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Pope says women can read at mass but still can’t be priests

Pope Francis changed church law Monday to explicitly allow women to do more things during mass while continuing to affirm that they cannot be priests.

Francis amended the law to formalize and institutionalize what is common practice in many parts of the world: Women can be installed as lectors, to read Scripture and serve on the altar as eucharistic ministers. Previously, such roles were officially reserved for men, even though exceptions were made.

Francis said he was making the change to increase recognition of the “precious contribution” women make in the church, while emphasizing that all baptized Catholics have a role to play in the church’s mission.

But he also noted that doing so further makes a distinction between “ordained” ministries, such as the priesthood and diaconate, and ministries open to qualified laity. The Vatican reserves the priesthood for men.

The change comes as Francis remains under pressure to allow women to be deacons — ministers who perform many of the same functions as priests, such as presiding at weddings, baptisms and funerals. Currently, the ministry is reserved for men even though historians say the ministry was performed by women in the early church.

Experts to study whether women could be deacons

Francis has created a second commission of experts to study whether women could be deacons, after a first one failed to reach a consensus.

Advocates for expanding the diaconate to include women say doing so would give women greater say in the ministry and governance of the church, while also helping address priest shortages in several parts of the world.

Opponents say allowing it would become a slippery slope toward ordaining women to the priesthood.

Phyllis Zagano, who was a member of the Pope’s first study commission, called the changes important given they represent the first time the Vatican has explicitly and through canon law allowed women access to the altar. She said it was a necessary first step to let women be lectors and perform other ministries on the altar before any official consideration of the diaconate for women.

“This is the first movement to allow women inside the sanctuary,” said Zagano. “That’s a very big deal.”

Noting that bishops have long called for such a move, she said it opens the door to further progress. “You can’t be ordained as deacons unless you’re installed as lectors or acolytes,” said Zagano, a professor of religion at Hofstra University.

Lucetta Scaraffia, the former editor of the Vatican’s women’s magazine, however, called the new changes a “double trap.” She said they merely formalize what is current practice, including at papal masses, while also making clear that the diaconate is an “ordained” ministry reserved for men.

“This closes the door on the diaconate for women,” she said in a phone interview, calling the change “a step backward” for women.

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Why old-school printed books may be better than e-books for teaching kids to read

Parents and toddlers chat more as they read printed stories together compared to when they share electronic books, a new study from the University of Michigan found. Researchers say those conversations can be instrumental in teaching children to read and express themselves.

According to the study, talking about a story and connecting the action to a toddler’s own experience helps them to learn language and communication. It is particularly effective when a parent asks the child open-ended questions such as “What’s happening here?” Or “Remember when you went to the beach with dad?”

Electronic books are becoming increasingly popular for storytime, but the researchers found the bells and whistles, such as sound effects and animation, can sometimes distract young children.

Dr. Tiffany Munzer is a fellow in developmental behavioural pediatrics at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She her team had 37 parents and their two- to three-year-olds read a similar story together while being filmed in the lab. The experiment featured three book formats:

  •        Print books.
  •        Basic e-books on tablet.
  •        Enhanced e-books on tablet (featuring sound effects and animation).

The researchers looked at the number and kinds of verbalizations between the parents and children, including collaborative reading, which is when a child elaborates on a concept in the story.  

Parents may want to choose simple e-books, without so many bells and whistles, to avoid distracting toddlers, says psychology professor Patricia Ganea. (Craig Chivers/CBC)

Writing in a recent issue of the journal Pediatrics, Munzer said parents and toddlers chatted less about what was happening in the story when reading an e-book together. 

With an electronic story, more of the dialogue focused on swiping the page, tapping, or struggles over who was in control of the tablet, Munzer said.

“The dialogue was really centred around some of the aspects of the technology itself and so it was displacing some of this more rich language that parents use …[to] teach [toddlers] new concepts and bring things back to their own lives.”

Colleen Russo of Toronto recently read an e-book to her daughter Ripley for the first time. The 20-month-old loves traditional books, but was excited to be able to tap on a duck in the e-book story and then answer the question: “What does the duck say?”

“We’ve been doing a lot of travel, and packing all her books weighs on the suitcase,” Russo said. “I can’t wait to have books on [a tablet] that we can go to.”

