March 30, 2020
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March 29, 2020
LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2020) Logistics Specialist 1st Class Tavares Littleton, from Chicago, raises the national ensign during morning colors aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), March 29, 2020. Mercy deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense’s missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden/Released)
March 28, 2020
The White House / Resolute Reads / March 28, 2020
FIVE STORIES PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS
Trump Signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill-NBC News
“President Donald Trump on Friday signed the $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill, putting in motion desperately needed financial relief for millions of Americans set back by the pandemic. Trump signed the bill just hours after the House passed it with a bipartisan vote,” Rebecca Shabad reports.
Apple Works with White House to Release ‘COVID-19’ App, Website-Reuters
“Apple Inc and the White House said on Friday that the iPhone maker worked with the Trump administration and federal agencies to release an app and website that will direct users to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on the disease caused by the coronavirus,” Steve Holland reports. Learn more about the screening tool here.
Selfless Acts: How Americans are Helping Each Other Through the Coronavirus-The Hill
“People across the United States are taking steps to help one another amid the coronavirus pandemic. From companies donating masks and ventilators to hospitals, to everyday people helping their neighbors, there are countless examples of people trying to do the right thing during an extraordinarily difficult time,” The Hill reports.
🎬 WATCH: No American is alone as long as we are united!
US Was More Prepared for Pandemic than Any Other Country, Johns Hopkins Study Found-Fox News
“The United States was ranked the best-prepared country in the world to handle a pandemic in late 2019 by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS)—an assessment seemingly at odds with claims by Democrats that the Trump administration left the country vulnerable,” Gregg Re reports.
MORE: “WHO Chief Praises Trump’s Coronavirus ‘Leadership’”
Gallup Poll: Majority Of Americans Disapprove Of News Media Handling Of Wuhan Coronavirus-The Federalist
“Of nine leaders and institutions rated by Americans in a new poll on their response to the novel Wuhan Coronavirus, the media fared the worst, and it’s not even close,” Tristan Justice reports. According to the Gallup poll, only 44 percent of Americans approve of the media’s Coronavirus coverage, while 60 percent approve of President Trump.
The White House / The Healthcare / March 27, 2020
President Donald J. Trump Is Providing Economic Relief to American Workers, Families, and Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus
The legislation developed in the Senate is the first step to restoring confidence and stability to America’s economy. President Donald J. Trump
SECURING EMERGENCY RELIEF: President Donald J. Trump is signing bipartisan legislation to provide relief to American families and workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
*The President worked with Congress to secure bipartisan legislation that will provide emergency relief to families and small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus.
*This unprecedented relief package totals more than $2 trillion.
*The CARES Act provides much needed economic relief for American families and businesses who are hurting through no fault of their own.
*This legislation will provide assistance to America’s heroic healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of this outbreak.
*$100 billion will go to healthcare providers, including hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
*$27 billion will go to bolstering life-saving capabilities, including developing vaccines and the development, purchase, and distribution of critical supplies.
*$45 billion will go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, more than doubling the amount available to support the President’s Emergency and Disaster Declarations to empower State, local, and tribal leaders to effectively respond.
SUPPORTING FAMILIES: This legislative package brings security to American families by providing them with economic assistance during this time of crisis.
*This legislation provides tax free payments—treated as a refundable tax credit—to Americans, giving families the immediate financial support they need.
*Couples earning up to $150,000 will receive $2,400, plus an additional $500 for each child.
*Individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive $1,200, plus an additional $500 for each child.
*These payments will phase out for those earning over $75,000, $112,500 for head of household filers, and $150,000 for married couples filing joint tax returns.
*The legislation provides much needed assistance to Americans out of work.
*The CARES Act allows States to temporarily increase unemployment benefits and receive Federal reimbursement for the additional amount.
*Encourages States to waive the typical one week waiting period and provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits
*Creates a new program to assist the self-employed and independent contractors who are unemployed due to the pandemic.
*The legislation provides relief for homeowners and renters, ensuring that Americans’ homes are not threatened by the coronavirus.
*Enables payment forbearance for federally backed mortgages, requires a foreclosure and eviction moratorium for homeowners with such mortgages, and imposes an eviction moratorium for renters in federally supported housing.
*Suspends penalties for withdrawing up to $100,000 from retirement accounts.
*Allows a high-deductible health plan with a health savings account to cover telehealth services prior to a patient reaching the deductible.
*The legislation provides $3.5 billion in emergency funding to our child care providers to stay open, keep payroll, and prioritize the child care needs of healthcare, emergency, and sanitation workers all across our country.
BOLSTERING THE ECONOMY: This legislation will strengthen our economy by providing needed financial assistance to America’s small businesses and workers.
*Small businesses that have been hurt by coronavirus will receive the help they need to survive and prosper.
*This legislation provides small businesses and nonprofits comprised of 500 or fewer employees with almost $350 billion in partially forgivable loans.
*The maximum loan amount for 7(a) business loans will be temporarily increased.
*This legislation also provides $17 billion to forgive 6 months of payments on any existing Small Business Administration non-disaster loans.
*The CARES Act provides critical payroll tax relief for small businesses.
*The legislation expands the emergency disaster loan program by funding $10 billion in advances on loan applications to rapidly help small businesses cover expenses including sick leave, payroll, and rent.
*Businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus are eligible for a tax credit of $5,000 for wages paid to each employee.
*The CARES Act includes $500 billion for the Treasury and Federal Reserve to provide liquidity and purchase business, municipal, and State debt.
*If needed, the Federal Reserve can leverage funds of more than $4 trillion in financial support during this time of disaster.
Sasse: “Pelosi Trying to Take Hostages”
March 23, 2020
Here is the Far-Left Wish List Nancy Pelosi Just Blew Everything Up For
March 23, 2020
1600 Daily / The White House / March 23, 2020
Americans need help. Democrats must stop blocking it.
President Trump is marshalling every resource at America’s disposal to fight against the global Coronavirus pandemic. He’s grateful to our nation’s local leaders, doctors, nurses, law enforcement, and first responders who are waging this battle on the ground.
They need all the help they can get—and so do American workers and businesses. Every American family deserves immediate relief and certainty in this difficult time.
President Trump told Congress to send him a bill that protects our economy, your job, your retirement savings, and your family’s future from this global pandemic.
Democrats are blocking it. Their donor wish list comes before helping you.
Senate Republicans are ready to send a relief bill to the President’s desk. Instead of joining them, Democrats voted it down. Their leaders are demanding a litany of partisan line items that have nothing to do with fighting the Coronavirus or saving our economy.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer should have to answer to every American: Why have they prioritized these partisan issues over help for working families of every background?
*Audits of election results (yes, seriously)
*Airline carbon emissions
*Corporate diversity requirements
*Collective bargaining for Federal workers
*Expansion of wind/solar credits
*And the list goes on and on—for 1,119 pages in Speaker Pelosi’s bill, to be exact.
With these demands, Democrats in Congress aren’t trying to rescue our country. They aren’t trying to rescue our economy. They’re trying to rescue their partisan agenda—and they’re willing to hold America hostage to do it.
As one senior Democrat reportedly put it: This relief bill is “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”
Now is no time for partisan politics or to exploit a serious crisis for political gain. Now is the time to finish good-faith negotiations that deliver economic and healthcare support to working Americans.
President Trump and other leaders have asked every American to do their part to help slow the spread of Coronavirus by staying home and social distancing. The American people have selflessly heeded that call. As our citizens step up and do their part, it’s time for career politicians in Washington to do the same. No more delays.
The clock is ticking. The hour for action is here. Our country deserves it.
“Is That What We’ve Come To?” asks Sen. Susan Collins
MUST-READ: “Here is the Far-Left Wish List Nancy Pelosi Just Blew Everything Up For”
President Trump, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General William Barr, signs an Executive Order to Prevent Hoarding and Price Gouging | March 23, 2020
The White House / Resolute Reads / March 22, 2020
FIVE STORIES PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS
Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Package with Paid Sick Leave, Free Testing – The Hill
“President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a multibillion-dollar emergency aid package aimed at helping Americans impacted by the coronavirus,” Morgan Chalfant reports. The bipartisan measure, resulting from negotiations between the Trump Administration and Congress, “includes provisions offering paid leave benefits for Americans, bolstered unemployment benefits and free diagnostic testing for the virus.”
🎬 President Trump: “I want to thank all Americans for coming together”
Vice President Pence: We Need the American People’s Help to Fight Coronavirus Now – USA Today
“Now is a critical time. As the President said on Monday, over the next two weeks, there are actions that every American can and should take to help us slow the spread of the coronavirus. If we succeed in limiting the number of new cases, then we can dedicate more resources to the most vulnerable and save lives,” the Vice President writes.
🇺🇸 Do your part: 15 days to slow the spread
With the Coronavirus Pandemic, Trump Administration’s True Leadership on Display – Washington Examiner
“This week, one of President Trump’s most outspoken critics, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, said this about the president and his team’s response to the cruise ship in Oakland: ‘Every single thing [Trump] said, they followed through on. Every single thing,’” Reps. Dr. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Dr. Brian Babin (R-TX) write.
Crises Demand the (Completely Constitutional) Use of Major Presidential Power – New York Post
President Trump has taken strong actions to “address supply shortages, help the financially vulnerable and see us through this,” Josh Hammer writes. “Trump’s use of a wartime law to mitigate public-health concerns amid an outbreak accords with [a long] tradition of presidential leadership.”
No Need to Hoard: There’s Plenty of Food in the System-Politico
“Don’t be fooled by the barren grocery store shelves: There’s plenty more food on the way. Meat, dairy and produce groups as well as federal regulators say the U.S. has an ample amount of products in cold storage to handle the unexpected demand for food and household products from Americans,” Ryan McCrimmon and Catherine Boudreau report.
🛒 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue: Our food supply chain is strong!
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The White House / Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Senate Passage of the USMCA / January 16, 2020
Following a monumental signing of the Phase One Trade Agreement with China, President Donald J. Trump has delivered another trade win for American workers with the Senate’s passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The trade agreement, which has now been approved by both chambers of Congress with unprecedented bipartisan support, 89-10 in the Senate and 385-41 in the House, will replace the job-killing, huge failure NAFTA – fulfilling a core promise the President made to the American people. USMCA, which the President successfully negotiated over a year ago, rebalances trade between the three countries and will lead to significant economic and job growth in the United States.
From – The National Review
The Senate on Wednesday passed the USMCA trade agreement, the Trump administration’s update of NAFTA, by a vote of 89-10.
The agreement will allow free trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada among farmers and manufacturers, while updating certain rules in response to technological changes over the past several years. Under the new agreement auto manufacturers will have to comply with a stricter set of rules in order to avoid tariffs, including producing a certain amount of parts in the U.S., and farmers will be granted unrestricted access to the Canadian dairy market.
USMCA also sets guidelines for the free exchange of information and data between the North American countries.
The bill’s passage came on the heals of the signing of a phase-one trade deal between the U.S. and China, relaxing certain tariffs the countries had put in place in the midst of a trade war.
1600 Daily / The White House / January 15, 2020
President Trump signs landmark phase 1 deal with China
In a historic moment, President Donald J. Trump was joined today by the Vice Premier of China in the East Room of the White House. Together, they signed a new, fully enforceable trade agreement that rebalances this vital trade partnership while boosting American businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and innovators.
