tv Conservative Political Action Conference - President Trump CSPAN February 26, 2018 8:01am-9:18am EST
have come a long way together. back hereed to be with a lot of my wonderful friends and proud conservatives. i remember when we first started running, because i wasn't a politician, but remember, i started running and people asked if i was a conservative. i think we proved that i'm a conservative. [applause] for more than four decades, this event has served as a form for our nation's top leaders, thinkers, and activists. you're of the year, leaders have we cann this stage, what do together to protect our heritage, our culture, and to defend our freedom. has always been about big ideas. and has also been about putting those ideas into action. cpac really has put a lot of ideas into action.
we will talk about some of them this morning. help, we have much -- but margaret conservative ideas into use then perhaps ever before in american history. [applause] right? by the way, what a nice picture that is. i would love to watch that guy speak. [laughter] [applause] i tried like hell to hide the bald spot. i work hard. it doesn't look bad. hey, we are hanging in. we are hanging in there, together.
we have confirmed a record number, so important, of circuit court judges, and we are going to be putting in a lot of more. [applause] they will interpret the law as , and we have confirmed an incredible new supreme court justice, a great man, neil gorsuch. [applause] right? we have passed massive, the biggest in history, tax cuts and reform. [applause] root -- i don't use the word reform, there was a lot of reform that was positive, but i don't use it. i told everybody, talk about tax cuts. people don't know what reform means, they think it might mean a goes up. do tax cuts. [booing]
>> usa. usa. usa. usa. -- usa.ied pres. trump: thank you. how did he get in here, matt? boy. just for the media, the fake news back there. they took very good care of him, they were very gentle. he was very of noxious. -- he was very obnoxious. we have thousands of people here, listen, tomorrow the headline will be protests is disturbed. one person doesn't deserve a mention. doesn't deserve a headline. the headline tomorrow, disruptors of cpac, one person.
was very nice, we looked at him, and he immediately left, ok. [laughter] [applause] had it too awesome. -- thee one person, biggest the disturbance are you people. he will say something and nobody will hear him and then the crowd starts screaming at him. that is ok, you have to show your spirit, right? [applause] you have to show your spirit. we passed a biggest that's the biggest tax cut in the history of our country. tax cut andd reform. i told people not to use the word reform, no wonder for 45 years nothing has been passed. people want tax cuts, they don't want reform, they don't know what that means. i convinced politicians who have done this all their lives, and
they do a great job in many cases, but this was one where they -- the tax reform act of whatever year we want to put it, so they have the tax reform act and that was it. act it's called attacks cut , and the jobs, we had to put jobs into it because we are picking up a tremendous number of jobs. 2.7 million jobs. [applause] now, people here tax cuts, and it has been popular. it started off slow, then he got past. we had some great help in the senate and the house. we have guys here today, a lot of congressmen and senators, a lot of help. it was not easy. we did not have one democrat vote. i think that will cost them in the midterms.
whoever wins the presidency has a disadvantage for whatever reason. do you know what happens? historically, if you win the presidency, you don't do well to years later. we can't let that happen. we have finally figured it out, i finally figured it out, it happens statistically, almost all of the time. what happened is you fight so hard to win the presidency, you fight, fight, and fight. now, only two years, and by the time you campaign, it is a year. now you have to go fight again but you just one. nobody has that same drive that they had. you end up not doing that well because the other side is going -- they are crazed. they are really crazed. [applause] i kept trying to say, why is
this, but it is this -- just there. television,, watch he just won the presidency, and then you get clobbered, and we can't let that happen. we get clobbered at 18, and we can't let that happen. only because we are so happy, we passed so many things. my administration is opposed, i think, has had the most successful first year in the history of the presidency. [applause] i really believe that. judges, regulations, everything. the beautiful thing, the beautiful thing about the tax cuts is nobody thought we could do it. we had to get 100% of our votes.
nobody thought we could do it. it and ito me, we got has turned out to be one of the most popular things, and for the republicans in this room, of which i would assume -- would you say it is 99% or a hundred percent -- 100%? we probably have democrats wanting to come over. we have a great governor from west virginia that left the democratic party and came over to the republicans. [applause] so people are sitting there, they are saying "we just had a great victory, let's not vote, let's go to a movie." and then hand of losing. nasty upto keep the the and uzi as a. they lose, and then the presidential election comes up. you clobber them because * * and gets off there
they work. you end up winning the presidency. you should do that, and hopefully we would do that easily. never, we have to worry about the big race coming up. you have to get the enthusiasm going. keep it going. the word really is complacent. people get complacent. it is natural, you just one and you are complacent. don't be complacent. will repealin, they your tax cuts, but judges in that you wouldn't believe, take away your second, which we will never allow to happen. [applause] they will take away your second amendment.
