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The President: Thank you very much, everybody, for

being here today.

It is with great pride, very great pride, that I say

these words to you right now:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

(applause)

Welcome to the White House.

(applause)

I want to congratulate you, Jeff, your wife Mary, and

your entire family.

Jeff Sessions has been a federal prosecutor at the

highest level and at the most respected level, a

state attorney general, and then a

U.S. senator for two decades.

He has devoted his life to the cause of justice and

believes deeply that all people are equals in the

eyes of the law -- and very importantly for Jeff and for

so many of us, also in the eyes of God.

He's a man of integrity, a man of principle, and a man

of total, utter resolve.

You just got a little witnessing of that.

That resolve is what we need right now.

America faces many challenges.

We face the menace of rising crime and the threat of

deadly terror.

And it's not getting better, but it will get better

very soon.

It's going to get a lot better.

These dangerous times require a determined

attorney general, which is what Jeff is.

Jeff understands that the job of attorney general is

to serve and protect the people of the United States,

and that is exactly what he will do, and do better than

anybody else can.

He's trained better for it than anybody else.

The level of respect that he has throughout this country

as a former prosecutor, not even to mention being a

long-time U.S. senator, is absolutely incredible.

He will be a great protector of the people.

I'm signing three executive actions today designed to

restore safety in America.

These executive actions continue to deliver on my

campaign promises.

First, I'm directing Department of Justice and

Homeland Security to undertake all necessary and

lawful action to break the back of the criminal cartels

that have spread across our nation and are destroying

the blood of our youth and other people, many

other people.

Secondly, I'm directing Department of Justice to

form a task force on reducing violent crime

in America.

And thirdly, I'm directing the Department of Justice to

implement a plan to stop crime and crimes of violence

against law enforcement officers.

It's a shame what's been happening to our great,

truly great law enforcement officers.

That's going to stop as of today.

Today's ceremony should be seen as a clear message to

the gang members and drug dealers terrorizing

innocent people.

Your day is over.

A new era of justice begins, and it begins right now.

I want to again thank and congratulate Mary and our

new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

I wish you God's wisdom and blessings in your journey.

Mr. Vice President, would you please conduct

the swearing-in.

Thank you.

Thank you very much for being here, everyone.

(applause)

Attorney General Sessions: Mr. President, thank you for

this great honor.

It's something I never expected would happen in my

life, but I do love the Department of Justice.

I care about its traditions and its heritage.

I had 15 years in that great department, and the honor to

lead it now is something that I do not have words to

express effectively.

There are a lot of things we need to do.

First, we need to value and support and encourage the

fabulous people who work there.

I've worked with them over the years.

I know how good they are, and their talents need to be

directed at this nation's benefit in a lot of

different ways.

We have a crime problem.

I wish the blip -- I wish the rise that we are seeing

in crime in America today were some sort of aberration

or a blip.

My best judgement, having been involved in criminal

law enforcement for many years is that this is a

dangerous, permanent trend that places the health and

safety of the American people at risk.

We will deploy the talents and abilities of the

Department of Justice in the most effective way possible

to confront this rise in crime and to protect the

people of our country.

We have an increased threat, since I was a United States

attorney, from terrorism.

Mr. President, you've spoken firmly on that.

You've led this nation to say we're going to respond

effectively to the threat of terrorism, and you can count

on your Department of Justice to do so in an

effective way.

And you've said something that I believe and I think

the American people believe -- that we need a lawful

system of immigration; one that serves the interests of

the people of the United States.

That's not wrong, that's not immoral, that's

not indecent.

We admit a million people a year plus, lawfully, and we

need to end this lawlessness that threatens the public

safety, pulls down wages of working Americans.

It is an honor beyond words to serve under you and

your leadership.

You're putting together a great Cabinet, which is just

a thrill for me to have the opportunity to join.

And I look forward to making sure that every ounce of

strength I have and that the people of the Department of

Justice have is going to be focused on preserving and

protecting the Constitution and the safety of

this country.

We will defend the laws of this country as passed

by Congress.

We will defend the lawful orders of the President of

the United States with vigor and determination.

Thank you all for being here, I see a lot of good

friends, and may God bless all our efforts.

Thank you.

(applause)

The President: Thank you very much.

(inaudible dialogue)

Male Speaker: (inaudible) executive order, received by

the Department of Justice.

The President: Enforcing federal law with respect to

the transnational criminal organization (inaudible).

Thank you.

Female Speaker: Thank you.

The President: Okay.

Task force led crime reduction and public safety.

(inaudible dialogue)

Preventing violence against federal, state, tribal, and

local law enforcement.

Thank you all very much.

Jeff, I know you are going to do a fantastic job.

Good luck.

(applause)

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