“From day one, my Administration has fought tirelessly to achieve a level playing field for the American worker,” President Trump said. Before he took office, Washington had long tolerated unfair trade practices that buoyed special interests while hurting U.S. working- and middle-class families.
President Trump: I’m putting the American people first!
“For years, politicians ran for office promising action to remedy these practices, only to do nothing but allow them to continue,” the President said this morning. “Unlike those who came before me, I kept my promise . . . Now, our efforts have yielded a transformative deal that will bring tremendous benefits to both countries.”
The new agreement makes good on a number of key promises to fix trade with China:
* American-made products: To help rebalance the relationship, China has pledged to increase imports of American goods and services by at least $200 billion.
* Agriculture purchases: As part of that commitment, China will be stocking up on goods from U.S. farmers—between $40 and $50 billion worth.
* No more forced technology transfers: For the first time ever, China agreed to end its practice of forcing American companies to transfer their technology to Chinese companies as a condition for doing business there.
* Fair currency practices: Beijing has agreed to stronger commitments on its practices regarding currency devaluations and exchange rates.
And that’s just phase one. The work on a phase-two deal is already underway.
“With this signing, we mark more than just an agreement. We mark a sea change in international trade. At long last, Americans have a government that puts them first at the negotiating table,” President Trump said.
A stronger America, of course, doesn’t come at the rest of the globe’s expense. On the contrary, when the United States is thriving, it makes the world a safer, more stable place. A better and fairer trade partnership with China will do much of the same.
Starting today, a new era of harmony, prosperity, and commerce officially begins.
🎬 Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds explains what this deal means for rural America
President Trump: China will be buying A LOT of these American goods
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President Donald J. Trump, joined by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, sign the U.S. China Phase One Trade Agreement | January 15, 2020
January 10, 2020
1600 Daily – The White House – January 8, 2020
Our soldiers are safe, and America is prepared
President Donald J. Trump addressed the nation this morning in the wake of Iran’s air attack against bases where American troops were stationed in Iraq.
“No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases,” the President said from the White House’s Grand Foyer.
President Trump: Iran will never have a nuclear weapon on my watch.
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”
For four decades, the world has tolerated Iran’s destructive and destabilizing behavior across the Middle East and beyond. Appeasement only emboldened a regime that is now the leading state sponsor of terrorism on Earth. After the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, the hostilities and violence only increased.
Instead of thanking the United States and President Obama for the $1.8 billion cash windfall under the nuclear deal, Iran went on a terror spree. It created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The regime brought violence even to its own backyard, recently killing 1,500 people at the protests taking place throughout Iran.
As the leader of the lethal Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani was personally responsible for many of the worst atrocities. He trained terrorist armies, including Hezbollah, to launch strikes against civilian targets. He fueled bloody civil wars across the Middle East. He viciously wounded and killed thousands of American troops, often with ghastly roadside bombs. His most recent American casualties came less than 2 weeks ago.
Those days are over. Soleimani is dead, and terrorists everywhere just received a powerful message: If you threaten innocent lives, you will suffer grave consequences.
New measures to counter Iran were announced today, as well. The United States will immediately impose more powerful economic sanctions on the regime in Tehran, which will remain in place until Iran changes its behavior. President Trump has also asked that NATO allies become much more involved in the Middle East process.
America has new leverage to pursue real, lasting peace in the region. “We are now the number-one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. We are independent, and we do not need Middle East oil,” President Trump said. He added that on his watch, America’s great military has been rebuilt to the tune of $2.5 trillion.
When America is strong, the world is safer. “The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it,” President Trump said. “We do not want to use it. American strength, both military and economic, is the best deterrent.”
🎬 The days of tolerating Iran’s destructive behavior are over.
MORE: Read President Trump’s full statement:
1600 Daily / The White House / January 6, 2020
President Trump: ‘My highest and most solemn duty’
Four days ago, the United States military executed a flawless precision strike that killed the worst remaining terrorist on Earth, Qasem Soleimani. The next day, President Donald J. Trump delivered a statement on the successful operation.
“As President, my highest and most solemn duty is the defense of our nation and its citizens,” he said. “Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.”
President Trump: We will always protect Americans and our allies …. https://twitter.com/whitehouse/status/1213529709683912705
“Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous: To terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American, we will find you. We will eliminate you.”
Led by Soleimani, the ruthless Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps facilitated horrific acts of terrorism. Soleimani himself contributed to plots as far-flung as New Delhi and London—and even the United States. In 2011, he organized an attempted assassination of the Saudi ambassador to America in Washington, D.C.
During the Iraq War, Soleimani’s camps trained killers that were directly responsible for the deaths of 603 American service members. Thousands more were wounded.
In the past few weeks alone, attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq included rocket strikes that killed an American and badly injured four U.S. servicemen, as well as a violent assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. All were carried out at Soleimani’s direction.
Americans are safer today because the world’s worst terrorist is dead. The Iranian people are safer, too: Soleimani recently led the brutal repression of protestors in his own country. In the end, more than 1,000 innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their government in Tehran. Soleimani’s disrespect for life knew no borders or limits.
These grave facts aren’t in dispute. Every American who believes in the dignity of human life should rejoice at our military’s tremendous success last week. Partisan politics sometimes gets in the way of uniting around good news, however—certain career politicians are too worried about who will get the credit.
Real experts across the political spectrum are setting the record straight. Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic candidate for Vice President, said “President Trump’s order to take out Qasem Soleimani was morally, constitutionally and strategically correct. It deserves more bipartisan support than the begrudging or negative reactions it has received thus far from my fellow Democrats.”
President Obama’s former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also shot down claims from some Democrats that the Soleimani operation could be unlawful. Based on the rationale presented by our military, “the President, under his constitutional authority as Commander in Chief, had ample domestic legal authority to take him out without an additional congressional authorization,” Johnson said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained President Trump’s position in a series of television interviews yesterday. “The Iranian leadership needs to understand that attacking Americans is not cost-free,” he said. “Terrorism will not benefit them.”
In other words, the expectations are clear. There will be no appeasement. There will be no blank checks from this Administration. America has zero interest in war. But Iran must end the one it started—now.
🎬 Watch President Trump’s full statement on Iran.
CNN in 2016: Former Secretary of State John Kerry admits that some Iran Deal money would likely go to terrorism
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President Trump delivers remarks following the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that resulted in the death of Qassim Soleimani | January 3, 2020
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1600 Daily / The White House / December 30, 2019
TOP 10: President Trump’s biggest accomplishments of 2019!
Americans saw plenty of Washington at its worst this year, with one party in Congress obsessed with a partisan impeachment stunt and obstructing progress at every turn. But despite getting no help from the far left, America today is soaring to new heights.
It’s tough to pick only 10 accomplishments from such an extraordinary year, but here are just a few of the biggest things President Donald J. Trump has gotten done for the American people in 2019:
* The Trump Boom is going strong. The unemployment rate recently hit its lowest mark in 50 years. All told, since President Trump’s election, our economy has added more than 7 million jobs—over half a million in manufacturing alone.
*. The stock market keeps breaking records: The Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit record closes again on Friday.
*. The working class is thriving, as are previously forgotten communities. Wages are now rising the fastest for low-income workers, and poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans have reached all-time lows.
* Accountable government is back. Since taking office, President Trump has rolled back nearly 8 regulations for every new one, saving American taxpayers more than $50 billion in the process—with bigger savings still to come.
*. Better trade deals are putting America back in the driver’s seat. Congress approved President Trump’s USMCA this month—a huge win for U.S. workers, farmers, and manufacturers that will create 176,000 new jobs.
*. Trade with China in particular is about to get a whole lot fairer. As part of a historic “phase 1” deal, Beijing has agreed to structural reforms in its trade practices and to make substantial purchases of American agricultural products.
* Securing the border is paying off and making our country safer. President Trump struck new agreements with Mexico and Central American countries this year to help stop the flood of illegal immigration. Thanks to this swift action, border apprehensions fell by more than 70 percent from May to November.
* On health care, President Trump is fighting to give our patients the best system on Earth. While Democrats try to take away choice, the President’s focus on affordability led to the largest year-over-year drop in drug prices ever recorded.
* American interests are taking center stage abroad. In just one example: After years of not paying their fair share, NATO Allies will have increased defense spending by $130 billion by the end of next year.
*. Our great military took out the world’s top terrorist in October. (Meet Conan, the hero dog who helped them do it!) Our troops are now getting the support they deserve. President Trump recently signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 fiscal year, which includes the biggest pay raise for our military in a decade.
On behalf of President Trump and his entire Administration, have a blessed and wonderful New Year!
WATCH: “Our best days are yet to come!”
ONDCP Announces 42 New Drug-Free Communities Grants Aimed at Preventing Youth Substance Use
Today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced an additional round of 42 new grants for its Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, bringing the total number of total grants awarded with Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funds to 719.
The DFC Program provides grants to community-based coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems.
“A critical element of the Trump Administration’s whole-of-government approach to tackling the drug crisis is stopping substance use among our youth before it starts. The hundreds of Drug-Free Communities our office administers across the country implement effective, localized prevention programs to ensure the next generation understands the dangers of substance misuse. We will continue investing in the DFC Program both because it is a critical part of our mission to save lives and its success in reducing past 30-day substance use among youth,” ONDCP Director Jim Carroll said.
The 42 additional grants announced today, combined with the 150 new grants announced in October, represent a total Federal investment of approximately $24 million to new community coalitions alone with FY 2019 funds.
In June, ONDCP released the 2018 Executive Summary and End-of-Year Report for its DFC grant recipients, which demonstrate the DFCs are effective in reducing youth substance use rates in their communities.
December 20, 2019
1600 Daily / The White House / December 18, 2019
America spoke. House Democrats never listened.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are about to go down in history. Their legacy will be sealed tonight with an unfair, hyper-partisan impeachment vote that is unprecedented for all the wrong reasons.
President Donald J. Trump committed no crime. House Democrats agree: Their Articles of Impeachment against him do not claim a single criminal violation. For the first time in history, a President will be impeached for solely political reasons.
Also for the first time ever, an American President will be impeached without any votes from the minority party. A couple Democrats may join in opposing it, too.
The Pelosi-Schiff blitz will go down as the fastest impeachment in U.S. history. Why the rush? Because public support has dropped steadily throughout the process. Most Americans are against it. Democrats can’t afford to let it continue.
If House Democrats are remembered for anything else, it will be their rank hypocrisy. Obvious political double standards tend to get lost in the moment—especially with a Democrat-friendly media helping the cause—but history judges them harshly.
During the Clinton impeachment, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)—now chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee—warned that a partisan impeachment would be illegitimate. Such a ploy would “call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions,” he said. He went so far as to lambast an impeachment attempt that didn’t have the “legitimacy of a national consensus” as a “partisan coup d’etat.”
The amazing irony, of course, is that the Clinton impeachment was bipartisan, with five Democrats voting in favor of 3 of the 4 articles introduced. The Pelosi-Schiff impeachment of President Trump, however, is only bipartisan in the opposition to it.
Americans have delivered their verdict. A new poll from Gallup finds that support for impeachment and removal has dropped 6 points. Other polls corroborate it: Recent ones from USA Today and Quinnipiac show that a majority of Americans oppose impeaching and removing President Trump from office.
