tv President Trump at NRA Convention CSPAN May 4, 2018 9:32pm-10:22pm EDT
pulled this off. apollo looked like near certain death. it was rushed to the large craft it was done very quickly, and everything was for the first time. they needed families that were not just supportive, but that did not reveal to their husbands just how much they were suffering and how terrified they were. q&a" sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span. >> president trump spoke at this year's nra convention taking place in dallas, texas. his speech covered several topics, including north korea, immigration, and border security, the economy, and the 2016 election. this is just
we love you folks, we like you. thank you, thank you folks. a great honor to be here. i want to thank so many people who have done such an incredible job. these are real patriots. they really are. they don't get the kind of adulation. but really they do, and we know that. i want to thank wayne lapierre. i want to thank my friend, vice president mike pence for his terrific remarks. >> [applause] president trump: i also want to recognize our great texas leaders. do we love texas? >> [applause]
president trump: gov. greg abbott. my friend, where is greg? he is running -- and i have greg, idone it, but fully endorse you. you are endorsed. he has done a great job. >> [applause] >> [applause] president trump: you had your water pouring down on top of you. just kept coming and coming. he kept calling and calling thing we need more money money money. and you know what? we gave it to you. >> [applause] president trump: fully endorsed. attorney general ken paxton. tremendous guy. and by the way ken, you have my full endorsement,and your wife has my full endorsement. she just had a big victory. >> [applause] president trump: senator john
cornyn has been with me right in the beginning. thank you. thank you john. full endorsement for this man. thank you john.'s ted? full endorsement for this man. >> [applause] [booing] [applause] president trump: thank you. boy, that was very rousing. that's a good sign. congressman pete sessions and congressman michael burgess, great friends. we are also joined by pete
ricketts, diamonds and silk. >> [applause] president trump: they are so great. richard hudson. pete brunel and leslie rutledge. finally i want to thank all of you, the true american patriots of the nra who defend our rights, liberty, and our great american flag. thank you. >> [applause] president trump: the people in this hall have never taken our freedom for granted. never. and you have never stopped fighting for our beloved constitution. incredible people. thank you. >> [applause] president trump: you give your
time, your energy, your vote, and your voice to stand strong for those sacred rights given to us by god, including the right to self-defense. >> [applause] president trump: and now thanks to your activism and dedication you have an administration fighting to protect your second amendment, and we will protect your second amendment. >> [applause] president trump: your second amendment rights are under siege, but they will never ever siege as long as i am your president. >> [applause] you.dent trump: thank
thank you. all of us here today are united by the same timeless values. we believe liberty is a gift from our creator and that no government can take it away. we believe in the rule of law. >> [applause] and we support: the men and women of law enforcement. >> [applause] president trump: we have pride in our history and respect for our heritage. we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance and we all proudly stand for the national anthem. we proudly stand. >> [applause]
u.s.a! u.s.a! president trump: what great people. this is your all-time record crowd, you do know that right? we love our country, and we believe our citizens deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return. for the last 15 months that is exactly what we have been doing. we are all finally putting america first.