Given how we live in a digital world, it would be a disservice to advise parents to avoid screens completely with their toddlers, said Patricia Ganea, an associate professor in the department of applied psychology and human development at the University of Toronto. She studies how children learn language.

Ganea has some suggestions to help parents use e-books more effectively with toddlers:

  • Choose simple e-books rather than ones with animation that can distract the child.
  • Talk with the child about the content of the story rather than allowing them to be distracted by features of the device.
  • Ask the child questions to start a discussion about what’s happening in the story.
  • Link the story to the child’s daily life.
  • Express positive emotion and interest in the child’s questions.

Munzer said future research should look at what aspects of e-book design support interactions between parent and child.

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Read Andrea Constand's victim impact statement

Prosecutors at Bill Cosby's sentencing Tuesday in Norristown, Pa., released this victim impact statement of Andrea Constand, the former Temple University employee Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting in 2004:

To truly understand the impact that sexual assault has had on my life, you have to understand the person that I was before it happened.

At the time of the assault, I was 30 years old, and a fit, confident athlete. I was strong, and skilled, with great reflexes, agility and speed. When I graduated from high school in Toronto, I was one of the top three female high school basketball players in Canada. Dozens of American colleges lined up to offer me basketball scholarships, and I chose the University of Arizona.

For four years, I was a shooting guard on the women's basketball team, scoring up to 30 points a game. It was an amazing time in my life, and I learned a lot, developed a circle of really good friends, many of them teammates, and travelled around the U.S. to compete.

The only downside was that I missed my family and developed severe homesickness. When it started to affect my studies and my training, my dad came up with the idea to move his own father and mother to Tucson.

My grandparents were in their late 60s when they gamely agreed to move more than 2,000 miles to help me adjust to life away from home. They were retired after selling their Toronto restaurant business, and figured the warm, dry climate would suit them anyway. I had always enjoyed a special relationship with my grandparents. Not only had I grown up in their home, but I spoke Greek before I spoke English. They got an apartment close to mine, and I was there most days, talking and laughing over my favourite home-cooked meals. The homesickness quickly evaporated.

After I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Communications, I signed a two-year contract to play professional basketball for Italy. Going pro took my athletic training to a whole new level. Once again, I thrived in the team atmosphere, and enjoyed travelling Europe although we rarely saw more than the basketball venues and the hotel rooms where we slept.

When my contract ended, my former coach from the University of Arizona encouraged me to apply for a job as Director of Operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia. It was a busy, challenging position that required me to manage a lot of logistical details so that others could focus on training the team for competition. I also made all the travel arrangements and went to tournaments with the team and support staff.

Bill Cosby is taken away in handcuffs after he was sentenced to three to 10 years for felony sexual assault on Tuesday. (Mark Makela/Associated Press)

It was a great job but after a few years, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the healing arts, my other passion. I also wanted to work closer to home, where I would be reunited with my large, extended family, and many friends.

I knew who I was and I liked who I was. I was at the top of my game, certain that the groundwork provided by my education and athletic training would stand me in good stead whatever challenges lay ahead.

How wrong I was. In fact, nothing could have prepared me for an evening of January 2004, when life as I knew it came to an abrupt halt.

I had just given my two-month notice at Temple when the man I had come to know as a mentor and friend drugged and sexually assaulted me. Instead of being able to run, jump and pretty much do anything I wanted physically, during the assault I was paralyzed and completely helpless. I could not move my arms or legs. I couldn't speak or even remain conscious. I was completely vulnerable, and powerless to protect myself.

After the assault, I wasn't sure what had actually happened but the pain spoke volumes. The shame was overwhelming. Self-doubt and confusion kept me from turning to my family or friends as I normally did. I felt completely alone, unable to trust anyone, including myself.

I made it through the next few weeks by focusing on work. The women's basketball team was in the middle of the Atlantic 10 tournament and was travelling a lot. It was an extremely busy time for me, and the distraction helped take my mind off what had happened.

When the team wasn't on the road, however, I was in the basketball office at Temple, and was required to interact with Mr. Cosby, who was on the Board of Trustees. The sound of his voice over the phone felt like a knife going through my guts. The sight of the man who drugged and sexually assaulted me coming into the basketball office filled me with dread. I did everything my job required of me but kept my head down, counting the days until I could return to Canada. I trusted that once I left, things would get back to normal.

