President Trump Tweets “Close” to Phase-One Deal with China…


President Trump is meeting with the wolverines to discuss the current status of terms for a “Phase One” U.S-China trade deal.  Additionally POTUS tweeted a deal was close:

As we have noted the general objective from President Trump on a “Phase One” deal is a $50 billion agriculture purchase from China that would allow the U.S. to discontinue the supplemental bridge payments to farmers using tariff income.  Details of this possible deal are unknown, but look for a delay in the next round of the December 15th tariffs to secure the Ag purchase.   President Trump will want a written purchase contract.

The financial pundits, most beholden to the needs of the Wall Street multinationals, are overestimating the scale and scope of issues likely resolved within “phase one”.   There is not likely to be resolution to the bigger issues in the U.S-China trade conflict.

Bloomberg reported: “U.S. negotiators offered to reduce tariffs on about $375 billion in Chinese goods by 50% across the board and suspend tariffs on $160 billion in goods scheduled to go into effect on Sunday.”

I would advise to take the Bloomberg report with a grain of salt; their Wall Street-centric voice generally tries to push narrative negotiations to the benefit of multinationals.

Instead, the Trump big picture common sense business approach is: the value of tariff reduction will be directly related to the value of a WRITTEN CONTRACT China purchase.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told senators that announcements were possibly “imminent” regarding U.S. tariffs on China, a top Senate Republican said on Thursday.

Lighthizer made the comments during a briefing for senators on the United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal, the revamped version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Senator John Cornyn said. Cornyn did not provide additional details.

The United States is scheduled to impose tariffs on almost $160 billion worth of Chinese imports on Dec. 15. Earlier on Thursday, President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post that Washington and Beijing were nearing a trade deal. (link)

China is suffering a slow death by a thousand paper-cuts. The bleeding of cash in combination with the direct loss of $75 billion in annualized exported products that U.S. companies have now sourced from alternative ASEAN nations is biting hard.

The direct outcome is also a drop in China’s purchasing of industrial goods they would normally use in the manufacturing process. This lack of Chinese purchasing is one of the top reasons for the stall in the European economy.

There is no actual intent to reach a trade deal with China where the U.S. drops all tariffs and returns to holding hands with a happy panda playing by new rules. This fictional narrative is a figment of fantasy being sold by a financial media that cannot fathom a U.S. President would be so bold as to just walk away from China.

That ‘walk away’ is exactly what President Trump did when he left all of those meetings in Southeast Asia in 2017; and every moment since has been setting up, and firming up, an entirely new global supply chain without China.

President Trump is not currently engaged in a substantive trade agreement in the formal way people are thinking about it. Instead “Phase-One” is simply President Trump negotiating the terms of a big Agricultural purchase commitment from Beijing, and also protecting some very specific U.S. business interests (think Apple Co.) in the process.

The actual goal of President Trump’s U.S-China trade reset is a complete decoupling of U.S. critical manufacturing within China.

There is a natural lag as supply chains reorient. The ASEAN nations that have picked up U.S. manufacturing contracts first go through a process of increased productivity, expanded utilization of existing manufacturing, before they need to expand to new facilities. Machines operate 20 hours daily – instead of 16 hours; more shifts are added, etc. Until production reaches 100% capacity no ASEAN group is going to purchase the warehoused industrial machinery, not purchased by China, and being stored in the EU.

In this investment, lending and financing dynamic, is where the current Wall Street multinational corps, banks and hedgefunds are stalled and watching closely.

No-one wants to drop $100 million to help expand a U.S. manufacturer in Asia, if Mexico -via the USMCA- ends up being a more cost efficient location.  This dynamic is where ratification of the USMCA is a key part of President Trump’s global trade reset.

President Trump Remarks at Hanukkah Reception and Signing of an Executive Order Combating Anti-Semitism – Video and Transcript…


Earlier today President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a Hanukkah Reception at the White House.  The event included a historic signing ceremony for an executive order combating anti-semitism.

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. Thank you, everybody. And a friend of mine, Tim Scott, from South Carolina — a senator — where are you, Tim? You’re — there he is. And I said, “You know what, Tim? You have a big vote coming up. I think you want to go back to the Senate.” So I will tell you, without, Tim, this wouldn’t have happened. Tim Scott, thank you very much. We love you. Go back to the Senate and vote. (Laughs.) (Applause.) Thanks, Tim.

Melania and I are delighted to welcome so many friends and families to this incredible house, the White House, to celebrate this, really, sacred season and a very special time. To everyone here today: Happy Hanukkah. (Applause.)

We’re delighted to be joined by Vice President Mike Pence and his incredible wife Karen. (Applause.) And if you’d both come up. Mike? Wherever you may be. Come on up, Karen. Please, come up.

Also, as you know, Ivanka and Jared have worked very, very hard in this whole — (applause) — endeavor and many other endeavors, I will tell you. They’re doing an incredible job, and I’m very proud that the Jewish faith is a cherished part of our family. Very proud of it. (Applause.)

I’d like to recognize Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Secretary Betsy DeVos; Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen — hi, Jeff; as well as Senators Tim Scott, who just left, and he’s a fantastic guy, and James Lankford. Where’s James? Where is James? James come up here, will you please, James? Did he have to go for the vote too? All right, tell him we mentioned his name. A lot of these people are voting on some very important things right now. I’m saying, “You know what? Get out and vote,” right?

And we have Representatives Doug Collins, Josh Gottheimer, David Kustoff, Elaine Luria, Max Rose, and Lee Zeldin, all here. Where are they? (Applause.) Raise your hands. Are you here? Come on up, if you want, fellas. Even the Democrat can come up. What the hell. (Laughter.) Come on up. Come on up. What a job they’re doing. Come on up. Nice to see you all. Hi. Good. Hi, Doug. That’s great. Hi, Lee. Good job, Lee. Wow. What a lawyer. I’d hire you anytime, Lee.

I also want to bring a friend of mine up. He’s a tremendous success in so many other businesses, but they only know him because he signs Tom Brady’s check every week. (Laughter.) And he’s a really — he’s a champ, he’s a winner. His wife, Myra, passed away a longer time ago than we think, Bob. That was a big — that was a big, tough time for you, and for me too, and for Melania. I just want to tell you, you’ve been a special friend of Israel. Nobody closer to Israel than Bob Kraft.

So, Bob, please come up. Please come up. (Applause.)

And, as usual, his team is mired in first place. Have you ever been in second place? Not too often. You know what I’d like you to do, Bob, while you’re here — because we could all learn from Bob; he’s a champ, he’s a winner — if you could say a few words about Israel. Please.

MR. KRAFT: Thank you. (Applause.) Well, thank you, Mr. President. I’m honored to be here at this time, at this event, because this is really a bipartisan issue. And I know previous administrations had tried to do something in this area. And we know that college campuses are a place where you bridge-build and you include people and have education, and not be something that is exclusive and drives people away and generates hatred.

So, I’m so proud that, at this time, we’re doing something that is so bipartisan. And my wife, a blessed memory, would be smiling now because she loved America first, and Israel, and wanted to build bridges between the two places and have tikkun olam. And I think this, more than anything, is going to help do that. So thank you very much. (Applause.)

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

I also want to extend my appreciation to Israel’s Ambassador, a man who’s become a friend of mine, and terrific guy: Ron Dermer. Where’s Ron? (Applause.) Thank you, Ron, very much.

As we gather this afternoon, our thoughts turn to the grieving families in New Jersey. Yesterday, two wicked murderers opened fire at a kosher supermarket and killed four innocent souls, including a brave police officer who faced down the shooter and very bravely faced the shooter down.

With one heart, America weeps for the lives lost. With one voice, we vow to crush the monstrous evil of anti-Semitism whenever and wherever it appears. And we’re working very hard on that. (Applause.) And I can tell you that — that we have a lot of people in government working very, very hard on that, and we appreciate their work. It’s not easy.

Joining us on stage for this event are two great Jewish-American patriots: Army veteran Oscar Stewart and Border Patrol Agent Jonathan Morales. (Applause.) As many of you remember, both of these heroes were at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue when a killer opened fire.

And, by the way, Robert Jeffress, I see you right here. And what a tremendous faith leader you are and a tremendous man you are. Pastor, thank you for being here so much, also. We appreciate it. We have so many people and so many great faith leaders here, and I want to thank you all for being here. It’s fantastic. This is a great, great day. (Applause.) We appreciate it very much, Robert. Thank you very much.

They raced towards the gunfire and saved countless American lives. Oscar and Jonathan, thank you both for responding to the worst evil with the best of American valor.

This afternoon, we celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah. More than 2,000 years ago, a ruthless tyrant persecuted the Jewish people and desecrated the Temple of Jerusalem. But a group of Jewish patriots defeated a powerful army, rededicated the temple, and won back their right to worship God in freedom.

Recently, I received a remarkable letter from a 12-year-old boy named Austin Polonsky, from San Francisco, California. In the letter, Austin summed up the meaning of Hanukkah. He said, “On Hanukkah…it is a tradition to light the menorah and place it by the window. We do this to exemplify how we are not afraid to show who we are or what we believe in.”

In Austin’s letter, [DEL: we :DEL] [he] asked if he could celebrate Hanukkah with my family at the White House. And this year, we are thrilled to let you know that Austin is with us today. Where is Austin? Where is Austin? (Applause.) Come on up here, Austin. Come on up here, Austin. Good-looking guy. Good. Come on, Austin. Don’t be shy. It’s only Bob Kraft. (Laughter.)

