Published on Jul 19, 2019
CNN held a rather comical lotto-showcase to unveil the candidate line-up for their two night democrat candidate debate on Tuesday July 30th, and Wednesday July 31st. The debate line-up lotto was held one day after the DNC club announced the 20 presidential candidates who qualified the second debate.
[Former Senator Mike Gravel, Mayor Wayne Messam, former Representative Joe Sestak and billionaire Tom Steyer were the four presidential candidates who did not make the second round of debates.]
The first night is the all white line-up: the Thriller in Vanilla; and will put Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on the stage along with Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke. It will be interesting watch how the communist and socialist differentiate themselves, the crowd is expecting a free stuff frenzy.
Meanwhile white male Beto needs to take a bite out of white male Buttigieg to survive to round three. Mayor Pete has been stealing all of self-flagellating Beto’s support; and the cashmere might start flying if the limo-liberals enter a demolition derby.
Ironically the second night puts all of the peoples’ of color candidates together. Additionally, in a delicious luck-o’-the draw, ‘spank me’ Harris is in position to finish off ‘creepy’ Joe Biden.
Obviously most of the pressure is upon Creepy to have a good debate and stop the downward spiral of support losses to Spank Me and How. However, that possible conflict opens the door for Booker to play the creed-card and mount a multi-front racist attack with an opening statement in Congolese.
“Lets Get Ready to Mumble
Bernie Sanders is upset that his campaign workers have gone to the media with their concerns about Bernie’s wage hypocrisy. “It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media,” he said. “That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it’s improper,” he grumbled.
The campaign pay and benefit issue is a little funny considering how Bernie Sanders holds himself up as the global arbiter of all that is righteous and indignant about worker’s pay. In essence Bernie is the self-appointed Che’ Guevara of the current presidential candidate pool.
The problem is that capitalist Bernie is in a fight with communist Bernie. As a capitalist Bernie wants to count all of the benefits (healthcare payments, reimbursement, etc) as well as a fixed salary as part of the collective pay package of $36k per year.
Keeping the strict salary system in place means Capitalist Bernie can demand a six-day workweek, 60 hrs per week, and retain a $36k/yr minimal payroll per worker. Meanwhile communist Bernie wants to apply a standard $15/hr wage, for every hour and time-and-a-half beyond forty hours, to the rest of American business. [A tad hypocritical.]
If Communist Bernie was to apply the same $15/hr wage rates to his staff, he would have to increase their total salary. Capitalist Bernie (pictured above), of three-home ownership infamy, says: no way; and is now engaged in a fight with the same labor union Communist Bernie put into place so he could use the pro-worker political talking points. Negotiations between Capitalist Bernie and Communist Bernie are now taking place.
WaPo – […] The union and the Sanders campaign reached a collective bargaining agreement that went into effect on May 2 and expires on March 31, 2021. The agreement established wage classifications for national and state staff, ranging from $15 an hour for interns and canvassers to $100,000 annual salaries for bargaining unit deputies.
Field organizers, who are on the front lines of the campaign’s crucial voter contact efforts, were to be paid not by hours worked but via an annual salary set at $36,000. Regional field directors were to be paid $48,000 annually, and statewide department directors were allocated $90,000 per year.
It was not completely clear why the wage dispute began so swiftly after the campaign and the union reached the initial agreement, though at that point the campaign had yet to assemble its sprawling roster of field organizers.
But on May 17, Shakir convened an all-staff meeting, during which he recommended raising the pay for field organizers to $42,000 and changing the workweek specifications, according to an email he later wrote to staff.The union draft indicated he was seeking to extend the workweek to six days. (read more)
No word yet on when the Bernie campaign will follow through on electoral promises to give campaign workers safe spaces, uniform allowances, free cars, free college tuition, free healthcare, nutrition justice and subsidized housing allowances to the remaining staff…
…. “wait, he’s got three houses?” … “time to text Antifa”!
Chopper Pressers are the best pressers. Departing the White House for Bedminster New Jersey, President Trump delivers remarks to the press pool and answers questions from the South Lawn. [Video and Transcript below]
[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. How are you? Very good numbers, economically. The country is doing really well. We expect great things, and we have a lot of potential. A lot of way to go. We’re the hottest economy now — definitely, actually, for the last quite a bit, period of time. And I think we have tremendous potential for a lot of growth.
Europe is not doing well. A lot of places are not doing very well; we’re doing very well. So, I just want to let you know.
Q Mr. President, Iran seized at least one oil tanker today with British oil. What is your reaction? Have they crossed the line? You said that would be a foolish thing to do.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, as you know, we have a very close alliance with the UK, and we always have. We heard that. The United States has very few tankers going in because we’re using our own energy now. We’ve made a lot of progress over the last two and half years. So we don’t have very many tankers going in, but we have a lot of ships there that are war ships. And we’ll talk to the UK. And we have no written agreement, but we have an agreement. They’ve been a very great ally of ours.
So, we heard about it. We heard it was one; we heard it was two. And we’ll be working with the UK. They’ll have a new Prime Minister soon, which is a good thing. And we’ll be working with the UK. But we have no written agreement, but I think we have an agreement which is longstanding.
Q Mr. President, thank you very much. It’s clear you are standing by your tweet about going back to the original country. How would you feel if somebody asked the First Lady to go back to her country? And what has she said to you about the chant, the tweet, about this entire episode?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. If you go back to the four congresswomen, the things they’ve said about our country are terrible. What they’ve said about Israel are just terrible.
I don’t know — I can’t say for sure — but certainly a lot of people say they hate our country. And I think it’s a disgrace what they’ve said. I think you can’t talk that way about the United States.
So I think, frankly, to say that about Israel — you know, we just gave the embassy in Jerusalem, making Jerusalem the capital of Israel. I just gave Golan Heights — recognized Golan Heights for Israel. I’ve done all of this for Israel.
And then you have these people — I think that Omar — I find it hard to believe — but I hear Omar today put in, or yesterday put in a sanctions bill against Israel, and other things beyond sanctions. So, when I hear that, you just can’t talk about our country that way. And when people are angry at them, I fully understand them.
Q Mr. President, (inaudible) political feud that you’re having with Congresswoman Omar and the rest of those Democrats, is it a good thing politically for you? Or do you think it turns people off?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know if it’s good or bad politically. I don’t care. But when people are speaking so badly, when they call our country “garbage” — think of that. That’s worse than “deplorable.” When they call our country “garbage,” I don’t care about politics. I don’t care if it’s good or bad about politics. Many people say it’s good. I don’t know if it’s good or bad. I can tell you this: You can’t talk that way about our country, not when I’m the President.
