President Trump Throws Down Gauntlet on Trade at APEC CEO Summit Speech in Vietnam…

President Donald Trump delivered an defiant opening speech at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Da Nag, Vietnam earlier today. Speaking to an Asia-Pacific audience consisting of over 400 top corporate CEO’s, international leaders, and key heads-of-state from the region, President Trump outlined his expectation for trade relationships with ALL member states.

Trump began by walking through a list of the primary regional nations, praising each for their history and culture and then highlighting their modern success and advancement in economics and trade.  Then President Trump shifted to economics and national security; delivering a strong and deliberate message that the era of unfair trade practices, and one-sided trade deals, with the U.S. was over.

…”We can no longer tolerate these chronic trade abuses, and we will not tolerate them. […] that is why I am here today. […] The current trade imbalance is not acceptable. […] From this day forward, we will compete on a fair and equal basis. We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore.”…

As noted by a tuned-in observer of the tone in delivery.  President Trump’s delivery to the audience was as bold and defiant as his presentation at the Al Smith dinner in 2016.  No punches were pulled, no ambiguity in motive. Trump dropped the atomic sledgehammer of economic truth upon the increasingly nervous audience. It was spectacular.  WATCH:

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[TRANSCRIPT] PRESIDENT TRUMP: What an honor it is to be here in Vietnam — in the very heart of the Indo-Pacific — to address the people and business leaders of this region.

This has already been a remarkable week for the United States in this wonderful part of the world. Starting from Hawaii, Melania and I traveled to Japan, South Korea, and China, and now to Vietnam, to be here with all of you today.

Before we begin, I want to address all those affected by Typhoon Damrey. Americans are praying for you and for your recovery in the months ahead. Our hearts are united with the Vietnamese people suffering in the aftermath of this terrible storm.

This trip comes at an exciting time for America. A new optimism has swept all across our country. Economic growth has reached 3.2 percent, and going higher. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 17 years. The stock market is at an all-time high. And the whole world is lifted by Americas renewal.

Everywhere Ive traveled on this journey, Ive had the pleasure of sharing the good news from America. But even more, I’ve had the honor of sharing our vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific — a place where sovereign and independent nations, with diverse cultures and many different dreams, can all prosper side-by-side, and thrive in freedom and in peace.

I am so thrilled to be here today at APEC, because this organization was founded to help achieve that very purpose. America stands as a proud member of the community of nations who make a home on the Pacific. We have been an active partner in this region since we first won independence ourselves.

In 1784, the first American ship sailed to China from the newly independent United States. It went loaded with goods to sell in Asia, and it came back full of porcelain and tea. Our first president, George Washington himself, owned a set of tableware from that ship.

In 1804, Thomas Jefferson sent the explorers, Lewis and Clark, on an expedition to our Pacific Coast. They were the first of the millions of Americans who ventured west to live out Americas manifest destiny across our vast continent.

In 1817, our Congress approved the first full-time Pacific development [deployment] of an American warship. That initial naval presence soon grew into a squadron, and then a fleet, to guarantee freedom of navigation for the growing number of ships, braving the high seas to reach markets in the Philippines, Singapore, and in India.

In 1818, we began our relationship with the Kingdom of Thailand, and 15 years later our two countries signed a treaty of friendship and commerce — our first with an Asian nation.

In the next century, when imperialist powers threatened this region, the United States pushed back at great cost to ourselves. We understood that security and prosperity depended on it.

We have been friends, partners, and allies in the Indo-Pacific for a long, long time, and we will be friends, partners, and allies for a long time to come.

As old friends in the region, no one has been more delighted than America to witness, to help, and to share in the extraordinary progress you have made over the last half-century.

What the countries and economies represented here today have built in this part of the world is nothing short of miraculous. The story of this region in recent decades is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future.

Few would have imagined just a generation ago that leaders of these nations would come together here in Da Nang to deepen our friendships, expand our partnerships, and celebrate the amazing achievements of our people.

This city was once home to an American military base, in a country where many Americans and Vietnamese lost their lives in a very bloody war.

Today, we are no longer enemies; we are friends. And this port city is bustling with ships from around the world. Engineering marvels, like the Dragon Bridge, welcome the millions who come to visit Da Nangs stunning beaches, shining lights, and ancient charms.

In the early 1990s, nearly half of Vietnam survived on just a few dollars a day, and one in four did not have any electricity. Today, an opening Vietnamese economy is one of the fastest-growing economies on Earth. It has already increased more than 30 times over, and the Vietnamese students rank among the best students in the world. (Applause.) And that is very impressive.

This is the same story of incredible transformation that we have seen across the region. Indonesians for decades have been building domestic and democratic institutions to govern their vast chain of more than 13,000 islands. Since the 1990s, Indonesia’s people have lifted themselves from poverty to become one of the fastest-growing nations of the G20. Today, it is the third-largest democracy on Earth.

The Philippines has emerged as a proud nation of strong and devout families. For 11 consecutive years, the World Economic Forum has ranked the Philippines first among Asian countries in closing the gender gap and embracing women leaders in business and in politics. (Applause.)

The Kingdom of Thailand has become an upper middle-income country in less than a generation. Its majestic capital of Bangkok is now the most visited city on Earth. And that is very impressive. Not too many people here are from Thailand. (Applause.)

Malaysia has rapidly developed through recent decades, and it is now ranked as one of the best places in the world to do business.

In Singapore, citizens born to parents who survived on $500 dollars a day [year] are now among the highest earners in the world — a transformation made possible by the vision of Lee Kwan Yews vision of honest governance and the rule of law. (Applause.) And his great son is now doing an amazing job.

