PRESIDENT #TRUMP Makes an Announcement Regarding a Pharmaceutical Glass Packaging Initiative – White House – 7/20/2017 – “Made In America Week”

President Trump is investing in America’s future, building a foundation and creating a bright future for us and our children.  We should commend President Trump for the work he is doing. Bit by bit, not matter what he is going through, he continues pushing ahead doing his best work for the American people.  I can tell you that one day, we will all look back and say how lucky we were to have had this incredible man, a builder, a strong patriot amongst us.



THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  Very exciting — and exciting times at the White House.  A lot of things happening that are so great for our country.  I want to welcome Made in America Week.  This is what we call Made in America –right here, and they’re all here.  Some of the great business minds, businesses geniuses.  Congratulations fellas, that’s not a bad statement.  (Laughter.) 

But they’re right here with us, and I’ll tell you it’s an honor to have them.  We’re continuing our celebration of American manufacturing, and it has been something very important to us — Made in the USA, Made in America — and our tribute to the skill, dedication, and grit of the American worker.  We’re showcasing products from all around the country that are stamped with the beautiful letters “Made in the USA.”  

Today I’m proud to welcome three more great companies — we’ve had quite a few wonderful companies — a little smaller generally speaking than yours, but every company is smaller than yours when you get right down to it to it — to the White House for really a major announcement which you’ll be hearing:  Merck, Pfizer, and Corning. 

These three companies are announcing that pharmaceutical glass packaging will now be made in America.  That’s a big step.  That’s a big statement.  We’re very proud of that.  Thank you very much, by the way.  And I know they wouldn’t have done it under another administration.  I feel confident. 

These companies have formed a groundbreaking partnership to create thousands of American manufacturing jobs with this innovative new product.  It’s an incredible product.  Merck, Pfizer, and Corning are coming together to create an advanced pharmaceutical glass packaging operations, which include an immediate investment of at least $500 million and the creation of nearly 1,000 new jobs — and quickly.  

The initial investment will be spread across facilities in New York, New Jersey, and a new manufacturing plant in southeast of the United States — they’re looking right now — which Corning will be announcing in the coming months, and there’s some pretty good competition.  I know they’re going to make a great deal.  

Eventually, the companies here today expect a total investment in this initiative to reach at least $4 billion and create some 4,000 American jobs.  And it’s very innovative on top of it.   

This initiative will bring a key industry to our shores that for too long has been dominated by foreign countries.  We’re moving more and more companies back into the United States, and they’re doing more and more of these products.  And that would have been unheard of even a couple of years ago.  

These companies have achieved a breakthrough in pharmaceutical glass technology that will be used to store and deliver injectable drugs and vials and cartridges.  This technology is not only great for American jobs and manufacturing, it’s great for patients who now will have access to safer medicines and vaccines.  

It’s also great for the healthcare workers who can administer the drugs — makes it much, much safer for them and safely without having any problems and worrying about vial-breaking, which, as I understand, is a tremendous problem that we’re not going to have anymore.   

I know that Secretary Price and the FDA are committed to working with innovative companies like these.  We have tremendous excitement going on at the FDA.  Amazing things are happening there, and I think we’re going to be announcing some of them over the next two months.  We’re going to be streamlining, as we have in other industries, regulations so that advancements can reach patients quickly.  You’re going to see a big streamlining — I think you already have.  To a large extent, you already have.  Very proud of that.   

I especially want to thank Ken Frazier, Ian Read, and Wendell Weeks — so three of the great, great leaders of business in this country — along with all the great people at Merck, Pfizer, and Corning for believing in America and the American workers.  This announcement reflects a central theme of my administration that when we invest in America, it’s a win for our companies, our workers, and our nation as a whole.

Every day, we are fighting to bring back our jobs, to restore our industry, and to put America first or, as you’ve heard, make America great again.  That’s exactly what we’re doing.  Some people have heard that expression.  It’s been fairly well-used, I think.  

I want to thank you all for being here, and I want to thank you for your dedication to Made in America.  Really appreciate it very much, and I’d like to have you say a few words.  Come on up.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  

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Secretary Ryan Zinke: “This week, President Donald J. Trump kicked off ‘Made in America Week.’ At the U.S. Department of the Interior we are taking this opportunity to promote and strengthen America’s tradition of outdoor recreation on public lands.” #MadeinAmerica



President Trump had conversation with President Putin at G-20 during Dinner, with 40 people present, MEDIA is losing its FAKE MIND- Media never said a word when Pres. Obama was caught in open mic saying this! 7/19/2017

Obama open mic slip: ‘After my election I have more flexibility’




RT News:  On Monday while President Obama was taking part in a global nuclear security summit in South Korea, he was caught on tape asking for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for “space.” “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama implored.


This meeting between President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took place in South Korea in March of 2012, at which time President Obama clearly said “After my election, I have more flexibility.” How did you know you were going to win firstly, and secondly Pres. Obama you represented America, not yourself.

I can’t understand the left’s concern about what was said between President Trump and President Putin during a dinner with 40 people in the room.  What is the big secret, casting suspicion and trying to undermine our President’s character?  The media are making themselves liable for a big fat lawsuit. I hope that President Trump sues the pants off of their news   companies and he will then give that money to the Veterans and the homeless.

As Chris Stirewalt said on the Fox News Half-Time Report, President Trump supposed ‘second meeting’ was a routine encounter at a summit of world leaders, brief and ‘perfectly normal.’ 

President Trump did not have to disclose every brief conversation he had with any other leaders at the G-20, so why should such a meeting with Putin be any different?

For eight years Pres. Obama undermined America’s standing before the world and was only president to half of the country.  Thank GOD President Trump loves being President to the entire country.  He is an equal opportunity President of all the people for the first time in decades.

The lying media headlines are incredible, they are designed to instill fear in the American population, especially those that do not vet their information coming from the SS FAKE MEDIA. NOT only do they lie about this meeting, between President Trump and President Putin, they insult our President and call him “Stupid Liar.”  We could have called Obama a list of names, but we chose to remain civil and respectful of the man and the office.  Something the left will never master.  


Washington Post on-line writes: “There is something nefarious going on.”


This is the preferred theory of Trump’s opponents. 

They also mention the Russia investigation as if it were a real matter and not the DEMENTED creations of a LUNATIC LEFT intent on cementing their rhetoric intended to support their desire to apply the Twenty-Fifth Amendment (Amendment XXV) to the United States Constitution to claim that our President has a disability (or in their words he’s nuts).

Wake up Media – You are not the President of the United States of America, President #DonaldJTrump is! THANK YOU GOD! AND he is honorable, and we Trust him 100%.  He has always gone out of his way to protect ALL Americans and our beloved Country. 

My Money is On President Trump all The Way!!!


Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Press Briefing – GOP Healthcare Bill – White House – 7/18/17


Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds an off-camera press briefing and takes questions from reporters on the GOP Senators’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.


MS. SANDERS:  The second door was already open.  You guys must be ready for me. 

I apologize for the delays.  Good afternoon.  Today, the Trump administration continued to shine a spotlight on the people, products, and principles that have made this country great with an event hosted by Secretary Zinke, celebrating the American outdoor recreation industry. 

The United States has a long tradition of preserving the all-American outdoor experience, dating back to the days of President Theodore Roosevelt.  And we’ve developed a booming industry to support that tradition that employs 7.6 million across the country, building boats and RVs, or supplying campers, fishers, and hunters.

The importance of exploring, innovating, and building here at home has always been a central part of our country’s heritage.  And President Trump is proud that his administration is highlighting its continued significance to both our economy and our culture.

Yesterday, the United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, took the next step in renegotiating the outdated and unfair North American Free Trade Agreement by releasing the administration’s negotiating objectives.

President Trump promised the American people, during the campaign, that he would renegotiate NAFTA to get a better deal for our workers, or he would withdraw from the deal.  These objectives are a framework for what the administration sees as a more fair NAFTA — one that maintains the benefits for American farmers and ranchers who have obtained much-needed market access but provides relief for the manufacturing industry that has suffered particularly hard under the current agreement.  

They include addressing the United States’ persistent trade imbalances in North America and obtaining reciprocal market access; eliminating unfair subsidies, market-distorting practices by state-owned enterprises, and burdensome restrictions on intellectual property; updating provisions throughout the agreement to support U.S. manufacturing; expanding market access for U.S. agriculture; adding a digital economy chapter; incorporating and strengthening labor and environment-side agreements; calling for the establishment of appropriate mechanisms to combat currency manipulation; and strengthening trade remedies, including the ability of the United States to enforce rigorously its trade laws.  

Politicians have been promising to fix NAFTA for years, but this is the first time that a modern United States free trade agreement has been renegotiated.  USTR will be making an announcement soon on the first round of negotiations as we work towards a NAFTA that benefits all Americans — our workers, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and service providers.


This morning, the Treasury and State Departments took strong action as part of the administration’s broader strategy to keep America safe from the threat of Iran’s destabilizing influence.  The Departments designated several individuals and entities for contributing to that influence.  These actions are separate and on top of the President’s direction to work with our allies to explore options for addressing the serious flaws of the JCPOA.

Even as we continue to work to prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon, we cannot look away while Iran threatens our country and our allies in ways beyond their nuclear threat.  All of these elements will be part of the comprehensive integrated strategy that the Trump administration is developing to address the full spectrum of Iranian threats to our national interest. 

And, finally, yesterday Sean was asked about the administration’s position on the concept of net neutrality, and he said we’d get back to you.  The administration believes that rules of the road are important for everyone — website providers, Internet service providers, and consumers alike.

With that said, the previous administration went about this the wrong way by imposing rules on ISPs through the FCC’s Title II rulemaking power.  We support the FCC chair’s efforts to review and consider rolling back these rules, and believe that the best way to get fair rules for everyone is for Congress to take action and create regulatory and economic certainty.

And with that, I will take your questions.


Q    Thanks, Sarah.  The President seemed fairly blindsided yesterday by the defections on the healthcare bill.  As the White House pivots and moves over to tax reform later in the summer, what are you going to change at the White House to make sure that he has a pretty good sense of where the votes are on tax reform as that legislative train tries to move (inaudible)?

MS. SANDERS:  The same thing we’ve been doing, and that’s continue to have ongoing, regular, consistent contact with members of Congress.  Ideally, some Democrats will want to participate in the process moving forward on a number of issues, including tax reform.  And maintaining that open line of communication, as the President often does, meeting here with members of both the House and Senate as well as having regular calls and also having members of his administration in touch daily with both leadership and members of both houses.

Q    And as you know, the debt ceiling vote is coming up later this year.  Is there any plan to have the President reach out and make a case personally?  And if he does, what is that case to lawmakers up on Capitol Hill on the debt ceiling talk?

