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PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS INTO LAW the TAX REFORM – TAX CUTS – 12/22/2017 – The White House – Oval Office -Merry Christmas America!

TODAY IS A HISTORIC DAY IN AMERICA, President Donald J. Trump and the Republicans finally got it done.  There are a lot of voices on the left talking negatively about the Tax Reform without knowing just how much has gone into getting this done.  How much more money American families will see in their pay beginning February 2018 and all the other benefits as explained below.  FOLLOWING are President Trump’s comments before signing:

  • $3.2 TRILLION DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES, THE DOUBLING OF THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND THE DOUBLING OF THE CHILD TAX CREDIT.
  • FAMILY EARNING $75,000 will see an income tax cut of more Than $2,000, slashing their tax bill in half.
  • AT&T and Boeing, St. Claire and Well Fargo, Comcast (Owns NBC), they all have made tremendous contributions to their employees and spending money in the United States, meaning jobs! Many other companies also 3 more companies JUST came on board to give their employees bonuses and will make infrastructure investments in America.
  • Bob Kraft, who owns the New England Patriots, he is also in the paper business. He said that based on this tax bill he will buy a big plant in North Carolina and he is going to build a tremendous paper products plant.  POTUS has received many phone calls.
  • The Corporate tax rate will be lowered from 35% to 21%. That means that more products will be made in the USA and many companies have started back.
  • Family Farmers and small business owners who lost their business because of the Estate Tax, most of them won’t have anything to pay.  You can leave your business and farms to your families.  They will keep their farms and businesses in the family.
  • Business will be able to deduct 100% of their capital investment the year that investment is made, that is called EXPENSING! It will be one of the biggest things in this bill.
  • Historic small business tax cuts are made easier for business owners:  people are hiring
  • Will bring back around $4 trillion from overseas.  It is going to be brought back right under the code.  Republicans and Democrats wanted this done for years.  It is done!
  • Bottom line:  biggest tax cut and reform. Biggest than President Regan’s’.
  • ANWAR (ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE) is open for drilling, been trying to get that for 40 years.
  • The individual mandate on Obama care is removed.  It leads to the end of Obamacare and WE’LL COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER!  American’s can’t pay for something to NOT HAVE HEALTHCARE!
  • LEGISLATIVE APPROVALS:  POTUS said 88 LEGISLATIVE APPROVALS, which is number one in the history of our country! President Harry Truman is second. POTUS should get credit for this.
  • PRESIDENT TRUMP:  TAX BILL IS HAVING GREATER IMPACT THAN WHAT I THOUGHT!
  • PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID:  MITCH McCONNELL, PAUL RYAN WORKED REALLY HARD.  ORIN HATCH, HARD WORKING, GREAT SPEECH.  KEVIN BRADY DIDN’T SLEEP FOR MONTHS.  MIKE ENSIGN, DIANE BLACK, ROB PORTMAN, PAT TOOMEY, TIM SCOTT, JOHN THUNE.  The Senators were incredible! THE WHOLE REPUBLICAN SENATE WORKED SO HARD!  DEMOCRATS WANT TO RAISE YOUR taxes AND spend money foolishly.
  • We are taking care of people.
  • POTUS said he will be working in Florida during Christmas.
  • In the Middle East, We have taken back virtually all of the land, the caliphate.  We are making tremendous progress.
  • PRESIDENT TRUMP:  WE HAVE MORE LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES THAN ANY OTHER PRESIDENCY.
  • THIS BILL IS SELLING ITSELF.  YOU WILL SEE FEBRUARY 1, when they open their paychecks.
  • Corporations will be giving billions and billions to their employees.
  • President Trump Signed the Continuing Resolution to keep the government working.  He mentioned missile defense – the military has been suffering – $4 billion in missile defense and $700 Million for other military equipment.
  • Infrastructure can be done in a bipartisan way, giving Democrats a seat at the table!
  • PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WISHING EVERYONE A “MERRY CHRISTMAS”!

I am proud of this President and will continue to support his work for all Americans. We should not be divided.  We are One Nation Under God!  Merry Christmas America!

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Historic Statement from President Donald J. Trump On Jerusalem – 12/6/2017

This Historic Move by President Donald J. Trump will work towards Bringing peace in the Middle East. It may not seem like it right now, but this is what GOD would want us to do. Israel Has Sovereignty, and those who oppose it will have to live with it.