The sound of his voice over the phone felt like a knife going through my guts.– Andrea Constand

Instead, the pain and anguish came with me. At my parent's house, where I was staying until I got settled, I couldn't talk, eat, sleep or socialize. Instead of feeling less alone because I was back home with my family, I felt more isolated than ever. Instead of my legendary big appetite and "hollow leg" — a running joke in my family — I picked at my food, looking more like a scarecrow with each passing week. I was always a sound sleeper but now I couldn't sleep for more than two or three hours. I felt exhausted all the time.

I used the demands of my new courses to opt out of family gatherings and events, and to avoid going out with friends. As far as anyone could tell, I was pre-occupied with my studies. But the terrible truth about what had happened to me — at the hands of a man my family and friends admired and respected — was swirling around inside me.

Then the nightmares started. I dreamed that another woman was being assaulted right in front of me and it was all my fault. In the dream, I was consumed with guilt, and pretty soon, that agonizing feeling spilled over into my waking hours too. I became more and more anxious that what had happened to me was going to happen to someone else. I grew terrified that it might already be too late, that the sexual assaults were continuing because I didn't speak out.

Then one morning I called my mother on the telephone to tell her what had happened to me. She had heard me cry out in my sleep. She wouldn't let me put her off, and insisted that I tell her what was wrong. She wouldn't settle for anything less than a complete and truthful explanation.

After we launched civil claims, the response from Mr. Cosby's legal team was swift and furious. It was meant to frighten and intimidate and it worked.– Andrea Constand

Reporting the assault to the Durham Regional police in Toronto only intensified the fear and pain, making me feel more vulnerable and ashamed than ever. When the Montgomery County District Attorney outside Philadelphia decided not to prosecute for lack of evidence, we were left with no sense of validation or justice. After we launched civil claims, the response from Mr. Cosby's legal team was swift and furious. It was meant to frighten and intimidate and it worked.

The psychological, emotional and financial bullying included a slander campaign in the media that left my entire family reeling in shock and disbelief. Instead of being praised as a straight-shooter, I was called a gold-digger, a con artist, and a pathological liar. My hard-working middle-class parents were accused of trying to get money from a rich and famous man.

At the deposition during the civil trial, I had to relive every moment of the sexual assault in horrifying detail in front of Mr. Cosby and his lawyers. I felt traumatized all over again and was often in tears. I had to watch Cosby make jokes and attempt to degrade and diminish me, while his lawyers belittled and sneered at me. It deepened my sense of shame and helplessness, and at the end of each day, I left emotionally drained and exhausted.

When the case closed with a settlement, sealed testimony and a nondisclosure agreement, I thought that finally — finally — I could get on with my life, that this awful chapter in my life was over at last. These exact same feelings followed me throughout both criminal trials. The attacks on my character continued, spilling over outside the courtroom steps attempting to discredit me, and cast me in false light. These character assassinations have caused me to suffer insurmountable stress and anxiety, which I still experience today.

Constand embraces prosecutor Kristen Feden, right, during a news conference after Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault trial in April. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

I still didn't know that my sexual assault was just the tip of the iceberg.

Now, more than 60 other women have self-identified as sexual assault victims of Bill Cosby. We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.

I have often asked myself why the burden of being the sole witness in two criminal trials had to fall to me. The pressure was —enormous. I knew that how my testimony was perceived — that how I was perceived — would have an impact on every member of the jury and on the future mental and emotional well-being of every sexual assault victim who came before me. But I had to testify. It was the right thing to do, and I wanted to do the right thing, even if it was the most difficult thing I've ever done. When the first trial ended in a mistrial, I didn't hesitate to step up again.

I know now that I am one of the lucky ones. But still, when the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities. Now, almost 15 years later, I'm a middle-aged woman who's been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.

Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.

I've never married and I have no partner. I live alone. My dogs are my constant companions, and the members of my immediate family are my closest friends.

