President Trump introduced General John Kelly, the newly-minted White House Chief of Staff, to his first Cabinet meeting on Monday, stating, “We all know him, we respect him, admire what he’s done.”
Referring to the retired four-star Marine general’s record as former Homeland Security Secretary, Trump made it clear that Kelly has made incredible strides. “What he has done has been nothing short of miraculous. As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they’re close to 80 percent stoppage,” the President pointed out.
Trump went on to acknowledge that he received a complimentary call from the President of Mexico, who told him that there are less migrants coming through their southern border as a result of the U.S. crackdown on illegal immigration.
“Very few people are coming, because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment,” said Trump, adding, “So I just want to congratulate him on the great job he’s done with Homeland Security, and I have no doubt that he will be an absolutely superb Chief of Staff.”
Bringing up a discussion he had with members of his cabinet before the meeting took place, Trump reiterated the following facts for the general public, realizing that most mainstream outlets won’t publish good news that comes as a result of the administration’s policies.
According to President Trump:
- We have the highest stock market in history.
- The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased 2.6 percent in the second quarter, meeting expectations.
- Unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 17 years.
- Data shows that “business enthusiasm” is at its highest point in 28 years.
Last quarter’s growth rate came in at a sluggish 1.4 percent, and Trump reminded everyone that his goal is to hit 3. According to the President, “2.6 is a number that nobody thought they’d see for a long period of time. Remember, I was saying we will hit three at some point in the not-too-distant future, and everybody smiled and they laughed and they thought we’d be at one. And 2.6 is an unbelievable number, announced on Friday.”
He elaborated on “business enthusiasm,” referring to “a certain graph and a certain chart” which show that “business enthusiasm is at its highest point in 28 years”. In other words, said Trump, “The manufacturers are — the enthusiasm level is incredible. We have a lot of tremendous things going.”
The President also touched on “some interesting situations that we’ll handle: North Korea, Middle East, lots of problems that we inherited from previous administrations.” He said reassuringly, “But we’ll take care of them. We’ll take care of them very well.”
Clearly thrilled about the state of the economy, Trump said, “We’re starting from a really good base.”
He went on to say that he expects nothing short of greatness from Kelly. “I predict that General Kelly will go down, in terms of the position of Chief of Staff, as one of the greatest ever. And we’re going to have a good time, but, much more importantly, we’re going to work hard, and we’re going to make America great again.”
Trump reiterated his ongoing theme, stating, “It’s all about making America great again. That’s what we’re going to do. That’s what I said. That’s how we won this big election. And that’s what we’re in the process of doing and continuing.”
When asked about North Korea by a reporter, Trump answered cryptically, saying only, “We’ll handle North Korea. We’re going to be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything.”