trump made campaign promises. he may be the only person that actually fulfilled more promises that he made. i think that is true. we had a crooked candidate as well. [applause] pres. trump: i will say this, folks. everything that is turning out now is amazing that has come full circle. committed aey lot of atrocities when you look -- have they done things that are wrong. remember this. not only did we get a tax cuts
, which everybody said we would not get. and by the way, we repealed in that tax cut, the individual mandate, which was tremendous. [applause] pres. trump: this is where you are forced to pay in order not to have health care. ok? is that great? you pay for the privilege of not having health care. so you are subsidizing a lot of other people. that is gone. people used to look at me with tears in their eyes and say, i am forced to pay not to have health care. by the way, we have tremendous health care plans at a fraction of the cost of obamacare. [applause] and except for one senator who came into a room at 3:00 in the morning and went like that, we would have had health care too. think of that. but i think we may be better off the way we are doing it, peace by east by piece, obamacare is
just being wiped out. the individual mandate essentially wiped out there we had we may be better off, and people are getting great health care plans and we're not finished yet. remember, one person walked into a room when he was supposed to go this way, and he said he was going this way, and he walked in -- and ant this way verizon, what happened? what was that about? who was that? i don't know. i don't want to be controversial so i don't want to use his name. what a mess. [laughter] pres. trump: but it is all happening anyway. and we have at the same time, eliminated a record number of job-killing regulations and people are going back to work. [applause] pres. trump: people are going back to work. the fake news -- if i say
something, that is a little off, next day headlines, he represents -- i have to be careful. but in the history of presidents , no president -- and i am saying, no president -- maybe they will find that i am off by two, but i am off by one year -- we have only been here one year. presidents, noof president has ever cut so many regulations in their entire term. ok? as we have cut in less than a year. [applause] pres. trump: it is my opinion that the regulations had a spate -- had as big an impact as these massive tax cut that we have given. we have ended the war on american energy. we were in war.
we have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. one of our great natural resources and very important for oal.defense, c because you have it. we don't have to send it through get itwe don't have to from foreign countries, we have more than anybody. he wanted to end it. our miners have been mistreated and their not being mistreated anymore and where doing tremendous business. [applause] pres. trump: i was in vietnam and the prime minister and president of vietnam were there and we have a massive deficit with them like we do with everybody else because of these presidents have just let it all go to hell. we have the worst trade deals that we have ever seen. so we are changing it. coal., buy they use a lot of cold. coalid, we have bought
from west virginia and other places and it is the finest coal we've ever used. west virginia is doing great, and you look at what is happening in pennsylvania, ohio. [applause] pres. trump: look at what is happening in wyoming, all over, it is like a different world. and, remember this, as soon as i got into office, we approved keystone xl pipeline and the the dakota access pipeline. they would never have been approved. [applause] fromnounced our withdrawal the totally disastrous, knockingng, wealth -out -- they wanted to take our wealth away. they did not want us to use our wealth power.
we knocked out the paris climate accord. it would have been a disaster. [applause] pres. trump: it would have been a disaster for our country. [applause] [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting usa] president trump: basically it said, you have a lot of oil and gas. we have a massive, just about the top in the world, we have massive energy reserves, coal, so much. essentially, they were saying, don't use it, you cannot use it. uswhat that does, it makes competitive with other countries. and you know china, there agreement did not kick in until 2030.
hours kicks in immediately. russia is allowed to go back to the 1990's which was not a clean environmental time. other countries, india and others, we had to pay because they considered them a growing country. so what are we? are we not allowed to grow too? [applause] ok? they called india a "developing nation. they called china a developing nation. but the united states, we are developed, we can pay. it is amazing how many people understood the paris accord. because, it sounds so good. it is like some of the environmental regulations i cut, they have the most beautiful titles. , youometimes it was like know, i am just going to close my eyes and sign it.
