President Trump and First Lady Melania Participate in D-Day Flag Presentation – (Video and Transcript)…


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]

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[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?

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President Trump Hosts Prime Minister Rutte of The Netherlands – (Video and Transcript)…


Earlier today President Trump and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte held a press availability prior to bilateral discussions.  [Video and Transcript]

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[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.

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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.

Q (Inaudible.)

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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President Trump Delivers Oval Office Remarks Celebrating 2019 Special Olympics Team – (Video and Transcript)…


Yes, this is today’s media event where remarks by President Trump are grabbing all the media headlines and attention.

President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence celebrate the 2019 Special Olympics Team USA in the Oval Office [Video and Transcript]

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Well, I want to thank you all for being here. This is special for me and special for the First Lady because this is the Special Olympics.

And, I have to say, Vice President Pence and Karen Pence have been so involved. And because she does such a job with so many things, I’ve asked Karen Pence to represent our government and our country on Special Olympics. And we have a lot of the great champions here. We have some of the winners. They won, and they came in a couple of seconds and a couple of thirds, but a lot of first places. And we did fantastically well in the Special Olympics.

And I’d like to have Karen Pence say a few words. You have done a fantastic job, and we appreciate it.

MRS. PENCE: Well, thank you, Mr. President. And thank you for asking me to lead the delegation. This was probably the highest honor I will ever have as Second Lady.

And you have here, represented — you have representatives from Special Olympics, but you also have coaches here. You have unified athletes and you have Special Olympics athletes here. And they represent several different sports. And we’re just so proud of all of them.

We’ve become close friends. I got to see them at the Winter Games and then I got to see them again at the Summer Games. And it’s so great to see the familiar faces.

But one of the great things that I think the President needs to know about all of you is that you are such good representatives of our country. They have made friends with other athletes all over the world. And they stay in touch all the time. And you are really adding to the diplomacy that the United States has.

You make us so proud — not just for your athletic prowess, but for the way you represent our country and the way you reach out to other nations and other athletes. And it was such a privilege to be able to be here with all of you today.

And I don’t know if Mary Davis — the President wondered if you could say a few words since you’re the CEO of the Special Olympics.

MS. DAVIS: Sure, Mrs. Pence. Thank you so much for the opportunity, President.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

MS. DAVIS: I know our athletes are absolutely thrilled to be here. We create an environment every single day in Special Olympics so that our athletes can be the very best they can be. And we also create an environment so that the rest of the world can understand their abilities and their courage and their strength and their determination and so that they will be more accepting and we can build a more inclusive community and world.

And we were so fortunate to have the Games hosted in Abu Dhabi. And the ambassador is here, I know, today. And they’ve just been incredibly supportive of our efforts, and so have you. And in doing this, you are all creating a more inclusive world for everybody.

Thank you —

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

MS. DAVIS: — for Mrs. Pence being here. I’ve been at the World Games in Austria and also in Abu Dhabi. We just had a blast; we had a great time. She saw soccer, she saw bocce. (Laughter.)

MRS. PENCE: (Laughs.) Yeah.

MS. DAVIS: Not golf, mind you, but — (laughter) — all the other things. And it was a great experience. And you can see the faces of our athletes, proudly wearing their medals, standing tall. And —

THE PRESIDENT: Right. All of you are fantastic. Just fantastic.

MS. DAVIS: — it’s all through opportunity. So, thank you for your support.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, Mary, thank you. And you did a fantastic job. It was a great success.

Where is the ambassador? Where is the ambassador?

Mr. Ambassador, you don’t have to stand there. (Laughter.) Come on up. Would you like to say a few words? You’ve done a fantastic job — your country has — and it was a great Special Olympics. So thank you very much.

AMBASSADOR AL OTAIBA: Thank you, sir. It was just really an honor to host it. And these athletes represented the country very well. And the UAE not just was honored, it was happy, it was proud. The people in the country were actually joyful for the entire week that this was going on. We were worried that we weren’t going to have enough volunteers; we ended up having 21,000 volunteers sign up for the event.

So it was just a reflection of how well it went.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s fantastic, isn’t it? Right? Wow. Congratulations. Say hello to all the folks.

AMBASSADOR AL OTAIBA: Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Our friends, right? Great friends. Great friendship. Thank you very much.

