President Trump Holds Impromptu Presser Departing New Jersey – Video and Transcript…

Chopper pressers are the best pressers.  A confident, cool and assertively diplomatic President Donald Trump holds an impromptu press conference with media as he departs New Jersey for a campaign rally in New Hampshire. [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: So, tremendous retail numbers were announced today, which really is a great indicator of how well our country is doing, how well our economy is doing. Those are real numbers. Walmart announced; others announced. We had some tremendous numbers come out today, which I’m sure you saw. So we’re very happy about that. We’re doing very well.

The economy is incredible. The consumer — probably above all else, the consumer is doing incredibly.

So, go ahead. Any questions?

Q What actions are you prepared to take to avoid a recession if this yield curve thing is really predictive?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think we’re going to have a very long period of wealth and success. Other countries are doing very poorly. As you know, China is doing very, very poorly. The tariffs have really bitten into China. They haven’t bitten into us at all — except for the reporters that want to make it look that way, but they don’t understand what’s happening.

The tariffs, we’ve taken in close to $60 billion in tariff money. And the consumer has not paid for them. Now, at some point, they may have to pay something. But they understand that. And who really understands that is our great farmer. The farmers of this country really understand it. They know we had to do something about China, and we’re doing something about China.

With that being said, I think we’re having very good discussions with China. They very much want to make a deal. We’ll see what happens. We had a deal and they decided not to make it. Now, I think they would like to have had that opportunity again, because I think they really would —

Q Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: I think they really missed a great opportunity. I think they feel that they missed a great opportunity. But China very much wants to make a deal. We’re talking to them. We’ll see what happens.

Yeah.

Q Why did you feel the need to get involved in the two congresswomen’s trip to Israel?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m only involved from the standpoint of they are very anti-Jewish and they’re very anti-Israel. I think it’s disgraceful, the things they’ve said. You have lists of — and this isn’t just a one-line mistake; what they’ve said about Israel and Jewish people is a horrible thing. And they’ve become the face of the Democrat Party.

So I did absolutely put out a very strong statement. I think, if you look at their language, if you look at what they’ve said, if I ever said it, it would be a — it would be a horrible — it would be a horrible month, to put it mildly.

So the things that they’ve said — Omar, Tlaib — what they’ve said is disgraceful. So I can’t imagine why Israel would let them in. But if they want to let them in, they can. But I can’t imagine why they would do it.

Q Are you worried that a prolonged trade war with China will pitch the economy into a recession?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I think the longer the trade war goes on, the weaker China gets and the stronger we get. We’re taking in massive amounts of money. Billions and billions of dollars, Steve, as you know. And I think the longer it goes, the stronger we get. I have a feeling it’s going to go fairly short. I think it’s going to be –

China has lost millions of jobs; you saw that reported today. Thousands of companies are closing in China. And I don’t know, you know, maybe they want to do this for a year. They’d love to have somebody like Biden, who doesn’t know what he’s doing. I mean, I just put a clip where he said, “Oh, we want to build up China. We want to build up China.” Well, they gave us a very strong China. China has taken out over $500 billion a year for many years from our country. And that’s not going to happen anymore.

Q Sir, just —

Q How concerned are you — let me just follow up, sorry.

Q Sure. It’s okay.

Q How concerned are you about a violent crackdown by the Chinese in Hong Kong?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I am concerned. I wouldn’t want to see a violent crackdown. I put a little bit of a memo out last night. He’s a man I like a lot. I get along with him very well — President Xi.

And I said that I would be willing to bet that if he sat down with the protesters — a group of representative protesters — I bet he’d work it out in 15 minutes. I bet he’d work it out very quickly. I know it’s not the kind of thing he does, but I think it wouldn’t be a bad idea. I really believe if he sat down — they have a certain little leadership pool. If he sat down with that leadership pool, I’ll bet he’d work something out very quickly.

It really seems like things — it could be worked out pretty easily.

