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So after a quick announcement of his replacement nominee for the Secretary of Labor, Trump went right over the heads of the assembled press.
“I’m here to update the American people on the incredible progress we’ve made in the last four weeks since inauguration,” he said. “Many or our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat you with the respect you deserve. Unfortunately much of the media speaks not for the people, but for the special interests and those profiting off of a very, very broken system.”
Trump continued, telling the American people that the press are doing a disservice to the American people.
“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we do a tremendous disservice to the american people,” he said. “The level of dishonesty is out of control.”
“So I’m here again to take my message straight to the American people.”
Trump discussed the campaign promises that he has already kept and the ones he plans to keep; on trade, the economy, jobs and America’s broken immigration system.
“I’m here following through on what I pledged to do,” he said. “That’s all I’m doing.”
Trump said the media doesn’t like and isn’t used to a president that does what he says he’s going to do.
“We are following through on pledges that we made and they’re not happy about it,” he said, “But the people are happy about it.”
While he didn’t mention it but briefly, President Donald Trump nominated Alexander Acosta, the dean of the Florida International University law school, as his new nominee to be secretary of Labor at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Acosta is currently the chairman of U.S. Century Bank, which is the largest domestically owned Hispanic community bank in Florida, and is the dean of Florida International University Law School.
He has served as the a U.S. attorney for the southern district of Florida, and was an assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights division under President George W. Bush. He was the first Hispanic to hold a rank of assistant attorney general.
Thursday’s press conference was Trump’s third in one week. He took questions from reporters during joint conferences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday and with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday.
By Matthew Boyle
Spicer said on the show:
I think the president, after almost a month in office has, done so many things to help move the country forward—create jobs, secure the nation—and I think so many times the filter of the mainstream media loses sight of both what he’s done, accomplished, and intended to do. And I think he wants to make sure that the people who are out there who supported him, that are fighting for him and that are praying for him, know that he can talk directly to them and he can get out there and have an unfiltered conversation with them. And this is going to be a great opportunity here in Melbourne, Florida, at 5 o’clock to have that conversation with the American people so he can talk to them about all of the things he’s already done in 30 days to move the country forward.
Spicer continued by noting that people in Washington, D.C., and some in New York City—those along the so-called “Acela Corridor” that’s largely out of touch with the rest of America—“miss” what is happening. He said:
I think people who are caught up in Washington, D.C., or to some extent New York City, I think they miss what’s going on here: A successful businessman went out and got into politics and has laid out a vision for America and then has actually came to Washington and did it. And there’s like a bunch of people melting down and having their minds blown by the fact that a guy is actually keeping his word and doing exactly what he said to the American people. And not just doing it, but successfully doing it, and I think that that really sort of defies the narrative about what’s supposed to happen for a lot of these individuals. I’ll tell you, we were in South Carolina yesterday at Boeing and there were 5,000 individuals there cheering on the new 787 Dreamliner that Boeing has created—and in doing so not just that but created thousands of jobs in South Carolina to support it. It was amazing to see their support for the president and his agenda. And then down here in Florida where we are for the weekend, it’s similar. It’s refreshing to get outside of Washington, D.C., and talk to people on the street or in a convenience store who just say, ‘Hey, I really appreciate everything you’re doing, I’m standing with the president, I support everything—his agenda—and don’t get down.’ It really is reassuring to his team and to him to know that when you get outside of Washington there’s just so much support for somebody keeping his word and moving the country forward.
