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d, get out. I [ music ] what [ music, ] [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ] [ music, ] [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ] [ music, ] [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ music ]. Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and mrs. trump, accompanied by the honorable jared kushner, the honorable ivanka trump oscar stewart and jonathan morales [ applause ]. Well, thank you very much. Thank you. Everybody and a friend of minetim scott from south carolina senator. Were you tim, my europe there he is, and i said you know what tim you have a big vote coming up. I think you want to go back to the senate, so i will tell you without tim, this wouldn't have happened, tim scott. Thank you very much. We love you go back to the senate vote milani and i are delighted to welcome so many friends and families to this incredible house, the white house, to celebrate this really sacred season and a very special time to everyone here today. Happy chanukah we're delighted to be joined by vice president mike pence and his incredible wife, karen and if you'd, both comeup mike wherever you may be, come on up karen, please come up also, as you know, ivanka and jared have worked very, very hard in this whole.

Endeavor and many other endeavors, i will tell you they're doing an incredible job, but i'm very proud that the jewish faith is a cherished part of our family, very proud of it. I'D like to recognize secretary stephen minuchin secretary betsy, devos, deputy attorney general jeff, rosen, hi jeff, as well as senators tim's, got her just left and he's a fantastic guy in james lankford with james where's james james come up here. Will you please james? Did he have to go for the vote too? All right tell themwe mentioned his name. A lot of these people are vote against are very important things right now. I'M saying you know what get out and vote right and we have representatives doug collins, john timer, david cut saw elaine, lauria max rose and lee zeldin. All here, where are they? Are you your hands? Are you here come on up? If you want fellas? Even the democrat can come up with that. Come on up come on up what a job they're doing come on up nice to see you all! I good hi doug, that's great haile good job, leigh wow! How are you anytime, leigh? I also want to bring a friend of mine up he's atremendous success in so many other businesses, but they only know him because he signs tom brady's check every week and he's a really he's a champ he's a winner, his wife myra, passed away a longer time Ago than we think well, i was a big. I was a big tough time for you and for me too, and for melania i just want to tell you you've been a special friend of israel, nobody closer to israel than bob kraft, so bob please come up and, as usual, his team is mired in first Place have you ever been in second place? Not too often, you know what i'd like you to do. Bob, while you're here becausewe, could all learn from bobby's a champ he's a winner. If you could say a few words about israel, please well! Thank you. Mr. president, i'm honored to be here at this time at this event, because this is really a bipartisan issue and i know preview administer previous administration's had tried to do something in this area, and we know that college campuses are place where your bridge build, and you Include people and have education and not be something that is exclusive and drives people away and generates hatred.

So i'm so proud that at this time we're doing something that is so bipartisan and my wife. A blessed memory would be smiling now because she lovedamerica first and israel and wanted to build bridges between the two places and have tikkun olam. And i think this more than anything is going to help do that. So. Thank you very much. Thank you very much, but i also want to extend my appreciation to israel's ambassador of manners become a friend of mine and terrific guy ron dermer. Thank you, as we gather this afternoon, our thoughts turn to the grieving families in new jersey. Yesterday, two wicked murderers opened fire at a kosher, supermarket and killed four innocent souls, including a brave police officer who faced down the shooter and very bravely faced the shooter down with one heart america weeps for the lives lostwith one voice. We vowed to crush the monstrous evil of anti-semitism whenever and wherever. It appears and we're working very hard on that, and i can tell you that that we have a lot of people in government working very, very hard on that. We appreciate their work, not easy joining us on stage. For this event are two great jewish american patriots army, veteran oskar stewart and border patrol agent, jonathan morales.

As many of you remember, both of these heroes were at the shabad of paul way, synagogue when a killer opened fire and by the way, robert jeffress. I see you right here and what a tremendous faith leader you are and a tremendous man youare pastor. Thank you for being here so much also, we appreciate with so many people, and so many great faith leaders here and i want to thank you all for being here. It'S fantastic is a great great day. We appreciate it very much robert. Thank you very much. They raced towards the gun, fire and saved countless american lives, oscar and jonathan. Thank you both for responding to the worst evil with the best of american valor. This afternoon we celebrate the miracle of hanukkah. More than 2,000 years ago, a ruthless tyrant, persecuted the jewish people and desecrated, the temple of jerusalem, but a group of jewish patriots defeated a powerful army, rededicated the temple and wonback their right to worship, god and freedom. Recently i received a remarkable letter from a twelve-year-old boy named austin polanski from san francisco. California, in the letter austin summed up the meaning of hanukkah.

