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June 18, 2019

“KEEP AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN in Orlando, Florida

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-launches-2020-re-election-campaign-orlando-arena

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Happy 73rd Birthday❣️

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June 14, 2019

Border Fencing Being Built

https://m.theepochtimes.com/dhs-2-miles-of-border-wall-being-constructed-every-week_2962382.html

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June 13, 2019

Sarah Sanders To Leave White House End of June

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/13/sarah-sanders-to-leave-white-house-1364563?fbclid=IwAR1-m5mwGC34dZj-y405_Y3wBl_FKJYnqsrXzo87dTiV82FDBh5DuEO9c-U

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June  12, 2019

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/30/trump-signs-right-to-try-legislation-on-experimental-medicines.html

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June 7, 2019

In addition, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday his country had agreed to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to its border with Guatemala to help control the flow of migrants as part of its concessions 

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Trump says the US and Mexico have reached an agreement to prevent tariffs

https://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/trump-says-the-us-and-mexico-have-reached-an-agreement/article_3e57545a-5304-5d73-85e8-3575251bf7a8.html

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June 3, 2019 | U S A Today

Queen Elizabeth’s glittery state banquet for Trumps begins with toasts and national anthems


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June 1, 2019

https://youtu.be/yhua0h8oEb8

 
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The White House | West Wing Reads | May 31, 2019

Over 1,000 Illegal Immigrants Apprehended in El Paso Sector, Largest Group Ever at Single Time

“More than 1,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents near the U.S.-Mexico border early Wednesday — the largest ever group of migrants ever apprehended at a single time,” John Roberts and Travis Fedschun report.

“The fact is that [the Rio Grande Valley] is receiving caravan-equivalent numbers every seven days,” Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said.

“President Trump sent a message of strength and leadership Thursday night when he announced he will impose escalating tariffs on Mexico in a bold move to halt the flow of illegal immigrants and protect our national security,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd writes in Fox News. “The congressional inaction we are now witnessing is made worse by Mexico’s refusal to enforce its own immigration laws, which are actually much stronger than our own.”

“Mexico has been all too willing to allow its temporary trouble [to] become our permanent problem. These migrants move across Mexico, often in large caravans, with at least the tacit approval of our southern neighbor, and sometimes with actual active assistance,” Steve Cortes writes in RealClearPolitics. It is in no “way compassionate to encourage or tolerate lawlessness along a porous border, which has led to horrific human exploitation.”

“Americans have heard politicians talk about high drug prices for years . . . But the Trump administration isn’t offering up just talk — we’re delivering results,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar writes in The Kansas City Star. “In December for the first time in 46 years, the official government measure of inflation in drug prices actually dropped for all of 2018.”

“Looking across the Detroit River to Canada, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Wednesday urged the passage of a new trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States as a way to spur economic prosperity,” Breana Noble writes in The Detroit News. Emphasizing the new agreement’s labor protections, Secretary Acosta explained that NAFTA lacked such measures—causing automaker jobs to leave Michigan for Mexico. “If we can compete on an even playing field, we can win,” he said.

In CNBC, Jeff Cox reports that the American economy grew by 3.1% in the first quarter, yet again beating Wall Street’s expectations. “In the bigger picture, growth easily surpassed what most economists had been expecting at the start of the year.”

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1600 Daily | The White House | May 29, 2019

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responds to the end of the Special Counsel investigation

This morning, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced the completion of his investigation with a short, prepared address from the Department of Justice headquarters.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued the following statement:

“The Special Counsel has completed the investigation, closed his office, and has closed the case. Mr. Mueller explicitly said that he has nothing to add beyond the report, and therefore, does not plan to testify before Congress. The report was clear—there was no collusion, no conspiracy—and the Department of Justice confirmed there was no obstruction. Special Counsel Mueller also stated that Attorney General Barr acted in good faith in his handling of the report. After two years, the Special Counsel is moving on with his life, and everyone else should do the same.”

After a two-year, $35 million investigation that involved 500 witnesses, 500 search warrants, and 2,800 subpoenas, the Special Counsel’s office found no evidence that President Donald J. Trump, any member of his campaign team, or indeed any American citizen conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

It’s time to move forward. Mueller announced that he will step down from his role at the Department of Justice now that his investigation is complete, and he concluded today’s remarks by calling on Americans to unite against a real threat: “multiple, systematic efforts” by a foreign government to interfere with our country.

“That allegation deserves the attention of every American,” he said.

From day one, President Trump has taken action to defend America from Russian meddling. The Trump Administration has maintained the closure of 2 Russian compounds—and the expulsion of 35 diplomats—in response to Russian interference in the 2016 election. Last April, the Administration also imposed sanctions against 7 Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they own or control, and 17 senior Russian officials to ensure the oligarchs who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities face consequences.

“We have been far tougher on Russia than anybody—anybody,” the President says.

President Trump knows that a strong, united, and energy-independent America is the last thing Russia wants to see. An internally divided, dysfunctional Washington, on the other hand, would give Moscow the victory it craves. Which path will Congress choose?

President Trump has stood up to Russia since day one.

Vice President Pence: It’s time for Democrats to focus on the American people.

Protect the social safety net for American citizens

President Trump took an important action last week to protect America’s social safety net for those who need it most. In a new memorandum, the President is directing Federal agencies to fully enforce existing restrictions on the use—and misuse—of income-based welfare programs by non-citizens.

Vast numbers of non-citizens and their families take advantage of our welfare programs. Today, 78 percent of households headed by a non-citizen with no more than a high school education use at least one welfare program. And nearly 60 percent of all households headed by a non-citizen do so.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed legislation that required each sponsor of a non-citizen to reimburse the government for any income-based welfare benefits that the non-citizen receives. Since then, the law has been unevenly enforced, putting real strain on the financial support provided for struggling Americans.

With his latest action, President Trump has tasked agencies with issuing guidance to ensure these payments are recovered from sponsors going forward—just as the law says.

To protect benefits for citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient.

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1600 Daily | The White House | May 22, 2019

Today, Democrat leaders chose the far left over America’s working families

President Donald J. Trump invited Democrat leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the White House today to discuss a bipartisan solution to fixing America’s crumbling infrastructure. Congressional Democrats had other plans.

Something to share: Congress showed today why its approval rating is 20%

Far-left activists, both inside Congress and out, have made it clear they don’t want Democrats to work with President Trump to help govern. So before coming to the White House this morning, Speaker Pelosi changed her tune. Rather than talk about an opportunity for bipartisan leadership, she played to the party donors and base, lobbing a fresh conspiracy theory: “The President of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”

Right.

Congressional Democrats spent more than $35 million on the Mueller report. It took 675 days, included nearly 3,000 subpoenas, and required 500 witness accounts. Despite being conducted by a far-from-unbiased legal team—one that has collectively donated at least 20 times more to Democrat as Republican candidates over the years—it found zero evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice. No charges were recommended for either.

There is no legal case against the President, in other words. All Democrats have left is a political one. In a democracy, that’s what elections are for. Democrat leaders might know this, but they’re powerless: Their activist base doesn’t want voters to have the last say.

The result is a string of stunts like the one Americans saw today. Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Schumer know they have to keep giving lip service to the real issues that working Americans care about—tax relief, jobs, high prescription drug prices, immigration, and so on—while only delivering on the agenda their base wants: obstruction and resistance.

President Trump wants bipartisan compromise because it’s the right thing to do for our country. Fortunately, he’s getting results either way. Today, 7 in 10 Americans rate the economy as good or very good. Of those, 85 percent say some or most of the credit goes to President Trump. Pay growth has “picked up sharply at the bottom half of the wage distribution,” a new report says, showing that working-class families are the ones seeing the biggest gains.

Those amazing results could be even better if Congressional Democrats chose to work with the President. And for that reason alone, it’s no surprise that they won’t.

More: Democrats in Congress wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on a hoax…

This afternoon, President Trump presented some of America’s best and bravest with our Nation’s highest public safety award, the Medal of Valor.

“We express the gratitude and pride of our Nation for your immortal acts of courage,” the President said during a ceremony in the White House East Room. “To the families who join us, you carry a great burden so that our citizens can live in safety and in peace.”

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1600 Daily | The White House | May 8, 2019

Why Americans hate the swamp

Today is an example of why Congress’ approval rating is 20 percent.

It doesn’t take a polling expert to tell you that a majority of Americans want Washington to work on solving problems that make their lives better, not on advancing their own Beltway careers through noisy, never-ending spectacles of partisan theater.

Americans know the drill by now: Careerist politicians yell. They hold hearings. They call on witnesses. They make themselves look busy. And then they do nothing of actual substance to help the very people who elected them in the first place.

No ordinary citizen thinks for a second that Congressional Democrats are making a principled stand for a Constitution they readily ignored through eight years of Obama Administration executive overreach. Voters see how the political establishment treats the Constitution as a tool of convenience—useful to praise at times, then easily ignored when it gets in the way. Everyone knows today’s performance is about one thing only: power.

Congressional Democrats don’t even pretend to care about governing anymore. Not fixing our broken immigration system. Not rebuilding infrastructure. Not jobs. Not trade. Not manufacturing. Not anything the American people want and need Washington to help fix.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement today in response to House Democrats’ ongoing refusal to accept the conclusions of the Mueller Report—and, by extension, their refusal to accept the legitimacy of the 2016 election. It reads in part:

The American people see through Chairman Nadler’s desperate ploy to distract from the President’s historically successful agenda and our booming economy. Neither the White House nor Attorney General Barr will comply with Chairman Nadler’s unlawful and reckless demands . . . The American people deserve a Congress that is focused on solving real problems like the crisis at the border, high prescription drug prices, our country’s crumbling infrastructure, and so much more.

Donald J. Trump is President largely because Americans couldn’t stand another minute of Washington’s do-nothing, business-as-usual, insider political circus. Today, in the halls of the United States Congress, the swamp proved that it hasn’t listened to a single word of it.

One year after leaving the disastrous Iran deal

One year ago, President Trump officially withdrew the United States from the fatally flawed, one-sided Iran nuclear deal—under which Iran was free to sponsor terrorist networks, develop its missile force, and brutalize its own people. Today, the President imposed tough new sanctions to further deprive Iran of funds for its campaign of violent terror.

“We are successfully imposing the most powerful maximum pressure campaign ever witnessed, which today’s action will further strengthen,” President Trump said in a statement. “Tehran can expect further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct.”

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1600 Daily | The White House | May 6, 2019

This time is different

Americans have seen good economies and bad economies over the years, from the stagflation of the 1970s to the Reagan Revival and from the Great Recession to the slow, crawling “recovery” of the Obama Administration.

The Trump Economy is roaring, but it’s also different. In previous booms, fast growth often meant soaring stocks and huge returns to those at the very top—the well-connected and well-heeled who got rich off the globalized economy. The stock market continues to break records under President Donald J. Trump—good news for anyone with a 401(k)—but it’s not the upper class who’s seeing the biggest gains in this economy.

“It’s a good time not to be ‘privileged,’ to borrow the political vernacular of our progressive friends,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote on Friday. “Employers added 263,000 jobs in April as the unemployment rate dropped to 3.6%, the lowest in five decades. The best news is that the biggest beneficiaries of this tight labor market are the folks who struggled during the slow-growth Obama years.”

That means blue-collar, middle-class, and working-class Americans. Today, the unemployment rate for both recent community college and vocational school graduates is actually lower than it is for grads from four-year colleges. “Less educated Americans are experiencing faster wage and job growth,” the Journal’s editors explain.

Congressional Democrats increasingly tell us that a heavy dose of socialism—think massive, government-run healthcare—is needed to give everybody a chance at the American Dream. That’s an awkward attack on President Trump’s economy when historically marginalized groups are seeing the following results, per Friday’s jobs report: The unemployment rate for adult women hit 3.1 percent in April, the lowest rate since 1953.

Unemployment for Hispanics fell to 4.2 percent, the lowest rate ever since that statistic was first recorded in 1973.

Unemployment for Americans with only a high-school degree fell to 3.5 percent. That matches its lowest rate in nearly two decades.

Unemployment for those with a disability fell to 6.3 percent last month, the lowest rate since that statistic was first recorded in 2008.
“Believe it or not—and liberals won’t want to admit it,” The Wall Street Journal’s editors write, “the evidence is that the faster economic growth of the last two years is reducing income inequality.”

Kudlow: “The strongest jobs growth is from the blue-collar sector.”

Big news: The lowest unemployment rate in nearly 50 years!

Video of the day: The Commander-in-Chief trophy

This afternoon, President Trump had the honor of presenting the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the second year in a row to the Army Black Knights football team.

Each year, the President presents the trophy to the service academy with the best football record against its rival military teams, including the U.S. Naval and Air Force Academies. This marked the first time that West Point has won the honor twice back-to-back.

“When you play for Army, you’re taught the courage to take a hit, the strength to sacrifice for your team, and the grit to fight for every single inch,” President Trump said.

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May is Military Appreciation Month and it’s also filled with days that honor our nation’s military. Educate yourself – and others! Click here to learn more about our nation’s patriotic days.

Loyalty Day (May 1) – Loyalty Day is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for recognizing the heritage of American freedom.

V-E Day (May 😎 – Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as V-E Day), marks the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces, therefore marking the end of World War II.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10) – Celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day was first recognized in 1984 to acknowledge the contributions, support and sacrifices of the spouses of America’s armed forces.

Armed Forces Day (May 18) – Armed Forces Day is a day to honor Americans currently serving in the five branches of the U.S. military as well as the National Guard and Reserve units. 

Memorial Day – Observed (May 27) – Memorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in America’s armed forces. 

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The White House | West Wing Reads | May 3, 2019

Jobs Surge in April, Unemployment Rate Falls to the Lowest Since 1969

“The U.S. jobs machine kept humming along in April, adding a robust 263,000 new hires while the unemployment rate fell to 3.6%, the lowest in a generation, according to a Labor Department report Friday,” Jeff Cox reports in CNBC. The American economy “easily beat Wall Street expectations of 190,000 and a 3.8% jobless rate.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/03/nonfarm-payrolls-april-2019.html

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Ted Cruz sat back and watched the Democrats beclown themselves on national TV today. The hearing with Attorney General Bill Barr turned ugly and contentious and quickly devolved.

The mud was slung and while there were no direct hits on Bill Barr, plenty of damage was done to the desperate Democrats.

Enter Ted Cruz to call them out on what they did. From Mediaite:

“Let me start by just saying thank you,” said Cruz as he began his remarks. “You’ve had an extraordinarily successful legal career, you didn’t have to take this job.”

“You stepped forward and answered the call yet again,” he said, “knowing full well that you would be subject to the kind of slanderous treatment, the Kavanaugh treatment, that we have seen, of senators impugning your integrity, and I for one am grateful that you answered that call, and are leading the department of justice, both with integrity and fidelity to the law.”

“I think this hearing today has been quite revealing to anyone watching it, although perhaps not for the reasons some of the Democratic senators intended,” Cruz said, eyeing his colleagues. He said that after two years of investigation and “extreme rhetoric” and even “calling the president a traitor”, the word “Russia” barely came up in questions asked by Democrats.

“Instead,” he said, “the principal attack that the Democratic senators have marshaled upon you concerns this March 27th letter from Robert Mueller, and it’s an attack that I want people to understand just how revealing it is. Because if this is their whole argument, they ain’t got nothing.”

Cruz then set out to summarize the way he sees the Democratic argument. After confirming a timeline with Barr, Cruz said “their entire argument is: General Barr, you suppressed the 19 pages that are entirely public, that we have, that we can read, that they know every word of it, and their complaint is it was delayed a few weeks.”

“And that was because of your decision not to release the report piecemeal but rather to release those 19 pages, along with the entire 448 pages produced by the Special Counsel,” said Cruz.

“Yes,” said Barr.

“If that is their argument, I have to say that is an exceptionally weak argument,” he continued, and Barr laughed. “Because if you’re hiding something, I’ll tell you right now, General Barr, you’re doing a very lousy job of hiding it. Because the thing that they’re suggesting you hid, you released, to Congress and the American people.”

“And so if anyone wants to know what is in those 19 pages that are being so breathlessly, ‘oh, Bob Mueller said release the 19 pages’–you did,” said Cruz. “We can read every word of the 19 pages, along with the full report.”

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 1600 Daily | The White House | April 29, 2019

The deafening silence of the President’s critics

It’s a playlist that seems stuck on repeat: Someone on the left makes a wild, baseless prediction that America’s economy will be destroyed by the Presidency of Donald J. Trump . . . only to be proven wrong time and time again by every shred of evidence.

It happened again on Friday, as the U.S. economy beat expert expectations (sound familiar?) and grew at a powerful 3.2 percent. What’s more, the first quarter of a given year is often the slowest, meaning American GDP growth in 2019 could soar even higher.

When President Trump took office in 2017 with a message of national renewal, he saw America as an engine of prosperity waiting to rev up again—a vision that most of Washington had written off years earlier. When he set the goal of returning to 3 percent growth, President Obama’s former economic adviser Larry Summers said that target was “fair enough if you believe in tooth fairies.”

Of course, that forecast pales in comparison to now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) description of President Trump’s tax cuts as “Armageddon,” or to liberal economist Paul Krugman’s prediction of a “global recession, with no end in sight.”

Yet the Trump Economy’s strongest feature is even more underreported than its impressive top-line numbers. “Blue-collar workers are beating white-collar workers,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow says. In other words, it’s the working class rather than the professional class that’s getting the biggest boost from higher wages. 

None of this happened by accident. President Trump’s economic agenda from day one has been to rebuild the great American middle class from the bottom up. That means lower taxes, trade deals that put our workers first, American energy leadership, the return of manufacturing jobs, and a commitment to having the best infrastructure on Earth.

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The White House | West Wing Reads | April 26, 2019

US Economy Grows by 3.2% in the First Quarter, Topping Expectations

“The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the first quarter and posted its best growth to start a year in four years,” Fred Imbert reports for CNBC.

“First-quarter gross domestic product expanded by 3.2%, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Friday in its initial read of the economy for that period. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected growth of 2.5%.”

“President Donald Trump is taking a principled stand against congressional overreach, refusing to allow Democrats to use Congress as a taxpayer-funded opposition research firm for 2020,” Jenna Ellis writes in USA Today. “Special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his two-year investigation, finding that there was no Russia ‘collusion’ and bringing no obstruction of justice charge. But now, House Democrats have shifted their own version of the discredited partisan witch hunt into full gear.”

“One of the biggest failures of the Mueller probe concerns not what was in the final report, but what was not. Close readers will search in vain for any analysis of the central document in this affair: the infamous ‘dossier.’ It’s a stunning omission,” Kimberly Strassel writes in The Wall Street Journal. “Thanks to the special counsel we know Republicans weren’t playing footsie with Russians. But thanks to BuzzFeed, we know that Democrats were. America deserves to know how far that interaction extended.”

“Veterans of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu have slammed [Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)], for accusing them of killing ‘thousands’ of Somalis and ignoring the fact they were engaged in a United Nations mission designed to protect civilians from a murderous warlord following a devastating famine and civil war,” Russ Read reports for the Washington Examiner. “Danny McKnight, who was the Ranger colonel who commanded U.S. troops, and Kyle Lamb, who was a Delta Force operator, said they were in Somalia in part to protect the Majerteen, Omar’s tribe, from the ruthless warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid.” 19 U.S. troops were killed in service of that mission.

 
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The White House • April 22, 2019

First Lady Melania Trump hosts the 141st White House Easter Egg Roll

Today, First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald J. Trump celebrated a time-honored Easter tradition by hosting the 141st White House Easter Egg Roll.

🎬 Watch: First Lady reads to children at Easter Egg Roll:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fMJNqb2AReQ

This year’s festivities brought some new activities courtesy of Mrs. Trump, such as “musical eggs” and Be Best hopscotch—a nod to the First Lady’s signature Be Best initiative. Another new addition allowed children to spread some Easter joy by mailing postcards to friends, family, or military service members directly through a U.S. Postal Service mailbox located on the grounds.
The White House Easter Egg Roll officially dates back to 1878 and the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, but first-hand accounts suggest that informal festivities began as early as the Abraham Lincoln Administration. Egg roll attendance grew so popular that the number of guests had to be limited, and in 1939, the Secret Service had to go so far as shutting down a “racket” of children trying to sneak adults into the event for a fee.
“I want to wish everybody a very Happy Easter,” President Trump told families gathered on the South Lawn this morning. In all, more than 30,000 people were able to experience the rich tradition and fun of today’s historic event.
See President Trump and the First Lady welcome today’s guests:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d

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April 18, 2019

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The White House | West Wing Reads | April 18, 2019

Mueller Probe Was a Waste of Time and Money – No Collusion, No Obstruction

“As partisan Democrats and the liberal media hyperventilate over Attorney General William Barr’s release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday, they’re willfully ignoring the fact that they already know what the report concludes: Two years and $35 million was spent investigating a lie,” David Bossie writes in Fox News.

“The report finally puts to bed the main allegation that the left has been consumed with for nearly three years. Much to their chagrin, the lie that they pushed for the entire Trump presidency has been completely dismissed by Mueller.”

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/david-bossie-mueller-probe-was-a-waste-of-time-and-money-no-collusion-no-obstruction

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If one number encapsulates the historic economic turnaround under President Trump, it’s this: “7.1 million unfilled jobs,” Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Stephen Moore writes in the Boston Herald. “The irony of all this is that at the very moment the left wants to institute a ‘guaranteed livable income’ for every American, Trump is doing that and more by making sure that every last American who wants one can get a job.”

Yesterday, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump spoke at the Women Entrepreneurs Financial Initiative (WeFi) summit in Ivory Coast—the last stop on her four-day tour of Africa, Esha Sarai reports in VOA News. The goal of the trip was promoting the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a $50 million project launched by President Trump in February to encourage women’s economic empowerment in developing countries.

“Retired FDNY firefighter Jim Riches, whose son Jimmy was murdered on 9/11, blasted Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar Tuesday night for explaining the attack as ‘some people did something.’ He demanded an apology from the Democratic congresswoman while panning New York Democrats for defending her,” Kerry Picket reports in The Daily Caller. “Donald Trump is 100 percent right,” Riches said.

“Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) urged her supporters to join her in a hunger strike to push for action to ‘shut down’ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), arguing the radical push to abolish ICE can’t be achieved by Congress,” Brent Scher reports for The Washington Free Beacon. “Tlaib, headlining a Detroit fundraiser this past weekend for the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, complained of colleagues who are constantly ‘policing’ what she says and lack willingness to embrace bold stands such as abolishing ICE.”

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Urge Congress to Pass the Retired Pay Restoration Act

Background: Military retirees who have a service-connected disability rating below 50 percent have their retirement pay reduced, dollar for dollar, by the amount of disability compensation they receive. This demeaning tax, created by Congress to save money, forces those who have dedicated their careers to military service to make due without benefits they need to provide for their families.

 Take Action: Contact your members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the Retired Pay Restoration Act. Our nation is still at war. We must ensure that benefits earned through honorable service to this country are improved, not eroded.

 http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/alert/?alertid=80635806

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April 10, 2019 | Fox News

Barr testifies ‘spying did occur’ on Trump campaign, amid reported review of informant’s role

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-watchdog-fbi-informant-in-russia-probe?fbclid=IwAR2jbz5VPg5Wh_YrTZdA-epl7JQ4xZNJ8dRmXOKk7RwvRxpsuJPSdQqdoHI

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 1600 Daily | The White House  |April 9, 2019

The world’s worst immigration laws

Time and again, President Donald J. Trump has warned that America’s immigration and border security systems are outdated and at risk of being overwhelmed. Today, nearly 3 years after he first issued a call to action, that is exactly what is happening.

The problem begins with a broken patchwork of immigration loopholes and opportunistic court rulings, which President Trump has asked Congress to help him fix for more than a year. The situation only grows worse by the day. “A liberal activist judge in San Francisco ruled the United States and Mexico can’t work together to address asylum issues at the border,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wrote this morning.

Congress chose not to act. So President Trump alone must address the consequences.

In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were involved in more than 100,000 border enforcement actions—the highest number for any single month in more than a decade. For context, that figure is up more than 500 percent since March 2017.

Behind these numbers is a new story and a new problem. In the past, a large majority of illegal immigrants were single adult males from Mexico who could be returned across the border quickly. Today, the surge comes from “asylum seekers” from Central America, many of whom are coached by smugglers on how to exploit America’s generous system for refugees. 

The predictable result is a meltdown at our border, as law enforcement resources and personnel are diverted from core responsibilities and stretched far beyond capacity.

On Friday, President Trump got a firsthand look at the emergency on our border. There’s no way to prepare for “the amount of people, ‘family units,’ and children, and now organized caravans that are coming across this border today,” Gloria Chavez, Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector, told him. “Our agents are being stretched in so many different directions.”

All of this can be fixed by Congress committing to immigration principles that a large majority of Americans agree with. But for now, it is up to President Trump to enforce our laws and close the gaps in our porous border.

“It’s sad that Mexico is now doing more to secure our border than Democrats,” Press Secretary Sanders writes. “President Trump will do whatever it takes to keep Americans safe.”

Asylum “child cages”—Obama built them. The media just didn’t care. 

Statement: Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on district court ruling

Real reform for American taxpayers

When tax reform was being debated in Washington two years ago, President Trump had a non-negotiable priority: giving working families a fair shake. Because of this commitment, Americans are seeing welcome changes when filing their tax returns this year.

One of those changes is a doubled child tax credit. When parents check that box this year, they’ll notice the credit has jumped from $1,000 to $2,000—per child.

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https://www.military.com/veterans-day/vietnam-veterans-day/trump-makes-vietnam-veterans-day-official

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The White House | 1600 Daily | April 6, 2019

President Trump To Skip Correspondents Dinner To Do This Instead

President Trump is skipping the White House Correspondents Dinner to instead meet his supporters at a rally, at a yet undisclosed location. The Daily Caller reports:

President Donald Trump said Friday he will skip the 2019 White House Correspondents Dinner for the third year in a row and hold a political rally instead during a brief pool spray before departing for California.

“Thee the dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” Trump said. “The correspondents’ dinner is too negative. I like positive things.”

Trump has skipped the annual dinner every year of his presidency, which was particularly mired in controversy in 2018 after comedienne Michelle Wolff made several jokes at the expense of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Wolff attacked Sanders appearance and made several jokes about abortion which were considered offensive.

This will be the third dinner that the President skips, and there will be no love lost between the two.

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The White House | Resolute Reads | April 6, 2019

REAL NEWS PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS

U.S. Jobs Grew by 196,000 in March as Hiring Bounces Back

-The Wall Street Journal
“U.S. hiring sprang back in March, showing a slowdown in February was likely just a passing chill during a historically long stretch of job creation. Nonfarm payrolls increased a seasonally adjusted 196,000 in March”—beating market expectations once again, Eric Morath and Sarah Chaney report. “The unemployment rate held steady at 3.8% last month, just above a 49-year low.”

By the numbers: Unemployment rate for women is lowest since 1953

Democrats Need to Help Fix the Border Crisis or Get Out of Trump’s Way

-New York Post
“Even the most partisan Democrats are hard-pressed at this point to deny that the border crisis President Trump has long been warning about actually exists,” the New York Post editorial board writes. “Yet that hasn’t stopped them from reflexively denouncing pretty much any action he takes — without suggesting any solution or ideas of their own.”

🎬 Scenes of a crisis: Smugglers push children through barbed wire barrier – https://whitehouse.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4da4828d48b4efa4fc1138955&id=18f4f9b8f2&e=b634a8106a

Border Shock: 50% Surge in Gang Members, 650,000 Illegal Immigrants Will Be Freed into US in 2019

-Washington Examiner
“There has been a 50 percent jump in illegal immigrant gang members coming into the United States this year, according to the former Border Patrol chief” under President Obama, Paul Bedard reports. “What’s more, [Mark Morgan] warned in Senate testimony Thursday, loopholes in federal law will result in some 650,000 illegal immigrants — more than the population of Wyoming — being released into the United States.”

https://nypost.com/2019/04/01/democrats-need-to-help-fix-the-border-crisis-or-get-out-of-trumps-way/

Jobless Claims Dropped to Lowest Level Since 1969 Last Week
-The Wall Street Journal
“The number of Americans filing applications for new unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in half a century,” Harriet Torry and Paul Kiernan report for The Wall Street Journal. “Thursday’s report suggests the labor market remains strong, leaving businesses reluctant to let workers go.

Trump Makes April First Step Act Month, Aiming to Boost Prisoner Rehabilitation Efforts

-Fox News
“President Trump designated April as First Step Act Month, which includes cutting prison sentences for thousands of federal inmates, at a ceremony Monday,” Frank Miles reports. “We’re a nation that believes in redemption,” the President said. With the passage of the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill in December, President Trump “scored a win that eluded his predecessor, Barack Obama.”

Man Accused of Murdering New Jersey Nanny Was Twice-Deported Illegal Immigrant from Honduras

-Washington Examiner
“The man charged with murdering a female nanny who went missing while jogging in New Jersey last month was in the U.S. illegally and had twice been deported to Honduras, Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to the Washington Examiner Wednesday,” Anna Giaritelli reports. Jersey City, where the attack took place, designated itself as a sanctuary city in February 2017.

Editorial: Trump Tax Cuts are Not Taxing Situation for Most Americans

-Florida Times-Union
“Earlier this year the national media reported, almost with an implied glee, that taxpayers weren’t seeing the benefits they thought they would reap when President Donald Trump enacted the GOP-backed tax reform package in December 2017 . . . But as we see so often in Trump era, mining the truth requires digging a little deeper,” the Florida Times-Union editorial board writes. “The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation last week estimated that 94% of workers will pay less in taxes this year.”

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-committed-building-successes-first-step-act/

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1600 Daily | The White House | April 2, 2019

Obama Border Patrol chief perfectly explains our immigration crisis

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced yesterday that more than 750 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will be temporarily reassigned to America’s southwest border. “The situation at our southern border has gone from a crisis to near system-wide meltdown,” the Secretary wrote yesterday.

While President Donald J. Trump has taken action to address our national emergency at the border, Congressional Democrats still refuse to acknowledge a problem even exists—much less present any serious plan to address it.

They should listen to Mark Morgan, head of the U.S. Border Patrol under former President Obama.

The problem starts with glaring loopholes in America’s immigration laws, particularly those governing the asylum process. The intelligence shows that most asylum-seekers “are coming here for two reasons,” Morgan says. “Economic equality and family reunification. They are not fleeing persecution or violence, and the stats show that.”

But it gets worse. “The incentives to come here are overwhelming,” he says. “They’re willing to take this dangerous trek because they know: Grab a kid, set one foot on American soil, and you’re allowed . . . to remain here unchecked.”

No modern immigration system should function that way. “The crisis at our border is worsening, and DHS will do everything in its power to end it,” Secretary Nielsen says. “We will not stand idly by while Congress fails to act yet again, so all options are on the table.”

Immigration official: We are facing an unprecedented crisis.

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A message on World Autism Awareness Day

“On World Autism Awareness Day, we honor the millions of Americans living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who, in spite of the challenges they may face, continue to make extraordinary contributions to their families, their communities, our Nation, and the world,” President Trump writes in his Proclamation this week. “We also express our sincere appreciation to the families, friends, medical professionals, and caregivers who help Americans with ASD pursue the American Dream.”

As a country, it’s crucial that we continue to support all Americans with ASD. The Trump Administration has secured funding for cutting-edge research while enhancing all available resources and treatments to help both those affected by ASD and their families, communities, and caregivers.

“Today, we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of Americans with ASD and reaffirm our commitment to work together to ensure that every member of our society is afforded equal opportunities to reach their full potential.”

Read President Trump’s Proclamation for Autism Awareness Day.

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First Lady Melania Trump visits with students at West Gate Elementary School.
Last week, First Lady Melania Trump took time to visit with students at West Gate Elementary School in Palm Beach, Florida. Dovetailing with the First Lady’s Be Best initiative, the school offers a unique program specifically designed to eliminate bullying in the classroom.

The First Lady has placed a heavy emphasis on the well-being of children, and she continually highlights programs that live up to this calling. West Gate Elementary School commits itself to removing bullying from the learning environment by setting aside time for biweekly meetings between teachers and students. The goal of their program is to develop strong emotional intelligence through peer-to-peer interactions.

“I believe it is important for schools to focus on the overall well-being of our youngest citizens, which will help them develop in their earliest years so that they can reach their full potential as our next generation,” the First Lady said.

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White House | LAW & JUSTICE | March 29, 2019

Proclamation on National Child Abuse Prevention Month April 2019

Every child deserves the security of a stable, loving, and nurturing home. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we recognize the importance of all Americans working together each day in defense of the most vulnerable among us — our children. We must make every effort to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect, and have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in secure and healthy environments.

The relationships that children have with parents, family members, teachers, and other caregivers profoundly shape their lives. When they are subjected to abuse and neglect, they are exposed to toxic stress that can disrupt early brain development and increase the risk of depression, suicide, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, future violence, juvenile delinquency, and other unhealthy behaviors. These and other devastating effects of child abuse can last a lifetime, and can even affect future generations.

As a Nation, we must do everything within our power to stop child abuse and neglect before they occur. The best defense against these menaces is a strong family led by loving and caring parents. My Administration has a broad vision for strengthening families, which includes raising awareness, focusing on prevention, and working to help parents and children thrive. For this reason, I signed into law the Family First Prevention Services Act — an important step in helping move child welfare to a more prevention-based system. This legislation increases the support available to at-risk families through services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment and parenting skill-based programs, so that more children may remain safely in their homes and communities.

We cannot lose sight of the importance of the entire community in preventing child abuse and neglect. It is critically important for our children to have parents who care for their physical, intellectual, and emotional needs. But we also must acknowledge the friends, neighbors, educators, and faith leaders who help in promoting the well-being of children. We are especially grateful for foster and adoptive parents who graciously open their homes and lives to children in need of love and support. And we extend our deepest respect and gratitude to the professionals, volunteers, and organizations who work tirelessly to protect at-risk children and to care for those who have tragically experienced the traumas of abuse or neglect.

We pray for all those who have suffered from the terrors of child abuse and neglect and who continue to suffer from its devastating psychological and physical impacts. We honor the courageous survivors of abuse and neglect and hold in our hearts those cruelly taken from us. We strengthen our resolve to eradicate abuse and neglect from our homes and communities, and we pledge our unwavering commitment to preserving the innocence and safety of our Nation’s children. Let us all strive each day to build a brighter future for them and for our country.

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 April 2019 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I call upon all Americans to invest in the lives of our Nation’s children, to be aware of their safety and well-being, and to support efforts that promote their psychological, physical, and emotional development.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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The White House | West Wing Reads | March 29, 2019

The Trump-Russia Collusion Hall of Shame

The news that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III “did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government” has left a lot of people in Washington with a lot of explaining to do.

Put aside the rogues’ gallery of reporters and pundits who assured us that Donald Trump had conspired with Vladimir Putin to steal the presidency. What is most insidious are those who did have access to classified intelligence and led Americans to believe that they had seen what we could not: actual evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

Recall that in 2016, Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) released a letter to FBI Director James B. Comey claiming the FBI had proof of Trump-Russia collusion. “In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government,” Reid declared. When asked what information Reid was referring to, a spokesman said, “There have been classified briefings on this topic. That is all I can say.”

Trump has called for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) to resign. He is absolutely correct. Schiff repeatedly said that his committee had dug up “plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy.” In March 2017, he said on “Meet the Press,” “I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now” and last May he told ABC that Trump’s Russia conspiracy is of “a size and scope probably beyond Watergate.”

Schiff is a disgrace. But he is not alone. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the Intelligence Committee, said, “In our investigation, we saw strong evidence of collusion” and declared Trump an agent “working on behalf of the Russians.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) claimed, “It’s clear that the campaign colluded, and there’s a lot of evidence of that.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, assured us last year that “the evidence is pretty clear that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Intelligence Committee, said, “There is no longer a question of whether this campaign sought to collude with a hostile foreign power to subvert America’s democracy.” And recently, the committee’s vice chairman, Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), declared that “enormous amounts of evidence” exist of collusion between Trump and Russia and that “there’s no one that could factually say there’s not plenty of evidence of collaboration or communications between Trump Organization and Russians.” Except for Mueller, of course.

These comments by people with access to intelligence were shameful. But the most sinister of all is John Brennan, who used his authority as former CIA director to suggest that Trump was a traitor and a compromised Russian asset. After Trump’s Helsinki summit, Brennan declared “he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.” When challenged by Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” Brennan stood by his assessment. “I called [Trump’s] behavior treasonous, which is to betray one’s trust and aid and abet the enemy, and I stand very much by that claim.”

Former CIA director John Brennan on Capitol Hill on May 23, 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
This month, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell told Brennan this investigation was “developing while you were still on the job” and asked, “Did you see enough at that stage to believe . . . that that would result in indictments?” Brennan replied, “I thought at the time there was going to be individuals who were going to have issues with the Department of Justice. Yes.” In a New York Times op-ed, he wrote that “Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash.” Now, Brennan feigns contrition. “I don’t know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was,” he said, adding, “I am relieved that it’s been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election.”

Hogwash. He wanted it to be true, and he relied on his CIA credentials to convince Americans that it was. That is a violation of the public trust. Trump was right to revoke Brennan’s security clearance. He is among the worst of the worst, the Trump-Russia collusion hall of shame. We have long since passed the point where Americans expect objectivity from the press. But we should hold our elected and appointed officials handling sensitive national security issues to a higher standard.

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1600 Daily | The White House | March 26, 2019

Congressional Democrats fail to override the national emergency

Congressional Democrats are having a banner week, and it’s only Tuesday.

After the collapse of the 2-year, $25 million false Russian collusion debacle over the weekend, House Democrats this afternoon attempted yet again to reverse President Donald J. Trump’s national emergency declaration for our southern border. In the end, despite Democratic control of the House, they fell a few dozen votes short of overriding President Trump’s veto of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) resolution.

“The Democrat-sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations,” President Trump explained before signing his veto on March 15. “Congress’s vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality.”

🎬 Watch: This is what a broken border looks like. …. https://mobile.twitter.com/CBPSanDiego/status/1106655912347865091

Too few in the media have bothered explaining to the American people why the situation at our southern border is a national emergency in the first place. The reality is that our immigration problem today is vastly different than what it was even just a few years ago.

In fiscal year 2000, for example, most U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions were of single adult males. Of these individuals, 95 percent were repatriated within hours. Today, apprehensions largely consist of family units and minors, many of whom end up remaining in the United States for a long time because of loopholes in our immigration laws.

Smugglers know these loopholes and exploit them to circumvent our safe, lawful, and secure immigration system. As a result, apprehensions of family units have surged by a jaw-dropping 338 percent this year. Daily attempts to cross the southern border illegally have hit a 13-year high, as well.

Here’s what that means: “The surge has maxed out the capacity of existing detention centers” near the U.S.–Mexico border, NBC News reported today. “The Department of Homeland Security is now in negotiations with the Department of Defense to detain and care for the overflow on U.S. military bases.”

In other words, America’s immigration system is so broken that our military bases may have to become temporary shelters while U.S. courts try to keep up with the case backlog. The President’s national emergency declaration tries to limit the damage by allowing access of up to $3.6 billion in military construction funds for border security.

Today’s vote demonstrates yet again that Congress refuses to address the security and humanitarian crisis its own negligence has created. It should at least allow President Trump to use his executive authority to step in and fix it.

President Trump stands by his declaration of a national emergency.

The Green New Deal goes 0-57 in the Senate

Today, Senate Democrats were given a chance to show Americans exactly where they stand on the far left’s “Green New Deal” proposal.

The Green New Deal isn’t “socialism lite:” It’s a full-scale government takeover meant to reshape every aspect of Americans’ lives from Washington. The blueprint, unveiled by self-described Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), would eliminate fossil fuels completely, upgrade or replace every single building in the United States, and aim to get rid of “polluting” commodities such as cattle and airplanes.

As one of North America’s most prominent labor unions put it: “It is difficult to take this unrealistic manifesto seriously, but the economic and social devastation it would cause if it moves forward is serious and real.”

This afternoon, Senate Democrats were caught between working Americans, who reject socialism, and their far-left base, who embraces it. What they chose to do was remarkable: Rather than register their opinion on the Green New Deal, dozens of Democrats simply voted “present” on the resolution to bring it to the floor for a vote. Three joined their Republican colleagues in rejecting it, resulting in a final tally of 0-57.

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1600 Daily | The White House | March 25, 2019

The 2-year, $25 million witch hunt 

Since Election Night 2016, Democrats and their media allies have been fixated on a simple illusion to justify their otherwise indefensible behavior toward an American Commander in Chief. Their illusion was that President Donald J. Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, and then obstructed justice to prevent anyone from finding out.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had delivered his final report to Attorney General Bill Barr. Over the weekend, Attorney General Barr presented a summary of that report to Congress.

After an exhaustive investigation by the Special Counsel, filled with 2,800 subpoenas, more than 500 witnesses, millions of pages of documents, and $25 million wasted in taxpayer dollars, here is what it found: nothing.

No collusion. No obstruction. And a complete exoneration of President Trump and the entire Trump campaign—exactly what the President and the White House have told the American people from the beginning of the Democrats’ fishing expedition.

With that news, the entire Democratic narrative of the past two years collapsed in an instant. Two major failures explain how the witch hunt spiraled out of Democrats’ control:

Failure 1 was blatantly irresponsible reporting. In an effort to validate their own political instincts, the mainstream media abandoned all journalistic standards and repeatedly failed the American people by accepting wild speculation as fact. They smeared calls for due process and common-sense skepticism as political “gaslighting,” rather than defending these basic principles of fairness and impartiality. 

 Real issues that affect Americans from coast to coast were put on the backburner as airways were flooded with false and endless “reporting” of retreaded conspiracy theories. The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC wrote a combined 8,507 articles citing Robert Mueller’s investigation since May 2017—an average of nearly 13 articles every single day.

The New York Times published 644 more stories mentioning the Mueller investigation than they did mentioning NAFTA renegotiations. The Washington Post wrote 192 more stories mentioning Mueller than they did America’s defeat of the Islamic State. And CNN produced a stunning 908 more stories about the investigation than they did about implementation of the biggest tax reform plan in American history.

Keep in mind, the vast majority of that was before Mueller had issued any report.

Failure 2 was Democrat recklessness. The left desperately tried to promote collusion conspiracies to rationalize their 2016 loss and sink Donald Trump’s presidency.

Here’s just a small sample of their comments—astonishing and inexcusable in light of Mueller’s report:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) stated that there was “plenty evidence of collusion”—and of a scandal “of a size and scope probably beyond Watergate.”

 House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said he believed there “was obviously a lot of collusion.”

 Maxine Waters (D-CA) said that she was praying for the investigation to “connect the dots so that he can prove the collusion.”

 DNC Chairman Tom Perez repeatedly stated that there was a “mountain of evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Russians.”

 Numerous House and Senate Democrats called for President Trump’s impeachment long before the conclusion of the Special Counsel investigation.

“I love this country as much as I can love anything: my family, my country, my God. But what they did, it was a false narrative,” President Trump said today. “We can never let this happen to another President again.”

There’s no spinning it: Congressional Democrats, much of the mainstream media, and former Obama Administration officials peddled one of the greatest lies in American political history in a failed attempt to reverse the election of a President they simply don’t like.

The real threat to our democracy was hiding in plain sight all along.

The statement from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

Watch: President Trump says “it’s a shame that our country had to go through this”

‘Israel has never had a better friend than you’

President Trump welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House this afternoon, building on America’s friendship with the Jewish State and officially recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.  

“Today I am taking historic action to promote Israel’s ability to defend itself and really to have a very powerful, very strong national security, which they’re entitled to have,” President Trump said before the signing the Proclamation today.

Recognizing Golan Heights as a part of the State of Israel is crucial to securing its future—especially protection from aggressive acts by Iran and terrorist groups such as Hezbollah. With today’s signing, America sends a message that any future peace agreement in the Middle East must account for Israel’s need to protect itself—no exceptions.

“Mr. President, over the years, Israel has been blessed to have many friends who sat in the Oval Office, but Israel has never had a better friend than you,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said today.

President Trump’s Proclamation recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel. 

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March 24, 2019

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-calls-russia-probe-an-illegal-takedown-that-failed-after-mueller-report-summary-released

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/read-the-mueller-report-findings-barrs-letter-to-congress

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The White House | Absolute Reads | March 23, 2019

President Trump Visits The Last Tank Plant In America,  Which He Helped Save

This week, President Donald J. Trump visited America’s only surviving tank plant in Lima, Ohio—“the first such presidential visit there since George W. Bush stopped by in 2003,” Loren Thompson writes. “President Obama never visited and the depressed level of military spending during his presidency nearly shut the place down. That is not an exaggeration.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2019/03/19/president-trump-visits-the-last-tank-plant-in-america-which-he-helped-save/#4fa4bca32879
 https://youtu.be/TOGRv2cpViY
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White House | West Wing | March 21, 2019

https://www.foxnews.com/world/isis-has-officially-crumbled-and-last-stronghold-liberated-fox-news-has-learned

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From: White House Press Release / March 21, 2019

President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Nebraska and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm, straight-line winds, and flooding beginning on March 9, 2019, and continuing.

The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the counties of Adams, Antelope, Blaine, Boone, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Harlan, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Keya Paha, Knox, Lancaster, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Madison, Merrick, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Rock, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Scotts Bluff, Seward, Sherman, Stanton, Thayer, Thurston, Valley, Washington, Wayne, Wheeler, and York and the Santee Sioux Nation, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Sac and Fox, and Winnebago Tribe.

Furthermore, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Pete Gaynor, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Constance Johnson-Cage as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas. 

Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and additional areas may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following the news. 

“Thank you to President Trump for his quick approval of Nebraska’s request,” Ricketts said in the statement.  “Nebraskans have already been stepping up to begin the journey to recovering from the most widespread natural disaster in our state’s history.  As we rebuild together, federal assistance is a key part of ensuring that we keep Nebraska strong and growing.”

President Trump’s disaster declaration can be found by clicking here.

Ricketts submitted an expedited request to the federal government for disaster assistance following the widespread damage from floods and blizzards across the state.

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1600 Daily – The White House  – March 19, 2019

Ending the worst drug crisis in U.S. history

Six months before Donald J. Trump was elected President, a group of health experts wrote a private letter with “an urgent plea” to senior officials in the Obama Administration.

“Thousands of people were dying from overdoses of fentanyl — the deadliest drug to ever hit U.S. streets — and the [Obama] administration needed to take immediate action. The epidemic had been escalating for three years,” The Washington Post reported last week. “The administration considered the request but did not act on it.”

When President Trump took office 8 months later, the opioid crisis was devastating communities across the country. Nearly 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2016 alone. Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 of these deaths—more than any previous year on record.

In October 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. And one year ago today, he introduced the Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse, a historic effort to cut off the illicit drug supply and drive down demand in the United States.  

The results should give all Americans hope:

During the President’s first year in office, 68 percent fewer Americans over the age of 26 began using heroin than during the previous year.

 In July 2017, the Department of Justice shut down the country’s biggest Darknet distributor of drugs. That same Fiscal Year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took more than 2,300 pounds of fentanyl off the streets.

 The Trump Administration’s public awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of opioid abuse has been seen by 58 percent of young Americans and 1.4 billion viewers in total.

 “We will liberate our country from this crisis,” President Trump said last year when he unveiled his initiative. “And we will raise a drug-free generation of American children.”

Under this President, the carnage of America’s worst drug crisis will not be ignored.

President Trump’s nationwide call to action to end our opioid crisis.

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Today, President Trump welcomed the recently elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, to the White House.

President Bolsonaro’s election marked a historic opportunity for the United States and Brazil—the two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere—to build a new partnership focused on increased prosperity, strong security, and national sovereignty.

Perhaps most important, Brazil is a crucial ally in President Trump’s stand against the corrupt, socialist Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela. President Bolsonaro reiterated that Brazil stands with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido, as well as with the democratically elected National Assembly and the Venezuelan people in their fight against tyranny. 

“The twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere,” President Trump said from the Rose Garden this afternoon. “And hopefully, by the way, it’s also arrived—that twilight hour—in our great country.”

“I have always admired the United States of America,” President Bolsonaro added. “And this sense of admiration has just increased after you took office.”

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1600 Daily – The White House – March 14, 2019

President Trump’s response to the Senate national emergency vote

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signed a resolution to disapprove of President Donald J. Trump’s national emergency for the crisis on our southern border.

The President had a one-word response for the Democrat-led bill: “VETO!”

The stakes couldn’t be clearer, as Vice President Mike Pence laid out in an interview with Fox News. “A vote against the President’s national emergency declaration is a vote to deny the humanitarian and security crisis that’s happening at our southern border.”

This morning, three state Attorneys General explained the Constitutional authority President Trump used in declaring the national emergency. “Unlike President Barack Obama, who unlawfully used executive power to create new laws or rewrite laws Congress enacted, President Trump is lawfully using executive power to address a crisis worsened by congressional inaction,” Ken Paxton (R-TX), Curtis Hill (R-IN), and Jeff Landry (R-LA) write.

“The facts matter — these facts show the president has acted lawfully and within the scope of discretion Congress and the people vested in him. Congress should support President Trump.”

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A St. Patrick’s Day tradition at the White House

A longstanding tradition lives on today as President Trump welcomes the Taoiseach of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, to the White House. Since 1952, Ireland has presented the President of the United States with a box of shamrocks to kick off the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.   

“It’s a great honor to have the Prime Minister of Ireland. We’ve become fast friends,” President Trump said today from the Oval Office. “Very, very special country.”

Earlier this evening, President Trump joined Prime Minister Varadkar for the traditional shamrock bowl presentation. And at a “Friends of Ireland” luncheon this afternoon, the President gave tribute to the holiday’s namesake. “May we draw new strength from the noble example of Saint Patrick. And may we all be blessed by the luck of the Irish.”

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The White House | West Wing Reads | March 13, 2019

President Trump’s 2020 Budget Seeks More Border Wall Funding, Work Requirements for Welfare

“President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal would eliminate the federal deficit in 15 years, add new work requirements for welfare recipients, and fund additional construction of a border wall,” Fred Lucas reports for The Daily Signal.

“We have more reforms than any other president’s budget in history, but, look, what has happened for far too long is that Congress has blamed mandatory spending and then increased discretionary spending, which they have a vote on every single year by large degrees,” White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought said.

In an interview with Breitbart News yesterday, President Trump said he does not want immigrants coming to the United States to be dependent on welfare programs. “We have a problem, because we have politicians that are not strong, or they have bad intentions, or they want to get votes, because they think if they come in they’re going to vote Democrat, you know, for the most part,” the President explained.

“More than 2,000 people in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody are being quarantined amid an outbreak of mumps and other diseases,” Geneva Sands, Michelle Lou, and Susan Scutti report for CNN. “The numbers of immigrants in custody with a contagious diseases has spiked in the past year. For the previous two years, the agency has not encountered a single case of mumps among its detainees.”

The Boston Herald editorial board writes that Democrats are giving anti-Semitism safe harbor in their party. “It is remarkable that we find ourselves in a situation where the new faces of the Democrats in Congress speak freely in extremist terms and the rest of the party’s power structure is afraid to tamp it down in any real way. We must call on elected leaders to condemn hateful rhetoric rather than attempt to curry favor with a freshman congressman from the Bronx.”

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/13/workers-at-lower-end-of-pay-scale-getting-most-benefit-from-rising-wages.html

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The White House – March 7, 2019 – Politico

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/03/06/yes-theres-a-crisis-at-the-border-225642

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1600 Daily – The White House – March 5, 2019

Border at ‘breaking point,’ New York Times reports

  

Two and a half weeks after President Donald J. Trump declared a National Emergency to address the crisis on our border, mainstream media outlets have dug into the numbers—and the personal stories—surrounding America’s broken immigration system.  

What they’ve found comes as a shock to many Americans who never knew the trauma felt by those living in the shadows—including both U.S. citizens and migrants alike:

  •  “More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, more than double the levels from the same period last year and approaching the largest numbers seen in any February in the last 12 years,” The New York Times reported today.
  •  On Sunday, The New York Times published firsthand accounts of “the hidden nightmare of sexual violence on the border,” citing President Trump’s quote that “one in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico.”
  •  On February 15, after President Trump’s border announcement, CNN’s Jim Acosta spoke with an “angel mom” immigrant whose only son was murdered by a previously deported criminal alien. “President Trump is completely correct on this issue—we need to protect this country,” she told CNN.

 This morning, the Department of Homeland Security released staggering numbers that put these stories in context. American law enforcement officers are apprehending more than 2,000 aliens every day at our Southern border. All told, U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended over 268,000 individuals since the beginning of this fiscal year in October—a 97 percent increase from the previous year.

Democrat leaders are holding firm. “There is no crisis at the border,” the Democrat House Majority Leader insisted a little more than a week ago. To their credit, however, more journalists are starting to simply tell the stories of what’s happening on our border—and letting Americans decide for themselves what they think about it.  

These reports are welcome. The ongoing humanitarian and security disaster at our border shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and the heart-wrenching stories it causes shouldn’t be told only by conservative media. A modern, safe, and secure immigration system would be a bipartisan triumph that renews Americans’ faith in Washington.

The only thing standing in our way is the political will.

Our country is facing a growing emergency at the border.

It is time to end this national tragedy

This afternoon, President Trump confronted a solemn crisis by signing an executive order to help end the national tragedy of veteran suicide.

The numbers are hard to believe. Each day, an average of 20 service members and veterans die by suicide. In 2016, the suicide rate among veterans was one and a half times higher than it was for other American adults, a toll that has taken far too many of our heroes.

Given the scale of the problem, the Federal Government must work with partners across all levels of the public, private, and non-profit sectors. To accomplish that, President Trump announced today that his Administration will develop a public health roadmap to cultivate outreach with every single American veteran—replacing a passive system wherein the onus for engagement is placed on veterans themselves.

“To every veteran: I want you to know that you have an entire nation of more than 300 million people behind you,” the President said from the White House today. “You will never, ever be forgotten. We are with you all the way. I think you know that.”

1600 Daily – The White House – March 5, 2019

Border at ‘breaking point,’ New York Times reports

Two and a half weeks after President Donald J. Trump declared a National Emergency to address the crisis on our border, mainstream media outlets have dug into the numbers—and the personal stories—surrounding America’s broken immigration system.  

What they’ve found comes as a shock to many Americans who never knew the trauma felt by those living in the shadows—including both U.S. citizens and migrants alike:

“More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, more than double the levels from the same period last year and approaching the largest numbers seen in any February in the last 12 years,” The New York Times reported today.

 On Sunday, The New York Times published firsthand accounts of “the hidden nightmare of sexual violence on the border,” citing President Trump’s quote that “one in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico.”

 On February 15, after President Trump’s border announcement, CNN’s Jim Acosta spoke with an “angel mom” immigrant whose only son was murdered by a previously deported criminal alien. “President Trump is completely correct on this issue—we need to protect this country,” she told CNN.

This morning, the Department of Homeland Security released staggering numbers that put these stories in context. American law enforcement officers are apprehending more than 2,000 aliens every day at our Southern border. All told, U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended over 268,000 individuals since the beginning of this fiscal year in October—a 97 percent increase from the previous year.

Democrat leaders are holding firm. “There is no crisis at the border,” the Democrat House Majority Leader insisted a little more than a week ago. To their credit, however, more journalists are starting to simply tell the stories of what’s happening on our border—and letting Americans decide for themselves what they think about it.  

These reports are welcome. The ongoing humanitarian and security disaster at our border shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and the heart-wrenching stories it causes shouldn’t be told only by conservative media. A modern, safe, and secure immigration system would be a bipartisan triumph that renews Americans’ faith in Washington.

The only thing standing in our way is the political will.

Our country is facing a growing emergency at the border.

It is time to end this national tragedy.

This afternoon, President Trump confronted a solemn crisis by signing an executive order to help end the national tragedy of veteran suicide.

The numbers are hard to believe. Each day, an average of 20 service members and veterans die by suicide. In 2016, the suicide rate among veterans was one and a half times higher than it was for other American adults, a toll that has taken far too many of our heroes.

Given the scale of the problem, the Federal Government must work with partners across all levels of the public, private, and non-profit sectors. To accomplish that, President Trump announced today that his Administration will develop a public health roadmap to cultivate outreach with every single American veteran—replacing a passive system wherein the onus for engagement is placed on veterans themselves.

“To every veteran: I want you to know that you have an entire nation of more than 300 million people behind you,” the President said from the White House today. “You will never, ever be forgotten. We are with you all the way. I think you know that

 
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West Wing – The White House – February 28, 2019

Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s report from the border: More drugs, more human trafficking

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/rep-adam-kinzingers-report-from-the-border-more-drugs-more-human-trafficking/

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1600 Daily – The White House – February 28, 2019

3 percent growth isn’t a fairytale, after all

For the first time in 13 years, America’s economy hit the 3 percent growth milestone for a calendar year, thanks to an expectations-beating fourth quarter in 2018.

GDP grew by 3.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018. Because of the math behind how GDP growth is calculated, this time period is “a better measure of how the economy actually performed in 2018” than a year-over-year figure, according to former President Obama’s top economist.

For two straight years, growth has matched or exceeded the Trump Administration’s own forecast. That result will come as a surprise to some of the President’s critics. “Apparently, the budget forecasts that U.S. economic growth will rise to 3.0 percent because of the administration’s policies,” one prominent liberal economist wrote in 2017.

“Fair enough if you believe in tooth fairies,” he added.

Those predictions haven’t aged well. In the real world, the Trump Economy continues to bust expectations across the board. Job growth in January 2019 reached 300,000, for example—compared to the Congressional Budget Office’s January 2017 projection of 71,000 per month. And for the first time in a decade, wages rose 3 percent.

This growth isn’t a continuation of the economy President Trump inherited. It’s an acceleration. Had the pre-2017 growth trend continued, economic growth would have been 2 percent in both 2017 and 2018. The actual 3.1 percent growth rate we got in 2018 represents $280 billion more in American economic output.

“The [GDP] report shows how Republican-backed tax cuts may have continued to aid growth and help bring the full-year figure to 3.1 percent, just above President Donald Trump’s 3 percent goal,” Bloomberg reports. Indeed, the 1.1 percentage point above expected growth “is almost exactly in line” with what economic research suggests would happen if a tax bill “of the same magnitude as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” took effect, the Council of Economic Advisers wrote today.

In others words, we have some bad news for pessimists on the American economy: It turns out pro-growth policies actually deliver growth. Who knew?

‘Sometimes you have to walk’

President Trump returns home tonight from Hanoi, Vietnam, where he met with both Vietnamese leaders and Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea over the past few days.

“I want to thank all of the people of Vietnam for having treated us so well,” President Trump said. Among meetings with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President Trump also participated in the signing ceremony for commercial trade deals that will support more than 83,000 American jobs.

On North Korea, President Trump held firm on America’s terms: Nothing short of progress toward complete, verifiable denuclearization will result in sanctions relief.

“I think our relationship is very strong,” President Trump said of Chairman Kim. “I think, actually, it was a very productive two days. But sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added that “we didn’t get to [a deal] that ultimately made sense for the United States of America . . . I hope we’ll do so in the weeks ahead.”

 
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February 27, 2019

 
 

http://fortune.com/2019/02/27/boeing-orders-hanoi-trump/?fbclid=IwAR09Xjv1xAPBjA2rH3frQRxSq_r9mTg0nPuFed1Cc9yIkPFszvK4Q-fS4kA

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On February 23rd, The Ashland, NE Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion held a Meet and Greet with other Nebraska dignities and Nebraska State Senator Tom Brewer as their keynote speaker on Afghanistan.
In attendance there were about 34 people. They were expecting 150 but was reduced by the onslaught of a major winter storm. 
 
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1600 Daily – The White House – February 26, 2019

President Trump lands in Vietnam                                             for second historic summit with North Korea

Air Force One touched down in Hanoi, Vietnam, at 8:54 a.m. ET this morning as President Donald J. Trump prepares for his second summit with Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea this week.

“As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” President Trump said in this month’s State of the Union address.

Last June’s meeting in Singapore marked the first time in history that an American president has met with the leader of North Korea. This week’s summit looks to build on the progress made that day, including transformed relations between the two countries and the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula—a goal that seemed virtually unachievable for decades.

America’s negotiations with Chairman Kim are already producing results, both for our citizens and for our allies:

  •  North Korea has not conducted a nuclear weapons or missile test in more than 400 days.
  •  The regime has committed to dismantling its plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities.
  •  American citizens are no longer detained in North Korea.
  •  North Korea has returned remains of Americans who died during the Korean War—and President Trump is working to return more.

President Trump’s strategy is working where past administrations have failed for one reason above all else: America wins when it negotiates from a position of strength. Upon taking office, President Trump mobilized a global coalition to enforce a maximum pressure campaign on the regime in Pyongyang. He made clear that the world would not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea—and that provocations would come with a cost.

Now, instead of hopelessness, there is opportunity. The President has made clear that should Chairman Kim follow through on his promise to denuclearize, the Trump Administration will work to ensure there are economic development options for North Korea. The United States and its partners are prepared to explore how to mobilize investment, improve infrastructure, enhance food security, and more.

“Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months,” President Trump told Congress three weeks ago. There is still work to be done, but the early returns are clear: A strong United States of America makes for a stronger, safer world.

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-says-us-citizen-who-was-held-hostage-in-yemen-for-18-months-has-been-freed

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By declaring a national emergency on the southern border and at least attempting to repurpose military construction funds to the wall — whether for steel or concrete barriers or both — President Donald Trump has politically inoculated himself against Congress’ failure to deliver on his signature campaign promise to protect America.

Trump has done everything in his power to get it done. He managed to get Congress to approve $1.6 billion in 2018 for replacing existing fencing with new steel barriers and he got another $1.375 billion in 2019 for some new steel barriers.

The first leg of that was like pulling teeth, as Trump dealt with a reluctant Republican leadership in Congress that repeatedly delayed the issue in order to avert a government shutdown. And then the second leg of that came after Republicans lost control of the House, and only because Trump opted to reject a funding bill without border barriers, prompting the longest partial government shutdown in history. Finally, to end the shutdown, Democrats relented and allowed some new border barrier money to flow.

With the emergency declaration, the White House estimates that at least another $8.1 billion will be unlocked, well within the President’s legal authority: “About $601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund… Up to $2.5 billion under the Department of Defense funds transferred for Support for Counterdrug Activities (Title 10 United States Code, section 284)… Up to $3.6 billion reallocated from Department of Defense military construction projects under the President’s declaration of a national emergency (Title 10 United States Code, section 2808)…”

That is, so long as Congress does not vote to overturn the national emergency declaration, something Congress has never done once in 43 years since the National Emergencies Act was adopted. More than 50 emergencies have been declared during that time and no less than 30 besides the one Trump declared are still active.

Again, not once has Congress ever voted to overturn such an emergency. So, are Republicans in Congress going to let this one be the first after all this time? They would be wise to consider the political fallout if that’s the way they go.

A vote to overturn the emergency will rightly be viewed by Trump’s base as a vote against funding the wall and a vote against letting President Trump do everything in his power to secure the border. It will be cast as a vote to prevent him from securing the border.

Some will argue that the National Emergencies Act creates exception to Congress’ power of the purse by allowing the President to reprogram already allocated monies to address an emergency, and that is most certainly true.

It is also well within Congress’ constitutional lawmaking authority to do so, the same way it gives broad grants of budget authority to departments and agencies to spend as they see fit. Departments and agencies engage in thousands of federal contracts that are not individually approved by Congress. They are granted monies to spend by Congress, and then the executive branch figures out the best way to achieve the legislatively delineated missions via the contracting process.

So, if there is an objection to reprogramming funds in national emergencies, then there should be similar objections raised to appropriating funds for broad purposes that departments and agencies then figure out the details of later.

In fact, monies are moved around all the time. Congress passes laws every year, for example in appropriations bills, that allow departments and agencies limited transfer authority to reprogram funds even when there is not a national emergency declared. Those objecting to reprogramming in principle because they think it should go back to Congress first should also be pushing measures to address transfer authority granted federal departments. But members are not doing that.

They’re looking at this one — and only this one — instance of transfer authority in the case of Trump’s emergency declaration on the southern border. The reason appears simple. Either, Congress doesn’t really want the nation’s borders to be secured, even as deadly drugs, gangs and human trafficking continue to pour into the country. If that’s not an emergency, then what is?

Or, perhaps it’s more cynical than that. They really don’t want Trump to keep his promises, in the hopes it will hurt him politically.

Either way, the crisis on the border is clear. On drug overdoses, over 70,000 Americans are dying every year. Some illegal immigrants are also responsible for the murders of Americans. The President, in his Congressionally, legally granted determination, believes creating more barriers on the border via a national emergency, would stem some of the drugs and murderers coming into the nation — saving American lives. That’s what the President is supposed to do.

Which is why it was politically wise for Trump to go the national emergency route. Even if Congress blocks him or overrides his veto on the declaration, it will favor his politics in 2020 — although it probably won’t do much to help Republicans reclaim the House of Representatives. Why? Once again,  Congressional Republicans will then get the blame for failing to build the wall as Republican Senators put the nail in the coffin. For a solid example, look at the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare in the Senate, which like the failure to fund the wall in full, hurt Republicans in the House midterms in 2018.

Either way, Trump will get credit for doing everything in his power to protect America, and Congress will be the losers who voted to stop him. Trump ran in 2016 as the outsider who would stand up to the swamp in Washington, D.C. That he was the candidate who would put America first when no one else would. It’s why he won. If Congress blocks funding for the wall again, it will prove to the American people that Trump was right all along about the swamp — and they may very well be helping him get reelected.

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.

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February 16, 2019


https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-wins-on-border-security-with-emergency-declaration-and-funding-by-congress

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President Donald J. Trump’s Border Security Victory

NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE
Issued on: February 15, 2019

“I will never waver from my sacred duty to defend this Nation and its people. We will get the job done.” President Donald J. Trump

SECURING OUR BORDER: President Donald J. Trump is following through on his promise to secure the border with legislation and Executive action.

President Trump was elected partly on his promise to secure the Southern Border with a barrier and, since his first day in office, he has been following through on that promise.

As the President has said, sections of the border wall are already being built, and legislation and Executive actions are building on that progress.

Executive action being taken by the President makes available additional funding to secure our border that is essential to our national security.

LEGISLATIVE WINS: President Trump secured a number of significant legislative victories in the Homeland Security appropriations bill that further his effort to secure the Southern Border and protect our country.

The funding bill contains robust resources and additional provisions to secure the border and strengthen immigration enforcement.

The bill provides $1.375 billion for approximately 55 miles of border barrier in highly dangerous and drug smuggling areas in the Rio Grande Valley, where it is desperately needed.

More than 40 percent of all border apprehensions occurred in the Rio Grande Valley sector in fiscal year (FY) 2018.

The Rio Grande Valley was the border sector with the most known deaths of illegal border crossers in FY 2018.

$415 million will go toward addressing the humanitarian crisis at the border by providing medical care, transportation, processing centers, and consumables.

President Trump successfully rejected efforts by some to undercut Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) ability to uphold our laws and detain illegal aliens, including criminals.

ICE funding supports nearly 5,000 additional beds to detain illegal aliens and keep criminals off our streets.

Customs and Border Protection will receive funding for 600 additional officers.

This bill will help keep deadly drugs out of our communities by increasing drug detection at ports of entry, including opioid detection staffing, labs, and equipment.

A PROMISE TO ACT: President Trump is taking Executive action to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border.

President Trump is using his legal authority to take Executive action to secure additional resources, just as he promised.

In part, he is declaring a national emergency that makes available additional troops and funding for military construction.

Including funding in Homeland Security appropriations, the Administration has so far identified up to $8.1 billion that will be available to build the border wall once a national emergency is declared and additional funds have been reprogrammed, including:

About $601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund

Up to $2.5 billion under the Department of Defense funds transferred for Support for Counterdrug Activities (Title 10 United States Code, section 284)

Up to $3.6 billion reallocated from Department of Defense military construction projects under the President’s declaration of a national emergency (Title 10 United States Code, section 2808)

These funding sources will be used sequentially and as needed.

The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and the Army Corps of Engineers are working to create a prioritized list of segments and a work plan for the remainder of FY 2019 and beyond.

New projects could include: new levee wall, new and replacement primary pedestrian barrier, new vehicle-to-pedestrian barrier, and new secondary barrier.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY ON OUR BORDER: The President is using his clear authority to declare a national emergency as allowed under the National Emergencies Act.

Since 1976, presidents have declared nearly 60 national emergencies.

Most of the previously declared national emergencies have been continually renewed and are still in effect, after being continually renewed.

