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President Trump to talk tax cuts, economy at Boeing in St. Louis

After negotiating a savings of more than $1 billion on the order for the next Air Force One, President Donald Trump will visit a Boeing plant during a visit to Missouri next week. Wednesday’s scheduled trip will be his third to the Show Me State since taking office — and first since passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. At Boeing’s St. Louis plant Trump is expected to talk taxes during what the White House described as a “roundtable discussion” focusing on the projected benefits of the tax bill, which the president signed into law in December, the newspaper reported. According to Friday’s jobs report, U.S. employers added 313,000 jobs in February, more than forecast, and saw moderate wage growth and continued low unemployment. Trump’s trip to the Boeing facility follows an informal agreement between the two parties on a fixed contract for the new Air Force One program. “Thanks to the president’s negotiations, the contract will save the taxpayers more than $1.4 billion,” deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said. Trump had taken to Twitter in late 2016 to criticize the high cost of building the aircraft. The new deal will be valued at $3.9 billion, down from the original estimate of more than $5 billion for two 747 jets, which will serve as presidential aircraft, and a development program. Joining Trump in the roundtable discussion will be Missouri state Attorney General Josh Hawley and other Republicans, FOX2 St. Louis said. Hawley is vying to replace Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in November’s election. Hawley has also been pursuing an antitrust case against Google, and his Senate campaign can help to amplify that effort, Bloomberg reported. Wednesday’s event is billed as “invitation only,” though it will be open to media. The president’s two previous Missouri visits were to Springfield in August and St. Charles in November while promoting his tax-reform plan, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Wolff Admits: Didn’t Interview Any WH Cabinet Officials For Anti-Trump Book

Author Michael Wolff admitted he didn’t interview any of President Trump’s Cabinet members for his anti-Trump book Fire & Fury. Wolff made the admission on Monday in an interview on “CBS This Morning.” Host Norah O’Donnell asked Wolf, “Did you speak to any members of the president’s Cabinet for this book?” Wolff responded, “I did not.” You did not?” O’Donnell repeated. “I did not,” Wolff confirmed. She then asked Wolff if he ever interviewed Vice President Mike Pence. “I did not,” Wolff said again. O’Donnell also noted Trump denied having ever been interviewed by Wolff. “The president denies he ever spoke to you for the book, at all,” O’Donnell said. “I probably think he had no idea he was speaking to me for this book,” Wolff said. “When I would meet the president in the White House we would chat as though we were friends.” “But that’s not an interview, to greet someone and say, ‘Hello,’” O’Donnell pointed out. “That’s not a journalistic exercise.”

Exactly!!  Kudos to Norah for calling out this self-serving, agenda-driven, con artist out on national tv.  Excellent!!  This book has been entirely discredited, and even Michael has admitted himself that much of the book is unsubstantiated fiction.  Anyway, to see the video of this exchange, and/or read the rest of this article, click on the text above.

Trump administration to repeal Obama fracking rule Friday

The Trump administration on Friday will officially repeal the Obama administration’s 2015 fracking rule regulating oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands. “We believe it imposes administrative burdens and compliance costs that are not justified,” the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management wrote in a notice that it will rescind the rule, to be published in Friday’s Federal Register. The Interior Department initially proposed ending the rule in July and wrapped up the comment period in September. The Obama-era rule targets the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has made the U.S. the world’s leading producer of energy. The rule is intended to increase the safety of fracking by reducing the risk of water contamination. It would have forced companies to comply with federal safety standards in the construction of fracking wells and to disclose which chemicals they used in the fracking process. Killing the rule has been a top priority of the oil and natural gas industry, as well as Republican lawmakers from Western states. The rule affects oil wells on public lands that are found mainly in the West. “We applaud the Interior Department decision to completely rescind the Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands,” Barry Russell, president and CEO of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, said Thursday. “IPAA has long fought for independent oil and natural gas producers against an Obama-era federal rule that was overly restrictive and did not make hydraulic fracturing any safer than current state laws.” Environmental groups are expected to sue the agency after the rule is finalized, adding to the list of Trump administration actions going to court in the new year. “The Trump administration is endangering public health and wildlife by allowing the fracking industry to run roughshod over public lands,” Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said Thursday. “Fracking is a toxic business, and that’s why states and countries have banned it. Trump’s reckless decision to repeal these common-sense protections will have serious consequences.” The Trump administration can issue its own measure regulating fracking.

Of course it can..  These are executive level rules that can be implemented with the wave of one President’s hand, and undone by his successor’s hand/pen.  Such is the case here.

Trump celebrates Christmas at midnight service, wishes America ‘Merry Christmas’

President Trump rang in the Christmas holiday at a midnight church service in Florida and wished America an unabashed Merry Christmas on Twitter. Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended Christmas Eve services at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-sea in Palm Beach, Florida — the same church where they were married. They are spending the holiday at their Mar-a-Lago resort. The president also tweeted, “People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!” The Rev. James Harlan, the church’s rector, gave a homily focused on themes of the power of words and God’s light. He began by quoting Nelson Mandela, whom he noted rebelled against his government for its systemic oppression. “It is never my custom to use words lightly,” Mandela said, according to the Rev. Harlan. “If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.” The Rev. Harlan linked the power of words — especially as it pertains to God’s word — to their ability to educate, enlighten and draw out the best in people, while he also cautioned words can be used to cause harm, according to a pool reporter accompanying the president. “Your words can have as much destructive potential as they do healing,” he said. “God’s word is pure light.”

Some unfortunate liberal psychobabble from the reverend…  He should have stuck to the Christmas story; not use the occasion to go off on some tangent and quoting Nelson Mandela.  What was left out of this story was the fact that the President and First Lady received a standing ovation when they arrived at this Episcopal Church in Florida.  To see a video of THAT, click on this link:  www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/12/live-stream-president-trump-first-lady-melania-attend-christmas-eve-church-service/



Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed

With the passage of the GOP tax bill this week, the Trump administration has scored 81 major achievements in its first year, making good on campaign promises to provide significant tax cuts, boost U.S. energy production, and restore respect to the United States, according to the White House. And along the way, President Trump even outdid his own expectations and slashed at least 11 major legacy items of former President Barack Obama, including cracking down on the open border, slowing recognition of communist Cuba and effectively killing Obamacare by ending the mandate that everyone have health insurance or face a tax. According to the White House, the 81 accomplishments are in 12 major categories and include well over 100 other minor achievements. The unofficial list helps to counter the impression in the mainstream media and among congressional Democrats that outside the approval of Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch and passage of the tax reform bill little was done. Administrations typically tout their achievements broadly at the end of each year, but Trump plans to list jobs added, regulations killed, foreign policy victories won, and moves to help veterans and even drug addicts. And in a sign of support for conservatives, the White House also is highlighting achievements for the pro-life community. Click here to see the 12 categories and 81 wins cited by the White House.

