tv Conservative Political Action Conference - President Trump CSPAN February 24, 2018 5:42am-7:01am EST
, the believe in a nation with strong borders and a strong military? do you believe in law and order? you put american citizens before those who have no right to be here and want to hurt us and into russ in sanctuary -- hurt us and injure us in sanctuary cities. if you can say that you are and guns.ling to god [applause] then you don't have a choice do you? god bless you. god bless america. god bless donald trump. thank you. [applause]
introduction and thank you. this is incredible. we have come a long way together. cpacthrilled to be back in with so many of my wonderful friends and amazing supporters and proud conservatives. remember when i first started running, because i was in a politician fortunately. i started running and people said, are you sure he is a conservative? i think i've proved i am a conservative. [applause] for more than four decades this event has served as a forum for top leaders, activists, writers, and thinkers. you're after year we have stood on the stage to discuss what we can do together to protect our heritage, to promote our culture . cpac has always been about big ideas and it has 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. in the last year we have put more great conservative ideas into use then perhaps ever before in american history. [applause] what a nice picture that is. i would love to watch that guys be. -- guy speak. [applause] i try like hell to hide that bald spot.
we are hanging in there. we confirmed a record number of circuit court judges. we're going to be putting in a lot more. they will interpret the law as written, and we have confirmed a n incredible new supreme court justice, an incredible man, neil gorsuch. [applause] we have passed massive tax cuts and reform. i don't use the word reform, i don't use it. when we were first doing it i said just talk about tax cuts. people don't know what reform means. they think reform might mean going up.
one person does not deserve a headline. the headline tomorrow "disruptors of cpac." he was very nice. we looked at him and he left. [laughter] i have had it too often. the biggest disturbance are you people. he will say something and nobody hears them. then the crowd will start screaming at him, that is ok. you have to share your spirit. [applause] we passed the biggest tax cut in the history of our country and it was called tax cut and reform. i sent our people, don't use the word reform. no wonder for 45 years nothing has been passed. people want tax cuts and i don't know what reform means.
reform to meet you are going to pay more tax. they were going with the tax reform act of what every year we want to push. they had the tax reform act and that was it. cutit is called the tax ,ack, and we had to have jobs because we are picking up a tremendous number of jobs. 2.7 million jobs this year. now people here tax cuts and it has been popular. it got past and we have some great help in the senate, in the house, we have a lot of congressmen and senators here. we had a lot of help. we got it passed.
it was not easy. we did not have one democrat vote. i know that whoever wins the presidency has a disadvantage in the midterms. historically, if you win the presidency you don't do well two years later. we can't let that happen. i know what happens. i finally figured it out. almost all the time. you fight so hard to win the presidency. by the time you start campaigning it is a year. now you have to go and fight again. nobody has that same drive that they had. you end up not doing that well, because the other side is going crazy. they are crazed anyway these people. [laughter] [applause]
i kept trying to say, why is this? the great enthusiasm, you sitting back and watching television, we just won the presidency. then we get clobbered and we can't let that happen. we get clobbered in 18 and we can't let that happen. only because we are so happy we passed so many things. --se the word my administration i think has had the most successful first year in the history of the president the. -- residency.y i really believe that. sidency. i really believe that. judges, regulations, everything. the beautiful thing about the
tax cuts is nobody thought we could do it. we had to get 100% of the vote or it nobody thought we could do it. to me, we got it and it has turned out to be one of the most positive things. for the republicans in this room , would you say it is 99% or a hundred percent? i would hope it is close to. we probably have some democrats that want to come over. we have a great governor from west virginia that left the democratic party and he came over to the republican side. [applause] there and sitting let's not vote, let's go to a movie. we are the republican party, we're going to do great. then they end up losing. we have to keep up the enthusiasm.
lose.appens is they then you have the presidential election coming up again and you clobber them because everybody gets off there -- their ass and they work. you end up winning the presidency again. hopefully we're going to do that very easily. right now we have a big race coming up. we have to get that enthusiasm and keep it going. the word really is complacent. people get complacent. it is a natural instinct. you just wanted you are happy. filthy complacent -- don't be complacent. if they get it they will repeal your tax cuts, they will put judges in you wouldn't believe. they will take away your second which we would never allow to happen. [applause]
[crowd chanting donald trump] that, they will take away those massive tax cuts and they will take away your second amendment. if you only had a choice of one, what would you rather have tax cuts for the second amendment? -- or the second amendment? thegoing to leave it at second amendment. i don't want to get into that. we are going to say you want the second amendment the most. we're going to get the mall.
