[ February 6, 2020]
At 9 pm EST on February 4, US President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address at a joint session of the Congress, with the theme “Great American Return” (The Great American Comeback).
Here is the sixth part of the full translation:
In the last three years, ICE has arrested over 5,000 wicked human traffickers. And I have signed nine pieces of legislation to stamp out the menace of human trafficking, domestically and all around the globe. My administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to secure the southern border of the United States. (Applause.)
Over the past three years, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 5,000 evil traffickers. I have signed nine pieces of legislation to eliminate the threat of domestic and global human trafficking. My Government has made unprecedented efforts to secure the southern border of the United States. (Applause.)
Before I came into office, if you showed up illegally on our southern border and were arrested, you were simply released and allowed into our country, never to be seen again. My administration has ended the catch and release. (Applause.) If you come illegally, you will now be promptly removed from our country. (Applause.)
Before I took office, if you illegally reached our southern border and were arrested, you would be released and allowed to enter our country and never be seen again. My government has ended the practice of hunting and releasing. (Applause) If you enter the country illegally, you will be immediately repatriated from our country. (Applause.)
Very importantly, we entered into historic cooperation agreements with the governments of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. As a result of our unprecedented efforts, illegal crossings are down 75 percent since May, dropping eight straight months in a row. (Applause .) And as the wall rapidly goes up, drug seizures rise, and the border crossings are down, and going down very rapidly.
It is very important that we have historic cooperation agreements with the governments of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. As a result of our unprecedented efforts, the number of illegal entry points has fallen by 75% since May, which has been a decline for eight consecutive months. (Applause.) With the rapid establishment of the separation wall, drug seizures have risen, border crossings have fallen, and the rate of decline has been very fast.
Last year, I traveled to the border in Texas and met Chief Patrol, Agent Raul Ortiz. Over the last 24 months, Agent Ortiz and his team have seized more than 200,000 pounds of poisonous narcotics, arrested more than 3,000 human smugglers, and rescued more than 2,000 migrants. Days ago, Agent Ortiz was promoted to Deputy Chief of Border Patrol, and he joins us tonight. Chief Ortiz, please stand. (Applause.) A grateful nation thanks you and all of the heroes of Border Patrol and ICE. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)
Last year, I went to the Texas border and met Chief Patrol, Officer Raul Ortiz. In the past 24 months, patrol officer Ortiz and his team have seized more than 200,000 pounds of toxic narcotics, arrested more than 3,000 human smugglers, and rescued more than 2,000 immigrants. A few days ago, Patrol Officer Ortiz was promoted to Deputy Chief of Border Patrol and he will join us tonight. Chief Ortiz, please stand up. (Applause.) Thank you countries and all the heroes of the Border Patrol and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)
To build on these historic gains, we are working on legislation to replace our outdated and randomized immigration system with one based on merit, welcoming those who follow the rules, contribute to our economy, support themselves financially, and uphold our values. (Applause. )
Based on these historic achievements, we are enacting laws to replace the outdated, random immigration system and welcome those who adhere to the rules, contribute to our economy, support ourselves financially, and uphold our values. (Applause.)
With every action, my administration is restoring the rule of law and reasserting the culture of American freedom. (Applause.) Working with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — thank you, Mitch — (applause) — and his colleagues in the Senate, we have confirmed a record number of 187 new federal judges to uphold our Constitution as written. This includes two brilliant new Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Thank you. (Applause.) And we have many in the pipeline. (Laughter and applause .)
My government will do everything to restore the rule of law and reaffirm America’s free culture. (Applause) Working with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell-Thank you Mitch-(Applause)-Working with his colleagues in the Senate, we confirmed a record number of 187 new federal judges who will abide by our constitution. These include two distinguished new Supreme Court judges, Neil Goraki and Brett Cavano. Thank you. (Applause.) We still have many judges elected. (Laughter and applause)
My administration is also defending religious liberty, and that includes the constitutional right to pray in public schools. (Applause.) In America, we don’t punish prayer. We don’t tear down crosses. We don’t ban symbols of faith. We don’t muzzle preachers and pastors. In America, we celebrate faith, we cherish religion, we lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the Glory of God.
My government also defends religious freedom, including the constitutional right to pray in public schools. (Applause.) In America, we do n’t punish prayer. We do not break the cross. We do not prohibit symbols of faith. We do not speak to missionaries and priests. In the United States, we celebrate faith, cherish religion, pray aloud, and set our sights on the glory of God.
Just as we believe in the First Amendment, we also believe in another constitutional right that is under siege all across our country. So long as I am President, I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. (Applause.)
Just as we believe in the First Amendment, we also believe that another constitutional right is being besieged nationwide. As long as I am president, I will always protect your right to retain and carry weapons under the Second Amendment. (Applause.)
