tv Corey Lewandowski Discusses the Trump Presidency CSPAN August 10, 2017 1:08am-2:09am EDT
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>> i should take that home. could use it. good afternoon. i am strong supporter and prior speaker here at the city club. it is my pleasure to introduce you to corey lewandowski. corey is a friend and someone who is in a unique position to offer perspective on president trump's for six month in office. but first, he does not work for the administration, said his comments are his and may not reflect the opinion or position of the president or whose administration. r, he doesk for the administration, said his comments are his and may not reflect the opinion or position of the president or whose -- or his administration. i'm still very pleased he could join us here today. corey served as the chief political advisor for the campaign and campaign manager of donald trump's 2016 presidential campaign. in those roles he is credited as expressed in the los angeles times for orchestrating trump's unlikely rise during the primary season. mr. trump won 38 republican
primaries and caucuses and received more votes than any other presidential candidate in the history of the republican party, while only spending a fraction of the money that the other competitors spent over the same period of time. mr. lewandowski is credited with running a skillfully, disruptive, political campaign and is cited as a visionary on understanding the moods and pulse of the american people. he previously served as the national director of voter registration of americans for prosperity and americans for prosperity foundation. he also is a former east coast regional director for both organizations and served as a state director for new hampshire, starting the chapters for those groups in 2008. mr. lewandowski also worked as director for the northeast region for the republican national committee as well as senior positions with several members of congress. he received his ma in political science from the university in
-- from the american university in washington, d.c. and a ba in science from the university of massachusetts. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming corey are r. lewandowski. [applause] corey: thank you, congressman. .hank you dan thank you members of the city club. i want to first express how grateful i am for the privilege to come here and speak with you today, and understanding the history of this amazing organization is very important to me. what the congressman left out is that i am a bit of an ohio native in the sense that i was a chief of staff for an ohio congressman and a little area called belmont county. that was a congressional
district that ran north and south along 77. it was the central hub of that congressional district. i know ohio well. during my time here, i understood the importance of the city club and the luminaries who came before me. i don't read and or purport to be of the caliber of people who spoke before you. i want to thank you for the opportunity to be here. i think donald trump is the greatest political phenomenon of our lifetime. [applause] corey: for everything that he has attempted to achieve, he has been successful. whether it has been in the new york real estate world, whether it has been on television with hit television shows, whether it has been as a best-selling author, and now, the greatest accomplishment of anyone's life
is being elected the leader of the free world. i want to take you back to the beginning of the campaign. in january 2015, long before anybody ever thought donald trump was truly going to run for office, i was asked to meet then mr. trump on the 26th floor of trump tower to speak to him about running a potential campaign for president. like many of you, donald trump told many of us that he would flirt with running and nobody believed he would run until i had the privilege of sitting down with mr. trump in january 2015. when i sat down with him, i saw the resolve of an individual who didn't need to be the president to have a great lifestyle and didn't need the job after he was a president to make a lot of money. and he said to me, you know, corey, i'm going to have a great life. i have all the money i ever need it i have a great air force of my own. i have prided -- private planes,
helicopters, homes all over the world. i don't need to do this so that my children will be ok or my trip ran children, -- my grandchildren, we are going to do just fine. i need to do it because a country is broken and i think i can fix it. that unique experience, 25 minutes later, had me stand up from my chair in trump tower on the 26th floor and he shook my hand and said you start working for me tomorrow. you are now my campaign manager. truth be told, i did not tell my wife that i was coming to new york to look for a new job. it was a little bit troubling when i called her after that meeting. but like many of you, i thought, you know what, working for donald trump for a brief stint as a political advisor would not be bad for my career. he is a very wealthy guy, he has a glut friends, maybe i will be able to parlay this into something else. prior to this, i was working for the family of the kochs. i have spent seven years working for that family.
so i had a stable, safe, secure job that allowed me to stay home with my children, which i have four of. but what i saw in donald trump a man who was willing to put his own fortune forward, to take an enormous amount of scrutiny from the mainstream media to do so, for somebody who did not need the job and wanted to do it. back in january and fast-forward to june of 2015, potentially the greatest republican field of all time was established. when you look at the individuals who were going to run for president, we had the son and brother of a former resident. we had well-known governors of big states. had beenecutives who in the business world. we had sitting senators whose fathers who had run for president in the past. run and onewho had already in specific primary races.
