President Trump Just Addressed The Military From MacDill Air Force Base. Here’s What He Said.

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President Trump said America and its allies will defeat radical Islamic terrorism as he addressed the military on Monday.

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As the president spoke from MacDill Air Force Base, which he called “quite a place,” he told military commanders that the country has their backs.

“Thank you very much,” Trump said as the audience applauded while he took the stage. “That’s so nice. A lot of spirit. We have tremendous spirit. We had a wonderful election, didn’t we?”

He then thanked several generals, commanders and Florida governor Rick Scott.

“Finally on behalf of the entire nation let me express our gratitude to the military,” Trump said. “We salute the Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard. As your president, I have no higher duty than to protect the American people.”

Trump said the only thing more important than his Supreme Court nomination was “the defense of the nation.”

“We have to defend our nation,” he said. “We will do that. Believe me. Each and every one of you is central to that mission. We will ensure that the men and woman of our military have the resources they need to get the job done.”

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(Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The president said that NATO allies must honor their financial obligations.

“We strongly support NATO,” he said. “We only ask that all members make their full contributions to the alliance, which many of them have not been doing. They have not been even close.”

“To these forces of death and desiccation, America and it’s allies will defeat you. We will defeat them. We will defeat Radical Islamic terrorism. The challenges facing our nation are very large — very, very large. We are up against an enemy that celebrates death and worships destruction. Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, from Boston to Orlando to San Bernadino.”

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(Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

“We need strong programs so that people that love us and want to love our country are allowed in. Not people that want to destroy us and destroy our country.”