President Trump Meets With Current Cabinet – Four Seats Remain Unfilled, Issues Executive Order…

Earlier today President Trump met with his cabinet members and outlined the administrations’ expectation they immediately conduct a wholesale review of each department in order to lower costs, shrink the size of their departments and utilize their leadership and executive skills to remove cost redundancy with extreme urgency.

To accomplish this goal, President Trump signed an Executive Order initiating an immediate reorganization of the executive branch –SEE HERE–   Including the elimination of “unnecessary agencies” as identified in the review.

Section 1.  Purpose.  This order is intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.

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[Transcript] 3:07 P.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  I’m proud to welcome everyone to our first official Cabinet meeting.

I want to begin by updating the public on the severe weather situation.  I’ve been receiving the latest information on the blizzard forecast, and I think we’re in very good shape.  We’re prepared — everybody in government is fully prepared and ready.   And the entire Northeast, it seems, is under a very severe winter storm warning.  So let’s hope it’s not going to be as bad as some people are predicting.  Usually it isn’t.

Chancellor Merkel and I have just spoken, and she’s going to be postponing the trip until Friday.  She’ll be coming on Friday, and we look forward to that.  It will be a very good visit.

I’ve spoken with my Homeland Security Adviser.  He’s spoken with the acting FEMA Administrator, instructed him to make certain that the federal government is ready to provide assistance to the states that need federal help.  FEMA and the federal government are ready to assist.  They are literally waiting by the phones and ready to go.

Everyone should listen to their state and local officials who will be providing regular storm updates.  We take that advice very seriously.

This Cabinet is here to serve and protect the American people, and that’s what we’re doing — even more so than anybody would understand.  The folks in this room have done an amazing job, whether it’s security or anything else.  I want to thank General Mattis, who is now Secretary Mattis.  I want to thank General Kelly, who is now Secretary Kelly.  They’ve done outstanding work.  You see what’s happening.  All you have to do is just watch.  Big difference.

Unfortunately, not all of our Cabinet members could join us.  We have four empty seats — which is a terrible thing — because the Senate Democrats are continuing to obstruct the confirmation of our nominees for the Department of Labor, the Department of Agriculture, the Director of National Intelligence, and the United States Trade Representative, somebody I want very badly.

We’re in the midst of getting going, Wilbur, and they won’t approve somebody who is highly qualified, and everybody understands that.  The main victim of this very partisan obstruction is the American public.

Yet in spite of all of this, we’ve assembled a great team and already made historic progress in delivering results.  We’re rolling back job-crushing regulations at a faster clip than ever before by far; and we’re seeing companies like Exxon, Walmart, Intel, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and so many others announcing that they will keep and create tens of thousands of jobs in the United States.

Many, many companies are not moving now, which normally they would have been out of here a long time ago.  They’re not moving because they understand there are going to be consequences.  If they move, that’s fine, but there will be consequences.  It’s not going to be so easy.  They’re not going to fire our people and move and think they’re going to ship their jobs back here and we won’t be doing anything about it.

The first two job reports that have come out since my inauguration, we’ve already added nearly half a million new jobs.  Right after this meeting, we’ll be signing a new executive order to begin the process of reorganizing the executive branch to make it less wasteful and more productive.  We’re also working closely with the House and Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Obamacare, all of a sudden, the last couple of weeks is getting a false rep that maybe it’s okay.  It’s not okay; it’s a disaster — and people understand that.  It’s failed and it’s imploding.  And if we let it go for another year, it will totally implode.  In fact, I’ve told the Republicans, why don’t you just let it go for another year, that way everybody will really understand how bad it is.  But it would be the wrong thing for us to do and for the American people.

The House plan will expand choice, lower cost, and ensure healthcare access for all.  We’re negotiating with everybody.  It’s a big, fat, beautiful negotiation, and hopefully we’ll come up with something that’s going to be really terrific.

I want to thank Paul Ryan and everybody — Mitch, everybody, they’re all working around the clock.  And I think ultimately the big beneficiary will be the American people.  We’ll end up with a really great healthcare plan.

