tv Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks on Trump Adminiistration Foreign... CSPAN January 16, 2021 11:29pm-12:01am EST
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she said, look, what is your dream, baby? ♪ ♪ [music fades[ >> hello, strike fighter country! whoo! it is great to be back. we were here in july 2019 and we are excited to be here and see all of you today. we love seeing these two planes here. our son flies the f-35 and our son-in-law flies the super hornet. so, it is great to be here today. it is exciting for us. you know, this was really last official trip as vice president and second lady, and there's nowhere we would rather be than right here at lamore. [scattered applause]
so, today, i get to introduce the vice president. i just want you to know that he and i are so proud of your service. i had the privilege of heading over to speak to some of the spouses and tell them how proud we are of them. we're so grateful for your sacrifice. we're so grateful for your spouses and your children's sacrifices. your family. we know that you serve together. we understand that at our house. because we have that going on in our house as well. we're just so grateful for each and every one of you. please tell your spouses and your families, your parents, your children, how grateful we are for your service. we have made it a priority over the last four years to make the military one of our top priorities.
to let you know how much we care about you. [applause] so, thank you so much for your service. and now it's time to introduce you, the vice president of the united states, mike pence. vice president pence: thank you all very much and hello lemoore. to captain doug peterson, captain aiden jason -- captain bobby markowitz. all the men and women of the armed forces of the united states gathered here, honored guests, thanks for the warm welcome. thanks for the flight jacket.
it is great to be here with the sailors of the navy's west coast, jet base, naval air station lemoore. as my wonderful wife said, it is great to be back in strike fighter country. before i begin our want to ask you to join me and thanking someone who has literally spent the last four years showing our appreciation for people like this -- [fighter planes flying overhead] vice pres. pence: that's great. she is a marine corps mom.
she has traveled the nation and traveled the world, coming alongside military spouses. she supported reforms and laws concerning and regulations concerning military spouse employment. she will be speaking to spouses right here. and i've got to tell you, i couldn't be more proud of my incredible wife, who i think is the best second lady the u.s. has ever had. join me in thanking karen pence for all she's done for our troops and our families. >> thank you. i got to go. vice pres. pence: i'm here to deliver a very simple message. to each and everyone one of you. on behalf of your commander in chief, from your vice president, and behalf of every american. thank you for your service. after traveling across this country for the past four years, i promise you the american
people are more grateful for your service then you will ever -- than you will ever know. you come from the rest of us, but we know, you are the best of us. and we are grateful. not only to those of you who wear the uniform, but as we have mentioned a few moments already, we are grateful to all who stand beside you. so many of you serve everyday as a family. while you train and deploy, your wives, your husbands, the parents who keep the home fires burning, isn't it? we know what we are talking about. our daughter, charlotte, and our son-in-law are stationed right here at nas lemoore. we could not be more proud. our son is a marine corps f-35 pilot. he and his wife are stationed in arizona. like so many of you, they serve as a family.
as we express our appreciation to each and every one of the men and women gathered before me, and all you represent, how about a bigger round of applause for all of the family members who support all of you who serve the united states of america in uniform? let's hear it. [applause] inspiring to look out and see all of you today. and it's remarkable to think of the countless american heroes who have stood where we're all standing today. over vice pres. pence: it is inspiring to look out and see all of you today. to every place and every corner of the world. this installation is the only master jet base in the united states navy and serves all operational pacific fleet strike fighter squadrons.
