT, THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE AMERICAN
EXCEPTIONALISM TO GET ON TOP. >>SENATOR, I WANT TO MENTION
HER PURPLE RIBBON .
>>IT’S ABOUT ADDICTION, THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT IT
TONIGHT, OPIOID ABUSE, ADDICTIONS I HAVE TAKEN TOO MANY
LIVES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WITH PASS BIPARTISAN THE LEGISLATION,
WE HAVE TO DO MORE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO STOP THIS
SCOURGE OF THE EPIDEMIC.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH SENATOR.
>>WE APPRECIATED. PEOPLE, THERE ARE HERE IN
STATUTORY HALL. OBVIOUSLY SENATOR GARDNER, REPUBLICAN OF
COLORADO. UNSURPRISING TO HEAR THAT HE SUPPORTED THIS SPEECH.
HE IS SOMEONE AS YOU POINTED OUT WHO IS FOCUSED ON THE 2018
ELECTION. >>HE’S THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE WHO IS IN CHARGE OF
GETTING THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS ELECTED TO THE CHAMBER. AND SO,
THE PRESENCE MESSAGING IS GOING TO BE SO IMPORTANT COME NOVEMBER
OF THIS YEAR. WHEN PEOPLE GO TO THE BALLOT BOX. SO THOUGH THIS
MAKES OF THIS SPEECH TONIGHT HE WAS PLAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO.
>>I WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE, THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT THE
AMERICAN DREAM AND AS HE LAID OUT THE STATE OF THE UNION HE
TALKED ABOUT IT BEING STRONG BECAUSE OF AMERICANS. A MESSAGE
THAT A LOT OF REPUBLICANS ARE HAPPY TO HEAR. IT TAKES THE
FOCUS OFF FOR THE PRESIDENT AND TURNS IT TO SOME OF THE IDEALS.
>>AT LEAST FOR TONIGHT. WE WILL SEE IF THAT HOLDS UP. WE SHOULD
MENTION BEFORE WE SPOKE WITH OUR GUEST, WE SAW CONGRESSMAN JOE
KENNEDY GIVE A DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE. WHAT I WAS STRUCK WITH
IN THIS SPEECH IS HOW CAN PAN LIKE IT WAS.
>>OH MY GOSH, YES. >>THAT LOOKED STRAIGHT OUT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE IOWA. IT’S HARD
NOT TO THINK OF MAY BE A FUTURE PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER.
>>WE GOT THE SENSE FROM DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, SUCH AS
LEADER NANCY PELOSI, THE IDEA WAS NOT TO TAKE SOMEONE WHO HAS,
THROWN THEIR NAME IN THE HAT FOR THE NEXT ELECTION FOR 2020.
OBVIOUSLY CONGRESSMAN KENNEDY IS A RISING STAR. WE WILL CERTAINLY
SEE WHERE HE ENDS UP NEXT. AND WHAT HAPPENS.
>>ONE OF OUR ALL-STAR REPORTERS. BOB COSTA.
>>SO GIVE US YOUR BIG TAKE AWAY.
>>I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT PASSAGE POLICY WISE IS WHAT THE
PRESIDENT SAID ON IMMIGRATION. THE DEMOCRATS DID NOT SEEM TO
APPLAUD MUCH OF HIS STATEMENT. OFFERING A PATHWAY TO
CITIZENSHIP, SO MANY PARTS OF HIS PROPOSAL . THIS IS THE MOST URGENT ISSUE
RIGHT NOW FOR THE CONGRESS. HAD A THE COME UP WITH SOME
IMMIGRATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN NOW AND FEBRUARY 8? THE PRESIDENT CALLED THIS A NEW