i am thinking of states like iowa with mike huckabee and those individuals. and we get into a race on june 16, where most people say we shouldn't go to iowa and can't compete there because donald trump is now on his third marriage, and the previous iteration was a democrat and turned out to be a republican. and what we saw as we traveled the country for the first six months, and then the six month after that, the american people were tired of a broken washington, d.c. a system where republicans and democrats alike have lied to us for 30 years. where we were sitting on $30 trillion of debt, where there is no accountability on either side, where members of congress and the u.s. senate will say and do things in their respective states and then go back to washington and do something completely different. for the first time in my lifetime, we had a candidate who was running who doesn't need money to run his campaign. we didn't solicit any money.
has not been beholden to the washington special interest or washington dogma of the way things are going to do it. and someone who is going to bring a business perspective to the federal government. and that message, which was liberating to many people and troubling to others, was from the heart. it is the same message -- if you look back at donald trump since the mid-1990's and even before that, a "today show" interview in 1989 when he talks about the u.s. not negotiating well and having our lunch eaten by other countries who are taking advantage of us, if you listen to his talkback than where he proposed at the time wealthy 1%ers should pay a large sum of their taxes to get our deficit down and he was willing to write that check because of understanding the burden of a massive deficit on our economy was incomprehensible to business executives to meet a payroll every day. but let me tell you what we were
up against. we were not just up again 16 well-qualified republican candidates who were well-funded and had all the resources they had in front of them. let me tell you what some of the media was like. conish, the cnn commentator, call donald trump the george costanza of the presidential election. she called him a pathological liar know nothing he would never run. george will, who had the privilege of speaking here, actually quit the republican party over donald trump. george w. bush's speechwriter found trump so unpalatable that when he was on television, he actually defended torture as opposed to defending donald trump. this is just some of the mainstream media. and what we saw in the trump campaign was an individual who was willing to fight back against the media. the statistic that the media
research center put out immediately following the election was a 97 percent of the voters said they did not let the media bias influence their vote. think about that. it wasn't that long ago, and many people in this room would remember it, when we received our news from three individuals at 6:30 at night. on abc, nbc and cbs. they did not try to make the news. they simply reported the news factually. you did not know if walter cronkite was a republican or a liberal, theyt just had the news. now it is about a matter of clicks and getting your story out and becoming the news. this was evident yesterday when stephen miller had a press conference and got into an exchange with a cnn commentator, a cnn journalist, i guess, jim acosta. this has permeated the election cycle. we have seen time and time again where reporters want to be the news. i think he is a very fine guy, a
-- there is a reporter from time magazine zeke miller. , the day that the president was sworn in, he went into the oval office. he was a pool reporter. he took a picture inside the oval office and said, and he tweeted out instantly and said "the bust of martin luther king jr. was removed from the white house." he intimated that donald trump was a racist by removing that. do you know where the bust of martin luther king jr. was that day? the exact same spot that barack obama had it. the difference was, there was a u.s. secret service agent standing in front of it where he took the picture. he did not call the white house and asked for comment, he simply tweeted it out. that tweaked and his story received 6000 additional stories in the mainstream media. called zekeicer miller and said, zeke, you are welcome to come back into the
oval. it is in the exact same spot. it hasn't been moved. he put out a tweet and said, oops, made a mistake. the retraction was covered in 38 publications. the 6000 that wrote the original story. this is what the mainstream media has done. they need to be the news, make the news. they are so concerned with driving the narrative that gets them the most clicks that they have stopped being journalists. the american people have seen this. at the end of president trump's first hundred days, a study was done. the three major broadcast networks said that abc, cbs and nbc, from january 2010 april 9 had over 1000 stories focused on donald trump's new administration. of that, 1900 minutes of airtime were dedicated to the first hundred days. of those, 186 minutes were designated as neutral or positive. 186 minutes, which means 89% of the coverage of donald trump in
the first 100 days was designated by an independent analysis as being negative. and what that has done is brought donald trump's social media count and his ability to communicate directly, and effectively and authentically with the american people, much further into the light that the american people are now used to. i have seen it and heard it, can you get donald trump to stop tweeting? his social media platform has 110 million people. at the click of a button, he can communicate and bypass the mainstream media. he has 37 million twitter followers. somewhere in the new york times publication realm. and he always says [indiscernible] only it's much bigger. some people say, it's not presidential for him to tweet.
