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Remarks at a Virtual Tele-Rally in Potomac Falls, Virginia

September 20, 2020

Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States.

The President. Hello, Virginia. Forty-four days from now, it's getting close, who would ever have thought, we're already there. We're going to win Virginia. And I'm gonna put a very heavy play in Virginia. It's improperly represented and you're gonna see what we're talking about. You know, they wanna take your guns away, the whole thing on pro-life and what they've done to, uh, destroy what's so good.

We have to, we have to fight it. So we're going to win four more years in the White House. And I'm making a play for Virginia. And people say that we should be able to win. You have probably the craziest governor anywhere in the country. Early voting has started and absentee ballots, which are so important.

Absentee ballots are being mailed to Virginia this week, but early voting has started and we can win that state. And your Second Amendment will be fully protected. This is the most important election in the history of our country. You have to go out, get out and vote on November 3rd. Virginia will decide whether we'll quickly return to record prosperity and we're doing incredibly well.

We have a, a super V, not just a V because you look at what's happening with the numbers. They're very good, beyond good. Next year is gonna be a great year, or whether we allow Sleepy Joe Biden to impose a four-trillion-dollar tax hike, abolish American energy, shut down the economy, destroy the suburbs, he's gonna destroy the suburbs, low-income housing going all over the suburbs, give free healthcare to illegal aliens, and demolish our God-given rights.

Biden and his party will shred the Constitution, starting with the right to keep and bear arms, you know that, it's been a very big subject in Virginia. It's one of the reasons that I really think we have a good chance, first time in a long time that a Republican really can win Virginia. And that's why I'm on the call today.

It's very nice. It's a very nice Sunday, and, uh, we can be doing other things, but we wanna get Virginia. It's a very important, great state. I know it very well. When asked whether a Biden administration was coming for your guns, Biden replied, bingo. And he said, yes, they are. They're coming for your guns.

And they may now be pulling back because they're seeing that he's falling down in the polls, both in Virginia and nationwide, we're doing well. We're really doing well. We're doing beyond well, getting close to where we were before the China plague came in. But Biden promised to put notorious gun-grabber Beto O'Rourke,

you remember that, he put him in charge of a nationwide assault on your Second Amendment. And if Biden's elected, as sure as you're sitting or watching or listening, if he is elected Virginia's—will lose your right to, uh, to bear arms. You have an absolute right to keep and bear arms, and that will be taken away from you.

Your Second Amendment will be obliterated. The Democrats will disarm you while giving violent criminals free reign. So think of the combination, take your guns away, bring them in, take them in, and at the same time, you look at these protests, these violent protests, which could be stopped very easily. All the governors have to do is call us.

We'll have them stopped very easily with our National Guard or otherwise, but I'll always protect your Second Amendment. Your Second Amendment will be saved. One of the big things and one of the big reasons I'm looking at Virginia so strongly because there's no state that is under siege in terms of their Second Amendment, guns, their Second Amendment, there's no state under siege or even close to it like Virginia. They're gonna take your gun rights away.

Biden will also sign legislation to erode the most sacred right of all, and that's the right to life. Here in Virginia, Biden campaigned for your Democrat Governor, who is a crazy man, how he stayed, how can you—it's just inconceivable. Uh, he's Michael Jackson, remember? Michael Jackson. He was imitating Michael Jackson, he said. In fact, his wife saved him from total embarrassment when she said, please don't try and imitate Michael Jackson's desk-dancing. Cause that's hard to do.

But your governor, Ralph Northam, who stated that he would allow babies to be executed after birth. First time I've ever heard the expression ,and Biden doesn't wanna dispute that expression. So babies, not only late term, this is babies executed, they're born and then the mother decides what to do, with the doctor. This is from your Governor. First time I heard it, but this is uh, an execution after birth.

Under Biden, Democrats will wipe out every single victory the pro-life movement has achieved, and we've achieved plenty, and allow, and fully allow infants to be ripped out of their mother's wombs. We talked about it in the last debate or one of the debates with Crooked Hillary Clinton and, uh, late-term, we talked late-term, but this is far beyond late-term abortion. This is a terrible thing.

