WEST WING READS – 10/30/2019

History Will Not Be Kind to Nancy Pelosi


“One way or another, Nancy Pelosi will go down in history. Let’s hope she doesn’t take America with her,” Michael Goodwin writes in the New York Post.
 
Speaker Pelosi’s decision to go all in on impeachment “is a historic mistake, one that could tear America apart. Based on the evidence the House has made public, impeaching Trump is a meritless, reckless assault on democracy.”
 
Goodwin explains that “[Pelosi’s] real problem is that she doesn’t have the goods to justify impeachment under any process. And she won’t, no matter how many witnesses emerge from the bureaucracy to say they were unhappy with the Ukraine call or didn’t agree with Trump’s choices. Policy disagreements and murky arguments won’t lead to a public consensus for removing an elected president.”
 
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“The Trump administration has unveiled a website aimed at helping millions of Americans with substance abuse issues learn about and locate treatment options,” Zeke Miller reports for The Associated Press. The new website, called FindTreatment.gov, “is the latest development in the administration’s effort to address the nation’s opioid crisis.”

“Last weekend the Washington Post changed an appalling headline after readers expressed their disappointment. But the paper’s bizarre obituary for terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may still need a rewrite,” James Freeman writes in The Wall Street Journal. The first paragraph of their story about the dead ISIS leader still stunningly portrays Baghdadi as an “austere religious scholar.”

In The Arizona Republic, Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) writes that she is ready to vote yes on President Trump’s updated NAFTA deal, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement—but can’t do so until House Democrats finally agree to let the bill come to a vote. “It’s not hard to see how much Arizona [and other American] communities, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and business owners stand to gain from Congress finalizing the USMCA.”

In Fox Business, Acting Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Chris Pilkerton writes that President Trump and the SBA are proud “to partner with makerspaces across the country . . . by offering budding entrepreneurs and those looking to enter the workforce with a means to achieve success for themselves, their families and their surrounding communities.”

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RESOLUTE READS – 10/12/2019

White House Press Briefing – 10/12/2019
REAL NEWS PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS
Ukraine Smoke and Mirrors
The Wall Street Journal
“Democrats and the media for three years used a fog of facts and speculation to lull America into forgetting there was never a shred of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. They flooded the zone with another flurry of scattershot claims in their campaign against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Republicans might bear these tactics in mind as they confront the left’s new impeachment push,” Kimberly Strassel writes.

New this week: “Joe Biden worked with whistleblower when he was vice president, officials reveal”

Why Can’t Dems Treat Trump as Fairly as Republicans Did Bill Clinton?
New York Post
“Pelosi’s Democrats are rushing to a final impeachment vote before Thanksgiving. They’re deposing witnesses behind closed doors and denying Republicans fair time to ask questions and the right to call their own witnesses,” the New York Post editorial board writes. “Instead, they’re leaking negative info and withholding favorable facts.”

Official response: Read the White House’s letter to House Democrat leaders.

Border Apprehensions Down for Fourth Consecutive Month
-Fox News
“Border officials apprehended just over 52,000 migrants at the southern border in September—another drop in numbers for the fourth consecutive month,” Adam Shaw reports. In recent months, President Trump has negotiated deals with Mexico and Central American countries to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

 Watch: This is what a real border wall looks like!

Vice President Pence: We Need the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement For Trade
The Arizona Daily Star
“While the last administration saw America lose 200,000 manufacturing jobs, since President Trump’s election, we’ve seen more than half a million manufacturing jobs created all across America,” Vice President Mike Pence writes. Once passed, “USMCA will add more than $68 billion to our economy and create another 176,000 American jobs.”

Democrats are Wrong. Middle-Class Incomes Surging – Thanks to Trump Policies
-Fox News
“Middle-class incomes, after adjusting for inflation, have surged by $5,003 since Donald Trump became president in January 2017,” Steve Moore writes. “In the seven and a half years that Barack Obama was president, and not including the end of the recession, which Obama inherited, incomes inched up by $1,043 (June 2009 – January 2019).”