As I recently observed in South Korea, the people of that Republic took a poor country ravaged by war, and in just a few decades turned it into one of the wealthiest democracies on Earth. Today, South Koreans enjoy higher incomes than the citizens of many European Union countries. It was great spending time with President Moon.

Everyone knows of China’s impressive achievements over the past several decades.

During this period — and it was a period of great market reforms — large parts of China experienced rapid economic growth, jobs boomed, and more than 800 million citizens rose out of poverty. I just left China this morning and had a really productive meeting and a wonderful time with our gracious host, President Xi.

And, as I saw on my first stop of this trip, in Japan we see a dynamic democracy in a land of industrial, technological, and cultural wonders. In fewer than 60 years, that island nation has produced 24 Nobel Prize winners for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and the promotion of peace. (Applause.) President Abe and I agree on so much.

In the broader region, countries outside of APEC are also making great strides in this new chapter for the Indo-Pacific.

India is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its independence. It is a sovereign democracy, as well as — think of this — over 1 billion people. It’s the largest democracy in the world. (Applause.) Since India opened its economy, it has achieved astounding growth and a new world of opportunity for its expanding middle class. And Prime Minister Modi has been working to bring that vast country, and all of its people, together as one. And he is working at it very, very successfully, indeed.

As we can see, in more and more places throughout this region, citizens of sovereign and independent nations have taken greater control of their destinies and unlocked the potential of their people.

They’ve pursued visions of justice and accountability, promoted private property and the rule of law, and embraced systems that value hard work and individual enterprise.

They built businesses, they built cities, they built entire countries from the ground up. Many of you in this room have taken part in these great, uplifting national projects of building. They have been your projects from inception to completion, from dreams to reality.

With your help, this entire region has emerged — and it is still emerging — as a beautiful constellation of nations, each its own bright star, satellites to none — and each one, a people, a culture, a way of life, and a home.

Those of you who have lived through these transformations understand better than anyone the value of what you have achieved. You also understand that your home is your legacy, and you must always protect it.

In the process of your economic development, you’ve sought commerce and trade with other nations, and forged partnerships based on mutual respect and directed toward mutual gain.

Today, I am here to offer a renewed partnership with America to work together to strengthen the bonds of friendship and commerce between all of the nations of the Indo-Pacific, and together, to promote our prosperity and security.

At the core of this partnership, we seek robust trade relationships rooted in the principles of fairness and reciprocity. When the United States enters into a trading relationship with other countries or other peoples, we will, from now on, expect that our partners will faithfully follow the rules just like we do. We expect that markets will be open to an equal degree on both sides, and that private industry, not government planners, will direct investment.

Unfortunately, for too long and in too many places, the opposite has happened. For many years, the United States systematically opened our economy with few conditions. We lowered or ended tariffs, reduced trade barriers, and allowed foreign goods to flow freely into our country.

But while we lowered market barriers, other countries didn’t open their markets to us.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Funny. They must have been one of the beneficiaries.

(Applause.) What country do you come from, sir?

Countries were embraced by the World Trade Organization, even if they did not abide by its stated principles. Simply put, we have not been treated fairly by the World Trade Organization. Organizations like the WTO can only function properly when all members follow the rules and respect the sovereign rights of every member. We cannot achieve open markets if we do not ensure fair market access. In the end, unfair trade undermines us all.

The United States promoted private enterprise, innovation, and industry. Other countries used government-run industrial planning and state-owned enterprises.

We adhered to WTO principles on protecting intellectual property and ensuring fair and equal market access. They engaged in product dumping, subsidized goods, currency manipulation, and predatory industrial policies.

They ignored the rules to gain advantage over those who followed the rules, causing enormous distortions in commerce and threatening the foundations of international trade itself.

Such practices, along with our collective failure to respond to them, hurt many people in our country and also in other countries. Jobs, factories, and industries were stripped out of the United States and out of many countries in addition. And many opportunities for mutually beneficial investments were lost because people could not trust the system.

We can no longer tolerate these chronic trade abuses, and we will not tolerate them. Despite years of broken promises, we were told that someday soon everyone would behave fairly and responsibly. People in America and throughout the Indo-Pacific region have waited for that day to come. But it never has, and that is why I am here today — to speak frankly about our challenges and work toward a brighter future for all of us.

I recently had an excellent trip to China, where I spoke openly and directly with President Xi about China’s unfair trade practices and the enormous trade deficits they have produced with the United States. I expressed our strong desire to work with China to achieve a trading relationship that is conducted on a truly fair and equal basis.

The current trade imbalance is not acceptable. I do not blame China or any other country, of which there are many, for taking advantage of the United States on trade. If their representatives are able to get away with it, they are just doing their jobs. I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it. They did not, but I will.

From this day forward, we will compete on a fair and equal basis. We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore. I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first. (Applause.)

The United States is prepared to work with each of the leaders in this room today to achieve mutually beneficial commerce that is in the interest of both your countries and mine. That is the message I am here to deliver.

I will make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation that wants to be our partner and that will abide by the principles of fair and reciprocal trade. What we will no longer do is enter into large agreements that tie our hands, surrender our sovereignty, and make meaningful enforcement practically impossible.

Instead, we will deal on a basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit. We will respect your independence and your sovereignty. We want you to be strong, prosperous, and self-reliant, rooted in your history, and branching out toward the future. That is how we will thrive and grow together, in partnerships of real and lasting value.

But for this — and I call it the Indo-Pacific dream — if it’s going to be realized, we must ensure that all play by the rules, which they do not right now. Those who do will be our closest economic partners. Those who do not can be certain that the United States will no longer turn a blind eye to violations, cheating, or economic aggression. Those days are over.

We will no longer tolerate the audacious theft of intellectual property. We will confront the destructive practices of forcing businesses to surrender their technology to the state, and forcing them into joint ventures in exchange for market access.

