State of the Union 2019: Read the full transcript

Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, along with my fellow Americans:

We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential. As we begin a brand new Congress, I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans.

Millions of our fellow citizens are watching us currently, gathered in that will great chamber, hoping that will we will govern not as two parties although as one Nation.

The agenda I will lay out that will evening will be not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda. the idea will be the agenda of the American people.

Many of us campaigned on the same core promises: to defend American jobs along with demand fair trade for American workers; to rebuild along with revitalize our Nation’s infrastructure; to reduce the cost of healthcare along with prescription drugs; to create an immigration system that will will be safe, lawful, modern along with secure; along with to pursue a foreign policy that will puts America’s interests first.

There will be a brand new opportunity in American politics, if only we possess the courage to seize the idea. Victory will be not winning for our party. Victory will be winning for our country.

that will year, America will recognize two important anniversaries that will show us the majesty of America’s mission, along with the power of American pride.

In June, we mark 75 years since the start of what General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the Great Crusade — the Allied liberation of Europe in World War II. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, 15,000 young American men jumped through the sky, along with 60,000 more stormed in through the sea, to save our civilization through tyranny. Here with us tonight are three of those heroes: Private First Class Joseph Reilly, Staff Sergeant Irving Locker, along with Sergeant Herman Zeitchik. Gentlemen, we salute you.

In 2019, we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of a million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon. Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that will flag: Buzz Aldrin. that will year, American astronauts will go back to space on American rockets.

inside 20th century, America saved freedom, transformed science, along with redefined the middle class standard of living for the entire world to see. currently, we must step boldly along with bravely into the next chapter of that will great American adventure, along with we must create a brand new standard of living for the 21st century. An amazing quality of life for all of our citizens will be within our reach.

We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, along with our middle class bigger along with more prosperous than ever before.

although we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, along with retribution — along with embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, along with the common Great.

Together, we can break decades of political stalemate. We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build brand new coalitions, forge brand new solutions, along with unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision will be ours to make.

We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction.

Tonight, I ask you to choose greatness.

Over the last 2 years, my Administration has moved with urgency along with historic speed to confront problems neglected by leaders of both parties over many decades.

In just over 2 years since the election, we have launched an unprecedented economic boom — a boom that will has rarely been seen before. We have created 5.3 million brand new jobs along with importantly added 0,000 brand new manufacturing jobs — something which almost everyone said was impossible to do, although the fact will be, we are just getting started off.

Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades, along with growing for blue collar workers, who I promised to fight for, faster than anyone else. Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps. The United States economy will be growing almost twice as fast today as when I took office, along with we are considered far along with away the hottest economy anywhere inside earth. Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in half a century. African-American, Hispanic-American along with Asian-American unemployment have all reached their lowest levels ever recorded. Unemployment for Americans with disabilities has also reached an all-time low. More people are working currently than at any time in our history — 157 million.

We passed a massive tax cut for working families along with doubled the child tax credit.

We virtually ended the estate, or death, tax on little businesses, ranches, along with family farms.

We eliminated the very unpopular Obamacare individual mandate penalty — along with to give critically ill patients access to life-saving cures, we passed right to try.

My Administration has cut more regulations in a short time than any additional administration during its entire tenure. Companies are coming back to our country in large numbers thanks to historic reductions in taxes along with regulations.

We have unleashed a revolution in American energy — the United States will be currently the number one producer of oil along with natural gas inside earth. along with currently, for the 1st time in 65 years, we are a net exporter of energy.

After 24 months of rapid progress, our economy will be the envy of the earth, our military will be the most powerful on earth, along with America will be winning each along with every day. Members of Congress: the State of our Union will be strong. Our country will be vibrant along with our economy will be thriving like never before.

On Friday, the idea was announced that will we added another 304,000 jobs last month alone — almost double what was expected. An economic miracle will be taking place inside United States — along with the only thing that will can stop the idea are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.

If there will be going to be peace along with legislation, there cannot be war along with investigation. the idea just doesn’t work that will way!

