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>> Woodruff: WELCOME TO OUR PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE OF THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS. I'M JUDY WOODRUFF. THIS WILL BE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK BEFORE CONGRESS. HE SAID TODAY THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR A NEW IMMIGRATION LAW AS LONG AS BOTH SIDES CAN COMPROMISE. MR. TRUMP ADDRESSES A DIVIDED NATION WITH THE LOWEST APPROVAL RATINGS OF ANY MODERN PRESIDENT THIS EARLY IN OFFICE. HE IS ALSO FACING QUESTIONS FROM REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ON KEY PRIORITIES LIKE HEALTH CARE AND FEDERAL SPENDING. HERE WITH ME NOW AT THE NEWSHOUR TABLE TONIGHT, OUR REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS: SYNDICATED COLUMNIST MARK SHIELDS, "NEW YORK TIMES" COLUMNIST DAVID BROOKS, AND AMY WALTER OF THE COOK POLITICAL REPORT. ALSO JOINING US ARE MATT SCHLAPP, CHAIR OF THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION, AND KARINE JEAN-PIERRE, SENIOR ADVISOR TO moveon.org DURING THE 2016 ELECTIONS.
>> AND WE WELCOME ALL OF YOU TONIGHT FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS, AS WE HEAR THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. DAVID BROOKS, IT IS THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST CHANCE TO, I GUESS MAKE A SECOND IMPRESSION.
>> YES, I THINK SO AND TALK TO PEOPLE WHO HE HASN'T ALREADY WON OVER. TRY TO LEAD AN ORGANIZATION INSTEAD OF JUST BEING THE PERSON WHO WILL DO EVERYTHING HIMSELF BECAUSE HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT EVERYTHING THAN ANYBODY ELSE. HE HAS TO RALLY A COALITION SO FROM WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE EXCERPTS MAYBE A SOFTER, GENTLER KIND OF THE ROLIE POLIE GENTLE DONALD TRUMP, WHAT WILL BE INTERESTING TO ME IS DOES HE TRY TO ACTUALLY BUILD A COALITION AND, TWO DOES HE GET INTO ANY DETAILS? IS IT SORT OF I AM GOING TO MAKE A GESTURE ARIZONA AT CHILDCARE AND GESTURE TO HEALTHCARE AND IMMIGRATION OR ACTUALLY DRAW SOME --
>> MARK SHIELDS WHAT A ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AS WE KEEP AN EYE ON THE CHAMBER IT IS A REAL ESTATE APPROACHES.
>> AS A MEMBER OF THE ROLIE POLIE CAUCUS --
>> PRESIDENT A PRETTY TRIM GUY, AND DOESN'T TRIM ON ISSUES BUT I THINK THE QUESTION, JUDY, SYMBOLICALLY REACHES ACROSS IN A GREAT CEREMONIAL MOMENT FOR ALL PRESIDENTS AND FOR CITIZENS, EXTENDS THE OLIVE BRANCH, BUT DAVID REALLY IS CURIOUS ABOUT HIS GETTING INTO POLICY SPECIFICS. I WOULD ASK HIM NOT TO EXPECT TOO MUCH, BECAUSE THAT IS NOT DONALD TRUMP'S STRONG SUIT.
>> AMY WALTER, AS WE WAIT FOR THAT ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT IS THERE, DO WE LOOK FOR SPECIFICS AND DOES HE REALLY NEED TO GIVE SPECIFICS?
>> NO. I DON'T THINK -- MOST PRESIDENTS DO THESE AS THEY, ASSORT OF A BIG VISION STATEMENTS AND A WHOLE BUNCH GETS THROWN IN THERE THAT THEY WOULD LOVE TO DO BUT ARE NOT MUST HAVES AND ALSO IT IS PRETTY CLEAR, THOUGH, THAT HIS -- THE FOLKS IN CONGRESS, HIS REPUBLICANS WANT HIM TO GIVE THEM AWAY, TO SHOW THEM WHERE YOUR PRIORITIES ARE, WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET DONE THIS YEAR. THAT MAY NOT HAPPEN IN THIS SPEECH. REMEMBER, THIS CONGRESS CAN ONLY HANDLE SO MUCH, AND GETTING THROUGH TWO VERY BIG PIECES OF LEGISLATION, HEALTHCARE REFORM AND TAX REFORM, THAT ALONE IS GOING TO TAKE UP ALL OF THEIR ENERGY AND CAPITAL, TRYING TO SQUEEZE MORE IN IS GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT THING TO DO, SO A LOT OF THIS IS GOING TO BE TALKED ABOUT TONIGHT THAT MAY NOT GO ANYWHERE IN 2017.
>> IT LOOKS LIKE THE PRESIDENT IS ABOUT TO ENTER.
>> MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [ APPLAUSE ].
>> AND THERE HE IS, THAT LAP IS, MATT SCHLAPP IS JOINING US FROM THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION, YOU WANTED TO SEE A REPUBLICAN WALK DOWN THAT AISLE FOR A FEW YEARS.
>> YES. I THINK, THESE ARE ALWAYS GREAT MOMENTS, RIGHT? AND DONALD TRUMP IS GOT THE OPPORTUNITY WITH A VERY BIG TELEVISION AUDIENCE TO ADDRESS PEOPLE IN A SUBSTANTIVE WAY ON HIS POLICY PRIORITIES, SO PART OF THIS IS REACQUAINTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH WHAT HE WANTS TO DO TO GET THE ECONOMY GOING WHICH IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT AND SECOND OF ALL, I AGREE WITH AMY, IT IS ALSO ABOUT URGING CONGRESS TO GET GOING. PRESIDENTS ALWAYS HAVE A FICKLE RELATIONSHIP WITH CONGRESS, EVEN THE MEMBERS OF THEIR OWN PARTY AND HE IS GOING TO TRY TO URGE THEM TO WORK TOGETHER, GET SOME STUFF DONE.
>> AND KARINE JEAN-PIERRE THE REPUBLICANS ARE IN THE MAJORITY, THEY HAVE ALL THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW SO WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE DEMOCRATS, THE OPPOSITION PARTY.
>> I THINK THE DEMOCRATS NEED TO CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO THE FOLKS WHO ARE ON THE STREET, YOU KNOW, THE RESISTANCE HAS BEEN VERY LOUD SINCE THE DAY AFTER INAUGURATION, WHERE WE HAD THE WOMEN'S MARCH, AND THEY NEED TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE, VERY SIMPLE, VERY EASILY, AND THEY HAVE SHOWN THAT THEY ARE LISTENING AND I THINK THEY JUST NEED TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT.
>> DAVID BROOKS, WE HAVE, WE ARE WATCHING AND WE ARE WATCHING MELANIA TRUMP, I THINK THERE HE IS IN THE FRONT ROW UP ABOVE LOOKING DOWN, THAT IS THE TRADITIONAL SEAT FOR THE FIRST LADY. WATCHING HER HUSBAND. THE REAL ESTATE CONTINUES TO MAKE HIS WAY TOWARD THE TONIGHT WE JUST CAUGHT A QUICK GLIMPSE OF HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN AND VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE, FIRST TIME IN HIS ROLE, DAVID, AS THE MAN SITTING THERE NEXT TO THE SPEAKER. I AM LOOKING AT THIS GROUP RIGHT NOW, IT LOOKS LIKE MOSTLY REPUBLICANS GREETING AND A FEW DEMOCRATS.
>> THIS IS THE END OF AN ERA ON THE AISLE WE HAD -- FROM THE HOUSE MEMBER WHO CAMPED OUT PROBABLY SIX MONTHS EARLY TO GET THAT SEAT, AND THERE IS THAT TENNESSEE, TENDENCY FOR THE FEMALE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO WEAR BRIGHT RED SO THEY CAN SHOW UPTON TV AND NOW THEY ARE ALL WEARING WHITE BUT THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE OKAY THE GUARD ALONG THAT AISLE.
>> AISLE.
>> I WILL IS A DESJARDINS IS WITH US FROM THE CAPITOL, YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING TO MEMBERS, WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN TELLING YOU?
>> IT DEPENDS ON THE SIDE YOU ARE TALKING TO, DEMOCRATS THINK THERE IS A LOT TO OPPOSE IN TONIGHT'S SPEECH BUT REPUBLICANS KNOW THEIR FATE IS TIED TO THIS PRESIDENT AND I DO HEAR SOME ANXIETY AS WELL AS SOME HOPE FROM THEM, ALSO I AM CONCERNED ABOUT MY WARDROBE COLOR OF RED BEING OUT OF DATE NOW THAT DAVID BROOKS HAS BROUGHT THAT UP.
>> JUST QUICKLY, LISA WHEN YOU SAY REPUBLICANS EXPRESS ANXIETY, WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
>> WELL, WE WERE JUST SPEAKING TO SENATOR JOHN THUNE IN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE SENATE AND SAID I AM ANXIOUS TO HEAR WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID AND WHAT HE MEANT BY THAT IS THEY KNOW THIS IS AN UNCONVENTIONAL PRESIDENT, WHO SOMETIMES HAS IN THEIR WORDS NOT EXECUTED THINGS THE WAY THEY WOULD LIKE AND THEY ARE INTERESTED IN HIS WORDS TONIGHT BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE PRESIDENT'S WORDS THEY WILL ADMIT HAVE GOTTEN HIM AND THE REPUBLICANS IN TROUBLE SO THEY ARE HOPING FOR A SOLID ADDRESS THAT COVERS BROAD VISION, BUT THEY SAY WITH THIS PRESIDENT YOU ARE NEVER, CAN BE TOO SURE.
>> WE ARE WATCHING THE PRESIDENT TURN AND HAND A COPY OF HIS REMARKS TO THE VICE PRESIDENT, TO THE HOUSE SPEAKER. IT IS A ROLE -- IT IS A FIRST FOR HIM TO GET A CHANCE TO DO THIS, AND WE JUST GOT A QUICK GLIMPSE OF WOMEN DRESSED IN WHITE AND BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THAT LATER, BUT WE ARE WATCHING THIS -- IT IS A FIRST, AND IT IS WORTH LOOKING AT AND LISTENING.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, I HAVE THE HIGH PRIVILEGE AND THE DISTINCT HONOR OF PRESENTING TO YOU THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [ APPLAUSE ].
