Transcript: Donald Trump’s speech in Fayetteville, North Carolina – Part 4
Part 4 of 8. Partial transcript of president-elect Donald Trump’s speech at a “Thank You” rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Dec. 6, 2016:
But we don’t want people taking advantage of us any more. We don’t want countries taking advantage of us any more. We don’t want that. We don’t want that.
We want to be the smart people. We don’t want to be what we’ve been over the last long period of time.
We build up our military not as an act of aggression but as an act of prevention.
We pursue and build up arms not in order to seek conflict but in order to avoid conflict. We want to be strong.
In short, we seek peace through strength.
That is why in my first budget report to Congress, I am going to ask for the elimination of the defense sequester. Depletion. I call it depletion. It gets worse and worse every year. Not for our military.
We will show the world that America is going to be strong again, stronger than ever before.
We’re going to be stronger militarily than ever before, and hopefully we don’t have to use our military. But we’re going to be stronger than ever before.
And there’s rarely been a time when we’ve needed this strength more than we have right now.
But in order to succeed with our defense policy, we must find the right person to lead our Defense Department. Is that right?
This is why I’m proud to formally announce today my intention to nominate Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense for the United States of America.
Jim is a Marine Corps four-star general, the former commander of U.S. Central Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander.
For transformation, this is going to be so great for us. He led an assault battalion in Operation Desert Storm. And you saw what that happened. That was the way you’re supposed to lead it. There was no games.
Mad dog plays no games. Right?
Led the forces that went after the Taliban and commanded the First Marine Division in Iraq.
He is one of the most effective generals that we’ve had in many, many decades. An extraordinary leader of our time, who has committed his life for his love for our country.
Gen. Mattis is the living embodiment of the Marine Corps semper fidelis. Always faithful.
And the American people are fortunate that a man of this character and integrity will now be the civilian leader atop the Department of Defense.
Under his leadership – right? Under his leadership, such an important position, we will rebuild our military and alliances, destroy terrorists, face our enemies head-on, and make America safe again.
It is now my honor and privilege to welcome to this stage your next Secretary of Defense Gen. Mad Dog Mattis.