you host 16 operational strike fighter squadrons, two fleet replacement squadrons, one search and rescue squadron and four west coast carrier air wing commanders and their staff . i'm actually told on average, more than 210,000 flight operations are conducted right here from naval air station lemoore every year. give yourselves a round of applause. that is an incredible history. [applause] and tradition of service. now, two air wings from n.a.s. lemoore are currently deployed. carrier air wing 11 i'm told is deployed aboard the u.s.s. teddy roosevelt. nine squadrons including the blue diamonds and the black knights, stationed here at n.a.s. lemoore, and carrier air wing 17 is deployed aboard the niments. it includes total of nine squadrons, including f-18 superhornets from here at lemoore, flown by the redcoks
the kestrels and the mighty strikes. so how about a big round of applause for all the n.a.s. lemoore squadrons deployed around the world, we are proud of you all! [applause] you know, men and women of nflpa air station lemoore soar across the skies in defense of our nation and our freedom. it inspires us every day. and many people wonder all their lives if they've ever made a difference. you'll you'll never have that problem. the truth is you step forward, to join the armed forces of the united states, and you became a part of the greatest force for good the world has ever known. you chose to do your part in your time to defend the flame of freedom and hand it on to generations yet to come. and the american people are
grateful. you know, the bible says you did not love your lives so much as to shrink from this calling. and i want to assure you, you have our deepest respects for the selflessness and courage that you personify every day. for four years, i've had the honor of being vice president of the united states. and since the first day of our administration, we've worked every day to make the strongest military force in the history of the world stronger still. four years ago, we inherited a military that had been hollowed out by devastating budget cuts. our troops hadn't seen a significant pay raise in nearly 10 years. our military lacked equipment at a level that was actually impacting readiness and our nato allies weren't meeting their commitments to our common defense. iran was resurgent across the middle east and a terrorist
organization controlled a land mass the size of pennsylvania. i couldn't be more proud to stand before all you heroes today and leadership of president trump, we have rebuilt our military. we have restored the arsenal of democracy. we have enacted the largest increases in our national defense since the days of ronald reagan. [applause] vice pres. pence: we are once again giving our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guard, and guardians of the resources and support you deserve. we provided for active-duty personnel, the largest pay raise in nearly 10 years, and you deserve every penny. [applause] vice pres. pence: our military is now more equipped than ever before. under our administration, we secured nearly 500 f-35 fighters, 21 more deployable
ships, with another 59 on the way. we have upgraded our tanks, artillery, rocket systems, bolstered our fleet of attack helicopters and broader fighter planes, as well. with that strong commitment to our national defense, and willingness to use american power to advance american security, our allies have also stepped up as never before. since 2016, our nato allies have increased their conch tribute -- contribution to our common defense by more than $130 billion. history teaches weakness comes out of people, and our history has proven a strong america deters it. our administration has always understood if you want peace, prepare for war.
with that renewed american strength, we have defended this nation and america's vital international interests and around the world. with a few days left, i'm proud to say that this is the first administration in decades not to get america into a new war. [applause] vice pres. pence: but all along the way with that renewed american strength, we stood with our allies and stood up to our enemies. we insured peace and stability. it requires two things, strong american military and willingness to act to defend america's interests around the world. under this administration, we have done just that. we took historic steps, first to stand with our most cherished
allies. we moved the american embassy to jerusalem, the capitol of the state of israel. we recognize their sovereignty over golan heights. and after 26 years, four arab countries have recognized israel's right to exist. and under our administration, we have taken the fight to radical islam it terrorists on our terms on their soil. during these last four years, the armed forces of the u.s. captured the last inch of territory controlled by isis, and a strike fighters stationed right here at nas lemoore were in the fight early on, hitting isis, giving terrorists no quarter, driving them from their strongholds. with the courage of our armed forces, i'm proud to report more than a year ago, we crushed their caliphate, captured the last inch of territory under the
black flag of isis, and took down their leader without one american casualty. [applause] vice pres. pence: and we stood up to the leading state sponsor of terror. drawing from the iran nuclear deal, we strengthened our alliances in the region and isolated iran as never before. and when the most dangerous terrorists in the world threatened american forces in the region, our armed forces took action and iran's top general, because some soleimani, is gone. [applause] vice pres. pence: thanks to american leadership, a more peaceful middle east is within
our sites. and with renewed american strength, we embrace our role as leader of the free world. whether it be in the global war on terror or manning the ramparts of freedom in europe, or the asia-pacific, the men and women of the u.s. navy have been that global force for good every step of the way. a strong and ready navy is more important than ever before. as a new american administration prepares to take office, we do well to remember as americans that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and a free and open indo pacific is important to our prosperity, security, and vitality of freedom of us the world. after generations where america and our allies defended the freedom of navigation and the interests of free nations across the asia-pacific, today, the people's republic of china is determined to expand beijing's influence across the region through military provocations
and dead diplomacy. so i urge the incoming administration to stay the course. do what we have done. stand up to chinese aggression, and trade abuses. stand strong for a free and open indo pacific and put america and our freedom loving allies first. [applause] vice pres. pence: and i know the u.s. navy will continue to stand strong. in the indo pacific and all over the world. in the years ahead, the american people in the free world will rely on the strength of the u.s. navy more than ever to safeguard the free and open flow of
commerce and our ideals on the seven seas. so on behalf of your commander-in-chief, let me offer you this admonition. in these challenging times across the wider world, be vigilant. mind your mission. respect the unified chain of command. take care of each other. never doubt that every decision you make, every action you take, matters to the security of the american people. give america your best every day. the american people are counting on you. because we know we can. as you stand at post, i can assure you, the american people will be behind you 100%.
