Remarks by President Trump in Budget Meeting

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 22, 2017

Remarks by President Trump in Budget Meeting

Roosevelt Room

12:39 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all.  This will be somewhat of an informal meeting.  I want to congratulate Mick Mulvaney, who’s been confirmed finally — we waited a long time — by the Senate.  And he’s going to be an absolutely great director.  Total confidence in Mick.  Known him for a long time.  He loves those budgets.

Unfortunately, the budget we’re inheriting — essentially inheriting — is a mess.  The finances of our country are a mess.  But we’re going to clean them up.  Things that we’ve been doing, including negotiating deals that have already been negotiated, so you call it re-negotiating — on airplanes and lots of other things, military items — we’ll end up either getting many more planes free, or we’re going to save a lot of money.  But we’ve already saved a lot; billions and billions of dollars have been saved.

We have enormous work to do as the national debt doubled over the last eight years.  Our debt has doubled over a short period of time.  I want the American people to know that our budget will reflect their priorities.  We’ll be directing all of our departments and agencies to protect every last American and every last tax dollar.  No more wasted money.

We’re going to be spending the money in a very, very careful manner.  Our moral duty to the taxpayer requires us to make our government leaner and more accountable.  We must do a lot more with less.  And we must stop the improper payments and the abuses, negotiate better prices, and look for every last dollar of savings.

We’ve already imposed hiring freezes on nonessential government workers, and part of our commitment is to continue to do that for the American taxpayer.  We have appointed a Cabinet that knows how to manage dollars wisely.  I’ve known many of the folks for a long time.  They’ve been tremendous winners — whether it’s Steve or Gary or another Steve, right here.  And that’s why I will direct them to manage the country’s dollars and your dollars very wisely.  We won’t let your money be wasted anymore.  We’re going to run government smoothly, efficiently, and on behalf of the very hardworking taxpayers — something that the taxpayers haven’t seen in a long time.  I will be holding everybody accountable for that, and I have no doubt that this group — in particular, this group will do a fantastic job.

I want to congratulate Steve Mnuchin as our new Secretary of the Treasury.  He’s going to be outstanding.  Tremendous track record — he has a tremendous track record.  I have great confidence in him.

So we’re going to continue on, and we’re going to take this budget, which is — in all fairness, I’ve only been here for four weeks, so I can’t take too much of the blame for what’s happened.  But it is absolutely out of control, and we’re going to do things that are going to be tremendous over the years.  We have to take care of our military.  We have no choice, we have to take care of our military.  It needs work; it’s very depleted.  And we have to take care of a lot of other things.

Healthcare is moving along nicely.  It’s being put into final forms.  As you know, before we do the tax — which is actually very well finalized — but we can’t submit it until the healthcare, statutorily or otherwise.  So we’re doing the healthcare.  Again, moving along very well.  Sometime during the month of March, maybe mid- to early March we will be submitting something that I think people will be very impressed by.

And with that, we’re going to have a little meeting.  And I think the press knows pretty much all of the people at the table, so thank you very much.  We appreciate it.

END
12:43 P.M. EST

Remarks by President Trump Announcing the Designation of Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to National Security Advisor

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

February 20, 2017

Remarks by President Trump Announcing the Designation of Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to National Security Advisor

Mar-a-Lago Club
Palm Beach, Florida

2:52 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  So I just wanted to announce — we’ve been working all weekend very diligently, very hard — that General H.R. McMaster will become the National Security Advisor.  He’s a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.  I watched and read a lot over the last two days.  He is highly respected by everybody in the military.  And we’re very honored to have him.  He also has also known for a long time General Keith Kellogg, who I also have gotten to know and he’s a terrific man, and they’re going to be working together.  And Keith is going to be Chief of Staff, and I think that combination is something very, very special.

I met with many other people.  Tremendous respect for the people I met with.  I know John Bolton we’re going to be asking to work with us in a somewhat different capacity.  John is a terrific guy.  We had some really good meetings with him.  He knows a lot.  He has a good number of ideas that I must tell you I agree very much with.  So we’ll be talking to John Bolton in a different capacity.  And we’ll be talking to some of the other generals that I’ve met that I have really, really paid a lot of respect for.

So I think with that, I’d like to ask H.R. to say a couple of words.  I’d like Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump Announcing the Designation of Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to National Security Advisor”

Transcript of Donald Trump’s Speech at Make America Great Again Rally in Melbourne FL-2-18-17

Transcript of Donald Trump’s Speech at Make America Great Again Rally in Melbourne

Thank you, everybody, thank you. I didn’t know that Melania was going to be saying the Lord’s Prayer, but I thought that was very beautiful, thank you, thank you.

It’s so great to be here in Florida. My second home with you. This is a state I truly love. This is a state where we all had great victory together. Thank you.

It’s now been a month since my inauguration. And I am here to tell you about our incredible progress in making America great again. I’m also here to tell you about our plans for the future and they’re big and they’re bold and It’s what our country is all about, believe me. Continue reading “Transcript of Donald Trump’s Speech at Make America Great Again Rally in Melbourne FL-2-18-17”

Remarks by President Trump at Unveiling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 17, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Unveiling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft

The Boeing Company
North Charleston, South Carolina

1:31 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Dennis.  And I have to say, I love South Carolina.  I love it.  (Applause.)

Remember we came down — all together, we came down, and this was going to be a place that was tough to win, and we won in a landslide.  This was a good one.  (Applause.)  So I want to thank the people of South Carolina and your governor — tremendous guy.  He supported us right from the beginning.  So I’d like to thank Governor McMaster for the incredible job.  He’s right here someplace.  Thank you very much.  You have been fantastic.