Spicer called out several establishment media outlets, including the Associated Press and CBS News. The AP printed fake news this week, claiming inaccurately that the Trump administration was activating the National Guard to round up and remove illegal aliens. That is not true. CBS News also reported inaccurately that Trump’s designee to serve as Secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, is going to withdraw from serving. Spicer noted that he spoke with Bilden and that the CBS report is simply untrue. He also called out inaccurate reporting media-wide about National Security Adviser possibility, retired Vice Admiral Bob Harward’s, reasoning for turning down the job. Spicer said:
It’s not just that, although I share your concern with that story, but I also think that just today I had someone tell me that our Secretary of the Navy was stepping down—from CBS News—I called him, Phil Bilden, he’s an amazing individual, and he says ‘I’m 100 percent committed, where is this coming from?’ Yesterday, these stories about Admiral Harward, a really dedicated public servant who retired after 40 years in the Navy. He had some personal and financial obstacles in the way that didn’t allow him to further his discussions with the president and he said ‘you know what, Mr. President, you have an amazing team. I’d be glad to be part of it, give me some time to get my family situation and financial situation straightened out after 40 years of serving this country in the Navy, and I’d love to do something in your administration.’ Yet, you read the mainstream media and they say, ‘Oh he didn’t accept it because of this’—he basically stopped the process and said, ‘I can’t go any further because of these objections, but I can’t believe what an amazing national security team you have. I’d love to be part of it in a year or two once I straighten some of this stuff out.’ Yet the reporting is quite the opposite. And it’s always, Matt, the thing that troubles me is if I say it or the President of the United States says it, it’s well, ‘We got two blind sources that say the opposite.’ At some point, it’s amazing they won’t take the president’s word, but they will take two blind sources about what the president’s word is.
Spicer said that outside the media the administration is seeing widespread support, even among former opponents—and that the president is not “holding grudges.” He went on:
Well I think there’s two groups of people—there are groups of people who truly do want to see the country succeed regardless of who they voted for. And then there are some people who are against him and are now for him based on the success he’s having. Frankly, at the end of the day, I’ll take anybody. If you were a fierce opponent of the president, but you like his agenda now that you’re seeing the vision that he has, we need to grow not subtract from people who want to support his agenda and move this country forward. The president talks all the time about unifying this country and bringing people together. One of the individuals who was one of the leading ‘Never Trump’ members of the movement, Paul Singer, was in the Oval Office right before the press conference and he basically said, ‘You know, Mr. President, you won and I want to be supportive of your agenda. And Mr. President, I embrace that.’ He’s not holding grudges. He wants to bring people together. He wants to move the country forward. And he understands that the more unified we are, the more we can enact policies that lift up people and get them to work.
But he also said there are many people in the media who presume automatically that President Trump is doing something is a negative. Spicer said:
But I think, frankly, to get to the point of your question Matt, that there are a lot of folks in the media—and I said this a couple times at the podium—the presumption is always negative. It’s ‘No matter what he does, it can’t be for the right reasons. It can’t be successful.’ It’s amazing how if you literally stripped the name from some of the words of his speeches or some of the words from Obama or Bush or Clinton rather, you could almost say the exact same thing, but the second you put his name attached to the quote it’s ‘Well, that was a negative statement because he said it—not because of the words.’ That’s what I find amazing—there’s this presumptive negativity in everything he does and says.
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER ON BREITBART NEWS SATURDAY:
Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars.com – FEBRUARY 17, 2017
“Sanctuary cities are racist – black communities have been destroyed by illegal immigration,” says the woman, adding that the situation called for a “second civil rights movement.”
Tracing her ancestry back to slave ships, the woman said, “I’m not going anywhere….sanctuary cities are racist, all the jobs are going to illegals….that is wrong, you’re not going to be allowed to get away with it….the black community has been destroyed by racist illegal immigration and we’re not gonna have it.”
“When my people do a crime, they get three strikes, your people do a crime, they get amnesty, they get benefits and they’re not paying taxes,” she added.
“Thank God for Trump, thank God for Sessions and you should be ashamed of yourselves, how dare you?” roared the woman, questioning why illegals were allowed to claim benefits for people living back in Mexico, while her own family members struggled in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Trump has threatened to cut off federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities” that prevent law enforcement from apprehending illegal aliens. Polls show that 56 per cent of Hispanics support Trump’s policy of deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records.
President Trump’s promise that he would help the inner cities and get back jobs that illegals have taken away from African-Americans is one of the reasons why Trump outperformed previous Republican candidates.
