President Trump, VP Pence, Chancellor Merkel Attend Roundtable Business Discussion – Vocational Training…

President Trump has initiated a new administration protocol of greeting each foreign dignitary personally at the entrance to the White House upon each visit.

Today German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the White House and attended a cabinet room roundtable discussion with U.S. and German business leaders on the topic of vocational training.  Anticipating a future trade negotiation President Trump also brought Commerce Secretary Wilburne (Ross) to engage:

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12:58 P.M. EDT [Transcript] PRESIDENT TRUMP: Chancellor, thank you very much. Such a great honor to get to know you, to be with you. I want to thank all of the business leaders who have joined us to discuss a subject that’s very important to me — training our workforce for the 21st century, especially with respect to manufacturing jobs.

We’re working every day to bring back jobs to our country, and thousands and thousands are already coming back. You’re seeing it, you’re reading about it in the papers every single day. We want to make sure that we have the workforce development programs we need to ensure these jobs are being filled by American workers.

Germany and the United States have incredible opportunity to deepen our partnership as we continue to develop a strong workforce in both of our countries. Both Germany and the United States are pioneering job-training programs. Here in the United States, companies have created revolutionary high-tech and online courses. And, of course, for decades, Germany has been a model for highly successful apprenticeship — that’s a name I like, “apprentice” — apprenticeship programs. As a result, Germany’s youth unemployment rate is much lower than many of the other countries, especially the EU countries.

I welcome collaboration between our two countries and our industry leaders. We have some of our great industry leaders here, as you know, Chancellor. Great people. We must embrace new and effective job-training approaches, including online courses, high school curriculums, and private-sector investment that prepare people for trade, manufacturing, technology, and other really well-paying jobs and careers.

These kinds of options can be a positive alternative to a four-year degree. So many people go to college, four years, they don’t like it, they’re not necessarily good at it, but they’re good at other things, like fixing engines and building things. I see it all the time, and I’ve seen it — when I went to school, I saw it. I sat next to people that weren’t necessarily good students but they could take an engine apart blindfolded.

Companies across the country have a chance to develop vocational training programs that will meet their growing needs and to help us achieve greater prosperity. The German apprenticeship model is one of the proven programs to developing a highly skilled workforce.

Germany has been amazing at this, and I’m glad that the leaders of so many companies represented today have recently launched successful programs right here in the United States. And we need that because we’re training people as the jobs are pouring back in — and they are coming back in big league.

I believe that both countries will be stronger if we continue to deepen our bilateral cooperation on vocational training as we build off the best ideas, create the greatest opportunity for growth, and improve the lives of so many workers.

I want to thank everybody in the room. I want to thank my daughter Ivanka, who’s with us today. And mostly — and most of all, I want to thank — Chancellor, I want to thank you very much. It’s a great honor to have you in the White House. It’s a great honor to have you in the United States. And I look forward to spending time with you.

Thank you.

CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (Speaks German.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Maybe before the press leaves I’d like to ask some of the folks around — the great leaders of industry and business to introduce themselves, say a couple of words. And then we’ll get onto a little bit more private meeting, okay?

Ginni.

MS. ROMETTY: Okay. I’m Ginni Rometty with IBM. And we’re going to talk about two programs. One is a certification program, which, Mr. President, today, we’re going to announce 2,000 veterans that we’re certifying in cybersecurity to be employed.

And then the second is something called P-TECH, a public-private partnership. Think of it as a six-year high school, but the graduates come out with an associate degree and with a curriculum that business will hire. And we will have 100 schools by the end of the year. And you’ll meet one of our recent graduates. In a second, Janiel Richards will introduce herself and tell you about herself — trained at the intersection of business and technology.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Great job.

PARTICIPANT: We’ve found that a lot of the private-sector companies have done a great job trying to train the workforce for the jobs that they need, the jobs of the future. In a lot of cases in America, we’re finding that we don’t have enough qualified applicants for the jobs that we have available, so in working with the private sector — and Ginni has been a great leader of that — the White House has been trying to get behind a lot of these programs that can help make sure we’re training the American people for the jobs that we’re hopefully going to be producing in the future.

