President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the World Economic Forum, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Davos. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Trump addressed the world’s plutocrats at the Davos World Economic Forum today. If you had to put a label on it, you’d nearly have to say it is “America wants your business,” and a little bit of “don’t f*** with us.” The speech was well received. Indeed, Trump has not been the international pariah that his detractors had hoped for.
MSNBC’s Velshi in Davos: ‘It Was Like a Rock Star Welcome’ for Trump pic.twitter.com/nPfl0ongvP
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 25, 2018
Here is the video (I’ve cued it to start at the beginning of his speech) and you can find the full text of the speech here.
The world is witnessing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America. I’m here to deliver a simple message. There has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the united States. America is open for business and we are competitive once again. The American economy is by far the largest in the world and we’ve just enacted the most significant tax cuts and reform in American history. We’ve massively cut taxes for the middle class, and small businesses to let working families keep more of their hard earned money.
We lowered our corporate tax rate from 35 percent all the way down to 21 percent. As a result, millions of workers have received tax cut bonuses from their employers in amounts as large as $3,000. The tax cut bill is expected to raise the average American’s household income by more than $4,000. The world’s largest company, apple, announced it plans to bring $245 billion in overseas profits home to America. Their total investment into the United States economy will be more than $350 billion over the next five years. Now is the perfect time to bring your business, your jobs, and your investments to the United States.
This is especially true because we have undertaken the most extensively regulatory reduction ever conceived. Regulation is stealth taxation. The U.S. Like many other countries unelected bureaucrats, we have, believe me, we have them all over the place, and they have imposed crushing and anti-business and anti-worker regulations on our citizens with no vote, no legislative debate, and no real accountability. In America those days are over. I pledged to eliminate two unnecessary regulations for everyone new regulation. We have succeeded beyond our highest expectations. Instead of two for one, we have cut 22 burdensome regulations for everyone new rule. We are freeing our businesses and workers so they can thrive and flourish as never before. We are creating an environment that attracts capital, invites investment, and rewards production. America is the place to do business, so come to America where you can innovate, create and build.
Mr. Trump's policies of regulatory rollbacks and corporate tax cuts found a receptive audience in Davos, even if his words about trade and the global system did not https://t.co/eaoDTsS9dV
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) January 26, 2018
'America first does not mean America alone,' President Trump tells the #Davos crowd at #WEF18. https://t.co/Ie9yNn85zv pic.twitter.com/BsrzBFhhR2
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 26, 2018
I believe in America. As president of the United States I will always put America first just like the leaders of other countries should put their country first also. But America first does not mean America alone. When the United States grows, so does the world. American prosperity has created countless jobs all around the globe and the drive for excellence, creativity, and innovation in the U.S. Has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and far healthier lives.
Trade Agreements That Are Fair And Make Sense
Trump at Davos: "We support free trade, but it needs to be fair and it needs to be reciprocal, because in the end, unfair trade undermines us all" #tictocnews pic.twitter.com/VV2wLYFcRG
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) January 26, 2018
As the United States pursues domestic reforms to unleash jobs and growth, we are also working to reform the international trading system so that it promotes broadly-shared prosperity and rewards to those who pray — play by the rules. We cannot have free and open trade if some countries exploit the system at the expense of others. We support free trade but it needs to be fair and it needs to be reciprocal because in the end unfair trade undermines us all. The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair economic practices including massive intellectual property theft, industrial subsidies, and pervasive state-led economic planning.
As I have said, the United States is prepared to negotiate mutually beneficial, bilateral trade agreements with all countries. This will include the countries within TPP, which are very important. We have agreements with several of them already. We would consider negotiating with the rest either individually or perhaps as a group if it is in the interests of all. My administration is also taking swift action in other ways to restore American confidence and independent. We are lifting self-imposed restrictions on energy production to provide affordable power to our citizens and businesses and to promote energy security for our friend all around the world. No country should be held hostage to a single provider of energy. America is roaring back and now is the time to invest in the future of America.
Iran And North Korea
In his Davos speech, Trump calls out North Korea and Iran for nuclear powers. https://t.co/lq7fX4ZKVL
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) January 26, 2018
My administration is proud to have led historic efforts at the united nations security council and all around the world to unite all civilized nations in our campaign of maximum pressure to de-nuke the Korean peninsula. We continue to call on partners to confront Iran’s support for terrorists and block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon.
Jim Acosta Is Still An Asshole
After Trump says of Davos “It’s been really successful…” I asked him how he can be America First if he’s rubbing elbows with big wigs. He did not respond. Video from @ElizLanders pic.twitter.com/jPWWRfTLir
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 25, 2018