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tv   Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at CPAC Day 2  CSPAN  February 28, 2021 5:55am-6:18am EST

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mr. pompeo: thank you for that warm greeting. it is always a blessing and a little unnerving to have your son at the podium. i looked out here and i see you all and i feel really at home, and thank you for that. [applause] last year i came as the 70th secretary of state, president trump's secretary of state. before that i was a member of congress from kansas. but this is different. in the last few months we have been called clowns, deplorable's, ignorant, rednecks, people resistance. some said i was the worst secretary of state of all time. since i last saw you, the
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chinese and iranians don't think much of me either. but i am out of our accomplishments that we have truly upended the status quo. [applause] we have mistreated enormous resistance to socialism, cancel culture. we have resisted seeing our liberties and freedoms swept away. this is a noble, where the fight, and we are in it. we fought hard on nearly every front and we will always fight for it. i remember when they were saying we were against the establishment and we said, of course. i think i come by this disruption issue, in the pompeo family i have been compared to my grandfather. grandpa earl always said what
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was on his mind. he was in kansas, you worked hard. he never won a congeniality contest. but when the going was tough, you wanted grandpa earl around. in the 1930's, ramble earl was the sheriff. the population was less -- grandpa earl was the sheriff. the population was less than 6500. uncle richard was the last of the lot. he was going to run for sheriff. richard decided there was really good money in homemade gin. [laughter] so he built a still and everything was good. the campaign and the bootleg business, all good until it still exploded in the basement. it blew up the basement and the campaign. grandpa earl was a one term
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sheriff in mitchell county. he moved his family south where he raised my mother and open a pool hall. i tell the story because i think there are a couple things that those of us who have been part of the conservative movement can learn from this. first, he was a great sheriff because he never tried to be anything he wasn't. he was never afraid to tell people the truth. he did with the people of mitchell county expected of them, he respected them. second, the lesson from the gin problem is that things happen. we don't always see it going where we want but we should never give up and we should always be true to ourselves and we will succeed. [applause] grandpa earl knew that fax mattered -- facts mattered.
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today i will show you some facts from the last four years and protected you at every turn. when you are a diplomat and you have to stay in your lane. i don't have that because i am not a diplomat. so where do we begin? we began with workers across america we put back to work we put african-americans, asians, hispanics, everyone was back to work. president trump did that. we understood it mattered. [applause] we focused on the economy to put americans back to work. we did it by also securing our borders, giving americans a chance to make a good wage and take care of their family. [applause] we also, i'm from kansas don't forget, we built american energy jobs the rolled back regulations
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and wanted everyone to grow their business and have great opportunity for people all across america. i ran for congress in 2010 when president obama was in office. we restored the confidence. we have their back. we wanted them to be successful. [applause] the hallmark of our work in america is that we were bold and fearless. i hear democrats pretend they care about jobs in america. but before the seats were warm, they destroyed 10,000 jobs on the pipeline. i say to my predecessor's predecessor, john kerry, he is going to make solar banners -- solar panels. you as people in south dakota,
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do you think they are going to go out and make solar panels? you can expect the cheap solar panels from china to start flooding in and it will not be good for the united states of america. don't get me wrong, we get accused of saying we don't care about the environment and create jobs to destroy it and that is not true. we couldn't do it and protect the environment on the back of the american workers. there were more job openings than people looking for work for much of these last four years. it was an amazing accomplishment. [applause] and when the chinese wanted to steal your job, we just said, no way. 40 years of failure letting made in china crush us was going to stop. we demanded fair and reciprocal trade.
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the president understood that and we protected the american worker from the chinese communist party. [applause] my job often we overseas. we attempted our freedom abroad. we did it like grandpa earl did. we were honest and hard-working and treated the world as it is and not how we wish it were. i walked out of some very quiet rooms in europe. [applause] we had a restrained foreign policy, but when the situation so required, we came hard and heavy. i sent messages repeatedly to bad guys around the world and said if you touch an american,
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you will pay dearly. [applause] now we all know that strength tours bad guys, weakness begets war and we wanted to stay out of wars. we did. i was with the president on many trips and he would say i am going to put america first as the president of the united states and i expect you will put your people first and we will work together to accomplish this for both, and we did that. [applause] america first is right for america. it is right for each of us. it secures our freedom and the entire world benefits when we are fearless and bold and strong. the pairs climate -- the paris climate cord -- accord, we got
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out. it was a fantasy for diplomats want to virtual signal. when president biden rejoined it, president xi jinping was smiling every minute and americans lost. we defended americans and israel's -- and israelis in the middle east. we were told that you can't sanction the ayatollah in iran and you can't stop sending gas to the leadership paired there would be war. we did and there wasn't a war. [applause] we were told you can't move the united states embassy in israel to jerusalem. there will be a war. well we did, and there was not a war. [applause] we were told you can't allow
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israel to have its rights in the golan heights. there will be a war. we did that and there was no war. [applause] we were told, and this was believed, that you can't secure peace in the middle east and without buying off palestine p will create world war iii. but we did, and the accords forced peace in the middle east. [applause] thank you. the abraham accords revealed decades of failed negotiations. we were able to go against the
