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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address – 6/16/2017 – President Trump’s Apprenticeship Initiative: “Earn while they Learn!” DJT

 

“There is dignity in every honest job and there is nobility in every honest worker.” DJT

Transcript:
 
My fellow Americans, 
 
This week, our nation was shocked and horrified when a gunman opened fire on a Member of Congress.  Five people were wounded in the assault, including a member of House Leadership – my good friend, Steve Scalise.
 
Steve is beloved across Washington, he embodies everything public service is about – he’s dedicated to his constituents, devoted to his values, and deeply committed to his country.  I visited Steve, his wife, and his family in the hospital as he continues to fight for his recovery.  435 Members of Congress, and 300 million Americans, are pulling for him, praying for him, and pledging to him our full and total support.
 
We continue to hold all of those wounded and fighting for recovery in our hearts and prayers, including Matt Mika, who was also badly wounded.
 
In that terrible crime, we also witnessed the incredible heroism of Capitol Police.  Special Agent Crystal Griner – who I also had the honor of meeting during my visit to the Hospital – raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.  They saved the lives of our Members of Congress and prevented that dark day from becoming a tragedy beyond imagination.  They, like so many other courageous police officers, represent the very best of us. We salute them, and we also salute members of Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue.
 
Though we have our differences, what unites us is so much stronger: our love of country, our devotion to its people.  Now more than ever, these values must guide us – and bring us closer together.  Let us always remember that our job is to serve and represent the whole American People – and that we are all children of the same God.
 
This week, my Administration continues our focus on providing economic opportunity for all.
 
On Thursday, I signed an Executive Order to launch a groundbreaking new Apprenticeship Initiative that will help young Americans learn the skills they need to find a rewarding career, earn a great living, and support themselves and their families.
 
We are celebrating the dignity of work and the greatness of the American Worker.
 
American citizens have worked every job, every occupation, no matter what it might be – no matter how grueling, how challenging, or even how dangerous.  They wash the windows on our tallest skyscrapers; they create works of art from burning fire and molten steel; they mine the earth and dive the ocean depths to bring energy into our cities and towns; they care for the sick, the elderly, and the wounded; and they lay the bricks, mortar, rebar, and concrete that give us places to live, to work, and to thrive.
 
Today, this is the message I want every young American to hear: there is dignity in every honest job, and there is nobility in every honest worker.  
 
Our Apprenticeship Initiative will make it dramatically easier for employers, industry groups and unions to create exciting new apprenticeship programs that place students into high-paying careers.
 
Instead of being racked with crushing student debt, those who participate will earn while they learn – think of that: earn while they learn.
 
Under our plan, young Americans will have a pathway to exciting and fulfilling careers.  They will become brilliant technicians who revitalize American manufacturing.  They will become welders who forge from fire amazing works of iron and steel and art.  And they will become entrepreneurs who revolutionize entire industries.  And these striving American citizens, including millions of talented young American women with tremendous potential, will become the programmers who change the world with the next great technological advance.
 
Every American deserves a path to a great job that they truly love. That begins with the right education – one that gives students the foundation for a lifetime of success. 
 
Every day, as your President, I will be committed to this goal.
 
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.
 

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Malfeasance – Loretta Lynch was protecting Clinton – 6/13/2017

And here we have it ladies and gentlemen. Mike Cernovich Retweeted this this morning.   From Frank Gaffney, Founder for Security Policy and host of Secure Freedom Radio in Washington, D.C.

 

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@SaraCarterDC reports that Loretta Lynch told #JamesComey she was going to put the “kibosh” on any “prosecution of Clinton.”

 

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IMG_1534.JPGThis plot thickens.  We will follow this story, but if this all pans out, I think that President Trump should demand that AG Lynch be questioned for giving Clinton a “free pass” while all the evidence is in front of our eyes.  Time to hear from Lynch as to why she thinks she and Clinton are “above the law! Don’t you all think?

VP Mike Pence – Keynote Speaker at the 13th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast – 6/10/2017

 

Vice President Mike Pence brought greetings from our President Donald J. Trump.

Remarks by the Vice President at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast – 6/6/2017

Washington Marriott Marquis
Washington, D.C.  

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all.  To Carl Anderson, to Archbishop Broglio, Mother Olga, Bishop Dorsonville, Secretary Nicholson, distinguished members of Congress, and honored guests, I am so honored to join you for the 13th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.  Thank you all for being here.  (Applause.) 

And it’s early in the day, but I promise you, he starts early.  (Laughter.)  And I bring greetings from my friend, a man who appreciates the extraordinary contributions of Catholic Americans, the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.) 

Before I go much further, first and foremost, let me begin this morning by expressing the sorrow of our entire administration and all the American people for the horrific terror attacks this weekend in London and with word this morning of another terrorist attack in Melbourne, Australia. 

Our hearts break for the families of the victims and the injured — just the latest innocents to suffer at the hands of terrorists, joining those in Manchester, in Kabul, in Paris, in Istanbul, Brussels, Berlin, San Bernardino.  They have our prayers.  They have our unwavering resolve.

As the President said two nights ago, this bloodshed must end and this bloodshed will end.  (Applause.) 

But to be with you today is deeply meaningful to me.  I’m truly honored to join this year’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.  My mom would be so proud.  (Laughter and applause.) 

Since 2004, the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast has brought together leaders in the Church, leaders in public life, leaders from across the globe to live out Saint John Paul the Second’s call for a “New Evangelization”, and to rekindle the flame of faith that gives comfort to the weary and lights the world with its glow.  This honestly feels like coming home to me.  (Applause.)

I’m the son of two devout American Catholics, and the grandson and the namesake of an Irish immigrant and his wonderful wife.  And I just learned from Father Jenkins at Notre Dame, where I had the opportunity to speak, as Carl told you, that even though my official biography says I was raised in a large Catholic family, I’m actually from a mid-sized Catholic family — only six children in the family I grew up.  (Laughter.)  

The hymns and liturgies of the Catholic Church are the anthems of my youth.  The Bible says “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he’s old, he’ll not depart from it.”

I want to tell you as a young boy growing up in a small town in southern Indiana, my Catholic faith poured an eternal foundation in my life.  I did eight years of hard time at Catholic school.  (Laughter.)  The name Sister Rachel still sends a shiver down my spine.  (Laughter.)  Honestly, I was the beneficiary of an extraordinary Catholic education, went to public high school.  But that foundation continues to serve and inform me every day.

I was one of four boys and two girls.  But being one of four boys was very convenient for Father Gleason (ph), because he could call my dad in a pinch and have a full team of altar boys ready for any mass.  (Laughter.)  So we lost count of the number of times we were rousted from bed early at the Sunday because there had been cancellations.  But it was very special.

I was not only baptized in the Church, but I was confirmed, and I stand before you today as Michael Richard Christopher Pence.  (Applause.) 

While my own faith journey has taken me and my family in a different direction, I want you all to know how much I cherish my Catholic upbringing and cherish the Church.  In fact, I just attended mass with my mom this weekend when we were in Chicago with family.

I really grew up with a front-row seat to the Catholic faith and all that it means to families and to communities.  It gave me a deep appreciation for the Church’s rich contributions to the fabric of American life. 

The truth is Catholicism is woven deep into that fabric.  It gives America a vitality and vibrancy that inspires everyone who sees it — to this very day. 