>> >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, MR. VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THE FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES -- [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AND CITIZENS OF AMERICA. TONIGHT AS WE MARK THE CONCLUSION OF OUR CELEBRATION OF BACK HISTORY MONTH, WE ARE REMINDED OF OUR NATION'S PATH TOWARDS CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE ARC THAT REMAINS TO BE DONE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THE WORK THAT REMAINS TO BE DONE. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> RECENT THREATS TARGETING JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS AND VANDALISM OF JEWISH CEMETERIES AS WELL AS LAST WEEK'S SHOOTING IN KANSAS CITY REMIND US THAT WHILE WE MAY BE A NATION DIVIDED IN POLICIES, WE ARE A COUNTRY THAT STANDS UNITED IN CONDEMNING HATE AND EVIL IN ALL OF ITS VERY UGLY FORMS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> >> EACH AMERICAN GENERAL INVESTIGATION PASSES THE TORCH OF TRUTH, LIBERTY AND JUSTICE IN AN UNBROKEN CHAIN ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE PRESENT. THAT TORCH IS NOW IN OUR HANDS, AND WE WILL USE IT TO LIGHT UP THE WORLD. I AM HERE TONIGHT TO DELIVER A MESSAGE OF UNITY AND STRENGTH AND IT IS A MESSAGE DEEPLY DELIVERED FROM MY HEART. A NEW CHAPTER -- [ APPLAUSE ]
>> >> -- OF AMERICAN GREATNESS IS NOW BEGINNING. A NEW NATIONAL PRIDE IS SWEEPING ACROSS OUR NATION AND A NEW SURGE OF OPTIMISM IS PLACING IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS FIRMLY WITHIN OUR GRASP. WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING TODAY IS THE RENEWAL OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT. OUR ALLIES WILL FIND THAT AMERICA IS ONCE AGAIN READY TO LEAD. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> ALL OF THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, FRIEND OR KNOW/FOE, WILL FIND THAT AMERICA IS STRONG, AMERICA IS PROUD AND AMERICA IS FREE .. IN NINE YEARS, THE UNITED STATES WILL CELEBRATE THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR FOUNDING. 250 YEARS SINCE THE DAY WE DECLARED OUR INDEPENDENCE. IT WILL BE ONE OF THE GREAT MILESTONES IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. BUT WHAT WILL AMERICA HOOK LIKE AS WE REACH OUR 250TH YEAR? WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY WILL WE LEAVE FOR OUR CHILDREN? I WILL NOT ALLOW THE MISTAKES OF RECENT DECADES PAST TO DEFINE THE COURSE OF OUR FUTURE. FOR TOO LONG, WE HAVE WATCHED OUR MIDDLE CLASS SHRINK AS WE HAVE EXPORTED OUR JOBS AND WEALTH TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES. WE FINANCED AND BUILT ONE GLOBAL PROJECT AFTER ANOTHER, BUT IGNORED THE FATES OF OUR CHILDREN, IN THE INNER CITIES OF CHICAGO, BALTIMORE, DETROIT, AND SO MANY OTHER PLACES THROUGHOUT OUR LAND. WE HAVE DEFENDED THE BORDERS OF OTHER NATIONS WHILE LEAVING OUR OWN BORDERS WIDE OPEN FOR ANYONE TO CROSS AND FOR DRUGS TO POUR IN AT A NOW UNPRECEDENTED RATE. AND WE HAVE SPENT TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVERSEAS WHILE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AT HOME HAS SO BADLY CRUMBLED. THEN IN 2016, THE EARTH SHIFTED BENEATH OUR FEET. THE REBELLION STARTED AS A QUIET PROTEST, SPOKEN BY FAMILIES OF ALL COLORS AND CEDES CEDES, A FAMILIES WHO JUST WANTED A FAIR SHOT FOR THEIR CHILDREN .. AND A FAIR HEARING FOR THEIR CONCERNS. BUT THEN THE QUIET VOICES BECAME A THOUSAND CHORUS AS THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS NOW SPOKE OUT TOGETHER FROM CITIES SMALL AND LARGE ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. FINALLY, THE CHORUS BECAME AN EARTHQUAKE AND THE PEOPLE TURNED OUT BY THE 10S OF MILLIONS AND THEY WERE ALL UNITED BY ONE VERY SIMPLE BUT CRUCIAL DEMAND THAT AMERICA MUST PUT ITS OWN CITIZENS FIRST, BECAUSE ONLY THEN CAN WE TRULY MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> DYING INDUSTRIES WILL COME ROARING BACK TO LIFE, HEROIC VETERANS WILL GET THE CARE THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. OUR MILITARY WILL BE GIVEN THE RESOURCES ITS BRAVE WARRIORS 0 SO RICHLY DESERVE. CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE WILL BE REPLACED WITH NEW ROADS, BRIDGES, TUNNELS, AIRPORTS AND RAIL WAYS GLEAMING ACROSS A VERY, VERY BEAUTIFUL LAND. OUR TERRIBLE DRUG EPIDEMIC WILL SLOW DOWN AND ULTIMATELY STOP AND OUR NEGLECTED INNER CITIES WILL SEE A REBIRTH OF HOPE, SAFETY AND OPPORTUNITY. ABOVE ALL ELSE, WE WILL KEEP OUR PROMISES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THANK YOU. IT HAS BEEN A LITTLE OVER A MONTH SINCE MY INAUGURATION, AND I WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO UPDATE THE NATION ON THE PROGRESS I HAVE MADE IN KEEPING THOSE PROMISES. SINCE MY ELECTION, FORD, CHRYSLER, GENERAL MOTORS, LOCKHEED, INTEL, WAL-MART AND MANY OTHERS HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY WILL INVEST BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE UNITED STATES AND WILL CREATE 10S OF THOUSANDS OF NEW AMERICAN JOBS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THE STOCK MARKET HAS GAINED ALMOST $3 TRILLION IN VALUE SINCE THE ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 8TH, A RECORD. WE HAVE SAVED TAXPAYERS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY BRINGING DOWN THE PRICE OF FANTASTIC AND IT IS A FANTASTIC NEW F-35 JET FIGHTER AND WE WILL BE SAVING BILLIONS MORE ON CONTRACTS ALL ACROSS OUR GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE PLACED A HIRING FREEZE ON NONMILITARY AND NONESSENTIAL FEDERAL WORKERS. WE HAVE BEGUN TO DRAIN THE SWAMP OF GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION BY IMPOSING A FIVE-YEAR BAN ON LOBBYING BY EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICIALS. AND A LIFETIME BAN -- THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THANK YOU. AND A LIFETIME BAN ON BECOMING LOBBYISTS FOR A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN HISTORIC EFFORT THOMAS CIVIL REDUCE JOB CRUSHING REGULATIONS, CREATING A DEREGULATION TASK FORCE INSIDE OF EVERY GOVERNMENT AGENCY. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> .. AND WE ARE IMPOSING A NEW RULE WHICH MANDATES THAT FOR EVERY ONE NEW REGULATION TWO OLD REGULATIONS MUST BE ELIMINATED. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> WE ARE GOING TO STOP THE REGULATIONS THAT THREATEN THE FUTURE AND LIVELIHOOD OF OUR GREAT COAL MINERS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> WE HAVE CLEARED THE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KEYSTONE AND DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINES. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THERE BY CREATING 10S OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND I HAVE ISSUED A NEW DIRECTOR THAT NEW AMERICAN PIPELINES BE MADE WITH AMERICAN STEEL. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> WE HAVE WITHDRAWN THE UNITED STATES FROM THE JOB KILLING TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AND WITH THE HELP OF PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU W WE HAE FORMED A COUNCIL WITH OUR NEIGHBORS IN COMPANION DA TO HELP ENSURE THAT WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS HAVE ACCESS TO THE NETWORKS, MARKETS AND CAPITAL THEY NEED TO START A BUSINESS AND LIVE OUT THEIR FINANCIAL DREAMS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS I HAVE DIRECTED THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO FORM A TASK FORCE ON REDUCING VIOLENT CRIME. I HAVE FURTHER ORDERED THE DEPARTMENTS OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND JUSTICE, ALONG WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, AND THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO COORDINATE AN AGGRESSIVE STRATEGY TU DISMANTLE THE CRIMINAL CARTELS THAT HAVE SPREAD ALL ACROSS OUR NATION. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> WE WILL STOP THE DRUGS FROM POURING INTO OUR COUNTRY AND POISONING OUR YOUTH AND WE WILL EXPAND REARRAIGNMENT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BECOME SO BADLY ADDICTED. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> >> AT THE SAME TIME, MY ADMINISTRATION HAS ANSWERED THE PLEAS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORPT AND BORDER SECURITY. IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AND BORDER SECURITY. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> BY FINALLY ENFORCING OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS WE WILL RAISE WAGES, HELP THE UNEMPLOYED, SAVE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER FOR EVERYONE. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> WE WANT ALL AMERICANS TO SUCCEED. BUT THAT CAN'T HAPPEN IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF LAWLESS CHAOS. WE MUST RESTORE INTEGRITY AND THE RULE OF LAW AT OUR BORDERS. [ APPLAUSE ] FOR THAT REASON WE WILL SOON BEGIN THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GREAT, GREAT WALL ALONG OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AS WE SPEAK TONIGHT, WE ARE REMOVING GANG MEMBERS, DRUG DEALERS AND CRIMINALS THAT THREATEN OUR COMMUNITIES AND PREY ON OUR VERY INNOCENT CITIZENS. BAD ONES ARE GOING OUT AS I SPEAK AND AS I PROMISED THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN. TO ANY IN CONGRESS WHO DO NOT BELIEVE WE SHOULD ENFORCE OUR LAWS, I WOULD ASK YOU THIS ONE QUESTION. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THE AMERICAN FAMILY THAT LOSES THEIR JOBS, THEIR INCOME, OR THEIR LOVED ONE BECAUSE AMERICA REFUSED TO UPHOLD ITS LAWS AND DEFEND ITS BORDERS?
>> OUR OBLIGATION IS TO SERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE ALSOAKING STRONG MEASURES TO PROTECT OUR NATION FROM RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> ACCORDING TO DATA PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE VAST MAJORITY OF INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF TERRORISM AND TERRORISM RELATED OFFENSES SINCE 9/11 CAME HERE FROM OUTSIDE OF OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE SEEN THE ATTACKS AT HOME, FROM BOSTON TO SAN BERNADINO TO THE PENTAGON AND, YES, EVEN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. WE HAVE SEEN THE ATTACKS IN FRANCE, IN BELGIUM, IN GERMANY AND ALL OVER THE WORLD. IT IS NOT COMPASSIONATE, BUT RECKLESS, TO ALLOW UNCONTROLLED ENTRY FROM PLACES WHERE PROPER VETTING CANNOT OCCUR. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THOSE GIVEN THE HIGH HONOR OF ADMISSION TO THE UNITED STATES SHOULD SUPPORT THIS COUNTRY AND LOVE ITS PEOPLE AND ITS VALUES. WE CANNOT ALLOW A BEACHHEAD OF TERRORISM TO FORM INSIDE AMERICA. WE CANNOT ALLOW OUR NATION TO BECOME A SANCTUARY FOR EXTREMISTS. THAT IS WHY, THAT IS WHY MY ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WORKING ON IMPROVED VETTING PROCEDURES AND WE WILL SHORTLY TAKE NEW STEPS TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE AND TO KEEP THOSE OUT WHO WILL DO US HARM. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AS PROMISED, I DIRECTED THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO DEMOLISH AND DESTROY ISIS, A NETWORK OF LAWLESS SAVAGES THAT HAVE SLAUGHTERED MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS AND MEN AND WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF ALL FAITHS AND ALL BELIEFS. WE WILL WORK WITH OUR ALLIES, INCLUDING OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN THE MUSLIM WORD, TO EXTINGUISH THIS VILE ENEMY FROM THIS PLANET. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> >> I HAVE ALSO IMPOSED NEW SANCTIONS ON ENTITIES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO SUPPORT IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM AND WE AFFIRMED OUR UNBREAKABLE ALLIANCE WITH THE STATE OF ISRAEL. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> >> FINALLY, I HAVE KEPT MY PROMISE TO APPOINT A JUSTICE TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT FROM MY LIST OF 20 JUDGES WHO WILL DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> >> I AM GREATLY HONORED TO HAVE MAUREEN SCALIA WITH US IN THE GALLERY TONIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THANK YOU, MAUREEN. HER LATE GREAT HUSBAND, ANTONIN SCALIA WILL FOREVER BE A SYMBOL OF AMERICAN JUSTICE. TO FILL HIS SEAT, WE HAVE CHOSEN JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH, A MAN OF INI DIDN'INCREDIBLE SKILL AND DEEP DEVOTION TO THE LAW. HE WAS CONFIRMED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE COURT OF APPEALS AND I AM ASKING THE SENATE TO SWIFTLY APPROVE HIS NOMINATION. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> TONIGHT, AS I OUTLINE THE NEXT STEPS WE MUST TAKE AS A COUNTRY, WE MUST HONESTLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE INHERITED. 94 MILLION AMERICANS ARE OUT OF THE LABOR FORCE. OVER 43 MILLION PEOPLE ARE NOW LIVING IN POVERTY. AND OVER 43 MILLION AMERICANS ARE ON FOOD STAMPS. MORE THAN ONE IN FIVE PEOPLE IN THEIR PRIME WORKING YEARS ARE NOT WORKING. WE HAVE THE WORST FINANCIAL RECOVERY IN 65 YEARS. IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, THE PAST ADMINISTRATION HAS PUT ON MORE NEW DEBT THAN NEARLY ALL OF THE OTHER PRESIDENTS COMBINED. WE LOST MORE THAN ONE-FOURTH OF OUR MANUFACTURING JOBS SINCE NAFTA WAS APPROVED, AND WE HAVE LOST 60,000 FACTORIES SINCE CHINA JOINED THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION IN 2001. OUR TRADE DEFICIT IN GOODS WITH THE WORLD LAST YEAR WAS NEARLY $800 BILLION AND OVERSEAS WE HAVE INHERITED A SERIES OF TRAGIC FOREIGN POLICY DISASTERS. S OFFING THESE AND SO MANY OTHER PRESSING PROBLEMS WILL REQUIRE US TO WORK PAST THE DIFFERENCES OF PARTY. IT WILL REQUIRE US TO TAP INTO THE AMERICAN SPIRIT THAT HAS OVERCOME EVERY CHALLENGE THROUGH OUR LONG AND STORIED HISTORY. BUT TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS AT HOME AND ABROAD, WE MUST RESTART THE ENGINE OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, MAKING IT EASIER FOR COMPANIES TO DO BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES AND MUCH HARDER, MUCH, MUCH HARDER FOR COMPANIES TO LEAVE OUR COUNTRY. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> RIGHT NOW, AMERICAN COMPANIES ARE TAXED AT ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. MY ECONOMIC TEAM IS DEVELOPING HISTORIC TAX REFORM THA THAT WIL REDUCE THE TAX RATE ON OUR COMPANIES SO THEY CAN COMPETE AND THRIVE ANYWHERE AND WITH ANYONE. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> >> IT WILL BE A BIG, BIG CUT. AT THE SAME TIME, WE WILL PROVIDE MASSIVE TAX RELIEF FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. WE MUST CREATE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES AND OUR WORKERS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> CURRENTLY, WHEN WE SHIP PRODUCTS OUT OF AMERICA, MANY OTHER COUNTRIES MAKE US PAY VERY HIGH TARIFFS AND TAXES, BUT WHEN FOREIGN COMPANIES SHIP THEIR PRODUCTS INTO AMERICA, WE CHARGE THEM NOTHING OR ALMOST NOTHING. I JUST MET WITH OFFICIALS AND WORKERS FROM A GREAT AMERICAN COMPANY, HARLEY-DAVIDSON. IN FACT, THEY PROUDLY DISPLAYED FIVE OF THEIR MAGNIFICENT MOTORCYCLES MADE IN THE USA ON THE FRONT LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AND THEY WANTED ME TO RIDE ONE AND I SAID NO THANK YOU. AT OUR MEETING, I ASKED THEM, HOW ARE YOU DOING? HOW IS BUSINESS?
>> THEY SAID THAT IT'S GOOD. I ASKED THEM FURTHER, HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, MAINLY INTERNATIONAL SALES?
