Fox Business TV host Lou Dobbs had been an enthusiastic supporter of the president, but the recent sight of Trump cozying up in the White House with Apple CEO Tim Cook and US Chamber of Commerce honcho Tom Donohue [Email him] sent the broadcaster over the edge.
Even worse may have been the reaffirmation of increasing immigration that President Trump first made in the SOTU. Near the end of the White House presser, a reporter asked, “How much more immigration would you like to see?”
The president responded, “Well, we’re going to have a lot of people coming into the country. We want a lot of people coming in. And we need it.”
It’s interesting how Trump doesn’t seem to like the word “immigrants” when it is preceded by “more” or “increased” so we hear about “people coming in.” Apparently he can discipline his speech when he wants to.
Millions of Americans did not vote for candidate Trump in 2016 to increase the number of foreigners living here, taking jobs and benefits from the country; quite the contrary.
There are still millions of American citizens who are unemployed and should be trained and/or hired rather than importing foreigners.
Dobbs voiced his disappointment on his March 6 show:
LOU DOBBS: President Trump’s America First economic initiatives have produced higher wage growth in this country, higher productivity for American workers and business. The president’s policies have forced US companies to pay workers more money and to boost productivity.
What are the numbers? American wages have risen three percent in the past year; they’re projected to rise again rise in to 2020 by those projections, and at the same time productivity projected to rise still.
Tonight I’d like to share a few thoughts, however, about what I fear is a new direction for the president and his administration and what could very likely be a catastrophe for our working men and women, small business and entrepreneurs — our middle class, the American family, the very people this president has represented from the moment he announced he would run for the presidency.
Now I try never to overstate, let alone indulge in hyperbole but what we watched unfold today at the White House was to me a disastrous policy turn and heartbreaking. What the White House billed as a meeting of major corporate CEOs who will serve on the president’s workforce advisory board, that board to be co-chaired by presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Their purpose, their concerns — here’s the president on both issues:
PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’re gonna have a lot of people coming into the country; we want a lot of people coming in, and we need it. We want to have the companies grow and the only way they’re going to grow is if we give them the the workers, and the only way we’re going to have the workers is to do exactly what we’re doing.
DOBBS: To be clear, the presence of the Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is impossible to misinterpret. DC’s biggest lobbyists wants to reverse the direction of rising labor costs and return to the cheap labor policies of the 20 years that preceded the Trump presidency. I don’t even know why this White House would let him in the door. He is the enemy of this administration and absolutely tries to reverse every policy in business and economics that this president has advanced.
The White House could only muster by the way 7 corporate CEOs for this big event. In what should have been a reminder to the president’s advisors and counselors that in politics, as in life, it is important to never forget who your friends are. And if this White House thinks that listening to the beguiling prattle of Tim Cook, Tom Donohue, RINO senators like Susan Collins is helpful to this president, then the battle for the forgotten man and woman in this country will be decided by the very establishment this president ran against. An establishment that spends vast sums of money and energy every single day trying to destroy him and his policies and his historic presidency.
That Mr. Trump would advance the interest of the globalist elites ahead of our citizens would be a tragic reversal on any day, but today — on the same day the Commerce Department reported the United States had the largest trade deficit in our history, the same day the president of the New York Fed said straight forwardly economic growth is slowing, that the southern border is being overrun by record numbers of illegal immigrants — it all means the White House has simply lost its way and that the nation’s heart will be after all broken by the very same people who brought 50 years of consecutive trade deficits and the export of millions of middle-class jobs and who have fed the swamp for decades.
I have a request tonight please let your Congressman and this White House know what you think about all of this and please be very honest with them. I’d make the same request of the advisers and the counselors to this president when this have served him and the nation so poorly.