WH Homeland Security Tom Bossert Briefing on Hurricane Harvey Rescue, Recovery and Relief Efforts…

Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert gives an extensive briefing and answers questions about the federal disaster response to Hurricane Harvey.

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Boy, this guy is beyond good.  Tom Bossert is exceptional.

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114 Responses to WH Homeland Security Tom Bossert Briefing on Hurricane Harvey Rescue, Recovery and Relief Efforts…

  1. Sylvia Avery says:

    Fun to watch. It’s nice when our guy is not only prepared and speaks well, but smoothly nails the presstitues. It is like watching a surgeon with a blade in his hand.

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  2. Landslide says:

    Exceptional indeed!! Lightening quick, laser-focused—putting him in my “Stephen Miller and other heroes” file!😊👍🏻🇺🇸

    Liked by 17 people

  3. Pam says:

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    • fedback says:

      VP Pence always speaks on behalf of the President.
      Great guy

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    • listingstarboard says:

      Yuk why is Mrs. Mitch McConnell there? Was there nobody else qualified for Transportation Secretary?

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      • WVPatriot says:

        I am not on the same mental plane as our President Trump — and since she and her treacherous/traitorous husband yertle are both OWO pinkos — I cannot think of any rationale for her appointment.

        Facts:
        1. Hawaii became a state on August 21, 1959.
        2. The Tropical Storm Hiki (52 inches) in Kauai, Hawaii in 1950, is not the all-time
        UNITED STATES record rainfall. (Hawaii was a territory).

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    • Mia C says:

      I find it strange when the boss gets in the trenches. It always feels like a show. Like Jimmy Carter with a hammer on the housing project, I just don’t buy it. Only certain people look right getting in and doing some of the labor. Like on one of those home improvement shows when the telegenic host is a genuine handyman like Ty Penington or something, then I believe it.
      –But I guess it looks good for the cameras and all.
      –To be honest, I’d prefer cameras watching him leading though. Like directing meetings and hugging desperate families or something like that.
      –But I’m being picky. In general I believe the Trump admin’s relief efforts have been really good. I’m very proud of them and the Texans helping each other.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Actually ‘ol President Carter still uses a hammer as he is very involved with Habitat For Humanity. He gets upset if the volunteers take too long of breaks. They say he works right along with them on a house from time to time.

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  4. Pam says:

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  5. starfcker says:

    Love the long pink tie. Could swear I’ve seen that before somewhere

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  6. SpanglishKC says:

    He is good. Thought so first time I heard him.

    I would love for his Excellency to tie rebuilding affected areas of Texas and Lousiana to the importance of ecomonic growth via tax cuts / reform and Obamacare repeal and replace. Let the Uniparty vote against that!

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  7. Pam says:

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  8. sundance says:

    I’m telling you straight up, as someone who has watched hundreds, perhaps thousands, of spokespeople deal with major events, this guy Tom Bossert is the best I have EVER seen.

    If you don’t have the time to watch the whole thing, watch the segment where Bossert answers the questions about illegal aliens and the National Flood Insurance Program starting around 21:58 prompted.

    The four part answer about the Flood Insurance Program should be held up on colleges, classes, and seminars as the best structural response to a multidimensional and complex problem, ever.

    If you know people who want to learn how to be effective leaders and communicators; or if you have kids thinking about joining massive organizations looking for a career, have them study this guy.

    I have never seen anyone as good.

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    • missmarple2 says:

      I agree. He’s better than Mulvaney, who I thought was very good.

      No nonsense, spots the press’s trick questions, won’t get ahead of the President, has facts and figures ready,etc. I cannot praise this guy enough!

      Thanks for carving out his portion of the press briefing so people can appreciate how good he is!

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Miss Marple, I agree. To this point I have thought Mulvaney was spectacular, and he is, but he is a politician so he has the benefit of a certain type of experience that would burnish his skills.

        Bossert was even better. I’ve never seen someone with such skill in explaining complex, and frankly dull, stuff like flood insurance. He managed to marshall all those facts and keep it focused. It is an amazing skill.

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      • piper567 says:

        Another one of those “killers” that Candidate Trump promised us.
        Not some “political hack”.