So you have a governor between that and between, uh, the Second Amendment. Uh, they are coming after you, and I think we should win Virginia. If I can't, we can't win Virginia, I don't know, I would be very surprised. A lot of people agree with me, by the way. When I'm re-elected, I will work with the Republican Congress to ban extreme late-term abortion because every child is a sacred gift of God. And that's the way it is.

If everything we do and in everything we do, my administration, my administration is fighting for the people of Virginia, for the people of our country. We're doing really well. Our country is doing despite the pandemic, we're, we are rounding the turn, we're coming up with vaccines and therapeutics, but we're rounding the turn.

And just three and a half years under my administration, we've secured America's borders, rebuilt the awesome power of the US military, big part of Virginia; obliterated the ISIS caliphate, 100% obliteration; fixed our disastrous trade deals, and appointed over 240 highly qualified federal judges, and by the end of the term, we'll have 300, it could even be more than that. Three hundred federal judges, a record.

And we also, as you know, have two great Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. I have begun work to fulfill my constitutional duty to nominate a justice, another justice of the Supreme Court. In 2016, Joe Biden stated, "I know there is an argument that no nominee should be voted in the last year of his presidency," but there is nothing in the constitution, our history, to support this. Twenty-nine times it's been done.

Biden also just said a few years ago, "I would go forward with a confirmation process even a few months before the president's election, if the nominee were chosen with the advice and not merely the consent of the Senate, just as the Constitution requires." So they're agreeing that what we're doing ...

And by the way, it will be a woman. Uh, we have tremendous women on the list, as you know, and it will be a highly qualified person, it will be a woman that we choose. And, uh, the nomination will be put forth sometime next week, and it'll be my great honor to do it. And almost everybody agrees that this is our right. This is our constitutional right.

It's been done many times before by other presidents and very successfully. When the voters elected me in 2016 and the Republican Senate in 2018, and you look at, uh, what's going on and what's, you know, it's called, uh, we won the election. They chose shows leaders committed to appointing justices who will apply the Constitution as written. And that is what we will do. I look forward to announcing my nominee and, uh, again, probably sometime next week.

We've achieved more for Virginia in less than 47 months than Joe Biden achieved for Virginia, and frankly, I could say also for the country, in 47 years. We've had a tremendous administration. We've done more than any other president, any other presidency, we've done more in three and a half years, than, I would say, nobody's been able to dispute it, first in the first three and a half years than any other president or administration. We built the greatest economy in the history of the world. Now we're rebuilding it again.

It's coming up. And when you see the third-quarter numbers, which will be announced just prior to the election on November 3rd, you're gonna see, I think numbers that will be beyond record setting. They're gonna be phenomenal. Uh, housing is doing great. Cars. Car sales are doing great. Manufacturing of cars is, uh, close to records, retailing is records.

So we're doing incredibly well. And now we're doing what we did originally, we're doing it all over again. It's "Make America great again, again," if you think about it. We will deliver a safe and effective vaccine. This year, we'll end the pandemic. We'll, uh, we're really, again, we're rounding that turn, that final turn.

And, uh, even without the vaccine, but the vaccine will speed it up. To defeat the China virus, we launched the largest industrial mobilization since World War II. We surged rapid testing kits to every nursing home in America as we got to be, as we became more and more familiar with it. They were very vulnerable and we have, uh, we—and we're continuing to work on the vulnerable.

We have, uh, people, elderly people, especially when they have heart problems or they have, uh, uh, any of the basic problems that many elderly prob—people have to go through. They've become very vulnerable to this, uh, China virus, this horrible disease. Through pioneering therapies, we reduced the fatality rate 85%, think of that.

Remdesivir and all sorts of, uh, other things that have come out, and maybe more importantly, that are coming out, whether you see what's coming out. Europe has almost 30% greater excess mortality than the United States. Our bold and early action saved millions of lives. And our decisive economic response saved tens of millions of jobs, including 1.4 million jobs in Virginia.

That's why, despite this horrible, this horrible situation that took place coming out of China. One point we saved 1.4 million jobs in Virginia. When I banned travel from China in January, Biden called it hysterical, xenophobic. If we had listened to him, hundreds of thousands of people would have died.

