Tuesday, November 5, 2019


Office of the Press Secretary

     Stephen Hahn, of Texas, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services, vice Scott Gottlieb.

1600 Daily The White House • November 5, 2019 WATCH: Someone in Washington is Keeping His Promises

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The White House • November 5, 2019

WATCH: Someone in Washington is keeping his promises

Lost in House Democrats’—and the media’s—obsession with trying to “win” the pointless Beltway news cycle is this: There are actual, real problems that the American people want Washington to help fix. And today, only one party is even trying to fix them. 

The left’s rage hasn’t deterred President Donald J. Trump one bit. Less than 3 years after Election Day 2016, his record on the policies that matter most speaks for itself:
  • The United States Military is stronger than it’s ever been.
  • America’s unemployment rate today is near a half-century low.
  • Medicare is being protected for seniors, not robbed to pay everyone else.
  • ISIS’ territorial caliphate is decimated, and its horrible, violent leader is dead.
  • Historic criminal justice reform is giving more citizens a second chance.
  • Our troops are coming home, not fighting endless wars around the world.
That’s just the short list. And no matter how hard Democrats and their media allies fight to remake America into a socialist, open-borders nightmare, President Trump and conservatives will fight ten times harder to protect the American way of life for all of us.

NEW: Drug prices fall at fastest rate in 50 years

Here’s yet another story you won’t see in the headlines: Under President Trump, prescription drug prices are decreasing at rates not seen since the 1960s.

The reason the media ignores this success is that it contradicts the left’s economic narrative. In their view, American healthcare was broken until Obamacare fixed it. (Of course, the fact that Democrat-Socialists are now calling for a “Medicare for All” takeover of healthcare reveals that their own policies have failed, but never mind that.) Any problems with healthcare today are solely because of President Trump, they claim.

The stats don’t lie. In the eight years before President Trump’s inauguration, prescription drug prices increased by a stunning average of 3.6 percent per year. Fast forward to today, and prescription medicine prices have seen year-over-year declines in 9 of the past 10 months, with a 1.1 percent drop as of the most recent month available.

This past June, in fact, the United States saw its largest single-year drop—a 2 percent year-over-year decline—in prescription drug prices since 1967.

That’s no coincidence. Through crucial reforms that most of the media ignored, the Trump Administration has continued to push through generic drug approvals at a record pace. When these drugs enter the market, they boost competition across the board, bringing the direct-to-patient costs down for everyone along with them.

American patients first—that was President Trump’s most important healthcare promise, and he meant it. Because of that, even without Congress’ help, America is better off today than it has been in a long time. 

Prescription drug prices are falling at historic levels. Here is the real story.

Photo of the Day

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
President Trump, joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, departs Air Force one in Lexington, Kentucky | November 4, 2019

Facebook Locks Out The GoldFish Report for White House Press Release

Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Released this Statement Today Regarding Transcripts

November 5, 2019

Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham regarding transcripts released this statement today by House committees:

“Both transcripts released today show there is even less evidence for this illegitimate impeachment sham than previously thought.  Ambassador Sondland squarely states that he “did not know, (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended.”  He also said he “presumed” there was a link to the aid—but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption.  By contrast, Volker’s testimony confirms there could not have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians did not know about the military aid hold at the time.  No amount of salacious media-biased headlines, which are clearly designed to influence the narrative, change the fact that the President has done nothing wrong.” - Stephanie Grisham

West Wing Reads Pelosi’s Impeachment Rules Guarantee a Partisan Circus

West Wing Reads

Pelosi’s Impeachment Rules Guarantee a Partisan Circus

“A provision slyly added at the last minute is all but certain to deprive President Trump of the ability to defend himself,” Betsy McCaughey writes in the New York Post.

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists the impeachment procedures adopted last Thursday are ‘the fairest possible.’ Don’t believe it,” McCaughey says.

“Section F, quietly devised by Judiciary Committee Chair Jerold Nadler, stipulates that unless the president surrenders executive privilege — a power even the Supreme Court has ruled is vital to his office — he and his lawyers will be denied any ability to call or question witnesses.”

