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President Trump Remarks at the Central Intelligence Agency [Transcripts]

5:27 pm - 01/21/2017
President Trump spoke to employees in the lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It was his first event on his first full day as president.

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>> GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME. TODAY WE HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF HOSTING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AT CIA HEADQUARTERS. SINCE OUR FOUNDING NEARLY SEVEN DECADES AGO, THE CIA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL TO OUR NATION'S STRENGTH AND SECURITY. AND MR. PRESIDENT, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT IN THE YEARS AHEAD THE CIA, ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE INSIGHTS YOU NEED TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY, TO ADVANCE AMERICAN INTERESTS AROUND THE GLOBE, AND TO CARRY OUT YOUR DUTIES AS PRESIDENT. I AM CONFIDENT YOU WILL FIND THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO COMPRISE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ARE DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANTS, WHO BRING INCREDIBLE EXPERTISE, PROFESSIONALISM, DIVERSITY, AND INTEGRITY TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY MISSION. WE WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 400 CIA EMPLOYEES FOR TODAY'S EVENT, BUT HUNDREDS MORE WANTED TO COME. ON BEHALF OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE CIA, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO JOIN US. IT MEANS A GREAT DEAL THAT YOU CHOSE TO COME TO CIA ON YOUR FIRST FULL DAY AS PRESIDENT. [APPLAUSE] AND NOW IT IS MY PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MIKE PENCE. [APPLAUSE]



VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: THANK YOU TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR, THANK YOU FOR 27 YEARS SERVING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HERE AT THE CIA. [APPLAUSE] IT'S A GREAT PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO BE WITH YOU TODAY. AND TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE AT HIS FIRST EVENT ON HIS FIRST FULL DAY THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DONALD TRUMP. [APPLAUSE] AS YOU CAN IMAGINE IT IS EQUALLY HUMBLING FOR MY FAMILY AND I DO FIND OURSELVES IN THIS ROLE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE PRESIDENT FOR THE OPPORTUNITY HE HAS GIVEN ME. IT IS HUMBLING FOR ME TO BE BEFORE YOU ALL TODAY, MEN AND WOMEN OF CHARACTER, WHO HAVE SACRIFICED GREATLY, AND TO STAND BEFORE THIS HALLOWED WALL, THIS MEMORIAL WALL, WHERE WE REMEMBER 117 WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR FREEDOM. I CAN ASSURE YOU THIS NEW PRESIDENT AND OUR ENTIRE TEAM RECOGNIZES AND APPRECIATES THE SACRIFICES OF ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. [APPLAUSE] I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW OUR NEW PRESIDENT, WE'VE TRAVELED A LOT TOGETHER. WHEN THE CAMERAS ARE OFF. I CAN TELL YOU TWO THINGS FOR SURE. NUMBER ONE, I HAVE NEVER MET ANYONE MORE DEDICATED TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. OR ANYONE WHO IS A STRATEGIC THINKER ABOUT HOW WE ACCOMPLISHED THAT FOR THIS NATION. TO UNDERSTAND THE LIFE OF OUR NEW PRESIDENT, HIS WHOLE LIFE WAS STRATEGY. HE BUILD EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND I KNOW HE IS GOING TO MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN. [APPLAUSE] AND LASTLY I CAN HONESTLY TELL YOU IN ALL MY YEARS SERVING THE CONGRESS, SERVING AS GOVERNOR OF MY HOME STATE, TRAVELING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND SEEING THE CONNECTION HE HAS MADE TO MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN EVERY CAPACITY IN THIS COUNTRY, I HAVE NEVER MET ANYONE WITH A GREATER HARD FOR THOSE WHO EVERY DAY, IN DIVERSE WAYS, PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION THROUGH THEIR CHARACTER AND THEIR SERVICE AND THEIR SACRIFICE. IT IS MY HI ON HER AND DISTINCT PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE TO ALL OF YOU THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. -- IT IS MY HIGH HONOR AND DISTINCT PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE TO ALL OF YOU THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [APPLAUSE]


PRESIDENT TRUMP: I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY, VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE. IT IS TRUE, THIS IS MY FIRST STOP OFFICIALLY. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE SPEECHES. ALTHOUGH THEY DID TREAT ME NICELY ON THAT SPEECH YESTERDAY. [LAUGHTER] I ALWAYS CALL THEM THE DISHONEST MEDIA, BUT THEY TREATED ME NICELY. [LAUGHTER] BUT I WANTED TO SAY THERE IS NOBODY THAT FEEL STRONGER ABOUT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE CIA THAN DONALD TRUMP. THERE IS NOBODY. [APPLAUSE] THE WALL BEHIND ME IS VERY SPECIAL. WE HAVE BEEN TOURING FOR QUITE A WHILE. AND 29? 28, WE HAVE TO REDUCE IT. WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN TERMS OF SHOWING US SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL. AND YOUR WHOLE GROUP, THESE ARE SPECIAL AMAZING PEOPLE. VERY FEW PEOPLE COULD DO THE JOB YOU DO. I AM SO BEHIND YOU. I KNOW SOMETIMES YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE BACKEND YOU HAVE WANTED, -- THE BACKING YOU HAVE WANTED. YOU ARE GOING TO GET SO MUCH BACKING, YOU ARE GOING TO SAY, "PLEASE DON'T GIVE US SO MUCH BACKING. MR. PRESIDENT, WE DON'T NEED THAT MUCH BACKING." YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE IT. THE MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT GENERALLY SPEAKING, BUT ALL OF IT.


