President Trump Approves Mississippi Disaster Declaration

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 25, 2017

President Trump Approves Mississippi Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Mississippi and ordered Federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of January 20-21, 2017.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale, and Perry.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Joe M. Girot as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

FEMA said that residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.


President Trump Takes Action to Expedite Priority Energy and Infrastructure Projects

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2017

President Trump Takes Action to Expedite Priority Energy and Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald J. Trump today signed a series of Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda in keeping with his promise to reduce the burden of regulations and expedite high priority energy and infrastructure projects that will create jobs and increase national security.

Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline

With this Presidential Memorandum, President Trump will help fulfill the campaign promise of initiating the process for approving the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is an 1,100-mile crude oil pipeline to connect oil production in Alberta, Canada to refineries in the United States.

Construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, as well as oil production and refining activities related to it, would create tens of thousands of jobs for American workers, enhance our nation’s energy security, support affordable and reliable energy for American families, and generate significant State and local tax revenues that can be invested in schools, hospitals, and infrastructure.

Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

With this Presidential Memorandum, President Trump directed the relevant Federal agencies (including the Army Corps of Engineers) to expedite reviews and approvals for the remaining portions of the Dakota Access Pipeline., a $3.8 billion, 1,100-mile pipeline designed to carry around 500,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to oil markets in the U.S.

At this time, DAPL is more than 90% complete across its entire route.  Only a limited stretch of the project is not yet constructed. Timely review and approval of energy pipelines is critical to a strong economy, energy independence, and national security.

Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of American Pipelines

In keeping with his commitment to “Buy American, Hire American”, President Trump directed the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with all relevant executive departments and agencies, to develop a plan under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States, including portions of pipelines, use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law.  The Secretary shall submit the plan to the President within 180 days of the date of this memorandum.

Presidential Memorandum Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing

With this Presidential Memorandum, President Trump helps fulfill the campaign promise of boosting domestic manufacturing by determining a plan of action for expediting approvals for manufacturing and reducing regulatory burdens.

Under this Presidential Memorandum, the Secretary of Commerce will conduct outreach to stakeholders and solicit comments from the public concerning Federal actions to streamline permitting and reduce regulatory burdens affecting domestic manufacturers.

The Commerce Secretary will submit a report to the President identifying recommendations to streamline Federal permitting processes for domestic manufacturing and to reduce regulatory burdens affecting domestic manufacturers. The report should identify priority actions as well as recommended deadlines for completing actions.

Executive Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects

With this Executive Order, President Trump will establish a framework for expediting environmental reviews for high priority infrastructure projects.

Delays and other inefficiencies in the environmental review and permitting process are severely impeding critically important projects to rebuild and modernize our nation’s infrastructure, such as highways, bridges, tunnels, the electrical grid, ports, water systems, airports, railways and pipelines.

According to one study, our antiquated power rigs wastes the equivalent of 200 coal-fired power plants, water pipes leak trillions of gallons of water, and gridlock on roads and railroads wastes hundreds of billions annually.

President Donald J. Trump Nominates Philip Bilden as Secretary of the Navy

President Donald J. Trump Nominates Philip Bilden as Secretary of the Navy

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 25, 2017

(Washington, DC) – President Donald J. Trump today announced his intention to nominate Philip Bilden as the 76th Secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Bilden, a highly successful business leader, former Military Intelligence officer, and Naval War College cybersecurity leader will bring strategic leadership, investment discipline, and Asia Pacific regional and cyber expertise to the Department of the Navy.

Bilden has longstanding trusted relationships with senior military leaders, particularly in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, through his years of national security engagement, including service on the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Academy Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Naval War College Foundation. Mr. Bilden understands the strategic, operational, and readiness challenges our Navy and Marine Corps leaders confront in maintaining our naval maritime presence around the globe.

Bilden is deeply committed to military service members and their families, coming from a military family with four consecutive generations of seven Bilden Navy and Army officers, including his two sons who presently serve in the US Navy. He greatly respects the sacrifices that Navy and Marine Corps families make to serve their country.

Mr. Bilden served ten years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Military Intelligence officer from 1986-1996. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and served through the rank of Captain at Strategic Military Intelligence Detachments supporting the Defense Intelligence Agency. He resigned his commission in 1996 upon relocating to Hong Kong.

