Alexander Marlow


President Donald Trump told Breitbart News that he is confident his 2016 voters will be even more supportive of him in 2020.

“They’re smarter and they’re tougher and they work their asses off,” Trump said about his base in response to a question from Senior Breitbart News White House Correspondent Charlie Spiering during an Oval Office interview. “And that’s what came out; they came out of the valleys and the rivers, and they came all over the place. Honestly, you remember. Nobody knew they existed. They’re the real people. They’re the real great people.”

Trump supporters gather at a final campaign rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on November 6, 2016, just 48 hours before election day. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Supporters cheer for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on November 6, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

When Breitbart News Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle asked Trump if he thinks they will come back out in 2020 to support him again, Trump said he thinks even more will back his re-election.

“I think more so,” Trump said.

“Oh, I see it,” Trump added. “We went to Alabama, and from the airplane to the site where the tornado was there were people lined up five deep—you see it, you were there with us? Did you see the pictures? I mean, like, thousands and thousands of people from the plane all the way out to the site—like it was a Fifth Avenue parade. But just to finish, when I was campaigning, I said I was going to do this, I was going to do that, I was going to do things. Now I’ve done them.”

Supporters cheer for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump as he arrives for his rally in Charleston, West Virginia, on May 5, 2016. (Mark Lyons/Getty Images)
Candidate Donald Trump with a supporter at a rally on October 31, 2015, in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Trump touted his healthcare accomplishments, including Right to Try and an overhaul for veterans healthcare options, and said he has gotten more done than he set out to do.

“You look at what we’ve done, we’ve done far—actually a liberal commentator said, whether you like him or not he’s done far more than he said he was going to do,” Trump said. “Right to Try? I never talked about Right to Try but we got Right to Try—great thing. We’ve done a lot more. We’ve got Choice. I never really said I was going to get Choice because most people said we couldn’t, but I got Choice. We got things done that nobody thought were possible.”

Candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Akron, Ohio, on August 22, 2016. (Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
Trump speaks at an airport hanger during a rally on September 27, 2016, in Melbourne, Florida. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

“We’re not finished with [health care],” Trump continued. “You look at the Texas case. In theory if you look at that that whole case was based on the fact that—look at what we got knocked out in that case. Yet, on healthcare, we’ve done a great job on healthcare. You have a lot of reforms. You have the cooperative plans, you have a lot of plans. The healthcare is going to be interesting because people don’t want to lose their private plans. In theory, under their healthcare you can’t have private plans. People are getting great care, they’ve worked hard, they have enough money, they’re highly competitive plans—cost-wise, highly competitive.”

Supporters cheers as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives for a ‘Thank You Tour 2016’ rally on December 17, 2016, in Mobile, Alabama. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump added that he believes re-election will be easier than his first campaign in 2016 because he has a record to run on this time.

“I think we’ve done a great job,” Trump said. “I think it’s a lot easier this time because I can say ‘look what I’ve done.’ We’ve done the tax cuts, the regulations, all the things we’ve done.”

President Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center on August 22, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Alexander Marlow is the Editor-in-Chief of Breitbart News, Matthew Boyle is the Washington Political Editor of Breitbart News, Amanda House is the Deputy Political Editor of Breitbart News, and Charlie Spiering is the Senior White House Correspondent for Breitbart News.

Author: Alexander Marlow, Matthew Boyle, Amanda House, & Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Exclusive — President Trump on His Supporters: ‘They’re Smarter and They’re Tougher and They Work Their Asses Off’

President Donald Trump is not happy that former House Speaker Paul Ryan blocked subpoenas of people and entities Trump thinks the House GOP should have been investigating during the first two years of his administration.

Trump told Breitbart News in an exclusive lengthy Oval Office interview that Ryan blocked issuance of subpoenas to people he thinks should have been investigated on the political left, and now that the Republicans no longer have the majority in the House, people Trump says Ryan protected may have gotten away with whatever they did that warranted investigation.

Trump said that House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and his predecessor and fellow conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wanted to be tougher with the left, but that Ryan would not let them.

“Paul Ryan wouldn’t give the right to have any subpoenas,” Trump told Breitbart News. “Okay? Now in all fairness, Meadows and Jordan and all these guys, they wanted to go tougher, but they weren’t allowed to by leadership.”

Trump’s comments came in a wider part of the conversation about how the left is more “vicious” than the right—and that the left in American politics plays “cuter and tougher.”

“So here’s the thing—it’s so terrible what’s happening,” Trump said when asked by Breitbart News Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle about how the left is fighting hard. “You know, the left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad. But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations]—that’s all they want to do is –you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this.”

Trump’s relationship with Ryan during Ryan’s tenure was fraught with peril from the get-go. Ryan only hesitantly backed Trump’s 2016 campaign in 2016 once Trump won the GOP nomination, but then backed off from supporting Trump after the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape. Ryan ditched on a campaign event he had scheduled with Trump that weekend, and the following week held a conference call with House GOP members in early October 2016 in which he told members it would be acceptable to him if they abandoned the GOP nominee for president just weeks before the 2016 election.