And he understands that. I'm not sure he understands much, but his handlers understand it. That's what he has, he has handlers, they write everything, they do everything. He only speaks with a teleprompter because that's the way it is. Biden wants to lock law-abiding Americans in their homes. And he said that very strongly.

He's, uh, he would be very, very prone. Even though we're coming toward the end, we're rounding the turn, he's all set to do it again, lock them down, shut them down. And if you look at the states that, uh, we have, uh, various states, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, where we just won a big court case about opening it up, uh, Michigan and a couple of others, the lockdown states are not doing well. It's the, it's states that have opened up that are doing well.

So Biden's plan is to appease domestic terrorists. My plan is to arrest these terrorists that are causing such problems, they're anarchists. On November 3rd, your vote will save lives and will save America. I wanna thank, some of the great people that are on the phone, Republican and—Republican warriors and fighters, they're right by my side.

First of all, GOP Chairman Rich Anderson. I wanna thank Rich, uh, has been fantastic. Congressmen Rob Wittman, Ben Klein, and Morgan Griffith, fantastic people. Congress—Congressional candidate, Scott Taylor, who has been a warrior in his previous life and a warrior in Congress. Seals—he's gonna be a fantastic congressman again. We need him really badly in, in Washington, and uh he is a fighter and it was a very unusual situation why he didn't go. Now he's way ahead. It looks like he's winning big. We have to get out there and vote for Scott Taylor and Bob Good, likewise, and Nick Freitas, uh, these are fantastic, uh, people. And we wanna take those three seats.

And I wanna thank the Virginia Trump delegation chair, John Fredericks. He's been really incredible. Also, I wanna say that Mark Warner has been an absolutely terrible Senator and doesn't represent you well, all he wanted to do is work on impeach, impeach. That's all he talked about, impeach. He was the one that thought he was speaking to Russians. This guy was speaking to Russians. He got scammed, Mark Warner. He got totally scammed by a Russian who called up and said he had information, he's from Russia. When can I meet? This is Mark Warner, your Senator. He got totally scammed. He's terrible. He's been a terrible Senator. Doesn't represent you well.

And a young man named Daniel Gade, who's supposed to be, I mean, I tell you, I hear just the best things. Don't know him, but I hear incredible things. He's a worker, and he's a fantastic young man. So, Daniel Gade is running against Mark Warner, and Mark Warner does not deserve to be as Sena-... He's not worthy of being a Senator. He's laughed at over the Senate.

I withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saving the US auto industry a tremendous amount of money. And this state, your state, lost one in three manufacturing jobs after the disasters of NAFTA and China's entrance into the World Trade Organization, courtesy of Biden. Biden was one of the big proponents of NAFTA, one of the big proponents of the WTO, World Trade, which was a disaster for the United States.

Earlier this year, I kept my promise to American workers when we ended the NAFTA nightmare and signed the brand new USMCA, that's Mexico-Canada agreement, into law. It's just kicking in now and it's phenomenal. I don't know if it's good for them, but maybe it is, but they don't seem to be too happy about it. I know it's very good for us, and it means uh, hundreds of thousands of jobs and really great for Virginia.

I took the toughest ever action to stand up to China's pillaging and plundering, ransacking, the rampant theft of Virginia jobs. Joe Biden's agenda is made in China. My agenda is made in America, made in the USA. When China targeted our farmers, we provided 28 billion dollars in relief. They went after our farmers and I said, "How much?" Because it was very unfair. I said, "How much is it?" It was 12 billion, and it was 16 billion the second year. I gave them 28 billion dollars to our farmers, which came right out of China, the tariffs that we had many billions left out, but we're still getting billions and billions from China.

Nobody got 10 cents from China in the past. Before me, China, it was a whole different ballgame. So we gave that money, and I recently announced that we're providing another 13 billion dollars in relief to help farmers recover from the China virus. We passed massive tax cuts for hard-working American families, and we eliminated a record number of job-killing regulations.

Now both of these are records. The tax cuts are the largest tax cuts in the history of our country. And the, uh, if you look at the regulations, whether it was four years, eight years, or in one case more, more than eight years, uh, in terms of presidents or administrations, we have, uh, set, a record on regulations. We've killed tremendous numbers. I think that's why our, our job numbers went up so much, more than any other administration in history.

