October 21, 2019
The White House / West Wing Reads / September 22, 2019
It’s a Middle-Class Boom — How Americans are Really Doing Under Trump Economy
“The median or average-income family has seen a gain of $5,003 since Trump came into office. Median family income is now (August 2019) $65,976,” Steve Moore writes for Fox Business.
“Under George W. Bush, the household income gains were a little over $400 in eight years, and under Barack Obama the gains were $1,043. That was in eight years for each. Under Trump, in less than three years, the extra income is about three times larger.”
“House Democrats’ top impeachment inquisitor abruptly changed from repeatedly insisting on the testimony of a whistleblower against President Donald Trump to working to prevent it,” Mollie Hemingway writes in The Federalist. “Democrats have dramatically switched from demanding transparency about the whistleblower complaint to hiding depositions, transcripts, and evidence.”
“The past several weeks in Washington have shown us the worst of the swamp,” Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA) writes for Fox News. “The people in my district, both Republicans and Democrats, have repeatedly told me they are sick and tired of the way this non-transparent inquiry is going and the fact that Congress fails to do anything other than focus on tearing down the duly-elected president.”
“The United States government identified hundreds of migrants allegedly falsely claiming familial status and numerous other migrant adults attempting to pose as minors,” Jason Hopkins reports for The Daily Caller. U.S. immigration officials in the El Paso, Texas, area have identified 238 such fraudulent families.
Voice of the People / By Jim Bratten / October 14, 2019
1600 Daily / The White House / October 21, 2019
WATCH: One giant leap for womankind:
Far above our atmosphere, Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station on Friday—the first-ever all-female spacewalk.
President Donald J. Trump called them from the White House during their historic mission, marking the first time since 1969 that an American President has spoken to our astronauts while they were outside their spaceship.
“I just want to congratulate you both. You’re very brave, brilliant women, and you represent this country so well,” the President said. “Our country is very proud of you.”
During the call, the astronauts praised all the female pioneers who came before them and made this incredible moment possible. “There has been a long line of female scientists, explorers, engineers, and astronauts, and we have followed in their footsteps to get us where we are today,” Dr. Meir said.
“We hope that we can provide an inspiration to everybody [who] has a big dream and that is willing to work hard to make that dream come true,” she added. “Something that all of us that have made our way up here have done all throughout our lives. And I can tell you, the hard work certainly did pay off.”
🎬 President Trump: This is a “first step”—the next stop is the Moon.
See the biggest moments from today’s Cabinet meeting
President Trump allowed the press to sit in on his Cabinet meeting for over an hour today—yet another example of how this President is the most open, transparent, and media-friendly leader in our country’s recent history.
Three important moments from the President’s opening remarks are worth your time in particular:
🎬 “We’re bringing our troops back home. I got elected on bringing our soldiers back home.” It might not be very popular with defense contractors inside the Beltway, the President said, but it draws the loudest cheers across America.
🎬 On impeachment, you don’t have to guess Congressional Democrats’ motives: They’ve told you themselves. “If we don’t impeach this President, he will get re-elected,” according to one Democrat member.
In Democrats’ own words: "If we don't impeach this President, he will get re-elected." pic.twitter.com/YHz5pqpOnX— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 21, 2019
🎬 The blue-collar, middle-class Trump Economy also speaks for itself, even if the Washington media and political classes aren’t listening. Wage growth under President Trump has topped the past two administrations—multiple times over.
The White House / 1600 Daily / October 16, 2019
Why Italy matters for the American people
America’s partnership with Italy has proven vital for our national security. As President Trump encourages more of our allies to step up and share the defense burden with the United States, Italy has been among the top contributors of troops to the NATO alliance. Their country also currently hosts about 30,000 U.S. service members.
Building on this strong bond, President Trump hosted Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House today, where the two leaders held a joint press conference.
In just one example of Italy’s crucial role on the world stage, leaders in Rome have been in lockstep with the United States on the pressing issue of cybersecurity. They have guarded against efforts by untrusted network providers—mainly from China—to take a foothold, which could harm digital trade and freedom for people the world over.
Italian Americans have also been one of the most vibrant immigrant communities throughout our nation’s history. Their contributions date back centuries. In celebration of these enduring ties, President Trump and the First Lady are hosting a reception tonight in the East Room with both Italy’s leader and members of the Italian-American community.
Picture: President Donald J. Trump stands with Italian President Sergio Mattarella along the West Wing Colonnade
Justice with Judge Jeanine / October 12, 2019
1600 Daily / The White House / October 8, 2019
Read the White House’s official response to Speaker Pelosi and Democrat leaders
This evening, the White House sent an eight-page letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrat leaders, responding to the unprecedented, unconstitutional “impeachment inquiry” launched against President Donald J. Trump.
The letter, written by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, lays out how Democrat leaders designed a politically motivated inquiry that violates the constitutionally mandated due process protections:
You have denied the President the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other basic rights guaranteed to all Americans. You have conducted your proceedings in secret. You have violated civil liberties and the separation of powers by threatening Executive Branch officials, claiming that you will seek to punish those who exercise fundamental constitutional rights and prerogatives. All of this violates the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent. Never before in our history has the House of Representatives—under the control of either political party—taken the American people down the dangerous path you seem determined to pursue.
The facts are clear. The House Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry,” undertaken without a single vote of authorization by the full House—an astonishing breach of precedent—is constitutionally invalid and violates both basic due process rights and the separation of powers. By the admission of its own advocates in Congress, it plainly seeks to reverse the election of 2016 and to influence the election of 2020. Not only is there no legitimate basis for the inquiry, but the committees’ actions in pursuing it themselves raise serious questions that demand full transparency with the American people.
Read the White House’s full response to Speaker Pelosi and Democrat leaders:
How President Trump is securing our border—without Congress’ help
At a White House briefing today, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan announced the fourth straight month of a sharp decline in illegal immigrant apprehensions along America’s southwest border.
In September, just over 52,000 apprehensions occurred—a stunning improvement from the 144,000 in May.
Acting Commissioner Morgan: The President’s actions are working.
How did this happen? It’s not because Congress finally stepped up after decades of broken promises and inaction. Instead, President Trump combined stricter enforcement of long-neglected laws with tough negotiations between the United States and its neighbors to the south. Today, for example, Mexico is helping to address the flow of illegal caravans that had been marching unimpeded through Mexico to the U.S. border.
Part of this renewed enforcement, of course, includes building the wall.
The work is far from finished, however. The underlying cause of our country’s immigration crisis—incentives in our laws to circumvent America’s safe, legal, and fair immigration system—are still there. If Congressional Democrats continue to insist on outsourcing control of our borders to criminal smugglers and cartels, both American citizens and migrant families will suffer.
“The bottom line: We still need Congress to pass meaningful legislation to address our broken legal framework when it comes to immigration,” Acting Commissioner Morgan said. “And while Congress has failed to bring a single piece of meaningful legislation to the floor, this President and this Administration is doing exactly what he promised to the American people.”
Watch: The media won’t report it, but our Border Patrol officers are saving lives:
Mile by mile: We are building the border wall:
The American Flag represents so many things to each American Citizen. I thought I would share the meaning of the Flag Folding.
Flag Folding – below are pictures and the meaning of each fold.
As an Army and Navy custom, the flag is lowered daily at the last note of retreat. Special care should be taken that no part of the flag touches the ground. The Flag is then carefully folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the war for Independence. In the folding, the red and white stripes are finally wrapped into the blue, as the light of day vanishes into the darkness of night.
This custom of special folding is reserved for the United States Flag alone.
How to fold the Flag and the meaning of each fold:
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on mother’s day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God we Trust.”
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
The White House / West Wing Reads / October 4, 2019
US Unemployment Rate Falls to Five-Decade Low of 3.5%
America’s unemployment rate fell to a 50-year low last month, dropping to 3.5 percent and matching a level last seen in December 1969, Alexandra Steigrad reports in the New York Post.
“A more encompassing measure that includes discouraged workers and the underemployed also fell, declining 0.3 percent points to 6.9 percent, meeting its lowest level in nearly 19 years and just off the all-time low of 6.8 percent.”
Furthermore, “the jobless rate for Hispanics also hit a new record low, while the level for African Americans maintained its lowest level ever.”
