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Earlier Today – President Trump Makes a Statement Before Leaving the White House – 3/20/2019

The Armor of God — Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

 

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South Lawn
12:25 P.M. EDT

Q    Do you know when the Mueller report will be released, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT:  I have no idea.  No collusion.  No collusion.  I have no idea when it’s going to be released.  It’s interesting that a man gets appointed by a deputy; he writes a report.  You know — never figured that one out.  A man gets appointed by a deputy; he writes a report.

I had the greatest electoral victory — one of them — in the history of our country.  Tremendous success.  Tens of millions of voters.  And now somebody is going to write a report who never got a vote.

So we’ll see what the report says.  Let’s see if it’s fair.  I have no idea when it’s going to be released.

Q    Have you reversed your policy on Syria?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no.  We’re — in Syria, we’re leaving 200 people there and 200 people in another place in Syria, closer to Israel, for a period of time.  I brought this out for you because this is a map of — everything in the red — this was on Election Night in 2016.  Everything red is ISIS.  When I took it over, it was a mess.

Now, on the bottom, that’s the exact same.  There is no red.  In fact, there’s actually a tiny spot, which will be gone by tonight.

So that’s ISIS — red, right there — and the bottom one is how it is today.  This just came out 20 minutes ago.  So this is ISIS on Election Day — my election day — and this is ISIS now.  So that’s the way it goes.

Q    Mr. President, does the American public have a right to see the Mueller report?

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t mind.  I mean, frankly, I told the House, “If you want, let them see it.”  Again, I say: A deputy — because of the fact that the Attorney General didn’t have the courage to do it himself, a deputy that’s appointed appoints another man to write a report.  I just won an election with 63 million votes or so.  Sixty-three million.  I had 206 to 223 in the Electoral College — 306 to 223.

And I’m saying to myself, wait a minute, I just won one of the greatest elections of all time in the history of this country — and even you will admit that — and now I have somebody writing a report that never got a vote.  It’s called the Mueller report.

So explain that, because my voters don’t get it.  And I don’t get it.

Now, at the same time, let it come out.  Let people see it.  That’s up to the Attorney General.  We have a very good Attorney General; he’s a very highly respected man.  And we’ll see what happens.

But it’s sort of interesting that a man, out of the blue, just writes a report.  I got 306 electoral votes against 223.  That’s a tremendous victory.  I got 63 million more.  I got 63 million votes.  And now somebody just writes a report?  I think it’s ridiculous.

But I want to see the report.  And you know who will want to see it?  The tens of millions of people that love the fact that we have the greatest economy we’ve ever had.

I’m going to Ohio right now.  They were going to close the plant; it’s where they make the tanks.  It was going to be closed, and I stopped them from closing it.  And now it’s thriving and doing great.  And the people of Ohio, they like Trump because I’ve done a great job in Ohio.  And I’ve done a great job all over the country.  That’s what the people want to hear.

Q    Are you saying that Bob Mueller is a bad actor?

THE PRESIDENT:  I know nothing about it.  I know that he’s conflicted and I know that his best friend is Comey, who’s a bad cop.  And I know that there are other things, obviously.  You know I had a business transaction with him that I’ve reported many times that you people don’t talk about.  But I had a nasty business transaction with him and other things.  I know that he put 13 highly conflicted and, you know, very angry — I call them angry — Democrats in.  So, you know — so, what it is.

Now, let’s see whether or not it’s legit.  You know better than anybody there’s no collusion.  There was no collusion.  There was no obstruction.  There was no nothing.  But it’s sort of an amazing thing that when you have a great victory, somebody comes and does a report out of nowhere — tell me how that makes sense — who never got a vote; who the day before he was retained to become Special Counsel, I told him he wouldn’t be working at the FBI.  And then the following day, they get him for this.  I don’t think so.  I don’t think people get it.

With all of that being said, I look forward to seeing the report.

Q    On the China trade deal, once you have an agreement with President Xi, will you immediately lift the China tariffs?  Will you remove the tariffs right away?

THE PRESIDENT:  No.  We’re not talking about removing them.  We’re talking about leaving them and for a substantial period of time, because we have to make sure that if we do the deal with China, that China lives by the deal.  Because they’ve had a lot of problems living by certain deals and we have to make sure.

Now, no President has ever done what I’ve done with China.  China had free reign over our country, taking out $500 billion a year for many years.  We actually rebuilt China, in the truest sense of the word.  We rebuilt China.

But we’re getting along with China very well.  President Xi is a friend of mine.  The deal is coming along nicely.  We have our top representatives going there this weekend to further the deal.  But, no, we have — we’re taking in billions and billions of dollars right now in tariff money.  And for a period of time, that will stay.

Q    Mr. President, your tweets about George Conway, how do they fit the standard of the First Lady’s BE BEST campaign?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I don’t know him.  Yeah, I don’t know him.  He’s a whack job, there’s no question about it.  But I really don’t know him.  He — I think he’s doing a tremendous disservice to a wonderful wife.  Kellyanne is a wonderful woman.  And I call him “Mr. Kellyanne.”  The fact is that he’s doing a tremendous disservice to a wife and family.  She’s a wonderful woman.

Q    The 232 tariff reform: What are the recommendations?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well — are you talking about the one that you just —

Q    The auto tariffs.  The auto tariffs.

