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hour. the esteemed, talented, smart, amazing, incredible head of hair, ali very well she picks things up right now. >> until you said that, what a great show. thank you so much. are you coming back, indicatety or can you done? >> listen, i don't want mean twitter about my jokes. >> no. i love your jokes. >> good. >> especially when i'm the but of them. i'll pick up where she left off. believe it or not, we are nearly six months into donald trump's prosecuted i and that means it's time for a progress report. not surprisingly, many of the president's poll numbers are a bit of a disaster. but there is a core group of people which seemingly supports the president through just about anything. so let me break down the president's report card courtesy of abs news, the "washington post," monday mouth universities it and bloomberg.
dropped to 36%. it is the lowist six month approval rating of any president in polls going back 70 years. so what exactly are people not liking? well, first, manners. say he has acted in a way that is unpresident alsince taking office. 68% don't see the president of the united states as a positive role model. 68% say his conduct is damaging to the presidency overall. this number actually includes 38% of republicans. a new monday mouth poll that just came out shows that 41% think that donald trump should be impeached and compelled to leave the presidency. according to bloomberg's poll, 58% za prove of how president trump handle is relations with other countries. now to some portions of these polls you likely heard less about, if at all. the people who are sticking with donald trump no ha matter what. check this out.
24% think that donald trump has acted in a way that's fitting and proper for a president. 23% believe that president trump is doing a better job than prior presidents. 27% think america's leadership in the world has gotten stronger under donald trump. 24% are very confident that president trump has put the country's interests ahead of his business and family when dealing with foreign leaders. and believe it or not, 26% believe it was appropriate for donald trump, jr. to meet with that russian lawyer who said she had damaging information about hillary clinton. so it seems like roughly a quarter of americans will not stop supporting president trump no matter what he does. now, some may be surprised by those numbers, but during the primaries you'll remember donald trump voters stuck with him through thick and thin. >> my people are so smart. and you know what else they say about my people? the polls.
they say i have the most loyal people. did you ever see that? where i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters. okay? >> that just never gets old. donald trump you remember was the leader of the birther movement from the start. he's been playing to this voter base for a very long time. and with gerrymandering and high voter enthusiasm, this core support of donald trump voters may be more powerful than some people think. finally, 67% za prove of president trump's use of twitter. meanwhile, the president tweeted on sunday, the abc "washington post" poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time. okay. let's get right to the white house, nbc's hans nichols was part of this -- or had just been listening into this off camera briefing with sean spicer. it's still continuing. so i'm going to ask you about these poll numbers in just a
moment. but first, sean spicer did address a tweet that president trump sent out this morning about how most politicians would have accepted a meeting like done junior did. >> and ali, he went a little bit further in that and science just moments ago here at the white house said that there's nothing out there to suggest that this meeting wasn't about adoptions. this meeting that done junior had. in some ways he's resuscitating, he's reviving the initial defense that this meeting was about adoptions and the magnitsky act, not about the pretext of the e-mails rft meeting which we saw when the e-mails was released and they were gigd into this meeting potentially by having a conversation about information on hillary clinton. so in some ways they're going back to the earlier defense. just other quick highlights from that briefing. the president according to spicer was very active all weekend from his place there in bed minister, making is calls on health care, defend sg the president's ratio of tweets
about the female golf tournament and his tweets on health care. it's a six to four ratio saying tweets just take a couple seconds. he was working on the phone all weekend. and just real quick for you, ali. ible we're going to have some sound in just a second. what he's doing on health care, he's almost doing the old two step on this. one, saying that this is mitch mcconnell's baby, that mitch mcconnell is very skilled, he can get this across the line. at the same time saying that the president is remaining ti. somewhere along the line the white house is going to have to make a decision. is this president trump's bill or is it mitch mcconnell's bill. and right now they still seem to be splitting the baby just a little bit. >> all right. as you said, the breeflg has just ended so we can play some of this. let's just listen in together. >> what's the white house's position on whether or not it's okay to meet with a hostile government for opposition research. >> look, you know i'm not going to get into the specifics of it. but i will say that it's quite often for people who are given information dpurg the heat of a