My life revolves around my work as a therapeutic massage practitioner. Many of my clients need help reducing the effects of accumulated stress. But I've also trained in medical massage at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and often help cancer patients manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. I help many others, too — people with Parkinson's, arthritis, diabetes, and so on. Some of my clients are in their 90s. I help them cope with the ravages of old age, reducing stiffness, aches and pains.

Cosby's conviction has been hailed as a milestone for the #MeToo movement. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

I like my work. I like knowing that I can help relieve pain and suffering in others. I know that it helps heal me too.

I no longer play basketball but I try to stay fit. Mostly, I practice yoga and meditation, and when the weather is warm, I like to pedal my bike up long steep hills.

It all feels like a step in the right direction: away from a very dark and lonely place, toward the person I was before all this happened.

Instead of looking back, I am looking forward to looking forward. I want to get to the place where the person I was meant to be gets a second chance.

I know that I still have room to grow.

I would like to acknowledge some of the people who have helped me get here today. I will always be grateful for their counsel, friendship and support.

First of all, my lawyers Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz. These two smart, courageous women have been there for me since the beginning. Without them, I would never have been able to navigate this legal and emotional minefield.

I will also be eternally grateful to Kevin Steele, the District Attorney of Montgomery County, who had the guts to believe in me, in the truth, and for trusting that the justice system could get things right- even if the process had to be repeated.

I also want to thank Mr. Steele's incredible team of professionals. including assistant district attorneys Kristen Feden and Stewart Ryan, detectives Richard Schaffer, Mike Shade, Harry Hall, Jim Reape, Erin Slight, Kiersten McDonald, victims services, and many others, for their passion for justice, their skill, and their hard work and perseverance despite the odds.

Thank you to the jurors for their civic duty and great sacrifices.

Thank you to all of the friends, old and new, who have stood by me. You know who you are, and each and every one of you has made a huge difference. Please know that.

Last but not least, I want to thank my incredible family: my mother, Gianna, and my father, Andrew, my sister Diana, her husband Stuart, and their beautiful daughters — my nieces Andrea and Melanie. Thank you for proving over and over again that if there's one thing in life you can always count on, it's family.

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Barack and Michelle Obama Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin With Heartfelt Letter Read at Funeral

Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are continuing to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin.

Although the two could not attend the service in person, they were at the Queen of Soul’s “Celebration of Life” in Detroit, Michigan, on Friday in spirit.

About midway through the funeral, Rev. Al Sharpton read aloud a heartfelt letter that was sent to him from the Obamas.

“From a young age, Aretha Franklin rocked the world of anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her voice,” Barack wrote on behalf of him and Michelle. “Whether bringing people together through a thrilling intersection of genres or advancing important causes through the power of song, Aretha’s work reflected the very best of our American story — in all of its hope and heart, its boldness and its unmistakable beauty.”

Barack and Michelle shared a deeply personal connection with Franklin. Back in 2009, the legendary singer performed “My Country ’Tis of Thee” at Barack’s first presidential inauguration, and was personally invited back to the White House several times while he was in office.

Read the full letter below:

Dear Friends and Family of Aretha:

Michelle and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to all those who have gathered in Detroit, and we join you in remembering and celebrating the life of the Queen of Soul.

From a young age, Aretha Franklin rocked the world of anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her voice. Whether bringing people together through a thrilling intersection of genres or advancing important causes through the power of song, Aretha’s work reflected the very best of our American story—in all of its hope and heart, its boldness and its unmistakable beauty.

In the example she set, both as an artist and a citizen, Aretha embodied those most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation, while the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires: namely affection and respect. And through her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love.

Aretha truly was one of a kind. And as you pay tribute, know we’ll be saying a little prayer for you. And we’ll be thinking of all of Aretha’s loved ones in the days and weeks to come.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

Plenty of celebrities gathered together at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple on Friday to pay their final respects to Franklin, who died on Aug. 16 at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer. Additionally, stars like Faith Hill, Ariana Grande and Chaka Khan took the stage to perform.

The service continues with upcoming performances by Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holliday. See the full funeral lineup here, and watch the video below for more on Franklin.

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Read Trump's state of the union speech, annotated

U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his first state of the union speech Tuesday night, laying out his agenda for the year ahead in a sprawling 80-minute address. CBC News Washington correspondent Matt Kwong takes a closer look at the address. To see Kwong’s annotations, click the highlights. (The following transcript has been checked against the official White House transcript, but may contain typographical errors.)