McCaughey calls it straight: “With a Senate conviction and removal from office highly unlikely, because real evidence of wrong-doing is lacking, the only goal of House impeachment is to damage the president.”

Click here to read more.
This week, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump visits Morocco, where she will promote her women’s economic development program, Darlene Superville writes for The Associated Press. The program, called the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), aims to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025.
“As I drove out of the White House complex Thursday and ended my role as President Trump’s special envoy seeking peace and normalized relations between Israel, Palestinians and Israel’s other Arab neighbors, I was both wistful and excited,” former U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt writes for Fox News. “Under the president’s leadership, we have moved forward to bring regional leaders closer to the long-sought goal of peace.”
Under President Trump, “we will no longer go abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” Brian Kennedy writes in The American Mind“It takes immense political courage” to defy the Washington establishment, Kennedy says. The President is on track “to rebuild the American military for the bigger challenges that lie ahead. That by itself is a great achievement.”

1600 Daily The White House • November 4, 2019 WATCH: Washington Nationals Present President Trump with Team Jersey

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The White House • November 4, 2019

WATCH: Washington Nationals present President Trump with team jersey

A few hours ago, President Donald J. Trump welcomed the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals to the White House for a celebration on the South Lawn.

🎬 Watch: Nationals give President Trump a #45 jersey! 

“America fell in love with Nats baseball,” President Trump told a cheering crowd.

Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman—one of many players to speak during the event—presented the President with a ceremonial team jersey. “Thank you for having us here. This is an incredible honor,” Zimmerman said. “We’d also like to thank you for keeping everyone here safe in our country, and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.”

Watch: President Trump welcomes the 2019 World Series champion Nationals!

The left keeps getting it wrong, and states like Kentucky keep soaring

The buildup to last Friday’s jobs report had a familiar story: Market “experts” and liberal critics of the President joined to boldly predict that October would be a lousy month for job growth. The booming Trump Economy would finally grind to a halt, they said.

But if there’s one thing these “experts” are consistent with, it’s being reliably wrong in anything having to do with President Trump or his policies.

🎬 Larry Kudlow: The facts don’t lie: “Middle-income families are flourishing.”

Friday’s jobs report smashed all expectations—yet again—as the economy added 128,000 new jobs during the month of October. That tally far exceeds the 85,000 mark predicted by economists. (The real number is even better: Accounting for the recently resolved General Motors strike, as well as for positive revisions to the totals for August and September, more than 300,000 jobs have been added to the U.S. economy.)

The historic news didn’t end there. Wages are on the rise across America, with 15 straight months and counting of 3 percent or higher average hourly pay increases.

President Trump is heading to Kentucky tonight, where this blue-collar, middle-class boom is lifting up families across the state—even if the Beltway media can’t bring itself to acknowledge the success of hardworking Americans under a conservative President.

In the Bluegrass State, the numbers tell the story:
  • 48,000 jobs have been added in Kentucky since President Trump’s election.
  • That total includes 7,400 manufacturing jobs and 1,800 construction jobs.
  • Kentucky’s unemployment rate reached 4% earlier this year, the lowest rate ever recorded in the state. 
  • Its unemployment rate has been under 5% for 26 consecutive months, something that didn’t happen even once under the previous Administration.
Those results aren’t likely to change anytime soon—unless things get even better. Last month, UPS announced plans to invest $750 million and create an additional 1,000 jobs at their major air hub in Louisville.

The liberal echo chamber might want to pump the brakes on their doom-and-gloom predictions for a while. For a better barometer of how America is doing, they can put down their “expert” op-eds, step outside the Beltway, and talk to some American workers. With more than 6.7 million jobs added since President Trump’s election, the best is yet to come.

Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all climb to records as stock market extends gains.

History being made: African-American unemployment hits new record low!

Photo of the Day

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks
President Trump is presented with a jersey from the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals | November 4, 2019


Office of the Press Secretary


South Lawn

1:45 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, everyone.  I have to say, this is a record.  We've never had this many people on the front lawn of the White House.  So, congratulations.  (Applause.)  Just another record for the Nats.

