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Point By Point Summary Of Trump's July 14th Rose Garden Campaign Speech

Mike's Fact-Checking Analysis Of Trump's Rambling Address To America

Text of President Trump's "speech" comes directly from the WhiteHouse.gov website ... these are HIS words - or words written for him - in the left-hand column below.  Comments in the right column were organized by Mike 2020. 

Typically U.S. Presidents have declined to indulge in overt campaign rhetoric or mud-slinging at rivals from the White House or during official business trips.  That is, until Donald Trump slithered into the White House and proceeded to break all the rules, blowing away official protocol and norms.

It's just one more reason why he needs to be removed from office, and why Republicans must share the blame for allowing it to happen.

Donald Trump's actual campaign speech (from the Rose Garden?) Mike's fact-checking & commentary
Rose Garden - 5:29 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. Please. I hope it’s not too hot. But it’s pretty warm. Thank you. So, we’ve had a big day in the stock market. Things are coming back, and they’re coming back very rapidly — a lot sooner than people thought. People are feeling good about our country. People are feeling good about therapeutics and possible vaccines. But we’re going to go over quite a bit, and maybe at the end, we’ll take some questions if we have time, if it’s not too hot.

Mister President: that's just more, sickening, political "happy talk".  The stock market tanked in March 2020 - Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 36.8% on 03.23.20 ... it slowly rebounded over the next several months; since May the market has gone flat ... the closing bell on the revised individual income tax deadline Wed 07.15.20, still down 8.6% from it's previous high in Feb.

People are largely feeling SICK about what's happening to this country.

Today, I signed legislation and an executive order to hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which I signed this afternoon, passed unanimously through Congress. This law gives my administration powerful new tools to hold responsible the individuals and the entities involved in extinguishing Hong Kong’s freedom. We’ve all watched what happened. Not a good situation. Their freedom has been taken away. Their rights have been taken away. And with it, goes Hong Kong, in my opinion, because it will no longer be able to compete with free markets. The Executive Order regarding China was meant to be the purpose of the Rose Garden gathering and was a news item. In May Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he certified to Congress that Hong Kong no longer enjoys a high degree of autonomy from China -- a decision that would result in the loss of Hong Kong's special trading status with the US.  As readers can see in the text below, Mr. Trump barely mentioned Hong Kong ... though he does rag on China frequently throughout the hour long campaign rally.
A lot of people will be leaving Hong Kong, I suspect. And we’re going to do a lot more business because of it, because we just lost one competitor. That’s the way it is. We lost a very, very serious competitor. A competitor that we incentivized to take a lot of business and do well. And we gave them a lot of business by doing what we did. We gave them things that nobody else had the right to do, and that gave them a big edge over other markets. And because of that edge, they’ve done really historic business, tremendous business — far bigger than anybody would have thought, years ago, when we did this gift. It was really a gift to freedom. Ok, who's having a tough time following the Donald here?  Why be so freaking vague?  The president normally loves to talk tough ... what's going on here?
Today, I also signed an executive order ending U.S. preferential treatment for Hong Kong. Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China: no special privileges, no special economic treatment, and no export of sensitive technologies. Sounds like the people who live in Hong Kong will be the folks suffering.
In addition to that, as you know, we’re placing massive tariffs and have placed very large tariffs on China — first time that’s ever happened to China. Billions of dollars have been paid to the United States, of which I’ve given quite a bit to the farmers and ranchers for our country because they were targeted. And that’s been going on for three years. It’s the first time anybody’s ever done anything like that. Contrary to Trump's continued insistence that tariffs are good for punishing China for their trade practices, it is the American consumer who is actually paying the tax.  Farm subsidies Trump mentions only partially aided the failing farmer caught in the middle of the president's dangerous trade war.  The soybean crop lost 30% to 40% of its value during the trade war.  Thanks, Donald.
And prior to the plague pouring in from China, they were having the worst year, you know, in 67 years. And I don’t want them to have a bad year; I want them to have a good year, but they were taking advantage of the United States for many, many years, and that’s stopping. Fortune magazine: "Economists upgraded their forecasts for China’s economic growth this quarter ... signaling more optimism ... for a gradual recovery. GDP will expand at 1.5% in 2Q from a year earlier ... economists also dialed up their full-year growth projection to 1.8% from 1.7%."
But then they — then the virus came in, and the world is a different place. But we’re now getting back, and one of the reasons the market is doing so — it’s almost at the point that it was at prior to the plague. Almost. We’re getting very close. It’s a great thing. It’s an amazing thing, what our people have done and what they’ve endured. 140,185 deaths as of 07/15/20 in the USA.  Most of these could have been avoided had the Trump administration acted responsibly. [link to data]
No administration has been tougher on China than this administration. We imposed historic tariffs. We stood up to China’s intellectual property theft, at a level that nobody has ever come close. We confronted untrustworthy Chinese technology and telecom providers. We convinced many countries — many countries — and I did this myself, for the most part — not to use Huawei because we think it’s an unsafe security risk. It’s a big security risk. I talked many countries out of using it. If they want to do business with us, they can’t use it.  Just today, I believe that UK announced that they’re not going to be using it. And that was up in the air for a long time, but they’ve decided. And you look at Italy; you look at many other countries. Actually, much of that is false or misleading. The Obama administration NSA staff investigated Chinese companies, including Huawei, that act as extensions of the country’s government, according to the people familiar with the investigation [as reported 2014...more than 2-yrs before Trump was even a candidate].  

Granted, the Trump administration has done a nice job continuing deep investigations that began during the Obama administration.

We withdrew from the Chinese-dominated WHO, and we fully rebuilt the United States Military. The WHO — World Health Organization — we were paying close to $500 million a year. China was paying $39 million a year. And China had too much say. They worked it very hard, which is a bad thing done by our past administrations. But we were tough, and we were saying — I was asking — I said, “Why are we paying so much more than China?” China has 1.4 billion people; we have 325- — probably 325 million, approximately. Nobody can give the exact count. We’re trying to get an exact count. But you have, over the years, many illegals who have come into the country, so it depends on how you want to count it. But you could say 325- to 350 million people, as opposed to 1.4 billion people. FALSE  Fact: 2019, China contributed $86 million to WHO — $75.8 million in assessed contributions and $10.2 million in voluntary contributions [data source].  While that is much less than US contributed, if Trump wanted to negotiate for more Chinese funding, fine ... go for it big boy.  But, it's a mistake for the self-proclaimed "genius" of negotiation to simply walk away from the WHO in the middle of a global pandemic.

RE: the president's inability to identify the population in the US is complicated by his own meddling in the 2020 census currently underway. (Just a thought: why not use this opportunity to encourage people to participate in the census process?) 

And the World Trade — World Trade is terrible. That deal is terrible. And the World Health is a terrible deal. We’ve been very tough on the World Trade Organization, and we’ve been, I guess, as tough as you can get on World Health. We withdrew our money. We told them we’re getting out. It doesn’t mean that someday we won’t go back in. Maybe we will, when it’s correctly run. But they made a lot of bad predictions, and they said a lot of bad things about what to do and how to do it. And they turned out to be wrong, and they were really a puppet of China. So now Trump's bitching about the World Trade Organization or the World Health Organization?  Was this a slip-of-the-tongue when he confused the WTO with the WHO?  ... which he tried to muddle through. 

  

And make no mistake: We hold China fully responsible for concealing the virus and unleashing it upon the world. They could’ve stopped it. They should’ve stopped it. It would’ve been very easy to do at the source when it happened. Was China concealing the virus or just trying to figure it out themselves?  Trump has no proof China was concealing anything ... just more of his famous hunches and penchant for blaming someone.  Easy to stop?  Then why has the US failed so miserably in "stopping" it?
In contrast, Joe Biden’s entire career has been a gift to the Chinese Communist Party and to the calamity of — of errors that they’ve made. They made so many errors. And it’s been devastating for the American worker. China has taken out hundreds of billions of dollars a year from our country. And we rebuilt China. I give them all the credit in the world. I don’t give the credit for the people that used to stand here, because they allowed this to happen where hundreds of billions of dollars were taken out of the United States Treasury in order to rebuild China. Huh?  This is the beginning of Trump's vague, non-specific rants against his likely opponent in the November general election.  Count for us, please the number of times during the rest of the "speech" that the Donald attempts to smear Joe Biden*.

Overall, I don't have a problem with reducing our dependence on China or any foreign country - and fully support the idea of making more stuff here in America ... and have urged for decades that people should buy American!

