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Trump to West Virginians: Main street more important than Wall Street

‘People in Washington have not taken care of the working class but we’re going to’

(National SentinelLeadership: President Donald J. Trump told tens of thousands of West Virginians during a rally Thursday night that he will never forget the millions of blue-collar Americans who helped put him in the White House.

While taking credit for the historic rise of the stock market under his watch, Trump made it clear that Main Street, not Wall Street, was most important to him.

He talked about how the stock market has reached “yet another all-time” high during his presidency, “boosting the retirement savings, hopefully, of everybody in this room.” He then said the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low during his presidency.

However, he added, Washington’s political leaders should never forget that there are tens of millions of hard-working Americans who are the “absolute backbone of America” and may not be invested at all in Wall Street.

“I will never forget the millions and millions of people out there that want jobs, that don’t register on the unemployment rolls because they gave up looking for jobs,” Trump said. “So I accept the [record economic] number, but we all know that there are millions of people out there we love—the forgotten men and women—and they’re looking for jobs.”

In an interview this week with The Wall Street Journal, which was reprinted in full by Politico, Trump said though he’ll take care of the “job producers,” he will also “take care of middle-income people in this country.”

“They built the country, they started this whole beautiful thing that we have, and we have to take care of them. And people have not taken care of them, and we’re going to,” he said.

Trump added that it bothers him when very wealthy Americans pay less in income taxes than working-class Americans, via tax loopholes and other mechanisms.

“And I’ll tell you what I sort of don’t like, is when they – you know, you’ll do your charts in The Wall Street Journal, and they’ll be brilliantly done, very nice, and they’ll show that a rich guy who made, you know, $25 million last year is going to pay less than [the working-class American] was,” Trump said. “In a certain way, I don’t like that.”

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