We will address the massive subsidizing of industries through colossal state-owned enterprises that put private competitors out of business — happening all the time.

We will not remain silent as American companies are targeted by state-affiliated actors for economic gain, whether through cyberattacks, corporate espionage, or other anti-competitive practices. We will encourage all nations to speak out loudly when the principles of fairness and reciprocity are violated.

We know it is in Americas interests to have partners throughout this region that are thriving, prosperous, and dependent on no one. We will not make decisions for the purpose of power or patronage. We will never ask our partners to surrender their sovereignty, privacy, and intellectual property, or to limit contracts to state-owned suppliers.

We will find opportunities for our private sector to work with yours and to create jobs and wealth for us all. We seek strong partners, not weak partners. We seek strong neighbors, not weak neighbors. Above all, we seek friendship, and we dont dream of domination.

For this reason, we are also refocusing our existing development efforts. We are calling on the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to direct their efforts toward high-quality infrastructure investment that promotes economic growth.

The United States will also do its part. We are also committed to reforming our development finance institutions so that they better incentivize private sector investment in your economies, and provide strong alternatives to state-directed initiatives that come with many strings attached.

The United States has been reminded time and time again in recent years that economic security is not merely related to national security. Economic security is national security. It is vital — (applause) — to our national strength.

We also know that we will not have lasting prosperity if we do not confront grave threats to security, sovereignty, and stability facing our world today.

Earlier this week, I addressed the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea and urged every responsible nation to stand united in declaring that every single step the North Korean regime takes toward more weapons is a step it takes into greater and greater danger. The future of this region and its beautiful people must not be held hostage to a dictators twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail.

In addition, we must uphold principles that have benefited all of us, like respect for the rule of law — (applause) — individual rights, and freedom of navigation and overflight, including open shipping lanes. Three principles and these principles — (applause) — create stability and build trust, security, and prosperity among like-minded nations.

We must also deal decisively with other threats to our security and the future of our children, such as criminal cartels, human smuggling, drugs, corruption, cyber-crime, and territorial expansion. As I have said many times before: All civilized people must come together to drive out terrorists and extremists from our societies, stripping them of funding, territory, and ideological support. We must stop radical Islamic terrorism.

So let us work together for a peaceful, prosperous, and free Indo-Pacific. I am confident that, together, every problem we have spoken about today can be solved and every challenge we face can be overcome.

If we succeed in this effort, if we seize the opportunities before us and ground our partnerships firmly in the interests of our own people, then together we will achieve everything we dream for our nations and for our children.

We will be blessed with a world of strong, sovereign, and independent nations, thriving in peace and commerce with others. They will be places where we can build our homes and where families, businesses, and people can flourish and grow.

If we do this, will we look at the globe half a century from now, and we will marvel at the beautiful constellation of nations — each different, each unique, and each shining brightly and proudly throughout this region of the world. And just as when we look at the stars in the night sky, the distance of time will make most of the challenges we have and that we spoke of today seem very, very small.

What will not seem small — what is not small — will be the big choices that all of our nations will have to make to keep their stars glowing very, very brightly.

In America, like every nation that has won and defended its sovereignty, we understand that we have nothing so precious as our birthright, our treasured independence, and our freedom.

That knowledge has guided us throughout American history. It has inspired us to sacrifice and innovate. And it is why today, hundreds of years after our victory in the American Revolution, we still remember the words of an American founder and our second President of the United States, John Adams. As an old man, just before his death, this great patriot was asked to offer his thoughts on the 50th anniversary of glorious American freedom. He replied with the words: independence forever.

It’s a sentiment that burns in the heart of every patriot and every nation. Our hosts here in Vietnam have known this sentiment not just for 200 years, but for nearly 2,000 years. (Applause.) It was around 40 AD when two Vietnamese sisters, the Trung Sisters, first awakened the spirit of the people of this land. It was then that, for the first time, the people of Vietnam stood for your independence and your pride.

Today, the patriots and heroes — (applause) — of our histories hold the answers to the great questions of our future and our time.

They remind us of who we are and what we are called to do.

Together, we have it in our power to lift our people and our world to new heights — heights that have never been attained,

So let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride. Let us choose wealth and freedom over poverty and servitude. Let us choose a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Finally, let us never forget the world has many places — (applause) — many dreams, and many roads. But in all of the world, there is no place like home.

And so, for family, for country, for freedom, for history, and for the glory of God, protect your home, defend your home, and love your home today and for all time. (Applause.)

Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless the Pacific region. And God Bless the United States of America.

Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

BOOM !

[…] “We will no longer tolerate the audacious theft of intellectual property. We will confront the destructive practices of forcing businesses to surrender their technology to the state, and forcing them into joint ventures in exchange for market access.”…

Moments later….

Remember Wilbur Ross and the Commerce Department 301 Investigation of China?

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303 Responses to President Trump Throws Down Gauntlet on Trade at APEC CEO Summit Speech in Vietnam…

  1. Suzanne says:

    anyone know what the H E before PDJT’s name in the background means? “His Excellency”, His Eminence”?

    Liked by 5 people

    • applevista says:

      It is too bad the Leftist Libtards because of their envy, hate, insecure misery are unable to experience the pure pride, joy and fulfillment what it is to be a patriotic American. Such a waste and dysfunctional existence on their part.

      Liked by 20 people

    • Bob says:

      High Expolisive!