Multiple Governors have declared states of emergency along the border in the past.
Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who became President Obama’s DHS Secretary, declared a state of emergency along the border in 2005.

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson also declared a state of emergency at the border in 2005.

Former President George W. Bush and former President Obama both directed the use of the military to assist DHS in securing and managing the Southern Border.

Former President Bush declared a national emergency in 2001, which invoked reprogramming authority granted by Title 10 United States Code, section 2808, and both he and former President Obama used that authority a total of 18 times to fund projects between 2001 and 2014.

ADDRESSING THE CRISIS AT HAND: President Trump is taking the necessary steps to address the crisis at our Southern Border and stop crime and drugs from flooding into our Nation.

Cartels, traffickers, and gangs, like the vile MS-13 gang, have taken advantage of our weak borders for their own gain.

Immigration officers have made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens in the last two fiscal years.

This includes aliens charged or convicted of approximately 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 killings.

Tons of deadly drugs have flooded across the border and into our communities, taking countless American lives.

Methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl all flow across our Southern Border and destroy our communities.

More than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017 alone.

Human traffickers exploit our borders to traffic young girls and women into our country and sell them into prostitution and slavery.

Massive caravans of migrants view our unsecure border as a way to gain illegal entry into our country and take advantage of our nonsensical immigration loopholes.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-border-security-victory/

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https://www.conservativereview.com/news/no-judge-has-jurisdiction-to-erase-our-border/

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February 10, 2019

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1600 Daily | The White House | February 7, 2019

50 million women

“More than 100 countries prohibit women from working in specific industries, which means 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men,” Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump writes in The Wall Street Journal this week. In 18 countries, husbands can even legally prevent their wives from working and earning their own income, she adds.

Expanding economic opportunity for women isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s in America’s national interest, as well. It has the potential to boost global economic output by $12 trillion by 2025. Unleashing widespread prosperity throughout the developing world can lead to a more stable, peaceful global order.

This afternoon, President Donald J. Trump signed a memorandum to launch the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, or “W-GDP.” Spearheaded by Ivanka Trump, this first-of-its-kind, whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment will aim to touch 50 million lives in developing countries.

That potential $12 trillion payoff “represents far more than an economic boom—it represents millions of lives full of promise: mothers who could provide for their children, daughters who could be the first to graduate from high school, and young women who could start businesses and create jobs,” Ms. Trump writes.

W-GDP stands on a three-pillar premise:

  1.  Increase women’s global labor force participation and advancement in the workplace by providing them with quality education, training, and support

 2.  Improve the access that female entrepreneurs and business owners have to financing and market opportunities that help grow their businesses

 3.  Eliminate the legal, regulatory, and cultural barriers that prevent women from participating in their local economies

 “By investing in women around the world, we’re investing in families, we’re investing in prosperity, and we’re investing in peace,” President Trump said.

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State of the Union

February 5, 2019

Newt Gingrich: Trump’s State of the Union changed history on Tuesday night – Here’s what Pelosi must’ve felt

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/newt-gingrich-president-trumps-state-of-the-union-changed-history

Todd Starnes: I had a front-row seat at Trump’s State of the Union — You won’t believe what I saw

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/todd-starnes-i-had-a-front-row-seat-at-trumps-state-of-the-union-you-wont-believe-what-i-saw

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White House | Resolute Reads | February 2, 2019

 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/trump-policies-keep-economic-boom-going/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rr
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White House | 1600 Daily | January 30, 2019

Here is where American voters stand on immigration

Last week, President Donald J. Trump made an appeal for bipartisanship to solve America’s immigration crisis. The reason is simple: Ordinary Americans across the political spectrum want to see illegal immigration addressed. The people fighting hardest to preserve the horrible status quo are entrenched interests in Washington.

This time must be different. President Trump has given Congress 3 weeks to reach a deal that secures our border while protecting the most vulnerable communities. Public opinion polls back the President up:

* A recent ABC/Washington Post poll shows that most Americans believe the Government is doing “too little” to stop illegal immigration—including 4 in 5 Republicans, more than a third of Democrats, and a majority of independents.

*Echoing that theme, a Gallup poll last month revealed that Americans view immigration as the second-biggest problem facing the country today.

*A 2018 POLITICO/Morning Consult poll confirms a majority of voters disagree with Democrats’ proposal to eliminate U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement entirely. Not even a majority of Democratic voters agree.

*Gallup polls from 2018 show that a majority of Americans personally worry about illegal immigration a “great deal” or a “fair amount.” More Americans oppose than support “sanctuary cities” that skirt Federal immigration laws, as well.

If Americans of all stripes call for safe and secure borders as part of common-sense immigration reform, why not give law enforcement the tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively? That shouldn’t be controversial. Congress needs to put the concerns of American voters before those of special and political interests.

There is some good news, however: A growing number of Democrats understand that obstructing immigration reform would put them at odds with ordinary Americans. In recent weeks, they’ve broken rank with Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and have backed border security.

“Certainly you need barriers, and we support barriers,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) explains. Ditto Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA): “Where folks say we need additional barrier protections, I’m all for it.”

Democrats who put sensible solutions above obstructionist politics should be applauded. Those who don’t need to listen to voters—not their donors or party bosses.

Something to share: Border security will put human traffickers out of business.

Former DHS special agent: “We Need to Build the Wall for the Children”

President Trump calls Venezuela’s interim President

President Trump last week officially recognized Juan Guaido, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the country’s Interim President.

More than 3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015. The United Nations estimates that number may swell to more than 5.3 million by the end of 2019. The United States is standing with Venezuelans as they demand democracy, human rights, and prosperity—all things denied to them by the corrupt Maduro regime and its authoritarian predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

President Trump spoke with Interim President Guaido today, congratulating him on his historic assumption of the presidency and reaffirming American support for Venezuela’s fight to regain its democracy.

“The fight for freedom has begun!,” President Trump tweets.

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 1600 Daily | The White House |January 29, 2019

Here is the crisis Democrats say doesn’t exist

One of the biggest lies told about immigration is that border security is anti-immigrant. Legal immigrants and American citizens alike—not to mention our brave law enforcement officers—are the victims of lawlessness at our Nation’s doorstep every single day.

Consider these stats. In just the past 2 years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested more than 260,000 criminals who exploited our broken immigration system. This list includes those charged with or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 homicides.

That’s the debate at hand. One side thinks the murder of 4,000 people is a crisis that our Government is accountable for solving. The other says it’s a “manufactured” problem.

No one argues that border security will stop all crime in America. We need other steps—such as the criminal justice reform signed into law by President Donald J. Trump last month—to make our communities safer, as well. But there is no question that better border security will save lives. Pretending it won’t is Washington cynicism at its worst.

Americans can no longer afford for Congress to punt on this issue. The consequences of a broken immigration system aren’t going away on their own. For example, in just the past 6 weeks alone:

* A U.S. Border Patrol officer was assaulted by a criminal alien that crossed the border in Arizona.

    * Two suspected MS-13 gang members from Honduras were arrested last week after they illegally entered the United States.

    * A group of 306 Central Americans gave themselves up to Border Patrol agents in the Arizona desert, where smugglers often leave sick or abused migrants for dead after they cross the border illegally.

    * Border Patrol officers arrested four narcotics smugglers in Texas—discovering more than 190 pounds of drugs.

    * Border Patrol agents arrested two convicted sex offenders in Arizona, both convicted of crimes involving minors. 

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https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600daily/

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SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE WALL

January 14, 2019

There were ten Nebraska Patriots for TRUMP members in Omaha Supporting President Trump and Building of the Wall. We were waving U.S. and Trump flags plus held numerous posters, even a room picture divider that had Build The Wall spelled out in each picture slot. It was chilly but not unbearable since we dressed warmly. Our Marketing Director had contacted all four tv stations but none showed up – One station actually said they would be there. We even had a “younger” passerby come stand with us. He said it was a good cause to stand for. We received more positive waves, thumbs up and honks than negative comments and actions.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | January 10, 2019

An update on President Trump’s fight for border security

Millions of Americans, both Republican and Democrat, voted for President Donald J. Trump to reverse decades of failure by Washington and fix America’s broken immigration system.

With that election, the American people sent a message that they are tired of politicians talking one way about our border and then acting another.

President Trump will keep his promise. He has offered a strong, common-sense proposal to stop gang members, drug smugglers, and human traffickers from exploiting our Southern border. It’s a goal most Democrats claim to share. But when the Administration requested $5.7 billion—about .01 percent of the 2018 Federal budget—for construction of a border wall, Democrats walked away.

No more political games. It’s time to come together and make a deal.

This week, Democratic leaders exposed their indifference and denial when they called the humanitarian and security crisis at our border “a manufactured crisis.” It turns out many Democrats, including President Obama, don’t agree.

The stories of suffering are real, as President Trump told Americans on Tuesday night. Each week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone—90 percent of which floods across our Southern border. The gaps in our security leave a pathway for drug cartels and human traffickers, who prey on vulnerable migrants and their children.

Open borders empower criminals, too. In California, an Air Force veteran was raped and brutally murdered by an illegal alien with a long criminal history. In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in our country as unaccompanied minors were charged with viciously stabbing a 16-year-old girl last year.

These aren’t isolated crimes. In the last two years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have arrested more than a quarter-million aliens with criminal records—including those charged with or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 murders.

To their credit, rank-and-file Democrats have started breaking with their leaders, admitting that physical barriers are needed. “I don’t understand [Speaker Nancy Pelosi] saying it’s ‘immoral,’” Sen. Angus King (I-ME) says. “Certainly you need barriers and we support barriers,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) explains.

Your voice matters. Washington is starting to listen. “If I am getting comments and contact from my constituents expressing concern that the Democrats are not prioritizing security, then I think we can do better,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) says.

Setting the record straight

With the mainstream media often acting like Democratic surrogates instead of objective watchdogs, a lot of misinformation is spreading about border security and the current Government shutdown. Senior Administration officials have been working hard to correct the record:

Criminals and terrorists can and do exploit our porous border. “The threat is real,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says—the number of individuals on the terror watchlist encountered at our Southern border has increased over the last two years.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says using a physical barrier to protect our border is “immoral.” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is pushing for clarity: “So does Pelosi want to tear down the hundreds of miles of barrier that already exist and many Democrats voted for?”

Most important, the crisis on the border is real. Four-in-five Americans agree.

4 things the West Wing is reading today

1. “There is a humanitarian and security crisis at our southwest border. It is getting worse, and a “status quo” response from Congress — inadequate authorities, insufficient funds and indifference to the chaos — will not cut it.”

2. Mark Morgan, a Border Patrol chief under former President Obama, “said he’s most frustrated by how children are brought into the country illegally under perilous conditions because coyotes exploit vulnerabilities at the border . . . ‘I don’t understand why anyone would be against developing a process that stops that from happening.’”

3. Politicians “are not the ones that are investigating the crimes. They are not the ones out here when it’s 120 degrees, processing a crime scene where 14 people were left to die in the desert,” says Leon Wilmot, Sheriff in Yuma County, Arizona.

4. “Most important, Pelosi and Schumer failed to use the one word that millions of Americans were longing to hear — compromise. But Trump did. That is why the president won the night,” Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute writes.

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SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP and THE BUILDING OF THE WALL

Please call the Capitol Hill Switchboard. It only takes about a minute and will have a big impact on reminding our representatives that we Support President and the Building of the Wall. Please be Professional.

All you do is enter your zip code enter 1 for your senators and 2 for your congressman and leave a message. If you have more than one choice … call back and leave another message.

Leave a message for President letting him know you support him and the wall at:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

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Opinions –

Trump Won the Night – Schumer and Pelosi Lost

MSN | January 9, 2019

The president did not unilaterally declare a national emergency. Instead, he called for compromise and said, “To those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask: imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife, whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken?”

He was, in short, presidential.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/opinions-trump-won-the-night-schumer-and-pelosi-lost/ar-BBRZZU6?ocid=se#page=2

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January 8, 2019

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5987329162001/

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Tune in tonight, January 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. CST. 

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Fox News | January 6, 2019 | by Jennifer Griffin

Al Qaeda operative tied to USS Cole bombing killed                in US airstrike

Trump says Jamal al-Badawi, the Al Qaeda operative tied to the deadly 2000 attack on USS Cole, was killed during a U.S. airstrike in Yemen, President Trump announced Sunday.

“Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command spokesman, said on Friday the airstrike in Yemen carried out on New Year’s Day was directed at al-Badawi, who was on FBI’s list of “Most Wanted Terrorists.” U.S. Central Command also confirmed Sunday the Al Qaeda operative who has been in hiding since 2006 was killed in a “precision strike in Marib governate.”

“U.S. CENTCOM has confirmed that Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a precision strike in Marib governate, Jan. 1. Jamal al-Badawi was an al Qaeda operative involved in the USS Cole bombing. U.S. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process,”

The U.S. government sought al-Badawi for his alleged part in the terrorist attack launched nearly 20 years ago against the USS Cole. The Navy destroyer was in the port in Aden, Yemen for a refueling stop when suicide bombers attacked it and ripped a hole in the hull of the ship. The bombing, which predated the 9/11 terror attacks, killed 17 sailors dead and injured 39 others.

US AIRSTRIKE IN YEMEN TARGETED AL QAEDA OPERATIVE TIED TO USS COLE BOMBING; FORCES ‘ASSESSING’ STRIKE RESULTS, OFFICIAL SAYS

“Jamal al-Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003, charged with 50 counts of various terrorism offenses, including murder of U.S. nationals and murder of U.S. military personnel,” the statement said. “The suspect is also charged with attempting with co-conspirators to attack a U.S. Navy vessel in January 2000.”

Then-president Bill Clinton vowed to avenge the sailors killed. “To those who attacked them, we say: ‘You will not find a safe harbor,'” Clinton said in 2000 during a memorial service. “We will find you, and justice will prevail.”

Yemeni authorities captured al-Badawi about two months after the USS Cole bombing, but he escaped from prison in April 2003. He was recaptured about a year later, but managed to escape Yemeni custody again in February 2006, the FBI said.

The Justice Department offered up to $5 million for information leading to al-Badawi’s arrest.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson and Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report.

December 22, 2018

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December 25, 2018

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President, First Lady deliver Christmas message
 
 http://www.wptv.com/news/world/president-donald-trump-and-first-lady-melania-trump-deliver-christmas-message
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump delivered a Christmas message to Americans on Tuesday morning.
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December 20, 2018

House Passes $5.7 Billion for Proposed Wall

 
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https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/trumps-list-289-accomplishments-in-just-20-months-relentless-promise-keeping
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New York Post | December 19, 2018 | 8:37 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Criminal Justice Reform Bill

The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a criminal justice reform bill backed by President Trump on Tuesday night.

The First Step Act passed on a vote of 87 to 12, with dozens of Republicans joining all the Democratic senators in approving the bill.

Trump congratulated the Senate in a tweet soon after it passed.

“America is the greatest Country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens, even those who have made mistakes. Congratulations to the Senate on the bi-partisan passing of a historic Criminal Justice Reform Bill,” he tweeted.

“This will keep our communities safer, and provide hope and a second chance, to those who earn it. In addition to everything else, billions of dollars will be saved. I look forward to signing this into law!”

The bill would make sweeping changes to the criminal justice system if signed into law, including making it easier for some prisoners to earn early release to halfway houses and protecting first-time offenders from mandatory minimum sentences.

The bill was boosted by an endorsement by Trump, who was influenced by his son-in-law Jared Kushner in backing the reforms, according to the Washington Post.

The Senate version of the bill will now be sent to the House, which will have to pass it before it can reach the president’s desk to be signed into law. House Speaker Paul Ryan has expressed support for the bill.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | December 18, 2018

As 2018 closes, 6 big priorities at the White House

From day one, President Donald J. Trump pledged not to rest until he delivered on his promise to fix Washington. That commitment doesn’t take a break for the holidays.

From border security and school safety to reinvigorating America’s space program, here’s an inside look at six big priorities the Administration is working on this week: 

Securing our border: Today, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reiterated the message President Trump delivered to Democratic leaders last week: He will not back down until he can make sure that American citizens are protected. 

 Building the Space Force: President Trump took a crucial step toward creation of the Space Force by directing the Department of Defense to establish a Combatant Command, which will oversee all U.S. military activities in space. 

 Keeping our kids safe: After the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Trump established the School Safety Commission to make recommendations on how to prevent violence in our schools. Today, the Commission released its final 180-page report. 

 Banning bump stocks: Earlier this year, the President instructed the Department of Justice to review a rule that would ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has signed the final rule. “We will continue to take illegal guns off of our streets.”

 Reforming our prisons: Historic, bipartisan criminal justice reform is moving closer to President Trump’s desk. “Our whole Nation benefits if former inmates are able to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens,” the President says. Why he supports the First Step Act.

 Delivering for American farmers: This week, President Trump plans to sign another important piece of bipartisan legislation—the 2018 “farm bill,” which will strengthen American agriculture. “Our economy is stronger than ever–we stand with our Farmers!” the President tweeted this week.

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December 13, 2018

On FaceBook today:  We’ll never get another fighter like this folks. He not only loves this Country but his family and God too. More capable and confident than any President before him with pure intentions of rebuilding this Country and gaining her respect back. In less than two years he’s corrected decades of damage from previous weak President’s and put us back on top. We are living in a blessed time where history will show Donald Trump saved this Country and in the process built us up to a never before seen level of leadership as the world’s undisputed number one Super Power. This is no coincidence folks. For all who ever prayed God bless America he is answer to our prayers. Thank you Lord for President Trump please keep him safe and healthy and continue blessing him and his family and our great Country. In Jesus name Amen.
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December 12, 2018

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SALT LAKE CITY — Child pornography victims could have better access to federal restitution under a bipartisan bill President Donald Trump signed into law Friday.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a key sponsor of the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act, called the signing a “momentous” day that was many years in the making.

“This bipartisan legislation will provide meaningful assistance for child pornography victims to support their recovery and allow them to reclaim their lives. I am proud of this legislation and look forward to seeing it change the world for good,” he said.

The bill is named after victims depicted in some of the most widely circulated child pornography series in the world. “Amy,” “Vicky,” and “Andy” all supported the bill.

“I’m lucky, and so is Vicky and Amy and so many other mostly silent victims out there, to have you on our side and everyone else in the Senate,” Andy, a Utah resident, said in a statement.

“Just knowing that so many important people think that we matter, that the terrible things that happened to us as kids are being considered all the way up in the Congress of the United States,” he wrote. “If we can all agree on something, it’s that victims deserve justice.”

The law, which had 26 Republican and Democrat co-sponsors, allows victims to choose which form of assistance will help them most. It revises the criteria and options for judges to calculate losses and impose restitution. Victims may apply for a one-time payment from the existing Crime Victims Fund maintained by the Department of Justice.

The bill also allows victims access to the images depicting them, which can be important for victim identification, expert testimony, forensic review and treatment.

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President Trump is speaking at two Hanukkah receptions in the White House East room Thursday afternoon. Thursday marks the fifth night of the Festival of Lights.

In his first of two Hanukkah events, Mr. Trump remembered the life of former President George H.W. Bush, calling him a wonderful man. He went on to condemn anti-Semitism, specifically mentioning the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue.

“Five weeks ago our nation mourned a horrific tragedy,” Mr. Trump said. “… Jewish Americans were brutally murdered in a sinister anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. And we went to see what had happened and to meet some of the people, and they were incredible people. And the way they stood up so bravely, so proudly was just something very incredible to see. And the rabbi was just a great person.”

“In the aftermath of that wicked assault, we reaffirmed our solemn duty to confront anti-Semitism everywhere it occurs. We must stamp out this vile hatred from the world.”

Mr. Trump hosted a Hanukkah event at the White House last year, too. Then, the New York Times reported the White House didn’t invite congressional Democrats and Jewish leaders who had been critical of him.

Mr. Trump’s daughter-in-law and top aide, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner are Jewish, and attended last year’s festivities.

Mr. Trump tweeted earlier this week that he and first lady Melania Trump send their “best wishes for a blessed and happy Hanukkah!”

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https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/5/donald-trump-calls-memorial-george-hw-bush-day-cel/

“The U.S. Navy will honor the late President George H.W. Bush with a record-breaking 21-aircraft memorial flyover formation on Thursday when the president is laid to rest in College Station, Texas,” Maria Biery reports for the Washington Examiner. “Naval aviators will fly in a ‘missing man’ formation, which typically only involves four planes. The tribute to Bush will mark the largest missing man formation ever performed, according to Navy officials.”
 
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Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night.

Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, “a thousand points of light” illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.

President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher.  As a young man, he captained the Yale baseball team and served as the youngest aviator in the United States Navy during the Second World War.  Later in life, he rose to the pinnacle of American politics as a Congressman from Texas, envoy to China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President of eight years to President Ronald Reagan, and finally President of the United States.

With sound judgement, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War.  As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed.  And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction.

Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family—especially the love of his life, Barbara.  His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause.  Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41.

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RIP George H. W. Bush

Published in the Omaha World Herald – December 1, 2018 

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.

The last veteran of World War II to serve as president, he was a consummate public servant and a statesman who helped guide the nation and the world out of a four-decade Cold War that had carried the threat of nuclear annihilation.

His death, at 94 on Friday, also marked the passing of an era.

 Although Bush served as president three decades ago, his values and ethic seem centuries removed from today’s acrid political culture. His currency of personal connection was the handwritten letter — not the social media blast.

He had a competitive nature and considerable ambition that were not easy to discern under the sheen of his New England politesse and his earnest generosity. He was capable of running hard-edge political campaigns, and took the nation to war. But his principal achievements were produced at negotiating tables.

“When the word moderation becomes a dirty word, we have some soul searching to do,” he wrote a friend in 1964, after losing his first bid for elective office.

Despite his grace, Bush was an easy subject for caricature. He was an honors graduate of Yale University who was often at a loss for words in public, especially when it came to talking about himself. Though he was tested in combat when he was barely out of adolescence, he was branded “a wimp” by those who doubted whether he had essential convictions.

This paradox in the public image of Bush dogged him, as did domestic events. His lack of sure-footedness in the face of a faltering economy produced a nosedive in the soaring popularity he enjoyed after the triumph of the Persian Gulf War. In 1992, he lost his bid for a second term as president.

“It’s a mixed achievement,” said presidential historian Robert Dallek. “Circumstances and his ability to manage them did not stand up to what the electorate wanted.”

His death was announced in a tweet by Jim McGrath, his spokesman. The cause of his death was not immediately available.

In 2012, he announced that he had vascular Parkinsonism, a condition that limited his mobility. His wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, died on April 17.

The afternoon before his wife’s service, the frail, wheelchair-bound former president summoned the strength to sit for 20 minutes before her flower-laden coffin and accept condolences from some of the 6,000 people who lined up to pay their respects at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.

Bush came to the Oval Office under the towering, sharply defined shadow of Ronald Reagan, a onetime rival for whom he had served as vice president.

No president before had arrived with his breadth of experience: decorated Navy pilot, successful oil executive, congressman, United Nations delegate, Republican Party chairman, envoy to Beijing, director of Central Intelligence.

Over the course of a single term that began on Jan. 20, 1989, Bush found himself at the helm of the world’s only remaining superpower. The Berlin Wall fell; the Soviet Union ceased to exist; the communist bloc in Eastern Europe broke up; the Cold War ended.

His firm, restrained diplomatic sense helped assure the harmony and peace with which these world-shaking events played out, one after the other.

In 1990, Bush went so far as to proclaim a “new world order” that would be “free from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace — a world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice. A world where the strong respect the rights of the weak.”

Bush’s presidency was not all plowshares. He ordered an attack on Panama in 1989 to overthrow strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega. After Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in the summer of 1990, Bush put together a 30-nation coalition — backed by a U.N. mandate and including the Soviet Union and several Arab countries — that routed the Iraqi forces with unexpected ease in a ground war that lasted only 100 hours.

However, Bush decided to leave Hussein in power, setting up the worst and most fateful decision of his son’s presidency a dozen years later.

In the wake of that 1991 victory, Bush’s approval at home approached 90 percent. It seemed the country had finally achieved the catharsis it needed after Vietnam. A year-and-a-half later, only 29 percent of those polled gave Bush a favorable rating, and just 16 percent thought the country was headed in the right direction.

The conservative wing of his party would not forgive him for breaking an ill-advised and cocky pledge: “Read my lips: No new taxes.” What cost him among voters at large, however, was his inability to express a connection to and engagement with the struggles of ordinary Americans or a strategy for turning the economy around.

That he was perceived as lacking in grit was another irony in the life of Bush. His was a character that had been forged by trial. He was an exemplary story of a generation whose youth was cut short by the Great Depression and World War II.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924. He grew up in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, the second of five children of Prescott Bush and the former Dorothy Walker.

His father was an Ohio native and business executive who became a Wall Street banker and a senator from Connecticut, setting a course for the next two generations of Bush men to follow. His mother, a Maine native, was the daughter of a wealthy investment banker.

 

RIP George H. W. Bush

Published in the Omaha World Herald – December 1, 2018 

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.

The last veteran of World War II to serve as president, he was a consummate public servant and a statesman who helped guide the nation and the world out of a four-decade Cold War that had carried the threat of nuclear annihilation.

His death, at 94 on Friday, also marked the passing of an era.

Although Bush served as president three decades ago, his values and ethic seem centuries removed from today’s acrid political culture. His currency of personal connection was the handwritten letter — not the social media blast.

He had a competitive nature and considerable ambition that were not easy to discern under the sheen of his New England politesse and his earnest generosity. He was capable of running hard-edge political campaigns, and took the nation to war. But his principal achievements were produced at negotiating tables.

“When the word moderation becomes a dirty word, we have some soul searching to do,” he wrote a friend in 1964, after losing his first bid for elective office.

Despite his grace, Bush was an easy subject for caricature. He was an honors graduate of Yale University who was often at a loss for words in public, especially when it came to talking about himself. Though he was tested in combat when he was barely out of adolescence, he was branded “a wimp” by those who doubted whether he had essential convictions.

This paradox in the public image of Bush dogged him, as did domestic events. His lack of sure-footedness in the face of a faltering economy produced a nosedive in the soaring popularity he enjoyed after the triumph of the Persian Gulf War. In 1992, he lost his bid for a second term as president.

“It’s a mixed achievement,” said presidential historian Robert Dallek. “Circumstances and his ability to manage them did not stand up to what the electorate wanted.”

His death was announced in a tweet by Jim McGrath, his spokesman. The cause of his death was not immediately available.

In 2012, he announced that he had vascular Parkinsonism, a condition that limited his mobility. His wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, died on April 17.

The afternoon before his wife’s service, the frail, wheelchair-bound former president summoned the strength to sit for 20 minutes before her flower-laden coffin and accept condolences from some of the 6,000 people who lined up to pay their respects at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.

Bush came to the Oval Office under the towering, sharply defined shadow of Ronald Reagan, a onetime rival for whom he had served as vice president.

No president before had arrived with his breadth of experience: decorated Navy pilot, successful oil executive, congressman, United Nations delegate, Republican Party chairman, envoy to Beijing, director of Central Intelligence.

Over the course of a single term that began on Jan. 20, 1989, Bush found himself at the helm of the world’s only remaining superpower. The Berlin Wall fell; the Soviet Union ceased to exist; the communist bloc in Eastern Europe broke up; the Cold War ended.

His firm, restrained diplomatic sense helped assure the harmony and peace with which these world-shaking events played out, one after the other.

In 1990, Bush went so far as to proclaim a “new world order” that would be “free from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace — a world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice. A world where the strong respect the rights of the weak.”

Bush’s presidency was not all plowshares. He ordered an attack on Panama in 1989 to overthrow strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega. After Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in the summer of 1990, Bush put together a 30-nation coalition — backed by a U.N. mandate and including the Soviet Union and several Arab countries — that routed the Iraqi forces with unexpected ease in a ground war that lasted only 100 hours.

However, Bush decided to leave Hussein in power, setting up the worst and most fateful decision of his son’s presidency a dozen years later.

In the wake of that 1991 victory, Bush’s approval at home approached 90 percent. It seemed the country had finally achieved the catharsis it needed after Vietnam. A year-and-a-half later, only 29 percent of those polled gave Bush a favorable rating, and just 16 percent thought the country was headed in the right direction.

The conservative wing of his party would not forgive him for breaking an ill-advised and cocky pledge: “Read my lips: No new taxes.” What cost him among voters at large, however, was his inability to express a connection to and engagement with the struggles of ordinary Americans or a strategy for turning the economy around.

That he was perceived as lacking in grit was another irony in the life of Bush. His was a character that had been forged by trial. He was an exemplary story of a generation whose youth was cut short by the Great Depression and World War II.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924. He grew up in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, the second of five children of Prescott Bush and the former Dorothy Walker.

His father was an Ohio native and business executive who became a Wall Street banker and a senator from Connecticut, setting a course for the next two generations of Bush men to follow. His mother, a Maine native, was the daughter of a wealthy investment banker.

The White House | 1600 Daily | November 30, 2018

Trump Signs Huge Trade Deal

“This new deal will be the most modern, up-to-date, and balanced trade agreement in the history of our country, with the most advanced protections for workers ever developed.” President Donald J. Trump

REBALANCING OUR TRADE RELATIONSHIP: 

President Donald J. Trump kept his promise to deliver a modern and rebalanced trade deal to replace NAFTA.

*In Argentina, the United States is joining Canada and Mexico to sign a new trade agreement that will better serve the interests of American workers and businesses.

**This follows the President’s announcement in October that a deal had been reached.

*The new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) will replace the outdated, failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

*With the signing of this agreement, President Trump has delivered on his promise to renegotiate NAFTA and protect American farmers, ranchers, businesses, and workers.

SECURING A STRONGER DEAL FOR AMERICAN INDUSTRIES AND WORKERS:

USMCA is a stronger deal for American farmers, ranchers, businesses, and workers.

*USMCA will help incentivize billions of dollars in additional vehicle and auto parts production in the United States.

*The agreement includes updated rules of origin that require 75 percent of auto content to be produced in North America.

*American autoworkers will benefit from rules that incentivize the use of high-wage manufacturing labor in the auto sector.

**This includes a requirement that 40-45% of a vehicle consist of content manufactured by North American workers making at least $16 per hour.

*USMCA’s labor and environment chapters are fully enforceable and represent the strongest labor and environmental provisions of any trade agreement ever negotiated.

**Mexico agreed to historic labor reforms to provide for genuine collective bargaining.

**The agreement prohibits the importation of goods produced by forced labor.

*The agreement includes provisions that allow agriculture products to be traded more fairly.

**Canada will end its “Class 6” and “Class 7” programs that allow low-priced dairy products to undersell American dairy producers.

**Canada will increase market access for United States dairy products, eggs, and poultry.

REFORMING TRADE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY:

USMCA modernizes our trade relationship with Canada and Mexico to reflect the realities of the 21st century. 

*The new agreement includes a modernized chapter that provides stronger and more comprehensive intellectual property protections than any prior United States trade agreement.

**These protections are vital to promoting innovation and economic growth.

**USMCA includes robust copyright protection, 10 years of data protection for biologic drugs, and new protections against the theft of trade secrets.

*USMCA includes the strongest digital trade and financial services provisions of any United States trade agreement.

**New rules ensure that data can be transferred cross-border and that limits on where data can be stored are minimized.

*USMCA will cut red tape at the border, streamline trade, and reduce regulatory uncertainty.

*The agreement includes a currency chapter that will help reinforce transparency and stability.

The White House • November 27, 2018

Christmas at the White House

Yesterday, First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 Christmas decorations at the White House. This year’s theme, fittingly called “American Treasures,” brings a spirit of patriotism to the holiday by honoring the unique heritage of our Nation.

“This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season,” the First Lady said. “Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People’s House in Christmas cheer. On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

The White House will host more than 100 open houses, many receptions, and more than 30,000 people on public tours this holiday season.

This morning, the First Lady joined Second Lady Karen Pence to kick off the “season of giving” by volunteering their time at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. Joined by spouses of both Cabinet officials and military service members, they assembled care packages for American troops currently stationed abroad.  

The First Family is celebrating their second Christmas in the White House. This year’s theme, “American Treasures” honors the unique heritage of America. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House shines with the spirit of patriotism. This home, held in trust for all Americans, displays the many splendors found across our great Nation.

In the East Wing, the Gold Star Family tree returns. Decorated by Gold Star families, this tree honors all our troops and families who have sacrificed greatly to protect our freedoms. Gold stars and patriotic ribbon decorate the tree and visitors are encouraged to write messages to their loved ones who are on duty or abroad on the digital tablets provided.

More than 40 topiary trees line the East colonnade as guests make their way toward the East Garden Room, where the First Family Christmas card and ornament are on display. The Library remembers some of America’s most cherished authors, housing over 2,700 American classics. Four trees have been tucked away in each corner of the Library displaying the White House Historical Association’s 2018 ornament honoring President Harry S. Truman.

The Vermeil room displays two trees that sparkle in hues of blues and golds amongst the vermeil on display for all to see. Inside the China Room are three tables, all replicas from previous state dinners using pieces from the White House permanent collection. They highlight different eras of state dinners. The Theodore Roosevelt Administration, John F. Kennedy Administration, and Donald J. Trump Administration are all represented.

The East Room highlights the diversity and ingenuity of American architecture and design with four custom mantelpieces showcasing the skylines of New York City, St. Louis, Chicago, and San Francisco. 72 handmade paper ornaments representing six regions across America hang from four 14-foot Noble fir trees. For the 51st year, the White House Crèche will also be on display.

As one makes their way through the Green Room, Americans are reminded of the country’s bounty and harvest. A variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains adorn the tree centered in the room, as well as the garland on the mantel. In the Blue Room, the official White House Christmas tree measures a soaring 18 feet tall and is dressed in over 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each State and territory. Moving into the Red Room, guests will be able to celebrate children through the décor, which displays ways in which children can excel in their own path.

The State Dining Room is a celebration of our country’s national symbols, including the bald eagle, the rose, and the oak tree. The space is also host to this year’s gingerbread house, showcasing the full expanse of the National Mall: the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and, of course, the White House.

Crossing in to the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, patriotism, the heart of America, takes center stage with more than 14,000 red ornaments hanging from 29 trees. The choice of red is an extension of the pales, or stripes, found in the presidential seal designed by our Founding Fathers. It’s a symbol of valor and bravery.

“This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people. Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People’s House in Christmas cheer. On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Throughout the month of December, the White House will host more than 100 open houses and many receptions. More than 30,000 visitors will walk the halls taking part in public tours.

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Remarks by President Trump in Thanksgiving Teleconference with Members of the Military

 NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE

  Issued on: November 23, 2018

Via Teleconference

Mar-a-Lago Club and Resort | Palm Beach, Florida

November 22, 2018

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, well thank you all very much.  And I say to our great, great warriors, “Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving.”  We’re celebrating Thanksgiving over in the United States, as you know, and you’re celebrating it wherever you are in all parts of the world.  And we’ll be talking to you individually.

We’re honored to be joined on today’s call by great patriots — you are really great patriots — representing each branch of the American armed services.

Melania and I want to express our profound gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices you make to defend our nation.  While you are away from your families and loved ones, I hope that you’ll take solace in knowing that all of the American families that you hold so close to your heart are all doing well.

The nation is doing well economically, better than anybody in the world.  We’re the hot nation of the world and it’s nice to know you’re fighting, and you’re fighting for something that’s doing well, and that’s our country.

I want to begin by welcoming Colonel Stephanie Barton and the men and women of the 101st Airborne Division.  These are real warriors.  And you have the Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade and they are joining us from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where our soldiers are providing invaluable aid in combined joint area operations throughout Afghanistan.

You are doing an incredible job.  A lot of progress has been made and your courage truly inspires us all.  We know what you’re doing.  We watch it.  And oftentimes we’re watching it every night during the news.  And we know it’s dangerous and we also know that you’ve had an unbelievable impact.

Joining us from al-Jaber Air Base in Kuwait is the Central Command — response and Crisis Response Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force.  Lieutenant Colonel Sam Howie, you are really great Marines and you’re the embodiment of honor, and courage, and commitment.

It’s incredible, the job you’re doing.  I particularly want to congratulate you on the work you’ve done to crush ISIS from the air and from the ground.  And really it’s — big, big progress has been made.  They’re very close to being gone and we like it that way.  But you have shown incredible courage.  And I have to say, you’ve shown great, great leadership.  So, thank you very much.  And, Lieutenant Colonel, thank you very much and we’ll be talking to you in a little while.

Happy Thanksgiving as well to Captain Pat Hannifin and all of the sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan.  Great ship.  Your ship’s motto is one that we embrace every day: Peace Through Strength.  That’s what the motto is, and we have that motto at home.  Everywhere the Seventh Fleet sails, the USS Ronald Reagan is an enduring symbol of American might, American strength, American power and, really, American goodness, in so many ways.

From the United States Air Force, we’re joined by the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, which is supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support.

Brigadier General David Lyons — thank you very much, David — is the Commander.  And I want to congratulate you and every minute [member] of the 455th for your outstanding work.  Not only have you destroyed hundreds of ISIS — and actually far more than hundreds — and many, many Taliban targets, but you protect coalition ground forces throughout the region.  And you protect them like nobody else.  It’s incredible the job you do.  And I just want to thank you all for being on.  And I have to say, General, it’s great to speak to you by teleconference and by phone because your reputation is an incredible one.

Representing the U.S. Coast Guard are crewmembers from six Coast Guard cutters and from the shore support teams that are part of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, which is the largest Coast Guard unit outside of the United States.  And I’m actually going right now — I’m in Palm Beach, Florida, and I’m going over to your local Coast Guard station and we’re going to spend some great time with the men and women of the Coast Guard.

They have, from a lot of standpoints, you could call it branding, you could call it whatever you want, the job they’ve done on hurricanes in this country.  They’ve saved thousands and thousands of people.  In fact, in Texas, they saved over 12,000 people.  If you think of what that means, over 12,000 people.  They went into seas and they went into areas that nobody else would go into.  And it was incredible.  What they’ve done in Texas, what they did in Florida, what they did in Puerto Rico, the Coast Guard has really become a symbol of strength and perseverance and toughness and genius, actually.  It’s purely genius.

So, hello to Lieutenant Nicholas Hartmann who is the Commanding Officer of the cutter Aquidneck.  And I also want to congratulate Seaman Christopher Wilson on being selected for “A” school.  That’s “A,” like in “A.”  That’s the best, right?  Seaman Wilson, you truly make us proud.  Congratulations.  That’s a big deal.  Going to that school is like going to the Wharton School of Finance, if you happen to be doing what you do.

And to everyone on today’s videoconference also, I want to thank you all for serving.  Today we thank God for the blessings of having you people be our heroes, and you really are our heroes.  And your families are back here and they love you, and they respect you and they look forward to seeing you because you’re the ones who keep America safe and strong and free.  You do a job like nobody else.  And it is really great respect that we all have.  You are very much appreciated, like you wouldn’t believe, by the American public, by the citizens of our country.

I want to maybe start with the Air Force.  And I know that Brigadier General David Lyons is on the phone.  And, David, tell me a little bit about what you’re doing.

BRIGADIER GENERAL LYONS:  Our mission here, we defend the two busiest airfields in Afghanistan: Kandahar and Bagram.  We support our teammates and our mission set, and then we deliver decisive combat air power across the entire country of Afghanistan.

Mr. President, I know you can’t see us right now, but you’ve got 150 airmen in this room that would love to say Happy Thanksgiving to you.  (Inaudible), what do you say to the President?

PARTICIPANTS:  Happy Thanksgiving!

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.  Well, that’s really fantastic.  How are things going over there?  Are they — are you looking up?  How is looking to you?  You’ve seen it.  You’ve been there a while and you’ve seen what’s going on.  You know what’s happening better than anybody.  How do you find things going?

BRIGADIER GENERAL LYONS: Well, both the Taliban and ISIS are resilient adversaries, but I think that we’re doing well.  We get after them every single day.  Our objective here is to fight the away game.  And so what I mean by that is we never want this adversary to reach our shores again.  And so every airman here is dedicated to keeping this fight away from our shores.  A stable Afghanistan is good for Afghanistan, but we do what we do for America, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, said it better than anybody could have said: “Keep them away from our shores.”  And that’s why we’re doing the strong border.  As you probably see over the news what’s happening in our southern border and our southern border territory.  Large numbers of people, and in many cases, we have no idea who they are.  And in many cases, they’re not good people; they’re bad people.  But large numbers of people are forming at our border, and I don’t have to even ask you; I know what you want to do.  You want to make sure that you know who we’re letting in.  And we’re not letting in anybody essentially because we want to be very, very careful.  So, you’re right.  You’re doing it over there, we’re doing it over here.

And your people at the border, we have the military at the border for the first time.  I don’t know if it’s ever — or certainly there’s never been a presence like this, but we have a very powerful border now.  We have the concertina fencing and we have things that people don’t even believe.  We took old, broken wall and we wrapped it with barbed wire-plus.  I guess you could really call it “barbed wire-plus.”  This is the ultimate.  And nobody is getting through these walls.  And we’re going to make sure they’re the right people because that’s what you and your family want and all of your families, that’s what they want.  And that’s why we’re all fighting.  You know, we’re fighting for borders.  We’re fighting for our country.  If we don’t have borders, we don’t have a country.

So we’re doing very well on the southern border.  We’re very tough.  We get a lot of bad court decisions from the Ninth Circuit, which has become a big thorn in our side.  We always lose and then you lose again and again, and then you hopefully win at the Supreme Court, which we’ve done.  But it’s a terrible thing when judges take over your protective services; when they tell you how to protect your border.  It’s a disgrace.

So, we’re winning and you’re winning.  And I appreciate it very much.  And, General, your reputation is an incredible one.  Thank you very much for doing the job, and I’ll see you back when you’re in the United States.  Or maybe I’ll even see you over there.  You never know what’s going to happen.

BRIGADIER GENERAL LYONS:  Thank you, Mr. President.  We appreciate that.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Really great.  And thank all the men and women with you.  Really spectacular people.

Well, next, let’s talk to the U.S. Coast Guard Commanding Officer of Coast Guard cutter Aquidneck.  And it would be Lieutenant Nick Hartmann.  And so, Nick, tell me a little bit about what you’re doing, where you are, and how’s it going.

LIEUTENANT HARTMANN:  Good morning, Mr. President.  This is Nicholas Hartmann, like you mentioned, from Coast Guard cutter Aquidneck.  Here in the room we have 14 members from Patrol Forces Southwest Asia.  And we’re located in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. President.  Our mission out here is to patrol the Arabian Gulf Straits of Hormuz and conduct our U.S. Central Command and NAVCENT objectives here in the Gulf.

A lot of our work is partnering and building relationships with the Gulf Coast countries, and so that we have a good standing and resolve here in the Arabian Gulf and in Central Command AOR.

Things, in my opinion, Mr. President, are going very well for us.

THE PRESIDENT:  And what do you see in the region?  What’s going on in the region?  How are they feeling about things?  How are they feeling about trade?  Because, you know, trade for me is a very big subject all over.  We’ve been taken advantage of for many, many years by bad trade deals.  We don’t have any good trade deals.  How are you finding things in the region, Nick?

LIEUTENANT HARTMANN:  Mr. President, from our perspective out on the water, sir, we’re seeing that there is an abundance of trade happening in the region.  There are vessels moving through the Straits of Hormuz and across the Arabian Gulf on a daily basis carrying cargo to and fro.  And we don’t see any issues in terms of trade right now, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay.  Well, you’ll keep it that way.  And you know, we want to have good, free trade.  And we also want to have fair deals where we can do well too.  Not just everybody else.  Right now, every nation in the world does well with us; we don’t do well with them.  So that’s changing and it’s changing fast.  And where you are is a big factor in that, as you know.  You’ve been told and you’ve been briefed.

Well, I want to thank you very much, Nick.  And great job.  And again, as I said, there’s no brand that’s gone up like the Coast Guard over the last couple of years because of what you’ve done with the hurricanes in this country.  People saw things that they’ve never seen before.  The bravery of those — of your people going out in waves like — like, you know, record setting.  It’s been record setting.

The one hurricane in Texas, they say, dumped more water and it was more violent in terms of water than anything we’ve ever had in the country.  And you guys went out there and you did it like just a day in the office.  And I really appreciate it.  We all really appreciate it, Nick.  And thank you very much.  Thank you very much.

LIEUTENANT HARTMANN:  Thank you, Mr. President.  And Happy Thanksgiving.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  You take care of yourself.

Let’s go to the Army.  Good old Army.  We love the Army.  We have Colonel Stephanie Barton of the U.S. Army.  And, Stephanie, tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are, and what you’re focused on and what you’re doing.

COLONEL BARTON:  First and foremost, good morning and Happy Thanksgiving on behalf of the 101st Sustainment Brigade.  We’re currently located in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Sir, what we do for the country of Afghanistan, we’re the senior logistics headquarters in theater.  And it is an away game — and I will tell you, in order to fight and win the nation’s wars, it’s because of sustainment and logistics.  And you’ve got highly motivated, true professionals in this room and outside this room that are truly making it happen.

We support — if it’s in the hands of the warfighter, it comes through us, to them.  So we support everything from coalition to joint forces, from border to border here in the country, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Good and how are you finding things in Afghanistan right now?

COLONEL BARTON:  Sir, it’s good.  We’re truly making the mission happen when it comes to sustainment.  We’re response for all the strategic, operational, and tactical logistics.

Like I said, if it comes in the theater, we get it in the warfighters’ hand.  But we have a phenomenal team and I can’t speak enough about that.  Because a lot of the times, it’s the sustainment (inaudible) we’re behind the scenes, which is fine.  But it’s a good team effort and it takes the support by all to make it happen.

THE PRESIDENT:  So, Colonel, how many people are you commanding right now, would you say?

COLONEL BARTON:   Sir, 10,000.

THE PRESIDENT:  Wow.  That’s a lot of people.  That’s fantastic, Stephanie.  That’s beautiful.  That’s beautiful.  And not only is it important what you’re doing, but you’re enjoying what you’re doing.  Is that right?

COLONEL BARTON:  Sir, absolutely.  We truly love it.  And I will tell you, our formation is a great mix, sir.  We have all the Army COMPOs from the active duty, National Guard, Reserve.  We have Army DOD civilians and civilian contractors that — really, we all come together and make this mission happen.

So, we do hate that we’re not with our family and friends today, but I’ll tell you, we are a close family here and I’m truly happy to be a part of it.  It takes the whole community, from (inaudible) theaters to civilians, to make it happen.  And, sir, you would be very proud, because we truly are.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s fantastic.  We’re proud of you.  And I’ll tell you what, we’re proud of your people.  And please say hello to everybody.  Have an incredible Thanksgiving and know we’re taking good care of you.  You know, the budget is now at $716 billion, Stephanie.  Right?  So, we’re getting rid of some of that old equipment that you — you see what’s going in.  The best in the world, right?

So, you see a big difference.  It’s an awfully big difference from what we had before.  And it’s only getting better.  We’ll be stronger than ever before.  And with people like you, we feel very confident.

So, Stephanie, thank you very much.   Happy Thanksgiving to all.  And I will see you when you’re back.

COLONEL BARTON:  Sir, sounds great.  We have one last message if that’s okay?

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes.  Yes.

COLONEL BARTON:  One, two, three —

PARTICIPANTS:  Go Army!

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.  I really appreciate that.  I really do.  I appreciate it.  And take care of yourself.  We’ll see you all soon.  Thank you.

From the U.S. Marine Corps, we have Colonel George Schreffler.  And, George, are you on?

LIEUTENANT COLONEL HOWIE:  Sir, this is Lieutenant Colonel Sam Howie.  Colonel Schreffler is doing a battlefield circulation right now.

THE PRESIDENT:  Oh.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL HOWIE:  I’m the executive officer, and I’m here with several Marines who would like to wish you and our fellow Americans a Happy Thanksgiving.  (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.  That’s great, Sam.  Good.  How’s it going over there?

LIEUTENANT COLONEL HOWIE:  It’s going great, sir.  Right now, with the Special Purpose MAGTF.  We’re based in Kuwait.  But we have Marines from Jordan all the way up to Afghanistan, and up into Iraq and Syria.

And, every day, those Marines are ensuring that those who do us harm, pays for it.  It’s pretty amazing watching you — what you’ve done with men and women tells the Marines and what they do — puts a smile on their face every day.

THE PRESIDENT:  And how is the progress coming, would you say?

LIEUTENANT COLONEL HOWIE:  I would say the progress is excellent, sir.  We’ve moved throughout those areas and cleared the vast majority of those enemy forces who face us.  And right now, I think we’re in a good position to continue to (inaudible) the rest of the year or foreseeable future.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.  That’s great.  I’m hearing very good things.  And they treat you good over there I imagine?  Right?  Do they treat you good?

LIEUTENANT COLONEL HOWIE:  Sir, outstanding.  Our partners throughout, including here at al-Jaber Air Base.  For the Air Force, they treat us like gold.  We want for nothing and today we had a — I think everyone can agree, a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner here aboard the base.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.  That’s great.  Well, they should.  We’re good friends and they’ve been a good ally.  We treat them well and they treat us well.  And a lot of good things are happening over there.  People are surprised to see how fast things are turning around.  But you have one of the great bases.  You have something that’s incredible and special.  And we’ll get to see you very soon.

And I will say — and say hello to everybody else — but I will say, I want you to have a great Thanksgiving.  You are — what’s the time difference?  What — what is your time lag over there?  How many hours between, let’s say, East Coast?

LIEUTENANT COLONEL HOWIE:  Right now, sir, it’s 18:00 in the evening.  So it’s about an eight-hour difference between us.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  That’s a pretty big time difference, right?  That’s a pretty big time difference.  So you’ve celebrated.

Well, listen, you just take care of yourself and say hello to the Colonel and everybody.  And you’re special people — very, very special people — and we’re very proud of you.  And give my regards to Kuwait and everybody.

But a lot of progress being made.  Your country is really doing well.  It’s really doing well, like it hasn’t done before.  So that’s good.  It’s always good to be fighting for something that is working.  And unlike a lot of countries, this one works well and it’s working better than ever.

So, we’ll see you when you’re back or maybe we’ll see you some other place.  Okay?

LIEUTENANT COLONEL HOWIE:  (Inaudible.)  Semper Fidelis.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  Thank you.  Take care of yourself.

From the U.S. Navy, we have the Commanding Officer, Captain Pat Hannifin.  And, Pat, are you on the phone?

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Yes, sir.  I’m with you.  And from the over 4,800 sailors and airmen aboard USS Ronald Reagan, the nation’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

We are currently in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, about 13 hours ahead of you.  It’s still Thanksgiving here.  And from all the sailors aboard Reagan, serving peace through strength for America in the Indo-Pacific, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, that’s great, Pat.  I appreciate it very much.  And say hello to everybody, and Happy Thanksgiving to you.

So, the condition of the ship is A1?

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Alpha-1, sir.  Absolutely.

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, good.  Very important.  So, you know, we have another big one.  The Gerald Ford is going to be joining you pretty soon.  How does this compare in size and scope with the Gerald Ford?  You know all about that.  That’s the new one, right?

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Yes, sir.  Size and scope.  A good friend of mine just left command to that.  But size and scope about the same.  Certainly some improvements there to the plants and few of the — and the radars and even the catapults and gear are slightly different as well.

THE PRESIDENT:  So tell — hey, Pat —

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  But we’ll push (inaudible) daily.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  Pat, tell me about the catapult system.  So on the Gerald Ford they don’t use steam, which is the first one that I’ve ever heard of that doesn’t use steam.  And I know they have some difficulties, which I’m not happy about.  And they spent a lot of money.  And I was just curious.

The steam system is tried and true for many, many years, as long as we’ve had aircraft carriers.  How do you find steam versus what they’re doing on the Gerald Ford, which is electronic and digital, if you can believe it?

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Yes, sir.  All of our Nimitz supercarriers have been using steam for decades, and we find it pretty reliable.  However, the electromagnetic catapults they’re running there offer some great benefits to — obviously, like any new piece, you got to work through the bugs.  But they offer some benefits not only to stress and strain on the aircraft; to extend service life and other pieces.  I have no doubt we’ll work through that just as we work through all of our other advancements and continue to bring it to the enemy when called to do so.

THE PRESIDENT:  So, when you do the new carriers, as we do and as we’re thinking about doing, would you go with steam or would you go with electromagnetic?  Because steam is very reliable, and the electromagnetic — I mean, unfortunately you have to be Albert Einstein to really work it properly.  What would you do?

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Yes, sir.  You sort of have to be Albert Einstein to run the nuclear power plants that we have here as well, but we’re doing that very well.  I would go, sir — Mr. President, I would go electromagnetic cast.  I think that’s the way to go.  We do pay a heavy cost for transiting the steam around the ship.

THE PRESIDENT:  Good.  Okay.  I like to hear that.  I’m actually happy about that answer, because at least, you know, they’re doing what they’re doing.  But that’s actually a very good answer.

So, Pat, how are you seeing things over there?  What’s going on?

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Yes, sir.  We have been flying, sailing, and operating everywhere international law allows, just as we have for decades out here in full support of our free and open Indo-Pacific push in company with our Japanese and other allies.  We’ve worked with the Japanese here in Keen Sword, the Australians, Canadians.  So a lot of allies out here.  And we are certainly their best friend and our ally.  And our adversaries, their worst fear.  And that’s exactly what we want to do is bring peace through strength to this region.

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.  And you have a six-month deployment, approximately?

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Sir, we’re a little shorter than that.  But Reagan, as your only permanently forward-deployed carrier, spends about half of the time each year out, and about a half back in getting maintenance worked on it.  Each of the sailors and airmen aboard spend three to five years out here with us at a time before going back to a stateside assignment.  But we’re all honored to be serving the nation out here.

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.  Pat, why is it that the Reagan is the only one that’s permanently deployed of all the aircraft carriers?  Why is that?  Was it set up for that, or is — it just happens to be?

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Yes, sir.  We have worked a single aircraft carrier out in Japan for decades now.  Reagan took that role back in about 2013.  I’m sorry — that’s not quite right.  About 2016.  But it switches out.  So, different carriers out here for different periods of time.  It was George Washington before us.  And then a few of the conventional carriers, you know, going way back to Midway and Kitty Hawk and Independence.

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  So we’ve been running that for a while.  But — and it’s just an infrastructure piece that takes quite a bit of infrastructure to make that work.  But we get a lot of presence out of it for the region.

THE PRESIDENT:  And do you feel safe in the region?  Do you see any hostility?  Do you see any aggression?  Because, you know, you’re hearing a little bit about aggression from a couple of the players.  What are you feeling?

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Yes, sir.  We have safe and independent operations out here throughout the theater.  We do feel safe.  There have been a couple of close calls, but in most cases, the vast majority, they are professional navies, and we have no doubt that we can bring that — we bring the U.S. interest to the theater and expect that to continue into the future.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great, Pat.  Well, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and say hello to everybody in the Navy.

And just in closing, I want to wish everybody a really, really Happy Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you when you’re back and maybe I’ll see you over there.

But it’s a great honor to talk to you.  I know everything about what everyone is doing.  And you’re doing an incredible job and you’re keeping us safe.  And we all miss you back here.  But we’ll be seeing you soon.

And on behalf of the whole country, I want to just thank you for what you’re doing.  Very, very special people.  Men and women that are just incredible people.  You’re highly respected.  And I’ll tell you what: Our country has such respect — I don’t think you hear it enough — but our country has such respect for you and the job you do.

So, Happy Thanksgiving, and we will see you soon.

CAPTAIN HANNIFIN:  Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you all.  Goodbye.

Great people.  They’re great people.  Okay?

Q    Mr. President, are you looking forward to going to Afghanistan or going to the Middle East for any of these?

THE PRESIDENT:  We’re going to do some interesting things.  At the appropriate time, we’ll be doing some very interesting things.

Q    Do you have a sense of when yet, of when the trip might be?

THE PRESIDENT:  Excuse me?

Q    Do you have a sense of when the trip might be yet?

THE PRESIDENT:  I do, but I can’t tell you.  (Laughter.)  You’re the last people I can tell.

How is everything in Florida doing?  Okay?  Weather is good, right?  It’s Florida.  Welcome to the Southern White House.

Q    Does the CIA have a recording of MBS demanding Khashoggi’s silence?

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t want to talk about it.  You have you ask them.

Q    What about the border, Mr. President?  We’ve seen some court —

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, the border is coming along very well.  It’s become very strong.  We’re getting some terrible decisions from the Ninth Circuit, as usual.  I don’t know if we’ve ever had a victory in the Ninth Circuit.  We have to appeal it, appeal it.  A vast number of their decisions get overturned, generally speaking, and it’s a shame.  It’s a shame.  It’s a disgrace, frankly.  And essentially, they’re legislating.  They’re saying what to do.  Some judge, sitting in some location very far away, is telling our incredible military and law enforcement what to do.  And it’s not right, and it’s been going on like that for a long time.  And we are doing really well, considering the laws are a disaster.  And if we had the right laws, it would be a lot less expensive, and we’d do it a lot easier.

But we don’t have the right laws, and we have people interpreting the laws, and they always give us a bad interpretation.

So, hopefully, we’ve shown some light on the Ninth Circuit.  I know that Chief Justice Roberts — John Roberts — has been speaking a little bit about it.  And I think we’ve — and I have a lot of respect for him.  I like him and I respect him.  But I think we have to use some common sense.  The Ninth Circuit — everybody knows it — it’s totally out of control.  And what they’re doing, what they’re saying, the opinions are very unfair to law enforcement.  They’re very unfair to our military.  And they’re very unfair, most importantly, to the people of our country, because I’m keeping them safe.

And you see how we’ve fortified things, and all of that — all of that vast amount of fighting that you see going on at the border, it’s all taking place in Mexico.

And Mexico cannot believe how tough these people are.  The mayor of Tijuana and so many others had said, “Boy, these are tough people.”  They start fighting right away; they’re tough people.  You have many criminals in that caravan, and the big caravan hasn’t arrived yet.  And we’re very well fortified.  We have fencing and walls like very few people have.  We’ve been able to do it rather quickly.  Concertino wire — Concertina wire.  And so many other things are there now that they didn’t have.  And they’re not coming through.  We’re not letting criminals into our country.  Got to come in legally.  You have to come into a process.

And we want people to come in, because I have many, many companies moving back into the United States.  They’re opening up car plants.  They’re opening up factories all over the country.  The United States is booming.  We have the lowest unemployment we’ve, essentially, in most groups, ever had.

So we have a lot of good things happening.  We need workers, but they have to come in legally.  We want them to come in, but they have to be people that want to work and want to do a great job for our country.  They come in through a merit system.  They have to come in.

Right now, under the Democrats, they don’t have a merit system.  They want open borders, and people can just flow in.  You have tremendously dangerous people in those caravans.  And we do not want them coming into the United States, and we’re not going to let them.

We’re throwing out MS-13 and so many others.  We’re throwing them out of our country by the thousands that got in here over the years, and we’re throwing them out by the thousands.  And we’re bringing back towns, we’re making towns safe, and we’re doing an excellent job.

But we’re getting hurt by the Ninth Circuit, very, very badly.  Everybody files in the Ninth Circuit.  I haven’t seen anybody file anyplace else.  They automatically go to the Ninth Circuit.  They could go anyplace in the country.  And I think we’re going to have to stop that somehow.

The judges are going to have to get together, our Congress is going to have to get together and stop it.  Because they’re taking advantage of our country by filing consistently and always — just about, that I see — in the Ninth Circuit.  Even our legislation that we did have passed, it failed in the Ninth Circuit; it failed in the Ninth Circuit appeal.  It then won in the Supreme Court.

And it’s just a shame, because it’s really hurting people.  It’s hurting our law enforcement tremendously.  And now that the military is on the border, it’s really hurting our military.  And frankly, when they hear these decisions, these are professional.  The military, the law enforcement, first responders, they can’t believe the decisions that are being made by these judges.

This is what they do; they do law enforcement, law and order.  And they get these decisions now, and they say, “Who makes these decisions?”  They’re not into the — you know, lawyer things.  They say, “Who makes these decisions? Who are the people that are giving these decisions that are going to make it unsafe for us,” meaning law enforcement and military, “and making it unsafe for the United States?”

So, despite that, we have a very powerful border, and a lot of good things are happening.

Q    Mr. President, are you concerned that by not punishing Saudi Arabia more, it could send a message to other world leaders that they can do as they please, and America could be weak in their eyes?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, not at all.  Saudi Arabia has been a long-time strategic partner.  They’re investing hundreds of billions of dollars in our country.  I mean, hundreds of billions.  They’re keeping the oil prices low.  I see that yesterday, one of the papers, I was blamed for causing traffic jams because I have the oil prices so low.  Well, I have the oil prices low because I’m jawboning them and others all the time to keep them low.  Nobody ever did that.  No President ever did that.  And gasoline is now at a very low number.  But I actually got even beat up for that, where they said, “The President has the gasoline so low that he’s causing traffic jams.”  Can you believe this one?  I said, “That’s one nobody ever thought of.”  So, anyway, no — but I’ll always — let’s have some traffic jams.

We want low oil prices.  And Saudi Arabia has really done a good job in that respect.  They pumped out a lot more oil than was going to be pumped out, when I called them about four weeks ago.  And if you look at oil four weeks ago, it was at 82, 83, and was going up to a 100 a barrel.  That would have doubled your prices and even tripled your prices at the car, for gasoline.  And instead, you have very low gas prices all over the country.  That’s because of what I did, and Saudi Arabia helped us.

But very importantly, they’re investing billions of dollars.  They’re buying their equipment from us.  And remember this: They don’t have to buy it from us.  They can buy it from Russia and they can buy it from China.  They make very good equipment.  They don’t make as good equipment as we make; nobody does.  Nobody even close.  But they make very good equipment.

So they can spend their money in Russia and China and other places, and that is not acceptable.

Q    But the CIA, Mr. President, concluded with confidence that MBS was responsible.

THE PRESIDENT:   They didn’t conclude.  No, no, Josh, they didn’t conclude.  I’m sorry.

Q    Do you think they did not?

THE PRESIDENT:  Josh.  No, they didn’t conclude.  They did not come to a conclusion.  They have feelings certain ways, but they didn’t have the report.  And you can ask Mike; they have not concluded.  Nobody has concluded.  I don’t know if anybody is going to be able to conclude that the Crown Prince did it.

But I will say this —

Q    Do you think he did it?

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  But whether he did or whether he didn’t, he denies it vehemently.  His father denies it — the King — vehemently.

The CIA doesn’t say they did it.  They do point out certain things.  And in pointing out those things, you can conclude that maybe he did or maybe he didn’t.  But there’s no — that was another part of the false reporting, because a lot of you said yesterday that they said he did it.  Well, they didn’t say that.  They said he might have done it.  That’s a big difference.

But they’re vehemently denying it.  And we have hundreds of thousands of jobs.  Do people really want me to give up hundreds of thousands of jobs?  And frankly, if we went by this standard, we wouldn’t be able to have anybody as an ally.  Because look at what happens all over the world.  But then you can also take a look at Iran, take a look at Syria, where, you know, millions of people have been just slaughtered horribly, horribly.  You take a look at what’s going on in Iran and the vicious — the vicious situation that’s taking place there, and the number of people that are being killed and slaughtered.  You take a look all over the world.  We’re not going to be able to deal with — let’s not deal with anybody.

The fact is that Saudi Arabia is tremendously helpful in the Middle East.  If we didn’t have Saudi Arabia, we wouldn’t have a big base.  We wouldn’t have any reason, probably — I mean, if you look at Israel, Israel would be in big trouble without Saudi Arabia.  So what does that mean?  Israel is going to leave?  We want Israel to leave?

We have a very strong ally in Saudi Arabia.  We have an ally that said they did not commit, at the top level — the Crown Prince, the King — they did not commit this atrocity.  And it’s an atrocity.  It’s a terrible thing.  I dislike it more than you do.  But the fact is, they’ve been a very strong ally.  They create tremendous wealth.  They create, really, a tremendous number of jobs in their purchases.  And very importantly, they keep the oil price down.  If you want to see a global depression, all you have to do is lift the oil price $50 a barrel, which could happen very quickly, once we lose that relationship.

So I hate the crime.  I hate what’s done.  I hate the cover-up.  And I will tell you this: The Crown Prince hates it more than I do.  And they have vehemently denied it.  The CIA points it both ways.  You know, it’s — as I said, maybe he did, maybe he didn’t.  But I will say very strongly that it’s a very important ally.  And if we go by a certain standard, we won’t be able to have allies with almost any country.  Okay?

Q    Who should be held accountable?

THE PRESIDENT:  Maybe the world should be held accountable, because the world is a vicious place.  The world is a very, very vicious place.  If you look at what’s happening in China, if you look at what’s happening in so many different countries — I could name many countries.  If you look at what’s happening with terrorism all over the world.

That’s the other thing with Saudi Arabia — they really are — they’re putting up tremendous amounts of money to actually fight terrorism.  Now, if they were a part of terrorism — and nobody is going to try and justify that; they were a big part of it — but they’re spending a lot of money, and they’re opening up.  And they’re doing a lot of things that are very good.  They’re really opening up that country for a lot of good.

You know, until this happened, there were a lot of people saying a lot of good things about the Crown Prince.  So he strongly denies it.  He vehemently denies it.  And my policy is very simple: America first.  Keep America great again.  And that’s what I’m doing, and we’re doing better than anybody thought even possible.

Yes, ma’am.

Q    Sir, you’ve been talking to the troops.  I’m wondering if you can —

THE PRESIDENT:  To who?

Q    the troops, today —

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes.

Q    I’m wondering if you can tell us: At what point do you want to withdraw troops from Afghanistan?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’re always looking to do the right thing, and we’ll be seeing over a period of time.  But we’re looking.  You know, I just spoke to Afghanistan, as you know.  We’re always looking to do whatever is right.  We’re in very strong negotiations in Afghanistan right now, which a lot of people don’t know about.  This may be the first.  But we are in very, very strong negotiation in Afghanistan.  And we’ll see what happens.  If something happens, that would be a great thing.  I’d very happy about that.

I really think the people of Afghanistan also — and they are good fighters, and they fought for a long time; they fought for a lot longer than we fought.  They’ve been fighting for many, many, many decades.  But I think they’re tired of fighting.  And we’ll see what happens.  But we are talking about peace, and we’ll see if that happens.

Q    Negotiations with?

THE PRESIDENT:  We have negotiations going on.  I don’t know that they’re going to be successful.  Maybe they’re not; probably they’re not.  Who knows?  They might be, they might not be.  You know my attitude in all of that stuff, whether it’s North Korea or anybody else.  Maybe they are going to be successful, and maybe they’re not going to be.  But we have negotiations going on right now in Afghanistan, okay?

Q    Mr. President, what is your response to people who say that a phone call wasn’t enough for the troops today?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well nobody has done more for the military than I have.  I took the budget from very little to $700 billion and then $716 billion.  And I’m now going over to the Coast Guard, where I did last year and I will probably a lot.  But we’re going over to the Coast Guard.

And just, I really believe nobody — in fact, a number of generals were on television over the weekend, and just unrelated, but they all mentioned the fact that nobody has done, as a President, for the military, in a long time what I’ve done.  Because I’ve taken spending, where you had a depleted military, and it wasn’t being fixed and it was a mess, and it, frankly, put us in danger, and I was able to get Congress to give us $700 billion and now $716 billion for our military.

And I’ve also done more for the vets than anybody has ever done.  I got Choice approved.  They’ve been trying to get Choice for 40 years — more than 40 years; they couldn’t get it — where a vet can go directly to a doctor now instead of waiting on line for two months and two weeks and three weeks, and amounts of time that are unthinkable to anybody, including yourselves.

So I think I’ve done more than anybody else, certainly in many, many years, and probably in many decades.

Q    Mr. President, are there any updates on the troops that are being sent to the border in regards to the caravan?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no troops.  We’re going to have a strong border.  Our southern border is going to very strong.  We’re not — you heard me speaking to some of the folks just now in different parts of the world, and they’re so proud of the job they’re doing.  And you got to have borders.  If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country.

I mean, the Democrats want open borders, and they want these people coming in.  Many of those people are criminals, okay?  And have been so adjudged.  We know who they are.  They have records.  They have, some, very substantial criminal records, some very bad criminal records.  They’re in the caravan.

You saw what happened in Tijuana, where a number of the people said these are tough people.  They start fighting; they’re starting fistfights.  They have fistfights all over the streets.  They’re starting fistfights.  They said, “These are not like normal, innocent people.”  These are people, you talk to them, and they start a fistfight.  I don’t want that in this country.  Okay?

Q    Mr. President, what about the idea that the military may use lethal force against these migrants coming through?

THE PRESIDENT:  If they have to, they’re going to use lethal force.  I’ve given the okay.

Q    Did you authorize them to do that?