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        • RG says:

          But, but, but, where are the communists…they need jobs too, don’t they? Oh, I forget. They are preparing for the next “Charlottsville” maneuver that will take place somewhere. Trump don’t play and he don’t want any stinking communists in his cabinet…I heard today that there is a Communists office located in Charlottsville. Go figure.

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    • FofBW says:

      He is so cool.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      I am glad I read your response first Sundance as you expounded on my two word response:

      He’s excellent.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Paco Loco says:

      I watched it live and thought that he was the best yet. Professional, well informed and loquacious. Man, did he ever handle the presstitutes with ease.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I agree completely. He was amazing. I have never seen anyone as good. He had such a deft touch.

      I was also gobsmacked at the end when he took a Skype question from a local who was asking about, in essence, what is he gonna do when the government screws this up. Bossert made some reply that was pretty good, and then Bossert asks, “do you have something in particular that needs attention? Tell me right now, I’m twenty yards away from the President and I’ll take it to him.” Wow. Just wow.

      I don’t know anything about this guy. Who is he and where have we been keeping him???? We need to have him out there more!

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    • labrat says:

      That was glorious, what an artful dodge of not falling into their narrative of the day trap. Bravo.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Here’s what Wikipedia says about Mr. Bossert:

      Thomas P. “Tom” Bossert (born c. 1975) is an American lawyer and Republican White House staffer. He served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he co-authored the 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security. Prior to that, Bossert held positions in the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the Independent Counsel, and the House of Representatives. He also was appointed as the Director of Infrastructure Protection under Bush, overseeing the security of critical U.S. infrastructure. Following that, he was appointed the Senior Director for Preparedness Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Wikipedia

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    • paulraven1 says:

      Yes, handled the question from the little motormouth prat as smoothly and firmly as you could hope (I didn’t think she was ever going to shut up). All that these people care about are illegal immigrants.

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    • Neither have we… increditable!

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    • Yes he is very, very good.

      It is his perspective that there will be no benefits paid to illegals by taxpayers.

      None.

      Zip.

      Nada.

      If anyone has an immediate need it will be taken care of.

      We don’t want anyone to lose their lives or to be hungry or thirsty or to be in need of shelter.

      But those reporters were asking silly useless questions and Tom Bossert did a very good job saying so in his own way.

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      • dutzie60 says:

        Those female jackals wanted him to say that all illegal aliens would be given a home, some land, a new car and a few hundred thousand dollars worth of food stamps, health insurance, and welfare payments for life.
        Then MAYBE they would have been satisfied.

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      • Wendy says:

        The Houston local news said you can get the assistant from FEMA as long as one of household have social security, even if that person is a minor. Obviously there’s a loophole.

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    • duchess01 says:

      Can someone ‘TWEET’ this comment to Mr. Bossert – PLEASE – THANKS!

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    • I wholeheartedly agree Sundance! I can see Tom Bossart moving up in president Trump’s administration!

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    • Tom Bossert like a boss.

      Competence not political hacks. It’s about time.

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      • JC says:

        He was prepared, personable and dignified. He inspires confidence and comfort.

        Stunning that we now have so many excellent, competent and eloquent professionals in the Trump administration. The list is endless. Who ever thought we’d have a tough time deciding who’s best? I am so grateful. Thank you, Tom Bossert and President Trump, and thank you, God.

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    • Mia C says:

      High praise from you! I watched the whole conference on your recommendation and it was so smooth and comforting. I felt like we’re in great hands, plus he didn’t fall for any Lefting gotcha bait on the illegal mess.
      –I’ve really been LOVING the Trump press conferences, videos etc that you are posting. Please keep it up. I’m off the t.v. for obvious reasons (they’re unwatchable) so I need substitutes. I don’t even know these events are happening otherwise and I want to savor these Trump years. You were first on the scene to see the Trump potential and I’m glad to have a chance to rediscover you guys.
      –I needed a site to help me enjoy our victory and this is the only one doing that. I can’t put my finger on what’s wrong with Drudge and Breitbart these days, but something is amiss. Feels like they’re not moving the ball forward and that they could if they wanted.

