The Trump campaign’s Virginia chairman, John Fredericks, asked a question during the White House press briefing on Wednesday.
Fredericks, who hosts a syndicated conservative radio show called the John Fredericks Show, asked the last question of the briefing.
“I want to change the topic a minute if I may and go South,” Fredericks said, eliciting a smile from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Though the bulk of the press conference was about the White House’s stance on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Fredericks posed a question about Mexico.
“The incoming president of Mexico has made two very bold suggestions,” Fredericks said. “One, he’s looking at giving amnesty to the drug cartels.”
“Today, they come out and say they’re seriously looking at legalizing all drugs in Mexico,” Fredericks added. “If they do that, obviously it’s going to have a tremendous impact on the incoming amount of drugs into the United States.”
“What is the president’s position on that and are they going to do anything to stop that from happening in Mexico?” he asked.
Fredericks was likely referring to reports that Obrador was considering the legalization of drugs nationwide in an effort to quell the violent drug cartel warfare.
“Certainly, we’re going to continue engaging with our Mexican partners,” Sanders responded to Fredericks. “I don’t have a specific policy announcement on that front.”
“However, I can say we would not support the legalization of all drugs anywhere and wouldn’t allow more drugs to come into this country,” she said.
One Twitter user tweeted at Fredericks saying, “I don’t remember the last time [Sanders] smiled or was looking forward to a question from the press.”
“Wouldn’t you know it, it was from Republican pundit [Fredericks]?” the user Tweeted.
“What’s not to like?” Fredericks replied.
Fredericks tweeted earlier in the day that the White House presser was “all Russia.”
“Again,” he added.
The John Fredericks Show, which he advertises with the hashtag #TruckingTheTruth and #GodzillaOfTruth, appears to frequently promote pro-Trump ideas and messages. The show’s website promotes pictures of Fredericks with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and Trump himself.
Under President Trump, conservative media outlets have gained more official seats in the White House briefing room.
By Curtis Ellis
The 2016 election gave us the “Silent Trump Supporter” — Trump voters who would not reveal their true sympathies to pollsters.
This was a great mystery at the time, but seeing now how Trump supporters are routinely denigrated, harassed and vilified, their silence was understandable if not prescient.
In 2018, the Silent Trump Supporter has gone global.
Around the world, government officials and heads of state ritually denounce President Trump to anyone who will listen. But at the same time they are pursuing the game-changing policies the president has championed.
Take this story from the European Union, please.
“China and the European Union vowed to oppose trade protectionism in an apparent rebuke to the U.S., saying unilateral actions risked pushing the world into a recession,” reports the lead sentence in a recent Bloomberg story.
However, European companies are complaining about the “lack of reciprocity between the access to China’s markets that they get, and the access Chinese companies get to Europe.” Brussels also has problems with China’s forced technology transfers, steel overcapacity, cyber espionage and investments targeting critical technology and infrastructure.
And while Eurocrats genuflect to multilateral globalism, they acknowledge the World Trade Organization needs to be updated “to better equip it for the contemporary world.”
How do we know all this? It’s in the same Bloomberg story, buried eleven paragraphs down.
China’s non-reciprocal protection of its home market, its industrial espionage, forced technology transfer, deliberate overproduction of steel and aluminum, and the WTO’s inability to deal with Beijing’s flagrant serial violations– these are the issues President Trump has addressed after decades of diplomatic happy talk and no action.
Count the Brussels bureaucrats as silent Trump supporters.
By now we are all familiar with Justin Trudeau, Canada’s woke prime minister, he who preens and postures in public about not being pushed around by President Trump.
Meanwhile, we learn the Canadian government is preparing a combination of quotas and tariffs to prevent a flood of steel imports from other countries including China. ”The moves follow similar ‘safeguard’ measures being considered by the European Union,” our friends at Bloomberg tell us.
Add Justin Trudeau and his trade minister Chrystia Freeland to the basket of Silent Trump Supporters.
You may want to put Toronto Mayor John Tory in that basket, too. While Trudeau gamely condemns the Trump administration’s immigration policies as “unacceptable,” Toronto’s mayor says his city can’t handle the huge number of refugees and asylum seekers entering Canada and is asking for help from Ottawa.
And then there’s Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor and anti-Trump poster child. While her public pronouncements against President Trump’s America First agenda are as fierce as any MSNBC host’s, her actions tell a different story.
Merkel wants to send some of the million recent immigrants to the other European countries they came through on their way to Germany. Her coalition partners want any more asylum seekers turned back at the border. Merkel recently had a photo-op at a Beirut refugee camp, and the European Commission is considering setting up centers in North Africa for migrants intercepted at sea on the way to Europe.
These are precisely the policies President Trump is advocating when he says Mexico should deal with the migrants flowing through that country, asylum seekers should be dealt with at the border, and Middle Eastern refugees should be taken care of in their home region.
