President Trump Remarks During Tax Reform Roundtable (Video and Transcript)…

Earlier today President Donald Trump held a meeting with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and all participants in the tax reform proposal.

Interestingly, and in a typically Trump power play dynamic, POTUS Trump invited U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue to the meeting and after finishing his prepared remarks put Donohue directly in the spotlight (Video 04:00).  The U.S. CoC is the biggest lobbyist for globalist economics. Donohue is essentially MAGA enemy #1.

You might remember Tom Donohue specifically targeting President Trump for personal criticism in the last round of NAFTA negotiations.  POTUS Trump positioned Donohue physically directly across from him at the table and it was obvious President Trump was planning to put Donohue on the spot.  The look on Gary Cohn’s face is priceless.

[Transcript] 11:41 A.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much for being here, for the incredible work you’re doing to help us pass the really historic tax cuts. There’s never been anything like this in the history of our country. It’s cuts and it’s relief and it’s also reform. And frankly, it’s also simplification. So we’re covering everything.

There has never been anything like it, and it’s so important. The economy is doing very well but it can do much better. A lot of jobs are going to come from this and a lot of companies are going to start pouring back into the United States. In fact, we’re going to be announcing one big one sometime very shortly — a very big one coming back into the United States.

All of you have done a tremendous job mobilizing your members, talking to the members of Congress, which is very important, and making a strong case for tax reform in the media. The media is not all fake, so therefore we can get a fair shake.

Now is the time to redouble our efforts. Your country needs you now more than ever before. You are leaders of this country and certainly leaders on this subject and you know more about it than anybody. We need you to be united, committed, and proactive in order to overcome the forces fighting.

And there are forces fighting out there that very much benefit by the way it is now, but that’s bad for the country. They know that but they’re fighting for themselves; they’re not fighting for the country.

In a few days, I’ll be traveling to Asia to advance America’s economic and national security priorities. I am counting on all of you to be back here, working to maintain our momentum on tax reform and tax cuts.

And that will be a short period of time — I’ll be away for about ten and a half days, and we’ll get back very quickly. We’re meeting in China, in South Korea, in Japan. We’re going to Vietnam. We’re going to the Philippines, which is a strategically important location where the previous administration was not exactly welcome, as you probably remember.

The Democrats will say our tax bill is for the rich, but they know it’s not. And what they will do is — they don’t even know the tax bill. The tax bill hasn’t even been really put out yet. It will be over the next short period of time.

But they immediately say, oh, it’s for the rich, it’s for the rich — because that’s the right thing to say, I mean, for them. But it doesn’t work and they know that.

In fact, I think we’ll have some Democrats doing this and voting for us for the reduced taxes because it’s a tax bill for middle class; it’s a tax bill for jobs, it’s going to bring a lot of companies in; and it’s a tax bill for business, which is going to create the jobs. We’re bringing it down — from 35 down to 20.

While I’m in Asia, members of my Cabinet will be traveling all around the country talking directly to taxpayers and focusing on the regional media, which we find to be a much more credible media, to be honest with you. In fact, I found it to be incredible how good they are.

Of course, Secretary Mnuchin, Director Cohn, and my entire economic team will remain totally focused on tax reform. They’ll be staying here and will continue to work closely with all of you. They’ve had a great relationship with most of the people in the room. We need your continued input to make sure that the final bill gets all of the details right and that we get that approval.

I want the House to pass a bill by Thanksgiving. I want all of the people standing by my side when we get ready to sign by Christmas. Hopefully before Christmas, you’ll all be in the room standing front row center. I think we’ll be able to find a place where you can all stand front row center. It will be a big event. It will be the biggest tax event in the history of our country.

Thank you all for being here today. We have a couple of folks that I’d like to have say maybe a couple of words while we’re with the media.

Tom Donohue has been President and CEO of U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a long time. Tom, do you have anything to say?

MR. DONOHUE: Well, thank you very much for having this meeting, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Tom.

MR. DONOHUE: The business community has been waiting a long time for an administration and the President and a willing Congress to do what we haven’t done for many decades. And we think we were lucky to arrange a budget, but we’re going to have a better opportunity in the Senate.

I think you’re right, there are some members of the Democratic legislature that will come around on some of this, particularly if the numbers are as they promised. And you hit it right on the head that we got to work on it. We’re going to have some differences amongst the business community on what should be the takeaways and the adds.

But we just have to work on it, and I think your planning is really quite good. You’re off to Asia and everybody else gets it worked out. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Next week, we’ll come back and let’s see what we have, right? (Laughter.)

Well, I appreciate it very much. And what you said is important — we did get the budget passed. And as you know, that was a big event because that doesn’t often happen and we got it fairly easily passed. I think we had a couple of extra votes if we needed them, and more than a couple of votes if we needed them.