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, if they have to.  I hope they don’t have to.  But, you know, you’re dealing with a minimum of 500 serious criminals.  So I’m going to let the military be taken advantage of.  I have no choice.  Do I want that to happen?  Absolutely not.  But you’re dealing with rough people.

You ask the people in Tijuana, Mexico — they opened with wide arms, just, “Come in, come in.  Let me help you.  Let us take care of you.”  And within two days, now they’re going crazy to get them out.  They want them out.  Because things are happening.  Bad, bad things are happening in Tijuana.  And again, it’s not in this country, because we’ve closed it up.

I actually — two days ago, we closed the border.  We actually just closed it.  We’re saying, nobody is coming in, because it was out of control.  But you take a look at Tijuana, Mexico, and you see what’s happening there — it’s really a bad situation.

Q    What do you mean you closed the border and nobody is coming in?  What do you mean by that, sir?

THE PRESIDENT:  If we find that it’s uncontrollable, Josh; if we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control, or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control.

Q    You mean the entire border, or (inaudible) country?

THE PRESIDENT:  The whole border.  I mean the whole border.  And Mexico will not be able to sell their cars into the United States, where they make so many cars at great benefit to them –not at great benefit to us, by the way.  But at least now we a good, new trade deal with Mexico and with Canada.

But we will close the border.  And that means that Mexico is not going to be able to sell their cars into the United States until it’s open.

But we’re going to either have a border or we’re not.  And when they lose control of the border, on the Mexico side, we just close the border.  And we have a very powerful border.  We built a very strong border in a very short period of time.  And the military has been fantastic, the job they’ve done.

And, by the way, Border Patrol and ICE, all of the law enforcement we have involved — and we have local law enforcement too — they have done an incredible job.  And they’ve wanted this for years.  You know, I’m the first President that’s done it to this extent, but they’ve wanted this for years.

And some of the Presidents, I guess they didn’t care, or they wanted open borders.  I don’t think they wanted open borders.  Because most of them, if you go back to 2006, they all approved, essentially, a wall — a very powerful fence — which is pretty much the same thing.  But in 2006, if you look — Obama, you look at Hillary Clinton, you look at Schumer, all of the people that are standing up protesting — they think it’s good for them politically.  See, I think it’s very bad for them politically.

I think the fact that they’re weak on the border is very, very bad for them politically.  But, you know, I’ve only been a politician for three years, so maybe they know better than me.

Q    Is there going to be a government shutdown over this wall, in December?

THE PRESIDENT:  Could happen, yeah.  Over border security.  The wall is just a part of border security — a very important part.  Probably the most important part.  But could there be a shutdown?  There certainly could.  And it will be about border security, of which the wall is a part.

Q    Do you think Secretary Nielsen is doing a good enough job in securing the border?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, she’s in there trying, I’ll tell you.  It’s a tough job.  I mean, yesterday she gets a ruling that things that we were doing — a judge that knows nothing about it — decided to take law enforcement into his own hands, and he gives a ridiculous ruling.  So we’ll appeal it.  But it makes the job harder.  We’re still doing the job perfectly.  But it makes the job harder, and it makes the job more dangerous.  Because a judge made a ruling that was shocking.  Okay?

Q    Just to be clear, going back to the idea of shutting down the border, what would it take for you reach that step and want to do that?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’ve already shut it down.  I’ve already shut it down, for short periods.

Q    Are you talking about that one border port that closed?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no.  Yeah.  I’ve already shut down parts of the border, because it was out of control, with the rioting on the other side, in Mexico.  And I just said shut it down.

Q    What does that look like in practice?

THE PRESIDENT:  What?

Q    What does that look like in practice, to shut down the border?

THE PRESIDENT:  You see it.  I mean, it took place two days ago.

Q    Did you have to sign an order?  Is there any —

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  They call me up and I sign an order.

Q    Can we get a copy of that?

THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, you don’t need it.  Don’t worry.  It’s not that big a deal, but maybe to some people it is.

What we want to do is we want to have a strong border.  We want to have people come into our country.  I want to have a lot of people come in.  We need them.  But they have to come in through merit, and they have to come in legally.  They have to come in legally.

You know, we have a lot of people — millions of people — that have been waiting on line for years to become citizens of our country.  Great people.  They went through a whole process.  And then these people come in and they think they’re just going to walk in and — it’s a very unfair thing to all of the people that have been waiting on line, in some cases for many years.  They’ve done it right, but they don’t think they’ve done it right, because they said, “Well, how can we do it right, and we go through this very complicated legal process,” and they have lawyers and everything else, and then you have people rushing through the border, and they’re supposed to stay?  It’s not happening with me.  We’ve been very tough on the border.

I mean, the problem that we have is that I’ve created, and helped create, a country that’s doing better than it’s ever done economically.  So a lot of people are coming up here, because their countries are not doing well.  And perhaps for a reason.  But whatever that reason is, their countries are not doing well.

Okay?  A couple of more.  Anybody else?

Q    How prepared are you for this meeting with President Xi?  How are you preparing for it?  And how confident are you that you got a deal?

THE PRESIDENT:  I’m very prepared.  I’ve been preparing for it all my life.  You know, it’s not like, “Oh, gee, I’m going to sit down and study.”  I know every ingredient.  I know every stat.  I know it better than anybody knows it.  And my gut has always been right.  And we’re doing very well, and I will tell you, China very much wants to make a deal.  China has been taking advantage of the United States for many, many years.  They have taken out four-, five-, and six-hundred billion dollars a year.  That doesn’t include the theft of intellectual property, which has been horrible, what they’ve been doing.

And, you know, it’s not a question of preparing.  I think I’ve prepared for this meeting — I had a meeting literally right in that corner with President Xi.  We have a great relationship.  I like him a lot.  I think he likes me.  Probably likes me less now than he did before we did what we’re doing.

But we’ve picked up trillions of dollars in value.  And China has lost trillions of dollars in value since I’m President.  Trillions.  Many trillions in value.  And we’ve picked up many trillions of dollars in value.

And we are a true economic power, far greater than we were before I became President.  We are an economic power that is far greater than we were.  When we were — when I took over, we were teetering.  We were in bad shape.  We were going down to minus-four, minus-five, minus-six percent in GDP.  Instead, last quarter, we had 4.2 percent.

And we are doing very well.  I can say this: China wants to make a deal very badly —

Q    Do you think it’s going to happen next week?

THE PRESIDENT:  — because of the tariffs.  Because right now, on $250 billion, they’ll be paying us, as of January 1st, 25 percent.  And in many cases, they’re already paying 25 percent.  On the rest that they’re not, they’re paying 10.  But the 10 percent goes to 25 percent on January 1st.  And so they’re going to be paying a tremendous amount of money, which, frankly, is great for our country.  We’re taking in billions of dollars from China.  We never took in 10 cents from China.  They took everything from us; we never took anything from them.

Now, as of already, we’re taking in — right now, we’re taking in billions.  China is — people don’t understand this: China is right now paying us — right now, paying us billions of dollars a month.  That’s never happened before.  And soon, they’re going to be paying us many, many billions of dollars a month.

But China wants to make a deal.  If we can make a deal, we will.

Q    Are you worried about Matt Whitaker’s finances and his potential (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT:  No.  Matt Whitaker is a highly respected person.  And, you know, once I choose somebody, they always go through hell.  But Matt Whitaker is a highly respected man.  The Justice Department respects him tremendously.  I’ve spoken to a lot of people.  And, you know, the press has been nasty to Matt Whitaker.

But I can tell you that he is a highly respected, strong person.  And he’s doing a great job.  Everybody tells me that.  He’s doing a really great job.

Q    Have you done anything, Mr. President, to try to bring Julian Assange back to the United States?  And would you want him to face —

THE PRESIDENT:  No, I haven’t been asked to.  No.

Q    Would you want him to face charges here?  Do you think he should?

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t know anything about it.  I’m not very familiar with the whole situation.

But I would say that if somebody made a request, I guess it’s something we’d consider.  I just don’t know very much about that situation.

Okay?  What else?  Anything else?

Q    Are you interviewing people this week for new jobs in your administration?

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  We’ll have a few.  I’m very happy with my Cabinet and people that work for me, and for us — really work for the country.  We have a great Cabinet.  We have absolute stars.  But a few of them, I would say, can do very well outside.  Everyone is doing well when they leave.  That’s one thing I’ll tell you.  Everyone that leaves the Trump administration has come out really well.  I’m very proud of a lot of them.  Look at Hope — Hope Hicks is doing a fantastic job.  She’s a fantastic young woman, and I’m very proud of her.  Look how she’s doing.  She’s become a very important person in the outside world.  And we have many such people, where they work here for a year and a half, or for a period of time, and they go outside and they do really well, many of them.

So — and that’s what I want — I want to see.  There’s always a lot of change.  Yeah, I’ll probably be changing a couple, maybe a few, but very little.  Overall, we’re very happy.

Q    Are you doing interviews this week for that?

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  I’m doing interviews this week.  I’ll do interviews, as we say, in the Southern White House.  People like doing interviews here.

Q    What jobs are you interviewing for, Mr. President?

Q    For DHS?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’ll let you know.  I’ll let you know.  But —

Q    You could just tell us here now, if you wanted to.

THE PRESIDENT:  I know.  Maybe I will.  (Laughs.)

Q    Have you talked to Ivanka about her emails?

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, I have, actually.  And very innocent, short period of time.  Very early on.  There was no deletion of emails, like the 33,000, plus probably another 100,000 that Hillary Clinton did after she got a subpoena.  There was no bleached bit.  There was no anything.  Just innocent emails.  There were not classified emails.  A much different deal.  That’s another fake-news story.  And she did transition out.  She was a private person, and then ultimately she transitioned out from private to government.  And I believe all of her records are in the Historical Society, the historical records.  Much different than the other situation that I’ve talked about for a long time.

But she transitioned out, but everything is in historical records.
I’ll see you over at the Coast Guard.  I’m going over to say hello to the Coast Guard right now, which I look forward.  And I’ll see — I don’t know if you’re going, but if you are, I’ll see you there.

Thank you all very much.

Q    What are you most thankful for, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT:  For having a great family and for having made a tremendous difference in this country.  I’ve made a tremendous difference in the country.  This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office, that you wouldn’t believe it.  And — I mean, you see it, but so much stronger that people can’t even believe it.  When I see foreign leaders, they say, “We cannot believe the difference in strength between the United States now and the United States two years ago.”  Made a lot of progress.

Thank you very much.

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November 15, 2018

Background:  In July, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018, to end the injustice of denying Vietnam, Korean DMZ, and Thailand veterans who suffer from life-threatening health conditions the care and benefits they deserve.

 

This important bill continues to be stalled in the Senate. The VFW needs your help to make sure this bill is passed before the end of the year. If the Senate fails to do so, the bill will die and may never be considered again.

 

Take Action: Contact your Senators to demand that the Senate passes H.R. 299. The Senate must not delay passage of this important bill while Blue Water Navy veterans sicken and die from diseases related to exposure to Agent Orange.

I stand with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and call on @vachair and the full Senate to pass H.R. 299! Rather than continue studying the health of Blue Water Navy veterans for yet another decade while those veterans sicken and die from diseases related to exposure to herbicides, the Senate must grant long-overdue benefits to the thousands of veterans who served their country off the shores of Vietnam. http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/alert/?alertid=80552661

 
 

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The White House | Veterans | November 15, 2018

President Donald J. Trump Is Honoring the Sacrifices of Our Nation’s Veterans

“I am steadfastly committed to ensuring our veterans and their families receive the care and support they deserve.” President Donald J. Trump

PROVIDING QUALITY HEALTHCARE FOR OUR VETERANS:

President Donald J. Trump continues to work every day to improve healthcare and expand services for our Nation’s veterans.

President Trump recently secured a record $73.1 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure our veterans receive the medical care they have earned.

This legislation signed by the President included $8.6 billion for mental health services, $400 million for opioid abuse prevention, and much more.

Earlier this year, the President signed the VA MISSION Act, revolutionizing the VA healthcare system and raising the standard of service for our veterans.

The VA MISSION Act consolidates and reforms existing programs to give eligible veterans access to care right in their own communities.

Eligible veterans will also have access to walk-in community clinics that offer immediate, local care.

In January, the President ordered the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and VA to improve access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for veterans.

President Trump has expanded access to telehealth services for veterans, including through the “Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care Initiative.”

BRINGING ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE VA:

The Trump Administration is strengthening accountability and transparency at the VA.

President Trump has signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to discipline bad actors at the VA, including senior executives.

The Act strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify problems occurring within the VA.

VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,300 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended.

The President Trump kept his promise to create a 24/7 White House VA Hotline.

The VA has increased transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality care data.

The President signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, overhauling the VA’s complicated appeals system and offering veterans faster appeals decisions.

This legislation helped put the VA on track to deliver a record number of decisions to veterans by the end of fiscal year 2018.

SUPPORTING AMERICA’S FINEST: President Trump is committed to supporting America’s veterans by improving access to education benefits, housing, and employment.

Last year, the President signed the “Forever GI Bill,” which provided enhanced education benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.

This legislation lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to educational benefits to ensure all veterans receive the benefits they have rightly earned.

Programs at the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development helped nearly 54,000 veterans find permanent housing and get access to supportive services last year.

Thanks to the booming economy, veterans’ unemployment remains near a two-decade low.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | November 15, 2018

President Trump takes a stand for veterans

President Donald J. Trump believes in standing up for America’s veterans—both during our National Anthem and through the care and support our Government provides them with each and every day.

“Together, we will honor those who defend us. We will cherish those who protect us. And we will celebrate the amazing heroes who keep America safe and strong and proud and free,” President Trump said today. “To every veteran and military family across our land, I want to express the eternal gratitude and thanks of our entire Nation.”

Earlier today, the President and First Lady Melania Trump visited the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., thanking service members and providing them with desserts in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday next week. The First Couple also spent time with the Marines who bravely responded to a building fire at the Arthur Senior Public Housing complex in Washington on September 19.

Later in the afternoon, President Trump hosted veterans and military families at the White House in celebration of National Veterans and Military Families Month. He took time during the event to explain his commitment to our country’s heroes:
In June, the President signed the VA MISSION Act, which unleashes the largest reform of the Veterans Affairs system in half a century.

Since Inauguration Day, the Trump Administration has prioritized accountability at the VA, removing more than 3,600 Government employees who weren’t treating our veterans with the respect and care they deserve.

Programs at the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have helped nearly 54,000 veterans find permanent housing—and thanks to a booming economy, veterans’ unemployment is near a two-decade low.

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Tomb of the Unknowns Guards Begin Use                                 of Custom M17 Pistols

Yesterday, Tomb Guards from the US Army’s 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) were presented with 4 ceremonial M17 pistols at Arlington National Cemetery. These works of art were created by SIG SAUER specifically for use by the Guards.

This ceremony marks the first use of the M17, which will accompany the Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers as they stand guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The unique distinguishing features for the M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols include:

• Pistol Names: each of the four pistols bears the name of Silence, Respect, Dignity, or Perseverance and is featured on the dust cover. Dignity and Perseverance represent “The Sentinel’s Creed,” and Silence and Respect represent the request to the public by Arlington National Cemetery when visiting the Tomb of the Unknown, and during the Changing of the Guard;

• Custom Wood Grips: in 1921 the chosen Unknown was transported to the United States of America aboard the USS Olympia. The custom wood grips are made with wood from the USS Olympia and include the crest of the 3rd Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier identification badge inset;

• Cocking Serrations: XXI cocking serrations are engraved on the slide to signify the twenty-one steps it takes for the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknowns and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute;

• Sight Plate: an engraved impression of the Greek Figures featured on the east panel of the Tomb – Peace, Victory, and Valor – are featured on the sight plate;

• Sights: a glass insert made with marble dust from the Tomb of the Unknown fills the sights of the ceremonial pistols;

• Engraved Magazines: the 21-round magazines feature an aluminum base plate engraved with the names of the Greek figures featured on the Tomb of the Unknown – Peace, Victory, and Valor – and include a name plate on the bottom of the magazine engraved with the Tomb Sentinel badge number.

• Serial Numbers: the pistols are serialized with a unique set of serial numbers that incorporate items of significance to the Old Guard: “LS” represents line six of the Sentinels’ Creed, “My standard will remain perfection; “02JUL37” to signify the first 24-hour guard posted at the Tomb of the Unknown on July 3, 1937; “21” to signify the 21 steps it takes the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknown, and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute.

The full series of M17 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Pistols serial numbers are LS02JUL37A21 (Silence), LS02JUL37B21 (Respect), LS02JUL37C21 (Dignity), LS02JUL37D21 (Perseverance).

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The White House | 1600 Daily | November 14, 2018

President Trump backs historic prison reform

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. today, President Donald J. Trump called on Congress to take action and support the FIRST STEP Act, a bipartisan bill that will reform America’s prisons and improve our Nation’s criminal justice system.

“Our whole Nation benefits if former inmates are able to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens,” the President says.

One-in-three American adults today has some type of criminal record, and more than 2 million Americans are in prison—including 181,000 in Federal penitentiaries.

More than 95 percent of these inmates will eventually leave prison and face the challenge of restarting their lives. Among Federal inmates today, nearly 40 percent will be rearrested within five years of release.

That outcome helps no one. The FIRST STEP Act will make our communities safer by making our justice system work better in three key ways:

*Provide incentives for low-risk inmates to receive crucial support services, including vocational training and faith-based programs to ease reentry

 *House more prisoners in facilities closer to their own communities, allowing for family visitation and greater local support

 *Roll back certain provisions of former President Clinton’s infamous crime law, reforming mandatory minimums that have led to racially discriminatory outcomes and increased prison overcrowding.

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The White House | Law & Justice | November 14, 2018

President Donald J. Trump Calls on Congress to Pass the FIRST STEP Act

“Our whole Nation benefits if former inmates are able to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens.” President Donald J. Trump

CALLING FOR BIPARTISAN ACTION:

President Donald J. Trump is calling on Congress to take action and support the bipartisan prison reform legislation, the FIRST STEP Act.

President Trump supports the FIRST STEP Act, which will help improve our Nation’s criminal justice system.

The FIRST STEP Act enjoys widespread support across the political spectrum.

Many of the reforms included in this legislation passed the House in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 360–59 in May 2018.

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate worked with the White House to craft a bipartisan sentencing reform compromise, which has been added to the legislation.

So far, seven major police organizations, more than 2,700 faith and evangelical leaders, and hundreds of conservative organizations and leaders support this legislation.

MAKING AMERICA SAFER AND FAIRER:

The FIRST STEP Act will reform America’s prisons to make our communities safer and our justice system fairer.

Nearly all incarcerated Americans will one day leave prison, and the goal of this legislation is to make sure they do not return.

The FIRST STEP Act uses a targeted approach toward a specific population of Federal prisoners who will eventually be released.

The FIRST STEP Act will promote prisoner participation in vocational training, educational coursework, or faith-based programs, and in turn help them successfully reenter society.

Prisoners will be able to earn credits that reduce the amount of time spent in prison.

As a result, prisoners will gain job skills, drug treatment, and education that prepare them to reenter American communities as productive members of society.

The legislation also seeks to place Federal inmates closer to their communities in order to facilitate family visitation.

This is a true first step in creating a fairer justice system by reforming mandatory minimums, which have created racially discriminatory outcomes and increased overcrowding and costs.

The legislation reduces the enhanced penalties for certain non-violent repeat drug offenders and eliminates the three-strike mandatory life provision.

Certain nonviolent offenders will be able to petition courts for a review of their sentence, which can be reduced only after the judge reviews all circumstances, including public safety, criminal history, and the nature of the offense.

IMPROVING THE PRISON SYSTEM:

Taking steps to better prepare inmates for reentry into our society and communities will help reduce recidivism.

We can improve society for all by better equipping prisoners being released for successful reintegration into society.

Today, one in three American adults has some type of criminal record and more than two million Americans are in prisons, including 181,000 in Federal prison.

More than 95% of these prisoners will eventually leave prison and face the challenge of restarting and reintegrating their lives.

Our prisons can do much more to prepare inmates for release, addressing the fact that roughly 77% of State inmates and 38% of Federal inmates are rearrested within five years of release.

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The White House | Veterans | November 9, 2018

President Trump Visits France to Mark the 100th Anniversary of World War I’s End

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The White House | 1600 Daily | November 9, 2018

President Trump Closes Immigration Loophole

President Trump is rolling out a new policy intended on curbing illegal immigration and fake asylum claims. Read President Trump’s statement here:

Illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum. Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry.

President Donald J. Trump

PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY:

President Donald J. Trump is taking action to ensure asylum is not a free pass to cross our borders illegally without consequence.

*President Trump is using the authority granted to him by the Immigration and Nationality Act to manage and protect the integrity of our immigration system and our national sovereignty.

**Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states plainly: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

**Section 215(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act similarly states: “Unless otherwise ordered by the President, it shall be unlawful for any alien to depart from or enter or attempt to depart from or enter the United States except under such reasonable rules, regulations, and orders, and subject to such limitations and exceptions as the President may prescribe.”

**Just this June, the Supreme Court upheld the President’s broad statutory authority to implement entry restrictions.

*President Trump is signing a proclamation declaring that migrants seeking asylum along the southern border must present themselves lawfully at a port of entry.

*Those who arrive at a port of entry will remain eligible for asylum.

**Also, additional resources are being deployed to support our ports of entry.

UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW:

The Trump Administration is rightfully and fully restoring the rule of law on our southern border.

*Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued a new rule to ensure aliens who are subject to the kind of proclamation that the President is issuing are not eligible for asylum.

*The joint rule, when paired with the Presidential proclamation, means that any alien who illegally enters our country will be ineligible for asylum.

*These bold actions will ensure that those seeking asylum respect our laws and our borders.

RESPONDING TO THE BORDER CRISIS:

Our Nation is experiencing an unprecedented crisis on our southern border, driven in part by fraud and abuse that has overwhelmed our asylum system.

*Our overwhelmed asylum system is contributing to this growing crisis by encouraging aliens with meritless claims to illegally cross our border, claim “credible  fear,” and then be released.

**Aliens are often coached to repeat the “magic words” to meet the initial low bar for credible fear.

*Prior to 2013, around 1 in every 100 arriving aliens claimed credible fear and sought asylum, but today that number has spiked to 1 in 10.

**These claims have jumped by around 1,700 percent in the last nine years.

*There has been an overwhelming surge in aliens from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador (the Northern Triangle) arriving at our border to claim credible fear.

**Most migrants from the Northern Triangle do not have valid asylum claims, but they are released into the country because our asylum system has become overwhelmed.

**Nearly two-thirds of aliens who claim credible fear are from the Northern Triangle.

*Asylum seekers know they will be released into the country and receive work permits while their often meritless claims go through our backlogged immigration courts.

*Last year, nearly half of the completed cases that involved aliens who claimed credible fear resulted in the alien failing to show up at a hearing or even to file an application for asylum.

This is a necessary step to curb the torrential flow of economic migrants coming to America, but will also restore credibility to true political and religious refugees who are unfairly weighed down by these false asylum claims.

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Heightened Security As Brett Kavanaugh Formally Takes Supreme Court Seat

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/08/665588356/brett-kavanaugh-to-formally-take-seat-on-the-supreme-court

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1600 Daily | The White House | November 7, 2018

President Trump’s message on last night’s midterms

Midterm elections are usually tough going for whichever party controls the White House. Over the previous 21 midterms, the president’s party has lost an average of four seats in the Senate. Only four times in that span has the president’s party gained seats in Congress’ upper chamber.

Last night, President Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party defied that history and expanded their Senate majority. Here are three key takeaways:

The President’s message resonates across the heartland. He held 30 rallies in the past 60 days, and “of the 11 candidates we campaigned with during the last week, nine won last night,” President Trump said today.

Across the country, in both Senate and House races, candidates who excelled embraced conservative messages of low taxes, low regulations, low crime, strong borders, and great judges. Candidates who struggled—including some Republicans—tried to distance themselves from these themes.

America’s economy is booming, and voters in working-class communities are taking notice. Record job growth, historically low unemployment, the return of American manufacturing, and renegotiated trade deals earned Republicans strong support everywhere from Florida to Ohio to North Dakota.

What’s next? President Trump made his priority clear in a press conference from the White House today. “Now is the time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship aside, and keep the American economic miracle going strong,” he said, citing infrastructure, trade, and lowering the cost of prescription drugs as three areas he believes Democrats may want to work with Republicans.

Watch President Trump’s statement on last night’s midterm results

More: The President says put the American people first, not partisan politics

President Trump and the free press

President Trump’s unprecedented media access reveals just how important transparency is to this Administration’s success.

During today’s press conference, President Trump took 68 questions—from 35 different reporters. By contrast, former President Obama took 22 questions from 10 reporters during his press conference following the 2010 midterm elections.

CBS’ Major Garrett put it crisply: “There is more access to this president than Obama . . . We see him and interact with him and punch in questions with far more frequency.” ABC News Political Director Rick Klein agrees, saying President Trump is “above and beyond, far and away more accessible” than our previous two presidents.

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The White House | Resolute Reads | November 3, 2018

REAL NEWS PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS

Jobs Smash Estimates With Gain of 250,000, Wage Gains Pass 3% for First Time Since Recession – CNBC

Yesterday’s new jobs numbers are a homerun for American workers: “Job growth blew past expectations in October and year-over-year wage gains jumped past 3 percent for the first time since the Great Recession,” Jeff Cox reports. “The unemployment rate stayed at 3.7 percent, the lowest since December 1969 . . . But the bigger story may be wage growth, which has been the missing piece of the economic recovery.”

DHS: Caravan Migrants from 20 Countries, Include 270 Convicted Criminals
-Washington Examiner

The Department of Homeland Security reported this week that people from at least 20 countries—not just citizens of Guatemala and Honduras—make up the two caravan groups approaching the U.S. border, Anna Giaritelli writes. “Over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership. Those include a number of violent criminals,” a DHS statement read.

Wages and Salaries Jump by 3.1%, Highest Level in a Decade – CNBC

“On a yearly basis, wages and salaries jumped 3.1 percent, the biggest increase in 10 years,” CNBC reports. Pay increases had been a missing link in the Obama economic “recovery.” This week’s wage news “came the same day that ADP and Moody’s reported private payroll growth of 227,000 in October, easily beating Wall Street expectations.”

Hispanic Unemployment Rate Dips to Record Low in October – CNS News

“The national seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. labor force fell to the lowest level on record in October of 2018,” Craig Bannister writes. “In October, the unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos, aged 16 and up, was 4.4%, down from 4.5% in September.”

Trump Visits Pittsburgh Synagogue to Pay Respects to Victims of Massacre – Fox News

On Tuesday, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a gunman killed 11 Jewish Americans in the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history last weekend. “Accompanied by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, the president and first lady laid white roses and stones from the White House – a Jewish tradition – at the makeshift memorial,” Andrew O’Reilly reports.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Surged in October to 18-Year High – The Wall Street Journal

“A measure of U.S. consumer confidence rose in October to an almost two-decade high, as Americans expected economic and jobs growth to power ahead,” Sharon Nunn reports. “U.S. consumer confidence rose to 137.9 in October, the highest level since September 2000.”

Manufacturing Jobs Up 32,000 in October, 434,000 Under Trump – CNS News

“Manufacturing jobs in the United States increased by 32,000 in October and have now increased by 434,000 during the presidency of Donald Trump,” Terence P. Jeffrey reports. American manufacturing employment peaked in 1979 and has been making a comeback under President Trump.

Trump: Pledge for More Career Opportunities Helped 6 Million – The Associated Press

“Four months after signing an executive order creating the National Council for the American Worker, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that more than 160 companies and organizations have pledged to provide more than 6 million new career opportunities for Americans,” including apprenticeships, continuing education, on-the-job training, and reskilling, The Associated Press reports.

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Kissinger’s take on Trump

Kissinger is now 94 years old. Recently, Henry Kissinger did an interview and said vary amazing things regarding President Trump. He starts with: “Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen before”!

The former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gives us a new understanding of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy and predicts its success: “Liberals and all those who favor (Hillary) Clinton will never admit it. They will never admit that he is the one true leader. The man is doing changes like never before and does all of it for the sake of this nation’s people. After eight years of tyranny, we finally see a difference.”

Kissinger knows it and he continues with: “Every country now has to consider two things: One, their perception that the previous president, or the outgoing president, basically withdrew America from international politics, so that they had to make their own assessments of their necessities. And secondly, that there is a new president who’s asking a lot of unfamiliar questions. And because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it”

Then Kissinger puts it bluntly: “Trump puts America and its people first. This is why people love him and this is why he will remain in charge for so long. There is not a single thing wrong with him and people need to open their eyes.” When he boasts that he has a “bigger red button” than Kim Jung Un does, he so transcends the mealy-mouthed rhetoric of the past, thereby forcing a new recognition of American power.

Kissinger once wrote: “The weak grow strong by effrontery – The strong grow weak through inhibition!” No sentence better captures the U.S.-North Korea relationship.

Trump is discarding the inhibitions and calling the bluff on North Korea’s effrontery: His point is that the contrast of American retreat under Obama and its new assertion of power under Trump creates a new dynamic that every one of our allies and of our enemies must consider. Our allies grew complacent with Obama’s passivity and now are fearful due to Trump’s activism. And they must balance the two in developing their policies: They realize that the old assumptions, catalyzed by Bush 43’s preoccupation with Iraq and Obama’s refusal to lead are obsolete So, Trump is forcing a new calculus with a new power behind American interests. Those — here and abroad — who rode the old apple cart worry about its being toppled.

But, as Kissinger so boldly stated: “Trump is the one true leader in world affairs and he is forcing policy changes that put America first! ” This is the most accurate statement of what the American Citizens who live outside of the swamp want and expect from their government. I like the list of 13 things that I, as a senior American citizen, want. Trump is at least talking about issues that most Americans are concerned about.

My mantra about Trump is this: Truthfully, We are in agreement with most of what he says. We are getting older and our tickers aren’t what they used to be, but what matters is that he covers most of the 13 things we as seniors want, at least I do for sure:

1 Hillary: held accountable for her previous wrongs!
2 Put “GOD” back in America!
3. Borders: Closed or tightly guarded!
4 Congress: On the same retirement & healthcare plans as everybody else
5 Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!
6 Language: English!
7 Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!
8 Drug-Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before & during Welfare!
9 Freebies: NONE to Non-Citizens!
10. Budget: Balance the damn thing!
11. Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
12. Term limits for congress And most of all.
13. “RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!” And our law enforcement. We the people are coming!

The White House | West Wings Read | October 31, 2018

President Trump Visits Pittsburgh Synagogue to Pay Respects to Victims of Massacre

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a gunman killed 11 Jewish Americans in the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history.

“Accompanied by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, the president and first lady laid white roses and stones from the White House – a Jewish tradition – at the makeshift memorial outside the synagogue,” Andrew O’Reilly reports for Fox News. “Following his time at the synagogue, Trump traveled to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to visit the injured victims, including four police officers wounded by gunfire.”

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“A measure of U.S. consumer confidence rose in October to an almost two-decade high, as Americans expected economic and jobs growth to power ahead,” Sharon Nunn reports for The Wall Street Journal. “U.S. consumer confidence rose to 137.9 in October, the highest level since September 2000.”

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“There is only one solution to this – we must call out and root out anti-Semitism wherever it exists,” Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt writes in Fox News about Saturday’s horrific shooting. “We must call out and root out all forms of hatred, wherever they exist. We must teach our children to love and respect one another, to fight all hatred, and to stand proud and tall.”

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“There’s a rule of thumb for journalists reporting on the Palestinians: If it can’t be blamed on Israel, it isn’t news. But some rules demand to be broken,” Elliot Kaufman writes in The Wall Street Journal. Following a two-year investigation, a new report from Human Rights Watch implicates both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in “horrific violence and repression” against their own people.

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“The Department of Commerce and our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stand ready before, during and after any storm to help the city stay on its feet and open for business,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross writes in The Post and Courier. “Behind every update, there were dedicated NOAA team members, from the pilots flying the hurricane hunters through raging storms, to forecasters in the National Hurricane Center and in local National Weather Service offices.”

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The White House | 1600 Daily | October 29, 2018

America has no room for the ‘vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism’

The American flag is flying at half-mast above the White House today as our Nation grieves the 11 victims of a despicable act of mass murder Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Anti-Semitism and the widespread persecution of Jews represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history,” President Donald J. Trump said from Indiana on Saturday. “The vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears.”

What unites Americans is our common destiny, President Trump continued. “We mourn for the unthinkable loss of life that took place today, and we pledge in their name to fight for a future of justice, safety, tolerance, morality, dignity, and love. We must all rise above the hate.”

President Trump and the First Lady will visit Pittsburgh tomorrow to meet with family members of the victims and mourn with the entire Pittsburgh community. The 11 Jewish-Americans killed “represented the very best of our Nation,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said from the White House today. The President “adores Jewish-Americans as part of his own family,” which includes his daughter, son-in-law, and several grandchildren, she noted.

As always in moments such as these, America’s heroes in law enforcement do some of the most difficult work. Four of these brave officers were wounded while confronting the attacker this weekend. “They do so much for us,” President Trump said. “And they’re really unsung heroes. They don’t get the credit they deserve.”

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The White House | West Wing Reads | October 29, 2018 

Another Booming Quarter, and Even Democrats Can’t Complain About the Economy

“Last Dec. 22, President Trump signed the tax reform bill — you know, the one that all Democrats loudly decried (but only a few decry now) as the ‘tax scam.’ That bill came on top of several major deregulatory measures during Trump’s first year,” the Washington Examiner editorial board writes.

“On Friday, we saw the results for the second quarter since the ‘tax scam’ went into effect. And guess what? Its unexpectedly strong 3.5 percent annualized growth is a strong follow-up to the 4.1 percent growth in the second quarter of the year. Together, that makes for the best two-quarter stretch since 2014.”

 “My Democratic colleagues have grown desperate. In the two years their party has sat on the sidelines, our nation has thrived under Republican leadership. That must be why, month after month, on issue after issue, Democrats and their far-left allies have tried to replace inconvenient facts with pure partisan scare tactics,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell writes in The Washington Times. “When facts fail, the far left ratchets up the fear.”

 “Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the migrant caravan headed for the U.S. southern border will not cross over into the United States, on ‘Fox News Sunday,’” Nick Givas writes in The Daily Caller. “There is a legal way to enter this country. Those who choose to enter illegally will be stopped,” Secretary Nielsen said.

 “Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump and adviser to his administration, visited Morehead State University on Friday afternoon during her tour of three job centers in eastern Kentucky,” Brad Stacy reports in The Morehead News. “For us, today was about looking at all the pathways of the American dream,” Ms. Trump said.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | October 25, 2018

President Donald J. Trump Is Lowering Drug Prices for American Patients and Saving Taxpayer Dollars by Confronting Global Freeloading

“It’s time to end the global freeloading once and for all.”               President Donald J. Trump
PUTTING AMERICAN PATIENTS FIRST:

Today, President Donald J. Trump is launching actions to confront global freeloading and lower drug prices for American patients.

In order to confront global freeloading, President Trump is putting forth a new way for Medicare to pay for certain drugs that is based on prices other developed nations pay.

The President’s initiative is projected to reduce Medicare’s payments for these drugs by an incredible 30 percent over the next five years.

The President is also putting forward a plan to fix to the perverse incentive that encourages doctors to administer more expensive drugs, raising costs for taxpayers and seniors.

Under President Trump’s initiative, doctors would receive the same reimbursement for similar drugs, eliminating an incentive to administer higher-cost drugs.

CHALLENGING FOREIGN FREELOADING:

American patients and taxpayers unfairly subsidize worldwide drug innovation and effectively foot the bill for lower drug prices in foreign countries.

Foreign countries currently get much lower prices from drug makers, putting the burden on American patients to subsidize these discounts by forcing higher prices on the United States.

Nearly every developed country engages in this unfair practice, yet past administrations simply looked the other way.

Some have even threatened American patents to secure these cheap prices.
Medicare has shouldered outrageously high prices compared to other countries.
Manufacturers charge American wholesalers almost double what is charged in other countries for the most common Medicare Part B drugs.

One medication that helps prevent blindness costs Medicare over $1 billion a year, but it would cost just $187 million a year if we paid prices other countries pay.
Medicare pays over $1 billion a year for two drugs that treat bone disease, but we could save more than $800 million by paying the prices others countries pay.

DRIVING DOWN DRUG PRICES:

Today’s announcement is the latest bold action in President Trump’s unprecedented effort to lower prescription drug prices.

Americans are already seeing real results thanks to President Trump’s efforts. In the 100 days following the release of the President’s sweeping blueprint to lower drug costs:

There were 60 percent fewer brand-drug price increases and 54 percent more generic and brand-drug price decreases, compared to the same time period in 2017.

More than a dozen drug companies reduced their list prices, rolled back planned price increases, or froze their prices for the rest of the year.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set a new record for generic approvals last year, approving more than 1,000 generics that will bring an estimated $9 billion in savings in 2018.

FDA continued this trend by setting another generic approval record in 2018.
The President signed legislation to end unfair gag clauses, which prevented pharmacists from telling patients when they could pay less out of pocket rather than using insurance.

The Trump Administration made reforms to stop hospitals from abusing the 340B program by overcharging seniors for their drugs, saving seniors $320 million just this year.

The Administration has helped 45 million seniors on Medicare Part D and 20 million seniors on Medicare Advantage by giving those programs new tools to negotiate lower prices.

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The White House | West Wing | by Berkeley Lovelace Jr. CNBC | October 25, 2018

Medicaid Enrollment Declines for the First Time in More Than a Decade as Strong US Economy Boosts Income for Poor Americans

Medicaid enrollment fell for the first time since 2007, declining by about 0.6 percent in fiscal year 2018, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
States are budgeting for a “minimal” increase in enrollment of 0.9 percent in 2019, the report says.

“States largely attribute the enrollment slowdown to a strengthening economy, resulting in fewer new low-income people qualifying for Medicaid,” Kaiser says.

The booming U.S. economy appears to be reducing dependence on federal health insurance for the poor.

Medicaid enrollment fell for the first time since 2007, declining by about 0.6 percent in fiscal year 2018, and states don’t expect to see much growth in enrollment next year, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report released Thursday.

States are budgeting for a “minimal” increase of 0.9 percent in 2019, Kaiser said in its annual 50-state survey of Medicaid.

“States largely attribute the enrollment slowdown to a strengthening economy, resulting in fewer new low-income people qualifying for Medicaid,” said Kaiser, a nonprofit group that focuses on health care and health policy.

While crediting the strong economic growth during the Trump presidency, the report also pointed out that the administration is urging states to “add work requirements to Medicaid that are likely to result in enrollment declines.” Some of the work requirements approved by the administration have resulted in some Medicaid recipients losing coverage.

Federal and state Medicaid spending still grew despite the drop in enrollment. Combined federal and state spending rose by 4.2 percent in fiscal 2018, similar to the previous year’s increase, Kaiser said. States expect a 5.3 percent jump in spending for 2019.

“The gap between enrollment and spending growth in part reflects lower enrollment growth for children and adults, who are relatively inexpensive to cover, compared to seniors and people with disabilities, who have more expensive needs,” Kaiser said.

The report also listed other factors that contributed to the rise in spending, including more expensive prescription drugs and states spending more money to treat substance abuse and mental health.

The Labor Department nonfarm payrolls report for September showed the unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.7 percent for the month, the lowest level in nearly 50 years. Average hourly earnings showed a 2.8 percent year-over-year increase, in line with estimates.

Medicaid enrollment saw sharp increase in 2013, which coincided with the launch of the Obamacare exchanges, as well as the expansion of eligibility for Medicaid in many states as part of the Affordable Care Act.

President Donald Trump has threatened to repeal ACA.

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President signs historic, $6 billion antidrug law

“One year ago, I addressed the Nation in this very room, and declared the opioid crisis a National Public Health Emergency,” President Trump said today from the White House East Room. “We are here to update the American people on the historic action we have taken and to sign landmark legislation to defeat the opioid epidemic.”

The President worked closely with Congress to advance the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act of 2018, the largest legislative package ever passed to address a single drug crisis in America. The law combines a number of crucial provisions, including requirements to help the U.S. Postal Service and border officials stop deadly fentanyl from entering the United States from China and Mexico.

Since last October, the Trump Administration has applied a three-part plan to help stop the opioid epidemic in its tracks:

*Reducing demand by educating Americans about the dangers of opioid misuse and curbing over-prescription

*Cutting off the flow of illicit drugs by cracking down on international and domestic supply chains that devastate our communities

*Helping those struggling with addiction by removing barriers to evidence-based treatment, prevention, and recovery services

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WSJ | October 22, 2018 | by David Gelernter

http://archive.is/aeNDy

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The White House | 1600 Daily | October 22, 2018

Big wins in the Lone Star State!

This evening, President Donald J. Trump is in Houston, where hardworking Texans know he is delivering results for working people across the state.

Unemployment in the Lone Star State has dropped to 3.8 percent—the lowest rate ever recorded. If that weren’t enough, the average Texas family has been able to save more than $2,000 on average thanks to December’s historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Something to share: Big wins for Texans under President Trump

The recent headlines: President Trump propels an economic resurgence

Catch-and-release loopholes created a border crisis

The surge of illegal immigration from Central America, thanks to outdated laws demanding “catch-and-release,” has created a dire crisis at our southern border.

Congressional Democrats helped create loopholes that make it nearly impossible to remove many illegal immigrants.

Outrageous catch-and-release laws and subsequent court rulings have resulted in de facto immunity for illegal alien minors—and the adults from Central America who arrive at the border with them.

How far has the left gone to embrace open borders and obstruct even the most basic reform of America’s broken immigration system? Democrats in the House opposed the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, a bill designed to help law enforcement officials keep criminal gang members from residing illegally in our communities.

Another proposal from Democrats? Simply abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a move that a majority of Americans oppose.

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VOTE “NO” on Ballot Initiative 427 Medicare Expansion 

The PBS NewsHour Link discusses Initiative 427. 

Richard is shown calling and talking with voters.

Martin was testifying in Lincoln. 

Chip, Peggy, Robbin, Lisa, David and Janet are shown. We are all with Nebraska Patriots with TRUMP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVxk1oy0RBA

By: Senator Tom Brewer
43rd District
10-05-2018

Nebraska is a generous state when it comes to healthcare for poor people. We offer more Medicaid services at tax-payer expense than almost any other state. Our State provides more than 20 different programs and services over and above the federally mandated minimum. Behind aid to K-12 education and the University system, Medicaid is the third largest item in the budget. We spend almost $1 billion dollars of Nebraska tax payer’s money in every budget on Medicaid today. Those costs continue to rise each year.

“Initiative 427” is the Medicaid “Expansion” effort that will put a question on the ballot in the election next month. This is a terrible idea. It is unaffordable. It is unsustainable, and worst of all, it is really going to hurt a lot of people who utterly depend on this program.

In my first two sessions in the legislature, we faced a tough economy and tax revenues were down in FY 17 and FY 18, $900 million and $173 million respectively. Because Nebraska’s Constitution requires us to balance the budget, we had to cut over a billion dollars in these two sessions. As you might imagine, most of the cuts came from the programs that get most of the budget; K-12 education, the University system, and the Department of Health and Human Services. If Medicaid Expansion passes, massive cuts will have to be made – again. It’s only logical those cuts will come from these big programs – again.

Cutting programs will have to happen to fund Medicaid Expansion because there is not 33 Senators in the legislature willing to raise taxes to pay for it. Like me, most Senators realize Nebraska is already a high-tax state; nearly the highest in the country.

No one really knows how much this will cost. Estimates range from $30-60 million for just the first year. That money will come from Peter robbing Paul. So what will be on the chopping block? Will funding to K-12 schools be cut, putting even more pressure on property taxes? The last time we had to cut the budget, state aid to schools was cut $48 and then $75 million. Will we have to cut vocational rehabilitation, help for the blind and deaf, early childhood care and education? Will we cut the prescription drug, physical therapy, optometry, dental, eyeglasses, hospice, nursing home/long term care, people with developmental disabilities? These are all paid for by Nebraskans over and above the federal minimum, and are part of our Medicaid program right now. Can we afford to keep paying for all this AND pay for Medicaid Expansion? Pick your poison.

States that have implemented Medicaid Expansion already are all facing these kinds of cuts right now. In every case, the “real” costs have always been at least 50% higher. If this passes, the “new” people who enroll in Medicaid will get 90% of their doctor bill reimbursed by the federal government. The people already on the “old” version of Medicaid only have about 53% of their doctor bill reimbursed by the federal government. Which patient would you chose if you were one of the few doctors still willing to take Medicaid? The folks currently on Medicaid will be “crowded out” by the new folks able to be reimbursed at the higher rate. Important services in our current Medicaid program will be luxuries we will no longer be able to afford in Nebraska. K-12 funding and the University will have to deal with yet another massive cut, and those cuts will be permanent.

Putting 90,000 able-bodied adults on Medicaid at the expense of poor single mothers, young children and the elderly and disabled is wrong. Wrecking the budget and cutting other important programs like K-12 is wrong. Making it impossible to address the #1 issue in Nebraska (our of control property taxes) is wrong. I strongly urge you to vote NO on Medicaid Expansion next month.

Please contact my office with any comments, questions or concerns. Email me at; tbrewer@leg.ne.gov. Mail a letter to; Sen. Tom Brewer, Room #1202, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509 or call us at (402) 471-2628.

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https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/reuters-u-s-regains-crown-competitive-economy-first-time-since-2008-wef/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wh

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Pastor Brunson was released from Turkey                           after two years in prison

October 13, 2018

https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/13/pastor-brunson-prays-trump/

and

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-meets-with-freed-american-pastor-andrew-brunson-in-oval-office

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/president-trump-apologizes-to-brett-kavanaugh-and-his-family-at-ceremonial-swearing-in-as-supreme-court-justice

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The White House | West Wing Reads | October 8, 2018

Kavanaugh Confirmed, Justice Prevailed

“After one of the most intense political fights of the last two decades, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has become Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Supreme Court. This is a good thing for the integrity of our Constitution, for elementary American norms, and for the long-term health of our political institutions,” the National Review editorial board writes.

After one of the most intense political fights of the last two decades, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has become Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Supreme Court. This is a good thing for the integrity of our Constitution, for elementary American norms, and for the long-term health of our political institutions.

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Justice Kavanaugh has demonstrated throughout his career a firm adherence to a constitutionalist jurisprudence; indeed, that was the root of the opposition to him. He will undoubtedly stay true to this approach, which has guided him during his years on the D.C. Circuit and is evident in black and white in his hundreds of opinions. All of this was pushed to the side, though, in the final frenzy to destroy and defeat him.

At various points throughout the last two weeks, opponents of Kavanaugh’s have asked why the Republican party could not just “pick another judge.” Insofar as this inquiry was offered in good faith (it usually wasn’t), the answers should be obvious: Because we want each individual to be treated fairly and on the merits; because we do not regard accusations as tantamount to convictions; because there is nothing to be gained by establishing a heckler’s veto over the Senate’s nomination processes.

It is true, of course, that Judge Kavanaugh was not “on trial” in a formal sense. But that fact in no way undermines the practices and norms that mark formal trials. Presumption of innocence and an insistence on corroborating evidence are integral parts of our system because they work. Had the Democratic party prevailed in its attempt to set them aside, the precedent would have been disastrous.

In other circumstances, we suspect that even the most fervent of Kavanaugh’s adversaries would have agreed. Indeed, it has been jarring to watch the dissonance on display. Among the public actors who made a nod toward Salem are some of the lead architects of criminal-justice reform, the most vocal defenders of President Bill Clinton’s reputation, and the increasingly ill-named American Civil Liberties Union. It is perhaps not surprising that a political movement that promised to block Kavanaugh’s nomination before his name was even released should have seized on such a flimsy attempt to sully his name. But it is disgraceful nevertheless.

Arrayed against the judge were the academy, the entirety of the American news media, Hollywood, and the institutional Democratic party. And boy, did they throw everything they had at him. The old saw holds that if a journalist is told that his mother loves him, he should check it to make sure she does. The new practice in this controversy was that if a story hurt Judge Kavanaugh, it should be screamed from the rooftops. Over the last few weeks, no allegation has been deemed too preposterous for the press to take seriously. Not Quaalude-filled gang rapes; not hazy memories arrived at over six days spent with a lawyer; not cartoonish boat-attacks reported by trolls on Twitter. No detail was deemed too frivolous to obsess over; how historians will judge the national panic over “boofing” we cannot begin to imagine.

A number of Republican senators have suggested that we improve the “process” by which we examine allegations against nominees. In a vacuum, this is a good idea, but let’s not fool ourselves about what happened here. The “process” was what the Democratic party and the media made it. It was not “the Senate” that sat on these accusations and leaked them at the eleventh hour. It was not “Congress” that read self-evidently false charges into the record. It was not “America” that transmuted “due process” into “rape apology” and “allegation” into “guilt,” or that moved the goalposts so spectacularly every time an avenue of attack was closed off by the facts.

Throughout this saga, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee maintained that their job was to investigate charges of wrongdoing and to determine whether they could be verified. Shamefully, their counterparts exhibited no such interest. It was unclear whether Judge Kavanaugh’s record was being examined for rape or for rudeness, for drinking or for defensiveness, for truth or temperament. At times the lack of focus took on a Stalinist quality: “He did it,” Kavanaugh’s accusers insisted day in, day out, “but even if he didn’t, the vehemence with which he denied it is itself disqualifying.”

It is a testament to the fortitude of the Republican party that these conceits were rejected in the end. Donald Trump had the good sense to pick Kavanaugh, and then the determination to stick by him. Mitch McConnell was at his very best, canny and tough-minded. Lindsey Graham was a fierce advocate. And, of course, at the end, Susan Collins not only did the right thing but made a strong case on the charges and the process.

COMMENTS
In America we do not sacrifice individuals on the altar of collective guilt, and we do not entertain that illiberal alchemy by which “nobody can corroborate this” becomes “he did it and must pay.” When the Senate met yesterday to put a bow on this squalid affair, there remained as much evidence for Judge Kavanaugh’s unfitness as there had been on the day he was nominated: none. To have rejected him despite this, Collins observed, would be to have abandoned “fundamental legal principles.”

The Senate refused to do so. The Justice prevailed, and so did justice.

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In The Hill, Heritage Foundation Senior Legal Fellow Thomas Jipping writes that the real story with Justice Kavanaugh is that he “will be an impartial, rather than a political, justice. He believes that the law, not his personal views or priorities, should decide the cases that come before him. Justice Kavanaugh is committed to the defined, modest role for the judiciary that America’s founders made part of their design for our system of government.”

“Nearly two years after Donald Trump was elected president with promises to rework America’s relationship with its trading partners, and less than two months after he agreed to a new trade deal with Mexico, the president succeeded in bringing Canada on board a new trilateral North American trade arrangement,” The Washington Times editorial board writes. “The commentariat, the Democrats, most Republicans, the media . . . said the president would never succeed in his quest to reorient the country’s economic relationship with Canada and Mexico. But he has.”

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This evening, the Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh was officially sworn in as the 114th Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Constitutional Oath in the Justices’ Conference Room. Retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy administered the Judicial Oath. Mrs. Ashley Kavanaugh held the family Bible. Justice Kavanaugh’s two daughters, Liza and Margaret, and his parents attended the ceremony. Justices Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito, and Kagan also attended. | Photo by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

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MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT

General Voter Information (FAQ’s)

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Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions

Voter Registration

Early Voting

Election Day

Voter Registration

Do I have to be registered to vote?

Yes, voter registration is required in Nebraska to be eligible to vote.
The only exception is at a Presidential election for persons who have recently moved to Nebraska, or moved to another state after that state’s registration deadline. They may vote a Presidential-only ballot by contacting the county election official.
What determines my eligibility to vote?

To register to vote in Nebraska you must:

Be a United States Citizen;
Live in the state of Nebraska;
Be at least 18 years of age on or before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November;
Live in the State of Nebraska;
Have not been convicted of a felony, or if convicted, at least two years have passed since the completion of your sentence for the felony including any parole term;
Have not been officially found to be mentally incompetent.
Do I have to be a resident for a certain amount of time to register?

No, you may register to vote the same day you become a resident of the state of Nebraska.

How do I register to vote?

Complete an online voter registration at NEReg2Vote. This application is available 24/7 and accessible by computer as well as mobile devices.

You may register in person at the local County Clerk/Election Commissioner’s office during normal business hours.
You may also register by mail. Voter Registration Applications are available at several locations throughout the state, including banks, post offices and libraries. Additionally, a voter registration application can be printed off this web site for your use.

If registering for the first time in Nebraska by mail, please provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document which is dated within 60 days immediately prior to the date of presentation showing the same name and residence address provided on the voter registration application to avoid delays with your registration.

In addition, you may register to vote in person at the state Department of Motor Vehicles when applying for or renewing your driver’s license or at various other state agencies. You can also complete an online voter registration through the DMV when you renew or order a duplicate driver’s license.

You may also register through the state Department of Health and Human Services and State Department of Education at the time of application, review or change of address in connection with public programs.

You must sign your Voter Registration Application before it is returned to your County Clerk/Election Commissioner’s office.

When is the registration deadline?

Mail-in voter registrations must be mailed and postmarked on or before the third Friday preceding an election.
Voter registrations delivered by personal messenger or personal agent must arrive on or before the third Friday preceding an election

Individuals may register in person at the County Clerk/Election Commissioner’s office prior to 6 p.m. on the second Friday preceding an election.

Must I designate a party affiliation?

No, voters may choose from one of the three statewide parties currently recognized in Nebraska: Democratic, Republican and Libertarian or they may choose to not affiliate with any party by checking the non-partisan box on the application.

If you wish to vote in the primary election, where parties choose their nominees for state and county offices, you need to declare your party affiliation.

If you register without a political party affiliation, you will receive only the non-partisan ballots at a primary election.
Non-partisans may designate a party preference at primary elections and receive partisan ballots for the Senate and House congressional races.

Party designation has no bearing when voting a non-partisan ballot or in the general election.

Are there situations where I would need to re-register?

You must re-register whenever you change

Your name,
Your address, or
Your political party affiliation.
Failure to vote in a previous election does not require re-registration
Will I receive notice that my mail-in registration has been accepted and processed?

Yes, if you completed the form correctly and mailed it by the deadline (third Friday prior to the election), you will receive an acknowledgment from the election official that you are properly registered.

If you are a first time registrant in Nebraska using the mail in application and did not provide copies of the ID requirements for first time mail in registrants, you will notified of the need to do so.

If you have questions on your registration, call your County Clerk/Election Commissioner.

How is residence determined?

By law, your residence is that place at which you have established a home, where you are habitually present, and to which, when you depart, you intend to return.
Leaving for temporary purposes, such as military service, school attendance, hospital stays, or missions work need not result in a change of residence for voting purposes.

However, any permanent change in your residence or address will require you to re-register to vote.

Early Voting in Nebraska (Formerly Absentee Voting)

Who may apply for an Early Voting ballot?

Anyone may apply for an Early Voting ballot, such as:

*Persons not able to go to the polls due to their work or vacation schedule, or
*Persons not able to go to the polls due to a medical condition or hospitalization, or
*Persons temporarily out of the county, state or country
*Persons not wishing to travel to the polls
*Persons not wishing to leave their homes

Do I need to give the reason why I am voting early when applying for Early Voting ballots?

No, since 1999 Nebraska law has not required a person disclose a reason for their request on the Early Voting application.

How do I apply for and vote an Early Voting ballot?

You can apply for an early voting ballot by contacting your County Clerk or Election Commissioner in person at the election office, by personal agent, by mail or by fax.

How do I apply by mail?

Print the on-line early voting application request form. Complete the form; then mail or fax it to your County Clerk or Election Commissioner. Addresses and available fax numbers provided by clicking here.
Write to your County Clerk or Election Commissioner, including:
o Your name and residence address,
o Your voting precinct, if known,
o Your phone number,
o The mailing address you want the ballots sent to, and
o Your signature.

Is there a process to assist military and overseas citizens in obtaining Early Voting ballots?

Yes, Nebraska participates in the Federal Voting Assistance Program for our military personnel and overseas citizens. Click here for assistance with military ballots. Click here for assistance with overseas ballots.

When may I apply for an Early Voting ballot?

All county election offices will accept Early Voting applications up to 120 days prior to a statewide Primary or General election.

The last day to request an Early Voting ballot to be mailed is close of business on the second Friday preceding the election.
30 days before Election Day is the first day Early Voting ballots are available to vote at the county office. Contact your County Clerk or Election Commissioner for information on office hours.
35 days before the Election is also the first day ballots are sent to non-military stateside applicants.

Should your ballots not arrive, contact your County Clerk or Election Commissioner to confirm the date and address the ballots were mailed out.

Make arrangements with the county election official to receive a replacement ballot if it is determined your ballots were lost, destroyed, spoiled or never received.

The Monday before Election Day is the last day to cast an early voting ballot at the County Election Office.

What are the procedures when casting an Early Voting Ballot by mail?

Ballots received via the postal service will be accompanied by instructions on how to cast a vote and a return envelope.

If assistance is needed marking the ballot a friend or voter-designated person may provide assistance.

The voted ballot must be placed in the return envelope. The envelope must be sealed and signed (or their mark made) by the voter and if assistance was provided by the person providing assistance.

The return envelope containing the ballots may be mailed back to the County Election Office, returned by personal delivery, an agent, or courier service.

When must the Early Voting ballot be returned to the Election Office?

All Early Voting ballots, whether personally delivered, delivered by agent, delivered by mail or other carriers must arrive by the closing of the polls on Election Day. (8:00 p.m. Central Time / 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time.)

Election Day

Where do I vote?

Each voter must cast his/her ballot at his/her assigned polling place. If you do not know the location of your polling place, contact your county clerk/election commissioner, or click this link https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/.

Whenever you register or re-register to vote, your county clerk/election commissioner will inform you of your polling place location. Your voting card informs you not only of your polling place, but also your voting districts.

What time will the polls open?

The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Central Time Zone and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountain Time Zone.

Do I need a voting card or my ID in order to vote?

No, the card is for information only and does not need to be presented to election officials in order to vote.

The only time voters are asked for their ID is if they were a first time Nebraska registrant who mailed in their registration application and didn’t provide ID at that time.

Am I able to vote if I did not re-register?

Registered voters who moved from one residence to another in the same county, or who changed their name and remained in the same county will be allowed to vote at the polling place designated for their new residence.

These voters may be asked to cast a Provisional Ballot upon completing a certification and new registration form.

Persons casting Provisional Ballots may check to see if their ballot was counted starting the second Wednesday after the election by visiting https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/ or calling toll free 1-888-727-0007. Provisional Ballots are counted only if the information the voter provided on their certification forms was verified.

Persons moving from one county in Nebraska to another county in Nebraska must re-register in their new county in order to be eligible to vote.

How does a person vote?

Registered voters go to their assigned polling place where there will be three or more poll workers at a table checking voters in. Voters will be asked for their name and the residence address where they are living. In primary elections, voters will also be asked to name their party. Upon verifying the information, the election workers will provide the voter with ballots assigned to persons living in their district and instructions on how to cast a ballot.

In Nebraska all counties use optical scan ballots; so voters are instructed to darken the oval completely, not to erase or cross out and return to the table if they have spoiled their ballot and need a new one. Ballots are tabulated at the precinct level using M100’s in 1/3 of our counties and centrally counted in larger counties using a M650 that can count over 300 ballots a minute.

Can voters receive assistance in voting?

Voters who cannot read, are blind or have a physical disability may request assistance in marking their ballots. The voter may have a friend or relative assist them or the voter may request the assistance of two election board workers one each of a different party.

In addition, an AutoMARK, a ballot marking device, available to assist voters at every polling place allows the voter to have all contests and candidates read to them. Or the voter can choose to enlarge the print making it easier to view. In addition it provides a touch screen voters may use if desired which will then electronically darken the ovals left of the choices the voter has designated on the paper ballot that was issued to them by the Receiving Board.

Can I campaign at my polling place?

No one may campaign or hand out political literature within 200 feet of a polling place. Wearing political badges or any political insignia into the polling place on Election Day is against the law.

Persons may call the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office Election Division
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (888) 727-0007 (toll free)
or (402) 471-2555 to report problems

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The White House | West Wing Reads | October 5, 2018

America’s Unemployment Rate Falls to Its Lowest Level in Almost 50 Years

The U.S. unemployment rate is now 3.7 percent, the lowest it has been since December 1969, according to monthly employment figures released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Payroll employment also continued its historic streak of positive monthly jobs gains, and average weekly wages continued to rise in September.

“On this Manufacturing Day, Americans around the country can celebrate the growing manufacturing revival due to the tireless efforts of President Donald J. Trump and those in his Administration,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross writes in CNBC. Under President Trump, “year-over-year manufacturing job growth in 2018 increas[ed] at the fastest rate since 1995.”

“Mrs. Trump is sending a powerful message by selecting the continent of Africa to embark upon her first major multi-country solo foreign trip as the first lady,” White House East Wing historian Jennifer Boswell Pickens writes in The Daily Caller. 

“The message is clear: She wants to address challenging and substantive issues both domestically and abroad. She is secure in her position and willing to spend her own political capital to take a stand for causes she cares about.”

“Few Americans would say that they’re actually sick of winning, but you can add one more positive report to the recent run of upbeat readings on the nation’s economy,” James Freeman writes in The Wall Street Journal. “NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg says that a record 37% of small businesses in September ‘reported raising overall compensation in hopes of hiring and retaining needed employees.’”

“The Trump administration, in a frenzy to kill Obama-era regulations and beyond, more than doubled its savings goal and is on a pace to make record cuts to rules the president claims are jobs killers,” Paul Bedard reports for the Washington Examiner. “The administration achieved $1.65 billion in regulatory savings, miles above its goal of $687 million,” a new independent report shows.

“President Trump is all-action on prison reform. The Democrats? All-talk. In a matter of months, the president has done more for prison reform than Democrats managed to do in many, many years,” Pastor Darrell Scott writes in The Washington Times. “Unlike the all-talk-no-action Democrats, President Trump is actually fulfilling his promises, fighting to reform a system for those punished with harsh and excessive prison terms, and helping to integrate Americans who have already served their time back into their communities.”

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President Trump will be at the Mid-America Center on Tuesday, October 9th. If you’d like to attend the rally – Below is the link to acquire an entrance ticket.

https://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/iowa/president-trump-to-visit-council-bluffs-on-oct/article_3715e852-c681-11e8-b0e3-3f32136ef7b0.html

JOIN PRESIDENT TRUMP IN IOWA

Join President Donald J. Trump for a rally in Council Bluffs, IA on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30 PM CT!

Get your tickets here. Details about the event below:

Tuesday, October 9th: Council Bluffs, IA

Mid-America Center
1 Arena Way
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Doors Open: 3:30 PM (CT)
Event Begins: 6:30 PM (CT)

Get your tickets here.
GET YOUR TICKETS

Please limit personal items and arrive early to expedite entrance into the venue – please note, NO homemade signs, banners, professional cameras with a detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, back packs or large bags will be permitted into the venue.

We hope to see you there!

Merchandise will be sold at this event. If you are unable to attend, you can always pick-up your MAGA gear here at our online store.

Sincerely,

Team Trump-Pence

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Fox Business: “US Wage Growth Hits 17-Month High”

The White House | News Clips | 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/fox-business-us-wage-growth-hits-17-month-high/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d

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The White House | West Wing Reads | October 1, 2018

U.S. Reaches Trade Deal with Canada and Mexico

“Trade ministers from the U.S., Mexico and Canada have reached a deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trump administration announced late Sunday night,” Politico reports.

“The new pact, which is being called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is a major step toward completing one of Trump’s signature campaign promises.”

“President Trump on Monday praised Canada for joining the U.S. and Mexico in a new trilateral trade agreement that will replace NAFTA,” Pete Kasperowicz reports in the Washington Examiner. “Late last night, our deadline, we reached a wonderful new Trade Deal with Canada, to be added into the deal already reached with Mexico,” President Trump tweeted. The President also added that “the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, is an ‘historic transaction!’”

“First lady Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent,” Darlene Superville reports for The Associated Press. “Departing on Monday, she opens her first-ever visit to Africa on Tuesday in Ghana in the West, followed by stops in Malawi in the South, Kenya in the East and Egypt in the Northeast.”

“The Trump administration’s top officials last week unleashed a full-court rhetorical press at the United Nations against Iran — and, more important, against Tehran’s enablers, who are working hard to undermine Washington’s reimposed sanctions regime,” the New York Post editorial board writes. “Team Trump has made its meaning clear: It intends to keep Iran from acquiring nukes, and — unlike his predecessor — means to curtail its rogue behavior.”

“The Trump administration is putting America and Americans first by calling on China to live up to its pledge when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 to provide greater economic openness and to compete on a level playing field,” U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad writes in the Des Moines Register. “Instead, China has failed to fully embrace the open, market-oriented principles that the United States champions.”

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1600 Daily | The White House | October 1, 2018

Today, we turn the page on NAFTA

This morning from the Rose Garden, President Donald J. Trump unveiled a modernized, rebalanced trade deal with Canada and Mexico—keeping one of the signature promises of his 2016 campaign.

In a stark contrast from the outdated NAFTA, nearly a quarter-century old, the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) protects American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. For years, politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for a renegotiation of NAFTA, but President Trump is following through where others have failed time and time again.

In negotiating terms for USMCA, President Trump secured a number of big wins:

American auto manufacturers and workers will benefit from new rules of origin that require 75 percent of auto content to be produced in North America—incentivizing billions of dollars in additional U.S. auto parts production.

The USMCA scores a big win for American farmers by eliminating Canada’s “Class 7” program, which allowed others to undersell American dairy products. Canada will provide new access for U.S. dairy products, eggs, and poultry.

USMCA’s labor chapter represents the strongest labor provisions of any trade agreement in our country, all of which are fully enforceable.

USMCA brings our trade relationship with Canada and Mexico into the 21st century. NAFTA failed repeatedly to keep up with the fast-changing American economy: The old rules helped incentivize offshoring, leading far too many manufacturing jobs to leave our country. The new agreement includes a modernized, high-standard chapter that provides strong protection and enforcement of U.S. intellectual property rights.

President Trump’s modern, rebalanced trade deal with Canada and Mexico

The First Lady takes ‘Be Best’ to Africa

First Lady Melania Trump departed this afternoon for Africa, her first major solo international trip as First Lady, taking her “Be Best” message to the nations of Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt this week.

Since the launch of Be Best this spring, Mrs. Trump has met with children all over the world, bringing attention to the three pillars of well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse. During this week’s trip, the First Lady will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, and the deep culture and history that is woven into each African country she’ll visit.

“Whether it is education, drug addiction, hunger, online safety or bullying, poverty or disease, it is too often children who are hit first, and hardest, across the globe,” the First Lady said when announcing the trip. “Each of us hails from a country with its own unique challenges, but I know in my heart we are united by our commitment to raising the next generation to be happy, healthy and morally responsible adults.”

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The White House | West Wings Read | October 31, 2018

President Trump Visits Pittsburgh Synagogue to Pay Respects to Victims of Massacre

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a gunman killed 11 Jewish Americans in the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history.

“Accompanied by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, the president and first lady laid white roses and stones from the White House – a Jewish tradition – at the makeshift memorial outside the synagogue,” Andrew O’Reilly reports for Fox News. “Following his time at the synagogue, Trump traveled to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to visit the injured victims, including four police officers wounded by gunfire.”

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“A measure of U.S. consumer confidence rose in October to an almost two-decade high, as Americans expected economic and jobs growth to power ahead,” Sharon Nunn reports for The Wall Street Journal. “U.S. consumer confidence rose to 137.9 in October, the highest level since September 2000.”

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“There is only one solution to this – we must call out and root out anti-Semitism wherever it exists,” Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt writes in Fox News about Saturday’s horrific shooting. “We must call out and root out all forms of hatred, wherever they exist. We must teach our children to love and respect one another, to fight all hatred, and to stand proud and tall.”

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“There’s a rule of thumb for journalists reporting on the Palestinians: If it can’t be blamed on Israel, it isn’t news. But some rules demand to be broken,” Elliot Kaufman writes in The Wall Street Journal. Following a two-year investigation, a new report from Human Rights Watch implicates both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in “horrific violence and repression” against their own people.

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“The Department of Commerce and our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stand ready before, during and after any storm to help the city stay on its feet and open for business,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross writes in The Post and Courier. “Behind every update, there were dedicated NOAA team members, from the pilots flying the hurricane hunters through raging storms, to forecasters in the National Hurricane Center and in local National Weather Service offices.”

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The White House | West Wing Reads | October 5, 2018

America’s Unemployment Rate Falls to Its Lowest Level in Almost 50 Years

The U.S. unemployment rate is now 3.7 percent, the lowest it has been since December 1969, according to monthly employment figures released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Payroll employment also continued its historic streak of positive monthly jobs gains, and average weekly wages continued to rise in September.