Jews, Christians, Muslims Pray in this land at the same place.

This is God’s will. The Triune GOD!

RIGHT SIDE BROADCASTING – 12/6/2017

WHITE HOUSE LIVE LINK – 12/6/2017

6/23/17 – Weekly Address of President Donald J. Trump – White House

Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Obamacare has led to higher costs and fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans. The 2010 healthcare law has brought the American people rising premiums, unaffordable deductibles, fewer insurance choices, and higher taxes. President Donald J. Trump promised to repeal and replace this disaster, and that is exactly what he is working with Congress to achieve.

 

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LINKS TO FURTHER PROOF AND READING:

  1. Nearly 30 Million Americans Still Without Health-Insurance Coverage

  2. Americans’ Health Insurance Options Are Disappearing At a Startling Rate

  3. Obamacare is Failing the American People

  4. Secretary Price Hosts Listening Session with Obamacare Victims

  5. Consumer advocacy groups protest CareFirst rate increase proposal

  6. CMS: 47 counties won’t have Obamacare coverage in 2018

  7. Last Insurer in Delaware Requests Rate Hike of 33.6% For 2018

  8. Anthem pulls out of ObamaCare exchanges in Midwest, fueling GOP repeal push

  9. Only ObamaCare insurer in most Iowa counties to hike premiums by 43.5 percent

  10. State insurers to seek rate hike for 2018 ObamaCare policies

TODAY’S SHORT HEADLINES – 6/5/2017

Trump rips DOJ for ‘watered down’ travel ban, seeks swift court hearing

President Trump called out the Justice Department on Monday for pushing a “watered down” version of his controversial travel ban executive order, while also urging the DOJ to seek an expedited hearing in front of the Supreme Court to begin the ban’s enforcement. Fox News

I don’t understand why when President Trump takes steps forward to protect the American people from foreign enemies, the Media immediately uses it as a negative and uses it to their advantage against POTUS and the American people.  Media always reminding us that “You can’t discriminate on the basis of Religion.” Radical Islam is NOT A RELIGION, therefore they can be banned.  This is America, President Trump is our President. We “legally” voted him into office, whether you believe it or not.  We have given him a mandate, that is, to keep us safe from the intended neglect of President Obama and his jihadist friends and the left and the media.  That is why we elected President Trump, because we trusted no one else. Only Trump! R. Micallef

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Tillerson urges calm after 5 Arab nations sever diplomatic ties with Qatar

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Gulf nations to work out their differences after five countries severed ties with Qatar Monday for allegedly embracing several terrorist groups and its ties with Iran.

Tillerson, speaking alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Sydney, said he did not believe the diplomatic crisis would affect the war against the Islamic State.

“I think what we’re witnessing is a growing list of disbelief in the countries for some time, and they’ve bubbled up to take action in order to have those differences addressed,” Tillerson said. “We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences.”

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, which is home to a major U.S. military base used for the air campaign against ISIS. Saudi Arabia also said Qatari troops would be pulled from the ongoing civil war in Yemen. All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic. Saudi Arabia said it also would shut its land border with Qatar, effectively cutting off the country from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen’s internationally recognized government said it would follow Saudi Arabia and supported the kingdom’s decision to remove Qatari troops from the Gulf coalition fighting the war. Qatar had appeared unperturbed by the growing tensions. On May 27, Qatar’s ruling emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, called Iranian President Hasan Rouhani to congratulate him on his re-election.

Saudi Arabia said it took the decision to cut diplomatic ties due to Qatar’s “embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region” including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and groups supported by Iran in the kingdom’s restive eastern province of Qatif. Egypt’s Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an “antagonist approach” toward Egypt and said “all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed.”

At that Saudi conference, Trump met with Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Fox News/AP

“We are friends, we’ve been friends now for a long time, haven’t we?” Trump asked at the meeting. “Our relationship is extremely good.”

