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>> bill: this week started on sunday for us because we had those terror attacks on london. it concludes on the note of james comey yesterday. we will hear the president soon. have a great weekend. bye-bye. >> jon: we begin with a fox news alert. we are awaiting remarks by president trump on his new initiative to improve america's infrastructure. who doesn't like a little infrastructure? >> melissa: i love infrastructure. hard to say, but i love it. >> jon: this following the blockbuster testimony of fired fbi director, james comey. welcome to "happening now," i'm jon scott. >> melissa: happy friday to you. i melissa francis. the president expected to speak shortly. it will bring i.t. alive as soon as it happens. that's a head of a joint news conference with the president of
romania this afternoon. we are watching for more comments on james comey's testimony where he called the president a liar among other things. trump supporters declared victory. >> i think if you are in the white house, you are very pleased and knowing that jim comey had to testify under oath in an open setting that donald trump, as a candidate and president-elect and now president, has never been under fbi investigation for anything. that's a win for the president. >> melissa: president trump himself claimed that the comey testimony was a complete vindication of him. also saying that it was full of lies and he's a leaguer. we've learned that the white house's legal team is planning to file a complaint about just that and we have a life ox team coverage. catherine herridge is following the follow-up from yesterday's hearing. >> jon: we start with kevin who is live at the white house.
>> given the gravity of the ongoing investigation, this is still very serious. they are not exactly high-fiving here at the white house, but that said, there is a consensus here at the white house that james comey's testimony yesterday who really encouraged their long-standing argument that the president is not and has not been under investigation and the russia probes. he also admitted that he shared memos with a columbia law university member with the intent to leak it to the press. comey defended that decision saying it came only after the president lied about him in the organization he represented. >> the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly, the fbi by saying the organization was in disarray, but it was poorly led, that the work force had lost confidence in its leaders.
those were lies, plain and simple. >> throwing shade on capitol hill. meanwhile, the president's private tourney laid out a very compelling case yesterday saying if anything, the comey hearing proved what they've been saying all along. the president is not the subject of the russian investigation. he never asked comey to stop the investigation and more importantly, he never demanded comey's loyalty to him. we also learned that the attorneys team is expected to file a formal complaint for comey's discovery and his leaking of his memos with the department justice general. that filing could come as early as the beginning of next week. as you pointed out, the president will be speaking here at a joint news conference with the leader of romania. good but that he'll be asked about the hearing yesterday. we'll bring it to you live right here on fox news channel.
>> jon: we predict that will be question number one right out of the box. kevin corke, thank you. >> melissa: we are also learning more about james comey's release of his notes from his conversations with the president and fbi policy on such action. catherine herridge, she's all over it from d.c. as usual. telus. >> good morning. fbi agents are drawing our attention to this document called the fbi employee agreement and it bars the disclosure of records and information regardless of classification that are acquire acquired. it may constitute cause for revocation of security clearance, subject me to criminal sanctions, disciplinary action by the fbi including dismissal and subject me to personal liability in a civil action.
in this exchange at thursday's hearing, director comey, former director comey confirmed that he deliberately drafted the memos, and effect laying the groundwork to share them and make them public. >> i found it very interesting that in the memo that you wrote after this february 14th conversation, you may clearly wrote that memo in a way that was unclassified. >> my thinking was if i write it in such a way that i don't include anything that would trigger a classification, that would make it easier for us to discuss within the fbi and the government, and to hold onto it and a way that makes it accessible to us. >> senator susan collins of maine who asked the question, revealing that the fbi director had passed documents to a reporter. this morning on fox, she disputed his assertion that the memos are not the governments. >> mr. comey was writing in his
private journal at home at night. he produced the memos on fbi computers, and an fbi car, he started writing and they are fbi documents and that his government work. they are not his private papers. >> senator collins also emphasized that congressional committees had asked the fbi to produce these memos and that simply hasn't happened yet. the former director took it upon himself to release the contents through a third party to a reporter, that is not sitting well with the oversight committees on the hill. >> melissa: absolutely. our audience is smart so i know they get it. >> it's not how it works. the fbi agreement is very clear that ed applies to any kind of
record that you should make or obtain in the course of your everyday activities. there are so specific about how these roles are carried out at the fbi that if you had a post-it note with some notes on it from a discussion, that would be considered work product. you can't just give that to people. the question is, did the same set of rules applied to the director because that employee agreement is signed on behalf of the director. we'll find out whether or not he had to sign that. but it's a principal thing. >> melissa: absolutely. thank you. >> jon: president trump wasting no time responding to james comey tweeting despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication, and wow, comey is a leaguer. that and reference to this.