AMERICAN MOMENT. THE REALITY IS INSIDE OF THE SENATE AND THE
HOUSE, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS THERE
ARE MANY DIVISIONS, MOST LAWMAKERS TELL ME, THE TAX BILL, THAT WAS THE TAX LAW. LIKELY
WILL BE THE BIGGEST THE COMPLIMENT OF THIS CONGRESS. NOT
MUCH GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR. TOO MANY TENSIONS ABOUT THE
RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION. THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS. IT’S NOT THE
ENVIRONMENT TO HAVE SOME KIND OF, ANOTHER
BIG EFFORT. PLUS, THE PRESIDENT HAS SEEN SOME OF THESE POLITICAL
CAPITAL FALLAWAY BECAUSE OF THE WAY HE’S TREATED CERTAIN
MEMBERS. AND BECAUSE OF HIS STATEMENT AND PUBLIC REPUTATION.
>>I OVERHEAR THIS FROM PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY WHEN OBAMA
WOULD GIVE A SPEECH LIKE THIS, SURE WE WILL HEAR IT. THEY WOULD
SAY TO ME, HOW COULD THIS NOT MOVE THE NEEDLE.
I WAS INSPIRED BY THE SPEECH. I’VE HEARD ABOUT AMERICAN
HEROES, YOU GUYS INSIDE OF THE BELTWAY, NOTHING HAS CHANGED.
DOES THE PRESIDENT GET A PUBLIC PUMP FROM THE TONE THAT HE TOOK
TONIGHT AND THE WAY HE TRIED TO SET AN INCLUSIVE TABLE FOR
AMERICANS? >>HE MAY BUT I’M HESITANT TO
SAY THAT HE WILL. ONLY BECAUSE IN THIS AMERICAN PERIOD, THE
PRESIDENCY IN A DAY TODAY MOMENT ENDEAVOR,
TOMORROW MORNING, HE DID TWEET SOMETHING ABOUT ROBERT MUELLER’S
PROBE. AND A LOT OF THE REVIEWS FROM
TONIGHT WILL LARGELY BE FORGOTTEN. THE PRESIDENTIAL SET
PIECE LIKE THE STATE OF THE UNION WAS USED DEFINED THE
PRESIDENCY. THE PRESIDENT WOULD MOVE FROM EVENT TO EVENT. FOR SOME REASON IT DOES HELP HIM
AND KEEP HIM UBIQUITOUS IN THE CULTURE. THERE IS A COST WHEN
THERE ARE MAJOR TRADITIONAL MOMENTS LIKE TONIGHT, NOT
EVERYONE IS SAYING WE ARE NOT SURE HOW UNDERSTANDS.
>>THEY WILL BE HUDDLED IN WEST VIRGINIA AND HEAR FROM VICE
PRESIDENT PENS. WHAT TO EXPECT TO COME FROM THE NEXT COUPLE OF
DAYS? >>THEY WILL BE AT THE
GREENBRIER. LUCKY THEM IN WEST VIRGINIA. A BEAUTIFUL WILD
WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA. THIS IS NOT A POLICY MEETING.
THEY WILL TALK TO IMMIGRATION POLICY, A SPENDING BILL. WHEN I
TALKED TO LAWMAKERS TODAY HERE THE CAPITAL THE MONEY AND STRATEGY WILL BE
THERE.>>WHAT A DEMOCRATS CAME FROM
TONIGHT. WHAT DID THEY LOSE>>THEY HAVE NO CHOICE TO MAKE
AN IMMIGRATION. THERE IS GOING TO PROBABLY BE
ANOTHER SHUTDOWN ON FEBRUARY 8. WILL THERE BE ANOTHER ONE? I
DON’T KNOW. >>WE WILL BRING YOU IN.
>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>SENATOR JEFF BLAKE OF ARIZONA
JOINED US NOW. SENATOR GREAT IT’S GREAT TO SEE YOU. YOUR
INITIAL REACTION TO THE SPEECH TONIGHT,
>>WE’VE GOT ABOUT A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING. SOME UPLIFTING
MOMENT CERTAINLY REFERRING TO PEOPLE IN THE GALLERY. THAT’S
ALWAYS, YOU KNOW UNIFYING. THEN SOME, NOT SO
MUCH. SOME DISCUSSION ON IMMIGRATION, IT COULD’VE BEEN A
