President Trump and Vice President Pence Participate in Swearing-In Ceremony for VA Secretary Robert Wilke…

President Trump delivers remarks at the swearing in ceremony for recently confirmed Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilke.   Prior to taking the official Oath of Office, both the president and the incoming secretary delivered words of great consequence. WATCH:

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80 Responses to President Trump and Vice President Pence Participate in Swearing-In Ceremony for VA Secretary Robert Wilke…

  1. Publius2016 says:

    a word for Adm. Jackson, we thank you for your service!

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  2. sundance says:

    Liked by 30 people

    • Minnie says:

      Congratulations, Sec. Wilkie!!

      🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

      Liked by 10 people

      • Carrie2 says:

        SD, and Wilkie will be working hard to clean out a lot of doctors/nurses who have truly treated our vets without are or ignoring them. The over paid salaries and bonuses will now be directed to taking care of our vets in time and on time and not commit suicide. That to me was a horror to think you are taking oaths to do good and ignore those oaths.

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      • Skinner says:

        If there was ever a SWAMP that needed draining it is the VA. Godspeed Sec. Wilkie, you will need all the help you can muster to clean it up, but if you walk the way you talk you will succeed.

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    • Orygun says:

      If you didn’t get a chance to listen to Wilkie’s remarks it had to be one of the best I have listened to in a while. As a veteran who stayed at a Naval hospital during the Vietnam War and wandered through my ward at all the injured servicemen who had their lives completely uprooted it is an experience you won’t forget.

      Wilkie will be an excellent administrator. The veterans are finally getting some of our benefits returned that the pols have spent the last 50 years taking away.

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  3. Minnie says:

    Mr. President works at lightening speed!

    Oh how I wish I could post a pic – the Energizer bunny comes to mind 😃

    Liked by 7 people

    • BillRiser says:

      Does this work for you?

      Liked by 32 people

      • Minnie says:

        Indeed it does 😃 most accurate, as well.

        Thank you 👍

        Liked by 4 people

        • Marica says:

          Minnie!! Just got back from a whirlwind trip to NYC! 30 hours in the city and we saw so many things–including and especially Trump Tower!! we said we were sightseeing on “Trump speed!” No kidding!

          Liked by 4 people

          • Minnie says:

            That’s MAGAnificent, Marica!

            Trump Tower is one of THE premiere sites in NYC, and to think our remarkable President not only built it but resided inside of that beautiful building is just too much! 😃

            Let us know next time you’re in town, we can meet up for drinks and share our MAGA stories and perhaps red-pill a few eavesdroppers 😆

            Welcome Home ❤️

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            • Marica says:

              YES!!! So last minute– But LOVE the city!!! Didnt think this KY girl would like it so much!!! Next time– Gonna reach out to you!! NYC gets a bunch of bad press– but we found it to be soooo friendly and lovely!!! NOT big and brutal–but truly KIND!!
              Like our VSG– Not even close to what is portrayed in MEDIA!!

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  4. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Trump stole him from Secretary Mattis! LOL! Love it!

    Liked by 15 people

  5. missilemom says:

    What a great acceptance speech by Wilke. This is serious business for him; his heritage.

    Liked by 24 people

  6. William Warburg says:

    Its disgusting that a top official (secretary) can be blocked for months and months and months. Although Canada has many problems, the old turds are booted out immediately after the election and the new ones sworn in so they can get on with the wishes of the people. Its just shameful that awful people like Schumer and Pelowsi can obstruct the changes that the people voted to have. when Potus gets his landslide in November, perhaps he can force changes to this stupid obstruction.Many of us Canucks (especially out here in Oilberta) really support President Trump
    and what he is trying to do in the face of incredible odds. Our press sucks here too.

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  7. parteagirl says:

    “I was amazed and stunned by the amount of time the President of the United States spent with me on the phone, in this office, and over dinner talking about veterans, asking about veterans, and showing me a commitment that I have not seen in my 23 years, in and out of this business, on the part of a President of the United States when it comes to the care of those who have protected the America for so many years.”

    Congratulations, Mr. Wilke!

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  8. hellinahandbasket says:

    President Trump (while shaking Secretary Wilke’s hand at the end of the EOD ceremony):
    “Go get ’em”

    Liked by 14 people

  9. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Great messaging day for the White House, and that even includes the whole “Rudy Scare” thing the media has been trying to drum up.

    There were three events held today by POTUS. I got to see all of them live, or in the extended (pre-cut) version and I just continue to be THRILLED with how Bill Shine has taken charge. This is like Week Two of the Bill Shine Era. I regard him now as basically the “General Kelly” of the Comms Team and Press Team. The way Kelly cleaned up the WH staffing, Shine is cleaning up the comms team and press team.