“If the latest impeachment push continues to backfire, Democrats can thank their duplicitous House Intelligence chairman, Adam Schiff,” Kimberly Strassel writes in The Wall Street Journal. This week, a bombshell report revealed that Schiff’s team had advance knowledge of the complaint from the “whistleblower”—and withheld that fact from both his colleagues and the American public. “The timeline of this orchestrated campaign is another knock to the legitimacy of the so-called impeachment inquiry.”
“With first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump by his side, Google CEO Sundar Pichai signed a pledge Thursday in Dallas that the company will boost its investment in tech skills training for American workers,” Melissa Repko reports in The Dallas Morning News. Google, one of more than 350 companies to join the White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers, “will create 250,000 training opportunities over the next five years.”
“The same biased reporters who pushed two-and-a-half years of Russian conspiracy theories aren’t done with their vendetta against President Trump. They will stop at nothing until he is removed from office. These aren’t journalists, they’re political operatives. Now, they’re even trying to criminalize the president’s attempt to get to the bottom of the Russian collusion hoax,” Jenna Ellis Rives writes in the Washington Examiner.
“First lady Melania Trump kicked off a two-day visit to Wyoming on Thursday, meeting with local fourth graders and touring a sliver of Wyoming backcountry as part of promotional efforts for her ‘Be Best’ initiative,” Nick Reynolds writes in the Casper Star-Tribune. “In Jackson Hole Mercantile, which faces the town square, many customers were caught by surprise, according to a shopkeeper, with some saying that the first lady’s visit ‘made their day.”
The White House / HEALTHCARE / Issued on: October 3, 2019
President Donald J. Trump’s Healthcare Agenda Puts Seniors and American Patients First
“We will not rest until Americans have the healthcare system they need and deserve, a system that finally puts American patients first.” President Donald J. Trump
PUTTING AMERICAN PATIENTS FIRST: Since the beginning of his Administration, President Trump has put patients first so every American has the highest quality of healthcare in the world.
*Making healthcare more affordable by lowering out of control prescription drug prices and making new affordable healthcare options available.
*Putting patients in control of their healthcare by finally providing transparency and choice so every American can choose the care that fits their needs.
*Unleashing American innovation to provide new treatment options for patients living with disease.
PUTTING AMERICAN SENIORS FIRST: President Trump is taking action to protect and improve the Medicare system for America’s seniors.
President Trump is signing a new Executive Order to improve seniors’ healthcare and improve the fiscal sustainability of Medicare. The order will advance policies that:
*Empower patients by giving them more plan choices, more access to telehealth and new therapies, and more time with providers.
*Streamline the approval of therapies, while reducing obstacles to improved patient care.
*Improve quality by implementing reforms that better link payments to value.
*Protect beneficiaries by eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse.
*Maximize freedom for Medicare patients and providers by reducing regulatory burdens and eliminating unnecessary barriers.
*President Trump is putting seniors first by strengthening the Medicare system and helping ensure the program’s availability for years to come.
*Medicare-for-All bills proposed by Democrats in Congress threaten to end the Medicare program as we know it and eliminate choice for America’s seniors.
*Seniors are overwhelmingly satisfied with their Medicare coverage and President Trump will stand up to protect it.
*This order will improve the ability of seniors to make choices about their insurance, helping them access the best healthcare providers and the latest innovative therapies.
PROTECTING VULNERABLE AMERICANS: President Trump is committed to protecting vulnerable American patients and families.
*The President has reaffirmed that protecting Americans with preexisting conditions is fundamental to his healthcare agenda.
*President Trump is committed to ending surprise billing so no American is ever blindsided by medical bills for services they never agreed to.
*The President has put forward principles on surprise billing to ensure patients are not taken advantage of and have the information they need to make informed decisions.
*More than two-thirds of Americans worry about unexpected medical bills, according to a 2018 poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
PROVIDING AFFORDABLE OPTIONS: By lowering costs, President Trump is making sure every American can afford high quality healthcare.
*Last year, President Trump released a historic blueprint to drive down drug prices.
*Medicare Advantage premiums will drop next year to their lowest level since 2007, a 28 percent decrease since 2017.
*Medicare Part D premiums next year will be their lowest in the last 7 years.
*Prescription drug prices fell in 2018 for the first year in nearly five decades.
*The Food and Drug Administration approved a record number of generic drugs in 2017 and 2018 that will improve competition and drive down prices.
*New generic drug approvals saved consumers $26 billion through the first year and a half of President Trump’s Administration.
*The Trump Administration laid the foundation to start importing certain prescription drugs that are cheaper in other countries.
PUTTING PATIENTS IN CONTROL: President Trump is making sure patients control their own healthcare by empowering them to make informed decisions and giving them more choices.
*The number of Medicare Advantage plans available to our seniors has increased by nearly 1,200 over the last two years.
*President Trump is working to expand Association Health Plans, which make it easier for employers to join together and offer more affordable health coverage to their employees.
*Through Health Reimbursement Arrangements, employers will be able to help their employees pay for the cost of insurance that they select in the individual market.
*The Administration expanded the availability of short-term, limited duration plans, which offer flexible coverage options and can be up to 60 percent cheaper than Obamacare plans.
*President Trump is working to ensure hospitals cannot hide prices for their services, requiring them to publicize more data and put quality and price information into patients’ hands.
*The President signed legislation ending “gag” clauses that prevented pharmacists from providing patients with information about lower cost options.
*President Trump signed legislation ending Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty, which forced many Americans to buy health plans they did not want.
*The Trump Administration is working to provide electronic health records to patients by requiring providers to give patients their data.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY CARE: President Trump is working to promote innovative solutions and expand treatment options for Americans living with disease.
*President Trump launched an effort to improve kidney health and treatment in America, giving hope to the over 30 million Americans afflicted with kidney disease.
*The Administration has significantly increased funding for opioid and pain research and is supporting research for a vaccine to prevent opioid addiction.
*Drug overdose deaths declined nationally last year for the first time in decades.
*President Trump signed into law $1 billion in increased Alzheimer’s research funding, reflecting his commitment to finding a cure.
*The Trump Administration is working to encourage new, innovative approaches to treating childhood cancer.
President Trump signed Right to Try legislation to give terminally ill patients the ability to access potentially lifesaving cures.
The President launched an initiative to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.
October 1, 2019
WASHINGTON — Now that U.S. President Donald Trump has signed the Autism CARES Act of 2019 into law, $1.8 billion in funding can now go to programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
The CDC says nearly 1 in 59 children of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, or (ASD). They have looked at the continents of Europe, North America and Asia and say people with ASD with have been identified with an “average prevalence” between 1-2 percent.
The bill, sponsored by House Representatives Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey, and Democratic House Representative Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania is expected to be a big step for autism research.
There is no actual medical test available to diagnose autism. Autism is diagnosed by observing the development of a child according to the CDC. Autistic characteristics were studied as symptoms of schizophrenia in the early 1900’s.
House Representative Chris Smith says the bill will fund research, early detection and treatment for autism spectrum disorder.
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The White House / 1600 Daily / September 25, 2019
How to waste a year of America’s time
Americans “want a Congress that delivers results for the people, opening up opportunity and lifting up their lives. When our new members take the oath, our Congress will be refreshed, and our democracy will be strengthened by the optimism, idealism and patriotism of this transformative freshman class.”
That was newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 3, during the opening session of the 116th Congress. Whether she meant those words at the time is now irrelevant, as the actions of her party this year have betrayed any such vision of a real legislative agenda for working Americans.
Yesterday, Congressional Democrats gave yet another snapshot of how they spend their days now. After months of pressure, Speaker Pelosi caved to the far-left base (sorry, “transformative freshman class”) that she has been unable to appease, announcing that she is launching official impeachment inquiries into President Trump. Although Democrats have been hinting at impeachment as a political weapon for two years, the latest excuse they give comes as a response to hyped-up reports of a supposed “quid pro quo” offered to President Zelensky of Ukraine.
Slight problem: It turns out the story was completely false. The transcript released by the White House today proves that Democrats simply made up their claims of a “quid pro quo” between President Trump and President Zelensky.
Here we go again.
Democrats in Congress devote all their time and energy to rumors and innuendo rather than governing. It doesn’t matter if none of it turns out to be true—by then, their media surrogates have spread the lie far and wide. In the process, Speaker Pelosi’s ranks have squandered nearly a year’s worth of time on a single failed agenda item: endless investigations and obstruction. Yesterday’s antics explain why Americans are fed up with Washington and why Congress’ approval numbers sit at an abysmal 18 percent.
