Watch This 11-Year-Old Girl Speak At The Democratic Convention

“I want to grow up to be a lawyer so I can help other families, like us”

Most days, Karla Ortiz says she feels scared. Scared that her parents, Latinos who immigrated illegally to the U.S., will be deported and that her family will be torn apart.

“I’m scared that at any moment, my mom and my dad will be forced to leave,” Ortiz told the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “I wonder, what if I come home and find it empty?”

The 11-year-old American citizen drew cheers and applause from Democrats as she outlined her dreams for the future in a primetime convention speech. Ortiz, born in Nevada, met Hillary Clinton earlier this year during a campaign stop in Nevada. Their interaction, where Ortiz first expressed a fear her family would be broken up, became a Clinton campaign ad.

“I want to grow up to be a lawyer so I can help other families, like us. I have hope,” Ortiz said as her mother, Francisca, stood by her side. “(Clinton) wants me to have the worries of an 11-year-old, not the weight of the world on my shoulders.”

The crowd cheered as Ortiz and her mother spoke in Spanish and finished their speech with, “Clinton for president!”

Opinion: Thank you, Hillary Clinton

What was billed as Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy speech was instead one, long warning about the dangers of a possible Trump presidency. But that is just what the doctor ordered, writes DW’s Michael Knigge.

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One does not have to be a fan of Hillary Clinton to appreciate what she has done in her speech on foreign policy and national security in California on Thursday. She took what Donald Trump tries to sell as a coherent foreign policy and debunked it point for point as a noxious mix of rants, lies and insults.

Even more importantly, by exposing his constant falsehoods, his proud ignorance and his dangerous hubris on practically all matters of international affairs, Clinton made a strong case for why Trump is unfit to be president and commander-in-chief of the United States.

To be sure, nothing that Clinton said about Trump and his worldview is new. Trump’s pernicious positions on key global issues such as immigration, terrorism, Islam, NATO, nuclear proliferation and Russia have been amply documented and decried by numerous observers both inside and outside the US. That’s why it’s not hard to discredit his case to be president. One closer look at Trump’s public record and behavior should suffice.

Unfortunately, though, his Republican rivals for the presidential nomination – for various reasons – were all either incapable, unsuitable or unwilling to take a serious stand against Trump – until it was too late. As if to highlight the dismal state of the Republican Party, the endorsement of Trump by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had been critical of Trump and had long been considered a possible last-minute alternative for the nomination, was made public during Clinton’s speech.

That’s why – with the GOP fully captured by Trump – it is now up to Hillary Clinton to expose and challenge Trump’s nativist-authoritarian vision for America, which would not only endanger the US, but the world.

Clinton’s speech in California was her first serious effort to do just that. It was not a policy or a strategy speech. It also was not a great or memorable speech. It was a campaign speech intended to take on Trump directly. This was long overdue. And as Trump’s Republican rivals can attest to, in politics, like in school, it takes guts to confront the big, bad bully.

Hillary Clinton deserves credit for having done so convincingly. It likely won’t be the last time.

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Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump is ‘dangerously incoherent’

Media captionHillary Clinton: “Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different, they are dangerously incoherent”

Hillary Clinton has called Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump “dangerously incoherent”.

The Democratic front-runner said Mr Trump was unfit to be president and his election would be a “historic mistake”.

Mr Trump hit back, saying Mrs Clinton “no longer has credibility – too much failure in office”.

Outside Mr Trump’s rally in San Jose, California, anti-Trump protesters clashed with his supporters in one of the worst such confrontations so far.

Several Trump supporters were punched, one was pelted with eggs and others were spat at, reports said.

But in a boost for the presumptive Republican nominee, US House Speaker Republican Paul Ryan said he would back his candidacy.

Mr Ryan had previously refused to back Mr Trump and his support is the latest sign Republicans are unifying around their nominee.

He wrote in a column in his hometown Gazette newspaper in Wisconsin “we have more common ground than disagreement”, and he attacked Mrs Clinton saying: “A Clinton White House would mean four more years of liberal cronyism.”

On the attack

In her speech Mrs Clinton, who is fighting Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, rejected Mr Trump’s foreign policy points, and called him thin-skinned, irrational and unprepared.

She defended the Iran nuclear deal and said a Trump presidency could start overseas wars and ruin the US economy.

“This isn’t reality television, this is actual reality,” she said.