TRUMP:
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice-President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans. Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American people and to address their concerns, their hopes and their dreams.

That night, our new administration had already taken very swift action. A new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land. Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission, to make America great again for all Americans.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success. We have faced challenges we expected and others we could never have imagined. We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. We have endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul and the steel in America’s spine.

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US President Donald Trump looks on before delivering a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 26, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Each test has forged new American heroes to remind us who we are and show us what we can be. We saw the volunteers of the Cajun Navy racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people in the aftermath of a totally devastating hurricane.

We saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas strip.

We heard tales of Americans, like Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, who is here tonight in the gallery, with Melania.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Ashlee was aboard one of the first helicopters in the scene in Houston during the Hurricane Harvey. Through 18 hours of wind and rain, Ashlee braved live power lines and deep water to help save more than 40 lives. Ashlee, we all thank you. Thank you very much.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
We heard about Americans like firefighter David Dahlberg. He’s here with us also. David faced down walls of flame to rescue almost 60 children trapped at a California summer camp, threatened by those devastating wildfires. To everyone still recovering in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, everywhere, we are with you, we love you, and we always will pull through together, always.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Thank you to David and the brave people of California. Thank you very much, David. Great job.

Some trials over the past year touched this chamber very personally. With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this house, a guy who took a bullet, almost died, and was back to work three and a half months later. The legend from Louisiana, congressman Steve Scalise.

(APPLAUSE)

I think they like you, Steve. We are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the capitol police officers, the Alexandria police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved his life and the lives of many others some in this room — in the aftermath — yes, yes.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people. But it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon on all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. This is really the key. These are the people we were elected to serve.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew – that no people on Earth are so fearless or daring or determined as Americans. If there is a mountain, we climb it. If there is a frontier, we cross it. If there is a challenge, we tame it. If there is an opportunity, we seize it. So let’s begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our union is strong, because our people are strong.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
And together we are building a safe, strong and proud America. Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including —

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
— including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. Tremendous numbers.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
After years and years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
It’s something I am very proud of, African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded. And Hispanic-American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Small-business confidence is at an all-time high. The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining eight trillion dollars and more in value in just this short period of time.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
The great news for Americans. The great news for Americans — 401k, retirement, pension and college savings accounts have gone through the roof. And just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small business. To lower tax rates for hard-working Americans, we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Now, the first $ 24,000 earned by a married couple is completely tax-free.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
We also doubled the child tax credit.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
A typical family of four making $ 75,000 will see their tax bill reduced by $ 2,000, slashing their tax bill in half.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
In April, this will be the last time you will ever file under the old and very broken system. And millions of Americans will have more take-home pay, starting next month. A lot more.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
We eliminated an especially cruel tax, fell mostly on Americans making less than $ 50,000 a year, forcing them to pay tremendous penalties, simply because they couldn’t afford government-ordered health plans. We repealed the core of the disastrous Obamacare. The individual mandate is now gone. Thank heavens.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
We slashed the business tax rate from 35 per cent, all the way down to 21 per cent, so American companies can compete against anyone else, anywhere in the world.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
These changes alone are estimated to increase average family income by more than $ 4,000, a lot of money.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Small businesses have also received a massive tax cut and can now deduct 20 per cent of their business income. Here tonight are Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger of Staub Manufacturing, a small, beautiful business in Ohio. They’ve just finished the best year in their 20-year history.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Because of tax reform, they are handing out raises, hiring an additional 14 people, and expanding into the building next door. Good feeling.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
One of Staub’s employees, Corey Adams, is also with us tonight. Corey is an all-American worker. He supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 recession, and was later hired by Staub, where he trained to become a welder. Like many hard-working Americans, Corey plans to invest his tax cut raise into his new home, and his two daughters’ education. Corey, please stand.

(APPLAUSE)

And he’s a great welder. I was told by the man that owns that company that’s doing so well. So, congratulations, Corey.

Since we passed tax cuts, roughly three million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses. Many of them, thousands and thousands of dollars per worker and it’s getting more every month, every week. Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $ 350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
And just a little while ago, Exxon Mobil announced a $ 50 billion investment in the United States, just a little while ago.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
This, in fact, is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American dream.