But, today, the First Lady and I are thrilled to welcome to the White House the 2019 World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals.  (Applause.) 

For the first time in nearly 100 years, our nation’s capital is celebrating a World Series victory.  That's big stuff.  (Applause.)  The last time Washington, D.C. was home to the World Series champs, the President was a gentleman named Calvin Coolidge.  That's a long time ago.

Nearly a century later, the Nationals have brought back the trophy to America’s capital, and you've won it.  This is the first World Series in franchise history, and it's going to be, really, the first of many, I predict.  (Applause.)

I want to congratulate the terrific owners of the team.  Your principal owner, Mark Lerner, and Ted Lerner.  Great people.  (Applause.)  The Lerner family.

A man who's become very famous -- I think he's much more famous than me right now -- General Manager Mike Rizzo.  You have become very famous, huh?  (Applause.)

MR. RIZZO:  Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  A manager -- and you watch all the mistakes made in baseball and other sports, and then you watch what this man did as manager.  He didn’t make any.  He didn’t many any.  Dave Martinez.  (Applause.)

And all of the incredible coaches and players, they're all here.  And we, really, just want to thank you, and I want to thank everybody.  I see we have some very special people, and that beautiful -- that's a beautiful trophy.  I've watched that; I've looked at that trophy for a long time.  For a long time, I've admired it.  Many years.

We're also delighted to be joined by the thousands of proud Nats fans, including -- (applause) -- Secretary David Bernhardt, Secretary Alex Azar, Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer.  Many, many folks from Congress are in the audience -- senators and everybody.  You're all here.  We love you all.  And we have a good friend of mine, Bill Posey -- Representative Bill Posey.  You're here someplace.  Thank you all for being here.  A lot of power sitting on this lawn and standing on this lawn.

Throughout this season, the Nationals captured the hearts of baseball fans across the region and across the country. America fell in love with the Nats baseball.  They just fell in love with Nats baseball.  That's all they wanted to talk about.  That and impeachment.  (Laughter.)  I like Nats baseball much more.  (Laughter and applause.)

You worked every count, hustled for every base, you fought for every run, and produced a comeback story for the ages.  Never happened like what happened with the Nats.  And that means a lot of good decisions were made.  You remind us all why baseball is truly America’s pastime.  So great for the sport.

Nearly two months into the season, the Nats had a 19 and 31 record.  And I watched it closely too.  I wasn't too happy.  (Laughter.)  It looked like things weren’t going so well, Mike.  Right?

MR. RIZZO:  Not at all.

THE PRESIDENT:  But these two guys, they didn’t give up.  They didn’t give up.  And I am sure that everybody was -- I'm sure the media was with you all the way, right?  (Laughter.)

MR. RIZZO:  (Laughs.)  Exactly.

THE PRESIDENT:  I remember some nasty stories.  Boy, did that change pretty quickly, right?  That's great.

But you were second to last in the National League, and it looked like it was going to be a rough year.  But you never doubted.  As pitcher Max Scherzer -- and, boy, did he pitch well.  (Applause.)  What a job.  I've watched you for a long time.  Nobody -- nobody throws it better than you do.   What a great job you did, Max.  Thank you.  Under pressure, as well.  Under pressure, as well.  But, you know, Max said, “We have the experience.  We don’t fold under pressure.”  Which puts more pressure on the team, but that's one of those things, right?  (Laughter.)  And that's exactly what happened: You didn’t fold under pressure.

From then on, the Nationals won two games for every loss, which is a tremendous percentage -- winning percentage.  As you battled for every win, Gerardo Parra changed his walk-up song to “Baby Shark.”  (Applause.)  That was a favorite of his two-year-old daughter, and it became the anthem for the Nats fans everywhere.  And I tell you what: That turned out to be a very, very powerful little tune.  (Laughter.)

In the final weeks of the regular season, you were down six runs against the Mets.  In the bottom of the ninth, you scored seven runs -- I do remember that well -- including an amazing three-run homer by Kurt Suzuki .  Where is Kurt?  Where is he?  (Applause.)  Come here.  Come here.  Come here.

MR. RIZZO:  He's got the hat.