>> [applause] president trump: and we are seeing the incredible results. as a result of our massive tax cut and everybody is benefiting and everybody is happy. and the democrats are concerned. you watch how well we are doing -- how well we do in 2018. you watch. get out and vote. don't be complacent. you winsays that when the presidency, you get complacent. you know the feeling? not too many. 90% of the time you win the presidency and lose the midterm. we can't let that happen. the word is complacent. a lot of you said, i wonder why. think about it, you have this
great win, you take a breath. you relax. they are fighting like hell and you are complacent. we cannot get complacent, we have to win the midterms. because since the election we have created 3.2 million jobs. unthought of. if we said that during the campaign, people would have said, what a horrible exaggeration. they wouldn't have believed it. 23.2 million, the unemployment 4% forday, fell under the first time since the beginning of this century. >> [applause]
president trump: i heard it was about 19 years. i said, wait a minute, the beginning of the century sounds better. so i say the beginning of the century. more beautiful. african-american unemployment has reached another all time in history record low. and by the way, kanye west must have some power. because you probably saw, i ju doubled my african-american poll numbers. we went from 11 to 22 in one week. thank you, kanye. >> [applause]
president trump: when i saw the said, that must be a mistake, how could that happen? even the pollsters thought it was a mistake. now we have come a long way. you remember i come into diagrams, they cottages. -- into big rooms, big audiences. i say, what do you have to lose? the democrats are horrible on crime, horrible on education. i say what do you have to lose. now, the numbers are much higher than they were with african-americans. and we're happy. >> [applause] and the samemp: thing with hispanic american unemployment, which is also at the lowest level in history. unemployment, lowest level in history, and women, many women,
lowest level in almost 20 years. think of that. we have the best unemployment levels we virtually ever had. and yet, all we hear about is this phony russia witchhunt. that's all we hear about. >> [booing] president trump: just when i'm walking on the stage, a highly respected judge in virginia made statements. wall street journal, it says "ju dge questions mueller's authority to prosecute manafo rt." now paul manafort is a nice guy. he worked for a very short period of time for me, literally, what, a couple months? johnrked at the firm for
mccain. they worked for others. does anybody say that? no. fake newsfighting, on cnn. >> [booing] president trump: i think nbc may be more distorted and worse. >> [booing] president trump: no, but on cnn they have a headline, "judge in manafort case,president trump:'s to hurt trump." i said, give me that article, i want to read it. a federal judge questions special counsel robert mueller's authority to bring tax and bank fraud charges unrelated -- unrelated to the 2016 election against former trump campaign manager chairman paul manafort. he was there for a short while,
but i really believe he is a good person. the judge, who is really something special i hear from many standpoint, he is a special person, suggested the charges before the court for the eastern district of virginia, which is part of the mueller team history mr. manafort into giving information on president donald trump. i have been saying that for a long time. it's a witchhunt. then, none of that information has to do with information related to the russian government coordination and the campaign of donald trump. it doesn't have anything to do -- it's from years before. then, how does this have anything to do with the campaign , the judge asks? let me tell you folks, we are all fighting battles, but i love
fighting these battles. >> [applause] president trump: thank you. can you imagine if we ever called for a rally in washington, d.c.? there wouldn't be enough room. we have a lot of love going on. people don't realize we have a lot of love going on in this country. it's right here. you just saw the recent poll that came out, the rasmussen, 51 or 52. how does that happen when you only get bad publicity? that's because people realize a
lot of what you read and a lot of what you see on television is fake. the people are smart. you have a battles. -- you have a battle also. you have the battle to keep those rights. you have to say, you were not sure trump is going to win but you all went out there and you voted. >> [applause] and there were times they said, a week before, i remember they came out with a lot of phony polls. you know what that's called? suppression. they convince you you are wasting your time. why should you vote? go to a movie instead. come home and watch the results. very few people in this room and
in this country did that. we really had a big night. remember they said there is way no way, electoral college, no way to 270 for me. there is no way to 270, and they were right. but 306 was ok. >> [applause] president trump: 306. time, and igreat think we are doing better than we have ever before. i think we are more popular now from the standpoint. when i was running, we said we're going to give you a tax cut -- by the way we are decimating obamacare. we got a bad vote the evening we were going to terminate obamacare. you know about that, right? that was not a nice thing, that
was an unexpected vote. if you look at the massive tax bill, bill, we also got rid ofe individual mandate, which is the worst part of obamacare, right? i don't of the people in texas are going to like this, but we also got nwar out of alaska. i don't know if you're going to like a little competition. you know what it is? it is called energy for this country. that we like. so ted, i think they are happy with that, right? i think. so we've delivered. when we were running, i would say we are going to this, going to that. a certain person that is not a very fair person in the media say, trump has delivered more than he promised, which is probably the first time people heard that statement.