So, to every citizen watching at home tonight, no matter where you have been or where you have come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything. And together, we can achieve absolutely anything.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of a nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family, can do anything. We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Together, we are rediscovering the American way. In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the centre of American life.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
The motto is, “In God we trust.”

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
And we celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from — a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided all by himself to change that and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes. Preston, a job well done.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. And I met Preston a little while ago and he is something very special, that I can tell you. Great future. Thank you very much for all you’ve done, Preston. Thank you very much.

(APPLAUSE)

Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us of why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
Americans love their country and they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.

For the last year, we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their government. Working with the Senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the constitution as written, including a great new Supreme Court justice, and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP
We are totally defending our Second Amendment and have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty.

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TRUMP
And we are serving our brave veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their health-care decisions.

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Last year, Congress also passed, and I signed, the landmark V.A. Accountability Act.

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Since its passage, my administration has already removed more than 1,500 V.A. employees who failed to give our veterans the care they deserve. And we are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do.

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And I will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey.

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All Americans deserve accountability and respect. And that’s what we are giving to our wonderful heroes, our veterans. Thank you.

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So tonight I call on Congress to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust, or fail the American people.

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In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in the history of our country.

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We have ended the war on American energy. And we have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal.

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We are now very proudly an exporter of energy to the world.

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In Detroit, I halted government mandates that crippled America’s great, beautiful auto workers, so that we can get Motor City revving its engines again. And that’s what’s happening.

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Many car companies are now building and expanding plans in the United States, something we haven’t seen in decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan. Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama, a big one. And we haven’t seen this in a long time. It’s all coming back.

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Very soon, auto plants and other plants will be opening up all over our country. This is all news Americans are totally unaccustomed to hearing. For many years, companies and jobs were only leaving us. But now, they are roaring back, they’re coming back, they want to be where the action is. They want to be in the United States of America. That is where they want to be.

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Exciting progress is happening every single day. To speed access to breakthrough cures and affordable generic drugs, last year, the FDA approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our country’s history.

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We also believe that patients with terminal conditions, terminal illness, should have access to experimental treatment immediately that could potentially save their lives. People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure. I want to give them a chance right here at home. It’s time for Congress to give these wonderful, incredible Americans the right to try.

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One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs.

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In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. And it’s very, very unfair. That is why I’ve directed my administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of my top priorities for the year.

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And prices will come down substantially. Watch.

America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs and our wealth. Our nation has lost its wealth, but we are getting it back so fast. The era of economic surrender is totally over. From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair. And very importantly, reciprocal.

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We will work to fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones. And they’ll be good ones. But they’ll be fair. And we will protect American workers and American intellectual property, through strong enforcement of our trade rules.

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As we rebuild our industries, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.

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America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just one year. Isn’t it a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a minor permit approved for the building of a simple road?

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I am asking both parties to come together to give us safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure that our economy needs and our people deserve.

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Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $ 1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment that our country so desperately needs. Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments, and, where appropriate, tapping into private-sector investment, to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit. And we can do it.

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Any bill must also streamline the permitting and approval process, getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps, even one. Together, we can reclaim our great building heritage.

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We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways all across our land. And we will do it with American heart, American hands and American grit.

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We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their home at night. And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we all love so much. We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity.

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As tax cuts create new jobs, let’s invest in workforce development and let’s invest in job training, which we need so badly.

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Let’s open great vocational schools, so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.

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And let’s support working families by supporting paid family leave.

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As America regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons, to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life.

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Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American workers and American families. For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans.

Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives. Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers, Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters, Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, were close friends on Long Island.

But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th birthday, such a happy time it should have been, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown.

Six members of the savage MS-13 gang have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as illegal, unaccompanied, alien minors. And wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.

Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy and Robert, tonight everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. Please stand. Thank you very much.

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I want you to know that 320 million hearts are right now breaking for you. We love you. Thank you.

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While we cannot imagine the depths of that kind of sorrow, we can make sure that other families never have to endure this kind of pain.

Tonight I am calling on Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13 and other criminal gangs to break into our country. We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws and support our ICE and border patrol agents. These are great people, these are great, great people that work so hard in the midst of such danger, so that this can never happen again.