    EVENT 1 — Oval office meeting with Italy Prime Minister. At the end of the event, the press wranglers basically shouted down the reporters who were trying to yell questions at POTUS. The reporters were rapidly herded out of the room. Trump answered no shouts, and honestly you could not even make out what the reporters were asking. Amazing work from all involved. Reporters did not even get a real platform for their stunt questions to be heard.

    The media now knows Trump wont take their shouted questions and the shouts are likely to be cut out of the edited version of the video. Thus, the media is literally starting to film themselves and each other shouting questions and be wrangled by the WH team in order to try to preserve their stunt actions. But, so far, it’s just not working. If POTUS doesn’t acknowledge you and it’s not on TV in real time, it doesn’t matter. Huge win for Shine and Trump here.

    EVENT 2 — Press conference with Italy Prime Minister. No stunt questions taken (called on two reporters who likely could be trusted, including one from Reuters who actually handled things well). We’re never going to get another Helsinki or even the Teresa May press conference. No rogues, no nothing. At least as well as Shine can try to steer who gets questions. Press conference ends, Trump walks away with the Prime Minister and ignores shouted questions. Audio is quickly cut and you only heard a few moments of shouts.

    EVENT 3 — Robert Wilkie swearing in. Ceremony done, and POTUS walks out of the room as soon as its over. Even as Wilike and Pence are still there soaking things in. Reporters try to shout at Trump as he’s leaving but they get almost no words out before he’s gone from the room and Sarah Sanders and others are shushing them. The CNN Lady who was banned the other day is shushed by Sanders.

    Perfect day. No distractions. No “gotchas”. No nothing. The worst thing Trump said all day, supposedly, was that he would meet Iran’s leader with no preconditions. Of course, this isn’t bad in any way. But it’s literally about the only ‘bad’ thing that the media could play up from Trump for the entire day. That’s amazing. White House is on message and gaffe-free.

    Also, since no questions were taken on Rudy or Cohen or Collusion, the average viewer will think these are not important subjects. If they were important, Trump would talk about them or the press would ask about them. Neither happened, so they may not be very relevant.

    Another big winning day for Bill Shine and POTUS. Given the feeding frenzy around Rudy and Cohen today, things could have been awful this day. Instead, they were fantastic (at least at the White House) and stage-managed brilliantly.

    Thanks, Bill Shine.

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    • MakeAmericaGreat says:

      One last thing. At Event 1 (Oval with Italy PM), the primary person who got shut down was Acosta. So CNN tried two stunt raids on Trump today (at each Oval Office event). One by Acosta and one by Banned Lady. They both failed. Here’s the Acosta info:

      https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/07/white-house-aide-shouts-down-jim-acosta-for-screaming-questions-about-collusion-at-potus-trump-were-done-jim-video/

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    • JC says:

      Thank you for this summary, MAG. Great news, especially if it’s a consistent new policy, and they meticulously enforce it.

      Liked by 2 people

      • MakeAmericaGreat says:

        You’re welcome JC! Glad you enjoyed it.

        I think this will be the policy going forward. It may not be perfect (you never know when someone will slip in a stunt question at the press conference even when you think they’re a “safe” choice), but this likely is the best way to achieve messaging success.

        Trump refusing to answer shouted questions is a huge plus, I think. Seems like Shine convinced him to adopt this policy, at least for now.

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    • MakeAmericaGreat says:

      Another final thing. As far as I could tell, the Wilike swearing in was not shown live. Or, if it was, it was very limited in distribution. I had to look it up on some obscure Facebook site to see the entire unedited version, as I could not find it anywhere live on YouTube. The White House did not have the video live. What this means is that the White House gets to edit the video before it’s seen widely, and thus the “shout attempts” at the end of the event are never viewed by anyone.

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      • Ditch Mitch says:

        whitehouse.gov is always slow to “cue up the tape”. Probably considered official and must be cleaned up first as you say MAG. Thanks for the observations on Shine’s influence. Did RSBN have a video of the events? I haven’t had a chance to look?

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        • MakeAmericaGreat says:

          Glad you enjoyed the recap, Mitch. Yeah, I tried to look for the ceremony on the White House YouTube but it was not there live.

          Not sure if RSBN has a video or not. When I looked before, I saw just two other non-WH videos of the event. One of which Sundance has posted here.

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    • Maquis says:

      “Iran talks without preconditions” could be a nice setup for President Trump. Let the Left rave, then state what conditions he would absolutely not dream of demanding. Like multiple-billion-dollar kickbacks and faux/foul-legacy-enhancement-stunts.