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White House SHARES

Rural areas would get federal dollars to rebuild roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects under a plan President Donald Trump will announce…”
McClatchy

“What the nation won’t do, thanks to the president, is devastate its own economy against the public’s wishes in order to satisfy the global elite. Count this as a major Trump promise kept.” The New York Post

“The entire Paris agreement was a largely meaningless piece of public relations stagecraft, designed for world leaders to give the illusion that they are doing something about climate change…President Trump was right to remove the U.S. from this non-treaty.”New Hampshire Union Leader

“Nearly 100,000 Nebraskans apparently will have only one choice for individual health insurance next year. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said Blue Cross’s decision “demonstrates the failure of Obamacare and how the system was so poorly designed that great companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield can’t stay in the marketplace. It highlights that Congress needs to act to make the health care system sustainable.” – The Omaha World-Herald

On Saturday, President Trump spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May (U.K.) offering his condolences for the brutal terror attacks on June 3 in central London. 

Yesterday, President Trump and the First Lady hosted the Ford’s Theatre pre-Gala reception at the White House and attended a variety show hosted by Larry Gatlin at Ford’s Theatre.

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THIS IS THE U.N. SPEAKING:  I CONSIDER THIS TRASH: 

Ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and achieving a negotiated two-state outcome, is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace, the secretary-general stressed.

“It’s the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” he added. “Generation after generation of Palestinians who have been compelled to grow-up and live in ever more crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty, and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children.”    JERUSALEM POST

 

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Orlando shooting: 5 people dead after ‘disgruntled’ ex-employee opens fire, police say

Jerry Demings, Orange County Sheriff, said in a news conference 8:00 am today that John Robert Neuman Jr., 45, walked into Fiamma Inc. off Forsyth Road in Orange County, near Full Sail University. Deputies arrived two minutes later, where they found three men and a woman dead at the scene. A fifth person, a man, was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Seven people survived the shooting.

 

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GEORGIA

HUGE TURNOUT IN ATLANTA SPECIAL HOUSE RACE
AJC: “Early voting in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District topped 46,000 over the weekend, with two weeks of early voting still to go ahead of the hotly contested June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The total includes early votes cast Saturday in Fulton County, which kept polls open to accommodate voters’ weekend schedules. Select polling locations will additionally be open this coming Saturday in all three counties with areas in the 6th District, including Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton. The turnout as soon as mid-week could surpass the entire total from the contest’s original April 18 special election, when about 55,000 people cast early ballots. Early voting for the runoff began last week and runs through June 16.” Chris Stirewalt

 

 

1:30 PM LIVE – Press Briefing with Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders – 6/5/2017

 

 

President Trump Signs Bills With VP Mike Pence – “Public Safety Officers Benefits Improvement Act of 2017” and “The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017”

 

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 419 and S. 583 into Law at the White House

 

On Friday, June 2, 2017, the President signed into law:

S. 419, the “Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017,” which modifies eligibility requirements for the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program administered by the Department of Justice; and requires the Department to exercise due diligence, and transparency, to expeditiously adjudicate PSOB claims;

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S. 583, the “American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017,” which authorizes the Department of Justice to award community oriented policing services grants for the purpose of prioritizing the hiring and training of veterans as career law enforcement officers. 

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address – 6/2/2017

 

Here is our beloved President’s Weekly Address to America for 6/2/2017. God Bless President Trump, His Family, His White House, His plans to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.

Transcript:

My fellow Americans,

I am thrilled to be back in the United States after our first historic foreign trip.

Over the course of 9 days, Melania and I traveled to some of the holiest sites in the three Abrahamic religions and met with nearly 100 foreign leaders. Everywhere we went, my goal was to advance American interests, to build a coalition of nations to drive out the terrorists, and to unlock a future of peace, prosperity, and hope for all Americans – and people around the world.

In Saudi Arabia, I was honored to participate in a historic summit with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim and Arab nations, where King Salman and many other leaders expressed their desire to take on a greater role in defeating terrorists who murder innocents of all faiths.

At this unprecedented summit, we opened a new center to combat extremist ideology, launched a task force to block funding for terrorists, and agreed to a massive economic development deal that will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the United States.

I also discussed the importance of the nations of the region taking more responsibility on migration – so that more young people are part of creating a better future in their home societies.

From Saudi Arabia, I traveled to Jerusalem, where I reaffirmed the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel. There, I prayed at the Western Wall, visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and was awed by the majesty of that sacred land and the perseverance of the Jewish people.

I also traveled to Bethlehem, another ancient city of wonder, where I met with Palestinian leader President Abbas. Both President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu assured me they are ready to reach for peace.

