Earlier today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched the first ever national Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT), and DHS Secretary Chad Wolf held a 30 minute press availability (remarks here) to announce the new federal agency.
The DHS press release is HERE and the White House press release is HERE. However, in a stark example of how liberal media refuse to discuss this topic; perhaps motivated to protect their Hollywood allies who participate in sexploitation; and perhaps because major Democrat donors are connected to the human trafficking industry; check out what happens when DHS officials open up the Q&A portion: [36:39 of video – prompted]
Not a single question from the media about the new federal agency. Total silence. Nothing. Not a single question about what is now commonly accepted as a national crisis and modern day slavery. The DC/National media are totally disinterested…. Let that settle in.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Tuesday the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor.
The center, which has been operational since early September, is based in Washington and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a global leader of criminal investigations into human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The center will be staffed with law enforcement officials from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and across DHS, as well as subject matter experts and support staff from 16 DHS components—all focused on the “4 Ps” of the center’s mission: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships.
“Human trafficking is modern day slavery. There is no other way to say it,” said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. “The words are strong because the actions are evil. The forms of exploitation, sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude that constitute human trafficking are antithetical in every way to the principles of human dignity that Americans hold dear. The launch of this Center for Countering Human Trafficking represents the investment of resources, attention, and time by President Trump to combat and dismantle all forms of human trafficking.” (read more)
Tonight President Trump heads to Erie Pennsylvania for a campaign rally at Erie International Airport. Originally First Lady Melania was scheduled to attend, however she has cancelled due to her virus recovery. The anticipated start time is 7:00pm ET [Livestream Links Below]
The new White House communications group is making a big mistake by delaying the uploads of the impromptu pressers. The problem started about two weeks ago, and has continued to worsen. This recent example was from yesterday and took 28 hrs to surface.
In this tarmac presser President Trump outlines how the impromptu pressers are part of his debate prep. He then gives a real-time example. WATCH:
[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. You know our senator. You know our governor. They’re great — both of them. And they’re doing a terrific job.
We have a big — two speeches today. And we have thousands and thousands of people waiting. There’s never been anything like this, I will say that, with — I’m being very humble. I’ll say that, Jeff. Is that okay? But there’s never been anything like it. We have tremendous crowds. You saw the lines. They formed two days ago.
So we’re going to make two stops. And you’re going to be with us a little bit, and I know you’re going to be with us a little bit.
And we have a very exciting election coming up. We’re doing very well in North Carolina, very well in Florida, very well pretty much everywhere. We’re looking — we’re doing very well. And when people find out really what we’ve done and how good the economy is and how it’s coming back, the numbers are fantastic. So we — we seem to be in very good shape.
Q Stimulus. Can you give us the latest on stimulus talks? On stimulus talks.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, we’re having talks today. We’re discussing it today, very solidly. We’ll see what happens.
Q Have you talked with Leader McConnell?
THE PRESIDENT: Nancy Pelosi, at this moment, does not want to do anything that’s going to affect the election. And I think it will affect the election negatively for her.
So we’ll see what happens. But there are talks going on as we speak.
Q Have you talked with Leader McConnell about this?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t want to comment on that. But the Republicans will come along.
Q Mr. President, why did you criticize Dr. Fauci? Does it have anything to do with his high standing in public sentiment?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I think, really, Dr. Fauci is a very nice man, but we let him do what he wants to do. He gets a lot of television. He loves being on television, and we let him do it. Sometimes he says things that are a little bit off, and they get built up, unfortunately.
But he’s a nice guy. I like him. But he’s called a lot of bad calls. He said don’t wear a mask and he said don’t ban China. They were bad calls. He admits that. And I don’t hold that against him. If I did, I wouldn’t have him. I think he’s a nice a guy.
Q Why don’t you fire him?
THE PRESIDENT: Huh?
Q Why not fire him?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t want to. I don’t want to hurt him. He’s been there for about 350 years. I don’t want to hurt him.
Q You’ve been saying that Dr. Fauci said not to wear a mask, but he’s been saying to wear a mask for months.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, he used to say don’t wear a mask. So, you know, you have people on both sides of it. But I’m okay —
Q So why are you still quoting that?
THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me. I’m okay with masks. I like it. I think it’s good. A lot of people like it. This gentleman has done an incredible job in Arizona, and he’s taken a very tough stand. But he’s let his economy grow. And, frankly, if they would’ve done that in Michigan and various other places, where the governor just shut it down for everybody except for her husband.
His attitude — you know, they had a spike, and he let the spike play. And they were careful. And now your state is really in great shape.
GOVERNOR DUCEY: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: What a job. So proud of him.
Q Your Chief of Staff said today that there will be a lawsuit filed on Section 230 on the tech companies. Is it your —
THE PRESIDENT: Who said that? Who said that?
Q Mark Meadows said that, as soon as today, there could be a lawsuit filed.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know —
Q Is that from the White House?
THE PRESIDENT: — they’ve given — they’ve been given great protection. And when they take down people like Charlie Kirk — you know, Charlie Kirk is a terrific person. And I was — I just heard that he was taken down. And how can you take down Charlie Kirk? He’s mainstream conservative but solid as a rock. He represents a point of view, and he’s putting up something from the New York Post, which is a respected newspaper. I’ll tell you what: The biggest winner in this whole thing is a newspaper called the New York Post, the oldest paper in our country.
So what they have done is really — I’m very proud of them.
Q Are you filing a lawsuit? Or is the campaign filing a lawsuit?
THE PRESIDENT: You’ll be seeing very soon.
Q Mr. President, do you understand that when it comes to the science and a new virus, things change; scientists learn new things and that’s why Fauci and some scientists changed their recommendations?
THE PRESIDENT: You don’t understand. I understand well. You don’t understand, and you never have understood.
Q Is this election going to be a repeat of 2016, given the polls?
THE PRESIDENT: I think so. I think we’ll do better than 2016. We’re way ahead of where we were in 2016, and I’ve done things that nobody has ever done. We built the greatest economy in the world, and we’re building it rapidly again.
If you look at Arizona — you look at the job they’ve done. And I’m just leaving other states. I mean, every one of these Republican-run states are doing phenomenally. The Democrat-run states are not, but they’re not going to affect our numbers very much. I think they’re going to open up on November 4th. They’ll be opening up on November 4th.
And, by the way, the fact that Kristen Welker is, you know, a dyed-in-the-wool radical-left Democrat, or whatever she is —
Q It’s not true, Mr. President, and you know it.
Q That’s not true.
THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Okay. And then ask — why are you defending her?
Q That’s not true, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Then ask her: Why did she delete her account? Would you please have her put her account back?
Q Mr. President, you’ve dealt with her, and you know she’s a fine journalist.
THE PRESIDENT: And you know what? It’s not going to affect — I know you want to stick up. It’s not going to affect me. I’m going to be there. But, you know, I told you about the last one, and I was right. And I told you about Savannah Guthrie, and I was right. And I’m telling you about Kristen Welker. Kristen Welker should put all of her statements back on. She deleted her entire account. She shouldn’t do that.
Q What are they going to do with the mics? Are they trying to have —
THE PRESIDENT: The what?
Q Are they trying to have the moderator be able to turn off the mics? Is that what —
THE PRESIDENT: I have no idea.
Q Mr. President, what are you doing to prepare for the debate, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: I’m doing this.
THE PRESIDENT: What am I doing to prepare? I’m doing this. I’ve done — I’ve done very well in debates. And, you know, you do what you do. You just do what you do.
The last debate, I had two on one. I usually have two on one, at least. And I did well in the last debate, and we did well with Savannah Guthrie, based on reports. But all you can do is — look, you know, you go around; we do interviews with you. This is like — I call this “debate prep.” This is actually tougher than a debate, if you want to know the truth.
Q Will you do the testing before the debate? And will you authorize your —
THE PRESIDENT: Say it?
Q Will you do the testing before the debate? And will you au- —
THE PRESIDENT: The testing?
Q Yes, the COVID testing. Will you authorize your doctors to tell us when —
THE PRESIDENT: Sure. I would have no problem with it.
Q — the last negative before you —
THE PRESIDENT: I’m — not only am I free — positive, or whatever — what would you call it? I’m totally free. Right? Not only am I free, I’m immune, they say. They say if you’ve had it, you’re immune. Now, the question is, are you immune for four months or for the rest of your life? That’s the only thing we don’t know.