LITTLE MORE POSITIVE I THINK. >>SEE THE PRESIDENT LAID OUT
VERY-VERY NUMBER BY NUMBER HIS FOUR PILLARS. DOES THAT GET
THROUGH CONGRESS?>>CERTAINLY, THE FIRST TWO
NUMBERS, ONE .8 MILLION IN TERMS OF THOSE WHO WILL BE GIVEN A
PATH TO CITIZENSHIP, THAT’S POSITIVE. IN EXCHANGE FOR BORDER
PATROL OR THE SECURITY MEASURES. SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE I THINK
COULD LIVE WITH AND UNDERSTANDS. THOSE TWO PILLARS ARE FINE. ONCE
YOU GET INTO THE DIVERSITY VISA AND CHAIN MIGRATION, THEN, YOU
HAD TO SAY CHAIN MIGRATION, HOW DOES THIS AFFECT LEGAL
IMMIGRATION THE FUTURE? WE NEED MORE LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND NOT
LESS. IF YOU DO CHAIN MIGRATION ALONE, AND HAVE THE FIX THAT
THEY’VE KIND OF TALKED ABOUT THERE, THAT WOULD LEAD TO MAYBE,
A CUT IN HALF OF THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION. WE CAN’T HAVE THAT.
SO THOSE THINGS ARE GOING TO BE NEGOTIATED. THE LAST TWO ITEMS.
>>STICKING WITH THE TOPIC OF IMMIGRATION. WE SAW ONE OF YOUR
COLLEAGUES, THE CONGRESSMAN TWEETING OUT THAT HE WAS PROUD
TO SAY HE WAS TALKING TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE REACHED OUT
TO CAPITAL POLICE TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO ARREST ANYONE WHO DID
NOT ESSENTIALLY HAVE PROPER DOCUMENTATION HERE. OBVIOUSLY AN
ATTEMPT TO GET DREAMERS, SNARED. ALTHOUGH DREAMERS DO HAVE THE LEGAL ABILITY TO BE HERE. HE
RESPONDED TO THAT ON TWITTER. WHAT IS THIS SAY ABOUT THIS
HEARING? >>I THINK THIS IS UNFORTUNATE.
OBVIOUSLY HE’S REFERRING TO THE DREAMERS. THEY’VE GOT LEGAL
STATUS HERE. THOSE WHO REGISTERED FOR DACA. THEY HAVE
LEGAL STATUS THEY ARE NOT ILLEGAL. THEY’VE GOT DOCUMENTS.
I THOUGHT THAT WAS UNFORTUNATE. >>SENATOR, YOU’VE BEEN A NOTED
CRITIC OF THE PRESIDENT. THE SPEECH THAT GOT A LOT OF
ATTENTION. DID ANYTHING TONIGHT, CHANGE YOUR MIND IN ANY WAY?
>>YOU KNOW, HE IS THE PRESIDENT AND I RESPECT THAT. I WILL WORK
WITH HIM WHEN I CAN AND DEPOSE WHEN I MUST. PEOPLE READ TOO MUCH INTO THE
STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IS IN TERM OF THEIR IMPACT OVERALL.
THEY ARE USUALLY FORGOTTEN QUICKLY. IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU
DO BEFORE AND AFTER. AND, YOU KNOW, THE THING THAT WE NEED
NOW, BIPARTISANSHIP. I THINK WE ARE SO USED TO RECONCILIATION WHERE WE DID
TAX REFORM, HEALTHCARE REFORM. JUST WITH YOU KNOW, ONE PARTY
TRYING TO PUSH THE AGENDA. WE ARE DONE WITH RECONCILIATION.
EVERYTHING NOW, IT’S GOING TO BE 60 VOTES IN THE SENATE
ESPECIALLY INTEGRATION — IMMIGRATION. THE MORE THE
PRESIDENT COULD ADD A UNIFYING MESSAGE AND NOT REFER TO
DREAMERS, COMING ACROSS THE BORDER, THEY, REFER TO THEM AS
ILLEGAL ALIENS. KIND OF LIKE THE GOES OUR APPROACH. THAT IS
UNHELPFUL. WE RECOGNIZE THAT THEY WERE INNOCENT IN THIS WHOLE
THING. IT’S THEIR PARENTS WHO BROUGHT THEM ACROSS. SO, I THINK THAT A MORE UNIFYING