And I have to say also, that is one beautiful airplane.  (Applause.)  Congratulations to the men and women here who have built it.  What an amazing piece of art.  What an amazing piece of work.

Thank you, Dennis, for the invitation to be with you today.  You know, in the old days, when I made this speech I got paid a lot of money.  Now I have to do it for nothing.  (Laughter and applause.)  Not a good deal, but that’s okay.  We love it. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Unveiling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft”

President Trump’s Weekly Address-February 17, 2017

President Trump’s Weekly Address

My fellow Americans,

We have taken major steps during the first few weeks of my Administration to remove wasteful regulations and get our people back to work. I have been saying I was going to do that for a long time.

This week I signed two pieces of legislation to remove burdens on our economy, continue to keep my promises to the American People and so much more.

I signed House Joint Resolution 38, which eliminates an anti-coal regulation put forward by unelected bureaucrats.  Our coal miners have been treated horribly, and we are going to turn that around – and we are going to turn it around quickly. We are going to fight for lower energy prices for all Americans as part of the deal. Continue reading “President Trump’s Weekly Address-February 17, 2017”

Remarks by President Trump in Listening Session with Members of Congress

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 16, 2017

Remarks by President Trump in Listening Session with Members of Congress

Roosevelt Room

10:53 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for being here.  I had a lot of good discussions this morning.  I’m negotiating a lot of contracts that are saving billions and billions of dollars for the American people and for all of us, and I’m very proud of it.

You know, the F-35 fighter jet, the Air Force One program, which was totally out of control and now it’s back where it’s supposed to go, and many other things.  In addition, I had a very good phone call this morning about a major plant that’s moving back into the United States.  We’ll be talking about it soon.

And what I do have is a little free time at about 12 o’clock.  So I don’t think the press will want to show up, but I think I’ll have a press conference probably at 12 o’clock in the East Room.  We had a little time in between things.  So if the press would like to show up — will anybody show up to that press conference?  Historically, they didn’t care about these things.  For me, they show up.  So I think 12 o’clock in the East Room of the White House we’ll have a press conference. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump in Listening Session with Members of Congress”

Transcript of President Trump’s News Conference-February 16, 2017

Transcript of President Trump’s News Conference-February 16, 2017

TRUMP: Thank you very much.

I just wanted to begin by mentioning that the nominee for secretary of the Department of Labor will be Mr. Alex Acosta. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School, was a great student; former clerk for Justice Samuel Alito. And he has had a tremendous career. He’s a member and has been a member of the National Labor Relations Board, and has been through Senate confirmation three times, confirmed; did very, very well.

And so Alex, I’ve wished him the best. We just spoke. And he’s going to be — I think he’ll be a tremendous secretary of labor.

And also as you probably heard just a little while ago, Mick Mulvaney, former congressman, has just been approved weeks late, I have to say that, weeks, weeks late, Office of Management and Budget. And he will be I think a fantastic addition.

Paul Singer just left. As you know, Paul was very much involved with the anti-Trump or as they say, “never Trump.” And Paul just left and he’s given us his total support. And it’s all about unification. We’re unifying the party and hopefully we’re going to be able to unify the country. It’s very important to me. I’ve been talking about that for a long time. It’s very, very important to me.
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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel in Joint Press Conference

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 15, 2017

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel in Joint Press Conference

East Room

12:15 P.M. EST

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Today I have the honor of welcoming my friend, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the White House.  With this visit, the United States again reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel.  The partnership between our two countries built on our shared values has advanced the cause of human freedom, dignity and peace.  These are the building blocks of democracy.

The state of Israel is a symbol to the world of resilience in the face of oppression — I can think of no other state that’s gone through what they’ve gone — and of survival in the face of genocide.  We will never forget what the Jewish people have endured.   Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel in Joint Press Conference”

Remarks by President Trump in Listening Session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and Member Company CEOs

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 15, 2017

Remarks by President Trump in Listening Session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and Member Company CEOs

Roosevelt Room

10:40 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  So it’s nice to see we have some great retailers here today and we’re going to go around the room and we’ll all introduce ourselves.  Some of you I’ve read about on the covers of business magazines and it’s great to have you here.  Thank you very much.

I’m pleased to host all of you at the White House.  The CEOs — you’re some of the great CEOs of our country and the biggest in the retail industry, which is very important to the country in supporting millions and millions of jobs — really one of the great job producers.  Probably, would you say, almost number one?  Pretty close, right? Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump in Listening Session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and Member Company CEOs”

Remarks by President Trump at Parent-Teacher Conference Listening Session

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 14, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Parent-Teacher Conference Listening Session

Roosevelt Room

10:50 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I am delighted to welcome everybody to the White House.  And Betsy DeVos, who has gone through — our new Education Secretary — she went through an interesting moment.  And you’re going to do a fantastic job, and I know you would have done it again if you had to do it again, right?

SECRETARY DEVOS:  Probably.

THE PRESIDENT:  She had no doubt that final night, waiting for the vote.  So I just want to congratulate you.  You showed toughness and genius.

As I said many times in my campaign, we want every child in America to have the opportunity to climb the ladder to success.  I want every child also to have a safe community, and we’re going to do that very much.  We’re going to be helping you a lot — a great school and some day to get a really well-paying job or better, or better; own their own company.  And a lot of people are looking at that.   Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Parent-Teacher Conference Listening Session”