From Israel, I traveled to Italy, where Melania and I were greatly honored to visit the Vatican and meet Pope Francis. He was really wonderful – a great guy.

Then, I traveled to two summits with our key allies – first, the NATO Summit in Brussels, where nations agreed they must do more to meet their financial obligations and pay their fair share – because right now, it is not fair to the United States. But it soon will be.

Next, I attended the G-7 Summit in Italy, where we worked to improve coordination on shared security threats, achieve more fair trade that gives workers a level playing field, and agreed on the goal that refugees should be resettled as close to their home countries as possible so they can be part of the future rebuilding.

Before we returned home, I was delighted to conclude my trip by visiting American military families – unbelievable people, the true source of our strength. We will always protect those who protect us.

Our first foreign trip was full of historic and unprecedented achievements. Joined by many old and new friends, we have paved the way for the new era of cooperation – one that calls upon each nation to take more responsibility to bring peace to their people. One that works together to defeat the scourge of terrorism and deliver hope to all of God’s children. And one that protects American interests so we remain a strong and prosperous nation – strong and prosperous, like never before – and a beacon of freedom and opportunity for many years to come.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

Speech President Trump gave to NATO in Support of U.S. Citizens #POTUSAbroad

 

President Trump’s Speech to NATO what an incredible show of guts, the other word I’m dying to say but can’t, and total support of us, U.S. Citizens.

 

 Another PROMISE KEPT.

 

Not only did President Trump speak boldly, he mentioned “many faiths can unite to defeat terrorism” and that “Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks” or the horror of Manchester and other places will continue forever.  

 

And then, alas! He said this:

 

My travels and meetings have given me renewed hope that nations of many faiths can unite to defeat terrorism, a common threat to all of humanity.  Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks, or the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever.  You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout, and in many cases, we have no idea who they are.  We must be tough.  We must be strong.  And we must be vigilant.  

The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders.  These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the Alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense.

This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.  And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.  Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined.  If all NATO members had spent just 2 percent of their GDP on defense last year, we would have had another $119 billion for our collective defense and for the financing of additional NATO reserves.

We should recognize that with these chronic underpayments and growing threats, even 2 percent of GDP is insufficient to close the gaps in modernizing, readiness, and the size of forces.  We have to make up for the many years lost.  Two percent is the bare minimum for confronting today’s very real and very vicious threats.  If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today, especially from the threat of terrorism.  PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump

 

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin – 5/24/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin

President Donald J. Trump met today with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.  This was the President’s first engagement with the Holy See. In their meetings, the President focused on how the United States, the Holy See, and the international community can work together to combat terrorism.

The Pope and the President discussed how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria, Libya, and ISIS-controlled territory. The President affirmed that the United States and the Holy See share many fundamental values and seek to engage globally to promote human rights, combat human suffering, and protect religious freedom. 

The President also renewed the commitment of the United States to fighting global famine.  As he relayed at the Vatican, the United States is proud to announce more than $300 million in anti-famine spending, focused on the crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria.

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 President Trump and First Lady Melania are welcomed by the prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein as they arrive at the Vatican1495620929_000_OU1DQ.jpg

The two leaders shook hands ahead of a meeting which ran slightly longer than scheduled.

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First Lady Melania dressed in black with her head covered, following traditional protocol at the Vatican, though not all female dignitaries do this.

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President Donald J. Trump and His Holiness, Pope Francis sit down to talk in their first face-to-face meeting.

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The two leaders exchange their gifts. According to Italian reporters at the scene, Trump told Francis “I won’t forget what you said” as he left the Vatican.

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The pontiff poses with the US delegation, including the Trump family.

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President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. 

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President’s Trump and Mattarella take part in a bilateral meeting at the Quirinale Presidential Palace

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Melania sits with children during her visit to the children’s hospital Bambino Gesù.