“As Secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden will apply his terrific judgement and top-notch management skills to the task of rebuilding our unparalleled Navy,” said President Trump. “Our number of ships is at the lowest point that it has been in decades. Philip Bilden is the right choice to help us expand and modernize our fleet, including surface ships, submarines and aircraft, and ensure America’s naval supremacy for decades to come. I am proud of the men and women of our armed forces. The people who serve in our military are our American heroes, and we honor their service every day.”

“I am deeply humbled and honored to serve as Secretary of the Navy,” said Philip Bilden. “Maintaining the strength, readiness, and capabilities of our maritime force is critical to our national security. If confirmed, I will ensure that our Sailors and Marines have the resources they need to defend our interests around the globe and support our allies with commitment and capability.”

Mr. Bilden has three decades of international management, leadership, and investment experience building an investment management business across global markets with diverse international partners. After 25 years, Mr. Bilden recently retired as a co-founding member and Senior Advisor of HarbourVest Partners, LLC, a leading global private equity investment management firm with institutional assets under management currently in excess of $42 billion. He became a founding member of the firm following the management buyout of HarbourVest’s predecessor company in 1997. Mr. Bilden joined the firm in Boston in 1991 and relocated to Hong Kong in 1996 to establish the firm’s Asian presence as a pioneering investor in the region. Throughout his 25 year tenure at HarbourVest Partners, Mr. Bilden served in senior leadership roles in the firm’s global management, including the firm’s four person Executive Committee responsible for governance.

Mr. Bilden serves on numerous philanthropic boards of non-profit organizations supporting military veterans, national and regional security, and cybersecurity missions. He serves on the Board of Visitors of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; the Asia Pacific Advisory Board and Dean’s Board of Advisors of Harvard Business School; the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Academy Foundation; and the Board of Trustees of the Naval War College Foundation, where he serves as the inaugural Chairman of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies.

Mr. Bilden graduated as Distinguished Military Graduate, U.S. Army ROTC, from Georgetown University, earning the President’s Cup as the top graduate in the corps. He received a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1986, with a concentration in International Politics and Soviet bloc studies. Mr. Bilden earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1991.

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President Trump greeted UN Ambassador Nikki Haley after her swearing in ceremony conducted by Vice President Pence.

President Trump signs directives to begin building a wall at the border between Mexico and the United States, and to enforce penalties against cities that designate themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented aliens. (Source)

President Trump gives remarks in front of crowd and reporters at Department of Homeland Security at swearing in ceremony for General John F. Kelly.

President Trump speaks on the phone with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant to discuss relief from damage due to recent storms in his state.

President Trump appoints White House compliance team to serve under White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn. (Source)

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9AMEST: President Trump meets with executives from the auto industry (Source):

  • Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  • Craig Gilden, General Motors
  • Mark Fields, Ford CEO
  • Sergio Marchionne, CEO Fiat Chrysler
  • Fiat Chrysler Roger Carr
  • Former Governor Matt Blunt, President, American Automotive Policy Council
  • Ziad Ojaki, Head of Government Affairs, Ford Motor Company

Mid Morning:

President Trump issues five executive orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

President Trump signs Executive Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects.


President Trump speaks to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the phone. (Source)

President Trump met with Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss Supreme Court Justice nominations. (Source)

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9AM: President Trump holds early morning breakfast meeting with key U.S. business leaders along with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, and Senior Adviser Stephen Miller.

  • Michael Dell, Dell Computers
  • Jeff Fettig, CEO, Whirlpool Corporation
  • Mark Fields, CEO, Ford Motor Company
  • Alex Gorsky, CEO, Johnson & Johnson
  • Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO, Arconic
  • Mario Longhi, CEO US Steel
  • Wendell Weeks, CEO, Corning
  • Mark Sutton, CEO, International Paper
  • Kevin Plank, CEO, Under Armour
  • Elon Musk, CEO Tesla and Space X
  • Andrew Liveris, CEO, Dow Chemical
  • Marilyn Hewson, CEO, Lockheed Martin

Mid morning: President Trump signs the following Executive Orders:

  • United States withdrawal from Trans Pacific Partnership
  • Federal Government employee hiring freeze
  • Reaffirmation of the “Mexico City Policy, which bans foreign non-governmental organizations from promoting or paying for abortion services.

3:30PM EST: President Trump convened a meeting of about a dozen labor leaders Monday at the White House.

