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Donald Trump on Technology

2016 Republican incumbent President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President

 


America will put first woman on moon, & flag on Mars

We will launch a new age of American Ambition in Space. America will land the first WOMAN on the moon -- and the United States will be the first nation to plant its flag on Mars.

We want our sons and daughters to know the truth: America is the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world! We are a nation of fierce, proud, and independent American Patriots. We are a nation of pilgrims, pioneers, adventurers, explorers and trailblazers who refused to be tied down, held back, or reined in. Americans have steel in their spines, grit in their souls, and fire in their hearts. There is no one like us on earth.

Source: Speech at 2020 Republican National Convention , Aug 28, 2020

Artificial Intelligence initiative: invest in the future

Trump will sign an executive order launching the American Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative, which aims at bolstering American leadership in AI. The initiative features a "multi-pronged approach" that is categorized into five key pillars: research and development, AI infrastructure, AI governance, workforce and international engagement.

As part of his State of the Union address last week, Trump called for "investments in the cutting edge industries of the future," and as administration official underscored the importance of AI in "driving" these future industries for the US. When asked about China's advancements in AI and any concerns that the US may have about China stealing US innovations, the official said: "The US is the world leader in artificial intelligence. It is not surprising to us that the Chinese are interested." But as for intellectual property protections, "that is something that this specific executive order does not cover."

Source: CNN.com on 2019 State of the Union aftermath , Feb 11, 2019

Let US companies work in China with proprietary technology

Trump's second round of tariffs on imports worth $200 billion--and a threat that the US would "immediately pursue phase three" if China retaliates--shows his administration's determination to force Beijing to allow US companies to operate in China as Chinese companies can in America. China restricts foreign participation in key sectors including media and car manufacturing, under Beijing's agreement to join the WTO in 2001. In many cases, these restrictions force foreign companies to form joint ventures and turn over proprietary technologies to their local partners to tap the Chinese market.

"For months, we have urged China to change these unfair practices, and give fair and reciprocal treatment to American companies," Trump said in a statement. "We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly. But, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices."

Source: South China Morning Post on 2018 Trump Administration , Sep 17, 2018

Be more aggressive against leakers of classified information

The president [listed] a long series of problems with leaks of classified information--a concern I shared. Like all presidents before him, he was frustrated that people with access with classified information were out there talking to reporters about it.

But I also told him that if we could make a case--if we could nail a leaker of classified information to the wall--it would serve as an important deterrence signal. Although I had made no reference about going after members of the media, the president said something about how we once put reporters in jail and made them talk.

This was a reference to the Scooter Libby investigation, when N.Y. Times reporter Judith Miller spent nearly three months in jail in 2005 in contempt of court for refusing to comply with a court order for information about her conversations with Libby. He then urged me to talk to attorney general Sessions about ways to be more aggressive.

Source: A Higher Loyalty, by James Comey, p.254 , Apr 17, 2018

All humankind benefits from reaching into the stars

Q: What should America's national goals be for space exploration?

TRUMP: Space exploration has given so much to America, including tremendous pride in our scientific and engineering prowess. A strong space program will encourage our children to seek STEM educational outcomes and will bring millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in investment to this country. The cascading effects of a vibrant space program are legion and can have a positive, constructive impact on the pride and direction of this country. Observation from space and exploring beyond our own space neighborhood should be priorities. We should also seek global partners, because space is not the sole property of America. All humankind benefits from reaching into the stars.

JILL STEIN: We recognize the inspiration provided by space exploration and so we support the peaceful exploration of space; space-based systems to monitor environmental conditions; and measures to ensure that space technology benefits all the people of Earth.

Source: ScienceDebate.org: 20 questions for 2016 presidential race , Oct 9, 2016

Encourage innovation in the areas of space exploration

Q: What policies will best ensure that America remains at the forefront of innovation in science and engineering?

TRUMP: Innovation has always been one of the great by-products of free market systems. The federal government should encourage innovation in the areas of space exploration and investment in research and development across the broad landscape of academia.

Q: Many scientific advances require long-term investment to fund research over a period of longer than the two year terms that govern political cycles. How will you balance long-term funding?

TRUMP: The premise of this question is exactly correct--scientific advances do require long term investment. This is why we must have programs such as a viable space program and institutional research that serve as incubators to innovation and the advancement of science and engineering in a number of fields. We should also bring together stakeholders and examine what the priorities ought to be for the nation.

Source: ScienceDebate.org: 20 questions for 2016 presidential race , Oct 9, 2016

Emmy award & Hollywood Walk of Fame for "The Apprentice"

Trump is the Emmy-nominated star and co-producer of the reality television series, "The Apprentice" which quickly became the number one show on television, making ratings history and receiving rave reviews and world wide attention. "The Celebrity Apprentice" has met with great success as well, being one of the highest rated shows on television. The Apprentice's record 14th season premiered in January, 2015. "You're fired!" is listed as the third greatest television catchphrase of all time.

In 2007, Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he is among the highest paid public speakers in the world. The Apprentice has raised over $15 million for charity.

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website, DonaldJTrump.com , Jun 16, 2015

Took chance by starting Clear Channel radio program

The word visionary evokes a lot of images and definitions, some even being a Don Quixote. It often connotes someone who is idealistic. There is nothing wrong with that as long as it's contained within reason. Visionaries move the world along into new dimensions.

One of the worst fears we can have is the fear to attempt something. I wasn't sure I'd be a success on the radio, but I went for it and my program on Clear Channel was a big hit. But I had to take the chance first to find out.

Source: Think Like a Champion, by Donald Trump, p. 28-9 , Apr 27, 2010


Donald Trump on Infrastructure

New roads, bridges & tunnels, plus high-speed rural internet

We must also rebuild America's infrastructure. I ask you to pass Senator Barrasso's highway bill--to invest in new roads, bridges, and tunnels across our land. I am also committed to ensuring that every citizen can have access to high-speed internet, including rural America.

Congressional Summary: S.2302 addresses several provisions related to highway˙transportation˙infrastructure, including provisions to accelerate project completions, improve resiliency to disasters, and reduce highway emissions, [including]: