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Monday, March 27, 2017

AG Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars

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03/27/2017

The Washington Times Reports:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he’ll begin punishing sanctuary cities, withholding potentially billions of dollars in federal money — and even clawing back funds that had been doled out in the past.

Speaking at the White House, Mr. Sessions said his department is preparing to dole out more than $4 billion in funds this year, but will try prevent any of it from going to sanctuaries.

“Countless Americans would be alive today … if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended,” Mr. Sessions said.
He said he’s carrying out a policy laid out by the Obama administration last year, which identified three grant programs — the COPS grants, Byrne grants and State Criminal Alien Assistance Program money — that already require sanctuary certification. The Obama administration didn’t end up enforcing that policy, but Mr. Sessions said he’ll begin."

Friday, March 24, 2017

Congressional Investigators Have “smoking gun” Evidence Proving Obama administration Spied on Trump

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03/24/2017


According to Fox News, Republican congressional investigators announced they have the “smoking gun” that proves the Obama administration spied on Trump and his transition team during the election and after. The evidence will presented to the House Intelligence Committee immediately.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer calls CNN Fake News Again

Current World Daily
03/24/2017


After CNN published a report claiming that ‘US officials’ have confirmed that FBI is investigating communications between Russia and the Trump campaign, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer labeled CNN as a Fake News once again.

Spicer was asked by a report,“CNN reported yesterday that U.S. officials are investigating that associates of President Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign,”
The press Secretary responded back with,

“I think there’s probably more evidence that CNN colluded with the Clinton campaign to give her debate questions than the Trump campaign [did] any kind of collusion.”


“That reporting is filled with a bunch of subjective terms about, ‘This person may have done this, possibly could have done that,’ and at the end of the story if you wade to the very bottom it says, ‘The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place,'”


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Terrorist Attack at UK Parliament; 1 Cop Stabbed and Pedestrians Mowed Down!

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03/22/2017


Daily Mail:
"Parliament in lockdown: Police open fire outside Westminster and shoot knife-wielding man amid reports of explosion and 'at least 12 pedestrians mowed down on bridge"
  • Four-wheel drive car said to have driven over Westminster Bridge knocking down pedestrians this afternoon
  • Knifeman then got into the grounds of Parliament where he reportedly stabbed a police officer
  • The 'middle-aged' attacker was then shot by armed officers as the area was cleared by emergency services
  • Parliament was suspended and the Prime Minister was rushed from the scene in an unmarked police car"
Zero Hedge:
  • An assailant was shot outside the British parliament by armed police, the leader of the House of Commons said on Wednesday after loud bangs were heard and a Reuters photographer saw at least a dozen injured people on a nearby bridge.
  • A four-wheeled drive SUV said to have driven over Westminster Bridge knocking down pedestrians this afternoon
  • Knifeman then got into the grounds of Parliament where he reportedly stabbed a police officer
  • The 'middle-aged' attacker was then shot by armed officers as the area was cleared by emergency services
  • The London Police say they are treating the parliament attack as a terror incident.
  • Parliament was suspended and the Prime Minister was rushed from the scene in an unmarked police car
  • The UK Commons leader adds that a man policeman was apparently stabbed and that the assailant has been shot.
  • A parliamentary official earlier said two people had been shot outside parliament and the building was in lockdown. The House of Commons session was suspended and members of parliament who were in the chamber were told to remain there.
  • A Reuters reporter inside the building said medical staff were treating two people inside the gates of the parliamentary estate.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Secret Service removes agent who didn’t want to take ‘a bullet’ for Trump

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03/21/2017

According to the Washington Examiner"The Secret Service will permanently remove a top special agent from her position after an investigation into her Facebook comments that she would rather not defend President Trump or take “a bullet” for him, but some agents are concerned she will simply be transferred to another government job."

"About two weeks ago, the Secret Service placed the agent’s prior post — the special agent in charge of the Denver District, the top job in that office — on a list of agency openings, according to two Secret Service sources.