5:50PMEST: President Trump holds meeting with top congressional leaders from both parties at the State Dining Room in the White House. Also in attendance were Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner.

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Transcript of President Trump’s Remarks at Business Leader’s Meeting at the White House-January 23, 2017

President Trump makes remarks prior to engaging business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

Good morning, everybody.

Okay, sit down, please. Mark was so nice with the plant coming back, I wanted to sit next to him, I must be honest.

Thank you very much, everybody. This is really our first official meeting, and Andrew, it’s nice to have you set everything up so well, and I hear your company’s doing well. And, I really do. I appreciate we’ll get to know each other very well. We’ll have these meetings every, whenever you need ‘em, actually. But I would say every quarter, perhaps. You could say monthly, but all of a sudden monthly becomes repetitive as we know. It sounds good, but then you have to do it and it’s like, it gets a little repetitive. But I would say probably on a quarterly basis.

Uh, you are great people. You have done an amazing job. And the biggest in the world. And this is a world wide meeting, and what we want to do is bring manufacturing back to our country.

Vice President Pence, good morning, is very much involved with me on that. It’s one of my most important subjects. It’s what the people wanted. It’s one of the reasons I’m sitting here instead of somebody else sitting here. And I think it’s something I’m good at. We’ve already had a big impact, and I want to thank Mark and Ford because you’ve been great. Uh, I think that, uh, I think Marilyn is going to be terrific. We’re going to find out soon, right? That’s Lockheed-Martin. And, uh, we’re gonna, I think we’re gonna have a tremendous amount of business from them. Fact, if you read today’s papers, uh, you’ll see what’s happening with, uh, with four or five different companies that announced that they feel much differently. Foxconn is going to spend a tremendous amount of money on building a massive plant, and probably more than one.

So that’s what we want. We want people, we want to start making our products again. We don’t wanna bring ‘em in, we want to make them here. And that doesn’t mean we don’t trade because we do trade. But we want to make our products here. And if you look at some of the original great people that ran this country, you will see that they felt very strongly about that…About making products, and we’re going to start making our products again. And there will be advantages to companies that do indeed make their products here. So we’ve seen it. Uh, it’s going to get, uh, it’s going to get…it’s going to be a wave. You watch, it’s going to be a wave.

And I’ve always said, by the you put ‘em on these massive ships or airplanes and fly ‘em, I think it’s gonna be cheaper. Now, what we’re doing is we are going to be cutting taxes massively for both the middle class and for companies. And that’s massively. Uh, we’re trying to get it down to anywhere from fifteen to twenty percent, and it’s now thirty five percent. But it’s probably more thirty eight percent than it is thirty five, wouldn’t you say? Uh, that’s a big thing.

Uh, a bigger thing, and that surprised me is the fact that we’re gonna be cutting regulation massively. Now we’re gonna have regulation, and it’ll be just as strong and just as good and just as protective of the people as the regulation we have right now. The problem with the regulation we have right now is that you can’t do anything. You can’t, I have, I have people that tell me they have more people working on regulations than they have doing product, and it’s out of control. It’s gotten out of control. Uh, I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment. I’ve received awards on the environment, but uh, some of that stuff makes it impossible to get anything built. Uh, it takes years and years uh, I know you can look at some examples, I read one recently where a man’s been trying to build a factory for many, many years, and his vote was going to be fairly soon and he gave up because he wasn’t going to win the vote. Spent millions and millions of dollars. Ruined, actually ruined his life. And we can’t have that. So, when somebody wants to put up a factory, it’s gonna be expedited. And, you have to go through the process, but it’s gonna be expedited. And we’re going to take care of the environment, we’re going to take care of safety, and all of the other things we have to take care of. But you’re gonna get such great service. There will be no country that’s going to be faster, better, more fair, and at the same time protecting the people of the country. Whether it’s safety ,or so many other reasons where regulations are good.