There’s no company and no country in the world — no country in the world has ever ripped off the United States like the incredible job that they did on this country and the people that ran it. Possibly, it’s one of the reasons — certainly, it’s one of the very big reasons — trade and things related to trade — that I got elected in the first place. I’ve been talking about it for a long time, along with many other subjects, frankly. Negotiations over trade policies and reducing intellectual property theft makes sense - tariffs do not.
Joe Biden supported China’s entry into the World Trade Organization — one of the greatest geopolitical and economic disasters in world history. If you look at China, if you look at the moment they joined the World Trade, they were flat lining for years and years and years and decades. And then, all of a sudden, they joined the World Trade Organization, and they went like a rocket ship. They were given all sorts of advantages. They were considered a developing country. As a developing country, they got tremendous advantages over the United States and other countries. And they took advantage of those advantages, and — and then some.  Trump's historical recall is once again selective, and lacking. Congress passed a bill in 2000 when Bill Clinton was president, and the support of the legislation was largely Republican: "... 237 to 197, lawmakers voted to give Beijing permanent normal trading privileges after months of fierce lobbying that pitted business against organized labor. A larger-than-expected Republican majority delivered President Clinton's top remaining legislative priority: three out of four Republicans voted in favor; two out of three Democrats voted against," reported the NY Times.
Biden personally led the effort to give China permanent, most-favored nation status, which is a tremendous advantage for a country to have. Few countries have it. But the United States doesn’t have it. Never did. Probably never even asked for it, because they didn’t know what they were doing. FALSE    Actually, Donald, the United States has reciprocal most-favored-nation status with all WTO members. [source]
As Vice President, Biden was a leading advocate of the Paris Climate Accord, which was unbelievably expensive to our country. It would’ve crushed American manufacturers while allowing China to pollute — pollute the atmosphere with impunity. Yet one more gift from Biden to the Chinese Communist Party. News flash, Donald: it wasn't just the former VP ... 71% of Americans disagreed with the decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord ... and that included 57% of Republicans.  'tis funny hearing "clean coal" Trump scolding China for their pollution.
They took all of the advantage away from us. They took everything away. They don’t have oil. We would’ve had to close up tremendous amounts of our energy to qualify, eventually, not too far into the future. We would’ve had to do things that would have been unbelievably destructive to our country, including the possible closing of 25 percent of our businesses. Think of that. And it was going to cost us hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars for the privilege of being involved in the Paris Climate Accord. While the administration issued their formal intent to withdraw, the agreement stipulates it takes a period of 12-months before the withdrawal to be in effect, so the Accord is actually still fully in effect until November 4, 2020, the day after our next general election.  (Via Executive Order, Biden can simply cancel Trump's withdrawal.)

And where on Earth does this scare-tactic reference to closing 25% of American businesses come from?  Give a source, Donald.

And you just have to look at what took place this year in Paris and France, where money was being sent to countries all over the world, and the people of France didn’t want to take it, and they didn’t, and they did a lot of rioting. They had their taxes raised. We would have had to raise our taxes. And it was a disaster. I’ve been given a lot of credit for what I did there. It took a certain amount of courage, I guess, because it sounds so nice — the Paris Climate Accord — but it wasn’t good for us at all. Huh?  What the heck is that rant about?  What money, what riots?  What taxes?

Credit?  Get real ... see the news flash above Mr. President ... the vast majority of Americans are pissed, our allies are pissed.  Hell, even the coal industry is pissed.

America lost nearly 10,000 factories while Joe Biden was Vice President. Think of that: 10,000 factories. He wrote something today, and he made a statement today that I wrote down. It’s pretty accurate. So, dear reader, now many "Biden" references have you counted so far?  And tell me with a straight face, is this not sounding like the President is losing his grip on reality?  A little bit whacky?  (Uh, yep.)
So Biden was here for 47 years. Eight years — the last eight years, not long ago — as Vice President, he said, “One in five miles of our highways are still in poor condition.” Well, we’re doing a good job in highways, but why didn’t he fix them three years ago? Why didn’t he fix them? Double Falsehood -  a) specifically what has the Trump administration done with highways or any infrastructure project?  b) as the Trump administration has discovered, spending bills to fix things like roads & bridges require funding ... which requires legislation from Congress.
“Tens of thousands of bridges are in disrepair and on the verge of collapse.” Well, it’s probably not a right number, but we have bridges that should have been fixed. Why didn’t he fix them? He was there for eight years with President Obama. Why didn’t they fix them? Tens of thousands of bridges. This is what he wrote: “High-speed broadband. We want high-speed…” Well why didn’t he get it? Three years ago — it’s not a long time. After Barack Obama was elected the leading Republicans met on his inauguration eve in '09 and vowed to make Obama a one-term president ... and refused to support anything he was in favor of.  Obama opted to focus initially on health care and even permitted Republicans to water-down parts of the Affordable Care Act in an attempt to gain some bi-partisan support, which never happened ... and Republicans blocked virtually all legislation thereafter.     
And he didn’t do any of the things, but now he says he’s going to be President, and, as President, he’s going to do all the things that he didn’t do. He never did — never did anything, except make very bad decisions, especially on foreign policy. Speaking of doing nothing, how's the Trump "Infrastructure" plan working out?  (LOL)
So Joe Biden and President Obama freely allowed China to pillage our factories, plunder our communities, and steal our most precious secrets. And I’ve stopped it largely, but I’ve stopped it. And it wasn’t easy, because you talk about a certain power of the telephone and the calls, where they would call and say, “No, we don’t want to do that.” And other countries would call on behalf of China. But I did it. I did what has to be done. And you just take a look at what’s gone on. And take a look at the kind of — at the numbers where they devalued their currency in order to pay the tariffs. You've stopped the Chinese from stealing American secrets.  How?  When?

Since you are ignoring the fact that American taxpayers pay for these tariffs (not the Chinese thru currency manipulation) one can only assume you are knowingly lying to your base, and they are stupid enough to believe you.  Shameful.

Now the Democrat Party is calling for defunding of our military. Think of that: defunding. They want to defund our military when China is building a massive military. They’re building a massive military, and Biden wants to defund our military. And the world needs American strength right now more than ever, and we’ve got it. Balderdash.  Even ForeignPolicy.com (online magazine) acknowledges that meme is nonsense. "Defund the military has, it’s true, largely been abandoned as a high-profile strategy by both mainstream Democrats and the anti-war left." 
We’ve — we’ve got now, soon — as it — all this equipment comes in, all made in the USA — we’ve got the newest, most incredible weapons anywhere in the world. We have the best tanks, the best ships, the best missiles, rockets. We have the best of everything. We have the best fighter jets — the F-35, the F-18. All of these assets are being built. Tankers — incredible tankers. Bombers. Hope we don’t have to use them, but we have the most incredible military. Trump's trying to do a bit of name dropping here assuming his base has amnesia.  The first flights of the F-35 "stealth fighter" was in 2006. The F-18 Hornet has been in production since 1974. Most Americans, including myself, value a strong military. But it seems the Donald likes the trappings of military: the Soviet-style parades, the fly-overs of Blue Angels. But what about reports of bounties paid by Soviets for killing American soldiers, or abandoning allies like the Kurds?  Not so much.
When I came in, the military was totally depleted. It was — it was at a level that was just absolutely incredible. And you know the statements. I made the statements before I told you what generals told me about our military. And I’ll make them again. If somebody needs them, we’ll give them to you. Very well documented. Well, Sir, that is just false and you know it.  Regular followers of this page know how much I hate it when Trump repeats things over, and over that have already proven to be false.  I've covered this point previously: "Trump Keeps Repeating Crap That's Been Proven to be crap Because He Can."  Read it.
As Vice President, Biden opposed tariffs, and he was standing up for China. He didn’t want to do anything to disrupt the relationship with China, even though China was taking us to the cleaners. He opposed my very strict travel ban on Chinese nationals to stop the spread of the China virus. He was totally against it. “Xenophobic,” he called me. “Xenophobic.” A month later, he admitted I was right. false  Most economists are opposed to tariffs.  Read:  "Why Tariffs on Imports Have Been Bad ..."

The Trump Chinese travel ban was ineffective because the virus had already circled the globe ... people were already in the US with the virus at that moment in time.  Read: "Trump’s Travel Restrictions on China Failed To Stop the Spread of Coronavirus"

Fact-checked - Biden did not say Trump's travel ban was "xenophobic."