Q Will you authorize your doctors to tell you when you tested negative last, before the last event?
THE PRESIDENT: Sure. Is that very important to you?
Q Yes, sir, it is.
THE PRESIDENT: You seem to be so intent. But if it’s so important to you — why is it so important to you?
Q Because we want to know how long you may have been —
THE PRESIDENT: I know. But why? Why?
Q We want to know if you followed the rules from the debate commission.
THE PRESIDENT: I know. But why is it so important to you?
Q Will you authorize your doctors to release that information?
THE PRESIDENT: Look at the dedication. Yeah, my doctors have already given it. You know, my doctors have given more information than has been given on any human being in the history of the world.
Q But have not given that detail, Mr. President.
Q Mr. President, can you tell us why — what your campaign strategy seems to be to call Biden a “criminal”? Why is that?
THE PRESIDENT: He is a criminal. He’s a criminal. He got caught —
Q He was the Vice President of the United States.
THE PRESIDENT: Read his laptop. And you know who’s a criminal? You’re a criminal for not reporting it. You are a criminal for not reporting it.
Q I’m asking your strategy.
THE PRESIDENT: Let me tell you something: Joe Biden is a criminal, and he’s been a criminal for a long time. And you’re a criminal, and the media, for not reporting it. Good luck, everybody. Have a good time. Have a good time.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the full senate vote for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, will take place next Monday October 26. The nomination is expected to be voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Tuesday that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, Oct. 26.
With a 53-47 majority, and just two Republican senators opposed, Trump’s nominee is on a glide path to confirmation that will seal a conservative hold on the court for years to come.
Without the votes to stop Barrett’s ascent, Democrats have few options left. They are searching for two more GOP senators to break ranks and halt confirmation, but that seems unlikely. Never before as a court nominee been voted on so close to a presidential election.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer decried what he called the “farcical” process to “jam” through Trump’s choice, even as the coronavirus outbreak sidelined GOP senators. (more)
After spending the day in south Florida (Miami), southwest Florida (Fort Myers), and then central Florida (Ocala), President Trump heads to Macon Georgia for a campaign rally to finish off the day. Anticipated start time 7:00pm EDT [Livestream links below]
Former Toys ‘R’ Us Chairman and CEO and Storch Advisors CEO Gerald Storch, appears on Fox Business to discuss today’s remarkable retail sales data. Storch rightly notes the September year-over-year spending was a whopping 8 percent on durable goods.
This outcome foretells good news for the holiday shopping season… except, as I noted, there is a slight issue. None of the current on-hand inventories are enough to fulfill demand for a big holiday shopping season. Hence, my advice – buy early, buy now.
The September retail sales show it’s a super-V recovery folks. According to Census Retail data released today [LINK HERE] – [PDF HERE] September retail sales jumped 1.9 percent, that result is triple what forecasters and economists had projected. However, the data is even better. Need more winnamins !
A September 2020 comparison to September 2019 shows last month’s retail sales jumped a whopping 5.4 percent year-over-year. That means last month saw consumer spending 5.4% higher than consumer spending before COVID-19 hit the U.S. economy. Keep in mind two-thirds of U.S. GDP is driven by retail sales and consumer spending.
Reuters is absolutely apoplectic with disappointment because their forecasters were only looking for 0.7 percent growth, and the 1.9 percent result is almost triple their expectations. Despite missing the forecast, Reuters doubles-down on a “dark cloud” narrative and sells a doomsayer message because the globalists/multinationals are sad.
(Reuters) […] Retail sales jumped 1.9% last month as consumers bought motor vehicles and clothing, dined out and splashed out on hobbies. That followed an unrevised 0.6% increase in August.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales would rise 0.7% in September.
[…] Retail sales have bounced back above their February level, with the pandemic boosting demand for goods that complement life at home, including furniture and electronics. An aversion to public transportation has boosted motor vehicle purchases. Retail sales rose 5.4% on a year-on-year basis in September. (link)
Go read the Reuters analysis and you’ll see they are doomsaying, under the auspices that more stimulus spending is needed or the economy will collapse. Nonsense. The data is the data… and the data tells a stunningly good story that totally aligns with what I have witnessed in all of my recent travels.
