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President Donald Trump mocks Democrats during visit to Cincinnati

Trump called reactions to his speech 'treasonous'
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Posted at 12:58 PM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-05 19:35:40-05

CINCINNATI – President Donald Trump mocked Democrats Monday for their stony reactions during his State of the Union speech last week, saying that it was even "treasonous."

"They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, 'Treasonous.' I mean, yeah, I guess, why not," he said to laughter from a pro-Trump crowd at Sheffer Corporation, a Blue Ash manufacturing company.

"I mean they certainly didn't seem to love our country that much," he said, adding it was "very, very sad."

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The president praised the Republican-led tax cut during a speech while first lady Melania Trump made a private visit to Cincinnati Children's Hospital to discuss how to help children of opioid users.

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Trump signaled that Democrats' refusal to applaud portions of his SOTU speech -- notably when he called attention to record-low unemployment among African-Americans and Hispanic Americans -- will make it much more difficult for him to work with Democrats on bipartisan legislation.

Trump had preached the virtue of bipartisanship in his SOTU.

During his speech at Sheffer Corporation, Trumpboasted that the economy is roaring under his presidency, linking economic gains to his policies.

But Trump's economy-focused, campaign-style remarks ignored the beating the stock market has taken in the last two days of trading -- including while he was speaking -- with the Dow dropping more than 1,000 points in the biggest drop in the past two years amid turmoil in the US bond market. Instead, he focused squarely on the positive.

"Your taxes are going way down. And right now, for the first time in a long time ... factories are coming back, everything's coming back," Trump said as he touted jobs growth and increased investments in the US. "America is once again open for business."

Trump has repeatedly touted stock market rallies throughout the 13 months of his presidency, but did not say anything about the downturn in the stock market.

The stock market dip follows months of record highs, but still leaves the Dow at a significantly higher level than it was when Trump took office.

As Trump spoke, televisions across the West Wing -- including those tuned to Fox -- showed the stunning side-by-side images of Trump touting a booming economy while the Dow plummeted.

One aide said it was jarring to watch the President's speech cut off by Fox News, which broke in when the drop hit the 1,000 point-mark.

With a 1,175-point dive, the stock market on Monday delivered the largest single-day point drop in the market's history. The last biggest intraday point dive came on September 29, 2008, when the Dow fell 777 points.

Pressed ahead of Trump's speech about the stock market losses, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah acknowledged "markets do fluctuate in the short term, I think we all know that. But the fundamentals of this economy are very strong."

Another White House official said the administration is "always concerned" when the market dips, but also noted that the US economy is fundamentally strong.

Trump's event Monday in Cincinnati is part of the President's latest effort to tout the tax cuts he and Republicans in Congress delivered late last year. And he didn't allow the stock market slide to dampen his remarks.

"When I signed the tax cut, six weeks ago, it set off a tidal wave of good news that continues to grow every single day. Before the ink was dry, companies were announcing thousands and thousands of new jobs and enormous investments to their workers," Trump said, before touting investment figures by major companies.

The president and first lady spent about two-and-a-half hours in the Queen City. Their smaller, 757-version of Air Force One landed at Lunken Airport about 1:30 p.m. and took off about 4 p.m.