Trump Focuses on Results, Not Process

RUSH: President Trump's about to wrap up an impromptu press conference at the White House. He's got some hard hat guys sanding behind him. It was an infrastructure type gathering. This has been… it's so much fun to watch this. This guy, President Trump, he’s like me. He can take any question on any subject and just nail it. They can't screw him up, they can't confuse him, they can't doublespeak him. He rams it down their throat.

The big news today, the Democrats -- we've got the audio sound bites – the Democrats and the media are livid, are outraged that Trump continues to blame Obama for the Iran nuke deal and he continues to say that Obama deposited $150 billion, $1.8 billion in cash on the tarmac in Iraq. And the Drive-Bys, Andrea Mitchell, CNN (imitation), “He didn't do it. He keeps bringing up Obama. Why does he keep bringing Obama up?”

And he brings this up again, and these hard hat guys standing behind him, whoever the guests are in the White House, they start laughing. They're having the grandest time, just now concluding it to coincide with the beginning of this program. The president's on schedule today. There was a period during this little presser where the president was talking about Iran and how there's never gonna be, they're not gonna get a nuclear weapon. He's told 'em. There’s not gonna be a nuclear weapon and America's never gonna be a socialist country.

And he said (paraphrasing), "Now, look. We gotta keep in mind in here, Iran could be waiting. They could be hoping that some of the Democrats win in 2020. They could be waiting for a weaker president, like Biden or maybe Fauxcahontas.” He said “Fauxcahontas” and these guys standing behind him looked at each other, jabbed them, and started laughing. And of course the media in the room is seething. The media in the room privately, quietly outraged that Trump continues to disrespect the people that they like, the Democrats. "Why does he call her Fauxcahontas?" they keep asking themselves.

Folks, it was great. It's a joy to watch this stuff, because he has them in the palm of his hand. And they continue to live with this belief that they are circling Trump and that they're getting closer to wiping him out and destroying him. And each time they adopt this attitude or think they're getting close, he just shuts 'em down. And with these hard hat guys that were standing behind him who were the reason for the White House briefing today, the White House meeting, when you see these guys start laughing at the way the president's communicating, you can see that they love him and that they're just having the greatest time.

They're happy to be there. And you know that this irritates the media even more. And irritating the media's a big deal because that's the same thing as irritating the Democrat Party.

Pressure is mounting on Pelosi within her own party to send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate. In fact, you hear what the Turtle said, Mr. Snerdley? The Turtle said this is a challenging time to create bipartisan agreement, but the Speaker has managed to do the impossible. She has created growing bipartisan unity in opposition to her own reckless games with impeachment because more and more Democrats are now throwing in the towel, essentially, and signaling that they want Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment over and get this show on the road because they understand nothing is going to come of this, and they understand the Turtle is not gonna change the rules to accommodate her or the Democrats.

The rules are gonna be the same as they've always been for impeachment in the Senate, specifically here the rules that were in place during the Clinton impeachment. But we now know, by the way, we now know why Pelosi is holding the articles –well, I mean, we know that. But I mean we have learned where she got the idea. You know where she got the idea? TIME magazine says she got the idea from watching John Dean on CNN.

Now, isn't that choice. They're always ripping Trump for watching cable news, for watching Fox News. And now we find out that Pelosi gets the idea for holding onto the articles from John Dean and an appearance he had on CNN.

The president was asked about Mike Lee. Mike Lee had an eruption after the briefing yesterday and thought it was outrageous. You know what the root of it is? I finally found out what it was. The secretary of defense in the briefing said, "You know, you guys, you really you shouldn't spend any time debating this. We need to get moving on it."

And Lee was outraged and livid over the fact that the secretary of defense, somebody in the defense department would come in and tell them not to debate things. It wasn't so mad he's upset at the policy or the procedures. It was what he was told by somebody from the Department of Defense.

