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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White House Press Release – 10/10/2019

When President Donald J. Trump promised to build the wall, many Americans didn’t realize the terrible shape our border security infrastructure was in. Politicians from both parties had ignored our southern border for years, failing to give our law enforcement officers the tools they needed to do their jobs safely and effectively.

The old barriers along our southern border were built to defend against vehicle crossings—and not much else. Over the years, many miles had fallen into disrepair.

Under this President, comprehensive technology—including a real barrier that stops all forms of smuggling—will keep America’s borders safe, strong, and secure!

Watch: The men and women of ICE are American patriots.
In photos: Vice President Pence tells Congressional Democrats to put U.S. workers before politics

“Over one year ago, President Trump negotiated the largest trade deal in American history: the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement,” Vice President Mike Pence told a crowd of Iowans yesterday. “I was there all along the way for a lot of the negotiations, and I’ll tell you what: The President drove a hard bargain.”

Iowa is America’s second-largest agricultural exporting state, producing more than $10.3 billion in these goods each year. When Congress finally passes USMCA, these numbers will get even bigger, expanding opportunity for workers in America’s heartland.

So what’s the holdup? As usual, it comes down to one group. More specifically, it comes down to one person: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Her refusal to bring this trade deal to the House floor for a vote boils down to nothing more than petty, partisan politics.

“The truth is—and we all know it—Democrats have been spending all their time on endless investigations and a partisan impeachment,” the Vice President said.

But enough is enough. The American people deserve better.” 

USMCA replaces and updates NAFTA, accomplishing many goals that Democrats claimed to support for years. It gives American workers a better deal, strengthening labor provisions with Mexico and Canada from the voluntary terms that NAFTA set. It also does a much better job protecting our environment than the outdated deal it replaces.

Congressional Democrats have had a problem keeping their promises to voters. First, they said they would secure our borders better than President Trump could. They didn’t. Then they said they would level the playing field for American workers by addressing NAFTA’s flaws that put corporate profits over people. They haven’t.

“I’ll make you a promise,” Vice President Pence said. “Whatever the Democrats in Congress choose to spend their time on, President Trump and I are never going to stop fighting for you and the agenda that Iowa voted for in 2016. Count on it.”

In photos: Vice President Pence fights for USMCA in Iowa.

Grassley and Brady: “It’s time for Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement”
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First Lady Melania Trump participates in a listening session on the impact of youth vaping with teens from the Truth Initiative in the Blue Room of the White House 
October 9, 2019