Kerry O’Grady, the agent in question, is on administrative leave amid an internal Secret Service investigation into her Facebook comments about Trump. Current and former Secret Service agents and officers are worried that top officials at the agency are working to shield O’Grady from being fired."

Monday, March 20, 2017

President Trump Calls Out Fake News Media Continuing to focus on the Fake Russia Connection

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03/20/2017


This morning President Trump stated he is disappointed at the fake "main stream" media which continues to push the fake Russia ties during the 2016 election.

“James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it! “ President Trump stated.

“The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information,” President Trump wrote.


Even Carlos Slim blog New York Times reports there is no evidence showing that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.

“American officials say they have so far found no proof of that,” from a New York Times report.
President Trump continued to embarrass Fake News CNN with this statement.

President Trump added that the Clinton-Russia connections were ignored by the fake news media.



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Obama “Furious” With Trump Over Wiretapping Allegations

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03/08/2017

From Zero Hedge:
"In a report demonstrating the collapse in diplomatic relations between the current and previous president, the WSJ wrote overnight that rapport between Barack Obama and Donald Trump has “unraveled” with Trump “convinced that Mr. Obama is undermining his nascent administration” while Obama is “furious” over Trump tweets accusing him of illegal wiretapping. The WSJ notes that after shaking hands on Jan. 20, the day of Trump’s inauguration, the two presidents haven’t spoken since, “although Trump tried to call Obama to thank him for the traditional letter that one president leaves for his successor in the Oval Office.” The reason: Obama was traveling at the time and the two never connected.

As an amusing aside, the WSJ adds that the rift is distancing Mr. Trump from a former two-term president “who had offered to give private advice and counsel as the onetime businessman settles into his first job in public office.” Of course, if Trump is correct and Obama did in fact order a wiretap of the Trump Tower, Obama was actively seeking to impair the Trump campaign and chances for presidency, so that statement may seem a little suspect in retrospect.

Accuracy of the report notwithstanding, it is obvious that the bad blood between the two people has grown to unprecedented levels:  Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian, said the open friction has upended tradition, an “almost unwritten rule that you treat your predecessor with a degree of grace and decorum.”

“There are these kinds of things that have happened in the past, but nothing to the degree where a sitting president would charge his predecessor with a felony,” Mr. Brinkley said. “It creates a feeling of instability in the United States.”

Whether real or imagine, Trump and other White House officials believe that Obama loyalists sprinkled throughout the federal bureaucracy are behind leaks that are damaging his personnel, White House officials said. A spokesman for Mr. Obama wouldn’t comment to the WSJ on the claim. In fact, as NewsMax CEO Christopher Ruddy, a friend of Mr. Trump who sees him on weekends at the president’s Mar-a-Lago, said in an interview: “From what I’m hearing, Trump’s people think Obama is at war with them.”

“This president has been under siege since Day One from both the press and Obama loyalists and he’s reacting to it,” Mr. Ruddy said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that Obama loyalists inside the administration and outside are giving Donald Trump a lot of grief and a lot of problems.”
As is well-known by now, the animosity between Trump and Obama hit a climax last weekend, when Trump responded to recent allegations of ties to Russia by tweeting “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

Keeping a low profile in post-presidency, Obama – who is currently writing a book for which he will receive tens of millions in proceeds – had decided he wouldn’t respond to every intemperate Trump tweet, an aide said. “But he was livid over the accusation that he bugged the Republican campaign offices, believing that Mr. Trump was questioning both the integrity of the office of the president and Mr. Obama himself, people familiar with his thinking said.”