I ended up the last administration's—and, and think of this, I ended—just fought like hell and ended the last administration's war on American energy, and that's what it is, and they wanna bring it back. They wanna bring back war on our great energy. We have an advantage over other countries, we're in competition with other countries. And, uh, they, uh, what they wanna do is end this tremendous success that we've had with American energy. And now we're the number-one producer of oil and natural gas in the world, by far, by the way.

And you look at your prices at the gas pumps when you're less than two dollars and going down, but nobody thought that was even possible. And your electric bills, and you look at your various electric costs, and costs. Some of the states that really go open and go with us, usually run by, almost always run by Republicans, by the way.

The Democrat-run states are not doing nearly as well as the Republican-run states and cities, and especially when it comes to crime. Biden's pledged to—that he wants a net zero carbon emissions, meaning no fracking, no gas-powered cars, skyrocketing energy bills, and abolishing millions of jobs. It'll cost this country millions and millions of jobs and your energy costs will go through the roof.

After years of rebuilding other countries, we are finally rebuilding our country. It's very simple and it's, uh, you know, it's great being on the phone with you, but that's what it's all about. We spent all of our money, uh, rebuilding other countries, and we forgot about ourselves, which is not too smart.

Uh, on perhaps no issue, though, have our opponents been more thoroughly betrayed, they have just betrayed the working families of all backgrounds, than on the subject of immigration. They betrayed our nation. If you look at what the Democrats have done on immigration, they made it very difficult for us, but we broke through, and now we're doing phenomenally on immigration, the best numbers we've ever had.

Under my administration, we've achieved the most secure border in American history. We ended catch-and-release, stopped asylum fraud, and we've deported 20,000 gang members back to the countries from where they came. We built over 320 miles as of today, 320 miles of border wall, brand-new border wall. And we're adding about 10 new miles every single week. We'll be finished with the wall very soon. It's had a tremendous impact. And all of the mines that we built have had a tremendous impact at the border. Tremendously positive, both in terms of drugs, in terms of every—any aspect that you look at. A lot of it's been this 320 miles that we've already completed.

By contrast, Biden has promised open borders, zero deportations, outrageous taxpayer giveaways for illegal aliens, tremendous tax increases. He wants to increase your taxes, quadruple your taxes. Biden wants to return to the same weak immigration policies as the Obama administration had that allowed MS-13 to spread all over Virginia. You were one of the biggest victims, your state, of MS-13, and we've cleared 'em out. ISIS done, by the way, a fantastic job.

Last month, the DOJ charged 11 members of MS-13 for sex trafficking, a 13-year-old girl Virginia. It was, uh, unbelievable, actually, what's going on with them, and we are getting 'em out or they go to prison immediately. Cause in some cases we don't bring them back. We have no choice. We don't wanna take a chance. We bring them into our system. If you wanna eradicate MS-13, then you have only one choice. You have to vote for your Republicans. You have to vote for me as president.

The job we've done with law enforcement has been incredible. We've been endorsed by almost every single law enforcement agency and group in the country. Uh, New York City, New York, the New—we call it New York's finest, they took all their power away. They take—I mean, what they've done in New York is terrible, run by Democrats, New York City.

And, uh, we were endorsed by New York's finest. We were endorsed by Chicago, the Chicago police department. We were endorsed in Texas and uh, Florida, Ohio, were endorsed by almost everybody. I, frankly, I think everybody that I can imagine, we have almost unanimous police endorsement. So it's called law enforcement.

We passed VA Choice and VA Accountability. We killed the founder and leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi. We took out the world's number-one terrorist, also the mass murderer of American troops and others. Qasem Soleimani, he's dead. And, uh, they were after these people for a long time, but we got 'em. We knocked out 100% of the ISIS caliphate. Nobody thought that was possible and we did it fast.

We launched, also, the first new branch of the US Armed Forces in 75 years, and that's the Space Force. So just that alone is a major accomplishment, but we did many other things. Uh, just to go on, just for a few minutes longer, I withdrew from the last administration's disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal.

