Friday, September 18, 2015

FULL SPEECH: Donald Trump Talks National Security Aboard Battleship USS Iowa San Pedro LA Rally


Los Angeles Sept. 15, 2015
Trump Talks National Security Aboard Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. Donald Trump wrapped up his national security speech in 15 minutes Tuesday afternoon but offered few specifics on defense, foreign policy or related issues.

On the military, he said that he planned to expand U.S. forces.

"We're gonna make our military so big and so strong and so great," he told a captivated crowd. "It will be so powerful that I don't think we're ever going to have to use it. Nobody's going to mess with us."

He also said that "the silent majority, believe me, is back," but insisted that voters won't stay silent because they're "disgusted" about what's happening in the U.S.

2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talked about about national security issues at a campaign rally aboard the USS Iowa in Los Angeles.

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said Tuesday that veterans should get subsidized private health care if they face unacceptable waits in the current system, because "we have illegal immigrants that are treated better by far than our veterans."

Trump addressed veterans aboard a World War II battleship in Los Angeles harbor in a speech that sought to project a foreign policy stance as muscular as the old warship's triple 16-inch guns behind him.

He called for a military buildup so broad that no foe would challenge the U.S., as well as a new health care deal for veterans. In doing so, he again swiped at people who are in the country illegally, a refrain that has powered his campaign since the start. 

He spoke aboard the retired ship USS Iowa, which bears the name of the lead off caucus state of the 2016 campaign.

To date, the GOP front-runner has laid out few policy details beyond his rallying cry to make America "great again."

Trump's appearance, organized by Veterans for a Strong America, drew more than 1,500 attendees to the top deck of the battleship, which has been docked in Los Angeles as a nonprofit tourist attraction, community gathering space and educational museum since 2012.


Trump's appearance went on as scheduled just after 6 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $1,000 to $100, with all proceeds going to Veterans for a Strong America and  to support the nonprofit USS Iowa Fund said Chairman Joel Arends.

"We could have done this event at a convention center or a hotel, but we wanted to support the nonprofit USS Iowa, which really exemplifies who our members are because of the men who served on it and what it stands for," Arends said.
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