President Trump Holds Cabinet Meeting – With Extensive Media Remarks…

President Trump delivers considerable remarks prior to the beginning of a Cabinet Meeting in the White House.

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11:42 A.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Okay, thank you very much. And today, we’re here to discuss at the Cabinet meeting critical domestic policy issues. I’d like to basically provide you with an update as to how we’re doing for the American people, and we’re doing a lot of great things.

The unemployment rate is at a almost 17-year low. The stock market is soaring to record levels. We just hit a new high on Friday, and I think we’re hitting another new high today because there’s tremendous optimism having do with business in our country.

The GDP growth has reached more 3 percent last quarter, and other than the hurricanes, it would have done phenomenally on this. And I think we’ll still do very well, but something will have to be taken off because of the tremendous problems of the massive hurricanes that we’ve had to endure. And now, I guess, you can probably add the wildfires in California.

But the economy cannot take off like it really has the potential to do unless we reduce the tax burden on the families, businesses, and workers of our country. And we’ll be able to do that. I think we’re getting tremendous receptivity from the people. I hope we get the same receptivity from Congress. But we are getting tremendous accolades for what we’re doing having to do with both reform and with the massive tax cuts; it will be the largest tax cuts in the history of our country.

We’re one of the highest-taxed nations in the world right now, costing us millions of jobs and trillions and trillions of dollars. It’s time to restore America’s competitive edge and pass historic tax cuts for the American people. One point in GDP would be $2.5 trillion. Think of that — revenues. One point — if we go up from three to four. And when I began, we were in the ones, and now the last quarter we were at 3.2 percent. And we’re going up higher.

But if we went, as an example, from two to three or from three to four — talking about $2.5 trillion. And we’re also talking about many millions of jobs.

So we want to also reduce excessive government spending, and that’s what we’re working on at our Cabinet meeting today. As we head into next year’s budget season, I’ve asked Director Mulvaney to come up and find various savings in all of the departments that are gathered around the table, which is everybody. I need my Cabinet to work with Director Mulvaney to fight these spending cuts — fight for them — and make sure that they happen. And we want to make the departments as lean and efficient as possible, but at the same time, we’re going to need departments with lots of heart, lots of heart.

One thing we’re going to be looking at very strongly is welfare reform. That’s becoming a very, very big subject, and people are taking advantage of the system. And then other people aren’t receiving what they really need to live, and we think it’s very unfair to them. But some people are really taking advantage of our system from that standpoint, and we are going to be looking very, very strongly there for welfare reform. It’s going to be a very big topic under this administration, and it started already. And we have a lot of recommendations that we’re going to be making, and you’ll be hearing about them very shortly.

The other thing we’re doing that relates to people’s lives is the prescription drug prices are out of control. The drug prices have gone through the roof. And if you look at the same exact drug by the same exact company, made in the same exact box and sold someplace else, sometimes it’s a fraction of what we pay in this country — meaning, as usual, the world is taking advantage of the United States. They’re setting prices in other countries and we’re not.

The drug companies, frankly, are getting away with murder, and we want to bring our prices down to what other countries are paying, or at least close and let the other countries pay more. Because they’re setting such low prices that we’re actually subsidizing other countries, and that’s just not going to happen anymore.

This has been going on for years where our people are paying so much more for it. And I don’t mean they’re paying 2 percent more; I mean they’re paying double, triple, quadruple. They’re paying so much more that it’s very unfair to the United States, as usual.

Last week, I also sent a letter to Congress outlining my administration’s top priorities for immigration reform. This was a bottom-up effort driven by dedicated law enforcement professionals, and they took a big oath to protect our nation.

The Justice Department is doing a fantastic job on the border and with regard to immigration — more than anyone has ever seen before from a Justice Department. Thank you very much, Jeff. It’s really had an impact and a very positive impact, and now we’re going to take it to five steps further.

Our proposal closes dangerous loopholes and vulnerabilities that enable illegal immigration, asylum fraud, and visa overstays. The visa overstays are just — you’re talking about numbers that nobody even knows what they are, they’re so out of control. And we’re going to take care of that.

When you look at what’s going on in Mexico — Mexico is having a tough time right now in terms of crime. More than ever, we need the wall. We have drugs pouring through on the southern border; they’re literally pouring through. And we have to have the wall, and we’re going to have the wall. But if you look at just what’s happening on the other side of the border with the tremendous crime and the tremendous problems going on — we have a very good relationship with Mexico but there are a lot of problems, and we don’t want the drugs and we don’t want the crime, but we need the wall.

Recently, we’ve asked Congress to ensure that any proposed immigration reform ends chain migration; one person comes in and then brings everybody in his family in with him or her. And we have to end chain migration, which — it’s critical for creating a system that puts American workers and the American taxpayer first.