Imagine all that could have been accomplished had Democrats devoted this year to issues that actually matter to middle-class Americans, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement:
Americans deserve elected officials who focus on key issues to improve the lives of families, strengthen our communities, grow our economy, and keep our country safe. In President Donald J. Trump they have someone who has not only focused on those goals, but delivered results.
In a far departure from all of the work and results of this President, House Democrats have destroyed any chances of legislative progress for the people of this country by continuing to focus all their energy on partisan political attacks. Their attacks on the President and his agenda are not only partisan and pathetic, they are in dereliction of their Constitutional duty.
The Trump Administration will continue to be vigorous in laying out the facts and standing up for the many forgotten men and women who elected him.
The window for Democrats to do anything of substance this year is closing fast. When Nancy Pelosi spoke about a “new dawn” while accepting the gavel as Speaker earlier this year, she gave the impression that Congress would finally function differently under her watch.
It doesn’t. And no one’s holding their breath that her party will start putting the American people before their political ambitions.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE: “Democrats Wrote to Ukraine in May 2018, Demanding It Investigate Trump”
NEW: President Trump secures trade agreement with Japan
While Democrats work overtime on obstruction, President Trump is delivering results for workers across the country. In New York today, the President signed a document with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that outlines major steps toward a new trade deal between our countries.
“Under the market access agreement that we’re announcing today, Japan will open new markets to approximately $7 billion in American agricultural products. Japanese tariffs will now be significantly lower, or eliminated entirely, for U.S. beef, pork, wheat, cheese, corn, wine, and so much more,” President Trump explained. “This is a huge victory for America’s farmers, ranchers, and growers. And that’s very important to me.”
The second part of the deal secures robust commitments on $40 billion worth of digital trade for both our economies, expanding commerce for cutting-edge products and services.
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The White House / West Wing Reads / September 23, 2019
Trump wins big Ohio manufacturing investment from Australia’s Pratt Industries
President Tours the Progress on the Border Wall in San Diego
The White House / West Wing Reads / September 20, 2019
Green and Gold for Australia at Trump’s 2nd State Dinner
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will dine “under the stars in a Rose Garden arrayed in shades of green and gold in tribute to his country’s national colors when President Donald Trump hosts his first state dinner in more than a year on Friday,” Darlene Superville reports in The Associated Press.
This morning, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, to the White House with a military arrival ceremony on the South Lawn. A day filled with meetings and special events will conclude with an elegant State Dinner in the Rose Garden, just outside the Oval Office.
“As he arrived in Washington on Thursday night, Morrison said he looked forward to celebrating 100 years of ‘mateship’ between the U.S. and Australia.”
“In an exclusive interview on ‘Fox & Friends’ Thursday, President Trump told Fox News’ Ed Henry that ‘brand-new’ wall sections have been built along the U.S.-Mexico border, contrary to claims by some Democrats,” Edmund DeMarche writes. “Trump said the new wall sections include 14 miles at the site in California, where the interview was held. ‘This was not here two weeks ago. This is all brand-new wall. … We’re building on many different sites all up and down along the border,’ he said, adding that the new 30-foot barrier was impenetrable even by ‘championship mountain climbers.’”
The immigration crisis isn’t just a matter of scope—at its root, it’s a humanitarian problem, too, John Hostettler writes in the Washington Examiner. “The violence in countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has created a demand for human traffickers whose empty promises and exorbitant fees drive and direct the flow of migrants to the border.” By keeping his campaign promise to secure our border with a wall, “President Trump is laying the groundwork for the other reforms we need to staunch the flow of human trafficking. The next step toward ending human trafficking is to fairly and uniformly enforce our asylum laws.”
“The Trump administration will continue to take a tough line with China in trade talks, Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday,” John Carney reports in Breitbart. Speaking at the CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha conference, the Vice President said that President Trump “would continue to insist that China make significant reforms to its economic system, including abandoning trade barriers, forced technology transfers, and predatory subsidies for ‘national champion’ businesses,” Carney writes.
“The era of economic surrender is over,” the Vice President said.
1600 Daily / The White House / September 18, 2019
President Trump visits the border
President Donald J. Trump is in California today, where he traveled to Otay Mesa—a community just north of the border—to get a firsthand look at new wall construction.
The wall may be President Trump’s most important promise kept to the American people. As a matter of policy, it adds to and replaces outdated, often embarrassingly ineffective fencing to protect our country from human smugglers, drug traffickers, and criminal cartels. As a matter of symbolism, it reassures Americans that after years of empty promises from Washington to fix immigration, their voices mean something.
So today, despite resistance from open-border Democrats to enforcing laws that already exist and to keeping promises they already made, the wall is going up. American families, law enforcement, and millions of legal immigrants will be safer for it.
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1600 Daily / The White House / September 11, 2019
President Trump leads moment of silence for September 11 victims
Eighteen years ago, America and the world were forever changed. Confronted by a series of cowardly acts of terror, the United States once again demonstrated to the world the unmatched strength of our resolve and the indomitable power of our character.
This morning, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump—along with Americans all across our country—honored and mourned the nearly 3,000 lives we lost.
On the South Lawn of the White House, the President and First Lady led a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m.—the exact time when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. They were joined by families of victims from that day, looking out onto the National Mall as the White House flag flew at half-staff behind them.
Shortly after, the First Couple traveled to Arlington, Virginia, where the President spoke at the September 11th Pentagon Observance Ceremony. Addressing both victims’ families and members of our Armed Services, he explained how this day is seared into the soul of every American who lived through it. For President Trump, the day carries particular significance, as he witnessed the events in New York as a resident of the city.
“I vividly remember when I first heard the news,” he said, adding that he was looking out a Midtown Manhattan window when he watched the second plane crash into the World Trade Center. Soon after, like many other New Yorkers, he went down to Ground Zero, looking to help out in any small way he could.
“But for the families who join us, this is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss. It’s the day that has replayed in your memory a thousand times over,” he said.
“You waited, you prayed, you answered that most dreaded call, and your life changed forever. To each of you: The First Lady and I are united with you in grief. We come here in the knowledge that we cannot erase the pain or reverse the evil of that dark and wretched day, but we offer you all that we have: our unwavering loyalty, our undying devotion, and our eternal pledge that your loved ones will never, ever be forgotten.”
In the midst of the attack, the world also witnessed the awesome power of American strength and resolve. It could be seen in the perseverance of the brave first responders in both New York and at the Pentagon, as well as in the 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93.
One such hero was retired Army Colonel Rick Rescorla, who gave his own life to save many others. After a decorated military career serving in the Vietnam War, Rick went on to become the Vice President for Security at Morgan Stanley in the World Trade Center. On September 11, Rick died while leading people in the South Tower to safety.
It’s estimated that his actions that day saved 2,700 lives. This morning, President Trump honored Rick’s incredible sacrifice by awarding him the Presidential Citizens Medal.
“The future of our nation is secured through the vigilance of our people: The brave men and women who tore through the gates of hell to save the hurt and the wounded . . . Each of your lives tells the story of courage and character, virtue and valor, resilience and resolve, loyalty and love,” the President said.
🇺🇸 God Bless The USA and
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The White House / East Room / September 9, 2019
Remarks by President Trump at Presentation of Medals of Valor and Heroic Commendations
11:34 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I want to thank the Attorney General for not only this today, but for doing an incredible job. Thank you very much, Bill. Appreciate it.
Today, I’m honored to welcome you to the White House as we recognize 11 extraordinary American heroes. These incredible patriots responded to the worst violence and most barbaric hatred with the best of American courage, character, and strength.
Faced with grave and harrowing threats, the men and women standing behind us stepped forward to save the lives of their fellow Americans. Few people could have done, and even would have done, what they did.
In a few moments, I will award six police officers from Dayton, Ohio, with our nation’s highest public safety award, the Medal of Valor. I will also honor five Americans from El Paso, Texas, with Certificates of Commendation, recognizing these civilians who displayed tremendous bravery.
The light from these intrepid souls defied the darkness and confronted the most sinister danger. Would you all please join me in expressing our deepest gratitude and highest admiration to these unbelievably exceptional Americans? Thank you. (Applause.)
We’re also joined by Senator John Cornyn and several members of my Cabinet. And I want to thank you all for being here. John, thank you very much.
Most importantly, to the families of our heroes: You understand better than anyone the difference your loved ones have made in the lives of so many Americans. We treasure you and we really do thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Again, thank you very much. Great job.