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elites and champion your values. it looks like the new team appears to be heading back to be appeasing iran and this will be a zastrow for the united states of america and the region as well -- this will be a disaster for the united states of america and the region. i was meeting with chairman kim to prepare for the historic summit that was held in singapore. we threatened fire and fury. we threatened fire and fury not to go to war but to deter it. and we did. those two summits, the north koreans haven't tested a long-range ballistic missile and they have not tested their nuclear weapons. [applause] i was -- it was humbling because
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on the second trip i had a chance to bring home american hostages from p.r. and -- from pyongyang. [applause] america first always, we never forget about our warriors. a pastor stayed in turkey detained for far too long, and we brought back so many remains of our fallen in korea as well. this was amazing and right and america first. [applause] how many of you remember soleimani? it was the rainy and general who was trying to cause trouble for america. he was on a mission to harm americans, but we were a few
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steps ahead of him. in the end he didn't cause trouble for americans or anyone else ever again. [applause] did you know that to this day most of the liberals still won't won't admit that ridding the world of the terrorist was a good thing. we drew a redline. the syrians gassed children and women. we told him don't do that again. president trump ordered american-made tomahawk missiles to let them know that we wouldn't allow them to kill women and children. [applause] america first takes real courage. it takes the secretary of state to walk in the room and tell it
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like it is and a president who had his back. we had that. [applause] speaking of that, i hear president biden saying america is back. [laughter] back to what? [laughter] back to power? back to sending cash to the ayatollah? back to apologizing when iranians tell our soldiers and sailors to take to their knees at gunpoint? back to president biden telling the pipeline -- killing the pipeline? back to all of the things that put america first. acta supporting the pipeline in europe that would create european jobs. this is not what we want to go back to at any time at all and we certainly don't want to go back to letting china have trade deals that kill our jobs here in america. we can't afford. it's not the right thing. we don't have to do it.
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we must be bold and we must put america first. we spent a lot of time about -- talking about being canceled. i was happy this is being aired on television not canceled at least for the moment. we worked tirelessly with great success to deliver on our american values that have made this such a special unique nation. this country was built on what our founders understood and the bill of rights that came behind the constitution. recognizing the rights come from our creator and not from any government. [applause] our union becomes more perfect every time we defend our sovereignty and our borders and i am proud we are the most pro-life administration in the history of the u.s.. [applause]
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it was my job to deny that any taxpayer dollars from any american went to perform an abortion any place in the world and we promoted that doctrine anywhere and always. don't forget that president trump appointed a lot of judges that understand the words of life and liberty and words that have real meaning. [applause] i worked with the mexican government, my counterpart to secure our borders. i worked to protect your right for firearms. it makes sure each of us has the right to defend ourselves precisely as our founders intended. liberals pretend to care about the poor, then they side with the union bosses against the workers. they pretend to care about kids
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while kids in democrat led cities aren't in front of computers, they're struggling to figure out how to stay safe from drug lords. that's not good leadership. that's not taking care of the people you are charged with protecting. we need to get everyone of our children back in school. [applause] i was a soldier about 25 years ago and about 100 pounds ago. [laughter] when i hear democrats say they want a strong america, i know they are working to undermine it. mark my word, they will get the defense budget that we worked so hard to build. they will do it to pay for the green new deal. they will trade army green for aoc green. that's a bad trade.
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our young men and women, we don't want to put them in harm's way. we are weak at home and we don't stand up for our military, the risk of war increases when deterrence fades. we cannot let that happen. they want to defend -- defund the police. canceling our freedom to assemble peacefully is antithetical to what our founders understood about america. when i headed up to west point, i grew up in southern california. they left me at the airport. my mother was a cigarette smoking high school graduate and the most decent woman i ever met. she pulled me aside, she said mike, i know you are -- don't
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ever let them wear you down. wear them down. [applause] i have never forgotten what my mom told me that day. keep grinding, keep championing american values. the smartest officer i ever came to know, worked closely with air force special operations officer. i asked him about someone on our team and i said what do you think of him or her? he would say on love that guy. he meant that person got stuff done. they were a grinder. they kept banging away. you all know these four years are going to test us. i need each of you to be a pipe hitter. get stuff done. keep grinding.
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be a pipe hitter at church. be a pipe hitter at your pta meeting. let them bring crazy into your classrooms. be a pipe hitter at your vfw. be on the team to commit to support our warriors. be a pipe hitter when they tell you they're closing the mine or factory because of some green vision. keep it open. president reagan, the real pipe hitter. he once said if we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape. this is the last stand on earth. i saw that. i saw that as your secretary of state as i traveled around the world. i am confident he was right and the american star will shine across the heavens so long as we keep a proper understanding of our god-given rights at the
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center of who we are and we keep up our request to secure freedom for our own people and for all of mankind. i will be with you in the fight. god bless you and may god bless the united states of america. [applause] ♪ ♪ and kevin mccarthy. please welcome the chairman of the american conservative union. [applause] ♪


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