“The current trade imbalance is not acceptable. I do not blame China or any other country, of which there are many, for taking advantage of the United States on trade. If their representatives are able to get away with it, they are just doing their jobs. I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it. They did not, but I will. From this day forward, we will compete on a fair and equal basis. We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore. I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first.”

President Donald Trump addressing Asian leaders in November 2017.

“You win the argument before you win the vote.”

“I have a spreadsheet, and I’m not afraid to use it.”

“A lot of people know what they believe but don’t know why they believe it.”

“God gifted me with a talent to solve complex problems”

State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, running for governor in 2018, from a speech to Gratiot Republicans on Aug. 16, 2017.

“I don’t think the American people elected congress to do what’s easy. They elected them to make a government that works, to work properly, to work for the American people. And that’s their job. And if they can’t do it they need to get out of the way and let somebody else take their job.”

“It’s not the president’s job to create law. It’s congress’ job to create legislation. I think that’s all something we learned in eighth grade civics. Every member of congress should know that’s their duty and we’re asking them to fulfill it.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sept. 9, 2017

“It’s clear that when a governor takes office without state government experience, we pay a price. We’ve had inexperienced governors twice in a row, and in terms of effectiveness, neither Rick Snyder nor Jennifer Granholm ever got to where John Engler was his first day on the job.”

Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio

“Every time we pass legislation there will be unintended consequences.”

Tom Leonard, state house speaker

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Ronald Reagan

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

“I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here.”

Harry Truman

“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.”

“Our painful tax system has become a massive barrier to America’s economic comeback. It costs us millions of American jobs, trillions of dollars, and billions of hours wasted on paperwork and on compliance. Our tax code is a giant self-inflicted economic wound.”

Donald Trump, September 2017

Today, the average taxpayer has to wade through 241 pages of instructions to file a basic tax form. Does anyone know that? Two hundred and forty-one pages. A staggering 94 percent of the families need professional help to do their taxes — they have to get it — which is why the tax preparation industry generated $10 billion in revenues last year. That’s one business I want to drive down. Sorry. H&R Block will not be supporting Donald Trump, I can tell you.

Donald Trump, September 2017

“Taxpayers spend 6 billion hours each year complying with the tax code. That’s why we are proposing dramatic tax simplification. Under our plan, 95 percent of Americans will be able to file their tax returns on a single page without having to keep receipts, fill out schedules, or track endless paperwork. We’re giving hardworking Americans their time back, and we’re giving them their money back.”

Donald Trump, September 2017

“It’s your money, not the government’s money.”

Donald Trump, September 2017

“Our high business tax is nothing more than a crushing tax on every product made in America. We have totally surrendered our competitive edge to other countries. But we’re not surrendering any more.”

Donald Trump, September 2017

“The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.”

Donald Trump at U.N., Sept. 19, 2017

“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.”

Donald Trump at U.N., Sept. 19, 2017

“Over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries. For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.”

Donald Trump at U.N., Sept. 19, 2017

“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.”

Donald Trump at U.N., Sept. 19, 2017

“For too long, the American people were told that mammoth multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success. But as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories disappeared. Others gamed the system and broke the rules. And our great middle class, once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again.”

Donald Trump at U.N., Sept. 19, 2017

“We are requiring every federal manager to systemically review, and then remove, the regulations that destroy your jobs, hamstring your companies, and undermine your ability to compete. And we need some regulations, but we don’t need 35 regulations to take care of one item. We don’t need to go through nine different agencies to get something taken off. We want beautiful, fast, efficient regulation that works.”

Donald Trump economy speech of Sept. 29, 2017

“Our current tax code punishes companies for doing business in the United States, and encourages them to leave. And that’s what’s happened for so many years. And that’s one of the reasons, probably the prime reason, that companies are leaving our country and firing all those people. They’re not bringing the jobs with them; they’re giving other countries those jobs, firing all of those great people. That’s stopping. It’s already started to stop about nine months ago. But that’s stopping, and it’s stopping right now.”

Donald Trump economy speech of Sept. 29, 2017

“Our business tax rate is 60 percent higher than our average economic competitor. Think of that. And then you say, how do you compete? Well, in many cases, you don’t. Our companies leave; they go to other countries. It’s a massive tax on every product made in America, giving countries like Germany, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China and Mexico — not to mention so many others — a massive head start over American industry.”

Donald Trump economy speech of Sept. 29, 2017

“We want companies to hire and grow in America, to raise wages for American workers, and to help rebuild American cities and towns. When we grow American manufacturing, we don’t only grow our jobs and wages, but we also grow America’s spirit. When we purchase products made in America, fashioned by our fellow citizens, we renew the bonds of national loyalty that link us all together as one.”

Donald Trump economy speech of Sept. 29, 2017

“Donald Trump is the Kryptonite of political correctness.”

Sebastian Gorka in October 2017

US military service members “are the best 1 percent this country produces. Most of you, as Americans, don’t know them. Many of you don’t know anyone who knows any one of them. But they are the very best this country produces, and they volunteer to protect our country when there’s nothing in our country anymore that seems to suggest that selfless service to the nation is not only appropriate, but required.”

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to the press corps on Oct. 18, 2017

“Let me tell you what my best friend, Joe Dunford, told me (after my son was killed in combat)— because he was my casualty officer. He said, Kel, he was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1 percent. He knew what the possibilities were because we’re at war. And when he died … he was surrounded by the best men on this Earth: his friends.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to the press corps on Oct. 18, 2017

“And when I listened to this woman and what she was saying, and what she was doing on TV, the only thing I could do to collect my thoughts was to go and walk among the finest men and women on this Earth. And you can always find them because they’re in Arlington National Cemetery. I went over there for an hour-and-a-half, walked among the stones, some of whom I put there because they were doing what I told them to do when they were killed.”

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reacting to a Democrat congresswoman who criticized President Trump for what he said to a Gold Star family in October 2017

“As I walk off the stage, understand there’s tens of thousands of American kids, mostly, doing their nation’s bidding all around the world. They don’t have to be in uniform. You know, when I was a kid, every man in my life was a veteran — World War II, Korea, and there was the draft. These young people today, they don’t do it for any other reason than their selfless — sense of selfless devotion to this great nation. We don’t look down upon those of you who haven’t served. In fact, in a way we’re a little bit sorry because you’ll never experience the wonderful joy you get in your heart when you do the kinds of things our service men and women do — not for any other reason than they love this country. So just think of that.”

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to the press corps on Oct. 18, 2017

“You’re watching President Trump gradually adopt a methodical sophisticated, tough-minded American policy with people like Tillerson, Mattis, McMaster and Kelly helping him.”

Newt Gingrich on President Trump’s foreign policy, October 2017