Yes, some more very narrowly targeted and specifically tailored recovery spending is wise and appropriate; but a massive spending package is not needed unless we are talking about the politics of it. Politically putting money in the hands of workers/consumers is a good move…. but our economic position is not contingent upon it. The economic engine has restarted and is firing strong; more government spending is pure nitrous now.
(Via Associated Press) […] “We’re optimistic about the prospects for a strong holiday season, as people want something to look forward to and bring joy to their lives,” Shay said. “While it’s been a challenging year for everyone, there’s been an enormous amount of innovation within the retail industry and retailers have demonstrated that we can keep the economy open and operating safely.”
“Retail sales are continuing to build on the momentum we’ve seen through the summer and have been boosted by an improving labor market, a rebound in consumer confidence and elevated savings,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “A significant number of people remain unemployed, but more are going back to work and that makes them confident about spending.
September retail sales reflect the support of government measures and elevated savings that is being spent now that consumers are shopping again. With less spending on personal services such as travel and entertainment outside the home, some of that money is shifting to retail cash registers. All in all, these numbers and other economic data show the nation’s economy remains on its recovery path.” (more)
As many of you know I have been traveling extensively throughout the country as I continue to brief groups on background DC, DOJ and FBI information from my years of research. During these travels I make a point to visit sector-specific businesses to inquire about their economic and business growth status.
The disconnect amid a ground reality compared to business reporting and financial media is actually stunning. However, perhaps that is because my physical ‘on-the-ground’ inquires and reports are ahead of the natural lag in the economic data rolling up to the accounting level. Here’s what I can tell you with absolute certainty.
The amount of heavy equipment, industrial equipment, hardware and goods being moved around the country is more than I have ever witnessed or seen in decades of travel. The mid-west, mid-atlantic, southeast, and more specifically the south in general, has more haulers and semi-trucks on the road than I have ever witnessed…. ever…. by a substantial margin. The same is true for rail freight and cargo vessels.
Regardless of what financial pundits and economic media might be saying, the underlying economic activity in the U.S. right now is explosive and moving at a much more rapid pace than before the COVID crisis. Regionally, business owners and operators all report the same thing, and the same need for a larger workforce. All of them are hiring; however, some sector specifics and regional specifics are much more intense.
So here’s my final data-driven tip and prediction for you this year. Do not share it with anyone except your closest family and friends:
#1 – There will be a severe shortage of holiday gift items for purchasing this holiday season; a severe shortage. Make your list of presents now; and go buy them as soon as possible. Trust me on this… stuff will be scarce and you will not be able to find in mid-late November and/or December. Demand will be off-the-charts.
#2 – There will be a severe shortage of staple food items for holiday meal cooking. If you do cooking or baking for your family this year, buy your shelf-stable items early. Purchase your ingredients and shelf-stable food and beverage items early.
Wait for the fresh product purchases as normal, those are unaffected. However, the side items and shelf-stable food products (flour, sugars, dry spices, condiments, dried fruits etc.) will be in very limited supply.
In all consumer purchase sectors existing inventories are already too low to support the normal holiday demand..
Purchase early and avoid the panic. You will be a hero for your family.
The third quarter (July, Aug, Sept) GDP figures, which will be released on the last Friday in this month, are going to be record-breaking.
I do not blame a single voter for tuning out this type of political messaging… At this point the people defined as “patriots” sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher echoing in a forest. There is a simple issue that everyone, including Ric Grenell, avoid because they worry about their own financial interests and ongoing image.
That issue is an admission that *CURRENT* cabinet members, *CURRENT* officials, *Current* republicans in congress, and *CURRENT* inspectors’ general, are participants in the attempted overthrow of the United States office of the presidency.
Unless and until that reality is admitted, all these words are barking at trees
The office of the president is trapped on the roof. The firefighters set the blaze. The firefighters are the arsonists. The municipal fire hydrants are filled with gasoline.
There are no “honorable rank-and-file” in/around Washington DC. There are no DC interests, including conservatives within the DC media apparatus, willing to participate in the disassembly of the institutional DC system of politics. That system is their livelihood.