tv Corey Lewandowski Discusses the Trump Presidency CSPAN August 10, 2017 11:49am-12:38pm EDT
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i can use it. afternoon welcome to the city club of cleveland. congressman jim. i'm strong supporter and prior speaker here at the city club. pleasure to introduce you to the speaker, corey lewandowski. corey is a friend and someone in unique position to offer perspective on president trump's six months in office. remember, he does not work for hisadministration so comments are his and may not reflect the opinion or position of the president or his administration. pleased he can join us here today. corey served as chief adviser campaign and campaign manager of donald trump 2016 presidential campaign. in those roles he is credited for orchestrate trump's unlikely season.ing primary under his leadership, mr. trump
primaries andcan caucuses and received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history of the republican party. while only spending a fraction money of the other competitor spents over the same period of time. mr. lewandowski is credit campaign andllful sighted as a visionary understanding the pulse of people. he served as national director of voter registration of americans for prosperity and americans for prosperity foundation. he also is the former east coast regional director for both organizations and served as hampshirector for new starting with chapters for those groups in 2008. mr. lewandowski worked as political director for the region for the republican national committee as well as senior and senior memberss with several of congress. he received ma in political
science from the american washington d.c. political science from university of massachusetts. ladies and gentlemen, please welcoming corey r. lewandowski. congressman. thank you dan for the invitation. members of city club. express howrst grateful i am for the privilege to come here and speak with you today. understanding the history of this amazing organization is very important to me. left out was, i'm a native. ohio
know ohio well. during my time here, understood importance of city club and the luminaries who come before me. or pour port to be the caliber of the people who you. before i want to thank you for the opportunity to be here. this. say i think donald trump is the greatest political phenomenon of lifetime. [applause] for everything that he has achieve, he has been successful. whether it has been in the new world, whethere it has been on television with it television shows whether has been as a best selling greatestd now the accomplishment of anyone's life is being elected the leader of
the free world. you back to the beginning of the campaign. of 2015, long before anybody ever thought donald run for office. i was asked to come meet then 26th floor ofhe trump tower. to speak to him about running a campaign for president. like many of you, donald trump goingld many of us he was to flirt with running. nobody believed he would run. of sitting privilege down with mr. trump in early january of 2015. sat down with him, i saw an individual who didn't need to be the president to have a great lifestyle and was't need the job after he the president to make a lot of money. me, corey, i'm going to have a great life. i have all the money i need. force andreat air private planes, helicopters,
home all over the world. i don't need to do this so that my children will be okay. be fine.ng to i need to do it because the country is broken and i think i fix it. that unique experience, 25 later had me stand up hand.y chair, he shook my he said, you start working for me tomorrow. you're now my campaign manager. now, truth be told, i didn't tell my wife was coming to new new job.ook for a little bit troubling when i meeting.r after that like many of you, i thought you what, working for donald trump for a brief stint as a political adviser, can't be bad career. guy.s a very wealthy just prior to this position i was working for family of the koch's. i spent at that point about seven years working for the koch
family. very good stable safe secure job and allowed me to be home with my children. four of.ave what i saw in donald trump is a his owning to put fortune forward to take enormous thent of scrutiny from media.eam back in january and fast forward of 2015, potentially the greatest republican field of all times was established. when you look at the individuals president,o run for we had the son and brother of a former president. known governors of big states. we had executives who had been the business world. we had sitting senators who's run for president in the past. name i.d., individual who had won already in specific primary races.
like iowang of states with mike huckabee and those individuals. race onnto a june 16th where most people go to iowa and't can't compete there. donald trump is on his third marriage. turned to be a republican. very quickly as we traveled the country for the first six months before we the campaign, sixth months after that, was that the american people were tired of washington d.c. a system where republicans and democrats alike have lied to us for 30 years. we're sit on trillion dollars in debt. there's no accountability on other side. members of congress and u.s. senate will say and do things and go back to washington do something completely different. time in myst lifetime, we have a candidate need running, who doesn't money to run his campaign.
money.'t solicit hasn't been beholden to the interest ofpecial way things will do it. someone going to bring a perspective to the federal government. that message, which was many people and troubling to others, was from and it's the same message. if you look back at donald trump mid-1990's and even before that today show talksiew, 1989 where he about the u.s., not negotiating eatennd having our lunch by other countries or taking advantage of us. listen to his talk back then proposed at the time wealthy one percenter should all geta large sum on taxes to the deficit down to zero. he's willing to write that check. because understanding of the burden of a massive deficit on is uncomey
businessle to executives. some of theyou what media was like. the cnnsmerconish, commentator, call donald trump george castanza. george will who had the privilege of speaking here, quit over donaldan party trump. george w. bush speech writer unpallable, he defended torture. this is just some of the media.eam what we saw in the trump campaign was an individual who's back against the media.
the statistic that the media that 97% ofter was not letrs said they did the media bias influence their vote. think about that. ago many that long people remember it, where we received our news from three onividuals at 6:30 at night abc, nbc and cbs, they didn't try to make the news. they simply reported the news factually. you did not know if walter cronkite was a republican or a democrat, or it liberal, they 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. he is a very fine guy. 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? it was in 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. miller did not call the white house and asked for comment, he simply tweeted it out. that tweet and his story received 6000 additional stories in the mainstream media.
when sean spicer called zeke 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. not 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, 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?" "please ask him to put down the twitter account." 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 realm of the "new york
times" publication. and he always says [indiscernible] corey: only it's much bigger. some people say, it's not presidential for him to tweet. he 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. he would 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 teleprompted, 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. >> boo. [laughter] corey: 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 7 of 2016 probably remember exactly who was there when he proposed a ban on illegals coming into the country, an immigration ban. probably 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 hours on an airplane in 18 months. 1700 hours -- now, it was a nice plane. [laughter] corey: it's a very nice plane. it is a big boeing 757, beautiful, trump force one. that is what we called it. i don't care what you do, 1700 hours is 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 75 days in 18 months. that 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 call in malted -- which is called a in the real world, but in new york, we call it 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. that was rare, we might get generally. -- chick-fil-a. 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 used 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 stop. 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. because 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. maybe it is thertheir strength or their weakness.