campaign to ask what that is. that's what simply he did. the president has made it clear through his tweet, and there was nothing as far as we know that would lead anyone to believe that there was anything except for a discussion about adoption and the magnitsky act. but i would refer you back to counsel on that one. >> all right. so that's what you were talking about, hans. interesting about how that always ends, i will refer you back to counsel on that, the president's coins or done junior's counsel. and that's sort of are become a bit of a pattern for both the on and off camera breefgds when reporters ask a great deal with the russia probe. that has got to be difficult for either the president's personal lawyers or done junior's or jared kushner's because the president continues to tweet things and then the white house refuses to go any further with many of these issues. >> and ali, spicer suggested there that he didn't know for certain that ty cobb did not review president's tweet this
morning on where he thought what his son did was appropriate. so presumably this is ty cobb's brief, right. he has the portfolio inside the white house dealing with this investigation, dealing with russia matters, and yet, according to sean spicer, he said he did not believe he reviewed that very tweet by the president, which could potentially complicate this investigation. >> right. and that was -- these are always the reasonings we hear that there's somebody else and a new lawyer and someone is going to be adding to this. all right. hans nichols, good to see you. thanks very much for joining us. we will stay with this story and we'll catch up with you a little later in the hour. okay. we're still following the latest on this ever evolving situation. just going to listen in to see what it is. i should be doing next. we're following this. all right. kristen welker is in the briefing room where that briefing, the not on camera audio only briefing has just wrapped up. kristen, tell us what else happened in there. >> well, as hans just sort of
laid out, a number of the headlines had to do with the russia probe and also health care. given that there's going to be a delay on a procedural vote this week, some proponents of the legislation are concerned that that will give opponents more traction, more time to knock this bill out. so i asked press secretary sean spicer what the president was going to do about it. he said he's going to be very engaged. take a listen to what he had to say. >> is the president resigned to the idea that it seems unlikely that the senate will vote on any type of repeal and replace bill anytime in the immediate future? >> i know senator mcconnell has made it clear that he would like senator mccain back. and as soon as senator mccain can travel back and senator mcconnell feels it's appropriate, he'll schedule that vote. we feel very confident about where we are now, and we look forward to getting that bill on
the president's desk and getting it signed. >> reporter: and, ali, the president also saying -- or sean spicer saying that the president is going to invite lawmakers here to the white house later this evening. we asked for a specific list. no details. but he indicated he's going to be very active in these final days. that will be a difference from what we have seen over these past several weeks, because the president has really let vice president mike pence when it comes to outreach from the white house, and all eyes have been on what the president would do knicks. so we'll be watching to see just how engaged he gets. but again, a lot of questions about the russia probe. i also asked spicer if the president thinks now that this is a legitimate investigation. remember this is something that he has referred to as a hoax and a witch-hunt. and spicer sort of dodged that question saying that it had already been answered over the weekend. it is clear this is an issue that isn't going away. that's why president trump did bring on ty cobb to serve as
sort of the outreach and the point person here at the white house on this very critical issue. >> okay. kristen. thanks very much for the update. thank you for the clarity that you bring to it. let's carry on with this discussion of the ever evolving situation surrounding the meeting between donald trump jr., a kremlin linked attorney, a russian american lobbyist who is also a former soviet counterintelligence agent. nbc news reports at least six people were now in that june 9th, 2016 meeting in trump stour. this as the "washington post" is reporting that president trump's campaign committee made a payment to the law firm of an attorney representing donald trump jr. last month, nearly two weeks before it was announced that the same attorney would be representing the president's son in russia related probes. for more i want to bring in one of the authors on this report, "washington post" reporter. good to see you. it is impossible to keep up. i don't know how you're doing it, with all of the developments in this. but tell us the significance of
this newest development. >> sure. so the latest campaign finance report that came out for the president's re-election committee showed a huge spike in legal fees paid pi the committee, including a $50,000 retainer paid to a criminal defense attorney who is representing donald trump jr. in this russia probe. the campaign would not answer questions about whether this payment was in fact connected to the representation in this matter. but it does show that there was a payment made to him before even president trump said he knew about this meeting. >> ma taka, there is also, maybe it's the same thing or it's not. there was an $89,000 payment for legal consulting that was paid by the donald trump campaign to the trump corporation, a reimbursement for legal fees. or what do we know about that? >> so unfortunately the campaign committee is not answering any questions about that. but, yes, it appears to be some sort of reimbursement for legal fees. it's ponl that the general counsel of the trump