There’s great spirit for this. The Republicans have a tremendous spirit. We’ll have no Democrat support. We may have on the tax cuts because I think it’s going to be very hard for five or six of them to run successfully saying they want to raise taxes.

Look, the Democrats want to raise taxes and really create obstruction. And the Republicans want to lower taxes, so we want to get rid of regulations. I’ve gotten rid of more regulations in the first nine months than any President has for their term in office. That’s a big statement.

But we’ve really just begun. I would say we have at least another 50 percent that we want to do. So that’s going to be fantastic. In some cases, it’s statutory. We have to give a notice, and then you have to give another notice, and you have to wait 90 days. But we’ve gone along that statutory process.

And I will tell you, Tom, you’re going to see a lot of additional relief from these horrible regulations that have been killing our country. They’ve literally been killing —

As you noticed, GDP was just announced and — shockingly to a lot of people, despite the hurricanes, which possibly could be considered to be 1 point — we were at 3. And we were at 3.2 last quarter but we were at 3. And to be at 3 with a 1 point, that would have meant we would have hit 4 or thereabouts. And those are numbers that have not been seen for many years.

So we’re doing well and we’ll continue to do well. The big thing is we have companies that really want to move back into the United States now because of regulation, because of what we’re doing with taxes. And some big ones are going to be announcing very soon.

Dirk, could I ask you to say a few words from the National Association of Wholesale-Distributors? That would be great great.

MR. VAN DONGEN: Firstly, Mr. President, thank you. I appreciate the opportunity to be here. A few of us in the room are old enough to remember being in this same room when President Reagan was working on the tax reform. The two of us were in this room.

THE PRESIDENT: You don’t look that old. (Laughter.)

MR. VAN DONGEN: Tom was here. (Laughter.) Thirty years or so have passed. The tax code doesn’t resemble what was done in ’86. Reform was long, long overdue. I represent an industry of very high effective tax rates, frankly, that (inaudible) the other guys’ taxes.

Unstated, but I assume that the, kind of, price of admission for being here today is that you support the process moving forward. And obviously each of us have to see the details, and there may be one thing or another that we’d like to see different. But the broader perspective is that for the good of the economy, the good of the country, and, frankly, I think, for the good of our members, you have to support the process going forward. You have our commitment to do precisely that.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great. Thank you, Dirk. That’s really great. I appreciate it.

And I think so important — you know, we talk tax cuts, which is really, to me, the very big thing — the tax cuts. We desperately need them.

But so many other things are happening, including bringing back $4 trillion back into the United States. And that money is going to be put to work in our country, for our people, creating our jobs and factories and plants.

I think the number could be higher than $4 trillion. It’s been $2.5 trillion for so long. Everyone said, $2.5 trillion. But it’s gotten, obviously, a lot bigger. They just kept saying $2.5 trillion. I think the number is going to be well over $4 trillion — will be coming back into our country.

And so many other things. One of the other elements that are important, Karen — and you’re going to say a few words next because I’m dying to hear what you have to say. But one of the things so important is simplification — too complicated, and we’re simplifying it greatly.

And I want to thank all of my folks for being here and working on it — Gary, Steve, everybody. The process is complicated, but the end result will not be that complicated. It’s going to be people are going to pay less tax by a lot. Companies are going to pay less tax by a lot. That’s a big difference.

And companies are going to start rebuilding, and they’re going to stay here. And they’re going to expand, and they’re going to build new plants in this country. They won’t be going to other countries like they have been for many, many decades.

Karen, could you say few words? Small Business, Entrepreneurship Council?

MS. KERRIGAN: Sure. Well, thank you so much, Mr. President, for your support and leadership on this issue. This is really one of the most critical issues for small business.

And they know if they get tax reform through, they’re going to have more capital to put back into their businesses. They’re going to invest more. They’re going to provide higher wages, better benefits for their employees.

These business owners and entrepreneurs are also leaders of the community back in their communities. And they do see the lack of dynamism, the lack of business dynamism. They don’t see new business creation in their communities, and that’s a really serious problem in this country —


MS. KERRIGAN: — the lack of entrepreneurship, weak entrepreneurship. According to our numbers, 3.2 million missing businesses in our country because of people not taking risks.


MS. KERRIGAN: So we’re very excited about tax reform in terms of the growth it will bring, the investment it will bring, making the U.S. a haven for capital again because we need to get that edge back and need to encourage more people to start businesses — particularly millennials starting businesses again.

THE PRESIDENT: Right, that’s true.