We would’ve had thousands of people additionally die if we let people come in from heavily-infected China. But we stopped it; we did a travel ban in January. Nancy Pelosi was dancing on the streets of Chinatown in San Francisco a month later, and even later than that, and others too. They all thought what I did was a terrible mistake. false  Fact-checked - "Pelosi traveled to Chinatown on Feb. 24 in an effort to bolster the neighborhood’s restaurants and shops."  Trump's efforts to repeat this even after his mistake has been pointed out to him, classifies this rant as a Trump Lie.
We would have lost — in fact, Dr. Fauci said you would’ve lost thousands of additional people if President Trump had to do that. And I was a crowd of one, because even experts didn’t want to do it. They thought it was a mistake. And then I did Europe when I started seeing what was going on in Italy and Spain and France and other countries in Europe. I did a ban on people coming in from Europe. That would have been disastrous for our country also. false  Trump's penchant for exaggeration is in full view here...he incorrectly says thousands of lives were saved ... in the next paragraph it grows to tens of thousands, then millions, then 2 to 3 million.  Actually, the reverse is true ... the inaction and lack of a national policy is what is costing American lives and the virus is likely spreading beyond our borders to neighboring countries.
And we saved tens of thousands of lives, but we actually saved millions of lives by closing — by closing up, we saved millions, potentially millions of lives. Could be — a number that we’re actually working on — but it could be 2- to 3 million lives. So we’re at 135,000, which is terrible; one is too much. But we would’ve had millions of people dead from this curse that came at us. -- more shameful Trump repetition -- it's a habit of his, to repeat himself. 
But we did what we had to do, and now we’ll put out the flames as it — as it happens. We have to get the schools open. We have to get everything open. A lot of people don’t want to do that for political reasons, not for other reasons. false  "... put out the flames ..."  Exactly what is it this administration doing to "put out the flames"  or "crush the embers"?   These are just words ... there has been no action by this administration that helps mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in America.  None. 
But if we had listened to Joe Biden, hundreds of thousands of additional lives would have been lost. And if you look at the job he did on swine flu — I looked at a poll — they have polls on everything nowadays — and he — they got very bad marks on the job they did on the swine flu, H1N1. He calls it “N1H1.” H1N1. He got very poor marks from Gallup on the job they did on swine flu. And they stopped, very early on, testing. They totally stopped it. They just said, “Stop.” false (in so many ways)
a.  Biden was not in charge of the Obama administration’s handling of the H1N1 pandemic. [fact-checked]
b.  Gallup has gone on record saying "confidence in the 2009 H1N1 response was the second highest, not "one of the worst on record.""
c.  who stopped what testing?  What the ___ are you talking about?
And, frankly, if we didn’t test, you wouldn’t have all the headlines because we’re showing cases. And we have just about the lowest mortality rate. But if we did — think of this: If we didn’t do testing — instead of testing over 40 million people, if we did half the testing, we would have half the cases. If we did another — you cut that in half, we would have, yet again, half of that. House Speaker Pelosi: “Testing, tracing, treatment and social distancing are the only tools we have to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but President Trump orders his Administration to slow down the testing that saves lives,” she said. “The President’s efforts to slow down desperately needed testing to hide the true extent of the virus mean more Americans will lose their lives.  The President is ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to lead.”
But the headlines are always testing. Now, the testing is a good thing, but at the same time, it’s — it’s fodder for the fake news to report cases. So we’re doing 40 million-plus, going to be very close to 45 million people. And when I turn on the news, I see, “cases, cases, cases.” They don’t talk about deaths being cut down to a level that — actually, “tenfold,” they use. I got that from one of the very respected media outlets — “Tenfold.” Cut tenfold. Yes, but they don’t talk about that; they talk about cases. And the cases are created because of the fact that we do tremendous testing. We have the best testing in the world. false - This is another often repeated, often refuted statement Trump makes which proves he ignores the truth.  One can't help but think, like calling the press the "fake news" that he's really just trying to spread disinformation, on purpose.  He's not just wrong ... it's pure evil because it's intentional.
We now make ventilators for the world. We had very few ventilators. There wasn’t one person in any hospital anywhere in this country that needed a ventilator that didn’t get it. And that was because we mobilized to a level — using the Purchasing Act, in some cases — we mobilized to a level that nobody thought possible. False.  General Motors had already begun discussions with Ventec Life Systems and developed plans to convert a vacant plant in Kokomo Indiana before Trump got involved.  GM also developed a 2nd ventilator manufacturing operation with Hamilton Medical which few media outlets have reported ... but you too can read more [link].  
Nothing has happened like that since World War Two. Our task force has done a great job. Mike Pence worked so hard and gets so little credit. Sad to see that, actually. But he works so hard, and gets so little credit. The governors would tell us — we’d be on the phone with 50 different governors; they’d all tell us what a great job — “Great job.” And then they’ll go to the media and say, “Well, they didn’t do such a good job.” Well, we did a great job. False.  Worldwide, the US is #1 in cases, #1 in deaths, and last in implementing a cohesive national strategy for testing, tracing & isolation.  Mike Pence is an national embarrassment.
We made a lot of governors look fantastic. We did in New York — what we did in New York was one of the most incredible things: 2,800 beds in Javits Center, but the governor used very few of them, unfortunately. Then we moved in our great hospital ships — one of our two great. We moved one also to Los Angeles. And we could have used that for our senior citizens. We could have used it for other people. They could have used it instead of sending our seniors back into nursing homes that were infected, where you lost thousands of people. Thousands of people in New York died because of poor management by the governor. And it’s a very sad thing to see and very sad to watch and very sad to look at those statistics. Hospital ships were for patients with ailments OTHER than COVID-19; no seniors were moved into nursing homes (see below), and what the heck is this reference to "thousands of people dying" due to poor management by NY's Governor?
But we have — we have an incredible Javits Center that we built with thousands of beds. I think it was 2,800, all ready to go. And they could have sent people there or they could have sent senior citizens there instead of sending them into the nursing homes. And after all of that work and getting it done, the Army Corps of Engineers — I mean, the job they did was incredible. They built it in a matter of days. Still not sure what his repeated reference here is to "sending them to nursing homes" ... these build-outs were for patients with ailments OTHER than COVID-19. (see below)
When it was all completed — FEMA, everybody was there — doctors. We ended up getting doctors. They said, “We can’t man it.” I said, “So we’ll man it and woman it.” And that’s what we did. We brought in doctors, nurses, everything. We’re all set. We said, “Where are the people?” They didn’t send the people. Very few people came in. They could have sent them into the Javits Center. They could have sent them to the hospital ship, which was virtually unused, but we were there. Actually, that is not true.  The offer to convert Javits Center always included the pledge for medical staffing.  Patients were sparse because of the original plan to not treat COVID-19 patients at these temporary facilities.
By contrast, my administration acted very early to ban travel from China, from Europe, saving all of these lives. Incredible. And I want everyone to know, I want every citizen know that we’re using the full power of the federal government to fight the China virus and to keep our people safe. Mr. President ... you're repeating yourself again ... and, no, your BS about travel bans is not any more true now than it was 10 minutes ago.  Assigning the name "China Virus" simply proves how shallow you really are.
Through Operation Warp Speed, we will deliver a vaccine in record-breaking time. We’re doing very well on the vaccines. We have many, many different vaccines being studied right now, many of which are looking really good. And we’re ready to distribute the vaccine when we get it. We’re all set. Taking a risk — an economic risk of preparing for delivery because we feel very certain it’s going to be there. But logistically, we have our military ready to go. We have generals that that’s all they do is distribute things, and they’re going to be distributing, hopefully, a vaccine or a therapeutic, and it’s coming out really well. And I think you’re going to have some good news very, very quickly having to do with the vaccines. What is with these references to "we"?  Other than mangling the daily virus press briefings for about two months, there is virtually nothing this president has done besides talk. 
We’re also working with many other countries on the vaccine. Many countries are working with us. We’re unleashing our nation’s scientific genius to kill the virus. Given the lack of leadership from the Trump administration, the world has little more than hope that a vaccine is indeed successfully developed.
Joe Biden didn’t just side with China on the virus — he did; he called me, again, “xenophobic.” That’s what he said. You all heard it many times. He described the rise of China as, quote, “a very positive development.” It’s not a positive development — not for us, it’s not. He said that the idea that China is our competition is “really bizarre.” He’s really bizarre. We already covered this rant, Mr. President - your reference is still wrong no matter how many times you knowingly repeat false crap to your base ... which is what's really bizarre.  (Bizarre that anyone outside of your family still supports you.)
He said China is “not a problem.” No, nobody’s ripped us off more than China over the last 25, 30 years. Nobody close. And he says China is “not a problem.”  Now he takes it all back now. Now he wants to be Mr. Tough Guy. But for years — 47 years — he never came out against China, never said anything bad. Just the opposite. When did Biden say that, specifically?  Because the best I can tell, partisans of both stripes are now largely negative toward the superpower.  According to Pew Research both parties have negative opinions (Republicans 72%; Democrats 62%).
His son walked out with $1.5 billion of money to invest, where he’ll make hundreds of thousands of dollars — maybe millions of dollars a year. Walked out with $1.5 billion. I asked one of the biggest people on Wall Street — maybe the biggest — “Is that possible?” He said, “No.” He’s never seen it. They don’t do that. Bunk. PolitiFact says Trump is exaggerating the value of the financial deal Biden has with China, and also fails to mention his own daughter has trademark deals with the Chinese.  PolitiFact also says they found "no evidence that either of the Bidens broke any laws."
But Hunter — where’s Hunter? Where is Hunter, by the way? Hunter Biden walked out with 1.5 billion. In Ukraine, he got $83,000 a month and, I guess, an up-front payment of $3 million. So he went from not having a job to getting $83,000 a month, with a lot of money paid upfront to work for Burisma. And you all know about Burisma, but nothing happens. Nobody cares. And he was unemployed, as you know. He was unfortunately forced to leave the military. He was forced to leave. Didn’t have a job, and all of a sudden, he’s making a fortune. But nobody talks about that. What difference does it make to Trump where Hunter Biden is?  The figure Trump quotes is reportedly exaggerated, and the reason nobody but Trump supporters are talking about it because there is nothing to the story.  But by telling the story the Donald can't resist taking pot-shots about Hunter's military service, and his employment status.  Forget the fact you, Donald, did everything you could to avoid military service. I suppose when you're born with a silver spoon in your mouth you're entitled to attack other people who didn't inherit as much cash.
Indeed, Biden expressed more fawning praise about China on an ordinary day than about America on the Fourth of July. The last Independence Day, Biden attacked the United States and said we had, quote, “never lived up to” the ideals of our fathers, our forefathers, or our Founding Fathers — those founding ideals. And yet, he enthusiastically stated that China is a “great nation” and we should hope for its “continued expansion.” Typical of the Donald to twist Biden's quote and making it sound like something Biden never said.  Specifically Biden said, according to CBS News: Evoking the names of Martin Luther King and George Floyd, Joe Biden said Saturday that the U.S. "never lived up" to its founding principle that "all men are created equal." The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said "we have a chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country.''
Well, we all wish well to China, but what China has unleashed on the world, it’s — it’s hard to even fathom. I see people now, friends of mine — they walk up, they want to say hello, and they have to keep their distance, and they’re all covered up, like you’re all covered up, with facemasks. It’s a different world, but we’re coming out on top. And Trump mentions the mitigation steps to avoid contracting the virus that have proven to be effective, without even addressing it ... right when he had the chance.  But no, he's momentarily confused and just repeating words like a robot.
Biden sides with China over America time and time again. And he said, on the Fourth of July, “American history is no fairy tale.” And yet, blindly celebrates China, saying, “few… nations in history have come so far, so fast.” He’s so proud of them. He’s so proud of them.  Now Joe Biden is pushing a platform that would demolish the U.S. economy — totally demolish it. Unsubstantiated attack comments uttered just to set-up his next point ...
So we built the greatest economy in the history of our country — greatest in the history of the world. That was a few months ago. Best unemployment numbers ever. Best for African American, Asian American, Hispanic American. Best for women. Best for everybody. Best for young people that didn’t have a high school diploma, didn’t have a college diploma. If they had a diploma, they were really in good shape. We built the greatest-ever stock market, highest ever in history. We had 143 days of all-time stock market highs in just less than three and a half years. Trump's "greatest economy in the history of the world" have been refuted countless times but that won't stop him from repeating it.  Besides, specifically what did Trump do to help the economy grow other than promote tax cuts for the wealthy and a series of Executive Orders to neutralize some regulations he views as unfriendly to business? ... like the Clean Water Act.  He inherited 7-consecutive years of monthly job growth ... the economy was recovering nicely already.
And we had to close it down — because we did the right thing by doing that. As I said, we saved millions of lives. But China was saying, “This is incredible what’s going on.” China was, for the first time, respecting the United States. And now they want to do something that’s much different: Joe Biden. And by "closing it down" the administration was supposed to be implementing strategies to help mitigate the virus spread so that we could safely reopen ... but the Donald did nothing March, April ... and then realized how he was tanking in the polls so he was hell-bent on opening by Easter!
So, I’ve watched this and I’ve watched it with great interest. We’re building our economy again. I guess the stock market went up almost 500 points today or something thereabouts. You’ll check. But it was up a lot when I left. And our economy is coming back. We’re almost at a level where — even though it’s long before the very important — maybe the most important ever — election of November 3rd. But long before that — but we’re close to record stock markets again. And Nasdaq hit an all-time high for the 16th time. Think of that: for the 16th time — over the last month or so, for the 16th time. So one of our markets already hit an all-time high. The market is going sideways and has for over a month ... up one day, down the next.