because i am to get killed on this one. but some and if people understood -- we couldn't build, could not farm. if you had a puddle on your land lake.alled it a it was crazy. [laughter] [applause] president trump: i signed certain bills that i had farmers behind me and home builders behind me. these are tough and strong people who fought hard and work all their lives hard to comment and half of them would be crying because we gave them their property back. we gave them the right to earn a living, and they couldn't do what they had to do. we gave them their property back and we [applause] gave them their dignity back. pres. trump: by the way, you'll you don't mind if i go off script a little bit? it is a little bit boring. [applause] pres. trump: there is this
everything isch, wonderful, but it is a little bit boring. their dignity back, and that is why our country is doing record business. we are doing record business. you have to look at the fundamentals -- companies are pouring back into this country. when did you hear about car companies coming back into michigan and ohio and expanding? [applause] you never heard that you hear about them leaving. i have been talking about it for 20 years. guy, butrivate sector for whatever reason, they're always covered me much more than anybody else. they used to treat me so good too, until i run for office. i used to get the greatest publicity. a friend of mine said, you used to be the king of great publicity, what happened?
gotten usedi have to think that they are opposed to for a lot of reasons. [laughter] pres. trump: but when you look at what is happening to our country it is incredible. the fundamentals are so strong. the stock market, i just see, with all the ups and downs, -- since election day, it is up 37%. [applause] pres. trump: a did a little bit correction -- in fact, 13-14 months from election, i said, is this sucker ever going out a little bit? this is a little bit embarrassing? up 90, up 63, as that goodness, that is better. hey, we have seven years to go, folks, you know. we have a long way to go. [applause]
president trump: thank you. what matt didn't say, in 2011 i made a speech and i was received with such warmth. i don't know if matt does it come because he might not want to be controversial but -- could you give that? everybody loved that speech. linda have these dust everybody loved that speech. i think, matt, i would say that might have been the first real political beach that i made. it was in 2011, i believe. a lot of people remembered, and they said, we want trump. we want trump. and after a few years go by, i said, here we are, let us say
what we can do. and people said, he cannot get elected. he cannot do it. you need to hundred 70 votes. t270 votes. hillary forgot that, going to these estates. i kept saying, why she going back to california? crazy. [laughter] [applause] next time, they are going to remember iola, they are going to remember ohio -- they're going iowa.member they're going to remember ohio. they spent a lot of time in pennsylvania, to no avail. they spent a lot of money in north carolina. the great state of north carolina, we did very well there. we have a great person in the room, mark meadows, from of carolina. he is around here, where is mark? and deb.
and jim jordan, warriors all. we have a lot of great people here. but, we hit -- we touched a chord. hopefully, at the end of the. period of time, people will say, thank you. because it is not easy. we are fighting a lot of forces who are doing the wrong thing. i do not want to talk about what they have in mind, but they are doing the wrong thing. but we are doing what is good for the long-term viability and survival of our country. billion got, $700 approved for our military. our military was going to hell. [applause] pres. trump: we declined to certify the terrible, one-sided iran nuclear deal. it was a horrible deal.
[applause] who ever heard: that you give $150 billion to a nation that has no respect for you whatsoever? they are saying death to america while they sign the agreement. if someone said death to america while i am signing an agreement as president, i would say, what is going on here folks? terry may be the worst negotiator have ever seen? obama,ut this guy, and of course, he is the one -- but how about, $1.8 billion in cash? $1 millionr see what in $100 bills looks like? it is a lot. now, take that and go to $1.8 -- for what?ash why did we do this? why did we do it?
anyway, we did not certify, and lots of interesting things are happening with that whole mess treat peopleve to that treatise well, we treat them well. people that treat us badly, we treat them much worse than they could ever imagine. that is what it has to be. [applause] president trump: that is the way it has to be. we officially recognized jerusalem as the capital of israel. [cheers and applause]
pres. trump: every president campaigned -- we are going to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel but they never pulled it off. and i now know why. i put the word out that i may do it. i said i would do it my campaign. that usually means i would do it. i was hit by more countries, pressure, and people, begging me , don't do it, don't do it, don't do it! i said, we have to, it is the right thing to do, and i did it. but every other president lied. they campaigned on it. that was always a big part of the campaign, but they got into office, and they didn't do it. i understand why they didn't do it, there was tremendous pressure. the campaignwhat, for it was also incredible, and we did the right thing. [applause] we have kept our promise as i
said, to rebuild our military eliminating defense sequesters , which is a disaster. $700 billion, you ultimately -- you know, that cows before everything else. we can talk about lots of things, but if we don't have a strong military, you might not be allowed into this room someday. ok? you may not have your houses, your homes, your beautiful communities. we better take care of our military. these are the greatest people, and we are going to take care of our veterans, we're going to take care of the vets. we have been doing a great job with the vets. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: after years of rebuilding other nations, -- we rebuild other nations that have a lot of money!