You want to say a few words? Huh?

MR. POLONSKY: Uh, sure.

THE PRESIDENT: Do you want to say — come on, Austin. Come on, Austin. Let’s get with it, Austin.

MR. POLONSKY: Thank you for having me at the White House today. It was very unexpected. My mom pulled me out of school when the White House called, and I was in the middle of lunch. (Laughter.) Probably one of the first times I was ever speechless. (Laughter.) Yeah. Thank you for having me here.

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead. You can — (laughter and applause.) That’s — that’s a good — good job, Austin. (Applause.) Come here. Thank you, Austin. Great job. Thank you.

He didn’t know he was going to do that. You did a good job, huh? — (laughter) — considering we got you by surprise a little bit, right? Thank you. Stay with the First Lady. (Laughter.)

Do you know Bob Kraft and everybody onstage, right?

MR. KRAFT: A Trump yarmulke.

THE PRESIDENT: Is that a Trump yarmulke? Oh, it’s a Trump yarmulke. Wow, I like that. (Laughter.) Can I have that, Austin? I want that.

Across our country, Jewish Americans strengthen, sustain, and inspire our nation. As President, I will always celebrate and honor the Jewish people, and I will always stand with our treasured friend and ally, the State of Israel — that, I can tell you. (Applause.)

So, two years ago, I recognized the true capital of Israel, and we opened the American Embassy in Jerusalem. (Applause.) And we got it built. They were thinking anywhere, for one billion to two billion dollars. I did it for $350,000. You know that. (Applause.) We got a building that was in beautiful shape, in the best location — best location there is. And we got it done. We got it done. We had it opened in four months, and it’s right now opened.

And, I don’t know, maybe someday they’ll build a more expensive version of it, but it can’t get much better. Right, Robert? I think — and Ron can tell you, it can’t get much better than what we have. We have the best location. They were going out. They wanted me to sign an order for anywhere from $1 billion to $2 billion, and they were going to look for a piece of land, but they said land in Jerusalem is very rare and very expensive. I said, “Do you think we have a piece?”

And David Friedman, our great ambassador, did a fantastic job. (Applause.) You did a fantastic job. I said, “David, they want to spend $2 billion.” I said, “Go check it out. Let me see. Call me back.” And he said, “Sir, I think we can do it for about $250,000, maybe $300,000.” So we’ll save $1 billion. And we have a better location than any location we could have gotten, Ron, right?

And it’s been open now for a long time. So, it was great. And we used all Jerusalem stone. Friends of mine like Jerusalem stone. Over here, it costs a fortune. Over there, it wasn’t so expensive. (Laughter.)

I’ve also recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. That was another big one. (Applause.) And I said to Bob, “So…” — Bob Kraft — I said, “So what was bigger, Bob? What we did for Israel in terms of Jerusalem and moving the embassy to Jerusalem, becoming the capital of Israel? Or the Golan Heights, which you’ve been looking to do?” For 52 years, they’ve been having meetings on the Golan Heights. Nothing happened until I came along.

I said, “Bob Kraft, which is bigger? Which is more important to the Jewish people?” He said, “Neither.” I said, “What does that mean?” He said, “What you did by terminating the Iran nuclear deal is bigger than both.” (Applause.) I think that’s true. (Applause.) I think that’s true, Jeff. You know? Could be true. I said, “I sort of agree with that.”

But today, we’re taking another historic action. In just a few moments, I’ll sign an executive order to combat anti-Semitism. This action makes clear — (applause) — that Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act — which prohibits the federal funding of universities and other institutions that engage in discrimination — applies to institutions that traffic in anti-Semitic hate. (Applause.)

So this is a very powerful document that we’re signing today. And it’s been a very big story over the last number of days, when they heard. As you know, they had almost universal support in Congress, and yet they didn’t get it done. And this has gone on for years and years. They’ve almost had universal support, but there was always a roadblock.

But this year, there’s no roadblock because I’m doing it myself. It’s much easier. (Applause.) And we have support from many in Congress. This is our message to universities: If you want to accept the tremendous amount of federal dollars that you get every year, you must reject anti-Semitism. It’s very simple. (Applause.)

My administration will never tolerate the suppression, persecution, or silencing of the Jewish people. We have also taken a firm stand against the so-called Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS. You know that very well. (Applause.)

And, I have to tell you, Jared Kushner and Ivanka, they’ve been talking to me about this for three years now, maybe longer than that. But I go back about three years where it’s something that I could do about it, you know. In this position, we can do things about it. Before that, not — not quite as much. I’d be just like you: successful, doing nicely, but not for this. But they’ve been talking — from the beginning of the administration, they’ve been bringing this up. And we forcefully condemn this anti-Semitic campaign against the State of Israel and its citizens.

We are profoundly honored to be joined this afternoon by Rosalee Glass, a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, the darkest chapter of human history. After the war, Rosalee came to America and started a drapery manufacturing business. Now she has written a book, starred in an award-winning film, and is going strong at the age of 102. (Applause.) Where is Rosalee? Where is — hi. You’re looking good. Thank you, Rosalee. Thank you for being here. It’s an honor. And you do — you really fill our hearts with open joy, Rosalee. So many people. And we know of your story.

In honor of Rosalee and the millions of Jews who suffered unthinkable persecution, we renew our pledge now and always: Never again. Never again. (Applause.)

Today, we thank God for the Jewish people, whose love and loyalty, brilliance and bravery, resilience and resolve, spirit and strength bless America and the world.

Before I sign the executive order, I’d like to ask Oscar to say a few words, and Jonathan will light the menorah. Thank you all very much. Thank you.

Oscar, please. (Applause.) Thank you, Oscar.

MR. STEWART: Thank you, Mr. President. Oh, boy, this is a great moment.

So what I want to say is: In Scripture, it teaches us that when the Jewish armies went to fight and to conquer the land of Israel from the Canaanites, it says the generals would speak to their men and say, “Leave, if you’re afraid.” I always wondered why it says this — that if you’re afraid, to leave — because God was fighting for them. So I came up with some of my own: It’s because you had no faith in God.

Well, today I stand with a group of people who have tremendous faith in God. And we are all of different faiths and we’re all here with one — with one thing in mind, and that is to end hate. And I am so proud to be standing here the day that this was signed. This is a momentous moment in my life.

And I want to thank the President and the First Lady for everything that they’ve done for Israel, but more important for what they’ve done for America. (Applause.) America is a nation of many, many people, and we need to remember whatever God you pray to, whatever religion you practice, we are all Americans and we need to love each other, and that will conquer hate. (Applause.)

Once again, thank you very much, Mr. President. I’m deeply honored.

THE PRESIDENT: Fantastic job. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

And, by the way, I see Alan Dershowitz. Come on up here for a second, Alan. Wow. (Applause.)

And I’d like to ask my friends, the pastors, to come up here. You know, Robert — and I have to say this to the other pastors, some of whom have been very kind — all of them have been very kind: We’ve never had such evangelical Christian support.

Jeff, come on up. Jeff. Come on up here, Jeff. (Applause.) You’re the one that’s doing such a good job legally to make sure all of this happens. But Robert Jeffress — I didn’t know him, but he — I watched him. And I’d watch him on different shows, and I’d say, “I like that guy. Man, he talks really great about me. And I like people that talk well about me.” (Laughter.)

And he was saying, “You know, he may not be the greatest Christian I’ve ever seen. He may not know the Bible quite as well as the rest of us. In fact, he may not know it very well at all.” (Laughter.) “But that guy is a real leader. And he’s going to a job.” And I appreciated that statement. I don’t know if I should have, but I did. (Laughter.) And I think we have led because I think we’ve made more progress toward faith leaders. We got rid of the Johnson Amendment, which was a disaster.

So I’d like to ask if — Robert, if you could say a couple of words, and if I could also ask Alan Dershowitz to say, and then we’re going to sign a very important document. Okay? Robert, please. (Applause.) Thank you.

PASTOR JEFFRESS: It is true, I believe President Trump is the most pro-faith President in history — (applause) — when you look at what he has done for people of all faiths.
And, Mr. President, you know, Jewish and Christian believers alike believe what God said to Abraham in Genesis 12 — that God would bless those who bless Israel and He would curse those who curse Israel.

And I want to thank you, Mr. President, for being the kind of President who has the courage to stand up and be, when it comes to Israel, on the right side of history. But most importantly, you’re on the right side of God. And that’s why you are not going to fail, and we’re going to stand behind you 100 percent. (Applause.) Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Jared.

MR. DERSHOWITZ: Great. For 65 of my 81 years I have spent at universities all over the country and all over the world, there is no more important event in those 65 years to turn universities away from being bastions of hatred and discrimination than this executive order being signed today. (Applause.) It is a game changer. It will go down in history as one of the most important events in the 2,000-year battle against anti-Semitism.

Thank you, Mr. President. You did a great, great job. The people who helped you do this did a great, great job. And you will be remembered by history for all time for having signed this very important order. Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Okay, should we do it?

AUDIENCE: Yeah!

(The executive order is signed.) (Applause.)

MR. KUSHNER: I just want to thank President Trump for all of his leadership on behalf of America. What we’ve seen the President accomplish over the last three years have been extraordinary.

When President Trump decided to run, there were a lot of people who weren’t sure what somebody who had never done anything in politics before would do. And I would say that all of our expectations have been greatly exceeded. (Applause.)