We think we can cut regulations by seventy five percent, maybe more. But by seventy five percent. Have, in a certain way, better protections. But when you want to expand your plant, or when Mark wants to come in and build a big massive plant, or when Dell wants to come in and do something monstrous and special, um, you’re gonna have your approvals really fast, okay? And the one thing that surprised me, and then I want to hear what you have to say. But the one thing that surprised me, going around and meeting with a lot of the people at this table, and meeting with a lot of the small business owners. If I gave them a choice of this massive tax decrease that we’re giving for business, for everybody, but for business, or for the cutting down of regulation. If I took a vote I think I’d, the regulation wins a hundred percent. Now, in one case it’s hard dollars, and in the other case, it’s regulation. You would think that the regulations would have no chance. It’s, it’s, I’ve never seen anything like it. Virtually everybody is happy with regulation than even cutting the taxes. So the regulations are going to be cut massively and the taxes are going to be cut way down. So you’re gonna have now incentive, incentive to build. The one thing I do have to warn you about; when you have a company here, you have a plant here. It’s going to be in Indiana, or it’s in Ohio, or it’s in Michigan, or it’s in North Carolina, or Pennsylvania…anywhere in this country. When it decides, when you decide, if you decide to close it, and you no longer will have a real reason because your taxes are going to be lower. And by the way, if you go to another state, that’s it. That’s great. If you can go from Ohio to Indiana, or from Indiana to Ohio, that’s fine. So you’ll have fifty great, wonderful governors to negotiate with. So it’s not like we’re taking away competition.

But if you go to another country, and you decide that you’re going to close and get rid of two thousand people or five thousand people, um, I tell you United Technologies was an example with Carrier, and I got involved, you know, two years after they announced, so in all fairness, uh, that was tough. But uh, United Technologies was terrific, and they brought back many of those jobs. But if that happens we are going to be imposing a very major border tax on the product when it comes in. Which I think is fair. Which is fair.

So a company that wants to fire all of its people in the United States, and build some factory someplace else, and then thinks that that product is going to just flow across the border into the United States, that’s not gonna happen. They’re gonna have a tax to pay. A border tax. A substantial border tax. Now, uh, some people would say uh, that’s not free trade. But we don’t have free trade now. Because we’re the only one that makes it easy to come into the country. If you look at China, if you look at many other countries, I don’t have to name ‘em, but many other countries, they can’t believe what we do. So we take in things free, and yet if you want to take a plant, or you want to do something, you want to sell something into China and other countries, it’s very, very hard. In some cases it’s impossible. They won’t even take your product. But when they do take your product, they charge a lot of tax. So. I don’t call that free trade. What we want is fair trade. Fair trade. And we’re gonna treat countries fairly, but they have to treat us fairly. And if they’re going to charge tax to our countries, if, as an example we sell a car into Japan, and they do things to us that make it impossible to sell cars in Japan. And yet they sell cars into us, and they come in like, by the hundreds of thousands on the biggest ships I’ve ever seen, we have to all talk about that. It’s not fair. It’s not fair. It never was. I just can’t believe it took so long for somebody to come along. So that’s the only thing I will tell you. So essentially I’m talking about no tax, because if you stay here, there’s no tax. Somebody will say, ‘Oh, Trump is going to tax.’ But I’m not going to tax. There is no tax. None whatsoever. And I just want to tell you, all you have to do is stay. Don’t leave. Don’t fire your people in the United States. We’re the greatest people. And many other countries have the great people too. We all have great people, okay. This isn’t that kind of a competition. Everybody has great people. But if we’re gonna fire people, and build a product outside, not gonna happen. Not gonna happen. Thank you. So with that, we’ll take some uh, some questions. Marilyn, do you want to start? I’ve gotten to know Marilyn very well. We have this beautiful negotiation going.

Transcript of President Trump’s Remarks At The White House Senior Staff Swearing In Ceremony January 22, 2017

President Donald Trump gives short speech ahead of White House senior staff swearing in ceremony conducted by Vice President Pence.

Thank you very much. Very nice. I just, uh, went to the Oval Office and found this beautiful letter from President Obama.  Uh, it was, uh, really very nice of him to do that and we will cherish that, we will keep that, and we won’t even tell the press what’s in that letter.

I want to, um, start off by, uh, telling you I just spoke with Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia. Great state, great people. Florida affected, Alabama affected by the tornadoes and just expressed our sincere condolences for the lives taken. Tornadoes, uh, were vicious and powerful and strong and, um, they suffered greatly. So we’ll be helping out the State of Georgia. Uh, we’ll be speaking with Governor Scott right after this and we’ll be uh, Alabama’s a special place. Florida, special place, but they got hit hard. They all got hit hard. But, uh, it looks like Georgia’s lost at least eleven people as of this moment, a lot of people. Uh, so, uh on behalf of all of us, Governor Deal, uh, condolences.

