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On April 4, 2017, President Donald Trump hosted a town hall meeting that began at 9:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday morning. Roughly, 50 CEOs joined Trump at the White House to discuss topics relating to U.S. business interests.
Invited business leaders included head executives from leading American companies, such as Citigroup, Blackstone, JetBlue Airways, and Mastercard. Also in attendance, top representatives from General Electric, Hearst, HSBC Bank USA, Interpublic Group, Vornado Realty Trust, Centerbridge Partners, and Paulson & Co., as detailed by Reuters. The president’s hope in calling the meeting, was to join the nation’s top business leaders to discuss policies and how industries, working together, can produce a climate that is pro-business.
Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House Correspondent, tweeted the news in real time. Specifically noted by Knoller, was Trump’s mention of his upcoming meeting on Thursday and Friday with President Xi Jinping of China. The U.S. president made sure to detail what “a fantastic meeting” he is going to have, discussing the U.S. annual trade deficit, of $504-billion, it has with China.
Trump jumped from China to the immense permits and red tape needed to build new infrastructures. POTUS stated that any infrastructure projects, that are using federal funds, will not receive money from the government unless they begin work within the next 90 days.
In another tweet by Knoller, was Trump’s answer to a question about education for children. Knoller details how charter schools were touted by the president stating, “People can’t get in….far beyond an experiment.”
POTUS made it clear that he stood with business in his comment about destroying any regulations that make it more difficult for companies conducting business. People tweeted back to Knoller with angered responses toward the president. David tweeted his upset in that, the president is simply giving businesses the okay to “walk all over their employees” and “destroy the environment.”
In his final tweet, regarding the meeting, Knoller relayed a concluding Trump promise made to his business compadres.
“We’re gonna unleash the country – I’m willing to take the heat, and we’re gonna create a lot of jobs.”
Discussing jobs, infrastructure, and cutting red tape was the major focus of Trump calling for the town hall meeting. On the heels of his failing the health reform bill, the president now wants to make a big win in succeeding with passing legislation that will create jobs. Questions loom about how he can do this without putting the country into more debt.
Written by Carol Ruth Weber
Edited by Tracy Blake
CNBC: Trump to hold town hall meeting with about 50 business leaders
Reuters: Trump to hold town hall meeting with about 50 business leaders
Twitter: Mark Knoller CBS News White House Correspondent
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