>> THEY TOLD ME, WITHOUT EVEN COMPLAINING, BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN SO MISTREATED FOR SO LONG THAT THEY HAVE BECOME USED TO IT, THAT IT IS VERY HARD TO DO BUSINESS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY TAX OUR GOODS AT SUCH A HIGH RATE. THEY SAID THAT IN THE CASE OF ANOTHER COUNTRY THEY TAXED THEIR MOTORCYCLES AT 100 PERCENT. THEY WEREN'T EVEN ASKING FOR A CHANGE, BUT I AM. I BELIEVE -- [ APPLAUSE ]
>> I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN FREE TRADE BUT IT ALSO HAS TO BE FAIR TRADE. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE HAD FAIR TRADE. THE FIRST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, WARNED THAT THE ABANDONMENT OF THE PROTECTIVE POLICY BY THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT WILL PRODUCE WANT AND RUIN AMONG OUR PEOPLE. LINCOLN WAS RIGHT, AND IT IS TIME WE HEEDED HIS ADVICE AND HIS WORDS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> I AM NOT GOING TO LET AMERICAN AND ITS GREAT COMPANIES AND WORKERS BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF ANY LONGER. THEY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF OUR COUNTRY. NO LONGER. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> I AM GOING TO BRING BACK MILLIONS OF JOBS, PROTECTING OUR WORKERS ALSO MEANS REFORMING OUR SYSTEM OF LEGAL IMMIGRATION. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THE CURRENT OUTDATED SYSTEM DEPRESSES WAGES FOR OUR POOREST WORKERS AND PUTS GREAT PRESSURE ON TAXPAYERS. NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, LIKE CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND MANY OTHERS, HAVE A MERIT BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> IT IS A BASIC PRINCIPLE THAT THOSE SEEKING TO ENTER A COUNTRY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES FINANCIALLY. YET, IN AMERICA, WE DO NOT ENFORCE THIS RULE, STRANGE THE, STRAINING THE VERY PUBLIC RESOURCES THAT OUR POOREST CITIZENS RELY ON. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OUR CURRENT IMMIGRATION SYSTEM COSTS AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MANY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR. SWITCHING AWAY FROM THIS CURRENT SYSTEM OF LOWER SKILLED IMMIGRATION AND INSTEAD ADOPTING A MERIT BASED SYSTEM, WE WILL HAVE SO MANY MORE BENEFITS, IT WILL SAVE COUNTLESS DOLLARS, RAISE WORKERS WAGES AND HELP STRUGGLING FAMILIES, INCLUDING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES ENTER THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THEY WILL DO IT QUICKLY AND THEY WILL BE VERY, VERY HAPPY INDEED. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> I BELIEVE THAT REAL AND POSITIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM IS POSSIBLE AS LONG AS WE FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING GOALS. TO IMPROVE JOBS AND WAGES FOR AMERICANS. TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S SECURITY. AND TO RESTORE, RESPECT FOR OUR LAWS. IF WE ARE GUIDED BY THE WELL-BEING OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, THEN I BELIEVE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAN WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE AN OUTCOME THAT HAS ELUDED OUR COUNTRY FOR DECADES. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, INITIATED THE LAST TRULY GREAT NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM, THE BUILDING OF THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM. THE TIME HAS COME FOR A NEW PROGRAM OF NATIONAL REBUILDING. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AMERICA HAS SPENT APPROXIMATELY $6 TRILLION IN THE MIDDLE EAST, ALL THE WHILE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AT HOME IS CRUMBLING. WITH THIS $6 TRILLION WE COULD HAVE REBUILT OUR COUNTRY TWICE, AND MAYBE EVEN THREE TIMES IF WE HAD PEOPLE WHO HAD THE ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> TO LAUNCH OUR NATIONAL REBUILDING, I WILL BE ASKING CONGRESS TO APPROVE LEGISLATION THAT PRODUCES A $1 TRILLION INVESTMENT IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE UNITED STATES, FINANCED THROUGH BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CAPITAL, CREATING MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THIS EFFORT WILL BE GUIDED BY TWO CORE PRINCIPLES. BUY AMERICAN AND HIRE AMERICAN. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> TONIGHT, I AM ALSO CALLING ON THIS CONGRESS TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE -- [ APPLAUSE ]
>> -- WITH REFORMS THAT EXPAND CHOICE, INCREASE ACCESS, LOWER COSTS, AND AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDE BETTER HEALTHCARE. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> MANDATING EVERY AMERICAN TO BUY GOVERNMENT APPROVED HEALTH INSURANCE WAS NEVER THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR AMERICA, FOR OUR COUNTRY. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THE WAY TO MAKE HEALTH INSURANCE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE IS TO LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> OBAMACARE PREMIUMS NATIONWIDE HAVE INCREASED BY DOUBLE AND TRIPLE DIGITS. AS AN EXAMPLE, ARIZONA WENT UP 116 PERCENT LAST YEAR ALONE. GOVERNOR MATT BENCH OF KENTUCKY JUST SAID OBAMACARE IS FAILING IN HIS STATE, THE STATE OF KENTUCKY, AND IT IS UNUS IS -- UNSUSTAINABLE AND COLLAPSING. ONE-THIRD OF THE COUNTIES HAVE ONLY ONE INSURER AND THEY ARE LOSING THEM FAST, THEY ARE LOSING THEM SO FAST. THEY ARE LEAVING AND MANY AMERICANS HAVE NO CHOICE AT ALL. THERE IS NO CHOICE LEFT. REMEMBER, WHEN YOU WERE TOLD THAT YOU COULD KEEP YOUR DOCTOR AND KEEP YOUR PLAN? WE NOW KNOW THAT ALL OF THOSE PROMISES HAVE BEEN TOTALLY BROKEN. OBAMACARE IS COLLAPSING AND WE MUST ACT DECISIVELY TO PROTECT ALL AMERICANS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> ACTION IS NOT A CHOICE. IT IS A NECESSITY. SO I AM CALLING ON ALL DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS TO WORK WITH US TO SAVE AMERICANS FROM THIS IMPLODING OBAMACARE DISASTER. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> HERE ARE THE PRINCIPLES THAT SHOULD GUIDE CONGRESS AS WE MOVE TO CREATE A BETTER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FOR ALL AMERICANS. FIRST, WE SHOULD ENSURE THAT AMERICANS WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS HAVE ACCESS TO COVERAGE AND THAT WE HAVE A STABLE TRANSITION FOR AMERICANS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE HEALTHCARE EXCHANGES. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> SECONDLY, WE SHOULD HELP AMERICANS PURCHASE THEIR OWN COVERAGE THROUGH THE USE OF TAX CREDITS AND EXPANDED HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, BUT IT MUST BE THE PLAN THEY WANT, NOT THE PLAN FORCED ON THEM BY OUR GOVERNMENT. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THIRDLY, WE SHOULD GIVE OUR STATE GOVERNORS THE RESOURCES AND FLEXIBILITY THEY NEED WITH MEDICAID TO MAKE SURE NO ONE IS LEFT OUT. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> FOURTH, WE SHOULD IMPLEMENT LEGAL REFORMS THAT PROTECT PATIENTS AND DOCTORS FROM UNNECESSARY COSTS, THAT DRIVE UP THE PRICE OF INSURANCE AND WORK TO BRING DOWN THE ARTIFICIALLY HIGH PRICE OF DRUGS AND BRING THEM DOWN IMMEDIATELY. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AND FINALLY, THE TIME HAS COME TO GIVE AMERICANS THE FREEDOM TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> WHICH WILL CREATE A TRULY COMPETITIVE NATIONAL MARKETPLACE THAT WILL BRING COSTS WAY DOWN AND PROVIDE FAR BETTER CARE. SO IMPORTANT. EVERYTHING THAT IS BROKEN IN OUR COUNTRY CAN BE FIXED. EVERY PROBLEM CAN BE SOLVED. AND EVERY HURTING FAMILY CAN FIND HEALING AND HOPE. OUR CITIZENS DESERVE THIS AND SO MUCH MORE, SO WHY NOT JOIN FORCES AND FINE HE GET THE JOB DONE AND GET IT DONE RIGHT? [ APPLAUSE ]
>> ON THIS AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND UNITE FOR THE GOOD OF OUR COUNTRY, AND FOR THE GOOD OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MY ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO WORK WITH MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES TO MAKE CHILDCARE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE, TO HELP ENSURE NEW PARENTS, THAT THEY HAVE PAID FAMILY LEAVE. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> TO INVEST IN WOMEN'S HEALTH AND TO PROMOTE CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER AND TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY AND OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> TRUE LOVE FOR OUR PEOPLE REQUIRES US TO FIND COMMON GROUND, TO ADVANCE THE COMMON GOOD AND TO COOPERATE ON BEHALF OF EVERY AMERICAN CHILD WHO DESERVES A MUCH BRIGHTER FUTURE. AN INCREDIBLE YOUNG WOMAN IS WITH US THIS EVENING WHO SHOULD SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. TODAY IS RARE DISEASE DAY, AND JOINING US IN THE GALLERY IS A RARE DISEASE SURVIVOR, MEGAN CROWLEY. MEGAN -- [ APPLAUSE ]
>> ME BEGAN WAS DIAGNOSED WITH POMPAY DISEASE, A RARE AND SERIOUS ILLNESS WHEN SHE WAS 15 MONTHS OLD. SHE WAS NOT EXPECTED TO LIVE PAST FIVE. ON RECEIVING THIS NEWS, MEGAN'S DAD, JOHN, FOUGHT WITH EVERYTHING HE HAD TO SAVE THE LIFE OF HIS PRECIOUS CHILD. HE FOUNDED A COMPANY TO LOOK FOR A CURE AND HELPED DEVELOP THE DRUG THAT SAVED MEGAN'S LIFE. TODAY, SHE IS 20 YEARS OLD AND A SOPHOMORE AT NOTRE DAME. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> MEGAN'S STORY IS ABOUT THE UNBOUNDED POWER OF A FATHER'S LOVE FOR A DAUGHTER. BUT OUR SLOW AND BURDENSOME APPROVAL PROCESS AT THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION KEEPS TOO MANY ADVANCES LIKE THE ONE THAT SAVED MEGAN'S LIFE, FROM REACHING THOSE IN NEED. IF WE SLASH THE RESTRAINTS, NOT JUST AT THE FDA, BUT ACROSS OUR GOVERNMENT, THEN WE WILL BE BLESSED WITH FAR MORE MIRACLES JUST LIKE MEGAN. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> IN FACT, OUR CHILDREN WILL GROW UP IN A NATION OF MIRACLES. BUT TO ACHIEVE THIS FUTURE, WE MUST ENRICH THE MIND AND THE SOULS OF EVERY AMERICAN CHILD. EDUCATION IS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE OF OUR TIME. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> I AM CALLING UPON MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES TO PASS AN EDUCATION BILL THAT FUNDS SCHOOL CHOICE FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUTH, INCLUDING MILLIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO CHILDREN. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THESE FAMILIES SHOULD BE FREE TO CHOOSE THE PUBLIC, PRIVATE, CHARTER, MAGNET, RELIGIOUS OR HOMESCHOOL THAT IS RIGHT FOR THEM. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> JOINING US TONIGHT IN THE GALLERY IS A REMARKABLE WOMAN, DENISE, DENISHA NERI WEATHER, AS A YOUNG GIRL SHE STRUGGLED IN SCHOOL AND FAILED THIRD GRADE TWICE, BUT THEN SHE WAS ABLE TO ENROLL IN A PRIVATE CENTER FOR LEARNING, GREAT LEARNING CENTER, WITH THE HELP OF A TAX CREDIT AND A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. TODAY, SHE IS THE FIRST IN HER FAMILY TO GRADUATE NOT JUST FROM HIGH SCHOOL, BUT FROM COLLEGE. LATER THIS YEAR, SHE WILL GET HER MASTER'S DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK. WE WANT ALL CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY JUST LIKE DENISHA.
>> [ APPLAUSE ]
>> BUT TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY, WE MUST ALSO BREAK THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE. THE MURDER RATE IN 2015 EXPERIENCED ITS LARGEST SINGLE YEAR INCREASE IN NEARLY HALF A CENTURY. IN CHICAGO, MORE THAN 4,000 PEOPLE WERE SHOT LAST YEAR ALONE, AND THE MURDER RATE SO FAR THIS YEAR HAS BEEN EVEN HIGHER. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> EVERY AMERICAN CHILD SHOULD BE ABLE TO GROW UP IN A SAFE COMMUNITY, TO ATTEND A GREAT SCHOOL AND TO HAVE ACCESS TO A HIGH-PAYING JOB. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> BUT TO CREATE THIS FUTURE WE MUST WORK WITH, NOT AGAINST, NOT AGAINST, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> WE MUST BUILD BRIDGES OF COOPERATION AND TRUST, NOT DRIVE THE WEDGE OF DISUNITY AND, REALLY, IT IS WHAT IT IS, DIVISION. IT IS PURE UNADULTERATED DIVISION. WE HAVE TO UNIFY. POLICE AND SHERIFFS ARE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. THEY ARE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, THEY ARE MOTHERS AND FATHERS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS, AND THEY LEAVE BEHIND LOVED ONES EVERY DAY WHO WORRY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL COME HOME SAFE AND SOUND. WE MUST SUPPORT THE INCREDIBLE MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AND WE MUST SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF CRIME. I HAVE ORDERED THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CREATE AN OFFICE TO SERVE AMERICAN VICTIMS. THE OFFICE IS CALLED VOICE, VICTIMS OF IMMIGRATION CRIME ENGAGEMENT. WE ARE PROVIDING A VOICE TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IGNORED BY OUR MEDIA AND SILENCED BY SPECIAL INTERESTS. JOINING US -- [ APPLAUSE ]
>> JOINING US IN THE AUDIENCE TONIGHT ARE FOUR VERY BRAVE AMERICANS WHOSE GOVERNMENT FAILED THEM. THEIR NAMES ARE JAMIEL SHAW, SUSAN OLIVER, JENNA OLIVER, AND JESSICA DAVIS. JAMIEL'S 17-YEAR-OLD SON WAS VICIOUSLY MURDERED BY AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT GANG MEMBER WHO HAD JUST BEEN RELEASED FROM PRISON. SHE WAS AN INCREDIBLE YOUNG MAN WITH UNLIMITED POTENTIAL WHO WAS GETTING READY TO GO TO COLLEGE, WHERE HE WOULD HAVE EXCELLED AS A GREAT COLLEGE QUARTERBACK. BUT HE NEVER GOT THE CHANCE. HIS FATHER, WHO IS IN THE AUDIENCE TONIGHT, HAS BECOME A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, JAMIEL, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
>> >> ALSO WITH US ARE SUSAN OLIVER AND JESSICA DAVIS. THEIR HUSBANDS DEPUTY SHERIFF DANNY OLIVER AND DETECTIVE MICHAEL DAVIS, WERE SLAIN IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN CALIFORNIA. THEY WERE PILLARS OF THEIR COMMUNITY. THESE BRAVE MEN WERE VICIOUSLY GUNNED DOWN BY AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD AND TWO PRIOR DEPORTATIONS, SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN IN OUR COUNTRY. SITTING WITH SUSAN IS HER DAUGHTER, JENNA. JENNA, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOUR FATHER WAS A HERO AND THAT TONIGHT YOU HAVE THE LOVE OF AN ENTIRE COUNTRY SUPPORTING YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]soi
>> TO JAMIEL, JENNA, SUSAN AND JESSICA, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE, YOUR LOVED ONES WILL NEVER, EVER BE FORGOTTEN. WE WILL ALWAYS HONOR THEIR MEMORY. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> FINALLY, TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE WE MUST PROVIDE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO PREVENT WAR, IF THEY MUST, THEY HAVE TO FIGHT AND THEY ONLY HAVE TO WIN. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> I AM SENDING CONGRESS A BUDGET THAT REBUILDS THE MILITARY, ELIMINATES THE DEFENSE SEQUESTER -- [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AND CALLS FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST INCREASES IN NATIONAL DEFENSE SPENDING IN AMERICAN HISTORY. MY BUDGET WILL ALSO INCREASE FUNDING FOR OUR VETERANS. OUR VETERANS HAVE DELIVERED FOR THIS NATION, AND NOW WE MUST DELIVER FOR THEM. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THE CHALLENGES WE FACES A A NATION ARE GREAT. BUT OUR PEOPLE ARE EVEN GREATER. AND NONE ARE GREATER OR BRAVER THAN THOSE WHO FIGHT FOR AMERICA IN UNIFORM. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> ..
>> WE ARE BLESSED TO BE JOINED TONIGHT BY CARRYN OWENS, THE WIDOW OF A U.S. NAVY SPECIAL OPERATOR, SR. CHIEF WILLIAM TRY I DON'RYAN' WEDNESDAY. RYAN DIED AS HE LIVED, A WARRIOR, AND A HERO, BATTLING AGAINST TERRORISM AND SECURING OUR NATION. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> WILLIAM RYAN OWENS.