THE MILITARY GAVE US TREMENDOUS PERCENTAGES OF VOTES. WE WERE UNBELIEVABLY SUCCESSFUL GETTING THE VOTE OF THE MILITARY. EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM VOTED FOR ME, BUT I WILL NOT ASK YOU TO RAISE YOUR HANDS. [LAUGHTER] BUT I WOULD GUARANTEE A BIG PORTION, BECAUSE WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH. [APPLAUSE] WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH. IT TOOK ABOUT 30 SECONDS TO FIGURE THAT OUT. WE KNOW, WE ARE ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH. BUT WE ARE GOING TO DO GREAT THINGS. WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING THESE WARS FOR LONGER THAN ANY WAR WE HAVE EVER FOUGHT. WE HAVE NOT USED THE REAL ABILITIES THAT WE HAVE. WE HAVE BEEN RESTRAINED, WE HAVE TO GET RID OF ISIS. WE HAVE TO GET RID OF ISIS. WE HAVE NO CHOICE. [APPLAUSE] RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM -- AND I SAID IT YESTERDAY, HAS TO BE ERADICATED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. THIS IS EVIL. AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THE OTHER SIDE, WE CAN ALL UNDERSTAND THE OTHER SIDE. THEY CAN BE WARS BETWEEN COUNTRIES, THIS IS SOMETHING NOBODY CAN EVEN UNDERSTAND, THIS IS A LEVEL OF EVIL WE HAVEN'T SEEN. YOU ARE GOING TO GO TO IT AND YOU ARE GOING TO DO A PHENOMENAL JOB, BUT WE ARE GOING TO END IT. IT'S TIME. IT'S TIME RIGHT NOW TO END IT. YOU HAVE SOMEBODY COMING ON WHO IS EXTRAORDINARY. FOR THE DIFFERENT POSITIONS OF SECRETARY OF THIS AND SECRETARY OF THAT AND ALL THESE GREAT POSITIONS, I HAVE SEEN 5, 6, 7, EIGHT PEOPLE. AND WE HAD A GREAT TRANSITION. WE HAVE AN AMAZING TEAM OF TALENT. BY THE WAY, GENERAL FLYNN IS OVER HERE. PUT UP YOUR HAND. [APPLAUSE] AND -- HE WAS THIS POLITICAL GUY WHO TURNED OUT TO BE THIS SUPERSTAR. WE DON'T HAVE TO TALK ABOUT HIM. WE HAD SUCH A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS. WHEN I AM INTERVIEWING ALL OF THESE CANDIDATES THAT REINCE AND HIS WHOLE GROUP IS PUTTING IN FRONT, IT WENT VERY QUICKLY. AND IN THIS CASE IT WENT SO QUICKLY, BECAUSE I WOULD SEE SIX OR SEVEN OR EIGHT FOR SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE. SIX OR SEVEN OR EIGHT PEOPLE FOR A CERTAIN POSITION. EVERYBODY WANTED IT. BUT I MET MIKE, AND I WAS THE ONLY GUY WANTED TO MEET. I DIDN'T WANT TO MEET ANYBODY ELSE. HE WAS APPROVED, ESSENTIALLY. WHAT THEY'RE DOING A LITTLE BIT OF POLITICAL GAMES WITH ME. HE WAS ONE OF THE THREE. LAST NIGHT, AS YOU KNOW, GENERAL MATTIS AND GENERAL KELLY GOT APPROVED. [APPLAUSE] AND MIKE WAS SUPPOSED BE IN THAT GROUP, IT WAS SUPPOSED BE THE THREE OF THEM. THEY RESPECT THAT MILITARY SENSE. POLITICAL PEOPLE, THEY ARE NOT DOING SO WELL. WE ARE GOING TO GET THEM ALL THROUGH, BUT SOME OF THEM WILL TAKE LONGER THAN OTHERS. I HAD A GROUP OF NINE DIFFERENT PEOPLE. I DIDN'T MIND CANCELING EIGHT APPOINTMENTS, THAT WASN'T THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD. I MET HIM AND I SAID HE WAS SO GOOD. NUMBER ONE OF HIS CLASS AT WEST POINT. I'M A PERSON WHO STRONGLY BELIEVES IN ACADEMICS. I HAD AN UNCLE WHO WAS A PROFESSOR AT M.I.T. WHO DID A FANTASTIC JOB SO MANY WAYS ACADEMICALLY. HE WAS AN ACADEMIC GENIUS. AND THEN THEY SAY, IS DONALD TRUMP AND INTELLECTUAL? -- AN INTELLECTUAL? AND TRUST ME, I'M LIKE A SMART PERSON. [LAUGHTER] HE WAS ESSENTIALLY NUMBER ONE AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL AND HE RAN FOR CONGRESS. AND ANOTHER THING HE DID WAS A HOME RUN. PEOPLE LIKE HIM. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, EVERYBODY RESPECTS HIM. WHEN I TOLD PAUL RYAN I WANTED TO DO THIS, HE WAS FEELING PERSON WHO WASN'T TOTALLY THRILLED. HE SAID I DON'T WANT TO LOSE THIS GUY. BUT YOU WILL BE GETTING A TOTAL STAR, YOU ARE GOING TO BE GETTING A TOTAL GEM. HE'S A GEM. AND I JUST -- [APPLAUSE] YOU'LL SEE. YOU'LL SEE, AND MANY OF YOU KNOW ANYWAY. AGAIN, WE HAVE SOME GREAT PEOPLE GOING IN. THAT THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE VERY SPECIAL. BECAUSE, IF THIS IS ONE THAT I HAD TO NAME -- IF I HAD TO NAME THE MOST IMPORTANT, THIS WOULD BE ONE OF THEM. YOU DO THE JOB LIKE EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM IS CAPABLE OF DOING, THE GENERALS ARE WONDERFUL AND THE FIGHTING IS WONDERFUL. BUT IF YOU GIVE THEM THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BOY DOES THE FIGHTING BECOME EASIER, AND BOY DO WE LOSE SO FEWER LIVES AND WIN SO QUICKLY. THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. WE HAVE TO START WINNING AGAIN. WHEN I WAS YOUNG -- AND OF COURSE I FEEL YOUNG, I FEEL A COME 30, 35, 39. -- I FEEL LIKE I'M 30, 35, 39. FIVE STUNTS, SEVEN STOPS, SPEECHES IN FRONT OF 15,000, 19,000. WHEN I WAS YOUNG WE WERE ALWAYS WINNING THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE WOULD WIN WITH TRADE, WE WOULD WIN WITH WARS, AND AT A CERTAIN AGE I REMEMBER HEARING FROM ONE OF MY INSTRUCTORS, THE UNITED STATES HAS NEVER LOST A WAR. AND THEN AFTER THAT IT'S LIKE WE HAVEN'T WON ANYTHING. THE OLD EXPRESSION, TO THE VICTOR BELONG THE SPOILS. YOU WOULD USE TO SAY KEEP THE OIL, I WASN'T A FAN OF IRAQ. BUT I TELL YOU, WHEN WE WERE IN, WE GOT OUT WRONG. I ALWAYS SAID IN ADDITION TO THAT, KEEP THE OIL. I SAID THAT FOR ECONOMIC REASONS. BUT IF WE KEPT THE OIL YOU PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE ISIS, BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THEY MADE THE MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE. BUT OK, MAYBE WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE. THE FACT IS WE SHOULD HAVE KEPT THE OIL. I BELIEVE THAT THIS GROUP IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GROUPS IN THIS COUNTRY TOWARD MAKING US SAFE, TOWARD MAKING US WINNERS AGAIN, TOWARD ENDING ALL OF THE PROBLEMS. WE HAVE SO MANY PROBLEMS THAT ARE INTERRELATED THAT WE DON'T NEED TO THINK OF, BUT ARE INTERRELATED TO THE KIND OF HAVOC IN FEAR THAT THIS SICK GROUP OF PEOPLE HAS CAUSED. I CAN ONLY SAY I AM WITH YOU 1000%, AND THE REASON YOU ARE MY FIRST STOP IS BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW I HAVE A RUNNING WAR WITH THE MEDIA. THEY ARE AMONG THE MOST DISHONEST HUMAN BEINGS. [APPLAUSE] AND THEY SORT OF MADE IT SOUND LIKE I HAD A FEUD WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I WANT YOU TO KNOW, THE REASON YOU ARE MY NUMBER ONE STOP IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. AND THEY UNDERSTAND THAT TOO. I WAS A CLEANING THE NUMBERS, WE DID A THING YESTERDAY, DID A SPEECH -- DID EVERYBODY LIKE THE SPEECH? [APPLAUSE] WE HAD A MASSIVE FIELD OF PAPER. I GET UP THIS MORNING AND I TURN ON ONE OF THE NETWORKS AND THEY SHOW AN EMPTY FIELD. I MADE A SPEECH, I LOOKED OUT, THE FIELD LOOKED LIKE