Tuesday, January 21, 2020

1600 Daily The White House • January 21, 2020 WATCH: 3 Years of Fighting for YOU

1600 Daily
The White House • January 21, 2020

WATCH: 3 years of fighting for YOU

Americans are sick of the Swamp. The numbers prove it. By a stunning 40-percent margin, independents say impeachment is “more important to politicians than it is to me.” A nearly identical number say that it’s “more important to the media than it is to me.”

It’s simple: Americans want results, not more partisan theater. The 2016 election should have been a wakeup call to career politicians and the Beltway establishment. Instead, they ignored the memo. They’d rather undo an election than fix their behavior.

But no matter what manufactured drama is unfolding in Washington on a given day, there has been one constant: President Donald J. Trump has never stopped fighting for you.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” he told the American people from the Capitol steps on Inauguration Day 2017, “The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.”

President Trump is the one keeping his promises. On his watch, together we have:
  • Created over 7 million jobs—and counting
  • Achieved the lowest unemployment rate in half a century
  • Lifted 2.4 million of our citizens out of poverty
  • Lowered medicine prices at rates not seen since the 1960s
  • Cut violent crime by nearly 5 percent since 2016
That’s just the short list. And there’s much more to come.

“Trump, Republicans working to help our country — despite Democratic obstruction at every turn”

TODAY: Desperate Democrats are demanding a do-over

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Democrat impeachment leaders are panicking about Senate rules today for one reason: House Democrats didn’t make their case.

“They said in their brief, ‘We have overwhelming evidence,’” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said before the Senate today. Now, “they’re afraid to make their case.”

House Democrats want brand-new witnesses and evidence in the Senate trial because they know their investigation failed. It didn’t persuade the American people—support for impeachment fell during the House hearings, despite hundreds of hours of free TV coverage—so their best hope is to search for a distraction from their weak Articles.

Here’s the left’s problem: They don’t get to stack the deck in their favor with a phony process in the Senate, too. But that doesn’t mean they won’t try. Here are just five of the worst myths and lies from today alone:
  • Schiff claims that the Senate’s rules were “nothing like” the process that was used in President Bill Clinton’s trial. They are entirely based on the Clinton rules.
  • House Democrats are complaining that new witnesses would not be admitted in the Senate trial. It is the House’s job to collect all evidence before voting on impeachment. It’s not the Senate’s job to fix their mistakes.
  • They compared this trial to that of a court of law. A court of law would immediately reject this case because House Democrats have not even accused the President of any criminal wrongdoing.
  • Schiff claims that anything but a long, drawn-out trial would “rig” the process. Suddenly, Democrats don’t believe in “urgency.” In any case, both sides have 24 hours to make their cases—the same as in Clinton’s trial.
  • Schiff falsely said that President Trump “withheld hundreds of millions of dollars” to coerce an ally to interfere in our elections. Not a single witness has provided evidence to support this assertion—because there is none.
  White House CounselThey want to attack one of our most sacred rights.

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Marine One flies through the Swiss Alps en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland | January 21, 2020 

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Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2020

Office of the Press Secretary


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     Every person -- the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly -- has inherent value.  Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must be defended.  On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our Nation proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception to natural death.

     Recently, we have seen decreases in the total number and rate of abortions in our country.  From 2007-2016, the most recent period of analysis, the number and rate of abortions decreased by 24 percent and 26 percent, respectively.  The rate of teen pregnancies -- the vast majority of which are unplanned -- has almost continuously decreased over the last quarter century, contributing to the lowest rate of abortions among adolescents since the legalization of abortion in 1973.  All Americans should celebrate this decline in the number and rate of abortions, which represents lives saved.  Still, there is more to be done, and, as President, I will continue to fight to protect the lives of the unborn.  I signed into law legislation under the Congressional Review Act that allows States and other grantees to exclude organizations that perform abortions from their Title X projects.  My Administration has also issued regulations to ensure Title X family planning projects are clearly separated from those that perform, promote, or refer for abortion as a method of family planning; to protect the conscience rights of healthcare workers and organizations, including with respect to abortion; and to ensure the Federal Government does not force employers that object, based on religious belief or moral conviction, to provide insurance for contraceptives, including those they believe cause early abortions.  Additionally, I have called on the Congress to act to prohibit abortions of later-term babies who can feel pain.

     My Administration is also building an international coalition to dispel the concept of abortion as a fundamental human right.  So far, 24 nations representing more than a billion people have joined this important cause.  We oppose any projects that attempt to assert a global right to taxpayer‑funded abortion on demand, up to the moment of delivery.  And we will never tire of defending innocent life -- at home or abroad.

     As a Nation, we must remain steadfastly dedicated to the profound truth that all life is a gift from God, who endows every person with immeasurable worth and potential.  Countless Americans are tireless defenders of life and champions for the vulnerable among us.  We are grateful for those who support women experiencing unexpected pregnancies, those who provide healing to women who have had abortions, and those who welcome children into their homes through foster care and adoption.  On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonderful gift of life and renew our resolve to build a culture where life is always revered.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 22, 2020, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.  Today, I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born.  I call on the American people to continue to care for women in unexpected pregnancies and to support adoption and foster care in a more meaningful way, so every child can have a loving home.  And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

                             DONALD J. TRUMP




Office of the Press Secretary


Davos Congress Centre
Davos, Switzerland


6:39 P.M. CET

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, everybody.  And a man who is highly respected and a great -- formerly great athlete, at least -- (laughter) -- in my opinion, he's a great athlete.  Johnny, please.  Go ahead.