THE PRESIDENT:  Say a couple of words.  Come on.  (Laughter and applause.)

Oh!  (Mr. Suzuki puts on the "Make America Great Again" hat.)

I love him!  Oh!  (Applause.)  That's so nice.

MR. SUZUKI:  I love you all.  I love you all.  Thank you.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Fantastic.

MR. SUZUKI:  Thank you, sir.  Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  What a job he did.  I didn’t know that was going to happen.  (Laughter.)  And, by the way -- Max, will you come over here, please?  Come here.  (Applause.)  I asked the First Lady, "Do you think I can throw a ball as fast as him?"  She said, "Yes, darling.  Absolutely."  (Laughter.)  I don’t think so.

Go ahead.

MR. SCHERZER:  My gosh.  To be in this moment with everybody cheering, for -- to be at the White House, what a month.  What a magical month.  And what -- (applause) -- when the city gets behind you, and your teammates believe in each other, and you have 1 through 25 on a roster competing, magic happens.  And what a day to be able to share it all with you.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Max.  Great job.

     So, you beat the Mets.  In the bottom of the ninth, you scored that seven runs, including the amazing three-run homer by Kurt.  And the Nats, as always, they lived up to a motto.  It's: "Stay in the Fight!"  That's true about life.  "Stay in the Fight."  You never know what's going to happen.  Stay in there.

Soon, you began a legendary post-season run against the best teams and top aces in baseball.  Everybody thought it was over because it was almost like, Mike, you were just going against all of the good teams.  Dave?  It was sort of an incredible thing.  And then Josh Hader and Clayton Kershaw to Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

AUDIENCE:  Booo --

THE PRESIDENT:  You know those names, right?  They're really good.  Right?  Pretty good pitchers.  Right, Max?  And you took care of it.  You take care of things.  Pretty incredible.

You prevailed in five elimination games.  And you were pitching.  You were, really, facing the best pitchers in baseball -- the absolute top.  And you trailed in every single game.  Every single one of those games, you were trailing, and executed four of your comebacks in the seventh inning -- which I guess is a lucky inning, maybe.

MR. RIZZO:  Oh, yeah.

THE PRESIDENT:  And seventh inning, and then in a couple of cases later, it was a team effort.  Players 1 through 25 gave players gave every single thing they had.  They gave their heart.  They never quit.  They never gave up.  They gave their heart.  (Applause.)  It’s true, right?

At the Wild Card game -- it’s such an incredible story.  At the Wild Card game, you were down by two runs in the eighth.  With bases loaded and two outs, that’s when breakout star Juan Soto -- (applause) -- where’s Juan?  Where is -- come here, Juan.  Come here.  (Laughter.)  Look at his head of hair.  He’s got no hair problem.  I want to tell you that.  (Laughter.)  Look at that hair, huh?  Beautiful.

Say a couple of things.

MR. SOTO:  I mean, I just want to thanks everybody here.  All the support -- you’ve been doing it for us, for the whole team.  I think you bring the energy we need to win this thing.  And we here.  We love you all.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Fantastic job, Juan.

But Juan brought in three runs to win the game.  We all remember that one.  By the end of the post-season, Juan became the youngest player ever to hit three home runs in the World Series.  That’s fantastic.  (Applause.)  Great job.

In the Division Series, you were down against the Dodgers late in the final game.  But with your relentless, old-school style of play, the Nationals sent the game to extra innings.  That was incredible.  With the bases loaded in the 10th, Howie Kendrick hit an epic grand slam home run.  (Applause.)  Where’s Howie? 


THE PRESIDENT:  Come on, Howie.  Come on.  Get up there.

MR. KENDRICK:  D.C., you already know how I feel about you and know how I feel about this team.  You know, truly something special what we’re able to do this year.  You guys had a big part in that, but the guys in this locker room had the biggest part.  You know, no guy ever gave up.  We all kept fighting, especially with a 19 to 31 start.

I mean, it’s miraculous what we did.  You know, Davey believed in us.  Our office -- front office believed in us.  Our families believed in us and trusted us.  And you know what?  We brought a title back.  So, enjoy it, because I know we will.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Fantastic.  What a series, right?