Well, I just want to congratulate every — I mean, what you’ve done is incredible. Bringing home all those medals. How did you feel about winning? How did you feel?

MS. CAMERON: I did good. I did five — over five time — — five times over.

THE PRESIDENT: Whoa. (Laughter.) That’s not bad, huh? (Applause.)

MS. CAMERON: I did — I did fourth — fourth place.

THE PRESIDENT: Right. Very good. Thank you very much.

MRS. PENCE: But, Mr. President, Jane was telling us beforehand — we were waiting in the Roosevelt Room — she was sharing that she was so excited that her dad and she both have the same color hair as you. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Wow.

MS. CAMERON: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, wow.

MRS. PENCE: Pretty proud of that.

THE PRESIDENT: I hope he has a beautiful head of hair like me. (Laughter.) Maybe it’s better.

MS. CAMERON: But my dad (inaudible) hair.

THE PRESIDENT: He likes the hair. (Laughter.) That’s very interesting. I’m going to have to think about that. (Laughter.) Thank you. Say hello to your dad, right?

MS. CAMERON: No. I’ll tell you why.

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead.

MS. CAMERON: My dad died.

THE PRESIDENT: Ooh.

MS. CAMERON: And my mom too.

THE PRESIDENT: When did your dad die?

MS. CAMERON: (Inaudible) home.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s too bad.

MS. CAMERON: And my mom too.

THE PRESIDENT: And you loved them both, right?

MS. CAMERON: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s good. And they’re proud of you, you know? They’re looking down right now, because you’re in the Oval Office. This is the big stuff, right? You’re in the Oval Office, and they’re looking down on you and they see gold, right? That’s gold.

MS. CAMERON: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s really something. And they’re very proud of you, right?

MS. CAMERON: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: So, congratulations.

MS. CAMERON: Thanks.

THE PRESIDENT: Who would like to say? Would you like to say something? Anybody? On your great victory?

MRS PENCE: Well, I think you should tell about your special accomplishment. (Applause.)

MR. MILLETT: On behalf of Special Olympics (inaudible) — we have 15 total. We’re (inaudible) to be here in this great room. It’s a great honor and privilege to be here.

My shot was okay. It was three-fourths shot at the end of the game. It was swish. It went viral. It really (inaudible). (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: It was? It was (inaudible).

MR. MILLETT: Yeah, it went viral.

Yes, so thank you for the honor to be here.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

MR. MILLETT: This is a once in a lifetime. So we appreciate all you do for Special Olympics. And we —

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

MR. MILLETT: — say thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Very proud of you. Thank you very much. That’s great. That is really — how about over here? Anybody want to say something about your great victory?

MS. RODRIGUES: I’m Delina. I’m a powerlifter and I won gold overall. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: You did? (Inaudible.) Let me see. Excellent. Yeah, I can see that. (Laughter.) So how much — how much did you lift?

MS. RODRIGUES: I’d say 120.

THE PRESIDENT: Wow. I can’t lift to 120. (Laughter.) That’s fantastic.

MS. RODRIGUES: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: I can see that. Thank you.

Go ahead.

MR. SPAETH: I do track. I’m from Greensboro, North Carolina.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s fantastic. (Applause.) I just left — I just left North Carolina. That’s a great state. It’s a great — they’re great people. Great state. I just left. I just got back. I got back late last night from North Carolina.

MS. CAMERON: Okay!

THE PRESIDENT: Right? Good, right?

MS. CAMERON: Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s —

MS. CAMERON: I see you on TV. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: You saw me on TV?

MS. CAMERON: Yes, I did.

THE PRESIDENT: Did you like it?

MS. CAMERON: Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: Did you like — see? That’s good.

MS. CAMERON: I did.

THE PRESIDENT: Boy, that was good. And I didn’t — I didn’t pay for that. (Laughter.) I didn’t pay — I didn’t pay for that, Jon.

But listen, just on behalf of Karen Pence; Mike Pence, our Vice President; Melania, First Lady; and everybody here — and, Mary, I want to thank you for doing a fantastic job. Karen, I want to thank you for doing an incredible job. You work so hard.

MRS. PENCE: Well, thank you, Mr. President, for restoring funding for Special Olympics. We are very, very grateful. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you very much.