and we do not ever say, hey, you have to help. we are finally rebuilding our nation. we are rebuilding our nation. and, we are restoring our confidence and/or pride. all of us here today are united by the same timeless values. we defend our constitution and we believe in the wisdom of our founders. our constitution is great. [applause] we support the incredible men .nd women of law enforcement [cheers and applause] president trump: true. [applause] pres. trump: we know that a strong nation must have strong borders. we celebrate our history and we believe young americans should
be taught to love their country and to respect its traditions. don't worry, you're getting the the wall. don't worry, ok? i heard somebody. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: i had a couple of characters in the back say he doesn't really want the wall, he just used it for campaigning. i said, can you believe it? you know, i say, every time i hear that -- the wall get 10 feet higher. every single time. [applause] ok. we are going to have the wall or they are not going to have what they want. you know, there is a problem. we need more republicans.
we have a group of people who fought against us -- who vote against us in a bloc. there are good at resisting and obstruction ended the stick together. they always vote in a bloc. it is rare to get a couple of them to come your way, even on tax cut. we're going to be fighting these people in the 18 election. we are going to be fighting people voting against the tax cuts. those tax cuts are phenomenal, popular and helping people, helping our country. apple just brought $350 billion in. exxon brought in as well. -- exxon brought $50 billion in as well. the fact is, we need more republicans to vote. we want to get our agenda , because now what we have to do is that in order to get a vote to fix our military, we have to give them $100 billion in stuff that nobody in this room, including me, once, in many cases. it is terrible.
we need more republicans. that is why you have to get out and fight for 2018. we salute our great american flag. we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance. and we all proudly stand for the national anthem. [applause] [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting "u.s.a."] president trump: above all else, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are at the center of american life. we know that. [applause] because in america, we do not worship government, we worship god. [applause] [applause]
president trump: our nation checkup motto is "in god we trust." this week, our nation lost incredible leader, who devoted his life to helping us understand what those words really mean. he was a leader, a great man. we will never forget the , theric crowds tha voice, the energy, the profound faith of a preacher named billy graham. [applause]
a great man, a great family man. they were for us, i'll tell you. right from the beginning, they were for us. as a young man, he decided to devote his life to god. that choice not only changed his life, it changed our country. and indeed, it even changed the world. reverend graham checkup belief in the power of god's word gave hope to millions and millions -- graham's belief in the power of god's word gave
hope to millions and millions who listened to him with his very beautiful but simple message, "god loves you." [applause] pres. trump: at a very special tribute because it is almost never done. on wednesday, we will celebrate billy graham's life as he lies in the rotunda of our capital. [applause] president trump very rarely. pres. trump: one day, wednesday till thursday, at about 11:00 on wednesday, i bet those lines are going to be long and beautiful. because, he deserves it. not everybody deserves it, but -- if you look
back, ronald reagan was so honored -- very few people are honored, it is a big thing. he really, more than anyone else you can think of, he deserves to be in the rotunda, so that is going to be very special, on wednesday at 11:00. paul and mitch and the whole group, they worked very hard to make it all happen. he wants to thank them too. everywhe test test test test test test r strength, for inspiration and for healing. in times of grief and hardship, we turn to prayer for solace and for comfort. in recent days, our entire nation has been filled with terrible pain and sorrow. over the evil massacre in a great community, parkland, florida. this senseless act of mass
murder has shocked our nation and broken our hearts. this week, i had the honor of meeting with students from marjorie stoneman douglas high school. with families of lost their children in prior shootings. great families, great people. and with members of the local community right here in washington dc. our whole nation was moved by their strength and by their courage. we listened to their heart-wrenching stories, ask them for ideas, and pledged to them, and i can speak for all of senators, congressmen and women, all the people in this room involved in this decision, we will act. we will do something. with us, on wednesday, was one of the families whose daughter didn't come home last week. a beautiful young woman named
meadow pollack. incredible family. i had them in the oval office, incredible people. you have probably seen her picture. she had a beautiful, beautiful smile, and a beautiful life. so full of promise. we wish that there was something, anything that we could do to bring meadow and all of the others back. there are not enough tears in the world to express our sadness anguish for her family and every family that has lost a precious loved one. no family should ever say -- and ever have to go in and suffer the way that these families have suffered. they have suffered beyond anything that i have ever witnessed. a father drops his daughter off
at school, kisses her goodbye, waves to her, she is walking up the path, and he never sees her alive again. he gets a call, cannot believe it, thinks it is a nightmare and once to wake up from the nightmare. so, we want to hear ideas from americans of all backgrounds and beliefs about how we can improve security in our schools, tackle the issue of mental health, because this was a sick person, very sick. we had a lot of warnings about him being sick. this wasn't a surprise. to the people that knew him, this wasn't even a little bit -- in fact, some said we were surprised it took so long. so, what are we doing? what are we doing? we want to ensure that when there are warning signs, we can act and act very quickly. why do we protect our airports, banks, government buildings, but not our schools?