MR. KENDRICK:  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Great job, Howie.

     In game one of that series, by the way, Aníbal Sánchez shut down the Cardinals’ offense and came within four outs of a no-hitter.  That would have been nice.  Aníbal.  Where’s Aníbal?  Where are you, Aníbal?  Where are you?  Come here, Aníbal.  Come on.

     They’re more concerned with speaking than they are with playing.  That’s pretty good.  (Laughter.)  Please.

     MR. SÁNCHEZ:  Thank you, everybody, for being here.  This is a special moment for me, for my family, you know, for the whole team.  And mostly what the -- the thing that we show in the game is just for you guys.  (Applause.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  Almost a no-hitter.

     In the next three games, Washington outscored St. Louis 18 to 6, won the National League pennant, and you headed to face the Houston Astros.  They were here two years ago.  They were a great team and are a great team.  But you faced them in the World Series.

Ever since the team came to Washington in 2005, Nats fans had dreamed of that incredible moment.  After 14 years, only one player from the original team was left.  (Applause.)  I know you know -- you have no idea who I’m talking about.  And he’s a great guy, and he’s a great, great player.  And that’s Ryan Zimmerman.  (Applause.)  Great.

Come on, Ryan.  Come on.  I have to get Ryan up here.  And he had some great series.  Thank you, Ryan.

(Mr. Zimmerman brings a jersey to the podium.)


MR. ZIMMERMAN:  Yeah.  Thank you, guys.  What an unbelievable honor to be here, to be in front of you guys.  This is stuff that you dream about.  To see all the fans show up, the parade, look at this crowd here -- you know, we couldn’t have done it without you.  So thank you guys so much.

Mr. President, me and my teammates -- first of all, we’d like to thank you for having us here.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

MR. ZIMMERMAN:  This is a -- (applause) -- this is an incredible honor that I think all of us will never -- will never forget.  And we’d also like to thank you for keeping everyone here safe in our country -- (applause) -- and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.  Thank you, Ryan.  That’s so nice, Ryan.  Thank you, Ryan.

(The President is presented with a jersey.)

Whoa!  (Laughs.)  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)

MR. ZIMMERMAN:  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Ryan.  Thank you very much, Ryan.

So, you know, Ryan was your original first-ever draft pick.  And I think that was a good pick.  What do you think?  Good pick?  (Applause.)

MR. RIZZO:  It was wonderful.  Wonderful pick.

THE PRESIDENT:  It was a good pick.

In game one, Ryan stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat.  He reached back, took his swing -- I was watching too -- and he scored the first World Series home run -- (applause) --and got you off to a real start -- in Nationals history.  That was the first ever in Nationals history.

And, Ryan, I have to tell you, I know a lot of people in this city and they love you.  They really love you.  Great job.  Great job.  (Applause.)  Great job. 

You had two big wins in Houston and beat two great pitchers.  Headed back to D.C. hoping for another sweep -- and it was looking like it was going to be easy, right?  You were thinking it was going to be easy.

MR. RIZZO:  No.  No.

THE PRESIDENT:  And then something bad happened.  To the best of my knowledge, you lost three games.  How did that happen?  We won’t talk about that.  (Laughter.)

But that showed, under pressure.  What happened?  And you were getting good at that, because that’s been the whole season, when you think.  It’s never -- there’s never been anything like this that’s happened in baseball before.  It’s incredible.    

Instead, you suffered that three heartbreaking home-field losses in a row.  Now, the Nats would have to do what no team had ever had: win all four games on the road.  Which is not something that’s very easy to do.  (Applause.)  And you’re playing a great team and you’re playing against great pitchers.

And then, you have a man named Stephen Strasburg.  Did anybody ever hear of him?  (Applause.)  Stephen.  So, Stephen started game six and dominated the Astros for over eight innings.  With a 1.98 -- think of that, less than 2 against the best hitters in baseball -- a 1.98 ERA in the playoffs, you became the first pitcher in history to go 5 and 0 in post-season starts.  First player in history.  (Applause.)