>> I JUST SPOKE TO OUR GREAT GENERAL MATTIS, JUST NOW, WHO RECONFIRMED THAT, AND I QUOTE, RYAN WAS A PART OF A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL RAID THAT GENERATED LARGE AMOUNTS OF VITAL INTELLIGENCE THAT WILL LEAD TO MANY MORE VICTORIES IN THE FUTURE AGAINST OUR ENEMIES. RYAN'S LEGACY IS ETCHED INTO ETERNITY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AND RYAN IS LOOKING DOWN RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW THAT, AND HE IS VERY HAPPY BECAUSE I THINK HE JUST BROKE A RECORD. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> FOR IT IS A BIBLE TEACHES US, THERE IS NO GREATER ACT OF LOVE THAN TO LAY DOWN ONE'S LIFE FOR ONE'S FRIENDS. RYAN LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS, FOR HIS COUNTRY AND FOR OUR FREEDOM, AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET RYAN. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> TO THOSE ALLIES WHO WONDER WHAT KIND OF A FRIEND AMERICA WILL BE, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE HEROES WHO WEAR OUR UNIFORM. OUR FOREIGN POLICY CALLS FOR A DIRECT, ROBUST AND MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT WITH THE WORLD. IT IS AMERICAN LEADERSHIP BASED ON VITAL SECURITY INTERESTS THAT WE SHARE WITH OUR ALLIES ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE. WE STRONGLY SUPPORT NATO, AN ALLIANCE FORGED THROUGH THE BONDS OF TWO WORLD WARS, THAT DETHRONED FASCISM AND A COLD WAR AND DEFEATED COMMUNISM. [ APPLAUSE ]D
>> BUT OUR PARTNERS MUST MEET THEIR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS. AND NOW, BASED ON OUR VERY STRONG AND FRANK DISCUSSIONS, THEY ARE BEGINNING TO DO JUST THAT. IN FACT, I CAN TELL YOU THE MONEY IS POURING IN. VERY NICE.
>> WE EXPECT OUR PARTNERS, WHETHER IN NATO, IN THE MIDDLE EAST, OR IN THE PACIFIC, TO TAKE A DIRECT AND MEANINGFUL ROLE IN BOTH STRATEGIC AND MILITARY OPERATIONS AND PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE COST. THEY HAVE TO DO IT. WE WILL RESPECT HISTORIC INSTITUTIONS, BUT WE WILL ALSO RESPECT THE FOREIGN RIGHTS OF ALL NATIONS AND THEY HAVE TO RESPECT OUR RIGHTS AS A NATION ALSO.
>> FREE NATIONS ARE THE BEST VEHICLE FOR EXPRESSING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND AMERICA RESPECT IT IS RIGHT OF ALL NATIONS TO CHART THEIR OWN PATH. MY JOB IS NOT TO REPRESENT THE WORLD. MY JOB IS TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> BUT WE KNOW THAT AMERICA IS BETTER OFF WHEN THERE IS LESS CONFLICT, NOT MORE. WE MUST LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST. WE HAVE SEEN THE WAR AND THE DESTRUCTION THAT HAVE RAVAGED AND RAGED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, ALL ACROSS THE WORLD. THE ONLY LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR THESE HUMANITARIAN DISASTERS, IN MANY CASES, IS TO CREATE THE CONDITIONS WHERE DISPLACED PERSONS CAN SAFELY RETURN HOME AND BEGIN THE LONG PROCESS, LONG, LONG PROCESS OF REBUILDING. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AMERICA IS WILLING TO FIND NEW FRIENDS AND TO FORGE NEW PARTNERSHIPS WHERE SHARED INTERESTS ALIGN. WE WANT HARMONY AND STABILITY, NOT WAR AND CONFLICT. WE WANT PEACE WHEREVER PEACE CAN BE FOUND. AMERICA IS FRIENDS TODAY WITH FORMERS ENEMIES. SOME OF OUR CLOSEST ALLIES DECADES AGO FOUGHT ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THESE TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE WARS. THIS HISTORY SHOULD GIVE US ALL FAITH IN THE POSSIBILITIES FOR A BETTER WORLD. HOPEFULLY THE 250TH YEAR FOR AMERICA WILL SEE A WORLD THAT IS MORE PEACEFUL, MORE JUST, AND MORE FREE. ON OUR 100TH ANNIVERSARY IN 1876 CITIZENS FROM ACROSS OUR NATION CAME TO PHILADELPHIA TO CELEBRATE AMERICA'S CENTENNIAL, AT THAT CELEBRATION, THE COUNTRY'S BUILDERS AND ARTISTS AND INVENTORS SHOWED OFF THEIR WONDERFUL CREATIONS. ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL DISPLAYED HIS TELEPHONE FOR THE FIRST TIME, REMINGTON UNVEILED THE FIRST TYPEWRITER. AN EARLY ATTEMPT WAS MADE AT ELECTRIC LIGHT. THOMAS EDISON SHOWED AN AUTOMATIC TELEGRAPH, AND AN ELECTRIC PEN, IMAGINE THE WONDERS OUR COUNTRY COULD KNOW IN AMERICA'S 250TH YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THINK OF THE MARVELS WE CAN ACHIEVE IF WE SIMPLY SET FREE THE DREAMS OF OUR PEOPLE, CURES TO THE ILLNESSES THAT HAVE ALWAYS PLAGUED US ARE NOT TOO MUCH TO HOPE. AMERICAN FOOTPRINTS ON DISTANT WORLDS ARE NOT TOO BIG OF A DREAM. MILLIONS LIFTED FROM WELFARE TO WORK IS NOT TOO MUCH TO EXPECT. AND STREETS WHERE MOTHERS ARE SAFE FROM FEAR, SCHOOLS WHERE CHILDREN LEARN IN PEACE AND JOBS WHERE AMERICANS PROCESS OFFICER AND GROW ARE NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> .. WHEN WE HAVE ALL OF THIS, WE WILL HAVE MADE AMERICA GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE FOR ALL AMERICANS, THIS IS OUR VISION. THIS IS OUR MISSION. BUT WE CAN ONLY GET THERE TOGETHER. WE ARE ONE PEOPLE WITH ONE DESTINY. WE ALL BLEED THE SAME BLOOD. WE ALL SALUTE THE SAME GREAT AMERICAN FLAG. AND WE ALL ARE MADE BY THE SAME GOD. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> WHEN WE FULFILL THIS VISION, WHEN WE CELEBRATE OUR 250 YEARS OF GLORIOUS FREEDOM, WE WILL LOOK BACK ON TONIGHT AS WHEN THIS NEW CHAPTER OF AMERICAN GREATNESS BEGAN. THE TIME FOR SMALL THINKING IS OVER. THE TIME FOR TRIVIAL FIGHTS IS BEHIND US. WE JUST NEED THE COURAGE TO SHARE THE DREAMS THAT FILL OUR HEARTS, THE BRAVERY TO EXPRESS THE HOPES THAT STIR OUR SOULS, AND THE CONFIDENCE TO TURN THOSE HOPES AND DREAMS INTO ACTION. FROM NOW ON, AMERICA WILL BE EMPOWERED BY OUR ASPIRATIONS, NOT BURDENED BY OUR FEARS. INSPIRED BY THE FUTURE, NOT BOUND BY THE FAILURES OF THE PAST, AND GUIDED BY A VISION, NOT BLINDED BY OUR DOUBTS. I AM ASKING ALL CITIZENS TO EMBRACE THIS RENEWAL OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT. I AM ASKING ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO JOIN ME IN DREAMING BIG AND BOLD AND DARING THINGS FOR OUR COUNTRY. I AM ASKING EVERYONE WATCHING TONIGHT TO SEIZE THIS MOMENT, BELIEVE IN YOURSELVES, BELIEVE IN YOUR FUTURE, AND BELIEVE ONCE MORE IN AMERICA. THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> AND THAT INCLUDES PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADDRESS TO A
>> Woodruff: AND THAT CONCLUDES PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADDRESS TO THE JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS. COMING UP SHORTLY WILL BE THE DEMOCRATS' RESPONSE, DELIVERED BY FORMER KENTUCKY GOVERNOR STEVE BESHEAR. AND A WOMAN NAMED ASTRID SILVA, DREAMER AND IMMIGRATION ACTIVIST, WILL DELIVER THE DEMOCRATS' SPANISH LANGUAGE RESPONSE. STILL WITH US AT THE TABLE ARE MARK SHIELDS, DAVID BROOKS, AMY WALTER, MATT SCHLAPP AND KARINE JEAN-PIERRE.
>> MARK SHIELDS, THIS WAS DONALD TRUMP'S SOME WOULD SAY SECOND ATTEMPT TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT HE WANTS TO DO AS PRESIDENT. WE HAVE HEARD HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS, THIS WAS A VERY DIFFERENT SPEECH.
>> VERY, VERY DIFFERENT SPEECH. SHOWING AMERICAN, A LOT MORE UP BEAT IN SECTIONS. WHAT JUST AMAZES ME ABOUT IT IS HE GOES FROM AN APPEAL TO UNITY AND WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER AND THEN INSISTENT ON CALLING THE DEMOCRATIC HEALTH PLAN A DISASTER, WHICH IS NOT A BRIDGE BUILDING, IT IS NOT BRIDGE BUILDING LANGUAGE. AND, YOU KNOW, IT IS AN EXPENSIVE SPEECH. IT IS A VERY -- YOU PUT A DOLLAR SIGN NEXT TO THAT, BUT HE DID DO WHAT OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE, IT WAS FAR MORE TRADITIONAL AND CEREMONIAL THAN THE DONALD TRUMP WE HAVE COME TO EXPECT. THERE WAS A LITTLE SELF CONGRATULATORY AT THE OUTSET AND HE RETURNS TO THAT FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT, I WAS JUST BLOWN AWAY BY THE SECTION ON RYAN OWENS, WHICH SEEMED INCREDIBLY SELF-SERVING ON HIS PART. HE HAD BEEN CRITICIZED FOR THAT MISSION AND TODAY HE BLAMED IT ON THE COMMANDERS, THE MILITARY COMMANDERS AND SAID THAT HIS DEATH WAS THEIRS, AND I DON'T KNOW, THAT JUST STRUCK ME AS -- IT WAS UNSEEMLY INVOCATION AND USE OF A WIDOW AS, WHO IS OBVIOUSLY GRIEVING. SO HE GAVE HIMSELF A C, I THINK ON PRESENTATION. I WOULD GIVE HIM A C+.
>> Woodruff: HE GAVE HIMSELF A C ON MESSAGING.
>> MESSAGING, YES.
>> Woodruff: DAVID BROOKS, WHAT DID YOU THINK.
>> ON THE DONALD TRUMP SCALE I WOULD GIVE IT AN A. IT IS THE BEST SPEECH I HAVE SEEN HIM GIVE, IT WAS ACTION PACKED SO YOU GOT A SENSE A LOT WAS HAPPENING. IT HAD A -- ANGER IN THE RIGHT SITUATION AND MORE UP BEAT THAN USUAL, A GOOD EMOTIONAL MIX, I SAW OWEN RYAN MOTHER WAS PA AND A SHIFT IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IF YOU ARE TRYING TO WORK WITH THE, WITH THE WORKING CLASS HAVING SEVERE PROBLEMS YOU CAN'T BE A PARTY THAT WILL GOVERN AND GET OUT OF THE WAY AND THAT'S WHERE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS SO HE GAVE AN ACTION PLAN THAT INCLUDED SOME FAMILY LEAVE AND THINGS LIKE THAT WHICH ARE UNEXPECTED FROM A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. SO I THOUGHT IT WAS PEOPLE WILL SAY IT IS A CONVENTIONAL SPEECH, HE HAS RISEN TO THE LEVEL OF CONVENTIONAL BUT HE SHIFTED GROUND FOR REPUBLICAN PARTY AWAY FROM CONVENTIONAL, SO I THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST THING I HAVE SEEN HIM FROM HIM.
>> Woodruff: AMY WALTERS, SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
>> NO, I SAY -- I WOULD HAVE TO FREE MORE WITH DAVID ON THIS IN THAT NOW, WHEN WE WOULD GO OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND EVEN RIGHT AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED, VOTERS WOULD SAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN, I JUST WISH HE WOULD ACT MORE PRESIDENTIAL. I AM HOPING HE IS GOING TO BE MORE PRESIDENTIAL. ONCE, I HOPE ONCE HE IS IN OFFICE TO GET OFF THE TWITTER AND OFFER THE CUT STATEMENTS AND REALLY FOCUS AND AS I WAS LISTENING TO THE SPEECH, I THOUGHT, WELL JUST IMAGINE IF THIS IS WHAT HE DID EVERY DAY, THAT THERE WEREN'T THE 5:00 A.M. TWITTER, AND WASN'T THE ATTACK ON PEOPLE HE DISAGREED WITH. BUT THAT HE JUST FOCUSED ON THESE ISSUES AND IT WOULD BE A VERY -- IT WOULD BE A VERY DIFFERENT, WE WOULD BE IN A VERY DIFFERENT PLACE RIGHT NOW SO THE QUESTION IN MY MIND ISN'T DID HE GIVE A GOOD SPEECH, BECAUSE I THINK HE DID, HE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT HE SET OUT TO ACCOMPLISH. CAN HE DO THIS EVERY DAY AND THAT'S WHAT IT IS GOING TO REQUIRE TO GET A LOT OF THIS BIG STUFF, SOME OF IT IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT ON TAXES, AND ON OBAMACARE, HE HAS GOT TO BE THIS DISCIPLINED EVERY DAY, AND TO BE ABOUT KEEP COMING BACK TO THE THINGS HE SAID WERE VERY IMPORTANT. ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT HE DID MENTION IN HERE AN ISSUE THAT HAD BEEN COMING HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE, LIKE PENCE THE, THE VICE PRESIDENT HAD TO GO WHEN HE WENT OVERSEAS TO ASSURE OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES WE ARE OKAY WITH NATO, HE DID THAT AGAIN. HE DID THAT SPECIFICALLY IN THIS SPEECH TO SAY WE BELIEVE IN NATO.
>> Woodruff: MATT SCHLAPP WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY?