At town halls across America, constituents are demanding that House Democrats stop with impeachment and focus on the real issues facing our country.
It should be obvious, and it is to everyone outside the Beltway Swamp: Americans are sick of Washington’s never-ending partisan circus. They’re tired of the excuses for obstructionism and inaction. They aren’t buying the phony, sanctimonious lip service to our Constitution and Founding Ideals from career politicians who never bother to defend either when it counts.
Americans know House Democrats will go silent the moment they’re confronted with the Swamp’s own corruption, whether it be from FBI officials who used false information to spy on the Trump campaign or from Democrats’ own family members who got rich off conflicts of interest in Ukraine.
Our citizens simply want their Government to work for them, not against them. Under President Trump, it finally is. The working-class boom is lifting wages for blue-collar workers, dropping the unemployment rate to a 50-year low, and slashing income inequality. On trade, this President renegotiated NAFTA and held China accountable for years of unfair and abusive practices that Washington ignored.
Beyond that, illegal immigration is down, crime rates are down, and American service members are finally coming home while our NATO allies step up and contribute their fair share to the Alliance.
But instead of listening to Americans and helping make Washington better, Democrats ignored them. The left sought impeachment from day one. They chased conspiracy theories to discredit the voices of 63 million Americans. They’ve called President Trump “illegitimate” and “not my President.” They’ve turned the most sacred power of Congress into a political weapon. They’ve made it clear democracy only counts if they win.
The message of the 2016 election was straightforward for anyone who listened: Put the American people first. Tonight, House Democrats will prove they never heard a word of it.
In case you missed it: Read President Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi.
Watch: “This has been rigged from the start.”
The White House / 1600 Daily / December 17, 2019
President Trump’s Letter to Nancy Pelosi
Dear Madam Speaker
President Donald J. Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today, exposing Democrats’ partisan impeachment crusade for the unprecedented, unconstitutional sham that it is.
A few important excerpts from the President’s letter:
“The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever.”
“Speaker Pelosi, you admitted just last week at a public forum that your party’s impeachment effort has been going on for ‘two and a half years,’ long before you ever heard about a phone call with Ukraine.”
“Before the Impeachment Hoax, it was the Russian Witch Hunt.”
“You are the ones interfering in America’s elections. You are the ones subverting America’s Democracy. You are the ones Obstructing Justice. You are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your own selfish personal, political, and partisan gain.”
“You and your party are desperate to distract from America’s extraordinary economy, incredible jobs boom, record stock market, soaring confidence, and flourishing citizens. Your party simply cannot compete with our record.”
“Our Founders feared the tribalization of partisan politics, and you are bringing their worst fears to life.”
Read the full letter from President Trump:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Congressional leadership as they ponder how little they’ve done for the American people | October 16, 2019
Nancy Pelosi admitted on video recently that impeachment has been going on for 2 and a half years.
This is contrary to the narrative she is trying to sell that the Ukraine call triggered an impeachment and Trump is an imminent threat to the United States.
This proves that the Democrats never accepted the result of the 2016 election and have been trying to remove President Trump from office since before he was even inaugurated.
Just like Jerry Nadler stated the other day: American voters can not be trusted to vote President Trump out of office so coastal elite Democrats must act.
Wreaths Across America
Justice with Judge Jeanine – December 7, 2019
Update: This link doesn’t play the clip of Justice Jeanine. I have checked all the other links they also will not play. I went to Fox News and it also won’t connect to the show. … if a link comes available, I will repost.
1600 Daily / The White House / December 5, 2019
Read the White House’s response to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment stunt
1600 Daily / The White House / December 3, 2019
President Trump is getting NATO back on track for American taxpayers
This week, world leaders are gathering in London for the 2019 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit, celebrating 70 years since the beginning of the historic Western alliance.
For decades, NATO members worked together to confront the world’s toughest challenges. But, the alliance’s ability to accomplish that mission became severely weakened. In 2017, when President Trump took office, only four of our NATO allies were meeting their defense spending obligations under the treaty. Meanwhile, past U.S. leaders—along with their counterparts overseas—were happy to let Americans foot the bill.
President Trump promised to change all that. And he has.
A hallmark of the Trump Administration foreign policy is making sure America isn’t asked to be the world’s sole policeman. For NATO, that means strengthening the alliance by making clear that all members must meet their responsibilities under the agreement, which spells out that 2 percent of GDP be committed to investing in defense.
Once President Trump made his expectations clear, a funny thing happened: Today, nine members have met their targets, adding $130 billion to total defense budgets. Moreover, two-thirds of our NATO allies are on track to hit the 2 percent goal by 2024.
There’s work left to do, which is why President Trump is keeping the pressure on. The United States still accounts for nearly 70 percent of combined NATO defense spending. But under this Administration, we’ve seen the biggest improvement on that front in a generation.
“We are making real progress, most importantly on the burden sharing,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in London today. “And your leadership on defense spending is having a real impact,” he told President Trump.
“This is unprecedented. This is making NATO stronger. And it shows that this Alliance is adapting, responding when the world is changing.”
December 4, 2019
House Democrats got a big dose of reality on Wednesday during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing when Trump critic and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said that Democrats simply do not have the evidence to go forward with the impeachment of President Trump. …. This Will Be the First Impeachment in History of the Absence of a Crime” – Prof. Jonathan Turley — a Democrat — Destroys Democrat Impeachment Show in Historic Speech
http://House Democrats got a big dose of reality on Wednesday during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing when Trump critic and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said that Democrats simply do not have the evidence to go forward with the impeachment of President Trump. … https://trendingpolitics.com/huge-impeachment-witness-admits-they-don-t-have-the-evidence-to-impeach/?utm_source=freedom&utm_medium=email
December 4, 2019
Thanksgiving Day proclamation Calls for prayers for military, law enforcement and first responders
By Jennifer Harper – The Washington Times – Wednesday, November 27, 2019
President Trump placed a strong emphasis on God, faith and prayer in his annual Thanksgiving Day proclamation, calling for prayers for service members, law enforcement and first responders — and their families as well.
“On Thanksgiving Day, we remember with reverence and gratitude the bountiful blessings afforded to us by our Creator, and we recommit to sharing in a spirit of thanksgiving and generosity with our friends, neighbors, and families,” Mr. Trump said, citing multiple references from American history.
“This Thanksgiving, we pause and acknowledge those who will have empty seats at their table. We ask God to watch over our service members, especially those whose selfless commitment to serving our country and defending our sacred liberty has called them to duty overseas during the holiday season,” the president later said.
“We also pray for our law enforcement officials and first responders as they carry out their duties to protect and serve our communities,” he noted. “As a Nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to both those who take an oath to safeguard us and our way of life as well as to their families, and we salute them for their immeasurable sacrifices.
“As we gather today with those we hold dear, let us give thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings we enjoy,” the president said. “United together as one people, in gratitude for the freedoms and prosperity that thrive across our land, we acknowledge God as the source of all good gifts. We ask Him for protection and wisdom and for opportunities this Thanksgiving to share with others some measure of what we have so providentially received.”
This is one beautiful picture of our President’s family.
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1600 Daily / The White House / November 21, 2019
It’s official: Americans are tuning out the Swamp—and the ratings prove it
Tone-deaf would be an accurate way to describe the Washington political class in general, and it certainly applies to Democrats’ latest impeachment attempt.
For the past two weeks, they’ve rolled out witness after witness for hours of nationally televised hearings. Each testimony had a few things in common, including that all substituted pure speculation in lieu of any actual evidence. But today’s “finale” had something extra: The witnesses weren’t even indirectly involved in the July 25 phone call with Ukraine. They learned about it the same way you did—from the news.
🎬 Watch: CNN tries to attack President Trump—and accidentally proves him right. https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1197594352874336262
In fact, one of the two “witnesses” had already left her position when the call occurred. She confirmed her last day at the National Security Council was July 19.
That’s how little respect House Democrats have for the impeachment process—and for the American public. Their witnesses didn’t witness anything. Yet Democrat leaders are so convinced of their ability to shape the media narrative that they bet it wouldn’t matter. They assumed a 40-hour TV circus would be enough to tip public support their way.
Here’s their problem: Viewers quickly figured out there was nothing to see.
The ratings prove it. Simply put, they’re stunning. Despite wall-to-wall media coverage and attention, the first televised impeachment hearing last week drew an estimated 13.8 million viewers—nearly 6 million fewer than when former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate two years ago. And this is for impeachment.
Even more telling is what’s happened to viewership as the hearings pressed on. Once it became clear that no real evidence was forthcoming—only more opinions about President Trump from the Swamp—Americans tuned out. Tuesday’s morning session this week averaged 11.4 million viewers. By noon Wednesday, “the local ABC affiliate had ditched impeachment coverage and was airing its regular newscast instead. The Fox station had a daytime talk show,” The Washington Times reported.
Or think of it this way: “There are about 330 million Americans. According to the ratings, nearly 320 million of them aren’t watching the House impeachment proceedings.”
So did we learn anything from today’s witnesses, despite their lack of firsthand knowledge about President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine? Actually, yes:
Fiona Hill previously testified that President Trump’s concerns about corruption in Ukraine were well-known and shared by everyone. “He’s not alone, because everyone has expressed great concerns about corruption in Ukraine,” she said.
She also warned about the “perceptions of conflicts of interest and ethics” associated with Hunter Biden’s position on the Burisma board.
David Holmes acknowledged that Democrats’ political efforts in foreign countries have been inappropriate. After not disputing a question that “Democrats and the Clinton campaign were the source of funds that funded the Steele Dossier,” Holmes was asked whether it is appropriate for political parties to run operatives in foreign countries to dig up dirt on their opponents. “No,” he said.
Meanwhile, the only real thing Democrats have accomplished this month is effectively shutting down Congress. Just today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi shrugged off her party’s chances of approving USMCA, President Trump’s recent trade deal to improve NAFTA for American workers, any time in the foreseeable future.
Why is that? As Politico writes, “she doubts Congress has enough time left to pass the USMCA this year.”
NEW POLL: Support for Impeachment Declines
Sorry, Swamp: Ratings fall flat as most Americans tune out impeachment spectacle
Opening Statement on November 21, 2019
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1600 Daily / The White House / November 19, 2019
3 must-see moments from Impeachment, Day 1,033
The Washington Swamp often likes to think they alone run our country, with input from voters serving, at most, as a pesky inconvenience. That’s why House Democrats and their “star witnesses” keep claiming, day after day, that President Donald J. Trump is somehow at odds with America’s “stated foreign policy.” By America’s, they mean their own.
Let’s be clear: The President, duly elected by the American people, is the one who sets the foreign policy of the United States. Career bureaucrats and political appointees, while entitled to their own opinions, do not. That’s how constitutional democracies work.
Yet during hours and hours of hearings that have effectively shut down Congress this month, Americans are being treated to just that: opinions. Every single time House Republicans ask the witnesses for any actual evidence of crimes or impeachable offenses committed by the President, none is offered. That’s because those crimes don’t exist.
Today’s hearing followed the same script. Alexander Vindman—who testified for hours on national TV—has never met the President, said that he has no way of knowing what the President was thinking on Ukraine, and admitted that his testimony was based on nothing more than his own personal opinions and feelings.
America learned nothing new. A few witnesses, Vindman included, actually confirmed the accuracy of the White House call transcript between President Trump and President Zelensky. Vindman even acknowledged the corruption surrounding Burisma and that Hunter Biden didn’t appear qualified to serve on the company’s board, leaving the door open for a potential conflict of interest.