we actually delivered more than we promised. let me tell you this, we are really doing well with north korea. right? >> [applause] president trump: we are doing real well. remember, they said it is going to be terrible. they were actually saying three months ago when the rhetoric was sharp -- do we agree? i won't use the rhetoric. now i want to calm him down a bit. down ai want to calm it bit. i know you come from texas, whoever the hell you are. look, for years they've had this problem. everyone said, don't talk, don't
talk, please don't talk. the last administration had a policy of silence. don't talk! you may make them and him angry. don't talk. if a horrible statement is made about the united states, don't say anything. we have no comment. please, please, oh my god. >> [laughter] president trump: same thing with iran. remember? we are signing that horrible deal and they are marching in the streets saying death to america. i say, who signs a deal when they are marching, saying death to america? who marches? they are saying death to america and we have the former
administration -- >> [booing] president trump: as represented by john kerry. >> [booing] president trump: not the best negotiator we have ever seen. he never walked away from the table except to be at that bicycle race where he fell and broke his leg. that was the only time. >> [applause] president trump: i said don't tell them you broke your leg, just stay inside, you don't want to negotiate, you will make a much better deal. but he broke it. at 73 years old, you never going race, trust me. you just don't do that. i'm not 73, he was.
but i will be there. but i will be there. but we have great things going on. ,ith respect to north korea remember how strong it was and they were saying this is going to be nuclear war. you know what gets you nuclear war, weakness gets you nuclear war. being weak gets you nuclear war. >> [applause] president trump: so let's talk about guns, shall we?you know wr war, weakness gets you nuclear war. being weak gets you nuclear war. paris, france has the toughest gun laws in the world. the president just left washington, emmanuel, great guy. nobody has guns in paris. nobody. and we remember more than 130 people, plus tremendous numbers of people that were horribly wounded. you notice nobody ever talks about them. they talk about the people who died, but they never mention
that 250 people had horrible , horrible wounds. i mean, they never mentioned that. but they died in a restaurant and various other close proximity places. they were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns. they took their time and gunned them down one by one. boom, comeover here, over here, boom. if you are in one of those rooms, one of those people, and the survivors said it just lasted forever. but if one employee or just one patron had a gun or if one person in this room had been
there with a gun aimed in the opposite direction, the terrorist would have fled or and it would have been a totally different story. and it would have been a totally different story. am i right? >> [applause] president trump: right? we all know what is going on in chicago. but chicago has the toughest gun laws in our country. they are so tough. but you know what is happening? it seems like if we are going to outlaw guns like so many people want to do, democrats -- you better get out and vote. you know what i'm going to say, we are going to have to outlaw immediately all vans and all
trucks, which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorists, right? they take a check -- they take a truck and they run over eight people. it is happening all over. so let's ban immediately all trucks. maybe all cars. let's not so anymore cars. i love oyu too, -- i love you too, thank you. >> [applause] president trump: i recently read a story that in london, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a one very prestigious hospital right in the middle, is like a stabbingfor horrible
wounds. that's right, they don't have guns. they have they have knives, and instead there is blood all over the floors of the hospital. they say it is bad as a military war zone hospital. knives, knives, knives. london hasn't been used to that. they are getting used to it. pretty tough. we are here because we recognize a simple fact, the one thing that has stood between the american people and the elimination of our second amendment rights is conservatives in congress willing to fight for those rights. and we're fighting. >> [applause] president trump: we are fighting
to defend our freedom. we need the people and wanting to support our candidates, the people that have to raise their hand. have a majority. of what? a majority of one person. that is not really a majority. we need republicans to do it right. to get the things we want, we got to get the republicans elected. we've got to do have a majority. of what? a majority of one person. great in 2018. those midterms, we have to do them. we need judges who will enforce our laws, protect our sovereignty, and uphold our american way of life. the constitution can be changed -- can't be changed by judges, bureaucrats or the united nations. that is why we are appointing federal judges who will interpret the law as written. >> [applause]
president trump: in my first year, i nominated and the senate confirmed more circuit judges than any new administration by far in history, and we will have the all-time record very soon. >> [applause] president trump: president obama was very nice to us because he he left us a lot of judges. almost 140. that is a lot of judges. we were incredibly happy. we put an incredible new justice on the supreme court, judge neil gorsuch. virtually every single democrat opposed neil gorsuch, just like they have consistently opposed virtually every single