-- them all. somebody got on television trump maynd they said campaign promises. he may be the only person that actually fulfilled more promises that he made. i think that is true. [applause] we have a very crooked media. we have a very crooked media. up]wd chants lock her i will say this folks, everything that is turning out, that is amazing it has come full circle. boy had they committed a lot of atrocities.
have they done things that are wrong. not only did we get the tax cuts, which everybody said we wouldn't get. we repealed and that taxed at the individual mandate. -- in that tax cut the individual mandate. this is where you are forced to pay in order not to have health care. you pay for the privilege of not having health care. you're subsidizing lots of other people. that is gone. people came up to me with tears in their eyes, saying they were forced to pay not to have health air. -- health care. we are having tremendous health care plans come out at a fraction of the cost that are much better than obamacare. [applause] who camer one senator into a room at 3:00 in the morning and went like that we would have at health care too. think of that.
be better off the way we are doing this, piece by piece obamacare is being wiped out. mandatevidual essentially wipes it out. i think we may be better off. people are getting great health care plans. roomerson walked into a when he was supposed to go this way and he said he was going this way, and he walked in and went this way and everyone said what is that all about? who was that, i don't know. i don't want to be controversial. it is all happening anyway. we eliminated a record number of job killing regulations so people are going back to work. [applause]
people are going back to work. news, if i say summing that is a little off, that's a headline. something that is a little off, that's a headline. in history of presidents, no , i read it in lots of good papers but they will change the story when i say it, no president has ever cut so many regulations and their entire term asin their entire we have cut in less than a year. [applause] opinion that the regulations had as big an impact as these massive tax cuts that we have given. i really believe it.
we have ended the war on american energy, we were at war. we ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. one of our great natural resources. very important for our defense. because we have it. we don't have to send it through pipes. we don't have to get it through foreign -- from foreign countries. we have more than everybody. they wanted to end it. our miners had been mistreated and they are not anymore. we are doing tremendous business . i was in vietnam, and the prime minister and the president were there. we have a massive deficit with them like we have with everyone else. we have the worst trade deals, so we are changing it. i told them to buy coal.
more coalthey have from west virginia and other places and it is the finest coal we have ever used. west virginia is doing great. you look at what is happening in innsylvania and ohio wyoming, all over. it is like a different and, remember this, as soon as i got into office, we approved keystone xl pipeline and the
dakota access pipeline. they would never have been approved. [applause] we announced our withdrawal from the totally disastrous, job-killing, wealth knocking-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. so what that does, it makes us uncompetitive with other countries. and you know china, there agreement did not kick in until 2030.
ours 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. and sometimes it was like, you know, i am just going to close my eyes and sign it. because i am going to get killed
on this one. we couldn't build, we could not farm. if you had a puddle on your land they called it a lake. 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. [applause] pres. trump: by the way, you don't mind if i go off script a little bit? it is a little bit boring. [applause]
pres. trump: there is this beautiful speech, everything is wonderful, but it is a little bit boring. we give them 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. i was a private sector guy, but 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? and i said, i have gotten used 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: it did a little bit of a 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 1000, up 90, up 63, i said, my goodness, that is better. [laughter] 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. i think, matt, i would say that might have been the first real
political speech 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 270 votes. hillary forgot that, going to these estates. i kept saying, why is she going back to california? crazy. [laughter] [applause] next time, they are going to remember iowa, they are going to remember ohio -- they're going 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. for instance, $700 billion got 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] president trump: 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? kerry may be the worst negotiator have ever seen? how about this guy, and obama, of course, he is the one -- but how about, $1.8 billion in cash? did you ever see what $1 million in $100 bills looks like? it is a lot. now, take that and go to $1.8
billion in cash -- for what? 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 -- but, we have to treat people that treat us 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 saying, 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. but you know what, the campaign 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 sequester, which is a disaster. $700 billion, you ultimately -- you know, that comes 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 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 and women of law enforcement. [cheers and applause] president trump: true. [applause] pres. trump: we know that a
strong nation must have strong 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 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 and 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 $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's 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 historic crowds , the 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'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 honor 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
very few people -- 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. everywhere you go, all over the country, in cities small and large, americans of all faiths which out to our creator for 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? [applause] [cheers and applause] pres. trump: it's time to make our schools a much harder target for attackers. we don't want them in our schools. we don't want them. when we declare our schools to be gun-free zones, it puts our students and far more danger. [cheers and applause]
president trump: well-trained, gun-adept 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, please take your guns way far 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 very gun-adept people, military people, and they teach . something i thought about this morning, and i thought about this watching pearson -- the 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? i thought, 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 that loves 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, the principal, they love their kids and they want to protect these kids. i think we are better with that.