>> the president tweeted on friday after i got fired that i better hope there's not tapes. i woke up in the middle of the night on monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape. my judgment was i needed to get that out into the public square. i ask a friend of mine to show the content of the memo with the reporter. i didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons, but i asked him to a because i thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. so i asked a close friend of mine to to do it. >> jon: that friend is daniel richmond with whom mr. comey worked with briefly in 2013. let's bring in glenn hall. who won the day? both sides are safe -- saying both are the winners. >> former director comey was
playing a little offense and defense. as reported earlier, the trump team is incomplete vindication. the president has set all along that he wanted the director to say all along that he was not being investigated. on the other hand, former director comey opened himself up to questions when he admitted that he had leaked those memos that were just talking about. did have the right to do so? >> jon: fascinating to see that he really knows the ways of washington by dialing up his friend after a middle of the night resolution supposedly and to release those memos that he knows would go to the press. >> clearly, this is a very public opportunity to put that out there, allowing himself to control a bit of the news cycle in his own defense and make the point that he's been wanting to make. now the president and his team have shown a certain amount of chlorinated response, which we haven't seen previously with
legal questions being raised to the doj, but also how he and his team have responded on their domestic agenda and in their attacks back on comey. >> jon: the whole process of a former fbi director taking on the president of the united states is sort of back and forth. it makes you kind of queasy, doesn't it? it's not very pleasant to watch. >> it certainly does raise a very big questions about how things are handled on both side sides. former director comey is trying to raise questions about how the president interacted with him. now the president is raising questions about how comey has conducted himself, so this is a very unusual situation. >> jon: he did tell the president that he wasn't personally under investigation in the whole russia thing. that's a pretty big disclosure. >> that's a fact that you not get lost in all of this. there's no evidence at this
point that the president is under an investigation. comey was trying to be hesitant because he's not the director anymore. the president feels vindicated and now they're turning the attack on comey after he was pushing the attack on the president. >> jon: fascinating stuff. glenn hall, "wall street journal," thank you. >> melissa: we are waiting to see the president come to the microphone with remarks from a department of transportation coming up. theresa may's election gamble backfires during the british government. plus, more reaction to the comey hearing. why our next guest says yesterday's hearing was not about the president, it was about the firng face. >> i've seen a tweet about tapes, lordy, i hope there are tapes. all i can do is hope. the president surely knows if he taped me, if he did, my feelings aren't hurt. release all the tapes
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>> jon: fox news alert and developments in the massachusetts case of a young woman accused of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide. conrad roy was his name, using his picture on screen there. michelle carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter. a judges hearing the trial. the prosecution presented evidence. the defense request of the case be thrown out, saying that the prosecution failed to meet the burden of proof. the judge deliberated for some time and said this case can go on. michelle carter, still charged with involuntary manslaughter over encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide which conrad roy ultimately did by pumping carbon monoxide into the cab of his truck. will continue to watch the case
here on "happening now" ." >> melissa: fox news alert. we are waiting president trump's remarks on the department of transportation. that's coming in about 15 minutes. he could react to james comey's testimony yesterday on capitol hill. one pivotal moment in that testimony came when the former fbi director was pressed on whether president trump ordered him to end the investigation of michael flynn. >> there are 28 words there there." it says i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, letting flynn go. he is a good guy. i hope you can let this go. those are his exact words, is that correct? and he wrote them here and put them." he did not direct you to let it go. >> i took it as this is what he wants me to do. >> that's not what he said, he said i hope. >> correct.
>> you don't know of anyone who's ever been charged for hoping something, is that a fair statement? >> melissa: thank you for joining us. senator feinstein came up after that exchange that you just saw and she asked, why didn't you say that that was wrong? director comey responded that he wasn't strong enough. >> he's 6'8" and has the entire fbi behind him. how to get stronger than that? >> that was really embarrassing testimony from the head of the fbi. that is not the kind of behavior we expect in the chief director of the largest law enforcement agency and the federal government. what i have to say is those words used by the president, if true, they do not amount to obstruction of justice. that's a word that's been thrown around by many in washington.
you look at the statutes, that doesn't fit. we should point out that comey also said there is a later phone call after he told the president that he was not under investigation. the president said, if any of my associates are involved, we need to find that out. >> melissa: there is bad behavior by everybody. it was a lot of stuff that should not have been going on, whether it was loretta lynch ordering him to not say that it was an investigation. another thing that he went along with, even though he said that he knew it was a lie. also, when he describes that he wrote the memo in a way that he thought he may want access to i it. he talks about how he was able to not leak it, but share it
through another channel, hiding his identity and giving it to the media. we are now learning that there are repercussions for that. >> at one point, he said i'm not a legal authority. he thought what he was doing was acceptable unlawful. when he was in the justice department during the bush administration, if one of his lawyers had written up a memo about a conversation that lawyer had with comey over a case and then claimed it was his personal property instead of an official document, he would have disputed that. that claim that it's his personal property, that is crazy incompletely wrong. >> melissa: it was striking how many times he said but a boy scout he was. how he was raised and how his
parents taught him, but it still struck me that the actions he described of himself, it seemed like he did damage to his own reputation. do you think that's right or wrong? >> it's very clear he's frustrated with the fact that his reputation has been shredded by how completely he mishandled the clinton email investigation and scandal. and now, he's trying to push this idea that he is the last good guy in washington. he is pushing to generate good material for his memoirs that is going to write. >> melissa: it when you read the stuff he wrote down, he has a flair for drama. thank you. >> jon: infrastructure is topic one for the president today. we are awaiting remarks from him, he will be at the department of transportation momentarily. we'll take you live. a church bus carrying
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majority to ease the racks it talks there are calls for her to step down. benjamin hall joins us live from london. the >> this was staggering defeat in one sense for the conservative parties. three weeks ago, there were well over 20 points clear and in no time at all, they have lost that lead. it's called a hung parliament over here. ed means that not one party managed to get over that 326 seat needed for majority. conservatives came in at 319. already today, theresa may has gone to see the queen to try to form a government. the queen has given her permission to do so, but it's going to be a minority government. theresa may has announced that she's going to try and join forces with the du p. that's a northern irish unionist
party. she will get the majority she needs. >> i have just been to see her majesty the queen and i will now form a government. a government that's going to provide certainty and lead britain forward at this critical time for our country. >> many people are suggesting reasons to why she didn't win, but one of the main ones is that she was uninspiring during the campaign and she did a number of political u-turns. already, there are questions about how long she can stay on as prime minister. clearly, she's going to try and hang in there for the time being. she might have won the most seats, but it was supporters of jeremy corbin, the far left leader who was celebrating this morning. many thought the party could be wiped out entirely, but instead, we have to see how this pans ou
out. brexit negotiation started on june 19th. today, the conservative party really with a shocking loss at the polls. >> jon: fascinating the differences in the political systems. benjamin hall, thank you. we'll >> melissa: a deadly crash outside atlanta kills at least one and injures dozens of others. this after a church bus carrying high school students collides with another car causing the bus to flip. the youth group was heading to the airport to leave for a trip to africa. >> they were all very excited. there is going to be some families that have some tough times ahead and we want them to know that our community supports them. >> melissa: the group was from mount zion baptist church in huntsville, alabama. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. >> jon: the president says he wants to get things done, wants
to address infrastructure in this country, specifically how, we should hear more when he steps to the microphone there at the department of transportation momentarily. we'll take you there live when it begins. also, the testimony of former fbi director james comey billed as the hottest ticket in washington. was the press coverage fair and balanced? our panel debates coming up
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with >> jon: fox news alert. we are waiting president trump to make remarks at the department of transportation. this roundtable and infrastructure. later, the president will hold a joint news conference with the romanian president were most likely, he will get questions about james comey's testimony from yesterday. the press is a want to talk about romania. despite mr. comey accusing the president of lying and defaming the fbi, the white house is declaring victory. >> contrary to numerous false press accounts leading up to today's hearing, mr. comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told president trump privately, that is that the president was not under investigation as part of any probe into russian interference. mr. comey also admitted that there is no evidence that a single vote changed as a result of any russian interference.
