Remarks by the Vice President Aboard USS Ronald Reagan The President sent me here today to thank you -- to thank you for your service -- all of you, American and Japanese, who have stood up, who’ve stepped forward to protect our countries, our value......
BigNews.Biz - Apr 20,2017 - Remarks by the Vice President Aboard USS Ronald Reagan
Yokosuka Naval Base
Yokosuka City, Japan
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Lieutenant General Martinez, Major General Chiarotti, Vice Admiral Aucoin, Vice Admiral Doman, Rear Admiral Williams, Rear Admiral Carter, Rear Admiral Inoue, Rear Admiral Shimo, Captain Donnelly, Chargé Hyland, Ambassador Sasae, Director-General Mori, members of United States Forces of Japan, the Japan Self-Defense Forces, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to join you here today on America’s flagship -- the USS Ronald Reagan -- where every day, all of you prove it can be done. (Applause.)
You all look sharp out there, but at ease. It's so good to be with you today.
I bring greetings from the President of the United States of America, your Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)
I spoke to the President this morning, just before I boarded the ship. He said to tell you that he’s proud of you. And he said to me, “I wish I could be where you are.” And I know he meant it, from the bottom of his heart.
The President sent me here today to thank you -- to thank you for your service -- all of you, American and Japanese, who have stood up, who’ve stepped forward to protect our countries, our values, and our very way of life.
You are the sons and daughters of freedom, willing to defend it with your life -- so that your families, your fellow countrymen, and future generations may continue to call themselves free. Give yourselves a round of applause. All of America is proud of you. (Applause.)
The Good Book tells us, “if you owe debts pay debts, if honor, then honor, if respect, then respect.” I stand before you today, on behalf of your Commander-in-Chief, to pay a debt of gratitude to each of you and to express the well-deserved respect of the President of the United States and the American people for all of you who wear the uniform of this country.
Our prayers for you, for your families, your safety rise every day into the heart of heaven. In a word, you are the best of us -- heroes all. And you are here, the Americans among you so far away from home, because the United States of America and Japan are bound by history, a time-honored treaty, and the abiding oath of friendship.
The United States-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Asia Pacific. And let me be clear: Under President Donald Trump, the United States stands unwavering in our alliance and unyielding in our resolve to defend all that we have built together over these generations. (Applause.)
Our bond with Japan is strong and growing stronger by the day. In February, only weeks after he took his oath of office, President Trump welcomed Prime Minister Abe to the White House, where they reaffirmed in their words “their strong determination to further strengthen