MS. KERRIGAN: Which is going to add to, again, our competitiveness. So thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: One of the things that we’ve been talking about and that we’ve seen and there’s been anything like it is the level of enthusiasm — the enthusiasm for business, for manufacturing. It’s the highest level it’s ever been — highest level since the charts started. And we have a tremendous level now of enthusiasm for business and for manufacturing. And nobody has ever seen anything like it.

And of course, the stock market is at an all-time high — historic high. There’s never been — I mean, it’s going up — I think it was 54 times since I was elected; we’ve hit the record 54 times. And I notice it’s up again a little bit today, so that’s always good. But we’re going to try and keep it going up.

But we’ve created almost $5.5 trillion in stock market wealth. Think of that — $5.5 trillion since November 8th. So we’re very honored by all of that. But a very big part of it will be tax cuts and tax reform, and we’ll work on that together.

Thank you all very much. Thank you.

Q Are you open to the corporate tax rate, the corporate tax rate being phased in, sir? Would you be open to the corporate —

THE PRESIDENT: We’re not looking for that, no. We’re not looking for that. Hopefully not.

Q You want it to start at 20 —

THE PRESIDENT: That’s something — some people have mentioned that. Hopefully not.

Q Are you going to pardon Mr. Manafort?

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all. Thank you, everybody. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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120 Responses to President Trump Remarks During Tax Reform Roundtable (Video and Transcript)…

  1. THAT’S what an Alpha Male does!
    God Bless our President!

    Liked by 33 people

    • mopar2016 says:

      Yes the boss positions himself directly across the table from his opponent.
      Just like a real boss would do. And I’m sure he looked Donohue right in the eye too.

      Liked by 30 people

        • nimrodman says:

          I want to see him put Donahue across from him at an IMMIGRATION meeting …

          … as he tells Donahue we WILL cut illegal immigration to the bone and we WILL enforce E-Verify …

          and we better train some Americans to butcher meat because we ain’t bringing in no more frikken Somalis.

          That’s what I want.

          Liked by 11 people

          • H. Jorgan says:

            “we better train some Americans to butcher meat…”
            Indeed train\find some master meat cutters, that can demonstrate to the journeyman, meat cutters how to, with a bit more effort, do the impossible. The journeymen in turn, can wear out the apprentice meat cutters, quickly fetching more meat to cut.
            Properly the sharpest apprentice, one at a time, quickly learns to how butcher. This worries both journeymen and masters. That worry results\demands learning even higher skills, compensated by higher wages. Labor saving machines\devices are welcome, (knife that never gets dull), yet such never have any skill whatsoever!
            The exact opposite is called ‘one world order’! This maintains profitable MSM advertising, needed to sell inferior crap produced without skill\personal integrity! 🙂

            Liked by 3 people

      • The Boss says:

        President Trump owned that room.

        Liked by 13 people

        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          And President Trump did it for us. President Trump knows we wanted him to do just that,,,to get back at those responsible for almost destroying WeThePeople. We’re on a high roller tonight. Bam. President Trump just nailed Donohue to the wall. Checkmated for now.

          I hope the room isn’t stinking too bad if Donohue forgot his Depends.

          Liked by 5 people

          • Aguila2011 says:

            You’d think that the economy is all there is to the gummint.

            While I acknowledge and give credit where it is due for all the accomplishments, where I still feel depressed is on the BIG issue of law & order. At this point, who gives a rats behind that they caught the supposed leader of the Benghazi attack. I want our traitorous leaders to pay for abandoning our people. They need to be brought up on charges and put in jail. All of them.

            Uranium One. The Usual Suspects. Put them in jail. Who cares about Manafort.

            And the list goes on. Not a damn thing is happening on the law & order side. Oh sure, immigration is improving but that does not address the crimes of those in powerful positions or the bankers and corporate leaders who make all this stuff happen.

            I want to see some butts in jail, pronto.

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        • Maquis says:

          He owns ANY room!

          Melania too, in her own amazing way.

          I am so proud of my President.


          Screw any deal Obama signed, those animals already burned down their compounds, raped girls, tried to escape, rioted, killing one, after coming to Australia illegaĺly despite warnings not to come!

          1,250 Terrorists in Training. Mostly Males, funny that… All promised to be able to chain migrate generations of family members, looking at tens of thousands in total.

          One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-Fifty Terrorists.

          Starting this month.

          Please Mr President, We love you, but this is the wrong thing to do. How many will they, and theirs, kill? Who will be responsible for their deaths?

          How can we defend you, as we are wont to do, as we regularly and vociferously do, if you rubber-stamp the Anti-American Anti-Human Anti-Innocent acts of a Lawless President bent on our destruction?

          Reagan had his hands full with the Soviet Union, and didn’t want another Global War, so he pulled the Marines out of Beirut after 241 of our Finest were murdered, without extracting a price. That was a big mistake.