Ironically, as the WSJ adds, Obama had been critical of leaks when he was president, specifically those related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the email use of Mrs. Clinton, his former secretary of state. “He was very quick to condemn it then and obviously his silence now is notable,” one White House official said Tuesday. Obama, in an interview with the mobile news outlet NowThis News just days before the November election, said that when it comes to investigations “we don’t operate on innuendo, we don’t operate on incomplete information, we don’t operate on leaks—we operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”

For now, Trump’s attacks on Obama continue, first responding to a Fox News report yesterday when he claimed incorrectly that a number of Guantanamo Bay detainees who returned to the battlefield were released under Mr. Obama’s watch (most were released under President Bush), followed by calling Obamacare “a total disaster” and said Mr. Obama had allowed Russia to grow “stronger and stronger” over eight years in office.

So far, Obama and his spokesman have not responded to those tweets; it is unclear how long the former president can hold his silence."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wikileaks Dumps on CIA

Current World Daily
03/07/2017

Today Wikileaks published a massive amount of Central Intelligence Agency documents titled, "Year Zero," essentially laying out the CIA's global covert hacking program, including their ability to listen in to people through Samsung Smart TVs, their ability to hack cars and carry out "undetectable assassinations," and their ability to exploit Apple iPhone, Google Android and Microsoft Windows devices.
 

"Press Release
Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

The first full part of the series, "Year Zero", comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's
Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina. It follows an introductory disclosure last month of CIA targeting French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.

Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized "zero day" exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA. The archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.


"Year Zero" introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of "zero day" weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.
Since 2001 the CIA has gained political and budgetary preeminence over the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The CIA found itself building not just its now infamous drone fleet, but a very different type of covert, globe-spanning force — its own substantial fleet of hackers. The agency's hacking division freed it from having to disclose its often controversial operations to the NSA (its primary bureaucratic rival) in order to draw on the NSA's hacking capacities.


By the end of 2016, the CIA's hacking division, which formally falls under the agency's
Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), had over 5000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other "weaponized" malware. Such is the scale of the CIA's undertaking that by 2016, its hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook. The CIA had created, in effect, its "own NSA" with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified.
In a statement to WikiLeaks the source details policy questions that they say urgently need to be debated in public, including whether the CIA's hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency. The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.


Once a single cyber 'weapon' is 'loose' it can spread around the world in seconds, to be used by rival states, cyber mafia and teenage hackers alike.


Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor stated that "There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber 'weapons'. Comparisons can be drawn between the uncontrolled proliferation of such 'weapons', which results from the inability to contain them combined with their high market value, and the global arms trade. But the significance of "Year Zero" goes well beyond the choice between cyberwar and cyberpeace. The disclosure is also exceptional from a political, legal and forensic perspective."


Wikileaks has carefully reviewed the "Year Zero" disclosure and published substantive CIA documentation while avoiding the distribution of 'armed' cyberweapons until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA's program and how such 'weapons' should analyzed, disarmed and published.


Wikileaks has also decided to
redact and anonymise some identifying information in "Year Zero" for in depth analysis. These redactions include ten of thousands of CIA targets and attack machines throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States. While we are aware of the imperfect results of any approach chosen, we remain committed to our publishing model and note that the quantity of published pages in "Vault 7" part one (“Year Zero”) already eclipses the total number of pages published over the first three years of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks."


















Monday, March 6, 2017

Judicial Watch Sues CIA, DOJ OVER LEAKS

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03/06/2017


Judicial Watch Sues CIA, DOJ and Treasury for Records Related to Intelligence Leaks Regarding Investigation of General Flynn.



Fake News CNN spies on President Trump

Current World Daily
03/06/2017

Fake news CNN continued its poor "journalism" when they decided to spy on the Oval Office.

According to fake news CNN, they saw a lecture there was a conversation held with a 'lot of expletives' and that 'nobody has seen President Trump that upset'.

BOMBSHELL: CIA Analyst has confirms Obama approved NSA, CIA, GCHQ to Wiretap Donald J. Trump

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03/06/2017


Larry C. Johnson, former CIA analyst, has sources proving the Obama administration worked with the NSA, the CIA and Britain’s GCHQ to destroy information about Donald Trump that was illegally obtained via wiretapping before the 2016 election.


