* “The existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States.”–President Donald Trump.
* “The trade stuff is coming along, just starting. But it’s happening. We’re a piggy bank that everybody likes to steal from.”–Donald Trump.
* “We’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we are going to keep the families together. I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”–Donald Trump.
* “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our country…. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and law and order.”–Donald Trump.
* “This aggressive disregard for the interests of like-minded countries, indifference to democracy and human rights and cultivation of dictators is the new world Mr. Trump is creating. He and his closest advisers would pull down the liberal order, with America at its helm, that remains the best guarantee of world peace humanity has ever known. We are entering a new, terrifying era.”–Kori Schake, deputy director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the author of “Safe Passage.”
* “How differently Trump looks at the world from any of his predecessors–Republican or Democrat. Everything is a transaction. What have you done for ME today.”–Thomas Friedman, New York Times.
* “The Vesuvius of mendacities.”–A characterization of Donald Trump by George Will, Washington Post.
* “There’s a method to the madness. He’s nobody’s fool.”–Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
* “If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.”–Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
* “Of all the things President Trump has done to destroy civil norms, his debasement of language is the most chilling and poisonous. … How is a fact-base democracy supposed to function when the Trump toxins have gotten deep into the national bloodstream?”–Timothy Egan, New York Times.
* “Just talking about protectionism is causing trouble. It’s an existential risk to the world economy.”–Marie Owens Thomsen, global chief economist at Geneva-based Indosuez Wealth Management.
* “The face of the Trump administration: one that is rude, unreasonable, selfish and headstrong.”–Editorial excerpt from The People’s Daily in China.
* “Jonathan Swift said, ‘A wise man should have money in his head but not in his heart.’ The Trumps have green running through their veins.”–Maureen Dowd, New York Times.
* “When trustworthy news is under attack, somebody has to stand up.”–Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, on his $20 million gift to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
* “I’m not saying that technology is inherently bad. But people should be conscious of how they’re using digital activity, and how it’s using them.”–Duke University behavioral researcher Nick Fitz.
* “As financial hardships continue to grow for the majority of the population, and in particular for the poorest among us, suicide rates have gone up. Is this relationship between the concentration of wealth at the top and suicide rate simply a coincidence?–Edward Renner, retired USF psychology professor.
* “It seems pretty obvious he’s making decisions that will benefit companies in which he has an interest.”–Susan Glickman, Florida director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, in referencing Rick Scott’s personal holdings in the energy industry.
* “I am absolutely honored to receive the FULL ENSORSEMENT of President Donald Trump.”–U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, Republican gubernatorial candidate.
* “Endorsements are the least important indicator of who’s going to win. … Adam Putnam is still the man to beat by a country mile in Florida.”–Republican strategist Brett Doster.
* “As one of the nation’s fastest growing regions, Tampa Bay is a natural extension for Brightline.”–Patrick Goddard, president and COO of Brightline, the high-speed railroad line between Miami and West Palm Beach. Brightline has put in a bid to build a high-speed rail link between Orlando and Tampa.
* “We do not have a system like that, but we are considering installing one.”–TIA spokeswoman Janet Scherberger, commenting on Orlando International Airport becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan on passengers on all arriving and departing international flights.
* “It could be worse, it could also be better than what we’re expecting. … We’re completely at the mercy of the national and local economy.”–Harry Cohen, Tampa City Council member and mayoral candidate, on upcoming budget scenarios.
* “The absence of party labels is confusing to voters as they look for candidates who share their values and ideals.”–Hillsborough Democratic Party Chair Ione Townsend.
* “If I’m a bank and put my name on a stadium, it says, ‘We are the hometown player here.’ This is a big statement way to do that.”–Jim Andrews, senior vice president with ESP Properties, which advises teams and companies on the value of naming rights.
* “I’m very happy to win this award, but I think there’s one trophy everybody wants to win, and that’s the Stanley Cup. I haven’t accomplished that yet.”–The Lightning’s Victor Hedman, after winning the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s top defenseman.