     MR. INFANTINO:  Thanks.  Do I stand or do I sit?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Whoa, I like that.  (Laughter.)  (A soccer ball is presented.)  

     You can stand or sit.

     MR. INFANTINO:  I stand.  I stand.  I stand.

     I brought this ball, dear President, ladies and gentlemen, just to remind everyone what the real priorities of life are -- (laughter) -- for certainly billions of people all around the world.

     So, if I have a couple of minutes, you might wonder why the President of FIFA is introducing the President of the United States of America tonight.  But, actually, it's not that far away.  I've been told, President, by somebody of your staff -- I don't say who -- that today I am the second-most important man in Davos.  (Laughter.)  That's obviously not true.  (Laughter.)  You are all much more important, but it's nice to hear.

     On the other side, there are at least three main reasons why it is the right thing that the President of FIFA tonight is introducing the President of the United States.

     The first one is the power of football -- or soccer, as you call it in North America.  Soccer is much more than a game; you all know it.  It's -- 4 billion people watched the World Cup, the last World Cup.  It's 1.2 billion people around the world who watched the last women's World Cup, won by the United States.  Congratulations for that.

     It is $200 billion generated all over the world in a year.  It is 1.5 million jobs created in Russia for the last World Cup in 2018.  It's much more than that, though, because it is more than just economy; it gives joy and it gives hope to millions and millions of people all over the world.

     And that's what we have to do: We have to give joy and hope.  We have to give optimism.  And there is this good thing about football that when you win a game, you are in a good mood; when you lose a game, you're in a bad mood, but just for a little while.  Then you concentrate on the next game that you want to win.  And that's the first reason.

     The second reason is the United States and soccer.  And I have to inform you that the United States is on the verge of becoming the soccer power in the world.  You don't know it yet, but it's coming faster than you think.  We will organize the World Cup -- the FIFA World Cup -- in 2026, in North America.  And President Trump has been in this venture from the very beginning.  He wanted it to be organized, together with Canada and Mexico, in prelude of the great trade agreement that you just signed last week.  So, soccer is in advance of trade as well.

     And if -- I don't know, in Italy, 250,000 jobs are created with soccer.  In Spain, 185,000 jobs.  In the U.S., President, in a view of the World Cup 2026, we have to create at least 1 million jobs for American citizens involved in soccer.


     MR. INFANTINO:  And the third reason, President, is yourself.  President Trump is definitely a sportsman.  I am lucky enough in my life to come across some of the most talented athletes in soccer.  And President Trump is made of the same sort of fiber.  He is a competitor.  He wants to compete, he wants to win.  He wants to show who is the best.

     He says actually what many think, but more importantly, he does, then, what he says.  And this brings -- and you mentioned this morning, President -- this brings the American Dream to reality.  Now, the American Dream is something that not only Americans need to have.  The American Dream is something that we all need to have -- all those who love soccer, the 4 billion people around the world.  We all need to dream this dream.  And I'm sure that with your help, President, with your contribution and with the contribution of all of you here, we'll make sure the American Dream becomes a reality not only in America, as we have seen, but all over the world.

     Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States of America.  (Applause.)

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, Johnny.  Thank you.

     So, this is great, and we appreciate this.  This is a very beautiful, good-looking ball.  (Laughter.)  (Inaudible.)

     It's an honor to be involved with bringing the World Cup to the United States.  I was involved as President-elect and even a little bit before that.  But they called and they said, "Could you help?"  And through yourself and your people, you chose the United States.  And we're also bringing some games to Mexico and bringing some games to Canada.  And that'll be tremendous.  But I really appreciate it.

     And I appreciate your steadfast movement.  You just didn’t stop.  You wanted to have it there, and I wanted to have it there, and we really did it before we came to office.  Before I got into office, we did that one.  But it's going to be very exciting.  You know, we have the Olympics coming -- which I was very involved in -- in '28.  So between the World Cup and the Olympics, that's going to be very exciting.  We have plenty of other good things.

     But I want to thank you very much.  You've been my great friend, and it's an honor.

     MR. INFANTINO:  Thank you.
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Around the table tonight, we have the greatest businessmen in the world -- names that I know very well but faces that I know very well, usually from looking at business publications for many years.  And I thought what we'd do is just quickly go around the room, and you could introduce yourself and the name of your company.  These people, we keep them down to a minimum.  We could have had hundreds and hundreds, but we kept it down to a minimum, out of respect for you.

     But I thought you may go down and just introduce yourselves and where you're from, a little bit about your company.  Or, if you want to say something, this is a great time to promote what you want to promote.  (Laughter.)

     And you have been terrific.  Congratulations.  We'll start with you.  Thank you, Patrice.

     MR. MOTSEPE:  Thank you.  We do business in 50 countries.  I had the honor of being one of the hundred greatest business minds, Forbes.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  That's right.

     MR. MOTSEPE:  And it's a great honor to be with you.  And all I wanted to say is that Africa loves America.  Africa loves you.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  That's an honor.  Thank you.

     MR. MOTSEPE:  And it's very, very important.  We want America to do well.  We want you to do well.  And the success of America is a success of the rest of the world.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.

     MR. MOTSEPE:  We are in mining, financial services, property, real estate, technology.  Very diversified.  It’s a great honor to be here.  Thank you.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  You’ve done a great job.  Thank you very much.

     MR. MOTSEPE:  Thank you, President.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Please.  Please.

     MR. PILLAY:  Mr. President, thank you for the invitation.  I’m Dilhan Pillay.  I’m the CEO of Temasek International.  It’s owned by the Singapore government, but it’s run independently.  We have some $235 billion of assets.  Our companies that we control have about $100 billion of revenue, and we operate all over the world.  The United States has been the largest recipient of our capital in the last five years.  Since we opened up an office in the U.S. -- we now have three offices in the U.S. -- and we will continue to be largest (inaudible) company, primarily in (inaudible) of innovation (inaudible) in U.S.

     So we continue to look toward investing in the United States, primarily through (inaudible).

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And that’s one of the reasons I’m here.  Billions and billions of dollars is now coming back to the United States, and auto companies that made commitments that they’ll be announcing.  But billions of dollars is coming back to the United States.  We appreciate that.  Thank you.

     Please.  Larry?  You know -- we all know Larry.  Larry Kudlow.

     MR. KUDLOW:  I’m Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council, and has the great honor to work for President Trump.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you, Larry.  Great job.  How’s the economy going?  Okay?

     MR. KUDLOW:  Pretty darn good, sir.  (Laughter.)

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay.  He gave us the right answer.  Please.

     MR. EKHOLM:  So I’m Börje Ekholm, Ericsson.  And it's all about 5G.  And this is a 5G phone, with a commercial network in Switzerland with our equipment.  So Swisscom is one of the first that launched globally.  Of course, United States is our biggest market --


     MR. EKHOLM:  -- most important market.  And what I would wish for is that the United States leads the development of 5G.  That requires a couple of things.

     So if I can bring that up, and --

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Go ahead, please.

     MR. EKHOLM:  Spectrum -- freeing up the C-Band really quickly; it’s going to be critical.  Permitting processes still takes two years.  Networks running out of capacity -- it happens globally; it happens here as well.  It happens everywhere.  And then, permitting process is a real restriction.

      And the last one is actually the lack of power (inaudible).  We need to really invest in building the capabilities to actually roll out the network.

      When that happens, we will have -- the United States will have a strong platform for innovation in 5G.  And 5G, as the President well knows, is a consumer play, but it’s also an enterprise platform.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And a military play, too.  Very important, militarily.

     So, Ericsson has done a great job with 5G.  And we’re working with your company, as you know.  We’re bringing down the time periods.  And spectrum, we’re opening it up.  We have Department of State, we have Commerce, and we have the military.  So we’re opening it all up.  So we’ll be -- we’re in very good shape.

     I think we’re far advanced, much further than people understand.  We got off to a very late start before I got here.  But once I got here, we’ve really caught up.  So thank you very much.  Congratulations.  Great company.

     MR. EKHOLM:  Thank you.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.

     MR. EKHOLM:  We’re opening the factory in Texas very shortly.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Oh, good.  (Laughter.)  I heard that.  That’s great.  That’s great.

     MR. EKHOLM:  (Inaudible.)

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We’ll see you at the opening.

     MR. AL MAHMOUD:  Mr. President, my name is Mansoor Al Mahmoud, the CEO of QIA.  We invest for the future generation, for a time beyond the hydrocarbon era.  We have been investing in the U.S.  Eighty percent of our pipeline goes to the U.S. market because the economy is doing very well.

      PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Great.

      MR. AL MAHMOUD:  So we’re hoping that we build a portfolio in a global basis.

      PRESIDENT TRUMP:  That’s great.  So you’ve made about 80 percent since I took office.  So you happy to -- (laughter) -- you’re very happy.

     MR. AL MAHMOUD:  Oh, yeah.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  He’s invested here.  And if he invested badly, he’s about 80 percent up.  That’s if you’ve done badly, and I know you never do badly.  (Laughter.)  Okay, thank you.

      MR. YOSHIDA:  My name is Ken Yoshida, from Sony.  This year is 60th anniversary where -- after we started business in United States, and 50 years’ anniversary of listing on New York Stock Exchange.  So we have a quite a long history in the United States.

      One more thing is, I’ve been the CEO of this company 21 months.  And this month, I was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Abe.  And that’s going to be my first time.  And I believe, Mr. President, you have met him face to face probably 15 times.


     MR. YOSHIDA:  So good (inaudible) are very important for us.  Thank you very much.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, he is a great gentleman doing a great job.  Thank you very much.

     MR. SURI:  Mr. President, good evening.  I’m Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia.  We’re a 155-year-old company.  We have about $25 billion in value.  We also do 5G, and so U.S. is our strongest market.  We have about 11,000 people there.  That’s one of our largest countries, by way of head count.  We do a lot of research and development in California, in Chicago.  And, of course, we have the famed Bell Labs -- Nokia Bell Labs in New Jersey as well.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And you’re doing very well and advanced with 5G, so that’s really great.

     MR. SURI:  Yes, absolutely.  Yes.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And we’re giving you a lot of business.

     MR. SURI:  You are, indeed.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.

     MR. LIDDELL:  Sir, Chris Liddell.  I have the honor to serve the President as Deputy Chief of Staff.  Thank you.

     AMBASSADOR MCMULLEN:  I am Ed McMullen, and I have the great honor to be the President’s Ambassador to Switzerland and to Liechtenstein.

     DR. REINHARDT:  Good evening, Mr. President.  My name is Joerg Reinhardt.  I’m the chairman of Novartis.  We are active in more than 100 countries in the world, but our biggest footprint is in the U.S.  We have around 15,000 people in the U.S. and a number of production plants.

     We made, just recently, a number of acquisitions.  And we are probably one of the more innovative companies in the pharmaceutical field.  And we are happy to say that gene therapy and cell therapy -- two really new technologies -- were first approved in the U.S., and we are happy to continue to bring real innovation to American people.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  A lot of great progress being made, I know that.  Thank you very much.

     DR. REINHARDT:  Thank you.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Keep those prices down, please.  (Laughter.)

     MR. BASTAKI:  Good evening, Mr. President.  My name is Farouk Bastaki.  I’m the head of Kuwait Investment Authority.  We started -- we have the oldest sovereign wealth fund in the world; it started in 1953.  And since then, we’ve been investing in the United States, and we’ve been doing very well.  So thank you very much.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No, thank you very much.  And you know what they can do?  They can bring out the dinner, we’ll keep going, and if the press would like to have dinner, we’ll serve you after we’re finished.  (Laughter.)

     Yeah, bring out the dinner, please.  Go ahead.

     MR. VAN BEURDEN:  Mr. President, Ben van Beurden, Royal Dutch Shell.  We have been in your country for more than a century.  We operate in every state of the country.  At any one year, we invest, on average, $10 billion in your country.  So we have a big thing going on all the time.

     You visited our facility in Pennsylvania, the (inaudible) Petrochemicals Complex.  And, very kindly, Mr. President, just after, Secretary Mnuchin helped out with some of the issues that we had to bring steel into the country, for which we are very grateful.

     We are, of course, a player in the whole spectrum -- in oil and gas, onshore, offshore, petrochemicals, but increasingly, also renewables, Mr. President -- in solar, wind, and other technologies that we bring.

     Maybe not well known, but we are probably the largest or definitely one of the largest (inaudible) that we bring from the United States

                   END                     6:54 P.M. CET



Office of the Press Secretary


Davos Congress Centre
Davos, Switzerland


5:33 P.M. CET

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  And it's great to be with a very good friend of mine, the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

     We're going to be talking about trade and many other things.  But trade is going to be of very, very paramount importance.  And we're doing more trade as it turns.  And we're working together on some borders, and we're talking about Kashmir and the relation to what's going on with Pakistan and India.  And if we can help, we certainly will be helping.  And we've been watching that and following it very, very closely.

     But it's an honor to be with my friend.  And thank you very much.  Thank you very much.

     PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  My pleasure.  Thank you.

     Well, Mr. President, good to see you again.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.

     PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  And, yes, there are issues we want to talk about.  The main issue, of course, is Afghanistan because it concerns the U.S. and Pakistan.  And, fortunately, we are on the same page.  Both of us are interested in peace there and an orderly transition in Afghanistan with talks with Taliban and the government.

     And also, of course, India.  It is -- it is a big issue.  For us, in Pakistan, it's a big issue.  And, of course, we always hope that the U.S. will play its part in resolving it because no other country can.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Right.  Well, thank you.  Thank you very much.  We're going to have a good talk.

     Thank you very much, everybody.

     Q    Mr. President, when you head out to India, will you also visit Pakistan?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, we're visiting right now, so we won't really have to.  But we -- I wanted to say hello for both a relationship standpoint -- we've had a great relationship -- and from the standpoint of our two countries.  We're getting along very well.  I would say we've never been closer with Pakistan than we are right now.  And that's a big statement, although I wouldn't say at all times we were close, as a country.  But we are very close right now because of the relationship that we have.  So it's very important.

     Q    Mr. President, are you planning on imposing auto tariffs on imports from Europe?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We expect to be able to make a deal with Europe.  And if they don't make a deal, we'll certainly give that very strong consideration.  Okay?  But we expect to make a deal with Europe.

     The European Union we met with, as you know, and we had a very good talk.  But if we're unable to make a deal, we will have to do something, because we've been treated very badly as a country for many, many years on trade.

     And, of course, NATO also.  If you look at what happens with NATO, we've -- we're spending a vast predominance of the money.  We're spending money like -- for years; this has gone on for years.  We're protecting Europe and that's fine, but they can't do it to us on trade.  So they know they have to do something.  And if they're fair, we're not going to have a problem.  Okay?

     Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  Thank you.

                          END                 5:36 P.M. CET


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Office of the Press Secretary


Davos Congress Centre
Davos, Switzerland


4:14 P.M. CET

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay, thank you very much, everybody.  And we'll be having a meeting largely based on trade -- President of Switzerland and representatives from Switzerland.

     And we have a tremendous relationship.  We're working on other matters also that are very interesting.  But today we're going to be discussing largely trade with Switzerland.  They'd like to do an agreement, and we'll see what we can do.

     And thank you all for being with us.  Thank you very much.

     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  Thank you, Mr. President.  So, welcome.  A warm welcome to you, to your delegation.  We're very glad to have you here.  We are glad to continue our contact.


     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  You had a contact with my predecessor last year at the --

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  That's right.  That's right.

     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  -- (inaudible).  And you know that Switzerland President has only for one year.


     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  So you can see the diversity of Swiss Presidents.  (Laughter.)  We have different languages.  Mr. Parmelin, he will be the President next year.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Right.  Wow.  Good.

     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  And you can talk French to him.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Good.  (Laughter.)

     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  And Mr. Maurer is speaking German.  Afterwards, it will be Mr. Cassis; he's Italian speaking.  We have female, we have male Presidents --

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  That's very good.

     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  -- different cultures that makes part of Switzerland.

     So, very glad to have had this talk.  On our diplomatic channels, we agreed on three main issues to talk about: our bilateral relations, including good offices in Switzerland, of course.  Then, as well, on our economic ties we have -- and also something which is concerning everybody: global warming.  I think it's worth also to talk about that --


     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  -- because as the Minister of Environment as well, it's for me also something that is every day on my agenda.


     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  So we have a lot to talk about.  I'm very glad --

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We look forward to it.

     PRESIDENT SOMMARUGA:  Okay.  Thank you.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.

     Q    Mr. President, can you say what you and President Macron agreed to?  Can you say what you and President Macron agreed to?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We had a very good conversation.  It worked out very well.  The U.S. is very happy with the result, and we appreciate very much what President Macron did.  Thank you.

                          END                 4:17 P.M. CET


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West Wing Reads - Pelosi Knows Impeachment Is Weak

West Wing Reads

Pelosi Knows Impeachment Is Weak

“Compelling, overwhelming and bipartisan: These are the criteria Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew as she publicly announced last March that she wouldn’t support impeachment. Back then she claimed impeaching the president with anything less would be divisive and irresponsible,” Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) writes in The Wall Street Journal.

“Ten months later, however, Mrs. Pelosi has transmitted two articles of impeachment that fail to meet any of her criteria, let alone those of the Founders.”

The facts are clear: The Senate must “reject the temptation of partisan impeachment and expeditiously acquit the president.”

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“As the Senate begins the impeachment trial of President Trump, it faces the challenge not just of weighing the charges, but of trying to rescue the entire process from the low political farce that the House has made of it,” the New York Post editorial board writes.
House Democrats’ sham impeachment has been “politics at its worst and opens the door, as some of the Founders warned, for ‘normalizing’ impeachment.” Speaker Pelosi “summed up the true motives of Democrats when she said that regardless of what the Senate does, impeachment will be a ‘permanent stain’ on President Trump’s legacy. In fact, the stain will be on Democrats,” Cal Thomas writes in The Washington Times.
Stat of the day: On the heels of President Trump’s historic Phase 1 trade deal with China, and “according to a monthly poll from agricultural trade publication Farm Journal released Sunday, 83% of farmers and ranchers approve of the president’s job performance,” Kirk Maltais reports for The Wall Street Journal.

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     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, Klaus.  And a very special congratulations on your 50th year hosting the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.  A truly amazing achievement.

     It's an honor to address the distinguished members of this organization for the second time as President.  When I spoke at this forum two years ago, I told you that we had launched the great American comeback.  Today, I'm proud to declare that the United States is in the midst of an economic boom the likes of which the world has never seen before.

     We've regained our stride, we discovered our spirit and reawakened the powerful machinery of American enterprise.  America is thriving, America is flourishing, and yes, America is winning again like never before.

     Just last week alone, the United States concluded two extraordinary trade deals: the agreement with China and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement -- the two biggest trade deals ever made.  They just happened to get done in the same week.

     These agreements represent a new model of trade for the 21st century -- agreements that are fair, reciprocal, and that prioritize the needs of workers and families.  America's economic turnaround has been nothing short of spectacular.

     When I took office three years ago, America's economy was in a rather dismal state.  Under the previous administration, nearly 200,000 manufacturing jobs had vanished, wages were flat or falling, almost 5 million more Americans had left the labor force than had gotten jobs, and more than 10 million people had been added to the food stamp rolls.

     The experts predicted a decade of very, very slow growth -- or even maybe negative growth -- high unemployment, and a dwindling workforce, and very much a shrinking middle class.  Millions of hardworking, ordinary citizens felt neglected, betrayed, forgotten.  They were rapidly losing faith in the system.

     Before my presidency began, the outlook for many nations was bleak.  Top economists warned of a protracted worldwide recession.  The World Bank lowered its projections for global growth to a number that nobody wanted to even think about.  Pessimism had taken root deep in the minds of leading thinkers, business leaders, and policymakers.

     Yet despite all of the cynics, I had never been more confident in America's future.  I knew we were on the verge of a profound economic resurgence, if we did things right -- one that would generate a historic wave of investment, wage growth, and job creation.

     I knew that if we unleashed the potential of our people, if we cut taxes, slashed regulations -- and we did that at a level that's never been done before in the history of our country, in a short period of time -- fixed broken trade deals and fully tapped American energy, that prosperity would come thundering back at a record speed.  And that is exactly what we did, and that is exactly what happened.