And yes, the November 3rd election is vital ... it'll determine if America will continue to exist and thrive and grow, or to continue to erode & decline and remain divided as it has the past 3-yrs.

Today, Joe Biden gave a speech in which he said that the core of his economic agenda is a hard-left crusade against American energy. He wants to kill American energy. He wants to reenter the unfair, one-sided Paris Climate Accord — which will destroy us — at the expense of many other nations who benefit. It was actually drawn, in my opinion, to take advantage of the United States, just like so many other deals that are done to take advantage of the fools running the United States. But this would do nothing for the environment, but would cripple American industry while greatly helping China. Yep, enjoyed Biden's speech - reminding America what a positive leader looks and sounds like, rather than this Trumpian Rose Garden campaign rant.  Trump's speech illustrates his incompetence - which is why I am thrilled to have the transcript from Trump showing HIS WORDS. 
He wants to impose massive energy taxes and job-crushing mandates to eliminate carbon from the United States economy — let him define the word “carbon,” because he won’t be able to — obliterating American oil, clean coal, natural gas, and the natural energy resources that supply — supply countless American jobs. Global climate change is real and can't be debated in campaign sound-bites.  Glad we are about to have some serious, well thought out discussions based on science.
Joe Biden put AOC, a young woman — not talented, in many ways — in charge of his energy plan and the environment. Essentially, her and Bernie Sanders — who ran a lot of times for President, never made it. Good base, but that’s about it. In other words, he wants to impose the Green New Deal on our country. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is a bright, energetic 1st term Congresswoman from New York City.  Who knows if she'll even be successful in getting re-elected ... we'll see.  While some of her positions are appealing to my ear, some aren't. 
When I first saw the Green New Deal, I thought it was a joke. I said, “This will never go anywhere.” Now they’re trying to impose it. This will destroy our country and make us noncompetitive with other countries. Trump's comments here about AOC & Sanders simply illustrate his evil nature & desire to attack people who simply have opinions that differ from his.
Don’t forget we’re in competition with China, and with many other countries throughout the world. We’re in tremendous economic competition, including Europe, which has never treated us well. The European Union was formed in order to take advantage of the United States. They formed, and they take advantage of the United States. And I know that, and they know I know that, but other Presidents had no idea. Trump's intended message: be afraid, be very afraid.
Last week, Joe Biden released his unity platform, developed with socialist Bernie Sanders, describing what he would do if elected President. The Biden-Sanders agenda is — agenda is the most extreme platform of any major party nominee, by far, in American history. I think it’s worse than, actually, Bernie’s platform; it’s gone so far right. And he’s doing that because he’s begging for their vote. Further right than Bernie???  I think you meant: left, Donald ... but yes, Biden is not as far left as Bernie which is why he's appealing and will hopefully be our next president.
But one of the things I just asked my people to do is just draw up for me, just quickly, some of the things that we’ve been hearing about over the last couple of weeks. And these are actual key elements of the Biden-Sanders unity platform:

Abolish immigration detention. No more detention. You come in here illegally, no more detention.