In reaffirming our heritage as a free nation, we must remember that America has always been a frontier nation. Now we must embrace the next frontier, America’s manifest destiny in the stars. I am asking Congress to fully fund the Artemis program to ensure that the next man and the first woman on the Moon will be American astronauts — (applause) — using this as a launching pad to ensure that America is the first nation to plant its flag on Mars. (Applause.)
In reaffirming our tradition of a free nation, we must remember that the United States has always been at the forefront. Now we must embrace the next frontier, the fate of the United States in the sky. I ask Congress to fully fund the Artemis program to ensure that the next man and the first woman on the moon become American astronauts (applause) as a starting point to ensure that the United States is the first to fly on Mars American flag country. (Applause.)
My administration is also strongly defending our national security and combating radical Islamic terrorism. (Applause.)
My Government also firmly defends our national security and combats radical Islamic terrorism. (Applause.)
Last week, I announced a groundbreaking plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Recognizing that all past attempts have failed, we must be determined and creative in order to stabilize the region and give millions of young people the chance to realize a better future.
Last week, I announced a groundbreaking plan, the Peace Plan between Israel and the Palestinians. Recognizing that all past attempts have failed, we must be firm and creative to stabilize the region and provide the opportunity for millions of young people to achieve a better future.
Three years ago, the barbarians of ISIS-held over 20,000 square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria. Today, the ISIS territorial caliphate has been 100 percent destroyed, and the founder and leader of ISIS — the bloodthirsty killer known as al-Baghdadi — is dead. (Applause.)
Three years ago, ISIS barbarians occupied more than 20,000 square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria. Today, the caliphate of ISIS ’territory is 100% destroyed, and the bloodthirsty killer Baghdadi, the founder and leader of ISIS, is dead. (Applause.)
We are joined this evening by Carl and Marsha Mueller. After graduating from college, their beautiful daughter Kayla became a humanitarian aid worker. She once wrote, “Some people find God in church. Some people find God in nature. Some people find God in love. I find God in suffering. I’ve known for some time what my life’s work is, using my hands as tools to relieve suffering. “In 2013, while caring for suffering civilians in Syria, Kayla was kidnapped, tortured, and enslaved by ISIS, and kept as a prisoner of al-Baghdadi himself. After more than 500 horrifying days of captivity, al-Baghdadi murdered young, beautiful Kayla. She was just 26 years old.
Carl and Martha Muller joined us tonight. After college, their beautiful daughter, Kayla, became a humanitarian aid worker. She once wrote: “Some people find God in churches. Some people find God in nature. Some people find God in love. I find God in suffering. I already know what my work is and use mine Hands are used as a tool to alleviate suffering. “In 2013, while caring for the suffering civilians in Syria, Kayla was abducted, tortured and enslaved by ISIS and personally imprisoned by Baghdadi. After more than 500 days of horrific imprisonment, Baghdadi killed the young and beautiful Kayla. She is only 26 years old.
On the night that US Special Forces Operations ended al-Baghdadi’s miserable life, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, received a call in the Situation Room. He was told that the brave men of the elite Special Forces team that so perfectly carried out the operation had given their mission a name: “Task Force 8-14.” It was a reference to a special day: August 14th — Kayla’s birthday. Carl and Marsha, America’s warriors never forgot Kayla — and neither will we. Thank you. (Applause.)
On the night of the tragic life of Baghdadi in the United States Special Forces operation, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received a call in the theater. Someone told him that the soldiers who were proficient in the special force’s heroic team gave them a name: “8-14 Task Force.” It refers to a special day: August 14-Kayla’s birthday. American Warriors Carl and Martha have never forgotten Kayla-neither will we. Thank you. (Applause.)
Every day, America’s men and women in uniform demonstrate the infinite depth of love that dwells in the human heart.
Every day, American men and women in uniforms show infinite love in their hearts.
One of these American heroes was Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Hake. On his second deployment to Iraq in 2008, Sergeant Hake wrote a letter to his one-year-old son, Gage: “I will be with you again,” he wrote to Gage . “I will teach you to ride your first bike, build your first sandbox, watch you play sports, and see you have kids also. I love you son. Take care of your mother. I am always with you. Daddy.”
One of these American heroes is Christopher Hack, Chief of Staff of the Army. When Sergeant Hack was sent to Iraq for the second time in 2008, he wrote a letter to his one-year-old son Gage: “I will be with you again,” and he wrote to Gage “I will teach you to ride your first bike, build your first sandbox (toy), watch you participate in sports and watch you have children. I love you, son. Take care of your mom. I have been with you. father.”
