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better. tune in tonight to hannity. he has a cable exclusive interview with president trump. certainly don't want to miss that. so many issues on the table right now. i'm melissa branson. here's shep. >> shepard: it's noon on the west coast. 3:00 in philadelphia where president trump addressed congressional republicans a short time ago and told them to get ready to get to work. plus, give us your tired and poor and huddles masses as long as they're not from syria, somalia and sudan. and the president's busy with executive orders on everything from pipelines to obamacare. he can't get everything done by himself. what he needs there congress to make his plans last. and meetings off. the mexican president cancelled his visit to the white house. the strained relations with mexico and what they mean for
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america. let's get to it. donald trump is stepping up his fight with another world leader, the mexican president, president neito. they were scheduled to meet tuesday. their advisors coming together this week. the mexican leader cancelled everything this week insisting his country won't pay for the wall. candidate trump repeatedly claimed that mexico will foot the bill. now he says american taxpayers will pay for it and mexico will somehow pay us back. president trump admits the payment method may be complicated. president neito said mexico will not shell out a dime, no way, no how. the mexican leader tweeted that he called off his meeting with president trump. then president trump claimed the decision was mutual. here's what he told gop
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lawmakers in philadelphia. >> the president of mexico and myself have agreed to cancel our planned meeting scheduled for next week. unless mexico is going to treat the united states fairly with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless and i want to go a different route. >> we'll have much more on that ahead. the british prime minister, theresa may, is set to become the first foreign leader to meet with president trump. they're scheduled to meet at the white house. she's set to speak at any moment at the retreat in philly for the republicans. president trump has set out an ambitious road map for his party with a flurry of orders. more are on the way. fox news obtained a draft of the executive order that the president plans to sign that would indefinitely ban syrian refugees and others from entering the united states and block the entry of all other refugees for at least four months. details on the draft in just a
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moment. of course, president trump during the campaign promised to step up screening of refugees to stop terrorists from the islamic state and other groups from entering america. he called it extreme vetting. here's what the president said about his isis with his interview with hannity set to air tonight. >> the people that we're going against, they don't wear uniforms. they're sneaky, dirty rats. they blow people up in a shopping center. they blow people up in a church. these are bad people. when you're fighting germany th japan and they had uniforms and flags on the plane and the whole thing. we are fighting sneaky rats right now that are sick and demented. we're going to win. >> shepard: the president says he plans to keep as many campaign promises as he can and he's kept a lot of them already.
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john roberts live at the white house. the mexico meeting at the white house is off. it all unfolded in a series of tweets. >> it did. actually started on tuesday, of course, when the president signed the executive order at the department of homeland security to build the wall with mexico. initially, clearly, enrique neito never liked this idea, the idea of paying it back over time. initially he didn't see any reason to cancel the meeting and many had a chance to think about it. last night he said this. listen. >> i am saddened and i am against the decision by the united states to continue with the construction of a wall that for years far from joining us has divided us. mexico does not believe in walls. i have said time and time again, mexico will not pay for any wall. >> and following that, in a sign that we're in a new age of diplomacy, donald trump tweeted
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out this morning that the u.s. has a $60 billion trade deficit with mexico. if mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly-needed wall, it would be better to cancel the upcoming meet, to which pena neito tweeted that we will not have the meeting next tuesday. president trump appears to be approaching this like a business deal than any kind of a diplomatic dance basically saying the whole thing won't work so we'll call it off. the relationship between the two countries is far too important for them not to meet. so in the interim, they're staking out positions. >> shepard: john, the president returning to andrews after the trip to philadelphia this morning. this was his first official trip on air force one. you'll remember when he came to washington for the inauguration, he came on a u.s. jet, but it wasn't air force one.