Most important for Americans outside the Beltway Swamp, it’s been more than 1,000 days of Democrats’ nonstop impeachment and investigations. Every hour wasted staging TV infomercials for the left is another hour that Congress isn’t passing a budget, isn’t approving USMCA to fix NAFTA for American workers, isn’t addressing our broken immigration system, isn’t working to lower medicine prices, and isn’t working for you.
With that in mind, here are 3 moments that tell you everything you need to know:
*Rep. Adam Schiff invents fake quotes from President Trump—again!
*Reminder: The President sets foreign policy, not unelected staff.
*President Trump: While Democrats did nothing, America created $11 trillion.
Photo of the Day – Official White House photo by Tia Dufour
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence participate in a Cabinet meeting | November 19, 2019
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Trump grants clemency to 2 Army officers accused of war crimes, restores rank to Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher
November 15, 2019 / Rep. Devin Nunes / Opening Statement
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November 13, 2019 / Rep. Devin Nunes / Opening Statement
During the first public impeachment inquiry hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes did not hold anything back and slammed Democrats for damaging the country. He also went after the media and again called on Hunter Biden to testify about allegations of corruption in Ukraine.
“In a July open hearing falling publication of the Mueller report, the Democrats engaged in a last ditch effort to convince the American people President Trump is a Russia agent. That hearing was a pitiful finally of a three year long effort by the Democrats, the corrupt media and partisan bureaucrats to overturn the results of the 2016 election. After the spectacular implosion of their Russia hoax on July 24…on July 25th, they turned on a dime and now claim the real malfeasance is the Republicans dealings with Ukraine,” Nunes said.
“In the blink of an eye we are asked to simply forget about Democrats on this Committee falsely claiming they had more than circumstantial evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russians. We should forget about them reading fabrications of Trump, Russia collusion from the Steele dossier into the congressional record. We should also forget about them trying to obtain nude pictures of Trump from Russian pranksters who pretended to be Ukrainian officials. We should forget about them leaking a false story to CNN while he was still testifying to our Committee claiming Donald Trump Jr. was colluding with Wikileaks. And forget about countless other deceptions large and small that make them the last people on earth with the credibility to hurl more preposterous accusations against their political opponents.”
1600 Daily / The White House / November 12, 2019
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath laying at the New York City Veterans Day Parade / November 11, 2019
WATCH: President Trump attends ‘America’s Parade’ in New York City ….
President Donald J. Trump spoke at New York City’s historic Veterans Day parade yesterday, becoming the first sitting President to do so in the event’s 100-year history.
“Today, we come together as one nation to salute the veterans of the United States Armed Forces—the greatest warriors to ever walk the face of the Earth,” he said.
Once a year, thousands of patriotic Americans line the streets of Manhattan on Veterans Day. The tradition dates back to 1919, when people filled block after block to welcome home General John Pershing and 25,000 American soldiers after the Allies’ victory in World War I. Every year since, citizens across our country come together on November 11, marking the day the Armistice was signed in 1918 to end the Great War.
“Our veterans risked everything for us. Now it is our duty to serve and protect them every single day of our lives,” the President said.
The Trump Administration has worked tirelessly to keep that promise by reforming the VA to serve our heroes better. So far, President Trump has:
*Secured $86.5 billion for the VA, the largest funding bill in Department history
*Signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law, which makes it easier to prevent scandal, fraud, and waste by bureaucrats
*Created a White House VA Hotline, active 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
*Signed the VA MISSION Act, a sweeping reform of the entire VA system
“To every veteran here today and all across our land: You are America’s greatest living heroes and we will cherish you now, always, and forever,” the President said.
MUST READ: “The 1995 NYC Veterans Day Parade Had $1.21 In The Bank. Then Donald Trump Stepped In”
President Trump: We chose to reject ‘American decline’
Before heading back to Washington today, President Trump spoke at the Economic Club of New York, where he shared more good news about the booming blue-collar, middle-class Trump Economy.
🎬 President Trump: Blue-collar jobs are back and leading the way! …..
“I never believed for one moment that our magnificent nation was destined for a diminished future. I knew that our destiny was in our own hands—that we could choose to reject a future of American decline, and to build a future of American dominance,” the President said.
America’s economic future looked bleak before President Trump took office—and that was according to the last Administration’s own “experts.” Their game plan was to provide cover for Washington’s globalist policies that produced stagnation, a shrinking middle class, and the rapid decline of our nation’s manufacturing sector.
The “new normal” is the phrase those experts came up with. Fortunately, the American people didn’t buy it—and they elected a new leader who didn’t buy it, either.
“I refused to accept that Americans had to lower their expectations or give up on their dreams,” President Trump said today. The results speak volumes: Nearly 7 million new jobs have already been created since his election, outpacing the “expert” predictions of fewer than 2 million. America’s unemployment rate recently hit its lowest mark in more than 50 years, with the lowest rates ever for African Americans and Hispanic Americans.
“Today, I am proud to stand before you as President of the United States to report that we have delivered on our promises and exceeded our expectations by a very wide margin.”
In case you missed it: African-American unemployment rate hits record low!
November 11, 2019
Trump becomes first sitting president at NYC Veterans Day parade
Very powerful song by Sailor Jerri
Justice with Judge Jeanine
November 9, 2019
1600 Daily / The White House / November 6, 2019
JUST CONFIRMED: 158 judges and counting ⚖✓
As of this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump has appointed—and gotten confirmed—158 life-tenured federal judges who will defend our Constitution, personal freedoms, and the rule of law. A few of the highlights:
*President Trump’s nominees alone fill one-quarter of the seats on our nation’s Circuit Courts of Appeals.
*His nominees fill two of the nine powerful seats on America’s Supreme Court.
*He has seen more Circuit Court judges confirmed by this point in his presidency than any past president in United States history.
“Few legacies will be longer lasting than this judicial one,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote today. “These new judges are principled constitutionalists who have demonstrated excellence and professionalism throughout their legal careers.”
President Trump: More than 150 federal judges—and counting!
Once elected, this President wasted no time fulfilling his pledge to nominate judges who put impartiality and independence above activism from the bench. On day one, the Trump Administration went to work with the Senate to fill crucial vacancies. Fast forward to now, and the result is nothing less than a historic transformation of the judiciary.
The American Founding was built on the idea of separation of powers, President Trump said today. “This system was designed to protect citizens against the unjust concentration of governmental power . . . [but] when judges assume the role of a legislature, the rights of all citizens are threatened.”
What that means today: “The impartial and objective judge, who is a faithful servant of the law, is essential to the survival of American liberty.”
In just three years, President Trump has nominated and had confirmed two Supreme Court justices, 44 Circuit Court judges, and 112 District Court judges. Today, that historic pace is only accelerating: The President is set to have more judges confirmed this year alone than in all of 2017 and 2018 combined.
The average age of these new circuit judges is less than 50 years old—a full 10 years younger than the average age of former President Obama’s circuit nominees. That fact is important. President Trump understands that appointing good, fair judges is one of the most important legacies a President can leave. And thanks to the extraordinary number of young, talented judges he’s selected, that legacy is likely to last for decades to come.
Even more important than how long judges serve, of course, is what they do once they get on the bench. President Trump has always nominated judges who have a proven track record of standing up for the rule of law as written, not as imagined.
This quote from President Trump’s speech today may be the most important:
When judges write policy instead of applying the law, they impose sweeping changes on millions of Americans without the benefit of legislative debate, public rulemaking, or the consent of the governed. As a result, these highly political rulings inflict painful damage on our security, society, and economy—imposing unworkable edicts on businesses, workers, families, and law enforcement.
His promise: “I will do everything in my power to halt judicial activism, and to ensure the law is upheld equally, fairly, and without political prejudice for all of our citizens.”
Ted Cruz: “Trump has achieved historic impact with THIS action.”
Watch and share: The left imposes with judges what it can’t at the ballot box.
1600 Daily / The White House / November 5, 2019
Someone in Washington is keeping his promises
WATCH: Someone in Washington is keeping his promises
Lost in House Democrats’—and the media’s—obsession with trying to “win” the pointless Beltway news cycle is this: There are actual, real problems that the American people want Washington to help fix. And today, only one party is even trying to fix them.
The left’s rage hasn’t deterred President Donald J. Trump one bit. Less than 3 years after Election Day 2016, his record on the policies that matter most speaks for itself:
*The United States Military is stronger than it’s ever been.
*America’s unemployment rate today is near a half-century low.
*Medicare is being protected for seniors, not robbed to pay everyone else.
*ISIS’ territorial caliphate is decimated, and its horrible, violent leader is dead.
*Historic criminal justice reform is giving more citizens a second chance.
*Our troops are coming home, not fighting endless wars around the world.
That’s just the short list. And no matter how hard Democrats and their media allies fight to remake America into a socialist, open-borders nightmare, President Trump and conservatives will fight ten times harder to protect the American way of life for all of us.
NEW: Drug prices fall at fastest rate in 50 years
Here’s yet another story you won’t see in the headlines: Under President Trump, prescription drug prices are decreasing at rates not seen since the 1960s.
The reason the media ignores this success is that it contradicts the left’s economic narrative. In their view, American healthcare was broken until Obamacare fixed it. (Of course, the fact that Democrat-Socialists are now calling for a “Medicare for All” takeover of healthcare reveals that their own policies have failed, but never mind that.) Any problems with healthcare today are solely because of President Trump, they claim.
The stats don’t lie. In the eight years before President Trump’s inauguration, prescription drug prices increased by a stunning average of 3.6 percent per year. Fast forward to today, and prescription medicine prices have seen year-over-year declines in 9 of the past 10 months, with a 1.1 percent drop as of the most recent month available.
This past June, in fact, the United States saw its largest single-year drop—a 2 percent year-over-year decline—in prescription drug prices since 1967.
That’s no coincidence. Through crucial reforms that most of the media ignored, the Trump Administration has continued to push through generic drug approvals at a record pace. When these drugs enter the market, they boost competition across the board, bringing the direct-to-patient costs down for everyone along with them.
American patients first—that was President Trump’s most important healthcare promise, and he meant it. Because of that, even without Congress’ help, America is better off today than it has been in a long time.
Prescription drug prices are falling at historic levels. Here is the real story.
Justice With Judge Jeanine
HANNITY: Morrison Testimony Blows ‘Whistleblower’ Claims Out of the Water
October 31, 2019
Speaking during his opening monologue on ‘Hannity’ Thursday night, Sean blasted the Democrats’ Soviet-style impeachment hearings; saying yet another top official blew Adam Schiff’s claims “out of the water.”
“I talked to my sources, another disastrous hearing for Democrats, that’s why they’re keeping it behind closed doors. Top national security official Tim Morrison saying nothing illegal took place during the President’s call with Ukraine,” he added.