SECRETARY ROSS: Our hope is that, today, we really come with a way forward, some specific programs where we can interact between the educational community, the business community, and the government. Because this is a monumental problem that needs a monumental solution.

MS. RICHARDS: Thank you for the introduction. Good afternoon, all. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story. It is both an honor and a pleasure to be here today.

As mentioned, my name is Janiel Richards. In am 19 years old, and I am from (inaudible). Enrolling in IBM’s P-TECH school was the best decision for me personally and professionally. I did not fully realize the weight of the opportunity I was given; however, looking back, it was a life chance.

P-TECH strengthened my confidence and provided me with mentors who helped me strive. I learned the importance of understanding computers, and gained new skills in both coding and programming. I graduated the program in four and a half years — relatively early — and I graduated with my high school diploma and associate’s degree in computer science, as well as internship experience at IBM.

I learned that technology is omnipresent and opens endless doors. I am now a digital commerce design developer at IBM, where I use my skills to create website pages and checkout pages for the marketplace. I’m also pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Early College. Without the support of P-TECH and IBM, I would not be where I am today. I believe that every student should be offered this chance.

Thank you all.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That’s a great job. Thank you very much. Great job. Wow. Who wants to follow that? (Laughter.)

MR. KAESER: Mr. President, Chancellor, Vice President, my name is Joe Kaeser, and I work for Siemens. It’s a company which has been in this great country for more than 160 years. We produce revenues and services worth $24 billion ever year, and 60 manufacturing sites in all 50 states in the country.

So thank you for what you’re doing. (Inaudible) in that aspect we brought the apprenticeship to the country, which has, in the meantime, also (inaudible) Department of Labor, so we roll it out everywhere in the community. And I feel very honored today to be part of an initiative that brings not only the apprenticeship and the training for the current manufacturing into play, but also the next generation of manufacturing going forward so we combine the present and the future for our great America and great manufacturing.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Great job. Great company too, by the way. Great company.

Marc.

MR. BENIOFF: Well, thank you very much, Mr. President, I am delighted to be here, and great to see you and the Vice President as well.

Salesforce, as you know, is the fastest-growing of the top five software companies in the world today, and we’re on a path to create 2 million jobs and add 200 GDP to the world economy through our platform. Our software, as you know, 90 percent is engineered here in the United States, and, as the Vice President knows, handmade in Indianapolis and in San Francisco, where I’m from.

And I’ll tell you, as we have kind of created these jobs all over the world, I see a great opportunity right here in the United States to create apprenticeships. And we’d love to encourage you to take a moonshot goal to create 5 million apprenticeships in the next five years.

And I think the key is, is that we see all these great programs and all these great companies doing workforce development. But if we all came together, if we all unified and created a great program with your leadership, I think we could create this 5 million extra jobs in the U.S.

And you know, our companies are some of the greatest universities in the world. We shape these employees, we train them, we educate them, we bring them in, and I think we can do this. I think this is really exciting.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, congratulations, and you’re going an incredible job. And nice to know you. And really, what you’ve done is just amazing. And let’s do that, let’s go for that 5 million. Okay? (Laughter.) Very good.

Ivanka, go ahead. Say something.

MS. TRUMP: Thank you. And welcome, Chancellor, and to the many U.S. and German CEOs who are here today to discuss vocational education and workforce development. I applaud my father’s commitment to creating millions of jobs, and specifically making sure that all Americans have the skills required and necessary to fill the jobs both of today and of the future.

As many of us realize, ingenuity, creativity often comes from the determination of the private sector, so it’s great to have such great private sector leaders here to share their thoughts and best practices with us today. And thank you for being here.

THE PRESIDENT: Klaus.

MR. ROSENFELD: Mr. President, Madam Chancellor, ladies and gentlemen, my name is Klaus Rosenfeld. I am the CEO of Schaeffler. Schaeffler is a global automotive and industrial supplier with more than $14 billion U.S. sales, around 87,000 people globally and 75 clients.

We manufacture bearings and other high-precision components and systems for a broad variety of applications and sectors. Our products are everywhere where things turn, be it in cars, machines, airplanes, trucks, or even in washing machines. The company is family-owned, so we place great value on a culture where we think long-term and focus on quality, technology, and innovation. For us, the employee has always been critical, and will always be critical.