          So Hezbollah yet lives to Murder, and I am reminded of that failure with every American Life that a Jihadi takes, in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Niger, everywhere and anywhere, and especially reminded with those Murdered on our own Streets in our own Cities in our Land of the Free.

          Yet, we are not free. We are not all free to carry the means to defend ourselves and innocents, to stop a rampaging murdering Muslim Terrorist.

          Those of us that are able to carry a firearm still suffer ridiculous unConstitutional restrictions and are more likely to be prosected for stopping a Jihadi than that Jihafdi is for Murdering Innocents.

          The Fool DeBlasio claims “they will not win.” Well, the not so good Mayor is wrong. Every life that Monster took was a WIN, for ISLAM. Every one is celebrated by the Tens and Hundreds of Millions of Muslims, even a Thousand-Million, and more.

          Every Single Islamic Terrorist Wannabe in Australia waiting on their Excellent American Jihadi Adventure is right this very moment celebrating this Barbarism and Salivating in Anticipation of their Turn Visiting Hell Upon America.

          Mr President, that is Obama’s Legacy.
          Please don’t make it yours as well.

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    • formerdem says:

      you know whenever I watch mnuchin fighting for us with that giant brain i feel as if someone had compelled the smartest boy in class to do my homework for me. And there he is, getting on with it. God bless him.

      Liked by 18 people

  2. booger71 says:

    The feckless GOP is doing their best to screw this up too.

    Liked by 20 people

    • Pam says:

      Of course they are. That’s what they do best.

      Liked by 9 people

    • kltk1 says:

      So sad, but true. The GOPe, is doing everything they can to 1) Undermine any possibility of POTUS getting positive coverage. 2) Lose the House and Senate in hopes Mueller finds something Democrats can impeach him on. Because they don’t have the cojones to do it themselves. As though his supporters are unaware and will vote for the McCain/Romney/McConnell/Ryan/Thune/Flake faction of the party. There’s a reason John McCain and Mitt Romney never made it to the White House.

      Liked by 15 people

      • Maquis says:

        Romney is planning to run for Hatches seat, before we discover Hatch mummified in the Senate chamber any day soon. He must be dissuaded. But, Utah is strange, loving themselves santimonious RINO squishes.

        The SOB plans to be the head of the Republican Party, to be the Anti-President! He said that!!

        He still thinks he’s the Voice of Wisdom, no matter that he folded on national television under the withering glare of the pathetic lying Traitor Obama.

        Couldn’t even challenge “Candy” COWley {{{shudder}}} on her playing fact-checker/propagandist, waving her Obama supplied talking points like a cheerleader playing “Gotcha.” Yeah, that’s the kind of leadership we need. Utter Wuss.

        Dang it all.

        Liked by 3 people

    • SpanglishKC says:

      NOT FECKLESS… I wish… No….CORRUPT!!!!

      Liked by 6 people

  3. Michael says:

    President Trump rules. 😀

    Liked by 10 people

  4. Doug says:

    i seriously mean this but is there a person with more balls than trump? i mean the guy just is so strong.. i can see how he was such a winner in negotiations

    Liked by 13 people

    • Maquis says:

      No Fear. Smartest guy in any room. Not concetned with ego, other than building up or crushing others’ as the situation requires.

      Just a masterful display of leadership and profoundly innovative, sincere, just, far-sighted governance.

      I am in awe.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. William Ford says:

    GOP establishment wants to scuttle the tax reform bill in the worst way. They know Trump’s outlined cuts will stimulate the economy to 4-5% GDP growth, create millions of jobs, and raise wages. It will make Trump more popular ensuring he’s re-nominated and re-elected. Exactly what the GOP establishment doesn’t want to happen. That’s why you are going to see late changes designed to split the party so it doesn’t pass. Like the dumb idea to phase in the corporate rate cut from 35% to 20% over 5 (yeah FIVE years). Or only reducing the corporate rate to 30%. Or dramatically reducing the amount people can save in their 401k. All designed to minimize the stimulus to the economy or be unpopular with Trump’s middle class base. So frustrating. Trump MUST stay on top of this and not leave it to the weasels in the swamp or they will scuttle it. Bad timing he is leaving on a trip to Asia.

    Liked by 13 people

    • RJ says:

      Great analysis.

      Liked by 3 people

    • No, I don’t agree. He is leaving and they can get on with it. When he comes back he can whip them into shape. The timing is excellent because they have to focus to try and get ahead of his return. When he does return the framework will be hashed out and then the horsetrading begins.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Maquis says:

        And WE will be ready to march on Washington if the Reshrubs try to betray us as they did on Zerocare.

        I’m serious.

        Liked by 2 people

      • webgirlpdx says:

        Yes…..let’s not forget how he ‘jokingly’ said to Price at the Boy Scout Jamboree that’s he’d be ‘fired’ if he didn’t get the HealthCare issue passed.