Q Mr. President, if I may —

MR. MILLETT: Mr. President, we have a —

Q Mr. President, Mr. President, if I may —

THE PRESIDENT: Jon, excuse me.

Go ahead.

MR. MILLETT: Mr. President, we have a shirt we’d like to give you. Mr. Vice President, I have a shirt we’d like to give you.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, that’s very nice.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: (Inaudible) give it to the President.

MR. MILLETT: Yep. She has it.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, that’s beautiful. Thank you.

MR. MILLETT: I have your —

We all signed it.

THE PRESIDENT: Wow. All signed. Thank you so much.

MR. MILLETT: Thank you very much, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

Okay, thank you.

Thank you, darling. Appreciate it.

MS. RODRIGUES: No problem.

THE PRESIDENT: No problem is right. (Laughter.)

Yes.

Q And, Mr. President, if I may, when your supporters last night were shouting — chanting, “Send her back,” why didn’t you stop them? Why didn’t you ask them to stop saying that?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, number one, I think I did. I started speaking very quickly. It really was a loud — I disagree with it, by the way. But it was quite a chant. And I felt a little bit badly about it. But I will say this: I did, and I started speaking very quickly. But it started up rather — rather fast, as you probably noticed.

Q So you’ll tell your supporters never to say it again?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I would say that —

Q That that is —

THE PRESIDENT: — I was not happy with it. I disagreed with it. But again, I didn’t say — I didn’t say that; they did. But I disagree with it.

Q But they were echoing what you said in your first tweet, that they should “go back.”

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don’t think — if you examine it, I don’t think you’ll find that. But I disagree with it.

Anybody else?

Q Why did you decline the NAACP’s invitation to be part of the presidential forum next week?

THE PRESIDENT: Because we had a date set and then they wanted to change the date. And they wanted to do it within the form of an interview. I had agreed to make a speech. I would have loved to have made a speech to the NAACP.

We have, as you know, record unemployment numbers — the lowest in the history of our country. We have — the poverty numbers — it’s a poverty scale — and the African Americans doing the best that they’ve ever done in the history of our country. We have something to be very proud of. I mean, really proud of.

I was going over with Mike, before, some of the numbers having to do with the African American community. It’s the best numbers we’ve ever had.

I very much wanted to go, but we had a date; the date got changed. And unfortunately, they wanted to do it in the form of a question and answer. I think you were going to be, possibly, the person asking the question.

Q I am the moderator.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I mean, so —

Q And they say —

THE PRESIDENT: — maybe you could answer the question better than me.

Yes, go ahead.

Q Mr. President, will you appoint Senator Rand Paul as your emissary to Iran, as it was reported?

THE PRESIDENT: No. I don’t know anything about that other than I have spoken to Senator Paul. And Senator Paul is somebody I have a very good relationship with. And I would listen to him. But I didn’t appoint him, no. When did this come up?
Q Yesterday or the day before.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. No. He’s somebody that I listen to. I respect Senator Paul. And if he had some ideas, I’d listen.

I will say that Iran is a much different country right now. When I took over, and Mike and I came into office, Iran was the scourge of the world. They were doing 14 different sites of confliction. They were fighting and causing problems in Yemen and Syria and Iraq and all over. It’s a much different country right now. And you look at what’s happening. You look at them pulling back. And they’re not pulling back because they love us; they’re pulling back because they don’t have money.

They’re being hurt very badly by sanctions. And I hope that doesn’t happen for long because I hope they’re able to straighten it out. It can happen very quickly. But if you look at the original President Obama deal, it was a disaster from many standpoints, but almost, most importantly, because it was going to be ending very shortly.

You know, it’s a very short-term deal. And you can’t have a short-term deal for a country. You need 100-year deal. You don’t need a short-term. In a few years, literally — in a few years they would be on their way to a nuclear weapon. That’s unacceptable.

Plus, they can’t do ballistic missiles, and the deal allows them to do ballistic missiles. And we have to look other sites. The best — the most important site we we’re not allowed to go in and look at. What kind of a deal is that? And other things. And many other things.

So Iran is not the same country. They have inflation now at 75 percent. They’re having tremendous problems within the country. They’re selling very little oil. We have an embargo. We have a stop on oil. Even the European countries are now agreeing with me. You see they’re coming over. And they’re coming over very strong.