>> I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT SPEECH. I THINK THE PEOPLE WE ELECT TO THE PRESIDENCY CHANGE THE PRESIDENCY. DONALD TRUMP HAS CHANGED THE PRESIDENCY. HE TALKS IN A WAY WE HAVEN'T SEEN A PRESIDENT TALK BEFORE. HE TWEETS IN A WAY WE HAVE NEVER SEEN A PRESIDENT TWEET BEFORE. AND TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, YOU KNOW, YOU WATCH THAT CHAMBER THAT IS SEPARATED RIGHT FROM LEFT, DEMOCRAT FROM REPUBLICAN, AND IT WAS STRANGE TO ME THAT HE WAS NOT SO MUCH TALKING TO THEM AS HE WAS TALKING TO THIS FORGOTTEN MAN AND WOMAN, THIS MIDDLE CLASS VOTER, FLYOVER COUNTRY WHO MIGHT HAVE HIS NAME ON THE FRONT OF HIS WORK SHIRT. THAT'S WHAT HIS WHOLE FOCUS IS, IT IS ON THAT VOTER. AND I THINK IT IS A LITTLE -- IT IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT TO HAVE A PRESIDENT, YES HE CALLED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO WORK TOGETHER ON THE BIG THINGS, YES, HE ATTACKED OBAMA ON WHAT HE SEES AS HIS FAILINGS, BUT HIS VOICE IS THE VOICE FOR THAT VOTER, THAT'S VOTER THAT PUT HIM IN OFFICE.
>> Woodruff: KARINE JEAN-PIERRE.
>> I THINK IT WAS BASICALLY A TONED DOWN CAMPAIGN SPEECH. IT WAS LOTS OF RHETORIC, LITTLE DETAILS, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK WAS ACTUALLY NEWSWORTHY IS HE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT RUSSIA AT ALL. IN AND ALL OF THE SCANDAL THAT IS SWIRLING AROUND HIM. HE DOUBLED DOWN ON MASS IMORTATION ON THE MUSLIM ABOUT A BAN AND TAKING PEOPLE'S HEALTHCARE AWAY AND THERE IS ANOTHER THING THAT I REALIZE HE DIDN'T DO SPEAKING OF A CAMPAIGN TYPE SPEECH IS THAT NORMALLY ON THE CAMPAIGN HE WOULD RAIL AGAINST TO THE GOLDMAN SACHS AND TALK ABOUT HOW HE IS THE MAN OF THE PEOPLE AND YOU DIDN'T HEAR THAT LANGUAGE EITHER IN THIS.
>> IT WAS STRIKING, MARK, THAT -- ACTUALLY I WANT TO GO TO JOHN, OUR JOHN YANG, WHO IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE, JOHN, IN, IN THE NORTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE YOU AND I WERE AT THE LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT TODAY WITH OTHER TELEVISION REPORTERS, AND IT WAS STRIKING TO ME THEN THAT RUSSIA, HE WASN'T ENGAGING ON THE RUSSIA QUESTION, WHICH HAS BEEN OUT THERE HANGING OVER HIS ADMINISTRATION FOR THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS.
>> WELL, I THINK THAT, I MEAN, THE FACT THAT HE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT IT TONIGHT, I THINK THAT THIS WAS A SPEECH WHERE HE WAS TRYING NOT TO GET BOGGED DOWN IN SORT, AND SORT OF REACTING TO THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING HIM AND TRY TO -- TRY TO BE A LITTLE BROADER AND A LITTLE -- AS THE WORDS WE KEPT AIRING TODAY, BE A LITTLE MORE UPDATE, UP BEAT AND BE A LITTLE MORE OPTIMISTIC, I THINK THAT TONE AT THE END WITH THE CLOSING LITTLE COTA OF TRYING TO PULL PEOPLE TOGETHER AND RISE ABOVE AND TRY TO DO NEW THINGS I THINK THAT WAS THE MESSAGE THAT THEY WANTED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY WITH AND TO LEAVE CONGRESS WITH AT THE END OF THIS MESSAGE ..
>> Woodruff: JOHN, IS THAT THE, I DON'T KNOW IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH US ON CAPITOL HILL, STATUARY HALL. WE ARE NOT GOING TO GO TO LISA DESJARDINS RIGHT NOW, BUT WE WILL IN A FEW MINUTES, BUT MARK I WANT TO COME BACK TO WHAT MATT AND KARINE WERE JUST SAYING, REALLY, TWO VERY DIFFERENT VIEWS OF THIS SPEECH, AND IT SEEMS ME HE WAS COMBINING SOME OF, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM HIM, THE MANTRA WE HAVE HEARD FROM HIM ABOUT CRIME.
>> YES.
>> Woodruff: AND ABOUT SAVING MONEY AND ABOUT -- AND HE SPOKE ABOUT HOW MUCH HE WANTS TO SPEND ON DEFENSE, BUT HE DIDN'T DWELL ON THAT. HE DID TALK ABOUT REACHING OUT AND HELPING THOSE WHO NEED HELP.
>> YES. AND HE DID. HE RETURNED TO CHICAGO, I MEAN YOU TAKE CHICAGO OUT OF THE EQUATION AND THERE ISN'T A LOT OF DOMESTIC CONVERSATION A. AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT HE IS GOING TO DO IN CHICAGO EXCEPT SUPPORT THE POLICE, WHICH I THINK MOST AMERICAN PRESIDENTS HAS BEEN THEIR POSITION. THIS IS THE FIRST AMERICAN PRESIDENT IN MY LIFETIME WHO HAS, WHO HAS NOT WELCOMED THE DESIGNATION AS LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. HE REJECTED THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. AND THAT IS A, AN ENORMOUS CHANGE IN THE DEFINITION OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT. AND I JUST WAS STRUCK BY THAT.
>> Woodruff: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?
>> IN OTHER WORDS, HE SAYS I AM NOT THE LEADER -- I AM JUST THE LEADER OF THE UNITED STATES. I AM THE LEADER OF YOU, I AM THE AMERICAN LEADER, I -- AND AMERICA HAS BOTH SOMETIMES RELUCTANT HE BUT NOBLY AND TO THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE PLANET THAT THAT RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD AND WITHOUT IT THERE WOULDN'T BE A FREE WORLD.
>> Woodruff: ALL RIGHT. BEFORE WE HEAR FROM STEVE BESHEAR THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY FOR THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE WE ARE GOING TO GO QUICKLY TO LISA DESJARDINS ON THE HILL WHO WITH IS WITH THE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR.
>> WE ARE WITH HEIDI, ONE OF THE MODERATES IN DEMOCRATS, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS SPEECH?
>> WELL, I THOUGHT IT WAS WELL MEASURED, I THOUGHT THERE WAS, IT WAS VERY, VERY HARD TO DISAGREE WITH ANY OF THE GOALS, ANY OF THE ASPIRATIONS, I THINK THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS, AND I THINK WE ARE OBVIOUSLY VERY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH HEALTHCARE, WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH TAX REDUCTIONS, MAKING SURE THAT THEY REALLY GO TO PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM AND I THINK -- I THINK, YOU KNOW, WHO CAN ARGUE WITH ALL OF THE GREAT ASPIRATIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT SET OUT TONIGHT. I WILL TELL YOU I WAS DISAPPOINTED, RURAL AMERICA REALLY DELIVERED FOR THIS PRESIDENT, THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS SPEECH THAT REALLY ADDRESSED --
>> HE SPOKE ABOUT URBAN AMERICA IN THE SPEECH.
>> I THINK A LOT OF IT WAS AND I WAS HOPING FOR RECOGNITION THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST POVERTY IN AMERICA ACTUALLY IS IN RURAL AREAS. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO CONTINUE TO HELP OUR AGRICULTURAL SECTOR, BUT ALSO WORK TO BUILD RURAL AMERICA.
>> SENATOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. JUDY.
>> Woodruff: THANK YOU, LISA. AND AS YOU JUST SAID, SENATOR HIGH CAMP, ONE OF THOSE WHO IS FROM WHAT WE CALL A RED STATE, HE IS A DEMOCRAT SO SHE TALKED ABOUT HOW BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN HER STATE ARE REACTING. JUST QUICKLY, DAVID BROOKS, BEFORE WE GO TO THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE, ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT HE DIDN'T MENTION ANYTHING ABOUT RURAL AMERICA?
>> I GUESS SO. MARK IS RIGHT THAT HE HAD SOME DOMESTIC POLICY THINGS, BUT INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT HE WAS PRETTY SKIMPY ON THAT.
>> Woodruff: ALL RIGHT. HE WE WILL COME BACK TO THAT IN A MOMENT. WE ARE TOLD GOVERNOR BESHEAR, FORMER GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY IS READY.
>> I AM STEVE BESHEAR. I WAS GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY FROM 2007 TO 2015. NOW I AM A PRIVATE CITIZEN. I AM HERE IN LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, SOME 400 MILES FROM WASHINGTON AT A DINE WE ARE SOME NEIGHBORS. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WHERE WE JUST WATCHED THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. I AM A PROUD DEMOCRAT, BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST I AM A PROUD REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT AND MOSTLY AMERICAN. AND LIKE MANY OF YOU, I AM WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS NATURE. LOOK, I GREW UP IN KENTUCKY IN A SMALL TOWN CALLED DAWSON SPRINGS. MY DAD AND GRANDDAD WERE BAPTIST PREACHERS. MY FAMILY OWNED A FUNERAL HOME. AND MY WIFE JANE AND I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS. I BECAME GOVERNOR AT THE START OF THE GLOBAL RECESSION AND AFTER EIGHT YEARS WE LEFT THINGS A LOT BETTER THAN WE FOUND THEM BY BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE I EVEN CUT MY OWN PAY. WE BALANCED OUR BUDGET AND TURNED DEFICITS INTO SURE -- SURPLUSES WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. WE CUT OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN HALF. WE MADE HUGE GAINS IN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES AND WE FOUND HEALTH COVERAGE FOR OVER HALF A MILLION KENTUCKIANS. WE DID THAT THROUGH TRUST AND MUTUAL RESPECT. I LISTENED AND I BUILT PARTNERSHIPS WITH BUSINESS LEADERS AND WITH REPUBLICANS IN OUR LEGISLATURE. WE PUT PEOPLE FIRST AND POLITICS SECOND. THE AMERICA I LOVE ALLOWED A SMALL TOWN PREACHER'S KIDS TO BE ELECTED GOVERNOR, AND IT TAUGHT ME TO EMBRACE PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM ME, NOT VILIFY THEM. THE AMERICA I LOVE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT LOOKING FORWARD, NOT BACKWARD, ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS, REGARDLESS OF PARTY. INSTEAD OF ALLOWING OUR DIFFERENCES TO DIVIDE US AND HOLD US BACK. AND WE DEMOCRATS ARE COMMITTED TO CREATING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERY AMERICAN TO SUCCEED, BY GROWING OUR ECONOMY WITH GOOD PAYING JOBS, EDUCATING AND TRAINING OUR PEOPLE TO FILL THOSE JOBS, GIVING OUR BUSINESS IT IS PREMIUM TO INNOVATE, KEEPING OUR COUNTRY SAFE AND PROVIDING HEALTHCARE THAT FAMILIES CAN AFFORD AND RELY ON. MR. PRESIDENT, AS A CANDIDATE, YOU PROMISED TO BE A CHAMPION FOR FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AND I HOPE YOU LIVE UP TO THAT PROMISE. BUT ONE OF YOUR VERY FIRST EXECUTIVE ORDERS MAKES IT HARDER FOR THOSE FAMILIES TO EVEN AFFORD A MORTGAGE. THEN YOU STARTED ROLLING BACK RULES THAT PROVIDE OVERSIGHT OF THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY AND SAFEGUARD US AGAINST ANOTHER NATIONAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN. AND YOU PICKED A CABINET OF BILLIONAIRES AND WALL STREET INSIDERS WHO WANT TO EVISCERATE THE PROTECTIONS THAT MOST AMERICANS COUNT ON AND THAT HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD. THAT IS NOT BEING OUR CHAMPION. THAT IS BEING WALL STREET'S CHAMPION. AND EVEN MORE TROUBLING, YOU AND YOUR REPUBLICAN ALLIES IN CONGRESS SEEM DETERMINED TO RIP AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE AWAY FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO MOST NEED IT. DOES THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT NEED SOME REPAIR? SURE IT DOES. BUT SO FAR, EVERY REPUBLICAN IDEA TO REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD REDUCE THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS COVERED, DESPITE YOUR PROMISES TO THE CONTRARY. MR. PRESIDENT, FOLKS HERE IN KENTUCKY EXPECT YOU TO KEEP YOUR WORD, BECAUSE THIS ISN'T A GAME. IT IS LIFE AND DEATH FOR PEOPLE. THESE IDEAS PROMISE ACCESS TO CARE BUT DENY THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING CARE AFFORDABLE AND EFFECTIVE. THEY WOULD CHARGE FAMILIES MORE FOR FEWER BENEFITS AND PUT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BACK IN CONTROL. BEHIND THESE IDEAS IS THE BELIEVE THAT FOLKS AT THE LOWER END OF THE ECONOMIC LADDER JUST DON'T DESERVE HEALTHCARE. THAT IT IS SOMEHOW THEIR FAULT THAT THEIR EMPLOYER DOESN'T OFFER INSURANCE OR THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY EXPENSIVE HEALTH PLANS. BUT JUST WHO ARE THESE 22 MILLION AMERICANS? INCLUDING 500,000 PEOPLE RIGHT HERE IN KENTUCKY WHO NOW HAVE HEALTHCARE THAT DIDN'T HAVE IT BEFORE. LOOK, THEY ARE NOT ALIENS FROM SOME DISTANT PLANET. THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS AND OUR NEIGHBORS. WE SIT IN THE BLEACHERS WITH THEM ON FRIDAY NIGHT. WE WORSHIP IN THE PEWS WITH THEM ON SUNDAY MORNING. THEY ARE FARMERS, RESTAURANT WORKERS, PART-TIME TEACHERS, NURSES AIDS, CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, AND ENTREPRENEURS WORKING AT HIGH TECH STARTUPS. AND BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THEY WOKE UP EVERY MORNING AND WENT TO WORK JUST HOPING AND PRAYING THEY WOULDN'T -- BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT THEY WERE JUST ONE BAD DIAGNOSIS AWAY FROM BANKRUPTCY SITUATE. YOU KNOW, IN 2010 .. THIS COUNTRY MADE A COMMITMENT THAT EVERY AMERICAN DESERVED HEALTHCARE THEY COULD AFFORD AND RELY ON. AND WE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO KEEP PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS FROM RENIGGING ON THAT COMMITMENT. BUT WE ARE GOING TO NEED YOUR HELP BY SPEAKING OUT. ANOTHER COMMITMENT NOW BEING TESTED IS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. MAKE NO MISTAKE, I AM A MILITARY VETERAN MYSELF, AND I KNOW THAT PROTECTING AMERICA IS A PRESIDENT'S HIGHEST DUTY. YET PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IGNORING SERIOUS THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY FROM RUSSIA WHO IS NOT OUR FRIEND, WHILE ALIENATING OUR ALLIES WHO FOUGHT WITH US SIDE BY SIDE AND OUR OUR, AND ARE OUR FRIENDS IN A DANGEROUS WORLD. HIS APPROACH MAKES US LESS SAFE AND SHOULD WORRY EVERY FREEDOM LOVING AMERICAN. INSTEAD, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ALL BUT DECLARED WAR ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS. LOOK, THE PRESIDENT CAN AND SHOULD ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS BUT WE CAN PROTECT AMERICA WITHOUT ABANDONING OUR PRINCIPLES AND OUR MORAL OBLIGATION TO HELP THOSE FLEEING WAR AND TERROR. WITHOUT TEARING APPEALS APART AND WITHOUT NEED LESLEY JEOPARDIZING OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN FIGHTING OVERSEAS YOU KNOW, ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, ONCE SAID IN AMERICA, OUR ORIGINS MATTER LESS THAN OUR DESTINATION, AND THAT IS WHAT DEMOCRACY IS ALL ABOUT. PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE MAY DISAGREE WITH HIM FROM TIME TO TIME BUT THAT DOESN'T MAKE THEM HIS ENEMIES. WHEN THE PRESIDENT ATTACKS THE LOYALTY AND CREDIBILITY OF OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, THE COURT SYSTEM, THE MILITARY, THE FREE PRESS, INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS, SIMPLY BECAUSE HE DOESN'T LIKE WHAT THEY SAY, HE IS ERODING OUR DEMOCRACY AND THAT IS RECKLESS. REAL LEADERS DON'T SPREAD DERISION AND DIVISION. REAL LEADERS STRENGTHEN. THEY UNIFY. THEY PARTNER AND THEY OFFER REAL SOLUTIONS INSTEAD OF ULTIMATUMS AND BLAME. HOOK, I MAY BE OLD-FASHIONED, BUT I STILL BELIEVE THAT DIGNITY, COMPASSION, HONESTY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY ARE BASIC AMERICAN VALUES. AND AS A DEMOCRAT, I BELIEVE THAT IF YOU WORK HARD, YOU DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALIZE THE AMERICAN DREAM, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU ARE A COAL MINER IN KENTUCKY, A TEACHER IN RHODE ISLAND, AN OUGHT WORK NEVER DETROIT, OR A SOFTWARE ENGINEER IN SAN ANTONIO. OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS BROKEN. IT IS BROKEN BECAUSE TOO MANY OF OUR LEADERS THINK IT IS ALL ABOUT THEM. THEY NEED TO REMEMBER THAT THEY WORK FOR US AND HELPING US IS THEIR WORK. KENTUCKY MADE REAL PROGRESS WHILE I WAS GOVERNOR BECAUSE WE WERE MOTIVATED BY ONE THING, HELPING FAMILIES. DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO BRING THAT SAME FOCUS BACK TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AMERICANS ARE A DIVERSE PEOPLE, AND WE MAY DISAGREE ON A LOT OF THINGS, BUT WE HAVE ALWAYS COME TOGETHER WHEN WE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. THANK YOU.