And I think -- Dave, I think that’s a record that’s going to hold up for a long time.  There are certain records that hold up for a long time.  I suspect that’s going to be one of them.  Huh?  Five and oh is pretty much almost impossible because they have to be long series, and lots of things have to happen.  

Congratulations, Stephen.  And come on over, Stephen.  We want to hear you.  We want to hear you.  (Applause.)

Stephen was also designated World Series MVP.  (Applause.)  What a job.  I didn’t know (inaudible.)


MR. STRASBURG:  Yeah, we’ve certainly come a long way, Mr. President.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Please, Stras, come back!

MR. STRASBURG:  (Laughs.)  Thank you.

You know, I think, starting out 19 and 31 only makes this that much better.  You know, we could have been like the other teams, we could have won over 100 games and it could have been smooth sailing all the way, but it wasn’t.  It wasn’t easy.  And I think it was -- we only had one choice and that was, you know, stay in the fight.  And we stuck together.  We pulled for each other.  And, man, what a way to celebrate finally finishing that fight.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!

One more year!  One more year!  One more year!

THE PRESIDENT:  I’m going to consider that four more World Series wins, okay?  (Laughter.)  That would be very exciting.  That’s true.     

Despite a controversial interference call -- that was slightly controversial, wouldn’t you say?

MR. RIZZO:  That was bad.

THE PRESIDENT:  Mike just said, “That was bad.”  (Laughter.)  They might have to fine you for that, right?  You’re not allowed to say -- huh?

MR. RIZZO:  (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  They’re going to fine him.  That’s all right.  We -- we know how you feel, right?  (Laughter.)

MR. RIZZO:  We’ll pay it.

THE PRESIDENT:  But you had this incredible call.  See, they can’t fine me.  I thought it was a terrible call, personally.  (Laughter.)  Interference call in game six, the Nats rallied and scored seven runs to the Astros’ two and kept hope alive.

Next, came game seven.  What a game.  And Max Sherzer started.  And just as he did whenever Stephen Strasburg took the mound, the Nats won every single post-season game that Max started.  I mean, that’s incredible.  The two of them, what a job.  (Applause.)  The whole team, what a job.

But days before, he suffered unbelievable pain -- crippling pain, they say -- in his neck and back.  And I thought to myself, that’s a bad thing.  You have a great pitcher -- a great fastball pitcher and you have a bad back.  And I wouldn’t have thought that he could have pitched in game seven, but that night he held the Astros to just two runs over five innings, stranding nine runners on base.  That -- that was a game he pitched more with his heart than with his muscle.  That was incredible.  That was heart.  (Applause.)  And he really did.  That was an incredible job.  He was in a lot of pain.

He handed it over to Patrick Corbin.  (Applause.)  Patrick.
Come on, Patrick.  Get over here, Patrick.  I don’t know -- I don’t know what -- there he is.  That took -- that took guts.  (Laughter.)  Come on, Patrick.  Say something, please.

MR. CORBIN:  Thank you.  What an honor.  This is a very special day for me.  I just want to say one thing about this team: We believe in each other all year.  We’re really good friends on and off the field.  And I’m excited I’m here for five more years.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  So, Patrick, as you know, pitched three clutch scoreless frames in relief.  And that’s a lot of pressure, and he handled it.    

In the sixth, Asdrúbal -- where is he? -- Cabrera.  Where is he?  What a job he did.  Come here.  Where are you?  Come here.  Come on.  We got to get him up.  Come here.  And Ryan -- they executed a critical double play.  Unbelievable.  Where is that guy?  That was a hell of a play.  A lot of quickness.

But at the top of the seventh, you still needed one last comeback.  That’s when the Nats batted -- you hit in six unanswered, right?  Six unanswered runs, including Adam Eaton’s two RBIs.  (Applause.)  Adam Eaton.  And you won, and you won the trophy and you won the World Series.  And you’re champions, frankly, of the world.  The whole world is talking about it.  It was very exciting.  It was great.  Even if you’re a non-baseball fan -- and I am a total baseball fan, but there are plenty of non-fans out there.  Everybody was watching.

As Dave Martinez said, “Often bumpy roads lead to beautiful places.”  That's right.  That's really -- (applause) -- that's real -- come here.  You got to say something.  Look at this beautiful hair.  (Laughter.)