MS. SANDERS:  In terms of actual tactics, I think we’ll make those decisions as we get closer to that point.  Certainly, I would expect the administration to be engaged in that process throughout.


Q    Thanks, Sarah.  Let me ask you a couple of questions about healthcare.  The President said a couple times in his remarks a little while ago that at this point he’ll just let “Obamacare fail.”  Why is it acceptable policy to let Obamacare fail?

MS. SANDERS:  I think in large part — look, Democrats have refused to join in fixing the healthcare problems that have plagued our healthcare system, specifically in large part due to Obamacare and Obamacare’s failures.  And that sort of, I think, behavior is simply unacceptable, and hopefully with the collapse of the program that they put in place, they’ll be more willing to come to the table and help clean up the mess.

Q    I want to ask you — another comment about the timing going forward.  The President said, “Something will happen and it will be good.  It may not be as quick as we had hoped, but it is going to happen.”  He also started talking about 2018 and the need for more Republicans to get elected.  So I guess in the short term, is it realistic for some sort of healthcare agreement to happen before the August recess, even, as the administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill had been hoping for?  Is this a much longer-term horizon now?

MS. SANDERS:  Again, as we’ve said many times before, we’re less focused on the timetable and making sure we actually get it right and get it done.  We’re continuing to focus on repealing and replacing Obamacare with a system that actually works, and those priorities and principles haven’t changed.

Q    So is it possible that this is a post-recess — maybe even a 2018 event?

MS. SANDERS:  Ideally I think it happens as soon as possible.  But again, we’ve been clear about not saying “by X date, by X date,” but more about “let’s get better coverage, let’s get a better plan and a better program.”  That’s been our focus, not the timetable.  



Q    Sarah, three Republican senators — Collins, Murkowski, and Capito — have come out against this idea of repeal.  Collins, not surprising, she voted against it in 2015.  However, Murkowski and Capito both voted for repeal in 2015, and now they’re saying they’re against it.  Is this thing dead before it even leaves the barn?

MS. SANDERS:  I think the thing that’s dead here is Obamacare.  I think we’ve seen that it’s completely failed, and at this point Congress needs to do their job and they need to do it as quickly as they can, because every day that they don’t, we go further into collapsing under Obamacare.  And so I think that, at this point, inaction is not a workable solution, and so they need to come to the table and figure out how to reform the system and fix it.

Q    So what do you say to these two senators, Murkowski and Capito, who voted for repeal in 2015 but now say they won’t vote for it in 2017?

MS. SANDERS:  I think we say what the Vice President said today:  Do your job.  It’s time for Congress to do their job and do it now.

Q    Speaking to members of the House, Paul Ryan a short time ago said it’s pretty difficult to explain to your constituents why you voted for something two years ago but aren’t voting for it now.  Is that the tact that this White House will take, as well?   

MS. SANDERS:  I think that’s something that those senators will have to answer to their constituents.  That’s not something that the White House has to answer on behalf of those members.

Q    Sarah, will the Trump administration take actions to move Obamacare towards collapse, like stopping CSR payments or other things that have been threatened before?

MS. SANDERS:  I don’t think that the White House has to take any actions for Obamacare to collapse.  I think you see the evidence every single day.  You’ve got dozens and dozens of counties that have no options on the exchange; premiums continue to skyrocket.  I don’t think the White House needs to do anything for the failure to continue.

Q    But what about the CSR payments to insurance companies?

MS. SANDERS:  I don’t have anything further than where we’ve been the last several months on that.  Nothing new to update.

Q    Can I ask one more question about —

MS. SANDERS:  Sure.  Why stop now?  We’re on such a roll.  Everybody is having a good time.  (Laughter.) 

Q    The Afghan girls’ robotic team is here competing down the street.  Ivanka Trump went there and visited today and met the girls.  How does the President find out about some of these individual cases that he’s interceded on, like Aya Hijazi or the Afghan girls’ team?  And sort of what ends up moving him on these individual cases?  

MS. SANDERS:  I mean, I can’t speak to every single way that he finds out about information.  Obviously, he has a large staff and an administration that pays close attention to a wide range of issues, and this is something that was flagged and something that he took a great deal of interest in, in making sure that the problem was solved.  And it was, and we’re excited that they’re here.


Q    Thanks, Sarah.  Two questions, if I may.  First, who is responsible — primarily responsible for what appears to be the failure of this healthcare legislation?

MS. SANDERS:  I would say Democrats.  They’re responsible —

Q    Can you explain to me how —

MS. SANDERS:  Sure.  

Q    — given that they’re in the minority?

MS. SANDERS:  Absolutely.  They’re responsible for passing Obamacare.  They’re responsible for creating the mess that we’re in.  They’re responsible for being unwilling to work with Republicans in any capacity to help fix a system that they know is completely flawed and have publicly said so.  I think that it’s pretty clear, and I think the responsibility lies on their shoulders.

Q    Great.  So then just a quick follow-up.  A bipartisan group of governors, including the Republicans John Kasich, Larry Hogan, Charlie Baker, Brian Sandoval, are calling for a seat at the table and a bipartisan process in healthcare reform.  Is the President open to that specifically, sort of starting over with a bipartisan look at this, bringing governors to the table?

MS. SANDERS:  The President has met with a large number of governors, talked to them regularly.  That certainly won’t stop at this point of the process — not just on healthcare, but on a wide variety of issues.  In terms of bipartisan, I think the President laid out pretty clearly from the beginning of this process he was more than willing to sit down with Democrats.  I think they’ve been the ones that have been completely unwilling to even come to the table to be part of the discussion.

Hopefully now that Obamacare continues to completely collapse, maybe they’ll decide that they want a part of this process.


Q    Sarah, what is the President’s level of frustration with Republicans since they control both houses of Congress?

MS. SANDERS:  I think he’s frustrated.  He spoke about this earlier today.  Again, I think his primary frustration is that there is no progress in terms of over the last 24 hours of moving this further down the road and giving Americans the system that they deserve.  But I think he laid out pretty clearly that there’s a small number of people that he’s probably frustrated with.  But I think in large part, most of the frustration lies with the Democrats who created the mess but don’t want to help fix the problem. 

Q    And when he says he’s not going to own it, what does he mean by that?

MS. SANDERS:  I think he’s not going to own the failure of Obamacare.  I think exactly what I just said to Matthew.  The failure of Obamacare I think rests solely on the shoulders of Democrats.  They created the program.  They pushed it through.  They made this legislation happen, and they need to own the failure of it.


Q    Sarah, back during the transition, at the press conference the President had at Trump Tower, he was asked about healthcare.  He said that there would be repeal and replace the same week, but probably the same day, could be the same hour.  Did this turn out to be a lot more difficult than he anticipated?

MS. SANDERS:  Certainly I think that after hearing members of Congress talk about repealing and replacing Obamacare for seven years, I think that most people thought that it would probably move a little bit faster.

Q    What did he learn about the way Congress works in this process?  What did he learn about this town?  What did he learn about the legislative process?

MS. SANDERS:  Probably that government always moves slower than it should.  


Q    Thanks, Sarah.  Two statements from the President.  One —

MS. SANDERS:  If you can speak up?

Q    Sorry.  Two statements from the President, one from him a year ago this Friday at the Republican National Convention as he accepted that party’s nomination.  He said, “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.” 

So if the President knew the system so well, does he owe his supporters an apology? 

MS. SANDERS:  For what?  For —

Q    That he couldn’t get healthcare across the finish line?

MS. SANDERS:  For what?  Having the stock market at an all-time high, creating jobs, putting ISIS on the run, getting rid of countless regulations that have made the business climate better?  Should he apologize for that?  Absolutely not.  We should be very proud of the progress that we’ve made in the first six months and the continued progress that we’re going to make over the next seven and a half years.

Q    And second question, another statistic (inaudible) your response to Matt.  This is from November 8th, 2013, from the President:  “Leadership, whatever happens, you’re responsible.  If it doesn’t happen, you’re responsible.”

So why is the President trying to shunt responsibility over to Democrats?  Doesn’t he own any of the blame here?

MS. SANDERS:  The blame of a program that was created and forced through before he took office?  No.  But the process of reforming healthcare is certainly not over, and we’re going to continue to focus on reforming the healthcare system and putting one in place that isn’t a failure, like Obamacare. 


Q    Thank you, Sarah.  This seems like a multi-question day, so I’ve got two.  

MS. SANDERS:  I thought they were all multi-question days.  (Laughter.)  I didn’t know that there was an option that we could do it different from day to day.

Q    We could also do it on camera, but just an idea.

MS. SANDERS:  I’ll consider that one, too.

Q    Is the failure of this Senate bill going to change the President’s approach on this at all going forward?  Will we see him take a more public role with rallies and speeches calling for healthcare legislation?  And also, how much should we expect to see him meeting with senators about this?

MS. SANDERS:  Again, the President has laid out the priorities of what he wants to see in healthcare reform.  And now it’s Congress’s job to legislate, and we’re looking to them to work through some of that process.  But we’re going to continue to be incredibly engaged, specifically on providing technical assistance, as well as looking at all options for best repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Q    And the second one.  One thing I’ve been hearing a lot is this notion that it might have been smarter to pursue infrastructure first because that had more bipartisan appeal and more likelihood of passage.  Do you think there’s any regret about not going for another agenda item first?

MS. SANDERS:  No, not necessarily.


Q    Sarah, a couple questions.  One, is the President going to go to the NAACP convention next week in Baltimore?

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not sure, April.  I’ll have to check and get back to you.

Q    Is he considering?

MS. SANDERS:  I honestly don’t know.  I haven’t see the schedule for next week.

Q    Okay.  When it comes to ACA, you’re blaming Democrats.  But Democrats are saying there were 99 amendments by Republicans in ACA.  What do you say to that?

MS. SANDERS:  This is still a Democrat piece of legislation.  It was written — it was forced through.

Q    But 99 written amendments. 

MS. SANDERS:  Ninety-nine amendments to how many hundreds of pages of legislation?  It’s outrageous to make this a bipartisan bill.  I think everybody knows exactly who was part of that process, and it certainly wasn’t Republicans.

Q    And last question.  Some congressional leaders — particularly Democrats — are very concerned about the trust factor when it comes to Jared Kushner and his security clearance, and also still remaining in the job.  What does the President have to say about his son-in-law, right now, in the midst of this storm — the fact that more information continues to come out after he gave his initial statements, and their concern about the trust factor when he has a critical piece of security clearance that deals with issues of trust?  Is the President considering allowing him to stay or leave?  And should he keep his security clearance?

MS. SANDERS:  I don’t know of any changes that would be made.  The President has confidence in Jared, and I’m not aware of any changes at all.