Q Did you speak with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the congresswomen coming?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t want to comment about who I spoke to, but I think my social media statement pretty well speaks for itself. I feel that they are so anti-Israel, so anti-Jewish. Again, if other people made that statement, there would have been hell to pay. So — but I did speak to people over there.

Yeah.

Q Sir, China has said that they want to retaliate, that they’re going to retaliate because of the tariffs increase that you announced. What’s your response to that?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, if they did retaliate — which I don’t think they will do because we’re talking to them and they’re offering things that are very good. I don’t think they’ll retaliate. But if they did, we have the ultimate form of retaliation. I think that they’d have very few jobs left in China, because we’d be able to step it up.

Just so you understand, I’ve been very mild about it. Very, very mild. There’s a long way I can go. And somebody had to take on what was happening with China. We can’t allow China to take, out of our country, $507 billion every year, not including intellectual property theft and so many other things.

So, we’re having very good talks with China. I think things will happen, but we’ll see.

Q If they do retaliate, will you want your team to meet with them in September as planned, or no?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, that’s too — I — look, September, the meeting is still on, as I understand it. But I think, more importantly than September, we’re talking by phone and we’re having very productive talks. They would like to do something, I will tell you that.

And the talk we had a few days ago with my two representatives, nobody knew what was on that talk except for myself, China, and those two people. That was a very good conversation.

Q Do you want Jay Powell to cut interest rates some more?

THE PRESIDENT: Jay Powell should be cutting rates because every country all over the world is cutting, and we want to stay, sort of, even. And I don’t mind if we’re higher — we’re better — we’re a better credit — but we’re way too high. Jay Powell has made a big mistake. He raised them too fast, and he also quantitative tightened. He did quantitative tightening. That was a big mistake — $50 billion a month. And it put us in a position.

And interestingly, even with normalized interest rates, President Obama was paying nothing. And we have a much better economy.

And you have to look at our economy also from the day after my election, because we picked up tremendous steam the day after the election. That’s not attributable to President Obama. They only did that because of us.

So when somebody says “from January 20th,” it’s not from January 20th; it’s from November 9th, the day after the election. We picked up. The fact that I won lifted our economy greatly. And if I didn’t win, it would go down. And, frankly, if, for some reason that happened in the 2020 election, you’ll see this economy go down the tubes. I will tell you that right now.

Q Mr. President, do you have any idea on when China’s going to follow through on their (inaudible) and crack down on fentanyl?

THE PRESIDENT: They want to follow through very quickly. This was part of the conversation that we had. They had a special representative actually come over and talk to us — a different group — and a message to me, a very strong message to me. They want to start doing that very quickly. I’ll be honest, I’m not there yet.

Q Did you — did you tell Israel to —

THE PRESIDENT: It’s not China; I’m not there yet. We’ll see what happens.

I do want to — I really would like to see China, in a humane way, solve the problem in Hong Kong — humanely solve the problem in Hong Kong. And I think they could do it very quickly. You know, I said yesterday: I really have a lot of confidence in President Xi. I know that if he sat down with their representatives, I have no doubt he would solve that problem quickly.

Q In your conversations with people connected to Israel, did you encourage them to reject the (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t encourage or discourage. I think that if Israel allowed them to come in for the normal reasons, other than those reasons, I really believe that it would be a terrible thing for Israel. I think it would show a terrible sign.

They want to do boycotts. They said horrible things about Jewish people. They said horrible things about Israel and Israelis. I think it would be terrible thing, frankly, for Israel to let these two people, who speak so badly about Israel, come in.

And they have become, amazingly, the face of the Democrats. The Democrats don’t want to do anything to condemn them. If they were — if this were 10 years ago, or if this were maybe a different time or different people or whatever, they would be condemned for the things they’ve said. They’ve said some of the worst things I’ve ever heard said about Israel. So how can Israel say, “Oh, welcome”? I don’t think it would be a good thing for Israel.

Q Mr. President, do you think that Steve King needs to resign?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know the situation with Steve King. It looked like — I read a statement that supposedly he made. I haven’t been briefed on it, but certainly it wasn’t a very good statement.

Q So, you’re going to go to the G7 pretty soon, and I think you’re going to meet with Boris Johnson. Are you going to have some sort of declaration about the intent to seal a trade deal with him, with the Britons?

THE PRESIDENT: So, we’re dealing with the UK on trade and a trade deal, and we’re going to have a great deal made. I’ve been dealing with Boris Johnson. I just spoke to him yesterday. I’ll speak to him again. He and I are very much aligned. We feel very good about each other. I think we’ll make a fantastic and big trade deal with the UK.

Actually, we should do much more business than we’re doing with the UK. You know, it’s a — they’re probably — I don’t want to say our “closest,” because I don’t want to insult other people, but certainly — or countries — but certainly they’re one of our closest allies anywhere in the world. And we’re going to have a fantastic relationship with UK. And we’re going to have a great trade deal with UK. And that’s moving along rapidly.

Q Any other goals for the G7, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: I think just relationship. We’ll see what happens. We have a lot of things to discuss, a lot of things to discuss.

Q Is Corey going to announce tonight?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know. Corey Lewandowski, I think, would be terrific if he ran, but I don’t know that he’s going to run. I spoke to him about it a week ago. Frankly, I think it’s something he’d like to do, but I don’t know that he’s going to do it. I think he’d be very good. He loves New Hampshire. He loves our country. If he did it, I think he’d be very formidable.

Q What executive actions are you prepared to take on guns? Executive actions on guns, are you prepared —

THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to look at that very closely, and we’re looking at the whole gun situation.

I do want people to remember the words “mental illness.” These people are mentally ill and nobody talks about that. But these are mentally ill people, and people have to start thinking about it.

I think we have to start building institutions again because, you know, if you look at the ‘60s and ‘70s, so many of these institutions were closed. And the people were just allowed to go onto the streets. And that was a terrible thing for our country. They closed them; cities couldn’t afford them and they closed them. I mean, I can tell you: In New York, they closed a lot of them. And the people went out; they went out onto the streets. And it’s a terrible thing. But a lot of our conversation has to do with the fact that we have to open up institutions. We can’t let these people be on the streets.

So, we have a tremendous crowd in New Hampshire. It’s — all over the place, everybody is saying, “Wow.” Our competitor has virtually no crowd. I don’t know what that means. I assume that’s a poll of some kind. But I think we’re going to do very well in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire should have been won last time, except we had a lot of people come in at the last moment, which was a rather strange situation. Thousands and thousands of people coming in from locations unknown. But I knew where their location was.

Q Where (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT: But I think we’re going to have — I think we’re going to have a tremendous success in New Hampshire. These are great people. And the relationship is very good.

Q Do you still plan to commute the sentence of Blagojevich?

THE PRESIDENT: We’re looking at it. I feel very badly. I think he was very harshly sentenced, but we’re looking at it very strongly. People feel very strongly about that. I floated it and I wanted to see where the Democrats stood, where the Republicans stood.

People feel very strongly about Rod Blagojevich and his sentence. He’s been in there for seven and a half years; that’s a long time. And what he did was terrible, but it’s a long time. It’s a long time.

Q Are you pushing Mitch McConnell on background checks?

THE PRESIDENT: I’ve been dealing with Mitch McConnell. He’s a man who we have had tremendous success with judges and judicial appointments. We’re going to be up to 179 federal judges within the next two months. Nobody would have believed that’s possible. And that was because President Obama was unable to get them completed. So I inherited about 138 empty seats. Nobody can believe it. And we will have them almost all filled with tremendous judges and tremendously talented, smart people. They’ll be filled within two months.

So I have 179 judges and 2 Supreme Court justices. That’s something that nobody would have ever thought possible. I want to thank, very much, President Obama for that.

Q But I was asking about background checks for gun owners, for gun purchasers.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, we do. I’ve been speaking to Mitch about that. I’ve been speaking to everybody about it. And we don’t want to see crazy people owning guns. But I also want to remember that mental illness is something nobody wants to talk about. These people are mentally ill and we have to study that also. Because, you know, it’s them; they pull the trigger. The gun doesn’t pull the trigger. They pull the trigger. So we have to look very seriously at mental illness, and we’re doing that at a level that hasn’t been done before. Okay?

Q (Inaudible) speaking with, Mr. President, besides the Senate Majority Leader and Pat Toomey? Is there anyone else who you’re talking to?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Yeah. I’m speaking to many Republicans. And I’ll tell you, it’s — it’s been pretty — an amazing experience. They want to see something happen. And basically, it’s very simple, they don’t want to have insane people, dangerous people, really bad people having guns. Republicans agree with me on that, I think, you know, I would say, pretty much uniformly.

Q Do you think this will be easy to do when the Senate comes back? Or how (inaudible) —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m afraid that if we came up with a good bill, I think the Democrats then might up it, and then do things that can’t be done and that the public wouldn’t want done. I hope that wouldn’t happen, but that’s happened in the past. You understand.

Q Do you support universal background checks?

THE PRESIDENT: I support strong, meaningful background checks, where people that should not have guns, people that are insane, people that are mentally ill, people that are bad, bad people — like this guy in Philadelphia, who has been arrested numerous times; he’s a bad guy — where people like that would not have guns. And, frankly, people like that should be locked up. He shouldn’t have even been on the streets.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

Q Did you talk to Xi directly? Was that who you talked to in China?

THE PRESIDENT: I will speak to him. We have a call scheduled soon — President Xi. We’ll be speaking to him very soon. I really believe he can work it out. I know him well. If he wants to, he can work that out in a very humane fashion. He can work something that everybody is happy. Thank you.

END 5:23 P.M. EDT

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82 Responses to President Trump Holds Impromptu Presser Departing New Jersey – Video and Transcript…

  1. Skidroe says:

    Trump will go down as the greatest President in the history of our great Country. He has done so much for America! He is truly America First! “You have to vote for me because of your 401K”.

    Liked by 19 people

  2. cliffaheadwolvesbehind says:

    I’m not sure if I’m just hoping for it, but it definitely feels like the press is more respectful when asking questions that a year ago.
    They would never admit it, but even some of them must privately admit, this President offers more access and answers in a more informed honest way than anyone before.

    Liked by 14 people

    • livefreeordieguy says:

      That is a very smart point, cliff. I am loathe to compliment the media hacks — ever — but I think you’re right. Deep down, the media know that President Trump is the most transparent, authentic, informative and entertaining president in modern American history. And deep down, they know that 90% of them will be out of business, in bankruptcy or sold for 5 cents on the dollar (like the Boston Globe and so many others were before) if President Trump is not re-elected. They know the ‘dog and flea’ maxim — if the dog dies, the fleas die with it.

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    • GB Bari says:

      What you are witnessing is Masterful Press Control.

      The President has taught most of these hyenas that stupid questions and disrespectful shouting will earn you zero opportunity to have your questions answered. PDJT appears to have an elephant’s memory for jackazz reporters who insult everyone’s intelligence when they start screeching dumbazz questions with false prefaces.

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  3. A2 says:

    “A confident, cool and assertively diplomatic President Donald Trump…”

    Yes indeed. Something’s up or some things have been resolved. I.’m staying tuned.

    Liked by 19 people

  4. Top_10 says:

    Seriously, he just rocked a dinger on every question these jackals asked. Pretty stunning when you remember this was walking across a lawn on his way to do something else.

    Liked by 13 people

  5. noswamp says:

    Press pool getting more and more to real news questions as opposed to press corp personalities and drama. Trump: keep them on the tarmac and out of the White House briefing room. The briefings are getting more substantive.