Even from the hour of our nation’s birth, the Catholic Church was there.  The last signer of the Declaration of Independence to pass away was the only Catholic signer, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland.

His cousin, John, served as the first bishop and archbishop of the Catholic Church in the United States.

What began as a trickle became a deluge in American history, as waves of Catholic immigrants — like my grandfather — from places like Ireland, from Italy, from Germany, and indeed, from across the wider world made landfall in America, drawn here by the promise of freedom, of opportunity, prosperity; and most of all, it was the freedom to practice their faith that is the birthright of every American.

And now our history books are filled with the names of the sons and daughters of the Catholic Church.  And as the Bible says, we recognize them by their fruits.  There are among us here today some distinguished men and women in public life, in public service who are emblematic of that contribution.  And I’m honored to be able to address you all.

American Catholics have built everything that matters in this country — build families, build businesses, founded hospitals, ministered to the poor, become leaders in public life, established world-class institutions of higher education, and so many other countless contributions to America.

And maybe most importantly Catholics have worn the uniform of the United States of America in every conflict in American history since our nation’s founding.  (Applause.) 

And American Catholics and their family continue to participate in our armed forces to this very moment.  At this very time in far-flung places in the world, men and women that have grown up in the heart of Catholic families are wearing the uniform and serving our country, and we honor them. 

We also honor those who have served.  And would all those who are present here today who have worn the uniform of the United States of America, would those men and women please stand up and allow us to thank you for your service and putting teeth on your faith in defending our freedom?  (Applause.) 

Thank you for your service.

Catholicism has made an indelible mark on the American spirit.  Your faith has moved mountains, and the Catholic Church and its millions of parishioners have been a force for good in our communities, large and small, throughout our land, throughout our history.

To all the great American Catholics gathered here, let me assure you this morning, bright and early at this prayer breakfast, American Catholics have an ally in President Donald Trump.  (Applause.) 

President Trump stands for the religious liberty of every American and the right of our people of faith to live out your convictions in the public square.

President Trump stands with those who are persecuted for their faith around the world — no matter the country they call home or the creed they profess.

And President Donald Trump stands with the most vulnerable — the aged, the infirm, and the unborn.  (Applause.) 

On the first count, I can assure you this President believes that no American should have to violate their conscience to fully participate in American life.  (Applause.)  And he has not just talked about it, he has taken action to protect men and women of faith in the public square.

Just last month, the Little Sisters of the Poor were at the White House, and on that day, I had the high honor to stand as President Trump signed an executive order to restore religious liberty in the public square.  I couldn’t have been more proud.  (Applause.) 

As inspired as I was by the President’s actions, I was even more inspired by the Little Sisters of the Poor.  They took a big stand for faith and freedom, and they prevailed.  Would we give the Little Sisters of the Poor a big round of applause for the stand they took on behalf of all our faith?  (Applause.) 

Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Trump declared in his words that the “federal government will never, ever penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs,” and he directed the Department of Justice to “develop new rules” to protect Americans of faith in the public square.

And I can promise you, President Trump will continue to fight to ensure that every American has the freedom to follow the dictates of their conscience and add their voices and their values to the beautiful tapestry of America’s national life.  (Applause.) 

And this President stands for religious liberty in America and across the wider world.  Just last month, President Trump traveled across the Middle East and Europe, where I know he was deeply honored and moved to have the opportunity to meet with the Holy Father, Pope Francis. 

The President and the Pope had a lengthy and meaningful discussion about issues facing our world, about how our nation and the Church can work together to address them — especially the persecution of people of faith across the wider world.

In Saudi Arabia, only a few days earlier on the world stage, President Trump had condemned in his words, “the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews,” and he condemned “the slaughter of Christians” across the wider Arab world.  (Applause.) 

This is a President who knows that terrorism is an existential threat to people of faith in countries around the globe.  Terrorist groups seek to stamp out all religions that are not their own, or not their version of their own, and believers of many backgrounds have suffered grievously at their hands.  And we acknowledge all of that loss and suffering.

But it seems that the practitioners of terror harbor a special hatred for the followers of Christ, and none more so than the barbarians known as ISIS. 

That brutal regime shows a savagery unseen in the Middle East since the Middle Ages, and I believe ISIS is guilty of nothing short of genocide.  (Applause.) 

In Egypt, we have just recently seen Coptic Christians martyred on their way to a monastery, bombs exploded in churches amidst Palm Sunday celebrations — a day of hope transformed into a day of pain and suffering.

In Iraq, we see ancient churches demolished, priests and monks beheaded, and the two-millennia-old Christian tradition in Mosul virtually extinguished.

In Syria, we see Christian communities burned to the ground, women and children sold into the most terrible form of slavery.  Christianity faces unprecedented threats in the land where it was given birth and an exodus unrivaled since the days of Moses.

Just a few weeks ago, I had the great privilege of meeting with courageous leaders of the Syrian Catholic Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Chaldean Catholic Church.  I heard one story after another from them about the horrors that their parishioners face on a daily basis.  But I also heard their resolve.  I heard a bishop speak about returning to his home parish in Mosul and celebrating Easter Sunday.  He said, there’s no roof on the church.  The walls are falling down.  But the anthems of faith rose.  It had to be a glorious service.

It’s heartbreaking to think that the Christian population in Syria alone has plummeted from 1.25 million to only 500,000 in just the past six years.  Whether in Mosul, in Iraq, or in Syria, the followers of Christ have fallen by 80 percent in the last decade and a half.  This must end.  This will end.  (Applause.) 

Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus, let me just say thank you for your extraordinary work caring for the persecuted. And to Mother Olga, let me personally thank you for raising your voice on behalf of the victims of persecution in your homeland and across the Middle East.

And let me promise all of you:  This administration hears you.  This President stands with you.

Our administration is fully committed to bringing relief and comfort to the believers in that ancient land.  And under President Donald Trump, America will continue to condemn persecution of any faith in any place at any time.  We will confront it with all of our might.  (Applause.) 

Protecting and promoting religious freedom is a foreign-policy priority of this administration.  And we will continue to work with this Congress to stand without apology for persecuted people of faith across the globe.  We will continue to stand with our allies and take the fight to the terrorists on our terms, on their soil until we drive the cancer of terrorism from the face of the Earth.  (Applause.) 

And finally, let me say from my heart, it’s the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President for President Donald Trump, but I couldn’t be more proud to serve as Vice President to a President who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life.  (Applause.) 

Since day one of this administration, President Donald Trump has been keeping his promise to stand for life, and life is winning in America again.

In one of his very first acts in Congress, President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy to prevent taxpayer funding from organizations that perform or promote abortions abroad.   (Applause.)  

And I’m proud to say the President recently expanded that policy to cover nearly $9 billion in foreign aid.

In January, our President personally sent me to speak — I guess for the first time ever for someone in one of these positions — at the annual March for Life.  (Applause.) 

And I got to tell you the story.  I went to the March for Life that day, and I said the President sent me.  Some people might have thought I just said that.  But in fact, here’s how it happened.  We were talking earlier in the week about the calendar for the week.  And the President was informed that Prime Minister May was visiting from Great Britain, our cherished ally.  And so he was not going to be able even break away for a phone call, which had been the tradition of many Presidents since that day in 1973.