Q    Sarah, is it fair to say the President was blindsided last night?  Can you walk us through a little when he found out, when his senior staff found out?  

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not going to get into the process piece and the tick-tock and the back-and-forth.  Again, as we’ve said a dozen times, our focus is on the repeal and the replace, not the process piece of it, but making sure that we get this done.

Q    Also, Sarah, can you confirm the President did tell lawmakers again last night that they would look like dopes if they did not vote for repeal and replace?

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not sure.  I’ll have to check and get back to you.

Q    Thanks, Sarah.  I want to ask you about the President’s pledge to get more Republicans elected in 2018.  He said earlier today that he’s going to be working very hard to make that happen.  Does that go for two Republican incumbent senators, Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, who were not onboard for this healthcare plan?

MS. SANDERS:  Due to legal restrictions, I’m not going to get into any potential election questions.

John Gizzi.

Q    Thank you, Sarah.  Two questions, please.

MS. SANDERS:  John Roberts is bored today.  He’s headed out.  (Laughter.) 

Q    John, stick around.

Q    If it were on camera, I might not.  

Q    Ooh — 

MS. SANDERS:  Nice.  

Q    Two questions.  Even before Senator McConnell’s statement last night and Speaker Ryan’s press conference, the concept on an outright repeal was cause du jour in the House of Representatives at least.  There was this meeting of conservative lawmakers on Thursday who were adamant about it.  Congressman Biggs has since introduced the bill for a direct repeal.  Is there any possibility the administration would at least sit down and join the cause for a direct repeal before it pursued any new kind of legislation?

MS. SANDERS:  I think we’re certainly open to having conversations on all fronts and the best way to move this process forward.


Q    All right, my second question —

MS. SANDERS:  Oh, sorry, number two.

Q    One of the things — it’s been concluded that the meeting that Ms. Veselnitskaya had with Donald Trump, Jr. was about eventually lifting all of the Magnitsky sanctions, which targeted top officials in the Kremlin.  Now, since January, Secretary Tillerson has said none of the sanctions will be lifted.  Many of the Russian expatriates and opponents of the Kremlin regime had suggested that if the President could put this issue behind him by supporting further Magnitsky sanctions.  Are there any plans to do that?

MS. SANDERS:  Specific sanctions, I can’t speak to that today.  But once we have an announcement, I’ll certainly let you know.


Q    Sarah, thanks.  The President has said many times in the past six months that we needed to get the healthcare legislation done first so we could go on to massive tax reform to help the economy.  Can you now proceed with massive tax reform that will give the biggest bang to the economy without having done the Obamacare part of it?

MS. SANDERS:  We’re going to continue pushing forward on tax reform and laying out that plan.  I know this will surprise a lot of people, but we can walk and chew gum at the same time.  We’re not done with the healthcare battle.  We’re going to continue pushing forward on that and hopefully get that completed, and then transition fully to tax reform after that’s over.


Q    Sarah, thank you.  You continue to say that this is the Democrats’ fault.  The reality is, they were willing to sit down at the table with you guys and negotiate and try to improve Obamacare.  

MS. SANDERS:  I missed all of those phone calls —

Q    But they said they weren’t going to work with you guys on repeal and replace.  So isn’t it fair to say that you guys were dug in and wouldn’t find common ground with them as well?

MS. SANDERS:  Not at all.  We’ve been very clear from the beginning we’re willing to sit down with Democrats and talk about how to reform the healthcare system.  And until they recognize the fact, I think, that Obamacare has completely collapsed and failed, I think it will be hard for them to move forward in the process.  I think that their unwillingness is pretty well documented.

Q    In 2012, @RealDonaldTrump’s Twitter account tweeted, “Obama’s complaints about Republicans stopping his agenda” — and I’m quoting — “are BS since he had full control for two years.  He can never take responsibility.”  Doesn’t the President need to take some responsibility for this moment, Sarah?  

MS. SANDERS:  Look, I think we’re taking responsibility in terms of pushing new legislation through, but not the failures of legislation that happened before the President got into office.  I think you also have to take into account the outrageous obstruction that we’ve talked about pretty frequently up here, not just on healthcare but across the board in just allowing the President’s administration to be fully staffed and be able to fully carry out the duties of the office.

Q    And I understand what you’re saying, but this moment is not about the legislation that was passed before the President took office.  This moment is about the President and Republicans who campaigned on a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare for seven years — the President for the time he was on the campaign trail — not living up to that promise to the American voters.  Doesn’t he need to take responsibility?

MS. SANDERS:  Like I said before, the debate and the battle over healthcare isn’t over.  We’re continuing to push forward to repeal and replace Obamacare, and we’re going to continue fighting for that every single day.  So you’re speaking as if this is over and done, and it certainly isn’t.


Q    Just curious whether the President would be willing to sign a repeal-only legislation if that ended up on his desk.
MS. SANDERS:  You know, I don’t have any announcement to make on specifics that hasn’t hit his desk, but I think right now we’re certainly open to considering all options to reform healthcare and make sure that Americans get the best care possible.  


Q    The President earlier today had a luncheon with servicemembers and said he wanted to hear ideas from them about the war in Afghanistan.  Can you tell us any of the ideas that he heard?  Also, he’s clearly not happy about how long the U.S. has been in Afghanistan.  Would he reject a plan from Mattis of keeping the U.S. there long term?   

MS. SANDERS:  In terms of specifics that were discussed at the meeting, I’ll see if I can get any of those ideas if that’s something that those individuals want to share.  But the President felt like it was important to talk directly to some of the servicemen that have been on the ground and hear some of their feedback and some of their thoughts about what’s taking place there and some of the progress being made.

Q    And (inaudible) Mattis came forward with a plan that kept the U.S. there long-term.  Trump has been complaining — President Trump has been complaining that the U.S. has been there for 17 years.  Would he be supportive of a plan that kept the U.S. there longer?

MS. SANDERS:  The President is still reviewing what options he wants to take and what decisions he’ll make, and we’ll keep you guys posted when we have an announcement on that.

Jon Decker.

Q    Thanks a lot, Sarah.  Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act was perhaps the biggest campaign promise that the President made when he was President.  Does the President believe, does he fear, that failing to do so will impact the Republicans’ ability to hold on to the House and the Senate in 2018?  Is this something that he’s conveyed to members of Congress in his conversations with them?  

MS. SANDERS:  Again, we’re going to get the job done.  We’re still focused on doing what we set out to do.  But I would also argue that the President laid out a lot of priorities during the campaign:  creating jobs, creating a better job environment; getting rid of burdensome regulations; putting ISIS on the run; securing the border; protecting our country; taking steps every single day to help improve the lives of the forgotten man.  And I think he certainly delivered on a lot of those things, and we’re going to continue to do that every single day that he’s in office.  

Q    And then, Sarah, also, in terms of what the President said a little bit earlier and also what he tweeted earlier, he spoke about coming together.  Does that indicate that the President is open to some sort of bipartisan solution to fixing what is wrong with the Affordable Care Act?

MS. SANDERS:  Absolutely.  The President said all along that his primary goal is to find a solution, and he’s happy to work with Democrats to get that done.  


Q    Thank you, Sarah.  You said that the administration would want Congress to finish work on healthcare and then it would move on to taxes.  Previously, the White House had said that it wanted to see a draft plan for that tax reform before the August recess.  Is that still the case?  And do you still expect to get tax reform done this year, in light of what we learned about the healthcare bill yesterday?

MS. SANDERS:  We’re still very focused on moving forward on tax reform.  It’s still a big priority for the administration.  And that certainly has not changed.

Q    In terms of getting it done before the end of the year?

MS. SANDERS:  We want to get the biggest tax reform as possible — tax reform plan in place.  And we’ll, you know, keep you guys posted on the timeline and announcements for that happening.

Q    One other topic, since it’s multiple-question day.  I wanted to ask about the legal fees.  Is the President paying for his lawyers that are defending him in the Russia case or in the Russia allegations that are outside of this White House?  And is the President paying Mark Corallo, the spokesman, for — Marc Kasowitz and Jay Sekulow and the lawyers on his team?

MS. SANDERS:  I’m not sure what the structure is for that.

Q    Sarah, didn’t the President, though, himself, as a candidate and as President, raise significant expectations about this legislation, saying it was going to be a beautiful plan, everyone was going to be covered?  And did he ever really have a plan?  And what does that say about his true knowledge regarding the healthcare system?

MS. SANDERS:  I think the President has shown he has extensive knowledge.  He’s laid out the priorities that are important for him to be included in the legislation.  And once again, this is not a game-over situation.  We’re continuing to push forward every single day and work hard to make sure that the American people get the type of healthcare that they need and deserve.


Q    Can I just clarify:  As long as the Affordable Care Act remains law and replacement legislation is in abeyance, is the President committing, through HHS, to support the subsidies, the executive sustenance that the law — the existing law requires?

MS. SANDERS:  As has been the case since we got here, we’ll continue to keep you posted as decisions and changes are made, or if they’re not.

Q    And can I follow up?  You just said a few minutes ago, we are taking responsibility in terms of pushing new legislation through.  That sentence seemed to conflict with what you were saying earlier.  Can you clarify what you mean by “we’re taking responsibility”?  What happened last night is the President’s responsibility — that’s what you’re saying?

MS. SANDERS:  I’m saying that our goal is to continue to push to repeal and replace Obamacare.  We’re committed to doing that.  That hasn’t changed.  Throughout the campaign, that was something we talked about and something we talk about every single day — that we’re here, we’re focused on doing that, and we’re going to continue pushing forward.  That’s it.  


Q    So, outside of the White House, a couple of weeks ago, Mitch McConnell said either Republicans will agree to change the status quo or the markets will continue to collapse and we’ll have to sit down with Senator Schumer.  So he was suggesting that sitting down with Democrats would be a consequence of Republicans failing to repeal and replace Obamacare.  Is McConnell and the President — are they on the same page about whether or not they really do want to work with Democrats on this?  McConnell seemed to indicate that that was the plan B, not the plan A.

MS. SANDERS:  The President has said all along that he’s happy and willing to work with Democrats on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Q    But do you guys believe that that’s the way the process has actually unfolded in the Senate?

MS. SANDERS:  In terms of Democrats being unwilling to come to the table, yes.

Q    In terms of whether the Senate Republican leaders have been open to Democrats participating in the process.

MS. SANDERS:  I think Democrats laid out very clearly from the very beginning of this process they were unwilling to come to the table and have that conversation.

Q    Sarah, I want to ask you about the Iran deal.  It’s been reported that the President was reluctant to certify that Iran is in compliance.  Can you give voice to that reluctance?  Just how reluctant was he?

