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Pool Report #6
S.V. Dáte • The Huffington Post
February 27, 2017: 01:35 PM

Good afternoon,

Here are more details from the 21 minutes of remarks President Trump gave to an assembly of governors in the State Dining Room of the White House this morning.

As mentioned earlier, Trump read from prepared text at times, and spoke extemporaneously at times.

Among the themes:

Streamlining regulations and speeding up approval process for new projects

"We're going to be protecting people environmentally and safety wise, but we're going to be moving it quickly. Very quickly."

Big defense spending increase

"This budget will be a public safety and national security budget ... and will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America."

"We have to start winning wars again. I have to say, when I was young, in high school, and college, everybody used to say we never lost a war. We never lost a war. You remember. Some you were right there with me, and you remember? We never lost a war. America never lost. And, now, we never win a war. We never win. And we don't fight to win."

"The Middle East is far worse than it was 16, 17 years ago. It's not even a contest. So we have spent $6 trillion. We have a hornet's nest. It's a mess, like you've never seen before. We're nowhere."

Slashing spending in other areas

"This defense spending increase will be offset and paid for finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government. We're going to do more with less."

Trump talked about savings he claims to have found in DoD contracts, including, presumably, the F-35 fighter. "We cut the hell out of the prices. I mean, we saved a lot of money. A tremendous amount of money."

"On one plane, on a small order of one plane, I saved $725 million. And I would say, I devoted about, if I added it up, all of the calls? Probably about an hour. So I think that might be my highest and best use."

Getting violent criminals out of the country

Trump said he is increasing spending for law enforcement.

"We will fight violent crime, and we will win. And we're going to win it fairly quickly."

"That's where our focus is. It's the bad ones. We're getting some very, very bad players out of this country. Drug lords, gang members, heads of gangs, killers, murderers. We're getting them out."

"And they are bad. They are rough, and tough, and we're getting them the hell out of our country."

Reducing taxes, and making taxes related to imports and exports more fair

"We're also going to make taxes between countries much more fair. We're one of the only countries in the world that people can sell their product into us and have no tax, no nothing, and they get rich. And yet if you want to do business with them, you'll have taxes I've seen as high as 100 percent."

Infrastructure spending

"We spend $6 trillion in the Middle East, and we have pot holes all over our highways and our roads."

Trump also opined about the terrible condition of the tunnels into New York City, and wondered how many people had been hurt by tiles falling off the ceilings. "It was made many years ago, so it's heavy. Today it's light. It used to be better."

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

"Very complicated issue."

"We have come up with a solution that's really, really, I think very good."

"Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."

"Obamacare has failed."

Trump was wearing a navy suit and bright red tie and spoke from a lectern beneath a portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

The governors were seated at 8 round tables, with 6-7 governors at each, with a few Cabinet members interspersed among them.

Here is the audio from President Trump's remarks to the NGA gathering of governor's earlier:


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