“I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future,” Ryan said on the private call, audio of which was obtained by Breitbart News and published in early 2017.

Ryan followed through on that and never campaigned with Trump. When Breitbart News published this audio in the spring of 2017, his then-spokesman Brendan Buck claimed that “a lot has happened since then” and argued that Ryan was working with Trump on the president’s agenda in the first couple years of his administration.

With the exception of tax cuts, however, which the president led the way on, Ryan did not deliver much in the way of helping Trump achieve any of his agenda during the time Ryan served as Speaker while Trump served as president. Ryan became speaker in 2015, when then-Speaker John Boehner—facing a revolt from within his own GOP ranks—was forced to step aside. Others had sought the job and failed before Ryan eventually ended up running for the position.

Prior to being Speaker, Ryan was the failed 2012 vice presidential nominee for the GOP presidential ticket of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. With Ryan at his side, Romney, who has since left Massachusetts behind to move to Utah and now represents Utah in the U.S. Senate, lost the 2012 presidential election to then-President Barack Obama.

Then in early 2018, Ryan announced he would not be seeking re-election in the midterms. Critics argued that his not stepping aside hurt the GOP in the midterm elections. Now that Ryan is gone from public life, he took a sharp shot at Trump earlier this week.

“The person who defines that race is going to win the race,” Ryan said about the 2020 presidential race at a lecture in Florida per a local news account. “If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it.”

Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., fired back at Ryan on Twitter earlier in the week, saying the former speaker “failed” in 2012, “lied to us,” did not deliver border wall funding he promised previously, and then went on to lose the House GOP its majority in the midterms.

Ryan has since walked back his criticisms of Trump’s 2020 prospects, saying that he meant to blame the media.

Alexander Marlow is the Editor-in-Chief of Breitbart News, Matthew Boyle is the Washington Political Editor of Breitbart News, Amanda House is the Deputy Political Editor of Breitbart News, and Charlie Spiering is the Senior White House Correspondent for Breitbart News.

Author: Alexander Marlow, Matthew Boyle, Amanda House, & Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Exclusive — President Donald Trump: Paul Ryan Blocked Subpoenas of Democrats

President Donald Trump, in an exclusive Oval Office interview with Breitbart News on Monday afternoon, said he does not want immigrants coming to the United States to be dependent on welfare programs.

“I don’t want to have anyone coming in that’s on welfare,” Trump told Breitbart News in the more-than-40-minute interview in the Oval Office on Monday afternoon. “We have a problem, because we have politicians that are not strong, or they have bad intentions, or they want to get votes, because they think if they come in they’re going to vote Democrat, you know, for the most part.”

Trump’s answer came in response to Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alexander Marlow citing a statistic from a report the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published in December that over 60 percent of non-citizen families entering the United States end up on welfare. The report found that 63 percent of non-citizen households end up on welfare, whereas just 35 percent of native-born American households end up on welfare—a major disparity.

The report also shows that in non-citizen households with children, welfare usage skyrockets to 79.6 percent.

Trump added that while it is his belief that some industries need more workers brought in in various capacities, the Democrats and the left are pushing to bring anyone and everyone into the country regardless of the consequences.

“They’ll take anybody into this country and we’re not allowing it, but because of the success of the country economically, some people say—I blame myself, but that’s a good blame not a bad blame—but because of the country’s success and you need workers here,” Trump said. “You do need workers. You have homes in Houston, and they can’t get people to build the homes—and lots of other places. But because of what’s happened, and because of the people coming up, they want them to come in and they don’t care how they come in.”

From there, Trump added that he does not want people coming into the United States who are going to be dependent on welfare programs.

“I don’t want people that need welfare,” Trump said. “We owe a lot of money. We’re taking care of everybody in the world’s military. But now as you know I got over $100 billion from NATO countries. But that’s not enough, that’s not enough, we’re paying for massive portions of NATO. We shouldn’t be paying for this. They should be paying their own way, and we can help them, but we shouldn’t be paying for—and by the way, here’s a beauty. We pay for their military defense and then they take advantage of us on trade in addition. It used to be in order to have the trade we take care of them—but they get us both ways.”

He completed his thought in this portion of the interview by adding that it’s “no good” that the Democrats want to bring in people from other parts of the world who are dependent on welfare for decades.

“But I don’t like the idea of people coming in and going on welfare for 50 years, and that’s what they want to be able to do—and it’s no good,” Trump said.

This is the first of several stories to follow from this exclusive Breitbart News interview with President Trump in the Oval Office.

Author: Alexander Marlow, Matthew Boyle, Amanda House, & Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Exclusive — President Donald Trump on Immigration: ‘I Don’t Want to Have Anyone Coming in That’s on Welfare’

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