And I was standing in the Oval Office, and the President said, oh, well, I won’t be able to call.  And I said rather shyly, well, if I could help in any way.

And he said, really?  How?

And I said, well, they invited me, too.  (Laughter.)  

And he looked up from his desk at the — in the Oval Office.  And he said, they invited you to speak?

And I said, yes, sir.

And he said, have you done that before? 

And I said, my family always went to the March for Life when I was in the Congress.  I’ve spoken, be glad to help.  (Laughter.) 

And the President pointed his finger at me without hesitation and said, you go.  You go and you tell them we’re with them.  (Applause.) 

President Donald Trump stands with the men and women who stand for the sanctity of human life in America, and he always will.  (Applause.) 

He’s actually taken even more action than I’ve mentioned thus far.  The President actually has empowered states to withhold federal funding from abortion providers, and I’m humbled to say that at the President’s direction, I had the privilege of casting the tie-breaking vote in the United States Senate that allows states to defund Planned Parenthood.  (Applause.) 

And President Trump is appointing strong conservatives to the federal courts at every level — men and women who will uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution — and that includes the newest justice to the Supreme Court of the United States, a man in the mold of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia — Justice Neil Gorsuch.  (Applause.) 

My friends, life is winning in America.  Life is winning through the steady advance of science that continues to illuminate more and more when life begins.

Life is winning through the generosity of millions of adoptive families, who open their hearts and their homes to children in need.

Life is winning through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations, like Project Rachel, that give hope and healing to women in cities and towns across America.

And life is winning in America because all of you have stood with those who stand — from the Congress, to the White House, to statehouses across the land — for the sanctity of human life.

I believe we’ve come to a pivotal moment in the life of our nation, and indeed, the life of the world.  The Catholic community in America has made an enormous difference in the life of this nation.

And at this moment, I urge you to continue to stand up, to speak out, to continue to be that voice for the voiceless that the church has been throughout its history, continue to be the hands and feet of our Savior, reaching in with love and compassion, embracing the dignity of all people of every background and every experience.

I urge you to continue to do the very things that we celebrate here this morning and to stand for the change that this nation so desperately needs, a change back to a safer America, a more prosperous America, an America standing tall in the world again for our values and our ideals — standing with our allies and against our enemies.

But I ask you to do one more thing that I know that men and women of Catholic faith in this country do exceedingly well, and that is I ask you to remember to bow the head and bend the knee and to pray.  In these challenging times, I encourage you to take time every day to pray.

And I don’t so much say to pray for a particular agenda.  Although I will tell you that the sweetest words the President and I ever hear are when people reach out at an event to grab a hand and say, “I’m praying for you.”  And we hear it a lot.  Men and women of the Catholic faith in this country and of every faith in this country are people of prayer.

I encourage you to redouble your efforts, but don’t so much pray for a cause as for country.  I’ve always been drawn to what Abraham Lincoln said when he was asked once if he thought that God was on the side of the Union Army in our great Civil War.  Abraham Lincoln responded, “I’d rather concern myself more with whether we were on God’s side than whether God is on our side.”  (Applause.) 

So just pray for America.  Pray for this country because America matters.

And when you pray, pray with confidence.  Because I truly do believe in these divided times where there is so much focus on what we disagree on, it seems, so much need for healing, that those ancient words inscribed millennia ago that Catholic Americans and all Christian Americans and all our Jewish friends have clung to throughout the thousands of years are still true today as the day they were expressed:  That if His people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray, He’ll do as He’s always done throughout the long and storied history of this Church and this nation.  As the Old Book says, He’ll hear from heaven and He’ll heal this land — this one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  

Thank you very much for the honor of being with you today.  (Applause.)  Thank you for all the Catholic Church means to America.  God bless you and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.) 

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Bernie Sanders Rips Into Trump Budget Nominee For Past Christian Writings – Sanders Lacks Knowledge of the Constitution and Our Religious Liberty – REALLY DANGEROUS – 6/8/2017

 

On Wednesday, during a confirmation hearing for an Office of Management and Budget nominee, Sanders was clearly trying to impose a religious test on a President Trump Administration nominee.  He clearly lacks understanding of the Constitution and its prohibition against a religious test for public office.

Sanders interrogated the nominee Russell Vought by directly asking about his Christian faith.  He questioned a line he took from a blog post Vought wrote back in January 2016. (It sounded like an SS inquisition). 

Sen. Sanders stated the following question to Vought:

“You wrote, ‘Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.’ Do you believe that that statement is Islamophobic?”

Vought replied: “Absolutely not, senator. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith,” Vought replied. “That post, as I stated in the questionnaire to this committee, was to defend my alma mater, Wheaton College, a Christian school that has a statement of faith that includes the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation, and …”

Sanders: “Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned? Is that your view?”

Sanders:  (Shouting) “I understand you are a Christian, but this country are made of people who are not just — I understand that Christianity is the majority religion, but there are other people of different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?”

Vought:  “As a Christian, I believe that all individuals are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their religious beliefs. I believe that as a Christian that’s how I should treat all individuals.”

Sanders:  “I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”

So, essentially, Sanders said he would be voting against confirming Vought for the nomination.  Sanders is stating that anyone who believes there is only one way to salvation are not fit to serve in pubic office.  Sanders, while trying to destroy Vought during the interrogation, EXPOSED himself for having disrespect for our Constitution and OUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. The fact that Vought wrote in the past about his beliefs should have no bearing on whether he is an acceptable nominee to working the Office of Management and Budget, or any other public office in this country.

Sanders showed his total opposition to Christianity which is VERY CONCERNING to all who believe in OUR CONSTITUTION and our heritage of RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

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I believe Senators should have a refresher on the Constitution and Religious Freedom and every year.

 

Source:  Conservative Tribune

TEXT of Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders – 6/8/2017

This is for the record and the reader’s review of what was said yesterday, 6/8/2017, during the Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

 

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

12:08 P.M. EDT

MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Just barely afternoon, I guess.  Quiet morning for you guys?  I’ll go through a few things and then I’ll take your questions.

First off, as a reminder, as is tradition when the President is speaking, this is an off-camera, not-for-broadcast gaggle.  Audio should not be used on television or radio.

Yesterday the first U.S. liquid natural gas shipments arrived in the Netherlands and Poland, marking the inauguration of American energy exports to northern and central Europe.  And now that America has been freed from the burdensome regulations that prohibited LNG exports for far too long, we’re poised to become one of the world’s premier energy exporters — a strategic advantage that we can use to build prosperity here at home and advance our interests abroad.

President Trump is committed to removing barriers to energy development and trade, promoting U.S. exports of energy resources, technologies and services, and ensuring the economic and energy security of the United States.  U.S. LNG exports support American jobs, which, as you know, is a top priority for the President.

As Energy Secretary Perry has said, energy policy is not just economic policy, it’s also foreign policy.  We’ve seen other producers use energy as a way to coerce the less powerful.  And now the United States will be able to counteract this strong-arming and ensure both our own and our partners’ energy security.

The President has had a great event in Ohio yesterday, talking about our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and his plans to make historic investments in our national infrastructure.  And this afternoon, the President will give remarks to wrap up the infrastructure summit here at the White House, where Cabinet members, senior staff, and subject-matter experts are meeting with state, local, and tribal leaders on how we can best work together to rebuild this country.