On Easter Sunday of 2008, Chris was out on patrol in Baghdad when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. That night, he made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Sergeant Hake now rests in eternal glory in Arlington, and his wife Kelli is in the Gallery tonight, joined by their son, who is now a 13-year-old and doing very, very well. To Kelli and Gage: Chris will live in our hearts forever. He is looking down on you now. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you both very much.
On Easter Sunday 2008, Christopher was patrolling Baghdad and his Bradley chariot was hit by a roadside bomb. That night, he made the final sacrifice for our country. Sergeant Hack is now resting in Arlington (National Cemetery) with eternal glory, his wife Kelly is also in the conference room tonight, and their son, who is now 13 years old and doing very, very well. To Kelly and Kelly: Chris will live in our hearts forever. He is following you in heaven now. Thank you. (Applause) Thank you very much. Thank you very much.
The terrorist responsible for killing Sergeant Hake was Qasem Soleimani, who provided the deadly roadside bomb that took Chris’s life. Soleimani was the Iranian regime’s most ruthless butcher, a monster who murdered or wounded thousands of American service members in Iraq. As the world’s top terrorist, Soleimani orchestrated the deaths of countless men, women, and children. He directed the December assault and went on to assault US forces in Iraq. I was actively planning new attacks when we hit him very hard. And that’s why, last month, at my direction, the US military executed a flawless precision strike that killed Soleimani and terminated his evil reign of terror forever. (Applause.)
The terrorist who killed Sergeant Hack was Suran Mani, who provided a deadly roadside bomb that killed Chris. Sulanmani, the cruelest butcher of the Iranian regime, is a monster that has murdered or injured thousands of US service members in Iraq. As the world’s largest terrorist, Sulanmani has orchestrated the deaths of countless men, women, and children. He directed the December attacks and continued to attack US forces in Iraq. When we gave him a fatal blow, he was actively planning a new attack. So last month, under my guidance, the U.S. military conducted a flawless and precise blow, killed Sulanmani, and forever ended his evil horror rule. (Applause.)
Our message to the terrorists is clear: You will never escape American justice. If you attack our citizens, you forfeit your life. (Applause.)
Our message to terrorists is clear: You will never escape American legal sanctions. If you attack our citizens, you will die. (Applause.)
In recent months, we have seen proud Iranians raise their voices against their oppressive rulers. The Iranian regime must abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons; stop spreading terror, death, and destruction; and start working for the good of its own people.
In recent months, we have seen the proud Iranian people speak out to oppressive rulers. The Iranian regime must abandon its pursuit of developing nuclear weapons; stop spreading terror, death, and destruction; and start working for the benefit of its own people.
Because of our powerful sanctions, the Iranian economy is doing very, very poorly. We can help them make a very good and short-time recovery. It can all go very quickly, but perhaps they are too proud or too foolish to ask for that help. We are here. Let’s see which road they choose. It is totally up to them. (Applause.)
Due to our strong sanctions, Iran’s economic situation is very, very bad. We can help them recover in the short term. Everything can be done quickly, but maybe they are too proud or stupid to ask for help. We are here. Let us see which way they choose. It all depends on them. (Applause.)
As we defend American lives, we are working to end America’s wars in the Middle East.
As we defend the lives of the American people, we are working to end the American war in the Middle East.
In Afghanistan, the determination and valor of our warfighters have allowed us to make tremendous progress, and peace talks are now underway. I am not looking to kill hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan, many of them totally innocent. It is also not our function to serve other nations as law enforcement agencies. These are warfighters that we have — the best in the world — and they either want to fight to win or not fight at all. We are working to finally end America’s longest war and bring our troops back home. (Applause.)
In Afghanistan, the determination and bravery of our fighters have allowed us to make great progress, and peace negotiations are now underway. I don’t want to kill thousands of people in Afghanistan, many of them completely innocent. It is not our duty to serve other countries as a law enforcement agency. These are the best fighters in the world, and they either fight for victory or they don’t fight at all. We are working to eventually end the longest war in the United States and bring our troops home. (Applause.)
War places a heavy burden on our nation’s extraordinary military families, especially spouses like Amy Williams from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and her two children — six-year-old Elliana and three-year-old Rowan. Amy works full-time and volunteers countless hours helping other military families. For the past seven months, she has done it all while her husband, Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams, is in Afghanistan on his fourth deployment in the Middle East. Amy’s kids haven’t seen their father’s face in many months. Amy, your family’s sacrifice makes it possible for all of our families to live in safety and in peace, and we want to thank you. Thank you, Amy. (Applause.)