He said on hanukkah. It is a tradition to light the menorah and place it by the window. We do this to exemplify how we are not afraid to show who we are or what we believe in. In austin's letter we asked if he could celebrate hanukkah with my family at the white house, and this year we are thrilled to let you know that austin is with us today. We'Re is austin come on up here on, come on up here, russell good-lookingguy come on austin, don't be shy, it's only bob kraft. I want to say a few words say come on. I said thank you for having me at the white house today. It was very unexpected, though my mom pulled me out of school when the white house called - and i was in the middle of lunch - probably one of the first times i was ever speechless yeah. Thank you for having me here. That'S a good good job officer. He didn't know who's gon na do that you did a good job, considering we got you by surprise a little bit right. Thank you stay with the first lady trumpy, i'm okay! Well, i like can i have thataustin.

I want it across our country, jewish americans, strength and sustain and inspire our nation as president, i will always celebrate and honor the jewish people, and i will always stand with our treasured friend and ally at the state of israel that i can tell so two years Ago i recognized the true capital of israel and we opened the american embassy in jerusalem and we got it built and they were thinking anywhere, 4 1 billion to two billion dollars. I did it for 350 thousand dollars. You know we got a building that was in beautiful shape in the best location, best location. There is, and we got it done, we got it done. We hadit open in four months, and it's right now opened, and i don't know maybe someday they'll build a more expensive version of it, but it can't get much better right. Robert, i think, and ron can tell you can't get much better than what we have. We have the best location, they were going out. They want to redesign in order for anywhere from 1 billion to two billion dollars and they were gon na look for a piece of land, but they said land and jerusalem is very rare and very expensive. I said: do you think we have a piece and david friedman, our great ambassador, did a fantastic job. You did a fantastic job. I said davidthey want to spend 2 billion dollars. I said, go check it out.

Let me see call me back, he said so. I think we can do it for about 250,000, maybe 300,000, so we'll save a billion dollars and we have a better location than any location. We could have gotten run right and it's been open now for a long time, so it was great and we used all jerusalem stoned friends of mine, like jerusalem stone over here. It costs a fortune over there. It wasn't so expensive. I'Ve also recognized israel sovereignty over the golan heights. That was another, and i said to bob so what bob kraft i said. So what was bigger bob whatwe did for israel in terms of jerusalem and moving the embassy to jerusalem becoming the capital of israel or the golan heights, which you've been looking to do for 52 years. They'Ve been having meetings on the golan heights. Nothing happened until i came along. I said bob kraft, which is bigger, which is more important to the jewish people. It said neither i said what does that mean? He said what you did by terminating the iran.

Nuclear deal is bigger than both. I think that's true. I think that's true jim, you know could be true. I said i sort of agree with that, but today we're taking another historic action in just a few moments: i'llsign an executive order to combat anti-semitism. This action makes clear that title six of the civil rights act, which prohibits the federal funding of universities and other institutions that engage in discrimination, applies to institutions that traffic in anti-semitic hate. So this is a very powerful document that we're signing today and it's been a very big story over the last number of days when they heard, as you know, they had almost universal support in congress, and yet they didn't get it done, and this has gone on For years and years, they've almost had universal support, but there was always a roadblock, but this year there's no roadblock because i'm doing it myself, it's much easier. Andwe have support from many in congress. This is our message to universities. If you want to accept the tremendous amount of federal dollars that you get every year, you must reject anti-semitism. It'S very simple. My administration will never tolerate the suppression, persecution or silencing of the jewish people. We have also taken a firm stand against the so called divestment and sanctions, movement or bds.