Now, Trump was asked about it, and classic Trump, he said, "I got calls from senators saying it was the best presentation ever. It was the best presentation they've ever seen, the best presentation of any presentation." Just like his phone call with the president of Ukraine was a perfect phone call. There'd never been a better phone call, never been a more perfect phone call. The presentation yesterday was perfect. It was the greatest, it was the best presentation that the Senate ever got. He had many senators, he said, call and tell him that.

Now, Mike Lee and Rand Paul want information that's hard to get. But they were -- especially Mike Lee was not happy over this. Again, I gather it's because of what he was told. His interpretation was, you guys just ought to rubber stamp this and let us get on with it, and that's what he was upset about. There may be some specifics of the policy as well that he was upset about. But the presentation, look at the results.

You know, Trump has always lived in a results-oriented world, not a process world. You know, this is one of the big problems that Washington people have in dealing with Trump. He's not a process guy. You know, at the end of a long day where nothing gets done but the process went down smoothly, Trump doesn't go home thinking, "Man, we had a great day today." He goes home thinking, "This was a botch of a day. We didn't get anything done."

And bureaucracies are not, by definition, results oriented. It is not an exaggeration to say that many bureaucracies do not want solutions. Solutions mean that there's no longer any need for process. And bureaucrats love to do things to sustain the reasons for their own existence. The worst thing, in some respects, for bureaucrats is a solution to problems.

Trump is a results-oriented person. He's not process -- and that, I think, is one of the big disconnects. Process is an art form. Process, in Washington, is an art form. It's where nothing gets done but everybody is fooled into believing that progress is being made, that there are things being accomplished. Process is where people get to show off their brains. They get to show off their knowledge. Process is where people get to show off the awareness of the intricacies of how a bureaucracy operates.

Trump doesn't care about any of that. Trump is purely results-oriented. If there aren't any results, then you haven't finished anything and you haven't done anything. So in Trump's world, there's a gigantic result here. We gotta rid of Soleimani. We threw Iran off balance big time. We have asserted our primacy. We have tightened sanctions even further. We have done more to bring Iran to heel than Obama ever did, and Obama was a pure process guy.

 

So Trump is looking at what he's done here as a major, major achievement, a great result. And he's up against people complaining about how he did it, about the process. You know, it's within the confines of the process that we are treated to such terms as bipartisanship and fairness and cooperation and working with the other side. All that's fine and dandy with Trump if you get to a result, if you get to a solution, if you accomplish something, if you achieve something, if you advance your own objectives.

The objectives for bureaucrats and process-oriented people does not include results -- and do not doubt me on this. It is a major stumbling point. Too much progress... Let me explain it this way. Washington has -- and they're not alone. Many bureaucracies -- local government, corporations, you name it -- love to get accolades while not doing much. Make it look like they're all working hard. Make it look like progress is being made, but there aren't really any results.

There's cleverness and there is gamesmanship and there's advantage and disadvantage, but actual results, not much, because Washington has for the longest time gotten away with the belief that getting results is really hard, really hard. "It requires bipartisanship. It requires a lot of sacrifice. It requires a lot of hard work. " The American people have gotten used to the snail's pace of whatever objectives government or Washington has.

Trump is not of that world.

If you decide that you need to do something like raise taxes, you do it. If you decide you need to reform health care, you do it. And it remains one of the greatest areas of disconnect that exists. And Trump is gonna continue to win these things because he's going to always... If you've got results to show, if you've got achievements to herald, if you have progress that you can demonstrate, you're always going to triumph over people who don't get anything done and who are upset by things getting done.

Trump talked about all of the people walking around without arms and legs because of Soleimani, because of the Iranians, because of their IEDs, because of their acts of terror against the United States. He talks about going over to Walter Reed, seeing these brave people, and he doesn't understand. Why in the world does anybody want to defend Soleimani? Why does anybody want to take up the case for Soleimani after witnessing what the man has done, both individually and as a representative of the Iranian government?