So I think they’ve said horrible things, and they’re anti-Semitic. And if you look at the kind of statements they’ve made about Israel, it’s a disgrace.
Q Mr. President, they have a First Amendment right to say what they want about our country. That’s what the Constitution guarantees. Do you see not agreeing with you as the same thing as hating the country, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, they have First Amendment rights but that doesn’t mean I’m happy about them saying. And when they say bad things about us, we can certainly feel — and again, we have First Amendment rights also — we can certainly feel what and say what we want.
Q What do you mean one or two sanctions this evening?
THE PRESIDENT: Say it, Steve.
Q What do you mean one or two sanctions this evening? What are you talking about — an agreement with the UK? Is that like a mutual defense agreement?
THE PRESIDENT: So we’re going to be speaking with the UK. And this only goes to show what I’m saying about Iran: trouble. Nothing but trouble. And remember this: The agreement — the ridiculous agreement made by President Obama expires in a very short period of time. It was a short-term agreement.
When you’re dealing in countries, you have to deal in 50 years and 100 years. You don’t deal in the short term. That was a ridiculous agreement. And it goes to show you I was right about Iran. And let’s see what happens.
But I know that it’s not an American ship; it’s UK. I guess it could be one, could be two. And we’ll be speaking to them. They have a new prime minister coming soon, and that’s a good thing for the UK.
Q Mr. President, in the past, you said —
THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead.
Q In the past, you’ve said that America is the “laughing stock of the world,” that you don’t believe in American exceptionalism. Why is it okay for you to criticize America but not the Democratic congresswomen?
THE PRESIDENT: I believe all people are great people. I believe everyone is great. But I love our country, and I’m representing our country. And people can’t —
Q But you’ve criticized our country in the past yourself, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: — go around speaking about our country and saying “garbage.” This is the greatest country in the world. We now have the strongest military by far. We had a depleted military when I took over. We spent $716 billion last year; $700 billion the year before. We have a great, powerful military. More powerful than we’ve ever had before. We have the greatest economy on Earth. Not even close.
You can’t speak about our country the way those four congressmen — they said, “garbage.” They say things about Israel that’s so bad I’m not even going to repeat them right now.
They can’t get away with that act. Not the right (inaudible).
Q Mr. President, are you trying to backtrack on disavowing the chant of “send her back,” by saying that these are “incredible patriots” that were chanting?
THE PRESIDENT: These women have said horrible things about our country and the people of our country. Nobody should be able to do that. And if they want to do that, that’s up to them. But I can’t imagine they’re going to do very well at the polls.
And I say this: If the Democrats want to embrace people that hate our country, people that are far — so far-left that nobody has even seen anything like it, if they want to embrace people that are so anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, if they want to do that, that’s up to them. But I don’t have to do that.
I think what they say and what they’ve said is a disgrace to them, to the Democrats, and, frankly, to our country.
Q Mr. President, why did you have a falling out with Jeffrey Epstein? You said you hadn’t talked to him in 10, 15 years.
THE PRESIDENT: A long time ago, yeah.
Q Why not?
THE PRESIDENT: Fifteen years ago, I had a falling out.
Q What happened? Why did you have a falling out?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I didn’t get along with him.
Q Mr. President, can you explain why you were on the phone with Michael Cohen in October of 2015 — with Michael and Hope? Why were you on a phone call? What was that about?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t really know. I’d have to look into it. That’s a long time ago.
Q Are you in favor of banning plastic straws?
THE PRESIDENT: I do think we have bigger problems than plastic straws. You know, it’s interesting about plastic straws: So, you have a little straw, but what about the plates, the wrappers, and everything else that are much bigger and they’re made of the same material?
So, the straws are interesting. Everybody focuses on the straws. There’s a lot of other things to focus on. But it’s an — it’s an interesting question.
Q Secretary Mnuchin (inaudible)?
THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead. Talk up.
Q Secretary Mnuchin just did a phone call with his Chinese counterpart. So how did the phone call go? And will you send him to China to talk?
THE PRESIDENT: Secretary Mnuchin did have a call with the Chinese counterpart. They had a very good talk. We’ll see what happens. We’re dealing with China. We’re doing very well; they are not doing very well. They had the worst year they’ve had in 27 years. And we’re having the best year we ever had. So we’re doing well. But let’s see what happens.
And our farmers are doing very well because I’ve taken some of the billions of dollars of tariffs that we collect from China. We collect billions and billions of dollars of fees and tariffs, and I gave it to our farmers.
Q What did the First Lady and Ivanka advise you about the chant? I know you guys talked about it and —
THE PRESIDENT: False information. It was fake news.
Q You never talked about it with her?
THE PRESIDENT: Nope. We — I talked about it, but they didn’t advise me. They told me, but I didn’t —
Q I’m sorry. What did they say? What did they tell you?
THE PRESIDENT: By the way, what you’re saying — fake news.
Q What did they tell —
Q Rand Paul — what does Rand Paul want to do for you on Iran? Or what do you want him to do?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Rand is a friend of mine, but I have, really, 53 very good friends, and they’re in the Senate.
I also have a lot friends — you saw that the other day when they brought a ridiculous vote up, and only four Republicans out of hundreds voted against. So I have a lot of great friends. I’m 94 percent in the Republican Party approval rating.
Rand is a friend of mine. And Rand asked me if he could involved. The answer is yes. And if other senators ask me to get involved, I’d probably say yes depending on who they were.
We’ll see what happens. But I have many people involved. And Iran is going to work out very nicely. Iran is showing their colors. It’s going to work out very nicely.
Iran is in big trouble right now. Their economy is crashing. It’s coming to a crash. They’re trying to bring soldiers back home because they can’t pay them. A lot of bad things are happening to them. And it’s very easy to straighten out or it’s very easy for us to make it a lot worse.
Q Mr. President, thank you. The chant, “Send her home,” is it racist to you?
THE PRESIDENT: Say it?
Q The chant, “Send her home” —
THE PRESIDENT: No, you know what’s racist to me? When somebody goes out and says the horrible things about our country — the people of our country — that are anti-Semitic, that hate everybody, that speak with scorn and hate. That, to me, is really a very dangerous thing.
I think these four congressmen — and I could say some worse than others — but if you look at the statements they’ve made, when they call the people of our country and our country “garbage,” when they hit Israel the way they’ve hit Israel so hard, so horrible — I think, to me, that’s a disgrace. And we should never forget it. We’re dealing with people that hate our country.