The plans that the team has put in place under the President’s leadership have produced economic miracles for this country. And I am confident that the best is to come. But what I believe is even more important is the President’s commitment to keeping all Americans safe, to keeping America free, to keeping America respectful of people of all faiths and religions. And the work that the President has done to ensure that is something that will have an impact for generations to come.

So I just want to thank you for your amazing leadership and for all that you do to protect so many people.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

MR. KUSHNER: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: And we’ll light the menorah. (Applause.) Will you do that?

MR. KUSHNER: I think Jonathan is going to do that.

THE PRESIDENT: How about that? We’ll light the menorah. Please.

MR. KUSHNER: Jonathan. I think you’re going to light —

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead, Jonathan.

(Border Patrol Agent Jonathan Morales lights the menorah.)

THE PRESIDENT: So, everyone, thank you very much. Again, Happy Hanukkah. This has been a great day. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much.

END 4:49 P.M. EST

USTR Robert Lighthizer Delivers Remarks at USMCA Signing Ceremony in Mexico City…


U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer traveled to Mexico to put the finishing touches on the revised USMCA agreement.  Ambassador Lighthizer delivered remarks at the signing ceremony hosted by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez-Obrador.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressed the United States has a stake in Mexico’s success as representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada gathered in Mexico City to sign modifications to the USMCA, a historic trade agreement.

Washington, DC – United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued the following statement today on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement:

“Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, we have reached an historic agreement on the USMCA. After working with Republicans, Democrats, and many other stakeholders for the past two years we have created a deal that will benefit American workers, farmers, and ranchers for years to come. This will be the model for American trade deals going forward.”

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President Trump Impromptu Presser Departing the White House – Video and Transcript…


Chopper pressers are the best pressers; but twilight chopper pressers in the rain are even better.  President Trump delivers remarks to the press poll as he departs the White House for a rally in Pennsylvania. [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Okay. It’s pretty wet out here. We’re going to Hershey, Pennsylvania, tonight. We have a big rally — a lot of people, tremendous lines, great enthusiasm. There’s never been this enthusiasm, in my opinion, for the Republican Party. The Republicans have stuck together through the witch hunt. It’s a terrible thing, but even the Democrats — they couldn’t find very much because they put up two articles that, frankly, are very weak. And they’re very weak.

Also, they approved, today, of all days — we’ve been waiting a year — and they approved today the USMCA. And I call that the “silver lining” to impeachment. Because without the impeachment, they would have never approved it, in my opinion. The impeachment is the reason they approved it.

And interestingly, one hour after the news conference, they went out and did a news conference on the big trade deal — the great trade deal, one of the greatest trade deals ever made for our country. And the reason is they wanted to muffle down the impeachment because they’re embarrassed by it, and they couldn’t get the votes. And that’s exactly what happened.

So it’s a terrible thing when they do something like that. But now it goes to, I guess, a vote. And I assume they will probably — you have to have the votes. They’re very weak articles.

But, very importantly, today we get USMCA. And that’s going to be a great thing for our farmers, our manufacturers, for our — for just about everybody. That’s good for everybody, unions included.

I spoke with Richard Trumka. I spoke to James Hoffa. And we had good talks. That’s the union people. I did that a few days ago. We had some very good talks. And everybody is really loving the USMCA. So we’re very happy about that. Very, very happy.

Q Mr. President, sir, do you believe your impeachment is inevitable, sir? Do you believe your impeachment is inevitable?

THE PRESIDENT: Say it. You go ahead.

Q Do you believe that your impeachment is inevitable, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Is what?

Q That your impeachment is inevitable. Do you think you will now be impeached? The fourth in history — third.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think the Democrats — I can’t imagine they vote for it because we did nothing wrong. There was absolutely nothing done wrong. They’ve analyzed my conversation every way you can.

And when you talk about — you know, the word “favor” was mentioned, and it was mentioned — not me a “favor.” You just saw the way it was. And it was nothing to do with me; this has to do with the United States. The word was “us.” “Can you do us a favor?” Then we talk about the country, and we talk about seeing the Attorney General of the United States.

When you look at it — and that was just a part of it — it was a congratulatory call. And there were two of them. Nobody even mentions the other one. We had another one, where they won — originally, he won the election.

And I think it’s a disgrace that people can make impeachment out of nothing. That was a perfect conversation. If you looked at Mark Levin, he analyzed the conversation — one of the great constitutional lawyers. Many of them have. They were perfect conversations. There’s nothing to impeach on, and I think it’s a disgrace. I think it’s an absolute — I think it’s an absolute disgrace.

So, let’s say they vote on it. I don’t know when they’re going to vote. Who knows? All I know is they were very embarrassed by it, and that’s why they brought up USMCA an hour after, because they figure it’ll muffle it a little bit.

And if you look at — if you look at the poll numbers, the Firehouse poll just came out, and we’re way ahead of everybody in every state, every — you know, most of the — I think most of the swing states. We’re way ahead.

And you know what? I don’t know if that’s impeachment or the fact that we have the best economic numbers that we’ve ever had in our country. We have the best unemployment numbers and employment numbers. We have the best numbers we’ve ever had in our country. And so I think that has something to do with it.

You saw, on Friday, 266,000 jobs — new jobs. And other countries, all over the world, they’re not doing well. We’re doing great. We’re the hottest country in the world. So I think that has a lot to do with it.

So I’m going out to now — we’re going out now —

(Cross-talk.)

Excuse me. We’re going out now to Hershey, Pennsylvania. Some of you are coming, I assume. We’ll see you there. We’re going to make a comment about it.

Thank you all very much.

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Chopper pressers are the best pressers; but twilight chopper pressers in the rain are even better.  President Trump delivers remarks to the press poll as he departs the White House for a rally in Pennsylvania. [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Okay. It’s pretty wet out here. We’re going to Hershey, Pennsylvania, tonight. We have a big rally — a lot of people, tremendous lines, great enthusiasm. There’s never been this enthusiasm, in my opinion, for the Republican Party. The Republicans have stuck together through the witch hunt. It’s a terrible thing, but even the Democrats — they couldn’t find very much because they put up two articles that, frankly, are very weak. And they’re very weak.

Also, they approved, today, of all days — we’ve been waiting a year — and they approved today the USMCA. And I call that the “silver lining” to impeachment. Because without the impeachment, they would have never approved it, in my opinion. The impeachment is the reason they approved it.

And interestingly, one hour after the news conference, they went out and did a news conference on the big trade deal — the great trade deal, one of the greatest trade deals ever made for our country. And the reason is they wanted to muffle down the impeachment because they’re embarrassed by it, and they couldn’t get the votes. And that’s exactly what happened.

So it’s a terrible thing when they do something like that. But now it goes to, I guess, a vote. And I assume they will probably — you have to have the votes. They’re very weak articles.

But, very importantly, today we get USMCA. And that’s going to be a great thing for our farmers, our manufacturers, for our — for just about everybody. That’s good for everybody, unions included.

I spoke with Richard Trumka. I spoke to James Hoffa. And we had good talks. That’s the union people. I did that a few days ago. We had some very good talks. And everybody is really loving the USMCA. So we’re very happy about that. Very, very happy.

Q Mr. President, sir, do you believe your impeachment is inevitable, sir? Do you believe your impeachment is inevitable?

THE PRESIDENT: Say it. You go ahead.

Q Do you believe that your impeachment is inevitable, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Is what?

Q That your impeachment is inevitable. Do you think you will now be impeached? The fourth in history — third.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think the Democrats — I can’t imagine they vote for it because we did nothing wrong. There was absolutely nothing done wrong. They’ve analyzed my conversation every way you can.

And when you talk about — you know, the word “favor” was mentioned, and it was mentioned — not me a “favor.” You just saw the way it was. And it was nothing to do with me; this has to do with the United States. The word was “us.” “Can you do us a favor?” Then we talk about the country, and we talk about seeing the Attorney General of the United States.

When you look at it — and that was just a part of it — it was a congratulatory call. And there were two of them. Nobody even mentions the other one. We had another one, where they won — originally, he won the election.

And I think it’s a disgrace that people can make impeachment out of nothing. That was a perfect conversation. If you looked at Mark Levin, he analyzed the conversation — one of the great constitutional lawyers. Many of them have. They were perfect conversations. There’s nothing to impeach on, and I think it’s a disgrace. I think it’s an absolute — I think it’s an absolute disgrace.

So, let’s say they vote on it. I don’t know when they’re going to vote. Who knows? All I know is they were very embarrassed by it, and that’s why they brought up USMCA an hour after, because they figure it’ll muffle it a little bit.

And if you look at — if you look at the poll numbers, the Firehouse poll just came out, and we’re way ahead of everybody in every state, every — you know, most of the — I think most of the swing states. We’re way ahead.

And you know what? I don’t know if that’s impeachment or the fact that we have the best economic numbers that we’ve ever had in our country. We have the best unemployment numbers and employment numbers. We have the best numbers we’ve ever had in our country. And so I think that has something to do with it.

You saw, on Friday, 266,000 jobs — new jobs. And other countries, all over the world, they’re not doing well. We’re doing great. We’re the hottest country in the world. So I think that has a lot to do with it.

So I’m going out to now — we’re going out now —

(Cross-talk.)

Excuse me. We’re going out now to Hershey, Pennsylvania. Some of you are coming, I assume. We’ll see you there. We’re going to make a comment about it.