she is the president. so let me tell you how works. if he sneezes, it is a presidential sneeze. what your expectation is a presidential, and what you think presidential is, is a very different thing. he has revolutionized the way politicians and elected officials will communicate moving forward. i saw this every time we went to a rally somewhere. it didn't matter if we were in mobile, alabama with 35,000 people or we were in the state of new hampshire with a thousand people. people would tune into donald trump to listen to what he had to say because, for the totality of the primary, that entire season, 38 primary wins, he didn't use a teleprompter. you take out a piece of paper. he would have some black writing on it. it was the same when he would use the day before, the day before, the day before and the day before. he might make a different note or two, and he would stand up for an hour. and the media was fascinated by
this. and the american people were fascinated. because it was a bit like going to a sporting event. you go watch the indians and you know what's going to happen. when the red sox play, they win. that is what happens at the end of the game at the end of the ninth. i'm just saying? i'm a sox fan, what can i say? but you go to the game because you know what the outcome is going to be. you go to see it because it is a sporting event. it is so mind consuming. you want to say i was at that event when the pitcher pitched a no-hitter. i remember that rally when donald trump did x, y, z. i think every person on december probably remember exactly who was there when he proposed a ban on e illegals coming into the country, an immigration ban. every person who was there will
have a different story about being at that event. but to understand the campaign, you have to understand donald trump. i will talk about his achievements. you have to understand, he is the single hardest working individual i have ever had the privilege of being next to. he point-blank outworked hillary clinton. in the time i was on the campaign, in 18 months, we flew 1700 hrs on an airplane in 18 months. 1700 hrs, it was a nice plane. [laughter] it's a very nice plane. it is a big boeing 757, beautiful, trump force one. do, 1700are what you hrs as a lot of time in 18 months. that is just on the airplane. that is two pilots flying around the country. from you name it to you name it. that's about 70 days in 18 months. was before the campaign really kicked off for the general election.
the great thing about the president was, he is predictable and i can count on my hand how many times we sat down to eat. we always said we had the best plane and the worst food. because, what we did -- this was the job of the deputy campaign manager. he had to get the timing exactly right to stop at the mcdonald's to get the two filet-o-fish and the two big macs, and if we had a really good day, what we called a malted to have that at the plane at the exact same time so that we could get back to the plane so that the president could eat as we are flying to the last event. that was our life. we ate mcdonald's six days a week. if we were really lucky, he would say, you know what, maybe we will do burger king today. that was it. kentucky fried chicken was also a staple on the airplane. he did not want to waste his time doing something when he
could be doing the next thing. that is what he does. time was too valuable for us. it was one of those great things. what he's to say is, if i'm going to make america great again, it's a full-time job. we don't have time to sit and eat, corey. i said, yes sir. the deputy campaign manager had a stressful job. if he was too early in the food was called, it was a bad day. if he was too late, we left him behind. then he had to get his own way back to the next. it is a very stressful environment when you have to deliver the food. we knew other candidates in the race would call me and say, do me a favor, i'm a good man, please don't let the president tweet about me. he is the greatest marketer the country has ever seen. he has the ability, in a word or two, to talk about somebody and it sticks with them. does anybody remember what ted cruz's nickname was?
lying ted. or marco rubio? little marco. or hillary? or the failing new york times? fake news? these are all statements that the president and at that time candidate trump would articulate at rallies. understand what the response was. if the response was fantastic, he would continue to use it and it drove the others crazy. we would get calls all the time and say, please don't let the president tweet about me. we try to do this. let me tell you a quick story. we flew a helicopter from new york to iowa for the iowa state fair. we landed the big plane in des moines. we took a helicopter to the state fair. you may remember this, and this tells you the type of person donald trump is. we fly the helicopter out there, we do a spin around the state fair and there are thousands of people coming because of the
trump helicopter. and he goes to land and there are all these kids and candidate trump turns to me and says hay, corey, let's take some kids for a spin. i say, no sir, we do not have insurance. this is not a good idea. it will be the end of the campaign. the end of the campaign had come 50 times by then. this was just another end of the campaign, potentially. and he says, no, i want to do this. it is very important. i think it would be great. think of these kids get to go on a helicopter ride. pretty cool. this little boy comes up if you trump gets up,e martha raddatz is on the news. if you are over the age of 12, you can go on the ride. she gets on and candidate trump has a make america great again hat. it's a gorgeous helicopter. he is seated across from the candidate and martha raddatz of abc news has a camera.
this little boy -- a surreal environment. he gets on the helicopter and the little boy turns to candidate trump and says, are you that man? -- batman? [laughter] without missing a beat, donald trump says, yes, i am. pretty sad. and with that, the helicopter goes up and the press is enamored once again that donald trump has driven the media crazy again. doing something that no other candidate has done in the history, which is take kids on a helicopter ride at the iowa state fair. primary did not rely on television ads. we had zero budget in the primary. we did not have a direct-mail operation. we did not have phone vendors -- we had phone vendors who tried to solicit our business. i said no. the largest phone vendor came to me one day, i had an office that had no heat in the winter and no air-conditioning on the summer. that is how cheap i am. i told the president i will spend your money like it is my own. the phone vendor said i would like you to hire me. i am the biggest phone vendor in the country.