Last Thursday, I proudly nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. I urge the Senate to quickly confirm this really tremendously qualified nominee, and I also ask for my other nominees.

We have approximately half the number of nominees confirmed by the Senate because, frankly, the Democrats have terrible policy — terrible — and they’re very good at, really, obstruction, the one thing they do well. Their policy is no good, and I’m not even sure they’re very good politicians because they don’t seem to be doing too well. That could be because of their bad policy. But they’re great at obstruction, and we have half the nominees that President Obama had at this time.

It’s very unfair. They’re taking everybody right after the final moment, in many cases confirming them with tremendous majorities. But they’re bringing them out purposefully. They’re bringing them right down to the final. We have people that are totally qualified, they’re going to pass, but they’re going to have to wait a long time because it’s total obstruction.

I can say the same thing with our judicial nominees, our judges. We have some of the most qualified people. The Wall Street Journal wrote a story about it the other day, that this is some of the most qualified people ever, and they’re waiting forever on line. And it shouldn’t happen that way. It’s not right, and it’s not fair.

I want to thank Acting Secretary Elaine Duke for her leadership in responding to the catastrophic storms that have struck our nation and our territories.

We’ve also issued a disaster declaration in California in response to the devastating wildfires like we’ve never seen. And we mourn the terrible loss of life. We have FEMA and first responders there. We have our military helping. It’s very sad to watch how fast — how rapidly they move and how people are caught in their houses. It’s an incredible thing — caught in their houses.

So we have a lot of people helping — the government in California — and we’ve made a lot of progress in the last couple of days. But we’re a little subject to winds and what happens with nature, but it’s been a — it’s a very sad thing to watch.

We also continue to pray for the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We cannot erase the pain of those who lost their loved ones but we pledge to never leave their side. We’re working with them very much so, with the FBI and law enforcement, Department of Justice. And it’s — I guess a lot of people think they understand what happened, but he was a demented, sick individual. The wires were crossed pretty badly in his brain — extremely badly in his brain — and it’s a very sad event.

In each of these tragedies, we’ve witnessed, however, a tremendous strength and heroism of our people. Each one of these tragedies that we’ve had, we have witnessed such strength and such heroism. When Americans are unified, no destructive force on Earth can even come close to breaking us apart. We have a lot of work to do on behalf of our magnificent country and our extraordinary citizens.

A great trust has been placed upon each member of our Cabinet. We have a Cabinet that — there are those that are saying it’s one of the finest group of people ever assembled as a candidate — as a Cabinet. And I happen to agree with that. Of course, I should agree with that. But I think we have an extraordinary group of people around this table.

This is a tremendous amount of talent, and I wouldn’t say I was necessarily looking to be politically correct, although I ended up being politically correct because that was the right thing to do, in every sense of the word. However, we have just gotten really, really great people. I’m very proud of them.

So we’re going to work with all of those things I just outlined and many more. You know we have the Iran Deal that right now is being studied, and I think a lot of people agreed with what I did. I feel strongly about what I did. I’m tired of being taken advantage of as a nation. This nation has been taken advantage of for many, many years — for many decades, frankly — and I’m tired of watching it.

But the Iran Deal was something that I felt had to be done, and we’ll see what phase two is. Phase two might be positive, and it might be very negative. It might be a total termination. That’s a very real possibility; some would say that’s a greater possibility. But it could also could turn out to be very positive. We’ll see what happens.

I thought the tone of the Iranian leaders was very modified, and I was happy to see that, but I don’t know if that means anything. They’re great negotiators. They negotiated a phenomenal deal for themselves but a horrible deal for the United States, and we’re going to see what happens.

The healthcare, as you know, is moving along. I knocked out the CSRs; that was a subsidy to the insurance companies. That was a gift that was, frankly, what they gave the insurance companies. Just take a look at their stocks. Take a look at where their stock was when Obamacare was originally approved and what it is today. You’ll see numbers that anybody — if you invested in those stocks, you’d be extremely happy.

And they have given them, you could almost call it, a payoff. And it’s a disgrace. And that money goes to the insurance companies. We want to take care of poor people, we want to take care of people that need help with healthcare. And that’s what I’m here to do. And I’m never going to get campaign contributions, I guarantee you that, from the insurance companies. But a lot of other people got them. If you look at the Democrats, take a look at that. Take a look at how much money has been spent by the Democrats and by the health companies on politicians generally. But take a look at the coffers of the Democrats.

So the CSR payments has actually brought Republicans and Democrats together, because we got calls — emergency calls from the Democrats, and I think probably the Republicans were also calling them, saying, let’s come up with at least a short-term fix of healthcare in this country. And the gravy train ended the day I knocked out the insurance companies’ money, which was last week. Hundreds of millions of dollars a month handed to the insurance companies for very little reason, believe me. I want the money to go to the people. I want the money to go to poor people that need it. I want the money to go to people that need proper healthcare, not to insurance companies, which is where it’s going as of last week. I ended that.