Thank you all very much.

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President Trump Massive MAGA-KAG Rally in Hershey Pennsylvania – 7:00pm Livestream


Tonight President Donald Trump travels to Hershey, PA for a massive Keep America Great Rally at the Giant Center.  Anticipated Start Time 7:00pm ET

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Trade Dynamics – Secretary Wilbur Ross Discusses *The Big Picture* of Ongoing Trade Resets…


Amid breaking developments on multiple trade fronts which will likely see USMCA passage; and the potential for enhanced China tariffs on December 15th; Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the big picture.

Secretary Ross highlights the manipulation of USMCA ratification and timing by Pelosi to obfuscate the highly partisan political impeachment effort.  Mid-2019 CTH noted this strategic plan was visible and probable.

Ross also discusses the specifics of China, the EU and Brexit as it relates to the global trade reset being carried out in a methodical manner by the Trump administration.  The USMCA will be the first cornerstone domino in a chain of trade events that will fundamentally restructure the nature of all international trade and supply chains.  Great Interview:

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As we have discussed on these pages, the dynamic is severely consequential and the Wall Street multinationals are reacting to the daily details while Main Street gains strength. President Trump is dismantling global supply chains; focusing on bringing high-wage manufacturing industry back to the U.S; and driving a process of profound consequence through economic nationalism.

Titan Trump is winning the economic battle by: (a) repatriating wealth (trade policy); (b) blocking exfiltration (main street policy); (c) creating new and modern economic alliances based on reciprocity (bilateral deals); and (d) dismantling the post WWII Marshal plan of global trade and one-way tariffs (de-globalization).

An Incredible Team…

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President Trump Hosts Family Education Roundtable – Video and Transcript…


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Earlier today President Trump and Vice-President Pence hosted a family education roundtable at the White House.  There were also questions from the media [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Okay, thank you very much. The IG report just came out, and I was just briefed on it, and it’s a disgrace what’s happened with respect to the things that were done to our country. It should never again happen to another President. It is incredible. Far worse than I would have ever thought possible. And it’s — it’s an embarrassment to our country. It’s dishonest. It’s everything that a lot of people thought it would be, except far worse.

So I’m going to get some very detailed briefing — briefings. But they are — it’s a very sad — it’s a very sad day when I see that; a very sad day when a lot of people see that. They had no nothing. It was concocted. And you say what you want — that was a — probably something that’s never happened in the history of our country.

Pam Bondi, I think you were able to look at some of the report and can address a little bit of it very well, if you might say a few words. I’d like to ask Kellyanne; I know you looked at it also. Please.

MS. BONDI: Sure, President. You know, so many of us who are career law enforcement today are outraged. And I think the American people really should be terrified that this could happen to you when we’re supposed to live in a society of integrity and honesty.

And this happened to the President — not just to the President. You know, this should be a good day, but it’s not. It’s a horrible day for the country that this could had happen to the President of the United States, that they could fabricate, falsify e-mails, lie, and omit exculpatory evidence in order to continue this witch hunt against the President of the United States.

And this is just the tip of iceberg. Now we have the Durham investigation.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Kellyanne, please?

MS. CONWAY: Mr. President, thank you. I was the campaign manager during that time, and I would ask a simple question: Why no defensive briefing? Why not contact the Trump campaign? Why not contact candidate Trump or Governor Pence, or Governor Christie, who at the time was arranging for the intelligence briefings for candidate Trump and was a public servant, a government official at that time, as Governor of New Jersey, with a full intelligence security clearance to receive that type of information.

So you can’t blame people for feeling that it was unfair and that the fix was in. And to think that perhaps people lied and spied and tried to subvert democracy just because they wanted someone else to win, or just because they have a different political point of view, that is not the way the world’s greatest democracy has been formed and can survive at a time such as this.

I will just repeat something that Attorney General Barr said today, Mr. President: that this was an intrusive investigation of the U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions. And that is chilling language for any of us who want our government to work for us and not against us.

I only wish they had have come and informed us, Mr. President, and we could have had the knowledge and the wherewithal to act at that time, and not put the taxpayers through two-plus protracted years of nonsense.

Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, they fabricated evidence and they lied to the courts, and they did all sorts of things to have it go their way. And this was something that we can never allow to happen again.

The report, actually — and especially when you look into it, and the details of the report — are far worse than anything I would have even imagined. What they were doing and what they would have done if I didn’t make a certain move — a certain move that was a very important move because it would have been even worse, if that’s possible. And they might have been able to succeed.

This was an overthrow of government. This was an attempted overthrow. And a lot of people who were in on it, and they got caught. They got caught red-handed. And I look forward to the Durham report, which is coming out in the not-too-distant future. It’s got its own information, which is this information plus, plus, plus.

And it’s an incredible thing that happened, and we’re lucky we caught them. I think I’m going to put this down as one of our great achievements. Because what we found and what we saw never, ever should this happen again in our country.

With that, today we gather to discuss the urgent national priority that we’ve been working on so long and so hard: expanding education freedom through school choice so that every American child can get a great education.

We’re grateful to be joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary Betsy DeVos, Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, Representative Bradley Byrne, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, Tennessee State Representative John DeBerry, and students, parents, and teachers from across the nation. Some wonderful, brilliant students are with us. And we’re going to be having a big session in a little while.

As President, I’m fighting every day for the forgotten American. We are looking [to] pass criminal justice reform. We got that done — criminal justice reform. They could have never done it without me. It was done by us. It wasn’t done by anybody else. They came to me. They’ve been trying to get it for many years. President Obama wouldn’t do it or couldn’t get it done. Maybe that means the same thing.

But I got criminal justice reform done, but the press doesn’t want to mention that we got it done. And we got it done soundly and good. And we had a lot of help, including from Mike Lee. Mike, that was something. When I heard Mike was in favor, I said, “Boy, he’s pretty conservative.” That’s pretty something. But it worked out. It’s working out very well. And it’s a big step, and we’re proud of it.

And I think when you look at the African American community in particular, they are the biggest beneficiaries of criminal justice reform. So we’re honored to have helped.

We passed the criminal justice reform and the legislation to target resources to distressed communities. Our economy is lifting up citizens of every background. You saw the new reports coming out on unemployment. They’re the best in the world — best we’ve ever had. The best this country has ever had. Historic records.

We have the lowest unemployment in the history of our country for African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans. And, overall, we’re just about going to break the all-time record. We’re very close.

But now is the time to fight for the forgotten child, and that’s what we’re doing with respect to education. For decades, countless children have been trapped in failing government schools. In my administration, these children are forgotten no longer. Just like I said I was going to do it for different groups of people, and we did it.

We have the strongest economy probably in the history of our country. The numbers came out, as you saw on Friday, with a number of jobs that nobody believed possible: 200- — well over 200,000. They were thinking about 50. Some people thought it would be 50,000, 60,000. You saw how badly Canada did. We had 266,000. Canada had an unbelievable period and is going through something. And yet, we are right there. And the whole world is not doing well. And we’re doing phenomenally well. We’re doing better than — we’re the hottest economy in the world. We’re doing great.

And frankly, it’s hard to believe we could even do better. But if the world were doing better, we’d do better. That’s the way it’s set up.

We’ve made tremendous progress in the last three years — far greater than anyone thought possible. So we have the hottest economy in the world, by far. Nobody close. If you look at Europe, if you look at Asia — China is having a very hard time. We’re doing well with China in our trade deal. But they’re having a tremendously difficult time. The worst time they’ve had in at least 57 — it was 57 two weeks ago; now it’s much more than that — number of years. Fifty-seven years. And yet, we do record-breaking numbers. So that’s great.

We broke the stock market record — I believe it’s 132 times, during the course of less than three years as President. So that’s something.

And, by the way, you were great on television this weekend. I admired that very — you did a fantastic job. Everyone is talking about it in a very positive way, too. So, congratulations, Ted. He’s a hater. He’s definitely a hater. That came out loud and clear. Congratulations.

Lawmakers in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have empowered some parents to choose a better future for their children, for their child. But school choice waitlists are growing, and, sadly, not everyone wants to give these students the education and freedom that they deserve. They’re locked into a school system that’s terrible, and we’re working on that very hard. Betsy is working on it, full-time. About 30 hours a day, I guess, Betsy. Right? That’s what she does.

But school choice waitlists are growing, and that’s a — that’s a incredible factor. Everyone wants school choice. And we have certain groups that are very powerfully against that, but we’re breaking through very strongly.

This year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf denied 50,000 kids the promise of a better school. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, on the other hand, got 14,000 Florida students off of the waitlists. Really great. The waitlists were just ridiculous, and still are. I mean, they’re still very long. That’s where they want to go, Ron, I guess. Right? So congratulations to Ron DeSantis of Florida.

We believe that every parent should have educational freedom for their children. Earlier this year, I asked Congress to pass a federal tax credit to support state-based scholarship programs so we can provide over 1 million more students with school choice. People want school choice. They want to have their child go to a school that they want to have the child go to. It’s very simple.

I look forward to hearing from each of you today. We’re going to be discussing a lot of things that have happened in the last couple of years. Some great successes. And we’re in the process of getting more. Education is a very tough subject because it’s been grounded. And whether it works or doesn’t work, the areas that don’t work — people seem to want to come at a certain — a certain group of people. And it’s a very powerful group of people. They want it to stay that way. We don’t want it to stay that way.