organization was involved in some sort of legal work in producing documents related to this probe. we obviously have seen many reimbursements to the trump organization and its related entities over the course of the campaign for services such as rent and travel and hotels. those were all payments that drew a lot of scrutiny and some criticism that the trump campaign was using money to spend money on its own properties. this is the first time, however r we've seen legal sftsz attributed to the trump corporation. >> the viewers are seeing pictures of the president inspecting heavy industrial equipment, a cat vehicle there with vice president pence. this is, of course, are made in america week. we're going to talk a little bit more about that later. it's worth noting that it is permitted under federal law for the campaign to be reimbursed for legal expenses that had to do with campaign activity. it would not be permitted under law for the campaign to be
reimbursed for legal expenses that are unrelated to campaign activity. but i guess that becomes subject to interpretation, what's campaign activity. >> correct. and that is really the test is whether these legal expenses would have been incurred if the campaign did not exist. and if the campaign is spending money on legal payments, that has to be for some sort of representation involving activity related to the campaign. and so if this retainer indeed was to donald trump jr.'s attorney for the russia probe, that suggests the campaign views his meeting as connected to a political activity. >> thanks for your great reporting. she's a political reporter with the "washington post." coming up, i was just mentioning made in america week at the white house. something i'm going to hazard a guess the president, the man behind the donald trump clothing line doesn't really know much about. . >> where are the shirts made? >> bangladesh. that's good. we employ people in bangladesh. they have to work foo. >> beautiful ties. >> they are great ties. >> the ties are made where, in
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because we depend in this country for so many goods and services, some of which are made in america, some of which aren't. >> okay. that was white house press secretary sean spicer a short time ago talking about products made in america and made overseas. this is, of course, made in america week after all and that's prompted people to ask some interesting questions having to do with the economy. for starters, take a look at the stock market today. this has the potential to be the fourth straight record close when the markets close in about 40 minutes. nine points, ten pints. i don't need to tell you this. the stock market is no longer a perfect indicator of how the american economy is doing. made in america week gives us and gives me the opportunity to talk about something that looms even larger for the average american, and that is the delicate tug of war between low-priced goods and manufacturing things here in the united states. and i have the perfect guy to have this conversation with me, my brother from another mother,
ron, and you i been having this conversation in different ways since we had hair. this is a real problem. >> that's about right, 30 years. >> this is a real problem because americans -- in fact, i want to put up a chart of wage pressure in the united states, where hourly wages have been since 2007. i think we've got that. and what you'll see is that they are down. they are starting to come back up again, but the american worker has not seen their wages go up in a meaningful way. they want cheap stuff. so we want high wage jobs and we want low priced goods. those two things work in opposition to each other. >> they do. and they can be commute wael exclusive. when you look at walmart which was in some ways one of the first big zrupgsz to take place on the goods side in the retail world. now a lot of that material that they brought in was outsourced and made elsewhere. >> right. >> and so those costs for consumer goods came down dramatically. even as manufacturing was also outsourced at the same time. >> right. so if you're in a closed economy
where everything is made here, prices will be higher and -- open economy things will be elsewhere, prices will go down but wages won't go as much. >>a put that chart up. and it's worth showing because when we see this, sl average hourly rages in this country, $26.25. it's up 2.5% from last year. this is too little money. you can't be weltdy or prosperous on that kind of money. put in you want to be a manufacturing economy that makes cheap goods and exports them, this is many times high certificate than all sort sorts of is these other places. >> if you look at per cap at that income in the united states as a measure of gdp, it's $40,000 per person. if you look at china, it's $6,000. now, granted, that takes into a large part of the china's population that's not part of the work force. but having said that, yes, what you really want is a high value added manufacturing sector where you're pushing the 9/11 of technology, where you're coming
through -- >> we're not talking about coal. >> not any more. >> listen, when those innings this were ours to produce, it was the poles world war ii environment. this was a one off experience. our middle class experience from 1946 to 1971 where the productive capacity of the world was destroyed after world war ii. there was no russia, there was no china involved in global trade. there was no latin america. there was no mexico. >> yeah. >> so as the world reopened, we had 50% 6 global gdp after world war ii with five% of the population. so as the rest of the world came back online, that was going to be divided up. the marshall plan in europe. so what happened was other countries got their share of gdp at our expense, but we didn't plan as well for the transition. we did not look forward on how to use education and training to keep our people competitive and also keep wages and productivity ricing at the rate they have. >> so this whole pint is this isn't a trump ching.
