President Trump visited and addressed the Coast Guard in Riviera Seaside, Florida on Thanksgiving morning. Here is a transcript of his phrases:
“It’s an honor to be right here. I’ve to let you know, you recognize. The Coast Guard at all times revered, however in the event you’re it as a model, there is not any model that went up greater than the Coast Guard with what occurred in Texas, and I’d say specifically, Texas has been unimaginable. You saved 16,000 lives. No one is aware of that. 16,000 lives. The truth is once I first heard the quantity, I stated, you imply like 600? 500? 16,000 lives in Texas.
In order dangerous as that hurricane was, and that was dangerous one. That was an enormous water job, proper? It saved coming in and going again they could not do away with it. They’d by no means seen it. I assume it was the largest water dump they’ve ever seen. However whenever you’ve bought 16,000
[inaudible, Trump turns around to face the crowd] huge teams of individuals
[inaudible, Trump turns back around] however whenever you’ve bought 16,000, that is actually one thing. After which Florida hit. And you recognize that went very effectively, you recognize that went fairly effectively, proper? The job you probably did in Florida. After which Puerto Rico. I actually imply that, I believe that there is not any model of any form, I do not simply imply a army model, that is gone up greater than the Coast Guard. Unbelievable folks. You have performed an unimaginable job. I like coming in right here and doing this with you at this time. I believe it is — we’ve got to maintain you very effectively fed. That is great things. It is an honor. That is the primary woman, you recognize.
[Melania Trump: Happy Thanksgiving.]
We went collectively to Texas. We noticed what you had been doing. You simply adopted that storm, proper subsequent to that storm. You saved so many individuals. I nonetheless have not discovered how folks take their boats out right into a hurricane. Some day you will clarify it. Jean was simply telling me they really do it to to save lots of their boat in lots of instances. They are not interested by their life. They’re interested by their boats. They exit in a ship and assume assume they’ve an exquisite boat. They’ve had it for years. It might climate something after which they’ve 25-foot waves crashing down. And that might be the top of that. You saved lots of people. I need to thanks. On behalf of the entire nation and on behalf of us, what a job you’ve got performed. Thanks very a lot.
I will additionally take questions. Ought to we depart the media right here? To do the questions or ought to we inform the media? It is Thanksgiving. Let’s let the media keep. Anyone have any questions concerning the nation, how we’re doing or any of these issues? Wow. I find it irresistible when you do not. Meaning you are doing nice. I like that. That is the best. The press I do know does not have any questions. Should you do, we can’t take them however that is already. The press has loads of questions.
The nation’s doing rather well. Inventory market, all time excessive. That is all great things. I simply spoke to loads of your mates in Afghanistan and Iraq. We spoke to the usMonterey. Nice ship, nice missile ship. We spoke to loads of completely different people, from the Air Pressure, to the Military, simply now, a short while in the past at Mar-a-Lago. The telecommunication programs [inaudible] we go dwell to Iraq, dwell to Afghanistan, and it is actually unimaginable. I instructed them, our nation is doing nice. You people are preventing so arduous and dealing so arduous. It is good that you just’re working for one thing that is actually beginning to work. We have in the reduction of a lot on regulation and all of the waste and the the entire abuse.
The inventory market on Friday hit the all-time excessive. The very best it is ever been, ever. In your complete lengthy life, the inventory market is larger than it is ever been. And which means your 401(okay)s and all of the issues you have got. whether or not it is, even in the event you’re within the army. You will have a rustic that is beginning to flip. We need to have a powerful nation.
We would like have a rustic the place I should buy new Coast Guard cutters and never have to fret about it, alright. And that is what we’re doing, we’re increase wealth so we are able to deal with our safety. And we’re ordering large quantities of recent gear, we’re at $700 billion for the army. And you recognize they had been chopping again for years, they jut saved chopping, chopping chopping the army. And you bought lean, to place it properly, depleted was the phrase, and now it is altering.
The Navy, I can let you know, we’re ordering ships, with the Air Pressure I can let you know we’re ordering loads of planes, specifically the F-35 fighter jet, which is like virtually like an invisible fighter. I used to be asking the Air Pressure guys, I stated, how good is that this aircraft? They stated, effectively, sir, you possibly can’t see it. I stated however in a battle. , in a battle, like I watch on the films. The battle, they’re preventing. How good is that this? They are saying, effectively, it wins each time as a result of the enemy can’t see it. Even when it is proper subsequent to them, it may possibly’t see it. I stated that helps. That is a very good factor.
However I imply we’ve got gear that — no one has the gear that we’ve got. And it is unhappy once we’re promoting our gear to different international locations however we’re not shopping for it ourselves. However now that is all modified. And I stated, the stuff that we’ve got is at all times a bit bit higher too. After we promote to different international locations, even when they’re allies you by no means learn about an ally. An ally can flip. You are going to discover that out. However I at all times say make lives a bit bit higher. Give it that further pace, a bit bit — preserve a bit bit — preserve about 10% within the bag. We now have — no one has what with we’ve got. That is what we’re doing. We’re actually pleased with the Coast Guard and I am very proud — I walked in at this time and Jean stated, the day I bought elected, the next morning, they had been placing up the assertion that I made proper in your entrance door and I got here in and the very first thing I observed, in fact, I stated wow, have a look at that. I stated, did you place that up only for me as a result of I occur to be coming right here at this time? And you probably did that the primary day. That tells me one thing. That tells me one thing.
Let’s go, fellas. Come on. Let’s stand up right here. Let’s stand up right here. Yeah. That is great things.” Trump then served sandwiches.