President Trump Delivers Remarks to SOUTHCOM in Doral, Florida – Video

Today, President Trump visited the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Doral, Florida for a briefing on increased efforts to stop the flow of deadly drugs coming into the country. You might remember, earlier this year, President Trump directed his administration to begin conducting enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere.

To conduct these operations, President Trump directed the deployment of additional ships, aircraft, and security forces to assist in the mission. Later, the Secretary of Defense ordered units of the Selected Reserve into active duty to support forces already engaged in this mission. These military deployments in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific will continue to counter the threat posed by illegal narcotics trafficking and criminal groups.

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you very much. (Applause.) And thank you to our great Admiral Faller. Thank you also to all of the exceptional leaders and talents that we have in this room. U.S. Southern Command is just an outstanding group of people. Thank you very much — very much, Admiral

We’re here today to discuss our vital effort to keep deadly drugs out of our country and away from our children. And, wow, are we making progress in a short period of time, thanks to you. (Applause.) It’s amazing.

And I have come to personally thank you. I wanted to make this trip personally. We were going to do a phoner, and I said, “A phoner is not quite the same thing, is it?” So I came to personally thank you for your valiant fight to defend our borders and take our vile traffickers — these vile traffickers out of business, knock them out of business: the smugglers, the criminal cartels. We want to knock them out.

You’re on the frontlines every day saving countless American lives and delivering the righteous thunder of American justice. No adversary can match the awesome power of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and, I must tell you, very soon we’re going to have a thing called Space Force. You know about that, right? Space Force. That’s a big deal. One of the many things we’ve done in this administration. And that’s going to be one of the most important, I predict.

Let us also show our deep appreciation for your law enforcement partners at the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice. Thank you very much for being here. Thank you very much. We’ll always stand with the incredible men and women of law enforcement. We will never, ever defund our police. Okay? That, I can tell you. We’re not defunding police.

What’s going on here — Admiral, when you hear “defund the police,” you’re probably saying, “That’s a foreign language.” Right? So, just a terrible thing, but it’s — I assume this is going to be a fad. We’ll call it a fad. But it’s not something that will work very well — that, I can tell you.

We’re pleased to be joined by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. Thank you very much, Mark. Thank you. (Applause.) Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. I think we’re keeping him pretty busy. Right? (Applause.) He’s been a busy man. Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Karl Schultz. Admiral, thank you very much. And a great warrior — he’s a warrior; he’s a strong guy, a great guy: Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart. Thank you very much, Mario. (Applause.)

On the first of this year, I announced that the United States Armed Forces would begin a surge of military assets in the Western Hemisphere, unlike anything seen in recent history. And that is a fact. And one of the reasons is we now have better equipment than we’ve ever had. We have new, beautiful equipment that comes along with $2.5 trillion in spending, all made in the USA.

Over the last three months, American service members, joined by partner nations, have patrolled regional waters from the Caribbean Sea to the east Pacific. The United States deployed a vast arsenal of Coast Guard cutters, naval combat ships, specially armed Coast Guard helicopters — and they are real weapons; they are powerful weapons — high-tech maritime patrol aircraft, as well as roughly 1,300 additional personnel. These forces represent a 65 percent increase in ships and a 75 percent increase in surveillance aircraft from last year alone.

We’re taking the fight directly to the sinister criminal cartels, and we’re showing them no mercy. We are doing numbers like nobody thought possible. Even the Admiral, he would say that he would have never thought this was going to happen to the extent that it’s happened.

Our message is clear: You will not threaten our citizens, you will not poison our children, and you will not infiltrate our borders. We will find you, we will stop you, and we will put everybody that we find behind bars, if you’re lucky.

The results of this historic international campaign have been absolutely phenomenal. This joint operation has resulted in the interdiction of more than 120 metric tons — does anyone know how much that is? — of illicit narcotics. That is a massive — billions and billions. And the arrest of more than 1,000 drug traffickers. These actions have denied the cartel of billions of — various cartels of billions and billions of dollars in cash, and prevented the loss of untold American lives, and we’ve seen the results in the United States.