“I understand from very good friends that both Jim Clapper and John Brennan at CIA were intimately involved in trying to derail the candidacy of Donald Trump, that there was some collusion overseas with Britain’s own GHCQ,” stated Johnson.

“Donald Trump is in essence correct that the intelligence agencies and some in the law enforcement community on the side of the FBI were in fact illegally trying to access, monitor his communications with his aides and with other people – all of this with an end of trying to destroy and discredit his presidency,” explained Johnson.

“There is a genuine effort to take out and defeat Donald Trump even in the aftermath of his election,” said Johnson

“What they’re doing I think would fall under the definition of sedition,” he added.

Mark Levin: ‘The Evidence is Overwhelming’ Obama Admin Spied on Trump

Current World Daily
03/06/2017


From Information Liberation:


"Radio host Mark Levin said Sunday on Fox and Friends there is “overwhelming” evidence the Obama administration spied on Trump.

“The evidence is overwhelming,” Levin said. “This is not about President Trump’s tweeting. This is about the Obama administration spying, and the question is not whether it spied.”

“We know they went to the FISA court twice. The question is who they did spy on and the extent of the spying that is the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, Trump surrogates,” he said.
Levin continued: “They were so aggressive, they waited four or five months, they go back in October, weeks before the general election, they narrow their request, all of the sudden we have leaks coming out on Flynn. Then we have a ‘Oh horrible’ meeting that took place between Sessions and so forth. And I’m telling you as a former chief of staff to a United States attorney general in the Reagan administration, these are police state tactics.”

Levin spent seven minutes straight going through all the evidence in an epic rant:
All Levin’s reports are from “mainstream” news sources who hate Trump with a passion, and yet the same hacks are now lying claiming there’s no evidence Trump was spied on.

If the Bush administration had asked the FISA courts to spy on Obama not just once, but twice in the run up to the 2008 election for his “connections with Russia,” these same hacks would be going out of their minds.

While they say Trump has no evidence, which is an absolute lie, they’re fine with accepting Obama’s carefully worded claim he didn’t personally “order” any spying on Trump without any evidence."

Newsmax CEO: “I Spoke To Trump About The Wiretap Story, I Haven’t Seen Him This Pissed Off In A Long Time”

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03/06/2017


From Zero Hedge:

"While the Sunday talk shows have been largely focused on debunking Trump’s allegations that Obama hacked the Trump Tower, a somewhat different perspective into Trump’s current state of mind comes from Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, a close friend of the President, who in an article this morning shares that having spoken to Trump about the wiretapping story, he hasn’t “seen Trump so pissed off in a long time.” Below are some of the highlights from Ruddy’s article posted earlier today:
When I woke up Sunday, I thought the morning news shows would all be talking about the unusual, perhaps dangerous, decision of the Obama administration to wiretap the offices of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. I’ve been watching Chuck Todd’s “Meet the Press” as I write this. There is actually little talk about this unprecedented wire-tapping and even less worry over it. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, usually thoughtful, just told Chuck Todd he found it is “shocking” that Trump disclosed the wiretapping claim on Twitter.
But Friedman offered no shock that such a wiretap might have taken place!