     Since my election, America has gained over 7 million jobs -- a number unthinkable.  I wouldn’t say it, I wouldn’t talk about it, but that was a number that I had in mind.  The projection was 2 million; we did 7 [million] -- more than three times the government's own projections.

     The unemployment rate is now less than 3, 4, and 5 percent.  And at 3.5 percent, that's a number that is the lowest in more than 50 years.  The average unemployment rate for my administration is the lowest for any U.S. President in recorded history.  We started off with reasonably high rate.

     For the first time in decades, we are no longer simply concentrating wealth in the hands of a few.  We're concentrating and creating the most inclusive economy ever to exist.  We are lifting up Americans of every race, color, religion, and creed.

     Unemployment rates among African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans have all reached record lows.  African American youth unemployment has reached the lowest it's ever been in the history of our country.  African American poverty has plummeted to the lowest rate ever recorded.  The unemployment rate for women reached the lowest level since 1953.  And women now comprise a majority of the American workforce; that's for the first time.

     The unemployment rate for veterans has dropped to a record low.  The unemployment rate for disabled Americans has reached an all-time record low.  Workers without a high school diploma have achieved the lowest unemployment rate recorded in U.S. history.  Wages are rising across the board.  And those at the bottom of the income ladder are enjoying the percentage, by far, largest gains.

     Workers' wages are now growing faster than management wages.  Earnings growth for the bottom 10 percent is outpacing the top 10 percent -- something that has not happened.  Paychecks for high school graduates are rising faster than for college graduates.

     Young Americans just entering the workforce are also sharing in America’s extraordinary prosperity.  Since I took office, more than 2 million millennials have gotten jobs, and their wages have grown by nearly 5 percent annually -- a number that was unthinkable.  Nobody would have ever thought it was possible three years ago.  A record number of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 are now working.

     In the eight years before I took office, over 300,000 working-age people left the workforce.  In just three years in my administration, 3.5 million people have joined the workforce.  Ten million people have been lifted off welfare in less than three years.  Celebrating the dignity of work is a fundamental pillar of our agenda.

     This is a blue-collar boom.  Since my election, the net worth of the bottom half of wage earners has increased by plus-47 percent -- three times faster than the increase for the top 1 percent.  Real median household income is at the highest level ever recorded.

     The American Dream is back -- bigger, better, and stronger than ever before.  No one is benefitting more than America’s middle class.

     We have created 1.2 million manufacturing and construction jobs -- a number also unthinkable.  After losing 60,000 factories under the previous two administrations -- hard to believe when you hear "60,000 factories" -- America has now gained, in a very short period of time, 12,000 new factories under my administration.  And the number is going up rapidly.  We'll be beating the 60,000 number that we lost, except these will be bigger, newer, and the latest.

     Years of economic stagnation have given way to a roaring geyser of opportunity.  U.S. stock markets have soared by more than 50 percent since my election, adding more than $19 trillion to household wealth, and boosting 401(k)s, pensions, and college savings accounts for millions of hardworking families.
And these great numbers are many things, and it's despite the fact that the Fed has raised rates too fast and lowered them too slowly.  And even now, as the United States is by far the strongest economic power in the world, it's not even close.  It was going to be close, but a lot of good things happened to us, and some not-so-good things happened to certain other places.

     They're forced to compete, and we compete with nations that are getting negative rates -- something very new -- meaning, they get paid to borrow money.  Something that I could get used to very quickly.  Love that.  Got to pay back your loan?  Oh, how much am I getting?

     Nevertheless, we still have the best numbers that we've had in so many different areas.  It's a conservative approach, and we have a tremendous upside potential, when all of the trade deals and the massive deregulation starts kicking in -- which will be during this year, especially toward the end of the year.  Those trade deals are starting to kick in already.  The regulations are kicking in right now.

     And I see such tremendous potential for the future.  We have not even started, because the numbers we're talking about are massive.

     The time for skepticism is over.  People are flowing back into our country.  Companies are coming back into our country.  Many of you, who I know, are coming back in with your plants and your factories.  Thank you very much.  America’s newfound prosperity is undeniable, unprecedented, and unmatched anywhere in the world.

     America achieved this stunning turnaround not by making minor changes to a handful of policies, but by adopting a whole new approach centered entirely on the wellbeing of the American worker.

     Every decision we make -- on taxes, trade, regulation, energy, immigration, education, and more -- is focused on improving the lives of everyday Americans.  We are determined to create the highest standard of living that anyone can imagine, and right now, that's what we're doing for our workers.  The highest in the world.  And we're determined to ensure that the working and middle class reap the largest gains.

     A nation’s highest duty is to its own citizens.  Honoring this truth is the only way to build faith and confidence in the market system.  Only when governments put their own citizens first will people be fully invested in their national futures. In the United States, we are building an economy that works for everyone, restoring the bonds of love and loyalty that unite citizens and powers nations.

     Today, I hold up the American model as an example to the world of a working system of free enterprise that will produce the most benefits for the most people in the 21st century and beyond.
A pro-worker, pro-citizen, pro-family agenda demonstrates how a nation can thrive when its communities, its companies, its government, and its people work together for the good of the whole nation.

     As part of this new vision, we passed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history.  We doubled the child tax credit, benefitting 40 million American families and lifting 650,000 single mothers and their 1 million children out of poverty -- and out of poverty quickly.