i think about 10% or 20% of the 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. the teacher would have shot the 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. they love their students. i am telling you, that would work. we need offensive capability. we cannot say, it is just a gun-free school. because then, what happened
outside? students leave school, you have thousand students standing outside, the teachers are out there also -- if a madman comes along, 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. one of the big measures that we will do, and i think everybody to 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 to strengthen up, really strengthen up background checks. we really have to do that. and we have to do, for the mentally 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 marksmen.
they were at a military base in a gun-free zone. they were asked to check their guns quite far away. and a maniac walked in guns blazing and killed all five of them. he would not have had a chance of these world-class marksmen 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 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] we 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 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 -- political people, the strongest advocates for the second amendment. but this is common sense. in addition to securing our schools, we are implementing a strategy to secure our streets. we want kids to be safe wherever they go, whether it was in a classroom or walking outside with their friends. every 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 him and 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 him 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 is toughness. they do not want anything. if it is in i.c.e. agent, or a 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. and we take them into our country. because our immigration laws are so bad. when we catch them, it is called "catch and release." we have to by law, catch them and release them. i cannot get the democrats and numbered has been able to for years, to approve common sense measures that when we catch these animal 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. -- going to be in a lottery. so we pick out people and they turn out to be horrendous. and we don't understand why. they are not giving us their best people, folks. i mean, usually heads. -- use your heads, they are giving us -- it is 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]
pres. trump: i want people -- we all want to be admitting people who have skills, for can support themselves financially, who can contribute to our economy, who will love our people and will share our values and who will love our country. [cheers and applause] president trump: i don't want people who drive a car at 100 miles an hour down 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, and 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 are running all the time, i see it. they run. we work in different ways.
[laughter] but they run. think of this. they run, and 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. it's beautiful. and this maniac takes a car going down the highway and just turns to it and he kills eight. but he really badly wounded 12 to 14 other people. so somebody think of it. runs to stay in shape, leaves -- leaves the house, he is jogging along, working hard, and of going home two months later with no legs. he ends up going home was no legs, with no arm. or with 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 whose lives have been just changed. just changed. they don't talk about them. this guy came in through chain migration. and a part of the lottery system. [booing] they say 22 people came in with him. in other words an aunt, uncle, a grandfather, a mother, a father, whoever came in? a lot of people came in, and that is "chain migration". let's see how those people are doing, by the way. we have to change our way. the merit system, you know what's happening, all 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. [applause] but when i walked in today, did anyone ever hear me do the snake during the campaign? i had five people outside saying, "could you do the snake?" who hasn't heard "the snake?" you should read it anyways.
let's do it anyways. shall we do it? this was a rock 'n roll song with little amendments. a rock 'n roll song, but every time i do it, people -- you have to think of this in terms of immigration. we have to have great people come into our country. i want people to come into our country. i want people to help us. i don't want people who 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 who are going to help and people are going to work for chrysler who is now moving from mexico into michigan. and so many others, and apple, by the way. and foxconn in wisconsin. they are going to need 25,000 workers. i want people who can come in
and get to work, and work hard, even if it means a learning period, that's fine. but i want people who 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 to contribute. this is called "the snake." think of it in terms of immigration, you may love it or you may say, is in that terrible. and if you say, is in that terrible, who cares! because the way that you treat me, that is peanuts compared to the way that they treat me. [laughter] immigration, on her way to work one morning, down the path along the lake, a tenderhearted woman
saw a poor, halfhearted frozen snake. his pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew. "poor thing!" she cried. i will take you in and i will take care of you. " take me in, oh tender woman, take me in for heavens sake. take me in, oh tender woman," sighed the vicious snake. she wrapped him of 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 it had been revived. " take me in, tender woman, take
me in for heavens sake. take me in oh tender woman," sighed the vicious snake. she clutched him to her bosom -- "you are beautiful," she cried. "surely if i hadn't brought you in by now, surely he would've 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, tender woman, take me in for heavens sake. take me in, tender woman," sighed the vicious snake.
