President Trump Presents the Presidential Citizens Medal

President Trump Presents the Presidential Citizens Medal


The President:
Thank you very much. Please. Thank you. Great to be with you. And thank you all
for being here. Today, it’s my honor to
present an award reserved for those who perform
exemplary deeds or acts of service for this great
nation and its citizens — the Presidential
Citizens Medal. And it’s a big deal. (applause) This evening,
we come together to pay tribute to a fallen hero
who devoted his life to defending freedom and who
made the supreme sacrifice to save others on
September 11, 2001: Colonel Richard Rescorla. Richard was a
great gentleman. He’s looking down proudly
on this wonderful family. And congratulations, this
is a big — this is a big
evening. And it’s great to have you
at the White House because there’s no place like it. Thank you. (applause) We are
profoundly grateful to have with us Rick’s
beloved family. Please join me in
welcoming his wife, Susan. Thank you, Susan. (applause) His son Trevor,
and his daughter Kim. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (applause) And to each of
you — we cannot fathom all that you have endured,
but today we express the gratitude of 329
million Americans. It’s a lot of people. Rick was born in Cornwall,
England, in 1939. As a boy, he met American
soldiers preparing for the Normandy landing and
dreamed of one day serving in uniform. It’s a big thing for Rick. Soon, he had his chance
and joined the British Army. He spent six years
fighting communism, then flew to America, found the
recruiting center in Times Square, and joined the
United States Army. He wanted to continue his
fight against communists. In 1965, Rick
deployed to Vietnam. As a platoon leader, he
fought in the battle of the Ia Drang Valley. Facing overwhelming odds,
Rick helped to beat back hundreds and hundreds
of enemy soldiers. His Commander, General Hal
Moore — who was a great general, by the way —
said Rick was, quote, “an extraordinary battlefield
leader; quite simply the best platoon leader of
infantry I have ever known in two wars.” He saw
plenty of action. For his actions in
Vietnam, Rick received two Bronze Stars, a Silver
Star, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese
Cross of Gallantry. We are thankful to be
joined today by 60 soldiers who fought
in Vietnam with Rick, including six veterans
who just returned from Ia Drang on a trip
to honor him. Would you all
please stand? It’s great to have you. Thank you. Thank you. (applause)
Thank you. Whoa. (applause) That’s
pretty good. That’s pretty good. And you’re all
looking good. You’re looking good. That’s great. That’s really fan- — do
I see a Medal of Honor winner in our midst? Oh, that’s great. Stand up please. (applause) And
I know them all. Congratulations. Thank you for being here. Very nice. You’ve earned our
everlasting gratitude. When Rick came home to
America, he received a bachelor’s of — a
master’s degree in literature, and earned a
law degree in Oklahoma. He taught at the
University of South Carolina, but soon
realized he would not be happy until he was
protecting others. That’s what he liked to
do — protect others. He was born to serve. In 1984, Rick became
director of security for Dean Witter Securities,
which soon moved to the World Trade Center’s
South Tower. Rick was there in 1993,
when terrorists detonated a 1,200-pound bomb in
the World Trade Center’s garage. In the midst of danger and
confusion, Rick climbed on top of a desk, took
command, and directed the evacuation. He helped a lot of people. That was a rough time. After that bombing, Rick
analyzed threats, outlined potential attacks, and
told building officials that the next assault on
the Towers could come from
the air. He understood what
was happening. He did everything he could
to prepare for the worst. In 1997, Dean Witter
merged with Morgan Stanley, and Rick was
promoted to Executive Vice President of Security for
the largest tenant in the entire World Trade Center. In 1998, he met Susan and
they married within a year. That was good. Right? (laughter) That was good. They were both happy. They were both very happy. That was a good
move for both. On Tuesday, September 11,
2001, Rick got up early, put on his blue,
pinstriped suit, and just before he left his home in
Morristown, New Jersey, he kissed Susan, and told
her, “I’ve never felt better in my life. I love you so.” Very nice. That’s very nice. Rick arrived in his
office before 7:30 a.m. A little more than an
hour later, he heard an explosion, and looked out
the window to see the North Tower
consumed by flames. Bullhorn in hand, Rick
told everyone to ignore the P.A. system that was
instructing them to remain at their desks. He directed them to start
marching down the stairs, two-by-two. “Get out and
start marching. Just do it.” And they
had practiced before. Because of him, they
had practiced before. Rick ran up and down
over 20 floors, telling employees to keep moving. “Keep moving. Get out. Keep moving.” Many recall
him saying, “Today is a day to be tra- — proud
to be an American. Tomorrow, the world will
be looking at you!” At 9:03 a.m., a plane crashed into now the South Tower. As terrified victims ran
to escape the suffocating fumes, Rick remained calm
and resolute in his mission. When others told Rick
to run to safety, he responded, “As soon as
I’ve got everybody in this building out.” The South
Tower collapsed while Rick was still inside. Through his extraordinary
actions, he helped save 2,700 lives. That night, those 2,700
people went home to their loved ones. In the 18 years since,