In a single four-day period in May, our courageous Coast Guard men and women stopped three narco submarines packed with poisonous drugs, keeping thousands of pounds of lethal narcotics off of our streets and off of our city areas. We got rid of it; we got it. We have it, and I don’t know what you do with it. What do you do with it, by the way? You get all that stuff. Do you dump it? What do you do with it, Admiral? I want to hear.

ADMIRAL FALLER: Turn it over to (inaudible).

THE PRESIDENT: I want to hear. What do you do with that?

PARTICIPANT: So we keep some for prosecution, and then it’s destroyed by our (inaudible).

THE PRESIDENT: You blow it up, or just dump it someplace?

PARTICIPANT: They burn it, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: They burn it. All right. That sounds like a good way of doing it.

On behalf of millions of American moms and dads, I want to express our country’s pride and gratitude for your lifesaving actions.

My administration is committed to ensuring you have the tools, the resources, equipment, and support you need and the support that you deserve. And you’ve always deserved it. And you used to run short. You don’t run short anymore. You have the best equipment in the world.

After years of painful budget cuts, I ended last year’s disastrous defense sequester, and secured almost the 2.5 billion that I mentioned to rebuild our entire United States military. We’re giving you the finest airplanes and ships, submarines, tanks, missiles, and weapons of every single kind — even new uniforms, in some cases, for the Army, as an example — and again, all made in the USA. I love that sound: “Made in the USA.”

We’ve approved the two new state-of-the-art national security cutters and two polar security cutters for the United States Coast Guard, and so much other equipment, including — we have, under construction right now, the largest icebreaker in the world. And we’re going to be trying to get, if we can, an extra 10 icebreakers. We only have one. Russia has 40; we have one. So we will have 2, but we think we’ll have 10 because we’re trying to do a deal with a certain place that has a lot of icebreakers, and we’re seeing if we can make a really good deal where you can have them very fast. You know about that. We’re working on it, and I think we can surprise you — at a very good price, which will be nice. Much cheaper than the one we’re building, and that’s also nice. You could do about five of them.

Our enemies are on notice because the United States military is much more powerful, much more lethal, and much more prepared than ever before. We’re in a position that we’d never been in, equipment-wise. And we have the greatest people on Earth.

We’re also supporting the courageous men and women of CBP, ICE, Border Patrol, and DEA, and FBI and all of the heroes of law enforcement. Great people.

As long as I am President, I will never allow your sacred mission to be undermined or attacked in any way. I will not have open borders, we will not abolish the police, and we will not slash the budgets for our military, and we will not allow our country to be swamped with deadly drugs.

We have stopped numbers that we’ve never stopped before, or even close. And we have done it in a way that our enemy understands. And they’re getting a little bit concerned because they’ve never had losses like this. They’ve never had submarines taken from them. They actually build submarines because — smaller versions of what we have, to put it mildly. Like, much smaller. But they’re submarines nevertheless. Very expensive things. And they’ve never seen anything like what’s happened to them in the last year and a half.

We will defend our country. We will defend our borders, our children, our heroes, and our great American flag. We’ll always defend our American flag. We’re very proud of our flag.

We will protect, preserve, and promote the American way of life. And we will always stand strong for God, country, family, and freedom.

I just want to thank everybody for being here. This is a very special moment. I think especially so because you’ve done so much over the last short period of time to bring life and safety to the United States of America and other parts of the world, by the way, but to the United States.

And I want to thank you. God bless you all. Thank you very much. Admiral, thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

END 1:37 P.M. EDT

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32 Responses to President Trump Delivers Remarks to SOUTHCOM in Doral, Florida – Video

  1. Alli says:

    President Trump is the best ever!

    Liked by 6 people

  2. FreyFelipe says:

    I wonder if President Trump has been informed yet of what other parts of the US Army have been up to at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. For example, passing out handouts claiming “MAGA” is “covert white supremacy.”

    “[Republican Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama] demanded an investigation into Army personnel illegally using federal government resources to distribute racist and partisan political propaganda in direct violation of the federal Hatch Act and any number of military regulations,” according to a statement on his website. And he said that the Army must “prosecute and fire” Redstone Arsenal personnel responsible.

