Transcript: Donald Trump’s speech in Fayetteville, North Carolina – Part 5
Part 5 of 8. Partial transcript of president-elect Donald Trump’s speech at a “Thank You” rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Dec. 6, 2016:
General James Mattis:
Thank you. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
Thank you, president-elect, for the confidence that you have shown in me. Thank you for the opportunity. I’m grateful for the opportunity to return to our troops, to their families, the civilians at the Department of Defense because I know how committed they are and devoted they are to the defense of our country, the defense of our constitution.
And with our allies strengthened, with our country strengthened, I’ll look forward to being the civilian leader so long as Congress gives me the waiver and the Senate votes to consent.
Thank you very much.
What a great guy. He’s going to be incredible.
He’ll get that waiver. Right? He’s going to get that. Oh, if he didn’t get that waiver, there’ll be a lot of angry people. Such a popular choice.
I believe we’re in the process of putting together one of the all-time great cabinets that has ever been assembled in our nation’s history.
We have some great, great people going to be named over the next couple of days too.
But to accomplish our goals, we must reject the failed approaches of the past. We must move past the tired conventional thinking of Washington D.C.
As Abraham Lincoln said, as our case is new, so must we think anew and act anew.
My plan begins with bold structural reform to create millions of good-paying jobs and even great-paying jobs.
You’ve been seeing what’s been happening over the last couple of weeks and we haven’t gotten there yet. We haven’t gotten there.
We were very proud of saving 1,100 jobs in Indiana with the help of Mike Pence, vice president-elect who’s incredible. We’re very proud of Mike Pence, by the way.
Whether it’s producing steel, building cars, or curing disease, we want the next generation of innovation and production to happen right here in America and right here in North Carolina.
And don’t forget, when we started even four weeks before, they said “Well, we’re going to have an awfully hard time winning Florida, an awfully hard time winning North Carolina. We’re not going to win Pennsylvania. We’re not going to win Michigan. We’re not going to win Wisconsin. We’re not going to win – we’re not going to win Iowa, and Ohio’s going to be tough.” So it started out.
We won Ohio by more than eight points. We won Iowa by a massive number – 10 points. Then we went down, we won Florida. Remember that fantastic evening?
“We have breaking news. Donald Trump wins Florida. Donald Trump wins North Carolina.”
We won so many states. We won 30 states – 32 states. We won so much and we just kept winning, and we topped it off by winning Pennsylvania, winning Michigan. Winning – right? Winning Wisconsin. States that hadn’t been won in 38 years. A lot of states.
And it was a fantastic evening and that’s why we’re here tonight because we want to thank you. We want to thank you, especially.
First on taxes, we’re going to undertake one of the great tax reforms and simplifications in American history.
This includes lowering the tax rate on business from 35% all the way down to 15%. And massive tax cuts by the way for our middle class workers. Massive. The biggest. Biggest since Reagan. Actually bigger than Reagan.
On regulations, we’re going to eliminate every single wasteful regulation that undermines the ability of our workers and our companies to compete. The regulation business is a disaster in our country. We’re going to get rid of all of the unnecessary regulations.
On energy, we will cancel the job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy and pursue American energy independence. We’ll be able to do it.
Honoring the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, believe it or not, one of our great environmentalists, we will also conserve and protect our beautiful natural resources for the next generation, including protecting lands and anglers and hunters and all of those who enjoy the outdoors like my sons, Don and Eric. They enjoy the outdoors. They enjoy it. They love it.