Worldwide, we’re probably ranked about 36th, and yet we spend more per pupil than anyone other country in the world — far more per pupil. And we should be at the top of the list, not mired down toward the middle and even worse than that.

So I’d like to ask Mike Pence to say a few words. And we’re going to go around the table, and we’ll have a discussion. Thank you.

Mike?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for your leadership on education. It was one of the very first conversations that we had when you considered me for the position that I now hold. And you expressed to me then, in the summer of 2016, your belief that it ought to be parents that choose where their children go to school.

I want to join you in thanking Governor DeSantis for his leadership, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, and the leadership represented by Senator Cruz, Senator Lee, and especially to be able to welcome the students, parents, and teachers who are here with us, at your invitation, to talk about how we advance your agenda.

As you mentioned, Mr. President, when I was governor of the state of Indiana, I was proud to be home — as Governor DeSantis is — to a state that’s been expanding educational choice for students for decades. And just like Governor DeSantis has done back when I was governor of the state of Indiana, we increased enrollment in our voucher program from 4,000 to 32,000. We actually expanded school choice for pre-K for several thousand disadvantaged children.

The American people deserve to know that this is a President who has been putting taxpayer resources to work to expand educational choice for disadvantaged families. We already expanded the [DEL: 521 :DEL] [529] college savings accounts to let parents use those resources for K-12 education.

And, Mr. President, participation in the D.C. voucher program, which has been a historic program that’s changed lives, changed our nation’s capital, is already up by more than 50 percent.

But today, we really look forward to hearing from the Secretary and all of those gathered here about your proposal for a $5 billion Education Freedom Scholarship program, as you said, which would, we believe, expand educational choice opportunities to more than a million students around America.

We really believe the key to success for any child is a good education. And we believe that parents are best equipped to choose what is the best education for their children.

So, Mr. President, again, thank you for your passion for educational choice. And I want to thank the Secretary. But, most especially, I want to thank the leaders and the parents and the students and the teachers that are gathered here for this important discussion.

THE PRESIDENT: All right, very Good. Thank you very much, Mike. Excellent job.

Mike Lee, would you like to say a few words —

SENATOR LEE: Sure, Mr. President. Sure.

THE PRESIDENT: — on your feelings on education?

SENATOR LEE: The Joint Economic Committee, which I chair, is releasing a report tomorrow on educational pluralism. Educational pluralism is a fancy word for a simple concept, which is that we ought to give more people more options in the area of K-through-12 public education, and do so rather than having a monopolistic system — one that dictates to parents, based on the neighborhood in which they live, where their child may and may not go to school.

We can do better, as a country, by giving parents more options. Families thrive when parents are given options as to where they should send their child to school.

Now, ordinarily, these are decisions that have to be made at the state and local level. Most K-through-12 public education is. There are a few areas at the margins where the federal government can make a difference. Sometimes it involves lifting federal restrictions, and that’s why I appreciate you having this meeting here today, Mr. President.

The fact that you’re willing to ask questions that haven’t been asked in a long time is going to open the door for more Americans to get out of poverty and to climb into the middle class. And that’s what our country is about, and that’s why I’m so glad that you’re supportive of school choice and educational pluralism.

THE PRESIDENT: Very good. Thank you, Mike, very much.

Ted?

SENATOR CRUZ: Mr. President, I want to thank you for your leadership on education, and, in particular, school choice. You’ve already signed into law the most significant federal school choice legislation that’s ever passed in the history of our country. And that was — the Vice President referred to it — that was expanding college 529 plans, so that parents can use them for K-through-12 education.

I introduced that amendment in the Senate. It was during the tax cut fight. It was 50-50 on the floor of the Senate. The Vice President came down at one in the morning to cast the tiebreaking vote on groundbreaking legislation that made a difference for 50 million kids.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right.

SENATOR CRUZ: This next step — and I’ve been proud to vote with Secretary DeVos; Secretary DeVos is doing an amazing job. She is a courageous and principled Education Secretary. But I’ve been proud to work hand in hand with her on legislation that would provide $100 billion in federal tax credits over 10 years for K-through-12 education and for workforce development.

If and when we pass this, this will be the most significant federal civil rights victory of modern times. This is all about millions of kids — millions of inner-city kids, millions of African American kids, millions of Hispanic kids, trapped right now, desperate for hope — and giving them scholarships. And it is only the corrupt bureaucracy that is telling them “no.”

And you are fighting — the men and women around this table are fighting to give every one of those kids a shot at the American Dream.

This is also about adults, about union members, about men and women out of work giving them workforce development and apprenticeships so that they can get good, high-paying jobs and provide for their family. There is nothing on the domestic front that I believe will have a longer lasting legacy in your presidency than if and when we get this done together. So thank you for that.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Great job, Ted. Thank you very much. Betsy?

SECRETARY DEVOS: Mr. President, we know that education freedom works. And so I’m grateful for your leadership on this issue. I’m also grateful to the other elected leadership here that is taking this issue on in the states, to the Vice President for his leadership in Indiana, and now with you.

I would love to hear from some of the students and the parents —

THE PRESIDENT: Good.

SECRETARY DEVOS: — who are here, and would suggest that we do that and start with Tera and Sam Myer.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great. Please.

MS. MYERS: Thank you. Thank you so much, Secretary. Thank you, Mr. President and Mr. Vice President, and all of the elected officials for your support on education freedom.

Our family in particular, specifically with my son Samuel, we were able to have a big part in the passage of the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship in the state of Ohio. It made a complete difference in the life of Samuel and our family. And not only that, but in a tremendous number of families in our state.

When Samuel was born, I was told not to have any high expectations for his life. And I said, “Well, that’s really something. He’s just an infant.” I waited to send him to school until his sister could attend with him. And when I got to school, they said, “There’s no need to be in rush. Why don’t you go home and take a six-and-a-half-hour break.” And, “We have all the way until he graduates to teach him how to read.” And I said, “That is completely unacceptable.”

I tried volunteering and trying to get things done. And finally, the fight was too big. And I went up and I said, “Why would you not want to do those things?” They said, “Maybe you should try somewhere else.” And so I did. I took that on as a personal challenge.

And there were options in the state of Ohio starting to emerge, but there weren’t any for children like Sam with special needs. And he was the forgotten child. And I thought, “Simply because of that need? You know what? He still has a purpose and a hope and a future in our community.”

And so Sam, being a very motivated individual, we took on that front as a family and we started lobbying at the state level and got the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship passed. And Sam was one of the first individuals to take part in that.

THE PRESIDENT: Great, Sam.

MS. MYERS: And it’s amazing what was able to happen. We were able to take part in starting a program, a functional learning program in our community. And there are hundreds of students that have benefitted, and I just want to say thank you for helping with that fight.

Teachers are being held hostage, in my opinion, in the public system, by not being able to give the opportunities that they could give with the resources that are available simply because unions are grasping and holding on tight to those funds. And that was one of my main platforms when I was trying to get things passed for children like Sam, saying we should be allowed to make those choices — we, the parents. We know the children better than anyone else. And given that opportunity and those resources, we’ve been able to make a better education.

THE PRESIDENT: Good.

MS. MYERS: Sam, would you like to share a little bit about your experience?

MR. MYERS: So, President, thanks for the good school choice. And I am prepared to ask a questions about — I am Samuel Myers and I am 25 years old. School choice helped my dreams come true. And I have a job in my community. I volunteer and I do things with my friends and family because of the skills I learned, my school helped me learn that I was to fit in. I made many friends because they’re part of my community. My school and teachers helped me learn new skills and become the best I can be. I am thank for the school and my choice. And thanks for the President, and thank you for the (inaudible) to fight. So, thanks for you sharing my stories. Thank you so much, in my hearts.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’ll tell you what: That was beautifully done and beautifully said. (Applause.) Good job. Good job.

That was a fantastic job. Thank you very much, Samuel. Appreciate it.

MR. MYERS: Yeah. And you’re too. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. That’s beautiful.

Ron DeSantis, you have done a fantastic job with Florida, and I know Rick was very much into it. And now you’ve taken over and what a job you’ve done. Could you give us a little clue how to get it done on a large basis — a very large basis?

GOVERNOR DESANTIS: Sure. And as a newly minted Florida resident, I think you’ll appreciate the — (laughter) — I think we are the number-one state for school choice. We have almost 120,000 students on scholarship programs for low-income families. We have a tax credit scholarship and then a new family empowerment scholarship that I was able to sign into law. And that is primarily single moms who are working hard, but they just don’t have the resources to be able to send their kids to the best fit. It is — 70 percent are African American and Hispanic who are in this. And the demand keeps growing because it’s work.

But we also have programs, a scholarship program — almost 30,000 students in Florida who are on McKay Scholarships, which are for students with disabilities. And then we have almost 12,000 students on — we call them Gardiner Scholarships; that’s for students with special needs, so things like autism.

We have 1,000 students on Hope Scholarships, which are scholarships that we created for students who are being bullied and are not being treated well in the school that their zoned for. They have an opportunity to get into a better environment.

And we have over 300,000 students in charter schools, which are public schools, but they’re just not run by the school district. They’re run by other operators.

And here’s an interesting stat. I just asked my education commissioner to give me something interesting coming up here. If you take all of those 300,000 students in Florida — and it’s 69 percent minority, 50-plus percent Title I — but if you take all of those charters and made that its own state for rankings on the nation’s report card — the NAEP scores — Florida charters would rank number five in the nation on the NAEP scores if they were its own state. So that’s pretty significant.