    And what did the Pentagon (Esper and Milley) know and when did they know it?

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  3. Winston says:

    “increased efforts to stop the flow of deadly drugs coming into the country”

    Mexican Navy Seizes A Whopping 52k Pounds Of Fentanyl, Intended For The US
    26 Aug 2019

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-26/mexico-navy-seizes-whopping-52k-pounds-fentanyl-intended-us

    According to a new report from Mexican newspaper Tabasco Hoy, the Mexican Navy intercepted 23,368 kilograms (51,517 pounds) of fentanyl at the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, the largest Mexican seaport and one of the largest harbors in the Pacific Ocean.

    The Secretariat of the Navy said joint work between the Naval Unit of Port Protection No.63 and the Tenth Naval Zone and Customs at the port uncovered the illicit drug in a 40ft shipping container. Preliminary reports show the container wasn’t entirely filled with fentanyl.

    Navy and port officials completed a random search of the unnamed vessel, and when they carried out specialized Customs laboratory testing of some of “Calcium Chloride,” it turned out to be fentanyl.

    Within one container, there were 931 sacks of fentanyl, totaled a gross weight of 23,368 kilograms (51,517 pounds). ***The container ship came from Shanghai, on China’s central coast, and was eventually going to drop off the cargo in Culiacán, the capital of the state of Sinaloa.***

    It’s starting to become increasingly clear how the global supply chain of fentanyl starts with manufacturers in China, then shipped on container vessels to Mexico. The next step would be using Mexican cartels for the so-called “last mile” delivery to the US.

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    • Ninja7 says:

      So ~50lbs bags of snow melt. Appears that Just In Time Delivery is becoming a problem.
      Wonder if So poor Mom and Pop Hardware store ever got the wrong snow melt.

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      • Winston says:

        51,517 POUNDS of THIS from CHINA:

        Liked by 2 people

        • Ninja7 says:

          Winston, Thank you for sharing that picture. I had no idea of the miniscule amount that was deadly, was ignorant on that part, Not anymore, Treepers are best, learn so much here. Glad that many are willing to help out in spreading knowledge. 🤗🤗

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          • When my husband died 14 years ago he was given fentanyl patches for pain. I was told at the time to be very careful with them because they were so powerful that teenagers were robbing homes of known cancer patients to see if there were any fentanyl patches. At that time kids were known to die from licking these patches.

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    • SanJac says:

      Mexico is not innocent because there have been manufacturers located in the basement of a courthouse in Mexico City. Mexico is as deeply involved in the fentanyl trade and has no problems allowing China to use its ports and country as a route to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.

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      • Winston says:

        In this case at least, the Mexican Navy did a GREAT job and, anyway, my main beef is with the SOURCE of this stuff which has killed many times the number of Americans who were killed during the Vietnam War.

        Liked by 2 people

    • plane of the ecliptic says:

      Yep,
      The fentanyl and carfentanil all come from China. These Drug Task Force operations are really a low intensity war against China. We should covertly sink them before they get to Mexican waters IMHO.

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  4. TradeBait says:

    Shutting down China and their criminal support is well underway. My God bless our military’s efforts.

    Best POTUS ever.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Kay123 says:

      TB….Amen
      Greed has taken over the minds of
      once good people.
      Makes one want to withdraw
      from the human race… doesn’t it?

      Thank God and green apples …. we have a patriot
      on our side 🙏😇💕🇺🇸

      Liked by 1 person

  5. The Chinese CCP is behind all the fentanyl shipments. They have been at war with us for a long time. And we finally have a president that is responding accordingly. Thank you President Trump.

    Liked by 1 person

    • vikingmom says:

      With the help of Amazon Prime? DHL? I have often wondered about the millions of packages coming from China to the US every day – how much time does CBP actually have to scan each one of them?

      As Sundance has often said…there are TRILLIONS of dollars at stake!

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  6. bruzedorange says:

    Anyone have links to stories of other confrontations we’ve had with drug runners? Have there been surface engagements? …aerial intercepts?

    Wondering if narcos are responding with efforts to build a Ho Chi Minh trail through Central America?

