Friday, May 31, 2024

America First Policy Institute Response to the Trump Kangaroo Court Conviction



Dear Friend,

Today marks a significant moment in our ongoing struggle for justice and fairness in our Nation. The outcome of President Trump's trial is a clear demonstration of the dangerous path our justice system has taken.

Despite the absence of any substantive evidence of an actual crime, the weaponization of the justice system during this trial is evident. Fueled by a District Attorney with clear political motives and a Judge with significant conflicts of interest, this verdict disregards basic principles of justice. Americans have had enough of these political witch hunts; they want a president who will deal with the high cost of gas and groceries, secure the southern border, and tackle out-of-control crime to make our neighborhoods safer. They want a return to America First policies because they work.

Americans have had enough of these political witch hunts. They want leadership that focuses on tangible issues affecting their daily lives, not on partisan attacks. The verdict against President Trump is not just an attack on one individual but a threat to the fundamental fairness that should underpin our legal system.

To truly understand the depth and impact of this weaponization of our government, we encourage you to explore our comprehensive analysis on this issue.

Learn More About the Weaponization of Government

Together, we can stand against these injustices and work towards restoring a government that truly serves its people, not political interests.

America First, Always

Thursday, May 30, 2024

BREAKING: Manhattan Jury Finds Former President Guilty in Bookkeeping Case


AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura

Donald Trump was found guilty today of 34 counts of falsifying bookkeeping records. 

There was already little doubt when this trial began on April 15, 2024, with jury selection that this collection of Manhattanites would find Donald Trump guilty. Manhattan voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020. 

As the trial dragged on for weeks, keeping the 2024 GOP candidate on the sidelines, it became crystal clear that Judge Juan Merchan was the prosecution's plus-one to this party. Merchan was all-in on the prosecution's confusing, Jenga-like legal theory of the case and did all he could to hold up the rickety superstructure for prosecutors. Merchan allowed the prosecutor to testify to facts not in evidence in the five-hour-long closing argument, yet ruled out witness testimony that was helpful to Trump's case during the trial.

It was an embarrassment of the "judicial" process. Lady Justice didn't just peek under her blindfold; she gawked. 

The list of reversible errors in this case will need a Lizzo-size binder to contain them all, but it will be too late for Trump in his run for 2024. Mission Accomplished for the Democrats, DNC, DA Alvin Bragg, Team Biden, and these prosecutors. It's all they wanted. Trump will win his appeal, but from here on out, he will be known as "convicted felon" Donald Trump, just as the lawfare left planned.

Bragg won't prosecute men who bash women in the head on the streets, the illegal aliens who beat up cops, or roll up a guy who sets people on fire, but by gawd, he fulfilled his stated goal to get Trump on statute-run bookkeeping charges. 

By all means, go through the stories my PJ Media colleagues and I have written about this case in detail and consider that this case should never have been brought, but I think the seven-man, five-woman jury verdict comes down to ten main things that were the first things I thought of as closing arguments wrapped up.

  • Slapping Trump with a gag order.
  • Hiding the underlying crime from the defense until it was included in jury instructions.
  • Prosecutors putting Michael Cohen on the stand, knowing he would lie.
  • The judge shutting down Cohen's former lawyer on the stand when he testified that Cohen had lied.
  • Allowing prosecutors to introduce, indeed testify, in closing arguments, that Cohen committed campaign finance violations, though the judge said they couldn't.
  • Cohen's plea bargain with the feds on campaign elections violations. Cohen took the plea bargain and copped to unrelated campaign violations to get less time in prison for personal tax and bank fraud convictions.
  • Failing to put CFO Allen Weisselberg on the stand, the one guy who knew about Trump's involvement in the bookkeeping of payments. He was kept in prison, not given immunity, and not allowed to testify.
  • Merchan limiting the top expert in campaign elections law Brad Smith's testimony so much that he couldn't explain why he'd previously ruled that Cohen's payments to Stormy Daniels were not campaign donations. He would have been allowed to give definitions of words. Merchan limited the testimony so his understanding of campaign law wouldn't be countermanded by an expert. He said it would be "confusing" to jurors.
  • The switcheroo by the judge allowing prosecutor Josh Steinglass to testify about elections law during closing arguments.
  • Allowing Stormy Daniels to testify in a bookkeeping case to give her gratuitous, X-rated, scripted rendition of sex with Trump back in 2006 in her renewed extortion of him before the 2016 election.
  • Giving jurors an a la carte menu of "crimes" that didn't have to be committed but just imagined by Trump. Juror instructions said they could find their own, nonunanimous, main crime, a tax crime, or state or federal campaign finance violation to attach to the 34 indictments to elevate them to felonies. The bookkeeping charges must be unanimous. Apparently, this was not considered confusing to jurors. 