president trump: adepttrained, gun- teachers, coaches, and people that work in those buildings, people that were in the marines for 20 years and retired, people in the army, the navy, air force, coast guard, people that are adept with weaponry and with guns, they teach. i mean, i don't want to have 100 guards standing with rifles all over the schools. you do a concealed carry permit. [applause] pres. trump: this would be a major deterrent. these people are inherently cowards. if they thought, if this guy thought, that other people would be shooting bullets back at him,
he would not have gone to that school. he would not have gone there. it's a gun free zone, it says , this is a gun free zone, way farake your guns away. and what happens is, they feel safe. like nobody is going to come at them. remember, using the school as an example, this is a big school with tremendous floor area and a lot of acreage. a big, big school, good school. a big, big school. you have to have 150 real guards. you had one guard, who didn't turn out to be too good. i will tell you that! he turned out to be not good, he is not a credit to law enforcement, that i can tell you. that i can tell you. [applause] but as i've been talking about this idea, and i feel it is a great idea, but some people are opposed to it.
they do not like the idea of teachers doing this. but i am not talking about teachers. cnn said donald trump wants all teachers -- fake news. ok? fake news. i don't want a person that is never handled a gun, that wouldn't know what a gun looks like who is armed? but out of the teaching population, you have 10%, 20% of t people, military people, and they teach . something i thought about this morning, and i thought about -- thetching pearson deputy who did not want to go into the school because he didn't want to. you know what i thought of as soon as i saw that? these teachers, and i have seen them that a lot of
schools whether our problems, these students love their teachers. these teachers love their students. these teachers are talented with weaponry and with guns, and they feel safe. i would rather have somebody their students and wants to protect their students, then somebody standing outside that doesn't know anybody and doesn't know the students, and frankly, for whatever reason, decided not to go in even though he heard lots of shots being fired inside. the teachers and the coaches and other people in the building, the dean, the assistant dean, love theiral, they kids and they want to protect these kids. i think we are better with that. or 20% of the10% population of teachers, etc..
not all of them. you have a lot. you would tell people that they are inside. the beauty of it is that it is concealed, nobody would ever see it, unless they needed it. it is concealed, so this crazy man who walked in, he would not even know who it is that hasn't. that is not bad, that is good. theteacher would have shot hell out of him, before he knew what happened. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: they love their students. they love those students , folks, remember that. students.their i am telling you, that would work. .e need offensive capability we cannot say, it is just a gun-free school. because then, what happened outside?