      Liked by 5 people

    • The Boss says:

      High Energy

      Liked by 7 people

    • Davey says:

      His Epicness

      Liked by 8 people

    • jesus bortoni says:

      His Excellency. I believe the honorific “His Eminence” is reserved for religious
      leaders such as the Pope and Cardinals.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Carrie2 says:

      Considering this like the ME is Asian, I assumed “His Excellency” as he is highly respected. I might also add that we have seen a lot of Asia, and Singapore speaks English (of course), a lovely place to visit, Malaysia surprised us as well because as Catholics they have SEVEN Catholic Churches in Kuala Lumpur and attending Mass a few minutes from our great hotel was the Cathedral and amazing with people of many cultures there, and the priest an Irish man! Each of these Asian countries have a difference but are worth the visit and checking out the food. Unfortunately, they have distinction between the very wealthy and those not. Our planet is complete with so many countries, peoples, culture and food and is simply amazing. Bangkok was the worst, frankly, and never ever take a taxi as they have a gadget to double the price quoted. Yuck! But so far every country but ours have honored our President and actually are appreciating what he says and knows that we can become a planet of real people and connections. Thank you, Trump.

      Liked by 5 people

      • StandTall says:

        So very interesting.. and hopeful. Thank you for sharing your experience! MAGA 🇺🇸🇺🇸and hopefully many other nations will see the light and come along and join in a better way. Trump is amazing and doing a wonderful job on this trip. Proud of POTUS and FLOTUS and all those traveling with them to represent the very best of our nation.

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      • Olivertwist says:

        You did not dig deep with Malaysia. For the past few years Malaysian government replaced land where churches were with more mosques. Any sign of a “cross” were forced to be removed, this includes the cross in front of churches and in cemetaries, etc. Hotels has the mark in each room showing the direction to pray. Much more. You saw 7 churches which were left but soon there will be none. I was there last week.

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    • Payday says:

      Just wow! What a speech!

      Liked by 1 person

    • They were trying to channel, Harry S. Truman and ran out of letters. JDS

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  2. TheWanderingStar says:

    Behold President Trump’s projection of power. Not through military might, but through a vision of economic strength, national security and sovereignty, prosperity and freedom.

    I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but President Trump is a truly gifted leader and visionary. With every speech whether at home or abroad he provides a call to a banner of peace, security and prosperity. It is a marvel that America and the world has rarely seen.

    Liked by 40 people

    • copperchief says:

      And what an honor and a joy to be so represented and respected as a nation again after being so sullied by ineptitude and slovenly behavior by previous administrations.

      Liked by 18 people

      • Carrie2 says:

        copperchief, I see this as not allowing only the very rich to rule and keep people under their thumb, but a President admiring and furthering each of these countries that all their people are equal and should be treated as such. We are going to get back to that as well with MAGA.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      The Wandering Star,

      Eloquently stated.

      I wanted to say beautiful, but didn’t want to offend if you were a guy. 🙃 I really did think your words were beautiful though. Truth does touch the heart.
      Thank you,
      Ma’iingankwe

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  3. SB says:

    Just Wow!! What a speech!! What a Leader!! What a President!!

    MAGA!!

    Liked by 22 people

    • MouseChop says:

      Exactly SB! And, Our magnificent President Donald J. Trump ends with giving the glory to Our Sovereign Almighty God!
      Thank you Father for seasoning President Trump’s life and preparing him for such a time as this. I also thank you for preparing the lives of President Trump’s Cabinet. What an awesome time to be alive as history is made in MAGA. Watching you work in this fallen world is amazing stuff, Lord. Father you have every detail covered.
      Thank you for Sundance, CTH and all my fellow treepers who share in shining the Light of Truth. Glory to God in most high.

      Liked by 6 people

  4. jmuniz1 says:

    Awesome speech the globalist in both parties do not want changes in the WTO. The only way to get rid of NAFTA is to get rid of the WTO. This is why both parties are coming after him. I do not like labeling people. The trade deal the TPP that would have ended the country was part of the WTO. Its not democrat or libs and inst republicans its the globalists against the nationalists. What they GOP did to Judge Moore is proof that the GOP is more of an enemy top our President than the democratic party which could be eliminated if Rhinos like McConnell and Ryan went after Clinton’s crimes instead of attacking our Senators who are running on an America First platform and taking sides with a Soros funded Democrat. Soros is a partner in the WTO. This is why they are trying to impeach our President. Pray for him and out country and go out and vote especially if you are in Alabama. Moore must win.

    Liked by 13 people

  5. lfhbrave says:

    Wonder how America can be so lucky to have this leader in this critical time in history. We’ve better treasure this luck we have.

    Liked by 5 people

  6. CharterOakie says:

    Simply awesome.

    Oh, how long we have hoped for a US president who understood these things and was willing and able to take action.

    This is why Trump was elected.

    Liked by 12 people

  7. fred5678 says:

    WOW! Just WOW!!!

    Same themes and criticisms as his boisterous campaign speeches that were CRITICIZED by GOPe and Dems, and now (with moderation) — he gets APPLAUSE from the rest of the world!!!

    AMAZING! Which is why you may not see much of this speech on U.S. media!!!

    Liked by 21 people

  8. NJF says:

    Wow.

    And just like that POTUS wields his magic wand! Love the Bloomberg tweet.

    Liked by 9 people

  9. The Boss says:

    Anybody else feeling pride after hearing that speech?

    Liked by 15 people

  10. fred5678 says:

    From Sundance’s post above about the bar — the Twitter post also his books in a store!!

    Liked by 12 people

  11. Just had the chance to watch this speech. I’m with most others here: W.O.W.!!

    If you’ll take a moment to reflect, you’ll notice you haven’t heard anything even close to this since Reagan … maybe not even then. The complete drivel delivered by such “great orators” as Bush 41, Bubba Clinton, Bush 43, and Zero completely pale in comparison to this Epic Vision Speech.

    I simply cannot emphasize enough that this time, this man, this President is truly God’s hand at work.

    Liked by 27 people

    • Minnie says:

      Indeed!

      President Trump is the most astute, diplomatic president in my lifetime. Each day brings new heights of respect.

