Moments ago, Governor Greg Abbott declared this Sunday, September 3rd, a day of prayer in Texas.
“We believe every-day Americans know better how to spend their own money than the federal bureaucracy, and we want to help them keep as much of that hard-earned money as we can.” – President Donald J. Trump
AN AMERICA FIRST TAX SYSTEM: President Donald J. Trump is working to reform our tax system so that Americans are treated fairly and can keep more of their hard-earned money, and companies can bring jobs back to the United States.
A BURDEN ON AMERICAN TAXPAYERS: The current tax code has grown out of control in length and complexity so that many Americans must rely on professional help to file even the simplest return.
HARMING AMERICAN JOB-CREATORS: Our outdated tax code makes our businesses uncompetitive as other nations provide lower tax rates, and incentivizes American businesses to move their headquarters or offshore jobs.
If we achieve sustained three percent growth, that means 12 million new jobs and $10 trillion dollars of new economic activity over the next decade. That’s some numbers. (Applause.) And I happen to be one that thinks we can go much higher than three percent. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t. (Applause.)
So this is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver real tax reform for everyday hardworking Americans, and I am fully committed to working with Congress to get this job done. And I don’t want to be disappointed by Congress, do you understand me? Do you understand? (Applause.)
Congress — I think Congress is going to make a comeback. I hope so. (Laughter.) I tell you what, the United States is counting on it. (Applause.)
The Dems are looking to obstruct tax cuts and tax reform, just like they obstructed so many other things, including administration appointments and healthcare. Not one vote. We got not one vote to try and fix healthcare and get rid of Obamacare.
When I was growing up, I always used to see the signs, and it was always stamped on the product: Made in the USA. You don’t see it anymore. We’re going to go back to Made in the USA — Made in the USA.” (Applause.)
It’s time to invest in our country, to rebuild our communities, and to hire our great American workers. (Applause.)
So let’s put — or at least try to put — the partisan posturing behind us and come together as Americans to create the 21st century tax code that our people deserve. (Applause.)
That is the future I want for our people. That is the future I want for America — a nation where we are proud, prosperous, united, and free.
My Fellow Americans,
I had the profound honor this week of addressing American troops at Fort Myer and speaking to thousands of veterans at the American Legion National Convention.
Today I want to speak to all Americans about what we can learn from the men and women of our incredible Armed Forces.
Every person who puts on the uniform makes our nation proud. They all come from across our land. They represent every race, ethnicity, and creed. But they all pledge the same oath, fight for the same cause, and operate as one team – with one shared sense of purpose.
They love their families. They cherish their freedom. They salute our flag. And above all, they believe in America.
Now, we must draw inspiration from their love and loyalty to one another – and to our nation – as we seek to heal divisions from within.
We must also remember what our service personnel know better than anyone: that we are one people, with one home, and one glorious American destiny.
We come from all different walks of life – but we all share the same dream – to live in peace and safety, to work with honor and dignity, and to build a better future for those we love.
Together, we can achieve this dream, but we must first remember who we are and the values that bind us together. We must speak out against the voices that try to sow hatred and division. We must treat our fellow citizens with love and affection. And we must honor our heroes – and prove worthy of the sacrifice they have made for all of us.
I ask every American to make a simple promise to the courageous warriors who fight in our name: when they come home from battle, they will find a country that has renewed the sacred bonds of loyalty that unite us together as one.
Only when we work together with a shared purpose will we carry on the proud tradition of those who came before us.
Only when we honor our history will we have confidence in our future.
And only when we strive for peace among one another will we remain a force for peace all around the world.
We can achieve this peace, we can foster this unity, and we can rebuild this loyalty – because together, we are truly One Nation Under God.
Thank you. God bless you.
“From the beginning, President Trump has sworn to put America First. Monday, he outlined a course that places us closer to that vision than ever before. The path forward is not more of the same.”
Trump as Commander in Chief, Making the Hard Decisions
By Lt. Gen. (Ret) Keith Kellogg
August 23, 2017
I have witnessed the final moments of young men in distant lands, far from all they love and hold dear. I have watched my daughter deploy to combat in Afghanistan and soon might my son.
I know the cost of war. More importantly, I know the price of freedom.
