Trump’s first day.
3:20 am – not a misprint
President Donald Trump met with a dozen congressional leaders from both parties to discuss his agenda.
That was private business accompanied by an early breakfast. No details yet.
Met with the biggest employers of the US – Ford, Johnson and Johnson, Lockheed Martin, US Steel
Told them there will “be advantages” to companies that make their products in the United States and repeated that he will impose a “substantial border tax” on foreign goods entering the country.
The president also repeated a campaign promise to cut regulations “by 75 percent, maybe more.” Those in the business know what regulations are a pain in the behind and achieve nothing, so it is up to them to point him towards those regulation.
Phone hook-up with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The details of the call have not yet been made public.
El-Sissi said afterwards that Trump would “without a doubt” make a strong leader and said he believes Trump will be “vigorously engaged” with issues in the Middle East.
They probably spoke about Israel and the shift of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
(phone call didn’t take long)
Announced his plan to nominate Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. Wilson will be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the position. Imagine – somebody from the Air Force to be Secretary of the Air Force. Right now she is the president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Another plus is that she was a Congresswoman for ten years, is familiar with the political side of things.
Another meeting with top businesses this time with with the object of ideas to stimulate the American manufacturing sector.
Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical, says Trump has given them 30 days to come up a plan.
Dow Chemical is an interesting one. He has been opposing the sale of US oil and gas overseas. Wants it kept in the US as it is the raw material for Dow’s products.
Signed a memorandum to leave the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The signing is a formality, since the agreement hadn’t made it through the Senate.Approval was unlikely to happen given voters’ anxiety about trade deals and the potential for job losses anyway.
Trump called the move “a great thing for the American workers”
Actually this is another shot across the bows for companies thinking of shifting manufacturing jobs to China and Vietnam and so on. What you might call a, “You stay and you can play” plan.
Just a guess but possibly Trump will seek individual deals with the 11 other nations in TPP- a group that represents roughly 14% of the global economy. Possible but unlikely – those other ones will be seeking Trump out. All bar Turnbull of course who prefers to sign up with some sort of deal with Japan.
Signed a memorandum that freezing hiring for some federal government workers as a way to reduce payrolls and rein in the size of the federal workforce.
Members of the military will be exempted from the hiring freeze.
This is the first step in an attempt to curtail government employment.
Signed a memorandum that there is no more money to be sent overseas to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.
Significantly he signed it one day after the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.
Much more importantly, he has cut off funds to International Planned Parenthood the biggest abortion business in the world. This was the group exposed as killing the babies in such as way as not to damage their body parts for researchers. Domestic Planned Parenthood is likely to be next. At a guess Cruz will introduce the necessary legislation in the Senate.
1.00 Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence (probably to ask him what he has been doing all morning.)
2.30 Met leaders of construction, carpenters, plumbers and sheet metal unions
Participants included North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey, Laborers’ International Union of North America President Terry O’Sullivan, SMART sheet metal workers’ union President Joseph Sellers, United Brotherhood of Carpenters President Doug McCarron and Mark McManus, president of the United Association that represents plumbers, pipefitters, welders and others. These men are as important as the big movers and shakers of industry. And a thousands times more important than any politician.
Haven’t heard yet what he did with the rest of the afternoon, but it wasn’t golf.