We must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad.

that will brand new era of cooperation can start with finally confirming the more than 300 highly qualified nominees who are still stuck inside Senate — some after years of waiting. The Senate has failed to act on these nominations, which will be unfair to the nominees along with to our country.

currently will be the time for bipartisan action. Believe the idea or not, we have already proven that will the idea will be possible.

inside last Congress, both parties came together to pass unprecedented legislation to confront the opioid crisis, a sweeping brand new Farm Bill, historic VA reforms, along with after four decades of rejection, we passed VA Accountability so we can finally terminate those who mistreat our wonderful veterans.

along with just weeks ago, both parties united for groundbreaking criminal justice reform. Last year, I heard through friends the story of Alice Johnson. I was deeply moved. In 1997, Alice was sentenced to life in prison as a first-time non-violent drug offender. Over the next two decades, she became a prison minister, inspiring others to choose a better path. She had a big impact on that will prison population — along with far beyond.

Alice’s story underscores the disparities along with unfairness that will can exist in criminal sentencing — along with the need to remedy that will injustice. She served almost 22 years along with had supposed to be in prison for the rest of her life.

In June, I commuted Alice’s sentence — along with she will be here with us tonight. Alice, thank you for reminding us that will we always possess the power to shape our own destiny.

When I saw Alice’s beautiful family greet her at the prison gates, hugging along with kissing along with crying along with laughing, I knew I did the right thing.

Inspired by stories like Alice’s, my Administration worked closely with members of both parties to sign the First Step Act into law. that will legislation reformed sentencing laws that will have wrongly along with disproportionately harmed the African-American community. The First Step Act gives non-violent offenders the chance to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. currently, States across the country are following our lead. America will be a Nation that will believes in redemption.

We are also joined tonight by Matthew Charles through Tennessee. In 1996, at age 30, Matthew was sentenced to 35 years for selling drugs along with related offenses. Over the next two decades, he completed more than 30 Bible studies, became a law clerk, along with mentored fellow inmates. currently, Matthew will be the very first person to be released through prison under the First Step Act. Matthew, on behalf of all Americans: welcome home.

As we have seen, when we are united, we can make astonishing strides for our country. currently, Republicans along with Democrats must join forces again to confront an urgent national crisis.

The Congress has 10 days left to pass a bill that will will fund our Government, protect our homeland, along with secure our southern border.

currently will be the time for the Congress to show the earth that will America will be committed to ending illegal immigration along with putting the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers, along with human traffickers out of business.

As we speak, large, organized caravans are on the march to the United States. We have just heard that will Mexican cities, in order to remove the illegal immigrants through their communities, are getting trucks along with buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there will be little border protection. I have ordered another 3,750 troops to our southern border to prepare for the tremendous onslaught.

that will will be a moral issue. The lawless state of our southern border will be a threat to the safety, security, along with financial well‑being of all Americans. We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that will protects the lives along with jobs of our citizens. that will includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today, who followed the rules along with respected our laws. Legal immigrants enrich our Nation along with strengthen our society in countless ways. I want people to come into our country, although they have to come in legally.

Tonight, I am asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love along with devotion to our fellow citizens along with to our country.

No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working class along with America’s political class than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians along with donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls along with gates along with guards.

Meanwhile, working class Americans are left to pay the cost for mass illegal migration — reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools along with hospitals, increased crime, along using a depleted social safety net.

Tolerance for illegal immigration will be not compassionate — the idea will be cruel. One in three women will be sexually assaulted on the long journey north. Smugglers use migrant children as human pawns to exploit our laws along with gain access to our country.

Human traffickers along with sex traffickers take advantage of the wide open areas between our ports of entry to smuggle thousands of young girls along with women into the United States along with to sell them into prostitution along with modern-day slavery.

Tens of thousands of innocent Americans are killed by lethal drugs that will cross our border along with flood into our cities — including meth, heroin, cocaine, along with fentanyl.

The savage gang, MS-13, currently operates in 20 different American States, along with they almost all come through our southern border. Just yesterday, an MS-13 gang member was taken into custody for a fatal shooting on a subway platform in brand new York City. We are removing these gang members by the thousands, although until we secure our border they’re going to keep streaming back in.

Year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens.

I’ve gotten to know many wonderful Angel Moms, Dads, along with families — no one should ever have to suffer the horrible heartache they have endured.

Here tonight will be Debra Bissell. Just three weeks ago, Debra’s parents, Gerald along with Sharon, were burglarized along with shot to death in their Reno, Nevada, home by an illegal alien. They were in their eighties along with are survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, along with 20 great-grandchildren. Also here tonight are Gerald along with Sharon’s granddaughter, Heather, along with great‑granddaughter, Madison.