>> Woodruff: THAT WAS FORMER KENTUCKY GOVERNOR STEVE
>> Woodruff: THAT WAS FORMER KENTUCKY GOVERNOR STEVE BESHEAR, DELIVERING THE DEMOCRATS' RESPONSE. ASTRID SILVA, A YOUNG WOMAN BROUGHT INTO THE UNITED STATES AS A CHILD WITHOUT LEGAL DOCUMENTATION, KNOWN AS A DREAMER, AND NOW AN IMMIGRATION ACTIVIST, DELIVERS THE DEMOCRATS' SPANISH LANGUAGE RESPONSE. STILL WITH US AT THE TABLE ARE MARK SHIELDS, DAVID BROOKS, AMY WALTER, MATT SCHLAPP AND KARINE JEAN-PIERRE. SOMEBODY WHO SPOKE VERY STRONGLY AND SAID THE PRESIDENT, YOU NEED TO BE THE CHAMPION OF ALL THE PEOPLE, NOT THE CHAMPION OF WALL STREET.
>> THAT IS ONE OF THE BETTER RESPONSES. HE SPOKE HUMANELY, NATURALLY, NOT CANNED, HE IS NOT RUNNING FOR ANYTHING ANYMORE. AND SO HE CAN JUST BE A LITTLE MORE RELAXED AND I THOUGHT HE WAS VERY GENUINE. TWO THINGS STRUCK ME AS INTERESTING. ONE IS THAT THERE IS JUST A TON OF ENERGY IN ACTIVISM IN BLUE AMERICA RIGHT NOW. AND THE DEMOCRATS CHOSE AS THEIR RESPONDENT A WHITE GUY FROM RED AMERICA, AND RURAL GUY THROUGH THE -- SO THAT WAS INTERESTING TO ME THE CHOICE OF WHAT DEMOGRAPHIC TO EMPHASIZE. THE SECOND THING AND I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THEY CHOSE KENTUCKY IS THAT IS WHERE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS DOING SUPER WELL, AND THEY WANT SOMEBODY TO SAY, NO THIS IS WORKING AND WE HAVE TO KEEP THIS, KENTUCKY IS THE PLACE YOU WANT TO GO.
>> Woodruff: AMY WALTER.
>> GOSH, I JUST FOUND MYSELF SAYING, YOU ARE SO RIGHT, WE ARE ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH. AND THE INTERESTING THING WE TALK ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND WHERE IT WILL TO FROM HERE, IT IS PRETTY CLEAR THAT FROM THE SPEECH THAT WE HEARD FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TONIGHT AND THE RESPONSE FROM THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY IS A SHOWDOWN BETWEEN HOW MANY PEOPLE GET THEIR COSTS REDUCED VERSUS HOW MANY PEOPLE GET TO STAY ON OBAMACARE. AND THE CHALLENGE FOR, OF OBAMA CARE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING IS THIS, WHILE THERE ARE MILLIONS OF MORE PEOPLE THAT HAVE HEALTHCARE IN THIS COUNTRY, THERE ARE MILLIONS MORE WHO GET THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH MEANS THAT IS NOT OBAMACARE, AND A LOT OF THOSE FOLKS ARE WORRIED EITHER THEY HAVE SEEN THEIR PREMIUMS INCREASE OR WORRIED THEY ARE GOING TO INCREASE, AND SO WHEN I HEAR FROM VOTERS OUT THERE ABOUT THIS ISSUE, WHAT I HEAR FIRST AND FOREMOST IS THE COST. THAT IS THE CHALLENGE FOR TRUMP IS TO, HE SAID HE IS GOING TO LOWER COSTS, IS HIS ADMINISTRATION GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT? AND IS IT GOING TO BE OR IS IT GOING TO BE AS STEVE BESHEAR FORMER GOVERNOR SAID, THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE KICKED OFF A SYSTEM THAT WAS HELPING THEM? WHICH ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS GOING TO BECOME MORE POE AT THE PRESENT TIME IN THIS DEBATE OVER HEALTHCARE AND BESHEAR MADE HIS LINE ON PEOPLE GETTING KICKED OFF WESTERN DISTRICT O AND WE WM REPUBLICANS ABOUT THE COST PIECE.
>> Woodruff: WE WILL COME BACK TO A THIS DISCUSSION IN A MINUTE BUT RIGHT NOW I WILL IS A DECEMBER DISES ON THE CAPITOL HILL WITH REPUBLICAN 0 CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN FROM OHIO, LISA.
>> NO JIM JORDAN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF THIS SPEECH OR THOUGHT OF IT? A, AS A VERY CONSERVATIVE MEMBER?
>> I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY GOOD, I REALLY DID RIGHT AT THE START WHEN HE SAID AMERICA IS READY TO LEAD IT SETS A DIFFERENT CODE, DIFFERENT CONTEXT AND, THAN FRANKLY THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE SEEN WITH THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT, SO I LIKED THAT. I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT SPEECH. WELL DELIVERED, WELL DONE, AND SAID THE RIGHT THINGS, BUT I REALLY THINK THE MOMENT THAT EVERYONE IS GOING TO REMEMBER IS KAREN OWENS, WHICH WAS POWERFUL, YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH IN, AND THE SACRIFICE HER HUSBAND MADE AND WHAT HE MEANT TO OUR COUNTRY, I THOUGHT THIS WAS A VERY POWERFUL MOMENT BUT VERY GOOD.
>> WE HEARD THAT FROM DEMOCRATS AS WELL. I WILL ASK YOU ABOUT TWO ISSUES AND ONE QUESTION.
>> SURE.
>> USUALLY A TRICK OF A WHITE HOUSE REPORTER, BEING IN THE CAPITOL. THE PRESIDENT PRESENTED A BUDGET THAT WOULD SHASH/DOMESTIC DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, THAT IS IN HIS OUTLINE. AND AT THE SAME TIME THIS WEEK WE ALSO HAVE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MOVING FORWARD. BOTH OF THOSE ISSUES ARE YOU IN LINE WITH THE, WITH WHERE THE PRESIDENT IS GOING RIGHT NOW?
>> ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HE SAID REPEAL AND REPLACE, HE TALKED ABOUT GIVEN MEDICAID, FLEXIBILITY BACK TO THE GOVERNORS OF THE STATE. WE NEED TO PUT THE SAME REPEAL BILL ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DESK WE PUT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DESK AND THE REPLACEMENT LEGISLATION WE HAVE INTRODUCED THAT WE THINK WILL ACTUALLY BRING DOWN THE COST.
>> YOUR CONFERENCE ISN'T ALL IN GEEPT ON FULL APPEAL. THERE IS ONLY ONE PLAN THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE TELL THE VOTERS, THAT THE FREEDOM CAUCUS PUT FORWARD ON THE SENATE SIDE, SO I THINK THAT MAKES SENSE, THE BUDGET, WHAT NICK MULVANEY ROLLED OUT THIS WEEK AND WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PUNISHMENT, WE LIKE, UPS DEFENSE SPENDING AND GETS RID OF THE WASTE AND REDUNDANCY, THAT'S WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FOR AS REPUBLICANS. THAT IS PARAMOUNT OF IMPORTANCE FOR GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY NUMBER ONE. BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO U OFFSET IT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO REDUCE THE DEBT. I LIKE AND ENCOURAGED FROM WHAT I HEARD FROM MULVANEY AND THE PRESIDENT. THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN FROM OHIO. BACK TO YOU, JUDY, JUDY.
>> Woodruff: KARINE JEAN-PIERRE WE KEEP COMING BACK TO THE OBAMACARE ACT, THE OBAMA LEGACY.
>> RIGHT. YOU KNOW, ONE THINGS THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS IS MAKE OBAMACARE POPULAR AGAIN. THEY SOLD OBAMA CARE BETTER THAN DEMOCRATS DID FOR SIX YEARS, I MEAN, SAYING WE HAD A HARD TIME COMMUNICATING THE IMPORTANCE OF OBAMA CARE AND NOW PEOPLE ARE REALIZING THAT THEY DON'T WANT THEIR HEALTHCARE TAKEN AWAY. AND THAT IS SOMETHING REPUBLICANS ARE DEALING WITH, IT IS NOT JUST RHETORIC NOW, YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO GOVERN AND MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN, HOW DO YOU SPEAK TO 10S OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE RELYING ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT HEALTHCARE THAT THEY HAVE?
>> Woodruff: AND MATT SCHLAPP THAT WAS PART OF WHAT STEVE BESHEAR THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY WAS TELL US IN HIS RESPONSE.
>> WELL, YOU KNOW, IT IS IMPORTANT T TO REMEMBER ONE OF E REMEMBERS THAT DONAL DONALD TRUS THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE THESE OBAMACARE PREMIUM LETTERS WENT OUT RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION, AND THESE PREMIUM INCREASES HAVE BEEN A SHOCK TO FAMILIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND THAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION HERE, WHICH IS OBAMACARE KID NOT, DID NOT KEEP ITS PROMISE TO MAKE HEALTHCARE AFFORDABLE, I FREE WE CAN ROLL OUT NUMBERS TO SAY THAT THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE, IT DOESN'T MEAN WE HAVE DONE ANYTHING TO CONTROL THE COSTS, AND I THINK THE BOTTOM LINE IS IF WE DON'T DO ANYTHING TO TRY TO FIX OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, IT IS ON A ROCKY ROAD AND THE AMERICAN VOTER HAS SENT A MESSAGE AND THREE OUT OF THE LAST FOUR ELECTIONS THAT IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
>> Woodruff: BUT THERE IS STILL, I MEAN, MARK, THERE IS A LOT OF STRUGGLING GOING ON TO FIGURE OUT AMONG REPUBLICANS WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO REPLACE IN IT WITH.
>> >> Woodruff: OR EVEN IF THERE SHOULD BE A REPLACEMENT.