We’re also going to send Congress a budget request that will include one of the largest increases to defense spending in our history.  And General/Secretary Mattis is extremely upset about that.  (Laughter.)  And it will be fully paid for, okay?  Fully paid for.  And I saved a lot of money on those jets, didn’t I?  Did I do a good job?  More than $725 million on them.  He’s very happy with me.  (Laughter.)

In the first full month of my administration following the issuance of my executive orders, illegal immigration on our southern border fell by an unprecedented 40 percent.  I want to congratulate General Kelly.

At the same time, I’ve issued a presidential memorandum directing the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security to undertake immediate steps to enhance our vetting process.  So we’re further enhancing our vetting process.  We want people in our country who love our country and have the potential to love our country and our people.  That’s who we want.  My administration will work every day to serve and protect our great citizens, and we will not rest until the job is done.

So this is our first Cabinet meeting.  I hope this is going to be a historic Cabinet meeting — historic in the sense that we’re going to do a fantastic job for the American people, for our country, and for the future of our country.

So thank you all very much.  We’ll see you later.  [Media Excused]  Thank you.

END – 3:14 P.M. EDT

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172 Responses to President Trump Meets With Current Cabinet – Four Seats Remain Unfilled, Issues Executive Order…

  1. sundance says:

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  2. Pam says:

    That’s an awesome looking picture there. It will be nice when we finally get the last four slots filled in.

    Liked by 16 people

  3. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Very interesting. Such a formidable looking cabinet, but still, Trump wants to change things. And YES – it needs a re-org badly.

    For example, why do we have a Department of Interior AND the EPA? Seems like EPA should be something within Department of Interior.

    And do we need DHS and TSA? Are they really adding value? Lots of possibilities to improve the overall national security layout, I would think.

    My metric for change – how loud does Maxine Waters scream? The louder, the more it needs to be done IMMEDIATELY.

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  4. litlbit2 says:

    What we all knew as we watched, the people’s President, Donald J. Trump. God Bless

    Liked by 12 people

  5. Pam says:

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  6. Pam says:

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  7. WeThePeople2016 says:

    It is so nice to see a President actually meeting with his/her Cabinet members and getting things done! What a great group of people Trump has assembled to fill these positions. I might add that yes, the Dems are slow walking the nominations, but the Senate is taking too many breaks as well. They were off last Friday, they didn’t start until 2:00 p.m. today, and they have off on Thursday and Friday of this week!!! They usually do not start the week’s session until Monday night or Tuesday. They have also taken 2 full weeks off since January and other days as wel. The GOP-controlled Senate is to blame on this as well.

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    • Sayit2016 says:

      I think perhaps Congressional salaries need to be studied and they should be paid for time spent AT work… just like the rest of us….I am self-employed and I am the best Boss I ever had… I work 24/7 like everyone else that is self-employed and YES I built it….I am seeing an uptick in business since President Trump was elected ; )

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      • pyromancer76 says:

        What a great idea. Perfect. Let’s them know that CongressCritter is not the only work description they need to have. What is their profession where they earn their real living? A relationship to the real world is necessary, too, and not consulting for pay to play.

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    • Don’t they hold committee meetings, etc., when not in session?

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  8. youme says:

    Last week, “Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide”, a book of 266 blank pages, was number one on Amazon’s bestseller list

    https://www.amazon.com/Reasons-Vote-Democrats-Comprehensive-Guide/dp/1543024971

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  9. fedback says:

    Incredible team.
    The President is like a coach, picking the best team possible.
    Obvious why the great coaches supported Trump, they know how to spot a winner.
    Now get to work you good people

    Liked by 11 people

    • janc1955 says:

      I suspect this team has been working at their new jobs since long before they were confirmed. I also suspect many of them presented, at their first interview with P-E Trump, their ideas for what they could do within their individual departments to MAGA. No moss growing on these folks. Got a tear in my eye just typing that! 🙂

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  10. floridahoosier93 says:

    God bless President Trump.

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    • I just watched that. Very good. This is what a press conference should look like; intelligent members of the press asking meaningful questions, unlike the idiots that Sean Spicer has to deal with. American press so unprofessional and comical….like cartoon characters.