havents leave school, you thousand students standing outside, the teachers are out there also -- if a madman comes we have the same problems outside of the school. a lot of things can happen. i want to stop it. and, i know it is a little controversial to say it, but since i started saying this 2 days ago, a lot of people who were totally opposed to it, are now agreeing. they love their students, and they don't want their students to be killed or to be hurt. so we have to do something that works. that wehe big measures will do, and i think everybody in this room has two agree, there was nobody that loves the second amendment like i do, nobody that respects the nra, there are friends of mine and they backed us all. there are great people, they are patriots, but we really do have
up, reallyhen strengthen up background checks. we really have to do that. and we have to do, for the --tally ill, we have to do we do not want people who are mentally ill to be having any form of weaponry. we have to be very strong on that. [applause] so, we're going to do that. and i really believe that congress is going to get it through this time. they have a different leader, not somebody who is all talk and no action like some of these folks, this is somebody who wants to get it through. but we also need to protect, we need a hardened site. it cannot be soft. they will sneak into a window, and you are standing there totally unprotected. you know the five great soldiers from four years ago, three of them were world-class ma
rksmen. they were at a military base in a gun-free zone. they were asked to check their guns quite far away. guns maniac walked in blazing and killed all five of them. he would not have had a chance menthese world-class marks had, on a military base, access to their guns. i'm going to look at that policy. we cannot have -- [cheers and applause] pres. trump: all five were killed. all five of them. the guy would not of had a chance. we will look a into that military base gun-free zone. we had a number of instances in military bases. you know that. so, we want to protect our military, we want to make the military stronger and better than it has ever been before. [cheers and applause]
also need to create a culture in our country that cherishes life and dignity. that is part of what we are talking about, a culture that condemns violence and never glorifies violence. we need to force real human connections and turn classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors that want to fight for us. we are not just having a conversation about school safety. in all fairness i am new on this job with little more than a year. i have watched the stuff go on for 20 years. the president gets up, everyone is enthusiastic for the first couple of days and then it fades. then nothing gets done. we want to do a lot for our country. i see a lot of words but very little action. if you think about it, most of it is common sense.
seeing a lot of words and a lot little action. and you know, if you think about it, it is common sense. it is not, do you love guns? do you hate guns it is common , sense. some of the strongest advocates about what i'm saying are the strongest advocates, and other very welcome -- political people, the strongest advocates for the second amendment. but this is common sense. in addition to securing our schools, we are implement a ing a strategy to secure our streets. we want kids to be safe everyone whether it waso, in a classroom or walking outside with their friends. child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and has a future filled with opportunity and with hope. [cheers and applause]
president trump: thank you. thank you. it is just not fair. reducing violent crime in america is a top priority for my administration, and we will do whatever it takes to get it done. no talk. you will do what it takes to get it done. [applause] as you have seen pretty well reported, we are significantly increasing gun prosecutions by tremendous percentages, and we are working to get violent offenders off our streets and behind bars and get them behind bars quickly, for a long time, or get them the hell out of our country. [cheers and applause] in 2017, we brought cases against more violent offenders than any other administration in a quarter of a century.
more than any administration, and we are just gearing up. we have tough people. i tell you what. when you deal with ms13, the only thing they understand his is toughness. they do not want anything. , or ais in i.c.e. agent border patrol agent, if he is tougher than them, they respect them. we have the toughest guys we have ever seen. they are tough. they do not respect anything else and they should not be in our country. they were let in for years and we're getting them out. our administration prosecuted more people for federal firearm charges then has been done -- firearm charges than has been done for more than a decade. again, we are just gearing up. we convicted gang members and human traffickers. human trafficking, who would
think that we have this in this age? with our foreign partners, we have helped charge or arrest more than 1000 members of the savage gang that we talked about, ms 13. they do not like guns. they're not painful enough. these are animals. they cut people in the little pieces and they want them to suffer. ourwe take them into country. because our immigration laws are so bad. when we catch them, it is called ." tch and release we have to by law, catch them and release them. democrats andhe numbered has been able to for years, to approve common sense measures that when we catch killers, we can lock them up and throw away the keys. [cheers and applause]
in 2017, our brave i.c.e. officers arrested more than 100,000 criminal aliens who have committed tens of thousands of crimes. and believe me, these are great people. they cannot -- the laws are just a against us. they are a safety. they don't make sense. you meet with the democrats, and there are always fighting for the criminal, they are not fighting for law-abiding citizens. they are always fighting for the criminal. it doesn't make sense. [applause] here are just some of the charges and convictions of the aliens arrested by i.c.e. 11,000 charges for sex crimes. 48,000 for assault. 13,000 for burglary, 1800 crimes
for killing people. we are cracking down on sanctuary cities. can you believe this? were they protect -- that is another one! [applause] because we want our cities to be sanctuaries for law-abiding americans. not for criminals. [applause] by the way, the senate democrats and the house democrats have totally abandoned daca. they do not even talk to me about it. they have totally abandoned it. you know, we get the reputation like -- daca, it is not republican. let me tell you, this is republican. because, we want to do something about daca and get it solved, the democrats are being totally unresponsive. they don't want to do anything about daca. i'm telling you, it's very possible that daca won't happen,