Analysis

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By Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, San Diego

Hillary Clinton’s speech in San Diego on Thursday lived up to its billing as a spirited frontal assault on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The former secretary of state mixed humour and an occasionally mocking tone with a line-by-line refutation of Mr Trump’s foreign policy views, which she said were reckless and “dangerously incoherent”.

The address, which was confidently delivered, will likely ease the concerns of Democrats who have worried that their candidate may be unable to go toe-to-toe with the unconventional Trump. At one point she quipped that Mr Trump was likely preparing angry tweets in response to her criticisms – and it wasn’t long before her predictions were proven accurate.

Last year I spoke with a number of Republican foreign policy experts who expressed excitement that the 2016 presidential race would be centred on international affairs. This probably isn’t the kind of debate they were expecting – or wanted, for that matter.

Mrs Clinton’s speech seemed crafted to try to draw in independents and disaffected moderate Republicans who are concerned about Mr Trump’s bluster. While his supporters have repeatedly said they like his tough talk, Mrs Clinton is betting that the broader US electorate will not.


Mrs Clinton also said someone like Mr Trump could not be in charge of the country’s nuclear codes and that his proposals were vague and often nonsensical.

She said his anti-Muslim rhetoric and talk of American isolationism bolstered the so-called Islamic State and argued against his disdain for Mexico and Mexican immigrants coming into the country.

Questioning his relationship with Russian president Vladmir Putin, she said: “I’ll leave it to a psychiatrist to explain his affection for tyrants.”

Mr Sanders has vowed to keep fighting for the nomination until the party’s convention in July, despite Mrs Clinton’s strong delegate lead.

Bernie Sanders is throwing Hillary Clinton to the (Trumpian) wolves

“It’s been vile,” said Nevada Democratic Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange. “It’s been threatening messages, threatening my family, threatening my life, threatening my grandchild.”

Coupled with throwing chairs, screaming obscenities and even booing Senator Barbara Boxer as she spoke, Bernie Sanders’s supporters turned last weekend’s Nevada Democratic convention into a total free-for-all. From the descriptions and video evidence, this was what we’d expect from a Trump rally.

Indeed, for all the criticism Sanders piled on Trump when he was seemingly unable to control his supporters – or lacking any interest in controlling them – Sanders has not lived up to the standard he has demanded of others. His statement on the weekend’s events showed no concern.

He wrote, “Within the last few days there have been a number of criticisms made against my campaign organization. Party leaders in Nevada, for example, claim that the Sanders campaign has a ‘penchant for violence.’ That is nonsense. Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence.He went on to blameDemocratic leadership for using “its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place.”

And while Sanders is correct that his supporters are not regularly unhinged, it’s also critical to note that the numbers are clear – and they’re on Hillary Clinton’s side. She won the Nevada caucus in February. Why she shouldn’t then be entitled to a greater share of the pledged delegates is beyond me. But it was clearly not beyond Sanders backers – and potentially Sanders staff – to tell those at the convention that the process was rigged in favor of Clinton.

Doing this is not only dishonest, but totally irresponsible both in the moment and for the future of the Democratic Party. In pitting Sanders and Clinton supporters against each other in this way, Sanders and his team are threatening Clinton’s chances of beating Trump in November.

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You know how serious this threat to general election prospects is by how many liberals and liberal outlets have turned on Sanders over this.

CNN contributor Sally Kohn, who endorsed Sanders, wrote an article in Time called “I felt the Bern but the Bros are extinguishing the flames.” Kevin Drum writes in Mother Jones,

“The one thing I do keep wondering about is what happened to Bernie Sanders. Before this campaign, he was a gadfly, he was a critic of the system, and he was a man of strong principles. He still is, but he’s also obviously very, very bitter. I wonder if all this was worth it for him?” And Sanders supporter Charles Pierce of Esquire offered, “I voted for Bernie Sanders…But if anybody thinks that, somehow, he is having the nomination “stolen” from him, they are idiots.”

To borrow Pierce’s language, any Democrat who thinks that the division Bernie Sanders is fueling isn’t hurting Hillary Clinton is also an idiot. Just look at the newFox News poll which has Trump up 45-42 percent nationally and leading substantially with independents (16 points) and men (22 points). Trump is even ahead of Clinton with white women. Yes, she’s still winning women overall and has big leads with African-Americans and Latinos, but her vulnerability is clear.