“On this Manufacturing Day, Americans around the country can celebrate the growing manufacturing revival due to the tireless efforts of President Donald J. Trump and those in his Administration,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross writes in CNBC. Under President Trump, “year-over-year manufacturing job growth in 2018 increas[ed] at the fastest rate since 1995.”

“Mrs. Trump is sending a powerful message by selecting the continent of Africa to embark upon her first major multi-country solo foreign trip as the first lady,” White House East Wing historian Jennifer Boswell Pickens writes in The Daily Caller. 

“The message is clear: She wants to address challenging and substantive issues both domestically and abroad. She is secure in her position and willing to spend her own political capital to take a stand for causes she cares about.”

“Few Americans would say that they’re actually sick of winning, but you can add one more positive report to the recent run of upbeat readings on the nation’s economy,” James Freeman writes in The Wall Street Journal. “NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg says that a record 37% of small businesses in September ‘reported raising overall compensation in hopes of hiring and retaining needed employees.’”

“The Trump administration, in a frenzy to kill Obama-era regulations and beyond, more than doubled its savings goal and is on a pace to make record cuts to rules the president claims are jobs killers,” Paul Bedard reports for the Washington Examiner. “The administration achieved $1.65 billion in regulatory savings, miles above its goal of $687 million,” a new independent report shows.

“President Trump is all-action on prison reform. The Democrats? All-talk. In a matter of months, the president has done more for prison reform than Democrats managed to do in many, many years,” Pastor Darrell Scott writes in The Washington Times. “Unlike the all-talk-no-action Democrats, President Trump is actually fulfilling his promises, fighting to reform a system for those punished with harsh and excessive prison terms, and helping to integrate Americans who have already served their time back into their communities.”

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President Trump will be at the Mid-America Center on Tuesday, October 9th. If you’d like to attend the rally – Below is the link to acquire an entrance ticket.

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Join President Donald J. Trump for a rally in Council Bluffs, IA on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30 PM CT!

Get your tickets here. Details about the event below:

Tuesday, October 9th: Council Bluffs, IA

Mid-America Center
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Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Doors Open: 3:30 PM (CT)
Event Begins: 6:30 PM (CT)

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Please limit personal items and arrive early to expedite entrance into the venue – please note, NO homemade signs, banners, professional cameras with a detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, back packs or large bags will be permitted into the venue.

We hope to see you there!

Merchandise will be sold at this event. If you are unable to attend, you can always pick-up your MAGA gear here at our online store.

Sincerely,

Team Trump-Pence

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Fox Business: “US Wage Growth Hits 17-Month High”

The White House | News Clips | 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/fox-business-us-wage-growth-hits-17-month-high/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d

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The White House | West Wing Reads | October 1, 2018

U.S. Reaches Trade Deal with Canada and Mexico

“Trade ministers from the U.S., Mexico and Canada have reached a deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trump administration announced late Sunday night,” Politico reports.

“The new pact, which is being called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is a major step toward completing one of Trump’s signature campaign promises.”

“President Trump on Monday praised Canada for joining the U.S. and Mexico in a new trilateral trade agreement that will replace NAFTA,” Pete Kasperowicz reports in the Washington Examiner. “Late last night, our deadline, we reached a wonderful new Trade Deal with Canada, to be added into the deal already reached with Mexico,” President Trump tweeted. The President also added that “the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, is an ‘historic transaction!’”

“First lady Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent,” Darlene Superville reports for The Associated Press. “Departing on Monday, she opens her first-ever visit to Africa on Tuesday in Ghana in the West, followed by stops in Malawi in the South, Kenya in the East and Egypt in the Northeast.”

“The Trump administration’s top officials last week unleashed a full-court rhetorical press at the United Nations against Iran — and, more important, against Tehran’s enablers, who are working hard to undermine Washington’s reimposed sanctions regime,” the New York Post editorial board writes. “Team Trump has made its meaning clear: It intends to keep Iran from acquiring nukes, and — unlike his predecessor — means to curtail its rogue behavior.”

“The Trump administration is putting America and Americans first by calling on China to live up to its pledge when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 to provide greater economic openness and to compete on a level playing field,” U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad writes in the Des Moines Register. “Instead, China has failed to fully embrace the open, market-oriented principles that the United States champions.”

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1600 Daily | The White House | October 1, 2018

Today, we turn the page on NAFTA

This morning from the Rose Garden, President Donald J. Trump unveiled a modernized, rebalanced trade deal with Canada and Mexico—keeping one of the signature promises of his 2016 campaign.

In a stark contrast from the outdated NAFTA, nearly a quarter-century old, the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) protects American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. For years, politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for a renegotiation of NAFTA, but President Trump is following through where others have failed time and time again.

In negotiating terms for USMCA, President Trump secured a number of big wins:

American auto manufacturers and workers will benefit from new rules of origin that require 75 percent of auto content to be produced in North America—incentivizing billions of dollars in additional U.S. auto parts production.

The USMCA scores a big win for American farmers by eliminating Canada’s “Class 7” program, which allowed others to undersell American dairy products. Canada will provide new access for U.S. dairy products, eggs, and poultry.

USMCA’s labor chapter represents the strongest labor provisions of any trade agreement in our country, all of which are fully enforceable.

USMCA brings our trade relationship with Canada and Mexico into the 21st century. NAFTA failed repeatedly to keep up with the fast-changing American economy: The old rules helped incentivize offshoring, leading far too many manufacturing jobs to leave our country. The new agreement includes a modernized, high-standard chapter that provides strong protection and enforcement of U.S. intellectual property rights.

President Trump’s modern, rebalanced trade deal with Canada and Mexico

The First Lady takes ‘Be Best’ to Africa

First Lady Melania Trump departed this afternoon for Africa, her first major solo international trip as First Lady, taking her “Be Best” message to the nations of Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt this week.

Since the launch of Be Best this spring, Mrs. Trump has met with children all over the world, bringing attention to the three pillars of well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse. During this week’s trip, the First Lady will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, and the deep culture and history that is woven into each African country she’ll visit.

“Whether it is education, drug addiction, hunger, online safety or bullying, poverty or disease, it is too often children who are hit first, and hardest, across the globe,” the First Lady said when announcing the trip. “Each of us hails from a country with its own unique challenges, but I know in my heart we are united by our commitment to raising the next generation to be happy, healthy and morally responsible adults.”

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Join President Donald J. Trump for a rally in Council Bluffs, IA on Tuesday, October 9th       https://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/iowa/president-trump-to-visit-council-bluffs-on-oct/article_3715e852-c681-11e8-b0e3-3f32136ef7b0.html   From: “Team Trump-Pence” <contact@team.donaldtrump.com>
Date: October 2, 2018 at 4:00:57 PM CDT
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Reply-To: “Team Trump-Pence” <reply-ff281278746c-16_HTML-4897063-10964169-28@campaigns.rnchq.com>   JOIN PRESIDENT TRUMP IN IOWA Join President Donald J. Trump for a rally in Council Bluffs, IA on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30 PM CT! Get your tickets here. Details about the event below: Tuesday, October 9th: Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center 1 Arena Way Council Bluffs, IA 51501 Doors Open: 3:30 PM (CT) Event Begins: 6:30 PM (CT) Get your tickets here. GET YOUR TICKETS Please limit personal items and arrive early to expedite entrance into the venue – please note, NO homemade signs, banners, professional cameras with a detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, back packs or large bags will be permitted into the venue.We hope to see you there!   Merchandise will be sold at this event. If you are unable to attend, you can always pick-up your MAGA gear here at our online store. Sincerely, Team Trump–Pence   TEXT TRUMP TO 88022 TO GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES ***By participating, you consent to receiving automated text messages from the campaign. Standard messaging rates apply.*** To donate, go here: https://secure.donaldjtrump.com/donate/ Contributions are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.   Paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
DonaldJTrump.com                                                      October 1, 2018 U.S. Reaches Trade Deal with Canada and Mexico “Trade ministers from the U.S., Mexico and Canada have reached a deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trump administration announced lateSunday night,” Politico reports. “The new pact, which is being called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is a major step toward completing one of Trump’s signature campaign promises.” Click here to read more. “President Trump on Monday praised Canada for joining the U.S. and Mexico in a new trilateral trade agreement that will replace NAFTA,” Pete Kasperowicz reports in the Washington Examiner. “Late last night, our deadline, we reached a wonderful new Trade Deal with Canada, to be added into the deal already reached with Mexico,” President Trump tweeted. The President also added that “the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, is an ‘historic transaction!’” “First lady Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent,” Darlene Superville reports for The Associated Press. “Departing on Monday, she opens her first-ever visit to Africa on Tuesday in Ghana in the West, followed by stops in Malawi in the South, Kenya in the East and Egypt in the Northeast.” “The Trump administration’s top officials last week unleashed a full-court rhetorical press at the United Nations against Iran — and, more important, against Tehran’s enablers, who are working hard to undermine Washington’s reimposed sanctions regime,” the New York Posteditorial board writes. “Team Trump has made its meaning clear: It intends to keep Iran from acquiring nukes, and — unlike his predecessor — means to curtail its rogue behavior.” “The Trump administration is putting America and Americans first by calling on China to live up to its pledge when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 to provide greater economic openness and to compete on a level playing field,” U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad writes in the Des Moines Register. “Instead, China has failed to fully embrace the open, market-oriented principles that the United States champions.”                                                         ………….. The White House • October 1, 2018 Today, we turn the page on NAFTA This morning from the Rose Garden, President Donald J. Trump unveiled a modernized, rebalanced trade deal with Canada and Mexico—keeping one of the signature promises of his 2016 campaign. In a stark contrast from the outdated NAFTA, nearly a quarter-century old, the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) protects American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. For years, politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for a renegotiation of NAFTA, but President Trump is following through where others have failed time and time again. In negotiating terms for USMCA, President Trump secured a number of big wins: American auto manufacturers and workers will benefit from new rules of origin that require 75 percent of auto content to be produced in North America—incentivizing billions of dollars in additional U.S. auto parts production. The USMCA scores a big win for American farmers by eliminating Canada’s “Class 7” program, which allowed others to undersell American dairy products. Canada will provide new access for U.S. dairy products, eggs, and poultry. USMCA’s labor chapter represents the strongest labor provisions of any trade agreement in our country, all of which are fully enforceable. USMCA brings our trade relationshipwith Canada and Mexico into the 21st century. NAFTA failed repeatedly to keep up with the fast-changing American economy: The old rules helped incentivize offshoring, leading far too many manufacturing jobs to leave our country. The new agreement includes a modernized, high-standard chapter that provides strong protection and enforcement of U.S. intellectual property rights. President Trump’s modern, rebalanced trade deal with Canada and Mexico Watch: Another promise made, another promise kept The First Lady takes ‘Be Best’ to Africa First Lady Melania Trump departed this afternoon for Africa, her first major solo international trip as First Lady, taking her “Be Best” message to the nations of Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt this week. Since the launch of Be Best this spring, Mrs. Trump has met with children all over the world, bringing attention to the three pillars of well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse. During this week’s trip,the First Lady will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, and the deep culture and history that is woven into each African country she’ll visit. “Whether it is education, drug addiction, hunger, online safety or bullying, poverty or disease, it is too often children who are hit first, and hardest, across the globe,” the First Lady said when announcing the trip. “Each of us hails from a country with its own unique challenges, but I know in my heart we are united by our commitment to raising the next generation to be happy, healthy and morally responsible adults.” See highlights of the First Lady’s Best Best initiative More: The First Lady’s itinerary for the week ahead Photo of the Day Official White House Photo by Stephanie Chasez President Donald J. Trump, joined by Cabinet members, legislators and senior White House advisers, announces completion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement during a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House | October 1, 2018                                                        ……….. The White House • September 26, 2018         President Trump chairs U.N. Security Council “To be successful, we need a commitment of every nation represented in this chamber. Acting together, we can replace the horrors of war with the blessings of safety and the beautiful promise of peace,” President Donald J. Trump told members of the United Nations Security Council today in New York. President Trump chaired this morning’s briefing on counterproliferation—the 8,362nd meeting of the Council. Nations of the world have long recognized the danger of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States and its allies have taken bold action to confront the worldwide threat to international peace and security posed by such weapons: Holding the Syrian regime accountable: Earlier this year, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched precision strikes on targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities. Standing up to Iran: President Trump withdrew America from the Iran nuclear deal and began reimposing sanctions to ensure the Iranian regime is permanently denied all paths to a nuclear weapon. Working to denuclearize North Korea: President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a historic summit in Singapore in June. North Korea has not conducted a nuclear test in more than a year or a missile test in 10 months. “Many of us are rightly focused on the dangers of nuclear weapons, but we must never forget the risk posed by biological and chemical weapons,” the President said today. “The United States was one of the first nations to unilaterally renounce the use of biological weapons and since World War I we have led international efforts against the scourge of chemical warfare.” For generations, world leaders and diplomats came to the United Nations with the same noble goal, President Trump said: “to build a future worthy of the patriots . . . who sacrificed their lives for our nation.” How America is fighting to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction Watch: President Trump kicks off this morning’s Security Council meeting ‘Consumer Confidence Rises to Highest Level in 18 Years’   Week after week, positive economic news continues to pour in. This time, it came in the form of broad confidence that consumers have in the Trump Economy. Confidence among consumers reached its highest level in 18 years this month, according to the Consumer Board’s index. “Consumers’ assessment of current conditions remains extremely favorable, bolstered by a strong economy and robust job growth,” said Lynn Franco, the Conference Board’s director of economic indicators. “The Conference Board also saidoptimism about the short-term outlook improved considerably this month, with 27.6 percent of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months,” Fred Imbert reports. CNBC: “Consumer Confidence Rises to Highest Level in 18 Years” Photo of the Day Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Counterproliferation at U.N. Headquarters in New York | September 26, 2018                                                     …………… God Bless America ❣ … The land of the Free because of the Brave❣                                                    ………….                                                       ……… The White House • September 24, 2018 Just now, President Trump keeps another promise on trade “For decades politicians have talked about fixing broken trade deals only to do absolutely nothing about them,” President Donald J. Trump said this afternoon from New York. “My Administration is the first to actually keep our promise and deliver.” In New York City for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly this week, President Trump met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in today to sign a new trade agreement that protects American workers and businesses. The revised deal will increase U.S. exports while preserving jobs in America’s auto industry. Under the old U.S.–Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) signed in 2012, our trade deficit skyrocketed from 6.3 billion to $9.8 billion by 2017. Under the new arrangement, South Korea will double the annual number of American automobiles that can enter its market using U.S. safety standards. Seoul has also agreed to address issues with onerous and costly customs procedures that have hindered American exports. The Republic of Korea is a key ally and trading partner of the United States; improving U.S.–Korean trade will help to strengthen this crucial economic and national security relationship. “Our two countries have set an example of friendship and cooperation for trade that rarely you see in this age,” President Trump said. Watch the historic signing ceremony between the United States and South Korea Get the facts: How America’s newest trade deal puts our workers first A drug epidemic without borders Kicking off the week at U.N. headquarters in New York,President Trump addressed an issue that his Administration has worked tirelessly to address since Inauguration Day: a deadly drug epidemic that spills across national borders. Last month, the United States announced a “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.” This morning, President Trump explained the effort to leaders from across the globe. “The call is simple: reduce drug demand; cut off the supply of illicit drugs; expand treatment; and strengthen international cooperation. If we take these steps together, we can save the lives of countless people in all corners of the world.” The 2018 World Drug Report highlights the scope of the problem and the need for action. As cocaine and opium production have hit record highs, global deaths caused by drug use increased by 60 percent from 2000 to 2015. This market for illicit drugs fuels organized crime, corruption, and terrorism the world over. “The scourge of drug addictioncontinues to claim too many lives in the United States and in nations around the world,” President Trump said. “Today, we commit to fighting the drug epidemic together.” Watch: President Trump at the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem New today: White House announces new counties to receive Federal support to fight drug trafficking Photo of the Day Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian President Donald J. Trump and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in sign the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement | September 24, 2018                                                  ……………                                                          ………. The White House • September 20, 2018             America’s first cyber strategy in 15 years America and its allies are under attackevery day in cyberspace. Malicious actors try to undermine our safety and security by damaging our national infrastructure and upending the lives of ordinary Americans. In response to this growing threat, President Donald J. Trump has unveiled America’s first comprehensive cyber strategy since 2003. The plan builds on the four priorities outlined in the Administration’s broader National Security Strategy: Protect the American People, the Homeland, and the American Way of Life by securing our information systems and combatting cybercrime Promote American Prosperity by pursuing cyberspace as an engine of economic growth, innovation, and efficiency Preserve Peace through Strength by identifying, countering, disrupting, degrading, and deterring bad behavior in cyberspace Advance American Influence by preserving the long-term openness, security, and reliability of the Internet The United States is engaged in a continuous competition against strategic adversaries, rogue states, and terrorist and criminal networks. These new threats demand a new response. The Administration’s answer to these risks is anchored by enduring American values—a belief in the power of individual liberty, free expression, free markets, and privacy. President Trump unveils America’s first cybersecurity strategy in 15 years. Go deeper: See the full report here. Video of the day   Yesterday, President Trump visited the Carolinas, getting a firsthand look at communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. Meeting with local leaders and first responders, the President had a message: “The Federal Government is behind you.” Watch President Trump visit families affected by Hurricane Florence Unemployment claims just keep falling Positive economic news is becoming a near-daily staple during the Trump Boom. Gone are the day when “secular stagnation” and endless talk of permanent slow growth were the dominant themes of American economic commentary. Weekly jobless claims fell again last week, reaching a near half-century low. Reuters had this to say: “The labor market is viewed as being near or at full employment. It continues to strengthen, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by 201,000 jobs in August and annual wage growth notching its biggest gain in more than nine years.” The U.S. stock market roared this week, as well, with both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 setting record highs. Today’s news is “a sign of investors’ conviction in a booming U.S. economy,”Michael Wursthorn reports for The Wall Street Journal. “S&P 500 HITS ALL-TIME HIGH,” the President tweeted. “Congratulations USA!” Reuters: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits falls Photo of the Day Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead President Donald J. Trump embraces a young boy in North Carolina while helping victims of Hurricane Florence | September 19, 2018     ……….. Below is an article from the McCook Gazette written by Americans for Prosperity’s Nebraska Director Jessica Shelburn. It tells why Medicaid Expansion would be a disaster. Please read. ….. VOTE – NO to Expand Medicaid  – on your Nebraska voting ballot in November …… AFP-NE State Director Jessica Shelburn | July 23, 2018 | McCook Gazette Those wishing to expand Medicaid under Obamacare in Nebraska are working double time. After coming up short in the legislature, supporters are now eyeing a ballot initiative on the November ballot. But before going down this path, Nebraskans should know every state that expanded Medicaid has created an unsustainable burden on taxpayers and crowded out resources for the truly needy. Why on earth would we want to follow in their footsteps? In state-after-state where Medicaid expanded enrollment spending has far outpaced estimates. In other words: more people have signed-up than the states budgeted for. As a result, states are left scrambling for ways to cover budget shortfalls while still paying for other essential community services like education and public safety. Left with few options, some have had to raise taxes or impose higher fees on service providers to help cover the cost, which inevitably are passed along to consumers as rate increases… …One of the first states to experience Medicaid expansion woes was Oregon. In 2012, the Beaver State announced it would expand Medicaid under the new Obamacare rules to cover able-bodied adults with no children. Four years later, the state was scrambling to come up with the $328 million to pay for the expansion… …Medicaid expansion would almost certainly lead to higher taxes to cover the inevitable costs. As it is, we face some of the most burdensome property taxes in the nation. According to the Tax Foundation, Nebraska has the 12th highest property taxes per capita in the United States; and Medicaid expansion could lead to higher local government costs. The concern goes far beyond money. Besides being expensive, Medicaid is a lousy way to deliver health care… …There is a better way. Instead of expanding Medicaid wholesale, policymakers could lift unnecessary regulations that drive up health care costs. Nebraska is one of a handful of states that has scope-of-practice laws that determine what tasks nurse practitioners and other medical professionals are able to perform when caring for a patient. This is particularly problematic for rural states like ours, where patients sometimes have to drive much farther to see a doctor to receive the care they need. Loosening some of these restrictions could free up critical dollars in the budget while expanding access for lower-income individuals. According to a study published in Health Affairs, if all states allowed nurse practitioners to practice without physician oversight, it would save $810 million. On paper, Medicaid expansion under Obamacare looks like a good deal but in practice, it’s a disaster. Nebraskans want and deserve tax relief, not policies that have the potential to increase the tax burden. Let’s learn from the mistakes made by places like Oregon and Ohio and say “No” to expanding Medicaid.                                                               ………… The White House • September 18, 2018           A ‘new direction’ against biological threats Today marks the 17th anniversary of the infamous “anthrax letters,” distributed beginning one week after the September 11 attacks of 2001. “Thought to be an indication of possible further terrorist activity,” National Security Advisor John Bolton says, these letters brought to Americans’ attention—many for the first time—the very real threat of bioweapons in the hands of our enemies. America cannot afford to take chances. Under President Donald J. Trump, it won’t. Today, the President signed off on a first-of-its-kind National Biodefense Strategy, one that signals “a new direction” in our approach to biological threats. The strategy’s key objective is creating a more efficient and accountable biodefense enterprise. Until now, Federal agencies have had disparate programs that were not centrally coordinated. Today’s Memorandum names Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar as the Federal lead for biodefense and establishes a Cabinet-level Biodefense Steering Committee. Biological threats know no borders. Whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate in nature, these risks are among the most serious facing America and its allies. The 2001 anthrax attacks, the 2009 influenza pandemic, the 2014 Ebola epidemic, and the more recent Zika epidemic all reveal the potential for widespread harm and anxiety if such threats are left ignored. “With these actions today, I am reaffirming my unwavering commitment to protecting the American people, the American homeland, and the American way of life,” President Trump writes. What you should know: How President Trump is strengthening America’s biodefense More: Read the President’s statement on today’s strategy.           ‘Critical bipartisan legislation’ on opioids Yesterday, Congress scored a bipartisan win in its effort to take on America’s opioid crisis. The Senate passed its Amendment to H.R. 6, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which takes a major step toward realizing a whole-of-government approach to combatting drug demand. President Trump has made the opioid response a top priority across his Administration.Toward that end, this vital legislation would: Reduce the amount of illicit fentanyl entering the country Improve treatment for infants suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome Create job-training programs for Americans in recovery Reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy to continue overseeing Federal drug control efforts, including public awareness campaigns “The Administration looks forward to working with both chambers as the legislative process continues to get a bill to the President’s desk to mitigate this crisis next door,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Read the Press Secretary’s full statement on yesterday’s vote. Go deeper: How the Trump Administration is taking on the “crisis next door” Photo of the Day Official White House Photo by Benjamin Tuck President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome His Excellency Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland, and Mrs. Kornhauser-Duda to the White House | September 18, 2018   ………..                  The White House |  West Wing Reads | September 17, 2018
     Credit to the Carolinas The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes that “it is impossible not to be moved by the determination of North and South Carolinians to survive this storm and the acts of heroism on their behalf.” The editors note that “rescue teams, often led by the National Guard, have worked around the clock to save the stranded. Skilled rescuers have arrived from New York, Texas, Georgia, Missouri and elsewhere. Examples of looting have been rare.”  Click here to read more. “We must give President Trump the lion’s share of credit for this good economic news. Massive deregulation has greased the skids and tax cuts have encouraged capital investment as well as buying power for consumers,” the Boston Heraldeditorial board writes. “U.S. industrial production rose by a robust 0.4 percent in August, spurred by a jump in the production of automobiles, oil and natural gas. It was the third consecutive monthly increase.” In the Washington Examiner, former CEO of Nucor steel company Dan DiMicco writes that President Trump is delivering on trade deals for American workers. “Since his early days in office, Trump outlined priorities for trade policy that include a stronger American economy, a focus on the American worker, enforcement of trade laws, and negotiations that ensure trade competitors do not take advantage of the United States.” Paul Bedard writes in the Washington Examiner that “72 percent of blue collar workers and 76 percent of white collar workers are optimistic about their future,” according to a new survey by Secrets. “That recession driven grimness hanging over the workplace has lifted and now workers of all shades are feeling good about their future.” In the Orlando Sentinel, Luis G. Rivera-Marin, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State of Puerto Rico, writes that nearly one year after Hurricane Maria, the island’s recovery has been spurred by the “extraordinary operation” of our federal government. “More than $44 billion for housing, small businesses, temporary shelter, disaster unemployment, public assistance and community-development purposes has been secured by President Trump — the largest amount by any administration assigned to the island.”                                                        …….. The White House • September 13, 2018               4,000 strong: The Federal storm response President Donald J. Trump and senior officials are monitoring multiple storms this week, including Florence, Olivia, Mangkut, and Isaac. The Administration began putting precautionary measures in place for these weather events before Labor Day. More than 4,000 Federal employees, including more than 1,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are working around the clock in response to these storms. Federal teams have been deployed across the Southeastern United States and Mid-Atlantic regions, including: 2 Army Corps of Engineers teams in the Carolinas and Virginia to help plan for debris removal and temporary power support 5 Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance teams in the Carolinas, Maryland, and Virginia 7 FEMA Incident Management Assistance teams 16 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams, including swift water rescue task forces Coast Guard personnel positioned in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia to quickly mobilize in support of search-and-rescue efforts The private sector is the first source for goods in affected areas, and if those supplies are exhausted, State, local, and volunteer agencies step in to provide additional assistance. Among the resources already in place are more than 11 million meals, 18 million liters of water, 60,000 cots, and 1 million blankets. It is the job of the Federal Governmentto support these parties any way it can. FEMA has more than two dozen Incident Support Bases, Distribution Centers, and other sites with life-saving supplies throughout the East Coast, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands. FEMA National and Regional Response Coordination Centers have also been activated to coordinate with local actors. “The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority,” President Trump said this week. “We are sparing no expense.” What to know about the Federal response to these deadly storms.Follow @FEMA, @NWS, or @Readygovon Twitter for live updates. Visit http://ready.gov/hurricanes for more information on how to prepare. Photo of the Day Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are briefed on Hurricane Florence by Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen | September 13, 2018   The White House • September 10, 2018 Make no mistake: This is an economic turnaround President Donald J. Trump’s critics are attempting a neat trick: After months of denying America’s recent economic success, they are now owning up to it—and reassigning credit to the Obama Administration. “The economy remains essentially the same sturdy one Trump inherited from Barack Obama,” Christopher Rugaber writes. Today, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett took to the White House briefing podium to dispel that myth. His case, by the evidence: Business investment was on a downswing prior to President Trump taking office. It’s now up by more than $300 billion over the 2016 trend. Orders and shipments of capital goods were on a downward trend before President Trump’s election. They’ve jumped sharply since. Business applications were on a flat trend prior to President Trump’s Inauguration. They have now surged upward. On statistic after statistic, after years of weak and inconsistent economic trendsunder the previous Administration, President Trump has delivered for Americans. “If anyone were to assert that the capital spending boom that we’re seeing right now was a continuation of the trend that President Trump inherited, then, well, you know they wouldn’t get a high grade in graduate school,” Chairman Hassett said. The facts: “An economic turnaround of historic proportions” In their words: Why the great news for American workers should continue Protecting American soldiers and citizens from unjust prosecution It is a fundamental principle of international law that a treaty is binding only on its own, consenting parties. The United States is no such party to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which threatens both our Constitution and our sovereignty. National Security Advisor John Boltonminced no words when explaining America’s position on the ICC in a speech today. “We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. And we certainly will not join the ICC,” he said. “We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.” On November 3, 2017, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC released a statement on her request to begin an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan. She indicated this investigation would include war crimes allegedly committed by U.S. Service Members and intelligence professionals during the war in Afghanistan. If the ICC formally proceeds, the Trump Administration will consider all appropriate steps to protect American citizens from the reach of an unaccountable and illegitimate global body. On the ICC, President Trump will put the American People first. Watch: An announcement on the Palestine Liberation Organization office in D.C. Photo of the Day Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff General John Kelly, talks via teleconference with FEMA officials regarding Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office | September 10, 2018     …….. Patriot Day | September 11, 2018 By Janet – Nebraska Patriots for TRUMP In the United States, Patriot Day, observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, occurs on September 11 of each year in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks of 2001.   I’m sure 9/11 was/is/always will be in everyone’s mind forever.  We all watched the horrific plane crashes and explosions on that day and many other days that followed.  I was at work.  We all were watching the television in disbelief.   This is the timeline of the “events” as it happened:  https://www.history.com/topics/9-11-timeline   Please, say a prayer, for all the survivors and the families of the deceased tomorrow. It will be a stressful day for them remembering the tragedy.   On a lighter note … one of our members asked me to share the link below to a great song.  “It’s Red Like Reagan” by Buddy Brown   https://youtu.be/-qfdhx8GOYw   ……….  
  The White House | September 8, 2018 REAL NEWS PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS   August Jobs Growth Tops Expectations, Unemployment Holds Near 18-Year Low -Fox Business “The U.S. jobs market is humming along, with hiring picking up in August and paychecks growing [while] the unemployment rate held steady,” Leia Klingel reports. “Payrolls increased by 201,000 in August and the unemployment rate stayed at 3.9 percent.”   Bar Association Lauds Kavanaugh: ‘What We Saw Was an Allegiance to the Law’The Washington Times “Judge Brett Kavanaugh is not only qualified to sit on the Supreme Court but is at the ‘top of the stream,’ the American Bar Association told senators Friday, delivering a powerful statement of support for President Trump’s nominee,” Alex Swoyer reports. “The ABA also shot down Democrats’ charges that there was a pattern of conservative bias in the judge’s rulings,” she writes.   Jobs Report Beats as Wage Growth Soars at its Fastest Pace Since the Great RecessionBusiness Insider “US employers added more jobs than forecast in August, and wages increased at their fastest pace since the Great Recession, a government report showed on Friday,” Akin Oyedele reports. “August was the 95th consecutive month in which American employers hired more people than were fired, and there’s never been a longer streak.” Layoffs Just Reached a Half-Century LowThe Wall Street Journal “The number of Americans filing applications for new unemployment benefits fell at the end of August to a nearly five-decade low,” Sharon Nunn reports in The Wall Street Journal. “Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., declined to a seasonally adjusted 203,000 in the last week of August, the Labor Department said Thursday.” American Manufacturers Growing at Fastest Pace in 14 years, ISM FindsMarketWatch “American manufacturers are on a roll: Business conditions surged in August to a 14-year high, according to a survey of industry executives,” Jeffry Bartash writes. “The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index jumped to a 14-year high of 61.3% last month from 58.1% in July.” Democrats’ Kavanaugh Tantrums Are an EmbarrassmentInvestor’s Business Daily “Any doubt that Democrats are desperate to stall Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court ended Tuesday, when they made a mockery of the confirmation hearings,” the Investor’s Business Daily editorial board writes. “This was nothing more than — bad — political theater.” Happy in Their WorkThe Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes that “blue-collar workers may be the most optimistic folks in America. Eighty-five percent say they see their lives heading in the right direction,” according to a new Harris Poll. “Seventy percent agree ‘the American Dream is alive for people like me,’ and among those who are parents 88% agree with the statement that ‘my children will have a better future than I will.’” President Donald J. Trump Wants This to be a New Year of Shalom, Salaam, PeaceJewish Telegraphic Agency Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt writes that peace for the Middle East is within grasp, but Palestinian leadership has refused to engage in talks since “President Trump made his bold, courageous and historic decision to recognize the reality that Jerusalem has been and will remain the capital of Israel. The leadership’s unwillingness to engage is disappointing and only hurts the Palestinian people that they claim to serve.” The Trump Administration is Ready to Help California Meet Wildfire Threat -The Sacramento Bee Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue write that the day the Carr Fire started, FEMA approved a grant to help California with firefighting costs. “There is no denying that fires have been a part of Earth’s history since forests first flourished on the planet,” they write. “What we can control is how we prepare and respond to them.”   …….. https://www.dailywire.com/news/35620/obama-calls-benghazi-wild-conspiracy-theory-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=dwbrand   …….. The White House | 1600 Daily | September 6, 2018 September 6, 2018   The latest Trump Economy myth: Wages are stagnant The Trump Administration’s critics are in a bind: During the 2016 election, many claimed that then-candidate Donald J. Trump’s economic policies wouldn’t work—in fact, that they would likely trigger a major recession. Nearly a year and a half into his term, the results are undeniable. Nearly 4 million jobs have been created since the election, including 400,000 in manufacturing. New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low. Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps. The economy is on track to hit its highest annual average growth rate in more than 13 years. Looking for a new talking point, the left found one: Jobs, stocks, and economic growth may be soaring, but pay is not. “Worker wages remain stagnant,” ThinkProgress declared in July. Except pay isn’t stagnant—not by a longshot. A new report from the Council of Economic Advisers this week explains the origins of that misleading stat. According to the CEA, official wage growth estimates often ignore key parts of the real compensation that workers receive. Among other problems, these measures exclude the value of crucial benefits such as health insurance, taxes, and paid leave. Real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year, well above inflation growth. CEA’s estimate translates to more than $1,000 of additional income each year for the average American household. Get the facts: American workers are seeing bigger paychecks    Read the full report: How much are workers really getting paid? Democrats’ double standard on Judge Kavanaugh Flash back to June 2010: Solicitor General Elena Kagan appeared before the Democratic-majority Senate for her confirmation hearing to the U.S. Supreme Court. “The Senate did not demand that the Obama administration provide the tens of thousands of pages from Elena Kagan’s tenure as Solicitor General,” Ethics and Public Policy Center President Ed Whelan writes in National Review. “Never mind that Kagan, in stark contrast to Kavanaugh, had zero judicial experience and that her SG records would have been the materials most probative of her legal thinking,” Whelan continues. Naturally, Senate Democrats should take the same principled stand for executive privilege when examining records for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Instead, less than one minute into this week’s confirmation hearing, Democrats began calling to adjourn the session altogether, citing insufficient information about the nominee. In fact, “the Judiciary Committee has received the most comprehensive set of documents ever provided by a nominee to the Supreme Court, receiving more executive branch documents than the past five Supreme Court nominees combined,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) wrote yesterday. “These documents are in addition to the most relevant portion of Kavanaugh’s extensive record; namely, the 307 opinions he authored as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,” Sen. Tillis added. “Senate Democrats’ Disingenuous Double Standard” Something to share: The New York Times on Kavanaugh vs. Kagan Photo of the Day   Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead President Donald J. Trump departs from the South Lawn of the White House | September 6, 2018 September 7, 2018   Layoffs Just Reached a Half-Century Low   “The number of Americans filing applications for new unemployment benefits fell at the end of August to a nearly five-decade low,” Sharon Nunn reports in The Wall Street Journal. “Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., declined to a seasonally adjusted 203,000 in the last week of August, the Labor Department said Thursday.” Click here to read more. In The Dallas Morning News, Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) write that Democrats have stooped to a new low with their antics against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. “We are both lawyers who have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court,” the Senators explain. “We know when a black robe fits. When it comes to our nation’s highest court, Kavanaugh will wear it proudly, and he will wear it well, as he makes careful, cogent decisions that impact the history of our nation.” “A nominee with 12 years of service on the second highest court in the land, authoring 308 opinions, earning the highest rating from the American Bar Association, acquitting himself beautifully during long hours of senatorial grilling while displaying class, calm, intellect and good humor, Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation was never at any risk,” Matt Mackowiak argues in The Washington Times. In The Daily Signal, foreign policy experts Brett Schaefer and James Phillips write that President Trump made the right call by ending funding for the U.N.’s Palestinian aid organization. “Previous administrations let the fear of the unknown lead them to continue support in the face of ever-more implacable Palestinian demands and mounting evidence that U.S. taxpayer dollars were being used indirectly or diverted to support Palestinian extremism and violence.” “Americans are rightly concerned that Big Tech companies in Silicon Valley have an outsized influence over the news and opinions we see on social media platforms and in Google searches,” Paula Bolyard writes in PJ Media. “A study released today from GovPredict shows that more than 90 percent of political donations by Alphabet [Google’s parent company] employees went to Democrats.”  
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The White House • September 5, 2018 The story   Bob Woodward didn’t tell The Washington power circuit loves insider baseball—stories that spread gossip, flatter the egos of political operatives, and give pundits new fodder for columns or TV hits. It doesn’t matter if the stories are true; it just matters that they don’t force the reader to think too much. “While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility,” Defense Secretary General James Mattis said of Bob Woodward’s upcoming book. “The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward’s book were never uttered by me or in my presence.” Right on cue, the Beltway media will feast on this tabloid gossip while ignoring results that actually matter to the more than 300 million Americans this Administration serves. Just a few of those results: More Americans now employed than ever recorded in our history Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than 3 decades Coal exports up 60 percent and U.S. oil production hitting an all-time high Breakthrough trade deals-in-principle with Mexico and the E.U. Median household income hitting the highest level ever recorded And that’s just the economy. On defense, there’s the near-total destruction of ISIS’ self-declared caliphate. On diplomacy, at least 17 American detainees have been returned on President Trump’s watch. And the list goes on. See a list of results—the story that Bob Woodward didn’t tell.   News that matters: Working Americans are prospering under President Trump On Judge Kavanaugh, Democrats tip their hand Several Democratic Senators want to suspend Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing this week because they claim to need more information about the nominee. Here’s the problem: Those same Senators apparently had enough information just hours after Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination in July to state their intent to vote against him. When it comes to actual substance, as day two of the confirmation hearing unfolds, Judge Kavanaugh continues to show why he’s among the most qualified High Court nominees in history. Throughout a day of questioning—some legitimate, some political theater—he has calmly explained the importance of separation of powers, precedent, and the principle of equality under the law. “No one seriously questions Kavanaugh’s qualification to serve on the Court,” the Investor’s Business Daily editorial board writes this week. “But stunts are all Democrats have left.” Why Judge Kavanaugh is exceptionally qualified to serve Investor’s Business Daily: Democrats’ tantrums are “an embarrassment” Photo of the Day Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian President Donald J. Trump welcomes the Amir of the State of Kuwait to the White House | September 5, 2018 https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600daily/
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The White House • September 4, 2018 In photos: Judge Kavanaugh’s remarkable career Today, Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the beginning of his confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court. Predictably, Democrats attempted to thwart even holding a hearing on the Judge’s nomination, rather than focusing on his record. It’s easy to see why: Judge Kavanaugh has a long, clear history as an independent and impartial arbiter of the law. He ruled against the Republican National Committee in one campaign-finance case and in favor of a liberal pro-choice group, Emily’s List, in another. He has ruled in favor of environmentalist plaintiffs in some cases and in favor of Western landowners and coal miners in others. He bases his rulings on the law—not politics, policy, or identity. Despite being appointed by a Republican President, Judge Kavanaugh ruled at least 23 times against Bush Administration agencies from 2006 to 2008. As a professional, he has been a leader in promoting racial equality and advancing minorities in the workplace, writing an important law review article about ending racial discrimination in jury selection. The Judge’s critics know all of this, which is why they’re talking about politics instead of Judge Kavanaugh’s credentials. But by the end of this week’s testimony, Americans will know the real story of his exceptional career in public service. A remarkable career in photos: Judge Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate. Get the facts: Judge Kavanaugh is among the most qualified nominees in history. In their words: ‘A faithful servant’   Senators from both parties told the White House they wanted to see a real judge nominated with outstanding credentials—one who will respect precedent. Judge Kavanaugh is all of that and more. That much is evident from the broad support he has received from every corner of American life he has touched. Letters of support have poured into the Senate from Judge Kavanaugh’s former law clerks, parents from his daughter’s youth basketball team, legal scholars, and many more groups and individuals. “Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding jurist with a proven commitment to upholding the Constitution and the rule of law,”a majority of America’s state Attorneys Generalwrite. “We have no doubt that he possesses the qualifications, temperament, and judicial philosophy to be an excellent Associate Justice.” Learn more about Judge Kavanaugh from the people who know him best.   Photo of the Day Brett M. Kavanaugh is sworn in to the D.C. Circuit Court by Justice Anthony Kennedy  
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The White House | West Wing Reads | August 30, 2018

US Economic Growth in the 2nd Quarter Gets Revised Higher, Remains Strongest Since 2014

“The US economy in the second quarter grew even faster than initially estimated, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday,” Akin Oyedele reports for Business Insider.

“Gross domestic product, the value of every good and service produced domestically, rose at an annual rate of 4.2%, the Commerce Department said, its fastest growth since the third quarter of 2014 . . . The April-to-June period was the first full quarter with the tax cuts signed by President Donald Trump in effect,” Oyedele explains.

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“The vast majority of U.S. blue-collar workers say their lives are headed ‘in the right direction,’ according to the results of a poll released this week,” Katelyn Caralle reports in the Washington Examiner. “Eighty-five percent of these workers in America are optimistic regarding the direction of their lives, and 86 percent are satisfied with their jobs.” A majority also expressed optimism about the overall direction of the country, the survey showed.

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The Associated Press reports that President Trump is awarding $91 million in grants to a record number of community anti-drug coalitions. “The White House says all 50 states will benefit from the grants from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy that aim to ‘strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance abuse.’”

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The Investor’s Business Daily Editorial Board writes that household income has soared to all-time highs under President Trump. “Median household income is up more than 4%, the economy is growing fast, optimism is at decades long highs . . . Over the course of President Obama’s entire eight years in office, median household income climbed a mere 0.3%.”

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In The Wall Street Journal, Lauren Weber reports that American workers have the highest job satisfaction since 2005. “Just more than half of U.S. workers—51%—said they were satisfied with their jobs in 2017, the highest level since 2005, according to a new report from The Conference Board,” she writes.

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Remarks by President Trump in Phone Call with President Peña Nieto of Mexico on the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement

ECONOMY & JOBS | The White House | August 27, 2018

Oval Office

11:09 A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Hello everybody.  It’s a big day for trade, a big day for our country.  A lot of people thought we’d never get here because we all negotiate tough.  We do, and so does Mexico.  And this is a tremendous thing.

This has to do — they used to call it NAFTA.  We’re going to call it the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement, and we’ll get rid of the name NAFTA.  It has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt very badly by NAFTA for many years.  And now it’s a really good deal for both countries, and we look very much forward to it.

And I believe the President is on the phone.  Enrique?  You can hook him up.  Tell me when.

How are you?  It’s a big thing.  A lot of people waiting.  Hello?  Do you want to put that on this phone, please?  Hello?  Be helpful.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO:  (As interpreted.)  President Trump, how are you?  Good morning.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you, Enrique.  And congratulations.  That’s really a fantastic thing.  We’ve all worked very hard, and your brilliant representatives are sitting right in front of me.  And I thought we would congratulate each other before it got out.  And I know we’ll have a formal news conference in the not-too-distant future.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO:  (As interpreted.)  Thank you very much, President Trump.  I think this is something very positive for the United States and Mexico.  And the first reason for this call, Mr. President, is, first of all, to celebrate the understanding we have had between both negotiating peace on NAFTA, in the interest we have had for quite a few months now to renew it, to modernize it, to update it, and to generate a framework that will boost and potentiate productivity in North America.

It is our wish, Mr. President, that now Canada will also be able to be incorporated in all this.  And I assume that they going to carry out negotiations of the sensitive bilateral issues between Mexico — rather, between Canada and the United States.

And I’m really grateful, Mr. President.  I want to say that you — I greatly recognize and acknowledge your political will and your participation in this.  And on this paved path, I want to bear my testimony, Mr. President, and my acknowledgement to both negotiating teams, especially the team that is headed and led by Mr. Robert Lighthizer, and also the accompaniment and the support we have had from the White House through Jared Kushner.

And I also extend this recognition to the Mexican team.  They are listening to you.  They are close to you right now — Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and the Secretary of the Economy, Mr. Guajardo.

Yes, in terms of (inaudible) the negotiations that have taken months, it’s been difficult, complex, and a very hard negotiation altogether with difficult moments, of course.  But I truly acknowledge now the fact that we’ve been able to reach an agreement that we are about to make public.  And this is the result of good understanding and good work.  And I — of course, I am quite hopeful that now Canada would start discussing with the United States the sensitive bilateral issue.

Congratulations, President Trump.  I am very grateful and I am attentive to your comments.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, Mr. President, thank you very much.  It’s an honor.  You’ve been my friend.  It’s been a long time since I traveled to Mexico, where we got to know each other quite well and we actually had a good meeting.  Some people weren’t sure if it was a good meeting, but I was.

I have a lot of good meetings that a lot of people aren’t sure if they were good or not.

But it’s been a long time, and this is something that’s very special for our manufacturers and for our farmers from both countries, for all of the people that work for jobs.  It’s also great trade and it makes it a much more fair bill.  And we are very, very excited about it.

We have worked long and hard.  Your representatives have been terrific.  My representatives have been fantastic too.  They’ve gotten along very well, and they’ve worked late into the night for months.  It’s an extremely complex bill and it’s something that I think will be talked about for many years to come.  It’s just good for both countries.

As far Canada is concerned, we haven’t started with Canada yet.  We wanted to do Mexico and see if that was possible to do.  And it wasn’t — I think, it wasn’t from any standpoint something that most people thought was even doable when we started.

If you look at it, you remember, at the beginning, many people thought that this was something that just couldn’t happen because of all of the different factions, all of the different sides, and the complexity.  And we made it much simpler, much better.  Much better for both countries.

Canada will start negotiations shortly.  I’ll be calling the Prime Minister very soon.  And we’ll start negotiation, and if they’d like to negotiate fairly, we’ll do that.  You know, they have tariffs of almost 300 percent on some of our dairy products, and we can’t have that.  We’re not going to stand for that.

I think with Canada, frankly, the easiest thing we can do is to tariff their cars coming in.  It’s a tremendous amount of money and it’s a very simple negotiation.  It could end in one day and we take in a lot of money the following day.

But I think we’ll give them a chance to probably have a separate deal.  We can have a separate deal or we can put it into this deal.  I like to call this deal the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement.  I think it’s an elegant name.  I think NAFTA has a lot of bad connotations for the United States because it was a rip-off.  It was a deal that was a horrible deal for our country, and I think it’s got a lot of bad connotations to a lot of people.  And so we will probably — you and I will agree to the name.

We will see whether or not we decide to put up Canada or just do a separate deal with Canada, if they want to make the deal.  The simplest deal is more or less already made.  It would be very easy to do and execute.

But I will — I will tell you that working with you has been a pleasure.  Speaking with and working President-elect López Obrador has been absolutely a very, very special time.

You both came together for your country.  You worked together.  I think that’s important for the media to know.  We have a little — a small amount of media in our presence, like everybody.  And the media should know that the President and the President-elect worked very closely together because the President felt it was important that the President-elect liked what he was seeing.

And our teams worked together.  Our teams were really well unified, and your team was very well unified.  I was very impressed with the fact that the two Presidents came together and worked out something mutually agreeable.

So it’s an incredible deal.  It’s an incredible deal for both parties.  Most importantly, it’s an incredible deal for the workers and for the citizens of both countries.  Our farmers are going to be so happy.  You know, my farmers — the farmers have stuck with me; I said we were going to do this.  And Mexico has promised to immediately start purchasing as much farm product as they can.  They’re going to work on that very hard.

And as you know, we’re working — unrelated to this, we’re working very much with other countries.  China is one; they want to talk.  And it’s just not right time to talk right now, to be honest, with China.  It’s been — it’s too one-sided for too many years, for too many decades.  And so it’s not the right time to talk.  But eventually, I’m sure, that we’ll be able to work out a deal with China.  In the meantime, we’re doing very well with China.

Our economy is up.  It’s never been this good before, and I think it’s only going to get better.

But, Mr. President, you’ve been my friend and you have been somebody that’s been very special in a lot of ways.  We talk a lot.  We talked a lot about this deal.  And I’d like to congratulate you and the Mexican people.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO:  (As interpreted.)  Thank you very much, Mr. President.

I finally recognize this, especially because of the point of understanding we are now reaching on this deal.  And I really hope and I desire — I wish — that the part with Canada will be materializing in a very concrete fashion; that we can have an agreement the way we proposed it from the initiation of this renegotiating process, a tripartite.

But today I celebrate the (inaudible) between the United States and Mexico because we’re reaching a final point of understanding.  And I hope that in the following days we can materialize (inaudible) in the formalization of the agreement.

Something additional, Mr. President — and you have already mentioned it — it has to do with an involved and committed participation of the administration and the President-elect of Mexico.  As you know, we are now going through a period of transition, and it has been possible to create a highly unified front between the negotiating team of this administration and the people appointed by the President-elect of Mexico to be observers and participate in this agreement, in this understanding, to reach the point we are now reaching.

The President-elect has been aware of everything that has been happening, and I have also had the opportunity of talking to him directly and personally on the progress being made.

You have also had direct conversations with President-elect.  Things that we have to do and I hope we have the space to do it would be to find — to toast a good toast with tequila, of course — (laughter) — to celebrate this understanding.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Enrique, I think that’s exactly right.  And you know the good relationship that I’ve already established with the President-elect.  I was very impressed with him, I must tell you.  He was terrific in every way.  And he wants — you know, he loves your country like you love your country.  You want to do the right thing.  And we’re really doing the right thing for all of us.  So I really enjoy that.  Please send him my regards, and I will speak to him very shortly.

But this was great that you were able to do it together.  I think doing it mutually as opposed to just you doing it — or even just him doing it — I think a mutual agreement between your two administrations was a fantastic thing.  I suggested that early on, and I think it was immediately embraced and I think it was a really fantastic thing that you were able to do it — and with great spirit.  I mean, it was great coordination and spirit.  So I think that is really just great.

And, you know, one of the things that I’m excited about is you’re going to be helping us at the border.  You’re going to be working together with us on agriculture.  You’re going to be working in many different ways, and we’re going to be working with you in many different ways.  This is a very comprehensive agreement.

So, Enrique, I will see you soon.  I think we’re going to have a very formal ceremony.  This is one of the largest trade deals ever made.  Maybe the largest trade deal ever made.  And it’s really something very special that two countries were able to come together and get it done.

And I just want to thank all of my people — Bob and Jared.  And, gentlemen, you have been really great, the way you’ve worked so long.  And I know you’ve been going up until three o’clock, four o’clock in the morning, and then getting in at eight.

So I just want to — on behalf of the United States, I want to thank you very much.  And I can say that Mexico is very proud of you.  They’re very proud of you.  Thank you all very much.

Enrique, I’ll see you soon.  I’ll talk to you soon.  And congratulations, and job well done.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO:  (As interpreted).  Thank you, Mr. President, and congratulations as well to you, to the negotiating team, to the (inaudible) of both countries.  We’ll be waiting for Canada to be integrated into this process.

I send you an affectionate hug.  And all my greetings to you and my regards.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  A hug from you would be very nice.  (Laughter).  Thank you.  So long.  Thanks.  Goodbye, Enrique.

Okay, so we’ve made the deal with Canada.  It’s a very —

Q    With Canada?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  They’re starting.  We made the deal with Mexico.  And I think it’s a very — deal.  We’re starting negotiations with Canada, pretty much immediately.  I can’t tell you where those negotiations are gone.  It’s going to be a — it’s a smaller segment, as you know.  Mexico is a very large trading partner.  But we’ve now concluded our deal and it’s being finalized.

And, Bob, when would you say it will be signed — actually, formally, signed?

AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER:  Well, it will likely be signed at the end of November because there’s a 90-day layover period because of our statute.  But we expect to submit our letter to Congress, beginning that process on Friday.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay, so that starts the process.

AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER:  And then 90 days later, it will be signed.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We have an agreement where — both with Canada and with Mexico — I will terminate the existing deal.  When that happens, I can’t quite tell you; it depends on what the timetable is with Congress.  But I’ll be terminating the existing deal and going into this deal.  We’ll start negotiating with Canada relatively soon.  They want to start — they want to negotiate very badly.

But one way or the other, we have a deal with Canada.  It will either be a tariff on cars, or it will be a negotiated deal.  And, frankly, a tariff on cars is a much easier way to go.  But perhaps the other would be much better for Canada.

And we’re looking to help — you know, we’re looking to help our neighbors, too.  If we can help our neighbors, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.  So we’re going to start that negotiation imminently.  I’ll be speaking with Prime Minister Trudeau in a little while.

So I want to thank everybody.  I want to thank you.  What a great job you’ve all done.  And it’s been — it’s been a long one, but a lot of people thought this was not a doable transaction.  It’s going to be great for our people.  And again, I want to thank you folks.  And we’ll see you at the signing, and we’ll see you many times before that, I’m sure.

So, congratulations to the people of Mexico.  Great job.

Thank you very much everybody.

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President Donald J. Trump is Keeping His Promise to Renegotiate NAFTA

ECONOMY & JOBS

The White House | Issued on: August 27, 2018

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America has … finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth.

President Donald J. Trump

A PROMISE KEPT: President Donald J. Trump is delivering on his promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) so all American workers can benefit.

  • The Administration has secured a preliminary United States–Mexico Trade Agreement that modernizes and rebalances the trade relationship to reflect the realities of the 21st century.
    • This agreement will create more reciprocal trade that grows the economy, supports high-paying jobs for American workers, and protects American intellectual property.
    • The preliminary agreement is a mutually beneficial win for North American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.
  • President Trump is following through after years of promises by politicians to fix NAFTA.
    • This is the first time that a modern United States trade agreement has been renegotiated.
  • The preliminary agreement will benefit American workers, American manufacturing, and American agriculture, through provisions including:
    • New “rules of origin” requirements to incentivize billions a year in vehicle and automobile parts production in the United States, supporting high-wage jobs.
    • The strongest, fully enforceable labor standards of any trade agreement.
    • New commitments to reduce trade-distorting policies for agricultural goods.
    • Improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
    • Strong and effective intellectual property protections.
    • The strongest disciplines on digital trade of any international agreement.
    • The most robust transparency obligations of any United States trade agreement.

MODERNIZING NAFTA: The 24-year-old NAFTA was outdated and unbalanced, hurting American jobs and businesses.

  • Many Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs, and broken political promises resulting from the old NAFTA.
  • NAFTA has contributed to our ballooning annual goods trade deficit, which grew from $115 billion in 1993, the year before NAFTA’s implementation, to nearly $800 billion in 2017.
    • The United States went from a $1.6 billion goods trade surplus with Mexico to a $70 billion goods trade deficit during that same time period.
  • The old NAFTA includes many outdated provisions that have not been updated to reflect modern standards, new technologies, or the 21st century global economy.

NEGOTIATING FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER: President Trump has made it a priority of his Administration to replace unfair deals with free, fair, and reciprocal trade.

  • Since taking office, President Trump has undertaken multiple trade negotiations in addition to NAFTA that will benefit American workers.
  • President Trump reached an agreement with the European Commission to work toward zero tariffs, increase energy exports, reduce non-tariff barriers, and address unfair trade.
  • Keeping another campaign promise, the Trump Administration successfully secured key amendments to the trade agreement with South Korea to strengthen our manufacturing base.
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The White House | 1600 Daily | August 23, 2018

First Air Force Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War

Yesterday, President Trump presented the Medal of Honor to a fallen hero, Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman of the United States Air Force, who died serving in Afghanistan 16 years ago. Sergeant Chapman is the first member of the U.S. Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

On March 4, 2002, on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan, Sergeant Chapman’s aircraft came under heavy enemy fire and was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. One teammate was ejected from the aircraft, and the crippled helicopter crash landed in the valley below. Sergeant Chapman and the remaining joint special operations team members voluntarily returned to the snow-capped mountain—into the heart of a known enemy stronghold—in an attempt to rescue their stranded teammate.

Sergeant Chapman charged into enemy fire through harrowing conditions, seized an enemy bunker, and killed its enemy occupants. Despite severe wounds, he continued to fight relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before paying the ultimate sacrifice. Sergeant Chapman’s heroic actions, at the cost of his life, are credited with saving the lives of his teammates.

“Our nation is rich with blessings,” President Trump said yesterday. “But our greatest blessings of all are the patriots like John.”

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Authorities: Iowa student killed by Mexican in US illegally

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A man from Mexico living in the U.S. illegally has confessed to kidnapping college student Mollie Tibbetts while she was running in her small Iowa hometown, killing her and dumping her body in a cornfield, authorities said Tuesday.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tibbetts, whose July 18 disappearance set off a massive search involving state and federal authorities.

Rivera led investigators early Tuesday to a body believed to be Tibbetts in a cornfield about 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbetts was last seen running, Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn said.

“I can’t speak about the motive. I can just tell you that it seemed that he followed her, seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day, for whatever reason he chose to abduct her,” Rahn told reporters at a news conference outside the sheriff’s office in Montezuma, where Rivera was being jailed.

The news that the highly publicized and gruesome crime was allegedly committed by a person in the country illegally drew immediate outrage. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, said: “As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry.”

Authorities said on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that they have charged a man living in the U.S. illegally with murder in the death of Iowa college student, Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared a month ago while jogging in a rural area. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Rick Rahn said that Rivera, 24, was charged with murder in the death of Tibbetts. (Iowa Department of Public Safety via AP)A poster for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts hangs in the window of a local business, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa. Tibbetts was reported missing from her hometown in the eastern Iowa city of Brooklyn in July 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Friends and family of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts react during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Montezuma, Iowa. Police say a man in the country illegally has been charged with murder in the death of Tibbetts, who was reported missing from her hometown in the eastern Iowa city of Brooklyn in July 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)A ribbon for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts hangs on a light post, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa. Tibbetts was reported missing from her hometown in the eastern Iowa city of Brooklyn in July 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Friends and family of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts react following a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Montezuma, Iowa. Police say a man in the country illegally has been charged with murder in the death of Tibbetts who was reported missing from her hometown in the eastern Iowa city of Brooklyn in July 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Authorities said on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that they have charged a man living in the U.S. illegally with murder in the death of Iowa college student, Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared a month ago while jogging in a rural area. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Rick Rahn said that Rivera, 24, was charged with murder in the death of Tibbetts. (Iowa Department of Public Safety via AP)

“We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community, and we will do all we can to bring justice to Mollie’s killer,” she said in a statement.

The arrest is likely to spark calls for a further crackdown on illegal immigration, which President Donald Trump has made a core policy of his administration.

He often has claimed widespread crime by people living in the country illegally, citing among other things the indictments of 11 suspected MS-13 gang members from El Salvador charged in connection with the slayings of two Virginia teens. Trump also has held events at the White House with members of “angel families,” whose relatives were killed by immigrants.

Although Trump claims legal U.S. residents are less likely to commit crime, several studies from social scientists and the libertarian think tank Cato Institute find that isn’t accurate and states with a higher share of people living in the country illegally have lower violent crime rates.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that it lodged a federal immigration detainer for Rivera after he was arrested on the murder charge. That move means the agency has probable cause to believe he is subject to deportation.

Investigators said they believed Rivera had lived in the area from four to seven years. Rahn declined comment on his employment history, but described Rivera as someone who lived in a rural area and kept to himself. A search of Iowa court records revealed no prior criminal history, and it’s unclear whether he had ever been subject to prior deportation proceedings.

Rivera’s Facebook page described him as being from Guayabillo, a community of less than 500 people in the state of Guerrero. It’s about a three-hour drive from the resort city of Acapulco.

Investigators said they zeroed in on Rivera after obtaining footage from surveillance cameras in Brooklyn. The footage showed a Chevy Malibu connected to Rivera that was driving back and forth as Tibbetts was running in the area, Rahn said.

An affidavit attached to the criminal complaint against Rivera alleged that he admitted to investigators he got out of his car and started running alongside Tibbetts.

Tibbetts grabbed her phone and said she was going to call the police. The affidavit says Rivera panicked and then said he blacked out. Rivera next remembers seeing her earphones on his lap, and taking her bloody body out of the trunk of his car, it said.

“The defendant further described during the interview that he dragged Tibbetts on foot from his vehicle to a secluded location in a cornfield,” the affidavit said.

Investigators said they had earlier searched the area for Tibbetts but didn’t find her, noting the body was covered by corn stalks when recovered early Tuesday.

Rahn said that Rivera was cooperating with investigators and speaking with the help of a translator. He said an autopsy would be performed on the body Wednesday by the state medical examiner’s office, which would assist investigators in understanding whether Tibbetts had been assaulted or tried to fight him off.

A conviction on first-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole in Iowa, which doesn’t have the death penalty.

On Tuesday night, deputies were guarding a trailer where the suspect had lived on a gravel road outside Brooklyn near a dairy farm.

Tibbetts’ disappearance set off a massive search involving dozens of officers from the FBI, as well as state and local agencies. They focused much of their efforts in and around Brooklyn, searching farm fields, ponds and homes. Investigators asked anyone who was around five locations, including a car wash, a truck stop and a farm south of town, to report if they saw anything suspicious on July 18.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence met privately with the Tibbetts family during a visit to Iowa and told them that “you’re on the hearts of every American.”

At Brooklyn City Hall, city clerk Sheri Sharer said Tuesday was a sad day for the town.

“It never crossed our mind that she wouldn’t come home safe,” she said.

The University of Iowa mourned the loss of Tibbetts, a psychology major who would have started her junior year this week.

“We are deeply saddened that we’ve lost a member of the University of Iowa community,” said university official Melissa Shivers, who urged students to seek counseling and other support services as needed.

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The White House | August 21, 2018

ICE Successfully removes Nazi Camp Guard

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-30/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d

Overnight, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out a 2004 order of deportation for Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi SS labor camp guard in German-occupied Poland. After World War II, Palij lied about being a Nazi and became a resident of Queens, New York.

Through extensive negotiations, President Trump and his team secured Palij’s deportation to Germany. Despite the 2004 removal order, past administrations were unsuccessful in expelling Palij from America.

To protect the promise of freedomfor Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Palij. His long-overdue deportation sends a strong message: The United States will not tolerate those who facilitated Nazi crimes and other human rights violations, and they will not find a safe haven on U.S. soil.

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The White House • August 14, 2018
More small business history Small businesses are a key driver of our economy. When they succeed, so does America. More than 99 percent of U.S. businesses are small businesses, and they employ a full 48 percent of the American workforce. Last month, the Trump Boom put small businesses on the cusp of yet another economic record. Small business owner optimism hit a 35-year high in July—just one-tenth of a point shy of the highest level in the survey’s 45-year history. The all-time record was achieved in July 1983 during the height of the Reagan Revolution. Much like Reagan, President Donald J. Trump is shattering old assumptions about America’s economy. The result is a golden age for small businesses, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon writes. “The unemployment rate is a healthy 4 percent, with more Americans entering the job market . . . And for the first time on record, there are more job openings than unemployed people looking for work.” What the Trump Boom means, in the words of small business owners ‘We are not backing down’ When President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) yesterday, he accomplished four important things: delivering on a pledge to rebuild our Military, honoring a commitment to put Service Members and their families first, ensuring America is ready to defend against the threats of today and tomorrow, and funding critical operations with our allies. “The National Defense Authorization Actis the most significant investment in our military and our warfighters in modern history,” the President said at yesterday’s signing at Fort Drum in New York. “After years of devastating cuts, we’re now rebuilding our military like we never have before, ever.” Echoing the words of Gen. George Patton, President Trump said America should never just “hold its position”—it should always be advancing. “America is on the move once again, and we are not backing down.” See President Trump watch a military demonstration and speak at Ford Drum. Get the facts: How this $716 billion investment in American defense will be spent Photo of the Day Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks prior to signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 at the Wheeler-Sack Army Air Field in Fort Drum, NY | August 13, 2018
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The White House | The West Wing Reads | August 13, 2018

President Trump signed a $716 billion defense bill Monday that authorizes hundreds of new planes, ships and tanks — and delivers a substantial victory to the administration by watering down penalties on a Chinese telecom company.

The law adds thousands of troops to the size of the military, raises pay, modernizes the U.S. nuclear arsenal and lays the groundwork for Mr. Trump’s proposed “space force,” in what the president called “the most significant investment in our military, and in our war fighters, in modern history.”

“After years of devastating cuts, we’re now rebuilding our military like never before,” Mr. Trump said while signing the National Defense Authorization Act at Fort Drum, New York. “Every day our military was fighting for us, and now we’re fighting for you.”

The bill draws up policies to carry out the massive cash infusion lawmakers agreed to earlier this year for the military, ending years of budget “sequestration” caps under President Obama.

Mr. Trump’s signature also marks the earliest that an NDAA has been competed in more than 20 years.

The White House said the law will increase the size of U.S. forces by authorizing 15,600 more troops across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The new recruits will bring the total strength of the Army to 487,500 soldiers; Navy, 335,400 sailors; 186,100 in the Marine Corps; and 329,100 in the Air Force.

‌Mr. Trump also got what he wanted in the measure with controls on U.S. government contracts with China’s ZTE Corp. and Huawei Technologies because of national-security concerns. The legislation prohibits government agencies from using their products, but stops short of a complete ban on any dealings between ZTE and American companies.

Such a ban had passed as part of the Senate’s version of the NDAA, after ZTE had been deemed a repeat-violator of American sanctions. But Mr. Trump struck a deal to lift the sanctions at the personal request of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has been helping Mr. Trump in his efforts to negotiate with North Korea on denuclearization.

Instead, the NDAA strengthens the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which determines whether proposed foreign investments threaten national security.

Huawei said it supports the U.S. government’s goals for better security, “but this random addition to the NDAA is ineffective, misguided, and unconstitutional.”

“It does nothing to identify real security risks or improve supply chain security, and will only serve to stifle innovation while increasing internet costs for US consumers and businesses,” the company said.

The president also said the measure will help to create the new U.S. Space Force, which he said is necessary to counter military moves by China and others in orbit.

“Our foreign competitors and adversaries have already begun weaponizing space, developing new technologies to disrupt vital communications, blind satellites,” Mr. Trump said. “They’ve given me rundowns. I’ve seen things that you don’t even want to see, what they’re doing, and how advanced they are. We’ll be catching them very shortly. They want to jam transmissions, which threaten our battlefield operations and so many other things. We will be so far ahead of them in a very short period of time, your head will spin. We must have American dominance in space.”

The new NDAA also underscores Defense Secretary James N. Mattis’ shift away from battling terrorist insurgencies and toward the growing threats from Russia and China. For example, it provides $6.3 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative, the largest U.S. expenditure yet for a program aimed at beefing up defenses in European nations near Russia.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan noted that the legislation calls for a 2.6-percent pay raise for troops in 2019, the biggest in nine years.

“This legislation reforms the Pentagon to make our military more agile, provides resources to ensure our armed forces have the tools needed for modern warfare, and extends funding for global counterterrorism efforts,” said the Wisconsin Republican.

The measure authorizes $7.6 billion for 77 new F-35 “stealth” Joint Strike Fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin, and $24.1 billion to fund the construction of 13 new battle force ships.

Congress named the legislation for Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican, who is battling brain cancer. Mr. Trump, who has feuded with Mr. McCain for most of his presidency, didn’t mention him during his remarks.

Instead, Mr. Trump thanked by name a lengthy list of military chiefs and lawmakers who were in attendance: the commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division, Major General Walt Piatt; the seven members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, individually; Rep. Elise Stefanik, New York Republican and a member of the House Armed Services Committee in whose district the fort is located; Rep. Don Beyer, Virginia Democrat; Rep. Dan Donovan, New York Republican, Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican; and Rep. Martha McSally, Arizona Republican.

The measure authorizes $500 million for the co-development and co-production of missile defense systems with Israel.

Under the new law, $616.9 billion is authorized for the base Pentagon budget in fiscal 2019, which starts Oct. 1. Congress still must complete appropriations to pay for the weapons systems and other military operations

The NDDA authorizes $21.9 billion for nuclear weapons programs under the Energy Department, and another $69 billion to fund U.S. war efforts under the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

The law also bars the U.S. from selling F-35 fighter jets to NATO member Turkey. Last week, Mr. Trump announced he was doubling tariffs on steel and aluminum from Turkey over its plans to purchase a Russian missile defense system.

The administration is also angered by Turkey’s detaining of a U.S. pastor on terrorism charges.

The president said the defense policy measure signals that the U.S. is “on the move once again and we are not backing down.”

“We are the most powerful,” Mr. Trump said. “We are the best funded. We are the biggest, we are the strongest, we are the smartest.”

Fort Drum is home to the legendary 10th Mountain Division. Before his speech, Mr. Trump viewed an air assault exercise on a tarmac at the base, watching as Chinook helicopters delivered howitzers, which were then fired by soldiers.

Mr. Trump told the troops later, “I hate to say this, but nobody stands a chance against you folks.”

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President Trump Asks Pastor to Lead Room in Prayer

Stunned By What Happens Next (Video)

It is of the President’s opening remarks, the prayer and some powerful comments from one of the pastors.