Q Mr. President, are you going to watch — are you going to watch Mueller, Mr. President? Do you plan on watching the Mueller testimony?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t. I don’t.
Q And are you concerned about — Democrats have said they’re going to try to —
THE PRESIDENT: Let me tell you: They had an impeachment vote the other day. Just a big waste of time. It’s a disgrace. No other President should ever have to go through it. And the vote was a totally lopsided vote with many Democrats voting in favor. As far as I’m concerned, they already took their impeachment vote. And the impeachment vote was so lopsided, it was a — it was a massive victory. And you know what? At some point, they have to stop playing games because they’re just playing games.
No, I won’t be watching Muller.
Q Mr. President, a follow-up. Your initiative called “Prosper Africa” was launched. And I have the opportunity to speak to with many African leaders.
THE PRESIDENT: Good.
Q They say that’s a good opportunity for African countries to engage more —
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
Q — and work with the United States. But the President of Zimbabwe, he said that because of the sanctions that U.S. imposed on Zimbabwe, they cannot — it will be hard for them to work for you guys.
THE PRESIDENT: We’re looking at Zimbabwe right now. Go ahead.
Q Mr. President, did the First Lady approve of your tweets about the congresswomen?
THE PRESIDENT: The First Lady feels very strongly about our country. The First Lady thinks that it’s horrible what they’ve said about Israel and horrible what they’ve said about our country — these congresswomen.
They can’t call our country and our people “garbage.” They can’t be anti-Semitic. They can’t talk about “evil Jews,” which is what they say: “evil Jews.” That’s what the First Lady (inaudible).
Thank you. Thank you.
Earlier today, during an informal presser in the Oval Office, President Trump commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In addition to the Apollo event, the president took questions from media. [Video and Transcript below]
[Transcript] PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. Tomorrow is a very big day because tomorrow will represent 50 years from the time we planted a beautiful American flag on the moon. And that was an achievement — possibly, one of the great — considered one of the great achievements ever. And we’re going a lot further now. We’re going to the moon but we’re then going to Mars.
And I think, very importantly — and all of you folks know that, from a standpoint of defense, so important, where we’re going to be doing the Space Force. I assume you guys are all a fan of the Space Force, right? I’d be very surprised if you weren’t. But that’s where it’s at.
We’re going to be doing the Space Force. We’re very close to getting that completed and operating. It’s going to be very exciting. So a lot of things are happening.
We have with us, of course, Buzz Aldrin, who has been an incredible gentleman. I’ve known him for years, for a long time. And we’ve been friends for a long time. But just a fantastic, fantastic man. And Michael Collins, you all know flew Apollo 11 overhead. And it’s Aldrin and Armstrong, they walked on the moon. We have —
MR. COLLINS: Their Den Mother.
THE PRESIDENT: Huh?
MR. COLLINS: Their Den Mother.
THE PRESIDENT: Their Den Mother. Yeah, that’s right. (Laughter.) That’s — and that’s for sure.
And you have Rick Armstrong; his son Mark. It’s just incredible families. These are incredible space families. These are incredible men. And, honestly, I’ve gotten to know some of the women in the family. These are great women, great men. And, frankly, great genes.
But tomorrow is a big day. So tomorrow is a day where 50 years. And we also have Jim Bridenstine, and Jim is the head of NASA, as you know. And NASA has done a whole different — it’s a whole different thing. Jim Bridenstine is somebody that — everybody wanted that job because there’s a love for space that is unparalleled. Mike Pence and myself felt strongly about Jim. We gave him the job, and he’s surpassed many of our expectations. NASA is back.
We’re having rich guys use it and pay us rent. I like that. I almost like that better, Jim, if you want to know the truth. We don’t have to put up so much money. But you’ve been watching a lot of rich guys sending up rockets, and that goes to our credit and it goes to their credit also. But we like it.
And we opened up our fields. When we took it over, they were all covered with grass, and they were broken and they were in bad shape. And NASA — if you look at Kennedy, if you look down in Florida, you look — wherever you want to look, it was not a pretty picture. They were almost, you could say, abandoned, and now they’re in tip-top shape.
And rockets are going up all the time. And we would actually lease rockets from Russia and other countries — but from Russia — to send people up. And we appreciate the whole relationship with Russia, but we’ll be doing it ourselves. We’re in a position that we haven’t been in for many, many years.
And space, to me, is important for defense — and offense, I guess you could say. But space, to me, is very important for defense. It’s not just about going to the moon and going to Mars, because we don’t know what we’re going to find on Mars, but it’s certainly a trip that’s going to be very interesting. To get to Mars, you have to land on the moon, they say. Any way of going directly without landing on the moon? Is that a possibility?
MR. COLLINS: Yes.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: Well, we need to use the moon as a proving ground, because when we go to Mars, we’re going to have to be there for a long period of time, so we need to learn how to live and work on another world.
THE PRESIDENT: So how long a trip to Mars? How long will it take?
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: It’s about a seven-month journey there. The challenge is Earth and Mars are only on the same side of the sun once every 26 months. So we have to be prepared to stay on Mars for long periods of time. We prove that out on the moon, and then we go on to Mars.
THE PRESIDENT: What happens if you miss the timing? They’re in deep trouble?
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: (Laughs.) Well, we’re not going to miss the timing.
THE PRESIDENT: You don’t want to be on that ship.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: No, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: You don’t want to be on the ship.
Go ahead, tell me. What do you think?
MR. ALDRIN: You come back and try it again.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I guess, where you — well, that’s a long time. That’s a long time. How do you feel about?
MR. COLLINS: Mars direct.
THE PRESIDENT: You like direct?
MR. COLLINS: Yes.
THE PRESIDENT: It seems, to me, Mars direct. I mean —
MR. ALDRIN: They’re impatient.
THE PRESIDENT: I mean, who knows better than these people, right? (Laughter.) They’ve been doing this stuff for a long time.
What about the concept of Mars direct?
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: So the challenge is, if we go direct to Mars, there’s going to be a lot of things that we haven’t yet proven out. We need to — think about this: We need to use the resources of another world in order to live and work for long periods of time.
The moon has hundreds of millions of tons of water ice that we discovered back in 2009. Water ice represents life support. It’s air to breathe, it’s water to drink. It’s also rocket fuel — hydrogen and oxygen — the same rocket fuel that powered the space shuttle.