    Liked by 11 people

  6. 335blues says:

    America must establish a permanent 25% tariff
    on all goods imported from communist china.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. VinceWhirlwind says:

    “Intellectual Property Theft”. Quote, President Donald J. Trump

    “THEFT!!!!! Xi, he’s calling you A thief! The President of The United States has said openly, you’re a crook!

    Response? Cummon boy, what do you have to say for yourself?

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    • VinceWhirlwind says:

      I’ve flip-flopped many times wrt to China over the years. And I’ve always ended up where Sundance stands according to his post yesterday. “It’s not our issue…leave it alone.”

      My tune is starting to change. Take them on. On every front?

      We moaned because Obama wouldn’t back up the Iranian people’s uprising. Why not Hong Kong?

      Sometimes, a brilliant unexpected move, surprisingly moves the middle game to a glorious endgame. We all want checkmate…admit it. Let’s roll.

      They’re Paper Tigers. Move The Fleet into The Port of Hong Kong.

      Let’s get this over with. It’s either now, or later.

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    • Greeneghis Khan says:

      Two or three times Trump challenged Xi to solve HK humanely by sitting down and talking to a leadership group from the protesters.

      “And I said that I would be willing to bet that if he sat down with the protesters — a group of representative protesters — I bet he’d work it out in 15 minutes. I bet he’d work it out very quickly.”

      On a global stage, how does Xi run roughshod over HK now.
      Just beautiful!

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      • Dutchman says:

        Agree PDJT is handling the HK situation masterfully, ostensibly staying out of it while deploring violence, etc.
        Now, if Xi cracks down violently, without first sitting down with protesters, he looks like a schmuck.

        If he sits down with them, he loses. He once again is screwed either way.

        And, where there IS a direct overlap with HK is this; CCP, XI and China, its a tyranical dictatorship. They CAN NOT allow open rejection if their authority, no authoritarian regime can.

        Its over for CCP rule, if they don’t put an end to the protests, and protesters.
        But,…they can’t.

        Its a lose/lose situation, for Xi and CCP.

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    • Texian says:

      That’s something you don’t have to worry about.. Can’t steal what you don’t have..

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  8. technerd says:

    Limbaugh has an interesting theory that the reason that Trump holds press conferences in this manner is to take the reporters off of TV. With the departure of Sarah Sanders, the WH no longer holds a daily meeting with reporters in the press room. It’s all done by Trump himself on his way to the chopper so the reporters are never seen or heard. No grandstanding for the cameras since cameras are focused on Trump and the questions are mostly drown out by the nearby chopper. That’s why chopper pressers make the best pressers.

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  9. steph_gray says:

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m afraid that if we came up with a good bill, I think the Democrats then might up it, and then do things that can’t be done and that the public wouldn’t want done. I hope that wouldn’t happen, but that’s happened in the past. You understand.

    Oh yes we do, sir! Or at least those of us at CTH who remembered how you worked the DACA issue did.

    Others, unfortunately, doubted you once again and were oh so sure you were ready to throw the 2A out the window.

    Me, my jaw is on the floor on how brilliant this is. Who else would have brought up the decades-old mistake of closing the institutions?

    My guess is that the DementoRats will once again play the pigeon who knocks over the game board, burying forever any question of a federal red flag law, while VSGPDJT gets started on some institution building to attack the mental health crisis. Perhaps with a side dish of attacking the drug-em-early problem.

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  10. mj_inOC says:

    America is blessed.
    President Trump is a sharp, articulate leader.

    Liked by 4 people

  11. MustangBlues says:

    What a leader! His life of business experience and media production, and being an Alpha Male, learned and optimistic, makes a great president. We are very fortunate such an experienced man is filling the biggest job in the world, Pure Champion of America.

    Liked by 9 people

  12. Chilidog says:

    It’s interesting that Trump has been emphasizing that Xi could easily work it out with Hong Kong if he wanted. Trump wants everyone to know that the Hong Kong situation, the trade deal, and the North Korean situation are all choices.