>> jon: so how's the media doing covering all of this? let's talk about it would today's media panel. tammy bruce, ellen ratner, both their fox news contributors. i want to start with a quote from an associated press piece about james comey's testimony. it said this. one former fbi director james comey revealed that he orchestrated the disclosure of damaging details about conversations with president donald trump, he demonstrated his savvy use of media and his skills as a washington operator. what do you think? >> i'm a liberal, but i have to say i'm very critical of the press on this. i don't think that they have taken the full issue around here. first of all, they have not called for comey's laptop to be examined. he leaked, why isn't the guy he leaked to -- his laptop isn't being examined.
>> jon: their arguments to be made that even though they were his personal notes, they belong to the government. >> their work product. he made them as a result of a private privileged conversation with the president of the united states. he said in his testimony, strangely enough, that he wrote it in a way so that he could distribute it. here's the leaker, creating a memo, where he intends when he's writing the memo to be able to distribute it to other people, even though it's work product. if i could also add, when it comes to theof that ap comment, i didn't hear them say about edward snowden or reality winner. we now have uighurs being lauded as savvy people with the media. it's troubling because the media understands the nature of what's happening here. >> jon: i'm not sure that was a compliment. >> my other question is if he
wrote these comments, why wouldn't he update on the conversation he had with loretta lynch? secondly, when he wrote this, was this a work product? did he take it home? if it belongs to the government, that he should not have taken it home. >> jon: he did talk about a disturbing conversation he had with the former attorney general, but he didn't seem to write notes about it. >> exactly. i'm a liberal, but i'm just to say, what's fair is fair and you have to be fair to both sides. >> and the media, this is a conversation that they should be having, questioning or wondering why susan collins or anybody else up there following up when he said also, for a variety of reasons, i did not want to lick it myself. they should have said what were the other reasons he didn't want to do it personally, involving a friend of his? this entire thing seems to be have orchestrated from the star
start. he wanted to have public meetings. since the senators didn't, the media should be curious enough to ask those questions that americans are asking right now. >> jon: there were some interesting comments this morning on "fox & friends" about the media. >> their most important thing was that comey told him on three separate occasions that the president was not under investigation. we've had the media, particularly "the new york times," "the washington post," talk about this impending crisis between trump and the russians. it turns out that that was not even being investigated. i think the president was frustrated and rightfully so, because there is historical media coverage going on during this time and yet, he knew that he wasn't under investigation. i don't think comey handled that very well.
>> jon: the federalist has -- it gets a little inside baseball, but they had an interesting take on this james comey incident. given comey's history of secretly colluding with democratic officials to craft a disputed narrative that makes everyone but himself look awful, in order to oust a top republican who didn't sufficiently count out comey, there little reason to assume the events transpired way comey and his friends allege. trump is the reason neither of them currently has a job. this delves into a meeting that comey had then white house counsel alberto gonzales when john ashcroft --
speed through the fact that he took loretta lynch's order and put past the hillary clinton investigation as a matter -- you are also looking at a man who has overall been dealing with being more political than anything else. at least the media has recognize that. >> jon: even ellen who comes here from the left. >> the media has not done its job and they have not been fair and square and they need to be. i'm a media person. we need to be fair. >> jon: thank you both. melissa. >> melissa: we are waiting president trump, he's going to be making remarks from the department of transportation so we'll keep an eye on that. that's elaine chao at the podium right now. will bring this to you live as soon as i get started. also, a massive search and rescue effort now underway for a missing u.s. navy lost after
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we could keep doing all the things we love. prudential. bring your challenges. >> jon: a fox news alert. the president is going to be speaking momentarily. that's ryan zinke, the new secretary of the interior speaking after the transportation secretary introduced him. one of the things the president is going to talk about, could we build a golden gate bridge toda today? he is very fired up about the permitting process for these big projects and is going to talk about that in his remarks. >> melissa: it's such an interesting idea and an interesting question. what it would take, how long it would take, how far over budget they would be, how far behind schedule they would be?