So, it’s available. And hundreds of millions of — there’s — Mr. President, that’s a market. That’s an available market where people — some of these commercial guys are interested in going to the moon to utilize that resource for their own stays on the moon. It could be for tourism. It could be for resources. Potentially even —
THE PRESIDENT: But, Jim, isn’t true they haven’t really landed that close to that portion of the moon that you’re talking about?
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: That’s correct. In the Apollo era, we landed in the equatorial regions. So from 1969, the first landing, up until 2008 and 2009, many people believe the moon was bone dry. Now we know that there’s hundreds of millions of tons of water ice. We need to learn how to use it so we can live and work, and then ultimately that gives us the opportunity to go to Mars.
THE PRESIDENT: So you feel that really landing on the moon first, and figuring it out and getting ready to launch, and you would like to — you really feel launching — you’re essentially launching from the moon to Mars.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: I think, sir, the best way to think about it is we learn how to live and work on the moon, but we launch to Mars from a space station that we have in orbit around the moon — a space station we call Gateway — which gives us access to the moon. But ultimately, it becomes the deep-space transport that takes us to Mars.
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: — which gives us access to the moon. But ultimately, it becomes the deep-space transport that takes us to Mars. With a Gateway, we will have more access to more parts of the solar system with humans than we could ever have otherwise. Because from the moon, it’s very easy, because the moon’s gravity well is small compared to Earth. So what we aggregate at the Gateway enables us to go further.
THE PRESIDENT: Just so you know, Jim Bridenstine, who was a great congressman, who was with me most of the time — (laughter) — not all the time. It was not that easy a decision for me, but that’s okay. You know that. You know what I’m talking about.
And ultimately, once I got to know him and once he got to know me, it was a whole different ballgame. And you’ve done a fantastic job. You really have.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: Sir, I really appreciate it.
THE PRESIDENT: And you love it.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: And, more importantly, he loves it — the reason he’s doing well.
Where’s Mike? Mike Pence. Where is Mike?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Right behind you, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Mike, come here.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: Tell me what you think of the job Jim is doing, what NASA is doing. Tell me. Come on over here. What do you think of the job they’re doing?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Mr. President. And I share your enthusiasm for our NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine. He’s done a phenomenal job really putting into practice your vision for reviving American leadership in human space exploration.
But to be able to be here in the Oval Office with you and the First Lady, with Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins, and the family of Neil Armstrong as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission is — it is very humbling for me. I thank you for your leadership. You revived the National Space Council; you asked us to lead it.
You know, we have really revived American leadership in space. We’re launching a Space Force to make sure that we can defend this nation in the outer reaches of space.
But because of your leadership, I know everyone gathered here — these families, these astronauts — are excited to know that within the next year, we will be able to return American astronauts to space on American rockets, from American soil. And that’s all a result of your leadership. (Applause.) And I want to thank you, Mr. President. And I thank you so much for all you’re doing.
THE PRESIDENT: And maybe you could just — where — just, hold up your hands a little for the media to see, the family of Neil Armstrong. Where — where is — where is our family here?
MR. RICK ARMSTRONG: Over here.
THE PRESIDENT: Come on. Hold up your hands, because we want to just, sort of, segment it —
MR. RICK ARMSTRONG: Over there.
THE PRESIDENT: They’re all sort of one family. What I want you to do — good. Buzz? You’re here.
MR. ALDRIN: I’m here.
THE PRESIDENT: Just introduce your family, please. That’s your family.
MR. ALDRIN: That’s my lovely vice president. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: That’s right. (Laughter.)
MR. ALDRIN: Chief of staff. My family is from Hawaii, to Florida, to Los Angeles.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Well, but they’re watching.
MR. ALDRIN: Oh, yeah, always watching.
THE PRESIDENT: So, do you have any questions, folks? One thing I think before we go, I do want to ask one question of either Mike or Jim. Private guys, wealthy guys, are spending a lot of money with you right now. A lot. I assume they are using the facilities, they’re leasing the facilities, they’re paying money to set off their rockets. You can charge them a lot. They have so much, they don’t know what to do with it. And they like rockets. Thank God I don’t like rockets that much. (Laughter.) I like it — I like it the way we’re doing it.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: But I also like it the way they’re doing it.
How much of the work that you’re doing is privately financed? And — because I see whether it’s Bezos or — I could name many. Okay?
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: You have many involved. How much of the work that you’re doing is private versus government-funded and researched?
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: So, right now, on the International Space Station, we are commercially re-supplying the International Space Station by buying a service from these commercial providers who have invested their own money because they’re looking for markets, they’re looking for business that is not necessarily us, which means our costs go down and our access goes up. But that’s resupply to the International Space Station.
Now we’re doing commercial crew to the International Space Station. And the value is this — and sir, this is — this a public-private partnership, where we’re going to have the opportunity in the future to have NASA be one customer of many customers in a very robust marketplace in low Earth orbit where the costs come down, access goes up.
But we also want to make sure — and this is important — we have numerous providers that are competing against each other on cost and innovation. And as they compete, our costs will continue to go down; access will go up. The goal being we want more access to space than ever before. And that’s ultimately how we’re going to go to the moon, that’s how we’re going to get to Mars. And there are markets out there that are not NASA, and that’s a good thing for our country.
THE PRESIDENT: And what impact are you having on defense? Our defense industry.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: So NASA has a lot of technologies that we develop that the Department of Defense, in fact, takes advantage of. And that goes back to — people remember Alan Shepard launching into space. Well, he launched on an ICBM.
So there’s a lot of back and forth between what NASA does for science and technology and what the Department of Defense does for the national security interests of the country. But you know this, and I’ve been very public about it.
The United States Air Force is an amazing institution. The challenges, their budgets, are pretty steady, and yet the greatest threats that the Air Force deals with are in space and cyberspace. And these are areas where the Air Force is going to run out of capacity, in my view, from a national security perspective.
So we need to take that element and create a separate Space Force where we can organize, train, and equip a cadre of professionals that can keep us safe, from a space perspective. And by doing that, we will have more opportunity to explore space than we otherwise would.
THE PRESIDENT: Great. Fantastic job.
THE PRESIDENT: So, Michael Collins flew Apollo 11. What’s the difference with — it was a long time ago — with that, and let’s say, what they’re doing today? Because you’re abreast of what they’re doing today, Michael.
MR. COLLINS: Well, I think the whole system has advanced a lot more. You were talking a minute ago about private funds, and I think that’s wonderful. The more the merrier. The money that Musk and Bezos are put — take out of their own pocket, they put into the federal kitty, is for all one lump, as far as I’m concerned. Maybe the budgeteers don’t quite agree with that, but I think it’s just the more the merrier. Private funds, appropriated funds, we need them both. And let’s go with both of them.