It’s very sad what happened to Iran. All we want to do is have a fair deal. The deal that was made was a bad deal. It was not approved by Congress. A lot of problems with the deal that was made. And we can do something quickly, or we can take our time. I’m in no rush. I’m in no rush.

Q Mr. President, are you concerned that your supporters chanting, you know, “Send her back” puts Representative Omar or these other representatives in danger?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I have tremendous support. And I wasn’t happy with that message that they gave last night. But that was a packed arena. We could’ve sold the arena. We could’ve sold 10 of those arenas last night. There were tremendous numbers of people that couldn’t get in. We had, outside, thousands and thousands of people. We had thousands and thousands of people that wanted to come, and we said, “Please don’t come.” It held 10,000 people. It was packed. We could’ve sold that arena 10 times.

There’s tremendous support for the Republican Party. There’s tremendous support for this team — for the President, for the Vice President. We have tremendous support, maybe like nobody has seen in a long time. There’s great energy. I say there’s far more energy on the right than there is on the left. I mean, I hear about the left; all I see is the left is fighting all over the place. I think we have far more support than they do, and I think we have far more energy than they do. And we’re going to have a very interesting election.

But I was not happy when I heard that chant.

Thank you every- — thank you very much everybody.

Q Mr. President, why did they do it? Why did they do it, if not responding to —

THE PRESIDENT: You’d have to ask them, Jon.

What I would suggest as — I was not happy with it. But what I would suggest: You go there, go to North Carolina, and you ask the people why did they say that. But that’s what they said. That’s what they —

Q But you’ll stop them if they try to do it again?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I didn’t like that they did it. And I started speaking very quickly. I could have — I could have stood —

Q You let it play out for several seconds.

THE PRESIDENT: Really? If you would have heard, there was tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else. I started very quickly. And I think you know that.

Q That chant went on for —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, maybe you’re giving me too much credit. You’re used to giving me too much credit.

Thank you, everybody.

Q Will you stop it next time, Mr. President? Will you stop it the next time?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. I will try. I would certainly try, yeah.

Q Thank you.

Q Mr. President, on the debt ceiling —

THE PRESIDENT: We’re working on the debt ceiling.

Q Are you close?

THE PRESIDENT: Don’t forget, you know, the debt under President Obama added more debt than every President put together. So you’re talking about a debt ceiling: President Obama added $10 trillion during his eight years. He doubled the debt. He added more debt than every President — every single President put together. President Obama doubled — more than doubled the debt.

So we’re talking about a debt ceiling. The previous President doubled the debt. And that’s what we get stuck with. That’s the way it is, folks.

Thank you very much.

Q Are there sanctions — sanctions on Turkey that you’re anticipating?

THE PRESIDENT: No, we’re not looking at that right now. No.

Thank you everybody. Thank you.

Q Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

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MAGAnomics – BLS Wage Report – Second Quarter Wage Growth 3.7 Percent Year-Over-Year….


The Bureau of Labor Statistics has presented the data for second quarter (Q2) year-over-year wage growth.  Average weekly wage growth is 3.7% year-over-year.

[Source, BLS release Q2 – Table 2]

With inflation (CPI) averaging 1.8% over the same period this means wages are strongly outpacing inflation and increasing the disposable income of U.S. workers.  This data-set, combined with positive consumer sentiment on job and economic security, bolsters the recent report showing “unanticipated” strength in retail sales.

The data is a reflection of Main Street strength. The job market is hot; wages are rising (3.7%) much faster than inflation (1.8%); the middle class has more disposable income. Hence, retail sales growth is strong at 3.8 percent.

Mitch McConnell Discusses Debt Ceiling, Budget and Possible Government Shutdown….


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears on Fox Business News with Maria Bartiromo to discuss President Trump, the Democratic Party’s shift to the left, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comments, the budget battle, China trade tensions and issues with Iran.

President Trump Impromptu Presser Departing White House…


Chopper pressers are the best pressers.  President Trump delivers remarks to the press pool as he departs the White House for a rally in North Carolina.

[Video below, transcript will follow]

Must Watch MAGAnomic Overview – Navarro Outlines Trump Economic Roadmap…


Excellent interview by Charles Payne as White House Manufacturing Policy Advisor Peter Navarro outlines how the strategic road map of MAGAnomics is converging.  If you want to see the future, listen to how Navarro outlines what’s coming.