One month ago, America witnessed horror beyond belief. On Saturday, August 3rd, at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the soulless and bigoted monster killed 22 innocent people and wounded 27 others. It happened very quickly. It was a racist attack motivated by pure evil hatred. The next day, in Dayton, Ohio, a vile and wicked murderer stole 9 lives and injured 34 others.
Our nation is shocked and enraged by these inhuman and sadistic acts of bloodshed. We fail to comprehend how any person could be so warped by malice and contempt. Every heart breaks for the families who lost precious loved ones, and every American grieves for those who were so cruelly taken from us.
In the midst of such profound anguish, one memory fills us with hope: When evil showed its hideous face, Americans of all walks of life rose up — and they did. They rose up, they defied fear, they stared down death to protect the innocent — and stand tall they did, just for righteous and for good.
Several days after the shootings, the First Lady and I visited both cities. We met with first responders, hospital staff, survivors, and families. We will never forget the unity and love we saw in those communities and at those hospitals. It was incredible.
In Ohio, I had the privilege of meeting the six Dayton police officers who, without a moment’s hesitation, immediately and courageously engaged the gunman, ending his attack and rescuing countless lives. Who knew, and who can even understand, how many lives would have been taken if they didn’t act so quickly?
Just after 1:00 a.m. on August 4th, these officers were patrolling the streets of downtown Dayton when the killer opened fire into an innocent crowd.
The shooter continued firing as he ran down a sidewalk packed with people. Sergeant William Knight was stationed in his cruiser about 150 feet away. He heard the gunfire, jumped out of his car, and quickly returned fire. Meanwhile, Officer Brian Rolfes ran directly towards the shooter and into the onslaught of incoming bullets. Then, Officers Jeremy Campbell, Vincent Carter, Ryan Nabel, and David Denlinger moved in, engaging the shooter at close range, calling upon years of training in the span of an instant.
Millions of Americans saw the video footage of these officers calmly charging forward in the midst of chaos and constant fire. Without a thought for their own safety, they stood square to the target, executed their mission, and brought down the murderers with precision gunfire. It was just before that maniac was ready to enter a very crowded restaurant and bar.
Within 32 seconds of the start of the attack, these six officers ended the violent rampage and saved countless lives. Today, it is my immense honor to award the Medal of Valor to those law enforcement heroes: Sergeant William Knight and Officers Brian Rolfes, Jeremy Campbell, Vincent Carter, Ryan Nabel, and David Denlinger.
To each of you, we are in awe of your swift response, sterling professionalism, and rock-solid nerves of steel. On behalf of our entire nation, we thank you for your remarkable and heroic actions in the line of duty. And we just want to thank you so much. What a great job you’ve done. Thank you very much. Please. (Applause.)
Today, we are also honoring five Americans who risked their lives to save others during the brutal attack at the Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Walmart Store Manager Robert Evans was outside the store entrance when he heard the gunman fire his first shot. Robert instantly alerted employees of the active shooter. He saw the killer heading towards the store, so he raced inside and directed customers toward the nearest emergency exits, helping hundreds escape to safety. Incredible. Robert, you exemplify noble leadership and selfless service. Thank you very much, Robert. Great. (Applause.) Thank you, Robert.
Walmart employee Gilbert Serna heard Robert’s alert over the radio, and immediately, without hesitation, guided dozens of shoppers to refuge through a rear exit, boosting some people over a 12-foot wall and hiding others in shipping containers. So smart to think of that. Who would think of that, under these circumstances? A lot of people would just run for their lives.
He cleared out the back area of the store a minute before the shooter got there. Gilbert, your unwavering resolve inspires us all. Thank you very much, Gilbert. Great job. (Applause.) Thank you.
Marisela Luna was managing the McDonald’s inside the Walmart when the murderer burst into the entrance. She quickly gathered customers from the lobby and led them to refrigerators and other hiding places, shielding them from the shooter’s line of sight. Thank you, Marisela, for racing to rescue others from grave danger. Thank you very much. Thank you, Marisela. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.)
McDonald’s supervisor Angelica Silva was working at another location when she got word of the active shooting. She drove straight to the scene to check on her employees. Upon arriving, Angelica saw two people in the parking lot who were very, very badly wounded. She alerted first responders and helped save the life of one of those severely injured victims. Angelica, we thank God you were there. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)
Chris Grant was picking out snacks for his kids when he suddenly saw the murderer firing at innocent shoppers a few aisles away from him. Chris grabbed — listen to this — soda bottles and anything else in front of him, and began hurling them at the gunman, distracting him from the other shoppers and causing the shooter to turn toward Chris and fire at Chris, whereby Chris suffered two serious gunshot wounds. But he is recovering well and we wish him the best. His family is here. So please thank Chris for us, please. (Applause.) Think of that.
In the darkest moments of danger and despair, God calls the bravest to action. These 11 individuals answered the call. They stared down evil. They put love of neighbor above life itself. And we are blessed by their courage. We are honored by their presence. We are overwhelmed by their example. And we are forever inspired by the goodness of their hearts, the grace of their souls, and the enduring greatness of their deeds.
To every one of the heroes we recognize today, thank you and God bless you all. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Incredible.
Now I would like to ask the military aide to come forward and read the citations, please.
MILITARY AIDE: The Medal of Valor is presented to the following individuals for their bravery and composure in the face of an armed assailant, intent on the murder of innocent civilians in Dayton, Ohio, on August 4, 2019. Their quick and decisive actions in the face of extreme danger neutralized the gunman within seconds, protecting the lives of hundreds of people:
Sergeant William Knight.
(The Medal of Valor is presented.) (Applause.)
Officer Brian Rolfes.
(The Medal of Valor is presented.) (Applause.)
Officer Jeremy Campbell.
(The Medal of Valor is presented.) (Applause.)
Officer Vincent Carter.
(The Medal of Valor is presented.) (Applause.)
Officer Ryan Nabel.
(The Medal of Valor is presented.) (Applause.)
Officer David Denlinger.
(The Medal of Valor is presented.) (Applause.)
Will the Medal of Valor recipients please take your seats, and the Certificate of Commendation recipients please join the President on stage.
The Certificate of Commendation is presented to the following individuals for acting selflessly and fearlessly to save hundreds from a hateful gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on August 3rd, 2019. Each of these courageous civilians could have escaped to safety during the massacre, but they instead put their own lives in jeopardy to help their neighbors find refuge and access desperately needed medical attention:
Mr. Robert Evans. (Applause.) Mr. Gilbert Serna. (Applause.) Ms. Marisela Luna. (Applause.) Ms. Angelica Silva. (Applause.) Accepting on behalf of her son, Chris Grant, Ms. Minnie Grant. (Applause.)
Would the Medal of Valor recipients please join the President on stage for one last group photo. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
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Record 157,878,000 Employed in August; Record Low Unemployment Rate for Blacks
CNS NEWS / By Susan Jones | September 6, 2019
Judge Jeanine’s Opening Statement
News Max is taking a poll. So far 94% approve of President Trump’s job performance.
1600 Daily / The White House / August 29, 2019
Establishing the U.S. Space Command
This afternoon, at the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the Secretary of Defense established the United States Space Command to ensure America’s continued dominance in space. President Trump announced the news from the Rose Garden.
“The dangers to our country constantly evolve, and so must we,” the President said. “Now, those who wish to harm the United States, who seek to challenge us in the ultimate high ground of space—it’s going to be a whole different ballgame.”
The United States is reliant on space for everything from the vital military systems that protect us to widely used consumer systems that fuel our economy. While America has the strongest military in the world, failure to act now could allow our adversaries to overcome that competitive advantage and deny us access to the space domain.
Last week, at the sixth meeting of the National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at length about America’s next great mission to lead the world once again in human space exploration. “As we lead in American innovation and entrepreneurship in space, we also must lead in security,” the Vice President said.
To that end, President Trump installed four-star General John “Jay” Raymond today as the first leader of the revived U.S. Space Command. The newest of 11 unified commands within the Department of Defense, USSPACECOM will employ assigned forces from every branch of the military to achieve vital victories in space.
There’s no better person to lead this charge than Gen. Raymond. As the current commander of the Air Force Space Command, Gen. Raymond leads an incredible team of about 26,000 space professionals worldwide. His deep experience in the field includes serving in the United States Air Force for more than 34 years, and in June, the Senate unanimously confirmed him as our first Commander of the U.S. Space Command.