After watching closing arguments in the courtroom, Georgetown Law professor and defense attorney Jonathan Turley said, "It's not that I've never seen anything like this, I haven't even read anything like this. What I saw in that courtroom was really otherworldly. I've really attempted to give the judge the benefit of the doubt on many occasions, but what I saw [during closing arguments] was, frankly, outrageous.”

"At one point, the prosecutor actually said that Michael Cohen committed a federal election violation upon the orders of Donald Trump," Turley gasped. 

"Now, Merchan has given an instruction that the jury is not supposed to attribute Cohen's plea deal [as guilt] towards Trump. The defense objected and Merchan just overruled him and allowed the prosecutor to repeatedly state that federal elections violations by Trump are a fact and that there's not any dispute of that," the shocked attorney added. 

"And Merchan just sat there. He was as useful as a ficus plant in that courtroom. I kept looking, waiting on him for any sign that the judge was even listening to some of these arguments," he plaintively explained. "I can't imagine a jury member going into deliberations and not assuming that this is an established fact that federal elections law violations have occurred in this case because [the judge] has allowed prosecutors to say it dozens of times."

This, of course, makes Merchan's ruling on limiting the federal elections expert testimony all the more pernicious.

Turley said the judge also allowed prosecutor Josh Steinglass to "testify" that former Trump aide "Hope Hicks burst into tears because she knew that she had destroyed any defense by Donald Trump. Really? How do you know that?" 

At one point during the closing argument, the prosecutor testified that "catch and kill" — killing embarrassing stories before they see the light of day — were uniquely done in this case and that they'd never been done before. "That's not in the record," Turley said. 

"Some of the most outrageous hoaxes were killed and perpetrated [in the same campaign] by the Hillary Clinton campaign with an enabling media," Turley fumed. "In fact," he noted, "many of the reporters listening helped the Hillary Clinton campaign do that. And that was what was so otherworldly today."

Turley's shocking examples of unethical behavior in the courtroom characterize the entire trial. 

You can see what the Trump defense team was up against. 

Let the appeals begin.

President Donald J. Trump ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’

By Dr. Rich Swier

We thought it would be important to look at what President Donald J. Trump did during his 4-years in office.

As people go to the polls on November 5th, 2024 it is important to compare and contrast what Trump did in his time in office and what Biden has done while in office.

This information comes from the White House archives:

Foreign Policy

President Trump restored American sovereignty at home and American leadership abroad, partnering with strong and responsible nations to promote security, prosperity, and peace. Instead of sending American troops to fight in endless wars or giving cash to terrorists in countries like Iran, the United States under President Trump used bold, creative diplomacy to secure peace deals with our allies across the world.

With the same “peace through strength” foreign policy that President Reagan once used to win the Cold War, President Trump rebuilt American deterrence power to hold our adversaries accountable. Perhaps most important, the Trump Administration reversed Washington’s decades-long, bipartisan refusal to confront China over its unfair trade practices, intellectual property theft, and more.


President Trump kept his promise to build a wall on our southern border between the United States and Mexico. With 450 miles complete—and many more in progress—illegal crossings plummeted over 87 percent in areas where the wall went up.

By enforcing America’s immigration laws, President Trump made major gains toward ending the humanitarian crisis at our border; keeping criminals, terrorists, and drugs out of our country; and protecting American workers and taxpayers against job loss and misuse of the welfare system.

National Security & Defense

President Trump rebuilt the United States military after eight years of decline and neglect under the previous Administration. He revitalized our defense industrial base, secured the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade, and created the sixth branch of our Armed Forces: the United States Space Force. President Trump also became the first American leader since Ronald Reagan not to start a war.