This is the part of the speech that I thought sounded a bit like goofy Bob Willis western swing stage production.  Bob's band was known as the Texas Playboys & Bob regularly added some falsetto accents to the lyrics during performances. Wills also was fond of gleefully calling-out the names of the musicians as they were featured and, when the spirit moved him, hollered his trademark “ah-ha!”
Stop all deportation. So if we get a MS-13 gang member, which we’ve taken out of our country by the thousands — brought them back to Honduras, Guatemala — can’t do that anymore — El Salvador. Can’t do that anymore. Stop all deportations. So in other words, we’ll take all of these people — many of whom are in prison for rape, murder, lots of other things. Mischaracterization of the Vice President's position; I suspect this entire rant is manufactured by Trump or his campaign speech writers. Biden's website mentions deportation 3 times, and no where is there a position statement that reflects MS13 gang members.  Read it for yourself: https://joebiden.com/immigration/
End prosecution of illegal border crossers. Oh, okay, they come in illegally, and we have to stop the whole process. Manufactured observation - Biden has never said this.
Support the deadly sanctuary cities where many of these people are protected better than the American citizen is protected. Want ICE to have access to someone in jail?  Get a warrant.
Incentivize illegal-alien child smuggling. Give it an incentive. Because if you look at what they’re saying, that’s exactly what they do: incentivize illegal-alien child smuggling. They’re incentivized by what this plan calls for. Total bull-pucky.
Expand asylum for all new illegal aliens. How about that one? All new illegal aliens, expand asylum. Bull-shit.  Mischaracterization of the Vice President's position.
Cancel all asylum cooperation agreements in the Western Hemisphere. Well, we have agreements with Honduras, Guatemala, with El Salvador. We have great agreements, where, when Biden and Obama used to bring killers out, they would say, “Don’t bring them back to our country. We don’t want them.” “Well, we have to.” We don’t want them; they wouldn’t take them. Now, with us, they take them. Someday I’ll tell you why. Someday I’ll tell you why. But they take them, and they take them very gladly. Mischaracterization of the Vice President's position.  Read his position on Central America and show us where he says the crap Trump attributes to Biden in this Rose Garden campaign style speech: https://joebiden.com/centralamerica/
They used to bring them out and they wouldn’t even let the airplanes land if they brought them back by airplanes. They wouldn’t let the buses into their country. They said, “We don’t want them.” I said, “No, but they entered our country illegally.” And they’re murderers; they’re killers, in some cases. And they said, “Nope, we don’t want them.” They’d turn the bus around, they’d turn the plane around, and they’d land in the United States, and who knows what happened to them, but it wasn’t good. It's totally pathetic that any American voter would hear that nonsense and take it seriously ... c'mon people, tell this creepy Trump that he's full of you-know-what and its time for him to just go home to Mar A Lago and start working on his legal defense ... because he will be prosecuted for crimes against humanity - prior to and during his term of ofc.
Taxpayer-funded lawyers will be given to all illegal aliens. So we’re going to pay now for the lawyers’ lobby. And we’re going to give all illegal aliens taxpayer-funded lawyers. How does that sound? Pretty good? In other words: Come in here illegally. We’re going to give you a free legal advice. We’ll take you up to the Supreme Court as much as possible. Oh stop it.  You know that's nonsense.
Abolish immigration enforcement against illegal workers. Think of that: Abolish immigration enforcement. They’re going to abolish immigration enforcement. Well, basically, as you know, what they’re going to do is they’re going to rip down the wall. They’re taking it down. They want to take down the wall, which we fought hard for: up to 259 miles right now of great, powerful wall that’s really working because, if you look at the numbers, in addition to the fact that Mexico, for various reasons, has 27,000 soldiers on our southern border to keep people out of our country — and I appreciate it. Mischaracterization of the Vice President's position.

Trump voters oughta' read: https://joebiden.com/empowerworkers/  (but likely won't 'cuz they're lazy ass conservatives who believe anything they hear on Fox News or worse yet: One America).