i will do all your phones. i need $25,000 a month, plus whatever i do for phones. he says, yes, i am the biggest. i said, let me make a counter proposal to you. i will pay you $500 a month and you can sit in the back with the interns and answer the phones. if you do a good job with that i will move you up to the mail shot. maybe i will move you to the front desk and we may get you to a thousand dollars a month. he said, you don't understand. i'm a vendor. i don't come here every day. you have to pay me. i said, see, this is the difference. if you are not willing to come here and work 20 hours a day, we don't want you. we did not have any vendors for the campaign. did not exist. we did it all ourselves. for so many years, the political class made a lot of money off of losing campaigns with no accountability. the establishment guys, they are
my friends. i don't make any money on those guys because they are all bad guys honestly. say, i did x, y, z and july. of if i win, he won because my mail program, salvation, i said we will not do that. how will we run the campaign. we ran it completely differently. not only do we have to win every single state that mitt romney won, but we had to win florida, iowa and wisconsin, michigan, pennsylvania, and the great state of ohio. if you watch the news coverage, donald trump has to run an inside straight. impossible. no chance. he will do it. on election day, "the new york times" on their homepage had this barometer. the odds of donald trump winning -- where this number came from, i don't know -- the odds of
donald trump winning on election day, .001%. not even, like, 30%, maybe 22%, something. no, .001%. as the poll numbers came in, the barometer began to move. it finally got to 99% certainty, this was asked -- this was after hillary called and conceded, still do not make it to 100% which is amazing. , that is the media. but everybody -- many, many people, i would say, never believed he would run, never believed he was serious, and never believed this would be a real campaign. i put a chip on my shoulder in a good way. they said, you guys cannot even get on the ballot. you guys are so dumb, you don't even know how to get on the ballot. you will never file your financial disclosure statement because trump will never
disclose how rich he really is. for the 30 day extension because they could not get their form and on time. we did hours and 29 days. it was the largest filing of a candidate for office. trump forces people to be the best. and if you are not, you don't get to stay. i have seen it firsthand. he is a driver. he is so all-consuming, forces people to do things that, in a good way, you did not know you could accomplish. we ran a presidential campaign with five people. you want to talk about a meritocracy, here's my fundraising meeting. hay, mr. trump, here is my budget for the month. it's about $3 million. next. that was it. that was the fundraising meeting. he put his initial on the is a paper and we funded our own campaign. it shut out donors and made them come back afterwards and eat crow.
he is a much more gracious man than i am. there are a lot of guys who came to us and said, you know, i was there on day one. i was there on day one. i literally turned on the lights on in the building. but the president is so gracious, that even his adversaries he has brought into the cabinet, rewarded people who were very aggressive against him in some cases. the best example is when rick perry went to the press club and made a tough speech against candidate trump, sat with mitt romney and seriously considered him for the secretary of state position. has looked at many individuals who spent a lot of money against him and for his opponents and has brought them in because he is a person who wants to get things done. and washington is fundamentally changing. let me just tick through for a quickly and i would be happy to take questions. some of the things the president has already done. he has withdrawn from the tpp. he said he was going to do that. he has done it.
he has eliminated hundreds of government regulations. as a matter of fact, the american taxpayers have saved more than $86 billion in regulatory costs from the deletion of government burdensome regulations since trump has come into office. he has decided to lift restrictions on the production of $50 trillion in energy reserves. he has talked about and done lifting the roadblocks in the dakota keystone pipelines. he has canceled billions of dollars to the u.n. climate change program and was the put the money into america's water infrastructure. he as appointed a supreme court justice that is eminently qualified to be on the bench and will be a long-term successful impact with judge neil gorsuch. he has canceled funding to sanctuary cities. he has begun by removing 2 million criminal illegal aliens who have overstayed their visas and are here illegally.