To Debra, Heather, Madison, please stand: few can understand your pain. although I will never forget, along with I will fight for the memory of Gerald along with Sharon, that will the idea should never happen again.

Not one more American life should be lost because our Nation failed to control its very dangerous border.

inside last 2 years, our brave ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens, including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, along with 4,000 killings.

We are joined tonight by one of those law enforcement heroes: ICE Special Agent Elvin Hernandez. When Elvin was a boy, he along with his family legally immigrated to the United States through the Dominican Republic. At the age of eight, Elvin told his dad he wanted to become a Special Agent. Today, he leads investigations into the scourge of international sex trafficking. Elvin says: “If I can make sure these young girls get their justice, I’ve done my job.” Thanks to his work along with that will of his colleagues, more than 300 women along with girls have been rescued through horror along with more than 1,500 sadistic traffickers have been put behind bars inside last year.

Special Agent Hernandez, please stand: We will always support the brave men along with women of Law Enforcement — along with I pledge to you tonight that will we will never abolish our heroes through ICE.

My Administration has sent to the Congress a commonsense proposal to end the crisis on our southern border.

the idea includes humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that will enable child smuggling, along with plans for a brand new physical barrier, or wall, to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry. inside past, most of the people in that will room voted for a wall — although the proper wall never got built. I’ll get the idea built.

that will will be a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier — not just a simple concrete wall. the idea will be deployed inside areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need, along with as these agents will tell you, where walls go up, illegal crossings go way down.

San Diego used to possess the most illegal border crossings inside country. In response, along with at the request of San Diego residents along with political leaders, a strong security wall was put in place. that will powerful barrier almost completely ended illegal crossings.

The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest inside country, along with considered one of our Nation’s most dangerous cities. currently, using a powerful barrier in place, El Paso will be one of our safest cities.

Simply put, walls work along with walls save lives. So let’s work together, compromise, along with reach a deal that will will truly make America safe.

As we work to defend our people’s safety, we must also ensure our economic resurgence continues at a rapid pace.

No one has benefitted more through our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the brand new jobs created inside last year. All Americans can be proud that will we have more women inside workforce than ever before — along with exactly one century after the Congress passed the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving inside Congress than ever before.

As part of our commitment to improving opportunity for women everywhere, that will Thursday we are launching the first ever Government-wide initiative focused on economic empowerment for women in developing countries.

To build on our incredible economic success, one priority will be paramount — reversing decades of calamitous trade policies.

We are currently producing the idea clear to China that will after years of targeting our industries, along with stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs along with wealth has come to an end.

Therefore, we recently imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods — along with currently our Treasury will be receiving billions of dollars a month through a country that will never gave us a dime. although I don’t blame China for taking advantage of us — I blame our leaders along with representatives for allowing that will travesty to happen. I have great respect for President Xi, along with we are currently working on a brand new trade deal with China. although the idea must include real, structural change to end unfair trade practices, reduce our chronic trade deficit, along with protect American jobs.

Another historic trade blunder was the catastrophe known as NAFTA.

I have met the men along with women of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, brand new Hampshire, along with many additional States whose dreams were shattered by NAFTA. For years, politicians promised them they might negotiate for a better deal. although no one ever tried — until currently.

Our brand new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — or USMCA — will replace NAFTA along with deliver for American workers: bringing back our manufacturing jobs, expanding American agriculture, protecting intellectual property, along with ensuring that will more cars are proudly stamped with four beautiful words: made inside USA.

Tonight, I am also asking you to pass the United States Reciprocal Trade Act, to ensure that will if another country places an unfair tariff on an American product, we can charge them the exact same tariff on the same product that will they sell to us.

Both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of America’s crumbling infrastructure.

I know that will the Congress will be eager to pass an infrastructure bill — along with I am eager to work with you on legislation to deliver brand new along with important infrastructure investment, including investments inside cutting edge industries of the future. that will will be not an option. that will will be a necessity.

The next major priority for me, along with for all of us, should be to lower the cost of healthcare along with prescription drugs — along with to protect patients with pre-existing conditions.

Already, as a result of my Administration’s efforts, in 2018 drug prices experienced their single largest decline in 46 years.

although we must do more. the idea will be unacceptable that will Americans pay vastly more than people in additional countries for the exact same drugs, often made inside exact same place. that will will be wrong, unfair, along with together we can stop the idea.