ONE MILLION, ONE POINT 5 MILLION PEOPLE. THEY SHOWED A FIELD WHERE PRACTICALLY NO PEOPLE WERE STANDING. AND THEY SAID DONALD TRUMP DID NOT DRAW WELL. IT WAS ALMOST RAINING. BUT GOD LOOKED DOWN AND SAID WE ARE NOT GOING TO RAIN ON YOUR SPEECH. WHEN I FIRST STARTED I SAID, OH NO, THE FIRST LINE I GOT HIT BY A COUPLE OF DROPS. THIS WAS TOO BAD, BUT WE WILL GO RIGHT THROUGH IT. BUT THE TRUTH IS IT STOPPED IMMEDIATELY, IT WAS AMAZING. AND THEN IT WALKED OFF AND IT POURED AFTER I LEFT. WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT'S AMAZING, BECAUSE IT LOOKED LIKE 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE. IT WENT ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT. AND BY MISTAKE I GET THIS NETWORK -- AND IT SHOWED AN EMPTY FIELD AND SAID WE TO 250,000 PEOPLE. NOW THAT'S NOT BAD, BUT IT'S A LIE. WE HAD TO UNDER 50,000 PEOPLE LITERALLY -- WE HAD 250,000 PEOPLE LITERALLY AROUND THE LITTLE BALL WE HAD CONSTRUCTED. THE AREA AROUND THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT WAS PACKED. I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO PAY IT BIG PRICE. HERE'S ANOTHER ONE THAT IS INTERESTING, IN THE OVAL OFFICE THERE IS A STATUE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. I ALSO HAPPEN TO LIKE WINSTON CHURCHILL, I THINK MOST OF US LIKE CHURCHILL. REAL ALLY. AS YOU KNOW THE CHURCHILL STATUE WAS TAKEN OUT, THE BUST. AND AS YOU PROBABLY ALSO HAVE READ, THE PRIME MINISTER IS COMING OVER TO OUR COUNTRY VERY SHORTLY, AND THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER I WOULD LIKE IT BACK. I SAID ABSOLUTELY. I HAVE BEEN ON THEIR COVER ABOUT 14 OR 15 TIMES. I THINK WE HAVE THE ALL-TIME RECORD IN THE HISTORY OF TIME MAGAZINE -- IF TOM BRADY IS ON THE COVER, IT'S ONE TIME. I'VE BEEN ON 15 TIMES. I THINK THAT'S A RECORD THAT COULD NEVER BE BROKEN. I WILL SAY, THEY SAID -- IT'S VERY INTERESTING. THEY SAID, DONALD TRUMP TOOK DOWN THE BUST, THE STATUE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. AND IT WAS RIGHT THERE. BUT THERE WAS A CAMERAMAN THAT WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. SO TIME MAGAZINE WRITES A STORY ABOUT I TOOK DOWN -- I WOULD NEVER DO THAT, BECAUSE I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. BUT THIS IS HOW DISHONEST THE MEDIA IS. BIG STORY, THE RETRACTION WAS WHERE? WAS IT A LINE, OR DO THEY BOTHER PUTTING IT IN? I LOVE HONESTY, I LIKE HONEST REPORTING. I WILL TELL YOU FINAL TIME, ALTHOUGH WHEN YOU LEAD IN THE THOUSANDS OF OTHER PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN TRYING TO COME IN, BECAUSE I AM COMING BACK, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE YOU -- WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET YOU A LARGE ROOM -- A LARGER ROOM. [APPLAUSE] AND MAYBE, MAYBE IT WILL BE BUILT BY SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS HOW TO BUILD, AND WE WON'T HAVE COLUMNS. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT? WE GET RID OF THE COLUMNS. BUT I JUST WANTED TO SAY I LOVE YOU, I RESPECT YOU, THERE IS NOBODY I RESPECT MORE, YOU ARE GOING TO DO A FANTASTIC JOB AND WE ARE TO START WINNING AGAIN AND YOU ARE GOING TO BE LEADING THE CHARGE. SO THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH, THANK YOU. I'LL BE BACK. I'LL BE BACK. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] (music)



