Trump: ‘Dishonest Media’ Won’t Stop Us from ‘Accomplishing Our Objectives’

President says the press 'destroyed themselves because they went too far,' promises to 'never stop fighting'

by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 05 Jul 2017 at 12:58 PM

President Donald Trump promised veterans that “the dishonest media will never keep us from accomplishing our objectives” during a speech Saturday evening at the Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington, D.C.

Just three days before July 4, Trump told a crowd of veterans, including wounded veterans who spent time at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, that “there is no place I’d rather be than with you” on celebrating his “very first Independence Day celebration as president.” Touting the Veterans Accountability Act he signed into law in late June, the president heralded the end of stifling bureaucracy and federal overreach hampering the care that veterans “so richly deserve.”

“It went through the House, went through the Senate, and I signed it so fast. We didn’t want to take any chances …. to ensure every VA worker is held accountable for the quality of care they provide to our veterans,” Trump said. “I want you to know that we will always keep our promises to those who have kept us free. Since my very first day in office, we’ve taken one action after another to make sure that our veterans get the care they so richly deserve.”

"You couldn't fire somebody if they had been horrible, doing a terrible job for the veterans, robbing, stealing, hurting people. You couldn't do anything. And now you can say, 'You're fired,'" Trump said. "And I promise you that we will always take care of our great veterans. Always."

The president urged Americans to take the time to remember the blessings that God has bestowed upon them and the "gift of heroes willing to give their lives to defend" the "gift of freedom" on Independence Day.

"You've shed your blood, you've poured your love, and you've bared your soul in defense of our country, our people and our great American flag," Trump said. "Your loyalty to our nation is measured not merely in words but in deeds. You raced through gunfire, stared down enemy forces and ran past the gates of hell to fight and to win for America. And you won for America."

"The story of America's men and women in uniform is the story of freedom and overcoming oppression, the strong protecting the weak and the good defeating evil," Trump added. "We will always, always remember what you did for us. Tonight we celebrate veterans. We also reflect on everything we cherish as Americans. We love our country, we love our families, we love our freedom, and we love our God."

It has been a tumultuous three days for Trump, who has engaged in a spat with the co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe." The president promised his supporters that he would not allow the mainstream media to waylay his legislative agenda geared toward putting America first.

"The fake media is trying to silence us. But we will not let them because the people know the truth," Trump said. "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 too 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. You've been saying it. I will never stop fighting for you," Trump continued. "I am delivering on trade, on the economy, on the Supreme Court, on the Second Amendment, on our military, for our veterans, and on our borders where we are doing record, record stoppage."

"I was left a mess, the fact is. But we're cleaning it up. You watch," Trump added. (go to page 2 to continue reading)

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