The summit is kicking off just about now with a working lunch and remarks by the Vice President, and the President will speak around 3:30 p.m.

Of course the President right now is currently on his way to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference. And for those of you that are concerned with Sean’s whereabouts 
— April, in particular — he is with the President.  I’d encourage you all to pay close attention to the President’s remarks, as he’ll be addressing some of the biggest issues facing our country and our world today — skyrocketing health insurance costs, job-killing federal regulations and policies, the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.  These are the issues that Americans are actually talking about around their dinner tables, and that’s what the President will be speaking about and who he’ll be speaking to today.

Tomorrow will be a busy Friday before the President departs for Bedminster for a working weekend.  In the morning, we’re headed to the Department of Transportation for an event on roads, rails, and regulatory reform.  Try to say that 10 times fast.
He’ll join in a roundtable with federal and state DOT officials, hosted by Secretary Chao, where they’ll discuss how the current maze of federal regulation leads to an uncertain and prolonged permitting process that doesn’t serve our environment or our economy.  His remarks afterward will highlight his plans for reforming the system to encourage responsible investment by both the public and private sector.  

And later that afternoon, the President will welcome the President of Romania for an official visit.  We’ll, of course, have a readout for you following their meetings.  And following the departure of the President of Romania, we’ll head to Bedminster.

Finally, I’m aware there’s a lot of interest in what’s going on on the Hill today.  And as you all know, Marc Kasowitz, the President’s outside counsel, will have a statement upon the conclusion of the hearing.

And with that, I’ll take your questions.  

Q    Sarah, did the President watch any of the hearing today?

MS. SANDERS:  I don’t know if he’s seen much of it.  I know he has been in meetings with Secretary Tillerson, Mattis, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster the majority of the morning.  They talked about a variety of issues, including North Korea and Gulf region issues.

Q    And do you know if he’ll mention the testimony at all in his speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition?

MS. SANDERS:  Not that I’m aware of.

Q    Sarah, former Director Comey essentially said the President lied to him — lied to him, lied about the content of the meetings, said he didn’t trust the President enough to not record in minute detail the aspects of those meetings.  Two questions:  Is the President a liar, as former Director Comey says?  And is the Director’s testimony truthful to the best of your understanding?

MS. SANDERS:  I’ll answer the first one.  No, I can definitively say the President is not a liar.  I think it’s, frankly, insulting that that question would be asked.  And second, anything specific to the hearing, again, as I said in my opening, I would refer you to the comments that Marc Kasowitz will make following the conclusion of the hearing.  

Q    Sarah, two things for you.  In his testimony, Comey also accused the administration of defaming him and defaming the FBI with his comments about morale.  Can you address those?

MS. SANDERS:  Again, not to sound like a broken record — I’m kind of looking around for my kids because I feel like, with toddlers, you get to answer the same question over and over, so I’m in good practice for this.  But Marc Kasowitz will address the hearing at a statement at the conclusion of the hearing later today.  

Q    And then, also, there were a lot of questions about tapes that the President claimed that he might have about conversations between the two of them.  He said, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” and called on the President for them to please be released.  Are there tapes of those conversations?

MS. SANDERS:  Once again, I will refer you to remarks that Marc Kasowitz will make at the conclusion of the hearing on all matters regarding Mr. Comey’s testimony today.

Major.

Q    Sarah, in all fairness, you said from the podium that the FBI Director had lost the faith of the rank and file of the FBI.  That’s got nothing to do with Marc Kasowitz.  The FBI Director — former FBI Director just told the Senate Intelligence Committee that’s not true.  Can you help us understand this discrepancy?

MS. SANDERS:  I stand by the statements I made at the podium.  But, again, anything specific to Director Comey’s hearing testimony today I will refer you to outside counsel.

Q    Can you tell us as a housekeeping matter, is Kasowitz going to read this to the pool, or come back here?  And will he take questions?

MS. SANDERS:  I believe that’s being finalized now, and we’ll keep you guys updated as soon as we know the exact plan.

Q    Can you speak to the atmosphere in the West Wing? Obviously you always have TVs on.  Today they’re all playing the hearing.  In terms of what the President —

MS. SANDERS:  That’s because you guys are all playing the hearing.

Q    But it’s on.  So it’s in the atmosphere of the workplace here.  Can you describe how it’s affecting people in the West Wing today?  And did the President watch any of it?  I know you said he had meetings, but do you know if he watched any of it?

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not sure if he’s watched any of it.  Again, I know the majority of his morning has been spent with the people I listed earlier.  

In terms of the mood in the White House, I would say that it’s a regular Thursday at the White House.  We’re carrying on.  Again, the President is engaged in national security meetings, doing infrastructure meetings this afternoon.  We have the news on like we do every single day.  That’s not new.  I’m pretty sure that’s standard operating procedure for this building.  So we’re carrying on, focused on the things that the President was elected to do, and we’re going to continue doing that throughout the day.

Q    Are you able to say today, does the President have confidence in his Attorney General?

MS. SANDERS:  Absolutely.  The President has confidence in all of his Cabinet, and if he didn’t they wouldn’t be here.

Jim.

Q    I think there was a variation if this question asked about whether there are tapes.  Can you say definitively whether there is a taping system that allows the President to record his conversations here at the White House?

MS. SANDERS:  I have no idea.  

Q    Two points struck with me from the Comey testimony.  One, the President was not personally investigated.  And the second one, the point is that they both share the concern about the leakage of classified information.  If you know that they both agree on these things, what explains that information that the President was not under investigation has not been leaked out?  Because when things are getting leaked then shouldn’t everything gets out?  But there is an impression that there is selective kind of leakage right now going on.  So how does your administration do that?  And are you going to do any kind of investigation when it comes to the leakage of classified information?  And who is doing this leakage?  And why the selective leakage?  There is an impression there is no information that is going to impugn the President.  But what about these other types of information that could not get out if he was — 

MS. SANDERS:  Again, I’m not going to comment on the specifics of the hearing, but I will comment on leaks.  Obviously the President takes any leak very seriously, and we would expect that anyone caught doing so, particularly in a manner that puts national security at risk, should they be caught, an investigation concluded and they’re found guilty, they should be punished by the full extent of the law.  

April.

Q    Sarah, back on the recording issue, for security purposes — this is the White House, this is the West Wing — for security purposes, are there recording devices, video or audio, in this West Wing area?

MS. SANDERS:  Again, I’m not sure, that’s not something I can answer.  You might check with Secret Service, if you’re asking from a security standpoint.

Q    I am asking because this is the home of the leader of the free world.  This is where he works.  This place is a target for anything and everything.  We’ve seen that.  And within — I mean, there’s a lot of security here and it would not be something out of the realm of possibility that there could be security cameras or security recordings just for the safety of the President and his senior staff.  Do you know of any such thing?

MS. SANDERS:  Again, I’m not aware, I’m not sure.  I would refer you to Secret Service, particularly given the nature of your question is about the security of the White House.  I would imagine Secret Service is not usually big on discussing the security of the White House, but I would refer you to them on that question.

Q    They would probably know comings and goings and things that happened if they are a nature of concern.  If something were to happen, they would look at tapes or figure out — beyond asking questions, they would be able to —

MS. SANDERS:  Again, I can’t answer that question.  I don’t work for the Secret Service.  They probably wouldn’t have me.  

