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President Donald Trump began his rally in Green Bay Wisconsin on Saturday with condolences to the victims of the synagogue shooting in California.

“Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded, and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community,” Trump said. “We forcefully condemn the evil of antisemitism and hate, which must be defeated. Just happened. Must be defeated.”

Trump thanked law enforcement officials for responding to the shooting, including an off-duty patrol officer who returned fire as the shooter tried to flee the scene.

“I especially want to recognize a certain off-duty border patrol agent who bravely returned fire and helped disrupt the attack and saved so many lives,” Trump said as the crowd cheered. “Border patrol!”

Trump also spoke about the shooting with reporters as he left the White House.

“Obviously looks right now, based on my last conversations, looks like a hate crime,” he said. “Hard to believe. Hard to believe. We’re doing some very heavy research. We’ll see what happens, what comes up.”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Praises Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Who Helped Disrupt Synagogue Shooting

President Donald Trump signed an executive order promoting free speech on university campuses on Wednesday at the White House in front of conservative student activists.

“Today, we are delivering a clear message to the professors and power structures trying to suppress, to keep young Americans and all Americans from challenging ridged far left ideology,” Trump said. “People who are confident in their beliefs cannot censor others.”

The executive order signed by the president requires universities to certify that they support free speech on campus in order to receive federal research grants.

“Taxpayer dollars should not subsidize anti-First amendment institutions, and that’s exactly what they are,” Trump said. “Universities that want taxpayer dollars should promote free speech, not silence free speech.”

The president said that the $35 billion in federal government research grants would only be given to colleges that could certify their support of free speech and the open exchange of ideas.

“If a college or a university does not allow you to speak, we will not give them money, it’s very simple,” Trump said.

He welcomed three student activists on stage to speak, following news of their public fights against university bureaucrats who tried to silence them.

“Under the guise of speech codes and safe spaces and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans like those here today,” Trump said. “All of that changes starting right now.”

Students for Life’s Ellen Whitman spoke about her fight with her college after administrators tried to block her from installing an exhibit of crosses representing the lives lost because of abortion.

Turning Point USA chapter President Katie Mullen, a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who was harassed and bullied by administrators for running a conservative booth, also spoke.

Polly Olsen, a student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, sued after administrators tried to restrict her from handing out “Jesus Loves You” Valentines inspired by scripture.

“It’s really the core of America’s freedom and without freedom of speech, we don’t have America anymore,” Olsen said. “And so I challenge America to learn to love one another as Christ did on the cross for each one of us and to speak your differences, it’s ok, we’re in a country of freedom.”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Signs Executive Order to Defend Free Speech on Campus

President Donald Trump made an unscheduled stop at Arlington National Cemetery on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Although it was not on his official schedule, the president traveled via motorcade to the cemetery, where Wreaths Across America volunteers were placing wreaths at the graves of soldiers.

The group coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at veterans cemeteries all across the country, every year on December 15.

Volunteers help to lay holiday wreaths at graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday Dec. 15, 2018, during Wreaths Across America Day. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

“They’re doing a great job,” Trump commented to the press after talking briefly with volunteers under an umbrella in the rain.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Visits ‘Wreaths Across America’ Volunteers at Arlington Cemetery

President Donald Trump continued advocating Wednesday for significant funding for his promised wall on the southern border.

“The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and got nothing, but they can’t give 5 Billion Dollars for National Security and a Wall?” Trump asked on Twitter.

The president was referring to former President Barack Obama’s controversial $1.7 billion settlement with Iran including a special delivery of $400 million in pallets of cash to the country on the same day that Iran released American prisoners.

Trump demanded Tuesday that Democrats support a deal that includes additional border security funds in a meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The president also pointed to the recent terrorist attack in France as proof that the United States needed a secure wall on the border.

“We are going to strengthen our borders even more,” he wrote. “Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump: Barack Obama Gave Iran $150 Billion; Why Not $5 Billion for Wall?

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