So we have a lot of interesting things to do. I’m meeting with Mitch McConnell in a little while for lunch. I think we’re going to say a few words on the steps after that. I know you won’t have any questions. And pretty much that’s it. Enjoy yourselves, folks, and I’ll see you out there with Mitch McConnell.

Thank you very much.

Q Mr. President, do you approve of Steve Bannons war on Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, Steve is very committed. Hes a friend of mine, and hes very committed to getting things passed.

I mean, look, I have — despite what the press writes, I have great relationships with actually many senators, but in particular with most Republican senators. But we’re not getting the job done.

And Im not going to blame myself, Ill be honest. They are not getting the job done. We’ve had healthcare approved, and then you had the surprise vote by John McCain. We’ve had other things happen, and they’re not getting the job done. And I can understand where Steve Bannon is coming from. And I can understand — to be honest with you, Jon, I can understand where a lot of people are coming from because Im not happy about it and a lot of people arent happy about it.

We need tax cuts. We need healthcare. Now, we’re going to get the healthcare done. In my opinion, whats happening is, as we meet — Republicans are meeting with Democrats because of what I did with the CSR, because I cut off the gravy train. If I didn’t cut the CSRs, they wouldnt be meeting. Theyd be having lunch and enjoying themselves, all right?

They’re right now having emergency meetings to get a short-term fix of healthcare where premiums don’t have to double and triple every year like they’ve been doing under Obamacare. Because Obamacare is finished. Its dead. Its gone. Its no longer — you shouldnt even mention. Its gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore. It is — and I said this years ago: Its a concept that couldnt have worked. In its best days it couldnt have worked.

But we’re working on some kind of a short-term fix prior to the Republicans getting together, maybe with some Democrats — again, its obstruction — but maybe with some Democrats, to fix healthcare permanently.

So I think well have a short-term fix with Republicans and Democrats getting together. And after that, we’re going to have a successful vote because, as you know, we were one vote short, and I think we have the votes right now. Whether its through block grants or something else — block-granting the money back to the states, which does seem to make sense where the states run it because its a smaller form of government that can be more individually sensitive. So that will happen fairly shortly. As soon as we have the next reconciliation, I think well get the vote for healthcare. I feel very confident about that. I think we already have the vote for healthcare.

Sadly, the Democrats can’t join us on that, which will be the long-term fix. But I do believe well have a short-term fix because I think the Democrats will be blamed for the mess. This is an Obamacare mess.

When the premiums go up, that has nothing to do with anything other than the fact that we had poor healthcare — delivered poorly, written poorly, approved by the Democrats. It was called Obamacare.

But I think well have a short-term fix and then well have a long-term fix, and that will take place probably in March or April. We will have a very solid vote. It will be probably 100 percent Republican — no Democrats. But most people know that that’s going to be a very form of health insurance.

So that will be it. Okay? Any other questions? No? Thank you Ill see you in a little while.

Q (Inaudible) Bannon campaigning against Republicans running for reelection?

THE PRESIDENT: I know how he feels. Depends on who you’re talking about. There are some Republicans, frankly, that should be ashamed of themselves. But most of them — I tell you what, I know the Republican senators; most of them are really, really great people that want to work hard, and they want to do a great thing for the American public.

But you had a few people that really disappointed us. They really, really disappointed us. So I can understand fully how Steve Bannon feels. Okay? Thank you very much.

Q Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

END 12:00 P.M. EDT

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153 Responses to President Trump Holds Cabinet Meeting – With Extensive Media Remarks…

  1. wheatietoo says:

    Heheh…been a few personnel changes since that group photo.
    I saw Price and Bannon there and was like, ‘Huh?’

    It’s great to see these cabinet meetings.
    I don’t remember ever seeing Obama having one of these.

    Liked by 18 people

  2. Bob Thoms says:

    Gas prices in Texas are down BELOW pre-Harvey levels…………about $2.19/gal in Dallas for regular !

    This alone is a massive tax cut for working/middle class families……..

    Liked by 26 people

  3. oldschool64 says:

    I love this guy. I’am a man and I’ am not ashamed to say it, I love this guy!

    Mind you, not in the homosexual way….no, no, no! But I just gotta say…. I LOVE THIS GUY!!!!

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  4. Great speech at the meeting! Since he removed the subsidy for ins. companies it forced the democrats and republicans to have an emergency meeting to fix healthcare short term basis.
    Welfare reform is coming and I welcome it. South of the border here in texas is total abuse!
    MAGA!

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    • DS says:

      Yeah, funny how they jump to work together when the insurance companies all of sudden had their subsidies cut. I hope the RINOs are primaried HARD! and we get some real America-first senators to replace them…

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  5. FofBW says:

    PT always speaks the truth with clarity and no political double talk. The Republicans “did not get the job done”!

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  6. cyn3wulf says:

    A few Quick observations:
    1. Some praise for Jeff Sessions.
    2. Explains what a 1% increase in GDP would mean.
    3. Reminds everyone that he still doesn’t have a lot of positions filled due to the obstruction of Democrats.
    4. In regard to catastrophe, focuses on the positive and on solving the problem.
    5. Takes it to the insurance companies.
    6. Defends Steve Bannon
    7. We are not getting the job done; correction, they (senators) aren’t getting the job done. Lays blame on Democrats and a few Republicans.
    8. ObamaCare no longer exists. Slams ObamaCare and Democrats.

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    • FofBW says:

      Great summary! Thanks

      Liked by 8 people

    • pcockroft says:

      9. Puerto Rico voted not to become a state and should not have the benefits of a state.
      10. Comey is gone.
      11. No money given to global warming treaty where we were the major money sourc.
      12 American goods(airlplane) are selling internationally and coal is coming back
      And on and on we go.

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    • Rebcalntx says:

      Cyn3wulf, you hit all the major points. Don’t you just love the way a leader can speak & get all that in one introduction. Most of the politicians talk on & on & on & never have a thing to say.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Fe says:

      Thank you for this summary 😊 I’m at work and don’t have a lot of free time.

      Liked by 2 people

    • THru Dr T says:

      Spoken like a Boss . Says that most republicans are great people in a very gracious way giving them another chance to do the right thing just like a boss does. Immediately thereafter notes that he understands Steve Bannons point about primaring them all out !! LOL. Mentions McCain directly and his “dissapointing” vote ( he-he), but “don’t worry” we’ll get health care done anyway.. gives a great overview of how all the Dems and Reps are scrambling and emergency calling each other now that he’s “cut the gravy train to the insurance companies ” LOL. Yup. Definitely like The Boss !!!! That’s how you conduct a meeting . MAGA

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  7. Dobegirl says:

    I was soooo glad to hear him talk about welfare reform. Long overdue. We have multi-generational families on welfare, that should not be. With current laws we can’t kick them off of it, and they know exactly how to work the system. And, of course, illegal aliens and refugees that absolutely should not be getting it.
    Also cutting off the subsidies to insurance companies was a brilliant move. Take that congress, now maybe they’ll have to do something.

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    • G. Combs says:

      I want the gold plated Obummercare for Congressional staffers CUT. You want to see the Congress offal move fast? Hit them where it really hurts!

      When THEIR staff starts whining then they will do something.

      Same goes for the sweetheart deals for the Unions. CUT the ‘Privilaged Class’ crap!

      (That is probably President Trump’s reserve weapon.)

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    • Hey, Dobegirl, remember your Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Just saying. PDJT’s working on his agenda. Bigly …

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  8. mireilleg says:

    I had read P Trump book “time to get tough”, and was very impressed by his outlook on welfare. So I am pleased we are going to see some changes there. It’s long past due.

    Liked by 13 people

    • Dazza says:

      I read that book too when it came out and thought to myself, this is a test balloon for his Presidential run.

      Liked by 3 people

      • I wonder when the Congress critters will catch on? P. Trump’s trial balloon book has, say, 100 ideas for improving our government. Right now, Congress is stonewalling Law after Law.

        At what point will they catch on to the stonewalling tactics that got down to items farther and farther down the list? These will be ones nobody even remembers. Imagine the howls when those get cut! Remove all regulations of commercial toilet paper rolls!

        Wait! what?

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    • Mia C says:

      What was his outlook on welfare?

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      • mireilleg says:

        Accountabilty was the overall point. For example he would not give welfare money yo drug addicts. If children were the recipients of the welfare and the parents were using drugs a responsible guardian would be appointed to oversee the money the children receive. He did not advocate eliminating welfare but he advocated ways to help people off welfare and not keep people on the program indefinitely. People would have to contribute something to society. I happen to like accountability.

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  9. carrierh says:

    Love the way Pres. Trump gets things done in spite of the congress establishment in the 2 parties in 1 fight against him. He gets what he and we want. He tackles the hardest now but will soon be attacking the less difficult problems. Fantastic and I thank God every day for we voting in a man with a conscience, with the art of the deal background, and who does what he says he will do. A leader is what they are called and he is that.

    Liked by 5 people

  10. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    In sports there is a term known as “running downhill.” It means you are the person with the the momentum and the leverage advantage and you are taking it to your opponent at full steam with velocity.

    Trump is now starting to run downhill. We have seen it recently, as with the video Sundance posted over the weekend of Trump at the Trump DC Hotel with an observer saying that this was the happiest they’d seen Trump/Melania since the election.