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The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we do more than any other country, anywhere in the world, to help the needy, the struggling, and the underprivileged, all over the world.

But as president of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, my constant concern, is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers and America’s forgotten communities.

I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. I want our poor to have their chance to rise. So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens of every background, colour, religion and creed.

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My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American dream. Because Americans are dreamers, too.

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Here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country, Homeland Security Investigation Special Agent, Celestino Martinez. He goes by “DJ” and “CJ”. He said, call me either one. So we’ll call you CJ.

Served 15 years in the air force before becoming an ICE agent, and spending the last 15 years fighting gang violence and getting dangerous criminals off of our streets. Tough job.

At one point, MS-13 leaders ordered CJ’s murder, and they wanted it to happen quickly. But he did not cave to threats or to fear. Last May, he commanded an operation to track down gang members in Long Island. His team has arrested nearly 400, including more than 220 MS-13 gang members.

And I have to tell you, what the border patrol and ICE have done, we have sent thousands and thousands and thousands of MS-13 horrible people out of this country, or into our prisons. So I just want to congratulate you, CJ. You are a brave guy. Thank you very much.

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And I asked CJ, what is the secret? He just said, “We’re just tougher than they are.” And I like that answer.

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Now, let’s get Congress to send you and all of the people in this great chamber — have to do it, we have no choice. CJ, we are going to send you reinforcements, and we’re going to send them to you quickly. It’s what you need.

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Over the next few weeks, the House and Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package. In recent months, my administration has met extensively with both Democrats and Republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform. Based on these discussions, we presented Congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise. One where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs and must have.

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Here are the four pillars of our plan: The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age. That covers almost three times more people than the previous administration covered.

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Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become a full citizens of the United States over a 12-year period.

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The second pillar fully secures the border.

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That means building a great wall on the southern border and it means hiring more heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe.

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Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country. And it finally ends the horrible and dangerous practice of catch and release.

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The third pillar ends the visa lottery, a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of American people.

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It’s time to begin moving toward a merit-based immigration system. One that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.

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The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration.

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Under the current, broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.

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This vital reform is necessary not just for our economy, but for our security and for the future of America. In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration. In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can just no longer afford. It is time to reform —

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these outdated immigration rules and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century.

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These four pillars represent a down-the-middle compromise and one that will create a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system.

For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem. This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen. Most importantly, these four pillars will produce legislation that fulfils my ironclad pledge to sign a bill that puts America first.

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So let’s come together, set politics aside, and finally get the job done.

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These reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction. Never before has it been like it is now. It is terrible. We have to do something about it.

In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses. 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.

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My administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. For those who have been so terribly hurt. The struggle will be long and it will be difficult, but as Americans always do, in the end, we will succeed. We will prevail.

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As we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in America. We see a vivid expression of this truth in the story of the Holets family of New Mexico. Ryan Holets is 27 years old, an officer with the Albuquerque police department. He is here tonight with his wife, Rebecca.

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Thank you, Ryan. Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she didn’t know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.

In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him. You will do it, because you can. He heard those words. He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids. Then he went home to tell his wife, Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Hope. Ryan and Rebecca, you embody the goodness of our nation. Thank you.

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Thank you, Ryan and Rebecca.

As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad. Around the world, we race rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy and our values.

In confronting these horrible dangers, we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict and unmatched power is the surest means to our true and great defence. For this reason, I am asking Congress to end the dangerous defence sequester and fully fund our great military.

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As part of our defence, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal. Hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and so powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression by any other nation or anyone else.

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Perhaps some day in the future, there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to eliminate their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we are not there yet, sadly.

Last year, I also pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the Earth. One year later, I am proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated very close to 100 per cent of the territory just recently held by these killers in Iraq and in Syria and in other locations as well.

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But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated. Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck is here tonight. Near Raqqa, last November, Justin and his comrade, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, were on a mission to clear buildings that ISIS had rigged with explosives, so that civilians could return to that city hopefully soon and hopefully safely.