 

President Trump and PM Netanyahu Give Remarks at the Israel Museum – May 23, 2017 – Jerusalem (UPDATE: with written statements)

ISRAEL will never have a better friend than the United States.  PM Netanyahu

 

 

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Remarks by President Trump at the Israel Museum

Jerusalem

2:28 P.M. IDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s very nice.   And thank you to Prime Minister Netanyahu.  And I also want to thank Sara for hosting us last night in really a very unforgettable dinner.  We had a great time.  We talked about a lot of very, very important things.  And thank you to Ambassador David Friedman and Mrs. Friedman for joining us, along with a number of very good friends who have come from our country to yours, as we reaffirm the unshakable bond between the United States of America and Israel.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  

I’d like to begin my remarks today by sending the thoughts and prayers of the entire American people to the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester.  You know — you’ve all been watching.  You’ve seen just a horrible thing going on.  I want to send our condolences to the many families who lost their loved ones.  Horrific, horrific injuries.  Terrible.  Dozens of innocent people, beautiful young children savagely murdered in this heinous attack upon humanity.  I repeat again that we must drive out the terrorists and the extremists from our midst, obliterate this evil ideology, and protect and defend our citizens and people of the world.  (Applause.)  

All civilized nations much be united in this effort.  This trip is focused on that goal:  bringing nations together around the goal of defeating the terrorism that threatens the world, and crushing the hateful ideology that drives it so hard and seems to be driving it so fast.

It is a privilege to stand here in this national museum, in the ancient city of Jerusalem, to address the Israeli people and all people in the Middle East who yearn for security, prosperity and peace.    

Jerusalem is a sacred city.  Its beauty, splendor, and heritage are like no other place on Earth.  (Applause.)  What a heritage.  What a heritage.  The ties of the Jewish people to this Holy Land are ancient and eternal.  (Applause.)  They date back thousands of years, including the reign of King David whose star now flies proudly on Israel’s white and blue flag.

Yesterday, I visited the Western Wall, and marveled at the monument to God’s presence and man’s perseverance.  I was humbled to place my hand upon the wall and to pray in that holy space for wisdom from God.  I also visited and prayed at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a site revered by Christians throughout the world.  I laid a wreath at Yad Vashem, honoring, remembering, and mourning the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.  I pledged right then and there what I pledge again today:  the words “never again.”  (Applause.)  

Israel is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people.  From all parts of this great country, one message resounds, and that is the message of hope.  Down through the ages, the Jewish people have suffered persecution, oppression, and even those who have sought their destruction.  But, through it all, they have endured and, in fact, they have thrived.  I stand in awe of the accomplishments of the Jewish people, and I make this promise to you:  My administration will always stand with Israel.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.    

Through your hardships, you have created one of the most abundant lands anywhere in the world — a land that is rich not only in history, culture, and opportunity, but especially in spirit.  This museum where we are gathered today tells the story of that spirit.  From the two Holy Temples, to the glorious heights of Masada, we see an incredible story of faith and perseverance.  That faith is what inspired Jews to believe in their destiny, to overcome their despair, and to build here — right here — a future that others dared not even to dream. 

In Israel, not only are Jews free to till the soil, teach their children, and pray to God in the ancient land of their fathers — and they love this land, and they love God — but Muslims, Christians, and people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience, and to follow their dreams, right here.

Today, gathered with friends, I call upon all people — Jews, Christians, Muslims, and every faith, every tribe, every creed — to draw inspiration from this ancient city, to set aside our sectarian differences, to overcome oppression and hatred, and to give all children the freedom and hope and dignity written into our souls. 

Earlier this week, I spoke at a very historic summit in Saudi Arabia.  I was hosted by King Salman — a very wise man.  There, I urged our friends in the Muslim world to join us in creating stability, safety and security.  And I was deeply encouraged by the desire of many leaders to join us in cooperation toward these shared and vital goals.  

Conflict cannot continue forever.  The only question is when nations will decide that they have had enough — enough bloodshed, enough killing.  That historic summit represents a new opportunity for people throughout the Middle East to overcome sectarian and religious divisions, to extinguish the fires of extremism, and to find common ground and shared responsibility in making the future of this region so much better than it is right now.  

Change must come from within.   It can only come from within.  No mother or father wants their children to grow up in a world where terrorists roam free, schoolchildren are murdered, and their loved ones are taken.  No child is born with prejudice in their heart.  No one should teach young boys and girls to hate and to kill.  No civilized nation can tolerate the massacre of innocents with chemical weapons.

My message to that summit was the same message I have for you:  We must build a coalition of partners who share the aim of stamping out extremists and violence, and providing our children a peaceful and hopeful future.  But a hopeful future for children in the Middle East requires the world to fully recognize the vital role of the State of Israel.  (Applause.)  And, on behalf of the United States, we pledge to stand by you and defend our shared values so that together we can defeat terrorism and create safety for all of God’s children.  (Applause.) 