    Linsday Graham said yesterday that Trump was hardly a “man under siege” and that Trump was fully enjoying himself when the two played a round of golf together.

    Trump is settling in more every day. I think he’s feeling better and better about Mueller and he’s realizing that the coup attempt has essentially failed. He’s leaving behind the bunker mentality. And General Kelly has gotten the White House in tip-top shape.

    Trump is an incredible front-runner and that has to do with his exceptional ability to utilize leverage. Once he knows he has you on the run, it’s over. And he’s starting to position himself for the front-runner role moving forward, bit by bit.

    It’s taken a long time to get to this place. Almost a year since the election.

    Let’s keep rolling.

    Liked by 24 people

  11. MK Wood says:

    Very productive 15 minutes.

    Liked by 5 people

  12. stinkfoot63 says:

    Trump will have a needlessly uphill battle until the swamp denizens in congress from both parties who are in direct opposition to anything that would help their base are rooted out of the bowels of government.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Rebcalntx says:

      Stink foot63, it may be an uphill battle but he is comming at it from a thousand different directions which makes it so much easier. Get the economy rolling & it will wipe some of them out.

      Liked by 4 people

  13. Midwest Mom says:

    Every day I am more and more thankful for my vote last November.

    Liked by 10 people

  14. Budman says:

    WELFARE REFORM!!!!!…………… Music to my ears

    Liked by 9 people

  15. MIKE says:

    Love the way he uses common plainspeak. No polished condescending quasi scripture like we got from the fake usurping Kenyan or the deer in the headlights rehash of fictional points of light a la dub ya.
    Refreshing to say the least.

    Liked by 7 people

  16. Johnny Bravo says:

    Congress just accept it, you had your lunch eaten by Pres Trump (the odds? at least 100/1).

    💥 Oh yeah, and tell your mamma, that PJT also gave you the El Titty Grande of all wedgies to boot!!! 💥

    Liked by 7 people

  17. georgiafl says:

    From the Rose Garden also today, the President said:

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  18. georgiafl says:

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    • snarkybeach says:

      the press, excuse me, jackal presstitutes are in rare form today

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    • Part of the comments from McConnell after the meeting with PDJT:

      “We have the same agenda. … We talk all of the time,” said McConnell, who said their meeting also included discussions about judicial appointments and additional hurricane relief funding. “We are together totally on this agenda to move America forward.”

      Excuse me if I say I’ll believe that McConnell is on board after I see some action within the Senate. It’s clear that the obstruction from the Dems is allowed to occur. McConnell has the ability to put a stop to it but he doesn’t. IMO this is a ploy by McConnell to buy time. I don’t believe anything the Senator says.

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  19. TreeClimber says:

    Thank you, thank you, President Trump, for pointing out the two-way corruption in the welfare system! My homeless disabled mother gets $16 a month in food stamps, and $750 a month in disability, and that’s it! My husband and I are struggling, he’s searching daily for a job and I’m overworking for $300 a week, and we have a difficult time with eating – can’t get on food stamps. And yet I see illegals in the line ahead of me buying tons of expensive stuff…

    I’ve wondered all along if Jeff Sessions isn’t actually working quite hard, simply keeping it behind the scenes and very quiet…

    ” the Democrats have terrible policy — terrible — and they’re very good at, really, obstruction, the one thing they do well.” Wow. xD

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    • ken says:

      I sympathize with you TC…the wife and I are in the same boat. I have multiple health issues and i’m almost certain to be denied SS disability. It’s frustrating to see so many others who have “questionable need”, getting help and the ones who really need it get nothing but the shaft.

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      • TreeClimber says:

        She had a severe stroke last October, the doctors didn’t expect her to ever speak or walk again and she’s now almost fully independent (thank God for that miracle.) She had to have attorneys fight for her to get on disability. Just got off the phone with food stamps, they said because she has no expenses such as rent or utility (even though her every penny is spent when she gets it on expenses!) she doesn’t qualify. I hope that *this* is addressed.

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        • Tegan says:

          Tree climber….have you tried local food banks for some assistance? We have a group where I live in sc that accesses family needs and lends a hand with not only food but help with utilities. Etc. It’s not an unlimited time and there are people that make sure the resources aren’t being scammed, a good thing.

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          • Tegan, I have seen friends become even more sick when they tried to eat the foods brought to them by our local food banks. Sometimes the food is bad. Sometimes the types of foods are unsuitable (empty calories, sugar, nothing fresh). Sometimes they have bugs in the boxes that create an infestation in their homes. And they are too disabled to be able to clean or take care of the problems. It is so sad that often what “help” is given to the most vulnerable and distressed places an even greater burden on them. 😦

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        • I think you report this to POTUS on a long letter to the white house! He reads some of them! or to your locan republican senator/congressman until they get tired of you!