        How’s that unemployment workin’ for you Tom.

        He’ll have a great Asian Trip. He has many allies over there. He’ll continue to owne the world stage. I look forward to it…

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    • H. Jorgan says:

      “Bad timing he is leaving on a trip to Asia.”
      Disagree, masterful planning! For two weeks P45 is gone\unavailable to congressional swamp varmints. Paroling that congressional swamp are the wolverine, the bad badger, and as many swamp alligators, as needed, to lunch on congressional ‘gator bait’!
      They come up with acceptable budget\tax reform or not. If not acceptable all is re-repeated 2nd quarter 2018, just in time for election funzies! 🙂 MAGA

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  6. SoCalPatriot says:

    President Trump gets criticized for repeating over and over what we have accomplished in his nine months in office, but it is a highly effective communication skill. The more he repeats it, the more people will hear and believe it…they might tire of it, but they won’t forget it. That, combined with his infectious positive message for America (MAGA) makes him a formidable opponent.

    Democrats can continue with their identity politics, but it doesn’t have an overriding theme that most people can relate to. Trump will kill them in 2020…the economy will be running +5%. They won’t have a chance. It reminds me of 1984 and the Reagan landslide of 49 states. His message was optimistic and the economy was booming. Standby…it is coming again.

    Liked by 24 people

  7. Carolina Kat says:

    Tom Donahue makes my skin crawl. What a snot. He couldn’t accept the courtesy of being invited to the WH without snarking about the President leaving to go to Asia so they could work it out behind Trump’s back. But our President brings the corruptocrats right out in the parlor, so we can all see who is sincere and who are those “who are working for their own interests”. Right in your face, Donahue!

    Liked by 17 people

  8. kltk1 says:

    Donohue. Ugh. While lighthearted, I don’t think the President found Donohue’s swipe at him being away while they “Work it out” funny. He know’s Donohue is a particularly pesky fly that won’t go away.

    Gary Cohn, could he look any more bored? Certainly biding his time until this tax business is finished so he can get out of dodge… Still not sure what he, and Dina Powell, are bringing to the table. But, I trust POTUS has them there for a reason.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Elvis Newton says:

      Never heard donahue talk. He is a feeble sounding old snake, used to paying off rinos and dems and getting his way. PDJT will fix him.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Maquis says:

      Word I heard is that Cohn is there to help Trump keep the Wall Street side of the economy going while Trump transitions us into a Main Street economy.

      Makes sense. PDJT is constructing an entirely new banking system parallel to existing commercial “too big to lend to Main Street” banks. What a brilliant way to Houdini the American Economic Engine out of the Shackles of Creeping Socialism.

      Obama did to banking what he did to Healthcare. Now his Dodd-Frank et cetera is mooted. Small to Medium Business Owners have to be celebrating, and wannabe entepreneurs are readying their business plans. Exciting times. This could be as big as the creation of the FED, only in a positive direction.

      This all could scare Wall Street, Cohn helps ensure no mistakes are made as this amazing dance plays out. I have no worries with him there. Trump needs him now, when he doesn’t he’ll thank him and send him on his way.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. bulwarker says:

    Heheh, even the media/camera’s weren’t ready for that.


  10. Wend says:

    He is awful, isn’t he?

    Liked by 2 people

  11. “Because of their faith they took over kingdoms.
    They ruled fairly.
    They received the blessings God had promised.
    They shut the mouths of lions.”
    (Hebrews 11:33)

    Liked by 10 people

  12. fleporeblog says:

    The hell with the CoC and Tom Donohue! Our Lion 🦁 showed this POS that he is the boss and there is nothing Tom can do about it! He probably whispered in his ear as he was walking out that NAFTA was DEAD 💀!

    America First!

    Liked by 17 people

  13. “Tom, do you have anything to add?”

    Contempt without sounding contemptuous.

    Liked by 15 people

  14. 4sure says:

    Pubs are going to screw it up. Count on it.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      The incumbent RINOs are only in office because The People refused to what was necessary and vote them out in their primaries. There’s only about 17% voter turnout in republican primaries. Low voter turnout in primaries usually benefits the incumbent. “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” Mark Twain

      Liked by 8 people

    • Thecleaner says:

      I think Trump has a few Dems in his back pocket and will wait for the selected RINOS to drop their masks and try to obstruct this….I think Manchin (Wv), Casey (PN), Stabenow (MI), and maybe one or 2 others…the rust belt will be lost to the Dems for a generation if their Senators dont get behind tax cuts for job creation.
      I think Trump will slow roll the Senate end just a bit, until the traitors expose themselves to the voters, then call in his Dems to seal their fate and turn it over to Bannon to do the rest.