    Liked by 8 people

  13. kddomingue says:

    When sanitariums and mental institutions were shut down, it was touted as being done for humanitarian reasons. I personally think it was done in part because they were not profitable. I don’t understand how is was more humane to turn these mentally ill people out into the street to fend for themselves than it was to keep them confined.

    Liked by 7 people

    • Rynn69 says:

      kddomingue: It is hard to understand. It is very cruel. Many severe cases of mental illness require environments of minimal stimulation and unvarying routine in order to adjust to society and the world. Once again, leftism destroys with their ignorance, virtue signaling, and misplaced compassion. Physicians, psychologists, nurses, and health care personnel are best equipped to deal with mental health than a politician. STAY OUT OF HEALTHCARE.

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    • Chilidog says:

      The constitution requires due process. We don’t suspend the constitution just because one is crazy. You can’t lock someone up if they haven’t committed a crime. It’s not a crime to be mentally ill.

      Liked by 1 person

      • pochas94 says:

        Good point. Along with your rap sheet comes a psyc evaluation.

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      • Peoria Jones says:

        Crapping on public sidewalks is a crime. Maybe not the crime of the century, but it does endanger other citizens. It’s doubtful someone who does that is capable of taking care of themselves without psychiatric intervention.

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      • Bob Fornly says:

        No one is calling it a crime. Helping these people is far more just than letting them fend for themselves. It also has the added benefit of possibly greatly reducing these mass killings that are plaguing society.

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    • trialbytruth says:

      It was an unholy alliance classic liberals, civil rights activists, budget hawks, drug companies, and conservative small government types that thought community mental health would be superior.

      In retrospect I am guessing the classic liberals were already well infiltrated by the Clovis Piven anarchist types.

      At any rate at the time it seemed the logical next step as drug treatment seemed to be making mass institutionalization unnessacery.
      Smaller steps to test the theory would have been wiser but no one listened to me 😒

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    • jebg46 says:

      It has become a huge taboo subject that every city in this country refuses to address. Closing down hundreds of mental health institutions, throwing the patients out to seek help in their home communities was another progressive feel good policy that was done with no preparation. All these communities had no infrastructure to deal with these seriously mentally ill persons. Plus as healthcare was taken over by government, the first departments cut were mental health, decimating the profession.

      Now they’re throwing money everywhere to get a handle on addiction but all the mental health professionals thrown out had to retrain for different types of work. You can’t recreate an entire profession with money. It took over 30 years to wipe it out and college kids with a psychology degree with no place to train can’t fix a broken system. It takes a very long time to rebuild the mental health system.

      I could go on. I grew up with a mentally ill mother and have a daughter who changed careers with dual licenses in mental health, addiction and PSTD. Plus I had a boss who went over the edge with schizophrenia in his late 30s in 1980. It is not a pretty picture. 73 yrs of observation.

      It needs to be shouted from the treetops until the feel good, politically correct, progressives face the reality that we have a massive mental illness problem living on our streets which is in humane and should be considered abusive of the most vulnerable.

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      • Agreed, and the addiction problem is much greater even than organic mental health, imo. Addicted people often want to get off the stuff but can’t afford a six month enrollment in rehab. The aforementioned is the o ly hope, since can’t think their way, alone, out of a chemical imbalance in their own brain.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      I think the ACLU had a hand in there somewhere as well.

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    • Dutchman says:

      The flawed rationale at the time; the institutions WERE, in many cases inhumane.
      But, the people released into society were going to be given ‘better’care, while enabling them to live something closer to ‘normal’ lives.
      Thing is, it requires a LOT of $ to pay for the care, to give the appearance that they are living something closer to a normal life.
      Complicated business.