they have raised families, sent their children to
college, walked their sons and daughters down
the aisle, held their grandchildren thanks, in
great measure, to one extraordinary American. Here with us today are 12
brave first responders of 9/11, along with 5
veterans who fought in the war on terror — and very,
very successfully fought. Please stand. Please. (applause) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, fellas. Thank you. Thank you very much. Great respect. I know the city well. (laughter) Fantastic job. Rick’s entire life paints
a beautiful picture of selfless service, and
his legacy endures. Monuments and gardens have
been built in his honor. A passenger train in
England has been named after him. And they just gave me the
most beautiful model of that train; it’ll be
in the Oval Office. And poems and books and
even an opera have been written to
memorialize his story. No one has done more to
preserve Rick’s memory than his wife, Susan. After 9/11, Susan traveled
the country and told of Rick’s courage. Rick used to stay and say
that Susan’s spirit could “lift him up in just a
minute.” Susan, you have really helped to lift
up an entire nation. And we want to
really thank you. And you have been
so incredible. And this evening is
a very special one. This is a very special
house, it’s a very special home, and it’s a very
special country. So, to Susan, Trevor, Kim,
and every one of Rick’s family members who are
here: Our debt to you is beyond measure. We can never reverse the
horrors of that day. We can never replace the
precious lives we lost. But on behalf of our
entire nation, I pledge that we will forever and
always remember this incredible American hero,
Colonel Rick Rescorla. We will never,
ever forget. Now, it is my privilege
to ask Susan to join me onstage to accept the
Presidential Citizens Medal on behalf of
her great husband. (applause) Would the
military aide please come forward and read
the citation. Thank you. Thank you, Susan. Military Aide: Richard
Cyril Rescorla. At the cost of his own,
Richard Rescorla helped save the lives of nearly
2,700 people at the World Trade Center on the
morning of September 11, 2001. In the midst of the attack
on the Twin Towers, Rescorla ignored advice to
shelter people in place and instead aided their
efforts to escape to safety. He did not, however,
join the evacuation. He continued working to
save lives until the tower collapsed, killing
him and hundreds more. The United States is proud
to honor Rick Rescorla, whose valiant and selfless
sacrifice for his fellow Americans on one of our
Nation’s darkest days will never be forgotten. (The Presidential Citizens
Medal is presented.) (applause) Mrs. Rescorla:
Good evening, President Trump and all of you, this
day of November the 7th, in the year of
our Lord, 2019. And thank you so much for
meeting with Rick’s family and I so privately
before the ceremony. Today is a day to
honor a proud American. Eighteen years is a long
time, and I thank our President for honoring
Rick with the Presidential Citizens Medal. I had asked myself,
“And why now?” Because this was to be. It’s all about the
journey, which has revealed so much more. Of all of the accolades,
all of the tributes, both here and in the United
Kingdom — 60 or more, over the years, and each
one so unique — and all of the people along the
journey who have touched my life, each is so
memorable because I was able to learn more about
this incredible man in death than in the short
time we had together on Earth. And thank God we were
blessed by a deeply meaningful time together. Mr. President, we have
about 200 people here who are all great
women and men. And I will be honoring
them at the gala event at the Plaza Hotel
this evening. I know Rick would have
wanted them all to be here today, and we both
salute you all. And now, on this
incredible day, we are gathered here at our White
House with the President of the United States,
Donald Trump, in the country we love, with the
flag we salute with so much respect. And looking out on you
all, each one of you is so special. On that fatal day,
September 11, 2001, Rick was seen fiercely herding
the people out of the building. And then he and his three
men followed the firemen going further up
into the South Tower. There’s even a recorder
of them talking to one another. “Leave no man behind”
was the core of the 7th Cavalry, and I know Rick
was thinking about his men in those final moments. The days after 9/11, so
many people called me and asked me, “Did
Rick make it out?” Or to tell me what Rick
was saying to them as he was bringing them out of
the building to safety. He was singing
Cornish songs. And sometimes even
whispering in their ears, “Get the hell out. Just leave. Get out.” (laughter) But
the — and — anyway, what was I going to say? Today is a day to be proud
to be an American because the world is still
looking at us. And all of you here have
contributed to keeping Rick’s work and story
alive so it will be in the forefront of the
American memory. But before I say the last
statement, I would like to tell you something about
what Rick said to me. On our first date, he
said to me, “What are you about?” And I said, “What
do you mean, Rick?” And he said, “Well, when
I was a very young man, I declared what
I wanted to be. And I knew that if I
stayed on that path, that at the end of my life,
that I would have done the very best that I could.”
And that’s exactly what Rick did. Thank you, Mr. President. And God bless America. (applause) The President:
Thank you very much, Susan. (applause)