I kept my promise, recognized the true capital of Israel, and opened the American embassy in Jerusalem. I recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, something they've been trying to get for 52 years. I got it done.

And instead of the endless war, we're forging peace in the Middle East, you saw that last week, uh, two Nobel Prize, Nobel Prizes. We have two, actually, for different subjects, Kosovo, and separately, Israel, but that was two separate nominations, which I very much uh, appreciate. It's very nice. But more importantly, is we get the job done.

Joe Biden opposed the mission to take out Osama bin Laden. He opposed killing Soleimani. He voted for the Iraq War, which was a disaster. The whole Middle East, going into the Middle East was a disaster. We shoulda never been there. We're at eight trillion dollars and thousands of lives, and millions of lives if you look at both sides. He backed the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal, which I terminated. He cheered the rise of China as a positive development. He said, quote, "positive development." Well, it wasn't a positive development. You just take a look at what's happened, it was not. If it were up to Joe, bin Laden and Soleimani would be alive. ISIS would be on a rampage, Iran would control the Middle East, China would be the dominant power in the world.

And by the way, before the plague came in from China, we were doing numbers against China that were unbelievable, we still are, but we were doing numbers that were unbelievable. We were superseding even the wildest dreams of people. If you—For those of you that would be reading up on it, if you go back 10 years or five years, by 2019, China was gonna become the dominant economic power.

Well, if you go back a few months and take a look, we were just outdistance—outdistancing them by a tremendous amount, we were getting bigger, bigger, stronger, stronger. Now we're doing it again. We had to close it up. We saved millions of lives. Now we're doing it again.

The Biden agenda would collapse our economy and destroy your country. He'd destroy your Social Security and protections for pre-existing conditions, drain your Medicare by giving away your healthcare to illegal immigrants, eliminate private health insurance for 180 million Americans that absolutely love it. They love what they have with their health insurance. And his running mate sponsored the socialist healthcare takeover that would ban private insurance. So all of those 180 million people would lose their private healthcare, their private insurance.

He'd end our travel bans on jihadist regions, which he wants to do immediately, and increase refugee admissions by, listen to this, 700% at least, opening the floodgates to radical Islamic terrorism. And Biden opposes school choice and vowed to ban charter schools, two things which we've made tremendous progress on. And, uh, school choice is very important, charter schools, very important. In the second term, I'll provide school choice to every parent in America.

To combat the toxic left, toxic left-wing propaganda in the schools, I am launching a new pro-American lesson plan for students called the 1776 Commission, it's a big deal. We'll teach our children the truth about America, the greatness of America, that we're the most exceptional nation on the face of the earth. No party can lead America that will not teach our children to love our country. We are doing great, and now we're gonna do greater than ever before, you're gonna see that next year. I think you're gonna see that at the end of the third quarter.

A vote for Republicans is a vote for safe communities, great jobs, and a limitless future for all Americans. Instead of letting Washington change us, despite all that we've all been through, we are changing Washington, and it's driving them crazy.

Over the next four years, we'll make America into the manufacturing superpower of the world. It's already taking place. That was taking place before, almost 700,000 jobs. And we'll end up—manufacturing jobs which, by the way, Obama and Biden said could never happen. They said you'd need a magic wand, remember?

And we'll end our reliance on China once and for all. We'll make our medical supplies right here the United States. We'll enact fair trade deals to create American jobs and grow American wages. We'll rapidly return to full employment, soaring wages, record prosperity. We'll hire more police, increase penalties for assaults on law enforcement, and ban sanctuary cities.

We'll protect government benefits for American citizens, not for illegal aliens. We'll ensure equal justice for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed. We'll defend the dignity of work and the sanctity of life. We will uphold religious liberty, free speech, and the right to keep and bear arms, and that's so important. This is all things that are so important.

This all has to do, also, with the Supreme Court of the United States, and you'll be seeing that because, starting next week, I guess it's going to be a very interesting period of time, but, uh, it will determine—The next president will have anywhere from one, two, three, or four Supreme Court nominations and Supreme Court justices appointed. And the whole country, the whole direction of our country will be by the way that happens. So it's very important that we win. We have to win. We have to win this election. Most important election of our lives.