And then on our scholarship programs, particularly the need-based, if you’re on the program for four years or more, you’re 40 percent more likely to graduate from college than somebody who is similarly situated. And so the results have been good there.

But I think the thing that gets lost is the results have also been good for our school districts. So, for example, Miami-Dade County is the number-one performing large school district in the country. Seventy percent of the kids in Miami-Dade County do not go to the school that they were zoned for. And that’s a combination of private school choice, public charters. But they’ve also really embraced magnet programs and all these other things. So you have a big, diverse — all these languages being spoken. And yet the achievement has been better than other districts in the country.

And then the final thing I’ll say is: What school choice has done — and as a businessman, you’ll appreciate it — it’s given an opportunity for entrepreneurship. What we find happening is teachers, who are in particularly inner city, they’re public school teachers, and they go through this, and they’ve very experienced. And they say, “You know what? If I could make three or four changes, we could get better results. But I can’t because of the bureaucracy.” So they start their own private schools.

And because we have the scholarship program, they know that they can make it work — because, obviously, their market would not have enough income to be able to do it. So it’s allowed for these educational entrepreneurs to come and really do some great things in the state of Florida.

So I think, as a Florida resident, you should be proud of the stuff going on there, and obviously want to keep the momentum going.

THE PRESIDENT: And we’re also very proud: Florida had the best year, economically, it’s ever had in its history. And Okeechobee, as you know — a lot of money put into Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Dam and all other aspects of it. And that’s now on its way to being fixed, finally, after many, many decades of wanting to do it.

And we’ve also spent a lot of money on the Everglades, and they’ve done a fantastic job on the Everglades.

But you’ve had the best economic year you’ve ever had, so congratulations.

GOVERNOR DESANTIS: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Great job.

Walter? How about saying a few words?

MR. BLANKS: Absolutely. Well, first off, Mr. President and Mr. Vice President, thank you so much for having me here. Secretary DeVos, thank you for your leadership on this particular issue.

I always say that each and every one of you at this table fought for me before you even knew me, and you’re continuing to fight for millions of kids across the country. But we talk about the school-to-prison pipeline, and that is a very real thing, especially — I’m from Ohio. Growing up in Columbus, I saw it. I lived it.

While some of my friends were going to sleep to lullabies, I was going asleep to gunshots. And so my education was my way out of that. My family didn’t have a lot. They couldn’t really give me everything that I needed or wanted, but my education was my ticket out of that lifestyle. And so there were people that I grew up with that are either in prison now or six feet under, in the grave. And the only difference is: I had a way out. My education allowed me to get out of that situation, and it opened me up to so much more than what I could even understand at the time.

If you told fourth-grader Walter that he’d be sitting next to the President, speaking on a topic that he’s passionate about and that changed his life, he wouldn’t believe you. My parents, even to this day, would not have believed of the unlimited opportunity and potential that I have had because of my education journey.

And so that’s my story in a nutshell. But, Mr. President and Mr. Vice President, everyone around this table — Senator Cruz, Representative Byrne — leading this charge, thank you so much. To say that it means a lot is an understatement. This changed my life.

And for people in my neighborhood, it’s not — it’s not, you know, “maybe he’ll get a good education, maybe he won’t.” No. This is life or death. And because of the work that each and every one of you have done, I am here today. So I appreciate that. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: What a beautiful job.

MR. BLANKS: Thank you. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Come here. Great job. Man, how good was that? Great job. (Applause.)

So, Briana, how about a few words?

MS. GILCHRIST: Sure. My name is Briana Gilchrist. And so thank you so much for having me here today, Mr. President and Mr. Vice President. Thank you, Secretary DeVos and everyone around the table, for all your advocacy and the work that you’ve done.

Similar to Walter, I would not be here had it not been for the people around this table doing the work that they do. I’m originally from north New Jersey. I’m the product of a charter school, and my charter school literally saved my life and my family.

I remember when my mom first told me that I was transferring from my regular district school to a charter school. I was very upset because I didn’t want to go to a school and wear a uniform, I did not want to wake up early, I didn’t want to do the extra work. I just wanted — you know, basically, to just go to school and have fun.

And when my mother put me into a school that was intentional in its approach with all of us, it wasn’t just about me going to school; it was a school that was created for the community, by the community, and to empower the community. And that school literally wrapped its arms around myself and my sisters. My sister went to a charter school, and now she’s in the Air Force. You know, we’re the first people in our family to graduate from college, which has literally changed our life.

And just to bring it a little full circle, one of my friends who was in — originally in charter school with me, who transferred out, she didn’t even make to her 24th birthday. She was swallowed up by her community, and not in a good way, because she didn’t have the community in her school to really be there for her.

And so I’m so thankful for my charter school and for all the people here who have done the work to allow more charter schools to open and more education scholarships to be open.

Thank you so much.

THE PRESIDENT: Great story. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

Go ahead.

MR. SLADE-BOWERS: Oh, myself?

THE PRESIDENT: Sure.

MR. SLADE-BOWERS: Well, hello, everyone. My name is Myles Slade-Bowers. I am a current student at Bishop McDevitt High School — one of the best schools in my home state of Pennsylvania.

I would just like to take a moment to thank all the leaders within the Trump administration, and those such as Mike Turzai, for their continuous work in advancing tax-credit scholarship programs — like the one that allows me to attend my school — just with their work and their continued dedication and their devotion, you know.

School choice opens up doors that would otherwise be slammed shut. You know, just speaking as — a perspective, as a young African American male in a low-income neighborhood, you know, it’s more likely that I would be a dropout of high school or even in prison at this very moment than speaking before you all, like all of you at this moment, just, you know, discussing the importance of education freedom for all children, despite, you know, zip codes, despite backgrounds, despite race.

And, you know, I believe that, in conjunction with — you know, with school choice nationwide — you know, available for all people — and also, you know, decisive and intentional investments into education reform, that we will see, you know, true change in our nation; that it will be just more than just, you know, one moment in life where this — it worked out for a few years; that this could be a true pillar in change. It could be true — the true foundations and (inaudible).

And I believe that all American children deserve a fair chance at education equality. And I just want to really thank you for your time and allowing me to speak today. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Great job.

So what do you want to do? After education, what do you want to do?

MR. SLADE-BOWERS: After my education, I plan to attend Penn State, one of the premier colleges in our state. And I also — I want to pursue or study biology, and minor in microbiology and biochemistry and hopefully move on to med school and become a practicing psychiatrist.

THE PRESIDENT: Wow. That’s good. I could use you. (Laughter.) That’s true. That’s great. Great job.

MR. SLADE-BOWERS: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Briana, what do you want to do?

MS. GILCHRIST: Well, I’m actually here, based in D.C. I work in education reform.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great. And you love it, right?

MS. GILCHRIST: I love it. I love being able to advocate for students like myself.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s fantastic. Congratulations.

Samuel —

MR. MYERS: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: What about you? What do you want to do? You’re out there now, and you’re doing well. What do you have planned?

MR. MYERS: My plan is — I was in here from White House before I got many things at a new skills. And I need a business coffee cart, and like helping the coffee for the people.

THE PRESIDENT: Very good. That’s great. That’s a great ambition. That’s fantastic.

MS. MYERS: He’s working on it. (Laughs.)

THE PRESIDENT: That’s good. Thanks, Samuel. Beautiful job. Thank you very much.

So, Walter, what do you have planned?

MR. BLANKS: I’m coming for the White House. (Laughter and applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: I can see that. (Inaudible.) Great job.

So, Denisha?

MS. MERRIWEATHER: Hi.

THE PRESIDENT: How are you?

MS. MERRIWEATHER: I’m doing good.

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead.

MS. MERRIWEATHER: Yeah. Well, thank you for having me.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

MS. MERRIWEATHER: And it’s been long since the joint address. So, I’m pleased to be here. And thanks for hearing our stories.

This is a very pressing issue. And I thank you for your assertive leadership and the need to ensure that more students have access to success like we have.

My name is Denisha Merriweather. And where I come from, I behold depleted buildings, lack of community resources, decadence, and poor public schools.

I failed the third grade twice, attending my Duval County public schools. I didn’t recei- — it wasn’t until I received the scholarship to attend a private school that my life really changed for the better.

Thanks to Education Freedom, I became the first in my family to receive a high school diploma and then a master’s degree. I now exercise school choice for my 17-year-old sister to ensure that she receives a high school diploma.

I want to personally thank my own Governor, DeSantis, for empowering more students in the state of Florida. Thank you.

This year, more students have clearly asked for more demand, with almost 18,000 low-income students wanting the new scholarship.

But the work is not done. I know that all of you here at the table will continue to fight so that every student has the opportunity to receive a great education.

Across this country, too many children are having adverse childhood experiences in school, and that’s just wrong. The proposed legislation can definitely help. All students deserve the freedom to choose. Action is required. Thank you so much for listening to our stories, and thank you for your action.

THE PRESIDENT: Great job. Great job. Thank you very much.

MS. MERRIWEATHER: Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: And Bradley? How about — you’ve had a lot of experience in exactly what we’re talk- — you’ve seen it all different ways. What do you think?

REPRESENTATIVE BYRNE: Mr. President, I want to thank you for your courage because we’re all arrayed against some very powerful forces out there. To step out on this like you have, like the Secretary has, means a lot.

