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Trump – Russia

With the release of The Memo, by now it should be clear that there was no Trump | Russia collusion.

There was, however, an orchestrated effort between Christopher Steele, the FBI, Fusion GPS, the DNC, and Hillary Clinton as an integral part of the DNC regarding a phony Russian dossier on Trump.  Other names such as Ohr, McCabe, Rosenstein, and Mueller were involved as well.  What the public has seen probably only scratches the surface of the levels and years of corruption involved.

The question is, what next?  Will there be justice?

If this were any local “deplorable” citizen, there would be no returning to work the next day, no pension to look forward to, and anyone involved would probably be in prison already.

But we know these are not your “common” citizens and different rules of justice seem to apply.  Anyone who is concerned that justice is done should be praying for that.  Also, to to freedomwatchusa.org and sign a petition for Larry Klayman to be a Special Counsel to investigate.  Larry Klayman has a long history of going after corruption.

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Repost by Permission: Russian Spy Chiefs Testimony Before Special Counsel Robert Mueller Ordered To Highest Classification Rating 

February 1, 2018

Russian Spy Chiefs Testimony Before Special Counsel Robert Mueller Ordered To Highest Classification Rating 

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

An intriguing new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today reveals that all “testimonial activities” related to Foreign Intelligence Service (SVRDirector Sergey NaryshkinFederal Security Service (FSBDirector Aleksandr Bortnikov and Main Intelligence Directorate (GRUDirector Colonel-General Igor Korobovall of whom traveled this past week to Washington D.C. to give testimony before the United States Special Counsel’s Office (SCO)—is to receive the classification rating “Of Special Importance”—which is the highest classification level and refers to information which, if released, would cause damage to the entire Russian Federation.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

 

 

According to this report [and as we reported on in our 30 January report Top Russian Spy Chief Summoned To Washington Told Trump Considering Mass Arrests], SVR Director Naryshkin was summoned to the United States this past week where upon his arrival he met with top Trump administration intelligence officials—and where, also, an “invitation-opportunity” was extended by these US intelligence officials for SVR Director NaryshkinFSB Director Bortnikov and GRU Director Colonel-General Korobov to testify before Special Counsel for the US Justice Department Robert Mueller.

Upon SVR Director Naryshkin accepting this “invitation-opportunity”, this report continues, FSB Director Bortnikov and GRU Director Colonel-General Korobov traveled to Washington D.C.—with all three of these top intelligence officers submitting themselves to the questions posed to them by Special Counsel Mueller—who is investigating the charade now known as “Trump-Russia” collusion.

 

 

Though nothing said by these top Russian intelligence officials to Special Counsel Mueller is contained in this report due to its extremely high classification rating, Security Council analysts do note that when these “testimonies” were completed, US Department of Justice Deputy Director Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray both rushed to the White House—and that was followed, 24 hours later, by President Trump issuing a “Deep State” warning during his State of the Union nationwide speech that he had just signed an order to keep the Guantanamo prison to remain open—with the grave significance of Trump’s order having been previously described by the Minister of Defense (MoD)—and as we detailed in our 31 December report Nuremberg Trial Fears Grow As Guantanamo Prepares For “High Level” American Prisoners.

 

Highly trained and specialized 850th Military Police Battalion forces deploy from Luke Air Force Base to Guantanamo on 29 December 2017

 

Within hours of President Trump issuing his “Deep State” warning, though, this report notes, a train carrying nearly all of Trump’s Republic Party colleagues was attacked by what is believed to a hack of a traffic control system that allowed a massive truck to nearly derail it—and that the “Deep State” aligned American cable news propaganda network CNN actually celebrated when one of its commentators, Democratic Party activist Jonathan Tasini, outrageously Tweeted out: “God is working hard today to clean up the stink” because a “train full of Goopers” slammed into a dump truck.