MS. SANDERS:  I think, as everybody in the room knows, the President has talked about this pretty extensively, and his opinions and his feelings on this deal have certainly not changed.  He still very much thinks it’s a really bad deal and that the Iranians have not been fully compliant.  And we’re going to continue through this process.  And I refer you back to his statement to see where he lays that out pretty clearly.

Q    One more question.  To follow up on the lunch today, he sat with enlisted men and he heard from them what they think should happen.  Was the President seeking a second opinion from what he’s hearing from the commanders?  I’m just curious why he wanted to hear from the enlisted men.

MS. SANDERS:  I wouldn’t call it a second opinion.  I think it’s important for him to have that type of engagement.  I know that’s something that matters to him, not just on specific policy issues, but just to be able to have that type of open dialogue with the guys that have the boots on the ground.  And he’ll want to probably be able to continue to do that throughout, you know, his time in office.

Q    Sarah, both you and the President have suggested that Obamacare is simply dead.  In fact, though, there are millions of people who still depend on it.  And the President has decisions to make — as was noted earlier, the payments to insurance companies and subsidies.  He can push this over the cliff.  As Senator Schumer said a short time ago, he has the power to do that.  It’s not simply going to fail on its own.  He has the power to do it.

MS. SANDERS:  I disagree with you.  I think we’re seeing it fail day after day after day as millions of people — 

Q    Well, if it’s already failed, it can’t fail day after day after day.  You’re saying it’s dead.  You’re saying it’s dead.  It’s not dead.  There are still millions of people — many of them, the forgotten men and women you like to talk about — who still depend on it.

And he has the power to kill it, dead.  He has the power to push it over the cliff.  Are you saying he’s already made the decisions on subsidies and payments to insurance companies that would finally kill it?

MS. SANDERS:  No, that’s not what I’m saying.  Again, in terms of Obamacare being dead, it’s an unsustainable program.  When something is unsustainable and it can’t be revived — 

Q    So you’re saying it’s dying, you’re not saying it’s dead.  There are people who depend on it, millions of people, many of them your supporters, his supporters.

MS. SANDERS:  Right, and that’s why — 

Q    How could it be dead?

MS. SANDERS:  That’s why the process of repealing and replacing would need to make sure that those people continue coverage.  And that’s been a big focus and one of the priorities of this process throughout — from the beginning.

Q    Is he going to help push it over the cliff?

MS. SANDERS:  Again, I think this is already going over the cliff and doesn’t need a push by the President. 

Q    Sarah, when you’ve spoken, you’ve spoken to the President earlier today — said that this system will continue to collapse and we’ll get to a point where Democrats have to come back to the table and join in trying to find a way to fix it.  What specifically does the administration think would be that point where he would get a group conversation that has not happened yet?

MS. SANDERS:  I think that’s a question, frankly, you’d have to ask the Democrats.  

Q    No, no, no, it’s your —

MS. SANDERS:  I think they’re the only ones that know what’s going to bring them to the table.

Q    No, you’re the ones who keep saying that there’s going to arrive a point at which the system has failed to such a degree that suddenly there’s a willingness to compromise.  So, like, what are you envisioning?

MS. SANDERS:  Well, I can’t imagine that — 

Q    Failures of individual plans?

MS. SANDERS:  I can’t imagine — that as this program, as he laid out, goes deeper and deeper off the cliff, that —

Q    You’re either off the cliff or not off the cliff.  (Laughter.)  You don’t go deeper and deeper off a cliff.

Q    What is the point you’re describing?

MS. SANDERS:  The point is Obamacare is simply unsustainable.  We’ve said this a hundred times.  It’s not a program that can be revived.

Q    But you’re saying you’re going to arrive at that point —

MS. SANDERS:  It’s not a program that can be revived.  It is essentially a dead program in terms of being able to provide the type of healthcare that Americans need and deserve.

And our point is the priorities that the President has laid out, we have to have a plan in place that actually provides care — not just coverage; that brings the cost down; lower deductibles; across-the-board reform.  And at this point, hopefully Democrats will see how bad the system is and come to the table.

Q    But what specifically is going to happen to bring them back to the table?  You’re saying it’s unsustainable, it can’t be supported.  And the President is saying it’s going to get to a point —

MS. SANDERS:  I would think that those things alone should wake up Democrats and make them want to come to the table.  I would — again, I’m not going to speak for the breaking point of Democrats, but I can’t imagine that as we continue down this road, they don’t come to the table to try to help save healthcare in this country. 

Q    Sarah, you spoke before of — a question about Syria.  You spoke before about progress made (inaudible) ISIS.  And U.S.-backed forces have taken a couple more neighborhoods in western Raqqa recently.  I was wondering, does the President have an opinion on who should control the city after ISIS is expelled?

MS. SANDERS:  I haven’t had that conversation, but I would certainly refer you to members of the national security team, and they might be able to help lay that out more clearly.

Thanks so much, guys.

3:11 P.M. 


Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer – 7/17/2017 – Audio/Transcript – White House

SEAN SPICER IS BACK – White House Press Secretary takes Questions from the WH Press Corps – 7/17/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 7/17/2017, #58

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 

2:32 P.M. EDT

MR. SPICER:  Sorry I’m a little late.

Q    Good to see you.  

Q    We miss you, Sean.

MR. SPICER:  Well, I miss you too.

Good afternoon.  For the rest of July, this administration is going to be honoring the people, the products, and the principles that have made America a global leader.  This week, we will be spotlighting American-made products and industries.  Later on in the month, we’ll also be highlighting American heroes and the American Dream.

Since day one, the President has been fighting for the hardworking people of this country, and he has done a lot on their behalf.  He signed an executive order to Buy American and Hire American, which is a historic action to ensure that federal projects are made with American goods, and to keep American workers and companies from being cheated out of contracts by countries that break the rules.  He took action to reform our immigration system so that it puts the needs of American workers first.  We continue to make progress on that.  He withdrew the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership and began renegotiating NAFTA.

Whether it’s removing job-killing regulations, protecting our borders, or unleashing American energy, the President is working to keep his promises and deliver for the America’s workers. 

So, today, as I mentioned, we’re kicking off “American Made” week with a showcase of 50 products that are made here in the United States, representing each of the 50 states.  From the South Lawn to the State Floor, the White House will be lined with these examples of American innovation and investment in manufacturing and technology.

From the SH-3 Sea King helicopter made in Connecticut, which most of us affectionately know as Marine One when the President is on board, to the iconic cowboy hats made in Texas, this country is already responsible for the invention and creation of an incredible span of amazing products.

But for decades, Washington has been doing its best to discourage these companies from investing here at home, through job-killing deals and a rapidly expanding scheme of unnecessary regulations.  This administration has been working hard to ease these burdens, making it easier for companies to compete and grow so they can contribute more to our economy and hire more American workers.

We’ve already created over 50,000 new manufacturing jobs this year.  And as the President moves forward with his pro-growth agenda, including repealing and replacing Obamacare, reforming our over-complicated tax code, and revitalizing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, that number is sure to grow even higher.

We hope that the companies represented here today and the rest of the businesses who put Americans to work manufacturing their products will see the numbers grow as the Trump administration continues to unleash American industry.

In about a half-hour, the President will head out to the South Lawn to view some of the larger products, like a forklift from Mississippi and a fire truck from Wisconsin.  He’ll then proceed to the Blue Room and continue along the State Floor to see everything from California wine to body armor manufactured in Iowa.  He will then make remarks and sign a proclamation declaring July 17th as Made in America Day.

The Vice President, Cabinet members, members of Congress, and White House senior staff are also visiting the state displays throughout the rest of the afternoon.
Later in the week, the President will host a Made in America Certification Event and attend the commissioning the USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Virginia.

Also here today, the Departments of Transportation and Energy are making important investments in domestic air travel and the new generation of bioenergy.  The FAA will award over $290 million as part of its Airport Investment [Improvement] Program to 105 airports in 38 states.  These grants fund various types of projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, which makes our airports safer and will create thousands of jobs.

And the Department of Energy will award $40 million for the establishment of four Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Centers, which are designed to lay the scientific groundwork for the next generation of energy technology.

Here at the White House and across the administration, we’re working around the clock to make America safer and more prosperous.  But as the Democrats proved again last week, they’re willing to put anything on the line, even national security, just to keep the President from putting his own team in place to carry out his agenda.

Last week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continued this unprecedented pattern of obstruction when he decided to politicize the number-two job at the Department of Defense at a time of rising national security threats.  Rather than allow Patrick Shanahan, the President’s nominee for Deputy Secretary of Defense, to be voted on by unanimous consent as proposed by Senator McCain, Senator Schumer objected, further delaying his confirmation. 

Mr. Shanahan is eminently qualified and was even praised by the New York Times as “a good complement” to Secretary Mattis, but his nomination has languished in the Senate for over a month as a casualty of these partisan attacks. 

This is on top of an even more brazen example from earlier this month where Senate Democrats used every available tool to delay the confirmation of a judge that was eventually confirmed 100-0.  They all supported the nomination, they all voted for him, so the Senate Democrats’ delay tactics had nothing to do with questions about his qualifications, and everything to do about pettiness and politics.

While that effort was partisan, last week’s move to block a vote on a key national security post is downright dangerous.  Just one in four of the President’s 187 nominees to date have been confirmed, and we’re nearing six months into the administration.  It’s time for Senate Democrats to drop this pointless and petty gamesmanship and start working with this administration on behalf of the American people.

And with that, I’ll take your questions.


Q    Sean, good to see you back here.  Question for you.  One on Iran.  Will this administration certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal?

MR. SPICER:  The JCPOA authority was delegated to the State Department.  And the Secretary of Defense — excuse me, the Secretary of State will have an announcement very shortly on that deal.

I think you all know that the President has made very clear that he thought this was a bad deal — a bad deal for the United States.  And I will wait until the State Department makes further action before going any further.

Q    And secondly, your counterpart in Russia, Dmitry Peskov, who speaks for Vladimir Putin, said today that they expect their properties that were seized by the prior administration to be returned and without any stipulations or attachments to that.  Was this discussed with the President?  Does the President have a strong view?  What is it that the President would like to see in return before handing these properties over? 

MR. SPICER:  I know that Secretary Tillerson — that falls under his purview.  He has been having discussions, and I would refer you to the State Department for — 

Q    But this came from Vladimir Putin’s office, not —

MR. SPICER:  I understand that.  But in our country, right now, the Secretary of State is handling that portfolio, and so I would refer you to him on that.

Q    But did the President bring this up at all in his conversations in Hamburg with Vladimir Putin?

MR. SPICER:  I don’t know.  I’d be glad to find out on that.  I don’t believe it did, but I’d be glad to find out.