it's an an obama thing. but everybody kind of miss represents this to the average american. we always say we'll put up the necessary trade barriers to do that. in the end the american worker and the american consumer, although they are the same person, have different end goals. >> absolutely. and if you -- let's say you close the economy completely and global trade goes away, well, you either run into an inflation problem, trade war and actually put people out of work. so there are more intelligent ways to deal with thisish on, particularly education and retraining. that hout of work coal minor in west virginia or pennsylvania might want to become a welder which is in great demand and pays a hundred,000 a year. we have not created the vocational training. we've not used community colleges to -- >> to figure out is how to do that. >> to figure out how to do that. >> but it is disgeneral wous human nand for mining coal. >> it's a 100% untrue. first of all, we're going to use
natural gas which is going to power the electricity supply going forward. it may power cars relatively soon. volvo is getting rid of the internal kbus yon engine by 2019. so if demand for crude oil drops but nand for electricity comes up, that's going to come from natural gas more likely than it is going to come from coal. so promising that those people will see those jobs again is just an out right false hood. >> ron, good to see you again. my good friend. six months into this election, that means 42 months to go. what are people who voted for trump saying about his performance? it's interesting. i'll tell you about that next.
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. believe it or not, on thursday president trump will have been in office for six months, a whole eighth of his first term already complete. we want to really dig into the pulse of the nation at this point, and there's tons of new polling data out there. joining us to break down the latest numbers, mark murray. mark, good to see you. >> hey, ali.
you took a look not just at the whole country as a number of other polls have been doing, but how people are doing in those counties and those parts of the country that voted for donald trump. >> absolutely. and ali, you mentioned there are a slew of new polls out there. first to the national polls, there have been actually four polls nationally in the last 24 hours and they all show a very similar tale. you have between 36% and 40%. and that's been pretty much unchanged over is the last couple of months. but as you mentioned, we ended up having a brand-new nbc wall street journal poll the counties that helped fuel his victory. the most competitive states, is places like michigan, pennsylvania, wis and florida. what we found is that in these counties his job approval rating is at 50% s. that's ten points higher than what we've seen from the national polls. but there's two different kinds of counties that ended up fuel a
president trump victory in 2016. the first are these trump surgery counties. and his approval rating is at 56% in those kind of counties. and ali, the surgery counties are the ones in which donald trump's performance was so out paced mitt romney's in 2012. the other kind of counties are the flip counties. and president trump's job approval rating there is at 44%. flynn county, are think ma comb county, michigan, a state that went for obama administration in 2008 or twouz 12 but went for trump in 2016. but there's one other thing when you look although overall erosion for president trump is that his margins that he got in both counties are liar than were his job approval rating is right now. so in 2016 he won those surge counties. it was 51% to 43%. those winning percentages now are higher back then than his current job approval rating is right now. >> so there's nowhere we can see
where donald trump is doing better than he did in the election. >> that's right. and it's worth noting again that overall he ended up winning those mid western battleground states and helped him in the electoral college, but he's still getting 46% of the popular vote. and the biggest erosion that he has seen have been with democratic voters and independent voters. we've all talked about his base has remained pretty much the same, but when you end up losing democrats, you end up losing independence, you see the national polls that we see right now. >> that's an interesting point that leads me to my next discussion, martial. thank you very much. that's how american people are feeling about president trump half the year into his term. there's plenty to look back on in that time frame. i'm joined by nicholas johnson. i want to talk to you about something that just came off of that mark murray said. axos but together something very interesting and it was gauging the national press, asking people in the media what has
been the biggest surprise so far of the trump presidency. i want to read you what josh green of blook berg business week had to say about this. he said what surprised me most is how quickly trump abandoned the working class coalition that won him the gop nomination. had he pursued something infrastructure instead i guess of health care, he might have believe a bipartisan populist coalition and tied prolabor democrats in knots. so the surprise was that donald trump came up with something interesting to win the nomination and then that's not how he governed in the first six months. >> yeah. that's exactly -- we've reported a lot. nationalist the steve bannon wing the sort of very much america first. some of these bankers from goldman who have joined the administration, they're constantly at war with each other on trying to steer the president. you saw the nationalists win when the president pulled the united states out of the paris climate aaccord. tax reform which is the next big