Monday night President Trump announced to the Nation the recommitment of America’s will, military, and diplomatic might to the fight in Afghanistan. He signaled to all that this Nation will not back away from hard sacrifice to ensure our safety. Undoubtedly, you will hear the hue and cry from the President’s detractors recalling a need to withdraw from Afghanistan and their rallying cries of failed campaign promises and abandonment of America First. Do not listen to them.
Our President’s decision reflects an understanding that the promise to Make America Great Again must include cleaning up the mess left behind in Afghanistan from the fits and starts of the past 15 years.
He has heard from his commanders in the field and, yes, he has listened to his Generals. I have heard him ask the tough questions and demand accountability from those responsible for leading our men and women in harm’s way.
From the beginning, President Trump has sworn to put America First. Monday, he outlined a course that places us closer to that vision than ever before. The path forward is not more of the same.
While our brave men and women in uniform are waging battle on the ground and from the air, President Trump will be using every diplomatic and economic tool at his disposal to bring about an end state that does not allow another country to become a breeding ground for radical Islamic terrorism.
The President has made the necessary hard decision. It is what all of us, as Americans, expect from our Commander in Chief. President Trump has demonstrated the courage to lead, the confidence in our military to deliver results, the trust in our diplomats to bring peace, and faith in our citizens’ patience to see our Nation to victory.
There is real contempt and hate against our President, the Media are not holding back. President Trump is very open on how he feels. The media are a political movement for the destruction of Trump. That is their final goal. They want to unconstitutionally cancel our votes because it does not matter to them what we want, or the law.
Today the Media called President Trump all kinds of names and placed labels on him. This is because President Trump spoke truths about the Media and about two sitting Arizona senators during the rally yesterday in Arizona. Rightfully so, President Trump defended himself against accusations he wasn’t forceful enough in condemning the white supremacists and racists who were protesting in Charlottesville earlier this month. He rightfully blamed the media for distorting his comments, which they did.
This is what the media does. NBC Chuck Todd had a ‘Softball” interview with ANTIFA ally, Mark Bray, a Dartmouth professor who wrote the book “ANTIFA The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” He brought to debate Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a non-profit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. Richard Cohen says direct confrontation only leads to more of the kind of violence we saw in Charlottesville, Va. When you do something like this, you raise the hate groups to a prominent level and this is very dangerous to our future.
Another lunacy is one from ESPN: ESPN REASIGNS ROBERT LEE because his name IS OFFENSIVE TO THEM? Lunacy. ESPN are staffed by crazy people. Serious sports casters would never in a million years think in those terms. It is the snowflake generation that is taking over these stations. These 20 year olds sit around a table saying “did you hear there is a Robert Lee working here?” but they never bothered to check that he is Asian? Incredible.
Fox News said: In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Va., ESPN decided to pull one of its announcers from calling a University of Virginia football game — because his name is Robert Lee.
Lee, an Asian-American sportscaster who started with the network in 2016, was moved to a different game “simply because of the coincidence of his name,” ESPN said, referencing the Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
On Aug. 12, violence broke out at a protest from a white-nationalist group opposing the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville. A driver ultimately rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring more than a dozen other people, police said.
ESPN, which has faced accusations of liberal bias that some observers believe has led to a downtick in viewership, said it moved its announcer to the Youngstown State game at Pittsburgh.
The network’s full statement: “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become an issue.
The Media needs to recognize that their rhetoric is no longer tolerated by the American people. All we want to know is what is happening to our nation, how the stock market is doing, how well is our President doing? Are we safe in our own nation? How many more jobs has President Trump added this week? We only want the truth. If the Media does not provide it, we will go somewhere else to find it.
BY PRESS SECRETARY SARAH SANDERS,
ACTING ICE DIRECTOR TOM HOMAN,
AND A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL
Aboard Air Force One
En Route Yuma, Arizona
1:30 P.M. MST
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Good afternoon. The President is going to visit a U.S. Customs and Border Protection hangar facility where we have unmanned aerial systems and some other tools and techniques we use to patrol the border.
The visit to Yuma is very relevant because it’s an area where the strategy that the President is pursuing, articulated in his executive order, emphasized in his budget request for FY18, has worked, and worked dramatically. By putting up a border wall, by adding agents from 200 to 800, between 2005 and 2009, and including the technology and access roads needed to patrol the border effectively, apprehensions were reduced from 138,000 crossings in 2005, in just three years, down to under 10,000.