     We passed the first-ever tax credit for employers who provide paid paternal leave for employees earning $72,000 less annually, and passed paid family leave for government employees as a model for the country.

     We made childcare much more affordable and reduced or eliminated childcare waitlists all across the nation.  Our childcare reforms are supporting working parents and ensuring their children have access to high-quality care and education, all of which they very much deserve.

     We lowered our business tax from the highest in the developed world down to one that's not only competitive, but one of the lower taxes.

     We created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones in distressed communities where capital gains on long-term investments are now taxed at zero, and tremendous wealth is pouring into areas that for a hundred years saw nothing.

     The 35 million Americans who live in these areas have already seen their home values rise by more than $22 billion.  My administration has also made historic investments in historically black colleges and universities.  I saved HCBUs.  We saved them.  They were going out, and we saved them.

     We're removing roadblocks to success and rewarding businesses that invest in workers, families, and communities.

     We've also launched the most ambitious campaign in history to reduce job-killing regulations.  For every new regulation adopted, we are removing eight old regulations, which will save an average of American households about $3,100 per year.  It was going to be, "for every one, we do two," but we were able to lift that to eight, and we think that's going to go quite a bit higher.  We still have a way to go.

     Today, I urge other nations to follow our example and liberate your citizens from the crushing weight of bureaucracy.  With that, you have to run your own countries the way you want.

     We're also restoring the constitutional rule of law in America, which is essential to our economy, our liberty, and our future.  And that’s why we've appointed over 190 federal judges -- a record -- to interpret the law as written.  One hundred and ninety federal judges -- think of that -- and two Supreme Court judges.

      As a result of our efforts, investment is pouring into our country.  In the first half of 2019, the United States attracted nearly one-quarter of all foreign direct investment in the world -- think of that.  Twenty-five percent of all foreign investment all over the world came into the United States, and that number is increasing rapidly.

     To every business looking for a place where they are free to invest, build, thrive, innovate, and succeed, there is no better place on Earth than the United States.

     As a central part of our commitment to building an inclusive society, we established the National Council for the American Worker.  We want every citizen, regardless of age or background, to have the cutting-edge skills to compete and succeed in tomorrow’s workplace.  This includes critical industries like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and 5G.

     Under Ivanka’s leadership -- who is with us today --- our Pledge to America’s Workers has become a full-blown national movement with over 400 companies committing to provide new job and training opportunities to already very close to 15 million American students and workers.  Fifteen million.

     America is making sweeping changes to place workers and their families at the center of our national agenda.  Perhaps the most transformative change of all is on trade reform, where we're addressing chronic problems that have been ignored, tolerated, or enabled for decades.  Our leaders did nothing about what happened to us on trade.

     Before I was elected, China’s predatory practices were undermining trade for everyone, but no one did anything about it, except allow it to keep getting worse and worse and worse.  Under my leadership, America confronted the problem head on.

     Under our new phase one agreement -- phase two is starting negotiations very shortly -- China has agreed to substantially do things that they would not have done: measures to protect intellectual property; stop forced technology transfers; remove trade barriers in agricultural goods and on agricultural goods, where we were treated so badly; open its financial sector totally -- that's done -- and maintain a stable currency, all backed by very, very strong enforcement.

     Our relationship with China, right now, has probably never been better.  We went through a very rough patch, but it's never, ever been better.  My relationship with President Xi is an extraordinary one.  He's for China; I'm for the U.S.  But other than that, we love each other.

     Additionally, China will spend an additional $200 billion over two years on American services, agriculture, and energy, and manufactured goods.  So we'll be taking in an excess of $200 billion; could be closer to $300 billion when it finishes.  But these achievements would not have been possible without the implementation of tariffs, which we had to use, and we're using them on others too.  And that is why most of our tariffs on China will remain in place during the phase two negotiations.  For the most part, the tariffs have been left, and we're being paid billions and billions of dollars a year as a country.

     As I mentioned earlier, we ended the NAFTA disaster -- one of the worst trade deals ever made; not even close -- and replaced it with the incredible new trade deal, the USMCA -- that's Mexico and Canada.

     In the nearly 25 years after NAFTA, the United States lost 1 in 4 manufacturing jobs, including nearly 1 in 4 vehicle-manufacturing jobs.  It was an incentive to leave the country.  The NAFTA agreement exemplified the decades-long failures of the international trading system.  The agreement shifted wealth to the hands of a few, promoted massive outsourcing, drove down wages, and shuttered plants and factories by the thousands.  The plants would leave our country, make the product, sell it into our country.  We ended up with no jobs and no taxes; would buy other countries' product.  That doesn't happen anymore.

     This is the wreckage that I was elected to clean up.  It's probably the reason I ran for President, more than any other thing, because I couldn't understand why we were losing all of these jobs to other countries at such a rapid rate.  And it got worse and worse, and I think it's probably the primary reason that I ran, but there are other reasons also.  And to replace with a new system that puts workers before the special interests.  And the special interests will do just fine, but the workers come first.

     Our brand-new USMCA is the result of the broadest coalition ever assembled for a trade agreement.  Manufacturing, agriculture, and labor all strongly endorsed the deal.  And, as you know, it just passed in Congress overwhelmingly.  It shows how to solve the 21st century challenge we all face: protecting intellectual property, expanding digital trade, re-shoring lost jobs, and ensuring rising wages and living standards.