Melania Trump Breaks Ground on New Tennis Pavilion at White House
-CNN
“First lady Melania Trump announced on Tuesday afternoon that she had—ceremonial shovel in hand—marked the start of construction for a new White House tennis pavilion on the South Lawn,” Kate Bennett reports. “Thank you to all who will help in making this legacy piece possible for future first families,” the First Lady wrote on Twitter.

🎬 ICYMI: First Lady explores the outdoors with Wyoming students

President Trump Keeps Promise to Tame Bureaucracy that Runs Roughshod Over Americans
-Fox News
“When President Trump took office in 2017, he promised the American people that he would clean up Washington’s regulatory overreach. He pledged to make government accountable to the people. And he has made good on his promises by driving the largest deregulation effort since President Reagan took office over 30 years ago,” Acting White House Management and Budget Director Russ Vought writes.

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WEST WING READS – 10/11/2019

White House Press Briefing – 10/11/2019
Ukraine Smoke and Mirrors
“Democrats and the media for three years used a fog of facts and speculation to lull America into forgetting there was never a shred of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. They flooded the zone with another flurry of scattershot claims in their campaign against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Republicans might bear these tactics in mind as they confront the left’s new impeachment push,” Kimberly Strassel writes in The Wall Street Journal.

There are numerous, grave problems with House Democrats’ impeachment push, including the whistleblower’s secondhand information and potentially major conflicts of interest. “But what matters more is the accuracy of the complaint itself,” Strassel says.

“The real news of the past few weeks has been the steady accumulation of evidence that its central claim is totally wrong.”

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“I’ve been in an auto parts factory for 50 years. Times in the U.S. have never been better,” auto parts executive Shahid Khan says. Khan “said the current manufacturing landscape looks a lot different than previous conceptions, giving him confidence in the future of the field,” Kevin Stankiewicz reports for CNBC.
 “Improving access to affordable and high-quality childcare is the mission of the president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump,” Kera Mashek writes for FOX4KC. Yesterday, Ms. Trump hosted a roundtable with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, where she toured the Guadalupe Center childcare facility.

“It shouldn’t be news to anyone that the move by House Democrats to impeach President Trump has never been a serious exercise in loyalty to the Constitution. But it’s nice to see that some liberals are admitting it openly,” Eddie Scarry writes in the Washington Examiner. One example: A New York Times op-ed from yesterday, where Cornell law professor Josh Chafetz blurted out—”perhaps inadvertently”—that impeachment “will have been a waste if it isn’t done before the 2020 election.”

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FROM 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE – 10/09/2019

White House Press Briefing 10/09/2019
The White House • October 9, 2019
President Trump is protecting Americans from Big Government
During the Obama Administration, it became common practice for Federal agencies to target and penalize American families and small businesses. They got away with it by hiding behind vague, often secret interpretations regarding how ordinary citizens should comply with the government’s own maze of bureaucratic regulations.

When President Donald J. Trump took office, he pledged to turn the page on Washington’s regulatory overreach, giving the American people a government that’s finally accountable to its citizens. Building on that promise, the President signed a pair of Executive Orders today to ensure that the abuses that took place under the last Administration can never happen again.

Americans will no longer be kept in the dark.

First, Agencies will have to place their guidance documents on easily searchable public websites, allowing any American access to them. The government will be required to permit citizens to give their input on these guidelines, and they will have the ability to ask agencies to withdraw guidance they believe is wrong. Second, agencies will be strictly prohibited from enforcing rules that have not been made publicly known.

These common-sense changes come alongside the President’s historic efforts to cut burdensome red tape. In his first week in office, he issued a challenge to his Administration: For every new regulation introduced, 2 old ones must be cut.

That goal has been met—to say the least. As of today, the tally is 14 regulations that have been cut for every significant new one implemented. That makes for the largest deregulatory push since Ronald Reagan was President.

Unlike Obama, President Trump is protecting Americans from Big Government.

Acting OMB Director: “Trump Keeps Promise to Tame Bureaucracy That Runs Roughshod Over Americans”President Trump signs ‘game-changing’ trade deal with Japan
During the U.N. General Assembly last month, President Trump continued to fight for fairer trade deals for American workers. The results of that hard work came to light Monday, when the President signed a pair of groundbreaking deals at the White House.

