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Travel pool 5: remarks at CentCom
Mike Bender • Wall Street Journal
February 6, 2017: 02:16 PM


POTUS entered auditorium and was finished by 2pm. About 300 men and women in fatigues greeted him with standing ovation when he entered, and again when he left.

Remarks were televised. Some highlights:

* Introducing Florida Gov. Rick Scott: "Let me recognize our great governor and a very good friend of mine and somebody who endorsed me. That makes him a better friend of mine. If they don't endorse, believe me -- if you are ever in this position, it's never quite the same. Okay? you can talk, but it never means the same"

* on NATO: "We will make a historic financial investment in the armed forces of the united states and show the entire world that America stands with those who stand in defense of freedom. We have your back, every hour, every day, now, and always. That also means getting our allies to pay their fair share. Been a very unfair to us. We strongly support NATO. We only ask that all of the NATO members make their full and proper financial contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing. Many of them have not been even close."

* on ISIS, and unreported terror attacks: Isis is on a campaign of genocide, committing atrocities across the world. Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino, and all across Europe. You have seen what happened in Paris and nice. All over Europe it's happening. It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that. So today we deliver a message in one very unified voice to these forces of death and destruction -- america and its allies will defeat you. We will defeat them. We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism. And we will not allow to it take root in our country. Not going to allow it."

* On campaign: "I've said it many times during the campaign, speaking in front of tens of thousands of people at one sitting. And I would always mention America first. A phrase that you probably never heard, make America great again. Anybody ever hear that? (applause) and peace through strength. The men and women of the United States military provide the strength to bring peace to our troubled, troubled times. We stand behind you. We support your mission. We love our country. We are loyal to our people. We respect our flag. We celebrate our traditions. We honor our heroes. You are our heroes. And we are prepared to fight."



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