We'll strike down terrorists that threaten, that threaten our citizens and we'll keep America out of these ridiculous, endless wars that I'm bringing in—we're bringing them all home. We're almost complete. You don't hear about it in the fake news, but that's the way it is. We're coming back home with tremendous numbers of wonderful soldiers that can do anything. The strongest in the world. We built the strongest military in the world. We have all new beautiful equipment made in the USA, but we're bringing our soldiers back home. They're acting as policemen, not soldiers, and we're in all these countries, somehow they went to all these different countries with the leadership you had of the past. We're bringing them back home.

We'll end surprise medical building, require price transparency. That's a big deal. That's probably bigger than healthcare. It's already signed, it goes into effect on January 1st, and further reduce health insurance premium, and very importantly, the cost of prescription drugs. I just signed favored nations clauses, meaning we have to have the lowest prices. They have to be comparable to the lowest prices in the world. Right now, they are many times higher, which is ridiculous.

And the health insurance companies are taking ads and not—they're not in love with your president, I can tell you, but the drug prices will drop 40, 50, 60, 70%. We will protect Medicare and Social Security, and we'll always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.

America will land the first woman on the moon and the United States will be the first nation to land an astronaut on Mars, and that's a big deal. NASA now is the preeminent space area in anywhere in the world. And when I took over three and a half years ago, grass was growing on the runways.

We'll teach our children to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag. We'll live by the timeless words, and I say this all the time, it'll never change with us, "In God we trust."

And for years you had a president who apologized for America. Now you have a president who is standing up for you and standing up for America, and standing up for Virginia. And whether it's your farmers, your tobacco growers, we're, we're working with everybody, and we're making everybody, honestly, they're really proud, you're proud to be an American again.

We're gonna have a phenomenal period of time. We're gonna have a, a great, great—what's happening in our country is, uh, incredible. When foreign leaders come to see me, they always start, they congratulate me not only on the job that we don't get credit for, and I don't want the credit, but the generals have to get it and the admirals and Mike Pence, our vice president has been fantastic, they have to get the great credit that they've done on, on the pandemic, on this thing that should have never been allowed to happen by China.

And now we're really, we're really moving again. You can be proud, really proud of your country. We're one movement, we're one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God. So Virginia, really, get out. We need your vote. We're gonna win. We're gonna win. I think we have a chance of winning big.

Just remember, look, for the last two years, this governor's done nothing but try to take your guns away. Every time I read the paper, I see he's trying a note, new move locally to take your guns away. Then he tries it on the federal basis. I shut that down very quickly. Not only in Virginia, but other places, but Virginia is the number-one place in the country that they're taking your guns away. And if I'm here, they're not even touching it. I've gone now almost four years, and your Second Amendment has not been touched and it won't be touched. If anything, it's become strengthened.

So I wanna just thank you all. It's so important. Some people would say, "Well, save your time. Don't go to Virginia. Democrats have sort of taken—the radical left has, a little bit, taken over Virginia." I don't believe it. You have an incompetent governor. You have a governor that's gonna take away your guns and what he's done to, to—against pro-life, what he's done in terms of abortion, what he's done in terms of execution after birth, babies' execution after birth, I just hope you can see to it, vote for Donald Trump.

You will be protected. You will be proud. And Virginia, you had your best year in the history of your state last year because of what we did on a federal basis with trade and all of the good things we've done, we will keep it going. So, I thank you for your time on a Sunday afternoon, and I just hope that you go out, vote, and we're gonna take the state of Virginia. We're gonna protect you and we're gonna protect your family. Thank you very much, everybody. A great honor to talk to you. Thank you. Bye.

Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, the event has ended. If you'd like to support the president to make America great again, press one now, to let him know he can count on your support. The liberal media is a 24-hour attack dog for the socialists working to defeat the president. If he can count on you to donate just a few dollars to help get the truth to the American people, press two now.

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NOTE: The president spoke at the Trump National Golf Club. The president spoke for about 30 minutes.

This transcript prepared for the American Presidency Project by UCSB student research assistant Katya Kiseleva.

Donald J. Trump, Remarks at a Virtual Tele-Rally in Potomac Falls, Virginia Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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