Q    Sarah, two questions.  First of all, aside from the specifics of the Comey hearing, his testimony was leaked in advance yesterday.  You came back from Ohio on the plane with the President.  Could you characterize his mood about all the attention that’s being paid to it?  Is he frustrated?  What’s his attitude about the whole thing?

MS. SANDERS:  You know, I know he read through some of the comments for the opening statement, and I know you guys are going to get tired of hearing his name, but Marc Kasowitz did actually put out a statement on that.  I’m happy to read that to you again.

“The President is pleased that Mr. Comey has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the President was not under investigation in any Russian probe.  The President feels completed and totally vindicated, and he is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda.”

I think that sums it up pretty clearly.

Q    One more.  You mentioned that he had discussions this morning with his national security people about the Gulf.  He had spoken yesterday to the head of the United Arab Emirates and to the head of Qatar.  What is the goal here?  What is the President’s goal here?

MS. SANDERS:  I mean, I think the goal is real simple, is to deescalate the situation.  He is continuing to talk with all of the partners in the region, and he’s going to continue to do that.  And I think ultimately the goal is peace and partnership, and that certainly hasn’t changed over the last week.

Justin.

Q    I had some on Qatar, but I did want to ask one on — you said it was a normal day at the White House.  Obviously, as much as you guys might be trying to keep a sense of normalcy, this is a day that would seem kind of definitional on the presidency.  Can you talk at all about what kind of stuff you guys are doing to prepare for this testimony, to react to the testimony in real time, to prepare for this?  Was it really entirely outsourced to outside counsel?  I mean, you and Sean had to be out there talking about how you’d address these questions, talking to senior aides about it and that sort of thing.

MS. SANDERS:  Given that most of the way that I’m addressing the questions is to direct you to the outside counsel I think it’s pretty clear that we have outsourced the comments and any statements to outside counsel.  Obviously I have — some of the process questions that you guys asked I answered.  But aside from that, again, we’re carrying on as we normally would.  I spent the last couple hours looking through information on other questions that may come up outside of the Comey hearing.

Q    And one shot on Qatar, just because it’s a big issue and what the President apparently spent his morning on.  Do you guys see the demands that the Saudis and other Gulf countries made as being reasonable of Qatar?  And does the President stand by his tweets from earlier this week in which he suggested that they were financing terrorism in the Middle East, especially in light of CNN’s report that the sort of root cause of all this might have been a story that was planted by Russian intelligence services?

MS. SANDERS:  Again, the President is continuing to have conversations with all of the leaders in that region.  He’s going to continue doing that.  He’s been meeting with his national security team this morning to discuss that.  I haven’t talked to him since they’ve had those conversations, but if I can get an update following that I will.

Q    Can I go back to one other thing?  I want to see if you can comment on this aspect of the hearing.  All during the election campaign the President pointed to the meeting that then Attorney General Loretta Lynch shared with Bill Clinton on the tarmac.  And we learned from Comey today that Loretta Lynch had asked him as Director of the FBI to refer to the Hillary Clinton investigation as a “matter,” and not an investigation.  And he felt that the Department of Justice was trying to align the language of the FBI’s investigation with that of the Clinton campaign.  Can you give us something on that?

MS. SANDERS:  Unfortunately, I cannot.  But maybe Mr. Kasowitz can later today.

Zeke.

Q    Sarah, you and others in the administration have said for a while the President is his own best messenger.  Should we expect to hear from the President at any point today regarding former Director Comey’s testimony?  And at what point will we hear from him?

MS. SANDERS:  The country is going to hear from the President here momentarily —

Q    About this subject.

MS. SANDERS:  Whether or not he addresses that, I don’t know.  But again, the President is going to continue being focused on what we think most people are concerned about, and some of that stuff, he’ll lay out in his speech later today.

Q    — you said you had no idea whether or not there was a taping system in the Oval Office.  Could you try to find out?  A lot of people are interested, as you might imagine.

MS. SANDERS:  Sure, I’ll try to look under the couches.

Q    Thanks, Sarah.

Q    Could you characterize — not specifically about these meetings with the former FBI Director — but when the President comes out of a meeting with anyone, does he take notes?  Do his aides takes notes?  Does he in any way record the conversation in writing or in audio format to look back on?

MS. SANDERS:  I can’t speak to every staffer in the White House that participates in meetings with the President.  I couldn’t possibly know the activity of each member —

Q    I’m just trying to get a better understanding of how the President comes out of meetings.  Does he take notes?  Does someone take notes for him, generally speaking?

MS. SANDERS:  Again, I think it varies depending on the nature of the meeting.  And so I can’t just give a general answer on broad meetings that take place here at the White House.

Q    A quick follow-up on today — have you met with the President today?

MS. SANDERS:  No, I have not.

Q    Sarah, the President just named a new FBI director.  This is adjacent to Comey in the sense that he noted that he had nine one-on-one conversations with the President either in person or on the phone.  Is that a level of contact with the FBI Director that this White House thinks is appropriate?  Or is it something that the President intends to change in terms of his contact with whoever ends up becoming the next FBI Director — Christopher Wray, in this case, potentially?
MS. SANDERS:  I think it would have to depend on the nature of the situation.  I couldn’t possibly foresee every instance in which the President may need to speak with the FBI Director, so I couldn’t comment on a hypothetical situation.

Q    Right, but the context here is that, with President Obama, it was two conversations over three years.  With President Bush, it was one.  It seems like the level of contact is enormous by comparison, in this short span of time — it was about four months.  So is that something that you all believe is appropriate with Comey?  And is it something that will continue?

MS. SANDERS:  I don’t think anything inappropriate took place at any point.

Q    So what would be the consequence for someone that leaked an internal memo through a professor in order to, say, have a special counsel appointed, as Comey did today?  But I know that you’re referring to that there’s going to be a statement.  So can you speak to that in a general sense?

MS. SANDERS:  That’s not something that I would be an expert on.  The extent of which someone would be punished would probably not come to my desk.

Q    Would the White House take any particular action if they found out?  Because there’s been this question of leaks, so what would be the White House response if they found out that, say, an FBI Director has leaked an internal memo?

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not sure what the extent of the law would be in that case.  But, again, I would imagine it would require a full investigation, and at the conclusion of that, the law would be the decider in that case.

Q    I want to ask a follow-up on Attorney General Sessions.  What changed in the last couple days that allows you to now say the President has confidence in him?  Especially because you said you didn’t have a conversation with him today, so, I guess, what changed in the past 72 hours that now allows you to —

MS. SANDERS:  I had one last night.

Q    You did?  Okay.

Q    Sarah, why was Jeff Sessions involved in the firing of James Comey if he had recused himself from the Russia investigation?

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not sure.  That’s a question I would refer to DOJ.

Q    Okay.  So to follow up, today James Comey said he never initiated contact with the President the nine times they spoke.  Does the President agree with that, that he initiated contact with James Comey all nine times?

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not sure, again, when it comes to specifics of the testimony.

Q    He said Comey called him —

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not aware of the ins and outs of those nine interactions.  I’ll try to check and get back to you.  But in the meantime, I would also refer you to Marc Kasowitz.

Blake.