agenda item. that's an on going dynamic in the administration which is fascinating to watch. >> so this is someone else that axos asked. he said some day historians will join me in looking back in awe at awe donald trump wielded the power of the bully pulpit like no other president. it said from unscripted press aveils to thundous tweets. you've got to say, he's actually right on some level. i don't know -- the only issue i take with that statement is wielded the power of. he has shown us this bully pulpit. he shows up at it a great deal, but he hasn't been able to close health care. it hasn't been able to get tax reform down any particular road. and it certainly has not helped his popularity, which has now he roaded to its real core base. >> right. look at the numbers you just had up on the screen. his real core base is still backing him. these counties that he flipped, that's where the support is is
higher. having watched trump, having interviewed him two days before he was inaugurated, that he may use social media next. that's their big surprise. that hasn't happened at all. he is the donald trump that his voters voted for. >> so what's that about? because that was a common -- that was a common thought. i think a lot of journalists had is it, i think a lot of americans had it, look, he's doing this to win. he's very effective at it, but obviously once you're in the office of the president s things change. but then we heard all this bannon nationalist stuff about the deep state and how he's going to root out washington. so we thought we were getting the swamp drained and we all seem to be waiting for a swamp today. >> remember if you think you're going to change donald trump. this is a man who is a billionaire. he's 70 years old. this is not someone who is going to sort of change in and he involve very quickly. he knows who he is. he knows what kind of person he is. he knows what kind of president he wants to be. and i think we've gotten tore the last six months exactly what
we probably should have expected. >> just to make sense of these polls approximate. they're all relatively consistent. they're all within a few points of each other. they all show pay decline. if presidential terms were six months long and there was an election, would this clearly were donald trump losing or not really because we thought so last time. >> that is a heck of a hypothetical. i think looking at the polls, you can see that his popularity rate among 40% nationally i think would be difficult to wib ae re-election here, but these numbers where you look at the counties he flipped, those are the real and fascinating numbers to look at. where he's 50% where he would have to win, don't count out donald trump. >> i think that is a vaunl point to remember. that core of those people who actually think he's done remarkable positive things is still in the 25% range, which is where it would have been back even before he started running when he was talking about birthism. >> and i think it's also important to realize who he would be running against. what donald trump supporters say is they love dcht. they talk about how much they
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million in 2010 to 28 million in 2016 in large part of the individual mandate requiring all to get health coverage. millions of america's poor who couldn't afford it and millions more with illnesses who couldn't find an insurer to cover them benefited. the vast majority of americans, whether they're on employer plands or med case expanded roles are doing just nine or are better off under obamacare s. but a significant few are worse off. health premiums have shot up more than expected, especially in the individual market, affecting 21 million people, which, by the way, represents just 7% of americans with health insurance. and even smaller segment within the individual market, lower to middle income americans, who aren't poor enough to qualify for medicaid but make too much to receive insurance subsidies and aren't old enough for medicare, have been crushed by obamacare premiums. that doesn't make for a death spiral. but it's clear that obamacare is
insurance mandate isn't robust enough. the incentive to sign up and stay covered has been weak because of ever rising premiums. an estimated 2 million americans have already dropped their coverage this year alone. they've decided it's cheaper to pay the $695 penalty for an individual or 2.# 5% of income for a household than to purchase health coverage. that means the risk pool meant to share costs across the population has been skewed by a higher proportion of older and sick patients. add to that the secondary problem of insurers pulling out of medical exchanges in some states, and you can see why republicans harp on obamacare. but what republicans don't talk about is the uncertainty they're creating trying to repeal the law and the threats to cut funding and hold back subsidy payments. those subsidies were promised to insurance companies to east the pain to their bottom line as they insure less profitable people. now, cutting those would create
a death spiral. >> as i pointed out, obamacare has its flaws, and some people are getting squeezed. but for all the talk, the republican plans don't actually fix those particular problems. and that republican plan is currently on hold since senator john mick contain underwent surgery frmgt the 80-year-old had a procedure on friday to remove a blood clot above his eye. senate leader mitch mcconnell will defer the vote on the bill. mccain's return to washington is crucial because the gop has no spots to spare since two republican senators say they won't support the bill. garrett headache is on the hill for us. garrett, a lot of action on the bill. we're seeing a lot of protesters arrested today. in fact, we saw some video of it just a few minutes ago. >> yeah, ali and some of that continues even now right behind me. i'm right outside of pat