so as i close, let me say again, on behalf of my family and a grateful nation, thank you for your service. america is the freest and strongest nation in the history of the world. and you secure that freedom. and you are that strength. you step forward in a calling were you decided to count our lives as more important than your own. just like generations that have gone before, you did so knowing the sailor and the soldier do not bear the sword in vain. i want to assure you the american people understand the risk you take every day. but know this. you do not bear that burden alone. wherever you are called to
serve, wherever you are deployed, i promise you, you will carry with you the strength and pride of this nation, and the prayers of millions of americans. there will pray in the ancient words of the psalmists that no harm will before you, no disaster will come near your tent, that as you serve here and around the world, that his faithfulness will be your shield. you are the strength and the pride of the american people. and a source of great pride to our family. and whether you serve on land, at sea, or in the skies above, just know that every day, in
homes large and small around dinner tables and gatherings, and in quiet moments, the american people pray for each and everyone. give thanks for your selfless courage, and wish you fair winds and following seas. thank you for the privilege of being with you today. as my time in office draws to a close, allow me to thank you for the privilege of serving as your vice president these past four years. it has been the greatest honor of my life. and it has been a special privilege to serve men and women like all of you, members of the armed forces of the united states.
i truly believe as long as we have men and women like you, with the courage and selflessness to step forward and serve, as long as we have heroes willing to put your lives on the line, as long as we have patriots willing to defend our nation, i know our country will be safe. our freedom will be secure, and the best days for the greatest nation on earth are yet to come. so may god bless the men and women of naval air station
lemoore here and deployed. god bless you and his protection, and with that fighter spirit. may god bless all those serving in our armed forces. and god bless america. ♪♪ [brooks and dunn only in america] ♪ sun coming up over new york city ♪ ♪ still both driver in a -- town ♪ ♪ checking out the faces in her rearview mirror ♪ ♪ looking at -- at the promised [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] fortune ♪ ♪ one kid -- ♪ ♪
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about these potential armed protests that are happening this weekend and over the next week leading up to inauguration day. guest: what we do have is a range of different threat assessments from the fbi and local joint terrorism task forces and law enforcement agencies. they are preparing for and expecting and seeing significant threat streams from different individuals, networks, in some cases groups, plans to conduct rallies and bring weapons around state capitals. i have been in washington dc this week, i was inside the city and some the preparation. what will hopefully be different
is if there are violent demonstrations, there is a much bigger law enforcement presence. i know there are security cameras around. there are huge barriers that have been put up. it does appear there are a lot of preparations in case there is violence. host: we had collars ask about this earlier. we know there are thousands of national guard troops here in washington based around where we are right now, around the capital. does that mean there are less troops and less security at softer targets like state capitals, federal courthouses. are we over committing to security here and leaving other places open? guest: because the inauguration
is happening and there will be a transition of power and because the incoming president of the united states, a number of members of his cabinet, supreme court justices, members of congress will be in washington at the same time, it makes sense to have a significant presence in washington to protect that event and leading up to that event as people try to place moms around the area. when you look at the military and law enforcement agencies around the u.s., the question becomes, to what degree have they reached out to law enforcement agencies across their state and brought up backup.
there are a significant number of police in the united states that could be brought into get involved in riot control and perimeter control. there is enough of a question, are they being called into state capitals in other areas. host: the fbi this week cautioned that political unrest could occur at state capitals and other places outside washington dc. how did we get to this point? guest: this has not been a short-term occurrence. what we have seen over the last couple of years is we have violent fringe elements of multiple sides that have become
vocal online and we've got a robust and violent debate online that is triggered a series of protests and violence in the streets to some degree. we sought in 2020 over the summer and fall. when i am talking about in particular are areas of cities, we saw in portland, where armed extremists from multiple sides came together in the same vicinity. setting aside the george floyd response, most of those protests were peaceful, with the protests brought out was extremists from all sides. we did see anti-fascists. we saw armed proud boys and neo-nazis. the challenge in the u.s. over
2020, we have seen occasions where they are in the streets together. we had politicians that have incited it in response to the pandemic. that hasn't helped. host: just to be clear, before we go any further, can you define what domestic terrorism is? guest: it's an important issue. what u.s. code and most of the academic literature finds as domestic terrorism is something along these lines. it's the use or threat of violence designed to instill fear, it also has political purposes. it has a broader objective. when we speak of terrorism,
there are four types of terrorism, religious-based. the most significant over the past 20 years has been the radical jihadist ideology from organizations like al qaeda. there is f no nationalist terrorism. -- ethno nationalist terrorism. there is violence, neo-nazi groups and militias. there is violent far-left, anarchists and anti-fascists. there is a political motivation. they would like to use violence to achieve an objective. hate crime in general doesn't get to that category. if there is just arguments or