>> NO, THAT'S RIGHT. I MEAN, AND I AGREE, I AGREE WITH MATT THAT THE LETTER IN OCTOBER WAS DEVASTATING, BUT I THINK IF IT WEREN'T A PROBLEM, YOU WOULD SEE A LOT MORE REPUBLICANS HOLDING TOWN MEETINGS, IF IT WASN'T A PROBLEM, AND THE ONES THAT HAVE HAVE BEEN CONFRONTED WITH THE FACE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE -- WHO HAVE FACED DEATH OR WORSE BUT THE OBAMA HEALTHCARE PLAN HAS SAVED THEIR LIVES, HAS GIVEN THEM COVERAGE THEY DIDN'T HAVE. STEVE BESHEAR DID A COUPLE OF THINGS, JUDY, THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN FAULTED FOR LEGITIMATELY SO, THEY ARE A COASTAL PARTY AND ELITE PARTY AND A PARTY OF WHAT IS THE GREAT NEW CABERNET AND WHAT IS TO THE TRENDIEST THINGS? THIS WAS SALT OF THE EARTH, FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IN THE BLEACHERS, SUNDAY NIGHT IN CHURCHES, DEMOCRATS DON'T TALK ABOUT SUNDAY MORNING PEWS, AND STEVE BESHEAR, NOT ONLY DID IT, HE DIDN'T DO IT IN A CONTRIVED WAY, IT WAS NATURAL, HE WAS COMFORTABLE DOING IT, AND I THINK IT IS ALWAYS A TOUGH THING TO ANSWER THE PRESIDENT, IN I PRESIDENT, IN THE STATE OF THE UNION OR JOINT SESSION, BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE CEREMONY, THE JOINT CHIEFS AND THE SUPREME COURT AND THEY DID IT RIGHT BY NOT TRYING TO EMULATE IT, IN A STATEHOUSE OR A CITY HALL, OR A FORMAL SETTING SO I THINK IN THAT SENSE, IT REALLY WORKED. ONE THING THAT WE SHOULD DO, PRESIDENT TRUMP CANNOT RESIST TAKING CREDIT FOR THINGS HE DOESN'T DESERVE, IT IS RISKY HE SAID THE STOCK MARKET INCREASED ALMOST $3 TRILLION IN VALUE SINCE HIS ELECTION. POST HAWK -- IN LATIN BECAUSE AFTER THIS, BECAUSE OF THIS, AND THAT IS DANGEROUS STUFF, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, HE IS GOING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE WHEN THE STOCK MARKET DOES TAKE A DIP, AND DOES HIT A ROUGH PATCH, THE LAST TIME WE HAD 12 DAYS IN A ROW OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT WAS 1987, YOU RECALL WHAT HAPPENED IN 1987 WHEN THE CLOSEST THING TO 1929 WE FACED, BUT YOU DON'T DENY THERE IS AN ENTHUSIASM IN CORPORATE AMERICA AND IN THE ECONOMY FOR THE FACT THAT WE ARE GOING TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO GET OUR ECONOMY ROLLING.
>> I THINK, THERE IS, I THIRD THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN EVEN IF HILLARY CLINTON HAD WON, I THINK THAT WAS BUILDING, BUT I THINK THERE IS A SENSE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE THEIR TAXES CUT, HE PROMISED THAT.
>> ALL RIGHT, BACK TO CAPITOL HILL, OUR LISA DESJARDINS IS WITH SENATOR TED CRUZ, LISA.
>> THAT'S RIGHT. FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TED C US. WHAT DID YOU MAKE -- YOU WANTED TO BE -- AT ONE POINT, WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF THIS PRESIDENT'S SPEECH?
>> WELL I THOUGHT IT WAS A STRONG, BOLD VISION FOR THE COUNTRY. AND I THINK IT WAS -- IT WAS A REFLECTION OF WHERE MILLIONS OF MEMORIES ARE. THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, I HEAR FROM TEXANS, I HEAR FROM PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. PEOPLE ARE FRUFS INVESTIGATED WITH THE STAGNATION, PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED WITH MANUFACTURING JOBS GOING AWAY WITH LESS OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR KIDS AND TONIGHT WHAT I HEARD FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS A BOLD VISION THAT BEGINS WITH REPEAL OBAMACARE, THE BIGGEST JOB KILNER THIS COUNTRY AND IN THIS ELECTION WAS A REFERENDUM OR OBAMACARE. THAT INCLUDES REGULATORY REFORM, I WAS VERY ENCOURAGED TO HEAR SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON REDUCING THE BURDENS OF WASHINGTON ON SMALL BUSINESSES AND JOB CREATORS AND THAT INCLUDES ALSO FUNDAMENTAL TAX REFORM, SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE, THE RESULT OF ALL OF THAT I BELIEVE WILL BE BOOMING ECONOMIC GROWTH, MILLIONS OF NEW HIGH PAYING JOBS, I THINK THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT AMERICANS ARE LOOKING FOR FROM THE PRESIDENT. >>, YOU KNOW, I COUNTED AT 1.44 DIFFERENT TOPICS IN THAT SPEECH. MESSAGES TO THE CONGRESS OFTEN HAVE SORT OF A LAUNDRY LIST OF IDEAS, GOALS, BUT I DID NOT HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT HOW THIS PRESIDENT WOULD PAY FOR THOSE THINGS. THAT IS GOING TO BE YOUR JOB. ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THAT? ESPECIALLY WITH THE $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN ON TOP OF ALL OF THE IDEAS HE HAD, KEEPING COVERAGE, KEEPING SUBSIDY FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT?
>> THERE IS NO DOUBT THE DETAILS ARE VERY IMPORTANT HOW THINGS ARE PAID FOR BUT THE ONLY WAY TO PAY FOR FUNDAMENTAL NEEDS, THE ONLY WAY TO PAY DOWN OUR DEBT IS TO BRING BACK ECONOMIC GROWTH. ECONOMIC GROWTH IS THE ONLY THE ISSUES ORDER VARIABLE, IF YOU LOOK AT THE FEDERAL PUNISHMENT, EVERYTHING ELSE IS SECOND OR THIRD ORDER VARIABLE, ECONOMIC GROWTH IS KEY, SINCE WORLD WAR II WE HAVE AVERAGED 3.3 PERCENT ECONOMIC GROWTH A YEAR, IN THE OBAMA EIGHT YEARS, WE WERE CONSISTENTLY AT ONE AND TWO PERCENT GDP GROWTH, IF WE DON'T CHANGE THAT WE CAN'T SOLVE ANY OF THE PROBLEMS AND THE REASON I WAS SO ENERGIZED IS I HEARD TONIGHT AN AGENDA THAT WE DELIVER ON IT, IF WE REPEAL OBAMA CARE, IF WE HAVE SERIOUS REGULATORY REFORM, SERIOUS TAX REFORM, A SIMPLE FLAT TAX, I THINK WE CAN SEE FOUR, FIVE PERCENT GDP GROWTH AND YOU WILL SEE MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS, HIGHER WAGES, THAT IN TURN WILL GENERATE BILLIONS OF ADDITIONAL TAX REVENUE TO MEET THE NEEDS WE HAVE.
>> TEXAS SENATOR TED CRUZ, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. JUDY.
>> Woodruff: THANK YOU, LISA AND THANK YOU, SENATOR CRUZ. SO DAVID BROOKS, ARE WE PARTY POOPERS TO BE WORRYING ABOUT HOW MUCH THINGS COST?
>> ABSOLUTELY. WE ARE GOING TO GROW OUR WAY OF OUT OF THIS. SENATOR CRUZ IS WRONG YOU CAN'T FRO YOUR WAY OUT OF THE ENTITLEMENT. ISSUE, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY STOOD FOR AMERICA IS A GLOBAL LEADER, LEADING THE FREE WORLD, IT IS -- ENTITLE REFORM T, ENTITLEMENT REFORM, THE TEA PARTY STOOD FOR CUTTING THE DEBT AND SHRINKING THE GOVERNMENT. DONALD TRUMP CAME IN AND REVERSED BOTH OF THOSE T1 PART OF THE PARTY HE HAS KEPT ORTHODOX ON IS ON DEREGULATION AND TAX REFORM, AND SO WHAT WE SEE IS A GUY WHO ASK REDEFINING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BOTH FROM THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT, THE PAUL RYAN WING, BUT ALSO FROM THE FREEDOM CAUCUS, TEA PARTY WING AND THEN KEEPING ONE ELEMENT THAT IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME, BUT WE ARE SEEING DRAMATIC CHANGES IN WHAT A NO DETERMINE AMERICAN PARTY STANDS FOR, A MUCH MORE ACTIVIST GOVERNMENT THAN ANY COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVE OR ANY BIG GOVERNMENT CONSERVATIVE HERETOFORE WOULD HAVE ASKED FOR.
>> Woodruff: AND KARINE JEAN-PIERRE THAT MAKES IT HARDER FOR DEMOCRATS TO COURT, DOESN'T IT?
>> IT DOES, BUT I MEAN, THE, I, THE WAY I SEE ALL OF THIS IS THIS IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ARE IN STREETS, THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRULY GOING TO MOVE THIS PARTY FORWARD. AND I THINK THAT A PERFECT EXAMPLE IS WHAT WE SAW IN DELAWARE, WE TOOK BACK A STATE SENATE SEAT, WE HAVE THE MAJORITY, AND --
>> THAT IS DELAWARE.
>> YES BUT HERE IS THE THING, THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THAT STORY IS THAT THEY HAD HUNDREDS, CLOSE TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE COME OUT TO VOLUNTEER, TO HELP WITH THAT SEAT, BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE REINVIGORATED AND ENGAGING SO IF WE CAN DO THAT, A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME, WITH SPECIAL RACES THAT ARE COMING UP, LIKE IN GEORGIA SIX, AND OTHER RACES IN 2017 LEADING TO 2018 I THINK THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENT FOR DEMOCRATS.
>> Woodruff: AND IN THE, IN THE WAR OF IDEAS, AMY, IS IT EQUALLY POSSIBLE FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO COME BACK? BECAUSE THEY HAVE GOT ENERGY IN THE STREETS?
>> WELL, IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO HAVE ENERGY AND ANGER THAN IT IS TO HAVE LOVE. I'M SORRY T TO SY IN POLITICS THAT IS THE CASE AND YOU WANT -- IF YOU ARE A UP FOR REELECTION I DON'T YOU WANT PEOPLE THAT ARE ANGRY AND INSPIRED TO TURN OUT NO MATTER WHAT. SO DEMOCRATS DEFINITELY HAVE SOME OPPORTUNITIES THERE. BUT THE CHANNEL FOR DEMOCRATS, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS A LOT IS WHERE THAT EMERGENCY IS, WHICH IS IN MANY CASES IN THE SAME PLACES THAT HILLARY CLINTON CARRIED, WHERE THEY IMMEDIATE THAT ENERGY IS IN PLACES WHERE YOU HAVE SENATOR HEIDI HIGH CAMP ON IN NORTH DAKOTA, IT NEEDS TO BE IN WEST VIRGINIA AND MISSOURI AND SUBURBAN AMERICA WHERE THE RACE FOR THE HOUSE IS GOING TO BE, AND SO THE DEMOCRATS GEOGRAPHY CHALLENGE IS GOING TO BE THE MOST DISINTERESTING THING TO WATCH, AND SO WHERE THAT, YOU KNOW IT IS GREAT TO HAVE ENERGY, BUT IT HAS TO BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO WIN SEATS.
>> Woodruff: AND MATT SCHLAPP, THINKING BACK TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAD TO SAY TONIGHT, AND HE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHING FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.
>> RIGHT.
>> Woodruff: IN THERE. IS THERE A MESSAGE THAT IS GOING TO TOUCH SOME DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS WHO JUST REALLY WEREN'T REALLY TO GIVE HIM MUCH OF A LISTEN BEFORE?
>> REMEMBER, HE DID VERY WELL WITH INDEPENDENTS AND HE DID VERY WELL WITH WORKING CLASS DEMOCRATS AND HE WON IN STATES LIKE WISCONSIN, PENNSYLVANIA, MICHIGAN, THE REPUBLICANS HAVEN'T BEEN THAT CLOSE TO WINNING SO HE ALREADY HAS GOT THE MAKING OF AN INTERESTING NEW COAL HIS AND I ACTUALLY DO DISAGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT WAS SAID HERE TONIGHT. I ACTUALLY THINK THERE IS ALREADY A PUNISHMENT PLAN THAT HE IS -- THAT ALREADY HAS BEEN SEMI ROLLED OUT THAT HAS MASSIVE CUTS. HE IS ACTUALLY TRYING TO MAKE RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS ON THE DISCRETIONARY SIDE OF THE HOUSE. I AGREE WITH YOU ON ENTITLEMENTS YOU WON'T GROW YOUR WAY TO FIX THINGS, THAT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WILL TACKLE IN THE FIRST YEAR WHEN YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OBAMACARE AND TAX REFORM AND LET'S FACE IT, HE AT THAT TALKED ABOUT THE FIVE-POINT PLAN HE HAS FOR AN OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT A, PAUL RYAN HAS PASSED AN BEEN CARE REPLACEMENT WHICH OBAMA VETOED IN RECONCILIATION A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, TOM PRICE HAS HAD A BILL EVERY YEAR IN CONGRESS, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE THAT HARD TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE REPUBLICAN REPLACEMENT IS FOR OBAMACARE, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET THEM RECEIVES THROUGH IT AND I THINK THE SAME THING WILL BE TRUE FOR TAXES, REMEMBER BOTH OF THOSE ISSUES WILL FLOW THROUGH THE BUDGET AND RECONCILIATION, SO THEY ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET THESE TWO BIG ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FIRST YEAR.
>> Woodruff: SO YOU ARE SAYING WE ARE BEING TOO SOMEWHAT --
>> YOU ARE A BEING A LITTLE DOUR.
>> Woodruff: A LITTLE DOUR, OKAY. WE HAVE BEEN SERVED NOTICE HERE. BEFORE WE GET ANY FURTHER I WANT TO GO BACK TO JOHN JAKE AT THE, JOHN YANG AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THE PRESIDENT DID BRING OUT AND TALK MORE TONIGHT ABOUT HIS IDEA ABOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM, BUT TOMORROW WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE SPECIFICS OF THE REROLLOUT OF THE SO-CALLED TRAVEL BAN, WHAT DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE?
>> THEY HAVE GOTTEN AROUND SOME OF THE ISSUES OF THE DUE PROCESS ISSUES, THAT THE NINTH CIRCUIT, THAT THE JUDGE IN SEATTLE OBJECTED TO, IT IS GOING TO APPLY ONLY TO PEOPLE, THE FUTURE TRAVELERS TO THE UNITED STATES, IT WON'T AFFECT PEOPLE WHO ARE GREEN CARD HOLDERS, IT WILL NOT AFFECT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE AIR. THERE WILL BE A WHAT THEY OBJECTED TO THE FIRST TIME, SORT OF WARNING THAT THIS IS COMING. BUT WE ARE GOING TO SEE THIS ROLLOUT, AS MANY PRESIDENTS DO, OF THINGS THAT CAME UP IN THE SPEECH, HE IS GOING TO DO THINGS TO REINFORCE THOSE THEMES FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. THURSDAY HE POSE TOWN TO THE NORFOLK NAVAL, NAVY SHIPYARD AND WILL GIVE A SPEECH AT THE U.S.S. GERALD FORD, THE FIRST OF THE NEW CLASS OF SUPER CARRIERS, TO TALK ABOUT BUILDING UP THE MILITARY. PROTECTING AMERICA FROM THAT POINT OF VIEW. FRIDAY IN ORLANDO, A SCHOOL CHOICE EVENT, SO BUILDING ON SOME OF THE THEMES YOU HEARD TONIGHT.