Q    Let me ask you two, if you don’t mind.  Obviously, the President has one-on-one conversations with staff members, people he’s hired.  But as it relates to folks that he hasn’t hired, is there any sort of policy as to not put him in a one-on-one situation so it doesn’t create a “he said, he said, he said, she said” whatever type environment?  Or is that something that the White House might look at?

MS. SANDERS:  Not that I’m aware of, and I couldn’t comment, again, on a hypothetical situation.

Q    Okay.  And let me ask you, secondly — the President had spoken and tweeted a lot about the Russia investigation.  And know we know throughout that, as early as January 6th and as late as March 30th, he had been assured by Jim Comey that he personally was not under investigation.  So I’m wondering if you could say why the President never said that detail?  Why he never came out and said, hey, look, I’ve been assured — he waited all the way until the Comey firing.  Do you know why he waited up until that moment to say it?

MS. SANDERS:  No, I’m not sure why he would wait.

Q    Sarah, thank you.  Looking to the future, one overriding element in today’s hearing was that Comey said — and both sides agreed — that Russia still is coming after American elections and will continue to in the future.  Does the President agree?  And what will he do about this important question?

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not sure whether or not he agrees.  I haven’t had that conversation.  But I do know that the President takes our elections very seriously and would want to make sure that we do everything we can to ensure that they’re done properly, fairly, and without interference from anyone.

Mike.

Q    Thanks, Sarah.  A couple questions about business in the Senate right now.  In connection with Iran sanctions legislation, there is an effort to link to it or to add an amendment that would make that legislation contingent on also a provision that would require congressional approval of any effort to change sanctions — to remove sanctions on Russia.  Is that something that the White House would support?

MS. SANDERS:  The administration is committed to existing sanctions against Russia and will keep them in place until Moscow fully honors its commitments to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.  We believe that the existing executive branch sanctions regime is the best tool for compelling Russia to fulfill its commitments.  And the administration will continue to work with Congress to ensure that we pursue the best course of action in support of the foreign policy interests of the United States.

And, guys, with that, the President is getting ready to speak.  Thanks so much.  Have a good day.

END
12:30 P.M. EDT

President Donald J. Trump Holds a Joint Press Conference with the President of Romania – 6/9/2017 

 

Klaus Werner Iohannis is the current President of Romania. He became leader of the National Liberal Party in 2014, after having served as leader of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania from 2002 to 2013. Wikipedia
Born: June 13, 1959 (age 57), Sibiu, Romania
Office: President of Romania since 2014

 

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Remarks by President Trump and President Iohannis of Romania in a Joint Press Conference

Rose Garden

2:51 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  President Iohannis, thank you for being here.  It’s an honor to welcome such a good friend of America to the White House.  

As you know, the people of Romania and America share much in common — a love of freedom, proud cultures, rich traditions, and a vast and storied landscape to call home.  The relationship between our two countries stretches back well over a century.  But today we especially reaffirm and celebrate our strategic partnership that began 20 years ago next month.  That partnership covers many dimensions, including economic, military, and cultural ties.  And today we are making those ties even stronger. 

Mr. President, your visit comes at an important moment not just in this partnership, but among all of the responsible nations of the world.  I have just returned from a historic trip to Europe and the Middle East, where I worked to strengthen our alliances, forge new friendships, and unite all civilized peoples in the fight against terrorism.  No civilized nation can tolerate this violence, or allow this wicked ideology to spread on its shores.

I addressed a summit of more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders — a unique meeting in the history of nations — where key players in the region agreed to stop supporting terrorism,   whether it be financial, military or even moral support.

The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level, and in the wake of that conference, nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behavior.  So we had a decision to make:  Do we take the easy road, or do we finally take a hard but necessary action?  We have to stop the funding of terrorism.  I decided, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, our great generals and military people, the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding — they have to end that funding — and its extremist ideology in terms of funding. 

I want to call on all other nations to stop immediately supporting terrorism.  Stop teaching people to kill other people. Stop filling their minds with hate and intolerance.  I won’t name other countries, but we are not done solving the problem, but we will solve that problem.  Have no choice.  

This is my great priority because it is my first duty as President to keep our people safe.  Defeating ISIS and other terror organizations is something I have emphasized all during my campaign and right up until the present.  To do that, stop funding, stop teaching hate, and stop the killing.  

For Qatar, we want you back among the unity of responsible nations.  We ask Qatar, and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster.

I want to thank Saudi Arabia, and my friend, King Salman, and all of the countries who participated in that very historic summit.  It was truly historic.  There has never been anything like it before and perhaps there never will be again.  Hopefully, it will be the beginning of the end of funding terrorism.  It will, therefore, be the beginning of the end to terrorism.  No more funding.

I also want to thank the Romanian people for everything they contribute to our common defense and to the fight against the evil menace of terrorism.  They have their own difficulties with it, and they’ve come a long way and they’re doing a lot.  Romania has been a valuable member of the coalition to defeat ISIS, and it’s the fourth-largest contributor of troops in Afghanistan. There, 23 of your citizens have paid the ultimate price.  And America honors their sacrifice.

I want to recognize President Iohannis for his leadership in committing Romania this year to increase its defense spending from 1.4 percent of GDP to over 2 percent.  We hope our other NATO allies will follow Romania’s lead on meeting their financial obligations and paying their fair share for the cost of defense. But I will say this, that because of our actions, money is starting to pour into NATO.  The money is starting to pour in.  Other countries are starting to realize that it’s time to pay up, and they’re doing that.  Very proud of that fact.

As you know, I have been an advocate for strengthening our NATO Alliance through greater responsibility and burden-sharing among member nations.  And that is what is happening.  Because, together, we can confront the common security challenges facing the world.

Mr. President, I want to applaud your courage and your courageous efforts in Romania to fight corruption and defend the rule of law.  This work is necessary to create an environment where trade and commerce can flourish and where citizens can prosper.  I look forward to working with you to deepen the ties of both commerce and culture between our two countries. 

Romanians have made many contributions to the United States, and to the world.  Very notable among them was Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, who was born in Romania and, sadly, passed away almost one year ago.  And I understand that earlier this week, the American Jewish Committee presented President Iohannis with its very prestigious Light Unto the Nations Award, for his work to further Holocaust remembrance and education in Romania.  I join the AJC in saluting your leadership in that vital cause.

The people of Romania have endured many, many hardships, but they have made a truly remarkable, historical journey.  The future of Romania and Romania’s relationship with the United States is very, very bright. 

President Iohannis, I thank you for your leadership, and I thank you again for being here today.  I look forward to strengthening our alliance with your country and our bonds with your people.  The relationship has been good, but now it’s stronger than ever.  

Thank you very much.

PRESIDENT IOHANNIS:  President Trump, thank you so much for the words you found for Romania, for the Romanian people, and for me.  Thank you very much for the invitation to be here today with you.  And thank you so much for arranging this nice weather in this place.

Mr. President, I’m very glad that we had such a good meeting.  And this is due to your strong leadership, and this is also due to our strong partnership.  Obviously, the fact that we celebrate 20 years of strategic partnership this year is important for both our nations, and it is important to know — and this is what I want to underline — that this partnership with the United States of America shaped Romania as it is today. 

Romania, a solid democracy with a solid and sustainable economic growth.  Romania which stands together with the U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  We stand together in Iraq.  Mr. President, this partnership contributed greatly to what Romania is today.  And this partnership was and is very important.

