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Determination Amid Distractions, Distortions and Media Deceit

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I certainly don’t want to be so bold as to expect honest national reporting when it comes to President Donald Trump. But it is a bit frustrating when there is no coverage of what this president has achieved in just over two months in office. Indeed, it is truly mind-boggling—especially in Washington, D.C.—to keep up with the frantic pace.

On Monday, the media painted his presidency as crashing and burning, only to see this president continue to follow his instincts and do what is right for America in every way possible. Trump didn’t spend time whining, crying and complaining over what happened with his attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. Instead, he kept his nose to the grindstone.

He continued to have meetings every day in the White House and immediately turned his attention to tax reform. He even talked about his next priority—infrastructure. Then we heard from House Speaker Paul Ryan that “repeal and replace” is not yet a dead issue.

Pro-Growth Enthusiasm

Since the election, we have seen enthusiasm, optimism and excitement throughout the economy because of this new, pro-growth environment. Among the companies adopting a bullish outlook are LG, Samsung, Carrier, Ford, ExxonMobil, Foxconn, Fiat/Chrysler, Sprint, Alibaba, Charter Communications, Bayer-Monsanto, Amazon, Hyundai, General Motors, Toyota, U.S. Steel, IBM, Pizza Hut, Kroger ... and believe it or not, I could go on.

These are companies with “chops” that have committed hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy in the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs. Starting with his election and continuing through his first 65 days in office, Trump has inspired the creation of more jobs than President Barack Obama did in eight years. In addition to more than 460,000 jobs in the first two months of 2017, earlier this month, ExxonMobil announced a $20 billion investment in Gulf Coast manufacturing plants that will create 47,000 more.

All these companies, and more, are indicating that an improved corporate environment, incoming tax reform, lighter regulatory burdens and rational EPA standards, are reasons to expand and add jobs. As a result, they will spend billions through their respective companies and boost the American economy.

Visit Dan Celia’s website to view a graph on the number of jobs gained per presidential tenure.

The Proof in Spending

Of course, the mainstream media and liberals are fighting back tears over Trump’s actions. Now, they momentarily stopped complaining long enough to argue that these captains of industry were going to spend this money anyway. I can assure the mainstream media that if these companies were planning to spend money to expand and create jobs, they would have done so long before now.

This would have been done during the Obama years; after all, he was the one aligned with their personal ideologies. Remember, most of these titans of corporate America were Hillary Clinton supporters. So why would they do this now? Because—above all else—they are capitalist, free-market businessmen and women. Their No. 1 job is to bring value to their bottom lines and to their stockholders.

President Trump is determined to do what is necessary to create an environment of prosperity and free markets. The mainstream media, the Democratic Party and even segments of the Republican Party can’t continue to look at the same phony polls that predicted a Clinton victory.

Gaining Traction

These elitists continue to believe that they know what’s best for the American people and are upset over their loss of political power. They should be very careful, because this president will continue to gain traction and have the most important thing of all—the American people—on his side.

In fact, Trump may be the only politician in all of Washington who can relate to the American people. After this past November, could his opponents still be so clueless as to believe the American voter is as disconnected and ignorant as the leaders and media always thought they were?

Somewhere between now and the passing of an infrastructure bill, Washington better get to work on a legal immigration policy. We will need to be able to handle and accommodate the millions of workers this economy will need.

(Dan Celia is president and CEO of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, Inc., and host of the nationally syndicated radio and television program “Financial Issues,” heard daily on more than 600 stations across the country and reaching millions of households on the National Religious Broadcasters Network, BizTV, Dove-TV and others. Visit

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