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      • H.R. says:

        littleflower481: “American press so unprofessional and comical….like cartoon characters.”

        Foghorn Leghorn jumps to mind, littleflower481.

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      • There is no law that says the Administration has to deal with those liars. They deal with them because they choose to deal with them. I say “they” and not Sean because I am not sure who is in charge of who is granted permission to be part of the press pool. Whomever it is they are not representing we the people. Not yet anyway. One day they will when people get sick of the charade and figure out it’s not the fault of the alligators in the press but the gate keepers that allow them in the briefings and/or call on them for questions.

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  11. Gadsden says:

    One thing I have concerns with, is the proposed massive budget reduction for the Coast Guard. This seems to contradict the massive increase in DOD’s spending as well as Trump’s desire to secure borders and decrease drug trafficking. The CG interdicts more drugs than any other federal agency as well as stopping thousands of illegal migrants from entering the country. Their entire budget is already less than the cost of one Navy ship – doesn’t make sense to me.

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      We are retired CG. My husband, who served for 27 years, said it is mainly for a gigantic ship that the Mississippi Senator, Thad C., slipped into the budget because it would be built in his state. My husband said the CG did not want the ship. The media leaves this piece of information out when reporting on this.

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  12. Willy says:

    Prayers for all of our cabinet members-_may God be with them.
    God bless and protect President Trump.

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  13. fedback says:

    McMaster was there as well, it seems

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  14. Fe says:

    It is so wonderful to see them all together, seeing Secretary Carson brought a huge smile to my face. God bless our President and his Cabinet.

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  15. E C says:

    Is Wilbur always smiling? He’s a cutie.

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  16. thesavvyinvester says:

    I just read the E.O…. Pinch me, I am in heaven. It is a memorandum to check and recheck to ferret all redundancies and cost inefficiencies. As an Econ Wonk right after the election on FBN said President Trump will bring “Six Sigma” to DC. That about sums it up.

    Here is the E.O.:

    EXECUTIVE ORDER

    COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR REORGANIZING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Purpose. This order is intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.

    Sec. 2. Proposed Plan to Improve the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Accountability of Federal Agencies, Including, as Appropriate, to Eliminate or Reorganize Unnecessary or Redundant Federal Agencies. (a) Within 180 days of the date of this order, the head of each agency shall submit to the Director a proposed plan to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of that agency.

    (b) The Director shall publish a notice in the Federal Register inviting the public to suggest improvements in the organization and functioning of the executive branch and shall consider the suggestions when formulating the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section.

    (c) Within 180 days after the closing date for the submission of suggestions pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the Director shall submit to the President a proposed plan to reorganize the executive branch in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of agencies. The proposed plan shall include, as appropriate, recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs, and to merge functions. The proposed plan shall include recommendations for any legislation or administrative measures necessary to achieve the proposed reorganization.

    (d) In developing the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section, the Director shall consider, in addition to any other relevant factors:

    (i) whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are appropriate for the Federal Government or would be better left to State or local governments or to the private sector through free enterprise;

    (ii) whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are redundant, including with those of another agency, component, or program;

    (iii) whether certain administrative capabilities necessary for operating an agency, a component, or a program are redundant with those of another agency, component, or program;

    (iv) whether the costs of continuing to operate an agency, a component, or a program are justified by the public benefits it provides; and

    (v) the costs of shutting down or merging agencies, components, or programs, including the costs of addressing the equities of affected agency staff.

    (e) In developing the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section, the Director shall consult with the head of each agency and, consistent with applicable law, with persons or entities outside the Federal Government with relevant expertise in organizational structure and management.

    Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

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

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

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

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

    DONALD J. TRUMP

    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    March 13, 2017

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    • wheatietoo says:

      I think this means…that people can be Fired!

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    • Thank you for posting the EO!

      “…Eliminate or Reorganize Unnecessary or Redundant Federal Agencies.”

      I hope CIA FBI NSA and/or any of those other alphabet agencies get eliminated and/or reorganized.