Senate Democrats met this week to discuss how to handle Bernie Sanders. This is certainly necessary, but apt to further anger his supporters whom they desperately need going forward.

Perhaps a personal appeal from Clinton would help. But I remain unconvinced that Sanders is going to tone down his rhetoric. Even if he acknowledges that the math isn’t on his side, he’s now going gunning for reforming the process. And when someone has been so resoundingly behind the idea of bringing revolution to American politics, it’s hard to see him making any substantive changes.

Sanders will lose. But Democratic unity will, too, and that’s the real shame here.

Douglas E. Schoen has served as a pollster for President Bill Clinton. He has more than 30 years experience as a pollster and political consultant. He is also a Fox News contributor and co-host of “Fox News Insiders” Sundays on Fox News Channel at 7 pm ET. He is the author of 12 books. His latest is “The Nixon Effect: How Richard Nixon’s Presidency Fundamentally Changed American Politics(Encounter Books, February 2016). Follow Doug on Twitter @DouglasESchoen.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton vie for Kentucky and Oregon

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Image captionMr Sanders has not given up his fight for the Democratic nomination

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is hoping to keep his campaign alive with strong showings in the Kentucky and Oregon primaries.

Front-runner Hillary Clinton is almost certain to secure the nomination in July, with a significant delegate lead.

She has been campaigning in Kentucky, saying husband and former President Bill Clinton would take charge of revitalising the economy.

Both races could be fairly competitive, national polls predict.

Mrs Clinton has won 94% of delegates needed to win the nomination, a total of 24 states to Mr Sanders’ 19.

Republicans will vote in Oregon on Tuesday, but that race is all but decided, with front-runner Donald Trump having pushed out all of his competitors.

The Kentucky Democratic primary will award 60 delegates to go to the party’s convention in Philadelphia while Oregon’s primary will award 74.

Kentucky’s primary is closed, meaning only registered Democratic voters can participate.

In Oregon, voters cast ballots entirely by mail.

http://interactives.ap.org/2016/delegates-overview/?image=false&STATE=IA&date=0201&SITEID=BBCPressure is rising on Mr Sanders, a senator from Vermont who has historically been an independent, not a Democrat, to drop out of the race.

Some Democrats worry that his presence is hurting their chances of beating Mr Trump, a billionaire businessman with no political experience, in the general election in the autumn.

Mr Sanders recently won primaries in Indiana and West Virginia, but that did not help him cut into Mrs Clinton’s delegate lead.

“I don’t think they think of the downside of this,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, who supports Mrs Clinton.

“It’s actually harmful because she can’t make that general election pivot the way she should. Trump has made that pivot.”

Vice President Joe Biden has said he is confident Mrs Clinton will be the nominee.

Mr Sanders has argued that he still has a path to the Democratic nomination.

On the Republican side, Mr Trump is slowly gaining support among the GOP establishment.

He met House Speaker Paul Ryan last week and the two had a “productive” conversation but Mr Ryan has yet to formally support him.

Mr Trump is only 103 delegates short of the 1,237 needed to clinch the Republican nomination and Mrs Clinton is 143 short of the 2,383 Democratic delegates she needs.

Clinton hits Trump, says real estate mogul doesn’t understand government

Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump as “reckless” on foreign policy and for failing to understand how the federal government runs.

Trump doesn’t grasp that the skills needed to govern differ from those in running a business, she said in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation broadcast on Sunday.

“Maybe he just doesn’t understand that running our government is not the same as making real estate deals,” said Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee.

Clinton, who has a virtually insurmountable lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in her bid for the nomination, took Trump to task for comments he has made on foreign policy and national security.

Trump has floated the possibility of allowing Japan and South Korea to obtain nuclear weapons. Such “cavalier” comments about nuclear weapons, Clinton said, were “reckless and dangerous.”

Clinton also criticized Trump for his suggestion that the U.S. target the families of terrorists.

“Those are war crimes,” Clinton said.

On domestic policy, Clinton said she and Sanders agreed on “reining in bad actors” on Wall Street and raising the minimum wage. Trump, on the other hand, “doesn’t have a view, he has a slogan.”

Clinton also said she hopes the FBI probe of her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State would be “wrapped up soon,” and acknowledged it had been a mistake.

“I always took classified material seriously,” she added.

Read Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump outlined an “America first” foreign policy approach in what was billed as a major address at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Here is a full transcript of the speech.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for National Interest for honoring me with this invitation. It truly is a great honor. I’d like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country, one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace.