he is trying to, pledged to repeal and replace obamacare. that is not done yet. he has pledged to provide the largest tax cut in american history. he has pledged to invest a trillion dollars in infrastructure spending. and he has pledged to build a wall. what i have said is that elected officials need to be held accountable. the president is my friend. but if he doesn't fulfill those promises, if he doesn't follow through on the things he told the american people he will do, the accountability is at the ballot box and three and half -- in three and half years. i think the american people are very smart. i think they have sent someone to washington to make a fundamental and wholesale change because they are sick of the way the system is. but if he doesn't implement that change and he needs help in congress and congress -- they are a tough partner. you would think they would have been ready on day one with a repeal for obamacare. you would think they would be
ready on day one with a tax cut package. that says there are trillions of dollars oval suit -- overseas, let's double the directions for millions of americans. and by the way, let's take every sub s corporation on the planet housed in the u.s. and lower their tax rate from 35% to 15% so we could have more money to stimulate the economy. congress has not done any of these things. and that is a problem. what i think is -- for the first time, from what i've seen, since 2009, the right track/wrong track survey, which posters ask if you think that the countries moving in the right direction on the wrong direction, we have seen the stock market with an enormous amount of value. but there is one final thing. ronald reagan said freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. we didn't pass it toward children in the bloodstream. it must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the
same. that is what we are up against, the freedom of our great country. i believe we live in the greatest country in the world and i think it is an amazing privilege to be a citizen of this great country. and i would be happy to talk to the immigration issue, which the white house unveiled yesterday. but i do think this -- whether you are pro donald trump or anti-donald trump, pro-barack obama or anti-barack obama, i don't care. you know why? because i want what is best for our country. it is bigger than any one person. if we don't do things to take -- of our country -- that is not isolationism, people. if we don't do things to take care of our country and make sure american workers have their opportunities against the global marketplace, for countries who do not want to see us be successful, we will do so at our own demise. i hope the president brings with him the business acumen that he had running the trump organization to the white house. we have seen a few examples of that. as it relatesmple
to the purchase of air force one. we have also seen it where he has been forthright in understanding the price that something costs with the federal government. let me close with this story. i decided to start a small business. as you all know, as business individuals, you have an employment identification number that the irs gives you so you can open a bank account. where they can get you from money laundering, which is a bad way to start business. my partner says to me, corey, can you take care this? i go to irs.gov an end it says the website is down for maintenance. please call this phone number. so i call, 43 minutes later, i answer the phone, a very nice woman answers the phone, her and she mrs. robinson says can i help you. i said i would like to get an employee identification number. she says you have to fill out the form and faxed it to me. i said what?
she said, could you fax it to me? i live in windham, new hampshire. i don't know anybody who has a fax machine. havecan find one -- do you this new thing called email? the irs, gimme a break. i'll drive 11 miles to the next town over. i'll find a kinko's that may or may not be open, fill out the form and fax it to you. how long will it be for you to give me the number i need to start my business? she says seven to 10 business days. what? i hung up the phone. i called the president-elect. i said sir, you are not going to believe this. the government is closed for business. what do you mean? i said, if my experience is equivalent to anybody else's experience in that period of time, not one small business was opened in the entire period between december 23 and generate -- and january 3.
we need to do a better job. he said, corey, we will bring a business mindset to the government. we are going to fix this. i tell you that because i firmly believe that is his intention. i have spoken a long time, so let me stop and i would be happy to take some questions. [applause] >> i am chief executive of the city club and we are enjoying a forum with corey lewandowski, former campaign manager for president donald j. trump. we are about to begin the audience q&a and we welcome questions from everyone. if you would like to tweak a question, please tweet it @cityclub. our staff will work it into the program. your questions should be brief and to the point. holding our microphones today
our director of programming and our content coordinator. may we have our first question, please? >> thank you for coming today and sharing your experiences. they have been fascinating. last night, i was listening to a radio broadcast, and they played clips from president clinton, president obama, harry reid, and president trump. they all stated the same security concerns about immigration. they all stated the same economic importance of immigration. and yet, president trump has been excoriated for saying the same thing his predecessors have. how is it possible that people can switch positions and you talked about the american public -- do they have such a short memory that trump is saying the same thing his predecessors did but there was no backlash for them and there is for him?
corey: you raise a very good question. to articulate that point, i want to take you back to an executive order that president trump issued, that a district court judge put a stay on. that particular executive order on banning individuals from coming into our country was the prerogative of the president, the same executive order that barack obama used, the same george w. bush to use, the same george h.w. bush use, all the way back to world war ii. it was never a challenge to the executive authority under the particular statute until donald trump implemented it. i think, when you look at what the supreme court, the highest court in our land, in a 9-0 decision -- 9-0 never happens. ruth bader ginsburg and roberts -- and scalia, or ruth bader ginsburg and roberts don't agree on many things. but they agree that the president has a legal authority
to issue that executive order and overrule all other judges. to your exact point, the narrative that donald trump is doing that is so egregious and so anti-american is one that the mainstream media loves to say. because barack obama actually deported more individuals from our country that has ever been deported so far under president trump. that is not what the media wants to report. the media does not want to report that this is the same rational policy that harry reid supports, immigration reform, that everybody says has to occur. nobody wants to talk about that because it's much easier, with all due respect to harry reid, to go after donald trump, because that's what drives media ratings. and he's very good at ratings , in case you haven't noticed.
