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NEW FOCUS ON AMERICAN JOBS AS PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS WITH UNION LEADERS
Mercedes Schlapp: How shocking, the union leaders being able to praise the president after a brutal campaign. Remember, these union leaders backed Hillary Clinton. They were not moving along in favor of Donald Trump. It was actually the union members, which are a different breed than their leadership, who many of them backed Donald Trump in the election. But I think what you're going to find is there is this honeymoon period right now between the labor union leadership and Donald Trump on the issue of trade. That's one area that they agree upon, but I think when it comes to other issues, the union leaders are going to be critical of Trump.
Amy Holmes: You're making a difference between public and private unions. As we know Scott Walker had a big battle with those public unions in Wisconsin, who were campaigning against him, and I think he was campaigning against them for good reason, but unions have been sold down the river by Democrats on a number of issues, and you heard that labor union leader name some of them including energy policy. The private labor unions have been pro keystone pipeline, for example, but the Democratic Party has been privileging the environmental constituency of the Democratic Party and I would point to illegal immigration, an area where again private unions have been sold down the river by the Democratic Party when of course they want their union deals and illegal immigration undermines that.
Julie Roginsky: I would love and admire the Republican Congress if they passed a trillion dollar infrastructure plan, something they've opposed passing a much smaller version of the entire time Barack Obama was in office. If they want to pass the trillion dollar plan as a stimulus to get Americans back to work, unions would be all for it and Democrats would be all for it. But here's the problem, just because president Trump had a good meeting with these union leaders doesn't mean Congress is going to put any money in, and they have the power of the purse behind any infrastructure spending, and if they do, i'll laugh and laugh and laugh a because I recall so many times you and others saying, no, no, we don't need more money from the government for infrastructure spending, it should be done privately. The union leaders are counting on Donald Trump to keep his word on a massive infrastructure bill. So we'll see.
Lisa Boothe: President Trump shouldn't be focused on trying to appease one part of the country or one sector of voters or the country should be looking at policies that benefit everyone. If you look at the keystone pipeline, the Dakota pipeline, these are policies that benefit all of Americans, not only does it bring job growth, but energy development to this country, which are things we desperately need, So that's a great focus for him.
PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS ORDER TO STRIP SANCTUARY CITIES OF FEDERAL FUNDING
Amy Holmes: For some cities and counties where this is a budgetary issue, they will be going along with President Trump's directives from Washington to enforce immigration law. But I'm from Seattle. This is a city that has sanctuary for homeless people. We also have naked bicycling at least once a year. It's an ideological question for some of these larger cities like New York and Chicago.
Lisa Boothe: if these cities are defying federal law then why would President Trump want to reward them with federal money? I'm interested to see what illegal immigration looks like on Donald Trump, because I think a lot of the policies he's putting forward there are going to be a deterrent. So I'm interested to see if there are drops in that illegality at the border just based off the fact that he is saying that we are going to build a wall.
Julie Roginsky: Well, first and foremost Bill de Blasio is going to say, my constituents want something different so Donald Trump wants to punish his hometown and constituents, he can do that. I love the Republicans who have been screaming for generations at least since Nixon and before, about state's rights and local control all of the sudden want the big foot of Washington to come in and tell municipality how to behave. It's bizarre world that we're living in.
Mercedes Schlapp: Republicans want to ensure that we follow the law and that we secure our borders, it's a very simple concept. I think in the terms of sanctuary city, it's abused; it's a policy that has been abused. It's allowing the illegal immigrants to stay in the communities without the enforcement of law and the mere fact that they're trying to resist and push back the federal government, I think it's very dangerous because we want cooperation amongst the cities and the federal government to ensure that we have safety in our communities and to ensure that our biz citizens protected and that's the primary reason why.