THE PRESIDENT: So you like that whole concept?
MR. COLLINS: Yes.
THE PRESIDENT: Do you see a big advancement from so many years ago with Apollo 11? Do you see a tremendous advancement when you see what’s happened? Like Elon Musk, I see where his propulsion system has come back to Earth. I had never seen that before. They come back standing up and that means you use them again, I guess. But that was unthinkable a long time ago.
MR. COLLINS: Yes, sir. There was one shot, and they fell into the ocean. A tremendous waste of five good rocket motors for every Saturn V that you send up. I think that is the dramatic new idea, the —
THE PRESIDENT: A dramatic (inaudible).
MR. COLLINS: The reusability.
THE PRESIDENT: Right. Dramatic.
MR. COLLINS: I mean, how many things in our life do we use once and then throw away?
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
MR. COLLINS: Too many. Maybe that reusability doctrine could be a little more widespread in the rest of our economy.
THE PRESIDENT: Very good point. That’s a very good point.
Yes, Mike, go ahead.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: And, Mr. President, just to reinforce your point — where the President signed the Space Policy Directive 1, saying that America was going to return to the moon and then to Mars, as one of our first acts in this administration.
But the President has also taken action to streamline regulations for private space exploration. I mean, what the President’s vision is, is that we will continue to have American leadership in space. Some of that will come from NASA, some of that will come as a part of our national defense. But much of it will come by unleashing the entrepreneurial energy of American space entrepreneurs. And all of it represents, what I know all of these families are excited about, is renewed American leadership in human space exploration. And it all comes to articulating and putting into practice your vision, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Mike.
And, Buzz, maybe say a few words. You’ve been watching the space program very closely. You’ve been watching what we’re doing. And what a career you’ve had. One of the great careers. What would you say?
MR. ALDRIN: Frankly, I’ve been a little disappointed in the last 10 to 15 years. We were able to achieve so much early.
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
MR. ALDRIN: Maybe we — because of conflicts in Southeast Asia we had to terminate the Apollo program —
THE PRESIDENT: They did.
MR. ALDRIN: — and moved on in other directions.
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
MR. ALDRIN: But, in the last 50 years, we had a rocket, the Saturn V —
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
MR. ALDRIN: — and it took a command module — that was my spacecraft — and the lunar module was Neil’s and Mike’s. But we all went together.
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
MR. ALDRIN: Then we got into the lander, and we landed. And we joined up. That was my expertise: rendezvous. And then we came back.
Now, we have the number-one rocket right now in the U.S. and we have the number-one spacecraft, and they cannot get into lunar orbit with significant maneuvering capability.
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
MR. ALDRIN: And that’s a great disappointment to me.
THE PRESIDENT: How do you feel about that, Jim?
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: We’re working on it, as a matter of fact. So, the Orion crew capsule is an amazing crew capsule and we need it to go to the moon within five years, which, of course, is the direction that we’re on right now.
But when we’re there, I think the Gateway, it’s going to attach to a small module in orbit around the moon called the Gateway. Think of it as a small space station.
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: And that’s going to give us what we call, “Delta-v.” That’s that maneuvering capability to go down to low lunar orbit and then back up on a lander. And so those are — those are the pieces of the architecture that we’re working out.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’d like to have you also listen to the other side because some people would like to do it a different way.
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: All right? So, you’ll listen to Buzz and —
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: Always.
THE PRESIDENT: — some of the other people, because they also feel —
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: I mean, I know this has been going on for a little while. And we’re so advanced, but I would like to hear the other side also. Right?
ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE: Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: Okay? I’d like to — maybe say something on behalf of your family. Please. Great family.
MR. RICK ARMSTRONG: Yes, sir. I think the other real benefit of space, that is something that we haven’t talked about now, is the inspiration that it provides for all the kids out there — not just in the U.S., but all around the world — to focus on achieving their dreams, studying science and math and engineering.
And I’ve met — I’ve heard from so many people that have come to me and said, “I was inspired to be what I am because of what I saw in the Apollo program.” And that — the value of that is tremendous. And I think we need more of that.
So I’m really hoping that, you know, days like today will help do that. And with the increased activity in space that we’re all talking about here, will all help that.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, you have a great family. Thank you very much.
MR. RICK ARMSTRONG: Thank you, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: And, you know, one of the things: We’re bringing the glamour back to it because it lost the glamour. It lost everything. If you would have seen these fields when we took over — really, you started about a year, year and a half ago. When we took over, it was unbelievable. It looked like an abandoned town. And now there’s beauty. There’s beauty, and there’s a lot of things happening. A lot of really great things are happening. So we’re very proud of that.
Thank you all very much. We appreciate it. Thank you.
Q A couple of questions. Iran — Iran is —
THE PRESIDENT: Steve, go ahead.
Q Iran is denying that you shot down a drone yesterday. There’s no doubt about that, right? And are —
THE PRESIDENT: No doubt about it, no. We shot it down and — of course, I’m sitting here behind the desk in the Oval Office. But, John, tell me please. John Bolton, you’re there.
AMBASSADOR BOLTON: Yeah, there’s no question that this was an Iranian drone, and the USS Boxer took it out, as the President announced yesterday, because it posed a threat to the ship and its crew. It was entirely the right thing to do.
Q And are you concerned about a broader clash with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz?
THE PRESIDENT: No, not at all. We have the greatest people in the world. We have the great equipment in the world. We have the greatest ships — most deadly ships. We don’t want to have to use them, but they’re the most deadly ships ever conceived.
And we are not — we hope, for their sake, they don’t do anything foolish. If they do, they will pay a price like nobody has ever paid a price. Okay? Thank you.
Q President Trump, you said you were unhappy with the chant. However, the chant was just repeating what you said —
THE PRESIDENT: No. You know what I’m unhappy with?
Q — what you said in your tweet.
THE PRESIDENT: Do you know what I’m un- —
Q Do you take that tweet back?
THE PRESIDENT: Do you know what I’m unhappy with? I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can hate our country. I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things. I’m unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman — in this case, a different congresswoman — can call our country and our people “garbage.” That’s what I’m unhappy with.
Q So you’re not unhappy about the chant?
THE PRESIDENT: Those people in North Carolina — that stadium was packed. It was a record crowd. And I could’ve filled it 10 times, as you know.
Those are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots. But I’m unhappy when a congresswoman goes and said, “I’m going to be the President’s nightmare.” “She’s going to be the President’s nightmare.” She’s lucky to be where she is, let me tell you. And the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country.