      And state conditions he would not acede to, such as building a Yellowcake Road to the Nuclear City, paying $150B to the Terror Masters of the world and lifting well-earned and hard-won sanctions, and passing out US Citizenship to thousands of Regime connected persons, and abandoning demands to repatriate our citizens and such terrible things that no American could ever imagine inflicting upon this world.

      Yeah, MSM, go ahead and freak out over that precondition thing, swallow that hook deep, can’t wait to see PDJT set it, hard.

      GBPDJT
      🇺🇸

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    • Marica says:

      MAG!! excellent post!!! Perfect summary!!! Thank you so much!!!

      Liked by 1 person

    • fleporeblog says:

      Absolutely great 👍 post MAG!

      Liked by 1 person

    • olderwiser21 says:

      MAG – Thanks for the breakdown on the press conferences and Mr. Shine. This makes me so happy and is exactly what needed to happen. These goons have been out of control for far too long. Buh bye, prestitutes. Good riddance.

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      • MakeAmericaGreat says:

        You’re welcome, Wiser! This is exactly what needed to happen, and really glad Shine is putting the press in its place.

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  10. What a fine choice for our veterans. It is a wonderful thing to have a such a highly principled man in this position.

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  11. jrapdx says:

    What a wonderfully refreshing 12 minutes watching the video! Both the President and Wilke wasted no words expressing their earnest wishes to provide great care for veterans, everyone in the room seemed committed to that cause. Interestingly no sign of tension was noticeable among those in attendance, but all were unmistakably and intensely focused on the tasks remaining to be done. The palpable atmosphere of dedication to the mission at hand and genuine goodwill toward one another was so uplifting, really it made my day!

    BTW today is my wife’s birthday, she and I are both veterans, she’ll be very glad to hear about what’s being accomplished at the VA and the caliber of the people in that ceremony. IMO the President and Sec. Wilke could not have given her any better gift than what happened today.

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  12. cthulhu says:

    I think we need a new press briefing room — with the press positioned over a dunk tank. They can quietly file out on the ground floor in an orderly fashion or swim out of the basement.

    Liked by 5 people

    • thLuckyOne says:

      CTHULU! LOL! Surely you aren’t insinuating that our beloved “pressitutes” are all wet? ROTFL! THANK YOU for the laughter! I can just see ’em sputtering, now….

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    • Maquis says:

      Only if the Sea Bass are sufficiently ill-tempered.

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      The room that they do these in has a pool in it! I was used during FDR’s administration as a therapy pool for him (he had had polio) so the pool is there, probably not filled. But that wouldn’t be much of a problem to remedy 🙂

      Remember there was some Fred Astaire movie where there was a movable floor over a pool: this is the same thing…

      Gives a whole new meaning to “press pool” 🙂

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      • Maquis says:

        Can’t speak to Astaire, but Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed enjoyed such a dunked dance routine in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Great film.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        Yup, I was going to say that too. It wouldn’t be hard to install a trap door in the floor a a button for Sarah to push upon being pushed.

        I think they should stand in line for a mic and if they ask one too many questions, ask a duplicate question already asked and answered, or get rude and nasty, then BOOM! Off you go to the dunk tank.

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  13. cyn3wulf says:

    And to think that I almost didn’t watch this. It would have been my loss.

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  14. Mike diamond says:

    Right on wilkie,good choice!!! By the way if the NFL,won t stand for the National Anthem this coming season then no football for me and my house again!!!!we need to show total respect for our troops and our vets,and police and firefighters!

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  15. GB Bari says:

    I’m sure there were plenty of swearing in ceremonies in the previous administration. I never watched any of them, including the inaugurations. Not interested in watching communists assume positions of power and authority since I knew nothing good would come of any of it.

    But this administration is so positive in its accomplishments and the impact on my life and the lives of my family and friends, I am honored to witness every event and ceremony hosted by our VSGPDJT.

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      Me, too – GB – never watched a swearing in ceremony in my life but so far have not missed one of Trump’s. So grateful for the people he picks to fulfill these positions.

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  16. Republicanvet91 says:

    As a veteran who uses the VA for service connected injuries, I can only hope Wilkie is a good pick and can do what he needs to do to clean up VA management. POTUS is trying, but cannot run every agency personally, and Shulkin was a little rat wanting to stay in the good graces of the Swamp rather than the man who appointed him.

    For years I have watched as VA care has gotten worse and worse, and am disgusted by so many veterans dying waiting for care because VA officials were committing wait time fraud for a bonus, outright theft, beating veterans to death and extreme negligence.