Then Trump made the point that Iran got really bad when all that money flowed in. He keeps pounding the fact that the Iran deal was a bad deal, that it's expiring, that Iran will never have a nuke on his watch. He once again blames Obama. That just... He does this on purpose. He knows how to tweak 'em. He knows how to irritate 'em. He knows how to launch them into the stratosphere of anger and rage.

He makes the point, "Look, Iran's not a wealthy country now. We're gonna see what happens. They're gonna be a different country. Sanctions are hurting them, and it's gonna be up to them to fix it." Meanwhile, you have people like John Kerry -- who's got ties to Iran -- running around running around ripping into Trump! Trump is the bad guy. Trump is the problem.

They're all now trying to deny that Obama did what he did, that Obama delivered them cash. One of the ways they're trying to deny it is, "Hey, we didn't give them any money. We owed them that." No, we didn't! We didn't owe Iran any money. We froze some assets. Part of the sanctions. We didn't owe them anything. Obama delivering $150 billion to Iran was not us paying them back for money of theirs that we had taken. Trump continues to make this point.

But in the midst of all this, look at the positioning.

Trump has all these people defending Iran, defending Soleimani -- or at least taking their side versus Trump. It's masterful, folks. These guys, these people -- there are women in the group -- are standing behind Trump and they're laughing. They're laughing as he tries to irritate the media. He knows how to do it. They're laughing when he's funny. It was just a great sight. To me, it cemented the bond that Trump has with the people of this country that voted for him -- and even more now -- and the disconnect that the media, the Democrats and the left are experiencing with the majority of people in the country.

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RUSH: By the way, the press event today at the White House that I just characterized for you is on the deregulation that would allow construction projects to happen faster. It was exactly about that which I was making the point. Trump is a results-oriented guy. This was an event, was a press event on the deregulations the administration wants to do that would allow construction to happen faster. There was not one question on that, by the way.

Not a surprise, but nevertheless, I wanted to pass it on, that the Drive-By Media did not ask one question about it. And, of course, the people there that were assembled standing behind and next to the president would be the beneficiaries of this. It's a plan to get rid of all kinds of red tape that raises the cost and lowers the speed and the pace at which projects get done, which would also reduce the opportunities for payoffs and graft and so forth.

The longer you string a project out, the more people you involve in it, the more hands can dip into the payment pool, so to speak. This is a classic event. This is a classic thing. I think one of the reasons Trump decided to bring the press in on this... I don't think he expected to get any questions about it, but I think he wanted people to know that this thing was taking place. Because this is another example, another instance of the Trump agenda which is actually aimed at making things better in the country.

Trump has long said that he wants to ramp up and really improve, rebuild America's infrastructure. It's one of the first things that he talked about after he was inaugurated. It was a big part of his campaign. In fact, it would be so expensive he originally proposed a public-private partnership to get it done where there be public money, government money, and private sector money pooled together to bring it up and make it happen at a more rapid pace than it otherwise would.

It kind of languished, but this is the kind of thing. This is what average, ordinary Americans complain about. How many of you have had a remodeling project or any kind of a construction project? It never shows up on time. No matter what they tell you, it never comes in on time, and it never comes in on budget. It's gotten to the point now if you're building a house or you're adding a room or whatever?

Whatever they tell you, add a couple of months and add a couple of thousand dollars so that you won't be disappointed when that happens. This is the kind of thing that, on a grand scale -- building highways, remodeling airports or highway systems, this kind of thing -- speed is of the essence -- and, of course, getting it done right. So this is right in the wheelhouse. The Democrats are running around talking about spending all this money on health care, treating everybody as victims.

Once again, here's Donald Trump -- results oriented -- wanting to be able to tick off successes after successes, achievements after achievements, and he's up against a bunch of process people. Now, if both parties are engaged in process as part of a campaign and trying to win the day on who's the better at process, then you've got a dull, boring campaign. But when you've got somebody demonstrably able to get results up against process people, the process people don't have a prayer, and that's what they know.

This article originally appeared on Premiere Networks

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