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Top Trump policy advisor wants focus on health care

Updated: October 09, 2019 06:26 PM

President Trump's Domestic Policy Director, Joe Grogan, might have one of the toughest jobs in Washington, D.C. He's trying to focus attention on policies, like health care and the economy, that impact every American, while he says the news media in Washington focuses on just one issue: impeachment.

"It seems like so much of the Washington, D.C. press corps is focused on clickbait or headlines or the most sensational, and often cases, misleading story of the day," Grogan told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in a one-on-one interview in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday. "Which takes a few days or a few weeks to debunk, and it's difficult to cut through. It's one of the reasons why we're here. We wanted to talk to real people dealing with real problems."

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Grogan met with leaders of large and small medical companies at a Mayo Clinic facility across from Target Center where President Trump will hold a rally Thursday night. Grogan said he unveiled an 800-page plan to the executives to deregulate the medical industry in ways that will eventually benefit patients.

Preparations underway in downtown Minneapolis for Trump rally

The move comes a week after the president signed an executive order Grogan said will strengthen the Medicare program. He said it's likely the president will address that issue in his speech Thursday night.

"I would expect the president will make reference to the Democratic attempts to pursue 'Medicare for all' which will end being 'Medicare for none,'" Grogan said. "Last week, the president was in Florida signing the executive order re-commiting this administration and the federal government to protecting and preserving Medicare for seniors, the people this program was set up for in the first place."

Grogan advises the president on what key issues he should address, but it's always up to the president to decide what he actually ends up saying on the campaign trail.

On Wednesday, about 100 Trump supporters protested outside the office of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey after they said he took steps to dissuade Trump from holding his rally in the city. However, Frey wasn't in his office when the protesters arrived.

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