We had a great meeting last week with the President of Mexico. Great guy. Friend of mine — become a friend of mine. A lot of people thought that couldn’t happen because we’re very opposite, in terms of our views, maybe even in terms of our temperament. But he’s a great guy, and he’s a friend of mine, and they’ve been terrific. Mexico has been terrific. Twenty-seven thousand soldiers on our border — Mexican soldiers. And we have great, great numbers. ....and your point is?
We got rid of so many different things: Catch and release is gone. So many different things have taken place. We used to catch them, take their name, and release them into our country. We don’t do that anymore. We now release them back where they came from. Sometimes we’ll bring them back to their country. This is really a funny topic because as Vox news reports (https://www.vox.com/2018/4/9/17190090/catch-release-loopholes-border-immigrants-trump): "...those policies can’t be changed by executive fiat — in fact, the memo “ending” “catch and release” actually acknowledges that Trump can’t end it on his own."
Grant work permits for illegal aliens. So if you come in illegally, you get a work permit. People that live here don’t get work permits, in many cases. Provide taxpayer subsidies and welfare for illegal aliens and new immigrants. So we want to provide taxpayer subsidies and welfare for people that come into our country illegally — illegal immigrants. They want government healthcare for all illegal aliens. Here's another great article Trump supporters oughta' read: "Trump lifted the cap on H-2B worker visas. Then his businesses asked for 76 of them."
This is part of their plan. I’m not making this up. This is all down in their plan from last week. And this is good, compared to what I heard today. Actually, you and Steven Miller ARE making this crap up.
Federal Student Aid and free community college for illegal aliens. What do you think about that? Federal Student Aid and free community college. We’re going to have every person in the world pouring into our country from all over the world. And by the way, the wall was so timely, because it stopped people coming in from heavily infected areas of Mexico. If we had that, we would be in trouble like you wouldn’t believe. You wouldn’t believe. What do I think?  I think someone in your sleazy campaign made this up.
And remember, cases is different than deaths. And cases we give you, because our testing is the best in the world. And by the way, by far, the most: 45 million. Find out which country tested 45 million people. If China, if Russia, if India tested 45 million people or if they did tests like we did, check out how many cases they’d have. Whoa...whiplash, here.  You're back ranting about the ineffective Trump administration virus response? Kaiser Health News rates Trump's statement ("we've tested more...") to be "total PANTS ON FIRE wrong".  Read their entire report ... but since we suspect Trump supporters won't here's the main take-away: "the US has tested more people than any other individual country — but nowhere near more than “every country combined” ... regardless, raw test numbers aren’t a meaningful metric in gauging the nation’s coronavirus response. When you factor in population size ... the U.S. still falls short."
But it’s still — we’ve done a great job; get no credit for it. And I don’t want the credit. I want the people that have done this great job — the people that have done such an incredible job on building the ventilators and doing the testing and building a testing platform that’s been amazing. We have many platforms. Many companies have come up with different forms of tests. When we started, there was no such thing. Yep, the companies and the American researchers developing the testing protocols, and making the ventilators are to be congratulated and thanked, but the Trump administration has little to do with their work, their mission, or their success.  General Motors already was working with Ventec to build a product they had never made before, voluntarily, before you threatened them with Defense Production Act.  BTW, Donald, there was no test prior to the pandemic because there was no virus in which to manufacture/develop/create a test (you freaking moron).
Sign new immigrants up for welfare immediately. This is Joe Biden. So they walk off, and they come in, and they put a foot into our land, and we sign up new immigrants up for welfare. We sign them up immediately. They get welfare benefits. United States citizens don’t get what they’re looking to give illegal immigrants. Think of that: sign up — it’s hard to believe I’m even reading that — new immigrants for welfare immediately. Not to mention the cost of this, which is incalculable. The cost of this is so crazy. End requirement for immigrants’ self-sufficiency and maximize their welfare. Now, this is us writing this. Who’s not coming to the United States? Every person from South America is going to pour in and every person from other countries, they’re going to be pouring in. End requirement — think of that — for immigrant self-sufficiency and, remember, to maximize welfare. So we’re giving them maximum. Back to immigration rants?  Ok, but are you sure your supporters are following this disjointed speech?  Anyone who pays attention to what's really going on knows: "Long before Trump became president, immigrants living in the country illegally were generally ineligible for federal public benefits," says PolitiFact ... they also say "Donald Trump didn’t ban welfare for immigrants illegally in the US."
Then, we have massively expand immigration during a global pandemic, taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Wait, I think you misread your speech on the teleprompter ... you're actually saying the Trump administration "massively expanded immigration"?  Have I got that right?
End all travel bans, including from jihadist regions. So now we have travel bans — a lot of you said I didn’t get the travel ban, and you were wrong. We got the travel ban. We lost in the Ninth Circuit, we lost again in the Ninth Circuit, and then we won in the Supreme Court. We have a very strong travel ban. And we don’t want people that are going to come in and blow up our cities, do things. And, frankly, with the — with the liberal Democrats running the cities that we do have, where they do have problems, maybe they wouldn’t mind. But I would mind, and the people of this country mind. Not sure any sane person has advocated that all travel bans end.  I suspect you're conflating issues you confronted early in your administration attempting to ban all Muslims ... with your other racist viewpoints, and the travel bans s'posedly designed to contain the CORONAVIRUS-19 from spreading.  Your base eats that nonsense up.  My friends, who can be a bit crude at times, would prefer to say: "Trump's bitches love that shit."  
So, listen to this: End all travel bans. He’s talking about the ban that I won that everybody said I didn’t win. They said I didn’t win because in the lower court we lost. And we lost in the Appellate Division, and then we won in the Supreme Court. So they said, “He lost.” And they’re right, at the lower level. But, in the meantime, we won in the Supreme Court. So it’s in effect, but they didn’t say that. They said, “He lost,” which again, is fake news, but that’s the way they do it. So, end all travel bans, including from jihadist regions. They specified that. Trying awful hard to brag that you actually prevailed in a court fight.  Regular consumers of news however know the truth ... that you and your side loses the bulk of the cases that involve the crazy stuff you are trying to do & ends up in court. 
Grant mass amnesty. Everybody gets amnesty. Mass amnesty. Think of that. And this says: Create a roadmap to citizenship for massive, massive numbers. And we’re not talking about DACA, because I’m going to take care of DACA much better than the Democrats did. The Democrats had their chance, and they blew it. But we’re going to take care of DACA because I’m going to be doing, in the not-too-distant future, pretty soon I’m going to be signing a new immigration action — very, very big merit-based immigration action that, based on the DACA decision, I’ll be able to do. You're spoken out of both sides of your mouth on DACA.  It's the perfect topic to illustrate your flip-flop tendencies.  An entire PBS Frontline program could be produced covering your varied efforts to squash DACA.  The funny aspect of this is: your own mother was an immigrant, and 2 of your 3 wives were as well.
Vastly expand low-skilled immigration to the United States. So they want a lot of people come in with low skills; I like merit. Think of that: Vastly expand low-skilled immigration to the United States. These are the things that are in the plan. This is Biden. Biden has gone radical left. Increase refugee admissions by 700 percent. Huh. That’s a lot: by 700 percent. Nobody has ever heard of such a thing. Increase refugee admissions by 700 percent. Whoa, another whiplash moment ... I thought you already ragged-on the immigrant worker topic.  And where the f*ck are you coming up with this 700% figure?  A year ago your favorite wing-nut TV news channel, Fox, was saying (also unsubstantiated) the Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren was going to increase refugee admissions by 800%.  Did your campaign staff hire the writer of these fabricated stories?
Abolish law enforcement as we know it. I think the police do an incredible job in this country. And you’re going to have a rogue, terrible cop, on occasion, like you do in any industry, in any business, in any profession. But I think they do an incredible job. Abolish law enforcement as we know it. Not a fan of the "defund police" movement that sprung out of the George Floyd protests ... Joe Biden said he specifically does not support "defunding police" but does support many aspects of the Black Lives Matter movement, as I do.
End cash bail. No bail. Just, we let you right out. Look at what’s happened to New York: Crime is up, shootings are up at numbers that nobody’s ever seen before. Look at Chicago. What a disaster. And we’re waiting for them to call us because we’re all set to go. We have the FBI. We have Homeland Security. We have everybody ready to go. We have the National Guard. They’re all ready to go. End cash bail, releasing dangerous criminals onto our streets. Cash bail. New York just did that. Other places have done it. They haven’t turned out to good. The civil unrest aspect to the pandemic worries me.  Too many mindless people who are out of work have too much time on their hands to protest, and rally for assorted causes.  Had the Trump administration had a better strategy to unite and bring the nation together to combat the virus we likely would be better off, and further along in mitigating the spread like virtually every other country in the world has done.  Calling the virus a hoax, refusing to support wearing masks, and re-opening states too soon are problematic and a result of politicizing the pandemic. (Exceptions: Brazil, Sweden, and the USA.)
Abolish completely the death penalty. And I know there’s a lot of debate on the death penalty, and there has been for a long time, but sometimes you use the death penalty, depending on the crime. You know what happened today with regard to the death penalty. Appoint social justice prosecutors in order to free violent criminals. So, they want to appoint social justice prosecutors to free violent criminals. It's a "states rights" issue ... these days, most of the conservative red states are the regions that support the death penalty.  Statements like "they want to appoint social justice prosecutors to free violent criminals" are part of the problem, Mr. President.
End mandatory minimums. And that’s by empowering judges to determine appropriate sentences by fighting to repeal mandatory minimums at the federal level and give states incentives to repeal their mandatory minimums. We could go on for days. Incentivize prison closure. So they want to close our prisons. They now want to abolish — they want to abolish our police departments. They want to abolish our prisons, I guess. Incentivize jail and prison closures as populations decline. Bipartisan prison reform is helping reduce the excessive number America has put behind bars ... the United States prisoner rate (number of prisoners per 100,000 people) is 737, the highest in the world, followed by Russia at 615, compared to England 146, Canada 114, and Australia 160.
Ensure the resources saved are invested directly into those communities. So they want to close them, rather than have them for some very bad people — people that are not going to behave when they get out. You see that in New York; they allowed a lot of criminals out, and those criminals are causing havoc. And then they got rid of their incredible and legendary crime squad. And bad things are happening in New York. Bad things are happening. I love New York. I hate to see what’s going on. End solitary confinement. Free federal housing for former inmates. So, federal housing now can go to inmates — former inmates. But Mr. President, you used to live in New York - what did you do to help resolve the problem?  Oh, right ... I nearly forgot how you got involved in the "Central Park 5" case ... NBC News reported: "The president, who once called for the five to get the death penalty, offered no apology even though the convictions were vacated."   (Central Park Five were released after serving 13-yrs in prison ... when their innocence was proven.)
Rejoin Paris Climate Accord, and seek an even higher level of restrictions. Oh, I didn’t notice that. Oh, I see. So they want to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, and they want to seek an even higher level of restraint. In other words, make it worse than it was. Mandate net-zero carbon emissions for homes, offices, and all new buildings by 2030. That basically means no windows, no nothing. It’s very hard to do. I tell people when they want to go into some of these buildings, “How are your eyes? Because they won’t be good in five years. And I hope you don’t mind cold office space in the winter and warm office space in the summer, because your air conditioning is not the same as the good old days.” Mandate zero carbon emissions from power plants by 2035. Zero. We’re talking about zero. Nothing can go in the air. Mandate net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. And I believe he’s changing that. He’s bringing it down. He wants no petroleum product. He wants no oil or gas. I don’t think Texas is going to do too well. They’re going to get rid of about 7 million jobs if you go by the Biden plan. I don’t think that Oklahoma, North Dakota, Pennsylvania are going to be too happy with that — and many other states — Ohio. Having more teleprompter trouble, Mr. President?  Of course Biden supports rejoining the Paris Climate Accord ... as previously noted some 71% of Americans support it too.  Were you hoping we'd forget?
Mandate all 500,000 school buses and all 3 million government vehicles be changed to zero-emission vehicles within five years. I’ve heard it worse than that. Install 500,000 taxpayer-funded charging stations nationwide. Here’s a bad one — a really bad one: End school choice. There is nothing that the African American community wants more than school choice. And mothers and fathers are going to be very happy to see him be defeated just on that alone: End school choice. So Joe Bi- — Joe Biden wants to end school choice. End tax credit scholarships serving disadvantaged students in 26 states. Oppose 14 million Americans with education savings accounts and get rid of school choice, having to do with school choice. Eliminate school choice in Washington, D.C. You know what they’ve done in Washington. They have some incredible example right here. Example — I know of one example. I think they have a number of them, but one is incredible. Abolish all charter schools. Charter schools are doing great. Ban funding for charter schools in poor neighborhoods. “We don’t want charter schools in poor neighborhoods.” Well, that’s not fair. Abolish educational standards. I want to end "school choice" so that's cool.  I'm happy to pay taxes to support one local school district...not multiple, duplicate, redundant school systems.  You wanna' send Junior to a private school?  Fine.  But you get to pay for it.  Same with your religious school, your alternate school of choice.