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  14. Jase says:

    I think it’s brilliant that he has pivoted the ‘gun law’ conversation to it being an issue of mental health.
    The closure of the residential institutions was driven by SJW lefty do-goodies – with a veneer of cost to give them cover.
    As an added benefit, the Left excuse any and all Islamic terrorists by insisting that it is nothing to do with Islam, but is a mental health issue. The President putting the issue front and centre has left them snookered.

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  15. trialbytruth says:

    What a stunning display of jiu-jitsu.

    Guns🙅 no mental illness🙏

    Background checks 🙍 yes crazy people should not be able to buy guns 🙏

    He has tied homelessness mental illness, violence and Cities(democratically controlled) into one package.

    The left will attempt to say that they are not the problem and Trump will force them to defend the undefendable.

    Let see Democrats will say

    Homelessness is not that bad
    That living on the street is a choice
    That mental illness is not that bad
    That violence isn’t that bad in the homeless community.
    That criminallity and mental illness have no relationship.

    Soon they will tell us Trump is treating the mentally ill unfairly by singling them out to not buy guns

    He has one before the battle has started🙏

    Liked by 3 people

  16. MVW says:

    “Q Are you worried that a prolonged trade war with China will pitch the economy into a recession?
    THE PRESIDENT: No, I think the longer the trade war goes on, the weaker China gets and the stronger we get. We’re taking in massive amounts of money. Billions and billions of dollars, Steve, as you know. And I think the longer it goes, the stronger we get. I have a feeling it’s going to go fairly short. I think it’s going to be –
    China has lost millions of jobs; you saw that reported today. Thousands of companies are closing in China. And I don’t know, you know, maybe they want to do this for a year. ”
    ******
    It is astounding that the US has been sacked like Rome for decades, tragic, criminal, with worse treatment around the world, yet, with less harsh treatment, all the so called up and coming economies like China crumble.

    Imagine where we would be today if our so called leaders had looked out for America and Americans like VSGDJT, our POTUS. America has been sacked, but now we are back.

    Socialism, Globalism sucks. & Kochs are duplicitous crooks, look at the ICE raids on their food processing plants. I used to think Kochs cared about America, I was a sucker. Red pilled again.

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  17. TreeClimber says:

    I’m so tired of hearing about the “mentally ill and how they can’t have guns so here’s a bandaid for the issue.” It’s a cultural problem, not a legal or political one, and until it’s addressed culturally it’s not actually going to get better. But we’re still wildly divided on whether it’s okay or not to gruesomely murder babies, which should be a no-brainer, so I have little hope of anything even the slightest bit more complicated being worked out anytime soon.

    And to everyone touting “institutions” – yeah, if done properly, it could help, but when was the last time any of ya heard/read stories of what actually goes on in psych wards? Cruel and unusual punishment is unconstitutional, last I heard.

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    • jebg46 says:

      So maybe these new institutions should do it right. After all there’s plenty written about what was wrong beforethe entire profession was decimated.

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    • But something that puzzles me about the resistance to “background checks” is that as far as I can see they’re actually a rather ordinary thing. Most of the time when you get a job you get checked. Likewise if you want to be a Scoutmaster, a coach or a referee of a school team – pretty much anything that involves kids. And people do this because they have learned the hard way that not every nice-looking person is really a nice person.

      They’ve been doing all of this for years now. Therefore, why is it such a big deal when we’re talking about “an inherently dangerous device?” It makes very good sense to me . . . as a responsible gun owner. It seems to me like a very smart thing to do. Because, after all, “the gun doesn’t care” who’s carrying it. I think we really need to know. And I, for one, could never live with myself if I sold a gun to “just anybody” without knowing a single thing about them or having done an ounce of “due diligence.”