      Liked by 3 people

  15. “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves.
    So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.”
    (Matt 10:16)

    We are blessed to have a president that gets this. 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  16. A2 says:

    Many pointed remarks or darts aimed at CoC Donohue. I noticed that Sec Mnuchin tends to twitch when he is in uncongenial company (like Donohue) as if he is holding himself back from some well spoken expletives at the opposition. I think Cohn, from his expression was thinking along the same lines. Subtitle: Get it done.

    Liked by 5 people

  17. Harry Kingsmore says:

    Cohn looked like he ate some bad food. Love they way DJT put #SwampCritter Donohue on the spot. Harder to slither in the light

    Liked by 7 people

  18. WeThePeople2016 says:

    “Tom Donohue has been President and CEO of U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a long time.”

    Interesting that he pointed that out too. I wonder if he is working on getting him replaced some how. I sure hope so.

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

    That was a subtle unmasking of Donahue which now brings illumination to the points that USCOC will make to protect their interest vs. those of the people. It was quite interesting what Karen Kerrigan said about the dearth of small business dynamism in the community. I think this will prove to illustrate the stark contrast of USCOC interests and America

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    • RJ says:

      I trust the fry cook down at the local truck stop more than Donahoe. The cook is an honest guy and is productive.

      Liked by 9 people

    • G. Combs says:

      “[…]what Karen Kerrigan said about the dearth of small business dynamism[…]”

      I was expanding my business into a new area when Congress did a one liner to an older law. I got a ‘visit’ from a fed. agent who told me what I had to do to pass her ‘new inspections.’ It included 1/2 million dollars of useless chain-link fencing around a 100ac stand of loblolly pine I owned — that had nothing to do with the business. I told her that expense would put me out of business. She said “GOOD, I WANT YOU TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS!!” 😲

      Liked by 1 person

      • Maquis says:

        That’s beyond CRIMINAL. Hope you found a way to report that monster. She does though, have an uncommon honesty about her vicious jack-boot thug Commie tactics.


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      • i'm just sayin'.. says:


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        • G. Combs says:

          Oh, its worse…
          I think she may have had something to do with the e-coli illnesses at the NC State Fair the year before the Food Safety Modernization Act was passed thanks to NC Senator Richard Burr.

          1. No illness at the county fair a few days BEFORE she stuck her thermometer up the butts of ALL my friend’s sheep and goats.

          2. A Week later ~200 children AND ADULTS get sick and a CATTLE version of e-coli is for the first time found in sheep and goats. The SAME animals she had handled the week before.

          3. The SAME version of e-coli is found in ConAgra ground beef (Undercooked fair hamburger?? PETA dirty tricks??) However all the Fair food vending equipment had been steam sanitized by then.

          4. CDC/USDA confiscate the animals and find NO live e-coli on the hair, skin or in the mouth. It is only transferred live via fresh feces.

          Additional note: I had PETA try to cause accidents involving farm animals 7 times in the two years before that, including the weekend before the State Fair. In the eight years since then I have not seen ANY action by PETA at all.

          OH, and the USDA agent’s web page said she was a member of PETA and had tried to get the zoo here in North Carolina shutdown.


      • WSB says:

        Yikes! Take her name AND her coat!


    • webgirlpdx says:

      Exactly. Local community Chamber’s of Commerce are all about small business.

      The USChamber is nothing but fat cats lining their wallets.


  20. “The price of adminission to the meeting is supporting the effort”

    Uh… yeah. 🇺🇸

    Liked by 4 people

  21. Coldeadhands says:

    Gary Cohn was in serious need of some Pepto-Bismol!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Gadsden says:

    The plan POTUS outlined during the campaign was great, but the details of these new plans don’t seem like much of an improvement – other than the lowered corporate tax rate. These latest plans would potentially cost me thousands of dollars.


  23. Donna in Oregon says:

    Mr. Donahue is not as confident as he appears. Donahue’s behind the scene machinations are not as effective when an American with the heart of a patriot is President.

    Liked by 8 people

  24. JessWokeUp says:

    Donahue is one dimensional, he thinks/acts/speaks only one way… so POTUS set the stage and handed him the mic and Donahue acted and spoke like the anti-MAGA globalist he is. POTUS didnt force it, he just let true nature be exposed for those watching/listening to see in contrast to others with real passion for American greatness. No hiding or masking ones motivations now, its bright sunlight all the way. Identify your true enemies, let them reveal themselves to others so they also will be aware and understand what to expect in the future…

    Liked by 4 people

  25. NJF says:

    Give ‘em hell Mr. President!

    Liked by 4 people

  26. Kathleen Rady says:

    After all that the press asks stupid question about the Mueller investigation that no one but them even care about. The press is out of touch and sadly pathetic.