TRUMP: It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold, something we have to do. The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else. It has to be first. Has to be.

That will be the foundation of every single decision that I will make. America…

(APPLAUSE)

America first will be the major and overriding theme of my administration. But to chart our path forward, we must first briefly take a look back. We have a lot to be proud of.

In the 1940s we saved the world. The greatest generation beat back the Nazis and Japanese imperialists. Then we saved the world again. This time, from totalitarianism and communism. The Cold War lasted for decades but, guess what, we won and we won big. Democrats and Republicans working together got Mr. Gorbachev to heed the words of President Reagan, our great president, when he said, tear down this wall.

(APPLAUSE)

History will not forget what he did. A very special man and president. Unfortunately, after the Cold War our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense. Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, which led to one foreign policy disaster after another.

They just kept coming and coming. We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper. Very bad. It all began with a dangerous idea that we could make western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interests in becoming a western democracy.

We tore up what institutions they had and then were surprised at what we unleashed. Civil war, religious fanaticism, thousands of Americans and just killed be lives, lives, lives wasted. Horribly wasted. Many trillions of dollars were lost as a result. The vacuum was created that ISIS would fill. Iran, too, would rush in and fill that void much to their really unjust enrichment.

They have benefited so much, so sadly, for us. Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy. Today I want to identify five main weaknesses in our foreign policy.

First, our resources are totally over extended. President Obama has weakened our military by weakening our economy. He’s crippled us with wasteful spending, massive debt, low growth, a huge trade deficit and open borders. Our manufacturing trade deficit with the world is now approaching $1 trillion a year.

We’re rebuilding other countries while weakening our own. Ending the theft of American jobs will give us resources we need to rebuild our military, which has to happen and regain our financial independence and strength. I am the only person running for the presidency who understands this and this is a serious problem.

I’m the only one — believe me, I know them all, I’m the only one who knows how to fix it.

(APPLAUSE)

Secondly, our allies are not paying their fair share, and I’ve been talking about this recently a lot. Our allies must contribute toward their financial, political, and human costs, have to do it, of our tremendous security burden. But many of them are simply not doing so.

TRUMP: They look at the United States as weak and forgiving and feel no obligation to honor their agreements with us. In NATO, for instance, only 4 of 28 other member countries besides America, are spending the minimum required 2 percent of GDP on defense. We have spent trillions of dollars over time on planes, missiles, ships, equipment, building up our military to provide a strong defense for Europe and Asia.

The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense, and if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. We have no choice.

(APPLAUSE)

The whole world will be safer if our allies do their part to support our common defense and security. A Trump administration will lead a free world that is properly armed and funded, and funded beautifully.

Thirdly, our friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us. We’ve had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies, something that we’ve never seen before in the history of our country. He negotiated a disastrous deal with Iran, and then we watched them ignore its terms even before the ink was dry. Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, cannot be allowed. Remember that, cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.

(APPLAUSE)

And under a Trump administration, will never, ever be allowed to have that nuclear weapon.

(APPLAUSE)

All of this without even mentioning the humiliation of the United States with Iran’s treatment of our ten captured sailors — so vividly I remember that day. In negotiation, you must be willing to walk. The Iran deal, like so many of our worst agreements, is the result of not being willing to leave the table.

When the other side knows you’re not going to walk, it becomes absolutely impossible to win — you just can’t win. At the same time, your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them. You’ve made that agreement, you have to stand by it and the world will be a better place. President Obama gutted our missile defense program and then abandoned our missile defense plans with Poland and the Czech Republic. He supported the ouster of a friendly regime in Egypt that had a longstanding peace treaty with Israel, and then helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power in its place.

Israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity. Just a few days ago, Vice President Biden again criticized Israel, a force for justice and peace, for acting as an impatient peace area in the region.

President Obama has not been a friend to Israel. He has treated Iran with tender love and care and made it a great power. Iran has, indeed, become a great, great power in just a very short period of time, because of what we’ve done. All of the expense and all at the expense of Israel, our allies in the region and very importantly, the United States itself.

We’ve picked fights with our oldest friends, and now they’re starting to look elsewhere for help. Remember that. Not good.

