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President Trump’s Salute to America Speech (Full Transcript)

President Donald Trump delivered the “Salute to America” speech at the 2019 Fourth of July celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Following is the full text [verbatim transcript] of that speech.

Donald Trump – President, United States of America

Hello, America. Hello. The First Lady and I wish each and every one of you a Happy Independence Day on this truly historic Fourth of July. Today we come together as one nation. With this very special salute to America. We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag: the brave men and women of the United States military.

We are pleased to have with us Vice President Mike Pence and his wonderful wife, Karen. We’re also joined by many hard-working members of Congress — Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and many other members of my Cabinet and also the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe Dunford. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Lieutenant General Daniel Hokanson of the National Guard, and distinguished leaders representing each branch of the United States armed forces — the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and very soon the Space Force. As we gather this evening, in the joy of freedom, we remember that all share a truly extraordinary heritage.

Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told: the story of America. It is the epic tale of a great nation whose people have risked everything for what they know is right, and what they know is true. It is the chronicle of brave citizens who never give up on the dream of a better and brighter future.

And it is the saga of 13 separate colonies that united to form the most just and virtuous Republic ever conceived. On this day, 243 years ago, our founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to declare independence and defend our God-given rights.

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