President Donald Trump says he’s already settled on his 2020 reelection theme and that Americans can expect to hear more about it in the coming months.
“As I’ve traveled across this great country of ours—a country getting greater every day, I might add—I’ve come to the conclusion that we need a competent government in the White House more than anything else because after eight years of mismanagement by the Russian colluder Barack Obama, and the Democrats attempt to rig the election in 2016, we can’t have more failed policies in our government,” Trump told reporters in a briefing this morning.
Trump raised eyebrows last month by appearing at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that was funded by his campaign operation and billed as his first speech of the 2020 presidential election.
Corey Lewandowski, a campaign manager for Trump during the 2016 election, says Trump inherited a White House in disarray and has had to spend his first months in office “fixing all the things Barack Obama broke.”
Despite the clean-up that’s been needed, Trump is proving to be “probably the greatest, most competent president we’ve even had, except for maybe Lincoln,” Lewandowski said. “That’s why you’re going to be hearing a lot about competence in the coming months. What Barack Obama’s disastrous presidency has shown us is that, if you don’t have a competent leader in the White House, you fail the American people. You can’t get major legislation passed, even if Congress is controlled by your own party, and you can’t keep key staff people. You’re always firing people or having them resign, maybe even after only 10 days on the job. How can you work for the American people if you can’t even keep staff in the White House?”
Lewandowski is expected to play a major role in Trump’s reelection effort. “The president would like to govern but unfortunately he’s been forced to start his reelection early because of his predecessor’s incompetence and the criminal enterprise of his last opponent,” he said.
Democrats in Congress are also to blame, because they’ve made it clear their only interest is in blocking everything Trump tries to do. “Democrats aren’t interested in governing,” he said. “They never tried to work with the president on repealing Obamacare even though Americans have made it clear they don’t want to pay for poor people’s health insurance and they joined so-called Republicans in passing stiff Russian sanctions even though President Trump has signaled he wants better ties to Russia. We need a competent leader in the White House, so that’s why we’re already looking to 2020 to get one.”
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