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      • Beau Geste says:

        Our very busy “Mike” (whoever they are) have packed a lot of memes into this post:
        • “Mike” is a “responsible gun owner”.
        • It is “smart” (not dumb like you), so wants to let groups like the SPLC https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-southern-poverty-law-center-has-lost-all-credibility/2018/06/21/22ab7d60-756d-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html?noredirect=on and elizabeth warren, and google determine who is allowed to have 2nd Amendment constitutional rights
        • “Mike” would be personally “ashamed” to sell anything dangerous. Especially if they were “nice looking”. No one who is “bad looking” should have anything dangerous
        • “Mike” is in favor of background checks for the Boy Scouts, coaches, to prevent pervs like gunowners.
        • “Mike” couldn’t “live with himself” (nor could any “smart” person”, you idiots) if he sold a dangerous thing like a Boy Scout knife or a car without bubblewrap, or a hammer or milkshake+cement materials, or even paper bedsheets to Epstein in prison, to “just anybody”. After all, the hammer “doesn’t care” about the 2nd Amendment.
        • “Mike” is so concerned that it “makes sense” to him (as a very concerned good person) for him to do “due diligence” like he was buying a company, to sell anything dangerous to anybody.

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        • Why on earth are you talking about me? That’s really an unkind and inappropriate position to take in any “public place.” Don’t shoot the messenger. Please. You’re of course entitled to disagree however you wish with “what I say,” but please leave me out of it. I’m not a “bot,” and I’m not a provocateur, and it’s quite unprofessional to treat me like one. Thanks in advance.

          Illustration: At a previous job, we interviewed a promising-looking young computer programmer and had recommended him to be hired when they “ran” him and found this: that this very nice-looking kid had two convictions for aggravated assault, one of them occurring at the workplace! :O We were dumbfounded – but, there were the mug shots. He had falsely stated that he had a clean record, and I assure you that all of us suspected nothing.

          So, when I say that I don’t see anything particularly wrong with running at least a basic background check before selling someone a firearm, I’m quite genuine in saying that. When I say that I wouldn’t feel cozy selling someone a firearm without doing something so basic, well, I mean that also. You really can’t “tell by looking” if someone has a past, but it’s fast and easy to do a very basic search of public records.

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      • Bob Fornly says:

        I believe the fear stems from the natural progression that will take place. Namely a national gun registry. If a Federal background check becomes mandatory it will certainly lead to national gun registration. That’s a huge no no. Before they can confiscate all the guns the first need to know who has them.

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    • Bluto Ruffian says:

      Yeah but, NOT having anything to bash is worse than your solution…

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  18. Kent says:

    What is it Sundance says?

    Helicopter pressers are the best pressers?

    True, that…….

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  19. Bill Durham says:

    POTUS—- hi everyone. You can ask me anything, but with the helicopter blades running nobody can hear your questions. So I am just gonna riff on whatever I want. And there is nothing that you can do about it. And the camera Will be on me the whole time. So nobody can act like Acosta and become famous. I am a TV producer. I am 5 steps ahead of you ignorant twats. Nobody can see you and no one can hear your voice. The people Will get my message unfiltered. And I will post this whole presser on the Google machine and on Sundance’s site. And after I am done here, I am going to to have a piece of the most delicious chocolate cake before I hit the weights for my workout. I am the best conditioned president in history. That I can tell you. Nobody has seen a president with my stamina. Sleepy Joe needs TRT therapy. I only sleep 4 hours a night. He needs a nap and a baby bottle. Can someone get me a diet Coke please!!!

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  20. Pa Hermit says:

    Talking about Red Flags makes me very nervous. My main concern is who gets to make the decision to confiscate the guns by red flag? Guilty until proven innocent doesn’t cut it! POTUS is walking a razor thin line here! I’m waiting to see which way he goes on this as it’s something that has the potential to do a lot of damage. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions!

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  21. Bob Fornly says:

    Thank God he wants to bring back mental institutions. That’s the answer, not insane Red Flag gun laws. These so called “ laws” are blatantly unconstitutional, destroy due process & are the opposite of everything this country stands for. Nazi style gun confiscation / Guilty until proven innocent / These red flag laws are something Hitler & Stalin would’ve both loved.

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