President Trump’s Destiny
This was on FaceBook yesterday – November 1, 2019:
Little did young Donald know at this age, the plan that the Lord had for him. Little did he know that one day, 70 years later, the Lord would place him in the highest position of the land. Whether you choose to believe this or not, President Trump didn’t just happen, I truly believe that the Lord has been grooming this man for many years. This is why there are videos as far back as over 30 years ago. A coincidence, I think not! God doesn’t make mistakes, He picks the very BEST & He didn’t place Donald Trump in the White House for him to enrich himself like all the rest who have occupied the White House, who have walked in there with just a few dollars & walked out as multi- millionaires…not Donald Trump! He is the only President who will leave the White House with less money than when he moved in. The Lord placed him in the highest position with another plan & that plan is to fix the mess our country is in. I truly believe that God’s main goal to have placed this brilliant leader, is to overturn the lucritive slaughtering of millions of innocent babies. I also believe that the two Supreme Court Justices, Gorsuch & Kavanaugh are part of the Lord’s plan. I believe Roe v Wade will be overturned & that will greatly impact the multi-million dollar industry of selling aborted babies that the Dems are making. The Dems will soon find out who the Boss really is, and will bring justice to all those who are abusing power & lining their pockets. The Lord sees all. Praise God! We need to stay strong for President Trump. Trust God, He’s got this. 🙏
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Presidential Proclamation on National Veterans and Military Families Month
The United States is a beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity to people around the world. The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who fight to defend our liberty embody courage, patriotism, and loyalty. These patriots safeguard the values that keep our great Nation strong. During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we honor and express our deep appreciation for these brave men and women and their families.
Throughout our Nation’s history, our military men and women have boldly answered the call of duty to defend our Nation’s independence and precious liberties, risking life and limb for their fellow Americans. At the inception of our Republic, General George Washington and his men struggled to keep the spark of faith and hope alive through the scourge of disease and the brutal winter months at Valley Forge. One hundred and forty years later during World War I, American service members shed blood in the trenches of Western Europe, leaving a legacy of heroism and courage under fire at places like Belleau Wood and the River Somme. Earlier this year, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when thousands of American heroes charged through a hail of machine gun fire and left their gallant mark on the pages of history. The courage of our men and women who served and fought during that war freed the world from the shroud of tyranny and ended the oppression of millions across the globe. In the decades since World War II, Americans have remained at the vanguard in defending freedom around the world, and our service members, veterans, and their families continue to spearhead this noble undertaking.
America’s military men and women and their families are vital to the security and prosperity of our Nation. We have a responsibility to protect and serve those who have made countless sacrifices for love of country. As President Lincoln once said: “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as best he can, the same cause.” We also recognize the integral role our more than 2.6 million military family members play in supporting our Armed Forces and contributing to their mission. While our military men and women are serving at home or overseas, it is our duty to provide their families with the resources they need to thrive in our communities. Accordingly, under my Administration, the Department of Defense has created programs for military families that support access to quality childcare and spousal employment and promote occupational licensure reciprocity between States.
We also recognize that our obligation to our military men and women does not end after their time in uniform. We are a Nation that leaves no American behind, and that includes our veterans and their family members. For this reason, I was pleased to sign into law the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which helps provide all veterans with access to trusted, high-quality healthcare. I have also made it a top priority of my Administration to address the tragedy of veteran suicide, establishing the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS). The PREVENTS initiative will encourage a better understanding of veteran suicide and work across all levels of government and the private sector to implement strategies that will strengthen support networks for veterans and their families.
My Administration remains committed to providing our veterans and their families with the financial resources they have rightfully earned. Last year, we secured $201.1 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — the most in the history of the VA — including $8.6 billion to support mental health services for veterans. Additionally, I recently directed the Department of Education to discharge some types of Federal student loans owed by totally and permanently disabled veterans. This unprecedented action lessens the financial burden for our seriously wounded warriors who have sacrificed so much for our country, and it underscores the appreciation and undying loyalty of the American people.
Each warrior who fights for our Nation, along with their families, has earned our eternal gratitude, and I ask that all Americans thank and support them. Together, we remain committed to fostering a national community of support for these brave heroes and their families.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2019 as National Veterans and Military Families Month. I encourage all communities, all sectors of society, and all Americans to acknowledge and honor the service, sacrifices, and contributions of veterans and military families for what they have done and for what they do every day to support our great Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Presidential Proclamation – National Entrepreneurship Month 2019
1600 Daily/The White House/October 29, 2019
When we say ‘Hire American,’ we mean everyone!
WATCH: When we say ‘Hire American,’ we mean everyone!
President Donald J. Trump joined the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum in South Carolina last Friday, where he accepted a prestigious honor for his part in advocating for and signing the groundbreaking First Step Act.
“After years of waiting, we assembled a historic coalition . . . After all of the work and effort, we passed the bill and I proudly signed it into law — the most significant criminal justice reform in many generations.”
Washington has a long track record of broken promises to the American people, but few are more significant than its collective failure to reform our criminal justice system. Unlike career politicians, however, President Trump likes taking action—not sitting around, playing the blame game, and merely hoping for a change someday.
“My goal has been to give a voice to the voiceless and to make Washington see and hear those who have been made to feel silent and to feel invisible,” the President said. That vision includes ALL Americans, from struggling manufacturing workers in small towns to former prisoners who have been trapped in a cycle of unemployment and recidivism.
Signed into law in 2018, the FIRST STEP Act brought common-sense reforms that delivered fairer sentencing rules and helped former inmates successfully return to society.
How did it happen? Real presidential leadership, for one. “And we rallied activists, and faith leaders, and law enforcement, and lawmakers alike. We worked across party lines very strongly,” President Trump said. “The FIRST STEP Act proved that we can achieve amazing breakthroughs when we come together as a nation and we put the interests of our citizens before the interests of any political party.”
What came next was equally important. The Trump Economy has delivered better opportunities for millions of American workers, and former prisoners who turned their lives around should be no exception. “My administration is working vigorously to remove barriers to re-entry and to encourage second-chance hiring,” the President said.
“When we say ‘Hire American,’ we mean all Americans. Every single American.”
The President is backing up those words with action across his Administration. The Department of Education is expanding an initiative that allows individuals in prison to receive Pell Grants to better prepare themselves for the workforce. The Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons launched a new “Ready to Work” initiative to help connect employers directly with former prisoners, and the Labor Department awarded $2.2 million to states to expand bonds that support companies hiring former inmates.
“After decades of bitter disappointments and betrayals from Washington . . . my Administration is making a decisive break with the failures of the past,” he said.
“We’re keeping our promises. We’re solving problems, righting wrongs, and boldly confronting injustices—wherever and whenever we find them.”
Unlike past leaders, President Trump delivered real justice reform.
Read: The President’s full remarks at the Second Step forum
The White House / October 27, 2019 / 9:20 A.M. EDT
Remarks by President Trump on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr
THE PRESIDENT: Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization anywhere in the world.
The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years. Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration. U.S. Special Operations Forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid in northwestern Syria and accomplished their mission in grand style. The U.S. personnel were incredible. I got to watch much of it.
No personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him. He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. The compound had been cleared by this time, with people either surrendering or being shot and killed. Eleven young children were moved out of the house and are uninjured. The only ones remaining were Baghdadi in the tunnel, and he had dragged three of his young children with him. They were led to certain death.
He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children. His body was mutilated by the blast. The tunnel had caved in on it, in addition. But test results gave certain immediate and totally positive identification. It was him.
The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him.
We were in the compound for approximately two hours, and after the mission was accomplished, we took highly sensitive material and information from the raid, much having to do with ISIS origins, future plans, things that we very much want.
Baghdadi’s demise demonstrates America’s relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders and our commitment to the enduring and total defeat of ISIS and other terrorist organizations.
Our reach is very long. As you know, last month, we announced that we recently killed Hamza bin Laden, the very violent son of Osama bin Laden, who was saying very bad things about people, about our country, about the world. He was the heir apparent to al Qaeda.
Terrorists who oppress and murder innocent people should never sleep soundly, knowing that we will completely destroy them. These savage monsters will not escape their fate, and they will not escape the final judgment of God.
Baghdadi has been on the run for many years, long before I took office. But at my direction, as Commander-in-Chief of the United States, we obliterated his caliphate, 100 percent, in March of this year.
Today’s events are another reminder that we will continue to pursue the remaining ISIS terrorists to their brutal end. That also goes for other terrorist organizations. They are, likewise, in our sights.
Baghdadi and the losers who worked for him — and losers they are — they had no idea what they were getting into. In some cases, they were very frightened puppies. In other cases, they were hardcore killers. But they killed many, many people. Their murder of innocent Americans — James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller — were especially heinous.
The shocking publicized murder of a Jordanian pilot, a wonderful young man — spoke to the King of Jordan; they all knew him, they all loved him — he was burned alive in a cage for all to see. And the execution of Christians in Libya and Egypt, as well as the genocidal mass murder of Yazidis, rank ISIS among the most depraved organizations in the history of our world.
The forced religious conversions, the orange suits prior to
so many beheadings, all of which were openly displayed for the world to see, this was all that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — this is what he wanted. This is what he was proud of. He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone. Baghdadi was vicious and violent, and he died in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.
This raid was impeccable, and could only have taken place with the acknowledgement and help of certain other nations and people.
I want to thank the nations of Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. And I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us. This was a very, very dangerous mission.
Thank you, as well, to the great intelligence professionals who helped make this very successful journey possible.
I want to thank the soldiers, and sailors, airmen, and Marines involved in last tonight’s operation. You are the very best there is anywhere in the world. No matter where you go, there is nobody even close.
I want to thank General Mark Milley and our Joint Chiefs of Staff, and I also want to thank our professionals who work in other agencies of the United States government and were critical to the mission’s unbelievable success.
Last night was a great night for the United States and for the world. A brutal killer, one who has caused so much hardship and death, has violently been eliminated. He will never again harm another innocent man, woman, or child. He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place.
God bless America. Thank you.
Q When did you first hear that this was — operation was going to get started?
THE PRESIDENT: We’ve had him under surveillance for a couple of weeks. We knew a little bit about where he was going, where he was heading. We had very good information that he was going to another location. He didn’t go. Two or three efforts were cancelled because he decided to change his mind — constantly changing his mind. And, finally, we saw that he was here, held up here. We knew something about the compound. We knew it had tunnels. The tunnels were a dead-end, for the most part. There was one, we think, that wasn’t. But we had that covered too, just in case.
The level of intelligence, the level of work, was pretty amazing. When we landed with eight helicopters, a large crew of brilliant fighters ran out of those helicopters and blew holes into the side of the building, not wanting to go through the main door because that was booby-trapped. And there was something — it was something really amazing to see. I got to watch it, along with General Milley, Vice President Pence, others, in the Situation Room. And we watched it so clearly.
Q They had body cameras? Or how did you watch the —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don’t want to say how, but we had absolutely perfect — as though you were watching a movie. It was — that — the technology there alone is really great.
A big part of the trip that was of great danger was the — it was approximately an hour and 10-minute flight, and we were flying over very, very dangerous territory. In fact, some of our leaders said that that could be the most dangerous — flying in and flying out. And that’s why, last night, we were so quiet about it. We didn’t say anything, and I didn’t make my remark until after they had landed safely in a certain area.
But the flight in, the flight out, was a very, very dangerous part. There was a chance that we would have met unbelievable fire. Russia treated us great. They opened up. We had to fly over certain Russia areas, Russia-held areas. Russia was great. Iraq was excellent. We really had great cooperation.
And you have to understand: They didn’t know what we were doing and where we were going, exactly. But the ISIS fighters are hated as much by Russia and some of these other countries as they are by us. And that’s why I say they should start doing a lot of the fighting now, and they’ll be able to. I really believe they’ll be able to.