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now he's the president, he's on air force one. a round-tripper for the conference and now the gaggle of reporters surrounding him as he makes his way to ground transportation. if he says anything into reporters, we're in the gaggle. expecting an order tomorrow on what was initially the muslim ban and now it's looking more and more like the muslim ban. >> well, certainly addresses countries for a majority of the population is muslim. no question about that let's put some bullet points on the screen. this is going to come tomorrow. the president expected in this executive order to initiate a 30-day ban on visas from countries like iraq, iran, syria, somalia, libya and yemen. could be more added to the list. basically a country where there's a history of terrorism. he will declare a 120-day moratorium on admitting refugees in the united states. he will also put in place a ban on refugees from syria and
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create safe zones, at least move to create safe zones in syria so refugees have someplace where they will be safe. through the rest of the year, refugee admissions will be cut from 150,000 to 50,000. going forward, refugees will be prioritized based on religious persecution and implementation of a process of extreme vetting and for anybody who is entering this country on a visa that is a nonimmigrant visa, they will be subject to a biometric entry-exit screening process. also on friday, another executive order that could be very controversial coming up. the executive order that we're expecting could change on the deferred action for childhood arrivals. the so-called dreamer executive order signed by president obama. i told shep this wouldn't flip a switch and turn it all back. it will be a measured process in which they'll look at where the program is now, where it will be going going forward.
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no question, shep, when it comes to daca, looks like things will change. >> the president getting on marine one to take the chopper back to the white house. a windy day at andrews. we know that he went over and he had some words with some of the pool reporters and the rest as you saw. that was an unscheduled walk around, talk-around. when we hear from the pool and our people there, we'll let you know what happened if anything of interest. john, tomorrow the president first meeting with a foreign leader at the white house. it's an important one with a good friend. >> british prime minister theresa may will be here. she did not make any attempt to hide the fact that she's going to be strong in this meeting tomorrow, telling the british parliament that she's not afraid to confront president trump directly. for a pop culture residence, think of billy born thornton and hugh grant. but it's going to be a balanced relationship. donald trump talking at the
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meeting in philadelphia about the fact that they're going to discuss trade and kind of dinging democrats saying that because you haven't confirmed my nominee, i'll have to conduct the negotiations. she'll come here at a time when she's expected to design two executive orders that will be melt with a lot of opposition. we have our work cut out, explaining the orders in detail and covering the first visit of a foreign leader to the white house here in the new trump administration, shep. >> shepard: john, great to see you. thanks very much. matt murray is with us now. a "wall street journal"'s deputy editor in chief. the "wall street journal" a corporate cousin of ours. the talk is the whole republican party is united on this matter. the truth is, there's a wing of the republican party that doesn't want to add to the deficit. they want to figure out a way not to do that. they have not accomplished that. >> no. they're stepping up to say that they'll pay for the wall and
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side strep between mexico and neito and who will pay saying "we'll pay." yeah, an issue for the republicans down the road without a doubt. >> $15 billion is the new estimate or that. we just learned that as you saw marine one there taking off and you do on your screen, president trump was shaking hands with family members, it's our understanding. now we'll take five or six-minute trip back to the white house. getting everybody on the same page though down the road. it's more than just the wall, the $15 billion wall. entitlement reform is not coming. the president is not in favor of that. he said that repeatedly. >> except for obamacare. >> shepard: the ones that weigh so heavily on our deficit, social security and medicare won't be touched. you have to find someplace to save to appease the right wing and they haven't come to that. >> right. infrastructure is something that the republicans are looking for ways to finance an
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infrastructure bill, which the president wants, even though that will be expensive as well. so there is right now they have mutual alliances, bringing them together. they want tax reform done. that is particularly important. they have to get obamacare done. the president and the congress are on the hook with their voters on those things. there's the other currents of tension. how to pay for it, entitlements. sort of the torture and prisoners is an issue coming up in the last couple days. >> shepard: i was going to ask what you make of this multiple positions on torture. torture for the record is illegal in the united states. we've signed treaties. it's illegal around the world. we're the united states. we don't torture. the president all of a sudden says he thinks it works. what should we make of this? >> it's one of the challenges of donald trump. he has anecdotes, people that report to him, said things to him that he thinks are worth noting. apparently tension between him and the new defense secretary on this issue who has asserted that