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, "corey, please don't let the president tweet about me." we tried 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 that donald trump is. we fly the helicopter out there, we do a spin around the state fair, it all is a mother are literally -- all of a sudden,
there is literally 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 hey, corey, let's take some kids for a spin. i say, no sir, we do not have insurance. i am a campaign guy. this is not a good idea. we will run out of fuel, and this 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, candidate trump gets up, 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. an eight-year-old boy is on the plane. it is a pretty big deal. 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 batman? [laughter] corey: without missing a beat, donald trump says, yes, i am. pretty sad. and with that, boom, 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. our 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 would 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, "corey, 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." i said, "what?" 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 shop. 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 lewandowski, and every other person who walks into the office that it, 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, and look, they are my friends. i don't make any money on those guys because they are all bad guys honestly. they say, i did x, y, z and 's mail. but if i win, he won because of my mail program, salvation, i said we will not do that. a lot of guys do that kind of stuff. i said that is not 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 anyway are going to be is we're goingon to be successful, 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 after hillary called and conceded, and we still do not make it to 100%, which is amazing. that is the media. but everybody -- many, many people, i will say, never believed he would run, never believed he was serious, and never believed this would be a real campaign. i heard it, and it 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.
we were the first guy on the ballot in every state. you will never file your financial disclosure statement because trump will never disclose how rich he really is. ted cruz in marco rubio, a very fine man, both of them, they asked 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. "hey, 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 please of paper, the money gets wired to the account, 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, he has rewarded people who were very aggressive against him in some cases. maybe 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 wants the put the money into america's water infrastructure. he has 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 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. let's repatriate our money from overseas that is sitting there, let's double the deductions for millions of americans. and by the way, let's take every sub 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. they have done none of them. 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 pollsters ask if you think that the country is 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 care 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 fair 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.
the boeing example as it relates 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 last story. this happened in december of last year committee of the president-elect, and he is mar-a-lago. 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 and 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 name was mrs. robinson and she 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.
she said he website is down, so you have to fill up the form and fax 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. if i can find one -- do you have this new thing called email? "no, sir, we do not have female 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. he said, 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 january
3. we need to do a better job. he said, corey, we will bring a business mindset to the government. we are way to make sure things run properly. 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] >> this will take just a second. corey: sure. , i am chiefn 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 tweet 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
are 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 one george w. bush to use, the same george h.w. bush used, all bill clinton, literally all the way back to world war ii. there 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 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 overruled all other judges. to your exact point, the narrative that donald trump is doing something 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 than 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 the fact that this is the same rational policy that harry reid supports, immigration reform, that everybody says has to occur. regardless of their ideological spectrum. 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. that is why the 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? are they going to come and 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 is a failed immigration system, which not only brings amazing students to our universities, but then it 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 that 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, which we can do bestow, 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 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. in support as limiting families and immigration 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 almost 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 then 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 the boy scout jamboree, and getting a political speech
-- my grandson was there. i am cognizant of that. 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 that there are 4152 presidential 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 punitive 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 two days ago, and he said to me, i want to help get health care done. let's walk rate of from the federal government back to the states, and if we can do that, we can get this bill done. let's put the money back in control of the governors. let's make sure everybody is on board to do this. i said, "senator, that sounds like an 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. gdp in the second quarter is at 2.2%. economic indicators are good. i'm very concerned about the fact that we are getting closer to and election cycle and, you are not going to believe this, members of congress are
afraid. they 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 reform bill done. premiums are through the roof in some places. up over 100% in places like arizona. small business owners are getting killed. we need to follow through on that. i am very concerned that we have not been -- the administration has not been aggressive enough in putting the right people in place throughout the bureaucracy. is the senate accountable? for slow walking some of those? yes, they are. 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? 830-year-old woman who had been in prison for three years? no, he did not, that was a half of day story.
i think the change with general kelly coming in, a four-star buttoned up general, is exactly what the white house needs. you have put a person and place who 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 tight and is right and is going to 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 president's prerogative to choose who the chief of staff is. i think we're going to see a
dramatic change in the priorities and the implementation coming from the white house. let's be clear, the communications team at the white house, and 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 voted for. that is what the american people need. that is what the american people deserve. [applause] corey: that is exactly right. you have to, in my opinion, have relationships to get things done in the house and senate. 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 play golf or go on vacations. which we have now found out is not true. he is 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? the man says he cannot even be honest about his golf score? [applause] 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, but it is supposed to be really
good. look, 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. i think he owns the place, so he gets to drive wherever he wants. let me say this, i have never played golf with the president. this interesting discussion. i think that sounded appropriate, when i say the word tension. exis that might exist when there is an outbreak as serious as the recent ebola outbreak, and we can actually ,earn what works to address the that outbreak, especially in the case