(CNSNews.com) – After that the new chief of staff Gen. John Kelly was sworn on Monday, President Donald Trump sang Kelly’s praises, saying, what he did at the Department of Homeland Security “is record shattering,” citing the former DHS chief’s success at reducing illegal border crossings.
“He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt, as chief of staff,” Trump said. “What he’s done in terms of Homeland Security is record-shattering — if you look at the border, you look at the tremendous results we’ve had, and you look at the spirit. And with a very controversial situation, there’s been very little controversy — which is pretty amazing by itself.”
When asked how the president expects things to be different under Kelly’s tenure, the president said, “Well, I think we’ve done very well. We’ve done very well. Lots of records. Lots of records created, John.
“If you look at stock markets — the highest it’s ever been. Unemployment — lowest in 17 years. Companies are doing tremendously well. Business spirit is the highest it’s ever been according to polls — if you look at the polls — the highest it’s ever been in the history of these polls,” Trump said.
“We’re doing very well. We have a tremendous base. We have a tremendous group of support. The country is optimistic, and I think the General would just add to it, but the country is doing very well. Strongest stock market ever. On Friday, we hit the highest in the history of the stock market. Business is very enthusiastic, and we will proceed and we will keep going,” he said.
Later, during Kelly’s first cabinet meeting as chief of staff, the president said what Kelly did at DHS “has been nothing short of miraculous.”
“And at Homeland, what he has done has been nothing short of miraculous. As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they’re close to 80 percent stoppage, and even the President of Mexico called me — they said their southern border, very few people are coming, because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment,” Trump said at the cabinet meeting.
“We were discussing a little while ago, before the meeting, how well we’re doing, however. We have the highest stock market in history. We have a GDP, on Friday — it got very little mention, although I guess in the business areas it did, but it got, I think, very little mention,” the president said.
He said “2.6 is a number that nobody thought they’d see for a long period of time. Remember, I was saying we will hit three at some point in the not-too-distant future, and everybody smiled and they laughed and they thought we’d be at one, and 2.6 is an unbelievable number, announced on Friday,” the president said, referring to the rate at which the U.S. economy grew.
The U.S. economy grew at 2.6 percent between April and June. The president has set a goal of 3 percent GDP.
The president predicted that Kelly “will go down” as “one of the greatest ever” chiefs of staff in history.
(First reported by CNS News)http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-arter/trump-what-kelly-did-dhs-was-record-shattering-and-nothing-short (July 31, 2017)
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