media covers him that way. that's why, unfortunately, how they become profitable. i say this all the time. i think the american people are exceptionally smart and they look past that and they will hold people accountable at the ballot box, both in congress, in the senate, and ultimately the presidency if they don't follow through on what their commitments are. i think what the president outlined and what stephen miller outlined yesterday on immigration, is green card reform. it is a point-based system, one similar to that in canada and australia. and here's how people get points. if they want to come and be a citizen of our great country. do they speak english? reasonable request. everybody in this room is an immigrant of some nature. do they speak english? they get a point for that. what is their level of education? you get a point for that. has the person has ever received an award based on their expertise in their respective field? they get a point for that. is the person an entrepreneur?
will they create jobs here? you get a point for that. the system that they outlined yesterday is one designed to bring the best and the brightest. what we have seen as a failed immigration system, which not only brings amazing students to our universities, but then forces them to go back. you finish first in your class at harvard, or stanford, or yale and you are an immigrant, thank you for your four years. you are now going back to your country. you can't stay here. what are you talking about? what world are you in? what are we doing? we want the best here. we want to be most aggressive. we want to be the opportunity, the melting pot we have always been. we need a pro-immigration policy, not a pro-poverty one. what the president outlined yesterday was the opportunity to come here, the greatest country in the world, and have the highest privilege we canvassed -- privilege in the world, should be designated to the people who have the best opportunity to make our country
great. right now, we bring in about a million people a year under this program. that is the equivalent of the population of san francisco, every year. it is larger than the equivalent of the state of pop -- of the equivalent of the population of the state of montana. 53% of the people in ohio support cutting immigration down to 500,000 or lower a year. supporting capping refugees into the country to 50,000 a year polls at 61% in the state of ohio. these numbers came out yesterday. support is at 53% in ohio. there is a problem. there is a problem right now that this legislation is potentially going to try to solve. is it perfect? of course not. but the media does not want to cover in the same way that the president has proposed, which falls in line with what many
other democrats in the past have proposed, because it is not a sexy story. >> thank you for coming. i preface my question by saying that i am a lifelong republican, so this is not a partisan question. i look back on the first seven months, and i am concerned. i see an organization and a white house totally disorganized. what happened to the last couple of weeks is a most bizarre. i see no major piece of legislation having passed and he blames congress for that. or mr. mcconnell. i see mixed communications. some things being corrected. overall, i see a glaring lack of civility coming out of this administration in seven months. a president who goes and tells police officers to be more rougher on the people you are arresting. going to boy scout jamboree, my grandson was there.
as a republican, i am concerned and troubled. as an american citizen, i am concerned. what am i missing? what can you tell me for why i should not be so troubled or concerned as the direction we are going in this administration. ? [appause] corey: that's a very good question. your concern is well warranted. and it is not isolated by any means. i'm concerned. i'm concerned about the fact 4152 residential appointments, and of those, almost all of them continue to remain vacant. i am concerned about the fact that the administration has allowed individuals to hold over positions that fundamentally disagree with their philosophy on job creation and stopping putative action against small businesses. the administration has not moved fast enough, that is a failure of this administration. the administration did not do enough homework when it came to getting legislation done.
i had the privilege of seeing senator lindsey graham and he said to me i want to help get , health care done. if we can do that, we can get this bill done. let's put the money back in control of the governor's. let's make sure everybody is on board to do this. i said, that something can amazing idea. why haven't we done this already? there has been no signature piece of legislation through the congress. i think if you look at the dow, it had 29 records, including this week. 850,000 new jobs have been created. foxconn announced a $10 billion investment. quarter is atond 2.2%. economic indicators are good. i'm very concerned about the fact that we are getting closer to election cycle and, members of congress are afraid for their own reelection campaigns. so are the members of the u.s. senate. they don't want to take the tough votes.
