Trump highlights progress in eliminating government regulations

The president speaks about health care choice for veterans and affordable generic drugs.
9:27 | 01/31/18

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Americans love their country and they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return. For the last year, we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their government. Working with the senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the constitution as written, including a great new supreme court justice and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country. We are totally defending our second amendment and have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty. And we are serving our brave veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their health care decisions. Last year, congress also passed, and I signed, the landmark V.A. Accountability act. Since its passage, my administration has already removed more than 1,500 V.A. Employees who fail to give our veterans the care they deserve, and we are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do. Zbl Zbl and I will not stop until our vets are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey. All Americans deserve accountability and respect, and that's what we are giving to our wonderful heroes, our veterans. Thank you. So, tonight, I call on congress to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people. In our drive to make Washington accountab accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in the history of our country. We have ended the war on American energy and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal. We are now very proudly an exporter of energy to the world. In Detroit, I halted government mandates that crippled America's great, beautiful autoworkers, so that we can get motor city revving its engines again, and that's what's happening. Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States, something we haven't seen for decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan. Toyota and mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama, a big one. And we haven't seen this in a long time. It's all coming back. Very soon, auto plants and other plants will be opening up all over our country. This is all news Americans are totally unaccustomed to hearing. For many years, companies and jobs were only leaving us. But now, they are roaring back, they're coming back, they want to be where the action is, they want to be in the United States of America. That's where they want to be. Exciting progress is happening every single day. To speed access to breakthrough cures and affordable generic drugs, last year, the fda approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our country's history we also believe that patients with terminal conditions, terminal illness, should have access to experimental treatment immediately, that could potentially save their lives. People who are termally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure. I want to give them a chance, right here at home. It's time for congress to give these wonderful, incredible Americans the right to try. One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States and it's very, very unfair. That is why I've directed my administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of my top priorities for the year. And prices will come down substantially, watch.

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