Below links are a 4:47 minute version and a 30:05 minute version

https://youtu.be/-oYarKyufco

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9HQh0AD7Ros

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The White House | West Wing Reads | August 9, 2018

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/09/pence-calls-for-space-force-to-be-established-by-2020.html

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on Wednesday conducted a series of raids on businesses in Minnesota and Nebraska, resulting in the indictment of 17 business owners and managers for fraud and money laundering, and knowingly hiring and mistreating undocumented immigrants, the Associated Press reported.
The raid, described by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the largest in the agency’s 15-year history, was unusual because it reportedly targeted business owners rather than undocumented workers.
“The whole investigation was initiated, basically, because we knew that these businesses were cheating these workers and cheating taxpayers and cheating their competition,” Tracy Cormier, special agent in charge of the raid, told the Associated Press.
The businesses, mostly tomato greenhouses and potato processing facilities, allegedly used fraudulent names and Social Security numbers to employ undocumented workers, and used “force, fraud, coercion” and the threat of deportation to exploit employees. Additionally, the businesses engaged in wage theft, frequently forcing their undocumented workers to cash their paychecks at the business for a high fee and withheld taxes from their workers’ pay, but did not turn those funds over to the government.
Officials are still questioning whether to take three of the managers or owners into custody.
More than 130 undocumented workers were also taken into ICE custody as a result of the raid. In Nebraska, ICE agents in bullet-proof jackets stormed a facility while state troopers blocked the entrance, as roughly 80 employees were screened and either released or placed on a large bus and transported to Grand Island to be questioned and processed, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
Family members stood outside sobbing, the paper reported, and one woman was turned away as she attempted to provide immigration papers for her boyfriend. Another desperately attempted to call her mother, who was working inside the facility.
“These hardworking people, they shouldn’t be doing this to them…. All they want is a better life for their children,” Maria Ortiz, who works at the Antelope County Sheriff’s Office, told the World-Herald as she consoled the crying daughter of one worker. “Who else is going to do this work?”
The raid is the latest aggressive ICE maneuver in recent months. As The Atlantic’s CityLab reported, the raids not only inflict damaging, traumatizing effects on Latinx communities, but frequently result in the separation of children and parents.
The town of O’Neill, Nebraska, where one of Wednesday’s raids was conducted, has a population of just over 3,000. O’Neill Public School superintendent Amy Shane told the Washington Post she suspects anywhere between 50 to 100 children in her district may have been separated from a relative or immediate family member as a result of this week’s raid, given how many town residents were employed by the business.
On June 5, immigration officials similarly raided a gardening shop in Ohio, arresting 114 workers in the process. That action was preceded by one on April 5, at a rural meatpacking plant in Tennessee. Officials arrested 94 workers as a result of that raid.
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The White House | West Wing Reads | August 8, 2018

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/trumps-new-short-term-health-insurance-rule-is-a-major-victory-for-young-people-and-working-families

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The Booming Economy Is Lifting Up American Workers

The White House | ECONOMY & JOBS | August 7, 2018

Last week’s jobs report and other recent economic indicators have shined a light on the incredible gains American workers are experiencing under the Trump Economy.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Workers Hardest Hit by Recession Are Joining in Recovery

“The least educated American workers, who took the hardest hit in the Great Recession, were also among the slowest to harvest the gains of the recovery. Now they are a striking symbol of a strong economy. The unemployment rate for those without a high school diploma fell to 5.1 percent in July, the Labor Department reported Friday, the lowest since the government began collecting data on such workers in 1992.”

FOX BUSINESS: Millions Drop Off Food Stamps

“More than 2.8 million have stopped participating in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) – commonly known as food stamps – since Trump’s first full month in office, the data showed. Food stamp enrollment in May 2018 was 39,329,356 versus 42,134,301 in February 2017.”

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Hispanic Unemployment Again Hits New Record Low in July

“Unemployment for Hispanic workers again plumbed a new record low in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino workers fell to 4.5 percent in the month, lower than the previous record of 4.6 percent that was set just the month before.”

MILITARY TIMES: Unemployment for Post-9/11 Vets Hits Record Low

“The latest federal employment figures, released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, show veterans who have served in the military since 9/11 had an unemployment rate of 3 percent in July — the lowest it’s ever been, according to the government statistics dating back to 2006.”

Commentators and editorial boards are touting last week’s jobs report as further evidence that President Trump’s economic policies are delivering for American workers.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE EDITORIAL BOARD: This Is What a Booming Economy Feels Like

“Best of all, people are finding work. The unemployment rate is 3.9 percent. It’s at a record low for Hispanics and near a record for African-Americans. Jobs mean everything to the nation’s sense of well-being. Opportunity offers fulfillment; paychecks create prosperity. Do you feel better about your prospects? You should. The economy is booming.”

GREGORY DACO IN THE HILL: Employment Data Hasn’t Been This Good Since the Days of the iPod

“[T]he economy has continued to add 200,000 jobs on a monthly basis over the past year, and these jobs number continue to reduce the amount of slack in the labor market. The unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 3.9 percent in July, while the underemployment rate (the U-6 rate), which accounts for discouraged workers and part-timers wanting full-time position, reached a 17-year low of 7.5 percent.”

RICHARD MANNING ON FOX NEWS: Trump Keeps His Promises – Our Current Low Unemployment Rate Proves It

“Now the July employment numbers, released Friday, confirm that those who have been left behind over the past two decades are beginning to find their places in their search for the American Dream. America is getting back to work. July 2018 marked the second-lowest number of unemployed Americans since before 9/11 in May of 2001, dropping to 6.28 million – 284,000 fewer that in the previous month.”

LOUIS WOODHILL IN REALCLEARMARKETS: The Jobs Report is a Validation of Trump’s Economic Policies

“The economy truly is better now than it was under Obama, and Friday’s ‘Employment Situation’ report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provided solid evidence for this. July’s ‘headline’ (U-3) unemployment was 3.87%. Except for this May, this was the lowest for any month since the 1960s.”

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The White House | West Wing Reads | August 6, 2018

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/06/trump-reinstates-iran-sanctions-slams-horrible-nuclear-deal.htm

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WATCH: Video Of President Trump Stopping Motorcade, Hopping Out To Thank Firefighters Goes Viral

A video of President Trump stopping his motorcade and climbing out of his limousine to greet a couple dozen flabbergasted firefighters is setting the interwebs on fire.

In the video, when “The Beast” (as Trump’s car is known) suddenly stops, two Secret Service agents walk up to the window. It’s unclear if they’re trying to discourage the president from getting out or simply making a quick plan for his impromptu stop.

One firefighter had been filming the motorcade as it rolled in. As the agents talk with the president, the firefighter says, “No, he’s not…” and laughs nervously. Then Trump climbs out, applauding the firefighters as he walks toward them.

“Thank you, men, thank you,” Trump says as he shakes their hands, going down the line. The firefighter filming the video says, “That’s awesome!”

Trump then gathers the firefighters together — “c’mon” — for a group photo in which he gives the thumb’s up. Others grabbed some quick selfies.

The video was shot in June, but the post has been all over the internet this weekend.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/34055/right-feels-president-trump-stops-motorcade-thank-joseph-curl?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=dwbrand

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The White House | August 2, 2018

On ICE, Democrats abandon the mainstream

Despite public opposition, numerous Democrats continue to call for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be abolished. It’s a belief that falls squarely outside the American mainstream: According to a recent POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, only 25 percent of voters support getting rid of ICE.

A majority of Americans know we must keep ICE, and for good reason: Eliminating this crucial piece of our national security force would grind immigration enforcement to a halt, with devastating consequences for public safety. Abolishing ICE would mean abolishing the agency responsible for removing drug dealers, gang members, and other criminals who exploit America’s border to take advantage of our communities.

The numbers don’t lie. Criminals arrested by ICE during the 2017 fiscal year were responsible for:

• More than 76,000 dangerous drug offenses;

• More than 48,000 assault offenses;

• More than 11,000 weapon offenses;

• More than 5,000 sexual assault offenses;

• More than 2,000 kidnapping offenses; and

• More than 1,800 homicide offenses.

Our immigration law enforcement officers work in dangerous conditions to protect our communities. We must stand with them. Recently, 167 Democrats in the House of Representatives refused to vote for a resolution to support these border officials. “To the courageous public servants at ICE, men and women, we want you to know that the American people are with you and my administration has your back 100 percent,” President Trump said in his most recent weekly address.

The facts: Abolishing ICE would open the floodgates—to crime, drugs, and terrorism.

Yesterday in Hawaii, the remains of 55 U.S. Service Members were returned to American soil. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Honolulu to welcome them home.

The return comes as part of President Trump’s negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The President thanked Chairman Kim for honoring his word. “Incredibly beautiful ceremony as U.S. Korean War remains are returned to American soil,” the President tweeted. “Thank you to Honolulu and all of our great Military participants on a job well done.”

“Some have called the Korean War the ‘forgotten war.’ But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten,” Vice President Pence said. “Today, our boys are coming home.”

Watch Vice President Pence’s tribute to these fallen American heroes.

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The White House | July 30, 2018

REAL NEWS PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS

Trump Touts ‘Historic’ Economic Turnaround as GDP Growth Hits 4.1 Percent -Washington Examiner

Gabby Morrongiello reports that President Trump announced the U.S. GDP rose to an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the second quarter. She writes that the President “said the current manufacturing renaissance, combined with Friday’s numbers and ongoing negotiations over new bilateral trade deals, proved the U.S. is once again ‘the economic envy of the entire world.’”

Trump Announces Trade Concessions from EU Officials on Soybeans, Energy, Tariffs – Fox News

“President Trump announced Wednesday that he has secured major trade concessions from European Union officials,” Adam Shaw reports. “Both sides agreed to work toward the goal of ‘zero’ tariffs and subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.” President Trump called it “a very big day for free and fair trade.”

Secretary Perdue: President Trump Stands by American Farmers – USA Today

“In the Olympics, if opposing athletes continuously broke the rules while the officials let them get away with it, American fans would want our coaches to raise a fuss,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue writes. “That’s what has been happening in the arena of international trade, and President Donald Trump is rightly calling out our competitors for unfair play.”

Trump Holds ‘Made in America’ Event at White House – CBS News

“President Trump held the second ‘Made in America’ event at the White House on Monday. The event, which was designed to celebrate the administration’s economic policies, showcased products from each of the 50 states,” CBS News reports.

Ivanka Trump: We Must Build Workers’ Skills More Effectively to Ensure a Bright Economic Future – The Dallas Morning News

“Thanks to the Trump administration’s pro-growth policies, the U.S. economy is booming,” Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump writes. “If we could more effectively build workers’ skills and bring more nonworking Americans off the sidelines, our economic future could be even brighter.”

Trump Steel Tariffs Bring Hope, Prosperity Back to Granite City – St. Louis Dispatch

“Hiding in plain sight in a suburb of St. Louis is one of the great success stories of President Donald J. Trump’s tough trade policies,” National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro writes. “This is the rebirth of the Granite City steelworks, idled in 2015 — along with about 2,000 steelworkers — under a drowning flood of subsidized foreign imports.”

House Passes Tech-Focused Skills Training Legislation – The Hill

The Perkins Career and Technical Education Act “unanimously passed the House on Wednesday afternoon after passing the Senate on Monday. It is now headed to President Trump’s desk,” Ali Breland and Juliegrace Brufke report. The bill, which was championed by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, is “aimed at bolstering skills training for technical jobs in various industries.”

Secretary of State Pompeo: Religious Persecution in Iran, China Must End Now -USA Today

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Iran and China to end their religious persecution. “We need to hear the stories of those persecuted, tortured, falsely imprisoned, and killed for their faith,” he writes. “We can honor their sacrifices by preventing these atrocities from happening again.”

Trump Tells Veterans He Will ‘Stand Up for America’ – The Hill

“We don’t apologize for America anymore. We stand up for America. We stand up for the patriots who defend America,” President Trump told the Veterans of Foreign Wars at their national convention this week. “And we stand up for our national anthem,” the President added to a “thundering ovation.”

Tax Cuts Only Help the Wealthy, Right? American Paychecks Show Otherwise -Fox News

“In every single congressional district, taxpayers are seeing a tax cut,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James write. “Americans are better off now than they were two years ago—the economy is booming again.”

Nikki Haley, Jared Kushner: For Gaza Peace, Tell the Truth About Hamas – CNN

“The old cliché about turning around a battleship is true. It doesn’t happen quickly. But something is happening at the United Nations that proves that changing course is possible,” write U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt in CNN.

Gov. Phil Bryant: Brett Kavanaugh Best Choice for Supreme Court -Clarion Ledger

“Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding nominee, and the single most qualified person in the country to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He deserves swift confirmation by the United States Senate,” Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant writes.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/25/trump-announces-trade-concessions-from-eu-officials-on-soybeans-energy-tariffs.html

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Remarks by President Trump at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention | Kansas City, MO

VETERANS

The White House | Issued on: July 24, 2018

11:54 A.M. CDT

.@realDonaldTrump: “We don’t apologize for America any more. We stand up for America. We stand up for the patriots who defend America. And we stand up for our national anthem.”

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Lee.  Thank you, Lee.  Thank you.

AUDIENCE:  USA!  USA!  USA!

THE PRESIDENT:  And thank you also to Commander Harman.  We’re grateful for your service, for your leadership, and this incredible organization.  That’s what it is — it’s incredible.  (Applause.)

I’m honored to be here today in Kansas City, Missouri, to pay tribute to the men and women who make freedom possible.  Kansas City.  And what a special place.  What a special group of people.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars, you people should be very proud of yourselves.

I want to personally thank each and every one of you who has served our country in uniform, defended our nation in battle, and protected our great American flag.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

I also want to recognize a great Kansas City legend, who I met today at the plane — somebody that I’ve been a fan of for a long time; a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame — George Brett of the Kansas City Royals.  (Applause.)  Where’s George?  He’s around here someplace.  I said, “George, how many years?”  “Twenty.”  “What was your batting average?”  “.305.”  I said, that’s pretty good — .305 for 20 years.  Special guy.

I want to thank a true patriot, your executive director, Bob Wallace, along with your outstanding National Auxiliary President, Dee Guillory.  Thank you, Dee.  (Applause.)

And congratulations to VFW’s incoming leadership, BJ Lawrence and Sandy Kreebull.  (Applause.)  Where are they?  Great.  Great.  Congratulations.

We’re also joined by our brand new VA Secretary, Robert Wilkie — he’s going to be fantastic — who was just confirmed by the Senate last night with an overwhelming vote.  The only ones, actually, that voted against him were all of the people, super-lefts, that are running against me in two and a half years.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Every one of them.  If you want to know who’s running, just take a look at Wilkie’s score, because every single one of them — there will be probably quite a few more — but in the Senate, that was it.  But what a great vote.  And he’s going to do a fantastic job.  There’s been nothing more important to me.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.

I also want to thank our Acting VA Secretary, Peter O’Rourke, for doing such a fantastic job in the meantime, holding down the fort until Wilkie got approved.  And Peter is going to be joining the whole team, and they are doing numbers, and they are doing a job, with Choice and with all of the other things that we’ve gotten approved.  They’re doing some job for our vets.  It was a very important commitment that I made to you during the campaign, and we’re fulfilling that commitment.

Several terrific members of Congress are here today as well.  Great friends of mine; they’ve helped me so much.  We’re joined by Kevin Yoder from Kansas.  (Applause.)  Incredible guy.  Kevin?  Kevin Yoder.  What an incredible guy.  And members of Missouri’s congressional delegation: Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Jason Smith, along with your state’s Attorney General.  Hopefully — we need him so badly — hopefully, your new senator-to-be, Josh Hawley.  We need Josh badly.  (Applause.)  Josh, thank you.

In fact, Josh, do me a favor.  Come up here just for a second.  Just shake my hand.  This guy is a special man.  Come here, Josh.  Come here.  (Applause.)

HAWLEY:  Well, it’s an incredible honor to be here today.  Thanks to all of you for your service and what you mean to this country.  But how about the leadership of President Donald Trump?  What do you think?  (Applause.)

You know, when I think about President Trump, there’s one word that comes to mind.  That word is “courage.”  Do you agree?  (Applause.)  How many people over the years have said that they’ll do this, or they’ll do that?  But there’s one guy who had the guts to actually fulfill his promises, the guts to move our embassy to Jerusalem, the guts to actually stand up against our enemies overseas, the guts to put conservatives on the Supreme Court of the United States — and that’s Donald Trump.  (Applause.)

You know, the President always says — the President always says we’re at a turning-point moment as a country; it’s a critical time for our country.  And he’s providing the leadership that this country needs as we lead the world into this new century.  And now I tell you what: I think he needs reinforcements in Washington, D.C.  Do you agree with that?  (Applause.)

So let’s do this — let’s show our appreciation again for President Trump and the leadership that he is giving to this country.  And let’s redouble our efforts and recommit ourselves to standing together, working hard, and making America great again.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Wow.  Goodbye, folks.  (Laughter.)  That was great.  What a great young man.

Before going any further, I want to take this moment to send our prayers to the victims of the tragic boat accident that took place in your great state last week.  And I have to tell you, the whole world was watching that.  We lost 17 beautiful souls, including 9 members of one family, and babies for whom life was just beginning.  Their lives were cut short, but they and their loved ones will never, ever be forgotten.  A tragedy.  We will hold their memory close to our hearts.

I want to thank your Governor, Mike Parson — a friend of mine, a great person — for his leadership during this terrible tragedy, along with the Coast Guard and all of the first responders who were incredible.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

Next year will mark the 120th anniversary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the oldest major veterans organization in our country.  That’s pretty good, right?  (Applause.)  For more than a century, the VFW has represented American heroes who promoted American values.  And they did so with honor.  You are the universal symbol of the patriotic pride that beats loudly in every single American heart.

We don’t apologize for America anymore.  We stand up for America.  (Applause.)  We stand up for the patriots who defend America.  (Applause.)  And we stand up for our National Anthem.  (Applause.)

We’re putting America first again, and we are seeing the incredible results.  We’re destroying the bloodthirsty killers known as ISIS — almost gone.  We’re calling the threat by its real name, a name that wasn’t mentioned for a long time.  It’s called radical Islamic terrorism.  That’s what it is.  (Applause.)  You have to know your enemy before you can defeat your enemy.

Earlier this year, I recognized the true capital of Israel — as Josh said — Jerusalem, where we just opened the American Embassy.  (Applause.)  They thought it would never be named.  And after it was named, they thought it would never get built.  And I built it within four months.  How about that one?  You know that story.  Four months.  (Applause.)  They came to my office; they had a document to be signed.  One billion dollars for the embassy.  I said, “$1 billion?”  They didn’t have a site; they didn’t know anything.

And our great Ambassador to Israel called — David Friedman, who’s a very successful lawyer in New York City; one of the most — and he said, “You know, we can do it a lot faster.  We have a great site.  We have a building already on the site.  We could renovate the building quickly, and we could open the embassy, if you’d like to do that, sir.”  And I said, “How much would it cost?”  He said, “$150,000.”  I said, “What?”  What?  (Applause.)  He said, “I think we can do it in four months.”

So we’re talking about $1 billion, maybe in 20 years, maybe never.  Probably never happens, right?  We know what goes on.  He starts out, “I’d rather build ships or I’d rather build something else,” if we can save the money.  (Applause.)  We can save that money; let’s use it wisely.

So I said, “David, let’s not do 150, let’s do, like, how about $400,000?  And make it nicer.”  And it’s beautiful.  It just opened, and it is beautiful.  So, we’re many years ahead of schedule.  And I understand, frankly, every President, for the last many Presidents, have said, “We’re going to open our embassy in Jerusalem.”  And then they never did it.  They all failed.  They never did it.  And I understand why.

Because when it came time, and when people were hearing rumors about it, I was inundated from calls of every leader from all over the world, imploring me, even demanding that we not do it, to a point where I never took their calls.  I called them back after I did it.  You know, it’s one of those jobs — (laughter) — “let me call them back.”  (Applause.)  I was getting calls from kings and presidents and dictators.  I was getting a call from everyone.  And when I knew what it was about, I’d say, “Tell them I’ll call them next week.”  (Laughter.)  Then I called them and I said, “Oh, I didn’t know you felt that way.  Well, it’s too late.”  (Laughter.)

But I understand why they didn’t do it, because there was tremendous pressure.  We did it.  We’re proud of it.  It’s there.  Enjoy it.  (Applause.)

And, by the way, the biggest fan may very well be the evangelicals.  They wanted that built.  They wanted that there.  So we’re very — we’re very proud of it.  (Applause.)

We’ve removed unnecessary restraints on our warfighters in Afghanistan.  Those who risk their life and limb for our country, they deserve rules of engagement that give them the best opportunity to finally defeat the enemy.  (Applause.)  And we’re making — for the first time in years, we’re making a lot of progress in Afghanistan.

I withdrew the United States from the horrible one-sided Iran nuclear deal.  (Applause.)  And Iran is not the same country anymore.  That I can say.  And we’ll see what happens.  But we’re ready to make a real deal, not the deal that was done by the previous administration, which was a disaster.  (Applause.)

We’re also pursuing the denuclearization of North Korea and a new future of prosperity, security, and peace on the Korean Peninsula and all of Asia.  New images, just today, show that North Korea has begun the process of dismantling a key missile site.  And we appreciate that.  (Applause.)  We had a fantastic meeting with Chairman Kim, and it seems to be going very well.

I know we are joined today by many incredible veterans of the Korean War.  Thank you for your courageous service.

As you may know, we’re also working to bring back the remains of your brothers-in-arms who gave their lives in Korea.  And I hope that, very soon, these fallen warriors will begin coming home to lay at rest in American soil.  That’s starting the process.  (Applause.)

At the very end of our meeting, I said to Chairman Kim — good relationship, good feeling — I said, “I would really appreciate if you could do that.”  He said, “It will be done.”  So I was very happy, and I think that process is starting fairly soon, we hope.  (Applause.)  Because we believe in no American left behind.  We believe in that, right?  No American left behind.  (Applause.)

I want to thank the VFW for your devotion to our fallen heroes, unknown soldiers, prisoners of war, and those missing in action, and their families.  No one better understands the horrors of war than the people in this room.  It is the warrior who bears the scars of battle and who prays most fervently for peace.  That is why we remember George Washington’s advice, that the best way to preserve the peace is to be prepared for war.  (Applause.)

And that is exactly what we do all the time.  My thinking is always on military and military strength.  That is why I’m proud to report that we are now undertaking the greatest rebuilding of our United States military in its history.  (Applause.)  We have secured $700 billion for defense this year, and $716 billion next year approved.  (Applause.)

We’re ordering 147 new F-35 Lightning fighters.  This is an incredible plane.  It’s stealth; you can’t see it.  So when I talk to even people from the other side, they’re trying to order our plane.  (Laughter.)  They like the fact that you can’t see it.  I said, “How would it do in battle with your plane?”  They say, “Well, we have one problem: We can’t see your plane.”  (Laughter.)  That’s a big problem.  Stealth.  Super Stealth.  The best in the world.  We make the best military equipment in the world.  Also, remember this: jobs.  (Applause.)

We’re ordering 239 Apache and Black Hawk helicopters.  You know what they are.  They’re incredible.  (Applause.)  Nineteen major naval vessels, and nearly 8,000 Humvees.  And these will be Humvees that are used by our great soldiers, not handed out to everybody like you’ve been reading about in the past.  (Applause.)  All made right here in the USA.  (Applause.)  And we’re adding nearly 30,000 new soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines.  And I’ve directed the Pentagon to begin the process of creating the sixth branch of our military.  It’s called the Space Force.  (Applause.)

We are living in a different world and we have to be able to adapt.  And that’s what it is.  A lot of very important things are going to be taking place in space.  And I just don’t mean going up to the moon and going up to Mars, where we’ll be going very soon.  We’ll be going to Mars very soon.  But from a military standpoint, space is becoming every day more and more important.

I’m also thrilled to say that we have secured for our military servicemembers and their families the largest — you don’t really want it, you’re too patriotic for this — the largest pay raise in almost a decade.  (Applause.)  Largest pay raise.  You don’t want it.  Nah.  Anybody willing to give it up for the sake of your country?  (Applause.)  Okay, keep it.  You deserve it.  You really do.  It’s been a long time since you’ve gotten a raise.  You deserve it.

My administration is committed to ensuring that our warfighters have the tools, the resources, the firepower that they need to defeat our enemies with overwhelming force.  Hopefully we will never have to use the kind of power that I’m building and helping to build for you.  Hopefully people will look at us and they’ll say, “Let’s pass.  Let’s pass.”  (Laughter and applause.)

America is a peace-loving nation.  We do not seek conflict.  But if conflict is forced upon us, we will defend ourselves.  And if we must, we will fight and we will do nothing but win.  (Applause.)  As the great General MacArthur once said, “In war there is no substitute for victory.”  Victory.

We’re also committed to ensuring that when our warriors return home as veterans, they receive the best care anywhere on Earth.  (Applause.)  Since taking office, and working alongside of the VFW — and, by the way, your representatives have done an incredible job on helping us with the VA.  A complicated subject.  So many different things.  They help us so much. Because we put in legislation — I said, let’s make sure it’s legislation that’s good and that works, not legislation that’s obsolete before we even get it.  If we’re going to fight like hell to get everybody to approve it, let’s get approved what’s good.  And we’re enacted some of the largest VA reforms in the history of the VA.  (Applause.)  Probably the largest.

Last year, I signed into the law landmark VA Accountability Act, which nobody thought we could get approved.  Nobody.  We’re good at getting things approved.  (Applause.)  Nobody thought.

Now, when a bad person — maybe a federal employee, in this case — but somebody bad mistreats or neglects or abuses our great veterans in their time of need, we can turn to them, look at them in the eye, and say, “You’re fired.  Get out!  Get out!”  (Applause.)  Before, there was nothing you could do.  You had to live with these people.  We’ve gotten rid of a lot of people over the last year.  Only the bad ones.  The good ones we cherish.  We cherish the good ones.  But we had some bad apples, and they’re gone.

As promised, we established the White House VA Hotline, and every VA medical center now offers same-day emergency mental healthcare.  Something very important.  (Applause.)

We’re greatly expanding tele-health and walk-in clinics so our veterans can get anywhere at any time — they can get what they need.  They can learn about the problem.  And they don’t have to necessarily drive long distances and wait.

We are also — it’s been a very big success.  (Applause.)  We’re also processing veteran disability claims more quickly than ever before, by far.  The VA has implemented the Decision Ready Claims process where claims can be completed in under two weeks.  We’re striving for one day — but under two weeks.  It used to be many, many months.  (Applause.)

Last year, I signed legislation — it’s amazing, I just said, “last year.”  It’s been a long time already, hasn’t it?  (Applause.)  That was some campaign, wasn’t it?  (Applause.)  I signed legislation so that veterans can use their GI Bill education benefits at any point in their lifetime.  It’s a big difference.  (Applause.)  They never expire, so vets can get the education they need when it is right for them.

And with the VFW’s tremendous help, we passed Veterans Choice — the biggest thing ever.  (Applause.)  The biggest thing.  That’s got to be the biggest improvement you can have.  So now, if you can’t get treatment that you need in a timely manner — people used to wait two weeks, three weeks, eight weeks — they couldn’t get to a doctor — you will have the right to see a private doctor immediately and we will pay for it.  And you know what?  It’s very, very cost effective.  And thousands and thousands of lives are going to be saved.  And your quality of life is going to be so much better.  So you don’t have to wait online for two and a half weeks to see a doctor, like in the past.  Veterans Choice has been passed.  (Applause.)

And my administration also understands that we cannot be a safe country if we are not a prosperous country.  We have to think of ourselves.  You have to see these trade deals I’m working on; they’re a disaster.  We’re losing hundreds of billions of dollars with individual countries a year.  And they’re sticking — you got to stick it out.  You got to just — we got to fight it.  Nobody else fought it.

I went to some of the countries, I said, “How did it get so imbalanced?”  They said, “Nobody ever called.”  (Laughter.)  They said, “Nobody ever called.”  They’d do whatever they wanted and we’d just put up with it.  Not any longer folks.  Not any longer.  (Applause.)  We’re making tremendous progress.  They’re all coming.  They don’t want to have those tariffs put on them.  They’re all coming to see us.  And the farmers will be the biggest beneficiary.  (Applause.)  Watch.  We’re opening up markets.  You watch what’s going to happen.  Just be a little patient.

They’re all aiming at anybody that likes me.  And they have lobbyists like nobody has ever seen.  They have the best lobbyists ever put together.  I was hearing and reading that they have some of the greatest lobbying teams ever put together.  “You’ve got to stop the President from putting tariffs on these countries and these companies that are ripping off the United States.  You’ve got to stop him.”  Just remember, we’re going to do something that, honestly, nobody else could do.  Nobody else could do.  We have a lot of —

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, darling.  (Laughter.)  I like you too.  I like her.  Thank you very much.  That was good timing.  (Laughter.)

We’re now in the midst of a great economic revival.  And it’s for that reason that I chose — this is the time.  Last year, our country lost 817 billion — with a “B” — dollars on trade.  We lost $817 billion.  And people say, “Oh, could you do it this week?  Could you get it done immediately?”  These countries have been ripping us off for decades.  It doesn’t take a week.  It takes a little longer.  But we’re going to get it done.  But just remember, we can’t lose $817 billion.

We rebuilt China.  What the European Union is doing to us is incredible.  How bad.  They made a $151 billion last year — our trade deficit with the European Union.  They sound nice but they’re rough.  They’re all coming in to see me tomorrow.  They’re all coming to the White House.

I said, “You have to change.”  They didn’t want to change.  I said, “Okay.  Good.  We’re going to tariff your cars.”  They send millions of cars — Mercedes, all of them, BMW.  So many cars.  I said, “We’re going to have to tariff your cars.”  They said, “When can we show up?  When can we be there?”  (Laughter.)  “Would tomorrow be okay?”  Oh, folks, stick with us.  Stick with us.  (Applause.)  Amazing.

But remember, they have the biggest, best, strongest lobbyists, and they’re doing a number.  Just stick with us.  Don’t believe the crap you see from these people — the fake news.  (Applause.)

I mean, I saw a piece on NBC today.  NBC — not just CNN.  CNN is the worst.  (Laughter.)  But I saw a piece on NBC; it was heart-throbbing.  They were interviewing people — they probably go through 20, and then they pick the one that sounds like the worst.  But they went through a group of people.  In fact, I wanted to say, “I got to do something about this Trump.”  (Laughter.)  Terrible.

And that piece was done by the lobbyists and by the people that they hire.  It was a total setup.  This country is doing better than it’s ever done before, economically.  This is the time to take off the rip-off of tariff.  We have to do it.  (Applause.)

You know, other countries have tariffs on us.  So when I say, “Well, I’m going to put tariffs on them, they all start screaming, ‘He’s using tariffs.’”  China charges us, when we make a car, a 25 percent tariff.  We charge them 2.5 percent.  Other than that, it’s a fair deal.  Okay?  (Laughter.)

Similar things with other countries, like the European Union.  They’re a big abuser.  But it’s all working out.  And just remember: What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.  And I’ll tell you, I have so many people that are so in favor — because we have to make our country truly great again.

Remember?  “Make America Great Again.”  And then, in two and a half years, it’s called, “Keep America Great.”  So the way we keep America great is to make at least reasonable — I’m not saying — at least reasonable, at least fair trade deals.  Not stupid trade deals, like we’ve put up with for 25 years.  So we’re changing it, and we’re changing it rapidly.  (Applause.)

Over the last little more than a year and a half, we’ve created 3.7 million jobs since election.  African American, Hispanic, and Asian American unemployment has reached the lowest levels ever recorded in our country’s history — the lowest levels.  Unemployment — lowest level.  (Applause.)

Remember, I used to say — I said it here: “What do you have to lose?”  I was right.  Women’s unemployment recently achieved a 65-year low.  Lowest in 65 years.  (Applause.)

You’ll like this one.  Veterans’ unemployment has fallen to the lowest level in almost 18 years.  We’re working to make it better.  I’m sorry.  You know, “18 years” isn’t so good when you hear “history” and “65 years.”  (Applause.)  Eighteen years.  And I’ll guarantee, within a month or two months, that 18 will be even a much higher number.  We take great care of our vets.

Consumer, business, and manufacturing confidence has reached its all-time highs.  Confidence is all-time high.

We’ve cut a record number of job-killing regulations.  No President, no matter how long they’ve been in office — even though we’re only here for a short time — has cut anywhere near the regulations.  And these are unnecessary.  These are waste regulations.  It would take 20 years to get approval to build a highway.  We’re trying to bring it down to one year.  We have it down to about two.  We’re trying to get it down to one.

And if it doesn’t work, or if it’s environmentally unsound, or there’s something wrong, we’re not going approve it.  But we’re not going to take a process 20, 21 years, and then raise your hand that it’s not approved.  We’ll let you know in a period of a year or maybe two.  Right now, it’s at two; we’re trying to bring it down to one.

We passed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.  Biggest in history.  (Applause.)

And unfortunately, we had tremendous opposition for lowering your taxes from Claire McCaskill.  She voted against.  Unbelievable.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Unbelievable.  And she wants to now end it so that you pay more.  You figure this one out.  I don’t know — is that good?  You figure that one out.

In the first quarter of this year alone, American companies repatriated a record of nearly $300 billion — this is in the first quarter.  And it’s coming back into our country, with our companies, and our employment, and building plants, and factories, and headquarters in our country, where it belongs.  (Applause.)

We think the number — and this is all because of our tax reform and tax cuts — we think the number will be close to $4 trillion, coming back into our country — money that would never have been seen by you, or us, or me.  (Applause.)

And just like I promised, we are confronting the unfair trade deals, and we are doing it like nobody has ever done, because our workers have been cheated, our companies have been cheated.  They’ve stolen our wealth.  They’ve brought it to other countries.  As you know, I campaigned on that issue; it’s very close to my heart.  I understand that issue better than anybody.

I don’t like it when they close a factory in your state, or a plant in your great state, and they move it to another country, and they make the product.  They fire all of you, and they make the product, and they send it back into our country to be sold tax-free.  I don’t like that.  I don’t like that.  (Applause.)  We’re stopping it.  We’re stopping it.

Because companies are moving back into our country like never before.  You saw Chrysler announce, many are announcing.  Japan has just announced two big companies are opening up…
in Michigan.  We have a lot of companies coming back into our country.  You haven’t seen that for 25 years.  You haven’t seen it.  (Applause.)

And we need workers.  Because our unemployment rate at 3.8 percent is so low — now we’re taking people off the rolls, and we’re training people, but we need workers.  And that’s why I want people coming in.  You know, people don’t say this, and they certainly don’t report it, but I want people coming into our country, but I want them coming in based on merit.  I want the merit system, so they can help us.  (Applause.)  Merit.

The forgotten men and women of our country are forgotten no more.  The Democrats are trying to find out, “Who are these people that came out to vote?  Where did they come from?”  Remember that?  “Where did they come from?”  Now they know, but they’re not going to the Democrats who are going so far left that nobody can believe it.  They want open borders, and crime is okay.  We want strong borders and we want no crime.  Other than that, we’re very similar.  (Applause.)  Other than that, we’re very similar.

We also know that to be a strong nation, we have to have these strong borders.  We cannot send our military to confront threats abroad, only to allow those same threats to cross our borders and to threaten us right here at home.  (Applause.)  We help other countries protect their borders, and we don’t protect our own borders.  How about that?

We’re fighting every day to secure our borders, and we’re doing a great job.  But we’re not given the tools.  We have the worst laws in any country, ever, in history.  We have catch-and release.  You catch them, and now we say, “Give me your name.  Oh, good — come back in a couple of years.  We’ll take you to court.  You’re released.”  This is — these are — this is the policy of fools.  Catch-and-release.  You catch even a criminal, you catch a bad person, you release the person as soon as you catch them.  We have to end it.  Despite that, we’re doing a great job.

And ICE — ICE.  Oh, ICE.  Thank goodness for ICE.  (Applause.)  Because we have some of the worst drug dealers, terrorists, criminals, and MS-13 gang members — and we’re either throwing them the hell in jail, or throwing them out of our country.  And ICE goes up there, and they walk in like it’s another day in the office.  Thank goodness for ICE.  (Applause.)

The Democrats want to abandon ICE.  They want to end ICE.  They’re too strong.  I saw one of the people get — they’re too strong.  They’re too strong.  I think MS-13 is strong, too.  (Laughter.)  The only thing they understand is strength.  They don’t understand anything but strength.  And ICE is tough and smart, and they track them down, and they stop tremendous amounts of crime.  And these are great people, and they’re not being treated properly.  (Applause.)

And the fact is, instead of supporting our ICE officers, many of these Democrat politicians who are, really, disciples of a very low IQ person, Maxine Waters —

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  — and perhaps even worse, Nancy Pelosi —

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  — they’ve launched vicious smears on the brave men and women who defend our communities.  ICE officers work in dangerous conditions to protect our communities.  And more than a third of ICE officers happen to be veterans themselves.  About a third.  (Applause.)  But Democratic politicians want to abolish ICE.  They want to see open borders.  Can you imagine?

You know, every once in a while you’ll hear something, and usually you understand.  Like in deal-making, you always have to understand the other side.  When you hear “open borders,” when you hear “get rid of ICE,” when you hear some of the things that they’re proposing, it’s like you can’t even understand it.  Can you imagine, open borders, you’d have millions of people pouring into our country.  Millions and millions of people.  Many people that you don’t want in our country.  But you would have millions of people pouring into our country.  The crime would be unbelievable.

And they want to get rid of the crime fighter, on top of everything else.  “Open the border and get rid of your crime fighters.”  You don’t understand it.  Nobody understands it.  But I hope they keep it up, because we’re going to have a lot of fun in four months, and we’re going to have a lot of fun in 2020 running against that.  (Applause.)

My administration will always stand proudly with the heroes of ICE and Border Patrol.  They’re all heroes.  And I want them to know that we thank them.  (Applause.)

The Veterans of Foreign Wars understand better than anyone the importance of honoring those who put service to their fellow citizens before they put service to themselves.  That’s both at home and abroad.  (Applause.)

Here with us today is an extraordinary man who embodies the highest ideals of loyalty, patriotism, and service.  He is a World War II veteran from the great state of Pennsylvania.  That’s another one we won.  (Applause.)  We won you guys by 20 points.  Of course, I’m not going to bring that up.  (Laughter.)  I’m not going to tell that to George Brett.  Twenty points.  Many of you know him well; he’s a lifelong member of the VFW — Sergeant Allen Jones.  Where’s Allen?  Where’s Allen?  (Applause.)  Sergeant.  Should we bring him up?

AUDIENCE:  Yeah!  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Come on, Allen.  Come on.  (Applause.)

He’s only 94, and the Secret Service made him walk about 100 yards out of his way, but that’s okay.  (Laughter.)  That’s okay.  (Applause.)

JONES:  I just — thank you.  This is one of the highlights of this 94-year-old man.  I just want to tell you a few things.  May I?

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes.

JONES:  Mr. President —

(Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  I’ve got time.

JONES:  I had four brothers serve in World War II.  My oldest brother was lost off the coast of Italy.  Many times, I just wish that he could come back to the Land of the Free and the Home of Brave again.  (Applause.)

I’ve given to the Veterans of Foreign Wars 70 years of my life.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  My wife is with me today, but she’s not here.  She’s not feeling well.  And my children are watching me today, hopefully — (laughter) — to know that their dad got to stand beside the President of the United States — (applause) — with the President.

Mr. President, I want to ask you something.  (Laughter.)  I’ve been told that I could never enter the Oval Office in Washington, D.C.  I’m going to be 95 years of age April 11th of next year.  Hopefully, that you will allow me to bring my family into the Oval Office —

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes.

JONES:  — to meet you.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Anytime you want.  Anytime.

JONES:  One last thing, Mr. President.  (Laughter.)  I want to tell you, Mr. President, this group knows not to give the mic to Allen Q. Jones when he’s at a state convention or the national convention.  (Laughter.)

I asked you to autograph this picture personally, because this was taken to you — with you when you were running for election —

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.

JONES:  — as a President of the United States.

THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, it’s beautiful.  Thank you.  Beautiful.  Wow.  Let me have — (laughter and applause).  I have a good one here, Allen.  That’s so beautiful.  (Applause.)

Going to stay up here.  Okay, I got to do this.  You got it.  Thank you, Allen.  Thank you.

JONES:  God bless you, Mr. President.  and I wish you well in the future.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  I started to get a little bit concerned when he was finishing.  (Laughter.)  Well, this is a President that will have you in the Oval Office.  So all of my people back there, they’re working it out already.  Okay?  (Applause.)  With honor.

And we pay tribute not only to Allen, but to all of the heroes of the Greatest Generation.  (Applause.)  And I’d like to take this moment to recognize every World War II veteran in the audience today.  Each of you is a national treasure.  It’s true.  (Applause.)

We will never forget what you did for us — ever.  From Bunker Hill to Belleau Wood, from Iwo Jima to the Inchon Landing, Americans have stormed into danger, stared down evil, and stood strong and tall for God, country, and freedom.  (Applause.)

Anytime we see an American in uniform from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard, our hearts swell with pride.  And anywhere those uniforms appear, our enemies tremble with fear because they know there is no greater force for peace and justice than the United States military.  (Applause.)

To every single member of the VFW, because of your service, your courage, and your example, we are restoring the dreams and the glory, and the greatness of America.  We will never give in.  We will never give up.  And we will never stop fighting for our country, our flag, and our freedom.  (Applause.)

Together we will keep on fighting and we will keep on winning as one people, one family, and one nation under God.  Thank you.  God bless you.  (Applause.)  God bless our veterans.  And God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.

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The White House | West Wing Reads | July 19, 2018
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The White House | July 16, 2018
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The White House – STATEMENTS & RELEASES

Statements of Support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh Pour In

LAW & JUSTICE – Issued on: July 13, 2018

This week, 18 of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s female law clerks, 26 State Attorneys General, and more than 160 members of the Yale University community have signed letters praising his unsurpassed qualifications for a seat on the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Kavanaugh’s female law clerks speak highly of the support and mentorship that he has provided, stating unequivocally that he “has been one of the strongest advocates in the federal judiciary for women lawyers.”

“Starting with the numbers, Judge Kavanaugh has hired 25 women and 23 men as law clerks, achieving rare gender parity. That includes one year in which the Judge hired four women law clerks—something we understand had never previously been done at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. And he has sent 21 of those 25 women clerks—an impressive 84 percent—on to clerkships at the Supreme Court. During his White House remarks on July 9, 2018, Judge Kavanaugh said: ‘I look for the best.’ We are proud that so many of those hires have been talented women.”

A majority of the Nation’s State Attorneys General are urging the United States Senate to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, describing him as “an outstanding jurist with a proven commitment to upholding the Constitution and the rule of law.”

“We have no doubt that he possesses the qualifications, temperament, and judicial philosophy to be an excellent Associate Justice. Throughout his career, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated an abiding commitment to the principles and freedoms on which our country was founded, and an unshakable respect for the proper role of the courts within our constitutional structure. The Senate should confirm Judge Kavanaugh without delay.”

Yale students, alumni, and faculty signed a letter highlighting Judge Kavanaugh as “a faithful servant to his community” and praising him as “one of our nation’s most distinguished jurists.”

“Throughout his time on the federal bench, Judge Kavanaugh has been a valuable friend to the Yale community, visiting frequently to speak on important topics and to encourage admitted students to begin their legal careers in New Haven. More importantly, Judge Kavanaugh has been a faithful servant to his community in the Washington D.C. area. He is a basketball coach for his daughters’ teams, and a regular volunteer with Catholic Charities. As the many students he has mentored will attest, he is a person of deep conviction and integrity. We are proud of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, and believe that his accomplishments and qualifications speak for themselves.”

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The White House | West Wing Reads | July 12, 2018

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/12/donald-trump-gets-nato-members-spend-more-defense/

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President Trump nominated appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday night to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, ending a days-long guessing game that began the moment Kennedy announced his retirement on June 27.

In televised remarks from the East Room of the White House, the president praised what he called Kavanaugh’s “impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.”

“There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving,” Trump said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/09/trump-nominates-brett-kavanaugh-to-supreme-court.html

Judge Kavanaugh will protect our religious liberties, uphold the rule of law, and interpret the Constitution as it was originally understood by our Founders.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, President Donald Trump decided on federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his second nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court further to the right.

Trump chose Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

With customary fanfare, Trump planned to unveil his choice on prime-time TV. His final options were all young federal judges who could help remake the court for decades to come with precedent-shattering rulings on issues such as abortion, guns and health care.

Top contenders had included federal appeals Judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, as well as Kavanaugh, who is currently a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia.

Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh — a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy — questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence that he is a more establishment choice. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Ahead of his announcement, Trump tweeted about the stakes: “I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice – Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M.”

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump’s choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November’s midterm elections. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion. Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will get the first chance to question the nominee, predicted a “rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight.”

Trump’s success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style. Of the court’s liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues. At the top of that list is abortion. A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.

Kennedy’s replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl would guide Trump’s nominee through the grueling Senate process.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. The White House hopes that Kyl’s close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch last year. The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of various contenders with aides and allies. In addition to Kavanaugh, in recent days he expressed renewed interest in Hardiman, the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and committee member Kennedy. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., was also at the announcement and said in a later statement that she would be “thoroughly reviewing” Kavanaugh’s record.”I look forward to visiting with him in person,” she said.  

Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. The others come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.

Kavanaugh is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions ahead of confirmation hearings.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. The two have supported access to abortion services.

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday that he would oppose any nominee from Trump’s list of 25 possible candidates drafted by conservative groups. He called it the “fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that opponents were using “40-year-old scare tactics” over abortion and other issues but that they “will not stop us from doing the right thing.”

Hardiman had a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump’s sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. He went to the University of Notre Dame as the first person in his family to go to college. He helped finance his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi.

Barrett — a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall — excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings last year. But her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience.

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President Donald J. Trump Announces White House Appointments

Issued on: July 6, 2018



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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the following White House appointments:

Daniel P. Walsh will serve as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Mr. Walsh previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Military Office.

Marcia Lee Kelly will serve as Assistant to the President and Director of Management and Administration, and Director of the Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President, reporting to the Chief of Staff. Ms. Kelly previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Management and Administration, and Director of the Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President.

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The White House | West Wing Reads | July 5, 2018

Trump praises military for keeping US ‘safe, strong, proud’

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Senior Staff Appointment

Issued on: July 5, 2018

President Donald J. Trump announced today that Bill Shine will join  House staff. Mr. Shine will serve as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. He brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role. Previously, Mr. Shine served as Co-President of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

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Remarks by President Trump at 4th of July Military Appreciation Event

Issued on: July 4, 2018 South Lawn.  5:20 P.M. EDT  

THE PRESIDENT:  Happy 4th of July to everybody.  It’s a great day.  (Applause.)  Melania and I are honored to celebrate American independence with the heroes who protect American independence — the men, the women of the United States Military.  These are our finest.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

Joining us today are two of your biggest fans and strongest supporters: our great Vice President, Mike Pence — (applause) — and his incredible wife, Karen Pence.  Thank you Karen, Mike.  (Applause.)

We’re also honored to be joined by members of my Cabinet – Secretaries Alex Azar, Ben Carson, Elaine Chao, Kirstjen Nielsen, Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke, Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Ambassador Bob Lighthizer.  Thank you for being here.  (Applause.)

Two hundred and forty-two years ago, on July 4th, 1776, America’s founders adopted the Declaration of Independence and changed the course of human history.  But our freedom exists only because there are brave Americans willing to give their lives to defend it and defend our great country.  American liberty has been earned through the blood, sweat, and sacrifice of American patriots.

The immortal story of the American warrior is written in the fields of Gettysburg, the sands of Iwo Jima, the mountains of Afghanistan, and the snow of Valley Forge.  It is the story of courage, honor, duty, loyalty, and love.

Today, we are honored to recognize a few of the incredible men and women who serve our country and defend our great American flag.

From the Army, we have retired Captain Jason Pack.  Jason is a West Point graduate who was injured in Afghanistan while proudly serving with the 2nd Infantry Division.  Also with us today is Jason’s dad, Young-tay, who is also a West Point graduate and his mom, Young-a.  What an inspiring family.  I met them right behind the stage.  And I want to tell you, their story is an incredible one.  Thank you all for your service, and thank you for your incredible work for our military and for our country.  Thank you very much, Jason.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

Representing the Navy, we have Petty Officer First Class Steven Swift. He is a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, and that’s a tough job and a dangerous job — also known as the “bomb squad.”  He is a very good technician, and has done just incredible work, recently earning distinction as Sailor of the Quarter for his unit. Joining him are his wife Crystal, his daughters Kaitlin and Gwen, and his parents Katherine and Stephen, Sr. Thank you, Steve, and thank you to everyone serving America in our incredible Navy.  Thank you.  Thank you very much, Steve.  (Applause.)

From the Coast Guard, we have Lieutenant Ryan McCue.  He is a helicopter pilot who protects all of us here in the capital.  One of Ryan’s most important jobs is to intercept aircraft that fly where they are not supposed to be flying in and around the capital area.  Ryan is assigned to air station Atlantic City, but is temporarily assigned here, away from his wife Shannon and son Colin.  They miss him.  Ryan, thank you and your family for what you have done and continue to do for all of us.  Thank you.  Thank you very much, Ryan.  (Applause.)

The men and women of the United States Coast Guard are doing a phenomenal job keeping America safe from drugs, crime, and terrorism, and we are incredibly grateful to each of you.  And I have to say that, during the hurricanes, the Coast Guard saved 16,000 lives.  It’s an incredible achievement.  (Applause.)  Incredible.

From the Air Force, we have Captain Brook Peel. As a Weather Officer, he leads deployable weather forecasting teams to make it possible for American aviators to own the skies, anywhere we fly. He also helped lead the Air National Guard’s response to Hurricane Maria.  He did an incredible job.  And because of his exceptional leadership, he was named Weather Company Grade Officer of the Year for 2017.  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  Incredible.  (Applause.)

And we have the Air Force — and by the way, I might add, we very well may soon have the Space Force.  You’ve been hearing about that.  (Applause.)  Everyone is very excited about that.

I’m also told that Brook happens to be the reigning champion of his fantasy football league. His sister, Charla, is with him today.  And I want to thank you, Brook, and I want to thank everybody from the United States Air Force.  (Applause.)  Great people, and very talented people.

Finally, from the Marine Corps, we have Staff Sergeant Jonathan Race, here with us with his wife Sydney and his son William. As Senior Analyst for the Cyber Incident Response team, he is one of the very talented people who protect our nation from cyberattacks.  And he is very, very good at his craft.  In fact, he’s done such a great job that they not only asked him to develop a new curriculum on cyberwarfare, they also asked him to teach the first class of the newly established Cyberspace Marines.  So to Jonathan and every American who wears the Marine Corps uniform, we are truly grateful.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

To every servicemember here today and stationed around the world — they’re all watching — and to your incredible families — these are truly unbelievable people — thank you for keeping America safe, strong, proud, mighty, and free.

God bless you. God bless our military.  And God bless America.  Happy 4th of July.  Thank you everybody.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

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The White House | West Wing Reads | July 2, 2018

President Trump’s Trade Critics are Wrong — His Tariffs Could Bring Major Benefits to America

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/07/02/trumps-trade-critics-are-wrong-his-tariffs-could-bring-major-benefits-to-america.html

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 Six Months Later: Tax Reform Delivers An Economic Resurgence

ECONOMY & JOBS

Issued on: June 29, 2018



There’s never been a better time to hire in America, to invest in America, and to start living the American Dream.

President Donald J. Trump

A BOOMING ECONOMY: Just 6 months after President Donald J. Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, the American economy is booming and confidence is soaring.

  • President Trump’s tax cuts have revitalized the American economy, with 54 percent of Americans now rating the economy as good or excellent, the highest ever recorded by CNBC.
  • Businesses are bringing money held overseas back to the United States.
    • In the first quarter of 2018, more than $300 billion was repatriated back to the United States, setting a new record high, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
  • Optimism among employers has reached historic highs in the 6 months since the tax cuts.
    • Manufacturer optimism has reached its highest level in the 20-year history of the National Association of Manufacturers survey.
    • Small business optimism stands at its second-highest level on record since the National Federation of Independent Business began its survey 45 years ago.
  • The economy looks poised to continue its winning streak, with many economists expecting second quarter GDP growth to exceed 4 percent.

A WIN FOR AMERICAN WORKERS AND FAMILIES: American workers and families have seen some of the biggest benefits from President Trump’s tax cuts.

  • Americans are seeing more money in their paychecks following President Trump’s cuts.
    • More than 6 million American workers have received a bonus as a result of the tax cuts.
    • In the first 3 months of 2018, nominal hourly compensation for workers grew at its fastest rate in at least a decade.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe now is a good time to find a quality job, according to Gallup.
  • The unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8 percent, matching the lowest level in nearly 50 years.
  • Job openings reached a record high of 6.7 million in April 2018, topping the number of job seekers for the first time on record.
  • Families are benefiting from lower utility bills, as 30 million Americans in at least 30 states have had their utility bills cut as a result of the tax cuts.
  • American workers can expect to see even more gains moving forward, as employers plan to hire more workers and boost compensation according to recent surveys.

CRITICS’ PREDICTIONS FALL FLAT: The positive results of President Trump’s tax cuts are proving the alarmist opponents flat-out wrong.

  • The dire predictions by critics of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act simply do not match up with the incredible results seen over the last 6 months.
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) referred to the bill to “Armageddon.”
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claimed, “what has been sold as a job creator and wage booster will, of course, do little of either.”
  • The day after President Trump’s election, the liberal columnist and economist Paul Krugman said, “we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight.”

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The White House  |  West Wing Reads  |         June 26, 2018

Supreme Court Rules that President Trump’s Travel Ban Is Constitutional

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/26/supreme-court-rules-in-trump-muslim-travel-ban-case.html

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President Donald J. Trump Stands with the Victims of Illegal Alien Crime

The White House | IMMIGRATION | June 22, 2018

It’s time to support our police, to protect our families, and to save American lives.

  1. President Donald J. Trump

SUPPORTING ANGEL FAMILIES: President Donald J. Trump is hearing firsthand from the American families who have lost loved ones to illegal alien crime. 

  • President Donald J. Trump is meeting with “Angel families,” who have lost loved ones to illegal alien crime.
  • The Trump Administration created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched the VOICE Office in April 2017, following an Executive Order by the President calling for its creation.
  • The VOICE Office operates a hotline to connect victims with social services and, when possible, assist them in obtaining immigration information regarding the offender.
    • The VOICE Office has released a new report that includes case studies explaining how they were able to assist victims who contacted them.
  • A 2011 Government Accountability Office report found nearly 3 million offenses tied to criminal aliens, including:
    • More than 25,000 homicide offenses.
    • More than 42,000 robbery offenses.
    • Nearly 70,000 sex crime offenses.
    • Nearly 15,000 kidnapping offenses.
  • In Texas alone, more than 250,000 criminal aliens have been arrested and charged with over 600,000 criminal offenses within the last seven years.
  • In fiscal year 2017, more than 8,000 criminal illegal aliens in police custody were released back into our communities as a result of sanctuary policies.

PROTECTING COMMUNITIES FROM MS-13: Gangs like MS-13 have taken advantage of our porous borders and broken immigration system.

  • MS-13 has exploited the influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) entering the United States in order to bolster its ranks.
    • Federal authorities are not able to quickly remove illegal alien gang members based on their membership in a gang.
  • In May 2015, U.S. Border Patrol apprehended a UAC who was later released into American communities.
    • The illegal alien was arrested in November 2017 in connection with the MS-13 related killing of a man who was stabbed over 100 times and decapitated.
  • In December 2014, U.S. Border Patrol apprehended a UAC who was later released into American communities.
    • In July 2017, the same illegal alien was listed as a known MS-13 gang member and placed on the State of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted list.
    • The illegal alien has been arrested and is awaiting trial for the murder of two individuals.
  • In December 2013, U.S. Border Patrol apprehended a UAC who was later released into American communities.
    • In September 2016, the same illegal alien was one of 11 MS-13 gang members involved in the killing of teenage girls in Long Island, NY.

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 Six Months Later: Tax Reform Delivers An Economic Resurgence

ECONOMY & JOBS

Issued on: June 29, 2018



There’s never been a better time to hire in America, to invest in America, and to start living the American Dream.

President Donald J. Trump

A BOOMING ECONOMY: Just 6 months after President Donald J. Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, the American economy is booming and confidence is soaring.

  • President Trump’s tax cuts have revitalized the American economy, with 54 percent of Americans now rating the economy as good or excellent, the highest ever recorded by CNBC.
  • Businesses are bringing money held overseas back to the United States.
    • In the first quarter of 2018, more than $300 billion was repatriated back to the United States, setting a new record high, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
  • Optimism among employers has reached historic highs in the 6 months since the tax cuts.
    • Manufacturer optimism has reached its highest level in the 20-year history of the National Association of Manufacturers survey.
    • Small business optimism stands at its second-highest level on record since the National Federation of Independent Business began its survey 45 years ago.
  • The economy looks poised to continue its winning streak, with many economists expecting second quarter GDP growth to exceed 4 percent.

A WIN FOR AMERICAN WORKERS AND FAMILIES: American workers and families have seen some of the biggest benefits from President Trump’s tax cuts.

  • Americans are seeing more money in their paychecks following President Trump’s cuts.
    • More than 6 million American workers have received a bonus as a result of the tax cuts.
    • In the first 3 months of 2018, nominal hourly compensation for workers grew at its fastest rate in at least a decade.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe now is a good time to find a quality job, according to Gallup.
  • The unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8 percent, matching the lowest level in nearly 50 years.
  • Job openings reached a record high of 6.7 million in April 2018, topping the number of job seekers for the first time on record.
  • Families are benefiting from lower utility bills, as 30 million Americans in at least 30 states have had their utility bills cut as a result of the tax cuts.
  • American workers can expect to see even more gains moving forward, as employers plan to hire more workers and boost compensation according to recent surveys.

CRITICS’ PREDICTIONS FALL FLAT: The positive results of President Trump’s tax cuts are proving the alarmist opponents flat-out wrong.

  • The dire predictions by critics of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act simply do not match up with the incredible results seen over the last 6 months.
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) referred to the bill to “Armageddon.”
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claimed, “what has been sold as a job creator and wage booster will, of course, do little of either.”
  • The day after President Trump’s election, the liberal columnist and economist Paul Krugman said, “we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight.”

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The White House  |  West Wing Reads  |         June 26, 2018

Supreme Court Rules that President Trump’s Travel Ban Is Constitutional

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/26/supreme-court-rules-in-trump-muslim-travel-ban-case.html

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President Donald J. Trump Stands with the Victims of Illegal Alien Crime

The White House | IMMIGRATION | June 22, 2018

It’s time to support our police, to protect our families, and to save American lives.

  1. President Donald J. Trump

SUPPORTING ANGEL FAMILIES: President Donald J. Trump is hearing firsthand from the American families who have lost loved ones to illegal alien crime. 

  • President Donald J. Trump is meeting with “Angel families,” who have lost loved ones to illegal alien crime.
  • The Trump Administration created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched the VOICE Office in April 2017, following an Executive Order by the President calling for its creation.
  • The VOICE Office operates a hotline to connect victims with social services and, when possible, assist them in obtaining immigration information regarding the offender.
    • The VOICE Office has released a new report that includes case studies explaining how they were able to assist victims who contacted them.
  • A 2011 Government Accountability Office report found nearly 3 million offenses tied to criminal aliens, including:
    • More than 25,000 homicide offenses.
    • More than 42,000 robbery offenses.
    • Nearly 70,000 sex crime offenses.
    • Nearly 15,000 kidnapping offenses.
  • In Texas alone, more than 250,000 criminal aliens have been arrested and charged with over 600,000 criminal offenses within the last seven years.
  • In fiscal year 2017, more than 8,000 criminal illegal aliens in police custody were released back into our communities as a result of sanctuary policies.

PROTECTING COMMUNITIES FROM MS-13: Gangs like MS-13 have taken advantage of our porous borders and broken immigration system.

  • MS-13 has exploited the influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) entering the United States in order to bolster its ranks.
    • Federal authorities are not able to quickly remove illegal alien gang members based on their membership in a gang.
  • In May 2015, U.S. Border Patrol apprehended a UAC who was later released into American communities.
    • The illegal alien was arrested in November 2017 in connection with the MS-13 related killing of a man who was stabbed over 100 times and decapitated.
  • In December 2014, U.S. Border Patrol apprehended a UAC who was later released into American communities.
    • In July 2017, the same illegal alien was listed as a known MS-13 gang member and placed on the State of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted list.
    • The illegal alien has been arrested and is awaiting trial for the murder of two individuals.
  • In December 2013, U.S. Border Patrol apprehended a UAC who was later released into American communities.
    • In September 2016, the same illegal alien was one of 11 MS-13 gang members involved in the killing of teenage girls in Long Island, NY.

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President Donald J. Trump Is Reforming the Federal Government, Making it More Efficient, Effective, and Accountable

BUDGET & SPENDING

Issued on: June 21, 2018



Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted on activities that are not delivering results for hardworking American taxpayers.

President Donald J. Trump

REORGANIZING GOVERNMENT: President Donald J. Trump’s reform and reorganization plan will make the Federal Government more responsive and accountable to the American people.

  • Last year, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to work on a comprehensive plan to reorganize the Executive Branch.
  • After a year of planning how to make the Federal Government more efficient, effective, and accountable – which included input from stakeholders, agencies, and the public – key reform proposals were developed, such as:
    • Consolidating food safety functions into a single agency, addressing the current fragmented Federal oversight of food safety.
    • Merging the Departments of Education and Labor into a single Cabinet agency to better meet the needs of American workers and students.
    • Consolidating economic assistance resources to a new Bureau of Economic Growth within the Department of Commerce to increase economic growth nationwide.
  • This plan will serve as a cornerstone for a productive, bipartisan dialogue around making the Federal Government work for the 21st century.
  • Instead of a “one size fits all” approach to reform, the Trump Administration’s plan to reorganize the Government proposes solutions tailored to each agency’s mission.

MANDATE FOR CHANGE: President Trump recognizes that today’s Executive Branch is not equipped to meet Americans’ 21st century needs.

  • The President’s Management Agenda released in March 2018 provided context for what needs to change in Government, including a renewed focus on mission, service, and stewardship.
  • Today’s Federal Government lacks the organization and technology to provide the convenient and efficient services that Americans have come to expect in the 21stcentury. For example:
    • Job seekers have to navigate more than 40 workforce development programs across 15 Federal agencies.
    • Small businesses face overlapping, bureaucratic certification processes and complicated paperwork challenges when they try to work with the Government.
    • Poultry companies have to deal with multiple Government offices and loads of paperwork because chickens and eggs are regulated by different agencies.
  • Digitization is a must. Each year, the Federal Government creates millions of new paper documents that take too long to process and often must be physically stored.
  • Reorganization will help agencies maintain efficiency and effectiveness over time.

MAKING AN IMPACT: President Trump’s reform efforts follow a number of actions already taken to improve and streamline the Federal Government.

  • In May 2018, the President issued three Executive Orders aimed at reforming the civil service to work for the American people and making Federal operations more efficient.
  • President Trump signed legislation to bring more accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide our veterans with more choice in the care they receive.
  • The Administration has reduced the footprint of the Federal Government.
  • Agencies are repealing a historic number of regulations and streamlining requirements.

The White House | West Wing Reads | June 21, 2018

Melania Trump makes surprise visit to Texas shelter, seeks to ‘quickly’ reunite families

First lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit Thursday to a shelter for illegal immigrant children in Texas amid the furor over President Trump’s rescinded family separation policy, expressing her desire to see the children reunited with their parents “as quickly as possible.”

Mrs. Trump traveled to the facility in McAllen, Texas, to thank law enforcement officials and social service providers for their work during the burgeoning crisis and to put a compassionate face on a political dilemma for her husband’s administration.

They are scared without their families,” Mrs. Trump said of the migrant children. “I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness you’re giving them in this difficult time. I’d also like to ask you how I can help to — these children, to reunite with their families, as quickly as possible.”

While she was visiting, the Justice Department asked a federal judge to rewrite the court agreement that Republicans say created the catch-and-release policy leading to the family separation crisis at the border.

The move is critical to Mr. Trump’s executive order trying to stop family separations. Government officials say a 2015 ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee, the so-called Flores settlement, created the catch-and-release practice that Mr. Trump was trying to head off with his zero-tolerance border prosecutions policy.   ‌Now they have asked Judge Gee to revise the agreement, saying the “crisis” of families streaming toward the U.S. border has grown out of control and the government needs new tools to stop it.  

“This entire journey and ultimate crossing puts children and families at risk, and violates criminal laws enacted by Congress to protect the border. Those illegal crossings must stop,” the Justice Department said in its filing. Continued:   https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/21/melania-trump-visiting-detention-facility-texas/

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The White House | West Wing Reads | June 20, 2018

President Trump Signs Executive Order Allowing Joint Family Detention

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon to end the practice of separating children from parents accused of illegally crossing the border.

“I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he signed it.

Trump said previously that a 2016 court ruling required either family separation while illegal immigrant adults are prosecuted or non-enforcement of immigration law, and that Congress had to pass legislation to get around that decision. That ruling related to the 1997 Flores settlement, which said children cannot be detained, and the court ruling further specified that children must be released within 20 days.

The executive order says generally that the government will split up immigrant families, except when not separating them might put a child at risk. It also instructs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “promptly file a request” with a federal court in California to modify the Flores settlement “in a manner that would permit [officials] …. to detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings.”

The order says it is administration policy “to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.”

Still, the Trump administration made it clear that it prefers a legislative fix to the problem.

“The laws need to be changed,” said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who stood beside Trump as he signed the order. “We ask Congress to do their part.”

“We’re going to have a lot of happy people,” Trump said, referring to intense political pressure amid reports of accused illegal immigrants being separated from their children.

Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy in April, meaning default prosecution of adults for illegal border crossings, resulting in an increase in family separations.

“Nobody has had the political courage to take care of it,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “The border is just as tough but we do want to keep families together.”

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“We do not want to separate parents from their children. What we want is a safe, lawful system of immigration that would end this question altogether,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions writes in USA Today. “Those who want to come to this country can and should apply legally. We have the most generous immigration laws in the world — but they should be enforced. At the Department of Justice, that is what we intend to do, and we ask Congress to be our partners in this effort.”

From …. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/trump-signs-executive-order-end-family-separation-at-border

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The White House | June 18, 2018

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/18/trump-us-wont-become-migrant-camp/

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Happy Birthday President Trump❣ Thanks for MAGA❣

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The White House • June 12, 2018

‘Complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula’

Overnight, President Trump led a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “We had a tremendous 24 hours. We’ve had a tremendous three months, actually, because this has been going on for quite a while,” President Trump said. “I want to thank Chairman Kim for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people.”

The two leaders signed a joint statement that outlines such a future. Here is the key phrase: “President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK [North Korea], and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

The statement also commits to reestablishing U.S.–North Korean relations. “Nearly 70 years ago . . . an extremely bloody conflict ravaged the Korean Peninsula,” President Trump said. “Yet, while the armistice was agreed to, the war never ended. To this day, never ended. But now we can all have hope that it will soon end. And it will. It will soon end.”

“Chairman Kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people,” the President continued. “Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/joint-statement-president-donald-j-trump-united-states-america-chairman-kim-jong-un-democratic-peoples-republic-korea-singapore-summit/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d

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HISTORIC

https://nypost.com/2018/06/12/kim-jong-un-commits-to-complete-denuclearization-of-the-korean-peninsula-document/?utm_source=maropost&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_alert&utm_content=20180612&mpweb=755-7050091-719702514

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/11/trump-kim-jong-un-meet-face-to-face-shake-hands-at-historic-summit.html

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USA Today |  Donovan Slack  | June  6, 2018

Trump signs VA law to provide veterans more private health care choices

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/06/trump-signs-law-expanding-vets-healthcare-choices/673906002/

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President Donald J. Trump’s 500 Days of American Greatness

The White House | June 4, 2018

“Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.”

By President Donald J. Trump

500 DAYS: In his first 500 days in office, President Donald J. Trump has achieved results domestically and internationally for the American people. 

  • Since taking office, President Trump has strengthened American leadership, security, prosperity, and accountability.
  • After 500 days, the results are clear: the American economy is stronger, American workers are experiencing more opportunities, confidence is soaring, and business is booming.
  • President Trump has re-asserted American leadership on the world stage, secured vital investments in our military, and stood up against threats to our national security.
  • President Trump has put the American people first and made government more accountable.

AMERICA’S ECONOMY IS STRONGER: The American economy is stronger today and American workers are better off thanks to President Trump’s pro-growth agenda.

