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    Trump Speech Tag

    The American media's obsession with James Comey has distracted them from covering important Trump Administration actions (i.e., the appointment of 11 conservative judges). President Trump has used Twitter and pressers like Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov used dog treats... to evoke a specific response. These diversions keep the "professional journalists" from noticing how rapidly and effectively Obama era policies have been ended. Friday's press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is a great example.

    Donald Trump has laid down the gauntlet, or maybe taken the bait, on key portions of James Comey's Senate testimony. We'll have a transcript and video when available. Here are the key Trump points: Never told Comey to close Flynn investigation, never asked for loyalty pledge, willing to testify under oath. On the issue of whether he has tapes of his conversations with Comey, Trump said he'll let people know in the near future, and the media won't like it - "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry."

    In Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip as president, President Trump delivered a speech on Islamic extremism and the need for the world to unite against and eradicate it.  Trump urged the Muslim-majority countries to "take the lead in combating radicalization" and to expel Islamist extremists from their places of worship, communities, holy lands, and the planet. Some highlights from the full text of President Trump's speech.
    "I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith." "Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world. Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God."

    I can't recall a media feeding frenzy quite like has been directed at Donald Trump. What's remarkable about this frenzy is that it takes place in the absence -- as of now -- of any actual evidence of Trump wrongdoing, much less illegality. More on that later in the post. Sometimes I think it resembles how the media swarmed all over Mitt Romney after Benghazi in September 2012, accusing him of politicizing the deaths of four Americans. The media purpose plainly was to help Obama escape political damage by making the story about Romney. I wrote about it at the time, Dead Ambassador dragged through streets, MSM furious at Romney criticism of Obama:

    Speaking to the 2017 graduating class at Liberty University, President Trump stated:  "In America, we don't worship government, we worship God." A clear rebuke of the regressive left, for whom government is the be all and end all, Trump's statement resonates with American voters who were sickened and disgusted by Obama's "me, me, me" reign in which he frequently bemoaned the fact that he wasn't "emperor" or deeply regretted that he didn't have the totalitarian power of "the president of China." The Washington Post reports:
    In his first commencement address as president, Donald Trump on Saturday drew a parallel between what he faces as a political outsider in Washington and what he said the Christian graduates of Liberty University can expect to encounter in a secular world.

    The "nerd prom" is a hideous display in which journalists mingle with celebrities to pat each other on the backs. Trump, who is constantly feuding with the celebrity journalists, declined to appear, as Professor Jacobson wrote in late February, Trump bows out of White House Correspondents Association “Nerd Prom”:
    The White House Correspondents Association annual dinner is referred to by the members as “Nerd Prom.” Is there possibly a more annoying title in the world? They are not nerds. But they do think of themselves as being smarter than their readers and viewers. It’s a disgusting spectacle of insiders patting insiders on the back, and the in-the-know crowd rubbing of self-important elbows. Inevitably, “conservative” correspondents hoping to be accepted into the fold attend.
    Not only that, Trump decided to counter-program his own 100-day rally to compete for eyeballs and media attention. I wrote about this recently, Trump Expertly Trolls Journalists Over “Nerd Prom” with Competing Rally:

    CNN is upset Trump misled them about his plans to support a pathway to legalisation for DREAMers. Before his Joint Address Tuesday night, Trump met with reporters and talked about the need for "compromise" in the coming immigration legislation. CNN reported Tuesday:
    President Donald Trump wants to pass an immigration reform bill that could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US.

    At the beginning of the primary season, the Huffington Post infamously consigned coverage of Donald Trump's campaign to its entertainment section. So it was striking that on today's Morning Joe, it was HuffPo's Sam Stein who chided his fellow liberals for refusing to acknowledge the obvious: that President Trump gave a good speech last night [see Stein's tweet, below.] Stein's take was echoed across the panel. Mark Halperin called it Trump's best speech ever, an assessment shared by Chris Cillizza. Joe Scarborough, who has been very tough on Stephen Miller, gave him high marks for writing such a good speech. Michael Steele heard echoes of Ronald Reagan. Bob Woodward suggested that Trump commanded the room in ways that even Reagan, Clinton and Obama had not.

    I'll leave the details and the policy prescriptions to others. Here's my quick reaction. Donald Trump's speech to a Joint Session of Congress tonight was enormously impressive and potentially game changing. In big terms, he was both presidential and pugnacious. He started by talking about more work to be done on civil rights, and condemned recent acts of anti-Semitism and hate. While it will not satisfy those who hate him, it set a tone and deflated the attacks on the speech you know already had been written. Bringing victims of crime by illegal immigrants and introducing them was powerful. And introducing the widow of fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens was the most emotional moment I've ever seen in such a speech.

    President Donald Trump presented his agenda in front of Congress on Tuesday night. For the first time since he announced his candidacy, Trump sounded presidential and smooth. Kemberlee reported he will speak about these topics:
    • Tax and regulatory reform
    • Making the workplace better for working parents
    • Obamacare reform
    • Education
    • Rebuilding the military
    • Taking care of veterans

    President Donald Trump came out to the CPAC stage to loud cheers and USA chants. He spoke for almost 45 minutes at CPAC to a full house where he again attacked the press, but also reiterated his campaign promises. "The media didn't think we'd win," he reminded the crowd. "The pundits didn't think we'd win. They all underestimated the power of the people."

    For those who've been subjected to the MSM's cavalcade of criticism of President Trump's press conference of yesterday, some welcome relief from Ann Coulter's corner. On Sean Hannity's radio show yesterday, chatting with witty and insightful guest host Mark Simone, the inimitable Ann offered up these observations:
    • Trump's performance was "magnificent"—Ann could watch it "over and over again."
    • She notes Trump mentioning that CNN is not just all anti-Trump, but "there's so much hatred for me."
    • On courts ruling against exec order: it's as if the New York Times and Salon editors are "running the court system."
    • Ann wants Trump out there more: "a once a week press conference would be fantastic."
    • The left has three responses when they can't answer you. If they absolutely can't call you stupid, they call you crazy, ugly, or they just exclaim 'I can't even.'"
    • Mark Simone adds: "a racist is what a liberal calls you when they're losing the argument."

    On January 20, 2017, at 11:51 am ET, Donald Trump delivered his first speech as American president. With several former presidents -- including the first Black president, Barack Obama -- reportedly squirming uncomfortably behind him, President Trump spoke to the thousands gathered in attendance with these words, delivered the most pro-African American inaugural address in recent history:
    Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

    President-elect Donald J. Trump's inauguration is finally here.  We'll be streaming live coverage and updating throughout the day as events unfold. Highlights that I am eagerly anticipating: 12:00 p.m. (EST):  Vice-president Elect Mike Pence requested that Justice Thomas swear him into office.  This is a hugely historic moment, and I think it will be a wonderful thing to witness.  Pence is also going to use Reagan's Bible for his swearing in; again, an historic choice.

    President-Elect Donald Trump released a video message for Thanksgiving, vowing to heal the wounds of the campaign and for the nation to come together: TRANSCRIPT:
    We are very blessed to call this nation our home. And that is what America is: it is our home. It’s where we raise our families, care for our loved ones, look out for our neighbors, and live out our dreams. It is my prayer, that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by a shared purpose and very, very common resolve. In declaring this national holiday, President Lincoln called upon Americans to speak with “one voice and one heart.” That’s just what we have to do.