    Liked by 5 people

  27. Publius2016 says:

    Tax Reform/Cuts will happen before the New Year… Scalise is back! The question is really will the DEMs continue to RESIST? State and local taxes is the compromise…if they do, then the rates go down for everyone as the final number does not have to balance…with dynamic scoring we can cut $2Trillion and still be in the black as long as Obamacare is repealed.

    Liked by 3 people

  28. JC says:

    Listened first time through, then watched second time. Liked the red MAGA hat on credenza behind the President. If the President had time for poker, he’d be formidable; no tells that I could see when speaking to Donahue. Could almost see Donahue’s forked tongue darting as he zinged the thinly-veiled snark about the President’s critical trip to Asia. Mnuchin was stoic, as always, but he donned a jaundiced look at Donahue, and I was glad to see it, frankly. Cohn… ha… someone should invite him to a poker game and bet the farm. That face…

    Karen Kerrigan spoke very well, imo, and had the stats to support the President’s tax package.

    Liked by 3 people

  29. rsanchez1990 says:

    Ahahahaha this is really good stuff. It basically went like this:

    President Trump: “We need you to overcome the forces fighting for themselves not for the country. Tom, you want to explain yourself?”

    Donohue: “Well thank you Mr. President…”

    Cohn (thinking): “Holy s…”

    Liked by 5 people

  30. BobBoxBody says:

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Tommy Boy is at this meeting the day AFTER Manafort is indicted.

    Sundance speculates that Mueller/Trump are unified in cracking down foreign lobbying buying off our politicians. Assuming this is successful, who does this directly hurt the most outside of the Uniparty in general?

    Tom Donahue. The CoC is a giant lobbying hub and he helps to manage it all. Cracking down on foreign lobbying is going to hurt his influence in the Swamp. He’ll still have Wall Street, but going back to a Main Street economy doesn’t mean that Wall Street has to lose out. Some of them will jump on the Trump train, further eroding Tommy Boy’s influence. Trump doesn’t have to directly confront Donahue, only shutdown the fuel that powers his lobbying enterprise.

    Outside of this, if the Clinton Foundation goes down, it’s going to BADLY hurt the DNC. All of a sudden conservative competitors are going to be on even footing in local races. Meanwhile, Trump controls the funding pursestrings of the GOPe, so they, too, lose leverage. Either they get on the Trump train or Trump funnels that money to candidates who will get on the train. I expect more to join Jeff Flake and Corker as the realization of what’s going on with Manafort/Podesta becomes more clear.

    They got Capone on tax evasion. Even if Hillary isn’t sent to prison, the message will be sent lout and clear. Everyone will suddenly find themselves coming to Jesus.

    Not tired of winning yet.

    Liked by 5 people

    • RJ says:

      Mueller would like to nail PDJT for tax evasion or anything he can fabricate. He’s not secretly working with the President. He would like to arrest him, his wife, or his children. He’d put Barron in a foster home if he had an opportunity. This clandestine Machiavellian theory is fiction. Mueller has to be put on the defensive and that must be done by investigating tbe $146 million that Clinton stole.


      • Maquis says:

        No, Clinton stole our Heritage, our Birthright, our Great Lands, our Minerals, 20% of our URANIUM!(?)

        She grifted $150M+, but that was her Thirty Pieces of Silver from the Crooks she, and apparently most of Team Zero, “sold” OUR LAND, URANIUM, GOLD, SILVER, NATURAL GAS, RARE EARTH MINERALS AND MORE, MUCH OF WHICH IS THE BULK OF CRITICAL BREEDING GROUNDS FOR AN ENDANGERED BIRD!

        To do so, they had to steal ranches from multiple generation ranch families, burn their land, kill their cattle, burn their homes and barns, imprison them on false charges, terrorize them, shot one in the back from mere yards away, shot dead, then fired dozens of rounds into his truck before letting the terrified kids surrender one by one, each petrified by the fear that they, too, would be shot in the back like their friend was. MONSTERS.

        What she stole is Priceless. What she got for it wasn’t even a Thousandth of a Percent its value.

        Liked by 2 people

      • BobBoxBody says:

        You again. Either you’re a glass is half empty person, or you seem really adamant about demoralizing and throwing a wet towel over the obvious that is going on. Maybe you would be more at home on Breibart?


  31. Lucille says:

    “Q Are you going to pardon Mr. Manafort?” Grrrrrrrrr! Such insolence is to be expected from the media, but it’s still annoying as heck.

    Liked by 2 people

  32. jeans2nd says:

    Tom Dononue –
    “there are some members of the Democratic legislature that will come around on some of this”

    “we got to work on it. We’re going to have some differences amongst the business community on what should be the takeaways and the adds.”