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ITEM #1:House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff can’t seem to keep his story straight regarding his office’s early contact with the “whistleblower” in the Ukraine saga. Via Fox News:
“The whistleblower’s contact with Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff’s staff before filing the complaint in mid-August has prompted renewed scrutiny of Schiff.
“The top Democrat previously said ‘we have not spoken directly to the whistleblower,’ but his office later revised the claim, saying that Schiff himself ‘does not know the identity of the whistleblower, and has not met with or spoken with the whistleblower or their counsel’ for any reason.”
Read more here. It’s becoming more and more clear every day that House Democrats’ impeachment efforts are nothing more than a politically motivated witch-hunt against President Trump.
ITEM #2:Which serves as a valuable reminder: The deep-state CIA operative who filed the complaint about President Trump’s phone call with the new Ukrainian president in August isn’t a “whistle-blower” — he’s a leaker.
The true whistle-blower is President Trump himself, who’s been blowing the whistle and exposing D.C. corruption for the past three years. 
And you can’t expect those responsible for the corruption to go quietly; they’re going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming from inside the Beltway.
ITEM #3:Now that it’s been revealed that the leaker who filed the complaint hid his relationship with Schiff — who is essentially leading an effort to undo the 2016 election via impeachment — the leaker himself may now be subject to prosecution.
Jared Harris of Western Journal“According to 18 U.S. Code § 1001, anyone who ‘falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact’ might be guilty of making a false statement.”  Which would be a felony. 
But don’t hold your breath waiting for charges to be filed. Anyone helping to oust the President from the Oval Office will not only enjoy immunity from congressional Democrats, but will be lionized by them and their media allies.
ITEM #4: Let’s not lose sight of this crucial truth: Asking Ukraine’s new president to look into what Joe Biden and his son might have been involved in is NOT an impeachable offense.
Vice President Mike Pence nailed it last week in noting that “the American people have the right to know” if former Vice President Biden “or his family profited from his position” as Obama’s second-in-command.
It’s obvious to anyone not suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome that Biden’s son, Hunter, was “selling influence.” There’s no other reason for someone with no background in energy issues or Ukraine to be paid $50,000 per month by a Ukrainian energy company.
ITEM #5:The push to impeach President Trump has been a nakedly partisan ploy from the get-go — a textbook example of a punishment in desperate, fruitless search of any actual wrongdoing. So as this all continues to unfold, it’s been refreshing in recent days to see a number of more serious thinkers incisively tear the case apart.
Renowned scholar John G. Malcolm, writing for the Federalist Society, helpfully reminds us that, “The impeachment process is not intended to serve as a partisan political weapon. … Its purpose is to address serious misconduct, not to settle policy disputes.”
Former U.S. Attorney General (and former federal judge) Michael Mukasey, when asked whether what President Trump did breaks any law, bluntly said: “No.
And lawyer/scholar Alan Dershowitz (a long-time prominent Democrat, by the way), stated recently that, “There are no impeachable offenses. The Constitution is very clear that you need bribery, treason, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Not that Democrats will care about any of those facts in the slightest.
ITEM #6: And right on cue, Nevada’s Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have all lined up for impeachment: Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steve Horsford.
Titus and Horsford, who represent districts favorable to Democrats, have always been unapologetic partisans. But Lee, who represents the competitive 3rd congressional district, promised to be different.
“The dysfunction and gridlock in Washington has been making it harder for Nevada families to get ahead,” Lee declared on her campaign website. “I know that our leaders in Washington should work together to find real solutions to problems in our community … and it’s why I’m running for Congress.”
No wonder voters no longer trust what politicians say on the campaign trail.
ITEM #7:The Speech Police in New York City have announced a $250,000 fine for calling an illegal alien an “illegal alien,” contrary to the constitutional protection of free speech.
“People have a right to point out that illegal aliens are illegal aliens,” Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Victor Joecks notes in response to the new dictat by the city’s Commission on Human Rights.  “It’s an accurate description of some people’s immigration status.”
Interesting that Democrats trying to impeach President Trump continue to declare that “no one is above the law,” while refusing to acknowledge, prosecute and deport illegal aliens who … broke the law. 
Some people, apparently, ARE more equal than others.
ITEM #8: The NFL has fined New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis $7,000 for wearing a headband under his helmet which simply read, “Man of God.”
“Of course you don’t want to be fined,” Demario said of the penalty. “Nobody wants to lose money.  But I think any time that the conversation about God is brought up, especially in these times, I think it’s always a positive.”
Is it only a matter of time before the NFL outlaws the “Hail Mary” pass?
“The reason there is so much animosity against Trump is that he represents a massive disruption to the business model of Washington, which is — you come in, you are a powerful and respected person, your family is accepted, and you can do favors for your friends and supporters, can arrive from a moderate income lifestyle, leave rich, and then obtain a high paying job. Trump is an outsider (who is already rich) and is considered by insiders (Democrats and many Republicans) as a major risk to blowing up this comfortable lifestyle.”
– Best-selling author Peter Schweizer, “Secret Empires; how the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends”
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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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Yesterday, I had the honor of visiting the Oval Office, where President Donald Trump presented Edwin Meese III with the nation’s highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Meese, who served as U.S. Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan, has long been one of my greatest heroes in public life. And it was an incredible experience to join him, the President, and so many giants of American conservatism yesterday for this historic day.

Debra Saunders has a great write-up of the ceremony in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which I encourage you to read here. Saunders quotes President Trump, who said of Meese:
“Perhaps Ed’s greatest contribution to American law has been his unwavering advocacy for the legal principle that judges must adhere to the original meaning of the Constitution, setting aside their own personal and political views.”
Saunders also includes some wonderful anecdotes from my fond encounters with Meese:

“Laxalt told the Review-Journal that Meese once told him that Reagan wanted to appoint his grandfather, the late Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nevada, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Laxalt demurred, but he agreed to tour the Supreme Court with Meese.”
I’ve always had so much admiration for Ed Meese, who truly belongs on the Mount Rushmore of the conservative legal pantheon.

He helped start the great debate in the mid-1980’s. This debate he courageously led was about returning to the original understanding of how to interpret our Constitution. He also pushed for Judges that would not make law or rewrite the Constitution from the bench.
This along with a conscientious approach to nominating federal judges is often seen as one of President Reagan’s enduring legacies. Meese was often the architect and implementer of Reagan’s vision, and judicial nominations were certainly no exception.

Meese was often said to be Reagan’s most trusted advisor and the person Reagan said he would always turn to first in a crisis. Meese was certainly the kind of man with whom you wanted to be alongside in a foxhole. Thank God Reagan found him in 1967. And indeed Meese praised God at his award ceremony for the chance to have a role in the Reagan revolution and in defending our fundamental principles for over five decades since that chance meeting.

Thank you to President Trump for recognizing this incredible public servant and defender of freedom. His lifetime commitment to the principles that maximize freedom in our great country are more than worthy of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It was an honor to join him yesterday, and an experience I’ll never forget.

For Nevada,
Adam Laxalt
Morning in Nevada PAC
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