Q    Thank you, Sean.  The President tweeted earlier today that most politicians would have gone into the meeting like the one Don Jr. attended in order to get info on an opponent.  He said that’s politics.  His FBI Director nominee said that anyone who was approached by a hostile government for opposition research should contact the FBI rather than taking the meeting.  Who’s right?  And what’s the White House’s position on whether or not it’s okay to meet with a hostile government for opposition research?

MR. SPICER:  Look, you know I’m not going to get into the specifics of this.  But I will say that it is quite often for people who are given information during the heat of a campaign to ask what that is.  That’s what simply he did.  The President has made it clear through this tweet.  And there was nothing, as far as we know, that would lead anyone to believe that there was anything except for a discussion about adoption and the Magnitsky Act.

But I would refer you back to counsel on that one.

Q    Okay.  And can I ask about counsel, about Marc Kasowitz?  He was — reportedly, he exchanged emails with a private citizen with a number of threats and a profanity-laced set of comments.  Does the White House and the President still have confidence in Mr. Kasowitz to speak for the administration on this Russia matter?

MR. SPICER:  Yes, he does.  And I know Mr. Kasowitz has issued an apology on that matter.


Q    Sean, first a follow-up to his question there.  The President’s tweet this morning regarding the Russia investigation — did Ty Cobb vet that?  Can you talk a little bit about his role?  Is his job here to manage the President’s personal response to the Russia investigation?

MR. SPICER:  Mr. Cobb — as you know within the counsel’s office, there are various attorneys that have different portfolios.  And while we have outside counsel, a lot of times the requests that we get from this room require us to go to counsel and say, can we answer this question?  What can we say or can’t we say?  You do your best a lot of times to get us to make a case why this should be answered by the White House.

And so we end up spending a lot of time talking to the counsel’s office about what can and can’t be referred to outside counsel, what still remains in our purview.  And so it was the decision of the White House to bring someone on board that, like in a lot of other areas that we have counsels dedicated to that, that there was significant interest in the subject to do that.

Q    So in the case of the President’s tweet this morning, was that something that went through Mr. Cobb?

MR. SPICER:  I don’t believe so.  

Q    And once more, a follow on Made in America.  You mentioned the Sikorsky helicopter parked on the South Lawn — that would be known as Marine One — who paid for that to fly here from, I guess, probably Quantico?  And also, is it appropriate military resources for a political event?

MR. SPICER:  Well, it would be at Bolling, is where I believe that’s held.  But I think we’re very proud.  The idea is to showcase this week things that are made in America.  And I know Sikorsky and the state of Connecticut are very proud of the fact that they contribute to our national security, that there are, I assume, hundreds if not thousands of people whose job depends on that.  And I think, like most Americans, we’re all proud of the helicopter and other military equipment that so many Americans worked tirelessly to do.  So, of course, it’s appropriate to highlight that.


Q    Thank you, Sean.  I’m wondering whether you can tell us if Made in America Week will include the Trump organization or Ivanka Trump brands committing to stop manufacturing wares abroad.

MR. SPICER:  Say that — I’m sorry?  If the — 

Q    As part of Made in America Week, if the Trump Organization or Ivanka Trump’s brands will make any kind of commitment to stop manufacturing gifts, clothes, and other wares abroad?

MR. SPICER:  So there’s a couple things that are interesting about that question.  First, I think what’s really important is the President’s agenda, regulatory relief, and tax relief are focused on trying to make sure that all companies can hire here, can expand here, can manufacture here.  That’s something that he wants for every company, and you’ve seen him talk about that extensively.

With respect to his own companies, obviously it’s inappropriate to discuss how anything would affect their own companies.  But I can tell you that, in some cases, there are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country.  I’m not going to comment on specific products, but I will tell you that the overall-arching goal, of course, though, is to grow manufacturing — to grow and invest here in the United States and to grow U.S. workers here.  So that remains the overall objective.

Q    Obviously, it might be a sacrifice, given certain questions about going rates and stuff, but wouldn’t it be sort of a way to show leadership?

MR. SPICER:  Again, it’s not appropriate for me to stand up here and comment about a business.  I believe that’s a little out of bounds.  But again, I would go back to the President’s broader goal which is to create investment here, to bring back the manufacturing base.  And I think when you look at a lot of these indices that measure confidence — both in terms of CEOs, manufacturers — that they’re all-time highs.  And I think part of that is that there’s a lot of confidence that the President’s agenda is going to accomplish that.


Q    Just a question about the DHS decision to allow 15,000 new temporary worker visas.  How does that not conflict with the President’s Hire American message?

MR. SPICER:  Again, I’ll refer you to DHS on this.  But I think one of the things that you’re seeing through this is it’s not just the number, it’s a lot of the qualifications and a lot that goes through there to ensure that we hiring and bringing in the people.

As you know, the President has been supportive of the RAISE Act, by Senators Cotton and Perdue, which seeks to really look at more of a merit-based immigration system.  And that’s something that he continues to push for, and we’ll continue to work with Senators Cotton and Perdue and others to help get that in a place that will focus more on merit-based and really provide the overall reform that he’s been talking about for a long time.


Q    Sean, thanks.  What’s the White House reaction to the government of Iran announcing that they’ve sentenced the Chinese-American student from Princeton to 10 years for espionage?  And also, could you fill us in on any new sanctions on Iran?

MR. SPICER:  I’m not going to comment on any new sanctions.  If there are some, at that point Treasury would be the one to make that announcement when that’s appropriate.

Obviously, we’re disappointed in that.  And with respect to that individual, he is someone that we’re keeping an eye on.


Q    Thanks, Sean.  With regard — I wanted to ask you about steel tariffs.  The President told reporters on the plane last week that he was considering tariffs and quotas with regard to foreign steel.  This being Made in America Week, can we expect an announcement?  Has the President made up his mind on whether he’s going to do tariffs, quotas, or both?

MR. SPICER:  I think the President’s comments on Air Force One speak for themselves.  When he’s ready to make an announcement on that, we’ll share that with you.  But that’s something that the team is still discussing with him.

John Decker.

Q    Thanks a lot, Sean.  Is the President resigned to the idea that it seems unlikely that the Senate will vote on any type of repeal-and-replace bill anytime in the immediate future?

MR. SPICER:  I know that Senator McConnell has made it clear that he would like Senator McCain back.  We obviously wish him a speedy recovery.  And as soon as Senator McConnell — as soon as Senator McCain can travel back, and Senator McConnell feels it’s appropriate, he’ll schedule that vote.  We feel very confident about where we are now, and we look forward to getting that bill on the President’s desk and getting it signed.

Q    On Made in America, I just wanted a real quick question.  I realize you can’t speak, as you said, specifically about the President Donald J. Trump organization’s companies, but I just wanted to get a view from you on what critics are saying about whether the President is the right vessel for this message.  After all, he has shirts made in China and Bangladesh and India.  Other products made — like Trump vodka made in the Netherlands.  So give me a sense, if you could, about whether the President is the right vessel for the message that he’s going to deliver later today before the press?

MR. SPICER:  I actually look at it in a very different way, which is the President has been a very successful businessman on a number of fronts and a number of areas and industries, and to understand firsthand what the tax burden and what the regulatory burden do to a business that wants to grow or expand here or hire here.  So I think he actually is — in a very unique way understands the challenges that our regulatory system and our tax system put on businesses that want to hire here, that want to grow here, that need scalability and capacity here in a way that maybe isn’t because of some of our arcane trade laws, our regulations, or our tax laws.  So I actually think that he’s in a very unique way able to talk about the challenges that so many of these companies face as they choose to expand, and some of the tariffs and quotas that they face in other markets.

I know that some of the stuff — you look at a company like Caterpillar, who is out there, and you talk to them about some of the tariffs that they face going into other countries.  When you’re talking about an earthmover, a D11 or something else, when you’re talking about a million-plus-dollar piece of equipment, a 20 percent tariff is $200,000.  So if you’re going into a country where our companies are disadvantaged by a huge tariff, that’s immediately putting them at a disadvantage.

And the President understands what that means to a company that wants to grow and expand throughout the globe and meet new markets, and go into other places.

So I think he understands it probably very, very uniquely.


Q    Okay, thanks, Sean.  

MR. SPICER:  I’ll get to you, Andrew.  Don’t worry.

Q    Thank you, Sean.  A couple of questions on the Voter Integrity Commission’s meeting on Wednesday.  I wanted to ask you, without full cooperation of all the states, would the commission consider buying some of the registration information sort of the way campaigns do?  Or using maybe a private organization like Aristotle International?

MR. SPICER:  Most of this information is available.  All that those companies are doing is buying it from the states.  So I don’t think there would be any reason to go to a private vendor.  I think we should be able to do this utilizing official resources that exist within a state.

Again, I think there’s been some miscommunication on what they’re seeking.  The commission has asked that each state provide that information that is public that they share.  And because that varies from state to state, what they’re willing to give out, the commission was illustrative in its letter in trying to describe what it was looking for.  But I think we’re going to move forward very well.

Trey.  Yes.

Q    I’m sorry, I do have another.  And that’s — there was hacking into voter registration rolls in Illinois and Arizona, and we found out recently South Carolina was reported.  Is that going to be something the commission will look into at all?

MR. SPICER:  I think the commission has got a very broad mandate to make sure that there’s the greatest degree of integrity in our voting system and confidence in it.  So I don’t want to get ahead of their agenda, but I think all areas like that are going to probably get brought up.  But the first meeting is Wednesday.  We’ll see what comes of it.


Q    Thanks, Sean.  Two foreign policy questions for you.  First, what steps is President Trump taking to ensure that the Israelis are comfortable with the U.S.-brokered ceasefire in Syria?

MR. SPICER:  So obviously — you’re talking about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments.

Q    Correct.  

MR. SPICER:  One, I would refer you to him to that.  But there’s a shared interest that we have with Israel, making sure that Iran does not gain a foothold, military base-wise, in southern Syria.  So while we’re going to continue those talks, obviously we want to have the productive ceasefire, but we also want to make sure that we’re not — one of our other objectives obviously remains to make sure that Iran does not gain a foothold in southern Syria.  So we need to continue to have that discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu about his concerns, but I think there is a shared goal there.


Q    Thanks, Sean.  With the healthcare bill in limbo, what’s the administration’s plan to move forward on tax reform?  Can you do it without having moved on healthcare first?

MR. SPICER:  Well, obviously, the Senate is still on track to vote, which is great, and the President will sign it as soon as it’s possible.  We’re going to continue to plan.  We’ve had well into the hundreds, if not close to a thousand listening sessions with different entities — so the number of entities, not the number of meetings.  So they’ll continue that outreach, continue to hear with folks.  There’s been a very robust discussion with House and Senate leadership and the committees of relevant jurisdiction, and we’re going to continue that.  

But we’re going to keep moving that along.  I expect there will be some activity in August and then into September, but we’re still on track to do that.  And we hope to have the healthcare bill completely locked up as soon as Senator McConnell deems it appropriate.  