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we're not going to break the law on it. it's part of the trump method. it's deliberate. he talks about reports, he moves the conversations that way. he's successful in getting people to coming around to his talking points and debating whether they're legitimate or not. >> shepard: it appears there's a crisis developing with mexico. not to say it can't be tamped down. it's been building for some time, this nafta matter that you said is very serious. >> it's a very serious things for mexico. mexico really does need nafta a lot for its -- we're the largest trading partner for mexico. they have achieved other trading deals over time. nafta has had some issues for them. they're depply invested in nafta as well as the well. president trump, according to mexico, is wildly unpopular. he's stirring the pot. they have seen some growth slowing since he's been elected. they have seen the peso drop in
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value. they're seeing real effects from him, which, you know, maybe it's a pressure tactic to push them, which is already stirring the pot down there quite a bit. >> there's suggestions now that the president has a risk of finding himself separated from his own party. his approval rating is 36%. very low for this time in a presidency. he finds himself at odds with so many of the republican positions on matter after matter. foreign policy, trade. what is the risk there for the administration in aliening. >> first of all, he's had more success to bring people to his views. right now what we're seeing is what he ran on. immigration, build the wall. now we're talking about it. that was the issue that catapulted him. he's had success there. i think the risk for him with the gop on this is the gop is in good shape short of donald trump. the strongest they've ever been
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in the states. they have a lot of the legislatures and governors. you don't have a huge number of republicans seeing their state permanently tied to donald trump. so the risk for him is he ultimately not building a lineses, not having trust, not showing that he can be as supportive as they are, he isolates himself a little bit. there's a risk down the road. right now he's still in a honeymoon period. the rick for him, he isolates himself from the party and at some point he says you get over there. we're okay here. there's a ways to go, but i think he's got on his part to build alliances and supportive relationships that they feel are based on mutual trust. right now they're all worried around each other. >> shepard: thanks, matt. the president of the united states is the most powerful person on the planet. president trump proved himself ready to use that power when he signs executive orders for his
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will. there's some things he can't get done on his own. will he get cooperation or confrontation? that's coming up on the fox news deck on this thursday afternoon.
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they let them take video. you can see the press scrambling down the hall. we'll hear from the president in the airborne air force one. listen. >> how was your first flight, sir? >> beautiful. great plane. really beautiful. nice plane. >> did you go all around? meet the pilots? >> i did. terrific. >> all right, guys. thank you very much. >> that's a good one, too, but this is a very special plane.
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>> thank you very much. appreciate your time. >> clearly has the tv on, doesn't he? >> you like this better than your other plane? >> note the bomber jacket there on his back with his name emblazoned on it. >> thank you, guys. >> have a good time. thank you, everybody. >> shepard: i was hoping maybe we would get to see what channel he was watching. you know, the empire today commercial, that thing just keeps going. what is this now? what we're going to do, we're going to take a quick commercial break. more executive actions, a lot more on the mexican
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relationship. coming up on fox news. glad to have you in.
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. >> shepard: president trump using the stroke of his pen to try -- i should say in an attempt to fulfill campaign promises. something the republicans railed against under the past administration. so far the president has signed a dozen executive orders since moving into the white house. in an interview set to air tonight on hannity, as you just saw, president trump said he plans to deliver on a lot of his
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promises. >> i'm going to keep as many as i can. you know, politics is tough. sometimes you make a promise and you can't keep it because you have opposition that raises their hand and makes it impossible. i'm going to keep a lot of them. i've kept a lot of them already. we're going to do things that i said we were going to do. we're going to take care of a lot of people that were mistreated by government for many years. >> shepard: trump's orders have kick starting controversial pipeline projects and sweeping reforms. for any major changes to take hold, the president will likely have to go through congress. mike emanuel is our congressional reporter live in the d.c. newsroom. there's news that trump will sign an executive order in relationship to voter fraud. can you tell us about it? >> looking into the possibility of voter fraud. sean spicer says this will be a follow up on a commitment to
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launch a major investigation into the president's claim fraud had an impact on the popular vote in the 2016 election. the president has taken early action on issues ranging from obama care, the energy pipelines to immigration. today house speaker paul ryan praised the president for moving quickly. >> we would like to see these things undone and power restored to the people in the states, not the federal government. that's what this new president is doing. he's restoring the proper balance. he's undoing a lot of damage that was done by the last president that exceeded his power. >> to make it permanent, lawmakers have to pass laws and the president will sign them. that seems to make the republican leaders happy, shep. >> shepard: mike, what are critics saying? >> chuck schumer ripped the president for his immigration action. saying comprehensive reform is the only way to address the issues. he says president trump's plans are based on alternative facts and do nothing to fix our