On President Trump’s watch, the world’s most notorious terrorists were brought to justice; the ISIS territorial caliphate was completely destroyed; and violent, corrupt regimes were held accountable through a mix of sanctions and targeted military action.

Economy & Jobs

Before the Coronavirus spread from China across the globe, President Trump helped America build its strongest economy in history. Median household incomes rose to their highest level ever in 2019, while the poverty rate hit an all-time low. Under the Trump Administration, more Americans were employed than ever before—160 million—and the unemployment rate fell to a 50-year low. The unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Americans without a high-school diploma all hit record lows, while the Trump “Blue-Collar Boom” saw wages grow faster for workers than for managers or supervisors.

After COVID-19 forced a temporary economic shutdown, President Trump signed the largest relief package in American history to protect workers and families from economic devastation. Under President Trump’s leadership, the American economy surged back to life within months, seeing record growth and job gains.


Before the Coronavirus invaded our shores, we built the world’s most prosperous economy

  • America gained 7 million new jobs—more than three times government experts’ projections
  • Middle-class family income increased nearly $6,000—more than five times the gains during the entire previous administration
  • The unemployment rate reached 3.5 percent, the lowest in a half-century
  • Achieved 40 months in a row with more job openings than job hirings
  • More Americans reported being employed than ever before—nearly 160 million
  • Jobless claims hit a nearly 50-year low
  • The number of people claiming unemployment insurance as a share of the population hit its lowest level on record
  • Incomes rose in every single metro area in the United States for the first time in nearly three decades

Delivered a future of greater promise and opportunity for citizens of all backgrounds

  • Unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those without a high school diploma all reached record lows
  • Unemployment for women hit its lowest rate in nearly 70 years
  • Nearly 7 million people were lifted off of food stamps
  • Poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans reached record lows
  • Income inequality fell for two straight years—and by the largest amount in over a decade
  • The bottom 50 percent of American households saw a 40 percent increase in net worth
  • Wages rose fastest for low-income and blue-collar workers—a 16 percent pay increase
  • African American homeownership increased from 41.7 percent to 46.4 percent

Brought jobs, factories, and industries back to the USA

  • Created more than 1.2 million manufacturing and construction jobs
  • Put in place policies to bring back supply chains from overseas
  • Small business optimism broke a 35-year-old record in 2018

Hit record stock market numbers and record 401ks

  • The DOW closed above 20,000 for the first time in 2017 and topped 30,000 in 2020
  • The S&P 500 and NASDAQ have repeatedly notched record highs

Achieved a record-setting economic comeback by rejecting blanket lockdowns

  • An October 2020 Gallup survey found 56 percent of Americans said they were better off now than four years ago, even in the midst of a global pandemic
  • During the third quarter of 2020, the economy grew at a rate of 33.1 percent—the most rapid GDP growth ever recorded
  • Since coronavirus lockdowns ended, the economy has added back over 12 million jobs, more than half the jobs lost
  • Jobs have been recovered 23 times faster than the previous administration’s recovery
  • Unemployment fell to 6.7 percent in November, from a pandemic peak of 14.7 percent in April—beating expectations of well over 10 percent unemployment through the end of 2020
  • The 8 percentage point decline in the unemployment rate from April to November is the largest seven-month reduction ever recorded
  • Under the previous administration, it took 49 months for the unemployment rate to fall from 10 percent to under 7 percent, compared to just 3 months for the Trump Administration
  • Since April, the Hispanic unemployment rate has fallen by 10.5 percent, Asian-American unemployment by 7.8 percent, and Black-American unemployment by 6.4 percent
  • 80 percent of small businesses are now open, up from just 53 percent in April
  • Small business confidence hit a new high
  • Homebuilder confidence reached an all-time high, and home sales hit their highest reading since December 2006
  • Manufacturing optimism nearly doubled
  • Household net worth rose $7.4 trillion in Q2 2020 to $112 trillion, an all-time high
  • Home prices hit an all-time record high
  • The United States rejected crippling lockdowns that crush the economy and inflict countless public health harms and instead safely reopened its economy
  • Business confidence is higher in America than in any other G7 or European Union country
  • Stabilized America’s financial markets with the establishment of a number of Treasury Department supported facilities at the Federal Reserve