Israelis have experienced firsthand the hatred and terror of radical violence.  Israelis are murdered by terrorists wielding knives and bombs.  Hamas and Hezbollah launch rockets into Israeli communities where schoolchildren have to be trained to hear the sirens and run to the bomb shelters — with fear, but with speed.  ISIS targets Jewish neighborhoods, synagogues, and storefronts.  And Iran’s leaders routinely call for Israel’s destruction.  Not with Donald J. Trump, believe me.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  I like you too.  (Laughter.)   

Despite these challenges, Israel is thriving as a sovereign nation, and no international body should question the contributions Israel makes to the region and, indeed, the world.  Today, let us pray for that peace and for a more hopeful future across the Middle East.

There are those who present a false choice.  They say that we must choose between supporting Israel and supporting Arab and Muslim nations in the region.  That is completely wrong.  All decent people want to live in peace, and all humanity is threatened by the evils of terrorism.  Diverse nations can unite around the goal of protecting innocent life, upholding human dignity, and promoting peace and stability in the region.  

My administration is committed to pursuing such a coalition, and we have already made substantial progress during this trip.  We know, for instance, that both Israelis and Palestinians seek lives of hope for their children.  And we know that peace is possible if we put aside the pain and disagreements of the past and commit together to finally resolving this crisis, which has dragged on for nearly half a century or more. 

As I have repeatedly said, I am personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement, and I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace.  I know you’ve heard it before.  I am telling you — that’s what I do.  They are ready to reach for peace.

In my meeting with my very good friend, Benjamin, I can tell you also that he is reaching for peace.  He wants peace.  He loves people.  He especially loves the Israeli people.  Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace.

Making peace, however, will not be easy.  We all know that.  Both sides will face tough decisions.  But with determination, compromise, and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal.  

But even as we work toward peace, we will build strength to defend our nations.  The United States is firmly committed to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and halting their support of terrorists and militias.  (Applause.)  So we are telling you right now that Iran will not have nuclear weapons.  (Applause.) 

America’s security partnership with Israel is stronger than ever.  Under my administration, you see the difference — big, big beautiful difference — (laughter and applause) — including the Iron Dome missile defense program, which has been keeping the Israeli people safe from short-range rockets launched by Hezbollah and Hamas, and David’s Sling, which guards against long range missiles.  It is my hope that someday, very soon, Israeli children will never need to rush towards shelters again as sirens ring out loud and clear.

Finally, the United States is proud that Israeli Air Force pilots are flying the incredible, new American F-35 planes.  (Applause.)  There is nothing in the world like them to defend their nation, and it was wonderful to see these mighty aircraft in the skies over Israel recently as you celebrated the 69th anniversary of Israel’s independence. 

But even as we strengthen our partnership in practice, let us always remember our highest ideals.  Let us never forget that the bond between our two nations is woven together in the hearts of our people, and their love of freedom, hope, and dignity for every man and every woman.  Let us dream of a future where Jewish, Muslim, and Christian children can grow up together and live together in trust, harmony, tolerance, and respect.  

The values that are practiced in Israel have inspired millions and millions of people all across the world.  The conviction of Theodor Herzl rings true today:  “Whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will rebound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind.”  

As we stand in Jerusalem, we see pilgrims of all faiths coming to this land to walk on this hallowed ground.  Jews place the prayers from their hearts in the stone blocks of the beautiful Western Wall.  Christians pray in the pews of an ancient church.  Muslims answer the call to prayer at their holy sites.  This city, like no other place in the world, reveals the longing of human hearts to know and to worship God.

Jerusalem stands as a reminder that life can flourish against any odds.  When we look around this city — so beautiful — and we see people of all faiths engaged in reverent worship, and schoolchildren learning side-by-side, and men and women lifting up the needy and forgotten, we see that God’s promise of healing has brought goodness to so many lives.  We see that the people of this land had the courage to overcome the oppression and injustice of the past and to live in the freedom God intends for every person on this Earth.

Today, in Jerusalem, we pray and we hope that children around the world will be able to live without fear, to dream without limits, and to prosper without violence.  I ask this land of promise to join me to fight our common enemies, to pursue our shared values, and to protect the dignity of every child of God.

Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the State of Israel.  And God bless the United States.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

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