Remarks at a "Make America Great Again" Rally in Melbourne, Florida
The First Lady. Thank you.
Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
The First Lady. Thank you. Let us pray: "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us these days our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespasses against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen."
Good afternoon. It is my honor and great pleasure to stand here before you as the First Lady of the United States. The America we envision is one that works for all Americans and where all Americans can work and succeed, a nation committed to a greater civility and unity between people from all sides of the political divide.
I will always stay true to myself and be truthful to you, no matter what the opposition is saying about me. I will act in the best interest of all of you. I'm committed to creating and supporting initiatives dear to my heart, which will have impact on women and children all around the world.
My husband is creating a country of great safety and prosperity. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to introduce the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Audience members. Melania! Melania! Melania!
The President. Thank you, everybody. Thank you all. I didn't know that Melania was going to be saying the Lord's Prayer, but I thought that was very beautiful. Thank you. Thank you. Great.
It's so great to be here in Florida, my second home, with you. This is a State I truly love. This is a State where we all had great victory together. Thank you. It's now been 1 month since my Inauguration, and I am here to tell you about our incredible progress in making America great again. And I'm also here to tell you about our plans for the future. And they're big, and they're bold, and it's what our country is all about, believe me.
I'm here because I want to be among my friends and among the people. This was a great movement, a movement like has never been seen before in our country or probably anywhere else. This was a truly great movement, and I want to be here with you, and I will always be with you, I promise you that. I want to be in a room filled with hard-working American patriots who love their country, who salute their flag, and who pray for a better future.
I also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news. The dishonest media, which has published one false story after another, with no sources, even though they pretend they have them—they make them up in many cases—they just don't want to report the truth, and they've been calling us wrong now for 2 years. They don't get it, but they're starting to get it, I can tell you that. They've become a big part of the problem. They are part of the corrupt system. Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln, and many of our greatest Presidents, fought with the media and called them out, oftentimes on their lies. When the media lies to people, I will never, ever, let them get away with it. I will do whatever I can that they don't get away with it. They have their own agenda, and their agenda is not your agenda.
In fact, Thomas Jefferson said, "Nothing can [now]* be believed which is seen in a newspaper." "Truth itself," he said, "becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle." That was June 14, my birthday—[laughter]—1807.
But despite all their lies, misrepresentations, and false stories, they could not defeat us in the primaries, and they could not defeat us in the general election, and we will continue to expose them for what they are. And most importantly, we will continue to win, win, win.
We are not going to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live, or what to believe. We are free and independent people, and we will make our own choices. We are here today to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I hear your demands, I hear your voices, and I promise you I will deliver. I promise that.
And by the way, you've seen what we've accomplished in a very short period of time. The White House is running so smoothly. So smoothly. And believe me, I and we inherited one big mess. That I can tell you. But I know that you want safe neighborhoods where the streets belong to families and communities, not gang members and drug dealers who are right now, as I speak, being thrown out of the country, and they will not be let back in. We will have strong borders again. And I mean that. And you've seen it on television. You've seen it on television.
General Kelly, now Secretary Kelly, he's really doing the job. You're seeing it. The gang members—bad, bad people. I said it day one. And they're going out, or they're being put in prison. But for the most part, get them the hell out of here. Bring them back to where they came from.
The fact is, you want great schools for your children, you want good, high-paying jobs for yourselves and for your loved ones and for the future of your families. You want a health care system, and by the way, we are going to be submitting in a couple of weeks a great health care plan that's going to take the place of the disaster known as Obamacare. It will be repealed and replaced. And for those people, the people that are put into rooms where Republicans are talking about the plan, and it wouldn't matter what they say—for those people, just so you understand, our plan will be much better health care at a much lower cost, okay? Nothing to complain about. Obamacare, remember, it is a disaster.