      Obviously per VAULT7 the CIA has way way WAY too much time on their hands and have developed themselves into more than just a shadow government but a deep STATE with an arsenal of weapons being used on us and our allies and many reporting into father Bush and Ma Barker Hillary Clinton “the lady in red” who bathes in human blood.

      Crossing fingers!

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  17. Pam says:

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  18. R-C says:

    THIS is what I elected Mr. Trump to accomplish–putting the federal government on a crash diet.

    God speed, President Trump!

    Liked by 22 people

  19. Pam says:

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      I don’t think so. I believe the Senate is out on Thursday and Friday of this week. That means we will be going into next week again!

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      • rf121 says:

        So Mitch needs to reach down between his legs and see if he can find a pair. If not ask the Secretary of Transportation if she knows where they went. If they still cannot be found then ask El Presidente if he could borrow one for a day. Then he can go in and beat the democrats over the head and get some shit done.

        The Senate rules worked when you still had parties that were respectfully of each other and would eventually allow the process to work. The dems will fight everything and the answer to everything is No. Time to blow it up.

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  20. Suite D says:

    Cut taxes, cut spending, cut regulation. MAGABoom!!!

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  21. Pam says:

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    • wheatietoo says:

      That’s if…they don’t use the Snow Storm as an excuse to stay home.

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      • lizzieintexas says:

        Trump says no problem. They are ready 😆

        I want to begin by updating the public on the severe weather situation. I’ve been receiving the latest information on the blizzard forecast, and I think we’re in very good shape. We’re prepared — everybody in government is fully prepared and ready. And the entire Northeast, it seems, is under a very severe winter storm warning. So let’s hope it’s not going to be as bad as some people are predicting. Usually it isn’t.

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      • outerlimitsfan says:

        Of course they will. Lol. Although DC will be right on the rain/snow line probably. I expect the “warmer” air coming from the south has a good chance of making it into the area. At least enough to change it to sleet if not some rain.

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      • ecmarsh says:

        Wheatie, I got a snow storm story.
        One day I got a call in at work, it was Matt. “Hey Ernie, I am going to be late, had an accident.
        Me, “What happened?”
        Matt, “I sled under a semi at the six mile curve.”
        Me. “You Okay?”
        Matt, “Yup but I’ll be a little late.”
        Come to find out while we were on the phone the EMT were using the Jaws of Life to get him out.
        Anyway, good old Matt didn’t make it in cause they took him to the hospital. He was back the next day.
        P.S. Nurse asked him if his belly was normally that big? Matt says, “yeah, I am a fat ass.”

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  22. Pam says:

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  23. emet says:

    Re: Saving money. Years ago OPM had an “I Suggest Form”, which was for Federal employees to suggest improvements to their agency and present ideas to cut waste. Suggestions were supposed to be carefully reviewed by a board of experts, and there was even an appeal process if the idea was rejected. So, I laid out cost-savings measures, attached supporting documentation and sent it in. About a month later I get the rejection, with the reason: Sec of Treasury might not like it. So, I appeal the rejection on the grounds that the reviewing board has no way to know what the Sec. of Treasury might think. A month later I get the rejection of my appeal, with the reason: Changes would have to appear in Federal Register. Anyway, still plenty of taxpayer dollars to save, but remember: Many of the fiefdoms in the Federal govt are built on waste, and are sustained by giving the illusion of producing something of value

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    • joanfoster says:

      These agencies have zero interest in saving money. If Trump is serious, he will look at their budgets independently and make the cuts himself. Even the people he appointed if they have been in government for any length of time have zero interest in costs cutting.

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  24. Since almost none of the affected bureaucrats voted for Trump, this is a win-win for him.

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  25. Curry Worsham says:

    The Executive Dream Team.

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  26. freepetta says:

    OMG!!!! I LOVE ❤️ our President!!!!!

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  27. Pam says:

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  29. Pam says:

    I believe this is related to federal employees impacted by the storm.

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    • rf121 says:

      I thought the rule was they shut down if there was more than 1 inch forecasted. I think they should take off for the rest of the month and then see if we missed them. Even giving them full pay it would still be cheaper than them passing new regs.

      I propose moving each Federal department to a county in either New Mexico or Arizona. It will help the local economy and I guarantee there will be a huge number of retirements.