Biden has undone everything that President Donald J. Trump did and has hurt the American people more than any other president in history.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Newly-Revealed Text Messages Present New, Sordid Problem For Joe and Hunter Biden

By Guy Benson |

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

The jury in Donald Trump's New York 'hush money' trial will begin its deliberations today, following marathon closing arguments from both sides yesterday.  As we await their verdict, if they can reach one, a federal trial featuring Hunter Biden is set to get underway soon.  The Justice Department colluded with Hunter's lawyers to try to make the First Son's legal problems effectively vanish into thin air -- and they have succeeded in shielding Hunter (and quite possibly his father) from critical legal scrutiny by letting some key statues of limitations lapse -- but IRS whistleblowers and a federal judge exploded that accountability avoidance scheme last year.  Having been effectively caught red-handed, the cornered DOJ special counsel has moved forward with various felony charges against the younger Biden.  

The elder Biden has reportedly been very anxious about his son going to prison, which is why he tried to put his thumb on the scale and declare that Hunter had done "nothing wrong" on national television, even while a federal probe into the matter was still active.  He made clear what the boss wanted, and he likely would have gotten his wish, absent the intervention of the whistleblowers.  The gun case looks fairly open-and-shut, and entails various sordid elements that are characteristic of the defendant's deficient conduct and character. Joe, therefore, is reportedly tormented:

President Joe Biden will soon have to watch and wait as 12 jurors in his home state decide whether his son is guilty of felony gun charges...For the White House, the scenario of Hunter Biden’s first criminal trial, all but assured to start June 3, is an unprecedented event in American political history that they hoped never to face...While aides insist that the White House will have no involvement in the case, brought by special counsel David Weiss, some fear it could dramatically impact the president himself, more psychologically than politically...Three advisers granted anonymity to speak about private deliberations said they, and members of the First Family, are worried about the weight Hunter Biden’s trial will place on the president at an already difficult time for him politically. Biden has expressed fears to them about the possibility that his son will serve time in prison. “He worries about Hunter every single day, from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to sleep,” said one of the three advisers. “That will only pick up during a trial.”

 With his son in some real peril here, plus with a tax crimes-related trial pending before the election, it feels like a slam-dunk prediction that the president will pardon Hunter if he's convicted on any of it -- likely after the election.  It's unclear if Joe Biden will also have to wipe away any perjury-related charges that may arise from his son's newly-revealed apparent lies under oath.  On the forthcoming trial, Rebecca covered some of the eyebrow-raising developments that certainly offer at least a whiff of corruption and special treatment (and no, the DOJ bringing these charges doesn't disprove the corruption, given the attempted but thwarted effort to make any or all charges magically disappear).

Biden aides leaked that the president has been consumed with worry about his son's legal woes.  About a week later, his indicted son was an honored guest at a glitzy state dinner at the White House, also attended by the man who runs the Justice Department.  That Attorney General, incidentally, has been targeted with other media leaks about Biden's dissatisfaction with the agency's handling of various politically-charged investigations.  The pressure is on, and has been on.  And the state dinner presented another opportunity for the defendant to rub elbows with Biden's top law enforcement officer, this time on the virtual eve of his first trial.  At best, those are terrible optics.  Worse, though, was the president's 11th-hour nighttime visit to Hunter's ex, who is on the witness list for the upcoming court proceedings.  This has 'Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac' vibes:

President Biden made a surprise nighttime visit to the Delaware home of Hallie Biden on Sunday — just before she’s due to serve as one of the most important witnesses at first son Hunter Biden’s federal trial for alleged gun crimes. Biden stopped by Hallie’s home around 8 p.m. for a brief private talk eight days before the 54-year-old first son’s trial is scheduled to stand trial beginning June 3. Hallie dated Hunter at the time of his alleged gun crimes and is one of a dozen expected witnesses...She was married to the president’s son Beau Biden, who died in 2015 of brain cancer, before her relationship with his troubled younger brother. Prosecutors allege Hunter lied about his drug use on gun purchase forms and then briefly illegally possessed at least one weapon — which Hallie disposed of in a public dumpster in 2018. White House spokesman Andrew Bates told The Post that the president didn’t discuss the trial with Hallie Biden during the visit. “No,” he replied. “He visited her because of the approaching 9th anniversary of Beau’s passing.”