I spoke with the President twice yesterday about the wiretap story. I haven’t seen him this pissed off in a long time. When I mentioned Obama “denials” about the wiretaps, he shot back: “This will be investigated, it will all come out. I will be proven right.”
Ruddy then focuses on the semantic denial by Obama that he had not ordered such a wiretap:
Today on the “Meet the Press” James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, denied any agency that operated under him, including the FBI, ever wiretapped the Trump offices. “To my knowledge,” he added. [Wasn’t Clapper the same man who testified under oath that the NSA never collected phone data on millions of Americans — a fact proven untrue by the Snowden revelations?]
But the most important Clapper revelation from “Meet the Press” was this: He emphatically told Todd the Obama intelligence agencies found “no evidence” of collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russians. Nothing. Nada. If that is true, and Trump is right he was indeed wiretapped, it will only fuel his argument that Obama administration officials improperly eavesdropped on his offices.
In lieu of a follow-up from Trump as this story progresses, here is what Ruddy thinks are the relevant things to consider in the near future:
No one is denying that the Russians outrageously interfered in the U.S. election. Trump says it’s true too. But remember this “act of war” happened under Obama not Trump. Obama did nothing against Putin and the Russians despite having full knowledge of Russian’s active measures at the time they were happening. This wasn’t Trump’s fault. Another sign of the Obama administration’s weakness.
  • The Russian interference, which again I take very seriously, did not change the election result. In fact, an argument could be made it hurt Trump and helped Hillary. Hillary outperformed Obama’s 2012 results in many, many states. For example, she cut Obama’s loss in Texas by half! Hillary’s problem was her campaign did little in the five states that mattered. As Woody Allen once described the secret of success, Trump just “showed up” in those states — and won.
  • Despite Clapper and others saying there is no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, the media is continually trying to create such a narrative. For example, stories are proliferating of the Russian ambassador’s contacts with the Trump campaign. But the truth is that campaigns deal all the time with foreign diplomats. There is nothing unusual or illegal here. And considering Trump’s very open declaration he wanted to reset U.S.-Russian relations, these contacts should not be surprising.
  • Lastly, Chuck Schumer and other Democrats calling for a special prosecutor are way, way over the top. The Constitution provides for a “special prosecutor” — it’s called Congress. The Senate Intelligence Committee and other Congressional committees will review these matters soon. If they find serious evidence of wrong doing by the Trump campaign, then they can seek a special prosecutor.
As for the markets, the rising concern is that as Trump continues to get weighed down by such domestic policy “smokescreens” as Ruddy calls it, the reality is that the president’s economic plans, be it the repeal of Obamacare or his tax policy, are becoming increasingly unlikely to be implemented in the near, and not so near future, and sooner or later the market will have no choice but to notice."

President Trump Calls Out Obama on wiretapping Trump Tower

Current World Daily
03/06/2017

On Saturday President Trump called out former President Obama on wire tapping his Trump Tower before Election Day.

President Trump:
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

“Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” he added in subsequent tweets. “I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”

Fake news New York Times blog contradicts itself by questioning President Trumps tweets claiming the accusation is without evidence.

Check out this editorial note at this link that reveals the print version of an article headlined: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides.”




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Failing Democrats Boo President Trump's Proposal to Give a Voice to Victims of Immigrant Crime

Current World Daily
03/01/2017

Last night during President Trump's address to congress, the losing Democrats were heard booing loudly in response to President Trump's proposal to give a voice to victims of immigrant crime

President Trump: "We must support the victims of crime," Trump said. "I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims."

"The office is called VOICE," he said. "Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests."

VIDEO and FULL SPEECH: President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress

Current World Daily
03/01/2017





Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America:


     Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains.  Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.


     Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice –- in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.


     That torch is now in our hands.  And we will use it to light up the world.  I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.

     A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning.

     A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation.

     And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp.

     What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American Spirit.

     Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead.

     All the nations of the world -- friend or foe -- will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free.

     In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding -- 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.

     It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.

     But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?

     I will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future.

     For too long, we've watched our middle class shrink as we've exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries.

     We've financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit -- and so many other places throughout our land.

     We've defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross -- and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.

     And we've spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.

     Then, in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet.  The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds -– families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.

     But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus -- as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.

     Finally, the chorus became an earthquake – and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first ... because only then, can we truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

     Dying industries will come roaring back to life.  Heroic veterans will get the care they so desperately need.

     Our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve.

     Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land.

     Our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately, stop.

     And our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity.

     Above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people.

     It's been a little over a month since my inauguration, and I want to take this moment to update the Nation on the progress I've made in keeping those promises.

     Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others, have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs.

     The stock market has gained almost three trillion dollars in value since the election on November 8th, a record.  We've saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter, and will be saving billions more dollars on contracts all across our Government.  We have placed a hiring freeze on non-military and non-essential Federal workers.