judges who will protect your basic freedoms, and by the way, the way they are slow walking people that are supposed to be working for us in government. if you look at what they're doing, in the history of this country, there has never been jt anything like what the democrats are doing on great people who gave up their jobs and lives to take up a job as an ambassador or people working for our government and they can't be approved because everyone is being slow walked by the democrats and it has never happened before. i hope we have long memories. it doesn't matter because we will be there at long time. but what they are doing is disgraceful. what they are doing is disgraceful. what they are doing to the wall and immigration is disgraceful. you take a look at the border. take a look at what is happened. my administration and
conservatives in congress were elected to uphold your rights. to rebuild our military, which we are doing a great job of rebuilding. to restore our prosperity and defend our borders. we have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world, but easyl tell you it is not for people to come in. we have the worst loss. -- the worst laws. after years of defending the borders of other countries, we y for people to come in. go into was with other countries -- we shouldn't be there. defend our own borders. we are going to start defending our country. we are going to start defending our borders. >> [applause]
go into was with other president trump: you have seen on television the illegal migrants pouring up through mexico, flooding the borders. many from central america, honduras, all of them coming up by the thousands. we are stopping them different fronts, but we don't have laws. we have laws that were written by people that truly could not love our country. illegal immigration must end. illegal immigration must end. we are going to have strong borders. i will tell you, we have maxed out every law. we're going to have truly strong -- and we are to take people into our country based on merit,
not based on picking somebody out of a bin. >> [applause] president trump: we are not going to let our country be overwhelmed, and we are going to demand congress to secure the borders in the upcoming cr. it is going to be very soon. in recent months, democratic lawmakers have voted against against legislation to close deadly immigration loopholes, like catch and release. we caught them, release them, bye-bye. welcome to america. that's what we have. we will keep the violent criminals out. senate democrats -- you saw what he did to one of the finest people in our country. what he did to the admiral is a disgrace.
bill nelson and bob casey voted against a law made for a girl gunned down by a five-time deported illegal immigrant. you saw what happened with that court case. can you believe the result of that court case? -- along withnce every other democrat also voted to protect something that is becoming very unpopular, sanctuary cities. democrats and liberals in congress want to disarm law-abiding americans at the same time they are releasing dangerous criminal aliens and savage gang members onto our streets. these countries send up their
worst. remember my opening speech, i got criticized for it. they are not sending their finest. that, i can tell you. dangerous criminal alienswe arel beauties in here. we are taking ms-13, horrible gang members, we are getting them out, because our guys are much tougher than theirs. that is the only language they understand. my administration believes cities should be safe havens for americans, not for criminals. >> [applause] president trump: we believe violent gang members must be thrown out of our country immediately, not let to stay, to
larger.and to get we are taking them out by the thousands. >> [applause] president trump: if we had the right laws, which we can have it very quickly with cooperation, we wouldn't even have a problem. it would be so much easier. we believe that politicians who put criminal aliens before american citizens should be voted out of office immediately. >> [applause] as we securemp: our borders, we are also supporting the heroes who fight crime and secure our streets, our brave men and brave women in blue, we love them. >> [applause]
president trump: in in my administration, we have a central policy, we will protect those who protect us. you saw what i did with the access military equipment that was sitting all over the country never to be used again. other administrations they do not want to give it to the police. they said it is too much strong,on, it looks too it looks like a military. guess what? it is now being distributed to all of our police forces. >> [applause] president trump: and it is better than could ever buy. today, our prayers go out to the family of slain dallas police officer santander who was murdered last week in the line of duty very close to this arena. we ask god to help others who were wounded and they will be
better and they will be back. send our love. so important. thank you. and we mourn together with the entire dallas policeso importan. thank you. department -- it is a great police department. a police force that has lost many heroes, but has never lost its will to protect and serve you. >> [applause] president trump: we are also taking very strong action to secure and protect our most valuable resource, our children. >> [applause] president trump: all of us here today are deeply committed to school safety. nothing is more important than protecting innocent lives. wayne and tell you, chris and all of the people at the nra, we speak of it all the time, these are great americans, these people have great heart.