MESSAGE ON IMMIGRATION AND OTHER THINGS LIKE INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD
BE NICE AS WELL. >>YOU HOPE THIS WILL HAPPEN
FROM TIME TO TIME?>>AND FRANKLY AS I SAID, I
THINK THE PRESIDENT INSTINCTS ON THE DACA PROBLEM, ARE BETTER
THAN THE ADVICE THAT HE GIVES . EVERY ONCE AND A WHILE HE WILL
MAKE A STATEMENT THAT YOU THINK, MAN HE’S RIGHT ON AND HE WILL BE
PULLED BACK INTO A DIFFERENT POSITION THAT APPEALS MORE TO
THE BASE. YOU KNOW, IT GETS SOMETHING PAST FOR THE
BIPARTISAN MAJORITY. YOU HAVE TO AT SOME POINT SAY, ALL RIGHT, I
KNOW THE BASE WANTS THIS. WE CAN’T HAVE THAT. WE GOT TO GO
MORE BROUGHT. >>YOU WANT TO SEE HIM BE
HANDS-OFF IN THE PROCESS FROM HERE ON OUT? HAVE YOU TALKED
ABOUT THE ROLE AND INFLUENCE YOU COULD HAVE TO ENCOURAGE
DIALOGUE?>>WELL HE COULD HAVE A POSITIVE DOES MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT.
WHAT HE DID LAST FRIDAY WAS POSITIVE. TO PUT OUT THAT FIGURE
WAS POSITIVE. GOING FORWARD, I THINK HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO
RECOGNIZE, THE LAST TWO PILLARS ARE GOING TO REQUIRE A LOT OF
NEGOTIATION. THIS IS NOT JUST, GET RID OF THE DIVERSITY VISA.
YOU CAN GET RID OF THE VISA. WE DID THAT IN THE SO-CALLED, GANG
OF EIGHT BILL BUT REALLOCATED THE PIECES TO OTHER PURPOSES. IF
YOU DO CHAIN MIGRATION WE DID A LOT OF THAT IN THE GANG OF EIGHT
BILL AS WELL BUT REALLOCATED THE VISAS. IF HE’S WILLING TO DO
THAT, I THINK WE ARE OFF TO A GOOD START.
>>ALL RIGHT, WE WILL SEE YOU. SENATOR JEFF BLAKE. THANK YOU.
>>THANK YOU FOR TALKING WITH US.
>>WELL, WHAT A NIGHT. A LOT OF REACTION. THE CONTINUED REACTION
WILL POUR INTO THE NIGHT. >>WILL BE WATCHING OF COURSE TO
SEE WHAT THE PRESIDENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS SPEECH. WILL WE SEE SORT OF A MORE
REGULATED TWITTER RESPONSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSE WERE HE’S
TWEETING AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS SPEECH, SOME
MOMENTS HIS TEAM IS ESPECIALLY PROUD OF OR WILL HE START TO SEE
A REACTION FROM HIM THAT IT’S A TONE THAT PEOPLE LIKE SENATOR
BLAKE AND THE OTHER SENATOR WERE
CONCERNED ABOUT? >>RIGHT, HE’S NOT TRAVELING TO
SELL THESE PLANS. HOW WILL HE SELL IT? WILL HE BE ON TWITTER
OR THROUGH CIRCUITS HERE ON THE HILL. WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND
SEE. >>ONE OTHER THING TO THINK
ABOUT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, HOW REPUBLICANS CAN COME
TOGETHER, WHAT REACTION THEY PUT OUT TO THE IMMIGRATION PROPOSALS
SINCE THAT WAS THE MOST SPECIFIC PART OF THE SPEECH. THE FOUR
PILLARS. WHAT WILL DEMOCRATS REACT TO. KIMBERLY NEGOTIATION
IN ADVANCE OF THIS FEBRUARY DEADLINE WHICH WE WILL BE
TRACKING. >>ABSOLUTELY. I THINK HE LAID
IT OUT PERFECTLY. I AND TWO ARE DIFFERENT FROM .3 AND FOUR. WE
WILL HERE WATCH IT ALL FOR SHORT.
>>I’M WITH CASEY. >>AND I AM JORDAN FROM HERE IN
STATUARY HALL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