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immigration system in a humane and effective way. house democratic leader nancy pelosi has suggested the president's expected action on refugees doesn't reflect american values. pelosi is claiming the president would be targeting syrian women and children. they're not doing much to stop it beyond saying the actions are extreme or not enough. >> shepard: eliana johnson is here. what do you think about all of this? >> you know, shep, i think this is a way for donald trump to signal what the priorities of what his presidency will be. the reach of executive actions is limited to make an impact, he has to work with congress. he's signalling what the priorities of his presidency will be. he wants to follow-through with promises he made on the campaign trail to curtail illegal immigration and perhaps legal immigration. that he will have to work with congress on. and we've gotten signal that he
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wants to defund some international institutions, push back at the u.n. for anti-israel resolutions that was passed last month. i think these are signals of what he thinks are the most important promises he made and message to his base that he was serious about them, that he will follow-through open them. >> shepard: distancing from the u.n. is not a new matter in con surrive and republican circles. but doing that, is that possible? >> it certainly is possible with the help of congress to pull some american funding from the united nations. it's something that would be popular in retaliation for the resolution that the u.s. abstained from but the u.s. security council passed last month. that's something that some democrats came out against. broadly defunding international institutions that we've gotten the signal may happen is something that would be much more controversial. i think it's something where this is part of trump's ideology
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and something that made him different and popular with his base. he is opposed to the post world war ii international order and america's global leadership role. his inaugural address was inward looking. i think he's perhaps the first post world war ii president to think that that order where america had a real leadership role around the world didn't serve the lower and middle class as well and i think this is the first signal that he was serious about that. also, the cancelled meeting with the mexican president. he's saying we don't need to play well with others around the world. we can look inward, take care of our own citizens and let other people tangle abroad. >> shepard: there's the argument that when you reduce your own role in global leadership, that allows for bad actors to enter the frey. probably causes a lot of smiles in beijing. >> you know, one of the things i'm most interested to see is how republicans and conservatives will react to
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trump's foreign policies. that's the argument you'll hear from them. when the u.s. recedes from the international stage, who will fill that vacuum? people that don't wish americans well. russia, china, iran. it will create bad actors to do it's will. that's what you heard republicans saying. there wasn't sufficient american presence in places like the middle east. it will be interested if they tow the same line when there's a republican president in office who wants to see a diminishment of the american role on the international stage. >> shepard: what level of risk is there that down the risk there's a fracture and that he's not able to get things done that require members of his own party? especially on his right wing in congress. >> i think it's wrong to think of trump as a republican president. the best way to look at this as
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a coalition government where you have a populous in the white house and he aligns with some things with the republican leadership in congress and on some things with democrats. so i actually think he may be able to get things done. he will just be working with republicans on some initiatives, repealing obama care and replacing it is one example and democrats with others. the infrastructure package, which republicans are somewhat uncomfortable with but democrats like a lot is an example there. >> shepard: very interesting. thanks for coming. eliana, appreciate it. >> thank you. >> shepard: we're waiting to hear from britain's prime minister. the message she has for republicans in congress coming up. first a live look on wall street a day after crossing the 20,000 mark for the first time ever. you think well, maybe people will take their money and run. take this profit. not a chance. the dow is up at all-time highs i'm told today. the dow now at 20,100.
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>> i'm lea gabriel with the fox report. firefighters in chile are battling the greatest wild fires in the country's history. nearly 100 fires are burning a cross the country. strong winds have made it tougher to contain the flames which have torched homes and forces thousands of evacuations. emergency workers say nine people have died. a water main break dumped at least a foot of water in chicago neighborhoods. happened this morning. city officials tried to unclog sewers to help with drainage. people are reported having water in their basements. in wisconsin, a 13-year-old says that he's come up with a way to make shovelling snow easier. letting his hover board do most of the work.