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    • SpanglishKC says:

      Mr. Bossert is in the wrong job. He is super sharp, composed, clearly very intelligent, speaks cogently, doesn’t allow the vile MSM to control the narrative etc. FEMA is extremely fortunate to have him. While there are many high level “gubmint” jobs that pay very well this guy could be making millions in the private sector. Noboy tell him though until after Harvey is dealt with.

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      • sundance says:

        …..”this guy could be making millions in the private sector”.

        You are 100% correct. Bossert’s talents are not taught, they are instinctual. Education can refine them, but the “it” factor is not teachable.

        Don’t think someone like T-Rex hasn’t already pointed out this guy to Rex’s friends outside government. I can guarantee you he has.

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    • I watched the whole video you posted above. He was so good. “Illegals will be rounded up and deported!” LOL!

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  9. JIM says:

    What a welcome relief from the nincompoops Obama trotted out.

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  10. Michael says:

    This may be old news and I’m a bit slow some days. Wife says her employer will match donations to qualifying charities 1 for 1, up to $2500. We cannot go that big but is nice to know what we can will be doubled.

    I guess my purpose is to say if you are going to donate see if there is a way you can do so where your contribution is matched to one degree or another.

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    • My employer is matching donations up to a total of $5000 (donations), but they are donating to the Red Cross and I won’t donate there. (It is a small company….that why it may sound not like much, but it is for the company)…and also for people who live near headquarters (in Texas) to bring donations to company headquarters and they will take to proper places.

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    • Wendy says:

      My husband company is doing the same but I encouraged him to donate somewhere else because they are donating to the Red Cross. He donated to JJWatt fund.

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  11. Regina says:

    Not a single Uhhh or Ummm – I wish I could write his parents and tell them how awesome he is =)

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  12. He is exceptional. He has the answers and he also supports the POTUS in all of his responses. Very well spoken and most “on top of it” government rep I’ve ever heard speak. Bravo! Lucky to have him. (I think I will listen to this again, later..it’s that good).

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  13. EV22 says:

    Loved his “apology” to the WH Press Corps at the end, “That’s gonna be the last question. A local gets it. I’m sorry and I appreciate your time.”

    Funny how nobody in the press corps started screaming out questions to him as he calmly collected his papers to leave. I think they were stunned into silence.

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    • HM says:

      Good point. I was waiting for the usual caterwauling questions after Tom concluded the “exceptional” briefing and gathered up his papers, but they never came. I was very surprised. They acted civilized.

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  14. Pam says:

    I had only heard bits and pieces of it here and there earlier but this guy is beyond exceptional. I have no complaints.

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  15. Bob Thoms says:

    Unnecessary panic buying, topping off, and gas hoarding is creating a supply shortfall in area gas stations – long lines and closed gas stations in the Dallas area.

    There is plenty of gas in reserves and in the supply chain in Texas; despite the refineries being shut down. But folks are in a panic mode.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      This is the ugly side of disasters.

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    • Minnie says:

      Yes all the way up here in NY, as well

      Gasoline last week – $2.25/gallon
      Gasoline today – $2.89/gallon

      I’m not complaining, we all must do our part, with so many victims and survivors in TX.

      There are and will be unethical price gougers, regardless.

      Scum are everywhere.

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    • Landslide says:

      Must be panicking in Midland, TX also. Son had to drive to Big Spring to get gas. ($2.50/gallon) 😗

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    • We already ran out of diesel gas in our small town north of Texas. Long lines up here. Husband’s employer is letting employees work from home tomorrow. Dallas based.

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      • Bob Thoms says:

        Holiday weekend; combined with alot of people headed north out of Houston and relief aid south to Houston created shortfalls along the IH 35 corridor………probably will last a week or so………

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    • Running Fast says:

      I so get this comment “folks are in a panic mode.”. My mom is located in California and after watching all the coverage of this disaster she has gone and “created” her own. There is a brush fire 20 miles from her that took out some power lines. The way she is acting you would think her house was floating down a creek in Houston. Disasters bring out the core nature of people.