President Trump revives the United States Space Command.
The White House / West Wing Reads / August 28, 2019
Americans’ View of the Current Economy is the Highest in 19 Years
Americans’ assessment of current economic conditions has climbed to the highest level in nearly two decades, buoyed by a strong job market, Reade Pickert reports for Bloomberg.
Of course, with a majority of Americans approving of President Donald J. Trump’s handling of the economy, the left is trying to rewrite the story of a blue-collar and middle-class resurgence. Fortunately, the results on the ground keep proving them wrong.
“The reading shows hiring and income gains are keeping consumers upbeat . . . The level of confidence could allow for sustained household spending that remains a mainstay of the economy. The share of respondents who say jobs are currently plentiful jumped to 51.2%, the highest since September 2000.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board says that President Trump’s trade policies are looking out for the forgotten workers of America—not the media elites. “We are told that fighting the trade war just isn’t worth it. It makes Wall Street nervous. Maybe if your job and town are gone, the fight is worth it.”
“Drone footage released by the Border Patrol over the weekend shows miles of a ‘new border wall system’ going up at a location in Arizona near where illegal immigrants were seen streaming into America years ago,” Greg Norman reports for Fox News. “Elsewhere in Arizona, crews were installing 30-foot steel fencing Friday to replace older barriers next to a border crossing known as Lukeville Port of Entry.”
President Trump was elected by working-class citizens to rewrite America’s broken trade agreements. “One of those deals he vowed to rework was NAFTA, and he did it,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue writes in the Harold & Review. “USMCA includes rules which encourage vehicle and parts production in the United States and supports supply chains to use more United States products. USMCA also creates a new labor value content rule to drive higher wages for manufacturing jobs.”
1600 Daily / The White House / August 26, 2019
5 big takeaways from President Trump at the G-7 Summit
Today, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump return home after attending this year’s G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France. President Trump met with world leaders to strengthen our alliances, secure better trade deals, and—as always—keep the interests of the American people front and center on the global stage.
The summit began in 1975 as an opportunity for world leaders to meet face-to-face and find solutions to the most pressing modern-day global challenges.
This year was no exception, as President Trump worked with our allies to chart a course toward even more prosperity both here at home and around the world. Here are a few of the biggest takeaways from the trip:
A message of unity. President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of host nation France held a joint press conference earlier today. Over the weekend, they worked together to achieve progress on a number of fronts, including global security, fair trade practices, and better economic opportunity for all. “I want to thank you very much, Mr. President, for the incredible job you did. This is a truly successful G-7,” President Trump said.
Securing a billion-dollar trade deal. One of the biggest wins from the summit was President Trump’s announcement of locking in a trade agreement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. The deal secures market access for a number of American agricultural goods, and Japan has agreed to purchase large sums of our farmers’ corn.
Promoting USMCA. With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by his side, President Trump talked about the importance of expanding America’s trading partnership with our neighbors by passing the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement. With both Canada and Mexico having essentially finalized it, President Trump noted that it’s time for American lawmakers to do the same. “Our farmers love it, the unions love it, the workers love it, manufacturers love it . . . hopefully that’ll be put to a vote very soon.”
Developing stronger trade with Europe. While meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Trump discussed how best to meet global and regional security challenges and previewed even better trade relations to come with Germany and the European Union. Germany is “a great trading partner,” he said. “And we probably think we’re going to be upping the trade over a very short period of time.”
Helping to reduce India-Pakistan tensions. In his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, President Trump reaffirmed the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan and also worked to build on the great economic relations between our nations.
The White House / 1600 Daily / August 22, 2019
President Trump Attends the American Veterans 75th National Convention
President Trump visited Louisville, Kentucky, to attend the American Veterans 75th National Convention. Before a crowd of thousands of veterans, the President announced new executive action that will ensure 25,000 of America’s wounded warriors receive the education benefits they’ve rightfully earned.
The newly signed Presidential Memorandum will “eliminate every penny of federal student loan debt owed by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled,” President Trump said.
Of the some 50,000 disabled veteransqualified to have these loans discharged, only about half have received their benefit. Now, the burdensome process to obtain this hard-earned assistance will be simplified, setting the stage to wipe out an average of $30,000 in debt for the 25,000 remaining eligible veterans.
The White House / August 21, 2019
President Donald J. Trump Is Working Tirelessly to Provide the Benefits and Services that Our Brave Veterans Deserve
1600 Daily / The White House / August 21, 2019
See what President Trump is doing to defend and protect America’s veterans
“Thank you, America’s loudest, toughest patriots,” President Donald J. Trump told veterans this afternoon in Kentucky. “We love our veterans . . . You are special people.”
President Trump addressed the American Veterans 75th National Convention today, an event that coincides with his latest action to protect our heroes in uniform. Just hours ago, the President signed a memorandum that ensures permanently disabled veterans obtain the federal student loan debt discharges to which they are entitled.
Only half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans who are qualified to have these loans discharged have received this hard-earned benefit. Fortunately, that will soon change.
🎬 President Trump: Thank you for honoring our heroes and great American flag!
America’s veterans should never have to go the extra mile to receive the benefits and services they are rightfully owed for their sacrifice. These brave men and women proudly served our nation. Now, it’s time for our government to serve them fairly, as well.
President Trump has worked since his Inauguration Day to reform the federal bureaucracy, making it more responsive to veterans’ needs and less fixated on its own interests. In 2017, he signed the Forever GI Bill into law, allowing individuals to access their veteran educational benefits at any point in during their lifetimes.
Also in 2017, he signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law, making it easier to hold failing VA employees accountable for their actions. Since then, the VA has fired more than 7,600 employees who have failed our veterans. Even more important, it has instituted reforms to increase efficiency and decrease abuse.
As a result, VA healthcare today is significantly better than when President Trump was elected, with trust in VA outpatient healthcare now close to 90 percent.
The story of the American veteran—the “American warrior,” as President Trump says—is “the story of the American nation. You have written our history, shaped our identity, forged our destiny, marched us to glory, and always planted the righteous flag of American victory,” he said today.
“You have filled our enemies with dread. You have filled our friends with hope. And you have filled our American heart with fierce patriotic pride. Because of you, America is safe.”
🎬 Watch: Thanks to you, veterans, America is the mightiest nation on Earth!
"You have written our history, shaped our identity, forged our destiny, marched us to glory, and always planted the righteous flag of American victory." pic.twitter.com/sWIWwEBfmg— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 21, 2019
America cracks down on powerful drug fentanyl
Today, the Trump Administration announced new actions to crack down on international fentanyl trafficking and protect the American homeland from this horribly lethal drug.
“Deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl continue to take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every year,” White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll said. “To reverse this trend, we are cracking down on drug traffickers more than ever before.”
Even as drug overdose deaths are declining for the first time in nearly 30 years, a flood of fatal fentanyl is washing over America, Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said. “Last year alone, federal agents seized enough fentanyl to kill every American man, woman, and child four times.”
President Trump is giving American law enforcement more tools than ever before to cut off these illegal drug supplies and protect our communities from these monsters.
This morning, for example, the Treasury Department announced it has identified two Chinese nationals and a China-based Drug Trafficking Organization as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.
White House announces actions to crack down on fentanyl trafficking.
Capitol Hill Brief / August 20, 2019
Planned Parenthood has decided that abortion is more important than millions of federal taxpayer dollars.
The country’s largest abortion provider announced late Monday that it is formally withdrawing from the federal Title X family planning program, due to a regulation from the Trump administration that would have required it to separate its abortion business from other health care services to keep getting funds.
“Today, Planned Parenthood showed its true colors by prioritizing abortion over family planning, refusing to comply with the Protect Life Rule and dropping out of the Title X program,” reads a statement from pro-life SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “President Trump’s Title X Protect Life Rule is a huge victory for the majority of taxpayers who reject taxpayer funding of abortion.”
“Today’s announcement is a win for life,” said Senate Republican Steve Daines, founder of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus. Daines pointed out that “taxpayer money no longer going to the nation’s largest abortion provider” will instead be available for health centers that don’t provide abortions.
“Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning and taxpayer dollars should not support abortion,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said. “Leana Wen’s recent firing and Planned Parenthood’s decision today doubles down on their ultimate goal, which is political abortion advocacy, not healthcare.”