Thank you very much, everybody.
Q Is there an update on this A$AP Rocky case?
THE PRESIDENT: A$AP Rocky is a situation in Sweden. Sweden is a great country. And they’re friends of mine — the leadership. And we are going to be calling. We’ll be talking to him. We’ve already started.
And many, many members of the African American community have called me — friends of mine — and said, “Could you help?”
So, I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky, but I can tell you that he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country. And when I say “African American,” I think I can really say “from everybody in this country” because we’re all one.
I have been called by so many people asking me to help A$AP Rocky. Actually, the one who knew about A$AP Rocky was our First Lady. Right? She was telling me about — “Can you help A$AP Rocky?”
Do you want to give a little statement on that? (Laughter.) If you’ll —
THE FIRST LADY: Well, we’re working with State Department and we hope to get him home soon.
THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to see. So we’ve had a very good relationship with Sweden. He’s being held, as you know, in Sweden. And we’ve had a very good relationship in Sweden.
So, that’s pretty much it. Thank you all very much.
Q The debt ceiling? An update —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, hopefully we’re in good shape on the
debt ceiling. The debt — I can’t imagine anybody ever even thinking of using the debt ceiling as a negotiating wager.
When I first came into office, I asked about the debt ceiling. And I understand debt ceilings, and I certainly understand a — the highest-rated credit ever in history in a debt ceiling.
And I said — I remember — to Senator Schumer and to Nancy Pelosi, “Would anybody ever use that to negotiate with?” They said, “Absolutely not.” That’s a sacred element of our country. They can’t use the debt ceiling to negotiate.
And don’t forget: President Obama, during his eight years, he created — he doubled the debt. You take every President — every President prior to President Obama — he then took it and doubled the debt over $10 trillion. Ten trillion, with a “T”, not a “B.” Not a million, not a billion. President Obama put $10 trillion — it doubled the debt. It was at 10, it went to 20, went to even above 20. And some of it is attributed to him, even that I assumed.
So when they start talking about using the debt ceiling as a wedge to negotiate for things that they want, they have told me very strongly they would never use that. That’s — that’s a very, very sacred thing in our country — debt ceiling. We can never play with it. So I would have to assume we’re in great shape.
But just remember also, the previous administration doubled the debt in our country. You take all of the Presidents that came before — doubled the debt from there. It’s a pretty big statement. And certainly, it’s a big statement to be talking about — for that party to be talking about using the debt ceiling. And I don’t think they are. It’s been mentioned, but I don’t think they are. I don’t think anybody would want to play that card.
Steve, go ahead.
Q Boris Johnson, it looks like he’s going to be the next —
THE PRESIDENT: Good.
Q — British Prime Minster. What do you think about him? How — will you be able to work with him?
THE PRESIDENT: I like him. I like Boris Johnson. Boris — I spoke to him yesterday.
Q What about?
THE PRESIDENT: I think he’s going to do a great job. I think we’re going to have a great relationship. I think they’ve done a very poor job with Brexit. I think the previous Prime Minister has done a very bad job with Brexit. What can I say? I mean, it’s a disaster. And it shouldn’t be that way. I think Boris will straighten it out.
I like Boris Johnson. I always have. He’s a different kind of a guy. But they say I’m a different kind of a guy, too. We get along well. I think we’ll have a very good relationship. Thank you.
Q Thank you, sir.
Q President Trump, on Japan and Korea — since you just returned from there — there’s ongoing tension between them.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. There is ongoing tension between Japan and Korea. In fact, the President of Korea asked me if I could get involved. I said, “How many things do I have to get involved in?” I’m involved with North Korea — on helping. You know, I’m involved in so many different things. We just did a trade deal — a great trade deal — with South Korea. But he tells me that they have a lot of friction going on now with respect to trade — primarily with respect to trade.
And Japan has some things that South Korea wants, and he asked me to get involved. So maybe if they would both want me to, I’ll be. It’s like I’m — it’s like a full-time job getting involved between Japan and South Korea.
But I like both leaders. I like President Moon. And you know how I feel about Prime Minister Abe. He’s a very special guy, also.
So if they need me, I’m there. Hopefully they can work it out. But they do have tension, there’s no question about it. Trade tension.
Okay? Thank you. Thank you, everybody.
TRANSCRIPT END – 12:40 P.M. EDT
Armstrong Economics Blog/China
Re-Posted Jul 19, 2019 by Martin Armstrong
They are calling it an unexpected contraction in Singapore’s economy which is in line with our Economic Confidence Model which bottoms in January 2020. In addition, China’s exports have also declined by 1.3% during June. Gross domestic product in export-reliant Singapore declined by a shocking 3.4% in the second quarter from the previous three months. This was the biggest decline since 2012. Everywhere we look, the world economy is following the Economic Confidence Model perfectly. As stated before, the decline would be felt OUTSIDE the USA far more so than within the domestic economy.
Of course, the blame is being laid on Trump citing his US-China trade war is having an impact on Asia, and that includes Singapore’s latest export figures. Singapore saw exports fall for a second month in a row, this time by 17.3% in the month of June compared to a year ago. The economic growth in Singapore declined by 3.4% from the previous quarter. However, the world economy has been turning down before Trump’s trade war as they are calling it. More than 10 years of Quantitative Easing has been unable to restore economic growth, but why look at trends when you can just bash Trump?
The global economy is still headed down into January 2020. Even if there was no trade war, the trend was set in motion from 2015.75. Within weeks of that turn at the peak of this cycle, Merkel began the refugee crisis which has undermined the confidence in Europe and her unilateral actions impacted all of the EU and has led to much discord. Costs of the refugee crisis have lowered economic growth and these people have not contributed to economic growth to any extent to offset the contraction. The negative interest rates have wiped out savers and force retired people back into the workforce just to stay alive. Meanwhile, governments have increased their taxation and nobody respects the fact that retired people are being forced out of their homes as taxes rise. There is no coordination and nobody will look at the whole.
Armstrong Economics Blog/Forecasts
Posted Jul 19, 2019 by Martin Armstrong
QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; It has dawned on me studying Einstein’s General Relativity, that the two of you reached the same realization from different fields. Newton’s laws of gravity were turned upside down by Einstein who rejected Newton that there was a linear formation to space. Einstein came up with the fact that space was curved and that time and space were linked so that time was not the same throughout the universe. In reading the few chapters on the Geometry of Time you handed out at I think was the 2011 WEC, your entire process is also linking the curvature and time albeit from a different observation than Einstein.