You want low-cost American energy also, which means lifting the American restrictions on oil, on shale, on natural gas, and on clean, very clean coal. We're going to put the miners back to work. The miners go back to work. You want us to enforce our immigration laws and to defend our borders. You want fair trade deals and a level playing field. We don't have a level playing field. Because you understand that when American workers win, America as a country wins and wins big. And every country over the last long period of time has been taking advantage of the stupidity of our politicians. It's not going to happen any longer.
You want lower taxes, less regulation, millions of new jobs, and more products stamped with those beautiful, beautiful words: Made in the U.S.A. You want to make it easier for companies to do business in America and harder for companies to leave. We don't want companies saying, "Everybody is fired, we're moving to another country, we're going to make the product, sell it across the border, and isn't that wonderful?" Not going to happen anymore. We're going to have strong borders. And when they want to sell that product back across our border, they're going to pay a 35-percent tax. And you know what? They're never going to leave. They will never, ever leave. And you've seen that because I've already displayed it for the last 2 months, even before I got into office. They're not leaving. And if they do, they're going to pay a very, very big price for terminating the relationship to our workers.
You want a government that serves the people, not the donors and not the special interests. In short, you want a government that keeps its promises. A great spirit of optimism is sweeping—and you see it, it's sweeping—all across the country. Look at what's happening to the stock market. Look at what's happening to every poll when it comes to optimism in our country. It's sweeping across the country. And in fact, every day for the last long period of days, the stock market, meaning companies, have been hitting new highs. They're going to start hiring. It's going to be a new day in America. You're going to be proud again.
Jobs are already starting to pour back in. They're coming back in like you haven't seen in a long time. Ford, General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler are bringing in and bringing back thousands of jobs, investing billions of dollars because of the new business climate that we are creating in our country. In Arizona, Intel—great company—just announced it will open a new plant that will create at least 10,000 brandnew, beautiful American jobs.
I've followed through on my promise to withdraw from the job-killing disaster known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP. We have just terminated our relationship to it. We're going to have tremendous trade deals all over the world, but they're going to be bilateral or, as we would say, one-on-one. None of these deals where we get caught in quicksand, where we get mired in and we can't do anything about it, like, by the way, NAFTA and so many others.
And my administration has begun plans to crack down on foreign cheating and currency manipulation, which is killing our companies and really, really hurting our workers. We're going to end it.
Within a few days of taking the oath of office, I've taken steps to begin the construction of the Keystone and the Dakota Access pipelines. Anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 jobs. And very importantly, as I was about to sign it, I said, who makes the pipe? Who makes the pipe? Something this audience understands very well, right? Simple question. The lawyers put this very complex document in front. I said, who makes the pipe? They said, sir, it can be made anywhere. I said, not anymore. So I put a little clause in the bottom: The pipe has to be made in the United States of America if we're going to have pipelines.
We believe in two simple rules. And I can tell you, everybody in this massive—this is a massive hangar; this is for the big planes. And by the way, do you think that one media group back there, that one network, will show this crowd? Not one. Not one.
Audience members. Boo!
The President. Not one. They won't show the crowd.
You know, coming in on the plane—and that plane represents so much—and just so you know, they were close to signing a $4.2 billion deal to have a new Air Force One. Can you believe this? I said, no way. I said, I refuse to fly in a $4.2 billion airplane. I refuse. So I got Boeing in—and it is actually two planes, a lot of people don't know; the Air Force One project is actually two planes. Why they need two planes, we'll have to talk about that. But they have two planes. But we've got that price down by over a billion dollars. And I probably haven't spoken, to be honest with you, for more than an hour on the project. But I got the generals in, who are fantastic. I got Boeing in. But I told Boeing it's not good enough, we're not going to do it; the price is still too high.