Fourth, our rivals no longer respect us. In fact, they’re just as confused as our allies, but in an even bigger problem is they don’t take us seriously anymore. The truth is they don’t respect us. When President Obama landed in Cuba on Air Force One, to leader was there, nobody, to greet him.

Perhaps an incident without precedent in the long and prestigious history of Air Force One. Then amazingly, the same thing happened in Saudi Arabia. It’s called no respect. Absolutely no respect.

TRUMP: Do you remember when the president made a long and expensive trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to get the Olympics for our country, and after this unprecedented effort, it was announced that the United States came in fourth — fourth place? The president of the United States making this trip — unprecedented — comes in fourth place. He should have known the result before making such an embarrassing commitment. We were laughed at all over the world, as we have been many, many times.

The list of humiliations go on and on and on. President Obama watches helplessly as North Korea increases its aggression and expands further and further with its nuclear reach. Our president has allowed China to continue its economic assault on American jobs and wealth, refusing to enforce trade deals and apply leverage on China necessary to rein in North Korea. We have the leverage. We have the power over China, economic power, and people don’t understand it. And with that economic power, we can rein in and we can get them to do what they have to do with North Korea, which is totally out of control.

He has even allowed China to steal government secrets with cyber attacks and engaged in industrial espionage against the United States and its companies. We’ve let our rivals and challengers think they can get away with anything, and they do. They do at will. It always happens. If President Obama’s goal had been to weaken America, he could not have done a better job.

Finally, America no longer has a clear understanding of our foreign policy goals. Since the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, we’ve lacked a coherent foreign policy. One day, we’re bombing Libya and getting rid of a dictator to foster democracy for civilians. The next day, we’re watching the same civilians suffer while that country falls and absolutely falls apart. Lives lost, massive moneys lost. The world is a different place.

We’re a humanitarian nation, but the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion and disarray, a mess. We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before. We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide.

(APPLAUSE)

We have done nothing to help the Christians, nothing, and we should always be ashamed for that, for that lack of action. Our actions in Iraq, Libya and Syria have helped unleash ISIS, and we’re in a war against radical Islam, but President Obama won’t even name the enemy, and unless you name the enemy, you will never ever solve the problem.

(APPLAUSE)

Hillary Clinton also refuses to say the words radical Islam, even as she pushes for a massive increase in refugees coming into our country. After Secretary Clinton’s failed intervention in Libya, Islamic terrorists in Benghazi took down our consulate and killed our ambassador and three brave Americans. Then, instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep. Incredible.

Clinton blames it all on a video, an excuse that was a total lie, proven to be absolutely a total lie. Our ambassador was murdered and our secretary of state misled the nation. And, by the way, she was not awake to take that call at 3 o’clock in the morning. And now ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil. And you know what? We don’t blockade, we don’t bomb, we don’t do anything about it. It’s almost as if our country doesn’t even know what’s happening, which could be a fact and could be true.

TRUMP: This will all change when I become president.

To our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be reliable again. It’s going to be a great and reliable ally again. It’s going to be a friend again. We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests and the shared interests of our allies.

(APPLAUSE)

We’re getting out of the nation-building business and instead focusing on creating stability in the world. Our moments of greatest strength came when politics ended at the water’s edge. We need a new rational American foreign policy, informed by the best minds and supported by both parties, and it will be by both parties — Democrats, Republicans, independents, everybody, as well as by our close allies.

This is how we won the Cold War and it’s how we will win our new future struggles, which may be many, which may be complex, but we will win if I become president.

(APPLAUSE)

First, we need a long-term plan to halt the spread and reach of radical Islam. Containing the spread of radical Islam must be a major foreign policy goal of the United States and indeed the world. Events may require the use of military force, but it’s also a philosophical struggle, like our long struggle in the Cold War.

In this, we’re going to be working very closely with our allies in the Muslim world, all of which are at risk from radical Islamic violence, attacks and everything else. It is a dangerous world, more dangerous now than it has ever been.

We should work — thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

We should work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical Islam. But this has to be a two-way street. They must also be good to us. Remember that. They have to be good to us, no longer one way. It’s now two-way. And remember, us and all we’re doing, they have to appreciate what we’ve done to them. We’re going to help, but they have to appreciate what we’ve done for them. The struggle against radical Islam also takes place in our homeland. There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. For every case known to the public, there are dozens and dozens more. We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies. We have no idea where these people are coming from. There’s no documentation. There’s no paperwork. There’s nothing. We have to be smart. We have to be vigilant.