      We are blessed and we are grateful!

      Liked by 10 people

    • Old Codger says:

      DO NOT EVER put “great orator” and members of the BUSH CRIME FAMILY in the same encyclopedia, let alone the same sentence!!

      All you BUSH-loving GOPers can go straight to Hades trying to defend the atrocities and crimes of the Bush Clan, starting with their secret support of the attack on the WTC, by their Saudi “son”, Bandahr, the prince who was smoking cigars at the WH, while the fires of the WTC were still burning!!!!

      Liked by 5 people

      • John Good says:

        Now that I am retired (or “just tired”, as a 72 yr.old sign-painter employee of mine back in the 80’s used to say when someone asked him “aren’t you retired yet?”), I have all this “free-time” for research into the great life (almost as good as Hugh Heffner’s) of one of my mentors during the 80’s – Donald J. Trump.
        I remember thinking at the time of 9/11, that our “World Has Changed Forever”, but I did not realize how much corruption there actually was in the World.
        Speaking of the Saudis, here is a link that explains what went down in Las Vegas last month. I don’t know how factual it is, but it does explain everything better than anything else I have read or heard.
        http://americandigitalnews.com/index.php/2017/11/07/las-vegas-saudi-crown-prince-salman-assassination-attempt/

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    • MouseChop says:

      “this President is truly God’s hand at work.” Right there with you redlegleader68! Makes my heart swell with joy and praise for God seeing our President on the world stage belting out the truth like that.

      Liked by 8 people

    • MVW says:

      Idiots: Shrubs, Griftons, B0 sold Americans and American prosperity for pennies on the dollar or less. Propaganda wielding media blew smoke up the pant legs and skirts for this con job.

      Now, eyes are wide open, never to be shut again, ever.

      Liked by 5 people

      • MVW says:

        The world will be transformed by unchaining Americans, the example will be cosmic. And DJT called out Islamic terrorism, its financing, and its ideology.
        The future suddenly appeared…

        Liked by 4 people

  12. MfM says:

    He’s a businessman who is used to winning. He praises the behavior of countries that have taken advantage of us in the past instead of whining about it. He turns a negative into a positive.

    He’s not begging/asking for it to change… he’s telling them it will and everyone is going to be better for it.

    He’s doing a classic sandwich approach. Say something really good (bread), then what you have a problem with and needs to change (meat) and then finish with a positive that makes them feel upbeat (bread). The bread has to be true and genuine, but it makes the meat get handled more easisly.

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    • Covfefe-USA says:

      Yes, I’ve been realizing that’s his pattern – he starts with a history of a glorious past; gives his appreciation and respect for a culture and its people; continues with a prosperous vision for the future and how life will be even dramatically better, then raises the problems of today, especially how America has been sabotaged by unfairness; tells us that’s simply not going to continue any longer; and then back to the future, all working together toward respective prosperity. Its brilliant – he outlines a vision of mutual benefit and prosperity, while maintaining our individuality and cultural freedom. And I love how he compliments them for the advantages they took of us, while slamming our previous administrations – having warned them all, those days are over. And every time I hear the scum we’ve had as past presidents speak ill of him, I just see their envy. They’ve all been exposed for what they were.

      Liked by 10 people

  13. helix35 says:

    So wonderfully refreshing to have a public servant actually serve the public. Here’s to you DJT. God bless you.

    Liked by 10 people

  14. fred5678 says:

    The tough-talking Lion is respected and applauded in the Jungle.

    This speech will be next to Reagan’s Brandenburg Gate speech in future history books.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tear_down_this_wall!

    Amazing combination of history of America in the Pacific, flattery of Pacific nations, and tough man-to-man- (sorry, ladies!) talk!

    Great speech writers and researchers following the boss’s themes and guidance and requirements (and edits) for speech.

    Wonderful delivery, also!!

    CNN — I DARE you to show highlights!!!!!

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  15. Minnie says:

    No mincing of words, that’s OUR President!

    “I’ve had the honor of sharing our vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific — a place where sovereign and independent nations, with diverse cultures and many different dreams, can all prosper side-by-side, and thrive in freedom and in peace.”

    “The current trade imbalance is not acceptable. I do not blame China or any other country, of which there are many, for taking advantage of the United States on trade. If their representatives are able to get away with it, they are just doing their jobs. I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it. They did not, but I will.”

    Yes you will, sir, of that we have no doubt – gratitude and respect.

    God bless President Trump!

    Liked by 11 people

    • napoleon32 says:

      “But, but, but MUH GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP!” – Clueless ivory towers libs

      Liked by 6 people

    • Old Codger says:

      ” I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it.”

      The previous administrations were not blind; they were PAID not to see it! As is true of the US Chamber of Commerce, as traitorous a bunch of globalists as ever existed!

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  16. Again we see our President standing up for America first. But the RINOs McCain, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell want to make America a globalist nation. Something about those sealed indictments have them worried and their attacks on Roy Moore prove that.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      And the RINOs keep winning their primaries because there aren’t enough people voting to remove them.
      President Garfield was right in 1877, when he pointed out the mess in America is our own fault by saying, “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.”

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  17. fedback says:

    The Fake Fish News media has been trying to spin Trump’s nice words to Xi in China as a retreat on campaign promises.
    So after the speech, you could find BBC World with a headline that Trump’s getting tough on trade while they still had other headlines from his China visit suggesting Trump is backing down

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    • It’s incredible that President Trump tells the world we will no longer be taken advantage of and all they see is a problem.

      This puts everyone on notice. Fair trade deals or no trade deals.
      American workers will be back on the stage.

      A big deal was made about no questions by reporters as a bow down to China.
      But why would Trump or anyone want stupid questions that would ruin the deal before it started?