On the F-35 fighter jet, we were hundreds of billions of dollars over budget, 7 years late. Great plane. Lockheed Martin, a great plane. So think of it: They're 7 years late, they're hundreds of—billions of dollars over budget. Other than that, by the way, the project is going extremely well. [Laughter] And I got the folks in from Lockheed Martin, who are terrific people and a terrific product, by the way. I also got Boeing in. I said, do me a favor, give me a competing offer. And now they're competing and fighting, and we've gotten hundreds of millions of dollars off the price of a plane that was going to be ordered.
In other words, if my opponent got in, there would have been no calls made to Lockheed and Boeing. They would have signed contracts. So they're going to make plenty of money, but it's going to be a lot less than they would have made without Trump. That I can tell you. And that's—you know you might as well know about it, because nobody talks. And by the way, that's for fighter jets—one of the biggest orders in the history of aviation, the order for the F-35; you've been reading about it—because it was a disaster under the last administration. A disaster. And now we have it running beautifully.
In fact, when the Prime Minister of Japan—Prime Minister Abe, who's great; great guy—when he came over, he said, thank you. I said, for what? "You saved us many, many millions of dollars on the F-35 fighter jet." Because when I negotiated, I took our allies into the same negotiation. So the first thing he did was he thanked me for saving them money, and that's good. Okay? That's good. I know the media will never thank me, so at least Japan is thanking me, right?
But we believe in two simple rules: Buy American and hire American. We believe in them. We've just issued a new order which requires that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. And by the way, a new Director was just approved. Can you imagine the length of time it's taking the Democrats? And I actually think it's an embarrassment to them. But this is getting in to be record-setting territory. These are incredible people.
Scott Pruitt was just approved, just now approved, for the Environmental Protection Agency. He'll do so good. He'll do so good. But he won't have projects going 10 and 12 years and then getting rejected. And they may be rejected, but they'll be rejected quickly. But for the most part, they're going to be accepted, they're going to be environmentally friendly, and he is going to be a great Secretary. He will be amazing. So we're very happy. That took place yesterday.
That's going to be a big difference, because they were clogging up the veins of our country with the environmental impact statements and all of the rules and regulations. It was impossible to navigate for companies. And what did it really mean? Forget about the companies. What did it mean? It meant no jobs. It meant companies leaving our country and going to foreign countries to do things that they'd rather do here. So we're going to have a whole big situation. We are going to unfree all of those companies. They are going to be—they're going to have freedom. They're going to be able to build what they want to build. It will be environmentally friendly. And we're going to start producing jobs like you've never seen before. That's going to happen. That was a big thing. We're standing up for the incredible men and women, always, of law enforcement. We're standing up. And I can tell you, the military and law enforcement, they stood up big. I don't say for me—I'm the messenger, folks; I'm the messenger. They stood up for us in this last election. We got numbers that nobody believed were possible, from law enforcement and from military; basically, people that wear uniforms like us. Isn't that nice?
And I saw this man on television just now. You—I just saw him on television. He said: "I love Trump. Let Trump do what he has to do." That's my guy, right there. It's true. Come here. Come here. No, I just—I'm coming in. That's okay. Let him up. Let him up. I'm not worried about him. I'm only worried he's going to give me a kiss. I'm not worried about anything else. This guy is so great. He was one of many people—they're interviewing people in the line—and I have to say, there's a tiny group of protestors out there, and they were given as much publicity as this massive room packed with people. But they interviewed this man. Come on up here. Come on up. Guy was great. Hop over the fence. Come on. He can do it. This guy is in good shape. Look at him. Look at this guy. Come on. This guy is great. Don't worry about him. No, no, no come here. They're going to throw—come on up. Come on. Come here.
This guy—so he's been all over television, saying the best things, and I see him standing. And didn't you get here like at four in the morning?
Boynton Beach, FL, resident Gene Huber. I did, sir.
The President. Say a couple of words to this crowd.
Mr. Huber. Mr. President, thank you, sir. We, the people, our movement, is the reason why our President of the United States is standing here in front of us today. When President Trump, during their election, promised all these things that he was going to do for us, I knew he was going to do this for us. Thank you, Mr. President.