     The United States has also concluded a great new trade deal with Japan -- approximately $40 billion -- and completely renegotiated our deal with South Korea.  We're also negotiating many other transactions with many other countries.  And we look forward to negotiating a tremendous new deal with the United Kingdom.  They have a wonderful new Prime Minister and wants very much to make a deal, as they say.

     To protect our security and our economy, we are also boldly embracing American energy independence.  The United States is now, by far, the number-one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, by far.  It's not even close.

     While many European countries struggle with crippling energy costs, the American energy revolution is saving American families $2,500 every year in lowering electric bills and numbers that people said couldn't happen, and also, very importantly, prices at the pump.

     We've been so successful that the United States no longer needs to import energy from hostile nations.  With an abundance of American natural gas now available, our European allies no longer have to be vulnerable to unfriendly energy suppliers either.  We urge our friends in Europe to use America’s vast supply and achieve true energy security.

     With U.S. companies and researchers leading the way, we are on the threshold of virtually unlimited reserves of energy, including from traditional fuels, LNG, clean coal, next-generation nuclear power, and gas hydrate technologies.

     At the same time, I'm proud to report the United States has among the cleanest air and drinking water on Earth -- and we're going to keep it that way.  And we just came out with a report that, at this moment, it's the cleanest it's been in the last 40 years.  We're committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world.

     Today, I'm pleased to announce the United States will join One Trillion Trees Initiative being launched here at the World Economic Forum.  One Trillion Trees.  (Applause.)  And in doing so, we will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing, and better managing our trees and our forests.

     This is not a time for pessimism; this is a time for optimism.  Fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism and action.  

     But to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse.  They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune-tellers -- and I have them and you have them, and we all have them, and they want to see us do badly, but we don't let that happen.  They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the '70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s.  These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform, and control every aspect of our lives.

     We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country, or eradicate our liberty.  America will always be the proud, strong, and unyielding bastion of freedom.

     In America, we understand what the pessimists refuse to see: that a growing and vibrant market economy focused on the future lifts the human spirit and excites creativity strong enough to overcome any challenge -- any challenge by far. 

     The great scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century -- from penicillin, to high-yield wheat, to modern transportation, and breakthrough vaccines -- have lifted living standards and saved billions of lives around the world.  And we're continuing to work on things that you'll be hearing about in the near future that, even today, sitting here right now, you wouldn't believe it's possible that we have found the answers.  You'll be hearing about it.  But we have found answers to things that people said would not be possible -- certainly not in a very short period of time.

     But the wonders of the last century will pale in comparison to what today’s young innovators will achieve because they are doing things that nobody thought even feasible to begin.  We continue to embrace technology, not to shun it.  When people are free to innovate, millions will live longer, happier, healthier lives.

     For three years now, America has shown the world that the path to a prosperous future begins with putting workers first, choosing growth, and freeing entrepreneurs to bring their dreams to life.

     For anyone who doubts what is possible in the future, we need only look at the towering achievements of the past.  Only a few hundred miles from here are some of the great cities of Europe -- teeming centers of commerce and culture.  Each of them is full of reminders of what human drive and imagination can achieve.

     Centuries ago, at the time of the Renaissance, skilled craftsmen and laborers looked upwards and built the structures that still touch the human heart.  To this day, some of the greatest structures in the world have been built hundreds of years ago.

     In Italy, the citizens once started construction on what would be a 140-year project, the Duomo of Florence.  An incredible, incredible place.  While the technology did not yet exist to complete their design, city fathers forged ahead anyway, certain that they would figure it out someday.  These citizens of Florence did not accept limits to their high aspirations and so the Great Dome was finally built.

     In France, another century-long project continues to hold such a grip on our hearts and our souls that, even 800 years after its construction, when the Cathedral of Notre Dame was engulfed in flames last year -- such a sad sight to watch; unbelievable site, especially for those of us that considered it one of the great, great monuments and representing so many different things -- the whole world grieved.

     Through[Though] her sanctuary now stands scorched and charred -- and a sight that's hard to believe; when you got used to it, to look at it now, hard to believe.  But we know that Notre Dame will be restored -- will be restored magnificently.  The great bells will once again ring out for all to hear, giving glory to God and filling millions with wonder and awe.

     The Cathedrals of Europe teach us to pursue big dreams, daring adventures, and unbridled ambitions.  They urge us to consider not only what we build today, but what we will endure long after we are gone.  They testify to the power of ordinary people to realize extraordinary achievements when united by a grand and noble purpose.

      So, together, we must go forward with confidence, determination, and vision.  We must not be timid, or meek, or fearful -- but instead we must boldly seize the day and embrace the moment.  We have so many great leaders in this room -- not only business leaders, but leaders of nations -- and some are doing such a fantastic job.  We work together very closely.  We will draw strength from the glories of the past, and we will make greatness our common mission for the future.

     Together, we will make our nations stronger, our countries safer, our culture richer, our people freer, and the world more beautiful than ever before.

     Above all else, we will forever be loyal to our workers, our citizens, and our families -- the men and women who are the backbone of our economies, the heart of our communities, and the soul of our countries.  Let us bring light to their lives one by one and empower them to light up the world.

     Thank you very much.  God bless you.  God bless your countries.  And God bless America.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

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