      The reality of this trip and of his speech is simple.
      More work for Americans and better jobs.
      How this became a problem is anyones guess.
      But it makes the MSM look stupid. Thats the plus I get from it.

      Liked by 4 people

      • fedback says:

        MSM has no credibility, their bias is too obvious.
        BBC World ran a front page story of Japan’s PM falling into a bunker ‘and Trump didn’t notice’…
        How is this news…. because it’s a pathetic attempt to paint Trump as mean.
        It’s just too obvious and ridiculous

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      • cjzak says:

        They are stupid. They are so anti -Trump they can’t see the good that he’s doing or more likely, they see it but they will not admit it. Someday they will be forced to because it will produce results they cannot ignore.

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        • eagle931 says:

          The media see what Trump is doing, but they are not feigning dislike: they actually do not like it. The media is the vanguard of the so-called progressive movement that equates individualism and free enterprise as the “bourgeois” enemy that is standing in the way of dialectic history. Whether all members of the media realize it or not, the media’s outlook is bathed in Marxist ideology of class struggle, now metamorphosing into racial, sex and gender struggles. What Pres. Trump is doing is the antithesis of their worldview so, of course, they are bound and determined to stop him by any means necessary.

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        • woodstuff says:

          They aren’t stupid; they are evil. They willfully lie and distort, feeling righteous before their savior (No capitalization on purpose) who is Lucifer (not knowing that it is Lucifer). They are deeply conflicted about their way of life, but by choice continue because it justifies their behavior. They want to enjoy “passing pleasure”. *if it feels good, do it”

          It’s sort of like the person who *thinks* he follows our Lord, but does not follow Him. Among these types have been most violent people on Earth. Some are not violent but rather promote evil, including church leaders. God gave to everyone a conscience. Everyone has a conscience and a need to feel justified.

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  18. jmclever says:

    I see the hand of God moving. With free and fair access to economic markets will also come access to the Gospel. Currently, the worst persecutors of Christians are NoKo (ranked #1 on many lists) and muslim nations in Africa and M.E. This Asian trip and the Arab summit are the turning point for many seismic shifts.

    There are trillions at stake, but there are also the souls of billions of oppressed and enslaved people at stake as well.

    Many of us pray for Our President based on all the wealthy and powerful players that seek to keep America weak. When America’s economy roars back to life, there will be millions flowing into Christian helps ministries and missions work that has suffered greatly in the last 8 years and more. With open economies and a strong America, the world will be primed to hear about the all surpassing love if Jesus.

    If you are a believer, pray even more earnestly for Our President than you already do. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the darkness itself, and Satan has many willing helpers.

    Liked by 9 people

    • SB says:

      The Light Shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5.

      MAGA!!

      Liked by 6 people

    • piper567 says:

      jm…I share your perspective and appreciate your words.
      In my mind and heart I truly believe Trump’s courage, energy and consistent focus are being supernaturally supported. There is little that he says which does not uphold the dignity of men, and the commonality we have with all peoples…Not the Leaders which would serve themselves, but the people of these Nations.
      He is truly on the side of prosperity for all, and his targeting of systems and policies which pit one group of people against another is uniquely courageous.
      He wishes good will to all men, and at times I tear up reflecting on the consistency of his message.
      Trump may not know it at this time, but I truly believe he is being enabled by our great God.
      At times I am nearly overwhelmed with gratitude.
      God, please continue to bless our President, sustain his health, and keep him safe from all harm. Amen.

      Liked by 9 people

      • treehouseron says:

        I actually believe, and people can ridicule me if they want, i do not care. I actually believe that president Trump’s entire life played out the way it did (good, AND BAD) so that he would have the strength to do exactly what he’s doing right now.

        This man went through bankruptcy, divorce, even infidelity to turn him into the Emperor doing the Lord’s work, not just for the U.S.A. but for the whole world. He did it all right, and all wrong so that he would know the difference and be strong enough to stand in the gap.

        ———————-

        And the liberals thought they could convince me to vote for HIllary. LOL

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        • Oldschool says:

          Hey ron, no ridicule and no doubt about it. I was explaining this very thing to my 9 year old grandson this morning: God’s plan. We often don’t recognize it in our difficult times, but it’s always there and far better than any plan we could ever envision. So yes, DJT was 45th POTUS in training and waiting.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Piper567,
        Beautifully written; my sentiments too.
        Thank you.

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    • JL says:

      I was thinking the same thing, jm. So many times in the Old Testament, the king of Israel completely turned her from a pagan worshiping nation into one that reveres God. I watch President Trump and think that he is tearing down the high places of Ba’al, and we must also do our part and share the Gospel with those who have lost their false gods.

      It is an exciting time for the church. Let’s take advantage of the season God has given us!

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      • treehouseron says:

        I’m not a huge biblical scholar, but I’ve noticed this too the last couple years. People assume (there’s that word!) that things can’t change for the better, but yet in the bible it happened again and again and again (and back!). We’re seeing something very similar right now.

        Another thing not lost on most is that most of the time in the bible the Men God used to enact change were not perfect men. They were often flawed. Even if someone has a negative perception of President Trump (I don’t… but see where some would) that is negated by the great positive force he is in the world.

        Another thing, and then I’ll stop : As the U.S.A. goes, so does the rest of the world. Globalism is a cancer, but American Exceptionalism can and will inspire the world on to bigger and better things in their own countries.

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  19. fedback says:

    This speech was an amazing defense of the Nation State, sovereignty and independence.
    Very important speech

    Liked by 9 people

  20. NIce photo! Watch this sell out like hot cakes!

    Liked by 4 people

  21. Just absolutely incredible. I’m a grown man yet I literally get chills sometimes when watching him deliver.
    PS. Love the wolverine comparison

    Liked by 5 people

  22. tonyE says:

    And the American Mainstream Propaganda Machine completely ignores this speech… even Fox it cut it off at the end!

