*From:* Francesca Chambers <xxx@mailonline.com>
*Date:* August 7, 2018 at 8:41:12 PM EDT

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*Here are the presidents opening remarks: *

Its great to have you in Bedminster at Trump National.So many of you know, and others I just read about on the covers of all of the business magazines. Fred Smith I know very well, but I also read about you Fred. And youre doing OK.

The president said, Im meeting tonight with some of the top business leaders in the world. You talk about business, this is the group. And were so honored to have you. And were gonna be discussing later on some of the ideas you may have to, as the expression goes, make America great again.

The president said the group had been big beneficiaries of his policies and youve helped in many cases.



Before we start, Id like to say a few quick words about the tragic fires in California. Im monitoring the situation very close. My administration is in constant contact with everything going out in the state and with the local authorities and with the state authorities. On August 4, I declared a major disaster in the state and ordered federal assistance to supplement recovery efforts. Its been a very tough situation taking place in California for a number of years. And were going to have some meetings about it, because there are reasons and there are thing you can do to mitigate whats happening. We send our love and support and prayers to the families of those who have lost loved ones. Theyve never seen anything like it whats happening. Were deeply grateful to our incredible firefighters and first responders. Theyre really brave people. Ive been watching them go into areas where very few people would go. And some of them dont come out alive. Theyre risking their lives and theyre doing to contain these devastating fires so they can save our lives. My administration will do everything in our power to protect those in harms way.

We have the finest emergency relief people in the world right out there. Now, we send them to different countries when we have earthquakes, when we have other problems going on in the world, well send our first responders in some cases to help. And I always get calls from the prime ministers, or the president, or whoevers running, saying these are the most talented people weve ever seen. But right now theyre in California, really doing an incredible job.


After touting GDP and jobs number, Trump predicted economic growth next quarter could be in the fives.

I think were gonna be very shortly in the fives, he said, and stated that GDP can go much higher once we get new trade deals.

Later, when Larry Kudlow marveled at four percent growth, Trump reiterated that hes more optimistic.
Youre going to see super growth very soon.

*Francesca Chambers*

White House Correspondent

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