     We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a 5 year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials –- and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.

     We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every Government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every 1 new regulation, 2 old regulations must be eliminated; and stopping a regulation that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.

We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines -- thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs -- and I've issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel.

We have withdrawn the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.

     With the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we have formed a Council with our neighbors in Canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams.

     To protect our citizens, I have directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime.

     I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.

     We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth -- and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted.

     At the same time, my Administration has answered the pleas of the American people for immigration enforcement and border security.  By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone.  We want all Americans to succeed –- but that can't happen in an environment of lawless chaos.  We must restore integrity and the rule of law to our borders.

     For that reason, we will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.

     As we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens.  Bad ones are going out as I speak tonight and as I have promised.

     To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this question:  what would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or a loved one, because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?

     Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States.  We are also taking strong measures to protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.

     According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.  We have seen the attacks at home -– from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, even the World Trade Center.

     We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.

     It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur.  Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.

     We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America -- we cannot allow our Nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.

     That is why my Administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our Nation safe -- and to keep out those who would do us harm.

     As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS -- a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs.  We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.

     I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel.

     Finally, I have kept my promise to appoint a Justice to the United States Supreme Court -- from my list of 20 judges -- who will defend our Constitution.  I am honored to have Maureen Scalia with us in the gallery tonight.  Her late, great husband, Antonin Scalia, will forever be a symbol of American justice.  To fill his seat, we have chosen Judge Neil Gorsuch, a man of incredible skill, and deep devotion to the law.  He was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals, and I am asking the Senate to swiftly approve his nomination.

     Tonight, as I outline the next steps we must take as a country, we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we inherited.

     Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.

     Over 43 million people are now living in poverty, and over 43 million Americans are on food stamps.

     More than 1 in 5 people in their prime working years are not working.

     We have the worst financial recovery in 65 years.

     In the last 8 years, the past Administration has put on more new debt than nearly all other Presidents combined.

     We've lost more than one-fourth of our manufacturing jobs since NAFTA was approved, and we've lost 60,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

     Our trade deficit in goods with the world last year was nearly $800 billion dollars.

     And overseas, we have inherited a series of tragic foreign policy disasters.

     Solving these, and so many other pressing problems, will require us to work past the differences of party.  It will require us to tap into the American spirit that has overcome every challenge throughout our long and storied history.

     But to accomplish our goals at home and abroad, we must restart the engine of the American economy -- making it easier for companies to do business in the United States, and much harder for companies to leave.

     Right now, American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world.

     My economic team is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone.  At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class.

     We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.

     Currently, when we ship products out of America, many other countries make us pay very high tariffs and taxes -- but when foreign companies ship their products into America, we charge them almost nothing.

     I just met with officials and workers from a great American company, Harley-Davidson.  In fact, they proudly displayed five of their magnificent motorcycles, made in the USA, on the front lawn of the White House.

     At our meeting, I asked them, how are you doing, how is business?  They said that it's good.  I asked them further how they are doing with other countries, mainly international sales.  They told me -- without even complaining because they have been mistreated for so long that they have become used to it -- that it is very hard to do business with other countries because they tax our goods at such a high rate.  They said that in one case another country taxed their motorcycles at 100 percent.

     They weren't even asking for change.  But I am.

     I believe strongly in free trade but it also has to be FAIR TRADE.

     The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, warned that the "abandonment of the protective policy by the American Government [will] produce want and ruin among our people."

     Lincoln was right -- and it is time we heeded his words. I am not going to let America and its great companies and workers, be taken advantage of anymore.

     I am going to bring back millions of jobs.  Protecting our workers also means reforming our system of legal immigration.  The current, outdated system depresses wages for our poorest workers, and puts great pressure on taxpayers.

     Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others –- have a merit-based immigration system.  It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially.  Yet, in America, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon.  According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America's taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.

     Switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits:  it will save countless dollars, raise workers' wages, and help struggling families –- including immigrant families –- enter the middle class.

I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation’s security, and to restore respect for our laws.

If we are guided by the well-being of American citizens then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades.

     Another Republican President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, initiated the last truly great national infrastructure program –- the building of the interstate highway system.  The time has come for a new program of national rebuilding.

     America has spent approximately six trillion dollars in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling.  With this six trillion dollars we could have rebuilt our country –- twice.  And maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate.

     To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States -- financed through both public and private capital –- creating millions of new jobs.

     This effort will be guided by two core principles:  Buy American, and Hire American.

     Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare.

     Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America.  The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do.

     Obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits.  As an example, Arizona went up 116 percent last year alone.  Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky just said Obamacare is failing in his State -- it is unsustainable and collapsing.

     One third of counties have only one insurer on the exchanges –- leaving many Americans with no choice at all.

Remember when you were told that you could keep your doctor, and keep your plan?

     We now know that all of those promises have been broken.

     Obamacare is collapsing –- and we must act decisively to protect all Americans.  Action is not a choice –- it is a necessity.

     So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.

     Here are the principles that should guide the Congress as we move to create a better healthcare system for all Americans:

     First, we should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges.

     Secondly, we should help Americans purchase their own coverage, through the use of tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts –- but it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by the Government.

     Thirdly, we should give our great State Governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.

     Fourthly, we should implement legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up the price of insurance – and work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs and bring them down immediately.

     Finally, the time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across State lines –- creating a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring cost way down and provide far better care.

     Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed.  Every problem can be solved.  And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.

     Our citizens deserve this, and so much more –- so why not join forces to finally get it done?  On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.

     My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make childcare accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women's health, and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure.

     True love for our people requires us to find common ground, to advance the common good, and to cooperate on behalf of every American child who deserves a brighter future.

     An incredible young woman is with us this evening who should serve as an inspiration to us all.

     Today is Rare Disease day, and joining us in the gallery is a Rare Disease Survivor, Megan Crowley.  Megan was diagnosed with Pompe Disease, a rare and serious illness, when she was 15 months old.  She was not expected to live past 5.

     On receiving this news, Megan's dad, John, fought with everything he had to save the life of his precious child.  He founded a company to look for a cure, and helped develop the drug that saved Megan's life.  Today she is 20 years old -- and a sophomore at Notre Dame.

     Megan's story is about the unbounded power of a father's love for a daughter.

     But our slow and burdensome approval process at the Food and Drug Administration keeps too many advances, like the one that saved Megan's life, from reaching those in need.

     If we slash the restraints, not just at the FDA but across our Government, then we will be blessed with far more miracles like Megan.

     In fact, our children will grow up in a Nation of miracles.

     But to achieve this future, we must enrich the mind –- and the souls –- of every American child.

     Education is the civil rights issue of our time.

     I am calling upon Members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children.  These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.

     Joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman, Denisha Merriweather.  As a young girl, Denisha struggled in school and failed third grade twice.  But then she was able to enroll in a private center for learning, with the help of a tax credit scholarship program.  Today, she is the first in her family to graduate, not just from high school, but from college.  Later this year she will get her masters degree in social work.

     We want all children to be able to break the cycle of poverty just like Denisha.

     But to break the cycle of poverty, we must also break the cycle of violence.

     The murder rate in 2015 experienced its largest single-year increase in nearly half a century.

     In Chicago, more than 4,000 people were shot last year alone –- and the murder rate so far this year has been even higher.

     This is not acceptable in our society.

     Every American child should be able to grow up in a safe community, to attend a great school, and to have access to a high-paying job.

     But to create this future, we must work with –- not against -– the men and women of law enforcement.

     We must build bridges of cooperation and trust –- not drive the wedge of disunity and division.

     Police and sheriffs are members of our community.  They are friends and neighbors, they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters – and they leave behind loved ones every day who worry whether or not they'll come home safe and sound.