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he said once he figured out it was waterproof, he put it to work. the news continues with shepard smith after this.
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>> shepard: turning back to the top story in philadelphia. the british prime minister, theresa may, is set to speak at any moment to republican lawmakers. the stage is set. we're fold she's waiting in the wings and will start speaking shortly. a live look in the loes hotel. the british prime minister stepping to the microphones now. i'm corrected. i apologize. this is her introduction. she will be the first foreign leader to visit president trump since he took office. the one politician in england accused her to grovelling to president trump to get a trade deal.
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whether all on the conservative wing of the party agree could be another matter. peter doocy is in philly. how much do republicans say they're preparing to front for the border wall? >> up to $15 billion from taxpayer money and let the rest of the money to be handled but president trump. >> now we're going to deploy this fence and we will anticipate a supplemental coming from the administration very shortly on how to finish construction and the funding of the fence. if there are any other barriers in the way, we will deal with them. a lot of those barriers we think can be done by executive order through the administration. >> the top republicans in the sete and the house didn't want to focus on the border wall. they insisted the top two things are replacing obama care and tax reform. things they think they can get done by the august recess. we hurt a few minutes ago from
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idaho's jim rich. he talked about all the executive orders that president trump has been signing. he spoke about them positively and describes the pace as dizzying, shep. >> shepard: thanks. congressman rogers just introduced the new british prime minister, theresa may. this is an annual retreat in philadelphia. the president spoke there as did the vice president. now the leader of great britain as we listen in in philadelphia. >> thank you. thank you. [applause] well, thank you very much for that fantastic well. mr. mcconnell, mr. speaker and representatives of the house, i would like to thank congress and the congressional institutes for the invitation to be here today. the opportunity to visit the united states is always special and to be invited to be the first serving head of government
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to address this important conference is an honor indeed. i defy any person to travel to this great country at any time and not to be inspired by its promise and its examples. for more than two centuries, the very idea of america drawn from history and given rich form in a small hole not far from here has lit up the world. that idea that all are created equal and that all are born free has never been surpassed in the long history of political thought. [applause] and it is here on the streets and in the halls of this great city of philadelphia that the
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founding fathers first set it down, that the textbook of freedom was and that this great nation that grew from sea to shining sea was born. since that day, it has been america's destiny to bear the leadership of the free world and to carry that heavy responsibility on its shoulders. but my country, the united kingdom of great britian and northern ireland is proud to walk with you at every stage. [applause]
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for the past century, britian and america and the unique and special relationship that exists between us has taken the idea conceived by those 56 rank and file ordinary citizens as president reagan called them forward. and because we have done so, time and again, it is the relationship between us that has defined the modern world. 100 years ago this april, it was your intervention in the first world war that helped britian and france, our friends in the commonwealth and other allies, to maintain freedom in europe. [applause] a little more than 75 years ago, you responded to the japanese attack on pearl harbor by joining britain in the second world war and defeating facism.