Yes, this witness in the upcoming trial was married to Joe Biden's older son, who tragically died of cancer (not in Iraq as his father has bizarrely and falsely claimed), before she became romantically involved with her late husband's troubled brother.  The White House insists that the president only dropped by her home last weekend to console her in advance of the anniversary of Beau's death (the president famously couldn't recall the year of that death, per the special counsel in a separate investigation into criminal mishandling of classified material), and that the two didn't discuss Hunter's case during the visit.  That might be true, or it might not.  It certainly could be seen as suspicious, and represents -- at best -- yet another a lapse in judgment.  It's worth pointing out that the Bidens have exploited Beau's death as an excuse for dodgy conduct related their controversial family enrichment scheme.  That's unseemly in the extreme, but 'unseemly in the extreme' seems to be pretty on-brand:

Hunter Biden used his dad’s appearance at a Sandy Hook shooting memorial event to coordinate a previously unknown planned meeting between the former vice president and a Chinese business partner, newly unveiled texts showed. On Dec. 12, 2017, Hunter messaged CEFC executive Liu Yadong on WeChat to arrange a meeting with his powerful dad, documents released this week by the House Ways and Means Committee revealed. “Can you meet this evening early,” Hunter wrote in the messages obtained by IRS investigators. “My father will be in New York also and he wants me to attend the Sandyhook [sic] memorial service with him and I would like him to meet you along with my uncle [Jim Biden] and then you and I can talk let me know if that works.” “No problem,” Liu replied. “Pls let me know where and when to meet.” ...Despite repeatedly insisting his family earned no money from China, the president featured prominently in first son Hunter and first bother James Biden’s multimillion-dollar relationship with CEFC, with most of his known alleged interactions happening in 2017 shortly after he left office as vice president. Joe Biden played a similar supporting role in Hunter’s dealings with Chinese state-backed fund BHR Partners, which was registered just days after the father-son duo landed in Beijing aboard Air Force Two in 2013.
Joe Biden falsely claimed during a 2020 presidential debate that his son and family hadn't made any money from China.  In fact, they've made millions.  Biden has also asserted that he never had anything whatsoever to do with his son's foreign business dealings -- which has been refuted by several of the family's close business associates, emails, and texts.  On the general subject of deceit and corruption, I'll leave you with this bruising reply to an anti-Trump tweet from President Biden's former spokeswoman and current cable news personality (whose new book has been called out for a clear and debunked falsehood):



Stephen L. Miller @redsteeze

Reminder that the Biden campaign and Tony Blinken authored a letter about the laptop claiming it was a Russian op, then circled it around to their friends in the Intel community to sign, then gave it to Politico to publish, and Jen  Psaki then promoted.

Yes, that all really happened.  And Biden then used the "evidence" his campaign had manufactured in order to defend himself on a national debate stage -- the same venue from which he also lied about his family's income from China.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

What Happens When Charter Schools Are So Successful That Public Schools Could Shut Down?


AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Perhaps no other state has given parents and students more education choices than Florida. As a result, the state's combination of charter schools, scholarships to private schools, and homeschooling support has threatened the finances and viability of public schools in the state.

There has been a catastrophic decline in public school enrollment in Florida. Part of it is the hangover from the pandemic that has affected school systems nationwide. But in the case of Florida, it's the success of school choice programs that have allowed tens of thousands of parents to enroll their kids in private schools or homeschool them.

“We need some big changes throughout the country,” DeSantis said Thursday evening at the Florida Homeschool Convention in Kissimmee. “Florida has shown a blueprint, and we really can be an engine for that as other states work to adopt a lot of the policies that we’ve done.”

Broward County, Florida's second-largest school system, is considering closing up to 42 schools. And in other districts, school boards are considering consolidating several schools, which is angering parents and students. Broward has lost 20,000 students over the last five years while charter schools in the county grew by 27,000 students. 