  • Nearly 3 million jobs have been created since President Trump took office.
    • 304,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since President Trump took office, and manufacturing employment stands at its highest level since December 2008.
    • 337,000 construction jobs have been created since President Trump took office, and construction employment stands at its highest level since June 2008.
  • Under President Trump, the unemployment rate has dropped to 3.8, the lowest rate since April 2000, and job openings have reached 6.6 million, the highest level recorded.
    • 67 percent of Americans believe now is a good time to find a quality job, according to Gallup.
    • Only under President Trump have more than 50 percent of Americans believed it is a good time to find a quality job since Gallup began asking the question 17 years ago.
  • President Trump prioritized job training and workforce development to empower workers to seize more opportunities, signing an Executive Order to expand apprenticeship opportunities.
  • President Trump has restored confidence in the American economy, with confidence among both consumers and businesses reaching historic highs.
    • Consumer confidence in current conditions has reached a 17-year high, according to the Conference Board.
    • Optimism among manufacturers has hit record highs under President Trump, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
    • Small business optimism has sustained record-high levels under President Trump according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
  • President Trump signed the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, cutting taxes for American families and making American business more competitive.
    • American families received $3.2 trillion in gross tax cuts and saw the child tax credit double.
    • The top corporate tax rate was lowered from 35 percent to 21 percent so American businesses could be more competitive.
  • President Trump has rolled back unnecessary job-killing regulations beyond expectations.
    • In 2017, President Trump far exceeded his promise to eliminate regulations at a two-to-one ratio, issuing 22 deregulatory actions for every new regulatory action.
    • The Administration rolled back rules and regulations harming farmers and energy producers, such as the Waters of the United States Rule and the Clean Power Plan.
    • Regional and community banks and credit unions got relief after President Trump signed legislation reducing harmful requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Since taking office, President Trump has advanced free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals that protect American workers, ending decades of destructive trade policies.
    • Days after taking office, the President withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and agreement.
    • President Trump’s Administration is working to defend American intellectual property from China’s unfair practices through a range of actions.
    • The President improved the KORUS trade agreement with the Republic of Korea, which will allow more U.S. automobile exports to South Korea with lower tariffs and increase U.S. pharmaceutical access to South Korea.
    • American agriculture has gained access to new markets under President Trump.

AMERICA IS WINNING ON THE WORLD STAGE: President Trump has re-asserted American leadership on the world stage and is achieving results for the American people.

  • President Trump followed through on his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • President Trump ordered an end to United States participation in the horrible Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.
    • The President has taken action to confront aggression by Iran and its proxies.
    • The Department of the Treasury has issued a range of sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force.
  • Under President Trump, the United States has led an unprecedented global campaign to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
  • President Trump’s leadership has contributed to the return of 17 Americans held overseas.
    • In May 2018 alone, Venezuela released one American and North Korea released three Americans who came home to the United States.
  • The President has secured historic increases in defense funding in order to rebuild our Nation’s military with the resources they need, after years of harmful sequester.
    • President Trump signed legislation to provide $700 billion in defense spending for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
  • The United States has worked with international allies to decimate ISIS.
  • President Trump ordered strikes against Syria in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons in April 2017 and April 2018.
  • The Trump Administration has imposed a range of sanctions on the Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela, including sanctions targeting Maduro and other senior government officials.

AMERICA’S COMMUNITIES ARE SAFER AND MORE SECURE: President Trump has worked to secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, and protect the safety and security of American communities. 

  • Despite limited resources and obstruction from Congress, President Trump has worked to take control of our border and enforce our immigration laws.
    • President Trump has called on Congress to provide the resources needed to secure our borders and close loopholes that prevent immigration laws from being fully enforced.
  • President Trump authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure our borders.
  • President Trump’s Administration has carried out immigration enforcement efforts based on the rule of law.
    • From the start of President Trump’s Administration to the end of FY 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) made 110,568 arrests of illegal aliens.
    • Arrests made in this timeframe represented a 42 percent increase from the same timeframe in FY 2016.
    • Of the 110,568 arrests made, 92 percent had a criminal conviction, pending criminal charge, were an ICE fugitive, or had a reinstated final order of removal.
  • President Trump has made clear that his Administration will continue to combat the threat of MS-13 in order to protect communities from the horrendous violence the gang has spread.
    • In 2017, the Department of Justice worked with partners in Central America to file criminal charges against more than 4,000 members of MS-13.
  • The Trump Administration has cracked down on the import and distribution of illegal drugs in order to stop them from reaching our communities and causing even more devastation.
    • As of April 2018, U.S. Border Patrol has seized 284 pounds of fentanyl in FY 2018, already surpassing the total of 181 pounds seized in FY 2017.
  • The President has launched a nationwide effort to fight the opioid crisis, which has devastated communities across America.
    • The President’s Opioid Initiative seeks to reduce drug demand, cut off the flow of illicit drugs, and save lives by expanding treatment opportunities.
  • President Trump signed an omnibus spending bill which provides nearly $4 billion to address the opioid epidemic.
    • The bill included $1 billion for grants focused on the hardest hit States and Tribes and provided funding for a public-private research partnership on pain and addiction.

AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT IS MORE ACCOUNTABLE: Since taking office, President Trump has worked to ensure government is more accountable to the American people. 

  • President Trump has confirmed the most circuit court judges of any President in their first year, and secured Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the United States Supreme Court.
  • President Trump has signed legislation to bring more accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide our veterans with more choice in the care they receive.
    • President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, improving processes for addressing misconduct.
    • President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act into law, authorizing $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • President Trump successfully eliminated the penalty for Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate.
  • The President’s Administration is seeking to provide more affordable health coverage and broader access to affordable alternatives to Obamacare plans.
  • President Trump has released a blueprint to lower drug prices for Americans.
  • President Trump has ensured that the religious liberties and conscience of Americans are protected and respected by the Federal government.
    • President Trump signed an Executive Order to protect the free speech and religious liberties of groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor.
    • The Department of Justice issued guidance to all executive agencies on protecting religious liberty in federal programs.
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The White House • June 1, 2018

Unemployment reaches lowest level in 18 years

The United States economy added 223,000 jobs in May, one of many recent indicators showing that President Trump’s economic policies are paying dividends for American workers and businesses. Employment growth averaged 207,000 jobs per month in 2018- faster than the gains in both 2016 and 2017.

Job growth in goods-producing industries such as manufacturing, construction, and mining and logging have been especially robust. After averaging gains of 27,000 jobs per month during President Obama’s second term, these industries have almost doubled the pace of hiring to 46,000 jobs per month since January 2017.

What to know about steel and aluminum tariffs

Yesterday, President Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union following months of discussions to address U.S. national security concerns stemming from global oversupply. This implementation follows the President’s March 8 announcement of a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports.

In March, President Trump welcomed any country with whom the United States shares a security relationship to discuss alternative means to address the oversupply challenge. As a result, American officials reached agreements with South Korea, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil on steel, as well as Australia and Argentina on aluminum. The U.S. was unable to reach satisfactory arrangements with Canada, Mexico, or the EU.

Excessive imports threaten to impair national security, the Commerce Department reported in January, for one key reason: Closures of domestic production result in a situation where the U.S. would be unable to meet demand for national defense and critical infrastructure in a national emergency

Get outside: June is ‘Great Outdoors Month’

“Spending time in the great outdoors, especially during summer, is an American tradition,” President Trump writes in his Proclamation of June 2018 as Great Outdoors Month. “Every American should take the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of our natural wonders, which stretch from coast to coast and beyond.”

The Trump Administration has made access to public land a top priority. In December, President Trump stood with local communities against Federal overreach on land management, modifying the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments in Utah. The Administration also “opened or expanded hunting and fishing access at 10 national wildlife refuges across the country,” the President wrote this week.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/30/trump-signs-right-to-try-says-it-will-save-tremendous-number-lives.html

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Gina Haspel Sworn In As

CIA Director

First Woman

 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/21/gina-haspel-sworn-in-as-cia-director.html

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The White House | 1600 Daily | May 11, 2018

The Day Ahead

President Donald J. Trump will announce his plan to lower drug prices for Americans. Under his leadership, the Food and Drug Administration’s emphasis on generic drug approvals contributed to prescription drug buyers saving $8.8 billion last year.

The First Family’s welcome to Military mothers and spouses

“As a mother myself, I know what goes into raising a child,” First Lady Melania Trump told a group of Military mothers and spouses gathered at the White House this week. “Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday, is celebrated just one time per year. . . . But I think mothers should be celebrated each and every day.”

Military mothers, spouses, and families have an important and sometimes challenging role.

“You endure long separations during deployments, and some of them are much longer than you ever bargained for,” President Trump said. “You routinely move your families around the country and all over the world. You maintain morale in your family and across the military community.”

So the President is taking action to help. On Wednesday, he signed an Executive Order to enhance opportunities for military spouses looking for employment in the Federal Government. Beyond the stress of having to move frequently due to deployments, military spouses often have to deal with job searches hampered by state regulation.

The Iran deal was betrayed by its own record

This week, President Trump withdrew America from the flawed Iran nuclear deal. Writing in The Washington Post, National Security Adviser John Bolton explained why the agreement failed. Its intent was to prompt Iran to trade nuclear ambitions for economic incentives. “But rather than focusing on behaving responsibly, Tehran has poured billions of dollars into military adventures abroad,” he writes.

“The future of Iran belongs to its people,” President Trump said. The Wall Street Journal agrees. “Mr. Obama sought to win over the Tehran regime by avoiding confrontation,” the Journal’s editors wrote in January. “Mr. Trump, by contrast, has distinguished between the regime and the Iranian people, much as Ronald Reagan did with the Soviet Union.”

John Bolton: The Iran deal was betrayed by its own abysmal record.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | May 10, 2018

Earlier this morning

President Donald J. Trump welcomed home three American returnees from North Korea. “They are really three incredible people,” the President said from Joint Base Andrews. “And the fact that we were able to get them out so soon was really a tribute to a lot of things, including a certain process that’s taking place right now.”

In another major step, President Trump announced minutes ago that he will meet with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.
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A victory for the world

At 2:26 a.m. ET, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Joint Base Andrews, bringing home three Americans who had been held in North Korea. Upon initial examination, the three appeared to be in good physical condition and were able to walk on the plane without assistance. President Trump was there to greet them.

This is a proud and memorable moment for America,” Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement. “Our Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did a remarkable job overseeing the release of Kim Dong Chul, Tony Kim, and Kim Hak Song – and to them I say: safe travels and welcome home.”

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What you need to know about the surge in border crossings

Recently, there has been a surge in illegal border crossings. From April 2017 to April 2018, the number of illegal border crossings more than tripled. April 2018 was also the second month in a row that saw more than 37,000 individuals apprehended after entering the country illegally along our Southwest border.

Judicial rulings by activist courts make it virtually impossible to remove even dangerous criminals. The result of these loopholes is that individuals can illegally enter the United States, make fraudulent asylum claims, and expect to be released into U.S. society while never appearing in court. This breakdown has contributed to a deportation backlog of more than 1 million cases.

Congress must take real action to secure our border and close the loopholes in our immigration system. In January, President Trump released an immigration framework that, if enacted into law, would have addressed many of these problems and secured our porous border.

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CIA nominee Gina Haspel gains momentum

President Trump’s nominee for CIA Director appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday. Gina Haspel, a 33-year public servant at the Agency, spoke at length about her role in counterterrorism efforts following the September 11 attacks on America.

A question from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) summed up the hearing well: “If someone like you, with your history, with your record of service and sacrifice and excellence . . . cannot be confirmed to head this agency, then who can?” The intelligence community agrees. A letter to lawmakers from 72 former CIA officers calls Haspel “the image of what we want a peer and leader to be.”

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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome home three American returnees from North Korea | May 10, 2018

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The White House | West Wing Reads | May 8, 2018

President Donald Trump Ends the Obama Mirage …The Iran nuclear deal, 2015-2018

In The Washington Free Beacon, Matthew Continetti explains why President Donald J. Trump made the right decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. “From the beginning, [the President] understood that any deal which gives the weaker party benefits up front in exchange for minimal temporary concessions is not a deal worth taking.”

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“President Trump’s decision not to renew Iran sanctions waivers effectively withdraws the United States from the disastrous nuclear agreement with Tehran, and sets the stage to negotiate a better deal,” national defense expert James S. Robbins writes in USA Today. Robbins ticks off the deal’s numerous flaws: “a weak inspection and verification regime, an automatic sunset provision and failure to restrict Iran’s growing ballistic missile program,” among others.

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“America needs a strong, knowledgeable leader at the CIA. President Trump has nominated one,” National Security Institute Visiting Fellow Matthew Heiman writes in The Hill. “Senators should support Gina Haspel because of her proven leadership and experience. Now is not the time to play political theater with an important national security agency.”

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In The Wall Street Journal, Russ Vought, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, writes that “through his two budget requests to Congress, President Trump has proposed trillions of dollars in common-sense spending cuts. He has sought to eliminate outdated and ineffective programs across the federal government, ending the debt spiral.”

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“Members of the media are pushing the narrative that tax cuts are unpopular with voters. The truth is that they aren’t unpopular. American families like—and need—tax cuts,” Rep. David Brat (R-VA) writes in Townhall.

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President Trump Has Been a Champion for Religious Freedom

LAW & JUSTICE

The White House | May 3, 2018

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“Faith breathes life and hope into our world. We must diligently guard, preserve, and cherish this unalienable right.” President Donald J. Trump

STANDING UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: In his first year in office, President Trump has taken strong action to restore the foundational link between freedom and faith in the United States of America.

  • On May 4, 2017, the President signed an executive order to greatly enhance religious freedom and freedom of speech:
    • taking action to ensure that religious institutions may freely exercise their First Amendment right to support and advocate for candidates and causes in line with their values; and
    • ensuring that religious Americans and their organizations, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, would not be forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.
  • The President has announced a reversal of the Obama administration’s policy denying disaster aid to houses of worship, allowing houses of worship to receive crucial aid in times of crisis.
  • The Trump administration has taken a stand on behalf of religious liberty in the courts:
    • supported students declared ineligible for a scholarship because they attended a religious school;
    • supported the Archdiocese of Washington in its effort to buy ads for the holidays on public transportation; and
    • supported baker Jack Phillips’s right to operate his bakery in accordance with his religious beliefs.
  • In January 2018, the Trump administration took a stand for international religious freedom by placing Pakistan on a “Special Watch List” for severe violations of religious freedom and designated 10 others as countries of particular concern.
  • The President declared January 18, 2018 to be Religious Freedom Day to “celebrate the many faiths that make up our country.”

PRIORITIZING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THE ADMINISTRATION: President Trump has issued new policies to ensure religious freedom is a priority throughout the Federal Government.

  • In October 2017, the Department of Justice issued twenty principles of religious liberty to guide the Administration’s litigation strategy to protect religious freedom.
  • In January 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced three major policy changes to protect freedom of religion:
    • forming a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, providing HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom; and
    • proposing to more vigorously enforce 25 existing statutory conscience protections for Americans involved in HHS programs, protecting Americans who have religious or moral convictions related to certain health care services.

PRESERVING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE: President Trump has stopped the attack on pro-life policies, implementing policies to enshrine sanctity of life as an American value.

  • Within a week of taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which protects $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry and its advocates.
  • President Trump cut off taxpayer funding for the U.N. Population Fund.
  • President Trump signed H.J. Res. 43 into law, overturning a midnight regulation by the Obama Administration, which prohibited States from defunding certain abortion facilities in their Federally funded family planning programs.
  • President Trump expressed strong support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have stopped late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy—the point at which science tells us that an unborn child can experience pain.
  • President Trump’s Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortion coverage in Obamacare exchange plans.
  • President Trump rescinded an Obama-era policy that hindered States in their efforts to direct Medicaid funding away from abortion facilities that violate the law or fail to meet relevant standards of care.

BRINGING RELIGIOUS GROUPS BACK INTO THE FOLD: President Trump has made a consistent effort to reach out to religious groups and partners to bring them back into the policy making process.

  • On February 2, 2017, just two weeks into his first term in office, President Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast.
  • On June 8, 2017, President Trump spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference.
  • On October 13, 2017, President Trump spoke at the Value Voters Summit.
  • On January 19, 2018, President Trump became the first President to address the March for Life rally live via satellite.
    • Vice President Mike Pence addressed the March for Life in 2017, becoming the first sitting Vice President to do so in person.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-trump-champion-religious-freedom/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d
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Trey Gowdy just said a few things about the military in response to a stupid question from a CNN reporter about the ban of transgenders. He nails it!

Nobody has a “right” to serve in the Military. Nobody! What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? Very far from it.

The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short. Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers. Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction?

Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identify as a Unicorn? Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can’t run the required course in the required time? Can’t do the required number of pushups? Not really a “morning person” and refuse to get out of bed before noon? All can be reasons for denial.

The Military has one job. War! Anything else is a distraction and a liability. Did someone just scream “That isn’t Fair”? War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful. YOU change yourself to meet Military standards.. Not the other way around. I say again: You don’t change the Military… you must change yourself.

The Military doesn’t need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military needs to Win Wars. If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality… Thank you for applying and good luck in your future endeavors.

 
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 The White House | News | April 28, 2018

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President Trump Welcomes America’s Wounded Warriors to the White House

For many veterans, returning to civilian life can be a difficult transition. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is there to help.

WWP’s mission is to “to honor and empower Wounded Warriors,” which they accomplish by connecting veterans, their families, and caregivers to peers, programs, and communities that can help. The organization provides free mental health and wellness programs, physical health and wellness activities, career and benefits counseling, and special support for severely injured veterans.

In other words, WWP empowers warriors to live life on their own terms.

Now nearly a decade and a half old, Soldier Ride is one of WWP’s largest events. Described as a “four-day cycling experience,” these rides are held in communities across the country, with WWP providing hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles for participants with varying physical needs. The ride is designed to challenge veterans both physically and mentally, providing a bonding opportunity with other service members.

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President Trump Participates in the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride

U.S. Presidents have hosted participating wounded veterans since President George W. Bush in 2008. Last April, President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the First and Second Ladies welcomed 54 warriors to the White House before their ride. On April 26, President Trump will once again host a number of Soldier Riders at the White House ahead of their 2018 event.

As the warriors start their ride in Washington, D.C., they will not only work together, develop camaraderie, and build mental and physical strength. As they ride through the city, they will also spread awareness about the sometimes difficult lives of America’s veterans.

“Each of you has forged in battle the sacred bonds of loyalty that link our people together,” President Trump said before last year’s Soldier Ride. “Our country, our values, our very way of life, endures because of you, and it endures because brave Americans raise up in every generation . . . to fight for this country and to defend its citizens with every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears in their bodies.”

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 The White House | The West Wing Reads | April 26, 2018

Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as President Trump’s Secretary of State

“The Senate on Thursday confirmed Mike Pompeo to serve as secretary of state,” the Washington Examiner reports. “Pompeo was approved in a 57-42 vote that cleared him to start work a day ahead of a critical NATO summit scheduled for Friday,” Susan Ferrechio writes.

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Mike Pompeo to serve as secretary of state witthe help of a few red-state Democrats facing tough re-election bids.

Pompeo was approved in a 57-42 vote that cleared him to start work a day ahead of a critical NATO summit scheduled for Friday.

Six Democrats ended up voting for Pompeo: Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Bill Nelson of Florida. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, also voted for him.  Pompeo has been serving as CIA director, and earlier this month held a landmark meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to lay the groundwork for a summit with President Trump in the coming weeks.  

Republicans touted Pompeo as the most qualified and experienced candidate to fill the post, but he generated staunch opposition from Democrats, including those who approved him for CIA director last year. Democrats said they feared Pompeo is too hawkish and will not put diplomacy ahead of military solutions.

But four Democrats and one independent who votes with Democrats threw their support behind Pompeo, including lawmakers from facing tough re-election bids in states Trump won handily in 2016.

Among them was Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who said he met with Pompeo and discussed “his foreign policy perspectives” before deciding his “distinguished time as CIA director and his exemplary career in public service” had earned his vote.

Pompeo was confirmed after a dramatic Monday committee vote on his nomination that at first appeared poised to reject him. But at the last minute, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., abandoned his opposition to Pompeo after receiving assurances from both him and Trump that the U.S. should leave Afghanistan and avoid future wars like the one waged in Iraq.

Pompeo, 54, served as a House lawmaker from 2011 until his resignation last year, representing Kansas’s 4th District.

Pompeo is a vocal opponent of the Iran nuclear deal and helped expose a secret side deal that allows Iran to avoid monitoring and inspection of some military sites.

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Tax Cuts And Reforms That Look Out For Hardworking Taxpayers

BUDGET & SPENDING

The White House | Issued on: April 17, 2018



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When we began our push for tax cuts, I promised that our bill would result in more jobs, higher wages, and tremendous relief for middle-class families, and that is exactly what we have delivered.

President Donald J. Trump

A NEW SYSTEM FOR HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS: Hardworking taxpayers will see more money in their paychecks as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Donald J. Trump.

  • Today is the last “Tax Day” under the old system.
  • Next Tax Day in 2019, taxpayers will clearly see the results of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as Washington will be taking less of their hard-earned wages.
  • Approximately two-thirds, 65 percent, of all households will see lower marginal income tax rates in 2018, according to a recent analysis by the Tax Policy Center.
    • Taxes are expected to decline across all income groups.
    • 82 percent of middle-income taxpayers are expected to receive an income tax cut.
  • A typical family of four earning $75,000 a year and with two children will see a tax cut of more than $2,000 in 2018.
  • Americans deserve a tax code that enables them to file their taxes without an army of lawyers and accountants and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will help do just that.
    • Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a large majority of American families will have their taxes simplified because of the increased standard deduction.
    • Dozens of special interest tax breaks and loopholes have been eliminated, which will raise $4 trillion in revenue to help offset tax cuts for American workers and families.

TAX CUTS AND REFORMS THAT WORK FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES: Less money taken out of workers’ paychecks will mean more money freed up to provide for their families and invest in their future.

  • Americans deserve a tax system that has their backs and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act does just that by taking less out of workers’ paychecks and supporting their efforts to provide a better future for their families.
  • As a result of the tax cuts and reforms signed into law by President Trump, American families can look forward to:
    • Lower individual tax rates.
    • A nearly doubled standard deduction, from $6,500 to $12,000 for individuals and from $13,000 to $24,000 for married couples.
    • A doubled Child Tax Credit, increased from $1,000 to $2,000 per child.
    • A new $500 tax credit for dependents age 17 or older.
    • An expanded medical expense deduction.
    • No more individual mandate penalty tax.
    • Expanded use of 529 education savings accounts, which can now be used to help pay for elementary and secondary education in addition to college.

TAXPAYERS TELL THEIR STORIES: President Trump has heard directly from hardworking taxpayers about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is improving their lives. 

  • Since signing these historic tax cuts and reforms into law, the President has held a series of meetings and events with workers, business owners, and families to hear their stories.
  • In West Virginia, President Trump heard from Tony Hodge, a rural mail carrier with two young children, who said that his “family has been able to save, this year, $2,417” because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
    • Jessica Hodge, Tony’s wife, told the President that “this is a big deal for our family.”
  • Sean Farrell, an engineer at Service Pump and Supply in West Virginia with two children in private school, spoke with President Trump about how the expansion of 529 savings account is helping his family.
    • Farrell told the President: “Last month, we opened for the first time a 529 account.  Previously, these accounts could only be used to spend on college education.  With the changes to the tax law, we can now spend it with St. Joe, for our kids’ K-12 education.”
  • During an event in Ohio, Deana Spoleti, who works in customer service at Sheffer Corporation, told the President “we’ll have money in the bank, more money to make ends meet” due to tax cuts.
  • In an Oval Office meeting, John Anfinson, an Iowa small business owner, said that his granddaughter and her husband are “going to have about $6,000 additional money they got to keep.”
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TRUMP PENCE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
04.15.18
ATROCITY IN SYRIA   Once again, Syrian civilians were attacked with banned chemical weapons, resulting in the death of an estimated 40 people and many more injured. President Trump condemned these heinous acts, stating that blood is on the hands of Russia and Iran for backing the Assad regime. The President has stated that the Syrian government will pay a “big price.” After consulting his military leaders this week, the President is directing an appropriate response to this atrocity.
FAIR TRADE POLICY WINNING   For decades, past Administrations agreed to bad trade deals. President Trump won’t let other countries take advantage of the United States. Since President Trump announced tariffs on China earlier this month, President Xi of China signaled a willingness to open Chinese markets and impose lower tariffs on American products. Xi also pledged to cut Chinese auto tariffs, to allow competition in banking, and to improve protections of U.S. intellectual property. President Trump is putting America First by encouraging our trading partners, like China, to ink fair and recporical trade deals. We won’t be taken advantage of any more thanks to President Trump.
CATCH AND RELEASE   President Trump has had enough. He has run out of patience with the obstructionist Democrats who refuse to negotiate a deal to fix illegal immigration. The President is taking tough measures by deploying the National Guard to the southern border, and he also signed a Presidential Memorandum this week to end “Catch and Release,” a policy of the last administration resulting in an influx of illegal aliens into our country. Ending “Catch and Release” is another step President Trump is taking to block the flow of violent criminals and drugs across our border, fulfilling his pledge to Make America Safe Again.
WELFARE REFORM   Welfare programs in the United States have delayed economic independence, perpetuated poverty, and weakened our cherished family bonds. In an effort to stop the entrapment of individuals into poverty, the President signed an Executive Order. This order creates work requirements for able-bodied adults on welfare to end a record-high welfare enrollment, despite near-record low unemployment. Thanks to President Trump, dignity through productivity is making a comeback.
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The White House | April 14, 2018

The devastating images that emerged from Douma, Syria, on April 7 reveal the unique and gruesome danger that chemical weapons pose to the world. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest attack on innocent civilians violated his regime’s obligations under international law, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and several United Nations Security Council Resolutions, including Security Council Resolution 2118.

It also represents human cruelty in its most depraved form. The Assad regime must be held accountable.

Speaking to the Nation last night, President Donald J. Trump explained that he ordered U.S. Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with Syrian chemical weapons capabilities. He thanked the United Kingdom and France for joining America in the operation, which will continue to pressure Syria to stop using chemical weapons by integrating the other instruments of our national power: economic, informational, and diplomatic.

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President Trump Delivers an Address to the Nation

“Today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality,” President Trump said. He emphasized the savagery of chemical attacks, with evidence from Douma documenting victims suffering from asphyxiation and foaming at the mouth.

“The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air,” the President said. “These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead.”

Unlike the regime and its backers in Syria, the United States and its allies made every effort to minimize the risk of civilian casualties in their response. Yesterday’s strikes against Syrian facilities were legitimate, proportionate, and justified.

Most important, they were necessary. Chemical weapons are a unique danger to civilized nations not only because of their brutality, but because even small amounts can trigger widespread devastation. To prevent their spread, everyone must understand that the costs of using chemical weapons will always outweigh any military or political benefits.

America’s past failures to act undermined that goal. With each chemical attack that goes unpunished, dangerous regimes see an opportunity to expand their arsenal. That threat alone is grave enough, but the biggest hazard is that unstable governments cannot control these stockpiles. As state inventories of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons grow, so too does the likelihood that such weapons will fall into terrorist hands—and put American lives at risk.

President Trump made it clear that Assad’s enablers share culpability for his actions. “To Iran, and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?” President Trump said yesterday. “The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep.”

The President’s comments come as the Trump Administration has taken new actions to confront destabilizing and malicious behavior by Russia, including tough sanctions on Russian oligarchs, government officials, and entities that support activities to undermine the United States, as well as the ejection of Russian intelligence operatives in response to Russia’s chemical weapons attack in Salisbury, England.

When it comes to Syria, “Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace,” President Trump said.

The Administration has set clear terms for America’s involvement in the Middle East. Nation-building is not on the table; the protection of American interests is. President Trump said the United States is not seeking a long-term presence in Syria, nor will it renege establishing a strong deterrent against the use of chemical weapons. If a true, lasting peace is to be found in Syria, it will be the result of the full implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254 and the U.N.-led Geneva process rather than military means.

“In the last century, we looked straight into the darkest places of the human soul,” the President said. “By the end of the World War I, more than one million people had been killed or injured by chemical weapons. We never want to see that ghastly specter return.”

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President Trump addresses the nation regarding the United States military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

April 13, 2028

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5770144065001/

President Trump announced to the world Friday evening his administration was commencing a “strategic” military campaign aimed at destroying Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons capability.

The Commander-in-Chief’s decision comes just days after Assad used deadly chemical weapons on civilians outside Damascus; killing at least forty individuals and injuring 500 including women and children.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | April 12, 2018

The scourge of sex trafficking in America

Human sex trafficking is an epidemic. According to the International Labor Organization, there may be nearly 25 million victims of forced labor across the world. That plight isn’t confined to developing countries: Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases in the United States.

The Trump Administration is taking the fight to human traffickers. Shortly after taking office, President Trump signed Executive Order 13773, “Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking,” to boost the government’s response. Last month, Ivanka Trump led a bipartisan roundtable at the White House to discuss pending legislation.

Yesterday, President Trump took further action. The President signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA), which gives both law enforcement officials and victims new tools to fight sex trafficking. Among these tools, FOSTA makes it easier to seek legal action against any websites that enable these crimes.

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The White House | West Wings Read | April 11, 2018

President Trump Just Took Giant Step Towards Actual Welfare Reform

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The White House | 1600 Daily | April 11, 2018

How President Trump is fixing welfare

The Executive Order on Economic Mobility, which President Trump signed late yesterday, takes the first steps toward real welfare reform in America. The last overhaul of the welfare system came more than two decades ago under the Republican Congress’ “Contract with America,” led by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Welfare enrollment for able-bodied adults is at a record high, despite near-record low unemployment in most parts of the country. For example, there are a record 28 million able-bodied adults on Medicaid today—a figure that has quadrupled since 2000.

Work is the solution. States that have enacted commonsense work requirements are seeing positive results, improving the lives of thousands. Washington can learn from their example: After reforms in Kansas and Maine, individuals who left welfare and returned to work saw their average incomes more than double.

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White House | 1600 Daily | April 9, 2018

We will end ‘catch and release’

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum that takes important steps to end “catch and release,” a dangerous practice whereby those who have violated our Nation’s immigration laws are released into the United States shortly after their apprehension.

The Memo’s opening lines lay out the challenge facing our country:

Human smuggling operations, gang member entry, and other criminal activity spilling across the U.S. border threaten our security and safety.

The backlog of immigration cases is alarmingly large and has hindered the quick resolution of outstanding cases.

Shortages in border-security and immigration enforcement personnel have reached critical levels.

In response, President Trump has asked his Secretary of Homeland Security to produce a report within 45 days that details how the Administration is acting swiftly to end these “catch and release” practices. He also renews his call for Congressional Democrats to join Republicans to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

The fight on opioid abuse takes center stage

President Trump traveled to New Hampshire three weeks ago to lay out his plan for how America will win the war on opioid and drug abuse. This week marks another important step toward that goal.

Today, opioids will take center stage at the twelfth meeting of President Trump’s Cabinet. He will receive updates from Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, who is helping spearhead the White House’s initiative, along with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Later this week, a temporary memorial to victims of opioid abuse will be on exhibition just outside the White House on the Ellipse at President’s Park. It will remain open through Wednesday, April 18.

One important group of Americans is doing very well.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report on Friday, which showed that nonfarm payroll employment rose by more than 100,000 in March. Following exceptional job growth in January and February, the U.S. economy is adding more than 200,000 jobs per month on average so far in 2018.

Job gains during the Trump Administration have lowered the unemployment rate for all major demographic groups in the United States. One important and often-overlooked group in particular has felt the benefits of accelerated economic growth: Americans with disabilities.

Americans with one or more disability have typically experienced higher jobless rates than the average citizen. The unemployment rate for men with a disability has dropped by 3 percentage points since President Trump took office, and the unemployment rate for women with a disability has fallen by 2.6 percentage points. These numbers even outpace the decline in joblessness across other groups.

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CRISIS CANCELED: ‘Caravan’ CALLED OFF After Trump’s TOUGH TALK
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The White House | West Wing Reads | April 4, 2018

Trump to send National Guard to US -Mexico border

“President Trump has ordered the National Guard to secure the U.S.- Mexico border in the absence of congressional action on immigration,” Sarah Westwood reports for the Washington Examiner.

“The president has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security work together with our government to deploy the National Guard to our Southwest border to assist the border patrol,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters at the White House.

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In The Columbus Dispatch, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta shares that “since President Donald Trump’s election, American job creators have added nearly 3 million jobs, including more than 50,000 here in Ohio.” Secretary Acosta adds that “the president’s bold infrastructure proposal promises to create even more jobs.”

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“The Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against North Korea is working,” Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs writes in The Hill. Heinrichs notes that President Trump “choosing John Bolton to lead his National Security Council just as preparations are being made leading up to the talks is a masterstroke.”

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In The Detroit News, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams writes that with President Trump’s new opioid initiative, the President “is providing the leadership necessary to make serious headway in this battle.” The Surgeon General explains that President Trump’s announcement “marks a significant moment in our national effort to reverse the deadly trends we have seen for the past several years, and a recognition that communities all across America are suffering from this crisis.”

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White House | 1600 Daily | April 3, 2018

Catch and Release

“A huge caravan of Central Americans is headed for the U.S., and no one in Mexico dares to stop them,” BuzzFeed News reported on Friday. A number of the caravan’s participants have said they intend to cross the U.S. border illegally once they get here, hoping to slip by American authorities undetected.

An immigration system that gives everyone a fair chance—including both newcomers and longstanding American citizens—requires respect for our Nation’s laws. Yet catch-and-release loopholes, which are the result of statutory and judicial obstacles, encourage illegal immigration and prevent the removal of these individuals once they arrive. That lawlessness helps no one.

President Donald J. Trump has called upon Congress to enact comprehensive reform that addresses this breakdown in the system. In the absence of lasting solutions, we can only expect the flow of illegal immigration into our country to continue in the years ahead.

Meet Larry Kudlow

President Trump met with senior staff of his National Economic Council yesterday, welcoming new NEC Director Larry Kudlow to the White House. Kudlow is a respected commentator on economic and financial issues, and his vast experience includes a stint of public service in the Reagan Administration.

With Kudlow as a part of his team, “Our Country will have many years of Great Economic & Financial Success, with low taxes, unparalleled innovation, fair trade and an ever expanding labor force leading the way!” President Trump tweeted last month.

The economy is booming under the President’s agenda. Nearly 3 million jobs have been created since Election Day 2016, and more than 4 million American workers have seen a pay raise, bonus, or other benefit from tax cuts. With Kudlow onboard, America’s economic future looks even brighter.

Highlights from the 140th Easter Egg Roll

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted the 140th edition of the White House Easter Egg Roll yesterday, with thousands of families swarming the South Lawn for live music, children’s book readings, and other Easter-themed fun.

“Thank you all for being here, folks,” President Trump told an early group of visitors. “It’s an honor to have everybody. On behalf of the Trump family, many of whom are with us right here in the audience, I just want to thank you. This is a special year. Our country is doing great.”

The President thanked the White House Historical Association, the First Lady, and teams of volunteers who did “an incredible job” putting on the event and preserving the sacred White House grounds for all to enjoy.

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Response From President Donald Trump – on Second Amendment –

March 28th

Thank you for taking the time to express your views regarding our Second Amendment rights.

My Administration is committed to upholding the Second Amendment and defending the right of our free and sovereign people to keep and bear arms. Our Founders fully understood that the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, their families, and their property from harm is a hallmark of a free people.

Over the eight years before I took office, the Second Amendment was under continuous attack from policies that made it difficult or impossible for law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms. I have already begun to reverse this dangerous trend, and I continue to work to ensure that your Government is abiding by the Second Amendment and does not infringe on your rights.

We took first steps to restore the Second Amendment in February of 2017 when I signed legislation nullifying an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule that would have allowed the IRS to conduct mental health investigations of Social Security recipients and turn their names over to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

In addition to administrative steps, I look forward to working with Congress to pass laws that will protect the Second Amendment from Federal overreach in the future. These laws will hopefully serve to further protect this key constitutional right.

Thank you again for writing. As President, I am steadfastly committed to protecting your rights and the security of our Nation.

Sincerely,

Donald Trump

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The White House | 1600 Daily | March 28, 2018
Another win on trade

In the past few weeks, President Donald J. Trump has fought to secure one of his key promises to the American people: negotiating free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals for the American worker.

Yesterday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced a new agreement with South Korea that accomplishes exactly that:

“The improved KORUS agreement reflects the President’s leadership in delivering more reciprocal trade outcomes benefiting U.S. workers, exporters, and businesses. The United States and Korea have strengthened an important economic relationship by agreeing to substantial improvements to KORUS that will help rebalance our trade, reduce our trade deficit, and expand U.S. export opportunities.”

News of the deal is earning the Administration widespread recognition. “The finalization of a trade agreement with South Korea would hand Mr. Trump a victory in his ‘America First’ approach to trade,” The New York Times reported.

Optimism abounds

Each week, the Administration is seeing more and more news that consumer and business confidence continue to soar, particularly now that President Trump’s tax cuts are helping the U.S. economy take off after eight years of stagnation.

The latest headlines show the good news keeps coming:

Pew: Economy ‘Good-Excellent’ Rating Highest in 18 Years (Washington Examiner)
Business Economists Optimistic About Growth: Survey (The Hill)
U.S. Consumer Confidence Hits 14-Year High (The Wall Street Journal)
U.S. Job Openings Surge to Record High in January (Reuters)

President Trump’s work is only just beginning, but the early signs all show that smart policy is all it took to unleash America’s economic power.

Secretary DeVos: How omnibus makes schools safer

The bipartisan omnibus deal that President Trump signed into law last week delivers desperately needed resources for our Nation’s troops. Another important goal it accomplishes is helping to make American schools safer.

“The president has called on Congress to expand mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote in the Washington Examiner this week. “Congress heard and acted on this request in its omnibus spending bill, giving $700 million to the Department of Education for Student Support and Academi Enrichment grants.”

As part of the omnibus, Congress also passed the STOP School Violence Act and the Fix NICS Act, the latter of which strengthens America’s criminal background check system.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | March 27, 2018

22,000 faces of the opioid crisis

Last week, President Donald J. Trump announced a bold policy agenda to combat the opioid crisis on three fronts: prevention and education, treatment and recovery, and law enforcement and interdiction.

Now, the White House is partnering with the Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service to bring the National Safety Council’s “Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial to the Ellipse near the White House from April 11 to April 18.

The exhibit will educate visitors on the impact of the opioid crisis with the installation of a wall of 22,000 engraved white pills—each representing the face of an American lost to a prescription opioid overdose in 2015. The exhibit is also an action center, with resources on the safe disposal of unused pills and prepaid envelopes to allow visitors to dispose of any unused medication at their homes.

U.S. expels Russian intelligence officers

President Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States yesterday morning. He also directed the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, given its proximity to one of America’s submarine bases as well as Boeing facilities.

“The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies and partners around the world in response to Russia’s use of a military-grade chemical weapon on the soil of the United Kingdom, the latest in its ongoing pattern of destabilizing activities around the world,” a senior Administration official briefed reporters yesterday.

America stands in solidarity with our closest ally, the United Kingdom. While the Administration remains ready to build a better relationship with Russia, this can only happen with a change in behavior from the Russian government. Actions like this attack on British soil will carry serious consequences.

Why John Bolton is the right choice

Commentators agree that by appointing John Bolton to be the next National Security Advisor (NSA), President Trump has made an excellent choice to confront the challenges of a dangerous world and build on the accomplishments of outgoing NSA H.R. McMaster.

In their words, here are just a few of the reasons why:

“We may assume Pyongyang knows now that bluffing the U.S. won’t work.” – The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

“On the U.N. he’s been right all along. If his presence in the White House helps to scare the organization into real reform, so much the better.” – The New York Times’ Bret Stephens

“He’s squarely in the mainstream of conservative foreign-policy thought.” – David French, The National Review

“Enough with the John Bolton smears — he’ll be the best National Security Adviser in a generation.” – Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute

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The White House | 1600 Daily | March 18, 2018

What’s troubling New Hampshire

New Hampshire has had the second highest rate of opioid-involved overdose deaths in the Nation since 2014. A poll conducted last year found that drugs were the biggest problem facing the Granite State—the first time in the poll’s history that a majority named any single issue as the most important.

Today, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump travel to Manchester, New Hampshire. The President will address America’s opioid epidemic at Manchester Community College and discuss his Administration’s initiative to stop opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand, which has four components:

1. Address the driving forces of the opioid crisis, including over-prescription, illicit drug supplies, and insufficient access to evidence-based treatment.

2. Reduce demand and over-prescription in part by educating Americans about the dangers of opioid and other drug use.

3. Cut off the supply of illicit drugs by cracking down on international and domestic supply chains that devastate American communities.

4. Help those struggling with addiction through evidence-based treatment and recovery support services.

New frontiers

Last week, President Trump took time during a cross-country trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to address military service members at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.

The President touched on many themes, including thanking our hardworking military men and women for their service and dedication to the cause. He also charted a path forward, echoing themes from his National Space Council—a group chaired by Vice President Mike Pence that the President resurrected after a 24-year hiatus.

“From the very beginning, many of our astronauts have been soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines,” the President said. “We’re going to lead the way in space.”

Infrastructure: The Federal role

The Federal Government provides important infrastructure funding, but it often does so inefficiently and with numerous restrictions. Washington depends on taxpayers at the state and local level, yet Federal funding is too often directed by priorities of those inside the Beltway.

President Trump proposes to fix this problem by maintaining the traditional balance of Federal and non-Federal funding, while investing in a way that stretches every dollar and delivers on local needs. His proposal will keep existing Federal funding in place, including for the Highway Trust Fund.

The President’s plan would improve on existing policy by directing half of Federal funds to an Incentives Program for State and local applicants. This system keeps infrastructure decisions out of the D.C. bureaucracy and in State and local hands.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | March 16, 2018

Enforcing the law—at the border and within

“California sanctuary policies put the entire Nation at risk,” President Donald J. Trump said while visiting the U.S.-Mexico border this week. “They’re the best friend of the criminal.”

Sanctuary city policies aren’t about protecting law-abiding immigrants. Rather, the term “sanctuary city” generally refers to localities that refuse to cooperate with lawful Federal immigration enforcement. When a suspected illegal alien is arrested on criminal charges, these jurisdictions will often release the suspect quickly before Federal officials can arrive.

After visiting Southern California to examine border wall prototypes this week, President Trump plans to host a roundtable with law enforcement officials to discuss the threat from these sanctuary cities. His goal is to ensure that Federal law is enforced both at the border and inside our Nation.

“I want to thank ICE and the Border Patrol agents for their incredible work and their incredible bravery,” the President said on Tuesday. “It’s a dangerous job. It’s a tough job.”

4 ways to rebuild American strength

As the Trump Administration rebuilds America’s strength and confidence at home, it is also restoring the Nation’s standing abroad. Four principles drive President Trump’s approach:

Fighting to rebuild our military: Last month, President Trump signed a two-year budget deal that raises the military’s budget caps for national defense to $700 billion for Fiscal Year 2018.

Putting America first in our strategy: The President’s national security strategy emphasizes protecting the homeland, promoting prosperity, preserving peace through strength, and advancing American influence.

Ending the threat of terror: Under the Trump Administration’s watch, ISIS has lost nearly 100 percent of its former caliphate.
Deterring threats to the American people: The President has rallied world powers in support of increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea while taking aggressive action to confront threatening behavior from Iran.
Learn more about how America is confronting threats abroad like never before.

Talking tax cuts in Missouri

One of the most rewarding outcomes of tax reform is listening to the stories of real Americans whose lives have been made better. This week in Missouri, President Trump heard many of these personal accounts as he met with workers and business leaders in St. Louis.

One person spoke about how tax changes have made it easier to grow his company through capital investments. Others talked about the $1,000 bonuses they were able to extend to hard-working employees after President Trump signed tax reform into law last December.

The President also toured a St. Louis Boeing facility that assembles U.S. fighter planes. “A few years ago, this plant was in very serious danger of shutting down, and we got it going again,” the President said. “We are keeping thousands of Americans employed right here in St. Louis.”

Watch the highlights of President Trump’s Boeing tour and roundtable with Missourians.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | March 14, 2018

President Trump Visits Prototypes of Wall

Today, President Donald J. Trump travels from Washington to Southern California, where he will examine eight prototypes for the proposed border wall with Mexico. The samples range in height from 18 to 30 feet.

“While Congress considers funding for fiscal year 2018, other wall program activities are moving forward,” Paul Koscak of U.S. Customs and Border Protection writes. Those activities include planning and design, as well as upgrades along less fortified or outdated parts of the southwest barrier.

The President’s visit today comes as more and more Americans express support for his four-pronged approach to immigration reform. In addition to the majorities that support tougher border security and a permanent resolution for DACA, more than 8 in 10 voters want a system that selects individuals based on their education and skills—not one that chooses immigrants based on whether they have relatives already in the United States.

You should be in charge of your healthcare information
“Interoperability” isn’t a word most Americans hear every day. But when it comes to the future of healthcare in the United States, few technological developments may prove to be more important.

In healthcare, interoperability means being able to share patient data in an instant—regardless of which hospital, pharmacy, or laboratory has the information—and being able to do so with complete reliability and privacy protection. Last week, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner laid out the Trump Administration’s plans in this area at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I could not understand why medical records from the Department of Defense could not be seamlessly transferred to the Veterans’ Administration,” Kushner said. “There is overwhelming consensus: America needs better access to patient data and interoperability now.”

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The White House | 1600 Daily | March 12, 2018

How to secure our schools

After the horrific shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month, President Donald J. Trump met with students, teachers, lawmakers, and local officials to hear every idea they had about how to keep violence out of America’s schools.

Every child in our Nation has a right to feel safe. To achieve that goal, the President will announce a series of actions to protect our children and their communities:

Hardening our schools: The Administration will make sure our schools are safe and secure—just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings—with better training and preparedness.

Strengthening background checks and prevention: President Trump is supporting legislation and reforms to strengthen the background checks system and law enforcement operations.

Reforming mental health programs: The President is proposing an expansion and reform of mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others.

Keeping the conversation going: In addition to these immediate actions, President Trump is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, to recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention.

California’s resistance

This week, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the State of California to save lives and keep dangerous criminals off our streets. For far too long, California has obstructed Federal law and put the interests of criminals who are in United States illegally ahead of the well-being of American citizens.

Below is just one example of a dangerous criminal that California set free—despite the lawful request of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold him until Federal authorities could arrive:

On Aug. 2, 2017, the Santa Rosa Police Department arrested a citizen of Guatemala on charges of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse/cohabitant. That same day, ICE lodged a “detainer,” which includes a request to the local jail to notify ICE before the inmate is released.

The next day, the Sonoma County Jail provided ICE with only 24 minutes notice before it released the suspect—despite the fact that the jail is about 65 miles from the nearest ICE field office. On Aug. 18, 2017, the Santa Rosa Police Department arrested the same individual as a suspect in the murder of his alleged girlfriend.

The best jobs news in 2 decades

The opening months of 2018 has marked the strongest average monthly job growth in more than two decades, the Council of Economic Advisers wrote last week following the release of February employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 313,000 last month, and average hourly earnings increased 2.6 percent since the same period last year. Since January 2017, 2.5 million jobs have been added to the economy.

“I mean, the only sector of the economy that got smaller in February was the Federal government,” Vice President Mike Pence joked in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | March 5, 2018

America’s Manufacturing Comeback

“After just one year, under President Trump’s leadership, manufacturing in America is back,” Vice President Mike Pence told an audience at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Hotel in Michigan on Friday.

Speaking just blocks from the headquarters of some of America’s biggest car manufacturers, the Vice President explained what so many citizens in Michigan—and indeed, all over the Midwest—saw in President Trump when they supported him in 2016. “American companies have created nearly 200,000 new, good-paying manufacturing jobs, including nearly 6,000 new jobs across Michigan alone,” Vice President Pence said.

The Vice President used the Motor City itself as an example of America’s comeback. “You might have heard Fiat Chrysler is giving out $2,000-tax-cuts bonuses to all of its workers,” he said. “And they’re going to move their entire production line from Mexico to Michigan.”

National Consumer Protection Week

On March 2, President Trump proclaimed this week as National Consumer Protection Week—an important occasion to help consumers learn more about their rights in the U.S. marketplace.

A few messages that President Trump wants all Americans to hear this week:

“American consumers must be alert for a broad range of scams and schemes, including identity theft, cybersecurity breaches, and charity fraud, all of which . . . erode financial security.”

“Depraved scammers often target the elderly. Such fraud can rob victims of their dignity and confidence, in addition to their resources.”

“The best weapon against fraud and extortion is a well-informed consumer.”

“A vibrant economy, fueled by consumer confidence, is at the heart of American prosperity,” President Trump writes.

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USATrump Takes Illegals’ “FREE STUFF” AWAY From 9 Sanctuary Cities… LET THE RIOTS BEGIN!

Today Trump News | March 1, 2018

The reason most of us supported, worked for and supported Candidate Donald Trump is finally happening.

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially sent 9 Sanctuary cities a letter notifying them that the US Attorney General’s office will no longer be looking the other way when it comes to harboring illegal aliens in their jurisdiction.

The order is simple, either comply with United States laws or lose federal funding.

The 9 counties included in the list are the entire state of California, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Milwaukee. And also Cook County in Illinois and Miami-Dade County in Florida. In order to comply with the letter, all these 9 will need to prove that they will not impede the operations in any way, matter nor form when Homeland Security or ICE are trying to do their job. If they don’t abide by this order they will, in fact, lose all federal funding available to them. Doesn’t it feel great to know we finally have a president who follows the law?

The Conservative Daily Post reports:
“Considering that it is part of the law, this is important to note as the areas all signed the documents, agreeing to what was being asked. The Justice Department included in the letter, “Many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime.” Considering that these areas are in such dire shape amid the crime, it would be reasonable to think they would have been the first cities to cooperate with Homeland Security.”

That isn’t the case though. So many of the mayors and leaders are Democrats, and they want to promote an open border society. They want to welcome as many people into their cities as possible to show what an open border society can look like. All it’s doing is confirming that illegal immigrants that are coming to the country are putting Americans in danger.

Normally, if citizens were in danger, they would call the police and they would take it from there. That could facilitate a call to federal authorities, such as dealing with illegals. However, in these sanctuary cities, there are tricks done to ensure this doesn’t happen. One of the more common tactics is not alerting the proper authorities from alerting federal agents when an illegal is behind bars.

Normally, if citizens were in danger, they would call the police and they would take it from there. That could facilitate a call to federal authorities, such as dealing with illegals. However, in these sanctuary cities, there are tricks done to ensure this doesn’t happen. One of the more common tactics is not alerting the proper authorities from alerting federal agents when an illegal is behind bars.

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Trump Stands Before Billy Graham’s Casket, Suddenly Walks Up to It, Then…

Andrew Mark Miller | February 28, 2018

After 99 years on this planet, Rev. Billy Graham is no longer with us and love has been pouring in from all across the country.

From Fox News:

Thousands of people from all walks of life — including a former president — filed slowly past the casket of the Rev. Billy Graham on Monday to pay their final respects to a man who reached millions with his message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

A light drizzle greeted mourners on hand at 8 a.m. when the doors opened to Graham’s boyhood home, but it had tapered by the late afternoon when former President George W. Bush arrived with his wife, Laura. The viewing was expected to last late into the night for the famed evangelist, who died Wednesday at age 99.

Mourners of all races, young and old, some in suits and some in T-shirts and flip-flops, walked through the parlor where Graham’s closed casket lay on a black pedestal. They walked past family photos and a cross made of white lilies to see the simple plywood container made by prison inmates. At the door for the first few hours was Graham’s grandson, Roy, shaking the hand of every person who came to see his grandfather.

On Wednesday, President Trump and some of the most important people in Washington gathered at the U.S. Capitol to pay respects to Graham. After the prayer, Trump made an incredible move.

From The Daily Caller:

The first couple then laid a wreath at Graham’s casket on behalf of the Executive branch.

After the Congressional chaplain said a prayer for Billy Graham, the Trumps approached the casket one last time before leaving. While standing solemnly at the casket, President Trump walked directly up to it. The president laid his hand on the casket in contemplation. For approximately ten seconds, Trump stood, head bowed, with his hand on the casket.

An incredibly powerful moment.

Clearly, President Trump respects the life that Graham led and that puts him on the same page as most Americans out there.

Rest in peace Reverend Graham.

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The Newly Press

February 27, 2018

Folks are mocking Trump for saying that he would have rushed into the school while the deputies didn’t.

Well, here’s a flashback to when Trump broke up a mugging.

And I’m pretty sure running for President and stopping the clowns you guys want from being in power is the same as charging into a dangerous situation…

(y) The Newly Press for more.

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Growing the American Economy: The Economic Report of the President

The White House | February 21, 2018

America is open for business, and we are competitive once again.
President Donald J. Trump

A GROWING ECONOMY: President Donald J. Trump’s pro-growth policies are reviving the United States economy, and the Economic Report of the President (ERP) shows a path for continued growth.The Trump Administration is the first since that of President Ronald Reagan to see positive economic growth exceed its first-year forecast.

In 2017, the United States economy saw 2.5 percent growth in real gross domestic product (GDP), up from 1.8 percent in 2016.
Growth helped the United States economy add 2.2 million nonfarm jobs in 2017, as American workers saw the lowest unemployment rate since 2000 at 4.1 percent.

The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) projects economic growth will increase to 3.1 percent in 2018, remaining above 3 percent through 2020 and adding a cumulative $1.1 trillion to the economy.

If fully implemented, President Trump’s economic agenda would lead to 3 percent annual GDP growth on average throughout the next decade.

TAX REFORM IS DELIVERING RESULTS: President Trump’s tax cuts are benefiting United States workers and businesses, providing long-term benefits and putting America on a path to greater prosperity.The CEA projects that President Trump’s corporate tax reform will lead to a $4,000 annual wage increase for American workers.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s (TCJA) reforms and cuts to the individual tax code will raise GDP by an estimated 1.3 to 1.6 percent over the next three years.

To date, over 370 companies have announced new investments, raises, bonuses, or other benefits as a result of tax reform that will positively affect 4.1 million workers.

Through January, the CEA tallied $190 billion in new investment projects that were related to the passage of the TCJA.

REDUCING RED TAPE: By eliminating costly, unnecessary, and ineffective regulations, President Trump is freeing the United States economy.President Trump is prioritizing the cutting of burdensome red tape and has ordered Government agencies to eliminate two old rules for every new one.

In the first eight months of the Trump Administration, Federal agencies issued 67 deregulatory actions and just three regulatory actions, far exceeding this two-for-one goal.

According to the CEA, the economics literature indicates that excessive Government regulation places a drag on the American economy, slowing productivity and stifling entrepreneurship.
The Obama Administration’s overregulation likely played a role in slow economic growth rates of the last eight years.

BUILDING A STRONGER AMERICA: President Trump wants to rebuild our Nation’s infrastructure by working with State and local governments and the private sector to spur new investment.The CEA estimates that a $1.5 trillion investment in infrastructure, as proposed by the President, could add approximately 0.1 to 0.2 percentage points to economic growth over the next decade.
The CEA finds that growth will be encouraged through a plan that streamlines the permitting process, encourages the prioritization of spending, and optimizes use of infrastructure assets.

FAIR AND RECIPROCAL TRADE: President Trump is standing up for American workers and businesses, enforcing the rules and ensuring that trade deals are fair and reciprocal.American producers face higher barriers to selling their products abroad than competitors do selling products in the United States.

President Trump is seeking to break down barriers to United States exports and crack down on unfair trade practices.

Given America’s comparative advantages, American energy and agriculture sectors are well-positioned to benefit from these policies and increase their exports to the rest of the world.
President Trump is also seeking to improve existing United States trade deals that did not achieve the intended result and negotiate new ones that will break down barriers to United States exports.

INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE: The Trump Administration is focusing on policies that will promote competition, improve health outcomes, and lower healthcare costs for Americans.Competition, choice, and innovation are key to improving America’s healthcare system.

Obamacare drove up costs and significantly curtailed choices of coverage options. Taxpayers have spent an enormous amount expanding Medicaid, without a substantial benefit to population health.

Freeing consumers and providers from excessive government regulation and promoting competition through healthcare markets will lower prices and increase choice in order to improve our national quality of life.

The CEA estimates that Americans pay more than 70 percent of the world’s patented biopharmaceutical profits among developed nations funding drug innovation.

Policies must be developed to lower drug prices for Americans and to encourage pharmaceutical companies to have other countries pay their fair share of development costs.

DEFENDING AMERICAN CYBER SECURITY: With billions of dollars lost each year to cyber-crime, American cybersecurity is of paramount importance to our economic well-being.Using the most recent data available, the CEA estimates that malicious cyber activity lowered United States output by as much as $109 billion in 2016.

Even as information technology has increased in importance to American economic interests, the ERP indicates that the market alone may not provide sufficient incentives to invest in cybersecurity.

The ERP underscores the ever-growing importance of public-private cybersecurity partnerships, in order to manage and mitigate the risks associated with our modern economy.

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Jobless claims plunge to 222,000, second-lowest mark in decades

The White House | West Wing | Feb 22, 2018

Washington Examiner | by Joseph Lawler

New applications for unemployment benefits dropped 7,000 to 222,000 in the second full week of February, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, the second-lowest mark of the recovery and a good sign for the economy.

Forecasters had expected new jobless claims to remain steady at an ultra-low 230,000. Lower claims are good news because they mean fewer people are getting laid off.

Thursday’s mark is the lowest since the early 1970s, setting aside the week of January 13, when claims touched as low as 216,000.

The report should raise expectations for a very strong jobs report for the month of February, since it covered the week in which businesses will be surveyed.

From the low level of claims, it appears that employers are holding onto employees more, rather than laying them off, likely because workers are becoming harder to find.

“In short, claims remain historically low, consistent with the trend in employment growth remaining more than strong enough to keep the unemployment rate trending down,” noted Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics.

The unemployment rate already stands at 4.1 percent, the lowest since the turn of the century. And there are just 1.1 unemployed workers for every advertised job opening, a lower ratio than during the housing boom.

The Trump administration has set a goal of not just lowering unemployment, but also raising the labor force participation rate, bringing workers who may have quit the job search in recent years back into the hunt. That is a tall task, given the retirement of the Baby Boom generation and other long-running demographic changes.

The jobless claims numbers are adjusted for seasonal variations. The Labor Department said that state agencies are still having trouble collecting claims in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which were hit by hurricanes last year.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jobless-claims-plunge-to-222000-second-lowest-mark-in-decades/article/2649719

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The Rev. Billy Graham, prominent Christian evangelist, dead at 99

Fox News | February 21, 2018

The Rev. Billy Graham , the Christian evangelist whose worldwide crusades and role as adviser to decades of U.S. presidents made him one of the best known religious figures of his time, died Wednesday at age 99 at his home in Montreat, N.C, Todd Shearer of DeMoss Associates told Fox News.

Rev. Billy Graham, who had been in ill health for a number of years, was regularly listed in polls as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World.”

Shearer told Fox News that Graham died from “natural causes.”

His Christian crusades took him from the frenzy of Manhattan to isolated African villages and according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, he preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.

U.S. evangelist Billy Graham spoke in the East Berlin Gethsemane Church in 1990. (Reuters)
The BGEA put his lifetime audience at nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, with “hundreds of millions more” viewing him on television, video, film and webcasts.

“My one purpose in life,” he said, “is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.”

In this June 26, 2005 file photo, the Rev. Billy Graham speaks on stage on the third and last day of his farewell American revival. (AP)
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Graham was last hospitalized in 2011 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. for what was described as “evaluation and treatment of his lungs.” He was also hospitalized that year due to pneumonia.

BILLY GRAHAM REMEMBERED AS ‘FAITHFUL,’ ‘MOST IMPORTANT EVANGELIST’ BY RELIGIOUS LEADERS

William Franklin Graham Jr. was born Nov. 7, 1918 and raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte, N.C.

At 15, he made his personal commitment to Christ at a revival meeting in Charlotte. After attending Bob Jones College and the Florida Bible Institute, Graham was ordained a Southern Baptist clergyman in 1939.

In 1943, he graduated from Wheaton College, where he met fellow student Ruth McCue Bell, daughter of a medical missionary, who had spent the first 17 years of her life in China.

They married in August 1943 and had five children, 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Ruth Graham died in June 2007 after 64 years of marriage.

TRUMP, PAST PRESIDENTS MOURN BILLY GRAHAM’S DEATH: ‘THERE WAS NOBODY LIKE HIM!’

Graham vaulted to national prominence with his 1948 Los Angeles crusade, scheduled for three weeks and extended to eight.

Subsequent crusades in various cities around the globe also lasted far longer than scheduled – in New York, he ran nightly for four months at Madison Square Garden in 1957.

In 1950, Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, based in Minneapolis, Minn. until it relocated to Charlotte in 2003.

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Pastor Jeffress ‘heartbroken’ over Billy Graham’s death

Through the BGEA he conducted his weekly “Hour of Decision” radio program and published “Decision” Magazine as well as producing television programs for Christian networks.

In addition, Graham wrote 33 books, including his autobiography “Just As I Am.” His last book, “Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, And Our Life Beyond The Now” was published in 2015.

CAL THOMAS: THE BILLY GRAHAM I KNEW

In the 1960s, he ardently opposed segregation, refusing to speak to segregated audiences.

Former U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush, left, and Bill Clinton, Billy Graham, and former President Jimmy Carter stand together. Graham was a spiritual adviser to each of the men. (Reuters)
“The ground at the foot of the cross is level,” he once said, “and it touches my heart when I see whites standing shoulder to shoulder with blacks at the cross.”

Graham also was noted for consulting and praying with every U.S. president from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama, who in April 2010 visited Graham at his mountaintop cabin in North Carolina. He also met with President Harry Truman in what was initially a contentious meeting after Graham spoke to the press, but the two men later viewed the episode as a humorous incident.

Graham presided over the graveside services for President Lyndon Johnson in 1973 and spoke at the funeral of President Richard Nixon in 1994.

On September 14, 2001 he led a national prayer service at Washington National Cathedral after the 9/11 attacks.

He and his wife were both awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1966.

BILLY GRAHAM DIES, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HIS CHARITIES?

But Graham found himself the target of criticism in 2002 and again in 2009 following the release of tapes of 1973 conversations he had with Richard Nixon that were critical of Jews.

He remained active well into his 70s but in recent years had been slowed by Parkinson’s Disease, which he’s had since 1992, and other medical problems.

His last crusade was in 2004. His elder son, Franklin, has long been expected to succeed his father as head of his ministry.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/21/rev-billy-graham-prominent-christian-evangelist-dead-at-99-fox-news-confirms.amp.html

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Happy President’s Day

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The White House | 1600 Daily | February 15, 2018

STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil.

Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to reports of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — a great and safe community. There, a shooter, who is now in custody, opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. He murdered 17 people and badly wounded at least 14 others.

Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families. To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you — whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family, and your suffering is our burden also.

No child, no teacher, should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.

Each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them — a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. Each one had dreams to pursue, love to give, and talents to share with the world. And each one had a family to whom they meant everything in the world.

Today, we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. We comfort the grieving and the wounded. And we hurt for the entire community of Parkland, Florida that is now in shock, in pain, and searching for answers.

To law enforcement, first responders, and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We thank you for your courage. Soon after the shooting, I spoke with Governor Scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of Florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. I also spoke with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

I’m making plans to visit Parkland to meet with families and local officials, and to continue coordinating the federal response.

In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God’s word in scripture: “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.”

We trust in that promise, and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow.

I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared: I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. Answer hate with love; answer cruelty with kindness.

We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.

Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.

Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference.

In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil, and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need.

And so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.

Thank you. And God Bless you all. Thank you very much.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | February 13, 2018

Our infrastructure is broken

Years of inaction have allowed American infrastructure to degrade into a state of disrepair. With yesterday’s release of President Donald J. Trump’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America, the Administration is committed to reversing this sad course.

Here are the facts:

One out of every five miles of highway pavement in the United States is in poor condition.

More than 50,000 American bridges are rated as “structurally deficient.”

Commute times have increased every year since 2009—and more than 40 percent of urban interstate miles are congested.

Nearly 40 percent of Americans living in rural areas lack sufficient broadband access.

Lengthy reviews hold up infrastructure projects for years.

The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that failing to meet our infrastructure needs will cost us $4 trillion in GDP and 2.5 million jobs by 2025.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/budget-fy2019.pdf?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d

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The White House | West Wing Daily | February 11, 2018

Washington Examiner by James Antle III

On infrastructure, Trump Administration seeks to avoid Obama stimulus trap

The Trump administration hopes that $200 billion in new federal infrastructure spending over the next ten years can trigger up to $1.8 trillion in investments by the private sector plus state and local governments, to the benefit of roads, bridges and jobs.

In a plan to be announced Monday, the White House hopes to make due on a campaign promise to bolster the country’s roads and bridges, sink $50 billion into new rural infrastructure programs, and speed up the permitting process to allow new projects to proceed far more quickly.

Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment — to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit,” President Trump said in his State of the Union address. “Any bill must also streamline the permitting and approval process — getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one.”

“We used to build them in three months, and now it takes years and years of approvals. We’re going to bring that down, ideally, to one year. Two years is our goal, but one year is our real goal,” Trump added.

Senior administration officials said they wanted to implement deep-seated policy, regulatory and cultural shifts within the federal government to make “shovel-ready” a real possibility when it comes to building a sagging national infrastructure.

But that phrase raises the challenges any Trump infrastructure program faces. Democrats would like to see more federal spending and direction, fearing the nascent White House proposals lack both. Republicans don’t want a repeat of the $1 trillion Obama administration stimulus package, especially after a bipartisan and bicameral budget deal that threatens to restore the massive budget deficits that accompanied the Democrats’ largely ineffectual pump-priming.

The White House said the president would be willing to negotiate on the $200 billion figure to win Democratic support, arguing that infrastructure should be a bipartisan initiative. But is there a limit to how far Trump would go in raising that number? “Of course,” said a senior administration official.

Early on, Democrats ranging from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pledged to work with the Trump administration on infrastructure.

“If Donald Trump comes up with an idea or a program which he campaigned on that says that our infrastructure is crumbling, that we can create millions of jobs rebuilding our infrastructure, that we’re going to put people back to work at decent wages, yeah, I will work with him,” Sanders told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast after the presidential election.

But since then, there have been high-profile fights on Obamacare, immigration, judicial appointments, taxes and the Russia investigation. It did not take long for Sanders, in particular, to pivot to calling Trump infrastructure proposals a “scam” and “corporate welfare.”

Democrats are already calling for up to five times more federal spending on infrastructure, at a time when conservatives are steaming over the projected return of $1 trillion federal budget deficits.

Administration officials insist they are on solid ground politically when it comes to pushing infrastructure funding obligations onto state and local governments. These levels of government already fund, operate and maintain most of these projects, they say, while Washington makes most of the rules. They want states and municipalities to match federal allocations by a four-to-one ratio, arguing that massive national expenditures will crowd out spending by lower levels of government.

There will be a lookback provision so that states and local governments who have already recently raised revenues aren’t penalized for being forward thinking and implementing the types of policies that we’re encouraging through this program,” said one official.

They point to polling done for the National Governors Association that shows 72 percent of Americans have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of confidence in local authorities to handle infrastructure projects while 62 percent said the same of the states and only 40 percent said so about the federal government.

Some business groups, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, also want more federal spending than in the administration’s initial proposal and are willing to see an increase in the gasoline tax to make it happen. The last increase in this federal levy was part of the 1993 tax hike signed into law by President Bill Clinton, over unanimous Republican opposition.

Another problem the White House could face is that Democrats may be unwilling to hand the president a bipartisan legislative victory in an election year. But two can play at this game.

“[I]f Democrats want to continue to play the obstruction game, Republicans should dare them to vote against fixing a bridge or highway in their home district heading into midterm elections,” Christian Ferry, a Republican strategist, told the Washington Examiner earlier this year.

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White House | 1600 Daily | February 11, 2018

JUST RELEASED: In President Donald J. Trump’s latest Weekly Address, he discusses his meeting with law enforcement leaders last week on the scourge of violence from the gang MS-13. “Glaring loopholes in our laws have allowed criminals and gang members to break into our country,” President Trump says.

The President’s plan to rebuild America

America has long been a Nation of builders, President Trump told the country January 30 in his first State of the Union Address. “We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year—is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?”