We have started business in 1969 in South Carolina. Since then, the Schaeffler family has invested more than a billion in the Palmetto State. We have grown through acquisitions. We’re about to finish multimillion expansions in Ohio and South Carolina.

For us, the U.S. is critical. We have started our first program here in the ‘80s — 1980 in Wooster, Ohio — and since then we have spent a lot of money in vocational dual training. Thank you very much, Mr. President.

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

MR. KRÜGER: Thank you, Mr. President and Mr. Vice President. From my side, thank you for inviting us. Yeah, it’s a great pleasure for us, for me. I would like to explain why, at BMW, we call the United States of America our second home.

I’m proud to be here because we were — nearly 25 years ago we were founding our biggest plant in the BMW Group network in South Carolina. We created 9,000 jobs, and we know that in the area around South Carolina, I know we created an additional 4 to 5 to 6, 7 jobs — the 9,000 people we employ at BMW in South Carolina.

We have invested heavily in the further education and training and vocational training. It was around about $200 million in the last five years, and I can commit that we will invest another $200 million into training in the next five years.

We are proud, as we are the biggest net exporter of vehicles in the United States. We have an annual net (inaudible) of $10 billion — exported from South Carolina. Seventy percent of our production is being exported. And I’m proud to be here because we have one apprentice who’s with us from — we have two main programs at Spartanburg, a BMW Scholar Program, which was founded in 2011 and has around about 100 people in the program, and they graduate and create — get a great job at BMW. We are very proud on the skillset — we need them for maintenance jobs.

And I would like to talk about as well employment of skilled veterans, which we are setting up with our dealers in the United States to have their highly qualified veterans working for BMW dealers in the future.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’ve seen your plant in South Carolina. It is incredible. And congratulations, that’s really great. Thank you.

MR. KRÜGER: Thank you. May I invite you for the 25th anniversary in June? (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: I know I shouldn’t have said that. (Laughter.) You know what, if I can, I will do it.

MR.KRÜGER: Thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT: I wish I could, but if I can I’ll do it. Absolutely.

MS. DAVIS: Mr. President, Madam Chancellor, ladies and gentlemen, my name is Marie Davis, and I work at Schaeffler’s Automotive and Industrial Plant in Cheraw, South Carolina. Cheraw is a small town with a population of 5,800, and is nicknamed “The Prettiest Town in Dixie.”

It is a great honor for me to be here today along with my peers — apprentice Chad Robinson with Siemens Gas Turbine Plant of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Maria Puckett with BMW, from BMW plant Spartanburg, South Carolina — and to be able to share my experiences with you regarding the Schaeffler apprenticeship program. BMW and Siemens also have very similar programs.

I joined the Air Force after high school and served for four years. After returning home, I applied to and was accepted into the Schaeffler apprenticeship program. This is a very unique three-year program of classroom and hands-on experience, completed in conjunction with Northeastern Technical College, which provided me with special skills for my career. As part of the program, I also received an associate’s degree in machine tool technology and a Department of Labor certificate as a certified journeyman apprentice.

After completing my apprenticeship, I worked as a CNC operator, was then promoted to (inaudible) leader, and am now planned maintenance supervisor. I am very glad that such an apprenticeship program existed in Cheraw, which allowed me to start and build my career with Schaeffler. I hope that more companies will follow BMW, Siemens, and Schaeffler and offer apprenticeship programs to develop skills that will allow for more manufacturing in the United States.

It is an incredible privilege to be invited here today. Thank you so much for listening to me.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Great job. Thank you. Very nice.

I know this one. (Laughter.)

MR. LIVERIS: Mr. President and Madame Chancellor, what an honor it is for me to be here. I’m Andrew Liveris from Dow Chemical. I feel like Germany is our home, to match my BMW colleague’s point about the U.S. being home. We have been in Germany, and in fact the Chancellor’s backyard of former Eastern Germany for a long time. And the Chancellor graced us with a visit to our apprenticeship program there which — Mr. President, the two things I want to talk about today is in fact apprenticeship, and — there’s a book here that I can show which has DOW and Siemens’ name on it. And just to let you know that we are working already together as two collaborators across the Atlantic to actually scale up programs like the one that was mentioned by the young lady to my right.