Would you elaborate?
ANSWER: According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, massive objects warp the spacetime around them, and the effect a warp has on objects is what we call gravity. So, locally, spacetime is curved around every object with mass. However, what led Einstein to his discovery was the question of free fall. Before I had ever ready Einstein, I was probably about 12 years old and I fell out of a tree and over a cliff falling probably a couple of hundred feet. I was lucky and it was Fall so at the base of the cliff was a mountain of leaves. The leaves broke my fall but my teeth nearly came through my bottom lip. The wind was knocked out of me and my nose was bleeding. I went to my friend’s house nearby and finally got my nose to stop bleeding. I kept tasting blood. I opened my mouth and saw the injury and only then did it start to hurt. It was a good 30 minutes. I went to the hospital and they stitched me up.
Two things dawned on me that day. First, I asked why did my mouth not hurt until I saw I was insured? Secondly, when I was falling, I did not feel like a dead weight, but I felt like I was flying – weightless.
Because of that incident, I came to realize that there was some truth to the saying what you do not know, can’t hurt you. But it also gave me insight into what Einstein was talking about. In the middle of a free fall, you feel weightless as if gravity has canceled itself out. Actually, Aristotle first tried to reason that a heavy object will fall faster than a light object in a free fall. He was incorrect. Galileo was the first to actually get it right. He realized that a falling body picked up speed at a constant rate.Galileo also made the observation that in a vacuum, all bodies fall with the same acceleration. That was a truly astonishing idea. That experiment was carried out on the moon with a hammer and a feather. They both fell to the ground at the same time.
Yes, these things influenced me in seeing what I called the Geometry of Time in how and why do trends unfold and what are their durations? Was there a constant force at work, or were there patterns of time within time? This is an extremely complex subject. Far too much for a blog post. I will publish that work in 2020.
The 2019 U.S. media are akin to the Monty Python “killer rabbit” skit, as every broadcast and print publication runs away from anything that might be adverse to their political interests. Oh noes, run away… run away… Yes, at this point it really is comical.
An armed Antifa terrorist can attempt to use home-made bombs to attack an ICE detention center, get killed in the process, and leave behind a manifesto that actually quotes Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as his motive to stop the “concentration camps”, and the media flee from coverage…. “run away“. Meanwhile the world comes to an end over a Trump tweet with apoplectic wall-to-wall coverage.
The entire landscape of 2019 media is a skit beyond mocking; thus the transparently false story behind the life of Hamasketeer #2, lhan Omar, is yet another visible part of this ridiculous pantomime. It is obvious the story of Omar’s husbro marriage was intended to manipulate the refugee visa program to the benefit of her brother. However, now it surfaces that Omar isn’t even a member of the refugee family she used to escape Somalia:
Steinberg Research Article Here
…’I am legally married to one and culturally to another’… (link)
Representative Ilhan Omar’s visa manipulation by faux-marriage is a process similar to the visa-fraud process used in the San Bernadino terror case involving Syed/Tashfeen Malik, and faux-marriage Tatiana Farook. [Same with Orlando Pulse nightclub terror case involving Omar Mateen and Noor Salman.]
The longer the mainstream media tries to run away from the obvious truth behind the Ilhan Omar refugee/visa scam, the more ridiculous they look doing so.
The UK Daily Mail has already outlined the fraud [SEE HERE], the Star Tribune has already outlined the fraud [SEE HERE], and a host of other research, including documents to evidence the fraud has been brought to light; just like the Powerline Article.
At this point, the media’s refusal to admit Ilhan Omar lied to escape Somalia; and then lied again -via marriage- to get an entry visa for her brother, while being married to another man, just makes the media look even more political and more manipulative.
The end result, this helps frame the truthfulness behind the term “Fake News”.
Earlier today President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence together with their spouses, participated in a presentation ceremony with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The Dutch delegation delivered a U.S flag from D-Day to be displayed at the Smithsonian.
During the event President Trump announced a U.S. military defensive action that resulted in the destroying of a hostile Iranian drone. [Video and Transcript Below]
[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Before I begin, I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today involving USS Boxer, a Navy amphibious assault ship. The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew. The drone was immediately destroyed.
This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities, and interests, and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.
I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait, and to work with us in the future. Thank you very much.
I thought you should you know that.
I’m honored to be here with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands — fantastic country; incredibly successful country — and so many of our Dutch friends who have come with Mark. I want to thank you all for being with us in the East Room of the White House. Thank you all for being here. I appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
Thank you also to Vice President Pence and Acting Secretary of Defense Richard Spencer for joining us. Thank you, Richard, Mike.
Last month, Melania and I traveled to the United Kingdom and France to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Together, we paid tribute to every courageous patriot who fought to liberate Europe from the evil of Nazi rule.
Today, on behalf of the American people, I will receive an American flag that flew aboard a ship carrying the first waves of United States service members to land in Normandy. Seventy-five years after that momentous day — and that is truly a momentous day; one of the most powerful, most important days in the history of our world — it is my honor to welcome this great American flag back home where it belongs.
I want to thank the Prime Minister, as well as U.S. Ambassador Peter Hoekstra. Pete, thank you. Thank you very much, Peter. You’re doing a great job. And Dutch Ambassador Hendrik Schuwer, for being here today and for their devoted efforts to deepen the abiding ties between the United States and the Netherlands. Our relationship has never been closer than it is today.
We are also profoundly moved to be joined by several incredible World War Two veterans who helped defeat the Nazis and save freedom for all humanity.
With us is Jack Goldstein, who served in Europe during the war. Jack? Where’s Jack? (Applause.) Thank you, Jack. Thank you. Thank you very much, Jack. Along with Steven Melnikoff and Harold Angle, both veterans of the Normandy campaign. (Applause.) Thank you very much, fellas. And they went on to fight in the Netherlands. Thank you, fellas. That’s incredible. Thank you all three. You look great. Young guys. (Laughter.) Thank you very much.
This event would not be possible without the extraordinary generosity of the flag’s two donors from the Netherlands: Mr. Bert Kreuk, and his uncle and business partner, Mr. Theo Schols. And I want to thank you very much. Where are they? Thank you very much. That’s great. (Applause.) Very much, thank you.
And thank you for preserving our history and for watching over the immortal legacy of our D-Day heroes. That’s what you did. Thank you. And I know it was expensive. Two rich people, I assume, right? (Laughter.) Huh? I appreciate it. Thank you.