they want to kick that can down the road until after they are potentially reelected again, because they don't want to respond to a tough piece of legislation. we have made a pledge to american people that we will get a health care system done. premiums are through the roof in some places. up over 100% in places like arizona. small businesses are being killed. we need to follow through on that. i am very concerned that we have the administration has not been strong enough for putting the right people in place throughout the bureaucracy. is the senate accountable? yes. did the president get enough credit for getting neil gorsuch through the supreme court? no, he did not. did he get credit for personally intervening and having a hostage released from egypt? no he did not, that was a half of day story. i think the change with general four-starng in, a
buttoned up general is exactly what the white house needs. you have put a person and place it is a leader of men and women, who has been to the battlefield, the leader of the southern command, who by all accounts , republicans and democrats alike will tell you he knows , what he is doing. what you need is not chaos in the white house. what you need is consistency. you need the president focused on the big picture, and implementing his agenda. and you need the staff. jim kelly from boston is going to be the chief of the staff. not the chief of the president. he is going to go there and make sure that every piece of information given to the president is right. it will affect our country in the right way. that is what he is going to do. my opinion, that move should have been made three months ago. here is where we are. the presidents prerogative to choose who the chief of staff is. i think we're going to see a change in the implementation coming from the white house.
let's be clear, the communications team at the white house, sean spicer is a friend of mine. and i have known anthony scaramucci for a long time. if you tell me the house of cards is going to write a story, and anthony scaramucci will be the next one, and we're going to lay out the next 11 days in the house of cards, the producers would say that is never going to happen. mistake after mistake. it is time to understand -- it's time to it to work. that is what the american people deserve. [applause] to, in my have opinion, have relationships to get things done. you can disagree on things. the american people are tired of the stagnant, broken washington. it is time to bring people together. particularly the republicans. they have an obligation, with a very short window.
they need to get significant changes done. if they don't get that, i hope the voters hold them accountable. >> there is a quote, the color of your character is shown not when people see what you are doing, but what you do when you are by yourself. my question is about golf. trump said i'm going to be so busy working for y'all, i'm not going to have time to go on vacations. which we have now found out is not true. getting ready to leave for a vacation in new jersey. anyway. this is a man who cheats at his golf score, who drives his cart on the tee box and the grain, and improves his line. why should we believe anything? if you cannot even be honest about his golf score. corey: i have never played golf with the president. i will tell you this. he is probably a three handicap. i don't know what that means, it is supposed to be really good. if you want to have a discussion, we can have a
discussion. i have never played with the president, but if you have and you see him drive on the green that he owns, maybe he should talk to the owner. he owns the place so he gets to drive wherever he wants. let me say this, i have never played golf with the president. i think by all accounts he is probably the best golfer as a president we have ever seen. if that is what the criteria to be a good president is. i don't think it is. andink what he wants to do, he has played golf with the president of china. i think he has played with potentially, the prime minister of japan. be was inhen a florida, they play golf together. if we are going to criticize donald trump for playing golf, then we need to criticize barack obama for playing golf. you can't have it one way and not the other.
if you want to be fair, if you want to say that donald trump shouldn't play golf, then you should have raised the same issue when barack obama played golf. it is fair. [applause] >> good afternoon. you appeared on meet the press and stated, and i'm quoting, it's my recommendation to the president of the united states to fire richard cordray. who is chairman of the consumer financial protection bureau. this caused chuck todd to ask you whether you had a client who wants to see mr. cordray fired. you said no, no. i have no clients, whatsoever. however, it was reported in the new york times on tuesday that among your new consulting company's clients is community choice financial, a leader in the payday lending industry, which has faced heightened scrutiny by the consumer protection bureau to limit certain loan practices. we can all agree that truth and facts matter. my question, yes or no, is
community choice financial indeed one of your company's clients? corey: let me be as clear as i can be. as clear as i can be. whether richard cordray is the b, or not thehe cfp chairman, i do not make one dime on that decision, not one. let me go on to say richard cordray on friday of last week received a notification because he is now campaigning for governor sitting in a federal office. let me remind you that the chairman of the house financial services committee on april 12 of this year, in a public hearing called for richard , cordray to be fired. there have been a dozen federal elected officials who have asked for cordray to be fired. whether richard cordray is the cfpb has zerohe
impact in my personal wealth or well-being. but let me say this. richard cordray is an unelected bureaucrat. propagating rules that will cost the taxpayers, not just money, but also jobs. my opinion is, he should be fired. if he wants to go and run for governor of ohio, then he should quit his position, like everybody else is required to do, come back, campaign on the merits of his case, and let the people of ohio decided he is the right candidate for governor. but to be an unelected bureaucrat, campaigning, we know richard cordray is coming back to ohio in september to speak at a jefferson jackson dinner. where he will announce his candidacy. he has told a supreme court justice in the state of ohio he is running for governor. that is a violation. this is exactly -- >> you have not answered the question. corey: i have answered the question. i don't make one dime. not a dime.