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    premraj visvanathan

    SON OF BITCH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP MEN WHO REALLY DIE FOR MAKE HIS WIFE MELANIA FIRST LADY FOR USA 🇺🇸 REALLY THIS MEN IS MOTHER BASTARD BITCH FUCKER ASK UR MAMA ARE YOU REALLY BORN FOR ONE FATHER OR NOT SON OF BITCH

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    BadDad

    in a country with 300 Million people…you'd think more than a few thousand would take interest in what the president is doing and saying. Just seems odd to me

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    José Alberto Méndez Torres

    I couldn't hold my tears. Every American should be proud of this brave man! I'm sure he is in God's arms right now. God bless his family, our president and the United States of America!

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    Dieter Kieltsch

    Hannity on Democrat DNC Civil War COUP seek to oust President Trump since day 1 Landslide Victory

    https://youtu.be/dDKZ3TW2MkE

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    Sang Raja Dewa Dewi

    BANTU SAYA DAN SEBARKEN PERINTAH SAYA KE SELURUH NEGARA NEGARA SE DUNIA TERIMAHKASIH SUCCESS FULL PERFECT FULL.

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    Sang Raja Dewa Dewi

    BANTU SAYA DAN SEBARKEN PERINTAH SAYA KE SELURUH NEGARA NEGARA SE DUNIA TERIMAHKASIH SUCCESS FULL PERFECT FULL. SANG D3W4 @sangparadewa TWITTER DUNIA

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    truevinecometh

    Thank you GOD for these amazing American heroes. They inspire & remind us we are a Great & Noble Nation filled with people of Courage & Strength. Thank you Father GOD for this Wonderful PRESIDENT TRUMP a man who loves & stands for the People of AMERICA, please continue to bless & strengthen him guide & shelter him from all enemies foriegn & domestic.
    GOD BLESS & FORGIVE AMERICA & HELP US LOVE GOD & ONE ANOTHER AGAIN.

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    Mr. Precedent

    The worst "president" ever foistered on the American people… 😂
    We went from a black President to a retard.

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    Mary Thomson

    Wow. Quite a special honoring for many reasons. To me this THIS underlines a life, a person worth honoring. Without knowing him personally he is very much respected. A man who with his life serves to be an example. A template.

    I pray for a day, when we can look at our Governmental leaders (CIA, FBI, SENATE AND HOUSE) as an example.

    We are blessed by a fine, very fine President. We are disgraced by our fellow men who have desegregated our Country and our Constitution. There talents wasted on greed and deceit.

    This Country is made of truly gifted and potentially honorable people. I pray We secure the path of goodness and leadership once more. Where a man's thought is in serving others honestly.

    This presentation was awesome. To all honored, a heartfelt thank you. God bless these individuals.