That’s the kind of success that the President’s strategy can realize in other parts of the border that are busier, such as Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. So it’s a really important stop to emphasize his strategy and his message.
MR. HOMAN: I’m Tom Homan from ICE. Look, I’m here to support our sister agency, CBP. Look, immigration enforcement is more meaningful when you have a true interior enforcement strategy, which we have under this President.
So as a CBP official just said, the numbers on the border are down drastically, almost 70 percent last month. That comes hand in hand with better border security, better tools, better equipment, better technology on the border, together with a strong interior enforcement.
Interior enforcement is meaningful. For those who get by the Border Patrol, they need to understand there’s no safe haven in the United States. So they got to understand, if you get by the Border Patrol, ICE is looking for you. I think hand in hand, ICE and Border Patrol is sending that message, and I think it has a direct reflect on the kind of apprehensions on the southwest border.
Q What’s the President’s message to the Senate on this border issue with the funding held up?
MR. HOMAN: Look, I think the President’s message is, we need a strong border and we need strong interior enforcement. What he’s done so far has worked, so we need the funding to make it permanent. We need funding to build a wall.
Look, I’ve been doing this 33 years; I started in the Border Patrol. The border wall is successful. Wherever that border wall has been built, the numbers have declined. Less drugs, less bad people, less illegal aliens coming in. I mean bad people, I mean anybody who wants to come into this country and do harm.
The border wall works every place it’s been — San Diego, Yuma, El Paso. It’s worked. It declined in apprehensions, declined in crossings. And I think together with interior enforcement, the President’s plan is working. So the funding needs to come through to make this a permanent fix. We can only get better with more funding, more equipment, and more manpower.
Q Just to be clear, those measures were made during the previous administration. Is that right?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: They were made during the Bush administration, those investments, and sustained. But, really, the FY18 request is a reasonable, balanced request of a border wall — $1.6 billion — as well as technology, additional Border Patrol agents, additional ICE agents, and access and surveillance equipment that will let us patrol that border more successfully. So it’s a balanced request that we support strongly at the operational level.
MR. HOMAN: Look, I think the message being sent on interior enforcement — which wasn’t part of the last administration, not to the extent it is now — interior enforcement is sending that clear message that if you are lucky enough to get by the Border Patrol, in the last administration you’re home free unless you commit yet another crime and get arrested and get put in jail, and get convicted of that crime. Now the message is clear: If you’re in the United States illegally, if you happen to get by the Border Patrol, someone is looking for you. And that message is clear and I think it has a direct impact on the decrease in apprehensions.
Q Do you think the President should pardon Joe Arpaio?
MS. SANDERS: I can speak to that, actually. I know that that’s a question that you guys have asked a lot today. I can tell you that there will be no discussion of that today at any point, and no action will be taken on that front at any point today.
Q And, Sarah, tonight is the first time the President has done a rally since the Charlottesville events of about over a week ago. What kind of a tone does he want to set when he’s speaking before supporters tonight?
MS. SANDERS: This is a campaign event, so I can’t get too deep into the specifics just because of the legal lines there. But I think the President was clear last night on what he feels like the tone of the country should be. I think he’s been clear in every statement that he’s made, and condemns hate in all form. He has been consistent in that, and I think you’ll see that again not just tonight but throughout his tenure as President.
Q Did he have any hesitation about doing this after the mayor of Phoenix encouraged him not to come, and just after the response to his comments last Tuesday?
MS. SANDERS: I haven’t spoken to him directly about that, so I’m not sure if there was a hesitation on that front. But I think the President always appreciates the opportunity and the ability to talk directly to the American people. I think we saw that last night, and that certainly was a great moment and a positive step forward. And I think that he’ll continue to do that. And the more that the President has the ability to talk directly to the American people, that’s always a good thing.
All right, guys, I’ll come back in between. If you guys have one or two more questions for these guys —
Q What will he be doing between —
MS. SANDERS: We’re going to sit down during the landing, but I’ll come back if you guys want to ask one or two more questions of these guys before the stop.
Q Is there anything we’ll see today in terms of technology that is specifically new since the Trump administration came into office?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: No. Those budget procurements are still happening under the FY17 budget. But this is technology that the President is investing in and is sustaining that’s going to improve our capability. We’re going to be getting more hours for our UAS and more mobile surveillance systems that aren’t going to be demonstrated today.
1:37 P.M. MST