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and later in the aftermath of these wars, our two countries led the west through the cold war, confronting communism and defeating it. not just through military might but by winning the war of ideas and by proving that open liberal democratic societies will always defeat those that are closed, cooersive and cruel. the leadership provided by our two countries has done more than win wars and overcome adversity. it made the modern world. the institutions upon which that world relies was so often conceived or inspired by our two
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nations working together. the united nations in need of reform, by vital still has its foundation in the special relationship, from the original declaration of system james palace to the declaration by the united nations signed in washington and drafted themselves by winston churchill and president franklin d. roosevelt. the world's bank, an international monetary fund, born in the post war world was conceived by our two nations working together. and nato, the cornerstone of the west's defense, was established on the bonds of trust and mutual interests that exist between us. some of these organizations are in need of reform and renewal to make them relevant to our needs today. but we should be proud of the role our two nations working in partnership played in bringing
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them into being and in bringing peace and prosperity to millions of people as a result. [applause] because it is through our actions over many years working together to defeat evil or to open up the world that we have been able to fulfill the promise of those who first spoke of the special nature of the relationship between us. the promise of freedom, liberty and the rights of man. we must never cease, churchill said, to preclaim in fearless homes, the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the english speaking world. and through the magna carta, trial by jury and the english common law finds their most famous expression in the
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american declaration of independence. [applause] so it is my honor and privilege to stand before you today in this great city of philadelphia to proclaim them again, to join hands as we pick up that mantel of leadership once more, to renew our special relationship and to recommit ourselves to the responsibility of leadership in the modern world. and it is my honor and privilege to do so at this time as dawn breaks on a new american renewal. i speak to you not just as prime minister of the united kingdom, but as a fellow conservative who believes in the same principles that underpin the agenda of your party. the value of liberty. the dignity of work. the principles of nationhood,
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family, economic province, patriotism and putting power in the hands of the people. principles instilled in me from a young age, principles my parents taught me in england where i was raised. i know it's these principles that you have put at the heart of your plan for government and your victory in these elections gives you the opportunity to put them at the heart of this new era of american renewal, too. president trump's victory, achieved in defiance of all the pundits and the polls and rooted not in the corridors of washington, but in the hopes and aspirations of working men and women across this land. your party's victory in both the congress and the senate where you swept all before you. secured with great effort and achieved with an important message as national renewal.
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and because of it, because of what you have done together, because of that great victory you have won, america can be stronger, greater and more c confident in the years ahead. [applause] and a newly emboldened confident america is good for the world. an america who is as strong and prosperous at home as a nation that can lead abroad. but you cannot and should not do so alone. you have said that it is time for others to step up, and i agree. sovereign countries cannot outsource their security and prosperity to america. they should not undermine the alliances that keep us strong by failing to step up and play their part. this is something -- [applause]
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this is something britain has always understood. it's why britain is the only country in the g-20 other than yours to meet its commitment to spend 2% of gdp on defense and 20% of that in upgrading equipment. [applause] it is why britain is the only country in the g-20 to spend 9. 7% of gross national income on overseas development. it's why my first act of prime minister was to lead the debate in particliament that ensures britian's nuclear determent and why i increase spending on defense in every year of this parliament. it's why -- [applause] it is why britain is a leading member, alongside the united states, of the coalition working successfully to defeat diash.
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why we have agreed to sent 800 troops to astonia and poland, while we're increasing our troop contributions to nato's support mission and why we're reinforcing our commitment to peace keeping operations in somalia and south sudan. why britain is leading the way in pioneering international efforts to crack down on modern slavery. one of the great scourges of our world wherever it is found. [applause] and i hope you will join us in that cause and i commend senator corker in particular for his work in this field and it's good to have met him here today. as americans know, the united kingdom is by instinct and
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history a great global nation that recognizes its responsibilities to the world. as we end our membership of the european union, as a british people voted with determination and quiet resolve to do last year, we have the opportunity to reassert our belief in a confident sovereign and global ball britain ready to build new allies alike. we'll build a new partnership with our friends in europe. we're not turning our back on them or on the interests and the values that we share. it remains overwhelmingly in our interests and in those of the wider world that the e.u. should succeed. and for as long as we remain members, we will continue to play our full part just as we will continue to cooperate on security, foreign policy and trade once we have left. but we have chosen a different
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future for our country. a future that sees us restore our parliamentary sovereignty and national self-determination and to become even more global -- [applause] and to become even more global in internationalists in action and in spirit. a future that sees us take that control of the things that matter to us. things like our national borders and immigration policy and the way we decide and interpret our own laws. so that we are able to shape a better, more prosperous future for the working men and women of britian. a future that sees us step up with confidence to a new even more internationalist role where we meet our responsibilities to our friends and allies. champion the international cooperation and partnership that projects our values around the world. and continue to act as one of the strongest and most forceful
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advocates for business, free markets and free trade anywhere around the globe. this is a vision of a future that my country can unite around and that i hope your country as our closest friend and ally can welcome and support. so as we rediscover our confidence together, as you renew your nation just as we renew ours, we have the opportunity, indeed the responsibility to renew the special relationship for this new age. we have the opportunity to lead together again. because the world is parsing through a period of change. and in response to that change, we can either be passive bystanders or we can take the opportunity once more to lead and to lead together. i believe it is in our national interest to do so.
