President Trump honors veterans, blasts media at Celebrate Freedom event
A exuberant audience welcomed President Trump to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for the Celebrate Freedom Rally this Fourth of July weekend.
The President was introduced by Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas whose church organized the event.
“I’m honored to join you at the first ever Fourth of July Freedom Rally taking place here at the Kennedy Center as we pay tribute to those who have proudly served our nation in uniform”, the President said in his opening remarks
“There is no place I would rather be than with you”, Trump said to veterans in the audience. He touted the recently signed Veterans Accountability act, intended to restore trust in the Department for Veterans Affairs by making it easier to fire employees for wrongful acts and providing protection to whistleblowers inside the VA. “I promise that we will always take care of our great veterans”, the President said. “On behalf of our very grateful nation, we will always, always remember what you did for us.”
The President reflected on Independence Day saying, “Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away.” Trump promised to continue his agenda of transferring power away from Washington, and returning it to the people.
President Trump did not spare mainstream media from pointed criticisms this Fourth of July weekend.
“The fake media is trying to silence us, but we will not let them.”
“The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m President and they’re not.”
“We won, and they lost.”
“The fact is the press has destroyed themselves because they went to far. Instead of being subtle and smart, they used the hatchet, and the people saw it right from the beginning.”
“The dishonest media will never keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of our great American people. It will never happen.”
“Their agenda is not your agenda.”
A roaring crowd approved his comments.
Trump reiterated many of the campaign promises where he has already delivered, vowing that “We will ensure the forgotten men and women of our country are never forgotten again.”
The President addressed the values he shares:
“For too long politicians have tried to centralize authority among the hands of a small few in our nation’s capitol.”
“Bureaucrats think they can run over you lives, overrule your values, meddle in your faith, and tell you how to live, what to say, and where to pray.”
“But we know that parents, not bureaucrats, know best how to raise their children, and create a thriving society.”
“And we know that families and churches, not government officials, know best how to create a strong and loving community.”
“And above all else, we know this: In America we don’t worship government, we worship God.”