and it is not because of the republicans, it is because of the democrats. and frankly, you better elect more republicans, folks, or it will never happen. [applause] the democrats voted in favor of sanctuary cities, in other words, they voted to protect criminal aliens instead of voting to protect the american citizens. to secure our country, we are calling on congress to build a great border wall to stop dangerous drugs and criminals from pouring into our country. and now, they're willing to give us the wall. but they don't want to give us any of the laws to keep these people out. so we are going to get the wall, but they don't want to give us all of the other, chain migration, lotteries -- think of the lottery. you have a country, they put
names in. do you think they are giving us their good people? not too many of you people are going to be a lottery. lottery.to be in a so we pick out people and they turn out to be horrendous. turn out to be horrendous. and we d captioning performed by vitac i mean, usually heads. they are g they are not giving us their best people, folks. use your heads. it's a lottery. i don't want people coming into this country with a lottery. i want people coming into this country based on merit. based on merit. [ applause ] >> i want people and we all want
to be admitting people who have skills and who can support themselves financially. who can contribute to our economy. who will love our people and who will share our values. who will love our country. i don't want people who drive a car at 100 miles an hour during the west side highway and kill eight innocent victims and destroy the lives of 14 more. nobody talks about that. nobody ever talks about the people that have been so horribly injured who lose legs and arms in manhattan, where i used to spend my time. i know it very well, the stretch along the west side highway. people run in order to stay in shape. they want to be healthy, they want to look good. they run, they are running all the time i see it.
they run. we work in different ways. but they run. think of this. they run and they are so -- they want to be fit. they are proud people. they want to be fit and they are running up and down west side highway. it's a beautiful thing. and this maniac takes a car going down the highway and just turns to the right and kills eight. but he really badly wounded 12 to 14 other people. so somebody think of it, runs to stay in shape, leaves the house and is jogging along working hard and ends up going home two months later with no leg but with no arm or two legs missing. nobody ever talks about them. they talk about the people rightfully that were killed. but they don't talk about the people that -- whose lives have been just changed, just changed. they don't talk about that.
this guy came in through chain migration. and a part of the lottery system. they say 22 people came in with him, in other words, an aunt, uncle, a grandfather, a mother and father, whoever came in, but a lot of people came in. that's chain migration. let's see how those people are doing by the way. we've got to change our way. merit system, i want merit system because you know what's happening, all of these companies are coming into our country, they are all coming into our country and when they come in, we need people that are going to work. i'm telling you, we need workers now. we need workers. when i walked in today, did anyone ever hear me do the snake when -- during the campaign. because i had five people outside say could you do the snake? i said well, people have heard it. who hasn't heard the snake?
you should read it anyway, i'll do it anyway. should we do it? now, this was a rock and roll song, little amendments, a rock and roll song but every time i do it, people -- and you have to think of this in terms of immigration, we have to have great people -- i want people to come into the country. i want people that are going to help us. i don't want people that are going to come in and be accepting all of the gifts of our country for the next 50 years and contribute nothing. i don't want that. and you don't want that. i want people that are going to help and people that are going to go to work for chrysler who is now moving from mexico into michigan. and so many others -- and apple, by the way. and foxcon in wisconsin will need 25,000 workers. i want people that can come in
and get to work and work hard, even if it means a learning period, that's fine. but i want people that are going to come in and work. and i want people that love us and look at security and they want you to be safe and they want to be safe. i want great people coming into this country. i don't want people coming in the way they do now because i want people that contribute. so this is called -- this is called the snake and think of it in terms of immigration and you may love it or may say isn't that terrible. if you say isn't that terrible? who cares because the way they treat me is peanuts compared to the way they treat me. immigration, on her way to work one morning, down the path along the lake, a tender hearted woman
saw a poor half heart ed frozen snake. his pretty color skin had been all frosted with the dew. poor thing, she cried, i'll take you in and i'll take care of you. take me in oh, tender woman, take me in for heaven's sake. take me in oh, tender woman sighed the vicious snake. she wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk. and laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk. she hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived, she found that pretty snake she had taken in had been revived. take me in oh, tender woman,
take me in for heaven's sake. take me in oh, tender woman, sighed the vicious snake. she clutched him to her bossom, you're so beautiful she cried. but if i hadn't brought you in by now, surely you would have died. she stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight, but instead of saying thank you, that snake gave her a vicious bite. take me in oh, tender woman, take me in for heaven's sake. take me in oh, tender woman, sighed the vicious snake. i saved you cried the woman and you've bitten me heaven's why,
you know your bite is poisonous and now i'm going to die. oh, shut up silly woman, said the reptile with a grin. you knew damn well i was a snake before you you totook me in. [ applause ] and that's what we're doing with our country, folks, we're letting people in and it's going to be a lot of trouble. it's only getting worse. we're giving you protection like never before. our law enforcement is doing a better job than we've ever done before. and we love our country we're going to take care of our country, okay, we're going to
tate care of our country. so just in finishing, our country is starting to do very well. our economy is blazing, jobs are at the record level and jobs are so good, 2.7 million jobs created since the election. unemployment claims have reached a 45-year low. african american unemployment has reached the lowest level in our history. [ applause ] hispanic unemployment has
reached the lowest level in our history. [ applause ] women -- women unemployment is at the lowest level in 18 years. [ applause ] wages are rising for first time in many, many years. small business confidence is at a record high. and thanks to our massive tax cuts, millions of americans are getting to keep a great percentage of their money instead of paying it to a government that throws it out the window. so i just leave you with this. we have to fight nancy pelosi.