MR. CABRERA:  Wow.  I can't explain how excited I'm to be here.  I want to thank all you guys for the support.  I love you guys, and I hope to come by next year, too.  (Laughter and applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Great play.  That was a great play.  That was an important play, too, huh?

MR. RIZZO:  Huge.

THE PRESIDENT:  He doesn’t do that -- who knows?

MR. RIZZO:  Who knows?

THE PRESIDENT:  Maybe we're standing here with somebody else and nobody in the audience, right?  (Laughter.)  Right?

MR. RIZZO:  Exactly.

THE PRESIDENT:  Today, in the heart of our nation’s capital and the city that everybody adores in many ways, and a city that adores you and your team and your champions, we're here to celebrate a World Series win for the ages.  This is really something that was very special.  You stayed in the fight.  You were down so much from the regular season to the post-season to the -- I would think that the odds would have been pretty small that you could've done what you did.  But you did because you have tremendous ability but you have tremendous heart.  Maybe even greater heart.

You stayed in the fight.  You finished the fight.  I want to just congratulate everybody.  And, again, the Lerner family -- great, great people.  And congratulations.  It's a fantastic job you've all done.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

So now I'd like to invite, to say a few words, General Manager Mike Rizzo, and then Dave will say a few words, and then they're going to keep going on and just keep celebrating, because as soon as they lose the first two or three games, they're not going to be heroes anymore.  That's the way life works.  (Laughter.)  But that won't happen to them.

Please, Mike.  Thank you, Mike.

MR. RIZZO:  I appreciate it.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.

MR. RIZZO:  D.C. representing big time!  I love it.  (Applause.)  You guys got after it.  Not a baseball town.  Not even close.  Huge baseball town.  What a great fan base we had.  The playoffs -- the latter part of the season of the playoffs, you guys were electric.  It was unbelievable.

I'd like to thank the President and the First Lady for having us here.  We're honored to be here in the long tradition of honoring champions at the White House.  This is a particular honor because Washington, D.C. not only is the nation's capital and the most powerful city in the world, it's our hometown.  (Applause.)

We've heard all the players talk about -- you'll hear Davey talk about it, but I've got to talk about it: This is a special group of human beings right here.  Great baseball players, yes.  We know that.  Great skills.  Great players.  They've had great accomplishments in their careers.  But what a special group of character people we have.

We're so fortunate here in Washington, D.C. to have representatives of the Washington Nationals, with "Washington" across the front of their jerseys, that take care of their business so like these guys do.  It's incredible.  Thank you, guys.  (Applause.)

I'm always so proud to tell people that when you read about the Washington Nationals, you read about the Washington Nationals in the sports section.  And I think that is very important to tell about these players.  (Applause.)

They put together a tremendous run at the end of the season, through their perseverance, their teamwork, their love for each other and love for the game, love for the name on the front of the jersey more so than the name on the back of jersey.  They put together a miracle season and an unforgettable post-season.

We're proud to say that we are the 2009 [sic] World Champions -- (applause) -- in a season that unified a region when the region unifying the most.  (Applause.)  And again, as our manager, Davey Martinez, said to eloquently after our many, many -- many -- celebrations this year -- five of them, I think -- bumpy roads do lead to beautiful places.  And this, here, is a beautiful place.  (Applause.)  Thank you!

THE PRESIDENT:  Great.  Great, Mike.

MR. RIZZO:  Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Great job.

MR. RIZZO:  Thank you, ma'am.  Pleasure.

THE PRESIDENT:  Please, Dave.

MR. MARTINEZ:  I wasn’t going to talk today.  My throat is a little hoarse.  We met with the Caps last night, and things got a little interesting.  (Laughter.)  And I don’t want to take up too much time because, apparently, my boys don’t like wearing shirts anymore.  (Laughter.)

You know, they often say, "Adversity builds character."  We got some characters.  (Laughter.)  We got some characters with heart.  And what I learned about these boys: They had one heartbeat all year long.  They went 1 and 0 all year long.  And I'm so proud of this group of guys and what it means to this city and to be a part of it.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  So, I just want to thank everybody.  We're going to call this, "Washington Nationals Day."  We're going to celebrate this as the day for the Washington Nationals.  And I really think it's going to be the day and the week and the month and the year.

