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Mercedes Schlapp: ‘Real Hope and Change Is Coming Under Trump,’ Not Obama

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White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp declared on Breitbart News Saturday that while then-candidate Barack Obama promised hope and change, real hope and change has come under President Donald Trump. 

Schlapp joined host Matt Boyle on Saturday’s SiriusXM Patriot broadcast. She remarked how strong the American economy is despite predictions of jobs losses due to the recent hurricane in Florida. She called it a historic moment for not only unemployment, but also labor participation.

She pointed also to President Trump’s renegotiation of international trade deals for the benefit of the American worker. 

“What the Democrats want to see is just simply tax increases,” said Schlapp. “They want to take more money out of your pocket.”

Asked about the massive migrant caravan headed north from Central America to the U.S. southern border, Schlapp said the true fix needs to be legislative. “The reality is that there’s this loophole – it’s called catch and release,” she said, describing the court-defined practice of catching foreign nationals illegally entering the United States and then releasing them back into the U.S. interior. She pointed out that Border Patrol agents are denied the authority to detain and remove individuals from non-contiguous countries like those in Central America.

Schlapp addressed the issue of healthcare and the measures that the Trump administration has been able to take to mitigate the fallout of skyrocketing Obamacare premiums. She spoke of short-term and associated health care plans. She said the goal currently is more choices and greater accessibility, but they hope to do more. Schlapp pointed to the decrease in options under Obamacare and that Democrats are pushing for centralized healthcare that would decrease options further.

Boyle proposed that Americans need to ask if they’re better off than they were two years ago. “The answer is definitely yes,” Schlapp said. 

“Remember, it was President [Barack] Obama who campaigned on hope and change. The real hope and change is coming under President Trump and those Republicans who have worked hard to basically push forward his agenda,” said Schlapp. “I really believe that we’re moving in the right direction.”

She then added, “There is still so much to do in terms of investing in our American workers, renegotiating these trade deals.” Schlapp said, in order to secure economic security and the borders, where Democrats have been silent. They need more candidates elected who support the president’s policies.

Michelle Moons is a White House Correspondent for Breitbart News — follow on Twitter @MichelleDiana and Facebook

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