"i saved do, cried to the woman, and you have bitten me, heavens 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 took me in." [cheers and applause] president trump: and that is what we are doing with our country, folks. we are letting people in and it's going to be a lot of trouble and it's only getting worse. we are giving you protection like never before, law enforcement is doing a better job. than we have ever done before, and we love our country. we're going to take care of our country, ok?
we are going to take care of our country. so just in finishing, our country is starting to do very well. our economy is blazing. jobs are at a record level. jobs are so good. 2.7 million jobs created since the election. unemployment claims have reached a 45 year low. [applause] 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's unemployment is at the lowest level in 18 years. [applause] wages are rising for the 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, and set up paying it to a government who throws it out the window. [applause] 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 rights away. they will do that. [booing] so we have to get out there and fight in 2018 like never before. just the way you fought with us, just the way you fought with us. you fought so hard and you were so tough and you were so smart. you were so smart, and you know what, i know for a fact that you did the right thing, because we are looking at the numbers, and the numbers, even they have to give credit for the kind of numbers we are producing. nobody has ever seen anything like it. [applause]
under my administration, the era of economic surrender is over. we are 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 opened it 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 a $100 billion trade deficit with mexico. what does that tell you? do you know what it tells you? nafta is no good. it never was any good. let for some reason, nobody ever
changed it. they emptied our factories, you have to see the car plants, the auto plants in mexico, like nothing you have ever seen before. i want those companies back here. i want them back here. they're 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 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. we are going to change it. we are renegotiating deals and you know what, i hate to say it, but if we can't make a fair deal for the united states, we will terminate the deal and we will start all over again. [applause] we're going to have to do it. so, under my administration and
with your help -- don't forget. many of you were the forgotten people. you were the people that when the polls came out, they didn't know that you existed. but democrats are trying to figure out who you are, because they want to get you back. but you are people -- we had people who never voted, they were great patriots but they never saw anybody that they wanted to vote for. they go to the election, they have trump, pence -- all kinds of things. trump over here, make america great again hats. right? [cheers and applause] so our country is starting to do well. we are going to make it greater, better, safer than it ever was before. the reason is you. this has been a great movement. they try like hell, they can't
stand what we have done. but we are doing the right thing. we're even doing the right thing for them, they just don't know it yet. [applause] president trump: they just don't know it yet. even the media, the media will absolutely support me sometime prior to the election. all those horrible people are going to support me. you know why? because, if somebody else one been, their ratings would go down, they would all be out of business. nobody would watch -- because if somebody else won, their ratings would go down. they would all be out of business. nobody would watch. it would all be out of business. so i just want to tell you that we are going to win. i love you to out there and work really hard for 2018. we need more republicans to keep him the tax cuts and to keep all of this going. and i love you, i respect you, i appreciate everything you have done for the country. [applause]
[crowd chanting "u.s.a."] pres. trump: i appreciate anything you have done. i do want to say it, because people have asked about north korea -- we imposed today, the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before. [applause] no police something positive can happen. i wanted to let you know we have imposed the heaviest sanctions ever imposed. so, ladies and gentlemen, it thank you for everything. you have been incredible partners. incredible partners. and i will let you know in the
>> coming up here on c-span, washington journal is next. live at 10:00, the national governors -- governors association needs in washington for the winter meeting. and then we are back with the fourth and final day of cpac from mickudes remarks mulvaney and devin nunes. >> coming up on today's washington from mick mulvaney and devin nunes. journal, james o'keefe talks about his new book which takes a look at the news media industry in the u.s. after that, nancy of politico onks about her new article
how energy is impacting politics in washington. and later, matt the war in joins us to discuss the pentagon's policy on chance rendered troops. ♪ host: good morning. it is february, 24th, 2018. president donald trump's proposal to provide funding and training for bonuses to encourage teachers to carry concealed weapons in their classroom is topping the headlines. the president said that teachers who were armed could help protect students, even when law enforcement officials fail. citing a security guard who failed to enter a school in parkland, florida during a deadly shooting that left 17 people dead. experts are divided over allowing teachers