toomey's's office. and right now those same group of protesters have ended up inside his office and outside his office, especially baiting police to arrest them. they want to make a scene here. they want to make sure that this protest gets seen not just by folks here in washington, but by folks in pennsylvania, who might put pressure on senator toomey. i've actually got one of the demonstrators here with me. he's an er doctor from california. you don't fit the profile of folks who might be out here who would think sort of disrupting, risking arrest here today. why is this so important for you to come here today? >> well, i'm here to support the protesters that are risking arrest and standing up for what's the right thing to do. so this is about plea ventable deaths. the more people who don't have insurance, the more people who can't afford the insurance that they sign up for, copays, deductibles, that kind of thing, it results in preventable deaths. in every other 1i68 iced country
in the world doesn't have that. what they have is basically a single pair universal type system like medicare for all. so that's what we're fighting for. >> as an er doctor you tend to see people who don't have coverage, who come to you as pay last resort. what do you think happens if this bill gets passed in do you see more of those people or less or buying private health plans like the republicans say they will? >> no, there's no way they're going to buy private health plans. frankly, that would give them any kind of doesn't coverage. and people are coming in now into emergency with untreated dental infections, mental health conditions, rehab. are filling our emergency rooms, frankly, and so there's lots of conditions that every other advanced country has figured out they can take care of in a clinic setting and they end up -- in our country they end up in the emergency room or even, unfortunately, dying as a result. so we're fighting for that medicare single pair. you know, we want to kill this bill, of course, stop trumpcare. but we want them to move to a
real solution to the problem which is get the money out of health care, the big profits of big insurance and big farma. >> all right. so ali, i want to close the loop on this here. this is the political cost that happens in part because john mccain can't be here this week. every day that this vote is delayed you're going to see more and more of this kind of thing where opposition groups, people who are opposed to this bill are crystallizing and fighting it. and as you can see behind me, willing to get arrested to be here to fight it. >> garrett, it's worth note onning that the administration keeps talking about tax reform. they've got a budget they have to deal with this august and september. they can't get tax reform without this healthcare bill because of the depth of the spending cuts that are included in this bill. but, you know, chuck grassley told bloomberg earlier today that he does expect a vote on health care before the august recess, but now with the john mccain stuff going on, it seems to be plausible now that we could be having this conversation after labor day.
>> reporter: that's possible, ali. but remember, we've already seen majority leader sort of roll back two weeks of the august recess. it was supposed to be a month. it's going to be two weeks shorter. they had said that was to get to some of the these other priorities. they've got another two weeks of the august recess that they really don't want to give up. politically speaking it's an important time for fund-raising and campaigning and stit went events and relaxation for these senators. but all of that time could potentially be dedicated to health care depending on the most important doctor in the country right now, john mccain's doctor. >> and our best with ishz tore a speedy recovery to john mccain. that man is a hero and he's hard to keep down. so i suspect he'll beat everybody's expectations. garrett. good to see you, buddy. thank you. all right. coming up next, if it passes in the senate, where does the republicans' healthcare bill stand in the house?
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i know you're on the edge of your seat because made in america week is about to kick off. so we -- the president -- >> well, good afternoon. >> okay. someone is introducing the president right now. it's the vice president introducing the president. so i think we should listen in for a second. i have got congressman dave brat standing by. i want to have a conversation with him about health care, but let's listen for a moment. >> on behalf of the president and the first family, welcome to the white house. [ applause ] and thanks to the leadership of the president who believes in american manufacturing, welcome to made in america week here in our nation's capital. you know, it's the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to the president who always puts america first and puts american manufacturing first. our president knows that america is a nation of dreamers and
doers. and growers and producers and makers and since the very first day of the administration we have promoted and protected what he calls those three beautiful words -- made in america. in fact, this president has signed more laws, slashing through federal red tape than any president in american history. under president trump's leadership we have been fighting for trade that's both free and fair so that american businesses and american workers can compete and win with companies anywhere in the world. in fact, as we were just talking down the hallway just last month, thanks to the president's leadership, american beef is now being shipped to china for the first time in 13 years.