I am asking the Congress to pass legislation that will finally takes on the problem of global freeloading along with delivers fairness along with cost transparency for American patients. We should also require drug companies, insurance companies, along with hospitals to disclose real prices to foster competition along with bring costs down.

No force in history has done more to advance the human condition than American freedom. In recent years we have made remarkable progress inside fight against HIV along with AIDS. Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once-distant dream within reach. My budget will ask Democrats along with Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic inside United States within 10 years. Together, we will defeat AIDS in America.

Tonight, I am also asking you to join me in another fight that will all Americans can get behind: the fight against childhood cancer.

Joining Melania inside gallery that will evening will be a very brave 10-year-old girl, Grace Eline. Every birthday since she was 4, Grace asked her friends to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She did not know that will one day she might be a patient herself. Last year, Grace was diagnosed with brain cancer. Immediately, she began radiation treatment. At the same time, she rallied her community along with raised more than $40,000 for the fight against cancer. When Grace completed treatment last fall, her doctors along with nurses cheered with tears in their eyes as she hung up a poster that will read: “Last Day of Chemo.” Grace — you are an inspiration to us all.

Many childhood cancers have not seen brand new therapies in decades. My budget will ask the Congress for $500 million over the next 10 years to fund that will critical life-saving research.

To help support working parents, the time has come to pass school choice for America’s children. I am also proud to be the first President to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave — to ensure that will every brand new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.

There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in brand new York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that will might allow a baby to be ripped through the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love along with dreams with the earth. along with then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he basically stated he might execute a baby after birth.

To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain inside mother’s womb.

Let us work together to build a culture that will cherishes innocent life. along with let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born along with unborn — are made inside holy image of God.

The final part of my agenda will be to protect America’s National Security.

Over the last 2 years, we have begun to fully rebuild the United States Military — with $700 billion last year along with $716 billion that will year. We are also getting additional nations to pay their fair share. For years, the United States was being treated very unfairly by NATO — although currently we have secured a $100 billion increase in defense spending through NATO allies.

As part of our military build-up, the United States will be developing a state-of-the-art Missile Defense System.

Under my Administration, we will never apologize for advancing America’s interests.

For example, decades ago the United States entered into a treaty with Russia in which we agreed to limit along with reduce our missile capabilities. While we followed the agreement to the letter, Russia repeatedly violated its terms. that will will be why I announced that will the United States will be officially withdrawing through the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF Treaty.

Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China along with others, or perhaps we can’t — in which case, we will outspend along with out-innovate all others by far.

As part of a bold brand new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, along with there has not been a missile launch in 15 months. If I had not been elected President of the United States, we might right currently, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea with potentially millions of people killed. Much work remains to be done, although my relationship with Kim Jong Un will be a Great one. along with Chairman Kim along with I will meet again on February 27 along with 28 in Vietnam.

Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela, along with its brand new interim President, Juan Guaido.

We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — along with we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that will nation through being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty along with despair.

Here, inside United States, we are alarmed by brand new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty along with independence — not government coercion, domination, along with control. We are born free, along with we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that will America will never be a socialist country.

One of the most complex set of challenges we face will be inside Middle East.

Our approach will be based on principled realism — not discredited theories that will have failed for decades to yield progress. just for that will reason, my Administration recognized the true capital of Israel — along with proudly opened the American Embassy in Jerusalem.

Our brave troops have currently been fighting inside Middle East for almost 19 years. In Afghanistan along with Iraq, nearly 7,000 American heroes have given their lives. More than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded. We have spent more than $7 trillion inside Middle East.

As a candidate for President, I pledged a brand new approach. Great nations do not fight endless wars.

When I took office, ISIS controlled more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq along with Syria. Today, we have liberated virtually all of that will territory through the grip of these bloodthirsty killers.

currently, as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, the idea will be time to give our brave warriors in Syria a warm welcome home.

I have also accelerated our negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan. Our troops have fought with unmatched valor — along with thanks to their bravery, we are currently able to pursue a political solution to that will long along with bloody conflict.

In Afghanistan, my Administration will be holding constructive talks with several Afghan groups, including the Taliban. As we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to reduce our troop presence along with focus on counter-terrorism. We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement — although we do know that will after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace.