He beat Romney’s share of the black vote by 7 points also did better than Romney with Latinos by a margin of 8 points.
Polls found that 58.5 percent of Hispanic voters supported Donald Trump’s immigration policy compared to 32.9 percent for failed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
By Joel B. Pollak
The East Bay Times, for example, asked Tuesday: “What’s behind the spate of recent Bay Area restaurant closures?” It barely mentioned new minimum wage laws, brushing them aside as if they were largely insignificant.
It is true, of course, that merely because one thing follows another does not prove that the second was caused by the first. The “post hoc, ergo propter hoc” fallacy that is familiar to first-year economics students would apply to this case as well. Yet that does not mean the prior factor should be excluded as a cause. But that is largely what the Times seems to have done, even though the closure of businesses and the loss of restaurant jobs is exactly what critics of the minimum wage hikes predicted.
There are certainly a variety of factors contributing to the squeeze in the restaurant industry. One is rising rents, as technology companies move from suburban Silicon Valley to the cities, lured by tax incentives and by the desire to be closer to workers who opt for urban lifestyles and dislike long commutes. Another factor is that many tech companies are installing their own cafeterias in order to keep employees on the premises. That means less dining out — and a smaller restaurant customer base.
The high cost of living in the Bay Area is another major factor, making it difficult to find workers nearby who are willing to work for the entry-level wages that restaurants can afford to offer. Low unemployment also means a labor shortage, the Times points out, which means those workers who do live nearby generally have more attractive employment options.
But higher mandatory minimum wages certainly have not helped. That is a fact the Bay Area’s left-wing votes may not be willing to face.
“I have described him as an imposter, a con man and would-be dictator,” Soros, the chairman of Soros Fund Management, told Bloomberg at the World Economic on Thursday. “But he is only a would-be-dictator because I am confident that the Constitutions of United States are strong enough, the division of power, is in operation.”
Soros said that Republicans have a unique victory by taking control of the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court. He remarked that Trump has greater powers in foreign policy than domestically, but he thinks Congress will “be a bulwark protecting its rights.”
“When Trump oversteps the mark they will fight back and if they have a bipartisan coalition, they will actually succeed in limiting him,” stated Soros.
The Hungarian-born US citizen, who made his fortune on currency speculation, grew close to Bill and Hillary Clinton after Mr. Clinton became president. He was a generous contributor to Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign ‒ contributing nearly $11 million ‒ and was said to have backed three Super PACS: USA Action, American Bridge 21st Century and Hillary for America. Soros-affiliated groups supported Media Matters, MoveOn.org and the Center for American Progress. MoveOn organized many anti-Trump rallies.
Economically, Soros said that Wall Street sees Trump dismantling regulations and reducing taxes, and “that has been their dream, so their dream has come true.”
Soros was asked what such deregulation would mean for the US economy, which is still in the early phase of recovery from the financial crisis of 2008, despite the stock markets doing well since the election.
“That’s a very open question. Right now it is at a peak it is impossible to predict exactly how Trump is actually going to act. He hasn’t thought it through,” Soros replied. “He didn’t expect to win. He was surprised. He was engaged in building his brand and improving it by his success in attracting crowds. It is really only when he got elected that he really seriously started to think what he is going to do.”
“I personally think he is going to fail. Not because of people like me who would like him to fail but because the ideas that guide him are inherently self-contradictory and the contradictions are actually in embodied by his advisors,” Soros added.
Asked later whether he envisioned a trade was between China and US, Soros said Trump is “gearing up for a trade war,” despite that being irreconcilable with economic prosperity. Soros thinks that will drive China to broker relations with Europe, which Trump is also attacking economically, as well as other Asian countries.
At the very beginning of the conference Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer called BuzzFeed and CNN’ s report “outrageous” and “irresponsible”
and “a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks.” .
“This political witch-hunt by some in the media is based on flimsy reporting, and is shameful and disgraceful,” he said.