Q    Sean, a follow-up.  

MR. SPICER:  Kristen 

Q    Thanks, Sean.  There’s concern among those who support the healthcare bill that this extension is going to give the opponents of the bill more traction.  What specifically is President Trump going to do to try to get this bill over the finish line?  What will the —

MR. SPICER:  He’s been very active on the phone.  He’s going to continue to meet with senators.  I think he’ll have some senators over tonight.  He’s been very active over the weekend.  The Vice President has been extremely engaged as well.  We’ll continue those discussions.  

So I think we’re going to do what we did the last time.  The President is going to be engaged, he’s going to get this done.  And then — you know, it’s been said before, but there’s no one better than Mitch McConnell when it comes to knowing how and when to make a bill successful in the Senate.  So we have every confidence in the Majority Leader’s ability to get this done, and the President will do whatever he has to to support those efforts.

Q    And who’s coming over tonight?  Is it just —

MR. SPICER:  I don’t have a list for you.

Q    And one quickly on Russia.  President Trump has referred to the Russia investigation as a “hoax,”  “a witch hunt.”  Given the meeting that Donald Trump, Jr. had, does he now acknowledge that the special counsel is a legitimate investigation?

MR. SPICER:  I think Mr. Sekulow answered that question very extensively this weekend.

Q    What would you say?

MR. SPICER:  Again, I think it’s been asked and answered.  

Q    Sean, can you tell me how these products were selected from each of the 50 states?  And do you know if most of the owners are Trump supporters?

MR. SPICER:  I don’t.  You’re free to ask them.  I think the pool will be out there.  I think there’s some folks, so feel free to talk to them.  This was an engagement where we asked for suggestions from governors and members of Congress to give us a list, and then, working within the different offices here, an ultimate selection was made.  But we sought input from the governors and the congressional delegation.


Q    Sean, since Friday the President has tweeted four times about healthcare, but he’s also tweeted six times about the U.S. Women’s Open, which was held at a private property that was owned by his company.  So the question is:  Is it appropriate for him to essentially advertise his private business using his Twitter feed and use of time, when comparatively less time is being spent on healthcare, an issue that, as you know, is the most important issue to Americans right now?

MR. SPICER:  Well, I respectfully disagree with that in the sense that sending off a tweet takes, what, five, ten seconds?  As I just mentioned to Kristen, he’s been extremely engaged throughout the weekend, making phone calls, talking to folks, meeting with his team, getting updates.  So to compare a tweet with a meeting or a phone call of substance is probably a little —

Q    But he did spend a lot of his weekend at the U.S. Women’s Open.  He seemed to be very engaged in it.  I mean, the tweets are, perhaps, a second long, but it seems to indicate what the President is spending his time on.  So how do you assure the country that he actually is, in fact, engaged on healthcare when we know where he was over the weekend — he’s been tweeting about it?

MR. SPICER:  I would suggest to you — one, I just told you he’s been extremely engaged in talking to different senators.  I know that some of them have mentioned they had extensive discussions with him.  Number two, this is the same group — we got a lot of that it will never get through the House.  He continued to work hard.  He continued to be engaged then, and it came out.  We continue to do what we have to do, and we’ll make it work.  

But we’re going to get this done.  We’ll move on.  We’ll do tax reform.  We’re going to do infrastructure.  The President has a really robust agenda, and I think when you look at the amount of activity that he’s been able to do and the results that he’s getting, I think that speaks for itself.


Q    Can I ask you a Made in America question, Sean?  

MR. SPICER:  Yeah, sure.

Q    Just a quick one.  Ivanka Trump’s — the head of Ivanka Trump’s business said that it is currently not possible to make her products here in the United States.  So what is the White House’s or this administration’s policy remedy for companies like that who say there’s just no way to do it?  How do they make their products here in America?

MR. SPICER:  I mean, I can’t answer that question in the sense that I’m not — but I can tell you that it depends on the product, right?  There are certain things that — certain industries that we don’t do as much anymore, and there’s certain things that we do do more.  There’s a certain aspect of technology and labor.  But as I mentioned before in terms of scalability, there’s certain things that we may not have the capacity to do here in terms of having a plant or a factory that can do it.  

The beautiful thing about a capitalistic society is that if there’s enough of a demand for it, it will happen, and I think that’s what the President is trying to do.  If you lower the tax rate, if you lower the regulatory burden, you will hopefully grow businesses and grow manufacturing.

I’ve talked to several CEOs and business leaders in the past couple of weeks about tax reform, and it’s amazing how many of them tell you that they pay the 35 percent rate.  And you say to them, what will you do if that rate drops?  And the number-one thing they talk about is they’re going to invest and build more in their company.  And I think that’s what we need to do.  

But some lines, some industries, some products may not have the scalability or the demand here in this country.  But like so many other things, if there’s enough of a demand, then hopefully someone builds a factory and does it.  But we’ve seen that in your own industry, where you saw the decline of newspapers, for example, and you’ve seen a lot more online content and online publications.  That’s the evolution, sometimes, of some industries.  But I’m sure somewhere around the world that newspapers still get delivered every day in a much greater way than they do here.

Q    But is it appropriate, if there is no — in the case of Ivanka Trump’s businesses — handbags, shirts, purses, whatever — if there is no capacity, is it appropriate to make those things overseas?

MR. SPICER:  Well, think about all of the things that we buy every day.  Of course there’s a market, because we depend in this country for so many goods and services, some of which are made in America, some of which aren’t.  Obviously, we want to create an environment in which more things are made here, more things are exported from here.  And that’s what the President’s agenda sets out to do.

I got to go to the birthday girl, Micaela.  Oh, I’m sorry — Sarah.

Q    Oh, thanks.  It’s not my birthday but — (laughter) —

MR. SPICER:  (Laughter.)  I don’t even want — it’s Micaela’s birthday, she’s not here.  I saw Eamon and I thought CNBC.  My apologies.

Q    I’ll take a second question.  (Laughter.)  

Q    Back to the JCPOA, I know you don’t want to get ahead of the announcement about the recertification, but the administration has been reviewing it for some time now, even though the President has already made definitive statements about what he thinks should be on the Iran deal.  So did he make those statements without having sufficient information about the Iran deal?  Or is the review ongoing because he’s open to changing his position on the Iran deal, if new information came to light?

MR. SPICER:  I got to say — I mean, I think the President, from throughout the campaign until now, has made very clear that he thinks it’s a bad deal.  And initially he recertified it because he had the luxury of having an entire team here, both from State, DOD, NSC, to review it.  That time is up and state will make its announcement very shortly.  

But I think he’s been very consistent with the fact that he thought it was a bad deal.


Q    Thank you, Sean.  Two questions and a short follow-up.  When the President took office, one of the things he ordered was a 90-day cybersecurity review.  That deadline came and went.  It’s been several months.  Can you update us on where that report is?  Has it been completed?  And if it hasn’t been completed, why?

MR. SPICER:  I will get back to you on the report.  He did sign an executive order on cyber, making sure that we have the resources necessary to protect our key critical infrastructure.

Q    Last week there was a march online — day of action on net neutrality — organized and participated by many of the largest companies in America — Amazon, Apple, Facebook — a lot of the technology economy that’s been driving the U.S. economy.  Granted, the FCC is an independent agency, but does the President believe that network neutrality is an important thing and an open Internet is important to the American economy?

MR. SPICER:  Well, again, as you noted, the FCC is an independent agency and I refer you to them with respect to —

Q    I’m asking what the President believes.  

MR. SPICER:  I have not addressed net neutrality specifically.

Q    Can you get back to me?

MR. SPICER:  I will definitely.  Caitlin.

Q    Thanks, Sean.  The Ukraine government reportedly went into damage-control mode in an effort to make amends when President Trump won the election after working with DNC and administration officials to undermine his candidacy.  Is this an issue that was discussed during President Poroshenko’s visit to the White House in June?  And has the President discussed it with him?

MR. SPICER:  Actually, that’s an interesting question.  I will have to get back to you.  Obviously, there’s been a lot more interest in recent days with respect to what the DNC did in coordination with the Ukrainian government to try to collude and achieve a goal of having someone removed, which ultimately did happen.

So I don’t know whether that came up with the President.  I’d be glad to look into the call.  I know that that story and the DNC’s collusion with the Ukrainian government has definitely gotten a lot more attention since that meeting, so I’m not sure that it was necessarily topical at the time.  But now that there’s been renewed interest in what the DNC did, I’m glad to look further.

Q    Does what the DNC did have any impact on this administration’s policy towards Ukraine?

MR. SPICER:  Again, I don’t — it wasn’t something that was discussed at the time of the visit that I’m aware of.  I’d be glad to follow up and find out whether that did come up.  But again, my only point is that, at the time of the visit, I don’t believe it was as topical as it is now.


Q    At a briefing last month, you said you didn’t believe the President factored in, when he made a trip, what his popularity is in that country.  Now we have a report of a transcript of a conversation between Prime Minister May and the President in which he asked her to “fix” his popularity so he gets a better reception.  Do you have any reason to doubt the accuracy of that transcript, that that conversation took place? And do you still believe that he doesn’t factor in his popularity?

MR. SPICER:  I believe that — I’m not going to comment on rumored leaked conversations.  I will say that he was pleased to accept Her Majesty’s invitation and looks forward to visiting the United Kingdom.


Q    On North Korea — South Korea has offered to hold talks with the North Koreans.  What’s the President’s view of that?  And are there certain conditions that the President would like to see met before those talks take place?

MR. SPICER:  Well, obviously those comments came out of the Republic of Korea and I would refer you back to them.  That being said, I think the President has made clear in the past with respect that any type of conditions that would have to be met are clearly far away from where we are now.


Q    Sean, has the White House been monitoring the demonstrations in Venezuela, and do you have any reaction to that?

MR. SPICER:  Yeah, we obviously are concerned about that.  We’ve been watching what’s been going on.  We congratulate the Venezuelan people for the huge turnout in the referendum yesterday and the unmistakable statement that they made and that they delivered to their government. 

We condemn the violence inflicted by government thugs against innocent voters, and efforts by the government to erode democracy in Venezuela.  We once again call for the constituent assembly of July 30th to be cancelled, and for free and fair elections to be scheduled. 

Q    Just one follow-up on Iran.  A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said today that if the United States designated the group a terrorist organization and applied new sanctions, that it would be perilous for U.S. forces in the region.  Do you have a reaction to that?

MR. SPICER:  I don’t think our forces will ever be — what was the word?

Q    In peril.

MR. SPICER:  No.  I think our forces are the greatest fighting machine in the world, and we’ll do everything we can to protect our country and to make sure that we extinguish any threats that we face.