    I’ve also wondered if this operation provides cover for other types of intel gathering from the Chávez-Maduro Autonomous Zone?

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Shannon at twitter.com/Avery1776 , if you read or follow or use twitter, does a pretty good job of showing what you are asking for (among other things that they follow, mostly stuff happening in Libya), over the past several months, in different states in Mexico, there has been a concerted campaign of rounding up, permanently ending, the lives of several bad folks, think the number is over 63 so far. A lot happening that never makes the news.

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      • bruzedorange says:

        Thank you, Bessie2003. Sounds like a good source!

        Had to break down and get a smart phone for work in 2018… been able to dodge Facebook and Twitter, but often with inconvenience.

        Looks like I may have to enter the 21st century 15 years ahead of schedule…

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  7. YvonneMarie says:

    Do this to Antifa & to BLM Mr President.
    Tell General Miley that he can go to hell.
    🙂🇺🇸

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  8. woohoowee says:

    Thank you for the serious drug interdiction, PT45! Our very best President and the only one who cares enough about Americans to throw a monkey wrench in the narco terrorists plans for us! We love you 🙂

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  9. Correction after the fact is expensive. Prevention is much better (an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure).

    In addition to the wall – which is AWESOME – we need to get drug education into schools.

    The best I know is http://www.drugfreeworld.org

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  10. Kay123 says:

    Question… if a guy built his own airplane…. can he
    legally fly it anywhere in the world…. without question?

    In Las Vegas….. there was an airplane sitting on the
    tarmac. The jet was owned by “SAUDI AIR FORCE”.

    That plane was there the night of the “Music Festival
    Massacre”, 3 years ago.

    Who controls the air travel, contraband, drugs,
    human trafficking, and other nefarious activities of
    these private pilots?

    This has “bothered me” for 3 years…. since 60
    innocent people died. Yes… 60! The 58 on the
    festival site….plus one WITNESS who vowed to
    talk to the press….and died mysteriously….and
    another WITNESS whose BMW CAR (parked the
    night before near the tarmac)
    was set with a timed bomb which
    exploded the next morning…killing a woman, five min.
    after starting.

    Oh yeah……must’ve been that dead K!ller….PADDOCK…!?!?
    Riiiiight?

    So tell me..can a person fly anywhere in the world
    with a private plane… no questions asked?
    With your own airstrip in your yard?
    Seriously…

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    • GB Bari says:

      Short answer: not legally

      Any flight originating overseas must be cleared by DHS – US Customs, CBP or mopre depending on what plane from what country. And there are many countries from which flights are forbidden, especially since Covid-19.

      But Las Vegas has Nellis AFB so a visit from the RSAF would not be unusual. You weren’t clear on which tarmac the plane was located – the commercial airport (McCarran International) or the one at Nellis Air Force Base.

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      • Kay123 says:

        GB….
        I know military bases… but was asking about
        the Las Vegas STRIP at the end of Casino strip.
        As you know, probably, many MEast hold property
        on the strip. Evidently they can come and go
        with planes…… of which I wonder.
        There is an air control tower there but do they monitor
        cargo?

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        • GB Bari says:

          I don’t know for certain but its hard to imagine that the feds don’t have some hoops that the aircraft owners and crew have to jump through to be able to land here especially if the flight originated overseas. It may well have been inspected by US agents at the originating airport overseas.

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    • Kay123 says:

      Woops…. I have not kept up on this.
      Seems the total number of dead from the
      October 1, 2017, Las Vegas, Music Festival Massacre.
      “updated”…was actually…68 people killed!!
      This is a must read, it you feel the whole story was
      a “coverup”. this is scaaarry… but NOW IT MAKES
      SENSE.
      https://newspunch.com/8-las-vegas-witnesses-dead/

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  11. Our equipment is more powerful. Our personnel are being turned into SJW zombies, though.

    Clean house at the top, Sir. SHARP training didn’t defeat Hitler or Tojo.

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  12. James Street says:

    A fascinating and informative meeting. Every speaker had me on the edge of my seat.

    President Trump is fighting Evil coming at us from so many different directions.

    Like

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