A pause for reassessment will help us to prevent the next San Bernardino or frankly, much worse. All you have to do is look at the World Trade Center and September 11th, one of the great catastrophes, in my opinion, the single greatest military catastrophe in the history of our country; worse than Pearl Harbor because you take a look at what’s happened, and citizens were attacked, as opposed to the military being attacked — one of the true great catastrophes.

And then there’s ISIS. I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. We must…

(APPLAUSE)

… we must as a nation be more unpredictable. We are totally predictable. We tell everything. We’re sending troops. We tell them. We’re sending something else. We have a news conference. We have to be unpredictable. And we have to be unpredictable starting now.

But they’re going to be gone. ISIS will be gone if I’m elected president. And they’ll be gone quickly. They will be gone very, very quickly.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP: Secondly, we have to rebuild our military and our economy. The Russians and Chinese have rapidly expanded their military capability, but look at what’s happened to us. Our nuclear weapons arsenal, our ultimate deterrent, has been allowed to atrophy and is desperately in need of modernization and renewal. And it has to happen immediately. Our active duty armed forces have shrunk from 2 million in 1991 to about 1.3 million today. The Navy has shrunk from over 500 ships to 272 ships during this same period of time. The Air Force is about one-third smaller than 1991. Pilots flying B-52s in combat missions today. These planes are older than virtually everybody in this room.

And what are we doing about this? President Obama has proposed a 2017 defense budget that in real dollars, cuts nearly 25 percent from what we were spending in 2011. Our military is depleted and we’re asking our generals and military leaders to worry about global warming.

We will spend what we need to rebuild our military. It is the cheapest, single investment we can make. We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned, and I mean unquestioned, by anybody and everybody.

But we will look for savings and spend our money wisely. In this time of mounting debt, right now we have so much debt that nobody even knows how to address the problem. But I do. No one dollar can be wasted. Not one single dollar can we waste. We’re also going to have to change our trade, immigration and economic policies to make our economy strong again. And to put Americans first again.

This will ensure that our own workers, right here in America, get the jobs and higher pay that will grow our tax revenues, increase our economic might as a nation, make us strong financially again. So, so important. We need to think smart about areas where our technological superiority, and nobody comes close, gives us an edge.

This includes 3D printing, artificial intelligence and cyber warfare. A great country also takes care of its warriors. Our commitment to them is absolute, and I mean absolute. A trump administration will give our servicemen and women the best equipment and support in the world when they serve and where they serve. And the best care in the world when they return as veterans and they come back home to civilian life. Our veterans…

(APPLAUSE)

Our veterans have not been treated fairly or justly. These are our great people and we must treat them fairly. We must even treat them really, really well and that will happen under the Trump administration.

(APPLAUSE)

Finally, we must develop a foreign policy based on American interests. Businesses do not succeed when they lose sight of their core interests and neither do countries. Look at what happened in the 1990s. Our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania — and this was a horrible time for us — were attacked. and 17 brave sailors were killed on the USS Cole.

And what did we do? It seemed we put more effort into adding China into the World Trade organization, which has been a total disaster for the United States. Frankly, we spent more time on that than we did in stopping Al Qaida. We even had an opportunity to take out Osama bin Laden and we didn’t do it

And then we got hit at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Again, the worst attack on our country in its history. Our foreign policy goals must be based on America’s core national security interests. And the following will be my priorities.

In the Middle East our goals must be, and I mean must be, to defeat terrorists and promote regional stability, not radical change. We need to be clear sighted about the groups that will never be anything other than enemies. And believe me, we have groups that no matter what you do, they will be the enemy.

TRUMP: We have to be smart enough to recognize who those groups are, who those people are, and not help them. And we must only be generous to those that prove they are indeed our friends.

(APPLAUSE)

We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes, but we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests.

Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism. I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only is possible, absolutely possible. Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries.

Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can’t make a deal under my administration, a deal that’s great — not good, great — for America, but also good for Russia, then we will quickly walk from the table. It’s as simple as that. We’re going to find out.

Fixing our relations with China is another important step — and really toward creating an even more prosperous period of time. China respects strength and by letting them take advantage of us economically, which they are doing like never before, we have lost all of their respect.

We have a massive trade deficit with China, a deficit that we have to find a way quickly, and I mean quickly, to balance. A strong and smart America is an America that will find a better friend in China, better than we have right now. Look at what China is doing in the South China Sea. They’re not supposed to be doing it.

