BBC Interview 20 Jan 2018 #VetsForTrump

BBC Interview 20 Jan 2018 #VetsForTrump

Interview with Michael Kelly from Vets for Trump - Audio - 9 Minutes

by BBC Interview 20 Jan 2018

Mike Kelly Vets for TrumpI did an interview with the BBC at 8:30 AM EST Saturday 20 Jan 2018. The questions were mainly focused on the Presidents Inauguration speech last January 20th. My counterpart was Stefanie Kamerman from Pussyhat Project

A quick first question was about the Government Shutdown. My answer was simple. “This is an argument that is to be dealt with in Congress. It has little or nothing to do with President Trump”.

Explanation of my answer: Since 1974 the influence and control the President of the United States has over the process is diminished. See Wikipedia article here.

Basically, the President submits a Budget Request to Congress. It is then worked on and sent back to the President for a signature or a veto. The holdup is because Republicans do NOT have a 60 member majority in the Senate. Without a 60 member majority, little to nothing gets done that does not have support from both parties. Republicans only control the House and the Presidential offices. Therefore, it is the Democrats holding up any budget process and has nothing to do with the President. Hope that clears things up.

The second question was “How has America’s standing in the world changed in this first year under President Trump?” My answer was fairly straightforward. I will paraphrase unless there are “quotes” around something.

My answer:

Our enemies fear us and our allies trust us again. During the Obama Administration, a lot of our allies were afraid we would not support them. Now countries like South Korea and Japan know we will. President Trump also got NATO countries to start paying what they promised so America does not have to put as much into the organization. Trade agreements are in negotiation and for the first time, the entire UN Security Council, including Russia and China, voted to put sanctions on North Korea.

Stefanie Kamerman’s answer

Not good, President Trump has not met the Queen of England and will not cut a ribbon on the New American Embassy. In addition, I don’t like his tweets at North Korea. It’s like kicking a hornet’s nest.

Even the commentator asked if that was a big deal. I was a bit astonished at the answer. I did not have time to counter but the fact is the tweeting has brought the North and South Koreans to talking again. Not that I think this really matters. The North never keeps its word so it is pointless. As for the Queen and the Embassy, I admit President Trump was wrong about who was responsible for the sale of the old Embassy. However, I believe his main problem was the stupidity of the deal and the amount spent on the new Embassy. One thing President Trump can’t stand is a “lousy deal”, especially when it comes to real estate. Well, bad on you Mr. President for caring about bad deals! It’s an embarrassment to the world. (My tongue is stuck in my cheek.)

The third question was Do you personally feel better off now that the economy has improved?

Stefanie Kamerman’s answer

No, the President did not repeal Obamacare. The economy is booming and unemployment is at a historic low, tax reform did happen but we have an enormous debt. What are we doing about the debt?

My answer

As a business consultant and web developer, I have quite a few business clients. A good friend and client who is not a Trump supporter recently reported to me personally that his business was up around 33% this past year. As we look at GDP hitting 3% it will help reduce the debt. In addition, we need to remember it was President Obama who created more debt than all other Presidents combined. Also, as we renegotiate trade agreements the debt will come back into balance. The tax cuts will bring jobs back and Apple just announced they are bringing 350 BILLION dollars back to America over the next 5 years. Other companies will likely follow suit and this will also reduce the debt. Lower unemployment means more workers which in turn increases tax revenue and further increases GDP.

Last questions. In regards to race relations is US more divided today?

Stefanie Kamerman’s answer

We are more divided. Recently KKK flyers have been found here in Northern Virginia where I live. There is a huge divide between Democrats and Republicans.

My answer

I believe the country became more divided racially, not because of President Obama, but because the Democratic Party continues to beat that drum. Before President Obama, I felt the country was starting to get past that. I’m nearly 60 years old. I grew up down the street from (and here is where I misspoke) from President Obama in New York City. (I meant to say, President Trump). I grew up with a lot of mixed race friends. I have a mixed race grandchild as well as nieces and nephews. Another misspoken line when I should have said, Cousins. This gives me a special interest in the subject. As a Republican and Conservative, I do not personally know anyone who is prejudice against someone because they are black, Hispanic, etc.