Above all, friend along with foe alike must never doubt that will Nation’s power along with will to defend our people. Eighteen years ago, terrorists attacked the USS Cole — along with last month American forces killed one of the leaders of the attack.

We are honored to be joined tonight by Tom Wibberley, whose son, Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley, was one of the 17 sailors we tragically lost. Tom: we vow to always remember the heroes of the USS Cole.

My Administration has acted decisively to confront the earth’s leading state sponsor of terror: the radical regime in Iran.

To ensure that will corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, I withdrew the United States through the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. along with last fall, we put in place the toughest sanctions ever imposed on a country.

We will not avert our eyes through a regime that will chants death to America along with threatens genocide against the Jewish people. We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed. With one voice, we must confront that will hatred anywhere along with everywhere the idea occurs.

Just months ago, 11 Jewish-Americans were viciously murdered in an anti-semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. SWAT Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire along with was shot seven times chasing down the killer. Timothy has just had his 12th surgery — although he made the trip to be here with us tonight. Officer Matson: we are forever grateful for your courage inside face of evil.

Tonight, we are also joined by Pittsburgh survivor Judah Samet. He arrived at the synagogue as the massacre began. although not only did Judah narrowly escape death last fall — more than seven decades ago, he narrowly survived the Nazi concentration camps. Today will be Judah’s 81st birthday. Judah says he can still remember the exact moment, nearly 75 years ago, after 10 months in a concentration camp, when he along with his family were put on a train, along with told they were going to another camp. Suddenly the train screeched to a halt. A soldier appeared. Judah’s family braced for the worst. Then, his father cried out with joy: “the idea’s the Americans.”

A second Holocaust survivor who will be here tonight, Joshua Kaufman, was a prisoner at Dachau Concentration Camp. He remembers watching through a hole inside wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks. “To me,” Joshua recalls, “the American soldiers were proof that will God exists, along with they came down through the sky.”

I began that will evening by honoring three soldiers who fought on D-Day inside Second World War. One of them was Herman Zeitchik. although there will be more to Herman’s story. A year after he stormed the beaches of Normandy, Herman was one of those American soldiers who helped liberate Dachau. He was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua through that will hell on earth. Almost 75 years later, Herman along with Joshua are both together inside gallery tonight — seated side-by-side, here inside home of American freedom. Herman along with Joshua: your presence that will evening honors along with uplifts our entire Nation.

When American soldiers set out beneath the dark skies over the English Channel inside early hours of D-Day, 1944, they were just young men of 18 along with 19, hurtling on fragile landing craft toward the most momentous battle inside history of war.

They did not know if they might survive the hour. They did not know if they might grow old. although they knew that will America had to prevail. Their cause was that will Nation, along with generations yet unborn.

Why did they do the idea? They did the idea for America — they did the idea for us.

Everything that will has come since — our triumph over communism, our giant leaps of science along with discovery, our unrivaled progress toward equality along with justice — all of the idea will be possible thanks to the blood along with tears along with courage along with vision of the Americans who came before.

Think of that will Capitol — think of that will very chamber, where lawmakers before you voted to end slavery, to build the railroads along with the highways, to defeat fascism, to secure civil rights, to face down an evil empire.

Here tonight, we have legislators through across that will magnificent republic. You have come through the rocky shores of Maine along with the volcanic peaks of Hawaii; through the snowy woods of Wisconsin along with the red deserts of Arizona; through the green farms of Kentucky along with the golden beaches of California. Together, we represent the most extraordinary Nation in all of history.

What will we do with that will moment? How will we be remembered?

I ask the men along with women of that will Congress: Look at the opportunities before us! Our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. Our most exciting journeys still await. Our biggest victories are still to come. We have not yet begun to dream.

We must choose whether we are defined by our differences — or whether we dare to transcend them.

We must choose whether we will squander our inheritance — or whether we will proudly declare that will we are Americans. We do the incredible. We defy the impossible. We conquer the unknown.

that will will be the time to re-ignite the American imagination. that will will be the time to search for the tallest summit, along with set our sights on the brightest star. that will will be the time to rekindle the bonds of love along with loyalty along with memory that will link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.

that will will be our future — our fate — along with our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness.

No matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together.

We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. along with we must always keep faith in America’s destiny — that will one Nation, under God, must be the wish along with the promise along with the light along with the glory among all the nations of the earth!

Thank you. God Bless You, God Bless America, along with Great night!

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