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Pence: Trump Will Take 'Strong Action' Needed to Make Schools Safe

Pence: Trump Will Take 'Strong Action' Needed to Make Schools Safe
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By    |   Thursday, 22 February 2018 12:35 PM

The Trump administration will take the "strong action" that is needed to make the nation's schools safe once again, Vice President Mike Pence promised during his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday.

"In America, we mourn with those who mourn and grieve with those who grieve," Pence told an audience at the event. 

"Yesterday, the president and I met with the family of Meadow Pollack and other students and families reeling from the attack in Parkland. We also met in the White House with families from other communities, who have experienced the same violence firsthand. And as the president said, we will never forget it."

Trump has said that no child or teacher should ever be in danger in an American school, said Pence, and earlier this week, he called on Congress to strengthen background checks and for the Department of Justice to expedite his order.

"When he meets in our nation's capital with officials, we will make the safety of our nation's schools and the students our top national priority," Pence added.

Moving on to politics, Pence told those assembled that because of them, the conservative majorities in the House and Senate and because of Trump's strong leadership, "2017 was the most consequential year in the history of the conservative movement."

He pointed out that when Trump addressed CPAC last year, he declared that his winning the White House was a win for conservative values. Now that a year has gone by, he said that he and Trump want to thank those attending CPAC for all they have done to advance the administration's cause.

Trump, he continued, promised to rebuild the military, and in a few weeks will sign "the largest investment in our national defense since the days of [former President] Ronald Reagan."

The president also promised to back law enforcement and to secure the nation's border.

"Today, illegal crossings at our southern border have been cut nearly in half, and, make no mistake about it, we are going to build that wall," said Pence.

Trump has also promised to appoint strong conservatives to the federal courts, and did that with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, said Pence, and to stand for "the inalienable right to life."

Pence also touted the growth of the economy under Trump, including the policies that have "unleashed American energy."

The administration has also been "rolling back the heavy hand of government," said Pence, and he has kept his promise to cut taxes across the board for working families and job creators.

Trump's administration has been restoring strong American leadership on the world stage, Pence also stated, while standing up the world's enemies.

"We put the leading state sponsor of terror on notice, as well," said Pence. "The United States will no longer tolerate Iran's destabilizing activities across the region and this country will no longer certify the disastrous Iran nuclear deal."

He also called on conservatives to remain strong in keeping Democrats out of office, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who he said wants to regain her office.

"We don't have to wonder what would happen if the party of Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer won the House and the Senate this November," said Pence. "Remember the last time it happened? I do. I was actually there the last time Democrats ran the Congress, and they nearly ran America into the ground."

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