There are 85 sponsors for this piece of legislation in the House — myself and 84 others — and it’s growing, because we’re seeing your courage as an example to the rest of us to do the same thing. Now, why would we do that? We would do that if you come from a state like Alabama that’s new to school choice, unlike Florida. We’re just beginning to see it. The Secretary and I got to tour the first charter school in Alabama a year and a half ago. And we met students that this is their last chance. They were high school students. And if this didn’t work, they were done.

Our newest charter school in Alabama is in Sumter County — a very rural county. This is the first time, I’m told, that they’ve had integrated schools in that county in 30 years. Quality brought people together.

When I was on the state school board 25 years ago in Alabama, we came up with the “failing school” list, which I guess every state has. Every year, it’s the same schools. And if we lock those parents and their children into those same failing schools, year after year, we’re going to get terrible results. And the worst part of that, Mr. President, is that you brought all of these jobs back to America. Well, it doesn’t do these people any good if they don’t have the education and skills it takes to fills those jobs.

THE PRESIDENT: Right.

REPRESENTATIVE BYRNE: So to realize on your education dream, what’s your dream for the American economy — and we have to do this. So those 85 are just 85 of us today. But with the Secretary’s help, we’re going to continue to grow that. We’re going to get every Republican on this bill and start working on Democrats as well, because this issue shouldn’t be a Democrat issue or a Republican issue. It should be an American issue, because in America, we don’t take opportunity away from people, we give it to them. Thank you for your leadership on this.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Bradley. Great job. Thank you. Betsy, go ahead, please.

SECRETARY DEVOS: Mr. President, I was just going to suggest that you may call on State Representative John DeBerry over here because —

THE PRESIDENT: Sure.

SECRETARY DEVOS: — I think he has some experience —

THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely.

SECRETARY DEVOS: — from the opposite perspective — party perspective.

THE PRESIDENT: (Inaudible.)

REPRESENTATIVE DEBERRY: Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Secretary DeVos, I appreciate being here. And I appreciate the fact that you’re going to shepherd this thing through that we’ve been talking about so many years. And as we put a face on this, with these young folks sitting around the table who have already spoken, too often the kids get lost. They’re data, they’re statistics, they’re numbers. But they put a face on it.

I’ve heard many times — and we’ve talked about school choice over the years — that we’re going to cherry pick, and you’re going to get the best students and things of this sort. My answer has always been: Then, let’s put more cherries on the tree. (Laughter.)

The fact of the matter is, if we cherry-pick a young man who can prepare himself one day to come to the White House, or young men and women who can go to medical school, these kids would be left out because everybody cherry picks. Every medical school, every law school, every university, they go for the best and the brightest.

What we’ve got to do is make sure they are among the best and the brightest. And that’s why I support education choice. When the young man spoke about many of his colleagues, Mr. President, the schoolhouse, the jailhouse pipeline is wide open. Thank God for criminal justice reform that’s possibly going to help some of these folks. Hopefully, we can interdict with education to keep them from going.

And before I stop, my eldest daughter is an attorney. Passed the bar the first time. When she was in the second grade, she was going to a school — a neighborhood school that she was assigned to. She came home with a note on her jacket one day. And my wife — who is deceased now — but she was in the second grade, we went to the school. My wife said, “What’s this about?” The teacher said, “Your child can’t read.” And my wife said, “Well, that’s funny, she could read when I sent her to you.” (Laughter.)

And what we realized was, that school was not living up to what we expected for our child. I asked that my child be transferred from that class; they said no. I asked that she be transferred from that school; they said no. I went that same day — I got a second job, I put her in a private school, and we paid tuition, because she was my responsibility.

Parents want the right to make that choice for their children. They don’t want anybody else to make that choice for them. They pay taxes. Many of them are veterans. They pay for homes. They’ve worked hard. They just want to say, “I want my kid to go this school because I want them on a par with everybody else.”

I thank you so much again —

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

REPRESENTATIVE DEBERRY: — for what you’ve done. I hope you will continue until this gets passed.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Great job. Thank you. (Applause.)

MS. PRYOR: Thank you, Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

MS. PRYOR: — Mr. Vice President.

Distinguished roundtable attendees, I am Christina Pryor. I’m a native Washingtonian. I am a product of the District of Columbia public school system having graduated from the Teaching Profession’s Academy at Coolidge High School here in D.C.

I am the daughter of a retired DCPS educator and I am also a former educator who’s a parent to two wonderful boys, both of whom have earned need-based and merit-based scholarships. And they’ve been educated in DCPS and the private-school settings.

During his academic year — excuse me, during his academic career, our eldest son, Jeremy (ph), earned the Saint Ignatius Loyola Award, presented by then Attorney General, Mr. Eric Holder. Having graduated from college in May, he is now working in public relations. And after our youngest son’s school closed — his public charter school closed just this past year — our youngest son, Jaden (ph), is currently excelling in private school.

Through the years, I continued to see educators doing phenomenal work in the classroom. Whether it’s public private or otherwise, our children deserve to be educated in safe, loving, nurturing, and cultivating environments that are conducive to learning and growing and that produce results. But having access to excellent education is the key.

Education freedom means, to me, that as our children’s very first teachers, parents have the power and choice to set them up for a lifetime of success. Since every child is unique, there is no one cookie-cutter formula that works best for every person. The children — our children — certainly deserve access to any and all excellent educational experiences available. Scholarship opportunities certainly open these doors. And the keys to those doors should be accessible to all. Thank you for you your time.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Great job. Thank you very much.

MS. PRYOR: Thank you, sir. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Dan, Lieutenant Governor of Texas and that is somebody that’s very much involved in education, and done a fantastic job. Please.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PATRICK: Thank you, Mr. President. A lot of us have been on this road a long time — for home school, school choice, charter schools. And to have your bold leadership on this issue, with the Vice President’s, means a lot to us.

When I get weary in a fight, and the opposition is strong, all I have to do is be inspired by Myles and Walter and Sam.

THE PRESIDENT: Do you get weary? I don’t think you get weary. (Laughter.)

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PATRICK: Well, (inaudible).

THE PRESIDENT: I haven’t seen you weary. I’ve seen you in a lot of fights, but I’ve never seen you weary.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PATRICK: But you never — you never quit, because what you realize, and these parents and these students realize: You cannot live the American Dream without a quality job, and you can’t have quality job without a quality education. And when you deny a child an education, you take their entire life away from them. They never have a chance to recover.

And has been said, when you cut that pipeline from the schoolhouse to the jail, that will be the biggest prison reform bill we have all ever passed. And we’ve joined you on that. As you know, we —

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PATRICK: — we have led on that in Texas. And in Texas, we have a robust charter program. We’ve — we build them as fast we can. We still have 150,000 parents it seems like always in line, because they want that opportunity. And it’s to say we don’t have some great quality public schools — we do — but not every school is an “A” school.

And every child and every parent deserves an “A” school. One of the things that Florida has done, and we’ve done in Texas, is we now grade every public school district and every public school A through F. We grade the schools like they grade our kids.

And as you know, Governor, this made — it’s just a tremendous difference in creating competition and awareness of parents saying, “Wait a minute, I thought my school was good, but it’s only a C. I don’t want my kid going to a ‘C’ school.”

So it is — it is the civil right issue of our time, as Brooke said. And thank you for being bold on this. You know, in Texas, we have 6 million kids. That’s more kids in school than 32 states have people. So we’re a big system. And we’re with you on this. And thank you for leadership.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PATRICK: The future of the country depends on our success on this.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s true. Thank you very much.

Anybody else would like to say something?

MS. FRIEDRICHS: I’d love to.

THE PRESIDENT: Please.

MS. FRIEDRICHS: Thank you, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, and Secretary DeVos for your leadership on this very important issue. I’m Rebecca Friedrichs. Twenty-eight-year California public school teacher. I served as lead plaintiff in Friedrichs versus California Teachers Association, which led to freedom from forced unionism for all government employees in the United States. I’m also founder of For Kids and Country.

America’s great teachers support school choice because we believe in putting the children first. But self-serving unions infiltrated our profession, and they pour hundreds of millions of our dues’ money into defeating choice.

Unions claim to speak for teachers, but I’m here today to tell you they do not. The union I was forced to fund brought great damage to my own students, my profession, my own sons, and the ongoing harm to my niece Nicole.

Nicole has a seizure disorder, and even with special education support, she was earning Ds and Fs in public school and was severely depressed. We found an amazing charter school for Nicole, where the teachers and children were empowered. Nicole’s grades soared to As and Bs, and her self-worth skyrocketed too. But the status quo closed her high-performing school.

Now, Nicole is back to Ds and Fs, and she’ll once again tell me this Christmas that she’s dumb. And I’ll do all I can, again, to tell her that she’s brilliant and beautiful. But tragically, she won’t believe me because her report card and the unions get the final word.

Well, America’s great teachers have had enough. These abuses, and thousands more, are why we sued CTA and the NEA for freedom from forced unionism. The Obama administration and California leadership intervened against us. The unions labeled us the “spawns of Satan.”

But 10 courageous teachers stood in defense of children and our believed profession. We were poised to win, but Justice Scalia’s death led to a tragic deadlock in our case. But we blazed the trail for another case. And thanks to you, President Trump and your appointment of Justice Gorsuch, all teachers are now freed from forced unionism. Amazingly, we won on my birthday. (Laughter.)

But unions still have a stronghold. They’ve harshly bullied great teachers for decades. They’ve silenced our voices. And they are chasing many great teachers right out of the classroom.