we have been unleashing american made energy, rolling back the clean power plant, approving the keystone and dakota pipelines. when he did so, president trump took executive action to make sure the new pipelines in america would be built by american workers using american steel. thanks to the president's leadership, american manufacturers haven't been this optimistic in more than two decades and the confidence of american farmers is soaring to near record levels. and they're go -- we're going to fight every single day to make sure we grow the best food and design the best technology in the world because president donald trump knows that made in america will make america great again. so with that gratitude for his leadership, and admiration for his unwavering confidence in the boundless capacity of the american people, it is now my
high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to all of you the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. >> thank you. and you know, mike it is true that as i walk through the halls we saw so many great companies but the gentleman who was in charge of omaha beef, they do beef, he hugged me. he wanted to kiss me so badly. because he said, it -- our business is a whole different business because you got china approved. the other administrations couldn't come close. and i told him, you know how long it took? one sentence. said, president xi, we'd love to sell beef back in china again. he said, you can do that. that was the end of that. right? sonny, the great sonny perdue.
so we're very happy. but we're here today to celebrate american manufacturing and to showcase the amazing products from all 50 states made in the usa. remember the old days they used to have made in the usa, made in america, but made in the usa. we're going to start doing that again. we're going to put that brand on our product. because it means it's the best. in a few months and moments i will say what we have done over the short period of time and what we're going to be doing over the next six months will be incredible. we have signed more bills and i'm talking about through the legislature than any other president. for a while harry truman had us and now i think we have everybody, mike. i better say think. otherwise they'll give you a pinocchio, i don't pinocchios. in just a few moments i'll be signing a presidential proclamation to launch made in america week and to make today made in america day.
we are thrilled to be joined today by so many incredible members of my cabinet. every member of my administration shares the same goal -- to provide a level playing field for american workers and for american industry. and we are providing it much faster than other countries would like. so it's been really a pleasure. we want to build, create and grow more products in our country. using american labor, american goods, and american grit. when we purchase products made in the usa, the profits stay here, the revenue stays here. and the jobs may be most importantly of all, they stay right here in the usa. in the audience today -- it's true. in the audience today we have
skilled workers. we have business leaders whose american made goods we're proudly displaying all over the white house and outside. i saw fire engines. i saw tractors from caterpillar. i saw some incredible machinery, making right here. we're honored to show case your creations and i will say they have really taken on and some of you have built names that i know of for so long and congratulations, right, you in particular. what a great job you have done. thank you very much. i saw you on television this morning. you were fantastic. i don't know what you're doing exactly but you can always have a second career. you did a great job. thank you very much. american workers, farmers and innovators are really the best in the world. we know that and what we're doing that is we're displaying those talents. you construct and harvest the products that fill our homes, feed our families and defend our nation and enrich our lives.
i want to make a pledge to each and every one of you. no longer are we going to allow other countries to break the rules, steal our jobs and drain our wealth and it has been drained. it has been drained. you're going to see a lot of things happening over the next six months, you know, stat you toirlly and through the process. it takes a while to get it set so you're allowed -- not allowed to do it, but we have mostly fulfilled all that and over the short period of time you're going to see things announced you won't believe for our country and making product in our country and things that are great for american jobs. you will see that happening really quickly because we're totally set up. the hard part now is done. it is a long, horrible process,
but we're going to get rid of some that process for future. but we're going to stand up for our companies and maybe most importantly for our workers. for decades washington has allowed other nations to wipe out millions of american jobs through unfair trade practices. wait till you see what's up for you. you are going to be so happy. this painful exodus of american jobs that i have been talking about for years was also marked by a period of sluggish growth, falling incomes, surging welfare, and shrinking participation in the workforce. clearly it's time for a new policy, one defined by two simple rules. we will buy american and we will hire american. right, governor?
my administration is removing the burdens and regulations on your companies so that you can compete, thrive and grow. how many of you have noticed this so far because it's a big, big difference, right? that's a big, big difference. the people are coming up to me they can't even believe it. we took the farmers' land away. we took the home builders' land away. to have their -- they have their land back now and they're building homes and farming their farms. they're so thankful. a lot of those regulations have been taken off, the rest are coming off. by the way we will have better protection but we'll have something that you don't have to wait 15 years for a permit and then when you go to the board, you lose. and that's a big portion of your life wiped out waiting for a permit. we won't let that happen. for our nation to really prosper, we must lower the tax on business. one of the highest in the world and we must repeal job killing obamacare.