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because the world is increasingly marked by instability and threats that risk undermining our way of life and the very things that we hold dear. the end of the cold war did not give rise to a new world order. it did not herald the end of history. i did not lead to new age of peace and prosperity in world affairs. for some, it brought new freedom. but across the world, ancient rivalries, rivalries that have been frozen returned. new enemies of the west and our values, in particular in the form of radical islamists have emerged and countries with little tradition of democracy, liberty and human rights notably china and russia, have grown
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more assertive in world affairs. the rise of the asian economies, india, hugely welcome. billions are being lifted out of poverty and new markets for our industries are opening up. but these events coming as they have at the same time as the financial crisis and its fall-out as well as a lot of confidence in the west following 9-11 and difficult military interventions in iraq and afghanistan have left many to fear that in this century, we will experience the eclipse of the west. but there is nothing inevitable about that. other countries may grow stronger. populous countries may grow richer. as they do so, they may start to embrace more fully our values of democracy and liberty. even if they do not, our interests will remain, our values will endure and the need
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to defend them and project them will be as important as ever. so we, our two countries together, have a responsibility to lead, because when others step up as we step back, it is bad for america, for britain and the world. [applause] it is in our interests, those of britain and america together, to stand strong together to defend our values, our interests and the very ideas in which we believe. this cannot men a return to the failed policies of the past. the days of britain and america intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over. nor can we afford to stand idly by when the threat is real and
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when it's in our own interests to intervene. we must be strong, smart and hard-headed and we must demonstrate the resolve necessary to stand up for our interests. and whether it is the security of israel in the middle east or the baltic states in eastern europe, we must always stand up for our friends and allies in democratic countries that find themselves in tough neighborhoods, too. [applause] we each have different political traditions. we will sometimes pursue different domestic policies and there may be occasions on which we disagree. the common values and interests that bring us together are hugely powerful.
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as your foremost friend and ally, we support many of the priorities your government has laid out for america's engagement with the world. it is why i join you in your determination to take on and defeat diash and the ideology of islamic extremism that inspires them. it's in both of our national interests to do so. this will require us to use the intelligence provided by the finest security agencies in the world, and it will require the use of military might. but it also demands a wider effort. one of the lessons of fighting terrorism in the last 15 years or so is yes, killing terrorists can save innocent lives. but until we kill the idea that drives them, the ideology, we will always have to live with this threat. [applause]
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as they are defeated on the ground, the terrorists are exploiting the internet and social media to spread this ideology that is preying on vulnerable citizens in our own countries, inspiring them to f terror in our own cities. that's why the u.k. has lead the world in developing a strategy for prevents violent extremism, and why the british and the american governments are working together to take on and defeat the ideology of islamist extremism. i look forward to working with the president and his administration to step up our efforts still further in order to defeat this evil ideology. but of course, we should always be careful to distinguish between this extreme and hateful ideology and the peaceful religion of islam and for hundreds of millions including millions of our own citizens and
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those further afield who are so often the first victims of this ideology's terror. and nor is it enough to focus on violent extremism. we need to address the whole spectrum of extremism starting with the bigotry and hatred that can turn to violent. ultimately to defeat daesh, we must employ all of the diplomatic means at our disposal. that means working international to secure a political solution in syria, challenging the alliance between syria and its backers in tehran. when it comes to russia, it's wise to turn to the example of president reagan who during his negotiations with his opposite number, gorbachev, trust by verify. with president -- [applause]
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with president putin my advice is to engage but beware. [applause] there is nothing inevitable about conflict between russia and the west and nothing avoidable and retreating to the days of the cold war but we should engage from a position of strength and build relationships and systems and processes that make cooperation more likely than conflict. and that particularly after the illegal annexation of crimea to assure neighboring states that their security is not in question. we should not jeopardize the freedoms that president reagan and mrs. thatcher brought to eastern europe by accepting president putin's claim that it's now in his sphere of influenc


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