Broward County Public Schools claims to have 49,000 classroom seats empty this year, which is almost an identical number to the 49,833 students enrolled in charter schools according to an enrollment overview


These enrollment swings are pressing Broward leaders to combine and condense dozens of schools, efforts that would save the district on major operating costs. So far, some of the ideas are meeting heavy resistance.

One proposal aiming to turn a popular Fort Lauderdale magnet school that focuses on the Montessori teaching method into a neighborhood school brought a crowd nearing 200 people in opposition at a recent town hall. There, dozens of audience members, a sea of blue “VSY’’ shirts representing Virginia Shuman Young elementary, contended the plan would cause an unnecessary “disruption” for a top-rated school.

“You are trying to create school communities that attract families,” Erin Gohl, the PTA president at VSY, said during the May 6 town hall. “Look at what you have before you — replicate, don’t dismantle and destroy this incredible school community.”

Broward Superintendent of Schools Howard Hepburn has shelved the idea of closing 42 campuses; instead, the board has directed him to close eight schools in 2025 or 2026.

“If you want us to offer great education to your children and create the Broward County of tomorrow, you want us to close campuses,” school board member Allen Zeman said during a May 14 meeting. “And you want us to spend that money educating your students.”

Educating them how? Parents in Florida and across the country have a beef with the public school curriculum because it is failing their children in basic education. Standardized test scores are falling dramatically, and absenteeism is skyrocketing. Public schools are in trouble because their product is inferior to that of private and charter schools.

Instead of whining about it, public school administrators should examine the problem of inferior schools and devise solutions.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Reflecting on Memorial Day

“Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  

John 15:13

Today, Memorial Day, we honor the more than one million American heroes who lost their lives in defense of our country.

May God bless them and their families.

We owe those patriots a debt that we can never repay. 

We must never forget the true meaning of this solemn day.

So, during this day of remembrance, let us pause and pay tribute to their selflessness and service through our actions and prayers:

Place flags at the graves of our heroes.

Attend a Memorial Day service.

Say a prayer for all who we have lost, missing in action.

From all of us at the National Black Republican Association, we wish you a blessed and reflective Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Trump Speech at the Libertarian National Convention Was a Wild Ride, but Had Some Cheering by End

By Nick Arama |

AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura

Former President Donald Trump spoke at the Libertarian National Convention in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. 

He was welcomed to the stage by Angela McArdle, the Libertarian National Committee Chair. She said that she had also invited Joe Biden to address the Convention, but he did not accept. Of course not. Joe Biden is barely able to operate with teleprompters, he could never address a potentially hostile crowd. 

Trump was willing to take on the task in the effort to reach out to libertarians. And that was quite a challenge, as some were solidly hostile, likely not happy that a candidate -- other than a declared libertarian -- was there. He got a fair amount of boos before he even began speaking. That didn't make a lot of sense, to boo the major candidate who shows up and says he wants to listen to you. 

He also didn't make them happy when he said he wanted them to work together and vote for him to stop Joe Biden (rather than voting for a libertarian). 

I have to give him all kinds of props for the effort to reach the audience. He started by calling for a moment of silence for the two Missouri missionaries who were killed in Haiti this week. 

As he spoke, the booing did go down a lot, including when Trump spoke about protecting freedoms and rights. It was a great recitation of the things he'd done to help protect freedoms, and reduce government regulation, taxes, and interference in our lives. 

He got cheers when he talked about stopping wars and not waging regime change around the world. He got cheers for talking against vaccine mandates. 

He got cheers when he said he would give power back to the states and to the people. He also got cheers when he said he would free the "peaceful" J6 people, as well as commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht. Many of the people in the crowd were touting "Free Ross" signs, and they roared with approval at that. 

Ulbricht is the Silk Road founder, who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The libertarians have championed his cause because they believe he should not have gotten a sentence like that for what he did. 

Trump kept stressing the importance of coming together to help beat Joe Biden because of the harm he was doing to the country. 

So, while I think it was a challenge, he hung in there, and I think he may have won some of them over. 



Libertarian Chair Just Levels Biden Team After Their Hot Take About Rowdy Reaction to Trump Speech