And I think this partnership not only has to continue, this partnership has to become stronger.  This partnership has to define our bilateral relation, and this partnership has to contribute to solve so many problems.  

President Trump, you mentioned terrorism.  I’m very glad that, due to your strong leadership, NATO decided to go against terrorism.  Your involvement made so many nations conscious of the fact that we have to share the burden inside NATO.  And this is why Romania also decided — and if I’m right, I think this is the first country during your mandate to step up to 2 percent of GDP for defense spending.

A significant part of this defense spending is going into strategic acquisitions.  And I hope, President Trump, that we find good ways together to make good use of this money.

Romania is very conscious of the fact that we stand on the Eastern Flank and we heavily rely on your partnership, President Trump, because we cannot stand there without the U.S.  We cannot stand there alone.  On the other hand, our partnership has a huge opportunity to step up not only in security matters, but also in commercial and economic matters.  And this is very important.

Romania is a member of the European Union.  And I think it’s the best interest of you, Mr. President, to have a strong European Union as a partner.  This is vital for all of us.  Our relationship, the transatlantic link is vital.  The transatlantic link is not about diplomacy, about policy — it’s at the basis of our Western civilization.  And together, we will make it stronger.  Together, we will make it better.

NATO and the European Union do not have to compete against each other.  They have to work together.  They have to work in such a manner as to produce synergetic effects.  Make NATO stronger.  Make European stronger.  Make the United States of America stronger.

And this is what we decided, President Trump and I, to make our partnership stronger, better, more enduring.  And this will lead very soon to an enhanced economic exchange — to better commerce.  And this is what we all decide and what we wish, because we are responsible, President Trump and I, not only for the security.  We are responsible for the well-being of our citizens.  And this is what we are deciding to do.  

Thank you so much, President Trump.  

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.

Dave Boyer, Washington Times.  Dave.  Come on, Dave.

Q    Thank you, Mr. President.  Apologies.  

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  That’s all right, Dave.

Q    Mr. President, this morning, on Twitter, you were referring to the testimony of James Comey vindicating you.  But I wondered if you could tell us in person, sir, why you feel that his testimony vindicated you when it really boils down to his word against your word.  And if you could also tell us, sir, do tapes exist of your conversations with him?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future.  But in the meantime, no collusion, no obstruction.  He’s a leaker.  But we want to get back to running our great country — jobs.  Trade deficits, we want them to disappear fast.  North Korea, a big problem.  Middle East, a big problem.  So that’s what I am focused on.  That’s what I have been focused on.  

But yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction.  We are doing really well.  That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn’t have lost, because it’s almost impossible for the Democrats to lose the Electoral College, as you know.  We have to run up the whole East Coast and you have to win everything as a Republican.  And that’s just what we did.  

So it was just an excuse.  But we were very, very happy.  And frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said.  And some of the things that he said just weren’t true.  

Thank you very much.

Do you have a question?

Q    Thank you.  Mr. President, if you could tell us — a couple weeks ago, President Trump was in Brussels at the NATO meeting, and not only was he encouraging NATO members to pay up the 2 percent required of GDP for national defense, but he also was saying that countries, including yours, who had not paid 2 percent in the past should make up for that difference.  Do you think that’s fair?

PRESIDENT IOHANNIS:  I was in Brussels, and I met President Trump and I listened to his speech and I liked it.  Because, you see, NATO is based on values, but it is ultimately a military alliance.  And you know, military spendings are complicated and you need a lot of money, because NATO is the strongest alliance the Earth ever saw and we want to keep it that way.  

So we have to spend money for defense purposes.  And spending money means if you’re in an alliance, everybody has to spend money.  This is called burden-sharing.  And I fully agree, Mr. President, to that.

So, of course, some people liked this better, and some didn’t like it so much.  But it’s a simple fact that we have to do this.  Not as a purpose in itself; we have to do this to stay strong, to be strong, and to defend our nations.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  One hundred percent correct.  And you know, one of the things I was referring to during that speech was the fact that, yes, they haven’t paid what they should be paying now, but for many years, they haven’t been paying.  So I said, do we ever go back and say, how about paying the money from many, many years passed?  

Now, I know no President has ever asked that question.  But I do.  And we’re going to make NATO very strong.  We need the money to make it strong.  You can’t just do what we’ve been doing in the past.  So I did say, yes, you haven’t paid this year, but what about the past years, the many past years where you haven’t paid?  Perhaps you should pay some or all of that money back.

You have a question?

Q    Thank you.  I have a question for President Trump.  On the matter of security, sir, many of the countries on the Eastern Flank of NATO, including Romania, see Russia as a threat to the security and the peace in the region.  Do you share this vision? And do you think that the United States should act under Article 5, if any of these countries would be under military aggression?
Thank you very much.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I’m committing the United States, and have committed, but I’m committing the United States to Article 5.  And certainly we are there to protect.  And that’s one of the reasons that I want people to make sure we have a very, very strong force by paying the kind of money necessary to have that force.  But, yes, absolutely, I’d be committed to Article 5.

Q    Thank you.  Mr. President, were there any discussion about the Visa Waiver Program for Romania?  Is there a time frame for including our country in this program?  Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We didn’t discuss it — 

PRESIDENT IOHANNIS:  Yes —

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We didn’t discuss it.  But there would be certainly — it would be something we will discuss.

Mr. President.

PRESIDENT IOHANNIS:  I mentioned this issue, and I also mentioned it during other meetings I had, because this is important for us, it’s important for Romanians who want to come to the United States.  And you see more and more people come, President Trump, from Romania to the United States.  Some come as tourists.  Some come for business.  And those who come for business should be encouraged.  

So the matter of visa waiver would be probably important to discuss.  And we all hope that we will advance on this.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Good.  

Look at those hands up there, President.  Do you have this in Romania, too?  I don’t know.  (Laughter.)  I’ve got the microphone.  If I could only sell that.  If I could only sell it.

Who would like to ask — should I take one of the killer networks that treat me so badly as fake news?  Should I do that?

Go ahead, Jon.  Be fair, Jon.

Q    Oh, absolutely.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Remember how nice you used to be before I ran?  Such a nice man.

Q    Always fair.  Mr. President, can we get back to James Comey’s testimony.  You suggested he didn’t tell the truth in everything he said.  He did say, under oath, that you told him to let the Flynn — you said you hoped the Flynn investigation he could let —

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I didn’t say that.  

Q    So he lied about that?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I didn’t say that.  I mean, I will tell you I didn’t say that.  

Q    And did he ask you to pledge —

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I’ve read today.  But I did not say that.

Q    And did he ask for a pledge of loyalty from you?  That’s another thing he said.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No, he did not.

Q    So he said those things under oath.  Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  One hundred percent.  I didn’t say under oath — I hardly know the man.  I’m not going to say, I want you to pledge allegiance.  Who would do that?  Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath?  I mean, think of it.  I hardly know the man.  It doesn’t make sense.  No, I didn’t say that, and I didn’t say the other.

Q    So if Robert Mueller wanted to speak with you about that you would be willing to talk to him?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you, Jon.

Q    And you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I’m not hinting anything.  I’ll tell you about it over a very short period of time.

Q    When is that?  

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay.  Do you have a question here?

Q    When will you tell us about the recordings?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Over a fairly short period of time.

Q    Why not now?