 

 

Coinciding with this believed to be “Deep State” attack upon the train carrying President Trump’s Republican Party colleagues, this report continues, one of Trump’s staunchest allies, US Congressman Trey Gowdy, upon his learning that Trump was keeping the Guantanamo prison open—and who was a feared US Federal Prosecutor—abruptly announced he was leaving the US Congress stating “I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office…whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system”—thus leading Security Council analysts to believe that he has been chosen by Trump to lead the prosecution of “Deep State” traitors.

Joining Congressman Gowdy in aiding Trump, this report further notes, is US Congressman Devin Nunes—who is furiously battling the “Deep State” over the release of a document now being called “The Memo” that former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano warns could “reveal the “Deep State” at its most frightening”—and that “Deep State” elements within Trump’s own government, aided by the mainstream propaganda media, are savagely attempting to keep hidden from the America people—but with Trump loyalists within the Republican Party blocking the “Deep State and Congressman Nunes himself writing just hours ago:

Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies.

The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses.

Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign.

Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.

 

US Congressman Trey Gowdy (left) and Devin Nunes (right) battle to the death against “Deep State” trying to overthrow President Trump

 

With President Trump’s American Dream” very rapidly becoming the “Democrat Nightmare, this report concludes, the “Deep State” has now going into full panic mode after a new poll shockingly shows that their expected “Blue Wave” 2018 midterm election hopes are now gone—and whose lies about Trump were exposed for all America to see when he gave his State of the Union speech that the mainstream propaganda media wasn’t able to censor—and that so infuriated CNN, they actually began to dismiss their own polling results when they showed that a stunning 70% of their own viewers now view Trump as favorable.

 

 

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Repost by Permission: Israeli Prime Minister Vows Complete Annihilation Of Democratic Party In America 

January 31, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Vows Complete Annihilation Of Democratic Party In America 

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

An interesting new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that during Monday’s meeting with President PutinIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to completely annihilate the Democratic Party in the United States—and who, during the 2015 Israeli election, spent hundreds-of-thousands of US taxpayer dollars in their bid to defeat Netanyahu—but with Netanyahu being able to saved from this vile Obama-Clinton regime plot to interfere in another nations election by the Republican Party—who allowed Netanyahu to become only the second foreigner to address a joint meeting of the US Congress three times—thus boosting his prestige on the international stage and securing his victory at home.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

 

Though some in Israel are calling this Prime Minister Netanyahu plan to destroy the Democratic Party “a catastrophe”, this report says, an in-depth study published last week in the United States by the Pew Research Center (that has tracked the American public’s support for Israel for decades) stunningly showed that Democratic support for Israel has plummeted to 27%–while the support of Republicans favoring Israel has risen to 79%–thus proving that these Democrats now pose an existential threat to Israel should they ever regain power.

As to why the Democratic Party has turned its back on Israel, this report explains, is due to its embrace of what is called “identity politics”—which insidiously breaks apart a society by its creating numerous factions aligned by race, sex, nationality, class, region, etc.—which these Democrats desperately need to do in order to survive as the current white population in Americathat stands as 76.9%, has turned against them—thus making it incomprehensible why Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi just slammed President Trump’s immigration plan by calling it “a blue print to make America white again”—but for which no “blue print” is needed as that’s what the US actually is—a nation of white people.

 

 

With the vast majority of white Americans turning against the Democratic Party, this report continues, their “identity politics” path to survival shows them needing to import into the United States tens-of-millions poverty stricken uneducated migrants from all around the world—and whom, when coming to the US, would be dependant upon the government for survival—that, in turn, would subject them to be ruled over by the Democrats who have long perfected this forced servitude scheme (keep us in power/we’ll keep you barely surviving/but we’ll destroy your cities) with their nation’s black peoples.

As it pertains to Israel, though, this report explains, this desperate Democratic Party need for poor uneducated migrants included them accepting into the US millions of Muslim peoples under the Obama-Clinton regime—but whose centuries long hatred of the Jewish peoples necessitated the Democrats having to turn against Israel—as these Muslim peoples would never accept living in any country that supports Israel.

