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Vice President Pence addresses Republican gathering in Council Bluffs

Posted at 7:48 PM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 04:11:26-05

Vice President Mike Pence was at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to give his keynote, titled "Tax Cuts to Put America First."

Air Force Two touched down at Eppley Airfield in Omaha just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. The vice president was greeted by Gov. Pete Ricketts before his motorcade traveled to Council Bluffs.

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The vice president told the crowd of 600 gathered at the America First event that President Trump had sent along his greetings, and then proceeded to address border security, the status of the nation's War on Terror and its dealings with North Korea, before remarking on the national economy and other topics.  

Pence said the border wall will be built and talked about the successes the Trump administration has had in the war on terror.

"It's been a year of promises made and promises kept," Pence said. "In just a few short weeks... this president will sign the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan."

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Pence told the audience that progress had also been made in border security, adding that "illegal crossings at our southern border are down nearly 50 percent.

"And make no mistake about it: We're gonna build that wall," Pence said.

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The vice president also talked about Trump's commitment to national security.

"We will remain firm in our resolve and will continue to stand strong until North Korea abandons their nuclear program once and for all," Pence said. "So it's been strong leadership on the world stage."

Afterwards, the vice president headed to a campaign event for Gov. Pete Ricketts at the Marriott in downtown Omaha.

The vice president was expected to travel to Versailles, Ky., to give his keynote there tomorrow as well.