So I want to talk about that and how we can scale it up through this great leadership that you’re showing. And I also want to talk about veterans and displaced workers, especially in places like Michigan, where we are based.

We have community college work called Fast Start, which is taking displaced workers and reskilling them. When new tech meets industrial tech, as Madame Chancellor says, opportunity is there. But we’ve got to create it by scaling right. So I want to also talk about that.

And my last comment is, a big thank you for lending us or giving us Ivanka and Jared. They’ve been a tremendous duo in making this program real in very short weeks. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Vice President.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: Thank you, Mr. President. Let me just express my appreciation, along with the President, for the participants in this important conversation. All the businesses that are gathered here from across the United States and across Germany are an inspiration, and the innovation that you’re bringing to career and technical and vocational education and to apprenticeship.

I’m especially impressed, Mr. President, with Janiel, and I don’t know that I’ve seen a more inspiring debut at the Cabinet table than anyone. (Laughter.)

Let me also express my appreciation to the Chancellor for suggesting that we bring together, across the Atlantic, business leaders who have really been breaking new ground in this area, for which Germany is so celebrated. We’re grateful for your leadership and look forward to sharing ideas about how we can strengthen the workforce in both of our countries.

And lastly, let me just thank the President. As a former governor from a great manufacturing state, I can tell you that one of our very first conversations was about the innovation that Indiana was bringing to career and technical and vocational education. I can assure you that the passion that you see at this table today by the President is authentic, and at his direction, we’re going to work as an administration to strengthen the opportunities from secondary education on forward to open the doors for more vocational education, more technical education, and more apprenticeships across the United States to the betterment of the people of this country. And we look forward to working with our international partners to drive greater opportunities for Americans.

So thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Mike. Appreciate it. Okay, thank you folks. [Media Excused]

END 1:18 P.M. EDT

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47 Responses to President Trump, VP Pence, Chancellor Merkel Attend Roundtable Business Discussion – Vocational Training…

  1. Sentient says:

    “I’d like to announce that I have given a $1 mil donation to Alternativ fur Deutschland” – DJT
    DJT (I wish)

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  2. The West needs to wise up in a hurry if it’s not too late thanks to the Merkels of the world.

    http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/03/17/europes-future-erdogan-tells-turks-europe-five-kids-not-three/

    Erdogan says…

    “From here I say to my citizens, I say to my brothers and sisters in Europe… Educate your children at better schools, make sure your family live in better areas, drive in the best cars, live in the best houses,” said Erdogan.

    “Have five children, not three. **You are Europe’s future**

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  3. mikeyboo says:

    I am always proud of Pres Trump’s personal graciousness with leaders or us deplorable “commoners”.

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  4. Ohio Hayseed says:

    Outstanding, Mr. President!!
    It sounds to me that you’ve been listening to Mike Rowe, and I couldn’t be more pleased!! Make work fun again, and allow vocational training back in high schools!

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    • Why bother with high schools, when companies are willing and able to train people? Companies are far more motivated to train workers than the college-educated teachers. How well I remember when teacher certification in Oregon was extended to vocational training.

      The retired logger was not allowed to teach kids any more, in spite of protests from logging companies, students and their parents! This was in the 1970s, when, little did we know, environmentalists were implementing their long-term plan to shut down the forests in our state.

      It was a devastating decade as small towns all over the state died, factories and mills closed, and the brilliant “planners” urged remaining residents to encourage the “tourism industry.” I know that Pres. Trump is well aware of this trend, even though I don’t believe he has set foot in this benighted state.

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  5. streetparade says:

    Germany’s apprentice program is actually a really good model. I’m glad to hear Trump promoting it and vocational education in general. The push to shove everyone into the 4-year “higher education” factories needs to end.

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  6. tax2much says:

    Our country would be so much better if we had encouraged our kids to seek these blue collar jobs instead of always harping about a college education. There certainly is a place for colleges, but we would have a lot less crack heads if people had been trained for good jobs as a plumber, mechanic, electrician or HVAC technician.