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        • backwoodsgirl123 says:

          If she qualifies for disability but she’s not old enough to retire (50 or older) she qualifies for Medicaid which covers a lot more than Medicare in some states.

          As for expenses…if she’s paid cash out of pocket for medical expenses (not co-pays) they’ve got what they call “Spending Down.”, which is where they go back and reimburse for medical expenses prior to her approval for disability.

          AND when she got approved for disability, there should have been a lump sum paid to her from the date she applied to the date she was approved. She could have used that as a down payment on a “owner will finance” or at least get her into an apartment and get help that way. And her lawyers are only legally allowed to take a certain amount of that money.

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      • jbrickley says:

        Unbelievable amount of disability fraud has taken place. The number of people on disability skyrocketed during the Obama years. See them weekly at the ER and UrgentCare clinics. They have full subsidized Obamacare, Medicare, receive EBT (food stamps), Social Security checks, and yet there is absolutely nothing wrong with them where any normal thinking person would consider them ‘disabled’ and unable to work. They have shady doctors and lawyers profiting from signing off on their disability. That’s the only way to explain it. They don’t even want to pay for over the counter Tylenol let alone a pregnancy test. They request Codeine cough syrup or opiate painkillers when they don’t really need either. Who the heck prescribes Codeine cough syrup nowadays?!?! It is completely unnecessary and only going to be abused in PurpleDrank. They demand service and flip out when they have to wait in line. They have no primary care doctor, the ER and UrgentCare is their doctor. Show up with eight family members with nothing but the sniffles and demand antibiotics when it’s clearly a common cold virus. The type of illness the doc’s of old would say, take two aspirin and call me in the morning. They are wearing expensive designer clothing and carrying top of the line smartphones. Driving up in a luxury vehicle some times as well.

        At the super market, my wife was approached by another customer (this ain’t about race, it was a white chick who looked strung out on heroin) who offered to pay for her entire grocery bill (all food items, like $250 worth) using their EBT card if my wife would give her .50 to .40 cents on the dollar in cash. That my friends is EBT fraud. They want the cash for booze and drugs and they are willing to take half or less than half in cash from the government cheese payout! They not starving either, almost all are obese. My wife now avoids those days when EBT accounts are refilled. The honest ones may be foolishly blowing their EBT cash on top of the line sirloin and lobster and junk food. But I guess they don’t really need the handout they are just having fun with your tax money! The rest are looking to convert EBT into cash. Several convenience store owners were busted and sent to prison for exchanging cash for EBT cards and using the money to restock their shelves from discount warehouses like BJ’s, etc. Talking major felony amounts of fraud!

        Multiply this fraud by every state in the nation and every city and town. It’s mind boggling! Something needs to be done about this. It is absolutely horrific amounts of fraud.

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        • Homesteader says:

          A friend who is an IRS office security guard in Philly tells me that he often sees illegals come in who just got out of prison, never worked a day in this country, yet come in to sign up for unemployment. Un effin’ believable!

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    • PDQ says:

      Lose your SSN, speak anything but English.
      You will get everything you want for free.

      Liked by 6 people

    • dalethorn says:

      Whether the opposition realizes it or not, it’s the same old Communism under whatever name they attach.

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    • backwoodsgirl123 says:

      You all must be living in FL, because that’s what my husband was getting before we got married. Now that we are married, he only gets his SSDI.

      Without the food pantry he wouldn’t have survived. His one treat a month was a McDonald’s hamburger.

      After I moved back down here, I took him up to the Buffet..I think that’s Golden Corral. They had steaks on the buffet.

      I was sort of awestruck…he literally cried. He hadn’t had a steak in years. We go out to eat very rarely.

      I finally got him to the point that he’ll go buy jeans and shoes when he needs them. Still working on the underwear and t-shirts.

      As for your trouble eating…Go find an Oriental Market and buy a 20 lb. bag of brown rice.

      It will save you tons of money and energy. And brown rice is very nutritious.

      If you have a large roasting pan:

      6 c. brown rice
      12 c. water
      4 t. salt
      1/2 c. oil

      Bake in the oven on 400 degrees F. for 1 hour.

      That will make 7 quart bags of brown rice already cooked and ready for any recipe you want. Or, 14 pint bags. I stick them in the freezer.

      To defrost them, rip the bag open and stick it on a plate and zap it for 2 minutes and it will almost totally defrost and fall apart. Just take a fork to it. Then just add it to any recipe.