    The policy on veterans being declared disruptive if they offend a VA employee thereby requiring a police escort to all appointments has not changed. The veteran is declared disruptive by a committee that is anonymous. A veteran can appeal, but the appeal is ignored. This has not changed. Yet.

    How did the VA get to this point? We got here because the Swamp Rats on the House and Senate VA committees were more concerned with massive contracts being steered to preferred contractors without regard to how that impacted veteran treatment. The Choice program is a good example with contracts steered to friends of Nancy Pelosi, Dick Gephardt and Tommy Thompson. We got here because of an absent or sleeping Senate VA chairman, Isakson. We got here because of taxpayer supported Veteran Service Organizations more concerned with preserving access to the Swamp than they were over their own members dying.

    Change started when POTUS implemented his White House hotline for veterans. It bypassed the VA, the VSO’s and Swamp Rats unwilling to do their jobs. Local VA officials thought it was business as usual until their phones started ringing with the White House on the other end. I know personally that this has been a benefit.

    I had hope for further change when POTUS nominated Jackson, who was then viciously smeared by Swamp Rats concerned over certain IT contracts not going to their preferred contractors.

    Change continued with POTUS recently signing an Executive Order reigning in federal unions. Only in the VA have I heard of physicians being paid a physicians salary at the VA while spending 100 percent of their daily time on union business. The time spent, government resources being used for union business will be coming to a halt.

    I can only hope Wilkie supports and continues the change POTUS started.

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    • Alison says:

      Thank you for all this info, and more importantly for your service. Our Veterans deserve the best care, and I sincerely hope Wilke can make a positive difference. I don’t think President Trump will accept anything less.

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      Thank you, RP Vet – Great info and post. I learn so much from other treepers on this site.

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    • Maquis says:

      Wow. That’s pretty sobering. I’m a 100% Vet, dealing with incompetents that have steered me, medically, in the exact opposite direction I should have been sent, and who, upon being mildly called out for making threats against my livelihood and well-being responded with…more threats. Literally calling for my silence.

      I haven’t been back since, though that’s a stance I cannot long maintain. Looks like I need representation to re-engage without being set up and framed as “disruptive.”

      Doctors bury their mistakes. The VA simply writes us off, when they aren’t offing us.

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      • Republicanvet91 says:

        Maquis, I have been told some VA hospitals are better than others, but out of the 6 I have been to in the past 25+ years, I would rate only Madison, WI as something close to care that is acceptable for humans.

        The veteran that was beaten to death was Charles Johnson in Louisiana. He was beaten by Frederick Harris. Harris was given 2 weeks off paid vacation to recover from the beating he gave Johnson, then kept his job with the VA. A local coroner who autopsied Johnson after he died a few weeks after the beating said he died of blunt force trauma, and pushed for at least manslaughter charges. If it were not for him, Harris would still be working at the VA.

        http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/09/va-nurse-still-on-payroll-despite-charge-he-beat-70-year-old-vet-to-death/

        I had never heard of these Disruptive Behavior Committees in hospitals until about 4-5 years ago. I was reading online of more and more veterans finding out they had been tagged as disruptive when they showed up for appointments, and had to have a VA police escort. One of the most egregious examples I have heard of is a veteran in Oregon who actually has a restraining order against a VA clinic manager due to harassment, and could not get care at his VA until about 6 months ago after calling the WH hotline.

        So others do not think I am over blowing these issues…The VA Choice program is administered by companies called HealthNet and TriWest. George Miller is a 30 year California Democrat Representative and long time friend of Pelosi. He retired just before the first Choice program was authorized by Congress…and quickly found a seat on the board of HealthNet.

        I believe TriWest was recently bought out by a company called Centene. A company formed by Dick Gephardt and Tommy Thompson.

        There are hundreds of millions being skimmed off of money that should be going to veterans care, in the name of “administering” the program. HealthNet was recently under investigation for billing fraud.

        If you do go back to the VA for care, just be careful in who you ask to represent you. There are far too many VSO’s that do not want to jeopardize the perks they get from the VA.

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  17. Wilkie looks and sounds all business.

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  18. wodiej says:

    I pray for President Trump and his administration every day. God couldn’t have blessed us anymore. I am beyond happy that the VA is going to be straightened out and our Vets will finally get the care they deserve. And let’s get out of other countries and protect the US so war is unlikely.

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  19. TwoLaine says:

    I watched Wilkie testify to one of the committees in Congress last week. He did an excellent job there as well. God Bless him and our Vets!

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