they want to give your money away. they want to give your money away. they want to end your tax cuts. they want to do things that you wouldn't even believe, including taking your second amendment rits rights away. they will do that. they will do that. so we have to get out there and we have to fight in '18 like never before, just the way you fought with us, just the way you fought with us. and you fought so hard and you were so tough and you were so smart. you were so smart. you know what, i know for a fact you did the right thing because we're looking at the numbers and the numbers even they have to give credit for the kind of numbers that we're producing. nobody has ever seen anything like it. under my administration, the era of economic surrender is over.
we're renegotiating trade deals that are so bad whether it's nafta or whether it's world trade organization, which created china, you look at china, it was going along like this then we open, stupidly this deal and china has been like a rocket ship ever since. and now last year, we had almost a $500 billion trade deficit with china. we can't have that. we can't have that. i have great respect for president xi but we can't have that. we have to go and we have to do what we have to do. we just can't let countries as an example, mexico. we have $100 billion trade deficit with mexico. what does that tell you? you know what it tells you, nafta is no good. it never was any good. but for some reason nobody ever
changed it. they emptied our factories. you've got to see the car plants in mexico like you've never seen anything like it before. i want those companies and they are starting -- i want them back here. i want them back here. they are going to come back here too. and we want to make our neighbors happy. but we can't continuously have other nations taking advantage of the united states like never before. and this has gone on for a long time. this has gone on for longer -- the last administration was a disaster but this has gone on for much longer than the last administration. and we've got to change it. we're going to change it. we're renegotiating deals and you know what, hate to say it but if we can't make a fair deal for the united states, we will terminate the deal and start all over again. [ applause ]
so, under my administration and with your help, don't forget you -- many of you were the forgotten people. you were the people when the polls came out you didn't know you existed. the democrats are trying to figure out who you are because they want to get you back. but you were people -- we've had people that never voted but they are great patriots but never saw anybody they wanted to vote for. go to the election, trump/pence and hats and all sorts of things, trump over here. make america great again hats, right. [ applause ] so our country is starting to do well. we are going to make it greater, better and safer than it ever was before. the reason is you. this has been a great movement. they try like hell and cannot
stand what we've done. but we're doing the right thing. we're even doing the right thing for them. they just don't know it yet. they just don't know it yet. even the media, the media will absolutely support me sometime prior to the election. all of those horrible people back there will support me. you know why? because if somebody else won, their ratings would go down and all would be out of business. nobody would watch. they would all be out of business. so i just want to tell you that we are going to win. i'd love you to get out there and work really hard for '18. we need more republicans to keep the tax code, all of this going. i love you and i respect you and i appreciate everything you've done for the country.
[ applause ] i appreciate everything you've done. i do want to say because people have asked north korea, we imposed today the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before. [ applause ] and frankly hopefully something positive can happen. we will see. but hopefully something positive can happen. but that just was announced and i want to let you know. we have imposed the heaviest sanctions ever imposed. so, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for everything. you have been incredible partners, incredible partners. and i will let you know in the absolute strongest of terms we're going to make america great again and i will never