 

Democratic Party imported Muslims vow destruction of Israel in New York City demonstration

 

This Democratic Party plot to destroy America by flooding it with tens-of-millions of poor and uneducated Muslims that would keep them in power, and by extension destroy Israel, this report notes, met a steel wall when President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton—and whose most long lasting consequence of is the powerful Israel Lobby in the United States now backing Trump and his Republican Party allies.

One extraordinary example of this, this report details, is the equally powerful American conservative Koch Brothers working with their Israel Lobby counterparts to make their first in history mega-million dollar investment in Israeljust weeks ago—and that they followed this week with their stunning announcement pledging an astonishing $400 million to protect President Trump’s Republic Party in the upcoming 2018 midterm US Congressional elections.

 

 

Not just has the Israel Lobby been masterminding mega-million dollar donations to protect President Trump and his Republican Party, this report continues, they have, also, unleashed their Christian-Israeli supporters in America—who have now enabled the Republicans to set fund raising records—and whose 2018 midterm election donations now exceed $132 million—sees them having over $38 million cash-on-hand—and their having zero debt.

The anti-Israel and anti-America Democratic Party, however, this report details, has only been able to raise $65 million—has only $6 million cash on hand—and is in debt over $6 million—that former Democratic Party Chairwoman Donna Brazile said was because it was “suffused with white-collar graft”—and that has now led these Democrats to demand that any candidate wishing support first give to their party elites over $250,000—and is the most likely reason why the CEO of the Democratic PartyJess O’Connell, used the “cover” of President Trump’s State of the Union address last night to resign and then slink away into the dark.

 

 

As the Democratic Party once portrayed itself as the party of workers, regardless of race or ethnicity, this report points out, it has now been captured by educated coastal elites and minorities that comprise only 24% of the USpopulation—and who have invested in their divisive “identity politics” social movements at the expense in the hard work of party politics, such as organizing and winning elections—but who when warned by one of their most liberal stalwarts, Professor Mark Lilla of Columbia University, of how they were destroying themselves, refused to listen.

In Professor Lilla’s scathing warning book to the Democratic Party titled “The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics”, this report continues, he detailed how American liberalism had fallen under the spell of identity politics with disastrous consequences as its utterly failed over the past two generations—and his correctly stating that, for nearly 40 years, the vision that Ronald Reagan offered—small government, lower taxes, and self-reliant individualism—has remained the United States dominant political ideology—and to which the Democratic Party has offered no convincing competing vision in response to.

To anyone believing that Professor Lilla’s warnings would be heeded by the Democratic Party, though, this report says, they’d be more than mistaken—as instead of him being listened to, he was savagely attacked—to include his Columbia University colleague Professor Katherine Franke who (predictably) accused him of “Making White Supremacy Respectable. Again”, and compared him to former Klan leader David Duke.

 

 

With Prime Minister Netanyahu vowing to completely annihilate the Democratic Party, this report continues, one wonders how much he can actually as the Democrats seem to be doing a good job of destroying themselves—and whose latest examples include Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez storming out of the US Congress last night during President Trump’s speech when hundreds of patriotic Americans attending there began shouting “USA! USA!—and who choose as their rebutter to Trump’s speech Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy—who while speaking to the American people on live television, did so with drool running out of his mouth.

 

 

But to gauge the full measure of how much danger the Democratic Party is actually in, this report concludes, one needs only notice that in spite of a full year of President Trump being savagely attacked on an hourly basis by the Democrat controlled US mainstream propaganda media—the masses of the American people were able to hear from directly and unfiltered last night during his State of the Union speech—with 75% saying afterwards that they approved of what he said—and even more astonishingly, 65% saying that Trump’s words actually made them proud—and whom one could predict would never run away from the words “USA! USA!” like Democrats are known to do.

 

 

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President Trump – State of the Union – SOTU Speech – January 30, 2018

State of the Union Speech
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:

Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People – and to address their concerns, their hopes, and their dreams.  That night, our new Administration had already taken swift action.  A new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land.

Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission – to make America great again for all Americans.

Over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success.  We have faced challenges we expected, and others we could never have imagined.  We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship.  We endured floods and fires and storms.  But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.

Each test has forged new American heroes to remind us who we are, and show us what we can be.

We saw the volunteers of the “Cajun Navy,” racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane.

We saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas strip.

We heard tales of Americans like Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, who is here tonight in the gallery with Melania.  Ashlee was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey.  Through 18 hours of wind and rain, Ashlee braved live power lines and deep water, to help save more than 40 lives.  Thank you, Ashlee.

We heard about Americans like firefighter David Dahlberg.  He is here with us too.  David faced down walls of flame to rescue almost 60 children trapped at a California summer camp threatened by wildfires.

To everyone still recovering in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, California, and everywhere else – we are with you, we love you, and we will pull through together.

Some trials over the past year touched this chamber very personally.  With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House – a guy who took a bullet, almost died, and was back to work three and a half months later:  the legend from Louisiana, Congressman Steve Scalise.

We are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police Officers, the Alexandria Police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved his life, and the lives of many others in this room.

In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people.  But it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy.  Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.

Over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew:  that no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans.  If there is a mountain, we climb it.  If there is a frontier, we cross it.  If there is a challenge, we tame it.  If there is an opportunity, we seize it.

So let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong.

And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.

Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.  After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.

Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.  African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.

Small business confidence is at an all-time high.  The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value.  That is great news for Americans’ 401k, retirement, pension, and college savings accounts.

And just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.

Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.

To lower tax rates for hardworking Americans, we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone.  Now, the first $24,000 earned by a married couple is completely tax-free.  We also doubled the child tax credit.

A typical family of four making $75,000 will see their tax bill reduced by $2,000 – slashing their tax bill in half.

This April will be the last time you ever file under the old broken system – and millions of Americans will have more take-home pay starting next month.

We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year – forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans.  We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare – the individual mandate is now gone.

We slashed the business tax rate from 35 percent all the way down to 21 percent, so American companies can compete and win against anyone in the world.  These changes alone are estimated to increase average family income by more than $4,000.

Small businesses have also received a massive tax cut, and can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.

Here tonight are Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger of Staub Manufacturing – a small business in Ohio.  They have just finished the best year in their 20-year history.  Because of tax reform, they are handing out raises, hiring an additional 14 people, and expanding into the building next door.

One of Staub’s employees, Corey Adams, is also with us tonight.  Corey is an all-American worker.  He supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 recession, and was later hired by Staub, where he trained to become a welder.  Like many hardworking Americans, Corey plans to invest his tax-cut raise into his new home and his two daughters’ education.  Please join me in congratulating Corey.
Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses – many of them thousands of dollars per worker.  Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers.

This is our new American moment.  There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.

So to every citizen watching at home tonight – no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time.  If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.

Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of Nation we are going to be.  All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.

We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag.

Together, we are rediscovering the American way.

In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life.  Our motto is “in God we trust.”

And we celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support.

Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day.  He decided to change that, and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes.  Preston:  a job well done.

Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans.  Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.

Americans love their country.  And they deserve a Government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.

For the last year we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their Government.

Working with the Senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written, including a great new Supreme Court Justice, and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country.

We are defending our Second Amendment, and have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty.

And we are serving our brave veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their healthcare decisions.  Last year, the Congress passed, and I signed, the landmark VA Accountability Act.  Since its passage, my Administration has already removed more than 1,500 VA employees who failed to give our veterans the care they deserve – and we are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do.

I will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey.

All Americans deserve accountability and respect – and that is what we are giving them.  So tonight, I call on the Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers – and to remove Federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.

In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.

We have ended the war on American Energy – and we have ended the war on clean coal.  We are now an exporter of energy to the world.

In Detroit, I halted Government mandates that crippled America’s autoworkers – so we can get the Motor City revving its engines once again.

Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States – something we have not seen for decades.    Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan; Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama.  Soon, plants will be opening up all over the country.  This is all news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing – for many years, companies and jobs were only leaving us.  But now they are coming back.

Exciting progress is happening every day.

To speed access to breakthrough cures and affordable generic drugs, last year the FDA approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our history.

We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives.

People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure – I want to give them a chance right here at home.  It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the “right to try.”

One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs.  In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States.  That is why I have directed my Administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities.  Prices will come down.

America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth.

The era of economic surrender is over.

From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal.

We will work to fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones.
And we will protect American workers and American intellectual property, through strong enforcement of our trade rules.

As we rebuild our industries, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.

America is a nation of builders.  We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year – is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?

I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.

Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment we need.

Every Federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with State and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment – to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.

Any bill must also streamline the permitting and approval process – getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one.

Together, we can reclaim our building heritage.  We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land.  And we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit.

We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work.  We want every child to be safe in their home at night.  And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love.

We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity.

As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training.  Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.  And let us support working families by supporting paid family leave.

As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be extended to all citizens.  That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance.

Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American workers and American families.

For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities.  They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans.  Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives.

Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers:  Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens.  Their two teenage daughters – Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens – were close friends on Long Island.  But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home.  These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown.  Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders.  Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors — and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.

Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy, and Robert:  Tonight, everyone in this chamber is praying for you.  Everyone in America is grieving for you.  And 320 million hearts are breaking for you.  We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain.

Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country.  We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents, so that this cannot ever happen again.

The United States is a compassionate nation.  We are proud that we do more than any other country to help the needy, the struggling, and the underprivileged all over the world.  But as President of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, and America’s forgotten communities.  I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things.  I want our poor to have their chance to rise.
So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties – Democrats and Republicans – to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed.  My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans – to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream.  Because Americans are dreamers too.

Here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country:  Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Celestino Martinez – he goes by CJ.  CJ served 15 years in the Air Force before becoming an ICE agent and spending the last 15 years fighting gang violence and getting dangerous criminals off our streets.  At one point, MS-13 leaders ordered CJ’s murder.  But he did not cave to threats or fear.  Last May, he commanded an operation to track down gang members on Long Island.  His team has arrested nearly 400, including more than 220 from MS-13.

CJ:  Great work.  Now let us get the Congress to send you some reinforcements.

Over the next few weeks, the House and Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package.

In recent months, my Administration has met extensively with both Democrats and Republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform.  Based on these discussions, we presented the Congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise – one where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs.

Here are the four pillars of our plan:

The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age – that covers almost three times more people than the previous administration.  Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States.

The second pillar fully secures the border.  That means building a wall on the Southern border, and it means hiring more heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe.  Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country – and it finally ends the dangerous practice of “catch and release.”

The third pillar ends the visa lottery – a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people.  It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system – one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.

The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration.  Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.  Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.  This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.

In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration.  In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer afford.

It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century.
These four pillars represent a down-the-middle compromise, and one that will create a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system.

For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem.  This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen.

Most importantly, these four pillars will produce legislation that fulfills my ironclad pledge to only sign a bill that puts America first.  So let us come together, set politics aside, and finally get the job done.

These reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction.

In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses:  174 deaths per day.  Seven per hour.  We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.

My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need.  The struggle will be long and difficult – but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.

As we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in America.

We see a vivid expression of this truth in the story of the Holets family of New Mexico.  Ryan Holets is 27 years old, and an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department.  He is here tonight with his wife Rebecca.  Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin.  When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep.  She told him she did not know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.
In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him:  “You will do it – because you can.”  He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids.  Then, he went home to tell his wife Rebecca.  In an instant, she agreed to adopt.  The Holets named their new daughter Hope.

Ryan and Rebecca:  You embody the goodness of our Nation.  Thank you, and congratulations.

As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad.

Around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values.  In confronting these dangers, we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest means of our defense.
For this reason, I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military.
As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression.  Perhaps someday in the future there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to eliminate their nuclear weapons.  Unfortunately, we are not there yet.