It's been very special what you did, Dave, Mike, the team.  It's been incredible what you've done.  And the fans -- I don’t think there can be fans like the fans that we have over here.  And I just want to congratulate you.

Enjoy the lawns of the White House.  Enjoy looking at this great building.  But this great building is celebrating great people, and that's the Washington Nationals.

Congratulations, everybody.  (Applause.)  Congratulations.
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Office of the Press Secretary


South Lawn

4:12 P.M. EST

     THE PRESIDENT:  Such a friendly group.  Such a nice group.  So, the Washington Nationals just left.  We had a fantastic time with them.  That was a great championship.  They’re great champions.  And we had a wonderful event at the White House.  Terrific people.

We’re now heading to the Adolph Rupp Arena, and it’s packed.  There are thousands of people trying to get in.  It’s going to be a great evening for Governor Bevin.  It’s a tight race.  We’re going to see how that works out.  I think he’s done a great job as governor.  So I think it'll work out good because of that.  But we’ll have a little influence.  We’ll see how it is.  But we have many thousands of people more than they have seats.  So it’s really great.

And today, the stock market hit a new all-time high -- all three.  We had NASDAQ.  We had S&P.  We had Dow.  We hit an all-time high.  And that’s many, many days that we’ve hit all-time highs in the administration.  So it’s, really, very good.

Q    Mr. President, was Marie Yovanovitch the target of a smear campaign by your allies?  She testified she was.

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t hear -- talk up, please.

Q    Was Marie Yovanovitch the target of a smear campaign by your allies?  She testified she was.

THE PRESIDENT:  I really don’t know her.  But if you look at the transcripts, the President of Ukraine was not a fan of hers either.  I mean, he did not exactly say glowing things.  I’m sure she’s a very fine woman.  I just don’t know much about her.

Q    She told lawmakers she had concerns about Rudy Giuliani’s role.

THE PRESIDENT:  But you have to take a look at the transcript, because the President of Ukraine was not favorably inclined.

Q    (Inaudible) want the whistleblower to do everything not in writing.  They wanted to come in to talk to Congress.  But you did your own depos with Mueller, in writing, with the lawyers.

THE PRESIDENT:  I think that the whistleblower gave a lot of false information.  And you have to see who the whistleblower is.  Once I released the transcript, which was almost immediately, the whistleblower’s report was very wrong, because as you know, the whistleblower covered mostly my transcript -- my call -- my call with the President of Ukraine.  So once I released that call -- I released a very detailed version of that call -- all of a sudden, the whistleblower’s report was incorrect.  And the whistleblower seems to have disappeared.

And I also wonder what happened to the second whistleblower and what happened to the informant.  They all disappeared once I released the report.  The fact is, nobody thought I was going to release the report.  And then, in addition to the report, the Ukrainian President made a very strong statement that there was no pressure, there was no anything.  And the Foreign Minister from Ukraine made an equally strong statement that there was no pressure.

So, look, nobody thought I was going to issue the report.  And I hate to do it because I don’t like to issue conversations with foreign leaders.  Not fair to them.  But we sought their approval.  We got their approval.  We issued it.  And that was it.  So, I was happy about it.

Q    What should be done about Iran’s advanced centrifuges?  What should be done about Iran’s advanced centrifuges?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’re looking into that.  We’ll see.

Q    Mr. President --


Q    On arms control, Mr. President -- the New START Treaty between the U.S. and Russia is about to expire in February 2021. 

THE PRESIDENT:  We are looking at arms control right now.  We’re dealing with China.  We’re dealing with Russia.  I think they would both like to do it, especially as we’re talking about nuclear weapons.  But we are looking at a major arms control kind of an agreement right now with Russia, China, and maybe somebody else.

Thank you.  I'm going to Kentucky.

Q    On Iran: They keep this malign activity despite crippling sanctions.  At what point are sanctions not enough?  And where are we headed from here?


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