they know what they are doing. our entire nation was filled with shock and grief by a monstrous did -- monstrous attack in parkland, florida. these are incredible people. our hearts break for every american who has suffered the horrors of the school shooting. in the aftermath of the terrible with the met survivors, the parents of school shooting victims at the white house. i was inspired like all of you were by their incredible courage. we agreed it is not enough to simply take actions that makes us feel like we are making a difference. we must ensure that we will actually make a difference. my administration has pursued an aggressive strategy on community safety. we are working to improve early warning systems so when the goalies are -- when the police
are called, when they see the red flag which they saw in parkland all over the place, there has never been a case or more red flags have been shown. swift action is taken by the authorities. law abiding gun owners want to keep firearms out of those who pose a danger to themselves and others. we all want that. >> [applause] i recentlyrump: signed legislation that includes more than $2 billion to improve school safety, including funding for training and metal detectors and security and mental health. mental health is a big they one. don't like to talk about mental health. that was the number one example. that legislation also made vital improvements to our background check system, which everybody wants.
finally all of us agree we must harden certain schools. at the same time, the police have to be able to get into schools if there is a problem. we want armed guards. we want to be able to get in. i saw some of the craziest plans. you can spend a fortune. nobody knows more about construction than i do. you will make it so hard that the doors.un athrough it is a tractor. there is one problem is one of these maniacs can get in. you have to be careful. we strongly believe in allowing highly trained teachers to carry concealed weapons. they are highly trained. >> [applause]
president trump: and we want highly trained security guards. 98% o 98% of mass public shootings have occurred in places where guns were banned, just so you understand. tragically, as we have seen, there is no sign more inviting to a mass killer than a signed that declares this school is gun free zone. come in and take us. >> [applause] president trump: 98%. you know they are cowards. you saw that in the recent case, where he did all of his damage. then he slinked out of the school. the policeman outside caught him in a different community. that policeman did a good job. are cowards.
when they know their are guns inside, they are not going in. we just don't understand that. we can't get that word out. at the same time there is no stronger determined for a -- str sick deterrent for a individual than the knowledge that their attack will end their life and end in total failure. we support the second amendment not only because we believe in freedom but because we trust in every day talented wonderful people. they love our students. >> [applause] >>
president trump: in america, we trust the people to be good. we trust them to take responsibility for themselves, their families and communities. that is why we have always trusted the people to keep and bear arms. >> [applause] it is fitting that we gathered today in the great state of texas, a place that cherishes their rights like no other. before i left today, a couple of people came up to me. good political people. they said going through the nra convention and speaking there is
controversial. it might not be popular. you know i've said? bye-bye, got to get on the plane. >> [applause] president trump: because we have to do the right thing. >> [applause] president trump: this crowd today would not exist if not for a handful of determined and defiant texans who refuse to surrender their rights. of determined and defiant texans who know what i'. inyou 1835, soldiers from santaa army marched into texas town
of gonzales and ordered those settlers to surrender their strong cannons they relied on to protect their lives and their homes. the texans refused. >> [applause] president trump: they were not about to give up their only means of self-defense. armysponse, santa ana's returned with a large group of additional people. the army was big. this time they were met by dozens of settlers, soldiers, and ordinary citizens who had marched to gonzales to defend their right of freedom. as santa ana's men watched from a distance, those brave texans raised the flag for all to see. said, onnow what it cannoner, they painted a
never surrender. we will never, ever surrender. we will never give up our freedom. americans are born free. we will live free and we will die free. >> [applause] so again, it is a great honor to be with you. very special people. we truly appreciate your support. i'm doing the right thing. i doing it for you, but i'm am doing the right thing. we are doing the right thing together. i want to thank again all of our friends and patriots from the nra. we will never fail and we will always protect your second amendment. thank you, god bless you, and god bless america. thank you all. >> [applause]
>> earlier at the white house, president trump spoke briefly to reporters and answered questions about his attorney, rudy giuliani, as well as north korea and trade with china. president trump: i will tell you what -- rudy is a great guy, but he just started a day ago. he really has his heart into it. he is working hard. he is learning the subject matter. he will be issuing a statement too. he is a great guy. he knows it is a witch hunt. he has seen a lot of them. he says he has never seen anything so horrible. as an example, 33,000 emails requested by congress with a subpoena, and they get