    “You’re off to Asia and everybody else gets it worked out”

    If that is not blatant admission of pay-to-play lobbying, I do not know what is.
    Pres Trump heard it. Gary Cohen, listening intently, heard it as well.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Sometimes its good to let people think they have a bit of rope. POTUS is self assured enough to let Donahue tell a joke at his expense and allude to wheeling & dealing.

      In the end it comes down to what the President will sign. If they aren’t very close to his framework he will bring them into line like a sheepdog nipping at their heels. They really don’t want to face the voters having screwed this up.

      Liked by 2 people

  33. Trumpstumper says:

    What does the red hat behind President Trump say?

    Can’t quite make it out…

    Liked by 2 people

  34. mazziflol says:

    I love her. Sums it up nicely!

    Liked by 4 people

  35. I’ve watched this a couple more times with the speed set at 2x (just to keep from losing focus ;)) and now I’m asking myself, I don’t remember the military in dress uniforms at other briefings… did I just start noticing something that’s been going on, or is this new?


  36. Charles Martel "The Deplorable." says:

    Someone please respectfully correct me if I’m wrong but…in the current proposal all I’m reading and in fact hearing from the Trump team other than the man himself is:

    So as a lifelong base GOP voter what I am seeing is:
    1. This isn’t a tax cut at all.
    2. My deductions are being eliminated.
    3. New taxes are being added everywhere.
    4. I’m getting a massive tax increase.
    5. ZERO spending reductions.
    6. Globalists crony businesses are getting a tax cut.
    7. Billionaires w/o any W2 wages are getting a tax cut.
    8. ALL TAX CUTS for businesses to hire foreign workers remain.

    I’m totally happy to be proven wrong but I challenge anyone to please do so.


  37. Eks Mann says:

    >>>But we just have to work on it, and I think your planning is really quite good. You’re off to Asia and everybody else gets it worked out.

    Wow. I can’t believe he said that out loud, cameras rolling, to the President of the United States of America.

    Donohue ended up looking and sounding weak and puny.

    President Trump? Like a boss…….as usual.


    Liked by 2 people

  38. backwoodsgirl123 says:

    MR. VAN DONGEN: Tom was here. (Laughter.) Thirty years or so have passed. The tax code doesn’t resemble what was done in ’86. Reform was long, long overdue. I represent an industry of very high effective tax rates, frankly, that (inaudible) the other guys’ taxes.

    That inaudible word was “paying”.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Great President Trump ‘sucker-punching Donohue’ line:

    “And there are forces fighting out there that very much benefit by the way it is now, but that’s bad for the country. They know that but they’re fighting for themselves; they’re not fighting for the country.”

    I’ll be dreaming of that tonight. The Donohue mask is off. We are still in the Big Ugly Timeline.

    Liked by 4 people

  40. How sweet to have a real President, a leader, representing us. He is the best. There is a lot of crap that has to be dealt with; the childish division and social engineering create by the useful idiots on the left have to be re-tooled to be more American friendly, unfortunately the scars of cocaine psychosis have yet to be unmasked, hopefully that day will come around as well.

    Liked by 1 person

  41. indiamaria2020 says:

    The Don……

    Liked by 3 people

  42. This was a thing of beauty to watch…seriously.

    This tax reform will be the cornerstone in many things:
    Economy growth
    Jobs – lots of jobs
    Bringing companies to our great country
    More average Americans living the American dream of home ownership, being able to afford to go on a vacation, etc.

    But most importantly, once this reform takes place and gets going, you’d have to be a complete moron not support this administration. Oh we all know they will paint the picture of Trump stealing from children (or something like this.)

    I can’t wait. Maybe this will be our Christmas present?

    Liked by 1 person

  43. bentley1blog says:

    The Donahue mask was off years ago. Sleaze ball. Just look at any city in America…almost always migrants (legal and illegal) are driving the city trucks for construction sites while LARGE mexican crews are milling around a small area wearing city construction hard hats. These are CoC employee selections. Also, immigrants are driving most of the city utility trucks. I wonder how many married American men with a family to support are given a chance to apply for these positions? From what I witness every day on the streets…hardly any!

    Liked by 1 person

  44. joshua says:

    ooooohhh….the donald jes wee wees me off sooooooo bad…

    Liked by 1 person

  45. mashall says:

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not a government entity! They exploit the “U.S. Chamber” in their title to mislead voters et. al. They are an pro-illegal labor/open borders/globalist lobby.

    It is not an agency of the United States government. Their name amounts to a misleading fraud.

    Ask around to see if the common Joe or Jane Doe knows this…

    The more this Un-US lobbying organization is focused as well as Tom Donohue the more the U. S. electorate will see and vote against.



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