No respect for this country or this president. We can both benefit or we can both go our separate ways. If need be, that’s what’s going to have to happen.

After I’m elected president, I will also call for a summit with our NATO allies and a separate summit with our Asian allies. In these summits, we will not only discuss a rebalancing of financial commitments, but take a fresh look at how we can adopt new strategies for tackling our common challenges. For instance, we will discuss how we can upgrade NATO’s outdated mission and structure, grown out of the Cold War to confront our shared challenges, including migration and Islamic terrorism.

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I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no alternative. But if America fights, it must only fight to win.

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I will never sent our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V.

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Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war and destruction. The best way to achieve those goals is through a disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy. With President Obama and Secretary Clinton we’ve had the exact opposite — a reckless, rudderless and aimless foreign policy, one that has blazed the path of destruction in its wake.

After losing thousands of lives and spending trillions of dollars, we are in far worst shape in the Middle East than ever, ever before. I challenge anyone to explain the strategic foreign policy vision of Obama/Clinton. It has been a complete and total disaster.

I will also be prepared to deploy America’s economic resources. Financial leverage and sanctions can be very, very persuasive, but we need to use them selectively and with total determination.

TRUMP: Our power will be used if others do not play by the rules. In other words, if they do not treat us fairly. Our friends and enemies must know that if I draw a line in the sand, I will enforce that line in the sand. Believe me.

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However, unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct. You cannot have a foreign policy without diplomacy. A superpower understands that caution and restraint are really truly signs of strength. Although not in government service, I was totally against the war in Iraq, very proudly, saying for many years that it would destabilize the Middle East. Sadly, I was correct, and the biggest beneficiary has been has been Iran, who is systematically taking over Iraq and gaining access to their very rich oil reserves, something it has wanted to do for decades.

And now, to top it off, we have ISIS. My goal is to establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations. That’s why I also look and have to look for talented experts with approaches and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war. We have to look to new people.

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We have to look to new people because many of the old people frankly don’t know what they’re doing, even though they may look awfully good writing in the New York Times or being watched on television.

Finally, I will work with our allies to reinvigorate Western values and institutions. Instead of trying to spread universal values that not everybody shares or wants, we should understand that strengthening and promoting Western civilization and its accomplishments will do more to inspire positive reforms around the world than military interventions.

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These are my goals as president. I will seek a foreign policy that all Americans, whatever their party, can support, so important, and which our friends and allies will respect and totally welcome. The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends and when old friends become allies, that’s what we want. We want them to be our allies.

We want the world to be — we want to bring peace to the world. Too much destruction out there, too many destructive weapons. The power of weaponry is the single biggest problem that we have today in the world.

To achieve these goals, Americans must have confidence in their country and its leadership. Again, many Americans must wonder why we our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than in defending their own. Americans…

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Americans must know that we’re putting the American people first again on trade.

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So true. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy. The jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.

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No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must start doing the same. We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism. The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down and will never enter…

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TRUMP: And under my administration, we will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

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NAFTA, as an example, has been a total disaster for the United States and has emptied our states — literally emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs. And I’ve just gotten to see it. I’ve toured Pennsylvania. I’ve toured New York. I’ve toured so many of the states. They have been cleaned out. Their manufacturing is gone.

Never again, only the reverse — and I have to say this strongly — never again; only the reverse will happen. We will keep our jobs and bring in new ones. There will be consequences for the companies that leave the United States only to exploit it later. They fire the people. They take advantage of the United States. There will be consequences for those companies. Never again.

Under a Trump administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of a foreign country.

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I will view as president the world through the clear lens of American interests. I will be America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion. We will not apologize for becoming successful again, but will instead embrace the unique heritage that makes us who we are.

The world is most peaceful and most prosperous when America is strongest. America will continue and continue forever to play the role of peacemaker. We will always help save lives and indeed humanity itself, but to play the role, we must make America strong again.

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And always — always, always, we must make, and we have to look at it from every angle, and we have no choice, we must make America respected again. We must make America truly wealthy again. And we must — we have to and we will make America great again. And if we do that — and if we do that, perhaps this century can be the most peaceful and prosperous the world has ever, ever known. Thank you very much, everybody. I appreciate it. Thank you.

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Thank you very much.

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Thank you.

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