Last year, I also pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the Earth.  One year later, I am proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria.  But there is much more work to be done.  We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.

Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck is here tonight.  Near Raqqa last November, Justin and his comrade, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, were on a mission to clear buildings that ISIS had rigged with explosives so that civilians could return to the city.

Clearing the second floor of a vital hospital, Kenton Stacy was severely wounded by an explosion.  Immediately, Justin bounded into the booby-trapped building and found Kenton in bad shape.  He applied pressure to the wound and inserted a tube to reopen an airway.  He then performed CPR for 20 straight minutes during the ground transport and maintained artificial respiration through 2 hours of emergency surgery.
Kenton Stacy would have died if not for Justin’s selfless love for a fellow warrior.  Tonight, Kenton is recovering in Texas.  Raqqa is liberated.  And Justin is wearing his new Bronze Star, with a “V” for “Valor.”  Staff Sergeant Peck:  All of America salutes you.

Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil.  When possible, we annihilate them.  When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them.  But we must be clear:  Terrorists are not merely criminals.  They are unlawful enemy combatants.  And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are.

In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield – including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi.

So today, I am keeping another promise.  I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.

I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa’ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists – wherever we chase them down.

Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement.  Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans.

Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before:  I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make this recognition.  American taxpayers generously send those same countries billions of dollars in aid every year.
That is why, tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America’s friends.

As we strengthen friendships around the world, we are also restoring clarity about our adversaries.

When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent.  America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.
I am asking the Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.

My Administration has also imposed tough sanctions on the communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela.
But no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.

North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.

We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening.

Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation.  I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this dangerous position.

We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and our allies.

Otto Warmbier was a hardworking student at the University of Virginia.  On his way to study abroad in Asia, Otto joined a tour to North Korea.  At its conclusion, this wonderful young man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state.  After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor, before returning him to America last June – horribly injured and on the verge of death.  He passed away just days after his return.

Otto’s Parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are with us tonight – along with Otto’s brother and sister, Austin and Greta.  You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires us all.  Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto’s memory with American resolve.

Finally, we are joined by one more witness to the ominous nature of this regime.  His name is Mr. Ji Seong-ho.
In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea.  One day, he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food.  In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger.  He woke up as a train ran over his limbs.  He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain.  His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover and ate dirt themselves – permanently stunting their own growth.  Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China.  His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians.  He had – and he resolved to be free.
Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom.  Most of his family followed.  His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death.

Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most — the truth.

Today he has a new leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those crutches as a reminder of how far you have come.  Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all.

Seong-ho’s story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom.

It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America.  It was a small cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean and a vast wilderness.  But it was home to an incredible people with a revolutionary idea:  that they could rule themselves.  That they could chart their own destiny.  And that, together, they could light up the world.

That is what our country has always been about.  That is what Americans have always stood for, always strived for, and always done.

Atop the dome of this Capitol stands the Statue of Freedom.  She stands tall and dignified among the monuments to our ancestors who fought and lived and died to protect her.
Monuments to Washington and Jefferson – to Lincoln and King.

Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga – to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond.  And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia.

And freedom stands tall over one more monument:  this one.  This Capitol.  This living monument to the American people.
A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us – defending hope, pride, and the American way.
They work in every trade.  They sacrifice to raise a family.  They care for our children at home.  They defend our flag abroad.  They are strong moms and brave kids.  They are firefighters, police officers, border agents, medics, and Marines.

But above all else, they are Americans.  And this Capitol, this city, and this Nation, belong to them.

Our task is to respect them, to listen to them, to serve them, to protect them, and to always be worthy of them.

Americans fill the world with art and music.  They push the bounds of science and discovery.  And they forever remind us of what we should never forget:  The people dreamed this country. The people built this country.  And it is the people who are making America great again.

As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve.

As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail.

Our families will thrive.

Our people will prosper.

And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.
Thank you, and God bless America.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 30, 2018.

 

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