at the same time, a lot of people are going to be waiting to see if he makes any remarks, the president that is, about former fbi director james comey's testimony yesterday. he did tweet about it saying despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication, and wow, comey is a leaker. people are going to be wondering if there are going to be bigger comments today. later in the day, he has another appearance, so that's whatever it is going be listening for. it is supposed to be transportation and infrastructure week. >> jon: the president has expressed his frustration with the fact that he wants to do big things regarding the nation's infrastructure and so forth, that all the press coverage is devoted to james comey in this argument about leaks. the president did not tweet about infrastructure this morning, he tweeted about the comey firing.
in some respects, he invites his own negative coverage based on what he wakes up and sends out. >> melissa: there you go. in the meantime, we have new information on an intense search underway to find a missing navy sailor. he has been identified as christopher clavin from rhode island. crewmembers say he went missing tuesday afternoon after going overboard off the north carolina coast. he was on a training mission aboard the uss normandy. the massive search has covered 2500 square miles so far and navy officials say they are doing everything they can to find him, his mother says the 23-year-old joined the navy after graduating from high school. >> jon: and the latest
political fallout for qatar, four arab nations adding thousands of people and groups to a sanctions list today that widens the diplomatic rift between several other nations on its alleged connections to extremism. the foreign minister criticizing those actions. >> no one has given the right to blockade my country and not to allow my flights to flyover their countries were my ships to park in airports. no one has given them the right to separate people. >> jon: rich edson joins us from the state department with all of that. >> its diplomatic crisis among u.s. allies. the united states is offering rex tillerson to help mediate this crisis. this is saudi arabia, egypt -- >> jon: will get back to you in just a moment, but for now,
we want to take you to the department of transportation where president trump is said to make remarks about infrastructure. here now, the president. >> president trump: thank you, everybody. this is very nice by the way. beautiful. i want to really thank you. you've been so amazing as the leader of this department and the progress that's being made so quickly. leaders and officials gathered here from across the country have all praised the work that the secretary is doing to create a safe, modern, and reliable transportation system for the united states and its great, great, great, people. i also want to think secretary's inky for the job he's doing to clear the way for new infrastructure and economic development.
both secretary chow and stinky joined us at the white house yesterday state and local leaders to develop plans to replace america's decaying infrastructure and construct new roads, rails, pipelines, tunnels, and bridges all across our nation. we are here today to focus on solving one of the biggest obstacles to create this new dust really needed infrastructure and that is the painfully slow, costly, and time-consuming process of getting permits and approvals to build. i also knew that from the private sector. it is a long, slow, unnecessarily burdensome proces process. my administration is committed to ending these terrible delays once and for all. the excruciating wait time for permitting has inflicted
financial pain to cities and states all throughout our nation and has blocked many important projects from ever getting off the ground. many, many long gone because they could not get permits and there is no reason for it. we've already taken historic steps to speed up approvals including the approval of the keystone xl pipeline which was very quickly approved. it was sitting there for a long time, saying that project was dead. then i came into office and all of a sudden, a miracle. i guarantee you the consultants went to the heads of the company and told them what a great job they did. they asked for a lot of money most likely, but we got it approved and we got it approved fast. i'm also very proud to say the dakota access pipeline is now officially open for business. it was dead 120 days ago and now
it officially just open for business. [applause] very proud of that. hi bill. we are also excited to be joined by representatives from our labor unions, including the north american building trades union, which i know well, and the laborers international union of north america. go ahead, take a little credit, come on, fellas. [applause] you will play a central role in rebuilding america, very important. we are also joined, as well by many distinguished members of congress who share our total passion and desire to repair and restore america's highways, railways, and waterways. in the audience is a man that i've gotten to know well and who
is doing some job, it's not easy, but it's going to get a lot easier. chairman bill schuster of the house transportation and infrastructure committee. stand up. [applause] thank you, bill. great job. he's working very closely with us including on our proposal to dramatically reduce airport delays by reforming air traffic control. we have an obsolete system and i have to say, before elaine got here, they spent close to $7 billion on the system. a waste. all wasted. we're going to have a great system. the top-of-the-line, it would be the best in the world. right now, we are at the lowest part of the pack. it will be the best in the world for a lot less money than they've been wasting for many years. for too long, america's poor trillions and trillions of dollars into rebuilding foreign
countries while allowing our own country, the country that we love and its infrastructure to fall into a state of total disrepair. we have structurally deficient bridges, clogged roads, crumbling dams and rocks, our rivers are in trouble, our railways are aging and chronic traffic that slows commerce and diminishes our citizens quality of life. other than that, we are doing very well. instead of rebuilding our country, washington has spent decades building a dense thicket of rules, regulations, and red tape. it took only four years to build the golden gate bridge and five years to build the hoover dam. in less than one year, the
empire state building was built. it took less than one year, many people don't believe that. today could take ten years and far more than that just to get the approvals and permits needed to build a major infrastructure project. these charge beside me are actually a simple version of our highway permitting process. it includes 16 different approvals involving ten different federal agencies being governed by 26 different statutes. as one example, this happened just 30 minutes ago, i was sitting with a great group of people responsible for their states economic development and roadways. you are all in the room now. one gentleman from maryland, was talking about an 18-mile road
and he brought with him some of the approvals that they've gotten and paid for. they spent $29 million for an environmental report weighing 70 per page. i said, do me a favor, i'm going to make a speech in a little while, do you mind if i take that and show it? so i'm going to show it. [applause] nobody's going to read it. [laughter] they fight us all the way.