The six MAGAnomic components to pay attention to include: ♦changes to the Universal Postal Union (UPU); ♦HUD Opportunity Zones; ♦America First raw material policy for infrastructure; ♦retail sales strength; ♦the current status of the U.S-China negotiations; and ♦the USMCA ratification.

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♦The UPU was one of those archaic policy issues set-up with good intentions, and then maintained by ‘stupid’ politicians well after it should have been renegotiated.  It’s good to hear that mess is coming to an end in October.

♦The Opportunity Zones is a huge internal growth program. President Trump has positioned a federal tax abatement program for money used to invest in revitalizing urban zones. Corporations can now bring back money into the U.S. and position themselves to gain from domestic investment.

The opportunity zone private investment means municipal money to improve infrastructure without the need for federal dollars. Additionally, those areas then get the benefit of new development and building. This is one of the reasons why people living in urban areas are seeing massive increases in the value of their homes and property. Hundreds of billions in tax incentives pouring into areas where some of the most previously disenfranchised voting groups live.  This program is transformative.

♦The intransigent state of U.S-China trade discussions is favorable to the position of America First. Investment into China is frozen because no-one knows the outcome. Meanwhile President Trump is presenting multiple domestic alternatives for those investment dollars (see Opportunity Zones).

However, China has caught on to what President Trump is doing; and as outlined in a recent article from South China Morning Post, they now see President Trump playing the ‘panda mask game’ and Beijing is angered about their own strategy being used against them.  Panda has sad:

“The current situation is very fluid and complicated with a lot of internal deliberations. Things will only be clearer after the negotiations resume,” said the expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter in China. (link)

♦House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to want to delay any passage of the USMCA. However, as soon as democrat candidates start being questioned about their position the pressure will mount toward ratification. That’s likely the reason why the U.S. media are not asking the candidates anything about trade policy.

The USMCA is structured to the benefit of U.S. workers; the Democrat candidates will likely all align in favor.  The U.S. media are protecting Pelosi et al by keeping the USMCA out of the headlines, but that cannot last too much longer.  It’s only a few ‘tweets’ away from surfacing…  like, maybe, tweets around the next debate?

::nudge, nudge:: – ::wink, wink:: – ::say no more, say no more::

President Trump Showcases One United American “Squad” Under God….


Incredible.  President Trump has once again showed incredible political instincts as he defines his opposition.  Watch this, stay with it, and it all comes together:

President Trump MAGA Rally – Greenville, North Carolina – 7:00pm Livestream…


Tonight President Donald J. Trump will be holding a campaign rally at Williams Arena in Greenville, NC.  The president is expected to speak at 7:00pm EDT with pre-rally speakers and events ongoing.

UPDATE: Video Added

RSBN Livestream Link – Fox10Livestream Link – GST Livestream Link

Giddy Up – IMF Outlines “Global” Danger From Trade War With President Trump…


An article from Reuters discussing the position of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is interesting.   Essentially the IMF is warning that “global economies” will contract by $455 billion next year due to the ongoing trade conflict between the U.S., China, the EU and to a lesser extent, Japan.  Yes Alice, there are hundreds of billions at stake.

There’s really no reason to doubt the amount estimated, though I think it’s on the short side, but the yearly value seems in line.  I have no doubt President Trump will cost the “Global Economy” $455 billion…. because that money will be transferring back to the America First economy. That’s what happens as MAGAnomics reverses the IMF trade (wealth distribution) model.

The IMF is correct in part (the effect), incorrect in part (the cause), and mostly hypocritical.  The Euro-minded IMF rails against the high value of the U.S. dollar, but simultaneously ignores the motives behind the intentional devaluation of currencies that are pegged against the dollar.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday the U.S. dollar was overvalued by 6% to 12%, based on near-term economic fundamentals, while the euro, the Japanese yen and China’s yuan were seen as broadly in line with fundamentals.

The IMF has been at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump over his use of tariffs to resolve trade imbalances, but its assessment that the dollar is overvalued is likely to give Trump more fodder for his frequent complaints that dollar strength is hampering U.S. exports.

Trump has railed against European and Chinese policies that lead to what he calls a devaluation of the euro and other currencies against the dollar.