Education saving accounts?  Don't know enough about 'em to comment, but if it's a nominal way of helping parents save and pay for private schools and we're only talking about tax exempt income on the savings acct ... I can live with that.

Don't think local schools are proving the sort of quality education that your kids deserve?  Get active and drive change (provided its not just a means to tap into my generous wallet).

Abolish — in the suburbs, you’re going to abolish the suburbs with this. Enforce Obama-Biden’s radical AFFH — that’s the AFFH regulation that threatens to strip localities of federal affordable housing funds unless they change their zoning laws to fit the federal government’s demands. So what you have — I mean, I’ve been watching this for years in Westchester, coming from New York. They want low-income housing built in a neighborhood. Well, I’m ending that rule. I’m taking it out, so — I spoke with Ben Carson the other day. We’re going to be taking it out. I’ve watched that whole thing go, and now they want to make it twice as bad in the suburbs — in the suburbs. Mothers aren’t happy about that. Fathers aren’t happy about that. They worked hard to buy a house, and now they’re going to watch the housing values drop like a rock, and that has happened. It dropped like a rock. So we’re not going to do that; we’re going to do the exact opposite. Since you prefer speaking in code, American voters may appreciate knowing that AFFH = Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.  I'll admit, I know little about the program ... but likely if Ben Carson & Trump support a change, my hunch is I probably wouldn't ... though I'm not a huge fan of gov't housing programs.  I just don't see why people can't work, save, and buy their own place in a community that is within their means.
Probably, there has never been a time — and this is just a few — this is — it’s much worse than that. We did this very quickly. It’s probably never been a time when candidates are so different. We want law and order; they don’t want law and order. We want strong closed borders with people able to come in through merit, through a legal process; they don’t want to have any borders at all. They’re going to rip down the wall. It was hard to get that built. And now it’s almost completed. It’ll be completed by a little after the end of the year, and they want to rip it down. And it’s had such an impact. It’s incredible. It stops trafficking — human trafficking of women and children, but women, mostly. Human trafficking: one of the worst things ever — all at a level that has never been at because of the Internet. You wouldn’t think — you think of it as an ancient statement. You wouldn’t think that’s possible today, but it’s human trafficking of women and children. And they want to let that continue. The wall has stopped it so much because they will go over to a section where there aren’t people — not an entry point — and they’ll make a left into the United States. They’re on their way. They can’t do that anymore. We have a 30-foot wall that goes 6 feet into the ground. It stops a lot of the tunneling because they’re pretty good at tunnels. But we watch the tunnels, and we have equipment for that. But you can’t make a left anymore and come into the United States loaded up with human traffic. So they want to take down the wall. They want to have open borders. Think of open borders today though, with the pandemic. I mean, the timing is sort of interesting, but — with the pandemic. The most recent official Customs and Border Protection border status update reports states that just 3 miles of border wall, that had not previously existed, has been built during your 3-yr reign of terror.  Read more about Trump's shell game:

http://www.michaeldawson.com/issues-and-thoughts.htm#baamboozle

Yep, that beautiful wall that people have cut through using common tools purchased at Home Depot.  "Smugglers using $100 saws to get through Trump’s new border wall"  [read it, and weep pal, you've been lied to once again.]

So there’s never been a time when two candidates were so different. I mean, I’ve seen races where it’s like the same exact platforms. I’m even talking about essentially Democrat, Republican. There’s not that much difference. There’s a little difference, but there’s not much. Choose one because you like the way they look, you like the way they sound, you like the way they talk. You like something about one, and you don’t like the other. But there’s — you know, there’s never been a difference. Here’s one of the greatest difference — this is without question the single biggest difference: If you want law and order — for instance, I enacted recently, when I saw what was going on with federal monuments — we don’t have the right to do states, although we’re going tr- — we’re trying to find it. But with the monuments, where they wanted to rip down Andrew Jackson, they wanted to rip down George Washington. They were actually heading over to the Jefferson Memorial, if you can believe that. But this has been going on, and I found an act that we’ve used. And we have many, many people in jail right now — many, many people in jail, all over the country — because they tried to destroy or, in some cases, got — got it down, a federal statue or monument. We haven’t had anybody making a move since I enacted this. I signed an executive order a couple of weeks ago, and it says very simply, “Ten years in jail.” You do it, 10 years in jail. The amazing part is we’re able to catch everybody because, thanks to all of you on television — we appreciate it — but we have their pictures. We have the man standing on Andrew Jackson’s horse. We have the man standing by General George Washington. We have everybody standing — you know, they were going to go for the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln, standing with a young man who was being freed. And we said, “We’re going to do something. We can’t let this happen.” Now, it could be removed at some point. You go through a process, a legal process, go through Congress, whatever. I understand that. At the same time, some people like these statues and monuments. But it can be removed, but you have to go through a legal process. The rambling rant defending all-things Confederate is a losing strategy, Mr. President.  It may appeal to a sliver of the Southern white male population but not to the broader adult population in this country ... this is ancient, settled business.  News Flash: the northern states defeated the southern secession states who wanted to out of the Union.  SC, GA, AL, MS, LA.  Their flags and statues belong as displays in some museum or historical context.
So they were going to have 20- to 25,000 people that night, and nobody showed up. Nobody. You know that because you were disappointed to see that. The next night, I believe, 22 people showed up. They said, “We’re going to make it Friday night instead,” and 22 people showed up. Four were actually arrested because we have pictures of them knocking down all the statues. So they’re in jail now. So, there has never been an election where we’ve had this kind of difference. We want strong borders. Without borders — you’ve heard me say it 1,000 times — without borders, you don’t have a country. They don’t want to have borders; they want to have open borders. It’s radical left, and it’ll destroy our country. Twenty years ago, Venezuela was a very rich country — one of the richest, one of the richest anywhere. Per capita, one of the richest. Tremendous oil reserves. Now they don’t have water. They don’t have food. They don’t have medicine. We do everything we can to take care of the people, but they have nothing. And that’s exactly the ideology that you have going over here. If I wasn’t there to stop it, if I wasn’t here to say, “No way, that’s not going to happen,” we’d be in some mess. We’d be in some mess. And Pelosi and Schumer and Bernie and Joe, they’ll never stop it. They don’t have the power, the strength to stop it. It’s beyond them. But we do. Strong borders - check.  Border patrol, check.  Those who watched this speech got the sense that the president was in wrap-up mode even though it was rather incoherent.  Venezuela?  WTF has a South American country got to do with your E.O. on Hong Kong, or the pandemic, or your attacks on Joe & Hunter Biden?  Maybe we really do need the results of that cognitive test you had done at Walter Reed.
So there’s never been a time like this, where you’ve had an election of people so different. You were never fit for office.  The choice in November should be a simple one for most Americans.  I really don't see why we shouldn't expect the Biden margin of victory to be enormous ... the likes of which we have never seen before!
Okay, a couple of questions. Yeah, please, go ahead.

Q Sir, you just spent the better part of an hour explaining why American should choose you and not your opponent. Yesterday, you said on Twitter, “Be careful what you wish for!” I guess the question is: Do you see yourself as the underdog in this race? Do you see yourself losing in the fall?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t. I think we have a really good poll numbers. They’re not suppression polls; they’re real polls. You look at the Intracostal in Florida. You look at the lakes. You see thousands of boats with Trump signs, American signs. You’ve got the Trump-Pence sign all over. You look at what’s going on. You look at bikers, for miles and miles, riding up highways proudly with their signs. I have — look, we won a race where it was the same thing: 2016. We had polls that were fake. They turned out to be fake. Not all — a couple of them got it right. Three of them, to be exact. Three of them. One of them was unsuspecting, but they got it right. They were very proud of it. But we had, in 2016, something even more so, but we got in, and we had 306 to, I guess, 223, which was a tremendous margin of difference. You remember, they all said, “He cannot get to 270.” I went to Maine a number of times, where we just freed up lobster fishing and fishing. Just — they took away 5,000 square miles from Maine. I just opened it up. And I just got rid of tariffs in China. And we’re working on European Union, which charge our fishermen tariffs. And I said, “You’re not going to do that.” So we freed it up for Maine. But if you take a look, we went up there recently. There were crowds. Thousands of people lined up going over to a factory where we were opening up for — we’re making swabs. A beautiful, big, new factory, making swabs. I think that the enthusiasm now is greater — and maybe far greater — than it was in 2016. I think a lot of people don’t want to talk about it. I think they’re not going to say, “Hey, I’m for Trump. I’m for Trump.” They don’t want to go through the process. And I fully understand that, because the process is not fair. The media doesn’t treat us fairly. They never have, and perhaps they never will. But maybe they will when we turn this around for a second time. And it’s going to happen very quickly. When we turn it around for a second time, maybe they will. I think we’re doing very well in the polls. And I think you have a silent majority the likes of which this country has never seen before. This is a very important election. We’ve done a great job. We had to turn it off, as I said. Turn it off. And now we’ve started it again. As you know, they announced two weeks ago, record job numbers: almost 5 million people. And that beat the last month, which was also a record: 2.8 million people. Nobody’s ever done what we’ve done, and now we’re doing it twice. And I think by Election Day, you’re going to see some incredible numbers. The third quarter is going to be really good. Fourth quarter is going to be great. But next year is going to be one of the best economic years. So hopefully, I’ll be able to be the President where we say, “Look at the great job I did.”

