On the 75th anniversary of one of the most deadly attacks on U.S. soil, which took the lives over more than 2,400 Americans, President-Elect Donald Trump addressed it on Facebook.
He wrote, "Today being the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor — is a milestone that marks the ultimate sacrifice of those who wear the uniform. It is a reminder, too, of the valiant efforts of America’s fighting men and women who have liberated millions from tyranny and oppression."
He added, "We remember and honor those who lost their lives 75 years ago today in the Attack on Pearl Harbor."
Trump also spoke about the anniversary yesterday during his Victory Tour rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, connecting the sacrifices of service members in WWII to the battles our military fight today against terrorism and ISIS. He cheered the crowd with promises to take much better care of veterans and had them cheering as well when he laid out his new military spending and use plan while criticizing the military decisions of previous administrations.
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"Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. It's a milestone that marks the ultimate sacrifice of those who wear the great uniform. It's a reminder too of the valiant efforts of America's fighting men and women who have liberated millions from tyranny and oppression. Now today, our brave men and women are the first in line defense against radical Islamic terrorism — words that some people don't like to say."
"Our special forces at Fort Bragg have been the tip of the spear in fighting terrorism. The motto of our Army special forces is to free the oppressed, and that is exactly what they have been doing and will continue to do. At this very moment, soldiers from Fort Bragg are deployed in 90 countries around the world. Can you believe that? 90 countries. Based at Fort Bragg is the 82nd Airborne Division, also know as the All-American Division. We stand in awe of their achievements. We really do. Not far from here sits 45 percent of the entire United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune. We love Camp Lejeune. 12,000 citizen soldiers fill the ranks of the North Carolina Army and Air National Guard. The National Guard rushed to the scene to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew and so many other catastrophes, and we continue to send thoughts and prayers to those recovering in its wake. The military families of North Carolina are a national treasure, and it will be the duty of my administration to ensure that we protect those who protect us."
"And I just want to tell you that we are going to be taking care of our veterans, and I'm right now working — these are great, great people, and they haven't been treated fairly. And I'm right now working on picking the people that are going be helping our veterans, and they are really outstanding. We have some of the great people. A lot of people, they're making great sacrifices to do this. But they're going to be unbelievable. You're going to see such a change, like you've never seen before. We're going to protect and help our veterans.
"You know, people are waiting in line for 7 days, 8 days, 9 days, longer, longer than that. And when that happens, you're going out to see a private doctor, a private hospital, a public hospital, somebody that can take care of you, and we're going to pick up the bill. And not only is it going to be great for you, and life-saving in many cases, it's going to be less expensive. And I'm saying, why didn't they do this in the past? Why didn't somebody do this?"
"And finally a commitment to only engage the use of military forces when it's in the vital national security interests of the United States. We don't want to have a depleted military because we're all over the place fighting in areas that we just shouldn't be fighting in. We're going to have such a strong, powerful military. It's not going to be depleted any longer."
"They're going to have the finest equipment in the world. It's going to be new, it's going to be modern, it's going to be clean, it's going to be the best. That's what we're going to have."
"From now on, it's going to be America first, America first."
"We will stop raising to topple foreign regimes — and you understand this — foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with. Instead our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying ISIS."
"And we will. Any nation that shares these goals will be our partner in this mission. We won't forget it. We want to strengthen all friendships and seek our new friendships. Rather than a rigid dogma, we're guided by the lessons of history and a desire to promote stability, stability all over, and strength in our land. This destructive cycle of intervention and chaos must finally, folks, come to an end.
"We've spent, at last count, six trillion dollars in the Middle East, and our roads have potholes all over, our highways are falling apart, our bridges are falling, our tunnels are no good, our airports are horrible, like Third World countries. We've got to start spending on ourselves. But we've got to be so strong militarily, like we've never, ever been before. Remember that. Like we've never been before."
"We seek comity and good will among the nations of the world, and we believe that respect for mutual sovereignty helps form the basis for trust and understanding. But we won't want people taking advantage of us anymore. We don't want countries taking advantage of us anymore. We don't want that. We don't want that. We want to be the smart people. We don't want to be what we've been for the last long period of time. We build up our military, not as an act of aggression, but as an act of prevention. We pursue and build up arms, not in order to seek conflict, but in order to avoid conflict. We want to be strong. In short, we seek peace through strength."
"That is why in my first legislative report to Congress, I am going to ask for the elimination of the defense sequester. That's enough. Completion — I call it depletion — gets worse and worse every year. Not for our military. We will show the world that America is going to be strong again, stronger than ever before. We are going to be stronger militarily than ever before, and hopefully we don't have to use our military. But we're going to be stronger than ever before, and there's rarely been a time when we've needed this strength more than we have right now."