source: https://www.c-span.org/video/?422418-1/president-trump-tells-cia-get-rid-isis

There are no words...
mickeym 22nd-Jan-2017 07:51 am (UTC)
Wow, that was a hot mess, wasn't it?

I think rather than 'speech', it should be 'speechLESS'. Because that's pretty much all I can come up with. o_O
VivianBagley 22nd-Jan-2017 07:52 am (UTC)
There are no words...

Wrong! There are many words. It's going to be yuge. *hand motions* They will be the greatest words you've heard. It's a fact that you'll hear words like you've never heard before. You're going to say, "I've never seen words like this." I've been told I have the greatest words. People say "No, I think I've heard that word before." They're wrong.

Everything he says sounds like a parody.
amw 22nd-Jan-2017 09:18 am (UTC)
This fucking guy. What a clown canoe. Like, I can't even understand his ranting when I read it. When I hear it I understand even less. How do his hired actors even know when to cheer? He never makes any points or winds to any kind of conclusion. I wonder sometimes if there must be something wrong with my ears because I can't believe 60 million Americans can listen to this diarrhea and think "yup, totally agree, that's my pres". What kind of emperor's new clothes reality did we just step into?
beoweasel 22nd-Jan-2017 10:07 am (UTC)
Holy shit, the sheer Night and Day between Pence and Trump's speeches is just...mind boggling. Yeah, Pence is a shit-stain of a human being with repugnant views, but at least he's capable of staying on point and maintaining a coherent thought process.
cherriesarered 22nd-Jan-2017 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure who to be more afraid of, tbh. If we impeached Trump, we would get rid of the aggressive, incredibly incompetent demagogue...and replace him with a hateful, bigoted person who might use the platform to really go after queer people and the other groups he hates?
beoweasel 22nd-Jan-2017 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thing is, though, Trump has picked people like Jeff Sessions, Stephan Bannon, and a slew of other hateful, bigoted people for his cabinet. I honestly don't think that much would change policy wise.
sabrinita 22nd-Jan-2017 08:01 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Honestly, I feel like these people will be mostly running things regardless of whether we have Trump the figurehead as president or Pence >.>
cherriesarered 22nd-Jan-2017 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, fair enough. I'm a little afraid that Pence would more actively target certain groups, but I think you're probably right that there's not a whole lot that would change when all of the parts of the government are already working towards similar goals.
mickeym 22nd-Jan-2017 08:45 pm (UTC)
So if the VP takes over, s/he would keep the cabinet members appointed by the president? S/he wouldn't choose their own cabinet?
sabrinita 22nd-Jan-2017 08:50 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since we've had a VP take over for a president..LBJ taking over for JFK was the last time I think? (Unless you count Ford taking over for Nixon, but Ford was Speaker and not VP). So..I'm not entirely sure
eveofrevolution 22nd-Jan-2017 11:52 pm (UTC)
Ford was VP when Nixon resigned. Agnew was the VP before that and resigned in 1973, at which point Ford was appointed as VP. Before that, he was the House Minority Leader, not Speaker :)
sabrinita 23rd-Jan-2017 02:58 am (UTC)
Oops, I didn't know any of this. My bad, it was 15ish years before I was born but that's still no excuse. I guess I just always assumed Nixon and Agnew resigned at the same time and that following the line of succession Ford was the Speaker. Thanks for the lesson!

Edited at 2017-01-23 03:03 am (UTC)
eveofrevolution 23rd-Jan-2017 03:36 am (UTC)
Haha no worries!! I have a thing for presidential trivia and I knew Ford was the only president we had who was never voted in by the people as either VP or president, so I knew he was VP when Nixon resigned. I had to look up the stuff about Agnew though, because I didn't know how he came to be appointed in the first place :)
redstar826 23rd-Jan-2017 12:33 am (UTC)
Cabinet members can be replaced by whomever is president. Cabinet members are also free to resign, which could happen if they were to dislike the new president.
mickeym 23rd-Jan-2017 08:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)

Though from the line-up we're seeing, there's no reason to think Pence would change anything (if he were to become president).

Grr.
lastrega 22nd-Jan-2017 10:15 am (UTC)
It's word salad.
wimples 22nd-Jan-2017 11:13 am (UTC)
my brain hurts trying to understand
mimblexwimble 22nd-Jan-2017 05:22 pm (UTC)
Has Trump always sounded like this, even when he was young?
ladycyndra 23rd-Jan-2017 01:50 am (UTC)
I'm sick so I cant really make sense of any of this. Maybe that's a good thing.
selina_kyle 23rd-Jan-2017 02:30 am (UTC)
I had to stop reading. He has the vocabulary of a 10 year old, and just spews word vomit. I can't make sense of any of what I read.

I need an Excedrin Migraine now.
bnmc2005 23rd-Jan-2017 04:37 pm (UTC)
"T WAS ALMOST RAINING. BUT GOD LOOKED DOWN AND SAID WE ARE NOT GOING TO RAIN ON YOUR SPEECH."


... but didn't it, in fact, rain?
mickeym 23rd-Jan-2017 08:31 pm (UTC)
Well, you know. Alternative facts.
scullies 25th-Jan-2017 12:19 am (UTC)
damn, this was poignant.
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