here's another one, they don't even know what this is. [laughter] i don't want to trip on the way out. especially to trip over that. they spent millions and millions of dollars. when i said how long is this short roadway been talked about, the gentleman said, well, if you say 20 years, you're safe. i said don't say anymore because i have to be exactly accurate with these people. i was off by two months. it's a major front-page story. these binders on the stage could be replaced by just a few simple pages and it would be just as good, it would actually be much better because these binders also make you do unnecessary
things that cost billions and billions of dollars and actually make it worse. as another example, the 23 -- if you look at it in ohio, the ohio river bridge, $2.3 billion. a project amassed a 150,000 page administrative record. 150,000 pages is a five-story tall building. think of it. if you put the paper together, it's a five-story building. how can a country prosper under this kind of nonsense? i know it's in the private sector, but in the private sector, you move and you will and you deal and you hope and you pray and may be a goes
little faster, but it's a thing in the private sector also and were talking about reducing that for the private sector. why should we continue to accept what is so clearly unacceptable? often times, people make a fortune, paying them a tremendous amount of money, having them write up this nonsense. you can't get approvals. in the case of new york, they've got albany, the state capital or they go to washington and they want to make it really tough because that way, you have to hire them. it's a terrible thing. nobody's ever talked about it. i'm a business guy and i understand it. they make it really hard and difficult and some are believers, but most aren't. most want to make a lot of money, so they make a very, very
simple roadway or whatever you want to be building a very complicated subject and they make it more expensive and they make it worse. it's not as good as it would have been. i was not elected to continue a failed system, i was elected to change it. all of us in government service were elected to solve the problems that have plagued our nation. we are here to think big, to act fully and to rise above the petty squabbling of washington, d.c. we're here to take action. it's time to start building our country with american workers and with american iron and aluminum and steel. it's time to put up new infrastructure that inspires pride in our people and our towns. when i approved the keystone pipeline, i said, where was the
pipe made? unfortunately, they had purchased a lot of it, but i put a little closet the bottom, you want to build a pipeline in this country, by american steel and let it be fabricated here. [applause] very simple flaws, but it does the trick. it is time at last to put america first. americans deserve the best infrastructure anywhere in the world. they deserve roads and bridges that are safe to travel and pipes that deliver clean water into their homes, not like what happened in flint, michigan. they deserve lanes of commerce.
most of all, americans deserve a system with infrastructure that is looked upon, not with pity. the world in many cases is so far advanced that they look at our infrastructure as being sad. we want them to look with envy. no longer can we allow these rules and regulations to tie down our economy, chain up our prosperity and set up a great american spirit. that is why we will lift these restrictions and unleash the full potential of the united states of america. to all of our state and local leaders, i appreciate you being here today. thank you, thank you, thank you, bill. i want you to know, help is
finally, after many, many decades, on its way. we are given control back to the cities in the states. you know best how to plan your communities, analyzer projects, and protect your local environment. we will get rid of the redundancy and duplication that wastes your time and/or money. our goal is to give you one point of contact to deliver one decision, yes or no for the entire federal government and to deliver that decision quickly, whether it's a road, whether it's a highway, a bridge, a dam, to do this, we are setting up a new counsel to help project managers navigate the bureaucratic maze. this council will also improve transparency by creating a new online dashboard, allowing everyone to easily track major pr