Q Sir, can you say what role the Kurds played in this, just generally?
THE PRESIDENT: They gave us not a military role at all, but they gave us some information that turned out to be helpful, the Kurds.
Q And can you tell us what the role of Turkey might have been, and Iraq?
THE PRESIDENT: Who?
Q What was the role of Turkey? How did they help?
THE PRESIDENT: Turkey — we dealt with them. They know we were going in. We flew over some territory. They were terrific. No problem. They were not problem. You know, they could start shooting, and then we will take them out. But a lot of bad things can happen. Plus, it was a very secret mission. We flew very, very low and very, very fast. But it was a big — it was a very dangerous part of the mission. Getting in and getting out too, equal. We went in identical — we took an identical route. We met with gunfire coming in, but it was local gunfire. That gunfire was immediately terminated. These people are amazing. They had the gunfire terminated immediately, meaning they were shot from the airships.
Q I’m trying to understand the timing. You talked earlier — you know, several weeks — about pulling troops out, you know, and then troops were put back in. And then, you know — I’m trying to understand the timing of when this operation — how it fits —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’ll tell you, from the first day I came to office — and now we’re getting close to three years — I would say, “Where’s al-Baghdadi? I want al-Baghdadi.” And we would kill terrorist leaders, but they were names I never heard of. They were names that weren’t recognizable and they weren’t the big names. Some good ones, some important ones, but they weren’t the big names. I kept saying, “Where’s al-Baghdadi?” And a couple of weeks ago, they were able to scope him out.
You know, these people are very smart. They’re not into the use of cellphones anymore. They’re not — they’re very technically brilliant. You know, they use the Internet better than almost anybody in the world, perhaps other than Donald Trump. But they use the Internet incredibly well.
And what they’ve done with the Internet, through recruiting and everything — and that’s why he died like a dog, he died like a coward. He was whimpering, screaming, and crying. And, frankly, I think it’s something that should be brought out so that his followers and all of these young kids that want to leave various countries, including the United States, they should see how he died. He didn’t die a hero. He died a coward — crying, whimpering, screaming, and bringing three kids with him to die a certain death. And he knew the tunnel had no end. I mean, it was a — it was a closed-end — they call it a closed-end tunnel. Not a good place to be.
Q So this was going on before you made the announcement that you’re pulling them out?
THE PRESIDENT: I’ve been looking for him for three years. I’ve been looking for him. I started getting some very positive feedback about a month ago, and we had some incredible intelligence officials that did a great job. That’s what they should be focused on.
Q And about what time did this operation start yesterday, sir? And have you notified the leaders on —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, this operation started two weeks ago, in terms of the real operation, because we had him scoped. We thought he’d be in a certain location. He was. Things started checking out very well. We were involved, on our own team, with some brilliant people who I’ve gotten to know. Brilliant people that love our country. Highly intelligent people. And we — we’ve had it pretty well scoped out for a couple of weeks.
But he tends to change immediately. He had a lot of cash. He tends to change, like, on a dime, where he’ll be going to a certain location. All of a sudden, he’ll go someplace else and you’ll have to cancel.
But this was one where we knew he was there. And you can never be 100 percent sure because you’re basing it on technology, more than anything else. But we thought he was there, and then we got a confirmation. And when we went in, they were greeted with a lot of firepower. A lot of firepower.
I’ll tell you, these guys, they do a job. They are so brave and so good. And, so importantly, many of his people were killed. And we’ll announce the exact number over the next 24 hours. But many were killed. We lost nobody. Think of that. It’s incredible.
Q And when you told the Russians, you requested permission —
THE PRESIDENT: Our dog was hurt. Actually, the K-9 was hurt, went into the tunnel. But we lost nobody.
Q And so you requested to the Russians to fly over this area they controlled. What did you tell them —
THE PRESIDENT: We spoke to the Russians.
Q What did you tell them you were going to do?
THE PRESIDENT: We told them we’re coming in.
THE PRESIDENT: And they said, “Thank you for telling us.” They were very good.
Q But did you tell them why? No? You just —
THE PRESIDENT: No. They did not know why.
Q Was any other country given —
THE PRESIDENT: We did tell them, “We think you’re going to be very happy.” Because, you know, again, they hate ISIS as much as we do. You know what ISIS has done to Russia. So, no, we did not tell — they did not know the mission, but they knew we were going over an area that they had — they had a lot of firepower.
Q And have you notified the congressional leaders about this? Pelosi? Mitch McConnell?
THE PRESIDENT: We’ve notified some. Others are being notified now, as I speak. We were going to notify them last night but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before. There’s nothing — there’s no country in the world that leaks like we do. And Washington is a leaking machine. And I told my people we will not notify them until the — our great people are out. Not just in, but out. I don’t want to have them greeted with firepower like you wouldn’t believe.
So we were able to get in. It was top secret. It was kept. There were no leaks, no nothing. The only people that knew were the few people that I dealt with. And again, Mark Milley and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were incredible. We had some tremendous backup. Robert O’Brien, Secretary Esper, Secretary Pompeo. Pence, I told you, he was great. There’s a very small group of people that knew about this. We had very, very few people. A leak — a leak could have cost the death of all of them.
Now, they’re so good that I think nothing was going to stop them anyway, if you want to know the truth. That’s how good they were. We had them also surrounded by massive airpower. Up in the air, yesterday, surrounded at very high levels. We were very low. We had tremendous airpower.
Q And you watched all this from the Sit Room? Who were you with in the Sit Room when you watched this?
THE PRESIDENT: Secretary Esper, a few of the Joint Chiefs, Mark Milley, some generals. We had some very great military people in that room. And we had some great intelligence people — Robert O’ Brien. It was really great.
Q Was the pullout of the U.S. troops in Syria last month strategically tied in with this raid? Was it —
THE PRESIDENT: No, no, the pullout —
Q Is this a red herring?
THE PRESIDENT: Right. Sure. It’s a great question. And you’re doing a great job, by the way. Your network is fantastic. They’re really doing a great job. Please let them know.
Q Yes, sir. Thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: No, the pullout had nothing to do with this. In fact, we found this out at a similar time. It’s a very good question — because we found this out at a similar time.
No, we’re after these leaders. And we have others in sight, very bad ones. But this was the big one. This is the biggest one, perhaps, that we’ve ever captured, because this is the one that built ISIS, and beyond, and was looking to rebuild it again. Very, very strongly looking to build it again. That’s why he went to this province; this is why he went to this area.
You know, a lot of people — I was watching, this morning, and hearing, and they said, “Why was he there?” People were so surprised. Well, that’s where he was trying to rebuild from because that was the place that made most sense, if you’re looking to rebuild.
Q You sent out your tweet last night. At what moment did you decide to send that?
THE PRESIDENT: So, I sent that right after I knew they had landed safely.
Q When they had returned?
THE PRESIDENT: Right. And that was to notify you guys that you have something big this morning, so you wouldn’t be out playing golf or tennis, or otherwise being indisposed.
Q Where did they land? Where were they safe? Where had they landed?
THE PRESIDENT: I’d rather not say. But we landed in a very friendly port in a friendly country.
Q Does this give you any pause by your decision to withdraw the troops?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I think it’s great. Look, we don’t want to keep soldiers between Syria and Turkey for the next 200 years. They’ve been fighting for hundreds of years. We’re out. But we are leaving soldiers to secure the oil. And we may have to fight for the oil. It’s okay. Maybe somebody else wants the oil, in which case they have a hell of a fight. But there’s massive amounts of oil.
And we’re securing it for a couple of reasons. Number one, it stops ISIS, because ISIS got tremendous wealth from that oil. We have taken it. It’s secured.
Number two — and again, somebody else may claim it, but either we’ll negotiate a deal with whoever is claiming it, if we think it’s fair, or we will militarily stop them very quickly. We have tremendous power in that part of the world. We have — you know, the airport is right nearby. A very big, very monstrous, very powerful airport, and very expensive airport that was built years ago. We were in there — we’re in that Middle East now for $8 trillion.
So we don’t want to be keeping Syria and Turkey. They’re going to have to make their own decision. The Kurds have worked along incredibly with us, but in all fairness, it was much easier dealing with the Kurds after they went through three days of fighting, because that was a brutal three days. And if I — we would have said to the Kurds, “Hey, do you mind moving over seven miles?” Because, you know, they were in the middle, mostly. So you have seven or eight miles. “Could you mind moving over?”
Because, I have to say, Turkey has taken tremendous deaths from that part of the world. You know, we call it a safe zone. But it was anything but a safe zone. Turkey has lost thousands and thousands people from that safe zone. So they’ve always wanted that safe zone, for many years. I’m glad I was able to help them get it. But we don’t want to be there; we want to be home. I want our soldiers home or fighting something that’s meaningful.
I’ll tell you who loves us being there: Russia and China. Because while they build their military, we’re depleting our military there. So, Russia loves us being there. Now, Russia likes us being there for two reasons: because we kill ISIS, we kill terrorists, and they’re very close to Russia. We’re 8,000 miles away. Now, maybe they can get here, but we’ve done very well with Homeland Security and the ban, which, by the way, is approved by the United States Supreme Court, as you know. You know, there was a reporter that said we lost the case. And he was right, in the early court. He refu- — he didn’t want to say; just refused to say that we won the case in the Supreme Court. So, you know.
But we have a very effective ban, and it’s very hard for people to come to our country. But it’s many thousands of miles away, whereas Russia is right there, Turkey is right there. Syria is there. They’re all right there. Excuse me, Iran is right there. Iraq is right there. They all hate ISIS. So, we don’t — you know, in theory, they should do something.
And I’ll give you something else: The European nations have been a tremendous disappointment because I personally called, but my people called a lot. “Take your ISIS fighters.” And they didn’t want them. They said, “We don’t want them.” They came from France, they came from Germany, they came from the UK. They came from a lot of countries. And I actually said to them, “If you don’t take them, I’m going to drop them right on your border. And you can have fun capturing them again.”
But the United States taxpayer is not going to pay for the next 50 years. You see what Guantanamo costs. We’re not going to pay tens of billions of dollars because we were good enough to capture people that want to go back to Germany, France, UK, and other parts of Europe. And they can walk back. They can’t walk to our country. We have lots of water in between our country and them.
So, yeah. Go.
Q You mentioned that you met some — gotten to know some brilliant people along this process who really helped provide information and advice along the way. Is there anyone in particular, or would you like to give anyone credit for getting to this point today?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I would, but if I mentioned one, I have to mention so many. I spoke to Senator Richard Burr this morning. And, as you know, he’s very involved with intelligence and the committee. And he’s a great gentleman.
I spoke with Lindsey Graham just a little while ago. In fact, Lindsey Graham is right over here. And he’s been very much involved in this subject. And he’s — he’s a very strong hawk. But I think Lindsey agrees with what we’re doing now.
And, again, there are plenty of other countries that can help them patrol. I don’t want to leave 1,000 or 2,000 or 3,000 soldiers on the border.
But where Lindsey and I totally agree is the oil. The oil is, you know, so valuable for many reasons. It fueled ISIS, number one. Number two, it helps the Kurds, because it’s basically been taken away from the Kurds. They were able to live with that oil. And number three, it can help us because we should be able to take some also. And what I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an Exxon Mobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly. Right now, it’s not big. It’s big oil underground, but it’s not big oil up top, and much of the machinery has been shot and dead. It’s been through wars. But — and — and spread out the wealth.