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    Dharma Chatterji

    Hon'ble U.S., President, Donald Trump, today honoured Presidential Citizen's Medal, who on.9/11, done extraordinary job,

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    Wendy Ferguson

    America you ARE SOO LUCKY to have such a GREAT MAN leading your GREAT COUNTRY. PLEASE PLEASE FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT TO KEEP YOUR GREAT COUNTRY GREAT, AND SUPPORT THIS GREAT MAN WHO WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN WITH YOUR HELP!  Wendy South Africa

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    Chanara Casey Richmond

    He works so hard, and has accomplished more than any president ever – and he does it all while being viciously attacked, non-stop. The blatant corruption of the Democrats and Press is exposed. He is truly draining the swamp. Amazing. Thank you Mr Presedent.

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    Tony Butts

    Why dont I hear this on the news ??America is only as great as its people,if America aint great look in the mirror. People

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    M Infante

    For POTUS
    Ugly stuff is not just in the dark web. This is how you make big tech to help with detective stuff
    1. Start visiting sites with despicable but legal stuff.
    2. Be persistent to deceive big tech AI to believe you are a despicable person.
    3. AI will start to deliver results about illegal content and ads in these despicable sites. Do not click the ads or links.
    4. Gather evidence and denounce content to authorities using known paths that you know that will work.

    IT detectives may even wonder who is making money with these ads. Are the big tech search engines making money with illegal ads to illegal darkwebish ultradespicable content?

    To avoid polluting your mind with despicable content, just start to play and cover screen with a towel and connect headphones to mute it. It is a way to hack big tech to make detective work. Half of AI programming is made by users.

    Users can hack AI search engines by feeding them with junk data. And if junk data is despicable, detective work can be done.

    AI knows what is done, but not why. Hacking AI may be useful for detective work against the bad guys.

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    LINDA CARBONE

    You must be anti-American, ? Or Straight demons ? This is not a time or place for you to troll this is about honoring the men and women who gave their lives for our country and you dear, to disrespect their families ? ? God bless you all peace be with you and your families,

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    UNbowed62

    Wonder how it REALLY feels to give Honors to Heroes, when Drumpf NEVER answered the call to serve, but his daddy had a doctor to do him a favor though…Get a Bone-Spur Deferment so the big sissy wouldn’t have to Serve? Drumpf wouldn’t last a week in Basic.

    Now the CORRUPTass is the Fake “potus”, @the whims of America’s Adversaries & his DrumpfTARDS, pissing on our Democracy.

    BRAVE Servicemen & Women sacrificed lives for promoting Freedom, which Drumpf’s an EXISTENTIAL THREAT to what we fight for.

    IMPEACH•REMOVE•INDICT•
    CONVICT•IMPRISON 📣

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    Derrick Holzhey

    Obama would have never done this because his terror buddies where his freinds i didnt pay attention when obama was president i didnt really care but when trump step in it changed my world around me and now i see the light i had no clue that obama try to destroy america with hillary and the deep state

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    I AM AN AMERICAN FIRST

    Why did Trump betray the Kurds in Syria? We made a deal that if they
    fought ISIS (which they did) we would be with them, then Trump betrayed
    them to Turkey. Turkey killed our ally and turned the survivors into
    refugees. Not one U.S. soldier came home. Trump has turned us into
    betrayers, and I can't figure out why.

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    Troy Crith ll

    Now treason isnt well ok yall bet damn if the plane was to be crashed theb why crash it into the exact places instructed

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    Ted Chiba

    Please all Patriots know this, President Donald John Trump is the epitome of Justice and Honour he is also a Genius.
    This impeachment on the President by the leftist is a joke and to be ignored, seriously. The do nothing democrats have not a leg to stand on.
    The democrats will not be around soon. What they represent is nothing. They are useless and will fade away very soon.
    Mr President has opened up a new paridym into a pre 1913 way of life. A clean and prosperous way of living, with no corruption to weigh us down. It will truly be a world driven by meritocracy.
    The deepstate has set The 🇺🇸 100 years back. Today there should be flying cars and no need for allopathic medicine, just homeopathic medicine.
    God bless the Patriots and God bless President Trump and his family.

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    Duc Nguyen

    Tôi rất kính trong ông . Tôi rất muốn ông làm tổng thống thêm nhiệm kỳ tới . ông là người rất giỏi và biết lo cho đất nước U S A ….

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    Jack

    My country is being taken Under Siege by the far left – Liberals.

    My country now poses threat to the United States of America.