We, um, are going to tell you that this has been a very interesting few days. We have, uh, set up meetings with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. And, uh, Prime Minister May will be coming over to the United States shortly. Uh, we’re also meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada, and we will be meeting with the President of Mexico, who I know. And we’re going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA. Anybody ever hear of NAFTA? I ran a campaign somewhat based on NAFTA. But we’re going to, um, start renegotiating on NAFTA and immigration, and on security of the border. And Mexico has been terrific, actually, terrific. And the President has been, uh, really very amazing, and I think we’re going to have a very good result for Mexico, for the United States, and for everybody involved. Very important. It’s a very, very important thing.

Uh, and speaking of important, you’re very important. Because with you and all of the people in this room, we are going to, uh, do some great things over the next eight years, okay? Thank you. Right?  Right? Great group. It’s a great group of people. And if they’re not, I will let you know about it. This is the bad news about being the fa-, I will let you know if they’re not doing the job, okay? I’ll praise them if they’re doing it, and I’ll let you know if they’re not doing it. But they will do it, they’re going to do a fantastic job. I’m so proud of ‘em. I know ‘em so well.

Each and every one of you should be extremely proud. Give yourselves a round of applause. Come on, give yourselves a round of applause. To your family and friends who are gathered here today, I want them all to know how important you are to the functioning of the White House and ultimately to the functioning of the United States of America. I also want to thank the families here today for all you have done to support your loves ones as they’ve devoted their time and energy to causes of public service including many long nights, they’ll be away. Long, long nights that will go on for a long, long time, but we’re going to come out way ahead. We’re gonna come out way, way ahead as a nation, as a country, we’ll come out way ahead, because I know what we have. I know how talented these people are.

We’re also a team. It’s a team. It’s a great team. It’s a team that gets along. And as I said during my inaugural address, this is not about party. This is not about ideology. This is about country. Our country. And it’s about serving the American people. We’re not here to help ourselves. We’re here to devote ourselves to the national good. Public service is a high and great calling. It’s our solemn duty together to protect the country, our country. This great, great country. To defend its workers, and promote the well being of all Americans. So many people are depending on us, and on you as families. You as people that are going to get it done. So many people. The veterans, the unemployed, men and women serving in harm’s way overseas, victims of crime, and young Americans looking to fulfill their dreams. So many of those young Americans, and they’re going to be fulfilling their dreams. We’re going to make it much easier for them.

We will face many challenges, but with the faith in each other, and the faith in God, we will get the job done. We will prove worthy of this moment in history, and I think it may very well be a great moment in history. So be proud. Be very proud.

Now I began with this gentleman right here. I said, ‘Mike, how about it?’ And he said, ‘Not even a question.’ And it was a great decision for me. So Mike Pence, our fabulous Vice President of the United States will administer the Oath of Office, and congratulations to everybody. Congratulations.

Donald Trump-January 22, 2017

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2:30PMEST (Approximate): President Trump gives remarks at White House Senior Staff Swearing In Ceremony.

Mid afternoon: President Trump speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu. (Source)

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Transcript of President Trump’s Remarks to the CIA January 21, 2017

President Trump delivers remarks to audience at CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA.

Well, I want to thank everybody, very very special people, and it is true. This is my first stop, officially. We’re not talking about the balls, and we’re not talking about even the speeches. Although, they did treat me nicely on that speech yesterday. I always call them the dishonest media, but they treated me nicely.

But, I-I want to say that there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump. There’s nobody, nobody. And the wall behind me is very, very special. We’ve been touring for quite a while, and I’ll tell you what, twenty nine? I can’t believe it. Oh, twenty eight. We better reduce it. But that’s amazing, and we, we really appreciate what you’ve done in terms of showing us something very special. And your whole group, these are really special, amazing people. Very very few people could do the job you people do and, I just want to let you know I am so behind you. And I know maybe sometimes you haven’t gotten the backing that you’ve wanted, and you’re gonna get so much backing. Maybe you’re gonna say ‘Please don’t give us so much backing. Mr. President please, we don’t need that much backing.’ But you’re going to have that, and I think everybody in this room knows it.