Thank you, guys.  Hope to have you get a good look at what’s going on outside, and the pool will do a great job.


3:05 P.M. EDT

President Trump Participates in a ‘Made in America’ Product Showcase – 7/17/2017

TODAY PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARED THIS WEEK – MADE IN AMERICA – WEEK.  He and Vice President Pence met with companies from all the states in the union and each company show cased their products.  


The White House – Office of the Press Secretary- July 17, 2017

Remarks by the Vice President Introducing President Trump at Made in America Product Showcase

The East Room

3:51 P.M. EDT

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, good afternoon.  Members of the Cabinet, distinguished members of Congress, and all these incredible representatives of American business from all 50 states, and our honored guests, on behalf of the President and the First Family, welcome to the White House.  (Applause.)
And thanks to the leadership of a President who believes in American manufacturing, welcome to Made in America Week here in our Nation’s Capital.  (Applause.) 
It’s the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who always puts America First and puts American manufacturing first.
Our President knows that America is a nation of dreamers and doers, a nation of producers and growers and makers.  And since the very first day of this administration, we’ve taken decisive action to promote and protect what he calls those three beautiful words:  Made in America.  (Applause.) 
In fact, this President has signed more laws slashing through federal red tape than any President in American history.  (Applause.) 
Under President Trump’s leadership, we’ve been fighting for trade that’s both free and fair so that American businesses and American workers can compete and win with companies anywhere in the world.  In fact, as we were just talking down the hallway, just last month, thanks to the President’s leadership, American beef is now being shipped to China for the first time in 13 years.  (Applause.) 
We’ve been unleashing American-made energy, rolling back the Clean Power Plan, approving the Keystone and Dakota pipelines.  And when he did so, President Donald Trump took executive action to make sure that new pipelines in America would be built by American workers using American steel.  (Applause.) 
Thanks to the President’s leadership, American manufacturers haven’t been this optimistic in more than two decades.  And the confidence of American farmers is soaring to near-record levels, and we’re going to continue to fight every day to ensure that our country continues to make the best machines, grow the best food, and design the best technology because President Donald Trump knows that Made in America will Make America Great Again.  (Applause.) 
So with gratitude for his leadership and admiration for his unwavering confidence in the boundless capacity of the American people, it is now my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to all of you, the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.   (Applause.) 
3:54 P.M. EDT 



Remarks by President Trump at Made in America Product Showcase

East Room

3:54 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mike.  And you know, Mike, it is true that, as I walked through the halls, we saw so many great companies, but the gentleman who was in charge of Omaha Beef — they do beef — he hugged me, he wanted to kiss me so badly.  (Laughter.)  Because he said, our business is a whole different business now because you got China approved; the other administrations couldn’t even come close.  And I told him, you know how long it took?  One sentence.  I said, President Xi, we’d love to sell beef back in China again.  He said, you can do that.  That was the end of that.  Right?  (Applause.)  Sonny.  The great Sonny Perdue.  (Applause.)  So we’re very happy.
But we’re here today to celebrate American manufacturing and to showcase the amazing products from all 50 states, made in the USA.  Remember in the old days they used to have “Made in the USA”, “Made in America”?  But made in the USA.  We’re going to start doing that again.  We’re going to put that brand on our product because it means it’s the best.  

In just a few months and moments, I will say what we’ve done over a short period of time and what we’re going to be doing over the next six months will be incredible.  

We’ve signed more bills — and I’m talking about through the legislature — than any President ever.  For a while, Harry Truman had us, and now I think we have everybody, Mike.  I better say “think,” otherwise they’ll give me a Pinocchio — (laughter) — and I don’t like those — I don’t like Pinocchios.  (Laughter.)  

In just a few moments, I’ll be signing a Presidential Proclamation to launch “Made in America Week” and to make today “Made in America Day.”

We are thrilled to be joined today by so many incredible members of my Cabinet.  Every member of my administration shares the same goal:  to provide a level playing field for American workers and for American industry.  (Applause.)  And we are providing it much faster than other countries would like.  So it’s been really a pleasure.  

We want to build, create, and grow more products in our country using American labor, American goods, and American grit.  When we purchase products made in the USA, the profits stay here, the revenue stays here, and the jobs — maybe most importantly of all — they stay right here in the USA.  (Applause.)  

In the audience today we have skilled workers, we have business leaders whose American-made goods we are proudly displaying all over the White House and outside.  I saw fire engines.  I saw tractors from Caterpillar.  I saw some incredible machinery.  Make it right here.  We thank you for being here.  We’re honored to showcase your creations.  And I will say, they’ve really taken on, and some of you have built names that I know of for so long.  And its — congratulations.  Right?  You in particular.  What a great job you’ve done.  Thank you very much.  And I saw you on television this morning.  You were fantastic.  I don’t know what you’re doing, exactly, but you could always have a second career.  (Laughter.)  You did a great job.  Thank you very much. 

American workers, farmers, and innovators are really the best in the world — we know that.  And what we’re doing [with] that is we’re displaying those talents.  You construct and harvest the products that fill our homes, feed our families, and defend our nation, and enrich our lives.  I want to make a pledge to each and every one of you:  No longer are we going to allow other countries to break the rules, steal our jobs, and drain our wealth — and it has been drained.  It has been drained.  (Applause.)  

You’re going to see a lot of things happening over the next six months — you know, statutorily and through a lot of different legal — through the legal process.  It takes a while to get it set so that you’re allowed to do it.  You’re not allowed to do, but we’ve now mostly fulfilled all of that.  And over the next short period of time, you’re going to see things announced that you won’t even believe for our country and for selling product in our country and making product in our country, and things that are great for American jobs.  You’re going to be seeing that happening really quickly because we are totally set up, and the hard part now is done.  It is a long, horrible process, but we’re going to also get rid of some of that process for the future.  But we’re going to stand up for our companies and, maybe most importantly, for our workers.  

For decades, Washington has allowed other nations to wipe out millions of American jobs through unfair trade practices.  Wait until you see what’s up for you.  You are going to be so happy.  This painful exodus of American jobs — and I’ve been talking about it for years — was also marked by a period of sluggish growth, falling incomes, surging welfare, and shrinking participation in the workforce.  Clearly, it’s time for a new policy — one defined by two simple rules:  We will buy American and we will hire American.  Right, Governor?  (Applause.)  

My administration is removing the burdens and regulations on your companies so that you can compete, thrive, and grow.  How many of you have noticed this so far?  Because it’s a big, big difference, right?  That’s a big, big difference.  The people are coming up to me — they can’t even believe it.  We took the farmer’s land away.  We took the homebuilder’s land away.  They have their land back now, and they’re building homes and they’re farming their farms, and it’s a beautiful thing to see.  And they’re so thankful.  

So a lot of those regulations have been taken off; the rest are coming off.  And, by the way, we will have better protection than we’ve ever had, but we’ll also have something where you don’t have to wait 15 years for a permit and then when you go to the board, you lose.  And that’s a big portion of your life wiped out waiting for a permit.  We’re not going to let that happen.  

But for our nation to really prosper, we must lower the tax on business — one of the highest in the world — and we must repeal job-killing Obamacare.  We have to do that.  (Applause.)  And I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him.  He’s a crusty voice in Washington.  Plus, we need his vote.  (Laughter.)  And he’ll be back.  And he will be back sooner than somebody else would be back.  He’ll be back soon.  

But we need that vote.  And we need a number of votes because we do have to repeal Obamacare, and we will end up replacing it with something that is going to be outstanding — far, far better than failing Obamacare where premiums have gone up, in some cases over 200 percent this year; where every single element of it is bad, and the insurance companies, by the way, are fleeing, so people have — in some states you have no insurance companies.  

And we have some governors here, and we have senators here, and we have congressmen here, and women — and I will tell you, it’s a very, very hard time they’re having with the Obamacare situation.  So we’re going to get that done, and I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people.  But they’re pushing very hard.  The Republican senators are great people, but they have a lot of different states.  Some states need this, some states need that.  But we’re getting it together, and it’s going to happen.  Right, Mike?  


THE PRESIDENT:  I think.  (Laughter and applause.)  And when it does happen, that will be a big day in America, believe me.  A big day in America.    

But we must also fight the unfair trade practices that have gutted our industry, and that includes cracking down on the predatory online sales of foreign goods, which is absolutely killing our shoppers and our shopping centers.  If you look at what’s going on with shopping centers and stores and jobs in stores, it’s been very, very tough for them.  They’ve had a very hard time.  Closing at numbers and records that have never been seen before.  So we have to stop that — the online predatory practices.

Since the beginning of the year, we have already created over 50,000 brand-new manufacturing jobs, and we’re just getting started.  We will lift our citizens from welfare to work.  We will turn boarded-up communities into new outposts of American commerce.  And we will once again rediscover our heritage as a manufacturing nation.  We used to be a manufacturing nation.  Not so much anymore.  But I will tell you, if you look at Michigan, if you look at some states that have really moved — you know, in Pennsylvania, two weeks ago they opened the mine — the first mine that was opened in decades.  Opened a mine. 

And you know all the people that were saying the mining jobs?  Well, we picked up 45,000 mining jobs in a very short period of time.  And everybody was saying, well, you won’t get any mining jobs.  We picked up 45,000 mining jobs, and the miners are very happy with Trump and with Pence.  And we’re very proud of that.  But that’s just the beginning.  We have jobs coming from all over.

Restoring American manufacturing will not only restore our wealth, it will restore our pride and pride in ourselves.  It will revitalize our independence, and it will rebuild the bonds of kinship between our communities and our citizens, which has been lagging, wouldn’t you say?

For most of our nation’s history, American — and we see this — American Presidents have understood that in order to protect our economy and our security, we must protect our industry.  And much of that comes at the border.  George Washington encouraged Americans to produce their own goods so that our young nation could become truly independent.

President James Garfield said, of our nation’s manufacturers, that, “to them the country owes the splendor of the position it holds before the world” — meaning, protect us.

Theodore Roosevelt declared in his first message to Congress that “reciprocity” — my favorite word, reciprocity — because we have countries that charge us 100 percent tax on a product, and when that product is sold by them to us, we brilliantly charge them nothing.  And people say, oh, that’s free trade.  No, that’s stupid trade.  That’s really stupid trade.  (Applause.) 

It’s incredible.  You’ll actually have people who — “No, we can’t do that.  That’s free trade.”  It’s just — that’s so incredible, but what are you going to do.  (Laughter.)  Oh, what happens in Washington, you just wouldn’t believe the things.  

But “reciprocity must be treated as the handmaiden of protection.”  And William McKinley proclaimed that “we ought to take care of our own nation and her industries first.”  We have to look at our nation first for a change.  We’ve been looking the other way for a long, long time.  And if you look at what’s going on or the success of other nations — even in Europe — you look at some of those countries, one in particular, it’s not fair to the United States.  