    – Canada

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    Dorth Surreal

    A little older than you used to hard Johnny tell me did she take her teeth out before she sucks your dick? I can't believe that old broad is better than Stormy Daniels

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    JORGE VINICIO SANTOS GONZALEZ

    La precariedad de mis calumniadores con la ley Monsanto en mi contra ha formado un bufo consecuente en mi sexualidad masoquista porque las mujeres son altivas sexuales en calidad de irónicas bufonas de la idoneidad sexual matrimonial debido a que son mujeres posesivas impunes de la ley Monsanto.

    Atentamente:

    Jorge Vinicio Santos Gonzalez,

    Documento de identificacion personal:

    1999-01058-0101 Guatemala,

    Cédula de Vecindad:

    ORDEN: A-1, REGISTRO: 825,466,

    Ciudadano de Guatemala de la América Central.

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    Ksikkihkini

    Praise the Hero's, hang the Villain's! And no one is going to jail for the World Trade Tower's. Who really blew up those tower's? No Aircraft did, that's for sure, after being in Aerospace Engineering for over 40 years, to say those planes caused that kind of Structural damage is a slap in every American's face! I deserve one of those, just for surviving the Bush/Obama Regime, My house lost 50% equity during the Bush Regime. I lost a vehicle, House, and 2 jobs, during the Obama Regime. Never before that horrific time had I ever been laid off, and right as I had been ill of course, when it rains, it pours, as the saying goes. So there went my Savings and 401K's to medical bills, and to live on after 6 months of Unemployment insurance, thanks to Obama. Even though I worked and paid taxes, for a combined 44 years in the Military and Space and Defense Industry. I guess I didn't pay enough taxes for the Democrats, and I was born here so no freebies. My life was changed and I will never recover, what I lost. My family would have been so much better off, had I died when I got sick, and while I had Life Insurance…bummer!

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    Working Man

    Donald Trump Sr Potus 2017-2025
    Donald Trump Jr Potus 2025-2033
    Melania Trump Potus 2033-2041
    Lara Trump Potus 2041-2049
    Barron Trump Potus 2049-2057
    TBD Trump Potus 2059-2067
    United States of Trump 2067 and Beyond❤❤❤🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸😊😊😊

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    Steven Sandefur

    Are military is the Greatest! Warriors for freedom 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 funny liberals want are country to become communist

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    premraj visvanathan

    MEN WHO DIE FOR MAKE HIS WIFE MELANIA FIRST LADY FOR USA 🇺🇸 IS MOTHER FUCKER PRESIDENT TRUMP REALLY A MOTHER BASTARD BITCH PRESIDENT NEED ASK UR MOTHER ARE YOU REALLY BORN FOR ONE BASTARD MOTHER FUCKER FATHER OR NOT TRUMP

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    Cara M. Trump

    what a shame I have to hunt and search for the President's videos. I get the old , old ones first ….smh….no election….awe shucks the Democrats worked so hard to run for presidency.

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    M Infante

    Memes
    * Dems: "We demand POTUS to release McDonald's recepits. French fries show greasy quid pro quo of POTUS collusion with France. And potatoes show a Russian connection because Russians grow potatoes"
    * Fake news: "A new study revealed Epstein killed himself by shooting himself in the head 6 times and then he choked himself using Darth Vader powers"
    * Dems: "We do not like him. That is his impeachable crime"
    * Left: "He is racist for he likes racing cars"
    * USS Trump aircraft carrier has a golf field on top for planes and golf balls to land softly and crew cabins have a Florida hotel feeling.
    * Terminator is a Russian bot.
    * Climate emergency is green. Human extinction means no emissions and planet is saved from man made global warming.
    * Gender studies colleges attacking whites is a secret leftist plan to boost Christian colleges student enrollment.
    * "So your only skills are gossip and lying? You should look for a job as journalist"

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    premraj visvanathan

    U NEED MUCH MORE JAPANESE PENTIST TRUMP REALLY A MOTHER FUCKER BITCH SON DOING EVERYTHING WITH EVILNESS WAY BECAUSE U NO WHY BECAUSE U ARE REALLY SON OF BITCH MOTHER FUCKER TRUMP DON'T HAVE A SINGLE DARING SOUL ASK UR MOTHER ARE YOU REALLY BORN FOR ONE BITCH MOTHER FUCKER MAMMA OR NOT BITCH MOTHER FUCKER TRUMP

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