America will stand with those who stand in Defense of Freedom


President Trump and Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, at MacDill Air Force Base. Feb. 6, 2017 © U.S. Central Command/Marine Corps Sgt. Alan Belser 

During an official visit and speech at MacDill Air Force Base Florida, President Trump placed a special emphasis on the vital role that the United States Armed-Forces hold in maintaining the global security, peace and freedom.

Excerpts from President Trump’s speech at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. February 6, 2017 

We strongly support NATO. We only ask that all the NATO members make their full and proper financial contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing.”

“We are going to be making a really historic investment in the Armed Forces of the United States and show the entire World that America stands with those who stand in defense of Freedom,”

“We will ensure that the men and women of our military have the tools, equipment, resources, training, and supplies you need to get the job done.  You’ve seen me say we’ve been depleted.  Our navy is at a point almost as low as World War I.  That’s a long time ago.  That’s a long time ago.  It’s not going to happen anymore, folks.  It’s not going to happen anymore — not with me.”  

For proof that our nation has been blessed by God, look no further than the men and women of the United States military.  They are the greatest fighters and the greatest force of justice on the face of the Earth and that the world has ever known.  The challenges facing our nation nevertheless are very large — very, very large.”

Freedom, Security and Justice will prevail.  In his first State of the Union message, President George Washington wrote that, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”  Almost 200 years later, as the General was also speaking about Ronald Reagan, he said that wisdom comes in three very, very strong words:  “Peace through strength.”  I’ve said it many times during the campaign, speaking in front of tens of thousands of people at one sitting, and I’d always mention America first — a phrase that you probably never heard, “Make America Great Again.” Anybody ever heard that?   And peace through strength.”

“The men and women of the United States military provide the strength to bring peace to our troubled, troubled times.  We stand behind you.  We support your mission.  We love our country.  We are loyal to our people.  We respect our flag.  We celebrate our traditions.  We honor our heroes.  You are our heroes.  And we are prepared to fight.  And we pray for peace.

Thank you.  God bless you, and God bless America.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.”  February 06, 2017  © The office of White House Press Secretary