Transcript: President Donald Trump’s remarks on Defense Secretary James Mattis & executive order banning refugees & Muslims
Partial transcript of President Donald Trump’s remarks at Defense Secretary James Mattis’s swearing-in ceremony. Trump also signed an executive order banning refugees and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen) from entering the United States on Jan. 27, 2017:
And that’s total confidence, believe me.
I’d like to first congratulate Gen. James Mattis. Now, Secretary Mattis.
Secretary Mattis has devoted his life to serving his country.
He’s a man of honor, a man of devotion, and a man of total action. He likes action.
He’s the right man at the right time, and he will do us all very, very proud.
I’m honored to stand here today among so many patriots. You are the backbone of this country. You are the spirit of this nation in every sense.
The men and women of the United States military are the greatest force for justice and peace and goodness that have ever walked the face of this Earth.
Your legacy exists everywhere in the world today, where people are more free, more prosperous, and more secure because of the United States of America.
And you have earned and ensured for our children the glorious birthright of freedom bestowed upon us by God.
We stand today in the hall of heroes – great heroes – a testament to the undying courage of those who wear our nation’s uniform and who’ve received the highest distinction – the Medal of Honor.
This is a sacred hall. The soul of our nation lives between these walls. These walls tell the story of those intrepid Americans who gave everything, risked everything, and fought with everything they had to save their fellow warriors – and warriors they are, believe me, warriors they are – and to save our wondrous liberties and to save this God blessed land. They shed their blood and pour out the love from their hearts to protect our home.
We are in awe of their valor, tremendous valor. And we pledge our dedication to every single family serving our country and our flag.
That is why today I’m signing two executive actions to ensure the sacrifices of our military are supported by the actions of our government, and they will always be supported by the actions of our government. Believe me.
First, I’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States, developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources, and new tools for our men and women in uniform, and I’m very proud to be doing that.
As we prepare our budget request for Congress, and I think Congress is going to be very happy to see it, our military strength will be questioned by no one but neither will our dedication to peace. We do want peace.
Secondly, I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don’t want them here.
We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.
We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.
We will never forget the lessons of 9/11 nor the heroes who lost their lives at the Pentagon. They were the best of us.
We will honor them not only with our words but with our actions and that’s what we’re doing today.
I am privileged to be here with you, and I promise that our administration will always have your back. We will always be with you.
And I just want to thank you very much.
And I want to just extend a very special congratulations to a great man and that’s Secretary Mattis, and I think he’s going to lead us so brilliantly. He’s a tremendous soldier. Always has been. He’s a general’s general. Every general that I spoke to they just – I won’t say that they all said he’s our favorite but they did. He’s our favorite. He’s a special, special man. So I want to bless him.
And God bless you and God bless America.
And Secretary Mattis, I have no doubt you’re going to do an outstanding job, and thank you very much for accepting this responsibility.[Inaudible]
So this is the rebuilding of the United States Armed Forces. That’s a big one. [Inaudible]…
And this is the protection of the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States. We all know what that means. Protection of the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States. That’s big stuff…