Q    Are there tapes —

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Oh, you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer.  Don’t worry.  

Jon, do you have a question for the President?

Q    Yes.  Thank you.  And, President Iohannis, you are no stranger to Russian aggression.  Vladimir Putin recently suggested that Romania could be in Russia’s crosshairs.  How concerned should the world be about Russian aggression in your region?  And how concerned should we be here in the United States about what Russia tried to do in our election, sir?

PRESIDENT IOHANNIS:  Everybody is concerned.  But, you see, being concerned should lead you to being prepared.  So in my opinion, we have to be very clear, very simple and very straightforward if we talk about Russia and with Russia.  In my opinion, we need dialogue.  But, on the other hand, we need what we all together decided in NATO, a strong deterrence.  So this combination — strong deterrence and dialogue — should lead towards a solution which is feasible for every part. 

Q    Hello, Mr. President Trump.  You mentioned earlier the anticorruption fight in Romania.  It is a matter of high importance in our country.  But we see now that the anticorruption fight and the efforts to consolidate the rule of law are sometimes undermined by some politicians — part of what we can call the “Bucharest swamp.”  Is your administration going to support the anticorruption fight in Romania?  And how can you do it?  Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, we support very strongly Romania.  And therefore, obviously we do support that fight on anticorruption.  We will always support that.  And we support your President.  We think he’s done an outstanding job.  Very popular, very solid, working very hard.  We know everything that’s going on.  And, yeah, and he’s going to win that fight.  He’s going to win that battle.  But he has our support.

Q    Do you think corruption in Romania is a problem for the U.S.-Romania partnership and for the American investor  — because we still have corruption in Romania, despite this anticorruption fight.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, you do.  But I can tell you that there are many American investors right now going to Romania and investing.  In fact, I was given a chart just before our meeting, and we have people going over to Romania and investing, and they weren’t doing that a number of years ago.  So that shows very, very big progress.  And there really are a lot of congratulations in store.  But a lot of people are investing from our country to yours.

And people love — from Romania — the United States.  And they come here a lot, and we’re very proud of them.  

Thank you all very much.

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3:18 P.M. EDT

President Trump Delivers Remarks – Department of Transportation – 6/7/2017 – #Infrastructure

 

Secretaries Chow and Zinke are working with State and Local Leaders to develop plans to replace America’s decaying infrastructure and construct new road, rails, pipelines, tunnels and bridges all across our nation.  Permitting has blocked many important projects from getting off the ground.  This is a project that President Trump is working on to simplify.

Later int he afternoon, President Trump met with Governors and Mayors for a Summit on #Infrastructure

 

Remarks by President Trump at the Top of the Infrastructure Summit with Governors and Mayors

State Dining Room

3:36 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all very much for being here.  This is fantastic.  In fact, what we’ll do — in a minute, we’ll go around the room real quickly.  I see some extra people showed up so that, frankly, we don’t have too much room, Rick.  It’s a little tight in here.

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT:  They should all be in Florida.

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s a little tight, but that’s okay.  Great honor.  and it’s my pleasure to welcome so many incredible governors, tribal leaders, mayors, county commissioners, and other leaders of our country to the White House Infrastructure Summit.  We’re doing a great job with respect to infrastructure all over, and we’re very proud of it.  It’s going to take off like a rocket ship — moving very quickly.  Together, we’re going to rebuild America.  

Earlier this week, we announced our plan to revolutionize air traffic control.  And yesterday, I traveled to Cincinnati to discuss our new vision for American infrastructure and our plans to modernize our vital inland waterways, which are so important and which are, in many cases, crumbling.

Today, we’re here to talk about how we will create the infrastructure of the future by partnering with the states and local governments — of which you form a very important part, right?  This is the group.  And it’s a great group.

You are the stewards of the vast majority of our nation’s roads and bridges and airports.  Yet, for too long, Washington has slowed down your projects and driven up your costs, and driven them up beyond anything even recognizable.  Those days are over.  We are going to move quickly, we’re going to move very, very intelligently, and we’re going to get the job done, under budget and ahead of schedule — something the government doesn’t hear too much.

We are already taking action to dramatically reduce the time it takes to get permits and approvals.  If you want to build a highway in the United States, you currently have to obtain approvals, generally speaking, on average, 16.  And usually, 10 federal agencies are involved.  It’s a process that can take well over 10 years just to get the approvals.  We’re not talking about building, we’re talking about just getting the approvals.  So we want to streamline that process, and we think we can get it down to a number that’s closer to two years, and maybe even less than that.  That would be a big, big difference.

In addition to reforming our broken permitting system, we want to partner with state and local governments to better meet the needs of our citizens.  My budget proposal includes a massive investment in new federal support for infrastructure.  These dollars will be matched by significant private, state, and local dollars for maximum efficiency and accountability. 

Already, many of you are pioneering innovative solutions for your citizens and you’re already looking at developments and working with us.  To take just one example, in Florida, Governor Rick Scott — hello, Rick — has partnered with private sector investors — and he’s really been partnering a lot — to build projects such as the I-4 Ultimate Project, which has been called “the largest infrastructure project in state history.”  That’s Florida — big state.  It’s going to be a great project.

Because of their innovation approach and because of the way they went about getting it and getting the approvals, the project is anticipated to be completed 17 years earlier than it would have through more traditional funding methods.

These are the kind of projects we want to see all across the country.  Working together, I’m confident that we can translate every taxpayer dollar into new pavement on our streets, new locks and new dams, new pipes for our water — and I will tell you we’re just going to have a much better, more modern, more acceptable infrastructure.  We want to bring it to the top of the world.  

We’ve gone way down in the list.  If you look worldwide, we have gone way, way down.  We want to go back to the top.  We used to be at the top every year, routinely.  And now we’ve gone down quite a bit.  So I don’t like that, you don’t like that, and we’re going to change it.  

I just want to again say it’s an honor to have you here.  You’re really the stewards of the great cities and the great states and the great areas and communities, and you’re going to be very important to what we’re going with infrastructure.  

So I think what I’ll do is start with Rick Scott of Florida, and maybe just around.  You give the name, location.  You have a couple of people from the press.  Not too many.  Let’s see.  Not too many.  (Laughter.)  And I’m sure they’re going to be excited to hear who you are.  They’re desperate to hear who you are.  (Laughter.)  
  
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3:42 P.M. EDT

 

How political correctness is killing America and the world – 6/7/2017

 

Romans 12:2 ESV (Political Correctness)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of GOD, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

These days nobody wants to call the enemy by name! Political correctness has totally taken over today’s society just like in the 1940s, and that is how the Nazi regime got away with killing so many Jews, Christians and other innocents.

 

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Today’s war we are fighting is a very different war in that it is a war with millions of radical Muslims. Everyone is walking on egg shells so as not to be called an islamophobe and to appease this so called religion while it continually encroaches upon our society.  I am not anti-muslim, I am anti Radical Islamic Terrorists.  But how do you separate the religion from its Sharia Law which is not compatible with our American Constitution and it will NEVER be accepted in our society. This ideology wants to take over the world. How do we stop them?

 

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The Nazis didn’t want peace and today radical Islamic terrorists don’t want peace either, they want to take over. We have to fight terror with Power, Strength, Conviction and Unity. Not with political correctness.

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Part Source: Israel Video Network

 

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