100 thoughts on “Watch Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address

  1. Can y’all tell me why black people are so mad? Obama’s for one wasn’t running again so the white man didn’t beat you again his time was up. Trump has mentioned more outstanding black people and have hired more black people to work under him than Obama ever did in 8 years. Omg Obama played basketball with a couple brothers now he’s the best president. I challenge you all since you watched this address go look at the 2005,take a refresh course and see how a bullshitter really works. Fucken idiots who think that Democrats are anything good I challenge you to do the history on them and tell me are the Democrats a better organization of the confederates except now their using blacks to play blacks and that’s just what’s happening even I see it and I’m not black.

  2. Sorry to say but you can’t fix massive infrastructure problems as well as giving tax cuts. Less government cannot go hand in hand with more spending

  3. Trump was clearly on a benzo during his speech –> progressive sluriness, leaning into the podium, without his usual 'enthusiasm'

  4. Trump was clearly on a benzo during his speech –> progressive sluriness, leaning into the podium, without his usual 'enthusiasm'

  5. There should be a 70 year LIMIT on country leaders!!!!!!!!!!!! You're too old to know modern shit when you're 70, holy hell. No wonder you got hacked…….

  6. @1:29:12  "African unemployment stands at the lowest ever recorded"…..no smile and no hand clap from all the African American politicians…..that's right Dems…if you don't keep them down they won't keep voting for you will they!!!

  7. It's very telling when trump acknowledged that African American and Hispanic unemployment is at a all time low and just about every Democrat stayed seated!! And you still think they care about you huh?

  8. Yes he is the best Preident ever. I am so proud of him. Then I look at Namcy Polosi and just wonder what planet she lives on. She is a bitter nasty woman whos heart is worn on her sleeve. She should be so ashamed of herself. Go PresidetnTrump you are there for a long time to come.

  9. The president is great in so many ways but should reconsider on chain migration to include the foreign parents of U.S. citizens that should have preferred status. To filter immigrants is one thing and understandable but we cannot separate families that need to be with their loved ones their kids and grandkids. The chain migration should be extended to 1st degree relatives. A foreign parent should not be on a tourist visa to see his or her family and must have preferred status to stay as long as needed and contribute to his family financially, emotionally and otherwise and give not take to the American society. Agree on the necessity of immigration filtering but we cannot prohibit because of a few bad apples those people that is necessary to be privileged to be in the U.S. on preferred status.

  10. They should have banned the use of mobile phones during the Presidents speech. That is the height of rudeness no matter what situation you find yourself in. I cannot believe that these women using them are so important that they cannot be without and at least give some respect.

  11. Amazing how the Democrat people, are still putting others before the people, who are in America. Those of us who are citizens, matter more. Quit embarrassing yourselves and our country.
    Thank you President Trump.