You know, uh, the military and the law enforcement, generally speaking, but, all of it, but the military gave us tremendous percentages of votes. We were unbelievably successful in the election with getting the vote of the military and probably almost everybody in this room voted for me, but I will not ask you to raise your hands if you did.  But I would guarantee a big portion, because we’re all on the same wavelength, folks, we’re all on the same wavelength. Right? He knows. Took Brian about, uh, 30 seconds to figure that one out, right? Because we know, we’re on the same wavelength.

But, we’re going to do great things. We’re going to do great things. We’ve been fighting these wars for longer than any wars we’ve ever fought. We have not used the real abilities that we have. We’ve been restrained. We have to get rid of ISIS. Have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice. Radical Islamic terrorism, and I said it yesterday, has to be eradicated. Just off the face of the Earth. This is evil. This is evil. And you know, I can understand the other side, we can all understand the other side. There can be wars between countries, there can be wars, you can understand what happened. This is something nobody can even understand. This is a level of evil that we haven’t seen, and you’re going to go to it, and you’re going to do a phenomenal job. But we’re going to end it, it’s time. It’s time right now to end it.

You have somebody coming on who is extraordinary. You know, for the different positions of Secretary of this and Secretary of that, and all of these great positions, I’d see five, six, seven, eight people, and we had a great transition. We had an amazing team of talent, and, by the way, General Flynn is right over here. Put up your hand, Mike. What a good guy. And Reince, and my whole group. You know Reince, they don’t care about Reince, he’s like this political guy that turned out to be a superstar right. We don’t have to talk about Reince. But, we did. We had just such a tremendous, tremendous success. So when I’m interviewing all of these candidates that Reince and his whole group is putting in front, it went very, very quickly. And, in this case, went so quickly because I would see six or seven or eight for Secretary of Agriculture who we just named the other day, Sonny Perdue. Governor, former Governor of Georgia, fantastic guy. But I’d see six, seven, eight people for a certain position. Everybody wanted it. But I met Mike Pompeo, and it was the only guy I met. I didn’t want to meet anybody else. I said cancel everybody else. Cancel. Now he was approved essentially, but they’re doing little political games with me. You know, he was one of the three. Now last night, as you know, General Mattis, fantastic guy, and General Kelly got approved. And Mike Pompeo was supposed to be in that group. It was going to be the three of them. Can you imagine? It was supposed to be all of these guys, they, people respect, you know, they respect that military sense. All my political people, they’re not doing so well, but, political people aren’t doing so well, but you…and we’re going to get them all through. But some will take a little bit longer than others.

But Mike was literally, I had a group of what, we had nine different people? Now I must say, I didn’t mind cancelling eight appointments, that wasn’t the worst thing in the world. But I met him, and I said ‘He is so good.’ Number one in his class at West Point. Now, I know a lot about West Point, and I’m a person that very strongly believes in academics. In fact, every time I’d say I had an uncle who was a great professor at MIT for thirty five years, who did a fantastic job in so many different ways academically, he was an academic genius. And then they say, ‘Is Donald Trump an intellectual?’ Trust me, I’m like a smart person, and I recognized immediately, so he was number one at West Point, and he was also, essentially, number one at Harvard Law School. And then he decided to go into the military. And he ran for Congress. And everything he’s done has been a home run. People like him, but much more importantly to me, everybody respects him. And when I told Paul Ryan I want to do this, I would say he may be the only person that was not totally thrilled, right, Mike? Because he said, ‘I don’t want to lose this guy.’ But you will be getting a total star. You’re gonna be getting a total gem. This is a gem. And I just…you’ll see. You’ll see. And many of you know him anyway, but you’re gonna see.

And again, we have some great people going in, but this one is something, going to be very special. Because this is one, if I had to name the most important, this would certainly be perhaps, you know in certain ways you could say my most important. You do the job like everybody in this room is capable of doing, there could be, and the generals are wonderful, and the fighting is wonderful, but if you give them the right direction, boy does the fighting become easier, and boy do we lose so fewer lives. And win so quickly. And that’s what we have to do, is start winning again.

