President Donald Trump said in a campaign-style rally in Iowa Wednesday night that he would be introducing legislation so that immigrants to American would not receive welfare benefits for at least five years.
"All we do is win, win, win", Trump told the crowd. Scheduled to join him were Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as part of the administration's effort this week to highlight the importance of technology.
Also joining Trump in Iowa was former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn, now currently serving as Director of the National Economic Council.
President Trump said he stacked his Cabinet with a slew of billionaires because he "just doesn't want a poor person". "But, in those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person, does that make sense?"
At an event in Cedar Rapids that was partly a victory celebration of Republican wins in several special House elections, Mr. Trump got the crowd on its feet with tough talk on immigration, saying other countries don't treat the US fairly on cross-border issues. "They love us. [Democrats] haven't figured it out yet", Trump said.
And from then on, it was freewheeling Trump as he jumped from topic to topic, strayed off-message, made some head-scratching remarks and revisited some old campaign trail favorites.
Trump has what appears to be the wealthiest Cabinet in modern US history, a collection of elites that includes a billionaire heiress, Exxon Mobil's CEO, a former Goldman Sachs partner and an investor who made millions off underwater mortgages during the financial crisis. Unaffiliated voters, or "no party" voters as they are known in Iowa, make up 36% of the electorate, compared with 33% who register Republican and 31% registered as Democrat. That margin helped Mr Trump take the state by almost 9 points after Barack Obama won it for Democrats the previous two elections. Rather, what Trump was looking for were people who were filthy stinking rich; indeed, in some cases, it appeared that being rich was the only prerequisite for the gig.
President Donald Trump is asking Congress for new immigration policies that would prohibit new immigrants from going on welfare programs during their first five years in the country. Terry Branstad, picked by Trump to be ambassador to China.