Keep in mind, however, that this is just a small portion of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding. The group still gets a lot more from Medicaid and other federal sources, as Republicans in Congress failed to follow through on a complete defund when they had House and Senate control.
1600 Daily / The White House / August 19, 2019
On Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol agents saved the lives of 28 illegal immigrants as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande River into America.
These kinds of heroic acts—U.S. law enforcement officers putting their own lives at risk to save others—are the sort of stories that don’t make the news much anymore. Corporate media profits much more from division and anger than they do from uniting Americans.
🎬 Watch: U.S. Border Patrol rescues 28 illegal aliens that smugglers abandoned
These illegal aliens were the victims of human smugglers and included 14 children ranging from 8 months to 17 years of age. After they were left stranded in high-current waters, U.S. Border Patrol agents acted swiftly, pulling the Honduran nationals into their vessel and out of harm’s way.
“These individuals found themselves in a life-threating situation, which is unfortunate and far too common as smugglers continue to show no empathy for people they attempt to cross illegally into the United States,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz said.
“Had our agents not been there to provide rescue efforts, the situation could have ended in tragedy.”
Remembering the forgotten men and women of America
It wasn’t long ago that Washington had all but given up on our country’s blue-collar workers—especially those in the supposedly outdated manufacturing and energy sectors. The message that the “experts” tried to sell was that these industries were in decline, and with the rise of globalization, nothing could be done to change that.
Former President Obama even famously mocked then-candidate Donald J. Trump’s pledge to bring these jobs back. “What magic wand do you have?” President Obama asked. It turns out no magic wand was necessary—just a President who was willing to fight for forgotten workers across our country with policies that put U.S. industry first.
From day one, President Trump challenged the Beltway’s prevailing wisdom and unleashed a policy agenda that’s made life easier for America’s small businesses. Employer and worker tax cuts, deregulation, and new trade deals have helped create more than 6.2 million jobs and driven the unemployment rate to a near 50-year low.
While President Trump toured Shell’s new Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, he explained that it’s a new dawn for American energy and manufacturing.
“With your help, we’re not only unleashing American energy—we’re restoring the glory of American manufacturing, and we are reclaiming our noble heritage as a nation of builders again,” he told factory workers. All the while, the critics “expected you to stay on the sidelines, silence your voices, and surrender the future of our nation.”
By 2020, the United States is now predicted to export more energy than it imports for the first time since 1953. Today, we’re also the largest crude oil producer in the world.
Blue-collar jobs are surging for the first time in decades. All told, 523,000 manufacturing jobs have been added since President Trump took office. Only 287,000 were created during all of President Obama’s final three years as commander in chief.
Speaking in Detroit today, Vice President Mike Pence explained why. “Wages are rising at the fastest pace in more than a decade,” he told the Detroit Economic Club. “And maybe most important of all to the President and me: that wages are rising fastest for blue-collar working Americans. The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more.”
By the numbers: American energy and manufacturing is back!
David Urban: “Trump has kept his promise to revive manufacturing.”
The White House / West Wing Reads / August 8, 2019
‘You Had God Watching’
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump “met Wednesday with some of the dozens wounded or injured in the weekend mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that left 31 dead,” Fred Lucas reports in The Daily Signal.
“In between visits with survivors at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, the president and first lady thanked the medical staff.” While there, the President told survivors that “you had God watching. I want you to know we’re with you all the way.”
Later yesterday, “the president and first lady visited with first responders and hospital staff as well as victims and their families at the University Medical Center of El Paso.”
President Trump launched the Pledge to America’s Workers last July, a program that’s “signed on more than 20 companies and business groups, which committed to hire or train more than 3.8 million workers over the next five years. One year later, over 300 companies and organizations have joined the pledge to bring the total to over 12 million new training opportunities for students and workers over the next five years,” Sibile Marcellus writes for Yahoo News. “Among those who signed the pledge: Walmart, Microsoft, FedEx, Lockheed Martin, AT&T,” and more.
“As we debate how to respond to the plague of gun violence so tragically illustrated by the weekend mass murders of 31 people in Ohio and Texas, President Trump has taken an important step by inviting social media company executives to a meeting Friday to discuss how hatred and violent extremism are fueled online,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper writes for Fox News. “Woe to us if the young and the angry are convinced they can find meaning only through hate and violence.”
“The people of Venezuela continue to suffer under socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, who is sustained by his patrons in Cuba, Russia and China. So it’s welcome news this week that the Trump Administration has toughened sanctions against the regime and its abettors,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. “The new measures aim to try to cut the lifelines from Cuba, Russia and China. Sanctioned individuals will be denied entry to the U.S. The Trump Administration has morality and regional politics on its side.”
In the Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard reports on the unprecedented partisan media response following the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton. “This is just a sample of the shameful partisan propaganda being peddled by so-called ‘journalists,’” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell tweeted, sharing a long list of examples.
1600 Daily / The White House / August 7, 2019
Powerful scenes from Dayton and El Paso
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled today to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, where they met with survivors, families, medical workers, and first responders affected by this weekend’s horrific acts of mass violence.
In Dayton this morning, the two met with patients and staff members at Miami Valley Hospital. “They’ve been stopping between rooms to thank the hardworking medical staff,” Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote. “Very powerful moments.”
Watch President Trump: “We love you Dayton, Ohio!”
“You had God watching. I want you to know we’re with you all the way,” the President said. Later in the afternoon, he and the First Lady visited with first responders, hospital staff, and victims and their families at University Medical Center of El Paso.
As always when tragedy strikes, our nation’s first responders put their own lives at risk to help save others. The men and women who answered the call in both Dayton and El Paso were no exception. On Monday, President Trump thanked those “who responded to these atrocities with the extraordinary grace and courage of American heroes.”
Before departing Washington today, the President pledged to push Congress on finding bipartisan solutions to address mass violence. “We’re going to be meeting with members of Congress. I’ve already got meetings scheduled. And I have had plenty of talks over the last two days,” he said. Specific measures the President has mentioned include stronger background checks, early warning detection, and “red flag” protection orders.
“I’ll be convincing some people to do things that they don’t want to do, and that means people in Congress,” President Trump said.
🎬 President Trump says he’ll work with Congress to prevent future tragedies.
http://The White House (@WhiteHouse) Tweeted: President Trump is working with Congress to prevent future tragedies like those in Dayton and El Paso. https://t.co/AvgkVeSKAN https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1159117569493819397?s=17
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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks ….. President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with survivors, families, hospital staff, and first responders at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio | August 7, 2019
First Lady honors Purple Heart Day
Presidential Message on Purple Heart Day, 2019 / August 7, 2019
President Trump’s message on Purple Heart Day, 2019 …. “On Purple Heart Day, we honor our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who have endured immense suffering to earn the Purple Heart. We also pay tribute to the families whose loved ones have been awarded the Purple Heart through their ultimate sacrifice in service to our Nation.
Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, General George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit. Washington designed the original badge by fashioning royal purple cloth into the shape of a heart. In the early 20th century, General Douglas MacArthur established the Purple Heart both to commemorate Washington and to revive his tradition of giving a badge to our Nation’s men and women in the military who, in battle, gave an uncommon measure of devotion. Though the medal’s name has evolved since the Revolutionary War, its legacy of heroism remains steadfast. A Purple Heart on the chest of an American continues to be a symbol of the solemn price of our Nation’s liberty and peace.
Melania joins me in honoring all of our country’s Purple Heart recipients, their loved ones, and our Gold Star Families for their immeasurable sacrifice. These American patriots represent the unyielding and unmatched strength and determination of the United States Armed Forces, and we are forever grateful for their devotion to duty and love of country.”
Today is Purple Heart Day, marking the occasion 237 years ago when Gen. George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit. Washington designed that original badge by fashioning royal purple cloth into the shape of a heart.
In the early 1900s, Gen. Douglas MacArthur established the Purple Heart both to commemorate Washington and to revive his tradition of giving a badge to those service members who, in battle, gave an uncommon measure of devotion.
“Melania joins me in honoring all of our country’s Purple Heart recipients, their loved ones, and our Gold Star Families for their immeasurable sacrifice,” President Trump wrote in his official message for today. “We are forever grateful.”
1600 Daily / The White House / August 5, 2019
President Trump: ‘Hate has no place in America’
On Saturday morning, a wicked person opened fire on innocent families shopping at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
Precious children were among the victims. The following day, another act of evil took place on a crowded street in Dayton, Ohio. These two horrible incidents left more than 80 people killed or wounded.
Earlier today, President Donald J. Trump addressed the nation from the White House:
The First Lady and I join all Americans in praying and grieving for the victims, their families, and the survivors. We will stand by their side forever. We will never forget. These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation, and a crime against all of humanity. We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror. Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands, and wives were ripped from their arms and their lives. America weeps for the fallen. We are a loving nation, and our children are entitled to grow up in a just, peaceful and loving society. Together, we lock arms to shoulder the grief. We ask God in Heaven to ease the anguish of those who suffer. And we vow to act with urgent resolve.
Hate, in any of its forms, has no place in the United States of America. In the two decades since Columbine, our nation has witnessed one mass shooting after another. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of such violence. America can and will rise to the challenge.
By taking action, “we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain,” President Trump said. He laid out those steps today:
*First, Americans must come together in condemning racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated,” the President said.
*Second, law enforcement must have all the tools it needs to investigate and disrupt any hate crimes or acts of domestic terrorism. President Trump has asked the FBI to identify any additional resources needed to confront these threats. Part of that effort includes fighting radicalization online.
*Third, America must do a better job of identifying—and acting upon—early warning signs of violence. Today, President Trump directed the Department of Justice to partner with government agencies and the private sector, including social media companies, to develop tools to detect mass shooters before they act.
*Fourth, we must stop the glorification of violence across society. It’s far too easy for troubled individuals to surround themselves with gruesome, grisly images on a daily basis. “Cultural change is hard, but each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life,” the President said.
*Fifth, our country must reform its mental health laws to better identify, treat, and—if necessary—confine individuals who may commit acts of violence.
*Last but not least, we must ensure that those posing a great risk to public safety do not have access to firearms—and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken away through rapid due process. The President has called for “red flag laws,” also known as extreme risk protection orders, to keep weapons away from dangerous people.
These steps build upon important work that President Trump has already done to address the scourge of mass violence in America. Last year, Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the STOP School Violence and Fix NICS Acts, providing grants to improve school safety and strengthening critical background checks for firearms. On the President’s orders, the Department of Justice also banned the sale of bump stocks.
The White House (@WhiteHouse) Tweeted:
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.”
Today, President Trump also called upon DOJ to propose legislation that ensures anyone who commits hate crimes and mass murder will face the death penalty.
“Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside . . . and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love,” the President said. “Our future is in our control.”
President Trump’s Proclamation honoring the victims in El Paso and Dayton.
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Record 157,288,000 Employed in July
1600 Daily / The White House / July 31, 2019
The left complains about high drug prices. President Trump is actually fixing it.
For years, the United States has paid exorbitantly higher prices for prescription drugs than other countries. Both Republicans and Democrats have talked about the skyrocketing cost of medicine for American patients, especially senior citizens.
But our leaders in Washington never did anything about it. Until now.
The Trump Administration’s new plan, announced this morning, will allow companies to import drugs sold in other countries—including Canada—to save Americans money. Manufacturers can now bring the lower-cost versions of drugs they sell abroad to the United States, so long as the FDA verifies the medicines are identical and meet safety standards.
Foreign countries buy drugs at substantially lower prices, meaning American patients subsidize the cost of the expensive drug research and development for the rest of the world. Many times, medicines that cost hundreds of dollars in the U.S. cost as little as a few dollars overseas. Time and time again, our own citizens get the worst deal.
This terrible system doesn’t only hurt patients. It costs our taxpayers billions. For example, one medication that helps prevent blindness costs Medicare more than $1 billion a year. It would cost only $187 million if we paid the prices that other countries pay.
Big Pharma doesn’t want that to change, but “President Trump listened to the American people,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says. “We heard about the pain Americans are feeling at the pharmacy counter, we learned that this was impacting Americans’ health, and we’re taking action.”
Today’s announcement builds on President Trump’s other efforts to make medicine affordable for all Americans. Following the release of the President’s blueprint to lower prescription drug costs last year, December 2018 marked the first time in 46 years that the official government measure of inflation in drug prices dropped.
1600 Daily / The White House / July 30, 2019
What happened 400 years ago today
The great American Experiment of government by the people was born on July 4, 1776, when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. But the groundwork for that fateful day was laid 157 years earlier at a small church in Virginia.
On July 30, 1619, the first legislative assembly in what would become the United States of America met in Jamestown. Known as “the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World,” the House of Burgesses is now known as the Virginia General Assembly.
“On this day in 1619, just a mile south of where we are gathered now, 22 newly elected members of the House of Burgesses assembled in a small wooden church,” President Trump said today in Williamsburg, Virginia. “They were adventurers and explorers, farmers and planters, soldiers, scholars, and clergymen. All had struggled, all had suffered, and all had sacrificed in pursuit of one wild and very improbable dream.”
They called that dream “Virginia,” the President added.
The Jamestown settlers’ story is well-known to most American schoolchildren, but it’s worth reflecting on just how daunting the challenges that faced these pioneers were. They arrived in America during what we now know was one of the worst droughts in over seven centuries. In their third winter in the New World, known as the “Starving Time,” a population of around 500 settlers was reduced to 60. The rest didn’t make it to spring.
“Together, the settlers forged what would become the timeless traits of the American character,” President Trump said. “They worked hard. They had courage in abundance and a wealth of self-reliance.”
When the Virginia Colony formed that first legislative body 400 years ago today, it laid the groundwork for what would become the greatest nation on Earth—with democracy at its core. From city councils and state capitols to the halls of Congress, legislative bodies across America continue to deliberate and represent the will of the people.
“In our time, we must vigorously defend those cherished democratic traditions that have made our beloved Republic the envy of the entire world,” President Trump says.
Photo of the Day: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead …. The Mace of the Virginia House of Delegates is seen as President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the First Representative Legislative Assembly at the Jamestown Settlement Museum | July 30, 2019
STATEMENTS & RELEASES
Presidential Message on the 400th Anniversary of the First Legislative Assembly in America
On this day in 1619, statesmen from the Colony of Virginia gathered in Jamestown as the first deliberative body in what would become the United States of America. Four hundred years later, the same sense of representative democracy that motivated these statesmen continues to drive our Nation forward and ensures that America is a beacon of hope and opportunity for all.
Known as “the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World,” the House of Burgesses, now known as the Virginia General Assembly, was formed as a unicameral body of individuals elected by settlements throughout the colony who served alongside people appointed by the Virginia Company of London. The Burgesses came from a variety of backgrounds—soldiers, clergymen, farmers, and planters. They were united in their cause for a better future for the brave settlers who had crossed the Atlantic for God and Country and for their descendants. From modest beginnings, the first legislative assembly in America would usher in a new era of government that derives its power from the consent of the people.
Four centuries later, the great American Experiment of democratic principles that began in Jamestown continues to thrive. From local city councils and State capitols to the halls of Congress, legislative bodies across our country continue to deliberate and represent the will of the people. Today, we recognize the pioneering and unrelenting spirit of Jamestown, which has shaped the character of our Nation, and we celebrate the abundant blessings of freedom we continue to protect and cherish.
May God bless the United States of America.
The White House / 1600 Daily / July 29, 2019
President Trump makes 9/11 victim fund permanent
This morning, President Donald J. Trump signed into law a permanent authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which provides financial support for families who lost their loved ones as a result of the September 11 attacks.
“Today, we come together as one nation to support our September 11th heroes, to care for their families, and to renew our eternal vow: Never, Ever Forget,” the President said. “Our nation owes each of you a profound debt that no words or deeds will ever repay.”
But there is something we can do. “We can and we will keep our nation’s promise to you.”
More than 100 Americans who were personally affected by the devastation of the September 11 attacks joined President Trump at today’s Rose Garden signing ceremony. These individuals included first responders, survivors, and family members of victims.
Within minutes of the attacks, many courageous men and women rushed into lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and a debris-strewn field in rural Pennsylvania to rescue the remaining survivors. For days, they fought to save every person they could find trapped in the rubble. For months, they continued the search for others who had fallen.
All told, more than 2,000 first responders and survivors have passed away from illnesses directly related to the toxic fallout from those attacks. Even today, thousands more are battling health problems stemming from that day in American history.
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will now provide them with permanent support.
“To every 9/11 hero, you poured out your heart, your sweat, your soul, and everything you had for your country,” President Trump said.
“You went back day after day and night after night to save lives and return the fallen to their families, to rebuild and recover, and to show the entire world that nothing will ever break America’s spirit.”
President Trump: “The love and loyalty of our 9/11 responders knew no bounds.”
Photo of the Day: President Donald J. Trump is applauded by 9/11 first responders and families as he displays his signature on H.R. 1327, an act to permanently authorize the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund | July 29, 2019
By the numbers: Fighting for cities like Baltimore
Over the weekend, President Trump shined a spotlight on one of America’s hardest-hit cities. For years, corruption and poor leadership have cost residents of Baltimore their livelihoods and—in far too many cases—their lives.
Baltimoreans have witnessed a rise in both violent crimes rates and poverty in recent years. In a city with largely one-party rule, Democrat politicians have enriched themselves and their families while failing their constituents for decades on end.
President Trump wants cities like Baltimore across America to thrive. The only way to get there is by laying out all the facts—including those the Beltway media would rather ignore. Here’s the real story out of Baltimore that they aren’t talking about:
*Gun violence is surging, with more than 150 murders so far this year.
*Baltimore’s crime rate was the highest recorded of all major U.S. cities in 2018.
*In 2017 alone, there were 12,430 cases of known violent crime, including 382 rapes reported, 5,879 robberies, and 5,827 cases of aggravated assault.
*Sen. Bernie Sanders likened the city to a “Third World country” in 2015.
*Baltimore’s poverty rate of 22 percent is nearly double the national level.
*Scandal-plagued leaders have lined their wallets while neglecting their community. Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned earlier this year after she was caught using her position to enrich herself.
*“Trump is right – Baltimore mistreated by elected Dems, residents deserve better”
The White House / West Wing Reads / July 29, 2019
President Trump’s Ability to Protect America Strengthened by Supreme Court Ruling on Border Wall
“Friday’s Supreme Court decision allowing President Trump to transfer $2.5 billion of Defense Department funds to defend our southern border by building hundreds of miles of wall to replace existing fencing will protect the American people and our national sovereignty,” writes Tom Homan, a top immigration official under both Presidents Trump and Obama.
“News stories are calling this a victory for the president, which it is. But far more importantly, the ruling that will allow Pentagon funding for border wall construction in Arizona, California and New Mexico is a victory for our country.”
“The fallout from Wednesday’s disastrous performance by Robert Mueller in the Capitol includes a nearly 450-page report now in question. We don’t know who wrote it. We don’t know who really ran the investigation. We do know that several investigators on Mueller’s team were rabidly anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton,” the Boston Herald editorial board writes. “Members of the team attended Clinton events, donated to her campaign and even legally represented some of her associates.”
“I feel great sympathy for the plight of the impoverished citizens of Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. For decades the Democrats have promised them jobs, good schools and safe communities. Residents waited patiently for the Promised Land, only to discover the Democrats’ policies had turned their congressional district into a dystopian wasteland,” Todd Starnes writes in Fox News.
“Vice President Mike Pence talked Friday with former prisoners about reentering the workforce as he and Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, visited Jacksonville sites that highlighted the area’s economic boom,” Steve Patterson reports for The Florida Times-Union. “The midday visit continued a chain of appearances the two have made nationally to celebrate President Donald Trump’s Pledge to the American Worker initiative.”
Last week, White House Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt “addressed the United Nations Security Council on reaching a comprehensive peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, and he had some blunt words for an institution that for decades has failed to resolve the conflict,” Eric Shawn reports for Fox News. “We want tremendous lives for the Palestinians. We want lives that mirror the lives of Israelis as long as we can keep everybody secure,” Greenblatt said.
President Trump Can Use Pentagon Funds for Border Wall
The justices’ decision to lift the freeze on the money allows President Donald Trump to make progress on a major 2016 campaign promise heading into his race for a second term. Trump tweeted after the announcement: “Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”
The case the Supreme Court ruled in began after the 35-day partial government shutdown that started in December of last year. Trump ended the shutdown in February after Congress gave him approximately $1.4 billion in border wall funding. But the amount was far less than the $5.7 billion he was seeking, and Trump then declared a national emergency to take cash from other government accounts to use to construct sections of wall.
The money Trump identified includes $3.6 billion from military construction funds, $2.5 billion in Defense Department money and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset forfeiture fund.
The case before the Supreme Court involved just the $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds, which the administration says will be used to construct more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of fencing. One project would replace 46 miles (74 kilometers) of barrier in New Mexico for $789 million. Another would replace 63 miles (101 kilometers) in Arizona for $646 million. The other two projects in California and Arizona are smaller.
The other funds were not at issue in the case. The Treasury Department funds have so far survived legal challenges, and Customs and Border Protection has earmarked the money for work in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley but has not yet awarded contracts. Transfer of the $3.6 billion in military construction funds is awaiting approval from the defense secretary.
The lawsuit at the Supreme Court was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition. The justices who lifted the freeze on the money did not give a lengthy explanation for their decision. But they said among the reasons they were doing so was that the government had made a “sufficient showing at this stage” that those bringing the lawsuit don’t have a right to challenge the decision to use the money.
Alexei Woltornist, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said in a statement, “We are pleased that the Supreme Court recognized that the lower courts should not have halted construction of walls on the southern border. We will continue to vigorously defend the Administration’s efforts to protect our Nation.”
ACLU lawyer Dror Ladin said after the court’s announcement that the fight “is not over.” The case will continue, but the Supreme Court’s decision suggests an ultimate victory for the ACLU is unlikely. Even if the ACLU were to win, fencing will have already been built.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a statement accusing Trump of trying to “undermine our military readiness and steal from our men and women in uniform to waste billions on a wasteful, ineffective wall that Congress on a bipartisan basis has repeatedly refused to fund.” She said the Supreme Court’s decision “undermines the Constitution and the law.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York called the decision “deeply regrettable and nonsensical.”
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would not have allowed construction to begin. Justice Stephen Breyer said he would have allowed the government to finalize the contracts for the segments but not begin construction while the lawsuit proceeded. The administration had argued that if it wasn’t able to finalize the contracts by Sept. 30, then it would lose the ability to use the funds. The administration had asked for a decision quickly.
The Supreme Court is on break for the summer but does act on certain pressing items.
The White House • July 23, 2019
U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently apprehended 605 criminals—illegal aliens convicted of theft, weapons possession, assault, domestic violence, strangulation, drunk driving, and drug dealing—through its Operation Cross Check.
Video of the day: ICE agents capture criminal fugitives ….
ICE also announced today that nearly 3,300 employers have been targeted for inspection of worksite immigration violations in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico. These actions put corporations on notice: Anyone who exploits illegal workers to break Federal laws on wages, child labor, and health and safety will be held accountable.
These actions are crucial for upholding the rule of law, but ICE’s work would be much easier, safer, and more effective if the problems with America’s broken immigration system were addressed head-on by Congress. Where gaps exist—both literally in the form of inadequate border security and figuratively in the form of asylum loopholes—the most vulnerable always pay the price.
The list of victims grows each day: migrants exploited and often assaulted by human smugglers; children kidnapped or sold into horrific trafficking rings; American citizens victimized in communities where crime has spilled across the border; and law enforcement officers struggling each day to maintain order despite inadequate resources.
America can do better. And it must.
Meet America’s new Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper
In the Oval Office this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump participated in the swearing-in ceremony for his new Secretary of Defense. Dr. Mark Esper was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate earlier today in a 90-8 vote.
Dr. Esper’s life has been marked by a devotion to America’s safety and security, making his nomination an easy decision for President Trump. The call to service began early on in Esper’s career, from his days at West Point to deployment with the “Screaming Eagles” in the Gulf War.
He served our nation in uniform for more than two decades in total, with 10 years on active duty in the Army and 11 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve.
Prior to his nomination, Esper built a career with leadership positions that gave him a deep understanding of our national security needs. With key roles in the Defense Department, on Capitol Hill, and in the private sector, Esper is without a doubt one of the most capable people in America to execute the President’s National Defense Strategy.
With Esper, our servicemen and women will have someone uniquely qualified to ensure they have all the resources needed to do their jobs. In his new role, Esper will prioritize both defense modernization and accountability to U.S. taxpayers through tough budget decisions.
Most important, he wants to make sure that America’s military members receive the respect and consideration they deserve.
“I am truly honored to be part of the greatest military in the world,” he said.
Vice President Mike Pence: “Mark Esper is a fierce defender of our country.”
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“KEEP AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”
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