You know, when I was young, when I was, of course I feel young, I feel like I’m thirty, thirty five, thirty nine. Somebody said ‘Are you young?’ I said ‘I think I’m young.’ You know, I was stopping, when we were in the final month of that campaign. Four stops, five stops, seven stops. Speeches. Speeches, in front of twenty five, thirty thousand people. Fifteen thousand, nineteen thousand, from stop to stop, I feel young. When I was young, I think we’re all sort of young. When I was young, we were always winning things in this country. We’d win with trade, we’d win with wars. At a certain age I remember hearing from one of my instructors ‘The United States has never lost a war.’ And then, after that, it’s like, we haven’t won anything. We don’t win anymore. The old expression, To the victor belong the spoils, you remember I always used to say, ‘Keep the oil.’ I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I don’t want to go into it, right. But, I will tell you, when we were in, we got out wrong. And I always said, in addition to that, keep the oil. Now I said it for economic reasons. But if you think about it, Mike, if we kept the oil you probably wouldn’t have ISIS because that’s where they made their money in the first place so we should’ve kept the oil. But okay, maybe we’ll have another chance. But the fact is, we should’ve kept the oil.

I believe that this group is going to be one of the most important groups in this country toward making us safe, toward making us winners again, toward ending all of the problems. We have so many problems that are interrelated that we don’t even think of, but interrelated to the kind of havoc and fear that this sick group of people has caused. So I can only say that I am with you a thousand percent, and the reason you’re my first stop is that as you know I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And I just want to let you know the reason you’re number one stop, uh, is exactly the opposite. Exactly. And they understand that, too.

And I was explaining about the numbers. We did a thing yesterday, the speech, did everybody like the speech? You had to like it, right? I’ve been given good reviews, but we had a massive field of people, you saw that. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. I said, ‘Wait a minute.’ I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. And they said, ‘Donald Trump did not draw well,’ and I said, it was almost raining. The rain should’ve scared them away, but God looked down and he said, ‘We’re not gonna let it rain on your speech.’ Fact, when I first started I said, ‘Oh no.’ First line, I got hit by a couple of drops. And I said, oh this is, this is too bad, but we’ll go right through it. But the truth is that it stopped immediately. It was amazing. And then it became really sunny, and then I walked off and it poured right after I left. It poured, but you know, we have something that’s amazing because we had, it looked, honestly, it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument. And I turned on the thing and by mistake, I get this network, and it showed an empty field. And it said we drew 250,000 people. Now that’s not bad, but it’s a lie. We had 250,000 people literally around, you know in the little bowl that we constructed. That was 250,000 people. The rest of the, you know, twenty block area all the way back to the Washington Monument was packed. So we caught them, and we caught them in a beauty. And I think they’re going to pay a big price.

And we had another one yesterday which was interesting. In the Oval Office, there’s a beautiful statue of Dr. Martin Luther King. And I also happen to like Churchill, Winston Churchill. I think most of us like Churchill. Doesn’t come from our country, but had a lot to do with it, helped us, real ally. And as you know, the Churchill statue was taken out, the bust. And as you also probably have read, the Prime Minister is coming over to our country very shortly. And they wanted to know whether or not I’d like it back I’d say absolutely, but in the meantime we have a bust of Churchill. So a reporter for Time Magazine, and I have been on their cover like fourteen or fifteen times. I think we have the all time record in the history of Time Magazine, like if Tom Brady’s on the cover it’s one time. Because he won the Superbowl or something, right? I’ve been on for fifteen times this year. I don’t think that’s a record, Mike, that can never be broken. Do you agree with that? What do you think? But I will say that, um, they said it was very interesting, that Donald Trump took down the bust, the statue, of Dr. Martin Luther King, and it was right there. But there was a cameraman that was in front of it. So Zeke, Zeke from Time Magazine writes a story about I took down, I would never do that because I have great respect for Dr. Martin Luther King.

But this is how dishonest the media is. Now, big story. The retraction was like, where? What, was it a line? Or dothey even bother putting it in? So I only like to say that because I love honesty. I like honest reporting. I will tell you, final time, although I will say it when you let in your thousands of other people that have been trying to come in. Uh, because I am coming back. We may have to get you a larger room. We may have to get you a larger room. You know? And maybe, maybe it’ll be built by somebody that knows how to build and we won’t have columns. You understand that? We get rid of the columns.

No I just wanted to really say that, um, I love you. I respect you. There’s nobody I respect more. You’re going to do a fantastic job, and we’re gonna start winning again and you’re going to be leading the charge. So thank you all very much. Thank you, you’re beautiful. Thank you all very much. Have a good time. I’ll be back. I’ll be back. Thank you.