[applause] >> my question is that your previous employer is opposed donald trump while he was running for president, and has not been a supporter at all. part one. part two, roger stone, i happened to see the documentary about him. corey: you are the only one. >> in his quote, he says the people are so stupid they see somebody on television, -- [indiscernible] irrelevant of the fact of what they are saying or not saying, it is the lower educated people, the average worker, who will vote for donald trump. he has been supportive of donald trump since 1986 onward. how do you justify that
statement, that the people who elected him, he is calling them the lowest common denominator that will elect donald trump? corey: the first part of your question, you are right. individuals from the coke -- koch political operation did not support the trump political campaign. it is very clear. he is the president of the united states today. i guess their influence didn't have a material outcome on the election. the second part is, i will never justify anything roger stone has to say. you, roger stone only speaks for roger stone, not anybody in the administration. >> thank you for being here. i want to ask you, how is the president's spirit? one of the things in my community, perhaps we were not with him in the beginning, but i
am seeing the type turn. we are a very conservative community. i just want to say god bless him, and thank him for all the things he has gone through the country. [applause] let me say this. i think nobody other than the 44 occupants of that office can tell you what it is like to be the president of the united states. it must be a very difficult job for anybody. the president remains upbeat and hopeful. i also think he is a bit disappointed in the lack of progress he has been able to achieve. as a business executive you can make a decision and move forward, and that is going to implement it. with the government it is more difficult. with all due respect to the president and his team that came with him, the top seven or eight individuals that came to the
administration, had never in their lives, until the day they took office had a.gov email address. they were all outsiders. down the list. it doesn't matter who it is. nobody had a .gov email. there was a learning curve. he is an optimistic person. he continues to be optimistic. i think the pivot of a new chief of staff has brought a new sense to him of the ability to go in a legislative agenda done, which is something that is the highest priority to him now. >> one-word answer. will you acknowledge you decided not to answer that gentleman's question about the police in the jamboree, and this woman's question and whether or not you not is your company a client or not? are they a client? corey: do you want to ask -- answer and one-word?
it is a multiple part question. yes, police jamboree. no. when you get the podium, you get to talk as long as you want. let me answer his question. i will be specific to his question. i thought i addressed his question and i am sorry if i didn't. i thought i was very fair in my criticism of the administration. if i did not fully address your question, i didn't know it was your job to make sure i addressed his question. let me adjust it for you. do -- should the president of the united states have given a political speech at the boy scouts? part of your question? i am sorry. i am sorry i overlook that. i and her stand your grandson was there, thank you for his service. that is not my decision. it is the decision of the president of the united states. if he chooses to make a speech on a topic that he wants to choose, you can criticize him for that and hold him accountable for that. is the speech of the boy scouts the speech that was written for him and designed to begin given
at that location? i don't know. i don't work for the administration. i can see the uproar. why don't we talk about the fact that, i think i was not there -- most people who attended that were boy scouts were thankful that the president of the united states took time out of his day to recognize their service to our great country. maybe i am wrong. i would think that would be the larger context, the larger story is that the boy scouts who provide an amazing service were grateful that the president of the united states came to them and met with them, and spoke with them. maybe you have a different opinion of that. maybe his grandson has a different opinion. we will address that. the second point. let me apologize. if the president said police officers should not put their hand on somebody's head as they put them in the car, if that is so egregious, that is what our discussion is about, not about
individuals -- north korea wants to kill us. don't kid yourself. if our conversation is about whether -- the police officer -- by the way. i was one. i don't know if you have ever served. but i have. i have for four years as a new hampshire state cop. i think everybody should be treated with respect. i don't think the president said anything other than that. if he intimated maybe you to put your hand on the head of a murderer as you put in the back of the car -- i know what the police department is going to continue to do regardless of what the president says you could or could not do. [applause] >> today we have been participating in a form with -- for him -- forum with corey lewandowski. we welcomed guest hosts -- thank you for joining us.
we also welcomes students from john hoeven high school. student participation is provided by many foundations including the william e weiss foundation. i want to thank all of you for being here today. that brings us to the end of our forum. our forum is adjourned. [applause] live coverage of the conference friday and saturday on in at 1:00 eastern, a discussion on standing up for working families and embracing progressive values. at 2:30, a looks to how to win back our through organizing. developing vision statements for the type of society regresses want to see.
saturday at 10:30 am eastern elizabethren -- warren speaks of the conference for you later, former vice president al gore and, chama -- pamela join us for live coverage of the conference on c-span. >> secretary of state rex tillerson commented on threats from north korea and the human security council decision to impose stricter sanctions on north korea. bespoke to reporters on a refueling stop in guam while returning from meetings with allies in southeast asia. >> [indiscernible] secretary tillerson: the international community, a unanimous un security council