But, no, we’re protecting the oil. We’re securing the oil. Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t make a deal at some point. But I don’t want to be — they’re fighting for 1,000 years, they’re fighting for centuries. I want to bring our soldiers back home. But I do want to secure the oil.
If you read about the history of Donald Trump — I was a civilian. I had absolutely nothing to do with going into Iraq, and I was totally against it. But I always used to say, “If they’re going to go in…” — nobody cared that much, but it got written about. “If they’re going to go in…” — I’m sure you’ve heard the statement, because I made it more than any human being alive. “If they’re going into Iraq, keep the oil.” They never did. They never did.
I know Lindsey Graham had a bill where basically we would have been paid back for all of the billions of dollars that we’ve spent — many, many billions of dollars. I mean, I hate to say it, it’s actually trillions of dollars, but many, many billions of dollars. And, by one vote, they were unable to get that approved in the Senate. They had some pretty big opposition from people that shouldn’t have opposed, like a president. And they weren’t able. If you did that, Iraq would be a much different story today because they would be owing us a lot of money. They would be treating us much differently.
But I will say, Iraq was very good with respect to the raid last night.
Q Sir, just to pin down the timing a little bit better here: You got back to the White House around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Did you immediately go to the Situation Room?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I knew all about this for three days.
Q Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. We thought, for three days, this is what was going to happen. It was actually — look, nobody was even hurt. Our K-9, as they call — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog — was injured and brought back. But we had no soldier injured. And they did a lot of shooting, and they did a lot of blasting, even not going through the front door. You know, you would think you go through the door. If you’re a normal person, you say, “Knock, knock. May I come in?” The fact is that they blasted their way into the house and a very heavy wall, and it took them literally seconds. By the time those things went off, they had a beautiful, big hole, and they ran in and they got everybody by surprise.
Unbelievably brilliant, as fighters. I don’t — I can’t imagine there could be anybody better. And these, as you know, are our top operations people.
Q And Baghdadi apparently had been in bad health for some time. Was there any indication of that? Or —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, we don’t know that. But he was the last one out, and his people had either been killed, which there were many, or gave up and came out. Because with the 11 children that came out, we were able to do that. We don’t know if they were his children. They might have been. But as I said, three died in the tunnel. And the tunnel collapsed with the explosion. But you had other fighters coming out also. And they’re being brought back. They’re being — they’re — right now, we have them imprisoned.
Q I was going to ask whose children they were, but do you remember what time you went into the Situation Room?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I started at five o’clock. We were pretty much gathered at five o’clock yesterday. We were in contact all day long through, hopefully, secure phones. I’ll let you know tomorrow. But nothing seemed to leak, so I guess they were secure, for a change.
But we gathered more or less at five. The attack started moments after that. The — the liftoff started moments after that. Again, the element of attack that they were most afraid of was getting from our base into that compound. Because there’s tremendous firepower that we were, you know, flying over.
And I won’t go into it, but you had a very big Russian presence in one area, you had a Turkish presence, you had a Syrian presence. And you’re flying low. It’s very dangerous. And there were shots made, but we think these were people that were shooting that were indiscriminately shooting. The helicopters took some shots, but we think that these were people that were just random people that don’t like to see helicopters, I guess.
Q Sir, was there any kind of DNA test done? Or where is the body? You know —
THE PRESIDENT: So, that’s another part of the genius of these people. They brought his — they have his DNA. More of it than they want, even. And they brought it with them with lab technicians who were with them. And they assumed that this was Baghdadi. They thought, visually, it was him. But they assumed it was him, and they did a site — an onsite test. They got samples.
And to get to his body, they had to remove a lot of debris because the tunnel had collapsed. But these people are very good at that. And — and they, as I said, they brought body parts back with them, et cetera, et cetera. There wasn’t much left. The — the vest blew up, but there are still substantial pieces that they brought back. So they did an onsite test because we had to know this. And it was a very quick call that took place about 15 minutes after he was killed, and it was positive. It was — it’s, “This is a confirmation, sir.”
Q There was also a report that his wife had detonated — or one of his wives had detonated a vest. Is that —
THE PRESIDENT: So, there were two women. There were two women. Both wives, both wearing vests. They had not detonated. But the fact that they were dead and they had vests on made it very difficult for our men, because they had vests on. And it made it very difficult for our men. Because you never know what’s going to happen. They’re lying, they’re dead. They never detonated. But they were dead.
Q And if (inaudible) on the successor — the possible successors, have you been briefed on who would possibly fill in the seats?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. We know the successors. And we’ve already got them in our sights. And we’ll tell you that right now, but we know the successors. Hamza bin Laden was a big thing, but this is the biggest there is. This is the worst ever.
Osama bin Laden was very big, but Osama bin Laden became big with the World Trade Center. This is a man who built a whole, as he would like to call it, “a country,” a caliphate, and was trying to do it again.
And I had not heard too much about his health. I’ve heard stories about he may not have been in good health. But he died a — he died in a ruthless, vicious manner. That, I can tell you.
Q Were any prisoners taken, sir? Were any adults taken for intel purposes?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, we have people that were taken. We have — many of the people died on the site. But we have people that were taken, yes. And — and the children, we are — we left them under care of somebody, that we understand.
Q Can you say how many? Or do you believe that these were —
THE PRESIDENT: Eleven children.
Q Eleven children. How many adults?
THE PRESIDENT: I’d rather not say. I’d leave that to the generals. But —
Q These were —
THE PRESIDENT: — a small group. More dead than alive.
Q Which operations teams were involved? Which Special Operations teams were involved?
THE PRESIDENT: Many of them, and at the top level. And people that were truly incredible at their craft. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Q And were there — as far as partnerships goes, were there any other forces involved? Or was this only American troops in this raid?
THE PRESIDENT: No, only American forces.
Q And did the U.S. —
THE PRESIDENT: Only American forces. But we were given great cooperation.
Q Did the U.S. rely on —
THE PRESIDENT: We told the Russians we’re coming in, because we had to go over them. And they were curious, but — but we said, “We’re coming.” How we said — one way or the other, “Hey, look, we’re coming.” But they were very cooperative. They really were good. And we did say it would be a mission that they’d like, too. Because, you know, again, they hate ISIS as much as we do.
Q Sir, I meant for intel purposes, was there any foreign intel that proved useful along the way in this operation?
THE PRESIDENT: So, we had our own intel. We got very little help. We didn’t need very much help. We have some incredible people. When we use our intelligence correctly, what we can do is incredible. When we waste our time with intelligence, that hurts our country, because we had poor leadership at the top. That’s not good.
But I’ve gotten to know many of the intel people, and I will say that they are spectacular. Now, they’re not going to want to talk about it. They want to keep it quiet. The last thing they want, because these are — these are great patriots. But the people that I’ve been dealing with are incredible people. And it’s really a deserving name: “intelligence.” I’ve dealt with some people that aren’t very intelligent, having to do with intel, but this is the top people and it was incredible. It was flawless. And it was very complicated.
But — so, I do appreciate Russia, Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, to an extent, because, you know, we’re flying into Syria, and a lot of Syrian people with lots of guns.
So we had good cover for probably the most dangerous part. It would not sound to — you know, when you fly in, it doesn’t sound like that would be the most dangerous when you’re going into shooting nests and all of the things that happened once they broke into that pretty powerful compound. That was a very strong compound and, as I said, had tunnels.
But the most dangerous part, we had great cooperation with.
Q Did you inform Speaker Pelosi ahead of time?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I didn’t. I didn’t do — I didn’t do that. I wanted to make sure this kept secret. I don’t want to have men lost — and women. I don’t want to have people lost.
Q Do you anticipate inviting the Special Forces teams to the White House after this?
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, yeah. They’ll be invited. I don’t know if they’ll want to have their faces shown, to be honest with you. You know, they want to — they’re incredible for the country. They’re not looking for public relations.
But they love doing what they’re doing. I’ve seen it. The First Lady was out there, recently, looking at what they do. She came back, she said, “Wow, I’ve never seen anything like that.” The training — you know, all of the training — and the power of the people. The men and women, the strength, the physical strength, the mental strength. These are incredible people. These are very unique individuals.
Q You mentioned whimpering. Could you hear that on your video hookup?
THE PRESIDENT: Mentioned what?
Q The whimpering of Baghdadi. Did you hear it?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t want to talk about it, but —
THE PRESIDENT: — he was screaming, crying, and whimpering. And he was scared out of his mind.
And think of James Foley. Think of Kayla. Think of the things he did to Kayla; what he did to Foley and so many others. And for those people that say, “Oh, isn’t this a little violent? Think of how many times have you seen men — I think, in all cases, men, for the most part — but in terms of this, where you see the orange suits, and you see the ocean and they’re beheaded. Or how many of you got to see — because it was out there — the Jordanian pilot whose plane went down, they captured him, they put him in a cage, and they set him on fire.
And the King of Jordan actually attacked, very powerfully, when that happened. They’ve never seen anything like that. But he set him on fire. This was al-Baghdadi. And you should never, ever hopefully see a thing like that again.
Now, there’ll be new people emerged, but this was the worst of this particular world. This was the worst. Probably, in certain ways, the smartest. He was also a coward. And he didn’t want to die. But think of it: Everybody was out, and we were able to search him down and find him in the tunnel. We knew the tunnel existed. And that’s where he was.
Q And you’ve taken a lot of heat for the Syria pullout. Do you think this will change the standing — your standing —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don’t have a Syria pullout. I just don’t want to guard Turkey and Syria for the rest of our lives. I mean, I don’t want to do it. It’s very expensive. It’s very dangerous. They’ve been fighting for centuries. I don’t want to have my people — 2,000 men and women, or 1,000, or 28. We had 28 guards. And I said, “I don’t want them there anyway. I don’t want them.”
Now, I will secure the oil that happens to be in a certain part. But that’s tremendous money involved. I would love to — you know, the oil in — I mean, I’ll tell you a story. In Iraq — so they spent — President Bush went in. I strongly disagreed with it, even though it wasn’t my expertise at the time, but I had a — I have a very good instinct about things. They went in and I said, “That’s a tremendous mistake.” And there were no weapons of mass destruction. It turned out I was right. I was right for other reasons, but it turned out, on top of everything else, they had no weapons of mass destruction, because that would be a reason to go in. But they had none.
But I heard recently that Iraq, over the last number of years, actually discriminates against America in oil leases. In other words, some oil companies from other countries, after all we’ve done, have an advantage Iraq for the oil. I said, “Keep the oil. Give them what they need. Keep the oil.” Why should we — we go in, we lose thousands of lives, spend trillions of dollars, and our companies don’t even have an advantage in getting the oil leases. So I just tell you that story. That’s what I heard.
Q Did Gina Haspel play a role in this? Can you talk a little bit about that? And I saw your NSC counter-terrorism director out in the hallway. Was there a role with NSC counter-terrorism?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Everybody. Gina was great. Everybody played a role. Joe was great. Gina was great. They were all great.
Q Just to follow up, did your Syria pullout, did that generate the intelligence that led to this operation?
THE PRESIDENT: No. We were looking at this — look, as I said, Steve, I’ve been looking at this — I’m here almost three years. I’ve been looking at this for three years. They’d come in, “Sir, we have somebody under…” — I said, “I don’t want somebody. I want al-Baghdadi. That’s the one I want.” They’d said, “Well, we have somebody else.” I said, “That’s great. Fine. Take them out. But I want al-Baghdadi. That’s who I want. I don’t want other people.”