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    • Texian says:

      As far as energy, there are two problems. Logistics, moving product via roadways. The other problem is interrupted refinement processes Traders purchasing product from a finite amount in storages in order to fulfill their normal demand in the short term are starting to get squeezed. Basic supply and demand – more buyers than product. The general public en masse caught wind of it today and some stations are packed and running out gasoline. It will probably start to subside later next week.

      Energy is Power.. Those who have it Rule, those who don’t, don’t. Texas has a vital segment of economic power over the rest of the U.S. – Energy. Your natural gas to heat your home and the gasoline you put in your gas tank comes from Texas.. (A sizable piece of Texas generated electricity powers Southern California as well). We happen to have valves and disconnects for this power flow as well..

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    • RG says:

      I say the local governments of Dallas and San Antonio can stop the gas horading immediately and if they want, then call in the higher ups. Gas rationing has to be enforced. Only one or two extra five gallon containers in additiion to a full tank. My daughter says people are filling up barrells of gas. Isn’t that a fire hazard? We faced this back in the late 70s and early 80s. It can be managed but it must be managed first.

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      • Texian says:

        I have no problem with letting the free market dictate price and demand. If somebody wants to hoard it, that is their choice. Although, approved and/or appropriate containers should be adhered to. I would consider fuel approved 55 gallon drums as appropriate. Just because you don’t have a 55 gallon drum doesn’t mean you can demand that government take that Right away from others. That is socialist thinking. Never, ever ask government to step in..

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  16. Minnie says:

    Mr. Bossert is concise and patient.

    The repetitive questions re: immigrants is tiring.

    He stated the President’s position and stated it clearly.

    Food, water and shelter will not be denied to anyone.

    If you’re an undocumented immigrant who has committed a crime (redundant, I say) you’re out.

    The stunning duplicitous ignorance of the media shouldn’t come as a surprise; however, hearing it in the aftermath of the greatest nature disaster in our country’s history is nauseating.

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    • piper567 says:

      Every performance of these criminals only serves to refine our definitions of them.
      They are despicable, and too dull to understand they dailycontribute to the public’s increasing perception that they are nothing but jackals.

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  17. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    Honest, frank, thorough, knowledgeable, confident without condescension, well prepared for this press conference by the fact that he’s well prepared in the work he does
    A conscious competent.
    I love his statement about accountability which the President spoke of as well during the campaign. I do not recall anyone in public office or service ever say “Hold me accountable”. I have heard very few people say that in my life and the interesting thing is that those who do make that kind of statement typically accomplish what they set out to do.
    Bravo, Mr. Bossert!

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  18. fedback says:

    Let Tom Bossert know that we appreciate what he’s doing

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  19. Sylvia Avery says:

    The way Mr. Bossert responded to the press hectoring about the illegals, the precious illegals, was particularly impressive.

    He was matter of fact, to the point, no pandering, no apologies, no weasel words. We will make sure they are safe, but if they are criminal illegals they are outta here. Consistent with the Administration’s previous statements and policies, no drama, no letting the press spin him.

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  20. Regina says:

    at Aspen forum last month

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  21. ladyliberty11 says:

    This young man is a credit to this country and to his president. Sharp, informed, well-spoken and on top of it all. Left the press with their mouths agape. So fun to watch, watched it twice. They simply could not believe that the recovery effort is being run by adults who know what they’re doing and by an administration that is humming like a well-oiled machine. He has more brains in his little finger than that entire room of media jackals (and they knew it). Left them speechless!

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    • dutzie60 says:

      I liked that he told them they can’t compare this storm to any other because they are all different. Seemed like they were desperately trying to tie the old, worn out Katrina tag on Harvey. 🙂 He didn’t let them.

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  22. In Az says:

    Bosert is very good

    It would be nice if the word “immigrant” was not used with illegal and undocumented.

    They need to say “illegal aliens”.

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    • Texian says:

      They are ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. I L L E G A L _ I M M I G R A N T S

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      • Benson II says:

        Immigrant: A person who comes in into a country lawfully with the intention of becoming a citizen.
        Alien: a person belonging to a foreign country or nation.
        Illegal Alien: a person who is not a citizen of the country he enters and is there illegally.