You know that very well, and i have to tell you jared, kushner and ivanka they've been talking to me about this for three years now, maybe longer than that. But i go back about three years where it's something that i could do about it. You know in this position. We cando things about it before that. That'S not quite as much i'd be just like you successful doing nicely, but not for this, but they've been talking from the beginning of the administration. They'Ve been bringing this up and we forcefully condemned this anti-semitic campaign against the state of israel and its citizens. We are profoundly honored to be joined this afternoon by rosalie glasser survivor of the nazi holocaust, the darkest chapter of human history. After the war rosalie came to america and started a drapery manufacturing business. Now she has written a book starred in an award-winning film and is going strong at the age of 102. Where is hi you're lookin good? Thank you, rosalie thank youfor, being here, it's an honor and you do you really fill our hearts with open joy, rosalie. So many people and we know of your story in honor of rosalie and the millions of jews who suffered unthinkable persecution. We renew our pledge now and always never again.

Never again. Today, we thank god for the jewish people, whose love and loyalty brilliance and bravery resilience and resolve spirit and strength, bless america and the world. Before i signed the executive order, i'd like to ask oscar to say a few words and jonathan will light the menorah. Thank you all very much. Thank you oscar please. So what i want to say is in scriptures that teaches usthat. When the jewish armies went to fight in to conquer the land of israel from the canaanites, it says the generals would speak to their men and say leave if you're afraid. I always wondered why it says this so if you're afraid to leave, because god was fighting for them, so i came up with this on my own. It'S because you had no faith in god. Well, today, i stand with a group of people who have tremendous faith in god, and we are all of different faiths and we're all here with one to do with one thing in mind and that is to end hate, and this i am so proud to be Standing hereor the day that this was signed. This is a momentous moment in my life, and i want to thank the president and the first lady for everything that they've done for israel and but more important for what they've done for america. This america is a nation of many people and we need to remember whatever god you pray to whatever religion.

You practice. We are all americans and we need to love each other and that will conquer hate that once again, thank you very much. Mr. president, i'm deeply honored see alan dershowitz come on up here for a second, oh wow, and i'd like to ask my friends the pastor's to come up here. You knowrobert, and i have to say this to the other pastors, some of whom have been very kind. All of them have been very kind: we've never had such evangelical christian support. Jeff come on up, jeff come on up here, jeff you're, the one that's doing such a good job legally. To make sure all of this happens, but robert jeffress, i didn't know him, but he i watched him and i'd watch him on different shows, and i say i like that: guy man, he talks really great about me and i like people to talk well about me And he was saying you know he may not be the greatest christian i've ever seen. He may notknow the bible quite as well as the rest of us. In fact, he may not know it very well at all, but that guy's a real leader and he's going to do a job, and i appreciated that statement. I don't know if i should have, but i did and i think we have led, because i think we've made more progress toward faith leaders. We got rid of the johnson amendment, which was a disaster.

So i'd like to ask if robert, if you could say a couple of words and if i could also ask alan dershowitz to say and then we're going to sign a very important document: okay, robert, please, it is true, i believepresident trump is the most pro faith. President in history, when you look at what he has done for people of all faiths and mr. president, you know jewish and christian believers alike - believe what god said to abraham in genesis 12. That god would bless those who bless israel and he would curse those who curse israel, and i want to thank you, mr. president, for being the kind of president who has the courage to stand up and be when it comes to israel on the right side of History but most importantly, you're on the right side of god, and that's why you are not going to fail and we're gon na stand behind you, 100 % thank youmr. president [ applause, ] for sixty five of my 81 years. I have spent at universities all over the country and all over the world. There is no more important event in those 65 years to turn universities away from being bastions of hatred and discrimination than this executive order of being signed. Today it is a game changer. It will go down in history as one of the most important events in the 2,000 year battle against anti-semitism. Thank you. Mr.

president, you did a great great job. The people who helped you do this did a great great job and you will be remembered by history for all time for having signed this very important order. Thank you. [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ applause ]. I just want to thank president trump for all of his leadership on behalf of america. What we've seen the president accomplish over the last three years has been extraordinary when president trump decided to run there were a lot of people who weren't sure what somebody who had never done anything in politics before would do, and i would say that all of our Expectations have been greatly exceeded. The plans that the team has put in place under the president's leadership have produced economic miracles for this country, and i am confident that the best is to come. But what i believe is even more important is the president's commitment to keeping all americans safe, tokeeping america free to keeping america respectful of people of all faiths and religions and the work that the president's done to ensure. That is something that will have an impact for generations to come. So i just want to thank you for your amazing leadership and for all that you do to protect so many people, [ applause, ], [ music, ], so everyone. Thank you very much again. Happy hanukkah! There'S been a great day: [ applause, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], you.

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