He called on leaders of both parties in Congress to come together to deliver the safe, reliable, and modern infrastructure that Americans deserve. Today, he will outline his legislative principles to accomplish just that:

$200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments with partners at the state, local, tribal, and private level

New investments in rural America, which has been left behind for too long

Decision-making authority will return to state and local governments
Regulatory barriers that needlessly get in the way of infrastructure projects will be removed

Permitting for infrastructure projects will be streamlined and shortened

America’s workforce will be supported and strengthened

“We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land,” President Trump said. “And we will do it with American heart, and American hands, and American grit.”

To save Gaza, turn on the lights

The Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip has long been a flashpoint for conflict. Last weekend, Israeli authorities foiled a Hamas attempt to smuggle explosives at the crossing into Gaza—including components expected to be used to launch projectiles into Israel.

While Hamas’ attacks on Israel are well-documented, Hamas’ exploitation of the people it claims to govern is appalling in its own right. Hamas can’t even keep the lights on, and must depend on the generosity of the Palestinian Authority for a few hours of power each day.

“Imagine what the people of Gaza could do with the $100 million Iran has historically given Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups annually that Hamas uses for weapons and tunnels to attack Israel,” wrote Jason Greenblatt, Assistant to President Donald J. Trump and Special Representative for International Negotiations.

A $10,000 check

The afternoon of President Trump’s first State of the Union Address 13 days ago, The Washington Post ran a story about a special interaction the President had with campaign volunteer Shane Bouvet:

The unusual meeting was arranged after Trump said he read a profile about Bouvet in The Washington Post. The struggling single father had spent nights working and days volunteering for Trump, who Bouvet hoped could bring renewal to his home town of Stonington, Ill., and other corners hard hit by the decline in U.S. industry.

On Monday, [a $10,000 check from the President] arrived in the mail.… Bouvet said he planned to use the money to pay for chemotherapy for his father, who he said is suffering from bladder cancer.

On Friday, President Trump once again met with Bouvet—along with his father, Donald Bouvet, who is now cancer-free. “And I just think it’s an incredible story. Very rarely do I hear a story like this,” the President said.

“I want to thank Mr. President for everything and the blessings that he’s done for me and my family,” Shane Bouvet said.

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President Trump delivers huge win for military

The White House | 1600 Daily | February 9, 2018

President Donald J. Trump signed a two-year, bipartisan budget bill this morning that ends Congress’ brief overnight shutdown of the federal government.

“Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before,” President Trump tweeted this morning. “We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time.”

The President then laid out what must be accomplished in 2018. “Costs on non-military lines will never come down if we do not elect more Republicans in the 2018 Election, and beyond,” he tweeted. “This Bill is a BIG VICTORY for our Military, but much waste in order to get Dem votes.”

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Feeling of A Handshake

Those who hate him will always hate him, no matter what. In his stead, I certainly couldn’t imagine Hillary (or Bill, for that matter) or Obama making anything even close to this gesture. If you cannot understand the meaning of this I feel sorry for you.

Please try to understand the weight of this image. This soldier lost both arms. The feeling of a handshake is now lost to him.

Trump realized this, and so touched his face, so he can feel the human connection. This is what I see when I think of Trump’s motives. He gave up a billionaire lifestyle to now be insulted, dragged through the mud, and lied about, on a daily basis.

All to save this country and people he loves.

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Trump the orator outlines the greatness of America to Democrats’ disgust

By Charles Hurt – The Washington Times – Thursday, February 1, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Trump has officially transformed himself from merely a great American president into a historic world leader keeping lit the torch of freedom for all people around the world.

In two speeches this week, Mr. Trump proved himself the greatest champion of freedom since Ronald Reagan. He has become the strongest voice today for “that shining city upon a hill.”

Mr. Trump joins Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II and Martin Luther King Jr. in the pantheon of great champions of freedom from the past half-century.

In his spectacular State of the Union address, Mr. Trump was America’s biggest cheerleader, celebrating the daring ingenuity and industry that has always made America great.

“If there is a mountain, we climb it; if there is a frontier, we cross it; if there is a challenge, we tame it; if there is an opportunity, we seize it.”

It’s a small thing, but it defines what is best about our country. Kind of the exact opposite of “You didn’t build that.”

‌Even better, Mr. Trump celebrated that which America stands for.

When he introduced Ji Seong-ho, he was not celebrating an American or trumpeting an American achievement.

Mr. Ji was a freedom-starved, tortured waste-of-a-life doomed to die in North Korea. The shocking story Mr. Trump told seared in millions of minds just what brutal tyranny looks like.

Stolen coal. Starvation on the tracks. Raw amputations. Eating dirt — so that your brother might have your meager rations. Torture for meeting Christians.

“Today he has a new leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those crutches as a reminder of how far you have come.”

That scene of Mr. Ji standing, triumphantly pumping those rickety old crutches over his head, will be remembered forever.

“Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most: the truth.”

In telling Mr. Ji’s story, the president was not celebrating just America, but what America stands for.

Mr. Trump delivered another speech Thursday to Republicans gathered in West Virginia.

It will, of course, be remembered for the greatest line ever uttered by a politician.

“We’ve fulfilled more promises than we promised,” Mr. Trump boasted. Indeed, Yogi Berra could not have said it better.

The speech should also be noted as proof that Mr. Trump aims to keep up his drumbeat for freedom.

“There is one more very important promise we’re keeping,” he said. “No longer are we making apologies for America.”

He said, “We’re proud of our history, we’re confident in our values, and we’re grateful to our heroes.”

Then he talked about building the Empire State Building, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Panama Canal.

“We’re the nation that won two world wars, defeated fascism and communism and put satellites into space and planted our great American flag on the face of the moon. We’ve healed the sick, cured disease and cared for the poor like no other nation. We’ve lifted millions into prosperity and delivered millions into freedom.”

He called these accomplishments our legacy, our birthright and “the foundation on which we build our very glorious future.”

Together, he said, we are “making America great again.”

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The White House | West Wing Reads | February 2, 2018

Hice: In a year under Trump, a safe and strong US

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) penned an op-ed today in The Covington News reflecting on President Trump’s first State of the Union and the President’s extensive list of first-year accomplishments. “President Trump spoke from the heart, and I’m thankful that he continues to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing issues head-on as we work to improve the lives of Americans across the country,” Rep. Hice wrote.

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Charles Hurt writes in The Washington Times that “President Trump has officially transformed himself from merely a great American president into a historic world leader keeping lit the torch of freedom for all people around the world.” Hurt argues that “in two speeches this week, Mr. Trump proved himself the greatest champion of freedom since Ronald Reagan. He has become the strongest voice today for ‘that shining city upon a hill.’”
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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich writes in The Hill that “many people, including me, were shocked by the open hostility of congressional Democrats to President Trump’s State of the Union address.” Gingrich notes that “in recent polls, independents are shifting away from the Trump-haters toward President Trump. In the CBS poll released immediately after his speech, 75 percent said they favored the address.”
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In The Daily Signal, Texas Public Policy Foundation President Brooke Rollins writes about how 2018 could become a banner year for criminal justice reform in America. “Recently, the president chaired a remarkable gathering of leading thinkers and policymakers in the criminal justice field,” she says. “What we discussed, and what the president committed to, was nothing less than a transformative vision for our nation’s approach to criminal justice.”
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“The parents of two Long Island teenagers killed at the hands of MS-13 returned from Washington D.C. where they attended the State Of The Union address as guests of the president,” CBS New York reports. “We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain,” President Trump said in his address. “It’s just an experience that no words can explain. You just felt that what we are doing is being recognized, being heard,” parent Evelyn Rodriguez said.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | February 2, 2018

African American History Month and the Bonds of Patriotism

In his Proclamation this week honoring African American History Month, President Donald J. Trump drew attention to a special theme this year: “African Americans in Times of War.”

“For far too long, African Americans bravely fought and died in the name of freedom, while at the same time struggling to attain equality, respect, and the full privileges of citizenship,” the President wrote. “Because of their love of country, these heroes insisted on serving and defending America despite racial prejudice, unequal treatment, diminished opportunities, and segregation.”

As he did during his State of the Union Address this week, President Trump used personal stories from real Americans to illustrate the significance of this struggle. “We remember soldiers like Sergeant Henry Johnson of the Harlem Hellfighters, the all-black National Guard unit that was among the first American forces to arrive in France during World War I,” the President wrote.

Johnson was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart.

Randomness cannot have a place in our immigration system

In his State of the Union Address Tuesday, President Trump called on Congress to finally solve the immigration and border security problems that have plagued America for far too long.

“Tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed,” the President said. “We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws and support our ICE and Border Patrol agents.”

It is crucial that any new immigration law replace randomness with merit in our system:

Replacing the visa lottery system will reduce waitlists in nuclear family-based and high-skilled employment immigration

Basing immigration on merit rather than chance will energize the U.S. economy and help low-wage American workers

Ending the systemic vulnerabilities of the current visa system will reduce national security risk as well as rampant fraud and abuse

President Trump addresses Republican Member Conference
The President traveled to West Virginia yesterday to speak to the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference. He thanked legislators for the GOP’s numerous achievements during his first year in office—none bigger than December’s tax overhaul—and looked forward to what 2018 will hold.

A few highlights:

“We know that, for Americans, nothing — absolutely nothing — is out of reach because we don’t know the meaning of the word ‘quit.’”

“[Eliminating] the individual mandate by itself is a big, powerful bill. That was just added on to what we did with the massive tax cuts.”

“We can fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones that are fair. And the most important word to me, on trade, is ‘reciprocal.’ . . . If they’re going to do it to us, we’re going to do it to them.”

“One of the strengths of the Republican Party is that we’re a big tent with many diverse views, but the one thing we can all agree on — and that’s that, in every decision, we make our highest priority to serve and to protect the American people.”

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The White House | West Wing Reads | February 1, 2018

Tax bill beginning to deliver bigger paychecks to workers

“The contentious tax overhaul is beginning to deliver a change that many will welcome — bigger paychecks,” Sarah Skidmore Sell reports for The Associated Press. Sell notes that “a little extra money in the hands of most Americans may also help boost support of President Donald Trump and his tax plan.”

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Critics of President Trump have begun lashing out at Rebecca Crowder, executive director of Lily’s Place, a facility that treats babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Her offense, according to The Herald-Dispatch? After First Lady Melania Trump visited the West Virginia facility last year, Crowder was featured in a video produced by the White House. “I get it—people feel very passionate about politics or Trump or whoever. But the reality is this is the first administration that has stepped up to help us,” Crowder says. “And don’t think I didn’t try with the last [administration].”
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Matt Mackowiak writes in The Washington Times that President Trump “again showed that he can rise to the moment that a major speech requires, as he did in his first joint session address last year, as well as in important speeches in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Germany and recently at Davos. He offered a hand of bipartisanship to Democrats.”
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“Not only are companies crediting Trump in their announcements, one major employer, Costco, disputed Democratic sneers that the bonuses are ‘crumbs’ and hide bigger profits,” Paul Bedard writes in Washington Examiner. “The number of companies offering employees higher wages, expanded insurance and retirement benefits and cash bonuses up to $3,000 has surged to 300 as more see benefits from the new GOP tax cuts,” Bedard explains.

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The White House | 1600 Daily | February 1, 2018

A strong economy makes for a strong Nation

Just a little more than one year after President Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration, the United States has reaped the benefits of what the President calls the “American Model” economy.

“So to every citizen at home tonight,” President Trump said during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, “this is your time.” That optimism and confidence has spread across the country. More than 250 companies have announced bonuses, pay raises, higher retirement plan contributions, or other investments in their business or workforce.

The President shared several of these success stories during his speech Tuesday. Less than 24 hours later, he met with seven more American workers in the Oval Office to discuss how tax reform is benefitting their companies.

“Millions of Americans will have more take-home pay starting next month,” the President told Americans this week. “A lot more.”

The President’s speech in 88 seconds
President Trump had a busy first year—signing major tax reform legislation, reasserting America on the global stage, and appointing Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, for starters. With plenty of accomplishments and a detailed vision for 2018 to share, the President spoke for 1 hour and 20 minutes during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. It was the third longest address of the past 50 years.

If you missed the President’s speech or simply want to relive the highlights, this montage video clocks in at 1 minute and 28 seconds.

The game plan to rebuild America
One of the key themes from President Trump’s State of the Union was the need to address the deteriorating condition of American infrastructure. “As we rebuild our industries, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” the President told Americans.

He laid out a number of steps to do so, including:

Generate at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment over the next decade

Eliminate unnecessary redundancies and inefficiencies in the regulatory and permitting process

Empower state and local authorities to prioritize infrastructure projects based on their communities’ needs

Dedicate a quarter of federal funds to address the infrastructure needs of rural areas

“I am asking both parties to come together to give us safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure that our economy needs and our people deserve,” President Trump told Congress.

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White House | West Wing News | January 31, 2018

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Viewers approve of Trump’s first State of the Union address – CBS News poll

“Three in four Americans who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight approved of the speech he gave,” CBS News reported last night.

“Independents who watched the speech – nearly half of whom counted themselves the President’s supporters – tended to approve of the speech, and said it made them feel proud,” Jennifer De Pinto writes. “After hearing his State of the Union address, most viewers think the policies they heard tonight would help them personally.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/viewers-approve-of-trumps-first-state-of-the-union-address-cbs-news-poll/

White House | West Wing News | January 31, 2018

Viewers approve of Trump’s first State of the Union address – CBS News poll

“Three in four Americans who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight approved of the speech he gave,” CBS News reported last night.

“Independents who watched the speech – nearly half of whom counted themselves the President’s supporters – tended to approve of the speech, and said it made them feel proud,” Jennifer De Pinto writes. “After hearing his State of the Union address, most viewers think the policies they heard tonight would help them personally.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/viewers-approve-of-trumps-first-state-of-the-union-address-cbs-news-poll/

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The State of Our Union

White House | 1600 Daily | Posted January 31, 2018 | Special Edition

“Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People,” President Donald J. Trump began his address last night. “Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission—to make America great again for all Americans.”

The President’s speech is available in full here. He spoke from the heart about a core set of issues that unite Americans of all stripes in both their values and their patriotism:

Tax reform and the economy: “Just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history. . . . Roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses.”

Reshaping Washington: “In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in the history of our country.”

Immigration reform: “Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American workers and American families.”

Getting trade right: “America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our wealth.”

Rebuilding our infrastructure: “America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just one year – isn’t it a disgrace that it can now take ten years just to get a minor permit approved for the building of a simple road?”

Keeping America safe: “I am proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated very close to 100 percent of the territory just recently held by these killers in Iraq and in Syria.”

“As long as we are proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve,” the President said. “As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will never fail.”

“Together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.”

PHOTO OF THE DAY

President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address | January 30, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

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More Jobs, More Opportunity, More Growth

White House | Issued on: January 26, 2018

Over the last week, American workers, businesses, and families have seen further news showing that America’s economy is back.

MARKETWATCH: S&P 500 Breaks 54-Year-Old Record For All-Time Highs Notched In January

“The U.S. stock market’s list of records seems to grow longer by the day. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 ended at its latest in a string of closing record highs, with its 12th record close of the year so far. This marks the first time the benchmark index has notched so many record closes in the month of January, topping a previous record of 11 that has stood since 1964, according to the WSJ Market Data Group…. The Nasdaq Composite Index also ended at a record level Tuesday, its 12th record high of the month. That’s the most January closing records for that index since 1980, when it posted 13 over the month, kicking off a year that ended with 62 records.”

CNBC: The Dow’s 31% Gain During Trump’s First Year Is The Best Since FDR

“Donald Trump lifted the Dow Jones industrial average in his first year in office more than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt. The Dow has surged more than 31 percent since Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. That marks the index’s best performance during a president’s first year since Roosevelt. The Dow skyrocketed 96.5 percent during Roosevelt’s first year in office….Trump quickly moved to cut regulations enacted by previous administrations. He also successfully pushed to overhaul the U.S. tax code. That revamp included slashing the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent.”

NATIONAL REVIEW: IMF Credits U.S. Tax Cuts With Uptick In Global Growth

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) adjusted its forecast for world economic growth in both 2018 and 2019 up to 3.9 percent (an uptick of 0.2 percentage points from its last forecast), crediting the expected impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In addition, it predicts real GDP in the U.S. will be 1.2 percent higher by 2022 than it would have been without tax reform. It also predicts 2.7 percent annual growth in the U.S. in 2018 (up from 2.3 percent).”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: US Economy Grew At Solid 2.6 Percent Rate In Fourth Quarter

“The U.S. economy grew at a solid rate of 2.6 percent in the final three months of last year, helped by the fastest consumer spending since the spring of 2016 and a big rebound in home construction. The fourth quarter advance in the gross domestic product, the country’s total output of goods and services, followed gains of just above 3 percent in the second and third quarters, the Commerce Department reported Friday.”

THE HILL: Poll: Satisfaction With Economy Reaches 17-Year High

“American satisfaction with the U.S. economy has reached a 17-year high, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Sixty-nine percent of respondents in the survey released Friday say they are satisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, marking the highest level since 2001.”

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Jobless Claims Stuck Near Lowest Levels In Decades At 233,000

“New applications for unemployment benefits rose 17,000 to 233,000 in the third week of January, the Department of Labor reported Thursday. Forecasters had expected jobless claims to tick up to around 240,000, after scraping the lowest level in nearly 45 years the week before. Low claims are a good sign. They suggest that layoffs are rare and that hiring is strong. Economists and officials at the Federal Reserve pay attention to the numbers because they are released weekly.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: The Tax Law, Just One Month Old, Is Roaring Through U.S. Companies

“Just weeks after the federal government adopted the biggest tax overhaul in three decades, the effects are rippling through corner offices and boardrooms, with companies large and small dusting off once-shelved plans, re-evaluating existing projects and exploring new investment in factories and equipment.”

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Great Again: Disabled Rejoin Workforce In Droves As Economy Gains Steam

“If you want a sign of a growing economy, look at the disability rolls. They’ve been shrinking rapidly of late, as fewer apply for benefits and more disabled return to work. This is very good news….In fact, the number of SSDI applications in 2017 was down 6% from the year before — the biggest one-year decline since 1997, government data show. At the same time, the number of people leaving the program was higher in 2017 than it’s been in more than a decade. As a result, the number of workers collecting federal disability benefits dropped 1.3% last year, which is the biggest annual decline since 1983.”

DETROIT FREE PRESS: DTE Says It Will Cut Rates By 3% After Federal Tax Reform

“Utility bills in Michigan are likely to get a break on their bills within the next few months, as utilities pass along some savings from lower corporate taxes. DTE Energy said Tuesday that it has proposed cutting energy rates by 3% for its average customers, as a result of a reduction in the new federal law. DTE said it expects that nearly $190 million in savings will be passed along to customers in 2018. Customers are expected to see savings as early as May, according to Carly Getz, DTE Energy media relations specialist.”

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Trump in Davos: ‘America is open for business’

The White House | West Wing Reads | January 26, 2018

President Trump on Friday touted the growth of the American economy since his election, and told countries and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the U.S. is “open for business” now that his administration has slashed regulations and lowered corporate taxes.

“The world is witnessing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America,” Trump said. “America is open for business and we are competitive once again.”

“When the United States grows, so does the world,” Trump said, repeating his pledge to always put “America first” and encouraging other world leaders to put their own countries first.

“After years of stagnation, the United States is once again experiencing strong economic growth,” Trump said. “The stock market is smashing one record after another.”

Trump’s speech served as a pitch to global companies to come to the U.S. and prosper under his administration’s low-impact regulatory environment. “Regulation is stealth taxation,” he said before boasting that he has cut 22 regulations for each new rule introduced.

But Trump also warned countries that the U.S. will no longer turn a “blind eye” to abuse of international trade deals, a message he has delivered to foreign countries in the past.

“We cannot have free and open trade if some countries exploit the system at the expense of others,” he said. “We support free trade, but it needs to be fair and it needs to be reciprocal.”

“We will enforce our trade laws and restore integrity to the trading system,” Trump added. “Only by insisting on fair and reciprocal trade can we create a system that works not just for the United States but for all nations.”

A senior administration official had said Trump intended to use his speech “less as a warning” about the importance of enforcing trade deals “and more as an explanation of our commitment to the international trading system.”

The official said the U.S. should be “enforcing the rules of the road” when it comes to trade deals “so all countries, all nations, all people can benefit.”

Trump encouraged countries to contribute more toward their own defense. The president has pushed that message at other gatherings of world leaders, and has focused particularly on encouraging NATO member states to meet their commitment to put 2 percent of their GDP toward their own defense.

“Our common security requires everyone to contribute their fair share,” Trump said.

The president also referenced the debate in Congress over reforming the U.S. immigration system.

“Our immigration system is stuck in the past,” Trump said. “We must replace our current system of extended family chain migration” with a merit system “that selects new individuals based on their ability to contribute to the economy,” Trump said.

The White House released on Thursday a blueprint for its preferred immigration policy that included a policy limiting family migration to spouses and minor children.

President Trump’s Speech: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YgkEM9v5ttk

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 21 through January 27, 2018, as National School Choice Week

The White House | January 22, 2018

All American children deserve the opportunity to achieve their dreams through hard work and personal integrity. Our Nation’s education policies must support them on their journeys, recognizing the diverse career goals and academic needs of students in communities across our country. During National School Choice Week, we honor those dedicated educators, administrators, and State and local lawmakers, who promote student-focused academic options for all families, as we increase educational freedom for all Americans.

The United States is one of the most educated countries in the world. Almost 90 percent of American adults attain a high school diploma or GED. But our students deserve more than just a paper diploma. Indeed, they deserve access to an education that provides the tools needed to succeed in our ever-evolving world. To maintain our global leadership and strengthen our modern economy, America’s education system must prepare students for the unforeseen challenges of the future. Communities that provide academic options — traditional public, public charter, private, magnet, parochial, virtual, and homeschooling — empower parents and guardians to select the best educational fit for their children.

School choice helps alleviate common hindrances to success and creates the space necessary for students’ aspirations to flourish. Families that participate in school choice programs are not the only ones who benefit from expanded educational options. Children in traditional public schools benefit as well. In fact, 29 of the top 31 empirical studies on the topic find that freedom of school choice improves the performance of nearby public schools.

My Administration is refocusing education policy on students. We are committed to empowering those most affected by school choice decisions and best suited to direct taxpayer resources, including States, local school boards, and families. As part of my steadfast commitment to invest in America’s students, I signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last December. One of the bill’s provisions includes an expansion of 529 education savings plans so that their funds can be allocated tax-free to K-12 public, private, and religious educational expenses. By giving parents more control over their children’s education, we are making strides toward a future of unprecedented educational attainment and freedom of choice. Under the leadership of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, we will continue to advance school choice so that every child in America has access to the tools best suited to enabling them to achieve the American Dream.

During National School Choice Week, I encourage parents to explore innovative educational alternatives, and I challenge students to dream big and work hard for the futures they deserve. I also urge State and Federal lawmakers to embrace school choice and enact policies that empower families and strengthen communities.

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 January 21 to January 27, 2018, as National School Choice Week.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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President Donald J. Trump: “A year of real change”

January 23, 2018 | President Donald J Trump | The White House

Even as Democrats continue to obstruct and play politics, I have never stopped fighting for the people, and I have no intention of changing course. I promised Jan. 20, 2017, would be remembered as a new day for all Americans – the day the people became the rulers of this nation once again.

For the past 365 days, that promise has been my guide.

We are putting America first, making real change in Washington, and creating opportunities for all of our people. From coast to coast, there is a renewed spirit. Our country is roaring back more quickly than anyone could have predicted. The American Dream is real again.

Estimates predict the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of more than 3 percent in the fourth quarter of last year – just like it did in the two quarters before that. The economy has created more than 2 million new jobs, and the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest rate in 17 years: 4.1 percent. We have achieved the lowest African-American unemployment rate on record, and the unemployment rate for Hispanic Americans has also hit historic lows. Chrysler has announced plans to bring jobs and production back to the U.S. from Mexico. And the stock market continues to set record high after record high.

Just before Christmas, we enacted massive tax cuts and tax reform for the American people. For the first time in 30 years, we reformed the tax code to make it simpler and fairer. We have lowered rates for both individuals and businesses, expanded 529 education savings accounts to be used for K-12 education, and doubled the child tax credit. These changes will not only allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money, but they will help make American workers and businesses competitive again. This sweeping reform also repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate – an unpopular, cruel, and burdensome tax that hit low- and middle-income Americans the hardest.

Over the year, as Americans have seen increases in their paychecks and retirement accounts, American companies in every sector have grown their business and created more jobs. I have created a more business-friendly environment by mandating, early on in my administration, that for every one regulation an agency proposed, two regulations must be eliminated. Many said that could not be done. Not only did we meet that goal, we far exceeded it, eliminating 22 regulatory actions for every new regulation.

As your president, I have unleashed our abundant American energy by ending the war on coal and approving major projects like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. After 40 years of fights with those who want to keep America’s potential locked in the ground, we have opened a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to safe and responsible exploration and development.

Americans are living in communities that are safer, stronger, healthier, and more secure. We are rooting out violence and restoring the rule of law. The federal government will not turn a blind eye to the widespread opioid epidemic that has caused too many funerals for too many families. I directed my Cabinet to make responding to the public health emergency one of their most urgent priorities, and I provided more than $1 billion in funding in 2017 to address opioid addiction and other drug-related problems.

Real change is happening on the world stage as well.

Immediately upon taking office, I directed the rebuilding of our military, a new national security strategy, a comprehensive nuclear posture review, and the fielding of state-of-the-art ballistic missile defenses. I personally engaged with 150 world leaders at home and abroad, and our great military is executing new strategies that have liberated Mosul and Raqqa, retaken almost 100 percent of the land that ISIS had seized in Syria and Iraq, and lifted restrictions on U.S. forces in Afghanistan to defeat the terrorists and create conditions for a negotiated political settlement.

In recognition of the amazing job our military does protecting the homeland, a debt we can never truly repay, I am making sure this government fulfills its obligation to our veterans. We have already enacted major reforms to strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ability to provide high quality healthcare and benefits to millions of veterans and their beneficiaries. We have increased accountability, as the VA has fired 1,440 failing employees, suspended 430, and demoted 79, all as part of my efforts to make sure veterans get the help they need, in the time frame they deserve.

Finally, I have filled numerous vacancies in our federal courts with judges who will interpret the law as written – including our exceptional new Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch.

After one year, I am proud to report to the American people that we truly are making America great again – for all Americans!

Donald J. Trump is president of the United States.

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Trump signs bill ending government shutdown after 3 days

By Joseph Weber | FoxNews.com
Published January 22, 2018

The federal government will be open for business Tuesday after President Trump signed a bill funding the government until Feb. 8.

Trump signed the measure Monday evening, hours after the House and Senate approved the package by wide margins as Senate Democrats backed off their opposition.

Democrats agreed to re-open the government after Republicans assured them the Senate would soon consider legislation that would protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. It was a stark contrast from the Senate Democratic position just a few days ago.

“In a few hours, the government will reopen,” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said on the Senate floor on Monday.

The Senate then voted 81-18 to break a Democratic filibuster on the stalled government spending bill. Several hours later, the Senate approved the bill by the same margin and the House followed suit, 266-150.

“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children,” Trump said in a written statement.

During Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration expects the bill to make it to the president’s desk late Monday and the government to open at full capacity on Tuesday morning.

Sanders pushed back against the notion from Democrats that Trump wasn’t doing enough behind the scenes during the shutdown. She said Trump was busy working the phones with lawmakers and Cabinet officials.

“The president was putting pressure and standing firm on exactly what he was willing to do and what he wasn’t,” Sanders said. “And it very clearly worked.”

The funding and reopening of the government would allow U.S. military personnel to be paid, end the furlough of nearly 1 million federal workers and resume all federal services and operations.

But congressional lawmakers made it clear Monday that they’re still faced with challenges, like how to fund hurricane disaster relief and craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill on which both parties can agree.

“We still have a lot more work to do,” said Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

After days and weeks of blaming and finger-pointing, a bipartisan group of senators met Sunday and brokered the deal in which rank-and-file members would provide the 60 votes in exchange for Senate leaders’ promise to immediately proceed to immigration reform.

Democrats largely had opposed the stopgap spending bill because it did not include provisions to protect the illegal immigrants from deportation under former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. Trump last year set a deadline of early March to end the protections, but has indicated he wants to provide permanent protections for the young illegal immigrants — along with border security, particularly funding for his U.S.-Mexico border walll.

Under the apparent deal to end the filibuster, Schumer said Monday they would negotiate on immigration, and immediately consider such legislation if there’s no agreement by Feb. 8.

Schumer lauded the bipartisan group’s weekend efforts and suggested the group could lead efforts to replace DACA with permanent, legislative protections.

However, he also needled Trump, whom he said on Friday rejected his compromise plan that included money for the border wall.

“Today we enter the third day of the Trump shutdown,” Schumer said before saying they would provide the votes to get to the spending bill. Republicans call it the “Schumer Shutdown.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., then thanked Schumer and said: “I think if we’ve learned anything during this process, it’s that a strategy to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something the American people didn’t understand and would not have understood in the future. So I’m glad we’ve gotten past that.”

With Republicans having just 50 senators available to vote Monday, they needed the support of roughly a dozen Democratic senators to break the filibuster. They got 33.

The 18 senators who didn’t vote to end debate included Republican Sens. Mike Lee, of Utah, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky.

The 15 Democrats in opposition were Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both of Connecticut; Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, both of New Jersey; Catherine Cortez Masto, of Nevada; Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York; Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii; Patrick Leahy, of Vermont; Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, both of Massachusetts; Jon Tester, of Montana; Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both of Oregon; and Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, both of California. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, also voted in opposition.

Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain did not vote because he’s home fighting cancer.

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Picture from Last Year – President Trump has many accomplishments in just a years time!

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Dear Democrats: This is how a real “dreamer” becomes a U.S. Citizen.

She applied, waited, and studied so hard she fell asleep in her American history books on more than one night. She busted her rear-end to learn our language, passed the naturalization exams, and earned the right to call herself an American!

Welcome to America young lady!

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A year to remember

The White House | 1600 Daily | January 19, 2018

Tomorrow marks one full year since Donald J. Trump swore the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to become the 45th President of the United States.

“Today’s ceremony . . . has very special meaning,” President Trump told the country. “Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.”

In the year since, President Trump has met with thousands of Americans from coast to coast, hosted numerous foreign dignitaries in Washington, and traveled to 13 foreign countries to represent the United States abroad.

Watch below: President Trump’s first year—in 3 ½ minutes.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Legislative Program

BLOG #6 JANUARY 2018

CALL TO ACTION: EXPAND CAREGIVER BENEFITS!

Throughout history, there has been a need to care for veterans who have injuries which prevent them from living independently, without the assistance of others. Caregivers, the overwhelming majority of whom are family members, put their lives and careers on hold, often accepting great emotional and financial burdens to ensure their veterans have a meaningful quality of life and stay in their homes instead of having to receive institutional nursing home care. The Family caregivers of Post-9/11 veterans are eligible for comprehensive support to include a living stipend to alleviate the financial burden of being a full-time caregiver. Unfortunately, veterans of previous eras including World War II,Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War are unjustifiably denied eligibility simply based on the era in which theyserved. The Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017 would correct this inequity byexpanding eligibility for the Caregivers Program to veterans of all generations.
Please participate in the VFW’s Action Alert to contact your members of Congress and tell them to pass the “The Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017.” Let them know that caregivers of previous era veterans currently receive virtually nothing, leading to desperate hardships for them and their families. The fact that caregivers of veterans of many conflicts are excluded from the full complement of program benefits implies that their service and sacrifices are not as significant, and we believe this must change immediately.

The link for the VFW’s Action Alert is:

http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/alert/?alertid=78102641

The above link has sample letters

Please ensure that this important legislative call to action is disseminated to all VFW Auxiliary members, friends, relatives, colleagues, acquaintances and other contacts to reach as large an audience as possible. I also encourage all Auxiliary members to include this info in your social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc). In addition, you can also contact your local newspapers to print it as a Press Release.

I can’t thank you enough for all your continued dedication and support of our veterans and their families. My best wishes to you in 2018 for a very successful year!

Carmelita M. Jones
National Legislative Program Ambassador Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary
1295 S. 5th W., Rexburg, ID 83440 1-208-356-0255 (home)
1-208-390-4772 (cell) carmjones1995@aol.com

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/26043/awesome-trump-trump-become-first-sitting-president-ben-shapiro

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Our Current Immigration System Jeopardizes American Security
IMMIGRATION

The White House Facts | January 16, 2018

“We will defend our country, protect our communities, and put the safety of the American people first.” President Donald J. Trump

ENTRY OF FOREIGN-BORN TERRORISTS:

The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security released a new report showing how many convicted terrorists entered the United States through our immigration system.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have jointly submitted a report pursuant to President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order 13780: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.
The report found that approximately three out of every four individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2016 are foreign-born individuals who entered the United States through our immigration system.

402 foreign-born individuals were convicted of terrorism in United States courts.

1,716 foreign-born aliens with national security concerns were removed from the United States.

These totals only show those aliens who were convicted or removed, and therefore, do not represent the total measure of foreign terrorist infiltration of the United States.

A significant number of terrorists have entered the United States solely on the basis of family ties and extended-family chain migration.

Mufid Elfgeeh, who benefitted from chain migration, was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for attempting to recruit fighters for ISIS.
Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, who entered the United States as a relative of a lawful permanent resident, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS.
Uzair Paracha, who entered the United States as a relative of a lawful permanent resident, was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for providing material support to al Qaeda.

Terrorists have also entered the United States through the visa lottery program.

Abdurasaul Hasanovich Juraboev, who entered the United States through the visa lottery program, pleaded guilty to conspiring to support ISIS.

Ali Shukri Amin, who entered the United States as the child of a visa lottery recipient, was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.

The report by DOJ and DHS does not contain information regarding the number of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses committed by individuals who are the children of foreign-born individuals.

Terrorist attacks carried out by children of foreign-born individuals include the attack in Orlando by Omar Mateen, which killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 others, and the attack in San Bernadino, California by Syed Rizwan Farook, which killed 14 people and injured 22 others.

The report also found that in FY 2017, DHS had 2,554 encounters with individuals on the terrorist watchlist who had attempted to enter and infiltrate the United States.

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE:

The report by DOJ and DHS also sheds light on acts of gender-based violence committed against women by foreign nationals.

There are an average of 23 to 27 honor killings in the United States every year, according to a study commissioned and provided to DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2014.
The 2014 study also estimated that approximately 1,500 forced marriages occur in the U.S. every year.

More than 90 percent of the victims of honor killings in North America were murdered for being “too westernized,” according to a representative sample studied through open media sources.
The Government Accountability Office published a report in 2011 that found criminal aliens incarcerated in state and local prisons were convicted for 69,929 sex offenses between fiscal years 2003 and 2009.

According to a 2016 report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of women and girls at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) was three times higher in 2012 compared to 1990.

The CDC report states that the increase was entirely a result of the rapid growth in the number of immigrants from FGM practicing countries.

TIME TO END CHAIN MIGRATION AND THE VISA LOTTERY:

This report shows, once again, that our current immigration system jeopardizes our national security.

By failing to impose meaningful selection criteria, such as skills or likelihood to assimilate, our current family-based system is incompatible with national security.

President Trump sent a list of priorities designed to enhance public safety and national security to Congress last October, which included the elimination of the visa lottery program and extended-family chain migration.

The Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security have repeatedly explained that our current immigration system compromises our national security.

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Trump Announces 2017 Fake News Award Winners

Infowars | Alex Jones | January 17, 2018

Click on Below Link

https://www.infowars.com/breaking-trump-tweets-2017-fake-news-awards-winners/

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Apple unveils plan to repatriate billions in overseas cash, says it will contribute $350 billion to the US economy jobs over the next 5 years

 CNBC | Anita Balakrishnan | January 17, 2018     https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/17/apple-announces-350-billion-investment-20k-jobs-over-5-years.html

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White House Doctor: Donald Trump’s Excellent Health ‘Just How God Made Him’

January 16, 2018 | Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/16/white-house-doctor-donald-trumps-excellent-health-just-how-god-made-him/

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 16, 2018, as Religious Freedom Day

Issued on: January 16, 2018 | The White House

Faith is embedded in the history, spirit, and soul of our Nation. On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the many faiths that make up our country, and we commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped and secured our cherished legacy of religious liberty.

Our forefathers, seeking refuge from religious persecution, believed in the eternal truth that freedom is not a gift from the government, but a sacred right from Almighty God. On the coattails of the American Revolution, on January 16, 1786, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. This seminal bill, penned by Thomas Jefferson, states that, “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.” Five years later, these principles served as the inspiration for the First Amendment, which affirms our right to choose and exercise faith without government coercion or reprisal.

Today, Americans from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds remain steadfast in a commitment to the inherent values of faith, honesty, integrity, and patriotism. Our Constitution and laws guarantee Americans the right not just to believe as they see fit, but to freely exercise their religion. Unfortunately, not all have recognized the importance of religious freedom, whether by threatening tax consequences for particular forms of religious speech, or forcing people to comply with laws that violate their core religious beliefs without sufficient justification. These incursions, little by little, can destroy the fundamental freedom underlying our democracy. Therefore, soon after taking office, I addressed these issues in an Executive Order that helps ensure Americans are able to follow their consciences without undue Government interference and the Department of Justice has issued guidance to Federal agencies regarding their compliance with laws that protect religious freedom. No American — whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner — should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law.

The United States is also the paramount champion for religious freedom around the world, because we do not believe that conscience rights are only for Americans. We will continue to condemn and combat extremism, terrorism, and violence against people of faith, including genocide waged by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria against Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. We will be undeterred in our commitment to monitor religious persecution and implement policies that promote religious freedom. Through these efforts, we strive for the day when people of all faiths can follow their hearts and worship according to their consciences.

The free exercise of religion is a source of personal and national stability, and its preservation is essential to protecting human dignity. Religious diversity strengthens our communities and promotes tolerance, respect, understanding, and equality. Faith breathes life and hope into our world. We must diligently guard, preserve, and cherish this unalienable right.

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 January 16, 2018, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty and teach us to secure this blessing both at home and abroad.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Daily Wire | January 12, 2018

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) accused President Donald Trump on Friday of referring to African countries as “s***holes” during a meeting that they both attended on Thursday.

Durbin told reporters that what Trump said was “hate-filled, vile and racist,” adding that “the most disheartening thing to me is my belief that that was the first time words that hateful had been spoken in the Oval Office of the White House.”

There’s just one problem with Durbin’s claims: He has a history of making up statements from private White House meetings.

In 2013, Politico reported:

“In a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told [President Barack Obama]: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you,’” Durbin wrote in a post on his Facebook page over the weekend.

However, both the White House and the House speaker’s office denied Durbin’s account of events.

Asked about the post in the White House daily briefing, press secretary Jay Carney said he checked with a participant of the meeting in question.

“I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting and it did not happen,” Carney said.

Politico added that Durbin’s office “had no comment on the post and offered no further details.”

“Sen. Durbin’s accusation is a serious one, and it appears to have been invented out of thin air,” said Brendan Buck, spokesman for then-House Speaker John Boehner. “The senator should disclose who told him this account of events, retract his reckless allegation immediately, and apologize.”

Trump denied the claims on Friday, tweeting: “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”

The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!” Trump said.

Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018

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Breitbart – January 13, 2018

I’m happy to have a president that will bluntly speak the truth in negotiations,” said Erik Prince of President Donald Trump’s alleged description of certain impoverished states as “s***hole countries.”

”Prince made his remarks on Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight, hosted by Breitbart News’s Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour. He is a retired Navy SEAL and founder of Academi (formerly Blackwater USA).

“If the president says some places are shitholes, he’s accurate,” said Prince, reflecting on time he served in Haiti in 1994 during Operation Uphold Democracy:

I know the president was beaten up even on comments he made about Haiti, and I can speak firsthand about Haiti, because as a young Navy SEAL officer in 1994, Bill Clinton decides to invade Haiti. I was there. My SEAL team ended up sending two platoons, and we actually planned for 100 percent casualties, not from enemy fire, but because of the water quality. We had to swim ashore, and the water was so bad because there were two and a half million people with untreated sewage flowing right into the water that we were going in. We had to get so many shots, so many vaccinations, that none of us could donate blood for six years afterwards. So if the president says some places are shitholes, he’s accurate. Literally.

Prince rejected narratives pushed by Democrats and their news media allies framing Trump’s alleged “s***hole” comments as racist: “It’s a sad characterization of many of these places. It’s not based on race. It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with corrupt incompetent governments that abuse their citizens, and that results in completely absent infrastructure to include open sewers, and unclean water, and crime. It’s everything we don’t want in America.”

“It’s entirely appropriate to regulate or limit who comes to America,” said Prince of screening foreigners seeking entry to the U.S. “Being an American citizen is a privilege, it is not a right of every citizen in the world.”

Asked about recent political unrest in Iran and how America might counter threats from its Islamic regime, Prince recommended the use of “dark arts of statecraft” to fragment the state’s concentration of power:

This is the great gap, I believe, in the United States foreign policy toolbox, because on one end of the spectrum, you have diplomats and embassies and international conferences, and at the other end of the spectrum, you have the nuclear triad [and] conventional army divisions with tanks and ships and all the rest. In the middle are the dark arts of statecraft which include exactly what the intelligence community should be doing. It is political warfare. It is subterfuge. We should be doing to the [Iranian] regime exactly what the CIA and the Catholic church did to the communists in Poland in 1980 that dropped, which caused communism to collapse by empowering alternate centers of power against the regime.

Student groups and labor unions “standing against the regime” in Iran, said Prince, should be supported by the CIA via the aforementioned “dark arts of statecraft.”

“The CIA exists to prevent and to avert wars,” said Prince, describing the agency as overly bureaucratized. Excessive bureaucratization at the CIA causes the agency to become exceedingly “risk averse” in its operational considerations, he added, compromising its ability to fulfill its purpose.

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Breitbart – January 12, 2018

President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Military Hospital for a physical on Friday, before leaving town for the weekend to visit his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

“The President’s physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well,” said Walter Reed physician Dr. Ronny Jackson in a short statement. “The President is in excellent health.”

Jackson has served as the White House physician for three presidents — George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now Donald Trump.

The examination includes basic blood tests, vitamin levels, heart rate, pulse, and blood pressure as well as examinations of the ears, nose, throat, and neck.

Jackson plans to deliver detailed results of the physical on Tuesday, at the White House press briefing.

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January 11, 2018
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President Donald J. Trump Takes Care of Veterans from the Battlefront to the Home Front

VETERANS – The White House – Issued on: January 9, 2018

“We must ensure that our veterans are given the care and support they so richly deserve. That is our unwavering commitment to those who served under the flag of the United States.”
President Donald J. Trump

CARING FOR VETERANS IN TRANSITION: President Donald J. Trump has signed a new Executive Order to ensure veterans have the resources they need as they transition back to civilian life.

President Trump has signed an Executive Order on “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.”

The Executive Order directs the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to:

Within 60 days, develop and submit a Joint Action Plan to provide “seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for transitioning uniformed service members in the year” following military service; and

Within 180 days, update the President on the implementation of the Joint Action Plan and outline further reforms to increase veterans’ access to mental health services.

The status report will include the progress of reforms implemented through the Joint Action Plan and any additional reforms that could help further address problems that obstruct veterans’ access to mental health treatment resources.

RETURNING VETERANS ARE AT RISK: Veterans in their first year after service are particularly vulnerable to mental health risks but often do not receive adequate care.

Most veterans’ experience in uniform increases their resilience and broadens the skills they bring to the civilian workforce.
Unfortunately, in some cases within the first year following transition, some veterans can have difficulties reintegrating into normal life after their military experiences and some tragically take their own lives.

Only 50 percent of returning service members who need mental health treatment seek it, and only about half of those who receive treatment receive adequate care, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The suicide rate among veterans in the first year after their service is twice the average among veterans.

Veterans 3 to 12 months out of military service are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than their active duty compatriots, while those up to 3 months out of service were 2.5 times as likely, according to a study from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Approximately 18.5 percent of veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

MODERNIZING AND EXPANDING CHOICE: President Trump believes that our veterans deserve the best healthcare in the world, and is working with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand and modernize their care.

President Trump and Secretary Shulkin have announced four important initiatives to expand healthcare access for our veterans through technological innovation.
An expansion of the VA’s “Anywhere to Anywhere” healthcare, which allows VA providers to use tele-health technology to remotely treat veterans regardless of geographic location.

A greater adoption of VA Video Connect, an application for mobile phones and computers, which directly connects veterans and healthcare providers from anywhere in the country.

At over 100 VA sites across the nation, a rollout of the new Online Scheduling Tool, which enables veterans to schedule appointments from their mobile devices or computers.

A launch of the VA’s “Access and Quality Tool,” which allows veterans to view online both wait times at VA locations and important quality-of-care data.

President Trump has ensured continued access to care in the Veterans Choice Program by signing the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act, authorizing $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).

The VCP gives eligible veterans their choice of private care if they live more than 40 miles from the closest eligible VA facility, experience wait times over 30 days from the clinically indicated date, or face an excessive burden in accessing VA care.

President Trump announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs will adopt the same Electronic Health Record (EHR) as the Department of Defense (DOD).

VA’s adoption of the same EHR as DOD will ultimately result in all patient data residing in one common system, enabling the immediate availability of service member’s medical records and seamless care between the departments.

Secretary Shulkin has expanded access to urgent mental healthcare to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges.

Additional comments from President Trump: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-signing-executive-order-supporting-veterans-transition-uniformed-service-civilian-life/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d

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Trump orders mental health support for military veterans to prevent suicide – President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing government departments to try to prevent suicide among military veterans by treating mental health problems.

“They get out of the military and they have nobody to talk to,” Trump says. “It’s a very sad situation.”

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing government departments to try to prevent suicide among military veterans by treating mental health problems before they become more
Serious.

Trump’s order directs the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to ensure all uniformed service members have access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources in the first year following military service.

“They get out of the military and they have nobody to talk to,” Trump said as he signed the order. “It’s a very sad situation.”

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said the White House wants to address the alarming trend of 20 veterans a day taking their own life.

“That 12-month period after you leave service is the highest risk for suicide,” Shulkin told reporters. Currently, only 40 percent of military members have mental health coverage, he said.

The new order will cost about $200 million year to implement, money that will be diverted from the agencies’ current budgets, a senior administration official said.

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EXECUTIVE ORDERS

Presidential Executive Order on Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America
LAND & AGRICULTURE

Issued on: January 8, 2018

STREAMLINING AND EXPEDITING REQUESTS TO LOCATE BROADBAND FACILITIES IN RURAL AMERICA

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote better access to broadband internet service in rural America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Americans need access to reliable, affordable broadband internet service to succeed in today’s information-driven, global economy. Currently, too many American citizens and businesses still lack access to this basic tool of modern economic connectivity. This problem is particularly acute in rural America, and it hinders the ability of rural American communities to increase economic prosperity; attract new businesses; enhance job growth; extend the reach of affordable, high-quality healthcare; enrich student learning with digital tools; and facilitate access to the digital marketplace.

It shall therefore be the policy of the executive branch to use all viable tools to accelerate the deployment and adoption of affordable, reliable, modern high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America, including rural homes, farms, small businesses, manufacturing and production sites, tribal communities, transportation systems, and healthcare and education facilities.

To implement this policy and enable sustainable rural broadband infrastructure projects, executive departments and agencies (agencies) should seek to reduce barriers to capital investment, remove obstacles to broadband services, and more efficiently employ Government resources.

Among other actions, the executive branch will continue its implementation of section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96)(“section 6409”), which requires, among other things, that the General Services Administration (GSA) develop a common form and master contract for wireless facility sitings on buildings and other property owned by the Federal Government. These documents enable the Federal Government to process wireless facility siting requests more efficiently and will also provide additional predictability regarding the availability of locations for asset installation to installers of wireless broadband facilities.

Sec. 2. Reviewing Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities on Federal Real Property. (a) Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Administrator of General Services (Administrator), in coordination with the heads of Federal property managing agencies, shall evaluate the effectiveness of the GSA Common Form Application for use in streamlining and expediting the processing and review of requests to locate broadband facilities on Federal real property.

(b) As part of this evaluation, the Administrator shall determine whether any revisions to the GSA Common Form Application are appropriate and, to the extent consistent with law, shall begin implementation of any such revisions.

(c) In furtherance of section 6409, all applicants and Federal property managing agencies shall use the GSA Common Form Application for wireless service antenna structure siting developed by the Administrator for requests to locate broadband facilities on Federal property. Federal property managing agencies shall expeditiously review and approve such requests unless an approval would negatively affect performance of the agency’s mission or otherwise not be in the best interests of the United States.

(d) Within 180 days of the date of this order, and on a quarterly basis thereafter, all Federal property managing agencies shall report to the GSA regarding their required use of the Common Form Application, the number of Common Form Applications received, the percentage approved, the percentage rejected, the basis for any rejection, and the number of working days each application was pending before being approved or rejected. Each report shall include the number of applications received, approved, and rejected within the preceding quarter.

(e) Ninety days after the date of this order, and on a quarterly basis thereafter, the Administrator shall prepare and provide to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) an aggregated summary report detailing results from the reports submitted under subsection (d) of this section. Not later than 1 year from the date of this order, the Administrator shall recommend to the Director improvements to the Common Form Application needed to further the purposes of this order.

Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this order:

(a) The term “Federal property managing agencies” means agencies that have custody and control of, or responsibility for managing, Federal lands, buildings, and rights of way, federally assisted highways, and tribal lands.

(b) The term “Federal real property” has the same meaning as that term has in Executive Order 13327 of February 4, 2004 (Federal Real Property Asset Management).

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,

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Trumps First Year – Jobs Numbers Were Very Very Good

by Philip Bump, National Correspondent | January 5, 2018

On Friday morning, the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released employment numbers for December, bookending President Trump’s first year in office. While the number of jobs added was lower than many analysts expected — up 148,000 — it was a continuation of the trend of growth seen over the course of 2017.

With those numbers in hand, we can now compare Trump’s first year in office to his predecessors’. And in that comparison, Trump comes out looking pretty good.

Relative to the figure from January in each president’s first year in office (excluding those presidents who took office after a death or resignation), Trump saw one of the biggest percentage-point drops in the unemployment rate.

The only presidents with larger drops were Bill Clinton in 1993 (a decline of 0.8 points) and Jimmy Carter in 1977 (down 1.1). Both of those presidents, though, ended their first years with much higher unemployment rates, both over 6 percent.

There’s a trend that you’ll notice in these charts. Trump’s immediate predecessor, Barack Obama, saw a surge in the unemployment rate during his first year, a function of the effects of the recession that was just beginning to wind down. Relative to Obama’s first year in office, Trump’s was consistently very good.

For example, in the number of jobs created or lost over the year: Under Trump, there were 1.8 million more people working in December than in January. Under Obama, 4.3 million fewer.

It’s important to note, though, that Obama’s first year in office was also by far his worst. Over the next seven years of his presidency, Obama saw increases in employment — and at higher monthly averages than Trump saw in 2017.

But we’re comparing first years here, and on that metric Trump consistently outperforms Obama.

Trump will certainly be pleased by two other first-year comparisons. Between January and December of last year, the country added 184,000 manufacturing jobs, the third-most of the presidents for whom data is available after Carter and John Kennedy.

The number of federal government jobs declined over the first 11 months of Trump’s presidency; they rose during Obama’s first year in part thanks to the 2010 Census.

Trump’s consistently celebrated the economic numbers the country has seen during his time in office and the numbers from the BLS certainly give him some reason to do so. The question from this point, though, is how and if that economic growth can be sustained.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/01/05/trumps-first-year-jobs-numbers-were-very-very-good/?utm_term=.50b90f3997bc

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Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Meeting on Immigration with Republican Members of the Senate
IMMIGRATION

1600 Daily | The White House | January 4, 2018

THE PRESIDENT: Important meeting. Thank you very much for being here. We’re making a lot of progress on a lot of different things.

Today, I’m with the Senate working group on immigration. It’s become a very big subject. I think that started around November 8th, and maybe a year and a half before that, starting with the campaign.

We’re all working in an effort to develop an immigration reform plan that will serve the interests of the American workers and the American families and safety.

I want to thank Chairman Grassley, along with Senators Tillis and Lankford, Cornyn, Cotton, and Graham for being here today. These are great people. They’ve become friends of mine, and they love this country.

I also want to acknowledge Senator Perdue, who is likewise a terrific person, who has become a very close friend of mine. And he’ll be briefed as to what’s happening.

Our current immigration system fails Americans. Chain migration is a total disaster, which threatens our security and our economy and provides a gateway for terrorism. Likewise, the visa lottery is bad for our economy and very bad for security. You saw that recently in New York along the West Side Highway.

We need a physical border wall. We’re going to have a wall — remember that — we’re going to have a wall to keep out deadly drug dealers, dangerous traffickers, and violent criminal cartels. Mexico is having a tremendous problem with crime, and we want to keep it out of our country.

We need to ensure our immigration officers finally have the resources, tools, and authorities that they desperately deserve and need to save and protect American lives. Even the Border Patrol agents, as you saw recently, killed — a couple of them killed; one very badly hurt. It’s a rough job and they’re incredible people, along with the ICE agents. These are incredible people. They’ve been with me right from the beginning, and they love what we’re doing.

That’s why our position has been clear and very clear from the beginning. Any legislation on DACA must secure the border with a wall. It must give our immigration officers the resources they need to stop illegal immigration and also to stop visa overstays. And, crucially, the legislation must end chain migration. It must end the visa lottery. Dangerous. And I think many of the Democrats agree with us on that now.

The lottery system is a disaster. Tom and I talk about it all the time. They put down their probably worst people — who knows. But they’re not looking to get rid of their best people, so they put their worst people in the hopper, and we’re picking out the people. And then we find out: What do we have? It’s not a good situation. So we’re going to end it. The lottery system has to be laughed at by countries outside of our country when they send these people in.

I want to thank the senators for working with us because it really has been a very collaborative effort. We are, believe it or not, working also with Democrats. I think that’s correct. Right, Tom? We’re moving across the aisle and trying to get support, and I think we have a lot of support. But we’ll soon see. We’d love to take care of DACA, but we’re only going to do it under these conditions. So we appreciate it very much.

Mr. Vice President, do you have anything to say?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, you’ve made immigration a centerpiece in the national debate over the last year and a half. And you said all along the way we’re going to build a wall and reform our immigration system. We’re going to enforce the laws of this country for the citizens of this country.

But you’ve also said along the way we’re going to do it with a big heart. And you’ve opened the door to an agreement on DACA, and today is part of an ongoing discussion with these Republican leaders but also with Democrats on Capitol Hill to accomplish that. And I look forward to being a part of it.

THE PRESIDENT: Very good. Thank you, Mike. And, Senator Grassley, anything to say?

SENATOR GRASSLEY: Of course, what you said, we were here, I think, with you on November the 8th. We set out a program that we all agreed to here. We know that there has to be negotiations in regard to that, but you’ve laid out some principles that we will not compromise on.

THE PRESIDENT: And you’ve been a great voice in a lot of different ways and we appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Lindsey used to be a great enemy of mine, and now he’s a great friend of mine. I really like Lindsey. Can you believe that? I never thought I’d say that, but I do like him a lot.

SENATOR GRAHAM: Thank you. I like me too, so we have something in common. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: We all know that. (Laughter.)

SENATOR GRAHAM: Obama couldn’t do it. Bush couldn’t do it. I think you can do it. There’s a bill to be had. If you want it bad enough, we’ll get it and it will be good for the country. Everybody has got to give a little bit. But I’ve never been more optimistic about an immigration reform proposal making it to the President’s desk right now.

THE PRESIDENT: I think we have a good chance. Tom Cotton?

SENATOR COTTON: Thank you for having us, Mr. President. As Senator Graham said, I think there’s a deal to be had here. The President has made clear that he wants to provide some kind of protections for those who receive the DACA work permits, but at the same time, we have to deal with the negative consequences of that.

We have to end chain migration to prevent a future set of new chain migrants coming. We have to secure our border. We have to enforce our laws on the interior, as well, to decrease the illegal immigration that will inevitably encourage overstays.

The President and our group have been clear on that from the very beginning. And I hope the Democrats will sit down with us and finally take yes for an answer on it.

THE PRESIDENT: Good. I think we’ve got a good shot. I really do. Tom? Anything?

SENATOR TILLIS: Mr. President, I just want to say exactly what Lindsey did. And if you think about in the Obama administration, when you had the votes to pass Obamacare and you couldn’t get the DREAM Act passed, then you know there’s something structurally wrong with just the baseline. I mean, if you just think about it, you’re providing the leadership to come up with a balance where you’re going to produce a bipartisan solution and a solution that’s consistent with your principles, which I think are important for us to fulfill the promises that we made to the American people. And we can provide certainty to the DACA population.

And shame on anybody for getting caught up in words. The wall, for example — when we’ve got the opportunity to provide a solution, achieve your objectives, and do something good for the DACA population, then I think we should.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Tom, very much. You’re right 100 percent. James?

SENATOR LANKFORD: Mr. President, thank you for bringing all of us together. I mentioned to you in September, when you first made the announcement about DACA, that you’d given a tremendous gift to the American people. It’s been 20 years since we’ve had a vote on immigration of any type that’s actually passed and become law.

The immigration issues are very hard, they’re very emotional. But there’s been no deadline. So every time that Congress starts to work on it, they work on it for a while and then drop it because it’s difficult. You gave us a deadline, and setting that for March the 1st, and that’s a tremendous gift to be able to get that done.

Thanks for your engagement on this. I do absolutely agree with your heart on the issues on DACA and for those kids, and be able to find — we’ve got to get a legislative solution, but we’ve got to deal with every other issue as well or we’ll just keep having DACA votes every 10 years, and we can’t do that. So, thanks. And, by the way, thanks for the new leadership in DHS as well. And looking forward to seeing your leadership in the days ahead.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I have to tell you, James Lankford has been a tremendous help, not only on what we just passed, but will be a tremendous help on this. And, James, I want to thank you for your support.

SENATOR LANKFORD: Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: You’ve been really fantastic. And I can say that for all of the men and the people in this room. They’ve been fantastic. And, John, you have been really been — we can’t even call you the whip, but you have been more than a whip. You’ve been so fantastic on the taxes and the tax cuts and reform, and the success of that.

And certainly it wasn’t easy. It went right to the last minute, and you were right there. And we all want to thank you. The job you did is fantastic.

So, Senator Cornyn, want to say a few words?

SENATOR CORNYN: Well, Mr. President, thank you for having us here. America is the most generous country in the world when it comes to legal immigration, but that generosity has been abused by people who are exploiting the vulnerabilities we have along the border with the lack of enforcement.

And we saw the previous administration that tried to usurp the authority that only Congress and the White House have in passing immigration laws. They tried to do it by executive action and the courts, who struck that down.

So I do think this is an important opportunity for those of us who care not only about the people and about our legal immigration system that’s benefitted us all, but also are determined to eliminate and stop illegal immigration, along with the drugs and the harm that that causes. And I do think this is a great opportunity. I hope we make the most of it.

Coming from a border state with 1,200 miles of common border with Mexico, my constituents in Texas all understand the importance of border security and enforcement. At the same time, they’re people with big hearts.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s true.

SENATOR CORNYN: And like you and like the rest of us who want to do the right thing by these young adults who came here as children, and I think we have a great opportunity.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. And I have to tell you that as I walked into the room — I don’t know if you heard the latest, but the market is up about 150 points. And we broke a very, very big barrier — 25,000. And there were those who’d say we wouldn’t break 25,000 by the end of the eighth year, and we’re in the eleventh month. We broke 25,000 just as we came in now. I have to be a little careful, because as we walk out maybe it goes down. (Laughter.) You always have to be careful with that, Tom.

But we did, in fact, break 25,000 — very substantially break it, very easily. So I guess our new number is 30,000. (Laughter.) But what it means is every time you see that number go up on Wall Street it means jobs, it means success, it means 401(k)s that are flourishing.

I was in New York at a big event recently, and I take a lot of pictures with police and with firemen and with the military. And one of the policemen came up, an officer, and he said, “Sir, I want to thank you. My 401(k) is through the roof. My wife thinks I’m a brilliant investor.” (Laughter.) He said he was up 39 percent. I said, “You should be doing better than that, actually.” (Laughter.) But he said, “I’m up 39 percent in nine months.” And he said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. My wife is so happy, my family is so happy.”

And people with 401(k)s, unless they’re really having difficulties in life, they’re doing very, very well. So I just want to congratulate everyone in the room because you worked so hard.

I may finish off with our new secretary, who’s just in the position but, I will tell you, respected by everybody. I got a very good vote. Got a very good vote. And would you like to say anything?

SECRETARY NIELSEN: Yes. I just want to thank you for your leadership on this issue. And I really appreciate your support of the men and women at DHS. They do have a very dangerous job, one that we don’t often like to talk about. But they do put their lives in danger for all of us every day.

And I really look forward to working with all of you, and learning today about your progress. As you know, border security, we have to have the wall and the technology and personnel that go with that, but we also need to close the loopholes that we can do the expedited removal because that’s a core part of border security.

So I look very much forward to working with you and others in Congress to get this done.

THE PRESIDENT: You’re going to break all of General Kelly — who’s right over here — you’re going to break all of his records, rights? (Laughter.

SECRETARY NIELSEN: Absolutely.

THE PRESIDENT: Because he had some pretty good records; 78 percent is — so far, that’s the best number. So you have to break 78 percent. That’s tough, but you’ll do it.

SECRETARY NIELSEN: All right. Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. Appreciate it.

Q Your message to DREAMers, Mr. President? Your message to DREAMers, Mr. President? What do you say?

THE PRESIDENT: Hopefully, everything is going to work out very well. We really want it to work out. I can tell you the Republicans want to see it work out very well. If we have support from the Democrats, I think DACA is going to be terrific. We have people that have been working on this issue for a long time. As Lindsey said, as others have said, we really are at a point where I think we could do something spectacular for the people on the border, the people coming through.

We have to be careful because there’s a drug epidemic like the likes of which we’ve never seen in this country. We need protection. We need the wall. We need all of those things. And, frankly, I think a lot of Democrats agree with us. When they see what’s happening, when they see the kind of problems we’re having at the border, they really understand it. Whether they’ll vote that way is another situation, but they really understand it.

So we want to thank you all for being here. We have a great spirit going in the Republican Party. I think it can be bipartisan. I hope it’s going to be bipartisan. And we take care of a lot of problems. We can take care of a lot of problems. It would be really nice to do it in a bipartisan way. Okay?

Thank you all.

Q Did Steve Bannon betray you, Mr. President? Any words about Steve Bannon?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know, he called me a great man last night. So, you know, he obviously changed his tune pretty quick. All right, thank you all very much.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t talk to him. I don’t talk to him. I don’t talk to him. That’s just a misnomer. Thank you.

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1600 Daily – The White House

Off and running

After spending Christmas with the First Family in Florida, President Donald J. Trump returned to Washington yesterday. In 2018, his Administration will look to build on a remarkable first calendar year in office.

A few of the 2017 highlights:

• Kicking the American economy into high gear with $5.5 trillion in tax cuts, 1.7 million new jobs, and more than 60 record highs for the Dow Jones index
• Putting America first in trade by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and working to modernize NAFTA
• Making government more accountable, including by nominating 73 conservative federal judges
• Promoting peace through strength by rebuilding the U.S. military and repelling ISIS across Syria and Iraq
“HAPPY NEW YEAR!,” the President tweeted Sunday evening. “We are MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, and much faster than anyone thought possible!”

Tax cuts: ‘The numbers will speak’

Before the Christmas holiday, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts Act into law, fulfilling a major campaign promise to the American people.

“As you know, $3.2 trillion in tax cuts for American families, including the doubling of the standard deduction and the doubling of the child tax credit,” the President said during the signing ceremony. “The typical family of four earning $75,000 will see an income tax cut of more than $2,000 . . . [And] because we’re signing today, they’re going to start to see that in February. The numbers will speak.”

January is National Mentoring Month
This week marks the beginning of National Mentoring Month—an initiative started and endorsed by President George W. Bush in 2002 to promote youth mentoring.

In a Presidential Message yesterday, President Trump reiterated the importance of this work to building a strong nation in the years to come. Specifically, he encouraged all Americans to reflect on how they might use their time and talents to change the life of a child, whether it be through teaching, religious guidance, community leadership, or even simple friendship.

STATEMENTS & RELEASES

Presidential Message on National Mentoring Month, 2018
Issued on: January 1, 2018

ALL NEWS

In our youth, we must learn the behaviors and habits of successful adults − how to treat others, how to overcome failure, and how to give back to our communities, for example. Many learn these things from their parents, grandparents, or other family members. Too many, however, lack ready access to strong, compassionate adult role models. During National Mentoring Month, we thank the millions of Americans who set aside time to invest in the lives of our Nation’s youth as volunteer mentors. Because of them, children who would otherwise have to learn the ways of the adult world on their own are guided to become successful and responsible adults. The work of those who mentor the next generation makes profound impressions on the lives of their mentees, improves our communities, and strengthens our Nation.

Every day, mentors fill critical needs in our communities. They serve as role models to children, and their faithful presence often makes a tremendous difference in the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development of their mentees. Mentors tutor in academics, coach athletics, and provide wisdom and guidance for all of life’s decisions. They help build self-esteem, develop character, and encourage learning and leadership skills in America’s youth. Their dedication and commitment convey to both their mentees and the world that every human has God-given value and worthwhile hopes and dreams.

As we celebrate National Mentoring Month, I encourage every American to consider how they might use their time and talents to help transform the life of a child, whether as teachers, friends, educators, clergy, or community leaders. Our Nation’s mentors are as diverse as our citizenry, but they all share a common commitment: building a better life for our youth and a brighter future for our country.

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From the White House Headings

Economy & Jobs



The economy has come roaring back to life under President Trump. The stock market has hit record high after record high, helping more Americans build wealth and secure their futures. Through needed tax cuts and reform, the Administration will bring jobs back to our country. The President is helping U.S. workers by expanding apprenticeship programs, reforming job training programs, and bringing businesses and educators together to ensure high-quality classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

National Security & Defense



Rebuilding U.S. deterrence to preserve peace through strength must be our Nation’s top priority. The unprecedented era of peace that followed World War II revealed that the free world is safest when America is strongest. The slow depletion of our military in recent years has resulted in an escalation of threats the world over, which President Trump is committed to reversing.

Budget & Spending



With our national debt well above $20 trillion, now is the time to reverse the trend of climbing government spending. The President’s federal budget commits to restraint while prioritizing funding to rebuild our national defense and strengthen America’s borders.

Immigration



The United States must adopt an immigration system that serves the national interest. To restore the rule of law and secure our border, President Trump is committed to constructing a border wall and ensuring the swift removal of unlawful entrants. To protect American workers, the President supports ending chain migration, eliminating the Visa Lottery, and moving the country to a merit-based entry system. These reforms will advance the safety and prosperity of all Americans while helping new citizens assimilate and flourish.

Healthcare



Obamacare is hurting American families, farmers, and small businesses with skyrocketing health insurance costs. Moreover, soaring deductibles and copays have made already unaffordable plans unusable. Close to half of U.S. counties are projected to have only one health insurer on their exchanges in 2018. Replacing Obamacare will force insurance companies to compete for their customers with lower costs and higher-quality service. In the meantime, the President is using his executive authority to reduce barriers to more affordable options for Americans and U.S. businesses.

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by KEN KLUKOWSKI | 30 Dec 2017 | Breitbart News

Even President Donald Trump’s critics cannot deny his historic success in 2017 in appointed judges to the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, exercising one of the greatest powers of the presidency in a way that will create a lasting legacy shaping the destiny of the nation.

President Trump’s clearest single victory on the judicial front was the successful nomination and confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. It began with the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. For voters, the issue of the courts went from the abstract to the concrete, and judicial appointments became a red-hot issue.

Once candidate Trump locked up the GOP nomination, in May 2016 he released a list of potential Supreme Court picks. The list was a conservative goldmine. Shortly before the election, he expanded it to 21—including Gorsuch, a judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit—and pledged to pick only a judge from that list for Scalia’s seat.

Polls show that the Supreme Court was the #1 issue for a whopping 21 percent of voters on Election Day 2016, and that those voters broke for Trump by a huge margin of 57-40. The courts were one of his most potent political issues going into the ballot box.

President Trump nominated Gorsuch on January 31 to great fanfare. The 49-year-old was confirmed in April, and by the end of the Supreme Court’s annual term in June 2017 his initial actions evidenced that he is a rock-ribbed originalist, as the president had promised the voters.

But President Trump’s success did not end with Gorsuch. That was only the beginning. He began nominating dozens of federal judges to fill 167 current or imminent vacancies, and pushing them through the Senate.