Trump started his speech by thanking the news organizations that “looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies – which would be a tremendous blot on them. The thing like that should have never been written – and rejected it.”
“A group of my opponents got together, sick people, and they got that crap together,” Trump said.
“Does anyone really believe that story?” Trump asked the press, adding that he always told his employees to be very careful when they travel, lest they end up watching themselves on television.
The topic culminated with Trump calling BuzzFeed ‘a failing pile of garbage’ and refusing to answer a question from CNN reporter.
He continued his speech focus on a wide range of issues from building factories to his inauguration.
“Big news is going to be announced over the next couple of weeks,” about companies going to build factories in the Midwest, Trump said, citing recent announcements by Ford and Fiat Chrysler as examples.
Big pharma is “getting away with murder,” said the president-elect, adding that he intends to save billions by overhauling the bidding system for medication.
The generals and admirals have “been fantastic” about reducing the costs on the F-35, Trump said, referring to the stealth fighter made by Lockheed Martin and plagued by cost overruns and technical issues.
“I’m really proud of what we have done and we haven’t even gotten [to the White House] yet,” Trump said.
The majority of questions from reporters focused on Russia and the intelligence reports on the alleged interference in election.
“Hacking’s bad, and it shouldn’t be done. But look at what was learned from the hacking: That Hillary Clinton got questions to the debate, and didn’t report it? That’s a horrible thing,” Trump said.
Answering questions about his relations with Putin Trump said that “if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability.”
“Do you honestly believe Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me? Give me a break,” he said.
Speaking of possible conflicts of interest from his business past business operations, Trump said that he has “no loans, no deals, or no pending dealings with Russia.”
He said he was offered $4 billion for deals in Dubai over the weekend, but turned it down.
“I have a no conflict-of-interest provision as president,” Trump said. “So I could actually run my business and run the country at the same time.”
He said he could do it, but did not want to.
“My two sons, Don and Eric, are going to be running the company,” Trump said, turning over “complete and total control” of the Trump Organization to his children.
Trump “has relinquished leadership and management” in the Trump Organization, and all his investments will be conveyed to a trust before January 20, Dillon explained. Trump’s daughter Ivanka will have no involvement or management authority in the Trump Organization.
“No new foreign deals will be made whatsoever” during the Trump presidency, Dillon said. Domestic deals will be allowed, but without Trump’s involvement or knowledge, and would be examined by an ethics advisor.
“President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built,” Dillon said, explaining why the Trump brand and the organization were not liquidated, sold to his children, or opened to public ownership.
To ensure no conflict, real or perceived, with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, Trump has decided he will “voluntarily donate all profits from foreign government payments made to his hotel to the US Treasury,” Dillon announced.
Trump also thrown his support behind former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, who was testifying at that moment before the Senate on his nomination to head the State Department.
“I think it’s brilliant, what he’s doing and what he’s saying,” Trump said.
Trump’s Cabinet picks are undergoing confirmation hearings in the Senate. Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, nominated to head the State Department, is running the gauntlet on Wednesday morning, similar to what Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions went through on Tuesday. In comparison, the lawmakers went easy on retired Marine General John Kelly, nominated to head Homeland Security.
“I want to bring the greatest people into government,” Trump said. “We don’t make good deals anymore.”
“You’re going to be very proud of what we put forth having to do with healthcare,” the president-elect said, answering a question on his intent to repeal Obamacare, calling it “a complete and total disaster.”
“Obamacare is the Democrats’ problem… We’re doing the Democrats a great service” by taking it on, Trump said.
Trump also warned companies that they can move freely within the United States, but if they want to take their business abroad, penalties are to come.
“Word is now out,” Trump said, to people who want to move factories and jobs overseas, “you’re going to pay a very large border tax.”
And of course, Trump’s conferences hardly ever go without questions on the wall with Mexico.
“It’s not a fence, it’s a wall. We’re going to build a wall,” Trump said, adding he did not want to wait for negotiations before the construction starts. “Mexico will reimburse us for the cost of the wall. That will happen.”