And that’s why I’m here, and I believe it’s one of the primary reasons you elected me and Mike.  I mean, that’s why we’re here.  And I think you’re going to see a big, big — I don’t think — I don’t think — I know you’re going to see one of the great differences, and you’re already seeing it, but it’s going to get more so and more so.  And we’re going to end up having a level playing field.

I don’t want to say any more than level.  But if the playing field were slanted like a little bit toward us, I’d accept that also.  Okay?  (Applause.) 

So, once again, we will celebrate craftsmen, producers, and innovators like the incredible men and women in this room today.  We will protect our workers, promote our industry, and be proud of our history because we will put America first.  America will be first again.  We will make America great again.  Remember that.  (Applause.)  And we’ll meet in this same room in a year and in two years, and you’ll see what happened.  

Thank you for all being here.  God bless you and God bless America.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, thank you.  (Applause.)

(The President moves to the signing desk.) 

So this is being signed in honor of Made in America Day and Made in America Week, and soon we’re going to have Made in America Decades.  We’re going to have a lot of tremendous success, and it’s already just starting to kick in.  

You see it with the job numbers.  You see it with the stock market, which hit an all-time high every day for quite a while now.  You see it with so many other things.  And most importantly perhaps, you see it with the manufacturers.  Their level of enthusiasm is greater now than at any time since they’ve been taking this type of poll, and I believe it’s 28 years old.  So people are enthused.  Are you all enthused?  (Applause.) 

Thank you all for being here.

(The document is signed.)  

4:07 P.M. EDT


RESOLUTION 118 – HAS PASSED the Senate – Sponsor: SenKamala D. Harris(D-Ca) SenMarco Rubio (R-FL)(introduced 4/5/2017) – Passed/agreed to in Senate: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S2371-2372; text: CR S2371) – Americans Should Be Concerned

This Information I am passing on to the general public is for education and information purposes only.  I am not advocating any form of hate or criminal action against anyone by PUBLISHING this information.  Remember, hate gets nothing.  Quiet, lawful Action is what works in a civil society.


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How come this type of bill was never passed before when Jews were being gassed, tested upon, burned alive, or left to die without food during the Concentration camps of WWII by the Nazis.  

How come this resolution was not passed while Catholics and Christians are being slaughtered as we speak in the Middle East and all over the world by ISIS and their demented, demonic criminal followers.  But now that Muslims think that they are being targeted, this resolution passes in the dark of night, without pubic input.

I don’t agree with targeting anyone and are not against Muslims, but I do believe this passed Resolution 118 is the beginning of attacking our First Amendment Rights in this Country.  Hate, or crimes against anyone is against God’s laws, but I also know what MURUNA is (shown above). 

I would love to hear from Senator Kamala Harris and Sen Marco Rubio as to why they decided to pass this in the dark of night, without the input of anyone in our society.  What ramifications does this law have in the future of America and our Rights under the First Amendment and the U.S. Constitution. Anyone who knows more than me, I invite you to educate me. I am open to learn. I have attached a flow chart of the:  Legislative Process: How a Senate Bill Becomes a Law

Below is where you go to watch a resolution become a bill:  Go in there and follow all bills in the Senate/House.  I am still learning. I need to read more.  If you have any other information, message me on Facebook.  Thank you.

Below are (2) screen shots of this website.    LOOK AT THE WORD CONDEMING


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U.S. Trying to Criminalize criminalize-free-speech (this link is to this other entirely separate article).


parts of the above article shown (in part) below:

  • The law already prohibits violence and threats of violence, and law enforcement authorities are supposed to prosecute those — intimidation, destruction, damage, vandalism, simple and aggravated assault. What “hate crimes” are not already covered by the law?
  • Why would the House of Representatives find it necessary to make such redundant statements, if not in order to redefine the concept of a hate crime? Perhaps by including “hate speech”? The current resolution includes most of the major ethnic and religious minorities in the United States, so it will have a far better chance of passing, as it will more easily fool Representatives into thinking that the contents of the resolution are harmless.
  • Would it not be appropriate for the politicians sponsoring and voting for these resolutions first of all to find out what drives the organizations responsible for drafting them? The Investigative Project on Terrorism has authored a damning 88-page report about the Muslim Public Affairs Council. American politicians do not seem to have taken much interest in it.

On April 4, 2017, the US Senate passed Senate Resolution 118, “Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States”. The resolution was drafted by a Muslim organization, EmgageUSA (formerly EmergeUSA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). On April 6, 2017, EmgageUSA wrote the following on their Facebook page:

“Thanks to the hard work of Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Kamala Harris we have achieved the approval of Senate Resolution 118, an anti-hate crimes bill drafted by Emerge-USA. It is days like this that Americans are reminded of this country’s founding principles: equal opportunity, freedom, justice. We are proud to help support the protection of these rights #amoreperfectunion #theamericandream”.

Senate Resolution 118 calls on

“…Federal law enforcement officials, working with State and local officials… to expeditiously investigate all credible reports of hate crimes and incidents and threats against minorities in the United States and to hold the perpetrators of those crimes, incidents, or threats accountable and bring the perpetrators to justice; encourages the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies to work to improve the reporting of hate crimes; and… encourages the development of an interagency task force led by the Attorney General to collaborate on the development of effective strategies and efforts to detect and deter hate crime in order to protect minority communities…”

The resolution refers to hate crimes against Muslims, Jews, African-Americans, Hindus, and Sikhs and was sponsored by Senator Kamala Harris and co-sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Susan Collins.

On April 6, almost the exact same text was introduced as House Resolution H.Res. 257, “Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States”. A House Resolution can be reintroduced as legislation.

H.Res. 257 urges

“…the development of an interagency task force led by the Attorney General and bringing together the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to collaborate on the development of effective strategies and efforts to detect and deter hate crime in order to protect minority communities”. The House Resolution was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary on April 6 and from there it was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on April 21.

Americans should be concerned about these resolutions, especially the part of the House Resolution, which urges the establishment of an “interagency task force led by the Attorney General … on the development of effective strategies and efforts to detect and deter hate crime in order to protect minority communities.”


Want to know who helped Senators Kamala Harris, Marco Rubio , Dianne Feinstein, Susan Collins?  It was a group connected to CAIR –  EMERGENCE USA – 

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AMERICA, I SMELL A RAT, and we better be very vigilant as to who passes what bills AND for what reason.  This bill looks innocent enough, but it’s not.  




These are the people we need to vote out and read their bills and see what they are up to.  

Pure research, peaceful thinking will be the only cure.  Vote them out.  KEEP YOUR MINDS COOL, YOUR SOUL PURE, FIGHT WITHIN THE LAW, WITH THE LAW, as they do.  Otherwise, we will never keep America and end up imprisoned by our own laws they manipulate.  Open your eyes America.  Stop being comfortable. I did, since June 2015 I have not stopped.  I am concerned with those that lie to President Trump, we are his eyes and ears.  He can’t be everywhere. We need to pray and calmly protest.  They will use our Own laws against Us, U.S. Citizens.

President Trump Participates in a Made in America Product Showcase


Today, President Donald J. Trump will host companies from across the country at the White House for the Made in America Product Showcase. The White House is highlighting and celebrating each state’s effort and commitment to American made products by bringing in and showing off products from all 50 states that are made and produced in the United States. Attendees include:







Bucket trucks


Alaska Bowl Company




Golf clubs



Conveyer belt


The California Wine Institute



Gordon Signs

Neon signs



Model helicopters


ILC Dover LP

NASA space suit





Chick Fil A



Koloa Rum Co.



Boise Cascade Company

Engineered wood floors



Farm equipment


Broomcorn Johnnys



RMA Armament

Body armor, dummies


Grasshopper Company



Campbellsville Apparel Company



Marucci Sports

Baseball bats


Hinckley Yachts



Eddie Heath’s Crab Pots

Crab pot manufacturer


St. Pierre Manufacturing Corporation



Milton Manufacturing



Faribault Woolen Mill

Wool blankets


Taylor Machine Works



Beehler Corporation

Door hinges


Simms Fishing

Fishing gear


Greater Omaha Packing



Kimmie Candy


New Hampshire

Cider Belly Doughnuts

Doughnut company

New Jersey

Campbells Soup


New Mexico

Desert Plastics

Plastic Manufacturer

New York



North Carolina



North Dakota

Dakota Outerwear Co.

Military outerwear manufacturer


Bully Tools

Shovels, rakes, hoes etc.





Leupold and Stevens

Sights and scopes



Wheel barrows

Rhode Island

Narragansett Brewing Company


South Carolina

Casual Cushion Company


South Dakota

K Bar J Leather

Shotgun chaps


Gibson Guitars



Stetson Hats

Cowboy hats


Colonial Flag Company



Dubie Family Maple

Maple syrup


National Capital Flag Company



Liberty Bottleworks

Water bottles

West Virginia

Homer Laughlin China Company

Iconic fiesta line of china


Pierce Manufacturing

Two firetrucks


Aviat Aircraft

Model aircraft

The Trump Administration is honoring the incredible workers and companies who make “Made in America” the world standard for quality and craftsmanship. America is a nation that honors the work of gifted and skilled tradespeople, but for too long our government has forgotten the American workers. Their interests were pushed aside for global projects and their wealth was taken from their communities and shipped overseas. Under the leadership of President Trump, not only will the American worker never be forgotten, but they will be championed. President Trump has offered a new vision: the well-being of the American citizen and worker will be placed second to none.

President Trump has been fighting on behalf of American workers and families since the first day of his Presidency. The President signed a ‘Buy American and Hire American’ Executive Order that targets the abusive use of waivers and exceptions to undermine ‘Buy American’ laws that promote the allocation of taxpayer funds to American companies. The order also takes steps to stop the abuse of the immigration system and protect American workers. The President is committed to preserving American jobs for American citizens.

The President has also taken steps to ensure that Americans are equipped with the tools necessary to thrive in the modern economy. He signed an Executive Order to promote and create more flexible apprenticeship programs that arm American workers with valuable skills.

President Trump has taken decisive action to free America’s energy potential and create jobs in areas that need them the most. He has approved the construction of new energy pipelines, allowed for the exportation of coal, increased liquefied natural gas exports, and withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord.

Unnecessary and burdensome regulations stifle economic growth and harm American workers. The President has repeatedly taken action to remove burdensome regulations so businesses can build in America. President Trump signed an Executive Order stipulating that for every regulation signed into law, two regulations must be eliminated and he has begun the process of reducing permitting time for infrastructure projects from 10 years to 2. The American Action Forum estimates that President Trump has already saved the United States $60 billion through regulatory rollback.

President Trump knows that America first means putting American workers first.