Unlike the silent Trump voters of 2016 concerned about being bullied on social media or in public, the Silent Trump Supporters of 2018 are more cynical.
They bring to mind the story of the Red Hen.
Not the Lexington restaurant that refuses service on the basis of political opinion (one of the recognized grounds for seeking asylum, ironically), but the children’ story about the hypocrisy of those who refuse to make the bread but are more than ready to enjoy the product of someone else’s industry.
President Trump did the hard work — he had the guts to discard the failed policies and conventional wisdom of the past. He’s charting a new course for an international system collapsing under the stress of decades of systemic imbalances in trade, production and employment opportunities.
The lazy, sleepy and noisy are all too happy to call President Trump names — even as they emulate his policies and eat the bread he baked.
Curtis Ellis is senior policy advisor with America First Policies. He was a senior policy advisor on the Donald J. Trump campaign.
President Trump’s historic victory in 2016 was fueled by two issues that resonated with working Americans: curtailing illegal immigration and ending unfair trade.
These policies hammered Americans jobs and wages.
But Wall Street loves open borders and so-called “free” trade: both produce an endless supply of cheap labor and lower the cost of production, driving short-term profits at the direct expense of U.S. workers.
And China has been Wall Street’s love child.
The Chinese have been ripping off American workers for years. Political leaders on both sides of the aisle feigned concern while engaging the unholiest of alliances of all time: Republican big money donors wanted cheap labor and Democrats wanted cheap votes and big dollars from socially liberal Wall Street moneymen.
Donald J. Trump finally exposed this scam in 2016.
China’s cheating was at the heart of the problem. Trump has been saying this for thirty years.
Americans have seen their livelihoods destroyed. Their wages have been flat thanks to an unending flood of illegal immigrants and the unyielding exodus of American jobs thanks to China’s predatory trade practices.
Then, to the utter shock of the financial houses in lower Manhattan, President Trump actually started to make good on those promises.
He enacted a series of executive orders to punish China for stealing our intellectual property, threatening our national security and the very future of our nation.
Next, he went forward with a series of tariffs against China and other trade cheats, starting with aluminum and steel.
His final order was expanding tariffs aimed at protecting our industries and jobs from decimation.
His detailed list of 1,300 products, from pharmaceuticals and LED lighting to medical devices and batteries hit the industries the Chinese Communist government subsidizes and then dumps at below-production-cost in our country to crush all U.S. competitors.
China has made no secret in its plan to become the world’s #1 superpower. Its Made in China 2025 plan lays out a blue print for global domination. When China is in the driver’s seat in strategic industries, it will control the global economy and the American economy. And the President knows that.
American manufacturers and working people applauded his bold and courageous moves. They saw, finally, a President who understands their plight and who makes good on his promises.
But then the Swamp struck back. Some of the President’s top advisors, heavily influenced by Wall Street Globalists, want to keep the spigot to cheap labor and big finance deals open.
The Wall Street insiders started an unprecedented pressure campaign to abandon the President’s trade policies.
They don’t care about American factories or workers or even the future of America itself – they make profits by lending money, whether it’s to Red China or the Red, White and Blue USA. Trump’s tariffs pose a threat to their bonfire of the vanities sycophant view of self-preservation.
It’s Trump’s America First vs. Goldman Sachs’ Elites First.
The Wall Street traitors and their globalist corporations know once American jobs and industries come back, their decades old cheap labor and low wage fandango is over.
So they swung into action.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs alum, announced, “We’re putting the trade war on hold” and said we’re putting the tariffs on hold, too.
Memo to the Treasury Secretary: We’ve been in a trade war for 30 years, and we’ve been losing. President Trump finally called in the cavalry, not to have you wave the white flag of surrender when they finally reach the front.
Mnuchin and his globalist munchkins are pushing a phony trade deal, and it’s lousy on all counts.
First, China says they will buy more American goods, but they don’t say how much or when. China has been making empty promises like this for 30 years and they never deliver.
China is playing for time, as they have all along. They know they now only need a few more years to get a lock on strategic industries and cement their position at the top of the global economic food chain.
Second, the deal is bad because we would sell China farm goods and energy, the food and raw materials it needs for its industrial economy. They would sell us value added manufactured goods. This is the arrangement Great Britain had with its colonies. Now China would be Great Britain and The United States its colony.
The Swamp creatures floated the false claim that confronting China would cost the Republicans control of the House because they would lose the Midwest farm states. This is ridiculous. Nebraska is not about to elect a Democrat to Deb Fischer’s seat, and the real battleground districts are suburbs where baristas outnumber farmers.
In fact, if Mnuchin prevails, he could cost Donald Trump re-election.
The millions of blue-collar voters, including Democrats and union members who turned out in droves to deliver a historic victory for Donald Trump would feel betrayed and stay home in 2020.
Mnuchin would give amnesty to cheating China.
That’s no less a betrayal than giving amnesty to 20 million illegal immigrants.
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