Article II of the Constitution specifies that only the president can nominate a federal judge, subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Once confirmed, those judges usually serve for life. Some of the judges this president appoints during his tenure could still be serving on the bench 40 years from now.

On December 14, President Trump made history when the Senate confirmed his nomination of Judge James Ho to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, becoming the first president to successfully appoint 12 federal appeals court judges in the first year of a presidency.

These appellate judges were confirmed almost on party-line votes, however. Ho was confirmed by a vote of 53-43. This came on the heels of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s being confirmed to the Seventh Circuit 55-43, Judge Joan Larsen’s being confirmed to the Sixth Circuit 60-38, and Allison Eid’s being confirmed to the Tenth Circuit 56-41.

Two of these judges (Ho and Eid) clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, and the other two (Barrett and Larsen) clerked for Scalia. All went on to extremely impressive careers in the law afterward. Ho is of Chinese dissent, immigrating from Taiwan as a child with his parents before he could speak English. The others are women.

Yet for all this, they were confirmed without more than a handful of Democratic votes. The party that claims to be for racial and gender diversity voted against judges they admitted were extremely well-qualified when those judges were openly conservative.

President Trump’s appointments suggest that a White House can have a principled merits-based selection process devoid of racial and gender preferences that will still yield diverse results—including diversity of thought.

The president’s record numbers were achieved despite literally unprecedented obstruction for judicial nominees. In 1986, Scalia had a mile-long paper trail as an uncompromising conservative, first as a top legal official in Republican administrations, then as a law professor, and finally as a federal appeals judge. Yet the Senate confirmed him 98-0 to the Supreme Court, with every Democratic senator acknowledging that President Ronald Reagan had the constitutional right to pick conservative judges.

By 2006, most Democrats voted against the clearly well-qualified Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, with a final tally in the Republican Senate of 58-42. Yet that same year, the Senate unanimously confirmed Gorsuch to the Tenth Circuit, just as they unanimously had confirmed Scalia to the Supreme Court 20 years earlier.

Yet in 2017—when Gorsuch had established a consensus-building record as a judge, being part of unanimous decisions at the Tenth Circuit 97 percent of the time, and part of the majority 99 percent of the time—Democrats tried to filibuster his nomination to the Supreme Court. That filibuster was broken only by a change to Senate rules—the “nuclear option”—in a 52-48 vote. Democratic senators who openly admitted that he was fully qualified for the Supreme Court voted against him nonetheless. Gorsuch was confirmed by a vote of only 54-45.

Senate confirmations for well-qualified nominees have degenerated from unanimous for all courts (including Supreme Court), to unanimous for lower courts but party-line at Supreme Court, to party-line votes at the court of appeals. For two centuries, no president before President Trump had to combat such hyper-partisan obstruction.

Both parties see the stakes. President Trump has made 68 nominations so far to the 167 current or upcoming vacancies on the federal bench, with dozens more nominees expected in early 2018. At year’s end, 19 of those nominees have been confirmed, with many more pending on the Senate floor for a final vote.

Yet there are still impediments that President Trump and Senate Republicans must push through. Of the 19 judges who have been confirmed, Senate Democrats required a cloture vote for 18 of them. By contrast, there was only a single cloture vote on judicial nominations during the hundreds of judicial confirmations over eight years of the Obama presidency.

Even after cloture is invoked, Senate rules allow for up to 30 hours additional debate. Each of these confirmations has been costly, yet the president and his allies have persisted.

President Trump has done three things that have proven instrumental to his historic judicial victories.

First, President Trump has picked the right two top-level members of his administration to make all this happen.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been a leading national authority on the courts throughout his years in the Senate and advising the Trump campaign. In addition to the many successes Sessions has delivered for the president while leading the Justice Department, he also manages the team that is involved daily in vetting potential nominees for the bench and then getting them through the Senate.

White House Counsel Don McGahn has led the president’s team inside the White House on judicial nominations, playing an “outsized role”— a criticism when coming from the president’s opponents, but high praise when coming from Republicans—in researching potential nominees for their qualifications and conservative philosophy, and recommending them to the president for nomination.

Second, the president has built relationships with key coalition partners. The Federalist Society has demonstrated its unequaled capacity and potential as a vetting network and farm team for conservative lawyers and judges. The Heritage Foundation has also lent its tremendous brain-power and gravitas to helping identify and suggest potential picks for the bench. And the Judicial Crisis Network has become the foremost organization in the nation for informing voters and mobilizing grassroots support to motivate senators to confirm the president’s conservative nominees.

Third, President Trump has developed effective partners in two leading senators.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been pushing one nominee after another through his committee, and ended the blue-slip courtesy that Democrats were using to veto the president’s nominees.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is sometimes at odds with the GOP base, is scoring high marks with that base for his resolve and effectiveness at successfully confirming President Trump’s judges. He moved forward on judicial nominees that the leftwing American Bar Association opposed. McConnell also pledged to keep the Senate in session for however many days it would take to burn through Democrats’ post-cloture 30-hour windows to successfully confirm the president’s nominees.

The president’s critics cannot deny his success when it comes to the courts. Even the National Review has gone from #NeverTrump to #TrumpIsAwesome on judicial picks.

Despite strained efforts by his opponents to deny him successes, President Trump has had phenomenal success in 2017 fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint principled conservatives to the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts, with more in store for 2018—including another likely Supreme Court vacancy shortly before the 2018 midterm elections.

Ken Klukowski is senior legal editor for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

LAW & JUSTICE | White House | Issued on: December 29, 2017

During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement. Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation. It has no place in our world. This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality. We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.

Human trafficking is a sickening crime at odds with our very humanity. An estimated 25 million people are currently victims of human trafficking for both sex and labor. Human traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity, while delivering only enslavement. Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force — through violence and intimidation — to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries.

My Administration continues to work to drive out the darkness human traffickers cast upon our world. In February, I signed an Executive Order to dismantle transnational criminal organizations, including those that perpetuate the crime of human trafficking. My Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons has enhanced collaboration with other nations, businesses, civil society organizations, and survivors of human trafficking. The Department of Health and Human Services has established a new national training and technical assistance center to strengthen our healthcare industry’s anti-trafficking response. The Department of State has contributed $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, because of the critical need for cross-nation collaborative action to counter human trafficking. The Department of Labor has released an innovative, business-focused mobile app that supports private-sector efforts to eradicate forced labor from global supply chains. And this month, I will sign into law S. 1536, the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act and S. 1532, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act. These bills will keep those who commit trafficking offenses from operating commercial vehicles, improve anti-human trafficking coordination within Federal agencies and across State and local governments, and improve efforts to recognize, prevent, and report human trafficking.

In addition to these governmental actions, Americans must learn how to identify and combat the evil of enslavement. This is especially important for those who are most likely to encounter the perpetrators of slavery and their victims, including healthcare providers, educators, law enforcement officials, and social services professionals. Through the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, all Americans can learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to report suspected instances. By taking steps to become familiar with the telltale signs of traffickers or the signals of their victims, Americans can save innocent lives.

Our Nation is and will forever be a place that values and protects human life and dignity. This month, let us redouble our efforts to ensure that modern day slavery comes to its long overdue end.

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 January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1, 2018. I call upon industry associations, law enforcement, private businesses, faith-based and other organizations of civil society, schools, families, and all Americans to recognize our vital roles in ending all forms of modern slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities aimed at ending and preventing all forms of human trafficking.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Trump’s Energy Success

By Jeffrey Folks | American Thinker | December 30, 2017

Just six months ago, the Trump administration was attacked for its “slow start.” It was said to be “in disarray,” in “chaos,” “at war” with itself, and incapable of governing. Now the list of successes has piled up, making it clear that, if the trend continues, President Trump will become one of our more important presidents. Far from being a do-nothing administration, the Trump team is a White House on steroids.

One of the president’s major successes is in the area of energy policy. Along with energy secretary Rick Perry, the president is overseeing the recovery of the American energy sector from the low point it hit under the Obama administration. By a combination of executive orders totally restrictiong drilling on federal lands and EPA assaults on fracking and coal-mining, including a total ban on mountaintop-mining, Obama prosecuted a “war” not just on coal, but on fossil fuels generally.

Now America has become the largest producer of oil and gas and a major exporter of natural gas. The U.S. now produces significantly more hydrocarbons than second-place Russia and twice as much as Saudi Arabia. As coal-mining is restored, pipelines are laid, and new wells are drilled, hundreds of thousands of jobs are being created across the economy, not just in drilling and mining, but in support services.

The effect on the economy is already being felt. According to Monster.com, a leading employment recruitment site, oil jobs are making a “huge comeback,” with “100,000 new jobs by 2018.” And these are high paying jobs: “the average pay of the oil and gas industry is 85% higher than the national average.” Each new job in the energy field creates others in areas like steel production, rig technology, transportation, and general services. And the money earned in these high paying fields circulates through the economy.

With the passage of a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allowing oil exploration in ANWR, the president has another success. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge contains vast reserves of recoverable oil currently estimated at 10.4 billion barrels. Development has been blocked by misguided and ill informed opposition from environmental groups. Now, with great care for the environment, oil companies will have the opportunity to produce vast amounts of energy while drilling only 3% of ANWR.

According to a report from the House Committee on Natural Resources, “total governmental revenue” from ANWR drilling will run $440 billion. ANWR alone will create between 55,000 and 130,000 new high paying jobs.

It is not just ANWR. By removing unnecessary restrictions on fracking and by opening other federal lands to drilling, President Trump is promoting energy independence rather than standing in its way. He has opened federal lands for drilling, including land in two national monuments in southern Utah. Vast federal lands in the Western U.S. offer other opportunities.

In April, the president signed an executive order reversing Obama’s ban on new offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic. Current estimates show that almost 90 billion barrels of oil and 327 trillion cubic feet of natural gas lie under the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Those estimates have a way of being revised upward, especially for regions such as these that have not been explored with modern technology due to past restrictions. Offshore drilling has the potential to produce ten times the number of jobs and government revenue projected for ANWR. At the high end, that would be 1,300,000 high paying jobs and $4.4 trillion in state and federal revenue.

Under President Obama, American coal-mining suffered a near-death experience. Now, under EPA director Scott Pruitt, the Trump administration is taking steps to restore coal to its rightful place in America’s energy supply mix. Though it will take years to complete, the reversal of Obama’s Clean Power Plan that began back in October will take government out of the frame of “picking winners and losers.” Coal will still have to compete with natural gas, but at least it will be allowed to compete.

The president’s accomplishments in the field of energy policy are not limited to fossil fuels. His Energy Department recently committed $100 million to promoting Transformative Energy Projects intended to spur early-stage innovators. The department continues to promote alternative energy sources and energy conservation, important contributors to energy independence. Energy conservation in particular can go a long way toward making America energy-independent.

With the opening of new lands to fracking and conventional drilling and the restoration of mining in the Appalachian region, the energy sector has gone from moribund to robust practically overnight. One of the president’s first actions was the elimination of the Steam Protection Rule, which imposed crippling burdens of regulation on the industry. As a result, production has begun to increase.

As the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s annual “Outlook” makes clear, the future for American energy production is bright. The Outlook models future production across a wide range of different scenarios, and it concludes that the U.S. “is projected to become a net energy exporter by 2026” in its Reference Case projections but that it may do so earlier under three side cases. After 2026, the scale of exports expands rapidly in all cases.

Perhaps the most consequential of the president’s actions in the field of energy is his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. While withdrawal from the accord does not have significant immediate consequences, its long-term effect is great. Its most important effect will be to reduce the possibility of a deluge of environmental lawsuits based largely on the agreement signed by President Obama. These lawsuits would have blocked American energy production to gratify a self-appointed global environmental elite – at the expense of the American people.

The president’s accomplishments are many, but energy stands out. America is now the world’s premiere producer of fossil fuels. In just one year, we have gone from a dismal future, in which the government planned to shut down fossil fuels almost entirely by mid-century, to a nation on the cusp of total energy independence. “Make America Great Again” was not just a clever campaign slogan; it is a reality in the field of energy production, as in so many other areas under President Trump.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/trumps_energy_success.html#ixzz52lA1E83o
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[VIDEO] CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callan was on with host Poppy Harlow and they discussed the blatant anti-Trump bias at the FBI. In a surprising twist, the CNN analyst came out and attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Wait! What?

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CNN has spun more fake news against President Donald Trump than should be allowed. Their coverage of President Trump is not only negative, but it is measurable as well. Mr. Callan feels that the latest revelations about bias against Donald Trump are real and measurable. He wants the Special Counsel to do what?

As Written and Reported by Ryan Saavedra for the Daily Wire:

CNN legal analyst Paul Callan said recently that his views on President Donald Trump’s attack on the FBI regarding the Mueller investigation have changed after he started researching what was going on.

Callan joined CNN host Poppy Harlow to discuss the recent revelations about the blatant anti-Trump bias at the FBI which was exposed when text messages from FBI agent Peter Strzok were made public.

“Originally, I was angered at the president’s attacks on the FBI, I thought they were unjustified,” Callan said. “But when I started to delve into the facts, boy there’s some really disturbing stuff here.”

Dozens of the text messages from Strzok showed a strong antipathy for Trump, but none was more damaging than one he sent regarding the FBI’s “insurance policy”:

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe’s] office that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40……….

THERE IS EVEN MORE HERE KEEP READING!

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Train Station at Israel’s Western Wall Will Be Named After Trump

Lauretta Brown | Townhall | December 27, 2017

Train Station at Israel’s Western Wall Will Be Named After Trump
Israel’s transportation minister announced Wednesday that a train station near the Western Wall in Jerusalem will be named after President Donald Trump, following his historic decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

“The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after President Trump — following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel,” Transportation Minister Israel Katz said, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The train station will be a part of a new high-speed railway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Katz has told Transportation Ministry officials to make the railway a top priority. The railway has been under construction since 2001 and will update a slower railway system that currently operates between the two cities.

Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall during a trip to the Middle East in May.

He fulfilled a campaign promise by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel earlier this month and announcing plans to move the U.S. embassy there.

The Associated Press reports that the route will run close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Israel’s Transportation Ministry spokesman Avner Ovadia said Wednesday that the project is estimated to cost more than $700 million and would take four years to complete.

Katz said the planned high-speed rail station will allow visitors to see “the beating heart of the Jewish people — the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.”

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OUCH: White House SLASHES UN BUDGET After Anti-American Vote

By Hannity Staff – December 26, 2017

Nikki Haley announced major UN budget cuts.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced a “historic reduction” of the UN budget this weekend, saying the US was prepared to slash the American-sponsored funds by over $285 million.

Hailing the reduction as a “big step in the right direction,” Haley slammed the international organization’s bloated budget and systemic inefficiencies, saying “we will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”

“This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable U.N. – is a big step in the right direction,” she added.

Last week, the UN overwhelmingly voted to symbolically “rescind” the Trump administration’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The lop-sided vote, 138-9 with 41 abstentions, saw key US allies siding against the Trump administration and Israel; France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and others all opposed Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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President Donald J. Trump: Year One of Making America Great Again

Issued on: December 22, 2017 | White House

“From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears; inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past; and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts.”
President Donald J. Trump

JUMPSTARTING AMERICA’S WORKERS AND ECONOMIC ENGINE:

President Trump has put the American economy into high-gear, creating jobs and increasing wealth.

Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed historic tax cuts and relief for hardworking Americans not seen since President Reagan.
The Tax Cuts Act provides $5.5 trillion in tax cuts, of which $3.2 trillion, or nearly 60 percent, goes to families.
A typical family of four earning $75,000 will save more than $2,000 in income tax cuts.
The Tax Cuts Act nearly doubles the standard deduction.
The vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page.
The Tax Cuts Act will repeal Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate.
The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate increased at or above 3 percent for two quarters in a row for the first time in three years.
Third quarter GDP growth rate was 3.2 percent.
Second quarter GDP growth rate was 3.1 percent.
During President Trump’s first year, nearly 1.7 million new jobs have been created and the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate in nearly 17 years.
The manufacturing industry has created 159,000 jobs.
The mining and logging industry has created 57,000 jobs.
Thirteen states have reached record low unemployment rates.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average index has hit record highs more than 60 times under President Trump, including closing higher than 24,000 points for the first time in its history.
Since President Trump’s election, more than $5 trillion in wealth has been added to the U.S. economy.
Economic confidence has rebounded to record highs under President Trump as his pro-growth policies have and continue to put American workers and businesses first.
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose in November to a 17-year high of 129.5.
The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Index had the highest annual average in its history.
President Trump signed an Executive Order on expanding apprenticeships, recognizing the need for more quality alternatives to four-year college degrees.
The Executive Order sets in motion a new process that will make it easier for businesses to create and scale apprenticeship programs, providing many more Americans access to an affordable education that leads to a good-paying job.
President Trump signed a Memorandum directing the Secretary of Education to prioritize STEM education with a particular focus on computer science.
Leading private sector technology companies and organizations pledged over $300 million to amplify the President’s computer science initiative.
The Trump Administration has prioritized the economic empowerment of women as a key element of our commitment to economic growth and gender equality.
This year, the Small Business Administration has lent approximately $500 million more than last year in capital to women-owned businesses.

ENDING JOB KILLING REGULATIONS:

President Trump is rolling back wasteful and costly regulations that have stood in the way of hardworking Americans.

In order to control regulatory costs, President Trump signed an Executive Order mandating that two regulations must be eliminated for every one created.
President Trump’s Administration surpassed the 2:1 ratio, eliminating 22 regulations for every new regulation.
In FY 2017, President Trump’s Administration saved over $8.1 billion in lifetime regulatory costs.
President Trump has signed 15 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, more than any other president, ending burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations.
By announcing our intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Trump protected America from a bad deal that would have harmed America’s economy and workers
According to a study by NERA Economic Consulting, implementing the Obama Administration’s plan under the Paris Climate Agreement could have cost the United States economy nearly $3 trillion and 6.5 million industrial sector jobs by 2040.
President Trump signed an Executive Order with the goal of dramatically reducing the time for permit approvals for infrastructure projects from up to 10 years to an average of 2 years.
President Trump eliminated the Obama Administration’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which unfairly targeted the coal industry with estimated costs of $81 million a year.

PROMOTING FAIR AND RECIPROCAL TRADE:

President Trump is putting America first in trade so American workers aren’t put at a disadvantage.

One of President Trump’s first actions was to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, advancing his agenda to protect American workers.
The Trump Administration has begun renegotiations of trade agreements that have contributed to the U.S. trade deficit and harmed American workers.
Renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement are underway to modernize the deal so all countries benefit from it.
President Trump has worked to bring foreign investment back to the United States so more goods are made in America by American workers.
South Korean companies announced 64 projects that will invest more than $17 billion in the United States over four years and will purchase $58 billion in goods and services.
Foxconn announced it was investing $10 billion in Wisconsin to build a factory that will employ thousands of workers directly and up to 22,000 workers indirectly.
Toyota and Mazda announced a $1.6 billion investment in a new manufacturing plant in the United States that will create an estimated 4,000 jobs.
At the White House, Broadcom Limited announced they were moving their headquarters back to the United States, bringing $20 billion in annual revenue.
President Trump has worked to promote the sale of more American products abroad.
On his first overseas trip, President Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia oversaw the signing of a historic $400 billion in deals between U.S. and Saudi companies.
The Trump Administration has made enforcement of U.S. trade laws a top priority and has already made significant progress.
To defend U.S. national security interests, President Trump blocked a foreign company from acquiring a U.S. business for only the fourth time in history.
Since President Trump was sworn into office, the Department of Commerce has initiated 79 antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) investigations.
The U.S. Trade Representative self-initiated a Section 301 investigation into whether Chinese policies, acts, and practices related to technology transfer, licensing, and intellectual property are unreasonable or discriminatory. This is the first use of Section 301 since 2001.
President Trump delivered on his promise to roll back the Obama Administration’s bad deal on Cuba, which benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people.

ADVANCING AMERICAN ENERGY DOMINANCE:

President Trump is reversing years of policies that locked-up American energy and restricted our ability to sell to other countries.

The Department of the Interior is planning to auction off leases for nearly 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling starting in March, the largest offering ever.
President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling and to reissue a leasing program to develop offshore resources.
President Trump has acted aggressively to increase exports of our energy resources to the global market.
New guidance will allow financing for coal and other fossil energy projects, which will increase access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy around the world.
The Administration streamlined Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal permitting, including the Lake Charles LNG terminal.
Under the Trump Administration, our allies have received, and will continue to receive, American LNG exports, which will prevent dependence on single suppliers.
President Trump has unleashed oil and gas development by expanding access to resources and the infrastructure needed to get them to market.
The Trump Administration has approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which will create an estimated 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in economic benefits.
The Administration has expedited new pipeline approval and production, including the New Burgos Pipeline, which will export U.S. gasoline to Mexico.
The Department of the Interior is boosting responsible oil and gas development on Federal lands.
President Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).
According to NERA Economic Consulting, the CPP would have increased electricity rates by as much as 14 percent, costing American households up to $79 billion.
The EPA is reconsidering an onerous Obama-era rule on methane emissions that would cost American energy developers an estimated $530 million annually.

PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE HOMELAND:

President Trump is enforcing our immigration laws, protecting American communities and American jobs.

President Trump has laid out his principles for reforming our immigration system to serve hard-working Americans instead of harming them. In particular, President Trump has called on Congress to fund a wall along the Southern border, close legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, end Chain Migration, and eliminate the Visa Lottery program.
President Trump pulled the United States out of negotiations for a “Global Compact on Migration,” a plan for global governance of immigration and refugee policy that would have had far-reaching implications for U.S. sovereignty.
Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security took action to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in an orderly fashion, following the assessment of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that DACA lacks legal authorization.
This action gives Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions, as required by our Constitution.
President Trump’s Administration rescinded the unlawful Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program.
In keeping with President Trump’s campaign promise, the Department of Homeland Security launched the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE).
From President Trump’s inauguration through the end of FY 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made 110,568 arrests of illegal aliens, a 40 percent increase compared to the same time period the prior year.
Over the same time period, removals that resulted from arrests increased by 37 percent.
Of the illegal aliens arrested by ICE, over 92 percent had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, were ICE fugitives, or were illegal reentrants.
The number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which gives state and local law enforcement entities delegated authority by ICE to enforce immigration in their jurisdiction, has doubled.
In FY 2017, 36 percent more criminal gang members were removed by ICE compared to FY 2016.
President Trump’s Administration is cracking down on sanctuary cities by improving the administration of Federal grants to increase information sharing on illegal aliens.

PROTECTING AMERICA’S COMMUNITIES:

President Trump is protecting American communities and restoring law and order so that every American can feel safe in their community.

The Department of Justice announced more than $98 million in grant funding to hire 802 additional full-time law enforcement officers.
President Trump signed an Executive Order to restore state and local law enforcement’s access to surplus Defense Department equipment through the 1033 program, including safety equipment.
The DOJ has worked with Central American partners to arrest and charge about 4,000 MS-13 members so far this year.
This includes the alleged leader of MS-13’s “East Coast Program.”
The Department of Homeland Security arrested 796 MS-13 gang members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the previous year.
In February, President Trump signed three Executive Orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.

MAKING GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE:

President Trump is following through on his promise to drain the Washington swamp and make the Government accountable.

President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by placing Neil Gorsuch on the United States Supreme Court.
As of December 14, President Trump has nominated 73 Federal judges.
Twenty-two judges have been confirmed, including a record-setting 12 circuit judges.
President Trump implemented higher ethical standards to make sure his Administration works for the American people.
President Trump signed an Executive Order on lobbying that included a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.
President Trump has donated his salary, following through on his promise to the American people.
To ensure the Government serves the needs of all Americans, President Trump has called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch and has begun to implement this plan.
President Trump has commenced a comprehensive overhaul of digitally delivered Government services.
President Trump has called for “conducting a full audit of the Pentagon.” The Department of Defense (DOD) responded to the President’s call to action and has begun its first full financial statement audit.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has called for business reform in the DOD to instill budget discipline and effective resource management.

COMBATTING OPIOIDS:

President Trump and his Administration are fighting back against drug addiction and opioid abuse.

President Trump directed the declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioid crisis.
The President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) recently found that evidence suggests drug overdoses involving opioids are underreported by as much as 24 percent.
In April, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) laid out a comprehensive five-point strategy to combat the opioid abuse crisis.
The DOJ announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.
Anyone who possesses, imports, distributes, or manufactures any illicit fentanyl-related substance will be subject to criminal prosecution similar to other controlled substances.
The DOJ announced its first-ever indictments against two Chinese nationals and their North American-based associates for distributing large quantities of fentanyl and other opiate substances.
In an opioid fraud crackdown, the DOJ charged more than 400 people, including doctors and medical facilities, for prescribing unnecessary opioids, fueling the drug crisis.
In 2017, the Administration provided nearly $500 million to States to prevent and treat opioid abuse. The President’s FY 2018 Budget requests another $500 million.
On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Administration collected a record-breaking 912,305 pounds – 456 tons – of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs at more than 5,300 collection sites.

PROTECTING LIFE:

President Trump recognizes the precious gift of life and protects the sanctity of life at all stages.

During his first week in office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that protects $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the abortion industry.
President Trump de-funded a U.N. agency for colluding with China’s brutal program of forced abortion and sterilization.
President Trump worked with the Congress to sign a bill overturning an Obama midnight regulation that prohibited States from defunding abortion service providers.
The Trump Administration published guidance promising to enforce the Obamacare requirement that taxpayer dollars should not support abortion coverage in exchange plans.

SERVING OUR COUNTRY’S VETERANS:

President Trump is making sure the government fulfills its commitment to our country’s veterans.

The President signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
Under President Trump, the VA has fired 1,298 employees, suspended 425, and demoted 73, as part of President Trump’s efforts to restore accountability.
President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act after it passed the Senate unanimously in August.
The legislation streamlines the lengthy process that veterans undergo when appealing disability benefits claims with the VA.
The President signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, an important step in providing our nation’s heroes the support they have earned.
This funds the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members, including tuition, fees, books, housing, and additional costs.
President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).
Fulfilling President Trump’s promise, the Administration created a new White House VA Hotline staffed by veterans and family members.
The VA increased transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
President Trump and VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology:
“Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care” allows VA providers to use telehealth technology to serve veterans no matter where the provider or veteran is located.
VA Video Connect allows veterans and providers to connect by video across the country.
The Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) application allows veterans to schedule appointments at VA facilities on digital devices.

PROMOTING PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH:

President Trump is rebuilding our military, defeating terrorist organizations, and confronting rogue nations to protect America and our allies.

Immediately upon taking office, the President directed the rebuilding of the United States military, a new national defense strategy, a comprehensive nuclear posture review, and fielding state-of-the-art ballistic missile defenses.
President Trump has worked with the Congress to increase defense spending, fully reverse the defense sequester, expand our military capacity, and modernize its capabilities.
The President has empowered the Secretary of Defense and our military commanders to make decisions, seize the initiative, and win – without micromanagement from Washington.
The President directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop and implement a new national space policy and strategy.
President Trump directed the elevation of the U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command, to advance U.S. efforts in cyberspace.
President Trump reasserted American sovereignty over our borders by announcing our withdrawal from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration.
President Trump restricted travel from certain countries that do not have sufficient security or share enough information.
Under President Trump’s leadership, ISIS has lost nearly all of its territory and its most important cities and towns in Iraq and Syria, including Mosul and ISIS’s declared capital in Raqqa.
President Trump has taken strong action to end North Korea’s aggressive actions and its continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
With U.S. leadership, the United Nations Security Council unanimously sanctioned North Korea for its continued rogue actions.
The Trump Administration sanctioned Chinese financial institutions aiding the North Korean regime.
President Trump signed an Executive Order sanctioning North Korean trade and financing, signaling to the world that they have to make a choice: deal with the United States or the rogue regime in North Korea.
President Trump announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens our support for Afghan security forces, delegates authority to military leaders, and demonstrates our resolve to defeat terrorism.
In reaction to the new U.S. South Asia strategy, NATO allies and partners increased troop contributions to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
President Trump approved a new Iran strategy focused on neutralizing Iran’s regional destabilizing influence, sanctioning Iran’s ballistic missile program, and decertifying Iran’s compliance with the multilateral nuclear deal.
President Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase after the Assad regime used it to launch chemical weapons attacks against civilians.
President Trump prevented further chemical weapons attacks by announcing detection of their preparation and warning Syria that they would be struck again if the attacks were carried out.
President Trump imposed new sanctions on the Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela, targeting the regime itself, and not just individuals, for the first time.
The new financial sanctions prohibit dealings in new Venezuelan debt and its corrupt oil company. The regime will no longer be able finance its debt using U.S. banks.

RESTORING CONFIDENCE IN AND RESPECT FOR AMERICA:

President Trump has used an America First foreign policy to restore respect for the United States throughout the world and to advance our interests.

President Trump has worked to release American citizens held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
Three student athletes from the University of California, Los Angeles, were released from China after President Trump’s personal intervention.
An American, a Canadian, and their three children were released from Taliban custody after United States Government and Pakistani forces secured their release.
The Trump Administration secured Otto Warmbier’s release from North Korea.
Sandy Phan-Gill was released from Chinese detention after President Trump and his Administration intervened.
Aya Hijazi was released from an Egyptian prison and welcomed to the White House by President Trump.
President Trump followed through on his campaign promise and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.
President Trump conducted a historic 12 day tour through Asia including visits to five countries and attending three regional summits to promote America’s interests.
South Korea and Japan both pledged to build closer defense relations with the United States, and the President underscored the U.S. commitment to providing advanced military equipment.
President Trump boosted cooperation between the Quad countries (the United States, Japan, India, and Australia) on the sidelines of ASEAN in Manila.
President Trump reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to promote prosperity and security in the region, including by modernizing America’s development finance institutions and increasing their coordination with Japanese counterparts.
President Trump travelled to the Middle East and Europe to solidify relations with our allies in both regions and push for greater commitments and cooperation.
President Trump visited Mecca, Jerusalem, and Rome, three of the world’s holiest places.
While in Saudi Arabia, President Trump pushed for a coalition of nations to confront Iran and attended the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.
At the May 2017 NATO Leaders’ meeting, President Trump persuaded our allies to agree to develop national plans to boost defense spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024, and for NATO to formally join the defeat-ISIS coalition.
President Trump visited Poland and a meeting of the G-20, where he pushed for closer cooperation and American First policies.
With G-20 partners and the World Bank, the United States championed the establishment of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WeFi), which could leverage in excess of $1 billion in financing to support women entrepreneurs.

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As President Trump Promised … you have the Tax Reform Signed before Christmas❣

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Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed

by Paul Bedard | Dec 21, 2017 | Washington Examiner

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With the passage of the GOP tax bill this week, the Trump administration has scored 81 major achievements in its first year, making good on campaign promises to provide significant tax cuts, boost U.S. energy production, and restore respect to the United States, according to the White House.

And along the way, President Trump even outdid his own expectations and slashed at least 11 major legacy items of former President Barack Obama, including cracking down on the open border, slowing recognition of communist Cuba and effectively killing Obamacare by ending the mandate that everyone have health insurance or face a tax.

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According to the White House, the 81 accomplishments are in 12 major categories and include well over 100 other minor achievements.

The unofficial list helps to counter the impression in the mainstream media and among congressional Democrats that outside the approval of Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch and passage of the tax reform bill little was done.

Administrations typically tout their achievements broadly at the end of each year, but Trump plans to list jobs added, regulations killed, foreign policy victories won, and moves to help veterans and even drug addicts.

And in a sign of support for conservatives, the White House also is highlighting achievements for the pro-life community.

Below are the 12 categories and 81 wins cited by the White House.

Jobs and the economy

Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obamacare mandate.
Increase of the GDP above 3 percent.
Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent.
Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs.
A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high.
A new executive order to boost apprenticeships.
A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs.
Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.

Killing job-stifling regulations

Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one creates. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion.
Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts.
Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations.
Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals.
Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.

Fair trade

Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
Worked to bring companies back to the U.S., and companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn announced plans to open U.S. plants.
Worked to promote the sale of U.S products abroad.
Made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a priority.
Ended Obama’s deal with Cuba.

Boosting U.S. energy dominance

The Department of Interior, which has led the way in cutting regulations, opened plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling.
Trump traveled the world to promote the sale and use of U.S. energy.
Expanded energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline snubbed by Obama.
Ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
EPA is reconsidering Obama rules on methane emissions.

Protecting the U.S. homeland

Laid out new principles for reforming immigration and announced plan to end “chain migration,” which lets one legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family members.
Made progress to build the border wall with Mexico.
Ended the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.
Boosted the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.
Doubled the number of counties participating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with deporting illegals.
Removed 36 percent more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016.
Started the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
Ditto for other amnesty programs like Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
Cracking down on some 300 sanctuary cities that defy ICE but still get federal dollars.
Added some 100 new immigration judges.

Protecting communities

Justice announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new cops.
Justice worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members.
Homeland rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members, an 83 percent one-year increase.
Signed three executive orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions created new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.

Accountability

Trump has nominated 73 federal judges and won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Ordered ethical standards including a lobbying ban.
Called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch.
Ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government.
Called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending.

Combatting opioids

First, the president declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids.
His Council of Economic Advisors played a role in determining that overdoses are underreported by as much as 24 percent.
The Department of Health and Human Services laid out a new five-point strategy to fight the crisis.
Justice announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.
Justice started a fraud crackdown, arresting more than 400.
The administration added $500 million to fight the crisis.
On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 456 tons.

Protecting life

In his first week, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that blocks some $9 billion in foreign aid being used for abortions.
Worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation that blocked states from defunding abortion providers.
Published guidance to block Obamacare money from supporting abortion.

Helping veterans

Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.
Signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to provide support.
Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
Created a VA hotline.
Had the VA launch an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
With VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology.

Promoting peace through strength

Directed the rebuilding of the military and ordered a new national strategy and nuclear posture review.
Worked to increase defense spending.
Empowered military leaders to “seize the initiative and win,” reducing the need for a White House sign off on every mission.
Directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop space war strategies.
Elevated U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.
Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders.
Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security.
Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory.
Pushed for strong action against global outlaw North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons.
Announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens support for U.S. forces at war with terrorism.
NATO increased support for the war in Afghanistan.
Approved a new Iran strategy plan focused on neutralizing the country’s influence in the region.
Ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack.
Prevented subsequent chemical attacks by announcing a plan to detect them better and warned of future strikes if they were used.
Ordered new sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela.

Restoring confidence in and respect for America

Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
Made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests.
He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders.
Traveled to Poland for the annual. G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com

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Trump’s Tax Leadership

Editorial of The New York Sun | December 20, 2017

A glimpse of President Trump’s modus operandi is afforded by his decision to gather the Republican legislators so he could thank them for their role in passing the pro-growth tax cuts that will now going into law with his signature. Many of the congressmen and women had been working on tax reforms for years. “I want,” said Mr. Trump, gesturing to the scores who worked on the bill and were gathered on the White House steps, “to have them come up and get the glamor and the glory.”

This generosity of spirit is a feature of Mr. Trump’s leadership that one rarely sees acknowledged in the Democratic Party papers and contrasts with his gruff reputation. The event disclosed, en passant, that Mr. Trump has had a remarkable working relationship with a number of members of Congress have have not shrunk from criticizing his occasional breaches of etiquette or political correctness. Or have chafed at policy differences.

We think of Senators Murkowski, Collins, and Scott, to name but three. He could have given a nod to the economists who kept the cause of tax reform alive through the Obama years (and even further back). We think of, say, Professor Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Lawrence Kudlow. (In a column that appears in the Sun, among other places, Mr. Kudlow has probably written a million words in support of pro-growth tax cuts for both business and individual payers.)

Our impression is that the president has earned their respect, which is all the more remarkable because he has never put himself forward as a policy intellectual. And also because none of the economists we have talked with about Mr. Trump has ever played the role of yes man or yes woman. Mr. Kudlow has made it clear all along that he, like Steve Forbes, favors a lower and flatter individual rate, to name but one issue that has vexed this debate.

The Democrats are already predicting that the GOP will rue the day it ever got behind these reforms (and veterans of their fight for Obamacare know a thing or two about ruefulness). It’s no small thing that not a single Democrat found it within him or herself to side with the taxpayers and job-seekers of this country. Then again, too, Hillary Clinton failed to show in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

The Wall Street Journal greeted Mr. Trump’s tax triumph with an important editorial on how the next targets for reform are the high-tax states, such as our own New York. We would add the question of monetary reform, which is, or ought to be, still alive in the Senate. None of the work that lies ahead detracts from the tax triumph enacted today. The climate accord, Iran deal, Jerusalem embassy, military build-up, deregulation — one by one, Mr. Trump is making good on the promises of his campaign, a testament to the leadership we saw come to fruition on taxes today.

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The spending bill ‘punt’ is a strategic win for the GOP

A punt is always better than a turnover.
Posted December 21, 2017 by Nate Madden | Conservative views

Football fans, imagine that you’re fourth and 8 on your own 20-yard line with seconds to go in the first half. You’ve just gained a strategic 4-point lead with a touchdown on your previous drive. What do you do? Punt, obviously. And whatever you do, you definitely don’t risk throwing an interception.

That’s probably the best way for conservatives to think about the “clean” stopgap spending proposed to avert a government shutdown over Christmas.

The stripped-down agreement would fund the federal government until January 19. It contains no provisions on the Obamacare insurance bailouts that liberal Republicans and Democrats wanted, no deals on DACA amnesty, and no long-term reauthorization of the federal government mass surveillance program that drew major Fourth Amendment concerns, while moving debates on those issues into the new year.

The House is expected to vote on the measure just before leaving town for the holidays, which would leave the Senate with two options: Take it or leave it.

Some are calling it a “punt,” meant to cast it as a failure as so many others before it have been, but a punt isn’t always a bad thing, if you want to win the game.

Sure, this is a short-term win for the GOP’s tax-cut messaging, but it has much bigger implications for congressional conservatives.

This keeps conservative lawmakers from being forced to accept raw deals on immigration, Obamacare bailouts, and government snooping in order to avoid a government shutdown right before Christmas, which would waylay the party’s celebratory messaging on tax cuts, which could be signed into law right away thanks to a provision in the bill’s last page.

This way, we avoid fake doom-saying about what a government shutdown means. Never mind that a shutdown affects only 17 percent of the federal government. Perennial hysteria pieces from mainstream media outlets about closings at national parks and ruined field trips cloud that reality from peoples’ minds in favor of the manufactured hysteria.

And that hysteria makes for either a bad Christmas, a bad deal, or a “punt.”

This would leave time for an actual debate on these issues — and about how much we’re actually spending — when Congress gets back from the holidays without an impending deadline, rather than just forcing things through with the self-imposed holiday deadline looming. That’ll make it a lot easier to put up an actual fight on the issues.

Going into this fight, the GOP was confronted with the real possibility of throwing an interception on some essential issues. No, it’s not a touchdown or even a first down. But a punt is always better than a turnover.

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Whitehouse.gov | December 21, 2017

Want to know more about tax cuts? Here are the facts.

With news yesterday that Congress passed the first overhaul of the U.S. tax system in more than three decades, many Americans want to know what the final bill means for them.

Here are the key provisions to understand and share with your loved ones:

The Tax Cuts Act means less money taken out of Americans’ paychecks. It provides $5.5 trillion in tax cuts by doubling the standard deduction, doubling the child tax credit, protecting tax savings for higher education and retirement, and lowering rates across the board.

The bill puts American businesses on a level playing field with foreign competitors. America’s corporate tax rate will go from being the highest in the developed world to below the average for Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

The act will eliminate dozens of special interest tax breaks and loopholes. It tosses out a loophole used to deduct compensation for executives earning more than $1 million a year. Washington isn’t spared, either: Members of Congress will no longer be able to deduct living expenses.

‘We broke every record’

President Donald J. Trump joined members of Congress for a ceremony on the White House South Lawn yesterday after the Tax Cuts Act passed both chambers on Capitol Hill. “We broke every record,” President Trump said. “$3.2 trillion—just think of it—in tax cuts for American families.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cited tax cuts as just the latest victory in “a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump Administration.” His list included cementing “the Supreme Court right-of-center for a generation” and halting the overregulation of the U.S. economy.

The final Cabinet meeting of 2017

At his ninth and final Cabinet meeting of 2017, President Trump and members of the Cabinet showcased record achievements over the past year. A few of the highlights:

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave the President high marks for his National Security Strategy, which puts the safety and security of America first.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reported on efforts to combat the opioid crisis, ending sanctuary jurisdiction policies, and prioritizing criminal immigration enforcement.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that the United States has opened 150,000 acres of public land to hunting and fishing.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross highlighted the more than $650 billion in deals signed during the President’s trips to Saudi Arabia and China.

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Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code
AP | Dec 20, 2017

Highlights of the legislation, which would make about $1.5 trillion in tax cuts:

— Personal income tax rates: The bill retains the current number of brackets, seven, but changes them to 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 37 percent. The top bracket for wealthiest earners, 39.6 under current law, drops to 37 percent. But it will kick in at a lower level, $600,000 per married couple, instead of the current $1 million.

The reductions in personal income tax rates are temporary, ending in 2026.

— Standard deduction: Used by about 70 percent of U.S. taxpayers, currently $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for married couples. The bill doubles those levels to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples, expiring in 2026.

— Personal exemption: The bill ends the current $4,050 personal exemption.

— State and local taxes: Ends the unlimited federal deduction for state and local income and sales taxes, allowing the deduction only for a total of up to $10,000 in combined property, income or sales taxes.

— Tax credits: Doubles per-child tax credit to $2,000 for families making up to $400,000 a year. Up to $1,400 of the $2,000 credit is available as a tax refund to lower- and middle-income families with relatively small tax bills. The per-child credit expires in 2026. The bill also provides a tax credit for dependent care for children and older dependents; it retains the current adoption tax credit.

— Home mortgage interest deduction: Limits the deduction to interest paid on the first $750,000 of a new loan for a first or second home. The current limit is $1 million.

— Other deductions: Allows deduction for medical expenses not covered by insurance for 2018 and 2019 when expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income. That rises to 10 percent starting in 2020.

— Individual insurance mandate: Repeals the requirement in Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law that people pay a tax penalty if they don’t purchase health insurance.

— Alaska oil drilling: Bill opens Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

— Alternative minimum tax: The AMT is aimed at ensuring that higher-earning people and corporations pay at least some tax. For individuals, the bill increases the amount that can be exempted from the AMT. The tax is repealed for corporations.

— Inheritance tax: Currently, when someone dies the estate owes taxes on the value of assets transferred to heirs above $5.5 million for individuals, $11 million for couples. The bill doubles those limits and repeals the tax in 2025.

— Corporate taxes: Bill slashes the current 35 percent rate to 21 percent starting Jan. 1.

— Pass-through businesses: Millions of U.S. businesses “pass through” their income to individuals, who then pay personal income tax on those earnings, not corporate tax. The bill lets those people deduct 20 percent of the first $315,000 of earnings.

— Businesses: Bill allows companies to immediately write off the full cost of equipment they buy.

— Multinational corporations: Bill ends tax advantages for companies moving overseas.

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Senate OKs tax reform package, sends bill back to House for final vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jubilant Republicans pushed on early Wednesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump cheered the lawmakers on, eager to claim his first major legislative victory.

After midnight Eastern time, the Senate narrowly passed the legislation on a party-line 51-48 vote. Protesters interrupted with chants of “kill the bill, don’t kill us” and Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly called for order. Upon passage, Republicans cheered, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin among them.

All four senators from Nebraska and Iowa voted in favor of the measure.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insisted Americans would respond positively to the tax bill.

“If we can’t sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work,” he said. Trump hailed the vote in an early morning tweet and promised a White House news conference Wednesday after the House completes legislative action on the measure.

The early morning vote came hours after the GOP rammed the bill through the House, 227-203. But it wasn’t the final word in Congress because of one last hiccup.

Three provisions in the bill, including its title, violated Senate rules, forcing the Senate to vote to strip them out. So the massive bill was hauled back across the Capitol for the House to vote again on Wednesday, and Republicans have a chance to celebrate again.

[More: Midlands lawmakers praise House’s passage of tax bill; ‘This will help Nebraskans,’ Don Bacon says]

Hours earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has worked years toward the goal of revamping the tax code, gleefully pounded the gavel on the House vote. GOP House members roared and applauded as they passed the $1.5 trillion package that will touch every American taxpayer and every corner of the U.S. economy, providing steep tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy, and more modest help for middle- and low-income families.

Despite Republican talk of spending discipline, the bill will push the huge national debt ever higher.

“This was a promise made. This is a promise kept,” Ryan and other GOP leaders said at a victory news conference.

After the delay for a second House vote, the measure then heads to Trump, who is aching for a big political victory after 11 months of legislative failures and nonstarters. The president tweeted his congratulations to GOP leaders and to “all great House Republicans who voted in favor of cutting your taxes!”

Congressional Republicans, who faltered badly in trying to dismantle Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, see passage of the tax bill as crucial to proving to Americans they can govern — and imperative for holding onto House and Senate majorities in next year’s midterm elections.

“The proof will be in the paychecks,” Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said during the Senate’s nighttime debate. “This is real tax relief, and it’s needed.”

Not so, said the top Senate Democrat as the long, late hours led to testy moments.

“This is serious stuff. We believe you are messing up America,” New York Sen. Chuck Schumer told Republicans, chiding them for not listening to his remarks.

The GOP has repeatedly argued the bill will spur economic growth as corporations, flush with cash, increase wages and hire more workers. But they acknowledge they have work to do in convincing everyday Americans. Many voters in surveys see the legislation as a boost to the wealthy, such as Trump and his family, and a minor gain at best for the middle class.

“I don’t think we’ve done a good job messaging,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. “Now, you’re able to look at the final product.”

Ryan was positive, even insistent. He declared, “Results are what’s going to make this popular.”

[More: Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code]

Democrats called the bill a giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, with no likelihood that business owners will use their gains to hire more workers or raise wages. And they mocked the Republicans’ contention that the bill will make taxes so simple that millions can file their returns “on a postcard” — an idea repeated often by the president.

“What happened to the postcard? We’re going to have to carry around a billboard for tax simplification,” declared Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee.

Tax cuts for corporations would be permanent while the cuts for individuals would expire in 2026 to comply with Senate budget rules. The tax cuts would take effect in January, and workers would start to see changes in the amount of taxes withheld from their paychecks in February.

For now, Democrats are planning to use the bill in their campaigns next year. Senate Democrats posted poll numbers on the bill on a video screen at their Tuesday luncheon.

“This bill will come back to haunt them, as Frankenstein did,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said.

The bill would slash the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The top tax rate for individuals would be lowered from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.

The legislation repeals an important part of the 2010 health care law — the requirement that all Americans carry health insurance or face a penalty — as the GOP looks to unravel the law it failed to repeal and replace this past summer. It also allows oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The $1,000-per-child tax credit doubles to $2,000, with up to $1,400 available in IRS refunds for families that owe little or no taxes.

Disgruntled Republican lawmakers from high-tax New York, New Jersey and California receded into the background as the tax train rolled. They oppose a new $10,000 limit on the deduction for state and local taxes.

GOP Rep. Peter King of New York conveyed what people in his Long Island district were telling him about the tax bill: “Nothing good, especially from Republicans. … It’s certainly unpopular in my district.”

The bill is projected to add $1.46 trillion to the nation’s debt over a decade. GOP lawmakers say they expect a future Congress to continue the tax cuts so they won’t expire. That would drive up deficits even further.

The bill would initially provide tax cuts for Americans of all incomes. But if the cuts for individuals expire, most Americans — those making less than $75,000 — would see tax increases in 2027, according to congressional estimates.

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Senate OKs tax reform package, sends bill back to House for final vote
By Gregg Re | Fox News

December 20, 2017

The U.S. Senate passed the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades early Wednesday, all but ensuring the bill will soon become law.

The vote also likely helped hand President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans a major year-end legislative triumph.

The final vote, shortly before 1 a.m. EST, was 51-48, with no Democrats voting in favor of the bill and all Republicans supporting it.

Only U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who had announced his support for the bill earlier this month, was not present for the vote. His office said he “looks forward to returning to Washington in January” as he recovers from brain cancer treatment.

The Senate’s vote meant that Vice President Mike Pence, who had postponed a trip to the Middle East to be at the Capitol if needed, was not required to break a tie vote.

During the vote, protesters interrupted with chants of “kill the bill, don’t kill us,” and Pence repeatedly called for order.

Before Trump can sign the tax overhaul into law, the House of Representatives must re-vote because of procedural flaws in the chamber’s vote earlier Tuesday.

The office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said House members would reconsider the Senate’s bill Wednesday morning and send it to President Trump for his signature.

House passes Republican tax reform bill along party lines; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.House passes Republican tax reform bill along party lines; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.

The House voted 227-203 in favor of the tax bill Tuesday afternoon, but the package ran into trouble in the Senate because of two provisions that Democrats said ran afoul of the Senate’s strict budget reconciliation rules.

In order to avoid a filibuster according to Senate rules, the tax overhaul must directly address fiscal issues, not policy matters. Matters that are considered extraneous to budget are subject to potential filibustering, meaning they would require 60 votes for passage, instead of a 51-vote majority.

Senate Democrats, including Vermont independent Bernie Sanders and Oregon’s Ron Wyden, specifically objected to two provisions in the House bill: one providing for the use of 529 savings accounts for home schooling expenses; and the other establishing criteria to determine whether endowments of private universities are subject to the legislation’s new excise tax.

Additionally, Democrats objected to the name of the House bill.

The Senate parliamentarian reportedly sided with Democrats, forcing the Senate to remove those provisions before the vote.

Top Democrats charged that the procedural snafu was a sign that Republicans were rushing the legislation through Congress.

“The House revote is the latest evidence of just how shoddily written the GOP tax scam really is,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

The complex legislation, weeks in the making, scales back the popular deduction for state and local taxes, bad news for Americans in some of the wealthiest suburbs of New York, New Jersey and California.

The bill preserves the deduction for medical expenses, rebuffing an effort by House Republicans to eliminate it.

It also provides steep tax cuts for businesses and wealthy families, and more modest reductions for low- and middle-income.

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Acting ICE chief: Trump ‘has done more for border security and public safety’ than past 6 presidents

by Anna Giaritelli (in Washington Examiner December 17, 2017)

“Just since his leadership in January, border crossings are at a 45-year low. Now that’s not a coincidence,” Thomas Homan said.

Thomas Homan, acting chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Monday that immigration enforcement is thriving under President Trump’s leadership unlike any recent commander in chief.

“This president has done more for border security and public safety than any of the six presidents I’ve worked for. Just since his leadership in January, border crossings are at a 45-year low. Now that’s not a coincidence. That’s because this president has let the men and women of Border Patrol and ICE do their job,” Homan told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”

Homan was nominated in mid-November to permanently oversee the interior enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security.

As a candidate, Trump promised to deport criminal illegal immigrants on his first day in office. During the administration’s first 100 days, more than 41,000 illegal immigrants were arrested under Homan’s command of ICE.

Homan has taken on Trump’s tone on illegal immigration. In June, he told the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally to “look over your shoulder” because he would not ignore some immigration policies as Obama or former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson had ordered.

Homan is also opposed to Obama’s pro-sanctuary city stance and has demanded all jurisdictions cooperate with ICE requests to detain illegal immigrants who have been picked up by state and local law enforcement for non-immigration-related crimes.

In June 2016, Homan testified that deportation numbers were not down because there was no one to deport, but because of the Obama administration’s opposition to carrying them out.

As of this past July, Homan said the demand for criminal illegal immigrants in local jails has increased 80 percent.

Customs and Border Protection is due to release its annual report of border apprehension numbers from fiscal year 2017 at any time. The numbers are expected to be dramatically lower than last year’s

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“Together we are unleashing a new era of American prosperity, perhaps like we have never seen before.”

By:  President Donald J. Trump

December 14, 2017

Speaking before a crowd in the White House Grand Foyer, President Donald J. Trump laid out—in concrete terms—what tax cuts would mean for the typical American household.

Here is the President’s case by the numbers:

$2,000+: What the typical family of four earning $75,000 would see in income tax cuts, slashing its tax bill in half
$4,000: How much incomes are expected to rise across the board as a result of tax cuts on U.S. businesses
3 percent: The level of growth the U.S. economy has already reached in 2017—and tax reform would take it even further

President Trump Gives Remarks on Tax Reform
Middle-income families will benefit directly from tax cuts with an expanded standard deduction, an increased child tax credit, and lower rates across the board. President Trump is committed to reform that ensures all Americans are treated fairly and able to keep more of their hard-earned money.

The Republican tax plan helps working families in another important way. Small businesses are a primary driver of the American economy; when they succeed, so does the country. There are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States, employing 57.9 million American workers among them.

With tax reform, more than 99 percent of these small businesses will face the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.

Tax reform will increase investment in the American economy and in U.S. workers, leading to higher growth, higher wages, and more jobs. A 3 to 5 percent increase in GDP growth over 10 years, as the President’s Council of Economic Advisers predicts, could represent as much as $1.2 trillion in economic output.

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All told, complying with the tax code costs our economy $262 billion every single year. That’s more than $800 for every man, woman, and child in America just to figure out what we owe the government.

By:
Vice President Mike Pence

The bottom line: The current tax code is a burden on American taxpayers and harmful to job-creators. It has grown so out of control in length and complexity that many Americans must rely on professional help to file even the simplest return. Our outdated code also makes U.S. businesses uncompetitive and incentivizes companies to move abroad or offshore our country’s jobs.

American workers deserve better. Now is the moment to stand up for them.

 https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/americans-need-tax-reform/

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One of President Trump’s Campaign Promises – Jerusalem is the Capitol of Israel.

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On Breitbart News by Thomas D. Williams, PH.D. 12 Dec 2017

In the midst of much hand-wringing and anguished sighs, the Huffington Post has announced to its readers that after his first year in office “Trump Is Winning.”

“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write and admit,” begins Earl Ofari Hutchinson in his essay, “Trump is winning.”

Hutchinson, an author and co-host of the Al Sharpton Show, observes that according to numerous indicators the Trump presidency is a success, beginning with his delivery of a long list of campaign promises.

Among Mr. Trump’s many victories, Hutchinson enumerates Mick Mulvaney’s appointment to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Neil Gorsuch’s contribution to the Supreme Court, Scott Pruitt’s work at the EPA, Trump’s support of fossil fuels to make America energy independent, the RNC backing of judge Roy Moore in Alabama, the fizzling out of Russiagate, the passage of the tax reform bill, and the record-level stock market.

Yet all of these wins are small potatoes compared to Trump’s three top victories, Hutchinson claims.

First, the President has successfully taken charge of the Republican Party. “He is the point man for GOP policy and issues and, in a perverse way, the spur to get action on them,” Hutchinson notes.

Second, Mr. Trump has managed to energize his base and keep their loyalty. The “overwhelming majority” of Republican voters continues to back him, Hutchinson admits. “This is the voter loyalty that buys a lot of support from the GOP establishment even as they flail him or shake their head in disgust at his antics,” he writes.

Third, Trump has successfully harnessed the mainstream media for his own purposes. “He remains a ratings cash cow for the networks and makes stunning copy for the print media,” Hutchinson complains. “He knew that from day one of his presidential bid and he knows it even more now. He will continue to suck the media air out of everything that the Democrats do and try to do.”

While praising the war on Trump waged by the New York Times and “other liberal print publications,” Hutchinson recognizes that for much of the Trump base these papers have lost all credibility. “So the withering criticism of Trump in these publications is tantamount to a wolf howling in the wind,” he says.

After a string of jabs about Trump’s “phony war” with the NFL, his “bumbling, inept, and dangerous handling of the North Korea nuclear threat,” and his “clueless saber rattle” over the Iran nuclear pact, Hutchinson finds himself forced to confess that Trump has managed to come out on top.

For Trump so far, “this has been a win-win, and a sad one to admit,” he writes.

Of course, from Hutchinson’s perspective, all of these triumphs are bad for America. The Trump base of benighted deplorables and hobbits don’t realize that what seem to be victories are really long-term defeats and ultimately won’t benefit them at all, he whines.

One thing seems certain. The annoying habit leftist elites have of condescendingly telling other people what is best for them isn’t gaining them any friends. It didn’t work in 2016 and it doesn’t work now.

And then they wonder why Trump is winning.

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 07, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims December 7, 2017, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2017

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor those who perished in defense of our homeland and the veterans who selflessly answered the call to freedom during World War II. In our Nation’s history, few events have been as pivotal as the “date which will live in infamy.”

Seventy-six years ago today, on the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese air and naval forces carried out an unprovoked surprise attack on American military installations in Oahu, Hawaii. Horrific sounds of war shattered that peaceful Sunday morning, and our Nation was forever changed. More than 2,400 Americans lost their lives, and more than 1,000 service members and civilians were wounded in the attack. This horrific act of aggression galvanized the Nation and propelled us into World War II. Americans would not awaken to another peaceful dawn for nearly 4 long years.

In our darkest hours, the greatness of America emerged. Throughout the long and difficult war, our citizens remained courageous and resilient. Thousands answered the call to arms, left family and loved ones behind, and embarked on long and onerous journeys to fight America’s enemies abroad. On the home front, American industry, ingenuity, and innovation increased our warfighting capacity and helped turn the tide in both the Atlantic and the Pacific theaters. The war effort motivated soldier and civilian alike. Families and communities came together, sacrificing personal comfort and prosperity for the greater good. Our country also solidified partnerships with like-minded nations committed to the promise of freedom. The spirit and soul of our Nation were tested in the fires of adversity, and we emerged even more determined, confident, and resolute.

The USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a sacred resting place for many of the ship’s 1,177 sailors and Marines who perished on that fateful December morning. Even though these American patriots are entombed in a watery grave within the sunken hull of a battleship, their names are etched into the marble wall in the structure above. Just last month the First Lady and I had the distinct honor of visiting this hallowed site to pay our respects to the American heroes that were taken from us on that infamous day. The rusted wreckage is a haunting and sober reminder of the sacrifice of these heroes and their families, while the iconic, striking white memorial stands as a somber reminder of what we lost and also what we must fight to preserve.

Today, a new generation of brave men and women in uniform stand ready to oppose any threat to our Nation and the civilized world. Though the decades have passed, we are careful to never forget the lessons of Pearl Harbor. Our Armed Forces must be strong and vigilant, prepared to fight and preserve all we hold dear. It is our greatest obligation — our most solemn duty — to ensure our Nation remains the land of the free and the home of the brave. The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt told the Congress that “With confidence in our Armed Forces — with the unbounding determination of our people — we will gain the inevitable triumph.” That confidence and determination is undiminished today as we combat the ever-changing threats to freedom.

On this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pray for all who died on the island of Oahu that dreadful Sunday morning, and for those who perished around the world in the battles of World War II. May we never forget their bravery, their selflessness, and their sacrifice for the noble causes of liberty and peace.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2017, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/25/key-facts-about-unauthorized-immigrants-enrolled-in-daca/

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DACA Is Not What the Democrats Say It Is. Here Are the Facts.

Hans von Spakovsky / @HvonSpakovsky / December 04, 2017

Hans von Spakovsky is an authority on a wide range of issues—including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform—as a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and manager of the think tank’s Election Law Reform Initiative. Read his research.

Some members of Congress are threatening to block government funding unless Congress provides amnesty to so-called Dreamers—the illegal aliens included in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump is ending.

Responsible members of Congress should not give in.

Such an effort would be fundamentally flawed and would only encourage even more illegal immigration—just as the 1986 amnesty in the Immigration Reform and Control Act did.

Democrats portray the DACA program as only benefitting those who were a few years old when they came to the U.S. illegally, leaving them unable to speak their native language and ignorant of their countries’ cultural norms. Therefore, the reasoning goes, it would be a hardship to return them to the countries where they were born.

Obama himself gave this rationale when he said DACA beneficiaries were “brought to this country by their parents” as infants and face “deportation to a country that [they] know nothing about, with a language” they don’t even speak.

While this may be true of a small portion of the DACA population, it certainly is not true of all of the aliens who received administrative amnesty. In fact, illegal aliens were eligible as long as they came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.

DACA also required that beneficiaries enroll in school, graduate from high school, obtain a GED certificate, or receive an honorable discharge from the military; have no conviction for a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors; and not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

However, the Obama administration appeared to routinely waive the education (or its equivalent) requirement as long as the illegal alien was enrolled in some kind of program. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education—despite the fact that a majority of them are adults.

>>> Why Congress Should Not Legalize DACA: The Myths Surrounding the Program

How thorough was Homeland Security vetting? In February 2017, after the arrest of a DACA beneficiary for gang membership, the Department of Homeland Security admitted that at least 1,500 DACA beneficiaries had their eligibility terminated “due to a criminal conviction, gang affiliation, or a criminal conviction related to gang affiliation.”

By August 2017, that number had surged to 2,139.

In fact, based on documents obtained by Judicial Watch, it is apparent that the Obama administration used a “lean and light” system of background checks in which only a few, randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted.

Additionally, DACA only excluded individuals for convictions. Thus, even if a Homeland Security background investigation—which apparently was almost never done—produced substantial evidence that an illegal alien might have committed multiple crimes, the alien would still be eligible for DACA unless Homeland Security referred the violation to state or federal prosecutors and the alien was convicted.

DACA had no requirement of English fluency either. In fact, the original application requested applicants to answer whether the form had been “read” to the alien by a translator “in a language in which [the applicant is] fluent.”

The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”

This is a far cry from the image of DACA beneficiaries as all children who don’t speak the language of—and know nothing about the culture of—their native countries.

In fact, it seems rather that a significant percentage of DACA beneficiaries may have serious limitations in their education, experience, and English fluency that negatively affected their ability to function in American society.

Providing amnesty to low-skilled, low-educated aliens with marginal English language ability would impose large fiscal costs on American taxpayers resulting from increased government payouts and benefits, and would be unfair to legal immigrants who obeyed the law to come here.

Any congressional amnesty bill providing citizenship for DACA beneficiaries could significantly increase the number of illegal aliens who will benefit unless Congress amends the sponsorship rules under federal immigration law. Providing lawful status to millions of so-called “Dreamers” will allow the extended families of those aliens to profit from illegal conduct.

The U.S. accepts about a million legal immigrants every year. According to a recent study, of the 33 million legal immigrants admitted over the last 35 years, about 61 percent were chain migration immigrants.

The average immigrant has sponsored 3.45 additional immigrants, but for DACA beneficiaries, that number is likely to be much higher. This is because, according to an analysis by the Department of Homeland Security, 76 percent of the DACA beneficiaries were from Mexico. Mexican immigrants sponsor an average of 6.38 additional legal immigrants—the highest rate of any nationality for chain migration.

Providing amnesty would simply attract even more illegal immigration and would not solve the myriad of enforcement problems we have along our borders and in the interior of the country. Congress should concentrate on giving the federal government (with the assistance and help of state and local governments) the resources to enforce existing immigration laws to reduce the illegal alien population in the U.S. and stem entry into the country.

Until those goals are accomplished, it is premature to even consider any DACA-type bill

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President Donald J. Trump Stands with Local Communities against Government Overreach on Land Management

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary, December 4, 2027

“The Antiquities Act does not give the Federal Government unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water, and it’s time we ended this abusive practice.”

—President Donald J. Trump

RESPONSIBLE LAND MANAGEMENT: President Donald J. Trump is modifying two national monuments to continue to protect objects of significance while prioritizing public use and access.

• Today, President Trump is signing two proclamations modifying the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.

• Bears Ears National Monument will be modified to two units named Shash Jáa, Navajo for Bears Ears, and Indian Creek, encompassing a total of 228,784 acres of land.

o Bears Ears was originally designated in 2016 to encompass nearly 1.5 million acres, including a patchwork of Federal, State, and private land.

o This modification will restore the majority of the National Forest and Bureau of Land Management land to the management status existing prior to the 2016 designation.

• Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument will be modified to three units encompassing a combined 1,006,341 acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.

o Grand Staircase was originally designated in 1996 by President Clinton largely for political purposes.

• Presidents have modified the boundaries to remove lands from monuments 18 times in the past. The most significant reduction occurred in 1915 when President Woodrow Wilson halved Mount Olympus National Monument, which is now a National Park.

ENDING OVERREACH ON PUBLIC LAND: President Trump is ending past overreach and abuse of the monument review process under the Antiquities Act that has closed off land to the public, while continuing to protect objects of significance.

• The Antiquities Act requires that objects be of historic or scientific interest, that the area reserved to protect the objects be the smallest area compatible, and that monuments be designated on Federal land only.

• Since 1996, several national monuments designations have gone beyond the intent of the Antiquities Act—to limit protected areas to the smallest area compatible—and now encompass millions of acres.

o In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt designated the first national monument at Devils Tower, which was less than 1,200 acres.

• “Objects of historic or scientific interest” is a term that has been stretched to include landscape areas, biodiversity, “viewsheds,” World War II desert bombing craters, and “remoteness.”

o Past administrations have abused the designation of objects as national monuments to fill in pre-identified boundaries that mirror failed Congressional attempts to make protective land designations.

• Monument external boundaries often encompass private land, and in the case of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, the expansion contained 38 percent private land within the external boundary.

• Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is the poster child for Antiquities Act overreach and abuse, having been designated to assist President Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign and end the development of a coal project.

A NEW POLICY FOR LAND MANAGEMENT: President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will work to put in place new land management policies to protect objects while prioritizing public access, facilitating infrastructure development, and allowing traditional uses of the land.

• The Trump Administration is continuing to protect public land, and is keeping parts of monuments to protect objects of interest within the smallest areas compatible.

o The Trump Administration is not going to sell public lands wholesale.

o The Trump Administration will protect objects in the “smallest area compatible” with the proper care of the objects to be protected.

• The Trump Administration is making sure local communities have a voice by restoring traditional “multiple use” activities on Federal lands and waters.

o This will increase economic growth and prosperity, especially in rural communities, by allowing grazing, commercial fishing, logging, and in some cases, mineral development.

o Monument designations should be used to protect objects and not to unnecessarily restrain public access.

• Improving and developing infrastructure will help the American people experience our public lands that have been made inaccessible due to past overreach.

o Some monument designations prevent construction of future roads and other facilities, making the land inaccessible for use.

o Restrictions on vegetative management and maintenance activities have led to poorly maintained roads and even closures.

• Monument designations have greatly restricted multiple-uses like grazing, timber harvest, fishing, resource development, infrastructure upgrades, and motorized recreation.

o Designating too much land for a national monument is harmful to the local tax base via the elimination or unnecessary restriction of grazing, timber and mineral activity and leases, as well as the restricting of access to hunting and fishing opportunities.

A TRANSPARENT REVIEW PROCESS: President Trump and his Administration are being open and transparent in the review of monuments.

• The President’s proclamation follows an open and transparent review process originally initiated by President Trump’s Executive Order 13792, “Review of Designations under the Antiquities Act.”

o President Trump’s Executive Order limited the review to monuments designated after January 1, 1996, and over 100,000 acres in size, or monuments that Secretary Zinke deemed to have been created without adequate public input.

o The review only covers only 27 of the more than 150 monuments that the Act has been used to designate or expand.

• Secretary Zinke visited eight monuments in six States and personally held more than 60 meetings with hundreds of local stakeholders.

o Individuals and organizations representing all sides of the debate were involved, ranging from environmental organizations to county commissioners and local residents.

o Secretary Zinke met with Tribal representatives, including from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in Salt Lake City.

• Secretary of the Interior Zinke opened a formal comment period on regulations.gov, for the first time ever, of the review of monuments designated under the Antiquities Act.

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Breitbart News by Neil Munro, December 4, 2017

VOTERS REJECT BY 2:1 DEMOCRATS’ AMNESTY-OR-SHUTDOWN THREAT

Voters overwhelmingly oppose the Democrats’ threat to shut down the government unless the GOP provides an amnesty to roughly 3 million illegals, according to a new poll by Rasmussen.

“Just 27% agree with Senate Minority Whip [Sen.] Dick Durbin’s call for a government shutdown to force a congressional decision on the Dreamers question separate from the border security issue,” said Rasmussen Reports. “Twice as many (55%) oppose a government shutdown for this reason. Seventeen percent (17%) are undecided.”

The shutdown threat is backed by only 26 percent of blacks, 35 percent of Democrats, 21 percent of moderates, 37 percent of people who earn more than $200,000, 23 percent of post-graduates, and 31 percent of people who strongly disapprove of President Donald Trump’s policies.

But the shutdown threat is opposed by 58 percent of blacks, 49 percent of Democrats, 42 percent of liberals, and 63 percent of people who earn from $30,000 to $63,000.

A large percentage of respondents, 17 percent, said they were “not sure” about the issue.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted November 30 and December 3. The poll used the term “dreamer’ to refer to the 3 million illegals, not to the four million young Americans who will become adults this year.

The Rasmussen poll