Trump Visits Navy’s New Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier: Marine One Landing + Full Speech

We will give our military the tools you need
to prevent war and, if required, to fight war and only do one thing — you know what that is?  Win! Thank you. Thank you very much. What an honor. They just gave me this beautiful jacket. They said, here, Mr. President, please take
this home. I said, let me wear it. And then they gave me the beautiful hat,
and I said, you know, maybe I’ll do that. We have a great “Make America Great Again”
hat, but I said, this is a special day, we’re wearing this. Right? I have no idea how it looks, but I think
it looks good. It’s a great-looking hat — just like this
is a great-looking ship. Thank you. I’m privileged to stand here today with
the incredible men and women of the United States Navy. American sailors are the best warfighting
sailors anywhere in the world. And it’s not even close. And, Susan, I am so glad you could be with
us. I know how hard you work — 17 visits. And she wanted things done right, I will
tell you. They told me she wanted this one done right,
in honor of both of her parents, who were great, great people. And we wanted to introduce this beautiful
vessel to the American people. And I wanted to be here, I wanted to be
with you. So, Susan, and to your family — unbelievable
job. Unbelievable. The soon-to-be commissioned Gerald R. Ford USS — what a place. It really feels like a place. You stand on that deck, and you feel like
you’re standing on a very big piece of land. But this is better than land. It will not only be a great symbol of American
strength, but a great legacy for your father, and our former President, Gerald Ford. President Ford was a Navy man. By the way, he was also a great athlete,
for those of you that didn’t know. He saw action in the South Pacific during
World War II. He served this country with honor — in
the military, in Congress, and in the White House. The proud dignity of this ship is a fitting
tribute to Gerald Ford, the man and the President. Congratulations to all of the men and women who helped build it. This is American craftsmanship at its biggest,
at its best, at its finest. American workers are the greatest anywhere
in the world. This warship, and all who serve on it, should
be a source of shared pride for our nation. We are joined today better believe it, right? Better believe it. Better believe it. And, by the way, we’re going to soon have
more coming. We’ll have more coming. We are joined today by General Mattis, now Secretary Mattis
where is he? — who will be charged with overseeing this great rebuilding of our military might. We will give the men and women of America’s
armed services the resources you need to keep us safe. We will have the finest equipment in the
world — planes, ships and everything else. We are going to have, very soon, the finest
equipment in the world. We will give our military the tools you need
to prevent war and, if required, to fight war and only do one thing — you know what
that is? Win! Win! We’re going to start winning again. Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations,
is with us today as well — great gentleman. Admiral, we’re going to ensure our Navy
has the resources, personnel training and equipment — the kind of equipment that you
need. So, congratulations, Admiral. And a lot more is coming. Let me congratulate Captain Richard McCormack,
Commanding Officer of the Gerald R. Ford. This ship will make an extraordinary addition
to the fleet like no other — like no other. Anywhere in the world there’s nothing like
this. It represents the future of naval aviation. I have no greater privilege than to serve
as your Commander-in-Chief and the Commander-in-Chief of the men and women of the United States
military. Great people. Great, great people. I salute you, and I salute our sailors. I will always support you and your mission. I will never, ever let you down. And I also have to recognize Mike Petters,
President and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries along with Matt Mulherin, President of Newport
News Shipbuilding. They won’t let you down either. They’re not going to let you down either. To those who serve our nation in uniform and
to those who build the instruments of our defense, I thank you on behalf of our nation. U-S-A! I agree, I agree. Our carriers are the centerpiece of American military might overseas. We are standing today on 4.5 acres of combat
power and sovereign U.S. territory, the likes of which there is nothing to compete. There is no competition to this ship. It is a monument to American might that
will provide the strength necessary to ensure peace. This ship will carry 4,500 personnel and
70 aircraft, and will be a vital component of our defense. This carrier and the new ships in the Ford
class will expand the ability of our nation to carry out vital missions on the oceans
to project American power in distant lands. Hopefully, it’s power we don’t have to
use, but if we do, they’re in big, big trouble. This great aircraft carrier provides essential
capabilities to keep us safe from terrorism and take the fight to the enemy for many years
in the future. The great Admiral Nimitz, who commanded
the U.S. Pacific fleet through the Second World War, once said, “It is the function
of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that we’ll not be fought on U.S. soil.” True. And it was under Admiral Nimitz’s command
75 years ago this June that the Navy did just that at the Battle of Midway. You’ve all known about the Battle of Midway,
where the sailors of the U.S. Navy fought with the bravery that will be remembered throughout
the ages. Storied bravery throughout the ages. The backbone of the American fleet at Midway was three beautiful aircraft carriers:  the
Yorktown, the Enterprise and the Hornet. All three were built with American hands
right here at the Newport News Shipyard. At Midway, America was greatly outnumbered
by, I mean, a lot and its fleet badly damaged. But the heroic deeds changed the course
of history. Many brave Americans died that day, and,
through their sacrifice, they turned the tide of the Pacific War. It was a tough tide, it was a big tide,
it was a vicious tide, and they turned it. Countless other Americans in that war, some
of them parents and grandparents to people in this room today, came home thanks to their
very heroic deeds. The sailors at Midway are part of a long
line of American heroes, an unbroken chain of patriots from each generation to the next,
who rose to defend our flag and our freedom. That legacy continues today as American warriors protect our people from the threat of terrorism. On Tuesday, in my address to a joint session
of Congress, I asked Congress to eliminate the defense sequester and to support my request
for a great rebuilding of the United States military and the United States Navy. After years of endless budget cuts that have impaired our defenses, I am calling for one
of the largest defense-spending increases in history. And by eliminating the sequester and the
uncertainty it creates, we will make it easier for the Navy to plan for the future and thus
to control costs and get the best deals for the taxpayer, which, of course, is very important,
right? Got to get a good deal. If we don’t make a good deal, we’re
not doing our job. The same boat for less money. The same ship for less money. The same airplanes for less money. That’s what we’re doing. That’s what we’re doing. Means we’re going to get more of them,
and we can use them. Our military requires sustained, stable funding to meet the growing needs placed on our defense. Right now, our aging frontline strike and
strike-fighters — the whole aircraft; many, many aircraft — are often more likely to
be downed for maintenance than they are to be up in the sky. Our Navy is now the smallest it’s been
since, believe it or not, World War I. Don’t worry, it’s going to soon be the
largest it’s been. Don’t worry. Think of that. Think of that. In these troubled times, our Navy is the smallest
it’s been since World War I. That’s a long time ago. In fact, I just spoke with Navy and industry
leaders and have discussed my plans to undertake a major expansion of our entire Navy fleet,
including having the 12-carrier Navy we need. We also need more aircraft, modernized capabilities, and greater force levels. Additionally, we must vastly improve our
cyber capabilities. This great rebuilding effort will create
many jobs in Virginia, and all across America, and it will also spur new technology and new
innovation. America has always been the country that boldly
leads the world into the future, and my budget will ensure we do so and continue to do exactly
that. American ships will sail the seas. American planes will soar the skies. American workers will build our fleets. And America’s military will ensure that
even though the darkest nights and throughout, a bright and glowing sun will always shine
on our nation and on our people. Our Navy is great. Our Navy is great. Our people are great. Great. Our Republic will meet any challenge, defeat
any danger, face any threat, and always seek true and lasting peace. May God bless our military. May God bless our Navy. May God bless the wonderful Gerald Ford
family. And may God continue to bless the United
States of America. Thank you very much.

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