Mr. President, thank you so much, sir.
The President. A star is born. A star is born. Thank you. That's fine.
Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
The President. I wouldn't say that Secret Service was thrilled with that—[laughter]—but we know our people, right? We know our people. He's a great guy. And so many others. I see some others, they're being interviewed. I see them over here. They started—they came at 4 in the morning. The media will give them no credit. The media, as I told you, they won't show this crowd. Look at that, all the way outside of—this is as big a hangar as you get. All the way outside, way back to the fences. Amazing. I want to thank you. But I want to thank everybody.
So I've directed the Department of Justice to take a firm, firm stance to protect our cops, sheriffs and police from crimes of violence against them. We will work with our police, not against our police. Our police do a great job, and they've never been troubled like they're troubled now. It's very unfair what's happening. So we want to cherish our law enforcement, and we will always protect those who protect us.
We've directed the creation of a Task Force for reducing violent crime in America, including our inner cities. We're going to make our inner cities safe again. Look at what's going on. Look at what's happening in Chicago: hundreds of shootings, hundreds of deaths. I'll tell you, what's happening in Chicago and many other places. Safety is a civil right, and we will fight to make America totally safe again. I've ordered the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to coordinate on a plan to destroy transnational criminal cartels, which are all over the United States, and we are going to stop the drugs from pouring into your country, into your community, into your cities, and poisoning our youth. We're stopping it. We're stopping it.
We've taken historic action to secure the southern border, and I've ordered the construction of a great border wall, which will start very shortly. And I've taken decisive action to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.
So you probably read where we want to enforce the laws as existing, and so we signed an order a couple of weeks ago, and it was taken over by a court, originally by a judge, and then a——
Audience members. Boo!
The President. Yes, it's very sad. And you know, the reason is for protection and safety. So the statute is so plain and so clear. I said last week—I was speaking to a great group of sheriffs, the sheriffs group in Washington, and I said, if you have a college education, you can understand it; if you have a high school education, you can understand it; if you were a bad student in high school, you can understand it. And I was told—I'll check, but I found it hard to believe—in an over 30-page decision by the appellate court, three judges—and you could tell by the way they were reacting, because it was broadcast on television, and everything we do gets a lot of people watching. So you could tell by the way that phone call went, wasn't looking good. And when they wrote their decision, as I understand it—maybe I'm wrong—but they didn't write the statute that they were making the decision about, because every word of the statute is a total kill for the other side.
So I thought I'd read it, and here's what it says. This is what it says: "Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or any class of aliens into the United States"—okay, so essentially, whenever somebody comes into the United States, right—if it "would be detrimental to the interests of the United States"—okay, now you know the countries we're talking about, and these were countries picked by Obama; they weren't even picked—they were picked by Obama—"he may"—so the President may—"by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary"—now, because it's old, it should have said he or she, right? They were not politically correct when they drew this. In fact, that's the only thing that was actually wrong with it. He or she—but I don't think the women care too much about that, right? I don't think so.
By the way, we did very well with women. You know, my wife said, when some of these phony polls were put out—you know, the CNN poll was so far off—the phony polls. But when some of these phony—she said, what's wrong with you and women? We did very nicely with women. We did nicely with a lot of groups that they didn't think we were going to do so nicely with. I guess we had to. That's why we're all here tonight, right?
So, and it goes, ". . . and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restriction he may deem to be appropriate." So basically, it says the President has the right to keep people out if he feels it's not in the best interest of our country. Right? Unbelievable. Unbelievable. And I listened to these judges talk and talk and talk. So unfair.
So we'll be doing something over the next couple of days. We don't give up. We never give up. We had a court that I disagree with, I disagree with big league. And by the way, whether you read it or whether you watch it on television, when other lawyers come on, many of them can't even understand. They're saying, how do you come up with that decision? It cannot be more simple. So they're ruling on what I just read you, and they don't even quote it in their ruling—because you can't, because it's too obvious. So we will do something next week. I think you'll be impressed. Let's see what happens.