     We must support the incredible men and women of law enforcement.

     And we must support the victims of crime.

     I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims.  The office is called VOICE –- Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement.  We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.

     Joining us in the audience tonight are four very brave Americans whose government failed them.

     Their names are Jamiel Shaw, Susan Oliver, Jenna Oliver, and Jessica Davis.

     Jamiel's 17-year-old son was viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member, who had just been released from prison.  Jamiel Shaw Jr. was an incredible young man, with unlimited potential who was getting ready to go to college where he would have excelled as a great quarterback.  But he never got the chance.  His father, who is in the audiencetonight, has become a good friend of mine.

     Also with us are Susan Oliver and Jessica Davis.  Their husbands –- Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver and Detective Michael Davis –- were slain in the line of duty in California.  They were pillars of their community.  These brave men were viciously gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record and two prior deportations.

     Sitting with Susan is her daughter, Jenna.  Jenna:  I want you to know that your father was a hero, and that tonight you have the love of an entire country supporting you and praying for you.

     To Jamiel, Jenna, Susan and Jessica:  I want you to know –- we will never stop fighting for justice.  Your loved ones will never be forgotten, we will always honor their memory.

     Finally, to keep America Safe we must provide the men and women of the United States military with the tools they need to prevent war and –- if they must –- to fight and to win.

     I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the Defense sequester, and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.

     My budget will also increase funding for our veterans.

     Our veterans have delivered for this Nation –- and now we must deliver for them.

     The challenges we face as a Nation are great.  But our people are even greater.

     And none are greater or braver than those who fight for America in uniform.

     We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens.  Ryan died as he lived:  a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.

     I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, "Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies."  Ryan's legacy is etched into eternity.  For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.  Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him.

     To those allies who wonder what kind of friend America will be, look no further than the heroes who wear our uniform.

     Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world.  It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies across the globe.

     We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism.

     But our partners must meet their financial obligations.

     And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.

     We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific –- to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.

     We will respect historic institutions, but we will also respect the sovereign rights of nations.

     Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people –- and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path.  My job is not to represent the world.  My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict -- not more.

     We must learn from the mistakes of the past –- we have seen the war and destruction that have raged across our world.

     The only long-term solution for these humanitarian disasters is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long process of rebuilding.

     America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align.  We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict.

     We want peace, wherever peace can be found.  America is friends today with former enemies.  Some of our closest allies, decades ago, fought on the opposite side of these World Wars.  This history should give us all faith in the possibilities for a better world.

     Hopefully, the 250th year for America will see a world that is more peaceful, more just and more free.

     On our 100th anniversary, in 1876, citizens from across our Nation came to Philadelphia to celebrate America's centennial.  At that celebration, the country's builders and artists and inventors showed off their creations.

     Alexander Graham Bell displayed his telephone for the first time.

     Remington unveiled the first typewriter.  An early attempt was made at electric light.

     Thomas Edison showed an automatic telegraph and an electric pen.

     Imagine the wonders our country could know in America's 250th year.

     Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.

     Cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope.

     American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.

     Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect.

     And streets where mothers are safe from fear -- schools where children learn in peace -- and jobs where Americans prosper and grow -- are not too much to ask.

     When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before. For all Americans.

     This is our vision. This is our mission.

     But we can only get there together.

     We are one people, with one destiny.

     We all bleed the same blood.

     We all salute the same flag.

     And we are all made by the same God.

     And when we fulfill this vision; when we celebrate our 250 years of glorious freedom, we will look back on tonight as when this new chapter of American Greatness began.

     The time for small thinking is over.  The time for trivial fights is behind us.

     We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts.

     The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls.

     And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action.   
   
From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears –-

     inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past –-and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts.

     I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit.  I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country.  

And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and --

     Believe in yourselves.

     Believe in your future.

     And believe, once more, in America.

     Thank you, God bless you, and God Bless these United States.