And then I also wanted Hamza bin Laden because he’s a young man, around 30, looks just like his father. Tall, very handsome. And he was talking bad things, just like his father.
You know, if you read my book — there was a book just before the World Trade Center came down. And I don’t get any credit for this, but that’s okay. I never do. But here we are. I wrote a book — a, really, very successful book. And in that book, about a year before the World Trade Center was blown up, I said, “There is somebody named Osama bin Laden. You better kill him or take him out.” Something to that effect. “He’s big trouble.”
Now, I wasn’t in government. I was building buildings and doing what I did. But I always found it fascinating. But I saw this man — tall, handsome, very charismatic — making horrible statements about wanting to destroy our country. And I’m writing a book. I think I wrote 12 books. All did very well. And I’m writing a book. The World Trade Center had not come down. I think it was about — if you check, it was about a year before the World Trade Center came down. And I’m saying to people, “Take out Osama bin Laden,” that nobody ever heard of. Nobody ever heard of. I mean, al-Baghdadi everybody hears because he’s built this monster for a long time. But nobody ever heard of Osama bin Laden until, really, the World Trade Center.
But about a year — you’ll have to check — a year, year and a half before the World Trade Center came down, the book came out. I was talking about Osama bin Laden. I said, “You have to kill him. You have to take him out.” Nobody listened to me.
And to this day, I get people coming up to me, and they said, “You know what one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen about you? Is that you predicted that Osama bin Laden had to be killed before he knocked down the World Trade Center.” It’s true. Now, most of the press doesn’t want to write that, but you know — but it is true. If you go back, look at my book. I think it was “The America We Deserve.” I made a prediction, and I — let’s put it this way: If they would have listened to me, a lot of things would have been different.
Q Sir, can you talk about some of the difficult decisions you had along the way here in this operation? Anything that weighed on you or that you had to —
THE PRESIDENT: Well, just death. I mean, you know, I’m sending a large number of brilliant fighters. These are the greatest fighters in the world.
Q How many?
THE PRESIDENT: I’d rather let the generals tell you, but a large number. We had eight helicopters and we had many other ships and planes.
It was a large group. And again, this is a large group heading over very, very strong firepower areas where — that was decision one: Will they make it? And they made it, but they took fire, but they made it. They didn’t take — we don’t believe, again, it was nation fire; we believe it was individual group fire or gang fire, as they call it. So, they made it, so that was a big relief.
Then they went in, they blasted their way in — you’ve heard. They blasted their way in so quickly. It was incredible. Because this building was quite powerful, strong. They blasted their way in, and then all hell broke loose. It’s incredible that nobody was killed — or hurt. We had nobody even hurt. And that’s why the dog was so great. We actually had a robot to go in the tunnel, but we didn’t get it because we were tracking him very closely. But we had a robot, just in case. Because we were afraid he had a suicide vest on, and if you get close to him and he blows it up, you’re going to die. You’re going to die. He had a very powerful suicide vest.
Q Did you have to make any decisions in the moment, while troops were on the ground?
THE PRESIDENT: No, they had it just incredible. We were getting full reports on literally a minute-by-minute basis. “Sir, we just broke in.” “Sir, the wall is down.” “Sir,” you know, “we’ve captured.” “Sir, two people are coming out right now. Hands up.” Fighters. Then, the 11 children out. Numerous people were dead within the building that they killed.
Then, it turned out, they gave us a report: “Sir, there’s only one person in the building. We are sure he’s in the tunnel trying to escape.” But it’s a dead-end tunnel. And it was brutal. But it was over. And as I said, when he blew himself up, the tunnel collapsed on top of him, on top of everything — and his children. I mean, so he led his three children to death. So, you know —
Q And in the tunnel, that’s when the robot followed him in? That’s why no troops died?
THE PRESIDENT: The robot was set to, but we didn’t hook it up because we were too — they were moving too fast. We were moving fast. We weren’t 100 percent sure about the tunnel being dead-ended. It’s possible that there could have been an escape hatch somewhere along that we didn’t know about.
So we moved very, very quickly. I mean —
Q Was he being chased then?
THE PRESIDENT: — these people, they were moving — they were chasing, yeah. They were chasing. But again, because the suicide vest, you can’t get too close.
Again, one of the reasons with the wives is if they have a suicide vest, you know, you have to be very, very careful. These vests are brutal. Brutal. And they go for a long distance.
Q Have you spoken or will you speak to the families, like the Foley family?
THE PRESIDENT: I’m calling the families now. It will be a pleasure to do that. The Foley family, who I know. We’ll be calling Kayla’s family. What — what he did to her was incredible. It’s a well-known story, and I’m not going to say it, but you know that. He kept her in captivity for a long period of time. He kept her in his captivity, his personal captivity. She was a beautiful woman, beautiful young woman. Helped people. She was there to help people. And he saw her and he thought she was beautiful, and he brought her into captivity for a long period of time and then he killed her. He was an animal, and he was a gutless animal.
Thank you all very much. I appreciate it. It’s a very great day for our country.
ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during an overnight raid led by U.S. military forces in Syria, A MAJOR VICTORY ISIS LEADER DIED
1600 Daily/The White House/October 24, 2019
Watch: THANK YOU for rebuilding our country!
President Donald J. Trump traveled to Pittsburgh yesterday, where he spoke to workers in America’s booming energy sector at the Shale Insight Conference.
The last time President Trump spoke at the conference was on the campaign trail in 2016. Back then, American energy was under relentless assault—not from some foreign enemy, but from our own Federal Government. The previous Administration made it its mission to stifle growth with crippling regulations aimed at energy producers. These policies did nothing to advance “green energy,” but they did cost many workers their jobs.
American energy dominance is a powerful symbol of President Trump’s larger mission for our nation: “Instead of relying on foreign oil and foreign energy, we are now relying on American energy and American workers like never before,” he says.
“I’m here with the incredible people who fuel our factories, light up our homes, power our industries, and fill our hearts with true American pride,” he added. “With unmatched skill, grit, and devotion, you are making America the greatest energy superpower in the history of the world.”
Energy superpower is no exaggeration. Here are some of the facts and numbers behind America’s energy boom under the Trump Administration:
*The United States is now the world leader in oil and natural gas production.
*Crude oil reached a record high in production last year—and is projected to set another record this year.
*Ditto for natural gas: Production is on pace to set a record high in 2019, the third straight year of such a record.
*In 2018, coal exports reached their highest level in 5 years.
It wasn’t a mystery figuring out how to get America back on top globally—it just took a President willing to abolish the counterproductive war on American energy workers. The Trump Administration ended job-killing policies put in place under President Obama, like the Clean Power Plan and “stream protection rule.” It pulled America out of the fraudulent, ineffective, and one-sided Paris Climate Accord. And it has opened up federally owned land and offshore areas for exploration and production.
President Trump also believes in building world-class infrastructure that puts more Americans back to work—no matter what the far left tries to block. His Administration has approved permits for the crucial Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, for instance.
Back in 2008, Democrats actually offered a startling preview of what was to come. “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them,” then-Sen. Barack Obama explained. He was telling the truth: By the time President Trump took office, more than a third of all coal mining jobs had vanished.
The left is at it again, but this time there’s even less pretending about their true motives. If implemented, the “Green New Deal” would be the most radical takeover of America’s economy ever contemplated. The ultimate goal is to eradicate all production of oil, coal, and natural gas in the United States—and millions of jobs along with it.
President Trump made clear yesterday that he will never let that happen. That’s because he knows who built this great country—and it wasn’t wanna-be socialists in Congress.
“I will never stop fighting for you, because I know that you are the ones who are rebuilding our nation. You are the ones who are restoring our strength. You are the ones renewing our spirit. And you are the ones who are making America greater than it has ever been before.”
Thanks to President Trump, the war on American energy is over.
Read: The President’s full remarks to energy workers in Pennsylvania.
The White House / 1600 Daily / October 23, 2019
President Trump secures permanent ceasefire in northeast Syria
In a major address today, President Donald J. Trump said that Turkey has agreed to turn their recent ceasefire along the Syrian border into a permanent agreement. As a result, the U.S. Treasury has lifted all of its recently imposed sanctions on Turkey.
The agreement achieved by the Trump Administration, including the original 5-day ceasefire negotiated last week, has helped save lives and allow the Kurds to safely leave affected areas. These actions will help secure a more peaceful and stable border between Turkey and Syria. Ultimately, however, responsibility rests with those countries.
“How many Americans must die in the Middle East in the midst of these ancient sectarian and tribal conflicts?” President Trump asked. “After all of the precious blood and treasure America has poured into the deserts of the Middle East, I am committed to pursuing a different course—one that leads to victory for America.”
The United States expects Turkey to honor its commitments in the efforts to counter ISIS. We have defeated the Islamic State caliphate, and now it’s time for others in the region to step up and ensure ISIS does not regain territory.
“Should Turkey fail to honor its obligations—including the protection of religious and ethnic minorities—we reserve the right to re-impose crippling sanctions, including substantially increased tariffs on steel and all other products coming out of Turkey,” President Trump said.
Tough diplomacy, backed by American economic power and strength, saves lives. It also avoids the worst instincts of the Washington foreign policy establishment. “We have avoided another costly military intervention that could’ve led to disastrous, far-reaching consequences. Many thousands of people could’ve been killed,” the President said.
Bottom line: President Trump will not send tens of thousands of American troops into never-ending conflict in Syria. He is not going to continue the disastrous policies of the previous Administration in the Middle East. And, most important, he is not going to get America into another endless war that costs us countless lives and resources.
🎬 President Trump: 30 days turned into 10 years of war.
The White House / October 22, 2019 / Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer
Retired officer: Trump’s Withdrawal from Syria Saves American Lives from Unwinnable Middle East Conflict
“President Trump cares about America’s men and women in uniform in a way that his detractors can never fully understand, because he alone bears responsibility when the political class’s visions of glory give way to the grim realities of war,” Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, retired senior intelligence operations officer, writes in the Sun Sentinel. Plus — he understands that being tied down holding terrain makes our troops the target and removes our ability to remain agile and maintain the initiative.
“The president promised that he would not get America mired in endless, unwinnable foreign wars . . . When presented with an opportunity to disentangle our armed forces from yet another protracted Middle East conflict, the president wisely moved American troops out of harm’s way.”
When President Trump announced his decision to move American troops out of Northern Syria ahead of a military offensive by Turkey, Democrats and the Washington foreign policy establishment howled with outrage (note after years of inaction or concern under the Obama Administration whose inaction resulted in 500,000 innocent people murdered).
They simply couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t put American lives on the line in order to micromanage a geopolitical conflict on the opposite side of the world in which U.S. interests are not directly at stake — the approach that war hawks spent decades carefully instituting as America’s de facto foreign policy position and that has now been adopted by the pro-war progressive wing of the Democrat party.
President Trump has different ideas. As he said during the recent Trump rally in Minneapolis, “Take a victory, United States. Bring our troops back home.”
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.
October 1, 2019
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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.
The White House / West Wing Reads / September 17, 2019
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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.
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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.)
11:52 A.M. EDT
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.
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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.
August 2, 2019 / CNS NEWS /
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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