Analysis: Trump’s New National-Security Strategy Projects Confidence

President Trump today unveiled his new National Security Strategy (NSS), exceeding the expectations of the national-security community by producing a remarkably coherent NSS within his first twelve months in office. President Obama took 16 months to present his vision, and President George W. Bush, dealing with the disturbance of 9/11 to his strategic considerations, took 20 months. Clearly guided by the vision enunciated by the president during his 2016 campaign and validated by that national election, the team of Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, Dina Powell, and Nadia Schadlow has crafted a “sustainment” strategy supported by a peace-through-strength defense buildup. What is very clear is that this strategy is not a break from the nation’s post–World War II–era national-security policy but rather a realistic distillation of that policy tailored to the challenges the nation faces today. However, in a break from his post–Cold War predecessors, President Trump readily announces that the United States is presently in a great-power competition and names the nation’s prime competitors as Russia and China. While appeals to American values remain, and in fact are strongly stated, it is the promotion of American interests that emerges most starkly. The president states that he plans to compete aggressively in the economic sphere by pursuing free, fair, and reciprocal trade on a bilateral basis while also confronting nations that violate the free-trade agreements signed in the past. Additionally, the new NSS breaks from the language of the Obama administration by overtly promoting American exceptionalism and presenting the United States as a force for good in the world. As such, the new NSS emerges as a true amalgam of Theodore Roosevelt’s warrior approach to the world and Woodrow Wilson’s attempt to be its priest. From the perspective of pure defense analysis, President Trump and McMaster, his national-security adviser, have taken a new path. Rather than continue to pursue a pure capabilities-overmatch acquisitions strategy within the Department of Defense, the Trump NSS seeks a balance between capabilities and capacity by continuing to invest in cutting-edge technologies while also expanding the force and improving readiness. It seeks to accomplish this by investing in high-end, cutting-edge combat systems to win wars while also providing for larger numbers of personnel and buying cheaper legacy combat systems to maintain the peace. Clearly, President Trump’s commitment to a 355-ship Navy falls within this approach. The president also firmly commits the nation to recapitalizing the nation’s nuclear-deterrent force and renewing all three legs of the nuclear triad. This strategy is enabled by the president’s call for increased defense spending, a goal that is shared by Armed Services Committee members in both the House and the Senate. There is also a new stream of thought within this document that raises the issue of American resilience, the nation’s ability to take a blow and keep fighting without interruption. The White House, in a move that harkens back to the Eisenhower era’s Project Solarium, provides a deep focus on the nation’s defense-industrial base. It advocates the renewal of the manufacturing sector and the avoidance of dependence on single-point domestic sources or even reliance on foreign suppliers for key components of the nation’s prime weapons systems. It goes on to encourage investments that preserve and promote the expansion of critical skills within the defense sector. Anyone who has paid attention to the arguments regarding why the nation cannot quickly expand its Navy due to shipbuilding manpower constraints can recognize this critical need. Interestingly, the president also called out space as a “priority domain.” This is both refreshing and concerning. It is refreshing that the nation has a leader who at last understands our military’s dependence upon space-based systems to fight and win the nation’s wars. It is concerning because space is now officially recognized by nearly all space-faring nations as an area of competition, both economically and militarily, and the United States is not, at present, well positioned to leverage its technological lead in this arena to preserve its military advantage. It is clear that the vice president’s newly reenergized space council will be the focus of activity for this domain for the foreseeable future. Counter to broader expectations, the new NSS also renews the United States’ commitments to its treaty allies. The Trump NSS not only promises to renew and bolster ties with traditional allies and partners, it goes on to state that it will seek to encourage others to join the community of like-minded democratic states that make up over half of the world’s global GDP. It is clear that the administration is seeking to make use of some traditional forms of diplomacy while seeking to modernize other elements to align with the dynamic nature of the current global, international competitive environment. In the end, the Trump National Security Strategy announces the return of an assertive United States on the international stage with the clear intent of promoting its interests first while also defending the international norms and laws that the nation has labored so long to establish and which are increasingly under attack by actors such as Russia, China, and Iran. It also avoids the vacuous bumper stickers of the past and attempts to establish a true strategy that seeks to find a balance between ends, ways, and means. While it does seek a larger U.S. military, the NSS balances this increase with calls for fiscal restraint elsewhere within the federal budget and expanded revenues through curtailed federal regulation and a loosening of the market’s animal spirits. It is a strategy undergirded by confidence and a belief in the underlying goodness of the American system of government and its continued leading role in the world.

The author of that excellent piece is retired U.S. Navy Captain Jerry Hendrix, an award-winning naval historian, and a senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security.

President Trump Donates Q3 Salary to HHS to Combat the Opioid Crisis

President Donald Trump has donated his third-quarter presidential salary to help the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis, acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan and the White House announced on Thursday. “His decision to donate his salary is a tribute to his compassion, to his patriotism and his sense of duty to the American people,” acting HHS secretary Eric Hargan said during Thursday’s White House press briefing. Hargan said the money will be used in the planning and design of a large-scale public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction. “HHS is proud to be working with the White House on this effort, and our team of public health experts brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the table regarding how to make these campaigns effective,” Hargan said. “At HHS, our goal is to create healthier lives, stronger communities and a safer country. And we’re glad to have a president who recognizes that the opioid crisis is a huge threat to all three of these goals.” Trump has vowed to donate his entire annual salary of $400,000 while he is in office. His first-quarter salary went to the National Park Service, and his second-quarter salary was given to the Department of Education.

Wow..  Kudos to President Trump for this class act.  Whatever you think of his Tweeting and some of the less that polite things he sometimes says, this act speaks volumes about his character.  And, we know that if Hillary had one, she wouldn’t give away a dime of her salary.  Remember when she was First Lady, and was caught stealing the White House china and other things when Bill was President, which the Clintons eventually had to return?  And, her $300K speaking fees at colleges, to talk about how high college tuition is?  She’s a self-righteous, entitlement-minded, self-serving narcissist.  Yeah..  Kudos to Pres. Trump.  You won’t see this story over at MSNBC or CNN..