Q (Inaudible) at this point?
THE PRESIDENT: I think, great. I think we have a great chance. I think we’re going to have a lot of people show up. I’m very worried about mail-in voting because I think it’s subject to tremendous fraud and being rigged. You see that Paterson, New Jersey, where — I believe it was 20 percent of the vote was fraudulent. It was — all sorts of things happened. I understand a — a mailman was recently indicted someplace for playing games with the mail-in ballots. You’ll have tremendous fraud if you do these mail-in ballots. Now, absentee ballots are okay, because absentee ballots — you have to get applications. You have to go through a process. If I’m here and I vote in Florida, you get an absentee ballot, but you have to go through a process. Absentee ballots are great. But mail-in voting — where a governor mails millions of ballots to people all over the state — California — millions and millions of ballots, as an example — and then they come back; they don’t come back. Who got them? Did you forget to send them to a Republican area or a Democrat area, I guess you could say? But if you take a look at all of the unbelievable fraud that’s been involved with mail-in voting over the last — even a short period of while — but look at Paterson, New Jersey. It was a massive error and a massive miscalculation, and there was incredible fraud. Look at the city council, what’s happened to it. This is one place, but you have many places, and they’re all over. Yes, please.

Q Thank you, sir. I wanted to know: When’s the last time you spoke with President Xi of China? And do you plan to speak with him in the near future?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I haven’t spoken to him. No, I don’t — I have no plan to speak to him. Yeah, please. Q And, sir, as a follow-up — one follow-up? Q Thank you so — do you want to do a follow-up? Or —

Q Yeah, if you don’t mind. Q Okay, yeah. Is it okay?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, go ahead. Q I just wanted to — Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized today with an infection. I wanted to know if you had any reaction to that news? THE PRESIDENT: No, I — I wish her the best. I hope she’s better. I didn’t hear that, actually. She was just hospitalized? No, that’s too bad. No, I wish her the best. She’s actually given me some good rulings. Okay? So you know that, right? People were surprised. No, I wish her the absolute best. Please.

Q Okay. Thank you, Mr. President. So you were mentioning the travel bans. And I wonder: When do you plan to review that? Because the European countries — the situation is under control — much are better place than the U.S. And there is no ban for other hotspots like Russia and India. So what will be the criteria to change that? And I — another question —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, we’ve banned for Europe, and at some point that’ll come off. And we’re dealing with them all the time. The relationship is very good, they just don’t treat us very well on trade. They are — they have been very unfair to us over many, many decades. And we’re doing that. It’s very easy to solve. I was all set to solve it actually, and then we got hit with the plague. But we have a travel ban on various countries, and that travel ban remains until such time as we say it doesn’t remain.

Q And Mr. Pres- —
THE PRESIDENT: We want our country safe. We don’t — unlike Biden, we don’t want to have criminals pouring into our country. We don’t want to have open borders. We’re not going to have that. And we want to take care of our police. We want to actually fund our police, not defund them. And we’re not going to abolish our police. And we’re not going to make our military small and weak, because probably — or, at least, at top of the level, we need our military right now. Yeah, go ahead. Please.

Q Mr. President, so how do you think that the America First policy can work during a pandemic? Aren’t you concerned that this could actually damage the U.S. and make China more influence around the world?
THE PRESIDENT: Okay, look, my policy is America First. We’ve lost hundreds of billions of dollars a year with China and many other countries. And what we’re doing is just handing everybody everything. It’s just a sad — I’ve watched it, I’ve looked at it. We did the U.S.-Mexico- — you saw that, USMCA. We made a very fair deal on trade. We had the worst deal ever, right? You know that. We had the worst deal ever, and it replaced that; it replaced that horrible NAFTA deal. That was one of the worst trade deals ever made. I’ll tell you, the only deal that might be worse is the WTO — World Trade Organization. May be worse. OAN, please.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Your administration has taken tangible steps to ensure that Chinese companies are not taking advantage of our U.S. stock markets, our —
THE PRESIDENT: It’s true.

Q — our trade. Last week, your administration sent a letter to the Railroad Retirement Board alar- — asking them to reconsider investments in Chinese defense fund — firms.
THE PRESIDENT: Meaning “not to invest”?

Q Correct.
THE PRESIDENT: That’s correct.

Q So, where is that request now? And are you taking tangible actions to ensure that U.S. investments don’t continue to fund —
THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

Q — defense firms in China?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, and you’ll see more coming. This was a very important bill that we signed. But you’re going to see more coming over the next short period of time. But, yes, we don’t want them investing in Chinese military companies. Okay?

Q (Inaudible) I mean what actions can be taken to ensure that does not happen?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, you have a lot of actions we can take, including the — including the increase. You know, right now people don’t know: China is paying a lot of tariffs. We made a China deal, and they bought just — I think the third-highest amount of corn ever in our — in world history. They just bought from us the highest amount, which is great for our farmers. But I view it differently than I did before I made the deal. When I made the deal, I thought this was a great deal. After what happened to us — what happened to the world, coming from China — I view it much differently. But we can impose massive tariffs on China if we want — and other countries, if we want. And we’ll see. We just want to be treated fairly. We want a level playing field. Our farmers were never treated properly by anybody, and they were targeted by China. You know, I paid our farmers $28 billion over a two-year period because they were targeted to that amount of money — to that exact amount of money: $28 [billion]. It was $16 billion, and it was $12 billion — $28 [billion] over a two-year period. And we gave $28 billion to our farmers. That’s why they’re all here. And now they’re doing very well. Our farmers are doing very well because we made really great trade deals. USMCA just kicked in. The China deal — they’re buying a lot. They are buying a lot. Yeah, we’ll say that: They’re buying a lot. A lot of people ask, “How are they doing on the trade deal?” They’re buying a lot. So I want to thank everybody and we’ll be having these conferences again. I — we’re going to be signing an immigration act very soon; it’s going to be based on merit. It’s going to be very strong. We’re going to work on DACA because we want to make people happy. And I’ll tell you, even conservative Republicans want to see something happen with DACA. The Democrats had their chance for three years to do something with DACA, and they always turned it down. They always turned it down. They used it as politics. I’m using it to get something done. But we’ll be signing a very powerful immigration act. It’ll be great. It’ll be merit-based. The country has tried to get it for 25 or 30 years. It’ll be strong on the border, but you’ll come in legally, and you’ll be able to come in legally. And very importantly, we’ll be taking care of people from DACA in a very Republican way. A Republicans — I’ve spoken to many Republicans, and some would like to leave it out, but, really, they understand that it’s the right thing to do. So we’re going to be taking care of DACA. We will be doing for DACA what the Democrats had a chance to do and they never did it. Okay?

Thank you all very much. END 6:33 P.M. EDT

 

Oh, it's Q & A ... Trump seemed to call on only those journalists who he knew would be asking favorable, softball questions.  I'll let his closing remarks stand for themselves ... disjointed, rambling.  It is difficult for me to imagine how anyone who reads this does not feel a bit ill. 

* Trump mentions "Biden" 32 times in the speech above.  (Reminder: the text was copied from Trump's whitehouse.gov website.)  
Lists of Shame (Trump summary websites):
* Video of this 7/14/20 Rose Garden speech
* White House text of this 7/14/20 Rose Garden speech
* Trump's Twitter index
* Washington Post's Long List of Lies
* Factba.se - the most awesome depository of all Trump speeches, Tweets, & policy
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