On June 6, 1944, the flag we receive today flew aboard Landing Craft Control 60. And it was approached, and when it approached Utah Beach — I was there very recently with the First Lady, and it was something incredible to see.
Commanding the ship was a young Navy lieutenant, two days shy of his 27th birthday, named Howard Vander Beek. Amid treacherous German minefields, raging winds, and rough seas, Lieutenant Vander Beek and his crew led an astonishing 19 waves of American troops and equipment to those very, very dangerous beaches. Through it all, this flag soared proudly above the waters of the English Channel, announcing the arrival of our American warriors.
After completing his mission on D-Day, Lieutenant Vander Beek took the flag — now bearing the scars of German machinegun fire and stained, all over it, with dirt and diesel and blood. He carried it with him in his backpack for the remainder of the war and kept the flag until his death in 2014.
Soon after, the flag was purchased at auction by Mr. Kreuk and Mr. Schols, whose relatives were among the hundreds of Dutch who perished in the German bombings of Rotterdam in 1940.
These two gentlemen paid half a million dollars to obtain the flag, just so they could return it as a gift to the American people and to the United States of America.
As they explained, they wanted to thank the United States for the extraordinary sacrifice our service members made to liberate their nation and all of Europe in World War Two. So nice. Thank you very much. So nice.
Thousands of Americans gave their lives on D-Day, and many thousands more gave their lives to drive the Nazis from the Netherlands.
Following today’s ceremony, the extraordinary flag will be displayed at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History — and very proudly.
With us this afternoon are Secretary of the Smithsonian, a friend of mine, Lonnie Bunch. Lonnie, thank you very much for being here. (Applause.) And Director of the Museum of American History, Anthea Hartig. Anthea, thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you.
And I know they will take great care of this priceless American artifact. Thank you very much for being here, both. I know they share Mr. Kreuk’s vision for the flag. As he said, it will tell visitors from around the world about the story of freedom.
With their help, this wonderful flag will be preserved forever and ever in American history, as it should be. It will always be a reminder of the supreme sacrifice of our warriors, and the beautiful friendship between the Dutch and the American people.
And now, I would like to introduce a very special man, a man I’ve gotten to know very well during our strong negotiations on trade and our negotiations on the military and NATO and all of the other things we’ve been talking about for so long, it seems like right now. A Prime Minister who is very, very popular in his country. A great gentleman. And you’re going to say a few words, and then Mr. Kreuk and Secretary Bunch will tell us more about the treasured gift that they presented us with.
So I want to thank you all, and God bless America.
Mr. Prime Minister?
Earlier today President Trump and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte held a press availability prior to bilateral discussions. [Video and Transcript]
[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much, everybody. It’s a great honor to be with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. We’ve become friends over the last couple of years.
PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely. Yeah.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’ve had a lot of good conversations. We’re dealing on trade, we’re dealing on military, we’re dealing on intelligence. And the relationship has never been better.
And, Mr. Prime Minister, it’s an honor to have you with us. Thank you very much.
PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Mr. President, thanks again for hosting me. Last year, we had a very good conversation here —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.
PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: — and discussed our two priorities: jobs and how to keep our citizens safe. And today we’ll discuss how to accelerate the implementation of all of that, and particularly the defense agreement we closed.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.
PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: I’m going to Boston — you and I discussed — to bring up the number of Americans in a job from 800,000 to a 1,000,000. So I will be — there’s a big trade (inaudible) in the Boston area, and to try to make next steps in that sense. So that’s very good.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: And a lot of people wouldn’t know that over a million jobs — we think, very shortly, we’ll have over a million jobs having to do with the Netherlands.
PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Indirectly and directly, over a million jobs. That’s —
PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: You (inaudible) a quarter of a million in the Netherlands —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Oh, well, we’re work —
PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: — so we have to bring that number up, too.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’ll work on that.
PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: So thank you very much for being here.
PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you everybody. Thank you very much.
Q Sir, the sanctions —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Steve.
Q Sir, the sanctions on Turkey: Have you ruled out sanctions on Turkey (inaudible) —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’re looking at it. We’re looking at it. Very, very difficult situation for a lot of reasons. Things could have been done better in the pre- — in the previous administration. The previous administration made some very big mistakes with regard to Turkey, and it was too bad.
So we’re looking at it. We’ll see what we do. We haven’t announced that yet.
Q Mr. President, if I could just ask a follow-up question. What would your message be to your supporters who are making that chant? And would you, again, stop them?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, these are people that love our country. I want them to keep loving our country. And I think the congresswomen, by the way, should be more positive than they are. The congresswomen have a lot of problems.
When you look at the statements they made that were so bad and so horrible to our country, you look at what they said, Jon — what they said was something that is — it’s hard to believe that they could make statements like that.
And I could go page over page over page — many, many statements — whether it’s about us, whether it’s about Israel, whether it’s about the World Trade Center, and all of the different things that were said. It was a very terrible thing.
I’m not happy about when I hear a chant like that. And I’ve said that, and I’ve said it very strongly.
But I will tell you, the Congressmen and women also have a big obligation in this country and in every country, frankly. But they have a big obligation. And the obligation is to love your country. There is such hatred. They have such hatred. I’ve seen statements that they made with such hatred toward our country, and I don’t think that’s a good thing. They should embrace our country. They should love our country. And things would be a lot better.
Thank you very much everyone. Thank you.
Q Mr. President, on the JEDI contract with the Pentagon —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: What?
Q With the Pentagon’s JEDI contract, is there any chance that you might intervene in that contract, in that bidding?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Which one is that?
Q It’s the Pentagon’s —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: The Amazon?
Q Correct. The Amazon and Microsoft —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: So, I’m getting tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon. They’re saying it wasn’t competitively bid. This is going on for a long time — I guess, probably, before this administration. And we’re looking at it very seriously.
It’s a very big contract. One of the biggest ever given having to do with the cloud and having to do with a lot of other things.
And we’re getting tremendous, really, complaints from other companies and from great companies. Some of the greatest companies in the world are complaining about it, having to do with Amazon and the Department of Defense.
And I will be asking them to look at it very closely to see what’s going on because I have had very few things where there’s been such complaining. Not only complaining from the media — or at least asking questions about it from the media — but complaining from different companies like Microsoft and Oracle and IBM. Great companies are complaining about it. So we’re going to take a look at it. We’ll take a very strong look at it.
Thank you very much everybody. Thank you.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you. A big event just happened in Iran. A big event. I’ll be talking about it —
Q And what will you be doing about it, sir?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: A big event. A big event.
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