      A 20 lb. bag can feed you for almost half a year if you eat it regularly. And there are a zillion and one ways to fix rice. Oriental, Italian, Mexican, Indian, you name it. A 20 lb bag of brown rice will run you less than $1 a pound. and you can get buy with less than a pound of meat in a lot of recipes. And sometimes, no meat at all.

      https://www.meijer.com/product/grocery/international/botan-rice-20-lb/t1/t1-865/t2/t2-9981/1115214409.uts

      I grew up eating rice for breakfast with a little butter, sugar (sometimes cinnamon) and milk and either toast or biscuits and I liked it better than cereal. It’s cheaper and more nutritious too!

      Brown Rice Medium Grain uncooked. Exact weight of uncooked medium grain brown rice total which is precisely 190 grams or 6.7 ounces per 1 US cup.

      There are 47.76 cups of uncooked rice in a 20 lb bag.

      Generally, most rice will triple when cooked, so 1 cup of raw rice will yield 3 cups cooked.
      So that’s 143.28 cups of cooked rice per 20 lb. bag.

      For a total of….Botan Rice – 20 Lb. $17.49 or $ 0.87 a lb.

      Hop on over to a place called http://www.frugalvillage.com you will learn how to make that money stretch so far it will squeal!

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      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        Good idea, thanks. Rice is great with a variety of meals. We usually get the big 10lb burlap bag from Sam’s Club and store it in large gallon pickle jars once opened.

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  20. Linus_in_W.PA. says:

    Coming at you like a freight train rolling!!!

    Liked by 3 people

  21. Ogre says:

    Quote: “We have approximately half the number of nominees confirmed by the Senate because, frankly, the Democrats have terrible policy — terrible — and they’re very good at, really, obstruction, the one thing they do well.”

    Here, Trump is exercising a painfully exhaustive patience with his Republican Senatorial leadership. Democrats are are obstructing successfully solely because Mitch McConnell allows it to happen.

    Sundance’s money quote here: “And they have given them, you could almost call it, a payoff. And it’s a disgrace. And that money goes to the insurance companies….So the CSR payments has actually brought Republicans and Democrats together, because we got calls — emergency calls from the Democrats, and I think probably the Republicans were also calling them, saying, let’s come up with at least a short-term fix of healthcare in this country. And the gravy train ended the day I knocked out the insurance companies’ money, which was last week.”

    I see here President Trump specifically stating why the ACA was not repealed – both Republicans AND Democrats were protecting their gravy trains to their donor groups in the health insurance industry.

    And Sundance brilliantly told us this months ago.

    I read President Trump’s words today as being acutely aware what is going on in D.C., and is using his EO’s to knock the legs out from under Congressional opposition to his plan to MAGA.

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    • “the gravy train ended the day I knocked out the insurance companies’ money”

      Once again, PDJT forces the uniparty to show their stripes. The Repubs have been saying for 7 years they would repeal and did nothing. But, their donors get the funds cut off and look.. action galore! Absolutely we cannot have the money men threatening to cut them off. The are bought and paid for. This shows exactly who Congress responds to, and it isn’t us.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Ghostrider says:

      Yes, well stated comments. For all we know, by discontinuing the illegal, unconstitutional subsidies to insurance companies, Trump made a move the Dems and GOPe never thought he was capable of doing. For all we know, the subsidies never went to the p&l of the Insurance companies..they were likely laundered and passed back to politicians campaigns or off shore accounts. Trump shut down the gravy trains! Love it.

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  22. joninmd22 says:

    Donald Trump = Good Cop

    Steven Bannon = Bad Cop

    Pop me some more popcorn as the mid terms going too be so much fun to watch. Look how the RINOs will scramble

    Liked by 9 people

  23. Nunya Bidness says:

    Pressers like these have to stop. They only further inflame the “Impeach 45!” and “Article 25”! crowd. Poor souls are having a hard enough time what with all the oppression and Nazi stuff, not to mention the Russians trying to collude with the NFL to keep Kaepernick off a team.

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  24. Educated Citizen says:

    I love this statement from President Trump. In one statement he exposed the entire swamp.
    “Republicans are meeting with Democrats because of what I did with the CSR, because I cut off the gravy train. If I didn’t cut the CSRs, they wouldnt be meeting. Theyd be having lunch and enjoying themselves, all right?”
    #MAGA

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  25. PDQ says:

    I don’t quite agree non the Las Vegas opinion…hoping he is investigating something other than the “insanity” angle.

    This was not a lone crazed gunman. There are sinister forces at work and they will continue unless ferreted out and eliminated…CRUSHED.

    Penning people in and shooting at them, ground level, like fish in a barrel, is not the work of a lone gunman. I do agree that the forces behind are quite sick…demonically so.

