Donald Trump-January 23, 2017

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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.

Executive Order Minimizing The Economic Burden of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal

Full text of Executive order signed by President Donald Trump on January 20th, 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 20, 2017
EXECUTIVE ORDER

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MINIMIZING THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PENDING REPEAL
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the “Act”). In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with
law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.

Sec. 2. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose
a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.

Sec. 3. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies with authorities and responsibilities under the Act, shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs.

Sec. 4. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the head of each department or agency with responsibilities relating to healthcare or health insurance shall encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of  healthcare services and health insurance, with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.

Sec. 5. To the extent that carrying out the directives in this order would require revision of regulations issued through notice-and-comment rulemaking, the heads of agencies shall comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and other
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applicable statutes in considering or promulgating such regulatory revisions.

Sec. 6. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit,
substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 20, 2017.
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The White House · 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW · Washington DC 20500 · 202-456-1111

Donald Trump-January 21, 2017

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10AM: President and Mrs. Trump, along with Vice President and Mrs. Pence attend the 58th  Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

3PM (Approximate): President Trump visits CIA headquarters and gives speech in Langley, VA.

Midday: Prime Minister’s office confirms Canadian PM spoke with President Trump. Congratulating him on his inauguration, and reiterating the importance the Canada-United States bilateral relationship.
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Los Angeles Times reports that President Trump also had a phone conversation with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto earlier today.

Donald Trump-January 20, 2017

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8:30AM EST President-Elect and wife Melania attend prayer service at St. John’s Church in Washington.

9:40AMEST (Approximate): President-Elect and Mrs. Trump arrive at the White House for continental breakfast with President and Mrs. Obama.

10:45AMEST: President-Elect and Mrs. Trump, President and Mrs. Obama leave together for the U.S. Capitol.

12:00PMEST: Donald John Trump take the oath of office, making him the 45th president of the United States. Read transcript of his inaugural speech here. 

POST INAUGURATION: EXECUTIVE ORDERS, DAY ONE:

  • Reversal of the recent mortgage insurance rate reduction on qualifying FHA loans. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) immediately released a statement confirming the order.
  • A waiver removing military service conditions that would allow General James Mattis to officially be named defense secretary if confirmed.
  • Official nominations for Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Rick Perry for EPA, Nikki Haley for Ambassador to the UN, Terry Bransted as Ambassador to China, Tom Price for Surgeon General, and Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
  • Order minimizing the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act pending appeal.
  • Order issuing a government-wide regulatory freeze.
  • A proclamation for “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.”

Mid day: Trump attends post inaugural bipartisan luncheon.

4:15PM (Approximate): President Trump exits limousine to stroll along parade route.

Mid Evening: President and Mrs. Trump attend Liberty and Freedom Balls,  black tie inauguration parties located at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. They also attended the Salute To Our Armed Forces Ball.

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The President-Elect arrived in Washington DC with his family in, for the first time since being elected, a plane that is part of the presidential fleet. Landing at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington DC.

He later placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery before joining Congressional leaders at a luncheon in his own hotel in Washington.

Thursday afternoon: Trump attends a pre-inaugural concert in his honor on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that included celebrity Jon Voight, rock group Three Doors Down, country singer Toby Keith, and soul singer Sam Moore (Of Sam and Dave fame).

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