    This was a very powerful speech, because he laid it out for all to see… NO MORE misbehaving, TPP is gone, freedom of the seas, etc, etc…

    It was salvo after salvo of 18 inch guns…. yet the media will not cover it because Trump has just signaled, LOUD AND CLEAR, a change that will starve the Deep State’s status quo.

    Thanks for posting the text of the speech, btw.

    Liked by 8 people

    • piper567 says:

      You would think that after The Fail of entirely ignoring reality re The Election, a lesson would be learned ab the pain of a Broadside.
      It reveals the true poverty of the ideologues, that they imagine if they continue to ignore reality it will go away.
      My Father taught me the folly of this approach when I was 7yrs old .
      I have honestly exhausted my vocabulary when reflecting on the current status of our msm.
      Our msm deserve every bit of the fire and brimstone which will eventually result in their complete demise.

      Liked by 3 people

    • mopar2016 says:

      The media is just another part of the democrat party, I call it their propaganda wing.
      Looks like more and more people are figuring that out.

      Liked by 4 people

  23. Bob Thoms says:

    Anyone catch Morning Schmo today?

    He had a guess on who was trying to tell the viewers that the problem with P Trumps foreign policy is that he is “kow towing” to the Chinese and others !

    LOL………………..it was so re-affirming just how stupid these people are ! And of course Joe Brezinski never challenged the phony notion.

    PS: I didn’t watch; but saw the you tube clip………..!!!

    Even Ingraham ignores what is going on in trade. smh.

    Liked by 1 person

    • TheWanderingStar says:

      Morning Schmo = Morning Schmuck

      No one demonstrates more clearly they are on the wrong side of history every single time they open their mouths – this would include the MSM and liberals.

      Liked by 2 people

    • deplorabledaveinsocal says:

      “He had a guess on who was trying to tell the viewers that the problem with P Trumps foreign policy is…

      I don’t think there is a more apt word… That is all they are capable of – guessing…may as well spit on the sidewalk and divine the spatter created…

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      • Maquis says:

        I did think that was a bit of a Freudian Slip kinda mispelling, a double entendre of sorts.
        Yet this possibly unintended appellation deserves continual use, for you are correct, the MSM’s invitees are, indeed, guessing.

        They are Peeping Wizards, Blind Idolators, Fabulists of the Worst Order, in the service of despotic notions and handsome paychecks.
        They shall weep.

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  24. Rip Tide says:

    Holy crap that was a giant Kabuki slam from the top ring rope from a pike position, with an inverted negative 4G dive through the eye of a hurricane, with a max 3.0 degree of difficulty!! BOOM.! Very well done my President! I’m very proud to follow you as you MAGA.

    Thank the Lord for giving us the right man at the right time for the right job. He definitely has God’s hand on him😀.

    Liked by 8 people

  25. ray76 says:

    > a beautiful constellation of nations, each its own bright star, satellites to none

    What a great line.

    > Americas manifest destiny

    Hehe! The college loons will screaming at the sky.

    Liked by 4 people

    • SB says:

      “. . . Satellites to none.”

      Agreed!!

      MAGA!!

      Liked by 4 people

      • SB says:

        The Vision projected by PDJT is like that of a Good Father. Well raised children are independent, hard working, focused on self-improvement with respect for others to have the same opportunity to do the same (expecting the same in return). Mindful of their heritage, each is a Star in their own right. Honoring parents out of choice, not obligation. By being allowed to choose (rather than through subjection) to be a part of the beautiful family, each Star is ready to meaningfully contribute and delight in the accomplishments of all. A Beautiful Constellation Indeed!!

        MAGA!!

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  26. I never thought we would have a President like Trump in my lifetime. He’s a gift from God. The GOPe and Dims have done there best to destroy our great country, and now we’ve a man who almost single handed is trying to restore us back to the country we once were so long ago. MAGA!

    Oh, nimrodman, I photoshopped your ‘Too Much Coffee Man’ into ‘Covfefe Man’ as per your request.

    Liked by 11 people

  27. Uh, ‘their’ best…my mind isn’t working so well this morning!

    Liked by 2 people

  28. bessie2003 says:

    Love his ad-libs: “What country do you come from sir?” and “There must not be too many from Thailand in the audience” which brought a nice applause from the audience – definitely serves to keep the audience’s attention.

    I bet that audience member who laughed that caught the President’s attention started to slink into his (her?) seat for the rest of the speech!

    Liked by 3 people

  29. Amazing!!! How can anyone argue against the truth!! Thank You God for answering our prayers and turning this titanic sinking mess around!!! It truly is incredible to witness.

    Liked by 7 people

  30. Piper says:

    What an amazing speech! One of the President’s best!
    It was also a death blow to globalist ambition, a warning that we aren’t going to allow them to win!
    I love President Trump! Thank you Dear Heavenly Father for THIS man you have sent us!!!!!

    Liked by 7 people

  31. I can still feel the aftershocks here in Germany. There may have been some structural damage in Berlin. 😮

    Liked by 10 people

  32. Robert W. says:

    He keeps one upping his speeches! Can’t believe it. I Love My President Trump!

    Liked by 1 person

  33. Watched it live last night, west coast time. I was jacked and had a hard time sleeping. I fear for our lion but I also know that millions, and I seriously believe millions, are praying for him. I sometimes wonder if the Uniparty is more afraid of President Trump’s policies or the millions who pray for his safety and justice for the America people.

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  34. Tejas Rob says:

    Couple this with what’s happening in the Middle East with the Saudis and it looks like our President is winning bigly.