Clearing the second floor of a vital hospital, Kenton Stacy was severely wounded by an explosion. Immediately, Justin bounded into the booby-trapped and unbelievably dangerous and unsafe building and found Kenton, but in very, very bad shape. He applied pressure to the wound and inserted a tube to reopen an airway. He then performed CPR for 20 straight minutes during the ground transport and maintained artificial respiration through two-and-a-half hours and through emergency surgery. Kenton Stacy would have died if it were not for Justin’s selfless love for his fellow warrior. Tonight, Kenton is recovering in Texas. Raqqa is liberated and Justin is wearing his new bronze star with a “v” for valour. Staff Sergeant Peck – all of America salutes you.

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Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil. When possible, we have no choice but to annihilate them. When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them. But we must be clear. Terrorists are not merely criminals, they are unlawful, enemy combatants.

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And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are. In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds and hundreds of dangerous terrorists only to meet them again on the battlefield, including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi, who we captured, who we had, who we released.

So today, I am keeping another promise. I just signed, prior to walking in, an order directing Secretary Mattis, who is doing a great job — thank you.

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To re-examine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay.

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I am asking Congress to ensure that in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists wherever we chase them down, wherever we find them, and in many cases for them it will now be Guantanamo Bay.

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At the same time, as of a few months ago, our warriors in Afghanistan have new rules of engagement.

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Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines and we no longer tell our enemies our plans.

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Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, just months before. I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make this decision.

In 2016, American taxpayers generously sent those same countries more than $ 20 billion in aid. That is why, tonight, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign assistance dollars always serve American interests and only go to friends of America, not enemies of America.

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As we strengthen friendships all around the world, we are also restoring clarity about our adversaries. When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.

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I am asking Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal. My administration has also imposed tough sanctions on the communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela.

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But no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally, more brutally, then the cruel dictatorship in North Korea. North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening. Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this very dangerous position. We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and to our allies.

Otto Warmbier was a hardworking student at the University of Virginia, and a great student he was. On his way to study abroad in Asia, Otto joined a tour to North Korea.

At its conclusion, this wonderful young man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state. After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labour before returning him to America last June, horribly injured, and on the verge of death.

He passed away just days after his return. Otto’s wonderful parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are here with us tonight, along with Otto’s brother and sister, Austin and Greta. Please.

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Incredible people. You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength truly inspires us all. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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Tonight we pledge to honour Otto’s memory with total American resolve. Thank you.

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Finally, we are joined by one more witness to the ominous nature of this regime. His name is Mr. Ji Seong-ho. In 1966, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea. One day he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food, which were very hard to get. In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger.

He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain or the hurt. His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover and ate dirt themselves, permanently stunting their own growth.

Later he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China. His tormentors wanted to know if he’d met any Christians. He had and he resolved after that to be free. Seong-ho travelled thousands of miles on crutches all across China and southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape and was tortured to death. Today, he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears most. The truth.

Today, he has a new leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those old crutches as a reminder of how far you have come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all. Please. Thank you.

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Seong-ho’s story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom. It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America.

It was a small cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean and a vast wilderness. It was home to an incredible people come with a revolutionary idea that they could rule themselves. That they could chart their own destiny and that together they could light up the entire world.

That is what our country has always been about. That is what Americans have always stood for, always strived for, and always done.

Atop the dome of this capital stands the statue of freedom. She stands tall and dignified among the monuments to our ancestors, who fought and lived and died to protect her. Monuments to Washington, and Jefferson, and Lincoln and King. Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga. To young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy and the fields beyond, and others who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies all over Asia. And freedom stands tall over one more monument. This one. This capitol. This living monument. This is the monument to the American people.

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We are a people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us, defending hope, pride, and defending the American way. They work in every trade, they sacrifice to raise a family. They care for our children at home. They defend our flag abroad. And they are strong moms and brave kids. They are firefighters and police officers and border agents, medics and marines. But above all else, they are Americans. And this capital, this city, this nation, belongs entirely to them.

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Our task is to respect them, to listen to them, to serve them, to protect them and to always be worthy of them. Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the balance of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget. The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it’s the people who are making America great again.

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As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will never fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper, and our nation will forever be safe and strong, and proud, and mighty, and free. Thank you, and God bless America. Good night.

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(CROWD CHANTS USA! USA!)

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Thank you, everybody.

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