So I am here today to give voice to great teachers. America’s great teachers believe that parents and teachers must be empowered to work together. All children should receive an outstanding education in a safe school of their family’s choice.

Unions masquerading as teachers will fight education freedom tooth and nail. You can count on it. But, Mr. President, America’s great teachers stand with you and Secretary DeVos for education freedom for every student. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Great story. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.) Please.

STATE SPEAKER TURZAI: Mr. President, thank you very much. I’m very honored. I’m the Speaker of the House in Pennsylvania.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

STATE SPEAKER TURZAI: And to you and to Secretary DeVos, thank you for leading on educational freedom. It’s interesting, a lot of times the other side likes to paint it as not enough public money going to public schools. I’m going to use Myles’s public school district in Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, our capital city.

We spend well over $20,000 per student in that particular school district; it’s over twice the national average. Yet the performance rates, despite the fact that that school district has been in receivership a number of times: 7.1 percent proficiency in algebra, 9.3 percent proficiency in biology, and 13.6 percent proficiency in English.

The mayor of Harrisburg, the state representative who represents the particular community — each of them sends their children to private schools. Why wouldn’t everybody have that opportunity if they wanted to have that decision?

We see the opportunity of school choice as being a way that one size does not fit all, and parents and grandparents and guardians can make those decisions, like Jocelyn, who’s Myles’s mom, made that decision.

We think that an infused educational improvement tax credit program — we put one on the governor’s desk with an escalator. We already have the program in place. We have continued to increase it. We’ve kind of leveraged opportunities to increase it. But we really went big. He vetoed it. It was a mistake. Fifteen thousand students on waitlists who are not able now to take advantage of these particular scholarships. We’re going to continue to pursue that endeavor.

But the proposal that you, the Secretary, and Senator Cruz is putting on the table, where you’re going to work hand in hand with the state tax-credit scholarships, is going to provide so many opportunities for so many students all across the United States. And we truly support your work. We’re going to continue to work strong in our state. And thank you for your leadership.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Mike. And you’re doing a great job. And our state is doing a great job — one of our wonderful states. They’re doing a really well — the Commonwealth, as we say. And really good.

How are things going? How — economically? Records.

STATE SPEAKER TURZAI: Mr. President, the lowest unemployment rate in recorded time thanks to the great work you’re doing. And I will say, our Republican majorities in the State House and Senate have certainly been along a similar message as you and the Vice President. But without a doubt, you are bringing manufacturing opportunities and energy — growth opportunities and energy independence to the great state of Pennsylvania.

You were down in Beaver County, in the western part of the state.

THE PRESIDENT: Right.

STATE SPEAKER TURZAI: Sixty-five hundred skilled trades folks are building a petrochemical facilities on a brownfield site. And both national and state policy are moving in the right direction.

Our revenues, Mr. President, thanks to your tax cuts, your regulatory reform — our revenues on the state level, without increasing any taxes, like the governor wanted — without increasing any taxes, grew by 6.4 percent. We haven’t seen that kind of growth in a very long period of time. Without a doubt, your leadership is making that happen. Thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. And you have more good news, because your steel industry, as you know, are doing very well.

STATE SPEAKER TURZAI: Yes. Correct. Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Those are tariffs we taxed very heavily. We taxed the dumping of steel.

STATE SPEAKER TURZAI: Correct.

THE PRESIDENT: And the steel companies are doing incredibly well. They were finished.

STATE SPEAKER TURZAI: U.S. Steel just invested — or is about to invest a billion dollars —

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

STATE SPEAKER TURZAI: — because of your policies.

THE PRESIDENT: No, they were ready to close up — all of them — and now they’re doing great. It’s one of the really incredible, untold stories — the steel companies. And we need our steel companies — for defense, if nothing else. But we need our steel companies.

So you’ve had some very good news in Pennsylvania. Thank you, Mike, very much. I appreciate it.

STATE SPEAKER TURZAI: Thank you for having me.

THE PRESIDENT: So that’s the story. We’re working hard on education. Things are happening at a rapid rate like we haven’t seen before. And, Betsy, I want to thank you very much. Great job.

And we’ll get it done. I think this group will get it done. We have some fantastic representatives here, and you will — you’ll knock it out, Bradley. So good luck with everything, okay?

Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.)

Q Mr. President, what about USMCA? Do you have an update on USMCA?

THE PRESIDENT: I hear they’re doing very well on USMCA. I’m hearing very good things. I’m hearing from unions and others that it’s looking good. And I hope they put it up to a vote. And if they put it up to a vote, it’s going to pass. A lot of Democrats want to pass it too. And we look forward to that. But I’m hearing they’re doing very well.

It’s replacing probably the worst trade deal ever made, which was NAFTA. And this is one of the best trade deals ever made for our country.

And we have some other ones coming, too. We did Japan, we did South Korea, and some others that are very important. But this is a very big deal. That’s the biggest border in the world economically, believe it or not: our southern border. And our Canadian border does a lot of business. But the southern border, people don’t realize, the largest number — in terms of dollars, the biggest in the world by far. Not even close. And with Canada, very big.

So this is the USMCA, and I’m hearing a lot of strides have been made over the last 24 hours with unions and others. So thank you all very much.

Q Did you watch any of the hearings this morning, Mr. President? Did you watch any of the hearings this morning, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I did. I watched a little bit. Very little. It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace to our country. It’s a hoax. And it should never, ever be allowed to happen again.

Thank you all very much. Thank you.

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Crude Oil and Kanye: Two Signs of Up-Side Hope After Years of Plummeting


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President Trump Delivers Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – Video and Transcript…


Chopper pressers are the best pressers. Earlier today President Trump paused to deliver remarks on current events to the press pool as he departed the White House for a trip to Florida.  [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. That’s a very bright sun. Beautiful day in Washington.

I will say that we’ve had tremendous reports coming out of the economy — it’s been incredible — and numbers like we haven’t seen before. And we have the strongest economy in the world: 266,000 jobs; you can add another 40 [thousand] to that. It’s about 300,000 jobs. Very importantly, it’s 50- or 55,000 manufacturing jobs. We’re the envy of the world. Our economy is the envy of the world, and we’re going to keep it that way. So that’s very important.

I spoke with the King of Saudi Arabia. They are devastated in Saudi Arabia. We’re finding out what took place, whether it’s one person or a number of people. And the King will be involved in taking care of families and loved ones. He feels very strongly. He’s very, very devastated by what happened and what took place. Likewise, the Crown Prince. They are devastated by what took place in Pensacola. And I think they’re going to help out the families very greatly.

But, right now, they send their condolences. And, as you know, I’ve sent my condolences. It’s a very shocking thing. And we’ll find out — we’ll get to the bottom of it very quickly. This has been done for many decades. We’ve been doing this with other countries, foreign countries. I guess we’re going to have to look into the whole procedure. We’ll start that immediately.

And other than that, anybody have any questions?

Q Did Rudy Giuliani tell you why he was going to Europe? And do you approve?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I just know he came back from someplace, and he’s going to make a report, I think to the Attorney General and to Congress. He says he has a lot of good information. I have not spoken to him about that information.

But Rudy, as you know, has been one of the great crime fighters of the last 50 years. And he did get back from Europe just recently, and I know — he has not told me what he found, but I think he wants to go before Congress and say — and also to the Attorney General and the Department of Justice. I hear he’s found plenty, yeah.

Q Mr. President, how do you plan on reengaging North Korea in the negotiations?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’ll see about North Korea. I’d be surprised if North Korea acted hostiley [sic]. I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. I think we both want to keep it that way. He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that. But we’ll have to see.

He’s somebody that I’ve gotten along with very well for three years, and he’s gotten along with me very well. So we’ll see how it goes. But I really don’t think he wants to interfere with the election. I think he’d like to see something happen. The relationship is very good, but, you know, there is certain hostility, there’s no question about it. I don’t know that his relationship with South Korea is very good, but we’re going to find out.

Q Mr. President, did the U.S. negotiate at all the other Americans held in Iran in this round of negotiations?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, we’re very happy to have our hostage back. The whole Princeton University community is very thrilled. And there was a one-on-one hostage swap. And we are very — actually, I think it was a great thing for Iran. I think it was great to show that we can do something. It might have been a precursor as to what can be done.

But we have our hostage back. We’ve been trying to get him back. He was taken during the Obama administration. We got him back during the Trump administration, so we’re very happy about that.

Q Mr. President, will you testify in the Senate impeachment trial? Will you testify?

THE PRESIDENT: Say it? What?

Q Will you testify in the Senate —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don’t know. I know this: That the impeachment thing is a total hoax. The numbers have totally swung our way. They don’t want to see impeachment, especially in the swing states; they’ve swung our way. I’ve never seen a swing like this. Because people realize it’s a total hoax. We had a perfect conversation. It was only a conversation. Nothing came out of the conversation except a good relationship with Ukraine. And the people see that it’s just a continuation of this three-year witch hunt.

And I’m looking forward to seeing the IG report. I hear they’re announcing it on Monday. And I look forward very much to seeing what happens with the Durham report, maybe even more importantly — because it’s a horrible thing that took place and it should never happen to another President.

So I’ll be going to Florida right now. We have a very, very big and successful meeting with Republicans, and we’re also meeting with Jewish committees — and separately; we’re doing two. And I believe you’re going to be covering at least one of them.

So I’ll see you in a little while. Thank you.

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