[…]  The Fund – which has warned that the U.S.-China trade war could cost the global economy about $455 billion next year – said recent trade policy actions were weighing on global trade flows, eroding confidence, and disrupting investment. But they had done nothing to reverse external imbalances thus far. (read more)

China and the EU have devalued their currency in an effort to block the impacts from President Trump and the ‘America First’ trade policy.  Because those currencies are pegged against the dollar, the resulting effect is a rising dollar value.  In essence, the globalist IMF is now blaming President Trump for having a strong economy that forces international competition to devalue their currency.

That’s the stupid hypocrisy of global banking outlooks.  They make a decision to devalue their currency, which causes the dollar value to rise, and then turn around and blame the U.S. dollar for being overvalued.

The root cause of the devaluation is unaddressed in their argument.  The EU and China are trying to retain their global manufacturing position and offset the impact of President Trump’s tariffs by lowering the end value of their exports.

In the bigger picture this is why President Trump is the most transformative economic President in the last 75 years.   The post-WWII Marshall Plan was set up to allow Europe and Asia to place tariffs on exported American industrial products.  Those tariffs were used by the EU and Japan to rebuild their infrastructure after a devastating war.  However, there was never a built in mechanism to end the tariffs…. until President Trump came along and said: “it’s over”!

After about 20 years (+/-), say 1970 to be fair, the EU and Japan received enough money to rebuild.  But instead of ending the one-way payment system, Asia and the EU sought to keep going and build their economies larger than the U.S.  Additionally, the U.S. was carrying the cost of protecting the EU (via NATO) and Japan with our military.   The EU and Japan didn’t need to spend a dime on defense because the U.S. essentially took over that role.   But that military role, just like the tariffs, never ended.  Again, until Trump.

The U.S. economy was the host for around 50 years of parasitic wealth exfiltration, or as most would say “distribution”.  [Note I use the term *exfiltration* because it better highlights that American citizens paid higher prices for stuff, and paid higher taxes within the overall economic scheme, than was needed.]

President Trump is the first and only president who said: “enough”, and prior politicians who didn’t stop the process were “stupid” etc. etc.  Obviously, he is 100% correct.

For the past 30 years the U.S. was a sucker to keep letting the process remain in place while we lost our manufacturing base to overseas incentives.  The investment process from Wall Street (removal of Glass-Stegal) only made the process much more severe and faster.  Wall Street was now investing in companies whose best bet (higher profit return) was to pour money overseas.  This process created the “Rust Belt”, and damn near destroyed the aggregate manufacturing industry.

Fast forward to 2017 through today, and President Trump is now engaged in a massive and multidimensional effort to re-balance the entire global wealth dynamic.  By putting tariffs on foreign imports he has counterbalanced the never-ending Marshal Plan trade program and demanded renegotiation(s).  Trump’s goal is reciprocity; however, the EU and Asia, specifically China, don’t want to give up a decades-long multi-generational advantage.  This is part of the fight.

One could argue that China’s rise happened inside this period, and as a consequence they have no comprehension of an economic history without the institutional advantages.  They’ve never competed with the U.S. under any terms of equivelence or fairness; they’ve only ever known the advantages.  Combine that with the Chinese communist mindset and you get the extreme severity of their position.

So yeah, there’s going to be pain – for them; massive economic pain – as the process of reestablishing a fair trading system is rebuilt.  This dynamic is the essence of reciprocity that benefits Main Street USA.  Unfortunately, putting ‘America First’ is now also against the interests of the multinationals on Wall Street; so President Trump has to fight adverse economic opponents on multiple fronts…. and their purchased mercenary army we know as DC politicians.

No-one, ever, could take on all these interests.  Think about it…  The EU, Asia, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, China, Russia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Iran, U.S. Congress, Democrats, U.S. Senate, Wall Street, the Big Club, Lobbyists, Hollywood, Corporate Media (foreign and domestic), and the ankle-biters in Never Trump…. All of these financial interests are aligned against Main Street USA and against President Trump.

Name one individual who could take them on simultaneously and still be winning, bigly.

They say he’s one man.  They say they have him outnumbered.  Yet somehow, as unreal as it seems, he’s the one who appears to have them surrounded.

Incredible.

Lord knows we can’t spare this man.

He fights!