    Maybe we can finally get this country back on track during the next four years.

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    • ok4ayl says:

      Both of my sons ( 24 & 20 ) decided not to go to college. Both are in sales, they flat out told me they didn’t want the DEBT, and no college could teach them what real life could. Both are happy and making decent money for their efforts….:)

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      • Fe says:

        Both of my children have college educations. My daughter received some scholarship money, one was worth $10,000 thru where my husband worked at the time. Today she is homeschooling her two girls and has no college debt. My son has a terrific job and once said to me that getting his college degree was worth every penny. His debt is paid off.

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  7. filia.aurea says:

    And herein we see one wedge of the socio-economic solution emerging; unemployed youth, displaced veterans and others will benefit. Fewer will emerge from higher ed. with useless degrees and a mountain of debt. The burger-flipping robots will pose no threat.

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  8. dayallaxeded says:

    But wait, say the elites, if masses of young adults are trained to be self-sufficient and to provide for and advance themselves, their families, their communities, and their nations, we won’t be able to control them! PDJT and every red-blooded USA patriot: “Precisely!”

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  9. fedback says:

    Nice to see the German business leaders so respectful. Loved that the BMW CEO invited Mr. Trump to visit the plant in South Carolina for its 25th anniversary.
    Also interesting that Ivanka and Jared were setting up this meeting. They do a lot behind the scenes.
    Very nice meeting, wonderful story the young woman from the IBM program

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  10. ok4ayl says:

    In all honesty, I cannot recall President Obama having such a meeting, at least not out in the open and that benefitted the average American citizen. Sure he had meetings with Apple, GOOGLE, and all the left wing tech companies so they could get the inside track on various projects. This is a complete change of direction, so proud of our POTUS….This starting to feel very good!

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  11. freepetta says:

    Tell Merkel she can keep her terrorists to herself!! We have imbecile “judges” who want to turn America into a terrorist delight!!

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  12. tim glave says:

    My twenty year old grandson decided after two years that college wasn’t for him. He didn’t sit around and play video games. He went right out and got a job as a millwright. He has been working sixty hour weeks ever since. I’m so proud of this young responsible man my chest is about blow out. There are jobs out there for young people that pay excellent wages. All they have to do is get off the couch.

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  13. NJF says:

    Great comments from all the participants!!!

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  14. fleporeblog says:

    Anyone interested in knowing more about PTECH, I work in the NYCDOE. I am providing a link to their School Quality Snapshot (4 page document).

    http://schools.nyc.gov/OA/SchoolReports/2015-16/School_Quality_Snapshot_2016_HS_K122.pdf

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  15. Pam says:

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  16. itswoot says:

    In a reversal of roles, wouldn’t it have been a riot if each time President Trump spoke Frau Merkel’s name while greeting her at the White House front door, the neighing of horses would have been heard nearby.

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  17. Janeka says:

    If you really want to fast track a child’s education have them start learning another language when they reach a solid grasp of English at about the fourth grade.. Starting an early education is why some many Europeans speak, read and write an average of three languages before their 18th birthday..
    While working in a global office, it was noted the there is a limited foriegn language proficiency that had lost the US worker many well paying jobs.. Started working for this company with 121 people when I left five years later there were 228.. Eighty five percent of the new 107 jobs created went to F-1 visa holders due to “communication issues”.. Well, “communication issues” was the line we were given, never mind the 10K tax credit per foreign born non citizen F1 visa hires..
    Regardless, like it or not, we are in a global economy and our children are not prepard to compete on this type business platform In any field of study.. There are more high school graduates going to college than there are graduates educational prepared to go.. All community colleges offer remedial courses just to get our kids up to par..

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    • In Northern Italy they do speak multiple languages because they are 1-2 hours from Switzerland, 2-6 hours from France, 6-8 hours from Germany. So this is why they speak Italian, French, German; and job opportunities are rather local or not so far away and relocation easier. But it is not common for them to speak Chinese or Arabic or languages from the Scandinavian countries. So in Europe they tend to learn the languages of their neighboring states. Think of it as in the US we in Arizona are 4 hours from California and a few hours from Nevada and so on and so forth.