The war has placed a heavy burden on extraordinary military families in the United States, especially the spouse of Amy Williams, such as Fort Worth, North Carolina, and her two children, six-year-old Eliana and three Rowan. Amy has a full-time job and she has volunteered countless hours to help other military families. In the past seven months, everything she did was done during the fourth time her husband Sgt. Townsend Williams was stationed in Afghanistan. Amy’s children haven’t seen his father’s face for months. Amy, the sacrifice of your family has made it possible for all our families to live a safe and peaceful life, and we want to thank you. Thank you, Amy. (Applause.)
But, Amy, there is one more thing. Tonight, we have a very special surprise. I am thrilled to inform you that your husband is back from deployment. He is here with us tonight, and we couldn’t keep him waiting any longer. (Applause.)
But Amy, there is one more thing. Tonight, we have a very special surprise. I am pleased to inform you that your husband has returned from the garrison. He’s with us tonight and we can’t let him wait any longer. (Applause.)
AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!
Audience: America! The United States! The United States!
THE PRESIDENT: Welcome home, Sergeant Williams. Thank you very much.
PRESIDENT: Welcome home, Sergeant Williams. thank you very much.
As the world bears witness tonight, America is a land of heroes. This is a place where greatness is born, where destinies are forged, and where legends come to life. This is the home of Thomas Edison and Teddy Roosevelt, of many great generals including Washington, Pershing, Patton, and MacArthur. This is the home of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, the Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong, and so many more. This is the country where children learn names like Wyatt Earp , Davy Crockett, and Annie Oakley. This is the place where the pilgrims landed at Plymouth and where Texas patriots made their last stand at the Alamo — (applause) — the beautiful, beautiful Alamo.
As witnessed by the world today, the United States is a heroic country. Here breeds greatness forges destiny, and shows legend. This is the hometown of Thomas Edison and Teddy Roosevelt, and many great generals have lived here, including Washington, Pershing, Button, and MacArthur. This is the hometown of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, Amelia Ehart, Harriet Tubman, Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong, and others. In this country, children will learn names such as Wyatt Up, David Crockett, and Anne Oakley. Something like that. This is where the pilgrims landed in Plymouth and the last stronghold of the Patriots in Texas at the beautiful Alamo (applause).
The American nation was carved out of the vast frontier by the toughest, strongest, fiercest, and most determined men and women ever to walk on the face of the Earth. Our ancestors braved the unknown; tamed the wilderness; settled the Wild West; lifted millions from poverty, disease, and hunger; vanquished tyranny and fascism; ushered the world to new heights of science and medicine; laid down the railroads, dug out the canals, raised up the skyscrapers. And, ladies and gentlemen, our ancestors built the most exceptional republic ever to exist in all of human history, and we are making it greater than ever before. (Applause.)
The United States was developed on the vast land by the strongest, most powerful, most fierce, and most steadfast men’s and women’s box ever made on earth. Our ancestors brave the unknown. Tamed the wilderness; pioneered the wild west; lifted millions from poverty, disease, and hunger; defeated tyranny and fascism; brought the world to new heights in science and medicine; railroads dug canals and skyscrapers. Ladies and gentlemen, our ancestors established the most outstanding republic in human history, and we are making it bigger than ever. (Applause.)
This is our glorious and magnificent inheritance. We are Americans. We are pioneers. We are the pathfinders. We settled the New World, we built the modern world, and we changed history forever by embracing the eternal truth that everyone is made equal by the hand of Almighty God. (Applause.)
This is our glorious legacy. We are Americans. We are pioneers. We are pioneers. We have built a new world, we have a modern world, we have changed history forever, because we embrace eternal truth, that Almighty God created man and made everyone equal. (Applause.)
America is the place where anything can happen. America is the place where anyone can rise. And here, on this land, on this soil, on this continent, the most incredible dreams come true.
The United States is a place where anything can happen. The United States is where anyone can rise. Here, on this land, on this continent, the most incredible dreams have been realized.
This nation is our canvas, and this country is our masterpiece. We look at tomorrow and see unlimited frontiers just waiting to be explored. Our brightest discoveries are not yet known. Our most thrilling stories are not yet told. Our grandest journeys are not yet made. The American Age, the American Epic, the American adventure has only just begun. This country is our canvas, this country is our masterpiece. We look forward to tomorrow and see infinite frontiers waiting for us to explore. Our greatest discoveries are unknown, our most exciting stories have not yet been completed, and our greatest journey has not yet begun. The American era, the American epic, the American adventure has just begun.
Our spirit is still young, the sun is still rising, God’s grace is still shining, and, my fellow Americans, the best is yet to come. (Applause.)
Our spirit is still young, the sun is still rising, the grace of God is still shining, and my fellow Americans, the best days are yet to come. (Applause.)
Thank you. God Bless You. And God Bless America. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
Thank you, guys! God bless you, God bless America. (Applause.)
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