“These two deals represent a tremendous victory for both of our nations,” President Trump said. “They will create countless jobs, expand investment and commerce, reduce our trade deficit very substantially, promote fairness and reciprocity, and unlock the vast opportunities for growth.”

🎬 President Trump: This is a groundbreaking achievement for the U.S. and Japan

America’s farming community is the big winner from the first of Monday’s agreements, which dramatically expands their market access. Before this deal, Japan was already America’s third largest agricultural export market—accounting for $14.1 billion in food and agricultural exports last year. The terms are even better now, as Japan will eliminate or reduce tariffs on approximately $7.2 billion in U.S. agricultural goods.

Once the agreement goes into effect, more than 90 percent of American agricultural imports into Japan will be duty free or receive preferential tariff access.

“In the United States, these deals are a game-changer for our farmers and our ranchers . . . [they] will now be able to compete fairly in Japan against major competitors worldwide,” the President said.

The second deal signed on Monday focuses on digital trade, setting the same “gold standard” digital trade rules that are found in the President’s landmark United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). Vital online commerce will now be expanded, which brings a significant boost to the already roughly $40 billion worth of digital trade between America and Japan. It ensures America will remain a global leader in digital.

The President’s deal with Japan is a win for American farmers and businesses.
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U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Shinsuke Sugiyama display their signatures after signing the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement | October 7, 2019

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FROM 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE-10/08/2019

White House Press Release 10/08/2019
The White House • October 8, 2019
Read the White House’s official response to Speaker Pelosi and Democrat leaders
This evening, the White House sent an eight-page letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrat leaders, responding to the unprecedented, unconstitutional “impeachment inquiry” launched against President Donald J. Trump.

The letter, written by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, lays out how Democrat leaders designed a politically motivated inquiry that violates the constitutionally mandated due process protections:
  You have denied the President the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other basic rights guaranteed to all Americans. You have conducted your proceedings in secret. You have violated civil liberties and the separation of powers by threatening Executive Branch officials, claiming that you will seek to punish those who exercise fundamental constitutional rights and prerogatives. All of this violates the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent. Never before in our history has the House of Representatives—under the control of either political party—taken the American people down the dangerous path you seem determined to pursue. 
The facts are clear. The House Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry,” undertaken without a single vote of authorization by the full House—an astonishing breach of precedent—is constitutionally invalid and violates both basic due process rights and the separation of powers. By the admission of its own advocates in Congress, it plainly seeks to reverse the election of 2016 and to influence the election of 2020. Not only is there no legitimate basis for the inquiry, but the committees’ actions in pursuing it themselves raise serious questions that demand full transparency with the American people.  

Read the White House’s full response to Speaker Pelosi and Democrat leaders.How President Trump is securing our border—without Congress’ help
At a White House briefing today, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan announced the fourth straight month of a sharp decline in illegal immigrant apprehensions along America’s southwest border.

In September, just over 52,000 apprehensions occurred—a stunning improvement from the 144,000 in May.

 Acting Commissioner Morgan: The President’s actions are working.

How did this happen? It’s not because Congress finally stepped up after decades of broken promises and inaction. Instead, President Trump combined stricter enforcement of long-neglected laws with tough negotiations between the United States and its neighbors to the south. Today, for example, Mexico is helping to address the flow of illegal caravans that had been marching unimpeded through Mexico to the U.S. border. 

Part of this renewed enforcement, of course, includes building the wall.

The work is far from finished, however. The underlying cause of our country’s immigration crisis—incentives in our laws to circumvent America’s safe, legal, and fair immigration system—are still there. If Congressional Democrats continue to insist on outsourcing control of our borders to criminal smugglers and cartels, both American citizens and migrant families will suffer.

“The bottom line: We still need Congress to pass meaningful legislation to address our broken legal framework when it comes to immigration,” Acting Commissioner Morgan said. “And while Congress has failed to bring a single piece of meaningful legislation to the floor, this President and this Administration is doing exactly what he promised to the American people.”

Watch: The media won’t report it, but our Border Patrol officers are saving lives!

 Mile by mile: We are building the border wall.
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Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
President Trump returns to the White House following his trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center | October 4, 2019

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