    Liked by 3 people

  35. michele van dyke says:

    Common Denominator:

    Xi: Nationalist at core
    Putin: Nationalist at core
    Trump: Nationalist at core

    Could the heads of the world’s 3 mega-powers, working together, squash Globalism’s/Bilderberg’s elites and their plans once and for all?????

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  36. treehouseron says:

    All he’s doing is high level (the HIGHEST LEVEL) basic negotiation. If you’re hocking Sunglasses down at the flea market, the #1 rule is you want everybody to know your stuff is the best (even if it might not be) and that it’s hard to get, this is the best value around, etc.

    He’s essentially setting up a situation with these CEO’s where they have the expectation that it will be hard to get an overly advantageous deal with the U.S.A., from OUTSIDE the U.S.A.

    It’s actually very basic and fundamental, he’s just doing it at an incredibly high level (literally the highest level negotiation in the world… negotiating the U.S. economy and trade)

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  37. chbailey says:

    As our POTUS and our FLOTUS go on their diplomatic visits, all of the video coverage provides ample evidence that every country has their own historical, cultural, political and religious uniqueness and singular destiny. Lots of comments about this on CTH’s coverage of the South Korea visit. President Trump talks about this in his heroic speeches everywhere he goes.
    Countries are sovereign regions.
    Everyone knows: there is no such thing as “open borders”. “Open borders” is an oxymoron. “Globalist one world” is an oxymoron, but nevertheless is the banner of this aberrant usurpation of sovereignty. One bank (oxymoron), one country (oxymoron), one government (oxymoron). What bigger foundation of sand could be built than this one?

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  38. History Teaches says:

    This is what being a proactive President is all about. Setting the agenda, stating his objectives from the perspective of his own country. But showing insight and understanding about how other countries can benefit themselves through new alignments and deals.

    In fact, the President is in the process of setting the foundation for a new world order. Defined more by partnerships and shared practical motives than empty platitudes based on grandiose rhetoric.

    Sure, all negotiations involve tough challenges, and people with inflated egos, but the President is the first in living memory who is a master of human psychology. Simply put, he sees world leaders as individuals, not just figurehead representatives of their country.

    And rather than adhere to old playbooks about how to act or behave he cuts through the artifices of statehood like a hot knife through butter! He forms personal relationships and is able to communicate on a visceral level that eventually translates into new deals and arrangements on the world stage.

    While the domestic media and opposition are driven insane with personal animosity international leaders only see him as the biggest shaper of world events. The power brokers supreme. They can’t afford to get lost in the fog of false narratives based on internal American politics.

    That’s why the President is treated with such international respect. Whether it is with admiration and friendship or grudging acknowledgement of power and intent to use it. Yes, a new world order is in it’s infancy, but it will be vastly different than the globalist dream.

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  39. Fake News takeaway-“But… But… But…. A GOP-e lobbyist lost in blue state Virginia…”

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  40. POP says:

    ” the vision of Lee Kwan Yews vision of honest governance and the rule of law”

    Very droll Pres. Singapore merely has a more orderly official niche group of cronies compared to the free for all in the rest of Asia Tho not having to bribe a desk clerk to get a driver’s licence processed is a nice attribute in Singers.

    China is running scared. Good.

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  41. Tmonroe says:

    Leading from the front. What a concept.

    Liked by 3 people

  42. Olivertwist says:

    Wolverine is also working behind the scene to enforce our anti-dumping laws. For example the plastic resin industry was badly affected. Resin which our company bought for over $1.00 10 years ago is now $.55/lb. There will be a final decision early March on plastic resin and the overseas suppliers are terrified because any duty imposed due to anti-dumping will be high and will be retroactive 90 days. Factories are being built right now to service the market but they are not rushing to do it until the new tax laws are built and the decision on anti-dumping is finalized. Overseas suppliers are hesitant to ship their plastic resins now for fear of have to pay more duty later. This is one of the areas America has been taken advantage of and lost jobs. Great that our Wolverine and his team are working behind the scene

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  43. Joe says:

    We are seeing the evolution of the Reagan years and President Trump IS a superior in that respect.

    I NEVER thought I would see a President match Reagan, much less evolve into the next iteration.

    Going to have to take better care of my health to see just how far the American experiment will evolve. And in one short year I have gone from hoping that will happen to seeing it happen.

    Liked by 6 people

    • treehouseron says:

      That’s how I feel too but I’m not old enough to be cognizant of what Reagan did when I was a kid.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Maquis says:

      I’m with you. Reagan is smiling upon PDJT. I never thought any could rise in my estimation above that Great Man, but it has happened.

      We, All Humanity, are Blessed by the Work of God through the instrumentality of His Excellency, President Donald John Trump.

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  44. Sayit2016 says:

    THIS is why George Bush 1 & 2 have grumpy faces …..

    Liked by 4 people

  45. old farta says:

    Take that Ann Coulter.

    Liked by 1 person

  46. Donna in Oregon says:

    So American companies were doing deals for the Silk Road. What does that mean? Individual deals (15) under the umbrella of what? I understand bi-lateral agreements. Is this a test to see how new agreements are handled, or is this an extension of what we are already doing? IDK

    I am confused.

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  47. Maquis says:

    Wow. Any American that finds fault with this speech is an Anti-American, an Anti-Human, despot in waiting.

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  48. Maquis says:

    “Satellite to NONE.”

    That pronouncement will ring through the ages.

    Liked by 1 person

  49. TeaForAll says:

    What a amazing speech, heartfelt, honest, and direct .
    Thank You Sundance

    Liked by 1 person

  50. hillbilly4 says:

    This entire speech was incredible. He did not apologize for America. He did not slight other countries. To me, this is a wake up call for America. We need to get up off our asses and get to work…harder than ever. Trump is trying to level the playing field…now we have to do the work.

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