Here's the bottom line: We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening. We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what's happening in Brussels. You look at what's happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris. We've allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country, and there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing.
So we're going to keep our country safe. And we all have heart, by the way. And what I want to do is build safe zones in Syria and other places so they can stay there and live safely until their cities and their country—that mess that I was left by Obama and everybody else. Folks, we were left a mess like you wouldn't believe. But we're going to build safe zones. We're going to have those safe zones. You know, we do owe $20 trillion, okay? So we're going to have the Gulf States pay for those safe zones. They have nothing but money. And we're going to do it that way, instead of taking massive numbers—tens of thousands of people—into our country, and we don't know anything about those people.
We want people to come into our country, but we want people that love us. We want people that can cherish us and the traditions of our country. We want people that are going to be great for our country. We don't want people with bad, bad ideas. We don't want that.
I've also directed the defense community, headed by General, and now Sec—oh, you know, he said it—he said it—and now Secretary "Mad Dog" Mattis—to develop a plan to totally destroy ISIS. I have ordered the Department of Defense to begin plans for the great rebuilding of the United States military. We will pursue peace through strength. Our military is badly depleted. You have planes in the military where the father flew them and now the son is flying them, they're so old. We make the best equipment anywhere in the world. We're going to start using our best and most modern equipment.
And we're going to make sure that our veterans have the care they need when they come home. We love our veterans. We're going to do a great job for our veterans. Our veterans have been very, very sadly treated. These are our great, great people. We owe them so much. Our veterans are going to be taken care for once and for all. Our system and our country has let down our veterans. We are not going to let that go on any further. You wait and you see what we're going to be doing for our great veterans. Thank you, veterans, for all—who's here? Who's a veteran? We're going to take care of our veterans.
We're going to downsize the bloated bureaucracy and make Government lean and accountable. We are going to drain the swamp in Washington, DC.
Audience members. Drain the swamp! Drain the swamp! Drain the swamp!
The President. I've already imposed—I'm not sure they're too happy about it—a 5 year lobbying ban on executive branch officials and a lifetime ban on lobbying for a foreign government.
And there's another major promise I have kept to the American people: I've nominated a fantastic Justice to replace the late, great Justice Scalia. His name is Judge Neil Gorsuch. And he comes from my list of 20 very, very highly qualified judges. He's an incredible, and he has an incredible résumé. He's respected by all. His education is as good as it can get. His writings are truly amazing. He will be a true defender of our Constitution.
So let's tell the Senate Democrats to support his nomination for the good of the country. Because what's happening with the Democrats—no wonder they're doing so badly. No wonder they're doing so badly. You take a look. Race after race—I just want to tell you, in case you didn't read it—of course, you're reading the fake news—[laughter]—but the Democrats were supposed to win the Presidency. That didn't happen. They were supposed to take over the Senate. That didn't happen. And they were supposed to take over, potentially, even the House. It was going to be, 4 weeks out, the greatest defeat in the modern history of American politics. And it was, but it was for the Democrats, not for the Republicans.
So we have to tell the Democrats—because they're doing the wrong thing for the American people—to stop their tactics of delay and obstruction and destruction. They've got to get on with it.
My administration is also pushing ahead strongly with very historic tax reform. We are working to lower tax rates on the middle class, to reduce tax rates, big league, on businesses, and to make our Tax Code more fair and very simple for all Americans so it's understandable by everyone.