        The correct way to refer to those here illegally was always “illegal alien” until the left decided the PC (change the correct language) way was to refer to them as illegal immigrants.

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  23. Janeka says:

    Thanks for all you do Sundance.. Once again you are correct in your assessment of Tom Bosserts skill as a public speaker.. He was so good I feel safer/better about the plans to move forward having heard him.. Yes I listened all the way thru.. My favorite part was the last questioner via Skype, wow.. The reporter with suppositions was shut down so fast even he was scrambled, the look on his face was priceless..

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  24. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    I think he should be made Secretary of Homeland Security.

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  25. Cosmic says:

    What a difference a day makes. I saw him on Sunday talk shows. He definitely held his own but today was a master!

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  26. Gil says:

    We are having some actual weather in Socal today. Hot and humid snd just had a huge summer storm. I was outside getting soaked by rain clearing drains, stopping the flood from going into the garage, and cleaning water seeping all over my bedroom floor. Power lines down, and I can hear incessant fire sirens.
    My power came back on, drains are clear for now and I am good.
    It is a pain and unnerving but you know what? It is nothing but a little weather. And I am not complaining because my home and belongings arent under 6 ft of water.
    Prayers still for Texas and Louisiana.

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  27. EbonyRapror says:

    Bossert is sharp as a tack and so the message.

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  28. Ivehadit says:

    Maybe Houston can use this technology to rebuild! Branch Technology…

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  29. visage13 says:

    Is it just me or are these “reporters” more interested in illegals then actual Americans? They asked more questions related to illegals then anything else. My disdain for these vultures grows by the day. Disgusting. Maybe we should deport them!

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  30. xyzlatin says:

    Pres Trump loves people who know their jobs, are highly intelligent, competent. He is not threatened by them. On a humorous note, have people noticed how many of Pres Trump’s aides/ have Pres Trump’s hand gestures as they speak? It may be naturally theirs, but it is well documented that when people are in sync with another person, and in close contact, they often “mirror” gestures, words etc.

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  31. HM says:

    I can’t imagine anyone giving a more competent and informative briefing than that one. Tom’s demeanor and knowledge easily fended off the usual attempts by the media jackals like CNN to derail the briefing and turn it into a negative sound bite (and then hours of fatuous panel discussions) about “poor illegal immigrants” being ignored and drowning, starving or dying of thirst while the callous, xenophobic Trump administration turned their back on them. When that angle and others failed miserably, they pulled out the old DACA bait but Tom dealt with all serious flood questions and the diversionary, conniving, politically based questions with respect, poise and experience.

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  32. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    You nailed it, Sundance.

    This guy is a star. Already one of Trump’s best surrogates, and he’s only like 42 years old.

    More of this guy as a surrogate, please. Unflappable and super knowledgeable.

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  33. I love this guy! Smart, eloquent, knowledgeable, calm, patient, thorough…. I could go on. But best of all he supports and defends the President.

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  34. nimrodman says:

    White House needs to convene their Communications team and assign their best public-speaking experts and legal experts versed in courtroom interrogatories to study this presser and develop bullet points showing how Bossert answered effectively and sidestepped and dismissed traps effectively at various points.

    Then make it a class for all their “spokespersons” and various Dept heads and Cabinet secretaries – anyone who has to speak to the public and – in particular – anyone subject to press questioning.

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  35. Mia C says:

    What was so damn refreshing and unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetime, is the guy said we’re not turning away illegals in humanitarian need, but we’re not changing our laws and rewarding them with a lifetime of benefits necessarily either. And the dangerous ones still have to go.
    –I’ve never heard common sense from an administration on this issue. It was downright inspiring.

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  36. Mia C says:

    Why don’t Drudge and Breitbart post videos like this at their site? They waste their huge audience. They could be letting their enormous audiences see all the amazing things Trump is doing but they don’t spend too much time on that.
    –Not sure everyone is in full MAGA mode.

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    • Benson II says:

      Sensationalism is their bread and butter don’t expect them to ever give it up. I’m not trying to demean their writers because many are very good but none of them go any further into a story than they have to. What passes for analysis is mostly opinion couched as analysis absent links to back it up.

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