THE PRESIDENT:  — found out about having to do with cars?

Q    Correct.

THE PRESIDENT:  No recommendation.  It’s up for review, and the European Union has been very tough on the United States for many years but nobody talked about it.  And so we’re looking at something to combat it.

Not only do they charge our companies — if you look, it was 1.6 billion to Google; it just happened yesterday.  And a lot of other things.  A lot of litigation.

But I say the European Union has been as tough on the United States as China, just not as much money involved.

Q    Are you leaning towards tariffs?

THE PRESIDENT:  We’ll see what happens.  We’ll see whether or not they negotiate a deal.  If they negotiate a deal, a fair deal, that’s a different story.

Q    Mr. President, are (inaudible) beneath the dignity of the office you hold?

THE PRESIDENT:  Uh, yeah, go ahead.

Q    Will you answer that question, Mr. President?

Q    (Inaudible) from your Twitter account?

THE PRESIDENT:  I think that Twitter is a way that I get out the word when we have a corrupt media.  And it is corrupt and it’s fake.  So Twitter is a way that I can get out the word.  Because our media is so dishonest — a lot of it — the mainstream.  A lot of it.  They don’t report the facts.  They don’t report — as an example that I just showed you, they don’t want to report this, so I figure I might as well show it.

So when I do Twitter statements, I get out the word from a fake and corrupt media.

And I have, on five sites —

Q    But is it beneath the office you hold?

THE PRESIDENT:  Please.  Please.

Q    Is it beneath your office?

THE PRESIDENT:  Please.

On five sites, I have over 100 million people, and that includes Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and everything.  And it’s a way that I can get honesty out, because there’s tremendous dishonesty with respect to the fake-news media.

Q    Mr. President, what was your reaction — Mr. President, what was your reaction —

Q    Your Secretary of State for African Affairs went to Angola this week and he showed the support of the United States to Angola.

THE PRESIDENT:  Good.

Q    About the work that of President, João Lourenço, doing in Angola — João Lourenço, the new President of Angola, he’s combatting corruption really hard in Angola.  What do you think about that?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’ll take a look at that.  I’ll speak to the Secretary.

Q    (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Pakistan — we’ll be meeting with Pakistan.  I think our relationship right now is very good with Pakistan.

Thank you.

END
12:35 P.M. EDT

 

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Live: President Trump Speaking at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center Last Tank Manufacturing Plant – Lima, Ohio – 3/20/2019

President Trump gave a shoutout to United Auto Workers!   He also congratulated to all the workers!

 

FEDERAL RESERVE PRESS CONFERENCE – March 20, 2019

Federal Reserve keeps rates on hold, Cuts forecast to No Hikes in 2019

 

 

Stocks turn positive as Federal Reserve signals no rate hikes in 2019. 

 

 

 

GROWING THE ECONOMY FOR ALL AMERICANS: The economy continued its historic boom in 2018, benefiting all Americans as job creation soared and wages rose.

  • The economy outperformed expectations for the second year in a row in 2018.
  • Gross Domestic Product grew 3.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018, the fastest such growth in 13 years.
  • More than 2.6 million jobs were created in 2018 and the number of job openings surpassed the number of unemployed workers for the first time on record.
  • The unemployment rate remained at or below 4 percent for the past 12 months, the longest streak in nearly five decades.
    • The unemployment rate hit 3.7 percent in September 2018, a near 50-year low.
  • The booming economy paid off for American workers last year – with nominal hourly wage growth exceeding 3 percent for the first time in almost a decade.
    • Nominal wages grew 3.4 percent over the last 12 months, the fastest pace since 2009.
  • The Trump economy has helped raise people out of poverty and increased self-sufficiency.
    • Since the election, more than 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps.

ROLLING BACK BURDENSOME REGULATIONS: The Trump Administration has rolled back business killing regulations to unleash an economic boom across all sectors of the economy.

  • President Trump has rolled back rising regulatory costs that stifled economic growth.
    • In 2018, Federal agencies issued 12 deregulatory actions for every new significant regulatory action, saving $23 billion in regulatory costs.
  • The President’s deregulation has unleashed the power of American energy, enabling more access to minerals on Federal lands and lowering costs that discouraged energy production.
    • Under President Trump, oil and natural gas production have both hit all-time highs.
  • The Trump Administration has taken a measured approach to financial regulation to preserve stability while addressing the failures of the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Last year, President Trump signed legislation providing regulatory relief to small banks.
  • The Trump Administration has enhanced choice and price competition in the biopharmaceutical markets, resulting in a record number of generic drug approvals that saved Americans $26 billion during the first year and half of the Administration.

THE TAX CUTS ARE WORKING: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has spurred more business investment and put more money in the pockets of American workers.  Americans are better off today thanks to President Trump’s historic tax cuts.

  • The tax cuts are allowing American families to keep more of their hard earned money.
    • Real disposable personal income increased by $2,300 from the end of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • Business investment and productivity are on the rise thanks to the tax cuts.
    • Capital Expenditures are up $300 billion from 2017.
    • Private nonresidential fixed investment by nonfinancial businesses is up 9.2 percent.
    • Business sector productivity grew at an annual rate of 1.9 percent, nearly twice the rate of the expansion prior to the tax cuts.