>> Woodruff: TAKEN, JOHN YANG AT THE WHITE HOUSE, MARK SHIELDS, THE PRESIDENT IS NOT STANDING STILL.
>> HE IS NOT STANDING STILL AND IN RESPONSE TO MY GOOD TREND MATT, THE HAPPY --
>> OH YOU ARE SETTING ME UP.
>> THE OPTIMIST WE ARE GOING TO EXPAND CHOICES WE ARE GOING TO INCREASE ACCESS, WE ARE GOING TO ACKNOWLEDGE PREEXISTING CONDITION, WE ARE GOING TO LOWER COSTS. AND BUT -- AND THIS IS GOING TO BE DONE CHEAPER, IT IS GOING TO BE BETTER, FOR EVERYBODY, AND THE ONLY THING I CAN COMPARE IT TO, RETURNING TO DAVID'S ROLIE POLIE MENTION AT THE OUT SET IS THE HOT FUDGE SUNDAE DIET WHICH WAS ADVERTISED IN ONE OF THOSE WEEKLY PAPERS AVAILABLE TO, AT THE CHECKOUT COURT AT THE GROCERY STORE, IF YO YOU HAVE SO MANY HOT FUDGE SUNDAES YOU WILL LOSE EIGHT POUNDS BY THURSDAY.
>> Woodruff: I LIKE THAT.
>> EXACTLY AND IT IS PAINLESS, IT IS OUCH LESS, AND THE DEVIL WAS IN THE DETAILS, EVERYTHING IS IN THE DETAILS. LIFE AND DEATH ARE IN THE DETAILS AND I DON'T THINK IT IS GOING TO SAIL THROUGH. SELLING A TAX CUT IS ABOUT THE EDESEST THING TO DO POLITICALLY. IMAGINABLE, SELLING A TAX CUT TO A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS, I MEAN, IS TRULY LIKE GIVING BARE 0 TO MARINES ON LEAVE, I MEAN, IT IS NOT --
>> IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
>> THE WELL, I MEAN, THEY ARE GOING TO ARGUE ABOUT JUST HOW MUCH THE GOLDMAN SACHS CROWD IS GOING TO GET, WHETHER THEY WILL GET 80 PARTICIPANT OR 83, BUT THEY WILL HAVE THE TAX CUT.
>> I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THERE WAS A FIVE-POINT PLAN, AND IT WAS TO ALLOW FOR PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, TO TRANSITION FROM THE -- AND EXPAND HSAS AND HAVE TAX, CREDIT CENTER.
>> Woodruff: SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. TO GET THE GOVERNORS BLOCK GRANTS ON MEDICAID AND TO HAVE TORT REFORM. NOW THAT IS FIVE PART PLAN THAT REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO GET BEHIND AND BY THE WAY MOST OF THIS CAN BE DONE IN RECONCILIATION, WITH SIMPLY 50 VOTES TO SO GET READY IT IS COMING YOUR WAY.
>> Woodruff: BUT THAT DOESN'T COVER EVERYBODY. THAT'S NOT THE COVER. WHAT AMY SAID EARLIER, WE ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE THE LINE IN THE SAND ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE COVERED. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THE LINE IN THE STAND ON THE AFFORDABILITY OF HEALTHCARE.
>> I THINK.
>> Woodruff: DAVID.
>> I THINK THE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, IS AN IDEA I SUPPORT, BY THE WAY IS A TOUGH LIFT, I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF --
>> A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO FEEL LIKE I AM NOT AT RISK IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW, AM I REALLY GOING TO TAKE THIS ON? I DON'T REMEMBER THE SOCIAL SECURITY FIGHT THAT GEORGE W. BUSH FOUGHT. YOU COULD FACE A SIMILAR SORT OF DEAL, ESPECIALLY IN A COUNTRY THAT IS MUCH MORE DISTRESSED. AND FOR THE TAX REFORM IF THEY GO TO CUT THE CORPORATE RATES, A GOOD IDEA, BY THE WAY, THAT THEY CAN DO. THEY WILL DO THAT. BUT HE IS TALKING ABOUT COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM, IF THEY DO SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE COMPREHENSIVE WITH THE NORMAL MODEL OF SIMPLIFYING THE RATES AND WIDENING THE BASE, GETTING RID OF SOME OF THE LOOPHOLES, THAT IS A MUCH TOUGHER THING, QUEAFER TREASURY SECRETARY THAT COMES INTO OFFICE AND DISCOVERS, OH I WANT TO GET RID OF ALL OF THESE LOOPHOLES, EVERY LOOPHOLE IS A VETO BOX IN ONE OF THE TOWNS SURROUNDING IT. THOSE ARE BOTH SUPER TOUGH POLITICAL LIFTS I AM NOT SAYING IT IS IMPOSSIBLE BUT I WOULD NO ABOUT THE SURPRISED IF THEY WERE 0 FOR TWO AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.
>> Woodruff: I WILL INTERRUPT AND GO BACK TO THE CAPITOL, LISA DESJARDINS IS JUST RUNNING INTO ALL SORTS OF IMPORTANT PEOPLE. THE AMBASSADOR FROM THE UNITED STATES TO THE U.N., NIKKI HALEY IS WITH YOU, LISA.
>> THAT'S RIGHT. AMBASSADOR HAYLEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US HERE IN OUR CORNER OF THE CAPITOL. WHAT, ESPECIALLY YOUR JOB, WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT THIS SPEECH TONIGHT?
>> WELL I THINK THE TONE ON FOREIGN POLICY, IT WAS SPOT ON. WHAT WE WANT OUR ALLIES TO KNOW IS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE YOUR BACK, WE WANT THEM TO HAVE OUR BACKS AS WELL AND THEN WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS THOSE WHO CHALLENGE US WE ARE GOING TO CALL THEM OUT ON IT AND I THINK HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT AMERICA IS GOING TO BE A LEADER AGAIN. WE ARE GOING TO REALLY SHOW OUR STRENGTH AGAIN, AND I THINK HE IS ALL ABOUT ACTION SO IT WAS A GREAT SPEECH.
>> HE SPOKE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND AGAIN TONIGHT ABOUT MAKING SURE NATO ALLIES CARRY THEIR SHARE OF THE COSTS. HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHAT THAT IS AND HOW DO YOU EXECUTE THAT EXACTLY AND WHEN DO YOU START EXECUTING THAT?
>> WELL, THEY SHOULD BE PAYING BASED ON WHAT THEIR REVENUES ARE, COMING IN, THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH ALL OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS IS THEY HAVE BECOME VERY DEPENDENT ON THE UNITED STATES TO JUST CARRY THE BURDEN. WHAT HE IS SAYING IS, WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU, YOU ARE OUR ALLIES BUT YOU HAVE TO HELP US CARRY THIS BURDEN.
>> WHEN DO YOU START BUILDING THAT KIND OF PRESSURE?
>> WELL YOU AND I THINK ALREADY HE IS GETTING GREAT RESPONSE MRS. NATO, THEY ARE IS THAT RIGHTING TO GET THE MONEY THAT IS COMING IN. WE ARE STARTING TO SPREAD THAT WORD THROUGH THE UNITED NATIONS AS WELL AND I THINK THOSE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT.
>> OUR PANEL TALKED A LOT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP AS AN ORGANIZER WHAT IS HE LIKE AS A BOSS? HOW IS HE COMMUNICATING WITH YOU (, YOU KNOW, I JUST MET WITH HIM RED, HE IS VERY FLEXIBLE. HE ALLOWS US TO DO OUR JOB, WHICH IS WHAT I LOVE. HE SUPPORTS US THERE UH THE PROCESS. AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING WE NEED ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS CALL HIM OR COME SEE HIM. HE HAS BEEN FANTASTIC TO WORK WITH.
>> YOU CALL HIS CELLPHONE? IS IT THAT EASY?
>> YES, YOU GIVE IN INA PHONE CALL OR SAY I NEED TO COME SEE YOU. HE IS INCREDIBLY FLEXIBLE BUT HE REALLY WANTS US TO BE AT OUR BEST AND TO SURROUND OURSELVES WITH THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE A GOOD TEAM BUT HE HAS BEEN A GREAT LEADER SO FAR.
>> U.N. AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.
>> Woodruff: THANKS TO THE AMBASSADOR AND THANKS TO YOU AGAIN. AMY WALTER, I ACTUALLY DIDN'T HEAR THAT MUCH ABOUT PROPER POLICY IN THE SPEECH.
>> NO. BECAUSE REMEMBER THIS IS AMERICA FIRST, AND THIS IS ABOUT BEING THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA, AND IT IS WHAT HE RAN ON, THAT PLATFORM AND ON DOMESTIC ISSUES, I JUST WANT TO GO BACK TO THIS POINT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN SEE DEMOCRATS WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS AND WHETHER HE IS TAKING AWAY THAT KIND OF CORE DEMOCRATIC -- SOME OF THE CORE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES ON THE ECONOMY, BLUE COLLAR WORKERS AND THAT A KIND OF THING. THE QUESTION IS WHERE HE LEADS FROM, SO IF HE LEADS FROM SOME OF THE ISSUES HE OUTLINED TODAY AND THE WAY HE OUTLINED THEM, YES, YOU COULD SEE A PLAUSIBLE PATH FORWARD FOR BRINGING SOME DEMOCRATS FORWARD BUT IF IN AT THE LEADING ON WE HAVE THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT IS GOING TO ALIENATE. WE HEARD HIS, DURING THE SPEECH WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND THE CRIMES THEY WERE COMMITTING AND HE WAS PUTTING A NEW TASK FORCE TOGETHER, THERE WERE AUDIBLE GROANS IN THE AUDIENCE, DEMOCRATS SAYING, THAT IS RIGHT WE ARE GOING TO FOCUS ON AN ENTIRE SEGMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR AN ISSUE THAT THEY DON'T -- THEY BELIEVE THAT IMMIGRANTS ARE BEING UNFAIR HE TARGETED ON. SO IF HE IS LEADING FROM A PLACE OF DIVISION, LET'S GO THE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY DIVIDING, THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS OR IN THIS CASE BROADER, MORE BROADLY THE COUNTRY, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET THE BUY IN AS IF YOU ARE LEADING WITH THE OTHER PIECE OF IT.
>> Woodruff:.
>> SO AND SO I THINK THAT WILL BE THIS BALANCING ACT FOR SO MANY MEMBERS, EVEN MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY WHO WANT HIM TO LEAD WITH MANY OF THE THINGS IN THE SPEECH AND THEN FIND THEMSELVES ON THE DEFENSIVE WHEN HE GOES AND DOES SOMETHING THAT IS OUTSIDE OF WHAT THEY NEED.
>> Woodruff: LESS THAN TWO MINUTES HERE, MATT SCHLAPP IS THAT SOMETHING YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT?
>> I CAN SEE THE PATH IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS FOR SURE. I ACTUALLY THINK THE QUESTIONS OF IMGATION AND TRADE AND SOME OF THESE ARE VERY POPULAR IN STATES.
>> Woodruff: EXECUTIVE ORDERS?
>> WHERE HEIDI HIGH CAMP WILL BE RUNNING AND MCCASKILL WILL BE RUNNING AND JOE MANCHIN SO FOR THE FIRST TWO YEARS I SEE HOW THE POLITICS WORK WITH THE SENATE SEATS THAT ARE UP IN 18, YOU KNOW, I AM NOT SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW IT GOES IN THE TWO YEARS AFTER THAT.
>> Woodruff:.
>> KARINE. >>LY END IT THE SAME WAY I STARTED IT WHICH IS ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS AND HIS ACTIONS THESE LAST 30 SOME ODD DAYS HAVE PROVEN TO BE DIVISIVE AND DARK, AND HERE IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE TODAY HE TALKED TO, HE DID AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON HBCUS, HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGE, AND UNITS, UNIVERSITIES AND THAT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO, THAT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REACH ACROSS THE AISLE, AND WHEN YOU READ THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THERE IS NOTHING THERE. IT IS A NOTHING BURGH THEY ARE IS ACTUALLY NO NEW MONEY TO HELP OUT HBCUS, SO THAT IS WHAT IT HAS BEEN LOOKING LIKE, EITHER YOU HAVE EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT ARE JUST LIKE PRESS RELEASES, THISSER GLORIFIED PRESS RELEASES OR PRETTY DIVISIVE AND DARK.
>> Woodruff: WELL, BRING US ALL TOGETHER MARK AND DAVID YOU HAVE 22NDS TO DO IT.
>> YES. OKAY. DAVID IS RIGHT ABOUT ATTACKS OF 1986, BILL BRADLEY, ARCHITECT -- IT TOOK FIVE YEARS. BUT IF YOU ARE JUST TALKING ABOUT A CORPORATE TAX CUT, THAT WILL SAIL THROUGH, BUT IF YOU ARE REALLY GETTING INTO PERSONAL AND GETTING RID OF LOOPHOLES, THEN YOU ARE BACK AND FORTH AND IT IS NOT GOING TO BE AN EASY THING.
>> HE HAS BEEN LEAKING -- AIR SINCE THE INAUGURATION AND LOSE SUPPORT HE WILL HAVE REVERSED THAT AND GET A BOOST IN THE POLLS, A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK, OKAY HE SEEMS NORMAL, SEEMS GOOD, SO HE STOPPED THE SLIDE THAT HE HAS HAD SINCE THE IMMIGRATION --
>> Woodruff: THUS SPOKE DAVID BROOKS. THANK YOU ALL FOR STAYING HERE ALL NIGHT AND THAT CONCLUDES OUR SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS AND THE NATION AND THE DEMOCRATS' RESPONSE. I'M JUDY WOODRUFF. STAY WITH US, AS OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES ONLINE. FOR ALL OF US HERE AT THE PBS NEWSHOUR, THANK YOU, AND SEE YOU SOON. AND BY CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR PBS STATION FROM I'm Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Welcome to "Finding Your Roots." Tonight, we'll explore the family trees of LL Cool J and Sean Combs, two legends of hip-hop who grew up without their fathers and both knew almost nothing about entire branches of their family trees. Sean: This is something that I wanted so long, to just feel some family. I didn't know the extent of my history. and it is important, I think, that we know... From whence you came. Yeah, from whence you came. Gates: To uncover their roots, we've used every tool available. Genealogists piece together the past using the paper trail, while geneticists employ the latest advances in DNA analysis to reveal secrets hundreds of years old. And we've compiled everything into a Book of Life,
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PBS NewsHour
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February 28, 2017 6:00pm-8:01pm PST
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President Donald Trump delivers an address to a joint session of Congress, telecast from the House chamber.
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