      I know living in SoCal I learned Spanish, not for work or business, but because locally it helped in getting around the city where everyone is from Mexico (in some parts of cities if you get lost you cannot even find anyone at a gas station or a store that speaks English). Refer to EAST LOS ANGELES!

      English is a very important language for foreigners to learn because English is almost a universal language and important for businesses. Most people in Milan and Rome and the big cities of Italy speak English.

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    • Makai77 says:

      My grandchildren, 2 and 5 years old, are living in Kiev and their preschool uses four languages – Russian, English, French and a fourth that varies weekly but is the native language of one of the kids. It’s still all at a preschool level of play but I can’t imagine the benefits to the kids down the road. (I often say I want to grow up and have my kid’s lives)

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  18. Pam says:

    A lot of what POTUS says about vocational training is very true. Some people may not be a math wiz but they are good at fixing things. Schools, especially technical colleges, need to provide more opportunities of training that leads to actual jobs. So many business ask for prior work experience from college grads who may not have had prior experience but need on the job training and so then said business won’t hire you because of that. That’s why this type of training is so important to those entering the workforce for the first time.

    It was nice to hear from these businesses from around the country who are interested in training and turning out qualified individuals for the trades they are interested in.

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  19. fred5678 says:

    Amazing to hear from CEO’s and apprentices and heads of state all around the same table!!!

    The vibe was the same as when this country girded its loins and became the Arsenal of Democracy to defeat Merkel’s country, ironically!!

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    • fred5678 says:

      Bonus from this effort — defund, defang, and destroy the liberal network of ivory towers producing useless drones with 4 year tax-subsidized degrees in Wimminz Studies.

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  20. Cassandra says:

    Who has his arm around Jared Kusner?

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  21. The guy from dow, I think. I wondered the same thing. I suspect the photographers asked everyone to stand a bit closer together, but it looks weird anyway.

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  22. As Angela was speaking in regards to GERMANY we were interested, it was almost as though we were speaking of Germany as a fully sovereign state, independent of the EU. That was great. Then a couple times the EU reporters interjected about EU and how Germany is EU…

    And when they did, we were all thinking:


    Down with the EU!

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  23. Libertyvibe says:

    It is very telling when Trump meets with these world leaders. He has two categories: The ones he meets at the White House, and the ones who spend the weekend with him at Mar a Lago.

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  24. That was great how President Trump shut that lying EU reporter down after she falsely accused and interjected her “Trump is an isolationist” meme in regards to trade in her question and then she framed another one of her questions around “fake news.” President Trump set her straight that he is NOT an isolationist and that is an example of FAKE NEWS.

    She looked so foolish especially because her question was about trade and she obviously doesn’t know much about trade to begin with, and even less about “what an isolationist is.” I was wondering if she graduated high school.

    She isn’t qualified to be in that press conference IMO.

    Another affirmative action “hired by gender” mistake.

    I hope she knows how to cook!

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  25. CharterOakie says:

    Leadership. Without it, nothing gets done. With the right kind of leadership in the right circumstances, incredible things get done.

    Our President is a gifted leader, and it shows every day.

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  26. MR52 says:

    Yea, why is IBM at the table. They sold the hardware division to the Chinese and many Americans lost their jobs. They continue to offshore application development.

    BANGALORE: International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is betting big on India. The `Big Blue’, as it is often referred to, will triple its investment in India to nearly $6 billion in the next three years, the US-based computer giant’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Samuel J. Palmisano, announced
    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-business/ibm-to-invest-6-billion/article3115995.ece

    This year IBM plans to deliver cloud services from 40 data centers worldwide in 15 countries and five continents globally, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. IBM will open 15 new centers worldwide adding to the existing global footprint of 13 global data centers from SoftLayer and 12 from IBM. Among the newest data centers to launch are China, Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, London, Japan, India, Canada, Mexico City and Dallas. With this announcement, IBM plans to have data centers in all major geographies and financial centers with plans to expand in the Middle East and Africa in 2015.

    http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/42956.wss

    Also not included in how many HB’s IBM uses to offset not using Americans.

    IBM does not have the US as their priority.

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