Senate Democrats should work with us to lower taxes and bring back our jobs. But the Democrats want to increase your taxes very, very substantially. We're not going to let that happen. It's also time for the Senate Democrats to take responsibility for Obamacare, and to work with us to replace it with new reforms that reverse this nationwide health care tragedy. It's a tragedy. You look at some States—Arizona—up 116 percent. And your deductibles have gotten so high that you can never use it. Obamacare doesn't work. It's become totally unaffordable. Remember they said the health care—it's unaffordable. It doesn't work. And I said to the Republicans, I said, you want to do something great politically? Don't do anything. Sit back for 2 years, let it explode; the Democrats will come and beg for us to do something. But we can't do that to the American people. We have to fix it, and we will.
We need members of both parties to join hands and work with us to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to build new roads and bridges and airports and tunnels and highways and railways all across our great Nation.
You are all part of this incredible movement, this movement that we talk about so much, that's been written about on the cover of every magazine all over the world. It's a movement that is just sweeping—it's sweeping—across our country. It's sweeping, frankly, across the globe. Look at Brexit. Look at Brexit. Much smaller example, but it's still something you can look at.
People want to take back control of their countries, and they want to take back control of their lives and the lives of their family. The nation-state remains the best model for human happiness, and the American nation remains the greatest symbol of liberty, of freedom, and justice on the face of God's Earth. And now we have spirit like we've never had before. It's now that we have our sacred duty, and we have no choice, and we want this choice: to defend our country, to protect its values, and to serve its great, great citizens.
Erasing national borders does not make people safer or more prosperous; it undermines democracy and trades away prosperity. We're giving it away. The so-called global elite have done very well for themselves, but have left working families with shrinking wages, really—I mean, they are shrinking. Eighteen years ago, many of you in this room made more money working one job than you're making right now working two and three jobs.
Instead of peace, we've seen wars that never end and conflicts that never seem to go away. We don't fight to win. We fight politically correct wars. We don't win anymore. We don't win at trade. We don't win in any capacity. We don't win anymore. We're going to start winning again, believe me.
And we have the chance now, working together, to deliver change for the ages—this will be change for the ages, change like never before—to pursue real peace, real stability, and real prosperity. We want to secure our borders and protect our workers, to rebuild our military and our infrastructure, to fix our schools and restore safety to our neighborhoods, to bring hope and opportunity to our inner cities, to ensure a level playing field for all women in the workforce, to reform our Tax Code and remove the regulations that undermine growth and innovation, and to replace chasms of distrust with new bridges of opportunity and cooperation.
We must ignore the tired echoes of yesterday's fights. We're fighting battles that no longer help us. We're fighting battles that other people aren't treating us fairly in the fight. I'm a NATO fan, but many of the countries in NATO, many of the countries that we protect, many of these countries are very rich countries. They're not paying their bills. They're not paying their bills. They have to help us. No longer are we chained down by the discredited approaches of the past. No longer must we listen to those who have nothing to brag about but failure. New circumstances demand new solutions.
Americans have fought and won wars together. Our heroes have shed their blood together and lost their lives. Our citizens have raised their children together, fought for justice together, and shared common hopes and dreams from one generation to the next, stretching back to the first day of our American independence.
This is our legacy. It belongs to all of you. And it belongs to every man, woman, and child in our Nation.
Now is the time to call upon these deep ties in the name of bold action. Let us move past the differences of party and find a new loyalty rooted deeply in our country. We are all brothers and all sisters. We share one home, one destiny, and one glorious American flag.
We're united together by history and by providence. We will make America strong again, I promise. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again, greater than ever before.
May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, very much.
NOTE: The President spoke at 5:46 p.m. at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport. In his remarks, he referred to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly; former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her capacity as the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee; John M. "Mick" Mulvaney, Director, Office of Management and Budget; James L. Robart, judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; Michelle T. Friedland, Richard R. Clifton, and William C. Canby, Jr., judges, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and Supreme Court Associate Justice-designate Neil M. Gorsuch. He also referred to Executive Orders 13771, 13774, 13776, 13767, 13769, and 13770; and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization.
* White House correction.
Donald J. Trump, Remarks at a "Make America Great Again" Rally in Melbourne, Florida Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/323658