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  30. KBR says:

    Under the things the Director is to consider (for cost cutting and streamlining)

    “whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are redundant, including with those of another agency, component, or program;”

    How many intelligence agencies do we have? Lol

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  31. georgiafl says:

    OKAY NOW!!!

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  32. aprilyn43 says:

    I love Sec’y Mattis, he’s doing great things for our military, but I hear he’s nominated Annie Patterson for “Under Sec’y of Defense” – That’s simply not good!
    First, she’s an Obama stooge – Second, she’s a Muslim Brotherhood Defender – Third, the Egyptian people hated her b/c of her support for Morsi – Fourth, we don’t need another “Islam isn’t the problem” in a high position.
    Annie would in effect out rank Mattis, b/c she is civilian.
    This nomination goes against everything Trump campaigned against. It’s a bad decision & the White House needs to submarine it !!

    Like I said, I love Mattis, but this nomination is wrong.

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  33. Amazing to see a president not high on crack and actually doing work. OBAMA

    Amazing to see a president really actually working, not giving meaningless words and promises and manipulative “Johnny get your gun, let’s go get them terrorists” to start another war dropping subliminal statements and trigger words for thousand points of luciferian masonic light. BUSH & FATHER BUSH

    Amazing to see a president who didn’t just arrive after sexing up an aide or two and snorting coke while his first lady crosses her fingers laughing at how stupid and gullible the American people are to permit them to scheme while she collects blackmail on each member of congress and throws ashtrays at dogs and secret servicemen. CLINTON(s)

    GREAT TO SEE A REAL WORKING PRESIDENT AND STAFF!

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  34. Midnight Rambler says:

    He likes to have fun with Mattis doesn’t he? I love this man.

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    • aprilyn43 says:

      @Cow Wow – Are you sure ?? B/c I keep seeing this posted on sites. I hope you’re right, b/c she is the wrong person for this position.

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    • aprilyn43 says:

      @Midnight Rambler – Trump admires Mattis & it appears Mattis admires Trump.
      Mattis actually has a great jovial personality. I’ve heard him speak & he’s quiet personable! Mattis also smiles a lot & is known for his wit.

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  35. Pam says:

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  36. Pam says:

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  37. nuthinmuffin says:

    Honey Badger Brigade

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  38. Pam says:

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  39. Pam says:

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  40. fleporeblog says:

    What I love most from the clip is how our President praised both Mattis and Kelly for their outstanding work so far. Every great leader recognizes those that are meeting his/her goals and praises them publicly. It makes the others at the table want to work even harder so that they are praised next time.

    As a former principal, it became apparent that my teachers and support staff were just like the kids. They lived for that praise and went out an earned it.

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  41. Archie says:

    Instead of “unnecessary agencies” how about “unconstitutional agencies”. That would cut the feds down to size.
    p.s. I am a fed and I approve of this message.

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  42. Pam says:

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  45. justfactsplz says:

    It is a travesty that President Trump didn’t have his full cabinet for this important first meeting. There needs to be some kind of checks and balances to keep the demon-rats from doing this stalling. No way is okay to drag your heels into March.

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  46. rsanchez1990 says:

    This is the great thing about Trump’s selections for his Cabinet. All his Cabinet members don’t “need” their jobs. None of these guys are attached to the bureaucracy. They’re there because they’ve proven they’re very capable, have love for their country, and are willing to do the hard work of downsizing government because it’s the right thing to do for the American people.

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  47. streetparade says:

    Looking to the left constitutes “revulsion”?

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    • Mystery comment says:

      In this case yes. He is clearly very uncomfortable at that “arm pat” moment and loses his composure by forcing his attention in the opposite direction. Its an obvious reaction. Dismiss it if you want, I’m just pointing it out so future problems with McMaster have a source of visual reference. I only mention this because you can compare mattis as well: their composures through the meeting are very telling to what kind of military men they are.

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  48. MK Wood says:

    Hmmmm…So who is the REAL conservative? And who remains self-labled but faux?

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  49. tsmifjones says:

    I thank the lord everyday for President Trump.. Luke:8.17 – For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.

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