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  26. Trumppin says:

    Entire Presser with McConnell

    Liked by 1 person

  27. And,, This is what Karl D.. over at the http://tickerforum.org/akcs-www
    Has been writing tickers about this subject.. for YEARS……
    At least ONE of the TOP Things He been going over the past several years…
    Favorite story about Snake Bite Medicine, (for snake bites)..
    Costing something like 15,000.00 HERE,, yet across the border in Mexico… ….
    The cost is 150.00
    From the transcript..
    ——————
    **The other thing we’re doing that relates to people’s lives is the prescription drug prices are out of control. The drug prices have gone through the roof. And if you look at the same exact drug by the same exact company, made in the same exact box and sold someplace else, sometimes it’s a fraction of what we pay in this country — meaning, as usual, the world is taking advantage of the United States. They’re setting prices in other countries and we’re not.

    The drug companies, frankly, are getting away with murder, and we want to bring our prices down to what other countries are paying, or at least close and let the other countries pay more. Because they’re setting such low prices that we’re actually subsidizing other countries, and that’s just not going to happen anymore.

    This has been going on for years where our people are paying so much more for it. And I don’t mean they’re paying 2 percent more; I mean they’re paying double, triple, quadruple. They’re paying so much more that it’s very unfair to the United States, as usual.
    **

    *The Bill To Permanently Fix Health Care For All*

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=231949

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  28. wyntre says:

    On a related topic:

    Does anyone remember any other President attacked, 9 months into his term, not only by the former administration but also by his election competitor and her party?

    It is INSANE the way Clinton is trashing POTUS overseas and telling an international audience that Trump is a sex offender and can’t be trusted with nukes!

    Hillary Clinton Tells London Audience She Is ‘Worried’ About Trump Starting Nuclear War

    Hillary Clinton told a London audience Sunday night that Congress is “trying to figure out” how to stop President Donald Trump from starting a nuclear war.

    According to Business Insider, the failed Democratic presidential candidate was speaking to dignitaries, including London Mayor Sadiq Khan, at the London Literature Festival.

    Clinton claimed that Congress was looking at ways to usurp Trump’s ability to ignite a nuclear war by firing a missile at North Korea in a fit of rage.

    “A lot of people thought I was probably exaggerating it, but now we are worried and Congress is worried about whether they can take that power away from Trump so that in a moment of pique he doesn’t pick up that phone and call whoever is sitting in the control centre today,” she told the rapt audience of approximately 3,000.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/16/hillary-clinton-tells-london-audience-she-is-worried-about-trump-starting-nuclear-war/

    At the South Bank Centre in London, Clinton told the audience she believed Trump was a sex offender and that she felt she had been a champion of women’s rights in her career.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4984972/Clinton-apologetic-missing-BBC-interview.html#ixzz4vhVyKrCr
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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  29. scott467 says:

    “We have approximately half the number of nominees confirmed by the Senate because, frankly, the Democrats have terrible policy — terrible — and they’re very good at, really, obstruction, the one thing they do well.”

    __________________

    No different from the Republi-Cons, Mr. President.

    Traitor McConnell could change the vote margin to 50 + 1.

    Or Traitor McConnell could have NOT initiated a rules change in the Senate (requiring UNANIMOUS consent, which he got) to PREVENT President Trump from making recess appointments during the August recess to plot subversion and treason.

    When it comes to obstruction of the interests of We the People, the Republi-Cons’ have no less blood on their hands than the Demonrats.

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  30. Kalena says:

    Did you notice the oblique way Trump was “encouraging” the Bannon insurrection with the RINO swamp? The silence between his parsed words was deafening. I hope those slugs in the Senate get a clue, otherwise they might be surprised when “45” comes to speak at their primary opponents’ rallies!!

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  31. Eks Mann says:

    >>>…Obamacare is finished. Its dead. Its gone. Its no longer — you shouldnt even mention. Its gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

    MAGA

    Liked by 4 people

  32. Ghostrider says:

    I wonder if Mitch caught wind of the behind the scenes rumblings about replacing him or perhaps Trump spoke to him straight up: get on board or be humiliated?

    Like

  33. georgiafl says:

    Haven’t watched this yet, but President Trump spoke about Stephen Paddock today:

    Like

  34. angusmcgeef says:

    Having trouble with this: “One point in GDP would be $2.5 trillion”
    ???
    If GDP = 20T then 20T x .01 = 200B, no?

    Liked by 1 person

  35. bverwey says:

    Watched POTUS arrive in Greenville and see all SS agents around him …. miss Keith Schiller’s face.

    Like

    • Jim says:

      Hope he makes it back to Wilmington, NC. Saw him twice here during the campaign and it was amazing. People you meet at a Trump event are the salt of the earth. Met one nice gentleman who drove all the way up from Georgia to see him at the airport, where he held his last rally not long before the election.

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  36. scott467 says:

    “But most of them — I tell you what, I know the Republican senators; most of them are really, really great people that want to work hard, and they want to do a great thing for the American public.”

    ______________

    No, not one.

    No — not one.

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  37. anthohmy says:

    Obstruction, Obstruction, Obstruction, I say…

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