  12. trump……make it your priority this year to rid the political / entertainment industry of these sick perverted Pedophiles. If the FBI cant do there jobs properly, then sack the management and hire people who can. No other president has had the balls to do anything about it, maybe because there guilty by association.

  13. what a difference a business man makes to the lives of many – unlike the orator we had before….you may not love him but Trump gets it done!

  14. Money made the americans arrogant, their school system makes them dump.
    As the american goverment continues to fail in important questions of our lives like equality and respect, the society is
    changing too. Trump is just the logic consequence even though the hole world is laughting about him. But its not a joke, he will break bridges, he will change the united states for ever. I still have a little faith, when I see how much people are standing up against him, against racism, against the destruction of the nature..but it is fading
    its so sad to see that the richest country on earth is not capable of making a reasonable change for the good!

  15. I guess Democrats want to populate the United States with illegal immigrants, they want our jobs outsourced to countries like Mexico and China and they want a nation of people who live day to day depending on the Government for assistance.  It's as simple as that.

  16. Look at the other half of the hall full of snakes, not Americans, you fools keep voting for for them, they don't like tax cuts,economy booming country doing great get smart M.A.G.A

  17. Dems they're really showing how much of a scumbags they really are, bunch of unpatriotic fools you definitely will never get my vote again

  18. Look at the angry, unhappy Democrats when they hear blacks have the lowest unemployment rate in their recorded history.

  19. "Tonight, the president showered law enforcement with praise, even as he and his congressional allies launch an all out attack on the FBI, the pre-eminent federal law enforcement agency," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

  20. Why is he taking credit from Obama administration. These tax cuts literally took place not even 3 months ago. The confidence America has had come from previous work prior to him be elected.

  21. You gotta give it to the Donald Trump.He's a no nonsense man.You got to be hard but fair.And the people who slag him off are bitter scum.

  22. Great speech from the President congratulations President Trump. The speech made me proud to be an American again for the first time in a long time hard to be proud of what Obama did to our country.

  23. White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States………good try on the deflection about MS 13 you fkn orange hypocrite!

  24. 4 more years!, 4 more years!, 4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!,4 more years!, 4 more years!

  25. It's really apparent that the Democrats despise America and don't care about the safety of American citizens. They're driven strictly by their desire to be in power. Our country and our citizens come last. Despicable people.

  26. Destroying the FBI is not enough for the Trumpites. Now Trump wants to destroy the entire US Civil Service by allowing his incompetent, unAmerican political hacks to fire patriotic career government workers for the crime of being pro American and non Trumpian.

  27. Say what you want about Trump , But he's changing deeply the political arena in the US , his presidency is one of the most consequential presidencies ever

  28. It's sad we have democrats like that , they care more about illegals than they do our American people , We need a change Thank God For Trump !! 🇺🇸

  29. I gotta be honest, I wasn't really rooting for Trump back in the Election, Nor Clinton; I was hoping for a third option. But Trump has done WAY more that I thought he ever would, and I can say I will vote for trump if he runs for a 2nd term in office.

  30. If they want to improve the drug epidemic, they should start requiring all physicians offices to provide drug treatment services/meds. It's not that difficult. There's a lot of physicians that don't offer programs for addicts. I know a doctor that got into offering it because no one else offers it locally. It became a huge percentage of his patient base. This is not rocket science. People out there do want help I think.

  31. Bernie Sanders saying Trump is a liar, talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!!!

    Bernie Sanders is the biggest liar and sellout ever to walk the halls of the white house.

    Trump stated what he was going to do when he took office and he's accomplished at least 75% (if not more) of what he stated.

    No, Sanders and the rest of those socialistic American hating douche-bags hate him because he actually is doing what he said he'd do and they can't control him like all the puppets before him.

    Trump 2020

    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

  32. Well, despite what people say about him, you cant't beat his amazing success. Property tycoon, TV entertainer, a fashion model for a wife, now the president of the US, wow! What an amazing life he had.

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